Purple Hatter’s Ball Unveils Thursday Pre-Party, Lineup Additions, And Polish Ambassador Action Day

first_imgThe ninth annual Purple Hatter’s Ball is going down at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park over June 17-19 weekend, with headlining acts from livetronica favorites Papadosio, cutting edge live electronic brotherly duo The Floozies, energetic musician and activist The Polish Ambassador, Jerry Garcia Band founding member and longtime collaborator Melvin Seals and JGB, New Orleans prog-funk five-piece Earphunk, the conscious world-reggae sounds of DubConscious, progressive jam band The Mantras, the one-and-only sacred steel master Roosevelt Collier, rising stars The Hip Abduction, and many more. Today, Purple Hatter’s Ball comes together with a bucket of exciting news just days before the Early-Bird Ticket prices go up on Saturday, May 21st. The festival has been upgraded with the exciting plans for a first-ever Action Day with activist The Polish Ambassador, a Thursday Pre-Party, and the line-ups for the Silent Disco and the Beach Stage.Fitting to the spirit of giving, The Polish Ambassador launched a platform to gather musicians and fans to instigate community action called actiondays.us. He’ll be hosting a meeting at the intersection of music and activism on the banks of the Suwanee River, welcoming all festival attendees to come together early on Thursday, June 16 to unite in action. The experience is sure to build important skills, strengthen relationships, and provide tangible regenerative projects that will make Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park better for all participants to come. You can sign up right now HERE. The projects go as follows:Project 1: Restore and prepare garden areas to plant a Food Forest that will nourish the land and people for generations to come.Project 2: Build multi-purpose Waste Management Stations that reduce the amount of waste, energy, and resources consumed by inefficient disposal practices.Project 3: Learn about Soil Testing (what is in the dirt, and is it good for you?), Mycoremediation (mushrooms that clean it up!), Permaculture (how plants, animals, and people interact together) and more.As important as these food forests, waste management stations, and soil testing are, Purple Hatter’s Ball is happy to extend free camping and admission for anyone who participates in the Action Day to the Thursday Night Pre-Party, which will feature Sunsquabi, Savi Fernandez Birthday Band, Space Kadet, and Gypsy Elise. Tickets currently on sale to the public here.In addition to these newly announced Thursday Pre-Party artists, they’ve also unveiled the line-up for the Beach Stage, which is located along the wild black-water Suwannee River, and perfect for dancing away on hot summer days, and the late night Silent Disco, which will keep the party going until the wee hours of the morning. Featured artists include Vlad the Inhaler, Sir Charles, Elliot Mess, Combustible, and many others. Check out the full lineup card below:Purple Hatter’s Ball also features live art, yoga, and workshops. It’s the perfect environment to experience the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park festival grounds, famous for hosting Wanee, Suwannee Hulaween, AURA, and more, during a laid-back and intimate event. Festivalgoers are encouraged to take advantage of the park’s endless activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, biking, and disc golf.Purple Hatter’s Ball benefits The Rachel Morningstar Foundation in honor of longtime SOSMP friend and music festival lover Rachel Morningstar Hoffman. You can learn more about the horrific story of her loss here. Rachel’s story has been featured on 60 Minutes, Dateline, and 20/20.Early-Bird Tickets are currently on sale through the festival’s website, but increase in price on Saturday, May 21. There are also Morningstar Miracle VIP Packages that include VIP area access, dinner (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), an official poster, and t-shirt. For a limited time, the park is also offering a very special deal – a cabin for 4 and a golf cart for $575. There is no better way to experience Spirit of the Suwannee in style!last_img read more

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Improving Coastal Resilience by Studying Dunes

first_imgA team co-led by Associate Professor Christopher Hein of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) has won a three-year, $687,850 federal grant to study how natural and constructed dunes respond when impacted by coastal storms and rising seas. According to VIMS, their goal is to provide resource managers with knowledge and tools to help make the U.S. coastline more resilient.The grant is one of six awarded nationwide by NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, with an anticipated total of $4.4 million distributed during the next 3 years. More than 30 organizations will use the funds to study how natural, artificial, and restored coastal habitats could reduce the effects of storms, flooding, and sea-level rise.Hurricanes cost U.S. mainland communities nearly $50 billion in losses in 2018 alone.Joining Hein on the multi-institutional research team are Julie Zinnert of Virginia Commonwealth University and Nicholas Cohn of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, along with a group of ERDC collaborators.“Sand dunes are the first line of defense against storm waves and flooding,” said Hein. “They occur naturally along many coasts, and if degraded or absent, coastal localities build them for protection. Our project will determine the trade-offs between natural and constructed dunes to inform coastal-management decisions.”Hein, Cohn and Zinnert will use a suite of tools to compare and contrast the dynamics of natural and constructed dunes. Their research will focus on the well-studied dunes of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Field Research Facility in Duck, North Carolina, with forays to other dune fields along the Outer Banks of N.C. and Virginia.Their results will be applicable to coastal dune systems worldwide.last_img read more

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A shocking decision

first_imgDeath of baby cut from womb doesn’t lead to murder chargeOneNews 28 March 2015The Colorado woman accused of cutting the baby from an expectant mother’s belly will not face murder charges in the gruesome attack that revived the highly charged debate over when a foetus can legally be considered a human being.There is no evidence the baby girl lived outside the womb after Michelle Wilkins was attacked with a knife and the child removed, Boulder County coroner Emma Hall said today.Dynel Lane, 34, is accused of luring Wilkins, 26, to her home with a Craigslist ad selling baby clothes. Wilkins, who was about eight months pregnant, survived and left the hospital this week.Prosecutors planned to file charges against Lane today but have said they won’t include murder. Under Colorado law, someone can face that charge in the death of a fetus only if there is evidence a baby survived apart from its mother.The decision angered some Republican lawmakers in a state that ranks among the 12 without a foetal homicide law. The Legislature voted down such a measure in 2013 over fears it would interfere with abortion rights, and voters overwhelmingly agreed when they rejected a similar ballot measure in 2014.But Senate President Bill Cadman announced today that legislation was being drafted to extend legal protections to unborn children.“This was a child. A child was murdered,” he said in statement. “That Coloradans have no way to hold the murderer responsible, or deliver justice for the victims, is a gap in Colorado’s justice system which can no longer be ignored.”http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/death-baby-cut-womb-doesn-t-lead-murder-charge-6271834last_img read more

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Regional integration is key to facing current challenges, says St Vincent diplomat

first_img Share 10 Views   no discussions Ambassador of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dexter Rose. Photo credit: searchlight.vcHAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Latin American and Caribbean integration is the key to facing current and future challenges, such as regional social and economic development, said the ambassador of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dexter Rose, in Havana, Cuba, to mark the 20th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries.In an interview with PL news agency, Rose said that, thanks to principles like solidarity and complementation among countries, thousands of Vincentians have recovered their sight with the implementation in his country of the free eye surgery program known as Operation Miracle, and which they call Vision Now.Cuba’s cooperation with its sister Caribbean nation mainly focuses on the sectors of healthcare, education and infrastructure.The ambassador recalled that over 200 youths from his country have graduated from Cuban universities, while another 100 students are currently taking different courses here. Rose particularly stressed Cuba’s cooperation in what he called the largest project ever in his country’s history, which is an international airport to boost the tourist sector.St Vincent and the Grenadines is made up of 32 isles and keys and it currently consolidating itself as a tourist destination. Tourism is the country’s major income source.As to the US economic, commercial and blockade of Cuba, the ambassador said that due to its extraterritorial nature, the unilateral measure affects the whole Caribbean region. Little is said about the impact by the US blockade on regional trade, especially about the Torricelli Law, which prevents a vessel from calling at US ports for a period of time if it has first visited any Cuban harbour, said Rose.“The US blockade of Cuba is an action against all of us, because it also bans the exchange of knowledge,” he pointed out. He explained that there are many professionals who are afraid of coming to different conferences hosted by Havana when they think of the consequences they would have to face later.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Regional integration is key to facing current challenges, says St Vincent diplomat by: – June 13, 2012center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

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French Open 2017: Andy Murray to face Andrey Kuznetsov in first round

first_imgWorld number one Andy Murray will play Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov in the French Open first round while fellow Briton Johanna Konta faces Hsieh Su-wei. Murray, 30, is in the same half of the draw as 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka, who he beat in last year’s semi-finals.Second seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic is in the same half as nine-time champion Rafael Nadal.Petra Kvitova, who was stabbed six months ago, returns for the Grand Slam event, which starts in Paris on Sunday.The Czech, twice a Wimbledon winner, suffered serious hand injuries when she was attacked by an intruder in her home.She is seeded 15th thanks to her protected ranking and drawn against American Julia Boserup. Seventh seed Konta, who is chasing a first win at Roland Garros, having lost in round one in the previous two years, is up against the world number 109 from Taiwan.Defending women’s champion Garbine Muguruza opens against 2010 winner Francesca Schiavone and could face a semi-final against world number one Angelique Kerber, who starts against Ekaterina Makarova.Romania’s world number four Simona Halep, who is battling to be fit after tearing ankle ligaments, starts against Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova and is in the same half of the draw as Elina Svitolina, who beat Halep in the Italian Open final last weekend.Spain’s Nadal, 30, has won three titles on clay this season, including a 17-match unbeaten streak that ended in defeat by Dominic Thiem in the Italian Open quarter-finals.Serb Djokovic will play his first tournament with new coach Andre Agassi,having appointed the eight-time Grand Slam champion after losing to German 20-year-old Alexander Zverev in the Italian Open final. Djokovic faces Spain’s Marcel Granollers in round one.British interestKonta is the only British player in the women’s singles after Heather Watson lost 6-0 6-3 to the Netherlands’ Richel Hogenkamp in the third round of qualifying on Friday.The 26-year-old has played Hsieh twice before, with the Briton winning their last match in Vancouver in 2013 and Hsieh winning on grass at Eastbourne in the same year.Last year’s runner-up Murray has won his two previous meetings with world number 85 Kuznetsov – in the third round of the 2014 US Open and again on hard court in Beijing last year.And he told the assembled media in Paris that he feels “much better”, following another bout of sickness earlier this week. The world number one has been struggling with illness and injury so far in 2017, but insisted he is ready to make a real challenge at Roland Garros.”I will be ready, for sure,” said the Briton. “I just wasn’t well for a few days. It happens to lots of players during the year just because of what we do. “We are in the locker rooms with lots of players, lots of sweat, lots of germs, you know, in airplanes all the time. It happens.”I practised for three hours today, and I feel fine.”The other British men in the draw all avoided seeded players. Kyle Edmund, ranked second in Britain and 50 in the world, takes on Portugal’s Gastao Elias, who is 75 places below him.Dan Evans plays Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo, while Aljaz Bedene starts against American Ryan Harrison. ‘Murray is not in the right place’ – analysisFormer British number one Greg RusedskiMurray has played a bit too much tennis. He got shingles, and all of a sudden he was back on antibiotics leading up to French Open. Physically he is not in the right place.When you are not winning matches, your mental side starts to affect you, so it’s a combination of the two areas.  I don’t expect that much from him. I think his focus will probably be on defending his Wimbledon title. It’s going to be a hard one.Halep was the one everyone was looking at as favourite but she has had an ankle injury. If Konta can get her movement on the clay right she has got a shot, the women’s event is wide open.BBC tennis correspondent Russell FullerNadal, Djokovic and Dominic Thiem have all been drawn in the other half, but that does not feel especially relevant to Murray just now.He has lost half of his clay matches so far this year and is seeded to face Juan Martin del Potro in the third round. Nadal has an awkward opening round against Benoit Paire, but otherwise appears to be in a relatively benign quarter.  Konta is also in a reasonable quarter – avoiding Halep, Kerber and defending champion Muguruza – but given her struggles on the clay, and the lack of any obvious favourite, don’t read too much into that.Kerber lost in the first round last year and has a horrible opener against the two time Grand Slam semi-finalist Ekaterina Makarova.last_img read more

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Angels-Dodgers updates: Kershaw vs. Sandoval, starting lineups announced

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers (13-7) visit Mike Trout and the LA Angels (7-12) in Anaheim for a 3-game series.Game 1: Tonight, 6:40 pmWatch: FS1, SNLA, SNLA SpanishListen: AM 570, KTNQ 1020, AM 1540Game 2: Saturday, 6:40 pmGame 3: Sunday, 1:10 pm Here’s the starting lineup for Game 1:Dodgers:Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, AJ Pollock, Cody Bellinger,  Chris Taylor, Kike Hernandez, Edwin Rios, Austin Barnes, Clayton Kershaw.Angels:David Fletcher, Tommy La Stella, Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, Ohtani, Albert Pujols, Justin Upton, Max Stassi, Jo Adell, Patrick Sandoval.last_img read more

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