Strange Creek Campout Attendee Gets Stuck After Climbing 30-Foot Electrical Tower

first_imgLast weekend, the StrangeCreek Campout festival hosted dozens of performers at the Camp Kee-Wanee in Greenfield, MA from May 27th through the 29th. Hosted annually by Max Creek, the festival featured Zach Deputy, Ryan Montbleau, Pink Talking Fish, John Kadlecik Band, Marco Benevento, Consider the Source, DJ Logic and more for three days of celebration.One fan may have celebrated a bit too hard, unfortunately, as a report in local media outlet The Recorder says that a woman climbed up a 30-foot high-tension electrical tower at the festival, only to get stuck up there. The local Fire Department and medical personnel were called in to rescue the woman, who was then transported to a nearby hospital.Fortunately, there were no physical injuries reported. “It’s under investigation, but we believe that it may have been a psychological issue,” said Lt. William Gordon. The report also notes that it’s unknown whether psychedelic drugs were involved.The moral of the story is that, if you take drugs at a music festival, try not to climb anything!last_img read more

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Germany, again a linchpin

first_imgEuropean debt problems have ripple effects far beyond the continent and are really concerns affecting modern industrial societies that cannot afford all that their citizens want, a Harvard authority on Europe said Monday.“The crisis that we face today in Europe is not a European crisis alone. It’s a crisis of modern industrial society, it’s a crisis of capitalism, and it has every likelihood of becoming a crisis of democracy,” said Guido Goldman, co-founder of Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) and director of German studies.“Modern industrial society is too expensive for people to want to pay for. Therefore, all governments — including the U.S. government, the Japanese government — instead of taxing to pay as you go, borrow. And of course when you get to a certain point, you can’t borrow anymore,” Goldman said.“We are at a turning point of Europe’s history, possibly of the world economy, and definitely of Germany’s role in Europe.” — Karl KaiserHe spoke at a meeting of the Study Group on the European Union, whose session focused on the European debt crisis and Germany’s part in solving it. That role is so central, according to Study Group organizer Karl Kaiser, that some analysts believe that, for the third time in a century, the future of Europe lies in Germany’s hands.“We are at a turning point of Europe’s history, possibly of the world economy, and definitely of Germany’s role in Europe,” said Kaiser, adjunct professor of public policy and director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs’ Program on Transatlantic Relations. “We see a reference appearing in the public discourse that this is the third time that Germany has and can influence Europe’s fate — disastrously twice in the last century, and with an uncertain outcome in this century.”In recent months, the world has watched as the European debt crisis hit first Greece and then Italy. On Monday, the bond rating agency Standard & Poors warned that credit rating downgrades are possible for 15 European countries, which are linked through a common currency, the euro. Credit downgrades would raise the cost of borrowing for those nations, which include France and Germany. If those costs reach high enough, they can make it difficult for nations to make debt payments.Germany, with the world’s fourth-largest economy behind the United States, China, and Japan, is seen as the key player in the effort to aid the struggling European economies. Though the German government also has substantial debt, the German people, who have suffered through repeated economic volatility and hardship in the last century, have high savings rates, and the German economy is growing, with unemployment at the lowest levels since World War II.Germany has been urged to act to help stem the crisis, which threatens to break up the 17-nation bloc of countries that share the euro. Goldman said that in some ways, the roots of the current crisis were laid when the euro was adopted. In order to make the euro palatable for countries to give up their historic currencies, further steps to ensure national budget discipline across the eurozone were bypassed.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have been spearheading negotiations over how to solve the crisis. It appears likely that an amended agreement among nations sharing the euro will include budgetary restrictions that, Goldman said, will create a Europe of nations with similar-looking budgets, rather than some with enormous debt and others with little.Though German cooperation is key to resolving the crisis, Goldman said Merkel is facing political opposition at home. With their economy humming, Germans are not eager to get sucked into the middle of the issue, Goldman said. A key wrinkle, however, is that though Germans don’t support many initiatives floated to bail out Europe, such as issuing bonds backed by all the euro nations, Merkel’s popularity remains high.A summit planned for Friday is expected to produce a proposal to resolve the crisis, but Goldman said whatever emerges will likely be a tough sell. Not only will the agreement have to be supported by all 17 nations that share the euro, it may also have to be approved by all the nations of the larger European Union — some of which, such as Great Britain, have retained their own currencies. Then politicians will have to sell the deal to their populations at home. The next 10 days and the responses of the global financial markets are critical, he said, and the next three months promise to be difficult.Goldman said the changes likely to emerge will fall short of creating a full fiscal union among euro nations, but are ones that have been needed for some time. Though waiting has greatly increased the costs of resolving the crisis, it may be that the crisis was needed for the resolution to be politically palatable.A problem lurking in the background, Goldman said, is the prospect of European bank insolvency. Several major banks are struggling and may need government help, even though those regimes will have fewer resources once the sovereign debt crisis is resolved. In addition, Goldman said, the underlying conditions that caused the debt in the first place will still be present, but nations will be cutting spending and raising taxes to lower their borrowing.The bank solvency “issue comes on top of the other issues and could require a lot of capital,” Goldman said.last_img read more

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Parents’ exposure to chemicals prior to conception linked to child’s health problems

first_imgA couple’s exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals, psychological stress, malnutrition, and other environmental stressors prior to conceiving a child may alter the child’s genetic structure and development, leading to increased risk of health issues later in life, according to a study led by Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and professor of environmental medicine at the University of Southern Denmark.The paper was published online August 4, 2015 in the journal Endocrinology. It is part of a series of papers, including a consensus summary, presented at the 4th Conference on Prenatal Programming and Toxicity (PPTOX IV), organized in 2014 in Boston by Grandjean with support from Harvard Chan School and Harvard NIEHS Center for Environmental Health.Endocrine disrupting chemicals include phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) used to make plastics, and several other substances that can accumulate in the body for years. If passed on to a fetus, the exposure can raise a child’s risk of becoming obese or developing a disease such as cancer later in life, Grandjean told Healthline in an August 4, 2015 article. “This chemical burden may affect the conception, or it may affect the fetal development later on, as the mother will generally share her chemicals with her child — and that continues after childbirth, as she may also excrete these substances in the milk,” he said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Barrett Foa Will Step into Babs’ Basement in Buyer & Cellar

first_imgThere’s some employee shifting happening at Babs’ underground mall! Broadway vet Barrett Foa will begin performances in the off-Broadway hit Buyer & Cellar on May 27, taking over for Christopher J. Hanke. Foa will play Alex More in the one-man play, a role originated by Michael Urie (who will launch the show’s national tour in May). Foa has appeared on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Avenue Q and Mamma Mia!. His television credits include NCIS: Los Angeles, Entourage, NCIS, Numb3rs, Six Degrees and The Closer. Buyer & Cellar Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 View Comments Buyer & Cellar had its world premiere in April 2013 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, where it played a sold-out, extended run before transferring to the Barrow Street Theatre where it opened June 24, 2013. Written by Jonathan Tolins and directed by Stephen Brackett, the show tells the story of a struggling Los Angeles actor who finds himself taking an odd job working in the Malibu basement of a certain Funny Girl Hollywood mega-star. When the A-lister makes a rare appearance one day, Buyer & Cellar launches into an outrageous look at fame and the price that accompanies it. Related Showslast_img read more

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Seven Times Matilda Totally Understood Your Theater Dorkiness

first_img View Comments Related Shows ‘Matilda’ stars Rileigh McDonald, Mattea Conforti, Alexandra Vlachos & Mimi Ryder(Photo: Joan Marcus) 7. When Your Squad Gets Ready to Stage Door 3. When It’s Tough to Nab Tix to the Show 5. When Someone’s Phone Goes Off Matildacenter_img 4. When You Finally Score Awesome Seats Based on Roald Dahl’s enchanting children’s book, Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly’s Matilda opened on April 11, 2013— three years ago today!— at the Shubert Theatre. With anthems like “Revolting Children” and “Naughty” as well as tear-jerkers like “Quiet” and “When I Grow Up,” the production has been giving audiences major feels in its three years. Sixteen Matildas, five Tony Awards and one uproarious Broadway.com video vlog (by original Mrs. Wormwood, the fabulous Lesli Margherita) later, maggots are still geeking out about Matilda (the Great White Way smash is still going gangbusters at the box office). Here are seven times the musical’s cast and creative team perfectly captured your theater dork moments!1. When You’ve Memorized the Cast Album 2. When Your Fave Song Comes On 6. When Your Boo Gifts You Sweet Merch Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017last_img read more

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Teamwork

first_imgI had the privilege of attending the Red Bull Divide and Conquer team triathlon this past weekend in Vancouver, BC.  It was an unreal event that brought together some of the best mountain runners, bikers, and kayakers in the world.I was fortunate to join forces with Asheville mountain running animal Matt Morse and Australian Super-D pinner Josh Carlson for the event, and I truly enjoyed the feeling of sharing all of the ups and downs of the event as a team.  Generally speaking, athletes in all of these sports are usually all alone on competition day.  We handle our own training, nutrition, preparation, and effort when it’s time to perform.  Most of the strategy and planning goes on silently in our minds, and when we do succeed, it is us alone who celebrate at the top.The team dynamic was much different, and I can’t wait to do more events like it in the future!  The three of us were coming from all different walks in life, but there was such a supportive environment pervading throughout the week leading up to the event and the day of.  We helped each other out with airport pickups, food, rides, and course planning.  We were each deeply invested in each other, and when it was our respective turn to compete for the team, there was a much deeper motivation there than usually exists when you are competing for yourself.  We all wanted to take our own games to the next level to honor our teammates’ efforts.And that is what happened!The course was a primal representation of what the North Shore of Vancouver is made of.  The mountain run was 12 km long, but had two brutal descents of Mount Fromme and Grouse Mountain for a total elevation gain of 4800 vertical feet!  At the top of Grouse Mountain, the runner scans the transponder and passes it off to the biker, who ran a 33 km course of single track and fire roads that featured gnarly rock drops, infinite slippery root networks, brutal hike-a-bike climbs, and 40+ mph fire road sprints.  The biker then tags the kayaker, who runs to their boat, runs it to the Red Bull ramp, and launches into the Capilano River.  Although only class III, the river weaves through a spectacular 6 km gorge on its way to the Pacific Ocean, where the paddlers then have to loop around a buoy, paddle against the tidal current up the coast, and run their boats a quarter of a mile to the finish line.To top this all off, it rained all night before the event, and continued for the entire day of… the course was doused, and the runners and mountain bikers were working with the worst conditions imaginable.Matt started us off strong with a staunch lead in the run 1/3 of the way up the mountain.  He did this against Arcteryx, North Face, and Red Bull professional runners!  He was so far ahead that the big guns didn’t see him get lost on the course, but that is what happened.  Matt got reoriented and caught back up to the leaders, but then got lost again, this time unable to get within sight of the front of the pack again.  He still finished strong in 6th position, and Josh took off down the mountain bike leg trying to close the 12 minute gap behind the leaders.  Josh slayed the track and showed why he is one of the best Super-D and Enduro riders in the world.  He navigated the gnarliest North Shore roots and rocks in a blistering time, and tagged me in 3rd place looking like someone who had just been to war!I hit the Capilano River charged with energy and had good lines through the gorge.  I put the power down efficiently, and came across the finish line after 40 minutes of pulling hard.  Our 3rd place position put us on the podium of this amazing inaugural competition!Achieving that result together was different than previous paddling competitions where I have placed well.  We all met up later to share stories, beers, and the cash prize that we won together.  It was awesome teaming up with other people who devote their lives to their sport, and combining our efforts to achieve a team goal.  While the race organizers predicted a seven hour total time for the event, all of the top three teams completed it right around four hours!The word on the street is that Red Bull will be rolling this event out to other places in the world to make it a circuit.  Here’s hoping for an Asheville event!last_img read more

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Sportsmanship Prevails Among Americans

first_imgBy Dialogo July 18, 2011 The U.S. women’s volleyball were undaunted despite their 3-0 loss to Brazil. The team, which stayed at the Maracanãzinho Gymnasium to cheer on the U.S. men’s team, kept their spirits up before a crowd of 3200. The players danced, interacted with fans and posed for photos with the mascot, Arion, and his four friends from the Peace Corps The men’s team kept the same sportsmanship. While the Brazilian players were interviewed by the media, the U.S. players wore Brazil shirts and watched some their idols on camera. “Of course we know the Brazilians. Silva? Anderson? They’re great,” remarked U.S. Army Sergeant Eric Latson, with a camera well in hand. Another U.S. Army sergeant, James Crane, also kept his spirits high after the match. “It is exciting to see everyone come together, compete, but at the same time, be friends,” said Crane. “We have jobs other than the sport in the United States Armed Forces. We meet for a month and a half once a year – at most – to train together. So, we know that America brought their best to Brazil.” A volleyball match includes twelve players, six on each team. There are another six athletes on each reserve bench. On the court, the teams are separated by a net, and the objective is to make the ball hit the ground in the area protected by the opponent. The ball, however, needs to pass between the antennas, which are two flexible rods tangent to the lateral boundaries of the court. They delimit the aerial space through which the ball must pass.last_img read more

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Baldwin Man Admits to DWI, Fatal Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Baldwin man has admitted to driving while drunk and high on drugs when he struck and killed a 49-year-old Lynbrook man in Port Washington before fleeing the scene last year.Cosmin Florea pleaded guilty Tuesday Nassau County court to vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident without reporting, driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired by the combined use of alcohol and drugs.“Florea was drunk and high when he struck and killed Donald Mooney, who was just crossing the street to go back to work with cups of coffee for himself and a co-worker,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.Prosecutors said a 34-year-old was driving a Ford Fusion when he struck Mooney on Main Street near the corner of South Bayles Avenue and fled the scene at 11:57 p.m. on Aug. 15. Mooney was taken to North Shore University Hospital, where he died.A New York City police officer who saw damage to the vehicle’s windshield pulled over Florea, who had a blood alcohol content of 0.13 percent, authorities said.Judge Helene Gugerty is expected to sentence Florea on May 12 to 2-1/3 to 7 years in prison.last_img read more

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NYSDEC is reminding hunters to be safe while using tree stands

first_img(WBNG) — With so many hunters out this time of year, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation wants to remind you to take extra precautions to be safe. Experts also suggest reading the tree stand’s manufacturer instructions, and checking the stand for any worn parts every season. Experts say you should let a family member or friend know that you will be out hunting, and leave a map of your tree stand location. When it comes to using the tree stand, DEC officials say you should never climb in or out with a loaded firearm. When it comes to using tree stands, the DEC says every year hunters are seriously injured, paralyzed, and even killed from falling out of them. It is very important that hunters use a safety harness and a climbing belt. “Stay connected. Before you leave the ground, as well as when you go up into the tree and back down to the ground, stay connected at all times,” said Jill Trunko with the DEC. “We always recommend three points of contact when you are using that tree stand.”last_img read more

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Croatian offer presented at the Chinese import fair CIIE

first_imgSource / photo: Croatian National Tourist Board; Croatian Chamber of Commerce At this year’s CIIE fair, which is attended by over 150.000 Chinese and foreign buyers with exhibitors from more than 100 countries and regions of the world, today as part of the Croatian national pavilion was held “Croatia day”, a meeting of Croatian companies with numerous Chinese partners. The Croatian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Dario Mihelin and the State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Frano Matušić attended the celebration of the Croatian day at the fair. “The Chinese market is no longer reserved only for the bravest, the doors of the Chinese market are open to the whole world, and this is an opportunity we must not miss. And this fair is proof that the Chinese are turning to imports and reducing the trade surplus and it is important that we are continuously present here. Our exports to China only grew by 25 percent last year, which is proof that we can compete in such a large market. On the wings of these good indicators, but also good political relations, it is time for even more concrete results”, Said Luka Burilović, President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which yesterday organized the Croatian-Chinese Economic Forum in the joint premises of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and CNTB, which will now be available to Croatian companies interested in trying on the Chinese market. “Last year’s CIIE fair exceeded expectations, the contracted jobs reached the value of 50,8 billion dollars, so we hope that our companies will fight for their share of the cake”, Added Burilović.  “With the appearance at the ITB China fair, in which we participated in May this year and won the award for Croatian tourism, this is our second big presentation on the extremely important Chinese market in 2019. So far this year, there have been 24 percent more arrivals and overnight stays from this market compared to the same period last year, which puts China in second place among the top distant markets with the largest tourist traffic in Croatia. According to the Chinese National Tourism Administration, Chinese travel abroad is expected to be at the level of 2020 million in 200, and accordingly we expect an increase in demand for Europe and Croatia by many Chinese travel enthusiasts.”, Said the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, emphasizing that this year 483 Chinese travel agents have successfully completed online training on Croatian cultural, natural, gastronomic and adventure tourism offer.  According to the CNTB, the director of the CNTB, Staničić, used the presentation at the fair for meetings with the most important Chinese partners, such as the Shendi Group and Ctrip, with which they discussed future joint cooperation. Ctrip is the largest Chinese online travel agency, or the second largest travel agency in the world, which is the largest advertiser of hotels and accommodation in China, whose services are used by more than 300 million people in over 220 countries. Shendi Group is best known for building and managing the Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai and operates as a company to design projects and entertainment events. Representatives of the Chinese group, at the initiative of the CNTB Representation in China, visited Zagreb, Rijeka and Opatija in September. President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović visited Croatian companies that exhibited at the fair: Degenija, Intereuropa, Megajoule, AMP Net. center_img By the way, this year’s edition of the CIIE fair is the second in a row, and its establishment and last year’s first edition represents a significant move by the Chinese government in liberalization and market opening, which is second in the world in terms of imports and leading in terms of consumption. The largest Chinese import fair is held at the location of the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, on an area of ​​almost 300 thousand square meters. Given that China is the most populous country in the world and stands alongside the United States as a world economic giant, the Chinese government is making extraordinary efforts to make CIIE an unavoidable gathering in the calendar of events at the international level. The special value of the CIIE fair lies in numerous business meetings, meetings at high political and diplomatic levels, presentation of economic and tourist potentials of different countries, as well as mutual exchange of experience and knowledge. “China is one of the most attractive markets that represents great future potential for Podravka. We are present here for now, but we have a lot of room for improvement. Podravka has always supported economic diplomacy initiatives of this kind. Presence at the CIIE fair is an opportunity to maintain and deepen existing business contacts in this large market. In the last two years, Podravka has changed the business model of processing the Chinese market, and we have recently been present again in Shanghai through cooperation with a distribution partner, and we are also working on projects to develop cooperation in the future.”, Said Vedran Kelek, Podravka’s director for new markets. The Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Tourist Board present for the first time the Croatian economic and tourist offer at the most important Chinese international import fair China International Import Expo (CIIE), which will be held in Shanghai from 5 to 10 November 2019. RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

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