Live: Kathryn Williams @ The Zodiac

first_imgReviewers have described Kathryn Williams voice as ‘delicate’ and ‘ethereal’; physically she is much more corporeal. This was just one of the anomalies that crept up in Sunday night’s performance, in which Williams sang mostly songs from her recent album Relations intermeshed with tracks from her last set Old Low Light. Her songs are beautiful, in particular the rendition of ‘Birds’ by Neil Young, with a sense of the real emotion in what she was singing. Perhaps she had a little too much emotion. Williams did seem to be taking herself a little too seriously, understandable given her lyrics. “You put your lip-gloss on, you’re dressed up to the top of your knickers,” etc was a little hard to take. Perhaps it is that Williams occupies such a middle of the road market; her album Relations was Radio Two’s album of the week and her audience comprised mainly of middle aged men and teenage girls. Moreover, the ‘fragility’ of William’s voice translates to weakness in a live set, frequently drowned out by the noise of the instruments. Given that I’m a Kathryn Williams fan, it is surprising that I am so critical, but I felt her set was overwhelmingly disappointing. The songs that on the albums sound so beautiful and poignant, were performed in a manner rendering the sentiment little more than: “I’m so sad, why don’t boys like me?” This is a pity because I’m sure Williams feels that they do mean much more than that. Sunday night’s performance did little to demonstrate Williams’ abilities. If you like her music you’re better off buying one of her albums, the live version isn’t comparable.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img read more

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IADC Transforms to Continue its Relevance in Times of New Threats

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo February 17, 2017  Whether for operational reasons, to take advantage of opportunities that come up, or by mere coincidence, the last four deputy directors of the Inter-American Defense College (IADC) were Brazilian. Currently, the position is occupied by Brazilian Army Major General Rolemberg Ferreira da Cunha, who studied at IADC in 2011, and was also a teaching assistant at the institution. To talk about what it is like to be deputy director of an institution that has 64 students from 14 Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking countries,Diálogo interviewed Maj. Gen. Da Cunha at the IADC, in Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C. Diálogo: How relevant is the Inter-American Defense College today? Major General Rolemberg Ferreira da Cunha: Even though the college is located here in the U.S. capital and is administered by a U.S. admiral, it is a completely Ibero-American teaching institution. Basically, the college is centered on the Latino community, the Spanish-speaking community, and the Portuguese-speaking community. Today, the college focuses on the challenges Latin America faces: drug trafficking, illegal immigration, natural disasters, arms smuggling, and human trafficking, among others. These are the issues in Latin America today, the so-called new threats. And what is the importance? The importance is spreading the word.The importance is the capillarity of the college. Just think about it: what college in the world today has representatives from 14 different countries? Not just that, but these are 14 countries that face the same issues. So, we have 14 countries and 64 military and civilian students. The military students have a considerable career span, and the civilians occupy high-ranking positions in their government-related institutions. They will be the ones spreading the ideas generated here, as well as all the work and studies conducted here, in all 14 countries of Latin America. Diálogo: But the problems you mentioned, which are extremely important and are shared by all of these nations, are they not more related to security than to defense? Maj. Gen. Da Cunha: You got to the heart of the matter.These days, we face more international threats. The traditional threats of the past, like a war between nations, do not exist currently in our region. They have been replaced, little by little, with cross-border illegal activities. Let me talk a little about what I see happening in Brazil.What are the problems Brazil faces today? In the defense area: none. Of course, the Army has to always be prepared, the forces have to be up-to-date with weapons, people, knowledge, and training. But you do not have an external threat. You have internal or cross-border threats which substantially affect life in the country. So, you cannot exclude the Armed Forces from this day-to-day situation, these issues, which are more related to security.The name of the college is Inter-American Defense College. But what is studied here is related to the areas of security and defense, so much so that a student leaves here with a diploma in hemispheric security and defense studies. Diálogo: How did you become deputy director at IADC? Maj. Gen. Da Cunha: The college is part of the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB). Some of the positions in the IADB system, such as the deputy director, the chief of studies here at the college, the chairman of the Council of Delegates, and the IADB secretary are elective positions.The countries submit their candidates, and then the election takes place. Of course, a lot of work has to be done to be allowed entry and to occupy this space. The countries are very interested in occupying theses spaces, which are leadership positions.There is an understanding that cycles can be renewed. Every time a country manages to appoint a person to one of these positions, the country itself is responsible for the flow of funds and, of course, the same country must have the capability to contribute these funds. Diálogo: But the cost-benefit ratio must be favorable to the country, don’t you agree? Maj. Gen. Da Cunha: Absolutely. Since it is a multi-national college, the more people one nation puts here, regardless of the nation, the more that country’s name is promoted. Thus, having a fourth consecutive Brazilian deputy director is a way to expand the name of Brazil, the name of the Brazilian Army, and the name of the Brazilian Armed Forces.It is a way to tell others about the work we have been carrying out. In fact, Brazil is represented here at the IADC not only in a management position. We currently have two Brazilian lecturers who are members of the college faculty: Dr. Paulo Edvandro Costa Pinto and Professor Carlos Eduardo Acevedo; we have two Brazilian teaching assistants; the head of the Protocol Department is also Brazilian, as is the head of the Registration Department.We also have some sergeants working under the various departments and in administrative functions. Today, both the country of Brazil and its Ministry of Defense consider it their vocation to have as much of a presence as possible within the college. Make no mistake, this is how the country projects itself; it is a way to show Brazil’s efforts, a way for Brazil to be increasingly inserted in the context of the Americas.Diálogo: You assumed this position in December of 2016. What do you expect to contribute to the college? Maj. Gen. Da Cunha: I think the best way I can participate at the college is by trying to convince the Brazilian government, or Brazil’s Ministry of Defense, of the need to contribute the resources the country can offer. Of course, I have my daily mission here as deputy director, I have duties and responsibilities as per the institution’s set regulations; they are my day-to-day missions here at the college. But I think an important role I have is to try to convince our Ministry of Defense of how important it is to contribute resources to the college, both in terms of personnel and financial resources. This is essential if the college is going to succeed in attaining its objectives.Now, one of the college’s main goals is to transform a simple school into a graduate school, i.e. to have a master’s degree program here. This requires a major contribution of funds, without considering the contributions that the Army, the Armed Forces, and the Ministry of Defense already make, which is providing for the personnel it maintains and pays for here. I think this would be my major function here today.We must bear in mind that Brazil, Mexico, Canada, and the United States are the countries with the highest contributing capabilities, and this explains my most important job here, which is to ensure this liaison with the Ministry of Defense in order to accomplish the major goal of providing the maximum amount of funds and people to the college so it can continue to grow and accomplish its goals.Diálogo: What do you expect to take back from your experience here as a benefit to Brazil? Maj. Gen. Da Cunha: All this is of extreme value to my personal and professional training and career. You gain a lot when you work in such a multidimensional college, an institution where current, relevant topics are discussed. By participating in these discussions, you obtain a much broader vision of all the issues the Americas face. I will return to my country with a lot more knowledge of how the Americas, particularly South and Central America, see Brazil. It is important to know how these other countries see Brazil, what Brazil’s role is in relation to its neighbors, what role Brazil can play in the region and in the world, and not only in relation to the Armed Forces, but also politically.last_img read more

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Spring Storm Drops 7 Inches of Snow on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York That was no way to celebrate the first day of spring. Long Island saw as much as 7 inches of snow in some areas as a winter storm moved into the area Friday and lingered through the night and into the early morning hours, with some flurries still visible after sunrise. Seven inches was recorded in Rocky Point and almost a dozen other communities in Suffolk County measured more than 6 inches, according to unofficial snowfall totals published by the National Weather Service in Upton. There appeared to be less accumulation in Nassau County. Merrick recorded 5.9 inches, and a number of other neighborhoods from the South Shore to the North Shore counted more than 5 inches. Snowfall totals mostly ranged from 4 to 7 inches; forecasters had predicted 3 to 6 inches of accumulation. Here’s how the rest of the weekend is expected to shape out: There’s a slight chance of rain showers after 5 p.m. on Saturday, with the thermometer reaching a high of 41—potentially helping melt most, if not all, of the white stuff that fell. The wind chill will make it feel more like 30 degrees, forecasters said. Strong gusts predicted for the evening will drop the temperature into the low 30s. Sunday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 36—not warm enough for Long Islanders still reeling from the record-breaking winter that just came to an end. Now, let’s all hope that this latest storm was winter’s final hurrah.last_img read more

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