Today, Warren Haynes has revealed the details for his highly anticipated annual Christmas Jam, which will return to Asheville, North Carolina’s U.S. Cellular Center this December. Marking the all-star collaborative holiday party’s 30th anniversary, this year, Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam will span two nights from December 7th to December 8th, with both nights benefitting the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.On Friday, December 7th, the Christmas Jam will feature performances from Dark Side of The Mule, Grace Potter, Jamey Johnson, Marco Benevento, and Mike Gordon (Phish). On Saturday, December 8th, Warren Haynes will welcome Dave Grohl and friends play PLAY, Eric Church, Gov’t Mule, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), and Joe Bonamassa. The announcement also noted that a number of additional special guests will be on hand across the weekend, including Audley Freed, Fred Eltringham, Jen Gunderman, Jimmy Vivino, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Mike Barnes, Robert Kearns, Ron Holloway, and more.Noted Warren Haynes in a press release,I can’t believe that it has been 30 years since myself and a few friends held a small event in a local club so we could all play together around the holidays and donate a small amount of money to charity. Never in our wildest dreams did I, or anyone in attendance that night, expect that our little show would evolve into the event that it has, taking place over 2 nights at the arena where I saw so many great shows as a teenager. It’s gone from being a local event to an international one and we couldn’t have done it without the help of all the great artists, bands, and musicians that have donated their time through the years. I am thrilled and humbled that so many incredible musicians are going to help celebrate this milestone. This is truly going to be the biggest and best Christmas Jam yet. Pre-sale tickets for the upcoming 30th-anniversary Christmas Jam will go on-sale this Friday, October 19th, with both discounted two-day passes and VIP/travel packages available. On Friday, October 26th, tickets will go on sale to the general public. As noted in the announcement’s press release, “An increased number of reserved seats in the balcony of the arena will be made available during both the pre-sale and public on-sale, offering a guaranteed seat for the entire 7+ hour shows.” For more information, head to the event’s website.
By Dialogo March 25, 2014 Peruvian security forces are fighting increased levels of crime. In 2013, overall crime rose by nearly 30 percent, according to government statistics. About 80 percent of Peru’s 30 million inhabitants are concerned with insecurity, according to a recent poll. The Shining Path is the largest organized crime group operating in Peru. It engages in drug trafficking, firearms smuggling, money laundering, and the production of coca paste. Criminal organizations such as the Shining Path “pose a risk to the regional security and stability of the country,” Mendoza said. Between Jan. 1 2014 and mid-March 2014, organized crime enforcers killed at leaset 13 people in Peru, according to the government. One of those victims was the son of Carlos Burgos, the mayor of San Juan Lurigancho. On Feb. 16, 2014, the son, Carlos Enrique Burgos Gonzalez, 23, was shot to death as he left the Pericos nightclub. The gunman or gunmen also wounded three of his friends. Police found at least 10 bullet casings at the scene of the attack. The PNP is working hard to improve public safety. The PNP has more than 34,800 officers assigned to 1,397 police stations. Most of the police stations have 30 to 60 police officers, according to the First National Census of Police Stations 2012, conducted by the National Statistics and Information Bureau (INEI). Officers at most of the police stations — 1,232 of them – patrol communities on foot and in police cars, conduct criminal investigations, and work with the community to improve security. Another 165 police stations conduct specialized duties, such as providing security on roads and in airports. The PNP has 3,516 vehicles including cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and bicycles, according to INEI. PNP agents have made some important arrests and drug seizures in recent months: • On March 11, agents with the PNP’s drug enforcement division captured four suspects who were allegedly in possession of 114 kilos of cocaine. The suspects were allegedly part of the Los Sapos gang, which is led by the Perez Melitón family, authorities said. Los Sapos processes cocaine and transports large amounts of the drug to Bolivia. The gang also sells drugs in Peru. • On March 7, security forces confiscated 325 kilos of cocaine from a Bolivian airplane in Chorrillos, Oxapampa province. Security forces arrested two suspects. The plane had was headed to Europe. • In February, police agents from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (Dirincri) arrested more than 40 people suspected of homicide and extortion in the cities of Lima and Callao. Some of the suspects were believed to be operatives with three gangs: Los Sabuesos de Santa Anita, Los Panas de San Juan de Miraflores, and Los Jacobo. A joint effort Efforts by the PNP About half the academy had been built as of mid-March, 2014. The rest of it was under construction. The academy is being built with funds from the Peruvian government and from the United States. The Peruvian government will spend $9 million (USD) and the U.S. government will contribute $6 million (USD), according to the Interior Ministry. Peru and the U.S. cooperate in the fight against transnational criminal organizations, primarily by sharing information. Collaborating to fund the new academy is another form of cooperation. “It is a joint effort. We are confident that this is the way to strengthen a police force that we need to be increasingly strong, more legitimate, reliable, and respected, for all Peruvians,” Albán Peralta said. The school will train police officers who support “the fight against drug trafficking and corruption to strengthen public safety,” said Michael Fitzpatrick, the chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Peru. Fitzpatrick participated in the inaugural ceremony. Once it is complete, the new academy will have the capacity to train 320 recruits at a time. Recruits will be sworn in as officers after they have graduated from the academy. Graduates will join the PNP throughout the country. The new academy will help the PNP improve its professionalization, said Carlos Mendoza, director of Strategic Projects Consulting, a private security firm in Mexico City. “The new academy is a good move. The modernization of the Peruvian police takes a lot time to generate results in the medium term for the country,” Mendoza said. Peruvian security forces recently inaugurated a new police academy that is considered the most modern and advanced facility of its kind in the country. Police officials began using the facility, the Superior Technical School of the National Police of Peru (PNP), in February 2014. The academy is located in the municipality of Santa María del Valle, Huánuco province. Since the last week of February, police have been training 198 recruits at the academy, authorities said. Interior Minister Walter Albán Peralta said the new academy shows authorities are prepared to invest “whatever is necessary” to combat international drug trafficking and other illicit activities – such as extortion, kidnapping, and arms smuggling – that organized crime groups engage in. The Superior Technical School “is currently the most modern and advanced in the country,” Albán Peralta said during a Feb. 15, 2014 inauguration ceremony. At the academy, training officers are teaching police recruits a variety of law enforcement skills, such as how to locate drugs, how to interview witnesses, and how to fire a handgun. The academy features firing ranges, virtual classrooms, laboratories, a teleconference room, a cutting-edge computer center, separate dorms for men and women, a library, and sports facilities for physical training. Fighting organized crime International drug trafficking Transnational criminal organizations from Peru, Colombia, and Mexico have sophisticated transit networks to send shipments of drugs from Peru to the United States, East Asia, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and other Latin American countries. In addition to the Shining Path, the Mexico-based Sinaloa Cartel and drug trafficking organizations from Colombia, such as Los Rastrojos and Los Urabenos, traffick drugs through Peru. Cooperation between partner nations such as Peru and the U.S. is crucial in the battle against international drug trafficking, Mendoza said. “Information sharing between security forces is a key element that Peruvian authorities implement when operationalizing intelligence in the fight against criminal gangs and drug trafficking,” Mendoza said. Cooperation between Peru and the United States has never been greater, Mendoza said. The two countries are working cooperatively to fight drug trafficking, arms smuggling, money laundering, and other offenses committed by transnational criminal organizations, the security analyst said.
“A lot of the solutions already exist — they’re just lacking funding,” Zambetti said. “The other side of it is that there’s a lot of individuals who have a lot of pent-up desire to do something about climate change, like change their lifestyle and become more active in the political spheres. We decided to connect the two.” “We’d really like to become the one-stop shop for people to act on climate change, and basically growing from a simple calculation offset service to the easiest way for anyone tackling the climate crisis,” Zambetti said. “Whether that’s offsetting the carbon footprint, finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint, finding local chapters, we would support [them].” Project Wren subscriber Derrick Morales said he began contributing to the company to help with the current climate crisis and donate to organizations that sequester greenhouse gas emissions. Changing directions from their plans to develop a company involving human resource software, they created the startup to help with current climate change movements. The app, which was created in June, has grown to a consumer base of more than 1,000 subscribers and has raised more than $1.6 million through fundraising in the seven months since its launch. Once a user subscribes, Wren sends detailed updates to them every two weeks to delineate how the money is being spent. “I appreciate Wren because I know the money I give to the company is actually going toward some form of carbon sequestration — in this case, in the form of tropical rainforest preservation,” Morales said. Subscribers can offset emissions by making a monthly contribution to one of Wren’s three partnership programs that aim to make local climate impacts abroad. Partners include the International Small Group and Tree Planting Program, a community tree planting project in East Africa; Mandulis Energy, a small NGO in northern Uganda that provides clean energy to Ugandan refugees; and the Rainforest Foundation US, an organization that uses drones and satellite imagery to monitor deforestation in the Amazon rainforest for indigenous groups to report to local officials. Wren creators said the app aims to support consumers who are unsure about what steps to take to reduce their carbon footprint but wish to become active in conservation efforts. Project Wren plans to expand its sustainability efforts and grow its audience, Zambetti said. “One of the reasons offsets aren’t really mainstream is there’s sort of a lack of trust and transparency in the space,” Zambetti said. “You give money, and it’s almost like one of those black-box donations where you’re not really sure how your money is being spent or where it’s going. The thing we try to do at Wren is give a clear idea of where your money is going.” (Left to right) Landon Brand, Mimi Tran Zambetti and Ben Stanfield designed an app that sense users a biweekly update about how their donations to environmental organizations are spent. (Courtesy of Project Wren) “[We wanted to focus] not on what we thought could make a good business but … what we really knew we could build and enjoy building,” Stanfield said. “That’s ultimately what brought us to climate change because it’s something we are really passionate about.” “[Our users are] busy people who have jobs that are really demanding, so they won’t necessarily have a ton of time [to volunteer],” Zambetti said. “Subscribing to Wren is an easy way to get started with acting on climate change for a lot of these people.” After meeting through Spark SC in 2016, three Iovine and Young Academy students came up with a plan. Senior Mimi Tran Zambetti and alumni Landon Brand and Benjamin Stanfield, who graduated in 2019, created Project Wren, a startup program aimed at helping consumers offset their carbon footprint. Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the organization as Rainforest Foundation Fund. The name of the foundation is Rainforest Foundation US. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.