The Infamous Stringdusters Brings Bluegrass Brilliance To Los Angeles’ Troubadour [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images One rarity deserves another, like a Blue Moon on Friday the 13th or the Golden State Warriors erasing a 3-1 deficit in the NBA playoffs only to give one right back the next round. On Wednesday night, that double rainbow came by way of a hootenanny on a rainy night in Los Angeles, courtesy of The Infamous Stringdusters at the Troubadour in West Hollywood.The band kicked off their 2019 tour, in support of their upcoming album entitled Rise Sun, with two blistering sets in front of an intimate but jubilant crowd. On Wednesday, the Stringdusters had yet to officially debut their new single, “Rise Sun”, so those who attended were at once blissfully ignorant to what dropped the very next day and perfectly locked into a vintage set from the Nashville bluegrass quintet.The Infamous Stringdusters did well to showcase their talent at every position, passing the leadership hat from one microphone to the next. Jeremy Garrett gave the spotlight a ride while fiddling through “Big River,” “Soul Searching,” “Let It Go” and a cover of U2’s “In God’s Country.” Andy Hall took his dobro for a spin while singing to “Night on the River” and “You Can’t Stop the Changes.” Travis Book took his double bass for a stroll through “Rockets,” “Get It While You Can,” “It’ll Be Alright,” “How Far I’d Fall For You,” “Thirsty in the Rain” and a cover of Sly and the Family Stone’s “I Want to Take You Higher.” And of course, Andy Falco and Chris Pandolfi had their turns at the helm—the former flashing his guitar and vocals on “Peace of Mind,” the latter banging on his banjo to “Machines,” which he wrote at a friend’s place in nearby Santa Monica.And as a unit, they teased attendees with a “2001: A Space Odyssey” jam and joined up to close out the show with “Gravity.” In truth, that synchronicity was evident throughout the sets. As much as each member did to carry his lode in the lead, they were at their best lifting up one another by flexing their collective musical muscle. The most striking rarity of the night, then, wasn’t so much how The Infamous Stringdusters summoned the spirit of a barnyard hoedown in the middle of a sprawling metropolis. It certainly wasn’t that fans still flocked to the Troubadour, despite a (relatively) torrential downpour bringing LA traffic to even more of a standstill than usual. Rather, the greatest anomaly of all was really no anomaly at all. It was just The Infamous Stringdusters doing what they do: trotting out a lineup wherein each member has top-flight ability, both instrumentally and vocally, but from which, somehow, the whole is still greater than the sum of its parts. So, if The Infamous Stringdusters coming to your neck of the woods is a rarity, and they’re passing through on this tour, best believe you shouldn’t wait for an actual Blue Moon to check them out.Checkout a beautiful gallery of photos below from Wednesday night’s show courtesy of photographer Brandon Weil.For ticketing and a full list of The Infamous Stringdusters’ upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.The Infamous Stringdusters | The Troubadour | Los Angeles, CA | 1/16/2019 | Photos: Brandon Weillast_img read more

Bob Weir And Wolf Bros Welcome Tom Hamilton, Honor International Women’s Day In Philadelphia [Videos]

first_imgThe performance kicked off with a pair of proven fire-starters in “Hell In A Bucket” and “Bertha”. Bob Dylan‘s “Queen Jane Approximately” came next, followed by the first-ever Bob Weir and Wolf Bros rendition of the Memphis Jug Band‘s “K.C. Moan”, a song Bob Weir and Jay Lane frequently played during their RatDog days.Next, Weir, Lane, and Don Was welcomed a fourth member to their City of Brotherly Love party: local native guitarist Tom Hamilton. Hamilton helped the group through a rendition of “Gonesville” (from Weir’s 2016 solo record, Blue Mountain) and an uplifting reading of Daniel Lanois‘ “The Maker” (a Wolf Bros first) before ceding the stage back to the trio for “Black-Throated Wind”, “Corrina”, and “Deal” to cap set one.When the Wolf Bros returned to the stage for their second set, they clearly had International Women’s Day on their mind. Weir, Was, and Lane kicked off set two with another Wolf Bros debut, “Man Smart, Woman Smarter”. The set continued with a seamless run of jams including “Scarlet Begonias”, “He’s Gone”, RatDog’s “Two Djinn”, “New Speedway Boogie”, “The Other One”, and “Days Between”. As “Days Between” faded out, Tom Hamilton returned to the stage to help lead the group into a reprise of “Man Smart, Woman Smarter”, followed by a set-closing rendition of “Not Fade Away”. When the band returned for their encore, Hamilton joined them once again, augmenting a beautiful “Brokedown Palace” to help send the Philly faithful home happy.Below, you can watch a selection of videos from the performance:Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – “Hell In A Bucket” [Pro-Shot][Video: nugsnet]Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – “Man Smart, Woman Smarter” [Pro-Shot][Video: nugsnet]Bob Weir and Wolf Bros w/ Tom Hamilton – “Not Fade Away” [Partial] On Friday night, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros continued their early-2019 prowl with a performance at the newly renovated and reopened Metropolitan Opera House Philadelphia. The show featured a handful of Wolf Bros debuts in addition to guest spots by local hero Tom Hamilton (Ghost Light, JRAD) and a nod to International Women’s Day. Bob Weir and Wolf Bros tour continues tonight, Saturday, March 9th, with a performance at the State Theatre in Portland, ME. For a full list of Wolf Bros’ upcoming tour dates, head to Weir’s website here.Setlist: Bob Weir and Wolf Bros | Metropolitan Opera House Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA | 3/8/19Set One: Hell In A Bucket, Bertha, Queen Jane Approximately, K.C. Moan, Gonesville*, The Maker*, Black-Throated Wind, Corrina, DealSet Two: Man Smart, Woman Smarter, Scarlet Begonias > He’s Gone > Two Djinn > New Speedway Boogie > The Other One > Days Between > Man Smart, Women Smarter (Reprise) > Not Fade AwayEncore: Brokedown Palacecenter_img Bob Weir and Wolf Bros w/ Tom Hamilton – “Brokedown Palace” [Partial]last_img read more

Much ado about little: The Brexit

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Hague Brian has more than 25 years’ experience in financial institutions and the capital markets, and has devoted 21 years to serving credit unions through various roles at CNBS, LLC, a … Web: Details It’s only appropriate that we borrow a line (albeit paraphrased) from the Bard of Avon to describe our views about the recent Brexit vote. It should also be noted that the views expressed herein are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the collective views of Rochdale Paragon Group (thus use of the term “we” refers to the author and the voices in his head).First, a little history. The European Union (EU) owes its underpinnings to various narrower coalitions formed on the Continent since the end of WWII. The EU was phased in from 1993 to 2004, with the common currency, the euro, introduced beginning in 1999. So the EU is actually a fairly recent experiment (we recall still using francs on our first visit to Paris, in 2000, although euros were also accepted).The UK rejected the notion of joining the precursor European Economic Community (EEC) initially, but after seeing its economy begin to lag behind other EEC nations, it applied for membership in the 1970s, but was twice rejected by a French veto. Only a change in the French presidency would allow the UK to join (an interesting point, in light of the recent howling by France and other members of the EU opposing the Brexit). However, the UK never adopted the euro, opting instead to retain the pound as its currency.The Brexit referendum came about for three reasons:The British people were tired of a bunch of bureaucrats in Brussels making the rules for them. A rash of overbearing regulations governing everything from blow dryers to toasters, supposedly targeted at environmental concerns, had emerged from the EU leadership, and the British people decided enough was enough.British voters saw some of the weaknesses in the EU that failed to prevent the relatively more dire consequences of the most recent economic downturn in countries like Greece, Portugal and Spain than their EU counterparts (more on those later). And they no longer wanted to be one of the stronger countries (along with France and Germany) that would be called on to fund the next bailout of one of the “weak sisters.”Finally, the open-border policies that come with EU membership were of increasing concern to the Brits, given recent terror strikes in Belgium and France, and the crime waves in Germany that have been associated with various immigrant populations, which are increasing throughout the EU. In other words, the British wanted to be able to control their borders.All of this should sound familiar to us in the US. The current election cycle appears to be about increasing concern over a central government that is flexing its federalist authority as never before, with a breakdown in bi-partisan cooperation that is eroding the system of checks and balances; an increasing conflict over wealth redistribution vs. income disparity (in other words, one group potentially being called on to “bail out” another); and increasing concerns over immigration, along with a desire on the part of many to increase border security.Those emerging philosophical and political battlegrounds might represent one of what we believe are the three key ways the Brexit will affect the US:Should the Brexit ultimately succeed, other EU members will likely see calls for referendums on leaving the EU, and that could spill over into the US (although we’re not likely to see a “Texit” anytime soon). Still, the sentiment may shape the US political landscape – for better or worse – going forward. And, given the closeness of the Brexit vote, and the demographic breakdown between older Brits favoring and younger Brits opposing the leave – we could see an equal divide in US politics growing.Interest rates will likely remain low for quite some time, at least through the end of this year. Overblown (in our view) concerns about the impact of the Brexit on the global economy will lead an already dovish Fed to remain on the sidelines. The two-year Treasury yield has dropped 20 basis points (bp) since the Brexit vote – its lowest point since last October – while the ten-year yield has fallen by 30 bp to within a couple of basis points of its post-recession low four years ago, when QE was in full swing. And fed funds futures have priced in virtually no likelihood of a rate hike as far out as the contracts are being traded, into early 2018.Stock prices will likely remain stable, though volatile, so long as the Fed continues to prop up the economy and the equity market. The S&P has fully recovered from its immediate post-Brexit plunge. The FTSE has performed even better, rallying to a recent high. The French and German markets haven’t fared as well, largely because they see that they’re now acting alone as backstops for future bailouts of the “weak sisters” of the EU. However, they’re not in free fall.(Regarding the last two points, a recent Bloomberg article pointed to the combination of rallying bond and stock prices as a mixed signal on the US economy. However, stock market performance since 2008 has been overwhelmingly attributable to accommodative Fed policy, rather than any indication of the economy’s relative health. Thus it comes as no surprise to us that expectation of continued extreme low rates would cause stocks to rally while bond yields fall.)Before we get into our reasons why, in light of the three points above, the Brexit will prove overblown, we should note that we never believed the EU to have been a well-executed idea to begin with. There’s the fact that the UK was permitted membership without adopting the common currency. Then, we have an EU central bank – the ECB – trying to set monetary policy for the entire Eurozone, while each member country (including Greece) has its own central bank that may set policy in conflict with the ECB. That can’t work well (and didn’t, during the financial crisis). Finally, the idea of a large central European government, given the cultural and other disparities among European countries, was never broadly popular among EU members.Here, then, is our argument for the Brexit being a long-run yawner:Britain – and the rest of the EU – was fine in terms of its economy, its security, and its governance prior to the EU, and it and the rest of the EU will be fine now, regardless of how this all shakes out.Despite recent bully-pulpit rhetoric from other EU nations (and Washington), the UK is unlikely to be punished economically or “pushed to the back of the queue” in terms of trade. The UK remains the world’s fifth-largest economy, a position that it held, interestingly enough, prior to the EU – in fact, it was fourth prior to the emergence of Japan and, later, China. It’s an important trading partner and financial center to the rest of the world, and our closest ally.Having said that, the UK’s GDP is slightly greater than that of California. It is dwarfed by US GDP. Some forecasters are ringing alarm bells over the possibility of a 3% subtraction from British GDP through 2020, and what that might mean for the US. The horror. (What it will mean, if it materializes, is great travel deals to London.)It’s unlikely that Northern Ireland and Scotland, whose voters favored remaining in the EU, will attempt to leave the UK. Those two countries’ history with England dates back to the time this writer’s ancestors were wearing kilts and swinging claymores at Edward Longshanks’ troops, but the Scots just voted against leaving the UK less than two years ago. They’ll grumble, as they always have, but union with England makes a lot more sense than union with the Continent, and has worked well.One anti-Brexit argument that we’ve heard voiced here in the US is that “the EU has kept down the wars.” (We should note our suspicion that those in the US opposed to the Brexit don’t really understand it, but oppose it because the leaders of their affiliated party oppose it.) There’s no evidence to support that notion. Since the end of WWII, the only conflicts on European soil have been in the aftermath of the Cold War, including the Romanian revolution, the wars in Kosovo and Bosnia, and some skirmishes involving Russia and some of its former territories. Conflict in those areas hasn’t slowed down much since the formation of the EU, and most of the nations involved aren’t EU members. Plus, one can hardly argue the EU had much influence on the end of the Cold War. There have been civil conflicts, such as The Troubles in Ireland and the Basque movement in Spain, but those have been addressed by the individual countries, with little or no EU involvement. (There was a skirmish between the UK and France in 1993 over fishing rights in the English channel; however, it was more argument than conflict. No lives were lost, though both sides experienced some thefts of fish.)Thus we believe the most significant impacts on those of us in the US will be continued low interest rates (a boon for some but a curse for others), a continued strong equity market (albeit one propped up by Fed policy), and some potentially interesting implications for the emerging/growing political debate in the US (which would eventually have gotten there anyway). For the rest of the world, following some short-term volatility, it will have limited impact other than perhaps on Germany and France, should they find themselves forced to fund another bailout of a Greece or a Portugal.(A final note: the Brexit is not a done deal, though it looks likely to be. The UK has to file Article 50 to initiate the process, which will take up to two years. Parliament could point to the narrowness of the vote as lack of a clear mandate, and oppose Article 50, but that would result in internal conflict they don’t want. However, if a new election to replace PM Cameron would result in a large victory for a pro-EU candidate, that could be taken as a mandate stronger than the Brexit referendum, which could give Parliament grounds to not file, or at least call for another referendum.)last_img read more

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Released to House Arrest

first_imgKiriakou, 50, made headlines in a 2007 ABC News interview when he became the first person with knowledge of the CIA’s torture program to reveal that the US government engaged in waterboarding of detainees. Within 24 hours, the government filed the first of a half-dozen crime reports against him, Kiriakou has said in previous interviews. But it wasn’t his revelations that led to a grand jury indictment against him in April 2012. Kiriakou was accused of identifying a covert agent and disclosing information to a journalist. The agent’s name was never published, but was discovered in a classified defense filing before a military commission at Guantanamo Bay. Facing the prospects of a 45-year prison sentence, Kiriakou pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. He entered the Federal Correctional Institution in Loretto, Penn., on Feb. 28, 2013. In court documents, Kiriakou’s attorneys argued that the government was engaging in “selective prosecution,” and claimed Kiriakou was being targeted for public statements that “embarrassed” the government. Prosecutors defended their actions, saying Kiriakou’s previous remarks were not a motivating factor in their case. “Now seeking to adopt the ill-fitting mantle of whistleblower,” prosecutors said in court documents, “defendant asserts that his statements about these and other subjects improperly motivate the prosecution against him.”Radack disagrees. “The government always says whistleblowers are not whistleblowers and pro-government judges do the same thing,” she told the Press. “John is textbook because he revealed for the first time that the US had an official torture program,” she added. The long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report on the US government’s post-Sept. 11, 2001 detention and interrogation program, released last December, was deeply critical of the CIA’s techniques—concluding that the coercive measures failed to lead to the collection of “imminent threat intelligence.” The CIA and Bush administration officials have criticized the report as partisan and flawed. Sitting in prison, Kiriakou felt “vindicated,” Radack said. “Even though it was just a redacted summary, it was still so bad that it [legitimized] everything that he had blown the whistle on,” she added. Under the terms of his house arrest, Kiriakou is unable to give media interviews at this time. Radack said he eventually hopes to be an anti-torture and prison reform advocate.Kiriakou’s official release date is May 1, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York John Kiriakou, the ex-CIA agent who blew the whistle on the clandestine agency’s torture program, was released from federal prison this week after nearly two years behind bars, and will serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest. Kiriakou, who was originally charged under the Espionage Act, a World War I-era law, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. He has 83 days of house arrest remaining on his sentence. “Compared to being in prison, John is overjoyed to be back home with his wife and five children,” his attorney Jesselyn Radack told the Press Friday. Kiriakou lives in Maryland. “It’s a big adjustment coming out jail,” said Radack, National Security and Human Rights Director of Washington D.C.-based Government Accountability Project. Radack said his release into house arrest had been in the works for some time.last_img read more

Croatia Airlines carried 630.000 fewer passengers in the first six months than in the same period last year

first_imgCroatia Airlines planes currently fly from Zagreb to 14 European destinations and 5 Croatian airports. The additional importance and contribution to tourism in the conditions of the crisis and the consequences for the tourist season is also visible in the connection of coastal airports with European destinations. Thus, the company’s aircraft directly connect ZL Split with 11 European destinations, ZL Dubrovnik with 7 European cities and ZL Rijeka with Munich. In the first half of this year, Croatia Airlines aircraft flew 7567 block hours, which is 59 percent less than in the same period last year. 5661 flights were performed, ie 7536 fewer flights, which is a decrease of 57 percent compared to the same period in 2019. The structure of the crash was adjusted to the needs of traffic, and given the market circumstances, greater emphasis was placed on the use of the Q400 fleet, whose capacity is smaller compared to the Airbus fleet. Although the story about Croatia Airlines has several dimensions, the Croatian national carrier in the first half of 2020 shared the fate of the aviation industry, which faced the deepest crisis in its history due to the coronavirus pandemic. The number of passengers in domestic regular traffic (83.618 passengers) decreased by 63 percent, in international regular traffic (244.382 passengers) this decrease amounted to 66 percent, and in extraordinary traffic (2935 passengers) a decrease of 84 percent was recorded. A total of 330.935 passengers were transported in the first half of the year, or almost 630.000 fewer passengers than in the same period last year, down 66 percent. As a direct consequence of a smaller crash and a smaller number of transported passengers, operating revenues decreased by 55 percent (HRK -411,7 million), within which the most significant decrease was in passenger revenues in the amount of HRK 399,1 million. center_img Photo: Croatia Airlines Logically and as expected, the epidemiological crisis drastically reduced the demand for air transport services in the period, which consequently had a negative impact on financial operations and Croatia Airlines, which recorded an operating loss of HRK 155,4 million, which with a net financing result gives a net loss of HRK 173,2 million. The devastating effect of the corona virus crisis was particularly pronounced in the second quarter (April – June), in which the company, under normal circumstances, began to make a profit to cover winter losses. Specifically, in the second quarter of this year, a loss of HRK 62,7 million was recorded, while in the same period last year, an operating profit of HRK 10,5 million and a net profit of HRK 9,1 million were recorded.last_img read more

These are the perfect properties for fireworks lovers keen to secure the best vantage point for Riverfire

first_imgBeat the Riverfire crowds and get the best vantage point with a new home.Tonight is the night when Brisbane’s CBD skyline lights up.Brisbane’s biggest fireworks display Riverfire, which wraps up the Brisbane Festival, celebrates its 20th anniversary tonight and the fireworks display is predicted to be huge.While everyone loves to watch a good fireworks display, the thought of fighting through the crowds to get the best vantage point can be a little off-putting. 801/584-588 Boundary St, Spring Hill. Picture: we’ve found the perfect properties where you get a bird’s eye view of the massive fireworks display from the comfort of your own home.At Spring Hill, 801/584-588 Boundary St, is perfectly positioned to take advantage of Riverfire and New Year’s Eve fireworks displays. It has panoramic views over the CBD.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe three-bedroom apartment, listed through James Curtain and Warren Walsh of Place Bulimba, is described as an “exclusive’’ penthouse residence with high quality finishes and 260sq m of living space. 303/100 Bowen Tce, Fortitude Valley. Picture: apartment has solid American oak flooring in a framed Herringbone design, 3.2m high ceilings and LED lighting.In Fortitude Valley, 303/100 Bowen Tce has fantastic views directly across the Story Bridge which features prominently during Riverfire.The two-bedroom apartment is listed through Dwight Ferguson of Ray White – Ascot.There are two bathrooms in the apartment which is in a complex with resort-style facilities.It has an open plan kitchen, living and dining area, flowing to a large balcony which has views north over the suburb.At the more affordable end of the market, Unit 15, 41-45 Lambert St, Kangaroo Point, is listed for offers of more than $500,000. The three-bedroom apartment is close to the Brisbane CBD and has sweeping views to the Story Bridge.center_img Unit 15, 41-45 Lambert St, Kangaroo Point. Picture: unit is in the Lamberton building, a complex of just 17 apartments. It has been recently updated including painting and new carpets. There are tiles in the living area and the kitchen has a leafy outlook.The two-level apartment has air-conditioned living areas, an upstairs laundry and a single lockup garage.last_img read more

How liberal is Simon Bridges really?

first_imgNewsHub 19 November 2018Family First Comment: If being ‘conservative’ means being against drugs and for life, then be 100% ‘conservative’, www.RejectAssistedSuicide.nzOn Monday morning AM Show host Duncan Garner quizzed the 42-year-old on a few thorny topics currently before Parliament.When Simon Bridges took over the reins of the National Party, he promised generational change and an “evolved” National Party.While many read this as Mr Bridges taking the party in a more liberal direction than his predecessor Bill English, just how liberal is Mr Bridges really?On Monday morning AM Show host Duncan Garner quizzed the 42-year-old on a few thorny topics currently before Parliament, and found while he might be a generation younger than Mr English, he might also just be a chip off the old block.EuthanasiaThe End of Life Choice Bill from ACT leader David Seymour is currently in select committee after passing its first reading in November last year. Mr Seymour says it will allow eligible people to “end their lives in peace and dignity, surrounded by loved ones”.Mr Bridges voted against the Bill even being read, but didn’t vote on whether it should go to select committee. When it comes up for its second reading, Mr Bridges says he’s “likely to vote against it”.“It’s simply because I do believe life’s important,” he told Garner.“What’s also true is I’ve looked around and I’ve seen research on what’s happened in other parts of the world, and it is a bit of a thin edge of the wedge in my view. That is you start narrow, but you see people who perhaps aren’t at that very serious end of pain and suffering and illness receiving it, and I worry about that.”Different forms of euthanasia and assisted suicide are legal in various European countries and US states, Canada, Japan and Colombia.CannabisThe Government is expected to hold a referendum on the recreational use of cannabis by, or at, the 2020 election. The exact question is yet to be decided, let alone what form a Bill would take.Mr Bridges says he’s unlikely to vote in favour of legalising recreational use of marijuana.“I’ve done the trials, I’ve seen the eastern Bay of Plenty, I’ve seen Northland, I do see the harm that is there. I do think also there is a very clear link to mental health issues, which we rightly worry so much about today.” He said it doesn’t matter if that puts him on the wrong side of public opinion.“What is important on these issues is you do what’s your conscience.” AbortionPerhaps surprisingly, one of the biggest wedge issues between liberals and conservatives is the one Mr Bridges seems most likely to back change.Justice Minister Andrew Little wants abortion taken out of the Crimes Act.“It attaches a pretty heavy stigma to a woman who is considering an abortion and taking advice about it, for her to think that she’s committing a crime, but she just has to go through these hoops and she’s okay,” he told Newshub Nation in October. “That’s not a good starting point.”The Law Commission has come up with three possible replacements for the current law, which dates back to 1961. Mr Bridges says he wants to see which the Government decides on before he makes up his mind which way to vote.“I think what we need to see is what Andrew Little is going to propose. He hasn’t put the legislation forward. I think he needs to do that. He’s said he’s going to take his time, and so I want to too. I do want to see what specific proposals he has are, treat them pretty seriously. So I don’t know.”Bridges stakes his claimMr Bridges said potentially voting against three moves to liberalise New Zealand law doesn’t mean he’s not a liberal. In his view, his party’s work “with the Government” on child poverty and climate change shows he’s taking the National Party in a new direction.“I think actually I’m showing the way to the future.” read more

“Netherlands at risk of becoming a narco-state”

first_imgDutch Minister of Justice: “The Netherlands is becoming a narco-state”Voice of Europe 29 August 2019Family First Comment: “Tackling the drug economy and the crime that accompanies it requires endurance, joint dedication and long-term effort.”Sounds like a war on drugs, doesn’t it.Following the release of a report on organized crime in Amsterdam, Ferd Grapperhaus, the country’s Minister of Justice and Security said that drug-related crime must be dealt with or the Netherlands risks becoming a “narco-state”.According to a report from Algemeen Dagblad, the drug economy in Amsterdam, which serves as the center for the multi billionaire euro cocaine trade, has become utterly unmanageable. Police officers worry that the battle against the world of organized drug crime has been lost.Although the Netherlands lacks the public resources to strengthen the police force, Grapperhaus said that he’s currently searching for ways to allocate funds to combat the problem because if nothing is done then soon the country risks devolving into a narco-state, De Telegraaf reports.“Then there would be a minister with sunglasses and no longer someone who provides democratic accountability,” said Minister Grapperhaus.“I have already made 100 million available to combat the problem,” he added.According to Grapperhaus, the kind of crime where the upper and the underworld get mixed up must be stopped.READ MORE: read more

Revised ATP calendar not safe for players, says Murray

first_imgRelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Thiem claims his first Grand Slam title after thrilling fightback in US Open Naomi Osaka wins US Open women’s title Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray said on Saturday that the ATP’s revised calendar, which includes seven tournaments in as many weeks, is not safe for players, who will be forced to skip major events due to the crammed schedule.The ATP tour, which was suspended in March due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, is set to restart on August 14 with the Citi Open, followed by the Cincinnati Masters, which will be held at Flushing Meadows before the US Open. The men’s claycourt swing will start on September 8 in Kitzbuhel, followed by Masters tournaments in Madrid and Rome on September 13 and Rome Masters on September 20, with the French Open set to begin a week later.“It’s not safe for players to go from the semi-finals or final in New York… and then play in Madrid at altitude on clay when they haven’t competed for a long time,” Murray told a news conference during the “Battle of the Brits” charity tournament.“You’re going to have the potential where a lot of top players are not competing at many of the biggest events.”The 33-year-old said with events coming thick, fast changes would need to be made with respect to players’ ranking points.“It might be worth looking at a two-year ranking for the time being maybe so that guys who have done well last year and are sort of not really able to defend their points properly aren’t kind of punished,” the twice Wimbledon champion said. Murray suggested he will skip the tournament in Cincinnati to get his preparations for the US Open in order.“I would rather play Washington and miss the event the week before at the US Open if they all go ahead,” he added.Murray returned to action following a seven-month injury layoff at the charity event organised by his brother Jamie this week, progressing to the semifinals before losing 1-6 6-3 10-8 to Dan Evans.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Andy MurrayATPUS Openlast_img read more

GSA Nips MDI in Day of Tightly Contested Races

first_img Hold the pickles and the piercings, please – April 28, 2015 Kickstarter has lots of gray areas – May 5, 2015 Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Nicole Ouellette (see all)center_img Nicole OuelletteColumnist at Breaking Even CommunicationsWhen Nicole isn’t giving advice she’s completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who’ll talk back. SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Just two points separated winner and loser as the George Stevens Academy Eagles edged Mount Desert Island High School and captured their fleet race regatta last Wednesday 89-91.The racing could hardly have been closer. Sailing five races around a triangular course, each team won a single event. Three races finished as ties, with each team earning 18 points.Even the wins were close. In the first of the day’s five races, GSA finished with a first, second and fourth, beating MDI 15-21. Two races later, MDI managed second, third and fourth place and nipped GSA 16-20.The Eagles’ strongest performance came in the first, and longest, race of the day. Racing in winds of less than 10 knots, GSA finished first, second and fourth.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe day’s third race, sailed over a shorter course because of the light southeast winds, was MDI’s best. The Trojan sailors finished second, third and fourth led by senior skipper Tyler Steel.Senior skipper Johnny Jagger and his regular crew, Jen Powell, led GSA. The pair won the first three races before Eagle coach Tom Gutow swapped crews around. Adam Groves, another of GSA’s senior skippers, added a win in the day’s last race to a second-place finish in first race of the afternoon. Senior Solomon Krevans joined Steel leading MDI’s effort.This Saturday, the Eagles and the Trojans will send teams to southern New England in an attempt to qualify for the O’Day Trophy regatta, scheduled for Portland on Sunday. The regatta determines the New England Fleet Racing Championship, and attracts sailors from high schools all over the Northeast. For more maritime news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Ask Nicole: What do I do about ignorant Internet commenters? – April 21, 2015last_img read more