Summer revival

first_imgLocal News Twitter Pinterest Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, 612 Jefferson Ave., has scheduled a summer revival at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday and Wednesday.Guest speaker will be the Rev. D.D. Fincher of Logo Christian Fellowship in Dallas.Call the Rev. James Archie at 413-9293. Facebook By admin – June 4, 2018 Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Summer revival WhatsApp Previous articleFree meals for all kidsNext articleBig Brothers Big Sisters getting close to goal adminlast_img read more

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Made to measure

first_imgOriginally, pizza dough was cooked outdoors on hot flat stones. Not entirely practical or indeed desirable in this HACCP age we live in, but you don’t have to brave the British weather to produce excellent pizzas. There are options to suit you, from counter-top to conveyor models. Here are just a small selection:== Smart cookie with versatile charms ==If you want a super-hot oven that heats up to 450?C, for Neapolitan-style pizzas, The Whirlpool Smart-Cook Pizza Oven has a patented double cylinder system that transforms it from a conventional convection oven to a pizza-hot oven. Electronic temperature control and two fan motors – one on the top and one on the bottom – are said to ensure uniform fast cooking of the pizza from the edges to the middle. What makes it all the more suited to cafes and food-to-go bakery retailers is its small counter-top size; it’s a free-standing model which, despite its compactness, can cook a large 34cm pizza in less than 90 seconds.[http://www.apuro.co.uk]== Nippy number offers automatic control ==Also pretty nippy is the SelfCooking Center, which now offers a group of features that make the Rational oven suitable for baking pizzas – at up to 100 pizzas in eight minutes. The ’Pizza’ control setting means the oven will create a suitable cooking climate for pizza and the unit’s LevelControl technology means it will automatically adapt the programme for fresh or frozen pizza. So all staff have to do is load it up, push the button and get on with other work.The specially-designed non-stick pizza dishes hold pizzas up to 28cm (11″) in diameter. There’s also a new grill and pizza tray; pizzas can be popped on to the flat side of the tray, which is also non-stick and designed specifically for pizza cooking, and then put into the oven. The reverse of the tray is ridged for grilled products.[http://www.rational-UK.com]== Hot air streams for even cooking ==For a single stack conveyor oven, Equip-line’s Bofi is suitable for pizzas but equally useful in general bake-off operations, making it a decent all-rounder for smaller catering outlets.The XLT 3240-TS uses vertical streams of hot air from four pairs of tapered ducts to cook items passing along the single conveyor belt. The ducts are adjustable and can be configured to suit the operator, to ensure even cooking. The conveyor, which is 199cm wide, can be set up to move either right-to-left or left-to-right, and cook times can be adjusted digitally. It runs on natural or propane gas and no installation is required.[http://www.equipline.co.uk]== Counter-top model that can earn its keep ==For a smaller model, the smallest EKA unit from Katermart, the KF412 electric convection oven, can sit comfortably on a bar counter, for baking pizzas and other morning goods. The compact unit has a 25kg capacity and a temperature range between 50?C and 300?C and is supplied with two trays, grills and grippers. The slightly larger, but still compact, EKA KF620 also earns its keep on the counter where it can warm up pizzas, croissants and frozen food in minutes.[http://www.katermart.co.uk]== Clear view to pizza display ==For displaying your wares, also from Apuro (see previous website reference) are the new 1,000-watt Ital Vetrinetta counter-top pizza displays. These stainless steel and glass heated cupboards have three round gridded shelves to maintain pizza temperature up to 90?C evenly throughout the cupboards, and are available in two sizes.last_img read more

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Bolton’s calling

first_imgBakers’ Fair, supported by Norbake, is back at the Bolton Arena this year and takes place on Sunday 3 October (9.30am-3.30pm). The event, now in its fourth year, is free to attend and is the UK’s only autumn exhibition for progressive and professional independent bakery companies, cafés and coffee shops. Whether you want some ideas for Christmas or a new mixer, you will find it here.More than 350 visitors attended the Fair in Manchester in October 2009 and this year looks set to be busier and better.The Richemont Club of Great Britain will be hosting its 7th Annual Competition, with live demonstrations and competition classes being judged throughout the day.There will also be a host of speakers and demonstrations at the Stage Area, including: Mike Holling of Birds of Derby and chairman of the NAMB; Tracey Sharpe, Innoseal; Edward Chatwin, Chatwins; Claire Brown, Epos Solutions; and John Robertshaw, Bako NW.There are several new exhibitors at the show this year, including specialist shopfitting, refrigeration and catering equipment company A-Cold Distributors and Polish equipment firm Masz, which is new to the UK market and is bringing its equipment all the way from Poland to the show.Among the other exhibitors are Reynards, Rank Hovis, Renshaw, Jiffy, CJ’s Specialist Vehicles and Mono Equipment, which are returning to the show this year.Sponsor of the Stage Area, Dawn Foods, will also be providing a wide range of finished goods.To register for the event or to find out more about it visit www.bakersfair.co.uk.The Richemont Club of Great Britain Annual CompetitionThe Richemont Club of Great Britain’s Annual Competition will again provide one of the highlights of Bakers’ Fair, with a combination of live demonstrations and competition classes. The competitions are open to Club members and staff within their businesses and see staff members from the same businesses pitched against each other.This year will see the return of the Live Cake Decoration Challenge, where a team of two will be required to work together to produce a celebration cake in three hours. However, the theme will only be revealed just before they begin. They will then have 15 minutes to come up with a design. The British Baker Trophy will also be up for grabs in a class open to all young bakers aged up to 21. Travel Location: Bolton Arena, Arena Approach, Horwich, Bolton, Lancashire, BL6 6LBThe Arena is situated in the Middlebrook Leisure & Retail Park, next to the Reebok Stadium. It is just 300m from J6 of the M61 and 200m from Horwich Parkway railway station. It has extensive parking, convenient hotel accommodation and direct motorway and rail links.All travel information can be found on the Bolton Arena website www.boltonarena.com Richemont Club Competition timings Show times 09:30 – 15:30All entries displayed by: 10:30Judging: 11:00 and 13:00Live demonstration: 11:00 – 14:00Prize-giving ceremony: 14:30 The Stage Area, sponsored by Dawn Foods 10.30am 10.50am:Mike Holling, Birds of Derby and chairman of the NAMB,Dealing with Business Disruption how an action plan can help cut recovery time if disruption occurs11.00am 11.10am: Tracey Sharpe, Innoseal,The Professional Innosealer the latest innovation in the world of tamper-evident bag closure systems11.20am 11.40am:Edward Chatwin, ChatwinsFirst Impressions Count how Chatwins has boosted customer numbers with revamped window displays and how you can do the same11.50pm 12.00pm:Claire Brown, Epos Solutions,How better cash, stock and price controls leads to increased profits12.10pm 12.30pm:John Robertshaw, Bako NW,Sandwich Demonstration John will be showing new and innovative ideas for this lunch snack, using a variety of fillings and breads2.30pm: Presentation of the Richemont Club of Great Britain 7th Annual Awards winners3pm: Presentation of the Richemont Club of Great Britain President’s Cup Exhibitor list: A-Cold Distributors AcrivarnBritish BakerCereform CJ’s Specialist Vehicles Dawn FoodsDCA EquipmentEPOS Group Frimovel Innoseal UK Ireks Jiffy Trucks Kraft Foods UK Link Print and Packaging Masz Mobile Enterprise System Monarch Catering Mono Equipment NAMB NorbakeRank HovisRedBlack SoftwareRenshawnapier ReynardsShowmore Shop FittingStevens GroupUnifine Food & Bake Ingredients = New Exhibitorlast_img read more

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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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Green incentive for going green

first_imgCommuting to work at Harvard just got a little easier thanks to two new initiatives being rolled out by the CommuterChoice Program this winter. The expanded benefits will offer bicyclists tax-free reimbursements for bike-related expenses, including purchase and repair, and will provide Emergency Ride Home services to faculty and staff commuters who do not travel by car.“I think that the [Bicycle] Commuter Act benefits, in tandem — pun intended — with the Emergency Ride program, will allow people who have thought about going with a more green commute to really try it,” said Thomas Lingner, a Harvard College Library employee and regular bike commuter.Bicycle reimbursements will begin in the 2013 calendar year as part of the Bicycle Commuter Benefits Act and will be provided to faculty and staff commuters who do not receive a subsidized monthly MBTA pass or annual parking permit from the University and can provide proof of bicycle registration through the Harvard University Police Department. Employees will be eligible for reimbursement of the costs of bicycle purchase, improvement, repair, and bicycle storage at a tax-free rate of up to $20 per month with a maximum of $240 per year. The reimbursement will come from the University directly.Once I began commuting by bike, I started to really look forward to those two rides each day. I bike about 4.5 miles each way, less than 20 minutes, but even that short time outdoors makes such a difference to my mental health.” — Thomas LingnerIn order to take advantage of the benefit, employees should start saving cycling receipts for calendar year 2013 and submit them with a completed “Bicycle Expense Reimbursement Request” form between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2014, to Crosby Benefits Systems. The form can be downloaded on the CommuterChoice website.“Once I began commuting by bike, I started to really look forward to those two rides each day,” Lingner continued. “I bike about 4.5 miles each way, less than 20 minutes, but even that short time outdoors makes such a difference to my mental health. I hope that this new benefit encourages others to try getting to work on a bike. It’ll change your life.”The Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program allows faculty and staff who commute to work via transit, walking, bicycle, carpool, or vanpool at least two times per week to take a taxi, rental car, or transit in the event that they or a family member experience a personal illness or emergency. The program reimburses costs of the trip excluding tip and tax, up to four times per calendar year. Faculty and staff must sign up for the program in advance in order to be reimbursed for an emergency ride home. Since the program launched in November, more than 1,300 employees have signed up to participate.“We’re frequently looking at ways to improve our services to faculty and staff commuters, adding choices which promote safe, healthy, and sustainable commuting options for traveling to and from campus,” said John Nolan, director of transportation services within Harvard Campus Services.As a result of Harvard’s comprehensive sustainable commuting programs, the percentage of employees who commute to the Cambridge and Allston campuses by driving alone has dropped 50 percent since 1999, with 79 percent biking, walking, or taking mass transit. Providing faculty and staff with alternatives to driving is not just about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the University’s impact on the environment, it’s also about promoting healthier travel options. (Harvard is also a major supporter of the Hubway regional bike-share program and the Harvard On The Move initiative that promotes physical and psychological wellness though noncompetitive walking and running programs.)“Since we started the Harvard Longwood Bicyclists group earlier this year, one of the main issues that kept coming up at events was the need for incentives and subsidies for bike commuters — especially because biking is an environmentally friendly and healthy behavior worth encouraging,” said David Havelick, a program coordinator at the Harvard School of Public Health. “Now that these increased bike benefits are going to be in effect starting in 2013, I am sure there will be lots of happy Harvard bike commuters in the Longwood Medical Area and across the University.”last_img read more

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Arsenal to submit bid to sign Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu

first_imgArsenal to submit bid to sign Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 2 Jun 2020 3:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.3kShares Mikel Arteta reportedly believes Orkun Kokcu can fit into his philosophy at Arsenal (Getty Images)The report also claims that Arteta views Kokcu as a player who fits in with his ‘philosophy’.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Arsenal are set to face strong competition from Sevilla for the midfielder.Monchi, Sevilla’s director of football, has already travelled to the Netherlands to hold talks with Kokcu’s representatives.Feyenoord had been open to rewarding Kokcu with a new contract but the Dutch club are unwilling to meet the midfielder’s demands.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityJaap Stam managed Kokcu during their time together at Feyenoord and believes the midfielder, who is valued at around £23 million, has the ability to shine at Arsenal, if given enough time to adapt.‘He would need to adjust because the step to Arsenal and the Premier League is totally different when you compare it to Holland,’ the former Manchester United defender said in an interview with Goal.“But he has the ability. He is a player who has the personality to want to improve, he always wants to do better. He’s never happy with himself, he’s disappointed if he doesn’t score, or his passes aren’t good enough.‘When I joined Feyenoord, he hadn’t played a lot because everyone said he was too young. I put him in the first team and let him play most of the games, I trusted him and saw a lot of ability in him. Now he’s proving himself in Holland and is one of the best midfield players in the country.‘He’s certainly got the ability to make that step to the Premier League.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Arsenal are preparing a bid for Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu (Getty Images)Arsenal are set to submit a bid to sign Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu, according to reports in the Netherlands.The 21-year-old, who has scored three goals and registered six assists in 35 appearances this season, has been hailed as one of the best young midfielders in the Eredivisie.According to Voetbal International, Feyenoord’s technical director Frank Arnesen is open to selling Kokcu in order to raise the budget for new signings.The report claims that Arsenal have been considering a move for Kokcu ‘for a long time’ and are now expected to make an offer ‘within a few weeks’.ADVERTISEMENTIt’s also claimed that Mikel Arteta is supporting Arsenal’s push to sign Kokcu as he has been aware of the midfielder since his time under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces New Loan Approvals for Six Projects in Five Counties, Supporting Nearly 100 Small Business Jobs Statewide

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program for six business projects in five counties across the commonwealth that will help create and retain nearly 100 jobs statewide. The loan funding will assist businesses with costs ranging from expanding pediatric services, to adding production lines and building renovations.“With the approval of these low-interest loans, we’re providing critical access to capital that businesses need to grow,” Governor Wolf said. “Spanning several industry sectors – including health care, manufacturing and design, and cold storage – these six projects will spur job creation and boost the economies where the projects are located while ensuring that we’re meeting the needs of businesses across the commonwealth.”In 2018, PIDA has approved $57 million in low-interest loans that have resulted in $78.7 million in private investment and supported 3,157 created and retained full-time jobs. This month, PIDA approved a total of just over $3.29 million in fixed, low-interest loans to projects in Beaver, Bedford, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Somerset counties.The following loans were approved:Beaver CountyCreekside Springs, LLC, a producer of bottled water and a contract packager of beverages, was approved for a $400,000, 10-year loan at a 3.5 percent rate through the Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development for the purchase of machinery and equipment to be installed in the company’s New Brighton bottling facility. The project involves upgrades to the existing bottling line and the installation of an additional production line, and is expected to create seven full-time jobs and retain a further 22 jobs over the next three years.Bedford CountyThe Bedford County Development Association was approved for a $250,000, 15-year loan at a 2.5 percent interest rate with a 7-year reset to build out a 4,068-square-foot suite for Children’s Community Pediatrics. The facility will expand pediatric services offered from a nearby hospital facility and is expected to create seven full-time jobs within three years.Cumberland CountyParath, LLC, was approved for a $1.25 million, 15-year loan at a 2.5 percent interest rate with a seven-year reset through the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation to renovate a 69,273 square foot flexible warehouse building to house three tenants including Supply Source Inc., an office and social space furnishings solutions company.Dauphin CountyCamerek Holdings, LLC was approved for a $359,900, 15-year loan at a 3.75 percent interest rate through Capital Region Economic Development Corporation to acquire a 10,929 square foot building in Harrisburg. The property will be occupied by Solution Designers, LLC, a company specializing in custom designing and manufacturing garage, food, laundry, and bedroom closet storage units, enabling it to complete production for sales already made and keep up with growing market demand. The project is expected to create eight and retain two full-time jobs in the next three years.Vich Development, LLC, was approved for a $640,766, 10-year loan with 20-year amortization at a 3.75 percent interest rate through Capital Regional Economic Development Corporation to acquire a 25,000 square foot cold storage facility in Harrisburg. The facility will be occupied by e-tailer, Inc., a company specializing in cold storage and fulfillment of products like ice cream. The project is expected to create 25 new full-time jobs within three years.Somerset CountyPrecision Pallets and Lumber, LLC was approved for a $400,000, 15-year real estate loan at a 2.5 percent seven-year reset rate and a $240,000, seven-year machinery and equipment loan at a 3.5 percent rate through the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission. The loan funds will be used for the purchase of Precision Pallets & Lumber, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of wooden pallets, including the acquisition of real estate and production equipment including nailers, saws, branders, and a kiln. The project is expected to create seven full-time jobs and retain 12 jobs over the next three years.PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The authority provides capital for building acquisition, construction and renovation work, machinery, and equipment loans along with working capital lines of credit, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, research and development firms, agricultural processors, and employers looking to establish national or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov. June 06, 2018center_img Governor Wolf Announces New Loan Approvals for Six Projects in Five Counties, Supporting Nearly 100 Small Business Jobs Statewidelast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Visits Beaver County, Details How Restore Pennsylvania Can Help Offset Loss and Damage from Flooding

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Hopewell Twp., PA – Governor Tom Wolf today visited Hopewell Township to learn how Raccoon Creek continues to flood the adjacent Green Garden Plaza Shopping Center, threatening center tenants and nearby industrial parks, and to detail how Restore Pennsylvania can help offset loss and damage from frequent flooding. Gov. Wolf was joined by Rep. Rob Matzie and county and township officials on the visit.“After decades of neglect and little help from the federal government to repair ongoing flood damage, Pennsylvania communities are struggling,” Gov. Wolf said. “Restore Pennsylvania is necessary to address our legacy infrastructure needs and will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century. The flooding mitigation needs of Hopewell Township are not unique, but they are necessary, and long overdue. Restore Pennsylvania can help.”Governor Wolf recently proposed Restore Pennsylvania to provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance.Restore Pennsylvania also will establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.In 2004, Hurricane Ivan caused Raccoon Creek to overflow and destroy the Green Garden Plaza Shopping Center. The center, which houses the only large grocery store in the area, was rebuilt, but tenants are met regularly with the need to plan for flooding when rains are heavy – a more frequent occurrence as Pennsylvania experienced the wettest year on record in 2018.“Governor Wolf is no stranger to our community,” Rep. Rob Matzie said. “He has showed his support time and time again. When he announced his Restore PA initiative, one of the areas that stood out to me was the governor’s recognition of the need for flood mitigation. So, I am thrilled to have him come to Green Garden Plaza to give him a firsthand look at the economic recovery there, and, most importantly, the water management challenges that remain.”Restore Pennsylvania is an ambitious infrastructure initiative funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax. Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including high speed internet access, storm preparedness and disaster recovery, downstream manufacturing, business development, and energy infrastructure, demolition, revitalization, and renewal, and transportation capital projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about community needs.Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan. March 29, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Visits Beaver County, Details How Restore Pennsylvania Can Help Offset Loss and Damage from Floodinglast_img read more

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Newcastle reject PSG bid for Cabaye

first_img Press Association Press Association Sport understands the big-spending French club has finally formalised its interest in the former Lille midfielder, but that the offer was swiftly rebuffed. Speculation has been mounting for weeks that PSG would make a move for the France international this month despite manager Laurent Blanc’s earlier indication that they would not. Pardew has repeatedly warned that he may not enjoy the same lofty status at a bigger club, and with a trip to the World Cup in Brazil to come this summer, the midfield playmaker knows he needs to be playing regularly to secure his place in the national team. However, the manager now faces a potentially uncomfortable final few days of the window waiting to see if PSG, or indeed anyone else, are prepared to up their bid. Carroll, of course, left St James’ Park on deadline day, leaving Newcastle no time to sign a replacement, and contingency plans have been drawn up to avoid such an eventuality once again. Montpellier’s Remy Cabella, while not a direct replacement, is firmly in their sights, although the French club are insistent that he will not be sold this month. Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong too remains a target, but Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear are determined only to do business if it makes financial sense. However, amid rumours that Manchester United are ready to battle them for the 28-year-old’s signature, they have fired the initial shot in a battle which could run until the end of the winter transfer window. Arsenal tested the water during the summer with a £10million bid which came nowhere near matching Magpies owner Mike Ashley’s valuation of arguably the club’s most prized asset. Newcastle’s asking price is understood to be well in advance of £20million and whether PSG come back with a further approach which prompts Ashley to think about selling remains to be seen. The current offer would represent a handsome profit on the £4.3million the Magpies paid Lille for Cabaye in July 2011. However, having emerged from the furore sparked by Arsenal’s interest in August, he has once again become the linchpin of Alan Pardew’s team and the Magpies boss is desperate to retain his services. The 52-year-old, who has spent much of the last two transfer windows insisting he does not want to sell any of his leading players, nevertheless knows there is a point at which a decision would have to be made, and that that would not be down to him. But just as it took a cheque for £35million to persuade Ashley to part with striker Andy Carroll in January 2011, so too will it require a similarly outrageous offer this time around. Cabaye has recently spoken of his contentment on Tyneside and there seems to be no particular appetite on either side to engineer a move this month. Newcastle have rejected a bid of £14million from Paris St-Germain for Yohan Cabaye.last_img read more

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