Twitter Facebook Previous articleBristol woman arrested in stabbingNext articleThe Mishawaka Schools are discussing their plans for reopening Network Indiana Pinterest Google+ Google+ Alyssa Shephard files formal appeal in deadly school bus stop collision WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) A woman convicted of killing three kids at a bus stop on State Road 25 in Rochester has filed a formal appeal.Alyssa Shepherd wants an appeals court to dismiss her convictions and order a new trial.Shepherd says she thought the flashing lights of the school bus were actually from an oversize load vehicle when the collision happened in October 2018.She claims she didn’t think she was passing a school bus until it was too late and made an error in judgment.Shepherd was sentenced to four years in prison last December. Facebook IndianaLocalNews By Network Indiana – May 14, 2020 1 336 Pinterest
Surgeon Terry Buchmiller and windsurfer Gonzalo Giribet have also been featured in Practice, a series of profiles zeroing in on the makings of performance.It takes years of arduous practice to become effortlessly spontaneous, the jazzman Vijay Iyer discovered.The paradox comes in handy on the road. On tour with his trio, in an unfamiliar city, after a long flight, operating on two hours of sleep and about to go onstage, “You can’t really rely on the mind,” said Iyer, a pianist and composer and the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts.“At that point, there’s another kind of thing that takes over that I find is actually more important in making music, which is being vulnerable to the moment and the forces that might be surrounding you at that moment.”The art of IyerThe Vijay Iyer Trio performed at Holden Chapel in April. Iyer, whose résumé includes a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, describes the precepts behind his playing in a deep, measured voice. Be open to the moment. Hear what others don’t. Listen to learn.“I work hard on music, but I also find that at some point it’s not about excellence or perfection or being great, it’s just about being connected.” Tapping into that connection, he added, is “about revealing yourself, about staying tuned in to what’s happening.”That deep understanding of the nature of a song, as well as a sense of where your band-mates might choose to take it and how to follow them, requires an equally deep work ethic. As for any serious-minded musician, the building blocks for a jazz player are rigorous study of the canon, patient and thorough repetition, and a highly focused, highly trained ear.For Iyer, 43, staying connected to the music means, above all, listening. It’s something he tries to impart to his students, and a skill he developed in himself by roaming the history of the genre. Growing up in Fairport, N.Y., he spent his afternoons with records, listening endlessly to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, and others.“I’ve always played the piano as a listener, that’s how it started for me. It started with the ear.”He was 3. On one hand were formal violin lessons, on the other an informal urge to bang on the piano “to just make some noise.” Both his drilling for the violin and his “slow, trial-and-error, exploratory” process with the keyboard drove his development. Still, devoting so much time to lessons could sometimes be isolating. Joining the school orchestra, in fifth grade, proved transformational.“I realized music is also social. That it’s not just this solitary, lonely and kind of neurotic pursuit. That it’s actually something you do in relation to, with, among, and for others. That sort of reactivated my interest in it and saved it for me.”Iyer practiced the violin by the book. When he wanted to experiment, he turned to the piano. In high school, he took a handful of classes with a jazz piano instructor who helped him “hear things at a higher level,” like the extensions of chords and the importance of “being fluid” with the music, the jumping-off point for inventing and improvising. For the most part, though, he figured it out alone: “Things just sort of developed by doing.”“I practice being spontaneous, which is to say it’s not just about playing the details of the song, it’s about playing with them.”The mind of a polymath veers easily. For a time, Iyer seemed destined for a life in research. He studied math and physics at Yale and then followed his interest in the latter to the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned instead a Ph.D. in the cognitive science of music. But he never stepped away from the piano, and in the end, the decision to devote his life to composing, playing, and teaching was an easy one.“What helped initiate that transformation was that realization that I didn’t love physics and I actually loved music. There’s no other word for it, because it was really a matter of the heart. I don’t know what else to say, other than that’s why I’m here.”Right now, “here” is Harvard, where Iyer is working to instill in students his commitment to both old-fashioned practice and in-the-moment experiments in form. And, above all, stressing the primacy of simple (or not so simple) listening.His own talent for listening became more crucial and more exciting when Iyer began playing with other musicians and with the music itself, deepening his improvisational skills. But what exactly does the practice of reacting spontaneously to other players and changing up time signatures, melodies, or harmonies on the fly involve?“Part of improvising is knowing how to recover from when things sort of get beyond what you hoped, or when something acquires a certain energy that you didn’t foresee and then you have to respond to that energy. That’s what you’re preparing for all that time, being able to choose as the need arises.”Such preparation takes countless hours of playing, to master a work so completely that it becomes second nature. “You just live with the music long enough that it ceases to be an issue.” For Iyer, conquering a complex, polyrhythmic piece, for example, means internalizing its multiple beats. “You have to be able produce all of them simultaneously, tapping out one rhythm on the table while singing the other.”Once it’s internalized, he said, it’s a question of where else you can take it.“I practice being spontaneous, which is to say it’s not just about playing the details of the song, it’s about playing with them.”In sessions with his trio when he first moved to New York several years ago, “We really would just sit on one rhythm of a piece, just observing it as we cycled through it,” Iyer said. “It was about just trying to make yourself execute it to the point where it’s fluid, but it was also partly about noticing what it’s possible to do with it.”Sitting on a rhythmVijay Iyer remembers practicing with bandmates in his New York apartment, where they would often work on a single rhythm for hours. Iyer reaches for the art of the possible when composing, as well — challenging himself to create something he “can’t immediately play.” As an example he offered up Coltrane’s “Giant Steps,” which is built around a rapid series of tricky chord changes that make it awkward to perform and give it an atonal sound. Coltrane himself struggled with the piece, never truly satisfied with his recordings of it. But his frustration, said Iyer, proved transcendent.“It led to a transformation in his playing that you can then hear for the rest of his life in all of his recordings.”That spirit of inventiveness is at the heart of Iyer’s advice to musicians and composers, young and old: “Be creating from the first moment.”
Western North Carolina’s Tuckaseegee River could soon become home to a brand new whitewater center and outdoor adventure complex.According to the Sylva Herald, the Nanatahala Outdoor Center (NOC) is currently in talks with Jackson County, North Carolina officials about bringing a “world-class outdoor entertainment complex” to 17.65 acres of county-owned along the banks of the Tuckaseegee River.While the Sylva Herald reports that a plan for a new Jackson County NOC outpost is all but finalized, both Jackson County and NOC have stopped short of calling the plan a done deal.“Last year, NOC was approached by Jackson County regarding a potential outfitter location along the Tuckaseegee,” NOC said in an official statement provided to Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine via email.“We informally presented several high-level concepts to the county for consideration. While we remain excited about the opportunities in Dillsboro, no decisions have been made by NOC to move forward with the project.We are hopeful that the Jackson County commission will enter into a formal negotiation with us to allow both sides the opportunity to develop specific plans, timelines, and commitments.Until then, we appreciate the community’s enthusiasm for outdoor recreation along the Tuckasegee and its confidence in the NOC brand, but it is premature to make any announcements at this time.”Rich Price is the director of Jackson County’s economic development. He said that talks between the county and the outdoor adventure giant are still underway and called the Sylva Herald’s story “premature.”“Unfortunately, the local media has chosen to jump the gun on this issue,” Price said. “But we are in talks with the Nantahala Outdoor Center and optimistic about the possibility of an adventure center coming to Jackson County.”The Nanatahala Outdoor Center is Western North Carolina’s largest outdoor adventure outfitter. Established in 1972, NOC currently operates on eight different rivers throughout the area and hosts more than a million guests annually. In addition to white water rafting excursions the company offers zip-lining, mountain biking, and whitewater kayaking instruction.[divider]More from BlueRidgeOutdoors.com[/divider]
The home at 35 Constance Ct, Newport.THIS architecturally-designed, waterfront home is going under the hammer for the second time since it was built. Terry McGarry bought 35 Constance Crt, Newport, at auction by chance 17 years ago and has loved calling it home ever since. “I went along to the auction with some other people … and I ended up buying it,” he said. “When I told my wife I’d bought a house she said she quite liked the house we had, but I talked her around.“It’s been 17 years since then and a lot of fun with our three kids growing up there.”The north-facing, four-bedroom home is spread across two levels and has stunning canal views. On the ground floor there is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that flows out to the poolside entertaining area. The home has beautiful views out over the canal.Outside the covered entertainment area and swimming pool overlook the canal and there is a large, fenced front yard and a near-new pontoon. Mr McGarry said his favourite part of the home was the view from the upstairs bedrooms to the bay.“We look right towards the opening of the canals — it’s lovely when the morning sun comes across there,” he said. The property is being marketed by Adam Clark-Lynch from Kindred. The home will be auctioned on May 25 at 6pm. The living areas flows out to the poolside entertaining area.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The kitchen has stone benchtops, walk-in pantry and new Bosch dishwasher and oven. There is also a media room on the ground floor along with an office, the fourth bedroom, a laundry and a bathroom with a six-person cedar sauna. Upstairs is a huge north-facing master bedroom with walk-in robe, reading nook, ensuite with bathtub, shower and separate toilet, and a balcony with views over the swimming pool and canal. The two remaining bedrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, water views and built-in robes. There is also a lounge room on the second floor and a family bathroom.
Sharing is caring! 49 Views one comment Share Tweet Tourism Minister Hon. Ian DouglasDominica’s Tourism Minister Ian Douglas has announced that there is need for a review of the island’s Tourism Policy and Master Plan.The Tourism Policy is a projection on how tourism can contribute to Dominica’s social, economic and cultural needs for a four year period while the Tourism Master Plan outlines an operational plan for the development of tourism for the period 2005 – 2015. Mr. Douglas told a press conference last week that the Tourism Master Plan was developed before 2005 and in light of “some major global cataclysmic issues “ which have occurred there is critical need for a review of the plan.According to Douglas, these cataclysmic issues have severally affected the “source markets” such as the United States and Europe.He further explained; “When we created the master plan back in 2004/2005 we never anticipated that the world would have had to deal with that financial crisis”.The effect of that crisis is that several of these countries are facing bankruptcy therefore their citizens who would ordinarily visit the Caribbean on vacation are not able to do so.“The world financial crisis have caused countries, major source markets like the US and Europe to be cash strapped and so we hear Greece and Spain and these countries literally facing bankruptcy so if these countries are in that situation then their citizens really have less money to spend on a holiday cruise. If persons in the US are losing their homes then the last thing that they will think about is to buy a cruise or to go on a holiday and so all those issues have affected the plan.”Another factor which has impacted on the Tourism Master Plan is the collapse of the Matthieu Dam into the Layou River in July of 2011 which caused severe flooding in that area. The implementation of some plans; a Biopark in Layou, has been affected by the environmental impact of the flooding.The Ministry therefore has to therefore rethink and re-strategizing the tourism policy and master plan.“We have to rethink the master plan we have to re-strategize, we have to go back to the drawing board and that’s what we’ve been doing; looking at the master plan, reviewing the tourism policy in light of the present global challenges.”This review will include a critical assessment with a view to identifying the project areas which have been completed and those that are still outstanding and a determination will be made as to the manner in which the outstanding projects are carried forward.Mr. Douglas also noted that the Ministry will receive assistance from the European Union which he says has been one of their major partners.The review is expected to commence in the 4th quarter of the financial year.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Dominica to review its Tourism Policy and Master Plan by: – February 29, 2012 Share Share