Wilco Announces Details For New Album, Called ‘Schmilco’

first_imgAfter Wilco‘s surprise release of their 2015 album Star Wars, the band have returned almost a full year later with a follow-up album called Schmilco, due out September 9th. The album will contain 12 tracks, and features singles “Locator” and “If I Ever Was A Child”, both of which are available for immediate download with a pre-order of the album.Learn full details about Shmilco, where to pre-order the album, and upcoming Wilco tour dates here. See below to stream the single “Locator”, and for a full track list for the album.Wilco – Shmilco1. Normal American Kids2. If I Ever Was A Child3. Cry All Day4. Common Sense5. Nope6. Someone To Lose7. Happiness8. Quarters9. Locator10. Shrug and Destroy11. We Aren’t The World (Safety Girl)12. Just Say Goodbyelast_img

Meet An Act of God Star Tim Kazurinsky!

first_imgAge: 65. “The fact that my crusty old kisser is considered a ‘fresh face’ is a minor miracle.”Hometown: Chicago, ILCurrent Role: A Broadway debut as Gabriel, the title deity’s right-hand angel, opposite Jim Parsons in David Javerbaum’s celestial comedy An Act of God.Stage & Screen Cred: Kazurinsky’s varied career includes a three-year stint (1981-84) as performer and writer on Saturday Night Live, playing Officer Sweetchuck in three Police Academy films, screenwriting credits for About Last Night and numerous TV comedies and a year-long run as the Wizard in the national tour of Wicked.“Working with Jim Parsons, I feel like I’m taking a master class in comedy. His timing, his intonation and his pauses are brilliant. He’s the real deal. And he’s actually nicer than God.”“I was an ad man in my 20s. I started in 1971, which is when Mad Men ended, and it really was like the show. There was so much booze, and it was tough for women to break in. I started doing improv at Second City as a creative outlet and backed into this career.”“David Mamet taught the only acting class I ever took. He was just a starving playwright then and worked a dishwasher at Second City. We didn’t have contact when I adapted his play Sexual Perversity in Chicago into [the movie] About Last Night, but he was always gracious about it.”“I compare Saturday Night Live to childbirth. After it’s over, you love your child and forget how painful it was. I loved going back for the 40th anniversary. The young people on the show could not have been nicer and made us feel like part of the family.”“John Belushi was my best friend. He and Eddie Murphy were the funniest people I ever worked with. John died at 33—he’s now been gone longer than he was alive—but he still shows up in my dreams, patting me down to look for a hidden pack of Marlboros. And I haven’t smoked in 30 years!”“Wicked fans are really diehard. Oh my lord! They’ll ask you to sign something and say, ‘This is my 30th time seeing the show.’ I’d love to play the Wizard again. My wife [actress Marcia Lynn Watkins] made her Broadway debut in 1974 [in Good News] and it’s taken me 41 years to catch up!” Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 2, 2015 Related Shows An Act of God View Commentslast_img read more

Honduras in Frontal Assault against Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo November 18, 2016 Drug trafficking is a multinational menace, especially to Northern Triangle nations. That’s why each country is taking steps to fight it. “Honduras in particular improves every day,” said Soraya Cálix, director of the Directorate for the Fight against Drug Trafficking (DLCN, per its Spanish acronym). The nation’s Public Ministry has several special units, including the DLCN, where the fight against drug trafficking begins. Director Cálix told Diálogo that drug seizures and other actions are a focal point for countering national and international organized crime activity. “According to the results of the detective work in this office, from 2015 to November 2016, drug seizures from national and international organized crime groups have doubled,” Cálix said. Lieutenant Colonel Santos Nolasco, spokesperson for Honduras’s National Inter-agency Security Force (FUSINA), reported that in addition to the increase in seizures, the transit of cocaine through Honduran territory decreased significantly due to FUSINA’s head-on assault against common and organized crime. This fight consists of implementing extreme measures, such as the ground, air, and maritime shield, and the joint work of law enforcement agencies. Throughout 2016, these measures have resulted in the confiscation of 15,000 kilos of cocaine, 700 kilos of cocaine paste, 200 barrels of precursor chemicals used in drug production, and the destruction of 10 drug laboratories. These drug seizures took place along the Atlantic seaboard. As a preventive measure, FUSINA focuses its operations in this area. In addition to the drug seizures, law-enforcement operations resulted in the dismantling of numerous criminal gangs engaged in drug trafficking. This has allowed for the extradition of 12 Honduran citizens wanted by the United States justice system for illegal drug trafficking. “The work carried out during almost three years of operation has allowed for the disabling of 137 clandestine landing strips used for unloading drugs,” said Lt. Col. Nolasco. Actions against drug trafficking DLCN focuses on coordinating and executing actions aimed at fighting drug trafficking in all its forms and modes. It began fighting drug trafficking in 1996. The corporation has 166 detectives distributed among four departments: Counter-Narcotics Investigations, Money-Laundering and Forfeiture Investigations, the K9 canine unit, and Investigations on the Diversion of Precursor Chemicals. The directorate is headquartered in Tegucigalpa. It also has three other main offices to coordinate and execute operations against drug dealing as well as large-scale seizure operations in ground, air, and maritime zones. “In an operation against drug dealing in the city of San Pedro Sula during the first six months of 2016, detectives from this directorate discovered a new form of distributing crack, now in blister packs, that drug dealers are using in the country’s largest cities,” Cálix said. “When the DLCN’s investigative actions lead to a seizure operation, its detectives is supported by FUSINA elements,” said Lt. Col. Nolasco. After the seizure, the drugs pass through a chain of custody as evidence for a court case, which then leads to penalties. Once the evidence is presented before the judge, it is destroyed. Fighting and prevention “In Honduras, the most produced and consumed drug is marijuana, whereas cocaine consumption is minimal,” reported Lt. Col. Santos. He added that “since October 28, 2014, we have confiscated 58,000 kilos of marijuana in Honduras to date. To prevent an increase in drug consumption in the country, the Military Police of Public Order implemented the ‘Live Better Drug-Free’ program.” According to FUSINA statistics, in 2016, the program provided prevention talks to more than 70,000 high-school students. Meanwhile, Cálix confirmed that combating drugs is not the DLCN’s sole responsibility. It also aims to raise awareness among the people about the health hazards posed by drug consumption. “We are raising awareness at the national level through a campaign called ‘Freedom and Health without Drugs,’ which carries out informational conferences in the nation’s educational centers,” she said. Cálix stressed that many of the seizures were achieved thanks to anonymous citizen complaints. “The success of many drug-seizure operations is thanks to citizen collaboration. We have a professional team of detectives ready to receive their complaints,” she concluded.last_img read more

Say goodbye to plastic

first_imgWouldn’t it be nice to say goodbye to plastics? Imagine your cardholder loses your card while away on a business trip. Imagine your cardholder getting that dreaded phone call or text alert notifying them that their debit or credit card number has been compromised and the card has been shut down. These are tough realities, right?Recent developments in tokenization and proximity payments, such as mobile wallets and cardless cash access at the ATM, all working together, could make these situations a non-issue in the future.Mobile Wallets, including Apple/Samsung/Android Pay, FI-branded wallets, PayPal, smart watches like the Apple Watch and the Samsung Gear, and in the future, your car and your clothes could replace plastics. That’s right—all of these new form factor innovations could replace plastics in the future. Imagine reissuance where no plastics need to be mailed, no activation, no new card numbers for your members, and no disruption in service. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ladies European Tour: Free live YouTube stream from inaugural Saudi Ladies Team International | Golf News

first_imgEach captain picked their first player before being randomly allocated a third professional team-mate and a competing amateur, largely made up of event sponsors and partners, with the two lowest scores per team on each hole being recorded during all three rounds.The team with the lowest total score after all three days will be declared champions and will see its three professionals take home a winning share of the $300,000 prize fund. The lowest scoring professional across the three days – who may well come from a losing team – will themselves be rewarded with a share of the $200,000 individual prize fund. New Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel offers live coverage from the Ladies European Tour’s new Saudi Ladies Team International; Georgia Hall and Charley Hull among those in action, with the event also live on Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Mix. By Sky Sports GolfLast Updated: 17/11/20 11:19am – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Ladies European Tour launches a new tournament this week with the Saudi Ladies Team International and you can watch every round for free via Sky Sports Golf’s live YouTube stream.Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Anne van Dam and Dame Laura Davies are among the stars in action for the 54-hole event, where an NFL-style draft system was used to select the 36 teams competing against each other. Sky Sports Scores Faster goal updates. Hundreds of teams and leagues. Free Premier League, EFL and Scottish highlights. Download the app now. center_img Live Ladies European Tour Golf – Advertisement – The stream will offer three hours of live coverage from each round of the event at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, with coverage getting underway from midday on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.Sky Sports subscribers are able to sign in here to watch all the action on Sky Sports Golf or Sky Sports Mix, with the tournament part of a quadruple-header of live golf on Sky Sports this week.Click on the video above to watch our free live stream from the Saudi Ladies Team International! Georgia Hall lost in a play-off to Emily Pedersen in the Saudi Ladies International on Sunday Georgia Hall lost in a play-off to Emily Pedersen in the Saudi Ladies International on Sunday

Asian nations work on pandemic planning, halting avian flu

first_imgDec 10, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Southeast Asian nations are mounting a two-tiered attack on the avian influenza virus that has devastated poultry flocks and raised the specter of a potential human flu pandemic.On the pandemic front, scientific advances and policy efforts are laying the groundwork for preparedness in Hong Kong and mainland China.On the avian flu front, Vietnam is using tools ranging from leaflets to waste bags to help farmers combat the H5N1 virus, while the Philippines is enlisting businesses in efforts to keep the virus out.Rapid tests and pandemic plansDoctors may be able to tell if their patients have avian flu within 2 hours by using a quick test that was announced this week. Current tests take about 3 days to yield results.The kit is the creation of a team of microbiologists from the Joint Influenza Research Centre of Shantou University Medical College, the University of Hong Kong, and Xiamen University, all in China, according to a Dec 8 story by Xinhua, the Chinese state news service. The test is 90% accurate, head researcher Guan Yi of the University of Hong Kong told the news service.The kits can use nose secretions, stool samples, and blood serum, Xinhua reported. The test is simple enough for non-specialists to use at the scene of an outbreak, according to a Dec 8 Associated Press (AP) story.The H5N1 rapid test likely would be included in the pandemic plans being drafted in Hong Kong and China.Hong Kong is relying on its experience with SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in developing its contingency plan, according to a Dec 8 report in the China Daily online newspaper. The plan has three levels, starting with heightened surveillance and travel warnings with the advent of a confirmed human case outside of Hong Kong. The plan progresses to culling poultry, hospitalizing farm workers with symptoms, and designating hospitals to handle flu if a human case is confirmed in Hong Kong but there is no evidence of person-to-person transmission.In case of person-to-person human transmission, Hong Kong would tighten rules for travelers from affected areas, trace contacts, and enforce quarantines, the story said.China’s plan is based on a scenario in which a quarter of its roughly 1.3 billion citizens are infected, according to a story today in the Melbourne, Australia, newspaper The Age.The plan has not been published, noted a Dec 6 online story in the British newspaper The Times. Localized outbreak response relies on limiting travel to prevent the spread of illness across the vast country. The plan includes emergency steps to meet people’s basic needs.In the event of a pandemic, stronger action would be taken, The Times reported. Possibilities include designating sites for mass graves, setting up emergency food depots, and using vehicle-mounted loudspeakers to tell people about food supplies, on the assumption that electricity or access to media would be curtailed.Vietnam and the Philippines fight avian fluVietnam is emphasizing education and preparation in its long battle against avian flu.Officials involved in prevention in southern provinces have passed out 550,00 leaflets, 1,500 handbooks, 10,000 dressing gowns, 25,000 waste bags, and 92 vermifuge sprayers, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Dec 8. In addition, about 57,000 animal breeders have attended training sessions on avian flu.Avian flu and the efforts to control it have destroyed about 36 million birds, or about 14% of the country’s flocks, according to a Dec 8 story by the Asia Intelligence Wire. The statistics were released this week at a national conference on preventing and controlling the disease.The conference addressed varied efforts, from education and hygiene to transportation, importing birds, and building slaughterhouses, the Vietnam News Agency reported.In one case in which prevention failed, punishment was used. Authorities fined a farmer for selling chickens infected with H5N1 in Hanoi at the beginning of December, the AP reported. Tran Van Dung must pay US $190 for selling the chickens at a market last summer, authorities ruled.In the Philippines, private businesses have agreed to help prevent avian fly by “adopting” particular areas, where they will educate people about the disease and take steps such as installing footbaths at airports, according to a story yesterday from Today online (abs-cbnNews.com). Surveillance of 20 key areas in the Philippines continues, although the country remains free of avian flu.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Nov. 3

first_imgDyslexia screening is a welcome mandateThe Oct. 27 headline (“Local lawmakers support dyslexia screening mandate”) brings sudden tears to my eyes. My grandson suffered through his early school years, a victim of dyslexia.In spite of continued effort, he could not accomplish success as his classmates did. Consequently, he experienced daily failure and humiliation.This scenario is a very tough one. It’s an awesome burden for a youngster. Parents deal with similar feelings with their inability to help him at home.Teacher conferences were dismal meetings and time was passing without encouragement or answers.On July 28, 2003, Time magazine published an article on dyslexia.Seemingly, there was a wide disparity within the school’s curriculum to train staff to the possibilities of this problem. Teachers began requesting this training when they learned of my grandson’s disability.My daughter persevered with further research now that she had a direction. Ultimately, she presented her findings to the school board. She met with hard resistance, but eventually succeeded in securing classroom assistance for her son.Finally, the long arduous school days began to ebb, and a very bright youngster began to absorb his schoolwork. A completely competent student was finally able to show his prowess. Today, he is a successful young man, well in control and mastery of his dyslexia. My daughter has become the go-to person for many other parents.Godspeed this proposal. Our heartfelt thanks go to all those supporting its passage — a long overdue acknowledgment of this problem.Margaret M. NixonMechanicville‘Socialism’ still a fear tactic of RepublicansIn an October 10, 1952, campaign speech, delivered from the rear platform of a train in Syracuse, President Harry S. Truman said that “Socialism is a scareword (sic) that they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years.“Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called social security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports.“Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations. Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.”“They” were the Republicans — and 67 years later — they’re still at it.Walter F. WoukSummitTrump killing dream for a better worldDuring my life, I have tried to follow a “do no harm” strategy.For mankind and my children’s sake, I hoped to leave this world in as good or better condition than it was when I was born.Now, in my 80th year, I sadly observe Trump’s destruction of my lifelong dream. Every action taken by the president reduces the possibility of attaining my goal.His environmental deregulations have increased the pollution of our air and water. His denial of global warming threatens the very existence of mankind.His border wall mentality fails to recognize the root causes of mass migration. His economic policies increase the gap between the rich and the poor.His military threats and isolationism jeopardize world peace. His tax revisions benefit the rich and increase the national debt in a time of economic prosperity.His chipping away of the ACA threatens many families with the financial disaster of a serious illness. His subservience to the NRA prevents the adoption of significant gun control legislation.His narcissistic, lying, immoral behavior has destroyed our respect for the office of the president.To restore my broken dream, Trump must either be impeached or defeated in the next election.Charles RiellyAltamontMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe’ve had enough of Trump’s misconductThe clandestine relationship between Trump and Putin, I believe, started long before the 2016 presidential campaign.They could have planned it all in advance. Trump might have agreed to join the race if Putin assured his winning. The Russian hacking of Clinton’s emails, as well as those of the Democratic National Committee, gave the scheme its impetus.This arrangement could explain Trump’s love affair with Putin. As Nancy Pelosi said recently, “All roads lead to Russia.”In an attempt to ensure his winning in 2020, he has overstepped the boundaries enough to cause an impeachment inquiry. His bragging about his “unmatched wisdom” has only proven how dumb he really is.Calling his opponents “human scum” was a nasty thing to say, even for him. He, along with Pence, Pompeo, Barr, Mulvaney, Giuliani and Perry, are the real “human scum.”We absolutely do not need another four years of Donald Trump.Jane ReisengerSchenectadyHappy to see threats now taken seriouslyI read this newspaper daily due to being a person that visits this area frequently, and I read the Oct. 23 story “Saratoga Sheriff: 13-year-old charged in Schuylerville school threat.”When I glanced over this story, I thought of how the school system has changed since I was in high school not too long ago.These days, threats made by anyone have to be taken with an urgent response from the police department. It is very unfortunate that some adolescents make a threat like this without realizing the initial impact it has on others. I am thankful that the district officials were able to pass this along to the police to deal with I believe that things like this should be taken seriously, regardless if it is a joke or not.Kameron KellySharon Springslast_img read more

Moving Containers at High Speed through a Tube Could Become a Reality at Hamburg Port

first_imgHamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) have established a joint venture aimed at developing a system that would enable transporting containers at high speed through a tube to and from the Port of Hamburg.As explained, the goal of the joint venture is to develop and later market a Hyperloop transport system for shipping containers.Initially, plans include the construction of a transfer station for testing purposes at the HHLA terminal in Hamburg and the development of a transport capsule for standard shipping containers.“With the Hyperloop transport system, HHLA is pursuing the goal of developing an additional component of efficient logistic mobility solutions in Germany. As gateway to the future, we want to employ innovative approaches to make a contribution towards relieving the strain on the transport infrastructure in and around the Port of Hamburg and to use the capacities of our terminal facilities in an even more efficient way,” Angela Titzrath, Chairwoman of HHLA’s Executive Board, commented.“Together, we will develop a complete system, that not only concentrates on speed and efficiency, but also takes into account the issues ports face in daily operation,” Dirk Ahlborn, founder and CEO of HTT, said.“Digitisation and technological developments are increasingly changing our day-to-day work. In order for us to remain a leading global logistics hub in the future, we need new ideas and new business models in the logistics environment, as well as infrastructure projects such as the adjustment of the navigation channel of the river Elbe and the expansion of motorways. It is good when we can develop and test such innovations here in Hamburg,” Michael Westhagemann, Minister for Economy, Transport and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, noted.Behind the concept of the Hyperloop is the idea of transporting people and goods at high speed through a tube. With the help of magnetic levitation technology, the transport capsules used in the system will be sent through a tunnel, in which there is a partial air vacuum, at speeds reaching or even exceeding 1000 km/h. A test track for transporting people and goods is currently under construction in Toulouse, France. The first test journeys in Europe are set to take place here next year.last_img read more

Giant bulker beached on a reef off Mauritius

first_imgThe cause of the incident is yet to be determined. The Panamian-flagged Capesize bulker, built in 2007, was underway in the Indian Ocean from China to Brazil when it ran aground on a reef a few meters from the beach. The 203,000 dwt ship is managed by Japanese company Nagashiki Shipping. Based on the available information, the ship is not carrying any cargo and there has been no major pollution reported so far. The area is well known for its pristine waters and delicate marine ecosystem. The local authorities plan to refloat the ship and are monitoring the situation. For the time being the ship remains stable. A large bulk carrier MV Wakashio ran aground at Pointe D’Esny, Mauritius on July 25.last_img