Gregg Allman’s posthumous final album, Southern Blood, will be released Friday, September 7th, and those who purchase the album’s deluxe package and first run of the vinyl will receive a very significant portrait print of Gregg. Before his death earlier this year, Allman and his daughter, Layla Brooklyn, commissioned an odd painting from lauded surrealist painter Vincent Castiglia.Gregg Allman Delivers Emotional Farewell On ‘Southern Blood’According to Yahoo Music, in a deal conceived by Brooklyn and sealed on December 24th, 2015, Gregg Allman, recruited Castiglia to paint a portrait of him–using his blood, and the blood of his children, as the paint–as album art for his latest album, Southern Blood. Castiglia quickly agreed, unaware that Allman would pass away before the painting was completed. Notes Castiglia, “This is the single most important work I’ve ever painted, for two of the loveliest people I’ve had the opportunity to connect with in this life.”Brooklyn described the process behind Southern Blood (both the album a the painting) after hearing that Castiglia had painted a portrait with his own blood: “A few years ago, I invited him to the studio when my metal band was tracking sessions for a record that I didn’t end up releasing. Upon listening to the early stages of my father’s Muscle Shoals sessions, I knew [the blood portrait concept] was a perfect visual representation for what would be my father’s last body of work on many levels.Gregg Allman’s Farewell Album Is Now Available For Stream“I suggested to my father he send Vincent vials of his own blood to save for his yet-to-be titled record. He did it, and nearly a year later, the title Southern Blood popped into my head to tie it all together. The story, the music, the painting and my dad’s fight to keep playing music when he became ill represent his dedication, passion and contribution, not only in metaphorically giving his blood to the fans for decades, but literally.”You can watch a time-lapse video of the creation of the painting here. [h/t – Yahoo Music]
Brazil’s President-elect Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday, December 22, announced five more ministers. Among them is Army General José Elito Carvalho Siqueira, who will be the new Chief Minister of the Cabinet of Institutional Security (GSI). By Dialogo December 22, 2010 During the South American Defense Chiefs Conference, co-hosted by the Armed Forces of Peru and the U.S. Southern Command, which took place in August in Lima, Peru, Diálogo spoke with General Elito, who was then the Chief of Defense Staff and is the former Force Commander for MINUSTAH, the United Nations stabilization force in Haiti. Diálogo: What is the situation regarding the Brazilian armed forces and the fight against illicit trafficking? General Elito: Congress passed a law in 2004/2005 that gave the Brazilian Army more of a police power, especially along the borders. Therefore, the armed forces – more particularly the army – are spread out in the far reaches of the country and many times represent the only state presence in those areas. It was a natural consequence of years and years of our presence there, which makes it a very logical law. It gives the Brazilian Army the authority to perform authorized police activities or actions within a 150-kilometer strip along the border. So, this was very good. And now this law is being updated; the supplementary law, which should be approved by Congress soon, extends this police power to the Navy and Air Force. Because the Navy also has some areas near rivers that need this, let’s say, special attention; and the Air Force had authority in its airspace, but whenever a clandestine aircraft would land, the Air Force would lose this authority. In other words, this is great, because it’s a matter of national security or national defense. Its great advantage, aside from its content, is the fact that it is a state document. It’s not a military document, or in other words, defense is no longer simply a military matter. Today, defense is a national matter. Every citizen is responsible for defense. The armed forces are the arm that will execute the defense, but the citizen is also responsible for it. Therefore, the fact of this integration or extension of the power of defense only helps the nation. It’s a great accomplishment, and I think that Brazil has made a large step forward in strategy. This strategy gives Brazil today, its inhabitants, its population a broader sense of defense, which is very important for us military professionals, that is, that everyone is involved with the problem. Diálogo: Can you give us a panorama of what the situation is now in Haiti as compared to when you were the Force Commander, in 2006? General Elito: I was in command there before the earthquake, and I went back now six months after the tragedy. What we can say on the positive side is that you notice that there is movement in Port-au-Prince, which is really good. That complicated traffic all the time, people in the streets doing informal trading, which sometimes seems to be a chaotic situation, but which from my perspective, is very positive. In other words, people are wanting to have a way of life after the earthquake. Before, the same was also true; whenever the population or the country were doing better, the streets were crowded. The streets are clean; there is still a lot of debris in the areas of the houses, but the streets are clean, which is very good, because shortly afterward, there was a very complicated period on the roadways. On the other hand, we have information, for example, that the international resources did not really arrive as promised, and there are over one million people living in tents today, which is a permanent concern. However, these people are being taken care of and they have food and water. MINUSTAH is doing very interesting work with the police on their presence and intelligence, to avoid greater complications in the future in these areas. It’s really unfortunate that the earthquake struck after a year and a half of stability in Haiti. Everything was improving in Haiti when the earthquake happened. I think that Haiti deserves, and its people deserve, something positive; let’s hope it happens. Diálogo: Why do we see Brazilian troops in other countries, but not other countries’ troops in Brazil? General Elito: Brazil is a country, I would say, blessed by God. In other words, our problems are minimal compared to other problems we see in other areas of the world. We’re really in a position to handle our problems. It’s that the need was never there. We’re not a country that has earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, etc. Brazil would be open, should an extreme situation occur, to receive humanitarian aid from any other country.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 8, 2015 at 9:43 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 The midfielders shuffle in and out. The offense and defense only play when the ball is in their zone. The goalkeeper has to wait for a shot to make a tangible impact.But at the faceoff X, Ben Williams can prepare knowing exactly when he’s going to be used.“You can kind of go into your own place,” Williams said. “… I don’t really like to talk very much. I know when the crowd cheers, you’re out to try and get the ball back. It’s a relatively simple position and I like how there’s not much going on.”Williams has made winning faceoffs look as simple as when he speaks about them. The sophomore transfer has given No. 2 Syracuse (8-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) possession at a 70 percent clip this season, which ranks second in Division I. And after being forced to market himself just to get a walk-on spot at Holy Cross for his freshman season in 2014, his athleticism has taken over a role that seven other SU players competed for.SU assistant coach Kevin Donahue has a newly implemented uniform process at the X — one that Williams has repeated ad nauseam — and it fit his capabilities almost perfectly.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He learned a lot on his own because he was on his own,” Donahue said. “Then he learned how to be a self-motivated learner.“It’s physical. It’s athletic. And Ben is a great athlete.”Growing up in Minnesota — far from a lacrosse hotbed — Williams struggled to get Division I looks. He was injured after his sophomore year in high school, which prevented him from going to lacrosse camps over the summer. His priorities were also split with the football team, where he was a blitz-heavy outside linebacker.At St. Thomas Academy (Minnesota), he won 82 percent of his faceoffs as a midfielder and a FOGO. Head coach John Barnes said he sometimes had to pull him off the field since Williams would gain possession and take off down the field on offense. Barnes said he was “mean” when it came to getting the ball.At Holy Cross he had to get better without the same number of pieces around him. He often worked alone or with one other person. Still, he improved his ball control out of his exits and it led to four goals and a 53.1 percentage at the X.“He’s got the size, speed, strength. He’s got the brains, he’s got the hand quickness,” former Crusaders head coach Jim Morrissey said. “He’s got the ability to go down the gut and score. He can do it all. You don’t see a lot from faceoff guys. You understand that there’s some good ones but boy, he’s putting on a clinic out there.”Donahue said it didn’t even take him through the fall season of Williams’ first semester to get a good idea that the sophomore was the right fit for his style.It’s a technique that involves Williams angling himself toward the ball. He tries to listen closely to the whistle and not guess about when it’s coming. After he gets on top of the ball, he works on different exits based on where he can take it and how long the faceoff itself took. When something isn’t going right, he adjusts the stance and works on different clamps.Unlike in previous years, specialists can’t pin the ball on the back of the stick, making it more difficult to get the ball to the offense. It’s a rule that plays into Williams’ athleticism even when he doesn’t win at the X, since he’s adept at chasing down opponents and forcing them into turnovers.“That’s why I like the new rule,” Williams said. “It’s not over after the clamp. You stand up, hit the kid. Causing them to make a sloppy exit with the ball, you have a chance to go get it. I think it makes every faceoff winnable.”SU head coach John Desko said any faceoff specialist that has quick hands like Williams does tends to get the ball first. His hands move well with his body and once he gets around to his stick, he’s able to excel, faceoff specialist Zack Vehar said.Donahue has seen opponents gameplan unsuccessfully for Williams all season. His natural skills play too well into his position. Already this year Williams has redefined a position that’s had a reputation for being Syracuse’s hindrance. He started out the season by winning 17-of-20 against Siena. Two games later he set a Syracuse record by winning the first 11 against Army. When the Orange faced Albany a week ago, he won 24-of-27 in a win.On top of that, Williams’ three goals are already three more than SU faceoff specialists have combined for in the past two seasons.“It’s being more than just a FOGO,” Desko said of Donahue’s system. “I think Ben has those characteristics. He’s a very good athlete, he runs fast, he can shoot on the run. He tries to be more than just a faceoff person.”When Williams went back home for Easter weekend, he spent part of his Friday afternoon at St. Thomas Academy with the lacrosse team. Barnes let Williams take his faceoff guys alone to work out. He taught them things he had learned at Syracuse, like angling into the ball, making sure to wait for the whistle instead of guessing based off timing and cadences and a few new clamp moves as well.Williams was handing down the aspects of a process that he’s seemingly mastered. His success using it is only partly due to its design.It needs someone to fit it, and Williams is the right piece.“This year we just picked up the intensity and just started paying attention to the details of the faceoff,” Williams said. “We decided we wanted to raise the level of this position and bring a little more excitement to it.” Comments