Led Zeppelin Kicks Off 50-Year Anniversary With New Vinyl Single For Record Store Day

first_imgLed Zeppelin isn’t letting a little thing like breaking up almost forty years ago keep them continuing their sales dominance. In fact, the one-time “Biggest Band In The World” is releasing their first entry for the annual Record Store Day event. The release—a new single of tunes handpicked by Jimmy Page—is coming on yellow vinyl featuring “Rock And Roll” on side A and “Friends” on side B. While longtime fans might be amazed at Zeppelin’s choosing to go the single route after all those years of disdain for the form, nothing should surprise them about the band wanting to control the way their music is released.Though the 45 doesn’t contain new material, that won’t stop the fervent collectors from snapping up the limited release as fast as they’re put on shelves, which shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with Zeppelin’s history. Some estimates place Led Zeppelin’s lifetime sales at somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 million records sold. Those numbers are even more impressive when you take into account that even their biggest hit, and arguably one of the greatest songs of all times, “Stairway To Heaven”, didn’t get its own single release.The members of Led Zeppelin have always worked to control how they release their music to the world, wanting to take away the preconceptions and biases that were being heaped upon them early in their career. In fact, they released their fourth and fifth albums—Led Zeppelin IV, though known to many as”Zoso” for the runic symbols on the covers, and Houses Of The Holy—untitled and unattributed on the outside packaging. While most bands and record labels would never even consider such a vague marketing strategy, Zeppelin laughed all the way to the bank with nearly 25 million copies sold to date.Robert Plant, the golden-tressed concept of a rock star come to life, was far more than just a lyric belting banshee—he was also a savvy businessman. He and his partners, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones, and the late drummer John Bonham knew that their deal with Atlantic Records was fair, but they wanted to have full control of their product. In 1974, the band, along with manager Peter Grant, formed Swan Song Records, an imprint whose material would be distributed by Atlantic.Led Zeppelin had spent the five years leading up to the founding of Swan Song making themselves the highest-grossing rock act in the world. Their mixture of incredible musicianship, unrelenting adoration by their fans around the world, and their drive to try and help other acts reach the same level positioned them perfectly to build a label that would work for the bands, instead of the other way around. With the example of The Beatles woes in attempting the same thing with their own imprint, Apple Records, Zeppelin strove to recruit bands they felt were as close to ready for stardom as possible.Peter Grant and the band always intended for the label’s stable to stay small with no more than four or five acts including Zeppelin. Though their first recruit, Scottish singer Maggie Bell didn’t generate much in the way of sales their second act, Bad Company, gave the label its first chart toppers outside of their founders. With Paul Rodgers leaving Free to front this new collaboration of heavy-hitters, including members of King Crimson and Mott The Hoople, Swan Song gained instant credibility.Swan Song filled out their stable with bands and artists like The Pretty Things, Dave Edmunds, Mirabai, Detective, and Sad Café. The Pretty Things managed to give the label their second-straight number-one release with the album Silk Torpedo, though the group has since fallen into obscurity. With the new release by Zeppelin the following year, Physical Graffiti, also hitting number one, it looked like Zeppelin had indeed learned the lessons taught by the late Apple Records. Unfortunately, as the 70s drew to a close, Led Zeppelin was worn down from the rock-and-roll lifestyle, and their participation and interest in the label followed suit. The passing of John Bonham in 1980 was not just the death knell for Led Zeppelin, but Swan Song as well.The label’s founders had much to be proud of though. Over the decade it existed, Swan Song released twenty-seven albums, including solo records from Page and Plant following the dissolution of Zep. In the following years, the band’s surviving members have worked with a plethora of young artists in a variety of capacities. Jones, in particular, has done great work producing albums by artists ranging from Paul McCartney to the Butthole Surfers, while Plant has regularly searched and embraced new talent in his backing bands for his headlining shows and tours.This new single, a call back to the glorious era when Led Zeppelin ruled the charts and concert stages of the world, isn’t going to change the music world, though it just might help connect fans with their local music sellers. For devotees of vinyl and the ritualistic manner in which they consume music, bringing home this new Zeppelin 45 will be a blast from the past and a rarity at the same time. As the opening salvo to what is sure to be a memorabilia-laden 50th-anniversary, Led Zeppelin is still breaking ground and likely returning to the place they know best: the top of the charts.If you love Led Zeppelin and will be down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest, don’t miss Z-Funk: A Tribute To Led Zeppelin & Parliament Funkadelic featuring Michelangelo Carubba & Shira Elias (Turkuaz), Roosevelt Collier, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Steve Swatkins (Allen Stone), Rob Walker (The Main Squeeze), Chris Bullock & Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy) at The Maison in New Orleans on Sunday, April 29th. For more info, click here; to purchase tickets, click here<; and for our full guide to Jazz Fest late nights, click here.last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Returns To D.C. For Warner Theatre Finale [Full-Show Audio]

first_imgOn Saturday, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to Washington, D.C.’s Warner Theatre for their final show of the week. Between the D.C. weekend affairs, the 12-piece celebrated their album release in Brooklyn, New York with a phenomenal performance at Brooklyn Music Academy, which took an emotional turn just days after the loss of their own Kofi Burbridge. Following a scorcher of a show on Friday night, the band returned on Saturday with another mind-bending two-set performance.Tedeschi Trucks Band kicked off their first set with a cover of Dr. John’s “I Walk On Guilded Splinters” before working through two cuts off of 2013’s Made Up Mind with “Do I Look Worried” and “Part Of Me”. Up next was a well executed pair of newcomers with “When Will I Begin” and “Walk Through This Life”, followed up by covers of Bob Dylan’s “Down In The Flood” and Four Tops’ “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever”. Tedeschi Trucks Band brought their first set to a close with “Strengthen What Remains” and a 17-minute rendition of “Idle Wind”.For their second set, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned with “They Don’t Shine, their third SIGNS tune of the night, followed up by “High & Mighty”. The band then let their Allman Brothers Band roots show with their rendition of “Dreams”, allowing Derek Trucks to dazzle the crowd with some scorching guitar work. The band continued with a fan-favorite cover of Spooner Oldham’s “Sweet Inspiration”, highlighted by some beautiful vocal harmonizing between Susan Tedeschi and Mike Mattison. The 12-piece kept on chugging with originals “Made Up Mind”, “Shame”, and “Midnight In Harlem”, followed by a horn-heavy cover of “I Pity The Fool” and a set-closing high-energy take on “Bound For Glory”.A lone encore of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends” brought the rocking two-set performance to a close.Listen to full-show audio of last night’s show below:Tedeschi Trucks Band – 2/23/2019 (Full-Show Audio)[Audio: Alex Leary]Tedeschi Trucks Band continues their tour with performances at The Met in Philadelphia, PA; Birmingham, AL; Augusta, GA; and Asheville, NC ahead of their European tour this spring. For a full list of upcoming dates, please head over to the band’s official website.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Warner Theatre | Washington, D.C. | 2/23/2019Set One: I Walk On Guilded Splinters, Do I Look Worried, Part Of Me, When Will I Begin, Walk Through This Life, Down In The Flood, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, Strengthen What Remains, Idle WindSet Two: They Don’t Shine, High & Mighty, Dreams, Sweet Inspiration, Made Up Mind, Shame, Midnight In Harlem, I Pity The Fool, Bound For GloryEncore: With A Little Help From My Friendslast_img read more

‘Destruction across the city’

first_imgLara Phillips, an instructor in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School and an emergency physician at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), was high in the Himalaya Mountains when the deadly, 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25.A wilderness medicine fellow with the Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal, Phillips said the initial damage was light in the rural Annapurna region where she worked. She and her colleagues decided to close the organization’s high-mountain clinic and offer help in areas of greater need. They planned to travel through the badly damaged capital of Kathmandu and on to another hard-hit region, Sindhupalchok.The Gazette reached Phillips via email over the weekend while she was in Kathmandu preparing for the trip to Sindhupalchok, and asked about her experiences.GAZETTE: Where were you, and what were you doing when the quake struck? What did you see around you at that time?PHILLIPS: During the earthquake, I was on a day hike. I was stationed at Thorong Phedi, working in a satellite clinic through the Himalayan Rescue Association and going for a day hike to high camp about 30 minutes away, [at] around 16,000 feet.I heard a deep rumble, and the ground shook. I looked around to make sure I was not in the way of an avalanche. I had never been in an earthquake before and assumed it was an avalanche on the other side of the mountain. I stopped in a teahouse at high camp when a second quake occurred, and there was no mistaking that this was an earthquake, as everything in the teahouse was rumbling. Everyone ran outside.Fortunately, no one was injured. By the time I hiked back to Thorong Phedi, all communication was cut off. The Internet, phones, even our satellite phone was not working for over 24 hours. It wasn’t until later that we heard the extent of damage and tragedy. The following day, when the satellite phone was working, I called my husband and parents. We then passed it around to the Nepali staff that had family and friends in Kathmandu who were anxiously awaiting to hear from their loved ones.GAZETTE: What have you been doing since then?PHILLIPS: A day after the earthquake, we were able to get in contact with our colleagues at the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA). Communication was still difficult even with the satellite phone. Therefore, we descended to Manang … over the next two days, where our main clinic is located. Discussions were under way as we made a difficult decision on whether or not to close the HRA clinic.The clinic in Manang serves the local Nepali community in addition to trekkers traveling through the Annapurna circuit. While the volume of trekkers declined after the earthquake, we still had a responsibility to the local community. Fortunately, Manang was largely unharmed by the earthquake. The volunteer doctors also felt a responsibility to assist in areas that were devastated by the earthquake. And ultimately, after discussion with the HRA, a decision was made to close the clinic for the season and send support to those villages in need. We mobilized medical supplies and departed for Sindhupalchok, a three-day journey from Manang.GAZETTE: Why are you in Nepal in the first place?PHILLIPS: I am a Wilderness Medicine Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. As part of the fellowship, I am honored to have the opportunity to volunteer through the Himalayan Rescue Association in a high-altitude clinic in Nepal. I was stationed at Manang, 11,600 feet, and Thorong Phedi, 15,000 feet, for three months.GAZETTE: How are conditions in Kathmandu? It’s been a week since the quake; are there signs of recovery? What is the state of mind of people there?PHILLIPS: One week after the earthquake, there is evidence of destruction across the city. Some areas have remained unharmed, while others are devastated. Many Nepalis sleep in tents, either because they lost their homes or for fear of staying in their homes during an aftershock.Trekkers [who were] roaming through the streets are now replaced by volunteers seeking to help this country. Amidst the heartbreaking tragedy, it is inspirational to see that so many people want to help. Different voluntary organizations have been working tirelessly [launching] rescue teams, [on] delivery of supplies, and setting up field hospitals. I spoke with some people in Nepal [who] describe the state of mind of the people there as “traumatized, fearful, and frustrated.” They are grateful for the international support.GAZETTE: What about your plans to head to Sindhupalchok? Why go there?PHILLIPS: We plan to head to Sindhupalchok, as the area suffered massive losses of human life, housing, and livestock. The area is reported to be devastated, with 80 percent to 90 percent of buildings rendered uninhabitable. We are planning about a five-day visit to assess medical needs and provide medical outreach. We will be in communication with the HRA by satellite phone and may extend the trip or move to another location in need.GAZETTE: A week after the quake, what do you think it’s important for the Harvard community to know?PHILLIPS: I want the people at Harvard to know that they are a part of an incredible community. Yesterday, a team from MGH arrived to help with relief efforts. It also took less than 24 hours for the doctors in the emergency medicine department to cover each others’ shifts, making it possible for others to deploy to Nepal. It’s a horrible tragedy, but inspirational to witness the selfless actions of others.The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will conduct a live webcast from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. “Humanitarian Response to the Crisis in Nepal” will offer insight as experts discuss what was predicted to occur in Kathmandu in the event of a major earthquake — even before one occurred. Post your questions in advance at communications@hsph.harvard.edu, or online during the event via Twitter using the #HarvardNepal hashtag.last_img read more

Judge orders polygamous sect to sell South Dakota compound

first_imgPRINGLE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota judge has ordered a secretive polygamous sect to sell it’s compound in the Black Hills to pay for a lawsuit settlement. Court documents show that a South Dakota sheriff has been ordered to sell the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ property near Pringle in Custer County. The sect still owes nearly $1.7 million to three men as part of a 2017 settlement in federal court. Sheriff Marty Mechaley says the 140-acre property will be sold during an auction on Feb. 25 at the Custer County Courthouse. The compound sits along a gravel road and is shielded from view by tall pine trees, a privacy fence and a guard tower.last_img

Junior Class Council to host second annual dance-a-thon

first_imgThe Junior Class Council will host the second annual Notre Dame Dance-a-thon from 3 p.m. to midnight on Saturday in the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center (JACC) to raise funds for renovations to the Memorial Children’s Hospital in South Bend.Junior Tegan Chesney, Dance-a-thon chair, said the Dance-a-thon committee appreciated the opportunity to make a difference in the local community.“[We] went on a tour of the children’s hospital, and we saw the rooms as they are now and the rooms how they’re going to be in the future with the new renovations, the new addition,” Chesney said. “We wanted to raise money for this cause because for other schools [dance-a-thons], often times they’ll raise money for a big organization, a big hospital where they may have a local branch, but we really liked Memorial because it was so local and a lot of the residents and community members have been there.”The marathon’s move from South Dining Hall to the JACC and its shortened time frame will allow more participation in the event, junior Freddie Stavins, Dance-a-thon marketer, said.“I think the JACC is sort of a more immersive experience. … There’s a bit more room for people to play on the inflatables,” Stavins said. “Last year it went on really long and sort of the focus of the event is family-oriented and we want kids to show up as well, so by having a more concise time frame, that way we can draw more people and people will be able to experience more in the smaller amount of time.”Paul Davis, gift officer for Beacon Health System, said the adjusted time frame has already attracted many patients and their families to the event, including this year’s guest of honor, Hannah Bell.“[Bell]’s been battling cancer for a few years, and there’s a video of her online singing the song ‘Flashlight’… and she’s actually singing it while she is in her infusion bed getting chemotherapy, and then the video is intertwined with different kids in the hospital,” Davis said. “We’re going to have her probably at about 3:30 get up onstage, say a few words about what she’s gone through, how much it means to her having the Dance-a-thon and everything and basically say ‘3, 2, 1, get moving.’“It’s going to be really neat to celebrate her.”Davis said he issued a challenge to the Hall Presidents’ Council for increased student participation in the event.“[For] the hall that raises the most money — with a minimum of a $1,000 — in our new facility in the front entrance will be a large Dance-a-thon plaque with a picture of the entire hall,” he said. “Then we’re also going to give that hall two exclusive visits to the new Children’s Hospital where they can go and visit with patients, physicians. … They’ll pretty much have the run of the mill of our children’s hospital one time in the spring [and] one time in the fall.”Chesney said in addition to music and dancing, the event schedule will feature a performance from the Irish Dance team at 5 p.m., a Zumba instructor at 7 p.m. and inflatable bounce houses and activities throughout the marathon.“We’re trying to integrate the student performers within the event, but then also get students excited about it through all of the inflatable things which can either be geared toward the kids who can be coming from the hospital or college students,” Chesney said. “We’re trying to have these things that can appeal to any audience, any range of people who want to come. In the future we’d love to reach out to more groups and have different performers.”Stavins said the Dance-a-thon committee’s marketing campaign has focused on the joy of the event as well as the charitable aspects.“We’re just trying to promote the joy of dancing,” he said. “I feel like we all sort of have this great, childlike portion to ourselves and helping these kids experience a rich childhood is the ultimate goal.”Chesney said she hopes students enjoy the event in addition to gaining a new appreciation for the Dance-A-Thon’s cause.“I hope that they — at the event, and before the event — they see the cause and they see what the money is going for, but then they also have fun dancing and have fun on the inflatables and face painting or having their own face painted,” she said. “I hope that they take joy from this event.”Davis said he wants students to realize Memorial Children’s Hospital’s unique and important impact on the South Bend community.“Our children’s hospital loses over $1 million every year because 64 to 70 percent of the kids that we see are either on Medicaid, or they’re completely uninsured and we don’t turn anybody away regardless of their ability to pay,” he said. “If we didn’t have Memorial Children’s Hospital right here in South Bend they would have to travel a minimum of two hours away to receive treatment. … I just want students to understand what a unique resource is just right down the road and how much it means to the community, and to partner up with the students, for us, is just amazing.“It’s definitely a blessing.”last_img read more

Biotech Pros and Cons.

first_imgOne, Europe is a huge market for U.S. food products like soybeans.”If Europe refuses biotech soybeans, it will be tremendousblow to the industry,” Guillebeau said.And two, U.S. shoppers don’t ignoreÿEuropean concerns.”Many are starting to wonder if we shouldn’t be more concerned,”he said.Establishing Regional CentersTo address these issues and others, the second step in Glickman’splan is for USDA to propose establishing regional centers nationwide.These centers would evaluate biotech products long-term and provideongoing information to growers, consumers, researchers and regulators.Glickman said biotechnology is changing the way farmers dobusiness. But social and economic trends, including increasedmarket concentration, have a powerful effect on farming, too.So does a rise in contracting, as well as fast-evolving technologiessuch as information power and precision agriculture.”We’re seeing different marketing techniques such as organics,direct marketing, co-ops and niche markets,” he said. “Andnonfarm, industrial uses for plants are expanding.”Family farmers, he said, are among his biggest concerns. Biotechnologyshould lead to greater — not fewer — options for farmers.”As this technology develops,” he said, “wemust reach a balance between fairness to farmers and corporatereturns.”(Dan Glickman photograph courtesy of U. S. Department ofAgriculture.) Embrace biotechnology with an eye on potential problems. Thatwas the message U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman gavethe National Press Club in Washington, D.C., July 14.”Aswe encourage the development of these new food production systems,we cannot blindly embrace their benefits,” he said. “Wehave to ensure consumer confidence and assure farmers they willbenefit.”Five Principles/Advisory CommitteeGlickman said five principles should guide biotechnology inthe 21st century: (1) an arm’s-length regulatory process, (2)consumer acceptance, (3) fairness to farmers, (4) corporate citizenshipand (5) free and open trade.Glickman set up a Secretary’s Advisory Committee on AgriculturalBiotechnology. The group is a cross-section of 25 people fromgovernment, academe, agriculture, agribusiness and environmental,ethics and consumer groups. It will begin meeting in the fall.”The committee will provide advice on a broad range ofissues on biotechnology and on maintaining a flexible policy asbiotechnology evolves,” he said. “Public policy mustlead and not merely react. Industry and government cannot engagein hedging or double-talking as problems develop.”Soybean, Corn and PharmaceuticalsMost of today’s U.S. soybeans and a fast-rising part of thecorn crop are genetically engineered, he said. And researchersare looking at genetically modified mosquitoes that can’t carrymalaria. But Glickman said we have only chipped the high-techiceberg.”Biotechnology is already transforming medicine,”he said. “Pharmaceuticals such as human insulin for diabetes,interferon and other cancer medications, antibiotics and vaccinesare all products of genetic engineering.”U.S. scientists are also looking at processing drugs from milkfrom genetically altered cows. Others are growing bananas thatmay one day deliver vaccines to children in developing countries.USDA, FDA and EPAThree federal agencies – The U.S. Department of Agriculture,Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency- each play a role in determining the use of biotechnology productsin the United States.USDA tests products for risk to other plants and animals andhas already approved about 50 genetically altered plant varieties.FDA reviews biotechnology’s effect on food safety. EPA examinespesticides.To keep pace with fast-growing agricultural biotechnology,Glickman announced two new steps “to ensure we are fullyprepared to meet the regulatory challenges.”Outside Review of Biotech ProcessThe first is to create an independent scientific review ofUSDA’s biotech approval process. The idea is to make sure USDAscientists have the best information and tools to keep regulatorycapabilities evolving at the same pace as new technology.To address complex issues like pharmaceutical-producing plantsor genetically modified livestock will require consulting experts,many of whom are outside USDA.Farm biotech firms have two main concerns, said Paul Guillebeau,pesticide coordinator for the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Chile ranked in the highest tier in combatting human trafficking

first_img To combat human trafficking, in 2011 Chilean officials enacted Law 20.507 to criminalize human trafficking for sexual and labor purposes. Anyone violating the law can be sentenced to five to 15 years in prison and fined between $4,000 and $8,000 (USD). The law also requires the Ministry of Interior and Public Security to create the Human Trafficking Brigade within the Chilean Investigative Police to investigate trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling. In 2013 Chilean prosecutors opened 90 human trafficking prosecutions, of which 72 involved the child prostitution, 14 involved adult sex trafficking, and four involved labor trafficking. The government convicted 12 human trafficking offenders in 2013. Among those the government convicted in 2013 were two men who were sentenced to five years in prison for bringing 64 Bolivians into Chile and forcing them to work on a power line project under harsh and exploitive conditions without ever being paid, according to press reports. A broad approach Security forces and government agencies in Chile have made dramatic progress in combatting human trafficking, according to a recently released report. Chile now ranks in the top tier of 188 countries for its efforts to prevent or prosecute the crime of using human beings for forced labor or commercial sex, according to the “Trafficking in Persons Report 2014,” by the United States Department of State. The report ranks countries based on their efforts to combat human trafficking. Tier 1 is the highest ranking, Tier 3 the lowest. Chile was in Tier 2 in 2013. In moving Chile up to Tier 1, the report noted that the Chilean government has increased police and prosecutor capacity to fight human trafficking, improved interagency cooperation, and offered specialized services to help sex trafficking victims and labor trafficking victims. In another case, in May, 2013 Chilean police who investigate human trafficking rescued 12 Indian nationals who worked in forced conditions for two years in a Santiago restaurant without ever being paid. The Ministry of Interior and Public Safety reported that from 2011 to 2013, security forces had rescued 152 human trafficking victims. The victims mostly came from Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, according to authorities. In addition to investigations and prosecutions, in 2013 the Chilean government opened a support center for victims of violent crime in Santiago, with psychologists, social workers, and attorneys specializing in assisting trafficking victims. It was the first such center to specialize in serving that population. Chilean authorities also began training staff at other centers across the country to provide specialized assistance to trafficking victims. The Chilean government continued to fund a shelter for female adult victims of human trafficking and their children, assisting them with health, migration, and employment issues. The National Service for Minors (SENAME) provided services to child victims of sex trafficking through its national network of 16 walk-in centers for children subjected to commercial sexual exploitation. SENAME also funded one residential shelter exclusively for child victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Chilean police are “clear” in understanding the seriousness of human trafficking, said Denisse Araya, director of ONG Raíces, a Santiago-based association which protects the rights of human trafficking victims and migrant workers. Many Chilean pimps “try to enslave women and girls” in the sex trade, Araya said. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. Combatting human trafficking, which is a transnational criminal enterprise, requires cooperation with security forces from other countries, Chilean authorities recognize. Chilean prosecutors cooperated with foreign governments in 29 ongoing and new transnational human trafficking investigations in 2013, according to the report. Organized crime groups use Chile as a source, transit point, and destination country for men, women, and children who they force into sex trafficking or indentured servitude. Gangs and transnational criminal groups force some Chilean women and children into the sex trade, according to the report. Criminal organizations also transport women from other countries into Chile and force them into the sex trade. These countries include Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia. Chile’s strong economy has drawn men, women, and children from Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Colombia, Ecuador and other countries who come to the country seeking work. But criminal gangs have forced many of them into involuntary labor in Chile’s mining, agricultural, and hospitality sectors, and in domestic service, according to the report. Improved law enforcement A transnational threat The Chilean government is taking a holistic approach to fighting human trafficking, which does not rely exclusively on police efforts. For example, in addition to improving the training of police, government also is providing specialized training on human trafficking for other officials, including prosecutors, social workers, and labor officials, often in partnership with non-governmental organizations and international organizations. The public prosecutor’s office designated a prosecutor in each region of the country to coordinate human trafficking investigations and training, and formed an internal trafficking working group to ensure coordination between prosecutors, according to the report. Keeping detailed records of human trafficking cases is an important part of the government’s effort to stamp out such activity. In December 2013, Chilean government officials signed an interagency agreement in which authorities formally committed to producing regular reports on human trafficking cases. Rescues and support for victims Chilean authorities have in recent years augmented training for anti-trafficking efforts and increased the number of police officers who fight human trafficking, the report noted. Authorities have trained more than 1,000 police officers in how to detect and combat human trafficking. The Chilean police academy provides mandatory training in combatting human trafficking for all new detectives. The Chilean government also increased staffing for the police unit in Santiago which investigates human trafficking and smuggling, according to the report. By Dialogo July 16, 2014 A tough law to fight human trafficking Knowledge on the subject and joy for knowing that Chile is working on the issue. It’s a problem that requires state policies from all nations along with outreach campaigns throughout the entire population to allow civil society to acknowledge and profusely reject this scourge that is interfering with the existence and hope of human beings, specially the more vulnerable ones. Congratulations!!!! Chile is a role model when it comes to protecting the human dignity of those who are vulnerable!!!!! It’s good to know what happens in the world. The laws should be harsher from 10 to 20 years and US$10,000 fines. Congratulations to all those who wholly belong to this institution It is great that you have presented this concern endemic to several countries on this continent and face it decidedly to try to bring an end to this problem. I wish you great luck and I very sincerely congratulate you.last_img read more

So your son wants to buy a car. . .

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Michelle SingletaryDuring my online chats with readers, I often run out of time trying to answer all of the questions.Recently there was an inquiry I wanted to take some time to address. It was about a young person’s first car purchase, something that comes up in almost every family.Here’s the background: A 23-year-old has $3,000 saved and has chosen a used 2014 vehicle that costs $17,000 (no model specified). On his own, he qualifies for a $15,000 loan with a 9.9 percent annual percentage rate. With a parent co-signing, he qualifies for $18,000 with a 2.8 percent APR. His mother wrote, “I am willing to co-sign, as well as his dad, to get the better rate.”He currently drives his mother’s 2000 car (no model specified). continue reading »last_img read more

Support for small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis

first_imgSpartanburg, SC ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »center_img Carolina Foothills Federal Credit Union($120.2M, Spartanburg, SC) offers a lineup of small-business products that includes four checking options, 11 loan programs, and a rewards credit card. In late 2018, it also started offering microloans and in-house coaching to small businesses.Today, as the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, Carolina Foothills is fielding inquiries from small-business owners who are voicing their concerns or looking to benefit from interest rate cuts. Scott Whelchel, microlending officer at the credit union, has started reaching out to check in with every business borrower.“Some will be brief,” Whelchel says. “Others will have concerns. The borrowers in childcare and food service are the two groups I suspect will have the greatest concerns.”Listen. Assess. Solve.In response to the disruption caused by the coronavirus, Carolina Foothills has already rolled out extensions on its consumer-based loans, which the credit union services on its own core system. Business loans, however, are a different animal that the credit union cannot address with a one-size-fits-all solution. So, the cooperative plans to make modification decisions on a case-by-case basis while it continues working with its local business owners.last_img read more

Zagorje is the most successful tourist destination in continental Croatia

first_imgApart from good results, which include further growth in arrivals (12,27%) and overnight stays (7,44%), 2018 in Zagorje will be remembered for the fact that Krapina-Zagorje County was declared the most successful tourist at the Days of Croatian Tourism destination of continental Croatia, and was one of the three finalists in the selection for the best tourist destination in Croatia. In 2018, there were 729.466 visitors, which is an increase in visitors to the beaches 6,5% or 44.538 visitors more than last year. Regarding the number of visitors to museums, 198.986 visits were made, and the most visited is the Museum of Krapina Neanderthals with 90.373 visits, followed by the Museum of the Old Village Kumrovec with 51.587 visits and Dvor Veliki Tabor with 26.271 visits. “At the Days of Tourism in Hvar, Krapina-Zagorje County was declared the best tourist destination of continental tourism, and we entered the finals as one of the three best tourist destinations. Only with the synergy of branding Zagorje as a destination, and later providing individual quality and advantages over others, we came to such results. “, said the prefect of Krapina-Zagorje County, Željko Kolar, and emphasized that last year the number of 3 thousand registered commercial beds was broken and that the number of beds increased by 364 compared to 2017.  Photo: TZ KZŽ “We are especially pleased with the growth of 5,5% in the domestic market in overnight stays, and in the Slovenian market it is 12,75%, Germany 6,43% and Poland 27,08%. As for which Croatian counties tourists come from, in the first place is the City of Zagreb (45.963 overnight stays), followed by Split-Dalmatia (25.884 overnight stays) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (22.400 overnight stays), followed by Istria, Zagreb and Osijek-Baranja. In 2018, there were 187.637 overnight stays of domestic tourists. We are pleased to be visited by tourists from sea destinations who visit Krapina-Zagorje County for vacation after the summer season, and in terms of arrivals and overnight stays according to tourist boards, most are in the Tourist Board of Tuhelj, Klanjec and Veliko. Trgovišće, then the Tourist Board of the Heart of Zagorje, and then the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Stubičke Toplice. The area of ​​Oroslavje is interesting, where the increase at the Hotel & Pension ZAGI is 38,11% compared to 2017. “, pointed out the head of the Škrinjar office. Increase in visitors to the beaches As for visitors to the beaches, the most visited were Terme Tuhelj with 307.279 arrivals, followed by Terme Jezerčica with 179.733 arrivals, Krapinske Toplice with 157.061 arrivals and Stubičke Toplice with 85.393 arrivals. center_img ZAGORJE GOT ITS TOURIST CARD – ZAGORJE CARD Head of the Krapina-Zagorje County Tourist Board Sanja Škrinjar she emphasized that the most important markets are Slovenia, followed by Germany, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, and the Danish market is particularly interesting. In 2018, 159.191 arrivals were recorded in the Krapina-Zagorje County and 348.694 overnight stays. Compared to 2017, that is 17.398 more arrivals and 24.143 more overnight stays. This is an increase of 12,27% in arrivals and 7,44% in overnight stays RELATED NEWS: ZAGORJE GOT ITS MOBILE APPLICATION last_img read more