Bethel University offering academic, sports summer camps

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Facebook (Photo supplied/Bethel University) Bethel University is still offering its annual academic and sports summer camps.Academic camps are available for kids between the ages of 9 and 14, in science, theatre, language and art. The camps are set for July 13-17 and July 20-24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and cost $120 each.To register for academic camp, and to learn more about specific camps offered, click here.Sports camps will also take place at Bethel, and are available as both day camp and overnight options in both June and July. They are for ages 8-18 and include the following sport options: Basketball, Bowling, Cheer, Esports, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Track & Field and Volleyball.The cost and schedule varies by camp. Details can be found here.In the event that COVID-19 prevents camp from taking place, full refunds will be issued. Pinterest Twitter Bethel University offering academic, sports summer campscenter_img Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market TAGSacademicBethel Universitysportssummer camp By Brooklyne Beatty – April 8, 2020 0 289 Previous articleGov. Holcomb signs order for retired, inactive EMS workers during pandemicNext articleSt. Joseph County Police K9s Farkas, Odin receive donation of body armors Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

Press release: Making Tax Digital becomes law

first_imgFrom today (1 April 2019), the government’s major Making Tax Digital programme becomes law for over one million VAT-registered businesses earning more than £85,000.The new rules, first announced in 2015, will mean most businesses above the VAT threshold will need to keep their records digitally and submit their VAT return using MTD-compatible software for VAT periods starting on or after 1 April.MTD will make it easier for businesses to get their tax right first time. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been urging businesses to get ready and has already written to every business affected with information on what they need to do.Almost 100,000 businesses have already signed up to the new service. More than 4,000 businesses are now signing up to MTD every day to experience a more integrated approach to business and tax.HMRC knows businesses will require time to become familiar with the new requirements. During the first year of VAT mandation, HMRC will take a light touch approach to penalties by not issuing filing or record keeping penalties where businesses are doing their best to comply with MTD.Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: Encouraging small firms to adopt more digital functionality offers real benefits. For example, having accurate and timely financial information to hand helps companies make better, more informed decisions and using digital tools more broadly, including time management, helps businesses increase productivity. In the longer term we feel Making Tax Digital and the digitisation of tax records will present significant advantages to business. What businesses need to do nowIf you have not prepared, do not panic. 1 April is not a ‘cliff edge’ for sign-ups – the first returns under the new system for the majority of businesses, which file VAT quarterly, won’t be due until August at the earliest.Accountants or other tax representatives will already be aware of MTD and will advise businesses how and when they need to make changes to be ready for the new service.Those already using software will simply need to ensure it is MTD-compatible then sign up to the new service and authorise their software for MTD.For those who are not using an accountant or don’t currently use software, it is quick and easy to sign up and there is lots of information available to help them prepare, including about what software is available.You should: Making Tax Digital was first announced in 2015 as a key part of the government’s plans to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right and keep on top of their affairs. Emma Jones, founder of small business support network Enterprise Nation, said: Delivering Making Tax Digital for VAT is the first step toward our ambition to create one of the most digitally advanced tax authorities in the world. The rules that come in from today will give businesses more control over their finances, allowing them to spend their time focusing on innovation, growth and the creation of jobs. Businesses that are registered for VAT but are below the VAT threshold are also not required to use the MTD service, but can choose to do so. HMRC recognises that businesses will require time to become familiar with the new requirements of MTD. During the first year of mandation, we will not issue filing or record keeping penalties where businesses are doing their best to comply with MTD. However, sanctions will remain possible in cases of deliberate non-compliance, and in order to safeguard VAT revenue. Those businesses that are either not represented by an accountant and/or do not already use software will need to select software to use and sign up to MTD, then authorise their new software for MTD. Our GOV.UK webpages provide information on a wide variety of products, from free software for businesses with more straightforward tax affairs, to increasingly sophisticated paid solutions. There are also products that can be used in conjunction with a spreadsheet for those businesses that don’t want to change their underlying record keeping system.For easy-to-use guides and advice for businesses, agents, see guidance on GOV.UK: Making Tax Digital for VAT as a business: step-by-step.You can also view webinars and videos for Making Tax Digital.You can also read Making Tax Digital (MTD): Mythbusters.Background take steps to find out if your business is affected by the Making Tax Digital changes and what you need to do if it is. Most businesses above the VAT threshold have to start keeping their records digitally and sending their VAT return to HMRC direct from their software for VAT periods starting on or after 1 April talk to your accountant or agent – if you use one to manage your VAT affairs – about how they are making returns MTD-compliant speak to your software provider if you already use software to ensure it will be compatible Theresa Middleton, Director of the Making Tax Digital for Business Programme, said: No business will be forced to go digital for their VAT returns if they are unable to. Anyone who is already exempt from online filing of VAT will remain so under MTD and there is further provision for those who cannot adapt to the new service due to age, disability, location or religion to apply for an exemption. Tens of thousands of businesses joined our pilot over the last 6 months and have helped us to test and improve the live service ensuring we have the right support in place to help people transition. Now is the time for those businesses affected by MTD who haven’t done so already to begin preparing to switch over and start experiencing the benefits MTD has to offer. You don’t necessarily need to sign up from day one, but you do need to make sure you’re keeping your records digitally for your next VAT period which starts on or after 1 April.last_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Make Their Debut At The Capitol Theatre [Gallery/Setlists]

first_imgA full gallery of Andrew Scott Blackstein‘s photos can be seen below: Load remaining images Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at the Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 3/25/16Set I: Pygmy Twylyte-> Spraypaint-> Rainbow Song, Spectacle, Helicopters-> SpraypaintSet II: Mindless Dribble-> Crystal Ball, Highwire-> She’s a Bad Mama Jama-> Mindless Dribble-> Orch Theme-> HighwireEncore: Frog LegsSetlist: The Disco Biscuits at the Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 3/26/16Set I: Bernstein & Chasnoff-> Bombs-> Shelby Rose (inverted)-> And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night (inverted)-> Bernstein & ChasnoffSet II: Hope-> Above the Waves (inverted)-> Mr. Don-> Home (LCD Soundsystem)-> HelicoptersEncore: Caves of the East (w/ “Check the Rhyme” by A Tribe Called Quest sample)-> Mr. DonFortunately, photographer Andrew Blackstein was on hand to cover the event. Check out some of his images below, and head down for a full gallery: Home. #lcdsoundsystemPosted by The Disco Biscuits on Saturday, March 26, 2016 For the last two nights, The Disco Biscuits set up shop at the absolutely beautiful Port Chester, NY locale, The Capitol Theatre. For fans of a band that is playing at the top of their game, tDB’s two-night stand at the Cap could not have come sooner, as folks traveled across the country for the group’s entrancing blend of jamtronica joy.After night one, bassist Marc Brownstein reflected about their performance at the venue. “Wow that’s a great venue! The Capitol Theatre was one of Jerry Garcias favorite venues in the world. I can see why. Beautiful.” The shows themselves were jam-packed with some of the band’s finest, inciting an all out dance party for two straight nights.Watch the band bust out LCD Soundsystem’s “Home” for the first time since Camp Bisco, below: last_img read more

The Summer Meltdown Festival Reveals Rockin’ Initial Artist Lineup

first_imgJust yesterday, The String Cheese Incident announced a tour that featured a number of exciting festival appearances. Of course, each of those festival appearances are their own unique experiences, and the Summer Meltdown looks to be an incredibly fun event in the heart of the summer festival season.Returning to Darrington, WA from August 10th through the 13th, the festival has revealed that The String Cheese Incident (2 Shows), Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Polish Ambassador and The Floozies will all be headlining. Additionally, the festival will include sets from The Infamous Stringdusters, G Jones, Opiuo, Elephant Revival, The Wailers, The Grouch, TAUK, Russ Liquid Test, Brasstracks, The Main Squeeze, Flowmotion, Polyrhythmics, The Dip, Polecat, Acorn Project, Yak Attack, SGB, Decent at Best, and Mr. Feelgood and the Firm Believers.You can see the full lineup announcement below, and head to the festival’s website for further information.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: George Porter Jr. Talks New Album, Grammys, & Upcoming Projects

first_imgOn Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, Jam Cruise 16 set sail from Miami, beginning a five-day musical excursion that detoured through Central America and the Carribean before returning to port on January 22nd. This year, Jam Cruise boasted one of its finest bills to date, including two sets by Voodoo Dead, the New Orleans-inspired Grateful Dead tribute act featuring an all-star lineup of George Porter Jr., Steve Kimock, Jeff Chimenti, and John Kimock (Anders Osborne was originally slated to perform with the band, though after missing the boat, artist-at-large Dan Lebowitz stepped up to fill in along with cameo appearances by Tom Hamilton and Kat Wright).With George Porter Jr. on hand at Jam Cruise 16, Live For Live Music got a moment to catch up with the legendary bassist. During the chat, Porter clued us into his upcoming plans for 2018—including a new project that sees Porter collaborate on duets with a number of female singers—and spoke to us about his thoughts on The Meters’ Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the legacy of The Meters and the Grateful Dead. You can read the conversation below.Ming Lee Newcomb: What have you been up to recently?George Porter Jr.: I’ve been working on three projects at home in my home studio. One is to reestablish some new music for my Runnin’ Pardners solo band, and the second is for The Porter Trio‘s first release. For the third project, I want to do a series of duets with female singers and then myself on bass. That may be a harder-to-come-by dream, but I want to try to do that this year.MLN: What inspired all this new writing?GPJ: Well, I’ve been pretty much writing and trying to put music together since 2014, so I’ve been at this for three or four years. For Runnin’ Pardners, I have 29 tracks recorded, so I just need to refine those 29. With Porter Trio, I think we have eleven tracks recorded—with those, they’re about 80% recorded and just about done. I have a young lady named Mia Borders writing lyrics for me, so she wrote lyrics for three of the songs. Brian Stoltz [longtime guitarist for The Funky Meters] wrote lyrics for one of the songs, Billy Iuso [leader of the Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives] wrote lyrics for one of the songs, and Miss Denise Sullivan wrote lyrics for one of the songs. So, I think Porter Trio is more prepared than the Runnin’ Pardners.With the duets, I have music that I was doing—I called that session Garage Band Sessions. I tried doing that when I was out here [on Jam Cruise], just in my room. I had my studio set up and I was reviewing stuff. This trip takes on a bittersweet thing for me because I lost my wife on November 27th. For the last thirteen years, we’ve done Jam Cruise together as an anniversary gift, because our wedding anniversary is December 28th. We renewed our vows on Jam Cruise last year at fifty years. So it’s been a bittersweet kind of thing this trip, and I didn’t get anything done in the room—I just couldn’t get it done—so hopefully I will when I get back home and back into the real studio.MLN: You recently found out that you’ll be getting the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Can you talk a little about that?GPJ: Yes, yes, yes! [laughs] That came as somewhat of a shock. We never got a Grammy before. We’ve never even been nominated for a Grammy, so I don’t know where this came from, but it was just like, “Wow!”MLN: Clearly, The Meters have such a huge legacy and have inspired so many other artists. What do you feel the legacy of The Meters is?GPJ: Well, I think it’s strictly in the music. I think as a band, we’ve probably disappointed more people than—well, because, people like to look at musicians as that intricate part of the music that they love, but then those players just don’t live up to the music itself, you know? Our legacy will have to be just in the music because it won’t be because of who we were as a group of players. I can individually say I’ve done my very best to try and be who I am and not be somebody else or present myself as someone you can trust, but as a unit, I think we missed the boat.MLN: Really? All the musicians I’ve ever spoken to have always—GPJ: As a band, what we did—and that’s the mistake we made—is that everybody picked their corner, so we never got to the same place at the same time together. The only thing that we did well together is playing music.MLN: You were childhood friends with Zigaboo [Modeliste]—GPJ: He’s my little cousin! Or well, we were raised as cousins, let’s just say. The lady who raised him was kin to my grandmother. She raised Zig, so you’re right, he’s really not a blood cousin, but we were raised as such.MLN: You two still play together in Foundation of Funk, so how that’s going?GPJ: That project is in the refining stages. We are looking at this year. This year—more than any year in “Meters World,” if The Meters was a thinking unit—could be a very good year for us. Because of two very important reasons: one being that Art Neville is not very healthy right now, so it would be very questionable for us to think that we can drag him all up and down the highways right now, and the other being that we are still in corners. We’re still not in the middle as a unit, so that stops us from doing things as a unit. Buyers look at us and say, “Well, I’d much rather deal with a unit, rather than four individuals,” so that automatically makes the band a nonfunctional organization.Foundation of Funk I think has a better chance. I mean Funky Meters could have done it, but then Art’s not there, you know? And I’m not going out with anything other than Art Neville as being a member of Funky Meters. I don’t see anyone sitting in that keyboard position. If it’s not Art Neville, then it’s not The Funky Meters to me. So Foundation of Funk is the only viable unit that can maybe go out this year in 2018 and make a statement about our musical legacy and heritage.MLN: I saw Foundation of Funk in Denver when you played with John Medeski and Eddie Roberts, but you guys have taken on a number of different lineups in the past. For a Foundation of Funk tour, would the lineup continue to change?GPJ: We just did the Sunshine Festival in Florida with Medeski and Eric Krasno. I think that if we did a record—and I believe that we are—it may take on several different units. I think that’s what Foundation of Funk could be. We can bring in players from the jam band community, and The Meters were the foundation of their grooves, and play this music.One of the things that none of The Meters bands ever did was play all of our music. I don’t think it’s been thirty songs that we’ve played, but we have 170 some odd songs. That’s a lot of music we haven’t played! For me, I would love to see us play all of it, any one of those bands like Foundation of Funk. I mentioned this to Zig recently, we should take and do two albums in their entirety every night that we play. Especially the first three albums, because those first three were less than 30 minutes long, so we can conceivably play two records.Foundation Of Funk – Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox – Denver, CO – 2/10/2017[Video: Ming Lee Newcomb]MLN: Would you be playing the albums straight through?George Porter Jr.: I think we’d be going off, so we might not get through the two whole records. We might get to one-and-a-half, but definitely, do one and just stretch that thirty-minute record out into a two-hour set by utilizing the jam community. I believe that there’s management, and Zig’s front of house and front office is actually looking at taking on the manager that I have now, which is Silverback, and actually entertaining Madison House as the booking agency. It would kind of alleviate everybody from stepping on each others’ toes because everyone would know where I’m at, because I’m everywhere. The booking and management knowing where I’m at could put Foundation of Funk in spots where it won’t hurt my solo career, my musicians in my solo bands. Having time off would be something they could probably use while I go out and do four or five weeks with Foundation of Funk.MLN: You’ve been on the boat playing with Voodoo Dead, though you’ve really been all over. Kind of similar to The Meters, the Grateful Dead also has this enduring legacy. What has drawn you to playing the music of the Dead?GPJ: Ever since I did a Mickey Hart project and then more with 7 Walkers with Bill [Kreutzmann], the Dead community has kind of accepted me. I’m a part of that community now, so when projects come along like Voodoo Dead—though Oteil [Burbridge] was the original bassist in that band. The first time Voodoo Dead played in New Orleans at Jazz Fest like three years ago I believe, I was just a guest that came in and sang a couple songs and went away. Then, the next year, they called me in to be the bass player.Steve [Kimock] and I have been working together for probably the last twelve or thirteen years on-and-off for different projects. He even did a project with me and Bill: 7 Walkers. Actually, I don’t think they called it 7 Walkers that time. We did it up in Colorado with Kyle Hollingsworth on keyboards, but that was a project that the buyer said, “This is who I want to be in the band.” Bill’s wife loved that project and was like, “We should do this with these guys. These should be your 7 Walkers.” But that would have made me the primary singer, and I can’t take on being the primary singer for the Dead’s music. That’s just way too much music to learn, and it was always too many lyrics for me. I’ve picked and chose my way around which Dead songs I want to sing.Kreutzmann, Kimock, Porter, Hollingsworth – “Eyes of the World” – Nedfest – Nederland, CO – 8/26/2011[Video: evenstev]MLN: This is more of a personal question, but I really admire that you’re always up and out. How do you maintain your high energy?George Porter Jr.: I sleep. [laughs] I sleep, you know? I might drink a Red Bull just to get me [snaps] quickly up. My friends at home call my bass the “Magic Thing.” Once I pick up the Magic Thing, it just turns into another piece of another person.MLN: I’m sorry that your 2017 was capped off with something really difficult. What are you focusing on as you move through 2018?GPJ: My goal this year is to complete these three projects. I think the first thing I’m going to do is for Jazz Fest—which is not that far away—and put out an album that has three songs from each project. I’ll put that out as a teaser to say, “There’s music to come!”MLN: Sonically, what can we expect from the new music of these three distinct projects?GPJ: Well, Runnin’ Pardners is Runnin’ Pardners. Like I said, that’s a song-based band that has almost twenty-six years. It’d still be in line with that. The last album had five musicians, ’cause I had Khris Royal playing saxophone, though this might only be four pieces. And then, I’m thinking again, because my wife, she loved a horn band. She loved the bands that had the three or four horns in ’em. I just may dedicate that Runnin’ Pardners’ project to her and put those four horns back in there for her. She loved that horn section, she called them her children.The Porter Trio, there will be songs, but it’ll be geared to a harder-pushing fusion-funk, you know? The duet with the girls, I’m writing, so I don’t know how that’s going to end up. I’m kind of really looking forward to doing that. The four ladies I’ve selected at this point are all wonderful singers. I can say Mia Borders, because Mia has written songs for the project—well, she’s written songs for the Porter Trio—and she’s a wonderful songwriter and lyricist. The other young lady is a lady named Leslie Smith, who has written lyrics for previous Porter solo projects. Then, there’s Erica Falls who has been working with Galactic. Then there are two other ladies, though I may not be able to do all five, and one of them is my granddaughter—I’m not sure how I’d be able to do a duet with a female singer and not use my granddaughter. She would pour water on my head [laughs].MLN: Well, that’s really exciting, and I’m really looking forward to hearing—GPJ: I have to dedicate the rest of this year to my wife’s memory because I’m doing something that she loved me doing: playing music and writing and stuff. She always loved when I was on the third floor, and she could hear music going on up there. She wouldn’t bother me all day long, and she wouldn’t let nobody else bother me, and she’d text me at some point saying, “It’s time for you to eat.” [laughs]MLN: Well, it seems like you have a lot of really wonderful ways to commemorate her planned, like with adding in the horns for Runnin’ Pardners, and that’s really beautiful. Thank you so much for your time, George. The fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive will host George Porter Jr. on September 29th. The beloved bassist will perform in a special tribute set honoring Col. Bruce Hampton, Butch Trucks, and Gregg Allman, then host the first-ever on-land edition of Jam Cruise‘s improvisational celebration, The Jam Room. Brooklyn Comes Alive returns to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Rough Trade. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full schedule for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.Brooklyn Comes Alive is sponsored by Denver-based company, Pure CBD Exchange, which creates and sells a number of CBD/cannabidiol products (What is CBD?) from concentrates, tinctures, extracts, lotions, creams, and more. The use of CBD has gained much notoriety as of late, for use as both a health and wellness supplement and to treat conditions such as epilepsy, PTSD, cancer, and a number of mental disorders and is also used for anti-inflammation, nausea reduction, sleep aid, and more. Pure CBD Exchange was co-founded by Gregg Allman Band organist/keyboardist and Brooklyn Comes Alive musician Peter Levin back in 2017.Pure CBD Exchange focuses on low-THC cannabis products with high CBD content. They work within the Colorado Industrial Hemp pilot program to distribute non-psychoactive tinctures, extracts, lotions, and more all over the world. The company has featured by companies like VICE, High Times, Leafly, and more.last_img read more

Hugh Jackman-Led The Greatest Showman on Earth Sets Release Date

first_img Jackman, who is currently starring on Broadway in The River, won a Tony Award for playing Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz and has also appeared on Broadway in A Steady Rain and Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. The star’s many film and TV credits include Australia, Swordfish, Kate & Leopold, Real Steel, The Prestige, Les Miserables and the X-Men series, including The Wolverine. The River The film will follow P.T. Barnum’s career that led him to be known as the iconic entertainer and creator of the three-ring circus. Jackman initially signed on to play the entertainment pioneer in The Greatest Showman on Earth in 2009, but the project stalled. This marks the first original live action musical from a studio since Disney’s Newsies in 1992. We finally have a date with P.T. Barnum! As previously reported,Tony winner Hugh Jackman will headline The Greatest Showman on Earth, which will begin shooting in summer 2015 in New York. According to Deadline, Fox will release the long-awaited movie on Christmas Day 2016. Oscar winner Bill Condon, who directed and provided original material for the recent revival of Side Show, has worked on the current draft of the script. Visual effects artist and commercial director Michael Gracey will helm the feature film. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the Tony-nominated duo behind A Christmas Story, are among the composers who will provide material for the movie. The score will also feature songs by Scissor Sisters front-man Jake Shears, singer/songwriter Bonnie McKee and Brian Lapin.center_img View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 8, 2015last_img read more

Pairing Beer with Music

first_imgI grew up in the South, so I spent a lot of my youth drinking in the back of a pickup truck that was parked in a random field off the side of a gravel road. There really wasn’t anything else to do. The trucks had lawn chairs, so it was nice. This was the ‘90s, so we sat in those fields listening to gangster rap and drinking really shitty beer, usually Busch Light in the can. If we had some extra money, or were feeling fancy, we’d splurge for MGD. And it all sort of went well together; Gangster rap and Busch Light are the perfect beer pairing. You know what’s not a good beer pairing? Hank Williams III and a fruity gose. If you’re not familiar with Hank III, he sings about three things: whiskey, cocaine and loaded shotguns. His best songs have all three references tucked neatly into the chorus somewhere. I was listening to some Hank III during a bike ride recently and I kept my headphones on while cracking a post-ride beer out of my fridge. The beer was Wicked Weed’s passionfruit gose, a slightly sour, fruity beer that’s about as delicate as you can get. And it was an awkward pairing with the lyrics running through my headphones about punching, fighting and f$%&ing. I think there was a line in there about stealing cars too. You can’t listen to a song about stealing cars and punching strangers while drinking a passionfruit gose. You have to pair a delicate beer like that with a delicate song. Something by Art Garfunkel. I’m not sure what beer goes best with Hank III. Budweiser with a shot of Jack? A lager sprinkled with methamphetamines? I don’t know. But I’ll be more careful in my beer/music pairings in the future.last_img read more

Brazilians Accused of Plotting Terror Attack

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo July 27, 2018 The Office of the Attorney General of Brazil (MPF, in Portuguese) filed a complaint with the Federal Court of the state of Goiás, in midwestern Brazil, against 11 nationals linked to the Islamic State (IS). Nine detainees will face justice, as two were found mentally incompetent. The suspects are charged with promoting extremist ideas and attempting to recruit jihadists through Facebook and WhatsApp. Brazilian prosecutor Divino Donizette da Silva filed the complaint in April 2018, built on Operation Attila (Operação Átila) of Brazil’s Federal Police (PF, in Portuguese). The complaint included messages the accused exchanged in 2016 and 2017 discussing plans to form an IS cell in Brazil, carry out a terrorist attack with explosives, and join IS in Syria. PF began its investigation after Spain’s Civil Guard identified Brazilian phone numbers in three WhatsApp groups named: A Bullet in the Head of Every Apostate, State of Islamic Caliphate, and In the Path of Allah We Go. According to attorneys Mariana Costa Guimarães and Carlos Almeida Sales Macedo of the Office of the Federal Public Defender, who represent most of the defendants, the evidence in MPF’s complaint is weak. The complaint, the defense argues, is limited to WhatsApp message exchanges, which do not constitute concrete acts of promoting terrorism as required by the indictment, nor do they prove any stable or permanent link between the defendants. The complaint was the second filed in Brazil after the passage of Law No. 13,260 of March 16, 2016, which criminalizes terrorism and its funding. The first complaint was filed during PF’s Operation Hashtag in July 2016. Authorities arrested 15 people accused of planning a terrorist attack during the Rio Olympic Games. The Federal Court of Curitiba convicted eight people. The Regional Federal Tribunal upheld the decision June 19, 2018. The sentences for promoting terrorism were the first in a Latin American court of law. According to professor Peterson Ferreira da Silva of the Brazilian War College, Donizette’s complaint fails to show the formation of a terrorist cell. “A terrorist cell is an organization that already counts with task distribution, something operational. They were at a much earlier training stage and trying to carry out an attack,” he said. For Peterson, who is also a researcher at the Brazilian Army Center for Strategic Studies, Brazil is not a target of terrorist attacks. “Brazil is geographically distant from major conflict centers; its national culture fosters dialogue among religions and in the foreign policy field. In addition, despite its continent-wide size, there’s only one language spoken: Portuguese,” he said. Peterson, however, warned that Brazil could be the scene of an isolated act. “No country in the world is completely safe and free from terrorist attacks,” he said. “It isn’t academically possible to outline a profile of these new terrorists, what matters is to fight the root of the problem, which is the spread of violent extremism.” The professor believes Brazilian public security agencies effectively prevented sympathizers from forming a terrorist cell. “It’s a warning that we must continue to invest in the fight against terrorism,” he added. Security agencies’ permanent monitoring Brazil’s PF, the leading national agency in the fight against terrorism, stays alert about extremist groups’ influence in Brazil. PF reports to the Extraordinary Public Safety Ministry, created in February 2018. According to O Globo newspaper, PF monitored about 600 Brazilians with suspected links to terror groups in 2017. Some groups, PF believes, may be involved in drug smuggling or trafficking to finance extremist acts abroad. According to the Brazilian newspaper, PF’s Counterterrorism Division (DAT, in Portuguese) has a database of 110,000 names of alleged terrorist group sympathizers. The database is regularly updated with information from intelligence services of the United States, Israel, and other countries actively engaged in the fight against terrorism. According to officer Dennis Cali, PF’s general coordinator of Intelligence, DAT focuses on investigations and counterterrorism operations. DAT, the officer told Diálogo, has intelligence agents embedded within all PF units for regional monitoring. The Institutional Security Cabinet (GSI, in Portuguese) carries out interagency preventive operations developed with agencies of the Brazilian Intelligence System (SISBIN, in Portuguese) to identify potential terrorist threats. “Although Brazil is not a target of violent terrorist acts, and does not integrate the security forces that directly fight major terrorist groups in the world, no country is entirely free from the possibility of attack,” GSI’s Communications Office said. GSI coordinates surveillance through the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, SISBIN’s central authority. “The goal is to identify pockets of radicalism, share information to help understand the phenomenon, and identify concrete evidence of crimes associated with terrorism. The data is then passed on to the Federal Police for their investigation,” GSI’s Communications Office indicated. “This is a joint effort of all the intelligence agencies that make up SISBIN.” PF and GSI stressed the importance of Law No. 13,260 in the fight against terrorism. “The terrorism classification guarantees legal certainty in quantification and investigative tools for police to operate,” Cali said. “The law reaches not only those who commit violent acts, but also those who promote and provide financial or logistic support to terrorist organizations,” GSI’s Communications Office said.last_img read more

Steer clear of integrity ‘traps’

first_img 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As leaders, we must operate at the highest level of integrity. If we don’t, we risk damaging not only our own reputations but those of our employees and organizations.“Every leader has the responsibility to hone his or her integrity,” writes emotional intelligence expert Travis Bradberry in a recent Inc.com post. His article explains several “integrity traps” that can “catch well-meaning leaders off guard.” Such traps include:Fostering a cult of personality. It’s easy to get caught up in your own point of view as the organization’s leader. We can’t forget that we are in a leadership position to serve others, not just to have things our way.Dodging accountability. “The very best leaders take the blame but share the credit,” Bradberry writes.Lacking self-awareness. This comes down to emotional intelligence, Bradberry writes, and the importance of trying to see ourselves as others see us. continue reading »last_img read more

Big bank regulations loosened

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Federal Reserve announced this week that an interagency rule to loosen Volcker rule requirements on big banks has been finalized. NAFCU had urged the agencies to withdraw their proposed rulemaking, arguing that relaxing the requirements could undermine financial stability.The Federal Reserve was the last of the regulators to approve it; the FDIC, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and Securities and Exchange Commission previously voted to approve it.Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard, with whom NAFCU has previously met, was the only Fed member to vote against the changes. Brainard expressed concerns that the rule “weakens the core protections against speculative trading within the banking federal safety net.”The Volcker rule was put in place after the 2008 financial crisis to prevent improper, speculative trading. The final rule clarifies requirements related to bank relationships with covered funds and relaxes certain limits on proprietary trading, which is generally short-term and bears additional risk. It is revised from the proposal, but the changes dropped a bank-opposed provision that would have tied compliance with the rule to an accounting standard. continue reading »last_img read more