Today’s festival scene is oftentimes saturated with sameness. If you only enjoy live music and camping under the stars, then this formula is a recipe for success ad infinitum. Like many of the friendly faces attending this year’s MAYfest, however, I often find myself in search of more – more variety, more meaningful connections, and a more holistic experience of forming a temporary community of like-minded folk. If you too share this desire, consider attending MAYfest over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.Held May 26th-28th at Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring, NY, MAYfest – both an acronym of music, arts, and yoga as well as a pun for the timing of this annual gathering – is a truly unique and immersive experience. Designed to blur the lines between music, community, art, yoga, creative expression, and a shared sense of self, MAYfest is as unique a festive jamboree as they come.The musical lineup is equally as diverse: with headliners Rusted Root, Ozomatli, and Dar Williams, there is no shortage of variety. Other featured musicians and bands include DJ Drez, Dustin Thomas, Will Evans with Rising Tide, The Garcia Project, Upstate Rubdown, Hayley Jane and the Primates, Srikala, The Breakneck Boys, and more!For the painters, photographers, sculptors, and dreamers among us, MAYfest has partnered with the Garrison Art Center to once again provide an endless array of opportunities for self-expression throughout the entire weekend. Professional artists-in-residence include: Jaanika Peerna, Christina DiMarco, and Robert Sturman, to name just a few.Tying the entire weekend together through flow, relaxation, and breath, MAYfest will also feature an extensive array of interactive classes and workshops exploring a variety of yogic styles for participants at all levels. Each and every program will be taught by some of the region’s absolute best yogis: Elena Brower, Sadie Nardini, Amy Pearce-Hayden, Jessica Bellofatto, and many others from the Catskills and Hudson Valley regions.MAYfest is also deeply family focused, offering fun workshops for children and their parents throughout the weekend. In the spirit of inclusion and service, MAYfest is also partnering with the Veterans Yoga Project (VYP), a non-profit organization that works to bring the healing powers of yoga to our veterans and their families. A nationwide Memorial Day campaign to honor fallen troops will culminate on Sunday afternoon during VYP’s Introduction to Mindful Resilience Yoga. And for anyone who has served in the US armed forces, MAYfest is proud to offer a 20% discount.From the folks who brought you the immensely popular Catskill Chill Music Festival, MAYfest is sure to offer you and your family a warm and friendly weekend gathering for community-minded folks in search of programming variety in an inclusive environment. Tickets are currently available for the entire weekend, with additional options for single-class tickets and day passes. Discount tickets are available for children under 12, while children under 5 are admitted free with an adult.
Library Lawn is the newest renovation to Notre Dame’s campus, as the grassy area between Hesburgh Library and Notre Dame Stadium— also known as Library Quad — has been transformed into a hangout space for all students to enjoy.The quad is dotted with Adirondack chairs, fire pits and umbrellas, allowing students to utilize the lawn, no matter the weather.“I love the vibe here,” senior Alessandro Preda said about the lawn. “It’s very relaxing and mellow which makes it a great place to hang out,” John Salem | The Observer Located between Notre Dame Stadium and Hesburgh Library sits the new Library Lawn. The area includes chairs, umbrellas and a performance stage for students to use.Another highlight of the setup is the large black stage, which serves a number of purposes from concerts to live contests. The final section of Library Lawn — the area between the stage and the hangout area — is called ‘The Green’ and is meant to be a place for students to play recreational games such as cornhole and spikeball.The Library Lawn made its debut last weekend and the Student Activities Office (SAO) put together a number of events to draw in students to the renovated quad. These events ranged from sunset yoga to free frozen yogurt and culminated in a fireworks display Saturday night.The motivation behind the creation of the lawn are rather simple.“Everyone at the University was interested in the students having more opportunities for safe, outdoor fun on campus,” Nick Johnson, executive director of ND Innovates, said.Johnson also said the lawn was a collaborative effort between SAO and University Enterprises and Events, a division of the Office of the Executive Vice president, which is in charge of organizing and executing events on campus year-round. The two groups were inspired by similar renovations done in major metropolitan areas around the country in order to draw more people downtown.“The Library Lawn project not only makes better use of a beautiful green space framed by iconic buildings, but it’s a perfect location for students to relax,” Jennifer McGuire, athletic director at the University Enterprises and Events division, said.McGuire said student feedback has been “overwhelmingly positive” as the Notre Dame residents seem to enjoy the new hangout area quite a bit.“My favorite part of the lawn has gotta be the fire pits, because s’mores!” sophomore Karina Duffy said.Perhaps the most widely appreciated aspect of the Library Lawn is how many different purposes it serves.“I really enjoy the fact that, with the comfortable chairs and open spaces, the lawn is a great place to relax with friends and get some work done,” sophomore Hannah Wahle said.In addition, students enjoy having the room to spread out and enjoy the nice weather.“I love the lawn,” sophomore Katie Nolan said. “I live in Flaherty and don’t really have access to many open spaces like this.”Library Lawn isn’t the only renovation that SAO and University Enterprises and Events have planned.“Plans are afoot to similarly outfit additional space adjacent to the Hesburgh Library,” McGuire said.The aforementioned space will serve a similar purpose as the current lawn ,but more so will be a quiet area geared towards studying and work space. Both this new space and the current lawn are expected to stay open until the end of October, depending on the weather.Although Library Lawn has been met with much praise, it seems like there are still some aspects to be worked out down the line.“I wish the Wi-Fi was better out here,” Preda said.The lawn is currently open until midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m on Fridays and Saturdays.Tags: cornhole, Hesburgh Library, Library Lawn, SAO, spikeball
Irrigation systems are one the most essential components of a farmer’s toolbox. After sitting idle during the winter, now is the time farmers should check their systems before the spring growing season.According to University of Georgia Assistant Professor Wes Porter, UGA Cooperative Extension precision agriculture and irrigation specialist, the average irrigation system is not used for at least six months between fall harvest and the next production season. This lack of usage can result in leaks, dry rot, and animals and insects nesting within the machine.“I wouldn’t say just sitting causes all the problems, but we don’t take or have the time to service them throughout the year. When we are in production mode, it’s nearly impossible to do preventative maintenance during that time,” Porter said. “Now is a good time of year for preventative maintenance.”Porter offers these tips for producers to assess the status of their irrigation equipment:Make sure to do an electrical system shutoff beforehand or risk electrocution. You’re working with 480 volts, so make sure the power is turned off in your work area. Proceed with electrical safety in mind.Check the power unit, especially the main control panel, for any issues. Make sure all fuses are in working order and that no animals have chewed on wires or built nests in the electrical control box.Check the pumping system to see if pressure and flow are optimized. If pressure has been lost from last year or the pressure spikes, there’s more than likely a leak or possibly a clog. Check the sprinkler systems to make sure they are functional and properly applying irrigation.Perform a uniformity check on the pivot to determine any nonvisual application issues.Check the pivot point as it could contain leaks, loosened bolts, bad fittings and improperly greased joints.Check the drain valves to see if they’re in proper working order. When the system shuts off, the valves should drain water out of the pipe and should prevent leaks at the drain areas when the system is full of water.Make sure that the auto-stop and reverse are working.If chemigation or fertigation are being used, check their respective pumps.Check to see if the drive motors at each tower are in proper working order and that there is nothing nesting on the inside.Check the tires to make sure none have leaks, cracks or are flat.“The last thing you want to do is go out in the summer while in the middle of a corn field or cotton field and have to change a tire or a drive motor. It’s pretty hard to get to,” Porter said.Porter assures that using this checklist will provide farmers with the preventative maintenance needed for their irrigation equipment’s survival. For a more thorough checklist, read UGA Extension Bulletin 1452, “Spring Center Pivot and Lateral Irrigation System Preparation,” at extension.uga.edu/publications.
This increase is largely in line with previous statements by the DNB stating that the adjusted UFR was likely to reduce funding ratios by 3 percentage points.Separately, Klijnsma rejected a request to specify the results for ABP, the largest pension fund in the Netherlands.She said there was “no place for conclusions regarding a single fund” and that the study would be a general one, in which the Dutch Pensions Federation would participate.She added that the month of October had been chosen for the study’s release because Dutch pension funds tend to set out the level of their pension premiums over this period. The Dutch Parliament expects to release – in October at the latest – the results of a study on the short and long-term effects of new financial rules on local pension funds.The study will also address the effects of the recently adjusted ultimate forward rate (UFR), according to Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary at the Ministry of Social Affairs.The new supervisory framework for Dutch pension funds, or financieel toetsingskader, was introduced at the start of this year, while changes in the UFR were introduced by supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank in July.In response to parliamentary questions last week, Klijnsma said pension fund liabilities were expected to rise by 2.8 percentage points next year as a result of the adjusted UFR.
First-round leader Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan will head into the weekend at the top of the leaderboard. McDowell was level with the card, and four other players, including countryman Rory McIlroy and Wales’ Jamie Donaldson, as the former US Open champion showed almost peerless control in the tricky conditions. McDowell steadily combined two birdies with just a single bogey as Donaldson – who shot a round-best 70 – and American Chris Kirk were the only others to pick up shots during the round. Former world number one McIlroy was notably sat level with McDowell on the leaderboard after he fought back after initially appearing like he might go the same way as his higher-profile rivals. The 24-year-old, who lost a play-off at the Honda Classic last weekend, went out in 40, but recovered after the turn with three birdies to signed for a two-over 74. Limiting the damage was the primary concern for every player as the new-look Miami course bared its teeth. Remarkably more than 100 balls found the water during the second round with Woods and Scott the most significant casualties. Both resumed their weather-delayed first rounds in the morning, and both made nightmare starts. Strong winds blew the scoring of nearly every player into the red – most notably the world’s top two Tiger Woods and Adam Scott – with McDowell’s one-under round of 71 enough to lift him a shot off the lead. The Northern Irishman trailed a quartet of Americans, who shared the lead on one under, and were the only players to reach halfway with a minus score. Graeme McDowell was one of just three players to make up ground during a brutal second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship as the re-designed Blue Monster course claimed some notable scalps in Doral. Scott dropped six shots in his first five holes – including a pair of double bogeys – while Woods leaked four shots in as many holes. Things hardly improved when they began their second rounds either, but both battled their way to ensure they just asurvived the cut. Scott’s 73 left him on four over, while Woods is a stroke further back after he went around in the same score. Defending champion Woods was able to offer one highlight in an otherwise dour round, as he sunk a monster 91-foot putt for birdie – the longest on the PGA Tour for five years – at the par-three fourth. Phil Mickelson, another winner at this course before the changes, also had to grit his teeth to make the weekend after a hat-trick of double bogeys at the start of his round. The left-hander immediately fought back with two of his five birdies in a round of 75 that left him five over for the tournament. Press Association
(XFL) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1a/74/houston-roughnecks-xfl-ftr_1erb6oyeb3tt41rlj049zequ44.png?t=-910947048&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e4/d0/tyree-jackson-xfl-ftr_ruj0ktmjofmc193lmzyww2bqb.png?t=-909838080&w=500&quality=80 In the West Division, only the Roughnecks are above .500 with a 5-0 record. The Renegades are at 2-3, with two of their losses stemming from games in which starting quarterback Landry Jones wasn’t available. The Wildcats are also 2-3 with perhaps the most confusing results of any XFL team so far.Only the top two teams from each division make it into the playoffs, so it should be a fun end to the season, especially in the East. The standings shouldn’t change much following Week 6, assuming the teams expected to win do just that.Last week, I went 2-2 with my picks as I continue to struggle to predict what the Wildcats are going to do. I’m now 14-6 on the season with three of those wrong predictions being the Wildcats in three straight weeks. I’ll look to improve on my record in Week 6 with my picks below.(All odds are courtesy of BetOnline.ag via Sports Insider.)MORE: SN Q&A with XFL commissioner Oliver LuckXFL Week 6 schedule(All times Eastern)GameDateTimeNetworkRoughnecks at Guardians3/142 p.m.ABCBattleHawks at Vipers3/145 p.m.FS2Renegades at Defenders3/154 p.m.FS1Wildcats at Dragons3/157 p.m.ESPN2XFL odds, picks, predictions for Week 6 The XFL has reached the midway point of the season, as we are now five weeks in to the 10-game regular season. There’s been a surprising amount of parity in the league so far, as only two teams have truly struggled so far: the Vipers and Dragons. But even those one-win teams have shown promise in the first five games. The East Division is stacked with three teams tied for first at 3-2. Houston Roughnecks at New York GuardiansSpread: Roughnecks -6.5 (-110), Guardians +6.5 (-110)Over/Under: 47 (-110)The Roughnecks were tested last week as P.J. Walker turned the ball over three times, but that offense is too good to be held down for long. After an uneventful Week 4, Cam Phillips returned with a dominant game in Week 5, finishing 10-122-2 on 13 targets. Phillips now leads the league in receptions (31), receiving yards (455) and receiving touchdowns (9) as he proves he deserves a shot at the NFL.Houston (5-0) will be traveling to New York to face a Guardians team that is 3-2 on the season despite plenty of struggles. New York has allowed more touchdowns (9) than it has scored (8) so far through five games. Luis Perez started the year as the third-string QB, but he’s started the last two games and has helped lead the Guardians to two straight wins. He hasn’t even been that good, but he hasn’t been bad — which is what Matt McGloin was.Despite the Guardians’ win streak and home-field advantage, it’s hard to see this team taking down the Roughnecks. Houston’s offense is just too strong and should have no problem winning this game.Prediction: Roughnecks 28, Guardians 16MORE: The XFL is in “Madden 20” thanks to a dedicated team that made it happenSt. Louis BattleHawks at Tampa Bay VipersSpread: BattleHawks -3 (-120), Vipers +3 (+100)Over/Under: 42 (-110)I thought Tampa Bay would win last week, but the Vipers ultimately fell short, 41-32. I was correct in thinking Tampa Bay’s offense would find its rhythm again after struggling for most of the early part of the season. The Vipers finished with 142 rushing yards along with a 300-yard passing performance by quarterback Taylor “The Corn Dog” Cornelius. The Vipers may be 1-4 on the season, but this isn’t a team to take lightly.The Vipers will be hosting a BattleHawks team that surprisingly struggled in Week 5 against the Defenders. St. Louis finished with a season-low six points, going 0-for-3 in its red zone appearances. St. Louis’ defense still showed up, only allowing one touchdown to D.C., but the offense needs to rebound against Tampa Bay if the BattleHawks want to start winning again.Tampa Bay is tough to nail down. The Vipers have given up the most touchdowns in the league (15) while also allowing the fewest yards (258.8) per game. The math doesn’t add up, but either way, I expect the BattleHawks to get back to their winning ways in a close game.Prediction: BattleHawks 24, Vipers 20Dallas Renegades at D.C. Defenders Spread: Renegades +4.5 (-110), Defenders -4.5 (-110)Over/Under: 35 (-115)Philip Nelson drew the start in place of an injured Jones last week, making it his second start this season for Dallas. In the Renegades’ two starts with Nelson, the offense hasn’t scored a touchdown. Nelson mostly struggled, finishing 28-of-49 for 210 yards with two interceptions against New York last week, while taking three sacks. He’s supposed to start again this week, so I expect this offense to struggle against a D.C. team with a good defense.The Defenders won in Week 5, but it wasn’t pretty. Kicker Tyler Rausa ended up being the MVP for D.C. with three field goals, good from 52, 50 and 22 yards out. The Defenders also benched Cardale Jones after two passes (one of which was an interception) in favor of promising young QB Tyree Jackson. Jackson wasn’t outstanding, but he was efficient, finishing 9-of-14 for 39 yards with a touchdown while adding 32 yards on seven carries.It will be interesting to see if D.C. keeps Jackson at QB or goes back to Jones. Either way, I have a hard time seeing Dallas beating the Defenders in D.C. There’s been a clear distinction between the Defenders at home and on the road this season.Prediction: Defenders 18, Renegades 15L.A. Wildcats at Seattle DragonsSpread: Wildcats -2.5 (-115), Dragons +2.5 (-105)Over/Under: 45 (-110)The Wildcats won last week thanks to a dominant performance by Josh Johnson, who has quietly been one of the league’s star quarterbacks. After missing Week 1 due to injury, Johnson has been effective, as he’s second in the league in passing yards (1,092) and passing touchdowns (11). He’s only thrown two interceptions, and he has the best quarterback rating (106.8) in the league. In the NFL, Johnson was known as a mobile quarterback, but he hasn’t really showcased that side of his game with just 30 yards on 15 carries so far. The Dragons gave the Roughnecks a run for their money last week. B.J. Daniels drew his first start of the season, finishing 14-of-22 for 114 yards. He also ran 10 times for 30 yards, finishing with two scores on the ground. The Dragons have allowed the most touchdowns in the league (15), which will be a challenge as they face a Wildcats offense that’s scored the second-most touchdowns (18) among all teams.I could easily see Seattle winning this game, especially since it’s at home, but the Wildcats’ offense has been too good to struggle against the defense allowing the most yards per game (358.0). Prediction: Wildcats 35, Dragons 28