first_imgThe London Souls draw from yesteryear to create some of today’s freshest rock music.Tash Neal and Chris St. Hilaire – guitarist and drummer, respectively, for NYC duo The London Souls – had audacious plans for their 2011 self-titled debut record. When looking for a place to record, they found the one studio in the world best suited for their vintage rock sound.That studio? Abbey Road, arguable the most famous recording studio in the world and the one forever iconicized by its most famous patrons, The Beatles.The London Souls draw heavily on 60s and 70s psychedelia and arena rock for their raucous sound. Take a listen and you will hear hints of The Who and The Doors, with some Led Zeppelin, Cream, and The Beatles tossed in for good measure.Last month saw the band release their second album, Here Come The Girls, a project that was almost derailed due to injuries received by guitarist Neal after a hit and run accident. Defying all odds, however, Neal was out of the hospital in just one week – not the months that had been predicted by doctors – and The London Souls were soon back out on the road as a lean, mean power duo.I recently chatted with Chris St. Hilaire about recording at Abbey Road, traveling back in time, and what it means to have a London soul.BRO – Your sound is steeped in 60s/70s rock and roll. If you could travel back in time and jam with one band on one song, who would it be?CSH – It’s a trick question. My favorite recordings already have the best drumming on them, so if I were there I’d mess them up. I’d love to have been in the room for John Coltrane’s “Bye Bye Blackbird” or Band of Gypsy’s “Machine Gun,” though, just to take it in.BRO – You recorded your first record at Abbey Road Studios. Inspring? Intimidating? A little of both?CSH – Very inspiring. Not only to be there and take in the history, but to go to work every morning in that place and not feel like a tourist was pretty cool. Also working with Ethan Johns, who is insanely talented, was pretty incredible. We were very blessed with that whole trip. I only wish we there longer.BRO – We are featuring “When I’m With You” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?CSH – We fleshed that one out a few years back in a moldy basement underneath a bar in Williamsburg. Tash already had the lyrics and the changes together, so we spent a lot of time getting the right feel. The tambourine plays a big part in that track, as well as the floor tom, where I got do a a “I dig love” kind of part. Good song. Fun harmonies.BRO – The drums/guitar combo is somewhat uncommon in a touring band. Because there are just two of you, does that add a level of pressure when performing live?CSH – It is very uncommon, but people have done it. At first, I think there was pressure, because playing in bands all our lives with bass players, keyboard players, or multiple guitarists, set up a formula that’s hard to break. But, once we realized how much music was really happening between the two of us, it became pretty clear that it was the right move. It is actually quite natural at this point.BRO – What does it mean to have a London soul?CSH – To love tea, crumpets, roasted tomato, and all proper things of the Empire. God save the Queen.The London Souls spend the rest of May and early June on the West Coast before heading to Europe for shows in Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Upon returning Stateside, the band is set up for a slew of festival dates across the country.For more information on the band, tour dates, and how you can get the new record, slide over to the band’s website.Also, be sure to check out “When I’m With You” on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo August 27, 2012 [AFP (Nicaragua), 26/08/2012; El Heraldo (Honduras), 24/08/2012] MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaraguan police seized at least US$7 million from 18 individuals who tried to enter the country from Honduras claiming to be Mexican television workers, authorities said on Aug. 24. Police Chief Aminta Granera said the group attempted to enter Nicaragua last week through the border crossing of Las Manos. They were traveling in six minivans bearing the logo of Televisa, a privately-owned corporation, and claimed to be working for it. According to Granera, the money was discovered in hiding places inside the vans during a border inspection. Police currently are trying to determine whether “the suspects have ties to organized crime,” Granera said. She said Televisa had informed Nicaraguan authorities through the Mexican Embassy that none of its television crews had been dispatched to Nicaragua at that time. last_img read more

first_imgBy Mathuel Browne, U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command February 03, 2017 The Individual Water Purification System Block II (IWPSII) is an upgrade to the current version issued to all Marines. “With IWPS II, Marines are able to quickly purify fresh bodies of water on the go,” said Jonathan York, team lead for Expeditionary Energy Systems at Marine Corps Systems Command. “This allows them to travel farther to do their mission.” Finding ways to make small units more sustainable to allow for distributed operations across the battlefield is a key enabler to the Marine Corps becoming more expeditionary. Developing water purification systems that can be easily carried while still purifying substantial amounts of water is part of that focus. The current system filters bacteria and cysts, but Marines still have to use purification tablets to remove viruses. That takes time – as long as 15 minutes for the chemical process to work before it is safe to drink. IWPS II uses an internal cartridge that effectively filters micro pathogens, providing better protection from bacterial and viral waterborne diseases. “IWPS II will remove all three pathogens, filtering all the way down to the smallest virus that can be found,” said Captain Jeremy Walker, project officer for Water Systems. “We have removed the chemical treatment process, so they can drink directly from the fresh water source.” IWPS II can also connect to Marines’ man-packable hydration packs. “The system is quite simple and easy to use,” said Capt. Walker. “The small filter connects directly with the existing Marine Corps Hydration System/Pouch or can be used like a straw directly from the source water. The system has a means to backflush and clean the filter membrane, extending the service life. The system does not require power, just suction.” The current system was fielded in 2004 and used by small raids and reconnaissance units in remote environments where routine distilled water was unavailable. Since then, the system has been used in combat and disaster relief missions. IWPS II is expected to be fielded to Marines in fiscal year 2018. “IWPS II will be especially helpful for deployed Marines in emergency situations when they are far from their base to ensure they have a source of water without resupply,” said Capt. Walker. IWPS is one of the many water systems fielded by MCSC’s Combat Support Systems. To read more about the capabilities fielded by CSS click here…last_img read more

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo May 22, 2020 Boa Vista, in Roraima state, now has facilities specifically dedicated to providing services to refugees and vulnerable Brazilians. The state, in northern Brazil, has about 5,500 Venezuelans, who in addition to the crisis in their home country, face the threat of the coronavirus.The Protection and Care Area (APC, in Portuguese) began operating on April 26. In late March, the installation of the facilities began with the transfer of the Brazilian Army’s (EB, in Portuguese) field hospital from Pacaraima, on the border with Venezuela, to Boa Vista. About 125 service members — assigned to Operation Welcome (Operação Acolhida) Humanitarian Logistics Task Force — participated in the construction of the APC. Operation Welcome is an initiative of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense tasked with receiving and relocating Venezuelan refugees since 2018.On April 26, families began to occupy the housing units donated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. (Photo: Operation Welcome/Brazilian Ministry of Defense)Sixty five Brazilian and Venezuelan civilians also worked on the construction of the APC. “I feel very useful here, being able to help with this work for people’s well-being. I feel very proud,” said Venezuelan José Costa, who has been living in Brazil for a little over a year.The APC is divided in two areas. The protection area aims at reducing the spread of the virus. It has 220 housing units, which the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) donated in addition to 2,500 beds, mattresses, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene kits. This area provides shelter and isolation to those who await COVID-19 test results or to those who have tested positive, but show mild symptoms. About 80 Venezuelans were transferred to the protection area during the first week of operation — eight were infected.The care area receives confirmed cases that require treatment. The facility has 80 hospital beds, with a total capacity of up to 1,025 beds. Service members, professionals hired by the International Organization for Migration, and local government employees comprise the health team assigned to this area.“The solidarity of civil society is also crucial to the completion of the hospital and all service activities. The APC received many donations, such as machines and personal protective equipment,” Operation Welcome Public Affairs Office said.Close observationIn addition to the initiatives for patients who may be infected, refugees in Roraima and other Brazilian states have been receiving support at their shelters — there are 12 in the state of Roraima — and at sites called spontaneous camps,  where immigrants settle temporarily. Operation Welcome has been sending service members to visit these sites and to disinfect the area.“We are also working on spreading information regarding hygiene habits to prevent COVID-19. The information is distributed in several languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English, French, and Arabic,” said Luiz Fernando Godinho, a UNHCR public information officer. In some cases, along with guidelines, people have received hygiene kits, which are distributed primarily to the most vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and children. In March, these kits reached more than 7,300 people in Roraima, Amazonas, and Pará states.Some professionals from UNHCR and partner organizations are helping refugees update their documentation. The goal is to provide access to benefits, including financial aid, that the Brazilian government is providing.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Solskjaer criticises England over handling of youngster Greenwood Omeruo welcomes second child UEFA Nations League: Sterling saves 10-man England against Iceland Fit-again Benfica defender Tyronne Ebuehi has been thrown an international lifeline after being handed a late-call up to the Nigeria squad to face Brazil in Singapore.Dutch-born Ebuehi, 23, whose last appearance for the Super Eagles was at the 2018 World Cup, is included after 15 months out with a cruciate ligament injury.The Portugal-based player was named for the friendly against Ukraine last month, but was forced to pull out with a muscle injury.“Ebuehi has been called up as a late replacement for the injured Kenneth Omeruo,” Super Eagles spokesman Toyin Ibitoye told BBC Sport.“He’s back to club action in the reserves and we hope this will be the start of an uninterrupted run for Tyronne.”Nigeria will be meeting Brazil on October 13 in Singapore for the second time at senior level following a 3-0 defeat in a friendly in June 2003 in Abuja.Despite taking his time before making a commitment, Ebuehi made his debut against Togo in June 2017.He has played eight times for the Super Eagles and produced some eye-catching performances for the three-time African champions in friendlies against Argentina, Poland, Serbia, England and Czech Republic.Samuel Kalu has been ruled out of the friendly in south east Asia and there will be no replacement for the Bordeaux winger.“He couldn’t play for Bordeaux on Saturday evening,” Ibitoye added.“We hope he returns to action for his club soon so he can return to the Super Eagles for the 2021 Nations Cup qualifiers in November.”Meanwhile, Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo, who suffered a head injury in last month’s Scottish League Cup win over Livingston, is expected to feature in Singapore despite his club manager Steven Gerrard saying he will miss a “few games” for the club.—  Tags: EnglandKenneth OmeruoSerbiaToyin IbitoyeTyronne Ebuehilast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Arsenal, Leeds, Everton battle for €40m Dennis Crystal Palace want Eze, Osayi-Samuel Crystal Palace consider Osayi-Samuel move Club Brugge were formally declared Belgian champions on Friday after the country’s Pro League confirmed last month’s decision to bring the season to a premature end in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.Brugge had a runaway 15-point lead with one match left in the regular season and will take up an automatic spot in next season’s Champions League group phase. Belgium was the first country in Europe to end its soccer season just weeks after its suspension in mid-March, but that decision made by the Pro League board still had to be ratified by the clubs, who did so at Friday’s general assembly.“The general assembly voted to confirm the standings after 29 rounds as the final outcome of the season,” a Pro League statement said.Ghent, as runners-up, will compete in the preliminary rounds of the 2020-21 Champions League and Sporting Charleroi, Royal Antwerp and Standard Liege all qualify for the Europa League.The meeting also decided bottom side Waasland-Beveren would be relegated but the club immediately said they would challenge the decision.The league said it would also strive to try and play the Belgian Cup final between Club Brugge and Antwerp, originally set for April but postponed amid the COVID-19 crisis. A date would still have to be set.Next season’s top flight will continue with 16 teams and feature mini playoffs at the end of the season.Since 2010, the top six teams in the standings have gone on to a play a mini-league to decide the title but it will be cut to the top four teams next season.The new campaign is scheduled to start on August 7, it was also decided on Friday.Any game prohibited by local authorities next season would be forfeited by the hosts with a 3-0 win handed to the visitors, although such matches could instead be moved to a neutral venue. All sports events in Belgium are suspended until the end of July because of the health crisis.The country has been hard hit by the impact of the coronavirus.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Belgium Pro LeagueChampionsClub Bruggelast_img read more

first_imgFormer Chelsea Technical Director Michael Emenalo has opened up on the prejudice and hardship he faced while steering the ship of one of the world’s biggest football clubs.After originally joining the Blues as chief scout, Emenalo progressed through the ranks to take a seat at the top table, overseeing Chelsea’s crucial matters and developing the club’s youth system, which can be seen bearing fruit today. Yet Emenalo feels “the narrative that white is good has to change”.He revealed in an exclusive interview with the Guardian, while documenting for the first time the extent of some of the discrimination he faced.Emenalo admitted that it was incredibly difficult holding such a high position yet wanting to speak out more on race related issues, with an expectance placed on him to become something of an activist.Yet even at the start of his Chelsea reign, Emenalo revealed the shocking extent of the scepticism that met his appointment.“Some people said: ‘Why did this Russian owner, who knows thousands and thousands of people, confide in him? He’s African so he must have killed somebody for the owner.’ “No one stopped to think it could possibly be because of my intellect or experience.“When I was appointed (as technical director) some journalists didn’t think I spoke English.“They said I had never played the game.”This, of course, was far from true.Emenalo wore 14 caps for Nigeria and marked Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta in the 1994 World Cup. He was named as one of the side’s stand-out performers at the tournament.Emenalo went on to work with some of the world’s most high profile managers, and happened to be responsible for giving several of them marching orders on multiple occasions.Yet although he gained more experience as the seasons passed by, Chelsea’s former technical director always felt like he had that little bit more to prove.“Everybody has a misconception of my knowledge, insight and experience. I did it 10 times with 10 managers,” said Emenalo.RelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start “Each time I climbed the hill and convinced them of my worth. I have a university degree in international relations and diplomacy. I know how to deal with people and with situations. I had World Cup experience and been part of this industry on five continents,” he outlined.“I said: ‘I’ll give them an opportunity to understand me.’ They all did but it’s not easy starting from ground zero every time.”Tags: ChelseaMichael EmenaloRoman Abramovichlast_img read more

first_imgFlorida wildlife officials report they have arrested two men for allegedly poaching thousands of turtles and selling them.A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release states that 39-year-old Michael Boesenberg and 23-year-old Michael Clemons were arrested last week and are facing multiple poaching-related charges.According to investigators, Boesenberg led a ring of wildlife traffickers who operated mostly in Lee County. Poached turtles can sell wholesale for up to $300 each, or retailed for up to $10,000 each in Asia.Over 600 turtles were returned to the wild after a long-term undercover investigation: #News #Crime #Florida— MyFWC (@MyFWC) October 18, 2019 The FWC documented more than 4,000 turtles that were illegally taken and sold over a six-month period. That includes Florida box turtles, Eastern box turtles, striped mud turtles, Florida mud turtles, chicken turtles, Florida softshell turtles, Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtles, spotted turtles, and diamondback terrapins.Officers executed a search warrant last August, at which time they returned over 600 turtles to their wild habitat.Boesenberg and Clemons are being held at the Lee County jail.last_img read more

first_imgJerami Grant’s confidence is growing. The 6-foot-8 freshman forward has displayed his ability to make a difference off the bench for Syracuse.He can get to the rim and finish. He can cause problems with his long arms in SU’s 2-3 zone and full-court press. And he can knock down open jump shots, extending out to the 3-point line.All of those attributes were on display again in Syracuse’s 84-53 win over Long Beach State on Thursday night in the Carrier Dome. Grant finished with nine points – going 4-for-7 from the field and 1-for-3 form beyond the arc – and grabbed five boards in 21 minutes of play.“It definitely felt good getting on the court. Definitely my confidence has been going up lately,” Grant said. “I feel like I just got on the court and was aggressive for my team.”His aggression translated to more minutes as SU head coach Jim Boeheim has seen positive developments in his game. Grant was coming off a season- and career-high 11 points against Eastern Michigan on Monday night. The rookie forward feels that performance helped lead to his season-high minute total on Thursday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I feel like I’ve played well the last couple games so that definitely helped me out confidence-wise,” Grant said. “And I definitely feel like coach is noticing and playing me a little bit more.”His teammates have noticed his potential, too. It’s something that was on display throughout his time on the court against Long Beach State.Grant knocked down a midrange jumper. He hit a 3-pointer, and he finished in the paint. But his most impressive play came in the second half when he glided along the baseline and effortlessly finished a two-handed slam.SU junior forward C.J. Fair has taken Grant under his wing, helping him get the most out of that talent and ability.“He reminds me a lot of me my freshman year,” said the 6-foot-8 Fair. “In practice I just try to give him a little few pointers about how to make yourself available on the offensive end and going to the glass because he got the ability to do it.“He’s 6-8, very long arms and athletic so he got the ability to do it.”Boeheim said after the win Thursday that Grant is already making a difference when he gets on the court. But right now, veterans James Southerland and Fair will get the minutes in key situations as the season progresses.“He certainly has proven that he can bring something to the table and it’s great for him getting this kind of experience,” Boeheim said. “This will help him not only this year but it will help him going forward.”Christmas comes earlyRakeem Christmas might have missed two defensive plays starting off the game, but he made up for it on the offensive end.The Syracuse forward was 4-of-5 from the field for 11 points in his 21 minutes on the court. Christmas made two straight dunks toward the end of the first half that helped the Orange balloon its lead to 42-26.Christmas was matched up against Long Beach State forward Dan Jennings, who transferred from West Virginia after two years.“It was good competition, a strong, big body,” Christmas said. “That’s the type of stuff we’re going to see in the Big East this year.”Boeheim said after the game that Christmas got in good position at different times for Carter-Williams to feed him the ball. But Boeheim also said Christmas needs to have more of a presence at the defensive end of the floor.“He’s got to be more of a factor on defense. The first two plays of the game, he was in a position where he could’ve made a defensive play and didn’t,” Boeheim said. “We need him to make those plays down there.”Christmas is critical for Syracuse’s defense in the low post, especially with freshman DaJuan Coleman still adjusting to playing at the collegiate level. Boeheim said after Monday’s win over Eastern Michigan that the progress of Coleman and Christmas is going to be a major factor in determining how good Syracuse can be this season.“It just fuels us. Basically, he just wants to hold the paint down in there, on the wings and in the post,” Christmas said. “We come out there, and we have to be big bodies. We have to run out on shooters, and just come out and do it.” Comments Published on December 7, 2012 at 1:09 am Related Stories Fair gets on track with double-double against Long Beach StateFAIR SHARE: Five SU players score in double figures in rout of Long Beach Statecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgIn the intervening period, the 50-year-old has reached into his back pocket for a red on average every 4.9 matches, far more frequently than any of his current colleagues. –Source: Sky sports Arsenal6 Mike Dean, the top flight’s current longest-serving referee, brandished the 100th red card of his Premier League career on Tuesday night as he dismissed Ashley Young during Manchester United’s defeat at Wolves.The milestone came up when Dean showed Young a second yellow card midway through the second half for a foul on Diogo Jota.The Wirral-born official has been taking charge of Premier League games since September 2000, when he refereed Leicester City’s home clash with Southampton.It took Dean until April 14 of his debut campaign to issue his first red when dismissing Newcastle’s Nolberto Solano for a handball on the line in their match with Ipswich. Stoke5 Most Premier League red cards Newcastle7 PL teams given most reds by Dean Premier League teamSent off by Deancenter_img Tottenham5 This season followed suit, with the official caught mouthing “off you pop” after sending off Brighton defender Lewis Dunk at the Vitality in December.In addition, it later turned out the player should not have been dismissed in the first place!In total, Dean has been in charge of 477 Premier League games, but he is unlikely to be joined on the 100 red-card mark any time soon, with his next closest challenger among current top-flight refs being Martin Atkinson on 58 reds.However, when it comes to being dismissed on more than one occasion by the official, only six players have that honour – Andrew Cole, Richard Dunne, Fernando Torres, Mike Williamson, and of those still currently playing, Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny and – after Wednesday night – Young. This campaign has been no different, with Dean having red carded 10 players in just 24 games – prior to Young, the most recent of which was Huddersfield’s Christopher Schindler against Burnley – four more than any other top-flight referee.However, Dean’s career – the highlight of which was refereeing the 2008 FA Cup final between Portsmouth and Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium – has not been without a controversy or two. Chelsea9 Mike Dean: 100 (477 games)Phil Dowd: 67 (308 games)Mike Riley: 66 (283 games)Graham Poll: 63 (329 games)Martin Atkinson: 58 (373 games) West Brom5 Man City9last_img read more