Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Porcelain Black - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Porcelain Black - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Since her departure from her previous label, Porcelain has been in the studio working independently working on her debut album.

Monday, March 14, 2016

News: CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Gears Up For Mammoth 2016 North American Live Takeover‏ – BREATHING THE CORE

News: CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Gears Up For Mammoth 2016 North American Live Takeover‏ – BREATHING THE CORE

Long running metal icons, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, will kick off an epic North American live takeover next month. The first leg of the journey kicks off on April 6th in Huntington, West Virginia and will run through April 15th in Poughkeepsie, New York with support provided by Mothership. The following evening the band will play a special one-off show with Eyehategod in Richmond, Virginia. Following a short breather, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will head back out for more than two dozen dates with Lamb Of God and Clutch. See confirmed performances below. The latest excursions follow the band’s successful headlining trek with Brant Bjork And The Low Desert Punk Band, Saviours and Mothership at the close of 2015 and will include some never-before-heard tunes slated for their forthcoming full-length.
Comments guitarist Woodroe Weatherman: “We’ve all been working hard writing and demoing new riffs for the next album but we thought it would be a good idea to jump on the road a bit and let some of these new ideas sink in.”
w/ Mothership:
4/06/2016 V Club – Huntington, WV
4/07/2016 Ziggys By The Sea – Wilmington, NC
4/08/2016 Blue Fox Billiards – Winchester, VA
4/09/2016 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
4/10/2016 The Met – Pawtucket, RI
4/12/2016 The Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ
4/13/2016 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
4/14/2016 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
4/15/2016 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
4/16/2016 The BroadBerry – Richmond, VA * w/ Eyehategod (no Mothership)
w/ Lamb Of God, Clutch:
5/03/2016 The Orpheum – New Orleans, LA
5/04/2016 Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN
5/05/2016 Brady Theater – Tulsa, OK
5/07/2016 Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH *w/ Lo-Pan (no LOG or Clutch)
5/08/2016 Reading Eagle Theatre – Reading, PA
5/09/2016 State Theatre – Portland, ME
5/10/2016 House of Blues – Boston, MA
5/12/2016 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
5/13/2016 Westfair Amphitheater – Council Bluffs, IA
5/14/2016 Spicoli’s – Waterloo, IA (no LOG or Clutch)
5/16/2016 Magic City Music Hall – Binghamton, NY
5/17/2016 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
5/18/2016 Higher Ground – So. Burlington, VT w/ Clutch (no LOG)
5/19/2016 TD Echo Beach – Toronto, ON
5/23/2016 The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
5/24/2016 Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison, CO
5/25/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
5/27/2016 Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
5/28/2016 Fox Theater Pomona – Pomona, CA
5/29/2016 Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
5/31/2016 WaMu Theater @ CenturyLink Field Events – Seattle, WA
6/01/2016 Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver, BC
6/02/2016 South Okanagan Events Centre – Penticton, BC
6/04/2016 Calgary Stampede Corral – Calgary, AB
6/05/2016 Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB
6/06/2016 Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition Park – Saskatoon, SK
6/07/2016 Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
6/10/2016 Piere’s Entertainment Center – Ft. Wayne, IN w/ Clutch, Valkyrie (No LOG)

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Record Brazil protests put Rousseff's future in doubt | Reuters

Record Brazil protests put Rousseff's future in doubt | Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians flooded the streets on Sunday in the biggest ever protests calling for President Dilma Rousseff's removal, reflecting rising popular anger that could encourage Congress to impeach the leftist leader.

The demonstrations were the latest in a wave of anti-government rallies that lost momentum late last year but have regained strength as a sweeping corruption investigation nears Rousseff's inner circle.

From the Amazon jungle city of Manaus to the business hub of Sao Paulo and the capital Brasilia, protesters marched in a nationwide call for Rousseff to step down, raising pressure on lawmakers to back ongoing impeachment proceedings against her that just a few weeks ago appeared to be doomed.

Police estimates from more than 150 cities compiled by news website G1 showed around 3 million Brazilians participated in the demonstrations. Some police estimates of previous protests have proved to be exaggerated.

Polling firm Datafolha estimated 500,000 demonstrators in Sao Paulo, the biggest rally in the city's history and more than twice the size of a major protest a year ago. The military police put the figure at 1.4 million at the height of the demonstration.

Government sources contacted by Reuters acknowledged the demonstrations were bigger than anti-government rallies in March 2015, which gathered as many as 1 million people.

In the skyscraper-lined Avenue Paulista in Sao Paulo, a sea of protesters wearing Brazil's yellow-and-green national colors chanted "Dilma out" and waved banners that read "Stop the corruption" while music blared from nearby trucks.

"The country is at a standstill and we are fighting to keep our company afloat," said small business owner Monica Giana Micheletti, 49, at the Sao Paulo demonstration. "We have reached rock bottom."

Many blame Rousseff for sinking the economy into its worst recession in at least 25 years. Opinion polls show that more than half of Brazilians favor the impeachment of the president, re-elected for a second four-year term in 2014.

Rousseff, who insists she will not quit, is the latest leftist leader in Latin America to face upheaval as a decade-long commodities boom that fueled breakneck growth and social spending comes to an abrupt end.

Ahead of the demonstrations, tensions were high after Sao Paulo state prosecutors requested on Thursday the arrest of Rousseff's predecessor and political mentor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, on money-laundering charges. A judge still has to decide on the request, which can be rejected.

As in previous protests, Sunday's rallies were led by middle-class Brazilians angry over growing allegations of corruption in Rousseff's administration. No violence was reported.

Poor Brazilians, who form the base of the ruling Workers' Party support, have not turned out in great numbers in recent protests. But their support for Rousseff has faded as unemployment rises and inflation climbs.

"This government helped many people buy homes, cars and electronics, but we still don't have health, education and basic sanitation," said Paulo Santos, a waiter who stopped at the demonstration which packed the beach-front avenue in Rio de Janeiro before heading to work.


Many protesters voiced support for Sergio Moro, the judge overseeing the two-year-old investigation into a network of political kick-backs and bribes centered on state oil company Petrobras (PETR4.SA). Some held banners that read "We are all Moro" after the judge's uncompromising tactics have been criticized by the government.

The demonstrators took aim at politicians from across the spectrum, including Rousseff's opponents, as they vented their frustration with a ruling class that has been widely exposed in the graft probe, known as 'Operation Carwash'.

Dozens of companies and senior business executives have also been implicated.

The head of the opposition PSDB party, Aecio Neves, and several of his colleagues were insulted by protesters when they took part in the demonstration in Sao Paulo, local media reported.

"Brazil needs to find a new and virtuous path and we will help the country find that path," said Neves, who narrowly lost the 2014 election to Rousseff and has called for new polls.

In Brasilia, protesters inflated a giant doll of Lula wearing a striped prison uniform and chained to a ball that read "Operation Carwash". Police estimated about 100,000 protesters took part, but that figure could not be independently confirmed.

For Brasilia-based political analyst Leonardo Barreto, the massive scale of Sunday's demonstrations could accelerate impeachment hearings in Congress. "Today's protests give legitimacy to this process," he said. "If the government fails to react, impeachment will move faster."

Popular discontent grew in recent weeks after a ruling party lawmaker reportedly testified under a plea bargain and accused Rousseff and Lula of trying to hamper the Petrobras investigation.

The corruption scandal has already strained Rousseff's ties with her main coalition partner, the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB).

At its national convention on Saturday, the PMDB said it would decide in a month whether to break with the government. Party insiders said the mood of the country would be decisive.

If Rousseff is impeached by Congress, the leader of the PMDB, Vice-President Michel Temer, would take office.

In an effort to analyze the fallout from the protests, Rousseff met with a handful of ministers at her home in Brasilia, a presidential aide said.

Rousseff's press office welcomed the peaceful nature of the demonstrations, saying it reflected the maturity of the country's democracy.

Small groups of a few hundreds of her supporters wearing red shirts also marched in several cities.

Shares in Brazilian companies and Brazil's real currency BRL= have surged in recent weeks as investors bet that a change in government would lift business and consumer confidence and rescue an economy that contracted 3.8 percent last year.

Political tensions have stalled Rousseff's legislative agenda, which included measures to limit public spending and overhaul a costly pension system to regain investors' trust.

(Additional reporting by Rodrigo Viga in Rio de Janeiro, Anthony Boadle in Brasilia, and Cesar Bianconi in Sao Paulo; Editing by Daniel Flynn, Angus MacSwan, Jonathan Oatis and Andrew Hay)

Jacai Colson is Prince George's County police officer killed at Landover, Md. station - Washington Times

Jacai Colson is Prince George's County police officer killed at Landover, Md. station - Washington Times

Jacai Colson has been identified as the Prince George’s County police officer killed in a shooting Sunday at the department’s Landover, Md. station.
“Our fallen Officer is 29-year-old Jacai Colson #3693,” Prince George’s County police tweeted shortly after 8:30 p.m.
The department later tweeted a clarification stating that Officer Colson was 28 and would have turned 29 this week.
Officer Colson was an undercover officer and a four-year veteran of the force.


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