Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will not return in 2019. Producers of the annual multi-day music festival named after its home in Okeechobee, Florida announced on Thursday afternoon that will be taking a year off in 2019.The announcement comes a few months after rumors began to spread online that the music festival would not return next year. Okeechobee Fest, as its often referred, was initially launched in 2016 by its parent company, Soundslinger LLC, and featured a 2018 lineup that included Arcade Fire, Bassnectar, Halsey, and Travis Scott when it returned for its third year back in early March.“After much consideration and looking at many different options, we have decided to take a fallow year and not hold our annual Okeechobee Fest in 2019,” the statement shared by festival organizers on Thursday reads. “For the past three years, we have witnessed 100,000 strangers from all walks of life, come together to our home of Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, Florida, to live, laugh, listen, sing, dance, learn, create, meditate, downward dog, eat & drink, explore, give back, embrace and live OMF’s mantra to Be, Here, Now.”The announcement, which can be read in full via the statement below, also goes on to state that the producers are hoping for the event’s return to Sunshine Grove in March 2020. The announcement didn’t go on to reveal any specific reasoning for the 2019 cancellation, although the over-saturation of the North American festival circuit could be to blame.Okeechobee’s programming has included an impressive mix of electronic, hip-hop and pop music since launching just two years ago. Other notable artists who have also performed at the event include Kings of Leon, Flume, Pretty Lights, Kendrick Lamar, The Roots, and The Flaming Lips, just name a few.Disappointed fans can click here to revisit Live For Live Music’s coverage from Okeechobee 2018, in addition to watching the “Official OMF 18 Aftermovie” below, which was also shared on Thursday following the 2019 cancellation announcement. “Passage : The Official OMF18 Aftermovie”[Video: Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival]
McMenon specialises in the design and manufacture of differential pressure flow meters such as orifice plates, averaging pitot tubes, wedge meters, nozzles, Venturi meters (topside and subsea) as well as variable area flow meters and temperature monitoring equipment. Bipin said: “McMenon’s engineering heritage, expertise, capability, flexibility and reliability puts it in a strong position to grow. Nurturing our current relationships and building new ones will be key to our strategy. McMenon Engineering Services has appointed Bipin Nair, who has over 20 years’ industry experience, as regional general manager for the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. Anand Puthran, CEO at McMenon, said: “We have strengthened our senior management team as part of our brand building and growth strategy. Bipin has been tasked with communicating McMenon’s product quality, service and commitment to excellence as well as developing the company’s operations in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. “We want our customers to use our expertise and solutions for the most demanding applications to improve overall plant efficiency with minimum downtime.” He was previously with Wika Group in the Middle East for ten years, rising to the position of regional marketing manager. “The Middle East and Asia-Pacific are key markets for McMenon with huge potential for growth. It is therefore important we have the right calibre of people on board to meet our aspirations and deliver a service to clients that exceeds expectations. We are excited to welcome Bipin to the McMenon team.”
Loic Remy has hit back at claims he pulled out of a move to Newcastle in order to join QPR.The striker was targeted by Magpies boss Alan Pardew before Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes offered significantly higher wages and clinched his capture from Marseille for around £8m.Pardew had been confident of signing Remy and has described the player’s snub as “a little strange”.Remy says his decision was not made for financial reasons and also denies indicating he would move to St James’ Park and then performing a U-turn.“I was no closer to joining Newcastle than QPR before the time came when I had to make a decision,” he said.“I spoke to Alan Pardew and Tony Fernandes. Unlike what has been reported in the press, I was not in the advanced stage of discussions with Newcastle.”Remy also insists he was not swayed by the opportunity to live in London.He said: “I had heard Newcastle was in the north and that it’s cold there, but that’s not really important.“It wasn’t the lifestyle which made the decision for me.”Click here for our West Ham v QPR quizSee also:Remy: QPR move ‘not based on money’QPR boss would be happy to sell 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
One of South Africa’s tourism attributes is that it has the third highest commercial bungee jump in the world. Here’s more information about bungee jumping and bridge swinging in the country.If you’re looking for adventure, Downhill Adventures is one of the bungee jumping operators in South Africa that you can contact. (Image: Downhill Adventures)Brand South Africa reporterWeehah! South Africa has the third highest commercial bungee jump in the world – it’s official. At 216 metres, it’s not for the faint of heart.The jump is run by Face Adrenalin, at the Bloukrans Bridge on the border of the Eastern and Western Cape.The same company also offers a range of jumps on the much lower Gouritz River Bridge near Mossel Bay, also in the Western Cape. Here you’ll also find South Africa’s only commercial bridge swinging operation, run by Wildthing Adventures.Abseil, rapp jumpHang out a kilometre high over Cape Town, over crashing waves at Knysna, or rapp jump down skyscrapers in Johannesburg or Durban.Not sure of difference between bungee jumping and bridge swinging? With bungee, you jump off a bridge (or other high fixed platform) with giant elastic bands usually, but not always, tied to your feet.Bridge swinging, on the other hand, involves jumping from one bridge while tied in to climbing ropes suspended from an adjacent bridge.Bungee jumping operatorsBig Rush, in Durban, is recognised by Guinness World Records as the tallest swing in the world! It is to be found at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, which has plenty of other attractions on offer. The big swing is located inside the Stadium, launching from the iconic arch. Everything else you need to know can by found on the Big Rush website.Cape Xtreme presents tours of Cape Town and overland tours. Included in the adventure activities are white water rafting, quad biking, shark cage diving, bungee jumping at the Bloukrans River Bridge, and trips to the Kruger National Park, Mozambique, and Kenya.Cape Town-based Downhill Adventures has a number of bungee jumping options. There’s a two-day trip that includes jumps off the Gouritz and Bloukrans Bridges, a one-day option that includes a visit to the Gouritz Bridge, and a combo Great Shark-Jump option that includes cage diving with Great White Sharks and bungee jumping at the Gouritz Bridge. Bridge swinging, single or tandem, is also part of the deal.Face Adrenaline presents bungee jumping at the 216-metre-high Bloukrans Bridge on the Garden Route, the highest commercial jump site in the world. They’ve been doing it since 1997 and that experience makes Face Adrenalin hard to beat. They also offer the Flying Fox – a 200-metre-long cable (foofie) slide.Living on the Edge Adventures hosts Bungee Mogale, which operates off the Kings Kloof Bridge in Krugersdorp / Mogale City. People between the weights of 40 and 120 kilograms are able to do the bungee jump, but no tandem jumps are allowed. The height of the jump is about 50 metres – plenty high for adrenaline seekers!Orlando Towers in Soweto, Johannesburg calls itself a vertical adventure centre, and it’s hard to argue with that description. They offer bungee jumping, climbing, abseiling, rap jumping, and swinging. The Towers, with their eye-catching paintings, were once part of one of the most advanced power stations in the southern hemisphere. They no longer function as a power station, but with all their exciting offerings there is still electricity in the air!The Big Swing, located at the Panorama Gorge in Graskop, Mpumalanga, features a freefall from a height of 80 metres, which crosses the Gorge at a sensational speed.Wildthing Adventures offers bridge jumping, which involves a big fall in a body harness before swinging between two bridges. It happens at the Gouritz River Bridge and has attracted visitors from over 70 countries. The record for the oldest jumper belongs to a 91-year-old man, the youngest to a five-year-old boy. Wildthing also presents other adventure activities, such as mountain biking, white water rafting and canoeing.Sources: South African Tourism, Wildthing Adventures, The Big Swing, Orlando Towers, Bungee Mogale, Face Adrenalin, Downhill Adventures, Cape Xtreme and Big Rush.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On March 11, farmers with the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association embarked on a 12-day market study mission of Brazil, a major competitor of international sales to the U.S. The purpose of this mission was to gain a better understanding of Brazil’s role in the worldwide market of agriculture. The in-person mission allowed first-hand insights of strengths and challenges in Brazil’s agricultural industry. Sustainability in BrazilBy Rachael Vonderhaar, who farms with her family in Preble County and serves on the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff BoardMarch 15, 2016As we start off on our 3- to 5-hour bus drive this morning (the wide time range due to rough infrastructure and heavy truck traffic) to tour Brazilian farms, I realize I have time to review my notes from the last couple of days. Our days have been action packed and long, which equals a migraine for Rachael. I am doing much better now as I am able to read and type on the bumpiest roads I have ever been on. I am definitely appreciating the air conditioning on the bus.Yesterday, we visited with Cid Sanches, Director of Aprosoja, Mato Grosso. Aprosoja is a soybean association formed in 2005 to unify the voices of the farmer to the federal government. Thirteen Brazilian states have Aprosoja Associations. Each state’s agriculture picture is unique and it’s hard to find a unified national voice across all agriculture.Soybeans are first crop here and corn is a second crop, which means, corn is planted behind the harvest of the soybeans. The growing season is long enough to raise and harvest two crops in one season in the same field following each other. Sometimes cotton is grown as the second, or double, crop.Cid mentioned several goals Aprosoja is working on for the farmers:1. Communication with the federal governmenta. Labor Lawsb. Production Lossc. Regulations2. International policya. Land useb. Biodieselc. Infrastructure/ Transportation 3. Educating Farmersa. Agronomyb. Farm Safetyc. Profitability4. Coordinating ResearchComparatively to the U.S. Ag landscape, Approsoja is doing the work of our checkoffs, The Ohio State University Extension, and farm associations/organizations like Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. Brazil has 22% of the world’s crop producing land and 12% of the world’s water, which is a lot of financial opportunity. However, the lack of infrastructure holds the Brazilian agriculture sector from reaching its full potential. Several groups, including the Chinese government, have tried to work with the Brazilian government to build railroad infrastructure to get crops to the ports more efficiently, but there is a current law that prevent any roads or rail from crossing state lines unless owned by the government.Brazil has partnered on public private partnerships in the past, but only when the government owns the final product. The Brazilian government has allowed several entities to explore rail construction options, but no progress has taken place. Conservation is also a big part of the conversation as to why the infrastructure is a challenge.My take-aways:Aprosoja has a lot of work to do with such a large list of topics.I have a lot of respect for the Brazilian farmers and the patience they have for dealing with lack of infrastructure and government struggle (there were large protests/demonstrations that took place on Sunday demanding impeachment of the current President). Marco Reis joined us this evening for a presentation and dinner. Marco represents Alianca De Terra, a not-for-profit committed to working hand-in-hand with the Brazilian farmer and sustainability in three specific areas:1. Environment — conservation, fireprevention/fire brigade, and soil health2. Social –sharing cattle genetics and agricultural practices with native and indigenous people3. Production — gathering information for research, profitability and traceability Alianca De Terra helps to provide education about conservation to the new farmers. They also work with RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy) which represents: the soy value chain, responsible soy production, and works with the European market on negotiations. Alianca De Terra is working hard to educate on the understanding the value of conservation and the long term value of “producing right.” Brazil has strict restrictions on clearing of land for agriculture and the value of conservation. Alianca De Terra helps to make sure all farmers are using good land stewardship practices. The most interesting detail of the night was that small scale ag in Brazil is in the most need for education on good stewardship practices.Marco shared the story of John Carter moving to Brazil and starting his soybean farm in the wilderness of northern Mato Grosso. I am not sure I have the grit to make that kind of leap in life, but what an exciting adventure. The Brazilian government did a social outreach program giving 600 families 100 hectares each so they may start farming. Our presentation was followed with a buffet meal at a Brazilian steakhouse and a lot of good conversation and debate.I am thankful to farm in United States. I am thankful to farm in Ohio. I am thankful for our infrastructure, and now I am even more driven to be vocal for maintaining it. I am thankful for the Extension services, checkoffs, and commodity associations who divide and conquer agriculture obstacles we face everyday. I am thankful for my opportunity to learn first-hand about Brazilian agriculture after reading about it for years in grain market reports.A few in the group snapped a quick photo with the Sugar Loaf Mountain. Fields as far as you can seeBy Eric Neer, who farms in Champaign County and serves on the Ohio Corn Checkoff BoardMarch 18, 2016For our last day in the state of Mato Grasso, our group pulled together for a few new experiences. After waking up and hearing that my roomie didn’t have hot water for a shower at the hotel, I crossed my fingers and hoped that the remainder of my day would be better than the first 15 minutes. I was in luck! I found a hot shower within the first few minutes and currently relax at the hotel after an eye-opening day of visits.Our day started out with our group loading the bus in Primavera do Leste, and driving west to Bom Futuro, a farm near Campo Verde. The farm name stands for Good Future, originated in the 1980s as a partnership between four original members. While we didn’t gather a good indication of their original scale, it was hard to believe that they currently farm over 1 million acres in several states. With 5,300 employees, they grow soybeans, cotton, eucalyptus trees (fuel source for dryer), and corn while also utilizing fish farms, cattle grazing, and hydroelectric energy to balance out their operation.It was easy to feel the shift in scale as we drove past a paved air strip on our way to the farm’s movie theater for our introductions. One of their many agronomists then provided a tour of the 225,000-acre farm in Campo Verde. The 4.5 million-bushel storage site was impressive. Eleven combines prepping for soybean harvest in the same field was also impressive. It became evident that we would have a challenge trying to describe the scale and vastness of the opportunities to our friends in Ohio.Picture yourself driving from Cincinnatti to Cleveland and finding nothing but gently rolling ground, fantastic soils, year round warmth, and acres upon acres of corn, soybeans, and cotton. Keep in mind you are on a two-lane road and haven’t spotted a single house. Now imagine that those crops have the potential to increase yield by a factor up to two times at any given moment.This potential opportunity is the true indication that we better prepare for as farmers in Ohio. While we strive to improve our own farming operations, we must also ask ourselves how we could adapt if world supply of corn increases at a faster pace than we traditionally expect. As we look towards our future, let’s be sure to keep one eye on building demand, serving our customers, and helping nourish the world. Capturing maximum sunlightStacie Seger, Communication Manager, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers AssociationMarch 18, 2016While visiting farms today, the common theme was clear: maximize the amount of energy (sunlight) you can capture. Land never sits idle.The grain farm we visited today was about 3,000 acres and had only been in production for two years. We watched as he harvested soybeans with three combines and across the red dirt driveway planted corn in the field he harvested yesterday. It was fascinating to learn that most of Brazil did not start double cropping until 1990. Although we have actually seen more on-farm storage than we thought we would, this young farmer was storing soybeans in bags until the two new grain bins by his shed were finished.Working to diversity how he captures energy, the 3,000-head beef producer we visited had his farm on a cycle of three years of cattle pasturing on elephant grass and then a year of soybeans as first crop and corn as second crop. His beef-crops rotation is unique and progressive. His 500-hectare farm is currently outlined into 50 to 60 hectare pastures where he moves his cattle on a 7-day rotation. All of the fence posts will be pulled out when it’s time to plant soybeans and corn.The state of Mato Grosso do Sul is currently changing to grains, ethanol (sugarcane), and eucalyptus production from beef cattle region due to land prices. It will be interesting to see how this young grain state looks in a few years.For more from the trip, visit ocwmarketmission.wordpress.com.
Kontron introduces its new COMe-cVR6 (E2) Module in the COM Express Compact Type 6 form factor. It is based on the new AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor which combines the extremely powerful “Zen” microprocessor architecture with the new AMD Radeon Vega graphics supporting up to 11 compute units. The AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor offers up to twice the performance than the previous versions and delivers up to 46% more multi-thread performance than competitive solutions. All in all, the new Accelerated Processing Unit with Zen CPU and Vega GPU achieve a performance throughput of up to 3.6 TFLOPS.The new APUs offer a comprehensive feature set for data and application security. The built-in AMD Secure Processor handles hardware-accelerated data encryption and decryption. For secure virtualization, Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) isolates the hypervisors and virtual machines without having to modify any of the code.The new COMe-cVR6 (E2) offers a total of eight USB interfaces, two of which are USB 3.1 Gen 2. By default, it offers five PCIe 3.0 Lanes, with the option of using one of these for a PCIe switch offering four PCIe 2.0 lanes on the COMe socket. Three independent display ports supplemented by LVDS or, optionally, eDP, cover a wide variety of image-intensive application scenarios through the resulting flexibility. Apart from other common interfaces such as SATA, I2C, and SMBus, two serial interfaces, a High Definition Audio Interface, and Gigabit Ethernet complete the feature set.The type 6 form factor is ideal for AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processors, as it offers the greatest variety of interfaces and the highest number of common PC extensions. Basing a design on COM Express Compact rather than COM Express Basic specifications reduces footprint by about 22 percent, enabling more compact designs. This also offers greater comfort and design freedom for larger systems. For instance, it enables developers to create flatter designs within a given system footprint. The space savings on the carrier board mean the external I/Os can be placed next to the compact module instead of having to attach them on the underside of the carrier board. Compared to COM Express Basic designs, this can reduce the height by up to 2 cm.Since the specifications of Basic and Compact are identical except for the dimensions – even the mounting holes for vibration-proof fixing of the modules on the carrier board are congruent – Compact modules can be used seamlessly in Basic designs.The new COM Express module offers not only the standard DIMM bar, but also the option to additionally or alternatively use soldered memory. The module supports the Kontron APPROTECT security solution for integrated software protection.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number ThreeNext Schaffner introduces new series of RFI filters with IEC Inlet C14 or C20
More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Links to what we discuss in this week’s show:FiveThirtyEight’s continually updated March Madness predictions.Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings.FiveThirtyEight’s ongoing March Madness reporting.Michigan State’s historical SRS ratings.The “white paper” prepared by Val Ackerman on the state of women’s college basketball.How the Celtics are trying to balance the middle ground between tanking and greatness.New Zealand reaches the Cricket World Cup final for the first time. Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. This week, we discuss the first weekend of March Madness and why Tom Izzo’s Michigan State teams always seem to beat expectations; whether the Princeton women, even in defeat, showed that they were criminally under-seeded; the rumors that the Oklahoma City Thunder may trade Kevin Durant before he bolts through free agency; and what it would take for cricket to go mainstream in the U.S.Stream the episode by clicking play above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients below. By Chadwick Matlin, Kate Fagan, Neil Paine and Jody Avirgan If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong.CORRECTION (March 25, 12:14 p.m.): In this week’s podcast, we incorrectly said the Cricket World Cup uses the T20 format for matches. It uses the typical One Day International format, which gives each side 50 overs. That is still much shorter than the traditional “test” matches, but longer than T20, in which each side gets 20 overs.