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Dead & Company Releases Pro-Shot Video Of “Greatest Story Ever Told” From Charlotte [Watch]

first_imgDead & Company continues to build momentum ahead of their 2019 summer tour by gradually sharing official audio and video footage from the band’s 2017 fall  and 2018 winter tours. So far, the band has released pro-shot videos of “Deep Elem Blues”, “If I Had The World to Give“, “Eyes Of The World“, and “Iko Iko“. Dead & Company continues their video vault rollout with the release of “Greatest Story Ever Told”, played during the first set from their performance on 11/28/2017 at Charlotte, NC’s Spectrum Center.Coming out of a slower segment midway through the first set, Dead & Co. kicked things up a notch with the Bob Weir-led “Greatest Story Ever Told”. The six-piece took their time with a breezy extended-intro, anchored by drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, as well as bassist Oteil Burbridge. John Mayer worked through a gritty opening guitar solo, before Weir stepped up to the mic, dropping into the vocals. Mayer and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti locked into some high-octane interplay midway through the song, and carried out that energy through the remainder of the jam. The show also featured Dead & Company’s debut cover of The Band’s “The Weight”, placed in the second set opening slot.SiriusXM’s Gary Lambert also continues to provide thought-provoking liner notes to go with the release of every video and audio performance, as part of the band’s latest fan-friendly initiative. As he notes about this week’s video selection,It started as “The Pump Song” on Mickey Hart’s first solo album (1972’s “Rolling Thunder”), because its rhythm track was based (in an ingenious bit of what might be called proto-sampling) on the sound of a water pump on Mickey’s ranch. But once Bob Weir added some changes to the groove Mickey had found and lyricist Robert Hunter contributed a cinematic storyline that was part cowboy movie/part sci-fi/part biblical epic, it became something else again, and a highlight of many a show by the Grateful Dead and its musical successors. This version features a nice, lengthy jam leading up to the song and some fiery soloing by John Mayer and Jeff Chimenti.Watch pro-shot video of Dead & Company’s take on “Greatest Story Ever Told” from Charlotte below:Dead & Company – “Greatest Story Ever Told” (Pro-Shot Video)[Video: Dead & Company]Dead & Company fans should keep their eyes peeled on the band’s social media accounts, as more videos and audio recordings are expected to arrive in the upcoming weeks.Setlist: Dead & Company | Spectrum Center | Charlotte, NC | 11/28/2017 Set One: Hell in a Bucket, Bertha, Peggy-O, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Greatest Story Ever Told, Ship of Fools, Mississippi Half-Step > Let It GrowSet Two: The Weight, Playin in the Band > Uncle John’s Band > Lady with a Fan > Terrapin > Drums > Space > Standing on the Moon > I Need a Miracle > GDTRFBEncore: Black Muddy River > Playin in the Band (reprise)(First “The Weight”)last_img read more

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Peruvian government adds resources to battle terrorism and drug trafficking

first_img Peruvian troops stationed at the Villa María, a military base in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valleys (VRAEM), are about to get reinforcements in the battle against terrorist groups like the Shining Path and drug trafficking organizations. “I have come today to ratify the government’s commitment to continue providing logistical and economic assistance so you can fully meet the complicated task that you’ve been assigned,” Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano said during a recent visit to the base. Cateriano was referring to the four planes, eight helicopters and new radar system the government is planning to buy by March 2015 to bolster Peru’s fight against terrorists and drug traffickers. The government is also planning to build 10 military bases in the VRAEM – the world’s top coca-producing region – in 2015. “We are working – you are not alone and have our support. We’re confident the country will defeat terrorism and Shining Path eventually be defeated with a patriotic military action that all will appreciate,” the defense minister told the troops. Cateriano made his announcement days after Peruvian security forces concluded an operation that destroyed 54 clandestine landing strips used by drug traffickers, according to Vicente Romero Fernández, the head of the Directorate of the National Police of Perú (DIRANDRO). Most of the landing strips were in the VRAEM region. Cracking down on narco-flights is a key component of the Peruvian government’s fight against drug trafficking. Gathering intelligence is an important aspect of that effort. To improve intelligence gathering efforts, Peruvian and Bolivian officials recently agreed to share real-time information regarding suspicious planes traveling across the countries’ shared border. It’s a significant step considering about half of 450 tons of cocaine produced in Perú annually is flown to Bolivia by drug traffickers who then transport the drug to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe and Asia. As of late September, Peruvian security forces have confiscated 14 planes used by narco-traffickers to transport drugs. Drug traffickers who operate in Perú in recent years have been transporting larger amounts of drugs to Europe, where they can charge higher prices than they can in the United States, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Consequently, Peruvian security forces are indicting drug loads which were destined for Europe. For example, on August 27, security forces seized 7.6 tons of cocaine they found hidden inside a shipment of coal in a warehouse in the city of Trujillo, marking the largest confiscation in the country’s history, according to Interior Minister Daniel Urresti. Drug traffickers intended to transport the cocaine to Spain and Belgium. The cocaine was worth more than $300 million (USD). Peruvian police arrested six Peruvians and two Mexican nationals in connection with the cocaine seizure. Police identified the Mexican suspects as Rubén Larios Cabadas and Jhoseth Gutiérrez León, respectively. The two men are suspected members of the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican transnational criminal organization which operates in Perú and other Latin American countries. In 2012, criminal organizations cultivated more than 60,000 hectares of coca crops in Perú, according to the UNODC’s annual report, “Perú: Cocaine Cultivation Monitoring 2012.” Perú is home to 13-coca growing regions, with 60,400 hectares which are used for coca cultivation, according to the report. Ninety-three percent of the country’s coca – the main ingredient used to produce cocaine – is used for the drug trade, with the remaining plants used for traditional consumption and industrial use, according to Peru’s National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA). By Dialogo September 30, 2014last_img read more

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Stephen F. Austin Leads Preseason All-Conference Volleyball Teams

first_img Samantha Anderson1 Sr. RS Central Arkansas Tyler, Texas First Team                                                                                                                                                                                                           After its Cinderella run as the No. 8 seed last year participating in its first ever Southland postseason tournament, Abilene Christian heads into the season with three preseason second team members. Senior setter Kendall Bosse and senior outside hitter Jacey Smith, both 2017 All-Tournament selections, were both picked to the second team, along with senior middle blocker Lauren Walker. Lauren Walker Sr. MB Abilene Christian Round Rock, Texas Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamar University, New Orleans and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi each garnered a single selection. The Islanders’ junior right side/setter Madison Green was the top vote-getter outside of the eight automatic selections. 1 – 2017 All-Conference Selection Tomar Thomas Sr. OH Lamar University Houston, Texas Autumn Lockley Sr. OH Incarnate Word Leander, Texas Elizabeth Armstrong1 Jr. S Central Arkansas League City, Texas Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown Haley Coleman1 Sr. OH Stephen F. Austin Rockwall, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin paces the way with four spots on the 2018 Southland Conference Preseason All-Conference Teams, the league announced Thursday. Danae Daron1 Jr. MB Stephen F. Austin Crosby, Texas Returning players from the 2017 All-Conference First and Second teams are automatically named to the 2018 Preseason All-Conference teams. Vacant positions are nominated and voted upon by the conference’s head coaches. Voting for one’s own players is not permitted. Each member of the preseason teams is an upperclassmen with just four juniors receiving the accolade. Seventeen of the 18 selections are Texas natives. Jacey Smith Sr. OH Abilene Christian Wimberley, Texascenter_img Defending tournament champion Central Arkansas captured two spots on the top team, as does Northwestern State and Sam Houston State. The Sugar Bears return the league’s 2017 Player of the Year, senior right side hitter Samantha Anderson, along with 2017 Tournament MVP junior setter Elizabeth Armstrong. The Lady Demons earned automatic selections in senior outside hitter Reagan Rogers and last season’s conference Libero of the Year Channing Burleson. Senior middle blocker Taylor Cunningham snagged an automatic selection to the first team while senior setter Jaclyn Ward was also voted to the first team to represent the Bearkats. Madison Green Jr. RS/S Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Dripping Springs, Texas Second Team                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reagan Rogers1 Sr. OH Northwestern State Blanco, Texas Jaclyn Ward Sr. S Sam Houston State Spring, Texas Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown The Ladyjacks head into the new campaign returning three all-conference members from a season ago in senior outside hitter Haley Coleman, junior middle blocker Danae Daron and senior middle blocker Makenzee Hanna. Junior setter Ann Hollas was voted onto the second team. Last season SFA won its first Southland regular-season championship since 2014, posting a 14-2 mark in conference play. Channing Burleson1 Sr. L Northwestern State Midland, Texas Kendall Bosse Sr. S Abilene Christian Round Rock, Texas Kaitlyn Grice Sr. MB New Orleans Valrico, Fla. Kayla Davenport Sr. MB Houston Baptist Columbus, Texas Ann Hollas Jr. S Stephen F. Austin Longview, Texas Makenzee Hanna1 Sr. MB Stephen F. Austin DeSoto, Texas Taylor Cunningham1 Sr. MB Sam Houston State Huntsville, Texaslast_img read more