Pennsylvania’s Mason Porter is on a serious roll. In recent months, they’ve released a single based on the Edgar Allen Poe story The Tell Tale Heart, had a small batch craft beer named after them, and now have partnered with the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration to release a new EP, Heart Of the Mountains. While many sponsorships can be blatant advertisements, the way Mason Porter has taken the very essence of embracing nature and infused it into their songwriting and playing is both impressive and heartwarming. It’s hard to find a more universally agreed upon subject than the protection and importance of our many unspoiled parks and preserves, and the merging of that thought with the mountain music made by Mason Porter is inspired.Opening with the title track, Mason Porter kicks off the nature themed collection of tunes with a very visceral lyrical look at the enveloping sense of being far from civilization, lost in nature’s splendor. The driving mandolin, fiddle and drums give the song a galloping nature that invokes the gleeful spirit of running free. “See America,” the second track, talks of second chances and the boundless hope that is the American Dream. “Box Of Answers” features a meditative, lilting examination of choices, mistakes and the inability of modern distractions to fill the emotional needs that we all possess. To find life’s riddles, we fire have to put more thought into asking the right question. A much needed reminder that was very well put.Mason Porter takes this nature themed opportunity to deliver a spellbinding take on the old-as-the-hills song “Shenandoah.” It’s been adapted and reworked many times throughout its hundreds of years of existence, and Mason Porter continues in that long tradition by merging modern production and sensibilities with a timeless sound. The ethereal opening of “You And I” shows the depth of sound, variety of tempos and incredible potential of Mason Porter’s diverse array of instrumentation. Whispering and wistful, the romantic song touches not on the more familiar ground of finding or losing love but the less examined area of how to keep the flame alive.The closing tune, “Yosemite,” is a lengthy instrumental that allows the band to stretch out and find fresh ways to fill space in ways only they can. It’s a strong song and a telling indicator of the band’s development. You can literally hear the thought put into the spacing and pacing of the proceedings and it’s proof that proper planning gives bands the best chances to shine.Heart Of the Mountains is a strong statement from Mason Porter about the state of the band and its future, which is certainly as clear and wide open as the parks that the album celebrates. With the amount of material already released this year, it’s a safe bet we’re not done hearing from them, but for now, fans of modern bluegrass have six new songs of gold to treasure.
Cambridge may soon be called the college squash capital of the United States.Laura Gemmell ’13 of the Harvard women’s squash team and Colin West ’10 of the Harvard men’s squash team took home College Squash Association (CSA) individual national championships this past weekend (March 5-7), continuing Harvard’s dominance in the squash world this season.The titles come just two weeks after Gemmell and the Harvard women’s squash team won the 2010 CSA national team championship (Feb. 21) over Penn and West helped lead the Crimson to a fifth-place finish.Gemmell, who led Harvard to their 12th national title, finishes the season a perfect 16-0 as a freshman, after overcoming a 2-1 deficit against Trinity College’s Pamela Hathway on Sunday (March 7) to take home the crown 3-2 (11-7, 5-11, 13-15, 11-8, 11-9). Gemmell becomes the 11th Crimson player to win the Ramsay Cup and the first since Kyla Grigg ’07 in 2007.West defeated Princeton’s Todd Harrity (11-9, 13-11, 11-1) in Sunday’s title match, claiming the men’s crown and completing the season with a 16-1 record. He is the 33rd Harvard player to win the Pool Cup, and completes his career at Harvard with a 50-9 record. West was also awarded this year’s Skillman Award, given annually to a senior men’s player “who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship throughout his college squash career.”
MGN ImageOLEAN – Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Cattaraugus County on Thursday morning.The Cattaraugus County Health Department says the 52nd case involves a female healthcare worker who received an antibody test that indicated she could have current infection.A COVID-19 test later revealed she was indeed positive for the virus. Prior to being tested the woman was asymptomatic.The 53rd COVID-19 case involves a male resident who was also asymptomatic. For the most part, health officials say, he denies any contact with a positive COVID-19 case. A contact tracing investigation is now underway for both new cases.There is now a total of 53 cases, with 14 active, 37 recovered and two deceased in Cattaraugus County. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
This event is just one of many gourmet events that continuously enrich the offer of Istria, put it on the world gourmet map again and attract more and more visitors every day. The quality of service and accommodation should be understood, in accordance with the categorization, but the overall impression is affected by the overall impression of the entire destination. From the first contact on the website, arrival, stay and departure, after the emotions and experiences subside. In tourism, everything is interconnected. To emphasize again, the motive for coming is not accommodation, but destination. Bravo for a new great tourist story. Our authentic story and new motive for coming. Authenticity is the word that accompanies this portal and my philosophy of tourism from day one. Certainly the most used word was and will remain. Because it is authenticity that creates the motive for coming. Of course, as with any development of a tourist product, it is always desirable to have as large a budget as possible, both for better production and for advertising, in order to accelerate its development and skip several years of growth. But the most important thing is to go ahead and do the best you can at the moment in your frameworks and resources. And again Istria. Nothing is accidental, so stories like this happen mostly in Istria. Simply put, Istria, no matter what, is pushing its market story, ie market development. And the interior of Istria is the new-old biggest secret of Istrian tourism. Authentic and quality content that is just lacking in the overall tourist offer of Istria. Maritime destinations are relatively developed, and now the main focus should be on the fastest, but sustainable, development of the interior of Istria. Ultimately, after xx days of rest, the guest makes the final decision about the destination. Whether we met his expectations or not. Or we even surpassed them. Is he satisfied and will he come back again? Will he become our ambassador? We know that the best marketing, always has been and always will be, is word of mouth marketing. It is the holy grail in tourism. The new gourmet event is on the same track ‘Tradizione a tavola: dishes from piñata ‘ which will be held from March 13 to April 12 in taverns in the Kanfanar, Svetvincenat and Bale area. Manifestation ‘Tradizione a tavola: dishes from piñata’is the result of cooperation between the tourist boards of Svetvinčenat, Bale – Valle and Kanfanar with the tourist company Maistra dd and the Association of Craftsmen Rovinj on the development of gourmet products in the destination, and is a combination of tradition and excellent Istrian gastronomy. As part of this new gourmet story, four famous Istrian taverns will take part: Kod Kancelira, Castello, Konoba Klarići and OPG Pekica, which will offer visitors a series of traditionally prepared, hot dishes from pinatas in the way prepared by their grandmothers. to which numerous generations of Istrians grew up.The menu will include, among other things, jota of cabbage and beets, maneštra with fennel, salt or trukinja, as well as traditional Istrian pasta: pljukanci, fuži, gnocchi and ravioli. In addition to home-made pasta, many guests will be able to taste Istrian prosciutto, wild asparagus, game or home-made chicken manure and Istrian boškarin dishes. All dishes will be able to taste local wines of Istrian winemakers. Author of photos: Maja Danica Pečanić / Gruša Zorn The key word here is synergy, because the destination is not just accommodation, on the contrary, the destination is everyone. And also, the motive for coming is never accommodation, but precisely the destination. And that is why synergy and cooperation are always needed at all levels, vertically and horizontally. Also, much greater understanding, openness and ultimately financial assistance from the big ones is needed, so that the interior of both Istria and other sea destinations can develop faster and better. No one can be alone, no matter how big, because it is not he who makes the destination. But about that a little later in the article. Traditional Istrian cuisine and indigenous dishes from local ingredients – this is the main narrative of this new great gastronomic story, which affects the very essence of tourism. Authenticity of the tourist offer. Photo by: Maja Danica Pečanić / Gruša Zorn Author of photos: Maja Danica Pečanić / Gruša Zorn Of course, every start is difficult and it takes time for a tourist product to come to life in the full sense of the market, ie to become a motive for coming and to start a tourist economy, but it is important to take the first step. DayOne or OneDay, the choice is always up to us. This is how the story of Istra Wine & Walk started a long time ago, and today it would be one of the main motives for coming to the interior of Istria outside the tourist season. Not through the construction of large hotels, there are quite enough of them half an hour from the interior, but through the development of small family hotels and rural holiday homes with a story. At excellent taverns, wineries, olive groves and gastronomic offer with additional tourist facilities from active to cultural tourism. On the other hand, sea destinations as well as large hoteliers also need the development of the interior of Istria, in order to be able to offer their guests quality content, which we chronically lack. Thus, tourist consumption increases, seasons are extended and the tour is dispensed. spending on the local economy.
“It turns out that, when it comes to [accusing people of] blasphemy, the coronavirus does not stop our society. Instead, we are getting more sensitive about things considered blasphemy,” YLBHI chairwoman Asfinawati told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.South Sulawesi accounted for 6 of the 38 reports, followed by East Java and North Maluku with 5 report each, West Java and North Sumatra with 4 each and South Kalimantan, Riau Islands and Jakarta with 2. Eight other provinces recorded 1 report each.The reports were filed with or processed by the police, the Interfaith Communication Forum (FKUB), the Pakem team (which monitors religious beliefs) or the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).One case linked to the coronavirus outbreak pertains to a district head in South Sulawesi reported for blasphemy after dispersing a Friday prayer gathering, while another pertains to the donation of meals with a dog logo on the packaging in North Jakarta. A report conducted by the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) has revealed that accusations of blasphemy are still rampant amid the COVID-19 pandemic.According to the report, at least 38 cases of alleged blasphemy were reported to police or other institutions across 16 provinces in the first five months of 2020. Nineteen of the cases were filed before the first COVID-19 cases were announced on March 2, and the rest were filed afterward. Read also: No breakthrough in efforts to resolve blasphemy casesOther cases include alleged mass conversion of children, a claim to being a prophet for Muslims, a misinterpretation of religious teachings, an insult of a certain religious figure or symbol, and vandalism of a religious text.Most of the alleged blasphemy involved the use of social media. Some of the allegations were levelled at people in their early 20s, late teens or even at people as young as 14 years of age, according to data compiled by the YLBHI.However, the NGO noted that there seemed to be a more “progressive” handling of blasphemy cases by law enforcement officials, in which they carried out proper clarification and physiological assessments, facilitated mediation and dismissed reports in several instances.“There appears to be an improvement toward better law enforcement by both the police and judges, although not very [prominent],” the report states.Nevertheless, the YLBHI condemned the unclear definition of blasphemy in relevant laws, which had resulted in 28 of the 38 cases processed based on the ground that they had caused public disorder and unrest.“The argument that there is disturbance of public order is merely from a sociological and not juridical perspective. This is a classic argument since the 2005 blasphemy case targeting the Eden [community],” it argued.Read also: Man claiming to be final prophet gets reported for blasphemyThe unclear definition of blasphemy had led to lack of consideration of an alleged perpetrator’s intentions, the research suggested. It also expanded the use of absurd and contradictory articles.The number of cases has increased as people can easily report supposed blasphemy under not only Article 156a of the Criminal Code and the 1965 Blasphemy Law, but also the 2013 Mass Organization (Ormas) Law and the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law.A case in point is that of Michael Samuel Ratulangi, who was accused of blasphemy for a Facebook post in February. He was arrested under Article 45A of the ITE Law, with police saying, “the case contained expressions of hatred that led to blasphemy”.In other cases, Article 27 of the ITE Law regarding criminal acts of defamation were used to level charges at people accused of insulting religion through social media.Asfinawati said the group demanded that the government remove unclear and variably interpretable articles in the laws that did not meet principles of legality and could interfere with the freedom of speech, religious beliefs and other rights of expression.Topics :
The build-to-rent approach differs from a number of high-profile residential developments in London that are being sold unit-by-unit to private buyers.Robert-Jan Foortse, head of European property investments at APG, said the joint venture would create “a scalable, branded residential-rental platform” that would “fill a need in the undersupplied London residential market”.He added: “APG is focused on increasing its residential exposure in Europe, particularly in key cities such as London, given its expected population growth.”Delancey employed a similar approach for the East Village residential development near London’s Olympic Stadium, establishing rental management company Get Living London with joint-venture partner Qatari Diar.The developer has already acquired Tribeca Square, another residential development close to the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, and intends to create a new ‘South Village’ district through the redevelopment of both sites.The previous owners of the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, St Modwen and Salhia Real Estate Company, had originally planned to redevelop the property while retaining its existing structure, but Southwark Council have made it clear it wants a full demolition.Bill Oliver, chief executive at St Modwen, said the owners had “looked forward to redeveloping the centre to drive a wider-scale regeneration of the area”.He added: “However, both St Modwen and Salhia believe the price offered fully reflects the potential of the scheme and provides certainty of exit, while crystallising a significant profit for our shareholders.”Councillor Fiona Colley said: “I welcome Delancey and APG’s purchase of the shopping centre and very much look forward to working with them on our plans to provide a destination town centre.“We have already publicly expressed our requirement for full demolition for this to happen and spoken about our aspirations for better pedestrian access to the stations and new market square and park.” APG plans to increase its exposure to the London residential market by redeveloping a shopping centre in the south of the city with Delancey.The Dutch pension asset manager and UK property developer have entered into a joint venture to acquire the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre for £80m (€97m) and plan to replace it with homes for rent.APG and Delancey will build 600 residential units and let them directly to tenants as a part of a wider regeneration of the Elephant & Castle area, situated close to central London.Delancey said the homes would be “offered for rent rather than for sale … direct to residents, with no fees, a choice of one, two and three-year tenancies and transparent rental pricing”.
The home at 6 Rail Close, Dayboro. Picture: supplied.You won’t have to fall through a rabbit hole to find a wonderland with this Dayboro family home. The five-bedroom property at 6 Rail Close, Dayboro has spacious rooms, a beautifully maintained yard and a secret Alice in Wonderland themed play area. Owner Vyv Bloomfield said the wonderland space included a table coming out of the wall, themed mural and quirky little details. “There’s a roof so you don’t have to worry about kids getting sunburnt and there is a little picket fence,” she said. Part of the Alice in Wonderland play area. Picture: Vyv Bloomfield.The home sits on a 660sq m block with beautiful gardens. “There was not much of a garden when we first moved in,” Ms Bloomfield said. “Now there is a waterfall front garden and beautiful gardens all the way around the backyard.“There’s not a pebble that hasn’t been turned over and cleaned. “Down the side of the house there was just rocks and it was really hot. We put a roof on and put in ferns. We turned it from a desert into an oasis.” The open-plan living spaces overlook the back yard. Picture: supplied.Inside the home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opening to the outdoor entertaining space. A separate lounge room has a fireplace and there is a study large enough to be a fifth bedroom. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe main bedroom has two walk-in wardrobes and an ensuite with bath and separate toilet. “The ensuite is lovely, it’s one of the largest I’ve seen in a long time,” Ms Bloomfield said. The spacious master bedroom opens to the backyard. Picture: supplied.The remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a family bathroom, a separate toilet and an internal laundry with linen closet. Outside the front veranda wraps around one side of the home and there is a garden shed and rain water tank. “It’s really such nice home and the only reason we are leaving is to downsize,” Ms Bloomfield said. The property is on the market through Leigh Hutton of Belle Property Samford.
U.S. offshore engineering and construction company McDermott has appointed Chris Krummel as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately.McDermott’s DLV 2000 vessel; Source: McDermottKrummel joined McDermott in 2016 and previously served as the company’s Global Vice President, Finance and Chief Accounting Officer. He replaces Stuart Spence, who has resigned from McDermott to pursue other opportunities.“Chris has worked closely and collaboratively with our leadership team for the past three years and has clearly demonstrated the business and financial acumen that McDermott needs,” said David Dickson, McDermott’s President and Chief Executive Officer.“I’m confident in his ability to lead our Finance organization as we work to rebuild our capital structure to match and support the strength of our operating business. We wish Stuart success in his future endeavors and appreciate his significant contributions to McDermott over the past five years.”Krummel has 25 years of finance leadership experience. Prior to joining McDermott, he served as: a consultant of American Industrial Partners, a firm engaging in private equity investments in industrial businesses in the United States and Canada; Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of EnTrans International, LLC, a global manufacturer of aluminum tank trailers, heavy lift trailers and oilfield pressure pumping equipment used in hydraulic fracturing and other well services; and Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President and Corporate Controller/Vice President of Finance of Cameron International, a worldwide provider of flow equipment products, systems and services to oil, gas and process industries.In related news, McDermott on Monday reported a loss for the third quarter of 2019 compared to a profit in the same period last year mostly due to charges of $1.5 billion related to impairment.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
CRYSTAL, Mich. (July 8) – Jerry Hunt got the early lead in the Lane Automotive IMCA Modified main event and scored his first feature win of 2017 at Crystal Motor Speedway Saturday night.Brady Hollenbeck grabbed second place, followed by Chad Wernette and Cory Ruesink.
By Josh ReynoldsSTUART, Iowa (Aug. 23) – Austin Luellen tamed not one but two divisions Sunday at Stuart Speedway, topping both the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock features.Luellen took over on lap two and his brother Clint moved into second on lap three of the SportMod main. For the next 12 laps, the Luellen brothers stole the show with Clint working high and low, pulling alongside Austin time after time.Try as he may, Austin held the top line around the track and went on to the win. Clint finished second.Luellen made it to second on lap four of the Hobby Stock feature and made the pass to the front on lap six. With a SportMod win already under his belt he looked to take the hardware in a second class.One last yellow on lap 11 slowed the field, but no one was stopping Luellen as he went on to take his second win of the night.Other winners were John Emerson in the IMCA Late Models, Nick Roberts in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Brandon Pruitt in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Cody Cleghorn in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Sunday, Aug. 30 will be Plowman/Stanley Trenching Season Championship Night.