Old Settler’s Music Festival Announces Full 2019 Lineup: Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, Brandi Carlile, Galactic, More

first_imgThis spring’s edition of the Old Settler’s Music Festival is set to take place in Tilmon, TX from April 11th-14th, 2019. The 32nd-annual event’s lineup features headlining performances from Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit (acoustic), Brandi Carlile, and Paul Thorn.The Del McCoury Band, Galactic, Samantha Fish, Mandolin Orange, Amanda Shires, James Hunter Six, Black Pumas, John Moreland, Shinyribs, Robert Ellis, The Last Bandoleros, Hayes Carll, Wild Child, Penny and Sparrow, The Lone Bellow (Trio), Los Legends feat. Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers, Rick Trevino, y Amigos, The Steeldrivers, Wood & Wire, Paul Cauthen, Sarah Grace & The Soul, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, Jeff Plankenhorn, Ley Lina, Ida Mae, Sunday Surprise, South Austin Jug Band, Jaimee Harris, Mipso, and Feeding Leroy round out the folk and Americana festival’s diverse lineup.With a diverse group of activities for all festival-goers, Old Settler’s Music Festival will again offer camping (which often includes impromptu jam sessions); Camp ShhhTimes, a completely unplugged late-night listening area; a youth talent competition; a juried arts and crafts fair; and many kid-friendly activities.Tickets for 2019’s Old Settler’s Music Festival are on sale now here.For more information, head to Old Settler’s website.last_img read more

Antigen tests: Blunt but fast COVID weapon

first_imgThey could play a role in stemming the second viral wave in countries such as France and Britain, where demand for testing has surged and delays in delivering results are stacking up.The idea, according to Dominique Le Guludec, president of France’s health authority, is to get patients who test positive to isolate as soon as possible.”One case detected more quickly will allow for measures to reduce the risk of contaminating others,” she said. Threshold The precise reliability varies from model to model, leading the WHO to set a minimum accuracy threshold of 80 percent — that is the probability that a test will return a positive result if a person is infected.Negative results should be correct at least 97 percent of the time. This is important in ensuring that other viral illnesses such as seasonal flu are not conflated with COVID-19 cases. Less precise but faster than other forms of COVID-19 diagnosis, antigen tests — such as the 150 million kits ordered by US President Donald Trump this week — are another weapon in the pandemic battle, experts say.Whereas tests such as RT-PCR nasal swabs require sophisticated lab equipment to detect the virus’ genetic material, antigen tests offer the prospect of a result within minutes without any specialist gear. Speed is key The size and shape of a credit card, the tests use a paper strip containing coronavirus antibodies that react when they touch the virus’s spike protein, similar to how a home pregnancy test reacts to hormones.However, the antigen tests may require further confirmation by a PCR test, particularly if a person tests negative but appears to have symptoms.According to the World Health Organization, the antigen tests can be used to detect COVID-19 in regions where there is a shortage of PCR tests, or when there are “prolonged turnaround times” for results.center_img Testing gap The WHO on Monday announced some 120 million antigen tests will be available for poorer nations at a cost of $5 each. It said the $600-million scheme would enable low- and middle-income countries to close the dramatic gap in testing.”This will enable the expansion of testing, particularly in hard-to-reach areas that do not have lab facilities or enough trained health workers to carry out PCR tests,” said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.  Timing keyTheir usefulness also varies significantly with time. They are at their best when an individual has a lot of virus in their nasal cavity, which is also probably the point at which they are most contagious.”Rapid antigen tests perform best when the person is tested in the early stages of infection with SARS-CoV-2 when viral load is generally highest, said the US Centers for Disease Control. The WHO says the tests should be administered “within the first 5-7 days following the onset of symptoms”.Topics :last_img read more

Rowan buys two jack-up rigs from Petrobras

first_imgOffshore driller Rowan Companies has bought two jack-up drilling rigs from Petrobras for a total of $77 million. Rowan has concluded the purchase of two LeTourneau Super 116E jack-up rigs, the P-59 and P-60, which were both delivered new into service in 2013, in a public auction from a subsidiary of Petrobras for $38.5 million per unit, the driller informed on Friday.As previously reported, Rowan was the high bidder in a Petrobras public auction with a bid price of $30 million per rig. While the high bid was not accepted by Petrobras, after negotiations, both parties agreed to the revised price.The company said it intends to mobilize these modern jack-ups to the Middle East from their current location in Brazil in late first quarter 2018.Tom Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We consider this purchase an opportunistic investment, made near a cyclical low, at a highly attractive price. Since mid-2015 we have divested five older jack-ups (Rowan Louisiana, Rowan Juneau, Rowan Alaska, Rowan Gorilla II and Rowan Gorilla III).“The addition of these two modern rigs will help renew the Rowan fleet and increase the company’s future earnings capability. We are very familiar with the design and construction of these rigs. We are confident in our ability to integrate these jack-ups into our existing fleet to generate strong financial returns from this investment and deliver safe, efficient and reliable operations to our customers.”The company also announced that it sold the Cecil Provine in November 2017 for scrap, and has cold-stacked the Gorilla IV following the conclusion of its latest contract.last_img read more