SweetWater 420 Festival Adds Ween, Lettuce & More To Stacked 2017 Lineup

first_imgJust a few weeks ago, SweetWater 420 Festival came out with a great initial lineup that included headlining sets from Widespread Panic and the Trey Anastasio Band. Today, the festival has doubled down with some great new additions, extending their lineup with some great artists and comedians.Ween, Dirty Heads, Lettuce, Savoy, Samantha Fish, and comedians Jon Rudnitsky and Jake Nordwind all join a stacked lineup, which hits Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park from April 21-23, 2017. They’ll join Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band, Slightly Stoopid, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dark Star Orchestra, Anders Osborne, Twiddle, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds and The Hip Abduction. The festival plans to announce more artists soon, so stay tuned for a new update soon!Check out the full lineup below, and head here for tickets and more information.last_img read more

The topic is race, onstage and afterward

first_imgIn addition to the many conversations she had while on tour, a discussion in Cambridge also informed Rankine’s script. Last spring, Homi Bhabha, director of the Mahindra Humanities, Center, organized a reading of a section of the work followed by a discussion with a range of Harvard scholars that Rankine called “enormously helpful.”Helpful too was A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus, likely “the biggest gift that I was given outside the original collaboration with ArtsEmerson,” said Rankine.ArtsEmerson Artistic Director David Dower initially asked Rankine to adapt “Citizen” for the stage. Eager to create “an extension” of the work, she joined with dramaturg P. Carl, then co-artistic director and now a distinguished artist in residence at ArtsEmerson, to craft the new play. Carl helped enlist the A.R.T. and Paulus to hone the piece further.Paulus, who dove deeply into the work and signed on to direct, “was constantly pushing forward,” said Rankine. “This is one of the things that’s really nice about the theater versus working on books on your own … everyone is bringing the full force of their experiences in the real world and the vastness of their intellectual prowess to the activity of getting this thing to come alive.”Rankine and Paulus want to drive that creative energy on after the final curtain. When the one-act play ends, audiences will be encouraged to remain for 20-minute facilitated conversations. The production “endeavors to move forward the conversation begun in ‘Citizen: An American Lyric’ and other works,” notes Paulus in the play’s program guide. “‘The White Card’ … asks the important question ‘Can American society progress … if whiteness remains invisible?’”“As with the discussions after ‘Citizen,’ I am really interested to see where we go in these discussions,” said Rankine, “because on a certain level we are unknowable to each other as people of different races because we have been living different experiences.” Poet Claudia Rankine’s newest play places a conversation about race at center stage as the curtain rises, and encourages viewers to continue the discussion on their own after it falls. The world premiere of Rankine’s “The White Card,” a collaboration with ArtsEmerson and the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) on view at the Emerson Paramount Center in downtown Boston through April 1, explores identity, belonging, and the racism contained in comments and cursory glances that can go unnoticed by those who don’t suffer under its weight. Rankine’s first act captures the action at a dinner party; her second is devoted to an open dialogue with the audience.Building on the themes in her award-winning 2014 book, “Citizen: An American Lyric,” a blend of poetry, essay, and imagery that stares at race in America, “The White Card” unfolds in a posh New York City loft. There, a well-off white couple, their activist son, and a white art dealer engage with an African-American artist about her work and about race more broadly. The result is an uncomfortable, charged encounter, one that Rankine knows well.On a bitter winter morning recently, the MacArthur Fellow and poetry professor at Yale University discussed how “White Card” grew out of “Citizen,” the book that sort of “said ‘no,’ you have to stay with me.” The idea for the play crystalized during the book tour. As the weeks passed, Rankine said she became less interested in reading from the work, and more interested in hearing what people had to say about it and their experiences.“In those conversations, I began to realize that we as a country have no practice talking about race publicly. And people and the discussion itself get stalled very quickly. We don’t know how to hold discomfort. We are easily defended in our positions. We become not only defensive but feel attacked and fragile in terms of the truth of our experiences,” she said.“So I wondered what it would be like to have one of these discussions play itself out … how could we stage a discussion where we would all have to move through the moments of discomfort into the next turn?” “I began to realize that we as a country have no practice talking about race publicly. And people and the discussion itself get stalled very quickly. We don’t know how to hold discomfort. We are easily defended in our positions. We become not only defensive but feel attacked and fragile in terms of the truth of our experiences.” —Poet and playwright Claudia Rankinelast_img read more

Former Polish Prime Minister examines democratic transition

first_imgFormer Prime Minister of Poland Hanna Suchocka visited campus Tuesday evening to address a public audience in the Jordan Auditorium about the transition of Poland from a communist to democratic nation at the 2014 Nanovic Forum lecture.Ann Marie Soller | The Observer A. James McAdams, the director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies since 2002, introduced Suchoka, who was the first woman to serve as the Polish Prime Minister, and explained her selection as the 2014 Nanoic Forum lecturer.“The founders of the Nanovic Forum, Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic, had a brilliant idea to bring some of the most distinguished European leaders to Notre Dame in any field and give them the opportunity to engage students and faculty on whatever themes they wanted to in whatever form they wanted to,” McAdams said. “The idea was not simply to get famous people but instead to get people who had really made a difference — people who have changed the world in important ways and done so in a way that makes sense for Notre Dame’s distinctive mission and values.”McAdams said Suchocka, who played an integral role in converting Poland from a communist into a democratic nation, is a person who has made such a difference.Suchocka, who also served as Polish ambassador to the Holy See from 2002-2013, focused her remarks on the political and economic transformation of Poland in a lecture titled “Democratic Poland: 25 years After the Fall of Communism.”Suchocka began her lecture by noting the special nature of Poland in Central Europe as the first country in communist Europe to distinguish itself from Communism with public free democratic elections, held in June 1989. Suchocka served as Prime Minister from July 1993 to Oct. 1993.She said the situation in Poland between 1981 and 1988 was very depressed, catalyzed by the declaration of martial law in December of 1981, and it was not until the Polish Round Table Talks in April 1989 that the situation began to improve.“The Round Table Agreement opened the way for free democratic elections,” Suchocka said.The Agreement, by introducing the office of president and therefore negating the power of the Communist party general secretary, resulted in an election held on June 4, 1989 that transferred power to the non-Communist Solidarność party of Poland.Suchocka said the June elections were essential in the shift from communism to democracy.“I am of the opinion that as a consequence of the June elections that everything has changed,” Suchocka said. “After June 4 the political dynamism as a result of the elections went beyond the political round table agreement. It changed completely the whole political system. … We can see it is an agreement which opened the way to semi-democratic elections.”However, Suchocka said the transformation to a democratic nation was not without challenges, most notably, the public criticism to the economic changes of post-Communist Poland.The public reaction to the transformation of Poland was separated into political and economic spheres, she said.While most of the public supported the abolition of Communism, the public voiced much criticism over the economic changes that occurred as a result.“Society at that time was not completely prepared for such changes because we suddenly tried to establish a free market,” Suchocka said. “We tried to make better social conditions … but suddenly we faced this completely new phenomenon [the free market] that changed the nature of the economic system and society was not prepared.”Suchocka said public passivity and lack of political culture rooted in the history of a non-democratic nation also made the initial transition difficult.Despite the initial struggles of post-communist Poland, Suchocka said she found the resilient nature of Poland able to overcome and succeed as a democratic nation.Suchocka said what helped the new government prevail was the late formation of a constitution. The Constitution of Poland was not adopted until April 2, 1997 – almost a decade after the free elections.Suchocka said an immeadite formation of a constitution would have been rooted in old thinking. The passing of eight years allowed the government to face several ups and downs and realize what would construct the best policies for a democratic Poland.Tags: Communism, Democracy, Hanna Suchocka, Nanovic Forum, Nanovic Institute, Poland, Poland Prime Minister, Prime Ministerlast_img read more

Vermont’s Green Mountain Coffee pours on the solar power

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) has flipped the switch on its new solar array, sending solar energy collected from the roof of its Waterbury, Vermont, distribution center to power its facility. Construction of the 100 kW photovoltaic array was completed in the summer. The 572 solar panels in the coffee company s array contribute to Green Mountain Power s goal of helping Vermonters install 10,000 panels in 1,000 days. The installation of GMCR s solar project puts Green Mountain Power at 25% toward this goal.The solar array dovetails with GMCR s Changing Climate Change program, an enterprise-wide effort focused on reducing and mitigating GMCR s carbon footprint through operational incentives, grantmaking programs, carbon offsets and employee benefits. GMCR was the first company to offer group discounts on solar power systems for employees through groSolar s Employee Green Benefits Program.Green Mountain Coffee Roasters completes construction on a 100kW solar array on the roof of its distribution center in Waterbury, VT. (Photo: Business Wire) This solar installation marks a new milestone in our commitment to responsible energy use, one of the primary priorities of our corporate social responsibility program, said Paul Comey, Vice President of Environmental Affairs for GMCR. In addition to generating clean electricity for use in our facility, the array also demonstrates the feasibility of solar panels as a viable solution for producing power in Vermont.The array at GMCR was the result of an innovative partnership initiated by groSolar that was made possible by financial assistance from the State of Vermont s Clean Energy Development Fund and Green Mountain Power. For a live roof-top stream of information about the amount of energy being generated by the panels, go to is external).About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in the specialty coffee industry, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR s operations are managed through two business units. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces coffee, tea and hot cocoa from its family of brands, including Tully s Coffee®, Green Mountain Coffee® and Newman s Own® Organics coffee. The Keurig business unit is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems. K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers are produced by a variety of licensed roasters, including Green Mountain Coffee and Tully s Coffee. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in Fair Trade Certified ¢ coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. Visit is external) and is external) for more information.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Services section of its web site, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. The Company encourages investors to consult this section of its web site regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to the Company s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.Source: GMCR. 9.17.2009. WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–last_img read more

ARS Gloria, Colombia’s Flagship, Pays Visit to Alexandria, Virginia

first_img During the five-month tour, which began May 13 in Cartagena, the Gloria will visit 10 countries. Besides the United States, these include Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, England, Spain and Morocco. Commanded by Capt. Gabriel Pérez, the Gloria is one of the biggest tall ships still afloat. “This vessel was built in 1968 at the request of the Colombian government,” said Pérez, who at 46 is three years older than the vessel he commands. Interviewed following an impromptu news conference onboard the Gloria, Pérez noted that “this is my second time at this pier. I was last here in 1995 during my cadetship. Now, nearly 27 years later, I come back as commander of this ship.” Pérez supervises a crew of 163 people, including 81 cadets, six of which are women; 13 officers, of which two are women; 60 sub-officers, three invited officers from the Colombian Army, Police and Air Force, and six foreign officers from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Honduras and Ecuador. “These ports of call are meant to show our friendship, and to support the Colombian Embassy’s mission in anything they want to do,” said Pérez, as cadets served hot cups of Colombian coffee and mingled with the visitors. “We talk about our culture and bring friendly messages from the people of Colombia to the United States.” Other U.S. cities visited by the Gloria on previous tours include San Diego, San Francisco, New York and Tampa. In its 42 years of service, the Gloria has voyaged to 165 ports in more than 60 countries and traveled around 727,000 nautical miles. Everywhere it docks, says Pérez, “people ask us lots of questions about Colombia. They ask us about the government, the armed forces, business, and about our careers as sailors. And of course they ask about drug trafficking too.” At precisely 3 p.m. on May 24, the Colombian Navy’s four-masted training ship, the ARC Gloria, sailed into the port of Alexandria, Virginia — as enthusiastic cadets onboard fired a 19-gun salute and heartily belted out Colombia’s national anthem. “Oh gloria inmarcesible! Oh júbilo inmortal! En surcos de dolores, el bien germina ya!” sang the sailors, as 160 spectators and dignitaries waited to board the colorful vessel, including Adm. Guillermo Enrique Barrera, Colombia’s defense attaché to the United States; Colombian Ambassador Gabriel Silva and Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille. The Colombian Navy’s flagship sailed up the Potomac River before docking in Alexandria; from there the ship continues to Boston — where it will remain from June 3 to 6 — before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the Irish port of Waterford as part of its 2011 international tour. By Dialogo June 03, 2011center_img The visit marked the Gloria’s second appearance in Alexandria in three years. During its July 2007 port of call, the Colombian tall ship made history when its passage under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge marked the first time both spans of the new bridge spanning the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia were opened for river traffic. The Gloria measures more than 56 meters (257 feet) long. Its tallest mast is 42 meters high and the ship weighs 1,300 tons. The Gloria’s figurehead, coated in gold leaf, is named Maria Salud after the sculptor’s daughter. Despite its relative youth, the Gloria’s wood-polished appearance and 23 sails make it seem like a relic of the 19th century. The glass display cabinets in the bar feature pre-Columbian gold and ceramic artifacts, and the vessel seems steeped in history. Yet it’s propelled by a diesel engine and guided by both computer monitors and electronic navigation instruments in the steering room. “All cadets in the last year of the Naval Academy have to do one semester of practice, or six months of their academic career, on board this ship. It’s part of the program,” said Pérez. “Normally, the quantity of cadets is lower than the capacity of the ship. During the last semester, you can find only 35 or 40 cadets. When this happens, the Naval Academy sends cadets in their third year to do their onboard practice.” He said the cadets practice the principles of sailing — which means everything from navigating by the stars to the latest in GPS navigation technology. They also learn to maneuver sails, ropes and all other nautical equipment. “And they have to study military matters as well as engine systems,” he said. When the Gloria isn’t sailing around the world, it’s docked in Cartagena — a major Caribbean shipping port and cruise-ship destination. Este mensaje es para el cadete Daniel Julian Velasco Ochoa y sus compañeros de viaje,Dios los acompañe en el recorrido a Irlanda, un feliz viaje que sigan conocido lugares lindos y lleven el nombre de nuestro país a todos esos paises hermanos, mostrando nuestra hermandad, feliz viaje para todos y todas, mi dios los acompañe siempres y la virgen los proteja. feliz viaje I think it was excellent, specially the story about the vessel. Everything that parents can do for the kids is very little compared to what they can be and be able to do in the future. With the Admiral Padilla Naval School our kids can reach the world. I greet all you lovers of the sea and of sailboats, and I want you to know that we have a blog about the Spanish ship “Galatea” where you can see the sailing, anecdotes, documents, whistles and sailors’ comments who sailed on board. I can give you the name of the blog and its link. “Buque escuela de maniobra Galatea” Merry Christmas to all.last_img read more

Fourth DCA JNC has an opening

first_img November 15, 2005 Regular News Fourth DCA JNC has an opening The Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a lawyer vacancy on the commission created by the resignation of Marjorie Gadarian Graham.Applicants must be engaged in the practice of law, residents of the territorial jurisdiction of the Fourth DCA, and comply with state financial disclosure laws. Commissioners are not eligible for state judicial office vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following completion of their four-year term.Application forms and instructions are available from The Florida Bar’s Web site at or from the Executive Director’s Office of The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300, phone (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, fax (850) 561-5826.The completed applications must be received no later than 5:30 p.m. on November 16 by fax or at the above address. Fourth DCA JNC has an openinglast_img read more

Closing the purpose gap

first_img continue reading » When your employees understand and embrace your organization’s purpose, they are inspired to do great work and are more committed to delivering on your credit union’s promise. Credit union’s embracing the people-helping-people mantra are, by design, purpose-driven, right? So, in other words there is no purpose gap in credit unions.I challenge that notion — I believe, that, as a movement, we have been leading with our outcomes not our purpose and this has created a purpose gap.Please allow me to prove my point. If I were to review 10 credit union homepages — what will I find? Most likely it will be product promotions featuring rates and fees front and center. If I were to interview your frontline staff and ask them “why should I join your credit union?” I suspect I’ll hear because “the credit union will save you money.” These are outcomes, these are not purpose-driven responses. This means we have a purpose gap. And that’s why, we chose Purpose as our first Imperative for 2020.Research also supports this purpose gap. PwC’s Strategy&recently conducted a survey with 540 participants from across industries, regions, and levels. The goal of the survey was to better understand how people feel at work and how to better engage and motivate them to bring their best to work every day in order to further the company’s agenda. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Fed task force outlines ways to address coin circulation issues

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The U.S. Coin Task Force Friday released a statement outlining issues with coin circulation and ways consumers can help address the problem. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, consumers are using physical currency less frequently, which has resulted in fewer coins moving through the supply chain.The Federal Reserve convened the task force earlier this month. It is working in coordination with the U.S. Mint, financial institutions, retailers, industry stakeholders and consumers to address the problem.While there are enough coins available to meet demand, the supply chain has been disrupted as “people have changed their spending habits, and coin-intensive businesses and financial institution lobbies have been less accessible,” the task force said in the statement. Some retailers and businesses could experience issues accepting cash payments because they don’t have coin available for customers’ change.The task force is encouraging consumers and businesses to return coins to circulation in day-to-day transactions. Consumers are encouraged to pay with exact change and return spare change to circulation by depositing coins from car cupholders and piggy banks/coin jars to local financial institutions or coin redemption kiosks.last_img read more

ONE Championship livestream special urges world to ‘sit down’ to fight pandemic

first_imgHosted by popular late-night show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, the special will be featuring big names and legends spanning all musical genres like Alicia Keys, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Amstrong of Green Day, Celine Dion, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Paul McCartney, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith.It will also feature appearances by stars such as Ellen Degeneres and Oprah Winfrey, as well as Idris Elba, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong’o, Matthew McConaughey, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Shah Rukh Khan.Aside from the star-studded special, ONE Championship’s own superstar fighters will take part in the show, with Aung La N Sang, Angela Lee Brandon Vera, Demetrious Johnson, Martin Nguyen and others sharing their “at home” workouts and answering questions from fans. ONE Championship, dubbed “Asia’s leading sports media property”, has partnered with Global Citizen to produce a “no-contact” livestream concert called “One World: Together At Home”, offering one more reason for people around the world to contribute to the fight against the pandemic by staying at homeThe eight-hour free “music special” also aims to raise funds for the COVID-Solidarity Response Fund of the World Health Organization (WHO) through a new merchandise store, ONE.SHOP, with 10 percent of net proceeds to be donated to the global health fund.The concert will be live streamed globally on ONE Championship’s Facebook page and ONE Super App on Sunday, April 19, at 2 a.m. Singapore Time, or 1 a.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB). The recorded concert will then be replayed for 24 hours after the live stream on the sports promoter’s Facebook page and bespoke app, as well as its YouTube channel and Twitter account (@ONEChampionship). Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Launches Resurface PA (Round-up)

first_imgGovernor Wolf Launches Resurface PA (Round-up) May 29, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Infrastructure,  Round-Up,  Transportation Last week, Governor Wolf announced a new statewide initiative, Resurface PA, that will patch potholes and accelerate repaving work on interstates across Pennsylvania. A significant portion of this program’s funding is through savings that have accumulated since the governor took office in 2015.Governor Wolf directed PennDOT to dedicate as many resources as possible to pothole and pavement repairs. The department has prioritized $22.3 million for immediate pothole repairs through June 30, which translates into nearly 30,000 tons of patching material. An additional $7 million will be invested in seven interstate maintenance projects covering potholes and other repairs on 78 miles of roads this year.“PennDOT has been at work on this problem for many months, but the severe temperature swings through the winter have created ideal conditions for continued pavement challenges,” Governor Wolf said. “We are further increasing our focus on pothole repairs and also accelerating much-needed work on our interstates.”Motorists can report potholes and other highway-maintenance concerns on state routes at or by calling PennDOT’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).Take a look at the coverage below:center_img Beaver County Times: Wolf allocates $180 million for pothole repair, interstate resurfacingWolf has told PennDOT to spend whatever possible on pothole and pavement repairs, and it has pushed $22.3 million toward pothole repairs through June. An additional $7 million is steered into seven interstate maintenance projects that will address potholes and other repairs on 78 miles of road this year.Penn Live: PennDOT will be taking aim at potholes with cash and asphaltWith this winter producing a plentiful crop of potholes, PennDOT will be spending $22.3 million to repair them through the end of June.Because “severe temperature swings through the winter have created ideal conditions for continued pavement challenges,” Gov. Tom Wolf said the state will be increasing its focus on pothole repairs and accelerating work on interstates.Associated Press: Pothole relief is coming: Wolf launches ‘Resurface PA’ to tackle winter’s effects throughout PennsylvaniaPennsylvania drivers will be getting some relief from pockmarked roadways in the form of $180 million to fill in potholes and perform other work after the ravages of a tough winter. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf was announcing Thursday $22 million for pothole and pavement repairs, enough to buy nearly 30,000 tons of paving material. By: Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of Communicationslast_img read more