Referee Nigel Owens – ‘This is not Soccer’

first_imgMonday Jan 9, 2012 Referee Nigel Owens – ‘This is not Soccer’ Munster beat Benetton Treviso with a bonus point 29-11 victory in their RaboDirect Pro 12 encounter at Thomond Park on Saturday night. One of the moments that stood out was this amusing piece of officiating from Welsh referee Nigel Owens. Owens, a stand-up comic in his spare time, has never been shy to tell it like it is on the rugby field. About a year ago he called both teams into a huddle around him and told them all off.In this game he pulled chirpy Treviso scrum half Tobias Botes aside and read him the riot act, introducing himself as the referee and going on to suggest that Botes thought they were engaged in a game of Soccer.One might say that making such an example of a player in a deliberately humourous way when knowing the game is broadcast on TV is a little much, but it is good to see him take a stand against football-like protestations, that it’s safe to say nobody appreciates seeing on a rugby field.His outspoken nature caused a bit of a stir shortly before Christmas however, as Ospreys coach Scott Johnson took exception to Owens’ use of social media. Johnson accused Owens of undermining his own authority by engaging with Welsh players and supporters on Twitter.“It is driving me absolutely nuts it is permitted to continue and the sport can do without this. We have officials in places of supposed power, but we don’t need to learn their private business,” Johnson said of Owens’ habit of sharing his personal thoughts and feelings with his followers.During the Rugby World Cup, at one stage he tweeted his support for Wales, and shortly after the tournament shared the personal news that his partner had split up with him and he was struggling to lift himself up for work.“When you turn up at a game to play rugby, we have to respect the officials. But the respect button is not an easy one to turn on and off. We don’t need them in conversations with the players through these social networking sites,” Johnson continued.“When I get 17-year-olds mocking the behaviour of officials, that is not good for our sport. It has gone completely too far. This is about the integrity of our sport.“Last year he apologised for a forward pass he missed against us that Richard Fussell scored a try from. The public doesn’t need to know that. It is out of control.”Below is the amusing incident with Botes, that Owens himself shared on his Facebook page. What do you think of officials sharing their thoughts and emotions through social media channels?   ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 29 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living90% of People Have No Idea What These Two Little Holes Are ForNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

World Rugby CEO confirms full investigation into Craig Joubert behaviour will take place

first_imgMonday Oct 19, 2015 World Rugby CEO confirms full investigation into Craig Joubert behaviour will take place World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper has confirmed that there will be a full review of the final minutes, and indeed entire match, following the highly controversial ending to the Scotland vs Australia quarter final. Referee Craig Joubert made a big call at the end, giving the Wallabies a kick at goal, then sprinting off the field after it was taken. Australia won 35-34.The decision has incensed Scotland fans, who felt that Joubert should have at least gone to the TMO. He wasn’t allowed to under the current protocol, as reiterated by Gosper.He also touched on the fact that we’re all trying to speed up the game and have complained when the TMO has interupted play, but now there are calls to expand the protocol, leaving World Rugby in a tricky situation. They will review things however, after the conclusion of the World Cup.As for Joubert, Gosper has said that all match officials are assessed by a match assessor, by each team and by Joel Jutge, the head of match officials. The report is expected soon and elements thereof will be made public.With regards to Joubert running off the field, that will also be discussed and shared.Hear today’s interview with Gosper, from 5 Live Daily, belowAudio from BBC Radio 5 as Gavin Hastings fumes at Craig Joubert leaving the pitchADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Rugby World Cup Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO If you can get your head around it, these… 47 WEEKS AGO You’ve never seen any Rugby World Cup drop… 49 WEEKS AGO TOP 10: Rugby World Cup 2015 was filled with… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Vivalto Building / Najas Arquitectos

first_img Projects “COPY” Architects: Najas Arquitectos Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” CopyAbout this officeNajas ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsQuitoEcuadorPublished on October 14, 2014Cite: “Vivalto Building / Najas Arquitectos” [Edificio Vivalto / Najas Arquitectos] 14 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Sebastián Crespo+ 19 Share Photographs:  Sebastián CrespoCollaboration:Francisco LandázuriContractor:CorprancaguaDesign:Esteban Najas RaadCity:QuitoCountry:EcuadorMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Sebastián CrespoText description provided by the architects. Vivalto is located at a 1600m2 corner lot in a residential area. Being a commission for a real estate group, from the beginning, our motivation was to try to re-invent the character of apartment buildings in northern Quito since unfortunately, promoters usually disconnect buildings internal life from its community with the goal to make them “exclusive” or “secure” as marketing slogans. We tried to give back, and give in, not only to the city, but to spatial relationships between owners, promoting the feelings of belonging and community living.Save this picture!Floor PlanIt is said that in the sixteenth century, pre-colonial Spanish architects used to be asked by clients: “Give me a home with a large patio and good corridors; and if some space is left to spare, make me a room.” Thus, the architectural elements of Vivalto arise from our interest to reinterpret the typology of Moorish courtyard houses that are typical is post-colonial Quito and make it contemporary.Save this picture!© Sebastián CrespoSpatially, the project is resolved through a 6 floor volume with a central patio surrounded by internal balconies and planters. The 215m2 central gallery/garden is illuminated from above. Apartments are located in the perimeter so they are open to the outside to create terraces with distant views of the Cumbayá valley.Save this picture!Floor PlanCovered by glass, the central courtyard opens laterally to the exterior through 2 openings at the end of each corridor. Each internal hallway is flanked by wood planters with random geometric patterns that break the orthogonal lines of the interior “walls”. These openings promote cross ventilation to prevent greenhouse effect and improve the acoustic characteristics of the central courtyard. Save this picture!© Sebastián CrespoThe courtyard is primarily a green area, looking up, the interlaced vertical (concrete) and horizontal (wood) facades make up a more introspective and welcoming environment. The Fixed Point elevators and emergency stairs are enclosed to comply with local fire protection codes and it is coated with vines and planters that help this volume more organic.Save this picture!© Sebastián CrespoAt the top floor, there is a 320m2 communal green area, community hall and culinary and recreational spaces. This addition at the top of the building allows people to enjoy the surrounding views and also are open to the central galleria. The main access to the building has been resolved by subtraction of the ground floor volume´s corner. This produces a transitional exterior space prior to entering the building that is related to the street life.Save this picture!DetailUnderground parking has natural lighting and ventilation in its two levels with a double height void. A Garden of trees springs from the second basement level to the exterior.The elements of vegetation, use of materials, spatial and volumetric solutions combine to make a housing project that evokes the memory of colonial life with a contemporary approach.Save this picture!© Sebastián CrespoProject gallerySee allShow lessKomachi Building / Key OperationSelected ProjectsVigoss R & D / Zemberek Design OfficeSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Gonzalo Endara Crown, Quito EC170124, EcuadorLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Ecuador CopyApartments•Quito, Ecuadorcenter_img 2013 Photographs Apartments ArchDaily Vivalto Building / Najas ArquitectosSave this projectSaveVivalto Building / Najas Arquitectos ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Year:  Vivalto Building / Najas Arquitectoslast_img read more

Baltimore Workers World Party and FIST hold Harper’s Ferry Retreat

first_imgClose to 20 activists took off the weekend of Sept. 19-20 to study the book “A Voice from Harper’s Ferry” and enjoy a camping retreat, organized by the Baltimore Chapter of Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) and Workers World Party.WWP and FIST set up camp for retreat.WW photo: Sharon BlackFirst they went to Greenbrier State Park in Maryland and then to the historic site of the armory at Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., where John Brown’s raid took place October 17-18, 1859.“A Voice from Harper’s Ferry” (World View Forum, 2000) is an account of the famous anti-slavery military action by 22 Black and white Abolitionists that preceded the Civil War. It was written by Osborne Anderson, a Black revolutionary who took part in the raid. The book also contains important essays by Mumia Abu-Jamal, Monica Moorehead on “What Is a Nation” and Vince Copeland, WWP founding member, who revived Anderson’s important account and authored the essay, “The Unfinished Revolution.” The group read these chapters aloud to each other by fire and flashlight and discussed their meaning.This didn’t stop everyone from engaging in an adventurous weekend, including swimming in Greenbrier Lake, hiking up the mountain cliff overlooking Harper’s Ferry and building a campfire. The participants, who have been in the streets this year protesting police murders of Black people, also toured many historic sites. This was the first camping trip for many, who returned to Baltimore tired but excited.Copies of the book can be purchased from online booksellers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Developments in the Ivory Coast

first_imgYet another agreement has been reached that is aimed at ending the unrest among military forces in the West African state of Ivory Coast.Over a five-day period, soldiers took control of several cities including Bouake, the second-largest in the country, after a spokesperson for the disgruntled troops claimed that they were dropping their demands for the full payment of promised funds, totaling $8,400.In repudiation of the apparently false statements regarding ending the appeal for the bonuses, Bouake was placed under the control of the soldiers, who regulated passage in and out of the city. The rebellion quickly spread to several major urban areas, including the commercial capital of Abidjan. There, the Republican Guards who are loyal to President Alassane Ouattara fired shots above the heads of the protesting troops.Ivory Coast is the world’s largest producer of cocoa. Exports had been impacted due to the mutiny when ports were closed on May 15.Some reports that surfaced on May 16 indicated that some of the angry soldiers had already begun to be paid. Banks which had not been operating in Abidjan were reopened as well.Just one day prior to the announcement of an agreement, cocoa firms and banks, along with government buildings in the western regional center of Daloa, were shuttered. Residents reported that gunfire could be heard throughout the day.A cocoa cooperative manager, Aka Marcel, told the international press in regard to the tense situation in Daloa that “all businesses are closed here. The banks are closed and so are the cocoa-buying businesses. The soldiers are in the streets on foot and on motorbikes. They’re shooting in the air.” (Reuters, May 15)During the course of the unrest, several more cities were impacted in addition to both Bouake and Abidjan. The port city of San Pedro, near neighboring Burkina Faso, saw the blocking of the border by the rebelling soldiers.Mutiny in BouakeOne spokesman for the soldiers in the most recent dispute, Sgt. Seydou Koné, said: “We accept the government’s proposal. … We are returning to barracks now.”Koné was speaking from the center of the mutiny in Bouake.Another spokesperson for the rebel soldiers, who wanted to be called simply Sgt. Cisse, said: “We’ve just handed back control of the entrances to the city (Bouake) to the police and gendarmes this morning, and we’re returning to our barracks. There’s no one on the streets. It’s finished. They are all in the barracks. There hasn’t been a single shot fired since 8 a.m.” (Reuters, May 16)However, during the early morning hours outside of Bouake it was reported that soldiers were blocking the entrance of some 200 commercial trucks. Military forces which remained loyal to the Ouattara regime emphasized that they were working to re-establish control in order to maintain the existing political order.There are approximately 8,000 troops out of 22,000 in total within the military apparatus involved in the dispute. Nonetheless, on May 13 three people who were said to have been demobilized former soldiers were shot by the mutineers.Sgt. Koné was quoted as saying that the former troops were shot to prevent them from organizing their own separate demonstrations. In other cities such as Korhogo, Daloa and Abidjan, demonstrations against the mutinous soldiers took place.Altogether there were at least six people reportedly wounded. One person who had suffered gunshot injuries died in Bouake.Sgt. Koné said during the attempts to suppress the protests that the rebellious troops had no problem with the population. The spokesperson for the mutinous soldiers said their only objective was to get paid.The regional Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) condemned the mutiny, demanding that the soldiers return to their barracks immediately. Republic of Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who is the current chair of the Authority of Heads of State for ECOWAS, emphasized that the unrest placed the stability of the region in jeopardy.With the purported resolution of the most recent split within the military, it still does not address the broader questions of economic stability and political accountability.Political dimensions of the crisisThese mutineers are the forces that supplemented French paratroopers in the putsch against former President Laurent Gbagbo, who was targeted for removal after he defied France and the United States in a dispute over the national elections in 2010.In April 2011, Gbagbo, his wife Simone and other top officials were arrested by French troops at a makeshift headquarters in a hotel. The president was later deported from his own country to the Netherlands, where he is now facing trial by the controversial International Criminal Court (ICC).Since the ascendancy of the Ouattara regime, the Western-based firms have made substantial investments inside the country. Up until recently, the West African state was being hailed as having one of the fastest growing economies in the region.However, over the last two years there has been a precipitous drop in the prices of cocoa and oil. Petroleum workers engaged in a strike during February 2016 demanding an end to layoffs which would impact up to 10 percent of the workforce of a leading employer.Simone Gbagbo, who is a political figure within the Popular Front Party (PFI) that was overthrown in April 2011, was charged and convicted by the Ouattara regime for alleged crimes committed during the struggle against French foreign policy machinations in 2010-2011. She was imprisoned under a 20-year sentence and charged again for alleged crimes against humanity.In late March, a court in Ivory Coast acquitted her on the additional charges of human rights crimes. Nonetheless, she has not been released on the previous convictions, which are highly politicized.Former President Gbagbo is being targeted in the Netherlands by an institution, the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has been criticized within the highest deliberative body of the continental African Union (AU). At the 50th anniversary Jubilee summit in May 2013 commemorating its predecessor, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), member-states raised the potential for a massive withdrawal from being signatories of the Rome Statute, which laid the framework for the creation of the ICC.ICC officials have also issued warrants against Mrs. Gbagbo. In this instance, the current government of Ouattara has refused to extradite the former first lady to the Netherlands to join her husband in detention in Europe.Several African states have made the declaration of resignation from being under the jurisdiction of the Netherlands-based institution. These include Burundi, South Africa and Gambia. The U.S. and EU-backed ECOWAS intervention and subsequent coup that removed Gambian President Yahya Jammeh in February replacing him with Adama Barrow, immediately resulted in the Western-backed leader re-entering the small West African nation back into the ICC.A high court in South Africa has attempted to render the African National Congress (ANC) government’s rejection of the ICC null and void, ruling that the withdrawal is unconstitutional without parliamentary approval. Such decisions prompted by legal action initiated by the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) illustrate that key rulings handed down by the South African courts are reflective of the ideological struggle emerging within the post-apartheid political construct.Almost all of the investigations, indictments and trials by the ICC are directed against African heads of state and rebel leaders. In the cases of Libya and Ivory Coast, investigations by the ICC were carried out in tandem with military bombings and invasions to topple governments at variance with the administrations in Paris and Washington.Imperialist war crimesMoreover, the egregious imperialist war crimes and acts of genocide resulting in the deaths, injuries and displacement which factor into the millions against the peoples of Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Angola, Somalia, etc., have never been the focus of the ICC and its prosecutors. Consequently, many African states, if not publicly, raise concerns privately, in the belief that the ICC is an instrument for the extension of colonial rule.The ICC is a mechanism designed for the explicit purpose of facilitating interference in the internal affairs of African states. Although the leading Western capitalist governments have refused to adhere to the purported authority of the ICC, the institution is utilized as a foreign policy tool to maintain destabilization campaigns against adversarial forces and those which can be identified as constituting a rationale for U.S., EU, NATO and their allies to carry out aerial bombardments, the imposition of draconian sanctions and the engineering of military and political coups.This recent unrest among the defense forces in Ivory Coast follows a similar rebellion in January, when promises were also made that have apparently not been met. The government has acknowledged that despite the foreign direct investment model of economic policy, the implementation of such an approach is heavily dependent upon exports of primary products to Western markets and the granting of tax havens to the transnational corporations and financial institutions.Ouattara was a longtime functionary of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which, as a result of the contemporary world crisis, is becoming more involved in loan projects that have historically proven extremely disadvantageous to African states. The neocolonial systems of relation between the former industrialized countries in regard to their previous colonial and semicolonial territories have long exhausted economic usefulness. The AU and popular forces outside of governments have continued to address the need for deeper integration of African states and the development of regional monetary and industrial zones which place priorities on continental development.The ongoing detention and prosecution of President Gbagbo does not serve the interests of the Ivorian and African people. Such a scenario only serves as a means to reassert Western dominance of the political affairs of the continent.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

The Rose Queen Celebrates Traditional Luncheon at The Shakespeare Club of Pasadena

first_img Top of the News More Cool Stuff HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News The Rose Queen Celebrates Traditional Luncheon at The Shakespeare Club of Pasadena From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 2:18 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  9 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Rose Court 2019Ms. Laura Farber, Incoming Tournament PresidentOn Tuesday, February 9, 2019, The Shakespeare Club of Pasadena welcomed the 101st Rose Queen Louise Deser Siskel, and the Royal Court to the Villa for the Annual Rose Queen’s Luncheon held in their honor. There were over 100 guests in attendance. As guests arrived they were greeted by distinguished members of the Shakespeare Club and Tournament Officials. During the reception hour, attendees were offered a glass of Champagne or Rose Scented Lemonade and enjoyed tray passed hors d’oeuvres while listening to live piano music and conversing with the Royal Court and Tournament Officials.The luncheon and program were commenced by Anne David, Vice-President of the Shakespeare Club. Mrs. David welcomed the guests and presented the Queen and Court with rose charm necklaces which has been a traditional gift from the Club. One of the highlights of the afternoon was to hear from each princess and the Rose Queen, share with guests, what the theme of “The Melody of Life” meant to them. Ms. Laura Farber, Incoming Tournament President shared her personal journey and aspirations on the theme of “The Power of Hope” for the 2020 Rose Parade.The Queen and Court luncheon, held yearly at the Club, has been a tradition since 1952. One of the oldest traditions of The Shakespeare Club is its association with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, which began in 1897, by contributing prizes and serving picnic lunches in the Tournament Park to visitors. The Shakespeare Club’s first float in the 1906 parade was a rose decorated carriage followed by four prize-winning floats in the years 1929 through 1932.Today, The Shakespeare Club continues its outstanding tradition of service to the community through its scholarship program for Pasadena high-school seniors and providing clothing and toys for disadvantaged children at Christmas time.last_img read more

VIDEO: Cycle crackdown at KA junction

first_imgPolice issued fines to over 50 cyclists who jumped red traffic lights in central Oxford on Friday. The operation, which took place at the junction of Broad Street and Parks Road, formed part of a road safety campaign. Two plain clothes officers situated outside the junction between Broad Street and Parks Road radioed descriptions of cyclists who ignored red lights to uniform officers further down the road, who pulled them over. The cyclists, the majority of whom are students, were issued £30 fines and given advice on road safety. In Trinity Term last year, nearly 200 cyclists were fined in two operations at the same junction. PC Stephen Higa said that police were not trying to victimise students. “The main reason is safety. If a cycle were to go through a red light, the consequences are potentially catastrophic.” However, the experience was too much to handle for some. One female student, who was stopped for passing an amber light, broke down in tears after she was pulled over. She was not fined as she did not pass a red light. Officers had only wanted to offer her safety advice. A student who has just finished his course at Oxford Brookes was among those who received fines. He said that the police should “use more discretion”. He continued, “A verbal warning would have been appreciated. I’ve got shit all money at the moment.” PC Higa said that there were further operations planned this month on Queen Street and Cornmarket.last_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?WHAT”S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: If your an elected official and someone gives your campaign $500,000 what do you feel they expect you to do from them?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports. We are pleased to provide obituaries from several area funeral homes at no costs.  Over the next several weeks we shall be adding additional obituaries from other local funeral homes.  Please scroll down the paper and you shall see a listing of them..If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.”READERS FORUM” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: Significant progress and a setback for flood reduction work in a Lancashire town

first_imgWhilst the work is carried out there will be some disruption to motorists using the A56 and Victoria Road. There will also be some parking restrictions on Victoria Road.The flood alleviation project involves making Victoria culvert structurally sound. Culverts are structures which carry water underground. They were often built to allow development to take place around them such as roads, homes and businesses. Many people live and work near culverts and may not even know they are there.A new culvert will be installed beneath the disused railway embankment to replace the existing one which has collapsed. The team will also re-line or replace a number of sections along the length of the culvert at locations under Victoria Road and the A56 Skipton Road.A new and improved trash screen will also be fixed at the inlet of the culvert, to help reduce the risk of it becoming blocked with debris and making it easier and safer to clear when water levels are high.The Environment Agency continues to explore other options to reduce flood risk from all sources in and around Earby. Over the next 12 months, the team will investigate the options in more detail, which include flood storage areas on Earby Beck, the New Cut and Victoria Clough and installing a flood defence wall at Boot Street.The Environment Agency is looking for volunteer flood wardens to play a key part in keeping Earby prepared and informed before, during and after a flood. Anyone interested in becoming a flood warden can email [email protected] to find out more.By signing up to the Environment Agency’s free Flood Warning service residents and businesses can receive flood alerts and flood warnings for Earby Beck and/or Earby New Cut directly to their phone and emails, 24/7. To find out if you’re at risk and register for Flood Warnings please visit: We would like to thank residents and businesses for their patience and understanding while we carry out this essential work to reduce flood risk and protect their properties. A £1million flood alleviation project which will provide vital protection to 91 homes and 17 businesses in Earby is now likely to be delayed.The project has been set back due to a major obstruction being discovered whilst drilling the new culvert beneath the disused railway embankment just under halfway along the route.The Environment Agency’s contractors, JBA Bentley, are on site working hard to find a solution so that the culvert repair can be completed as quickly as possible. The work started on Monday 23 July and was expected to take 13 weeks.To reduce the impact on local residents the current temporary traffic lights on the A56 will be removed on Friday (14 September). They will be reinstalled for a shorter period of time when a solution has been agreed.Next week new temporary traffic lights will be installed for around two weeks at the junction of the A56 and Victoria Road, near the Co-op food store, so that further sections of Victoria Clough culvert can be repaired.Other elements of the project are progressing well with the completion of 43m of structural re-lining of Victoria Clough culvert from the junction of Valley Road and Victoria Road. The road is expected to be re-instated and re-opened by Friday 21 September.Paul Swales, flood risk advisor for the Environment Agency, said:last_img read more

Andy Carroll: The Mastermind Behind Hulaween’s Awesome Art Installations

first_imgYou may not know Andy Carroll‘s name, but if you have ever seen a full scale The String Cheese Incident production, wandered the Electric Forest, or the Suwannee Hulaween’s Spirit Lake you certainly know his work. Serving for more than a decade as Cheese’s lightning director and de facto art director, including some of their legendary “Incidents,” Carroll has since moved away from the knobs and slides of the light board and is now responsible for some of America’s most impressive fusions of art and music.For the Suwannee Hulaween, which will be held at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL from October 28-30 (tickets and more info here), Carroll curates Spirit Lake, a veritable cornucopia of natural art installations, free floating fractal imagery, fire breathing dragons and things beyond imagining. A simple stroll around the shore is akin to wandering through portals into parallel, psychedelic dimensions of mad creative expression.Before opening new vortexes for the incoming hordes of Hulaween faithful to explore our own Rex Thomson caught up with Carroll to learn the path that led him to his place as one of the finest art directors in the industry. Enjoy!Live For Live Music: It’s amazing how inspiration can affect different people different ways. While onstage inspiration gets turned into sound, in the fields you help folks turn their inspiration to physical arts. Do you see any difference in the creative well springs, or is it all one shining light of creation?Andy Carroll: That’s a good question. In a way it all comes from the same place, and in a way it doesn’t. One thing that is definitely different is how we interact with the different kinds of art. Music is in the air, the art I deal with is something tangible. You can interact with it, be surrounded by it. People connect with it in different ways.L4LM: Some of the efforts of you and the team of artists you have assembled have become permanent installations in the Spirit Of Suwannee Music Park. How does it feel to contribute art that will be enjoyed by people for years to come?AC: It’s nice, but we are more concerned with making new art. We will be bringing back some of what we have done in the past, but we are focused on making new wonderful, crazy things for people to enjoy.L4LM: One of the things I liked best about the installations you do is the use of indigenous materials to create intricate all natural display. How do you decide what elements of the region to focus on?AC: I love incorporating nature into our installations. Any chance we have to bring the world around the music into the decorations, we’re happy to do it.L4LM: Let’s get some perspective on your personal artistic viewpoint. What’s your artistic background?AC: I don’t necessarily have one. I was into art, and I was encouraged by my parents to pursue art, like drawing. I got into lighting live music. I was with the String Cheese Incident for sixteen years, up until just a couple years ago. It was during that time that I kinda got tossed into doing art on a large level, to the point where it became a career.It started with the lighting world, the concert lighting world, but over the years as the art crept in more and more it really transformed what I was doing into a different experience.Now I focus not so much on the music, but what happens between the stages. My focus is to make it so there is more immersive, interactive stuff for the patrons to enjoy other than just going to the concert.It makes the whole experience this incredible new thing that is just continuing to unfold before their eyes. Each year brings out new things from artists who are from all around the world. I love working with these artists and designers to make this a truly next level experience for the people. It is super fun, but it’s not the way I envisioned it going. It came about so organically… right time, right place I suppose.L4LM: Artists are known for their mediums. Would it be fair to classify what you do as designing interactive outdoor displays?AC: That would be a fair way to describe it I guess. Really what I do is to try and make it so artists can share their craft with the world.L4LM: For a project like Hulaween, you bring teams of artists assigned to different areas. How many people would you say end up working on projects you’re overseeing?AC: Oh wow. I’d say it’s a couple hundred all together between the artists, lightning crew and so on. Actually, that’s one of the hardest parts of what I do, organizing and coordinating who goes where and when.L4LM: It’s always the most difficult part of being in charge… organization.AC: Exactly. And you know artists…no offense to them, I am one myself…but artists can be difficult. Artists have these fantastic creative minds but when it comes to thinking logistically…getting them organized is really a challenge. Keeping these people on point, it’s difficult. But these things have to get done by the time the show starts. The show MUST go on.There’s a timeline we have to stick to…so we have to keep everyone working full time to get these things done by the time the curtain goes up, so to speak. Everyone is pretty good about bringing it in on time. We make it happen. L4LM: What’s the process like to bring an idea to you and the event and see it turned into a reality?AC: There’s a range of ways. Between random emails or calls…some see me at the events and hit me up there. On the website we put out a call for artist submissions. I get lots of messages that are basically “Yeah…I’m so-and-so and here’s my idea. Can we make this happen?”Then we get into a back and forth, and try and figure out whether it’s a good fit, and whether we can make it happen. I really try and include just about everybody. I feel like it is a good opportunity for the people who want to be involved in this world. I try and find a place for them in Spirit Lake. And sure, maybe it’s just a small little nook, but they get to have the experience. Planning their art, pitching their art, bringing it and sharing it with everyone…that’s a pretty enriching experience. It can really turn them on, and I want to give them that opportunity. Then there’s a lot of artists I’ve wanted to work with for a long time at other events, like Burning Man or whatever. I’ll reach out to them and say “Hey, we’ve got this event on Halloween weekend, it’s amazing, your art is amazing, let’s try and work it out.” There’s these art things that go viral on Facebook and social media, and I’ll try and track down their name or their website. Then I basically reach out, “cold call” them, and try and get them to do something with us. Sometimes they’re local, sometimes they’re on the other side of the world. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. But now I have this epic roster of artists in my Rolodex that I talk to throughout the year. Between the random calls to me and the random calls I’ve made and the random calls to me, it’s built up pretty quick. Sometimes I’ll have this list of five artists that I really, REALLY want to work with and I’ll be totally disappointed if I lose even one of them. And that happens, but three other ones I hadn’t even just pop up. It always seems to work out great. And the more this event goes on, the more people who hear about it, the more artists see what’s going on and think to themselves “Wow, that would be really cool to be part of.”L4LM: You have a great canvas for them to work on as well.AC: Yeah, The Spirit Of Suwannee Music Park really adds to the experience as well, obviously. My friends and my wife, they all went to school in Florida. When those friends find out what I do, they go “Oh my god! I’ve been going there since I was a little kid!” People love that place, and that connection helps a lot too.It’s a draw on its own. People are ready to go there just to be there. And then when we add in a really cool event like Hulaween, that just makes it all the more cool.L4LM: One of the recurring themes in your art environments is my favorite element…FIRE! Didn’t your mother ever tell you not to play with it?AC: Yeah, totally. But it’s so primal. It gives light, it gives warmth. It’s awesome to have this event at The Suwannee Music Park where we actually can have fire. Most places don’t even allow it at all. Between fire marshals or whoever…and dry weather years, it’s tough to get it approved almost anywhere. I know Florida can have dry weather years too, but it’s usually pretty well hydrated. And we always take the proper precautions as well. But it’s super fun and I love it. Everybody loves fire. It totally takes things over the top, and I am very happy to be bringing it back this year.L4LM: Is there an overall theme to the madness or is it just chaos?AC: Not necessarily either, actually. We’re more just about general creativity. We want people to be inspired. And we want these artists to bring that inspiration, whether from something they saw at Spirit Lake last year, some other event or just out of their own imaginations to Spirit lake. I love the feeling of knowing that someone was inspired by something they saw and brought art into their own regular lives. I like thinking that someone was inspired by something they saw, and  went home and had that thought, like “Oh my gosh! We could do that! You know we could do that! We’ve got all those materials piled up behind your house that’s been sitting there for ever. We could do that!”I love that sort of general creativity. But with it being on Halloween, we do have that scary, fun vibe to play with. I like starting with the waves of creative passion that flow free through the artists, and to find something in that that we can make real. I want artists to bring their work to Spirit lake, and for that to turn the next group on.L4LM: Any hints you can drop about this year’s mayhem to come?AC: No specifics, other than it’s going to be super awesome. There are some amazing new things coming from previous artists and new things from new people that take stuff in directions we haven’t even thought of going before.  It’s gonna be amazing, but I just can’t give it away yet. You’ll have to come see for yourself!L4LM: Well, judging from how few tickets are left, I’m guessing there will be plenty of people getting lost inside the world you’re helping to create. Thanks for taking some time from your mad scheming to chat with us about the fun to come at Hulaween.AC: Thank you! I’m really looking forward to this.For tickets and information about Suwannee Hulaween, head to the official website. Photos for this article were taken by Dave Vann for a Spirit Lake feature that ran in 2015.last_img read more