Summer is always a great time to step back, take stock, and recharge both personally and professionally. It is no different for an IT organization.Following EMC World in Las Vegas and during the recent EMC Forums, I spoke with numerous EMC customers. It is no surprise that we are all looking for ways to help influence our top and bottom line growth—despite our tight budgets and deadlines. This not only means driving simplification and operational excellence throughout IT, but helping our business users reduce cycle times and accelerate opportunities for the company.While I have encountered many trends over the years, it is the first time in my 30+ year career where these trends—cloud, Big Data analytics, mobility, social media, digital, and security—have converged to truly change the fabric of our business. Over time, these trends will be woven into our foundation and core IT systems, but in the near term, we need to test them, try them, and make sense of them.So, as I reflect and recharge this summer, here is what I am thinking about:How can we embrace and leverage these trends to contemporize IT; optimize end-to-end processes; reduce cycle times; speed go-to-market; and enable a productive office of the future?IT is not an island … We need to partner with and listen to our business users to understand their objectives and explore ways we can make them more effective and efficient. Are we in synch with the business?Given our tight timelines, are we also relying on our internal partnerships to improve our own approaches and processes? Can our shared services organization, Centers of Excellence, and EMC’s Enterprise Service Group help us accelerate our own objectives?Technology is always evolving, so are we aligned and trained to take these IT trends to the business? Are we fostering and using our collective experience and knowledge accordingly?While I contemplate these questions, many people throughout our organization have already dug deep into and have begun unlocking the potential of these trends. We’re making great strides, but we’ve only just begun. As we move forward, we’ll be sure to share our lessons learned and best practices related to these trends on our EMC IT Blog. However, we’d love to hear from you—how are you recharging IT?
The Oscars air on February 26, and even Broadway is buzzing with La La Land fever. Paramour cast members Ryan Vona, Ruby Lewis, Sarah Meahl and Bret Shuford created a tribute to the film. The medley includes the can’t-not-dance opener “Another Day of Sun” as well as “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” which nabbed Dear Evan Hansen duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul two Oscar nominations. Check out the video below, and be sure to tune in when Pasek, Paul and Lin-Manuel Miranda face off for that Best Original Song Oscar on Sunday. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017 Cirque du Soleil PARAMOUR
“Mainly I see the AMA’s decision as a effort to make sure treatment is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance,” said Connie Crawley, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension nutrition and health specialist in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The American Medical Association’s recent decision to label obesity as a disease comes with many questions as patients, physicians, insurers and others view the condition in a new light. Clifton A. Baile, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor of Animal and Dairy Science and professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, leads the initiative. The Obesity Initiative has more than 90 UGA faculty members focused on areas ranging from basic research on obesity, metabolism, genetics and disease to the development of pharmaceuticals, weight management interventions, gaming and mobile technologies for health messaging and innovative afterschool exercise programs. For more information, see http://obesity.ovpr.uga.edu/.UGA Public Relations Coordinator Stephanie Schupska contributed to this article. At UGA, obesity experts like Crawley have been studying aspects of the disease through their various disciplines and through the university’s Obesity Initiative, which was designed to address adult and childhood obesity and its related diseases. “Calling obesity a disease also takes some of the stigma away that it is just a personal flaw in one’s character that causes it—just like drug addition or alcoholism are diseases.” Obesity, Crawley explained, “is a chronic condition that requires life-long treatment. It certainly can increase a person’s morbidity and mortality from many other diseases like Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, asthma and certain cancers. It also can cause serious psychological pain.” Current obesity-related research at UGA include obesity’s effects on the development of degenerative diseases and the normal function of the central nervous system; the impact of obesity and high fat diets on early changes in the blood vessels of the eye; and cross-cultural comparisons on how physicians manage patients for cardiovascular disease who have risk factors like obesity.
“It is a difficult virus because it takes a variety of management practices to control,” said UGA plant pathologist Bob Kemerait. “If the virus isn’t controlled, it causes loss of yield for growers.” “Although new varieties have better resistance to the tomato spotted wilt virus and the highest yields have been observed between April 26 and May 10, growers should still wait until May 10 or later to begin planting their crop due to the risk of tomato spotted wilt virus,” Monfort said. When planting in April, farmers run the risk of drastic temperature changes, high thrips pressure and higher occurrences of tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV). “Planting early can also cause the plants to be more sluggish due to cooler weather, increasing the risk for early-season disease issues,” Monfort said.Thrips are insects that transmit TSWV, which can severely damage peanut plants. Hot temperatures and dry weather create prime conditions for thrips to feed on peanuts. “It happens every year,” Monfort said. “There’s moisture and people want to get in the field. They think the earlier, the better, but based on research, it is better to plant later in the season. The temperatures are warm enough to plant peanuts, but the temperatures can change before the month is over.” Unusually warm weather conditions and high soil temperatures have Georgia farmers itching to plant peanuts, but University of Georgia peanut agronomist Scott Monfort cautions peanut producers to hold off until the end of April or beginning of May. (Jordan Hill is an intern with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) This year, farmers are more eager to begin planting peanuts than usual. Monfort said farmers in Georgia will grow 20-25 percent more peanuts than they have in recent years. Last peanut season, Georgia produced nearly 500,000 acres of peanuts, and Monfort expects to see at least 750,000 acres this year.The huge increase is the result of the new farm bill and lower commodity prices on other crops grown in rotation with peanuts.“People want to plant early because they are ready to get in field,” he said. “Growers want to get the crop in early and get out early.”According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the farm gate value for peanuts in 2013 was more than $507.4 million. Soil temperatures should remain around 68 degrees Fahrenheit for three days before farmers begin planting, he said. Georgia’s soil temperatures are at or above 68 F now, but with two-plus weeks left in April, Monfort said cooler temperatures are still possible before May, which would be a problem for peanuts.
Whether it’s planning a family bike trip down the Virginia Creeper Trail or researching for your first-ever thru-hike attempt, let us help you discover your next trail-cation. We’ve covered everything from the best mountain biking destinations to the best undiscovered A.T. hikes in the past two decades, but below are the top 20 most mentioned trails that have graced the pages of our magazine over the course of 20 years.From scenic views to remote hikes, from family friendly trails to steep terrain that challenges even the most experienced of outdoorsmen and women, there’s a hike here for everyone! Click on the trail name to be directed to more information on the trail, then grab your hiking boots and a sense of adventure and head for the hills!TOP 20 TRAILSAppalachian TrailMountains to Sea TrailBartram TrailVirginia Creeper TrailBenton Mackaye TrailTuscarora TrailAllegheny Highlands TrailKitsuma TrailButtermilk TrailPlantation TrailGreenbrier River TrailC&O Rail TrailFoothills TrailGreens Lick TrailArt Loeb TrailTriple Falls Trail – DupontCumberland TrailGauntet – Carvins CoveDeep Gap/Black Mountain Crest TrailJacks Fork River Trail
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Designing Atari’s Coin-op MachinesRaiford Guins, associate professor of Culture and Technology at Stony Brook University, will give a talk on “Designing Atari’s Coin-op Machines, 1972-1979” followed by a signing of his book Game After: A Cultural Study of Video Game Afterlife. Afterward, enjoy the Arcade Age exhibit and play over 50 classic arcade games! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $10. 7 p.m. February 25. 67th Annual Hofstra Shakespeare FestivalAdapted and directed by Jean Dobie Giebel, experience The Great Bard’s timeless tragedy in all it’s intrigue and glory, as Hofstra University’s Department of Drama and Dance breathe fresh, new life into Hamlet’s torturous quest for revenge in “The Play’s The Thing: A One-Hour Hamlet”! Hofstra University, Hempstead. Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center. Tickets: HofstraTickets.com. $10 – $12. 8 p.m. February 25. Special performance with The Hofstra Collegium Musicum titled “Hofstra Shakespeare Festival Musicale: Love Is Merely A Madness,” directed by Christopher Morrongiello and featuring songs from “Shakespeare’s Time on the Most Vexing of All Maladies.” 2 p.m. February 27. Laugh till your britches hurt during “As You Like It,” one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni. Hofstra University Black Box Theater, New Academics Building. $10 – $12. 8 p.m. February 26 & 27. 2 p.m. February 28. Dennis DeYoung: The Music of StyxDomo Arigato, Mr. Roboto! We’re still not sure what that means—but who cares?!? Dennis DeYoung, the founding member of Styx, will perform (we can only hope) hits like “Mr. Roboto” and “Come Sail Away” (a six-minute adrenaline-filled work of musical genius) and several other blasts-from-the-past that made the progressive rock band from Chicago a nationwide sensation. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$79.50. 8 p.m. February 25. Dave Mason, Leon RussellOne of the living legends of English rock, Dave Mason has collaborated with a host of artists over his storied career, from Jimi Hendrix to Michael Jackson. This time, he’s joining forces with the time-tested American original, Leon Russell. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$74.50. 8 p.m. February 25.Bone Thugs-N-HarmonyThis hip-hop/rap group burst out of Cleveland in the mid-’90s, with their breakout hit single “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” gaining them enough of a following to continue releasing a smattering of albums and EPs, including Grammy winning song, “Tha Crossroads.” Consisting of rappers Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone and Flesh-n-Bone, this group has been commended by many for their unique sense of melody and dynamic stage presence. Now, they’re taking the stage again for the 20th Anniversary of “Tha Crossroads.” The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30. 9 p.m. February 25.TraptThis California-based alt-rock quartet is touring in advance of the release of their seventh studio album, DNA, which is slated to drop this year. Opening the show are J. Rad, Lubricoma, Inherit The Earth and Cracked Alice. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $20. 7:30 p.m. February 26.Wave: A True Story In Hip HopJoin the legendary creator of the famous “wave” dance move, Mr. Wave himself, for a documentary about his incredible life and a chance to learn the moves from the master himself. Mr. Wave will demonstrate his moves and teach audience members how to dance the wave. DJ Kool Herc, regarded as the father of hip hop, will be spinning tunes for the dance party to continue into the night! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. February 26.The B-52sB-52s fans can anticipate a transformation of the concert space into the bonafide Loveshack when this fantastically quirky and over-the-top new wave band take the stage. Iconic for the famed beehive hairdo and funky tunes like “Rock Lobster,” “Private Idaho” and “Roam,” the B-52s will make the whole dance floor shimmy and shake! One thing is for certain: Audiences are in for a fun, fun, fun night in celebration of longtime keyboard player, guitarist, bandmate, and B-52s brother, Paul Gordon, who recently joined that great, celestial musical jamboree up in heaven. Opening the show is Strange But Surf. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave, Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $55-$85. 8 p.m. February 26. Grateful OverkillUniting in a tribute concert to the Grateful Dead are these two groups, Reckoning and Half-Step. Reckoning originated on Long Island in 1990, capturing the spirit and emotion of Grateful Dead songs by creating a new take on classic tracks through innovative techniques and improv. Each of their shows is unique. In contrast, Half-Step consists of dedicated students and fans of the Grateful Dead, attempting to capture the spirit and emulate the original band’s music. Jerry would be proud, indeed! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$65. 8 p.m. February 26. The Lone BellowPlaying what they call “Brooklyn Country Music,” the Lone Bellow are a group of transplanted Southerners who deliver a passionate, soulful, acoustic-based alternative rock Americana. The band includes lead singer and songwriter Zach Williams, singer and mandolin player Kanene Dohehey Pipkin, and singer/guitarist Brian Elmquist. You’ve heard them on WFUV for months, now it’s time to experience them live! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. February 26.Pam Betti BandThis eponymous band’s lead singer, who was recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, is backed by veteran guitarist and sound sculptor, John Haseth, soulful drummer Sal DeVitto and amazing bassist Robert Jack. Imagine all that is transcendental in aural reverberations, singing and shining and beckoning your soul through the enigmatic auditory receptors within the back of your mind. Yes, redemption is here, dear dream lovers. Come and rejoice! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. February 26. Nick DiPaoloIn this day of watered-down comedy, Nick Di Paolo’s brutally honest performances remind us of what great stand-up should be: funny, socially relevant and a little bit reckless. Nick began his career in his hometown of Boston and two years later, made the jump to New York, where he found his seething, sarcastic style was welcomed with open arms by audiences at such clubs as Catch a Rising Star, Caroline’s, and The Comedy Cellar. It was at clubs like these where he honed his uncompromising point of view, which makes him not only a club favorite, but a true “comic’s comic.” You are quite simply going to laugh your tuckus off lol! The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $25. Various times, February 26, 27.Hops and Props Craft Beer Festival 2016This 100-percent draft-only craft beer festival features some of the finest suds from some of the best breweries in the United States and beyond. Many styles of beer are featured. Enjoy generous, heaping samples of liquid-chee-soaked Philly Cheesesteaks, weighty empanadas, crispy bacon, juicy ribs, never-ending nachos, sumptuous desserts and so much more to accompany these soothing heal-alls! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $20-$95. 12, 6 p.m. February 27.Joe Lynn TurnerThis New Jersey-born prog-rocker, who’s fronted Rainbow, Mother’s Army, Hugh Turner Project, Sunstorm and so many others, is touring solo. Opening the show are Trainwreck, Stryctnyne, Trendkill, and Tang. Come experience rock and roll the way it’s supposed to be: raw, deafening, and bone-shaking to the core! Come and be saved! Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $18, $20 DOS. 7 p.m. February 27.Mike DelGuidice & Big ShotThis is the only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Island crooner to date, The Piano Man, himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol—with spot-on performances and personalized, in-concert moments so Billy, you’d swear it was really him up there! Opening the show is Kodiak. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. February 27.I Love the 90s!Break out the MC Hammer pants, dust off the Starter jackets, and pump up your sneakers, because the ’90s are coming back to the stage on LI! Performing will be Salt N Pepa, Kid N Play, Coolio, Tone Loc, Rob Base, and Color Me Badd! Yes, yes, and yesss! Sorry, Vanilla Ice couldn’t make it (he sorta went hardcore anyway, after his you-know-what hit; not to say there’s anything wrong with hardcore, though, it’s just not the right fit for this particular bill). NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $69.50-$129.50. 8 p.m. February 27.Marc BroussardIn 2004, Marc Broussard, then a precocious 22-year-old singer/songwriter, released his major-label debut. He called it Carencro, after the Louisiana town where he was born and raised, and its thematic centerpiece was a hickory-smoked slab of Bayou soul called “Home.” Now, a decade after his critical breakthrough, Broussard has come full circle with A Life Worth Living, his sixth studio album, a celebration of what home means to him, starting with his wife and kids, the street he’s lived on his entire life, surrounded by loved ones, and all the minutiae of everyday life that he has come to treasure so dearly. Wow. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore.boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. February 27.A$AP FergNative New Yorker and hip-hop artist, A$AP Ferg began his career in the hip-hop collective A$AP Mob when pushed to rap more by high school friend (and fellow collective member) A$AP Rocky. His debut single, “Work,” released in 2012, quickly gained more than 2 million views, and was remixed by A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Trinidad James, and French Montana. Soon after, he released his debut album Trap Lord, and its success prompted the making of his next studio album, Always Strive and Prosper, set to drop this year. With Funk Flex and Fotsbeats. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20, $30 DOS. 10 p.m. February 27.Jack Hanna’s Into The Wild Live!The host of TV’s Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild is considered America’s favorite zookeeper. Jungle Jack and his family explore the far corners of the globe and discover amazing animals and cultures. His live show features many of his favorite animal friends, fascinating and humorous stories, and footage from his adventures around the world. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $29.50-$49.50. 3 p.m. February 28.Laura Prepon and Elizabeth TroyLaura Prepon, star of Orange Is the New Black, and integrative nutritionist Elizabeth Troy, will be speaking and signing their new book The Stash Plan: Your 21-Day Guide to Shred Weight, Feel Great, and Take Charge of Your Health. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. March 1.Geoff Tate’s Operation: MindcrimeHeavy metal singer and musician Geoff Tate got his start in the band Queensrÿche, whose success inflated in the ’80s, and led to the sale of over 20 million albums worldwide. After conflicts in the band, it was renamed Operation: Mindcrime in 2014, and released its debut album, The Key, last year. Inspired by international intrigue, political corruption and greed, this new album begins a new era for Tate. He’ll be performing a Suite of Operation: Mindcrime, plus classic hits. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. March 2.-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel & Timothy Bolger
New York will require kindergarten through 12th grade schools to disclose the number of students and staff testing positive for COVID-19 and may force colleges with more than 100 cases to switch to remote learning, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.Cuomo said the regulations would provide a check on the procedures put in place by colleges and give parents transparency about testing at elementary through high schools.”You have all your protocols. That’s nice,” Cuomo told a news conference. “If the state sees a cluster – just like colleges, just like workplaces, just like restaurants – we see a cluster in a school we are going to come in, override everything.” Cuomo criticized the administration of New York University for not preventing a large gathering of students in nearby Washington Square Park in New York City on Saturday night, and listed several other colleges in the state that have had spikes in COVID-19 cases.He said colleges must now report to the state’s health department when they have in excess of 100 cases, a threshold that would require a shift to remote classes unless there were extenuating circumstances.”Colleges across the country are seeing outbreaks,” he said. “This is going to be a problem.”Cuomo, a Democrat, also accused Republican President Donald Trump of “trying to kill New York City” by not approving infrastructure projects and not advocating for federal aid to states to deal with the economic fallout from the pandemic. Earlier on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republican leaders will introduce a proposal for additional coronavirus relief on Tuesday. The proposal is expected to have a far smaller scope than the $3 trillion bill passed in the Democratic-led House of Representatives in May.Cuomo said the president and the Senate would court economic disaster if they did not approve federal aid to states.”If they don’t provide a response the national economy will suffer for years,” he said. Topics :
Finnish pensions insurer Varma has invested €500m in a new US exchange-traded fund (ETF) it developed in conjunction with Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) and the index investment company Foxberry.The tracker instrument takes sustainability criteria broadly into account, the €47bn earnings-related pension provider said, keeping out tobacco, controversial weapons firms and those relying on coal business, as well as those with the highest emissions and significant fossil fuel reserves.Varma’s move to get involved in the creation of the ETF in which it would invest follows its €200m investment in September in the London-listed ETF L&G Europe Equity (Responsible Exclusions) fund it helped develop with the same two partners.Timo Sallinen, senior vice president, investments, at Varma, said: “Sustainability is integrated into Varma’s investment operations, and we also want to actively develop sustainable investment options. “As the responsible investment sector grows, the development of index funds with an increasingly responsible tilt is key, and they are precisely where change is needed,” he said.The LGIM US Sustainability ETF was listed on the London Stock Exchange on 10 December.The fund tracks the new Foxberry Sustainability Consensus US Total Return Index, whose exclusion methodology is determined by a sustainability committee, which includes both LGIM and Varma.Using the committee’s expertise was an attempt to “future-proof” the index, by being able to react to emerging issues, Foxberry said.Apart from firms doing business in certain sectors, the index also excludes companies that have breached international agreements and standards, for example concerning respect for human rights and the use of child labour, Varma said.As well as this, companies selected as investees are assessed on how well they take environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into account in their operations, the pensions insurer said.Sallinen said alternatives were needed for exclusion-based products.“We believe that co-operation between stakeholders goes a long way in promoting responsible investment,” he said.One of Varma’s main goals with this new product, he said, was to reduce the carbon emissions of its investment portfolio.Ilmarinen, Finland’s largest pension insurance company, has also been involved in developing its own ESG ETFs, having cooperated with BlackRock and iShares earlier this year.Shift away from coalSeparately, Varma announced today that it has joined a group supporting the shift away from coal power generation, saying people had to work together if greenhouse gas emissions were to be reduced.The pension insurer said it was the first Finnish company to join the Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA), which now has 97 members including national and sub-national governments, organisations and businesses.The alliance is working to phase out coal-based electricity and heat generation in the EU and OECD countries by 2030, and worldwide by 2050, which is required to keep global warming below 2℃ compared to pre-industrial levels, Varma said.Hanna Kaskela, Varma’s director of responsible investment, said: “Varma has ambitious climate targets, and as a large investor we believe it is also our duty to promote a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a transition to clean energy. This requires collaboration and a just transition.”Investors in the PPCA commit to extending no finance for new unabated coal projects, and investments in existing coal-fired power plants are also not possible if they would result in their operation beyond the PPCA timeframes.The alliance’s members also pledge to avoid exposure to investments and investment products that enable coal combustion beyond these timeframes.
Share Tweet Share The US Embassy in Georgetown has urged Americans to take several precautions because of past incidents of election violence in Guyana.GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday November 25, 2011 – The US Embassy in Georgetown has issued a travel advisory for Americans living in the country ahead of next Monday’s general and regional elections.It has warned them to be on the alert for increased criminal activity and violence, in light of what has transpired in past elections.Americans have been told to monitor the local media, avoid congested areas or areas where demonstrations are taking place or have been scheduled, and always travel with a charged cell phone prior to, during, and after the election.“You should be aware that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence,” the embassy warned.“You are therefore urged to avoid areas where demonstrations are occurring, and to exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations. You should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of your surroundings at all times.”U.S. citizens have also been encouraged to sign up with the embassy’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the most up-to-date security information. The Private Sector Commission and other groups have called for peaceful, free and fair elections even as the People’s Progressive Party/Civic continues to accuse the opposition of inciting racial and religious hatred ahead of the vote.That charge has been rejected by A Partnership for National Unity, which has urged supporters and the general public to observe peaceful elections.Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee has said that security forces will clamp down on any disturbances throughout the campaign, on elections day and in the aftermath of the polls.Election Day has been declared a public holiday.Caribbean 360 News Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews US issues travel advisory ahead of Guyana elections by: – November 25, 2011 15 Views no discussions
Drilon said during his time as the Departmentof Justice secretary, he has heard “unbelievable and absurd” alibis when hewould question police officers how the confiscated illegal drugs differ fromthe amount of drugs presented as court evidence. “I am disgusted and dismayed by the report ofthe PDEA that recycling of ‘shabu’ is rampant,” Drilon said. “Given thatadmission, I am not very optimistic about the success of the antidrug campaign,in general.” “This is worrisome. This is a decades-old caseof bantay-salakay, wherein the peoplewho are given the task of enforcing the law insofar as drug trafficking isconcerned are the ones who lead the anomalous practices,” he added. Drilon added that PDEA chief Aaron Aquino’sadmission – that confiscated drugs were recycled with the assistance of lawenforcers – is “worrisome.” MANILA – Opposition Sen. Franklin Drilon saidthe admission of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on the rampantrecycling of illegal drugs only showed that the administration’s “war on drugs”was a failure. “Dinagdag lang ‘yung 53 projects so that there can be some cosmetic and so they can say that things are moving,” says Minority House Leader Sen. Franklin Drilon. FILE PHOTO “When I was secretary of Justice and this wasyears ago, I already heard of this when we would call our witness and confronthim on the missing amount of drugs confiscated, he would say, ‘Sir, kinain po ng daga,’” he added. “The temptation is always there. You have tospend a lot of budget in order to make sure that this does not happen, but itcan be prevented by destroying the drugs, within the period required and withproper authorization,” Drilon said. “Unfortunately today, it is even on a largerscale, mukhang mas malaki ang mga dagangayon,” he added after Aquino revealed that around P22-billion of “shabu”are still in the inventory of the PDEA. He added he will request the Office of theCourt Administrator to give special attention and more rigorous enforcement ofthe law on the burning of drugs confiscated as he plans to move for anadditional budget for the PDEA to reopen its unit in the New Bilibid Prison inMuntinlupa City./PN