Load remaining images Last weekend, Hillberry Music Festival returned to “The Farm” located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The four-day event, which spanned October 13-16, was presented by bluegrass masters Railroad Earth and hosted a bevy of headlining acts. Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Travelin’ McCourys, and Andy Goessling were on-site cooking things up, as were The New Mastersounds, Elephant Revival, Larry Keel (Does Jerry), Turkuaz, and Fruition.The jams were heavy and the funk was fresh! Thanks to Jeremy Scott Photography, you can relive some of the precious moments in the gallery below.
Sister Simone Campbell spoke on the “The Contemplative Call to Do Justice” at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday evening as part of the “Life and Leadership of Catholic Women Religious” lecture series.Kelly Konya | The Observer [/Courtesy of Gwen O’Brien]During the presentation, Campbell shared stories about her numerous political experiences and personal interactions, describing the success of her endeavors as under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.“Over the past couple of years, the amazing things that have happened for me have been all about the Holy Spirit being alive and well, and as I add, making mischief,” Campbell said.These include writing the nun’s letter supporting the passage of the Affordable Care Act and organizing the famous 2012 and 2013 “Nuns on a Bus” tours, which addressed cuts in federal funding for people in need and immigration reform. She is also a member of NETWORK, a social justice lobby founded by 47 sisters to influence legislation in Washington, Campbell said.“[The Vatican] named our little organization [NETWORK] as being a bad influence on Catholics,” Campbell said, “We only had nine full time staff at the time, and we made the Vatican nervous? It was a bit shocking … but it was because of that we had Nuns on a Bus.”By using moments like the spotlight brought on by the Vatican as moments of mission, Campbell said she has been able to act on her belief that active, contemplative life has two aspects: radical acceptance and fighting. Radical acceptance is the key to building bridges and end divisions that are tearing America apart, Campbell said.“How do we welcome in the folks we would rather not even deal with?” Campbell asked. “If we’re at odds with the God in them, we’re at odds with the God in us.”Once people can radically accept each other and their differences, everyone can stop fighting against each other and instead fight for a different, better vision, Campbell said.She said listening to one another allows us to move forward in healing society.“When we have radical acceptance, we can have a conversation long enough to find commonality to be able to talk to each other, to share some real concerns,” Campbell said.By referencing the story of Moses and the burning bush from Exodus, Campbell said we are called to listen to the cries of the oppressed in our country.“If we let their cries penetrate our ears, we are called to be a burning bush for them,” Campbell said. “When you put radical acceptance and fighting for something together, it creates fire, it creates the unexpected, it creates light, heat [and] hope.“But it all depends on being touched, fire can only be generated when you touch a person’s life, a person’s story, and make that person’s story part of you.”Sharing stories of people who have touched her life, including a woman who died because of pride and the inability to access health care, as well as an 11-year-old girl who is independently raising her twin because her parents have been deported, Campbell said as the richest nation on earth, it is immoral to allow these sorts of stories play out.“Too often we get paralyzed, isolated … we don’t do anything,” Campbell said. “We, the people of God, I believe, are called to act … We’re each called to do one thing, and if we each do one thing, everything will get done. This is the whole point of community.”Campbell said everyone is called to act in a different way, and she hopes to encourage young people to get involved in politics because they are not old enough to be timid, and they have the chance to test new ideas.“At the heart of this is the powerful truth that we are one body … and our body is in pain, is ill, is divided. We, this one body, need to be healed, and how can we do it? By radical acceptance, by fighting for the better way, by speaking up … whatever part of the body you are, do your part,” Campbell said.Junior Karlie Wolff said she was impressed with way that the lecture went against the traditional perspective that Catholic women can’t be influential.“I thought it was really good, especially since I’m not Catholic myself,” Wolff said. “I always like seeing the talks that bring the Catholic perspective and Catholic ideas to something all of us can see and connect with, especially social justice issues.”The lecture concluded the “Life and Leadership of Catholic Women Religious” series sponsored by the College’s Center for Spirituality. Tags: Affordable Care Act, life and leadership of catholic women religious, NETWORK, nuns on a bus, sister simone campbell, the contemplative call to justice, the vatican
Fun Home has been moving audiences for a whole year now! The landmark musical based on Alison Bechdel’s stirring graphic memoir of the same name nabbed five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. After days and days of wearing out the cast album, super fans are in on the Bechdel family’s many tangled secrets. What better way to celebrate the successful tuner’s first year on the Great White Way than by highlighting a few of the big reveals Broadway.com managed to snag from Fun Home’s compelling cast? (All right, you could also sob over Rebecca Luker’s stunning performance of “Days and Days,” but be sure to take a look at these five silly secrets below!)1. Beth Malone Channels Her Inner Drag Queen for “Really Girly-Girl” RolesWe’re obsessed with Beth Malone’s swagger and short hair as Big Al, but as a Tony-nominated performer, we know she can tackle a variety of characters. Girly-girl? You got it! She told Broadway.com the trick is to “channel a drag queen.”2. Alan Cumming Rubbed Emily Skeggs’ Belly OnceWe’re not really sure what happened there, but Tony nominee Emily Skeggs told us it happened at a bar. Nothing that cool has ever happened to us at a bar.3. Diddy Had Some Words for Michael Cerveris When He Won His First TonyAight, it was one word, and that word was “aight.” Regardless, Cerveris’ impression of Sean Combs presenting him his first Tony Award should nab him another one.4. Sydney Lucas Crushed Hard on Tony Winner Alex SharpThat’s right, Sydney Lucas told Broadway.com her 2015 Tony nominee crush (who would go on to win in the Leading Actor in a Play category, by the way) was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’s original headliner. We don’t blame you, Syd.5. Judy Kuhn is a Two-Timing PrincessAs everyone knows, Kuhn lent her powerful pipes to Disney’s Pocahontas in 1995. A decade later, she also sang in Disney’s Mulan II. Apparently, as Kuhn revealed on Ask a Star, Disney usually does not permit voice-performers to offer their vocals to more than one princess. Nevertheless, Tony-winning Fun Home composer Jeanine Tesori worked on the project and encouraged Kuhn to take on the role (#rebel). Beth Malone in ‘Fun Home’ View Comments Fun Home Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016
Grant to Assist Bear Safety in the SmokiesGreat Smoky Mountains National ParkThe nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy recently awarded a $4,000 grant to assist with bear safety in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The grant, administered by the Friends of Smokies, will be used to upgrade cable and pulley systems used to keep food out of the reach of bears at the park’s backcountry campsites. In related news, the A.T. Conservancy also announced that revenue received from the sale of Appalachian Trail specialty license plates, first released in 2005, in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia, exceeded $1 million.All Air Travel Goes Through AtlantaAtlanta, Ga.If you’ve ever waded through the sea of people at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this will not be a surprise, but the Airports Council International recently confirmed that it is indeed the busiest airport in the world. According to a recent report, Hartsfield-Jackson was visited by more than 94 million travelers last year. The Georgia airport saw nearly 10 million more people than the second busiest airport, in Beijing, China. Another Southern airport, Charlotte’s Douglas International was the 23rd busiest with more than 43 million travelers in 2013.Southern City Tops Obesity PollHuntington, W.Va.A recent Gallup Poll found that residents of the Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio metro area had an obesity rate of 39.5 percent. That’s tops in the nation among 189 U.S metropolitan areas surveyed. According to Gallup, Huntington-Ashland has been among the 10 most obese communities every year since the poll started in 2008. Other Southern cities in the top 10 include Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Md.-W.Va., Charleston, W.Va., and Clarksville, Tenn.-Ky. On the flip side, Charlottesville, Va., at a percentage of 18.7, landed at number four on the list of the least obese U.S. communities, a ranking that was topped by Boulder, Co., at 12.4 percent. Gallup also noted that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 program had a goal of reducing obesity to 15 percent in each state, but no state and only one U.S. metro area has achieved this goal.Troubled Waters in the SouthTroubled waters are running in the South. Two regional waterways recently made a list of the country’s top 10 endangered rivers, as named annually by watchdog nonprofit American Rivers. Coming in at number 6, South Carolina’s Edisto River is being threatened by excessive agriculture withdrawals, which, according to American Rivers, can take up to 35 percent of the river’s flow during the summer months. As the longest free-flowing blackwater river in the country, the Edisto runs for more than 250 miles from its headwaters between Columbia and Aiken to the Atlantic Coast, along the way serving as a popular waterway for both paddling and fishing.To the north, the Haw River was named the ninth most endangered on the list, at risk from millions of gallons of wastewater and polluted runoff. The 110-mile central North Carolina river and its watershed provide drinking water to nearly one million people between Greensboro and parts of the Triangle area, and the Haw is also a beloved city escape for paddling, fishing, and swimming. But population growth, antiquated wastewater systems, and recent protection rollbacks are all now threatening the long-term health of the river.Biking: Just What the Doctor OrderedBoston, Ma. In an effort to get its residents moving, the city of Boston recently started a program that allows some doctors to prescribe biking to low-income patients. According to a story in the Boston Globe, the new “Prescribe-a-Bike” enables doctors at Boston Medical Center to prescribe low-income patients with a $5 yearlong membership to Hubway, the city’s bike-share program. With an obesity rate of 1 in 4 among Bean Town’s low-income residents, city officials hope the incentive to ride will help some people become wicked slim. Paying Top Dollar for Mountain AirBeijing, ChinaCitizens in rapidly industrializing China are finally becoming vocal about their dangerous smog-filled skies. In one well-publicized awareness stunt, artist Liang Kegang took a business trip to the craggy Provence region of France and came back home with a jar of fresh mountain air. He then sold it at auction for 5,250 yuan ($860). In the story he said: “Air should be the most valueless commodity, free to breathe for any vagrant or beggar. This is my way to question China’s foul air and express my dissatisfaction.”Driver After Hitting Cyclist: “I Just Don’t Care” Koroit, AustraliaFortunately Kimberly Davis of Koroit, Australia won’t be on the road for a while. She lost her license for nine months and was fined $4500 after showing little remorse for hitting a cyclist from behind with her car. Following the incident, Davis, who used her phone 44 times leading up to incident, told police: “I just don’t care because I’ve already been through a lot of bullsh*t and my car is like pretty expensive and now I have to fix it. I’m kind of pissed off that the cyclist has hit the side of my car. I don’t agree that people texting and driving could hit a cyclist.” The cyclist spent three months recovering from a spinal fracture, an injury that required surgery and could have resulted in paralysis. Davis eventually pled guilty to dangerous driving.
Public invited to review South Carolina Draft Aquatic Plant Management Plan As winter hangs on in the mountains, a new study out of Appalachian State University is measuring how road salt impacts local waterways. When it snows in the NC mountains, tons of salt are laid down on the roads. The salt keeps the roads safe for travel, reducing accidents by 51 to 88 percent. Once the snow is gone, however, the salt dissolves and is carried into streams. For the past decade, Appalachian State University has been monitoring the salinity of the water and the soil of eight streams that flow into the Upper South Fork New River by measuring it for conductivity. Because saltier water conducts more electricity, conductivity can be measured to determine how much salt is in the water. Researchers have found that the streams get so salty in the winter months that the water is equivalent to estuarine water at the coast—where the rivers meet the ocean. The fish and insects that live in the streams aren’t evolved to live in salty water, so sensitive species like trout, mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies are affected. To keep the salt runoff down, the city of Boone, NC is experimenting with a mixture of 80 percent salt brine and 20 percent beet juice. The cost of beet juice is significantly higher, and its impact on conductivity is unknown. The public is invited to review and provide comments on the draft 2019 South Carolina Draft Aquatic Plant Management Plan. Each year the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources staff and the South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Council prepare a plan that identifies aquatic weed problem areas, prescribes management strategies and determines needed funding. Since the program began in 1981, over 190,000 acres of invasive aquatic vegetation in public waters have been controlled to improve wildlife and fisheries habitat, public recreational access, and drinking water supplies. Comments or suggestions must be submitted in writing or by email and received by March 30, 2019. The plan is available to review at www.dnr.sc.gov/invasiveweeds/draftplan.html. Comments can be submitted to Chris Page at email@example.com. North Carolina study finds that road salt impacts local waterways 44th Annual Assault on Mt. Mitchell sold out The 2019 Assault on Mt. Mitchell, one of the premier cycling experiences in the southeast, is sold out. Organizers are offering a special for the Assault on Mt. Mitchell’s shorter race, the Assault on Marion, a 74.2-mile ride from downtown Spartanburg, SC to the Tom Johnson Campground in Marion, NC. Marion registrants will have the opportunity to register early for the 2020 Assault on Mt. Mitchell. Now through March 31, the registration fee for the Assault on Marion is $55, increasing to $60 from April 1- May 17.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Information from about 567,000 payment cards may have been exposed in a data breach at the Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen restaurant chain between Nov. 3, 2017, and Jan. 2. As more data breaches occur, NAFCU – a leading advocate for national data security standards – continues its push for the adoption of data and cybersecurity standards for all entities that hold consumers’ information.Cheddar’s is owned by Darden Restaurants Inc., which said affected restaurants span 23 states, including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The system has since been disabled and replaced.NAFCU has been active with lawmakers since the massive 2013 Target data breach stressing the need for a legislative solution to reform the nation’s data security system. The association has also shared with Congress principles credit unions would like to see addressed in any comprehensive cyber and data security legislation. continue reading »
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Recent years have seen much discussion regarding millennials’ entry into the workforce, spending and financial maturation. But as the oldest millennials approach 40, Gen Z banking is zooming into focus for the financial services industry.Generation Z (also nicknamed Zoomers or iGenn) is the demographic cohort born between 1997 and 2012 and represents roughly 40% of American consumers. To speak generally, this diverse generation is mobile and has an entrepreneurial spirit. As such, many are also financially minded.So, just as they’re expected to make up to 30% of the labor force by 2030, they’re also anticipated to drive trends in the financial services industry. Here are some notable pointers to consider when taking your institution from point A to Generation Z. continue reading »
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Mr Stockwell said he would always treasure the many family memories at Myora Park, saying it had been an emotional experience packing up the home.“But it is time for someone new to enjoy it,” he said. “And we are leaving a few surprises, but that will be for the new owner to discover.” There is also formal and informal dining areas, as well as a sitting room with a wet bar, wine cellar, a formal lounge as well as a vast living room with river vistas. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoSix bedrooms can be found throughout the homestead, including a master suite with plenty of windows including clerestory casements, a walk-in robe and an ensuite with a claw foot bath and bidet. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45It has been in the family for three generations, and while the time to sell has come, letting go is never easy. Myora Park at Moggill is owned by Necia Stockwell, the mother of former Olympian turned property developer Mark Stockwell.She and husband Bill Stockwell, now deceased, founded the Stockwell Property Group back in 1952, which is now headed by their former elite swimmer son.“It is bittersweet (selling up),” Mark Stockwell said. “I remember when my parents bought the place and feeling incredibly lucky.“It is on the intersection of the Brisbane and Bremer rivers and it was such a sensational and beautiful place to grow up.” Former Olympian Mark Stockwell grew up at Myora ParkMr Stockwell said he and his siblings were all involved in the local pony club, and has several horses on the property.He said it was very much a typical childhood, and a place where they could explore until the sun went down. Myora Park sits on 10 acres, and the homestead is packed full of period features including handcrafted parquetry flooring, soaring 3.7m ceilings, a two-way log fireplace, leadlight accents and chandeliers.A sweeping driveway leads up to the residence, which has a traditional bullnose veranda with views of the gardens and landscape.Outside there is also a pool, spa, sauna, tennis court and barbecue facilities.But there are plenty of modern conveniences inside. The kitchen has top appliances, plenty of storage, marble and stainless steel benches, and there is even a second kitchen for catering big family events. The four remaining bedrooms all have built-in robes, while a fully self-contained guesthouse gives guests a place to relax in private.Other features include a home office/library, ducted airconditioning and four car accommodation with a large workshop attached.
Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Roseau Ferry Terminal (file photo)Tourism Minister Senator Robert Tonge wants travellers to adhere to regulations implemented at the Roseau Ferry Terminal, especially with regards to the check-in and cut off times for departure.Senator Tonge told the Discover Dominica Authority’s ‘Talking Tourism’ radio program on Monday 17 August 2015, a large textile tent has been installed above the terminal to accommodate passengers awaiting the ferry service.“What happened in the past is that because the area was small, people would come in and then they would leave, they’d go and do their last minute shopping, or stay outside and when they see the ferry coming, that’s when all of them would rush back to the ferry terminal,” he explained.Senator Tonge said this new tent will eliminate the complaint regarding adequate space and urged travelers to adhere to the new rules to ensure efficiency at the terminal.“So persons have to begin to respect the closing times. When the gate is closed, it means even if you’ve checked in and you go, when you come back it means you may get kicked off the vessel so persons have to adhere to it,” Mr Tonge said.Chief executive officer of H. H. V. Whitchurch & Company Limited, Gairy Aird, the ferry’s agent, also reminded passengers that once they are checked in they cannot go out of the terminal as they will have to be re-checked by immigration/security officers.“If they do that, we’re supposed to close, I think half an hour before the vessel arrives, and if we do that, we’ve done our job, it means people go outside and go onto the road they come back in and there’s all that pressure on the immigration and the security, [at] the last minute and that is one of the major problems that we have,” Mr Aird explained. “So hopefully, as the Minister said there will be certain things put in place and I expect that the traveling public can do what they can to make it work,” he added.Mr Aird said what induces a vessel to call in Dominica is the efficiency of the port, which could be impacted when checked-in passengers go back outside.“If for example they leave half an hour late, yes they can get to Guadeloupe or Martinique on time but it means that they have to go much faster. If you go faster you’re going to burn more fuel and the attractiveness of Dominica as a port of entry is much less,” he informed.Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA), Benoit Bardouille indicated that their goal is to ensure that the ferry service is treated like at the airport.“We would want to ensure that the turnaround time, as it is called for the ship to come and then leave, is within the time frame set, I think somewhere in the region of 20 minutes, 25 minutes, sometimes we push ourselves depending on the number of passengers,” Mr Bardouille said.“Because it’s a chain reaction, if it’s late in Dominica, its late everywhere else and that same vessel have to turn around and come back later in the evening,” he added. Tweet 358 Views no discussions LifestyleLocalNewsTravel Travelers advised to adhere to ferry terminal regulations by: Dominica Vibes News – August 19, 2015