Italy: NURC Uses VideoRay ROV in Naval MCM-Neutralization Project

first_img View post tag: project Back to overview,Home naval-today Italy: NURC Uses VideoRay ROV in Naval MCM-Neutralization Project Research & Development View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic June 24, 2011 View post tag: MCM-Neutralization Share this article View post tag: VideoRay View post tag: NURC NURC’s mine reacquisition and neutralization efforts focus on Autonomous Surface Vehicle carrying and guiding an automated ROV (aROV) close to the mine target utilizing advances in sonar image processing and target tracking, autonomous navigation and control, and collaborative autonomous systems mission planning. NURC’s approach is to use modified COTS equipment to test new concepts inexpensively. In the presented concept of operations, an ASV reacquires a previously identified target (in the mine hunting phase) using its imaging sonar.NURC ANMCM-Neutralization conceptOnce the target location is known, an expendable aROV is released. The aROV position is determined from sonar imagery onboard the ASV. This minimal information is sent to the aROV via acoustic link so that it can converge towards the desired target. With this approach, complex and expensive sensors are removed from the expendable vehicle, which now becomes a simple actuation system that carries the neutralization payload, and this in turn greatly increases cost efficiency.[mappress]Source:  Nurc, June 24 , 2011; Italy: NURC Uses VideoRay ROV in Naval MCM-Neutralization Project View post tag: uses View post tag: ROV View post tag: Navallast_img read more

Press release: Secretary of State attends Washington St Patrick’s Day celebrations

first_img We cannot forget the vital contribution the US had in helping to secure the historic deal in 1998 that led to lasting peace in Northern Ireland and its continued support for the Northern Ireland political process. I am delighted to be here in person to acknowledge their role as we approach the 20th Anniversary of the Belfast Agreement. It is clear there remains much work to be done in securing a stable and prosperous future for all the people of Northern Ireland, and over the next few days, I want to reassure colleagues in the US that the UK Government remains committed to the Belfast Agreement. I am absolutely delighted to be part of the St Patrick’s Day event in Washington. My visit here comes at time of great challenge, to me as Secretary of State and also to the political parties and people of Northern Ireland. The Secretary of State will also attend key networking breakfast events hosted by the Northern Ireland Bureau and the UK Ambassador. She will promote Northern Ireland as open for business and showcase its great investment potential. She will highlight the thriving creative industries, which have been instrumental in putting Northern Ireland on the world stage for creating global television productions including Game of Thrones.Before returning to the UK, she will travel to New York to hold separate discussions with former President Bill Clinton and Senator George Mitchell, who were instrumental in brokering the Belfast Agreement, and is expected to update them on the current political situation in Northern Ireland. Mrs Bradley will use her first visit to the US as Secretary of State to build key relationships with US stakeholders who share a keen interest and influence in Northern Ireland and to reinforce the UK Government’s priority to see devolution restored as soon as possible.As well as attending the American Ireland Fund Gala dinner, the Secretary of State will meet senior US Representative Joe Crowley and Congressman Richard Neal. She will also attend the White House reception, hosted by President Donald Trump, in honour of the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the annual ‘Friends of Ireland’ lunch at Capitol Hill hosted by Speaker Paul Ryan.Mrs Bradley said:last_img read more

Press release: Low Pay Commission holding drop-in session in Barnstaple on minimum wage

first_img The Low Pay Commission is an independent body that advises the government about the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The LPC is responsible for: carrying out extensive research and consultation, and commissioning research projects; analysing relevant data and actively encouraging the Office of National Statistics to establish better estimates of the incidence of low pay; carrying out surveys of firms in low-paying sectors; consulting with employers, workers and their representatives and taking written and oral evidence from a wide range of organisations; making fact-finding visits throughout the UK to meet employers, employees and representative organisations. There are 9 Low Pay Commissioners drawn from a range of employee, employer and academic backgrounds. The LPC is chaired by Bryan Sanderson. All the Commissioners serve in an individual capacity. They are supported by a secretariat, which has 8 members of staff and is based in London. If you are are involved in a business, are a worker, or have information you would like to share with commissioners about the effects of the National Living Wage or Minimum Wage, and would like to meet the Commissioners, please contact the LPC secretariat using the contact details below. Hearing directly from those affected by the National Living Wage and other minimum wage rates is an important part of the Commission’s work and informs our recommendations to the government. Our visits take us around the UK and we welcome the opportunity to hear how the National Living Wage has affected people in the South West. Email the LPC for more information on the drop-in sessions. Minimum Wage rate Old rate (2017/18) Current rate Out of hours 020 7211 8125 16-17 Year Old Rate £4.05 £4.20 25-26 April Kendal and South Lakeland 8-9 August Birmingham National Living Wage £7.50 £7.83 4-5 July Anglesey, Wales LPC visits 2018 18-20 Year Old Rate £5.60 £5.90 13-14 June Perth, Scotland Current minimum and previous National Minimum Wage ratescenter_img 21-24 Year Old Rate £7.05 £7.38 Email [email protected] Date Location Press enquiries Accommodation offset £6.40 £7.00 Telephone 020 7211 8125 Apprentice Rate £3.50 £3.70 23-24 May Barnstaple and North Devon 13-14 June Newry, Northern Ireland The visit to Barnstaple is part of a programme of visits the Low Pay Commission (LPC) is making around the UK during 2018 to gather information on how the National Living Wage is operating (see below for full list of visits). The LPC is also gathering evidence on the idea for a higher minimum wage for non-guaranteed hours, and its upcoming review of the minimum wage rates for young workers.Professor Richard Dickens and Professor Sarah Brown will meet a number of representatives in North Devon to hear first hand what impact the National Living Wage is having on businesses and workers.On Wednesday 23 May there will be a drop-in session for anyone who wants to share their experiences of the minimum wage. The session will be from 16:30-17:30 at the Imperial Hotel in Barnstaple. The LPC welcomes anyone to share their experience of the minimum wage, whether as a worker or employer. Commissioners will also be able to explain how the LPC works and how we make recommendations to the Government.Low Pay Commissioner Sarah Brown said: 8th Floor Fleetbank House 2-6 Salisbury SquareLondonEC4Y 8JX Noteslast_img read more

Naughty Professor Discusses Bringing The Taste Of New Orleans To NYC For Upcoming Gig

first_imgNew Orleans-based future funk act Naughty Professor is heading to New York City on Thursday, March 23rd at American Beauty – with special guest vocalist Cole DeGenova (purchase tickets here). With a frontline horn section, and a jazz-inspired, funk-formulating rhythm section, anything is possible with these guys. With the release of 2016’s In The Flesh, the group catapulted into the spotlight, garnering the respect from fellow Big Easy musicians and acts such as George Porter Jr., The Revivalists, Galactic, and Rebirth Brass Band.Now, with a new album on the way Identity, featuring special guest collaborators from the New Orleans music scene, the sound of Naughty Professor is even more refined. Similar to the approach of fellow instrumental jazz/funk experts Snarky Puppy and their Family Dinner sessions, the band’s upcoming album will feature special guest spots from Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Benny Bloom (Lettuce), Mike Dillon, members of The Soul Rebels, and many more. We caught up with drummer Sam Shahin to discuss what they’re up to. Read below!Live For Live Music: It’s been over 2 years since you’ve all graduated college and been able to fully submerge yourself in the life of a touring band. Tell us about this experience.Sam Shahin: It’s a life-changing experience immersing yourself in every aspect of the band. We have tried to stay diligent in every aspect, and ultimately playing live is the strongest way to create a direct connection. Meeting the myriad of wonderful folks who have supported us both on and off stage has been a real thrill.L4LM: Typically an instrumental band, you’re gearing up to release a new album “Identity” with guest vocalists. Can you tell us about what made you decide to introduce these characters to your plot?SS: Every song on “Identity” has a featured artist, including a wide range of vocalists and instrumentalists. We all have so many musical interests and influences as individuals, and the prospect of expanding what our ensemble could do was very exciting. Joining forces in the creative process was very important to us throughout, as the collaborators on this album were chosen because we have such a tremendous amount of respect for what they do and felt that they could be a complement to our ensemble.L4LM: Sharing the road with Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na must’ve been a pretty great experience. Tell us about that!SS: Chali is an absolute monster in every capacity. He tears it up on and off stage professionally (working with him in rehearsals and studio are a true joy), and that joy and passion transfer to our personal lives as well. He’s a spectacular energy force to have around.L4LM: By definition, you’re a New Orleans band. How do you translate that culture into your live performance when you’re visiting various cities around the country?SS: We have a genuine thirst for the exploration of our home city’s eclectic musical landscape. New Orleans is the reason that we were all able to come together, and it’s the reason we’ve been able to continue making music together. We all were drawn to the city, and we all have endless admiration for the history of the music culture in New Orleans. In no way are we a traditional New Orleans band, but New Orleans musical and cultural traditions have everything to do with how we make music.L4LM: What’s special about visiting NYC for you guys?SS: There’s always a cache to being in New York City because by definition you’re on the biggest stage in the country and you always have to bring your A game. It’s always exciting and inspiring being around a city with such a unique and magnificent presence.L4LM: Cole DeGenova is your special guest for this run. Tell us about his involvement.SS: Cole is perennial lover of the New Orleans music community. His involvement in our band started with our first full length album, Until the Next Time where he was featured on organ for our song “Chef’s Special.” He has fantastic talent on voice, organ, and songwriting so this album of featured artists felt like the perfect time to collaborate with him on an original song. From there, we’ve worked with him in rehearsal to play more of the vocal songs from the upcoming album Identity and his versatility has been a great asset to bringing him on the road and playing a wide variety of material.L4LM: What else can we expect from Naughty Professor’s show at American Beauty?SS: The heat.Grammy-Award-winning trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown and SOUL’D U OUT will be joining the show, featuring a full set of Brown’s hip-hop/jazz-inspired flavors with plenty of soul. Brown is widely recognized for his tenure with Tedeschi Trucks Band, but has also been featured on dozens of stellar recordings alongside greats like Aretha Franklin, De La Soul, Diddy, Lettuce, and Cee-Lo Green, to name a few. More recently, Mobetta dedicated his time entirely to a solo career, featuring a stellar band blending hip-hop, jazz, soul, and funk-inspired beats from all over the map.The combination of Naughty Professor and SOUL’D U OUT is a perfect pairing of musical tastes, with plenty of funk, soul, jazz, and beats to accommodate your palate. Don’t miss out on this incredible lineup, and purchase tickets to American Beauty this Thursday, March 23rd here.– Show Info –Artist: Naughty Professor with support from Maurice “Mobetta” Brown and SOUL’D U OUTVenue: American Beauty NYCDate: Thursday – March 23rd, 2017Ages: 21+Tickets: $12.50adv / $15dos (Purchase HERE)last_img read more

RockyGrass Welcomes Stunning Array Of Bluegrass Heroes To Lyons, Colorado

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Elliot Siff Every year in late July, the bluegrass world converges on the small mecca of Lyons, Colorado, for the world-renowned RockyGrass Festival. The traditional bluegrass festival draws acts from across the globe for three days of music, celebration, and collaboration at Planet Bluegrass in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Put on by the same promoters as its younger sister, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, this year’s 46th-annual RockyGrass featured incredible acts including Old & In The Way, the David Grisman Quintet, the Sam Bush Band, and the Jeff Austin Band.Friday’s festivities kicked off with Colorado natives and last year’s band contest winners, Meadow Mountain. Following the locals were Tennessee’s own Po’ Ramblin Boys. Having recently signed to Rounder Records, the Boys pleased the crowd with a sharp, traditional bluegrass sound. Richie and Rosie played next, followed by a rollicking set of alt-country-bluegrass by songwriter Robbie Fulks.Friday evening kicked into high gear with a star-studded set from the all-female supergroup of banjo legend Alison Brown, fiddler Becky Buller, bassist Missy Raines, and two young guns, guitarist Molly Tuttle and mandolinist Sierra Hull. Despite having never played live together before, the ladies were impossibly tight with harmonies to die for. The set was chock full of originals including Sierra Hull’s hilarious tune, “Hilarious.” Some well-picked covers rounded out the set including a take on the Grateful Dead’s “Cold Rain and Snow” and a haunting rendition of the classic hymn “Down to The River to Pray.”The all-female group was followed by an all too familiar all-male group, the David Grisman Quintet. Pioneers of a unique hybrid of traditional bluegrass and gypsy jazz, the Quintet took the bluegrass scene by storm with their self-titled debut album in 1977. The current incarnation of the Q features original members and mandolists, David Grisman and Mike Marshall, original fiddler Darol Anger, and original bassist Todd Phillips. The role of the great Tony Rice was respectfully played by his younger brother Wyatt Rice. Just as they did in 1977, the quintet opened up with the mandolin-led jaunt “EMD” and followed with a number of other songs off of their first album. “Swing 51,” “Blue Midnite,” “Minor Swing,” and “16/16” were all given the treatment, with Sam Bush joining in on fiddle for a few tunes as well. Sam’s Grammy award-winning band wrapped up the first night of RockyGrass with a typically high-octane set ranging from John Hartford covers (“Natural to Be Gone”) to originals to a rowdy, strangely true-to-from cover of The Beatles‘ “I’ve Just Seen a Face.”Saturday morning started with the instrument contest finals on the main stage before another Tennessee band, Bill & The Belles. The four-piece band has no Bill and only two Belles, but singer/guitarist Kris Truelson (a.k.a. Bill) originally hails from Nederland, Colorado. Finding his true roots in the Appalachian mountains, Truelson now hosts the long-running radio show, “Farm and Fun Time,” with the band. Their original blend of old-time country, bluegrass, and vaudeville was refreshing to the ears, as they spanned their catalog with songs including “Get Up and Give It One More Try”, “Salty Dog Blues”, and the old bluegrass standard “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down.” Bill & The Belles debut album, Dreamsongs, comes out next month on August 24th.Next up was Grant Gordy, best known for his six-year stint with the David Grisman Quartet. The virtuoso flat-picking guitarist stunned audiences early on Saturday and was joined by fiddler Alex Hargreaves, mandolinist Dominick Leslie, and bassist Aidan O’ Donnell. The Cleverlys followed, polarizing the traditional RockyGrass audience with their hysterical hybrid of bluegrass and current pop music. Regardless of one’s personal inclinations, it was hard to resist their impossibly catchy covers of songs such as “Gangnam Style” and R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix).”Balsam Range, a quintet out of North Carolina, played next and struck a perfect Saturday afternoon balance between fast hard picking tunes and slower ballads. The highly-awarded female quartet Della Mae followed, welcoming a handful of guests onto the stage for their set including Alison Brown and Elephant Revival alum Bonnie Paine. The girls worked through a stunning set including the original “Bourbon Hound,” a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo”, Elephant Revival’s “Rogue River”, and John Hartford’s “You Don’t Have to Do That.”After an all-star set from Bryan Sutton, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Michael Daves, Missy Raines, and Tony Trischka, David Grisman and Peter Rowan took the stage for their tribute to the seminal bluegrass album Old & In the Way. Joined by bassist (and son) Samson Grisman, Sam Bush on fiddle, and Keith Little playing the part of Jerry Garcia on banjo, the pair revisited the album for the first time in 15 years. Grisman and Rowan have hardly lost a step and, with a little help from the younger guys, the songs truly came alive. Along with “Wild Horses”, “Midnight Moonlight”, “Land of the Navajo”, etc., they also managed to sneak in a couple extra songs that the 1973 group originally played, including the Garcia/Grisman favorite “Drifting Too Far from the Shore.” As the album that introduced so many people to bluegrass, the set proved a fitting conclusion to an absolutely epic Saturday at RockyGrass.Sunday began as it always should, with gospel music from The Lyons Bluegrass Collective. Featuring locals, guitarist KC Groves, Natalie Padilla on fiddle, bassist Sarah Cole, mandolinist Dylan McCarthy, and banjoist Eric Yates, the band played the perfect Sunday morning set with soaring five-part harmonies. A heart-wrenching covering of “I’ll Fly Away” came late in their set before turning the stage over to longtime/former Lyons locals Jeff Scroggins & Colorado. Led by father and son, banjoist Jeff Scroggins and phenom mandolin player Tristan Scroggins, the group played an astonishing, high-energy set including Bill Monroe’s “Roanoke” and a mind-numbing original duet titled “Buck’s Run.” Up next, I Draw Slow, a quintet out of Ireland, took things down a few notches, presenting some beautiful ballads with an Irish lilt rarely heard across the pond at Rocky Grass.Despite the lazy Sunday afternoon, the Jeff Austin Band came out firing on all cylinders, the former Nederland resident and Yonder Mountain String Band mandolin player wasting no time getting down to business. The raw set included the Yonder classics “Half Moon Rising” and “Ragdoll” before Jeff and friends took a bow and turned the stage over to the final trio of RockyGrass artists. Peter Rowan returned to the stage for a tribute to his musical hero, Carter Stanley of the Stanley Brothers. Stepping away from Peter’s broad, genre-spanning songbook, the set dug deep into the catacombs of traditional bluegrass, featuring some of the genre’s earliest songs. The Steep Canyon Rangers followed before Colorado’s own Hot Rize closed the festival. The 18-time RockyGrass artists celebrated their 40th anniversary in proper fashion and played a set for the ages to wrap up the 2018 festival.As always, Rocky Grass will return to Planet Bluegrass next July. More information about RockyGrass, Telluride Bluegrass, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, and the upcoming, inaugural Colorado Kind Festival (featuring the String Cheese Incident) can be found here.RockyGrass Festival | Lyons, Colorado | 2018 | Photos: Elliot Sifflast_img read more

Road to Recovery: Do You Have a Plan in Place?

first_imgHurricane Sandy was not an isolated event. As the world becomes more densely populated these natural events will cause bigger impact. The world is becoming more interconnected too. More organizations rely on intelligent systems to support their operations than ever, and these systems need infrastructure.Latin America is no exception. Our digital economy is new but rising, growing fast and catching the eyes of investors all over the world. And nature challenges us at times just the same.How can you overcome these challenges while reducing costs and improving your service levels? Here are a few high level guidelines:Virtualization is a proven technology that can dramatically reduce infrastructure costs and in many cases, make business continuity projects viable. While server and storage virtualization are already mainstream, network virtualization solutions are just beginning to emerge and promise to bring much value to enterprises as they continue to move workloads to the cloud.By decoupling workloads and infrastructure, virtualization provides the foundation for flexible deployments, hardware independence and mobility. If you need to invest in infrastructure to build protection, think virtual.Disaster Avoidance is a new term that is rising as an evolution to the usual Disaster Recovery architecture. This architecture is based on highly virtualized infrastructure (server, storage and networking) where both Data Centers will be active (Active-Active), allowing organizations to recover from unplanned events (traditional Disaster Recovery) and even eliminate downtime by proactively moving workloads to the remote infrastructure. For instance, you can migrate workloads from a highly exposed Data Center to a facility that is not in the path of a natural disaster, without losing any downtime.Efficiency in disaster recovery is key. Technologies like data deduplication and data compression not only help cut costs on capacity, but also impact a very expensive part of the solution: telecommunication costs.Flash storage brings performance efficiency, the ability for the infrastructure to support bursts of demands without multiplying the size and costs of the platforms and quickly adjust to moving workloads.But the most critical dimension of efficiency is on the management side. The ability to have automated and orchestrated recovery procedures for the business applications landscape is essential to keep business running as usual. Manually supported scripts will not keep up with the speed of changes and will either have exponential costs or fail to keep all the elements protected.Finally, Cloud is a great opportunity for organizations that need protection but cannot afford the investment on a fully redundant infrastructure. Public cloud services allow pay per use alternatives and an easy-to-scale model.There are many emerging offerings for Backup-as-a-Service or even Recovery-as-a-Service that can help your organization improve service levels. Also, many of these Services Providers use similar virtualization, efficiency and mobility technologies, but at a scale that allows a viable economic model for both consumers and providers.As Latin America enters the digital universe, uptime is more critical than ever. Considering our particular challenges in both geography and infrastructure, it is very important to choose a partner that can help you protect your business with the highest value and the lowest risk.last_img read more

Gold medal plants

first_imgFragrant tea olive, a flowering shrub, lives up to its name with outstanding fall fragrance. A tough, low-maintenance plant with few pest problems, it adapts to a wide range of soils. This large shrub is best used as a background plant in a perennial border, a specimen plant or an evergreen hedge. Its creamy white flowers are often hidden among the foliage and aren’t usually noticeable until their fragrance infiltrates the landscape. Armand clematis is a low-maintenance annual flower that provides an explosion of blooms from summer though fall. It’s most noted for its heat and drought tolerance, extended bloom period and performance in the landscape. The annual is available in a wide range of colors, including white, rose, lilac, violet, blue and many shades in between. Its flower spikes have about a dozen flowers. The flowers hold up well in floral arrangements. 2009 winners’ descriptions Selection process And the 2009 winners, by category, are: summer annual – Summer snapdragon; herbaceous perennial – Arkansas blue star; evergreen vine – Armand clematis; evergreen shrub – Fragrant tea olive; and deciduous tree – Lavender twist® redbud. “The nominees are judged on a strict list of criteria including pest tolerance, ease of maintenance, survivability, seasonal interest and availability,” Wade. “The list of nominees is long and the selection process is tedious, but in the end, all on the committee agree that the plants chosen are deserving of their gold medal designation.” Each year an elite group of green industry and academic professionals from throughout Georgia select a slate of outstanding ornamental plants in five categories, said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturalist Gary Wade. Only one plant in each category can earn the plant selection committee’s coveted gold medal award. Armand clematis is an evergreen flowering vine with few pest problems. Its glossy, evergreen leaves are attractive year-round. Spring flowers are an added bonus of Armand clematis. White, fragrant, star-shaped flowers appear in March in Athens, Ga., and persist nearly a month. Its flowers have a spicy, subtle fragrance that is not overpowering. center_img Arkansas blue star, a clumping herbaceous perennial, has soft foliage texture and outstanding fall color. In the spring, light-blue, star-shaped flowers with yellow centers are borne along the upper portions of the stem and last three to four weeks. In the fall the foliage turns golden yellow and literally glows when the sun strikes it. It’s a showstopper when planted in groups and backed up by taller evergreens, ornamental grasses or plants with burgundy foliage. To learn more about on the Georgia Gold Medal Winners program, visit Each year, a select group of plants are named Georgia Gold Medal winners. These plants are standouts, and the five chosen for 2009 are no different. This year’s gold medal winners have all proven their worth and are ready to add beauty to Georgia’s landscapes. By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgia Lavender twist® redbud is sure to be the focal point in any landscape. The plant stops traffic when in bloom. Flowers are borne not only along the branches, but along the main trunk as well. When winter arrives and the leaves drop, the tree becomes a living sculpture with zigzag branches, a contorted trunk and persistent pea-like seed pods that hang from its weeping branches. The committee is made up of nurserymen, flower growers, landscapers, landscape designers, garden center managers and University of Georgia horticulturists. It was organized in 1994 to promote the production, sale and use of superior landscape plants. last_img read more

Dominican Republic: Narco-trafficking ring dismantled

first_imgBy Dialogo December 14, 2012 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Dominican counter-narcotics agents dismantled an international drug trafficking ring, arrested four suspects and prevented a major cocaine shipment from entering the country, officials said. The National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) said the operation detected speedboats approaching the country’s Caribbean coast near the city of Baní, west of the nation’s capital of Santo Domingo. One boat was intercepted and agents seized 10 packets of cocaine, but officials believe the narco-traffickers dumped at least 800 kilograms (1,764 pounds) of cocaine into the sea. José Calderón Rijo, known as “La Araña” (The Spider), José Alfonzo Morroi, Lalyis Alberto Sierra Ferrera and Aurelio Elizardo Hernández Sánchez were taken into custody. “These were members of a drug-trafficking structure that would bring cocaine from Colombia,” the DNCD said in a prepared statement. DNCD Chief Maj. Gen. Rolando Rosado Mateo said the operation, coordinated by the DNCD, involved members of the Dominican Air Force, Navy and National Police and assistance from the United States military. Two helicopters were used, one American and one Dominican, two Super Tucano aircrafts and two Navy boats. The teams spotted speedboats off the coast of the Dominican Republic about 87 miles south of the shore. The operation was launched Dec. 10 at 1 a.m. and concluded around 6:30 a.m. the same morning, said Roberto Lebrón, a DNCD spokesman. Morroi, who is Colombian, was arrested in the boat that DNCD agents seized along with the 10 packets of cocaine. The other three suspects were caught in subsequent raids in and around Santo Domingo. DNCD officials said Calderón was the ringleader of a drug gang and used a cover as a businessman and entrepreneur to conceal the gang’s activities. Known as “Burungo” (Frog), “Tony” and “René” among other aliases, he allegedly utilized cockfighting rings and a money lending business as a front. The gang’s drug shipments allegedly came from South America via maritime routes. The gang received the narcotics and made plans to send them along to the United States and Europe, authorities said. [DNCD (Dominican Republic), 11/12/2012; Proceso (Dominican Republic), 11/12/2012]last_img read more

5 ways to transform DEI talk into tangible action

first_imgThe employee book club at Michigan State University Federal Credit Union ($4.9B, East Lansing, MI) began reading White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism in February, just a few weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down most of the world. Little did the club realize how relevant that book would soon become.In late May, the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in the custody of Minneapolis police, and the subsequent protests forced workplaces everywhere to confront questions about race in America. White Fragility soon hit No. 1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Copies of the book were nearly impossible to find, and interest in the credit union’s book club soared.Such responses are well-meaning but fall short of addressing racial inequities, writes Washington Post freelance columnist Tre Johnson in a June 11 article.“White people tend to take a slow route to meaningful activism, locked in familiar patterns, seemingly uninterested in really advancing progress,” Johnson says. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Nassau Exec Mangano Defiant Following Federal Corruption Charges

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Timothy Bolger, Rashed Mian and Christopher TwarowskiTwo-term Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano remained defiant Thursday following his indictment on federal corruption charges including bribery, fraud and extortion, as he addressed reporters outside the Alfonse M. D’Amato United States Courthouse in Central Islip after posting $500,000 bail. He insisted that he would not step down as the county’s highest elected official, despite a growing chorus of elected officials asking him to do so.“America’s the greatest country in the world, and I’ll have an opportunity when, at the proper time, to present my evidence that revokes, trumps any of this nonsense that I would ever do anything that sacrifices my oath of office,” he told the throng of journalists before joining his wife Linda, who was also charged by federal prosecutors, in an awaiting black SUV.His words were jumbled with emotion.“This was a 25-year-old friend. He was like a sister to my wife, a brother and a sister—it’s ridiculous, but I can’t say any more,” Mangano continued, flanked by his lawyers. “I’m going to tell you this: I’m going to continue to govern. I’m going to go to work. America’s the greatest country in the world. And you’ll all have an opportunity to hear everything and decide for yourselves.“God bless you,” he concluded.Federal agents arrested the Manganos as well as Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto Thursday morning. They indicted the trio on a slew of conspiracy charges including bribery, wire fraud, extortion and obstruction of justice for lying to investigators about their participation in an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving a local businessman known in the 20-page indictment as “Co-Conspirator #1,” who was widely reported to be Harendra Singh, a Syosset-based restaurateur charged last year with fraud and bribing an Oyster Bay official.All three have pleaded not guilty. They each face 20 years in prison if convicted.Related: Feds: Ed Mangano & John Venditto Charged In Bribery, Kickback & Extortion SchemeAmong the 13 counts against Mangano, federal investigators allege that between January 2010 and February 2015, he and Venditto received bribes and kickbacks from Singh in exchange for lucrative county contracts and the Town of Oyster Bay’s guaranteeing $20 million in bank loans in connection with Singh’s status as a town concessionaire.In addition to hotel and travel expenses for the Manganos—ranging from exotic Caribbean trips to Turks and Caicos, St. Thomas and Florida’s Marco and Amelia islands, as well as to Niagara Falls—federal prosecutors allege those kickbacks included a more than $3,300 “ergonomic office chair;” a massage chair from Brookstone valued at more than $3,600; a $7,304 Panerai Luminor watch; new hardwood flooring in the Mangano’s bedroom; free meals; and a “no-show” job for Linda that paid her more than $450,000.According to the federal charges, Venditto and his family members and associates were showered with free limousine rides and the use of Singh’s restaurants for fundraisers at discounted rates, as well as use of a basement conference room.Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto leaving federal court in Central Islip Thursday, Oct. 20.All three attempted to cover up their wrongdoing, authorities allege. Linda Mangano and Venditto have also been charged with making false statements to federal law enforcement.Venditto’s Garden City-based attorney, Brian Griffin, made a brief statement to reporters on his client’s behalf:“Mr. Venditto is clear that he is not guilty of these charges, and he intends to vigorously defend them,” Griffin told reporters, characterizing the allegations as “underwhelming.”“Mr. Venditto has served the citizens of the Town of Oyster Bay for 40 years,” Griffin added. “He has done it with distinction. He has done it with diligence. And he has done it ethically. Nothing in this indictment today changes that.”Should Mangano step down, the Nassau Legislature would have to vote on a replacement, a spokesperson for Republican Presiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves told the Press.Gonsalves, in a statement, said she and the legislature were “alarmed by the allegations, but must allow the legal process to play out.”Mangano’s staunch defiance flies in the face of a growing chorus of other Long Island GOP lawmakers including state Senators Jack Martins, Carl Marcellino and Kemp Hannon who’ve been calling for both him and Venditto to resign, and local legislators to immediately begin the process of replacing them.Three State Senators from Nassau County, including Jack Martins, who is running for Congress, called on Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto to resign following corruption allegations. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)“The public process has to continue,” Martins told reporters at an impromptu joint press conference with Marcellino and Hannon outside Nassau Legislature headquarters in Mineola Thursday morning. Martins is in a tough race with former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, a Democrat, to succeed Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills), who decided not to run again.“The people come first,” added Marcellino, who is facing Suffolk County Water Authority Chairman Jim Gaughran, a Democrat, on the Nov. 8 ballot.“Their alleged actions, if proven true, are a betrayal of the public trust and further shake our trust in government,” Nassau Comptroller George Maragos said in a statement. “Given the nature of the charges, it would be in the best interest of the County if both would resign in order to allow the people’s work to be conducted with unquestionable integrity.”Maragos has recently switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat so he could run for Nassau County executive.Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) said during a press conference that Democrats won’t be calling for Mangano to resign just yet. Instead, he reiterated calls for Republicans to join their colleagues in appointing an independent inspector general to oversee Nassau’s troubled contracting system.“Today is not a good day for the Nassau County taxpayer,” Abrahams told reporters. “It’s not a good day for the institution of Nassau. It’s not a good day for the majority, minority caucus and obviously not a good day for the county executive.”Nassau Republican Party boss Joe Mondello declined to comment late Thursday.last_img read more