The Democratic and Republican national conventions have come and gone. If someone asks who cares, the answers would be diverse and interesting. Do these conventions matter? Does the 2020 presidential election matter? One could easily answer no; they really do not matter.However, what does matter is that almost 1,000 people are dying from COVID-19 every single day in the U.S. What does matter is that climate change is wrecking the planet, and raging fires are again displacing people in California.What does matter are the ultracrises of unemployment, evictions, health care and education which are pummeling the working class.What matters is that the basic democratic right to vote is in danger, trivializing the blood shed to obtain it. Oppressed people, notably the Black community and women, fought and died to gain voting rights.Protesters risked arrests to challenge the RNC in Charlotte, N.C.What matters, too — and is the most traumatic — is the brutality of racist police terror that continues unabated and plagues so many Black communities. Just as palpable is the situation of migrants being held in detention cages or being stateless.So if the question is what to do about all this, what is the answer?Dog whistles become sirensIn the Trump era, the word racism has become outdated. It is open white supremacy that is defining the agenda.Trump was elected on an anti-Mexican, anti-immigrant agenda. That agenda resulted in sheer horror. For example, hundreds, if not thousands of children of migrants who were stolen from their parents, are missing.Just recently, 39 missing migrant children were “found” in Georgia, reported CNN on Aug. 29. Their captors were charged with sex trafficking, kidnapping and more.During the summer, migrant advocates exposed the mistreatment of detainees at the Adelanto ICE Center in California, which was “disinfecting the facility by spraying hazardous chemicals in poorly ventilated areas, causing people to develop bloody noses, burning eyes and coughing fits, which could further spread the coronavirus.” (Desert Sun, June 27)Now Trump has shamelessly turned his attention to the struggle of Black people for liberation, by targeting the Black Lives Matter movement. If politicians in the past used “dog whistles” to reach their racist base, Trump employed a siren. This is why the Republican convention matters.The Trump campaign invited the McCloskeys to speak at the RNC. This is a call to war against the Black Lives Matter movement. Patricia and Mark McCloskey pointed a gun at BLM protesters as they marched past their St. Louis, Mo., home on June 28. During the convention, these fascists declared that Democrats “want to abolish the suburbs altogether, by ending single-family home zoning.” (CNN, Aug 25)The McCloskeys’ appearance was just one of many such calls to arms during the Republican convention. The RNC was really a rally convened specifically to attack the Black Lives Matter movement, which has brought millions of protesters into the streets from Minneapolis to Portland, Ore., and from Kenosha, Wis., to Washington, D.C. All RNC speakers decried and vilified this massive movement, by using words such as “anarchy,” “anger” and so on.The BLM movement, which erupted following the horrific police murders of George Floyd, in particular, and Breonna Taylor, is righteous. However, it scares the ruling class — and not just the Republicans, but Democrats as well. This movement is Black-led, but it has solid support from Brown and white people.The BLM movement is calling for everything from “defunding the police” to “abolishing the police” in the struggle for real social change. It is taking place during one of the worst ever economic crises. Band-Aids will not suffice. Democratic platitudes will not suffice either. This is why the Democrats also fear this movement.‘Anybody but Trump’ line refuted by manyThe debate among many people within the activist community is what to do about the November election. Hardly anyone is enthused about Biden. Many are just settling with the “anybody but Trump” line.But it is a new day, when so many are not falling behind this false line.It is notable that the Democratic Socialists of America, a body that is radical but falls short of genuine Marxist-Leninist revolutionary ideology — especially on U.S. imperialism and racism –- is not getting out the vote for Joe Biden.DSA wrote on May 12: “Following the withdrawal of Bernie Sanders from the . . . race, our country has lost the only viable . . . candidate advocating the comprehensive reform we need to address this pandemic head-on. [Biden’s] . . . differences with Sanders and the broader left could not be starker, as was recently made clear when he committed to vetoing Medicare for All. Biden’s recent, disgraceful embrace of anti-Chinese xenophobia and credible allegations against him, are dangerous examples of how corporate Democrats continue to fail at stopping the ugly advance of far-right politics, racism, and misogyny.” (dsausa.org)Indeed.The fact that DSA is not pushing Biden is a step forward. Any position that undermines the hold which the Democrats have on the progressive movement is a step forward. DSA joins a long list of progressives and activists who are just not going there.The Democrats are completely incapable of stopping the “far-right politics, racism and misogyny” that are thriving under the capitalist system today.Just look at how the Democratic Party leaders treat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the other women of color in the “Squad,” who are attempting to fight hard for their constituents, mostly people of color. Republicans who spoke at the Democratic National Convention were given 1,000 times more time for their remarks than Ocasio-Cortez.The Democrats are unable to stop the Republican Party, because both parties are beholden to the billionaires.‘There’s a knee upon the neck of democracy’ protest in D.C. Aug. 28.What really matters is the class struggle!Nonetheless, the rise of anti-scientific, ultraconservative, far-right forces in the Republican Party must be challenged. QAnon has taken hold of new politicians, including Marjorie Taylor Greene, who won a House primary runoff election in Georgia. (New York Times, Aug. 11)This is dangerous if we are to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, which has not only been aggravated by Trump, but is today being denied almost altogether.What if Trump is reelected? Will another Trump administration quickly call for opening up the economy, the schools, bars and beaches, ushering in a new wave of coronavirus deaths?The New York Times of Aug. 5 wrote that “the richest president in history has gotten financial support from nearly one-in-10 U.S. billionaires.”The Biden campaign reports its financial resources amount to $699 million. The Trump campaign states it has $1.21 billion! (NPR, Aug. 21)If one asks who the billionaires want to be president, and if one believes that it is the rich who really pick the president, then one would conclude that Trump will win.And if the electoral college continues to represent the racist and class interests, as it was established to do, then no matter who gets the most votes in November, Trump will be reelected.That is why the real question right now is not what to do on Nov. 3, but what to do on Nov. 4? Who will really fight for the working class? Who can stop the ultraright from marching in Portland and Kenosha with their Confederate flags and AK-47s?Key is which forces will defend the Black Lives Matter movement and build class unity toward realizing its full potential — a chance to demand reparations for the horrors of slavery — and maybe flourish, not to simply help build a new, just society for Black people, but for all oppressed and working people.The Brown and white youth fighting alongside their African American sisters, brothers and people of all genders know what is truly at stake. The Democrats are clueless and gutless. The Republicans are white-supremacist terrorists.The only solution is the people fighting for their own class interests.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
NewsMan tells gardai he will do a “Conor McGregor” on themBy Staff Reporter – January 18, 2016 1620 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Facebook Linkedin WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A HOMELESS Limerick man who said he would only deal with armed detectives told uniformed Gardaí that he would do a “Conor McGregor” on them as he “strongly resisted arrest”.Appealing the severity of a nine month prison sentence imposed for breaching a barring order and obstructing a peace officer, Shane Rainbow (25) with an address at McGarry House in Limerick, had to be “incapacitated with pepper spray” by Gardaí during an incident at a house on the northside of the city last year.Gardaí arrived to an incident at the Limerick housing estate on February 11 when Mr Rainbow was said to be intoxicated and extremely aggressive.He told uniformed Gardaí that he would only dealt with detectives, before threatening to “do a Conor McGregor on ye”, State solicitor Michael Murray told to the court.Released on bail after his arrest and charge, Mr Rainbow subsequently failed to turn up for court dates before eventually being arrested and convicted last September when he was imprisoned for nine months.Appealing the severity of the sentence, defence counsel Aaron Desmond BL said his client was homeless at the time and “simply had nowhere else to go”.“He found himself at the wrong address and he was not in the correct state of mind”.He had serious drug addiction issues but had since made positive steps to address his addictions and settle his life.However this was rejected by State solicitor Michael Murray who said that “whether he’s incarcerated or free, Mr Rainbow chooses to abuse drugs”.Judge Tom O’Donnell said he would adjourn the case for three months to see if Mr Rainbow “could get a hold of his chaotic and unpredictable lifestyle”.“He has to remember that, no matter who or what he says he will do, the nine-month prison sentence is out there still”, he added.Shane Rainbow was ordered to engage with the Probation Services for the next three months and Judge O’Donnell gave the State liberty to reenter the matter at any stage. Previous articleDutch drugs haul seized in LimerickNext article#WARNING GRAPHIC Four year jail term for man who stabbed attacker in face Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email TAGSConor McGregorCourtGardaílimerick Print
Local NewsBusiness Pinterest Twitter Facebook Twitter BBB Scam TrackerIt is often said that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will never call you about tax payments. While that remains true for the most part, the IRS has made changes to the way it deals with overdue taxes, and that means third party collection agencies may now call you on the phone.Like the IRS, Better Business Bureau (BBB) is concerned this change might lead to scammers trying new tax scams to trick people with fraudulent calls. Here is what you need to know about this program that started in April 2017.A federal law signed in 2015 lets four contractors collect unpaid tax debts for the government. According to the IRS, these are unpaid tax debts that were assessed several years ago and which the agency is no longer trying to collect directly.All four of the companies contracted by the IRS are BBB Accredited Businesses:CBE Group1309 Technology PkwyCedar Falls, IA 50613ConServe200 CrossKeys Office parkFairport, NY 14450Performant333 N. Canyons PkwyLivermore, CA 94551Pioneer325 Daniel Zenker Dr.Horseheads, NY 14845There are many ways to tell whether a call you receive about tax debts is an IRS fraud call. According to the IRS, people with overdue taxes will always receive multiple contacts, including letters and phone calls, from the IRS first. The IRS will also always notify taxpayers before sending their accounts to a private collection agency.Here’s how it will work, and how you can tell the difference between a legitimate debt collector and a tax scam:The IRS and the private debt collection company will both send a letter to the taxpayer first. If you get a call first and had no idea you owed taxes, be cautious.Private debt collectors will be able to identify themselves as contractors of the IRS collecting taxes. These employees must comply with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and, like IRS employees, must be courteous and respect taxpayers’ rights. If the caller yells, curses or threatens to have you arrested, it is not a legitimate collector.Private debt collectors will not ask for, and cannot accept, credit card information over the phone. Consumers will pay the IRS directly and will not need to send any money to the private debt collection company.The IRS adds that private collection firms will only be calling about tax debts that people have had for years and that they have been contacted about previously. Taxpayers can confirm they have an unpaid tax debt from a previous year by visiting www.irs.gov/balancedue.BBB reminds all consumers, particularly those who have outstanding tax debts, that the IRS will explain this new process clearly and will make every attempt to work with you to set up payment plans. They will also give taxpayers the chance to question or appeal the amount owed. Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp BBB: Avoiding post-tax season scams By admin – April 22, 2018 Heather Massey is the Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau in the Permian Basin. Check out www.bbb.org or call 563-1880. Previous articleA SHARP LIFE: The days are long and the years are fastNext articleMATTER OF RECORD: Apr. 12 through Apr. 20 admin
Paul Morigi/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Despite a request from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for the ethics committee to probe allegations of sexual battery and sexual assault against Rep. Tony Cárdenas, the panel may not have the investigative jurisdiction to examine the matter.Cárdenas, a third-term California Democrat, identified himself through an attorney as the subject of a civil suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on April 27 by attorney Lisa Bloom. That complaint alleges that in 2007 an “elected politician” – which Cárdenas acknowledges through an attorney is him – molested an unnamed 16-year-old girl.Pelosi said she spoke with Cárdenas, who asked his fellow Democrats to withhold judgment until there is a full investigation. Instead, she urged the House Ethics committee to look into the allegations.“As Members of Congress, we each have a responsibility to uphold the integrity of the House of Representatives, and any type of alleged misconduct must be investigated by the Ethics Committee. Congressman Cárdenas said he will fully cooperate with an Ethics investigation,” Pelosi, D-Calif., stated. “I call upon the House Ethics Committee for a prompt investigation of this matter.”House rules, however, limit the ethics committee’s investigative jurisdiction to violations that “occurred before the third previous Congress unless the committee determines that the alleged violation is directly related to an alleged violation that occurred in a more recent Congress.”Because lawmakers are currently in the 115th session of Congress, the “third previous Congress” would be the 112th Congress, cutting off the committee’s jurisdiction in January of 2011.Unless the molestation allegations are “directly related” to an additional allegation that occurred after the start of the 112th Congress, House Ethics cannot investigate the child molestation allegations against Cárdenas because they happened too long ago.Tom Rust, chief counsel and staff director at the House Ethics committee, declined to comment.According to the lawsuit, which never identifies Cárdenas by name, the accuser says the man fondled her as he drove her to the hospital, touching her vagina and rubbing her breasts after she collapsed while playing golf at the Hillcrest Country Club in 2007.The young woman said the politician handed her water with “a distinctly different” taste before the two teed off. About four or five hours into a round of golf with him, she “suddenly collapsed to the ground but did not lose consciousness,” according to the court filing.During the ride to the hospital, the man allegedly reached into her shirt, rubbing her breasts, and also reached down her shorts “intermittently throughout the drive.”The alleged incident continued for 30 to 45 minutes during the drive, according to the court filing. At the time of the alleged assault, the victim says she was awake in the car’s passenger seat with her eyes closed and head resting on the window. “Frozen from shock,” she pretended to sleep and did not react to the alleged assault.Cárdenas denies the allegations, according to a statement released by his lawyer.“My client is sickened and distraught by these horrific allegations, which are 100%, categorically untrue,” attorney Patricia Glaser of Glaser Weil stated on behalf of Cárdenas. “These claims against the Congressman are absolutely false and are utterly inconsistent with who he is — in the workplace, in the community, and at home.”Glaser and Cárdenas contend that the complainant is the daughter of a “disgruntled” former employee and “may be the victim of manipulation.”House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, who characterized the allegations as “very serious,” said he does not believe Cárdenas should step down from his role as an assistant Democratic whip.“In the whip team he plays, you know, a role with 25 other people and he’s not a leadership role. He’s a member. I don’t know that he needs to step back from that,” Hoyer, D-Md., said. “My position is we have a process in America where you’re innocent until proven guilty.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Carr, USNS Charles Drew Conduct Underway Replenishment View post tag: Replenishment View post tag: Drew August 15, 2012 USS Carr (FFG 52) conducted an underway replenishment (UNREP) with USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) while deployed to the Caribbean Sea in support of Operation Martillo, Aug. 13.Typically ships assigned to the Fourth Fleet area of responsibility must go off station to conduct a brief stop for fuel in port; however, Carr was able to take advantage of the Charles Drew as it transited through the Western Caribbean.The event took Carr off station for only two hours and was in close vicinity to the assigned operating area.Charles Drew is transiting home following its deployment as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group. A brief stop for fuel usually encompasses an entire day and requires the additional cost of pilots, sewage barge, water barge, and barge fees. Upon completion of the underway replenishment, Carr had taken on 1,912 barrels of diesel fuel marine and 362 barrels of JP-5 (jet fuel). “It was incredibly beneficial to have Charles Drew transit through the Caribbean,” said Lt. Cmdr. Neil Krueger, Carr executive officer. “Refueling at sea allows us to remain on station to execute our mission and using a USNS asset saved us both time and money. Additionally, the underway replenishment kept our deck division and bridge teams proficient.”Charles Drew is designed to carry refrigerated and dry stores, ammunition, water, and fuel. It has the ability to give one million gallons of fuel while not taking away from its own fuel, even though it is not an oiler.Carr is homeported in Norfolk, Va., and is currently deployed in support of Operation Martillo, under operational control to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and C4F (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) while conducting counter transnational organized crime (C-TOC) operations in support of Joint Interagency Task Force – South, U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), and U.S. Coast Guard District Seven.Operation Martillo (Spanish for ‘hammer’) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. This joint service, interagency, and multinational operation is being led by Joint Interagency Task Force-South, a National Task Force charged with detection, monitoring, and supporting the interdiction of illicit trafficking in a 42 million square mile area primarily in the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) area of operations. Operation Martillo is a component of the U.S. government’s coordinated interagency regional security strategy in support of the White House strategy to combat transnational organized crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 15, 2012 Training & Education View post tag: Charles View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: USNS USS Carr, USNS Charles Drew Conduct Underway Replenishment View post tag: USS View post tag: Carr View post tag: underway View post tag: conduct Share this article
The University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville,Department of Medicine seeks candidates for the position of Chief,Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine.The division boasts a vibrant, growing academic practice with astrong three-year pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowshipprogram that includes three fellows per year. In addition tocomprehensive pulmonary and critical care, the division also has arobust sleep medicine program. Responsibilities of the Chief willinclude teaching, patient care, research, and administrativeduties. The Chief will mentor junior faculty members and continuethe trajectory of growth and increasing prominence of the Division.Candidates should have excellent communication and managementskills, as well as a proven track record in research and education.In addition, candidates must be BC/BE in Pulmonary Disease andCritical Care Medicine. Appointment will be at the tenure ornon-tenure accruing level of Associate or Full Professor, based onqualifications. Salary is negotiable; excellent benefits.The University of Florida, Jacksonville has a 150-year history ofserving the community of Jacksonville as the region’s premieracademic health center and the only adult and pediatric level onetrauma program in Northeast Florida. The city boasts a favorableclimate year-round, and a large variety of outdoor and recreationalactivities, making it a highly desirable location to live andwork.The University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville is thelargest of the three colleges at the Health Science CenterJacksonville. The college is affiliated with UF Health inJacksonville, a health system comprised of two hospitals — the603-bed UF Health Jacksonville and 92-bed UF Health North — andmore than 60 primary and specialty care practices throughoutNortheast Florida and Southeast Georgia.The college’s 16 clinical science departments house more than 440faculty members, 1,560 staff and 384 residents and fellows, as wellas medical students from UF and around the country. We offer anincredible breadth of clinical training program sand proud to trainmany of best primary care providers and specialists throughout theregion, the state and the country.The college offers 38 accredited graduate medical educationprograms and 14 non-standard programs. More than 100 residents andfellows from programs across the U.S. come to UF College ofMedicine – Jacksonville to participate in various clinicalrotations as well.In addition to graduate medical education, clinical rotations inall the major disciplines are provided for students from the UFCollege of Medicine in Gainesville. Third-year medical studentsenrolled at UF spend about 25 percent of their training at theJacksonville campus, gaining valuable experience in an urbansetting. While third-year rotations are only offered to UFstudents, elective rotations in the final year of clinical trainingare available to students from accredited schools in the US andCanada.For practicing physicians, the college offers a continuing medicaleducation program that recruits national and international speakerswho are well known and respected in their fields.The college’s faculty, residents and fellows are active in clinicalresearch. Residents and fellows regularly present their findings atlocations across the country and publish their projects inwell-known publications. In 2019, the campus received $23.1 millionin external research funding, approximately 50% of which wasfederally sponsored projects.The campus houses a 16,000-square-foot clinical and translationalresearch facility. To support faculty and resident research, thecollege has a Center for Data Solutions, offering researchersanalytics, epidemiology and biostatistics support, and a Center forResearch Training, helping develop the next generation of highlycollaborative clinical researchers.Located in the Northeastern part of the state on the AtlanticOcean, Jacksonville’s weather is sunny and pleasant. We enjoy anaverage of 320 days of sunshine each year, yet have the coolestsummers in the state. Known as the River City, Jacksonville is amajor port city with numerous waterways, two Naval bases, severalnature preserves, marshes, lakes, wetlands and miles of beaches.Flowing through Jacksonville is the 310-mile St. Johns River, whichplays a major role in our work and play.To learn more about our college, our leadership and our campus,please visit us at https://med.jax.ufl.edu/about/.Candidate must be DO/MD and also be able to obtain a FloridaMedical License. Also must be BC/BE in Pulmonary Disease, CriticalCare Medicine and/or Sleep Medicine.Review of applications will start on December 3, 2020 andapplications will be accepted until the positions is filled. Pleaseupload CV and three letters of recommendations withapplication.The final candidate will be required to provide official transcriptto the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.
X’ian Bar 197 Banbury Rd (01865) 554239 Those of you who are connoisseurs of Chinese cuisine will certainly know of the X’ian restaurant in Summertown since it serves, without a doubt, the best Chinese food for several counties. If you haven’t been tempted to trek up the Banbury Road to sample its crispy duck and spring rolls you should consider a visit to its bar. X’ian’s bar isn’t huge, it certainly isn’t anthing like a bar in its own right, but perhaps it’s all the more alluring for that fact. One can recline on the comfy Chinese-print sofas while enjoying a Mai Tai and chatting to one’s fellows without the blare of hideous house music making meaningful conversation impossible. This bar is for the more discerning visitor. Don’t turn up intending to get plastered – you’ll get thrown out on your ear. But if you’re after a quieter alcoholic evening then X’ian is the perfect experience. As we come into the summer months X’ian has an extra benefit: outdoor seating. Their license covers the al fresco consumption of delicious alcoholic beverages, and drinking in their sweet little garden under the pegoda front is a seriously pleasurable experience. X’ian doesn’t have a dress code but I recommend dressing up for your visit, it only adds to the fun. Pretend, for one night, that you’re not a scruffy student and become instead, in a Stars in Their Eyes type transformation, a glamorous bohemien ready to indulge in the finer things in life, good wine, witty, sparkling conversation. And, this not being some slummy little bar, you’ll still be sober enough by the end of the night to make it back into town alive. And, if you’re bored of the regular cocktails offered by all the other bars then ask the manager to serve you their speciality – vodka spiked with scorpian tails. If that doesn’t excite you then nothing will!ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004
Associated British Foods’ chief executive George Weston remains in the top 10 of The Sunday Times’ Rich List.Weston and his uncle Galen, who heads up Canadian food and distribution business George Weston, have dropped one position in the list to 10th with a combined value of £5.9bn – a £100m drop on last year’s figure. Weston has a £1.96bn stake in the business, which owns such brands as Kingsmill, Allinson, Burgen and Sunblest.This year’s list includes 64 individuals and families coming from the food retailing, drinks and food production sector, including Sir Ken Morrison and his family of the UK supermarket chain, placed at 66 worth £1.1bn, up £76m and two places on the previous year.Ranjit and Baljinder Boparan of food group 2 Sisters are positioned at 101 in the list, up a staggering 174 places, with a value of £750m and growth of £475m in the past year thanks to the acquisition of Northern Foods. The firm owns such brands as Fox’s biscuits and Goodfella’s pizzas.Ranked at 158th was Lord Sainsbury and his family, whose supermarket business has helped to value him £520m in 2012, down 46% on the previous year, which positioned the company at 75th position with a value of £960m.The Bolton-based Warburton family are slightly lower down the table at 164, with a continuous value of £500m over the past two years, but falling 13 places down the list from 151st.Dionysios Liveras and his family, who sold its Nottinghamshire Laurens Patisserie business for £130m, comes in on the list at 360th remaining steady in value with £215m and down from their position of 325 back in 2011.The 24th annual Rich List has reported a record value of the 1,000 richest men and women in Britain, which totals £414bn – a 4.7% increase on 2011, when it stood at £395.8bn.
Fans of Phish keyboardist Page McConnell are sure to recall his work with The Meter Men, performing the funk catalog of The Meters with three of their founding members – George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, and Leo Nocentelli. Consider last night’s performance a “Meter Men” light, as McConnell sat in with George Porter Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners last night at the Burlington, VT club Nectar’s.McConnell has kept himself busy in Vermont, recently making a rare guest appearance with Twiddle on their song “When It Rains It Poors” at Waterfront Park. You can watch the exclusive video of that sit-in by following this link.The Phish keyboardist joined Porter Jr. for two songs, Meters original “Just Kissed My Baby” and the Allen Toussaint classic, “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley.” It’s a safe bet that Leo killed it, though only one sideways video has surfaced thusfar. Watch that clip, which was discovered by JamBase, below.[Cover photo via dennislemoine//Instagram]
Tim Carbone is a busy, busy man. His band Railroad Earth is embarking on one of the busiest summer tour schedules they’ve seen. As one of the main producers for the LoHI record label, he’s constantly turning out stellar work on the knobs from established acts like Great American Taxi. Add to that his recent travels abroad, and it’s a wonder he ever has a chance to sit down, much less add anything else to his work slate. That said, Tim Carbone is diving right into the newest material from his all-star side band The Contribution. With members of The String Cheese Incident, Everyone Orchestra, New Monsoon, and more. The Contribution is readying their new album and releasing a new single “Passengers Of Darkness.” They are living up to their name by contributing to society, with all proceeds from the new single going to the voter registration non-profit HeadCount!With all these exciting things on the docket, we thought it might be a good time for our own Rex Thomson to sit down with Mr. Carbone and go in depth about his thoughts and designs. Check out the debut of The Contribution’s new single below, then read on for our chat with the prolific musician and producer, Tim Carbone, below.“Passengers Of Darkness”Live For Live Music: Railroad Earth just moved past their fifteenth anniversary. You guys not only survived, you seem to be thriving. When did you start to realize this was gonna be a thing that could very well be your life’s work?Tim Carbone: I kinda knew pretty much from the get go. I always saw that it was a good band, and after the first couple of tours it was obvious that people were enjoying it too, that we were going over. Once we had that, we started honing it. I guess I knew pretty much right away. Not instantly, but right away.L4LM: From those early days to now, Railroad Earth has developed a rather rabid and dedicated fan base. Does it make it easier playing for uber fans, as they may be more forgiving, or harder, as you really want to be sure and give them the best show?TC: For me, it has never been a problem. I learned a long time ago that I don’t have much of a choice about that. As a player, you, know . . . personally . . . I only have one gear that I am stuck in. I just play my ass off. Sure, I may have better days because of how I physically feel. I’m blessed though in that, even if I do feel sick or am fighting something off, when I play, all that seems to go away until I stop playing. For me, it’s all about letting go of everything. I have a pretty good facility with my instrument, so I just kinda let go and something kinda steps in. I’m never 100% sure that its all me. I never take full responsibility or credit for what I do. It’s like riding a third rail.L4LM: So if you encountered some sort of cosmic entity that could prove it was your muse, would you feel liable to kick part of your royalties their way?TC: “Hey, how much of no money would you like?” (Laughter)L4LM: Have you ever heard of the term “Stage Heath?” Stand-up comics describe it as the boost you get just from stepping on the stage.Tim Carbone: I’ve never heard it called that, but I am definitely aware of it. I’ve experienced it.L4LM: We just had a chat with Andrew Altman, and he mentioned there was some new Railroad Earth material on the way. Anything you want to share there?Tim Carbone: We’ve got six new songs, which is cool. One of them is mine, which is kinda cool, because I rarely get one in there. We’re going to be doing a video, which looks like it is gonna be interesting to a song Todd (Shaeffer) wrote called “Add My Voice.” It will have footage from some of the marches that have been happening since the election. We’re psyched about it, it looks like it is gonna be cool. That’s gonna be coming out sooner than I thought. Sometime in the next couple weeks actually. We also have one last song that we haven’t even played live yet. It’s called “Captain Nowhere,” and it’s pretty cool. The song has a very interesting melodic shape to it and hopefully people will dig it. We’re stoked.L4LM: Altman also mentioned that you folks were embracing the newer “single song at a time” constant-content way of doing things. How do you like this method?Tim Carbone: I’m torn a little bit. I’m such an old school guy. I still appreciate the concept of making a whole record that serves as a statement from the band. Maybe we need to find some combination of methods. I love the idea of putting out singles and eventually an LP of ten songs on it. Say an album is ten songs, so you set it up so you release five singles—every other song, basically. When you get done with that, you release the ten-song collection and say “Hey, if you liked those songs, here’s ten more.” Another cool concept would be to put out two EPs—five songs each, like a ten-inch record instead of a twelve. You could do two of those in a year, then put them out as a little box set with a cool package with some unique art work. Maybe there is more than one way to skin a cat.L4LM: Your touring schedule for the summer is jam packed. Are you looking forward to hitting the road so intensely?Tim Carbone: I always love to play. This upcoming summer is going to be maybe the busiest we ever have had. I prefer to work than to not work, but that’s just me.L4LM: You’re involved with a couple of really interesting side projects, like the LoHi record label. How is that going?Tim Carbone: Yeah, I’m still working with LoHi. We just put out a record from Great American Taxi, which is a fantastic record that’s doing well and high on the Americana charts.L4LM: You’ve had plenty of experience on the other side of the console. The list of artists you’ve had a hand in bringing to life in the studio is awe inspiring.Tim Carbone: I’m really lucky, blessed actually. I get to work with a lot of really talented people, and I love it. I get a lot of energy from it. It is a great pleasure to be in the room with so many creative minds. And to have them allow someone to have creative input, and they’re not actually in the band. . . That’s amazing. When you’re a producer, you have to wear a lot of different creative hats, and not the same ones all the time. With that Great American Taxi one, I almost felt like I was a member of the band.L4LM: Do you try and predetermine what sort of input you are going to have, or is it all on the fly?Tim Carbone: I’ve developed a sixth sense in my own way. I get the songs, and when I start on my production notes, I focus on how it sounds to me as a listener. I try and detach myself from my work role and focus on how the song makes me feel as a listener. I take notes on those kinds of things. Sometimes when you’re a songwriter, it’s easy to get caught up in things that may be similar thematically, that you have done before. Like say, come out of a verse and go into a chorus, or tend to accent a note after this point or that.I open myself to shaping a song so that it gets to the point a little bit faster, if that makes any sense. Not to take away from it, but to try and help make everything clearer. How could you utilize the instrumentation to make things more expressive? What could you strip away to make the message clearer? These are the things I think about.I am a big fan of reductive production, reductive mixing. I am not about adding more. I want to distill it to what is the most unique and good, and find ways to make the point be heard. And sometimes that means taking something away that might be distracting from that. I’ve found that eight times out of ten, I am going with my original production notes. I’ve learned to trust my instincts, and I’ve found that those seem to resonate with the artists the most as well.L4LM: Do you ever want to try and work with wildly outside of your comfort zone artists just to see what would happen? Like, produce a hip hop album or something?Tim Carbone: I haven’t produced a hip-hop album, but I just finished recording an album with a woman named Daniella Katzir, and she used some really interesting material. I really enjoyed working with a keyboard player named Borham Lee, who is part of Break Science. He brought a whole new skill set to the mix. I’m getting some opportunities to bring some other sonic and tonal elements to the project. Borham has been a real pleasure to work with there. He is so creative beyond just the actual keys. And I am working with some different horn arrangers and getting different feels to the songs. Daniella kinda reminds me of Sia, and some of it has an EDM edge. Some of it is even kinda singer-songwriter-y, kinda girly. Her diversity is actually one of the things that is easy to struggle with, bringing all the things she can do together cohesively.Actually, I have recorded a lot of different stuff over the course of my career. The Americana and other “jam band-y” stuff is the reality I live in now, but before I joined Railroad Earth, I recorded blues albums, jazz albums, Christian music, lot of folk and singer-songwriter stuff, even a classical orchestra. I’ve been doing this a while now. Daniella’s record is my sixtieth album production wise.L4LM: Most impressive! How much more difficult would working as a producer for RRE be than working for a band you aren’t in?TC: I would never do that. I “co-produce” in that I will always want to have some say, but there isn’t enough money. There would need to be a dump truck full of money to do it. Mostly it’s because the band already has enough producers.L4LM: Makes sense that everyone would want a say in it. Besides, how tempting would it be to just go “I think the fiddle should be turned up here…”TC: Exactly. The fiddle always should be louder. Self-interest is only natural, and it is better, I think, to come at it from the outside. When I mix a record and the band wants to be there, I always say, “Just one or two people. Preferably one.”L4LM: Let’s talk about your newest work with your side project The Contribution? Who have you got working with you in this iteration of the band?TC: Originally we had Jeff Miller and Phil Ferino from New Monsoon. Our bass and drums were Keith Mosely and Jason Haan from The String Cheese Incident. I used the vocal trio The Black Swan Singers, and they joined a few of the limited amount of live shows we did in promotion of the first record, Which Way World. During those shows, one of the Swans, Sheryl Renee, and the band hit it off, and she asked about joining. I started writing songs with her in mind, and here we are five years later.We’ve had to switch out drummers a couple of times. We used two different ones on this one. On seven of them we have Matt Butler from the Everyone Orchestra, and the other three have Duane Trucks from Widespread Panic. The Monsoon guys, Sheryl, and I are the core that will be going out on the road, but for the live shows, we will probably be using the rhythm section from a band called Fruition. Jeff Leonard and Tyler Thompson are great guys, and I love that band.L4LM: When I was looking at the instrument attribution, I noticed that the entire band was listed as “The clappers.” I’ve always been a huge fan of the hand clap, and it has always bugged me not knowing who was responsible. So thanks for that.Tim Carbone: I have a way of recording claps where I have folks clap on their finger, then I get them switch to the meaty part of their hands. I want the full range of claps!L4LM: You’re partnering up with HeadCount to release the first single from The Contribution with the sales going towards that organization. Can we assume the current political tumult was behind this decision?TC: People have been assuming that, but we started working on this record seriously at the start of last year, way before the election. Besides, I have been working with HeadCount for like thirteen or fourteen years now. It was always on my mind that we wanted to work with this charitable group first. We want to continue to work with groups and causes like this that we believe in. The song itself is one about truth and transparency. Our publicist Erin Scholze, however, pointed out how perfectly the song worked well as a metaphor for the recent election.L4LM: HeadCount does a lot of good work in the area of getting folks involved with politics. Their work, out of necessity, is non-partisan. Do you worry about possibly alienating a segment of your fan base by picking a side?TC: In my comments about “Passengers Of Darkness,” I try to focus on the general, things like lack of transparency and such, which can lead to chaos wherever it is. I tried not to be specific, but it isn’t to hard for people to know exactly what the hell I am talking about. As far as being concerned about it, I suppose I am the most likely person in Railroad Earth to just bluntly speak my mind. Not sure who reads my various social media posts, but I try and keep my discussions and opinions wide open. I won’t ban anyone or anything like that unless they get too out there or just nasty.In Railroad Earth, we try and keep things a bit more general. We are a band, and as humans, we generally agree, but people come to the table with different thoughts. With The Contribution, things are a bit more lyrically based in a Buddhist vibe, so they are even a bit more opaque. But on my social media accounts, that is all me. I like to say what I feel and mean what I say.L4LM: Sounds like you have ten thousand plates spinning at once right now between the new album, new music and tour with Railroad Earth, and all the production work. Thanks for squeezing in a few minutes to talk to us about all you impressive doings!Tim Carbone: Hey man, thanks for spreading the word. Much appreciated!
Before he was a state house representative or an Oconee County businessman, Bob Smith spent many of his summers at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. So it was only fitting, when the University of Georgia administration wanted to honor Smith for his support during his years in the state legislature, that they would look to the summer camp in Eatonton. UGA administrators renamed the lobby of the Rock Eagle Dinning Hall for Smith during a ceremony April 23. Smith advocated for the funding of the new dining hall, which was completed in 2009, during his time in the legislature. “(Smith) was a strong supporter of 4-H and the university system when he was in the legislature,” said Arch Smith, state leader of Georgia 4-H. “He was a very active 4-H member in Oconee County, and he is genuinely appreciative for what 4-H has done for him.” Georgia 4-H is a part of UGA Cooperative Extension, which is the public outreach arm of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Smith served in the Georgia legislature — as representative of Oconee County and part of Clarke County — from 1999 to 2011, when he decided not to seek reelection. During those years, he served as chair of the appropriations subcommittee on higher education. He was a vocal proponent for funding the University System of Georgia and the state’s technical college system as key components of the state’s economic development strategy. While Smith was growing up in Oconee County, 4-H opened the doors to many learning opportunities that shaped his adult life. “Georgia 4-H offered me a lifelong opportunity to build friendships, learn by doing and to ‘Make the Best Better’… the 4-H motto,” Smith said. “What an incredible journey the 4-H world provided my family and me.” Rock Eagle 4-H Center, a 1,500-acre summer camp, environmental education center and conference facility, opened in 1955. Thousands of young people travel to Rock Eagle 4-H Center annually to participate in Georgia 4-H Environmental Education programs and 4-H Summer Camp programs.
By Dialogo May 26, 2010 For the first time, the U.S. government has characterized as narcoterrorism the crime of which three al-Qaeda members detained in Mali and with contacts in Brazil are accused. The detentions, the result of a operation designed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), revealed ties between the terrorist network headed by Osama bin Laden and Brazilian smugglers. The daily Folha de São Paulo has published a report highlighting the fact that following these discoveries, the Brazilian Federal Police are moving forward on investigations seeking to identify Brazilian connections to narcoterrorism, defined as trafficking in narcotics in order to finance terrorism. According to the São Paulo morning newspaper, al-Qaeda militants have declared that they received help from Brazilian smugglers to transport between half a ton and a ton of cocaine from Colombia to Mali, in West Africa, with the ultimate aim of selling it in Europe. The supposed Brazilian connection was revealed by Omar Issa, Harouna Touré, and Idris Abdelrahman, al-Qaeda militants active in Ghana, Mali, Algeria, and other regions of West Africa, who after being detained were deported to New York, where they will be tried. According to the detainees’ declarations, supported by the stamps in Touré’s passport, which demonstrate his presence in Brazil, France, and Saudi Arabia, he was the Brazilian smugglers’ contact. According to what the DEA was able to discover through an undercover agent who held telephone conversations and made video recordings of meetings, Touré went to Colombia in search of the drugs and transported them to Mali with the help of Brazilian smugglers, the Folha de São Paulo report reveals. From there, the drug shipment is said to have been transported across the desert to Morocco in order to introduce it into Europe by way of Spain. The DEA succeeded in unraveling the operation by infiltrating an agent who passed himself off as a member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who was willing to obtain half a ton of cocaine for al-Qaeda, leading to a million-dollar profit for the terrorist group, according to Folha. The three captured al-Qaeda militants, now detained in New York, belong to the Aqim faction, meaning al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, a group authorized by Osama bin Laden to use the terrorist network’s name since 2006.
56SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As many millennials know, saving money is often a lot easier said than done, especially when earning a starting salary. After rent, utilities, Internet, cable, groceries, and all of your other expenses have been paid, what was once a grand and exciting paycheck turns into a sad and pathetic fraction of its former self. Everyone’s been there, and it’s definitely not the greatest feeling in the world.The thing is, though, no matter how much you earn or how many bills you have to pay, there are ways for you to start saving money. And saving is vital– you’re never too young to need a cushion of money in case of an emergency.With all that being said, here are seven tips every millennial should use to start getting into the habit of saving money :1. Know What You’re Working WithThink of this less as a tip and more as a habit you should get into right away: Keep track of your finances– create a budget. Whether you use an app, a spreadsheet, or a piece of paper crumpled up in your pocket, figure out a way to know exactly how much you’re making, how much you’re spending, and where your money is going. How much is going to set expenses? How much to food, clothes, or drinking with friends? continue reading »
The Tourist Board of the city of Šibenik presented a new logo / visual identity that will be used with the existing logo of the Tourist Board of Šibenik for promotional purposes, which aims to further highlight two Šibenik cultural and tourist pearls under UNESCO protection, St. Nicholas Fortress and St. Jacob’s Cathedral .Šibenik is the only smaller city in the world that has two monuments under UNESCO protection, and our goal was to visually highlight our cultural wealth and the specificity by which we are unique in the world, said the director of the Tourist Board of Šibenik Dino Karađole.”We use the new visual through all our communication, from emails, memos to all promotional materials, all to highlight our incredible cultural wealth, two UNESCO-protected monuments “Karadjole points out.Thus, the new visual identity is dominated by the orange color, which represents the color of Šibenik, as well as two UNESCO monuments as the main motifs.Director of the Tourist Board of the City of Šibenik Dino Karađole: We are not even at 50% of the tourist potentialThe tourist season in Šibenik, as in most tourist destinations on the Adriatic, is in the black, and as Karađole points out, the tourist potential for today’s growth is huge. “ For now, we can be satisfied, we achieved great growth in May, while in June and July we achieved less than expected, which in my opinion is the result of the World Cup. However, Šibenik is rising from year to year, and we are practically not even at 50% of the tourist potential. We have all the prerequisites for daily quality growth through year-round tourism of a higher category to be a TOP destination. From accommodation facilities, development of congress tourism, two monuments under UNESCO protection, our fortress, Michelin-starred restaurant, two national parks nearby, etc.… Great growth potential in the pre- and post-season is certainly through congress tourism, which grows from year to year. thanks to Solaris, which a few years ago put Šibenik at the very top of congress tourism. Also, the most important thing is that they are guests of higher purchasing power and are looking for interaction with the city of Šibenik as well as additional facilities. “Concludes Karadjole.UNESCO’s protectorate is a huge marketing benefit because it guarantees the visit of a certain category of tourists, but it is also a great obligation to owners, ie users because the sustainability criteria are very high and therefore its value is more significant. Everyone who has this label, whether for tangible, natural or intangible heritage, points it out with pride because they are aware of its significance.The logo was made by “2FG studio” from Šibenik.
Topics : People living in the world’s tropical forest regions, from Brazil to Indonesia, face heightened risk to their health this year from a potentially deadly combination of forest fires and the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists warned on Wednesday.Air pollution caused by smoke from annual human-caused fires that rage in tropical regions is expected to make cases of the novel coronavirus more severe, they said.Eminent U.S. physician Harvey Fineberg, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, warned that the 2020 fire seasons in tropical forest countries “are very likely to exacerbate the presence and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic”. “It’s a year when it is incumbent especially on the leadership, and those who have influence, to do everything in their power to curtail the intentionally set fires,” he said in a briefing organized by The Earth Institute at Columbia University.He called the fires an annual “blight” but predicted this year they would be “especially damaging not only to the ecology but to human health”.In the Brazilian Amazon, the main fire season runs from August to October. Its intensity last year hit global headlines and sparked calls for better prevention.In Indonesia, the dry season runs from April to October. Predictions are for a milder dry season this year compared to 2019, when an El Nino weather pattern fuelled higher temperatures and more intense fires, spreading health-damaging haze across swathes of Southeast Asia, said Ruth DeFries, an ecology and sustainable development professor at Columbia University.But the coronavirus pandemic is likely to distract political attention from the problem, and could eat into resources to train firefighters and get them into peatland forests where some of the most serious fires smolder for a long time, she added.Fineberg said it was too early to point to examples where forest fires have worsened the severity of COVID-19, as the main fire season is only beginning.But evidence on general air pollution and lung infections caused by the virus so far show a “chain of connection”, he noted.He also warned of a heightened risk of the COVID-19 infection spreading if fires force communities to evacuate and seek shelter in shared accommodation.Hospitals under strainMarcia Castro, chair of global health and population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an expert on the Brazilian Amazon, said forest fires in the region commonly led to a rise in hospitalizations because of respiratory, heart and other problems.If that were to happen this year, on top of the strain from the COVID-19 pandemic – Brazil currently has the world’s second-highest number of cases and deaths – the health system would not have enough beds to cope, she said.She and Fineberg highlighted the particular threat to indigenous peoples living in or near forests, noting COVID-19 was being brought into their areas by outsiders exploiting their land through mining and other activities that damage the environment.Seasonal surges in dengue and malaria patients were also likely to complicate the situation, Castro said, with 90% of hospital beds already occupied in several cities in the Amazon region, mainly due to COVID-19.As Brazilian cities relax lockdown measures with inadequate precautions to prevent the disease’s spread, “an intense fire season could have devastating public health consequences with the unnecessary loss of many lives and the widening of local inequalities”, she said.”There is really no option [other] than preventing these fires from happening,” she added.The scientists emphasized that forest fires in the world’s humid tropics have rarely occurred naturally, unlike in other drier areas such as the United States and Australia.Ane Alencar, director of science at the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), said fires in the Amazon were usually used to clear land, particularly for farming, meaning they could be controlled using policy.In 2019, deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rose by 34% and is likely to increase by a similar amount this year, she added.In May, deforestation was up for a 13th consecutive month, government data showed last week, despite President Jair Bolsonaro’s recent deployment of the military to fight soaring environmental destruction in the region.Alencar said that about 45% of the land that had been deforested last year had yet to be cleared by burning, pointing to the potential for another year of intense fires.”We need to have the government really on board to fight illegal activities… and while we don’t have that, you have a major disaster in the Amazon – an environmental crisis on top of a sanitary crisis,” she said.Alencar and Castro called for businesses and consumers around the world who buy commodities from Brazilian industries that contribute to deforestation – such as beef, leather and soy – to use their purchasing power to persuade Brazil to clamp down.”With the current administration, I think we [would] need a lot of pressure that would harm in some way the economy for them to take action,” Castro said.