Umphrey’s McGee Shares ‘Back At The ‘Nac’ Live Album, Joel Cummins Announces Rare Solo Show

first_imgToday, Umphrey’s McGee released a band curated “best of” album, Back At The ‘Nac, compiled of material from the band’s recent four-night New Year’s run at Atlanta, GA’s Tabernacle.Umphrey’s McGee notes that, “‘Back At The ‘Nac’ is a band curated ‘best of’ album recorded over 4 nights of the 2018 New Year’s Eve run at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. BATN is over 3 1/2 hours of music featuring Antwaun Stanley, Jeff Coffin, and Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret Horns.”Back At The ‘Nac features noteworthy, exploratory renditions of “2×2”, “Blue Echo”, “Higgins”, “Slacker”, and “All In Time”, as well as many other choice cuts from the band’s recent jaunt in Atlanta.The album is available here for download, and can be streamed via nugs.net and UMLive respectively.In other Umphrey’s McGee related news, keyboardist Joel Cummins announced a rare solo show, set to take place on Sunday, February 24th at Chicago, IL’s Tonic Room. Cummins solo performance will feature special guest Jason Kearney.For more information and tickets, head to the event page here.last_img read more

US Calls Out Iran, China, and Venezuela on Human Rights Abuses

first_imgBy Nike Ching / Voice of America / Edited by Diálogo Staff April 24, 2020 The United States is condemning authoritarian governments around the world for suppressing people with severe human rights “violations and abuses” to control any activities that might threaten their power.“Experience teaches that government officials who oppress, abuse, and tolerate the denial of the human rights of their own people are also responsible for creating social environments that are ripe for both economic and humanitarian crises, and that encourage corruption, violent conflict, and terrorism,” said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a March 11 statement unveiling the 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.IranOn Iran, the U.S. report highlighted the widespread protests that began last November after a fuel price increase.The Tehran government “blocked almost all international and local internet connections for most of a week, and security forces used lethal force to end the protests, killing approximately 1,500 persons and detaining 8,600, according to international media reports. There was no indication government entities were pursuing independent or impartial investigations into protester deaths,” said the State Department.Supporters of Juan Guaidó confront Venezuelan security forces preventing them to continue on their way to the National Assembly in Caracas, on March 10, 2020. (Photo: Jonathan Lanza / NurPhoto / AFP)The U.S. report detailed a grim picture in Iran, citing significant human rights abuses including executions for crimes not meeting the international legal standard and without fair trials of individuals.The State Department also said Iranian government officials materially contributed to human rights abuses in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, through military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and pro-Iran militia groups.ChinaOn China, the State Department’s human rights report focused on Chinese Communist Party officials’ intensified campaign of mass detention of members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang).“In China, the Chinese Communist Party uses high-tech surveillance systems to monitor potential dissidents. It’s imprisoning religious minorities in internment camps, part of its historic antipathy to religious believers,” Pompeo told reporters at the press briefing.The State Department report says Chinese authorities reportedly have “arbitrarily detained more than one million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Muslims in extrajudicial internment camps designed to erase religious and ethnic identities.”The report said official repression of the freedoms of speech, religion, movement, association and assembly of predominantly Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang, and Tibetans in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), was more severe than in other areas of the country.Washington also notes that in China, human rights issues include arbitrary or unlawful killings, forced disappearances, and arbitrary detention by the government; harsh and life-threatening prison and detention conditions; physical attacks on and criminal prosecution of journalists, lawyers, writers, bloggers, dissidents, petitioners, and others as well as their family members; and the forcible return of asylum-seekers to North Korea.VenezuelaOn Venezuela, the report cited restrictions on political participation and the stifling of free expression.“For more than a decade, political power has been concentrated in a single party with an authoritarian executive exercising significant control over the judicial, citizens’ power, and electoral branches of government,” said the State Department, citing that the reelection of Nicolás Maduro as Venezuela’s president is “neither free nor fair” and deeply flawed.The State Department report also pointed to issues including unlawful or arbitrary killings, including extrajudicial killings by security forces of the Maduro regime; forced disappearances; torture by security forces; arbitrary detention by security forces; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; political prisoners; unlawful interference with privacy; and lack of judicial independence.The U.S. report said the Maduro regime restricts freedom of expression and of the press by routinely blocking signals and interfering with the operations of, or shutting down, privately owned television, radio and other media outlets.last_img read more

Canada handled the coronavirus outbreak better than United States: PM Trudeau

first_imgCanada handled the novel coronavirus outbreak better than many of its allies, including the United States, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday, in a rare public comment on the faltering US effort.Canada – with a population one-tenth the size of the United States – has so far recorded 8,711 deaths and 106,167 cases and Trudeau said the situation was stabilizing, although some hot spots remained.In contrast, the United States has recorded more than 3 million cases and 131,336 deaths. Authorities have reported alarming upswings of daily case loads in roughly two dozen states over the past two weeks. “We were able to control the virus better than many of our allies, particularly including our neighbor,” Trudeau told a briefing, saying Canada’s success would help efforts to restart the economy.Canada and the United States have blocked nonessential travel between the two nations since March and are discussing whether to extend the ban when it expires on July 21.Canadian health officials said the death toll could hit 8,900 by July 17.Deputy chief public health officer Howard Njoo said the outbreak was largely under control, while stressing measures such as contact tracing and quarantine would still be essential.”If we relax too much or too soon, the epidemic will most likely rebound, with explosive growth as a distinct possibility,” he told a separate news conference.Although Trudeau’s relations with US President Donald Trump have been good over the last 18 months, he skipped a Washington meeting on Wednesday to herald the start of a new continental trade agreement with the United States and Mexico.Trudeau, who would have had to enter a 14-day quarantine period on his return, repeated concerns about the possible imposition of US tariffs on Canadian exports of aluminum. Topics :last_img read more

‘Climate Change a Global Threat’

first_imgForeign Affairs Minister Marjon Kamara has warned that unless concrete steps are taken to actualize the Paris agreement on climate change, the world stands to suffer its devastating consequences. She said while it is equally important to take a critical look at the prospects of financing and development goals, the issue which brought Member States together in New York is essential for all because the issue of climate change concerns the existence of our planet.According to a dispatch from New York, Minister Kamara was delivering a statement on behalf President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the High-Level signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Friday. The agreement, which ambitiously aims to reduce greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, is intended to limit global warming by 2100 to “well below 2 degrees Celsius” or (3.6 degree F). Friday’s signing was seen as a major step towards the realization of the target goal, with over 175 countries signing on to the document.Minister Kamara said there can be no denying that climate change and its effects present an existential threat to the global community including Africa which is threatened by an ever advancing desert, soil erosion on ocean fronts as well as unpredictable rainy seasons. ‘’Ultimately, we are all on the same boat. We both take the difficult steps and make the future of our planet a high global priority or we put future generations at risk,” she indicated, adding, “The one responsibility that we all share as humans is to leave this planet better than we found it.” Minister Kamara, who joined many world leaders in signing the Paris Agreement, said that signing the binding and universal agreement signifies a renewed hope and commitment to pursue a set of policies and strategies aimed at addressing the adverse impacts of climate change; adding, “Liberia has already initiated actions toward the ratification of the agreement this year.” Speaking on steps being taken by the government of Liberia towards climate change, Minister Kamara indicated that since 2014, Liberia established a Climate Change Secretariat and developed a national low emission strategy which is being integrated into the country’s Agenda for Transformation. She said this strategy targets reduction in carbon emission, climate agriculture production and defense against coastal erosion. This strategy, according to Minister Kamara, has an implementation period of five years, with overreaching objectives of achieving the “well below 2 degree Celsius” target.She further informed world leaders that Liberia has also established a national adaptation program of action for climate change and a national biodiversity strategy and action plan for protection of biodiversity. “We are working closely with the private sector and civil society, including women and youth groups to provide education, training and heightening awareness to increase citizens’ participation in climate change activities,” Kamara informed the assembly.While lauding the progress being made by many countries in developing efficient renewable energy, Minister Kamara said the Paris Agreement charts a new path for global partnership to ensure that all nations have a chance of producing and using clean renewable energy. She, however, noted that significant increased financial flows and investments are required for the greening of world economies and therefore called on nations to rise to the challenge by taking urgent and robust actions using the Paris Agreement as an enabling platform. Addressing the world leaders earlier, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the global community is racing against time and that the era of consumption without consequence was over. “The poor and most vulnerable must not suffer further from a problem they did not create,” he urged.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who signed the document while holding his granddaughter, said that the signing marks a milestone in the global effort to fight climate change.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool-bound Keita hits wonder goal for Leipzig

first_img0Shares0000Leipzig’s midfielder Naby Keita plays the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match against FC Schalke 04 January 13, 2018 © AFP / ROBERT MICHAELBERLIN, Germany, Jan 13 – Naby Keita showed why Liverpool want to sign him in this transfer window by scoring a superb goal for RB Leipzig in Saturday’s 3-1 Bundesliga win over Schalke.The 22-year-old Guinea midfielder, who already has a contract with Liverpool to join them next season, showed his class with a thunderbolt of a shot to give Leipzig the lead just before half-time. The result lifted Leipzig to second, 13 points behind leaders Bayern Munich who won 3-1 at Bayer Leverkusen on Friday, while Schalke drop to third.Liverpool reportedly want to bring Keita to Merseyside early after losing Philippe Countinho, who signed for Barcelona last week for 160 million euros.However, Leipzig’s director of sport Ralf Rangnick insisted Keita will not leave until the end of the season.“We know that the player will unfortunately leave us in the summer and that he will play with us until the end of the season,” Rangnick told Sky.“That’s all there is to it. Neither the player nor Liverpool have contacted us in this regard.”Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are set to pay around 70 million euros for the midfielder, but reports say they would pay an extra 15 million for Keita to join them early.After Leipzig’s Jean-Kevin Augustin had a penalty saved by Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann, Keita struck by rifling a shot home off his right boot on 41 minutes.He was taken off after fouling Alessandro Schoepf on 54 minutes — his fifth booking this season which means he is suspended for next Saturday’s game against Freiburg.Schalke drew level on 55 minutes when Brazil defender Naldo headed home, but Leipzig sealed the win with two goals in quick succession as Timo Werner came off the bench to score on 69 minutes after great work from Emil Forsberg.Portugal midfielder Bruma then slammed home a third goal two minutes later as Schalke suffered a first loss in 13 games, a run stretching back to September.– De Jong blunder –Earlier, Nigel de Jong made an unhappy return to the Bundesliga by conceding a first-half penalty as Mainz threw away the lead in a 3-2 defeat at Hanover.The defensive midfielder played for the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final defeat by Spain and won the 2012 Premier League title with Manchester City.The 33-year-old, who played for Hamburg between 2006 and 2009, has signed for Mainz until the end of the season.His new club claimed early goals by Japan striker Yoshinori Muto and Alexander Hack.However, after Hanover striker Niclas Fuellkrug made it 2-1 with a header towards the end of the first half, De Jong brought down midfielder Felix Klaus in the area and the referee pointed to the spot.Fuellkrug netted the resulting penalty on 38 minutes, then hit the winning goal 15 minutes from time to complete his hat-trick.The defeat leaves Mainz 15th in the table, just a point above the bottom three, while Hanover climb to 10th.Nigel de Jong, pictured here in 2016, has signed for Bundesliga strugglers Mainz until the end of the season © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Victor DecolongonThere was a happier return for Germany striker Mario Gomez, back at Stuttgart after an eight-year gap, as he helped seal a 1-0 win at home to Hertha Berlin.With time running out, former Bayern forward Gomez was brought down in the area by Hertha’s Niklas Stark.While the German international was appealing for a penalty, the ball looped off Stark’s boot and into the net for the winning own goal on 78 minutes.The result leaves Stuttgart 12th, one place below Hertha, who hit the post through Austria international Valentino Lazaro in the first half.Elsewhere, Augsburg climbed to seventh with a 1-0 win over strugglers Hamburg thanks to a winning header by South Korea international Koo Ja-Cheol.Eintracht Frankfurt blew the chance to jump from ninth to third after French striker Sebastien Haller gave them a lead at home to Freiburg, who equalised through a header by defender Robin Koch in the second half in a 1-1 draw.Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim played out a 1-1 draw as Czech international Theodor Gebre Selassie’s second-half goal for hosts Bremen cancelled out Benjamin Huebner’s first-half header.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more