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Celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75th Birthday With His Best Moments & Tributes

first_imgHappy 75th Birthday Bob Dylan! Possibly the greatest poet to come out of the 60s, Dylan is our most revered contemporary songwriter. His incredible catalog represents some of the most important work in the history of Folk, Americana, and Rock music. Classics tunes such as “All Along The Watchtower”, “Like A Rolling Stone”, “Maggie’s Farm”, “Tangled up in Blue”, and “I Shall Be Released” are just a small piece of the puzzle, as Dylan released several legendary and influential albums like Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, and Highway 61 Revisited.Famous for “going electric” at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, Dylan is credited with bringing contemporary Folk music into the Rock era, weaving his politically-charged lyrics with the exciting live musicianship that we’ve come to expect from concerts today. By doing so, Dylan essentially merged the worlds of Folk and Rock that encouraged the musical counter-culture movement of the late 60’s.Dylan’s acceptance of “plugged in” instruments (and subsequent hiring of The Band as his “electric” band) inspired a generation of musicians to explore the medium, and he heavily influenced artists like The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, and Jimi Hendrix (among countless others) to plug in and explore their instruments and songs in new, groundbreaking ways. On top of all that (as the story goes), he even maybe-sort-of introduced The Beatles to the joys of marijuana! Without Bob Dylan, we might have never heard Jerry Garcia play one of his beautiful guitar solos on an electric guitar, The Beatles might have never been introduced to their psychedelic side, and The Band may have never made their way into the public eye. It’s truly amazing to consider how massive Bob Dylan’s influence has been to the world of music and the culture that surrounds it!To celebrate this legendary artist’s 75th birthday, check out some great footage of the man himself performing some of his best songs over the years, along with a few of his most fun collaborations, and some very impressive covers performed by an eclectic range of artists. Enjoy the videos below, and happy birthday Bob!“Mr. Tambourine Man” at Newport Folk Festival in 1964.“Maggie’s Farm” opening the first-ever electric set at Newport Folk Festival, performed by Bob Dylan in 1965 (note the heavy booing by angry folk music fans at the end!).Bob Dylan and The Band perform “Forever Young” during The Last Waltz.26 minutes of Bob Dylan with The Grateful Dead from Giants Stadium 7/12/1987 during their “Alone and Together” mini-tour.In the late 80’s, Bob Dylan was part of a super-group called the Travelling Wilburys with George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. While the band never toured together, here’s a music video of their hit song “Handle With Care.”Famed producer T. Bone Burnett organized these incredible contemporary songwriters to complete unfinished songs from Dylan’s Basement Tapes era with The Band. This modern supergroup, dubbed The New Basement Tapes, includes Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, Rhiannon Giddens, and Elvis Costello. This video below captures Mumford singing the beautiful “Kansas City”, with special guest Johnny Depp filling in for Costello on guitar.Here’s some audio of the great Johnny Cash performing Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” at Newport Folk Festival in 1964Dave Matthews Band has been covering Dylan’s incredible “All Along The Watchtower” for years. Check out this version from their Live in Central Park.Guns n’ Roses turned “Knockin on Heaven’s Door” into an arena rock anthem on Use Your Illusion II. Watch them perform the seminal song at Rock In Rio festival 1991.How does it feel?last_img read more

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Peru Aims to Eradicate a Record 14,000 Hectares of Coca in 2012

first_img LIMA — Peru expects to break records this year in its war against drug trafficking. President Ollanta Humala’s administration is working toward the goal of eradiating 14,000 hectares of coca, from which cocaine is made, and seizing more than 30 tons of drugs this year. Coca eradication brigades (known by their Spanish acronym CORAH), operate only in the northern Upper Huallaga, one of 10 coca-growing zones in the country. These brigades eliminated just over 10,500 hectares of coca through the end of September. They also destroyed 918 clandestine drug-producing laboratories and seized more than 21 tons of cocaine and cocaine paste. Interior Minister Wilfredo Pedraza said Peru had already surpassed 2011 eradication levels. “By the end of the year we will reach our goal, which has never been achieved before, of eradicating 14,000 hectares. And the way things are going, it would not surprise me if we beat the goal,” he said at a Sept. 27 press conference. Slightly more than 10,200 hectares were eradicated in 2011, and 24 tons of cocaine and cocaine paste seized. UNODC reports 62,500 hectares of coca in Peru While the targets are in reach, the Peruvian government needs to contend with an illicit drug business that is constantly looking for new production methods, trafficking routes and asset laundering mechanisms to respond to eradication and interdiction efforts. “Drug trafficking has always shown itself to be very efficient. There is now less land needed to produce coca leaf, opening of more remote areas for production and a diversification of routes,” said Flavio Mirella, head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for Peru. The UNODC presented its annual report on Peru in late September, reporting the presence of 62,500 hectares of coca. This represents an increase of slightly more than 2 percent from the previous report and the sixth consecutive year the agency has detected an increase in coca crops. Peru remains the second largest producer of coca, following Colombia with 64,000 hectares. Bolivia has 27,200 hectares of coca. Coca generates approximately $180 million annually for the Peruvian economy, with some 50,000 families involved in coca cultivation. Cocaine generates roughly $3 billion for the economy. This year’s report found a consolidation of Apurimac-Ene (VRAE) as the principal coca/cocaine zone. The VRAE claimed the top spot for the first time in 2010. It retained that title in the 2011 evaluation, with 19,925 hectares, an increase of 1 percent. The VRAE now represents 32 percent of the area cultivated with coca in Peru. It is also the most productive coca-growing region, with yield averaging 3.6 tons per hectare compared to the national average of 2.1 tons per hectare. Humala follows new policy on VRAE The Humala administration has decided, following in the footsteps of past governments, to avoid forced eradication in the VRAE. The government has said it fears the possibility of uncontrolled violence due to a number of factors, including the presence of the remaining columns of Shining Path guerrillas who provide protection to drug traffickers. The VRAE is in the heart of the historic zone where the Shining Path launched its war against the state in 1980. The Shining Path’s leaders were arrested in early 1990s and the outlawed party defeated as a political threat, but a small band remained in the VRAE and has slowly grown. The VRAE faction, which has broken with the jailed leaders, has around 400 armed fighters. They are responsible for killing 14 soldiers last year and 20 soldiers and police officers through the end of September. While beefing up the military and police presence in the zone, including the construction of new anti-terrorism bases, President Humala’s 2013 budget earmarks more than $1 billion for the VRAE to build transportation infrastructure, improve basic services and launched social welfare programs. The UNODC’s Mirella pointed out three other troubling spots requiring the government’s attention. Seven valleys, where coca was first detected in 2010, reported a 27.5 percent increase in 2011. The amount of land under cultivation is 834 hectares. Coca cultivation in border areas also concern U.N. agency In addition, the UNODC report noted sustained growth of coca crops along Peru’s northern borders with Brazil and Colombia. Coca cultivation in the zone, known commonly as the Putumayo, increased from 968 hectares in 2006 to 4,450 hectares last year. The increase in 2011 alone was 40.4 percent. “This shows a trend away from traditional centers to more remote areas. These areas are harder to control and the population is constantly in flux,” said Mirella. “We need to make sure that these areas are not consolidated, because it will be much more difficult physically and financially to address, and will likely be a source of conflict.” A final area that worries U.N. officials is the spread of coca in the Palcazu-Pichis-Pachitea zone in the jungle of the central Pasco region. Coca cultivation there jumped from 426 hectares in 2006 to 3,734 hectares last year. The problem here is that the zone had been a major source of illegal coca in the early 1990s, but gradually lost its importance. There was almost no coca there at the start of the past decade. What concerns Mirella is that coca growers from areas where eradication is occurring are moving to the zone and are consolidating areas deforested for cattle raising or other licit activities. Authorities have also discovered clandestine airstrips in the area used to ferry cocaine from Peru to Bolivia and the on to the Southern Cone, primarily Brazil. Police officers seized a Bolivian-registered plane in Oxapampa province, where this coca-growing zone is located, in mid-September. It was carrying 349 kilograms of cocaine. Reforms aim to choke off drug trafficking The Humala government has unveiled a series of reforms throughout the year to improve the state’s efforts in the drug fight. It has put the tax agency in charge of tracking and controlling chemical inputs used in illicit activities. This includes a long list of controlled substances use to extractive cocaine from the coca leaf, as well as chemicals, such as mercury, used in illegal gold mining. Peru’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office is also investing links between illegal gold mining, illegal logging and drug trafficking. Pedraza said providing a greater role to the tax agency is a key step, because it has the capacity to cross-reference imports and sales of chemicals. “We need to hit drug traffickers at every level, and following the money is the best way to do this,” he said. In late September, the administration established a new working group to measure the “factors” used in converting coca into cocaine. The goal is to create a standard that can be applied to the three cocaine-producing countries — Bolivia, Colombia and Peru — to determine volumes. The work will be coordinated with the UNODC and authorities hope it will clear up debate on cocaine production. Peruvian authorities earlier this year rejected reports that the country had surpassed Colombia as the largest cocaine producer/exporters. According to a report from mid-2012, Peru allegedly produced 325 metric tons of cocaine in 2011, followed by Bolivia with 265 tons and Colombia with 195 tons. Gen. Walter Sánchez, head of Peru’s anti-drug police, said his agency has not measured cocaine production in more than three years, because conversion factors were obsolete. “We have been inflicting major blows on drug trafficking,” said Sánchez. “We will break our record this year with eradication. Our objective is to stop cocaine production and the new study conversion factors will help us design better strategies.” By Dialogo October 09, 2012last_img read more

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WWE News: Draft predictions for upcoming Monday Night RAW 2019

first_img The scenario of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) will once again change its ways as the company will present a two-night draft. It will take place on October 11, 2019, for Smackdown and October 14, 2019 for Raw. After Hell In A Cell, there will be new results and it will make the skies clearer for Raw and SmackDown drafts. Here is a prediction of the Raw draft 2019.Also Read | CM Punk and Triple H discuss about former’s possible return to WWEThe biggest predictions of RAW DraftBrock LesnarBrock Lesnar has lost his WWE Universal title at SummerSlam against Seth Rollins but the re-match is not on the cards. Lesnar has challenged the WWE Champion Kofi Kingston in SmackDown and they will fight for the belt in SmackDown’s debut on Fox. However, if Rey Mysterio interferes in the match and Kofi walks out with the belt, Lesnar might stay at Raw for his title run.Also Read | WWE SmackDown: Here’s how The Rock influenced the word ‘Smackdown’Shayna BaszlerThe NXT Superstar can be the biggest surprise of RAW in the coming days. WWE has decided to sign her after high prominence and brilliant performance last year in NXT. The Queen of Spades is all set to amaze the RAW audience are dominating the NXT ring. RAW is stacked with big names like Ronda Rousey, Alexa Bliss and Shayna’s entrance can make the division stronger.Also Read | WWE: Upcoming events, schedule to keep an eye on after Hell in a CellSeth RollinsThough fans have been wanting to see Rollins at SmackDown, it seems like the time has arrived. Rollins is the current WWE Universal Champion and he might lose his belt against Braun Strowman in WWE Hell In A Cell. If Rollins loses his belt, there are high chances of his return in SmackDown. Seth can be a great contender for WWE Heavyweight belt and WWE might make it happen.Braun StrowmanStrowman is one of the strongest wrestlers of WWE and he has been a major star of RAW. However, if he comes down to SmackDown at the moment, there can be a feud between him and Lesnar. The Monster Among Men is a dominant star and his presence in SmackDown can be highly beneficial for the blue brand. WWE might use this trump card to take new turns.Also Read | WWE: Here are draft predictions for SmackDown Live and RAW for 2019 Written By COMMENT LIVE TV Last Updated: 4th October, 2019 11:41 IST WWE News: Draft Predictions For Upcoming Monday Night RAW 2019 WWE Draft 2019 will take place on October 11, 2019, for Smackdown and October 14, 2019, for Raw. Here is a prediction about the Raw Draft 2019. WATCH US LIVEcenter_img First Published: 4th October, 2019 11:41 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Akhil Nambiar FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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MLB still considering changes to speed up games in 2019, but will not implement DH in NL

first_img MLB hot stove: Hal Steinbrenner talks Bryce Harper, Manny Machado The commissioner has the power to unilaterally implement those changes if MLB and the union don’t come to an agreement.While the AL adopted the DH rule in 1973, National League teams — and their fans — have long proudly resisted the DH, but its implementation in the senior circuit now seems almost inevitable. Expect the National League DH proposal to come up for talks regarding the next collective bargaining agreement. The current CBA expires at the end of the 2021 season. MLB reportedly will rename disabled list as ‘injured list’ Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday the DH rule will not be expanded to the NL in 2019, and while that request by the MLBPA was a long shot to implement this season, a couple of proposed rule changes are still under consideration.Two changes designed to shorten games are still on the table for 2019, according to the AP. One, a 20-second pitch clock, has been mentioned in the past as a way to shave time from games. The other proposal is a rule that would require a relief pitcher to face at least three batters unless an inning ends.center_img Speaking Friday at an owners’ meeting, Manfred told the AP he is encouraged by the union’s response to the pitch clock and three-batter-minimum proposals. Related News Manfred, who has made speeding the pace of MLB games a priority in recent seasons, first proposed the pitch clock before last season. MLB recently suggested the three-batter minimum rule to the players union.last_img read more