Funk fans everywhere have been mourning the loss of Bernie Worrell, the legendary Parliament-Funkadelic and Talking Heads keyboardist who recently passed away. Worrell may have been most publicly known for his roles in those famed bands, but Worrell was a true musician’s musician, eager to explore new improvisational territory in any number of situations.At the start of 2016, Worrell was invited to sit in with the Joe Marcinek Band at their High Noon Saloon performance in Madison, WI. Marcinek continues to put together some truly interesting ensembles for his performances, and the band was tighter than ever when the Wizard of Woo came to town. Thanks to newly-shared footage from the band, we’re able to share this glorious “Red Hot Mama” from the performance, clocking in at over 20 minutes with some great work all around.Check out the exciting “Red Hot Mama” from one of Worrell’s final performances, on January 2nd, 2016.The full Joe Marcinek Band lineup for this performance was:Bernie Worrell – KeyboardsJanis Wallin – BassPete Koopmans – DrumsJoe Marcinek – GuitarJonathan Hoel – SaxAndrew Traverse – TrumpetRIP Bernie.[Video by Joe Ramos/Ramos Media Services]
The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Kokkalis Program on Southeast and East-Central Europe, which strives to support individuals committed to invigorating the public sector in Southeastern and East-Central Europe by providing fellowships for study at HKS, will host a four-day HKS executive training program May 31-June 3 titled “Leading, Innovating and Negotiating: Critical Strategies for Public Sector Executives.”The program, designed exclusively for senior professionals in the public and nonprofit sectors in Southeast and East-Central Europe, will offer participants analytical and problem-solving tools that are critical for advancing individual and organizational goals and vital for generating, managing, and leveraging innovation in an era of growing global complexity.Administered by the Kokkalis Program, the executive training program will take place in Athens, Greece, at the Athens Information Technology institute (AIT).The deadline for applications is April 26. For more information and application instructions, visit the HKS Executive Education Web site.
As President Trump signals that he wants to expand the nation’s nuclear arsenal, two experts at a Harvard forum argued Thursday that some of the touted advantages of being a nuclear power have been overstated.Speaking at the Harvard Kennedy School, Matthew Fuhrmann and Todd Sechser said nuclear weapons deter aggression, but they questioned the common view that they are also useful as a coercive tool against adversaries.“We found very little evidence actually that nuclear weapons have been successfully used in a coercive role in the past, even though countries have tried many times to do it,” said Sechser, an associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia.Sechser and Fuhrmann, an associate professor of political science and Ray A. Rothrock ’77 Fellow at Texas A&M University, spoke as part of the Project on Managing the Atom seminar series offered by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.The co-author with Fuhrmann of a new book, “Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy,” Sechser noted that the United States launched a nuclear weapons overhaul three years ago. He said President Trump has indicated he will continue the program, citing a tweet in which he said the nation must “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capabilities.”“But before we spend $1 trillion buying new and more capable nuclear weapons, it’s worth taking a step back and asking, what is all of that money bringing us?” Sechser said.As far back as Presidents Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sechser said, American leaders and academics have argued that nuclear weapons can be instruments of coercion as well as deterrence.In contemporary debates, he said, the argument has been used “to justify very aggressive responses to nuclear proliferation, including the use of military force, to stop countries like Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and to argue against further nuclear cuts in the United States.”“It’s compelling, it’s simple, it’s straightforward,” he said of the theory. “There’s just one problem: It’s not true.”Sechser said he tabulated 210 instances from 1918 to 2001 in which nations tried to coerce other countries, and found that nuclear states achieved their ends 20.4 percent of the time, while non-nuclear states had a 32.1 percent success rate.“What this analysis shows is that nuclear weapons just don’t seem to be playing the big role in coercive diplomacy,” Sechser said.The speakers argued that nuclear coercion does not work well because it lacks credibility: Target nations do not believe the aggressor nation will actually deploy the weapons, for reasons that include the likely international political consequences.Fuhrmann said opposing scholars often claim nuclear powers can overcome the credibility problem by engaging in brinkmanship, through actions such as putting their nuclear forces on alert to “raise the risk of an accident or something catastrophic happening that will lead to a nuclear disaster.”But Fuhrmann said that in actuality national leaders are not likely to want to take steps that would run the risk of an accidental nuclear war — and even if they did take such steps, there is no guarantee the action would be clearly understood by the target nation.“In practice, foreign policy signals are garbled all the time,” he said.Fuhrmann said an analysis he and Sechser undertook of actual episodes of nuclear brinkmanship since 1945 shows little evidence of usefulness. Of the 19 cases they documented, nine were unsuccessful because the nations engaging in the coercion did not achieve their ends. In the remaining cases those ends were realized, but Fuhrman said a closer look casts doubt on whether the brinkmanship played an effective role.Applying their findings to the new U.S. administration, Fuhrmann said that Trump “seems to really embrace brinkmanship. He has said publicly multiple times that he sees unpredictability as an asset and that by cultivating a reputation for being capricious and unpredictable and a little bit crazy he can gain concessions from his opponents.”While Trump hasn’t explicitly invoked nuclear weapons in that context, “it doesn’t take too much imagination to think that he might … believe that based on the logic of unpredictability, nuclear weapons would be useful for coercive diplomacy,” Fuhrmann said.But Fuhrmann said history shows that it is “exceedingly dangerous to use nuclear threats to gain concessions … even if you embrace unpredictability. So the prospect of the United States gaining concessions because of its nuclear arsenal moving forward, we see as quite dim.”
To assist collectors, Auction Fire has added Want Lists to its’ free online auction service offerings.A Want List enables a registered user to set up keywords whereby they willreceive email notification should a new auction listing match their specified criteria.So for instance, if someone collects Harry Potter trading cards, they can set up a keyword phrase: “Harry Potter Card”so that they are notified every time one goes up for auction.The keywords can be as specific or as general as the user desires. The Want List may be viewed manually for matches in real time at the Auction Fire website.Email notification can be turned on or off for any of the keyword phrases independently.Another nice Want List feature is the fact that the email notification includes the item description and the photo (if available) so that the shopperneed not visit the Auction Fire website unnecessarily unless the auction is of interest to them.”We will continue to advance our technology so that we continue to grow rapidly and are recognized as a major player,” says Auction Fire Founder and CEO Aaron Bradley.”The reason for this latest software upgrade is that it gives us the ability to acquire more new members even when we do not currently have what they are seekingin our marketplace. The Want List encourages new visitors to join us so that they can potentially find what they seek at a future time, without having to constantly re-check our listings manually on a regular basis.”In addition to Want Lists, Auction Fire has also introduced “Watch Lists” which allow members to bookmark an auction listing so that they mayeasily check its progress at anytime quickly and easily.”We are working hard to make the marketplace appealing to shoppers and especially collectors. We understand that there are much larger venues available sowe need to be innovative in order to successfully promote our website as an attractive alternative,” says Bradley. “We are encouraged by our recent explosive growth,and have received numerous compliments from our current membership base regarding our superior customer support and quality of service.”
A Mountain Valley Pipeline protester barricaded inside the pipeline has been arrested New park coming to North Carolina’s Catawba County A Maryland man who barricaded himself inside a portion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in West Virginia has been extracted and arrested. The 19-year-old was removed from a 42-inch diameter pipe, which was waiting to be welded before being buried. After his removal from the pipeline, the man was arrested and charged with two felonies—threats of terrorist acts and property destruction—as well as two misdemeanors. He was released after posting $8,500 bond. The pipe the man occupied is still draped in banners from an activist group Appalachians Against Pipelines. The banners read “STOP WORK: PERSON IN PIPE” and “MVP: THE TRUE TERRORIST.” The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a controversial natural gas pipeline slated to run approximately 300 miles from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia. The unfinished Foothills Parkway section could become the next big hiking destination The Foothills Parkway, which runs through the Tennessee foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has been driving a record number of visitors to the park since a 34-mile continuous stretch of road was completed last year. But a 33-mile unfinished stretch of the Foothills Parkway may become the next big attraction to hikers. The original plan for the Foothills Parkway, created in the 1940’s, was for the road to or run 72 miles along the northern boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Today, a 34 mile continuous stretch of road is complete, as well as another 5.6-mile section of the parkway on the eastern end of the park. The remaining 33 miles of planned parkway remains untouched and there’s a good chance it will stay that way. Recently, government leaders met to discuss how the right-of-way to that land could be used for hikers and bikers. A proposal for how best to use the land is now in the works and could be completed in the next couple of months. The Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina has purchased 188 acres in Catawba County, the first step in a larger effort to acquire lands on the Jacob Fork and Henry Fork rivers for a new state park. Conserving the property, which was purchased from two private landowners, permanently protects one-and-a-half miles of forest along the Jacob Fork River. In addition to conserving the land, the purchase will have a positive impact on the City of Newton’s drinking water, which comes from the Jacob Fork River. The land acquisition also includes Jacob Fork East Corridor; a North Carolina natural Heritage Program designated natural area, and preserves scenic views from the river for canoers and kayakers to enjoy. A private loan and a grant from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund, as well as grants from the Beaver Foundation and Unifour Foundation, enabled the Foothills Conservancy to purchase the property.
As part of the ongoing cooperation, Alan Gogbashian, head of the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico Department at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Ambassador Fisher, visited the new unit’s facilities on August 14. There, they learned about the DNCD’s actions in detail, including the joint operations it conducts with the Ministry of Defense and the Prosecutor’s Office. The tactical operations have forced go-fast boats carrying drugs from South America to change routes toward the Eastern Caribbean Basin. The importance of cooperation U.S. authorities estimate that 6 percent of the cocaine entering the United States and Europe passes through the Dominican Republic – but Dominican authorities have made major strides in recent months in the fight against drug trafficking. The joint effort is part of the bilateral cooperation strategy officials from the Dominican Republic and the United Kingdom signed July 25 in England — an agreement that includes a donation of $2.36 million and the creation of a new division of the DNCD. The first training course was opened by the director of National Drug Enforcement Bureau (DNCD, for its Spanish acronym), Dominican Air Force Major General Julio César Souffront Velázquez, together with the representative from the Dominican Republic’s National Council on Drugs, Fidias Aristy, and the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Steven Fischer. International cooperation is crucial in the fight against drug traffickers who use the Dominican Republic as a major transshipment route for cocaine en route to Europe, as well as to the U.S. Organized crime groups transport cocaine to northern destinations on planes, go-fast boats, private vessels, and in containers on cargo ships. Security forces arrested three suspects in connection with the cocaine, which was hidden in a shipment of coconuts on a ship from Puerto Rico headed to the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, the heroin was concealed in a refrigerated shipping container that was bound for Puerto Rico. Transshipment point Sharing intelligence The training, beginning on July 28th, focuses on gathering intelligence to combat drug-trafficking networks that ship narcotics to the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, and other European countries. It consists of 12 modules that will be taught by a group of NCA specialists, as well as support personnel from private security firms in the United Kingdom, said Daniel Pou, an associate analyst and researcher at the Latin American School of Social Sciences in the Dominican Republic. Latitude is a program aimed at fostering Caribbean and European Union countries’ efforts in the fight against drug trafficking aboard yachts and sailboats bringing drugs to the UK. As a member of the Latitude initiative, the DNCD announced on May 5 the creation of the Maritime Intelligence Team (MIT), a unit that would operate under the Joint Intelligence and Coordination Center to identify and monitor vessels suspected of trafficking drugs from South America. In recognition of the successful battle the DNCD has waged against international drug trafficking, the United Kingdom made the agency a member of its National Criminal Investigation Bureau (NCIB) on October 25, 2014. There, the National Criminal Investigation Bureau also promised to use the Latitude database to share intelligence with the National Drug Enforcement Bureau DNCD to support the identification of vessels suspected of trafficking drugs. For example, on July 26, after extensive intelligence work, DNCD agents, in coordination with other security agencies, seized 24 kilograms of cocaine at the Manzanillo Pier in the province of Montecristi, and 18 kilograms of heroin at Multimodal Caucedo Port in Santo Domingo. The MIT will have a trained intelligence team whose members will have access to the Latitude database. Research and operations personnel from the Dominican Republic’s new Transnational Drug Enforcement Division (DTCN, for its Spanish acronym) are training at the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA). “These actions are good steps for the Dominican Republic and the United Kingdom in the fight against drug trafficking,” Pou said. “The UK understands the ever-growing presence of Mexican and Colombian cartels on Dominican territory, and how cunning theses gangs are in smuggling drugs.” “The exercise is focused on criminal intelligence on drug trafficking,” Pou added. “For security reasons, authorities have not provided any information on the actual content of the training.” Officials with the NCA are also sharing their experiences with their counterparts in the Dominican Republic. By Dialogo August 26, 2015 “International cooperation is essential for confronting the drug scourge. The Dominican Republic has demonstrated its commitment and shows the limitless support of the upper levels of the government for DNCD’s actions,” Maj. Gen. Souffront said during the opening ceremony. “We hope that other countries that also face this problem invest in the commitment to attack the drug scourge and money laundering.”
APALACHIN (WBNG) — Apalachin fire officials say two pets were killed in a house fire on Lillie Hill Road Monday. Assistant Fire Chief Steve Luker says the house is a “total loss.” The fire started in the rear of the residence but what caused it is unknown. Luker says the American Red Cross is assisting the family who has been displaced from the fire. The blaze took about three hours to put out, Luker says, and departments from Tioga and Broome counties were called to help put it out.
The back deck of the house at 296 Ferguson Rd, Seven Hills. The kitchen at 296 Ferguson Rd, Seven Hills. Picture: realestate.com.au.Location and land were major drawcards.The house sits on a bigger than average 728 sqm of land just 15 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD.As well as three bedrooms, there is a sitting room which could be converted into a fourth bedroom, and two bathrooms (although one is only partially renovated). The backyard of the property at 296 Ferguson Rd, Seven Hills.The owner bought the property at 296 Ferguson Road in May 2017 for $640,000 and has just flipped it for $740,000 — without spending a cent on it.Universal Buyers Agents director Darren Piper said there was a large number of “mum and dad” renovators in the market hunting for similar properties, which made it hard for buyers to find a suitable investment and turn a profit quickly. FAMILY SNAPS UP A WATERSLIDE WONDER More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago HIA SAYS HOUSING MARKET COOLING MORE HOMES UP FOR GRABS The back deck on the house at 296 Ferguson Rd, Seven Hills. The partially renovated bathroom at 296 Ferguson Rd, Seven Hills. The second bathroom at 296 Ferguson Rd, Seven Hills. Picture: realestate.com.au.It has a huge timber deck, which is perfect for pets and entertaining, polished timber floors, an open plan living design and a renovated kitchen.Seven Hills has a median house price of $760,000, according to property data firm CoreLogic. This house at 296 Ferguson Rd, Seven Hills, made $100,000 in nine months.FROM the outside it leaves a lot to be desired and the bathroom isn’t even finished, but this home has just gone under contract for $100,000 more than it sold for just nine months ago.Described as a “diamond in the rough”, one property investor has just made a tidy profit on this three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in the tightly-held suburb of Seven Hills in Brisbane’s inner east. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The front of the house at 296 Ferguson Rd, Seven Hills. Picture: realestate.com.au.“This client gave me a very specific brief and was only looking to purchase in two suburbs at the time,” Mr Piper said.“Ten days after signing with me, I found an off-market house that ticked all the boxes.”So what is it about this property that made it such an appealing investment? This property at 296 Ferguson Rd, Seven Hills, has sold for $740,000. Picture: realestate.com.au.
Netherlands Railways’ subsidiary NS Cargo is planning to launch next year an international network of services to Frankfurt-am-Main, Zürich, Basel, Paris and Milano for ‘just-in-time’ air freight traffic. Wheeled containers would speed loading and unloading.The British government is considering a partial privatisation of London Underground to raise funds for modernisation; ministers confirmed on September 17 that they were looking at the possible creation and sale of two or three infrastructure companies, with operations to be retained in the public sector or franchised. Shares in Hong Kong based Hopewell Holdings recovered in mid-September following suggestions that Thai or Chinese investers might take an 80% stake in the troubled Berts elevated road and rail project in Bangkok. Civil Engineering contractor Philipp Holzmann (Thai) Co confirmed on August 18 that it had suspended work because of unpaid bills (RG 9.97 p613).Look for São Paulo Metro to issue an information memorandum this month for work on the first phase of Line 4 between Vila Sonia and Paulista. Final bids are to be called in the first quarter of 1998.Slovak Republic Railways plans to modernise its rolling stock fleet over the next three years at a cost of DM600m. Almost half of the money will go on refurbishment or replacement of 500 coaches; many of ZSR’s 2150 vehicles are more than 20 years old.This month is expected to see the go-ahead for construction of the long-planned road and rail link across Italy’s Messina Straits linking Reggio Calabria with Sicily. A 3·4 km suspension bridge will carry 10 road lanes and a double-track railway 64m above the strait. The 8000bn lire project is to start in 1999 and will take seven years.Albania is negotiating for EU funding to help complete the planned rail links from Pogradec to Ohrid in Macedonia and Florina in Greece, following the approval of Ecu 350000 in Phare funds to help with management restructuring. Work on the related link from Kumanovo in Macedonia to Gyueshevo in Bulgaria has been suspended because of cost over-runs and a shortage of funding.China’s Fujiang province is seeking international funding for construction of six rail links with neighbouring provinces by 2010, the aim being to become a gateway for traffic to and from Taiwan.Expect another formal go-ahead soon for construction of France’s TGV Est from Paris to Strasbourg. Cabinet minister and Mayor of Strasbourg Catherine Trautmann said on September 5 that ‘this grand infrastructure’ would be launched shortly with full technical and financial details.The Iranian parliament has approved plans for a second rail link with Turkmenistan, serving the northwest of the country. Turkmenistan Railways was expected to reach agreement last month with Japan’s Overseas Economic Co-operation Fund for a ´4·5bn loan to fund upgrading and expansion of the rail network.The government of Nicaragua has endorsed plans to build a 340 km trans-isthmus freight railway at a cost of US$1·5bn. Canal Interoceanico de Nicaragua hopes to have fast container trains running by 2002 as a landbridge rival to the Panama Canal.
Image via: marthabowman.orgIn the parable we have this weekend, Jesus relates how the tenants of a vineyard repeatedly mistreated and killed servants of the vineyard owner. The parable ends when the tenants murder the owner’s son. Such is the picture that Jesus paints of the religious leaders of his day. For years God sent prophets to their forefathers and they rejected their message. And in like manner these elders rejected John the Baptist. And sadly they were now rejecting him.The image of the stone rejected comes from the ancient quarries where highly-trained stonemasons carefully chose stones used in construction. No stone was more important than the cornerstone because the integrity of the whole structure depended on the cornerstone containing exactly the right lines. If the cornerstone was not exactly right, the entire building would be out of line. For that reason, builders inspected many stones, rejecting each one until they found the one they wanted. Rejected stones might be used in other parts of the building, but they would never become the cornerstone or the capstone (the first and last stones put in place).A rejected stone which is the stone most needed for a building’s integrity is one of the Bible’s more arresting paradoxes. The Bible speaks in a variety of different modes – poetry, prose, miracle, history, parable, and proverbs. But paradoxical sayings, I have always thought, come closest to being its favoured mode. In the New Testament, it is lame who enter the kingdom first, not those with full use of their legs, the meek who inherit the earth, not the movers and the shakers; in the Old Testament, God is not in thunder and lightning but in a gentle breeze. When Samuel has to choose king for Israel his choice is not among the best and the brightest but falls on the forgotten shepherd boy in the fields. And in the Incarnation the Creator of heaven and earth comes to earth as a helpless infant.What’s the point of paradox? What does the Bible suggest by its frequent usage?Sometimes a paradox simply expresses something unexpected, as in ‘the first shall be last, and the last first.’ The ‘first’ here refers simply to the Jews, to whom the revelation of God first came but found no believers; the ‘last’ are the Gentiles, who were not intended as the original recipients. They came into the picture when the Jews failed to measure up. The ‘last’ became ‘first.’The paradoxes of a more puzzling kind are not in that vein. They are meant rather to subvert our normal way of looking at things, so we can think ‘outside the box,’ as we say. They are meant to pull us up short and make us take a second look. What is the meekness that inherits the earth? The meek are normally those who get pushed around. By the time they get to the top of the line, whatever’s being shared is all gone. By meekness the Bible is suggesting a particular quality of receptivity, the openness required to receive gifts. The earth, i.e. the manifold abundance of creation, is something no one can really or fully possess. We can only do as we consent to receive it as a gift; and it is those who are meek who enshrine this required attitude. Hence it is they who ‘inherit.’ They are the ones who ‘come into’ into its possession.Let ‘s get back to the stone rejected. As I indicated, Jesus meant this to refer to himself. He came unto his own, St. John would later write, and his own received him not. That referred not just to the religious leaders of the day who for one reason or another, including envy, refused to pay him any attention. It meant also the secular leaders (princes and procurators) who didn’t give him the time of day either.I cannot help thinking that the same is true today of many parts of the world – the Western world The secular is all that’s important. Everything else is relegated to privacy, i.e. for those who still want to think in terms that mean nothing to the majority of the rest of society. For these societies (it’s not just a matter of individuals) Jesus is the stone rejected, regarded as of no use for any part of any building.This is the big challenge for believers today. They live without social support. Their faith must be deeply personal, if it is to have enduring effects in their own lives and contribute quality to their witness. From the first week of Advent we will begin the Creed by saying ‘I believe’ instead of ‘We believe.’ The change could not have come at a more necessary time. Faith cannot be subsumed under the generality of ‘We believe.’ Every believer must say deeply for himself or herself, as if they alone mattered: ‘I believe.’By: Father Henry Charles Ph.d Share Tweet FaithLifestyleLocalNews The stone rejected by the builders by: – October 1, 2011 887 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share