This year, the long-running SweetWater 420 Fest is celebrating its 15th anniversary overall as well as its 5th Anniversary in Atlanta, GA’s Centennial Olympic Park. On Saturday, the fest offered a heady lineup featuring Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles, The Band of Heathens, Everyone Orchestra, BIG Something, Moon Taxi, and Iration, amongst many others.This year’s festival designated a generous 3.5-hour Saturday headlining slot to the musical kings of the Georgian swamps, Widespread Panic. A free video stream was offered by Nugs.tv, capturing the glory in video form as well as the usual live streams presented by the MIXLR app and panicstream.com. As is tradition these days, the rockers threw down a badass old-school show with John Bell in the forefront wearing an entirely black letterman jacket with a backward Bojangles hat that declared “I love my chicken!”The six-piece band of holy crusaders emerged from the endless smoke clouds billowing from the audience to nail a sizzling rendition of “All Time Low”. Jimmy Herring tumbled barrel after barrel of lightning licks down the waterfall while JB advised to “shoot first; ask questions later, if anybody mess with you.” The intense tempo cascaded downward as the Panics soared through the first half of “Surprise Valley” before a smokin’ cover of P-Funk’s “Red Hot Mama” threatened to consume the entire city in flames.A sanctified “Pleas” restored order in Centennial Olympic Park as the uplifting music nurtured the wounded souls, reminding the audience “Don’t let it get too dark.” “Who Do You Belong To?”, a crisp cover of fellow Georgian rockers, The Bloodkin, transpired through the wisps of smoke before the percussionists led into the second half of “Surprise Valley.”John Bell led the stage through a mystical “Hatfield” where the chance of rain skyrocketed as the “smoke teared an angel’s eye” and JB captivated with a whirlwind improvised rap. A serene “Holden Oversoul” saw Jimmy Herring accompany the “ghost of a clown, [who] danced in and did a few tricks and danced out again.” The jaunty rhythm of “Sell, Sell” transitioned fluidly into a bouncing “Love Tractor” for an explosive end to the first set.Upon return, Widespread Panic dazzled with the absurdly wild ride of “Pigeons”, the audience bobbing their heads to the beat. Dave Schools kept that bass line stomping with a cover of J.J. Cale’s “Travelin’ Light” which reminded everyone of the only way to fly. JoJo Hermann took the vocal lead on “Greta”, while JB echoed yowling punctuations with his own personal reverb and Schools provided feral howls to the vocal mélange. After a burning-hot transitional jam, Widespread introduced the lively beat of Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” while JB lit a cardboard and charcoal fire in a barrel and began to warm the place up with his suave vocals.After giving the barrels fire time to grow, JoJo’s keys teased Little Feat’s “Dixie Chicken” before patiently dancing his way into “Ribs & Whiskey” as Schools stepped up to hammer home the swinging bass. JB, JoJo, and Schools threw a grate over the barrel-fire and began roasting meat. As the jam wound on, Schools and JB drizzled barbecue sauce over the slow-cooked ribs and took a break to eat while Jimmy Herring brought the audience to a time and place where hunger didn’t exist. The boys finally returned with whiskey breath and saucy fingers to pick up the shards of the time-space continuum that Jimmy Herring left shattered.Sticking to the classics, Schools introduced “Rebirtha” and shadowed JB’s lead vocals (“I know I’ve seen your face before… Maybe in a past life…? Maybe, it was last night, I really don’t know”). An exuberant jam returned to Earth on cue with a Jimmy Herring head nod, and after a small pause, JoJo’s piano blazed a trail into the crowd-favorite “Tall Boy.” The crowd guzzled down a double dose of JB and JoJo sharing vocals in this tasty treat as Schools lent his potent additives to the choral concoction. Schools and JB were sporting identical devilish grins, and some exchange between the two caused JB to include “Monumental expressions/ Silhouetted faces” into the second verse with a chuckle.JoJo remained at the helm for a prehistoric romp around the boneyard with a lively “Big Wooly Mammoth” to resurrect the shaggy beast from the Ice Age into the “Fortnite world” of today. Not many lighters were thrown for this “Mammoth”, as many in the audience elected to save their personal torches for other holiday-appropriate purposes.To close the second set, the Panic men performed a raucous “Chilly Water”. The position in the setlist seemed to intentionally give tokers ample time to light up before the water flew, and equal parts water and smoke were released into the local atmosphere. The party anthem, written during a time when JB worked as a landscaper, examines the political discussions of enclosure and water privatization.Returning for an encore, the band wisely chose these two songs to extinguish the several small fires around the park that were threatening to connect and burn the stage down. First, they unleased a 4/20-friendly cover of Van Morrison’s “And It Stoned Me.” Widespread Panic finished off their first night of music with another Bloodkin cover, “Makes Sense to Me.” The song posits three different social injustices that provoked violent retribution outside the courtroom in which the narrator admits that it “Makes Sense to Me.” The last verse begins with “Talking to a black man from Atlanta”, appropriate to the setting.Widespread Panic returns to the stage at 6:30 PM EST tonight for one last gallivant through Atlanta with a special Easter Sunday service. Never miss a Sunday show, especially when Widespread returns to the South.Widespread Panic – Sweetwater 420 Fest – 4/20/19 – Full Pro-Shot Video[Video: nugsnet]Widespread Panic will once again take the stage at SweetWater 420 Fest tonight, Sunday, April 21st, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. You can watch a free live webcast of the performance here. For a full list of Widespread Panic’s upcoming tour dates, head here.Setlist: Widespread Panic | SweetWater 420 Fest | Atlanta, GA | 4/20/19Set One: All Time Low, Surprise Valley > Red Hot Mama > Pleas > Who Do You Belong To? > Surprise Valley, Hatfield, Holden Oversoul, Sell Sell > Love Tractor (68 mins)Set Two: Pigeons, Travelin’ Light, Greta > Life During Wartime, Ribs and Whiskey, Rebirtha, Tall Boy, Big Wooly Mammoth > Chilly Water (77 mins)Encore: And It Stoned Me, Makes Sense To Me (11 mins)
August 07, 2017 Governor Wolf Touts Economic Opportunities of Almono Site and Hazelwood Business District SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy, Innovation, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by state and local leaders today as his Jobs That Pay tour visited the Almono-Hazelwood Mill 19 redevelopment site, part of a massive revitalization of the largest remaining brownfield in Pittsburgh that has been made possible with significant state support, followed by a walking tour of the Hazelwood Business District.“The transformation from brownfield to a new opportunity at Almono will be a shining example of how state government, working with the private sector, non-profits, foundations, higher education and community groups, can lead on rebuilding communities and creating better opportunities for working families,” said Governor Wolf. “Once complete, this project will establish a new standard for urban riverfront property creating jobs and opportunities through high-quality design and sustainability.”The 178-acre LTC Steel Hazelwood site was purchased in 2002 by the Heinz Endowments, and the foundation of Richard King Melon, Benedum, and McCune. The project, named for the Allegheny, Ohio, Monongahela rivers, will transform the site into a vibrant job center with more than two million square feet of new office and research and development space.The cavernous Mill building, formerly Mill 19, is a centerpiece of the redevelopment, with an energy efficient structure constructed within the shell of the former steel mill building to house future research and development for advanced additive manufacturing and robotics research.“We are pleased to have Governor Wolf visit our site today, as we are preparing to launch one of the largest and most ambitious redevelopment projects in Pennsylvania,” said Don Smith, President of the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC). “Our plan takes this Mill building which was the home of the last industrial revolution and positions it at the center of the next industrial revolution in robotics and manufacturing. Critical funding from the Commonwealth allows us to reclaim and remediate this vacant industrial landscape and restore the family and community sustaining jobs it once hosted.”Redevelopment of the building is supported by a $2 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant, as well as investments through the Department of Community and Economic Development, including a $5 million Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority loan and $562,500 from the Industrial Sites Reuse program.Following the visit to the Mill building, Councilman O’Connor lead a tour of the Hazelwood Business District with stops at several businesses.“Today’s tour is an opportunity to showcase the Hazelwood Business District and small business growth that has spurred from strategic collaboration between the public and private sectors,” said Councilman Corey O’Connor. “The redevelopment of the Almono site and the revitalization happening in the community have reignited excitement and hope throughout the community.”
There is nothing wrong with the 22-11 record held by the Clippers, unless you take a closer look. Against teams currently with winning records, they are just 6-9.Power forward Blake Griffin, speaking Friday morning prior to the team’s first real practice since Dec. 5, admitted that although it was nice to get a couple of consecutive victories heading into 2015 over losing teams Utah and New York, his team must show more against the elite.“Wins are wins,” he said, “but, yeah, we need to play better against better teams and, you know, have better showings at least. It’s nice to have a couple of wins; we’ll take those no matter what. But we need to start playing a little better.”If the Clippers are to realize their goal of playing for the NBA championship, they will have to get much better. Therefor, the subsequent question posed to coach Doc Rivers and point guard Chris Paul was, does this team have enough to do that? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I like my team,” he said. “If I do, I do. But I like the team and if something comes up, then we’ll do it. But yeah, I like our team.”Practice? Really?No thanks to a crazy schedule that saw the Clippers play 15 games in 26 days – with three back-to-backs and never more than a day between games – the Clippers had not practiced in 28 days. Griffin doesn’t ever remember that happening during his five-year career.“Never,” he said. “We were probably close last year a couple of times, but I don’t think ever this long. So it’s like a weird feeling. I mean, you’re getting taped, getting ready for practice and haven’t done it in so long.“But I think everybody’s excited about it and hopefully everybody comes in focused and have the right mind-set and get some work done.”Griffin was queried as to what in his mind the team needed to work on most.“Defensively, I think, it’ll be a main focus for us,” he said. “Transition defense, defending the 3, defending the second and third efforts, pick and roll.” Like Griffin, Paul was looking forward to practicing.“It’s going to be good to compete, get after each other a little bit,” he said. “Us guys that play all the minutes just about every night, you know, it’s tough sometimes on the younger guys to … they’re not playing much in the game and we don’t really have much practice time. So it’s good for them, for all of us, to get up and down and sharpen some things up.”Paul agreed that more of the focus should be on his team’s defense, which is allowing 100.2 points, tied for 17th in the league. “I think so,” said Paul, whose team Saturday night at 7:30 takes on the league-worst Philadelphia 76ers, who were 4-26 before a game Friday at Phoenix. “I think we’re getting everybody healthy and we’re still trying to put it together.”Rivers had an interesting response.“I have no idea, I’ll let you know when we’re in the playoffs,” he said. “I mean, I don’t know this early. It’s a good question. But I think if you ask any coach they’d say they think so, and they don’t know, at the same time.“So we’ll just keep working and figure it out.”A reporter kept at Rivers, specifically asking if he needs to add another piece to the puzzle. Rivers, also president of basketball operations, balked.
“We have to work together to protect children in distress, who suffer neglect, abuse or exploitation,” says President Jacob Zuma (Image: Tagalog) The ’Believe in Zero’ campaign, organised by Unicef, calls on all South Africans to unite behind the goal of zero violence against children.(Images: Unicef) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lumka Oliphant Media Liaison for the Department of Social Development +2783 484 8067 RELATED ARTICLES • Antarctic team did it for children • Spotlight on SA’s street children • Educated Africans teach SA children • Pens for needy children • Madiba: role model for SA youthCadine PillayPresident Jacob Zuma launched Child Protection Week, the annual awareness campaign that promotes the protection of children and their rights in Kimberly in the Northern Cape on Sunday 27 May.A growing concern for the president is that there are children who live in extreme poverty and for whom life remains a struggle, even after 18 years of democracy.“We have to work together to protect children in distress, who suffer neglect, abuse or exploitation,” said Zuma.One way to succeed in protecting the country’s children is by learning and upholding the Children’s Act, an important part of our Constitution. Zuma urged all South Africans to make an effort to this effect.Operating under the theme Working Together to Protect Children, this year’s campaign was adopted by the National Child Care and Protection Forum as it upholds the government’s commitment to child protection in partnership with civil society.During Child Protection Week, South Africans are urged to wear a green ribbon in support of the campaign. The ribbon demonstrates commitment and support to protecting the rights of children.Know the Children’s ActThe South African Constitution outlines a society that respects the equality and dignity of every person – children and adults alike.The government has, in the past few years, worked to ensure that the Constitution, legislation and policies as well as international instruments – such as the Children’s Act 38 of 2005, the Sexual Offences Act 32 of 2007, the Child Justice Act, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child – are in place to provide statutory protection towards providing a better life for children.In a report on South Africa’s children last year, the minister for women, children and people with disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, said her department is committed to creating an environment to ensure the constitutional obligations, policies and legislative frameworks of all children’s rights.About eight-million children receive nutritious meals daily from the government’s school feeding scheme to improve concentration and performance in school.“We have noted with pride that our democracy has made signiﬁcant progress over the past years in creating a better South Africa for children,” Xingwana said. “However, we also acknowledge that there are still many challenges that our children and their caregivers and communities face today.”The Children’s Act came into effect in April 2010 and is administered by the Department of Social Development. It sets out principles relating to the care and protection of children and defines the related parental responsibilities and rights.The objectives of the Children’s Act are to promote the preservation and strengthening of families; to give effect to certain constitutional rights of children; to give effect to the country’s obligations concerning the well-being of children; to make provision for structures, services and means for promoting and monitoring the sound physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional and social development of children; and to strengthen community structures which can assist in providing care and protection for children.Speaking at the launch, Zuma said the government was doing its part to ensure the safety of children.“Government is focusing on five priorities regarding children. Those are education, health, rural development, creating decent work and the fight against crime.”Zuma also emphasised the need for a good family life, saying this could assist in dealing with the many social ills.“We must invest in a better society in the way we raise children. We must promote the positive values of ubuntu and respect,” he said.“Our children must know that they have to respect themselves, their parents, peers and every other member of society.”Community involvementThe launch started with a visit to the home of the Pico family in Donkerhoek, Galeshewe. The eldest of the household’s three siblings, Kealeboga, is 23 years old and unemployed. The family lives on the social grant payouts she receives on behalf of her younger sisters since the deaths of their parents and grandparents some years ago.“I thank the neighbours for helping these children. This challenge needs more efforts from all of us,” said Zuma, who expressed concern at their living conditions.Social development minister Bathabile Dlamini, who accompanied the president, called on communities to assist child-headed households and promised that the government would continue to reach the poor though social grants.More than 10-million children benefit from social grants in South Africa every month.‘Believe in Zero’In the run up to Child Protection Week, Unicef also launched a new campaign – Believe in Zero – which calls on all South Africans to unite behind the goal of zero violence against children.The campaign highlights the role everyone has to play in the protection of children, not just the authorities.“South Africa’s levels of violence against children are among the highest in the world,” said Unicef representative Aida Girma.“Tens of thousands of children are victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation every year – and offenders often go unpunished.”Statistics from the South African Police Service confirm there were more than 54 000 reported crimes against children between 2010 and 2011. However, crimes against children are largely underreported and the real figure could be much higher.Sexual offences make up about half of that figure, while around 30% of victims are under the age of 10 years. Research has shown that in most abuse cases, the offenders are known to the children.A Unicef report titled A Programme of Cooperation between government and Unicef for 2013 to 2017 highlights conditions under which many South African children are forced to live. The report shows that poor children are 17 times more likely to experience hunger and three times less likely to complete school than children from wealthier backgrounds.“The government must increase its understanding of inequity and its causes, or lose the child rights battle,” Girma said.World famous singer and Unicef ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka added her voice to Believe in Zero, saying “Child protection starts with every one of us, as individuals – no matter who we are and where we live.”Believe in Zero is also accessible online, with a specially designed Facebook app that urges people to express their support, upload photos or videos, post messages and engage their networks on the goal of the campaign.Among those people who share their views through the app, one passionate supporter will be given the chance to take a field trip with Unicef to see first-hand how the organisation works with partners – and children themselves – towards the fulfilment of child rights.I CareNon-profit organisation I Care is also one of the campaigns devoted to finding meaningful solutions to the challenge of street children in South Africa. Each year over Child Protection Week, I Care joins forces with various organisations to create more awareness around the assistance available to children living on the streets.In the past, I Care has teamed up with KwaZulu-Natal’s Ethekwini Municipality and several of its departments to clean up some of the streets in Durban, a programme that has yielded much success.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When Bennett Musselman isn’t helping farmers with financial business at Heartland Bank, he is working with his Dad and Grandpa at Musselman Farms in Pickaway County. For this 2017 Soybean Planting Cab Cam in 5 foot tall rye grass, brought to you by Fennig Equipment, he visits with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about some of the challenges this spring has dealt his cover crop fields.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl demands intensity lift from playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is demanding a higher level of intensity from his players.The Austrian cancelled a day off last week, conducted intensive video sessions and staged one-on-one meetings with his players. His methods worked wonders as Sunday’s victory over Arsenal, the first at home since April, moved Southampton out of the relegation zone.”You can be sure as long as I am manager that if I have the feeling one guy makes one step less, I will tell him. And when I tell him, I am sure he will immediately improve,” he said.Hasenhuttl rewarded his players with a day off this week and admitted it would be tough to change a winning side. “At the moment I am happy I found a first XI who showed me against Arsenal that it is possible they fit well together,” he said.”I am not in the situation that I’ll change everything because one or the other player is a little bit tired. That is not in my mind at the moment. I am glad I’ve found a first XI and to get in this team is not so easy because they put something in my account and showed me they are able to win.”