The Marcus King Band and Blackberry Smoke were both in Nashville, Tennessee last weekend, where the two southern rock bands welcomed fans for a pair of performances at the Ryman Auditorium on February 22nd and 23rd. One of the highlights from Blackberry Smoke’s two-night run at the well-known Nashville venue came during the second night, when they welcomed Marcus King to the stage to help perform a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s classic rock anthem, “Tuesday’s Gone”.The cover performance came 17 songs into the show towards the end of the band’s headlining set. The members of Blackberry Smoke also welcomed Kristian Bush guitarist Benji Shanks and Preston Holcomb to help play on the 1973 ballad. The crowd could be heard bursting into applause in approval of the band’s song choice, as there’s no doubt the southern spirit of Skynyrd still holds up strong in Nashville. King takes a pair of strong solos throughout the performance, with the first beginning at the 2:50-minute mark, and again at 5:35 mark into the video below.Blackberry Smoke with Marcus King – “Tuesday’s Gone” – 2/23/2019[Video: Eric Almy]King will continue his Carolina Confessions Tour into next month with scheduled stops at Garcia’s At The Cap on March 6th, followed by a recently-upgraded show at The Capitol Theatre two nights later on March 8th. King will also make an appearance at the previously-announced “Love Rocks NYC Benefit Concert” at New York City’s Beacon Theatre alongside Robert Plant, Buddy Guy, Sheryl Crow, and many more in between the two Port Chester gigs on March 7th. Fans can head over to King’s website for ticket info to all of his upcoming shows.[H/T Guitar Player]
A Florida man says he contracted flesh-eating bacteria without touching the water.Tyler King was working in Santa Rosa Beach last week when his left bicep suddenly swelled to three times its normal size.He went to the hospital where he was diagnosed with vibrio, a flesh-eating bacteria often found in brackish water.King is the third person in less than a month to contract a flesh-eating bacteria in Florida.Lynn Fleming, 77, died last week when she was infected after falling at a beach on Anna Maria Island.A young Indiana girl contracted the infection while swimming in Gulf along the Florida Panhandle. The 12-year-old recovered after having several surgeries to save her leg.It remains unclear if the cases are somehow related, but all have contracted the bacteria in Florida sparking safety concerns.
I am sincerely convinced that I’m the most experienced baseball fan on the planet. I haven’t watched nearly so many games as your 86-year-old grandpa, and I haven’t been around the game even a fraction of the time that Peter Gammons has, but nonetheless, I’ll put my name above theirs on the list.The fact is, I’m a Florida Marlins fan.I’ve been blessed enough to watch my team win more World Series championships than seven major league baseball franchises — two titles in just their first 11 years of existence.I’ve also had the misfortune to witness three 98-plus loss seasons, including having season tickets to the 54-108 1998 campaign that became more painful every time the team was referred to as the “World Champion” Florida Marlins.I’ve lived through the excitement that surrounds a brand-new expansion franchise and am currently experiencing what it feels like to have your team leave town.I watched my team go on off-season spending sprees twice, with fire sales that would have made Wal-Mart envious.I’ve seen it all.Having said that, there is still a shopping list of things that I am very excited to see this season, not just surrounding the Fish, but all-around baseball. While my team is doomed to a 100-plus loss season (again), there is still plenty to get excited about in baseball.Some things to look forward to about the 2006 MLB season:… There’s the voice of Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play man Vin Scully, who tells the story of a ballgame like no other, making the Braves-Dodgers game I am listening to as I type — a game that I otherwise couldn’t care less about — spellbinding.… There’s the asterisk that hopefully will become permanently attached to Barry Bonds’ name, at least in the record books. Seriously, doesn’t “Barry Bonds*” just look heavenly?… There’s the hope that the Yankees will crash and burn again.… Or if you are a Yanks fan (aka hollow inside), there’s the hope that the Sox crash and burn again this year, with Johnny Damon the leading culprit.… There’s watching ultra-talented Mark Prior and Kerry Wood, the all-star pitchers for the Chicago-area Hospital’s rec-league team.… You can look forward to viewing the pure joy that Dontrelle Willis, Vladimir Guerrero and Carl Crawford all play the game with.… Can’t wait for the first stadium-rocking home run of the season by the Brewers’ Prince Fielder, and the ensuing stadium-foundation-rocking trot around the bases.… AL cities can look forward to the rock-your-world (back-and-forth) Leo Mazzone Tour, fresh out of Atlanta and coming to a ballpark near you!… There’s the excitement in watching the Mets’ Julio Franco become the first major-leaguer to ever steal a base while using a walker. Of course, the steal comes against the Padres and Mike Piazza.… There’s the daily smiles brought on by Bonds’ website, BarryBonds.com, one of the most ridiculous sites to ever grace the Internet.… Don’t forget the “name that batting stance game,” almost always featuring the goofy statures of low-sitting Jeff Bagwell, high-rising Craig Counsell and the just-confusing-looking Tony Batista.… There’s the annual intrigue as to what body part slugger Ken Griffey Jr. will hurt this season, before having to be put on the shelf for the remainder of the year.… Always interesting will be watching Phillies fans boo more than they cheer, despite winning the wild-card spot.… Not having to see Sammy Sosa on the field at all.But most wonderful will be sitting down with a sausage or hotdog in a bun, with a cold drink and nothing to do, and watching the most beautifully crafted game ever invented. It’s great to have baseball back, even if the Marlins have decided they don’t want any part of it.
MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City Tuesday night got an update about the skywalk that will connect Music Man Square with the hotel slated to be constructed in the parking lot of Southbridge Mall that’s part of the River City Renaissance project. WHKS is in the process of finalizing the design of the skywalk which will be 17 feet-six inches high over US Highway 65. WHKS president Fouad Daoud says they’ve been working with the city’s Design Review Committee and the Iowa Department of Transportation on the design. “We submitted our preliminary plans to the DRC, it was reviewed, we received back very minor comments, we implemented those. Along with that we also sent our preliminary plans to the Iowa DOT, you know we have a partner on this because we’re going over the state highway. They approved our layout, they approved our clearances. They had very minor comments about what we have done. We’ve proceeded with the design, we reached about 60%.”Nathan Kaye is a designer for the DLR Group. He says the skywalk will be constructed so people when walking through it can reorient themselves with Mason City. “We have this glass, there’s a mixture of clear and textured glass, that will help filter views as you walk through it. We have a cladding system that pulls tones from all of the surroundings, so it kind of makes the structure of more of a part of the city instead of just a part of Music Man. At the same time as it’s a nice texture and slight juxtaposition of Music Man.”Kaye says the skywalk can also have lighting that reflects different types of events going on in the community. “If there’s a wedding at Music Man or something, we could light it red. If there’s a hockey game going on, we can maybe do a tint of blue. So could be this way of people coming in and out of the city, if they’re not aware, one, they could be like ‘oh hey there’s a hockey game’. Two, it just kind of makes them aware so if there is something going on, there might be more pedestrians.Three, it’s a subtle, subconscious way that we could bring in this element of awareness by way of skyway.” In about three to four weeks, the design will go back in front of the DRC and DOT for a “90% check plan”. Once the plans are finalized, construction would take about four to six months. The cost of the skywalk is estimated at $2.5 million.
SAN FRANCISCO — In a season defined by moral victories, the Warriors may have gotten another one in Saturday’s 105-100 loss to the Boston Celtics. However, they may have also suffered another team-altering injury.Guard D’Angelo Russell left the game with a sprained right thumb midway through the third quarter. Initial x-rays were negative, but he will undergo an MRI Saturday. His status for the team’s upcoming four-game trip is yet to be determined.The Warriors (2-11) entered the game …
The launch of South Africa’ second National Spelling Bee saw learners and adults compete in an informal round of the contest. It combines fun competition, literacy awareness and a love for reading. Stakeholders of the 2015 National Spelling Bee honoured the winners of last year’s contest at a launch last week. (Images: Melissa Javan)• South African stars #SayNoToXenophobia • South Africa’s born-frees talk about life • Nigerian student builds solar car from scrap • Edu Fun spreads the love in Diepsloot • Riaad Moosa: Muslims are not extremists Melissa JavanThe Department of Education launched the second annual National Spelling Bee contest on Thursday, 16 April, at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg.It opened with an informal spelling contest where 12-year-old learner, Angel Hlongwane, triumphed over five other participants that included two grade six learners and three adults.The Spelling Bee was initiated in 2014 to help intermediate phase learners improve their English literacy levels.Panyasa Lesufi, MEC for Education in Gauteng said in a press release that the competition was aimed at promoting a love for reading, writing and spelling for learners between grades four and six. “This popular concept has spread from its early roots in the United States 90 years ago to Canada, Nigeria, Ethiopia, East Asia, China and the Caribbean, to our shores. It is a great way to combine fun competition with the very real target of turning around literacy among our youth.”This year’s Spelling Bee will start in schools this month, followed by the provincial competition in August and the national finals in October.Last year more than 150 000 learners took part in the contest. For every four schools registered in a district, a spelling coach was trained and assigned. Three of the best spellers from each province were then chosen for the national contest. The contestants at the launch could choose words from these buckets before they tried spelling it correctly.Perks of a spelling beeThirteen-year-old Brendan Craven was 2014’s winner. He and runner-up, Hlongwane, were awarded scholarships to study at Monash South Africa University at this year’s launch.When asked how the Spelling Bee changed his life, Craven said: “It put me in the limelight.”Even though he has participated in other school competitions, last year’s Spelling Bee was his first. “I have entered a competition called ‘Battle of the Books’ but my group from my school didn’t make it to the first round last year. We are going to take it more seriously this year.”Battle of the Books quizzes learners on titles they are required to read.Craven said one of his most challenging words to spell is “thoroughbred” – a special bred horse used for racing and that his favourite book is one he is currently reading – Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne.Hlongwane said the competition has improved her spelling. “My reading and understanding of words has also improved. I was also taught pronunciation.”Collective effortSABC’S Iris Cupido, a guest at the launch, saluted parents and the Department of Education for encouraging learners to read. She asked learners to pick up a book when they got home rather than picking up an Xbox gamepad. She remembered how, when she was young, a book would transport her to different places. “I said to my friends: ‘If you want to make me happy, buy me a book.’”Dr Granville Whittle, acting director general for the Department of Basic Education, said there is not enough reading material in classes. “We have to make sure we flood our schools with age appropriate books.”He said it is not just the responsibility of the government. “We have an obligation, not just as the government, but all of us within our communities to make a difference.”Whittle said anyone can volunteer at a school’s reading club. “If the school does not have a reading club, contact the department.”Kone Gugushe, divisional executive for corporate social investment at Nedbank, said they would be investing R2 million and over 20 bank employees are volunteering as coaches and mentors in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.Watch Brendan Craven spell during the launch of the 2015 National Spelling Bee contest:Watch Angel Hlongwane show off her confidence as she takes part in a contest at the launch:
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At a recent field day displaying solar technology in use, Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo caught up with Eli Mast of Mast Farm Service and Sheldon Stutzman of Paradise Energy Solutions to talk the growing interest and viability of solar technology to offset energy costs.
Shower smell: Check the bath fanIf you can smell that moist, shampoo-scented air from the shower and you are not in the bathroom, then you either don’t have a bathroom exhaust fan, it’s not on, or it’s not powerful enough.Unvented bathrooms can cause your home to rot from the inside out — costly and bad for your health. Put in a bath fan if it’s missing (see GreenSpec guidance on bath fan selection), and get the electrician to have it come on with the light or with a humidistat. Attic smell: Air leakage problemsAttics smell different: it’s some combination of the insulation, the wood dried to a crisp by the summer heat, and probably some history of squirrels, mice, or both.When I smell this in the upstairs of a house — not in the attic — I read it as a telltale sign of extreme air leakage: lots of holes in the basement and attic floor that allow air to leak out, and to move in the other direction on some windy days. Solution: seal up the air leaks in your home, particularly between the attic and the living space. (See GreenSpec guidance on products that help form a home’s air barrier, and recent posts on where to look for air leaks in existing homes.) Basement smell: Dampness, leakageIt’s alarming when you can smell that musty basement smell on the first floor. Even the basement should not smell that way — if it does, work on improving exterior drainage, putting vapor barriers over damp walls and floors, and dehumidifying, among other things.If that smell is migrating upstairs, look for air leakage from the basement up through plumbing and electrical penetrations, and moisture problems migrating up from damp basement walls through sill plates. Check the bottoms of exterior walls for signs of mildew or mold, and manage the water at its source. Combustion gases: Safety issueIf when inside you smell the exhaust from your wood stove, furnace, boiler, or other combustion appliance, your health may be in jeopardy from the particulate matter in the smoke, or from carbon monoxide (CO) — which is odorless but often accompanies other gases. In all these cases, bring in the appropriate technician as soon as possible (the fire department may also be willing to measure CO levels for you), particularly if you’re due, in case there is an immediate problem with the heating appliance.If you only smell these smells on a windy day, or when a low-pressure system has settled overhead, the issue may be that the normal weather patterns that help gases exhaust from the home are working against you. This topic is more than we can delve into today, but if it’s a regular occurrence it is worth investigating with a contractor’s help. One quick point: if it’s a building with a high-capacity range hood, beware of “depressurizing” your home with that fan, leading exhaust to get pulled into your house from your furnace.Do you have carbon monoxide detectors? Why not? Kitchen smells: Install a range hoodSometimes it’s nice to smell what’s cooking all through the house, but in the long run it’s bad for indoor air quality, particularly due to the moisture generated by cooking. Install a range hood and run it when cooking, but look out for problems with high-capacity range hoods. (See GreenSpec guidance on kitchen range hood selection.) Dryer exhaust: Moisture, fire hazardSmelling dryer exhaust inside the house is a red flag indicating lack of a vent, or a plugged vent. Lack of a vent risks moisture problems inside your house, and coating everything with dryer lint.A plugged vent is a serious fire hazard. Take immediate action! Tristan Roberts is Editorial Director at BuildingGreen, Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont, which publishes information on green building solutions. Stuffy smell: Need more fresh air?Does the building smell stuffy? Many homes and offices don’t have enough fresh air, for a variety of reasons.In commercial buildings, the most common problem is poorly designed or malfunctioning ventilation equipment. Calling in an indoor air quality expert or a commissioning agent would be wise. In homes, it’s likely that there is no ventilation system bringing in fresh air, and because of weather patterns or because the home is relatively tight, you’re not getting enough fresh air. A ventilation expert can help. Off-gassing: Keep harmful chemicals outTo maintain good indoor air quality (IAQ), avoid bringing smelly stuff into the house. If something smells bad, get rid of it. In the world of building materials there is a lot to keep up with here, but at a minimum look for low-VOC coatings, and other products with IAQ certifications such as Greenguard Children & Schools, and FloorScore. (See BuildingGreen’s guide to key product certifications for more info.)I’ve just scratched the surface here — keep your nose out and let me know what you’ve been smelling!For more information, listen to Joe Lstiburek’s indoor-air-quality podcast, and find out why your eyes, nose, and the back of your hand are surprisingly accurate IAQ diagnostic tools. A victim of a hepatitis E infection she picked up unknowingly in Brazil, Genevive Bjorn’s liver rebelled against her one night in Hawaii. Her body almost shut down on her, but with help from the hospital, a battery of tests, her watchful boyfriend at her side, and a diet of nothing but rice porridge, she squeaked through.This is what happened next, as she wrote last year in The New York Times: “My liver began barking at smells and substances I’d barely noticed before. I considered myself an earthy minimalist, but my house turned out to be a chemical minefield. I developed a doglike olfactory sense that guided me as I sniffed, recoiled and pointed out to Adam what had to go. He tossed out most of our bathroom and kitchen products, along with everything preserved or petroleum-based.”Her talent for nose for the faintest of smells makes her a “super sniffer,” one gifted with this sense. As Bjorn recounted recently on her blog, The Daily Smell, while sniffing around a friend’s new home at the friend’s request, she rapidly sniffed out the previous location of the kitty litter box which had been moved two weeks prior, rancid vegetable oil in the kitchen, possibly unsafe coatings on kids’ furniture and toys, and even the spot in the living room where the previous owner had died months before.You don’t need to be super sniffer, though, to pick up on scents in buildings that tell us some interesting things. Here are some that I’ve noticed.
Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “That’s just two tough guys going at it. LA is a feisty player and he won’t back down on anybody. I thought he was defending Romeo well especially down the stretch. We all know that Romeo wasn’t backing down with anybody either,” explained the two-time Grand Slam-winning mentor. “You get two tough personalities, they’re gonna clash and things are gonna happen sometimes. That just comes from competitive spirit, the two of them have competitive spirit. 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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGinebra coach Tim Cone and GlobalPort mentor Franz Pumaren said they have no issue with LA Tenorio and Terrence Romeo showing emotions on the court late in their quarterfinals clash on Tuesday.Tenorio and Romeo, who was guarding each other, got into a heated argument with over three minutes left in the Kings’ 96-85 victory over the Batang Pier that sent them into the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT However, Cone and Pumaren both took exception of the technical fouls when both entered the court to diffuse the heated situation.READ: Brownlee waxes hot, pulls Ginebra to semis“I got a technical for going on the court, but for 27 years, I’ve always felt that a head coach can only go on the court when a fight or a tussle breaks out because they can be peace makers,” said Cone. “No one else can go on the court but head coaches. That’s always been the rule, as far as I can remember, so I was shocked when they gave me a T for going on the floor because you want to get somebody out there with authority who will break that up. Coach goes out there and says, ‘Hey, stop it!,’ and they’ll stop.”GlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPumaren agreed: “As far as I know, head coaches are allowed to enter the court. We are there not to create any fight or whatever. All basketball, as far as I know, head coaches are allowed to enter to pacify the players. We’re the only one allowed to enter just to make sure we put everything in order.”Cone couldn’t help but remember the time when he had to get in between the Marc Pingris-Kelly Nabong skirmish back in 2013, where his role of a coach immediately turned to a peace maker.ADVERTISEMENT “Everybody kind of remembers the Marc Pingris-Kelly Nabong fight that I got involved in. I didn’t want to, but I needed to go out there and help out,” he said.READ: Tim Cone gets ‘a bit scared’ Those memories came rushing back when Cone saw things getting heated between the two stars, saying that he had to interject himself to protect Tenorio from getting handed a one-game ban if things had escalated for the worst.“I just wanted to make sure that LA didn’t do anything silly to get thrown out or get suspended for the next game,” he said.Though Cone said that he’ll gladly accept the fine, he hopes to get some explanation from the league office in these situations.READ: Tim Cone recalls holding back Nabong during Mixers-Batang Pier altercation“I had to take the technical foul and the fine that goes with it, but I still believe that head coaches should be allowed, in those situations, to go on the court and protect his players from themselves basically,” he said. “If I go out there and I start screaming at somebody, or I start getting involved and going after the other guy, then fine, give me a technical. 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