To close out 2016, The String Cheese Incident held down the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO with some exciting collaborations. One such collaboration saw SCI work with the electronic duo Big Gigantic for a “Big Gigantic Incident” set on December 29th.As String Cheese gears up for a new album release and upcoming tour, the band dug into their archives and shared a video from that Big Gigantic Incident performance. With help from Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken, the six members of String Cheese put down a rocking rendition of “Black Market” by Weather Report.Check out the cover in this new pro-shot video, shared below.
By Roberto Caiafa/Diálogo May 11, 2017 The KC-390, the result of an order placed by the Brazilian Air Force with demanding requirements, is an aircraft with a robust airframe, equipped with high wings fixed with engines positioned to avoid debris intake, a T-shaped tail with an automated loading ramp, main landing gear stowed within large aerodynamic structures with tailor-made doors, lateral doors for parachute launching equipped with special aerodynamic deflectors, a wide nose (housing a modern radar), and dual wheel landing gear. Designed to transport up to 26 tons, the KC-390 achieves that performance thanks to a pair of V-2500 engines – the same type used in various commercial jets. An added bonus to this popular propulsion model engine is its wide offering of parts and services, in addition to the ease of maintenance. “The modern and spacious cockpit has large windows that afford the crew great situational awareness,” stated Valtécio Alencar, Communications executive at Embraer Defense & Security (EDS, as per its Portuguese acronym). Alencar was in charge of presenting the aircraft at LAAD Defence and Security 2017. “The instrumentation panel, which is dominated by large colored screens, uses Pro Line Fusion digital avionics technology. The fly-by-wire flight controls are sidestick, with advanced ergonomics and a lot of comfort for the crew who have air conditioning and electronically controlled seats,” he explained. The cargo compartment, which is the plane’s reason for being, is very well equipped. Its multipurpose deck uses the concepts of turning, opening, clicking, locking, closing, attaching, and anchoring, all taken to their maximum potential. To change from a flat cargo floor to roller configuration, all that is needed is to turn the guides and the conversion is done. The same thing is done to air drop cargo on pallets: open, lock, and leave the guides in position, and the pallets slide out of the plane. To anchor loads and keep them stable, there are various kinds of anchorage points and straps for vehicles, pallets, or bundles. To drop paratroopers from the plane, there are anchoring cables with parachute hooks, signal lights, and other equipment. The lateral doors allow for safe jumping, free from buffeting winds. The effect is achieved through the use of aerodynamic deflectors that are attached to the fuselage when they are not in use. The Cargo Handling System is used to maintain, monitor, and execute precision air drops of cargo, vehicles, and troops through a variety of tactical methods. This includes a station for the loadmaster, a network of lock control units and control panels for detecting, measuring force, activating, and releasing locks. Thus, service members have at their disposal a set of modern engineering tools and the fuselage measurements (length x width x height) to facilitate the shipment of any number of cargo configurations, pallets, containers, vehicles, specialized vehicles, armored vehicles, engineering equipment, and much more. Additionally, and to expand its operational reach, the KC-390 has a probe for in-flight refueling. That way, it can take on fuel from another aircraft with the same capabilities, vastly extending its autonomy and operational radius. New KC-390 tests Soon, the KC-390 must undergo tests transporting Guarani VBTP-MR 6×6 armored vehicles. This is a longstanding requirement put in place by the Paratrooper Infantry Brigade and by the Rapid Response Forces, both professional troops in the Brazilian Army. Armored vehicles in their standard configuration, as well as versions equipped with REMAX, REMAN, and UT-30BR weapons turrets will be used in the testing. The armored version with the TORC30 turret (30 mm cannon) must undergo the same tests as soon as it is integrated with the Guarani armored vehicle and is available. These tests aim to remove any doubts about the plane’s capacity to provide the Paratrooper Infantry Brigade with the immediate transport of combat-ready armored vehicles without the need for any kind of procedure to mount or dismount turrets or weapons stations. In practice, these tests will prove that there are proper communication and information sharing among the managers of the strategic projects vital to the two Brazilian Armed Forces. According to Major General Edson Henrique Ramires, the project manager for the VBTP-MR 6×6, “the Guarani is key to ensuring the mobility and shock power of the Brazilian Expeditionary Forces, and the KC-390 is the ‘silver bullet’ in this strategy, as it delivers armored vehicles, supplies, munitions, troops, and other equipment to the field directly on unfinished runways in just a few hours.” To survive on the front lines in this dangerous environment, the aircraft is equipped with an advanced defensive suite consisting of warning sensors for missile approach, pyrotechnic launchers, and a directional infrared countermeasure system capable of interfering with the guidance head on heat-seeking missiles. This model also employs enhanced vision sensors in bad weather, where the image is projected on large screens installed at eye level in the cockpit. The functionality to land in poor visibility allows the KC-390 to operate safely in adverse weather conditions. A colored camera installed in the cockpit will record the scene of the pilot superimposed over the data generated by the sensor system, in order to analyze the missions. “The KC-390 plane was created to furnish mobility and robustness to the Brazilian Armed Forces, containing the highest level of technology added to the product. This project was guided by high operational flexibility, and by the ease of maintenance throughout the useful life cycle of this model, even in terms of the cost per flight hour. Progress in these tests and the next stages of development will serve to cap off the expectations that have been placed on this product,” said Paulo Gastão, the KC-390 project manager for EDS.
Poyet had admitted just a few short weeks ago that his team needed a miracle to stay up, and insisted survival was the biggest achievement of his life. He said: “I am absolutely delighted, I am proud of what we have achieved. I am so pleased for the players, the fans, the club, really. “I was brought to the club to do one job and one job only, and it was to stay in the Barclays Premier League, and we have done it in a certain style, I can say. “It’s going to be remembered forever. There are going to be people talking in many, many years’ time – ‘Sunderland did it, it’s possible, we can do it’. “I can see plenty of managers telling their players in the future, even if you are seven points adrift with six games to go, you can do it. All the best.” West Brom replaced Sunderland in 17th place, although their superior goal difference means they are effectively safe even if Norwich do manage to get the better of the Gunners. However, boss Pepe Mel was less than impressed by a lacklustre first-half display which sends them into Sunday’s home clash with Stoke with his future still uncertain. Asked about his hopes of extending his stay at the Hawthorns after arriving on an 18-month deal, he said: “I really don’t know. That’s not a decision for me to take, I’m not sure. “What we need to try to do is try to change the image that we are giving of the team against Stoke City. “I am very disappointed with the first half. I don’t understand what happened in that first half. We weren’t able to equal Sunderland’s intensity.” The Black Cats became just the second club to lie at the foot of the table at Christmas to survive by virtue of a 2-0 victory over the other, West Brom, at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night. It was their fourth successive win, something they had not achieved in the top flight since December 2000, and gave them a total of 13 points from the last 15 they have contested. Gus Poyet guided Sunderland to Barclays Premier League safety and immediately turned his attention to ensuring they do not face the same battle next season. However, head coach Poyet, who celebrated deliriously with his players on the pitch after the final whistle, is adamant that the lessons of a remarkable campaign must be learnt. He said: “That’s fundamental for me. Can I go another year like these seven months? No. I’m strong, but I don’t want to die, I don’t want to have a heart-attack, I don’t want to lose any more hair than I have lost already. “I want to have a season where I can relax and see my team playing football week in, week out. “Are you going to win the league? No, but we need to make sure we don’t go another season like the last two or three because when you play with fire, in the end, you get burnt and we don’t want to do that. “We don’t want to go down, so we need to make sure that we don’t make the same mistakes that we have been making for the last two or three years.” Victory lifted Sunderland to 14th place, five points clear of Norwich, who need to beat Arsenal on Sunday and see the Baggies lose at home to Stoke with a swing in goal difference of 17 to avoid the drop. They got their noses in front when Jack Colback turned home Marcos Alonso’s 13th-minute cross, and they were coasting when Fabio Borini volleyed home from Sebastian Larsson’s delicate pass. West Brom responded after the break, but the Black Cats could have extended their lead but for a glaring 65th-minute miss by substitute Jozy Altidore, and the points were safe long before the final whistle. Press Association
Check the NHL out these days and you’ll find a drastically different game from the pre-lockout days. Although I must admit bringing this up at the end of the second season since the rules changed is a touch belated, it’s still important enough to take a look at the evolution after the fact.After the entire 2004-05 season was cancelled, the NHL, similar MLB after the 2002 All-Star game resulted in a 7-7 tie, demanded a change. To recover its fan base, who may have taken flight, professional hockey made a number of modifications to the laws of the sport with the intent of making the game more offensively oriented. To allow more freedom for the skilled speed players to work, grabbing, holding, hooking, slashing, tripping, cross checking and interference now warrant an automatic penalty. Another rule affecting the pace of the game was the legalization of the two-line pass. This alteration gives these finesse players a chance to receive passes from their own zone in transition and, consequently, more scoring opportunities. Shootouts, goalie movement and equipment restrictions, increased fines for fighters, smaller neutral zones and varying icing restrictions are some of the other differences found in the post-lockout NHL game. Two Fridays ago, Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby, 19, became the youngest player in NHL history to record 200 points, breaking Wayne Gretzky’s 27-year-old record. Crosby, who doesn’t turn 20 until Aug. 7, beat out the Great One by more than four months, as Gretzky didn’t do the same until just before his 20th birthday. Whether Crosby’s success is wholly due to the recent rule changes and more open-style hockey seen in the game today or just a miraculous talent not seen since Gretzky himself was a second-year player, or a combination of both, isn’t transparent. But for the rest of the league and the smaller, quicker players like Crosby, the new rules almost undoubtedly play to their advantage. “I think it suits me a lot better with the new rule changes,” former Badger Joe Pavelski, who is a rookie with the San Jose Sharks, said in a phone interview. “Not being as big of a guy (5-foot-11, 195 pounds), I’m able to get around, find my way around the rink a little bit more easily, and then I think I would have been able to with all the clutching and grabbing; so I mean, I might not be in the NHL right now with the old rules, you never know.”Every player has kind of benefited in his own standpoint, and it has brought a lot of new fans and a lot more excitement to the game.”The fans seem to be enjoying the modifications as well. Compared to 2003-04, the last year before the lockout, the fan base has increased more than 300 fans per game (16,847 versus 16,533). It’s not a huge difference, but the fact that more people are showing up to the rink despite enduring an unnecessary year without hockey bodes well.And there’s no question that the rule changes have paid off in terms of what the NHL was trying to do: The game is faster-paced, higher scoring and even penalties are down. Teams take 29.6 shots per game on average, 1.6 more than in 2003-04; combined scores have increased from five goals per contest to just fewer than six goals per contest, and penalty minutes per game have declined more than three minutes for each side. While the shift to a higher scoring game and more freedom on offense has been beneficial in keeping the NHL a successful business, blue liners and goaltenders face a lot more pressure. Overall, though, they also agree with the tweaks and alterations. “If you’re a defenseman, it’s not very good when the other team knocks the puck in and your forwards can’t hold the guys up so they just come full speed at you,” Edmonton Oilers rookie defenseman Tom Gilbert said. “But I think for the most part, the new rules have benefited me.”So even if my call to order is a tad late, the NHL’s board of governors deserves a congratulatory applause for redeeming itself and saving the league.Kevin is a junior double majoring in journalism and economics. If you or someone you know wants to discuss the talent phenom Sidney Crosby possesses, he can be reached at [email protected]