Looking Back At The Inaugural Editions Of Five Renowned Festivals

first_imgIf all this talk of the magic that can be found exploring the unknown has you ready to for an adventure, there are still a few tickets left for this weekends Fool’s Paradise in St, Augustine, FL. With funk super stars Lettuce playing a special set with GRiZ, Chris Robinson bringing George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville and Neal Casal out for a once-in-a-life time set, Snarky Puppy‘s Corey Henry acting as artist-at-large and so many more opportunities to catch the unexpected, if you don’t go you’re risking a lifetime of knowing, “you weren’t there.”Tickets and information about Fool’s Paradise are available HERE The Summer Camp Music Festival grew out of the Summer Sessions touring jam band concert series stop in Peoria, IL, by the father and son team Jay and Ian Goldberg. The senior Goldberg started booking shows in the Illinois area in 1971, and his son brought his love of the Grateful Dead and the jam scene with him. The younger Goldberg and his college friend Don Sullivan had enjoyed working with the band moe. on their previous concert series, and decided to pitch putting on a similar event at the location of the Summer Session, Three Sisters Park. The senior Goldberg was instantly sold, and Summer Camp was born.The band moe. had worked with the Goldbergs on multiple occasions at this point, and were their first choice to serve as the host band for the festival. The band readily agreed, and Memorial Day weekend was selected to give everyone the best chance to attend. Besides moe., bands like Ekoostik Hookah, JGB featuring Melvin Seals, ulu, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and more were selected to kick off one of the first real jam band festivals. Ticket prices were low and energy was high that first weekend. Attendance was higher than expected thanks to good weather, great tunes and the festival’s prime site between several major cities. By the time the weekend had ended the production team was already planning for round two.Over the years, Umphrey’s McGee was added as a second host band, and the entire festival has grown into an event that regularly attracts close to 30,000 people for close to a hundred bands a year spread out over a variety of stages. That growth is a direct result of the seed planted fifteen years ago by a father, a son, and a group of friends who wanted to share the music they loved with like minded people. But none of it would have happened it it wasn’t for the fans who decided to take a chance on something new.Here’s moe. with fellow Summer Camp veteran Allie Kral performing “Plane Crash”:Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – 2002Festival founder Ashley Capps and the brain trust at Superfly Productions set out to give people a great time when creating their version of the music festivals that they had come to love. Finding a massive farm to host their event in Manchester, TN, the partners pulled together some of the biggest names in the jam scene, including Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper, Phil Lesh, Galactic, moe., Ween, Keller Williams, String Cheese, Gov’t Mule and many more for a non stop party that sold out fifty thousand tickets in two weeks.Anticipation was high for those heading into the festival, and, once inside, the fans caught their first glimpse of Bonnaroo’s now iconic arch, and beyond it the massive main stage that had been built for the occasion. Though the sun was hot that weekend the bands were even hotter, from the first moments to the final notes there was a sense that every band was giving it their all. Galactic brought the spirit of Jazz Fest to the farm, moe. played straight through the night, Ben Harper sang in the light while Anastasio wailed in the dark. The grounds were filled with art installations, the food and art vendors were varied and unique, and despite some trouble with traffic, the operation went smoothly.After the festival, word spread like wildfire of the amazing performances, zany environment and welcoming vibe.  The next year saw an increased capacity, as the fest edged past the 70,000 mark, though again increased demand made tickets quickly disappear.  That pattern of growth and sellouts has held through to today, as Bonnaroo is now America’s largest camping festival. The festival’s lineups have evolved with the times as well, to the delight of some and the lament of saddened early fans. Though still a presence on the bill, the jam bands have seen their dominance give way to a more broad range of acts and a level of star power, like rapper mogul Jay-Z, Skrillex, Beatles’ Paul McCartney, Radiohead, metal heads Tool and Slayer, all the way to the rocking polka parodies of Weird Al Yankovic. Bonnaroo has grown into a way for music fans of all tastes to come together, with opportunities for adventurous minds to sample artists from around the world and dance together under the Tennessee skies.Let’s check out the pair of performances from the first Bonnaroo that bookended the weekend. First off, here’s a cover of King Crimson’s “Thela Hun Ginjeet” from Les Claypool’s Flying Frog Brigade’s opening salvo:The final set of the weekend belonged to Trey Anastasio. Watch “Push On Til The Day,” below:Mountain Jam – 2004The WDST radio station started broadcasting in April of 1980, offering a free form mix of music to the upstate New York area listeners. The station has served a trusted friend to the community, earning the nickname Radio Woodstock and thousands of devoted listeners. Gary Chetkof, owner of the station, was looking for a good way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his beloved station, and, along with legendary Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes, the idea was born to throw a celebratory daylong festival. Knowing that they needed to stay close to the station, a ski resort on Hunter Mountain, just two hours north of New York City, was chosen for the festival.Deciding to keep the lineup tight and rockin’, the bluesy Gov’t Mule was joined by three other bands, jazz mavericks Medeski, Martin and Wood, sacred steel purveyor Robert Randolph and The Family Band and Australian born world music impresario Xavier Rudd. The day was a resounding success. Longtime listeners were delighted to not only pay homage to the station that had provided them with so much wonderful music over the years, but also to celebrate with them at a festival full of great music.The decision was quickly made to make this an annual event, and in the days and years since the festival has grown from one day to four and from four bands to dozens. Acting as a host, Warren Haynes and his band have taken every opportunity to set their party apart from the last while keeping the spirit of rock and roll alive at its core. While WDST continues to promote the festival and its own local concert series, Mountain Jam has grown beyond anything they ever dreamed. Now, like the station itself, Mountain Jam has become a guardian of rock, a trusted ally for music fans looking for a chance to jam on into the night. Grace Potter joined Gov’t Mule for an exception rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman,” which you can check out below. Everything has a beginning. No matter how ancient a tradition, there was always a time when it was brand new. There was a first time the sun rose, a first time we fire sparked to life, and a first time we raised our voice in song. This weekend marks the debut of Fool’s Paradise, bringing musical curators Lettuce to St. Augustine, FL with GRiZ, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Vulfpeck, The Nth Power, and Goldfish. Music fans are getting a chance to get in on the ground floor of something new and exciting. With a lineup heavy on improvisational bands, every song will be a new thing; a unique creation of the moment that can only exist in that time and that place. Over the years, many festivals like Bonnaroo and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival have become institutions. Before they became household names, however, they were fledgling entries full of promise and possibility. With Fool’s Paradise fast approaching, we thought we’d take a look at some of the other notable festival debuts that have happened over the last few decades, and look at why they shouldn’t have been missed either. Look at the following entries as cautionary tales, warning you of the level of magic you could miss by not taking a chance.New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival – 1970When a city known for its music and festivals sees one rise above the rest like the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival managed to, you know that it must be something special. Now known as one of the biggest annual gatherings of seemingly every musician in the world, Jazz Fest spilled out of its humble beginnings to include two consecutive weekends, with hundreds of bands on their grounds’ endless stages, as well as an entire city full of after shows and parties. But when they first opened the gates, they weren’t interested in booking the biggest names; they wanted the best players.George Wein and his company, Festival Productions, established a solid reputation with their work on the Newport Jazz Festival, and upon receiving the contract to put together the new festival in New Orleans, he wanted to keep the focus on talent. Wein put together an advisory committee of music scholars and scoured the clubs for talent to fill the stages. Following his guiding vision of showcasing and encapsulating the spirit of the indigenous music forms, Wein and his team brought in a broad spectrum of regionally influenced acts, including Duke Ellington, Mahalia Jackson, The Meters, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Clifton Chenier, Fats Domino, brass band parades, Mardi Gras Indians, and actual street performers who had caught their eye. In all, over seven hundred musicians played the first year of Jazz Fest. The only set back is that only 350 people attended.Obviously the first year’s light turnout was just the beginning, as now hundreds of thousands flock to the Big Easy for a ten day celebration of music and life itself. In announcing the festival, Wein stated, “The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival represents a new and exciting idea in festival presentation. This festival could only be held in New Orleans because here and here alone is the richest musical heritage in America.” He also noted, with great prescience, “New Orleans, in the long run, should become bigger than Newport in jazz festivals. Newport was manufactured, but New Orleans is the real thing.” History has shown how right he truly was.Since filming the event wasn’t a priority in the first year, let’s watch a bit of the Tedeschi Trucks Band set from last year’s Jazz Fest:Telluride Bluegrass Festival – 1973The Telluride Bluegrass Festival was born in a very real way, out of the birth of our nation. The small Colorado mountain town of Telluride had begun its life as a mining outpost, but in the early seventies, it was seeing a boom in tourism dollars thanks to the opening of a ski resort. After some of the more rowdier newcomers caused several incidents during the 1972 Fourth of July Celebration, town elders decided to cancel the following year’s festivities. This didn’t sit well with the townspeople, and dedicated Telluride native, Scott Brown, decided to do something about it. He offered to plan the celebration and foot the bill, raising money and enlisting local volunteers. To help make a break from the more competitive nature of the previous years, he decided to make it more family friendly and bring in a bluegrass band to get the people dancing.The spirit shown amongst the town that day convinced Brown there was potential for more than just a fireworks show with a band in his community. Brown’s first lineup featured the Black Canyon Gang, Jeff Cerwinski, Jim Cynbell, Denver Bluegrass Band, Fall Creek, Normal Heights Lounge Lizards, Sunset Harmony Boys, and Steve Westphal. With family activities, craft and food vendors throughout, Telluride Bluegrass captured the spirit that had made his previous gathering such a success. Wandering the festivities, Brown knew that there was a need for events that unite people, and a tradition was born. Over the past 43 years, what Brown and his friends started has grown into the most prestigious bluegrass festival in the country.  Each year an all-star house band is selected from attendees, with Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer being regular participants. The best and the brightest descend on this sleepy mountain town once a year to share stories and the stage with their contemporaries in the most idyllic setting imaginable in front of a teeming crowd of serious fans.   No footage of the first Telluride exists, but there is some incredible video of The Telluride House Band showing why they’re among the best of the best below:Summer Camp Music Festival – 2001last_img read more

Selecting the Best Garden Varieties

first_imgYour goal when selecting varieties is to find those that will perform best in yourgarden. By using some of these proven techniques, you can make variety selection easy andfun. Begin early. Conduct your own scaled-down variety evaluation. Gardeners enjoy talking about their gardens, especially bragging on the high-yielding, high- quality varieties they’ve discovered. A visit with them in their garden during the garden season can prove especially helpful. See for yourself what looks the best to you. The best time to start selecting varieties for the next gardening season is the previous gardening season. Pay close attention to the varieties you plant, and make notes on their performance. Outstanding varieties this year may well be the best varieties for next year. But you will need records, particularly variety name and the seed source. It’s amazing the number of calls county extension agents get from gardeners saying: “Those beans I planted last year were the best ever, but I don’t remember the name of that variety. Help!” Seed catalogs have pictures of some of the most beautiful vegetables you will ever see. In addition, they offer volumns of variety information. Just remember, some seed companies may be biased toward their own varieties. In searching for the best varieties for your garden, find those varieties that havegood disease resistance, yield well and produce high quality vegetables. With a littleeffort, keen eyes, open ears and an open mind, you can select the very best varieties foryour garden. Make your next garden the best garden ever. Get a head start with the best varieties. Call your local countyextension office.center_img A nearby, unbiased source of information is your county extension office. County agents can provide published information on vegetable varieties. In many cases, they may know from experience some of the best varieties for your area. Check out seed catalogs. One of the best “hands-on” ways to learn about vegetable varieties is to try a few appealing varieties in your garden. If your garden is small, you can dedicate a few feet of row to new, interesting varieties. If you have a large garden, one or more rows can be used for trying out new varieties. Don’t forget, for variety evaluations to be very helpful, you must keep good records. How bountiful will your garden harvest be this spring? You can’t be certain since you can’t predict the kind of growing season we’ll have. Butyou can be certain that the better-adapted the varieties you plant, the better yourchances of reaping a bountiful harvest.Identifying the best varieties for your garden is one of the most crucial gardeningtasks you face. How do you go about selecting the best varieties? First, let’s clarify the terms. Both “variety” and “cultivar” arecommonly seen in print. Although in the strictest botanical sense, cultivar and varietyhave slightly different meanings, they are often used synonymously in the popular press. Because most seed catalogs and gardeners prefer to use “variety,” we willtoo. As used here, variety means a group of plants that are so alike they can be easilydistinguished from other groups of plants within the same species.Varieties may have different maturity dates; fruit sizes, shapes and colors; adapt tospecific environments or other fruit or plant characteristics. Discuss varieties with gardening friends and neighbors. last_img read more


first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaFive years ago, downtown Monticello, Ga., looked different: abandoned storefronts, dusty shelves and empty sidewalks. The town square was well-groomed, but visited mostly by squirrels. Now on Saturdays from May to October, the Monticello Market Festival on the Square has downtown hopping. And it’s more than fresh produce that’s offered; it is pies and crafts and sauces – and community.“We’ve found that our market has integrated itself into all facets of Monticello life,” said David Dyer of Monticello, who is interim head of the Georgia Agritourism Association (www.visitgafarms.com) and owner of Garland’s Ridge Farm, a tree farm managed for quail, turkey and deer.“It’s hard for rural merchants to compete with large chain stores in neighboring counties. So by having an attraction in a downtown area, not only do you build a sense of community, but it helps expand your market area.”For example, he said, one Saturday, a vendor’s sweet potato and pecan pies caught a restaurant owner’s eyes – and taste buds. The vendor now sells the owner the pies for $10 each. The restaurant owner sells them for $6 a slice in his two Atlanta restaurants. Another vendor makes wooden duck calls. A national organization now orders 6,000 of them at a time from him, Dyer said.“Two weeks ago, a lady stopped by just driving through on her way somewhere and sampled one of the vendor’s jellies. Her son is getting married in New England, and she wanted to give a Georgia gift,” he said. “She ordered 600 jars. Those are examples of what can happen.”Hometown farmers markets have seen a recent boom, said Kent Wolfe, a marketing analyst with the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Georgia now has 108 markets statewide.Something called agritourismWhen people come into a town, whether for a theme park or a farmers market, it’s called tourism. And when farm is added, it results in activities that range from pick-your-own strawberry patches, quail-hunting operations and shrimp boat tours to roadside vegetable stands.“A recent study found that 17 percent of the population is diehard local-grown consumers,” Wolfe said. “That’s a pretty significant number of people.”Nature-based tourism brought $50.9 million to the state’s economy in 2008. Ag-based tourism added another $27.3 million, according to the UGA Georgia Farm Gate Value Report. Successful agritourism ventures are statewide, from Thomas County in southwest Georgia to Habersham County in the northeast corner.Wolfe works with agritourism businesses across Georgia. He, Dyer and others are now holding agritourism workshop, where participants can create their own Web sites and learn more about marketing, finances, official road signs, insurance and zoning. For more information about the workshops, call (706) 583-0347 or visit http://www.caes.uga.edu/UNIT/ATHENS/events/events.html.In most towns, the local government decides whether a property is zoned commercial or agricultural. The difference is huge in terms of how much tax someone has to pay. Wolfe wants to help agribusinesses like these understand these issues. But it’s not just business help Wolf is offering, he and his colleagues are promoting agritourism.Worldwide marketIn 2007, CAED joined the University of Illinois Extension and other universities in a nationwide attempt to market and link food-related businesses. The result was MarketMaker (http://www.marketmaker.uga.edu), an interactive Web site with one of the most extensive searchable collections of food-industry data in the country. “One of the big things hindering local food is lack of a distribution system,” Wolfe said.All along the food supply chain, from peach packing companies to restaurants, people want to know where they can find local food, he said. In August, MarketMaker had 56,000 hits.National MarketMaker now has 12 states participating, including recent additions Colorado, South Carolina and Washington, D.C.Search under farmers markets on MarketMaker, and you’ll find the Monticello Market Festival on the Square, along with contact and general information. For the producers involved, showing up on a Web site or at the market can pay off big. (Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

The Things They Carried

first_imgOn my recent two-week solo backpacking excursion on the Appalachian Trail, I asked one survey question to 67 people with whom I crossed paths: “What’s the least practical thing you’re carrying?”Five backpackers wished they hadn’t brought towels. Six people named a book as their least practical item. Twelve of the survey responses were related to electronics. Four backpackers admitted to carrying alcohol, two said they brought candy, and one said tobacco. Four said the A.T. was more shaded than they expected, so they regretted bringing sunglasses or sunscreen. Once, I got the same answer from two people for opposite reasons: a sleeping pad too big and one too thin.Some people described items I considered completely necessary for myself—such as tent (two people named this), sleeping bag, bear spray, and water bladder. And of course several people named objects I found laughably absurd, such as a big glass jar of jam, a two-pound wax pirate, a large makeup bag, a razor with shaving gel, and heavy foods like non-dehydrated salsa, almond milk, pickles, and applesauce (all four of these food items were carried by one person).Very few of the answers were sentimental: a few people, like me, carried a notebook or a journal, but only one woman described a gift from a family member. This woman, who called herself “Meemaw Bobbie,” carried a stuffed owl toy her granddaughter gave her. In parallel, my least practical item was a watercolor painting and letter from my sister.Like Henry David Thoreau, we go to the woods because we wish to live deliberately. Backpacking represents maximum simplicity in a time when life is often overwhelmingly complex. My survey was perfectly suited for the Appalachian Trail because backpacking makes you think about what’s really, truly important to keep with you—knowing that each item has a price in weight. In a world of disposable everything and a constant push for more-more-more, backpacking stands out as a unique opportunity to distill your life into what’s essential.last_img read more

Fraud protection with PINless debit on the rise

first_imgMost processors’ fraud monitoring services allow credit unions to customize their velocity parameters by transaction type. Given the increased risk of approving a transaction without a PIN, credit unions should consider tweaking their velocity parameters to ensure that they are quickly notified when cards are repeatedly used at the same location without a PIN. Credit unions can expect an increasing number of PINless debit transactions coming their way, resulting in reduced interchange fee revenue and presenting some important challenges regarding member incentives.PINless debit transactions at the POS have been around for a while, but only started to gain traction this year. PINless debit occurs when a retail purchase amount is under $50.00 (perhaps 70% of PIN debit transactions qualify). When a cardholder presents her debit card at checkout, even if she chooses “credit”, the merchant may elect to route the transaction over the PIN debit networks without the PIN being entered. Since merchants pay higher interchange rates for signature transactions than PIN transactions, the merchant views PINless debit as a lower cost option compared to traditional signature debit.We can expect this practice to increase. As merchants complete their EMV conversions later this year, many will turn their attention to PINless. There are a number of ways that this will impact the credit union community.In the absence of a PIN we can reasonably expect that PINless transactions are more susceptible to fraud. In recent months there have been several cases where credit unions reported a surge in counterfeit activity specifically targeting PINless transactions. Individual cards were used 8-15 times before the fraudulent activity was detected. The source of the data for creating the counterfeit cards was reported to be previously undisclosed merchant breaches.How, then, can credit unions better protect themselves?A number of the credit unions impacted had not signed up for their processor’s fraud monitoring service. You should check with your EFT processor to ensure that fraud monitoring is turned on and that it is specifically looking at PINless activity. Due to the costs involved, some credit unions are reluctant to reissue cards involved in a breach when there are no signs of fraudulent activity. Compromised card data is often stored for long periods before being sold and used by the fraudsters. Credit unions should consider reissuing cards as soon as they become aware of a compromise. EMV chip cards were specifically designed to eliminate the types of counterfeit transactions we are seeing with PINless. Credit unions should consider the protections provided by chip cards in their EMV migration plans. While focus has largely been on credit cards, a re-evaluation of plans for debit may be in order.The credit unions we have worked with through this recent fraud outbreak in PINless have seen major reductions in fraud losses.There are other implications as well. Many credit unions offer reward programs with their signature debit cards. They encourage members to select “credit” at the POS to maximize the credit union’s interchange income. Reward points are often the incentive, and some of the credit union’s interchange revenue is applied to the cost of the rewards program. But what happens when merchants exercise their Durbin rights and route the transaction as PINless debit?   Your member may have selected “credit”, but the transaction is routed as PINless debit and the cardholder does not receive her reward points. The result is not only a loss of interchange revenue for the credit union, but also member dissatisfaction when she no longer receives the expected reward points. Given these possibilities, credit unions may want to reexamine their rewards programs to see what still makes sense under the new paradigm. Further exacerbating the situation, many credit unions impose a PIN debit fee to encourage signature use. For credit union members, however, they not only lose their rewards points, but also now have to pay for transactions they previously received for free.As merchants transition more transactions to PINless, credit unions will want to take steps to mitigate the increased risk, re-examine how the new transaction mix impacts their members’ cost of doing business with their credit union, and how it may affect credit union revenue streams.center_img Some credit unions had originally signed up for their processor’s fraud monitoring service, but later added other networks. Many processors require specific implementations of the fraud service for each network. Check with your processor to make sure all of your networks are covered. 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Christopher Poole Christopher Poole Joined CU24 in 2014. Mr. Poole is responsible for providing network technical support and guidance, managing implementation of network interfaces, ensuring processors are in compliance with Network Operating … Web: www.cu24.com Detailslast_img read more

Fifteen years

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Roughly 15 years ago, a good friend let me know about a job opening at a place called NAFCU.Long story made short, I got the job.  (And something else – my colleague, friend, and credit union legal and lobbying guru, Carrie Hunt – started at NAFCU practically on the same day!)What a blessing!  A friend asked me what was the best part about working at a trade association. I told him that, for me, it was the best way to truly understand an industry. And that deep understanding leads to the fact that it is more than an industry. It is a group of men and women across our country working their tails off to make things better, every single day. You get to learn their hopes, dreams, and frustrations.And that industry? Our industry, if you’ll allow me? It’s the better mousetrap. Perfect? Nope. But I haven’t seen a better model to deliver financial services to Main Street.  The credit union model strips away greed and short-sightedness, placing the entire focus on the member-owner.  We’re local. We are “farm to table” financial services. Heck, we’re as close to “organic” banking as you’ll get. But we’re also sophisticated. I’ve been blessed to travel across the country and around the globe. Credit unions have been more than able to handle anything I’ve thrown at them, or needed. continue reading »last_img read more

Zest for life

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Willian passes Arsenal medical after suffering injury at Chelsea

first_imgWillian passes Arsenal medical after suffering injury at Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Aug 2020 11:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShares Advertisement Willian missed Chelsea’s last three games due to an Achilles injury (Getty Images)Meanwhile, Arsenal face a potential problem in midfield as reports in Spain claim that Real Madrid are now planning to keep Dani Ceballos.It’s claimed that Madrid’s hierarchy have been impressed with Ceballos’ performances under Mikel Arteta and the midfielder will now be given the chance to impress Zinedine Zidane during their pre-season campaign this summer.Zidane, who allowed Ceballos to leave on loan last year, will still have the final say over the 24-year-old’s future but Arsenal had been confident about keeping the midfielder for another season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal were already in the market for a new central midfielder this summer with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey one of their top targets.But the 27-year-old, who will only be sold if his €50 million (£44.9m) release clause is met, is understood to be demanding a £200,000-a-week salary.Partey’s potential arrival would inflate Arsenal’s wage bill even further as the club also need to commit in excess of £200,000 a week in order for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign a new deal.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Willian is closing in on his move to Arsenal (Getty Images)Willian has passed his medical with Arsenal as he closes in on completing a free transfer from Chelsea, according to reports in Brazil.The 32-year-old has already announced that he will be leaving Chelsea after spending seven years at Stamford Bridge.Willian has reportedly agreed a three-year contract with Arsenal and is now putting the finishing touches on his move to Mikel Arteta’s side.According to Esporte Interativo, Willian passed his medical tests with Arsenal on Tuesday after the examinations showed no complications.ADVERTISEMENTWillian had missed Chelsea’s last three matches, including the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal at Wembley, due to an Achilles injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut Arsenal are satisfied with Willian’s condition following his medical and are now poised to complete their first signing of the summer. Commentlast_img read more

Seagreen Requests Scoping Opinion for Seagreen Phase 1

first_imgSeagreen Wind Energy Ltd has requested a scoping opinion from Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team, on behalf of Scottish Ministers, for the proposed 1.05GW Seagreen Phase 1 wind farm project. This scoping request, submitted mid-May, was accompanied by a scoping report which identifies the potentially significant impacts associated with the proposed development during construction, operation and decommissioning.The scoping report details the proposed scope for the environmental impact assessment(EIA) and eventual production of an environmental statement (ES) to accompany consents applications for the development.The scoping report also identifies key design changes associated with the proposed development over the previous consent applications and considers the implications of these changes in terms of environmental impacts.Through submitting the scoping request, Seagreen is seeking to use of the advances in wind turbine technology and design since the original consent application was submitted.The prospective development would be located within the same area as that considered in the 2012 EIA for the Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo sites.The Scoping Report also marks the beginning of consultation with stakeholders and consultees to commence discussion of the survey methodologies to inform the EIA.Seagreen Wind Energy Limited, a joint venture partnership between SSE and Fluor, was awarded by The Crown Estate the exclusive development rights for the Firth of Forth Zone of the UK’s Round 3 offshore wind farm development programme.The zone is located approximately 25km east of Fife and covers an area of 2,852km2.The project is being developed in two phases, with the 1.05GW Phase 1 in the northern area of the zone being developed first, followed by the 1.4GW Phase 2 in the south eastern area.In October 2014, following submission of an Environmental Statement and further consultation with the relevant statutory bodies to complete the Habitats Regulations Assessment process, Seagreen Wind Energy Ltd received consent for Phase 1 of the development from Scottish Ministers for two offshore wind farms, Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo. These projects each have a capacity of 525MW.last_img read more

British expert says preliminary inquiries should end in Eastern Caribbean

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! NewsRegional British expert says preliminary inquiries should end in Eastern Caribbean by: – September 17, 2011 Sharecenter_img Map of the Eastern Caribbean. Photo credit: caribbean-on-line.comKINGSTOWN, St Vincent — A British legal expert helping with the revamping of the criminal justice system in the Eastern Caribbean believes that preliminary inquiries should be abolished.A preliminary inquiry determines if the state has enough evidence to justify a trial. It is intended to safeguard against putting people in jeopardy of being convicted in a trial without the state having sufficient evidence to prove the case.If, after hearing the evidence, the magistrate is satisfied that there is enough evidence that the person could be convicted, then the person is committed to trial at a higher court.Witnesses often testify twice: during the preliminary inquiry and also at the trial.“Why call witnesses twice? We can call witnesses just once at the trial and then their evidence can be tested,” criminal justice advisor to the Eastern Caribbean in the British High Commission Daniel Suter said, referring to preliminary inquiries.On Wednesday, Suter discussed on local radio the Prosecutors’ Code recently launched in St Vincent and the Grenadines.Suter spoke of the deficiencies in the local court system, saying that delays, often caused by procedures and the manner in which matters are investigated, were one of the main concerns.“What I am looking at is to make investigators work more closely with prosecutors at an early stage. … What I can see as a good way ahead is abolishing preliminary inquiries. I don’t think that they are systems that allow for justice in as much,” Suter said.He added that preliminary inquiries also delay trials and accused persons should be tried “at the earliest stage” since this relates to human rights.“It is [also] not fair for witnesses and victims that matters are prolonged for that period of time,” he said.Suter emphasised the role of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in determining who is prosecuted.He objected to the police performing the role of arresting, interviewing, investigating, charging and then prosecuting an individual, as is generally the case in the magistrate’s courts.“My personal view is that that’s unconstitutional and that it should be the DPP who determines the matters that are prosecuted both in the Magistrate’s Court and also the High Court.”He said that with the implementation of a national prosecution service, police prosecutors, would become part of the DPP’s office.In this way, the DPP would be fulfilling his constitutional role of managing prosecutors going through the Magistrate’s Court and “maintaining that objectivity and independence,” Suter said.He said that police prosecutors who do not become members of the national prosecution service could return to investigating or study law.Suter also addressed the issue of prosecutors passing the “evidential stage” and the “public interest test” before going to trial.“Within the code for St Vincent, it says that there must be a reasonable prospect for conviction. So, if all the points to prove for an offence are made out and the prosecutor decides ‘Yes I believe I can get a conviction on the basis of the evidence that is produced to me by the police,’ the evidential stage is passed.”He, however, cautioned that it should not always be the case that even if there is sufficient evidence that a person should be prosecuted.Prosecutors, Suter said, should consider, on a case-by-case basis, the potential long-term negative impact of prosecution on a person’s life.He said if a prosecutor, after such considerations, decides not to move forward with the case, the crime would still be recorded and prosecutors might not be as lenient with repeat offenders.The Prosecutors’ Code speaks to this in that it sets out the parameters in which a prosecutor decides whether to prosecute.“… [T]he public needs to know … what are the rules of engagement that the prosecutor makes the decision by and the public interest test can be one that can cause a lot of debate. And therefore the code sets out a number of examples where the public interest stage can be considered,” Suter explained.“It is a debated point but there is something there to secure justice and the reason for the code is to ensure there is transparency, objectivity in relation to any decision being made, because, of course, they can be critical decisions,” he explained.Suter also suggested that police interrogators tape or video record their interview of suspects, saying that this could help to protect the credibility of the police.He further noted that the changes being proposed to the Eastern Caribbean court system are not “UK-centric”. The UK, he said, can learn much from other systems around the world.by Kenton X. ChanceCaribbean News Now contributor Share 37 Views   no discussionslast_img read more