A Tribe Called Quest Shares Poignant New Video For “We The People….”

first_img2016 has been a tough year for music fans, but there has been one shining light of late: A Tribe Called Quest’s We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. (Read the in-depth review here). Despite the untimely death of founding member Phife Dawg, A Tribe Called Quest released their final album last week, days after the Presidential election. The group’s swan song served as both a moving tribute to Phife, who is featured on the record, as well as an eye-opening call to fix social injustices in America.A Tribe Called Quest Are Planning One Final World TourThose two themes are at the forefront of ATCQ’s new video for “We The People….” The song itself deals with hatred towards social groups, and those issues come into the limelight in the newly released video. The clip also serves as a memorial for Phife, who is included by way of an animated graffiti artwork character. The group had artistically portrayed Phife during their recent appearance on Saturday Night Live as well.Watch the new video for “We The People….”, streaming below.last_img read more

Phishin’ With Ryan Dempsey: The Always Sunny Gang Makes Frends At Festival 8

first_imgPhish’s Baker’s Dozen run is quickly approaching. As is tradition for summer tour, there will be an enormous amount of talent surrounding the entertainment with pre- and post-shows galore. Phish’s thirteen nights at Madison Square Garden will be no different, as Live For Live Music plans to take over New York City with over a dozen shows of our own.L4LM’s Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late NightsAs the shenanigans approach, we’ll be discussing Phish with a number of artists who will be in town performing some of these late-night shows. So far, we interviewed Craig Brodhead from Turkuaz, Matisyahu, Ryan Jalbert from The Motet, Jake Goldberg and Chris Houser from The Werks, and Brock Butler and Matt McDonald of Perpetual Groove. In the fifth installment of our “Phishin’ With” series, keyboardist Ryan Dempsey discusses his relationship with the band Phish ahead of Twiddle’s three night run at Irving Plaza in NYC (tickets available here).Twiddle Announces Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Giant Country Horns, And More For NYC RunDempsey was surprised by fellow keys master Page McConnell at Twiddle’s inaugural Tumble Down in August 2016, when the Phish member emerged during the second set, joining Twiddle for a rendition of their original song “When It Rains It Pours.” Reacting to the unexpected sit-in, Dempsey told Live For Live Music: “Phish has been such a huge part of my life both musically and personally over the years. So to not only get to play their music while Page is listening but then to realize he’s about to walk onstage and sit down behind the keys… Yeah. I’m still smiling.” Read our newest interview with Dempsey below, and get excited for Twiddle’s three-night run during the Baker’s Dozen!Live For Live Music: Tell us about your first Phish concert experience.Ryan Dempsey: When they got back together in 2009, we all went together and saw them at Great Woods in Mansfield, MA. I remember being so excited to hear how they would sound after being apart for so long. And even more excited that I was getting to see them again after thinking they were done for good.L4LM: How would you describe the music of Phish?RD: My words will fall short. Never has a band been more inspirational to me personally, to many of my friends, and to bands that I know. Their creativity is unmatched and continues to surprise me.L4LM: How many Phish shows have you seen?RD: I’m not sure of the exact number but definitely over 50.L4LM: Do you have a favorite show, or most memorable experience?RD: One of my favorite moments was at a NYE show at Madison Square Garden during the “silent jam” in Divided Sky. There are not many bands who can make 50,000 people go that crazy over no sounds happening on stage. I remember tears went down my eyes because the energy was so powerful.I also had a great show experience with my fiancé after getting engaged at LOCKN’. Pete Shapiro gifted us Phish Guest passes and we got to view the show from the side stage with Phil Lesh. They played so many songs that are favorites of ours. We also got to meet the guys and they are all just genuinely nice and gracious people.L4LM: What are two of your favorite Phish songs?RD: Reba and FluffheadL4LM: What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever seen at a Phish show?RD: This isn’t wild in the way you’d expect but I ran into the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia at Festival 8 and they helped one of my buddies get into his Green Man suit. He didn’t even know it was them until after the fact when he turned around so it was great to see his reaction.If you’re heading to New York for Phish’s 13-night Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, don’t miss all the incredible late night shows going on in the City during the run! Check out Our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights  for all the info.Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix)July 25 – Turkuaz at Irving Plaza (tix) *July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party  – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 –  “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 –  Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (SOLD OUT)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)last_img read more

Harvard’s lucky ’13s

first_imgBy some accounts, 13 is unlucky. But it certainly isn’t for graduates of the Class of 2013: They’re getting degrees from Harvard.It wasn’t unlucky in 1913 either. That year, after all, was the last in a golden age before two world wars.Nor was 1813 an unlucky year. The unfolding War of 1812 left Harvard College nearly unscathed — though deliveries of firewood from Maine and books from England were interrupted.In 1713, Harvard was lucky again. There was money to spare, for once, and increasingly liberal administrators began to cast off sober Puritan rule.Each of these Harvard years embodied moments of dramatic transition. Here’s a glimpse back:1713Seeing Harvard Yard in 1713 would occasion shock. In a former cow yard only 110 feet wide, there were three main buildings, a brewery, privies, a hay field, and a barn. The Yard was nearly treeless, with a single elm next to old Harvard Hall.But in good weather, students found relief from the sun in the former Spencer Orchard, a grove of apple trees where Holden Chapel stands today. (The orchard, which was set aside in 1712 as a “play space” for students, was the first gift to Harvard from alumni.) On either side of the Yard were pens for livestock. Just to the west was the arrow-shaped tip of Cambridge Common. Wolves still roamed there at night.Still roaming at Harvard College were the ghosts of religious restraint. Harvard’s last Puritan president, Increase Mather (1692-1701), sponsored the Yard’s only book burning, defended the Salem witch trials, and sermonized against showy clothing and alcohol use. He imposed a fine of 20 shillings for serving plum cake, a dish he regarded as an intoxicant, at Commencement.Mather’s successor was former judge John Leverett, Harvard’s first secular president. At Leverett’s nonpuritanical inauguration, celebrants ate 146 pounds of meat, put away 19 pies, drank 16 gallons of wine, and used 2 pounds of pipe tobacco.Leverett led Harvard’s transition until his death in 1724. It was a liberalizing era, described by one historian as a time when “the stamp of doubt and inquiry was forever burned into the seal of the books of Veritas.” Leverett broke with a Harvard Commencement tradition of calling graduates “Sons of the Prophets,” preferring instead the appellation “Sons of Harvard.” By 1708, his inaugural year, more than half of Harvard’s 531 graduates since 1642 had become ministers. In the period 1722-1801 — an era propelled by Leverett — only 27 percent of graduates did so.To official keepers of Harvard history, the year 1713 seemed uneventful. It was mentioned a single time in just one of the two pre-eminent 19th-century College histories. Harvard’s Overseers failed to record a single 1713 entry. Corporation records have little to say, beyond setting the price of College cider that year. But the bigger picture, with Leverett as the lens, is dramatic. Harvard staved off ideological attacks from Puritans, increased the endowment, boosted enrollments, and named its first endowed chair.A detail from an 1813 affidavit signed by Harvard President John T. Kirkland and Treasurer John Davis, declaring that the College-owned sloop Harvard is used only for peaceful purposes. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer1813 For Harvard, 1813 was another moment of expansion and transition embodied by another beloved and breakthrough president, John Thornton Kirkland. His time in office (1810-1828) reprised the liberalizing wave of the Leverett era. (One historian called the Kirkland presidency “the time of the giants,” in part because of the students at Harvard then. Ralph Waldo Emerson, for instance, was at Harvard during that time.) It was also a time of literal expansion. Holworthy Hall, the first College residence to include lounging rooms, had just opened the previous fall. The cornerstone for University Hall was laid in 1813, complete with the inscribed silver plate that still lies beneath it.Kirkland had an expansive sense of the student body too. He arranged jobs for impoverished students, improved scholarship opportunities, and encouraged admissions applications from beyond New England. (Harvard saw its first influx of Southerners.) There were also changes to the landscape. The Yard was cleared of its privies, brew house, woodlot, and pigpen, where the noise of periodic slaughters had interrupted recitations. Kirkland planted Harvard’s storied elm trees (most died around 1910) and laid out pathways that are still there.An officer’s belt from the Harvard Washington Corps, a drill unit revived during the War of 1812. Such belts were inscribed and passed from one unit captain to another. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer1913 The Class of 1913 was launched into the world during another period of Harvard expansion, both literal and ideological. Classes were getting bigger. The number of senior pictures in the class album that year was 577, more than any before. The “President’s New House” — now Loeb House — had just opened. Drawings were published of prospective dormitories along the Charles River, the planned Germanic Museum (now the Busch-Reisinger Museum), and Widener Library. Gore Hall, Harvard’s library since 1838, was demolished early in 1913. “Our joy was intense,” the class album enthused, because Gore Hall was said to possess “the hardest seats on earth.”As for liberalizing influences: The class started as freshmen in 1909, the first year for reformist President A. Lawrence Lowell. During his groundbreaking term, which ended in 1933, he established a system of concentrations, opened a Department of University Extension (where half of the first students were women), revolutionized the housing system to blend social classes, and revised entrance requirements to give public school students an equal chance at admission. In 1913, they became the majority of the student body for the first time.There were other signs of reform, including the class’s international flair. Graduates came from Bulgaria, Russia, Turkey, “Turkey-in-Asia,” Switzerland, India, China, and Siam (now Thailand). One Siam graduate likely holds the record for the shortest full name on a Harvard diploma: Aab. In what may be another record, Aram Hovhannes Khachadoorian, from Aintab, Turkey-in-Asia, was 14 years and 17 days old when he graduated. (The oldest College graduate in the class was three weeks shy of 33.) There were also two black graduates in the class. One Siam graduate likely holds the record for the shortest full name on a Harvard diploma: “Aab.” In what may be another record, Aram Hovhannes Khachadoorian, from Aintab, Turkey-in-Asia, was 14 years and 17 days old when he graduated. (The oldest College graduate in the class was three weeks shy of 33.) There were also a black graduate in the class, Theodore Cable of Topeka, who played the violin and was a champion hammer thrower.Much seems foreign today about the Harvard of 1913 — all those undergraduate clubs, for instance. Hasty Pudding, Fly, Owl, and Porcellian are still with us. But long gone are a few others, including Pi Eta, Triangle, and Stylus. Still, much also seems timeless about 1913 too, including the recurrent spooky contemporaneity of faces and certain recurrent sentiments. One senior wrote in the class album, for example, “The outlook for our future is most bright.”If happiness counts, the future was most bright for Talbot Coggeshall Chase (1892-1977). “He majored in having a good time,” said his grandson, Michael Sherman ’72. “He was the most social human being I ever knew.” Chase joined a Boston bond firm, served with the Army in wartime France, and had a career in business. He was a regular at reunions, including the landmark gathering of 1973. “We had fun sharing my first reunion,” said Sherman, “and his 60th.”To show how times change, Chase made a bequeathal in his will that would have set Increase Mather’s wig on fire: an annual Class of 1913 cocktail party.last_img read more

Low-fat or low-carb? It may not matter

first_imgTwo new studies are weighing in on the ongoing debate about whether the best diet is low-fat or low-carbohydrate, but Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) nutrition expert Frank Hu says that no one diet can claim to be best for everyone.One new study found that a group of low-carb dieters lost about 12 pounds over the course of a year — four more pounds than a group of low-fat dieters. The second study, a review of 48 previous studies, found that both low-fat and low-carb dieters lost an average of 16 pounds more in a year than people not on diets.In a Sept. 2, 2014 USA Today article, Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH, said, “It’s possible to have a healthy low-fat diet, one rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and whole grains, but not loaded with sugar and white bread, and also possible to have a healthy low-carb diet, one not loaded with bacon and sausage. What matters most is that the individual can stick to the diet over the long term.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Exclusive! Clown Around with the Comedy Kings of Something Rotten!

first_imgThe new musical Something Rotten! is packed with hilarious stars, including four veteran funnymen that have a staggering 38 Broadway credits between them: Brooks Ashmanskas, Peter Bartlett, Gerry Vichi and Brad Oscar. These comedy all-stars have been creating show-stopping, knee-slapping performances for decades, and they’re making ‘em roll in the aisles once again in Something Rotten, a new musical about the very first musical in history. Broadway.com spent the afternoon clowning around at the St. James Theatre with these four Broadway greats! BROOKS ASHMANSKAS(Brother Jeremiah)The secret to great comedy: Accepting that there isn’t one.The funniest person in the cast: It rhymes with “LOOKS TRASHMANSKAS.”The silliest thing I ever did as a kid: Thinking I’d grow up to be attractive.The funniest person in my family: My dad.The most hilarious movie of all time: The Deer Hunter.The funniest part of my Something Rotten! costume: That lightning strikes when I put it on.I will always crack up when I see… A man and a woman together. View Comments GERRY VICHI(Shylock)The secret to great comedy: The secret to great comedy… The secret to great comedy, oh god, the secret to great comedy… the secret is repeating the same words over and over again.The most hilarious movie of all time: Young Frankenstein.The craziest costume I’ve ever worn: I was an egg hanging on a tree in an English chocolate commercial.The funniest person in the cast: Brad Ashmanskas. If there was a war, you’d only need those two guys and the enemy would laugh themselves to death.I always crack up when I see… Two people bump into each other.My comedy hero: Sid Caesar. He was a fantastic mime and completely inventive on his feet.I’ll do anything for a laugh, except… Take my clothes off. That would be the ugliest thing in the world. Something Rotten! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Related Shows BRAD OSCAR(Nostradamus)The most hilarious movie of all time: Arthur. 1981, not the remake.The craziest costume I’ve ever worn: Baby New Year as the Emcee in Cabaret. Me in a big diaper and baby bonnet? Now that’s comedy…The funniest person in the cast: I regret writing this already, but it’s Brooks.The funniest person in my family: My sister Victoria.The funniest part of my Something Rotten! costume: Me in it, hopefully.My comedy hero: Beatrice ArthurI’ll do anything for a laugh, except… Get naked. PETER BARTLETT(Lord Clapham)The craziest costume I’ve ever worn: That bloody heavy clock as Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast.The silliest thing I did as a kid: Grew up.The funniest person in the cast: This is a rhetorical question, correct?The funniest part of my Something Rotten! costume: That beautiful purple plume.I will always crack up when… I see or read anything by the glorious Paul Rudnick.Comedy I could sit through over and over: The film of Auntie Mame, my favorite scene being when Mame visits the Upsons in Darien.I’ll do anything for a laugh, except… Self immolate.last_img read more

Execs at Coal Giant Rio Tinto Face Fraud Charges For Overstating Mine’s Worth by Billions

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday charged mining company Rio Tinto Plc (RIO.L) (RIO.AX) and two of its former top executives with fraud, saying they inflated the value of coal assets in Mozambique and concealed critical information while tapping the market for billions of dollars.The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) also said on Tuesday it had reached a settlement with Rio Tinto under which the company would pay a fine of £27 million ($35.6 million) to settle claims that it breached accounting rules in connection with the Mozambique assets.The Mozambican coal business, which relied on barging the product down the Zambezi River to export via a planned port on the coast, was acquired for $3.7 billion in 2011 from Riversdale Mining and sold a few years later for $50 million.In a lawsuit filed in U.S. federal court in Manhattan, the SEC said Rio Tinto, former Chief Executive Officer Thomas Albanese, and former Chief Financial Officer Guy Elliott failed to follow accounting standards and company policies to accurately value and record the assets.The SEC said that soon after the deal was completed, Rio Tinto learned that the acquisition would yield less coal, and of a lower quality, than expected. The global miner could only transport and sell a fraction of the coal it had originally assumed, the SEC said.By making misleading public statements, Rio Tinto and the executives were able to raise $5.5 billion from U.S. investors, the SEC said. They continued to solicit the investments even after executives of the Mozambique subsidiary told Albanese and Elliott that the unit was likely worth negative $680 million, according to the SEC.CNN Money:One of the world’s biggest mining companies and two of its former top executives are in trouble for allegedly overstating the value of a mine in Africa by billions of dollars.Authorities in the U.S. and the U.K. have accused Rio Tinto (RIO), its former chief executive Tom Albanese and former finance chief Guy Elliott of hiding from shareholders the true value of a coal mine in Mozambique that the company bought for $3.7 billion in 2011.The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims that Rio Tinto realized the mine was worth significantly less within a year of purchasing it, but did not share that information with investors until 2013. In a filing with a district court in New York, the SEC accused the company and the two former senior executives of fraud.The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority said there were indications that the mine should have been revalued when the company was reporting mid-year earnings in 2012, and the failure to do so represented “a serious lack of judgment.”In a statement, Rio Tinto said it would “vigorously defend itself” in the SEC case. It said it had settled separately with the FCA — the U.K.’s financial market regulator — and will pay a fine of about £27 million ($36 million) for failing to carry out an impairment test of the value of the mine.“Rio Tinto believes that the SEC case is unwarranted and that, when all the facts are considered by the court, or if necessary by a jury, the SEC’s claims will be rejected,” it said.“The FCA made no findings of fraud, or of any systemic or widespread failure,” the company added.Rio Tinto agreed to settle at an early stage of the FCA investigation, otherwise it would have been fined $51 million.In its complaint filed Tuesday, the SEC accused Rio Tinto, Albanese and Elliott of trying “to conceal the rapid and dramatic decline in value” of the coal business.The mining giant continued to value the business at more than $3 billion through 2011 and 2012 even after discovering early on that it could sell “only about five percent” of the coal it had originally anticipated, and that the mine had “significantly less and lower quality coal” than it initially assumed, the SEC complaint states.The company ultimately sold the Mozambique mine for just $50 million in 2014.Albanese was removed from the top job at Rio Tinto in 2013 after the company wrote down the value of its assets by $14 billion. He resigned as CEO of another mining giant, Vedanta Resources (VEDL), in August.More: Rio Tinto accused of fraud over ‘$3 billion’ coal mine Execs at Coal Giant Rio Tinto Face Fraud Charges For Overstating Mine’s Worth by Billionslast_img read more

E-mails seized by Colombian National Army reveal FARC financial turmoil

first_imgThey reveal that even as the FARC participates in peace talks with the government in Havana, it is actively planning and engaging in criminal enterprises. Some of the e-mails show that the terrorist group is experiencing financial difficulties, in part because of the successful efforts of the Colombian military and police. In one e-mail, FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri – known as “Timochenko” – acknowledged the terrorist group has been “weakened” because of the work of the Colombian Armed Forces and police, with support from the United States. In the department of Meta, located in the southeastern part of the country, the FARC’s financial situation was so dire that the leaders of the Eastern Bloc were constantly asking their subordinates to compile accounting reports on the state of their investments, so they can monitor what is going on with every last cent. Some members  of the terrorist group suggested increasing revenue through kidnappings in areas under the influence of its 53rd Front, which is controlled by FARC leader Henry Castellanos Garzón, also known as “Romaña.” In 2012, his group had debts in excess of $1 million (USD) according to some of the e-mails.  The Eastern Bloc of the FARC also sought alternative sources of revenue. Since at least 2011, it has engaged in alternatives to drug trafficking to raise revenue, such as selling cattle, some of the captured e-mails show. FARC extortion schemes detected The FARC planned on demanding $1 million (USD) from petroleum companies for every active oil well, and a payment of (USD) $5 for every barrel of oil extracted. “In areas where there are mines for gold, emeralds, gravel (…) we will impose a 20 percent fee on production,” one of the e-mails says. The FARC planned on forcing government contractors to pay 10 percent of their profits to the terrorist group. For example, the FARC planned on charging companies which pave highways a minimum of 30 million pesos. Some e-mails even suggested the FARC invest in Ecopetrol stock. A bold operation by Army soldiers led to the capture of the computers which contained the FARC e-mails. The FARC planned on demanding $1 million (USD) from petroleum companies for every active oil well, and a payment of (USD) $5 for every barrel of oil extracted. The terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) planned a massive extortion scheme this year to alleviate its severe financial problems, according to e-mails analyzed by Colombian security forces in recent months. “The most worrisome part is really that, after analyzing these figure [sic], which are partial, it’s clear that we are burning our money,” one FARC e-mail said. “And if we keep going at this rate, selling 2,000 head of cattle every four months, we’ll have about a year and some odd months left.” The terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) planned a massive extortion scheme this year to alleviate its severe financial problems, according to e-mails analyzed by Colombian security forces in recent months. “The most worrisome part is really that, after analyzing these figure [sic], which are partial, it’s clear that we are burning our money,” one FARC e-mail said. “And if we keep going at this rate, selling 2,000 head of cattle every four months, we’ll have about a year and some odd months left.” The FARC e-mails show that the terrorist group is fragmented, with various fronts struggling on their own to raise revenue. “The FARC are not as wealthy as we believed. If we examine the accounts, we must conclude that each guerrilla unit, after 50 years of fighting, is left with less than 20 million pesos ($10,000 USD).” That is Santos’ version of peace, that is the frailty of Colombia’s legal representative. Instead of strengthening the fight by every means attacking financial logistical fronts, support, arms purchases, fighters, militias, guerrilla fighters infiltrated as students at the different universities, high-level unemployed public servants, politicians pretending to be Polo de Moir, PCC, etc. attacking illegal mining which belongs in great percent to the guerrilla. Stop extortion, Mr. President you are the only who swallows frogs and crocodiles as a whole. The Colombian people now know where the peace process is headed, may God take us after we’ve confessed as the grandmothers say, we want peace, not to have the state surrendered to a bunch of criminals and bullies. The core still needs to be targeted. Infiltrated guerillas as students from different universities, high ranking public officials. In February, Army troops attacked a FARC encampment near the municipality of Vista Hermosa, in the department of Meta, where leaders of the Eastern Bloc were gathered. Eight FARC terrorists were killed and the survivors fled, leaving behind computers and encrypted flash drives. “The great insight from these emails is that the guerrilla forces no longer have a system for the different fronts to work together,” said Daniel Rico, a Colombian security analyst. “Where before there were various fronts that were united and each worked on specific links in the drug production chain, now there are scattered groups struggling to survive without relying on or lending support to each other.” “The FARC are not as wealthy as we believed. If we examine the accounts, we must conclude that each guerrilla unit, after 50 years of fighting, is left with less than 20 million pesos ($10,000 USD).” To try to improve its finances, the Southern Bloc of the FARC planned on engaging in a series of extortion schemes against large businesses, according to an e-mail from the spring of 2013. Bold operation leads to seizure of FARC computers The e-mails came from laptops seized by the Colombian National Army from a FARC encampment in February 2014. Since then, nearly 50 Colombian National Police investigators and intelligence officers have spent months combing through the messages for intelligence. Colombia and the U.S. are cooperating in the fight against the FARC and other terrorist organizations, primarily by sharing information and resources. FARC extortion schemes detected A bold operation by Army soldiers led to the capture of the computers which contained the FARC e-mails. The e-mails came from laptops seized by the Colombian National Army from a FARC encampment in February 2014. Since then, nearly 50 Colombian National Police investigators and intelligence officers have spent months combing through the messages for intelligence. The FARC e-mails show that the terrorist group is fragmented, with various fronts struggling on their own to raise revenue. Bold operation leads to seizure of FARC computers They reveal that even as the FARC participates in peace talks with the government in Havana, it is actively planning and engaging in criminal enterprises. Some of the e-mails show that the terrorist group is experiencing financial difficulties, in part because of the successful efforts of the Colombian military and police. In one e-mail, FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri – known as “Timochenko” – acknowledged the terrorist group has been “weakened” because of the work of the Colombian Armed Forces and police, with support from the United States. In the department of Meta, located in the southeastern part of the country, the FARC’s financial situation was so dire that the leaders of the Eastern Bloc were constantly asking their subordinates to compile accounting reports on the state of their investments, so they can monitor what is going on with every last cent. Some members  of the terrorist group suggested increasing revenue through kidnappings in areas under the influence of its 53rd Front, which is controlled by FARC leader Henry Castellanos Garzón, also known as “Romaña.” In 2012, his group had debts in excess of $1 million (USD) according to some of the e-mails.  “In areas where there are mines for gold, emeralds, gravel (…) we will impose a 20 percent fee on production,” one of the e-mails says. The FARC planned on forcing government contractors to pay 10 percent of their profits to the terrorist group. For example, the FARC planned on charging companies which pave highways a minimum of 30 million pesos. Some e-mails even suggested the FARC invest in Ecopetrol stock. Colombia and the U.S. are cooperating in the fight against the FARC and other terrorist organizations, primarily by sharing information and resources. To try to improve its finances, the Southern Bloc of the FARC planned on engaging in a series of extortion schemes against large businesses, according to an e-mail from the spring of 2013. In February, Army troops attacked a FARC encampment near the municipality of Vista Hermosa, in the department of Meta, where leaders of the Eastern Bloc were gathered. Eight FARC terrorists were killed and the survivors fled, leaving behind computers and encrypted flash drives. The Eastern Bloc of the FARC also sought alternative sources of revenue. Since at least 2011, it has engaged in alternatives to drug trafficking to raise revenue, such as selling cattle, some of the captured e-mails show. “The great insight from these emails is that the guerrilla forces no longer have a system for the different fronts to work together,” said Daniel Rico, a Colombian security analyst. “Where before there were various fronts that were united and each worked on specific links in the drug production chain, now there are scattered groups struggling to survive without relying on or lending support to each other.” By Dialogo October 21, 2014last_img read more

4 ways to stick to your budget

first_img 173SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details When you’re adjusting to keeping a budget, it can be tempting to give up. If you’re having trouble staying with your budget, here are a few things that could help…Keep it real: Maybe you didn’t allot enough money in certain areas of your budget. If this is the case, try and find a happy medium that is more realistic so you can still cut back a little bit.Automate when you can: Having trouble saving? We’ve all been there. If you have direct deposit at work, figure out how much you want to put aside every month, and have that amount automatically put into your savings account. This way, you can set it and forget it.Be flexible: When you’re originally planning a budget, you may think you know exactly how much you plan on spending. While that sounds great in theory, you’ll probably have to reasses things a few times. Make sure your budget includes some flexible money that you can use in different areas when needed.Be patient: Don’t spend it all in one place. If you drain your budget in the first week, the rest of the month is going to be a lot less fun. Do your best to make your money last each month, and it’ll be a lot more pleasant.last_img read more

Do you know where your report data is?

first_imgA typical credit union downloads its report bundles daily from its processors. Usually, the only option is to store those highly sensitive Payment Card Industry (PCI) report bundles on a network drive, with some level of appropriate user access controls. The reports contain 16-digit card numbers, transaction-level details, and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of credit union members. However, the network drive is not in a PCI compliant environment. Does this sound familiar? More importantly, do you know where your processor reports are being stored?More and more board of directors and auditors are getting involved in this area of security and asking pertinent questions regarding the storage of information. Even if you do not believe that a data breach is a possibility (which is a false sense of security), this is still not the proper way to store and secure your reports.Several tools on the market can solve this concern by extracting the reports, securely transmitting the data from the reports using File Transfer Protocol Secure (FTPS), and storing the report data in a secure environment, rather than on network drives. A side benefit of taking this action is to transform the report data into searchable data, which can be used by analysis tools.When deciding which tool to use, here are some of the factors to consider: continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Unai Emery provides fitness update on Aaron Ramsey after Arsenal star suffers injury against Napoli

first_imgAaron Ramsey sustained a hamstring injury against Napoli (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery admits he doesn’t know if Aaron Ramsey has already played his last game for Arsenal.The 28-year-old, who will join Juventus on a free transfer in the summer, limped off in the 31st minute after sustaining a hamstring strain during Arsenal’s Europa League win over Napoli on Thursday.Alexandre Lacazette’s stunning free-kick secured a 1-0 win away from home to book a last four showdown with Valencia, one of Emery’s former clubs.Arsenal will, however, almost certainly be without the Wales international, scorer of two FA Cup final winning goals, although Emery admitted it was too early to judge the severity of the injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked if Ramsey has played his last game for Arsenal, he responded: ‘I don’t know.‘It is a muscular injury. Normally it will be some weeks out for him. But we have other players and we can find a performance and rotate players.’On the prospect of facing Valencia, who knocked out fellow Spanish side Villarreal, Emery added: ‘I am proud of the players. We started very well.📊 Unai Emery’s first 50 games as head coach of Arsenal…Won – 32Drawn – 7Lost – 11Goals scored – 97Goals conceded – 53🎼 #ElMaestro pic.twitter.com/Uiu2mEFJm6— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 18, 2019 Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Apr 2019 10:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link53Shares Unai Emery provides fitness update on Aaron Ramsey after Arsenal star suffers injury against Napoli ‘The first half was good because after we scored we continued not to give them opportunities.‘We defended well second half. In the two matches we can be happy to win against Napoli.‘They are a very good team with goods players. It will be a difficult match for us.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisementlast_img read more