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Float Fest, Music And Tubing Festival, Announces Tame Impala, Bassnectar, Snoop, Modest Mouse, & More

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first_imgFloat Fest is an outdoor camping music festival that will take place at Cool River Ranch in Martindale, Texas, on July 21st and 22nd. The festival is set apart by the fact that it also serves as a tubing event, inviting 20,000 music fans daily to take the opportunity to float down the San Marcos River during its two days.For its fifth year in 2018, Float Fest boasts a truly impressive artist lineup as well, tapping Tame Impala, Bassnectar, Snoop Dog, Modest Mouse, Run The Jewels, Lil Wayne, Glass Animals, Toadies, Cashmere Cat, White Denim, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Com Truise, The Suffers, and more for performances.With Tame Impala heading the lineup, Float Fest marks the third announced appearance the massively popular Australian psych-rock act will be making this year in addition to headlining at Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival and California’s Desert Daze. The group last performed in the United States when the band headlined the Panorama Music Festival in New York City last July. The Australian rockers’ set marked only their second U.S. date of the year, which made sense considering they planned to take a bit of a hiatus in 2017.This year, Float Fest has expanded its capacity after an embattled back-and-forth with Guadalupe County officials. While the festival originally requested a permit for 30,000 fans daily, the two parties eventually settled on 20,000 after locals complained about the influx of traffic to the area as well as waste and noise left by attendees. In response, Float Fest founder Marcus Federman and his attorney filed a 150-page safety and traffic plan detailing how the large-scale festival plans to deal with parking control, waste management, and the distribution of 120 police officers. The plan also shared past efforts to ensure the San Marcos River isn’t unduly affected—over the past three years, the festival has spent $10,000 on mesh bags for floaters to use as trash bags in addition to crews cleaning the river during and after the event.As Federman shared with Community Impact, a local news source, “I hope the commissioners would agree and acknowledge that it’s been a different permitting process this year. … What we put in here will be followed to a T, and if it’s not, it’ll be with everybody’s knowledge and acceptance.”For more information on Float Fest and to purchase tickets, you can head over to the festival’s website here.[H/T Pollstar]last_img read more

Florence Dadson wanted more than a draw against Nigeria

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first_imgBlack Queens striker Florence Dadson says they should have won their game against Nigeria on Wednesday.Ghana held Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in their second group game at the ongoing African Women’s championship in Cameroon.The Super Falcons took the lead when Asisat Oshoala challenged for a header and the ball bounced in off Ghana’s Portia Boakye.But three minutes before half-time Ghana won a penalty and captain Elizabeth Addo the equaliser.Ghana’s Samira Suleman and Florence Dadson missed chances to win it.”We should have won the game because we created lots of chances after we equalised,” she said”Now we have four points, we have to go into our game against Mali and score more goals to ensure we top the group.” Ghana and Nigeria are both on four points, with one game each remaining.last_img read more

Severe weather with rain and snow in the forecast as we hit spring

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first_imgJOHNSTON — Forecasters warn severe weather is possible this afternoon for much of central and southern Iowa.It’s the first day of spring but up to 2 inches of snow is likely for northwest Iowa by tonight as a strong storm system arrives. Meteorologist Chad Hahn, at the National Weather Service in metro Des Moines, says 16 counties in northwest Iowa are under a Winter Weather Advisory this evening and into tomorrow.“They’ll get a pretty good shot of precipitation in the form of rain today and as the cold air filters in tonight behind the cold front, that’ll transition over to snow,” Hahn says. “We’ll see some light accumulations and potential travel impacts across northwestern and northern Iowa tonight.”While many Iowans are already thinking of their spring planting plans, some will have to haul out their snow shovels on Friday.“We have about an inch to an inch-and-a-half in the forecast in north-central Iowa, maybe upwards of two inches or so up in the northwestern part of the state,” Hahn says. “I don’t want to focus so much on the amounts as the combination with the northwest winds at 40 miles per hour and even two inches of snow can create some travel headaches.”Parts of southern Iowa may reach 70 degrees this afternoon. The normal high temperature for Des Moines for today’s date is an even 50 degrees, so wide swings are in the making.“As we approach the mid-60s today, obviously, we’ll be about ten or 15 degrees above that,” Hahn says. “As we go through today and behind the cold front tomorrow, high temperatures here in central Iowa will be in the mid-30s so, a change of about 30 degrees and, of course, that’ll be about 15 degrees below what the seasonal temperatures are for this time of year.”Forecasts call for highs back around normal in the 40s and 50s by Monday and into next week.last_img read more

Ghana fever grips South Africa

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first_img1 July 2010All the African teams taking part in the 2010 Fifa World Cup have felt the impetus of home ground advantage. As the last African team remaining in the tournament, Ghana have become the focus of South Africans’ passion for football and uncontained joy at hosting the first Fifa World Cup on the continent.All over South Africa, the Ghanaian colours are finding their way into the homes, cars and wardrobes of local fans.Even at an open air viewing of the Portugal vs Spain match on Tuesday night, George Mahlangu was dressed in his Ghanaian colours, preparing himself for the history books to be rewritten.“It is fantastic to have the Black Stars in the quarter-finals, especially in the World Cup hosted here in South Africa,” said Mahlangu. “All we need is one African team in the quarters, not all six, to fly the flag for Africa.”“Ghana was amazing against the US,” says Lebo Mahlatjie, an ardent African football fan. “They have really put Africa’s presence into this tournament.”For fans like Mahlatjie, the Black Stars epitomise Africa’s efforts both on and off the pitch. “They have a good chance to get through. They have surprised everyone and done Africa proud, whatever happens on Friday.”Ghana will make history on Friday if they beat Uruguay to become the first African team to advance to the semi-finals. “If they manage that, I can’t tell you how wild it will be,” said Mahlatjie. “It will be the greatest day.”The successes of the Ghanaian team has converted many local people, many of whom were not necessarily the biggest football fans before. “They play great football,” says Samantha Robb. “It feels fantastic to see them doing so well, you have to support them.”For Robb, the thought of Ghana winning is almost too much to bear. “I will celebrate Africa’s success. Together we have come so far, and this is our World Cup, already we have broken perceptions around what Africa can do.”South African fans will turn out in their thousands on Friday night to root for the Black Stars. “I have a ticket to the game,” says Tebogo Mutlanyune. “Ghana is representing Africa for all of us, and I want to support that. Black Stars all the way!”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Fish farm virus could have impact on wild salmon says biologist

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first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsFootage of effluent spewing into the ocean from pipes at two farmed fish processing plants on Vancouver Island went viral last November.At issue was whether piscine reovirus, also known as PRV, was in that effluent.It is a potentially deadly virus that has been linked to heart and skeletal muscle inflammation in farmed fish.Alexandra Morton is an independent scientist that’s been warning First Nations and the government that PRV is a threat to wild salmon.“It’s heart failure for wild fish,” said Morton. “A wild fish has to be a supreme athlete every single day of the year to catch food, to escape killer whales, escape sea lions.”Testing on the effluent came back positive but according to the BC Salmon Farmers Association that isn’t surprising.“PRV is known to be carried in the blood of some salmon. It is quite prevalent on salmon farms,” said Jeremy Dunn, spokesperson for the association.“That hasn’t been a virus of concern from a waste water treatment perspective. The science to date would suggest that this virus is relatively harmless.”The province says it’s committed to protecting wild salmon and are reviewing fish processing plants.“British Columbians expect their government to ensure any discharge into the water is safe, and does not threaten wild salmon,” said George Heyman, minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in a [email protected]last_img read more

Twentytwo per cent of TV homes in Ukraine now rec

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first_imgTwenty-two per cent of TV homes in Ukraine now receive signals via satellite, according to satellite operator SES, with 98% of those homes – 3.6 million – receiving signals from SES’s satellites.According to the SES Satellite Monitor, carried out in conjunction with the Establishment Survey and conducted by GfK Ukraine, terrestrial and cable distribution fell slightly last year, down from eight million terrestrial homes in 2011 to 7.6 million in 2012, with a drop in cable homes from 5.8 million to 5.2 million.According to the survey, satellite is the dominant digital platform, with 86% of the country’s 4.3 million digital households being satellite homes. Eighty-four per cent of HD homes receive signals via satellite.Most Ukrainian satellite homes receive signals from the Astra 4A and Astra 1G satellites at 5° East and 31.5° East respectively. The 31.5° East position will be boosted by the launch later this year of Astra 5B.last_img read more