We’re almost two weeks away from the Lettuce-hosted inaugural Fool’s Paradise, going down at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL on April 1 & 2. The daily schedules are finally here, equipped with set times, artist-led excursions, and daily themes. Break out your most tropical wear for Friday’s “Beach Babes & Bums” party, and get nautical or tap into your inner jokester for Saturday’s “Pirates & Pranksters” theme.Check out the daily schedules below, with more details to follow:Friday, April 1stSaturday, April 2The beach-town funk extravaganza features two explosive sets from New York funk masters Lettuce & Friends, along with: electro soul future-funk producer/saxophonist GRiZ; rising retro-soul stars Vulfpeck, and Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue ft. George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive), Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood) & The Shady Horns. GRiZ and Lettuce have announced a special live band collaboration. Supporting acts include South Africa’s organic live house duo Goldfish and the progressive soul, R&B and gospel of The Nth Power, Brasstracks andMarvel Years. With Snarky Puppy’s Cory Henry as an Artist-At-Large, you’ll never know what to expect! Tickets here.In addition, a number of late night shows will be hosted by some of the most talented musicians in the industry! This includes Break Science, Vulfpeck, Goldfish and a very special performance by the Fools of Funk, featuring Adam Deitch, Adam Smirnoff, Cory Henry, Nigel Hall, Weedie Braimah, Eric “Benny” Bloom, and Ryan Zoidis. Late Night shows will take place at Elk’s Lodge after the Amphitheatre festivities are over. More information and a very limited supply of tickets can be found here. There’s more to look forward to than just musical adventures. Fool’s Paradise is also offering exciting Florida excursions with your favorite artists! Whether it’s mini-golf with Lettuce’s Eric Krasno and Jesus Coomes, crocodile crossing and zip-lining adventure with Break Science’s Borahm Lee, or a sailing escapade with Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom, you’ll be rocking your Saturday alongside the best. More information and tickets can be found here.With so much to choose from, St. Augustine will be crawling with adventurous opportunities. The oldest city in the United States and fabled home to the Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine’s unique scenery and historical presence sets the city apart from any other in the country. With over 42 miles of beaches, incredible restaurants and bars, jetskiing, kayaking, fort tours, parasailing, and its own distillery, attendees will have plenty to explore. We can’t wait for Fool’s Paradise! All the information you need about the festival can be found on the official website.
Reed Wood, assistant professor of political science at Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies, discussed the role and impact of women in armed conflict in a lecture Tuesday at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. His research is one of the first large-scale systematic data collection of women’s participation in combat.Rosie Biehl | The Observer Wood, a Kroc Institute Visiting Research Fellow, opened the lecture by emphasizing that war and conflict are typically male dominated.“There is a large focus on war being men’s work,” Wood stated. “While occasionally women are seen as heroes, these stories are typically narrative accounts, in which the woman’s participation in war happens by chance, rather than her own decision.”Using his research, Wood aimed to revise the perception of women in armed conflict, demonstrating their roles and the importance of these roles. His research focused on two questions: what factors contribute to women’s participation in rebel groups in insurgencies and what impact do they have on group behavior and conflict outcome?To better understand what motivates women to enter into combat, Wood analyzed participation through two approaches. First, he looked at motivators that cause individuals to participate in combat. Next, he examined groups’ motivations for recruiting individuals. His findings showed that women, like men, typically join insurgency groups due to fear of violence and repression, revenge and the ideology of the group.“In general, men and women join insurgency groups for the same reason on an individual level,” Wood said.Finding this similarity, Wood examined female participation from the perspective of the group, by investigating what makes certain groups more likely to recruit women. On this level, Wood found that groups recruit women based on their demand for resources, tactical and strategic benefits and pre-existing ideologies.“Women are less likely to be scrutinized in society, and are therefore often used in covert operations,” Wood said.For this reason, terrorist groups are more likely to recruit women for operations like suicide bombings, in which the bomber must get close to the victim and remain unnoticed. Wood cited the Battle of Algiers, in which the National Liberation Front used women to plant bombs in crowded French cafes.After discussing what factors motivated women to join and to be recruited to armed conflict, Wood explored the direct and indirect impact that women have on armed conflict.In discussing the indirect impact that women have on conflicts, Wood highlighted the essentialist perspective approach, which focuses on the perceived inherent nature of women.“There is a general argument that women are less aggressive and violent and more compassionate and caring than men,” Wood said.Analyzing the impact of women through this essentialist perspective, Wood proposed that the inclusion of women in a group would make the group appear more favorable and less violent, consequently leading to earlier peace negotiations and help the group to gain more favor both nationally and internationally. Additionally, images of women in war can help to solicit international sympathy and alliances.In this sense, the inclusion of women could act as a sort of propaganda, demonstrating the legitimacy of the group’s cause.“It is hard to overstate the symbol of women in insurgent groups,” Wood said. “The inclusion of women can shape the public opinion, by demonstrating solidarity and legitimacy for the group.”Within a country, the inclusion of women can also be used to shame men into joining the cause, Wood said.“It send the message that if women are fighting, men should be fighting too,” he said.In contrast to the power of the essentialist view of women, factors such as socialization, selection effects and compensation could limit the impact that women have on changing violent dynamics of a group, Wood said.“In terms of selection effects, the women who show up to fight are the most likely to be more violent than other women,” he said.Additionally, given that war is seen as “man’s work,” women may feel the need to overcompensate and act more violently than men, Wood said. He concluded with the concession that the direct impact of women in combat is difficult to measure; however, although they are often overlooked, women greatly impact the outcome of conflicts.Tags: gender relations, Hesburgh Center for International Studies, Kroc Institute, kroc institute for international studies, war
Share LocalNews Digicel hosts free olympic photo shoot by: – March 15, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Thursday 15th March 2012 – Roseau, Dominica: Digicel continues to excite its customers with the launch of its massive regional campaign inviting customers to be a part of its TV and press advertising alongside Digicel Brand Ambassador and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt.The campaign, ‘The Run to London’, is a first for Digicel in the region and calls on customers to upload their running images to a specially-designed Facebook application. The chosen photos will be used to form the TV and press ads alongside Digicel Brand Ambassador and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, and will be shown from June. Judging by the number of images uploaded to the specially-designed Facebook app to date, ‘The Run to London’ campaign has received a remarkable response from Dominica alone.As such, Digicel Dominica is inviting even more customers and fans to get on board. On Wednesday 21st March, Digicel is hosting a free photo shoot at its Digicentre Store on Great George and Marlborough Street from 2pm to have their photos taken in all kinds of running shots. Their photos will then be uploaded on the Digicel Facebook page – giving customers the wonderful opportunity to feature in a Digicel TV and press ad alongside Digicel Brand Ambassador and the World’s fastest man Usain Bolt. In addition, all those who join in the excitement of having their photos taken will instantly receive either free Top-Up or a Digicel-branded prize. Members of the Dominica Olympic committee and ErissonHurtault (who will be joining us live on the phone) are invited to the event. Special interviews will also be carried live by Darwin Telemaque and Leroy ‘Wadix’ Charles on Kairi FM on Wednesday 21st March.The Management and staff of Digicel Dominica, along with its customers, support Usain Bolt and Erisson Hurtault of Dominica on their journey to extraordinary success to the games in London.Press ReleaseDigicel Dominica Share 12 Views no discussions
The statement further reveals that the Administration of President David Granger has committed to bringing an end to the decades-old border controversy between Guyana and neighbouring Venezuela through judicial intervention, since Venezuela is bent on seeking to prove that it owns part of Guyana, despite the decision handed down by the Arbitral Tribunal.REJECTEDThe Energy and Petroleum Commission of Venezuela has rejected the legality of oil operations ongoing in Guyana’s Essequibo region. Venezuela has, for several decades, been claiming Guyana’s territory, although the border issue has been settled since 1899.According to the El Nacional report, vice-president of the parliamentary body, Deputy for Zulia, Elías Matta, tabled the draft agreement, explaining that, “As stipulated in Article 5 of the Geneva Agreement, no resource can be exploited if there is no agreement between both nations”.“Deputy Matta said the Guyana Government carried out the expansion of oil prospecting operations in May 2015, in which Exxon-Mobil reported a discovery at the Liza-1 well of the Stabroek Block.“Likewise, on November 17, 2016, the commercialisation of the same was announced, estimating its recoverable resources (at) between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of high quality crude oil belonging to the coastal waters of the Essequibo”, the report noted.The Venezuelan Parliamentary Commission wants the Venezuelan Government to send this “agreement” to the new UN Good Officer for the Guyana/Venezuela conflict. The Commission also wants the UN official “to immediately suspend all operations carried out within the maritime area corresponding to the territory in claim until the dispute is resolved.” The UN Good Officer has no such powers, according to local officials familiar with the process.The border controversy, which was not on Venezuela’s front burner for several years – after being first officially mooted in 1962 – was reignited when US oil giant ExxonMobil began exploratory works in the Stabroek Block offshore the Essequibo. With Guyana on the verge of becoming a lucrative oil-producing nation, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro issued a decree in May 2015, purporting to claim the majority of Guyana’s waters off the Essequibo. The decree was a flagrant violation of international law, and was inconsistent with the principle that all states should respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other states.In an effort to defend its sovereignty, Guyana has made it clear to the Venezuelan Government that the Essequibo and the waters offshore belong to Guyana, and has strengthened its push for judicial settlement of the issue, as the Good Offices process had yielded little result.SETTLEDThe border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela was settled by an international tribunal in 1899 in an award the parties, including Venezuela, had agreed would be the final settlement. Since Venezuela began adopting a belligerent attitude towards Guyana, moves have been made by the international community, including the UN Secretary General, to push for a peaceful resolution of the issue.Fifty years ago, shortly before Guyana’s independence in 1966, the Geneva Agreement was signed with the aim of amicably resolving the controversy, which has arisen because Venezuela contends that the Arbitral Award of 1899 in regard to the frontier between Venezuela and what is now the Cooperative Republic of Guyana is null and void.The 1966 Geneva Agreement confers on the Secretary General of the United Nations the power to choose the means of settling this controversy from among those that are contemplated in Article 33 of the United Nations Charter. Guyana-Venezuela border controversy…Venezuela says Exxon oil operations in Guyana violate Geneva agreement Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional has published a report detailing that the Energy and Petroleum Commission of the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is convinced that the oil exploration ongoing in Guyana violates the Geneva Agreement of 1966 and Article 10 of The Bolivarian Constitution of Venezuela, “which clearly establishes the Venezuelan territory”.But in a statement issued to the media on Thursday following publication of the El Nacional article, The Ministry of the Presidency maintains that Guyana has always respected the 1899 Arbitral Tribunal’s Award as being the final settlement of the border controversy, and that President Granger views Venezuela’s claims to Guyana’s territory as “expansionist ambition”.