George Clinton Revives Parliament For New Single [Listen]

first_imgGeorge Clinton has revived his long-dormant funk outfit Parliament for the group’s first album in nearly four decades. Dubbed Medicaid Fraud Dog, the forthcoming record is a long-awaited follow up to the band’s 1980 LP, Trombipulation.The first taste of Medicaid Fraud Dog came today with the release of the album’s debut single, “I’m Gon Make U Sick O’Me”. With its slow-burning funk groove, female background singers, hand-clapping beat and a guest appearance by Geto Boys rapper Scarface, the song is a hodgepodge of sounds that harkens back to Parliament’s heyday while also embracing more modern musical styles.In a recent Reddit AMA, Clinton noted that the new album features the P-Funk horns: Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Greg Thomas, and Benny Cowan. He also explained that his influences for the record include, “Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, Tra’Zae, and all that shit coming out of Atlanta.”Medicaid Fraud Dog is expected to drop some time in 2018, but the album does not yet have an official release date. As previously reported, George Clinton and P-Funk still tour regularly and are scheduled to perform at this year’s Major Rager in Augusta, GA.[Photo: Erik Kabik]last_img read more

Scientists Live in the World’s Highest Space Laboratory

first_imgBy Dialogo March 20, 2009 I have one little history about that event “Earth Hour,” yesterday, every year, allover the planet. Could it help the planet, of course, but there is something more deep in that fact that we need to figure out. For mine thinks, it’s one point the view very restrict where we‘ll see the results that experiment lights years after. The idea is The Earth Hour is one away to sent a signal of the life to universe, If you don’t believe about this point than you need to look for information from, NASA, the ALMA complex (Chilean Andes), The AOS (Array Operations Site – Tibet), believe or not something are happening more than you can think. North American, Japanese, and European scientists live and work together daily in the world’s highest space laboratory, located more than 5,060 meters above sea level in the Chilean Andes, where the ALMA complex, the most advanced radio astronomy observatory in the world, will be installed. The AOS (Array Operations Site) is the second highest building in the world, in the Llano de Chajnantor, at the end of a railroad station located a few feet below the mountains of Tibet, an ALMA representative explained to EFE. It is an oxygenated and pressurized area; allowing employees to work in a safe and comfortable environment, despite its altitude of over 5,000 meters, where breathing and moving are difficult tasks because of the low oxygen concentration. The almost total lack of humidity in this northern region of Chile, approximately 1,650 kilometers from Santiago, is one of the conditions that facilitate observation of the millimeter and sub millimeter wavelengths released by galaxies and stars, but it also makes lips and throats extremely dry, increasing the need for constant hydration. The thin atmosphere is aggravated by brutal temperature differences, from -10 degrees Celsius at night to almost 30 degrees Celsius during the day, characteristic of the world’s driest deserts, such the Atacama Desert, and of very high mountains, such as the Andes. Any visit to the AOS is preceded by a medical checkup in order to guarantee that the individual is in sufficient physical condition to ascend to such elevations, making that individual accountable for anything that may happen due to such circumstances. The buildings are equipped with 30 SPF sunscreen dispensers located near all exterior doors, and bottles of water are available throughout all buildings for both workers and visitors. Workers currently building equipment for the observatory have to carry small oxygen cylinders and cover themselves well with sunscreen to protect themselves from harmful ultraviolet rays, which are more dangerous at an altitude of 5,000 meters. The AOS will also house the world’s most powerful computer, the Correlater, which will receive signals from the 66 antennas which will create ALMA’s radio telescope, and after this process the signals will be sent to the second technical building in the complex, located 2,900 meters away, via a fiber optic connection. The Atacama Large Millimeter/Sub millimeter Array (ALMA) is the largest global scientific project created by European, North American, and Japanese partners, in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ALMA will offer the ability to study the origin of the cosmos through the observation of the millimeter and sub millimeter wavelengths released by the particles which form galaxies, planets, and stars. In radio astronomy, visible light and optical observation of the sky are replaced by the analysis of another type of wave, which, for the first time in history, will provide information on the age of the universe, the activity of the sun, and the formation of galaxies.last_img read more

Guaidó: ‘The Armed Forces Are Essential for the Stability of the Country’

first_imgBy Diálogo May 31, 2019 Caracas — In an interview for el Nuevo Herald and Diálogo — initially published in el Nuevo Herald — Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó addresses the talks in Norway that ended without agreement, the role of the military in rebuilding the country, and Cuban interference, among other topics. Diálogo: How would you describe what happened in Norway? Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó: As one more initiative. We are facing a dictatorship that for years has shown itself to use this type of initiative to delay, to gain time, to confuse public opinion, and to make us look weak. In this case it didn’t work for them. Venezuela is out of time, the children of [pediatric hospital] J.M. de Los Ríos [in Caracas] are out of time, the person without food in Maracaibo is out of time; we are going through the worst humanitarian emergency in the history of this continent. And it was created by human factors, bad policies, corruption, and incompetence. The agenda is very clear: the cessation of usurpation, transition process, and free elections. The approximation to this [talk in Norway] would be to equate [Nicolás] Maduro’s government with the FARC [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia], if we want to compare it with any process, the mediation of a country like Norway; and 90 percent of the population [of Venezuela] wants change and has been taken hostage by a small group in power. How do I see Norway? As one more initiative. I’m not in love with the means; I’m in love with Venezuela. We are not going to confuse means with objectives; Norway was going to be a means to facilitate the objective. Diálogo: On June 3, the European Union’s International Contact Group on Venezuela will meet with the Lima Group. What do you hope will come of this process? Guaidó: What I would like? What I would have wanted from Norway, an end to usurpation, a transitional government, and free elections. But we Venezuelans have learned that there haven’t been any magic solutions. We would be bringing together the efforts of Europe and Latin America, understanding that the crisis is escalating. Diálogo: Is the crisis escalating? Guaidó: Six children died in Venezuela’s main pediatric hospital [J.M. de Los Ríos] in a week. As we speak, there is no electricity in Maracaibo today [May 29]. We are on the verge of a catastrophe. Diálogo: The National Assembly approved re-entry into the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance or TIAR. What are your thoughts on this? Guaidó: For us the inter-American system is key. Dialogue with countries around the world and recognition from the OAS [Organization of American States] is key. It’s important in the face of the humanitarian emergency we are experiencing. Diálogo: What role will the military in Colombia and Brazil play to end the usurpation? Guaidó: They are giving the crisis more visibility, the unrest that exists within the Armed Forces, exerting pressure on the regime, on their brothers, on their colleagues in arms, who must do the right thing, who must be on the side of the Constitution. And they will have a role in the reconstruction of Venezuela; they will keep their ranks and their positions according to the amnesty law. Both my grandparents were service members. And they will have a key role in exercising sovereignty. The ELN [National Liberation Army] is on the Venezuelan border and there are already 11 states where paramilitaries and guerrillas are present. The Armed Force is essential for the stability of the country. Diálogo: What is the ELN role in the Venezuelan crisis? Guaidó: I don’t know about its specific political participation, but it seems that Maduro’s government allows it to participate in Venezuela. It seems that there is explicit complicity; this is very serious because it would make Maduro a dictator who sponsors terrorism. Colombian intelligence has already said that an ELN member, who was in Venezuela for a long time, allegedly perpetrated the attack on the police academy in Bogotá. Diálogo: Can we talk about Cuban interference or that of other countries in Venezuela’s internal affairs? Guaidó: Mainly from Cuba, I don’t see other countries with such intensity, I see Cuba, Cuba does [interfere], clearly. It’s involved in decision-making, it’s the inner security ring; Maduro relies so little on the Armed Forces that his closest security ring is Cuban. That’s the way it is. The service members who sided with the Constitution said that Maduro’s inner security ring is Cuban. Cuba leads intelligence and counter-intelligence to terrorize and frighten; Cuban officials carry out part of the torture on Venezuelan service members, which upsets the Armed Forces a lot. Cuban interference and intervention in Venezuela is very serious. Diálogo: After the departure of General Cristopher Figuera, how is the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service [SEBIN], how is Maduro’s intelligence and security apparatus today? Guaidó: Imagine that in another country, in the United States or Colombia, the head of intelligence makes a stand against the current president. And not only that, Cristopher’s assistant was assassinated, which Gen. Cristopher himself denounced. Imagine that the head of intelligence of a country X accuses the president of murdering his assistant, because of political retaliation. Imagine how serious this is, so much so that he [Maduro] had to bring back a general who was removed for not trusting him [Gustavo González, former head of SEBIN, who was removed after the death in custody of Councilman Fernando Albán, was reinstated in early May]. So how serious is it [the SEBIN]? Very serious. Diálogo: After Norway, how is the relationship with the United States, with the rest of the international community? Guaidó: Very positive, productive in the face of the cessation of usurpation. I just spoke with [U.S.] Vice President Mike Pence, he is very concerned about the humanitarian crisis and we spoke for several minutes. They are also very worried about the persecution of 15 deputies whose immunity was violated, who were persecuted and abducted, such as Édgar Zambrano, vice president of the parliament. Diálogo: This doesn’t stop; the government continues to act against the Assembly… Guaidó: The regime has been acting since 2015 to weaken the power, and only the regime was weakened. Although it operationally hits and tries to generate fear, since the attack on the parliament began, it’s a minority, fewer people worldwide recognize them; they have fewer loans; they have sanctions. They hit very hard extrajudicially, but don’t have judicial backing. Diálogo: What did Vice President Pence say to you when you told him that Norway didn’t bear fruit? Guaidó: The international community no longer believes in this regime. A few who in good faith are still trying to mediate persevere, but we are very much aligned with our U.S. allies and the Lima Group. Many things brought us to this point. Operation Liberty must continue in the streets and with the Armed Forces, to stir awareness and souls. Diálogo: The J.M. [de Los Ríos hospital] situation has been devastating… Guaidó: That happens every day in [the states of] Portuguesa and Táchira. Those little babies put a face to the tragedy we are living in Venezuela. That’s the face of 7 million Venezuelans today. Diálogo: Canada approached Cuba about the Venezuelan crisis… Guaidó: Yes, I spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau two weeks ago. It’s not like we believe in the good faith of the Cuban regime, which helped build this and maintains part of the intelligence and counterintelligence apparatus. Yet again, we will exhaust all efforts. We have international support. Diálogo: Will oil production continue to fall with the regime and what can be done to recover it? Guaidó: Unfortunately, production will continue to fall, first because they are incompetent, and then because they mortgaged the state-owned oil company at an all-time high. They mortgaged it. They indebted Citgo, our grandchildren’s interests. When Venezuela changes, which won’t be long, Venezuela’s economic potential is very high, not only because of the oil reserves, but also because of its geographical location and the labor force. The recovery is going to be very, very quick. With the political change, benchmark changes will be very fast. I am sure that many would like to come and interfere with a stable country. Diálogo: How do you counter Cuba’s influence on intelligence? Guaidó: The way we’ve been doing it. The intelligence network has diminished in a way, as the supply of oil to Cuba was cut off with the support of our allies, leaving those networks without funding. Through these actions, that network is weaker than it was a year ago. For example, when they had Cuban doctors present, which is no longer the case due to the crisis, they had an intelligence network as well. It continues to be a fear factor, but it’s weaker. Diálogo: What would a military intervention in Venezuela look like? Guaidó: We wouldn’t be able to talk about military intervention in the case of Venezuela, should we request cooperation. The parliament is the only one that could authorize foreign military missions in the national territory, which already exist with the Cubans and the ELN, and with Russian military planes. Those are illegal and illegitimate and should be an outrage. The best solution is the one with the lowest social cost. The best solution is for Maduro to leave today, but that’s not going to happen voluntarily. We will be on the streets again […]. We’re deciding our fate.last_img read more

Costa Rica Dismantles Narcotrafficking Network

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo August 25, 2020 In early July, the Costa Rican Drug Control Police (PCD, in Spanish), with the cooperation of the United States and Colombian counterdrug authorities, dismantled a narcotrafficking ring that smuggled cocaine and marijuana by sea, air, and land to the United States and Mexico. During the Operation Air, authorities captured 12 people, all Costa Rican nationals, the Costa Rican Ministry of the Interior reported on its Facebook page.“Today [July 9], the Drug Control Police carried out 12 raids and arrested several people who are part of a criminal ring based in the country, but with branches in Colombia,” Michael Soto Rojas, Costa Rica’s minister of the Interior, said via Facebook.“This structure operated in Colombia, where it sent shipments of cocaine and marijuana mainly by water to the Costa Rican territory, and once in Costa Rican territory, they were stored and later shipped by air. They mainly operated in the South, Central, and North Pacific, and the organization was well established in that area,” Soto said.According to the Costa Rican site crhoy.com, narcotraffickers mainly used light or ultra-light aircraft to move the drug. The PCD and the Costa Rican Deputy Office of the Attorney General against Narcotrafficking and Related Crimes conducted the raids in the areas of Guanacaste, Heredia, Coronado, and in four cells of the Liberia correctional center, the news portal reported.The PCD determined during the investigation that the criminal organization had connections in Panama, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Honduras, in addition to having contacts in Colombia, the Argentine newspaper La Nación reported. Intelligence work also confirmed that the organization was using beauty salons, barber shops, and aerial spraying companies, while also renting large areas to grow citrus to justify its income, the newspaper said.According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2020 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Costa Rica is an important country for the transit of drugs from South America to the United States and Europe, due to its geographic location and its maritime territory in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.According to reports from crhoy.com, minister Soto said that from January to early July 2020, authorities have seized 25 tons of cocaine and marijuana, and he anticipates that the number could exceed the 40 tons seized in 2019.last_img read more

Civil trial certification standards may be amended

first_img Civil trial certification standards may be amended The changes would allow for a broader definition of ‘trial experiences’ Melinda Melendez Assistant Editor With more and more disputes being settled by alternate means rather than by trial, the nature of civil trial practice has changed dramatically. This phenomenon has prompted the Board of Legal Specialization and Education to examine this issue with regard to civil trial certification and recertification. The BLSE has proposed amendments to the standards for civil trial certification and recertification that would allow for a broader definition of “trial experiences.”“Our purpose is to make sure that everyone who is qualified to be a board certified civil trial lawyer gets an opportunity to do that, and we don’t have an arbitrary standard that is going to prevent them from doing so,” said Judge Ralph Artigliere, chair of the BLSE. “We have learned over the last few years, that in certifying lawyers, you have to take a broader view of what ‘qualification’ means.”There are four basic components that initially need to be met in order to become certified as a civil trial lawyer. These components are experience, peer review, continuing legal education, and an exam. Under the new proposed amendments governing civil trial certification, the experience component will undergo the most significant revision.While current standards are more restrictive in what qualifies as civil trial experience, the proposed amendments, if adopted by the Board of Governors, will allow for a wider range of experiences that will qualify as civil trial experience.Judge Artigliere aptly sums it up: “This component was modified to allow a broader range of experiences because it is more difficult to get jury trials than it was when we first started the certification program more than 20 years ago. With settlements, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution coupled with the increasing expense of going to trial, there are fewer cases going to trial and, therefore, less opportunities to meet the old trial requirement of 15 contested civil cases in circuit or federal court, five of which were before a jury, five of which were conducted by the applicant as lead counsel, and five of which were submitted to the trier of fact. The standards also propose five of the 15 matters occur in the past five years, expanded from the previous time frame of three years. Of these five cases, two must be jury and two must have been handled by the applicant as lead counsel.“Now we are proposing to allow up to three substituted experiences for partial satisfaction of the 15 matters. The substituted experiences may include such matters as evidentiary hearings lasting more than one day, and attendance or teaching at the Advanced Trial Advocacy Seminar. This allows more flexibility in the types of trial experiences than in the past.”While the BLSE has suggested broadening the definition of a qualifying civil trial experience, the main focus of the board has been to accommodate the changing nature of the practice area while maintaining exacting standards for certification and recertification.“The purpose of the board certification program as adopted by the Supreme Court was not to recognize a small group of people, but to identify for the public a group of people who are capable of specializing in a certain area. We do not want to dilute the significance of board certification. We want to make sure that when you certify a lawyer and say they are a trial lawyer, that they are a trial lawyer. The concern has been in the past that if we reduce the number of trials that a lawyer is required to have, then someone may become certified who is not as qualified. So what we’ve tried to do is provide some alternative experiences that would be similar to going to trial that would make sure that the people are qualified, and not water down the requirements,” said Judge Artigliere.The suggested amendments would allow for a broader range of experience in initial certification as a trial lawyer. The process for recertification would also be affected by the proposed amendments.The goal of the proposed amendments affecting applicants for recertification is the same as initial certification: to allow those who are qualified to retain their certification without eroding the standards for qualification. It is the feeling of the BLSE that recertification applicants have already demonstrated and maintained qualification and involvement as civil trial lawyers.“The proposal is to allow substitution of an Advanced Trial Advocacy Course for a trial, or greater credit for a 10-day or more trial, or credit for two cases, of which at least one was a jury case conducted by the applicant as lead counsel (rather than the former requirement of three) and use of an evidentiary hearing for one of the two trials. Again, this gives greater flexibility in trial experiences that qualify toward certification, even more flexibility than is proposed for initial certification applicants,” said Judge Artigliere.The BLSE has received approval from the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar and will present the proposed amendments to the Board of Governors for approval. The Board of Governors is scheduled to consider the amendments at meetings in April and June. March 15, 2005 Assistant Editor Regular News Civil trial certification standards may be amendedlast_img read more

AMOO: Bits and bobs from Sunday’s Super Cup clash in Accra

first_imgSubstitute Bismarck Oppong’s lone goal made the difference as Medeama beat Ashgold to win its first Super Cup Title. Akosua Addai Amoo of Metro TV takes a look at the good the bad and ugly of the Super Clash encounter on SUNDAY at the Accra Sports Stadium.The rise and rise of Tom StrandTom Strand’s importance in the Ghana league seems to be on the rise after Sunday’s win against league leaders Ashgold in the Super Cup. The Mauves and Yellows won the FA Cup warding off big guns in Ghanaian football like Asante Kotoko. The Swede has added two cups to the club’s trophy cabinet. Medeama previously had just the 2013 FA Cup as the only trophy to brag about. But now that Medeama will feature in the CAF Confederations Cup in March, Africa should look out for the coach’s exploits. And the Tarkwa side will have a tough time keeping him in their dugout.Free entry but still no showThe GFA announced that gates will be free for the Super Cup, to the surprise of many. However, the free entry still could not attract a huge crowd to the Accra Sports Stadium to witness the two champions on the local front. The stands were empty with few fans attending. The scene gave the Sahara Desert a good run for its money.Some things will never changeIt will be a tall order for Ghana football to reach the heights that will see everyone applaud. Ashgold were displeased with officiating after losing narrowly to Medeama and decided to boycott the medal presentation. The rank and file of Ashgold showed huge angst by the outcome of events with some GFA officials even trying to cool tempers down but to no avail. The unsportsmansly behavior by the Miners put a dent on the match and raises the question if we can ever take Ghanaian football seriously. Is AshGold losing its magic wand?The Miners won last season’s premier league with 52 points and were clearly the dominant force in the league. The pre-season story has been quite different with Ashgold losing three pre season tournaments namely, the SWAG Cup, the GHALCA Top 6 and now the Super Cup. This should be a cause of worry for Bashir Hayford with the CAF champions league matches and Ghana league lurking around the corner.–last_img read more

PowaKaddy and England Golf gift trolleys to support disabled golfers

first_img18 Nov 2014 PowaKaddy and England Golf gift trolleys to support disabled golfers England Golf and PowaKaddy have given electric trolleys to several of the country’s golf-related disability groups to help improve access to the game. England Golf presented PowaKaddy electric trolleys, which had been used by its top amateur golfers playing in some of the world’s most prestigious events, to England Deaf Golf, England and Wales Blind Golf and the Disabled Golf Association. Each group was given the freedom to determine who would be awarded each individual trolley and all used the opportunity to increase engagement with their members and promote their involvement in golf. For instance, England Deaf Golf chose to award its trolleys as prizes to the winners of the 2014 England Deaf Golf Open, while England and Wales Blind Golf Association put its allocation to use during this year’s Auld Enemies match against Scotland, from which it emerged victorious (pictured). England Golf Disability Manager Jamie Blair was delighted that the trolleys have been used to encourage participation in the sport amongst disabled golfers. He said: “I would like to thank PowaKaddy for their generous donation. England Golf is proud to recognise that it is not just non-disabled players who represent England throughout the golfing year. A number of disability golf organisations compete on national, European and world stages throughout the year.   “Disabled golfers and those with a long-term limiting condition account for 10% of those playing once a week in England and I know that the trolleys will go to good use and Powakaddy’s recognition of those playing the game, not just elite golfers, is great to see. “The disability golf organisations run tournaments and are always looking for support for events and for their players. It is the long-term ambition for England Golf to provide support for talented disabled players competing at these levels.” As official trolley supplier to England Golf, PowaKaddy presents a fleet of its state-of-the-art electric trolleys to both men’s and women’s squads ahead of the golf season each year. This year, the nation’s elite amateurs received the outstanding FW7 model, which has been met with widespread acclaim from media, retailers and the public, alike. PowaKaddy chairman John deGraft-Johnson spoke of his pride in seeing trolleys once used by the country’s rising stars help to promote and support disability golf. He said: “Everyone at PowaKaddy takes great pleasure in knowing that we are supporting amateur golf at the highest level as Official Trolley Supplier to England Golf. “We are just as delighted to know that the equipment no longer required by the national squads is being put to great use by various disability golf associations, providing a tremendous opportunity for their members to enjoy our great game.”last_img read more