Usher Joined The Roots For An Incredible Surprise Show At The Brooklyn Bowl Last Night [Watch]

first_imgEvery Thursday, Questlove DJs an epic late-night dance party at the Brooklyn Bowl. Entitled “Bowl Train,” The Roots drummer always keeps the night fresh with tunes and never the same. Sometimes, he even welcomes some very special surprise guests. Last night was no exception. The thrills began around 4PM EST when @questlove made a post on Instagram about “a miracle” he was planning to deliver. The mysterious posts, containing several letters that phonetically spelled out the name of the top-secret special guest, continued every hour, on the hour, until the rumor mill ran true. “All I can say is something rare bout to happen in a bit. Not like I have 2 spell it out 4 u,” he wrote along with the last clue “E U W” clue, revealing “U” as the highly anticipated final letter.Finally, he spilled:Usher. Questlove brought Usher to join The legendary Roots at the Brooklyn Bowl for his Thursday residency. Beginning just after midnight, the room was packed to the brim with fans. The inner-90’s-child of nearly every concert-goer was beaming with joy and lyrics as the pop star belted out some of his greatest classics. You can relive some of last night’s surprise events in the videos below, courtesy of Marc Millman:The Roots feat. Usher “OMG”The Roots feat. Usher “Yeah” EncoreThe Roots feat. Usher, “Adore” (Prince Cover)The Roots feat. Usher “U Don’t Have To Call”It was a heroic feat, luring in some of the most dedicated fans in town. As an unofficial pre-party to The Roots’ headlining slot at The Roots Family Picnic in Philly over the weekend, Questlove made a night in history for the Brooklyn Bowl, and those in attendance will never forget it.last_img read more

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Peru, US Exchange Knowledge on Information Operations

first_imgBy Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo October 19, 2018 Peruvian officers took part in a U.S. Southern Command- (SOUTHCOM) coordinated Information Operations (IO) knowledge exchange, with support from the Eighth Information Operations Division of the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff (8VA DIEMCFFAA, in Spanish). The Bilateral IO Seminar was held September 10th-14th at the Peruvian Army Computerized Tactical Training Center in Lima, Peru. The seminar’s objective was to strengthen and promote hands-on military capabilities in IO by way of exchanging experiences and lessons learned. The seminar will enable the Peruvian Armed Forces to use best practices and develop methodologies to support strategic efforts to counter threats in the region. “These workshops are a means to exchange information and then adapt it to different realities,” Peruvian Army Colonel Jorge Reyes Gutiérrez, commandant of the Army School of Psychological Operations, told Diálogo. “We saw exercises fail when they attempted to apply [the information] directly, because the social, economic, and cultural realities are different—coastal, highland, and jungle communities are not the same.” A total of 50 service members, including students of the Army Psychological Operations School and members of each branch of the Peruvian Armed Forces, took part in the seminar. About five elements of the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM, in Spanish) Special Command also participated. “One of the goals was to learn about the experience that the U.S. gained in Information Operations, since they work worldwide,” Peruvian Army Colonel Emilio Rodríguez Freundt, 8VA DIEMCFFAA commander, told Diálogo. “They have the experience and developed it. That’s what we wanted to do.” Modern vision The seminar kicked off with three days of presentations on doctrinal IO concepts and specific cases. The event concluded with two days of practical group exercises to present products. Strategic planners from SOUTHCOM conducted talks about IO concepts, how their division is organized, and its interaction with related capabilities. U.S. delegates also addressed IO planning at a strategic level. “The course was important because we brought members of SOUTHCOM with a lot of experience in the region,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Eduardo Lauer, special forces liaison officer at the U.S. Embassy in Peru. “We wanted to go beyond the tactical level to focus on the operational aspect.” As part of the presentations, a lieutenant colonel from the Brazilian Army who attends the Peruvian Army School of Psychological Operations, explained and analyzed the Brazilian Army’s operations in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Another focused on the situation in VRAEM, which remains a hub for organized crime, armed groups, and narcotraffickers in Peru. “The problem we have in Peru is not operational but tactical,” Col. Reyes said. “When [service members] deploy to VRAEM, they provide tactical, non-operational solutions. It’s true that the easiest move is the use of force, but the problem isn’t just military, and the solution isn’t 100 percent military either. That typical, anachronistic vision that everything can be solved in a military way, as Machiavelli would say, is no longer the modern outlook.” Non-war Participants concluded the seminar working on practical group exercises to present strategic IO plans based on a terrorism scenario that destabilized a region with drug, arms, and human trafficking. Spread into several work tables, military teams shared ideas—with the support of experts sharing lessons from previously detailed real operations—to address problems and search for non-war solutions. The seminar “was very beneficial,” Col. Rodríguez said, highlighting that the Joint Chiefs of Staff only has five years of experience in IO. SOUTHCOM and 8VA DIEMCFFAA coordinated the event for the second time—the first seminar took place in 2016. “The level that students will reach in time will bear fruit,” Col. Rodríguez said. “The seminar was so beneficial, that we agreed to carry it out again next year so that this can continue over time. If possible, we want to do two seminars next year. We definitely look forward to continuing.”last_img read more

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USACE Officials Tour Corpus Christi Dredging

first_imgUSACE photo by Francisco G. HammMaj. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, Deputy Commanding General for Civil Works and Emergency Operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters, visited the Galveston District last week as part of a two-day Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project update. On the second day of his visit, he was joined by Brig Gen. Paul Owen, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division and Col. Timothy Vail, Galveston District commander and members from his District’s team.The group toured the Ellis Island hopper dredge and Tug Douglas B. Mackie and were hosted by the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC.The Ellis Island started dredging operations in early December 2017 on Phase 1 of the MSCIP Comprehensive Barrier Island Restoration Plan and is one of the newest and the largest hopper dredge in the American fleet.USACE photo by Francisco G. Hammlast_img read more

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