Envision Festival 2016: A Look Toward Eco-Consciousness And Education

first_imgThe ownership of Rancho La Merced is very much in concurrence with Envision Festival’s beliefs about the importance of permaculture and community in our world today and going forward, and it is up to us as a cohesive Envision community to respect the land on which we gather, and leave it in as good if not better condition than we came to it in. Act With Respect & Leave NO Trace.Envision Festival has a goal of generating ZERO waste. This means that the intention is to minimize volume sent to the landfills as much as possible. Accordingly, the Envision Festival production does not allow any landfill materials of any kind to be distributed at the Festival. If every one of the 7,000+ people at Envision only generated less than a small shopping bag of landfill material over the course of the festival, collectively we really wouldn’t be making that big of an impact. We can also apply this logic to everyday life on Planet Earth. Below are some helpful tips about minimizing your waste impact while preparing for and being at Envision: -Bring reusable everything! Especially a water bottle, utensils, and beverage mug. -Don’t bring disposable glow sticks, styrofoam, excessive plastic shopping bags, packaging, or anything else that is non-recyclable or compostable. If you bring any plastic shopping bags, use them for your campsite trash, and keep the rest to use later on. They are small, light, and useful to have a stash of while traveling. -A common landfill item is cigarette butts. NO CIGARETTE BUTTS ON THE GROUND. If you find yourself smoking filtered cigarettes at Envision, at least do your part for the earth by making sure that each and every extinguished butt winds up in a Landfill bin! We think this is a very reasonable expectation, rather than mindlessly tossing it onto the ground. We can do better!! -When you are leaving Envision, all participants are encouraged to bring their SORTED campsite trash to our designated Exodus Sorting Station at the main gate. We prefer that all waste accumulated at the festival is brought to us, so that we can sort through it further and make sure recyclable and compostable materials don’t wind up in a landfill. Keep landfill materials in one bag, mixed recycling in another, and deposit any cardboard and compost in event Burnables and Compost bins, respectively. -Please do not leave any trash whatsoever at your campsite or anywhere else on the Envision site. As a member of the Envision community, respect the land on which we gather, and keep your campsite clean. When you leave, be truly sure to do a thorough inspection of your space for even the smallest foreign material. There should be NOTHING there that wasn’t there when you arrived. -DO NOT bring small plastic bottles to Envision! DO BRING a reusable water bottle, and a 1 or 2 gallon water jug for a campsite drinking water reserve! In the context of global water issues worldwide, Envision Festival has its own set of water-related limitations and considerations. As you may or may not have heard or experienced, Envision has historically struggled to ensure that the water flow is continuous and uninterrupted for the entire duration of our festival. While it is undoubtedly our intention to keep the water flowing unceasingly, the demands of the thousands of Envisionaries that gather for our yearly celebration puts undue stress on local water tables. This is an environmental fact. While we will certainly have adequate reserves on hand for Envision 2016 due to increased backup drinking water storage infrastructure, it is up to you as a participant to ensure that you are very aware of your water use while at Envision Festival. Bring a reusable water bottle with you to Envision, and plan on being able to refill it as needed with free potable water. While we want to discourage the use of small plastic water bottles at Envision and beyond, it is a good idea to bring a 1, 2, or 5 gallon water jug with you, which you can then refill each day and leave at your campsite as a reserve. This is ALWAYS good practice when you are at a festival, and especially while traveling in Central America. It is up to YOU to ensure your body stays hydrated and replenished in our tropical environment! Envision’s compost toilets are much better for the environment than portable chemical toilets, and are very simple to use, whether or not you have encountered them before. So please, if you need to poop, don’t hesitate to use one! If you are interested in learning more about compost toilets or any other environmental initiatives being taken by Envision stop by the Eco Hub in The Village! Ladies: If you are currently on your menstrual cycle, Envision presents a new service called the “Moon Pod”, which is designed specifically to be a space where you can more easily clean and care for yourself while at the festival. It is located within the women’s Nature Urinal area near The Village. Education Envision Education presents an array of imaginative, educational, transformative workshops  – with a focus on health + wellness, community healing, food systems, and the power of innovation. Dive deep and join us for a diverse range of interactive learning experiences that embody the core principles of Envision. They have curated these workshops, skill-shares, and panel discussions as a platform to expand our shared wisdom and knowledge, engage each other in meaningful conversation on the values of our community, and explore the potential for creative collaboration.  Featured Educational Speakers:  1. Storytelling: Weaving Threads of Meaning   Panelists: Guadalupe Urbina, Ian Mackenzie, Gabriel Meyer, Christine Raine, Tara Ruttenberg, Vicki Rox, Edgar Ortiz  We are the co-authors of our experience. This conversation on storytelling will trace and weave the threads of global narratives that promote cross-cultural participation. How does our language shape the world? What is the connection between story and empowerment? How do we collectively shed the false narratives that keep us from thriving together?  2. Post-Captilalism: What Now?  Panelists: Ed Zaydelman, Alexa Clay, Michel Bachmann, Nadav Wilf, Calgary Brown, Dinaz Stafford, Stephen Brooks  The systems we know are broken; NOW is the most important time in history to gather tribe leaders and visionaries. For the ecosystem builders of today to shape the world of tomorrow. We gather to exchange valuable wisdom, lessons, and actionable methods to create community and cultivate a culture of abundant living. Now that we’ve assembled, what systems do we create to realize our shared visions?3. David Avocado Wolfe  With over 22 years of dedicated experience and having hosted over 2750 live events, David has led the environmental charge for radiant health via a positive mental attitude, eco-community building, living spring water, and the best-ever quality organic foods and herbs. He teaches that inspiration is found in love, travel, natural beauty, vibrant health, and peak-performance.Lineup List:  David Wolfe  Guadalupe Urbina  Matt Black  Dinaz Stafford  Kaypacha  Ian Mackenzie Kip Anderson  Rhea Mehta   Gabriel Meyer  Alex Lightman Ali Shanti  Stephen Brooks  Marc Tobin Deva Presence  Nadav Wilf  Christine Raine  Vicki Rox  David Block  Calgary Brown Jackie Knetchel  Justin Faerman  Nadav Wilf  Adrian C  Neil Christiansen  Vir McCoy  Patricio Torres  Christopher Gardner  Jaquy Ynvason  Ari Eisenstat  Philipe Lewis  Bhavani Jaroff  Jason Lauvre  Tara Ruttenberg  Michel Bachman  Ian-Michael Herbert  Derek Razo  Chelsea Robinson  Alexa Clay  NuMundo  The Zendo ProjectWords by B.Getz, with additional reporting from Jill TrAshley and Annie ColemanPhotos by Adam Straughnlast_img read more

Falconer Man Charged With DWI Following Crash

first_imgShare: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) pxfuel.com Image.ELLICOTT – A 40-year-old Falconer man is facing driving while intoxicated charges after allegedly crashing his car late last week.Town of Ellicott Police say Brock Zampogna crashed his car on Gerry-Levant Road just after 10 p.m. on Friday night.Through investigation, officers charged Zampogna with driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and moved from lane unsafely.Zampogna was issued appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Ellicott court at a later date. last_img read more

Amanda Seyfried on The Way We Get By, the Wicked Movie & More

first_img The Way We Get By View Comments Related Shows After appearing in big-screen musicals Mamma Mia! and Les Miserables, Amanda Seyfried is making her off-Broadway debut in Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By at Second Stage Theatre—a concept that completely terrifies her. She’s battled anxiety and stage fright for years, but after taking a leap with co-star Thomas Sadoski and director Leigh Silverman, the screen star is feeling more creatively fulfilled than ever. Seyfried chatted with Broadway.com about courting boyfriend Justin Long on Instagram, why she still isn’t ready to star in a Broadway musical and her Wicked life goals.What made you say, “I have to play this role?”This is the first time I ever actually felt like signing on to a play. I’ve signed on to a bunch of them, but development is hard. When you don’t have a cast or a director, it’s really f*cking hard. It doesn’t usually work out. But I went into the reading with Tommy [Sadowski], and it was this shiny beautiful love story coming out of Neil LaBute’s head. It was like a shift had taken place inside of me. I haven’t been this excited for a project since Mamma Mia! It’s crazy. Usually it makes me sick and I’m like, “Oh, I can’t do this, how am I gonna pull out of this?” Being on stage is the one thing I’ve been fighting with since I was 10, since I can remember.You’ve had a long battle with stage fright—when you got up there for your first performance, how were you feeling?Tommy and I start [the show] lying in this bed, and beforehand we center ourselves and talk. He’s usually pretty cool, but the first show, I was freaking the f*ck out. And he says something different every day—he’s so supportive and amazing. But I can’t breathe, and my stomach turns in knots. ‘Cause I’m like, “What if I panic? What do I do when I panic? What if I ruin the show?” It sucks.How do you get yourself to calm down?My dad came to the city a couple weeks ago to go to a Mets game with me, and before he got on his bus back to Pennsylvania, I said, “I’m so scared that I’m going to sabotage my career and this opportunity to be on stage, and I’m gonna ruin it for Tommy and Leigh and everyone and I’m gonna embarrass everybody.” And he said, “Everything you’ve ever been afraid of has never come true.” And he’s right. Every night before I go out, I have less and less anxiety. I’m at the beginning of a whole new adventure. And I gotta say, it’s way more fulfilling.Really? More than film?Oh my god, beyond. It’s emotionally draining. I just woke up today with a little bit of a cold and I’m surprised it hasn’t happened earlier.And you’re showing some skin—does that kick up your anxiety?No, not really. I have a very European sensibility to all that. It’s a little shocking to some people, but most of the play is shocking. That isn’t really something I think about anymore.This set is gorgeous—is there one item you want to steal for your own house?There’s this amazing concrete statue of a Buddha behind the couch. I love that and I’m really hoping they let me have it.Cool, I’ll put it in writing so they know you want it.Yeah, I’ll be like, “Bitch, I put my soul out there every night, I should get a Buddha!” [Laughs.]You and your boyfriend Justin Long first connected on Instagram—do you have any tips for online flirting?Yeah, we were acquaintances and then every once in a while we would check in online. Social media is so great. I haven’t been in the game for quite some time, but what I would do is make a funny comment on his Instagram. Humor is the most attractive thing.Now that you’ve done The Way We Get By, what about a musical?No. The idea of doing the same thing every night for six months makes me wanna die. I’m in awe of the people who do that. I like to have a drink at night and you can’t really do that. If it was a short commitment, a couple months, I would consider doing it. There’s a great musical called Waitress coming out that my friend [book writer] Jessie Nelson wrote, and I was like, “Are there any roles for me?” I am interested. But the Broadway commitment is a lot. It’s something I can’t really wrap my head around yet.You just starred in Ted 2, what about doing The Music Man on screen with Seth MacFarlane as Harold Hill and you as Marian?Tell him that! Write it down in the article and I’ll send him the link, because that would be amazing. He’ll probably laugh and say, “Yeah, yeah…” But he wrote a song with Walter Murphy for me for Ted 2 called “Mean Old Moon.” I can’t wait for the movie to come out because I want everyone to hear that song. I play the guitar and it’s really cool. Seth and I are definitely in cahoots in terms of music.But you’d still be into playing Glinda in the Wicked movie?That’s my number-one plan for my future [laughs]. If they don’t want me to do it, then fine. But if they want me, I’m 100 percent a go. I still take voice lessons and if this play hasn’t ruined my vocal cords from yelling every night, I would like to be a soprano forever. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015last_img read more

Boring Pests.

first_imgWhile the pretty part of spring is bursting into color, a much less seemly part is boring into many of the trees Georgians value, say University of Georgia experts. Other Borers Likely to Attack Telltale ‘toothpicks’ are a sure sign Asian ambrosia beetles have attacked this crape myrtle Chemical treatment is practical only for nurseries. “In most landscape situations,” Hudson said, “there is little to do except keep your plants as healthy as possible. This is particularly important for newly transplanted trees.” They may strike elm, oak, Bradford pear, apple and other trees, too. “They’ll attack almost any broadleaf tree or shrub of the right size,” Hudson said. Photo: Beverly Sparks Braman said other borers likely to attack stressed trees and shrubs this spring include flatheaded, longhorned, dogwood and lilac borers and pine bark beetles. Asian ambrosia beetle larvae. Sudden wilting of new foliage as the plants are leafing out. Sap running from small holes in the stems. A dead giveaway: toothpicks of sawdust protruding from the holes. Once the beetle is in the tree, it’s hard to kill, he said. The most effective way to limit losses has been to spray susceptible plants with pyrethroid insecticides every 10 to 14 days as the spring flush is developing. Asian ambrosia beetles usually show up in early to mid-March. “They can invade many species of otherwise healthy trees and shrubs,” Hudson said. “In past years, we’ve seen them on ornamental cherry, crape myrtle, goldenrain tree, redbud, hickory and Japanese maple.” “So far, only the souther tier of counties has seen any significant activity,” Hudson said. Permethrin effectively protected susceptible plants in screening trials. “Other pyrethroid materials have been used with good results, too,” he said. “Sticky traps, pheromone traps or cone traps are available,” she said, “through integrated-pest-management supply companies. The traps can help monitor the flight periods of many of these pests. That will help you time applications of barrier treatments to the bark of stressed plants.” Severely damaged pines, such as those injured in the ice storms of early February, may simply have to be removed. “It’s best to remove unsalvageable trees that only act as beetle magnets,” she said. Photo: Will Hudson Timing Important Because timing is so important, CAES Extension Service experts monitor traps around the state to detect the first attacking beetles. County agents then alert nursery growers. “They’re going to be a hot topic in the next two to three weeks,” Braman said. Beetles Attack Many Plants Asian Ambrosia Beetles Will Hudson, a CAES entomologist in Tifton, Ga., said it’s usually easy to tell if ambrosia beetles are attacking. Symptoms, he said, include: “Much of our woody plants have endured considerable stress during the past 12 months,” said Kris Braman, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “They’ve had a year of drought, floods, wind and ice breakage. Now they’re particularly attractive to borers.” For nursery growers, one of the meanest borers is the Asian ambrosia beetle. This tiny pest bores holes in the 1- to 2-inch stems of shrubs and trees in early spring. The severity of their attack has varied from year to year.last_img read more

A different kind of concentration risk…

first_imgNCUA and other financial regulators have been focusing on “concentration risk.” The following guidance comes from NCUA Letter to Credit Union 10-03. (Enclosure.)“A risk concentration is any single exposure or group of exposures with the potential to produce losses large enough (relative to capital, total assets, or overall risk level) to threaten a financial institution’s health or ability to maintain its core operations.”The guidance focuses on investments and products.  But what about people?  I’d bet you my last dollar that employee concentration risk can be just as dangerous.  Let me ask you a few questions.Do you overwork your talented people, because they’ll “get it done?”Have you ever uttered the following?  “If we lose (him or her), we’re in deep trouble.”Are there divisions within your credit union where a star player keeps saving the day?Do you expect more out of your talented employees while accepting less from others? continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

5 things Millennials can learn about saving money from Gen-X

first_imgMillennials think they’ve got it all figured out — just ask one and they’ll tell you. But while I’m an advocate of the so-called “Me Generation,” allow me to freely admit we still have a few things to learn.Recently, money-saving grocery app Ibotta conducted a three-year analysis on user shopping habits — they dove deep into 25-million-plus user receipts — and the findings were interesting. As it turns out, Millennials aren’t as financially savvy as they think they are. In fact, they can still learn a thing or two from Gen-Xers, who seem to have the saving vs. spending game down pat. Here are some of the results.1. Gen-X Shops Where They Get More Bang for Their BuckAccording to Ibotta’s study, Millennials shop most frequently at beauty/cosmetic stores, nutrition stores, movie theaters, convenience stores, and apparel stores. That tells us that Millennials value quality over cost, and they don’t mind paying the price for it. Especially when you consider the places Millennials shop the least, including pharmacies, dollar stores, arts-and-crafts stores, footwear stores, and home improvement stores. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

WHO denies that countries hoard H5N1 samples

first_imgMay 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today denied a widely publicized report that countries dealing with H5N1 avian influenza have been refusing to share clinical samples from human patients, making it difficult for the WHO to monitor changes in the virus.The British journal Nature this week published a news article saying that affected countries are “failing, or refusing” to share human samples with the WHO. It said the agency had obtained only six samples from the dozens of people who contracted the virus this year.But the WHO’s Western Pacific Regional Office denied that report in a statement today. “There is no refusal to share human samples by Viet Nam or any other country with avian influenza cases,” the statement said. It said Vietnam has provided more than 100 clinical samples this year.”What influenza experts have expressed concern about is the limited number of viruses derived from these samples,” the agency said. “The yield of viruses has been very low for reasons yet to be elucidated.”At least 89 people have been infected with the H5N1 virus since early 2004, and at least 52 have died. The WHO has warned repeatedly that the virus may trigger a human flu pandemic if it gains the ability to spread easily from person to person. Several family clusters and some asymptomatic or mild cases in Vietnam in recent months have signaled that the virus may be evolving into a form that is less virulent but spreads more easily. But very little information from genetic studies of the virus has been available.The Nature article also said that the WHO’s sister agency, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has received few H5N1 samples collected from poultry. The article quoted Michael Perdue, head of animal influenza liaison at the WHO, as complaining that the FAO has not been sharing with the WHO the samples it does have.But today’s WHO statement said criticism of the FAO “is not appropriate as FAO does not receive any animal virus samples; instead, FAO, in collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal health (OIE), relies on the joint FAO/OIE network of national and international reference laboratories for the handling of such samples.”The WHO statement concludes, “We regret the misimpressions caused by this [Nature] story, some of which WHO staff contributed to.”Aside from the question of sample sharing, it’s clear that experts are finding it hard to determine whether the virus has mutated or whether mutations are affecting its impact on humans.The Nature article quoted Perdue as saying that several of the six human samples the WHO received from Vietnam contained mutated forms of the H5N1 virus, but that is not enough evidence to demonstrate a broad change in the pathogen.To link a mutation with changes in the virus’s behavior in humans would require analysis of hundreds of samples and full clinical data on the cases from which they came, Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO’s global influenza program, is quoted as saying in the Nature article. Stohr said such large-scale studies “aren’t happening.”Peter Cordingley, a spokesman for the WHO Western Pacific Office, said much the same thing in an Agence France-Presse report published today. When he was asked if the virus has changed, he said, “We can’t do enough tests. We need a real heavy set of data before drawing conclusions.”See also:May 12 Nature article, “‘Refusal to share’ leaves agency struggling to monitor bird flu”http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v435/n7039/full/435131a.htmllast_img read more

Senegal: Ex-Leader’s Son Tapped to Run for President

first_imgKarim Wade, the son of a former Senegalese president and currently on trial for corruption, was chosen Saturday to be the former ruling party’s candidate in the next presidential election. “Karim Wade was chosen by 257 of the 268 delegates” to be the Democratic Party of Senegal’s presidential candidate, leading party member Tafsir Thioye told AFP.No date has yet been set for the upcoming election.The announcement comes as Senegal’s anti-corruption court is expected to deliver its verdict in the case against Wade — son of the country’s longtime leader Abdoulaye Wade — on Monday.He is accused of corruption and illegally amassing a multi-million dollar fortune while a minister.Saturday’s decision was made at a party congress that was attended by 88-year-old Abdoulaye Wade, who is the secretary general of the opposition Democratic Party of Senegal (PDS).Senegal’s ex-preseident Abdoulaye Wade looks on during a meeting of the opposition Senegalese De …He later praised the transparency of the vote saying it had been “conducted publicly in front of party activists and even the press”.The younger Wade, who has been in custody since April 2013 and on trial since July last year, beat at least seven other candidates to become the PDS’s presidential hopeful.last_img read more

Capiz frontliners receive PPE

first_imgAccording to TESDA-Capiz director Engr.Abdel Bakhri Hajan, washable face masks and face shields were distributed tothe recipients yesterday. “Some of the materials for the PPEs camefrom TESDA while other materials are also donated,” Hajan said. In addition, they also started makingprotective suits for the province’s frontliners. ROXAS City – Various frontliners in thisprovince were the recipients of the personal protective equipment (PPE)distributed by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)here in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019. TESDA-Capiz had so far made 792 facemasks and 852 face shields. They will continue to make more PPEs when materialsare once again available.(With a reportfrom PIA/PN) In the battle against the coronavirus disease 2019, various frontliners in this province receive personal protective equipment (PPE) made by the personnel of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). TESDA-Capiz vows to make more PPE when materials are once again available. PIA The facemasks were sewed for free by TESDA’strainers in Dumalag Technical Vocational School in Dumalag town, while the faceshields were fabricated by TESDA’s provincial staff. The provincial director added thatTESDA-Capiz were also able to give the same PPEs to personnel of the Roxas CityPolice Station the Saint Anthony College Hospital and the media, who are alsoamong the frontliners in the province. He said: “We have initially allocated 30face masks and 20 face shields per town and city.”last_img read more

Bergomi: ‘Inter should go for Pogba’

first_img “There are few players like him around. Pogba is 27 and would return to Italy in time for his last leap in quality.” The former defender is sure Antonio Conte would be the right man to bring the World Cup winner back to his old heights. “Conte can bring out the best in him, like in the past. For Inter, it would be a coup to help them challenge immediately, but I guess they will have to sacrifice something. read also:Rooney: Morrison better than Pogba “If they aim to build something for the long run, I remain convinced about the idea of investing in players like [Sandro] Tonali or [Manuel] Locatelli.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The former Juventus star has been linked with a move away from Manchester United and Bergomi is convinced Inter should go for the French 27-year-old. “If you have the economic strength to go and get him, you have to do it immediately,” Bergomi told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It’s true that he hasn’t been at his best in recent seasons, but he would return to a football he knows well. “He doesn’t need to adapt and could immediately leave a mark. Beyond his technical abilities, with the physique he has, he would still be dominant in Serie A.Advertisement Promoted ContentTarantino Wants To End His Career With This Movie?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different Actors8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art Former hero, Giuseppe Bergomi, has claimed Inter should try to bring Paul Pogba to the Giuseppe Meazza: “If you can get him, you have to do it immediately”. Loading… last_img read more