Ryan Adams Accused Of Manipulation, Misconduct By Several Female Artists In New Report

first_imgThe accusations come as Ryan Adams is preparing for a particularly eventful year. He has noted that he plans to release 3 albums in 2019, released music off the first of those albums, and teased some high-profile collaborations.He is also preparing to head out on tour this spring. Yesterday, ahead of the publication of the Times‘ report Adams posted on his Instagram about the run, leaving a caption that now seems to echo the women’s claims about him. Read the full report in The New York Times here. In a new report published Wednesday by The New York Times, seven women accuse Ryan Adams of wielding his music industry clout to emotionally abuse and sexually manipulate them. The report cites seven different women, including Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore and rising artist Phoebe Bridgers, and describes a pattern in which offers of career assistance repeatedly turned into sexual advances and romantic relationships became emotionally abusive.Perhaps the heftiest accusation in the report is that of Ava, a young bassist who was 14 years old when she began communicating with Adams online. Per The New York Times,She had been a gifted bassist since the age of 9. By 12, she was road-tripping with her family to Manhattan for gigs with established musicians. … Adams represented the creative future she dreamed of.Their conversations were on and off, but a constant theme was Adams fretting about Ava’s age — and asking to keep their exchanges secret — while also indulging in sexual scenarios.“I never see pics of you anymore,” Adams wrote in November 2014, when he had just turned 40 and Ava was newly 16. “You were blowing my mind.” He had pet names for her body parts.Days later, Adams expressed anxiety: “If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley [sic] lol,” he wrote.The New York Times reviewed over 3,000 messages between Adams and Ava from a 9-month period during which Ava was 15 and 16 years old, many of which are explicit in nature. Ava also claims that on one occasion during this time, he convinced her to Skype with him and was already naked when they connected.At the time, Ava lived in Iowa, a state in which it is “a felony to solicit, exchange or possess any material that shows a person under 18 engaging in sexual activity.” However, “Several legal experts said that prosecuting such cases could involve disputes over jurisdiction and whether the adult reasonably believed the minor was of legal age, taking into account context from their conversations.”Andrew B. Brettler, Adams’s lawyer, told the Times, “Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.”In addition to expounding on the details of Ava and Ryan Adams’ correspondence, the report offers accounts from several other female artists that became involved with Adams after he promised to help their careers. Each of them alleges that Adams gained their attention and affection by offering to help them with their musical aspirations. Each of them claims that this affection from Adams eventually became inappropriate and domineering. The similar claims come from women with a range of experience with Ryan Adams, from Mandy Moore, his wife of six years, to Phoebe Bridgers, with whom he was briefly romantically involved, to Courtney Jaye. Jaye was reportedly made so uncomfortable by her one in-person interaction with Adams that she never saw him again and claimed, “Something changed in me that year. It made me just not want to make music.”As Moore notes, “Music was a point of control for him. What you experience with him — the treatment, the destructive, manic sort of back and forth behavior — feels so exclusive. You feel like there’s no way other people have been treated like this.”Mandy Moore says of their 6-year marriage, which ended in 2016, “What you experience with him — the treatment, the destructive, manic sort of back and forth behavior — feels so exclusive. You feel like there’s no way other people have been treated like this. … Music was a point of control for him.”Per Rolling Stone, on Wednesday, prior to the publication of the New York Times article, Adams posted a since-deleted image of the New York Times logo. The caption read, “Fuck you. You are kitty litter. Happy Valentine’s Day.” He also replied to one tweet before the story’s publication with “Run your smear piece. But the leagel [sic] eagles see you. Rats. I’m fucking taking you down.”Since the report’s publication, that tone has appeared to soften slightly. In a series of tweets posted earlier this evening, Adams noted, “I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes. To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly. … But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period. … As someone who has always tried to spread joy through my music and my life, hearing that some people believe I caused them pain saddens me greatly. I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing.”last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg returns to Harvard to recruit Facebook’s next engineers

first_imgMark Zuckerberg will visit Harvard Monday to recruit students for jobs and internships at Facebook, the University announced today.Zuckerberg, along with Facebook Vice President of Engineering Mike Schroepfer, will meet with more than 200 computer science students at Farkas Hall for a discussion moderated by computer science lecturer David J. Malan. It is Zuckerberg’s first official visit to Harvard since leaving in 2004 to launch Facebook, the world’s leading social media network.While on campus, Zuckerberg will also meet with Harvard officials. There will be an informal press availability at 4:30 p.m. Interested media should contact Harvard Public Affairs & Communications for credentials.last_img

LimeBike rolls out electric scooters, electric-assist bikes

first_imgWith the launch of two electric transportation products, LimeBike is taking the legwork out of biking. On Feb. 12, the company rolled out the Lime-E, an electric-assist bike, and the Lime-S, an electric scooter.According to LimeBike’s website, both the bike and scooter have 250-watt motors that power each product forward and cost $1 to unlock and $0.15 per minute to ride. This is more expensive than the standard LimeBikes currently populating Notre Dame and South Bend, which are $1 per 30 minutes for the general public and $0.50 per 30 minutes for those who sign up with a .edu email address.The Lime-S and the Lime-E can each reach speeds of up to 14.8 miles per hour, the LimeBike website states, and the Lime-E’s motor alters the bike’s speed depending on how much force the rider applies to the pedals.The Lime-E formally launched with 500 units in Seattle on Feb. 12, which LimeBike touted on their website as the “largest fleet of electric-assist bikes in the country,” and is now — along with the Lime-S — also available in some of LimeBike’s Bay Area markets.LimeBike has made its other cities aware of their new products, LimeBike spokesperson Emma Green said, and is exploring where they will bring their electric offerings next.“We’re in almost 50 markets now with our normal LimeBikes, so we’re looking at those cities as well as new cities to launch,” Green said.When asked about the possibility of LimeBike scooters coming to Notre Dame, however, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said in an email “there is no plan for scooters on campus.”“It’s very much up in the air,” Green said. “We’ve been in conversation with Notre Dame and South Bend about our new models, and that includes Lime-E and Lime-S, definitely making sure that they’re aware, but as of right now we just don’t have any updates of when they would be on campus.”Although a specific date for the Lime-E and Lime-S to arrive in South Bend has not been set, South Bend operations manager Nathan Hasse said as with the regular pedal bikes, local LimeBike operations teams will monitor individual scooters and electric-assist bikes to ensure that they are maintained and parked appropriately.“We patrol, and every bike is touched on a daily or bi-daily basis by our specialists,” Hasse said.According to the LimeBike website, the Lime-E can travel 62 miles before its battery runs out and the Lime-S has a maximum range of 37 miles. LimeBike operations teams can monitor the charge level of each unit, and Hasse said they aim to get to each bike and recharge it before the battery can run out in the middle of a ride.Hasse said South Bend residents should call LimeBike if they notice a pedal bike that is in need of maintenance.“We always try to ask the public for help,” Hasse said. “If they do notice one that we haven’t noticed, just make sure to call and let us know and we’ll get to it right away.”Tags: Electric scooter, electric-assist bike, Lime-E, Lime-S, LimeBikelast_img read more

Corn Potential.

first_imgDuring the week ending June 4, the Georgia Ag Statistics Service reports that 59 percent of the Georgia corn crop is in fair, good or excellent condition. But only 22 percent of farmers report adequate soil moisture.A critical time Despite the summer drought, the Georgia corn crop could still make good yields, said a University of Georgia scientist.”It all depends on where the rain falls,” said Dewey Lee, a UGA Extension Service grains scientist. “Overall, the potential for a good crop yield is still there.” J. Cannon, UGA CAES “Corn is in the critical water-need stage of silking and grain fill,” Lee said. At this stage, corn needs about a third of an inch of water every day. Without water now, the kernels won’t fill out properly.Georgia’s corn value Lee estimates Georgia farmers planted about 340,000 acres of corn this year. Last year’s 265,000 harvested acres was valued at $54 million. About 35 percent of Georgia’s corn acreage, 120,000 acres, is irrigated. Lee said farmers with irrigation need to make sure their systems work properly throughout the season so the crop gets the water it needs.Problems other than watercenter_img A CRITICAL TIME for corn in Georgia is when silking begins. University of Georgia scientists say corn needs about one-third an inch of water daily to ensure grain fill and a full crop. In spite of a recent lack of water, the ‘potential is still there’ for the Georgia crop. But farmers who use irrigation face problems besides a lack of water. With water come diseases. Lee said common rust is showing up, particularly in irrigated fields. “But I’m sure the farmers would rather deal with rust than dry stalks,” he said. Though common rust has some farmers concerned, Lee said as average daily temperatures rise, it will be less of a problem. On the remaining 210,000 acres of dryland corn, Lee said hit-and-miss rain showers make all the difference. “I’ve seen some dryland corn that looks really good,” he said. “Other fields, well, they’re just about burned up.”Need more corn Whatever the crop outcome, Lee said Georgia is still a corn deficit state. Georgia farmers could grow four times what they do and just barely have enough to provide feed for the poultry and hog industries. “Georgia’s poultry industry uses far more (corn) than we produce,” said George Shumaker, a UGA Extension Service economist. “We have the actual acres, but other crops, particularly cotton and peanuts, are more profitable. And farmers won’t stop growing those to grow corn.” Feed processors import corn and other grains from the Midwest to fulfill the livestock feed demands.last_img read more

Love at First Bike

first_imgI’ve never gone mountain biking.Well, sorta.Prior to my time with the magazine (1.5 years ago), I had certainly been on a mountain bike. I used to ride one to and from class every day, take it for a cruise down the Virginia Creeper rail-trail nearby, drive around with it on the back of my beater Honda. But, as far as riding legitimate singletrack goes, it wasn’t until last year that I finally popped the cherry.The two times since those college days that I have truly gone for a ride were both merely a means to an end, once in DuPont State Forest and once in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Both times I was out photographing mountain bikers and needed to cover more ground more efficiently. What better way to accomplish that than by hopping in the saddle and joining the gang?DCIM100GOPROThe only problem? I suck at mountain biking. I can crank out uphills all day, and I’m damn good at bike hiking, but downhill is downright terrifying. If it’s not some rogue root or rock that sends me OTB, it’s my sporadic front-brake-freak-outs that launch my body spread eagle down the trail. Couple those poor bike maneuvering skills with a backpack full of expensive, company-owned camera equipment and you’ve got yourself one stressed out J. Daddio.Still, I loved it.Trail running, hiking, that’s all fine and dandy, but you can knock out some big miles on a bike and, when the downhill is straight and smooth like butta, I do like going really fast. And jumping over stuff. And that’s really fun. Until I wrap my ribs around a tree, which I really try to avoid at all costs. Still though, crashing and burning, just as in any sport, is part of the game. Even the best of riders get off line, hit the brakes, or worse, hit the tree and go sailing.More often than not, I’ve recently found that when I want to go outside and play most, I’m usually alone. For paddling and climbing, flying solo doesn’t always bode well (especially if Mom finds out). I’ve been eyeballing mountain bikes for the past few months, figuring mountain biking to be a reasonable solution to my partnerless woes. After weeks of sleepless nights fantasizing about disc brakes and fat tires, I finally decided last week to swallow my fear of breaking my body and take the plunge.DCIM100GOPROThe moment I saw Violet, I was in love. A Specialized hardtail 29er, she’s silvery purple, the color of twilight and concord grapes and all-things royal. I sensed in her a restlessness, a burning need to fly free through the woods and tear up the trails. She seemed innocent enough on the outside, you might even call her pretty, but inside I could tell she was a fiery pistol, cocked and loaded and ready to roll. I felt very much like this bike may be my kindred spirit, and so, the day I rolled her out the back door of Adventure Damascus (thanks to my friends and fellow employers at the shop!), I took her out on our first date…I mean ride.If I can sum up that first ride in one phrase, I’d say it was nothing short of expected. I face planted a rhododendron bush, toppled into a creek, and took a chunk out of my right knee cap and elbow. Fortunately no one was around to watch the hilarity that ensued as I tried to detangle myself from gear and chain and branch, but I honestly don’t think it would have mattered either way.DCIM100GOPROYou see, being in the woods has this incomparable healing effect on me. Whether I’m scouting a rapid, studying the route up a rock face, or picking a line down the trail, there’s something about riding that fine balance between man and nature that, when panned out to perfection, gets me stoked (though, per this video, maybe getting stoked isn’t always the best thing). Those moments of perfect flow aren’t always easy to come by, but all it takes is a single second of unity with the river, the rock, the trail, to keep me coming back for more.So as I laid there in the rhododendron bush beneath the weight of Violet, trying to gauge which hurt more – my oozing knee or my wounded pride – I decided that it was neither. Nothing hurt. I was actually kinda giddy. I picked myself up, snapped a too-dark selfie of my wreck, and proceeded to pick my way through the remaining two miles of technical downhill that I realistically had no business being on. Still, I was all smiles. I’d found yet another avenue for getting outside and letting the natural world be my sensei.DCIM100GOPROSince then, Violet and I have gone riding at Bent Creek and DuPont State Forest (photos from Big Rock Trail in DuPont) in North Cackalacky. Looking forward to some central Virginia riding this week and next – stay tuned!###Check out this month’s issue of the magazine to hear 10 regional riders answer the big question – Why I Ride.I’d love to hear from you on why you love to ride, where you love to ride, or tips and tricks on riding better. I can use all the help and suggestions I can get. Keep charging!last_img read more

Kayak and Weekend Adventure Giveaway

first_imgRules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on June 15, 2017 – date subject to change. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mis-transcribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their promotional partners reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before June 15, 2017 – date and time subject to change. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. One entry per person or two entries per person if partnership opt-in box above is checked. Name: Email*: Phone Number: Address*: City*: State*: ALAKAZARCACOCTDEFLGAHIIDILINIAKSKYLAMEMDMAMIMNMSMOMTNENVNHNJNMNYNCNDOHOKORPARISCSDTNTXUTVTVAWAWVWIWYZip Code*: I certify that I am over the age of 18.WIN ONE MORE ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST! I would like to receive updates from BRO, and prize partners straight to my inbox!* denotes required fieldlast_img read more

8 CU issues worth a second look

first_imgIn addition to meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, NAFCU’s award-winning advocacy team regularly meets with key regulators and administration officials, and attends events covering critical issues affecting credit unions. See what the industry’s Washington Watchdog has been working on lately.Qualified mortgagesToday, the association will meet at the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to discuss qualified mortgages (QM). Earlier this year, Acting Director Mick Mulvaney indicated that the bureau would review its QM rule as part of efforts to “look at unduly and overly burdensome regulations.” NAFCU in July included making permanent the government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) QM category on its list of priorities for the bureau (read more here).NAFCU Senior Counsel for Research and Policy Andrew Morris will attend today’s meeting, along with other financial trade groups. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Blood drive to honor late State Trooper

first_imgThe blood drive will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at 16 Crescent Drive in Kirkwood. Trooper Skinner served with the State Police for 13 years before he was killed in the line of duty in 2014. He also was a firefighter with the Five Mile Point Fire Company. The Red Cross says blood donations often decline during the holidays as people get busy and travel.center_img KIRKWOOD (WBNG) — The Five Mile Point Fire Department is inviting the community to pay tribute to late New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner at its sixth annual blood drive in his memory. If you would like to donate, you can make an appointment by downloading the Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or visiting this link.last_img

More than a month into phase 4, Candor gym owner asks ‘When can we reopen?’

first_imgCANDOR (WBNG) — More than a month has passed since the beginning of phase four in New York State and gyms and fitness centers have still not been allowed to reopen. Now one gym owner in Candor is joining the fight to get those facilities reopened safely. “Most of us feel that exercise is medicine, and that’s probably why we’re such a vocal bunch– we feel like by being open we’re helping the situation– not hurting it,” he says. “Reports show that infections are rising in more than 40 states…We understand that some people aren’t happy – but better unhappy than sick or worse.  We fully intend to defend the actions taken in these matters,” Conwall went on to say. “It’s a small mom and pop boutique gym here in Candor, NY. We cater primarily to helping women succeed with fitness,” he says. Fay also argues that big gyms and smaller fitness centers should not be lumped into the same category when it comes to making health related decisions. “When you talk gyms most people think large boxes with lots of people going in and out, personal training studios only have a few people,” he says. “We need to get back to where we were quickly, with a lot of the businesses still closed it’s putting a huge dent in our ability to recover,” he says. “We have our safety plan, we have our cleaning plan, we have all of our equipment required to clean, if they say masks that’s what we’ll do,” he says. For their part, the State defends the decision to keep gyms closed. Now over a month later, New York gyms are still closed and Fay says he’s looking for answers. He also argues that gyms should have been essential from the beginning, as they help people fight diabetes and obesity, two things associated with a higher risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms. Governor Cuomo’s office says they intend to fight the lawsuit. Fay says while his business is in a solid spot to weather the pandemic, he’s joining the fight on behalf of many fellow gym owners who aren’t so fortunate.   “The actions taken by the Governor with respect to gyms and fitness centers are wholly consistent with the powers granted to the Executive by the Legislature. The measures the Governor has taken were intended to – and did – curb the rise of infection across the State.  They also allowed us to avoid subsequent spikes of infection,” Governor Cuomo’s spokesman Jason Conwall told 12 News in part. Running Fay’s has been a way of life for Ron and his family for more than thirty years. Like all gyms, Fay was forced to close down due to the coronavirus, and they had hoped to reopen as part of phase four. “We told our membership okay here’s the day, this is the day we’re going to reopen and everyone was all excited to come back and then a few days before it was ‘gyms couldn’t,'” he says. “We’re ready to roll whenever the state is,” say Ron Fay, owner of Fay’s Fitness Co. in Candor. Fay argues that gyms and fitness centers can be reopened safely, and that’s why he’s joined a lawsuit with 600 other fitness facilities arguing that gyms should not be singled out. “When? That’s what we really want to know, when can we reopen?” he says.last_img read more

Hikers flock Mt Lawu ahead of Independence Day, raising COVID-19 concerns

first_imgGiri Lawu management office head Miko Wicaksono confirmed the situation and said the footage had been taken on Sunday morning.”The video was taken by my friend this morning at the entrance of the Cemoro Sewu trail,” he said on Sunday as reported by tribunnews.com.Miko admitted that the management team was overwhelmed by the number of visitors flocking to the mountain on Sunday and was struggling to ensure visitors adhere to the physical distancing rule.”We broadcast the health protocol requirements through social media and set up handwashing facilities near the entrance. We also reminded visitors to follow protocol through megaphones, but we’re struggling to manage such a large number of hikers,” he said.Miko said at least 800 hikers had registered on Sunday, which was the maximum allowed number of daily visitors at the mountain.”We stopped the registration at 5 p.m.,” he said.It is a longstanding tradition for Indonesians to hike mountains ahead of Independence Day on Aug. 17 to conduct flag-hoisting ceremonies on mountaintops. (nal) Hundreds of visitors flocked to Mount Lawu in Magetan, East Java, on Sunday, raising concern over the transmission of COVID-19 at the popular hiking spot as management was overwhelmed in controlling the crowds.Footage of hundreds of visitors being stuck at the jam-packed entrance to the Cemoro Sewu trekking route went viral on social media on Sunday gaining more than 56,000 views.”New cluster: Mount Lawu,” a Twitter user with the handle of @sociogeeks_ wrote on Sunday.Cluster baru : Gunung Lawu 😑 pic.twitter.com/aX5byjvcSn— Socio Geeks (@sociogeeks_) August 16, 2020 Topics :last_img read more