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Tributes paid to Bishop Seamus Hegarty

first_img Tributes paid to Bishop Seamus Hegarty By News Highland – November 8, 2011 Twitter Facebook Google+ HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApp WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterest Newscenter_img Google+ Pinterest Tributes have been paid to the Catholic Bishop of Derry, Dr Seamus Hegarty, after he announced his retirement for health reasons.Dr Hegarty said he was being treated for an “irreversible and progressive” condition.In a statement yesterday, Dr Hegarty said he decided to submit his resignation because he can no longer fulfil his diocesan role.Derry Minister, Rev David Latimer, said that Bishop Hegartys legacy will be his leadership qualities..[podcast][/podcast] Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleTeenager appears in Court in Derry on sexual offences chargesNext articlePeople asked to only to attend LGH casualty in emergencies today News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Amid financial strain, Ithaca Beer Company seeks five-year freeze on tax abatement

first_img(Updated on Aug. 27 — The public hearing has been scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at the South Hill Business Campus, 950 Danby Rd. Ithaca. ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca Beer Company has asked the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency to freeze its tax abatement for the next five years to get back on solid ground after a large, unexpected expense put them out hundreds of thousands of dollars.The revised abatement would save the company $323,000 in property taxes. Members of the public will have the opportunity to weigh in on the proposal at a public hearing before a formal vote.Known widely for its flagship Flower Power IPA, Ithaca Beer Company brews more than 20,000 barrels of beer a year and sells to more than 40 wholesalers in 15 states. Though business in local markets and the taproom is going well, a representative from Ithaca Beer Company said in a statement, they are encountering increased competition in today’s “turbulent craft beer market.”Provided by Ithaca Beer CompanyThe freeze would be part of a larger financial restructuring and five-year plan at Ithaca Beer Company, Heather McDaniel, administrative director of TCIDA, said at the IDA meeting Wednesday. McDaniel said the company had to put in a sewage pre-treatment facility this year, which was a “significant cost they were not planning on.”The sewage pre-treatment facility cost Ithaca Beer Company about $350,000, a company representative said at Wednesday’s meeting. The company had to research and construct a pH adjustment system, which was implemented in the spring. At the same time, Ithaca Beer Company is dealing with decreased sales in a craft beer market that has been growing increasingly competitive in recent years.The demand for craft beer has been steadily growing, and the number of craft breweries has grown considerably in recent years. According to the Brewers Association, the number of small, independent breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs increased to 7,346 in 2018. In that year alone, 1,049 new breweries opened and 219 closed, according to the association’s data.In a letter to TCIDA, Dan Mitchell, who founded Ithaca Beer Company in 1998, said they have seen a downturn in business due to the increased competition in the market. That paired with the buildout of a new wastewater treatment facility has caused “financial strain” resulting in the need to reduce expenses. He wrote the most obvious place to do that is in payroll, which he wrote he would like to minimize. Your Economy & Development news is made possible with support from: Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor “We have been able to restructure our debt, which was necessary, and we have changed some of the ways we go to market. These moves have put us in a better situation, but we still need some additional help. If you would consider putting a freeze on our tax abatement for the next five years, we will be able to stabilize our finances, and reduce some additional debt, allowing us to be on solid ground again,” Mitchell wrote.While the company has faced major challenges, Martha Robertson, TCIDA member and Tompkins County Legislature chair, opposed putting the burden on taxpayers.“You want taxpayers to pay for an unexpected expense,” Robertson said. She said the mission of TCIDA is to help businesses get started. “These are real dollars to the taxpayers … I’m glad we’ve supported Ithaca Beer a couple of times, no question about that. I regret that you have an unexpected expense. I don’t think we’re in the business of continuing to support every business that comes to us when they have a rough patch. I just don’t think we can do that.”McDaniel said emphasized that the IDA’s mission is also about creating jobs.“This is a company that was started and grown in Tompkins County and grew every year over the past 20 years,” McDaniel said. She added that when Ithaca Beer Company was building its current building and getting permits, they were not aware they would need the pre-treatment facility, and if they had known, they would have built it in with bank financing.“They’ve come up with a five-year plan that keeps them financially stable,” McDaniel said. “I wouldn’t have brought this if I thought we were just bailing them out … or asking taxpayers to pay for their mistake. I don’t think there was a mistake. Ithaca Beer is exactly the kind of company that we want to stay here and to grow here and to welcome into the community for the work that they do here.”Ithaca Beer Company would save about $323,000 if the amended PILOT goes through as proposed, according to documents included the Wednesday’s TCIDA agenda.Before TCIDA votes on the abatement freeze, members of the public will have a chance to weigh in. The agency unanimously approved a public hearing. The public hearing has been scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at the South Hill Business Campus, 950 Danby Rd., Ithaca. Then, TCIDA will likely vote on that matter at the Sept. 11 meeting.Gregg Stacy, director of marketing at Ithaca Beer Company, said in an emailed statement ahead of Wednesday’s meeting that they are asking the IDA to provide them with relief to get through this turbulent time in the industry.“The net is that we are working diligently and creatively to continue competing in this very challenging time in the craft beer industry. The very good news is that we’ve been successfully innovating our product offerings and constructively making appropriate adjustments to our production and sales processes to in order to keep us competitive. We also have plenty of room to grow our local market business and have already begun doing so,” Stacy said.Reporter Brian Crandall contributed to this article.Featured image: “Ithaca, NY” by James Willamor is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 center_img Tagged: Ithaca Beer Company, TCIDA, tompkins county industrial development agency Kelsey O’Connor last_img read more

Las Vegas shooting victims honored in emotional anniversary ceremony: ‘Our 58 angels are with us’

first_imgClarkCountyNV/Twitter(LAS VEGAS) — The 58 people slain in the Las Vegas shooting were honored in an emotional sunrise remembrance ceremony Monday marking one year since the massacre.The somber ceremony included speakers, 58 seconds of silence and the release of 58 doves with the name of each victim on a dove’s foot.Among those who spoke was Mynda Smith. Her sister, Las Vegas resident Neysa Tonks, was killed in the shooting.Smith said she struggles knowing her sister left behind her sons and will never be there to see them grow up and get married and won’t be there to see her grandchildren.“I still have a lot of healing that needs to happen … I know the sun will rise each day offering us new hope,” she told the crowd. “None of our journey has ended … for me I know Neysa would have taken [these challenges] on with strength and confidence… and that’s what I’m choosing to do.”On the night of Oct. 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, targeting concertgoers below at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. Paddock later killed himself in his hotel suite.Fifty-eight people were murdered and hundreds of others were injured in what became the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.Smith stressed how those killed were from far beyond just Las Vegas: 33 were from California; seven from Nevada, four from Canada; two from Alaska; two from Utah; one from Arizona; one from Colorado; one from Iowa; one from Massachusetts; one from Minnesota; one from New Mexico; one from Pennsylvania; one from Tennessee; one from Washington; and one from West Virginia.“Our 58 angels are with us, longing for us to smile, to love and for us to heal,” Smith said. “We must fight on for them. I know they are with us wanting this for us. Each day wee see our nephews knowing the road that lies ahead for them, knowing they deserve a happy life. This tragedy can’t define them. This can’t define you. This won’t define us.”“Out of the ashes of this tragedy, a beautiful connection happened for all of us,” Smith said. “Their legacy will continue to carry on.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

These are the companies dumping the Trump Organization

first_imgEmail Address* TagsDonald TrumpPoliticstrump organization Full Name* Message* Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. with President Donald Trump (Getty)The fallout for President Donald Trump and his family business after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has not abated.On Wednesday, the House of Representatives impeached Trump for a second time, setting the stage for a possible Senate trial in the coming weeks.And a number of businesses and other organizations, from banks that lent to the president to the Girl Scouts, have cut ties with his family business, the Trump Organization. Even such longtime financial backers as Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman condemned the president’s inflammatory language and the ensuing violence at the Capitol Building.The Trump Organization — currently led by the president’s son, Eric Trump — was already facing headwinds before the attack on the Capitol. The company has more than $300 million in loans coming due in the next four years, according to the New York Times. Forbes pegged the company’s debt at $1 billion-plus. Thanks to pandemic-related closures and lockdowns, its resorts and golf courses laid off more than 1,300 employees in March and April.The backlash to last week’s events may further stress the company’s finances — and it’s likely that more companies will seek to distance themselves from the business.Here is a running list of the businesses that have cut ties with the Trump Organization:Cushman & WakefieldThe commercial real estate brokerage, which handled office leasing at Trump Tower and 40 Wall Street in New York and retail leasing at the Trump Organization’s Chicago hotel, said Tuesday that it has “made the decision to no longer do business with The Trump Organization.” It’s unclear who will handle leasing at Trump properties going forward.Fred Trump III, the president’s nephew, is a leasing director at the firm. Sources told Business Insider that he was recently asked to leave the company. He and his sister, Mary Trump, had challenged their inheritance from the president’s father, and Mary recently sued to revive that effort.Read moreReal estate industry denounces “insurrection” in DCThe Trump Reorganization: What’s next for the president’s firm?Charlie Kushner gets presidential pardoncenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink JLLThe brokerage dropped its involvement with the effort to sell President Donald Trump’s hotel in Washington, D.C., although it was unclear if the move was related to the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6.The Trump Organization had tapped JLL, headed by CEO Christian Ulbrich, to market the ground lease on the 263-key Trump International Hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, which reports said could fetch around $500 million. Marketing, however, was put on hold in November after bids came in lower than expected.Deutsche BankThe German bank has been one of the Trump Organization’s main lenders over the years, providing $2 billion in loans, about $340 million of which is still outstanding. But it has reportedly been looking for an out for some time, and in December, the Trumps’ personal banker, Rosemary Vrablic, left the company. Now, according to the New York Times, the lender has decided it will no longer work with family, citing sources familiar with the bank’s thinking.Girl Scouts of Greater New YorkThe New York-based branch of the youth organization wants out of its lease at 40 Wall Street, Business Insider reported. The group signed a 15-year lease in 2014, which would make exiting difficult.“Leases are rock-solid contracts that require you to pay your rent over a period of time,” Meyer Last, a lawyer in Fried Frank’s real estate division, told the publication. “There’s no easy way to get out.”City of New YorkThe Capitol incursion prompted the city to cancel its four contracts with the Trump Organization, which Mayor Bill de Blasio claims are worth $17 million a year. He did not mention that three of the contracts expire in April anyway. The company currently operates two ice-skating rinks and a carousel in Central Park, as well as a golf course in the Bronx.Amanda Miller, a spokesperson for the Trump Organization, told the New York Times it would fight the city’s decision “vigorously.”“The city of New York has no legal right to end our contracts and if they elect to proceed, they will owe the Trump Organization over $30 million,” she said in a statement. “This is nothing more than political discrimination, an attempt to infringe on the First Amendment.”Signature BankSignature Bank said Monday that it would close President Trump’s personal bank accounts, which held about $5.3 million, the New York Times reported. In a statement, the bank also called for Trump’s resignation.Additional reporting by Rich Bockmann, Erin Hudson and Keith Larsen.Contact Amy Plitt Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 11/9/20

first_imgNovember 10, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 11/9/20 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUENew England 30, NY Jets 27Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img

Counselling referral rates among highest in Russell Group

first_imgThe University of Exeter displayed very similar results to Oxford last year, with 12.3% of their undergraduates being referred, while at Warwick 11.2% of students received support. Cambridge are yet to release their data for 2017-18. Liverpool and Queen’s Belfast were among the Universities where less than 3.5% of the undergraduate body sought support from their university counselling services; however, the way students are referred, and the services offered differsgreatly between institutions. “There may be a place in this university for a triage-type service to be created, but it is important to recognise that this should not be the responsibility or purpose of the counselling service. Oxford SU Disabilities Campaign encourages senior staff of the central university to commit to supporting the implementation of a comprehensive, university-wide mental health strategy for the sake of student wellbeing.” “Our priority is for students to have the easiest possible access to our broad range of services, and we operate a triage system, so everyone seeking support is seen as quickly as possible. In recent years we have worked to boost awareness of our support and have invested in extra services. “We are working with the SU Sabbatical Officers (particularly Ellie Macdonald, VP WEO and Joe Inwood, President) to consider how a new university-wide mental health strategy can be implemented that effectively considers diversity of student needs. “If the counselling service was to move tobecoming a mainly triage service it wouldundermine the enterprise of brief therapeuticwork and vastly reduce the effectiveness tomake positive change for each student usingthe service.” Male students were also half as likely to seek mental health support compared to female students, despite making up marginally more of the University’s students. The service does not provide any breakdown for gender minorities, though the report also stated this academic year: “[a] particular focus will be to promote awareness and engagement with students from the transgender community, and students from BAME communities.” Oxford University Disabilities Campaign told Cherwell: “Oxford SU Disabilities Campaign are extremely concerned by the significant problems regarding mental health occurring at this university. The Counselling Service’s annual report highlights a reduction in the average number of appointments offered to students which they, and we, find concerning. Student perception of the counsellingservice remains overwhelmingly positive,with 93% of students rating their experience“very good” or “good”; however, the overallsatisfaction rate remains slightly below theRussell Group and UK university average.While waiting times for the service increasedslightly, students now having to wait onaverage 8.8 days for an appointment, theyremain some of the fastest in the UK. Self-referrals represented roughly half the totalnumber of students seen. This year, the service is set to continue towiden its network of in-house counsellors,which currently operate at eleven colleges atleast one day a week, as well as revamping itsPeer Support system. Last year, it was revealed that the Uni-versity spends more on mental health perstudent than any other UK institution, thebill totalling £1.14 million in 2016-17. “It isn’t accurate simply to compare statistics from different universities, as the wellbeing services they provide, how students are referred and the way in which they are offered will vary by institution. ” Students in the Maths, Physics, and LifeSciences division were half a likely to seekhelp compared to those that studied hu-manities. While those who studied the socialsciences represented just over a quarter ofreferrals. According to the report, one in five students seen by the counselling service last year admitted that they were thinking of suspending their studies; however, this number dropped to one in twenty after they had spoken to a counsellor. “As well as traditional, structured psychological therapies we offer a broad range of additional support including single sessions, drop-ins and workshops, all of which allow swifter access to support for more students. Students refer themselves directly to our wellbeing services, and in other institutions this may not always be the case. Statistics about how our wellbeing services are being used will reflect this.” A spokesperson for the University of Exeter added: Mixed heritage students were among those more likely to seek mental health support, with 14.7% of students from “mixed or multiple ethnic groups” contacting the service. By comparison, 11.5% of white students were referred, and 9.6% of black students. Anxiety and low mood continued to represent the two largest presenting needs among students, totalling over 1,150 appointments between undergraduates and postgraduates. Self-identity and academic reasons made up a further fifth of referrals. Counselling referral rates among Oxford undergraduates rank some of the highest in the Russell Group, with female, mixed heritage, and humanities students among those most likely to seek help. A spokesperson for the University said: “Our counselling service is of a high standard and follows best practices in the field, and we encourage all students who require support to contact the service.” Oxford’s undergraduate referral rates continue to rank amongst the highest in the Russell Group, where around 8% of undergraduates are referred on average. Increased demand has forced Oxford University’s Counselling Service to further reduce the number of counselling sessions per student, with this year seeing an “all-time low” of 3.1 sessions per student according to the University Counselling Service’s annual report. 12.3% of the undergraduate body soughtthe support of the University CounsellingService last year, a marginal increase from2016-17, and the highest number since theinception of the service. In comparison, 7.1%of the student body at Cambridge used theircounselling service in 2016-17. The report read: “The view of our clini-cal staff team is that we are approaching awatershed with any further reduction in thenumber of sessions likely to mean the typeof counselling will necessarily change into avery different enterprise as has happened inmany other university counselling services.last_img read more


first_imgThe City-County Observer is excited to announce that Holly Dunn Pendleton been selected an CCO “OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD” wInner for 2015.   She was the past Executive  Director and CO-FOUNDER, of Holly’s House, Inc, Evansville, IN. September 2007-October 2009.She is the owner and Inspirational Speaker/Advocate of Holly K Dunn, LLC, Evansville, IN. October 2009-PresentThis years awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B. The registration begin at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on October 26, 2015. Reservations for this event may be obtain by calling Mollie Drake Schreiber at 812-760-4233 or e-email her at [email protected] Deadline for registration is October 15, 2014. Last years event was a sellout.So far the “Outstanding Community Services Award” winners for 2015 are: Vanderburgh County Commissioner Joe Kifer, well respected local Attorney Joe Harrison, Jr, Indiana State Auditor Suzanne Crouch and former Vanderburgh County Sheriff and 8th District Congressmen Brad Ellsworth, Dr. Dan Adams, Dr  Steven Becker MD and Tracy Zeller.PROFILE OF HOLLY  DUNN  PENDLETON EDUCATION AND HONORSOakland City University, Oakland City Indiana received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, September 2007University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN-Master of Business Administration, December 2006University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY-Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, December 2000.  Major in Finance with a all Business GPA: 3.1/4.0.STUDY ABROADSummer session in Lancaster, England, studying Economic and Business Statistics (1999)EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCEOWNER and INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER/ADVOCATE, Holly K Dunn, LLC, Evansville, IN.  October 2009-PresentEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and CO-FOUNDER, Holly’s House, Inc, Evansville, IN.  September 2007-October 2009Serve as the spokesperson and supervisor of services.Coordinate a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement, prosecutors, protective services, medical, mental health, and advocates.Hire, train, and supervise all employees.Oversee all financial records and a $300,000 budget.Oversee all training and education efforts in-house and in the community.Coordinate all fundraising efforts.Identify, prepare, and submit all grants.Serve as liaison for the board of directors.EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, Dunn Hospitality Group, Evansville, IN. September 2004-September 2007Coordinate operations for 12 hotels in Indiana and Kentucky.Oversee a $6.3 million property improvement renovation for nine properties.  Develop and maintain the budget/accounting for all projects.  Order fixtures, furniture, and equipment.  Manage contractors and subcontractors.Manage bookkeeping for Construction Company and oversee accounts for $6.6 million Paducah, KY project.MANAGER IN TRAINING, Dunn Hospitality Group, Evansville, IN. June 2002-September 2004Plan and facilitate renovations of five Hampton Inn’s owned and operated by Dunn Hospitality.Work every position/department as manager in training at the Courtyard by Marriott Louisville Airport.GRADUATE ASSISTANT, GREEK LIFE, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN August 2001-June 2002LEADERSHIP CONSULTANT, Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, Columbus, OH May 2000- May 2001Traveled weekly to 32 universities and colleges to assist chapters with recruitment, programming, leadership, and risk management.Developed and delivered risk management seminars and officer training workshops.Conducted 30 weekly interviews with chapter officers, fraternity alumnae, and university administrators regarding leadership and organizational skills.Assessed the financial situation of each chapter and corrected bookkeeping errors.Completed weekly reports and provided constant feedback to the chapters.COMMUNITY AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONSBest of Evansville, Woman of the Year, Evansville Living Magazine, 2003Phenomenal Woman of USI, Award Winner for Community Service, 2003Award for Public Service, US Department of Justice, 2005Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Greatest Public Service, 2006Hero of the Month, Glamour Magazine, 2007United States Attorney’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Rights of Victims, 2007Community Service Award, Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, 2007Featured on A& E Networks “I Survived” Program, 2009People Magazine, “Hero Among Us”, 2009Featured on 48 Hours Lived to Tell Program, 2010Athena Award Nominee, Evansville, 2007, 2009, & 2011Evansville Business Journal 20 Under 40 Award, 2012News4U 20 Under 40 Award, 2015PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and ACTIVITIESSymposium on Child Abuse, National Children’s AllianceMember Domestic and Sexual Violence Commission Graduate Finding Words IndianaMember Kentucky Coalition Against Sexual Assaults Speaker, Rape Abuse, and Incest National NetworkGraduate, Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse Victims Training Project Reveal, 2nd Vice President Board of DirectorsMOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Leadership Team Oakland City University Board MemberJunior League of Evansville, Member of Board of DirectorsPlease take time and vote in today’s “Readers Poll”. Don’t miss reading today’s Feature articles because they are always an interesting read. Please scroll at the bottom of our paper so you can enjoy our creative political cartoons.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Johnson’s Appliances Celebrates 75th Anniversary

first_imgJohnson’s Appliances and Bedding is celebrating our 75th Anniversary. Instead of asking for a gift, we want to share one with our friends and family in the community as a special THANK YOU!In these trying times, Johnson’s is offering a Free One-Year Extended Warranty on any new appliance purchased between now and December 31, 2020. This offer is in addition to the warranty provided by the manufacturer and is our special way to give back to the community that has supported our business all these years.About Johnson’s: We are the oldest independent appliance dealer at the shore and now span three generations of family ownership. Our team serves all of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.As Appliances and Bedding experts, we are here to help find you the best appliances and beds available as quickly as possible. We know manufacturers are struggling with inventory and can help you find the right appliances and bedding to meet your needs.Store locations include 930 Asbury Avenue in Ocean City (609-399-1598) and 2510 New York Avenue in Wildwood (609-522-1421). Also visit us at Johnson’s Appliances store at 930 Asbury Avenue in Ocean Citylast_img read more

The Infamous Stringdusters Break Free On The “Laws Of Gravity” [Review/Stream]

first_imgIt comes as no surprise that The Infamous Stringdusters latest release, Laws Of Gravity, is a perfect example of a modern bluegrass album. With the consistency and trust the band has drilled into themselves over their relentless touring schedule, they have fostered the ability to create seamless soundscapes full of peaks and valleys that echo with a presence as old as the hills. Each of the five members is among the finest practicing their respective crafts, and that united talent has evolved into something far beyond the sum of its parts. Never do you get the sense that the players are lined up and waiting their turn. Each of The Infamous Stringdusters has a part to play and, whether it is the lead or support, each note is treated as importantly as the last.Opening the album with a track called “Freedom” seems fairly appropriate in this political climate. Lyrically, the tune is less of a political statement than a repudiation of deception and the breaking of the chains of falsehoods and the feeling of of hope that results from such a move. Musically it serves as a perfect showcase for the strengths of the Stringdusters, particularly their vocal harmonies and discipline.With this many truly talented players gathered in one place, it is a difficult proposition to showcase the skills of each in full measure. “Gravity” lets bassist Travis Book step to the mic for a touching tale about the bonds of love, while the stark notes of banjo player Chris Pandolfi and Jeremy Garrett‘s drawn out fiddle notes compliment each other in a pleasing well. The ability to boil down to the essentials is a well used weapon in their arsenal, but by no means the only one at their disposal. “A Hard Life Makes A Good Song” is a textbook example of players using old forms of playing to make music that is nostalgic and fresh at the same time.“Black Elk” adds to the stable of great fiddle tunes the band has given us, with Garrett flowing over the top of an ebbing and flowing bluegrass base. Andy Hall, whose dobro is equally impressive in short bursts and long flowing breaks from reality. Impressively, while Hall and Garrett cover similar sonic terrain the manage to never step on each others toes thanks to their ineffable awareness of the tendencies of the others. Guitarist Andy Falco has staked out the middle ground in the Stringdusters’ sound, filling the middle space in tunes like “This Ol’ Building” and “Soul Searching” with chords and the occasional tight leads.Back to back tracks “Sirens” and “Back Home” provide a perfect final example of the ‘Dusters range. While “Sirens” is all flash and fury, “Back Home” is mournful and hopeful all at once. Each song is perfectly executed and instantly memorable, which is particularly impressive in such a crowded oeuvre. The themes of attraction and the forces of nostalgia that run through the album are brought to a head with disc closer, “Run To You.” The closing section of the song features the full band, with each managing to not just solo but break through the mix and take the jam in unexpected but soulful directions.Laws Of Gravity is idiosyncratic and infectious to the point of fearsome. If The Infamous Stringdusters are capable of maintaining this insanely high level of play, they are on a course to write their own legend into the annals of bluegrass history. Even the most staid of purists are able to admit that what the Stringdusters are doing on albums like this and stages around the world will carry the essence of bluegrass into the future. These talented musicians might not have set out to become the standard bearers for an entire genre of music, but they did just that. Though their humility may keep them from basking in the praise they have earned, their music says all that is needed and volumes more.Catch The Infamous Stringdusters out on the road and hear for yourself how far this band has come and listen as they explore the promise of many years of magic yet to come on their nation-wide tour.last_img read more

Indiana mayors speak about strategies to build better cities

first_imgThe University hosted Mayor James Brainard of Carmel, Indiana, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Thursday for a discussion of urban development and sustainability entitled “Designing Smart Cities: Mayors Taking Action.” Eddie Griesedieck | The Observer Mayors Pete Buttigieg and James Brainard of South Bend and Carmel, respectively, speak on the environmental impact of cities Thursday.While campaigning for mayor of Carmel, Brainard went door-to-door to meet with voters. He said the city did not have a clearly defined main street, and many residents debated the location of the city’s downtown area.“Carmel is a poor, Quaker farming community that had, at the end of World War II, only about 200 families — 500-some people,” he said. “Then, it started to grow, much like cities across the United States did that are on the edge of major metropolitan areas. But it grew as a car suburb.“It didn’t have really much of a downtown other than that little two blocks, and you couldn’t walk anywhere you needed to go. And some of the older neighborhoods didn’t even have sidewalks.”Brainard said he set out to develop a downtown area in Carmel and make the area more accessible to pedestrians and bikers. The town now has roughly 200 miles of bike trails, Brainard said, and almost all of its neighborhoods are connected.“More than anything, I kept hearing about a center — about being able to walk somewhere I needed to go, about being able to go out for a dinner and a show and not have to drive 40 minutes into downtown Indianapolis,” he said. “What it was was a yearning for a very traditional city — the same kind our civilizations have been building for thousands of years.”When developing Carmel’s downtown area, the city decided to put a height limit on buildings — restricting them to five stories, Brainard said. The effects of tall buildings are similar to the effects of urban sprawl, he said, and cause problems for both the environment and public health.“In addition to the environment, [sprawl] was bad for mental and physical health. People were separated from each other,” he said. “We’re social animals. But if you go up too high, you get the same mental and physical health impact.”The city has implemented other sustainable measures, Brainard said. The city uses the end product from its sewage plants and the methane flames utilized in sewage plants to create fertilizer, he said.“It used to just produce carbon, [and] you had to burn it off for safety,” Brainard said. “We’re using it now to heat up that sludge to turn it into fertilizer, and we sell it. It went from being an expense to a profit for us.”Cities have the power to affect wide-reaching environmental change, Buttigieg said, though their efforts are sometimes hindered by state and federal governments.“I think we’re finally beginning to realize that there’s more to government than the tension between state and federal [government],” he said. “And for a long time, we were led to believe that the tug-of-war between state and federal power was the only one that mattered, when actually, it increasingly feels like we’re in an environment where it’s really cities and towns against the world.”Buttigieg said it is important to ensure that local autonomy is protected, as higher levels of the government have begun to interfere with communities’ decision-making.“It’s certainly the case that cities are having their hands tied often by state governments over ideological reasons or power reasons,” he said. “And for the first time, we seem to see the federal government begin to want to move in the same direction.” Eddie Griesedieck | The Observer South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a discussion Thursday on urban development and sustainability in cities.Cities have begun to form coalitions to combat climate change and bring about change from the local level, Buttigieg said.“If a critical mass of cities agree to take certain steps — whether it’s embracing the climate goals, moving toward carbon neutrality, getting a certain base of renewables, whatever those goals are — when us cities do it, that’s almost as good as if the entire world and national governments had come together and they make a decision,” he said.Buttigieg said the Smart Streets initiative — a project which created new two-way traffic lanes in the community — and the introduction of the LimeBikes into South Bend made the city more connected.“We’re now at 15,000 trips per week on this system,” he said of the LimeBikes. “In a city the size of South Bend, it’s extraordinary. We’ve seen a six-fold growth just from the first month to the second month, and we’re getting about a thousand riders per day.”Notre Dame students aren’t the only people using the bike sharing system, Buttigieg said.“A lot of the riders are actually from low-income parts of town where people may rely on this as a way to get to work,” he said. “And so the idea of bikes and bike lanes and bike sharing systems [as] something that’s just for affluent corners of the community really doesn’t bear out when you look at who uses them and how.”Buttigieg echoed Brainard’s comments and said it was important for cities to be well-connected and accessible to pedestrians.“The very mission, the function of a city — which is exchange — is usually best supported when people can encounter each other, which means being outside of a vehicle,” Buttigieg said.When it comes to local community development, Buttigieg said, partisan politics do not have as much of an influence as they do in national affairs.“When it comes to this local problem solving, even on what might be considered a national or global issue, often party doesn’t matter as much as you would think,” he said. “And a lot of that, I think, is because we’re in the business of solving problems in a very immediate level. We’re looking for solutions at a very immediate level.”Tags: Government, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, South Bend communitylast_img read more