A few weeks ago, Jam Cruise made serious waves in the jam community when the beloved musical cruise and destination event announced that it would be expanding to six days and three port stops. Jam Cruise 17 will take place from January 15th to 21st in 2019, returning to the Norwegian Jade for stops in Belize City, Belize, and Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico.Today, the event has finally dropped its highly anticipated Jam Cruise 17 lineup, which is headed by Umphrey’s McGee, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Kamasi Washington, Khruangbin, and Hot Tuna Electric with Steve Kimock. Known for their diverse and all-star lineup all around, Jam Cruise 17 will also see performances by Leftover Salmon, The Motet, ALO, Turkuaz, Spafford, Fruition, TAUK, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Melvin Seals & JGB, Andy Frasco & The U.N., The Nth Power, SunSquabi, The Porter Trio, Matador! Soul Sounds, Toubab Krewe, Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino, Monophonics, Southern Avenue, Jon Stickley Trio, Magicgravy, Star Kitchen, The Sweet Lillies, Nathan Moore, Everyone Orchestra, DJ Soul Sister, and Subset.Given the event’s focus on jams, the cruise will be hosting a number of special all-star supergroups, including Dragon Smoke, a band featuring Ivan Neville, Robert Mercurio, Eric Lindell, and Stanton Moore, as well as The Cleaners, a group featuring Eric Krasno, Duane Trucks, Marcus King, Kevin Scott, and Deshawn Alexander. Special guests, who will be offering their talents in the form of frequent sit-ins and hosting special jam sessions, include Skerik, Big Sam, Roosevelt Collier, Daniel Rodriguez, Leslie Mendelson, and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer. For booking and more information, head to JamCruise.com.For those wanting to celebrate the announcement, fans in New Orleans for Jazz Fest can preview The Cleaners during tonight’s official Jam Cruise Lineup Announcement Party at The Howlin’ Wolf, which will see The Cleaners’ Eric Krasno, Duane Trucks, Marcus King, and Deshawn Alexander, plus Dave Schools, come together as the Daze Between Band. For more information and tickets, head here.
A school for Somali children in the refugeecamp near the town of Dadaab in northernKenya. Despite the harsh conditions of thecamp, some of these children may oneday get the chance to attend university.(Image: White House)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sandra OeyPublications OfficerWorld University Service Canada+1 613 761 3714+1 800 267 8699 ext 3714• Windle Trust Kenya+254 20 3876919/[email protected] spent most of their lives in crowded refugee camps after their families fled violence in Somalia, but now 22 men and six women have won university scholarships to study in Canada.Ahmed Farah Nageye finished high school in 2006 but, living in a refugee camp near the town of Dadaab in northern Kenya, near the Somali border, had little hope of further study. But now he’s off to Canada.“I have waited for this day since 2006 and it is finally here,” he said. “My prayers have been answered.”Nageye, now 21, has spent most of his life in Dadaab. “My family came here when I was two years old. I have never known another life.”His family fled the civil war in Somalia in 1992, when his father was killed in the southern port city of Kismayo.Nageye said he had to struggle to finish high school in Dadaab. “There were days when I would go to school hungry.”He thought of quitting to help his mother take care of the four children. “I wanted to get a job when I was 15 but my mother wouldn’t hear of it. She wouldn’t let me quit school.”The scholarships are being given by the World University Service of Canada working with Windle Trust Kenya, an NGO that helps refugees from East and Horn of Africa access education and training.Fifty candidates had to take a written and oral English exam. “Twenty-eight of us passed and were given the scholarships,” Nageye said. One Sudanese student also earned a scholarship.Nageye wants to study medicine and go back to Somalia. “I know how doctors are needed in my country. I want to be able to help not only my mother and family but the Somali people.”Hassan Daud, 28, finished high school in 2008 but could not secure a university place.He had to find some work after finishing high school. “I had to do something so I started helping teach in a school in the camp.”He said it was hard enough for a Somali to get into university but “it is even harder for a refugee. I am so glad and grateful we got this opportunity and I am sure we will take full advantage.”Daud said he wanted to study political science and return to Somalia. “I want to replace these so-called politicians who destroyed our country.”Daud’s mother, Barwaaqo Mohamud, said the family struggled to make sure he stayed in school “and our perseverance paid off. I am so proud of him.”Ali Abdi, another student, said that despite having to wait for two years for a place, he never gave up. “My brother went to university and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.”Abdi wants to study medicine. He spent 18 of his 20 years in the refugee camp, where there is a desperate need for doctors.The group expects to find out which universities they will be attending in Canada in June and will begin in the autumn term, said Nageye.Source: Irin News
A long list of federal programs that promote advanced building techniques, renewable energy, and energy efficiency would see less money under President Trump’s budget proposal, but important details on how the budget would affect a number of popular projects are still unknown.In general terms, the budget proposal seeks to increase defense spending by $54 billion in the 2018 budget year, which begins on October 1. To balance those spending hikes, a number of other programs would see deep budget cuts, including the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. Published reports peg DOE cutbacks at $3 billion, a 25% reduction in the $12 billion in discretionary spending that the department now has.Among the programs that DOE now pays for are the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and its Building Technologies Office; the SunShot Initiative, which seeks to lower the cost of solar energy; and two design competitions for college and university students. The federal Weatherization Assistance Program, a 40-year-old program that helps low-income families make energy-related improvements to their homes, also would be phased out. It’s still early in the processTrump has left little doubt about the direction his administration will take on renewable energy, energy efficiency standards, and climate policy.He is siding with conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation, which has lambasted the climate and energy policies of the Obama administration and argues that government shouldn’t subsidize emerging technologies. “Does America really need a Department of Energy?” Heritage Foundation economic analyst Nicholas Loris opined in an article published last year. EPA chief Scott Pruitt doesn’t think that carbon dioxide’s impact on climate has been proved. The president has signed an executive order aimed at rolling back the Obama Clean Power Plan, and he has repeatedly promised to revive the coal industry.But budget specifics are a long way from being nailed down, and no one realistically expects the proposal to make it through Congress unscathed. Also, while the president and Congress control the budget, electric utilities across the country see a cleaner, less centralized power future for the U.S., no matter what happens to the Clean Power Plan. A survey conducted by Utility Dive among 600 utility professionals earlier this year found that most believe solar and wind will play a bigger role in the utility power mix in the next decade. Eighty-two percent of those polled said that utility-scale solar would increase moderately or significantly, while 83% said that distributed generation would increase moderately or significantly. In contrast, only 2% thought that the use of coal would increase moderately, only 2% thought it would increase significantly, and 18% thought it would stay about the same. Fifty-two percent thought that coal use would decrease significantly.Even staunch Republicans are pressing ahead with clean-energy plans, regardless of what the Trump administration is doing. In Carmel, Indiana, for example, Republican Mayor Jim Brainard is pushing hybrid and biofuel vehicles, LED streetlights, bike paths, and tree plantings to absorb carbon dioxide and create shade, The Washington Post reports.“For a long time, taking care of our environment was a nonpartisan issue,” Brainard told the newspaper. “I have yet to meet a Republican or Democrat who wants to drink dirty water or breathe dirty air.” Green Building in the Trump EraIs Weatherization Cost-Effective?Should the DOE Increase Furnace Efficiency Standards?A Web-Based Information Resource from the DOENew Rules for Ceiling FansAccounting for Renewable Electricity SavingsNew Energy-Saving Standards from Barack Obama Paving the Way for an Efficient Light Bulb in Every Socket Solar Decathlon: The Search for the Best Carbon Neutral HouseMinnesota Students Win ‘Race to Zero’ Title A huge cut at EEREEERE programs of interest to builders look especially threatened, according to a report on Greenwire. In a story published earlier this month, the website quoted sources that predicted a reduction of 30% to 70% for an agency with a hand in many energy-efficiency efforts. The office is responsible for the SunShot program, for example, and provides about 80% of the budget for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a major research institution for clean energy.For an idea of what EERE does in the residential building arena, visit an interactive map that the agency posts at its website. Grants range from the tiny $25,000 commitment to help train real estate appraisers on the value of green building attributes to more sizable investments in improving indoor air quality for high-performance homes. Grants go to such programs and agencies as the Building America Program, the Institute for Market Transformation, the University of Central Florida, the Southface Energy Institute, and many others.Another concern is the potential impact on building codes, according to the report. Daniel Bresette, the director of government relations at the Alliance to Save Energy, told Greenwire that one victim could be DOE’s building code program, which works closely with the International Code Council to develop energy and building codes. DOE provides crucial technical assistance that ultimately helps homeowners save money, turning relatively small government investments into big energy savings for consumers.“Without funding, DOE’s ability to do all the great work it’s done historically goes away,” Bresette told Greenwire.Research that helps develop efficiency standards for appliances and lighting also could become more difficult as money becomes harder to find.The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association said that DOE funding has helped it train more than 4,500 co-op board members in designing and financing solar programs, Greenwire said in an earlier article. Co-ops are on track to install 480 megawatts of solar this year, more than double the total of 2015. That, too, could be a thing of the past. Separately, deep cuts in the budget for the EPA’s budget would wipe out federal support for the Energy Star program, which promotes energy efficiency for a variety of products, including appliances, light bulbs, doors, and windows.The general outline of the spending plan is on the table, but unanswered questions — do the programs designed to advance energy-efficient building live, die, or exist in some diminished form? — remain. As a manager in one building program said, “We don’t know yet.”However, officials said that both the Solar Decathlon and the Race to Zero competitions for college students are moving ahead as planned this year. Beyond that, the future of both programs isn’t known. RELATED ARTICLES
Over and out, B x [dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat a fabulous article in the Sunday Times (article below), yesterday, regarding the prospect of racecourses, being laid out, temporarily, like Formula 1 surfaces, in cities around the world, for horseracing to then take place on.Okay, so we all know, that such a move is 100/1 to come to fruition, but this is what our sport needs, Blog. Some fizz. Imagine if they pull it off, the spectacle would be incredible, as Ryan Moore pushes one of our Glorious Queen’s horses, to the front, just as the runners head past Buckingham Palace!This would add all the innovation and new interest our game sorely needs. I wish the organisers, the best of luck, and shall be applying for a (or several!) pitches immediately..!!