Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces “Wheels Of Soul” Tour With Wood Brothers & Hot Tuna

first_imgThe beloved “Wheels of Soul” returns for the third straight year, as the Tedeschi Trucks Band hosted summer event always brings some of the greatest talent together for extended tour engagements. This year is no exception, as TTB has recruited by Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers for a month long tour schedule together. The tour runs from July 1st through the 30th, culminating in two nights at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.The three bands will cross the country together, starting in the Northeast before moving to the Southeast and Midwest, ultimately ending up in Colorado. The Wheels Of Soul tours are known for their collaborative spirit, and the musicians from Hot Tuna and Wood Brothers are no stranger to collaborating. Jorma Kaukonen, for example, has played many times with TTB in recent double billings.“It’s been great to develop this tour into an annual event where we get a chance to hit the road and share the stage with fellow musicians we love and respect, says Susan Tedeschi in a statement. “Each year we try to find bands that share our musical vision while bringing their own unique talents to this traveling circus.” Oliver Wood adds, “We go way back with Derek and Susan. They are some of our favorite friends and collaborators.” Wood co-wrote a track on TTB’s Revelator album, and both Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi appeared on The Wood Brothers’ Paradise album as well.Check out the full tour schedule below, and head to TTB’s website for details.Wheels of Soul Summer Tour 2017July 1 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire PavilionJuly 2 – Essex, VT (Burlington) – Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley ExpositionJuly 3 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts CenterJuly 5 – Vienna, VA (DC) –Wolf Trap *July 8 – Rochester, NY – Highland BowlJuly 9 – Simsbury, CT – Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts CenterJuly 12 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater **July 14 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater **July 15 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre ***July 16 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre **July 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance LawnJuly 21 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music CenterJuly 22 – Huber Heights, OH (Dayton) – Rose Music CenterJuly 23 – Rochester, MI (Detroit) – Meadow Brook AmphitheatreJuly 25 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Arkansas Music PavilionJuly 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Sandia CasinoJuly 29-30 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre*On sale March 18th**On sale February 10th***On sale February 3rdlast_img read more

Mulch Makers.

first_imgLarge-scale composting is a vital way of handling the solid-waste problems of communities and companies nowadays. It can produce valuable products for gardens and landscapes.But big-time composting isn’t so easy. It’s a complicated process, and it takes a scientific approach to make it work best.To help the people who run such facilities do it better, the University of Georgia has scheduled a Compost Facility Operators Training Workshop May 1-3 at the UGA Bioconversion Research and Demonstration Center in Athens, Ga.The workshop is for anyone who runs or would like to run one of the large-scale composting systems that handle the yard waste, biosolids and municipal streams of cities. It includes classroom lectures and lab demonstrations and exercises.Enrollment is limited to the first 25 who sign up. The $95 fee covers lunches, breaks, study materials and other costs. To learn more about the workshop or get a registration form, contact Cathy Felton at (706) 542-3086.last_img read more

Peru And Ecuador Agree To Establish Binational Embassies

first_imgBy Dialogo June 11, 2010 Peru and Ecuador have agreed to establish binational embassies to represent their respective interests, Peruvian president Alan García announced during a visit by his Ecuadorean counterpart Rafael Correa. “We have just finished coordinating with President Correa the establishment of binational embassies to represent our interests,” the Peruvian president said, after affirming that this agreement is the first of its kind in the world. He explained that once the documents setting out the agreement have been signed, “the Ecuadorean embassy in Sweden will assume the representation of Peruvian interests, and the Peruvian embassy in Algeria will represent Ecuadorean interests.” “This seals our friendship and our commitments to integration,” the Peruvian president said.last_img read more

Guatemalan drug lord Waldemar Lorenzana pleads guilty in U.S. court

first_img WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – Waldemar Lorenzana, aka “El Patriarca,” a Guatemalan narco-trafficker connected to México’s Sinaloa drug cartel, pleaded guilty on Aug. 18 to conspiring to ship cocaine to the United States. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly entered his plea in Federal Court, the U.S. Justice Department said in a prepared statement. Guatemalan authorities arrested Lorenzana in 2011. They extradited him to the United States this past March. Lorenzana is the patriarch of a Guatemalan family authorities have linked to Mexican drug baron Joaquín ”Chapo” Guzmán Loera of the Sinaloa Cartel. Two children of Lorenzana are in Guatemala awaiting extradition and a third is still at large. “For years, members of the Lorenzana family smuggled cocaine to the United States with impunity,” Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Patterson said in a prepared statement. Lorenzana and three of his children worked with drug cartels to move cocaine into the U.S. between March 1996 and April 2009, prosecutors said. The shipments, which were sent in boats and on planes, departed from El Salvador and Guatemala and were delivered to several U.S. cities. Authorities charged him with trying to move over 450 kilograms of cocaine. No sentencing date has been scheduled. Guatemala has seen a worrisome presence of cartels from neighboring México, particularly Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas, as authorities said close to half of the Central American nation’s nearly 6,000 murders annually are linked to drug trafficking and gang violence. [AFP (United States), 18/08/2014; Reuters (United States), 18/08/2014] By Dialogo August 21, 2014last_img read more

Drug Traffickers Utilize GPS Enabled Satellite Buoys to Locate Cocaine Shipments

first_imgDrug traffickers moving shipments from South America via maritime routes through Central America and Mexico are constantly changing strategies to avoid detection and seizure. In a recent article, Costa Rican web daily CR Hoy reported on a new tactic that allows traffickers to leave cocaine shipments at high-sea attached to GPS-enabled radio or satellite buoys. Radio buoys are similar to satellite buoys in the sense that they are small and shaped for discretion. However, they are different than satellite buoys in the sense that they rely on VHF or UHF radios for data transmission although many have internal GPS receivers. They are programmed to emit a radio signal at a particular frequency which can be picked up by a vessel’s computer or radio direction finder indicating either direction or direction and distance to the radio beacon. Newer models allow complete monitoring of devices up to 50 miles and are able to transmit encrypted radio messages. According to Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, satellite and radio buoys are most commonly used along the Pacific coast and were likely adapted for drug trafficking purposes by the Úsuga Clan and the Daniel Aldana FARC Front,. Cocaine shipments utilizing this tactic generally depart from Tumaco, Colombia and head up the coast to Costa Rica and Mexico, an idea evidenced by the fact that Colombian authorities alone seized more than 2 metric tons along this sole route during the first three months of 2015. Colombian newspaper El Espectador supported this idea by reporting on a case off the coast of Panama in December 2014 in which traffickers cut the cords holding shipments to three separate buoys and fled after they noticed patrols in the area. In total, 60 kilograms of cocaine were seized during this operation although some media sources noted that single shipments may exceed 650 kilograms. Once activated, the radio buoy will emit an intermittent flash every second. Furthermore, it will transmit the GPS location of the device every 15 minutes. Overall, buoy tactics represent a frustrating phenomenon for authorities as they are difficult to detect, but Martín Arias, Director of the Costa Rican Coast Guard, told La Prensa Libre newspaper that recent international cooperation between Costa Rica, Colombia, and the United States has been effective in thwarting at least three satellite and radio buoy shipments. He further indicated that the buoy tactic is no longer as surprising as it was six months ago and that new technology is helping authorities more effectively target and locate shipments floating in the sea. If that is the case, it may only be a matter of time before traffickers must again go back to the drawing board, but up until now it has been very successful. The drug packages themselves are protected in impermeable sacks and are tracked via individual GPS locators that connect directly to mobile phones or computers which further facilitates the management of shipments. Messages can be sent to and from the buoys in as little as 30 seconds using the satellite network associated with the buoy. Coverage within these networks is global and allows the shipment controller to watch movement from hundreds or thousands of miles away. El Universo also pointed out that the GPS monitors can function for multiple days as they are equipped with photocells that utilize solar power to charge. In terms of color and size, satellite buoys are usually blue in color and level-shaped, which impedes radar detection. They also come equipped with signal encryption software which prevents data decoding and hence seizure of shipments. A radio buoy was placed in the middle of the packages and after about two hours, the tape that held the entire shipment together disintegrated and the packages were released into open water at which time the buoy started transmitting a signal indicating that it was time for pick-up. Although it was not specified in this source, it is likely the signal was transmitted to one or more fishing vessels in the area and that the packages picked up were subsequently delivered to distinct geographic locations. Satellite and Radio Buoy Routes First, they were adapted from the fishing industry into a tactic that effectively uses international waters as a storage facility for large-scale drug shipments. Once at high-sea, the buoys are barely visible as the models used are designed to blend into the natural landscape. center_img Freddy Ramos, the Deputy Director of the National Drug Police in Ecuador, laid out the strategy associated with satellite buoys in an interview with Ecuavisa, an Ecuadorean news site. He indicated that “maritime vessels, which may be fishing boats or fast-boats leave from shore without any type of drug shipment. They tell port authorities that they are conducting a fishing trip and provide information regarding crew members and the date of return. Drug transport vessels then drop shipments in opportune locations and turn on the GPS locators. These packages are tracked remotely via the Internet, and the coordinates are provided to empty vessels so that they can be picked up.” Ramos further noted that there have recently been more instances involving satellite buoys than radio buoys which may highlight a possible preference for the satellite method. By Dialogo November 09, 2015 I liked it a lot The news on Facebook is interesting, good and broad content. The pleasure of being able to defeat him. Success is what is most important. No losses, achievement is success, they’re satisfied. I pray for your children, I love you.. Drug trafficking is very advanced technologically Emergency due to flooding from the constant rains in the districts of Huicungo-Pachiza in the department of San Martin in the jungle… The people need government support. I would like you to please take this help into account. People are losing their homes. There are lots of victims QUALITY YES, VERY IMPORTANT VERY INTERESTING Humanity is reaching its capacity. Qualities such as humanism, brotherhood and other values against corruption, injustice and terrorism, which little by little destroy the basis of humanity, are once again put to the test. Good work and more so when it’s teamwork I think the information is fine Fight against drug traffickers because they are all over. Let’s move forward SECURITY FORCES OF PANAMA AND USA I think drug trafficking is international and I believe that one of the solutions would be to first fight the accomplices to drug traffickers who are the police themselves embedded in the police forces at every level who receive the information so that they don’t get captured. How joyful What’s going on with “El Chapo”? The news ably targets local and international authorities. I think this information is very important. very good Good.Magnificent, good job This is a problem that is not easy to fight because there are security people who have partnered with these people who traffic everything, all over the world. The talk of the town is that that drug business is truly expanding without an end, and it won’t ever end. Never. Excellent article We can’t deal with drug traffickers because the police in stockade are accomplices to the drug traffickers Excellent job eradicating the scourge of the gangs. All force against youth crime, drug trafficking and other things is good because individuals find security in the state protecting them. Lots of luck. This hour’s news is interesting Sun. Dec. 27, 2015 marvelous what a great comment They have to be fought, not commented on how clever or ingenious they are It’s very good they use technology to put an end to smuggling that drug, which is bringing humanity to an end I think that if we, the civilians, collaborate with the government, crime can be reduced all over the country Human values have been lost to children and youth, that is why all over the world we need to change those evil ideals which torment humanity. I am aware that drug trafficking is being fought, but that is not all. We have to control the users, because they are the ones who keep the traffickers’ economy going. What they are doing for humanity is very important I find it surprising Radio Buoys Third, the chance of losing drug shipments at high-sea is minimal as both methods use GPS technology to track the whereabouts of floating packages. Furthermore, the impermeable material used to hold packages together is designed to float and resist humidity which provides an added protection measure. Ecuavisa reported that radio buoys were first detected in their AO in February 2015. During an interview with Ecuadorean prosecutor Danny Vizueta of the Special Unit for Transnational Crime, in this particular case, cocaine packages were submerged 8 meters below water at high sea. Satellite buoys have been used in the fishing industry for positioning and tracking purposes for years, but represent a new technology for drug traffickers. When used for this purpose, Mexican newspaper El Universo indicated that a satellite buoy is tied to drug shipments wrapped in fishing net and dropped at high sea where they remain anchored until they can be picked up and moved to land. When comparing the two technologies, it becomes apparent that the satellite buoys have some advantages over the radio buoy, which is likely why authorities are reporting increased use of satellite devices. Some of these advantages include global tracking from remote locations and rapid transmission of data. However, it is important to note that both technologies are unique for at least three separate reasons. This tactic is unique because it effectively mitigates risk and turns the ocean into a veritable storage unit for traffickers with little to no risk of loss or arrest of personnel. Radio and satellite buoys were first noted by Colombian authorities in late 2014, but Central American authorities have indicated the tactic has moved into their area of operations (AO) in recent months. Second, using buoys mitigates risk of seizure as the packages can be left floating for extra time or abandoned if authorities are detected in the area. last_img read more

Surabaya pastor sentenced to 10 years in prison for years of sexual abuse

first_imgThe Surabaya District Court has declared 50-year-old pastor Hanny Layantara guilty of sexual abuse and sentenced him to 10 years’ imprisonment.Presiding judge Johanis Hehamony said Hanny was found guilty of violating Article 82 of the Child Protection Law.”We declare the defendant Hanny Layantara guilty and sentence him to 10 years in prison and order him to pay Rp 100 million in fines or serve an additional six months in prison,” Johanis said on Monday as reported by kompas.com. He added that the panel of judges noted two factors in their sentencing decision, namely that the defendant had refused to admit his wrongdoings and that his actions were contradictory to his role as a religious leader.The sentence matched the punishment demanded by prosecutors.Hanny was arrested in Sidoarjo, East Java, on March 3, two weeks after his victim’s family reported the abuse to the police. He had allegedly been planning to flee the country at the time of his arrest.The victim, now 26, said that Hanny had sexually abused her from 2005 – when she was only 12 years old – until 2011.Hanny’s lawyer, Abdurrachman Saleh, said he and his client would file an appeal against the verdict.”We disagree with the judges’ verdict. We will appeal,” he said. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

European firms pay more into UK DB schemes

first_img Country 2015 contributions The consultancy firm analysed 75 UK-based DB schemes attached to companies located in Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden. The schemes had aggregated liabilities of more than £100bn (€117.3bn), based on data up to 31 December 2015. Andrew Vaughan, partner at Barnett Waddingham, said: “These figures raise an interesting question as to why are European companies with UK final salary pensions paying proportionately more than their UK counterparts to fund deficits?“One possible explanation is that European headquartered companies have tended to adopt a more cautious approach globally to managing their pension obligations. It will be interesting to see how this pans out post-Brexit.”In 2015, the 75 companies contributed £1.6bn in total to their UK schemes, broken down as follows:  Scandinavia £117m European-headquartered companies are on track to close the deficits of their UK pension funds sooner than their British counterparts, according to Barnett Waddingham.Continental companies are paying an average of £5,700 (€6,682) per employee into schemes they sponsor in the UK, the consultancy firm found, versus £2,400 on average for FTSE350-listed companies.This meant European firms could close their accounting deficits “in about six years”, Barnett Waddingham said, “nearly a year ahead of the FTSE350”. This is despite the cost of operating defined benefit (DB) schemes making up a greater proportion of total staff costs for European companies.“While UK subsidiaries only contribute 6% of global revenue, they account for 30% of global DB pension obligations,” Barnett Waddingham added.   France £479mcenter_img  Netherlands £99m  Spain and Italy £530m  Germany £399mlast_img read more

Sumitomo Corp. Buys into Airborne Oil & Gas

first_imgAirborne Oil & Gas (AOG), the manufacturer of thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) for oil & gas applications, said that Sumitomo Corporation has acquired a significant shareholding in the company.The investment by Sumitomo Corporation strengthens a strategic partnership which both companies entered into in 2016, in which the companies collaborate to provide the oil & gas industry with cost effective TCP technology solutions that are non-corrosive, light-weight and result in significantly lower total installed cost.Takushi Kikuchi, general manager for Tubular Products Units of Sumitomo Corporation Europe, stated: “I am very pleased with this investment in Airborne Oil & Gas, as we are committed to deliver cost reduction and efficiency to the oil & gas industry, introducing new technologies and business models. AOG’s thermoplastic composite pipe is a perfect addition to continue our mission. We believe that TCP technology has achieved a breakthrough in the market place and have a disruptive potential for SURF applications. The industry is now, more than ever, ready to embrace such new technology.”Aleksandra Wrobel, CFO of AOG, said: “We are very proud of our shareholder base, which already included Shell, Chevron, Saudi Aramco, Evonik and Subsea 7. We are delighted to welcome Sumitomo Corporation in this group, and to be able to work together moving forward. Their significant investment is testament to what we have achieved thus far, pioneering the introduction of thermoplastic composite pipe technology in a conservative market, and creating the largest track record in this space.”last_img read more

Family First at the World Congress of Families

first_imgFamily First is currently at the World Congress of Families (WCF) which is the premier global gathering of parents, youth, lawmakers, scholars, religious leaders, and advocates united to support the natural family—and for the first time in history, the global gathering is in the United States. It’s a massive four-day event. www.wcf9.orglast_img

Racing canceled for June 5 at U.S. 36, Bud Shootout postponed to June 19

first_imgOSBORN, Mo. – Due to overnight rains both Wednesday and Thursday night, track officials have canceled racing for June 5 at U.S. 36 Raceway. The Bud Shootout is postponed to June 19. Up next at U.S. 36 Raceway is a return to the weekly championship chase, and the racing on Friday, June 12 will feature the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. The Bud Shootout on June 19 will feature the Sprint Series of Nebraska. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars will also be in action with the Doyle Lance Remembrance Stock Car Race. Other classes will be announced at a later date. center_img The property and track is too wet and with the recently reworked track surface officials want to continue to strive for a smooth racing surface for both drivers and fans.last_img read more