Government squaring off with Burning Man organizers over barriers, lasers and trash cans

first_imgDigitalGlobe via Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — A standoff with the federal government is putting the future of Burning Man at risk.The problems started when the event’s organizer, Burning Man Project, applied for a permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to hold the event in northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for another 10 years.Then the BLM responded.The agency, which is part of the Interior Department and manages public lands, issued a draft of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) required for the permit on March 15.BLM wants 10 miles of concrete barriers installed on the event’s perimeter for security, a requirement that organizers install dumpsters and hire companies to haul out the trash and authorities in place to conduct vehicle searches at the gate.The decision didn’t sit well with Burners.“Many of the measures recommended by BLM are unreasonable, untenable, attempt to solve problems that don’t exist, and/or create new (and worse) problems,” Burning Man Project wrote in a fact-checking statement.“Altogether, these requirements would fundamentally change the operational integrity and cultural fabric of Black Rock City, and would spell the end of the event as we know it,” the group added. “This is not an exaggeration.”The organizers encouraged Burners and their supporters to submit comments to the agency by a Monday deadline.“I get they’re trying to save the land but the majority of burners aren’t a——-,” Jessyca Jones, 29, from Salem, Oregon, told ABC News in a message. “We pack it in, pack it out. We have crews literally SCOURING the ground to pick up the tiniest bits of things someone left behind just to make sure the playa is left at its best. We have a trash fence. We have us to keep the perimeter safe.”Burning Man is a “Leave No Trace” event (organizers and hardcore burners do not like the term “festival”), where “camps” form their own communities for a week, share resources and create art together. At the end, there should be no evidence of what happened and the land is supposed to be returned to a cleaner state than before.The event has become such a big phenomenon that it’s developed its own vocabulary, compiled in a glossary on its site. A playa, for example, is defined as: “The Spanish word for beach, also used to describe dry lake beds in the American west such as the Black Rock Desert.”It’s been around for nearly three decades, but the last few years have seen an influx of hipsters and tech moguls and their followers, which have made the event a cultural phenomenon or target, depending on who is opining.The conditions of the permit wouldn’t affect this year’s conclave, which is slated for Aug. 25 to Sept. 2. It could potentially derail next year’s event, though.But central to the ethos of the week is sense of self-governance, which is why the new government proposals are particularly ingratiating.“We are our own city. We have no government, and I’m not saying it would work in everyday, but keeping the feds as far away as possible from encroaching into the event has worked OK thus far. Now, that’s not to say they aren’t present every year. But they’ve not built a f—— wall around us and it’s been just fine,” Jones said.The tension with the government has taken some longtime Burners by surprise.“They, Burning Man Project, has worked with BLM together for so long, it’s generally been a very collaborative relationship,” said Cabe Franklin, a New Yorker who has attended 14 times since 2000.He said he knows that it might be hard for some non-Burners to understand why trash cans are a contentious issue.“Once you have trash cans, people just dump their trash, people fill them up and they overflow,” Franklin said. “If you know there’s not a trash can you don’t walk out of your tent with your trash. You leave it inside and leave with it. This may sound silly but, say you take cereal, before you go, you take the bag out of the box. You get rid of a lot of excess packaging even if [it’s from] before you get there.”The government also has concerns about lights being used at night, including large work lights, high-intensity lasers and search lights, which BLM said can disrupt birds and other wildlife, and contribute to light pollution. As a result, the potential to ban or curtail some of the lighting is on the table.Burning Man Project isn’t having it.“Back on Earth, Burning Man has a robust nightlife which, combined with the artists’ technical creativity and the darkness of the playa, heavily features light-based artwork,” the organization said in its fact-checking statement. “The nighttime Black Rock City skyline has become a hallmark of the Burning Man experience, including innumerable LEDs, lasers, and searchlights throughout the city.”It denies that the night lights affect the local fowl population. “In fact, birds are rarely encountered on the playa in hot summer months,” they said.Organizers also call the idea of vehicle searches at the gate “unconstitional” and unnecessary.“For many years, BRC has published and widely publicized a list of prohibited items that are not allowed into Black Rock City, including weapons, narcotics and fireworks. We enforce these restrictions when items are discovered in vehicles during entry,” Burning Man Project said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Three steps to career success Fiona Brady, director, HR consultancy HRHR

first_imgThree steps to career success Fiona Brady, director, HR consultancy HRHROn 14 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Not sure where you are at with your career? HR career coach Fiona Bradyoffers some tips Step one Assess where you are at and identify some options for going forward. Someoptions are: 1 Stay in your current role, learn new skills and promote yourself to thenext level rather than taking a sideways move 2 Depending on your experience, consider an interim contract. Make sure youchoose carefully as you might not want to end up in a ‘firefighting’ role orone that is too prescriptive. Senior managers may find this a good time to landan interim contract, as there are lots of corporate restructures currentlytaking place 3 Consultancy may be worth a look. With a bit of networking, you could dowell with two or three clients plus an associate role. The Chartered Instituteof Personnel and Development (CIPD) Specialist Interest Group networks orBusiness Link are good places to start 4 Take a sideways move with the aim of working in another industry, locationor more high-profile organisation 5 Take the most popular option of staying in the same industry sector andmoving for a better job and more money. Step two How to equip yourself to progress your career: 1 Have belief in yourself and visualise yourself succeeding 2 Work towards adding value in your work that will set you apart from others3 Plan and manage your diary 4 Evaluate your goals regularly as there will be setbacks 5 Enrol help – you may well need a support network to help you achievesuccess. This could be friends, family, a life coach or a mentor 6 The CIPD continuing professional development log is invaluable in helpingto map out goals and measure your achievements. Step three It is important to reflect on your work to look to the future. 1 Look at what you didn’t like about your last job – was it a workingrelationship that did not work out, or did you take the job out of panic to geta job, for example? 2 Understand what kind of job you are looking for. Firing out loads of CVswill only cause frustration. Be realistic about your skills – if there are anygaps in your experience then diarise them, as this will help you plug the gaps 3 Plan your self-development. Talk to different parts of the HR function andask people why projects succeed and fail. Find out what lessons can be learned.This will help in future interviews 4 Attend CIPD events to learn and to network 5 Sit down with your line manager and ask to take on tasks that will helpyou gain promotion. For example, you could ask to present management reports 6 Most importantly, don’t move roles for the sake of it. Ask for advice frompeople you trust. Fiona Brady, MCIPD, is director of HR consultancy HRHR,,and will be talking at a fringe meeting on careers for HR professionals at thisyear’s CIPD conference at Harrogate. The meeting takes place on 22 October at6.30pm at St George Hotel, Harrogate Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

HMAS Coonawarra Changes Command

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Coonawarra Changes Command A new Commanding Officer took the helm of HMAS Coonawarra during a formal handover-takeover ceremony in Darwin in December. View post tag: Coonawarra View post tag: Defense Authorities COMMAND HAND-OVER CEREMONY HMAS Coonawarra Changes Command View post tag: changes View post tag: Command January 16, 2014 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: HMAS As a former Commanding Officer of Fremantle and Armidale Class Patrol Boats (ACPB), Commander (CMDR) John Navin relieved CMDR Ben Favelle.CMDR Navin said that the main focus under his command will be to continue to provide support to the patrol boats and major fleet units currently on government directed operations.“With a high operational tempo it is a very challenging period at a time when we must continue to support visiting ships, major fleet exercises and any other Defence activities in the north,” he added.Having in mind the fact that Australia’s Northern Waters play host to major Royal Australian Navy and multi-national exercises and operations involving around 100 visiting Australian and foreign major warships each year, 2014 will be a busy year for the new Commanding Officer.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 16, 2014; Image: RAN View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

Australia’s HMAS Darwin on final visit to namesake city

first_img Share this article Authorities View post tag: HMAS Darwin Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin pulled into her namesake city one last time after 33 years of service and more than a million nautical miles underway.Following a two month deployment to the Indo-Pacific region, the Royal Australian Navy’s most senior warship stopped in Darwin on November 1 before she completes her passage to Sydney for decommissioning at the end of the year.“Visiting a namesake port is always a great occasion, but to bring Darwin in during her decommissioning year and celebrate her achievements with the people of Darwin is especially memorable for us,” Darwin’s commanding officer, Commander Phillip Henry, said.“Our ship’s company are honoured to be part of Darwin’s history and we are proud to tell the story of her illustrious career representing Darwin and all of Australia with distinction.“She is a fine ship and has served Australia well with deployments to Timor-Leste in 1999, the Solomon Islands in 2001 and regular trips to the Middle East, bringing peace and stability to the region.”Darwin will exercise the ship’s right to Freedom of Entry with a public parade through the streets of Darwin on Saturday, November 4, and will host an open day on Sunday, November 5. November 1, 2017center_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian frigate HMAS Darwin on final visit to namesake city Australian frigate HMAS Darwin on final visit to namesake city View post tag: Royal Australian Navylast_img read more

Oxford Living Wage Forum

first_imgA Living Wage Forum was held yesterday, involving economists, campaigners and academics, including the Director of the national Living Wage Campaign.Ellie Horrocks of Trinity College, chair of the event, said, “Students may have voted on a JCR motion, or seen campaign posters, or heard about St. John’s recent decision to raise scouts’ wages from £6.49 to £7.20 per hour. But many people aren’t sure what the living wage is all about. The Forum intends to create a platform for exploring the idea of a living wage, dispelling misconceptions, and answering vital questions.”She added, “Living Wage is especially imperative in Oxford: a city of dreaming spires and extreme income inequality.”The Living Wage Campaign sent personal invitations to the bursars and heads of every Oxford college and PPH to the Forum.A Living Wage Forum was held yesterday, involving economists, campaigners and academics, including the Director of the national Living Wage Campaign.Ellie Horrocks of Trinity College, chair of the event, said, “Students may have voted on a JCR motion, or seen campaign posters, or heard about St. John’s recent decision to raise scouts’ wages from £6.49 to £7.20 per hour. But many people aren’t sure what the living wage is all about. The Forum intends to create a platform for exploring the idea of a living wage, dispelling misconceptions, and answering vital questions.”She added, “Living Wage is especially imperative in Oxford: a city of dreaming spires and extreme income inequality.”The Living Wage Campaign sent personal invitations to the bursars and heads of every Oxford college and PPH to the Forum.last_img read more

Glastonbury To Honor Prince And David Bowie With Stage Fixtures, Special Performances, And More

first_imgThe tributes to lost legends Prince and David Bowie will never end. Like their music, their legacies will last forever through whatever dedicated glitter is thrown in their honor. Even the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is planning ahead with something special.According to BBC, this year’s Glastonbury will hang a massive metal lightning bolt on the Pyramid State in honor of David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover. There will also be footage from Bowie’s 2000 appearance on that very stage playing across the entire festival. Additionally, a special tribute to Bowie’s 1977 album Heroes will take place on the Park Stage.Watch Bowie’s full Glastonbury performance from 2000 below:In honor of Prince, there will be “an incredible light show which will go on for the whole show and beyond, into the night,” says Glastonbury co-founder Emily Eavis. “There’s talk of late-night Prince parties and things,” she adds. Though he’s never played the England festival before, his presence in music will undoubtedly be known. With over a month to plan, we’re confident festival organizers will pull these tributes off in style. It can also be expected that many of the performing artists and entertainers will also work tributes into their own sets as well.Known for being one of the largest festivals in the world, Glastonbury is going down June 22-26 in Pilton, England. Festivalgoers will get to see headlining performances from Muse, Adele, Coldplay, Foals, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Beck, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, ZZ Top, Disclosure, New Order, Earth Wind & Fire, The Last Shadow Puppets, Ellie Goulding, Skepta, The 1975, Grimes and plenty more. [H/T CoS]last_img read more

Cold atoms and nanotubes come together in an atomic ‘black hole’

first_imgCarbon nanotubes, long touted for applications in materials and electronics, may also be the stuff of atomic-scale black holes.Physicists at Harvard University have found that a high-voltage nanotube can cause cold atoms to spiral inward under dramatic acceleration before disintegrating violently. Their experiments, the first to demonstrate something akin to a black hole at atomic scale, are described in the current issue of the journal Physical Review Letters.“On a scale of nanometers, we create an inexorable and destructive pull similar to what black holes exert on matter at cosmic scales,” says Lene Vestergaard Hau, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics at Harvard. “As importantly for scientists, this is the first merging of cold-atom and nanoscale science, and it opens the door to a new generation of cold atom experiments and nanoscale devices.”Hau and co-authors Anne Goodsell, Trygve Ristroph, and Jene A. Golovchenko laser-cooled clouds of one million rubidium atoms to just a fraction of a degree above absolute zero. The physicists then launched this millimeter-long atomic cloud towards a suspended carbon nanotube, located some two centimeters away and charged to hundreds of volts.The vast majority of the atoms passed right by the wire, but those that came within a micron of it — roughly 10 atoms in every million-atom cloud — were inescapably attracted, reaching high speeds as they spiraled toward the nanotube.“From a start at about 5 meters per second, the cold atoms reach speeds of roughly 1,200 meters per second, or more than 2,700 miles per hour, as they circle the nanotube,” says Goodsell, a graduate student on the project and now a postdoctoral researcher in physics at Harvard. “As part of this tremendous acceleration, the temperature corresponding to the atoms’ kinetic energy increases from 0.1 degrees Kelvin to thousands of degrees Kelvin in less than a microsecond.”At this point, the speeding atoms separate into an electron and an ion rotating in parallel around the nanowire, completing each orbit in just a few trillionths of a second. The electron eventually gets sucked into the nanotube via quantum tunneling, causing its companion ion to shoot away — repelled by the strong charge of the 300-volt nanotube — at a speed of roughly 26 kilometers per second, or 59,000 miles per hour.The entire experiment was conducted with great precision, allowing the scientists unprecedented access to both cold-atom and nanoscale processes.“Cold-atom and nanoscale science have each provided exciting new systems for study and applications,” says Golovchenko, Rumford Professor of Physics and Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard. “This is the first experimental realization of a combined cold atom-nanostructure system. Our system demonstrates sensitive probing of atom, electron, and ion dynamics at the nanoscale.”The single-walled carbon nanotube used in these researchers’ successful experiment was dubbed “Lucy,” and its contributions are acknowledged in the Physical Review Letters paper. The nanotube was grown by chemical vapor deposition across a 10-micron gap in a silicon chip that provides the nanowire with both mechanical support and electrical contact.“From the atom’s point of view, the nanotube is infinitely long and thin, creating a singular effect on the atom,” Hau says.Harvard’s Office of Technology Development has filed a patent application on the technology underlying the new work by Hau and Golovchenko.This work was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation.last_img read more

Tunnel connecting Le Mans Hall and Cushwa-Leighton library to open within three months

first_imgAs part of the recently launched multi-year facilities update, for which Saint Mary’s received approval to issue a bond of $51.5 million, the tunnel system between Le Mans Hall and Cushwa-Leighton Library will be reopened for student use. Though the official reopening date is pending, plans to renovate the tunnels have been in place since the beginning of last semester.In an interview with The Observer, vice president for strategy and finance Dana Strait said reopening the tunnels would ensure that the newly installed 24-hour spaces in the library are used by students, even during the colder winter months. Maeve Filbin The tunnel between Le Mans Hall and the Cushwa-Leighton Library is currently closed to students. As part of a larger facilities update, the tunnel will be renovated and opened to student traffic.“We also have to ensure that they’re accessible, so that students who are in wheelchairs or who need a little bit more physical assistance … [are able] to get through,” Strait said. “So, part of opening that tunnel this fall will involve installing accessibility ramps so that they can really be used by all students.”In a January email to students, library director Joe Thomas said the renovation work would be completed within the next three months.The tunnel system was initially created to connect the buildings on campus to the central utility plant, Strait said in an email, and is currently owned by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.“In this case, the Sisters were so generous as to approve reopening the tunnel for student use as part of the overall library renovation,” she said.At one time, the tunnels connected the Convent, Holy Cross Hall, Moreau Center for the Arts, Regina Hall, Le Mans Hall, Haggar College Center and the library, Adaline Cashore, director of donor relations, said. Cashore, who graduated from Saint Mary’s in 1970, remembers traversing these underground passageways.“They were warm and dry in the winter,” Cashore said in an email. “They were relatively well-lit and wide, but the head room was low. You could reach out above and to the side and touch the pipes. So, it’s understandable why the Sisters decided to close them to pedestrians.”The tunnel connecting Le Mans Hall to Haggar and the library was built in 1982, when Cushwa-Leighton was first constructed and Haggar — which served as a library up until that point — was renovated, Cashore said.“It has a completely different feel from the older network,” she said.Since the tunnel’s original opening, it fell into disrepair over the years, and was eventually closed to the public due to dangerous conditions. However, Strait said the new renovations will make the tunnels safe and accessible for all students.“The College is in the process of making the necessary investments to ensure that it [is in] compliance with ADA requirements and recommendations, so it is available to all students, including those with accessibility needs,” Strait said. “The College will also take care of improving the aesthetic condition of the space, incorporating fresh paint and a thorough cleaning.”The work will be finished within the next few months, and the tunnels will be opened for student use before the end of this academic year, Strait said.“We are hoping that April gives us at least one good snow so that students can appreciate the warmth provided by this newly-opened tunnel before the academic year is done,” she said.Tags: Bond, Cushwa-Leighton Library, Le Mans Hall, renovations, tunnelslast_img read more

David Patrick Kelly & More Set for Off-Broadway’s Everybody

first_img Everybody Related Shows The cast is now set for the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody. The MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient’s new play will feature Obie Award winners David Patrick Kelly (Thérèse Raquin), Marylouise Burke (Fish in the Dark) and Brooke Bloom (Cloud Nine). Performances will begin at the Pershing Square Signature Center’s Irene Diamond Stage on January 31; the Lila Neugebauer-helmed production is scheduled to run through March 12. Tickets are now on sale.The cast will also feature Jocelyn Bioh (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Michael Braun (The Crucible), Louis Cancelmi (Blasted), Lilyana Tiare Cornell (Les Misérables), Lakisha Michelle May (Boardwalk Empire) and Chris Perfetti (Cloud Nine).Jacobs-Jenkins’ second play in his Signature Theatre residency is a modern riff on the 15th Century morality play Everyman. In the play, Everybody—a character that is assigned via cast lottery at each performance—travels down a road toward life’s greatest mystery.Opening night is set for February 21. The creative team includes scenic designer Laura Jellinek, costume designer Gabriel Berry, lighting designer Matt Frey and sound designer Brandon Wolcott. David Patrick Kelly(Photo: Bruce Glikas)center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 19, 2017 View Commentslast_img read more

‘Gardening’ Wonder.

first_img Walter Reeves UGA CAES File Photo On this week’s “Gardening in Georgia,” host Walter Reeves visits with Karen Tolbert, research assistant at the Savannah Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens. Tolbert takes Reeves through their demonstration Xeriscape landscape.The program airs on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Television. It will be rebroadcast at noon on Saturday, Oct. 6.The beautiful Coastal Gardens landscape area demonstrates all seven xeriscaping principles: Pacific Northwest in Georgia?In another segment, co-host Tara Dillard wonders why Janet Ivarie’s pine islands look like Pacific Northwest beds. She finds that Ivarie moved here from Oregon five years ago and recreated the Pacific Northwest look.Ivarie created her islands by first amending the soil, which raised it a few inches and made it look more like a bed. Curves around her pine islands are generous and smooth, without wiggles.She began her installation, too, by planting trees and evergreens. She put in the perennials and groundcovers later. Shades of green contrast with jolts of chartreuse foliage as highlights.Cinder-block PlantersFinally, Helen Phillips of Callaway Gardens shows Reeves how to make attractive planters out of cinder blocks. Phillips uses a mixture of mortar mix, peat moss and sand, which she thoroughly mixes together before adding water. (Be sure to wear rubber gloves and perhaps a dust mask when working with this mixture.)She trowels the thick goop onto stacked cinderblocks to make their normal corners more rounded. Finally, she uses plants such as sedum, geranium, purslane and ice plant, which can stand a bit of dryness between waterings. Once they’re planted, you can’t identify the humble origins of the container.Wednesdays, Saturdays on GPTV”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. Planning and design.Soil analysis.Appropriate plant selection.Practical turf areas.Efficient irrigation.Use of mulches.Appropriate maintenance.last_img read more

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