The Claypool Lennon Delirium Releases New “Blood And Rockets” Video [Watch]

first_imgIn October, The Claypool Lennon Delirium announced their second album together, South of Reality, due out February 22 via ATO. South of Reality is the follow-up to 2016’s Monolith of Phobos, the band’s debut record that displayed their fascinatingly raw authenticity, and 2017’s Lime And Limpid Green EP, which featured psychedelic covers of Pink Floyd, The Who, King Crimson, and Flower Travellin’ Band. Along with the duo’s exciting album announcement, The Claypool Lennon Delirium shared the album’s first single, an epic, 6-minute and 30-second composition, “Blood and Rockets (Movement I, Saga Of Jack Parsons – Movement II, Too The Moon)”. On Wednesday, Les Claypool and Sean Lennon shared a new psychedelic video to accompany the song’s two movements. Created by Rich Ragsdale, the animated masterpiece cleverly follows the song’s lyrical narrative, with splashes of explosive color and light sprinkled in. Watch The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s new video below:The Claypool Lennon Delirium – “Blood and Rockets (Movement I, Saga Of Jack Parsons – Movement II, Too The Moon)”[Video: TCLDeliriumVEVO]For a full list of The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Women as peacemakers

first_imgWhen three women, including Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, an alumna of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), received the Nobel Peace Prize in October, it was more than just a testament to their work. The prize was also a clear signal to the many unheralded women around the world that their peace building efforts were not only noble but necessary.Several such women from across Africa and the Middle East gathered at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Wednesday to share their stories and convey a similar message. “Why Women Won the Nobel Prize,” hosted by the Institute of Politics, the Center for Public Leadership, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and the Women and Public Policy Program at HKS, testified to the influence of women in peace efforts around the world.The Nobel was just another example of the ways women leaders, both at the highest reaches of government and at the ground level, are “changing the whole security paradigm,” said moderator Swanee Hunt, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy. “Right now, security, in most people’s minds, means bombs and bullets.”Increasingly, however, leaders recognize a need for women’s participation throughout the entire peace process, from street-level protests to formal negotiations. President Obama, for example, recently signed an executive order on women, peace, and security that he hopes will provide “a comprehensive road map” to increasing female participation in peace building, Hunt noted.Women bring “soft skills” to the negotiation table, said Orit Adato, a retired lieutenant general in the Israeli Defense Forces and former commissioner of the Israeli Prison Service. Those traits — “the ability to see the whole picture but at the same time to identify and give your attention to the details,” to contain situations and deal with them, and to balance priorities — are crucial to the peace process.Samira Hamidi, director of the 5,000-member Afghan Women’s Network, noted that women, so often denied a role in peacemaking, are likely to show steadfast commitment to the process if given the chance — if only to prove to themselves and their families that their presence at the table is worthwhile.In the summer of 2010, she recalled, at Afghanistan’s national peace jirga, three rockets hit just outside the tent where she and other delegates had gathered for an address by President Hamid Karzai. While many male delegates left to ensure their safety, the women remained on principle.“Peace is too important,” Hamidi said. “It is dangerous, but we are proud of what we’re doing.”Mossarat Qadeem, a Pakistani activist, discussed her work rehabilitating young men formerly of the Taliban and other radical militias. The work often involves getting the boys’ mothers to trust her to intervene.“Those boys would dare not come to a woman like me,” she said. “The most difficult part is reintegration into their communities.”In the world’s newest country, South Sudan, which gained its independence from Sudan in July after nearly 20 years of conflict, women leaders are hoping to turn “years of fear into opportunity and stability,” said Rebecca Joshua Okwaci, founder of Sudanese Women Empowerment for Peace. Women recognize the importance of building up civil society and individual rights to create long-lasting peace, she said.Her years as a “freedom fighter” for South Sudan’s independence confer not power but a great responsibility to her fellow citizens, said Okwaci, who is now deputy minister for general education and instruction. The new government must repay the sacrifices the South Sudanese made for so many years to support the war.“The same way their eggs were taken from them [during the war], it is time now for us to give them peace,” Okwaci said. “Their chickens were taken from them — now it is time to give them stability. Their goats were taken from them — it is time to give them independence, give them recognition, and give them hope.”The evening, which ended with a call-and-response performance of a traditional Arabic song and impromptu dancing led by Okwaci, seemed to inspire those in attendance.Those who follow conflict for a living “flirt a lot with cynicism, and I didn’t hear a note of that tonight,” said Jina Moore, a human rights journalist, during the question-and-answer session. “Which reminds me that cynicism is a luxury for people who think about conflict and not for people who are forced into living with it. For me that was very powerful.”Women activists from conflict regions have been coming to Cambridge since 1999 as part of an annual conference supported by the Institute for Inclusive Security, a program of Hunt’s family foundation, Hunt Alternatives Fund.last_img read more

Can safely assume Asia Cup isn’t a possibility: BCCI

first_imgNew Delhi: The coronavirus outbreak has not only brought the world to a standstill, but it has also created a scenario where the fate of sporting activities in the next six months hangs in balance. While the 2020 Olympic has already been postponed and the start of IPL-13 suspended, the 2020 Asia Cup is also likely to be given a skip this year. Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that gauging from how things stand at present, it is almost safe to say that this edition of the Asia Cup might not see the light of day.In fact, the tournament had greater significance this year as it would be the perfect training ground for the Asian team going into the World T20 which is still scheduled to be played as per plan at the end of the year in Australia.“Though it doesn’t seem right to be talking about cricket schedules as of now, we can safely assume that Asia Cup isn’t a possibility. The extent of the impact of the COVID-19 is unknown as of now. The job losses across sectors and the impact on the economy is also unknown. The sports organisation are also hit deeply and there will be some tough measures once some semblance of normalcy returns. There are liabilities and difficulties that the Board faces and it will be a new kind of a challenge to deal with them,” the official said.In fact, when contacted, host association Pakistan Cricket Board also confirmed that there isn’t much information to be given with regards to the status of the tournament which was to be played in September. “We cannot throw light on when the next Asian Cricket Council meeting will take place and on decisions around the Asia Cup and its fate,” the PCB official told IANS. Sporting events across the world have been postponed or called off and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has currently called for a 21-day lockdown to fight the outbreak of the coronavirus. The outbreak also saw the cancellation of the twin T20Is that Bangladesh were to hold on March 21 and 22 between the Asia XI and World XI. A decision on the fate of the Indian Premier League is also expected around mid-April as per Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. While he did say that the final call lies with the BCCI, he also made it clear that at present the safety of the citizens was priority and the directives of the government needed to be abided by. IANSAlso Read: Can’t wait forever, BCCI should start women’s IPL by 2021: Mithali RajAlso watch: CPRO of NFR, Suhanan Chand speaks about Corona Virus to The Sentinel, Watch the full videolast_img read more

Lack Of Understanding A Deterrent To Electric Car Buying

first_img Musk Says Right-Hand-Drive Tesla Model 3 Could Arrive In UK By June Jaguar Land Rover Installs UK’s Largest Work Charging Station Source: Electric Vehicle News Motorists say it takes them three months to understand EVs as well as conventional cars.Consumers are shying away from electric vehicles because they don’t fully understand the cars and the technology they use.That’s the conclusion of a new survey by WhatCar?, which looked at consumer attitudes to electric vehicles (EVs) as they move down the car-buying process. The study of 9,000 people found that the average consumer rated their understanding of the high-tech, low-emission vehicles at 2.7 out of a possible five. In comparison, the average car buyer rated their understanding of petrol and diesel cars at 3.8 out of five.More UK News More Fastned Charging Stations Coming To UK However, WhatCar? asked the respondents to research the vehicles, and found their understanding rose to 3.4 out of five after just 10 days of research. After three months, meanwhile, the average consumer’s understanding stood at 3.8 out of five – on a par with comparable petrol and diesel vehicles.The study revealed a small blip in understanding at around the month mark, where consumers rated their knowledge at 3.3 out of five after having been at 3.4 just three weeks previously. Although it’s a small and possibly insignificant dip, WhatCar? says the statistic could betray drivers coming across conflicting or confusing information.But the study didn’t just look at drivers knowledge of the vehicles. The respondents were also asked about the biggest barriers to electric vehicle ownership, with slightly surprising results. Although range concerns are commonly cited as a worry to potential EV buyers, the WhatCar? research puts costs at the top of motorists’ reservations.Some 40 percent of those questioned said the purchase price of electric vehicles was off-putting, and although some of those fears were allayed after a few months of research, 35 percent were still concerned at the end of the study. In contrast, around 28 percent said range was their biggest fear, while 16 percent said they want more choice of vehicles and 15 percent were worried about charging infrastructure.WhatCar? editor Steve Huntingford said the car industry must work to improve consumers’ understanding of the technology used in the vehicles it sells.“Our research has shown there exists a gap when it comes to the public’s understanding of electric vehicle technology and their features – and this is holding back some from actually buying one,” he said. “It’s understandable that it takes buyers three months of research to be as comfortable with electric vehicles as they are at the beginning of their research on petrol and diesel vehicles because the technology is new – but it is clear that the industry and legislators must start making it easier for would-be buyers. It is clear the technology will not reach its full potential until more comprehensive and up-to-date information is more widespread.” Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 2, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more