In October of 2016, Brooklyn Comes Alive brought together dozens of artists to play in never-before-formed supergroups for one night only in NYC. It was there that one of the most talked-about collaborations was born: [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits with Break Science’s Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee and The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner. The debut performance was easily one of the most talked about musical experiences that came out of the day, ultimately inspiring the artists to come back together for a slew of dates this spring.[Br]eaking [Bi]scuits will play three shows this spring, including stops at the Westcott Theater in Syracuse, NY on 5/18, the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC on 5/19, and Gypsy Sallys in Washington, DC on 5/20.Says Brownstein of the project, “Playing with Adam and Borahm is a dream come true. These are two of the best musicians in the entire live and electronic music scene, and they have pushed the envelope to evolve the way people perceive what is possible to accomplish musically.”Adds Deitch, “Marc and Aron went from playing the Wetlands in the 90s, to curating one of the biggest and coolest festivals in the world, Camp Bisco! They have always had one foot in the electronic sound, and one foot in the jam!”Merging together the worlds of electronic, hip-hop, psychedelic grooves and heavy jams, [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits is certainly not to be missed!5/18- Syracuse, NY Westcott Theater (tickets)5/19- Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl (tickets)5/20 – Washington, DC – Gypsy Sallys (tickets)
By Juan Delgado/Diálogo November 20, 2020 The largest cocaine seizure in Paraguay’s history took place on the night of October 19, when authorities found almost 3 tons of cocaine hidden in a charcoal shipment at a private port in the city of Villeta, 30 kilometers from Asunción.Following the inspection of 11 containers, authorities seized a total of 2,906 kilograms of cocaine, the Paraguayan Ministry of the Interior said in a press release. State news agency IP reported that the drug was bound for Israel.The cocaine seizure was a Sensitive Investigative Unit (SIU) operation, which consists of members of the Paraguayan National Police (PNP), who led this operation, along with assistance from the Administrative Coordination of Customs Investigation (CAIA, in Spanish), PNP Antinarcotics, and attorneys from the Specialized Unit in the Fight Against Drug Trafficking.On October 13, SENAD agents destroyed 9 tons of marijuana in the Caaguazú area within the framework of narcotrafficking operations. (Photo: Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat)“The connection Asunción-Buenos Aires-Antwerp (Belgium), and finally Israel, was the route to be used for the shipment’s transfer,” said Paraguayan Interior Minister Euclides Acevedo, the newspaper La Nación reported. “But the final destination of the drug was not Israel; rather, it was going out to other locations from there. Now it’s all going to be investigated. The special agents will virtually recreate the route to learn about the modus operandi.”Commissioner Osvaldo Ávalos, head of the National Police Antinarcotics Department told the digital newspaper Última Hora that the National Police carried out several raids, where they seized documents and cell phones, enabling the investigation to move forward.“It’s a triumph, a strong historical blow to organized crime, and it’s the commitment of our government, and we are going to continue working,” said Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez after visiting the private port, the office of the Presidency said in a statement. “It’s significant, it’s the largest shipment; we already had a record last year, [and] now we broke our own record for cocaine seizures.”In February 2019, IP reported that the National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD, in Spanish) had seized 2,580 kg of cocaine in Concepción department, which was considered the country’s record seizure at that time.Marijuana plantations destroyedSENAD agents also destroyed 9 tons of marijuana during an operation in the Caaguazú area on October 13. Troops entered a farm to eradicate marijuana crops and destroy drug storage sites.“Once the run through was completed, we found an area with newly cultivated marijuana crops and one already in the harvesting process. With notable signs of deforestation, the area also had tents with the drug ready to dry, and part of it was already in bags,” SENAD said in a statement.According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2020 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Paraguay continues to be one of the largest marijuana producers in the Western Hemisphere, and serves as a transit country for Andean cocaine.
“I would be perfectly happy to publish the details of the arrangement,” Johnson said at the London Assembly Mayor’s Question Time on Wednesday. “I understand the football club concerned is not so keen because they think it will give other clubs an inside into their finances and so forth.” The Hammers will take on a 99-year deal as anchor tenants starting from next season but the decision to hand West Ham the keys to the stadium has been questioned since it was first announced two and a half years ago. A BBC documentary aired last month detailed figures it claimed West Ham would be saving due to the agreement with the LLDC, the annual rental fee on the 99-year lease reported to be around £2.5million. Johnson was quizzed on the deal by Andrew Dismore, the Labour London Assembly for Barnet and Camden, who said the Mayor had wanted to cover up the “anti-competitive” deal until the Information Commissioner’s ruling “because the football has taken you to the cleaners”. “We have been very up front over not publishing the details so far as we have only just concluded the final letting contracts,” Johnson said. “We did not want to put anything out that would impact on our ability to negotiate future contracts. “But it should be a matter of public record and we should be very proud that we have got a Premiership football team in that stadium. The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) – set up to ensure the long-term success of the London 2012 site – and West Ham have insisted the deal involving the largely taxpayer-funded stadium should remain private for reasons of commercial confidentiality. But the Information Commissioner has ruled the details of the deal should be disclosed and Mayor of London Johnson says he has no problems with that decision. Press Association Boris Johnson says he would be “perfectly happy” for the financial details of West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium to be made public. “The stadium has been a fantastic success. It is doing brilliantly and it is basically unlike any other Olympic Stadium around the world as it has a long-term viable future with Premiership football at the heart of the deal. “I thought that was the right way forward for London and the right way forward for the Olympic Stadium. There are Olympic Stadiums around the world that are totally mothballed and don’t have any real activation in them. Go to Athens, go to Beijing. “It was perfectly obvious to me that the stadium could not have had a long-term future without a Premiership club in it. “We’ve got nothing to hide, we’ve got a very good rental agreement with West Ham and it’s fantastic that we will not be spending any more public money on this, so let’s get it out there.” West Ham, in a statement on Wednesday afternoon, said they supported Johnson’s stance that their move from Upton Park provides a sustainable future for the Olympic Stadium. But the Barclays Premier League club challenged Johnson’s comments suggesting the financial terms of the deal should be made public and endorsed the LLDC’s view that doing so would damage the taxpayer in future.