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A full gallery of images from Dave DeCrescente can be seen below: Last weekend, beloved bluegrass group Cabinet hosted the annual Susquehanna Breakdown festival at Montage Mountain near Scranton, PA. Named for an instrumental Cabinet song, the festival featured some incredible performances throughout its two full days of music.Our day one coverage highlighted the multiple sets from Cabinet, including a sit-in from the great Larry Keel. Night two was an expanded festival scene, as a second stage was utilized throughout the day to maximize musical potential. Performances from Fruition, Driftwood, Swift Technique, and more highlighted the Breakdown Stage, while the main Susquehanna Stage was in full force with artists like Cornmeal, The Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth, Twiddle and, of course, two sets from Cabinet.Listen To Twiddle’s Smoldering Late Night Set At Susquehanna BreakdownOne of the sets was captured by taper Keith Litzenberger, including a special “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” with as many Cabinet family members as seemingly possible. Listen here.Groups like the Stringdusters, RRE, and Cornmeal always come to play, and they each brought their own flavor of Americana bluegrass music to the festivities. There was also a VIP area featuring intimate performances from the members of Cabinet, as each gave short 15-minute tribute sets throughout the day. Taper Keith Litzenberger caught all five sets, including Pappy & JP Play Merle Haggard, Chris Kearney Plays John Prine, Biondo Family Choir Plays CSNY, Tom Graham Plays Tom Petty, and JP Biondo & Tim Carbone. Tune in below.Check out images from day two of the festival, courtesy of Dave DeCrescente Photography: Load remaining images
By Andréa Barretto/Diálogo March 19, 2018 The Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) took one more step toward expanding its firing capacity through the acquisition of 40 M992A2 vehicles. The U.S.-made equipment is due to arrive in Brazil in the second half of 2018. The M992A2 is a special field artillery ammunition support armored vehicle originally used by the U.S. Army. Its internal components were built to store munitions for the M109 family of howitzers, which EB also acquired and upgraded to the M109A5+ version. “When used in military operations, the M992A2 is generally paired with an M109 howitzer,” said Lieutenant Colonel André Luís Ferreira Nogueira, assistant to the Class 9 Armored Vehicles Section for EB’s Directorate of Materiel. Both vehicle models—the M992A2 and the M109—are part of the complete set of military equipment that the U.S. military made available through a donation under the Foreign Military Sales program. The M992A2 units arriving in 2018 will be the first artillery of this kind in EB. A technical committee of EB’s Logistics Command—a team of two engineers and three mechanics—selected each of the vehicles on a visit to the warehouse in the United States, in December 2016. “We selected the armored vehicles that were in the best state of repair according to certain criteria that we established, such as engine, wheel drive, and condition of the tracks,” Lt. Col. Nogueira explained. “Through our assessment of these items, we arrived at a final grade for each vehicle. Those with the highest grades were chosen,” Lt. Col. Nogueira said. The field artillery ammunition support vehicles will undergo maintenance once in Brazil. The objective is for a detailed inspection, such as radiator leaks, oil leaks, and other issues. “There won’t be any changes to the vehicle design. The inspections will only be for revisions and specific repairs needed to operate the equipment,” indicated the Brazilian Army Social Communications Center. The work will be done at the Regional Maintenance Center for the 5th Military Region, a unit specialized in armored vehicle maintenance. Once the phase is completed, the 40 M992A2 vehicles will be sent to the 5th Armored Infantry Brigade (5ª Bda C Bld, in Portuguese) and the 6th Armored Infantry Brigade, which fall under EB’s Southern Military Command. Both brigades will also receive the M109A5+ units. Teamwork On March 8th, the first four howitzers version M109A5+ were unloaded from a ship arriving from the United States in the port of Paranaguá, in the south of Brazil. In all, 32 howitzers will be delivered. Unlike the M992A2, the M109A5 armored vehicles receive upgrades at facilities in the United States before shipping to EB. With the improvement, the howitzers will go from the A5 to the A5+ version. M109 Howitzers are heavy self-propelled weapons mounted on vehicles that can be deployed on the ground. The equipment is commonly mistaken for cannons. “But cannons fire straight, while howitzers make a curve shot,” pointed out EB Lieutenant Colonel Sanzio Ricardo Rocha Gusmão, commander of the 5th Self-Propelled Artillery Group, of the 5ª Bda C Bld. When in operation, M109 howitzers need the M992A2 to reload their munitions—which explains the coordinated use of these armored vehicles. When firing, field artillery ammunition support vehicles position themselves very close to the howitzer. Service members manually remove the munitions in the M992A2 through the rear of the vehicle for transfer to the howitzer team, who load the weapon. Munitions used are 155-millimeter artillery grenades. They can be self-explosive, illuminating, or smoke (to spread smoke over the area) grenades, among others, depending on the mission of the armored vehicles. “However, the caliber doesn’t change. It’s always 155 millimeters, because that’s the caliber used on the howitzer,” Lt. Col. Nogueira said. Training An M992A2 crew is made up of a driver and two service members to unload munitions from the vehicle during operations. To operate these new armored vehicles, the brigades plan to train with a focus on loading and unloading munitions. Lt. Col. Nogueira believes service members will easily adapt to driving the M992A2, as they are already used to the M109 howitzers. Both armored vehicles are mounted on the same model of chassis and have the same drive structure. EB has close to 35 M109 (M109A3 version), which it acquired throughout the 2000s—armored brigades use the vehicles.
LAST year the World Squash Federation (WSF) was once again denied in their bid to have the sport of squash added to the roster of the Summer Olympic. Nonetheless the body continues to keep its hopes high and is now looking towards 2024.Many squash players are looking forward to that historic year when the sport will be included though, and they will have the esteemed privilege of representing their country at the world’s most esteemed multisport event.Here in Guyana local squash star Shomari Wiltshire, is among the world’s players anxiously awaiting that moment.The junior Caribbean champion says that once squash makes it to the Olympics he’s hoping to do the same. In the interim he’s looking at the Commonwealth Games, the next edition of which is set for 2018 in Australia.“I would hope to represent Guyana at the Commonwealth Games and possibly the Olympics if squash becomes an Olympic sport,” young Wiltshire says.When the time comes around there is no doubt that Shomari would merit his selection to the national team. At just 13 years old Shomari has already represented Guyana both regionally and internationally, not to mention several local titles he has under his belt.Apart from being the Boys’ Under-13 Caribbean champion, Shomari is also the National Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 squash champion.His Caribbean champion title won earlier this year was his second consecutive win at the annual tournament.Shomari has also played in the St Vincent and the Grenadines Squash Open, as well as at the international Junior U.S. Open and the Junior Canadian Open. In the Junior Canadian Open in 2015 he finished sixth in the Under-13 category.Shomari was encouraged to get into the sport after most of his family members were already into the sport – Shomari is the son of former Caribbean champion Garfield Wilshire and brother of fellow junior Caribbean champions, Akeila and Larissa Wiltshire.He started out in the sport in 2009 at just six years old. In 2010 he started competing at the national level and in 2012 he became a part of the national junior team at the Caribbean competition.“The enjoyment of sports motivates me to continue playing and participating even if it isn’t in a competition. Some of the most advantageous things that I have taken away from being a part of sports are: I get exercise and it is a form of recreation. I have also been able to travel to many different countries,” he said.His inaugural performance on the regional scene impressed many, and saw his peers giving him the nickname ‘Shomwow’ because he just wowed the crowd. Shomari has been a recurring component of the national junior team at the CASA ever since.And last year, when the event was held in Barbados, he won his first individual Caribbean title. Next year Shomari will graduate to the next age level – the Under-15 – and already has his sights set of going for the title in this new category. As a matter of fact Shomari is aspiring to hold a title in all of the age categories he passes through.“My goal for the near future is to win every Caribbean squash title until the Under-19 level which is the final level for the junior tournament,” Shomari shared.He attributes his success to all those who’ve been a part of his training and who helped him one way or another throughout the years.“I would like to thank my coaches, especially national coach Carl Ince, my dad, Robert Fernandes, Nyron Joseph, my fitness trainer Kezqweyah Yisrael, and my massage therapist Cathy Paul, as well as my sisters, mother and other team members and their parents for their support,” Shomari said.