Scott Metzger Announces The First RANA Show Since 2011

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist, the one and only Scott Metzger, will reunite with his RANA band members for a show at Brooklyn Bowl next Thursday night, May 5th. It has been several years since the New York/New Jersey rockers have shared the stage together, which should make for quite the celebration. In addition to the RANA lineup, which features Matt Durant (Keyboards & Vocals), Andrew Southern (Bass & Vocals), Scott Metzger (Guitar & Vocals), and Ryan Thornton (Drums), there will also be several special guests joining the band throughout the night.Watch a highlight of the band’s recent trip to the Bowl, back in 2009.Tickets for the show go on sale tomorrow, April 29th, and can be found HERE.last_img

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Summer Camp Music Festival 2019: The Weekend In Photos [Gallery]

first_imgSummer Camp Music Festival 2019 | Chillicothe, IL | Friday, 5/24/19 | Photos: Keith Griner Over Memorial Day weekend, Summer Camp Music Festival returned to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL for their 19th annual event to help kick off the summer festival season in earnest.The weekend kicked off with a Thursday pre-party featuring an “Axe The Cables” performance by STS9 as well as sets by EOTO, Keller Williams, Spafford, and many more. Thursday at Summer Camp 2019 also featured late-night Red Barn performances by Umphrey’s McGee and Here Come The Mummies.[Photo: Keith Griner – STS9 (Axe The Cables)]After Thursday’s pre-party festivities, SCAMP got down to business on Friday with their first full day of music of the weekend. The Friday schedule kicked off with a performance by Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and continued grooving throughout the afternoon with sets from Keller Williams’ PettyGrass, moe., Exmag, Mihali, The Soul Rebels, Ghost Light, Spafford, Here Comes The Mummies, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and more. In the evening, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong took over the Moonshine Stage for an evening set, followed by the first of two Umphrey’s sets of the night at the Sunshine Stage. When Rebelution was unable to make it for their scheduled Friday evening performance, the members of moe. and PPPP teamed up for an off-the-cuff collaborative set to fill the slot. When they finished, the crowds moved back to the Sunshine Stage for UM’s second set of the evening. The after-hours music schedule continued from there with performances by Zeds Dead, STS9, Mungion, Tokimonsta, Flux Pavilion, Doom Flamingo, and more, in addition to Red Barn late-night sets by moe. and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong.[Photo: Keith Griner – Umphrey’s McGee’s Brendan Bayliss & Ryan Stasik]While inclement weather caused several of Saturday’s sets to be canceled, attendees still enjoyed two sets by moe. and one by Umphrey’s in addition to performances by Big Gigantic (featuring a sit-in from Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle) and Blues Traveler (who also welcomed Mihali for a sit-in), a live band set by Chromeo, and more. During their afternoon set, Andy Frasco & The U.N. kept the party raging, recruiting Big Gigantic’s Jeremy Salken for a crowd surfing race with Frasco. Black Star was also scheduled to perform, but after travel difficulties caused their onstage crew to miss their original 4 p.m. slot and rain caused the cancelation their rescheduled 11 p.m. set, the hip-hop duo didn’t end up taking the Summer Camp stage. The night was capped off by Red Barn late-nights sets by Chromeo and Lotus.The 2019 edition of Summer Camp Music Festival came to a close with afternoon performances by Umphrey’s, Aqueous, Yonder Mountain String Band, Break Science, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Too Many Zooz, and more. As the sun dipped behind the horizon, Papadosio took over the Moonshine Stage, followed by evening sets from Toots and the Maytals, Oteil Burbridge & Friends, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Russ Liquid, PNUMA Live, Lotus, and more, in addition to two final headlining sets from moe.[Photo: Keith Griner – moe.’s Al Schnier]Below, you can relive Summer Camp Music Festival 2019 with stunning photo galleries of each of the festival’s four days courtesy of SCAMP lead photographer Keith Griner (@KeithAGriner/Phierce Photo).Summer Camp Music Festival 2019 | Chillicothe, IL | Thursday, 5/23/19 | Photos: Keith Griner Load remaining images Keith Griner Summer Camp Music Festival 2019 | Chillicothe, IL | Sunday, 5/26/19 | Photos: Keith Griner Summer Camp Music Festival 2019 | Chillicothe, IL | Saturday, 5/25/19 | Photos: Keith Griner Load remaining images Load remaining images Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Brazilian Navy Conducts Operation Aspirantex 2018

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo March 12, 2018 Hundreds of Brazilian Naval Academy cadets took part in Operation Aspirantex 2018 in January. In all, 1,336 service members, 207 of them cadets from the Brazilian Naval Academy, participated in the exercise. The objective was to improve training level for naval and air-naval assets, and familiarize students with life at sea. According to Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) Rear Admiral Fernando Ranauro Cozzolino, commander of the 2nd Squadron Division and leader of Aspirantex 2018 Task Group, vessels departed from Rio de Janeiro Naval Base en route to the Port of Montevideo, Uruguay; the Port of Mar Del Plata, Argentina; and the cities of Rio Grande and Itajaí, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. “The operation also helped 168 cadets in their second year at the academy choose their corps [Navy, Marine Corps, or Navy Quartermaster Corps] and their military specialty [mechanics, electronics, or weapons systems],” Rear Adm. Cozzolino said. From January 12th to February 1st, various exercises took place such as aircraft operations, replenishment at sea, and tactical maneuvers among vessels. Participants also performed shooting drills, firefighting exercises, navigation through demined channels, daytime and nighttime light cargo transfers, and fast rope descents to rapidly disembark fighters. They also searched for and held prisoners, and practiced mobility on land and in air under threat. “Ships of the [2nd] Squadron Division—the tank landing ship [NDCC, in Portuguese] Almirante Saboia; the multipurpose landing craft [NDM, in Portuguese] Bahia; and the frigate União, the frigate Liberal; the tanker Almirante Gastão Motta, and patrol ships Guaporé and Benevente—all took part in the operation this year [2018],” Rear Adm. Cozzolino said. Aspirantex 2018 also included six aircraft from MB, such as a Seahawk S-70B anti-submarine helicopter (called SH-16 in Brazilian service) and UH-15 and UH-12/13 helicopters, as well as one A-4 Skyhawk attack-interceptor plane (called AF-1 in Brazilian service). The Brazilian Air Force was also present with six aircraft: two P-95 patrol planes and four A-1 attack aircraft. Experience at sea According to Rear Adm. Cozzolino, during the exercises cadets experienced classroom lessons firsthand. “Improving seamanship and getting to know the routine on Brazilian fleet vessels are some benefits of the training,” he said. He also noted the importance of students’ visits to foreign ports, meant to demonstrate how operations are done in international waters and ports. “They mix with foreign rules, conditions, languages, and customs that are different from Brazil, get to know new cultures, and strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation, which are essential factors to ensure regional security,” he said. In addition to participating in military exercises, during Aspirantex 2018 Naval Academy students also attended lectures and lived with service members from the ships’ different divisions. “They had direct contact with the ships’ crew, officers, and even the ships’ commanders, and were able to see for themselves how important each service member is in managing a naval asset in operations at sea,” Rear Adm. Cozzolino explained. “The big challenge in carrying out Aspirantex is its logistical complexity, which stems from the need to assign and accommodate cadets on ships, and provide them the necessary level of comfort for their 21 days of temporary duty,” Rear Adm. Cozzolino said. He also noted the importance of using vessels capable of transporting marines, such as the NDCC Almirante Saboia and NDM Bahia, to ensure operational success. The presence of a female corps Six female cadets participated in Aspirantex 2018 aboard the NDM Bahia for the first time. In previous years female cadets boarded the NDCC Almirante Saboia. For third-year Cadet Lara Corrêa de Oliveira, the experience proved that women can cohabitate aboard. Cadet Lara Corrêa told Diálogo that the operation allowed her to experience life at sea as a quartermaster officer. “We took part in exercises like Light Line Transfer, a training done between two vessels, in which a cable is shot over the bows of moving ships to transfer light cargo. In this case, two vessels approach each other, maintaining the same course and speed; then a cable is run between them so that their distance doesn’t vary [it serves as a kind of yardstick] and then cargo transfer can begin, using a trolley,” she explained. “My main takeaway from Aspirantex was stronger leadership by example, because of the contact we had with the officers and crew,” Cadet Lara Corrêa said. She also participated in exercises such as replenishment at sea, accident response, helicopter flights, and lectures with officers aboard. During their days at sea, the fourth-year cadets followed the routine of an officer of their specialty. Cadet Rodrigo José Tavares Cavalcante worked alongside the ship’s safety officer. “A mock fire in a certain compartment was simulated. After the person who discovers the incident reports it—whether there are any injuries and where the mock fire occurred—several safety procedures are implemented until the fire is extinguished. As the name suggests, the ship’s safety officer controls the situation and requires the participation of the safety teams, who need to be well trained to carry out everything to keep the ship’s personnel and materiel protected,” he said. “Aspirantex makes it possible for students to have early contact with life on board, going through the privations of life at sea and getting a taste of seamanship—things that aren’t learned in the classroom,” Cadet Rodrigo Tavares told Diálogo. “Our main takeaway is that we always need to be ready for anything, not just the anticipated. And that’s why we need a lot of dedication, commitment, and love for the profession,” he concluded.last_img read more

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A simple guide to paying off lingering debt

first_img 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you find yourself collecting more and more debt while struggling to figure out how you will ever pay it all off, it might be time to develop a step-by-step strategy. Paying off debt starts with making a budget and continues with changing your habits and rewarding yourself for progress. A few contributors to the U.S. News My Money blog offer a guide to get rid of the debt that’s been following you around for too long:1. Create a budget.“The first step to solving your debt problem is to establish a budget,” says Money Crashers contributor David Bakke.​ You can use personal finance tools like Mint.com, or make your own Excel spreadsheet that includes your monthly income and expenses. Then scrutinize those budget categories to see where you can cut costs. “If you don’t scale back your spending, you’ll dig yourself into a deeper hole,” Bakke warns.2. Pay off the most expensive debt first.Sort your credit card interest rates from highest to lowest, then tackle the card with the highest rate first. “By paying off the balance with the highest interest first, you increase your payment on the credit card with the highest annual percentage rate while continuing to make the minimum payment on the rest of your credit cards,” says retail analyst Hitha Prabhakar. continue reading »last_img read more

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Chargeback policy changes – What are they and how did we get here?

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Chargebacks to merchants have become a hot topic of late. And for good reason. According to a recent report by First Annapolis Consulting, chargebacks for card-present transactions increased 50% following the October 1 EMV liability shift.  While this took merchants by surprise, it did not surprise issuers who, until the October 2015 liability shift for chip cards processed at card-present non-chip terminals, were absorbing the cost of fraud for counterfeit cards. Now issuers are allowed to chargeback, or pass back the fraud to the merchants who were not processing chip cards.Delays in terminals certification causes backlogsMany merchants had their chip-capable terminals in place in time for the liability shift, or shortly thereafter. The problem came that having the terminal be hardware-capable of reading a chip wasn’t enough; the terminal had to be certified. Some merchants didn’t know how to obtain the certification while others were waiting on their terminal vendors or 3rd party organizations to perform the certification. These vendors and 3rd parties were swamped with requests, and faced with an entirely new process, creating a backlog that continues today. continue reading »last_img read more

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Time for Democrats to get vocal. Biden won, dammit, and Republicans are knifing our democracy

first_img– Advertisement – On Tuesday, Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware said his GOP counterparts had been congratulating him, adding, “please convey my well wishes to the President-Elect, but I can’t say that publicly yet.” But Coons also declined to names names, saying, “these are conversations that are best kept private.” In Coons’ view, his job was to continue urging them privately to “do the right thing.”- Advertisement – Good god, Democrats—how about a little public outrage? If McConnell and Barr are going to breathe life into Trump’s fantasy fraud, hold a fricking press conference and stand up for our democracy. Private well wishes from these spineless pukes isn’t good enough. Every day lost to propping up Trump’s deflated ego brings us another step closer to national security disaster. In fact, Trump is currently undertaking a purge at the Pentagon while Biden and his team continue to be denied access to critical intelligence in the Presidential Daily Brief because some no-name cultist at General Services Administration is too busy lawyering up to do her fucking job.Pardon my French, but Democrats are giving life to the GOP’s baseless fraud claims by letting them go almost entirely unchecked. Sure, Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke up from the Senate floor Monday, but that’s not enough. Let’s go big, dammit. We beat an incumbent president with a vast state-run propaganda machine, and Democratic lawmakers better start shouting it from the rooftops at daily press conferences before this dissolves into armed chaos in the streets—which is exactly what Trump has always aimed for on his way to stealing the election.  Here’s Coons: – Advertisement –last_img read more

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ConteX lands freight scheme in Dunkirk

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Hard Fort battle

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Buyers cut to the chase

first_imgKalynda Chase is enjoying a resurgence in popularity among buyers.New homeowners Anthony Lyall, Emily Griebenow with 9 month old Elijah Lyall and 2yo BraxURBEX is reporting an increase in sales at their Kalynda Chase housing development as confidence in Townsville’s residential property market continues to improve.Kalynda Chase, in Bohle Plains, was established 12 years ago and is now home to about 3500 residents spread over 1150 lots.Urbex sales manager Vi Miller said they were experiencing a change in consumer sentiment towards purchasing real estate in Townsville.“All signs are pointing to recovery in the Townsville property sector,” she said.“This flows on from construction of the $250 million stadium that is expected to bring in more than 700 jobs during the design and construction of the project.“We have experienced an uplift in sales at Kalynda Chase compared to a year ago.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The Kalynda Chase development is well established in Townsville but it’s still growing.”The development takes in 161ha and there are 320 lots reaming which will be released to the market over the next few years.Residents in the community have access to a tennis centre, convenience precincts, walking tracks and dog park.Emily Griebenow and her partner Anthony Lyall moved into their Kalynda Chase home about 12 months ago shortly before the birth of their first child.The couple bought 480sq m of land after being impressed by the estate’s community feel and central location.“It’s a great location for shops and schools and even if you have to go into town it’s only 15 minutes away,” the couple said.“We like to go for a walk to the park or a jog and now there is a dog park as well.”last_img read more

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Grenada joins International Criminal Court

first_img Share 34 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Grenada joins International Criminal Court by: – May 21, 2011 Sharing is caring! (L-R) Grenada’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Dessima Williams, and Gabrielle Goettsche-Wanli of the Office of Legal Affairs of the UNNEW YORK, USA — Grenada has acceded to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) — the founding treaty of the first permanent international court capable of trying perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.Ambassador Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative to the United Nations on Thursday deposited Grenada’s Instrument of Accession to the Rome Statute of the ICC at a ceremony at the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations in New York.Grenada’s accession brings to 26, the number of States Parties of the ICC in Latin America and the Caribbean and the last among the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Only The Bahamas, Haiti and Jamaica in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have not joined the ICC.Williams said, “The government of Grenada is very pleased to join with many other CARICOM countries as well as 114 other members of the United Nations in acceding to this statute.”“We look forward to being a very vigorous participant in the implementation of the Court to the extent that we could therefore bring about greater international law and order in the service of humanity for justice, for rights and for the efficient and legal administration of international affairs,” said Williams.Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, Permanent Representative of the Principality of Liechtenstein and President of the Bureau of the Assembly of States Parties to the ICC welcomed Grenada’s accession to the Court and appealed to the remaining CARICOM states to join the ICC family.“On behalf of 114 states that have so far made up this assembly it’s a great honour to welcome you (Grenada) as the 115th member to this assembly and that’s a very important further step on our part towards a universalisation of this Court,” he said. “We are looking forward toward welcoming the three remaining states of CARICOM also as part of the ICC family.”The Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) said that Grenada’s accession confirms and reinforces the Caribbean’s important role in making the ICC a lasting and effective reality.The Coalition for the International Criminal Court — a civil society network of 2,500 organizations in over 150 countries advocating for a fair, effective and independent ICC and improved access to justice for victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity — commended Grenada for its decision to join 114 other nations around the world and spread support for the ICC in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).“Grenada’s accession affirms its commitment to preventing and putting an end to impunity for serious crimes,” said Coalition Convenor William Pace. “This decision is an important step toward universality of the Rome Statute in the Caribbean Community, and we hope this will inspire other states in the region to join this extraordinary justice system promptly.”In 1989, during the United Nations’ 44th General Assembly, Trinidad and Tobago submitted an agenda item on the establishment of an international criminal court for the Assembly’s consideration. This motion – which gained the support of a number of states, including all CARICOM member states – ultimately resulted in a consensus resolution that called for the creation of an international criminal court.“The acceptance by Grenada of the Rome Statute restates in the most eloquent terms possible the continued commitment of the Caribbean Community to the ICC,” noted Justice Winston Anderson, Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice, former General Counsel of the Caribbean Community, and Professor of International Law at the University of West Indies.“The Grenadian acceptance also symbolizes the region’s commitment to the maintenance of international criminal justice and the rule of law rather than the rule of the jungle. This is a proud moment in Caribbean jurisprudence,” Anderson added.Earlier this week, government representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, Jamaica and Grenada, notable jurists and personalities from the region such as A.N.R. Robinson, former prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as ICC president Judge Sang-Hyun Song, the president of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) Christian Wenaweser, and the Coalition’s Americas coordinator Francesca Varda, gathered in Port of Spain for a CARICOM seminar on the ICC organized by the government of Trinidad and Tobago.“In addition to welcoming this important accession to the Rome Statute by Grenada, discussions during the conference centered on the need for all states parties to fully support the ICC and to adopt legislation on Rome Statute crimes at the national level and allow effective cooperation with the Court,” said the Coalition’s Americas Coordinator Francesca Varda.By joining the ICC treaty, Grenada will be able to nominate and elect highly qualified candidates for crucial ICC elections scheduled for December 2011, during which state parties will elect six new judges and a new prosecutor, among other key officials.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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