Gov’t Mule just kicked off a summer tour run with Blackberry Smoke, coming in fine fashion to The Stone Pony at Asbury Park, NJ last night. The “Smokin’ Mule” tour is bringing some serious fire, as evidenced by last night’s jammed out encore. With Charlie Starr and Brandon Still of Blackberry Smoke in tow, Mule delivered a 19-minute version of Neil Young’s classic “Cortez The Killer” that won’t soon be forgotten!Thanks to Sean Roche, we can watch this incredible jam session below.Check out the full setlist from the performance, as shared by Gov’t Mule.Setlist: Gov’t Mule at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ – 8/12/16Set 1: World Boss > Mother Earth, Left Coast Groovies, Broke Down On The Brazos, Rocking Horse, Stoop So Low, Slackjaw Jezebel with Hush teaseSet 2: Forsaken Savior > Stratus, No Need To Suffer, Painted Silver Light > Game Face with Birdland & Mountain Jam teases, About To Rage, Mr. ManEncore: Cortez The Killer with Charlie Starr & Brandon Still
The Marcus King Band has announced the dates for the Carolina Confessions Tour, which will bring them across much of the United States and Europe this summer and fall. The outing—which shares its name with the title of MKB’s forthcoming album—will kick off on July 31st, just one day after the group opens for Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre.Led by 22-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist Marcus King, the band will get started at Slowdown in Omaha, NE, on July 31st. The next two months will find them performing at venues throughout the United States, including festivals like Hot August, Big Blues Bender, Werk Out, and Telluride Blues & Brews. The European leg of the Carolina Confessions Tour will begin at La Cigale in Paris on October 10th. The run will feature additional stops in France as well as shows in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.Tickets for the Carolina Confessions Tour will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 11th. Pre-sale tickets will be available on Wednesday, May 9th. Marcus King Band Carolina Confessions Tour Dates:July 31 – Omaha, NE — SlowdownAugust 1 – Kansas City, MO —KnuckleheadsAugust 3 – Glasgow, KY — Plaza TheatreAugust 4 – Thornville, OH — The Werk Out FestivalAugust 16 – Wilmington, NC — Greenfield Lake AmphitheaterAugust 18 – Cokeysville, ND — Hot August Music FestivalAugust 19 – Berlin, MD — Burley OakAugust 22 – Jackson, MS — Duling HallAugust 23 – New Orleans, LA — Tipitina’sAugust 24 – Houston, TX — House of Blues – Bronze PeacockAugust 25 – Austin, TX — Antone’sAugust 26 – Dallas, TX — House of Blue – Cambridge RoomAugust 29 – Albuquerque, NM — Sunshine TheaterAugust 30 – Flagstaff, AZ — The Green RoomAugust 31 – Crescent Ballroom — Phoenix, AZSeptember 1 – Tuscon, AZ — 191 TooleSeptember 4 – Solana Beach, CA — Belly UpSeptember 6 – Los Angeles, CA —TroubadourSeptember 7 – Las Vegas, CA — Big Blues BenderSeptember 11 – San Francisco, CA — Great American Music HallSeptember 12 – Petaluma, CA — Mystic TheatreSeptember 15 – Telluride, CO — Telluride Blues & BrewsSeptember 18 – Lincoln, NE — Bourbon TheatreSeptember 21 – Bristol, TN — Bristol Rhythm & Roots ReunionSeptember 26 – Chicago, IL — Thalia HallSeptember 27 – Saint Paul, MN — Amsterdam Bar and HallSeptember 30 – Milwaukee, WI — Turner Hall BallroomView All Tour Dates
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University announces the appointment of two assistant professors who will teach and pursue research programs at the Arnold Arboretum as joint faculty with the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) at Harvard University. The arrival of Robin Hopkins and Elizabeth Wolkovich this January represents a significant step in expanding the Arboretum’s capacity for scholarship and its impact in the life sciences, initiated by the 2011 opening of the Weld Hill Research Building. Additionally, the appointments will play a central role in the Arboretum’s enhanced participation in educating undergraduates in the life sciences at Harvard.Hopkins investigates the process of speciation in natural populations, a critical question in the field of evolutionary biology. To explore this subject as part of her Ph.D. studies at Duke University, she studied two species of the genus Phlox.Wolkovich explores the influence of climate change on the assembly of plant communities. Integrating the disciplines of ecology, climatology, and phenology, she studies how plants have responded and may continue to respond to global warming. Read Full Story
With increased frequency, planes loaded with cocaine land and take off on makeshift runways in unpopulated or jungle regions of Central America. The Sinaloa Cartel, Los Zetas, and other transnational criminal organizations are benefiting from the region’s airspace to smuggle hundreds of kilos of drugs coming from South America to the United States. The army and security forces of Guatemala and Honduras disabled dozens of illegal runways last year. For the last two or three years in Mexico, radars given to the Armed Forces of Mexico through the Merida Initiative have been working at 100%, said Raúl Benítez Manaut, director of the Collective Security Analysis for Democracy (CASEDE). “Many aircraft that used to make the direct flight from Colombia or Venezuela to southeast Mexico can no longer do so. Aircraft loaded with hundreds of kilos of cocaine are landing in Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica,” Benítez Manaut said. The runways are a kilometer long, but recently, runways 2.5 kilometers long have been found. The planes are usually the Caravan or Cessna type, which can carry from 600 kg to one ton of cocaine. Mexico’s violent Sinaloa and Los Zetas cartels, as well as Colombian cartels, are responsible for the increasing invasion of Central America’s airspace, according to Central American authorities. Colonel Erick Escobedo, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense of Guatemala, recently told BBC news that “the problem goes beyond Central America.” “The security threats have transnational effects because Mexican cartels do not respect borders, seas, or countries,” Escobedo said. The Sinaloa Cartel, led by the fugitive drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, and Los Zetas have moved 90 percent of their operations into Central America to traffic cocaine to the United States, according to the UN, The U.S. Government estimates that more than 80 percent of the main flow of cocaine trafficking to the United States first passes through the Central American corridor, according to the 2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) by the U.S. State Department. The report indicates that local and international drug-trafficking organizations exploit the “weak public institutions and widespread corruption in Guatemala” to move drugs, people, and cash. Through four local gangs such as Los Lorenzana and Los Mendoza, the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas are fighting over the Guatemalan region. Since last year, Guatemalan army soldiers have destroyed at least 50 illegal runways in the department of Petén, in the north of the country, one of the places with the largest concentrations of drugs on the entire isthmus. The fact that the problem extends beyond Central America and this organization cannot be stopped in spite of all technological advances is because corruption is widespread in our Administration. I agree, only the international alliance and the war against drug-trafficking will make its defeat possible. In Venezuela, breaking away from the alliance has caused the problem to sky-rocket to unimaginable magnitudes. We can state that our country has become a drug trafficking headquarters. We warned about it more than twenty years ago. By Dialogo December 27, 2013 According to the news agency AGN, the situation changed in October 2011, once the first radar in Costa Rica went into operation and narco-planes changed their flight path to Honduran airspace. The United States estimates that 87% of all illicit flights carrying cocaine from South America stop in Honduras. The region is vulnerable to drug trafficking because of its “remoteness, lack of infrastructure, and low presence of government forces.” Of the 330 tons of cocaine that entered Mexico through Guatemala in 2010, 267 tons first passed through Honduras, a country where 62 illegal airstrips were detected in 2012 alone, officials informed. In Honduras, there are more than 200 illegal runways in the region near the Atlantic Ocean, “which makes the place one of the most active drug corridors in the world.” The Sinaloa Cartel controls the movement of drugs in the region, Honduran Vice Minister of Defense, Carlos Roberto Funes, told Clarín. In December 2013, Defense Minister Marlon Pascua, said the Armed Forces of Honduras have disabled 100 irregular runways so far this year. The regions where aircraft carrying drugs have been detected include Petén, Guatemala, the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, and La Mosquita, in Honduras. This phenomenon began when Colombian cartels gave space to Mexican cartels. The irregular flow of aircraft increased in 2006 with the implementation of the Mexican security strategy of Mexican against drug cartels, said Ana Glenda Tager Rosado, Director of the International Peacebuilding Alliance (Interpeace) for Latin America. Although the majority of shipments move by land or sea, Central American countries “are feeling a greater flow of cocaine trafficking, but the cocaine trafficking is the same; the drugs have to land before continuing en route,” Benítez Manaut commented. “For years, criminal organizations have been buying rural property, using them as landing strips to be able to increase profits,” Tager Rosado said. On June 28, a Cessna type plane flying over Guatemalan territory without authorization crashed in a wooded area in the community of San Marcos, killing its occupants, five Mexicans and a Venezuelan. The aircraft had taken off from the Mexican state of Chiapas. The victims were presumably linked to the Sinaloa Cartel. Army soldiers seized approximately US$2 million from the aircraft, officials said.
View image | gettyimages.com Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he White House Thursday made two major admissions regarding its uber-secret drone program: That separate operations in January killed three Americans—one of whom was an al Qaeda hostage—and that one of the strikes targeted a compound, not a specific individual, further raising questions about the supposed high standards required before ordering a strike, a detail President Obama boasted about in a speech two years ago.Speaking at the White House, Obama took full responsibility for the fatal strike, which killed Maryland-native Dr. Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, both abducted in Pakistan while on humanitarian missions in 2011 and 2012, respectively.He expressed his condolences to both families and professed regret. He ordered the strike declassified, in part, because the US is “committed to openness in good times and in bad,” he said. And he ordered a review of the tragic strike.The White House’s acknowledgment that the US killed an innocent American and two others alleged to have joined al Qaeda was remarkable moment in the US’ Drone War. The drone program has been shrouded in secrecy for years and it wasn’t until a federal court ordered that a legal justification for a particular strike be released did the Obama administration finally admit the CIA’s role in the program. But Americans—if they actually begin to pay more attention to the government’s targeted killing program—shouldn’t mistake this one instance of “openness” as the administration embarking on a far more transparent approach with regard to the controversial program, the legality of which continues to be questioned. Given the administration’s history, it’s unlikely, unless another American hostage is killed by friendly fire, that Obama will make public statements regarding combat operations involving Americans supporting al Qaeda or civilians for that matter.It took the Obama administration nearly four years to publicly admit—in a letter to Congress, not a public statement—that four Americans had been killed as part of the government’s targeted killing program. Only one of them was actually targeted. That was in May 22, 2013, when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, in a letter to Congress, finally acknowledged the deadly operations.One such operation was in Yemen in 2011, which killed al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico. Also executed in that strike was ex-Long Islander Samir Khan, who moved to Yemen from North Carolina and became the editor of the al Qaeda propaganda magazine Inspire. Khan was considered a “bystander.” Two weeks later, a drone strike targeting another man killed Al-Awlaki’s 16-year-old son, also an American. Also added to the list of US citizens taken out via a unmanned aircraft was Jude Kenan Mohammed.Now, three additional Americans have been included to that list: Weinstein and Ahmed Farouq, both of whom were killed in the January strike on the al Qaeda compound at the Afghan-Pakistan border, and Adam Gadahn—taken out in a separate strike the same month. The two suspected Americans-turned-terrorists were not targeted—just as in the case of Khan.Despite hundreds of hours of surveillance and intelligence the government obtained prior to the January al Qaeda compound strike, it appears the government still wasn’t certain whom it was actually targeting.In a May 2013 speech at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. Obama suggested that deep vetting occurs before a strike is approved.“Before any strike is taken, there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured—the highest standard we can set,” he said. Was there near-certainty in this case?“These new disclosures raise troubling questions about the reliability of the intelligence that the government is using to justify drone strikes,” said Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union, in a statement. “In each of the operations acknowledged today, the U.S. quite literally didn’t know who it was killing. These and other recent strikes in which civilians were killed make clear that there is a significant gap between the relatively stringent standards the government says it’s using and the standards that are actually being used.“It would of course be easier to assess this gap if the government routinely released information about individual drone strikes,” he continued. “Unfortunately, the president’s stated commitment to transparency can’t be squared with the secrecy that still shrouds virtually every aspect of the government’s drone program.”The US cites the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force Act to justify its drone war, which largely takes place in undeclared war zones, such as Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which tracks such strikes the best it can, between 2004 and this year there’s been an estimated 415 strikes in Pakistan, killing between 2,449 and 3,949 people. Of those killed, 423 to 962 of them have been civilians, including 172 to 207 children, according to BIG. And that’s just in Pakistan. BIG also endeavors to track strikes in Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan.The one time the government purposely targeted a US citizen—Anwar Al-Awlaki—it did so after intelligence officials deemed him a “continued” and “imminent” threat to America. The so-called “drone memo,” which was written July 16, 2010, but not released until a court ordered the government to do so last year, green-lighted any operation targeting Al-Awlaki.“We do not believe [Al-Awlaki’s] citizenship provides a basis for concluding that he is immune from a use of force abroad that the AUMF otherwise authorizes,” the memo’s author states. Thus, killing Al-Awlaki was considered constitutional.A redacted version of the memo only became public when the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ordered the government to do so after two separate Freedom of Information lawsuits were filed by two reporters for The New York Times and by the American Civil Liberties Union.Slowly, more information is coming out about the drone program—including the heartbreaking details of Weinstein’s capture and death. Yet the government is mum when it comes to reports of hundreds of civilian casualties. Given the secrecy surrounding targeted killings, it’s unclear if Americans will ever understand the full scope of the clandestine program.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle in Farmingville over the weekend.Suffolk County police said 29-year-old William Merced of Medford was driving a Hyundai eastbound on Horseblock Road when his vehicle hit a man who was walking across Horseblock Road near the corner of North Ocean Avenue at 9:20 p.m. Saturday.The victim, who has not yet been identified, was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was pronounced dead. He was described as Hispanic man in his 50s, 5-feet, 6-inches tall with a dark mustache.Sixth Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8652.
The director of ZZJZIŽ, Dr. Stojanović, provided information on the epidemiological situation in the Istrian County, stating that there is no circulation of the virus, and that for 23 days in Istria there have been no positive findings on COVID-19. However, according to new information yesterday and today, two cases of coronavirus infection have appeared in Istria. Both cases are related to the flight Frankfurt and Zagreb, and 19 samples of swabs are currently being examined in the County of Istria due to the suspicion of coronavirus. The question of readiness of hospital capacities in case of possible infection in guests was also raised, to which Dr. Stojanović said that OB Pula is ready, and currently there is not a single patient with coronavirus at the Department of Infectious Diseases. Chief of Staff Kozlevac, on the other hand, commented on the entry of foreign citizens into the Republic of Croatia. According to him, citizens from the EU and third countries such as BiH and Serbia are currently allowed to enter, on 5 grounds: 1.) in case of owning real estate in Croatia, 2.) in case of owning a registered company or economic activity owned by a foreign citizen or member of the management board, 3.) at the invitation of a business entity from the Republic of Croatia for a business interview, 4.) in case of attending the last farewell or 5). for a visit to a sick person. Also, Kozlevac emphasized that when entering the Republic of Croatia, there are no longer any health measures, such as self-isolation, and that tourist arrival is currently not possible. MEP Valter Flego added that the European Commission would come up with a more concrete proposal to open the borders today. Former MEP Ivan Jakovčić commented on a large survey conducted among Germans and Austrians, which showed that 75% of them want to go on vacation, and of which as many as 65% want to come to Croatia. The third session of the Commission for Tourism was held through a conference call, and in addition to the permanent members, it was attended by the Chief of Staff of the Central County of Istria Dino Kozlevac and the Director of the Institute of Public Health of Istria Dr. Aleksandar Stojanovic. Stojanović also referred to two documents that arrived at the Institute for review last week, and these are proposals for epidemiological actions in nautical tourism ports – marinas, ie travel agencies. Both documents have been agreed with epidemiologists and are ready for submission to the competent ministries and the Central Committee of the Republic of Croatia. During this week, a leaflet will be reviewed related to the adaptation of tourist animation to the rules of the Headquarters, as well as a proposal for a protocol for the opening of water parks. The session also discussed the possibilities for the arrival of air guests, especially in the case of flights of low-cost airlines, which is handled by the Croatian Tourist County, while the Istria County Tourist Board is in charge of communication with Easy JET, said Denis Ivosevic. Furthermore, they talked about the measures taken on the beaches, and it was said that the control will be performed primarily by the State Inspectorate, and then by the municipal wardens and the beach concessionaires themselves, with patrols by the police and the CV Headquarters.
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Terawan also detailed the chronology of the younger coronavirus patient’s movement before she and her mother, who was infected by her daughter, were admitted to the isolation ward at Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI Sulianti Suroso) in Jakarta.According to the minister’s account, the daughter, who worked as a dance coach, had met with the Japanese woman, a friend, in a club in Jakarta, where the two danced together on Feb. 14.“On Feb. 16, [the patient] coughed a lot, so she went to a hospital and returned home immediately afterward. She then asked on Feb. 26 to be hospitalized because her coughing hadn’t stopped. On Feb. 28, she received a call from her Japanese friend that [the latter] was being hospitalized in Malaysia after having tested positive for coronavirus,” Terawan said in a press conference at the RSPI on Monday afternoon.The 41-year-old Japanese woman was Malaysia’s 24th coronavirus patient, and had tested positive for coronavirus on Feb. 27 after traveling from Japan in January and to Indonesia in early February, according to the Malaysian Health Ministry on Friday.Terawan said the two patients had been admitted to a private hospital where they were “treated as patients under supervision” for coronavirus concerns before the two were admitted to the RSPI and tested for COVID-19 on Sunday.Depok Mayor Mohammad Idris confirmed separately that the two residents had previously been admitted to Mitra Keluarga Hospital on Feb. 27, where they were suspected of suffering from bronchitis. The two left the hospital on Feb. 29 as they were referred to the RSPI.“On [Sunday], we immediately conducted a thorough check-up on the women […] The daughter is now in a good condition, she only coughs occasionally,” Terawan said after visiting the patients, adding that none of the women had complained about any shortness of breath or fever – known symptoms of COVID-19 — while being treated at the hospital.The ministry’s director general for disease control and prevention, Anung Sugihantono, said in the press conference that the ministry had obtained the names of 48 people and had tried to contact them.Anung did not specify the dates of the contacts but he said the ministry collected the data as part of the procedure after the government found positive cases of COVID-19. “The number so far is 48, and they had first-, second- and third-[degree] contact,” he said.First-degree contact means people meet the patients every day, second-degree contact means they meet regularly and third-degree means the people have been in a room or area with the patient, he said.The announcement on Monday added Indonesia to the list of coronavirus-hit countries after the archipelago had claimed zero confirmed cases for almost two months since the virus first emerged from the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December.On Sunday, the Singaporean government announced that three of its newest cases, identified only as cases 101, 103 and 104 had a travel history to Batam.The three cases bring the number of COVID-19 patients who tested positive after visiting Indonesia to seven.The three people, two Singaporeans and a Myanmar citizen, visited Batam together from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, and were part of a cluster of COVID-19 cases linked to Wizlearn Technologies Pte Ltd, a Singaporean software company, the Singaporean government reported.In response, the Indonesian government is monitoring as many as 15 people in Batam, including a driver and a domestic worker, who were in close contact with the three patients while they were in the island.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has announced that two Indonesians living in Greater Jakarta have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the first two confirmed cases of the disease in the country.The Health Ministry has tracked the movements of the patients, both residents of Depok, West Java, and found at least 48 people who were in various level of contact with them. The Depok administration has also sent a circular to about 70 medical workers in a private hospital in Depok, who were in contact with one of the patients, to limit their movements and avoid crowded areas.The news caused some people in Greater Jakarta to rush to buy surgical masks and hand sanitizer, currently in a short supply in both conventional shops or sold at inflated prices on online platforms. Jokowi said the two infected people, a 64-year-old woman and her 31-year-old daughter, had been in contact with a Japanese citizen who tested positive on Feb. 27 in Malaysia after visiting Indonesia in early February.“When we received information [about the Japanese citizen] a team in Indonesia immediately traced who the Japanese citizen had met with,” Jokowi told reporters at the State Palace on Monday. “We checked [the two people] and this morning I received a report from the health minister that they tested positive for the coronavirus.”He said the government was well-prepared to handle COVID-19 cases.Later, in another press conference, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto corrected the information, saying that the government had been notified about the possibility of the community transmission only after the younger patient had reported to a hospital in her home town of Depok, to inform staff that she had close contact with a COVID-19 patient who was being treated in Malaysia. Apparently, the Japanese woman had called her to inform her that she had been declared positive for the COVID-19.
Near Warwick, Bellbird Retreat is already an award-winning design for Steendijk architects of Fortitude Valley.A total of 27 Queensland houses have been short-listed across nine categories in the annual award program with a record 502 entries received in this its ninth year. The Princess Street House at Petrie Tce was designed by Owen Architecture of Gordon Park.“The standout homes are those that are connected with the people who live in them and consider how the spaces might influence the inhabitants’ experience of day-to-day life,” award judge and publisher of Houses magazine, Katelin Butler, said.The categories include new homes, sustainability, alterations, apartments and emerging architecture with an overall award for Australian House of the Year chosen from within these categories.The winners will be announced during an awards night in Melbourne on July 26 and published in the August edition of Houses. An emphasis on place and space making has impressed judges of this year’s Houses Awards.A RETREAT near Warwick, a re-imagined inner city terrace house, and a backyard bunkie in the suburbs, are in the running for Australian House of the Year as the Houses Awards release their shortlist of the best residential projects in Australia. The Garden Bunkie in Lutwyche has been designed by Brisbane’s Reddog Architects.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoIn the new house under 200sq m category, three Queensland houses are among 17 short-listed, with architects in Fortitude Valley and Gordon Park recognised for their design of homes in Killarney near Warwick, Petrie Tce in Brisbane City, and Lutwyche in Brisbane’s inner north.Brian Steendijk’s Bellbird Retreat at Killarney, southeast of Warwick on the southern Darling Downs, has already won the international Architectural Masterprize for residential architecture. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< The building’s mass and orientation are used to create year-round thermal comfort.In inner city Petrie Tce, Owen Architecture has designed the Princess Street House, a small family home on 180sq m that connects everyday life to the street, quite literally.The kitchen is paired with the carport, so sliding doors can open to the driveway, extending the floor space as necessary. The view from the kitchen toward the driveway.The painted concrete and brick floorplane and exposed floor joists give a nod to the “build-in-under” typology common in denser suburbs. Painted concrete and brick fold into seats, walls, and other design features in the house. In Lutwyche, Reddog Architects designed The Garden Bunkie, a small house with Canadian influences. Bellbird Retreat from above.The rural retreat is tied to the earth by fortress-like pivoting brick blades and the building is crowned by a pleated steel roof.An open-plan interior has bedroom windows oriented toward morning views and living areas capturing evening views of the Condamine Gorge escarpment. The design for The Garden Bunkie has been inspired by Ontario’s guest cottages.The stand-alone building can be used as a retreat, an evening workspace, or a guesthouse and gives the impression of it merging with the surrounding garden. A stand-alone dwelling that can be used as a granny flat or retreat.