Earlier in May, Night Lights Music Festival was announced, which will return to The Heron in Sherman, NY, for its eighth year from August 23rd to 25th. In the initial phase lineup, the festival announced that it would host electronic rock innovators Lotus and funk outfit The Motet, as well as performances by Aqueous; Octave Cat featuring Jesse Miller (Lotus), Eli Winderman (Dopapod), Charlie Patierno; jazz/funk fusion producer Anomalie; Tropidelic; Bumpin Uglies; lespecial; Upstate Rubdown; Boss Tweed and the Carpetbaggers; as well as an acoustic set from Pappy (Cabinet, Gatos Blancos).Today, the three-day music and camping festival has added a special one-of-a-kind late-night set, Fearless, a Pink Floyd tribute. Fearless will feature Chuck Garvey (Moe.), Mike Gantzer (Aqueous), Evan McPhaden (Aqueous), Eli Winderman (Dopapod/ Octave Cat), and Matt Kellen (Mungion). The festival also announced that Sophistafunk will pay tribute to ’90s hip-hop in 2018. Soul Roach featuring Todd Eberwine and The Buffalo Brass Machine were also added onto the bill.Tickets for Night Lights Music Festival—scheduled for August 23rd through 25th at Sherman, New York’s The Heron—can be purchased on the festival’s website here.
Keri O’Mara | The Observer Since 2013, a committee of students, faculty and staff has been compiling data and researching the impact of the freedom of association policy in Notre Dame’s Licensing Codes of Conduct, more commonly called “the China Policy.”“This began in the late 90s when there was a lot of activity around sweatshops, and the previous president, Fr. [Edward] “Monk” Malloy instituted a campus-wide committee to look into what Notre Dame’s response would be,” University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves said. “That committee met and wrote a report with a series of recommendations.“The major recommendation in it was Notre Dame should not allow products produced with Notre Dame’s logo on it to be manufactured in countries which didn’t have complete freedom of association.”This week, the Worker Participation Committee will put forth its findings to the Notre Dame community through a series of events focused on explaining the current policies and proposed alternatives. The following week, students and faculty will have an opportunity to respond in an open forum with committee members.“The question on the table is to engage or not to engage, and I think the question we’re going to explore [this] week is: does engagement make sense as a way to improve the experience of workers in these factories?” Christine Cervenak, associate director of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, said. “Or, I think it’s very possible that a lot of the conversation will be around why not to engage and to allow the existing policy to continue.”Worker participation refers to factory workers’ right to freely associate, including their ability to form unions, Cervenak said. Under current rules, apparel companies like Under Armour, which the University currently licenses to create apparel, cannot produce Notre Dame products in factories where workers cannot freely associate.“The right of association is the right that the initial policy focuses on, and this committee is really focusing on what we’re now calling workers’ participation,” she said. “If you’re unhappy with your wage or your safety or environmental issues, you should be able to complain to your employer.”According to the Worker Participation Committee’s website, the current Freedom of Association policy, enacted in 2001 after Malloy’s committee released its recommendations, stipulates, “University licensed products cannot be manufactured in countries lacking a legal right for workers to organize and form independent labor unions of their own choosing.“Since then, China and 10 other countries (Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Laos, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Turkmenistan and United Arab Emirates) have been on a list of countries where licensees were prohibited from producing Notre Dame-licensed products.“Notre Dame is the only university with such a policy.”Affleck-Graves said the policy was born out of the University’s desire to lead peer institutions like Duke and Stanford in demonstrating the possibility of doing ethical business abroad in countries where working regulations and human-rights laws differ.“It’s very important that Notre Dame always does things that it feels comfortable with and that it meets the values and morals and ethical standards that we would be proud of,” he said. “And at the same time, our mission is to be a source for good in the world and to encourage and foster change for the better wherever we can.“That’s what’s driving this project. Is there a way where we can be an example to others of how to do ethical business in a country like China? It’s one thing to talk about it, but it’s another thing to actually do it and provide a proven and tested model that then other people can implement.“… If we can’t, then we won’t do it. But if we can, I think it would be an exciting opportunity for Notre Dame to take the lead in this area.”Affleck-Graves said the office of the executive vice president typically reviews each of Notre Dame’s policies about every 10 years to ensure their continued relevance. Cervenak said Affleck-Graves and Notre Dame administrators realized in their review of the licensing codes of conduct that, though well intentioned, the sanctions against China and nine other countries had not yielded a substantive positive impact.“As I understand it, there was a hope that Notre Dame would be at the forefront of getting other universities to get behind a movement that would put pressure on China to change its labor policies,” Cervenak said. “I think there was some hope, real hope, tangible hope that that would happen, and in the end, the universities that might have joined with us did not do so.”Student body president Lauren Vidal, who served on the panel with student body president emeritus Alex Coccia, said the fact that many Notre Dame students come from China and that the University itself has fostered a strong presence in China encouraged Affleck-Graves to review the licensing policy.“It’s a unique opportunity because when the committee met to discuss this initially, we realized that although we banned production in China, we’ve seen no change due to the ban,” Vidal said. “… We think that this may be a unique and very constructive way to approach improving the lives of workers in a deliberate way.”Besides compiling research, the Worker Participation Committee’s responsibilities have included considering alternatives to the China Policy. A proposed pilot program would allow “three or four” audited Chinese factories that meet certain standards of working conditions and agree to a “rigorous analysis” to begin producing Notre Dame apparel, Affleck-Graves said.“We’ve done an audit of six factories,” he said. “To get a sense of what we could do in an audit, we took a team over to China including Lauren and Alex to visit four of the factories. We were trying to verify that the company that was doing the audits for us had actually got the message on what we thought was important.”“So now the question is, would we actually be comfortable applying that program, and how would the companies operate under that system?” Affleck-Graves said.Notre Dame enlisted the help of Verité, a non-profit consulting firm, to identify and assess factories in China that might participate in such a program if the current policy were to change, Cervenak said.Last September, Vidal toured four potential factories in China with seven other individuals, including Coccia and assistant provost for internationalization Jonathan Noble, who also directs Notre Dame’s Beijing Global Gateway.“We visited four factories, two of which were pretty phenomenal in terms of worker representation,” Vidal said. “We also visited two other factories which we decided we wouldn’t be comfortable manufacturing in. I was very happy to see that the delegation all agreed on that.”Affleck-Graves said the Worker Participation Committee’s work and recommendations offer the campus community a chance to engage in meaningful dialogue about an issue that matters not just to the University’s mission and operations but also to concerns of the global economy.“China is the focus of the committee because it’s the second-largest economy in the world,” Affleck-Graves said. “Within the next few years, it will probably be the largest economy of the world.”“China is a very, very important country and so the ability to go into a country like that and influence behavior is something I personally think Notre Dame should be trying to do,” he said. “This can become a model not just for China. … By tackling one of the biggest countries, I think you have the biggest opportunity to create a role model for others.”Tags: China, China policy, Christine Cervenak, John Affleck-Graves, labor, Lauren Vidal, Notre Dame, Worker Participation
A peaceful nook to chill out in.The four-bedroom house totalling 484 sq m also features three bathrooms, two study nooks, a large living and dining area, and a sparkling 3m-deep swimming pool.On plot 21 the 228sq m house was renovated to a similar standard and features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a laundry, study and double garage.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoMrs Andrews said the privacy of the estate is what attracted them to the address. “It’s such a beautiful site and so secure. You own the whole gully below so no one can ever build you out, no one can take those views away from you,” she said. Loads of room for special occasions.The couple, who both work in healthcare, moved in to number 17 with their three boys, now aged 17, 13 and 11, while Sally’s parents moved in to the house at number 21. Having acquired the additional plots the Andrews decided to delay building their dream mansion while they carried out extensive renovations on the two existing houses. At number 17, Mrs Andrews said: “We basically ripped the back off the house and added an outdoor kitchen, stairs, terraces and decks.” They also dismantled the facade and installed a carport, adding a further two parking spaces to an existing double garage.“We also built a private courtyard with a pergola-style roof so it can be used year-round. There’s a stone fireplace in there too, which makes it such a lovely space to be in winter, or summer.” Record-breaking Brisbane home sells again How to push through the goat’s cheese curtain Tasteful living. Stunning outlook.A decade on and the property’s gardens are a lush, tropical oasis with mature trees, a sports oval and a large Asian-inspired pavilion with an in-built kitchen — the perfect place for parties and entertaining. “It’s a truly lovely garden. Every blade of grass, every tree was planted by us. My dad used to hand-water the plants every day to try and keep them alive. We’ve put a lot of work into it and will miss the space very much.”While developing 19 Ludlow St, where the grand family mansion was to be its centrepiece, an opportunity arose for the Andrews to snap up the two adjoining blocks — first, number 21 and later number 19 — giving the family a rare parcel of land spanning almost 3000sq m across Hamilton Hill. Looking out to the Brisbane River and Bulimba.While a recent change in family circumstances has forced the Andrews to abandon their plans to fully redevelop the estate (the family have moved to an already renovated estate in Kalinga, which they bought at auction in November for $5.15 million), they hope any prospective buyers of Ludlow St will see their dreams for the property through.“It’s a romantic notion, I know, but I would love to have a buyer come in who continues with our family vision for the place. Someone who will carry on and build a really big mansion, where multiple generations can live and enjoy the gardens and the privacy the property offers,” Mrs Andrews said. “Multigenerational living is a growing trend. Families living together is what people always used to do and it’s what we’ve always done.”17, 19 and 21 Ludlow St are for sale as one estate or as individual lots. The land is zoned as low to medium-density residential and plot 19 has development application approval for a five-storey house, which took the Andrews years to get through council and the courts.The listing will be auctioned on February 26, if not sold prior. 17-21 Ludlow Street, Hamilton, is high end living at its best.When Sally and Steve Andrews bought 19 Ludlow St in Hamilton, with the intention to build their dream mansion, there was little to admire.The 1745sq m block in the affluent inner-northeastern suburb of Brisbane was overgrown, with scrub and bush obscuring coveted views of the river below and the city in the distance. “It was terrible,” Mrs Andrews said. “There was nothing we could do with it, so we flattened it and started again.” MORE: Inside QLD’s mega mansions
Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Exhibition portraying Methodism opens by: Dominica Vibes News – May 25, 2017 Sharing is caring! Tweet 264 Views no discussions Share Share Reverend Ruth Pratt, Church PresbyterThe Methodist Church Dominica Circuit has launched an exhibition, ‘This is Methodism’, in conjunction with its two hundred and thirtieth anniversary in the island. The exhibition, themed ‘A Celebration of our Heritage- Embracing our Mission’, officially launched on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at the University of the West Indies Open Campus.“Our purpose for coming here this afternoon as we celebrate our two hundred and thirtieth anniversary, our fiftieth year as an autonomous conference, the MCCA, and even as we celebrate today, we remember that we are indeed celebrating our heritage, embracing our mission,” Reverend Ruth Pratt, Church Presbyter said during the launch.Circuit Superintendent Reverend Dr. Novelle Josiah said the exhibition displays over two hundred and fifty years of Methodism inclusive of the two hundred and thirty years it has been here on the island.Circuit Superintendent Reverend Dr. Novelle Josiah“It reminds us that we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone ahead of us and that we are assisted and aided by those who work alongside us and of course we need to preserve our history and our heritage as we seek to appreciate these so that generations who come after us would find us faithful.”Reverend Dr. Josiah added, “I often think the way in which we regard our history and our heritage, it is always something about the past not realizing that we are part of history and that we have a responsibility, we have a stewardship to ensure that that history is recorded, that heritage is appreciated or else we would not have anything to celebrate.”He continued, “Our children and grandchildren and their children’s children would not have a shred of what it means to be a Methodist, of what it means to be a people and so first of all we need to appreciate our role as part of this process.”According to Dr Josiah, this exhibition “reminds us of who we are as a people and it allows us to chart the course as to where we are going to go and who we will be in the future”.The ‘This is Methodism’ exhibition will remain mounted for a number of weeks until June 7 2017. For the next two weeks it will open daily from 9AM to 4PM, Monday to Friday at the UWI Open Campus’ old library. It will then move on to the Wesley- Ebenezer Methodist Church Hall and then the Mt Wallis Faith Hall in Portsmouth. “So please spread the word around and encourage your family members and friends to be a part of this exhibition,” Reverend Dr. Josiah told the attendees.“I pray that as we partake in this exhibition it would indeed prod us one to embrace our heritage and to embrace our mission, ‘Celebrate our Heritage-Embracing our Mission’,” Dr Josiah said.– / 51
In case you get lost in the mob and clutter Saturday, 1440 Monroe St. is what you’re looking for.That’s where one of the most anticipated games in Wisconsin football history will be kicking off, a perennial powerhouse in Nebraska being welcomed to the Big Ten by the ever-rising brand of the Badgers.ESPN’s College Gameday has its rooms booked for the weekend while, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, 20,000 Nebraska fans have been fighting to snatch the 3,000 tickets allocated to the visiting team.Breaking ground in the newly reformatted Big Ten with a game that will feature two top-10 ranked teams at Camp Randall for the first time since 1962 has catapulted the excitement surrounding this game into the realm of UW’s last four Rose Bowl trips and the 1999 Iowa game in which Ron Dayne became the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher.But through all the dazzle set to take place under the lamps at Camp Randall, there’s one thing I’ll specifically be looking for Saturday night: a balanced and strong performance from quarterback Russell Wilson.A tale that seems ready to burst any moment, all the legend of Russell Wilson needs to really take off is a huge performance against a juggernaut team in a marquee game.Saturday’s game provides that launch pad, and I think Wilson will take advantage and lift off.It is remarkably just three months after he announced his intention to join the Badgers and after his first four games playing in cardinal and white, Wilson has already galvanized fans and reporters with his number.He’s already begun to chip away at the UW record books, owning the seventh- (347 yard against Northern Illinois) and eighth-highest (345 yards against South Dakota) passing yard totals in Wisconsin history. He’s also the first quarterback in school history to throw multiple touchdown passes in four consecutive games and the first to throw at least three touchdowns in three-straight games.Not impressed since they came against Mickey Mouse squads? Just remember that Wisconsin has routinely lined up against wishy-washy non-conference foes for years and past quarterbacks have only put up comparable numbers nine times since 2003. Not to mention they played in UW’s system longer and probably played all four quarters – which Wilson has not done yet.He’s also done the seemingly impossible: make Wisconsin look like a passing team by outgaining the famed ground game, 1,136 yards to 982.Over the last decade, several Wisconsin running backs have been mentioned in passing as a potential Heisman candidate during the preseason, but Wilson – just four weeks into the season – has already become Wisconsin’s most legitimate candidate for the bronze trophy since Dayne in ’99.All of this from a guy who’s probably still learning how to get around Madison outside of campus.Point being is that despite the rave reviews surrounding Wilson prior to his arrival at Wisconsin, nobody thought he would command the playbook (starter from day one), the huddle (one of four captains), or opposing defenses (nation’s second highest passer efficiency rating) as well as he has so far.But what may be Wilson’s best attribute in a game with national appeal is his calm demeanor and work ethic.As sports clich?s go, great players thrive in big games. In order for them to do that, their heads need to be cleared and prepared and they need to respond to a challenge well. Wilson, simply by being a team captain, has clearly shown an ability for all of the above so far this season.I’m expecting to see his best game yet on Saturday. Maybe – or probably – some of his numbers won’t be of the caliber he’s put up the last two weeks, but I think his efficiency rating will stay afloat and I think he can be counted on to bail out the Badgers in the game’s tensest moments. Mistakes will be minimal.Wilson seems to be on the cusp of a storybook season and all he needs to lock himself in Wisconsin lore is fine competition to push his performances to the next level, the level of fourth quarter magic.Expect him to pick up the gauntlet Saturday.Elliot is a senior majoring in journalism. Are you looking forward to seeing Wilson play against top-shelf competition? Think he’ll have a special game? Tell him your thoughts by sending an email to [email protected] or Tweet @BHeraldSports.
Ms. Miatta Fahnbulleh, a social justice advocate and Liberian musical diva, has announced her campaign to contest the upcoming Midterm Senatorial election.Ms. Fahnbulleh is among aspirants, including Congress for Democratic Change’s (CDC’s) George Weah for the senatorial position of Montserrado County in the election scheduled for October this year.“Having advocated and worked for social justice and democracy in Liberia for more than 40 years, Miatta now intends to bring her sensitivity, compassion and integrity to the Senate,” one of her campaigners has declared.Aunty Miatta, as she is affectionately called, strongly believes that the market women, yanna boys, the unemployed young men and women, taxi and bus drivers—most of whom reside in West Point, Clara Town, Vai Town, Logan Town, New Kru Town, Soniwein, and other poverty-stricken communities in Monrovia—deserve better life.She told her supporters at a recent gathering that she intends to contest for the Senatorial seat for Montserrado County; her birth as an independent candidate.By that conviction, she assured them that she will be going out to the people of Montserrado to offer them a choice of a caring leadership, leadership worthy of trust of the people; a new kind of leadership that will not do “business as usual.”Currently, she serves as the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s New Born and Maternal Health Ambassador.Ms. Fahnbulleh believes that the Senator of Montserrado County should have a profound grasp of the real needs of the people, and that access to electricity, clean drinking water, a safe and clean environment, and education are basic human rights.As a Senator, her campaign team leader believes too, that she would work to implement policies that will not only empower the citizens of the nation’s capital county, but that will also guarantee and protect the rights of the most vulnerable people throughout the Liberian society.The Miatta Fahnbulleh campaign last week announced that the Liberian Musical Diva, has entered the October race as an independent candidate where she is expected to be a potential force for all the contenders in the race.Ms. Fahnbulleh’s campaign is under the theme, “One Tree, Many Branches: One People, One Aim; One Destiny.”Aunty Miatta is one of Liberia’s most famous citizens; a veteran of the struggle for social justice, and democracy in the nation.For several decades, she has been actively involved in the people’s struggle for dignity and human rights. A gifted singer, Miatta has used her soul-stirring voice not only to gladden the hearts of orphans and deprived children, but has also sensitized, created awareness, and given persistent voice to issues affecting the most marginalized members of our society.By that, the musical legendary has been a nagging voice in the ears of the powerful on behalf of the masses. Born and raised in Monrovia, Miatta Fahnbulleh is especially sensitive to the need of improving the living standard of the city’s poor slum dwellers.For the last two decades, Ms. Fahnbulleh abandoned her international career to devote herself to providing education for the children of the poor; a process she is up to present committed to implementing to the fullest.“Legendary artist, social justice activist, and women’s and children’s advocate, Miatta is a veteran of the struggle for democratic rights in Liberia,” her campaign team leader declared.In the 1970s when a chorus of cries for social transformation and democratic participation swept the nation, hers was a rare voice advocating the rights of girls, and women. In the minds of her campaigners, her passion for the most deprived people in the Liberian society transcends class, gender and ethnicity.According to them, Miatta is a patriotic Liberian with big dreams, and a solid vision of empowerment for the nation’s masses.She is especially passionate about equal access for all the people to the benefits accrued from the nation’s resources, the rights of Liberian women and children, and giving skills to the young people for economic independence, among other things.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)