Load remaining images LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/24–26/2018 | Photo: Sam Shinault Over the weekend, LOCKN’ took over Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, Virginia, marking one of the most buzzed-about music festivals of the summer. In 2018, the festival offered a truly standout lineup, with a who’s-who of the live music scene including Dead & Company, Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Foundation Of Funk, George Clinton & P-Funk, Lettuce, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and many more. In addition to these already high-profile acts, the festival curated a number of once-in-a-lifetime collaborations and tributes, cementing it as one of the best festivals this year.To commemorate the musical madness that was LOCKN’ 2018, check out these galleries of photos from across the weekend via Dave Vann and Sam Shinault, and we’ll see you back at Infinity Downs Farm next year!LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/23/2018 | Photo: Dave Vann LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/24/2018 | Photo: Dave Vann Photo: Dave Vann LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/25/2018 | Photo: Dave Vann Load remaining images Load remaining images Photo: Dave Vann LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/26/2018 | Photo: Dave Vann Load remaining images Load remaining images
By Myriam Ortega/Diálogo December 18, 2017 The Colombian Armed Forces conducted a coordinated operation against illegal mining along the Atrato, Quito, and San Pablo rivers, in the department of Chocó. Authorities seized nine mines and confiscated five engines used for illegal mining of mineral deposits, along with 15 excavators and dredges. The October-November 2017 operation struck a financial blow valued at more than $4.2 million to the Gulf Clan Organized Armed Group. “We work on destroying machinery used for the illicit extraction of mineral deposits,” Colombian Army Brigadier General Mauricio Moreno Rodríguez, commander of Joint Task Force Titán, that led the operation, told Diálogo. “Dredgers [are] a constant presence; they do alluvial gold extraction, which is the type of gold present in the department of Chocó.” “Ground and riverine troops identify sites where illegal mining takes place. The Colombian Air Force gives us aerial photographs and real-time direct imagery, because these teams move,” Colombian Marine Corps Major Luis Ángel López Ardila, riverine operations coordinator of Joint Task Force Titán, told Diálogo. “These ‘dragons’ [two-story dredges] and construction equipment are moving elements; here today, but 8 or 10 kilometers away tomorrow.” Precious metal Ancestral communities carry out artisanal gold mining with techniques of small environmental impact. Criminal groups, however, favor mechanizing the process to increase production, as they profit from extorting miners. They charge for metal production and sales. “To build [a mine] or have access with one of these ‘dragon’ [miners] pay between $16,000 and $20,000,” Brig. Gen. Moreno said. “During the mining process, a criminal climbs into each ‘dragon’ and charges for each pound of gold. A ‘dragon’ produces 4 or 5 pounds per week, and [miners] have to hand over about half a pound per week, [equivalent to] $10,000 when sold.” The devastation The neotropical region of Chocó, known as biogeographic Chocó, is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. Colombia is a megadiverse country—one of 14 in the world harboring one out of every 10 species of known flora and fauna. However, the damage from extractive activities without an environmental management plan already left a mark. “We’ve been looking for the main sites, where indiscriminate pollution goes on, and managed to detect dredges,” Brig. Gen. Moreno said. “If it is done on an industrial scale, dredging the riverbed, that requires deforestation. We believe that one single ‘dragon’ causes environmental damage or eliminates 4 to 5 hectares per week.” Atrato River, a subject of rights Gold mining requires mercury and cyanide, chemical substances whose use in small quantities causes major pollution. Local residents, whether they work in gold mining or not, end up with high doses of mercury in their bodies. Faced with this situation, several communities came together and convinced the Constitutional Court to hand down Sentence T-622/16, an unprecedented verdict in Colombia, recognizing the Atrato River as a subject of rights. The sentence forces several entities to protect and clean up the river. The ruling urges the Ministry of National Defense to neutralize and eradicate illegal mining in the Atrato River and its tributaries. “The sentence says that 21 of the 23 species of fish in the Atrato River are contaminated with mercury and unsuitable for human consumption,” Maj. López said. “Likewise, several studies by CODECHOCÓ [Autonomous Regional Corporation for Sustainable Development of Chocó], the environmental agency of the department of Chocó, and several universities determined that the percentage of mercury in people who have regular contact with the river in this area is very high and dangerous for humans.” In 2017, the Colombian government increased the number of strikes against illegal mining by 11 from 2016. According to figures Maj. López gave Diálogo, the 38 operations against illegal mining in 2017 resulted in 73 arrests, the seizure of 45 illegal mines, 42 backhoes, 52 dredges, one bulldozer, two sorting grids, two motorboats, and 27,460 gallons of fuel.
14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you have only 10 years left before you retire, and you only have half of what you need, don’t worry, you still may be OK.I met a 55-year-old couple the other day who wanted to retire at age 65. Let’s call them Stan and Tasha. In order to generate the income they desired at retirement, they’d need to have $1.2 million of income-generating retirement assets by then.Stan was freaking out. “It took us 30 years to put away $600,000. How in the (colorful word) are we going to get another $600,000 in just 10 years?” Tasha looked on with true concern splashed all over her face. “I can put $20,000 per year away at the most, and that will only equal another $200,000 come retirement. Will I have to invest very aggressively now? Where’s the $400,000 coming from?”Math, my man. Math!I sure hope my middle school math teacher reads my column. I must have said “when are we ever going to use this?” a couple dozen times in seventh grade alone. Alas, math matters. continue reading »
But the rain returned as McIlroy gave his post-round press conference, making it difficult to hear what the 25-year-old said and leaving standing water on some of the greens. Asked if that vindicated the decision, McIlroy laughed and pointed to the media centre roof before adding: “Definitely. I think it’s the second best decision the R&A made this year, the first being bringing the Open back to Portrush. “But I think it was a great decision. They got it right. You don’t want to be stuck out in that. Well, I definitely wouldn’t want to be stuck out in that. I thought they made a great decision by doing what they did. And looking at the forecast tomorrow, it looks nice and we’ll get a full day’s play.” Sergio Garcia, who goes into Sunday’s final round seven behind McIlroy, added on Twitter: ” Best call ever from the R&A to play early @The_Open because of weather, well done! @McIlroyRory is on a roll but we’ll try to give him a run.” A spokesman for the R&A said: “We didn’t move to a two-tee start lightly. The R&A much prefers a single-tee start and we’ll return to two balls all off the first tee tomorrow. “Given the weather forecast and the huge deluge around 20 minutes after play concluded we feel absolutely vindicated in making the decision we did.” Former Open champion Darren Clarke said: ” Well, I think obviously it’s easy to say now that it was the wrong decision looking at the weather that we’ve had thus far. “But if they have a couple of bolts of lightning in the next couple of hours it’s going to mess everybody’s day up, isn’t it? “They’ve had to do what they had to do to try and get it done today, and they’re trying to do what’s best for the tournament. So there can be no blame apportioned at all to the R&A for that.” A weather forecast predicting “significant risk” of thunderstorms prompted the break with tradition, with play beginning at 9am from the first and 10th tee and the 72 players split into groups of three rather than two. It looked to have been an unnecessary precaution when there was no disruption to play and heavy rain which made life difficult for the early starters had stopped as the leaders went out at 11am. Rory McIlroy praised the R&A’s decision to employ a two-tee start for the first time in Open Championship history at Royal Liverpool on Saturday. Press Association