Last night, Greensky Bluegrass hit Washington, DC for the second of their three nights at the 9:30 Club with friends Fruition. The collaborations continued with guitarist Kellen Asebroek joining GSBG on “Lose My Way” and “Working on a Building” during the first set.With Anders Beck busting out his new hollow body electric dobro for “Living Over” and teasing the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Jessica” during “Dancin’ In The Dark” in the second set, Greensky Bluegrass shelved another incredible night in their Winter tour.Thanks to TaperJeff, you can enjoy the full show below.The band continues tonight for their third show at DC’s 9:30 Club.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Washington, DC | 9:30 Club | 2/2/17Set I: Steam Powered Areo-Plane, Windshield, Lose my Way (1), Working on a BLDG (1), Doin’ my Time(2)>Dry County>Time, More of Me>KeroseneSet II: Just to Lie>Hold On, Room without a Roof, Living Over(3), I’d Probably Kill You, Leap Year>Dancin’ in the Dark(4)E: Federico(5)(1) – w/ Kellen Asebroek(2) – working on a building tease(3) – Anders on new hollow body electric dobro(4) – Jessica tease(5) – Groundhog & living over intro[Photo by Photo By ontheDL Photo on Greensky Bluegrass Facebook]
The man who conducts the annual Iowa State survey on farmland values says many owners have been able to weather the downturn in the farm economy because they don’t have to make payments on their ground. Wendong Zhang says it’s something that goes with the profile of the state’s residents.“Eighty-two percent of the land is owned debt free. That is in part related to the aging population. There is more and more land owned by aging landowners. Sixty percent is owned by landowners who are 65 or above,” Zhang explains. He says there also seems to be a lot of carry over from the days of record-high commodity prices.“I’m personally suprised how much equity and cash were stored through the golden years from 2003 to 2013,” according to Zhang. “During those years — during that decade — essentially Iowa farmers and across the midwest had seen eight percent annual growth in their adjusted farm income.” But Zhang says there is a growing concern about the continuing increase in the number of farm bankruptcies as the economic downturn continues. He says when land is sold it continues to be mainly an Iowan to Iowan sale.He says there is a growing interest by investors in farmland. “But the majority of the action is still existing local farmers buying land. And buying land very nearby their existing operation as well,” he says. Zhang says the land that is available comes after the owner retires or passes it on.“Half the land are coming from estate sales. Twenty-four percent is coming from retired farmers,” Zhang says. Zhang says those sales are most often to family members or other farmers.
Cape Town archer Karen Hultzer has booked her ticket to London. She is the only South African archer that will represent the country at the 2012 Olympic Games. (Image: Johan Steyn) MEDIA CONTACTS • Johan Steyn CSIR +27 12 841 4473 RELATED ARTICLES • BMX – the cool factor • Running into the history books • Team SA gets rhino mascot • SA loses punching power, not hope Wilma den HartighCape Town archer Karen Hultzer has been included in South Africa’s team that will represent the country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London later this month.Hultzer, who is a landscaper by profession, never thought that her interest in shooting arrows would land her a spot in Team South Africa.Her entry into archery was entirely by chance, and although she’s only been competing for four years, she doesn’t want to do anything else. “I clearly remember driving past the shooting range on my way to clients, and one day I decided I will give it a go,” she recalls.Now the self-admitted adrenalin junkie, who has tried just about every extreme sport there is, thinks that her personality and the requirements of archery are a good match. “A complete calmness comes over me when I am shooting. You feel like you are in a bubble.”Since she’s secured her place on the team going to London, her day job has taken a back seat. Hultzer is putting in extra time to perfect her skill before taking on 64 of the world’s best archers in London, and some of these athletes shoot arrows for a living.Although she is looking forward to the Games – this is her first time at the Olympics – she doesn’t want to become too competitive.“I always want to remember the joy of shooting, and not get too wrapped up in scores and results. One has to enjoy the sport,” she says. “Just going to the Olympics is a major achievement.”Her coach and manager, Johan Steyn, a seasoned archer who has been playing the sport since the age of nine, says that waiting for confirmation from the South African Sports Confederation and Olympics Committee was nerve-wracking.“We knew that there was a 90% chance that we would qualify for the Olympics,” Steyn says. “It never crossed my mind that one day I will represent my country at the Olympics. I was in shock the whole day.”Training for the big dayHultzer says that she is training as much as she can before flying out to London, but she also has to be careful not to train too much. “I am trying to shoot as many arrows as I can to keep up my condition,” she says.She explains that training for archery is somewhat different to other sports. “With this type of sport, although you are not running, you want to make sure that you keep your pulse steady,” she says. “Once the adrenalin starts pumping you can’t be calm and your bow starts moving.”This is where Steyn’s expertise in laser technology comes in handy.The coach, who is a senior laser technologist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is building a pointing device – similar to a laser pointer – to help Hultzer with her form and accuracy during training.In archery the correct body posture is critical. “Archery is not a power sport, it has everything to do with skill and aiming,” he says.At a glance archery might look easy, but it is a very difficult sport to master.“You need arm strength, back strength and perfect alignment,” he says. “You would think that arm strength is important but it is actually back strength that is needed. “According to Steyn there is room to use laser technology in many other sporting disciplines, if only more coaches would realise its potential to help athletes improve their game.“My work involves coming up with creative applications for lasers – and this is one of them,” he says.The benefit of training with lasers is that archers can immediately identify weak areas.“What I am developing is a laser that hooks onto the belt to point out if there is any hip movement,” he explains.Steyn first saw how effective lasers can be when he observed renowned archery coach Pascal Colmaire, World Archery Federation coach and development officer, train in Morocco. “He was using the technology so I thought I could develop a similar application,” he says.He says laser technology helps athletes to correct errors in posture or technique while they are training, instead of playing back a video of their performance.“Athletes get feedback in the moment and they can make adjustments immediately,” he explains. “Using a laser is an excellent tool to show what you are doing wrong, or right.”CSIR National Laser Centre manager Dr Ndumiso Cingo says Steyn’s foresight to apply lasers to archery is a great achievement for the council. “We are even prouder that he also utilises laser technology in his coaching techniques – just another thing that lasers can do well,” Cingo says.Promoting archery in South AfricaBesides coaching, both Steyn and Hultzer are involved in developing archery in South Africa.Steyn says that the upcoming Olympics is the ideal platform. “Karen’s participation in the Olympics can be a big inspiration for other archers in South Africa to improve their skills and perhaps also have a go at qualifying for the next Olympics,” he says.Hultzer, who is also a part-time archery coach, says that children can benefit greatly from taking up archery, particularly those who struggle to concentrate in class or have learning disabilities.“One of the amazing things about this sport is that it helps kids who are struggling at school,” she says. “With this sport, kids can learn how to focus, it builds self-esteem and some children have even seen their school marks improve.”When the Olympics is overHultzer may have found her niche in archery. As much as she loves landscaping, the sport is taking up so much of her time – between coaching and training for the Olympics – that she is considering making it a fulltime career.Currently she coaches people of all ages, from six to as old as 78, and she believes that through archery she can make a difference in people’s lives. “I find that with my students they always just want to see what the score is – but it is what you do that is more important,” she says. “Archery is not about instant gratification. It is a journey.”• Slideshow image courtesy of Meriden Archery Club
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, left, celebrates after scoring during the Spanish Supercup, first leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo has bitterly criticized his five-game suspension for pushing a referee who had sent him off, describing the ban as “persecution.”Ronaldo wrote on his Instagram account on Wednesday that “it is impossible to remain silent in this situation, 5 games!! It seems exaggerated and ridiculous to me, this is called persecution!”ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ronaldo was given an additional four-match ban for shoving the referee in the back after he was shown the red card.Ronaldo concluded his Instagram message with “Thanks to my teammates and fans for their support.”The message was accompanied by a photo of the moment when referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea showed Ronaldo the red card.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has also criticized the extended ban of his best player.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Ronaldo’s outburst came after the Spanish soccer federation ratified his suspension, which was announced on Monday.The Real Madrid forward will miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona later on Wednesday. Madrid holds a 3-1 advantage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe will also miss the first four matches of the Spanish league, which Madrid opens on Sunday at Deportivo La Coruna.Ronaldo was suspended for one match after being sent off during Sunday’s first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Spanish media reports said Madrid appealed Ronaldo’s second yellow card, when the Portugal forward was booked for diving. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES US men’s basketball enters a new world—without its stars Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago View comments
Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GALLERY: LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of his generation with a resume of godlike proportions that include four MVPS, three NBA titles, and countless All-NBA nods.And it’s not just his 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame that has helped him achieve such sporting legacy, but also a belief in one’s self that no other force on earth could ever shatter.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ “For me, it’s all about believing in yourself, uncertainties will come to your mind but you cannot stop believing especially if you put in the work,” said James during his private session with the Gilas players and members of the media for his Strive for Greatness tour.“If you put in the work then I believe it takes care of itself.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonJames have been the subject of heavy scrutiny since his decision to skip college and go straight to the NBA from St. Vincent St. Mary and his controversial move to Miami from Cleveland catapulted him to super villain territory.Still, James triumphed and won two titles and two MVP trophies with the Heat before he returned to Cleveland to steer the Cavaliers’ to the city’s first championship since the Browns ruled the NFL in 1964. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony PLAY LIST 01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:18Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “Sometimes you’ll feel that you’re not doing enough and if you get to that point just look at the mirror,” said James. “At the end of the day you’re the one who’ll control your destiny.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments
Crystal Palace boss Hodgson defends his tactics for Chelsea defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson defended his tactics for defeat to Chelsea.N’Golo Kante struck the only goal of the game, with Hodgson admitting he wanted to keep things tight to the end.The manager said, “We couldn’t be more adventurous unless we wanted to get beaten 4-0 or 5-0. It wasn’t one of our better days technically so we could have opened ourselves up for 40 minutes and see them exploit the spaces, or we could try and do what we did and keep things tight and the keep the game under some sort of control until 20 minutes from the end and try to take our chances.“That’s what we did but it didn’t work as we didn’t score. It was the sort of game where we could have played better on the ball, and they were very, very good in terms of their organisation and structure, so it was going to be a tight game if we could keep it tight. That’s why we lost the game 1-0 and not by a lot of goals.”Reflecting further on the game, he added: “They were very good, but in the first half our discipline was very focussed and we limited their goalscoring chances, and apart from their offside goal I thought we did quite well.“After they scored the goal we missed two opportunities but we couldn’t get hold of the ball enough as they kept it too well and we weren’t able to get it from them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Berlusconi hits out at AC Milan after defeat to Interby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has hit out at his old team after defeat to Inter Milan.The Monza owner has questioned the hiring of Marco Giampaolo.”We didn’t advise anyone, Milan chose him and he had seemed to everyone to be a good Coach. I’ve never met him, so I cannot pass judgment.“Suso is a great champion, but he needs to play as a support striker or behind two strikers. He needs to be put in the right condition to receive the ball, which so far hasn’t happened.”Berlusconi had particularly snide remarks for current Milan directors Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini.“Next question… Let’s just say that I cheered them on when they were players.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Ohio State Black Jerseys ElliottWhile we’re still not sure which Nike schools will be wearing the black alternate jerseys that popped up this past weekend, we do know that fans of at least some of the schools are excited at the possibility. Maybe a few family members of players, too.Tuesday, the mother of Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, Dawn Elliott, apparently tried to go on Fanatics and purchase a black jersey shirt with her son’s number – No. 15. To her dismay, it was already sold out. ain’t this a bleep!? I didn’t get one ordered in time pic.twitter.com/rZ8t8U6Hbb— Dawn (@itz_mizdee) August 4, 2015We’re not sure what the NCAA rules are regarding this kind of thing, but shouldn’t the mothers of players get first crack at their son’s jersey?
OTTAWA — Canada is recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president.A government source who was not authorized to speak publicly says Canada will issue a formal statement shortly, following the lead of the United States.The move comes as Guaido declares himself interim president, just two weeks after Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a contested second term.Canada has accused Maduro of seizing power through fraudulent, anti-democratic elections in May of last year.Earlier this month it rejected the legitimacy of Maduro’s new presidential term, calling on him to immediately cede power to the democratically elected National Assembly until new elections are held.Canada said the suffering of Venezuelans would only worsen should Maduro continue to cling to power.The Canadian Press
America earned a lackluster C- grade on child well-being, according to a national report card released today by First Focus and Save the Children. Artist ambassador for Save the Children, Jennifer Garner, joined Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn., retired) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) to announce the findings of America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S.“The number of Americans living in poverty remains at a historic high, with nearly one in four children knowing all too well what it means to go without,” said Garner. “Childhood poverty sets children up for failure in school, impacts their health, and can pre-determine the course of their lives. So why, then, are children being left out of the conversation during an election season in which the economy is the primary issue? We need to do better for our kids.”Commissioned by Sen. Dodd and Sen. Casey, America’s Report Card provides a holistic picture of unmet needs in five areas of a child’s life: economic security, early childhood education, K-12 education, permanence and stability, and health and safety. The report also urges the American people to take action to boost children’s chances for success in school and life: vote in November’s general election for candidates who support investments in children; hold elected officials accountable for commitments to help children succeed; and engage with other local leaders to improve the lives of children in their own communities.More than 300 policymakers and congressional staff, children’s advocates, and concerned citizens attended the report’s launch. Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, described the grading system and provided an overview of the 2012 grades. Mark Shriver, senior vice president of Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, urged our country’s leaders to summon the political will to end childhood poverty by investing in early childhood education, a key to a brighter future for our children, and our country.“Children can’t appear on cable talk shows, contribute to political campaigns or vote. Politicians know this and listen to the loudest voices in the political arena,” said Sen. Dodd. “With the election quickly approaching, you can be the voice for children. This November, cast a ballot for candidates who will put children first. And after the election, no matter which candidates win, it is up to you to hold them accountable to ensure children are a legislative and budgetary priority.”“The future of our nation rests in our ability to give every child the opportunity to succeed,” said Sen. Casey. “That is why I have fought to build support for initiatives to increase access to early learning programs and to ensure children have access to healthy food. Preparing children for the future must be part of our strategy to continue to grow the economy and create jobs. By giving our children the best shot at success, we can also boost the nation’s productivity, increase prosperity and fuel competitiveness.”“The presidential candidates this year are talking about building an even greater, more prosperous and more competitive nation. And yet, during the first presidential debate, neither candidate mentioned the poverty epidemic affecting the lives of 16 million children in America,” said Shriver. “Reducing the deficit is not mutually exclusive from reducing poverty. Childhood poverty costs our nation $500 billion per year. If the candidates are truly serious about building a stronger America, then a meaningful debate about ending childhood poverty must become part of the conversation.”“We grade kids all the time,” said Lesley. “It’s time to take responsibility as a nation for the decisions that determine whether kids can succeed. We can’t be satisfied with a C-, but raising the grade means getting involved, voting for kids, and holding politicians accountable.”The report card assigned the nation grades in five key domains of a child’s life: Economic security: D, based on the number of children living in poverty, experiencing food insecurity and unstable housing. Early childhood: C-, based on early learning program availability and enrollment, as well as access to child care. K-12 education: C-, based on children’s math, reading and science levels, school resources, the number of at-risk youth, and educational attainment. Permanency and stability: D, based on the well-being of children impacted by the child welfare, juvenile justice, and immigration systems. Health and safety: C+, based on the state of health insurance coverage for children, access to health care and preventive services, public health and safety, and environmental health. Source:Save the Children