Neil Young Goes Full-On Protest Mode With ‘The Monsanto Years’

first_imgAll in all, The Monsanto Years is a powerful political statement with a strong and unflinching message from a protest-song heavyweight and living legend of Rock n’ Roll. Never one to shy away from controversy, Young is louder than ever and his voice never goes unheard. In a recent quarrel with laughable Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Neil blasted Trump over the use of his song, “Rockin’ In The Free World” to promote his presidential campaign. In retaliation, Young revoked the song from Trump and donated the working-class anthem to Democratic candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders.Meanwhile, with all this going on, The Monsanto Years is set to hit shelves on Tuesday, June 30th and it is incredibly inspiring to see Neil still having that political fire in his belly. There is great comfort in knowing that one of the good guys is still out there fighting the good fight. Give ‘em hell, Neil!By Joseph Conlon The album begins with the bold, straight-forward rocker, “A New Day For Love”. Beginning with the impassioned chorus, “It’s a new day for the planet, it’s a new day for the sun, to shine down on what we’re doing, it’s a new day for love,” right off the bat, the revolutionary flame is ignited and the band is firing on all cylinders. The first single, “Big Box,” whilst a bit long-winded, is a fiercely-written grungy rock explosion that tackles corporate corruption and sheds a bright light on what has happened as a result of unfettered capitalism in America.One of the catchiest songs on the record is the humorously titled, “A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop,” an amusing play on words stirred up from when Neil urged a boycott of the famous coffee chain in late 2014, over the GMO controversy. “Workin’ Man,” “Rules of Change” and the finale “If I Don’t Know”, while also polarizing and politically charged, are among the more approachable tunes from The Monsanto Years. Ignorance is bliss on the sarcastically splenetic, “People Want To Hear About Love.” With it’s biting social and political commentary, and that loud, abrasive, blemishes-and-all guitar sound we love him for, Neil makes it unmistakably clear that now is not the time for apathy. One last highlight to mention is the album’s second track, “Wolf Moon,“ which comes across as more of a natural love song, sitting amongst the dark political backdrop like a shiny diamond in the rough. “Wolf moon, thank you for rising. Big sky, I’m grateful for your parting clouds,“ Neil sweetly and softly croons on this lazy and romantic tune. Understandably, Young marvels in deep appreciation of nature’s resilience and unstoppable beauty, and pens this sentiment gorgeously.center_img With his fist in the air and his heart on fire, Neil Young is back and in full protest mode with his 36th studio release, The Monsanto Years. Since the days of Farm Aid, Young has unswervingly supported and stood up for agriculture and the American farmer. During the 2014 Farm Aid festival, he befriended Lukas and Micah Nelson, sons of country legend Willie Nelson and decided to have their band, Promise of the Real serve as the backing band on his new album.Lukas Nelson Comes Full Circle On New ‘Monsanto Years’ Album With Neil YoungThe Monsanto Years is a protest album, plain and simple. The album artwork portrays Neil in front of a farmhouse, pitchfork in hand, standing beside his companion, actor/activist Daryl Hannah, while in the green fields behind them are men wearing masks and hazmat suits; a satirical spoof of the famous American Gothic painting by Grant Wood. Fully equipped with Young’s standard in-your-face attitude and that old familiar crunchy guitar flare, this newest release is as punk as folk can get.last_img read more

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Boy, 9, Saves Sister, 2, with CPR

first_img(CNN) — Tristin Saghin might only be 9 years old, but he knew just what to do after his 2-year-old sister was found floating in her grandmother’s swimming pool unconscious Sunday.“I went running outside … and I did CPR on her,” the boy told affiliate KNXV in Mesa, Arizona.Read Morelast_img

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Leigh Day prepares Windrush group action

first_imgHome OfficeJamie Beagent, a partner in the firm’s human rights department, said the compensation scheme would need to ‘fully and fairly’ compensate every individual for the particular harm and loss they have suffered, including the loss of dignity.He said: ‘While we welcome the news that the government intends to set up a compensation scheme for these British citizens, we know very little more. We are also sceptical that such a scheme will adequately recompense our clients for what they have been through and what they have lost, and seems to be a failed crisis-management ploy.’We urge the government to provide further details, including a timeframe for the scheme, and if these are not adequate we will be bringing a group action, under the Human Rights Act, on behalf of these members of our society who have been treated so badly by a government which sought to make the rest of society hostile toward them.’Last week immigration specialists criticised the now departed home secretary Amber Rudd for suggesting that those who call a helpline to contact the Home Office do not need to instruct solicitors.The Law Society has urged the government to restore legal aid for immigration, after drawing attention to official figures that show an alarming drop in the number of people who receive publicly funded immigration help. Leigh Day has called on the Home Office to expedite a compensation scheme for people of the so-called ‘Windrush Generation’ as it prepares a potential group action over the effects of the government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy.The human rights firm said today that it is investigating the potential of an action on behalf of a ‘number of people’. Issues facing them include being unlawfully detained and deported, losing jobs or employment rights, and being denied medical treatment, the firm said.last_img read more

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Solicitors voice police station assault fears

first_imgCriminal defence specialists have spoken about the risks duty solicitors face at police stations, after reports that a woman was attacked in a north-west police station. The news has prompted calls for the police to routinely provide to solicitors risk assessment details about suspects before the suspect is seen.A man has been charged with assault. Robert Kellock, a partner at Preston firm Kellocks, said practitioners were shocked by the incident. Kellock said he had been locked in police station consultation rooms several times and ‘never felt entirely comfortable’. He recalled being in a consultation room with a client he knew was violent. The client told him: ‘It’s a good job I’m not a nutter.’Ian Kelcey, head of crime at Bristol and London firm Kelcey & Hall, and co-chair of the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee, said: ‘It is, I’m afraid to say, an occupational hazard. Solicitors often see clients in police stations when clients are emotionally unbalanced and volatile, particularly if there is withdrawal from substance abuse or mental health issues. It is important that the solicitor is given the fullest possible information before seeing the client so they can carry out their own informed risk assessment.’Richard Atkinson, co-chair of the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee, said detailed information regarding risk assessments carried out by the police is often not shared with the solicitor. And consultation rooms in some stations are ‘some distance’ from the custody hub.Atkinson, a partner at national firm Tuckers, added: ‘Although there are panic alarms, there have been instances where they have not been swiftly responded to. It is time that the police recognised the risks to solicitors and, as a matter of routine, provided details of risk assessments carried out by custody staff and ensured that, as far as possible, there are panic alarms in place and properly resourced procedures to respond swiftly.’Jon Black, a partner at London firm BSB Solicitors, said there is still an issue of police station representatives being locked in consultation rooms, often having to knock and ring for up to 10 minutes before an officer opens the door. However, the former London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association president said ‘we need to be wary of inviting a system whereby solicitors speak to all clients through glass barriers or, even worse, attend via video link’.last_img read more

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Montréal increases CRRC coach order

first_imgCANADA: Montréal metropolitan region transport authority EXO has placed a firm order for CRRC Tangshan to supply a further 20 double-deck coaches.The deal announced this month is an option on a contract for an initial 24 coaches which was placed in November 2017· It takes the total order to eight driving cars and 36 intermediate vehicles. Deliveries are expected to begin at the end of 2019The commuter vehicles are to be deployed on the Deux-Montagnes line ahead of the opening of the Réseau Électrique Métropolitain light metro. They are also expected to replace some of the vehicles operating on the Candiac Line from 2020.CRRC said it would continue to explore the Canadian passenger rail market and make efforts to build a supply chain base in the country.last_img read more

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Christmas in July to Help Local Homeless Children

first_img(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Donate to Christmas in July to Help Local Homeless Children Prepare for School YearOne of the most devastating consequences of homelessness is the impact it can have on a child’s education. Frequent school transfers and the stigma associated with living in a shelter add up to great hardship for these children. Many of these children may begin the school year with another disadvantage, they may enter the classroom with no backpack, few, if any, school supplies or new clothes.Broward County’s homeless children, boys and girls – infant to 18 years need your help! Residents are encouraged to participate in Christmas in July by purchasing school supplies, new children’s items such as clothing, undergarments, diapers and toiletries, and depositing them in collection boxes located at several designated Broward County facilities.Christmas in July culminates with a fun-filled day where our community’s homeless children enjoy themselves and receive personalized items to prepare for the upcoming school year.Donation Collection Box Locations:Downtown Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort LauderdaleGovernment Center West, 1 N. University Drive, PlantationMain Courthouse, 201 S.E. Sixth St., Fort LauderdaleNorth Regional County Courthouse, 1600 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield BeachSouth Regional County Courthouse, 3550 Hollywood Blvd., HollywoodWest Regional County Courthouse, 100 N. Pine Island Road, PlantationWater and Wastewater Services, 2555 W. Copans Road, Pompano BeachPort Everglades, 1850 Eller Drive, Fort LauderdaleAviation Department, 2200 S.W. 45th Street, Dania BeachBroward County Main Library and all branch librariesSuggested Donation ItemsUnderwear (Toddlers through Teens)Shoes/Socks/BeltsClothing (Newborns through Teens)BrasDiapers/Pull-Ups/Baby Wipes (all sizes)ToiletriesBooksSchool SuppliesPens/Pencils/CrayonsFor more information email [email protected]last_img read more

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LNG as marine fuel: First Step towards Shipping GHG Reduction

first_imgThe Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) has released a video explaining why Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) is currently the only viable solution available that can cut emissions from deep-sea shipping as newer, cleaner options are developed. Sea News, March 31 SGMF Emissions fact sheet (Image Courtesy: Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF)) Mark Bell, General Manager for SGMF said; “We produced this video as there is still a lot of debate around the use of LNG and its role in achieving the 2050 targets, and eventual zero-carbon emissions in shipping. We are not here to tell anyone what to do but we are here to lay out the facts regarding the use of LNG. Be quite clear that the fuel choice is only part of the solution but without its widespread use or the delay of that use, 2050 targets will not be met. Net zero carbon fuels are not yet available for shipping and could be some way off, LNG is a both a pathway to those fuels whilst also providing benefits now”. “With a changeover to LNG today we can reduce GHG emissions by up to 21% compared with current oil-based marine fuels over the entire lifecycle from well to wake*. We want to help the industry understand that it is more attainable then people may believe to have a significant and immediate impact on emissions.”center_img The disruption being caused by the COVID19 pandemic highlights the crucial role of shipping in enabling global trade, with governments working to safeguard supply chains for essential goods. Given this fundamental role in trade, reducing emissions from shipping is critical. Shipping currently represents around 3% of total global emissions. That contribution could change significantly as other sectors switch to renewables if the shipping fuel mix remains unchanged. The video describes how LNG can provide a clear pathway to fuels that will enable the industry to meet the International Maritime Organization’s target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50% by 2050. Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

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MCV Microwave to Showcase its Filter Product Line at IMS 2015

first_imgMCV Microwave will be exhibiting at the IEEE MTT International Microwave Symposium at booth 1125 from  19-21 May  2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. Products on display at the booth will include Helical filters, Lumped LC filters, ceramic notch filters, ceramic bandpass filters as well as new 4G LTE ceramic duplexer.MCV-Microwave designs and manufactures high-performance LC, Ceramic, Cavity, Helical Filters and Dielectric Resonators. Ultra-high Q Dielectric Resonators achieve QxF greater than 300,000 at 10 GHz which is ideal for K band applications. They offer quick-turn custom filter design and delivery. Samples can be shipped in two weeks. New products include high power/low PIM ceramic filters, microstrip filters, high frequency LC filters and antennas. MCV microwave filters cover wide frequency range including UHF/VHF, 4G LTE, DVB-T, CATV, GPS L1/L2/L5, ISM915 MHz/2.4 GHz/5.8 GHz, 802.11, SATCOM and mm-wave for cellular DAS, small cell, public safety, industrial and military applications.Visit MCV at IMS booth #1125 to discuss your filter design requirement.last_img read more

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Video: NEO Sports Insiders Indians-Royals Post Game Report 9/14/15

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. CLEVELAND – NEOSportsInsiders.com Indians beat reporter Matt Loede has a post-game warp from Progressive Field after the Indians 8-3 win over the Royals to get the Tribe back to .500 at 71-71 on the season Related TopicsIndiansMatt LoedeMLBRoyalscenter_img Matt Loedelast_img read more

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Stephen A. Smith says LeBron can’t be the GOAT if Cavs get swept

first_imgStephen A. Smith offered a hot take on ESPN’s First Take on Thursday, concerning LeBron James.With the Cavs down 3-0 in the NBA Finals, and the chance that James could be swept in the Finals for the second time in his career tonight, Smith said that James can not be considered the greatest if he loses Game 4.“I do not want to hear another single damn word about being the GOAT, the greatest of all-time,” Smith said to a throng of booing from Cleveland fans.“You do not get swept twice in the NBA Finals in your career. I don’t care who it’s against,” he continued.The first time James got swept in the Finals came in during his first stint with Cleveland, when the San Antonio Spurs swept the Cavs back in 2007.Smith, for what it’s worth, ended by saying the following about James:“One of the greatest, yes. The greatest? That conversation officially ceases to exist.”You can watch the full video courtesy of ESPN below. Related TopicsCleveland CavaliersESPNESPN First TakeLebron JamesStephen A. Smith Ashley Bastockcenter_img Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42last_img read more

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