Summer Camp Music Festival Releases Awesome Initial Lineup

first_imgSummer Camp Music Festival is truly one of the mainstays of the live music scene, as host bands moe. and Umphrey’s McGee never fail to organize a top tier event. Set to return to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL over Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, the festival has revealed an exciting lineup for their 2017 event.Aside from moe. and Umphrey’s, the headliners for this year’s festival include Trey Anastasio Band, Primus, Run The Jewels, and Mike Gordon. Further entries include The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Destructo, EOTO, The Floozies, Ganja White Night, Hippie Sabotage, Keller Williams’ KWahtro, Manic Focus, Nahko and Medicine For The People, Rezz, Slander, Tommy Trush and The Wood Brothers.The good times keep going with this Summer Camp lineup, as artists like Eric Krasno Band, Escort, Lukas Nelson and Promise Of The Real, New Orleans Suspects, SunSquabi, TAUK, A Tribe Called Red, Twiddle, The Werks and White Denim come in at tier three. But there’s more in tier four! Amasa Hines, Aqueous, CBDB, Dead Horses, Jaw Gems, Kitchen Dwellers, The Lil’ Smokies, Maddy O’Neal, Marcus King Band, Organ Freeman, Ripe, Spafford, and Sun Stereo will also be playing at Summer Camp this year.This is only the initial lineup, so there’s going to be even more coming great music to be announced before the festival kicks off in May. You can see the full announcement poster below, and head to the Summer Camp website for details.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Jane Krakowski on Legs, Darren Criss is Back & More

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 10, 2016 Related Shows Darren Criss Darren Criss Will (Briefly) Return to BroadwayDarren Criss is just one of the special guests enlisted for Maize & Blue on Broadway on May 16. The one-night-only benefit concert at the August Wilson will celebrate the University of Michigan and its renowned musical theater department, as well as honor its longtime chair, Brent Wagner, who is retiring in May after 32 years. Many of the institution’s well-known alumni will also be making an appearance at the event including Tony nominees Gavin Creel, Hunter Foster, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Jennifer Laura Thompson.Mike Daisey Takes on TrumpDonald Trump is heading to Joe’s Pub this summer! Or rather Mike Daisey is bringing The Trump Card, a biography and a story about politics, to the venue. The famed monologist told the WSJ that the leading GOP candidate is a “frighteningly good speaker,” and that The Apprentice contains the clues to figuring out what makes him tick. Daisey is perhaps best known for his work The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.Cheyenne Jackson & More Set For Provincetown Multiple Broadway favorites are heading to Provincetown’s Town Hall concert series this summer! Cheyenne Jackson will perform at the Art House on July 3, followed by Megan Hilty from July 17 through July 19, Kristin Chenoweth on August 16 and Patti LuPone on September 4. We’re already dreaming of those summer nights in Cape Cod…P.S. This year’s Broadway Backwards raised a record $480,287 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Center. Hats off to all who took part! Jane Krakowski She Loves Mecenter_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. She Loves Me’s Jane Krakowski on Legs & LibrariesThe adorable Jane Krakowski is currently starring opposite Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi in She Loves Me, and she visited Live with Kelly and Michael on March 22 to chat about her return to Broadway. Along with a discussion about maneuvering her legs into one very impressive dance move eight times a week, the Tony winner explained why she’s getting a library card. (I think we all are!) Check out the video below; the revival is playing at Studio 54. Star Files View Comments Jane Krakowskilast_img read more

Why you should do your homework before buying off the plan

first_imgSeminars Penrith Home Show istock.FOR some, buying a house or unit that does not yet exist can be intimidating. As consumers we are conditioned to inspect goods before we buy so we know exactly what we’re getting.But buying property off-the-plan in Townsville can potentially be a sound strategy to maximise your personal wealth.A golden rule in real estate is that it is a long-term investment and not speculative. As a guide, plan to hold your property for at least a decade to give yourself the best chance for good capital growth. Benefits to buying off-the-plan can include lower prices than established properties (although, not always, so be sure to research the market), some customisation of floor plans and finishes could be available, only paying 10 per cent deposit until after the project is complete.In certain circumstances investors can access tax depreciation benefits post-settlement which means you can maximise benefits and improve after-tax cash flow. And, of course, don’t forget that the Queensland Government is offering a first-home buyer grant of $15,000 if you buy off-the- plan or build as well as stamp duty savings on properties up to $500,000. However, while there are many potential benefits, off-the-plan purchases also come with risks. If you are considering an off-the-plan purchase here are some tips that will help you make a more informed decision. ■ Research the market: The REIQ publishes a quarterly report that gives you the median price movements of established houses and apartments in most Queensland markets, comparing prices over the quarter, over the past 12 months and over the past five years. This gives you an indication of what demand levels are like and how quickly property is selling. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020If you’re an investor you may also want to look at vacancy rates because this data can help paint a picture about the rental market. Townsville’s vacancy rate is 5 per cent. ■ Sunset clauses: A sunset clause outlines the maximum amount of time the developer has to complete the project. This clause puts conditions and limits on the contract and it potentially could let you, the builder, or the developer cancel the contract in certain circumstances. Make sure you seek independent legal advice and understand what your contract says about when the sunset clause can be activated, why it can be activated and what happens when it is activated. ■  Background check: What other projects has your developer done? Have there been any failures? Check the builder’s references and work history, including any licence details, builders’ warranty, insurance and compliance certificates. Who is the financier of the project and what is their project history? ■ Check first: In certain markets there is some settlement risk. The property’s value may fall between the time you paid your deposit and the time it comes to settle and this may impact on the lender’s decision to approve the loan. It pays to check with your institution what conditions they’re offering on an off-the-plan loan and what happens if the bank deems the value to have fallen. ■ Rental guarantee: There’s no such thing as a free lunch and any developer who offers a rental guarantee has built this into the price. Do your homework and find out what the median rents are for similar style apartments in that suburb (our QMM report offers this information). Will you still be able to manage mortgage repayments when your rental income reverts to these more realistic levels?There are many opportunities in Townsville to grab an off-the-plan bargain, but like any major purchase, it’s important to do your homework first. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed consider retaining a buyer’s agent who will guide you through the process and be your advocate.last_img read more

Local Cruise Line Launches “Voluntourism” Program for Bahamas

first_imgAs the northern Bahamas continue to recover from Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is taking its humanitarian efforts there to another level.For the past three weeks, the ship “Grand Celebration” has been bringing volunteers and aid to the main port on Grand Bahama.On Wednesday, officials with the cruise line announced they are launching a new effort called ‘voluntourism.’CEO Oneil Khosa says, “To get back up and running, getting cruising and getting tourism back to an island that just saw devastation of this magnitude is remarkable.”With that in mind, the the Grand Celebration will set sail on Friday evening from the Port of Palm Beach for two-day trips to Grand Bahama.The weekly commercial sailings are resuming at discounted rates, while giving people the option to book a trip as a tourist, a volunteer or both.“We believe the growth, the recovery and the sustenance of the island is hugely dependent on our cruise ship and cruise passengers,” says Khosa.He adds, “We are still receiving tremendous aid in our warehouse and we’ll continue to ship that which is critical for the island. They need supplies.”Fares are $99 per person, whether as a tourist or volunteer, along with a 50 percent discount for a second traveler in the room.Khosa explains, “As much as we want to help the volunteers get there and help Grand Bahama we also don’t want to shortchange our regular passengers. So we have lowered the overall prices so that everyone can benefit from them, whether you are cruising or are a volunteer.”Additionally, tourists will be able to stay on board, or be taken to the south portion of Grand Bahama, which was least affected by the storm.The program will continue indefinitely, as the restoration efforts continue on the northern islands.“Whatever you’re doing by getting on this ship is helping the Bahamas,” says Khosa.The company’s second ship, the Grand Classica, is set to begin a new route to Nassau on October 12.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: U.S. teammate salutes ‘warrior’ Megan Rapinoe

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Ali Krieger explains why she spoke out against President Trump with colorful tweet Those tweets were sent two days before Rapinoe scored both U.S. goals in a quarterfinal win over hosts France, the 33-year-old forward becoming the first player since 2007 to score twice in back-to-back World Cup games.2 – Megan Rapinoe is the first player to score two or more goals in back-to-back Women’s World Cup appearances since Marta in 2007. Double. #FIFAWWC #USA #FRAUSA— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 28, 2019The extra attention on Rapinoe appears to have brought the best out of her so far and Press is confident she can once again come to the fore against the Lionesses in Lyon on Tuesday. Related News LYON, France — President Donald Trump told Megan Rapinoe to “win first before she talks” and the forward’s United States teammate Christen Press believes she will rise to the occasion in the Women’s World Cup semifinal against England.Rapinoe’s assertion that she was “not going to the f— White House” if the U.S. retained its title in France did not sit well with Trump, who told her to “finish the job” first before inviting the whole team to Washington, regardless of whether they win the tournament or not. “Over the course of my career I’ve been privileged to play alongside Megan,” Press said at a news conference Monday. “I think that she’s a warrior on the field, she’s a very special player and always has been. She’s always been very unique in her style and flair. Off the field she’s also a warrior. She inspires me and we push each other.”It’s been beautiful to see her fearlessness as we get to the highest stages, she won’t back away. Instead the opposite — she gets even bigger. That’s something as an athlete that’s incredible and, as a human, even more so.”The U.S. is bidding to become the second team after Germany in 2007 to retain the World Cup and its planning for a potential third successive final has raised eyebrows in the English camp.Members of the USA’s backroom staff have assessed the Lionesses’ hotel in Lyon with a view to moving into it should they beat Phil Neville’s team, an act that bemused the England coach.center_img Women’s World Cup 2019: England coach Phil Neville says USA lacks etiquette after hotel scout Neville’s counterpart Jill Ellis insisted there was nothing untoward about that, though, and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher stressed it would have no impact on Tuesday’s contest.”That has nothing to do with the game,” she said. “Our operations have scouted and checked out every hotel we’ve ever stayed in or potential hotel we’ve ever stayed in to make sure we’ve got plan A, plan B, plan C.”It has nothing to do with the game, it’s just our operations checking all the boxes and preparing for whatever path we take.”last_img read more

Love and Marriage, Go Together Like a Horse and Carriage

first_imgBy Rick Geffken |Though much of the hoopla surrounding the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has mercifully passed, Melissa Ziobro, Monmouth University professor, reminded a Tinton Falls audience that the recent British matrimonial event was just the latest in a tradition of across-the-pond “romances” between members of the European royalty and American brides.Ziobro regaled 25 very interested women seniors (and two brave men) on May 21 with stories of “American Women and Royal Marriages.” The Harry/Meghan Wedding was certainly spectacular, but the joining together of Old and New World couples was not as uncommon as we might think.Ziobro is a specialist professor of public history in the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University and frequently writes and lectures on women’s issues. During this recent presentation, Ziobro admitted: “There are important issues and there are interesting issues. This most recent royal wedding falls into the latter, but it has increased attention to the Gilded Age phenomena of what were called ‘American Dollar Princesses.’ ” Ziobro noted that the TV series “Downton Abbey” sparked her to examine arranged marriages which began in the late 19th century. She laughed recalling how the subject caught her attention. “I was watching ‘Downton Abbey,’ and like any good historian I can’t watch TV and enjoy myself, I have to start researching things, like who Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham was modeled after.” Though he was studying to be a physician on Long Island when he met Ms. Hazard, her father’s success no doubt made her more attractive to von Auersperg. After years of creditors chasing down the von Auerspergs, Florence finally had enough and divorced the prince in 1915.This article was first published in the June 7-June 14, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. “By some counts there may have been as many as 500 of these marriages between American women of ‘new money’ who were betrothed to the relatively impoverished European aristocracy,” said Ziobro. Their motivations included trading “cash for class.” After the American Civil War, many of the daughters of the newly wealthy saw titled European nobility as a way to attain duchess, or even princess status.In Europe, the landed gentry needed to find income to replace their disappearing earnings from centuries-old agricultural endeavors. Their expensive to maintain manor houses were becoming increasingly unsustainable as well. Enter American money. Although British nobility were the top choice for most young women seeking these marriages, they also married Germans, Austrians and Italians. Ziobro soon discovered that some New Jersey women were among the many “American Dollar Princesses.”Sixteen-year-old Florence Ellsworth Hazard of Shrewsbury around the time of her marriage to Prince Franz von Auersperg of Austria in 1899.American newspapers often ran lists of American heiresses marrying noblemen, including the amount of money the young women “took out of the country” with them, often half a million dollars or more. Of particular interest to The Two River Times readers, and probably surprising to most, is the story of Miss Florence Hazard of Shrewsbury, daughter of the owner of the world-famous Hazard Ketchup Factory, E. C. Hazard. Florence was only 16 years old when she married Prince Franz von Auersperg of Austria in June 1899. She was looking to improve her station in life, and incidentally her fiancé’s. Sixty-plus years before Meghan Markle walked down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel to wed Prince Harry, older Americans still remember when movie star Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956. Both appear to be true love matches, not exchanges of hard currency for titles. Harry does not lack for resources. Von Auersperg was part of a noble family and had enjoyed a spirited, which is to say wanton, youth according to contemporary accounts at the time of the wedding. One paper noted: “The engagement is hailed by court and aristocratic circles with gratification, as the Prince seemed to have hopelessly wrecked his life by fast living and gambling before he left Vienna three years ago.”last_img read more

Wildcats roll out red carpet for Female Midget AAA Hockey tournament

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Kootenay Wildcats play host to the first Super Weekend of the B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey season beginning today at the Nelson and District Community Complex and Civic Centre Arenas.Wildcats open the five-team round robin tournament at 5:30 p.m. in the Civic Centre Arena against Vancouver Fusion.The teams split a two-game series last week in Nelson. The Cats, thanks to a strong third period, edged Vancouver 5-4 in the opener. The Fusion came back in game two to win 5-1.The tournament begins today at 10:45 a.m. in the Civic Centre Arena with Prince George Cougars meeting the Okanagan Rockets.Kootenay plays Okanagan Rockets at 8 a.m. Saturday in the NDCC Arena before battling Prince George Cougars at 2 p.m. in the Civic Centre Arena.Kootenay concludes the tournament Sunday with a game at 10:45 p.m. against Fraser Valley Phantom.
Ice cooled by CougarsThe Prince George Cougars pulled off a road sweep against the Kootenay Ice in B.C. Hockey Major Midget League action in Castlegar.The Cougars scored three first period goals en route to a 5-2 victory during game one. Derek Georgopoulos of Cranbrook and Joren Johnson of Nelson scored for the Ice.In game two the Ice once again exploded in the first period, this time scoring four times to dump Kootenay 6-1. Luke Bertolucci of Trail scored the lone goal in the second period for Kootenay.Kootenay takes to the road to meet the South Island Thunderbirds Saturday in Victoria. South Island is 3-3-4 on the season, good enough for fifth in the 11-team league. The 2-5-1 Ice are [email protected]last_img read more

Darwinists Fight Over Niche Construction Theory

first_imgAccording to the Sacramento Bee last week, Roseville teachers who rejected the “Quality Science Education Policy” (see 06/04/2004 headline) did so because “there are no scientifically valid arguments against the theory of evolution.”  They must not be reading Nature.    In the current June 10 issue,1 three scientists say there has long been “vigorous debate” about basic evolutionary theory.  Laland, Odling-Smee and Feldman do not dispute whether evolution occurred, but their “niche construction” approach has touched off “strong and polarized responses” from evolutionists.  Though they consider this “fuss” a comparatively mild “spat” compared to earlier rows over lamarckism, punctuated equilibria and group selection, the theory of niche construction was heretical enough for Darwinist champion Richard Dawkins to term it “pernicious.”  (For more on niche construction, see 10/23/2003 headline fourth item, 03/17/2003 headline, or see its promoters’ website,  The basic idea behind niche construction is that adaptation is a two-way street:At the heart of the controversy lies the nature of causality in evolution.  Adaptation is conventionally seen as a process by which natural selection shapes organisms to fit pre-established environmental ‘templates’.  The causal arrow points in one direction only: it is environments, the source of selection, that determine the features of living creatures.    Yet it is also obvious that organisms bring about changes in environments.  Numerous animals manufacture nests, burrows, holes, webs and pupal cases.  Plants change the levels of atmospheric gases and modify nutrient cycles.  Fungi decompose organic matter, and bacteria engage in decomposition and nutrient fixation.  The standard view of evolution does not deny this, but treats niche construction as no more than the product of selection.    Conversely, from the niche-construction perspective, evolution is based on networks of causation and feedback.  Organisms drive environmental change and organism-modified environments subsequently select organisms.  The argument that niche construction does not play a causal role in evolution because it is partly a product of natural selection, makes no more sense than would the counter-proposal that natural selection can be disregarded because it is partly a product of niche construction.It is this robbing of natural selection of some of its power that seems to anger the conventional Darwinists.  Yet the niche constructionists provide a couple of examples that show how the modified environment must be taken into account when deciding how natural selection operates:“When a beaver builds a dam it not only affects the propagation of dam-building genes, but it must also transform the selection acting on a host of other beaver traits.”“Contemporary earthworms are adapting to a soil environment largely constructed by their ancestors.”First proposed in the 1980s by Richard Lewontin, niche construction was at first largely ignored.  Now, these authors feel it is “a fact of life.”  It is not just man that adapts himself, as Theodosius Dobzhansky used to claim.  All organisms modify the environment that selects their traits; this is a ubiquitous process, and can no longer be disputed.    It seems intuitively obvious.  Why the controversy, then?  Perhaps because niche construction “changes the evolutionary dynamic” and can actually put the brakes on natural selection:Niche construction can create new equilibria, affect the stability of others, generate unusual phenomena, such as momentum effects (where populations continue to evolve in the same direction after selection has stopped or reversed) and inertia effects (a delayed evolutionary response to selection), as well as opposite and catastrophic responses to selection.Such realizations might raise a host of new questions.  Nevertheless, the authors are optimistic, and suggest some fruitful lines of research.  A number of evolutionists are jumping on this bandwagon.  This “alternative panorama” may prove to be a “fleeting fad”; but if not, David Hull’s ominous prophecy may be fulfilled: “the result should be a massive reorientation of evolutionary theory.”1Kevin N. Laland, John Odling-Smee, and Marcus W. Feldman, “Causing a commotion: Niche construction: do the changes that organisms make to their habitats transform evolution and influence natural selection?” Nature 429, 609 (10 June 2004); doi:10.1038/429609a.To be fair before discussing this “spat” among evolutionists, it must be clarified that the parties on both sides are committed naturalists who affirm that unguided, unplanned, purposeless natural processes created humpback whales and hippo sunscreen out of bacteria.  All the combatants would have risen up in holy horror at Roseville to protest the insertion of any doubts about evolution into the biology curriculum.  That being understood, think about this controversy.  What damage does niche construction do to evolutionary theory?  Why would Dawkins call the reasoning “pernicious”?  What do the ongoing intramural battles tell us about the “fact” of evolution?    Each of these internal controversies – whether lamarckism, punctuated equilibria, group selection or niche construction – has questioned the core belief of Darwinists, that Charlie’s mechanism, a simple process so intuitively obvious it elevated bacteria-to-man evolution to the status of accepted truth, is perfectly capable of explaining everything.  Remember, it was the discovery of a plausible mechanism of evolution that made Charlie famous.  Apparently, quite a few evolutionists do not consider it all that plausible.  The fundamentalist Darwinists insist Charlie’s original dogma must be kept sacrosanct (see 05/31/2004 headline).  Yet ever since Darwin, heretical views have threatened the integrity of the myth.  Lamarckism is pretty much dead, falsified by experiment (even though Darwin himself became more Lamarckian in his old age—see February 2004 bio of Kelvin).  The radical view called punctuated equilibria arose because the fossil record, with its systematic gaps, did not support Darwinian gradualism.  Group selection was a sect that cast doubt on Darwin’s orthodoxy of individual selection.  We could add to the list the heresies of sympatric speciation and neo-Gaia.  Now, the cult of niche construction tends to complicate Dawkins’ life by telling him that the vectors of natural selection and the environment interact in complex ways, often opposing each other (see 03/17/2003 headline).    Whichever you think is the best storytelling plot, let’s ask some serious questions about this article and its relevance to the heated arguments occurring at school board meetings all around America, both in big cities and small towns, about the teaching of evolution.  Do you feel that any of the Darwin Party storytellers has a real, defensible, comprehensive account of how bacteria evolved into humans?  If so, why is it controversial to other evolutionists?  Why are the controversies heated enough for them to call each other names and question each others’ motives?  Has any of them provided a detailed account, with all the transitions that would be required, to explain the emergence of a single complex organ?  (See 08/20/2003 headline.)  Have the newly-acquired genomes of dozens of different organisms fulfilled what Darwinists predicted?  (See 06/09/2004 and 01/02/2003 headlines.)  Has the fossil record filled in the gaps that Darwin himself acknowledged were a major problem for his theory?  (See 06/02/2004 headline.)  Is there any reason why the eyes and ears of high school students should be shielded from these controversies and failings of Darwin’s theory?  Do these controversies have anything to do with Christianity or any other religion?  If not, why is the mantra “separation of church and state” invoked to subvert proposals for honest discussion about problems with evolutionary theory?  Can you think of any other reason, other than a sincere desire to educate students honestly, that the ACLU, the National Center for Science Education, and other Darwinist front groups are so adamant that no scientific criticisms of Darwinism are permissible in the schools?  If you engaged in these mental exercises, you just committed the very crime the Darwin-only side is trying to prevent.  You utilized critical thinking skills.(Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Green Lighting instituted at TCI Airports

Green Lighting instituted at TCI Airports

first_img TV Commercial Campaign under consideration for destination TCI says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:earth day, jags mccartney international airport, lavern reynolds, LED Industrial group, providenciales airport Hotels clean up four islands for Earth Day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Apr 2014 – Earth Day brought planet friendly moves from some in corporate TCI, including from the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority which announced it was going Green with indoor and perimeter lighting. We learned on Earth Day, April 22, that the Provo International Airport has adopted what it called, ‘a sustainable approach to lighting’… using only LED lights in the newly renovated terminal facility and roadway. Terminal Marketing Manager, Lavern Reynolds explained that this solution is 90% more energy efficient, generates a lower electrical cost and burns less fuel. The LED lights are nontoxic, 100% recyclable and reduces the PIA’s carbon footprint by as much as 40%. Reynolds assured that the lighting will be sufficient and the outdoor lights in particular, will be more durable. American company, LED Industrial Group/Lightdec America guided the process, having already assisted Florida International University, Miami Dade Transport and the City of Hialeah. CEO of the TCIAA John Smith comments: “The LED lights easily allowed the TCIAA to find a solution to handle all of these challenges in our extremely warm climate where conventional lights could be a challenge.” The LED bulbs will last 15-20 years and the same treatment has already happened for the JAGS McCartney International Airport in Grand Turk and is planned for the airport redevelopment in South Caicos. AIRPORT REOPENED after the day helping school with fire Recommended for youlast_img read more