The Trick Is To Surrender To The Shwirl: enchanted forest gathering 2016

first_imgNestled into the towering oaks way up in Mendocino County, California, enchanted forest gathering is an aptly named festival experience, rich in human connection, a superfluity of steez. An enigmatic group of fest-veterans have come together for the past six years, creating enchanted forest gathering to provide a warm respite from the massive festival scene that dominates so much of the landscape every season. In an era that is overrun with events that proclaim themselves “transformational”, this is an event that posts no bills, and exists as advertised. Having lived it for the first time, we can testify: EFG is a living, breathing, bountiful blueprint for the transformational festival experience. Hosted at the magnificent Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, CA, the site has a storied history in this community that extends over several generations. In 1987, Wavy Gravy asked Jerry Garcia to play here as a fundraiser, to help with the mortgage at the ranch which had fallen into arrears. Naturally, Garcia obliged, albeit with the caveat that the esteemed Bill Graham produce the event. The result was the very first Electric on the Eel festival, which saw the “dress rehearsal” debut of Garcia’s new acoustic quartet (the group would play a thirteen night run on Broadway that October), as well as an electric JGB set. Garcia roots planted, consider the spot smudged! Since then, Black Oak Ranch was home to the renowned Earthdance Global Peace Party for over a decade, and today it annually hosts the Kate Wolf Festival. enchanted forest gathering offered a smorgasbord of activation, and did so in a setting that was eye-popping with inspired art installations, yet intimate in its scope, feeling smallish, and connected. With no WiFi signal on site, people were forced to go off grid and surrender to the otherworldly vibes that permeated the ranch. The days were hot as July, the nights quite cool; the afternoon saw lots of skin and the scantily clad, by dark the hoodies, furs, and snuggies were en masse.  People took their time perusing a shakedown-bazaar rife with eclectic vendors; among them were the shanti-debutante fashions of Maddie Moon, a Brooks Brothers for burners at Om Gaia Tree, and the astonishing Bliss Emporium, where Jason Bear displayed numerous antiques and treasures of the sacred. One of the more remarkable aspects of EFG was its no-alcohol policy; the motto goes “Get saucy, not sauced!” I cannot stress how drastically this rule affected the vibes and energy, as the festival’s constitution was on terra firma. Forget the fact that people were not sloshed, violent or disrespectful; the positivity and sheer elation, the joy on steroids, was even more evident through clearer eyes. In full disclosure, a handful of folks kept some beer or booze back at camp; but it was never very visible, in fact, we rarely saw any drinking at all. Please don’t get it twisted, this was by no means a sober event, as psychedelics were prevalent, and ganja was in the air. There was even a medical marijuana dispensary onsite, Emerald Pharms. That said, intoxicants were far from a main vein at enchanted forest gathering, and the most popular beverages were without question the plethora of soothing and invigorating teas being served at The Hearth Tea House, or by RonJon Terlane, the legendary West Coast sommelier of sacred. I’d be remiss not to mention the delectable array of kombucha on tap (with ample room to enjoy it under a shade structure) at every stage. This new festival paradigm, one of a clear mind and open heart, is intoxicating in itself.   Soon thereafter, The Polish Ambassador took the pulpit clad in an altered, sleeveless version of his patented yellow and blue jumpsuit. Polish is heavily woven into the Enchanted Forest family afghan, and curated selections showcasing his sprawling career-arc. Sprinkling in some newness, cutting up his recent LP Dreaming of an Old Tomorrow, and hot-wiring the way-back machine for some stutter-step glitch-hop delirium, TPA delivered a dance party that drew one of the larger audiences of the weekend. This writer was forced to depart Warsaw mid-set, as {Clever Alias}, one the best kept secrets on the scene, was at the Saucy Spa simultaneously cranking out a clinic in low-end theory. Tough slotting against Polish, but the cagey professor, (government name Daniel Laureano), delivered his dissertation with deadly, icy calm. As the foam and suds ran rampant, bracketology class was in session. {Clever Alias} spoiled the bass tribe rotten, tossin’ tunes with that Linden Bully type of slang, on that rough n’ rugged, shanti-ratchet spirit-trill. Do not sleep on this beast from the east, because one day soon, he will be a king of the jungle. Over at the cozy and comfy Live Music Lounge, the arresting, seductive Cheraki was leading her band with confidence, panache, and commanding verve that betrayed her relative youth. This is a woman destined for success, as Heather Christie mixes folk, R&B, electronic elements, her Native American roots, and built-in pop-star sensibility. Cheraki had the assembly nestled in the palm of her band, and offered further evidence of the divine feminine, powerfully omnipresent all weekend. Later that evening on the same stage, the mythical legends of Hamsa Lila delivered a set double in length, and exponential in vibes. Mixing a myriad of world and indigenous influences by celebrating the musical and spiritual traditions native to Morocco, West Africa, the Middle and Far East, this band was something transcendental to behold.  Led by the venerable West Coast multi-instrumentalists Vir McCoy (Dogon Lights) and Evan Fraser (Dirtwire), Hamsa Lila unearthed rhythms and melodies from instruments like kalimba, kamale ngoni, jaw harp, melodica, and guimbri. Driving, focused grooves were embellished with harmonious melodies and meditative chanting, Hamsa Lila (translation: Inspiration and Intention) delved deep into the annals of their voluminous catalogue. They were unafraid to connect the contemporary; an spirited refrain on NAS & Lauryn Hill’s timeless NY hip-hop anthem “If I Ruled The World” nearly set Black Oak Ranch ablaze.  To greet the sunrise, we returned to the Mighty Oak, where British Columbia phenom aTYya dropped an eternal blessing draped in dark, erogenous grooves, and minimalist, binaural beat science. The rays began to peek betwixt the trees, the Audiowaska-helmed stage looked grandiose in the morning, People flocked to the dancefloor to embrace the daybreak, and the masses coalesced in a sea of rhythmic movement art, while Ty Clark delivered a priestly benediction for our unified bass tribe.  enchanted forest gathering is actually a music festival at its core, though it can be easy to forget with so much Yes going down elsewhere. On Friday, Nevada City’s Andreilien crushed the Swimmin’ Hole stage late afternoon, delivering his patented glitched-out, dub-iteration vibration to set things off. French femme fatale CloZee continued her meteoric rise in the pantheon of producers du jour with a prime, choice midday performance on the main stage christened the Mighty Oak. Later, the inimitable Thriftworks nearly put heads-to-bed super early, with a blistering-but-brief jam after sunset. Jake Atlas came with a drippy, Dilla-on-LSD mindfucking, as he’s wont to do under the NorCal moon around this time of year. Immediately thereafter, the sexy, sultry sounds of Pantyraid brought bombastic eroticism to the festivities. The Miami/LA duo blazed through most of their recent LP After Glow, before delving into some of the more seminal material that made their bones.  From jumpstreet, the real fireworks would be found at the Live Music Lounge. As Shabbat approached, EO and Krystyn Pixton performed a sublime duo set, before HÄANA took the stage in her usual hauteur. The radiant violinist/producer/priestess embarked with us on a sonic-bass journey through cumulus clouds of cinematic femtronica. Ms. Thiem’s transcendental compositions, and archangelic singing were augmented by entrancing movement art, as Metamorphosis ballerina Marlowe Bassett and the sassy, supreme Shay Butta graced the stage with a noblesse fit to match HÄANA’s regal flair. With her Nordic leanings, classical and orchestral elements, and a sophisticated, worldly air, HÄANA’s set was a magisterial presentation of preeminent performance art.  Photo: Marisa Pfenning-EyeRise Photography Video courtesy of HÄANAAfter an impressive set from Lila Rose, it was time for the lounge’s Friday evening main attraction, AmaeLovesLife. Fielding herself a large, vibrant live band, the singer, fashionista, and poetess, the First Lady of enchanted forest gathering Amae Love provided an expressive, emotional tour through all of the feels. In thanking the people of Black Oak Ranch and celebrating its Garcia-tinged history, Love led her band of troubadors through a rollicking take on the Grateful Dead’s timeless rebel yell “New Speedway Boogie”, an appropriate rallying cry in tortured, troubled times. Ably assisted by West Coast sax maven Christopher Boa (Sun Hop Fat, AfroMassive), guitarist Danny Stark, and a tight knit (if loosely rehearsed) crew, AmaeLovesLife put their stamp on the weekend with folky R&B, sultry crooning, and flashes of spirited jamming. By the stroke of midnight, Krystyn Pixton, HÄANA, Lila Rose, and Amae Love had built a firm foundation for the festival’s feminine power and prowess to flourish.   Predictably, Saturday was a scorcher; it was also sweltering hot in those Mendo foothills. The Swimmin’ Hole stage was a surefire respite from the humidity, and DJ Dragonfly continued his inspiring return to the scene (he’s been battling a serious illness) with a noontime session by the river. From there, we sauntered over to the Saucy Spa and Foam Party. All weekend long, at nearly any hour of day, festival goers could enjoy the Saucy Spa, a situation unlike any other I’ve experienced at a music festival, even by California standards. Think bliss, booty, boobs, and bass, all going off in a sea of beautiful people dancing furiously while drenched in Dr. Bronners foam. Like the kids say these days, It was everything. Guyuaki set up shop with an ice cold Yerba Mate bar, alongside Dr. Bronners, who facilitated the foam shower scene. It was at once Caligula, and good ol’fashion fun; hippies, lovers and aliens, splashin’ in the California sun.  One of the most rewarding parts of festivaling, for this writer/music nerd/dance enthusiast is the discovery of new artists. Case in point: Saucy Spa on Saturday afternoon- The Pirate out of Santa Cruz, and TreyZilla holding down Portland, OR and representing We Got This. First, The Pirate took the decks with an understated confidence and a moustache that would make Calico Jack quiver, before serving notice to take cover, my man was there TO take prisoners. Mixing dope, contemporary and underground hip-hop cuts from all over the map, The Pirate tossed tunes slow’d n’ throw’d in the thizzle tradition, beefed up on monstrous 808s, and swimming in blunted patois. Rudeboy rugged with his black dreads hanging like field hockey sticks, the homie Treyzilla then got on the wheels. Like his namesake, Mr. Martinez came through and stomped the buildings, unleashing a torrential assault of bass gymnastic atop tasty rap and R&B joints. The entire Saucy Spa soiree was sippin’ on some syrup, and TreyZilla’s brand of lean was certified organic, conflict-free, and most definitely trap-to table. Ayy!!Late in the afternoon, down at the river’s Swimmin’ Hole, Baltimore’s SOOHAN was sending dancers into a dithers with rowdy remixes that would make Stringer Bell sweat bullets. Dropping heaters from Made in Baltimore and Global Gate 808, he slipped in some obscure edits (Ace of Base!) and the usual panty-droppers (Missy Elliot). SOOHAN booty-smacked the people with that alienized, world-music crunk, an original style that’s apparently been torching parties across the USA for some time now. Eartha Harris provided a nutritional workshop and led a yoga practice at EFG, but everybody anxiously awaited her musical turn as Living Light, on the main stage as dusk approached. The people were satiated with a mystical melange from her recent efforts Tales from the Karman Line and Ecliptic Visions. Grrrl power was in full effect when HÄANA emerged with violin in tow, to add theatrical flourishes to “Strata.”  center_img After a brief nap in the shade of the towering black oaks, as the Cali summer heat encroached yet again, we started Sunday funday appropriately at the river. Nevada City svengali Brian Hartman set the vibrations aloft early and often with his ever-evolving blend of world-music, dub cumbia, and latino-sexy house jams. Shortly after, his good pal and Gold Country bredren Nadi assumed the captain’s chair at the Saucy Spa. Kyle Sanchez then proceeded to obliterate the foam party session with a finessed pizzazz, as a sea of dancers swarmed the scene with reckless abandon. In a freewheeling, white-knuckle ride, Nadi dropped the finest in Kingston-rudebwoy swagger, dripping in electropical waves and island chill, with a mainstream anthem (Jamie XX’s “Good Times”) for good measure every now and again. This selectah has a firm grasp on how to understand and command each unique dancefloor he is in charge of, he is a true master of Move The Crowd. A classic yin/yang, one-two Saucy Spa punch of SpacegeishA followed by Milton kept the flow in step through the oppressive heat of the day. The former’s Tipper-inspired blend of rubber band bass and post-dubstep thump was as psychedelic as it was sexy. Milton then took the sexy handoff, and it was as-they-say “curtains;” the spa got itself extra-saucy and super-sultry as Nevada City fam took over the foam party proper. One more time to the river was in order, as the libidinous sound sorcerer known as SaQi was throwing down at the Swimmin’ Hole. Luke Solman is a man of many talents, and earlier in the weekend he had hosted a traditional tantra workshop at the Namaste Yoga dome. On this afternoon, the time was here and mission clear, the people had come to dance. Early in the set SaQi delved into uptempo grooves, with interwoven James Brown breaks afloat. He then welcomed multi-instrumentalist KR3ATURE (Feral Fauna) onstage, and the duo upped the ante something tangible as Solman mined recent records The Muse, The Well, and Quests End. KR3ATURE riffed on chicken-scratch funk guitar, and his melodious sax offered the perfect foil for SaQi’s cherubic trumpet.  About halfway through the set, the dance floor was brimming beyond capacity and spilling over towards the river (and shade.) SaQi brought out the other half of Feral Fauna, Heather Christie aka Cheraki, and the trio delivered a bewitching, erotic take on SaQi’s remix of their trenchant hit “Tincture.” Production warned Solman “five minutes,” the venerable producer humbly requested ten, and our wish was SaQi’s command. Boy, were the music gods ever in our favor, as vocalist Worth appeared and the trio dove into the undisputed sexiest song of the weekend, SaQi and The Human Experience’s amarous aphrodesiac “Drippin’.” It was day three of oppressive heat, with a gang of beautiful humans villaging and celebrating around the clock, yet this tune brought the party and the saucy to its absolute apex. SaQi and krewe cemented their dancefloor decimation with one final salvo, this in the form of a spirited reimagination of Outkast’s timeless Aquemeni classic “SpottieOttieDopaliciousAngel.”The festival could have ended there; Dayenu, it would have been enough. Yet the genius of festival founder/producer Tulku D’etat apparently knows few boundaries, and the benevolent fella had one more magic trick tucked up into his trademark fedora-on-tilt. Case in point: the fortuitous booking of Ayla Nereo’s solo endeavor, and scheduling it on Sunday night. There are those artists that exist in that rarefied air, who can reach deep down inside of you, touching you in a certain special way, so that you are never the same again. That is how many of us would come away from Ms. Nereo’s set as the festival began to wind down.  Ayla Nereo- “Twirl Me”  “Show Yourself”Tour de force. Revival. Religious experience. Chance encounter with The Light. Sometimes, no matter how weathered, tried and tested a concertgoer you may be, an encounter such as this one will leave you in a puddle of tears, a seeking the womb of a hug, with a gigantic, swelling smile, while setting intentions to realize all of your potential in life. Sunday service was in session, and Ayla used her set to debut a number of songs to be included on her forthcoming sophomore LP, including the stirring ode to an occupied farm “Seeds.” But it was the material from Hollow Bone, her 2014 solo debut, that resonated the deepest, as many of these tunes are by now permanently etched in our hearts. “Life Bound Friend” first opened the floodgates, “Bonteka” was even more medicinal in the live setting, “Let It In” made us all believe that we can do anything in this life, “Show Yourself” the ultimate self-confidence building anthem. It would be her delicate, folk-sorceress rewiring of Wildlight’s “Twirl Me” that finally maxed out my own personal emotional quotient. There IS nothing to fear in moving on, after all. Photo: Zac Krohn/Clapping Porpoise Under the glorious Mendocino moonlight, to a packed, hushed, weeping and adoring audience, Ayla sang in front of a small band that included the serene Amelia Rae on keys and harp, and Brian Parks on drums. This was undoubtedly Ayla’s stage, but she graciously shared the spotlight with her crew. In utilizing their talents, along with incorporating minimalist production elements and tasteful vocal layering, Nereo created an intoxicating elixir. For it isn’t all the bells and whistles that make her the most impactful female performer I’ve witnessed since Erykah Badu, it is her essence, her verse, her vision, her verve; she is every woman, with a voice and an acoustic guitar. Ayla Nereo has long since transcended being known as The Polish Ambassador’s girlfriend, or the other half of Wildlight; but after Sunday night’s soul-quenching revue, she is officially a force of nature. I am firmly convinced Ayla is our generation’s Joni, our tribe’s Badu, a woman who is galvanizing us all to set this revolution in motion. Levitating away from the Live Music Lounge, I had never been more ready for anything in my life.  Stay Enchanted… and in Gratitude.Words: B. GetzPhotos: Jacob Avanzato (unless otherwise credited)Videos: Kenny Hoff Wisdom University was headquarters by day, for the activated and motivated. Stop in the Nourishment Lab for nutritional education, to discuss relationships and sexuality, health and wellness. Center Stage hosted comedy routines, deep discussions, and ritual magic workshops. Daily twelve step meetings were held for those who sought the blessing of fellowship, and safety in numbers. The Namaste Yoga dome hosted a who’s who of different schools and arenas of practice, while the Dance Temple welcomed festers to a variety of dance-centricities, most notably the Twerkshop, facilitated by Tristan St. Germain and soundtracked by [Clever Alias}. Among the most engaging workshops would be “Wild West of Dancefloor Politics”; ideas of consent, creepy dudes, and other awkward sociological situations that arise amongst dance-nation were fleshed out and forwarded.  Branches Mobile Gallery was a traveling fine art gallery, shade structure, and ultimate chill zone. Visionary artists also got busy all weekend on a collaborative mural. The sacrosanct Nectar Temple was a mystical, rapturous environment, with pillows and blankets strewn about the ambrosial arena, grandiose floral beauty courtesy of Anthony Flowers Ward.  Danceher Alive and a stream of dancers, chanters, musicians, artisans and freaks channeled the aurul Zen. Every night, from dusk til dawn, the Nectar Temple was home to his Live Downtempo Sacred Tribal Psychedelic ImproVibrationary performances. If you were lucky, you got “buffed” (a stroke of hippie ingenuity and a phenomenon that deserves its own article), or caught a stealthy nap in the shade. Looking for a prankster party vibe? Then Mendoland was the move. A collaborative effort between AcaCia BeaTs and Camp Higher Porpoise, Mendoland was a Burning Man-style theme-camp that went renegade rage with a stage, LED installation, and copious amounts of hilarity for the duration of the festival.  With well over a decade in the game, Long Beach’s Bluetech is a seasoned veteran of the West Coast festival scene. Egging on the sun at six in the morning, Evan Bartholomew sounded off a sublime awakening as people came running to the Mighty Oak as the (next?) day began/ended. Blessing the morning with ethereal downtempo and elastic bass gymnastics, Blueteh pulled material from Dreamed into Being, Spacehop Chronicles, Native Dubs, and Cosmic Dubs, as well as the self-released The 4 Horsemen of the Electrocalypse: The White Horse. Immediately following, in what might be the most definitive juxtaposition of the entire weekend, the Live Music Lounge welcomed the devotional music of Fanna Fi Allah. The resulting hour was blissful, spiritual ecstacy. Performing the ancient Sufi tradition of Qawwali with potent passion, this collective unified the audience, evenly split among the still-awake and the up-and-at-’em. The fire of divine love, or ishq, was expressed with ebullient and emphatic joy, by way of the mystical verses of Sufi poets passed down many generations through the songs of faith and devotion. Fanna Fi Allah urged us all to lift our hearts high, and exalt in our devotion to the divine; this was a magnificent way to end a wonder-filled waking day. last_img read more

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Less than 1,200 CVPS customers remain without power

first_imgSeptember 2, 2011 ‘ 8:30 am. The lights came on for many in the last isolated areas last night, but CVPS crews will not rest until every outage is restored.As of 8:30 am, more than 71,000 of the 73,000-plus customer outages have been restored. Outages remain in Windsor, Windham and Orange counties.As we restore power to the last customers, we want to ensure that we are not missing any customers at this point. If your still do not have power, please call CVPS at 1-800-451-2877, and confirm your outage.  However, many customers throughout the state have flood damage to their homes. If a customer’s home or business was flooded, and their electric service panel was affected by water, it has to be examined by a qualified electrician before CVPS can restore service.  CVPS is waiving all fees for temporary service connections required due to the storm.  The fee is normally $80.The lights came on for many customers in Rochester, Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Hancock and Braintree Thursday. A portable substation was delivered to Rochester and was energized, as work continues on the Rochester Substation, restoring power to much of the town.Power was restored to many customers in east Dover and Wardsboro last night. West Jamaica Road, Pikes Falls Road and Water Street in Jamaica are still inaccessible, isolating about 120 customers that our crews cannot reach at this time. We will continue our assessment of that area today to see if there is some way to reach them. Crews hope to restore power to much of South Newfane by tonight.‘While we’re pleased to be able to return power and some sense of normalcy to these customers as swiftly as we have, given the condition of the roads, we know we are not done,’ said President Larry Reilly. ‘There are still dozens of poles to set, many lines to rebuild, many lines to reroute, some for just a few customers at a time. But we’re not stopping until we restore service to every last customer we can.’Line and field workers were greeted to cheers and applause by customers throughout central and southern Vermont this week as they entered communities isolated since Sunday. But crews feel little satisfaction until they can turn on customers’ power.‘We know each and every customer wants their power back, and our crews aren’t truly happy until they’ve restored a customer’s power,’ said Joe Kraus, senior vice president of engineering, operations and customer service. ‘It is disheartening to put up lines and poles, only to know you aren’t restoring power to some customers because their houses are so damaged by flooding that they can’t safely receive electrical service. There are going to be many who need electrical inspections due to flooding, but when they are ready, we’ll be there to restore power.’Some customers in the most remote areas remain inaccessible due to road washouts, but road crews are improving access for utility vehicles daily.  Collaboration with local and state Agency of Transportation officials, and the National Guard, continues.In some cases it is not a question of when the road will be re-opened, but rather when will the new temporary road be built.CVPS urged Vermonters to use extra caution around waterways, many of which are still flowing at very high levels, and new rainfall can cause and has caused flash flooding.Up-to-date outage numbers (by town) can be found at: http://www.cvps.com/CustomerService/outages/(link is external) and http://vtoutages.com/(link is external)last_img read more

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Pennsylvania credit union helps undercover cops nab Instagram fraudsters

first_img continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The $5 billion Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union in Harrisburg worked with undercover police investigation that led to the arrest of three Philadelphia men who allegedly used Instagram to steal from financial institutions.Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tuesday that Shakour S. Smith, 26, Ikeem M. Starks, 25, and Quadir J. Burley, 18, were charged with multiple felonies following an investigation that is still under way by the AG’s Organized Crime Section.Smith, Starks, and Burley used Instagram to recruit people who allowed their accounts at banks in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties to be used to carry out the fraud. The suspects posted bank logos on Instagram and enticed people to “like” their posts. The criminals then obtained account information from the people who responded, promising them a cut of the money they planned to steal.Pennsylvania authorities said the trio stole more than $50,000 from various financial institutions, including PSECU. However, the other financial institutions have not been identified yet because the investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected to be filed, Shapiro said.last_img read more

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Ian Wright wishes Manchester United new boy Donny van de Beek had joined Arsenal instead

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 24 Sep 2020 2:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Ian Wright wishes Manchester United new boy Donny van de Beek had joined Arsenal instead Van de Beek netted on his debut vs Crystal Palace, though United lost (Picture: Getty)Wright feels United have much more pressing needs to strengthen other areas of the team and is worried Van de Beek does not quite fit into the starting XI, instead believing he would have been perfect elsewhere.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Donny van de Beek, he’s someone that I wish someone more like Arsenal could have taken,’ said the former Gunners striker on The Kelly & Wrighty Show.‘When you look at Pogba, what he’s doing, and you look at Bruno Fernandes – that is Donny van de Beek’s position.‘So people are thinking they’re going to see Van de Beek [sitting] with Pogba and Fernandes, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Because as much as he can play there, that’s not his preferred position to play.‘So again, spend the money, yeah he’s a great player and yes take him, but you’ve still got to look for the players that you know are going to improve your team.’ Commentcenter_img United have a number of glaring holes in their squad but midfield was not one (Picture: Getty)He added: ‘Listen, Donny van de Beek will be a good player for Man United in time because he’s a quality player. But is he what they need right now?’Fellow pundit and former Manchester City defender Micah Richards agreed, chiming in: ‘Van de Beek, for me, was a panic buy. He’s got good ability, I’ve watched loads of clips of him, and he is a good player, but…’MORE: Luis Suarez endorses Lucas Torreira’s transfer from Arsenal to Atletico MadridMORE: Manchester United new boy Donny van de Beek reveals conversation with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his best positionFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. The Gunners icon feels Van de Beek is not the ideal fit for United (Picture: Premier League Productions)Arsenal legend Ian Wright has questioned Manchester United’s decision to sign Donny van de Beek and feels he would have been better suited to a club such as the Gunners.United have endured a difficult transfer window, failing to land top target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, with their only new arrival coming in the form of £35million recruit Van de Beek from Ajax.The move did draw some puzzled looks, however, with the versatile Dutchman preferring to play an attacking, box-to-box role in midfield – taking up positions already occupied by Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes. Advertisementlast_img read more

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B’ville hockey has 1-1 week, fights past Liverpool

first_imgWhile on its way to a first-place finish in the Dec. 6-7 Bobby Conklin Memorial Tournament, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team had plenty of time to watch Liverpool in the same tournament.Twice, the Warriors played, each time going through overtime and ending in a shoot-out, Liverpool falling to Syracuse in the first round, but recovering to edge Fulton for third place.Now B’ville would get its own head-to-head battle with the Warriors last Tuesday night, and fine all-around play resulted in a 4-1 win. B’ville then took on Whitesboro Friday night. Those other Warriors were off to a 3-1 start and were emerging as the main threat to reigning state champion Skaneateles in Division II.And Whitesboro proved its worth by topping B’ville 3-1, its defense stingy as 20 of the Bees’ 21 shots were grabbed by Warriors goalie Cameron Manley.Meanwhile, all the Bees could get on the attack was Ryan Dickinson’ s goal, assisted by Nick Purdy and Garrett Sutton. Troy Chamberlain led Whitesboro, scoring once and assisting on tallies by Frank Centro and Noah Scranton.B’ville knew that a more important game would take place Wednesday, a rematch with Syracuse, but this time at Meachem Rink before it traveled Friday to Casey Park to face Auburn.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvilleice hockeycenter_img Much of the game was played in Liverpool’s end, and the Bees stayed patient even though Liverpool goaltender James Welch kept turning shots back – 37, in all.Still, the Bees went up 1-0 after one period, absorbed Marco Palumbo’s second-period tally by scoring twice itself and pulled further away in the latter stages.Matt Speelman led the way, earning two goals and one assist. Alex Pompo and Luke Hoskin each got a goal and two assists as Braeden Lynch piled up three assists. Brad O’Neill turned back 21 of Liverpool’s 22 shots.last_img read more

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Giants’ April attendance dips 17 percent from 2018 average

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Attendance is down across Major League Baseball, but few teams have felt the sting of a dip in ticket purchases quite like the San Francisco Giants.The Giants’ April attendance dropped 17 percent from 2018 as the club averaged just 32,700 fans in 15 home games. That’s down from an average April attendance of 39,278 fans a season ago and suggests the franchise may have long-term concerns about the club’s ability to fill the seats at Oracle Park.Related Articles G …last_img read more

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New card game encourages South Africans to become positive forces in communities

first_imgThe creator of a new local card game – Game for Humanity –  that encourages kind deeds and community sharing, is aiming to inspire all South Africans to make a positive difference in their world.Examples of acts of kindness in Game for Humanity include ‘buy someone a cup of coffee’, ‘donate clothes and blankets to charity’ and ‘give a stranger a hug’. (Image: Game for Humanity, Instagram)CD AndersonDeveloped by Capetonian social entrepreneur Marc Buhrer, Game for Humanity is styled as an easy to play community-based card game where “everyone is a winner.” Buhrer launched the game at the beginning of 2017.How the game worksA deck contains 30 cards, each including a single instruction: a simple act of kindness, giving or community generosity. Examples include things such as ‘buying someone a cup of coffee’, ‘donating clothes and blankets to a charity’ or ‘giving a stranger a hug’.Once a player has performed the task, they pass on the card to the recipient of the gesture, so that that they can ‘pay it forward’.“It’s expected for them to continue with that random act of kindness, and hopefully the card has a life span of a few days, months or even years,” Buhrer told talk station, Radio 702.Examples of acts of kindness in Game for Humanity include ‘buy someone a cup of coffee’, ‘donate clothes and blankets to charity’ and ‘give a stranger a hug’. (Image: Game for Humanity, Instagram)According to the game’s website, the intention is to “[have] fun while spreading a positive outlook and mentality between human beings irrespective of age, race, gender, religion.”The game, Buhrer said, is to counteract negativity, globally, with something that has the ability to make someone smile and think about how one simple gesture can have a world-changing effect.Listen to the Radio 702 interview with Buhrer, as he explains the game and its growing impact: The game currently has massive support among the social media community. It’s Instagram account encourages contributions from the public to show how they are using the cards to make the world a better place.Inspiring humanity in the nation’s classroomsEach pack of 30 cards is available in two variations: one for the general community and one for schools that has specific tasks of kindness aimed at encouraging young people to be a positive force against bullying and racism.“It’s up to the youth to understand and believe that there is no such thing as a negative outcome, merely hiccups and hurdles being part of life’s rich tapestry,” Buhrer said.He hopes to develop other variations of the game, one aimed at creating positivity in corporate office environments, and one focused on health and wellness.For more information on the game, visit the Game for Humanity website. Source: 702 Radio, Game for Humanity websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Springboks do South Africa proud

first_imgSpringbok wing Bryan Habana after scoring his third try in the match against USA, which drew him level with Jonah Lomu’s record of 15 World Cup tries. (Image: World Rugby via YouTube)Johannesburg, Wednesday 7 October 2015 – The Springboks have once again flown the South African flag proudly in their fourth and final Group B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.With this successful game against the USA, the Springboks now lead the South African charge into the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup.Congratulating the team on their outstanding success in their match against the USA, Brand South Africa’s CEO Kingsley Makhubela said, “Our team in green and gold carried the hopes of the South African nation into the Olympic Stadium in London and emerged with a splendid victory.”“Your valiant spirit and unwavering determination on the sports field embodies the resilience and tenacity of the South African nation. Your excellent teamwork highlights the way South Africans come together to achieve to do great things for our country. Brand South Africa and the South African nation salute you and wish you well in your next encounter in the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup. We stand with you wherever we are,” concluded Mr Makhubela.last_img read more

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Apple’s Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement selena larson What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces When my best friend upgraded from an iPhone 4S to a Galaxy S4, I texted her hello. Unfortunately, she didn’t get that text, nor any of the five I sent in the following three days. My iPhone didn’t realize she was now an Android user and sent all my texts via iMessage. It wasn’t until she called me about going to brunch that I realized she wasn’t getting my text messages.See also: Apple iOS 8 Preview—Everything We’re ExpectingWhat I thought was just a minor bug is actually a much larger problem. One that, apparently, Apple has no idea how to fix.According to former Lifehacker editor-in-chief Adam Pash, when he complained about the phantom iMessage issue, Apple said that while the company is aware of the situation, it’s not sure how to solve it. An Apple support person told Pash: Related Posts Tags:#Adam Pash#Android#Apple#bug#iMessage#now#texting#texts This is a problem a lot of people are facing.The engineering team is working on it but is apparently clueless as to how to fix it.There are no reliable solutions right now — for some people the standard fixes work immediately; many others are in my boat.Both Apple and Android users have suffered this glitch. While some miraculously figure out how to fix it—I was able to text my friend properly after a couple of days and turning iMessage on and off a few times—others, like Pash, are still stuck. (So, presumably, are at least some of my friend’s other iPhone-using contacts, at least unless they were all lucky enough to fix iMessage the same way I did.)A lengthy thread about the issue on Apple’s support forum has attracted more than 400 replies since it began last June. The “standard fix” Apple suggests—that is, turning off iMessage on all your Apple devices and disassociating your phone number from your Apple ID—doesn’t always work.It rankles users that Apple knows what is going on but has yet come up with a solution. The company has already identified and patched a slew of bugs since the release of iOS7, including major security vulnerabilities, but has yet to fix this iMessage flaw. There isn’t anything users can do right now besides expect an error when you or a friend switches from an iDevice to Android. We’re all stuck in the same mobile vortex, where iMessages go to die.I’ve asked Apple for comment, and will update if and when they get back to me.Image by Kārlis Dambrāns on Flickrlast_img read more

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Talking to Military Kids About Money

first_imgThe Personal Finance concentration group of the Military Families Learning Network will present a web conference for personal financial management professionals, as well as other professionals, working with military families on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. AFC and CHC-credentialed financial professionals are eligible to receive 1.5 AFCPE CEUs from this 90-minute presentation.Anita McKinney and Dr. Kate Fogarty will present this session on teaching children financial skills.McKinney is a faculty member with the University of Florida IFAS. She teaches basic financial literacy topics for clients of social service agencies, conducts worksite educational programs, trains social service employees to work with clients on money issues and organizes mentors and volunteers for a Master Money Mentors program.Dr. Kate Fogarty works with Florida Extension / 4-H and has a teaching appointment at the University of Florida’s Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. Her experience includes program implementation and evaluation of youth leadership and character education programs.This presentation will help PFMs working with military parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles understand developmentally appropriate ways to create daily conversations about money with their child by:• Modeling good financial habits and attitudes.• Providing opportunities to help children practice financial skills.Selected research articles and online resources have been identified to enhance this web conference for participants. These readings can be found here.Instructions on how to get the credits will be given at the end of the web presentation.Please join the session by clicking here a few minutes before 2:30 p.m. on the 23rd.Author: Molly C. Herndon (+Molly Herndon)last_img read more

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