International Breweries Plc ( Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgInternational Breweries Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about International Breweries Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the International Breweries Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: International Breweries Plc (  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileInternational Breweries Plc is a brewery in Nigeria which brews, packages and markets a range of beer and non-alcoholic malt beverages. The company is known for its beer sold under the Trophy brand name and non-alcoholic malt drink sold under the Betamalt brand name, namely Trophy Lager, Trophy Black and Betamalt malt drink. Other brands packaged and marketed by International Breweries Plc include Castle Milk Stout, Castle Lager, Redds, Hero, Grand Malt and Voltic Water. The company’s head office is in Osun State, Nigeria and its distribution centres are in Ibadan, Lagos and Ilorin. International Breweries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

England’s outside-centre options for South Africa tour

first_img England’s outside-centre options for South Africa tourEddie Jones will be looking to finish his third season at the helm of England with a flourish after suffering a torrid Six Nations campaign, plummeting from first place to fifth in a mere 12 months. For the sake of the players’ confidence, their buy-in to Jones’s methods and the fans continuous support, England need a convincing win in South Africa this June.Jonathan Joseph has been ruled out of the three-Test series because he requires foot surgery, so here we highlight the myriad of outside-centre options available to Jones, what they bring to the table and their chances of featuring against Rassie Erasmus’s Springboks.Ben Te’o Club Worcester Warriors Age 31 England caps 13 Lions caps TwoThe former rugby league man has often been shown favour by Jones for his hard-hitting running lines and physicality in defence. Te’o offers cast-iron punching power and an offloading game developed during his seven-year career in league, but has been shown up for his decision-making and speed in defence at times, and is not getting any younger.Power play: Ben Te’o tests Johnny Sexton’s defence (Getty Images)Elliot DalyClub Wasps Age 25 England caps 18 Lions caps ThreeThe England and Lions wing has all the intelligence, distribution skills and electric pace to succeed in England’s midfield. In addition to his extensive experience at centre during his breakthrough with Wasps, Daly possesses a nuclear warhead in his left boot that can just as easily slot a 60m penalty as pounce on the opportunity to punish his opponents for territorial space left vacant in the backfield.The only issue with starting Daly at 13 is the loss of his proven quality as one of the best wingers on the international scene.Over time: Elliot Daly scores a try against Ireland (Getty Images)Henry SladeClub Exeter Chiefs Age 25 England caps TenSlade brings something very different to Joseph, Te’o and Daly. While the three previous midfield options have searing pace, fancy footwork or brute force, the Chiefs centre is an out-and-out playmaker and uses silky smooth skills to weave through defences or set up team-mates.However, the Chiefs star’s inconsistency at Test level may be held against him.In the pink: Henry Slade leads the attack for Exeter (Getty Images)Alex LozowskiClub Saracens Age 24 England caps FourUtilised primarily at inside-centre by England, Lozowski has proven for Saracens that he has all the attributes of an international-class 13. Speed, playmaking ability, monstrous defence and excellent touches from the boot – skills the 24-year-old has in common with all-time greats like Brian O’Driscoll and Conrad Smith.On the move: Alex Lozowski makes a break for Saracens (Getty Images)Joe Marchant Contenders: Jack Nowell and Elliot Daly could play at 13 for England (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Following the news of Jonathan Joseph’s season-ending foot injury, Ali Stokes assesses the men available to Eddie Jones for the tour of South Africa this summercenter_img Club Harlequins Age 21 England caps UncappedMarchant has suffered extensively in recent years with injury, but is back terrorising defences for Harlequins. Electric pace, footwork to rival any other competitors and the vision developed as a fly-half throughout the age grades makes the 21-year-old a genuine attacking weapon.Similar to Joseph, both in build and playing style, Marchant seems the most fitting replacement if Jones is after a like-for-like substitute.Running man: Joe Marchant on the attack for Harlequins (Getty Images)Manu TuilagiClub Leicester Tigers Age 26 England caps 26 Lions caps One“If Tuilagi was fit…”, a phrase uttered more than any other in history when it comes to England’s midfield. The Samoa-born wrecking ball of a centre is most well known for tormenting the All Blacks in 2012 and 2014. When fit and firing, no player in the world can stand toe-to-toe with Tuilagi’s destructive capability, but he is yet to prove his durability with Leicester.Ups and downs: Manu Tuilagi has struggled with injuries (Getty Images)Jack NowellClub Exeter Chiefs Age 25 England caps 26 caps Lions caps TwoThe England and Lions wing is currently under consideration as a centre by Eddie Jones. With a lack of top-end speed compared to the likes of Daly, Jonny May and Anthony Watson but impressive displays of power and footwork against some of the best in the world, the Cornishman possesses tremendous prospects at outside-centre.Nowell may not be as abrasive as Te’o or Tuilagi, but what he lacks in stopping power he makes up for with tenacity.Work ethic: Jack Nowell tries to evade Scotland tackles (Getty Images)Henry TrinderClub Gloucester Age 29 England caps UncappedThe 29-year-old is the most balanced runner in England and has often featured on the wing under Johan Ackermann this season. If not for a career plagued with injuries, the Gloucester man may have established himself in the England set-up years ago.Fly over: Henry Trinder scores a try for Gloucester (Getty Images)THE VERDICTI believe Joe Marchant is the obvious choice at outside-centre for England. With his playmaking experience as a fly-half and threat ball-in-hand, he offers the best option in both the short and long term. Alex Lozowski should pair up with Marchant in midfield, filling in for Owen Farrell, who deserves an extended rest not enforced by injury. George Ford will continue to work as the architect of England’s attack in the dual playmaking system alongside two centres with devastating strike-running capability and solid track records in defence.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Country star takes stage at Wagner Noël

first_imgMore informationThe year was 1984 and the album, “The Judds: Wynonna & Naomi,” was taking not just the country music world by storm but the entire world.The mother-daughter duo with the impeccable harmonies would follow that album up with 1984’s “Why Not Me.” Another monster hit album with the title track and the now country classics “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Love is Alive.”Daughter Wynonna has been a part of that duo, a solo act and now tours with Wynonna & the Big Noise. She’s been a part of more than 34 albums and has sold more than 30-million albums worldwide spanning her 34-year career.Wynonna and the Big Noise are scheduled in concert at 7:30 p.m. June 23 at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $52 to $92 at wagnernoel.comHer familiar face is backed by three decades of country music fame.As one-half of the legendary mother/daughter duo “The Judds,” Wynonna was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.”She has received more than 60 industry awards, with numerous charting singles, including 20 No. 1 hits such as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not me,” and “Grandpa, (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days).”Wynonna and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband/drummer/producer, Cactus Moser, released their debut full-length album in February 2016 via Curb Records to critical acclaim.Via her website,, she has described the new sound as “vintage yet modern” and a “return to the well.”The album has country, Americana, blues, soul and rock. The album features special guests Derek Trucks, Jason Isbell, Susan Tedeschi and Timothy B. Schmit.NPR’s Ann Powers, when reviewing the album, noted that “With her tight band behind her after touring together for several years, she just sounds like she’s home… You can just feel the grin on her face.”Watch Wynonna and the Big Noise pay tribute to Tom Petty at You Go Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Wynonna and the Big Noise will perform June 23 at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center. WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebook What: Wynonna and the Big Noise.When: 7:30 p.m. June 23 with doors open at 6:30 p.m.Where: Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center.Tickets: $52 to $92 at wagnerNoë Facebook Local NewsEntertainment Previous articleNICU Birthday PartyNext articleGUEST VIEW: Can the FBI be trusted? admin By admin – June 1, 2018 Country star takes stage at Wagner Noëllast_img read more

Delhi Govt Sanctions Over Rs. 30 Crore As Advance Premium For Advocates’ Medical Insurance

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi Govt Sanctions Over Rs. 30 Crore As Advance Premium For Advocates’ Medical Insurance LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK18 Nov 2020 11:47 PMShare This – xThe Deli Government has sanctioned more than Rs. 30 crore to New India Assurance Co. Ltd., for providing Group (Medi-claim) Insurance to 29077 eligible Advocates under the Chief Minister Advocate Welfare Scheme. As per a sanction order dated November 18, 2020, the Delhi Government has paid an advance premium amount of Rs. 30,53,08,500/-. The amount shall be subject to Audit…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Deli Government has sanctioned more than Rs. 30 crore to New India Assurance Co. Ltd., for providing Group (Medi-claim) Insurance to 29077 eligible Advocates under the Chief Minister Advocate Welfare Scheme. As per a sanction order dated November 18, 2020, the Delhi Government has paid an advance premium amount of Rs. 30,53,08,500/-. The amount shall be subject to Audit observation and recovery of overpayment, if any, which may be detected at a later stage.The Advocates Welfare Scheme was announced by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal last year. The policy was recently approved by the Delhi High Court. Under the scheme, 29077 eligible Advocates will be provided: Group (Term) insurance for practicing advocates providing life cover of Rs. 10,00,000/- per advocate.Group Medi-claim coverage for the advocates, their spouse and two dependent children up to the age of 25 years, for a family floater sum insured of Rs. 5.00,000/-.E-library with 10 computers loaded with e-journals and web editions of e-journals, alongwith printers in all the 6 district courts.Creche facility for Advocates and staff employees in each of the 6 district courts. In December 2019, the Delhi Government had constituted a 13-member Committee headed by Senior Advocate Rakesh Kumar Khanna to propose a scheme, as per which, an annual budget of 50 crores sanctioned by the government for the welfare of advocates can be utilised. The committee was prima facie of the view that the rate offered by the LIC seems to be quite competitive and can be accepted by the government. The Nodal agency for operating the said scheme shall be the Law Ministry of the Government of NCT of Delhi and it may further negotiate the premium, if it so desires. As per the approved policy, top private insurance companies such as New India Insurance, and Oriental Insurance, will provide medical coverage to the advocates. The premium of these policies will be paid by the Delhi Government. In addition to this, the Life Insurance Corporation of India will be providing life insurance to the beneficiary advocates as per the rates approved by the court. Recently, the Government had approved a budget of more than Rs. 40 crore to provide life insurance and medical insurance to resident-Advocates.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: ‘Multiple casualties,’ 3 officers shot, officials say

first_imgGoogle Street View, 2018(PITTSBURGH) — Eight people were killed and at least six more were injured — including four police officers — when a gunman opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, authorities said.“It’s a very horrific crime scene,” Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich told reporters during the press conference Saturday afternoon. “it’s one of the worst that I’ve seen.”Police responded earlier this morning to reports of active gunfire at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha congregation, where a service as taking place, Hissrich said. The suspect is in custody and has been taken to the hospital, Hissrich said, and it appears there is no longer any active threat to the community.The congregants were attending a baby-naming ceremony in the synagogue, Pennsylvania’s state attorney general told the Associated Press.Since the incident happened at a synagogue, it is being treated as a federal hate crime and will be handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with the assistance of local, county and state police, he added.First responders prevented the shooting from becoming a worse tragedy, and the injured have been taken to three area hospitals with level one trauma centers, Hissrich said.Rabbi Alvin Berkun, who was not at the synagogue at the time, told ABC News he was “stunned” and “sorry” to hear of the shooting. He said he had stayed home from services Saturday morning because his wife was sick and that he has not heard from friends who were in the building.Berkun, who lives nearby the synagogue, said police officers came to his door and told him to stay inside his home. He described the neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, where the synagogue is located, as “a very Jewish neighborhood” which is “known as a Jewish community.”“There’s absolutely no crime, it’s an amazing neighborhood,” Berkun said. “It’s hard to believe it’s a city neighborhood. It’s dominated by the Jewish community center four blocks away…by kosher bakeries — all kinds of Jewish gift shops, bookshops, a number of synagogues.”“There is one major synagogue but there are at least five other synagogues within two miles of where we are,” he said.When the gunman opened fire at the synagogue, law enforcement officers, including agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) swiftly responded to the scene.The suspect was apprehended a short time later.The synagogue is a conservative Jewish congregation, according to its website, and there was a morning Shabbat service scheduled from 9:45 a.m. to noon.Berkun said there are “three different religious groups that are meeting in our building on Saturday morning with three distinct services,” estimating that there could have been approximately 75 people in the building at the time. Hissrich declined during the press conference to say how many people were inside at the time.Speaking to reporters before boarding a flight for an event in Indiana, President Donald Trump called the attack “a shame,” calling the suspect “a wacko” and a “maniac.” He also said the suspect should “pay the ultimate price” and be subjected to the death penalty.When asked about whether the nation’s gun laws should be changed, Trump said the synagogue should have had armed security there.“You want protection, and they didn’t have any protection, they had a maniac walk in,” Trump said. “The results could have been much better.”He said that before getting into office, he would think “what a shame, what a shame” when incidents like this one unfolded.“It’s even tougher when you’re the president of the United States and you have to watch this thing happen,” Trump said.Earlier, Trump tweeted that he has been in touch with Pittsburgh’s mayor and the state’s governor, writing that “Events in Pittsburgh are far more devastating than originally thought.” President Mike Pence offered his condolences on Twitter.“Praying for the fallen, the injured, all the families impacted, and our courageous first responders,” he tweeted Saturday morning. “God bless them all.” lady Melania Trump said her “heart breaks” over the shooting, and that “the violence needs to stop.” Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted that he was headed to Pittsburgh.“We are providing local first responders with whatever help they need,” he wrote. New York City Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department said that they are deploying extra teams to synagogues and Jewish locations throughout those cities as well.“The NYPD is deploying heavy weapons teams, including the officers from the Critical Response Command and the Strategic Response Team, to houses of worship across the City,” the department said in a statement. “Additionally, sector cars in every command across New York City will be making additional visits to ensure the safety of all of our residents. Currently, there is no nexus to New York. But these steps are being taken until further information is learned about the events in Pittsburgh by the NYPD.”Police in Washington, D.C., are also on alert.“We have reached out to Jewish community leaders and have directed officers to pay special attention to synagogues until further notice,” a spokesperson for the D.C. police department said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_img Comments are closed. GuruOn 20 May 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. This week’s guruCall for HR to get down to the barGuru is a little bit concerned about his obscenely large expenses billfollowing an exhausting three-and-a-half days networking on the luxury linerthe Aurora, which hosted this year’s HR Forum.The bill reveals his passion for ‘slippery nipples’ and other dubiouscocktails, after-hours bottles of champagne and gambling in the casino. However, Guru now has a ready defence for when he is called into the MD’soffice after listening to Professor Bob Garratt’s seminar Under-standingboardroom dynamics and decision-making. Prof Garratt said: “HR directors don’t get outenough” and shouldspend more time in bars and conferences such as the Richmond Events’ HR Forum. The prof also said that learning what colleagues, competitors and the widerworld are doing is vital if senior HR executives are to get on to the board. Guru is hoping this explanation will help calm the MD. If not, he is alreadyworking on an HR metrics solution for next year, proving the link betweenbusiness expenses and output. Pitch aggression could lead to ‘total business’ solution Guru top-scored for winning team G in the HR Forum’s five-a-side competitionon the top deck of the Aurora. Team G, displaying an invigorating brand of ‘total football’ last seen beingplayed by Johan Cruyff’s Dutch team of the 1970s, completely dominated theopposition during the tournament. That is the report Guru would have liked to have filed. Unfortunately, as inso many areas of his life, Guru’s performance failed to live up to his (or MrsGuru’s) expectations and his team were knocked out in the first round. Guru tried to take the ball back to his cabin after his exit from thecompetition, but was chased around the deck and nearly lynched. Guru reflected, as he counted his bruises after slinking back to his cabin,that if your average HR director was half as aggressive in business as theywere on the footie field, they should have no problems reaching the top table. Ironing out equal opportunities issues Guru was pleased to hear that the EOC is to launch an investigation into howpregnant women are treated at work (see News, 13 May). However, an e-mail from a disciple last week reveals that sexualdiscrimination is so deeply embedded in society that even those supposed to becracking down on it, such as employment tribunal chairmen, are not immune. The HR professional, who wished to remain anonymous, explained: “We hada complaint of discrimination against us. In court it quickly became apparentthat a pivotal point would be the complainant’s mastery of English. It was soonrevealed that she had been married to an Englishman for a number of years. The lawyers set about arguing over which language she spoke at home and herhusband’s command of her native tongue. After a while, the chair of the tribunal decided he had the question thatwould, in one blow, quantify the strength of her English. “He waved at the lawyers to stop, sat up straight and said ‘Tell me Mrs[Smith]Éwhat language do you use to ask your husband if he wants his shirtsironed?’” Guru would like to point out that he always does the ironing in his house,usually before he makes Mrs Guru’s supper. Guru shocked by benchmarking antics Back on the boat, meanwhile, Guru was shocked. Apparently while he wastucked up alone in his cabin with a hot chocolate after the bar had closed eachevening, some HR professionals were taking part in late night ‘benchmarking’. “Surely not!”, he exclaimed when told of the shenanigans. “Oh yes,” a reliable source informed him, “you should haveheard the conversations in the women’s toilets this morning.” What? 360-degree feedback? Balanced scorecards? Guru could only imagine. last_img read more

One Pret too many?

first_imgTwo new public squares and a riverside walk will also be created. South Square will also be able to host temporary events and exhibitions.Oxford City Council leader Bob Price said “The Westgate is going to be more than just a shopping centre, so this will be really significant to the development of this quarter of the city. It could be an exciting area for performances and art, as well as a great public space – which is something we need more of.”On their website, Westgate Oxford have a new development webcam, giving the public the chance to see live pictures of progress on site every 20 minutes from 7am to 7pm.The completion of the shopping centre may help to allay concerns over the balance of shops and restaurants in central Oxford, which led to concern from Graham Jones of traders’ group Rox in July.He commented, “There is feeling that perhaps there are enough restaurants and cafes in the city at the moment – maybe we have reached the limit for them all to be viable.”A third year from St Hugh’s said, “This never-ending project has delivered nothing more than a Pret. I will have graduated by the time the centre opens, so I am not really very excited about these restuarants. I don’t even like shopping centres—they are testament to the consumerist economy that bourgois Oxford prides itself on. I’m frankly outraged. But I will be buying my Pret anyway.” The Westgate Centre has revealed some of the restaurant chains that will set up shop in the newly renovated complex when it opens in October 2017.It has been confirmed that Japanese food chain Sticks n Sushi will open its sixth restaurant in the UK in the roof top garden, which will offer panoramic views of Oxford.A spokeswoman for the Oxford Westgate Alliance also announced that the boulangerie Le Pain Quotidien, Lebanese Comptoir Libanais, noodle bar Shoryu and Pret A Manger are some of the other chains will be moving into the £440m revamped centre.Pizza Pilgrims, which was founded by brothers James and Thom who are originally from Oxford, is another restaurant to take its place in the centre.Pizza Pilgrims began selling pizzas from the back of a three-wheeled van in London’s Soho and they have since attracted a huge following.The development manager for the Westgate Oxford Alliance, Sara Fge, said, “Westgate Oxford will be home to over 100 stores and 25 restaurants and cafes, as well as a boutique cinema and rooftop terrace dining.”The new centre will also feature a John Lewis department store, as well as a Curzon cinema, Victoria’s Secret Pink store and a Mac shop.Josie Pepper, a second year at Brasenose, told Cherwell, “Does Oxford really need a third Pret A Manger? I guess it is never a bad thing for the student community to have more restaurants.” Carl Gergs, a Pembroke student, commented, “It will be great having so many restaurants and cafes just around the corner from Pembroke. Having said that, I am also concerned that introducing more chain restaurants will threaten the independent businesses that already exist in Oxford. Whilst the development is an exciting prospect, it is important that local cafes and restaurants are still encouraged and supported.”center_img The shopping centre, originally built in the 1970s, had no rooftop area before, but will now have a number of public spaces along with the various restaurants and cafes.The plans feature a grass “quad” with retractable roof and views across Oxford’s famous spires, which could be used for performances, art displays and cinema screenings.The £440m Westgate project is part of a wider development of the West of Oxford, which also includes development of the Park End Street area and the closure of Wahoo and other nightclubs.£500 million is being invested to enhance the retail core in the City Centre, encouraging more existing shoppers to stay for longer periods of time.The investment should eventually provide over 3,400 new jobs, as well as 600 jobs a year during construction.last_img read more

City of South Bend offering program to help businesses with online presence

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest By Jon Zimney – March 17, 2021 0 249 Twitter Facebook Google+ Facebook WhatsApp (“170 – Typing” by Hillary, CC BY-SA 2.0) The City of South Bend is seeking applications for a grant program designed to help local businesses develop or enhance their online presence, marketplace, or capabilities.The program is a partnership between the City of South Bend’s Department of Community Investment and Code Works, a digital product studio that specializes in designing, building, and launching digital products.The Digital Storefront program aims to support businesses that could benefit from an update to their web presence but may not have had the time or funding to consider it to-date. Code Works aims to work with the grantees to consider effective and efficient solutions to meet their goals. Applications are due April 2, with work expected to commence after the businesses have been chosen.Any South Bend-based business from any sector can apply – whether it has no current online presence, is just starting to employ more digital capabilities, or is seeking more advanced support. Franchises are not eligible. To apply, click here. IndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+ Previous articleMichigan City council members pass resolution of no confidence in Mayor Duane ParryNext articleHartford City man arrested after high speed chase near New Paris Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest City of South Bend offering program to help businesses with online presencelast_img read more

Guidance: Comprehensive Investment Appraisal (CIA) Model and guidance

first_imgThe CIA Model is for use by the NHS to support economic appraisals in business cases. It replaces the Generic Economic Model (GEM).The user guide shows how the CIA Model can be used to support economic appraisals in business cases. It provides guidance on the key economic principles, how these are used in economic appraisals and how the outcome of these appraisals is interpreted.The CIA Model and guidance should be used for economic modelling for all investment business cases, with the exception of cases managed by NHS Digital. It should be read in conjunction with the latest edition of The Green Book.last_img read more

We Came To Dance: Lightning In A Bottle 2016

first_imgPantyraid closed out Thunder Stage with a celebratory set of revelry. Heavy on tracks from hot-off-the-press After Glow, Ooah and MartyParty returned to LIB and shut down the bass music church with an updated steez. New joints like “With You” and “Wanting Moves” pumped the Funktion 1 subs proper, and the blood-rush lust of “Nights” was unrestricted rage. A rowdy bi-coastal collaboration from cities angelic and magical, the duo dropped their revered bounce amid a stage teeming with booty, as Do LaB family celebrated their undeniable victory.  PRSN to close LIB at the Pagoda Bar was a stroke of pure genius. The exquisite producer out of Portland, OR by way of Reno, NV brings the booms and claps something serious; on this night he was at his absolute finest. This is the new dancehall paradigm; furious, unhinged ragga-grooves rewired by a crunkalogic scientist. Bryce Lowell lead the excursions to sweaty, Kingston tombs of boomshot glory; forwards juxtaposed with ill hip-hop remixes. All of it soaked in mad-futuristic 808 rumble, with a dash of juke and footwork. Lowell was adept at mixing sublime, sensual downtempo dripping weird and wobbly bass, with inklings of Trap and Dub.; An amalgam of many styles, and defiant in his own dopeness, PRSN delivered a sayanora set of domineering decadence.   We came to dance. [Photos by Jacob Avanzato] Love the Wild Wild West? Stop by The Grand Artique, located in Frontierville, a fictional Gold-Rush town that included a fully immersive Trading Post/General Store, a bombed out hotel and saloon, gypsy encampment, and music stage filled with idiosyncratic bands and performance artists. Need to relax and recharge while enjoying a laugh? Try the Highlove Vitality Lounge and Elixir Bar, where one could sip on a futuristic blend of healthy beverages and take in a variety of Vaudeville performances and crazy clowns. If you had a hankering for sexy shenanigans and jaw-dropping burlesque vixens, Amori’s Casino and Burlesque was the late night hotspot. Off the beaten Woogie Stage path was the Lightning Inn, an engrossing, improv wonderland of psychedelic, sensory overload.   An effective culture experiment based on a shared aspiration to create and explore village life, I’d be remiss if I didn’t show love and respect to The Village. The cooperative encampment hosted the Permaculture Action Network Hub, Sacred Fire, Ancestral Arts, Witch’s Hut, Mentor Zone, and Essential Oils Learning Lab, and so much more between the teepees. The most heavily shaded area on the festival grounds, The Village offered relaxation and respite from the punishing mid-afternoon temperatures. By proxy, some of the most rewarding human interactions took place there, as large swaths congregated every day to beat the heat. Beginning with Wednesday’s Permaculture Action Day facilitated by, I stopped through the Village each day, gifted with a tangible takeaway with every visit.   The multitudinous interactive experiences were a carnivals and circuses unto themselves; a few favorites included the Do-Over Barber Shop, a freewheeling Soapbox Derby, Renegade Bowling, and Mega Ski-Ball. Equally magnanimous were the Lost Hotel, an ornate shrine The Long House, and the Archival Ink Gallery. Copious amounts of silliness, psychedelia, sordid satire, and salacious, shit-eating grins were among the main components of the wild, wacky, weird, and unexplainable.   And then there were the stages, giant, gorgeous art installations. The humongous and arresting Lightning Stage served as the main event space, just across the bridge (after customary high-fives en route) was a hulking church of bass called the Thunder Stage. Between the two was another cafeteria in crunk, Pagoda Bar. The Grand Artique stage hosted music for more hours than any other. The famed and fabulous Woogie Stage was headquarters for the techno and house crowds. Yet the flyest scene of all, and the real place for booty and bpms was the smashing Favela Bar. This remarkable re-creation of an Rio Di Janeiro slum was easily this writer’s favorite LIB musical environs. Patricio curates the swanky, smoking card for the finest in Deep House and Playa-Tech, and the dance sessions are furious and funky, good spirited revelry, and nobody is too cool for school.  Nearly every time heading to the Woogie Stage, I’d end up at Favela Bar instead, it was just too good to pass by. The Do LaB lives for live music, too. The LIB lineup is consistently the creme de la creme, each and every year; a diverse palette of electronic and indie artists that runs the gamut.  The cutting edge, the avant garde, and the next big things; LIB 2016 boasted a particularly strong menu of music, going across the six main stages and into renegade parties, Ecstatic Dances inside yoga domes, and beyond. For all the phenomenal performances I took in, I missed even more- the mark of a tremendous event.Lightning in a Bottle 2016: The Music. WEDNESDAY   Frontierville, home to the living, breathing anachronism that is The Grand Artique, would be the site of embarkation. Hailing from Seattle, Bootleg Sunshine was a quirky four-piece fiddle-band to start things off, specializing in new-grass mountain music. In ironic admiration for the Golden State, Bootleg Sunshine paid homage to Cali with one of it’s most treasured folk songs, Dr. Dre’s seminal humble-brag “Still D.R.E.” As far as leveling up, and stepping into the weekend’s interdimensional dance vortex, DJ Dakini set it off type proper at the Temple of Consciousness. The Austrailian’s mixture of Ancient Future Bass and Global Downtempo infused the dance during her two hour traverse through shamanic soundscapes. THURSDAY  After a day getting schooled and cooled in The Village, the Temple was again the scene with vibrations most elevated, as Dragonfly returned to the decks with an emotional journey through Future House and Global Bass transmissions. A pillar of this extended festival community, Martin Andrew recently announced that he is battling cancer, and though it took a tremendous, valiant effort to summon the strength required to travel to and perform, he went on to deliver a most triumphant set; fans and friends rallied around his music just as they have his cause. A giant among men, Dragonfly’s opus reminded that life is precious, that we are in this together, one nation under the groove.  Nico Luminous got things poppin’ around sunset at the Pagoda Bar, which provided a luscious view of the sun racing down the horizon. Luminous provided some sensual seduction in the form of a choice edit of Erykah Badu’s hit “On and On.” Soundpiece bossman BOGL, holding it down for the Bay Area, delivered bass music of all kinds, and we were recipients of his good fortune. Amid the plethora of dark-Trap, crunk-bass technicians that would grace the Pagoda Bar and Thunder stages, BOGL left the most brutal brand on the brainwaves. Chris B. dipped into a set of high-energy bass bombast, rippling with glitchy hip-hop. Sugarpill closed out the Pagoda Bar for the night by providing a hefty sampling of polytemponic, melodocrunky style, a roaring remix of The Diplomats’ Harlem classic “Dipset Anthem” sending people into a dithers.  FRIDAY Hailing from Toulouse, France, emerging star CloZee leveled the Thunder Stage mid-afternoon on Friday. An ethno-fusion of Post-Glitch and World Bass with a refined touch beyond her short time on the scene, Ms. Chloe dropped a progressive narrative rich in worldly affectations and interesting instrumentation. CloZee played mostly originals, slipped in material from the excellent Revolution: Remixes release, as well as recent Sinking EP with Scarfinger. A whirlwind saga and kaleidescope of sonic color, CloZee was joined by flow artist extraordinaires, and in short order, the Do LaB dream was in full bloom.  Emancipator Ensemble‘s sumptuous sunset session on the Lightning Stage was scheduling genius. The quartet provided a stirring stroll through orchestral, downtempo rapture. “Diamonds” saw violinist Ilya Goldberg soar atop the meditative thump of focused drummer Colby Buckner.  “Lionheart” found producer/composer and birthday boy Doug Appling strapping on a guitar. Quintessential Emancipator material like “When I Go” and “Valhalla” were uncovered in delicate, precision execution. Arriving at the tear-jerking, ambrosial “Anthem,” from Appling’s 2006 debut Soon it Will Be Cold Enough to Build Fires, the sun was dashing out of sight, and there was a collective cry, savoring this stillness in time.     Platinum-blonde punk rock ratchet-grrrl Laura Low showed up at Pagoda Bar just after 10pm, ready to rumble. DJ Laura’s deep, hyphy 808s underneath heavy-duty, rolling melodic dub made for a raucous energy and spastic dancefloor. As she built the virility to stout proportions, Low dropped a titanic “Tom Ford” (Jay-Z), and the Timbaland-trap ignited the crowd in a sea of disorderly conduct. Immediately following, The Polish Ambassador threw a onesie party on the Thunder Stage. The Jumpsuited One uncorked a series of globalized, uptempo dance jams that captivated an enormous audience. A smattering of unreleased music was interspersed with material from the recent LP Dreaming of an Old Tomorrow, and even reached back to Ecozoic. TPA partied with a purpose, in lockstep with the teeming masses; though some were wishing for a bit of the old-school martian glitch that made many an ample mammal first fall in love with the foreign diplomat. Onward the venture took us to the Lightning Stage, where William Close and the Earth Harp Collective were levitating near the midnight hour, forcing the floodgates open with gushing, symphonius movements under a twinkling, moonlit sky.  Meanwhile at Favela Bar, revelers were being treated to a choice, streamlined set from San Francisco house music queen Rachel Torro. She captained a fuming menagerie, and took the journey inwards with minimalist, deep and tech styles, all revealed with more than just a touch of class. Late into the night in the eclectic confines of The Village, Brian Hartman and Nadi were also going deep. Nevada City, CA was having it’s own shindig hidden among a dozen others simultaneously bubbling across the festival. Nadi’s birthday soiree contained some of the warmest vibes felt on these hallowed grounds all weekend. The coziness of The Village dance-floor and familial faces bonding in boogie-bliss made for a feverish homecoming all night long, until the village elders finally pulled the plug.Holding down LIB for several years strong, Los Angeles womp-wizard GoldRush pioneered a genre-tweaking romance revolution, the aptly-coined Lovestep. Rugged, feverish riddims and torrid, alien-bass tones swallowed the Pagoda Bar just before 3am; throngs of lovers spilled out in a ballet of temple-twerk. A smart spin on post-Dubstep, post-Trap gone Hollywood hood; these were confessions at the Church of Spirit-Trill. BenLloyd Goldstein’s inner thug-hippie was on swole, and his enthusiasm contagious as the DJ sang, emceed, and continuously programmed the some of the toughest drums heard all week. He was a blur of hands twirling atop a futuristic alchemy of weird bass, whiz-kid 808s, and swaggering, erogenous ethos. Highlights included his remix of Trina and Lil Wayne’s seminal kiss-off “Don’t Trip” (“Do Trip”), “We are the Soil”, and a juicy Little Dragon edit.  “Closer”, “Find Me,” and Delilah’s “Go” were lusty, carnalized temples of boom.   SATURDAYAmong the most anticipated parties at LIB 2016, Music is 4 Lovers “Fat Bitch and the Booty Bass Sunset Spanking,” went all afternoon on a steamy Saturday. The Lovelife crew blessed the jubilant massive with five-plus hours of sunshine daydream, ringing in the sunset at the unparalleled Favela Bar with panache. The dynamic duo of DADON and Jimbo James rendered a tour de force in Deep and Disco-House, piling on funky, swanky grooves without mercy and nary a fuck given. Jon Dadon was lacing up blistering percussion rhythms with his bare hands, compliments of the Roland Handsonic 10. The all-day b2b powwow (with a guest spot from Justin Jay) was a masterful display of  ‘move the crowd’; clearly the tandem was enjoying the festivities as much as we were. Evidence: DADON threw down a thumping “Miss You” (Rolling Stones) that induced spastic hooting from a boisterously jamming posse. Jimbo saw his Stones, and raised him Steely, murdering the game with a big debut, in the form of “Peg”, Steely Dan’s immortal Michael McDonald holler. This SoCal get-down was a spanking worth the hide, booty bass in blueprint blue, and the Favela Bar responded accordingly on the dance floor. Betwixt the populous electronic offerings, there were diamonds in the rough in terms of good ole-fashioned bands onstage, especially at The Grand Artique. The Pimps of Joytime, representing Brooklyn and championing NOLA to the fullest, pulled into Frontierville toting a truckload of swagger. Gracing the stage for the Saturday sunset into the night, this fearsome foursome led by Brian J. unloaded a panacea of funky dance grooves with a distinctive Second Line shimmy. All-timer “Janxta Funk” was its usual snaking, swervy seduction, while the soon-to-be-released “Cut Off (remix)” was a redolent rave that mixed the best in organic electronica with some proper Paisley Park. Later at the Temple, Ryan Herr, Jesse Hendricks, and Craig Kohland offered a welcome respite from a festival swimming in bass. Their cogent compound of acoustic music employed a styles indigenous and rhythms traditional, by way of delicate  instrumentation. The trio coalesced into a gumbo of melodies; the driving, vibrant songcraft calling to corners of the globe.  Arriving at Jamie xx relatively unawares of what was to come, I planned on checking out a few tunes before moving onward to another stage. The next ninety minutes of stunning artistic glory enveloped the largest crowd of the weekend, and leaving was simply not an option. Opening with “Gosh,” and delivering the xx anthem “Crystallized,” in short order the stage was set for a multi-hued expedition. Mr. Smith took us on a lengthy, sexy, soaring and sauntering ride. Bathing in plumes of smoke and regal white light, showering in a glistening disco ball, the visceral visuals were the classiest accoutrement of this entire event. Soaking in the swelling emotions and steady build of “Loud Places” among ten thousand peaking lovers was something of a lucid dream. The exquisite, cerebral set sprawled out in a expanse of bass bump, minimalist Disco-House, and a winding, fiery Techno migration. In a show of pure gusto and genuine reverence, Jamie xx dropped original sample sources (Idris Muhammad, The Persuasions) before segueing into prodigious In Colour material culled from their seminal records.SUNDAY Already beaten by the sun and nearly three days on the go, it took tremendous intestinal fortitude to set about the last leg of this adventure in toy-land. However, the final day of LIB was the stuff that musical dreams are made of; from breakfast through the wee hours, there was a monumental menu of delectable options. Sunday started on a somber, yet celebratory note at the Woogie. A sizable, emotional contingent of fans, friends, and merry-makers came together to send off Pumpkin, the iconic, beloved West Coast DJ who tragically passed away in late March. As tears fell and two-handed hearts shined, stories, laughs, and shenanigans were shared in the name of Nicholas Alvarado. A selection of his homies and favorite DJs spun a collaborative set of music that heckled toward the heavens, with a red clown nose and Cheshire grin.British Columbia’s shamanic-bass phenom aTYya sparked the Sunday fuse at Thunder Stage, the hot, dry and dusty noon slot perplexing and challenging for both the artist and fan. Focused and fearless, Tyy Clark proceeded to transmit mysterious, minimalist ritual bass most effectively. Curating vibe with newer selections steadfastly dripping in murky textures, aTYya utilized sparse percussion economy within his gooey, sulty productions, The ceremony in visionary nectar was brought to steamy conclusion with a libidinous take on Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat”.  HÄANA took the stage immediately following aTYya, though in reality she was omnipresent. Miss Thiem appeared seemingly everywhere; be it onstage, roaming the festival grounds, or losing herself in the dance front and center. This radiant ginger was a glistening spirit of this gathering;  HÄANA proved herself a mystifying, magnetizing maiden. She first appeared with a meditative Deep Sonos set in the Temple under the Friday moon; by Sunday, the full breadth of her alter ego was revealed. Clad in bejeweled, ornate black and gold, HÄANA emerged with magical, shapeshifting elegance. Middle Eastern and orchestral Nordic flourishes abound, this was high brow, mature femtronica. Case in point: a captivating, weeping reimagining of Massive Attack’s forever jam “Teardrop.” HÄANA would twice return to this epic Thunder landscape; in mirages of white light with Desert Dwellers Live Experience, then summoning the moon’s shadows with Dimond Saints. The “Game Changer” Lafa Taylor provided the fun-zone for B-boys and B-girls to get loose in the afternoon sun of the Lightning Stage. Augmented by a prodigiously talented break dance crew, Taylor showed and proved with a wide variety of this singer/songwriter/emcee/DJ’s chameleonic offerings. The feel-good set was chock full of monster 808 breaks, fresh rhymes, titanic Trap-drops, and sing-along choruses galore. Lafa threw down double-time Medium Troy (“Out Here” and “Sweetest Thing”), the infectious new joint “Tokyo Trap”, and a couple of songs from Feel, his forthcoming collaboration with Aabo. Lafa Taylor is a mega-star in the making, and it’s only a matter of time before mainstream America finds out what is hip.Mid-afternoon, the mighty Thriftworks at the Thunder Stage was a phantasmagoric voyage to the netherworlds of psychedelic bass music. A hip hop head, Bay Area by way of Pennsylvania, Jake Atlas came at it chopped and screwed, project blowed and elbows throw’d. Thrifty dropped several gems from the recent Low Speed High Drag, like the lush, atmospheric blending of colors within “Juanitos Presence.” The spine-tingling, frontal-lobe massage continued with a series of jams from a trifecta of albums released last year, Fade, Fader, and Fadest. Late in this diabolical dosage of Dilla-on-Acid mindfuckery, a warbled, Shaolin-drunken-monkey edit of the timeless “Greenie Beanies” materialized, as did the sinister “Terry,” and a slithery “The Touch.” The straight alien-gangster musique of “Untrue” was a whaleback joyride on the wayback machine.  By the time “Feeding Time” and an infernal “Terminally Chill” had coagulated our collective consciousness, Thriftworks had effectively decimated the gasping massive. It is safe to assume that any and all life-forms at the Thunder Stage required a moment to breath, and carefully set a foot back on terra firma; this performance was proof that Mr. Atlas’s lysergic space vessel does not trek along on a flat earth’s surface.  Happy hour at the Lightning Stage, The Russ Liquid Test was a revelation. The best in live-band dance-music synergy, the trio’s synth-driven electro-funk was a gargantuan sound. Russ Liquid led the charge on trumpet, sax, synths, and programming, conductor of this swaggadelic runaway train. NOLA guitarist Andrew Block could be found comping in the kill zone, smooth as butta on the hollow body electric, with a sharp mod haircut straight outta Argentina. For seventy five minutes, drummer Nick Mercadel was a metronome of focused authority, tip-toeing high hats atop thunderous kick drum thump. The fatback funk grooves, bathing in analog synth, recalled ZAPP, The Time, and early Rick James; and the natives were restless.  Meanwhile back at Favela Bar, Brian Hartman dropped two hours of world-fusion house, dub cumbia, and nectarious panty-droppers to an ever-growing audience that lapped it up amid the hanging laundry blowing in the 5 o’clock breeze. The HeartBass chief operating officer is riding an upward trajectory of mammoth proportions, as the people are picking up what Hartman is putting down, like the jubilant “Pinky (Monkey Safari remix)” by Zombie Disco Squad.  Stay tuned for HeartBass world domination, coming to a love den and  speaker stack near you.  Zach Walker of the playa’s Pink Mammoth crew also went deep, bringing potent, lurid house vibes as the Favela night wore on, before handing off to Saand, The Music is 4 Lovers selectah launched the deep-house spacecraft into the starry sky, with melancholic stories aimed straight for your wide-open heart chakra, whipping dancers into an emotional frenzy.  Among the most anticipated sets of LIB 2016, Oakland’s enigmatic Dimond Saints would deliver in Empyrean fashion. Unveiling a seven piece live-ensemble that included a tuba player, trombonist, HÄANA on violin, vocalist Yarroahs, and Sica on Tycho drum, antennae and Releece channeled the heart of darkness just after dusk. The theme was shanti-ratchet gone Gotham City, an aesthetic its own brand of occultish post-trap sexy. For their third consecutive LIB appearance, they dished a classic handfuls of 808s swimming in heartbreak, but primarily focused on newer prismatic endeavors. Early on, their arrangement of Lorde’s “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (Tears for Fears) cover set an ominous and malevolent tone: the leviathan, descending brass bass line following an anthemic chorus was Armageddon. A teeming, sweaty, fatigued and invigorated dancefloor exploded in throbbing, untamed sexuality. “Your Friends” (Lemon) was its usual dose of intravenous eroticism, “Smokestacks”(LAYLA) the definition of epic. The set reached its apex with a haunting, trance-inducing “Brym Al Mar” remix, a HÄANA single given the now-patented shigetsu treatment. As macabre chants rose from the serpentine groove, the elegant empress stepped to the front of the stage with violin, and serenaded the moment with crystallized melody. A hunter’s moon had risen, these masked mavens steering ship to shore with select numbers from their forthcoming full-length LP Prism in the Dark. Culminating in defiant crooning on “IDGAF” from the cabalistic Yarroahs, Dimond Saints succeeded in ambition; they upped their own ante for what really hot- in the streets, and between the sheets. Lightning in a Bottle is not merely a music festival, but instead an unparalleled gathering where people congregate to experience open-minded community, and concepts for living a brighter tomorrow.  The instructions are quite simple, and the LIB Thrive Guide says it best: “Lead by example. Pack it In and Pack it Out. Honor the land. Respect others and their journey. Practice good citizenship. Own your actions. Go above and beyond.”LIB is unique for each person who attends the affair; no two LIBs are the same. Some focus on seminars and workshops, listening to ideas and inspirations from a cavalcade of gurus, experts, healers and leaders. Others seek out the litany of visionary installations and collaborative art projects evolving each year. People go to LIB for the diversified yoga programs, the learning kitchen, the spirituality, the tea houses, the improv troupes, the fashion, and the dozens of thriving subcultures. Families, loners, and longtime festival crews come back to LIB to experience what is among the most engaging, socially conscious, and interactive music festivals on the planet. The word “transformational” is thrown around a lot these days, but there is no irony, sarcasm, or tongue planted in cheek here; Lightning in a Bottle is a life affirming endeavor that can fundamentally change somebody, if they are willing and able to surrender to the flow.  Los Angeles-based artist collective The Do LaB is the production team behind this mammoth undertaking. Now in its third year in Bradley, CA, they have discovered what appears to be a permanent home for LIB at Lake San Antonio, smack dab between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The sprawling grounds are made up of several peninsulas that surround a dried-out lake bed, offering a voluminous plateau for the dusty, sweaty, arduous four day event. For the first time in its history, Lightning in a Bottle tickets sold out in advance, and reports had over 25,000 people attending over Memorial Day weekend. After a few years of the festival wandering nomadically through different locations throughout Central and Southern California, LIB is blessed to have contractually secured this property for a handful of years to come. Since its inception in the early 2000s, LIB has been a flagship for West Coast transformational culture, a beacon of light that distinguishes itself from a Bonnaroo or Coachella with clear intention and focus on education, communication, ceremony, pageantry, spirituality, visionary art, and self-improvement. One must acknowledge the top-shelf musical lineup, yet you could dive into LIB full force without even making your way to any of the main stage areas.  The abundance of workshops, speakers and classes available are worthy of its own feature article; the same could be said for LIB’s world-class yoga itinerary, the global cadre of painters, builders, scientists and artists. LIB boasts a veritable shopping mall of eclectic vending, a bizarre bazaar unlike any other this writer has seen.  LIB also espouses a Leave No Trace mantra, meaning that if you bring it with you, you take it home. It is an ambitious, righteous endeavor to change festival modus operandi. A chiding, Do LaB clean-up song blares over the speakers at the end of each day of music, and people are encouraged to leave the grounds better than how they found them. Sadly, despite the best intentions and exemplary efforts of the festival, The Do LaB, and two-thirds of the patrons, by the looks of things leaving LIB 2016, Leave No Trace remains a work in progress. Lightning in a Bottle is supreme in its embracing of the new festival paradigm. One could stop by either the Temple of Consciousness or Healing Sanctuary for a meditation, an ear to listen, an infusion of love, friendship, or compassion. These domiciles were  host to various forms of raw, unfettered human interaction. You need not step into those specific facilities to experience LIB fantasy-turned-reality. For sunrise gazing, picturesque sunsets, shady mid-day naps, and more open communication and connection, Meditation Lookout was a breezy hang with pillows strewn about, atop a tree-lined hillside.  last_img read more