Yonder Mountain String Band have announced their Fall Tour dates. Starting on October 5th at the WorkPlay Theatre in Birmingham, AL, the jam-grass outfit will hit venues such as The 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, The Ardmore Music Hall in Philadelphia, PA, First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, and The Higher Ground in Burlington, VT before wrapping things up at The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE on October 20th. The band will be supported by Fruition, Billy Strings, and Pert Near Sandstone on select dates throughout the run.See below for full details on all of the upcoming Yonder Mountain String Band fall tour dates.October 5th – Birmingham, AL – Workplay TheaterOctober 6th – Augusta, GA – Jessye Norman AmphitheateOctober 7th – Corolla, NC – Mustang Music FestivalOctober 8th – Charlotte, NC – US National Whitewater CenterOctober 9th – Boone, NC – Appalachian State LegendsOcotober 12th – Roanoke, VA – Jefferson CenterOctober 13th – Morgantown, WV – Mainstage MorgantownOctober 14th – Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson TheaterOctober 15th – Washington, DC – 9:30 ClubOctober 16th – Ardmore, PA – The Ardmore Music HallOctober 19th-20th – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn BowlOctober 21st – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock ClubOctober 22 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground BallroomOctober 23 – Portland, ME – Port City Music HallOctober 26 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark.October 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall BallroomOctober 28th – Minneapolis, MN – First AvenueOctober 29th – Chicago, IL – House of Blues ChicagoOctober 30th – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Professor of Astronomy Daniel Eisenstein leads one of nearly two dozen groups who have been granted access to the world’s fastest supercomputer to conduct research.Known as Summit, the massive system is located at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), and is capable of reaching speeds as high as 200 petaflops, or 200 quadrillion operations per second.To understand what that means in terms of computing power, imagine 6.3 billion people making one calculation a second, every second, for an entire year.Eisenstein and his group received 300,000 node hours to put that power to work to create large-scale simulations of the structure of the Universe, which astrophysicists can use to compare current cosmological theories to data that will come from the next generation of galaxy redshift surveys.Among those surveys is the soon-to-begin Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) collaboration, which survey over 30 million galaxies to map the distribution of galaxies over regions billions of light-years across.The maps generated by such surveys, Eisenstein said, show clustering patterns that have grown by the force of gravity from small density fluctuations in the early Universe. The computer-generated simulations can track that process, starting from the fluctuations in different cosmological theories and demonstrated how they lead to the distribution of matter in response to the large-scale gravitational forces.“The award of this computer time is very exciting for us,” Eisenstein said. “We have been developing this code base for nearly a decade, using custom-built local computers to provide the particular mixture of hardware features that we needed to optimize its performance. It turns out that this flagship computer has exactly the feature mix we need and comes at a time well-suited to the schedule of the DESI survey. It’s very gratifying to see this long-term student-based project come to fruition.”
By Kaiser Konrad/Diálogo October 24, 2017 Located in the state of Georgia, Moody Air Force Base has been home to the 23rd Wing of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Air Combat Command since 2006. Three main units are based there. The 23rd Fighter Group brings together two squadrons and the largest fleet of A-10C Thunderbolt II in the USAF, with more than 90 pilots serving as a stand-by unit capable of being deployed to any part of the world on short notice. The 347th Rescue Group, comprising three squadrons—one equipped with HC-130P Combat King aircraft, another with HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, and Guardian Angel, the oldest USAF unit, which is devoted exclusively to combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) missions. In 2015, the U.S. government selected Moody Air Force Base to receive the 81st Fighter Squadron (81st FS). The base would serve as the headquarters for the Light Aircraft Support (LAS) program and the new A-29 Super Tucano, a light turboprop attack and training plane. 81st Fighter Squadron The activities begin early at Moody Air Force Base. Gathered in the auditorium of the 81st FS, Afghan Air Force pilots train with experienced USAF fighter pilots. One morning, the objective was to identify from aerial images the exact location of a target, which troops on the ground had failed to detect. It would be no easy task. The target was in an urban area and seen from above, buildings all looked very much the same. The exercise was akin to finding a needle in a haystack, but pilots completing ground-attack missions have to be able to identify their target. The lives of their colleagues, who are under enemy fire on the ground, depend on immediate close air support. For these pilots, avoiding collateral damage and knowing how to choose the correct weapon, while using it with the most precision, are of the utmost importance. Troops calling for air support as well as civilians who live in the area are fellow citizens or allied forces whose protection must be assured. The 81st FS was established January 15th, 1942 and took part in World War II. In 1988, upon receiving F-16 Fighting Falcon planes, it became the first USAF unit to use two different aircraft in the same combat element. Known as “the Panthers,” the 81st FS was the first USAF combat unit to receive the powerful and versatile A-29 Super Tucano counterinsurgency aircraft for a training program. The U.S. government selected the aircraft for its LAS program. Initially, the goal was to provide 20 aircraft to the Afghan Air Force. Among the requirements of the LAS program the aircraft had to be light, reliable, and highly resilient—a complete and authentic combat platform, but with a substantially lower operating cost than the fighters in service. Such an aircraft needed to be capable of carrying out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions; performing attacks using a wide array of conventional and intelligent weapons; operating in treacherous terrain and in extreme conditions; and being able to fight and win in low intensity and counterinsurgency combat settings. Training Afghan pilots The daily routine at Moody consists of classroom study, flight simulator activities, and at least 10 sorties per day. Each pilot does a sortie in the morning and another in the afternoon. Generally, six months are needed for a pilot to make the shift from one aircraft to another. With the Super Tucano, however, making that shift is quite easy, as just 19 sorties suffice. The A-29 avionics are very similar to those of the F-16. The panel has big, colored, multifunctional displays with a very user-friendly system, allowing pilot and copilot to access information from various sensors. USAF is learning a lot with this aircraft and all of its capacities. “Training consists of repeating tasks in order to meet the standard of expected performance,” said Colonel João Alexandro Vilela, a reservist fighter pilot with the Brazilian Air Force. “So, as a trainer plane, the Super Tucano turboprop allows the fighter training tasks to be operationalized at a lower cost. Additionally, its sophisticated cockpit creates a technological environment that hones the pilot’s judgment capacity and decision-making process, in real time, together with the motor coordination skills demanded by 4th generation fighter cockpits. With regard to conditions in the operational situation, as a light attack plane, it allows for the accurate and efficient use of its weapons system.” The LAS program will train 30 Afghan fighter pilots and will deliver 20 A-29 planes—most have already been delivered to Afghanistan. “The students are from diverse backgrounds, but they are the best from their places of origin,” stated U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Hill, commander of the 81st FS. “Some of them received initial training in the T-6 here in the U.S., while others trained in Afghanistan. Many of our students have prior experience in the Cessna 208, flying CASEVAC [casualty evacuation] and transport missions all over Afghanistan.” At least 17 USAF instructors,—most with combat experience from the A-10, F-16, and F-15E squadrons—are assisting with training the Afghan pilots. The training phase includes formation flying, low-altitude navigation, tactical maneuvers, and attack modes using various types of weapons, with a focus on close-air support missions. While at Moody, students use training munitions, including BDU-33 bombs, rockets with dummy warheads, and non-incendiary 12.7 mm machine gun ammunition. Back in Afghanistan, pilots will go to a firing range near Kabul to train on live fire before using their skills in combat. The Super Tucano in combat The first four Super Tucanos arrived in Afghanistan in early January 2016 at the Hamid Karzai International Airport, their base of operations, in the Afghan capital of Kabul. Their first combat sortie came soon after. On January 15th, three night air raids were carried out in the Khostak Valley in the northeastern province of Badakhshan. Since then, Afghan fighters have carried out two to four missions per week. Throughout 2016, the aircraft flew 320 combat sorties and used their weapons in 138 of them. The Super Tucano has bolstered the Afghan government’s strategic air power and strengthened the country’s rekindled air force. The aircraft has a longer range and greater response and firepower capacity than other weapons systems. Due to its flexibility, low cost, and accuracy, the A-29 has been tasked with carrying out two of the main attack modes in the Afghan theater. Close-Air Support is carried out when a forward air controller in a convoy or patrol under direct attack or ambush calls in and coordinates immediate fire over an enemy close to their own position—the controller is in charge of the strike. Close-Combat Attack is similar with a caveat. Pilots called to provide close-air support carry out a deliberate attack against the target using weapons of their choice. They are in charge of the strike and responsible for its consequences. The A-29 has been used to attack preselected targets, vehicles, and training camps, and to kill insurgent or terrorist leaders, as was done successfully in Colombia. Another important duty is convoy escort. These planes have shown to be more efficient than armed or actual attack helicopters. In this case, planes do route reconnaissance within a radius of 4 to 6 miles to maintain the convoy in visual sight at 25 to 30 degrees, in the position of the left wing machine gun. In the event that contact with the vehicles is lost, the pilot must fly low over them to be seen. To always think like the enemy is critical. If the convoy is attacked or ambushed, the A-29 must raise the force level by showing its presence. The objective is to make the enemy abandon hostile intentions. Therefore, the aircraft needs to be seen and heard. “The pilots have been quite successful. They work in direct coordination with the ground forces, and they’ve managed to have extreme precision in their use of arms against enemy forces,” Lt. Col. Hill said. Afghanistan has 407 districts, of which 133 are disputed and 41 are under Taliban control, which has resulted in an enormous amount of work for the country’s security forces. To make matters worse, the Islamic State has advanced into that region. As a result the Super Tucano has been called on more. The aircraft can respond to a convoy attack three times faster than a helicopter, and carry a larger amount and variety of precision or saturation weapons, a decisive factor. “The Super Tucano was the right choice for Afghanistan,” Lt. Col. Hill said. “The pilots we train here in the 81st FS have achieved immediate battlefield success. This aircraft has performed well in a hostile environment, providing a reliable and efficient weapons platform for Afghan service members. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to train the Afghans on this platform and help them build their combat air force. Also, as we learn more about how the Super Tucano can be used, we have the opportunity to exchange knowledge with Brazilians and Colombians. Those relationships are important to us, and provide some optimal ideas and techniques. We plan to maintain those relationships in the future,” he concluded.
Holidays, Human Services, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined state officials, government employees, and members of the National Guard for the 26th annual Holiday Wish Program gift drive in Harrisburg, which provides donated gifts to about 200 families and 100 seniors across Pennsylvania.“The holiday season can be a financially difficult time for many Pennsylvania families,” said Governor Wolf. “I am honored to join in this annual tradition with the members of my cabinet and the hundreds of state workers who participated in this generous drive.”“Commonwealth employees come together every year to make the holidays a little brighter for hundreds of Pennsylvania families,” Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas said. “Many Pennsylvania families work hard to make ends meet, and may still be struggling. The Holiday Wish program shows the true spirit of the holiday season, not only in the faces of the families who are receiving gifts, but those who are giving them.”Cabinet members and executives from the departments of Human Services, Aging, General Services, Health, Transportation, and Labor and Industry joined the National Guard to celebrate, while children from local child care providers were visited by Santa Claus.Volunteer state employees and the Pennsylvania National Guard loaded wrapped gifts into military vehicles and delivered them to participating county assistance offices for distribution to the families and individuals.The families and older adults sponsored for the event were identified through case workers at county assistance offices, a senior citizen complex serving older adults in need, and a community action agency. They list a few gifts they would like to receive, and state employees then choose to sponsor a family or individual.“We hope that these gifts bring a little bit of relief to seniors and a whole lot of joy to the children of hundreds of Pennsylvania families,” said Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne. “We are so proud of and grateful for the generosity of the commonwealth employees who donated their time and demonstrated their care and concern for others”The Holiday Wish program was started in 1989 by a small group of employees from DHS, formerly known as the Department of Public Welfare. Over the years, it has grown to include hundreds of employees in several departments.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Wolf Administration Teams Up to Support Families in Need this Holiday Season December 09, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The Bulldogs traveled away for their first away game of the season with a 4-0 victory over The Union County Patriots.The first goal came quick from Batesville @ 37.21 counting down from the 40 minute half. Michael Ripperger sprinted the ball down the left wing beating his man and then played in towards goal where Daniel Gutzwiller crashed in taking a nice touch into the net. Ten minutes later Ripperger found himself in a similar situation, but this one was finished by his low placed shot out of reach from the keeper. The last goal of the half @ 18.34 came from a loose ball sent into the box off of a corner. Henry Lipinski, defensive center, was pressed up and able to score our 3rd goal.The second half started out with the Bulldogs working passes on the ground well. With 9.22 left on the clock, Ian Yorn went into a strong challenge and the ball was knocked forward in our favor where Ripperger was able to finish first touch.Batesville traveled to Union County to open their 2017 soccer season. Tuesday night was about much more than soccer however. Union County’s senior GK Hannah Soper was tragically killed in a car accident last Thursday. Both teams honored Soper with a moment of silence, some memories shared by the Union County AD, and her jersey was laid on the ground in the goal as the Batesville players placed roses around it to start the game. Soper was honored for the first 13 seconds as Union County possessed the ball and played without a GK. “Save Soper” will always hold a special place in the hearts of the Union County fans.Once the game got started, it was a tough battle for both teams as Batesville maintained the majority of the possession but Union County held a tight back line. The Lady Bulldogs found the back of the net three times in the first half. Taylor Rowlett got the Lady Bulldogs on the scoreboard first. Baylee Rohlfing took a throw-in that sprung Rowlett past the defender and she took a strong left-footed shot from the corner of the 18 that found the side net for the score. Gabi Garcia put Batesville up 2-0 with a long shot from 30 yards out that the GK mishandled. The third and final tally for the first half was put away by Allison Storms after a nice layoff pass from Lily Esser. Union County was able to catch the Lady Bulldogs sleeping after a foul deep in Batesville territory with 33 seconds to play in the half. The Lady Patriots quick played Batesville and found an open player inside the box for the score.The second half was all Batesville as they added 6 more to the score. Carlie Werner got the scoring started early with a great individual effort to dribble past several players and finished with a strong shot into the back of the net. Rowlett notched her 2nd goal of the game off an assist from Liz Heidlage. Storms also notched her 2nd goal of the match after a rebound bounced out to the top of the 18 where Storms took a nice 1-time driven shot into the back of the net. Marigrace Anderson marked the 7th score for the Lady Bulldogs on another nice layoff assist by Liz Heidlage. Werner was able to add to her tally as well later in the 2nd half with a great header goal off an assist from Rowlett. The 9th and final score of the match was finished by Ashlyn Czerniak with a nice cut back to her left foot and was able to pass it pass the GK. Abbey Prickel was credited the assist as she found Czerniak in space behind the Lady Patriot Defense.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coaches Kyle Hunteman and Kyle Laker.
Press Association Andros Townsend has vowed to prove he is worth every penny of the £12million Newcastle paid Tottenham for him. The 24-year-old England midfielder headed for Tyneside as Magpies head coach Steve McClaren handed him a way out of his misery at White Hart Lane, where he found himself surplus to manager Mauricio Pochettino’s requirements for the final three months of his 16-year stay. Newcastle negotiated long and hard with Spurs before an agreement was finally reached, prompting raised eyebrows in some quarters at what they were prepared to pay for a man who has not played a full 90 minutes in the Barclays Premier League for almost two years. However, asked if he was worth £12million, Townsend said: “That’s for you lot to decide. “Of course £12million is a lot of money, I know that, but if I can reach my potential and play to the ability I know I have, then I am sure as quickly as people are saying it is a lot of money, they will be saying it is a bargain. “Football, I know, has its ups and downs. it turns so quickly. If I put in a few good performances, it will look like money well spent, and that is what I am solely looking to do, play as well as I can.” While Townsend has been signed to play a significant role in Newcastle’s fight for Barclays Premier League survival, there is little doubt that reviving his England career is a major focus after missing out on the 2014 World Cup finals through injury. However, he insists that is a secondary consideration as he looks to re-launch his career and not only get back to the level he had reached two years ago, but go beyond it. He said: “I’m not looking to get back where I was, I am looking to become an even better player. “I do not look back, I always look forward and feel I am more mature than I was back then and believe fully that I can get back to a level I can play at. “I have faith in my own ability. I am the same player and the same person that did break onto the scene a few years ago and was tipped as a big England prospect. I was an integral part for club and country. “I am still that same player. I am in best shape of my life and injury-free, and I’m hoping Newcastle will benefit from that.”