Electric Forest Will Reportedly Expand To Two Weekends In 2017

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first_imgAccording to The Festive Owl and a few inside sources, the team behind Electric Forest has turned in signed permits for back-to-back weekends in The Forest. The beloved Rothbury, MI event now looks like it will expand, as the local city council is currently discussing the permit and are leaning towards approval.Permitting issues have been a constant distraction for promoters and fans since the site was first used as Rothbury in 2008, when the festival was still owned by independents. Now, as original owners Madison House Presents and Insomniac Presents have been purchased by industry giants AEG Live and Live Nation, respectively, it seems that the festival has seen its luck change, and we can now expect multiple weekends of magic at the Double JJ Ranch next summer.This report creates a handful of questions. Will the String Cheese Incident headline Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on both weekends? Will the lineups stay the same from weekend-to-weekend, or will each one be unique? Will Bassnectar become king of the second weekend, as the new resident artist of Electric Forest? Will we see a return of Rothbury as a more jam and classic rock-heavy event, with Electric Forest moving more and more into the realm of dance music? Stay tuned for more information as it’s provided.last_img read more


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first_imgArsenal and Man Utd target Samuel Umtiti favours Chelsea transfer as Barcelona prepare to sell £45m star Advertisement Comment Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti reportedly favours a move to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Samuel Umtiti’s representatives have told Chelsea they are his preferred destination if he is forced out of Barcelona this summer, according to reports.French defender Umtiti has endured a mixed spell at the Nou Camp since joining Barca from Lyon in the summer of 2016.While he has helped Barcelona win two La Liga titles and two Copa del Rey cups, Umtiti has failed to cement a place in the first-team, starting just 12 matches so far this season.Reports in Spain say Barcelona are ready to sell the 26-year-old to raise funds for their own spending spree, with Umtiti already offered to Premier League rivals Arsenal and United.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Chelsea are also interested in securing his signature and, according to the Daily Star, have been told that Umtiti would favour a move to Stamford Bridge if he was sold by Barcelona.Barca may have to lower their valuation to tempt Chelsea to launch a bid, however, as it is claimed they are being put off by his £45m price-tag.Instead, Chelsea are reportedly currently working on a deal for Lille’s Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes, who would cost around £22m. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Apr 2020 3:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Frank Lampard is keen to bolster his defensive options this summer (Picture: Getty)Lampard was promised around £150m to spend on new signings before the coronavirus outbreak forced the 2019-20 season to be suspended.The Chelsea legend wants to sign a forward, a defender and potentially a new goalkeeper, with current No. 1 Kepa Arrizabalaga flattering to deceive following his record-breaking move to west London.The Blues, currently fourth in the Premier League, have also been linked with a move for Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho.But Chelsea hero Frank Leboeuf has advised his former club against signing the Brazilian, telling ESPN: ‘I don’t think so.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Coutinho has been good with Liverpool, so far poor with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.‘I would have lots of question marks seeing him coming to Chelsea, to bring what? We have young players, very talented, who are very promising.‘We have good midfield players with [Mateo] Kovacic and Jorginho, to organise the game. I don’t know where his place would be.‘If I was the chairman, if I was the coach, I would be very hesitant to pick him up.’MORE: Lautaro Martinez’s agent responds to Chelsea and Barcelona transfer linksMORE: Kevin De Bruyne hails Manchester United and Chelsea transfer targetlast_img read more


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first_imgSweden’s seventh national pension fund AP7 has put six energy companies on a watch for potential exclusion from its portfolio on climate change grounds, a spokesman confirmed to IPE.The six companies are American Energy, Exxon Mobil, Gazprom, Southern Company, Transcanada and Westar Energy.AP7’s holdings in these companies amount to around €300m, according to the spokesman.The backdrop to the move is the international agreement on climate change reached at the UN Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris last year, which the spokesman said was “a game-changer” and would have consequences for several years ahead. “With our norms-based approach, we thought this is exactly the kind of international, UN-type of agreement we work with,” he said. The fund decided to screen its global equity portfolio, which comprises holdings in more than 2,500 companies, to try to define the worst performers in terms of their contribution to achieving the global-warming mitigation goal set out in the Paris Agreement on climate change.The screening exercise was carried out this month.The six aforementioned companies are the first ones the buffer fund identified that could be said to “work actively” against the Paris Agreement, according to the spokesman.AP7 has notified the companies that it could blacklist them if the fund does not obtain information “that could contradict our impression”, he said.The companies will have six months to get back to the pension fund, after which it will make a decision.Asked for further information about the screening process, the spokesman said it considered whether certain aspects of a company’s business were aligned with the maximum 2-degree warming target in the Paris Agreement, or whether companies could be seen as actively obstructing or inhibiting the implementation of the agreement at national level – via lobbying, for example.AP7 started blacklisting companies on the grounds of norms violations – for human rights, labour and/or environmental reasons, or corruption – around 16 years ago, and, as at the end of June 2016, 55 companies were on its list, according to the spokesman. Sweden’s second national pensions buffer fund, AP2, recently said it divested 10 more of the stocks it holds on the grounds of financial climate risk.last_img read more


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first_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 BUCKSPORT — While some girls name their dolls, 12-year-old fencer Erin Gerbi names her sword blades.“This one is Charm,” says the Orono native, showing off her new saber last Thursday evening at John Krauss’ fencing class at the Jewett School. Charm joins “Dark Maul” and “Darth Sabre” in Gerbi’s collection of weapons.Erin began fencing three years ago after attending an introductory class at Krauss’ Down East School of Fencing in Verona Island. Krauss founded the school two decades ago at a time when fencers across the state had no access to formal training.While the sport is gaining popularity nationally, Krauss is still one of few full-time instructors in Maine giving aspiring fencers an opportunity to try it out.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“I try to communicate the spirit of fencing,” says Krauss, a veteran national competitor. “The idea of the cavalier and noble knights … Kids still have a lot of fantasy stuff in their minds. I just need to light that fire.”Nine-year-old Zoe Sikkel of Bucksport, one of seven children at Krauss’ introductory class last Thursday afternoon, says she became interested in fencing though movies such as “The Princess Bride.”“It’s a really historical thing, and I thought it would be awesome to try,” Sikkel says while peeling away layers of white protective gear after class. “It’s hot,” she says of her garb, “but worth it.”Sikkel says that when she’s holding the foil — one of three fencing weapons along with the saber and epee — she feels like she’s “in her own world.”“It’s like you’re one of the people in the movies,” she says with closed eyes and splayed arms. “It’s just like, wow.”Krauss’ classes are private — fencing is not yet a sanctioned school sport in Maine.Ellsworth High School freshman Emma Henry, 14, began attending Krauss’ classes two years ago.“Emma has always had a great imagination,” says Kirsten Henry, Emma’s mother as well as owner of the ice cream shop Mortons Moo in downtown Ellsworth. “Ever since she was a young child, she has asked about fencing. I just didn’t know there was anything in this area.”Krauss trains about 65 fencers, ranging in age from 7 to 70, in locations including Verona Island, Bucksport, Old Town, Rockport, Belfast and Northeast Harbor. He began offering classes in 1995 when he noticed fencers gathering informally to duel in YMCA gymnasiums.Krauss has since introduced the sport to countless children, including Azaline Dunlap-Smith — a Machias native who discovered her knack for fencing through Krauss’ classes when she was 9. Today, Dunlap-Smith competes internationally in the women’s epee division. Krauss says he expects she’ll eventually compete in the Olympics.“I’ve trained and worked with many talented fencers,” Krauss says. “If I hadn’t been here, a lot of kids wouldn’t have found the sport they enjoy. It’s an option for kids beyond just team sports.”Krauss conducts his introductory classes with patience. He teaches children the scoring system, which awards one point each time a fencer touches an opponent with his or her weapon.When the young fencers begin slicing the air with foils, Krauss gently suggests a more efficient, and less erratic, stroke.“I want to convey that fencing is a thing of integrity, honor and ability,” Krauss says, “As opposed to a forceful brawl.”Erin Gerbi, however, doesn’t hesitate to share her favorite part of fencing.“Hitting people,” she says. “I like being able to attack.”Erin’s mother, Aimee Gerbi, signed her daughter up at age 9 after noticing her fondness for sword fighting a neighbor boy using bamboo sticks.“Saber is a more aggressive weapon, and that appealed to Erin,” Aimee says. “You don’t have to poke, you get to whack, and the head is a target.”Amy laughs. “That about sums up Erin.”Erin isn’t afraid to speak her mind during the class for advanced fencers. She stands with her hip cocked, appearing bored, as a less experienced boy takes his position across from her on the strip.“Does he know what he’s doing?” Erin mumbles. “Or can I hit him?”Erin is determined to make the national tournament this season. But she’s at a disadvantage in Maine. The road to Nationals requires accumulating “points” at regional competitions. The closest contest for the Gerbis is in Boston, with the majority farther south in New Jersey and New York.Aimee, who has three other children, says the travel expenses add up.“It can be a challenge,” she says. “For a kid like Erin to get enough points, it means a tournament almost every weekend.”Last season, Erin won the Maine-New Hampshire youth age 14 and under saber division because she showed up.“Here’s how many Y14 saber fencers are in Maine and New Hampshire,” Aimee says, holding up one finger. “Here, Erin can find maybe five kids to fence, and she can beat them easily.”Without the competition available in other northeastern states, Erin practices her footwork daily by herself on a half strip in her basement.“She’s dedicated, but she’s still a 12-year-old girl,” Aimee says. “She’d rather be doing footwork with other kids.”For 11-year-old Chase Emmer of New Jersey, his favorite part of fencing is “getting to see my friends.”Emmer, last season’s Y10 national foil champion, summers in Maine and attends Krauss’ classes to keep his skills sharp.Lily Millard (left) and Chase Emmer compete in a fencing class last Thursday at the Jewett School in Bucksport. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS“I think I’ll ride this into college,” says the soft-spoken boy.Emmer’s mother, Natalin Po, refers to New Jersey as “the East Coast mecca for fencing.”“Fencing is definitely growing there,” she says. “When Chase first started five years ago, I didn’t even hear about fencing.”But within the last couple years, Po says most schools in their area have begun offering fencing as an after-school activity.“New Jersey has the highest concentration of fencers,” Krauss says. “So if it’s building there, that tells you something.”Krauss says the trend is slowly reaching Maine, with other fencing clubs opening up across the state. Interest in Krauss’ classes has also grown in recent years.“I used to have to advertise,” Krauss says. “Now, they call me.”Fencers such as United States Olympic saber silver medalist Tim Morehouse have helped the cause. Last year, Morehouse gave seminars at EHS and Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School advocating for the implementation of fencing as a school sport.“It would make a great high school sport,” Kirsten Henry says. “More kids would get involved if they knew about it.”For Erin, fencing seems to suit her feisty personality.“Fencing has become a part of who I am,” Erin says. “I don’t know what I’d do without it.”At a recent tournament, Aimee Gerbi says a mother approached her to rave about Erin’s great sportsmanship. When she referred to Erin as “charming,” Krauss, who was sitting nearby, scoffed at the compliment.“Oh, she’s charming alright,” Krauss said to the woman in jest. “She’s got her own special kind of charm.”For Erin’s birthday, she got a blade.“She named it Charm,” Aimee says, “so she can hit people with her charm.”For more information about the Down East School of Fencing, call John Krauss at 974-8461, email him at [email protected], or visit downeastfencing.net. 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first_imgDuarte offensive lineman Mike Harris signed with UCLA, Bishop Amat linebacker Carlton Fletcher is headed to Army, West Covina defensive back William Wallace is off to Oregon and Damien defensive back Daniel Harper will attend Georgetown. Dennis and Thomas, who are friends despite playing for high schools on opposite sides of the Valley, hope to make an immediate impact as Bulldogs. Thomas will play cornerback and Dennis will be a safety. “It’s a big honor,” Thomas said. “I worked hard throughout my high school career. I wasn’t even a football player when I got to Duarte, but then I met coach (Wardell) Crutchfield and he showed me a lot. He produced it and I’m here now.” Harris, who cleared the way for Thomas and other Falcons weapons, was probably the most high-profile signee of the day. He committed to UCLA soon after the season and gladly made it official on Wednesday morning. “I’m very proud,” said Harris, who is 6-foot-8, 315 pounds. “I fell in love with UCLA during my visit. I know I can be great going to this school. I want to go to the next level after college football and I know this place was just right for me. • Video: Signing Day in Pasadena • Video: Signing Day in SGV Half of Fresno State’s secondary could look very familiar to local high school football fans in a couple of years. “I just hope we can set an example to other guys coming from Duarte and other smaller schools. I just want to be a role model to the younger kids I know and the kids coming up.” The opportunity to play alongside former West Covina teammate Walter Thurmond III was a big reason why Wallace chose Oregon, where he will play defensive back. “When I took my visit, it made me comfortable being up there with Walter,” Wallace said. “I didn’t have the best high school career, but I worked hard and had a lot of people on my side. I’m just blessed to be in this situation and I thank God for it.” Harper, who came out of obscurity and enjoyed a strong senior season at Damien, made probably the most impressive academic signing of the day by choosing Georgetown. “Georgetown, it speaks for itself. It’s a highly academic school,” Harper said. “For me and my family, that was in the forefront of our minds before football, before anything. “I just wanted to go to a school where I could get a great education, and I think Georgetown is the perfect place for me.” Fletcher will leave the Valley as a citizen and eventually leave West Point as a second lieutenant. The linebacker led Amat in tackles this past season. He will switch to safety. Dennis became the latest in a recent line of Division I signees to exit Diamond Ranch. He’s also the latest member of his family to play for the Bulldogs, joining his father and his uncle, Anthony Mosley, who had a cup of coffee in the NFL with the Chicago Bears. St. Lucy’s soccer standout Sara Plutko signed a letter of intent to play at Oregon. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Diamond Ranch’s Terrence Dennis and Duarte’s Jermaine Thomas signed letters of intent to become Bulldogs on Wednesday. Dennis and Thomas were among six area football standouts who officially chose their college destinations for next season. last_img read more