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Float Fest, Music And Tubing Festival, Announces Tame Impala, Bassnectar, Snoop, Modest Mouse, & More

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first_imgFloat Fest is an outdoor camping music festival that will take place at Cool River Ranch in Martindale, Texas, on July 21st and 22nd. The festival is set apart by the fact that it also serves as a tubing event, inviting 20,000 music fans daily to take the opportunity to float down the San Marcos River during its two days.For its fifth year in 2018, Float Fest boasts a truly impressive artist lineup as well, tapping Tame Impala, Bassnectar, Snoop Dog, Modest Mouse, Run The Jewels, Lil Wayne, Glass Animals, Toadies, Cashmere Cat, White Denim, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Com Truise, The Suffers, and more for performances.With Tame Impala heading the lineup, Float Fest marks the third announced appearance the massively popular Australian psych-rock act will be making this year in addition to headlining at Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival and California’s Desert Daze. The group last performed in the United States when the band headlined the Panorama Music Festival in New York City last July. The Australian rockers’ set marked only their second U.S. date of the year, which made sense considering they planned to take a bit of a hiatus in 2017.This year, Float Fest has expanded its capacity after an embattled back-and-forth with Guadalupe County officials. While the festival originally requested a permit for 30,000 fans daily, the two parties eventually settled on 20,000 after locals complained about the influx of traffic to the area as well as waste and noise left by attendees. In response, Float Fest founder Marcus Federman and his attorney filed a 150-page safety and traffic plan detailing how the large-scale festival plans to deal with parking control, waste management, and the distribution of 120 police officers. The plan also shared past efforts to ensure the San Marcos River isn’t unduly affected—over the past three years, the festival has spent $10,000 on mesh bags for floaters to use as trash bags in addition to crews cleaning the river during and after the event.As Federman shared with Community Impact, a local news source, “I hope the commissioners would agree and acknowledge that it’s been a different permitting process this year. … What we put in here will be followed to a T, and if it’s not, it’ll be with everybody’s knowledge and acceptance.”For more information on Float Fest and to purchase tickets, you can head over to the festival’s website here.[H/T Pollstar]last_img read more

‘Voice of public service at Harvard’

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first_imgCalling the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) “the voice of public service at Harvard,” University President Drew Faust welcomed alumni from across seven decades Friday to a special 75th anniversary conference at the Charles Hotel.“The Kennedy School motto ‘Ask what you can do’ is a resonant theme that extends across Harvard and makes all of us so much more aware of what it means to have these responsibilities and how they might be exercised,” Faust said. “The Harvard Kennedy School is a powerful embodiment and representation to the world of a fundamental University value, and that is why facts and knowledge matter as societies and nations make choices about the future.”Faust noted the School’s “wide range of influence,” both in terms of its esteemed graduates — from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, M.P.A. ’84, and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, M.P.A. ’71, to “50 members of Congress both past and present,” and the many “world changing” ideas and programs that have taken form at HKS over its history.“The Kennedy School has even changed the language we speak. I think that is a fundamental indicator of influence,” Faust said.  “Phrases like ‘soft power’ have entered the lexicon and become central to the language of international affairs. ‘Bowling alone’ is a term of our national conversation about the fraying of civic ties. So the influence of the Kennedy School has been extensive and deep — internationally, nationally, and how we understand ourselves, even how we talk about our world.”It is the dual mission of training leaders and conducting important research, Faust said, that makes the School and the University more relevant than ever.“That is what we stand for: that knowledge and learning, evidence-based decision-making can have a huge positive impact on the world, and the Kennedy School leads the parade in advancing that conception in the circles of power and government and policy,” she said.HKS Dean David T. Ellwood focused his opening remarks on the School’s evolution from its founding in 1936, explaining that it wasn’t until President John F. Kennedy took office that “suddenly public service and the idea of government service became cool.”“It highlights the most important thing we can do to begin with, which is to get spectacular people of great character, great intelligence, great energy, and great desire to make a difference to come here,” he said.HKS Dean David T. Ellwood provided an overview of some of the School’s key priorities, including technology and governance, behavioral and decision sciences, and making democracy work.Ellwood provided an overview of some of the School’s key priorities, including technology and governance, behavioral and decision sciences, and making democracy work.Other plenary sessions focused on governing in the digital age, economic inequality, and the Middle East and North Africa.  The lunchtime keynote address, “The Future of Power,” was delivered by Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and former HKS dean.The conference, titled “HKS at 75: A Time of Peril and Promise for the World” is among the highlights of Reunion Weekend 2012.last_img read more

Measure would help state attorneys, PDs with loans

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first_img Measure would help state attorneys, PDs with loans Associate Editor A few weeks ago, a young attorney came to Sen. Skip Campbell’s office and begged for a job. He made only $28,000 and had $135,000 in student loans hanging over his head.“Unfortunately, I didn’t have a job to offer him,” said Campbell, D-Tamarac.But what Campbell offered the Senate Committee on the Judiciary was SB 250, which would create a student loan repayment program for certain assistant state attorneys and assistant public defenders.Campbell called it a good bill that provides an incentive for young lawyers to stay in their jobs longer than three years. The bill passed out of the committee unanimously, even though Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Article V Implementation and the Judiciary, predicted it will become a bill without funding because of the lean budget.The proposed legislation provides that once an assistant state attorney or assistant public defender serves in that job for three years, the Justice Administrative Commission would make yearly payments of $3,000 to the student loan lender on behalf of the attorney. When an attorney completes six years of continuous service, the payment amount would be increased to $5,000. Student loan assistance would end when the loan is paid off, when the attorney completes 12 years of continuous service, or when payments made on behalf of the attorney equal $44,000.According to Senate Judiciary staff, an in-state student at Florida State University College of Law pays $5,393 a year; an out-of-state student pays $19,624 a year. FSU students are allowed to borrow as much as $18,500 per academic year, or $55,000 for the three-year law school program, according to the FSU Financial Aid Office.Law school tuition takes a giant leap at private schools, such as Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad School of Law, where tuition is $22,500 each year for a full-time student.In the end, many law school graduates simply can’t afford to work for the state trial courts.“On behalf of the Florida Public Defender Association, we very much support this bill,” said Second Circuit Public Defender Nancy Daniels. “It is a very hard reality in our offices that we lose our attorneys.”Starting salaries for assistant public defenders and assistant state attorneys were increased to $37,566 beginning December 1, 2003.“We are able to recruit these days with the starting salaries,” Daniels said, “But at the two-year mark, when their loans build up and can’t be consolidated, we lose our attorneys very regularly. Both state attorneys and public defenders suffer with very severe turnover problems. We think this would help us with recruitment and turnover. Even if the bill is passed as a substantive bill this year would be helpful, and we could tell our recruits that it is there and maybe will be funded in the future.”Smith said: “The issue, as you know, is if we fund this and it takes $600,000, that is $600,000 out of your workload. Which would you choose?”“We’d rather have both,” Daniels said with smile.“Which one would you choose?” pressed the senator and former state attorney of the Eighth Judicial Circuit.“We understand the issue there,” Daniels answered.Campbell tried to put a positive spin on the economic forecast.“The economy is heating up, according to the papers. I know the Revenue Estimating Conference says we have $500,000 more than we thought. If we can make it an unfunded law, when we have the funds, we can kick it in. I feel strongly that the third branch of government is underfunded,” Campbell said.“I hope the legislature will wake up that there are three equal branches and they all need to be funded. Maybe the prediction of Sen. Smith will not come true, and we will have a few extra bucks to help these attorneys.”Campbell said he wanted to include trial staff attorneys in the bill, as well, but those positions (which pay an annual minimum salary of $44,328) are funded through a different source — the Office of State Courts Administrator.“To keep this bill as clean as we can, we have to remove them,” Campbell said. “I will tell staff attorneys and guardian ad litem attorneys that I will work to get them the same type of assistance, hopefully, later in the process. But we can’t do it in this bill.”Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, asked about including assistant attorneys general, too.“I probably got 500 e-mails from lawyers who want to be included,” Campbell said. “But AGs aren’t funded through the same source.”Smith said while he supports the bill, he knows the state can’t afford it.“As for putting in the AGs, it doesn’t matter, because we aren’t going to fund it anyway,” Smith said. January 15, 2004 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Measure would help state attorneys, PDs with loanslast_img read more