On June 1st and 2nd, Purple Hatter’s Ball will return once again to the Spirit of Suwannee Park in Live Oak, Florida, for the eleventh straight year benefitting the Rachel Morningstar Foundation. Since the announcement of the festival’s lineup in March, fans have eagerly been awaiting this latest edition of Purple Hatter’s Ball, which features sets by Lettuce, Spafford, Breaking Biscuits, Toubab Krewe, The Heavy Pets, Roosevelt Collier Trio, Southern Avenue, and more. However, music is not the only thing that draws fans to the Suwannee for Purple Hatter’s Ball, as the festival has an extensive and diverse listing of yoga, healing arts, and other activities scheduled across the weekend.Today, the festival has announced the full schedule for its Yoga and Arts Village. On Friday, Purple Hatter’s Ball will host Vinyasa yoga flow, zen chakra purification, beginner’s hula hoop, intro to buugeng, and Kirtan. At nighttime, bring your instruments and collaborate with Aupaya and the Magick Solar Suitcases! Anyone can do it. Play an instrument, grab the mic, spit a rhyme, learn how to loop and scratch, or plug into the Suitcases. If you don’t want to play, be a part of the mix by asking any question in the world, which becomes the basis for the next original song. The only guarantee is weirdness. Step up to the plate and learn how easy it is to make a live electronic song on the spot without a laptop!Saturday will see workshops on Exploring Feminity through Movement, Permaculture, and the Law of Attraction, plus a number of yoga, meditation, and acro yoga classes. Following the permaculture class, where you will learn about organic farming and germinating seeds, Toubab Krewe will be raffling off one of their custom seed boxes containing eight vegetable varieties and a download of their new album, Stylo. Finally, before fans pack up and drive home, Purple Hatter’s Ball will host “Transcendence Sound Healing” and “Stretching and Creative Movement” on Sunday morning, June 3rd.You can check out the full schedule of activities and sessions at Purple Hatter’s Ball’s Yoga and Arts Village below, plus head here to see the full schedule of music happening this weekend at Spirit of Suwannee Park. Tickets for the music and camping festival are on-sale now and can be purchased on the event’s website here.
By the end of this century, sea levels in the Netherlands may rise more than 4 feet, a troubling prospect in a country where 70 percent of GNP is produced in protected areas that are below sea level.To cope with the prospect of fast-rising water, two schools of thought have evolved in the nation of vulnerable delta cities: Use engineering know-how to build up dikes and improve pumping technology, or open cities to the sea in such a way that natural systems can co-exist with human habitation.The second course — call it a “proto-ecological intervention” — is where Harvard comes in. Over the past two years, students at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) have puzzled over what they call the country’s “climate conundrum” in a project funded by the Netherlands.In a daylong series of studio presentations at Gund Hall on Monday (May 3), the 14 students from the departments of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and Design presented their capstone ideas to Dutch officials. Some watched on a trans-Atlantic video link. Others were in low-slung Room B-04, where the four walls were lined with massive poster boards on wheels.The students, part of a research project led by GSD professors Pierre Belanger and Nina-Marie Lister, focused on Dordrecht, the oldest city in Holland. The historic market city, which is bounded by five rivers, is at risk from more than rising sea levels. It faces sea surges from the west, river flooding from the east, and dramatic subsidence in “polders,” the tracts of land captive within dikes.One idea already afloat in the Netherlands is to seal Dordrecht behind a kind of super-dike. That would be the culmination of the world-class civil engineering that the Dutch have practiced for more than 500 years. (Per capita, Dutch expenditures on flood defense — 2 billion Euros a year — match U.S. military spending.)But other Dutch officials are drawn to going beyond traditional dikes and pumps. Closing the city off from any influence of the rivers or the sea is a bad idea, said Ellen Kelder, Dordrecht’s water manager, who attended the presentations along with city planner Judit Bax.Bring in ecology, she said, echoing some of the Harvard presenters. It’s important to make the seacoast city a kind of plastic entity that will flex with natural rhythms instead of defying them.The city was part of a Dutch “delta commission” formed after catastrophic seacoast flooding in 1953, said Bax. Last year, a new delta commission was formed to look ahead to 2100. One idea proposed, she said, would be to open up that closed system to the forces of nature, including tides, flood surges, and rising water levels.The basic idea is simple, said Kelder: “living with water.”Bring in the issue of energy, she added. After all, Holland’s present flood control structures and pumping systems require almost 100,000 barrels of foreign oil a day, and fossil fuels are finite.Dordrecht is one of 40 Dutch cities that are questioning the primacy of engineering-only solutions for what they call “flood defense.” By 2015, each city will develop a strategic plan in the national project called “Room for the River.”Dordrecht also helped form “Drecht cities,” a consortium of riverside towns looking at regional solutions to flooding.The city has teamed with Spanish venture capitalists on the Urban Flood Management Project, part of a bid to be in the forefront of a global conversation on how cities will cope with climate change.But Kelder still fears that any water safety discussion in Holland will stay focused only on engineering solutions. Instead, she said, “We are looking for a paradigm shift.”The GSD students had the same game-shifting notion. Their projects looked at a future Dordrecht region. It could be a place where algae are farmed for energy, and where fertilizer-intensive dry-land agriculture gives way to farming mollusks.It could be “depopulated” as residents are drawn to flood-resilient housing outside the dikes and existing streets alternately become public spaces and flood-control mechanisms. Why shouldn’t there be fewer people in the city, asked one presentation. After all, in sprawling Dordrecht, 60 percent of the land mass employs only 1 percent of its citizens. Or the future Dordrecht could be a place of “gradient urbanism,” where dikes are expanded to become places to live. Or it could be a place of “climate capitalism,” where the adaptation to sea level rise is the engine for new industries.One project noted that by the middle of this century, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in flood-prone delta regions. A future Dordrecht that relied on “ecological interventions” to supplement engineering solutions could become a coastal urban template for the world.Bax, the city planner, liked the sweep of the Harvard presentations, and that they were created by “people from another continent, with a fresh view.”To summarize and illustrate their complex projects, the students designed and printed a “Depoldering Dordrecht” brochure, complete with faux ads that anticipate a future in commercial concert with the sea. There were ads for estuary-cultivated pearls, “one-stop shopping” for oysters and other bivalves, and a bumper sticker that read: “We [Heart] Floods.”Of all the ads, said Belanger, “The one for Prada hip boots is my favorite.”But what can Harvard possibly bring to the Dutch, who have so expertly been holding back the sea for centuries?“A fresh look,” said Tracy Metz, a Dutch urbanist, architecture writer, and critic who originated the idea of a Harvard-Holland partnership. She was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard from 2006 to 2007.“The Dutch will always have to pump,” but you can’t only pump, said Metz, especially since many of the hard-engineering solutions of recent decades have come with a steep ecological price. “We want to find new ways of living with water and living with nature.”The Harvard project might help, said Kelder, calling it a collection of ideas that are smart, innovative, and “beautifully presented.”But the next step has to be translating these ideas into something that politicians, businessmen, and citizens will understand. “Everyone has to see the benefits. Then we will go there,” said Kelder.Meanwhile, ideas should be supplemented with a pilot project that interrupts the engineering-only dialogue. “It’s very important to break up the discussion,” she said, sitting near the bright student posters. “And you don’t break up a discussion with just this.”Metz said the Harvard-Holland project could go into a third year, though discussions are continuing. If it did, GSD students and faculty would deal with issues in Rotterdam, the largest Dutch port.As for Dordrecht, said Kelder: Two years is a start for a university-government collaboration, but 10 or 20 years makes more sense.“It’s brilliant what they’ve done,” she said of the GSD students. “Now we need to do something with it.”The May 4 presentations were sponsored by the Harvard-Netherlands Project on Climate Change, Water, Land Development, and Adaptation, in association with the Netherlands Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management; the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment; and the Netherlands-based Deltares Institute. Participating graduate students — who spend a week in Dordrecht in March — were Casey Elmer, Jianhang Gao, Kimberly Garza, Julia Grinkrug, Eamonn Hutton, Haein Lee, Jae Yoon Lee, James Moore, Abhishek Sharma, Soomin Shin, Richa Shukla, Gyoung Tak Park, Sarah Thomas, and Laci Videmsky.
Reinhold Brinkmann, a distinguished scholar whose writings on music of the 19th and 20th centuries made an indelible mark on musicology in Germany and the United States, died on Oct. 10, after a long illness, in Eckernförde, Germany. He was 76.Brinkmann taught in Harvard’s Department of Music from 1985 until his retirement in 2003, serving as James Edward Ditson Professor of Music and department chair. He came to Harvard from Berlin, where he had been a professor at the Hochschule der Künste since 1980, and prior to that was professor of musicology at the University of Marburg. In 2001, he was the first musicologist to be awarded the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize.His writings span a broad range of topics, including the Second Viennese School (especially Schoenberg), the Romantic Lied tradition, Wagner, Skryabin, Varèse, Eisler, and Ives. Brinkmann also lived and breathed new music, and enjoyed close friendships with Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, and Luciano Berio, who dedicated his Sonata per Pianforte Solo to him in 2001. Brinkmann’s work combined intimate knowledge of the music, often shown in detailed, painstaking analyses, with an awareness of social and political backgrounds and ramifications. He published and edited many books and essays.He leaves behind his wife, Dorothea Brinkmann. The Department of Music will host a memorial for Brinkmann in the spring.
This weekend, the midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy will travel to Notre Dame for the 89th meeting of the Notre Dame and Navy football programs, and the game will begin with a rare flyover.The theme for this football weekend is military appreciation, director of operations and assistant professor of Naval Science Major Regan Jones said. He said the theme is especially significant given the storied relationship between the Naval Academy and Notre Dame.“In the ’40s … World War II kicked off and all the fighting-age men — at the time Notre Dame was an all-male institution — went to war,” Jones said. “Notre Dame was really in a financial crisis and one of the things that saved the University was the fact that the U.S. Navy … set up an officer training program at Notre Dame, … where thousands of young men were trained and commissioned as officers in the Navy.“That injection of money basically saved Notre Dame and kept them from going bankrupt.”Observer File Photo Though the U.S. Navy only authorizes 40 flyovers per year due to budget constraints, Notre Dame will have its second flyover of the season for the game on Saturday, Jones said. He said he thinks the reason Notre Dame was authorized a second flyover is because of the historic relationship between Notre Dame and Navy.The pilots who will complete the flyover are from two different squadrons out of Norfolk, Virginia, and will be flying four twin-engine fighter jets known as Super Hornets in a diamond shape over the stadium. Jones said the pilots will receive recognition at halftime and Notre Dame ROTC students will have the chance to meet them on Sunday.The University is also bringing in Wounded Warriors and several alumni to campus for recognition, Jones said. He said the military appreciation theme will extend into Friday’s pep rally as well.“The idea was Notre Dame has always been very supportive of the ROTC, especially the military, and if we created [a] military appreciation event for the football game, it would serve as an opportunity not only for the University to recognize all the accomplishments of Notre Dame alumni that have served [and] Wounded Warriors, but just service people in general,” Jones said. “[It would] serve as an opportunity to also leverage national assets like the military flyover to get other military-type things onto campus for one particular day of the year.”Jones said the planning of the weekend has been a team effort. The band, the Athletic Department, Game Day Operations and the ushers have all been supportive of and excited about the weekend and what it stands for, he said.Nate Stone, senior and Navy ROTC student, said this weekend is very exciting for ROTC students too.“I’m always excited by this game because it gives us an opportunity to interact with Academy midshipmen who will one day be our colleagues,” Stone said. “We’re really honored to have them here and also excited.”Tags: flyover, Football Friday Feature, Navy
Tags: Center for Social Concerns, Dahnke Ballroom, service The Center for Social Concerns (CSC) hosted its annual Social Concerns Fair at the Dahnke Ballroom from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. At the fair, many non-for-profit organizations and student-run clubs had the chance to present their activities to students and other visitors.The fair consisted of clubs with different social service aims such as tutoring, health care and service and student government, among others. The representatives of these clubs were mainly students and officials who expressed excitement to share the opportunities available for the students.One such group was the Friends of St. Joseph County Parks. This group is a not-for-profit organization which helps preservation of parks’ biodiversity and the organization of outdoor activities in its facilities. There are four main parks preserved by this organization, but the closest park to Notre Dame is St. Patrick County Park.According to the group’s representative, students can participate in a range of winter activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter tubing at the park. At Bendix Woods Park, which is approximately 15 miles away from Notre Dame, the Tapping Day is celebrated on Feb. 15. At this event, visitors tap the Bendix Woods Sugar Bush and make fresh maple syrup.The Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph Country is another not-for-profit organization which helps young children to reach their full potential and productivity, said Andrea McCollester, who represented the group at the fair.“We try to expose children to a lot of different things which they might be interested in,” she said. “We try to lift up kids by trying to realize their potential and be the best version of themselves.”According to her, it is very easy to go from Notre Dame to the organization, which is located on Sample Street. There is a South Bend city bus stop on Eddy Street which stops very close to the organization.This fair is an opportunity for students who want to engage with the community and help others in need. Michael Hawley, a freshman at Notre Dame, said students should volunteer into these organization as it is a great way to help the local community.“There is an abundance of opportunities in South Bend area and they all look very interesting,” Hawley said.Another student, freshman Tanner Condon who studies at the Mendoza College of Business, said the education he has received at Notre Dame has encouraged him to help others.“Here they teach you to strive for goodness through business, and I wanted to come up here to see how can I serve to the community,” Condon said.Shannon Gibson, a freshman, said she is looking forward to this opportunity to meet with local community groups and learn more about them and their work. Gibson and her friends were very excited about the CSC fair, which offers the students a lot of different opportunities to help them develop. They are looking forward to future events as they seek to strengthen their bond to the community.“I want to get more involved in the local community,” Gibson said. “In that way I can offer my help in improving the community, which is very important to me.”
Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown woman is facing charges after allegedly hiding in a ceiling from officers responding to a reported order of protection violation.Jamestown Police say Ashley Inserra, 31, visited a Charles Street address and violated an order of protection on Thursday afternoon.Officers say Inserra was hiding in the ceiling when they arrived to the scene in an attempt to elude arrest.Police say Inserra eventually fell through the ceiling and was taken into custody. She is charged with second-degree criminal contempt, aggravated family offense, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and on numerous arrest and bench warrants. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
In a personal video project from Australian filmmaker and biker Raechel Harding, two minorities in the biking community get the chance to share a new story. Female fixed-gear riders take charge in this view of Melbourne from behind the handlebars. Harding, an internationally known and award-winning videographer, created this short film in order to “highlight these talented women, giving voice to women on the scene”. Thanks to Raechel, we can all learn more about the nuances of bike culture from those that come from outside the norm. Check out “Fixed on Fixed” by Raechel Harding, and get a new perspective on these old tricks.Fixed On Fixed from Raechel Harding on Vimeo.
By Dialogo January 24, 2011 Ecuador will send 36 tons of humanitarian aid to the victims of mudslides that killed at least 800 people in Brazil, the Foreign Ministry said. Bottled water, food, hygiene and cleaning kits are among the items that will be shipped, the ministry declared. Heavy rains in the second week of January sent torrents of water and mud sliding through towns and villages in a mountainous area just north of Rio de Janeiro, killing hundreds. At least, another 200 people are still missing and 14,000 remain homeless, according to Rio’s state health and civil defense service. The disaster is considered the worst natural catastrophe in Brazil’s history.
Porth works to build relationships Porth works to build relationships May 15, 2006 Regular News Gary Blankenship Senior Editor As a prosecutor, Ari Porth has learned the value of advocacy. As a state representative, he has learned the value of building relationships.And he’s having a whale of a time doing both.“I have the best two jobs in the world, being a prosecutor back home and being in the legislature,” said the first-term Coral Springs Democrat. “And frankly, I couldn’t have it any better.”A graduate of Northeastern University with a B.S. degree and Nova Southeastern University, where he got his law degree in 1995, Porth said he always wanted to serve in the legislature, and he became a lawyer because it seemed like a logical step toward that goal.His work as a prosecutor — a job he took out of law school — furthered that desire. Porth recalled when he worked in the juvenile division and prosecuted a case where a student with hearing problems had been bullied, including knocked down and kicked.“Our office wasn’t able to do anything more than file misdemeanor charges against the offender, who only got a slap on the wrist,” he said. “My partner and I came back to the office and we were pretty disgusted.”Porth said he checked the statutes under hate crimes and found they did not apply to crimes committed against the disabled. So he went to Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, who got a bill making that change.“I thought, ‘Maybe this is where I need to try public service, in the legislature,’” Porth said.In 2004, his local state House seat became open, and he ran and won. In his first year, Porth said he spent time learning the ropes. Now in his second year, he has learned the value of building relationships and as of the last week of session had most of his primary bills on the House floor or through the lower chamber, and one through the legislature.“I’ve learned that a lot of your success up here has to do with the relationships that you’re able to build,” he said. “So much of what is discussed up here aren’t Democratic issues, aren’t Republican issues; they are good issues for people of Florida. There are reasonable people on both sides of the aisles. If you just take time to sit down and know these people, they can be of tremendous help in moving good legislation forward.”This year, Porth has worked with Campbell to pass a bill protecting Floridians who lose their homes to foreclosure, but still have equity after the home is sold and the debts paid. He noted that many people don’t realize the surplus, which is held in a court clerk’s account, is there and they own the money.“There are people who go to the those who have lost their home and let them know about the money in the clerk’s office and what they don’t let them know is the money is available without their help. They have been taking upward of 40 percent from the fund” for helping the former homeowners claim their money, Porth said.The practice has earned those people the names of deed snatchers, equity vultures, and equity leeches, he said.The bill, which passed both chambers “will curtail their practices and better notify the people who have lost their homes,” Porth said. “That is a top priority for me.”Other legislation he is pushing this year includes working with Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, on a bill to prevent defense attorneys from seeking the proprietary source codes for breathalyzers in DUI cases and with Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, to add criminal penalties to civil sanctions for those who send out false or misleading spam e-mails.“When Sen. Aronberg and I were first talking about this bill, some of the folks suggested that so many of those spam e-mails come from overseas or out of state [that the bill would be meaningless],” he said. “Frankly, what we discovered. . . is that more spam emanates from Boca Raton than anywhere else in the world. Our law enforcement officials will have enough work to do.”Another Porth bill seeks to protect minors by adding two offenses to those who would be considered sex offenders: those who traffic minors for prostitution and Department of Juvenile Justice employees who commit sex offenses on minors in state custody.With the session over, Porth will prepare to run for reelection and return to his prosecution career, a job from which he derives much satisfaction.“I think the prosecutor is the most powerful person in the courtroom,” he said. “They have the opportunity to do justice every day. They can file charges when appropriate; they can dismiss charges when appropriate; they can plea cases out. They have the opportunity to do right every day, and I wanted that opportunity.”That is, perhaps, not a surprising sentiment for the past president of the Broward County B’nai B’rith Justice Unit who has this framed saying on his wall, in Hebrew and English: “Justice, thou shalt pursue.”
Flag Order, National Issues, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex, at Commonwealth facilities, and throughout the state lowered to half-staff, effective immediately. This order is to mark respect for the victims of the attack at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.All commonwealth flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on Thursday, November 9, 2017.Per an order from the White House, the United States Flag has been ordered to fly at half-staff until sunset on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor the Victims of the Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas SHARE Email Facebook Twitter November 06, 2017