Candler Park Festival Boasts A Marvelous Array Of Music And Food Options To Delight Fans

first_imgAtlanta’s Candler Park Music and Food Festival is right around corner and ready for a successful 2-day event, June 3rd-4th, with a lineup that features hometown rocker Chris Robinson Brotherhood, NOLA powerhouses Galactic and The Revivalists, as well as Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, and so many more.With a great lineup, inexpensive ticket ($20 for a GA pass for the entire weekend, $60 for VIP), delicious food and brews from local vendors, and a 5k race to benefit Atlanta Contact Point, Candler Park organizers have touched on all their bases with planning out this year’s event (purchase tickets HERE).We had the opportunity to chat with festival producer Rival Entertainment’s Brandon Mize about this year’s event:L4LM: Tell us about this year’s headliners.Brandon Mize: “Headliner” is such a loose term for this event. We feel we have a strong overall line up and that many of the bands could be considered a “Headliner.” We’re very excited for Galactic, and for those that haven’t had the pleasure of witnessing a show by them you are in for a treat: they bring the funk, the rock, the soul and will keep you on your feet dancing the whole time. Saturday’s is one of Atlanta’s favorite hometown guys – Chris Robinson’s Brotherhood. Chris and his band have found their groove and know how to put on a show. I think they are a perfect way to close out this year’s event and will keep the festival goers dancing until the end.Watch New Orleans favorites The Revivalists performing at this year’s NOLA Jazz Fest, courtesy of muzizlife:L4LM: What do you think makes Candler Park unique/different?BM: I think what makes this event unique is the fact that you get top tier artists throughout both days for a lower ticket price than what it would cost you to see any one of them at a club in town. Also, the huge amount of food trucks for your tasting pleasure (check the vendors out HERE), along with Terrapin Brewing Co. providing the brews makes for a delicious combination of music, food, and drink. L4LM: Which up and coming acts on the bill do you think will surprise people the most?BM: What’s great about this event is what is considered an “up and coming” artist to one is a popular favorite to another.  With that being said I think some of our own local talent will turn some heads like Blair Crimmins & The Hookers, King Baby and Great Peacock (out of Nashville).Watch Great Peacock perform “Take Me To The Mountain,” live from Jam In The Van:To purchase tickets and find out more information on Candler Park Music and Food Festival, check out the festival website HERE. You can see the full lineup below.Candler Park Music & Food Festival 2016 Lineup:GalacticChris Robinson BrotherhoodThe RevivalistsYonder Mountain String BandKeller Williams’ Grateful GrassLee Fields & The ExpressionsGreat PeacockBlair Crimmins & The HookersKing BabyWebsterEnter To Win Tickets:last_img read more

Badin, Carroll welcome new rectors

first_imgAs Notre Dame welcomes the start of another school year, two residence halls welcome new rectors. Sr. Susan Sisko of Badin Hall and Fr. Matt Kuczora of Carroll Hall will take on new roles in the community as leaders and mentors of students in the dorms.Margaret Morgan, director of Residential Life Recruiting, said that when hiring new rectors, she looks for people who will provide care and support to students throughout all of life’s situations.“We search for people who will see their work as a ministry,” Morgan said. “I think that new rectors impact the Notre Dame community with a fresh energy and zeal for their work in the halls.”According to a press release from the Office of Student Affairs, Sr. Sisko is a Connecticut native who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Duquesne and a master’s degree in theology from Notre Dame in 1991. She has worked as a teacher and administrator in various Catholic schools and institutions for over 25 years.Sisko said she worked with young adults for number of years in previous jobs and is excited for the chance to return to the University and work with its students.“I’m most looking forward to meeting the young women of Badin Hall and walking with them day by day,” Sisko said. “I hope to share life with these young women and help them be the people God is intending them to be, whether they are beginning or completing their journeys at Notre Dame. To see these students grow and mature, and to be even a small part of that experience, will be so rewarding to me.”She said hopes to continue to foster the healthy community in Badin built up by her predecessors.“I know that Badin has traditionally been a hall that takes pride in its warm, loving community,” Sisko said. “My goal is simply to build upon the foundation that was placed here before me. I hope use my energy, my enthusiasm and all of my gifts to continue and add to Badin’s great history and traditions.”Fr. Matt Kuczora graduated from Notre Dame in 2005 with a degree in accounting and again in 2011 with a Master of Divinity, according to a press release from the Office of Student Affairs. He was ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 2011.Kuczora said that Holy Cross priests and brothers have been serving as rectors at the University since its beginnings.“As a Holy Cross priest, I can live out my religious order’s mission to be an ‘educator in the faith’ in a 24/7 role that impacts the lives of the future leaders of our society,” Kuczora said. “When I had a chance to apply for a position like that, I didn’t think twice about it.”Kuczora said he remembered feeling incredibly welcomed since his first day as a freshman at the University and served as a resident assistant during his senior year.“The dorm experience created a powerful network of brothers that remain some of my best friends to this day,” Kuczora said. “As the new rector of Carroll Hall, I’m most looking forward to passing on that great experience to future generations of Notre Dame students.”He said he hopes to continue to promote the environment of welcome and respect he experienced during his time as an undergraduate student.“My favorite part of the Notre Dame dorm system is the way we welcome all people and invite them to create lasting bonds of friendship and even of family,” Kuczora said. “I hope that residents find their dorm to be a place where they don’t have to perform or be perfect, where they can be themselves and be accepted just as they are.”Morgan said she believes the new rectors will have a positive impact on the Unviersity community.“Fr. Matt and Sr. Susan bring a wealth of rich ministry experience with them,” Morgan said. “I think their time in both Badin and Carroll will be filled with laughter as they work towards our Holy Cross Mission of cultivating hearts and minds.”Tags: badin hall, Carroll Hall, new rectorslast_img read more

Contraception advocacy groups sue University, cabinet agencies on behalf of Notre Dame health care plan beneficiaries

first_imgUpdated Wednesday at 10 p.m.A lawsuit challenging recent changes in University policy regarding birth control was filed in the U.S. District Court for Northern Indiana, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) announced in a press release Tuesday.The suit — filed by NWLC, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Center for Reproductive Rights — centers on the constitutionality of the University’s recent decision to make community members covered by its health plan pay for birth control, the press release said. It was filed on behalf of Irish 4 Reproductive Health (I4RH), an independent student group that advocates for contraception access on campus, and others insured by Notre Dame health plans.The release said the lawsuit claims the University reached an “unlawful settlement agreement” with President Donald Trump’s administration, allowing it to “deny students, employees and their dependents insurance coverage of birth control guaranteed to them by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).”In a statement to The Observer on Wednesday, I4RH said in a statement that it was filing the lawsuit because its members felt the University’s contraceptive coverage policies undermined their reproductive health care rights.“I4RH believes no boss, CEO, or University president should be able to control the personal decisions that we make about our bodies and lives,” I4RH said in a statement. “The Affordable Care Act protects people’s right to make these decisions about their reproductive health through the birth control benefit, which ensures that all eighteen methods of FDA-approved birth control are covered by insurance and accessible without any out-of-pocket costs.“Notre Dame’s recent settlement with the Trump-Pence Administration undermines this law, restricting student and employee birth control access. In collaboration with the National Women’s Law Center, Americans United, and the Center for Reproductive Rights, I4RH intends to defend the right of the Notre Dame student body, faculty, and staff to make their own decisions about reproductive healthcare, without the intrusion of their educator or employer.”Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications, said the “assertions on the face of [the lawsuit] are maliciously and preposterously false” in a statement sent to The Observer on Tuesday. A full list of contraceptive methods covered by the University can be found on its website.According to the suit, University faculty and staff will have to start paying a birth control copay this Sunday, whereas students will need to do so beginning in August. The purpose of the lawsuit is to prevent that outcome, according to a post on the NWLC website.Aside from I4RH, the plaintiffs listed are Natasha Reifenberg — who graduated May 20 but is still on a University health plan because her parents are Notre Dame faculty members — and three women listed as “Jane Does 1-3.”According to the lawsuit, the “Jane Doe 1” is a graduate student, “Jane Doe 2” is an undergraduate student and “Jane Doe 3” is a woman dependent on the University’s faculty and staff health plan despite not being a student, faculty member or staff member.The Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor and the Department of the Treasury are listed along with the University as defendants in the suit. Alex Azar, Alexander Acosta and Steven Mnuchin, the three respective secretaries of the agencies, round out the list of seven defendants.Because the ACA required organizations to provide contraception as part of insurance plans, Notre Dame employees have had access to free birth control and related services through the University’s federally-funded third-party administrator Meritain Health and OptumRx, the University’s prescription-benefit manager, for the past several years. This arrangement allowed Notre Dame health plans to provide contraception despite the University’s religious objections to the mandate.Last fall, the University administration joined a lawsuit challenging the contraception requirement, a decision University President Fr. John Jenkins said arose from the fact that the federal plan covered “abortifacients,” or drugs that induce abortions. Notre Dame settled that case last October when the Trump administration agreed to eliminate the mandate.“As I have said from the start, the University’s interest has never been in preventing access to those who make conscientious decisions to use contraceptives,” Jenkins said in his address to the faculty senate Nov. 7. “Our interest, rather, has been to avoid being compelled by the federal government to be the agent in their provision.”Although this development granted the University an exemption from providing contraception and contraceptive services as part of its health plans, Jenkins announced during the faculty senate address that it would continue to allow employees to receive free birth control directly from third-party providers without Notre Dame’s involvement. Those providers — Meritain and OptumRX — decided to stop charging plan members for contraception.This is the second lawsuit regarding the contraception issue that NWLC and Americans United for Separation of Church and State have filed against the Trump administration on behalf of Notre Dame community members. Graduate student Mary Shiraef and two other anonymous Notre Dame students  were listed as plaintiffs in a complaint against Acosta, Mnuchin and former acting secretary of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan — as well as their respective departments — filed Oct. 31, prior to Jenkins’s announcement in his address to the faculty senate.Tags: Affordable Care Act, birth control, Contraception, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, Donald Trump, lawsuit, University President Fr. John Jenkinslast_img read more

Local Government Offices Close Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

first_imgJamestown City Court and City Chambers. 01/28/19CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY – The governor of New York announced stricter guidelines this week which has forced the shutdown of local government offices and buildings. The new guidelines ordered all non-essential businesses to send 100 percent of their workforce home as well as cancelling all non-essential gatherings, effective Sunday, March 22.In a statement by Jamestown’s Mayor’s office, all city offices will close, effective on Monday. The statement states, “almost all employees will be sent home, apart from police and fire, who will be fully staffed and responding to emergency needs.”The Jamestown Police Department will be implementing new protocol. According to the statement, “non-emergency calls by residents will go to dispatch, where they will be asked a series of health-related questions. Officers will be observing social distance rules when they are out in the City.” Chautauqua County has also made changes to keep up with the rules. The county clerks office will be closed to the public starting on Monday. Any services can be done by mail.All county DMV offices will also be close to the public until further notice. There will be drop off boxes at all locations.The shutdowns will be in place until further notice. 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)last_img read more

France aims to boost wind, solar to 40% of energy mix by 2030

first_imgFrance aims to boost wind, solar to 40% of energy mix by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:France plans to triple its onshore wind power capacity by 2030 and multiply by five its solar power generation, enabling it to boost the share of renewables in its energy mix to 40 percent, according to the energy plan presented on Tuesday.French President Emmanuel Macron said the government would increase spending on renewables development to 8 billion euros ($9.05 billion) annually from 5 billion to take total spending to 71 billion euros between 2019 to 2028.Nuclear-dependent France has lagged behind other European nations with only around 20 percent of electricity consumption coming from renewablesFrance is on track to meet its target of 15 gigawatt of installed wind power capacity by the end of the year, but installation of solar panels would likely fall short of the 10.2 GW target by the end of the year.Macron said the government would make sure power prices from renewables projects are kept low for consumers while developing more power interconnectors with European neighbors so as to always benefit from the least-cost power.More: France plans to triple wind power capacity by 2030last_img read more

Tackling what is most important

first_img continue reading » Today, a lot of people take a certain pride in their busyness. We are all “busy” and don’t mind talking about it. But here’s a challenge I read recently: Try substituting busyness with productivity.Jason Selk, author and contributor to, says, “being busy is a waste of time. A huge waste of time.” He says in his experience, “the most successful people are those who get the most important things done every day – not the most things – and then get out of the office.”Selk gives four steps to achieving success in life while avoiding the busyness:Use your calendar and schedule at least one full day off every week.If you can’t dedicate a whole day for time to yourself or your family then some things in your routine need to go. Selk suggests making a list of all your commitments and ranking them based on importance, eliminating the least important tasks until you have one day off a week. 312SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Podcast: The real tea on journey mapping

first_img This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » Ah, journey mapping. We’ve been hearing about it since ye olden days of the 1980’s. So, why are so many financial institutions still struggling to do it effectively?This week on CRMNEXT’s Banking on Experience, Annette Franz – Founder & CEO of CX Journey Inc., author, and the queen of journey mapping herself – joins us to lend her royal expertise.What’s covered?A Controversial Question.What is Annette passionately opposed to, that most folks in the CX world are all for? In her words, “When people talk about NPS as the holy grail, it just makes my skin crawl.” But, that’s a conversation for another day.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

After vote extending his rule, Putin risks era of ‘stagnation’

first_imgPresident Vladimir Putin urged Russians to envisage the country they wanted to leave behind for their children and grandchildren during a historic vote this week to extend his rule.But experts say that by pushing back the crucial question of who could someday replace him, Putin risks years of political stagnation that could fuel frustration with the Kremlin. It was just such an era of stagnation — the infamous “period zastoya” between the mid-1960s and mid-1980s mainly under Leonid Brezhnev — that precipitated the end of the Soviet Union and threw Russia into chaos for years. Putin, already in power for 20 years as president or prime minister, proposed a package of sweeping changes to the constitution in January that included populist measures to boost pensions and the minimum wage.They also enshrined conservative values long touted by the Kremlin, with a clause mentioning the country’s “faith in God” and another effectively banning gay marriage. Then Putin, 67, backed a last-minute amendment that would zero his presidential terms limits and allow him to potentially remain in power until 2036, a move critics denounced as a ploy for him to become “president for life”. Topics : And like then, leaving Russians without the hope of change could be dangerous.”The regime’s weakness is that it doesn’t have a mechanism to transfer power,” says Maxim Trudolyubov, editor-at-large of the Meduza news website.The president’s cohort “strongly mistrusts” free and fair elections as a way to decide who may one day rule after Putin, he says.”They simply pretend they will never die.”center_img ‘Paranoia for Putin’ Stanovaya agrees, saying Putin’s administration in the coming years will not be able to improve the efficiency of the economy or protect business.”For Putin, the most important thing now is at least to avoid financial and social crises.” The frustration is particularly felt among younger voters, who independent polls showed were largely opposed to the reforms.Analysts note that Putin has failed to introduce younger political figures into the fold of the ruling elite and is unlikely to cede power to rising politicians who might introduce reforms that appeal to younger voters.”Generational change is long overdue in Russia. It’s only a matter of time — when and how,” says Trudolyubov.The Kremlin’s determination to keep the status quo could lead to “paranoia for Putin,” he added, and “with time, that will make the situation more and more fragile.”The longer the Kremlin puts off the problem of how to transfer Russia’s power, “the more sudden the change will be,” says Titov.”If you withhold this demand for change too long, it will burst in much more radical forms than it would have otherwise.” ‘Not capable’ of reform For political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya, the changes went beyond just resetting Putin’s presidential term limits. “We shouldn’t underestimate the reforms, all these amendments concerning traditional values, social rights,” she says.”This is a way to cement Russia as it is, the current regime… to institutionalize Putin’s legacy.”Russians backed the reforms in a week-long vote that ended Wednesday, with 77.92 percent voting in favor.Yet the overwhelming “yes” vote comes at a difficult time for Putin and does not reflect unbridled popularity for the Russian leader.Putin’s approval rating has plummeted to historic lows of 59 percent in recent months, partly over the government’s early handling of the coronavirus pandemic but also over longstanding economic malaise.Analysts say Putin wanted to get the vote over with before Russians — already suffering from several years of falling incomes — were hit by the full economic impact of the pandemic. But long term, observers say, the Kremlin may not be up to the task of overhauling the economy and introducing the much-needed changes that would win the president back some of his shrinking popularity.Putin “is not capable of introducing fundamental economic reforms,” says Alexander Titov, a political analyst and professor at Queen’s University in Belfast.”And if he doesn’t do it, then there will a gradual decline… like stagnated Brezhnev, with decreasing popularity and legitimacy among the population.”last_img read more

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone fears losing Arsenal and Chelsea targets Thomas Partey and Jan Oblak

first_imgPartey is a priority target for the Gunners (Picture: Getty Images)Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone is fearful of losing star players Thomas Partey and Jan Oblak this summer, according to reports.27-year-old Partey has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal, who are looking to bolster their midfield options ahead of next season.The Ghana international is believed to be keen on a switch to the north London club, but the Gunners may need to raise funds to afford his €50 million (£45m) release clause.Meanwhile, Frank Lampard is on the lookout for a new goalkeeper to replace the faltering Kepa Arrizabalaga following a string of high-profile errors last season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTOblak has been mooted as a possible replacement, however, Atletico are demanding his €120 million (£108m) buy-out clause be paid out in full.The Blues have already splashed out on Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, with a move for Kai Havertz in the works. Advertisement Advertisement Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone fears losing Arsenal and Chelsea targets Thomas Partey and Jan Oblak Comment Oblak has a steep release clause of €120m (Picture: Getty Images)According to ESPN, Simeone worries that Partey and Oblak will depart from the Wanda Metropolitano if interested parties can meet their respective release clauses.However, their stance could be changed by a substantial cash offer or fair player swap.If Partey moves to Arsenal, he would be swapping a club that regularly plays in the Champions League for one that hasn’t been in the competition since the 2016/17 campaign.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe midfielder’s international coach, CK Akonnor, advised him to stick with Atletico for the good of his career.‘Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football. His position is guaranteed and he will always play,’ Akonnor told Starr FM.‘With Arsenal, I’m not too sure. Arsenal fans will kill me [for saying he should not join the Gunners].‘I hope that, and I’m sure money issues will come in, but I hope that whatever he asks for, Atletico will be able to pay.’MORE: ‘Hopefully great news’ – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang teases Arsenal fans ahead of contract announcementMORE: Chelsea complete signing of Barcelona wonderkid Xavier MbuyambaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Aug 2020 2:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.3kShareslast_img read more

Ahead of Pitt-Penn State Game, University Leaders Join Governor Wolf Against Campus Sexual Assault

first_img September 09, 2016 It’s On Us PA,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Tomorrow, for the first time in 16 years, Penn State University and University of Pittsburgh’s football teams will play each other, reviving a storied inter-state rivalry.Ahead of the much-anticipated game, Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and Penn State President Eric Barron are joining Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to promote It’s On Us PA –  a statewide campaign that invites everyone to play a role in ending sexual assault.“When it comes to ending campus sexual assault, we are not Panthers or Nittany Lions – we are united as Pennsylvanians,” Governor Wolf said. “Pennsylvania is home to some of the best schools and athletic programs in the country, and sexual assault should not be part of any student’s experience. Ensuring our students’ safety and well-being is paramount not only to their success, but the success of Pennsylvania as a whole. I urge students and supporters of Penn State, Pitt and schools across the commonwealth to take the pledge and help Pennsylvania end sexual assault.”Pennsylvanians can take the pledge to end sexual assault at“Penn State supports the “It’s On Us” campaign and we truly believe that this requires the utmost serious attention and dedication of our entire University,” said Penn State President Barron. “We have a zero tolerance policy, and stand with our peers across Pennsylvania to lead the way in addressing sexual violence within the Commonwealth and in American higher education.”“There is no place at the University of Pittsburgh for sexual assault, violence or harassment.  We know that it’s on all of us, as administrators, students, fans, coaches, faculty, student-athletes, and as members of the Pitt community to take action to discourage and respond to misconduct.” Pitt Chancellor Gallagher said.  “Pitt is proud to have participated in the ‘It’s On Us’ campaign since its inception, having gathered more than 5000 pledges from individuals committed to joining in this effort. We are working to eliminate sexual misconduct and we encourage all Pennsylvanians to join us.”Governor Wolf announced the launch of “It’s On Us PA” in January 2016 making it the first statewide campaign to address the crisis of sexual assault in schools and on college campuses. Building on the national “It’s On Us” movement launched by President Obama and Vice President Biden in 2014, “It’s On Us PA” engages education leaders from school superintendents to college presidents as well as students, athletes, teachers, families, and communities to make a personal and public pledge to play a role in preventing, addressing, and responding effectively to sexual violence.The specific goals of “It’s On Us PA” are to:Improve awareness, prevention, reporting, and response systems in schools, colleges and universities to better serve all students.Remove/reduce barriers that prevent survivors from reporting and/or accessing vital resources by creating a more consistent, empowering reporting process for student survivors of gender based violence.Demonstrate significant, proactive, and sustainable leadership to change campus culture by challenging Pennsylvania’s education leaders – including college and university presidents, superintendents – as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, families, and communities to pledge to improve their institutions’ climate.This initiative builds on an important dialogue sparked by the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape in November 2015, which brought together educators, advocates, students, and policymakers for a screening of The Hunting Ground documentary.Pennsylvanians can join the conversation and pledge their support on social media using the hashtags #ItsOnUsPA.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Ahead of Pitt-Penn State Game, University Leaders Join Governor Wolf Against Campus Sexual Assaultlast_img read more