[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.
As temperatures drop and Christmas carols begin playing on the radio, the time to search for the right tree is here. People have been buying and decorating trees to celebrate Christmas for more than 500 years. Almost 30 million live Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. every year. UGA Extension experts share these tips for choosing the right tree.Planning ahead: Moorhead said to “check the height of your ceiling before leaving the house,” and buy a tree a foot shorter than this to be sure it will fit comfortably inside. Think about the taper and fullness you need, based on the room you are putting it in. Picking the tree: The freshest trees will be available at choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms. Buying trees from farms also supports local farmers.Shake the tree before you buy it. Lots of needles falling off is a bad sign that can indicate a dead tree.Check for insects and dead needles around the middle of the tree as these could also indicate a dead tree.Be careful not to pick a droopy looking tree, this probably means it’s gone too long without water.Pick a tree with a straight trunk that is between six and eight inches long. This will make it easier to cut the base and put it in a stand. Caring for the tree:When you get home with your tree, cut an inch off of the base and immediately put it in water.The tree should go in a stand that holds at least one gallon of water. Plain water, without sugar or fertilizer, is best for the tree.Make sure to check the water supply for the tree, especially when you’ve just gotten it because “the first couple of days the tree will go through a lot of water,” Moorhead said. Options for recycling your tree:Use the main stem for firewood.Create a fish attractor by weighting the tree and sinking it to the bottom of a pond.Grind the tree for mulch.Take it to a box store that will chip the wood and donate it.Donate your tree to “Bring One for the Chipper,” a Keep Georgia Beautiful program that recycles Christmas trees by making them into mulch for use in community projects.
Renewable energy– as HECI seeks authorisation from GEARegion One’s Hosororo Creek has been targeted by the Hinterland Electrification Company Incorporated (HECI) as the site for construction of a hydropower plant. Application for the requisite licence is currently before the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA).According to the gazetted notice, HECI wants the requisite licence to construct and operate a 20-kilowatt hydropower facility at Hosororo. According to the notice, the energy derived therefrom will be used to supply the Mabaruma Power Company.The notice also informs that “any person may, within 21 days of the first publication of this notice, lodge with the Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Energy Agency a petition to the Minister, objecting to the grant of the licence.”Located in Guyana’s administrative area known as Region One, the Barima/Waini region, Hosororo has been touted as a tourist destination. It has a waterfall at which work on creating a hydropower facility to service nearby communities was carried out years ago.HECI is under the dominion of the Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI). Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has only recently provided updates on a number of multi-million-dollar hydro and solar power projects that had seemingly been gathering dust somewhere.Patterson has also spoken of a US$3.8 million solar farm, to be funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and constructed at Bartica, Region Seven. The minister has indicated that construction of this farm would be completed by the end of 2018.Meanwhile, the private developer of the Tumatumari hydro project has been given a deadline to reach financial closure with the project’s investors. By the time this deadline has arrived, all agreements are expected to have been signed and conditions met in order to allow for the dispensing of funds.Patterson has noted that if that developer — in this case the Tumatumari Hydro Inc — proves unable to meet the July month end deadline set by the state for financial closure to the project, Government would take over the project.In regard to the US$2 million Kato hydropower project, Patterson has said that funding has been secured for the project and work will commence when the weather permits.He has also spoken of securing funding from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to establish photo-voltaic (PV) farms at Port Kaituma (US$1.8 million), Kwakwani (US$2.6 million) and Matthews Ridge (US$2 million).Renewable energy targetsPatterson has provided a breakdown of all the photo-voltaic solar systems they have been installed on Government buildings. Referring to President Granger’s March visit to India to attend the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Founding Conference and Solar Summit, he has said that now that Guyana is a member of this alliance, a line of credit of approximately US$15 million will be available to Guyana.While it has not as yet been allocated, Patterson noted that the idea is to provide funding to utility scale energy for indigenous villages to the tune of four megawatts.He revealed that the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs and the Ministry of Communities will identify these villages. All of this, according to Patterson, culminates in certain targets the Government is trying to meet in renewable energy installation.“So, by the end of 2018, we would have installed about five megawatts of renewable energy; and that’s a commendable feat, coming from 2015 with zero,” Patterson has indicated. “And then, by the end of 2020, when all these projects would have been completed, there would be 29 or 30 megawatts,” he expanded.“So we’re well on our way to achieving our target of trying to become as 100 per cent renewable energy-(powered) as (is) possible. So we have made progress, and we’re just about four or five per cent (completed) at the end of 2018, (but) we’ll triple that by the end of 2020,” Patterson had said.