Lightning In A Bottle 2018: Shut The Blindfolds, Pass The Nitro! [Review]

first_imgJess Bernstein Photographywords: B.Getzphotos: Jess Bernstein Photography In the ever-evolving universe of music festivals, an event must work hard to distinguish itself. With the corporate machinations behind festivals curating increasingly redundant lineups, the lines have become further blurred for events to remain relevant and successful without selling their soul. Year in and year out, the DoLab accepts this challenge, stepping up every Memorial Day weekend with an astounding celebration, Lightning in a Bottle. The largest “transformational” music festival takes place in Bradley, California, at the sprawling, dusty Lake San Antonio. LIB, as it’s affectionately referred to, boasts an assortment of the eclectic, the electric, the avant-garde, the crunk, the curious, and the spiritual—all whirled together in a four-day bender soaked in kaleidoscopic wonder.One of the main components of Lightning in a Bottle since its inception in the early 2000s is its diverse and progressive educational programming. As is the norm at these self-identified transformational events, some of the material presented could be considered “factually dubious”—part of the fun is learning to discern and taking it all with a grain of salt and an open mind. That stated, there was an infinite menu of experiences available, no matter what your vision quest. Formerly a major cog in the LIB wheel, yoga was present but not quite as prominently; large practices in the yoga domes turned into dance parties, while word on the street was that the Kundalini session was thoroughly rewarding.There’s an open dialogue in the community as to the direction of the DoLab and of LIB as a whole, and it was clearly evidenced in the shift in priorities and the crowd they attracted. Conversely, there is a newfound, unbridled energy brimming from folks just finding LIB, coming in from the cold that is corporate festivals. Despite witnessing some unfortunate behaviors, we chose to focus on the positive and enjoy the ride for what it’s worth, but one must acknowledge the changing of the guard when it comes to festivals in general, and this one in particular. Big art and interactive art both appeared to take a backseat to the music—art projects, in general, seemed to be downsized in comparison to years past.Jess Bernstein PhotographyWhat wasn’t downsized was the ticket sales. Reportedly, over 35,000 people attended Lightning in a Bottle in 2018, making it by far and away the largest gathering in the event’s storied history. Aside from all the amazing attractions and serendipitous connections abound, maybe most alarming was the influx of young people seemingly bent solely on imbibing, rumored to be the reverberations of Coachella, where DoLab was born, and where they have created a foothold. Even still, this year’s LIB massive seemed very focused on the party, and not quite as conscious of others, or themselves.And then there’s the trash, heaping mounds of garbage littered the grounds, much to the chagrin of an event that prides itself on a leave-no-trace, Pack it in/Pack it out ethos.  To their credit, the DoLab did everything they could to make it super easy for newbies to sort and drop off their refuse. After the final set on the main stages, every night the loudspeakers played “The Clean Up” song, a reggae ditty that is exactly what it sounds like. But it was quite distressing to see the mountains of waste left everywhere.In more ways than one, it appears that this festival is at a fork in the road, but rest assured, LIB remains a top-tier event of its kind. Any event like this experiences growing pains as it evolves, and becomes more mainstream. The majority of longtime LIB  patrons have firm faith that the DoLab and LIB community will continue to lead by example, in showing us all a better way to be, and giving people the tools and understandings necessary to effect change.Jess Bernstein PhotographySome jaded veterans are disgusted with what’s become of the formerly utopian event, while other leaders and believers have taken a more measured “Each One Teach One” to schooling the next generation. A hot-button topic both during the festival and in its aftermath, the direction of LIB may not be aligned with its intention, though it no doubt remains a potent and transformative endeavor, if you allow yourself to surrender to the flow.The hilariously original Soapbox Derby was back for a 3rd consecutive year; there was a Pots & Pans Parade, a 5k race around the festival grounds, and a laundry list of both the tawdry and silly. Sadly, beloved institutions like Amori’s Casino and Lightning Inn did not return in 2018. Among the most enjoyable features of LIB was, again, Meditation Lookout, where people could ascend to the top of a hill, under lovely treeline shade, amid mandalas and humble works of art, and view the sunrise, sunset, or just have a serene, birds-eye view of the festivities.Jess Bernstein PhotographyThe educational programming that we found most fantastic and engaging was almost always centered at The Compass, a multi-faceted, interactive campus of sorts that offered a Learning Kitchen, workshops, talks, and lectures on a variety of topics du jour. The brainchild and vision of Isis Indriya and Eve LadyApples, along with their dedicated teams, the Compass has revolutionized the educational arm of LIB. Cases in point: Jamie Janover enlightened people with a sacred geometrical take on ancient civilizations; there were lectures on Cryptocurrency, and Introduction to Blacksmithing, to Shamanism and Religiosity. These fascinating topics were discussed all day long at a variety of Compass venues, peppered among appearances from the likes of Amy Goodman (Democracy Now), and the Women Protectors of Mother Earth.With the plethora of top-flight entertainment forwarded at LiB’s three primary stages—Lightning, Thunder, and the famed house/techno mecca The Woogie—in order to see one sought-after artist, you are forced to miss several others. Professional “Libbing” endorses the strategy of catching half of a Lightning headliner’s set and the backend half of a simultaneous Thunder performance, something we saw forced into action with the unfortunate billing of Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals (Lightning) against the mighty Dave Tipper (Thunder). We were again faced with this dilemma on the final night, where we had to navigate a ZHU/Emancipator matchup to close out both stages.The stages are located fairly close to one another, and at times this year, the sound would bleed. But all things considered, kudos to the DoLab for maximizing the space and soundwaves without encroaching on people’s senses or safety. The Woogie, and its nearby kissin’ cousin, Favela Bar, operate in a sort of parallel universe from the Lightning/Thunder zone, and Woogie culture is the colorful antidote for the super-Shanti vibes found at The Compass, or the enormous, aggressive crowds at the other two main stage areas.Jess Bernstein PhotographyIn spite of the myriad of opportunities at Woogie, Lightning, and Thunder, the flyest and brightest crowds knew to storm the smaller stage parties, such as Pagoda (bass music headquarters), Patricio’s famed Favela Bar (the sexiest deep house you ever heard), and all over the festival grounds at little saloons and speakeasies like Jive Joint, Hideout, Unicorn Palace, and so many more. It was at these tiny diamonds in the rough that you would stumble upon a folk artist doing a David Bowie cover, or find The Fungineers raging a glowing ice cream truck with hilariously dope hip-hop sessions until the sun came up.The Compass was also the hottest spot for the highest dancefloor vibes found anywhere at LIB, as the musical programming welcomed a chill vibe coupled with frenetic, feverish dance energy. Whether it was Jhene Aiko’s thrilling serenade at the Beacon, which saw the chanteuse strip her sound down to light percussion and a Fender Rhodes for a short, sweet set. Immediately thereafter, shamanic sorceress Sasha Rose took to the decks and laced up a firestorm of fierce feminine energy, throwing down a masterful blend of styles as the teeming masses erupted in fits of whirling dervish. One could curiously amble over to Memory Palace and discover Osiris Indriya spinning dreamy, ambient, and liquid drum & bass, saunter into the Beacon for some scorching slow-and-sexy house from Migaloo, or cruise up to the Crossroads to find world-class ethno-house merchants from around the globe. Be Svendsen—who would rock a b2b set at the Woogie alongside Unders midday Saturday,—delivered a magnificent midnight Crossroads set before handing off to the luscious deep house duo KMLN.[Video: Chaz De Visser]A duo of longtime Nevada City, CA pals, Brian Hartman and Nadi, unified their theory as HearTropical while Lemanjo blew soaring trumpet atop the intoxicating riddims—the results were astounding, and the natives were restless. Twas a three-hour tour into a worldly-excursion in sound and vibration: from the islands to the jungles to the Ivory Coast, through Afro-Cuban styles and Latin American sounds, all the way to the Kingston yard and back again. For the final set of the festival, Viken Armin was a flippin’ dreamweaver, dealing something divine with the earthiest, dubbiest grown and sexy rhythms to grace these ears in years.Photo: Alyssa KeysThere was such an abundance of amazing music on display over the four days, it would be impossible to include every artist that impressed us; as a testament to the high art that was hoisted upon us by the DoLab, here’s a run through some of our favorite performances of LIB 2018.Live Bands at the Grand Artique: All weekend long, phenomenal and eclectic live music could be found in Frontierville—a Wild Wild West outpost set in the Gold Rush of 1849, known as the Grand Artique. This beloved anachronism played host to a smattering of tremendous live-band sets that blazed deep into the night. Con Brio’s sexy funk, Too Many Zooz‘s spastic circus, and Beats Antique’s raucous “Lightning Orchestra” raged the early morning and were just a few of the glorious romps that took place at the Grand Artique this year.The Librarian: At the Pagoda on Friday night, British Columbia’s demure empress came, saw, and conquered with a phenomenal tour of progressive bass styles. Andrea Graham can command a dancefloor like nobody’s biz. Her graceful touch is always upper crust, and belies a gully rotation of the cutting edge in womp, grime, and low-end theory. The Librarian is a steely-eyed leader in West Coast bass culture, and her well-attended get-down set the vibes real bright, as the enormous moon that blanketed Friday night.Naughty Princess: At the Unicorn Palace on Friday night, Los Angeles’ shanti-ratchet royalty delivered a sizzlin’, sexy set well into the wee hours, while the Highlove Vitality flowed freely and the freaks came out at night. The Naughty Princess has got a drop for any occasion, and her custom-crafted throwdowns are starting to make more than a little noise. Jasmin Fraser, daughter of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, the late Andy Fraser (FREE), is one to watch for. The Naughty Princess’s slow and steady rise in the scene is something special to behold.Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals: At Lightning Stage on Saturday, the festival headliner and all-around swag champion Anderson .Paak drew the largest crowd of the weekend, and deservedly so. The man they used to call Breezy Lovejoy threw down a monster concert complete with all the hits, including the seismic “Come Down”, a thrilling re-work of “Carry Me”, titanic new single “Bubblin’”, and his cataclysmic Kaytranada collabo “Glow’d Up.” “You got me all the way out here in Hippieville… and I’m high as shit!” .Paak exclaimed. Trust that every soul at the Lightning believed him, because they were flyin’, too.[Video: colecut]Jimbo James b2b DADON: MusicIs4Lovers’ annual “Sunset Spanking” remains the funkiest party all weekend long, and took place once again during sunset on Saturday, at the Favela Bar. The San Diego LoveLife firestarters kept the house pumpin’, giving us disco and deep with a little Talking Heads and Bee Gees for good measure.  Just when the house music would begin to tire us out, the duo would cue up a mercilessly funky break or garage groove, and people would lose their minds. This tension/release went on for three glorious hours. The famed Favela plays host to this writer’s favorite house jam every LIB, and this year would not disappoint. Music is still (and will forever be) for lovers, and the wild dance-floor energy can attest to its aphrodisiac prowess.BOGL: On Sunday night at the Pagoda, Bay Area bass bully BOGL was yet another hidden gem to discover. The Soundpieces bossman took no prisoners with an aggressive take on hip-hop, trap, bombastic bass, and so much more at the expanded Pagoda. BOGL stayed focused on the tasks at hand, manning the decks and controller, while a masked, corn-row’d hypeman made ferocious rap hands and absolutely spazzed out all over the stage. The venerable selectah knew when to cue the Missy Elliot remixes, which injected the weathered crowd with a sensual shockwave, further proving what so many of us already knew: BOGL is the truth.Tipper: At the Thunder Stage on Saturday Night, pitted against the huge .Paak performance, Dave Tipper’s uncharacteristically low-volume face-melter with Android Jones’ visuals was a bit of head-scratcher… if only because the audience was insufferable. This alien workshop brought a high-energy set that satisfied a smaller-than-expected Thunder crowd. Those that showed up for Tipper did their best to show love to their fearless leader, but something just seemed off with the sound in that dome. It wasn’t, however, any fault of Tipper, who atypically tossed tourmaline tunes that ransacked many a pineal gland.[Video: Wake aN Blake]Random Rab: The wizard that’s known to us as Random Rab has long been a celebrated producer and mixmaster in the community, with his contributions going back to the pre-LIB era. Yet nobody can rock a sunset serenade quite like Rab, and he delivered a darker-than-usual detour into the annals of emotion at the Thunder Stage on Sunday. Focusing on minor chords and ominous tones, as well as reaching deep into his voluminous songbook, Rab ushered in the night with a graceful energy and benevolent soul. There’s nothing like the communal vibe that permeates around a Rab set, and though it took a moment to establish, that ethereal energy took shape within the Thunder, and soon spread out into the ether.Gone Gone Beyond: The debut of Gone Gone Beyond’s live band was a rousing success, as the ornate and emotional music transmitted through both live instrumentation and programmed beats. At the Lightning Stage on Saturday afternoon, the show was captained by the ever-lovable David Block, also known as The Human Experience, and augmented by multi-instrumentalist Semes, vocalists Danny Musengo, Kalibri, and the always-enthralling Kat Factor. The spirited contingent seemed at home on the enormous stage, and welcomed a violinist to the mix for a few tunes. Gone Gone Beyond forwarded songs from both their warm debut record and forthcoming sophomore release, all of which were soaked in the sun by a sparse-but-enveloped audience.CloZee: On Sunday night, French producer extraordinaire CloZee drew the single largest crowd at the Thunder Stage, and it was not even close.  For anybody who questions where exactly women stand in the West Coast festival scene, look no further than both the turnout, and people’s visceral emotional reactions to CloZee’s musical offerings. Fans from all over the LIB map converged on her 75-minute folk-bass and global-glitch joyride. Chloe Herry left no stone unturned, unveiling emotional slabs of futuristic sounds bathed in flute, acoustic guitar, and hauntingly beautiful chorales that rang out into the heavens. The future of bass music is bright with CloZee at the wheel; the unbridled positivity that’s embedded in her music speaks to people from all walks of festival life and beyond.[Video: Drowzz Works]Mad Zach: Bay Area production wunderkind Mad Zach delivered a cacophonous set of bombastic bass gymnastics and intelligent sound design on Saturday night at the Thunder Stage, upstaging the alien who took the same stage a few hours later. This is a new frontier of psychedelic bass music, yet it is incredibly danceable and easily digestible despite its rugged brutality. Mad Zach was certifiably insane; the finger-drumming whiz and sound-design scientist repeatedly cooked up murderous thunderclaps of glitchy hip-hop, future-bass, and psychedelic dementia that broke it all the way down to the bone bristle.ZHU: Late on Sunday, the final Lightning set of the weekend was likely the finest we took in over the three-plus day odyssey. Taking over after a celebrated set from Fever Ray, Steven Zhu uncorked what can be confidently termed an instant classic.. Bathing in plumes of smoke and iridescent white lights, ZHU provided a veritable tour-de-force through wonderworlds of deep house, post-trap, contemporary hip-hop, and so much more. Opening with “Dreams” and careening through Migos’ larger-than-life “Bad & Bougie”, ZHU was flanked by live guitar and sax and captained an emotional escapade through the upper-crust of mainstream electronic music culture.An otherworldly performance that included a touching tribute section, paying homage to dearly-departeds Avicii and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. ZHU followed in the LIB footsteps of Jamie XX in 2016, where innovation and execution of high art won out over commercialism and pop success. The crystalized essence of ZHU’s genius shined through, and he converted the masses with heaping mounds of ungodly, sexy grooves, wheeling out two hours of epic that satiated the thirst of all who came to dance.[Video: Drowzz Works]last_img read more

‘The world changed, so we changed with it’

first_img How the institute converted a clinical processing lab into a large-scale COVID-19 testing facility in a matter of days Harvard to help track the virus As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to worsen, other organizations facing their own problems have turned to the Wyss Institute for help. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, facing a distressing shortage of the nasopharyngeal swabs used to diagnose COVID-19 (which are manufactured in northern Italy), reached out to Ingber, the Wyss Institute’s founding director, asking for help. Ingber relayed the message to his colleagues, and a group of researchers immediately began working on a solution in the form of injection-molded swabs that could be mass-manufactured quickly. The team is currently working with clinical and industrial partners to test their design’s effectiveness and scalability, and are working with their clinical collaborators to begin testing them in patients within the week.“I am extremely proud of how quickly the Wyss Institute has come together to fight COVID-19 in such a short period of time,” Ingber said. “It all pulled together over one weekend. All of the teams are deploying their unique skills and approaches to fight this virus in a highly interdisciplinary and openly collaborative way, and I am confident that our contributions will help bring this pandemic to an end.” Facing a pandemic, Broad does a quick pivot Students from Chan School are helping to boost the volunteer public health workforce Related Expects to have 1,000 face shields by end of week On March 13, as cases of COVID-19 ballooned across the globe, hundreds of researchers at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University were directed to work from home within five days to minimize the risk of infection. The only people who would be allowed in the buildings after that point would be those performing critical functions like taking care of animals and maintaining equipment, or those working on fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic.By the following Wednesday, more than 40 people from six teams of scientists at the Institute had submitted petitions to shift their focus entirely to COVID-19, voluntarily putting their own research on hold in exchange for spending long, lonely days and nights in mostly-deserted labs, racing to fight a foe that they couldn’t see but knew was very, very real.“It was self-assembly at its best — the spontaneous coalescence of teams of people who said, ‘I want to work on solving this problem,’ rather than ‘That’s not my job,” said Ayis Antoniou, the Wyss Institute’s Director of Administration. “The way people reacted to this crisis is exactly how they react to new situations every day at the Wyss Institute — the world changed, so we changed with it.”Keeping an institute open, remotelyMembers of the Wyss operations, administration, information technology, human Resources, and communications teams have come together to support our scientists in the lab remotely. This group photo was taken at the annual Wyss Institute retreat in November.While the decision to allow and support COVID-19 research may have been a no-brainer, actually figuring out how to do that in the midst of shifting to remote work proved to be a herculean task. “The days leading up to March 18th were crazy — we needed to make sure things like lab safety and ordering, and receiving supplies were functional remotely, but also that we had enough people on-site to keep things running,” said Greg Ryan, associate director of procurement services.Ryan along with dozens of other Wyss members from the operations, administration, and facilities teams jumped in and contributed their time and expertise to ensure that COVID-19 research could continue smoothly. Some of their on-the-fly solutions include a makeshift shipping and receiving room that is currently set up in the dining area of one of the Institute’s floors, and a wireless headset-enabled “buddy system” that the researchers use to check in with each other while they’re working in the lab.“Normally we have about 250 people working in the lab spaces at our Longwood site on a given day, so right now with only about 45 people cleared to be here doing COVID-19 research, you actually have to hunt for people if you need them,” said Rob Rasmussen, the Wyss Institute’s director of research operations. “All you hear is the white noise of the ventilation system, no conversations — it’s very calm and quiet, almost like being in an ashram.”Coronavirus collaborationsBut just because the labs seem calm doesn’t mean work isn’t getting done — if anything, more is happening now than ever. “The collaborations I’m seeing are unprecedented,” said Rasmussen. “George Church, Jim Collins, David Mooney, and Don Ingber are all applying their unique approaches to develop a surrogate non-COVID-19 coronavirus for their labs to study, which I’ve never seen before. COVID-19 is really serving as this binding force to bring major players together to solve a problem that the world urgently needs to have solved.”While the majority of the Wyss Institute’s employees, students, and postdocs are working from home, those in the lab are taking on the coronavirus pandemic on a number of fronts, including redesigning much-needed face masks for mass manufacturing, creating rapid diagnostic tests, identifying existing drugs that might treat the virus or prevent its spread, and engineering a vaccine to prevent healthy people from getting sick.,“This period of time when so many other activities have slowed down has allowed people to focus their energies on the specific problem of COVID-19 rather than having a portfolio of multiple different activities, which is a big shift in our mode of operation. I think that this kind of flexibility and scrappiness has been built into the Wyss Institute, because from the very beginning we committed ourselves to doing things differently than a typical university lab. Reorienting our research in response to an urgent, pressing need on a dime came very naturally to us,” said Antoniou. Design School turns 3D printers into PPE producerslast_img read more

Italy looks to ‘Super Mario’ Draghi to end political crisis

first_imgROME (AP) — Former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi has agreed to try to form a non-political government to steer Italy through the coronavirus pandemic. Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday gave Draghi a mandate to put together a new government to replace caretaker Premier Giuseppe Conte’s collapsed coalition of the 5-Star Movement and Democratic Party. The task won’t be easy, since the populist party with the most seats in Parliament said it won’t support a Draghi government. Nevertheless markets welcomed indications that Italy’s latest political crisis might get resolved at least for the next few months. Draghi is credited with having saved the euro during the peak of Europe’s debt crisis in 2012.last_img read more

Every day was special’

first_imgIn the summer of 1980, Shirley Grauel turned down a job working in a basement.A mother with young children, she called the University regarding an ad for an administrative secretary position. When the University called back about a new, nine-month job working with the student-run campus newspaper, she knew it was perfect.“And here I am now, 30 years later, working in a basement of a building,” she said on her second-to-last day as The Observer office manager.Known for her hugs, her candy bowl and her daily line-up of daytime television, Shirley has been a constant presence at The Observer, and staffers over the years have come to know her as their second mother.“I love interacting with everybody every day. They stay the same age, but I keep getting older, but I never felt the gap,” she said. “I respected the students, and it just worked out so well.”Shirley’s time at The Observer has not only shaped her life, but her family’s. Her daughter, Jill O’Hara, said her earliest memories of her mom are of her working at The Observer.When she was very young, Shirley would bring her to work in the LaFortune offices when she was too sick for school and she would watch “The Price is Right” with the students working.“It took me a long time to understand what my mom meant when I’d hear her tell people that she could ‘sell her job because it’s so great,” Jill said.As a student at Notre Dame in the 1990s, Jill said she was touched by how much her mother was loved on campus.“When students who I didn’t even know would approach me and tell me how wonderful she is … I would smile and agree with them, and then wonder if it was odd that my mom was more popular on campus than I was,” she said.Jill said Shirley’s love for her job and for the students who work at The Observer “is genuine and deep.”“I don’t think she realizes the hearts she’s touched over the years … but I do. She is 100 percent the person she appears to be: loving, committed, loyal, nurturing,” she said. “I am incredibly proud that this mom to so many actually is my mom.”Though to many, 30 years in one position might seem like an eternity, it didn’t feel that way to Shirley.“Every day was special,” she said. “Where else would you get hugs everyday, and students walking up to say ‘I love you?’ I could have a bad day, but I don’t ever leave here in a bad mood.”During her time at The Observer, Shirley has collected many memories and stories to share about the students she worked with — her second family. She recalled one staffer even calling her from the recovery room after delivering her first baby.“The weddings I’ve been invited to, the e-mails I get that they’re having tailgates or the notes that are left on my desk every Saturday during the football season … I feel like I can go anywhere and I can find one of the former people,” she said.After about 10 years on the job, Shirley realized she had a lucky feeling.“I realized not once had I gotten up in the morning and said, ‘Oh man, I’ve got to go to work.’ It was always, ‘I get to go to work,’” she said. “I wish everyone could experience that.”Observer alumni will reunite the weekend of the Blue-Gold game for a retirement party for Shirley, an event she is very excited about.“I can’t wait to see everyone,” she said.Preparing to return to campus for the reunion party, Observer alumni shared memories of Shirley.Bruce Oakley, Class of 1980, returned to campus looking for a job after graduation and started working with Shirley at The Observer after serving as a copy editor his senior year.He’ll be coming back again for the party, and told stories of those early years: installing typesetting machines, listening to Blondie, babysitting for Shirley’s children.“Shirley proudly shared her life with us,” he said. “She has strength enough for a family that’s been growing for 30 years.“My message to Shirley: ‘Mom, the kids are all right. And we’re coming home.’”Though it hasn’t always been smooth sailing in The Observer office, the staff was always able to rely on Shirley, said John Lucas, a member of the Class of 1996 who served as Editor-in-Chief from 1995-96.“Shirley always was a tremendous, steadying force: calm, fun and kind. She was in the eye of the hurricane, with the chaos that is The Observer swirling all around her,” he said.The current staff, including Editor-in-Chief Matt Gamber, isn’t quite ready to Shirley go.“I’ve been incredibly blessed to have known Shirley for the past three years, and I can’t thank her enough for the countless smiles and hugs that have brightened long nights and early mornings in the office,” Gamber said. “It will be a challenge to move forward without her, both from a personal and a professional standpoint, but on behalf of the entire staff, Shirley, I wish you nothing but the best as you enjoy your retirement. We will miss you.”Now that her time at The Observer has come to a close, Shirley said she is “going to become a traveler and a full-time grandma.”Shirley has plans for an Alaskan cruise this June with her husband Craig, also retired, and the Grauels are renting a condo in Florida for four weeks next spring.“If Craig wasn’t at home, I probably wouldn’t be retired … but things happen for a reason, and it’s time,” she said. “Thirty years … that’s enough.”last_img read more

Celebrate Bike to Work Day

first_imgIn case you missed it, May is Bike Month, meaning communities nationwide are celebrating all things cycling and promoting the positive effects that bike commuting and bike culture in general have on the environment and the overall health and well-being of cities and towns.According the the Bike League, 40% of all trips taken in the U.S. are less than two miles, making biking a feasible and fun way to get to work.From 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent.Those stats are particularly important when you consider that if the average person biked to work once every two weeks instead of driving, we could prevent the pollution of close to one billion gallons of gasoline from entering the atmosphere every year.bike_month_web_900x900The main event during Bike Month is Bike to Work Day, and that’s going down tomorrow.Across the country volunteers will be setting up pit stops where bike commuters can pull in for a cup of coffee or a bagel on their way to work. There are also celebratory events taking place after the work day is over.In Asheville, North Carolina biking enthusiasts are celebrating Bike to Work Day the best way they know how—with post work brews.Such celebration is particularly timely given that given that New Belgium, one of the craft brewing industry’s biggest biking advocates, has just opened the doors of its Asheville tap room and distribution hub.On Friday, May 20, New Belgium Asheville will donate $1 of every pint, and a small gift will be given to anyone who rides their bike to the brewery. Tune ups will also be available, and at 6 p.m., the breweries will donate collective Bike from Work proceeds to local non-profits.“We support Asheville becoming a better city for bicycling and what better way than to do that with beer and friends,” says Michael Craft, New Belgium VIPer Ambassador and national bicycle advocate. “We also support having fun, so come by the Liquid Center, enjoy a beverage and get a view of the City’s soon-to- open greenway while you sip a pint on our deck.” Related Articles:  Learn more about Bike to Work Day and find pit stops and events near you here.last_img read more

Funeral Held for Woman Tied to Long Island Serial Killer Case

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A funeral Thursday in Amityville for a woman whose disappearance led to the discovery of a serial killer’s dumping group four years ago helped her loved ones grieve, yet closure remained elusive.That’s because Shannan Gilbert’s family believes that the 24-year-old escort from New Jersey was murdered in Oak Beach, where her skeletal remains were found in December 2011, 20 months after she was reported missing. And her killer, they say, is still on the loose. But, Suffolk County police have said that they suspect that she drowned in the marsh where she was found.“She’ll never be at rest until I complete the fight and give her justice,” Marie Gilbert, Shannan’s mother, told reporters after the service at Amityville Cemetery.The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office has said that her cause of death was “undetermined.” Famed coroner Dr. Michael Baden, who volunteered to perform a second examination, told Fox News, where he is a contributor, that she appears to have suffered a broken hyoid bone in her neck, which indicates she may have been strangled.Baden has performed the exam Monday at a Lynbrook funeral home. The family’s attorney, John Ray, of Miller Place-based Ray, Mitev & Associates, said that Baden’s report will be released soon.Ray is representing the family in a lawsuit against Dr. Peter Hackett, who allegedly told Mari that he took Shannan in and drugged her before she went missing. Hackett later denied those claims in media interviews. Police have said that neither Hackett nor Shannan’s last client, Joseph Brewer, are suspects in her death.“We have slogged through the slime and muck of this case on a path that has revealed large quantities of poignant evidence not found or used by law enforcement,” Ray said while eulogizing Shannan.Police declined to comment on the family’s claims. Ray is also suing Suffolk police in an attempt to have authorities turn over the 911 call recordings Shannan made shortly before she disappeared.Police were searching for Gilbert when they discovered 10 sets of human remains—half of whom were also identified as escorts—along Ocean Parkway between December 2010 and the following April 2011.While reflecting upon her daughter’s short life, Mari took solace in the role that Shannan played in leading investigators to the remains, which allowed the families of those identified to lay their loved ones to rest.“Maybe that was her destiny,” Mari said. “To help other families.”Shannan Gilbert’s remains were found in Oak Beach in December 2011.last_img read more

Archbishop of Canterbury enthroned

first_img Share Reverend Justin WelbyThe Most Reverend Justin Welby has been enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury.The 57-year-old was formally sworn in as head of the Church of England and spiritual leader of the 77 million-strong Anglican global communion. In his first sermon, he said: “There is every possible reason for optimism about the future of Christian faith in our world and in this country.” Prime Minister David Cameron and the Prince of Wales were among the 2,000 guests at Canterbury Cathedral.Archbishop Welby told them: “The present challenges of environment and economy, of human development and global poverty, can only be faced with extraordinary Christ-liberated courage.”He went on: “Courage is released in a society that is under the authority of God, so that we may become the fully human community of which we all dream.”The archbishop acknowledged that people “may properly differ on the degrees of state and private responsibility in a healthy society”.But he said: “If we sever our roots in Christ we abandon the stability which enables good decision-making.“There can be no final justice, or security, or love, or hope in our society if it is not finally based on rootedness in Christ.”The BBC’s Emily Buchanan says the new archbishop put his “personal stamp” on the service.“Since he was appointed, Justin Welby has made a point of being self deprecating, showing great surprise that he was chosen at all,” says our correspondent. For the first time in history, a woman – the Venerable Sheila Watson, Archdeacon of Canterbury – carried out one of the two enthronements when she installed the archbishop on the diocesan throne in the cathedral, symbolising his appointment as bishop of Canterbury.He was then sworn in as the Archbishop of Canterbury by the Dean of Canterbury, the Very Rev Robert Willis, on the marble chair of St Augustine. The service marks the last stage in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s appointment following the confirmation of his election in February.At the start of the service, Archbishop Welby struck the West Door of the cathedral three times with his staff before it was opened to allow his entry.A young member of the Anglican communion, 17-year-old Evangeline Kanagasooriam, then asked the archbishop, “Who are you and why do you request entry?” and “Why have you been sent to us?”Tradition dictates that the archbishop had to knock three times before entering the cathedralHe replied: “I am sent as archbishop to serve you, to proclaim the love of Christ and with you to worship and love him with heart and soul, mind and strength.”Representatives of the world’s major religions were among the congregation for a service blending the traditional and modern, with hymns, African dancers, Punjabi music and improvised organ music. A strong African element to the service reflected the archbishop’s ties with the continent through his former job as an oil executive and most recently in peace and reconciliation work.Other personal touches included the archbishop’s colourful vestments which were originally designed and made for the late Bishop of Peterborough, the Most Rev Ian Cundy, who was his tutor at Cranmer Hall, Durham, where he trained in preparation for ordination.Worldwide leaderArchbishop Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, takes on several roles – diocesan bishop of Canterbury, head of the southern province of the Church of England, senior bishop of all England and spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican communion.The archbishop had tweeted during the build-up to the service. He wrote: “Out early this morning, Canterbury is beautiful, human scale and history falling out of the walls everywhere. Grateful to be here.”Meanwhile, Pope Francis, whose inauguration Mass was on Tuesday, sent a goodwill message to Archbishop Welby.“I look forward to meeting you in the near future, and to continuing the warm fraternal relations that our predecessors enjoyed,” he said.Archbishop Welby, 57, is married with five children. He went to school at Eton, and later Cambridge University. He rose to the top of the oil industry – ending up as treasurer of Enterprise Oil – and gave up a six-figure salary to train as a priest.He was a vicar in Warwickshire, a canon of Coventry Cathedral, and the Dean of Liverpool, before being appointed as Bishop of Durham in November 2011.‘Lifelong union’The major role played by a female cleric in the service comes just four months after the Church of England General Synod narrowly defeated legislation to introduce women bishops in spite of a speech in favour of women bishops by Archbishop Welby.Ahead of his enthronement, the archbishop told the BBC that while he supported the Church of England’s formal opposition to same-sex relationships, he was “challenged as to how we respond to it”.He acknowledged that some gay couples have loving, stable and monogamous relationships.“The Church of England holds very firmly, and continues to hold to the view, that marriage is a lifelong union of one man to one woman,” he said.“At the same time, at the heart of our understanding of what it is to be human, is the essential dignity of the human being. And so we have to be very clear about homophobia.”BBC News 108 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet FaithLifestyle Archbishop of Canterbury enthroned by: – March 21, 2013last_img read more

Dual citizenship trial adjourned until Tuesday 13th September, 2011.

first_img Sharing is caring! 8 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Dual citizenship trial adjourned until Tuesday 13th September, 2011. by: – September 8, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on his way to Court on Monday morning.The dual citizenship trial involving Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Member of Parliament for the La Plaine Constituency and Minister for Education Honourable Petter St. Jean, Leader of the Opposition Untied Workers Party Honourable Ronald Green and Maynard Joseph has been adjourned until Tuesday 13th September, 2011.The cross-examination of Mr Green continued this morning by Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan who is the head of the legal team for the Defendants.President of the United Workers Party and Member of Parliament for the Marigot Constituency Honourable Eddison James’s witness statement was tendered into evidence after which he was cross examined.As a result of the imminent threat of Tropical Storm Maria which might cause the cancelation of flights by LIAT, Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes requested that Court be adjourned earlier today to accommodate his travelling plans for the weekend to visit family.Both legal teams agreed to the adjournment which Justice Gertel Thom granted.Court has been adjourned until the 13th of September, 2011 when Mr. Dave Bruney will be called to the stand to testify.Domincia Vibes News Share Sharelast_img read more

Britain’s APD response ‘a slap in the face’ for Caribbean

first_img 23 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Britain’s APD response ‘a slap in the face’ for Caribbean by: – December 7, 2011 Share St Kitts and Nevis Minister of Tourism and International Transportation Ricky Skerritt making a statement in the St Kitts and Nevis National assembly on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Erasmus Williams)BASSETERRE, St Kitts — The British government’s announcement on Tuesday that it will continue to discriminate against the Caribbean in relation to the banding aspect of the Air Passenger Duty (APD) system, has been described as “a slap in the face for all Caribbean people.”In a 26-page document published on Tuesday, the British government said that APD rates to Caribbean destinations will continue to be considerably higher than those to some competitor destinations. Furthermore, the fact that premium economy passengers will continue to be charged the same APD as first class passengers is a blow for those customers wanting to upgradeOver a period of three years, the Caribbean and its community in the UK have consistently sought to raise the issue of APD at all levels of the British government and with the UK parliament. St Kitts and Nevis Minister of Tourism Ricky Skerritt, chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) said: “Today’s announcement on the APD is a slap in the face for all Caribbean people. It dismisses all of the research and information CTO has provided to the British government over the past three years, and it contradicts the message sent by the UK Chancellor, George Osborne MP, in March 2011 when he cited the discrepancy between the USA and Caribbean APD rates as one of the reasons for holding a consultation on reform of UK APD. The Caribbean is the most tourism-dependent region of the world and the British government’s decision totally ignores the negative effect that APD is having on our economies and the Caribbean’s business partners in the UK travel industry.”“It is a slap in the face of Caribbean people because at no point in recent months has the Caribbean being led to believe that its concerns would not be addressed. As recently as the second week in November I sat face to face with a senior Minister in the United Kingdom Treasury who reassured me that the British government was sensitive to our concerns and would be announcing shortly a decision that would have addressed the issue of parity,” Skerritt continued.“I say it is a slap in the face because the UK government’s announcement in effect says it will continue to discriminate against the Caribbean. It says that APD rates to the Caribbean will be continue to be considerably higher than some competitor destinations,” he said.“It is slap in the face because the Caribbean is the most tourism dependent region in the world and the British government decision totally ignores the negative effect that it is having on our economy,” Skerritt added.Caribbean prime ministers, ministers of tourism, the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the Caribbean Diaspora in the UK, including the High Commissioners, have consistently raised the issue of Air Passenger Duty with the UK government and UK Parliament and the region’s concern about the negative effect that APD is having on the tourism dependent economies of the Caribbean and on the Caribbean community living in the United Kingdom.The region made a formal response to the Air Passenger Duty consultation in June. In summary this made clear that: • The Caribbean requires parity in banding with the US.• A move to a two band system would address the Caribbean’s requirement if this resulted in equal treatment of all long haul destinations. • No other option set out in the consultation addresses the concerns of the Caribbean.• APD has become a political issue with the Caribbean Diaspora in the UK. Skerrit said it is a matter that Caribbean governments would have to raise in the near future with the United Kingdom and hoped the issue would again be raised at the upcoming United Kingdom-Caribbean Forum in mid-January 2012 in Grenada.He said it is a time for the Caribbean to speak out and let the British Government know that we are not happy.“It is a time for Caribbean leaders at all levels to understand that this is about a serious economic matter and this matter will not go away just by wishing it away,” said Skerritt.By Caribbean News Now contributorcenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Ahmed Musa, John Ogu set to clash in Saudi Arabia

first_img Loading… Super Eagles Captain Ahmed Musa and compatriot John Ogu will put aside the sweet banters of playing in the national team as they file out in opposing sides in the Kings Cup on Friday. Musa who has been enjoying a good run since joining Saudi side Al-Nassr from Russian side CSKA Moscow in 2018,will for the first time face a fellow Eagle in the Pro League following John Ogu’s move to relegation hunted Al Adalah . The two Nigerians will be cynosure of eyes as Al-Nassr fans hope to see Musa continue to tickle their fancy while Al Adalah fans hope that the coming of Ogu will help turn the fortune of the club and perhaps see them spring a surprise in the Kings Cup even as they continue to struggle in the league and in relegation waters. Ogu who joined the club on free transfer last Friday will all things being equal make his league debut away on January 25 against Al Ittihad. Al Adalah new sign John Ogu set for King Cup clash with Ahmed MusaAdvertisement Adalah were taken to the cleaners in their last league match by second played Al Hilal who after 7-0 scoreline were still eager to net more goals in what looked like a one sided encounter. Al Adalah have only managed to accumulate nine points in 14 matches placing 15th on the log just a point ahead of bottom placed Damak in the 16-team Pro league. Read AlsoJohn Ogu signs for Saudi relegation bound side Adalah Both Eagles it will be recalled were part of Nigeria’s squad to the last World Cup in Russia where the Genot Rohr tutored side failed to navigate past the group stage after losing 2-0 to eventual finalists Croatia, 2-1 to perennial rivals Argentina and beating Iceland 2-0. The king’s cup which commands a lot of followership was first played in 1957. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All Time9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThese Popular Hollywood Stars Got Their Start On Soap OperasWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?last_img read more