Khruangbin Announce Global ‘Late Night Tales’ Compilation, Share Kool & The Gang Cover [Listen]

first_imgOn Wednesday, Khruangbin announced their own edition of the Late Night Tales compilation series, out on December 4th. This announcement brings the Houston-bred, internationally-renowned trio’s career full circle, as Khruangbin got their start by being included on LNT several years ago.Back in 2013, Khruangbin was still a trio of budding musicians working the scene in Texas when the band’s cut of “A Calf Born In Winter” was hand-picked by producer/DJ Bonobo for his edition of Late Night Tales. From there, the band has grown to international stardom with three albums under their belts and fans around the globe. You can read out full 2019 feature interview about the band’s origins and initial Late Night Tales here.Related: Khruang Binatra Answers Age Old Question: What If Frank Sinatra Sang Lead Vocals For Khruangbin [Watch]Ahead of the release of Khruangbin’s Late Night Tales, the band has also shared an exclusive cover of “Summer Madness” by Kool & The Gang. The song, available now on YouTube, features the classic hallmarks of the Thai-funk trio with Mark Speers‘ reverb-soaked guitar, Laura Lee Ochoa‘s understated bass lines, and Donald “DJ” Johnson tying the whole thing together with the snap of a drumstick on the edge of the snare.“‘Summer Madness’ became a staple in this medley that we play,” Johnson said in a press release. “Specifically, one of my favourite things about it is the tone of the bass, which really reminds me a lot of Laura Lee’s bass which has this chunky, peanut butter, rich tone. It was always a special moment, getting to that song because, it just did something to the room, everywhere.”The rest of the songs on Late Night Tales take listeners on the international journey that Khruangbin has prepared them for with their diverse influences. Late Night Tales jumps from Asian pop to Nigerian reggae, South Korean rock to Hindi-disco, and everything in between. The band also highlights Texas locals David Marez and Kelly Doyle, as well as an exclusive spoken-word track produced by Khruangbin from Tierney Malone and Geoffrey Muller.“We definitely wanted to cover as much global territory as possible,” Khruangbin said of their Late Night Tales mix. “So it was the globe and then home. We wanted to show the treasures from our hometown, or people from our hometown that the rest of the world probably doesn’t know. Then these gems from across the world, showcasing them in the same way. That’s what makes Khruangbin Khruangbin. The stubbornness about being so hometown-centric. But what makes Houston is this constant international influence; that’s the gulf stream, bringing it right into the city.”Listen to Khruangbin’s take on “Summer Madness” by Kool & The Gang below, and pre-order their Late Night Tales here. Scroll down to see the full tracklist.Khruangbin – “Summer Madness” (Kool & The Gang)[Video: Late Night Tales]Khruangbin’s Late Night Tales Tracklist:01. Devadip Carlos Santana And Turiya Alice Coltrane – “Illuminations”02. Brilliantes Del Veulo – “I Know That (When The Springtime Comes)”03. Nazia Hassan – “Khushi”04. Kelly Doyle – “DRM”05. Sanulim – “Don’t Go”06. Maxwell Udoh – “I Like It (Don’t Stop)”07. David Marez – “Enséñame”08. Gerald Lee – “Can You Feel The Love (Reprise)”09. Justine & The Victorian Punks – “Still You”10. George Yanagi + Nadja Band -「祭ばやしが聞こえる」のテーマ11. Песняры – “Зачарованная моя”12. Khruangbin – “Summer Madness” (Exclusive Kool & The Gang Cover Version)13. Paloma San Basilio – “Contigo”14. Roha Band – “Yetikimt Abeba”15. Tierney Malone / Geoffrey Muller – “Transmission for Jehn: Gnossienne No 1” (Produced by Khruangbin) (Exclusive Track)View Lyricslast_img read more

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Homeless Man in Blizzard Just Wants to Help, Pushes Out Cars

first_imgPush This Story To Your Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA homeless good Samaritan rushed to help when he saw motorists stuck in the winter storm that hit the Eastern U.S. last weekend.The man, identified only as Curtis, had been taking shelter between two buildings when he noticed cars getting stuck in the snow, so he ran out to help.DIG OUT ALL THE GOOD NEWS WITH OUR APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOS“It’s just the right thing to do,” he told WWBT News in Richmond, Virginia. “Because at times, people help me out. One hand washes the other one.”Many of the more than half dozen drivers that he helped while the TV crew was there thanked him, but never knew he was homeless.Curtis still didn’t have any idea where he would spend the night as the storm dropped more than two feet of snow on the area. People posting to Facebook wanted to raise money for Curtis, but he didn’t leave any information to make himself easily found.WATCH: Virginia Jeep Club Shuttles 150 Nurses to Hospital During BlizzardReporter Ashley Monfort and her cameraman gave him some hot coffee and a warm meal, and money to pay for transportation to a homeless shelter – then he was back to pushing cars down the road.(WATCH the video from WWBT News below) — Photos: WWBT videolast_img read more

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Laorr paces Minnesota to best score of spring

first_imgAs a result, the greens were slow and soft in the opening rounds but sped up for Sunday’s final round.“I definitely think that the short game was a lot more difficult,” Laorr said about Sunday’s conditions. She said players had to be more conservative because of the fast and firm greens.Laorr said the course was deceivingly windy at times as well.Junior Banchalee Theinthong finished three shots behind Laorr in a tie for 28th after shooting a 74 in each of her first two rounds. Sophomore Carmen Laguna had the Gophers’ best round Sunday, also a 74.Laorr said the Gophers had struggled in their past few tournaments when Laguna and Theinthong were out of the lineup. Both returned to the lineup this week.Another incentive was to play well in the absence of coach Michele Redman, who did not travel due to a death in the family. Assistant coach John Cleary traveled with the team instead.Laorr said the team’s schedule for the rest of the year is favorable. Minnesota’s next event will be the BYU Entrada Classic on March 18-19 in St. George, Utah. Laorr paces Minnesota to best score of springMinnesota finished 8th out of 16 teams at the Clover Cup. Nickalas TabbertMarch 11, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers women’s golf team shot 40-over par to finish eighth out of 16 teams at the Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz.Minnesota shot a team score of 904 at the Longbow Golf Club — its best score of the spring season by 17 strokes.Oklahoma ran away with the tournament, finishing with a team score of 862. Southern Methodist finished second at 18 strokes behind the Sooners.Sophomore Anna Laorr tied for 19th to lead the Gophers with a season-best score of 223. She shot 7-over par in her first top-20 finish of the spring season.Laorr said the team played its first solid tournament of the spring.“We played pretty well,” she said. “We finished higher in the tournament than we were supposed to.”Heavy rain and lightning forced the first round to be played Saturday, Laorr said.last_img read more

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Technology carries real estate through healthcare changes

first_imgA patient sits in the ICU at Banner Health’s Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Alaska.It’s late, many of the staff have gone home. He watches the glowing blinks of the machines monitoring his vital signs lighting the room in little blue and green bursts. Suddenly, a nurse is beckoned to his bedside by an abnormal fluctuation in his stats. The patient’s physician is notified and, if off-duty, with the press of a button, a critical care specialist or nurse sitting in what’s affectionately called “the bunker,” staffed 24/7 by highly specialized physicians known as intensivists at Banner Desert in Mesa, can appear on a two-way video communications system to assist.This is the future of medicine. Though Banner Health has been working on its eICUs in the seven states where its located since 2006, telemedicine is continuing to affect change throughout real estate.Behind the ScreenA COMPACCS study found that patients who would need critical care require, on average, 45 minutes of an intensivist’s time per day, according to “The Critical Care Workforce.” After crunching the numbers, the report claims ICU patients use 18 million ICU days every year. This is on the condition that only a third of ICU patients are seen by an intensivist. To meet this demand, 3,100 intensivists would have been required to treat the patient demand in 2000. That’s more than 65 percent of those who were available in the U.S.There’s a shortage of these critical care specialists, even 15 years later. This has a direct effect on care.Mortality rate in ICUs is between 12 and 17 percent, according to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ “The Critical Care Workforce: A Study of the Supply and Demand for Critical Care Physicians.”“If demand grows only as a result of the growth and aging of the population, demand for intensivists will increase from about 1,880 in 2000 to 2,600 in 2020 (an increase of about 38 percent),” according to “The Critical Care Workforce.”“Every ICU could hire a specialist, but it would outstrip the supply in the entire country,” Bollinger says.With the Affordable Care Act, hospitals are seeing inpatient days decrease. The reimbursement methodology has turned toward value and outcomes at affordable costs versus being reimbursed for doing more, says Kathy Bollinger, vice president of academic delivery at Banner Health.“There is a change in incentives to provide the right care in the right setting at the right time,” Bollinger says.Inpatients are spending fewer days in hospitals, and bed and room quantity focuses are now on quality rooms with the appropriate infrastructure.When Banner Health renovates the patient tower at the existing University Medical Center in Tucson, it will only add 10 additional beds.“The hospitals are not getting bigger, but they need to get smarter,” said Bollinger.Banner Health has 500 of its senior patients participating in a pilot program. They are provided an iPad and home technology that facilitate e-visits from their physicians.“Our early evidence on that project is we’re decreasing those patients’ trips to the emergency department,” Bollinger says.The BrainsBollinger says hospitals need to get smarter, and DPR’s national healthcare leader Hamilton Espinosa agrees.“Their payer mix is getting thrown off skew by the amount of Baby Boomers and reimbursement rates offered by Obamacare,” he says. “The need to be smarter…part of that is leaner, smarter operation.”The amount of technology used by a hospital requires a larger amount of data that must be managed. This requires updates. Hospitals have also been upgrading their presentation.“Banner is (Arizona’s) largest hospital system, so they have been moving the fastest and doing the largest amount of work in terms of positioning themselves to streamline and provide healthcare in more efficient manner,” says GPE Commercial Advisors Executive Vice President Julie Johnson. She is referring to the number of satellite Banner clinics that have popped up in the East Valley. There is a grab for market share, she says.“Dignity has been looking at several different clinics,” she says. “I don’t think they have been implementing them as quickly as Banner.”These large hospital care providers can afford to expand. However, clinics that have been traditionally geared toward lower income patients are now in a market where these patients have Obamacare and the power of choice. Johnson says Adelante and Mountain Park facilities have expanded their programs to compete. Most recently, Adelante Healthcare in Peoria moved into a retail center and put a huge emphasis on outfitting the space with attractive interiors.“Real estate is a really expensive part of healthcare delivery,” says Johnson. “(Telemedicine) changes how real estate is delivered. It may not change quickly. People still need to be touched and seen, but it will definitely evolve and change.”In addition to the adoption of telemedicine, the healthcare industry is seeing aesthetic changes.There is a greater emphasis on patient care and reducing the amount of time a patient stays at the hospital as well as return trips.“I think the hospital campus is always going to be a hub of activity, but there is more and more being done at these outpatient clinics,” says Johnson. “Heart surgeries will soon be done in outpatient settings. There is less of a need for hospital beds and more of a need for ambulatory settings. It’s cheaper to provide (care) in those settings. The synergies of proximity around hospital campuses will always be there. Even though the trend is for clinics to be off-campus in the hub and spoke method from 12 years ago, there will always be a synergy.”For example, HonorHealth, formerly John C. Lincoln, built Sonoran Health and Emergency Center that is an emergency department with an attached clinic. In the event of needing a hospital, patients are transferred to Deer Valley.“The actual patient is going to have a lot more choice in today’s market,” Johnson says. “There is going to be more hospitality element in providing healthcare. People want to choose it because of health care but also because it has a nice hospitality setting. As more people are having the ability to control their healthcare, if their first $5K is out of pocket and they have a choice of where to get an MRI or where to have my baby, they’re going to go where they’re most comfortable.”last_img read more

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Many natural depression therapies are better than pills

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter I practice critical-care medicine in Guelph, Ontario. Sadly, 10 to 15 per cent of my practice is the resuscitation and life support of suicide and overdose patients.It is not uncommon for these patients to have overdosed on the very antidepressants they were prescribed to prevent such a desperate act. The failures of antidepressants are a clear and present part of my clinical experience.Wedded to drugs that barely workTen years ago, when finishing medical school, I carefully considered going into psychiatry. Ultimately, I was turned off by my impression that thought leaders in psychiatry were mistakenly wedded to a drug treatment that barely works.A 2004 review by the Cochrane Foundation found that when compared against an “active” placebo (one that causes side effects similar to antidepressants), antidepressants were statistically of almost undetectable benefit.Studies that compared antidepressants to “dummy” placebos showed larger but still underwhelming results. On the 52-point Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS), patients who took the antidepressants fluoxetine (Prozac) or venlafaxine (Effexor) experienced an average decrease of 11.8 points, whereas those taking the placebo experienced an average decrease of 9.6 points.I am not suggesting that antidepressants do not work. I am suggesting that they are given a precedence in our thinking about mental health that they do not deserve.I leave it to readers to look at the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale and decide for themselves whether a drop of 2.5 points is worth taking a pill with myriad potential side effects including weight gain, erectile dysfunction and internal bleeding.It might be, but do note that taking an antidepressant does not seem to decrease the risk of suicide.Natural therapies that workThe far more exciting and underplayed point, to me, is that multiple non-drug treatments have been shown to be as effective. As a staunch critic of alternative medical regimes such as chiropractic, acupuncture and homeopathy, it surprises me to note that the following “natural” therapies have rigorous, peer-reviewed scientific studies to support their use:1. ExerciseIn 2007, researchers at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina randomly assigned patients to 30 minutes of walking or jogging three times a week, a commonly prescribed antidepressant (Zoloft), or placebo. Their results? Exercise was more effective than pills!A 2016 review of all the available studies of exercise for depression confirms it: Exercise is an effective therapy. And it’s free!2. Bright light therapyYou know how you just feel better after an hour out in the sun? There probably is something to it. Bright light therapy is an effort to duplicate the sun’s cheering effects in a controlled fashion. Typically, patients are asked to sit in front of a “light box” generating 10,000 Lux from 30 to 60 minutes first thing in the morning.A review of studies using this therapy showed significant effect. The largest study showed a 2.5 point drop on the HDRS, roughly equal to that seen from antidepressants.The sun gives 100,000 lux on a clear day and I can’t think of a reason why sunlight itself wouldn’t work, weather permitting.3. Mediterranean dietThis one surprised me when it came out last year. Researchers in Australia randomly assigned depressed patients to receive either nutritional counselling or placebo social support.The nutritionists recommended a Mediterranean diet, modified to include local unprocessed foods.Thirty-two per cent of the depressed dieters experienced remission versus eight per cent of those who only received social support, a far larger effect than seen in antidepressant trials.4. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)This is the best recognized of the “natural” treatments for depression and the evidence is indisputable.CBT is as effective as antidepressants but more expensive in the short term. However, antidepressants stop working when you stop taking them, whereas the benefits of CBT seem to last.And as an aside, it is very difficult to overdose fatally on a bottle of therapy.I freely admit that the trials I have mentioned are smaller than the major antidepressant trials. But whereas antidepressants are projected to bring in almost $17 billion a year for the pharmaceutical industry globally by 2020, the jogging and sunlight industries will never have the resources to fund massive international trials. With this in mind, I am convinced that they are at least as worthwhile as the pills.Physicians have a responsibility to at least talk to their patients about these options before reaching for the prescription pad.Dr. Strauss does not recommend changing one’s medication or course of treatment for depression without consulting a physician. If you are feeling suicidal or are concerned about a friend, family member or work colleague, visit www.suicideprevention.ca to find a crisis centre near you.By Matt Strauss, Fellow in Global Journalism, University of Toronto and Assistant Clinical Professor, General Internal Medicine, McMaster UniversityThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Emailcenter_img Pinterest Antidepressants bring in almost $17 billion a year for the pharmaceutical industry, and yet science shows their benefit to be small. Natural therapies such as diet, exercise, light therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy are just as effective.Winter is upon us. And with it comes the annual worsening of depressive symptoms. Sadly, in the United States, suicide continues to claim more lives than firearms, and suicide rates are increasing in nearly all states. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that death by suicide has increased by 30 per cent since 1999 and a similar trend is observed in CanadaI was distressed but not surprised to learn that these increases occurred over a period of time in which use of antidepressants skyrocketed by 65 per cent. By 2014, around one in eight Americans over the age of 12 reported recent antidepressant use. Sharelast_img read more

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NEWS SCAN: H5N1 & FMD in Egypt, flu vaccine in toddlers, biodefense bill’s chances, antimicrobial stewardship, dog food Salmonella

first_imgMay 14, 2012Avian flu, FMD pose dual threat to Egypt’s healthBecause of a barely functioning public health infrastructure made worse by the February 2011 revolution, Egypt is reeling from rampant avian flu and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), according to a story in The Atlantic today. By late April, FMD had claimed more than 20,000 cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, camels, and other livestock across Egypt after being imported from Libya, where it resurged last year. The rapid spread of FMD has sent meat prices soaring in Egypt, which has made poultry all the more vital as a source of protein. However, avian flu continues unabated in the country for a seventh year, leading to the demise of millions of birds. In addition, the country has now confirmed 167 H5N1 avian flu cases in people, including 60 fatal ones, according to World Health Organization data. Both threats require extensive government involvement, something the new president—who will be elected May 23—will need to address, according to the story.May 14 Atlantic articleStudy finds very low flu vaccine uptake in Ontario toddlersOffering free flu shots to children under 2 years old has boosted uptake in this age-group very little in Ontario, and, in fact, the percentage of those who received them has fallen to 4% to 6% in recent flu seasons, according to a study today in Pediatrics. Canadian researchers looked at data on 760,000 young children born from April 2002 to March 2008. Ontario began offering flu vaccine in 2000, according to a Canadian Press (CP) story today on the study. The investigators found that 1% of kids aged 6 to 23 months in the first year of the study (2002-03) were fully immunized. That rate climbed to 7% to 9% for the following three seasons but then dropped to 4% to 6% from 2006-07 to 2008-09. Senior author Astrid Guttmann, MD, MSc, a Toronto pediatrician, attributed the low uptake to “vaccine fatigue”: the phenomenon of parents growing weary of having their children receive multiple shots. “I think the prioritization that goes on, again, at physicians’ offices really is: If parents are going to say yes to two and not three [vaccines], which ones are you going to give?” Guttmann told the CP.May 14 Pediatrics abstractMay 14 CP storyEx-senator says committee rivalries may doom biodefense billThe former co-chair of a congressionally appointed commission on terrorism said a biodefense bill that cleared a House committee last week is likely to fail because of rivalries among the multiple congressional committees that deal with homeland security, according to a report by The Huffington Post. The story said the proposed WMD Prevention and Preparedness Act of 2011—approved last week by the House Homeland Security Committee—now must go before four other House committees: Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure, Foreign Affairs, and Select Intelligence. Because of these overlapping jurisdictions and related rivalries, former Sen. Bob Graham, who co-chaired the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction [WMD] and Terrorism, said the bill is “almost assured of failure.” The bill calls for appointing a special White House advisor to lead the development of a national biodefense plan and biosurveillance strategy and to identify gaps and duplication in biodefense activities. The story said 108 House and Senate committees and subcommittees claim influence over the Department of Homeland Security, which took over the functions of all or parts of 22 federal agencies.May 11 Huffington Post storyStudy: Antimicrobial stewardship program cut C difficile rate in halfAn antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) at a Michigan hospital cut the rate of Clostridium difficile infections in half while reducing antimicrobial use and pharmacy costs, according to a report today in the American Journal of Infection Control. Staff members at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, a 535-bed community hospital in Ann Arbor, assessed the program’s effects by comparing data from its first year with data from the preceding year. In the program, an ASP team made up of infectious disease (ID) physicians and intensive care unit pharmacists audited the use of eight antimicrobials daily. Of 510 antimicrobial orders that were reviewed in the first year, 63% were rated as appropriate, 18% prompted a switch to an agent with a narrower spectrum, 12% were denied, and 5% led to a consultation with an ID physician. A multivariate analysis indicated that the program reduced the rate of C difficile infections by about half (odds ratio, 0.46; 95% confidence interval, 0.25 to 0.82), although there was no decrease in mortality at 30 days after discharge or in readmission rate. The antimicrobial budget dropped by 15.2% (a $228,911 savings), and defined daily doses of the target antimicrobials shrank by 25.4%.May 14 AJIC abstractAnother case cited in dog food Salmonella outbreak A multistate outbreak of Salmonella Infantis infections linked to contact with dry dog food has sickened one more person, raising the total to 15 cases in nine states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on May 11. The latest reported illness onset was Apr 16. The outbreak has also caused one case in Quebec, according to a recent statement from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).The outbreak was uncovered by PulseNet, the CDC’s national subtyping network for identifying foodborne bacteria, after routine tests on dry dog food by Michigan officials found Salmonella contamination. The investigation has prompted the recall of several brands made by Diamond Pet Foods at its facility in Gaston, S.C. The PHAC said the pet food was distributed in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories. Diamond Pet Foods has recalled certain batches of 11 different pet food brands made at the Gaston facility.May 11 CDC outbreak updatePHAC statementlast_img read more

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Igor & Red Elvises Performs Summer Virtual Concert Friday!

first_imgIgor & the Red Elvises perform virtually for the Los Alamos Summer Concert series 6 p.m. Friday. The concert is sponsored by Enterprise Bank & Trust. Courtesy/Sancre Productions Igor & the Red Elvises perform virtually for the Los Alamos Summer Concert series 6 p.m. Friday. The concert is sponsored by Enterprise Bank & Trust. Courtesy/Sancre Productions Igor & the Red Elvises perform virtually for the Los Alamos Summer Concert series 6 p.m. Friday. The concert is sponsored by Enterprise Bank & Trust. Courtesy/Sancre ProductionsThe Los Alamos Summer Virtual Concert Series Presented by Toyota of Santa Fe is proud to present Igor & The Red Elvises performing at 6 p.m. this Friday, July 24 on the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series Facebook page. Evolving over the years, Igor’s music has been labeled “Siberian Surf Rock”, which contains humorous lyrics and grooves that forces his audience to dance. Over the past 20 years, Red Elvises have constantly toured all over the world with occasional breaks to record new music and to participate in film and television projects. A local Los Alamos favorite, summertime performances from Igor & The Red Elvises is a long-standing and cherished Los Alamos tradition that continues virtually this year.As an independent band, Red Elvises have produced 12 studio albums, two live albums, a live concert DVD, and a Greatest Hits compilation. Some of their most notable film contributions include music and or performances in “Six String Samurai”, “Mail Order Bride”, “Armageddon”, “Skippy”,  “Melrose Place”, “Fastlane”, “Penn and Teller’s Sin City Extravaganza”, “VH-1 Behind the Music”, and “MTV”. Red Elvises have performed for large festivals, private parties, and played on massive stages such as 2005’s Live 8 Benefit Concert. No matter where they perform, Igor & Red Elvises always brings the party with them. To learn more about the band, visit: www.RedElvises.comThis pre-recorded virtual concert also will be shown on multiple Facebook pages including: Los Alamos Community Services, and the SantaFe.com Facebook page. PAC-8 Los Alamos Public Access Television Channel will air the Igor & The Red Elvises concert 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, KRSN 1490 AM Radio will broadcast the recorded concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30.The Sponsor of this Friday’s concert is Enterprise Bank & Trust. “We are proud to once again sponsor this beloved Los Alamos community event celebrating family fun and fantastic music, as we have since it’s inception,” said Enterprise Los Alamos Market President Liddie Martinez.The 2020 Los Alamos Virtual Summer Concert Series is powered by: Toyota of Santa Fe and the 2020 Sponsors:  Enterprise Bank & Trust, The Finishing Touch Los Alamos, Los Alamos Daily Post, Los Alamos Market Co-Op, Comfort Inn Los Alamos, RayLee Homes, Century Bank, Title Guaranty, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, N3B, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Plateau Property Management, New Mexico Bank & Trust, Zia Credit Union, Del Norte Credit Union, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union, Los Alamos MainStreet, RE/MAX Los Alamos, Waterstone Mortgage, SMSI, Edgewater, Merrick, Longenecker & Associates, LANL Foundation, The New Mexico Consortium, CrossFit Los Alamos, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Santa Fe, Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware, Bennett’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts, Pajarito Brewpub & Grill, KRSN 1490 AM Radio, PAC 8 Television, and State Farm Agent Loren Valdez.Connect with the concert series at: www.LosAlamosSummerConcertSeries.com.Find the series on: Facebook under @LosAlamosSummerConcertSeries, & Instagram using @LosAlamosSummerConcertSerieslast_img read more

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Comey: Trump administration spread ‘lies, plain and simple’

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SHARE Comey: Trump administration spread ‘lies, plain and simple’ Recommended WASHINGTON (AP)  Former FBI Director James Comey asserted Thursday that President Donald Trump fired him to interfere with his investigation of Russia’s ties to the Trump campaign, bluntly accusing the White House of spreading “lies, plain and simple.”Comey also revealed that he’d orchestrated the public release of information about his private conversations with the president in an effort to further the investigation.Comey’s testimony, at a hugely anticipated congressional hearing that captured the country’s attention, provided a gripping account of his interactions with Trump and underscored the deep distrust that had soured their relationship before his stunning firing last month.In occasionally explosive statements, Comey portrayed Trump as a chief executive dismissive of the FBI’s independence and made clear that he interpreted Trump’s request to end an investigation into his former national security adviser as an order coming from the president.He expressed confidence that the circumstances of his firing, and Trump’s overall behavior toward him, could be investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice. But he declined to offer an opinion on whether it met such a threshold.Trump’s private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Comey’s admission that he had told Trump on multiple occasions that he was not personally under investigation and maintained the testimony made clear that Trump “never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone.”Kasowitz also jumped on Comey’s revelation that he had released details of his private conversations with the president, casting the former FBI director as one of the “leakers” set on undermining the Trump administration.Still, there’s no doubt the veteran lawman made for a challenging adversary.“It’s my judgment that I was fired because of the Russia investigation,” Comey said toward the end of more than two hours of testimony before the Senate intelligence committee. “I was fired in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russia investigation was being conducted.“That is a very big deal, and not just because it involves me.”At one point he practically dared Trump to release any recordings of their conversations, a prospect the president once alluded to in a tweet.“Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Comey said, suggesting such evidence would back up his account over the president’s.Thursday’s hearing was Comey’s first public appearance since his sudden May 9 firing and it brought Washington and other parts of the country to a standstill as Americans sat glued to their screens, harkening back to the Watergate congressional hearings that held the nation rapt some four decades earlier.Republicans mindful of the gravity of the moment worked feverishly to lessen any damage from the hearing. They tried to undermine Comey’s credibility by issuing press releases and even ads pointing to a past instance where the FBI had to clean up the director’s testimony to Congress.In his opening statement, Comey somberly accused the Trump administration of spreading “lies, plain and simple” in the aftermath of his abrupt ouster, declaring that the administration “chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI” by claiming the bureau was in disorder.He then dove into the heart of the fraught political controversy around his firing and whether Trump interfered in the bureau’s Russia investigation, as he elaborated on written testimony released a day earlier.In that testimony, Comey said that Trump demanded his “loyalty” and directly pushed him to “lift the cloud” of investigation by declaring publicly the president was not a target of the FBI probe into his campaign’s Russia ties.He said that when Trump told him he hoped he would terminate an investigation into Michael Flynn, the ousted national security adviser, he interpreted that as a directive.“I mean, this is the president of the United States, with me alone, saying, ‘I hope’ this,” he said. “I took it as, this is what he wants me to do.”Asked whether that February Oval Office discussion amounted to obstruction of justice, Comey said he expected that to be a matter for Mueller, the former FBI director who has taken over the Justice Department’s investigation.He said that while he found the exchange disturbing, “that’s a conclusion I’m sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that’s an offense.”In a startling disclosure, Comey revealed that after his firing he actually tried to spur the special counsel’s appointment by giving a damning memo he had written about a meeting with Trump to a friend to release to the media.“My judgment was I need to get that out into the public square,” Comey said.The February meeting was one of several one-on-one encounters that Comey said made him feel such intense discomfort that he felt compelled to document them in memos.“I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it really important to document,” Comey said. “I knew there might come a day when I might need a record of what happened not only to defend myself but to protect the FBI.”Trump himself was expected to dispute Comey’s claims that the president demanded loyalty and asked the FBI director to drop the investigation into Flynn, according to a person close to the president’s legal team who demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss legal strategy. Instead, Kasowitz pushed back and the president remained conspicuously silent on Twitter during the hearing despite expectations he might respond.The disclosures that followed Comey’s firing have raised questions about why Comey, known in government for an independent streak and a willingness to buck protocol, did not speak out publicly while on the job, or at least make his objections directly known to the president.Discussing the meeting where Comey says Trump asked him to back off Flynn, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California asked: “Why didn’t you stop and say, ‘Mr. President, this is wrong,’?”“It’s a great question,” Comey replied. “Maybe if I were stronger I would have. I was so stunned by the conversation I just took it in.”Comey also made clear that political entanglement in law enforcement has cut across party lines.During a discussion of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Comey disclosed that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, an Obama administration appointee, instructed him to refer to the issue as a “matter,” not an “investigation.”“That concerned me because that language tracked how the campaign was talking about the FBI’s work and that’s concerning,” Comey said. “We had an investigation open at the time so that gave me a queasy feeling.”Many Democrats still blame Comey for Clinton’s loss, leading Trump to apparently believe they would applaud him for firing Comey. The opposite occurred, as the firing created a political firestorm that has stalled Trump’s legislative agenda and taken over Washington.Under questioning Thursday, Comey reaffirmed the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the election.“There should be no fuzz on this. The Russians interfered,” Comey stated firmly. “That happened. It’s about as unfake as you can possibly get.”Trump has begrudgingly accepted that assessment. But he has also suggested he doesn’t believe it, saying Russia is a “ruse” and calling the investigation into the matter a “witch hunt.”WINK News streamed Comey’s testimony on Facebook:WINK News also streamed Trump’s private attorney’s response. 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SRA extends support to youth court challenges

first_imgThe Solicitors Regulation Authority has drawn up a support package for practitioners working in the youth courts, announcing further work in the pipeline.The regulator says 60% of young people and children in the criminal justice system have significant speech, language and communication needs, representing a significant risk that they will not understand their solicitor, how the court works, or find it difficult to get their message across.SRA chief executive Paul Philip said: ‘Our additional help for those working in youth courts reflects that this is a really important part of the justice system, one that comes with its own unique challenges and demands.‘We want to help solicitors achieve the consistently high standards all children and young people deserve.’The regulator worked with charity Just for Kids Law and the Association of Youth Offending Team Managers.The support package includes advice to solicitors on what language to use, how they can facilitate better communication and participation between the court and the young person, and how they can work with other organisations to help understand and respond to clients’ needs.The regulator also announced that it plans to provide further information to help solicitors in youth courts, ‘including exploring what matters to young people and children in the criminal justice system and what they expect from their solicitor’.With solicitors no longer needing to count CPD hours from today, the regulator said the latest material will help those practising in the youth court to meet new ‘continuing competence’ requirements.A Law Society spokesperson said: ‘Clients in youth courts are particularly vulnerable so effective communication and engagement between the client and their advocate is key. That’s why the Law Society developed interactive training for solicitors in conjunction with Youth Justice Legal Centre and Just for Kids Law. The SRA toolkit complements this training.’last_img read more

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