With the Guns N’ Roses reunion tour kicking off at the end of this month, fans are certainly speculating as to what the band might play on tour. According to Alternative Nation, that tour may include a song from Velvet Revolver, a supergroup that featured Slash and Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and the late Scott Weiland.Weiland passed away in December of 2015, leaving fans, collaborators, friends and more to mourn his untimely passing. It seems that his friends in Guns N’ Roses may have a tribute in the works, as an image posted by Red Witch Pedals with McKagan shows a Velvet Revolver song in the works.Where The River Goes: A Final Conversation With Scott WeilandThe photographed setlist features “Nice Boys,” “Think About You,” “Used To Love Her,” “Perfect Crime,” and “Slither.” While the first four from the “alternate” song selection are Guns N’ Roses tracks, “Slither” is famously featured on Velvet Revolver’s 2004 debut album, Contraband.Check out the image below.We’d love to hear Guns N’ Roses put their spin on “Slither,” as it would be an assuredly rocking tribute to the late great Weiland.
On Tuesday, February 27th, Cory Henry hosted a last-minute birthday party at New York City’s Nublu, inviting friends and fans to come join him for an intimate celebration. Having decided to throw himself a birthday party the night before, word of this jam session didn’t make its way around New York City until 9 pm on Monday night. The “jam” started with DJ Alissia (also known as Al Boogie or Baby Z) spinning some dope funk and old-school hip-hop beats on the 1s and 2s. The larger “NewBlu”, a spinoff of the original Nublu Classic, had a fun atmosphere in anticipation of the birthday boy hitting the stage. During the DJ set, the ever-gracious and friendly Cory Henry walked through the crowd, thanking anyone he passed for showing up to celebrate his birthday. It was a helluva way to start what would be a fun night.Once it was the birthday boy’s time to shine, Cory Henry opened his performance by addressing the crowd, thanking everyone for coming out on a Tuesday night despite the late announcement. The music began with a nearly 30-minute version of “Superstition”, with Cory imparting to the crowd that “when you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer!” From there, the band launched into a 30-plus minute version of the Michael Jackson classic “The Way You Make Me Feel.” Cory was clearly having a good time on stage, at one point singing out “whiskey and gingers” for him and his vocalists as they performed. Two female guest vocalists came up on stage to sing backup, adding some lovely harmonies.From there, the three-piece did a funky version of John Legend’s “Ordinary People.” The clear highlight of the night was when singer Chris Turner came on stage to do a lilting and beautiful, jazzy version of Prince’s “When Doves Cry.” During the jam, trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown joined the band and destroyed a trumpet solo, adding a fabulous sound to the track. The night continued with Cory inviting singer Abby Smith on stage. Before the end of the party, Brett Williams joined Cory at the keyboard rig, and the two of them went to town, keeping the crowd rocking into the wee hours of the morning.
The number of premature deaths worldwide could be reduced by 40 percent by 2030 with political commitment and sustained international efforts, according to a new study in The Lancet. The study suggests that half of all deaths under age 50 and a third of deaths between ages 50-69 could be prevented, largely by accelerating efforts to reduce child deaths and maternal mortality and to fight AIDS, malaria, and other diseases.“Based on realistically moderate improvements in current trends, our proposed targets are a two-thirds reduction in child and maternal deaths and in HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria, and a one-third reduction in deaths from noncommunicable diseases and injuries,” said lead author Ole Norheim, professor of global health at the University of Bergen, Norway and a visiting professor of global health at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), in a September 19, 2014 Science Daily article. “We conclude that a 40 percent reduction in premature deaths is realistic in each country where mortality in 2030 is not dominated by new epidemics, political disturbances or disasters.”Authors of the Lancet paper called for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for 2016-2030 — which are currently under discussion and which will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that will expire at the end of 2015 — to include specific targets for each country to reduce premature deaths by 40 percent. Read Full Story
Cynthia Erivo View Comments She is beautiful, and she is here! For those who have yet to take in her brilliant Broadway debut in the John Doyle-helmed revival of The Color Purple (all right, and for those who have seen it several times), Tony nominee Cynthia Erivo recently gave a stunning performance of “I’m Here” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. (Keep in mind this followed her weekend of completing a half marathon on a two-show day.) Have you caught her episode of Show People yet? Definitely add that to your Broadway.com binge sesh, and watch Erivo’s breathtaking performance below! The Color Purple is playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Cynthia Erivo The Color Purple Star Files Related Shows
From Lawyer Herald:The Department of the Interior’s goal is to protect taxpayers from $3.6 billion in self-bonding liabilities, thus urging the companies to cover restoration efforts.This move is being faced with concerns, particularly with the firms’ ability to make good on their liabilities as they face trying economic times.According to Midwest Energy News, Tom Sanzillo, finance director of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, the responsibility attached to mining companies would be washed away if they declare bankruptcy. If bankruptcy proceedings are decided in their favor, there’s a looming possibility that their commitments would be largely reduced, leaving taxpayers with the bigger financial burden.The state of Wyoming has granted temporary relief to bankrupt coal firm Arch Coal, STL Today reported. In a bankruptcy proceeding, Arch Coal was required to shell out only $75 million for cleanup costs in the meantime. Since Arch’s total liability amounts to $485.5 million, it will settle the remaining amount with new bonds once it recovers from bankruptcy.A similar deal was agreed upon by Wyoming and Alpha Natural Resources, in which the latter promised to pay $61 million to contribute to $411 million in cleanup efforts.The unpaid balance is currently being covered by self-bonds.Mining companies urged to cover cleanup costs, save taxpayers from financial burden FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Patrick Rucker for Reuters:The ailing coal industry must face the costs of cleaning up spent mines even as companies get pushed toward bankruptcy, the U.S. Interior Secretary said on Tuesday.The mining industry is responsible for restoring old mine sites but a taxpayer subsidy called “self bonding” has allowed some of the largest companies to forego a large share of cleanup insurance.Bankrupt Alpha Natural Resources and Arch Coal have sought to jettison cleanup liabilities in bankruptcy court and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said officials will not tolerate such maneuvers.“Even at a time of financial distress, it is still the responsibilities of these companies to do the reclamation that they signed up for,” Jewell told reporters after a meeting of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.“We need to make sure that those companies are held accountable.”Struggling coal companies must face their cleanup costs: U.S. official Interior Secretary Says Coal Companies Will be Held Accountable for Cleanup Costs
U.S. Coal-Generated Electricity Drops to Less Than 30% Market Share in February FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From Jeffrey McDonald at Platts:Coal dropped to 29.6% of US utility-scale power generation in February as natural gas and renewables each captured greater market share, the US Energy Information Administration said Thursday.The agency’s Electric Power Monthly showed that coal generation totaled 92.9 GWh in February, down 18.3% from January and 26.9% from the same month a year ago.Natural gas and renewables comprised 31.3% and 17% of the total energy mix, respectively, up from 31.1% and 14.9% in January. For renewables, it was the highest monthly grab of the energy pie since April 2014. Natural gas has topped coal for seven of the last eight months, including the last six months of 2015, according to EIA data. Prior to 2015, coal was always dominant to natural gas for power generation.A year ago, coal comprised 37.9% of electric power generation while gas made up 27.2% and renewables 14.1%. That share began dropping with coal-fired plant retirements resulting from implementation of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards and falling gas prices.Full article: EIA says coal drops to 29.6% of US energy mix on generation declines
In a trial run, over 800 pounds of garbage has been retained, recycled, and composted.Trash is, unfortunately, an all to common sight across our region. Whether you’re hiking a remote backwoods river or fishing a local stream, it follows us everywhere. Bottles, bags, fishing line, wrappers, you name it, it’s everywhere. All we can do is pick it up, but the amount of waste in our beloved mountain waterways is seemingly insurmountable.That could change with the help of an ingenious device developed by the city of Kiwana, Australia.As a trial run to reduce waste in the Henley Reserve, officials have placed nets on 750mm and 450mm-diameter concrete drainage pipe outlets. The nets collect trash and debris, letting the water run freely into the preserve.Since their implementation in March, they been cleaned three times. Not one animal has been found in the nets.Over the past five months, the nets have kept around 815 pounds of trash from polluting the reserve. That’s almost one ton of trash per year. The trial run has cost around $20,000 dollars to date. According to Kwinana Mayor, Carol Adams, “After seeing the nets in action in other local government areas, the City determined the net to be the most cost-effective and safest option over other methods which can be up to four times the cost per unit and are sealed and submerged structures.”Check out the interview with Carol below for more information on the nets.Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.
By Dialogo November 29, 2012 Representatives of the Colombian Army’s Military Information Support Operations, the United States Southern Command, and the U.S. Special Operations Command South, arrived in Lima, Peru, and traveled 200 kilometers to the Peruvian Military’s San Ramon Air Base in the province of Junín, in early September. Their objective was to demonstrate the capabilities of the “Radio-in-a-Box” (RIAB) technology being used by Colombia to counter terrorist organizations’ radio propaganda. “The purpose of the demonstration was to showcase the capabilities of the Tactical RIAB used by the Colombian Military to shape the information environment and to provide citizens with positive government messages and broadcasts,” said Captain Poquita Gibbs-Ferguson, from the U.S. Military Information Support Team in Peru. During the next three days, the Colombian Military team showed their Peruvian counterparts how to employ mobile broadcasting stations in remote areas where there is no access to signals from conventional broadcast stations as an information operations tool. In the Colombian case, they use this to oppose the messages transmitted by guerrilla groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and the Shining Path guerrilla, in the case of Peru. The Colombian Army has a total of 97 stations (both fixed and mobile), which cover more than 90 percent of the country’s territory, allowing them access to practically the entire nation. At a cost of 40,000 dollars, the units were customized for the Army through commercial off-the-shelf procurement. The system is run by a RIAB operator who is responsible for broadcasting content generated by the Colombian Special Psychological Operations Group with the aim of disseminating targeted adverse messages to terrorist radio propaganda over their own frequency. “This type of technological and knowledge exchanges allow us to share many capabilities that the Colombian Military has acquired and developed throughout our more than 50 years of conflict, and position us as one of the leading military forces in the Hemisphere,” said Major Luis Granados, who attended the presentation on behalf of the Colombian Army’s Information Operations Directorate. “We must work jointly because otherwise, we are our own enemy in the face of drug trafficking and terrorism networks that are working collaboratively,” he added. The San Ramón Air Base, located in similar terrain to that of the remote Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers valley, where the remnants of the guerrilla Shining Path are concentrated, was selected as the scenario of the exchange. “The RIAB equipment is a very positive method of communications because it can be adapted to any type of terrain, and more so when this one is rural or inaccessible,” said Peruvian Air Force Col. Daniel Iván Taipe Domínguez, a systems engineer who attended the demonstration. There, one of the mobile broadcast stations was tested to establish a connection between the Peruvian Military and the local civil population, and to show not only the RIAB’s counter-messaging capabilities, but also a way to address the troops. Since military service members spend long periods away from their homes and families, they can utilize the radio stations to communicate with their loved ones, a simple act that helps to maintain high troop morale. The radio stations can also be used to keep the troops abreast of education programs and benefits that the military institution itself may offer its service members, among other topics, as well as a conduit to propagate Human Rights training and doctrine. “Another very important use for the mobile stations is as a coordination instrument between the population and the authorities in case of natural disasters, a situation that we were able to witness during the last strong earthquake that shook our country [Pisco in 2007],” said Peruvian Air Force Cmdr. Juan Manuel Ponce Villarroel, an intelligence officer at the event. Despite the fact that Shining Path is no longer the organized movement it was in the 1980s, there are still remnant cells which uphold a ideology and thrive on resisting the government. This creates a need for the military to broadcast counterinsurgency and support messages so that the civil population can alert the authorities about any eventual risk of reorganization by the guerrillas. “Our country has the same geographic characteristics as Colombia, making radio transmissions unable to reach the entire population and leaving a part of it confined and removed from reality,” added Col. Taipe Domínguez. “All this added to turf wars between rival terrorists like the FARC, Shining Path and drug trafficking, which take advantage of the terrain to proselytize and carry out their criminal actions.” Still, Cdr. Ponce Villarroel highlighted the fact that, “the Peruvian reality is different than that of Colombia, but the operational concept itself is the same: sending positive messages to the population and our own service members.” For its part, the Colombian Military made it very clear that the RIAB is only part of a broader Information Operations and communications strategy campaign designed to accomplish a clear objective through various targeted actions. They stated that a sole mobile broadcast station would not achieve the same effect as executing several joint actions simultaneously to reach the objective that the Peruvian Joint Command expects, such as a television station and printed publications. One of the outcomes of the Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) between Colombia and Peru was the decision to have the Peruvian officers visit Colombia to witness firsthand the system currently in place there. In addition to fixed and mobile radio stations, the Colombian army structure currently has a television station, editing room, printed publications and the most important: the Information Operations and International Missions School, where military personnel can be trained in information and psychological operations that have proven effective as a non-kinetic weapon in the fight against counterinsurgents. “We hope that these interactions continue to be supported to allow information exchanges to take place in other areas as well, and to keep positioning Colombia as a regional example in topics related to Information Operations,” concluded Colombian Maj. Granados.
Allegedly, when John Adams met George Washington for the first time just prior to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, he turned to a colleague and told him that Washington “would be leading something someday.” We all know how that went.Some people are natural born leaders. I truly believe this. Of course, there is another viewpoint that leadership has to be learned. I agree with that too. The difference between successful leaders and terrible ones can be drilled down to the specific choices they make.Leaders make all kinds of choices. They make decisions every day, some more critical than others. The best leaders don’t spend much time making decisions about nonsense. They make choices related to strategy, direction, and focus. Do you really think that General Washington made choices about how to handle a disruptive soldier? Of course he didn’t. He had lower-ranking Officers to deal with that stuff. Washington’s job was to focus on creating strategies that would lead to the defeat of the British Army. He simply didn’t have time and could not spend any of his energy on things that didn’t relate to winning the war.Here are 3 choices that successful leaders make: continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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