Kung Fu Debuts Funky New Original ‘Scorpion’ In Buffalo [Watch]

first_img@Buffalo_FM #brandnew Kung Fu 31m in! Penned by @beausasser #Scorpion only here on #Twitter and linked accounts! Lol!— Kung Fu (@KungFuTunes) June 1, 2016 Last night, funk warriors Kung Fu and The New Mastersounds hit the Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo, NY for the first of a short run of shows together. The two bands are staples in the live funk scene; their fusion only made this show even more exciting.One of the many highlights from the performance was a brand new song debuted by Kung Fu. Titled “Scorpion,” the funky new groove was written by new keyboardist Beau Sasser. Thankfully, with Buffalo.FM live streaming the entire show, we can tune in and catch the new song!“Scorpion” kicks in around the 31-minute mark! Check out the new song and the full show, with sets from both Kung Fu and The New Mastersounds, below.last_img read more

Sustainable Agriculture

first_img“Having the Georgia Organics conference here allows us to highlight all the research and Extension work we have in this area,” she said. During the two-day conference, UGA faculty hosted farm tours at UGArden, the organic farm at Durham Horticulture Farm and at the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center—UGA’s hub for sustainable agriculture research and public outreach. They also hosted hands-on workshops. Pioneers in sustainable agriculture, backyard gardeners and urban homesteaders gathered in Athens this month to share knowledge gathered over years of working the land and to learn new skills from researchers at the University of Georgia. From soil health research to breeding programs for organically produced crops, faculty and staff at UGA have worked to improve the sustainability and efficiency of organic farms in Georgia. “Many people don’t realize how much work we have going on in sustainable agriculture,” said Julia Gaskin, sustainable agriculture coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and winner of Georgia Organics’ 2015 Land Steward Award. Lawton Stewart, assistant professor of animal and dairy science, and Dennis Hancock, associate professor of crop and soil sciences, taught an introductory workshop on sustainable grazing. David Berle, associate professor of horticulture, and JoHannah Biang, UGArden farm manager, taught a class of beginning farmers and gardeners how to build raised beds and how to repair and use small farm machinery. Peter Hartel, retired professor of crop and soil sciences, and Elizabeth Little, assistant professor in plant pathology, helped farmers inspect soil from their farms using microscopes and interpret findings in terms of soil health. Suzanne Stone, a graduate student in horticulture, and Little, assistant professor of plant pathology, helped lead a discussion on the need for better crop varieties for organic producers. Gaskin and George Boyhan, professor of horticulture, gave a workshop on selecting cover crops and how to maximize their benefit.Judy Harrison, professor of foods and nutrition in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, gave updated conference attendees on the Food Safety and Modernization Act and how it affects produce coming from small farms.Bob Waldorf, an Extension coordinator in Banks County, gave an update on UGA’s Master Goat Farmer program. In addition to the tours and workshops, 12 UGA graduate students presented posters on their research at the conference. “You can’t have a conversation about agriculture in Georgia without involving the University of Georgia,” said Alice Rolls, executive director of Georgia Organics. “Agriculture and UGA are synonymous here, and growers of all sizes and types depend on UGA’s research and leadership.” “Without UGA, Georgia Organics’ work and farming in general would be so much more difficult, and that’s why we are grateful to count the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as an ally in our work to put more Georgia food on Georgia tables,” Rolls added. This most recent Georgia Organics conference is just the latest collaboration between Georgia Organics and the faculty of CAES and UGA Extension. In addition to working on numerous educational programs over the years, Georgia Organics recently collaborated with UGA and several other agricultural advocacy groups to establish a Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program in Georgia. With a $652,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), UGA Extension, Georgia Organics, UGA Small Business Development Center, Fort Valley State University and AgSouth Farm Credit will develop an in-person and distance-training program for beginning farmers. The program will focus on helping these farmers build sustainable businesses as well as sustainable farms. To learn more about sustainable farming research and outreach at UGA, visit www.SustainAgGA.org.last_img read more

Gas turbine sales falter in the face of renewable energy gains

first_imgGas turbine sales falter in the face of renewable energy gains FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times:Natural gas is still often described as “the fuel of the future”. If you are selling turbines for gas-fired power generation, it cannot feel that way. Sales of gas turbines have fallen sharply, under pressure from low-cost renewable energy, and are expected to remain weak for at least another couple of years.While the market has been shrinking, it has also been becoming more competitive. For the largest and most advanced turbines, bought by utilities and other power producers, there are only three significant manufacturers: General Electric of the US, Siemens of Germany and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems of Japan.GE has for decades been the market leader, but this year MHPS, which is 65 per cent owned by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and 35 per cent by Hitachi, has been having a run of success, reporting a 40 per cent market share in the first six months of 2018.The ebb and flow in the market is a sign of intense competition for a diminished number of orders. In 2011, manufacturers sold gas turbines with a total generation capacity of 71.6 gigawatts, according to McCoy Power Reports. Last year, the market was less than half that size at 34.4GW, and this year it is expected to be smaller again at about 30GW.More ($): Gas turbine competition heats uplast_img read more

Bigfoot statue stolen from Boynton Beach store

first_imgBigfoot is at large!Boynton Beach Police say someone made off with an 8-foot, 300-pound statue of Sasquatch.It used to stand in front of “Mattress Monsterz” on East Boynton Beach Boulevard.The store owner said he did not discover the theft immediately becauseBigfoot stood among multiple decorations on display for Halloween.There is no surveillance video of the theft, which is believed to have taken place during the week of Oct. 6-13.But the store hopes someone spots Bigfoot and calls the police.The statue is worth about $3,000.“If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.” “You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.”last_img

The oldest champions in sport

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Five of the oldest champions in sport as Venus Williams attempts to become the oldest Grand Slam women’s champion on Saturday and Roger Federer seeks to be the most senior Wimbledon men’s champion of the Open era on Sunday:SERENA WILLIAMS— Serena won this year’s Australian Open at the age of 35 years and 125 days, beating her own record of 34 years and 287 days when she captured the 2016 Wimbledon title.JULIUS BOROS— America’s Boros is golf’s oldest major winner, capturing the 1968 PGA Championship at the age of 48. Boros succeeded golf’s previous leading golden oldie Jerry Barber who won the 1961 PGA title at the age of 45. Tom Watson, at the age of 59, came close to smashing Boros’s record in 2009 when he led for most of the final round of the British Open before losing in a play-off.BERNARD HOPKINS— US fighter Hopkins became boxing’s oldest world champion in March 2013 when, at the age of 48, he defeated Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light heavyweight title.RAY REARDON— Reardon was 45 when he won the world snooker title in 1978. It was his sixth and final world championship triumph.ERIK GUAY— Canada’s Guay won this year’s world skiing championships super-G at St. Moritz at the record age of 35 to add to his 2011 downhill world title. Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Serena wins Australian Open

first_imgEXCLAMATION POINT—Serena Williams reacts to a point won against Justine Henin of Belgium, during the Women’s Singles finals at the Australian Open in Melbourne. King was at the stadium Saturday night to take part in a pre-match ceremony to honor the 40-year anniversary of Margaret Court’s four Grand Slam tournament wins in 1970.“Billie, we are tied,” Williams said. “So I’ve reached my goal.”Williams’ five Australian titles is the most by any woman in the Open Era, since 1968, surpassing the four held by Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles. Court holds 11 Australian Open titles overall, most coming before 1968.Henin, who had most of the crowd support at Rod Laver Arena, couldn’t match her fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters’ feat of winning in her Grand Slam comeback tournament. Clijsters won last year’s U.S. Open in her return from a two-year retirement after getting married and having a daughter.Williams won the last four games to clinch the championship in just over two hours, falling on her back in celebration after match point.“It was definitely a tough match mentally and physically,” Williams said. “We were both out there to prove something, and I think we did at the end of the day.”It was an impressive run by Henin. She lost in the final of the Brisbane International tournament to Clijsters two weeks ago.“It’s been a very emotional two weeks for me,” said Henin, who put her hand on her heart as she thanked the crowd for support. “I thought it would never happen to me again. I’d like to congratulate Serena. She’s a real champion.”“It’s good to have her back, it’s exciting,” Williams said of Henin. “She can definitely be No. 1, especially with our ranking system, if she keeps doing well.”The American holds an 8-6 edge in career meetings between the pair, including a 6-2, 6-0 win in Miami in 2008. At the time, it equaled the worst loss for a reigning No. 1, and Henin quit tennis two months later.Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova are Williams’ next goal, with 18 majors each.“Honestly, I’m just doing what I can. I obviously enjoy playing in Melbourne, clearly,” Williams said. “I never thought I could catch up with Martina, because she’s such an amazing champion.”Last Friday Serena and sister Venus won their fourth Australian Open doubles title beating Cara Black and Liezel Huber 6-4, 6-3 in the final at Rod Laver Arena. It was the 11th time the Williams sisters have combined for a Grand Slam doubles title. by Dennis PassaAssociated Press Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)—Serena Williams won her second straight Australian Open championship, ending Justine Henin’s hopes of a Grand Slam title in her return from retirement with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory Jan. 30.Williams withstood a determined challenge from Henin before securing her fifth Australian Open title overall and 12th Grand Slam singles championship overall, tying Billie Jean King.last_img read more

Leafs hold off Rebels to edge Sunflower City squad 4-3

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs continue to struggle to put together 60 minutes of hockey.The Green and White held off a late charge to edge the Castlegar Rebels 4-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Dale Howell scored twice while Jack Karran and David Lenzin added singles as the Leafs built a 4-0 lead after two periods.However, the roof, almost, fell in on the Leafs as Castlegar struck for three goals in six minutes of play to erase the four-goal margin.Castlegar out shot the Leafs 34-32, including a 14-11 margin in the third period.Logan Styler, with a pair of markers, and Jesse Reeds replied for a Rebels team that has lost four consecutive games. Devin Allen won for the second time in the Leafs net while Jason Mailhoit took the loss between the pipes for Castlegar.Nelson, which lost 5-2 Friday against Beaver Valley, keeps pace with the Nitehawks in Murdoch Division standings.Beaver Valley, after winning a pair of games during the weekend, leapfrogs past Grand Forks Border Bruins into top spot in the division.The Hawks 6-3-1-0-1 record is one point better than the Bruins.Grand Forks dropped its first game in five games, losing 4-3 in overtime to Fernie Ghostriders.Justin Peers scored his second of the game in double overtime period to lift the Riders past the Bruins.Grand Forks had tied the game with one second remaining on the power play. Logan Klatt beat Brandon Butler in the Fernie nets.Yoan Rodrigue and Connor Brennan also scored for the Bruins.Fernie out shot the Border Bruins 43-38 in the contest.BLUELINES: Leafs Dale Howell leads the team in scoring, one point in front of teammate Sawyer Hunt. Howell has seven goals and seven assists in 10 games. . . . Leafs continue to look for the right fit in goal as Josh Bolding got the start Friday in Fruitvale. . . .The Leafs staged its annual parent weekend. Player’s parents attended both games as well as an afternoon banquet Saturday at the Hume Hotel.last_img read more

BOBBY Z MAN FLIES LATE TO TAKE $60,000 RIVER SPECIAL ALLOWANCE PURSE; GONZALEZ, ABRAMS TEAM TO WIN BY 1 ½ LENGTHS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 17, 2015)–Bobby Z Man flew from mid-pack to win Friday’s $60,000 River Special allowance by 1 ½ lengths, as the 4-year-old Unusual Heat gelding covered 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13.27. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez and trained by Barry Abrams, Bobby Z Man stepped up from a first condition allowance win over the course on April 10 to register his second consecutive win.Off at 9-2 in a field of nine older horses, Bobby Z Man paid $11.40, $5.00 and $3.40. Bred in California by Abrams and Huston Racing Stable and owned by Huston Racing Stable, Little Red Feather Racing and Bob Zieman, “Bobby Z” got his fifth win from 14 career starts and with the winner’s share of $36,000, improved his earnings to $200,512.“Not bad at all,” is how Abrams summed up the winner’s effort. “He’s a nice horse. If there’s a race next week, he’ll be in it, as long as he’s okay. It wasn’t the ideal trip for him. He likes to be on the outside but he was stuck on the inside. Once he got to the outside though, he took off.”Runner-up Indexical, who was ridden by Mario Gutierrez, pressed the pace, entered the stretch three-wide, opened up a one length advantage inside the sixteenth pole, but couldn’t hold off the late charge of the winner. Off as the 2-1 favorite, he paid $3.20 and $2.60.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Irish-bred Home School sat second down the hill and battled gamely at the rail to hold the show. Off at 4-1, he paid $3.00 to show.With longshot Rosengold showing the way to the three sixteenths pole, fractions on the race were 21.96, 44.39 and 1:07.44.Earlier in the day, the legendary Zenyatta’s first foal, Cozmic One, a 3-year-old colt by Bernardini, made a disappointing debut, running sixth and last in the second race, a maiden special weight at one mile. He was the 9-5 second choice.There was one winning Pick Six ticket on Friday and it was worth $60,030.40. The ticket was purchased for an as yet undisclosed sum through XpressBet.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30– EARLIER IN THE DAY, ZENYATTA’S FIRST FOAL, COZMIC ONE, HAS DISAPPOINTING DEBUT RUN;ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET, PURCHASED XPRESSBET, PAYS $60,030.40last_img read more

Help the Ballyshannon Franciscan brothers help others

first_imgAn 800-year-old campaign to help the poor continues this Friday evening with the annual missionary fund-raising Fior Ceili at the Franciscan Friary Hall in Rossnowlagh, outside Ballyshannon.Franciscans have been helping the poor and providing humanitarian relief around the world since founder Francis knelt in prayer to raise funds to repair a crumbling church outside Assisi in Italy in the early 13th century.Music at Friday’s ceili from 8pm to 11 pm will be provided by Ceili Time, a group formed by two McGlone brothers from Omagh. There will be a raffle and prizes and the €10 admission fee includes refreshments.Help the Ballyshannon Franciscan brothers help others was last modified: August 27th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BROTHERSdonegalFranciscan FriaryRossnowlaghlast_img read more

Día De Los Muertos: Mexican Culture in Film

first_imgMajor studios are seeing the benefit of featuring other cultures in their blockbuster films. Let’s take a look at one of the most popular topics: Mexico’s Día De Los Muertos.Cover Image: Set of Spectre via 007Just like the Mexican directors and Mexican cinematographers currently dominating the US box office and award ceremonies, Mexican culture is also finding the spotlight in film. Mexico’s biggest annual event is Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead. The celebration has now made its way into several major feature films.Mexican culture has always been an influence on animators, so it should come as no surprise that traditional Mexican culture first started appearing in animated films. The stunning colors of Mexico would first appear in animated films like The Three Caballeros in 1944.For many in the United States, The Three Caballeros was their first look at the culture and history of Mexico. The film followed Donald Duck as he travelled to Mexico, brilliantly blending animation and live footage shot throughout the country.Even though Mexico had been featured in animated films and countless westerns, Día de los Muertos was not a subject often presented. Until recently, the celebration had been seen as taboo. American and western audiences didn’t openly talk about death, let alone celebrate it. Before continuing, we will need to cover a little history of Día de los Muertos.The History of Día de los MuertosImage via El PaisDía de los Muertos (actually just called Día de Muertos in Mexico) is a holiday that celebrates friends and family members who have died. The purpose of the holiday is to remember a person’s life and to pray for their continuing spiritual journey.The celebration actually dates back thousands of years to an Aztec festival dedicated to Mictecacihuatl, the Queen of the Underworld. The month-long celebration originally took place during the 9th Aztec month. After the Spanish colonization and introduction of the Roman Catholic church, the festival moved to align with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.Día de los Muertos begins on October 31st. On that day, families build altars with offerings — called ofrendas — for their dead loved ones. The altars are decorated with marigold flowers, sugar skulls, bread, and the favorite food and drinks of the deceased. These ofrendas are typically built at home, and often transported to the cemetery.On November 1st, Día de los Angelitos – Day of the Little Angels – is celebrated. This day is dedicated to children that have died. The day is also called Día de los Inocentes – Day of the Innocents. November 2nd is the true Día de los Muertos, in which the deceased adults are celebrated. The traditions vary among the towns. In fact, since the celebration is steeped in Aztec culture, it was only celebrated in central and southern Mexico. Northern Mexico didn’t truly celebrate the day until the 1960s, when Día de los Muertos became a national holiday. In 2003, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added Día de los Muertos to the list of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.As the celebration became widely celebrated it Mexico, it was also gaining traction elsewhere, too. Countries like Brazil and Spain had their own versions of the celebration. As the influx of Mexican immigrants to the United States grew, so did the influence of the culture. There was certainly a backlash, as was common with any type of major immigration to the US, but we are now starting to see Mexican culture celebrated in mainstream media.Día de los Muertos in FilmImage via 007As Mexican culture has been embraced, particularly in the southern portion United States, Día de los Muertos has been growing in popularity. One of the reasons why is the introduction of the celebration to children. Kids had always favored Halloween and ‘Trick or Treating’ for candy, but over the past few decades, children have been the first to learn about Día de los Muertos. The celebration was making its way into animated films.The Halloween Tree (1993)In the early 1990s, The Halloween Tree made its way onto television screens across the country. The film actually dealt with some dark aspects, as a group of kids tries to save the soul of one of their friends. In doing so, they learn the origins of Halloween celebrations all over the world. The big final set piece takes place in Mexico during Día de los Muertos. Image via Holiday Film ReviewsThe children each eat a sugar skull with their name on it, and in doing so they overcome their fear of death. Therefore death loses its power over them in life, and they are able to save their friend.The Halloween Tree was adapted from a book written by Ray Bradbury, who narrated the film. It also featured the voice of of Leonard Nimoy. The show was a monster hit, winning a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program and a nomination for Outstanding Animated Children’s Program.The Book of Life (2014)Image via ReelFXMexican director and producer Guillermo del Toro wanted to bring Día de los Muertos to the screen like never before. Unfortunately, the film turned out to be harder to create than originally planned. Del Toro teamed up with animator Jorge R. Gutiérrez to create the film.It took a while to find financiers. We were very obscure. But I think Jorge is such a good director, and the world we have created is so beautiful, that eventually people went, ‘We want to do this.’ – Guillermo del ToroThe film was first offered to DreamWorks, who passed on creative differences. The up-and-coming studio ReelFX jumped at the chance to make the film. They cast Mexican star Diego Luna, as well as a cast of Hollywood heavyweights like Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, and Ron Perlman.Image via ReelFXJorge Gutierrez wanted the film to look just like the incredible concept art. He also did not allow his animators to go on research trips to Mexico, fearing they would only be influenced by the tourist aspects of the country. He drew from his own personal memories and experiences to help create the vivid and colorful world. The result was absolutely stunning. The film does suffer from some traditional family comedic aspects to appeal to wider audiences, but the animation alone was other worldly. The character design was fantastic, and once the characters traveled into the Land of the Remembered, the colors and architecture really did come to life.Image via ReelFXThe Book of Life was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the Golden Globes and won an Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Design in an Animated Feature Production.In this behind-the-scenes video, you can see director Jorge Gutierrez work with his team of animators on all the intricate details of the animation.Spectre (2015)Image via 007The next James Bond film, Spectre, will actually begin in Mexico during a Día de los Muertos celebration. Director Sam Mendes wanted the audience to be dropped right into a very rich environment at the start of the picture.For six months, the crew constructed incredibly elaborate set pieces. This included the giant parade floats, down to the individual jackets and dresses – all of which were custom made for the film. The goal was to make sure that death was prominently featured in every costume. Over 1500 extras were used on set. The face paint alone required a team of makeup artists to paint 20 extras at a time.It’s gonna be the most visually exciting opening to a Bond, ever. – Naomi DonneHere is an amazing behind-the-scenes look at Día de los Muertos in the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre.Pixar’s Coco (2017)Image via Disney/PixarNow Disney and Pixar are working on a Día de los Muertos film slated for 2017. Coco is a film that will follow a 12-year-old boy named Miguel, who discovers a mystery leading him to the world of the dead.Image via Disney/PixarThe film is only in pre-production, yet Disney made a major PR disaster when they filed a copyright claim on the term “Día de los Muertos.” There was a huge outcry from the Mexican community, and many campaigns were launched calling for Disney to remove their trademark request.The company did so, admitting they were only trying to copyright potential film titles. Following the outcry, Disney hired Mexican artists for consultation on the film.This is only the beginning for Mexican culture in film. The Latino audience is a major player in ticket sales, and studios are taking notice. Much like the globalization of blockbuster films, studios are seeing the benefits of including worldwide cultures in their films.last_img read more