Earlier in the month, a crew of well-loved musicians gathered at Asheville Music Hall under the banner Marcus King, Justin Stanton & Friends. For this lineup, the young guitar prodigy, Marcus King, and Justin Stanton, who holds down trumpet and keys for Snarky Puppy, tapped some of their favorite musicians from the region and beyond to help celebrate the birthday of Empire Strikes Brass and Travers Brothership trombonist Kyle Snuffer while also doubling as a going-away party for The Digs and Jonathan Scales Fourchestra drummer Jaze Uries. Other musicians on the lineup for this massive super jam included Simon Thomas George (keys/moog; The Digs, Siamese Sound Club), Josh Clark (bass; Travers Brothership), Alex Bradley (trumpet; Empire Strikes Brass, Travers Brothership), Ben Colvin (saxophone; Juan Benavides Group, Pleasure Chest), and Marcus King’s bandmate in Marcus King Band, saxophonist Dean Mitchell.Recently, Barry2theB released a gorgeous pro-shot video of a song from the jubilant super jam. His video captures the super group’s collaboration on a cover of Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly,” a number off Herbie’s 1974 album, Thrust. Marcus King, Justin Stanton & Friends rendition of the instrumental song features a similar fluid and sultry, horn-heavy introduction. As the song progresses, trumpeter Justin Stanton takes center stage with his own energized solo, effectively stealing the show at its onset, before Marcus King tags in and lays down his own frenetic solo, switching off the lead with Simon Thomas George on the keys. You can check out the video for yourself below. Enjoy!
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By Dialogo April 04, 2013 In an exclusive interview with FAB TV, Usain Bolt said that the initiative of the project is very important for motivating other children to get involved with sports because they see each other’s progress and become even more dedicated. “When many children get together, there is a mix of various talents and they can grow to become great athletes,” said Bolt. This article is a courtesy of the Military Sports Blog, which promotes competition and sports highlights for the Brazilian Armed Forces and the Brazilian Auxiliary Forces in Brazil and abroad. The CDA athletics field was busy with the presence of the Jamaican star. The project’s young participants welcomed Bolt. He was very friendly and caring towards the fans, answering questions, taking photos, and giving out autographs., the youth attend classes from Monday through Friday at the UNIFA. Additionally, the project provides physical therapy, psychological, educational and nutritional support. For the trainer and creator of the project, Brazilian Olympic medalist Arnaldo de Oliveira, the visit from a fellow Olympic medalist such as Usain Bolt enhances the project, because it inspires the young athletes to train and seek opportunities through sports. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for these young people. Bolt is very successful in the sport. Aside from showing the benefits and possibilities of sports, we also encourage education because they complement one another. There is an instructor who examines the children’s report cards. They must be enrolled in school and have good grades to be able to join the training,” concluded Arnaldo. The world’s greatest sprinter, Olympic champion Usain Bolt visited the Brazilian Air Force University (UNIFA), in Rio de Janeiro, on March 28, for the Future Olympic Project. The project was developed to promote the practice of sports to the youth in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. The project currently serves approximately 140 underprivileged children and adolescents with support from the Air Force Sports Committee (CDA), at the UNIFA, where the track that the children train on is located.
By Shannon Collins, DoD News, Defense Media Activity February 17, 2017 Fighting transregional and transnational threats requires building networks stronger than those that are keeping those threats in business, the commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) told members of the American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean at a luncheon in Miami on February 9th. “The global flow of drugs, weapons, people and illicit goods [is] the visible manifestation of powerful, networked organizations and groups,” Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd said. “You probably know them as cartels, gangs, drug trafficking and criminal organizations, violent nonstate actors, narcoterrorists and the like.” Threat networks These networks exploit the interconnected nature of the American financial, transportation and technological systems, the admiral said. “Some networks smuggle desperate people from all over the world into our countries, where they may go to find jobs or refuge from conflict… while other networks specialize at moving individuals with questionable backgrounds, worrisome intentions and possible ties to terrorism through the region and into the United States,” he added. Some of these networks are globally integrated enterprises that rival Fortune 500 companies and have worldwide reach, Adm. Tidd said, and others dabble in activities such as cocaine trafficking, extortion and human trafficking. Others smuggle precursor chemicals into Mexico to make heroin and fentanyl, and some reap enormous profits by illegally mining gold in Guyana, Peru and Colombia, Adm, Tidd told the group. Combating networks The U.S. government needs to find new ways to work together with its partner nations, allies, nongovernmental organizations, academia and the private sector “to build networks stronger than the ones that threaten the prosperity and security of our hemisphere,” said Adm. Tidd. “Security and economic prosperity go hand in hand,” he added. “We need to better integrate our economic development with our security and stability ones. We need to increase regional cooperation and share more information. We need to coordinate more effectively among and across agencies, departments and ministries, civil society and the public sector.” Adm. Tidd also said that to stay ahead of transregional and transnational threats, agencies need to harness technologies that not only make them smarter, but also are better than those of the “not-so-friendly” networks. “And that’s no easy feat,” he added. “We’re talking about groups who constantly find new ways to transport their illicit products and conduct their illicit operations. As one expert recently noted, the one law these guys don’t break is the law of supply and demand.” Innovation SOUTHCOM will need new regional partnerships and innovation to combat these threat networks, Adm. Tidd said. “These networks are pretty creative,” he said. “There’s nothing they won’t try. They’re building million-dollar submarines in the jungles of Colombia and Ecuador. They’re revamping old products and new synthetic drugs like meth and ecstasy. We’ve got to find a way to out-innovate a very innovative adversary.” One way they can do this is by leveraging revolutions happening in commercial space and machine learning to transform how SOUTHCOM and its partners use nano-satellites and other tools to provide critical situational awareness of threat network operations, the admiral told the audience. Visualization tools would help them better understand how these groups interact and how illicit funds move through the global financial system, he explained. SOUTHCOM and its partners also need to develop advanced data analytics of publicly available information to understand who is attracted to becoming a member of these groups and how these groups operate in the cyber domain, he added. “These kinds of innovation partnerships aren’t just good for us – they’re good for U.S. and Latin-American companies,” he said. “They provide a platform for engagement in the region, drive economic growth and create jobs for all countries involved.”
Universal Orlando Resort has announced that it will not be hosting its Halloween Horror Nights event this year due to COVID-19.The resort made the announcement Friday afternoon on their Twitter account stating that they ” know this decision will disappoint our fans and guest.”The latest update about #HHN30 https://t.co/DWmPaQf1IO— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) July 24, 2020 The resort which reopened its doors to the public in early June, will instead be “focusing exclusively on operating its theme parks for daytime guests, using enhanced health and safety procedures already in place. ”This will be the first time the event has been canceled in 30 years but officials expect to host the event in 2021 if all goes well.The park is offering refunds for those who have purchased advanced tickets. If you would like a refund for your ticket, please click here.