Marvel Years Shows Off His Electro-Soul On Forthcoming EP, ‘Bounce Back’ [Listen]

first_imgBurlington, VT electro-soul producer Marvel Years is dropping a hot new EP, Bounce Back, in a very non-traditional way. The 22-year old upstart is releasing one track a week until the entire EP is revealed, and keeping the suspense high and the anticipation intense with this approach. After joining the likes of Pretty Lights and GRiZ onstage in his early efforts, it was time for Marvel Years to break out on his own with an original voice. With Bounce Back he is moving in that direction, with a nod toward his influences as well.Beginning with wah-wah guitars and pounding drums in the Colorado style, Cory Wythe announces a funky breaks groove with “Go for Launch” that is sure to ignite dance floors. The build up is intense, its powerful and it serves to let the listener know that Marvel Years has arrived with maybe not a totally new, but definitely an improved style. The energy that this song will bring to a raging audience is undeniable.Wythe brings a glitch sound, that infuses his guitar prowess with elements of hip-hop, R&B, soul and electronic grooves. The mutiple identities and styles are evident on the second track he has released “Flowing for Eons”, where one can just imagine an emcee jumping on this beat with a proper flow. The electronic flourishes are there, this music definitely comes from the Pretty Lights family tree.Tune in to the two tracks below:With two songs now released to the public, the Bounce Back unveiling is fully underway. Rest assured, Marvel Years will be debuting more of his new mix during his slot at Fool’s Paradise this weekend. We can only imagine it will be more of the new school electro-soul that has put him on the map thus far. He may even have a few surprises in store for the fans as each week, a new song emerges.last_img read more

Commander of the Paraguayan Army Supports Greater Professionalization of the Country’s NCOs

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo July 25, 2016 U.S. Army, South participated in a workshop held in Asunción, Paraguay, between June 21st and 24th as part of an exchange program between Paraguayan and U.S. high-level non-commissioned officers. Diálogo took the opportunity to talk with General Oscar Luis González, commander of the Paraguayan Army, who spoke to participants at the Joint Training Center for Peacekeeping Operations, where he presided over the activities together with U.S. Army Colonel Barbara Fick, liaison officer at the Office of Security Cooperation within the U.S. Embassy in the country.Diálogo: What is the main challenge of the present commanderof the Paraguayan Army?General Óscar Luis González, Commander of the Paraguayan Army: I think it is very difficult to determine what the main challenge is. I need to say that I am convinced that the institution really consists of its human elements. Starting with that premise, we can point to the qualifications of the personnel—their training, education and well-being. All of these things go hand-in-hand. You cannot have trained personnel if they are not educated. And you can’t have those things if personnel don’t also have the comfortable living conditions that military personnel deserve. In that sense, we must classify the non-commissioned officers (NCOs) and officers by hierarchies. Each hierarchy has its own nature, its own characteristics, and also its own inconveniences. We are putting a great deal of importance on NCOs because we believe that this level undergoes, in a way, some particular difficulties due to that same hierarchy they’re in. They need us to be more attentive to the NCO hierarchy, at least here in Paraguay.Diálogo: And that’s the reason for this workshop, right?Gen. González: Of course. A few months ago, I spoke in these same terms with Major General Clarence Chinn of U.S. Army, South, and he took this on almost as a personal challenge. He was very sensitive to my statements. So now we have sergeant majors from the U.S. Army here, which is not something easy to arrange, and I am sure that this very broad meeting will be fruitful.Diálogo: Is it necessary to have a more profound change of mentality, not onlyamong the sergeant majors, the other sergeants, the corporals, the soldiers,but also among other officers, so that this NCO professionalization project canbe successful?Gen. González: Of course. Yes, we have to change the officers’ mentality, mainly, and among the officers, most specifically that of the commanders. In reality, in the Paraguayan Army, there has always been a good relationship among officers and NCOs. It is also something that defines our nationality, since the Paraguayan nation is quite homogeneous. We really don’t have any differences among us other than economic conditions. Social and cultural conditions are very homogeneous among our population. And this fact is reflected in the Armed Forces. Thus, the Paraguayan officer does not discriminate against the NCO beyond the difference in rank. This is because of the discipline and the verticality that should exist in any army, and which must be maintained. But in this sense, and as a starting point, we have that advantage. From here on, we have to continue working so that the officer really has this concept in mind, which I am always trying to foster in our officers. The first responsibility of the officer is to care for the personnel under his command. That is really the point of reference for the officer. And those under his command are the NCOs and the soldiers, especially the soldiers. From there, the main concern should be their education, training, and well-being. If the officer understands this, I believe that he will fulfill his mission, and I believe that everything will go much better. I am convinced that we still have much to work on.Diálogo: During your conversations with General Chinn of U.S. Army South, did you talk about other topics, such as the exchange of intelligence and joint exercises?Gen. González: Yes, we spoke of exchanging intelligence and about training courses in peacekeeping operations in other operations as well. Considering the challenges that moving military people from one country to another entails, we are developing as best as we can. It is not so easy for U.S. personnel to come to Paraguay or for Paraguayans to go to the United States. There is always a budget issue and also problems in managing the trip, but we are alright. We have come quite far in putting into practice the matters that we discussed with General Chinn, and getting the decisive participation of the Office of SecurityCooperation, headed by Col. Barbara Fick and her staff, because she always mentions them. Without their participation, this would be very difficult, if not impossible.Diálogo: What is needed for Paraguay to have an increased exchange of information in military intelligence, more specifically, among the armies of the region and the United States?Gen González: We are making a big effort. I think we need to let time pass. It is a matter of processes, because we have very good relations with the armies of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. We also have good relations with the U.S. Army. We are totally open to exchanges. Moreover, we already exchange information. You can’t imagine the fluid and friendly relations we have with the U.S. Office of Security Cooperation. They can come to me whenever they want. Also, in this sense, the exchange of intelligence is very fluid in my opinion. Of course, there is always more to do…Diálogo: You mentioned peacekeeping operations, and we are in a peacekeeping school that is regionally recognized as one of the best of its kind. Could you speak a little more about the participation of the Paraguayan Army in peacekeeping missions around the world?Gen. González: Yes, we have peace keeping contingents and teams of observers in several countries. The Center for Peacekeeping Operations here in Paraguay, as you have already mentioned, has well-earned prestige. Officials come here from other nations for training; they also come to visit, and they always praise the center’s capabilities in terms of its courses forcontingents, for observers, its logistics courses, and the multiple courses offered for war correspondents. Not only is the center admired by other countries, but I, myself, as commander of the Army have great admiration for CECOPAZ. A father is not obligated to admire his son, but in this case, why not?Diálogo: Does the Paraguayan Army work in operationsagainst drug trafficking?Gen. González: By law, under the Constitution, the Army has no direct participation in the struggle. We are not involved directly in that mission. But we support that type of operations with vehicles. There is even Military support for training for the National Secretariat against Drugs (SENAD for its Spanish acronym). We support the SENAD, but the direct participation of the Armed Forces as a whole is not permitted by law.Diálogo: And in terms of humanitarian aid, even in other countries, whatparticipation does the Paraguayan Army have in these activities?Gen. González: We are convinced that the Army has an absolute responsibility, moreover, the obligation, to help the population, not only in cases of natural disasters, but in the case of anytrue catastrophe. We help the civilian population with its needs. When there are floods – we have the Paraguay River and the Paraná River – we support however we can. We provide support with our scarce resources, we support with our personnel. Because the quality of the Paraguayan soldier is very high, generally speaking, and he relates easily to the population because we are part of the population. And we are dedicated to this. But it doesn’t matter if there is no disaster. It is enough to have a needy population that requires medical assistance. We pick up what we have and we help them with medical or dental assistance. And in this case, I have to speak exclusively of the military forces, because the Joint Staff carries out a very large operation called Ñepohano in the Guarani language, which in English means “to cure, to provide health care.” The operation is quite large. It is performed periodically in the neediest communities in the country. Although the Army has few resources, our units throughout the territory also provide medical assistance. Recently, we supported a case in the remote community of San Alfredo, practically on the border with Bolivia, some 800 kilometers (497 miles) from Asunción, on the other side of the Chaco, across a very poor road. The Fifth Infantry division, which is the major unit located there, made a huge effort and members provided medical care to the local population, which is also indigenous. We are convinced that we must help, and we always do so, even in spite of our resources. All of the military units of the Army know that we do not have to seek authorization to help people. They provide assistance first, and then report it.last_img read more

BREAKING: All Garda strike action for tomorrow called off

first_imgAll garda officers are to show up to work tomorrow following a decision in the eleventh hour of the strike crisis.A last-minute announcement has been made by the Garda Representative Association to say that they are suspending all strike action.Friday’s industrial action has been cancelled as GRA representatives take time to consider the Labour Court recommendations issued this evening. As a result, the walkout originally planned for tomorrow morning by gardai of various rankings has been deferred until further notice.Garda sergeants and inspectors had decided to call off their strike earlier tonight in the wake of the Labour Court findings, now the 10,000 rank-and-file gardai in Ireland will also report for duty tomorrow as normal.All garda stations across Donegal are expected to open, while emergency services and regular garda peacekeeping duties will be carried out.The Labour Court had today sought to resolve the dispute between Gardai and the government over pay restoration and conditions. The GRA had said in a statement last night that any non-binding recommendation from the Labour Court would be put to members for a ballot. As voting continues, the strike has officially been suspended.  BREAKING: All Garda strike action for tomorrow called off was last modified: November 3rd, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more