[Photo: Christian Stewart] STS9 just wrapped up their Enceladus tour, rounding out an extensive tour in celebration of their 20th year as a band. Earlier in the week, the band shared a behind-the-scenes video of one of their soundchecks to promote their “Supernova” soundchecks, part of the band’s VIP packages in which they welcome a small group of fans before each show. During these special open soundchecks, the band both improvises and takes requests from fans. You can check out a video from one of these special fan soundchecks below, courtesy of the band.Members Of Umphrey’s, Tribe, & The Motet To Perform Special Jazz Set At Dominican HolidazeSTS9 Surprises Fans By Playing Unannounced ‘Artifact’ Set On Their 20th Anniversary [Video/Photo]STS9 will be offering access to “Supernova” soundchecks as part of their VIP experience for their upcoming four-night California New Year’s Eve run. In addition to access to soundchecks, fans who purchase the VIP experience are also offered meet-and-greets with the band, signed gear, and more. Check out more details about the CID packages here, and go to STS9’s website for tickets to their upcoming New Year’s Eve run.
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia’s cotton industry has a problem, and it’s costing farmers and the state money. But scientists and industry leaders say a new University of Georgia facility will help them solve this problem before it gets worse.A cotton microgin is being built on the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Tifton, Ga., campus. It will be used primarily by the UGA CAES cotton team to help Georgia farmers improve their cotton fiber quality.Poor fiber quality has been a costly problem for Georgia farmers for many years. Last year alone, it stripped $43 million in potential income from Georgia farmers, said CAES cotton economist Don Shurley. The production value of Georgia’s 2002 crop was around $356 million.Georgia farmers are penalized about 5 cents per pound of cotton due to fiber quality deductions, Shurley said.”What we’ve got to do is find a way to keep this lost money in Georgia farmers’ pockets,” Shurley said. “That money can help keep those communities that depend on cotton income in jobs and afloat.”The same, just smallerFarmers deliver their cotton to gins, usually in large modules that can weigh around 10,000 pounds. The primary purpose of a standard, high-capacity gin is to separate the cotton seed from the cotton lint. The lint is used to make shirts, jeans and other products. The seed is used to make oil and feed for livestock.The UGA microgin has been designed to handle cotton just like a large gin, just on a smaller scale. It will allow scientists to more efficiently collect data from smaller, experimental cotton samples.The samples will vary from a few pounds to 50 pounds, said Craig Bednarz, a CAES cotton physiologist. Bednarz chairs the microgin project committee.The building will be about the size of a tall barn. The gin is designed to have plexiglass sides so visitors can see what actually happens to the fiber during the ginning process.Georgia’s problems”This microgin will give researchers and producers the data and tools needed to develop better management practices and ways to handle cotton and address cotton problems specific to this area of the country,” Bednarz said.The mission of this facility won’t duplicate microgins in other parts of the United States, said Georgia Cotton Commission Executive Director Richey Seaton.”This facility will support the entire spectrum of cotton research here in Georgia and in the Southeastern region,” Seaton said.Cotton farmers are struggling through a period of low prices. The industry will have to find ways to reduce costs and save money to remain competitive in the world market. “But not at the expense of yields or fiber quality,” Seaton said.The microgin will provide a facility for UGA geneticists, economists, molecular biologists, plant breeders, physiologists, animal scientists and agronomists to not only help farmers, but also work closely with the textile industry and address its concerns.The microgin will cost around $1.5 million. Funds have come from the Georgia General Assembly and federal sources, said David Bridges, assistant dean for the UGA Tifton campus.Cotton fiber quality is graded in six categories: color, staple (length), micronaire (a measure of the fiber surface area), strength, uniformity and extraneous matter.When Georgia farmers deliver their cotton to a gin, a sample is sent to a federal facility in Macon, Ga., to be graded. Cotton from the microgin will go through the same process.
Members of the Mountain-Ski Association (PSD) Lisin from Sarajevo organized this year a mountain excursion in Turkey, where they reached the top of the summit of Kartaltepe on Mount Uludag.Members of PSD Lisin, together with members of PD Igman, PD Konjuh and the Association of Friends of Nature were in Turkey from 20-30 June 2013.25 mountaineers began the ascent to the top of the mountain. The journey lasted for about a few hours and all mountaineers successfully reached the top.After reaching the top and a bit of rest in Bursa, a tourist excursion was organized through Turkey. They visited Istanbul, Izmir, Pamukkale, Efes and Kušadasi.(Source: klix.ba)
A fantastic €10,251 was presented to the Raphoe Pastoral Centre Children’s Counselling Service yesterday by Sarah-Marie McDevitt of Pinehill Studios and organisers of Dance Addictions 2018. The annual dance competition raises funds for local charities each year, and the Pastoral Centre was chosen as the beneficiary of 2018 to support the community children’s project which is seeing an increasing demand for its life-changing services.Dance Addictions organisers present fundraising total to Raphoe Pastoral Centre Children’s Counselling ServiceVolunteers at the Pastoral Centre near St Eunan’s Cathedral have been providing counselling service in Letterkenny for the last 20 years. Thanks to a surprise donation in November 2016, they were able to answer the need for children’s counselling, but more is needed to bring the service to schools. €800 was donated to the centre from a Darts Fundraiser in memory of Hugh Simpson-Callaghan, an Inishowen schoolboy who died suddenly at the age of eight.The donation kick started plans to create ‘Hughie’s Corner’ – a sanctuary for children to speak to professional counsellors.Hughie’s Corner: Raphoe Diocesan Pastoral Centre Children’s Counselling RoomA photo of Hugh Simpson-Callaghan in the Raphoe Diocesan Pastoral Centre Children’s Counselling RoomWithin a month, there were 48 children on the waiting list. In January 2018, there were 21 new referrals of children over 5 years and 36 teenagers. That’s over 50 young people seeking support from a team who all work on a voluntary basis.The integrated counselling team of 12 caters to a broad range of needs, 5 of whom are trained to work with children. The centre operates on a shoestring budget of just under €23,000 per year. “It’s the people who drive it forward,” Liam Cannon, Director of Counselling at the Pastoral Centre, told Donegal Daily.“The people that are here are volunteering for one reason only. It is because they see the difference they are making. They are very good people and the team is very carefully selected and we have people with various skill sets in different modalities of counselling.”Liam Cannon, Director of Counselling at the Pastoral CentreRaphoe Diocesan Pastoral Centre Counselling RoomThe multi-disciplinary and multi-denominational team take in a growing number of referrals from schools, GPs, social workers, mental health services and the church. The centre is open to everybody and there is no limit on the service.“There is a perception sometimes that it belongs to the church and is a Catholic organisation. It does belong to the church, but counselling and any of the services here are open to anybody from any denomination.“Anybody who comes through the door is asked to donate, some can, some can’t. We turn nobody away,” he said. Hughie’s Corner: The Raphoe Diocesan Pastoral Centre Children’s Counselling RoomThe children’s counsellors have 6-9 years of training behind them. Despite this, they are all volunteers and all administrative work is also voluntary.“We can’t continue to expect people to volunteer at that level. Everybody here is coming from a purely therapeutic background. That is important because it is a quality of service you don’t get anywhere else.”Issues that children present with include bereavement, separation, anxiety, while adolescents attend sessions to help with low moods, low confidence, bullying and isolation. Health issues can affect young people’s mental health also, and they present difficulties which require counselling.Therapeutic play items used by children to express feelings in Hughie’s CornerIt is hoped that the next step will bring children’s counselling into local schools for convenient and undisrupted sessions. At present, children come to the centre in the evenings, which means both the counsellors and parents must travel to the centre at nighttime. “This is a major project and while we have started we have a lot more work to do. One of our main issues is the cost in sending counsellors out to the various school.“Our aim is to be able to supply counselling to as many schools as possible as we believe that early intervention can prevent issues emerging later in life,” Liam said.Photo:The Pastoral Centre Counselling Service FacebookThe plan requires support and funding, and it is hoped that through Transition Year fundraisers and local organisations, such as Dance Addictions, it can become a reality soon.“We were fortunate that Pinehill Studios, Sarah Marie McDevitt and Aggie Boylan put a huge amount of work into Dance Addictions. We were delighted to be the charity chosen this year to avail of the funds raised.”For more information on the Pastoral Centre Children’s and Adult counselling services, visit www.raphoepastoralcentre.ie or contact the team on Facebook: www.facebook.com/The-Pastoral-Centre-counselling-service-474651162902799/Demand rises for vital voluntary children’s counselling service was last modified: February 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:children’s counsellingdance addictionsfundingliam cannonmental healthraphoe diocese