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Thievery Corporation Showcases Their Hypnotic Musical Display At New York’s Terminal 5 [Gallery]

first_imgThe intoxicating music of Thievery Corporation was on full display last weekend, as the exciting ensemble hit NYC’s Terminal 5 last Friday, December 9th. The band recently revealed plans for a new album, The Temple Of I & I, and shared a brand new single “Letter To The Editor” in anticipation (listen here). Though the band hasn’t sampled any of their new music in the live setting, the energy of creating a new album has clearly carried through to their performances. The band explored the depth of their catalog, bringing out a rotating cast of vocalists backed by a tight-knit house band. Led by Eric Hilton and Rob Garza, this was quite the night of live music in New York City!Check out a full photo gallery below, courtesy of Bahram Foroughi. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Constitutional Studies visiting fellow discusses threats to religious freedom

first_imgDaniel Mark, visiting fellow with the Constitutional Studies Program, called for a defense of religious freedom in the face of global and national threats during a lecture Thursday.“We have before us the underlying question of whether people have the right to choose and live their faith free of interference by the government or whether the limits of religious freedom are determined solely by judgements of prudence such as whether encroachments on religious freedom will detract from a state’s international standing,” he said. “In other words, we have the question of whether people have a right to religious freedom in principle or only in practice when it suits the state.” Ann Curtis | The Observer Visiting fellow Daniel Mark presents a lecture Thursday in Jenkins-Nanovic Hall on modern threats to religious freedom around the globe and domestically from both the left and right sides of the aisle.Mark said he sees a “landscape that is deeply worrisome” when looking at religious freedom today and that he believes religious freedom is a right granted by God.On a global scale, Mark said totalitarianism, both religious and secular, threatens religious freedom. Mark cited Saudi Arabia and Iran as examples of this totalitarianism.“What critical to remember about those places is that the problem isn’t just religious freedom for minorities; it’s religious freedom for everyone,” he said. “ … [No one] is free to dissent or change or deny … The theocratic ways of these countries deprive the entire population, not just minorities, of religious freedom.”To have religious freedom, Mark said everyone must have the freedom to choose which religion to follow.“Religious totalitarianism ultimately aims to control the entire person, even down to one’s thoughts,” he said.Mark said the other global totalitarian threat, secular totalitarianism, “fears the true God” rather than “false gods.”In secular totalitarianism, Mark said, countries such as China suppress religion in the name of security.“In these countries, through elaborate systems of registration and approvals, the governments regulate and monitor all religious activities,” he said.In the U.S., Mark said, we must be grateful for our religious freedom and be vigilant in defending it.“We’re not inherently better or more deserving of religious freedom than anyone else in the world, and we should not take our good fortune for granted,” he said. “Rather, we must work hard to preserve the cultural and political and legal conditions that make religious freedom possible … We should neither exaggerate our problems here and forget how good we have it, nor should we exaggerate our blessings and neglect our defense of religious freedom.”Mark said the threats to religious freedom in the U.S. from the left are “more obvious and better known.”As an example of one recent trend, Mark noted that the fastest growing religious group in America is the “Nones,” or the people who do not identify with any religion on surveys.“My concern about this trend is that people who do not value religion are unlikely to value religious freedom,” he said.Mark said the underlying idea of many actions on the left “rejects anything that stands in the way of radical personal autonomy, not only to choose unrestrained what we do but even what we are.”“Having abandoned the proper grounds for human rights in order to make room for the ever-expanding list of demands, they’ve left the concept of rights so thin and so watered down that the very idea is in danger,” he said.In the U.S. on the right, Mark said there are two threats to classical liberalism, otherwise known as modern-day American conservatism. One of these is the alt-right, which Mark said represents a form of “identity politics that rejects the inherent dignity and equality of all human beings.” The other, Mark said, is a group of critics within the conservative movement that rejects classical liberalism and believes American democracy is “fatally flawed and bound to fail.”While he said the ideas of classical liberalism must be balanced with other values, Mark said individual rights are still important.“Is [classical liberalism critics’] goal to build a newer, better, likely smaller Christendom, or is their goal to create just enough space to build a Christian culture within a classical liberal world?” he said.Mark said he believes virtue and religion are necessary in today’s world. Citing a difference between liberty (“the freedom to pursue the good”) and license (“the freedom to do whatever you want”), Mark said the right to religious freedom must be grounded in the good of religion.“Once we know what is truly good for our nature, what is truly part of human flourishing, then we can know which rights are real and which aren’t,” he said. “ … Religious freedom is essential to the good of religion because in order to be genuine it must be freely chosen. The rights protect the goods.”Tags: classical liberalism, Constitutional Studies Program, religious freedom, totalitarianismlast_img read more

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Complete Cast Set for Broadway-Bound Amazing Grace, Starring Josh Young

first_img The ensemble will include Marija Abney, Leslie Becker, Sara Brophy, Rheaume Crenshaw, Miquel Edson, Mike Evariste, Sean Ewing, Rachael Ferrera, Savannah Frazier, Christopher Gurr, Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Allen Kendall, Elizabeth Ward Land, Michael Dean Morgan, Oneika Phillips, Clifton Samuels, Gavriel Savit, Dan Sharkey, Bret Shuford, Evan Alexander Smith, Uyoata Udi, Charles E. Wallace, Toni Elizabeth White and Hollie E. Wright. Chuck Cooper Amazing Grace tells the true story behind the beloved song. In the musical, John Newton (Young), a willful and musically talented Englishman, finds himself torn between following in the in the footsteps of his slave trader father and embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart, Mary Catlett (Mackey). The cast is now set for the the world premiere of Amazing Grace, the new Broadway-bound musical that begins performances in Chicago this fall. As previously announced, Tony nominee Josh Young will lead the cast alongside Erin Mackey, Tony nominee Tom Hewitt, Tony winner Chuck Cooper, Chris Hoch, Stanley Bahorek, Harriet D. Foy and Laiona Michelle. Performances will begin at the Bank of America Theatre on October 9 and continue through November 2. Opening night is set for October 19. The musical, featuring music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron, will be directed by Gabriel Barre and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli. The production is eyeing a Broadway transfer (dates and theater to be announced) following the Chicago engagement. Young, who is currently starring in the role of Che in the national tour of Evita, made his Broadway debut in the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, for which he received a Tony nomination. Mackey most recently appeared on Broadway in Chaplin; her additional credits include Anything Goes, Sondheim on Sondheim and Wicked. Hewitt received a Tony nod for The Rocky Horror Show; he has also appeared on Broadway in Jesus Christ Superstar, The Boys from Syracuse The Lion King and Chicago. Cooper, whose Broadway credits include Act One, Romeo and Juliet, Finian’s Rainbow and Caroline, or Change, took home a Tony for The Life. View All (4) View Comments Tom Hewitt Josh Young Erin Mackey Star Fileslast_img read more

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Licensed landscapers

first_imgFind an expertSo how do you know whether a landscaper is GCLP certified?Graduates are given a GCLP patch to wear on their uniforms and alogo to use on their company business cards. Their name is alsoentered into the GCLP graduates computer database.You can find a GCLP graduate in your area or get more informationon the GCLP program by contacting the Georgia Center for UrbanAgriculture at (770) 233-6107. Or see the program’s Web site athttp://apps.caes.uga.edu/urbanag/Industry/indexFS.cfm?pg=gclp. More than 150 experts trained”We now have 170 certified professionals in Georgia who havecompleted the GCLP training,” said Hurt, who administers theprogram through the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture inGriffin, Ga.Hurt admits the training program isn’t easy. “Participants muststudy a 300-page reference manual, complete an 18-chapter, onlinestudy course and pass written and hands-on exams,” he said.The hands-on parts are taught at the UGA Research and EducationGarden in Griffin. “They have to be familiar with more than 270plants and be able to identify 50 plants during the exam,” Hurtsaid. “They must recognize the plant from its leaves, flowers orfruit. The plant list includes trees, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, herbaceous perennials, annuals, weeds and turf grasses.”Participants must also identify pests and know which chemical touse to control them. “They have to show that they know how toproperly mix the chemical, too,” he said. Hands-on exams, tooTrainees must successfully complete nine hands-on tasks indemonstration stations. These range from sod installation andproper pruning techniques to grading and drainage.Despite the intensity of the course, Hurt said landscapeprofessionals are eager to attend and graduate from the program.”This certification is something to add to their resumes. Manycompanies are giving automatic raises to employees that becomecertified,” he said. “Our job is to help instill trust in ourstate’s landscapers. And this program does that.”Hurt has seen firsthand how the program creates confidence in itsgraduates. “They can look their customers in the eye and answerquestions and offer solutions with confidence,” he said.center_img By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaYou wouldn’t knowingly go to an unlicensed doctor or take yourtaxes to an uncertified accountant. So why trust your landscapeto an amateur?”The lawn-care industry can be anything from a company thatemploys more than 100 workers to a high school student with aleaf blower and a mower,” said Todd Hurt, a training coordinatorwith the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “You hire aCPA to do your taxes, and you should hire a professional for yourlandscape needs.”The Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Program was createdin 1993 to train landscape contractors statewide. The UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Georgia GreenIndustry Association, Metro Atlanta Landscape and TurfgrassAssociation and Georgia Turfgrass Association started theprogram.last_img read more

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New streambank restoration program helps homeowners

first_imgThe flood waters from the record breaking rainfall this spring have receded, but the damage is still visible for many homeowners that live near Lake Champlain and the many streams that feed into the lake. Vermont Organics Nursery’s Streambank Restoration Program is helping to restore and stabilize areas affected by flooding. Damaged areas are repaired, and land is stabilized against further damage and soil erosion using eco-friendly materials. BFA St. Albans students Zach Devoid and Isaac Devoid use organic burlap bags to repair a damaged streambank in St. Albans.Streambank Restoration includes: altering bank slopes to provide proper drainage, installation of energy dissipation devices constructed from field stones, and the use of organic burlap bags to help control erosion. Plants that help stabilize the soil and prevent it from becoming prone to soil erosion are grown at the Vermont Organics Nursery in St. Albans and placed throughout damaged banks.     The Streambank Restoration Program began this year with a small stream at the Vermont Organics Nursery. The stream feeds into Rugg Brook in St. Albans (an impaired watershed). After heavy rain this spring, the streambank was eroded and needed a 200 foot restoration of the banks and the channel. With an effective restoration in place, pollution impact to Rugg Brook is reduced, and water quality improved. A crew of Vermont Organics Nursery employees transformed the area with a variety of plantings including: aster, black eyed Susan, goldenrod, hairy alumroot, heartleaf foamflower, lobelia, ox-eye daisy, phlox, violet, and more.  Wetland species were planted in the water course and more upland species were planted on the banks. Plants that existed on the south side included: black cherry, boxelder, dogwood, elm, and poplar.  A fairly robust understory existed as well on the south side including: blue eyed grass, goldenrod, heartleaf foamflower, New England aster, rushes, sedges, sensitive fern, and St. Johnswort.  By establishing an effective root network, soil erosion will be reduced. Native plants do an efficient job of nutrient uptake as surface water intercepts the root system.  Utilizing good native herbaceous plants and a diverse army of species provides the best management practices for restoration, and an effective root network for soil retention.  Leadership was provided by UVM Environmental Engineering student and VOR intern Ryan Trudel and VOR’s Master Plant & Soil Scientist Sinclair Adam.  BFA St. Albans High School interns Isaac and Zach Devoid assisted with the project. Streambank Restoration. Vermont Organics Nursery  802-528-8512  email info@vermontorganics.com(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

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Buyers are so desperate for beachside properties they are offering more than the listing price

first_img10A Francis St, Mermaid Beach sold it for $1.055 million.The agency also sold a two duplexes at 10 Francis St within days of each other. “We listed 10A Francis St and sold it for $1.055 million and there was a fair bit of interest in the property,’’ Mr Henderson said.“One of the would-be buyers then approached us to see if the neighbours would sell and sure enough they agreed to an off-market transaction.” A three-bedroom home at 6 June Court, Miami sold for $735,000.COMPETITION is so fierce for beachside properties in Miami and Mermaid Beach that buyers are offering more than the advertised listing price.John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach agent Luke Henderson said the market was surging with plenty of local buyers out in force.“We listed a three-bedroom home in June Court and its asking price was $675,000,” he said.“We received 10 separate offers on the home and after we negotiated with the parties, thehome sold for $735,000. A three-bedroom home at 6 June Court, Miami sold for $735,000.“We also had an apartment close to the Nobby Beach shops on the Gold Coast Highwayand it carried a listing price of $489,000. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“That property attracted offers from three buyers and it sold for $515.000.”Mr Henderson said the agency’s sales figures for February were strong with prices continuing to increase.“A major reason behind the rising prices is the shortage of quality homes on the market and Iwould suggest that it is now a seller’s market,” he said.center_img A unit at 119 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach sold for $1.4 million.He said a three-bedroom beachfront apartment at 119 Albatross Ave had gone under contract for $1.4 million last month while a similar three-bedroom apartment in the same apartment building sold for $1.225 million in January, 2016.“Those results reflect how prices in Mermaid Beach have climbed over the past year,’’ he said.Other homes to go under contract in February included a villa in Messines Cres, Miami, which sold for $850,000 and a renovated waterfront home at 12 Weatherly Ave, Mermaid Waters, which sold for $1.45 million.last_img read more

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God versus Wicked

first_imgScene.co.nz 4 March 2016Family First Comment: Front page of the Queenstown local rag. The nationwide campaign is getting traction!Holy war has been declared on Wicked Campers.Family First NZ boss Bob McCoskrie has slammed the rental vehicle company, telling Mountain Scene it’s a “mongrel organisation”.The Aucklander says the slogans and images on their campervans are “sexist, misogynist and racist” and many families find them offensive.People across the country, including families in Queenstown, are disgusted by them, McCroskie says.“This company just completely gives everybody the two-fingered wave and doesn’t respect the code of advertising standards.”Queenstowner Sarah Barham reckons the company’s slogans are getting cruder and more inappropriate.McCroskrie says it’s within Queenstown council’s power, under plan change 48, to ban sexually explicit, indecent or offensive signs.Council regulatory boss Lee Webster says they’re looking at it.“The slogans used on some of the vehicles [can be] seen as offensive, however other people may not see them in the same manner.“We are currently reviewing this matter to firstly determine if it is a matter that we can address and secondly the most appropriate manner in which to do this.”Family First launched a campaign last month to put a stop to the in-your-face slogans and images being strewn across vans. McCoskrie reckons public advertising should be G-rated and is urging people who are offended to make complaints to the council.This isn’t Wicked’s first dance with the devil.In 2015, the world’s largest travel guide publisher, Lonely Planet, removed Wicked’s listing because of its bawdy signwriting.A year earlier, the Queensland senator Claire Moore passed a Green Party motion condemning the content.Around the same time, Aussie mum Paula Orbea had more than 100,000 signatures on a petition against Wicked to get “In every princess, there’s a little slut who wants to try it just once” removed from a van.She won.The company released an apologetic statement on Facebook, which said Aussie owner John Webb would be “making a commitment over the coming six months to changing slogans of an insensitive nature”.Mountain Scene was unable to contact Webb by deadline.http://www.scene.co.nz/god-versus-wicked/327347a1.pageBennett condemns ‘offensive’ Wicked CampersNewsHub 4 March 2016A senior cabinet minister has called for action against Wicked Campers over the “despicable” signage on its rental vans.The Brisbane-based company has been heavily criticised for years but hasn’t removed what have been described as violent, misogynist, racist and homophobic slogans.“I can’t repeat what’s on those vans,” Paula Bennett told Paul Henry this morning.“You couldn’t print it, so how on earth can you have it on campervans travelling around that children are seeing?”Councils had the ability to fine people if their signage broke by-laws.“When a van is stopped, effectively it is a sign and they can presumably be taken to court,” Paul Henry said.“Let’s do it,” Ms Bennett responded.“Let’s do some really strong messaging … the best way is for people not to be hiring from them because of the risk of being fined.”READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/bennett-condemns-offensive-wicked-campers-2016030409#axzz41smw3rGolast_img read more

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Cuban priest’s role as bridge-builder grows, bishop says

first_img Share FaithLifestyle Cuban priest’s role as bridge-builder grows, bishop says by: – April 12, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Father Felix Varela was a bridge-builder among Cubans and among Americans in his own 19th century, and with the Vatican declaring him venerable, the Cuban priest becomes relevant in that way for new generations, said the vice postulator of his sainthood cause.Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros of Brooklyn, N.Y., a Cuban-American who is shepherding Father Varela’s cause, told Catholic News Service that he was elated by the April 8 announcement of the Vatican’s declaration.The declaration recognizes that the priest lived heroic Christian virtues. It is the first official step on a path to sainthood.It was announced on Easter Sunday by the New York and Miami archdioceses, where there are many proponents of Father Varela’s cause, and the Diocese of St. Augustine, Fla., where he died, and by the Cuban bishops’ conference.Cath News 43 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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2 women nabbed in drug sting

first_imgThey were detained in the lockup cell ofPolice Station 7, facingcharges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive DangerousDrugs Act of 2002./PN They were Cherryl Salmingo, 44, andTrisha Salmingo, 19, all residents of the village, police said.   Suspected shabu weighing about 2.8 gramsvalued at around P20,100 was recovered from their possession, the police added. BACOLOD City – Police arrested two womenin a drug sting operation in Barangay 27. The suspects were nabbed after theyallegedly sold illegal drugs to an undercover officer for P500 on Nov. 19. last_img read more

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