first_imgLast night, the great Tom Petty passed away after a major heart attack on Sunday night. It was a shock to all, as the Heartbreakers frontman had just wrapped up a tour with his most recent performance only a few days prior, wrapping up a three-night run at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday, September 25. While yesterday was a day of mourning for many reasons, the news of Tom Petty’s death spread hours too soon and alarmed his enormous fanbase as a result of false reports from CBS News. It was only a few hours later that the reports became true and his heart stopped beating.Warren Haynes, guitarist/singer/songwriter of Gov’t Mule, has once again formulated his emotional thoughts into a note for social media. Haynes, like many of us, has lost a lot of personal heroes and former collaborators this year, including Butch Trucks, Col. Bruce Hampton, Gregg Allman, and too many more.Read below for Warren Haynes’ words on Tom Petty…RIP Tom Petty- Man, am I tired of doing this? Here I am again trying to express a sense of loss, with words, which is hard enough to do without the depressingly uncanny frequency of major losses we’ve suffered this year- and it’s barely October. Tom Petty was a great songwriter. If he’d written only a handful of the classic songs we’ve all known and loved through the years this would still be the case. But he defied history. He did what so few can do- he kept up the pace for over 40 years and as great as the songs from the early albums were he actually continued to get better and better, composing a lot of his best works later in his career. And he kept them coming. I remember commenting during a short tour we did together with the Allman Brothers and the Heartbreakers that they had so many hits they couldn’t fit them all into one show. And not just hits. The kind of hits that “everybody” likes. Casual fans, rockers, musicians, singer-songwriters, male and female- across the board. Everybody loves Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. And for good reason. I can remember in different stages of my life, (going all the way back to 1976 when I first heard them) no matter where my head was- if I was going through a blues phase, or a jazz phase, or a folky phase, or a funk phase- anytime I would hear a new Tom Petty song on the radio it was like “damn, that’s a good song”. And like all great bands from the 60’s and 70’s the Heartbreakers had a sound. You knew it was them as soon as you heard it. Evolving and adapting but never straying too far from that sound, they somehow managed to navigate their way through 4 decades of an ever-changing music business- a feat unto itself. But Tom Petty was also a true artist in the way that he fought for the right to deliver his music uncompromised and his well known disputes with the corporate side of the music industry helped pave the way for other artists to do the same. I still remember his battle to keep the record company from raising the price on Hard Promises because it would be unfair to the fans. Reading about that as a 21 year-old kid inspired me to be conscious of those kind of things. I also remember hearing a story (assuming it’s true) of how he would find the person with the worst seat in any venue they were performing in and have them moved down front- another classy act. I barely knew Tom. We did a handful of shows together. But I was a big fan before I met him and a bigger one afterwards. I’m honored to have played together what little we did. The world needs more Tom Petty’s. Unfortunately there was only one. And now he’s gone. May we all “stand our ground” and “not back down”.Watch Gov’t Mule cover “Breakdown” last night in honor of Tom Petty: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_imgAccording to Commissioner of Public Transportation for Broome County Gregory Kilmer, contactless payment methods, similar to Apple Pay, will be added to the county’s buses within one year. Riders will be able to pay by scanning a QR code with their phone and make pre-payments as well, Kilmer says. The commissioner also said Binghamton University and SUNY Broome students will be able to pay for bus rides using their student IDs with the upgrades included in the grant. Kilmer says a little more than $1.5 million in state funding is the reason this upgrade will happen. BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — After a state grant was awarded to the county, Broome County Transit buses will be a bit more modern in the near future. Kilmer described the funding as a “modernization grant.” The commissioner said the state government gave Broome County the full-grant amount that was asked for.last_img read more

first_imgFootball player Boris Raspudic has joined S-League side, Brunei DPMM Football Club for the 2014 season. Pending the completion of formalities such as medical and fitness tests, Boris will become the first Bosnian international to grace the S-League.Boris was thrilled to return to Asia after his 4-year stint in Iran with Tractor Sazi Tabriz FC and Petrochimi Tabriz FC.“I am glad to have signed for a well organized club like DPMM FC.  I see this as a very important milestone in my career.  I will do my best to justify the confidence and beliefs of the club management and my representatives, Trebol Sports International.  This club deserves good results and I am here to ensure that they get them next season.”The Bosnian hardman, who scored a goal against top Israeli side, Maccabi Haifa in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions qualifiers, is adamant on helping his new club improve on last year’s disappointing season.“My ambition for 2014 is to help the club record better results than last year and hopefully, we can mount a serious challenge for one of the top two spots.  I am not very familiar with the other S-League teams but I think we possess a good squad to pose a threat to them.”Trebol Sports Internationallast_img read more