Austin-based 10-piece ensemble Hard Proof brings together influences of African funk, world music, and jazz to create something unique. The group formed in 2008, only growing within the city’s vibrant music scene. Recently the band teamed up with Jim Eno (Spoon) and his Public Hi-Fi Records label, and are putting out their fourth release with them later this month. The Public Hi-Fi Sessions 3 is due out on June 24th, and can be pre-ordered here.Jim Eno spoke at length about the band. “I first saw Hard Proof at the Continental Club in 2012. It was an amazing show. The 10-piece band had a great feel and magnetic energy. I’d recently recorded the jazz band Dupree live to 1/2-inch tape, and it hit me that Hard Proof would be perfect for this type of project. To record live to tape, the band needs to be incredibly tight because no overdubs are possible, and no mixing occurs after tracking; the tracks are mixed as the band plays in real time. I was confident that Hard Proof could pull this off.”The band has more than pulled it off on their first two releases, and the third one only continues the band’s creative evolution. We’re excited to share one of these great tracks; a piece titled “The Break.” Trumpet player and songwriter Derek Phelps tells us about the new song, saying, “For ‘The Break,’ I was on a break from playing the trumpet due to a busted lip, but that helped me break through my writer’s block, and this tune is one of the first to come out of that.”Listen to the triumphant tune, below.For more on Hard Proof, be sure to check out their website.
Gerald L. Neuman, co-director of the Human Rights Program (HRP), and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School, discussed HRP’s upcoming conference, “Human Rights in a Time of Populism,” with Natalie McCauley, J.D. ’19.The conference, which is free and open to the public, takes place this Friday afternoon and Saturday on Harvard Law School’s campus.So Professor, to start us out: What is this conference about?We plan to discuss the current rise in populism: What are its causes? What are its effects? What implications does it have for the international human rights system? And how should the international human rights system respond?We don’t expect the answers to these questions to be the same for every country, and that’s one of the things we’re going to be discussing.We’ll have more than a dozen leading experts coming from as far away as The Philippines and as near as our own university. There will be specific discussion on the United States, Poland, Southeast Asia, Turkey, and Latin America, as well as cross-cutting themes.I should clarify what I mean by populism. Political scientists offer different formulations for the notion of populism, as we’ll be discussing. The phenomenon of concern here is a kind of politics that employs an exclusionary notion of the people- the “real people,” as opposed to disfavored groups that are unworthy. Populist leaders then claim to rule on behalf of the “real people,” whose will should not be constrained.“Human Rights in a Time of Populism” begins on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and extends through Saturday in the Kirkland and Ellis Classroom of Langdell Hall. For information on the speakers, and to RSVP, please visit: hrpopulism.info. For those unable to make the conference, videos of the panels will be available on Human Rights Program’s YouTube channel; a publication will also follow the conference as a resource.
Colombian National Navy units seized 2,522 gallons of gasoline in the course of a maritime interdiction operation in the Cabo Manglares sector, in the waters of the department of Nariño, on the country’s west coast. The operation was conducted by a rapid-reaction unit from the Tumaco Coast Guard Station that intercepted an unnamed, unregistered small wooden boat that was carrying 53 canisters of different capacities that contained the fuel. The vessel was crewed by three Colombian nationals, who were turned over to the Tumaco branch of the Judicial Police, together with the vessel and the fuel. The crew were held on charges of alleged illegal trafficking of hydrocarbons. The gasoline seized was apparently intended to be used for transporting and manufacturing narcotics, since this substance is considered a primary element in manufacturing alkaloids. So far this year, the National Navy has seized more than 76,000 gallons of liquid raw materials in the Colombian Pacific. By Dialogo March 29, 2012
By Dialógo April 21, 2020 Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó continues to pressure the international community to include Venezuelan gold in the list of so-called “conflict minerals.”The president of the National Assembly, recognized by more than 50 countries as interim president of Venezuela, raised the problem of what he called “blood gold” during his presentation at the Davos Forum in January 2020. He reiterated his request in technical meetings with the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, he told the press in late February.Gold extraction in the Orinoco Mining Arc — an area that represents 12 percent of Venezuela’s territory and covers the northern region of the Bolívar and Amazonas states — is not only a source of ecological and health problems for the population, but also fuels violent crimes, said the interim president.In February, nongovernmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported what it called “horrible abuses” that residents of mining communities face. In the worst cases, said HRW, criminals have executed and dismembered in public those who do not follow their rules. José Miguel Vivanco, head of HRW Americas, reported that armed groups, some of them connected to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the National Liberation Army, as well as criminal gangs known as “syndicates,” control mining enclaves. People the HRW interviewed said that they saw service members collecting bribes and that a top Maduro regime official was present in several incidents.According to Roberto Briceño-León, head of the Venezuelan Violence Observatory, Bolívar has been climbing to the top of the list of states with the highest murder rates since 2016. In 2019, it ranked second with 84 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.He added that, since 2017, El Callao, a town with heavy mining, has the highest murder rate. In 2019, Briceño-León said, the town had 368 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.“In El Callao, the death toll for resisting authority is three times higher than that of homicides. In 2019, violence administered by police or military forces dominated. This violence arises as an attempt to control the wealth of the mines,” he said.In other parts of Bolívar, however, violence associated with mining activity is connected to attempts at appropriating gold that has already been extracted. According to Briceño-León, gold has almost completely replaced the local currency, the bolívar, to make purchases in places such as Puerto Ordaz, a town in the Caroní municipality and the headquarters for mining companies.The former governor of Bolívar state, Andrés Velásquez, said that declaring Venezuelan gold as a conflict mineral would have an impact on the regime’s finances, but also on those of armed groups that profit from the activity. According to his estimates, the Central Bank of Venezuela only receives between 30 and 40 percent of the metal extracted in the Mining Arc.He pointed out that disputes over mining control in Bolívar have generated more than 40 massacres since 2006, and that he tries to work with international organizations to shed light on the violence linked to mining.A new legislation, the Conflict Minerals Regulation, will take effect across the European Union in early 2021. Its objective will be to halt the traffic of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold that are extracted through forced labor or used to fund armed conflicts.According to Daniel Valero, a Venezuelan consultant on precious metals markets, one of the biggest issues when attempting to enforce this kind of measure has to do with identifying the origin of metal shipments that may be found abroad.“You have to collect evidence to establish the metal’s traceability, and study the routes of possible smuggling,” he said. He warned that it would be very difficult to later remove a country’s status as a source of conflict minerals.
Ditching on Old Newark Valley Road and North Sanford RoadPatching will be done on Old State Road (Old Route 17)Mowing will continue in various county locationsMilling on Farm to Market Road to begin June 25 (WBNG) — Broome County has released a list of what road work will occur for the week of June 22. According to Broome County Executive Jason Garnar and Highway Commissioner Sue Brown, the work began Monday morning. The following is a list of the work happening:
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Right now negotiations are being held on an appropriation rider that de-lists the wolf in the western Great Lakes. Not only one federal judge, but the highest appeals court in the nation, with Bush-appointed judges, found that USFWS violated delisting rules for wolves, and now, this rider takes away our legal challenge to keep agencies accountable. We certainly need that more than ever. The Northeast region is a potential wolf habitat, but we have no confirmed wild wolves living here. Restoring wolves to this landscape is really a way to complete and perfect the ecologic order. By resolving the public’s concerns, showing the economic, environmental and social benefits, along with carrying out the purpose of the Endangered Species Act in a strategic and effective manner, the gray wolf could be a success story.But here’s the catch. If wolves are delisted by this rider, it virtually eliminates the chances of natural recovery because of the violent and aggressive wolf-hunting seasons. Wisconsin wolves have the highest probability of getting to New England, but they certainly can’t do it if the population is killed off by trophy hunters.Wolves don’t know state lines, and that’s not how populations are able to recover. Until wolves recolonize suitable habitat nationally, we must stop delisting attempts. Congress shouldn’t be in the business of picking off species to delist. Western Great Lakes wolves are everyone’s wolves, no matter where you live in the United States.Please contact your senator and ask that wolves remain protected.Jacqueline de WittNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Heavy lift vessel Rambiz has installed the Kriegers Flak substation topsides in the Danish Baltic Sea, Energinet reports.The installation of the KFE module which will connect the Danish and the German grid.The Kriegers Flak A and the Kriegers Flak B substations will collect the power generated by Vattenfall’s 605MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm and deliver it to the mainland.The Kriegers Flak E module, part of the KFB substation, will also provide a link between the Danish and the German grid and enable the exchange of renewably sourced power.‘The KFBE substation was installed first and is the largest of the 2 substations. Its installation consisted of 2 separate lifts: first the KFB topside, after which the KFE module was placed on top. The smaller KFA substation was installed shortly after, whereby all 3 lifts including allowance works were completed in only 2,5 days,” Scaldis, the owner and operator of Rambiz, told Offshore WIND.The KFBE substation is part of the Combined Grid Solution project run by Energinet and the German transmission systems operator 50 Hertz.“With this installation, we have passed the most expensive risk in the project. The loss of a platform from the crane would delay the project for more than a year and have huge consequences. Therefore, it is a great relief to see all three platforms in their right place,” said Energinet’s Project Manager, Jens Chr. Hygebjerg.The platforms are expected to be powered on October 1, 2018, but before the connection can be put into commercial operation, additional work needs to be done both on land and at sea, Energinet said.The Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm is expected to become operational by 2022.Photos: Energinet
A Moroccan court acquitted two women who faced charges of “gross indecency” for wearing dresses in public, their lawyer said on Monday, after their case sparked a national outcry. “This is a victory not only for these two women but for all members of civil society who mobilised,” said defence attorney Houcine Bekkar Sbai.Fouzia Assouli, head of the LDDF women’s rights organisation, confirmed the acquittals handed down by a court in the southern city of Agadir.The women, hairdressers aged 23 and 29, were arrested on June 16 as they strolled through the open-air market in Inezgane, a suburb of Agadir, on their way to work, Merchants accused them of wearing flimsy and “immoral” clothes, surrounded and heckled them, media reported at the time.Police intervened to wrest them away from the angry crowd but then drove them to a police station where they were charged with gross indecency.
The service and viewing of the body ofMugabe, who died last week in Singapore at 95, will be at the National SportsStadium in the capital, Harare, and comes following the announcement by theMugabe family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa that his burial will bepostponed until a new resting place for his body can be constructed at thenational Heroes’ Acre monument. (AP) A man in the stands holds a banner with the face of former president Robert Mugabe, as members of the public queue up to view his body at the Rufaro stadium in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. AP HARARE – African heads of state and envoys are gathering to attend a state funeral for Zimbabwe’s founding president, Robert Mugabe , whose burial has been delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built for his remains.