Great Peacock Shares Rock-Heavy Anthem “Come Around”

first_imgGreat Peacock is a Nashville-based, indie-folk group with huge sound, superb songwriting, and harmonious showmanship. Following the release of the band’s freshman LP Making Ghosts (2015), Great Peacock has shared their newest single “Come Around” under the guidance of Nashville producer Dex Greene (Elizabeth Cook, Collective Soul).The track was initially recorded in 2016 with production assistance from fellow Nashvillian, Dan Fernandez, and was recently mastered for this very release. The band’s primary songwriter, Andrew Nelson, describes the song as a “straight-ahead, rock tune that will get you moving.” He continues about “Come Around,” “Part of the reason we decided to release it as a single is because it tends to stand out compared to most of our other material. It might be the most ‘rock’ song in our repertoire. Realizing that the song wouldn’t necessarily fit on our upcoming album, we remembered that we were sitting on an already existing recording of the song. So, we remixed it and decided to release it on its own. It’s about a guy that is in love, but isn’t sure whether that love feels the same.”Listen to Great Peacock’s anthemic new track “Come Around” below:Combining rock, country, and folk, Great Peacock writes clean, simple, and direct songs addressing shared truths to which people from all walks of life can relate. And when it comes to their live performances, the band can have you raising your glass and shouting one moment and soberly pining for an old lover the next. Serious or not, the band’s name started as a funny joke between the members. Nelson admits about the band name origin, it’s “kind of a parody of all the indie-folk animal bands—but through the evolution of everything we’ve done, we’ve always been big and colorful. That’s why Blount jumps around onstage. That’s why I wear a jacket embroidered with feathers, which is basically a poor man’s nudie suit. We’ve embraced the image of the big peacock feathers, and we want to entertain you. We look that way, we think that way, and we sound that way, too.”Nelson and co-founder and songwriting counterpoint Blount Floyd first crossed paths in their early 20s, bonding instantly over a shared love of cheap beer and good Southern music. After logging several years together in a much louder Tennessee-based rock & roll band, they split off to form their own project, swapping out the amplified swagger of their past for a straightforward sound anchored by acoustic guitars, anthemic melodies and two entwined voices. An old-school harmony duo retuned for a new generation, Great Peacock started off with a handful of classic influences—the country croon of George Jones, the working class rock & roll of Bruce Springsteen, the classic American jangle of Tom Petty—and expanded their sound from there, turning Great Peacock into the sort of band that’s simultaneously rooted in tradition while looking to the future.Great Peacock’s upcoming fall schedule includes a run of dates with Charleston’s SUSTO and The High Divers, beginning with The Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA on September 21, running up the east coast, and ultimately culminating with the band’s sophomore appearance at the Hulaween Festival in Live Oak, FL. Click here for their full tour schedule.last_img read more

‘Saved by the Bell’ star Dustin Diamond dies of cancer at 44

first_img“Saved by the Bell” star Dustin Diamond died Monday after a three-week fight with cancer. His spokesman confirmed Diamond’s death. He was 44. Diamond, best known for playing Screech on the hit ’90s sitcom, was hospitalized last month in Florida and his team disclosed later he had cancer. “Saved by the Bell” aired from 1989 to 1993, and its related shows included “Saved by the Bell: The College Years,” “Good Morning, Miss Bliss” and “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” which Diamond starred in. He starred in a handful of reality television series including the 5th season of “Celebrity Fit Club,” “The Weakest Link” and “Celebrity Boxing 2.”last_img read more

Central America Boosts Cooperation Against Narco-Trafficking

first_img WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – Combatting Central America’s growing problems associated with narco-trafficking must include enhanced regional governmental cooperation, according to the NGO Council of Hemispheric Affairs (COHA). The report, released on Aug. 16, also points to strengthened civilian authority, sustainable development and environmental protection as key elements in the fight against narcotics trafficking. As a result of increasingly effective interdiction of supply routes from South America to the north through the Caribbean, “players in the illegal drug trade have shifted their focus to Central America,” the report, compiled by COHA research associate Lauren Mathae, states. “In turn, that shift has started to destabilize the ‘Northern Triangle’ nations of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.” About 60% of narcotics produced in South America pass through Guatemala and its mostly unguarded border with Mexico. Meantime, the murder rate in Guatemala is now twice as high as Mexico’s, according to the report. Central America’s role in narco-trafficking is expanding. The region is no longer just being used as a transfer hub; it’s become home to burgeoning production facilities. In March, Honduran police found the country’s first cocaine processing lab, which could produce a ton of cocaine monthly, on a coffee farm north of the nation’s capital of Tegucigalpa, Mathae said. “While drug shipments have increased, ineffective and underfunded security forces only serve to exacerbate the proliferation of Mexican cartels,” she said. Governments throughout the region are starting to work together to strengthen their collective fight against narco-trafficking and improve security. “The fight against the drug trade demands a multilateral effort, and cooperation between regional countries is fundamental,” Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said at a media conference in Mexico City in August. Chinchilla was in Mexico to discuss with President Felipe Calderón how the countries could partner in addressing regional security issues. “Both countries are committed to doing all that is necessary to continue to fight the delinquency that threatens our nations,” Chinchilla said. Member states of the Central American Cooperation System (SICA) have been working to develop 22 projects that were discussed during a regional security summit in Guatemala. SICA is comprised of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and associate member Dominican Republic. The main areas of focus are prevention, rehabilitation, reintegration, prison management and institutional strengthening, said William Leiva, communications officer at SICA headquarters in San Salvador, El Salvador. All 22 projects are expected to be ready in October, when they will be presented to the Central American Security Commission, Leiva said. “The best that can be done to improve the situation in Central America is to work from a regional perspective, and that’s what the security strategy is doing,” he said. “Certainly, regional and national dimensions must be adequately coordinated, and there is no reason to think they will not be, since all Central American governments are involved and collaborating.” Members of SICA and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) approved a joint declaration at a summit in San Salvador on Aug. 19. The declaration calls for coordinating efforts to improve regional economies, social development, public security, the environment and disaster risk management. In addition to engaging in talks concerning a free trade agreement, the declaration stipulates Central American and Caribbean governments will develop strategies to combat trafficking in narcotics, weapons and people, as well as acts of terrorism. “With the implementation of projects at a national level, we expect to have regional impact that allows [Central America] to become a safer place for its citizens,” said Luis Torres of the Democratic Security Unit at SICA. By Dialogo September 16, 2011 Regional cooperationlast_img read more

Trump’s nuke tweet was a stroke of ‘stable genius’

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionWhen the president suggested that he could envision a limited nuclear war with our communist adversary, critics were “horrified” and “appalled” while the regime called his remarks “dangerous madness.” This does not mean nuclear war.If North Korea persists in testing, it could involve a targeted military strike taking out Pyongyang’s ballistic missile and nuclear facilities. To the contrary, it was part of an intentional campaign designed to get North Korea to understand that Trump, unlike his predecessors, is willing to use force to stop Pyongyang from threatening American cities. For decades, the North Koreans have believed that they are untouchable because they can incinerate Seoul with conventional weapons.Now, they are on a crash course to develop and deploy the capability to incinerate U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.They think the pursuit of these weapons is making them even safer.Trump is trying to convince them that the opposite is true.The best chance to prevent such a use of force is if North Korea receives and believes this message.So we’d all better hope that Trump succeeds. Furthermore, as my American Enterprise Institute colleague Oriana Skylar Mastro recently pointed out, “Kim understands that a second Korean War would end with his demise, and therefore he has incentives to avoid such escalation.“Assuming Kim is rational then, it is possible that the United States could conduct a limited surgical strike and North Korea’s response would be minimal.”Trump’s tweets are intended to prevent us from getting to that point.They are not only entirely rational but also strategically smart.Let’s hope his critics keep questioning his sanity, because it can only help convince Kim that Trump is serious.Marc A. Thiessen is a columnist with The Washington Post who writes from a conservative perspective. He is the former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census On “Fox News Sunday,” CIA Director Mike Pompeo underscored Trump’s message, declaring that “We want the regime to understand that, unlike before, we are intent on resolving this and it is our firm conviction that resolving this diplomatically is the correct answer but that this administration is prepared to do what it takes to assure that people in Los Angeles, in Denver, in New York are not held at risk from Kim Jong Un having a nuclear weapon.”All those in the perpetual outrage machine who are calling Trump a “madman” for his tweet are also inadvertently helping him send that message to Pyongyang — just as Reagan’s critics helped convince Moscow that he was a madman.Are Trump’s threats of military action a bluff? No.As national security adviser H.R. McMaster recently explained, Trump is “not going to allow this murderous, rogue regime to threaten the United States with the most destructive weapons on the planet.”Trump tweeted in August: Two years later, Margaret Thatcher shared intelligence from KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky (who was working for the British) that Russian officials were increasingly convinced Reagan was getting ready for a nuclear first strike and was running drills to prepare for it.Indeed, NATO did carry out an exercise for a nuclear exchange — “Able Archer 83” — which included planes taxiing onto runways with realistic dummy nuclear warheads.Again, Reagan did not disabuse the Soviets of the notion.Quite the opposite: The next year he joked when testing his microphone before his weekly radio address “We begin bombing in five minutes.”The belief of Soviet leaders that Reagan might just be crazy enough to push the nuclear button constrained Soviet behavior and helped make possible a peaceful end to the Cold War.Now Trump is trying to send a similar message to the North Korean regime.His recent tweet telling Pyongyang that his nuclear button is “much bigger & more powerful” than Kim Jong Un’s was neither unstable nor stupid. The president in question was not Donald Trump.It was Ronald Reagan, who in his first year in office raised the possibility that the United States and the Soviet Union could survive an exchange of tactical nuclear weapons.That same year Richard Pipes, Reagan’s director of East European and Soviet affairs on the National Security Council, told The Post he thought the probability of nuclear war was about 40 percent.These remarks sent a signal to Moscow that Reagan was not like those who came before him.He did not want war, but he would not shy from one if provoked. That message was received.In 1981, then-KGB chief and future Soviet leader Yuri Andropov declared at a major KGB conference that Reagan “was actively preparing for war and that a nuclear first strike was possible.”last_img read more

Britain, France agree joint unit to fight migrant traffickers

first_imgThe interior ministers of France and Britain on Sunday signed an agreement creating a new joint police intelligence unit to combat migrant traffickers and reduce the “unsustainable” numbers crossing the Channel illegally. France’s new Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and his British counterpart Priti Patel met on Sunday in Calais in northern France, a region where migrants have traditionally gathered in a bid to find a way to get to Britain.”We signed a new agreement to create a joint intelligence cell which will crack down on gangs behind vile people smuggling operation,” Patel wrote on Twitter after the meeting. “Together, we must strengthen our security cooperation, in particular in fight against the illegal crossings of the English Channel by migrants risking their lives,” Darmanin wrote on Twitter as he hosted Patel.In 2019, 2,758 migrants were rescued by the French and British authorities while trying to make the crossing — four times more than in 2018, according to French officials.The coronavirus pandemic has reinforced the trend, with the reduced number of trucks going through the Channel Tunnel leading migrants to opt for small boats instead. French emergency services rescued 21 migrants in three operations on Saturday after their bids to reach Britain floundered in the Channel, officials said.Darmanin said he had told Patel that more resources were needed to combat the migrant trafficking.”The British government has done a lot to protect the coast but we still need more resources both in terms of equipment and human resources.” Topics :center_img She said they had discussed “the unsustainable levels of illegal migration across the Channel.”The Franco-British unit will allow services to share intelligence quickly and will consist of six British and six French police officers based in Coquelles outside Calais, Darmanin told reporters.Traffickers “are those who take advantage of the human distress of people who want to cross the English Channel and who, no doubt, are not being punished sufficiently at the moment,” said Darmanin.Channel crossing attempts have increased over the last year despite the danger of heavy maritime traffic, strong currents and low water temperatures.last_img read more

Basques open €500,000 marine renewables demo call

first_imgThe Basque energy agency Ente Vasco de la Energía (EVE) has launched a call for marine renewable energy demonstration projects that will be funded under the state aid program for renewable energy development.The priority goal of EVE’s €2.5 million aid program, running from 2018-2020, is to promote projects for the demonstration and validation of emerging marine renewable energy technologies within the autonomous community of the Basque Country.The funding allocated for 2018 has been set to €500,000 that will be awarded to companies as nonrefundable experimental development R&D subsidies, while the remaining €2 million will be invested over the next two years.Under the call – set to close when the budget allocated has been exhausted, or on October 31, 2018, regardless of the budget availability – pilot testing at the demonstration and validation phase of full-scale, or almost full-scale, prototypes of both wave energy converters, and floating platforms for wind turbines will be supported.Also, projects looking to test offshore wind turbines at the same development stages will also be financed, as well as the demonstration and validation auxiliary equipment or component prototypes for marine renewable energy devices.All actions funded under the call will have to be carried out in infrastructure for testing emerging marine renewable energy devices in the open sea and within the Basque Country, EVE noted.Projects may be submitted as an individual proposal, or as a collaborative proposal, taken forward together by various companies and organizations.Each test project must be submitted with a commitment of acceptance from the testing infrastructure where the prototype is going to be tested, or at least with a letter of endorsement for the project from the testing center supporting the submission, according to EVE.The General Management of EVE will take the final decision and inform those concerned within a maximum of six months from the date on which the application for aid was submitted.Once this period has expired, if no notification has been received, all interested parties may consider their applications accepted, EVE said.The Basque government first created its own energy agency EVE to lay the foundations for an energy policy that has been grounded, to different degrees at different stages, on energy efficiency, diversification of energy sources and promotion of renewables.Since then, EVE has been in charge of developing projects and initiatives in line with government policies.last_img read more

Van Genderen, Smith score Super Nationals qualifying wins

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 8) – They both ended their night in victory lane, but IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s qualifying feature wins by Mike Van Genderen and Dylan Smith were anything but similar.Van Genderen ran away from everybody in winning the first Modified 25-lapper at Boone Speedway, negotiating heavy lapped traffic much of the way and then holding off Kelly Shryock following a late restart.The champion at Super Nationals in 2013, Smith was challenged by fellow Nebraskan Jordan Grabouski, who snuck ahead briefly on lap 19 before relinquishing the front spot the next time around.Top four finishers in each feature advance to the Saturday night main event.Scott Drake and Dean Abbey, brother of Super Nationals Southern SportMod champion Jeffrey Abbey, were scored next behind Van Genderen and Shryock. Hunter Marriott and Corey Dripps completed the top four in the second feature rescheduled from Wednesday because of inclement weather.John Logue and Ricky Thornton Jr. were disqualified from third and fifth place finishes, respectively, in the first qualifier after failing right front suspension in post-race tech.Shryock will start his career 11th, and first Super Nationals main event since 2006, on Saturday.Drake is in for the eighth time, Dripps and Smith both for the fifth and Grabouski and Van Genderen both for the fourth. Marriott makes his third big dance start, Abbey his first.1st qualifying feature – 1. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 3. Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; 4. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas; 5. Ricky Alvarado, Grand Junction, Colo.; 6. Cody Leonard, Sinton, Texas; 7. Josh Long, Little Suamico, Wis.; 8. Richard Michael Jr., Ischua, N.Y.; 9. Racer Hulin, Laurel; 10. Eric Tomlinson, Waco, Texas; 11. Sean Jerovetz, Sobieski, Wis.; 12. Brandon Hood, McGregor, Texas; 13. J.J. Scott, Iowa City; 14. Craig Reetz, Dunlap; 15. Brad Smith, Horseheads, N.Y.; 16. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 17. Dustin Andersen, Omaha, Neb.; 18. Loren Pesicka, Jr., Burt; 19. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb.; 20. Michael Albertsen, Audubon; 21. Clint Wendel, Mason City; 22. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 23. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 24. Jeff Schroyer, Elkhorn, Neb.; 25. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 26. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; 27. Travis Hatcher, Honey Creek; 28. Clay Sellard, Bucklin, Kan.; 29. John Logue Jr., Boone; 30. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.2nd qualifying feature – 1. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 2. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 3. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 4. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 5. Lance Mari, Imperial , Calif.; 6. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 7. Chad Porter, Madison Lake, Minn.; 8. Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark.; 9. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 10. David Brown, Kellogg; 11. Mitch Morris, Long Grove; 12. Jerry Hoffman, Oronogo, Mo.; 13. Nick Link, Rolla, Kan.; 14. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 15. Trent Loverude, New Ulm, Minn.; 16. Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas; 17. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 18. Brian Knoell, Falun, Kan.; 19. Justin O’Brien, West Union; 20. Josh Truman, Indianola; 21. Joel Bushore, Boone; 22. Albert Wolfgram, Boone; 23. Kellen Chadwick, Oakley, Calif.; 24. Josh Beaulieu, Bemidji, Minn.; 25. Ty Rogers, Somerton, Ariz.; 26. Robert Davis, Searcy, Ark.; 27. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 28. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 29. Jay Steffens, North Platte, Neb.; 30. Dakota Hayden, Wilton.last_img read more

Keane issues rallying cry

first_img Press Association But asked if the players needed to show their support for the 74-year-old by producing a rousing display, Keane said: “It’s for everybody, it’s for us as a country to be proud to wear that green jersey. “Whether that’s doing it for the manager or doing it for the country or doing it for yourselves, it doesn’t really matter. “As long as we are all pulling in the same direction, as long as we are going to go out on to that field and give 110 per cent – you always do that for the manager and you always do it for the players around you. “We are all in this together. We started together, so we will certainly finish together. “Everyone is behind everybody, and hopefully tomorrow we can show that by giving 110 per cent on the field.” Trapattoni has insisted the debate over his future has not proved a distraction in the run-up to a key encounter, and Keane is equally adamant that the players cannot allow it to affect them either. He said: “Whatever happens beyond these few games, that’s out of our hands and the players’ hands. “As professionals, we have to stand up and be professional in the job that we do, and make sure we give as much as we can to that green jersey and the people back home who are watching us. “All you can do in life is try your best and do everything you can possible to try to make people happy and do your best for the team, and if that’s not good enough, then that’s something that other people are going to have to look at.” Ireland’s home form has been a particular concern during the current campaign – only the Faroe Islands to date have lost at the Aviva Stadium, with Trapattoni’s side collecting just a single point from the visits of Germany, Austria and Sweden to Dublin. However, their results on the road remain hugely impressive – they are yet to lose a qualifier on foreign soil under Trapattoni – and an extension of that record could hardly come at a better time as they look for a response. Keane said: “I would be disappointed if there wasn’t a good response. I think because of the importance of the game – at the end of day, if we don’t get anything out of this game, we can forget about it. “If that doesn’t give you that extra bite in your belly, there’s certainly a problem.” Anything other than victory over Austria at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna on Tuesday night will effectively end Ireland’s hopes of rescuing a Group C campaign which was dealt a major blow by Sweden’s 2-1 victory in Dublin on Friday. That reverse piled the pressure on manager Giovanni Trapattoni amid speculation that he could be relieved of his duties within weeks once the final die is cast. Robbie Keane has called for a united front as Ireland attempt to salvage their World Cup dream.last_img read more

Goalkeepers combine to frustrate Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

first_img “It’s disappointing, we should have won the game and we feel we have dropped more points,” said Cherries boss Howe. “The key moments in the game went against us. “We encourage our players and our keeper to be brave and play the ball out from the back, so there’s no blame attached to Artur. But the timing was unfortunate. “And Steve Cook’s overhead kick would have been talked about for years if it had gone in. I though it was in, but it was an incredible save. “Then when you get a penalty at the end you think you are going to win but it was another top-class save.” Murray answered Bournemouth’s striker SOS after top scorer Callum Wilson was ruled out for six months with a knee injury. The former Crystal Palace striker had already looped one header onto the roof of the net, but made no mistake when presented with a carbon-copy opportunity just before the half-hour mark from Matt Ritchie’s cross. But Watford, who had not created a single chance of their own, were handed one on a plate a minute before time. Boruc gathered a routine backpass from Sylvain Distin but as he attempted to play it back to the defender Ighalo intercepted, skipped past Boruc and rolled the ball into an empty net for his fifth goal of the season. Eddie Howe was left frustrated as goalkeepers from both sides combined to ensure Bournemouth were held to a 1-1 draw by Watford. Boruc partly atoned for his error with a decent stop after Ikechi Anya burst through, before Gomes pulled off his incredible diving stop to keep Cook’s acrobatic effort from crashing into the top corner. It looked as though Bournemouth would snatch the win when Etienne Capoue tripped Adam Smith in the area, but Gomes had other ideas as he dived to his left to palm out Murray’s penalty. “I am pleased as Bournemouth are a very tough opponent,” said Hornets head coach Quique Sanchez Flores. “I’m very happy with the response of my players and the performance of the team in the second half. “Mistakes lead to goals in football and we were creating pressure, and in this case we got a goal. “If you save a penalty in the last few minutes it’s key to the game but I am pleased with the players in general. “Everyone knows Heurelho is very important, he is a leader for us. Yes, I thought the overhead kick was in. Maybe Heurelho prevented the goal of the season.” Artur Boruc’s error gifted Odion Ighalo an equaliser after Glenn Murray had headed the Cherries into the lead. Then Hornets keeper Heurelho Gomes denied Steve Cook a memorable goal with a stunning save, before palming out Murray’s penalty seven minutes from time. Press Associationlast_img read more

Authorities: Iguana Caused Crash that Injured Local Fire Captain, Daughter

first_imgThe Florida Highway Patrol says an iguana led to the crash earlier this week that sent a fire captain with Boynton Beach Fire Rescue and his daughter to the hospital with critical injuries.The crash occurred on Tuesday afternoon along U.S. 1, near Marathon, in the Florida Keys.According to the FHP, a car stopped suddenly in the southbound lanes to avoid hitting an iguana that was crossing the highway.A box truck then slammed into the back of the car, and then careened into oncoming traffic, where it struck a pickup truck head-on.US 1 ROADBLOCK remains as Trauma Star picks up injured on Channel 2 Bridge following head-on crash at M…— Florida Keys Sheriff (@mcsonews) July 7, 2020 The crash left fire captain Jeff Power and his daughter in critical condition.A medical helicopter airlifted them to Jackson South Hospital.Authorities shut down the highway for about two hours to investigate the crash.last_img read more