first_imgEarlier this week, ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill fractured his shoulder after a ZZ Top performance. As such, the band has postponed all dates from now through May 7th. Unfortunately, one of those dates happens to be the Laid Back Festival, scheduled for May 7th at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA.The first of five Laid Back Festivals, hosted and curated by Gregg Allman, will be pushed back to a later date. The Atlanta Laid Back lineup plans to feature sets from Allman, ZZ Top, Blackberry Smoke, Michelle Malone, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band and more, and the make-up date is not yet known.The other four events, including fests in Nashville, Chicago, New York, and Colorado, are all on as scheduled. You can find out more details about those here. We wish Dusty Hill all the best on the road to recovery![Via AJC]last_img read more

first_imgWeather conditions in May continued this year’s trend of above-normal temperatures in Georgia with some areas seeing higher than normal rainfall and other areas still experiencing drought conditions. Rainfall across the state varied from 25 to 500 percent of normal due to the ongoing severe drought coupled with the rainfall contributions of Tropical Storm Beryl at the end of the month near the Georgia coast.In Atlanta the monthly average temperature was 73.9 degrees F (3.8 degrees above normal), Athens was 72.7 degrees (2.7 above normal), Columbus was 76.1 degrees (3.1 above normal), Macon was 74.2 degrees (2.3 above normal), Savannah was 75.9 degrees (2.6 above normal), Brunswick was 76.2 degrees (1.7 above normal), Alma was 76 degrees (2.3 above normal) and Augusta was 73.8 degrees (2.7 above normal). This has been the warmest spring on record for a number of National Weather Service Stations including the stations in Atlanta, Athens, Columbus and Savannah. It was the second warmest spring in Augusta in the 142 years that station has been collecting data and the third warmest spring in Macon in the 120 years of collecting data at that station. It was also the eighth warmest May for Atlanta and the fourth warmest May for Columbus. The warm winter and spring temperatures led to a 25 to 35 percent drop in peach production, since Georgia’s orchards need a certain number of chill hours to produce a full crop. Late-blooming varieties were particularly hard hit. However, the peaches that were harvested were of good quality and were quickly shipped to market. Rainfall across Georgia varied widely in May due to several storms that passed through the state, including Tropical Storm Beryl in late May. The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 7.48 inches in Savannah (4.50 inches above normal), and the lowest was in Macon with only 2.11 inches (0.61 inches below normal). Augusta received 4.56 inches (1.91 inches above normal), Brunswick received 7.06 inches (5.20 above normal), Alma received 5.02 inches (2.55 above normal) and Columbus received 3.34 inches (0.15 above normal). Atlanta received only 3.41 inches (0.26 inches below normal), and Athens received 2.67 inches (0.33 inches below normal). The highest monthly amounts were generally within 100 miles of the Georgia coastline, in the area covered by Tropical Storm Beryl at the end of May. The areas with the least rainfall were in central Georgia where exceptional drought conditions suppressed thunderstorm development. The highest single-day rainfall reported by a Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network Station was 4.01 inches in north-central Georgia near Dahlonega in Lumpkin County on May 7. The second highest daily total was 3.81 inches reported at Kingsland in Camden County on May 29. The Kingsland observer also had the highest monthly total of 11.28 inches, including 6.34 inches from Beryl. The second highest monthly total was 9.96 inches reported on St. Simons Island in Glynn County. Severe weather was reported on 11 days in May. No tornadoes were reported, but there was significant damage to crops from reported hail this month. The most severe crop damage came on May 22 in parts of Berrien, Colquitt, Cook, Tift and Worth counties, where a swath of hail up to 40 miles wide fell and covered the ground in drifts up to 6-feet-high. The hail fell in the middle of the harvest season for a number of field crops, including hundreds of acres of watermelon. Wind damage caused scattered power outages during the month, and there were a number of house fires reported due to lightning strikes. Beryl was the strongest tropical storm observed along the Atlantic Coast in May in over 100 years, with winds of up to 70 mph as it came onshore just south of the Georgia-Florida border. The storm caused strong rip currents, flooding and high winds, which cut power to thousands of people along the coast. Beryl did reduce vacation travel in coastal communities over the Memorial Day weekend, but no estimates of losses due to reduced tourism were available at the time this report was written. Drought conditions in May stabilized due to intermittent showers across the state and a lack of extended hot spells. Farmers reported that timely rain was sustaining crops in some places, while other areas remained dry. A few farmers reported difficulty getting into the fields due to wet conditions near the end of the month, especially in areas that were affected by Beryl. In dry areas, farmers were continuing to feed hay to livestock due to lack of growing pastures and reported problems with insects.last_img read more

first_imgAllEarth Renewables, Inc.,Today, renewable energy advocate Tom Weis completed his 10-week “Ride for Renewables” at the Jefferson Memorial after traversing 11 states in his futuristic-looking “rocket trike.” He is promoting 100% renewable electricity for the U.S. in ten years, a goal first proposed by former Vice President Al Gore.”Almost everyone I met during this ride wants to see a modern day, green energy moon shot for America,” said Tom Weis, President of Climate Crisis Solutions. Citing massive unemployment, energy dependence, economic turbulence and climate instability as top concerns driving this public desire, he said, “The solution is an American-led green industrial revolution.”Ride backer Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and author of Eaarth, said, “Politicians won’t lead until we build a citizens movement powerful enough to challenge the might of the fossil fuel industry. That’s what this ride is building towards.”Phil Radford, Executive Director of sponsor Greenpeace, said, “What stands in the way of clean energy for all is the dirty money in politics from the oil and coal industries.”Ride sponsor Lester Brown, President of Earth Policy Institute and author of World on the Edge, warned that emergency action at war-time speed is needed to save civilization from a deepening climate crisis: “During World War II, America completely restructured its industrial economy not in decades, but in months, and we can do it again.”David Blittersdorf, CEO of ride sponsor AllEarth Renewables, Inc., called for greater leadership by the renewable energy industries. “It’s time for America’s renewable energy trade associations to step up and lead by embracing this bold vision of 100% renewables by 2020,” he said.World Future Council sponsor Randy Hayes, pushing for U.S. renewable energy laws that would allow Americans to profit from selling green energy to the grid, said, “Let’s shift from a nation of energy guzzlers to a nation of clean energy producers.”Weis hopes to meet with the President and First Lady, and key leaders of Congress, to share what he has learned on Main Street America. A video blog documenting his journey can be seen at: www.rideforrenewables.com(link is external).Source: AllEarth Renewables, Inc. 12.7.2010last_img read more

first_img97 The Peninsula, Helensvale.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We wanted a home for our family of five,” Mrs Prosper said.“We also wanted a luxury feel to the house which is was why we put in a lot of extras.”The two-storey home features a study, media room, and two living areas as well as several outdoor entertaining areas.It also offers plenty of space throughout with high ceilings on both levels.The kitchen, dining and kitchen opens up to the outdoor entertaining areas. 97 The Peninsula, Helensvale.This Helensvale house has been designed for luxury family living.Rochelle and Joel Prosper bought the block and had the home built.The four-bedroom three-bathroom home, now only three years old, is in a gated estate filled with mostly owner-occupiers. 97 The Peninsula, Helensvale. 97 The Peninsula, Helensvale. 97 The Peninsula, Helensvale.The pool and spa, alongside a stunning Bali Hut offer endless fun while coloured lighting, a firelit and tropical gardens complete the outdoor area.“We wanted plenty of space, and multiple living areas,” Mrs Prosper said. “We also built it with easy-maintenance in mind.”Other features include newly installed wooden spotted gum floor boards and Bradford Anticon installation in the roof — perfect for keeping the house cool in summer and warm in winter.last_img read more

first_imgThe pool and entertainment area before the renovation. After the renovation, which has transformed it into Nalu. Letting agent Andrew Henderson, the principal at John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach, said the renovation gave the apartments a modern edge.“The decor of the apartments is exactly what you would expect from a modern, beachfront apartment complex in one of the Gold Coast’s most exclusive suburbs,’’ he said. “Simply put, the apartments are excellent,” he said. The apartments’ interiors have a much more modern style.He was familiar with the area after dropping $25 million in 2016 on a mega mansion just up the road.Mr Solomon said the renovation of Nobby’s Outlook was designed to restore the building to its former “glamorous glory”.The resort offers two and three-bedroom apartments for holiday and long-term rental.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoResidents are already moving in just in time for Christmas.MORE NEWS: Agents ready for Coast holiday rush The dilapidated Nobby’s Outlook resort before its makeover.A RUNDOWN Miami holiday resort has been restored to its former glory in a move that is tipped to change the face of the suburb.Nobby’s Outlook resort on Marine Pde has opened its doors under the new name Nalu following the year-long multimillion-dollar redevelopment.Melbourne-based co-chief executive of Moose Toys, Paul Solomon, was behind the makeover.He was the mystery buyer who snapped up the prime beachfront landholding at auction in September last year for $23.75 million.center_img MORE NEWS: Haggle a lower mortgage rate: ACCC After the renovation.“People have always flocked to (the) Miami area for the sun, surf and holiday resort feel, and now many lucky Gold Coasters will be able to live here in what are effectively new apartments.”The 7284sq m property has four two-level buildings surrounding the resort’s central entertainment area, which includes two pools and barbecues.Its sale last year ended a long-running saga to sell the property, with owners fielding developer offers since the 1980s.Sunland offered $40 million for the property seven years ago but one owner held out and the deal was abandoned.It prompted the building’s body corporate to successfully seek a court order from the Queensland District Court to abolish the community titles scheme to make way for a sale. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenChoosing an apartment to invest in01:47last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Sunday memorialized the victims of last week’s Washington Navy Yard shooting by urging Americans not to give up on a transformation in gun laws that he argued are to blame for an epidemic of violence. “There is nothing inevitable about it — it comes about because of decisions we make or fail to make,” Obama said.Reprising his role of the nation’s consoler in chief after yet another mass shooting, Obama issued a call to action on gun control measures that failed to pass earlier this year and show no new momentum in the wake of last week’s rampage at a military installation just blocks from the Capitol.“Our tears are not enough,” Obama told thousands gathered to mourn at the Marine Barracks. “Our words and our prayers are not enough. If we really want to honor these 12 men and women, if we really want to be a country where we can go to work and go to school and walk our streets free from senseless violence without so many lives being stolen by a bullet from a gun, then we’re going to have to change.”Obama said when such senseless deaths strike, “it ought to be a shock to all of us, it ought to obsess us. It ought to lead to some sort of transformation.”But, Obama said, “nothing happens. Alongside the anguish of these American families, alongside the accumulated outrage so many of us feel, sometimes I fear there is a creeping resignation that these tragedies are just somehow the way it is, that this is somehow the new normal. We cannot accept this. As Americans bound in grief and love, we must insist here today there is nothing normal about innocent men and women being gunned down where they work.”last_img read more