Russia: BSF Commander’s Congratulations on Victory Day

first_img May 7, 2012 View post tag: Congratulations Authorities View post tag: Victory Black Sea Fleet (BSF) Commander Rear Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov congratulated the fleet’s personnel, veterans of the Great Patriotic War, … Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: BSF Commander’s Congratulations on Victory Day View post tag: BSF Russia: BSF Commander’s Congratulations on Victory Day View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Commanders View post tag: day (rusnavy)[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, May 07, 2012; View post tag: Russialast_img read more

Oxford spend £500m on Radcliffe campus site

first_imgOxford University plans to spend half a billion pounds on a radical new plan to create a campus on the site of the old Radcliffe Infirmary.Described as its most ambitious project in recent history, the design is set to be one of the biggest investments in the history of the University, with the site alone costing £45 million.The University scrapped earlier plans to build a “sweeping boulevard” from the site to the University Press building, as this was deemed against the character of central Oxford. The Woodstock road site has been reduced to rubble in preparation for development by next spring. The first buildings expect to open in late 2011.The new campus represents a major departure from the current collegiate system. The University is keen to stress that the plans are meant to complement college facilities “both academically and architecturally,” but that the development represents the most radical attempt to create a general campus “since Thomas Bodley designed his famous library in 1602.”“Crucial for the future”According to Luke Purser, the humanities head of development, it will include a large Mathematics institute, along with several buildings devoted to the humanities and two underground libraries.The plans will be reviewed by the strategic development committee of the council this November. They form the first stage in Oxford’s plan for renovation. A University spokesperson said, “This is an exciting development which will be crucial for the University’s future.”He added that the proposals have considered local opinion, “after extensive public consultation, the reaction from people has been generally supportive.”It forms the first result of an appeal for funds to regenerate Oxford’s facilities that was announced earlier this year.last_img read more

Suwannee Roots Revival Impresses In Its Inaugural Event [Review/Video]

first_imgLoad remaining images To help close out their Saturday set Leftover Salmon brought out Jon Stickley and Lyndsay Pruett for a wild and crazy rendition of “Oh Me Oh My” that served as not just a bookend to their weekend but also a statement about the spirit the bands and the festival were trying to establish. Give the fun a listen below:In the spirit of so many events held in this storied park, the last day condensed to one stage, helping build a communal, family feeling to the goings on. Enlisting Donna The Buffalo to continue their long running series of stellar shows in the park was a wise move on the part of organizers, honoring tradition all the while.DTB’s fans are a rabid bunch, and they managed to make the closing set of the weekend one of the most energetic as well. A parade of guests emerged throughout the set, with the band welcoming out old friends and fresh faces alike while never losing the love of the rapt audience.Seeing the eager young faces romp around the grounds having the times of their young lives promised a future generation of fans to keep the hammocks and dance floor filled long into the future. And, judging by the crowd size and the warm reception the artists received it looks as if this will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship! The Spirit Of Suwannee Park has been home to numerous events over its decades of existence, and the newest party, The Suwannee Roots Revival, is a distillation of the essence of what has come before. Boasting a line-up of fabled park alumni like Leftover Salmon, Donna The Buffalo, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan and so many more, the weekend had a very familiar vibe of string music, family and fun.One of the most beloved venues in the country, Suwannee opened the gates to a sea of happy faces of all ages for a weekend that promised a good time for all. The opening Thursday night festivities included a wild bluegrass re-imagining of The Who‘s rock opera Tommy by The Hillbenders that had the crowd dancing and cheering with wild abandon. Check out their version of “Pinball Wizard” here. With sets from Town Mountain, Grass Is Dead and more the opening stanza got the weekend of to a fabulous start.Check out the heartwarming bluegrass style version of “They Love Each Other” below:Florida native The Sauce Boss does more than just fill the air with music, he also fills the bellies of the crowd with gumbo! Setting up a huge pot onstage he called up members of the audience to help him cook on a table as he cooked on his instruments. Now only was his grinding style of one man band jamming palatable the gumbo was delicious!Col. Bruce Hampton & The Madrid ExpressGuitarist, actor, amateur psychic and all around music legend Col. Bruce Hampton brought his current band, Madrid Express to the venerated amphitheater stage for an amazing set of blues guitar riffs and odd ball lyrical bent. Never one to take the straight and narrow path, one of the highlights of his two sets over the weekend was his unique take on the Cream classic “I’m So Glad.” Give it a listen below:Blueground UndergrassJeff Mosier and his brother Johnny rarely find time to reunite their beloved jam grass band Blueground Undergrass, so any opportunity to enjoy their magic is a welcome one. With two sets scheduled for the weekend, fans were quick to make it as close as they could to see the mystical dynamic the siblings and their bandmates share. The crowd of diehards sang along with every song and hung on every note, including the stellar rendition of the classic Garcia-Hunter tune “Black Muddy River” that follows:The scheduled performance by The Wood Brothers was unfortunately cancelled due to a medical issue with Chris Wood, but Luther Dickinson and J.J. Grey were enlisted to perform a reduced version of their singer song writer super band The Southern Soul Assembly. They traded songs and stories and had a grand time sharing their love with the crowd.  You can see a pair of their more moving moments here.Leftover SalmonPro Tip: Whatever party you’re throwing, if you truly want it to be a success, don’t forget to stock up on plenty of Leftover Salmon. Vince Herman is the living embodiment of the festival spirit, and the effortless way he works the crowd into a frenzy is a joy to behold. With his long time partner-in-crime Drew Emmitt in tow, Herman and the rest of the dauntingly talented musicians showed a diversity and depth that belied their ragamuffin appearance and party mentality. We’ll have a bit more from Leftover later, but for now check out the rollicking cover of T.Rex’s “Bang A Gong” they dropped on a most receptive crowd below:Shook TwinsPortland based sister act Shook Twins chose to use part of their set as an opportunity to honor John Hartford,  the man who helped pioneer the “Jamgrass” permutation of the traditional art form that has sprouted into so many wonderful varieties of roots music, including their own. Between the ethereal harmonies they can bring and the infectious smiles that they never seem to lose the pair and their band delivered a fun set of their own material and the aforementioned tribute to Hartford, a silly take on his classic “Get No Better,” which you can watch below:Jon Stickley TrioThe North Carolina connection to the Spirit OF The Suwannee was in full effect with the stunning interplay of the Jon Stickley Trio. With the main man on guitar, along with fiery fiddler Lyndsay Pruett and drummer Patrick Armitage all working on seemingly separate but intertwined melodies, their sets were among some of the most musically challenging and engaging of the entire weekend. Check out a slice of their instrumental mayhem below:Peter Rowan BandInspired by Elvis, Peter Rowan picked up the guitar and has been making music and magic ever since. He is one of the elder statesmen of bluegrass and possessor of one of the sweetest and most beloved voices in the history of the form. Rowan brought his band of top shelf players to the park for a pair of sets that had the whole audience singing along at the top of their throats. His magic was too much to contain in a single clip, so we have a pair of highlights for you. First up, a rousing rendition of one of the signature songs of the Americana songbook “Midnight Moonlight.”:Next, let’s check in on Rowan’s Sunday solo set, as he sat alone and led the crowd in a series of glorious campfire styled sing-a-longs that had everyone in attendance lifting their voices in song. Enjoy the full bodied take on another songbook standard “You Are My Sunshine” below:Sam Bush BandAlong with his friends in New Grass Revival, Sam Bush is another of the architects of the much mentioned jamgrass scene. His mixing of rock and roll and blues influences with the more traditional instrumentation of the mountain music art form has been a beloved part of the music world for close to four decades, and on his most recent album, Storyman, he demonstrated a relevance that many of his contemporaries surely envy. Here’s a reggae flavored track from his newest record, “Everything Is Possible.”last_img read more

Debut Moonlight MUSICFEST Taps Bruce Hornsby, Grace Potter, Wood Bros., & More

first_imgA brand-new music and camping festival is headed to Big Sky, Montana, dubbed Moonlight MUSICFEST. Scheduled for August 17th and 18th, the event will take place at Moonlight’s Madison Village at the base of Big Sky Resort. With two days of music, Moonlight MUSICFEST has curated an impressive inaugural lineup, which includes headlining performances by The Wood Brothers, Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, and Grace Potter.Friday, August 17th will see performances by Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, The Wood Brothers, Mission Temple Firework Revival (featuring Paul Thorn and The Blind Boys of Alabama) and Hawthorne Roots. To close out the weekend of music, Grace Potter leads Saturday, August 18th’s lineup, which also boasts sets from Sam Bush Band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Anderson East, The Suffers, and The Well.On Thursday, August 16th, Jeff Austin Band and The Two Bit Franks will perform at Big Sky’s weekly Music In The Mountains at Big Sky’s Town Center Park, serving as a warm-up for the event’s main festivities on Friday and Saturday. Furthermore, across the weekend, attendees can enjoy arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, a beer garden, and a number of family events, in addition to taking in the one-of-a-kind, breath-taking setting that is Big Sky.As Tom Gransey, owner and president of Vootie Productions, noted in a press release:We are thrilled to be a part of such an incredible music festival this summer. … The lineup is the perfect start for an annual event, with many well-known national artists and some local bands as well. The setting is intimate and welcoming with stunning views in every direction at the base of Lone Peak, among Moonlight’s incredible wilderness area. … To have a weekend in Big Sky with this caliber of music, and with all the outdoor pursuits available, it’s going to put the event on the list of must-go festivals.Discounted early-bird festival passes for Moonlight MUSICFEST go on sale May 15th at 8 a.m., with the remaining tickets going on sale on June 1st. For more information, visit MUSICFEST 2018 Lineup:Thursday, August 16:The Two Bit FranksJeff Austin BandFriday, August 17:Hawthorne Roots (local)Mission Temple Fireworks Revival featuring Paul Thorn & The Blind Boys of AlabamaThe Wood BrothersBruce Hornsby and The NoisemakersSaturday, August 18:The Well (local)The SuffersAnderson EastChris Robinson BrotherhoodSam Bush BandGrace PotterView Alllast_img read more

To everything there is a season

first_imgSeasonal exhibitions are not unusual at any art gallery, but at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum in Boston, interpretations of how the seasons transform its landscape provide a standard theme for photographers and fine artists. Currently, the Arboretum offers two unique exhibitions on its website: “Resilience: Art in the time of COVID-19” by Lois Cremmins and “If Winter Comes…The Promise of Each Year in the Paintings of Anthony Apesos.” Cremmins’ “Resilience” reflects the artist’s message and personal journey to find a positive, restorative way to move through each day of the COVID-19 health crisis. Visiting the Arboretum over a year of seasons, she was inspired to create exuberant works in watercolor and collage reflective of her experience of the landscape.“As spring unfolded into summer,” she said, “I could sense that the plants and animals, sun and sky, were carrying on in spite of the pandemic. And I wanted to make artworks as triumphant and defiant in the face of COVID-19 as I felt the entire Arboretum was being.”,As a fitting complement to Cremmins’ theme, her work and recent Arboretum focus came to the attention of staff through a COVID-19 initiative — the Arboretum’s goal to remain open for all and establish visitor information tents at a number of its gates. This welcome outreach beckoned and served many visitors over summer and autumn, including New York transplant Cremmins, and contributed a providential introduction to her art.Also on view in the virtual realm is a seasonal show by Tony Apesos, a previous exhibitor at the Arboretum. Apesos’ oil paintings of winter invite viewers on a rich, almost spiritual adventure into the collections during this season of sparse, intense beauty. His portrayal of winter has been shaped by his close observations and decades of Arboretum walks. It captures New England with exhilarating moments of golden light or the quiet of blue-shadowed snow.,Apesos — artist, professor, scholar, and art historian ― titled his exhibition “If Winter Comes…The Promise of Each Year in the Paintings of Anthony Apesos.” The title is a paraphrase of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind” — “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” As the fates would have it, this theme would resonate meaningfully as we came through 2020.These exhibitions both provide glimpses of that winter, and perhaps the feeling of spring being within our grasp.The exhibits can be viewed on the Arboretum website. Apesos’ work will be available through Feb. 7.“Black Branches” by Tony Apesoslast_img read more

Co-founder of The Observer dies at 75

first_imgRobert Sam Anson, Notre Dame class of ’67, a magazine writer who co-founded The Observer as an undergraduate, died Nov. 2, the New York Times reported. He was 75.He died at a home he had been staying in Rexford, New York, from complications due to dementia.As a student at Notre Dame, Anson delivered editorials on the evening news through the campus radio station. He was critical of the Vietnam War and Lyndon B. Johnson, which the administration disapproved of at the time, the National Catholic Reporter said in a 2015 article.Although Anson was chosen to be news editor of Scholastic by the magazine’s previous editor, the vice president of student affairs at the time Fr. Charles McCarragher, who had a say in who was a member of the editorial board, rejected the proposal and chose someone else.Instead, Anson helped found The Observer with another student, Stephen Feldhaus. The Observer printed its first issue November 3, 1966. Over the rest of his time at Notre Dame, Anson frequently clashed with University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh over the content of The Observer. Hesburgh told one of his biographers, “People were always asking me, ‘Why don’t you expel Anson?’ I didn’t want to give him the satisfaction.”At the same time, both Anson and Hesburgh had great respect for each other. Anson later referred to Hesburgh as “the only father I ever had.”After graduating from Notre Dame, Anson went on to work for TIME magazine. He traveled to Cambodia and was taken as a prisoner of war in 1970. He was held for weeks by the North Vietnamese and the Khmer Rouge.Hesburgh reportedly called Pope Paul VI at the time, who was able to help arrange Anson’s release.Anson went on to write for Esquire, Life, Mademoiselle, The Atlantic and New Times. He also wrote six books including “War News: A Young Reporter in Indochina,” which discussed his experiences covering the war.At The Observer’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2017, Anson urged the paper’s student journalists to appreciate their time as reporters.“[I hope] everyone has a great time, doesn’t get pushed around by the administration, resists authority — including that of the president of the United States — and just feels so lucky they are working as journalists,” he said. “I just think it was a million to one shot that The Observer would work, and it did work.”He was born March 12, 1945, in Cleveland. Anson was raised by his mother, Virginia Rose Anson, who was a schoolteacher.Anson is survived by two daughters, Christian Anson Kasperkovitz and Georgia Grace Anson, and his son, Sam Anson.Tags: Father Hesburgh, Robert Sam Anson, The Observerlast_img read more’s Paul Wontorek Gets Into the Ring to Talk Rocky

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 View Comments Andy Karl Related Shows Star Files A group of special guests spent the evening with the cast of Rocky on May 7: Supporters of the Actors Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps performing arts and entertainment professionals nationwide. After seeing the new musical and rooting for the Italian Stallion in the big fight, the crowd was treated to a post-show Q&A talkback, hosted by Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek. Check out these photos of Wontorek, Andy Karl, Margo Seibert and the Rocky company with Actors Fund president and CEO Joseph P. Benincasa, then catch the new musical live at the Winter Garden Theatre! Rockylast_img read more

FirstEnergy asks bankruptcy court for approval to shed liabilities for environmental clean-ups

first_imgFirstEnergy asks bankruptcy court for approval to shed liabilities for environmental clean-ups FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Plain Dealer:CLEVELAND, Ohio — FirstEnergy’s share price hit a 52-week high Thursday morning as news of its proposed “definitive settlement” with its bankrupt subsidiary FirstEnergy Solutions spread among investors.The settlement, filed this week in federal bankruptcy court, is FirstEnergy’s latest effort to shed itself of past and future financial responsibilities connected with FES and a second subsidiary, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co.FirstEnergy’s stock price on the New York Stock Exchange hit $37.69 Thursday morning. The price declined slightly, to $37.38 in early-afternoon trading. The share price has been as low as $29.34 over the past year.The 184-page settlement document, cobbled together by an army of lawyers, commits FirstEnergy to providing “more than $1.1 billion of total value” to the investors, banks, bondholders and other companies stuck with the debt owed by FES.Included among the primary benefits would be a $225 million cash payment from FirstEnergy and another $628 million in FE notes that will mature on Dec. 31, 2022 — funds that would go to the FES “estate,” meaning money for its many creditors.In exchange, the committees representing two investor groups and others, known as “unsecured creditors,” before the court, along with FES and FENOC have agreed not to seek additional money from the parent corporation in the future if things go wrong or expensive new problems arise. In other words, if the deal is approved by the bankruptcy court, FirstEnergy would be free of past debts and future financial entanglements connected to its former coal-fired power plants and its four nuclear reactors now owned by FirstEnergy Solutions.Such a move could put FirstEnergy in conflict with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.After FES and FENOC announced in April that the company would close its nuclear plants by 2021, the NRC said each reactor’s decommissioning funds were adequate, based on their worth as of Dec. 31, 2016. But the NRC has yet to release its assessment of the adequacy of the invested funds as they stand today, particularly in light of the company’s decision to close the plants earlier than previously planned.The NRC has agreed to consider a petition challenging the adequacy of the funds filed by consumer and environmental groups led by the Midwest-based Environmental Law and Policy Center. For its part, in financial reports to investors filed since the bankruptcy, FirstEnergy has not included a further financial obligation to the decommissioning funds of the four reactors.FirstEnergy also agreed in the settlement to continue funding FES employee-related programs, such as pensions, severance programs and deferred compensation.The settlement includes an escape for individual creditors who have refused to sign the agreement. They would still have the right to seek payment from FES or FirstEnergy at some future date.The one major exception to the umbrella protection FirstEnergy has tried to negotiate is the 1,300 megawatt coal-burning Pleasants Power Station in West Virginia. FES has tentatively agreed to take possession of plant —  with the proviso that FirstEnergy be responsible for future environmental cleanups. The ownership transfer agreement must be worked out by Dec. 31, or it lapses.Pleasants is currently owned by another wholly-owned FirstEnergy subsidiary, Allegheny Energy Supply, which would continue to have responsibility for environmental cleanups.FirstEnergy previously tried to transfer ownership of Pleasants to a third subsidiary, Mon Power, which is a regulated utility in West Virginia. When state regulators balked, the company announced it would close the plant in 2019.More: FirstEnergy stock price up on proposed $1 billion court settlement with FES and creditorslast_img read more

Trail Town, USA: Your Guide to a Weekend in Abingdon and Damascus

first_imgTucked into the hills of Southwest Virginia, and connected by the famous Virginia Creeper Trail, the neighboring towns of Abingdon and Damascus have all the essentials of a weekender’s paradise. From charming restaurants and storefronts to endless outdoor adventures, these small towns have the perfect combination of activities for a well-rounded weekend getaway. A stroll down Abingdon’s delightful Main Street is a great way to start your excursion, with its brick sidewalks doubling as a viewing platform for two centuries of architecture, including the Martha Washington Inn & Spa. Here, you can peruse local art galleries, window shop, and stop in for a root beer float at the 1950s-style soda fountain. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, you can find the farmer’s market nearby, offering fresh local produce and baked goods.Cody Myers PhotographyAbingdon offers a wealth of dining options, perhaps most notably The Tavern, which was built in 1799 and is the oldest of Abingdon’s historic buildings. A few blocks off Main Street, visitors can enjoy craft beer and live music at Wolf Hills Brewery in a more laid-back atmosphere.At Heartwood, visitors can admire unique crafts from dozens of carefully selected regional artists before enjoying a meal or a drink at the café, which uses locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.Renee SklarewAt the heart of Abingdon is the Barter Theatre, a locally operated theatre situated on Main Street across from the Martha. It opened its doors at the height of the Depression in 1933 under the ownership of the actor Robert Porterfield, who had the idea to let people barter their way into the theatre. Townspeople would offer up whatever they could: cow’s milk, eggs, unsellable produce, homemade jam and so on. The business was wildly successful and today the Barter sees more than 160,000 guests per year.Cody Myers PhotographyDamascus, a few miles eastward, is full of character, wrapping small-town charm and thriving tourism into one funky little package. The lively atmosphere cleverly disguises that the population of Damascus, the gateway to Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, is less than a thousand. The Appalachian Trail runs directly through Damascus— literally, right down Main Street, making Damascus the resting place of thousands of thru-hikers every year. Other nearby trails include the Trans-America National Biking Trail, the Iron Mountain Trail, the Daniel Boone Heritage Trail and, of course, the renowned Virginia Creeper Trail.Cody Myers PhotographyThe Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34-mile, rail-to-trails path that begins in Abingdon and terminates near Whitetop Station. Biking the famous trail is a popular activity for visitors to the area, with options to bike parts or all of it. Abingdon and Damascus bike shops offer rentals and shuttle services for the Creeper Trail. Take the shuttle to Whitetop Station and enjoy the incredibly scenic ride back to Damascus, which is almost entire downhill. It’s also a great area for fishing, horseback riding, birdwatching, and hiking or running.Whether you visit for a few hours or a few days, on two wheels or four, you’ll find yourself immersed in Virginia tradition and surrounded by some of the Southeast’s most spectacular scenery.last_img read more

McWatters under serious consideration for CFPB director

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » President Trump is seriously considering nominating NCUA Chairman J. Mark McWatters as CFPB director, according to sources inside the credit union industry.McWatters has been interviewed for the position and a background check is underway, one source told CU Times. If all goes well for McWatters, the nomination could be announced as early as next week, the source said.Through an NCUA spokesperson, McWatters declined comment.White House officials believe that McWatters could be more easily confirmed by the Senate because he has been confirmed before—as a member of the NCUA board, the source said. In addition, President Obama nominated McWatters as chairman of the Export-Import Bank. McWatters was never confirmed because some Republican senators, including then-Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)– oppose the bank.last_img read more