Regardless of your musical preferences, most everyone is familiar with Coachella. The annual event has become a mainstay in the festival circuit, attracting so many fans that they added a second weekend back in 2012, and haven’t looked back since. In fact, according to a new report, they’re looking forward at a third Coachella event to be held in the fall.According to the Phoenix Desert Sun, Coachella promoters Goldenvoice have an agreement with the city of Indio, CA to hold up to five events there, annually. Between the two Coachella weekends and Stagecoach Country Music Festival, there’s still room for two more events on the calendar. Those two events could be the fall counterparts to Coachella and Stagecoach, if all goes to plan.The report says that “significant progress” has been made on the additional events, with the city eager to expand its reputation as “The City of Festivals.” According to Indio mayor Glenn Miller, “It brings a different group into the community that wouldn’t be here in the summer heat, so it brings in money, business and jobs to the city.”Considering the estimated $1.4 million that each festival brings to the town, it seems quite reasonable to believe that more Coachellas are coming to Indio soon. Not to mention the Panorama Festival event that Goldenvoice is bringing to New York, NY. Good festival tidings are ahead.This year’s Coachella boasts a lineup with Guns N Roses, LCD Soundsystem and Calvin Harris at the top.[Via The Desert Sun]
Tags: BridgeND, civil discourse, Political Speed Dating Students across the political spectrum will have the opportunity to meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. for the 3rd annual Political Speed Dating to engage in political discourse. Hosted by BridgeND, a nonpartisan organization that seeks to provide a platform of diverse political opinions, this event offers students the opportunity to express their ideologies within a relatively contained setting, the club’s officers said.“We’re wanting to reach out to a variety of students from all different colleges to create a wide audience of political discussion from all different angles,” junior Christian McGrew, president of BridgeND, said.At the event, students will be put into groups of four to five where they will be provided with a prompt and then allotted several minutes to discuss among themselves. These prompts will vary in range of social, economic, political and international scope, McGrew said. Established in 2014, BridgeND preceded BridgeUSA, which was co-founded by Courtlyn Carpenter and Leigh Francia of the University of Colorado-Boulder, class of 2016 Notre Dame alumnus Patrick Kearney and current Notre Dame senior Roge Karma. BridgeUSA, which was then founded in the fall of 2015, now serves as an umbrella organization with chapters at multiple college campuses.Karma said the purpose of BridgeND was to empower students and meet the needs of the campus. He cited political apathy as the root of Notre Dame’s disconnect. In the past, Political Speed Dating has been held in the ballroom of LaFortune Student Center. But this year, it will take place in the Oak Room above South Dining Hall. Junior Kylie Ruscheinski, vice-president of BridgeND, said the group looks forward to seeing the effects the new venue has on the success of the event and hopes to build on the positive feedback it has received the past two years. “A lot of studies have suggested that you’re more likely to have a respectful conversation in a formal setting where you have to look each other in the eyes,” she said. “It helps open up the possibility of sharing your beliefs.”Karma said the main objective of Political Speed Dating is to define the foundation of responsible political discourse. “With the right to voice my opinions comes the responsibility to actively listen and entertain others’ opinions,” he said. Ruscheinski said the success of the local chapter — as well as the growth of the national organization — is proof of students’ desire for a place on campus where they can meet to discuss different viewpoints.“Political Speed Dating is a great way to get your first step into that realm of discussing politics,”Ruscheinski said. “It’s set up to be less intimidating than sitting in a class lecture and speaking your mind.”The event will allow students to engage in dialogue and seek solutions to important political issues, Karma said.“Political Speed Dating is about creating a culture that encourages talking about controversial issues,” he said. “The community makes it feel comfortable to express your beliefs, and when people contribute their opinions, they’re actually benefitting those around them. The first step to coming up with solutions to these issues is to talk about them.”
Photo © Garland Consultancy Tipperary hurling great Brendan Cummins is confident the senior side will keep their feet on the ground despite being widely tipped to win the league.Michael Ryan’s side head to Nowlan Park this weekend to take on Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford with a cracker of a game expected.The last time the sides met at league stage was in 2011 and that encounter ended in a draw Cummins says The Premier can learn a great deal from this clash.Throw in at Nowlan Park on Sunday is at 4 and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with the Donal Ryan Motor Group – Nenagh, Thurles & Roscrea and Arrabawn Store, Tyone, Nenagh.
GPSU elections…results released with SOPsHe has been at the helm of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) for a staggering 30 years. But some members of the Union have had enough and have called for public servants to reject any continuation of the 72-year-old Patrick Yarde’s presidency at GPSU.On Tuesday, the GPSU released what it referred to as the results of its General Elections for office bearers. It showed Yarde as having received 1024 votes, while Gaspar, who was named twice, received a total of 1318. The document was signed by Elections Officer Herman DeSouza.However, the release took members of the Union by surprise and a faction calling itself “Team Change” called a press conference on Tuesday evening at the Demerara Cricket Ground.While there was no indication or declaration in the election results release that Yarde or anyone was the official winner, the group’s concern was prompted by an article appearing on a local online news website, which had declared Yarde the winner.Team Change at the press conference on Tuesday evening. From left: Gordon Nestor, Karen Van Sluytman, Jermaine Hermanstyne, Sandrene Abrams, presidential candidate Gregory Gaspar, Unata DeFreitas, Beatrice Austin, Ruth Howard and Shelfraa TorringtonOnce there, the members questioned the credibility of the release and the fact that the boxes were still being guarded and have not been opened. In fact, members related that they have been sleeping at the GPSU headquarters.According to union member Jermaine Hermanstyne, it would “be a miracle” for the official results to declare Yarde as the winner. He stated that based on the numbers which the group had in its possession, Yarde’s most vocal rival, Gregory Gaspar was leading.“And there is no way that the out-of-town votes, taking into consideration our people calling and telling us the numbers and the voting population, could turn around the numbers. It makes no sense and it defies logic,” Hermanstyne said.According to vice presidential contender Gordon Nestor, there is no document such as a statement of polls or a voters list that would validate a Patrick Yarde victory.“Mathematically, it is impossible that Patrick Yarde and his crew can come up with the balance of votes outside of Georgetown. Three quarters of the public service lies within the urban areas of Georgetown. I don’t know who did the Maths, but it’s totally impossible.”Contentious electionThere was drama at the GPSU elections on Saturday as Police had to be called in over the refusal of election officials to provide the voters list to supporters of Gaspar and other members.In a strongly worded letter addressed to Elections Officer Herman DeSouza, Gaspar had complained that the list was requested on April 23, 26, 27, 28 and 29, but was never provided. In the letter, he also complained about ballot boxes being delivered without the elections or assistant elections officers present.The letter also raised the issue of no statement of polls for outlying regions such as Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); Five (Mahaica-Berbice); Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) being made available to members.Gaspar had also expressed concern about the condition in which some of the boxes arrived. In his letter, Gaspar referenced a Region Three ballot box which he stated was allegedly tampered with. He said that allegations that votes from non-eligible voters were placed in the box should be reviewed before finalising the elections.He stated that in one case four ballot boxes from Linden, Region 10 arrived with three seals broken. Gaspar related that he approached the Elections Officer earlier, but was told that they were given three seals for each box.