It Looks Like A Woodstock 50th-Anniversary Festival Is Actually In The Works

first_imgThe iconic Woodstock Festival is due for a 50th-anniversary celebration in 2019, and it seems as though moves are being made by both the tentative festival grounds and the state of New York. As reported by The Poughkeepsie Journal, the not-for-profit Bethel Woods Center for the Arts—a 2,000-acre site that includes Woodstock’s original grounds in 1969—recently received $689,063 for a three-day festival from New York’s Regional Economic Development Council. This money comes in addition to $28,225, which will be used for on-site improvements, including a stage, sound towers, performers’ bridge, and scenic overlook on the famous festival grounds.Woodstock Site Added To National Register Of Historic PlacesThe state’s interest in helping ensure the success of such an event is bolstered by the economic growth and tourism it would bring to the area. However, as JamBase points out, it is still unclear whether Michael Lang—one of the leading organizers of the original Woodstock festival, Woodstock ’94, and the disastrous Woodstock ’99—will be involved. Given Woodstock ’99 primary reputation for the widespread accounts of violence and fire throughout the event, New York throwing money at improving infrastructure for a potential anniversary festival would be unsurprising and could be read as a means to ensure Woodstock ’19 doesn’t involve a similar fate.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Nicaragua Exerts Sovereignty in Maritime Areas Demarcated by International Court

first_imgBy Dialogo November 28, 2012 Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced that his country has started to “exert sovereignty” in the maritime area demarcated by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and demanded Colombian Navy patrol ships to leave the area. National Navy ships deployed on November 25 at midnight to reclaim the areas and “from that moment, sovereignty has been exerted in that maritime area,” stated Ortega in a broadcasted address on radio and television on November 26. The ICJ ruling, which was announced on November 19, set new maritime borders between Nicaragua and Colombia, granting Nicaragua an area of 90,000 square kilometers on the east, which was previously under Colombian control. The head of state indicated that the country is ready to proceed in a “non traumatic” way a week after the ICJ ruling. “We are ready for Colombian patrol ships to withdraw from the area, as President (Juan Manuel) Santos ordered,” said Ortega. The Nicaraguan president also stated that the agreements Colombia had with other countries, such as the United States, Honduras, and Jamaica for patrolling and countering drug trafficking and organized crime in the area “must be modified, because these waters are now part of Nicaraguan territory.” For their part, the Colombian government announced that a group of experts have been assigned to evaluate potential legal actions against the ICJ ruling, a decision rejected by Bogotá, said the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement. Likewise, Santos confirmed that experts will also evaluate the tentative withdrawal of Colombia from the Pact of Bogotá, signed in 1948, by which the South American nation accepts the ICJ authority. The ICJ resolved a dispute between Bogotá and Managua over the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina by determining that all isles, islets and keys belong to Colombia, while demarcating new maritime borders, hence extending Nicaragua’s sovereignty in the Caribbean Sea, in an unappealable judgement.last_img read more

NAFCU-sought bill to stop RBC rule in mark-up tomorrow

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House Financial Services Committee will mark-up more than a dozen bills tomorrow, including one that would stop the NCUA’s risk-based capital rule (RBC) from going into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. Last week, a NAFCU witness testified before a House panel on the negative impact the rule will likely have on the credit union industry.The Common Sense Credit Union Capital Relief Act of 2017 (H.R. 4464) was recently introduced by committee member Bill Posey, R-Fla. NAFCU witness Brian Ducharme, president and CEO of MIT Federal Credit Union (Cambridge, Mass.), focused his comments before a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing last week on this bill.Over the past three years, NAFCU has consistently opposed the NCUA’s RBC rulemaking and urged its withdrawal because of the adverse effects it would have on the credit union industry – particularly as a result of regulatory burdens and costs. NCUA Chairman J. Mark McWatters has indicated that revisiting this rulemaking is on his list of priorities for this year. continue reading »last_img read more

Shep, Craig Are ‘Tough’ on Me and Madison

first_imgFrom Austen’s point of view, however, his friends “love to deflect” and critique his “toxic” relationship with Madison instead of taking a closer look at what’s going on in their own love lives. Craig recently split from costar Naomie Olindo after three years together, while Shep is currently hot and heavy with girlfriend Taylor Ann Green. When it comes to his history with Madison, Austen isn’t interested in hearing anyone’s negativity — especially from “Tweedledee and Tweedledum.”“If you’re my friends, then you’ll accept this and we’ll move forward,” Austen explained. “You’ve got to make a choice. … They don’t have it together. Like, who the hell are they to judge me?”Southern Charm season 7 airs on Bravo Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement – “It’s very tough. You know, if you want to consider someone a close friend, it’s like, ‘Look, man, I’m not choosing between you and love,’” Austen explained. “I’m just not. So it’s certainly tough to have friends that aren’t supportive.”Shep Rose and Craig Conover on Southern Charm Austen Kroll Says Its Tough When Shep Rose and Craig Conover Question His Relationship With Madison LeCroyShep Rose and Craig Conover on ‘Southern Charm’ Paul Cheney/BravoAusten and Madison’s complicated relationship has taken a toll on the rest of the Southern Charm cast, as Craig pointed out while speaking with Us exclusively in October.“We all want to not be a part of it anymore, like, you can only lead a horse to water so much, but you can’t force them to drink and that’s just what it got to,” the Sewing Down South creator said at the time. “It’s just not good for anyone. I think it affects his career, his business, his happiness, everything.”- Advertisement – He’s got hurt feelings. Southern Charm‘s Austen Kroll is happy with his relationship with Madison LeCroy — but it isn’t fun to hear pals Shep Rose and Craig Conover express their doubts.“It’s extremely difficult,” Austen, 33, told Us Weekly exclusively of critiques about his romance with Madison, 31. “Those two guys are two of my best friends, you know. … I think that everyone wants their friends to like their significant other.”- Advertisement – Austen and Madison’s on-again, off-again relationship was a focal point during season 6 of the Bravo series, which aired in 2019. The North Carolina native admitted that he and Madison still “have ups and downs,” but now they’re “never not together.” When season 7 premiered in October, Austen was prepared to see some of his and Madison’s challenges play out on screen but was optimistic about their ability to find a “resolution.”Southern Charm Austen Kroll Says Its Tough When Shep Rose and Craig Conover Question His Relationship With Madison LeCroyMadison LeCroy and Austen Kroll Courtesy Madison LeCroy/Instagram“You’re going to kind of see … how we move forward together,” he told Us of the current season. “It’s not our first rodeo. We have hated each other at times and loved each other to the ends of the Earth at times. … There’s so much more to come.”In November 2019, Austen confirmed that he and Madison were giving their romance another try, admitting during a panel at BravoCon that “it’s hard to walk away from someone like that.” Now that they’re back together, Craig, 31, and Shep, 40, haven’t exactly been the duo’s biggest fans.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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AGO continues work despite blaze

first_imgLawmakers and the Prosecutors Commission (KomJak) have called on the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to reassure the public that its work will not be affected by the fire that gutted its main office building in South Jakarta over the weekend, as police look into possible foul play.The massive blaze broke out on Saturday evening on the sixth floor of the AGO building in Kebayoran Baru before spreading to the entire structure. No casualties were reported after firefighters battled for more than 10 hours to bring the fire under control, according to the South Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency.The chairman of House of Representatives Commission III overseeing law enforcement, Herman Hery, called for Attorney General ST Burhanuddin to set up an independent team to thoroughly investigate the cause of the fire. Speculation is rife that the incident could be an attempt to obstruct ongoing AGO investigations into several high-profile cases, with concerns that case dossiers may have been destroyed in the blaze.AGO spokesman Hari Setiyono insisted that the case files and dossiers currently handled by the AGO were stored in a separate building.“The dossiers for extraordinary crimes are stored at the office of the assistant attorney general for extraordinary crimes, which is located quite far from [the incident],” he said, “while the dossiers for general crimes are stored at the office of the assistant attorney general for general crimes, which is also safe”.State prosecutors are in the midst of handling a number of high-profile cases, including that of Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra, a recently recaptured graft convict who was implicated in the 1998 Bank Bali graft scandal.Read also: Where has Rp 540 billion in Bank Bali evidence gone?: Ex-KPK chairmanThe AGO was also looking into the case of Pinangki Sirna Malasari, a prosecutor who was recently arrested after she allegedly accepted bribes amounting to US$500,000 from Djoko.Additionally, the AGO was investigating alleged corruption in state-owned insurer Jiwasraya. It had named 13 asset-management companies, three former executives of Jiwasraya and a Financial Services Authority (OJK) official as suspects.The fire started in a part of the building that previously served as the office for the AGO’s human resources, legal and planning departments, as well as its intelligence office. It was also where Attorney General Burhanuddin and Deputy Attorney General Untung Arimuladi worked.This was not the first time that the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) building caught fire. In 2003, the office’s control room, located next to the then-vacant office for the deputy attorney general, caught fire. The building also experienced two fires in 1979. (JP/Hengky Wijaya)The attorney general confirmed that his office would continue providing public services as usual.“Today, along with the deputy attorney general and the assistant attorney general for development and counsel [Jambin], I’ve started working at our education and training campus in Ragunan [South Jakarta],” Burhanuddin said on Monday.“Although our building was burned down, it will not affect our activities.”Read also: Police assign special team to investigate AGO fireHari said that the AGO would be consulting with the Jakarta administration as to whether the building could be renovated after the investigation into the incident is wrapped up.“Because it is part of a cultural heritage area, we will ask for the Jakarta administration’s permission in regard to renovation or rebuilding efforts,” he said.The head of the Jakarta Cultural Agency’s preservation department, Novriandi S. Husodo, said in a statement that the AGO building itself was not a cultural heritage site, as per Jakarta Gubernatorial Decree No. 475/1993, but that it was treated as such because it fulfilled the necessary criteria. The building is currently undergoing the process of being designated as a heritage site.The police sent a forensics team on Monday to the building to investigate the cause of the incident and check its structural integrity, Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Commr. Yusri Yunus said.He declined to give an estimate of the potential losses incurred as a result of the incident, citing the ongoing investigation.Read also: Police to question at least 15 witnesses regarding AGO fireSome 900 people from the Jambin’s office had been relocated to the AGO’s education and training campus in Ragunan, while around 200 people from the AGO’s intelligence office will temporarily work from another training campus in Ceger, East Jakarta.Topics : “I urge the Attorney General to establish a special team with the National Police to discover [the cause of] this incident. Most importantly, the investigation into this incident should be conducted in a transparent and professional manner,” Herman said in a statement on Monday, as quoted by Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician also expressed the hope that the fire would not significantly affect the work of the AGO.Separately, Komjak chairman Barita Simanjuntak said the AGO should reassure the public that its duties could still be effectively carried out so as to avoid further speculation over the incident.“We hope that the process of handling legal cases can resume [as usual], which will also serve to provide reassurances that [the AGO’s] public service duties are not affected,” Barita told The Jakarta Post on Monday.last_img read more

Dutch legal system dampens efforts to heal from wartime atrocities

first_imgMalik’s case is indicative of the hopes and the dread that surviving relatives of victims of past Dutch war crimes must face as they seek justice through the Dutch court system.Read also: Ruling puts Dutch in spotlight over past crimesEven though a Dutch appeals court lifted in 2019 the statute of limitations on alleged executions by Dutch forces during the Indonesian struggle for independence, limitations for those seeking due recompense still remain.“In the press statement about his case, we explained how the applicable law unfortunately limited the amount in damages that Mr. Lambogo could recover in court as a surviving relative of his father,” Brechtje Vossenberg, one of the lawyers representing Malik, told The Jakarta Post recently.“One of the limitations is that according to the applicable law, surviving relatives cannot recover moral damages for the loss of a loved one.”Aside from Malik’s case, there are at least two other cases that the Dutch courts are still hearing. One case involves Santa, son of Iabu, against the Dutch state. Iabu was one among a group of villagers from Lisu, South Sulawesi, who were summarily executed by Dutch soldiers under the command of Captain Raymond Westerling in 1947.Cases demanding compensation from the Dutch state for war atrocities in Indonesia have slowly gained traction, but human rights lawyers have highlighted the need to better benefit from the perceived good will of the kingdom.Dutch King Willem-Alexander offered an apology during his official visit to Indonesia in March for the “excessive violence” committed by Dutch soldiers during the early years of Indonesian independence.Read also: Dutch king apologizes for past ‘excessive violence’But the chairman of the Committee for Dutch Debts of Honor (KUKB), Jeffry Pondaag, expressed regret that the Dutch courts don’t appear to be taking account of the royal apology in its rulings.He pointed to a March 25 ruling on five cases referred to as the South Sulawesi cases, in which the court ordered the Dutch state to financially compensate the widows and children of 11 men who had been summarily executed in the past, at rates ranging between 123.48 euros and 3,634 euros.“[The Dutch king] is the head of state and [is] speaking on behalf of the state to apologize, [but] the court ruling on March 25 – not long after the apology – finds the child of a victim [of past Dutch atrocities will] only receive 123.48 euros [in material damages],” said Pondaag. “That’s not fair.”The Den Haag district court said in a statement that it recognized that the amount due for recompense that was part of its ruling was disproportionate to the pain and sorrow suffered by the relatives of the victims. But the court also acknowledged that current applicable laws offer few possibilities to recoup such damages.The Dutch Embassy in Indonesia said in a statement that its government was of the opinion that the apologies offered by the Dutch king were an “appropriate part of the state visit” and that it “followed up on earlier statements made by other members of the Dutch government.”The embassy also said the state had already paid compensation to the relatives of victims of violence, and that it was currently considering to broaden the compensation scheme.Vossenberg, as well as Amsterdam-based lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld, who together have represented different plaintiffs in similar cases, said they were determined to help the victims and their relatives go to court.“One way or another, the State of the Netherlands needs to take responsibility for its past wrongs,” they said. “We strongly believe that the only way for a country to move forward is by coming to terms with its past.”Read also: From Grotius to Zegveld: 400 years of right to plunderHowever, not all relatives opted to pursue litigation against the Dutch state.Historian Anhar Gonggong, whose family members were also among those executed by the Dutch soldiers under Westerling’s command, said a major sticking point was the refusal on the part of the Dutch state to acknowledge Indonesia’s Independence Day on Aug. 17, 1945.“If they want to give us compensation, they can come and ask me: Do I want to accept it or not? Then I’ll say to them I am willing to discuss it after they acknowledge Aug. 17 [as Indonesia’s Independence Day],” he said.Topics : The ruling was based on the testimony of two witnesses as well as existing documentation, both of which pointed to the cruelty of Andi’s decapitation. Based on the accounts, his head was put on display at the local market in Enrekang, South Sulawesi, presumably as a war trophy.One witness, who gave his testimony through video conferencing, was himself even captured by Dutch soldiers and testified that he was ordered to kiss the decapitated head a few days after the incident.The compensation offered turned out to be a far cry from what Malik’s legal counsel had sought: 30,000 euros in immaterial damages, in addition to material damages and legal interest.The ruling at the end of last month was the final verdict in the case; if no appeal is filed within three months, the ruling enters into law and the case of Andi’s beheading will be closed after the damages have been settled. On Sept. 29, the district court of the Hague delivered its ruling in the case of Malik Lambogo, the son of South Sulawesi freedom fighter Andi Abubakar Lambogo, against the state of the Netherlands, putting an end to a four-year-long legal battle.In its verdict, the court found the Dutch state liable for the beheading of Andi in March 1947 after he was detained, according to a statement released by Dutch law firm Prakken d’Oliveira, which represented Malik in court.Malik is reportedly due to receive 874.80 euros (US$1,027) in damages.last_img read more

Couple enjoy renovating Brisbane homes as a side hobby

first_img14 Stella St, Holland Park.Part of the renovations included cutting the house in half, removing part of the house and adding a two-storey extension.“It’s a hobby on the side for us,” Mrs Pennisi said.“We’ve renovated three homes in the Holland Park area. The best part is seeing our ideas come to fruition.” 14 Stella St, Holland Park.Engineers Aron and Carolina Pennisi have finally seen their ideas come to fruition with the transformation of their Holland Park property.The couple bought the home at 14 Stella St as a project and were keen to do a structural renovation.“We pretty much have transformed the house,” Mrs Pennisi said. 14 Stella St, Holland Park.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020She said the property was built in the 1930s and had never been renovated.“It actually had a toilet out the back. You know, those ones that were disconnected from the house?” she said.center_img 14 Stella St, Holland Park.The home originally had two bedrooms and one bathroom.However, the Pennisis have transformed it into a five-bedroom, three-bathroom home with a study.The property is on a 607sq m block in a quiet street.It is beautifully presented throughout and ready to move straight in.Mrs Pennisi said she hoped an established family wanting to live in the area would enjoy the classic Queenslander-style home.Central to all amenities, the property is easily accessible to Holland Park and Cavendish Road schools, as well as the local shops and cafe precinct.Other features of the residence include ducted airconditioning, polished timber floors and ceiling fans.Mrs Pennisi said there was a luxurious upstairs master suite with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.last_img read more

71 groups to join Ati-Atihan opening salvo

first_imgKALIBO, Aklan – Around 71 modern andtribal groups are set to join the opening salvo of the annual Santo NiñoAti-Atihan Festival. “We call it a time of thanksgiving,devotion and gratitude for all the blessings we have received in honor of thechild Jesus or Santo Niño,” Zaraspe added, saying that the opening salvo iscelebrated as part of Kalibo’s founding anniversary. Festival dancers perform during the Santo Niño Ati-Atihan festivity. Around 71 modern and tribal Ati-Atihan groups are set for the opening salvo on Nov. 4. AKLAN FORUM JOURNAL The tribes after a short program willdance on major streets of the town where everyone can participate. center_img Apol Zaraspe, chairman of the SantoNiño Ati-Atihan Management Council Incorporated here, said the opening salvo onNov. 4 is the official start of the series of preparation for the annualevent. The annual Ati-Atihan Festival iscelebrated every third week of January./PNlast_img read more

Lawrence Paul Mahl

first_imgLawrence Paul Mahl, 62, of Batesville, Indiana, died Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at his residence.Larry was born in Rome, New York on July 20, 1957 to Clifford and Gennie Ludwin Mahl. Following high school Larry joined the Navy and honorably served his country. He worked as an electrician for a power company and also was employed at Pentecost Tours in Batesville. Larry was a Member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Batesville and was very active in the church.Larry is survived by two brothers: Teddy Mahl and wife Vera of Blossvale, New York and Brian Mahl and wife Vickie of Manor, Pennsylvania; a nephew: Brian Mahl Jr. and wife Sierra of Pennsylvania; a niece: Stephanie Mahl of Pennsylvania; and many friends in the Batesville area. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Lloyd Mahl.Cremation was chosen and there will be no public services. Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information or to share condolences or memories, go to The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lawrence Mahl Family.last_img read more