Northwest String Summit Adds Dark Star Orchestra To 2019 Lineup

first_imgNorthwest String Summit will live up to its name once again when many of the country’s most beloved string bands and more gather at North Plains, OR’s picturesque Horning’s Hideout on July 18th through 21st, 2019.On Thursday, the four-day music and camping festival added Dark Star Orchestra to their already extensive bill. DSO will offer up “In The Spirit Of 8/27/1972″, a special recreation of the Grateful Dead’s legendary August 27th, 1972 concert, which took place at Veneta, Oregon’s Old Renaissance Faire Grounds (now the Orgeon County Fair). Longtime friend of the Grateful Dead, author, and counterculture figure Ken Kesey served as the evening’s emcee, as the Dead offered up a three-set musical marathon over five hours.As previously announced, Yonder Mountain String Band (x2), Trampled By Turtles (x2), The Infamous Stringdusters (x2), Fruition(x2), Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Lil Smokies, Shook Twins (x2) and more will perform at the 18th annual edition of the festival.Other artists on the bill include Sideboob (featuring Allie Kral, Mimi Naja, and Shook Twins); The Dead South; Kitchen Dwellers; Ghost Light; Daniel Rodriguez (Elephant Revival); Trout Steak Revival; Lindsay Lou; River Whyless; Barnes, Gordy, Walsh Trio; Rumpke Mountain Boys; Steve Poltz; Brad Parsons; Benny “Burle” Galloway; Pete Kartsounses; Arthur Lee Land; The Good Time Travelers; Hillstomp; Dirty Revival; Five Letter Word; Handmade Moments; Deep Fried Pickle Project; Warren G Hardings; Scratch Dog String Band; Kind Country; Armchair Boogie; Laney Lou & Bird Dogs; Ley Line; Sweet Lillies; and Wood Belly.Tickets for the 18th annual Northwest String Summit are now on sale via the festival’s website.last_img read more

Colombia Corners the Gulf Clan

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo July 24, 2017 Through Agamenón’s comprehensive phase-two offensive in the northwest of Colombia, the Colombian government is seeking to attack the structure of the Gulf Clan, one of the largest drug-trafficking organizations in the country. The Ministry of Defense has placed a total of 3,200 agents, 1,500 personnel as well as military and civil forces, to conduct this operation with the purpose of “bringing an end to the criminal organization, locating its financial assets, destroying its laboratories, dismantling its criminal routes, including seizing the largest quantity of drugs possible, and discovering the location of its ringleaders and straw men,” General Jorge Hernández Nieto Rojas, the director general of the Colombian National Police, told Diálogo. The military and police operation, launched on June 1st, is yielding results. Thanks to the efforts of military intelligence, troops from the Colombian Army’s 11th Brigade, 7th Division, in coordination with the National Police, captured Leonardo Fabio Puertas, alias “Leopardo 5” or “Lorica”—the ringleader of a special group belonging to the Gulf Clan — on June 30th in Tierralta, Córdoba department. Leopardo 5 was in charge of providing security for all crystallization labs devoted to processing coca paste in the northern department of Córdoba, the Colombian Army reported in a press release. The Colombian Army also dealt a heavy blow to the Gulf Clan on June 28th, when it located and dismantled a cocaine hydrochloride production lab in eastern Antioquia with the capacity to produce nearly one ton of narcotics per month. The departments of Antioquia and Chocó are the regions most heavily influenced by this criminal organization due to their broad swaths of jungle and their proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The operations in which the Colombian Armed Forces and the civil security forces participated are commanded for the first time by a single official from the National Police – General Jorge Luis Vargas, the director of Criminal Investigation. Their mission is to optimize the results of the fight against crime structures devoted to drug trafficking, illegal mining, extortion, and the recruitment of minors. “The police have a lot of experience with this kind of operation, as seen by the blows that have been dealt to the cartels and to other criminal organizations. If you consider their size and the various and ingenious ways in which the cartels operate, you cannot discount the role that the police have played,” Juan Carlos Chaparro, a security analyst and professor at the National University of Colombia, told Diálogo. “Today, we have a vast catalog of data that allows us to state that, sooner rather than later, ‘Otoniel,’ ‘Gavilán,’ ‘El Indio,’ and other members of this mafia clan will suffer the same fate as Pablo Escobar, the seven bosses of the Cali Cartel and their right-hand men, and other illegal organizations. This comprehensive operation is designed to attack the Gulf Clan on all fronts,” Gen. Nieto added. The general indicated that in phase one of Agamenón, conducted from February 2015 to May 2017, the Gulf Clan was reduced by half. It had 4,200 members in 2012 but today totals no more than 2,000. Over that period, the security forces conducted 384 assault operations, capturing 59 ringleaders, and seizing 527 properties and 448 firearms. “It’s true that the military and the police have captured thousands of that organization’s members, including several dozen mid-level commanders, and that they have seized dozens of tons of cocaine, but it is also true that the criminal organization is still operating,” said Chaparro. “The Gulf Clan [led by Dairo Úsuga, also known as ‘Otoniel’] is a cornered organization, and it is in full decline,” Gen. Nieto added. “Its ringleaders have fled to the hills.” New resources against organized crime In addition to the capacities the members of Agamenón II have in intelligence, criminal investigation, and combat, both on land and by air, 10 new Sikorsky U-H60A Black Hawk helicopters that had been acquired by the Colombian government were added to the operation to learn the whereabouts of the criminal gang’s leaders and other members. “These aircraft are merely the physical, technological, and budgetary manifestation of the Colombian government’s willingness to fight organized crime in order to defend the state’s legitimacy and legality in the first instance, and to protect the peace process in the second instance,” said Minister of Defense Luis Carlos Villegas during the official announcement that the U.S. helicopters were entering into service. Other initiatives to counter crime “To optimize our offensive against these criminal organizations, the chase and the confrontation need to be ongoing, and there needs to be a greater ongoing collaboration by other governments, insofar as drug trafficking is not exclusively a Colombian problem,” Chaparro underscored. Other elite military and police units deployed in the rest of the country are working together with the members of Agamenón II to counter potential criminal alliances between the Gulf Clan and other organizations. The police already have four other high-impact operations against organized crime underway: “Aquiles” in southern Cauca department and northeastern Antioquia, “Atenea” in Llanos Orientales, “Esparta” in Norte de Santander, and “Poseidón” in the Pacific region. All of these operations converge in an elite corps with the highest professional abilities. “Operation Agamenón II will have to ensure the permanent presence of military and police personnel so that the problem doesn’t return. The war on drugs is not exclusively a police mission; a holistic interagency presence by the state is also demanded in this region,” Chaparro indicated. “We have clear objectives, and we are going to meet them. Our troops will tirelessly continue the mission to ensure the security and tranquility of the residents. Soon the country will see strong results,” Gen. Nieto concluded. Apart from the Gulf Clan, criminal organizations such as Los Pelusos, Los Puntilleros, and the National Liberation Army are also a priority for the Colombian authorities.last_img read more

Emerging technology key to growth for asset owners, managers: survey

first_imgEmerging technology is seen as a top enabler of growth for institutional investors over the next five years, according to new research from State Street.Nearly half of 500 participants (48%) identified blockchain, artificial intelligence and other technological developments as key to driving their organisation’s growth, a dramatic increase from the 18% of respondents who did so in 2017.This shift in how asset owners planned to adapt to the current market environment reflected concern over their ability to achieve their growth objectives, State Street said, with 68% of respondents saying that it had become harder to do so in the current market environment.Most industry participants – including 72% of asset owners and 64% of asset managers – were positioning themselves more defensively amid market uncertainty. The survey – conducted by Longitude Research on behalf of State Street – showed that while institutions had generally improved effectiveness across their operations since the 2017 study, the ability to manage technology risks and extract better insights from data were additional areas for improvement.The majority of respondents (61%) were still taking an incremental approach to innovation, as opposed to re-engineering their IT systems completely.In the UK, the survey found that integrating new technologies into existing infrastructure and processes was seen to be the biggest challenge around implementation (62%, versus 45% in the rest of Europe).As a result, an increase in acquisitions and partnerships could have the potential to reshape the investment management industry, State Street said, with over half (53%) of respondents looking to established technology companies to support the development of emerging technology solutions. DWS and Schroders are among the managers to have invested in specialist fintech companies in recent months.Regulation and liquidity risk were considered the biggest threats to growth objectives, State Street’s research found. Digital disruption was also a concern, as emerging technology could introduce risk as well as opportunity, the company said.Liz Nolan, State Street’s chief executive officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said: “Our clients face increasing complexity and regulatory expectations, as well as the need to upgrade technology and improve their data management, while carefully managing costs.”More than 500 industry executives from 20 countries responded to State Street’s survey, including staff in investment, operations and distribution roles representing institutional asset owners, asset managers and insurance companies. Around 40% were from EMEA, with 37% from the Americas and 23% from the Asia Pacific region.last_img read more

“Suicide is a fundamental human right”? Not on our watch, Nitschke!

first_img@philipnitschke so suicide is a ‘right’ and should be encouraged? Shameful. #chooselife— Family First NZ (@familyfirstnz) October 17, 2016 @philipnitschke let’s hope you never get access to schools or our young people.— Family First NZ (@familyfirstnz) October 18, 2016 On the same day asSuicide rates are at their highest level since provisional records began, according to new statistics— NewshubBreaking (@NewshubBreaking) October 17, 2016last_img

With mixed feelings, Dalton approaches final season

first_imgSenior goalkeeper Michele Dalton is entering her final year for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team. In three seasons, Dalton has a .836 save percentage.[/media-credit]Many would say five years is a long time, but to Michele Dalton, it barely seems like a blink of an eye.Dalton, a fifth-year senior and the Wisconsin women’s soccer team’s starting keeper, wants her last season to be her team’s finest.“I would like to win a Big Ten championship,” Dalton said. “Going forward, that is something I have dreamed about. I felt like last season we were so close yet so far, just one point off. It kills me; one save or one goal would have done it for us. I would like to be a top-10 team as well.”Her goals are specific, and her focus comes from a seemingly nondescript source: a scoreboard. Not the scoreboard at the McClimon Complex, though. Rather, Dalton remembers the one at North Field, between Camp Randall Stadium and the Engineering Centers building, where the women’s soccer team regularly holds practice.“I remember vividly my very first practice up at North Field,” Dalton said. “I thought the coolest thing on earth was that we were practicing underneath the scoreboard where it says ‘Home of the Wisconsin Badgers,’ and that to me was just like, ‘I am home.’”Wisconsin has become a welcoming home for Dalton, but she looks in the rearview mirror and can’t believe how fast time has passed her by.“I am not taking things for granted as much anymore because I know the amount of times that I get to walk out and play under that scoreboard are numbered.”As the countdown continues, Dalton has been prompted to reflect after seeing this year’s freshman class.“They are asking me freshman-type questions and I just smile,” Dalton said. “It’s funny, it’s surreal, it’s heartwarming; it’s sad to think that this is my last chance to represent the University of Wisconsin as an athlete. It’s humbling and I am going to enjoy every second of it.”The enjoyment she will have throughout the season stems from how close this team has become. Dalton calls it a family, and she’s been cast as the matriarchal figure.“She is a leader, she is tough on us and she expects the best from us on the field. She is a great teammate and is always going to be there for you,” fellow senior Meghan Flannery said.Dalton’s coaches have seen her push her teammates to become better, but they have also recognized her personal maturation during the past five years.“She has become mature about the game, tactically, seeing stuff, and I think she has been able to push herself a little bit more physically,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “But most of it has been the psychological side of it, not letting goals get to her and wanting to be the reason the team is successful.”Those improvements have rewarded Dalton with a special ability that few athletes in any sport have.“She can make [the team] believe with one big save,” Wilkins said.Dalton makes her teammates believe, but who makes Dalton believe? Wilkins has a big hand in that, and rightly so, because not coincidentally, Wilkins is also in the fifth year of her career at UW.According to Dalton, she was Wilkins’ first recruit at Wisconsin and playfully jokes that it was the greatest day of Wilkins’ life.While that may be an exaggeration, Wilkins certainly sees how important Dalton has been to the women’s soccer program.“Michele has always had a great mentality and a great attitude in terms of a winning attitude,” Wilkins said. “She has always wanted the program to be successful. The first two years she didn’t play, but she didn’t give up.”While every athlete loves to win, Dalton’s drive for excellence may be more tied to wanting the university to do well, as evidenced by the feelings she experiences just by walking around campus.“When I walk down State Street and I am wearing Wisconsin soccer gear, I am so, so proud,” Dalton says. “You wear that ‘W’ and you wear the red and you are representing something far greater than yourself, and it’s a really cool experience.”last_img read more