Okeechobee Knocks It Out Of The Park For Inaugural Year [Gallery/Recap]

first_imgWords and photos by Andrew Dolan. Full gallery at the bottom. Load remaining images Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival managed to do something that few festivals can in their first year: get everything right. Moreover, they did it in an area that has had a lack of camping music festivals over the years, making it all the more impressive.Located near Okeechobee Lake on an 800 acre property developed by Clifford Rosen, co-CEO of Soundslinger LLC, the prime location brought in more than 30,000 seasoned veterans and first time festival goers.Aside from impressive planning and execution for a first year event of its magnitude, Okeechobee succeeded in covering a spectrum of genres with a ton of crossover, attracting everyone from ravers to hippies. The acts this year included heavy hitters like Bassnectar, Skrillex, The Avett Brothers, Kendrick Lamar, Odesza, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Mumford & Sons, and Future, to name a few.The festivals grounds were cleverly named, from “UR Special” Road to “NSFW” and “JK” campgrounds, and situated into two main areas. “The Grove” consisted of main stages “Be”, “Here”, and “Now”, while the “Moonlight Oasis” held the smaller stages and “Jungle 51”, a secluded area in the forest that was practically a festival inside a festival.For a first year festival, Okeechobee did a fantastic job. With the number of stages, attendees, and acts, it was seriously impressive how smoothly things ran throughout the weekend. For a location that hasn’t seen a large camping festival in nearly 8 years, they’ve amassed a following of new festival goers that are probably feeling the festie blues right now for the first time.Even festival co-founder, Paul Peck, commented on its success in a statement. “I couldn’t be more pleased and excited. We had a feeling we were creating something special, but I’m still trying to process exactly what just took place here. Everything went perfectly as designed and our fans loved it in every way we hoped. There was a fantastic energy on site all weekend as one great moment lead to another. The Okeechobee community is an extraordinary one. We can’t wait to do this again next year.”Check out the official recap video below:last_img read more

Betsy Wolfe, Patti Murin & Okieriete Onaodowan Led Frozen Lab

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020 Okieriete Onaodowan Frozen View Commentscenter_img Betsy Wolfe, Patti Murin & Okieriete Onaodowan(Photos: Bruce Glikas) Star Files We can’t hold it back anymore—we have more news about the Broadway-bound Frozen stage adaptation. Betsy Wolfe (Bullets Over Broadway), Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones) and Okieriete Onaodowan (Hamilton) recently played Elsa, Anna and Kristoff, respectively, in a lab of the Disney tuner.According to the New York Post, casting is not yet confirmed for later incarnations of the show, which as previously reported will make its world premiere at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017. Directed by Alex Timbers, the production is scheduled to hit Broadway in Spring 2018. The Post writes that Frozen has booked the St. James Theatre.The Disney musical, featuring the beloved tunes (and some new ones) by married songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and a book by screenwriter Jennifer Lee, will have choreography by Peter Darling.The production has an all-star design team lined up: set and costume designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz and sound designer Peter Hylenski. Stephen Oremus will serve as music supervisor.Frozen follows two royal sisters, Elsa and Anna, whose relationship is put to the test when Elsa’s magical ice powers are unleashed during a power anthem that you’re still singing under your breath. Also in the mix are a strapping iceman, his reindeer, a fast-talking snowman and a too-good-to-be-true prince. We probably didn’t need to explain that to you.The film won Oscars in 2013 for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for “Let It Go”) and featured the vocal talents of several Broadway favorites, including Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana and Kristen Bell.last_img read more

Champlain College’s Larry Veladota retires

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.– Champlain College Vice President Lawrence J. Veladota is retiring from the College after 35 years of service. A 1964 Champlain accounting graduate who went on to UVM and then to work as a systems analyst at IBM, Veladota was lured back to Champlain by President Bader Brouilette in the summer of 1969 to bring the Colleges first computer on line. Veladotas posts at Champlain have included director of computer operations, vice president for financial affairs, and vice president of the college. During his tenure he also earned a masters in education at Harvard University, concentrating in educational technology.Veladota oversaw Champlains physical plant, helping to create one of the finest and most unique campuses in the country, says President Roger H. Perry. He supervised Champlains fiscal matters with such success that the College has run in the black since the early 70s. This has allowed Champlain to make improvements that enhanced the educational experience of thousands of students. And in the area of technology, Veladota has been at the helm of a crew that has kept Champlain College at the forefront.Veladota is well-know in the community as well, having volunteered for many Vermont organizations. He shares stories of organizing Champlains co-hosting of the 1981 International Winter Special Olympics Games. Hes also served as commissioner and financial analyst for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the regional accrediting body.Veladota has been the College’s point person for planning and permitting projects with the City of Burlington and the State of Vermont. He worked with three City administrations to seal a College-City Agreement that will carry Champlain through another decade.”As they say, Larrys done it all, said President Perry. And through it all he has worked with three different presidents and he helped steer the College through a major transformation.”last_img read more

Brazil’s Rousseff Begins Pro-Market Transition

first_img Brazilian President-elect Dilma Rousseff has named a pro-market transition team as she prepares to lead a powerful economy at risk from high government spending and an overvalued currency. Rousseff, who based her campaign on continuing the legacy of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, won her first election on 31 October, when Brazilians voted by a wide margin in favor of continuity. After a bitter campaign in which she offered few specifics about her policies, Lula’s former cabinet chief chose a seven-member transition team, made up chiefly of moderate elements of her leftist Workers’ Party (PT), a close advisor told Reuters. The chief figure among them is Antonio Palocci, a respected former treasury minister in Lula’s administration who is popular on Wall Street and who will probably have a prominent role in Rousseff’s administration, perhaps as cabinet chief. Also prominent are, among others, José Eduardo Dutra, president of the PT and former chief executive of the state-owned petroleum firm Petrobras; Fernando Pimentel, former mayor of Belo Horizonte; and Marco Aurelio Garcia, a foreign policy adviser to Lula. One of Rousseff’s first challenges when she takes office on New Year’s Day will be dealing with the Brazilian real, which is at its highest level against the dollar in two years and is affecting exports. In a series of interviews with television stations, Rousseff said that there is evidence that there is a foreign-exchange war going on in the world and that it is the task of international institutions to ensure that countries do not maintain devalued currencies. “I start to devaluate, another country starts to devaluate, and this blocks trade (…) it creates a trade war,” the president-elect maintained. Rousseff affirmed that her administration will maintain the policy of setting a target for inflation. “We’re not going to play around with inflation,” she said in a television interview prior to taking several days off after the exhausting four-month election campaign. By Dialogo November 03, 2010last_img read more

LG&T Tournament director says cancellation was the ‘right decision’

first_img“We are very excited that is still going fourth and that is in the works and should be done in time for the 2021 event,” says Bowen. “It’s definitely disappointing, it has become family for us,” says LG&T Tournament Director, Laurie Bowen. This year’s tournament was scheduled for July 20-26, so after the ATP shutdown tournaments through late July, there was no other option. Bowen and her staff will now get a jump start on preparing the 2021 tournament. Bowen said despite the ATP forcing their cancellation, the tournament had worries of their own. Bowmen says the players aren’t locked in until weeks before the tournament so that won’t create an issue. As far as the sponsors are concerned, they have been in place since the fall. The biggest issue with the cancellation is that no money will be poured into the tournament this summer. Organizers says they were concerned for the safety and health of the players, sponsors and volunteers. “I think we’re going to be okay, we planned in general to be okay through the tournament before receiving any new money in sponsorship or support,” Bowen says. Bowen told 12 News that once July rolls around they still plan on going through with construction that will build new courts for the 2021 tournament. The courts will be built in the memory of Harper Stantz. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – On Friday, the 27th edition of the Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger was canceled due to concerns with the coronavirus. “What they say goes, we really didn’t have a choice,” Bowen says/last_img read more

Solomon Trader Refloated, Destined for Scrapyard

first_imgThe ill-fated bulker Solomon Trader has been successfully refloated in the Solomon Islands, Korea Protection and Indemnity Club (KP&I) said.The operation was completed on May 11, 2019, and the 73,592 dwt bulker is currently undergoing assessments.As informed, Solomon Trader remains anchored in deeper waters away from the reef where it grounded, enabling divers to assess hull damage.The Panamax bulk carrier is in a stable condition, the vessel’s protection indemnity insurer added.Once the salvage inspections, seaworthiness repairs and the cargo discharge are completed, the 1994-built bulker is planned to be towed for scrapping.KP&I and the vessel owner, King Trader, are to continue cooperation with the Solomon Islands government as shore cleaning progresses.Chartered by Bintan Mining and loaded with nearly 11,000 tons of bauxite, Solomon Trader initially grounded on a reef off Rennell Island in the Solomon Islands, near a UNESCO World Heritage site, during an unexpected gale event on February 5.The attempts to remove the vessel were hampered by the arrival of Cyclone Oma on February 10, which pushed the stricken vessel harder into the reef, resulting in engine room damage and the subsequent oil spill.Onboard power was lost and the vessel was ransacked by locals, with key equipment stolen and damaged. This impacted efforts to commence an emergency response, as explained by KP&I.The owner despatched a salvage expert to the location on February 10 to monitor the vessel’s condition. International salvage experts Resolve Marine Group were also appointed to oversee the Solomon Trader incident response.Many response experts and specialized equipment from across the globe subsequently arrived.last_img read more

PM Wrong On Effects Of Redefining Marriage In NZ

first_imgDaily Bulletin 22 September 2017Family First Comment: Bill English was asked about the effects of same-sex marriage in New Zealand by the Australian media. We’ve had to set the record straight!Family First NZ says that New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English is wrong when he argues that there have been no concerns since marriage was redefined to allow same-sex marriage – a law change which he voted against.“Mr English fails to mention marriage celebrants who have had their applications denied because they don’t want to officiate at a same-sex wedding, or venues and churches that have changed their policies regarding allowing wedding events because of the risk of litigation under the Human Rights Act, or the attempts to remove the charitable status of one of the leading charities who argued against same-sex marriage, or the recent announcement by a government committee to allow people to determine their own gender on their birth certificate,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ and co-ordinator of the Protect Marriage campaign.“The Prime Minister also fails to mention the Catholic School which received a veiled threat from the sponsor of the same-sex marriage bill regarding its funding when it spoke up for traditional marriage, or a Government ministry revealing that a second “wife” in a polygamous marriage may be entitled to a sole-parent benefit, or revelations that Auckland ratepayers were subsidising an event promoting polyamory for those who want to ‘relate to more than one partner’ and non-monogamous marriages, or that schools are being urged to offer “gender-neutral” uniform, toilet and changing room options under new guidelines from the secondary teachers’ union, or schools allowing biological males to use female facilities.”“So contrary to the assertions of Bill English, there have been very real effects of the change in the law, a chilling effect, and Australians should take heed of our experience, but also the similar effects in both the UK and the US,” says Mr McCoskrie.In a one-to-one interview with the Prime Minister at our recent conference, Mr English was asked about his reasons for changing his view on same-sex marriage. Based on his view that it ‘didn’t affect his marriage’, he was tackled with the view that polygamy or group marriage also wouldn’t affect his marriage.“For some reason, Mr English since becoming Prime Minister has lost some of the conviction that made him one of the most pro-marriage voters in Parliament for over a decade.”http://www.dailybulletin.com.au/politics/33392-pm-wrong-on-effects-of-redefining-marriage-in-nzKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

2011/12 budget will not make privison for vote ID cards

first_imgLocalNews 2011/12 budget will not make privison for vote ID cards by: – June 16, 2011 Sharing is caring! Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. Photo credit: GIS NewsThe 2011/12 National Budget will not make provisions for a voter ID card for Dominica.The United Workers Party has been calling for the introduction of voter ID cards since the last general elections held on December 19th, 2009.But Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says a national ID card is the way forward for government.He says the national ID card is already before Cabinet for approval.“The issue is before the Cabinet and the Cabinet has been engaging the electoral commission through the President to clarify certain matters with regards to that,” he said.Skerrit said government will “not be spending four million dollars on a voter ID Card”.He said government is prepared to “fetch” the money, “but to introduce a national ID card which we believe can be used as a Voter Identification Card”.He said there are several other sectors that need the money that would be spent on the Voter ID cards.“We are not going to spend four million dollars when vendors and bus drivers and taxi operators and tour guides will not be earning a wage for three four months because no cruise ship will be coming to Dominica at this time…we are not going to spend four million dollars when the same people are saying that fishermen and farmers need more money, we need to improve of education and health care…” he said.The commission will be mandated to manage the issuance of the national ID cards, Skerrit explained.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share 45 Views   one commentlast_img read more

Last-lap pass nets Clancy $1,000 IMCA Modified win at US 36

Chad Clancy led the lap that mattered the most in topping the June 7 $1,000 to win IMCA Modified main event at US 36 Raceway. Clancy earned a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot nod with the victory. (Photo by Judy Staley) By Jacob Blair After several early cautions, Wray and Clancy settled into the top two spots. Both ran the bottom of the track. Clancy could roll the center of the corner better than everyone on the race track but couldn’t get the drive off to move to the inside of the leader. With two laps to go, it looked as though Clancy had conceded and would settle for second. Instead Clancy went to the high side, somewhere he hadn’t been all night.  Clancy didn’t have much time, but the top had some grip and Clancy closed the gap to Wray as the white flag flew. Clancy went high in turn one, and with the built-up momentum, blew by Wray off turn two. Clancy protected the bottom in three and four and picked up win number three in 2019, leading just one lap.  Steven Clancy has figured out something the rest of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod field has not as he picked up win number five on the season. Mike Moore was the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car winner and 10th starting Blake peeler paced the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main.  Chad Clancy led only the last lap but took home the big money and earned a berth on the Fast Shafts All-Star ballot with the victory. Cory Wray had to settle for second while Scott Brown came back from an early race incident to finish third. Clay Hale and Jim Masoner Jr. made up the rest of the top five. OSBORN, Mo. (June 7) – With $1,000 on the line Friday night at US 36 Raceway, the IMCA Modifieds battled for 20 laps before the top check had a recipient. Feature results – 1. Chad Clancy; 2. Cory Wray; 3. Scott Brown; 4. Clay Hale; 5. Jim Masoner Jr.; 6. Benjie Douglas; 7. Shayne Bailey; 8. Brandon Williams; 9. Michael Dotson; 10. Jacob Brock; 11. Darren Shaw. read more

Drought ends at Seymour for Lance Arneson

first_imgBy Dave PanskeSEYMOUR, Wis. (Aug. 30) – Lance Arneson won his first Budweiser IMCA Modified feature at Seymour Speedway since June 12 of 2011 Sunday night.Arneson worked from the second row and into the lead after the opening lap followed by Trevor Spaulding, Jerry Wilinski, Chad Guyette, Rob Charapata and Konnor Wilinski.   A spin brought out the only caution of the race on lap 2, and Arneson continued to set the pace after the restart.Jerry Wilinski moved into the runner-up spot and point leader Eric Scribner followed into third. On lap 5, Scribner took over the second spot with Eric Arneson and Chad Bartel moving forward.Scribner closed in on the leader but after a couple laps, Arneson settled into a solid pattern on the out­side, Scribner did the same on the inside and the margins stayed pretty much unchanged to the finish. Bartel ran out of laps to mount a serious challenge and finished third.Travis Van Straten was finally able to inch ahead and finally into sole procession of the lead on lap 16 of the Coors Light IMCA Stock Car feature and drove off to collect his eighth local feature win and 31st for the season.Chas Van Ooyen came home second with Kyle Frederick third.Jeremy Cota took over the top spot on lap 11, then sped off and collected his fourth straight fea­ture win and eighth local O’Reilly Auto Parts IMCA Northern SportMod victory of the season.Travis Arenz worked by on the final lap to take second from Russell Franks, who completed his strongest finish in third.last_img read more