10 Reasons Why You Should Attend Miami Beach Pop Festival

first_imgThe inaugural Miami Beach Pop Festival is gearing up for a three-day experience featuring music, food, and the vibrant setting and culture of the world-famous Miami Beach on November 8th-10th.Held on the sands of South Beach adjacent to the beachfront Lummus Park and the iconic Ocean Drive, Miami Beach Pop will feature a diverse lineup of world-wide artists spanning the genres of rock, Latin, R&B, dance, soul, country, reggae, jam and more across three stages—what’s not to love? But if you need a little more convincing, here are the top 10 reasons why you should go to Miami Beach Pop Festival.1) It’s located on Miami Beach.Known as one of the most iconic beaches in the world, Miami Beach Pop Festival rests on the warm, golden sands of Miami Beach, one of the world’s most vibrant and diverse cities in the world. Music + culture + beach hangs = an unforgettable festival experience.[Photo: Luis Gomez]2) Its music lineup features “Once-in-a-Lifetime Sh*t.”The inaugural Miami Beach Pop Festival lineup features a number of unique performances throughout during its three days. The festival’s Sol Jam will feature legendary artist and producer Nile Rogers and other special guests for a one-time-only set that’s not to be missed. Stephen Marley, son of iconic reggae artist Bob Marley, will also welcome a number of special guests when he pays tribute to his father’s music and legacy at Miami Beach Pop. In case that’s not enough to entice you, Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) will perform with the Frost School of Music American Music Ensemble for an orchestral performance to not miss!3) The diversity of its lineup reflects the character of the city.You won’t find every genre of music represented at many festivals, but that’s what makes Miami Beach Pop unique. This year, attendees can look forward to sets by Chance the Rapper, Jack Johnson, Daddy Yankee, and Kygo, along with performances by The Raconteurs, Juanes, Maggie Rogers, Leon Bridges, The Roots, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Sean Paul, T-Pain, Jessie Reyez, Bomba Estereo, Quinn XCII, Natti Natasha, Gryffin, Brytiago, Margo Price, Chelsea Cutler, Kim Petras, Two Feet, Lali, Magic City Hippies, Monsieur Perine, DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire), Rauw Alejandro, Ashe, Magic Giant, Roosevelt Collier, Reignwolf, Cimafunk, The Hip Abduction, Zander, Steven A Clark, Spam Allstars, Richie Hell, Afrobeta, the Miami Beach Senior High Rock Ensemble, and more.Taking place in the heart of Miami Beach, the festival plans to unite the South Florida community through partnerships with businesses, schools, community leaders, and nonprofit organizations.“Miami Beach Pop is a celebration of one of the most extraordinary cities in the world,” shares festival co-founder Paul Peck. “This unmatched, vibrant culture and iconic beach provide a rare combination of natural beauty and city excitement. The core purpose that drives the vision for this festival has been to celebrate the unity of human connection. We are honored to include artists such as Chance the Rapper and Jack Johnson, who are two of the most socially-conscious and inspiring figures in the contemporary cultural landscape.”4) You can party all day and into the night.Along with dozens of sets to dance to throughout the day, attendees will have time no time to waste as the music transitions into the night time. Miami Beach Pop attendees will have the ultimate beach party all day under the golden Miami sun and then bust out their best dance moons under the stars.5) Its food offerings are out of this world.Staying fueled throughout a festival is key, and Miami Beach Pop Festival has your culinary cravings covered. James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz will curate the culinary lineup for the three-day event. In a nod to the city’s cross-cultural palate, Schwartz will showcase both the finer side of dining and some of Miami’s hidden culinary gems, bringing in a selection of culinary partners from throughout the culinary scene of Miami through different pop-up restaurants, brands, and chefs. His own Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink has become a staple by locals and visitors alike since 2007 and will collaborate with Miami Beach Pop Festival to bring iconic dishes that represent the city’s delicious and diverse food scene. ¡Salud!“Michael is a legendary chef in the Miami culinary world and far beyond. He is known for his commitment to great, local ingredients and his deep love for a diversity of cuisines. Miami Beach Pop will host a food festival within a music festival. Just as we celebrate superstar artists, we are excited to showcase the same level of quality in curating this food lineup, and nobody knows the flavors of Miami better than Michael. The event is about connection and we can connect with other cultures through delicious food and flavors,” Peck said.6) You get to enjoy beach weather in November.Want to get away from November’s wet, cold weather? Escape to the Miami sun and warm your bones on the beach while dancing to dozens of sets by some of the world’s best musical performers. It’s the perfect little getaway we’ve all been dreaming about.7) It celebrates diversity and our connections as people of the world.Miami Beach Pop Festival is a celebration of diversity and connection. With the intention to create the most culturally diverse festival the world has ever seen, Miami Beach Pop Festival hopes to inspire and unite humans to connect to one another and the planet while dancing on the sand under the sun and stars. Language barriers do not separate us when we’re in the groove—all dance to the same rhythms and share the same spirit.“We all love the basic pleasures of life — a beautiful, natural environment like our home in South Beach, the experiences of our feet in the sand, and sharing moments of joy and inspiration. Dancing with other people surrounded by nature is a classic human ritual and a true celebration of connection. We hope attendees embrace the experience to connect through fresh air, music, food, and a beautiful sunny day and late night dance parties together under the stars. We are all connected to the planet and are drawn to the power of the ocean. Miami Beach Pop is a celebration our universal connection,” Peck remarks.8) You can stay in an iconic Miami art deco hotel.Miami Beach Pop attendees can indulge in a vacation or staycation with an immersive experience at one of the historic art deco hotels that line Ocean Drive, just steps away from the festival grounds. Stay and party in Miami’s tropical paradise and unwind at these world-class establishments. The festival offers several hotel packages, including lodging and event tickets right on their website.[Photo: Luis Gomez]9) It encourages education and sustainability in South Florida’s fragile ecosystem.South Florida is one of the most fragile, ecologically sensitive, and environmentally significant regions in the world. Miami Beach Pop Festival is committed to working collaboratively with the City of Miami Beach to offer a range of programs and eco-conscious practices through EcOasis to provide attendees with the knowledge and tools they need to embrace a more eco-friendly lifestyle and care for different aspects of the environment.Aiming to eliminate single-use plastic, the festival will sell only canned water that attendees can then recycle and reduce plastic water-bottle use and caps on the grounds. The festival will also provide a reusable cup rental program by r.Cup and feature free water refill stations. Being a member of the BYOBottle campaign, an initiative led by headliner Jack Johnson, the festival encourages attendees and artists alike to bring reusable water bottles to completely eliminate plastic waste.Additionally, all food, beverage, and merchandise vendors at the festival will be held accountable by organizers to provide only recyclable or biodegradable utensils and related items to its customers. Miami Beach Pop festival is currently in a volunteer partnership with Clean Vibes to activate cleanup efforts on the beach before, during, and after the festival to leave no trace.If that weren’t enough, Miami Beach Pop festival will donate $1 of every ticket sold to local non-profit organizations that focus on sustainability education and change.“Miami Beach Pop is a celebration of life. The festival takes place on the sands of the beach. It’s in a big way about basking in the power of the ocean, which of course is the source of life on the planet,” Peck said. “We are committed to being pioneers in sustainable event practices are a pillar of this festival not only how the festival is run and backstage, but also other fun and interactive ways though onsite experiences.”10) It lets you turn your holiday weekend into a festival vacation.Miami Beach Pop Festival will take place over Veteran’s Day Weekend, which means many people will have an extra day off on Monday. You can use that day for travel, or to relax and unwind after the fest. Either way, the holiday weekend aspect makes it that much easier for you to plan your trip to Miami Beach as a three-day weekend getaway.As co-founding partner and CEO Steve Sybesma explains, “This is truly a festival like no other. You can make this your festival vacation – or staycation – in America’s tropical paradise. The beautiful art deco area hotels will be filled with like-minded music fans and festival-goers, who can rediscover Ocean Drive, enjoy a morning swim in the ocean, dine at the many world-class restaurants in Miami Beach, and walk in and out of the festival, just a few steps away.”3-Day General Admission and 3-Day VIP tickets are currently onsale exclusively on the Miami Beach Pop Festival website. Below, you can enter to win two, three-day passes to Miami Beach Pop Festival.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

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Driving and Commuting

first_imgTwo major interstates and various state routes cross Orange County.Interstate 84 enters New York near Port Jervis via a long bridge that crosses both the Delaware and Neversink rivers just above their confluence. The Middletown exit on I-84 serves state Route 17, the long freeway slowly being transformed into I-86, another mile further to the east. This junction is the western corner of Orange County’s Golden Triangle of interstates, so named for its attractiveness to businesses for their distribution centers. Immediately afterward, I-84 passes between the Galleria at Crystal Run, the county’s largest mall, and the eponymous office park to the south. To reach West Point from I-84, follow signs to state Route 9W South for 12 miles. As you are in your final descent off the mountain, you will encounter three exits on your right for West Point. The first exit is for Department of Defense ID card holders only and has limited hours.The Metro-North Railroad lines run parallel to many of the major highways in the county. The closest station to West Point is in Peekskill where cabs are often waiting. It is a 20-minute drive to West Point from there.The New York Department of Transportation offers commuter options at www.511ny.org. Registered users can also create a personalized profile to receive phone, text or email updates about incidents on their specified routes.New York Department of Motor Vehicles12 King St.Middletown, NY 10940 845-346-118020 Hammond St.Port Jervis, NY 12771 845-858-1480https://dmv.ny.gov The New York Department of Motor Vehicles issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registration and provides other driving-related services. Find many of the required forms at https://dmv.ny.gov/forms.Driver’s LicensesMilitary personnel and their spouses stationed in New York from elsewhere may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state, but in general, all New York residents must apply for a driver’s license.The state spells out what is required for licensing in its New York Driver Manual (https://tinyurl.com/pgc56ah).Vehicle RegistrationApplications associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online at https://tinyurl.com/h9zea5a, including DMV forms, requests for driving records and more.Military members and veterans may be entitled to certain DMV exemptions and allowances. For more information, visit the website.Distracted DrivingThe state of New York prohibits drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle.Composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving or retrieving electronic data such as email, text messages or webpages while driving also is prohibited in New York, as is viewing or taking pictures.New York State Department of Transportationwww.dot.ny.gov Visit the New York State Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories.last_img read more

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Briefly Noted: Overland Park holding 9/11 remembrance ceremony this morning

first_imgMembers of the Overland Park Fire Department recognize the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks last year.Overland Park remembering 9/11 in ceremony this morning. Members of the Overland Park Fire Department and Police Department this morning will take part in the annual ceremony remembering those lost in the 9/11 attacks. The commemoration takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Overland Park Fire Training Center, 12401 Hemlock.Kansas officials report death from vaping-related lung disease. Kansas health officials have confirmed the first death in the state associated with an outbreak of serious lung disease related to vaping or using e-cigarettes. The recent death was a Kansas resident over the age of 50. According to Kansas State Epidemiologist Farah Ahmed, the patient had a history of underlying health issues and was hospitalized with symptoms that progressed rapidly. The national investigation has not identified any specific vaping or e-cigarette products linked to all cases. Many patients report using vaping or e-cigarette products with liquids that contain cannabinoid products, such as tetrahydrocannabinol. Kansas does not have detailed information on what types of products were used by the deceased. To date, Kansas has six reports associated with the outbreak. Three patients have been classified as confirmed or probable cases and three cases are still under investigation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the addition of the Kansas report, is reporting 6 deaths and more than 450 possible cases of severe lung injury in 33 states and one jurisdiction. While investigations into these cases continue, the CDC is recommending people avoid vaping or using e-cigarettes. Also, people with a history of vaping who are experiencing lung injury symptoms should seek medical care. Nationally, symptoms among cases included shortness of breath, fever, cough, and vomiting and diarrhea. Other symptoms reported by some patients included headache, dizziness and chest pain. For individuals wanting more information on how to quit tobacco products, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.Applications for Leadership Lenexa 2020 now available. Leadership Lenexa, Leadership Lenexa is a program of the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce to educate area business and community professionals in various aspects affecting life and business in the local community. Topics include education, local and state government, team building, economic development and organizations and issues that shape the KC metro region. Click here for session dates and more information. Here is a PDF application. For questions, contact Julie Steiner at jsteiner@lenexa.org or 913-888-1414 ext. 206.last_img read more

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New study finds nearly half of American Muslim doctors feel scrutinized on the job

first_imgWhile many studies have examined the impact of bias based on race, gender or sexual orientation, religious discrimination in the health care workplace has received little research attention. A new study funded by the John Templeton Foundation and conducted at the University of Chicago finds that for Muslim Americans, even those in one the nation’s most highly regarded professions, encounter a less-than-inclusive and welcoming work environment during their career.In a national survey of 255 Muslim American physicians published online this month by the journal AJOB Empirical Bioethics, researchers found that nearly half of respondents felt greater scrutiny at work compared to their peers. Nearly one in four said workplace religious discrimination had taken place sometimes – or more – often during their career. The same percentage of Muslim American physicians believe they have been passed over for career advancement due to their religion. The likelihood of religious discrimination over one’s career was greater among the respondents who consider their religion to be a very important part of their lives.Notably, the study found that neither indications of religious practice (such as a more frequent habit of performing ritual prayer) nor religious appearance (such as wearing a beard or hijab, a headscarf worn by some Muslim women) was associated with perceived religious discrimination at the health care workplace. LinkedIn Email “This national survey of American Muslim physicians provides some encouraging findings regarding the extent to which Muslim religious identity attracts negative workplace experiences, but also some findings that merit concern,” said study author Aasim Padela, MD, MSc assistant professor of medicine and director of the Initiative on Islam and Medicine at the University of Chicago. “It’s further evidence that the acknowledgement of the religious identity of one’s co-workers should be an added focus within workforce diversity efforts that today focus primarily on reducing discrimination directed at racial, ethnic, gender and sexual orientation identities.”This study is the first to examine the relationships between religiosity of American Muslim physicians and workplace discrimination. American Muslims from diverse backgrounds make up about 5 percent of U.S. physicians. With this survey, researchers aimed to uncover any adverse impacts on career satisfaction or job turnover in the health care context given the current political climate and ongoing accounts of Muslim stereotyping in the general population. Recent reports, including a Pew Research Center survey and a Zogby national poll, found Muslims to be the most negatively viewed religious group in America.The findings of this study, researchers say, suggest that data-driven programs are needed to eliminate religion-directed discrimination in the health care workplace.“Achieving an inclusive and diverse workforce requires policies that cultivate respect and accommodation for the religious identity of physicians of minority religions,” said Padela. “American Muslim doctors provide a valued service to this country. If they can’t feel comfortable being who they are in their workplace, we may marginalize them to practice medicine in some locales and not others, and also may create a ceiling on their upward career trajectory or even limit their openness about their identity.“When these things happen, these accomplished, respected members of our society lose some of their ability to serve as positive role models in their own religious communities and more broadly within American society; we restrict their ability to ultimately counter negative stereotypes and create a positive narrative of Muslims in America.”Padela is also a faculty member of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago Medicine. A former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and Templeton Faculty Scholar, he is internationally recognized for his work on Islamic bioethics and for his empirical research on how religious beliefs, values and identities impact the health care decisions of American Muslims and practice of Muslim clinicians. In 2012, he received the Ibn Sina Award from the Compassionate Care Network of Chicago for his contributions to the field of Islamic medical ethics. Sharecenter_img Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

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Rivals pair up at Croydon’s Whitgift

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Sherwood Valve LLC introduces advanced fill valve

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Oyster 800 Back in Operation (UK)

first_imgAquamarine Power’s Oyster 800 wave energy machine is back in operation following the completion of a comprehensive improvement programme which took place over the summer.The machine has now been de-ballasted and is clearly visible operating at the company’s site at Billia Croo, part of the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.The Oyster 800 improvement programme involved shutting down the near shore wave energy machine to carry out improvements in five specific areas – with the overall goals of improving performance, reliability and availability of Aquamarine Power’s second full-scale device.“The product improvement programme has been extremely challenging but has resulted in an even better Oyster 800,” says Aquamarine Power Chief Executive Officer Martin McAdam.“We have just completed a huge programme of work over the summer period. I think someone referred to the programme as major heart surgery. I think that that is an exaggeration but we swapped out a large number of failed or non-functioning components.“The machine’s survivability is already well proven. It has operated through two winters, enduring massive storms. The downside is that several of the systems and components on Oyster were just not fit for purpose. Our Product Improvement Programme (PIP) allowed us to focus on those areas which were just not up to the job, such as cabling, connectors, accumulators and several of the components of the control and instrumentation system. We also had some failures in the valve and pipework systems.  “We exported our first power since the refit last week and we are now running through phased testing and building up our electricity exports. We can already see a marked improvement in Oyster 800 performance. Of course we have had some additional start-up issues, we would be naïve to assume that all will work perfectly since the PIP.“The most important part of the Oyster 800 programme has been the learning. Failures can be frustrating but they are not all bad, they are opportunities to learn and we have done a lot of learning.“The team at Aquamarine Power have given the programme an extraordinary level of commitment. I am very proud and grateful to them all. I am also very pleased with the financial support from our key investors ABB, SSE and Scottish Enterprise. The support from many of our key suppliers is also appreciated – especially those in the local community in Orkney including Leask Marine and Hamnavoe Engineering.“We have not completed anything yet – we have just started. We have a full-scale research platform in Oyster 800 and before we build our next generation machine we need to learn a lot more,” McAdam concludes.[mappress]Press release, October 29, 2013; Image: Aquamarine Powerlast_img read more

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Spreading love, filling tummies

first_imgPictured is the feeding scheme team in front of the container. From left are Sister Lorna Meyer, Pastor Isaac De Jongh, and Sister Venus Petersen. The Macedonian Revival Community Development feeding scheme, in Heideveld, offers children and adults a warm plate of food least once a week. They operate out of a container in Longkloof Circle Road, just behind Willows Primary School. The container, donated by Breadline Africa in December 2014, has kitchen cupboards, a sink and a stove. Meals are served once or twice a week depending on donations. Pastor Isaac De Jongh, who is the leader of the feeding scheme, said they wanted to feed people three times a week because of the poverty in Heideveld, but they would need more donations to do so, as much of what they already gave came from their own pockets.The need, he said, was most desperate in the days before people received their grants from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).About 50 to 100 men, women and children come from Gugulethu, Manenberg, Valhalla Park and Heideveld each week for a plate of food. Their numbers swell to 250 at Christmas. “Children come with their parents, and some sit here in case there’s enough for another helping. “Almost every second household is unemployed. “At least the child will get one plate of food a day, but we need to expand as it will be better for the community because being hungry is not good. The mind runs which leads to other things such as theft and robbery,” he said. He said it was a privilege to give someone in need a plate of food. Donations of food were preferred over money. “If people can buy stuff it will be better because that will cut us having to handle the money. What we need is a 120-litre pot because we always have to borrow pots,” he said. The team also needs styrofoam bowls, which it hands out to those who don’t bring containers. “Sometimes we run out of food and it’s not a nice feeling but there’s nothing we can do about that,” said Pastor De Jongh. Team member Sister Venus Peter-sen said the feeding scheme was a bulwark against the dire poverty in the area.“I go out and fetch the kids if fewer children come,” she said. Contact Pastor De Jongh at 084 477 8423 if you would like to help.last_img read more

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