Spafford Welcomes Todd Stoops At The Music Hall of Williamsburg [Photos/Audio/Video]

first_imgSpafford and Mungion are in the midst of their first-ever spring tour together, and it’s off to a smashing start. Last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY, fans were treated to an exciting double bill that kept the room rocking and rolling in the right direction.With high energy performances showcasing their top-level musicianship, Mungion never stray too far away from each other and display impressive interplay between members. With a style that is easily danceable and laden with heavy grooves, Spafford is creating improvisational highlights on a nightly basis that are simply extraordinary. Together, they deliver an exciting new direction that gives the jam scene hope for a bright future.Spafford’s two set extravaganza gave fans in Brooklyn a chance to get acquainted with their impressive mix of originals and sing along Grateful Dead and Tears for Fears. To the surprise of all, Todd Stoops (Electric Beethoven) joined in for the first set-closing “Ain’t That Wrong.”Watch Todd Stoops join Spafford for “Ain’t That Wrong” in the video below:You can also enjoy full show audio from Matt Moricle below:SpaffordMungionTonight, they head to Hamden, CT at The Outerspace / Ballroom.Setlist: Spafford | Music Hall of Williamsburg | Brooklyn, NY | 4/13/17I: Slip and Squander, All In, Electric Taco Stand, Diana, Feel Like a Stranger [1], Ain’t That Wrong [2]II: In the Eyes of Thieves, Mad World [3], Funkadelic > Galisteo Way, Beautiful Day > Leave the Light OnEncore: America (fake out pause) > The Reprise [4][1] The Grateful Dead[2] w/ Todd Stoops on keys[3] Tears for Fears[4] with Long PauseSetlist: Mungion | Music Hall of Williamsburg | Brooklyn, NY | 4/13/17Disco Rice>Nuthead, Casual Titus>Myrtle, Ferris Wheel’s Day Off, Chemical Plant Zone (Sonic The Hedgehog Theme), Life During Wartime (Talking Heads cover)E: One Night StanEnjoy the full gallery below, courtesy of Jeremy Gordon. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Colombia Launches New Efforts Against Illegal Mining Operations

first_imgThis is the only way to produce true change and avoid a greater environmental catastrophe, Lt. Col. Luque said. “The real losers of this phenomenon are Colombia’s future generations.” “Corruption is the backbone of illegal mining,” Lt. Col. Luque said, “and unless we stop it, we won’t have a chance at success.” Security forces destroyed five backhoe loaders worth nearly $800,000 (about $2.4 billion pesos) that allegedly belonged to the ELN and halted all illegal mining activities in a 360-hectare area. Repairing the environmental damage caused by the illegal mining operation will cost almost $100 billion pesos (approximately $30 million), according to the Army. This was the first coordinated effort of the Army’s Special Brigade against Illegal Mining, an elite unit that security authorities formed in October. The Brigade’s mission is to battle the proliferation of illicit gold, coal, emerald, and gravel mines. These illicit operations have replaced drug trafficking as the main source of income for many organized crime groups. The underground gold mines in Buriticá, in the department of Antioquia, are good examples. Canadian company Continental Gold has the only mining permit to operate in the area. Legal miners working for the company extract around 6,000 ounces of gold annually. Meanwhile, illegal miners have dug nearly 900 kilometers of tunnels in the mountain under precarious conditions and have extracted about 60,000 ounces of gold annually, according to Continental Gold records corroborated by the Special Brigade against Illegal Mining. Those engaging in illegal mining are motivated by money. An illegal miner can earn more than $8 million pesos (approximately $2,500) a month, more than 10 times the monthly minimum wage, and several times more than they could earn as a legal miner or even as an illegal coca producer. Currently, a kilogram of coca – the main ingredient used to make cocaine – can be sold in Bogotá for about $4.5 million pesos (approximately $1,500), while a kilogram of gold can reach prices of up to $90 million pesos (about $30,000), according to Army intelligence. Environmental damage By Dialogo February 25, 2016 Illegal mining has grown exponentially in Colombia in recent years, according to Colombian Military Intelligence. Organized crime groups have increased their income from such enterprises, according to Lt. Col. Luque, and the rising price of gold and the devaluation of the Colombian peso have increased their monetary yield. A growing problem Criminal organizations throughout the country have tried to exploit these trends. Some, for example, have extorted miners who are not affiliated with organized crime, providing them with equipment and forcing them to extract precious metals, such as gold and gems, including emeralds. In some instances, organized crime groups directly run illegal mining operations. For example, in December, National Police agents captured 14 alleged members of the Clan Úsuga organized crime group suspected of running an illegal mining operation in the Urabá Gulf region, near Colombia’s border with Panama. Current numbers are not available, but according to the most recent mining census released in 2011 by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, at least 63 percent of all mines in Colombia operate illegally. The census also stated that when it comes to gold mines, that figure rises to 90.9 percent, meaning that about one out of every 10 gold mines in the country is paying taxes and operating under the minimum legal requirements dictated by the Ministry of Energy and Mines. The Special Brigade against Illegal Mining is starting an investigation into the importers of mining materials and the entities in charge of overseeing them. It is also preparing new, interagency-coordinated operations that aim to destroy mining equipment, offer financial options for miners, and establish a sustained Military presence that prevents illegal groups from returning. Criminal organizations like the ELN, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Clan Úsuga, and other so-called BACRIMs (criminal groups) all charge a fee for every ounce mined in their territories, and then an extra fee for any ounce that leaves or for any machinery or any materials that come in or out. Therefore, they can earn around $6 billion pesos (approximately $2 million) a month from a mining complex like the one near the San Bingo River in Cauca – all of it without their men having to mine a single gram of gold. Colombian National Army Troops, police officers, and Attorney General’s Office agents dismantled a major illegal mining operation run by the National Liberation Army (ELN) along the San Bingo River, a once fast-flowing waterway in the jungles of the southwestern department of Cauca. The environmental damage caused by illegal mining is also growing exponentially, as the San Bingo River clearly demonstrates. A recent report by the country’s Office of the Ombudsman carried out in six departments reveals that Colombia is losing almost 16,700 hectares of forests to illegal mining every year, and wasting more than 13 million cubic meters of water, the total used on average each year by more than 4,500 U.S. citizens. And that does not take into account the water that is poisoned by the mercury used in the gold mines next to river beds, according to Col. Luque. The reasons are clear: 3.4 kilograms of imported mercury are sold for $7 million pesos (about $2,300), while a kilogram in the black market can be sold for about $12 million pesos (approximately $4,000). As for heavy machinery, it is often illegally insured in such a way that criminals are often repaid for the backhoe loaders and other equipment that are destroyed as part of any Police and Army operations, according to an investigation by the Special Brigade against Illegal Mining. “Drug trafficking is now a part of history,” said Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Eduardo Luque of the Special Brigade against Illegal Mining. “It’s not as it used to be before. Today, the money is in illegal mining.” This specific illegal activity can all be traced to corruption by some business people, according to Lt. Col. Luque. Colombia has strict laws regulating the import and distribution of the main elements required for large-scale underground or river mining, such as mercury, explosives, and heavy machinery. Nevertheless, criminals procure these elements by corrupting key people in the industries that can legally acquire them. last_img read more

Berekum Chelsea hands two of its coaches an indefinite suspension

first_imgBerekum Chelsea have suspended technical director Hans Van Der Pluym and head Coach Yusif Abubakar following a training ground altercation on Thursday.Reports reaching JOY Sports from the club indicate that the pair had to be separated by the players after trading some punches.The unfortunate incident happened when Head Coach Yusif Abubakar lost his cool after disagreeing with some decisions by Hans Van Der Pluym during yesterday’s session.The club has asked the two trainers to step aside indefinitely while junior team Coach Annor Walker takes charge for this Sunday’s MTN FA Cup clash against Unity Stars.“We have not been able to establish the fact about what brought that misunderstanding, but what we heard was that there was a misunderstanding between the two so quickly we went to the training grounds and asked them to go home”, said Isaac Amponsah, spokesperson of Chelsea“The authorities have tasked junior team coach Annor Walker to take over for our subsequent training programmes as we continue to settle with the two,”.last_img read more


first_imgGAA: CAVAN will start the SFC match against Donegal on Sunday with no fewer than five deubtants.Robert Maloney-Derham, Brendan Fitzpatrick Kevin Meehan, Niall Smith and Ulster Under-21 medal winner Jack Brady will be in the line-up.The captain of last year’s provincial U-21 title winners Gearoid McKiernan will also start after shaking off an injury. There will also be a comeback by John McCutcheon for the Breffni Park qualifier (throw-in at 3.30pm), new Cavan manager Terry Hyland announced.The winners of Sunday’s game will play Derry in the Ulster SFC quarter-final on June 16.Cavan SFC v Donegal: J Reilly, P O’Reilly, D Reilly, R Flanagan, K Meehan, J McCutcheon, R Maloney-Derham, D Givney, G McKiernan, F Flanagan, M McKeever, N Smith, J Brady, E Keating, B Fitzpatrick.Subs: Keith Fannin.Killian Clarke.Jason McLoughlin.Darragh Tighe.Fergal Slowey.Thomas Corr.Joshua Hayes.Kevin Tierney.Niall McDermott.Ray Galligan.Ray Cullivan. GAA: CAVAN NAME FIVE DEBUTANTS IN TEAM TO FACE DONEGAL was last modified: May 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: CAVAN NAME FIVE DEBUTANTS IN TEAM TO FACE DONEGALlast_img read more