Sunrise Ranch outside of Loveland, Colorado is the first stop on the road to a better world. The first weekend of August for the last six years has brought people of all flavors to this beautiful little nook amongst tall, red layered rocks and rolling mountains. During sunrise, the festival grounds quiver with magic – how the adolescent sun peaks over the hills and glimmers off the reservoir, the devotional yoga practice overlooking the grounds, the friends sitting up, snuggled in their blankets and soaking up the moment. For just a few hours between when the starlit sky is overcome by the brilliant Colorado sun, the grounds are quiet enough for birdsong and the occasional acoustic guitar strumming.Come nine o’clock, contagious laughter pours out from the Healing Village’s Laughter Yoga. The StarBar jitters with brews for the sleep-deprived festival goers while vendors open up shop. All amongst the campsites are families, whether blood or by choice, munching on breakfast foods and sharing stories about the night before. There was an excitement that was collectively felt for the new day. Luckily, the first two days of this year blessed us with cool cloud-cover; the lack of sun didn’t ruin anyone’s smile. Since no one had their eyes glued to their cell phone, eye-contact actually existed as people meandered through the campground. Introductions and hugs went together frequently, as did dread locks and hula hoops.On day one, attendees flooded in, bringing their tents, tapestries, and good moods with them. The opening ceremony began with a parade through the campground with a marching band of animal-skin drums and proud vocals, all clad in white traditional clothing of several tribes. They led curious newcomers to the Eagle Stage, where they gathered in a communal circle around an altar comprised of feathers that once belonged to birds of prey, a massive conch shell, burning herbs, and other ceremonial objects. The microphone passed through many hands of people that had a message of peace, hope, and/or action. Those who had found themselves witnessing this soon saw themselves becoming a part of it. It was evident that the people that would receive this the most were right where they were supposed to be.An elder Lakota man asked of the audience, “Take these prayers with you. Bring them to all your friends that will be arriving later, make sure you let them know why we are all really here. Then, at the end of the weekend, take it out to your communities. Let us respect each other and this earth.” His words were ignited with passion and reverence. It set the tone for the whole festival, even though there were only a couple hundred people that witnessed this, the beauty of that moment rippled out to the rest of ARISE.The artists that had been brought to ARISE each had their own opportunity to spread a variation of this fundamental message. The Earth Guardians spoke about climate change, Rising Appalachia about being grounded, Ziggy Marley about unity, exclaiming, “We are the PEOPLE!” and raising a real, live industrial hemp plant above his head. Jurassic 5’s set touched on racism and overcoming hate, while Del the Funky Homosapien rapped about love. The Everyone Orchestra created a performance that literally included everyone; there was no escaping that synchronicity of those fifteen excellent musicians.Although there weren’t many lyrics at the Area 51 Stage, each electronic artist spoke truth through their music as well. During CloZee’s set, a man with a cowboy hat was digitally painting on a screen behind her, creating an entirely new dimension to her live production. Meanwhile, live painters lined up behind the various stages, each producing a piece of art that was like brain candy. Some images evoked alien-life, some with a whirlwind of color, and still others showcased political statements. Gazing at these images was like seeing their soul’s composition – so out of this world, so intricately expressive. Onstage, performers showcased themselves with fire dancing, aerial silks, hula hoops and even some burlesque. Their costumes ranged from traditional Native American dance attire to tight-fitted, sparkly leotards, to animal-like characters. Everywhere you looked, you saw someone in their genuineness.During the day, a walk around the entire festival is like a stroll through your own subconscious playground. Nestled in the campgrounds, the Wisdom Village provided an area for people to seek advice from an elder or to sit next to the sacred fire and spark a conversation with the fire-tender. Here, men could enter the Father Sun tent to seek wisdom and women could enter the Women’s Red Tent to be held in the feminine energy. Next door, the Healing Village was running workshops throughout the day for anyone to come and heal an aspect of themselves. In the Solutions Village and Community Action Island one could find a leader in social or environmental change to help them get involved in the movement. Perched at the top of the hill, the Gaia Yoga Sanctuary was always packed with practicing yogis. Workshops on shamanistic herbs, or uniting the divine energies of the masculine and the feminine, permaculture, ancient ceremonies, and everything in between created an atmosphere in the Workshop Tent that was transformative. Vendors lined the pathways with their organic goods, socially conscious business, hand-crafted, and locally sourced items. Incense was always burning a sweet scent from somewhere as the sun shined.As dusk set, glowing lotus tents were lit up by a color to represent the chakras, and within the tents there were Tibetan singing bowls and cushions to relax on. This space was designated for sobriety, and did not permit smoking of any kind, drugs, or alcohol. However, because ARISE is held on private lands, attendees that were of-age were free to toke up cannabis anywhere else besides the Children’s Village. As an effect of the loose rules on cannabis, alcohol was not a huge factor in the behavior of the crowd, which was certainly a nice change from the typical festival scene.By nightfall, ARISE morphed into a vortex of colors and creatures. A gigantic, LED paneled dragon rolled through the wide open field, welcoming any and all aboard. The Flaming Owl made another appearance to ARISE accompanied by a new addition of two gargantuan ants kissing made of metal. These sculptures stood aflame as soon as the sun went down over the horizon each night. Couples and friends snuggled up next to the warmth of the flames in the grassy field that overlooked the main stage and the plentiful LED flow toys seeming to magically zip through the air in meticulous motion. There was always plenty of room for more people to come lounge in the grass, and it never felt cramped or overcrowded anywhere – not even in the first few rows of people at the front of the Eagle Stage. Space-bubbles were respected, and this helped to keep tensions low.The people that call Sunrise Ranch their home, even those who call it home for just three days in the summer, have the utmost respect for that land and the people they are sharing it with. Each step in that sacred field feels like it has this ancientness to it. In every way, love was the common ground at ARISE. It stays true to its goal as a Leave No Trace event, and by the end of the festival, not a single piece of trash is left behind by the campers and volunteers. The staff was unyieldingly friendly, the organizers all share the vision of a co-created event, and every person on-site has the same goal of making the world a better place. When each of the attendees purchased their ticket, a tree was planted. Anyone who purchased a parking pass was surprised by a compostable paper embedded with perennial wildflower seeds. All receptacles had a hole for recycling, compost, and waste. The Oasis showers used gray-water recycling, and bags for recycling and bags for trash were handed out. Nothing was wasteful; everything was planned consciously.ARISE isn’t about the glamour of festivals. It’s not about the competition, or bigger numbers. ARISE is about the movement towards a healthy planet, socially and environmentally. This movement is so far above any need for rivalry, flamboyancy, or indulgence that many modern festivals boast. The community that showed up for ARISE feels passionately about this shift, and 2016 had its greatest turnout yet. ARISE is accumulating more peaceful warriors with each year. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are starting to make this movement move, and thousands are on the path to enlightenment that just happens to go through Sunrise Ranch during Colorado’s most magical event of the year. Written by: Jaelyn Kohl
Hunter Tankers, a part of Hunter Group ASA, has taken delivery of its first of seven identical ECO design VLCC newbuildings, the Hunter Atla.The vessel was handed over from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea.Two additional VLCCs are scheduled for deliveries in 2019, while the remaining four vessels would be delivered between March and July 2020.Hunter Tankers said that all seven VLCCs “are built to the highest standards and will be fitted with scrubbers.”As part of a sale and leaseback transaction, revealed in early September, the Hunter Atla was upon delivery from DSME subsequently delivered to and immediately bareboat chartered back from Ship Finance International Limited. SFL acquired Hunter Tankers’ three new 300,000 dwt VLCCs at a price of USD 180 million, or USD 60 million per vessel.The bareboat rate for Hunter Atla for the first 6 months is USD 11,500 per day. The VLCC will enter the Tankers International Scrubber Pool, and will commence trading in the spot market.
With rulings coming down recently against top NCAA programs such as Memphis and Kentucky for violations, USC may not have made it through the summer unscathed.On top of previous allegations of improper payments to Heisman Trophy winning running back Reggie Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo, two more accusations have been added to the list of potential violations against the USC athletic program this summer: surpassing the allotted coaching staff limits and a personal injury stemming from a car accident.A recent Los Angeles Times story reported that USC may have exceeded limits on the size of their football coaching staff because Pete Rodriguez, along with Alex Gibbs and other coaches with NFL experience, acted as additional coaches by attending practices, observing games and offering head football coach Pete Carroll behind-the-scenes advice during Carroll’s tenure at USC.During Pac-10 media day in July, Carroll discussed these alleged violations and claimed that Rodriguez and the others served the role of consultants and not coaches during Carroll’s eight seasons with the Trojans.College football teams are allowed nine assistant coaches and two graduate assistants, but Rodriguez was not listed by USC as a coach last season. NCAA guidelines prohibit consultants from “any on- or off-field … coaching activities,” unless they are counted against a team’s coaching limit. Specifically forbidden is “attending practices and meetings involving coaching activities, formulating game plans and analyzing video involving the institution’s or opponent’s team.”Carroll confirmed that his consultants stayed within acceptable boundaries in performing as consultants. Carroll claimed Rodriguez — one of his old friends — had not been “evaluating players. He just watched.”Carroll also said USC assured him the NCAA had cleared Rodriguez and the other consultants before they were permitted to attend practice and give advice.“We took the proper channels. That’s how we’ve always done it,” Carroll informed reporters. “Everything was all right.”Meanwhile, a personal injury lawsuit that could run more than $500,000 has been filed against former USC assistant football coach Dave Watson, a local car dealership and USC. On May 17, 2008, Watson was the driver of a car that struck Alaric Valentin, the passenger of another vehicle. Watson, who was allegedly battling a painkiller addiction at the time, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The suit claims that Watson had taken as many as seven Vicodin and several Soma (muscle relaxant) pills.According to a recent LAist article, the lawsuit states that USC was negligent because the university provided the vehicle to Watson and “was aware of or should have been aware of [his] addiction to prescription pain medications.” The plaintiff, Valentin, also argues that USC’s own doctors knew about Watson’s addiction and had prescribed him pain medication.However, USC’s General Counsel’s office believes that they do not belong in this lawsuit. Although Watson was employed by USC at the time (Watson left the team in January 2009), USC claims Watson was on his personal time when the accident took place.Greg Patterson, an attorney who specializes in civil litigation in Los Angeles, told LAist that “an employer can only be held vicariously liable for wrongs that are within the scope of employment. This is determined by weighing several factors, such as whether the conduct benefited or was authorized by the employer, the nature of the conduct involved, and the time and place of the accident.”Neither case has been fully resolved as USC continues to review the matters.
“If we’re talking statistically, they’re the same. But as someone who played against both, I can say that, in my opinion, Messi is out of this world, embarrassing. You can never get the better of him. “He’s great. I like him much more than any other player. Everything he does is spectacular.”For former Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan and England midfielder, David Beckham, despite how impressive Ronaldo is, he just doesn’t match Messi’s standard.Beckham insisted that Ronaldo “doesn’t reach the level” of Messi. More from Citi Sports Former Barcelona and Brazil star, Ronaldinho, who played with Messi at the Catalan club believes his former teammate is more talented than Cristiano Ronaldo, although he admits the Juventus forward is a great player as well.“He’s the best in history, no doubt. Nobody has done what Messi’s done. The other one [Ronaldo] is complete, he has it all,” Ronaldinho said. “So does Messi, but it’s a question of taste and I prefer Messi’s style.”His former Brazil teammate, Ronaldo, believes both Ronaldo and Messi are “out of this world” but adds that he thinks Messi is the more complete player.“He [Messi] is out of this world. Cristiano, too, but I see Leo as more complete,” Ronaldo said. “In terms of quality, Messi is better than everyone. I’m convinced that if you ask a defender if they would rather play against Messi or Ronaldo, they would have no doubts.”Balotelli, who despite featuring for a number of European giants, hasn’t played with either player, believes the debate over Messi and Ronaldo is a little like the ones involving Argentine, Diego Maradona and Brazilian, Pele.“I leave the statistics to journalists, but it’s like comparing [Diego] Maradona and Pelé. Pele scored more goals than Maradona, but when Maradona touched the ball, he was something else.”One player who did take to the field with and against Ronaldo and played multiple times against Messi as well was Wayne Rooney.While Rooney acknowledges that Ronaldo is a superb player, he also believes that Messi is a level above.“Ronaldo wasn’t as focused on goals when we started playing together but you could see that all he wanted was to be the best player in the world,” Rooney wrote in the Sunday Times.“He practised and practised and began to produce. Cristiano has become an incredible scorer and he and Messi are arguably the best two players the game has seen.“Ronaldo is ruthless in the box, a killer. But Messi will torture you before he kills you. With Messi you just get the impression he is having more fun. Those two have completely changed the game in terms of goalscoring numbers and I don’t think they’ll ever be matched.” Italy striker, Mario Balotelli has not doubt whatsoever, who he believes is the best player in world football at the moment.For the former Liverpool, Man City and Inter Milan player, it is disrespectful to compare Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.According to him, even though he is a fantastic player, the Portugal star shouldn’t be spoken in the same breath as the Argentine. “For the good of football, please don’t compare him [Messi] to Juve’s Number 7 [Ronaldo] again,” he said.He then added that although the pair are pretty much similar in terms of stats, in terms of ability, there is no comparison. “I probably decided to retire when Messi was running past me,” Beckham added.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh happy with new dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh admits he’s happy to have signed a new deal.The 19-year-old, who signed his first professional deal with the club last summer, has earned a new contract which will keep him at Vitality Stadium until 2021.The Cherries’ Young Player of the Season for 2017/18 said: “Coming to the club three years ago this is a real positive for me and I feel great being here.”I’m really happy, my family is really happy and I just want to keep moving forward from this point on.”I found out just before an under-21s game, the gaffer called me into his office and wanted to speak to me, I was a little bit nervous to be fair I didn’t know what he wanted to say!”I thought he wanted to talk about the game or something else I’m not sure! But I was over the moon, he’s a great manager and coach, he helps me with everything I need to work on.”I need to work and listen to all of the coaching staff to make me a better player for the future.”I want to stay consistent, hopefully be listening to all the coaches at the club I can kick on and my aim is to stay in and around the first team fold.”
SNAPPED: Summer signing Kieran Tierney turns out for Arsenal U23sby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSummer signing Kieran Tierney has turned out for Arsenal’s Under-23s.The Scottish defender joined Arsenal in a £25m deal from Celtic but has been made to wait to take to the field after undergoing surgery last season.But Tierney played an hour as the Gunners’ youngsters faced off against their Wolves counterparts on Friday evening.He was joined in the Arsenal starting line-up by Hector Bellerin, who has been out of action since January.The right-back suffered a serious knee injury against Chelsea but has stepped up his comeback.Both players got a decent hour on the pitch with Bellerin looking the more comfortable of the pair.Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney in action against Wolves in Arsenal’s u23’s game.It’s good to have you back lads! #afcpic.twitter.com/MM0Lzl3Tkb— DailyAFC™ (@DailyAFC) September 20, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
New Delhi: The outstanding dues owed by distribution utilities to power producers rose around 57 per cent to Rs 78,020 crore in August 2019 as compared to the same month last year, reflecting a growing stress in the sector. Distribution companies owed a total of Rs 49,669 crore to power generation companies in August 2018, according to web portal and app namely PRAAPTI (Payment Ratification and Analysis in Power procurement for Bringing Transparency in Invoicing of generators). Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe portal was launched in May 2018 to bring a transparency in power purchase transactions between generators and discoms (distribution companies). In August this year, total overdue amount, which was not cleared even after 60 days of grace period offered by generators, stood at Rs 59,532 crore as against Rs 34,464 crore in the same month in 2018. Power producers give 60 days’ time to discoms for paying bills for the supply of electricity. After that, the outstanding becomes overdue and generators charge penal interest on that in most of the cases. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysIn order to give a relief to power generation companies, the Centre has enforced a payment security mechanism from August 1. Under this mechanism, discoms are required to open letters of credit for getting power supply. The data on the portal indicates that the outstanding as well as overdue amount have increased over the preceding month. In July 2019, the total outstanding on discoms was Rs 76,467 crore, while the total overdue amount was Rs 56,556 crore. The July 2019 figures of dues and overdues have been revised upwards from Rs 73,748 crore and Rs 54,342 crore provisional numbers released last month on the portal. Discoms in Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu account for the major portion of dues to power generating companies, taking a longer duration of up to 820 days to make payments, the portal showed. Among major states, Andhra Pradesh tops the list with 852 days to make payments, followed by Rajasthan (851 days), Haryana (849 days), Madhya Pradesh (836 days) Telangana (829 days) and Tamil Nadu (823 days) in that order. Delhi takes 878 days to make payments to power generating firms. Overdues of independent power producers amount to over 24.6 per cent of the total overdue of Rs 59,532 crore on discoms. Among the central public sector power generators, NTPC alone has an overdue amount of Rs 8,452.58 crore on discoms, followed by NLC India at Rs 4,691.49 crore, NHPC at Rs 2,324.05 crore, THDC India at Rs 1,936.11 crore and Damodar Valley Corporation at Rs 805.71 crore. Among private generators, discoms owe the highest overdue of Rs 3,794.49 to Adani Power, followed by Bajaj Group-owned Lalitpur Power Generation Company Ltd at Rs 2,212.66 crore and GMR at Rs 1,829.68 crore.
Kolkata: Traffic movement in the city is expected to be smoother with the state government opening up the Eastern Bypass-bound flank of Ultadanga flyover on Thursday night. The flank was closed since July 9 for repairs.”The Bridge Advisory committee has inspected it and has given us the nod to open the flyover for vehicular movement. We are hopeful that traffic movement will be smoother in this part from Friday,” said a senior official of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. The Ultadanga flyover was closed after some cracks were spotted on a pier and the retaining wall. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Dum Dum Airport bound flank was opened for traffic three days after the incident, but the Bypass bound flank was closed for repairs. There are several pujas in Dum Dum and Lake Town areas, which draw huge crowd, so opening the Ultandanga flyover will surely ease traffic congestion in the area. The 45-metre Bailey Bridge in Lake Town that caters to only one-way traffic for light vehicles from VIP Road to Salt Lake was also thrown open on September 30 for light vehicles. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayTwo new bridges one at Izatullah Lane and another at Karunamoyee canal in the south were also unveiled on September 30. “After a portion of Majerhat bridge caved in on September last year there has been heavy pressure on Durgapur bridge and Tollygunge bridge. The two bridges has been instrumental in helping people from Behala and its adjoining areas to reach faster to Tollygunge metro station and Bangur Hospital,” the KMDA official said.
Kolkata: The state Correctional Administration department in association with an NGO is all set to launch cookies and a special type of cup cake made by the inmates of Alipore Women’s Correctional Home (AWCH) soon after the Durga Puja.Under the initiative named Cookie Maker, some 20 odd inmates in AWCH will spend their Puja days working hard in baking cookies and cakes with the department planning for the launch between the Lakshmi Puja and the Diwali. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Some six odd women inside the prison had a knack in the art of baking. They were handpicked and a professional baker was roped in to train them in a workshop. The lessons were passed over to others who were eager to be partner in the initiative,” said Chaitali Das, managing trustee of Rakshak Foundation who has arranged for the inmates’ training. Four variants of cookies packaged in glass containers and the cup cake will be available from the outlet of Rakshak Foundation at Alipore Road. The products will also be available from AWCH too. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be mentioned that it was only a few days back when a music album named Aamar Asha containing songs by Indo Brazilian vocalist Carlyta Maria Mouhini from Mumbai and four inmates of Presidency Central Correctional Home was launched at a programme at ICCR. The video shot and designed exclusively inside the premises of the correctional home portrays the daily life routine of the inmates and their creative work. A senior official of the department informed that several steps are being taken to ensure that the inmates can enjoy themselves during the Durga Puja days. There will be cultural programmes and special menu for the inmates in breakfast, lunch and dinner during the Puja days. “The concept of prisons in the state have witnessed a sea change in the last eight years under the leadership of our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. We are trying to reform them and at the same time exploring new avenues of vocational training for the inmates so that when they are released after completing their term they can earn a living on their own,” said Ujjal Biswas, state Correctional Administration minister.