Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Shares Music Video For New Anders Osborne Collab, “Change My Way” [Watch]

first_imgKarl Denson’s Tiny Universe has released the second single, “Change My Way”, from their forthcoming studio album, Gnomes & Badgers–due out March 8th via Seven Spheres Records. Marking the group’s first new recording in five years, the new collection of music faithfully displays the road warriors’ live aesthetic in a studio setting.Today’s iteration of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe features guitarist DJ Williams, lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman, trumpeter Chris Littlefield, organist David Veith, bassist Chris Stillwell, and drummer Zak Najor. On the studio album, the band is joined by The Rolling Stones keyboardist and Allman Brothers Band alum Chuck Leavell, guitar-slinging singer-songwriter Lukas Nelson, New Orleans guitar hero Anders Osborne, Austin producer and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Quesada, and NOLA R&B royal Ivan Neville.Following the release of “I’m Your Biggest Fan“, today’s new song comes in the form of a music video and addresses the current crisis at the U.S. border. “Change My Way” was co-written with Anders Osborne and co-produced with Adrian Quesada (Brownout, Spanish Gold).As Denson tells Paste Magazine about the song, “‘Change My Way’ is a discussion about borders, boundaries, love and law.” Herrington adds, “Both the song and the video is a body of work seeking answers to some fundamental questions: Where would America be without the benefit of colordiversity of different races, faces, beliefs and creeds? What happened to ‘Love Thy Neighbor’? What happened to ‘Give me your tired, huddled masses yearning to be free’? Remember we were them not too long ago.”“Change My Way”[Video: KarlDensonVENO]In support of the 11-track new album, KDTU will head out on the road with Kung Fu and Urban Gorilla Orchestra. The band also has an official set at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 26th, as well as a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, at The Orpheum Theater on May 3rd, and summer festival appearances at High Sierra Music Festival and Floydfest. Denson then picks up his reoccurring role as touring saxophonist with The Rolling Stones on their U.S. summer tour.‘Gnomes & Badgers’ Track Listing1. What If You Knew2. Gossip3. Change My Way4. I’m Your Biggest Fan5. Can We Trade6. Millvale, PA7. Something Sweet8. Falling Down9. Time To Pray10. Smart Boy11. Just RememberedView Track ListingKarl Denson’s Tiny Universe 2019 Tour Dates2/22 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall +2/23 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall ++3/14 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour3/15 – San Diego, CA – The Music Box3/16 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent3/20 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge3/21 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge3/22 – Homer, AK – Alice’s Champagne Palace3/23- Homer, AK – Alice’s Champagne Palace4/26 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival4/26 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s5/3 – New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theater ^6/14 – Bethel, NY – Mountain Jam7/4 – Portland, OR – Waterfront Blues Festival7/5 – Portland, OR – Waterfront Blues Festival7/6 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival ^^7/7 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival ^^7/27 – Floyd, VA – Floydfest+ w/ special guests Kung Fu++ w/ special guests Urban Gorilla Orchestra^ R.E.S.P.E.K.T. A Tribute to the Queen of Soul^^ Eat a Bunch of PeachesView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Tix Now On Sale for Men are from Mars…

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 29, 2015 Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus View Comments Ready for an evening of self-help (albeit the tongue-in-cheek variety)?! Tickets are now available for the stage adaptation of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live! off-Broadway. Using the principles espoused in John Gray’s 1992 bestseller, Eric Coble has penned the production, which will begin performances on October 22 and officially open on November 7.Actor/comedian Peter Story shares the story of a man who has resisted the advice of Men are from Mars—Women are from Venus for years, but a chance meeting with the man himself, John Gray, changed everything. Now Peter imparts his experience with the book and his relationship in this 90-minute show that covers everything from dating to marriage to the bedroom!Directed by Mindy Cooper, the production will play a limited engagement through November 29 at New World Stages. Related Showslast_img read more

Fewer turf pests.

first_img“Treatments can cost as much as $315 an acre, so just one hole of a golf course could costbetween $600 and $800 to treat,” he said. “It has been common for a high-end golf course tospend $1,000 a hole to control mole crickets and, even at that price, not get good control. Newproducts have improved control considerably, but the cost is still high.”But over the last several years, Georgia’s drought has drastically reduced the mole cricketpopulation.Mole crickets lay eggs in underground cells in the spring. The eggs hatch in three to six weeks,depending on the weather, and the nymphs feed and grow through the summer, and mature intoadults in the fall.Immatures Can’t Stand the Heat”May and June are the months when mole cricket eggs hatch, and the last few years it has beenso dry and hot that the immature mole crickets haven’t survived well,” said Hudson. “There arestill plenty of mole crickets around in golf courses and parks and managed turf areas, but thedrought has definitely reduced their numbers. This is particularly true in nonirrigated areas likeroadsides, pastures, and fields.”So if you’re putt veers to the right a little, you can’t blame the mole crickets. At least not thisyear. Mole crickets are small, light brown insects that live in, and cause extensive damage to, turf. They are commonly found throughout the southeastern coastal plain from Texas to NorthCarolina. Here in Georgia, they are only found below Macon in sandy soils of the state’s coastalplain.”They like sandy soils so they haven’t moved into the northern portion of our state,” said WillHudson, a University of Georgia entomologist who researches this and many other of our state’sinsect pests. Hudson’s laboratory is located in the heart of the coastal plain on the Tiftoncampus of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Tunneling Across FairwaysMole crickets burrow beneath the soil creating tunnels similar to those made by moles, but muchsmaller. “Their tunnels can cause golf course managers a lot of grief,” said Hudson. “Even the best golfercouldn’t make a ball roll straight when mole crickets have burrowed tunnels across the green.”The size of tunnels can be used to indicate the age of the mole cricket population. As the molecricket increases in size, so does the tunnel. In addition to the damage caused by the tunnels, mole crickets damage turf by feeding on theplant roots, stems and leaves. But overall, mole cricket feeding is not considered as damaging ongolf courses as their tunneling.$20 Million in Annual DamageIt is estimated that mole crickets in commercial, recreational and residential turf costGeorgians $20 to $25 million a year in damaged grass and control expenses, said Hudson. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaIt’s hard to think of any reason to celebrate over the state’s drought conditions, but south Georgiagolf course managers have one. Fewer mole crickets.last_img read more

Top notch

first_imgBy Sharon Omahen University of Georgia The NSF reported agricultural research and development dollars expended through UGA in 2005 at a bit less than $92 million. Agricultural research funding remains strong at the University of Georgia. The university was ranked No. 4 in the nation in research funding by the National Science Foundation. “Add to this what I believe to be the leading extension and 4-H programs in the U.S. and improving and growing academic programs in Athens, Griffin and Tifton, Ga.,” Angle said, “and we clearly have much to be proud of.” The NSF defines agricultural science to include such disciplines as agricultural production, agronomy, animal science, fish and wildlife, forestry, plant science, soil science and others. center_img The agency recently released its nationwide ranking of programs. UGA came in fourth behind the University of Florida, University of California at Davis and Purdue University. “This report highlights the fact that the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia is one of the leading agricultural research institutions in the nation,” said J. Scott Angle, CAES dean and director. “Our faculty, staff and students are committed to excellence,” Angle said. “And this report demonstrates and affirms what many of us already know.”last_img read more

Robin Turnau Named VPR President; Mark Vogelzang Moves To Public Radio Nationally

first_imgVermont Public Radio,Vermont Public Radio announced today that Robin Turnau, a 20-year veteran at Vermont Public Radio, will become the new President and CEO. She will replace Mark Vogelzang, who will resign on February 1 to assist in a new effort to raise support for public radio stations.The leadership change at Vermont Public Radio, one of the most successful statewide, independent public radio networks in the country, was announced live at noon today on Vermont Edition, VPR s daily news magazine. Turnau was unanimously selected by the VPR Board of Directors to replace Vogelzang, who will be helping create a new approach to philanthropic giving across the country in partnership with stations.Vogelzang, 53, has led VPR since 1993 and is credited with VPR s expansion to two distinct FM networks, one an award-winning news and information service and the other devoted to classical music. When Vogelzang started, VPR broadcast a single service on three transmitters. Today, through growth by strategic acquisitions, the VPR network consists of nine full-power FM stations throughout Vermont. Vermont Public Radio listenership per capita consistently ranks the network as one of the top ten NPR stations in the country, and is one of the top-rated among all commercial and non-commercial stations in Vermont.”It is with deep regret that the VPR Board reluctantly accepts Mark s resignation. He has been a visionary leader who has helped us create and build the important Vermont-wide community resource that is VPR,” said Board Chair Deborah Granquist of Weston. “While Mark is leaving Vermont Public Radio, we are excited that he will be moving to a larger national stage to work with stations across the country, bringing his talent and energy and some of VPR s success.”We are thrilled to be able to promote Robin to the top job. One of the many lasting legacies of Mark s leadership is that while growing the Vermont Public Radio network, he simultaneously developed a strong management team with deep bench strength. Mark is leaving us well-positioned to meet our future challenges. With Robin s demonstrated leadership skills and determination, the Board is highly confident that she is ready to guide Vermont Public Radio to its next level of success,” Granquist said.Turnau said today that she is very honored and pleased to succeed Mark Vogelzang. “We have worked side-by-side for many years and as a result VPR is now in great shape to face the future. Vermonters and others donate their financial support because they trust and value VPR. That is the strong foundation we will build on for future success and in implementing VPR s mission while being faithful to our core values,” Turnau said.Vogelzang said: “The decision to leave VPR was not easy. It s a terrific place with such wonderful staff, listeners, and supporters, so it s a bittersweet moment. I m incredibly proud of the accomplishments we ve had in building this organization over the last 15 years. The people of Vermont and the surrounding region have come to count on VPR and NPR as their trusted source.”VPR is in great hands with Robin as its new President and CEO. It s a wise and important decision by the Board. Robin is so well-respected inside VPR, in this region, and across the public radio community for her leadership and experience. She is the major reason for the stability of VPR s annual membership support as well as the recent successful completion of our endowment campaign. It s a remarkable achievement, and Robin has delivered year in and year out.”I m leaving VPR, but not public radio. Change is in the air these days, so I m eager to take our development success in Vermont and replicate it across the country,” Vogelzang added.Turnau, 43, currently serves as VPR s Vice President of Development, a post she has held since 2004. She joined VPR in 1989 as Membership Coordinator, after graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in Anthropology. She has also served as VPR Development Manager and Director of Development during her career. Turnau s work at VPR was recognized nationally when in 2006 she was awarded the Development Professional of the Year by the Public Radio Association of Development Officers. She is also a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northern New England Chapter. Robin lives with her family in Charlotte.last_img read more

Colombian Navy Supports Scientific Expedition in the Antarctic

first_img“In this mission, the Navy is part of a larger partnership that involves various topics; they are involved because their Sailors are the best trained on the sea and navigation.” An ‘essential’ mission While the ship is not an ice breaker, it is conditioned to withstand extremely cold temperatures. It is equipped with important scientific gear, including instruments, laboratories, movement sensors, and an echo-sounder beneath the hull . A sophisticated Naval vessel In 1959, representatives from 12 countries – including Argentina, Chile, Australia, and the United Kingdom – signed the Antarctic Treaty in Washington, D.C., which calls for the region to be used for peaceful purposes and for the continuation of scientific observations. During the 1980s, Colombia was added to the Treaty as an observer; today, the country now hopes to become a consulting member. A sophisticated Naval vessel By the end of the expedition, the ARC 20 de Julio will have traveled 14,417 nautical miles, with 12 stops to refuel and strengthen ties with friendly nations. The ship will also stop at scientific bases on Greenwich and King George Islands. “Researchers from the Maritime General Directorate at the Center for Oceanographic and Hydrographic Research, along with nine scientists from the Colombian Navy, will conduct an oceanographic survey of Gerlache Bay,” said Commander Camilo Segovia, the ship’s commanding officer, on the website Fan.com. In 1959, representatives from 12 countries – including Argentina, Chile, Australia, and the United Kingdom – signed the Antarctic Treaty in Washington, D.C., which calls for the region to be used for peaceful purposes and for the continuation of scientific observations. During the 1980s, Colombia was added to the Treaty as an observer; today, the country now hopes to become a consulting member. The Antarctic region has significant scientific and geopolitical value. The ARC 20 de Julio is carrying 102 people on the journey, including 82 crew members. The 20 researchers are from 11 Colombian institutions, including the Navy; the National Army, the Maritime General Directorate, the Colombian Ocean Commission; the Admiral Padilla Naval Cadets School; the Colombian Air Force; and the Norte, Valle, Antioquia and Los Andes universities, as well as the Malpelo, Yubarta and the Omacha International Conservation foundations. To achieve this scientific mission in a harsh environment, Military authorities chose the ARC 20 de Julio (OPV-80), one of the most modern vessels in the Colombian National Navy. The Navy’s involvement in the mission demonstrates its dedication to protecting the environment and cooperating with other countries in achieving that goal. It is “protecting the planet,” said National University of Colombia security analyst Edwin Hernández. By the end of the expedition, the ARC 20 de Julio will have traveled 14,417 nautical miles, with 12 stops to refuel and strengthen ties with friendly nations. The ship will also stop at scientific bases on Greenwich and King George Islands. Scientists will conduct research experiments on how different areas of the Antarctic impact the planet. Among other tasks, they will create navigational charts for unexplored areas of the Antarctic, and investigate maritime security, the El Niño phenomenon, and the behavior of large mammals and fish. The scientists are aboard the ARC 20 de Julio military patrol vessel, which embarked on the mission on December 16 from the Bolívar Naval Base in Cartagena. The ship crossed the Panama Canal, and then sailed down the Pacific coast of South America before arriving in the Antarctic on January 18. The mission will conclude on March 12. “This ship was chosen for the expedition [to the Antarctic] because of its operational capacity, its versatility, and its configuration,” Commander Segovia said, according to El Heraldo. The ARC 20 de Julio is one of the latest naval creations from the shipyards operated by Colombia’s Science and Technology Corporation for the Development of Naval Maritime and Riverine Industry (Cotecmar). This vessel became part of the Colombian fleet in 2012. The ship, which is more than 80 meters long and 13 meters wide, is not an ice-breaker. On its first mission, the ARC 20 de Julio was assigned to the Tumaco Drug Enforcement Task Force, where it conducted maritime interdiction operations to dismantle terrorist support networks linked to drug trafficking off Colombia’s Pacific coast, according the website for the Colombian Antarctic Program. The mission marks the launch of the Colombian Antarctic Program, which will establish a geopolitical presence on the continent and lay the groundwork for continued scientific investigations. The Colombian Navy is providing logistical, operational, and scientific support – and its largest and most sophisticated ship – for 20 researchers conducting the country’s first scientific expedition to the Antarctic. An ‘essential’ mission The Colombian Navy is providing logistical, operational, and scientific support – and its largest and most sophisticated ship – for 20 researchers conducting the country’s first scientific expedition to the Antarctic. The mission marks the launch of the Colombian Antarctic Program, which will establish a geopolitical presence on the continent and lay the groundwork for continued scientific investigations. The ARC 20 de Julio is carrying 102 people on the journey, including 82 crew members. The 20 researchers are from 11 Colombian institutions, including the Navy; the National Army, the Maritime General Directorate, the Colombian Ocean Commission; the Admiral Padilla Naval Cadets School; the Colombian Air Force; and the Norte, Valle, Antioquia and Los Andes universities, as well as the Malpelo, Yubarta and the Omacha International Conservation foundations. The Colombian Navy protects the environment By Dialogo January 23, 2015 The ARC 20 de Julio is one of the latest naval creations from the shipyards operated by Colombia’s Science and Technology Corporation for the Development of Naval Maritime and Riverine Industry (Cotecmar). This vessel became part of the Colombian fleet in 2012. The ship, which is more than 80 meters long and 13 meters wide, is not an ice-breaker. On its first mission, the ARC 20 de Julio was assigned to the Tumaco Drug Enforcement Task Force, where it conducted maritime interdiction operations to dismantle terrorist support networks linked to drug trafficking off Colombia’s Pacific coast, according the website for the Colombian Antarctic Program. “Researchers from the Maritime General Directorate at the Center for Oceanographic and Hydrographic Research, along with nine scientists from the Colombian Navy, will conduct an oceanographic survey of Gerlache Bay,” said Commander Camilo Segovia, the ship’s commanding officer, on the website Fan.com. Scientists will conduct research experiments on how different areas of the Antarctic impact the planet. Among other tasks, they will create navigational charts for unexplored areas of the Antarctic, and investigate maritime security, the El Niño phenomenon, and the behavior of large mammals and fish. “The mission is essential for our nation’s survival,” added Segovia. “The expedition is key to performing various experiments that will determine how our climate, biodiversity and agricultural production will be affected by the climatic conditions in the Antarctic.” The Navy’s involvement in the mission demonstrates its dedication to protecting the environment and cooperating with other countries in achieving that goal. It is “protecting the planet,” said National University of Colombia security analyst Edwin Hernández. “The National Navy will continue to undertake actions to protect the country’s naval power and sciences, and its support for the Colombian Antarctic Program will support the country’s desire to become a consulting member of the Antarctic Treaty,” the Colombian Navy announced in a press release. “This ship was chosen for the expedition [to the Antarctic] because of its operational capacity, its versatility, and its configuration,” Commander Segovia said, according to El Heraldo. While the ship is not an ice breaker, it is conditioned to withstand extremely cold temperatures. It is equipped with important scientific gear, including instruments, laboratories, movement sensors, and an echo-sounder beneath the hull . The Colombian Navy protects the environment “In this mission, the Navy is part of a larger partnership that involves various topics; they are involved because their Sailors are the best trained on the sea and navigation.” To achieve this scientific mission in a harsh environment, Military authorities chose the ARC 20 de Julio (OPV-80), one of the most modern vessels in the Colombian National Navy. The scientists are aboard the ARC 20 de Julio military patrol vessel, which embarked on the mission on December 16 from the Bolívar Naval Base in Cartagena. The ship crossed the Panama Canal, and then sailed down the Pacific coast of South America before arriving in the Antarctic on January 18. The mission will conclude on March 12. The Antarctic region has significant scientific and geopolitical value. “The mission is essential for our nation’s survival,” added Segovia. “The expedition is key to performing various experiments that will determine how our climate, biodiversity and agricultural production will be affected by the climatic conditions in the Antarctic.” “The National Navy will continue to undertake actions to protect the country’s naval power and sciences, and its support for the Colombian Antarctic Program will support the country’s desire to become a consulting member of the Antarctic Treaty,” the Colombian Navy announced in a press release. It’s good to know what’s happening in the world and I like it a lot It’s very good that the Colombian Navy is contributing to these scientific investigations There are at least 5 fires a day in the Cauca Valley. I have proof of this in more than 50 photographic records, no one takes responsibility for this because we’re between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand our villages’ labor force and sidewalks and on the other our environment. WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT? If the number of fires is reduced, the number of machines will increase, and therefore the labor force will be cut and if burns are carried out the labor force is happy but the environment will collapse.last_img read more

India, Mexico, Norway, Ireland elected to UN Security Council

first_imgThe UN General Assembly elected on Wednesday four new members of the Security Council for 2021 and 2022, with Canada losing out again and the battle for the African seat going to a second round.India, Mexico, Norway and Ireland were chosen as non-permanent members, while Djibouti and Kenya — both of which failed to receive the two-thirds vote majority required to win — will go to a second round of voting on Thursday.Canada was beaten once again for one of the Western seats, by Ireland and Norway, despite a long and star-studded campaign, a result likely to be a blow to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In the Asia-Pacific region, India — which has been trying unsuccessfully to win a permanent seat in an expanded Security Council — ran unopposed to win 184 votes out of the 192 countries that participated in the election.The result means that India will now have a seat at the same table as China, just days after the two nations disputed their Himalayan border, trading blame for a brawl that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead.Mexico, which also ran unopposed, earned 187 votes.African nations have in the past picked their own candidate but were unable to put forward a single country this time. Kenya received 113 votes against Djibouti, which got 78. Kenya boasts of enjoying the support of the African Union, but Djibouti says it should have the seat due to Nairobi’s past participation on the Security Council and the principle of rotation.French-speaking Djibouti and English-speaking Kenya are both highlighting their roles in seeking peace on the Horn of Africa, as well as their contributions to UN peacekeeping options.Kenya has pointed to its welcome to refugees from Somalia and South Sudan, as well as to its support to the two countries’ fragile governments.Djibouti, in turn, notes its strategic location and unusual role as a defense base for diverse countries — France, the United States, China and Japan — as well as its contributions in Somalia.For Europe and the Western seats, the competition was more customary.Canada — already stung by a defeat in 2010 during its last bid for the Security Council, when the General Assembly chose Portugal instead — was dominated by Norway, with 130 votes, and Ireland, which had 128, the minimum number required to win.Trudeau had invested heavily in the latest Security Council effort, with the defeat potentially causing him political embarrassment at home.”As we move forward, we remain committed to the goals and principles that we laid out during this campaign,” Trudeau said in a statement, adding that Canada would “continue to play a vital role in advancing global cooperation and building a more peaceful, inclusive and sustainable world.”center_img Celine Dion vs Bono Hoping to woo delegates, both Canada and Ireland had wielded star power: Celine Dion sang in New York City to promote Canada at the UN, while U2 performed a concert in the Big Apple for Ireland.”Campaigning for a UNSC seat involves endless lobbying, entertaining and worrying that the ambassador who just promised you a vote is a liar,” tweeted Richard Gowan, an expert on the world body at the International Crisis Group.Fearing fraud or manipulation, the General Assembly did not vote electronically, even though the United Nations is mostly operating virtually until the end of July due to the coronavirus pandemic.Instead, each of the 193 delegations had a chance to cast a secret ballot at a designated time scattered throughout the day in the famous Assembly Hall. Each new Security Council member needed to win two-thirds of the votes cast.The Security Council has 10 non-permanent members in addition to the veto-wielding Big Five — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.The General Assembly also elected Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir as its president for the 2020-21 session on Wednesday.Bozkir was the only candidate running, but Armenia, Cyprus and Greece — all of which have historically tense relations with Turkey — opposed him, meaning he could not be elected by consensus and nations had to cast votes.Topics :last_img read more

Santos’ LNG figures boost third-quarter revenue

first_imgAustralian LNG player Santos, the operator of the GLNG project, reported a 6 percent increase in production for the third quarter of 2018. Production reached 15 mmboe, compared to 14.2 mmboe reported in the second quarter of the year.Sales revenue jumped up 10 percent to $973 million, including record quarterly LNG revenues of $405 million, Santos said in its report.Third quarter sales volumes were higher than the prior quarter primarily due to a full quarter of production from PNG LNG following the impact of the earthquake in the first half and the planned one-month maintenance shutdown of the Bayu Undan/Darwin LNG facilities in May.Sales revenues rise was also boosted by higher commodity prices.This was partially offset by lower crude oil sales volumes due to the cessation of production from the Mutineer Exeter/Fletcher Finucane asset in Western Australia in the second quarter and the completion of the sale of the non-core Asian assets on September 6, 2018.Santos further noted that looking forward, it has narrowed its 2018 sales volumes guidance by lifting the lower end of both ranges, reflecting strong performance by the company’s core assets and despite the sale of the Asian assets completed in early September.Under the updated guidance, Santos expects sales volumes to be between 74-76 mmboe and the production volume guidance to be between 56-58 mmboe.Capital expenditure guidance has been lowered to reflect current internal forecasts and timing of expenditures. There is no change to well guidance for the Cooper Basin and GLNG for 2018, which is maintained at 85-90 and around 300 wells, respectively.last_img read more

PM Skerrit responds to cabinet reshuffle claims

first_imgHon. Roosevelt Sjerrit (file photo).Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has broken his silence on claims of a looming cabinet reshuffle.According to reports circulating in the media, the prime minister could soon announce a Cabinet reshuffle to iron out issues within that circle.However Prime Minister Skerrit told an interview with the media following the Campbell Village Feast on Monday that he will not be distracted by claims of a Cabinet reshuffle.“If there is going to be a Cabinet Reshuffle, when the Prime Minister, in discussion with his colleagues comes to the final list or whatever, if there is going to be one, we shall advice the country. I don’t think it is something that needs any public debate or discussion. We are not going to get distracted…We have a lot of work to do. In these present economic difficulties confronting Dominica and the rest of the world, you have to be very focused on addressing the situation confronting our people,” he said.He said his government will not be distracted however there is always an issue if a cabinet reshuffle for governments.“All of these sideshows, I don’t like getting involved in that. This isn’t anything new. It isn’t any groundbreaking exercise. It is something that governments go through from time,” he added.Dominica Vibes News 20 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! LocalNews PM Skerrit responds to cabinet reshuffle claims by: – April 10, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Duterte sacks Robredo as anti-drug czar

first_imgMANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte hasfired Vice President Leni Robredo from her post as co-chair of the Inter-agencyCommittee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). Photo courtesy of PCOO “Maramiang natuwa at humanga sa pagtanggap ni VPLeni ng nasabing alok. Sumabog sa mukhanila ang kanilang tangkang pahiyain si VP Leni. Duterte has been critical of Robredoin the days since he appointed her to the position, saying that he does nottrust her and keeping the list of high-value drug targets from her. Robredo’s appointment came after a dayafter Duterte designated her co-chair of the anti-drugs body along withPhilippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino on Nov. 6. “Malacañang did not just blink. Parang silang napuwing nang todo-todo.Umatras. Dahil sa takot at pangamba na lalo pang lumawak ang suporta kay VPLeni bunga ng mas maayos at higit naepektibong kampanya laban sa iligal na droga, agad-agad nilang tinanggal siyasa ICAD.” “Pinatunayandin nitong pagtanggal kay VP Leni na wala silang isang salita. Sa katunayan,yung palpak na war on drugs ginawanilang war on VP. “Their scheme to make VP Leni lookweak backfired. Just two weeks after her appointment, she has shown courage andcompetence in facing the problem at hand and redirected the anti-drug war trackfrom a criminal justice issue to a public health problem. Sen. Francis Pangilinan, leader ofRobredo’s Liberal Party, said, “The appointment and the eventual firing of VPLeni as anti-drug co-chair prove what we have been saying all along: Both thewar on drugs and the appointment of the vice president as ICAD co-chair arebluff and bluster.” Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdeaconfirmed this to reporters on Sunday evening, but no reason was given for thetermination. Here’s the rest of Pangilinan’sstatement: On Malacañang’s explanation “that thetermination of VP Robredo was in response to the Liberal Party suggestion tojust fire the Vice President and in response to the taunt and dare of VPRobredo for the President to just tell her that he wants her out, Pangilinansaid, “Naghahanap ng sisisihin sa mgapalpak at magulo nilang kilos. A desperate attempt at blaming others forthe mess they themselves created.”/PN The Chief Executive even warned tofire the opposition stalwart if she discloses confidential information toforeign entities in connection with his brutal war on drugs. “Samaikling panahon, pinakita ni VP Leni na hindi solusyon ang araw-araw na patayanng mga mahihirap na drug user habang pinapakawalan at pino-promote ang malalaking drug lord, ninja cops, at mga protektor nila. Earlier on Sunday, Duterte apologizedto Robredo for believing a “fake news” that she had invited a UN prosecutor tolook into his administration’s war on drugs. Robredo was reached out for commentbut no to avail. She was able to serve as an ICAD co-chair for only two weeks. Robredo had earlier criticized theadministration’s bloody anti-drugs campaign, saying that it is not workingsince the number of drug users and traffickers are still rising despite thebloody campaign on drugs.last_img read more