The Avett Brothers have added a few more U.S. concert dates to their steadily growing 2019 tour schedule. Friday’s announcement, which includes seven more shows next spring, should continue to get Avett Brothers fans pumped and ready for the arrival of their new studio album—the follow-up to 2016’s True Sadness—which as of now is still scheduled to arrive sometime in 2019.The batch of seven new concert dates will begin on April 20th in Brandon, Mississippi, and continue into next month with scheduled performances at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK (5/13); Pinewood Bowl Theater in Lincoln, NE (5/17); Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers, AR (5/18); Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA (5/24, 5/25); and Virginia Credit Union LIVE in Richmond, VA (6/9). The newly announced concerts will begin immediately following the band’s appearance at the 2019 edition of 420 Sweetwater Festival down in Atlanta, Georgia, where they’re scheduled to play on April 19th.The Avett Brothers recently returned to late-night television with a live appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers back in October to give America a preview of the new material with a performance of new tune “Roses & Sacrifice”. The song represents as the first new music shared by the band since the Rick Rubin-produced True Sadness arrived back in June 2016. It is also the band’s first recording without keyboardist Paul Defiglia, who left the band in September of last year.The Avett Brothers also recently announced their 2019 return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre next summer with a three-night run over Independence Day weekend, where they’ll be joined by Lake Street Dive as support for the final show on Sunday, July 7th.Avett Guild pre-sale tickets for the newly announced run of spring 2019 shows will begin on December 11th at 12 p.m. local time, with general on-sale following a few days later on December 14th. More information can be found by visiting the band’s tour page on their website.The Avett Brothers Newly Added 2019 Tour DatesApril 20 – Brandon, MS – Brandon AmphitheaterMay 14 – Tulsa, OK – BOK CenterMay 17 – Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl TheaterMay 18 – Rogers, AR – Arkansas Music PavilionMay 24-25 – Vienna, VA – Wolf TrapJune 9 – Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union LIVEView All Tour Dates
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — USDA has opened enrollment for the main commodity programs in the farm bill, the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs.Enrollment is open for the 2019 crop year and farmers have until March 15, 2020, to sign up for the programs for 2019.Under the 2018 farm bill, farmers can sign up their individual crops in ARC-County or PLC, or sign up the entire farm in ARC-Individual. Those program elections will apply for the 2019 and 2020 crop years.ARC and PLC have been largely on the backburner over the past year while USDA has been providing farmers with trade-aid support under the Market Facilitation Program. MFP, which began last year, was initially expected to be a one-time program, but USDA reopened the program for 2019 after trade talks with China stalled last spring.ARC operates on a rolling average of revenue price guarantees for crops based on average county yields. PLC has set reference prices for commodities and pays when the national marketing year price comes in below those reference prices.While enrollment began officially on Tuesday for the 2019 crop year, farmers can enroll for the 2020 crop year starting Oct. 7 and continuing until June 30, 2020. USDA noted a farmer waiting until Oct. 7 for sign up can enroll in both the 2019 and 2020 crop years during the same visit.Farmers get one chance to update their yields for the 2020 crop year. Under the farm bill provisions, farmers will be able to update yield data for each commodity up to 90% of the average yield for the farm from the 2013-17 crop years.“During this time, farm owners have a one-time opportunity to update PLC payment yields that takes effect beginning with crop year 2020. If the owner accompanies the producer to the office, the yield update may be completed during the same office visit,” USDA stated.Farmers will have the opportunity from 2021 through 2023 to change their program decisions.Under the 2014 farm bill, payments for ARC declined over time for major crops as prices fell after the 2013 crop year. Payments for PLC, which were low at the beginning of the farm bill, increased during the latter part of the farm bill. Congress then added the option for the 2018 farm bill for farmers to switch programs if they wish to do so.Congress also changed the program by using yields reported by crop insurance companies to the Risk Management Agency for ARC and PLC.In another program change, if prices move higher over the next few years, then the reference price for ARC and PLC can increase as well. Reference prices have changed to use a five-year Olympic average of prices that would allow reference prices to increase as much as 15% for commodity crops. The current reference prices for corn ($3. 70 a bushel), soybeans ($8.40) and wheat, ($5.50) and reference prices for other commodities remain the same as the 2014 farm bill.The 2018 farm bill made some other changes to the ARC program, including a trend-yield adjustment and a provision that allows USDA to divide some of the largest counties in the country into smaller units for county average yields.USDA reminds farmers that enrolling in ARC and PLC can affect eligibility for the Supplemental Coverage Option insurance program. Farmers who sign up for ARC are ineligible for SCO on those planted acres, but farmers who enroll in PLC can still buy SCO policies.Upland cotton farmers who enroll their seed cotton base acres in ARC or PLC also are ineligible for the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) on those cotton acres. To remain eligible for STAX, producers must not enroll their seed cotton base acres into either ARC or PLC.To help farmers decide the best program for their acres, USDA has partnered with the University of Illinois and Texas A&M University for a pair of web-based tools.University of Illinois: https://farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/…Texas A&M University: https://www.afpc.tamu.edu/…Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
All-rounder Yuvraj Singh made a brilliant comeback in first class cricket as he smashed a spectacular double century for North Zone against Central Zone on the second day of a semi-final match of the Duleep Trophy on Monday. The innings would certainly end any doubts whatsoever about his fitness and ability to withstand the rigours of longer version of the game after recovering from a rare germ cell cancer.Yuvraj Singh will pen a book on his player-turned-actor father Yograj Singh. The southpaw scored 208 runs, comprising 33 boundaries and 3 towering sixes, off just 241 balls before falling to Murali Karthik. His innings can give national chief selector Sandeep Patil and his team another option in the middle order of the Indian Test squad. With his handy left-arm spin to complement his batting, Yuvraj’s display might see him play Test matches in the upcoming home series against England. It was certainly a flamboyant knock by the elegant player, who has sent a strong message to the selectors ahead of the busy Test season ahead.
Nevin: Kante, Rudiger as important to Chelsea as Van Dijk, Salah to Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePat Nevin says Chelsea losing N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger is similar to Liverpool without Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah.Kante has missed most of the season with injury, but made his return in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Reds at Stamford Bridge, while Rudiger remains sidelined.And former Blues winger Nevin thinks their absence has impacted the team heavily, just as the loss of van Dijk and Salah would hinder Jurgen Klopp’s side.He wrote on the club’s website: “N’Golo and Toni Rudiger would have been handy to call on obviously but when you add Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, it just underlines how harsh it has been. “Look at Liverpool for example, they seem to go close to season after season with scarcely a long-term injury to any of their recognised starting 11 players.”The analogy would be if you took Liverpool’s best defender Van Dijk out of the team the way Rudiger has missed the start with us, and then removed their world-class player Mo Salah like we have had to do without Kante. “What sort of difference do you think it would make to their team? I just cannot wait until Frank has every single one of his top players fit, available and on form and I bet he can’t too.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
OTTAWA — A short chronology of Canada’s participation in the 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy:May 1943: Allies make final decision to invade. Initial invasion date May 1, 1944, then June 4, 1944.Summer of 1943: Canadians train for assault in Scotland and England.June 1, 1944: Invasion ships begin loading along England’s south coast.June 3: Soldiers aboard the ships. Some ships sail.Dawn, June 4: Weather forecast of continuing low cloud, coastal fog and rain forces 24-hour delay in invasion. Vessels recalled.Dawn, June 5: Decision to go ahead with invasion. Convoys sail for Normandy.Evening, June 5: Invasion fleet approaches Normandy beaches.11:30 p.m., June 5: Aerial attacks begin.Midnight: Three airborne divisions drop on east and west flanks of invasion beaches. Includes 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.June 6 about 5 a.m.: Naval bombardment of beach defences begins.5:30 a.m.: First Canadian assault vessels leave ships for shore.6:30 a.m.: First Americans land at beaches.7:25 a.m.: First British land.About 7:45 a.m.: First Canadians land.10:30 a.m.: First assault waves ashore.Noon: Juno Beach secure.12:45 p.m.: Maj. Rod Keller (Canadian commanding officer) goes ashore.Advance continues until nightfall.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsDay-schoolers were left out of Canada’s reparations to the residential school survivors. These students were able to go home at night, but they say they suffered the same abuses as students who lived in the residential schools. Now, they’re gathering in Kamloops to discuss whether or not they should launch a class-action lawsuit.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith joined them in Kamloops, and he has more details.
CALGARY – AltaGas Ltd. says it has signed deals to sell about $560 million worth of natural gas midstream assets and power generating assets to two buyers.Birch Hill Equity Partners Management Inc. has agreed to pay $165 million for a group of smaller scale gas midstream and power assets in Canada, as well as its commercial and industrial customer portfolio in Canada.The transaction also includes the 43.7 million shares of Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Inc., which AltaGas holds.In a second transaction, AltaGas says it will sell its San Joaquin power assets in California to a subsidiary of Avenue Capital for roughly $400 million.The assets include the Tracy, Hanford and Henrietta plants totalling 523 megawatts of generating capacity.AltaGas says the proceeds from the sales will be used to repay debt related to its acquisition of Washington, D.C.-based energy utility company WGL Holdings, Inc., which closed in July.Companies in this story: (TSX:ALA)
OTTAWA – Leaders from several north-coast B.C. First Nations say if the Senate doesn’t approve a bill barring super-sized oil tankers from the region their fragile but thriving marine-based economies will die.The legislation would put into law an existing moratorium on tankers carrying more than 12,500 tonnes of crude oil in the waters between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and the Alaska border.The legislation passed the House of Commons last spring and is now being debated in the Senate. Chief Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk Nation is leading a delegation of chiefs and elected leaders in Ottawa this week to lobby senators to pass the legislation, which cleared the House of Commons last spring.The bill is strongly opposed by the Alberta government, which believes it cuts off an entire option for shipping crude oil. Premier Rachel Notley has added it to the list of irritants between her province and the federal government.Slett says the waters the ban covers are difficult to navigate and a single major spill would be the end of her nation’s livelihood.
New Delhi: “How long does it take to vote and can’t people cast their votes on a holy day?” the Supreme Court asked Thursday while refusing to accord urgent hearing to a plea which claimed that holding Lok Sabha polls on April 18 in Tamil Nadu will cause “inconvenience” to Christians and sought its rescheduling. A bench headed by Justice S A Bobde made the observation when the lawyer representing a Christian body sought urgent hearing on their petition challenging the March 22 Madras High Court order which had dismissed their plea in this regard. The petition, filed by a managing trustee of ‘Christuva Nallenna Iyakkam’, said that the scheduled date of polling for the Lok Sabha election in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry falls within the holy period, which begins with ‘Maundy Thursday’ and is followed by Good Friday and Holy Easter. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”You can’t cast your vote on a holy day?” the bench, also comprising justices S A Nazeer and Indira Banerjee, asked the counsel who sought an urgent hearing on the plea. “How long does it take to vote?” the bench said, adding, “We don’t want to advise you on how to pray and how to cast vote”. The bench said there was no urgency in hearing the matter. The petitioner has said in the plea that, “The General Elections to Lok Sabha 2019 has been notified on March 19 by the Election Commission of India and thereby the date of poll for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry was scheduled on April 18 falls on Maundy Thursday, within the ‘Holy Triduum’ which means the three days that begins with the liturgy on Maundy Thursday, followed by Good Friday and ends with prayer on Holy Easter Sunday.”