Beloved reggae rockers Michael Franti & Spearhead will hit the road this summer for a sensational Soulrocker tour, spanning through the months of June and August. The group will kick things off on June 2nd at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA, traveling across the country, only to wrap up on August 25th at Avila Beach Resort in San Luis Obispo, CA.In a statement, Michael Franti said, “This summer’s tour will be an opportunity for us all to come together, to celebrate life, each other and what it truly feels like to be alive.”Pre-sale tickets are on sale now, and can be found via Franti’s website. The full tour schedule can be seen below:[Photo via Paul Citone]
India seeks to expand use of decentralized solar generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Times of India:Stepping up efforts to gradually increase solar footprints across the country, the Centre on Tuesday approved two schemes – one to promote use of solar power among farmers and the second to give impetus to its ongoing grid-connected rooftop solar programme. Both the schemes together will get the central financial support of over Rs 46,000 crore by 2022.The move on grid-connected rooftop will help India achieve its cumulative capacity of 40,000 MW of solar power from rooftop projects by 2022. It accounts for 40% of the country’s 2022 target of 100 GW of power from solar.The rooftop programme will be implemented with total financial support of Rs 11,814 crore. Under the scheme, group housing societies or resident welfare associations will be eligible to get financial support to install rooftop solar projects.The one for farmers – called KUSUM (Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahaabhiyan) – has three components which together aim to add a solar capacity of 25,750 MW by 2022. The total central financial support provided under the scheme would be Rs 34,422 crore.Its components include 10,000 MW of ‘decentralized ground mounted’ grid-connected renewable power plants; installation of 17.50 lakh standalone solar powered agriculture pumps and solarisation of 10 lakh grid-connected solar powered agriculture pumps.Under KUSUM, an individual farmer or group of farmers (cooperatives or panchayats or farmer producer organisations) can set up solar power plants of 500 KW to 2 MW capacity on their barren or cultivable lands.More: India seeks to increase solar footprints in rural areas through KUSUM
The Holy Family Episcopal / Anglican Church in collaboration with the Consulate General of Jamaica at Miami will hold a Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 17, starting at 5:00 p.m.Part of Jamaica 55The musical affair, which is being held as part of the celebrations in South Florida to commemorate Jamaica’s 55th Anniversary of Independence, will include a diverse line-up of performers including internationally renowned percussionist, Willie Stewart; accomplished guitarist and composer, Eugene Gray; dub poet, Malachi Smith; singers, Herve Alce and Aminata Kamara; the Joy of Singing Chorale; the Mello Grove Steel Orchestra; and the St. Benedict’s Church Liturgical Dancers.A Family AffairDubbed as a “family affair with a distinct Jamaican flavor”, the Christmas Cantata is free to the public. However, patrons are being requested to donate a ‘love offering’ that will benefit the Caribbean Cultural Summer Workshop to be held at the Holy Family Church next summer for children of Caribbean heritage living in the South Florida community.What’s a Cantata‘Cantata’ is a composition of voices that is typically performed with instrumental accompaniment. Traditionally, this musical event is celebrated across the Caribbean region during the Christmas Season when families, friends and members of the community bring Christmas joy through the singing of carols at various locations such as churches, schools, visiting the sick and less fortunate, and in public areas like town squares and shopping centers.The Holy Family Episcopal Church is located at 18501 NW 7th Avenue in Miami Gardens.For additional information contact at 305-652-6797 or www.holyfamilyevents.com
Deputy Pearse Doherty has tabled a motion calling for controversial legislation imposing the current penalty points system on the fishing industry to be revoked.He has also criticised Minister Coveney for having signed the Statutory Instrument for its implementation, despite a recent High Court judgement that ruled to abolish the system.Deputy Doherty said he supports the motion tabled by himself and his colleagues in Sinn Féin calling for the Statutory Instrument signed by the Minister for the Marine which forces the current penalty points system on fishermen to be annulled. “The system is grossly unfair and, despite a High Court judgement ruling that the system operated on the assumption of guilt, the Minister choose to sign the Statutory Instrument allowing for penalty points to be imposed on fishing licences even if the holder is found innocent of any prosecution.“The High Court ruled that that the provisions of the current penalty points system for fishermen who engage in illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing were unconstitutional and therefore not fit for purpose, and yet the Minister has ignored this.“He has chosen instead to sign this legislation without even having first consulted with the fishing industry or with the very people whose livelihoods which his decision stands to affect.“By signing Statutory Instrument no 125 of 2016 he has ridden roughshod over the rights of fishermen and indeed over the High Court. Fishermen are used to governments introducing new regulations and blaming the EU but it is a new low for a government that was kicked out of power to bring in an instrument and deny any debate on it. “I and my Sinn Fein colleagues have tabled a motion annulling this instrument. However, while my motion is on today’s Order Papers, the Government will not allow it onto the agenda.“Fishermen in Killybegs have contacted me expressing their anger at what they see as the criminalisation of their livelihoods. It strikes me as unprecedented for a Statutory Instrument to be brought in that flies in the face of a High Court judgment.“This instrument requires a full debate and a real discussion on how we treat our fishermen, this is why my party and I have decided to table today’s motion calling on the Statutory Instrument to be annulled.”DOHERTY CALLS FOR LEGISLATION ON PENALTY POINTS SYSTEM FOR FISHERMEN was last modified: March 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The smell of popcorn in the air, gnomes dancing everywhere… it can only mean one thing: It’s time for the 2017 Geocaching International Film Festival!From November 2-6, the 17 never-before-seen GIFF finalist films will make their international debuts on hundreds of screens all over the world. Some GIFF events will be cozy—like this outdoor GIFF barbecue party in Tokyo. Some events will be extravagant—like this Spanish movie night hosted by one of this year’s finalists. All GIFF events will show this year’s hilarious, dramatic, and poignant geocaching films. And if you need one more reason to love GIFF: attending any official GIFF event will earn you the GIFF 2017 souvenir!Don’t miss your chance at popcorn, films, and GIFFy fun… explore this live map of all official GIFF events to find one near you. Tag your GIFF stories and photos with #geocachingfilmfestival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for a chance to have them shared on the official Geocaching channels!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGIFF starts this weekend — log your Will Attend now!November 6, 2018In “News”GIFF Weekend 2015August 24, 2015In “GIFF”Calling all filmmakers! Submit your film to GIFF 2017.March 13, 2017In “Community”
While our homes and cars get most of the attention relative to energy savings, our materials stream also has a huge impact on energy use. Nationally, the U.S. generates about 236 million tons of municipal solid waste each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That works out to about 4 pounds of waste for every American every day.Recycling our waste saves a lot of energy. Just how much depends on the material. With very energy-intensive materials, like aluminum, carpeting, and copper, a phenomenal amount of energy is saved because the new materials take so much energy to produce. Recycling just one ton of aluminum cans saves 209 million British Thermal Units (Btu), according to EPA; with 5.8 million Btu in a barrel of crude oil, that’s equivalent to 36 barrels of oil.Here’s how much energy is conserved from recycling one ton of various other materials according to the same 2005 EPA report: carpeting–106 million Btu (18 barrels of crude oil); copper wire–83.1 million Btu (14 barrels); high-density polyethylene milk jugs–51.4 million Btu (8.9 barrels); steel cans–20.5 million Btu (3.5 barrels); newspaper–16.9 million Btu (2.9 barrels); and glass–2.7 million Btu (0.47 barrels).Nationally, our recycling rate is 30.6% (it’s about 17% in Brattleboro, Vermont), and that recycling saves the country roughly 1.5 quads of energy per year, according to the report (one quad is equal to one quadrillion or thousand-trillion Btus), or about 1.5% of our nation’s total annual energy consumption. Boosting the national recycling rate to 35% would increase the total savings by another 0.23 quads–an amount equivalent to nearly 41 million barrels of crude oil. That’s over ten times the highest estimate of the amount of oil that has entered the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill during the last two months–not an insignificant amount of energy savings!Recycling not only saves energy, it also preserves natural resources and reduces pollution. A ton of virgin paper requires about 20 trees, and Americans use, on average, 730 pounds of paper (about a third of a ton) per year. Virgin aluminum is made from bauxite, much of which is mined in ecologically fragile regions, such as Brazil’s rainforests. Copper is produced from deep, open-pit mines around the world that create some of the worst water pollution anywhere. The processing of all these materials generates huge quantities of air pollution.The easiest way to encourage recycling is to make it economically attractive to do so, and the easiest way to do that is to charge people for throwing away trash. That’s the intent of pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) municipal waste programs, such as the program being considered for Brattleboro. When we pay a flat fee for trash collection, we don’t have an incentive to generate less trash and recycle more.Paying a flat fee for trash pick-up (whether that fee is hidden in property taxes, like in Brattleboro, or paid directly) is sort of like paying a flat fee for heat. Think about it. If I didn’t pay more when I use more heating oil, I wouldn’t have a financial incentive to tighten up my house or use a setback thermostat at night. That’s the fundamental flaw with standard trash collection; we don’t have any incentive to produce less.Putting market forces to work with PAYT would not only increase recycling rates, but it might also encourage us to buy stuff with less packaging and to avoid throw-away paper plates and plastic utensils. It’s great when people want to save energy because it’s the right thing to do (helping the environment, reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, etc.), but to change the habits of a lot of people we need to make it economically attractive to do so. That’s why PAYT makes so much sense. Establish a price for waste generation, and let market forces change our habits.I invite you to share comments on this blog. Any experience to share on how PAYT works in your community?Alex Wilson is the executive editor of Environmental Building News and founder of BuildingGreen, LLC. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feeds.
Image: Phantom 4 via DJIHobbyist Flight RulesFly at or below 400 feetKeep the UAS (Drone) in visual line-of-sight at all timesKnow the airspace requirements of your locationDaylight-only operations (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset)Do NOT fly near airportsDo NOT fly near other aircraftDo NOT fly over crowds of peopleDo NOT fly over stadiums or sporting eventsDo NOT fly near emergency response effortsDo NOT fly under the influenceDo NOT fly at speeds at or over 100mphNo operations from a moving aircraftNo operations from a moving vehicle, unless the operation is over a sparsely populated areaNo careless or reckless operationsNo carriage of hazardous materialsImage via ShutterstockCommercial Flight and UAS Remote Pilot CertificationIf you intend to sell your aerial photos and footage, you fall under commercial use of an aircraft. While the rules and guidelines are similar to hobbyists, commercial use requires a Small UAS Remote Pilot Certification. Essentially, this is a much lower level of a pilot’s license, similar to a driving permit versus a driver’s license. At around $150 for testing, it’s much cheaper than a pilot’s license too.For those familiar with Section 333 Exemptions, that convoluted process is no longer necessary for drones under 55lbs. If your aircraft weighs more than 55lbs, you will need both a UAS Remote Pilot Certification and a Section 333 Exemption.Image via FAARequirements for UAS Remote Pilot CertificationMust be 16 years of age or olderAble to read, speak, write, and understand EnglishBe in a physical and mental condition to safely operate a small UASMust pass an Aeronautical Knowledge Test at an FAA-approved testing center (every two years)Must undergo a Transportation Safety Administration TSA background security checkFile FAA Form 8710-13 for a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating through the Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) UAS WaiversIf your drone operations don’t meet the new standards, you can apply for a waiver from the FAA. Waivers could permit you to fly at night, beyond visual line-of-sight, or above the 400ft ceiling. The FAA has confirmed that they have already processed 76 waivers within the first days of the new regulations. Processing time depends on the complexity of the request — however, the agency strives to respond within 90 days. You can read more about UAS waivers here.Have you gone through the FAA certification process? Share your experience in the comments below. Fly your drone for commercial use with the FAA’s new Remote Pilot Certificate. Here’s everything you need to know about the new process.Top image via ShutterstockCommercial drone use is now officially FAA official. That’s right, it’s now legal to fly your drone for commercial use in the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration has released the steps to attaining a UAS Remote Pilot Certification as well as any additional commercial waivers.For those solely flying for hobbyist recreation, the pilot certification is not required. However, all pilots must register their Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems with the FAA. All aircraft weighing over 0.55 lbs must be registered and tagged with its registration number. It’s a simple online process that costs $5. If you want to fly outside of the US, or if your aircraft weighs more that 55 lbs, you must use the paper registration form.Hobbyist UAS FlightGIF via FAAIf you have no intention to ever sell your footage or photos, the use of your UAS falls under the hobbyist category. This allows you to fly your aircraft for fun. Hobbyists can still upload and share their footage online to sites like YouTube and Vimeo. For filmmakers wanting to make a short film, they may fall under hobbyist use if there are no financial gains. They must be made not for profit.Hobbyist pilots must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident over the age of 13.Registering Hobbyist AircraftFor US-based flights with aircraft weighing 0.55-55 lbs (250 grams-25 kilograms), you can register your aircraft online.Go to registermyuas.faa.govClick RegisterCreate an Account (Must be 13 years or older)Select Model AircraftEnter your personal information, click Proceed to CheckoutEnter your payment information for the $5 Fee, click SubmitPrint a copy of your certificate for your recordsWrite the Registration Number on the body of your UAS (Drone) Take the Free FAA Part 107 Course and Aeronautical Knowledge Practice Test (create an FAA account to view)Register and take the Aeronautical Knowledge Test at a Nearby FAA-approved testing facilityPass the 60-question multiple choice Aeronautical Knowledge Test with a minimum score of 70%Complete FAA Form 8710-13 for a Remote Pilot Certificate using the FAA IACRA system.Register with the FAA IACRALogin with username and passwordClick on Start New ApplicationApplication type — PilotCertifications — Remote PilotOther path informationStart application Steps to Pass the Aeronautical Knowledge TestRead and study the following documents:Airman Certification StandardsRemote Pilot Knowledge Test GuideRemote Pilot Small UAS Study GuidePilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical KnowledgePart 107 Advisory CircularAlternatively, you can supplement your studies with the Drone Pilot (UAS) Test Prep App iOS ($39.99) | Android ($49.99) Sign the application electronically and submitWait 6-8 weeks for processingRepeat the test after two years Follow application promptsEnter the 17-digit Knowledge Test Exam ID