Pretty Lights’ Island Of Light Cancelled Due To Hurricane Devastation, Customers Urged To Give Back

first_imgBack in April, Pretty Lights announced that he’d be hosting a four-day destination concert in collaboration with Silver Wrapper dubbed Island Of Light later in the year, with the event slated to go down in Fajardo, Puerto Rico from December 7th through 10th. Last month, two hurricanes—Irma and Maria—charged through the Caribbean, leaving devastation in their wake and local communities at a loss as they still struggle to get the resources they need to survive. Today, Pretty Lights has announced that Island of Light 2017 has been canceled due to the destruction caused by these catastrophic storms. Island Of Light will be issuing full refunds to all customers automatically. Furthermore, producers of the event hope to reschedule the festival in 2018, noting that they will try to create a loyalty program for those who purchased tickets this year.Donate To Island Of Light’s Hurricane Relief GoFundMe HereA statement on the event’s website detailed the decision, noting, “After receiving the official damage report via direct communication from the El Conquistador Resort, and assessing the aftermath to the island of Puerto Rico, the decision was made to cancel. The resort is unable to host guests on our scheduled dates, and looking to reschedule the event anytime soon would be irresponsible, given the current state of Puerto Rico.”Showing love back to the country that were ready to welcome them in December, following the cancellation, Pretty Lights and Silver Wrapper are focused on helping Puerto Rico during its time of need, stating “this has become a tragic humanitarian crisis on the island and we want to do our part to help.” Pretty Lights and Silver Wrapper explained that they will be making donations to United for Puerto Rico and called on fans to donate a portion of their refunds to hurricane relief efforts on the island. The event has created a hurricane relief GoFundMe—you can donate to the fundraiser here. Pretty Lights has also noted that he is working to throw benefits events in Chicago and Denver to support hurricane relief in Puerto Rico in the future.The Island of Light crew elaborated on their charity of choice: “After much research and conversations with people of the island, we have chosen to give donations to United for Puerto Rico. United for Puerto Rico is an initiative brought forth by the First lady of Puerto Rico, Mrs. Beatriz Rosselló in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.”You can read a statement about Island Of Light from Phil Salvaggio, Pretty Lights’ manager, here: Over a year of planning and a lot of work was put into this event by all partners (Silver Wrapper, Myself, Pretty Lights, Feyline, and Euphonic Conception). We’re truly devastated by the destruction that Hurricane Maria has left on the island of Puerto Rico. It would be wildly insensitive to the people of Puerto Rico for us reschedule this event for this year, or even the first few months of next year, or to move the event. No one really knows when the island will be back up and fully functioning. What needs to be done now is for people to donate and continue to pray for the people of Puerto Rico. They need our help, and they need it now.You can also read a full statement about the event’s cancelation from Michael Berg, co-founder of Island of Light and managing partner at Silver Wrapper, below:On so many levels, this is devastating, but none more so than for the humanitarian crisis happening on the island of Puerto Rico. Our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters are our fellow Americans, and I’m disgusted by the pathetic response and minimal effort by our terrible “Leader” in this country, both verbally and through lacking action. Silver Wrapper and Island of Light’s charitable fundraising efforts are now underway and a work in progress. We hope you can join us in doing our part to help people get the water, medication, hygiene products, and other basic human necessities needed to stay alive at Canceling an event like this was a first for Silver Wrapper. It was very complicated to make sure we did everything within sensitive and moral confines and to ensure the refund process would be as smooth as possible for our fans. We are equally disappointed, as are the Pretty Lights, Feyline, and Euphonic Conceptions teams at large. We exhausted all possibilities to keep this from going away, but with the state of despair the island is in, it just didn’t feel right. We hope to reschedule Island of Light at a time in the future when the beautiful island of Puerto Rico is back on it’s feet, and any time sooner would be an ethical blunder at best. Thanks for your contribution to help our fellow US Citizens in a true state of disaster. Thank you also for your patience in receiving this message from us.last_img read more

Twiddle Announces Special “Unplugged In Burlington” Performance

first_imgTwiddle has announced the upcoming “Unplugged In Burlington” performance, a special, intimate evening of acoustic music in the quartet’s hometown of Burlington, Vermont, set to take place on Thursday, April 11th at Higher Ground Ballroom.Tickets to Twiddle’s “Unplugged In Burlington” show go on sale this coming Friday, March 22nd, at 11 a.m. ET. The band also announced that anyone who purchases a ticket to the 2019 edition of their hometown Tumble Down Festival will receive a code allowing them early access to tickets for the unplugged show—a crucial advantage for fans hoping to get into this intimate performance.Twiddle Spells “Los Angeles Jams” With Setlist At L.A. Show [Full Audio]Ahead of the unplugged performance on April 11th, Twiddle will continue their ongoing tour with performances in Missoula, MT (3/20); Bozeman, MT (3/21); Jackson, WY (3/22); and Salt Lake City, UT (3/23) in addition to a pair of shows at Rutland, VT’s Paramount Theatre (3/28, 3/29). For a full list of Twiddle’s upcoming tour dates, head to their website here.last_img read more

Ecosystems under siege

first_imgA man passionate about the Amazon rainforest, a woman committed to safeguarding the world’s water, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner were all part of a Harvard discussion Wednesday (April 14) about the future of the planet.And much of what they outlined wasn’t good.The environmental experts offered dire warnings and grim predictions about the Earth’s future, even as they offered glimmers of hope.The scholars were part of the fourth and final panel celebrating the Harvard Extension School‘s 100th anniversary. It was titled “Sustaining Our Earth’s Ecosystems.” Steve Curwood ’69,  executive producer and host of the National Public Radio program “Living on Earth,” was the moderator. He asked the panelists what they saw as the greatest challenge facing the planet.It’s man’s “disconnect with the environment,” said Eric Chivian, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. People don’t realize that what they do has tremendous impact, both on the environment and their health, argued the founder and director of Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment. In addition, because the loss of biodiversity happens so slowly, he noted, the problem is too “abstract” for many to comprehend.Climate change “is so hard to see; it’s so hard to experience in our everyday lives.”Panelist Mark Plotkin was a high school dropout who was working moving dinosaur bones around Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology when he became hooked on the Amazon and its issues after taking a class with former Harvard professor Richard Schultes. People need to understand that the Earth’s problems are all interconnected, he said.Forest destruction is a main cause of climate change, said the Harvard Extension School graduate and authority on ecosystems, who went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees and found the Amazon Conservation Team.Plotkin, who has worked for years in the Amazon rain forest with indigenous peoples examining how their shamans use jungle plants for medicine, is also working with the same indigenous populations to help save the area’s forests.Such conservation work is critical, he said, because the greatest threat to mankind is “drug-resistant bacteria.” If staphylococcus aureus swaps genes with streptococcus, “It’s going to melt the human race like a wax museum on fire,” said Plotkin. “Eighty percent of antibiotics still come from nature,” and the richest source of life is the Amazon.“We need to know that when we are destroying Mother Nature, we are destroying ourselves,” Plotkin said.People fail to understand how their actions directly impact the environment, echoed Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of famed undersea explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. “Our choices have far-reaching consequences to people on the other side of the globe. … [Forgetting that fact] is something that everybody is guilty of.”The problem is endemic, said the water advocate, who described exploring with other environmentalists how overfishing had damaged a remote village, and then watching in horror as her colleagues ordered the very same endangered fish at lunch in a nearby restaurant.There’s an “inability to understand the cycle that starts happening because of our choices,” said Cousteau, who noted that governments, industries, environmental organizations, communities, and indigenous groups all have roles to play in changing the dialogue.The panelists also discussed how they became involved in their work.Chivian, who won the Nobel Prize in 1985 for helping to develop International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, said his seminal moment came as a young physician. He recalled how a former professor helped to halt U.S. government’s plans for a fleet of supersonic transport planes by testifying that their nitrogen exhaust would harm the ozone and cause a rapid rise in malignant melanomas.I realized that “ultimately environmental issues are issues of human health,” said Chivian, co-author of the 2008 book “Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity.”Cousteau’s love of water came, unsurprisingly, from her grandfather, who took her on her first scuba dive at age 7. “I was hooked,” said Cousteau.The environmentalist is planning a four-month trip across the United States this summer to explore the nation’s water issues. The work will be part of her nonprofit Blue Legacy project that advocates the conservation of the world’s water resources.Ultimately, there is still hope for the planet, said the speakers.Like in the past, as children learned in school about the dangers of smoking and became the most effective opponents when they took the warnings home to their smoker parents, working environmental education into school curricula will be an effective way forward, said Chivian.Additionally, he said, big businesses understand there are savings involved in using more environmentally friendly practices, and money to be made in the business of renewable energy.“There are big bucks in going green, and that’s a big, important development.”Plotkin offered a further note of hope, saying, “These problems were all caused by people. They can be solved by people.”The speakers’ comments were “gratifying, frightening, and inspiring,” Jack Spengler said near the conclusion of the two-hour talk at Lowell Lecture Hall. Spengler is the Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation at Harvard and director of the Extension School’s Graduate Program in Sustainability and Environmental Management.The Harvard Extension School will sponsor one additional public event in celebration of its centennial. On May 14, Sherry Turkle of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will deliver the Centennial Lowell Lecture titled “The Tethered Life: Technology Reshapes Intimacy and Solitude.” For more information.last_img read more

Three GSAS among winners of HHMI fellowships

first_imgThree Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) students — Nataly Moran Cabili, Ph.D. candidate in systems biology, Mehmet Fisek, Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience, and Le Cong , Ph.D. candidate in biological and biomedical sciences — are among the 48 winners in a new fellowship competition from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) that awards full-time funding to exceptional international students in the third, fourth, and fifth years of their graduate programs in science and engineering.Offered for the first time this year, the HHMI’s International Student Research Fellowships will allow these talented students to devote their full attention to research at a critical time during their professional development. The awards serve a particularly important role, according to the HHMI, because much of the available funding for graduate education is reserved for U.S. citizens.last_img read more

Mamma Mia! Star Jon Jorgenson on His Spray-Tan Phobia & Buddy Corey Cott

first_img Mamma Mia! Related Shows View Comments Star Files Age: 22Hometown: Crystal Lake, ILCurrent Role: An ABBA-crooning Broadway debut as Sophie’s charming fiancé Sky in Mamma Mia!Stage Cred: Regional productions of Shrek, Hairspray, Parade and Into the Woods.”I was an arrogant jerk who never gave anyone else the time of day in high school. After graduation, I worked at a theater camp—those kids taught me that living my life with generosity is so much better.””The first Broadway show I saw was Gypsy with Patti LuPone and Laura Benanti. I’d never heard of Laura, but I was in the back row and I remember being frozen during her ‘I said turn it off!’ monologue. It was an amazing moment.””Corey Cott is one of my best friends and we used to live together. He’s a decently clean roommate. My clothes would pile up and I couldn’t see the floor, so I guess I was the messy one.””In Mamma Mia! you get a spray tan right away. I knew it was going to be drastic and I chickened out! I ended up sitting in my room, in my underwear, with tanning lotion everywhere.””My faith is important to me, so I look at something like Donna’s promiscuity in [Mamma Mia!] and say, ‘What story is it supporting?’ And in the end, the story we’re telling is one of family. You can’t have good without a little bit of bad.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 12, 2015 Laura Benantilast_img read more

Jackets Swarm.

first_imgUGA CAES File Photo Walter Reeves Despite the fact that the University of Georgia sponsors “Gardening in Georgia,” this week’s show focuses on yellow jackets. Host Walter Reeves shows where yellow jackets live in underground nests.You really don’t want yellow jackets in your yard. If disturbed, these fierce stingers swarm to attack. The best way to eliminate a nest is to spray liquid Sevin into the hole, Reeves says. (But remember that nests sometimes have more than one entrance.) Sevin won’t harm surrounding grass.The program airs on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. and will be rebroadcast Saturday, Sept. 15, at noon on Georgia Public Television.A Yellow Jacket TrapReeves shows how to make a yellow jacket trap out of a gallon jar and a plastic funnel, with cat food and apple sauce as bait.But be careful. Reeves and his camera crew get to know these pests up close and personal. Final score: Yellow jacket stings 9, eliminated nests 1.Farmers lime their land in the fall because most of their crops had been harvested by then. But Reeves says any time is a good time to lime if your soil needs it. He shows how to use a pH test kit to determine lime needs.Plant Perennials in FallIt’s a great idea to install perennial plants in the fall. That will give them all winter and spring to establish good root systems. Walter demonstrates how to plant perennials properly.”Gardening in Georgia” airs each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. It’s rebroadcast every Saturday at noon. The show’s Web site provides further information.The show is produced especially for Georgia gardeners by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV.last_img read more

Service, not sales: Build member loyalty with social media

first_imgTestimonials – Let users respond positively in a natural way. Don’t post testimonials yourself. That looks like you are tooting your own horn. Remember, it’s as if you are speaking to a member directly. You wouldn’t approach a member in a branch and say “John Smith loves his credit card at Acme CU!”Content Tip #3: Contests and giveawaysWhat keeps followers most engaged is the prospect of winning prizes. Here are some items that members love to win:Tickets to local sports team gamesTickets to concertsTickets to local amusement parks or the State FairGift cards – to local retailers or even credit union gift cardsKid prize packs – candy and toys and fun learning itemsFree lunch at local restaurantsContent Tip #4: Thank/express appreciation to your members – At least once a quarter.“Wishing all of our fantastic members a great Thanksgiving holiday!”“A big thank you to our members! You make our credit union great!”Content Tip #5: Community eventsCredit unions are invested in the prosperity of the community and your members know/appreciate that. Consider posts promoting local events and people. (This will also garner appreciation from the event planners/publications who may be more inclined to return the favor in the future.)Local teams – Ex. “The Mavericks are playing tonight at 7. Go Mavs!”Local festivals – Ex. “Taste of Addison begins tonight. Yum!”Interesting/inspiring local news – Ex: “Local elementary school student raises $1 million for cancer research. Great job, Charlie!”Content Tip #6: Let subject matter experts assist you in writing post/blog content.As wise as you are, you can’t be an expert on every topic. Get some tips from the investment expert at the credit union or a mortgage officer who can give you information for first-time homebuyers, etc.Turning a Complaint into a ComplimentWhile most of your interactions will be positive, every company participating in social media receives complaints. This comes with the territory. Don’t view this as a negative thing and, unless the post contains derogatory language, do not remove the complaint. Your followers will look to see how you respond. If you remove it, you’ll seem like you’re avoiding the problem and being dishonest. If you address it properly, not only can you satisfy the complainant, you can also send a great message to the public about how well you respond to member concerns.First, assess the complaint:Is it an issue that should be resolved by a member service representative?For example, is it regarding the member’s account, a loan, poor service in a branch, etc? If yes, politely respond to the member’s comment with something like:“We apologize for the inconvenience, Mr. Smith. We want to get this resolved as soon as possible. I have notified our VP of Member Service and she will be contacting you shortly.”Take a screenshot of the member’s post and forward it to your appointed member service representative. Make sure that they contact the member ASAP.Is the member making the complaint on a more anonymous social media site like Twitter?Provide the member with the direct phone number of the member service representative and respond to their post with something like:“We want to get this resolved for you ASAP. A member service representative has been notified and is waiting for your call at XXX.XXX.XXXX.” Is it an issue that cannot be resolved by a member service representative and is just a comment?For example: “Your branches are too far away. You should build one closer to my house.”If so, you can respond with something like:“We love to get feedback. Thank you! I will forward this on to our executive team.” Keep a log of these statements to provide periodically to the executive team.If the complaint uses inappropriate language, you are justified in removing the post; however, keep a screenshot of it and forward it to your member service representative to address.If you wish, you can respond to the person privately, letting them know that you are addressing their concerns but asking them to refrain from harsh language.By sticking to this social media plan, you’ll be building loyalty and trust. Members who trust and appreciate their financial institution are more likely to: 1) remain a customer for a longer period of time, 2) have more products and services, and 3) refer friends and family to your business. So, while you may not be directly selling your products and services on social media, you’ll be benefiting from your social media efforts in the long-term.TAKE-AWAYSApproach social media from a PR perspective, not a Marketing perspective. Inform and engage your members. Don’t sell to them.Only post content that is relevant to your members, not what’s relevant to the CU internally.Don’t delete negative comments. Let the member know you want to help and try to resolve his/her issue.Providing value to your members builds loyalty. Loyalty is important to the CU’s bottom line.Contributing author: Erin Ortiz 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Kjoller Jeff has extensive experience in branding, art direction and graphic design, having served employers and clients in a creative capacity for more than twenty-five years. After graduating from the University … Web: Details As a credit union, it’s your mission to serve as a financial resource for your members. Every day you provide guidance and tools that help your members live better, more secure financial lives. Your social media efforts should be a natural extension of this mission.The following tips will help you turn your social media accounts into a more valuable resource for your members…and keep them coming back.Posting the Right ContentSocial media users don’t want to be sold to. They use social media sites for entertainment, communication and interaction, not to read ads about mortgage loans. Think of your social media program as a PR tool, rather than a marketing channel. Instead of selling to your members, interact with them and provide useful information to help them make smart decisions.Content Tip #1: Subtly promote your products/services by posting information that is helpful/informative, but also related to a product/service you offer. Credit Union Goal: Promoting car loansRecommended Post: A link to an article on “The Most Fuel Efficient Cars of 2016”Purpose: Providing useful info while indirectly reminding them you offer car loansContent Tip #2: Only post credit union information that is relevant to your members: Relevant to Members:New branch openingsHoliday hours/closingsEvents – Annual Meeting, charitable events, fundraisersNew services being added – Inform, don’t advertise! Example: “For your convenience, Acme CU now has mobile deposit.”Not relevant to members: Employee changes/promotions/anniversaries, etc. Fans/followers don’t care that you got a new Director of IT.Industry information – Making one post about International Credit Union Day is fine, but don’t start posting updates on credit union legislation. This topic is only relevant to people in the industry. 99.9% of members don’t care.last_img read more

Binghamton University students become poll inspectors

first_imgProfessor Campbell said he had a Broome County Board of Elections staffer speak about the importance of poll workers and that the class, overall, has highlighted for the students just how important a ballot is, adding, “Not voting is actually voting. When they choose not to vote they give away their power. Now they realize that voting is actually a way of using their power.” As of now, the students do not yet know where they will be placed on election day, but say that they are looking forward to it. Jaclyn Jew, a senior, says she is doing it because she wants to give back; Owen Carmody, a sophomore, says it’s his civic duty and he wants to observe how democracy works; and Lina Morse, a freshman, says she wants to get involved. VESTAL (WBNG) — Roughly 75% of students in Prof. David Campbell’s Civic Engagement class at Binghamton University have signed up to become poll inspectors in this year’s general election.center_img The students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, say that they agree. But they all agree: that voting matters. last_img read more

Indonesia urges ceasefire in escalating fight between Azerbaijan, Armenia

first_imgThe Foreign Ministry advised Indonesian citizens in Azerbaijan and Armenia to observe policy and regulations imposed by local governments and maintain close contact with the nearest embassy.There are currently 130 Indonesian citizens in Azerbaijan, according to the Indonesian Embassy in Baku, and two Indonesian citizens in Armenia, according to the Indonesian Embassy in Kyiv, as quoted by the ministry.”All Indonesian citizens are reported safe,” the ministry further tweeted.Intense clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia over a decades-long territorial dispute erupted on Sunday and has continued on the ground for days, claiming military and civilian casualties on both sides.In a televised address to the nation, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev vowed victory over Armenian forces, AFP reported. Both Armenia and the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh declared martial law and military mobilization.World leaders have condemned the bloody clashes in the southern Caucasus that have killed some 30,000 people since 1988.Topics : Indonesia has expressed concern over the escalating armed clash between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh and urged the two countries to end the fight.“Indonesia calls on both sides to exercise self-restraint, ceasefire, return to dialogue, and peacefully settle their disputes, in accordance with international law and relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” the Foreign Ministry tweeted on Thursday.Indonesia Urges Azerbaijan and Armenia to End Fighting1. Indonesia is concerned by escalating armed clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh.2. Indonesia calls on both sides to exercise self-restraint, ceasefire, return to dialogue, and peacefully settle-— MoFA Indonesia (@Kemlu_RI) October 1, 2020Indonesia also called on both countries to resume dialogue in the framework of the Minsk Process facilitated by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).last_img read more