Wu-Tang Clan Is Working On A New Album

first_imgMembers of Wu-Tang Clan have revealed that the seminal hip-hop collective is working on a new album. According to a new interview in Billboard, the new projected will be led by Ghostface Killah, marking a departure from past efforts, which were helmed by RZA. The group’s last album, The Saga Continues, was released in 2017.“He’s putting that together as we speak,” Masta Killa told the publication. “There will be another Wu-Tang Clan album. We’re working on that right now, and hopefully it’s ready right with the 25th anniversary.”Inspecta Deck added that, while RZA will still be supervising the production, Ghostface Killah will be “at the wheel.” “He just gives it a new outlook and a fresh coat of eyes and ears,” Deck says. “Ghost has taken it upon himself to say, ‘I want to get the beats, I want to hear some things that’s happening here,’ so we’re trusting him the same we trusted RZA in the beginning. Why not, man? Ghost has been successful in his solo endeavors. It’s a change of pace. Hopefully we get another banger, another Wu classic out of this project as well, in the 25th anniversary [of the group’s debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)].”“Ghost is definitely a soulful type brother and has a deep consciousness, but he’s more direct to what Wu-Tang is,” Deck continues. “Wu-Tang was beats and rhymes. Ghost picks the harder beats. He has songs like ‘Camay,’ so he’s not gonna skip the women. There’s going to be a lot more variety of harder stuff. RZA comes up with deep concepts, but Ghost brings it just a little bit harder.”In related news, Wu-Tang Clan spent much of the weekend celebrating the 25th anniversary of 36 Chambers, which was released on November 9, 1993. The group will perform the album in its entirety on Memorial Day to close out the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit—just one day after they did the same thing at St. Paul, MN’s Soundset Music Festival.last_img read more

Portugal. The Man Announces 2019 Tour Dates With Mumford & Sons

first_imgPortland, OR-based rock outfit Portugal. The Man has announced a small run of North American shows in support of Mumford & Sons this August. The rock band announced via their social media accounts that they will only be performing a few shows this year, so they’re happy to be partnering up with Mumford & Sons for the few performances they have planned.The newly announced dates will see Portugal. The Man teaming up with Mumford & Sons starting with a performance at Los Angeles, CA’s Banc of California Stadium on August 3rd, followed by stops at Portland, OR’s Moda Center (8/5); Vancouver, BC’s BC Place Stadium (8/7); George, WA’s Gorge Amphitheatre (8/9); Missoula, MT’s Ogren Park Allegiance Field (8/11); and a final show at West Valley City, UT’s USANA Amphitheatre on August 13th.Tickets for the newly announced shows go on sale this Friday, March 15th at 10 a.m. local time here.Head to Portugal. The Man’s website for more information.For a full list of Mumford & Son’s 2019 tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Autism diagnosis surge puts financial strain on schools

first_img Read Full Story The cost of special education and medical services for a child with autism averages $17,000 annually, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health and colleagues. Schools bear the brunt of the economic burden, according to the study. The researchers found that parents of children with autism faced no greater out-of-pocket medical expenses than other parents, which may suggest that insurers are providing more coverage for autism therapies.One out of 88 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, according to estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The study was published online February 10, 2014 in Pediatrics.last_img read more

Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions “Data Center of the Future”

first_imgThe data center is evolving. Data is being created at different locations outside of the traditional data center making it difficult to retrieve, store, and protect. To address these new challenges, Dell Technologies is building solutions with technology partners in emerging areas, including AI, edge, IoT, cloud and remote working.Join us on Monday, December 7, 2020, from 11 a.m.—12:30 p.m. CST for the Data Center of the Future webinar to explore how Dell Technologies solutions can help you ready your data center for future business needs.The webinar will feature solution stories from our Extended Technologies partners and Dell EMC Upgrades. Following the presentation, we invite you to visit our technology partner booths for a live chat with solutions experts to discuss how we can help you build unified solutions for Dell Technologies servers, storage, and networking.Participating Sponsors: Dell EMC Upgrades, APC, SonicWall and VertivRegister today here.last_img read more

Epstein’s ex-girlfriend seeks dismissal of charges she faces

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — A British socialite charged with recruiting girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse in the 1990s is asking a judge to dismiss the case on multiple grounds. Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell say the indictment against their client was obtained unjustly and doesn’t properly allege crimes. They said it also violates an agreement federal prosecutors made a dozen years ago not to charge Epstein or those who worked for him. Maxwell was arrested in July and has remained jailed on the grounds that she might flee. Federal prosecutors declined through a spokesperson to comment though they will later file arguments of their own in response. A trial is scheduled for July. Epstein killed himself in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.last_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee Reports Third Quarter Results Up 43 Percent

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Reports Fiscal 2008 Third Quarter Results- Success of Keurig single-cup brewing system and K-Cups drives strong sales and earnings growth – WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., (NASDAQ: GMCR) has announced its fiscal 2008 third quarter results for the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2008.Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2008 were up 43.3% to $118.1 million as compared to $82.4 million reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2007. During the third quarter of fiscal 2008, approximately 153,000 Keurig brewers were shipped, up 61% from the 95,000 Keurig brewers shipped during the third quarter of fiscal 2007. The Green Mountain Coffee segment shipped over 134 million K-Cup portion packs, which was 49% more than the year-ago quarter.Net income for the fiscal third quarter of 2008 was $6.3 million or $0.25 per diluted share, up 72% from $3.7 million or $0.15 per diluted share in the fiscal third quarter of 2007.Excluding the impact of the non-cash amortization expense related to the Keurig intangibles of approximately $1.2 million (pre-tax) in each of the third quarters of fiscal 2008 and 2007, non-GAAP net income totaled $7.1 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2008 compared to non-GAAP net income of $4.4 million for the comparable year-ago period.Net sales for the thirty-nine weeks ended June 28, 2008 were up 47% to $365.4 million as compared to $248.6 million reported in the comparable year-ago period. Net income for the first three quarters of fiscal 2008 was $15.2 million or $0.60 per diluted share, up 64% from $9.3 million or $0.38 per diluted share in the first nine months of fiscal 2007.Lawrence J. Blanford, President and CEO, said, “I am proud of our continued, strong financial performance, particularly in today’s business environment. Our two business segments – Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig – have done an exceptional job in both servicing customers and actively managing expenses to bring profits to the bottom line. At the same time, we have maintained our commitment to being socially and environmentally responsible in our business practices and initiatives.The enthusiastic endorsement of our customers – for the Keurig Single-Cup Brewing system and for our coffee – lends even further credence to our belief that we will continue to deliver strong multi-channel sales and profit growth for long-term sustainability and shareholder value.”Fiscal 2008 Third Quarter Financial ReviewNet Sales* Net sales for the Green Mountain Coffee segment for the third quarter of fiscal 2008 were up 27% to $76.7 million, prior to the elimination of inter-company sales, as compared to $60.3 million reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2007. Dollar sales growth was strongest in the channels that benefit from sales of the Keurig Single-Cup Brewing system including office coffee service (OCS), reseller, and consumer direct channels. Coffee, tea and hot cocoa pounds shipped by channel are shown in the table accompanying this press release.* Net sales for the Keurig segment (prior to the elimination of inter-company sales) included in the Company’s third quarter of fiscal 2008 were $54.4 million, up 79% from net sales of $30.4 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2007. This increase in sales was primarily due to higher K-Cup and brewer sales and royalty income from the sales of K-Cups. Further detail on shipments of Keurig brewers and K-Cups is provided in the chart accompanying this press release.* As part of the consolidation, $8.6 million of inter-company Keurig segment sales and $4.4 million of inter-company Green Mountain Coffee segment sales were eliminated in the third quarter of fiscal 2008.Costs, Margins and Income* Consolidated cost of sales increased to 64.0% of total net sales compared to 58.6% for the corresponding quarter last year. The increase over last year primarily is due to the significant increase in sales of Keurig At Home Single-Cup Brewers as a percentage of total net sales (which have lower gross margins than the Company’s other products). In addition, higher green coffee and other commodity costs, and higher manufacturing costs due to the continued capacity investment in our new Essex, Vermont packaging facility contributed to the increase in cost of sales as compared to the year ago third quarter.* Selling, general and administrative (S,G&A) expenses improved as a percentage of net sales to 26.4% from 32.5% in the prior year quarter. This improvement was the result of leveraging selling and organizational resources on a higher sales base. It was achieved even though the Company incurred approximately $800,000 in litigation expenses related to the patent infringement suit filed against Kraft.* Pre-tax non-cash stock compensation was $1,620,000 in the third fiscal quarter of 2008, up from $1,189,000 in the prior year period. The increase is primarily due to new grants issued in fiscal 2007.* The Company’s operating income was $11.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2008, as compared to $7.4 million reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2007, and improved as a percentage of net sales to 9.6% from 8.9%.* Interest expense declined by $75,000 this past quarter to $1.4 million from $1.5 million in the prior year third quarter due primarily to lower interest rates.* Income before taxes for the third quarter of fiscal 2008 increased 66.4 % to $9.9 million as compared to $6.0 million reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2007.* The Company’s tax rate was 36.3% as compared to 38.2% in the prior year quarter. The difference was primarily due to foreign tax credits associated with royalties earned on K-Cup portion packs from the Canadian licensed roasters for fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2007.* Net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2008 was $6.3 million or 5.4% of net sales as compared to $3.7 million or 4.5% of net sales in the corresponding quarter last year.Business Outlook and Other Forward-Looking InformationCompany Estimates for Fiscal Year 2008:* Total consolidated net sales growth of 44% to 46% primarily due to anticipated strong sales of Keurig Single-Cup Brewers and K-Cups in the office coffee channel, consumer direct, reseller and supermarket channels.* An operating margin in the range of 7.9% to 8.2%, including $4.8 million or $0.11 per diluted share for non-cash amortization expenses related to the identifiable intangibles.* Interest expense of $6.0 million to $6.5 million.* A tax rate of 39.2% as compared to 40.5% in fiscal 2007.* Fully diluted GAAP earnings per share in the range of $0.79 to $0.81 per share including the non-cash amortization expenses related to the identifiable intangibles mentioned above of $0.11 per diluted share. Excluding the impact of these non-cash amortization expenses, non-GAAP EPS in the range of $0.90 to $0.92 per share.Company Estimates Relating to Balance Sheet and Cash Flow:* Capital expenditures for fiscal 2008 in the range of $46 to $50 million, up from the previously reported estimates of $37 to $41 million due to the expected $10.5 million purchase of the Knoxville, Tennessee building and land.* Depreciation and amortization expenses in the range of $18.8 to $19.2 million including $4.8 million for amortization of identifiable intangibles.Company Estimates for Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2008:* Total consolidated net sales growth of 37% to 41%.* An operating margin in the range of 7.9% to 8.3% including non-cash amortization expenses for identifiable intangibles of approximately $1.2 million or $0.03 per share.* Fully diluted GAAP earnings per share in the range of $0.19 to $0.21 per share, including the non-cash amortization expenses related to the identifiable intangibles that are estimated to reduce EPS by approximately $0.03 per share.Company Estimates for Fiscal Year 2009:* Total consolidated net sales growth of 40% to 45%.* Fully diluted GAAP earnings per share in the range of $1.20 to $1.30 per share, including the non-cash amortization expenses related to the identifiable intangibles mentioned above of $4.8 million or approximately $0.10 per share. Non-GAAP EPS in the range of $1.30 to $1.40 per share.Use of Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresIn addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company provides non-GAAP operating results that exclude certain charges or credits and information regarding non-cash related items such as amortization of identifiable intangibles related to the Keurig acquisition completed on June 15, 2006. These amounts are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP. The Company’s management believes that these measures provide investors with greater transparency by helping illustrate the underlying financial and business trends relating to the Company’s results of operations and financial condition and comparability between current and prior periods. Management uses the measures to establish and monitor budgets and operational goals and to evaluate the performance of the Company.Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. will be discussing these financial results and future prospects with analysts and investors in a conference call available via the internet. The call will take place today at 8:30 AM ET and will be available, with accompanying slides, via live webcast on the Company’s website at www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external) and other major portals. The Company archives the latest conference call on the Investor Services section of its website for a period of time. A replay of the conference call also will be available by telephone at 719-457-0820, confirmation code 8432200 from 11:30 AM ET on July 31st through 11:30 AM ET on Tuesday, August 5th, 2008.last_img read more

Center for cartoon studies gets $255,000 community development grant

first_imgTown of Hartford and The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) will be awarded a $255,000 Vermont Community Development Program Implementation Grant to launch the Inky Solomon Center, a state-of-the-art industry center designed to help CCS alumni launch projects, incubate start-up companies and create jobs.Leveraging the world-class talent already attracted to Vermont by The Center for Cartoon Studies, the Inky Solomon Center will produce comics, graphic novels, and other visual narratives for print and digital industries. Public lectures and events will highlight collaborative projects, alumni and student work.‘So many of our alumni are already producing inspired work. I’m thrilled that with The Inky Solomon Center we can support our alumni and faculty in an even more robust way,’ says CCS director, James Sturm.CCS studio projects have included an award winning graphic biography series from Disney, a line of greeting cards for Hallmark, books with prominent comics publishers like First Second and Drawn & Quarterly, and an exhibition at The Museum of the City of New York.The Town of Hartford collaborated with CCS to submit and present the grant application. ‘The Town is very excited about the Inky Solomon Center. For the past six years CCS has made its home in the village of White River Junction, bringing young talent from across the country, with the majority of these students living and working in Hartford.  During this period, CCS has been an active participant in the revitalization of White River Junction, with CCS president Michelle Ollie being recognized as ‘Citizen of the Year’ in 2010. The Inky Solomon Center continues this effort by renovating the historic Old Telegraph Building and providing the resources and opportunities for CCS graduates to advance their careers in Hartford and Vermont,’ said Lori Hirshfield, Director of Planning and Development for the Town of Hartford.The project involves renovations to the ground floor of White River Junction’s historic Old Telegraph Building, a space provided in-kind by The Center for Cartoon Studies’ community partner, FairPoint Communications. ‘This circa-1920s building in the village was once a switching station for regional calls, and has been the Center’s studio for the past five years. The Inky Solomon Center launch will include interior and exterior renovation and rehabilitation, bringing infrastructure, utility and state-of-the-art technology into the main level,’ says Mike Smith, president of FairPoint in Vermont.The Vermont Community Development Program, a division in the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development within the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, operates the federal Community Development Block Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  VCDP provides grant funds to municipalities throughout Vermont for housing, economic development and other community development projects to benefit primarily low-to-moderate income persons.Josh Hanford, Director of the Vermont Community Development Program, said, ‘The Vermont Community Development Program is excited to support the development of the Inky Solomon Center.  As a leader in Vermont’s creative economy movement, The Center for Cartoon Studies will continue to harness and grow some of the industry’s most talented and creative thinkers in our very own White River Junction.  The school has already had such a positive impact in the community and we are thrilled to support its growth and continued success with this new project.’last_img read more

Hydrogen seen as potential clean option for steelmaking, replacing met coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Steel could shed its reputation as a climate threat by using hydrogen instead of fossil fuels for as much as half of global output by 2050, according to BloombergNEF.The steel industry could adopt hydrogen for between 10% and 50% of output by mid-century given the right carbon pricing, BloombergNEF analysts wrote in a report. The sector accounts for as much as 9% of global carbon emissions, according to the World Steel Association.“Hydrogen technologies offer a viable pathway to slash the emissions from making steel,” Kobad Bhavnagri, head of special projects at BloombergNEF, said by email. “No big R&D breakthroughs are necessary. If policy was in place, the world could start producing green steel within a decade.”Hydrogen is one option for steelmakers facing louder calls from climate lobbyists and regulators to tackle their carbon problem. It’s an alternative already being tested by industry giants including top supplier ArcelorMittal, as well as Germany’s Thyssenkrupp AG.Steel is currently made from mined iron using a process largely unchanged for more than 150 years. Iron ore is first smelted with carbon-rich coke in huge blast furnaces that emit carbon gases and churn out liquid metal. Gases can be used instead of coke as reduction agents in an alternative process called direct reduced iron, or DRI. This does away with the blast furnace and is already employed in some locations using natural gas.“Hydrogen can do everything coal does in the steel-making process, and the technology to make fossil-free steel is already currently operating with natural gas in many parts of the world,” Bhavnagri said. DRI accounts for nearly 6% of steel output worldwide, according to a report from Citigroup Inc.More: How hydrogen could solve steel’s climate test and hobble coal Hydrogen seen as potential clean option for steelmaking, replacing met coallast_img read more

Ecuadorean Navy Seizes 626 Kg of Marijuana on Border with Colombia

first_img The Ecuadorean Navy seized 626 kg of marijuana during a patrol in the region of the Colombian border, Marcos Cáceres, the commander of the military battalion in northwestern San Lorenzo, announced on February 23. The drugs were found in the San Rosa Island sector, located off the province of Esmeraldas (on the border with Colombia), the officer stated. “This seizure makes it possible to take out of circulation drugs that could be sold in the form of 300,000 hits,” Cáceres added. Last week, the police reported the confiscation, in a residence in the Andean city of Cayambe, of around 1.5 tons of marijuana brought from Colombia, in an operation in which they also arrested a Colombian citizen. Around 2.3 tons of cocaine have been seized by Ecuador so far in 2012, compared to 26 tons of drugs in 2011, 18 tons in 2010, and a record of 68 tons (64 of them cocaine) in 2009, according to the police. By Dialogo February 27, 2012last_img read more

NAVSCIATTS Helps Strengthen Partner Nations

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo April 26, 2019 YTUkWV A group of Latin American military special forces listens to a briefing about U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean. They visited SOUTHCOM in the summer of 2018 as part of an international course for strategic leaders at the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) at John C. Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. Most of them are high-ranking officers from Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, and El Salvador with one common goal: to expand their strategic thinking and planning skills. The school offers the Strategic Leaders International Course (SLIC) in Spanish to advance the strategic thinking and planning capabilities of senior military, civilian, and law enforcement personnel from Latin American and Caribbean partner nations. The four-week in-resident course is aimed at units with a mission to combat terrorism. “It’s a very rewarding experience to be in NAVSCIATTS because it allows us to acquire the skills to solve problems in a strategic way—not only in the short or medium term—to find a solution to the root of the problem,” said Colombian Navy Captain Rodrigo Domingo Rodríguez, commander of the military Unified Action Group for Personal Liberty—known as GAULA—in Tumaco. “It allows us to learn how different government agencies and military forces work jointly with the same goal of finding solutions to the problems our countries face.” NAVSCIATTS operates under U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in support of geographic combatant commanders’ security cooperation priorities. It trains partner nations’ Special Operations Forces (SOF), SOF-like foreign security forces, and SOF enablers. “We are 100 percent focused on training U.S. partner nations. It’s a very significant asset,” said U.S. Navy Commander John T. Green, commandant of NAVSCIATTS. “We see ourselves as building friendships and partnerships all over the world around the training, but the purpose is no less than to make the world better and safe.” NAVSCIATTS trains at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels to strengthen partner nations’ capabilities across the full spectrum of operations, including small craft operations in riverine or littoral environments. Its curriculum includes courses in small craft strategy, operations, communications, weapons maintenance, and instructor development, among others. “We encourage partner nations to bring complete units to NAVSCIATTS, including commanders, tactical operators, and support personnel,” said Cmdr. Green. “It’s more like mission preparation or unit level training for our partners.” Where the classroom meets the field NAVSCIATTS opened its doors in 1961 at U.S. Naval Station Rodman, Panama, as a U.S. Coast Guard Mobile Training Team (MTT). In 1999 it relocated to Mississippi, where it fulfills its mission to conduct foreign internal defense in support of SOCOM priorities. Through the use of MTTs and in-resident training, the school has trained nearly 12,000 students from 118 partner nations. “Students change how they perceive the world, the future of their country, and their challenges. Central and South America are unique, and many challenges across the region are similar from the security sector, human migration, transnational crime and the illicit traffic of drugs, gangs and people,” said Robert Gusentine, director of SLIC. “We encourage students to think differently. We give them knowledge, tools, and mental models that will enable them to understand and shape their world in new ways.” SLIC is one of 20 formal courses NAVSCIATTS offers annually in English, Spanish, and other languages during five in-resident semesters. As the school’s slogan suggests, “Where the classroom meets the field,” courses are interactive with discussions, tabletop exercises, and practical and experiential learning. In addition to acquiring the skills needed for specific SOF missions, NAVSCIATTS students become part of a global SOF network. “In addition to the knowledge we acquire, we’re learning from other cultures and participating countries’ strategies to confront our problems,” said Capt. Rodríguez. “We have a very special heritage and connection with South and Central America,” added Cmdr. Green. “We are developing the capability to eliminate or at least manage the illicit networks that exists in SOUTHCOM’s area of operations to ensure that they don’t harm the partner nations or the United States.” A group of Latin American military special forces listens to a briefing about U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean. They visited SOUTHCOM in the summer of 2018 as part of an international course for strategic leaders at the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) at John C. Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. Most of them are high-ranking officers from Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, and El Salvador with one common goal: to expand their strategic thinking and planning skills. The school offers the Strategic Leaders International Course (SLIC) in Spanish to advance the strategic thinking and planning capabilities of senior military, civilian, and law enforcement personnel from Latin American and Caribbean partner nations. The four-week in-resident course is aimed at units with a mission to combat terrorism. “It’s a very rewarding experience to be in NAVSCIATTS because it allows us to acquire the skills to solve problems in a strategic way—not only in the short or medium term—to find a solution to the root of the problem,” said Colombian Navy Captain Rodrigo Domingo Rodríguez, commander of the military Unified Action Group for Personal Liberty—known as GAULA—in Tumaco. “It allows us to learn how different government agencies and military forces work jointly with the same goal of finding solutions to the problems our countries face.” NAVSCIATTS operates under U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in support of geographic combatant commanders’ security cooperation priorities. It trains partner nations’ Special Operations Forces (SOF), SOF-like foreign security forces, and SOF enablers. “We are 100 percent focused on training U.S. partner nations. It’s a very significant asset,” said U.S. Navy Commander John T. Green, commandant of NAVSCIATTS. “We see ourselves as building friendships and partnerships all over the world around the training, but the purpose is no less than to make the world better and safe.” NAVSCIATTS trains at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels to strengthen partner nations’ capabilities across the full spectrum of operations, including small craft operations in riverine or littoral environments. Its curriculum includes courses in small craft strategy, operations, communications, weapons maintenance, and instructor development, among others. “We encourage partner nations to bring complete units to NAVSCIATTS, including commanders, tactical operators, and support personnel,” said Cmdr. Green. “It’s more like mission preparation or unit level training for our partners.” Where the classroom meets the field NAVSCIATTS opened its doors in 1961 at U.S. Naval Station Rodman, Panama, as a U.S. Coast Guard Mobile Training Team (MTT). In 1999 it relocated to Mississippi, where it fulfills its mission to conduct foreign internal defense in support of SOCOM priorities. Through the use of MTTs and in-resident training, the school has trained nearly 12,000 students from 118 partner nations. “Students change how they perceive the world, the future of their country, and their challenges. Central and South America are unique, and many challenges across the region are similar from the security sector, human migration, transnational crime and the illicit traffic of drugs, gangs and people,” said Robert Gusentine, director of SLIC. “We encourage students to think differently. We give them knowledge, tools, and mental models that will enable them to understand and shape their world in new ways.” SLIC is one of 20 formal courses NAVSCIATTS offers annually in English, Spanish, and other languages during five in-resident semesters. As the school’s slogan suggests, “Where the classroom meets the field,” courses are interactive with discussions, tabletop exercises, and practical and experiential learning. In addition to acquiring the skills needed for specific SOF missions, NAVSCIATTS students become part of a global SOF network. “In addition to the knowledge we acquire, we’re learning from other cultures and participating countries’ strategies to confront our problems,” said Capt. Rodríguez. “We have a very special heritage and connection with South and Central America,” added Cmdr. Green. “We are developing the capability to eliminate or at least manage the illicit networks that exists in SOUTHCOM’s area of operations to ensure that they don’t harm the partner nations or the United States.”last_img read more