Load remaining images Heavy Seas brought together good music and good beer on Saturday at Blunderbuss Music Festival in Baltimore. The one-day fest boasted a fun lineup loaded with hometown heroes. With low ticket prices and a high concentration of talent, Blunderbuss is likely one of the higher bangs-for-buck this summer.Sweet Leda started things off for the early risers with local favorite, Ron Holloway joining them on the sax. They played a new single, “Make it Happen,” off their upcoming album and have a slew of shows coming up around Maryland this summer.Next up was another hometown crew, Cris Jacobs Band, the solo project of The Bridge frontman. Jacobs has a new album in the works which will be out this fall and has been debuting bits and pieces of it at shows in the area.BIG Something brought the dance jams in the late, hot afternoon. The six-man heavy rocking funk band will be making appearances at festivals all over the country this summer.BoomBox continued the dance party in the early evening. These two never disappoint, with smooth lyrics and full jams. The pair will be heading out west until late July, when they come back to the East coast for F.A.R.M. Fest.Baltimore’s own, Robert Randolph & the Family Band headlined the night, bringing the fest to a high-energy ending with fans dancing on stage and multiple encores as the sun went down. The family is off to G Fest and FIBARK Festival this upcoming weekend.Blunderbuss was the second festival put on by Heavy Seas in Baltimore, and the largest one to take place at the harbor this summer. You can check out a few soundboard recordings and a gallery from taper Will Urquhart below.BoomBoxBIG SomethingCris Jacobs Band:
Progressive jam masters Umphrey’s McGee are gearing up for a sure-to-be-special three-night run at the Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA, and they want you to be able to experience the rock show from the comforts of your own home. The band have just announced that all three nights will be available for on-demand streaming courtesy of TourGigs. Each show will be available for purchase in HD and with soundboard audio.Each night costs $12.99, or you can purchase a bundle of all three nights for $34.99. All purchasers will be able to re-watch the shows for a full seven days, giving any Umphrey’s fan across the country the opportunity to take place in these shows, at their own leisure. Click here for more info on how to purchase the webcasts.
Saint Mary’s will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. this week with daily events on campus hosted by the Office of Civil and Social Engagement (OCSE). Events will incorporate service, the theme of this year’s MLK week at the College.The week kicked off on Monday with two on-campus community service projects in the Student Center, Samira Payne, assistant director of the OCSE, said in an email. During this time, they discussed issues such as poverty, homelessness, youth and education.“Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an opportunity to reflect on the legacy or Dr. King,” Payne said. “He was passionate about justice and equality for all and encouraged our nation to unify, despite our differences. There is still much progress to be made around equality and justice in our society.”On Tuesday, Saint Mary’s students have the opportunity to serve lunch at the Center for the Homeless in South Bend.“I believe this week of events gives our campus an opportunity to think more about how we can use our time and talents to continue to bring positive change to the world around us and how we can learn more about the beauty and strength in our community,” Payne said.A blood drive will take place in the Student Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. The OCSE hosts four blood drives each school year, with this one scheduled to fall during the week of MLK events, Payne said.“MLK day is often considered a day of service to our community,” Payne said. “By being a volunteer blood donor, Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff have a tangible opportunity to give back to the South Bend community and save lives.”A mass for peace and justice hosted by Campus Ministry will take place in the Holy Spirit Chapel in Le Mans Hall on Wednesday night at 9 p.m.Courtney Lamar, president of the Student Diversity Board (SDB), said SDB will be hosting a Martin Luther King dinner Thursday night. The dinner will afford attendees the opportunity to reflect on King’s example of service and activism. Mel Tardy, a deacon at St. Augustine’s Church in South Bend, will deliver a keynote speech about King’s value of service and what service looks like in today’s society.“Through his speech, we want people to take away the importance of service in bettering the community around us,” Lamar said. “Like MLK said himself, ‘Life’s most persistent and the urgent question is: What are you doing for others?’ We will also be having the Voice of Faith gospel choir from Notre Dame attend and sing.”On Friday, a Justice Friday presentation will focus on progress since the Civil Rights Movement.“It is important to celebrate MLK Day because of everything Dr. King stood for,” Lamar said. “He believed in equality and fairness. With everything that has been happening, not only in this country but across the world, it is important to remember that we are all human beings.“On MLK Day, I hope that all people can remember King’s words and what he represented and try to make the world a better place. One way they can do that is through service.”Tags: Martin Luther King Jr., MLK, MLK Day, OCSE, SDB, service, SMC
Tom Magill, artistic director and founder of the Educational Shakespeare Company (ESC) gave a lecture sponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies on Thursday afternoon; Magill was on campus to present at this week’s Shakespeare in Prisons conference. ESC is located in Belfast, Northern Ireland and focuses on storytelling through drama and film as a cathartic form of expression, most notably for inmates. “Basically, what [ESC] does is it empowers marginalized people to find their voice and tell their stories,” Magill said. Magill was born in Loyalist North Belfast, where he grew up “Protestant and British” during a time of great and violent turmoil against the Irish Republicans. “In North Belfast, your ability to inflict violence was a measure of your power,” Magill said. “‘Turn the other cheek’ my mother would whisper to me; ‘fight back’ my father would say, ashamed of his youngest son, beating me to bed with no supper. I was beaten at home for being a coward, for letting the family name down. I hated my name. I hated Belfast.”When he was 19, Magill spent three years in prison for violence. It was during those three years that Magill reached his “turning point” by delivering a meal to an Irish inmate who was on a hunger strike. “He told me to educate myself, to not waste my time — my life — in prison,” Magill said. “I listened to him. I took in every word. My enemy became my teacher, starving himself to death and yet he gave me good advice: ‘educate yourself, learn about your culture, be proud of who you are, don’t waste your life in here.’ His words challenged me and shook me to the core. I listened to my enemy, IRA [Irish Republican Army] volunteer Frank Stagg.”Magill took the advice to heart. “I started to write,” he said. “I realized being creative made me feel worthwhile. When I was being creative, I lost any desire for violence. But sharing my writing still feels vulnerable. We still think vulnerability is a weakness, but it’s not — it’s the most accurate measure of courage.” In 1994, after being released from prison and studying theatre, he worked with 10 IRA prisoners to adapt Bobby Sands’s epic poem “The Crime of Castlereagh” into theatre — the prisoners were controversially given parole to perform publicly. The poem the play is based on, which Sands wrote after he was in a holding center for terrorists, was so controversial that Magill lost his job. “I was told — in no uncertain terms — to limit my theatre-making skills to short sketches about getting in, out or getting married,” Magill said. “There would be no more political drama. I told prison authorities I was not prepared to work under such circumstances.”He directed “Mickey B,” a film adaptation of “Macbeth” in 2007. The film was shot in Maghaberry high-security prison and prisoners, including former Republican and Loyalist prisoners, made up the cast. “We’re planning our next prison-Shakespeare project, ‘Prospero’s Prison,’ based on ‘The Tempest,’” Magill said. “I’ve chosen not to make the colonial theme central as I believe it will divide opinion. I’m looking for a theme to unite, and that theme is betrayal. Many of the people I’ve spoken to — on both sides of the divide — feel betrayed, so our take will focus on the misplaced trust that feeds the ambition that leads to a brother’s betrayal.” Magill now works in forensic mental health, still encouraging people to share their traumatic stories with film, in addition to serving as the artistic director of ESC.“It’s about having the opportunity to address their needs,” Magill said. “It’s about having the opportunity to be listened to and to have that voice, tease out and then to give them the choice about what they do in terms of being creative and externalizing what is hurting them. Hurt people hurt people and healed people heal people. That process between hurting and healing, that’s where the arts come in. We do that through expression.” Tags: Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, lecture, shakespeare in prisons conference
Before Notre Dame and Michigan take the field Saturday night, the rivalry weekend will begin with a different football game. Special Olympics Notre Dame will face Special Olympics Michigan in a unified flag football game Friday on Alumni Field at 5 p.m. The game is free and open to the public.The matchup is part of Special Olympics’ rivalry series that has been occurring for the past several years; however, this is the first time Notre Dame has played Michigan. The two unified teams will include Notre Dame and Michigan students as well as athletes with intellectual disabilities from both communities — 10 from South Bend and five from Ann Arbor, Mich.“I’m really excited to represent Notre Dame not only in the sense of the football game with Michigan but also to connect the Special Olympics communities,” Special Olympics member and sophomore Ellie Olmanson said. (Editor’s note: Olmanson is a former Sports Writer for The Observer.)Sophomore Sofie Palumbo, the Special Olympics Notre Dame event coordinator, said she is excited about the partnership aspect of the event.“We have had a great partnership with Special Olympics Michigan club since the Special Olympics Notre Dame club started, so we really wanted to host this event,” she said.Former Michigan wide receiver, Heisman Trophy winner and College GameDay host Desmond Howard will serve opposite former Notre Dame offensive lineman, ESPN’s Mike Golic, Jr., as honorary team captains.“We’re hoping for a really great turnout,” Palumbo said. “ESPN will be filming and coverage will hopefully be on ESPN or ESPN2 later that day.”The goal of the flag football game and the unified teams is to promote inclusion among students and participants with intellectual disabilities, Palumbo said.“Our main goal was to spread awareness for inclusion,” Palumbo said. “Our focus for doing this with football is because Notre Dame loves it so much and there’s power of showing inclusion through sports and especially with a rivalry people are so passionate about.”The Notre Dame vs. Michigan match is the only flag football game on the calendar for Special Olympics Notre Dame this year, but the organization hopes to extend this event to other games and sports where there has been Special Olympics involvement, Palumbo said. For now, Special Olympics Notre Dame is focused on continuing this historic rivalry which will bring the game to Ann Arbor in the fall for the next installment of the Notre Dame-Michigan renewed rivalry.“I think it’s so cool that this game represents more than two rivals coming together,” Olmanson said. “It’s a huge step for the special needs community cuing the fact that this is the start of something that will hopefully be a tradition we can look forward to every year.”Palumbo said Special Olympics would like to have a lot of people in attendance for the game.“We’re really trying to … make this a surreal experience for our athletes because they’re incredible,” Palumbo said.Tags: Notre Dame-Michigan Rivalry, Special Olympics Notre Dame
The women of Flaherty Hall are breaking in their new dorm as they add more signature events and grow closer as a community.Catherine Dieckman, junior and newly elected hall president, said she feels this was the year that Flaherty became a name on campus.“We want there to be an identity associated with what it means to be a Flaherty Bear,” Dieckman said. “So we’re just trying to have staples of events we plan and the things we do be with sisterhood and related to service and just having a very loving, open appearance and identity toward people all around campus — not just within Flaherty.”After its construction in 2016, Flaherty Hall became the new home for previous residents of Pangborn Hall, female students who applied to transfer into the new dorm, as well as around 70 first-years, Flaherty rector Sr. Mary Donnelly said.“It was difficult to move to a new hall and start a new community. Leaving Pangborn — a place I love and called home for eight years — was difficult. Leaving what was familiar and moving into an unknown was both terrifying and exhilarating,” Donnelly said in an email.Caile Coughlin, junior and former hall president, said as a member of the first class to live in Flaherty, it was difficult to mesh the Pangborn community and the new dorm community at times.“I think it was hard to mesh when people wanted to be a new community [while] preserving the Pangborn community,” Coughlin said.Donnelly said one difficulty she faced as the first rector of Flaherty was figuring out how to help foster a new dorm community.“There have been many challenges … [For example,] how to help the women, who came from several halls, understand and create a new community,” Donnelly said. “[And] questions such as, ‘How do we honor the richness of traditions that this new community now encompasses?’, ‘How to we let go of what was and enter into something new?’, ‘How is community created?’, ‘How [do we] manage the anxiety, fear, sense of loss as we moved from what was to what will be?’ The list goes on and on.”To answer these questions, Donnelly said she made sure to have lots of conversations about what type of community the women wanted and how to get there — including things like what signature events to plan and what their mascot would be.Flaherty has added numerous new events such as Flaherty Food Fights, a cooking competition–style event between different dorms on campus, Flaherty Fights, a fundraiser held during the fall to raise money for Kelly Cares, and “Bear-becues” where residents grill outside.This semester, Flaherty opened “Bearly Baked,” where the dorm sells edible cookie dough and offers vegan and gluten free options, Coughlin said.Maddie Heyn, junior and former hall vice-president, said she values the opportunity for Flaherty residents to leave their own legacies.“Because we are so new, there are things that we can change and there are things that we can do,” she said. “We have these traditions that we are trying to start, and I think there is a lot of enthusiasm about, ‘This is my dorm and this can be what I want it to be,’ with girls starting new signature events, starting new food services and stuff. I feel like it’s a very entrepreneurial spirit.”Tags: Community, dorm features, dorm life, flaherty hall, Pangborn Hall
Above-normal rainfall will be needed to end drought conditions. According to the PDSI calculations, the northeast, west central, central, southwest and south central Georgia need more than six inches of rain to end the drought. You can get updates on drought conditions at the University of Georgia drought Web site. Or contact your county Extension Service agent. Source: Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service Soil Moisture in Georgia ÿ —Percentages— Adequate 19 39 56 Surplus 1 1 12 Short 48 38 22 ÿ August 6, 1999 August 7, 1998 5-Year Avg. Very Short 32 22 10 Many places in north and middle Georgia received less than a third of their normal rainfall during the past four weeks (July 14 through Aug. 10). Some had less than a fourth of normal rainfall, including Athens (0.80 inches) and Blairsville (0.98). Augusta (0.08 inches), Columbus (0.31), Macon (0.58) and Rome (0.41) each had less than a fifth of normal rainfall.Palmer Drought Severity Index The Palmer Drought Severity Index is the most commonly used drought index in the United States. The PDSI classifies long-term drought conditions, primarily to assess hydrological conditions. It is not a good index for most agricultural purposes. As of Aug. 7, the PDSI classifies all of Georgia except the northwest corner in moderate to severe drought. The northwest corner is in mild drought. Soil moisture loss from evapotranspiration ranged from 1.25 to 1.5 inches across the state last week. With the current evapotranspiration rates, the state will continue to lose soil moisture even with normal rainfall. ATHENS, Ga. – After a month of little rain and intense heat, severe drought conditions have returned to parts of north and middle Georgia. Lack of topsoil moisture is a major concern across the state. The Georgia Agricultural Statistical Service reports that moisture is short to very short in 80 percent of the state’s soils. Last year at this time, in a dry summer, soil moisture was rated as short to very short in 60 percent of the soils. The average over the past five years is 32 percent.Soil Moisture Low Soils are very dry in southwest Georgia, with potential crop yields being severely cut because of dryness, according to the August 7 Crop Moisture Index. Soils in northeast, west central and central Georgia are excessively dry, with yield prospects reduced. The CMI rates soils in north central, east central, south central and southeast Georgia as abnormally dry, with yield prospects deteriorating. The soil moisture in northeast Georgia is rated as short.
A University of Georgia Cooperative Extension class, set for Friday, Feb. 23, will teach the basic skills needed to maintain small gardening and landscaping tools and save money in the process.Participants in the Small Engine Maintenance and Repair Workshop will learn how to properly select, troubleshoot and maintain common garden and landscape equipment; sharpen hand tools, knives and chainsaws; tune motors; and properly prepare engines for long-term storage. The course will also cover the most important tools to have on hand to maintain and repair landscape equipment.Taught by UGA Extension horticulturist Bob Westerfield and Troup County Extension agent Brian Maddy, the class will consist of indoor lectures and outside, hands-on demonstrations. Participants should dress for the weather in preparation for the outdoor session.The class will be taught from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in room 104 of the Student Learning Center on the UGA Griffin campus. The cost of the course is $49 and includes instruction, break refreshments and lunch. To register online with a debit or credit card, go to smallengine02232018.eventbrite.com, or preregister by contacting Beth Horne at (770) 228-7214 or [email protected]
“All of the groups are going to be taking video of their talents, we’re going to put it together into a big video,” she says “Then we’re inviting all of the families back at night to watch it on a giant screen with popcorn and everything.” Now with less than a month to prepare and no official guidelines, camp operators are doing their best to prepare. He says with official guidelines not exected from the state until later this week at the earliest, planning has been tough. He says he also made the decision to open for the kids. Kids, he says, have been cooped up inside for far too long. Hein says while the planning may be tricky, opening summer camps is important for a region in the midst of a childcare crisis. Brumer says the camps’ talent show, which has become a favorite in the community has been transformed into a drive in. Max Hein, owner and operator of “Binghamton Best Summer Camp calls the move a “yellow light.” She says the camp has been working behind the scenes with the American Camping Association in conjunction with the CDC to develop a plan to prepare for whatever regulations the state releases. She says this includes smaller group sizes and safety regulations. “We are so excited we’ve been working on this for the past three months holding our breath pretty much,” she says. “I wouldn’t call it a green light because although we have gotten the okay to open on June 29th we still have not received fact sheets or restrictions,” he says. “It’s about how to make it safe, how to plan, how to train our staff and how to build our cost model so it’s still accessible to regular people.” “We don’t know what field trips are going to look like, we don’t know what groups sizes are going to look like, we don’t know what sanitation requirements are going to look like,” he says. “My hope is that kids are able to continue to grow and have positive relationships and continue to grow and I feel that summer camps are one of their last opportunities in this year to have that,” he says. (WBNG) — With day camps across the state given the go ahead by Governor Andrew Cuomo to reopen on June 29, parents and camp operators across the Southern Tier are breathing a sigh of relief. “My instinct reaction was that we can’t do camp this year but there’s such a need that it felt irresponsible to make that decision,” he says. “Every child is going to have (a face shield) and they’re all going to have different bandannas so they don’t cross paths with other groups,” she says. “We’re going to be painting areas on the grass for each group in a socially distanced space, while the DJ will be down below so everyone can participate while staying separate.” At the Jewish Community Center of Binghamton, Director Sheryl Brumer says the state’s announcement was reason for celebration at the center on Tuesday.
“Upgraders in big cities are paying close to $100,000 in fees and absurdly high stamp duty,” he said. “If we went back just 20 years for direct comparison, we are now paying an additional $40,000 (inflation adjusted) or 400 per cent more in real terms.”“This is ridiculous and penalises almost every single Australian moving around the property ladder as their life circumstances change.” Australian record smashed with $140m sale Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:36Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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MORE: Home goes from avocado to masterpiece Mr McGrath said tighter supply in a market where there was strong demand off cheaper money via borrowing and lower interest rates would drive up prices.It was “likely to be a positive factor in the price rebound we’re now experiencing”, he said.“Less for sale generally means better prices. This may indeed keep us in solid territory until we see the next sales cycle begin,” he said of price growth in the market. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Upgraders in big cities are paying close to $100,000 in fees and absurdly high stamp duty, says John McGrath.A property turnaround could trip over growing transaction costs in big cities, with buyers paying as much as $100k in fees and stamp duty alone, a new report warns.This according to the McGrath Report 2020, released this week, with MD John McGrath warning higher transaction costs and economic uncertainty were seeing record low listings in most city markets. 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