Listen To The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s Cosmic New Single, ‘Bubbles Burst’

first_imgOne new group that we’re beyond excited to catch live this summer is The Claypool Lennon Delirium, merging the sonic prowess of Primus bassist Les Claypool and Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger/John Lennon progeny Sean Lennon. The two have an album, The Monolith of Phobos, due out on June 3rd, before a planned summer tour takes them across the country.With the new album due out, the two have been sharing the occasional single from the release. After releasing a psychedelic lyric video for the song “Cricket & The Genie,” the band has also shared audio for a new tune called “Bubbles Burst.” Dig the out-of-this-world track from The Claypool Lennon Delirium below:Claypool explained earlier this year that he met Lennon on a joint tour and they became friends backstage. “I asked Sean if he’d like to come to Rancho Relaxo and see if we couldn’t get some interesting sounds on tape. Next thing I know he’s staying in my guesthouse over the holidays and we’re drinking vino, hunting mushrooms and throwing musical pasta at the walls.”Lennon added, “The Claypool Lennon Delirium will (gently) melt your face with heart-pounding low-frequency oscillations and interdimensional guitar squeals. We look forward to seeing you very soon.” The feeling is mutual. Learn more about the track and how the unlikely duo came together here.last_img read more

U.S., Argentina Resume Military Ties Amid Visit by Top Pentagon Official

first_imgBy Dialogo September 03, 2012 BUENOS AIRES — Frank Mora, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs, visited Buenos Aires on Aug. 16 — marking the first official trip by a high-level Pentagon official to Argentina since its February 2011 confiscation of a U.S. military aircraft for inspection. Mora’s visit signals Washington’s desire to focus on reviving a long-standing history of mutual trust and defense cooperation. “For Argentina, military relations with the United States should be given importance since the U.S. is the world’s primary power and because it has unquestionable influence in the hemisphere,” said political scientist Rosendo Fraga, who heads the Nueva Mayoria think tank in Buenos Aires. “It makes sense for Washington to improve relations with Argentina within the overall context of its foreign policy toward South America, where Argentina has the second- largest GDP after Brazil and the third-largest population after [Brazil and] Colombia.” Argentina and the United States have a long successful history of military cooperation. In 1963, the Pentagon established a Military Assistance Program (MAP) for its South American neighbor. Like most other MAPs, it provided assistance in materials and machinery for military production, direct transfers of military equipment and training of personnel. That cooperation strengthened throughout the years, with only one interruption during the Argentine military regime of 1976-83. Military relations on the upswing Between 1950 and 2000, Argentina received $34 million in U.S. military aid and has sent more than 5,200 exchange students to the United States for defense-related courses. In 2009, Argentina ranked fourth among countries participating in U.S. training programs, with 688 students, according to Just the Facts, a website that monitors military assistance to Latin America. Yet an about-face in Argentine foreign policy had strained cooperation. “The bilateral relationship between the two countries in the military area has multiple possibilities, but the issue is that the Argentine government does not appear to want to advance with these,” Fraga said. However, Mora’s visit offers hope that ties are on the mend. Argentine Defense Minister Arturo Puricelli praised U.S. defense policy during a recent gathering at the Education Center of the Armed Forces (CEFFAA) where he thanked Mora for his visit and “predisposition to work in the intensification of U.S.-Argentine relations.” Puricelli explained that the renewed relationship should be developed on the basis of “mutual respect” — and must be “aligned with” South American defense policies to ensure the objective of creating a regional “zone of peace.” Mora thanked Puricelli for the opportunity “to exchange and share ideas and policies in the area of defense” and highlighted the regional armed forces’ “professionalism, respect for the rule of law, and subordination to civilian governments.” Threats of the 21st century Mora also touched on new multidimensional and transnational threats confronting the hemisphere like cyber attacks and natural disasters. He urged Argentina “to utilize the armed forces to support decisions made by civilian authorities to establish cooperative and transparent relations” between governments. Argentina was notably absent from the recent U.S.-led Panamax 2012 military exercise aimed at bolstering hemispheric cooperation. Its decision to abstain, however, is difficult to interpret as ideologically based since Ecuador — a member of the ALBA regional alliance— set aside fundamental differences with Washington and participated in the exercises. So did 13 other countries: Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru. During the Cold War, Argentina and the United States cooperated to protect themselves from the communist threat. In the early 1990s, with the Cold War over, attention turned to fighting drug trafficking — and following the 9/11 attacks, the focus has been on eradicating narco-terrorism. Argentina has been a victim of international terror in 1992, when the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires was bombed in an attack that left 29 people dead — and again in 1994, when a truck bomb destroyed the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, killing 85 people and injuring more than 300. Argentina is pursuing military cooperation with a myriad of non-traditional partners. Some of these alliances — such as the ones it’s formed with Venezuela and China — bring into question shared values with the United States. Despite these recent mixed signals and lost opportunities, officials from both sides are now seeking common ground in order to avoid discarding years of friendship and cooperation. You forgot to comment on the “immense” cooperation provided by the United States to Britain during the Falklands conflict… that took place not long ago. I think that regarding military cooperation, it only should be at low intensity, because the “Falkland” still exists and it has not been resolved, and we all know what was and what currently is the policy of Washington! It is the comment of a sepoy. Vomitive. If we want to know if they really want to cooperate with Argentina, we will ask them to sell us fighter aircraft and also the transfer of technology from them, as they are offered to Brazil. UNITED STATES AND THE STATES OF COMMERCIAL SPIRIT, TRAFFICKERS, SPECULATORS AND OPPORTUNISTS, ETC., DO NOT HAVE FRIENDS, THEY HAVE PARTNERS, BUDDIES, AS THEY ARE BANDS OF RATS WITH SUIT AND TIE EMBEDDED IN THE STATES AND SKIRTS OF A PEOPLE AND NATION. THE CONTRARY IS PURE SHIT. WHY IS THE WORLD IS DIVIDED INTO DRONES AND WORKERS?last_img read more

Half-time: Wigan 0 Brentford 0

first_imgBrentford were unable to make a breakthrough against Uwe Rosler’s Wigan despite creating the better of the first-half chances at DW Stadium.The Bees laid siege on the home side’s goal early as both Moses Odubajo and Jota tested keeper Scott Carson.Odubajo had an effort from outside the area tipped around the post and Jota failed to lift the ball over the onrushing Carson from a tight angle.Alan Judge then threaded a ball through to Odubajo in the box, but the winger was flagged offside as he thrust his leg out to direct the ball against the post.David Button ensured scores remained level at the break denying Shaun Maloney after Oriol Riera slipped the ball to the Latics captain on the edge of the area.At the other end Andre Gray raced onto a long Jonathan Douglas ball to lob the best chance of the half onto the roof the net, with Carson racing off his line to force the striker to try the chipped finish.Wigan went close to snatching the lead before the break when Bees defender Tony Craig stabbed the ball narrowly wide of his own goal as Callum McManaman tried to find Riera.Brentford (4-3-3): Button; McCormack, Tarkowski, Craig, Bidwell; Judge, Douglas, Pritchard; Odubajo, Gray, Jota.Subs: Bonham, Dean, Tébar, Toral, Betinho, Proschwitz.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Revolving door behind Buster Posey continues for Giants

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants continued to tinker with the Buster Posey support group Monday, claiming catcher Tom Murphy off waivers from the Colorado Rockies in advance of their Bay Bridge Series game against the Athletics.Murphy, 28, is the second catcher the Giants added in two days, coming after a trade for Erik Kratz from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league infielder C.J. Hinojosa.Aramis Garcia, who was Posey’s backup only a few days ago, was optioned to Triple-A …last_img

World Cup transport plans in place

first_img24 May 2010South Africa’s transport plans for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ are shaping up, the latest development being the appointment of a service provider to procure, operate and manage spectator transport for the mega-event.The Department of Transport has appointed the ESC & The African Experience consortium to manage inter-provincial and regional road transport services for both commuter buses and minibus taxis for spectators during the month-long tournament.Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said he was confident that they would provide a professional service for spectators, as they already operate in the tourism industry.“The taxi industry is to provide a fleet of over 400 mid-buses to ferry spectators around the country, while 110 commuter buses from Autopax will complement these services,” Ndebele said.Fleet usage will be dependent on demand that is generated for the service and ticket sales. Inland and coastal services will also be on offer. The fleet of taxis and buses will be additional to existing transport services in the country.Countrywide servicesThere will be a service between Pretoria, OR Tambo International Airport and Johannesburg, as well as Rustenburg, Polokwane, Mbombela and Bloemfontein.On the coast there will be a service from Knysna to Cape Town via Wilderness, George, Mossel Bay and back. There will also be a service from Mossel Bay to Port Elizabeth via George and Wilderness and back.From East London, spectators will be able to travel to Port Elizabeth via King William’s Town and Grahamstown and back.Further up the coast, services will run between Richards Bay and Durban, the Wild Coast Sun and Durban, and between Pietermaritzburg and Durban.Prices will range from R140 to R300 for a one-way trip. The operational plan and final contract have been finalised for coaches and taxis, said the department.Taxi council supportMeanwhile, the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) is working closely with the consortium to provide a countrywide Minibus solution for spectators.Operational staff will be clearly identifiable through coded arm bands and other branded clothing. “It is not just about sport, it is now truly about transport,” said Ndebele.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio’s soybean farmers look to a bright future

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Reese and Dale MinyoWhile the current situation for soybeans is less than ideal, there was plenty of talk concerning the bright future ahead at the this week’s 2018 Ohio Soybean Industry Dinner.“Today is not a good situation with disappointing prices and Mother Nature has given us a tough fall to work with in many places. Basis levels are low futures prices are low, but we have to keep the outlook that we continue to be in a growing global demand industry,” said Jim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council who spoke at the event. “Soy demand has outstripped growth for corn and wheat for 20 years and will continue to do so. We’ve got some exciting market opportunities around the world outside of China. We’re trying to work in basic markets where we can continue to grow for the long term future and we are working very hard on our “What it takes” initiative to get our U.S. market share up to almost 100% in these non-China markets around the world. It helps that Brazil is focusing on selling their soybeans to China so we have the opportunity to sell our soybeans other places. I know that is not helping with the prices in the very short run, but I think in some months we will see more demand rolling in and then we’ll start to see prices moving to a higher level.”The much-discussed meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping also offers some reason for hope.“Farmers also have to watch closely on Nov. 29 when there is a dinner between President Trump and President Xi. I hate to hang too much on one dinner of two people, but they happen to be two very important people,” Sutter said. “I think they are going to talk about a lot of things relative to trade. Soybeans are the No. 1 ag commodity relative to trade that will be discussed. So, watch carefully what the outcome of that is.”In addition, the Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio Soybean Association recognized retiring board member farmer leaders in their organizations including: Allen Armstrong (who finished his term as OSA president), Adam Graham (OSA board member), Todd Hesterman (OSA board member), Cindy Parker Haring (OSA board member), and John Motter (OSC board member). Motter also was recognized as the first farmer from Ohio to ever serve as the chairman of the United Soybean Board. Former Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president Jack Fisher was recognized with the OSC Outstanding Achievement Award. Jim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council Former Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president Jack Fisher was recognized with the OSC Outstanding Achievement Award. Allen Armstrong finished his term as OSA president. Todd Hesterman, retiring OSA board member Adam Graham, retiring OSA board member Allen Armstrong finished his term as OSA president. John Motter was recognized as the first farmer from Ohio to ever serve as the chairman of the United Soybean Board. Kirk Merritt, Executive Director of the Ohio Soybean Council John Motter (right) was recognized as the first farmer from Ohio to ever serve as the chairman of the United Soybean Board. Steve Reinhard, OSC Chairmanlast_img read more

Report: Social Networks Growing while Other Social Media Sites Stagnate and Decline

first_imgUniversal McCann has released a new report that looks at the state of social media today. Apparently, this trend is showing no sign of slowing down. In fact, it’s still growing. From posting photos to writing blogs, the desire to share has become a universal phenomenon. However, the latest report shows that internet users are beginning to now center their digital life around social networks like Facebook, MySpace, and Orkut, choosing to share their content within these sites instead of on services with a single focus, like Blogger or Flickr.After four surveys of active internet users, a group whose total estimated global audience is now 625 million (or one in thirteen of people worldwide!), UM found that the usage of social networks is on the rise. For example, 76% of social network users upload photos and 33% upload videos – percentages that were up from 45% and 16.9%, respectively, as noted in UM’s previous report released in spring of last year. The new report also found that social networking is not a niche activity. Nearly two-thirds of internet users have spent time managing their online profiles. Also, 96% of active social network users have visited their friends’ pages. And these numbers can be taken to the bank. UM questioned 22,729 active internet users in 38 countries between November 2008 and March 2009 to deliver what is the largest global analysis of social media we have seen to date. As you can tell by looking at the chart below, interacting with social media remains an important part of users’ internet experience. Several activities have seen increased growth since last year, most notably those involving social networks. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Surprisingly, the only activity to see a dip is uploading videos to video sharing sites. Still, video watching is now seeing a high penetration rate among active internet users at 83%, a number consistent with last year. But when you look at how many people are uploading video to social networking sites, it’s there that you see the growth. 33% upload videos to their social network profiles, up from 16.9% last year, as previously noted.Blogging also has reached a saturation point, it appears. UM notes that 71% of users report reading blogs – an increase of only 1% since last year. This seems to correlate with recent findings from Forrester Research, who also reported that no increase in blog reading was reported over last year. The most interesting finding, though, is that social networks are seeing the most growth globally while other social media platforms stagnate or decline. Users are still sharing photos and videos and posting blog entries, they just tend to do this within a social networking site these days. Social networks are an extremely popular destination right now. Two-thirds of active internet users have managed an online profile and 71.1% have visited a friend’s social network page. When you look at active social networkers instead of just active internet users, that figure is even higher: 96% of that group has visited a friend’s page. Even though these figures represent an average across 38 different countries, UM says that the figure has increased in every market except Brazil and Mexico.The report also notes that the U.S. is a dominant player in the social media space with 60% of active internet users in this country managing a social network profile – a number up from 43.2% last year. These continued increases in social media activity may partially be thanks to a coinciding increase in mobile internet access since nearly a fifth of active internet users have mobile access today. However, speculating as to why social media usage is on the rise goes beyond what this report aims to do.For more information about the worldwide social media growth, including country spotlights and best practices, check out UM’s report here. Related Posts Tags:#social networks#Trends#web sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Mother on hook after son crashes rented minivan damage waiver invalid judge

first_imgTORONTO — A woman who rented a minivan is on the hook for thousands of dollars after her son, who had a suspended licence, got behind the wheel and crashed, an Ontario judge has ruled.The Superior Court ruled that Tricia Richards must cover the costs of replacing the vehicle — said to be a write-off — even though she had bought optional insurance coverage at the time of rental.In his decision, Justice Russell Raikes said it was clear that Enterprise Rent-A-Car had not given her son Christopher permission to drive, and the damage waiver she had purchased did not apply.“The agreement expressly says that the waiver is invalidated if someone other than the renter or additional authorized driver operated the vehicle without the owner’s written consent,” Raikes wrote in his ruling. “Once Christopher got behind the wheel of the van and put it in gear, the waiver was invalidated. That is so whether he had Ms. Richards’ permission or not.”Richards had rented the 2017 Dodge Caravan at the Calgary international airport in April 2017 with a view to returning it in Winnipeg. She was the only driver listed on the rental contract. She also bought the optional collision damage waiver, which covers damage for which a renter would have to pay.Days later, with her son at the wheel, the vehicle left the highway and rolled. Enterprise sought $35,311 in replacement costs from her after deciding it would cost more than $82,000 to repair the vehicle.Richards disputed the claim. She argued she had been driving but that, after stopping for gas, she returned to the minivan and found her son behind the wheel. She said she got into the passenger seat and tried to dissuade him from driving, but was tired and gave up when he insisted.“I had absolutely no control of the situation and was wary that my safety was involved if I did anything further to frustrate him,” she said in submissions.She also said she had no idea his licence had been suspended, which led to charges against him after the crash.Raikes, however, said it was irrelevant whether or not Richards had given her son permission to drive. What was clear, he said, is that the rental company had not done so. Raikes sided with the plaintiff.The judge did refuse to order Richards to pay the $35,311 Enterprise was demanding. The rental company, he said, had provided no solid evidence to substantiate the amount claimed beyond providing one repair estimate and one estimate of the value of the minivan.“The information being provided is opinion evidence,” Raikes said. “There is no meaningful way to cross-examine and challenge the authors.”How much Richards should pay Enterprise should be decided at a trial by another judge, who will also rule on how much she owes to cover the company’s legal costs, Raikes said.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more