A Feast of Funk & Soul Reveals Daily Schedule & Menus For Suwannee Thanksgiving Celebration

first_imgOn November 18th and 19th, several Southern top chefs will join with funk favorites for a two-day music and food festival at the beloved Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. The event, dubbed “A Feast of Funk & Soul Food”, will welcome the third ever incarnation of The Nth Power’s Earth Wind & Power featuring Jennifer Hartswick, Skerik, Farnell Newton, James Casey, Daniel Sadownick, and Brian Thomas. The weekend will also see a classic set from The Nth Power, performances from the Jennifer Hartswick Band, the Roosevelt Collier Band, and local favorites The Groove Orient, Leisure Chief and the Scott Campbell Band. Albert Simpson will be playing tunes on the guitar for both nights, with Isaac Corbitt as an artist-at-large.The daily schedule will go as follows:To make things more delicious, top-notch food will be provided by James Beard award winner and Oprah’s personal chef Art Smith, accompanied by John Minas, as well as the NOLA Crawfish King Chris “Shaggy” Davis, Samuel Forbes Edwards of Edwards Brothers BBQ, and Harrison Sapp of St. Simons Island’s Southern Soul Barbeque. Today, the festival reveals their official menus. Behold!For Sunday brunch, there will be a Make-Your-Own Bloody Mary or a fresh fruit juice Mimosa stand. Each individual meal will be $25 and will include a featured beer from Dunedin or 81Bay Breweries. They can be purchased at the restaurant, or packages are sold in advance. Overall, this is going to be a hearty weekend full of incredible music, mouth-watering food, and good community vibes all around. Oh yeah, disc golf is also hugely popular to this oak tree-filled atmosphere. There are several levels of ticketing, including GA Festival Pass, Disc Golf & Music Tickets, Pro Disc Golf & Music Tickets, Funk and Soul Food VIP Ticket (includes three catered meals from the featured chefs, an event poster, music, and primitive camping), and a King of Soul VIP Cabin & Food Package (includes a one bedroom cabin, a golf cart,three catered meals from the featured chefs, plus an event poster, and music). Tickets increase on Friday and can be found here. Jump on it!Two dollars of every ticket will go towards music education for local children, and guests may participate in a food drive on site. Get tickets and more info here.last_img read more

Doctor examines torture

first_imgSen. John McCain and former journalist Terry Anderson share a disturbing bond, one they consider torture — solitary confinement.Stuck in a 15-by-15-foot cell for more than two years, McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam, wrote that such isolation “crushes your spirit and weakens your resistance more effectively than any other form of mistreatment.”In 1985, Anderson was the chief Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press in Lebanon when he was kidnapped by members of an Islamic militant group. He was held for almost seven years, much of that time in solitary confinement.“The mind is a blank. Jesus, I always thought I was smart. Where are all the things I learned, the books I read, the poems I memorized? There’s nothing there, just a formless, gray-black misery. My mind’s gone dead. God, help me,” Anderson wrote in his 1994 memoir “Den of Lions.”A noted author and Harvard doctor, perhaps best known for advocating a surgical checklist to help avoid operating room mishaps, spoke to a young crowd at Harvard Law School April 7 about the effects of long-term solitary confinement, a practice he equates with torture. Atul Gawande, who recently penned an article for the New Yorker on the topic, discussed the experiences of McCain and Anderson, as well as the cases of prisoners held in solitary confinement in the United States. During his talk the surgeon explored the physical and mental effects of such confinement, and the reasons the practice is so prevalent in the United States.Solitary confinement takes profound physical and emotional tolls, said the associate professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.In a 1992 study of former prisoners of war, Gawande noted that brain scans of the men revealed that the most severe brain abnormalities were found in those who had suffered “head trauma to the point of losing consciousness, or simply solitary confinement.” The mental effects of such isolation include hallucinations, panic attacks, lethargy, and despair. After three years, Gawande said Anderson feared he was “losing his mind,” and resorted to repeatedly banging his head against a wall before his guards were able to stop him.Research indicates solitary confinement does nothing to quell violence among prisoners, and is ultimately harmful to the general public, said the surgeon. He noted that prisoners subjected to such isolation are less able to deal with social settings as a result of being deprived of human contact, but that they are typically released back into society.According to Gawande, the United Kingdom has almost completely rid its prison system of the practice. By contrast, the United States has at least 25,000 prisoners in solitary confinement.If prolonged isolation is so intrinsically cruel, Gawande wondered aloud, “How do we end up with a prison system that subjects more of our own citizens to it in recent history?”In the United States, the continued practice of solitary confinement in prisons across the country is directly linked to the public’s acceptance of the practice, he said.“We learn very quickly that public sentiment is the reason that solitary confinement has exploded here,” said Gawande, adding that the support of such isolation is a “generational” construct.“These are ideas that previous Americans have not found acceptable. And in much the same way that a previous generation of Americans countenanced legalized segregation, I think that ours has countenanced legalized torture.”last_img read more

Ithaca Police investigating reports of shots fired at Stewart Park

first_imgThey say it was reported that a male and female were involved in a dispute, and then the male fired multiple gunshots into the water.  Officials say the individuals involved left in a tan or silver van.  ITHACA, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Ithaca Police Department is investigating reports of shots fired on Sunday.  The police department received the report of shots fired at approximately 5:16 p.m. and arrived on scene at Stewart Park.  The investigation is ongoing at this time, and there is no further information about this report.  Police say there were no reported injuries. Anyone with information should contact the Ithaca Police Department.Police Dispatch: (607) 272-3245Police Tip Line: (607)330-0000Anonymous Email Tip: cityofithaca.org/ipdtipslast_img

Coronavirus lockdown destroys jobs at record pace in ‘paralyzed’ Spain

first_imgJobless numbers for March, also published on Thursday, showed Spain registered its highest monthly increase ever, with a 9.3% jump from the previous month bringing the total number of unemployed people to around 3.5 million.The jobless data does not even reflect the full extent of the job losses, since some of those who lost their work had not been registered yet and others don’t have the right to unemployment benefits.”Practically paralyzed””The country is practically paralyzed as a result of the health emergency,” Unai Sordo, the leader of Spain’s biggest labor union CCOO, told broadcaster TVE.Looking at the social security data in more detail, 898,822 Spaniards – including 613,000 fixed-term workers – lost their jobs since the lockdown started.Meanwhile, many companies, from car plants to fast-food chains, have implemented “ERTE” temporary layoffs, under which companies that face financial difficulties can temporarily suspend a worker’s contract.ERTE applications take five days to process, suggesting the figure of 620,000 will rise.The CEOE employers’ group said those temporary layoff schemes had contained the rise in unemployment, and called for relaxed rules introduced because of the coronavirus to be extended when the lockdown ends.”It is crucial to relax the use of ERTES… in order to facilitate the recovery of sectors such as tourism or industry, which will be gradual, thus avoiding serious and lasting consequences for employment,” it said in a statement.March is usually a good month for employment in Spain because it marks the start of the holiday season, with many temporary workers finding jobs in the hospitality sector.”We will have to work on relaunching the economy once we can get control of the epidemic,” Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos told RNE radio.The social security data showed that around 80,000 workers are off sick with confirmed coronavirus, while another 170,000 are on sick leave because they are isolated after coming into contact with someone with the virus. Topics : Spain has shed jobs at a record pace since it went into lockdown to fight the coronavirus, social security data showed on Thursday, laying bare the scale of the epidemic’s impact in the euro zone’s fourth-largest economy.Some 900,000 workers have lost their job since mid-March, with those on short-term contracts in tourism or construction among the hardest hit. At least another 620,000 have seen their contracts suspended with temporary layoffs and tens of thousands are on sick leave.”The data is extraordinary, it’s unprecedented,” Social Security Minister Jose Luis Escriva told a news conference. “It reflects a real disruption to normal activity.”center_img Spain, which has the world’s second-highest death toll from the epidemic after Italy with 10,003 fatalities as of Wednesday, has allowed citizens to leave home since March 14 for essential trips only.This week, Spain tightened the lockdown further, with only employees in key sectors permitted to travel to and from work. Streets are empty, and hotels, restaurants and bars are closed.Some 900,000 jobs were also lost at the peak of the 2008/9 financial crisis, but that happened over 20 weeks rather than under three weeks now with the coronavirus, Escriva said.Thursday’s data is some of the first globally to reveal the lockdown’s impact on the labor market.last_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force Kicks Off First Regional Roundtable

first_img Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force, a panel of business, labor, education and workforce development experts, today held the first of six regional roundtables to hear from Pennsylvanians about how to improve the lives of hard-working, middle class families.“This task force is bringing together a special combination of representatives for employers, workers, educators and students to listen to people across the commonwealth about how we can support and grow Pennsylvania’s middle class,” said Governor Wolf. “Our state is making progress by increasing education funding and expanding economic incentives and workforce training, but middle class families know we must do more.“It is important this task force hears from people on all sides so we can develop education, training and economic development opportunities to ensure middle class families can live and complete in the 21st century economy.”The governor appointed four chairmen to lead the task force: Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Assistant Vice Chancellor Dr. Sue Mukherjee, and Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association Chairperson Susie Snelick. Additional leaders from these constituencies will be invited to join these discussions as well.“With our prime location, diverse industry base and strong work ethic, Pennsylvania is uniquely poised for a host of economic opportunities,” said Gene Barr, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. “But despite these benefits, there are people without jobs, and there are good paying jobs without people to fill them. I’m excited to listen and meet with residents from across the commonwealth to discuss the challenges currently facing our state – including a growing jobs skills gap –  and to work with my fellow task force members towards solutions that will help the middle class and Pennsylvania’s economy to thrive.”“This is an exciting opportunity for worker advocates, businesses, legislators and community organizations to come together to hear the concerns of working people,” said Rick Bloomingdale, president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. “It is imperative for the future of Pennsylvania that we look ahead with the fullest understanding of the current realities working families face across our commonwealth. At a time when economic inequality is at the forefront of so many conversations, the Governor’s Middle-Class Task Force is a step toward understanding and growing opportunities for working people in the 21st century.”Over the next few weeks the task force will hold five additional regional discussions to listen to businesses leaders, workers, educators, students and others for suggestions on ways the commonwealth can better support working families to get and keep jobs, as well as to invest in education and training to make businesses in Pennsylvania more competitive.“By forming the task force, Governor Wolf is again helping us focus, individually and collectively, on a problem that matters,” said Dr. Sue Mukherjee, assistant vice chancellor with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. “At the State System, we believe that education is at the core of socio-economic mobility. We also know that our state continues to struggle with a mismatch among jobs, workers, and students. We need to learn more.“Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Taskforce will provide our education community the opportunity to learn directly from the families and regional businesses we serve so we can better catalyze pathways to economic security for all.”As the task force works to find common ground, Pennsylvania’s middle class and economy are changing, creating challenges for workers and businesses. Near full employment has caused a tight labor market and a shortage of workers in some industries along with the need to train workers to close the skills gap for the available in-demand jobs.“Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force is an ideal forum for workers and employers statewide to collaborate on policy recommendations that support the governor’s ‘Jobs that Pay’ priority,” said Susie Snelick, chairperson of the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association. “I look forward to hearing from middle class workers and employers across the commonwealth about ways we can all help everyone succeed and sharing those suggestions with the governor.”Representing the Wolf administration on the task force are Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Acting Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak.The task force will present recommendations to the governor later this year. 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Fancy digs like Harvey Specter from US drama Suits? This penthouse might be the one for you

first_imgGot the haircut? Now get the apartment with this stylish Brisbane penthouse hitting the market. Photo: Nigel Parry/USA NetworkARE you a fan of the US legal drama Suits? You could look the part in this Spring Hill penthouse.The apartment located at 1601/477 Boundary Street, Spring Hill allows you to walk in to wrap around city-and-horizon views similar to those that greet the show’s sharp-dressed mainstay lawyer, Harvey Specter, each evening. … and going … The views from the open plan living keep going … After catching up with small-screen Harvey, you can live large with the main bedroom outlook. … and going!It’s a bit of sophisticated NYC glamour in Brisbane’s inner-hub. You’ll feel like junior partner, Mike Ross, is about to knock on the door at any moment.The Spring Hill apartment offers timber flooring, stone bench tops, VIP car parking and private lift access — it positively reeks of success.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoThe unit is located “The Johnson” art series hotel, which means the new owner can call on a 24-hour concierge, swim in the 50-metre pool, work out in the gym or host gatherings at the entertainment pavilion. Spend the morning in the beautifully appointed bathroom to make sure you look sharp for the day’s meetings.The penthouse is being marketed by Ray White – Spring Hill with Expressions of Interest closing Wednesday September 6.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

OPT adds Asia-Pacific representative

first_img“The Asia-Pacific region presents significant opportunities for OPT’s power and communications solutions among nations concerned with maritime border enforcement and safeguarding vast oceanic resources,” said George H. Kirby, president and chief executive officer of OPT. He also has a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in geographic information systems and remote sensing from the University of Rhode Island. Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has welcomed Gilar Prakoso to the OPT commercial team as Asia-Pacific representative, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prakoso was most recently senior officer at Directorate General of Capture Fisheries with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries for the Republic of Indonesia. In the role, he monitored the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations’ Regional Fisheries Livelihood Program, supported and monitored the FAO Regional Fisheries Livelihood Programme (RFLP) in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, and developed an alternative livelihood program for small-scale fishermen. He was also the main contributor to the marine and fisheries geographic information system for Indonesia’s One Map Policy, specifically informing the national map and geodatabase of fishing ports, fisheries management areas, and utilization level of fish resources. The addition of an Asia-Pacific representative builds on the company’s existing business relationship with Taiwan-based satellite data solutions provider BAP Precision to pursue joint surveillance solutions for government agencies announced earlier this year.center_img “Gilar’s fluency with local maritime agencies and industry, and his established relationships are essential to growing OPT’s customer base and cultivating regional partnerships. We are excited to have him on board to execute our market expansion strategy and promote our capabilities in this area of the world.” Prakoso holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management degree from the University of Rhode Island as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries from Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia. In Indonesia and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, OPT is developing new opportunities for protecting territorial waters, fortifying illegal fishing prosecution and prevention, and supporting oil well decommissioning in the area. In his role, Prakoso will provide local and regional support of OPT’s commercial activities, including direct sales, strategic relationships, and project execution.last_img read more

Wenger wants Gunners to be strong

first_img Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains his Barclays Premier League leaders cannot use a hectic schedule as an excuse if they falter at Manchester City on Saturday. German forward Lukas Podolski, meanwhile, stayed in London this week to step up his rehabilitation from the torn hamstring that has sidelined him since the second leg of the Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce in late August. “He is available,” Wenger said. “I feel he is still a bit short to go into a match of that level of intensity, but after this weekend I will consider him available.” Wenger has challenged his side not to lose focus following a 2-0 defeat to Napoli – which saw Arsenal qualify for the knock-out stages in second place – as the domestic fixtures come thick and fast over the hectic festive schedule. “I don’t deny that every game has a vital importance because of the influence on confidence, of the belief of the team,” Wenger said. Former Arsenal players Ray Parlour and Nigel Winterburn have this week recalled how the squad won the league and FA Cup double in 1998 after being “all drunk and all smoking” when socialising in a pre-season tour. Wenger concedes life is very different for the modern-day footballer – something England midfielder Jack Wilshere found to his cost earlier this season when photographed holding a cigarette outside a nightclub. “The physical constraints have massively changed,” said the Arsenal boss. “The players 20 years ago were as much winners as today. They had more freedom than today because the physical demands are much higher, and because the spying facilities of society has increased. “Therefore it is much more difficult today to be anonymous. “On that front the pressure on the players is much bigger than it was during Ray Parlour’s time.” Midfielder Mikel Arteta admits it will be a lot to ask for the players to properly recover from their midweek Champions League trip to Naples before they tackle City in a televised lunchtime clash at the Etihad Stadium. Wenger, though, will demand nothing other than total commitment when his men look to open up a commanding advantage on their title rivals ahead of the showdown with Chelsea on December 23. “To be completely honest, if you had given me the opportunity to do it, I would not have done it like that, but I do not complain,” said Wenger. “That is not an excuse for us at all, we have the fixtures we have. “It is another opportunity to show we have the mental strength to deal with it. “I am convinced we believe in ourselves anyway, no matter what happens. “Let’s not forget as well that if you are in City’s position and they lose, then they are nine points behind, so they have more negative pressure than we have. “We have a positive pressure that we can make a big difference with them, so let’s look at it like them. “We have an opportunity to go from (a lead of) five (points) to eight, that is fantastic – we have to look at it like that.” England forward Theo Walcott could be in contention to start against City, while full-back Bacary Sagna may also be fit following his hamstring problem. last_img read more

Windies sink Ireland

first_imgHalf-centuries from openers Dwayne Smith and Kieran Powell saw the West Indies beat Ireland by four wickets in Sunday’s one-day international at Sabina Park in Kingston. Press Association Ireland, who fell just short of beating the West Indies in the second Twenty20 international between the nations earlier this week, reached 202 all out with Gary Wilson scoring 62 runs off 96 balls. Stuart Thompson (33) was also in good touch but three-wicket hauls from Dwayne Bravo and Jason Holder stopped Ireland from setting a bigger target. center_img The hosts chased victory without loss until the 17th over, which saw Smith become one of Thompson’s two victims – he also did for Darren Bravo – after he had smashed 55 runs off only 53 deliveries including five fours and three sixes. Edwards reached 57 before falling to Paul Stirling, leaving Dwayne Bravo and Marlon Samuels to shepherd the West Indies to victory, the latter smashing a huge six over long-off to end the match with 13 overs remaining. The series victory over Ireland will give the West Indies a confidence boost with the first of three ODIs against England set to take place in Antigua on Friday. last_img read more

Real Madrid unseat Man United as most valuable soccer team – Forbes

first_img(REUTERS) – Real Madrid unseated Manchester United as the world’s most valuable soccer club, according to the annual list published by business magazine Forbes yesterday.Real Madrid, who in 2018 won the Champions League for a third consecutive year, were valued at $4.24 billion (£3.36 billion), up 9% from a year ago, Forbes said.Barcelona were second on the list with a value of $4 billion while Manchester United, who held top spot in the last two years, were third with a value of $3.8 billion.Bayern Munich ($3 billion) and Manchester City ($2.69 billion) rounded out the top five.The 20 most valuable soccer clubs this year are worth an average of $1.75 billion, up 34% from last year, a jump Forbes attributes to sponsors paying more money to attach themselves to these teams.“Soccer team values are increasing because companies continue to increase the amount of money they pay teams for shirt and kit rights, and sponsorships,” said Michael Ozanian, assistant managing editor at Forbes.“Soccer is the most popular team sport in the world and soccer players are running billboards for brands.”last_img read more