Last night, Dave Matthews appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote his band’s new album, Come Tomorrow, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts this week. In addition to chatting with Fallon and performing a rendition of album single “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)”, Matthews took part in a hilarious sketch about another (fictional) “new album” that took Dave well outside his musical comfort zone.“Do you enjoy the ominous, bass-heavy bouts of trap music but wish it had a more jammin’, earthy sound?” asks a wig-clad Fallon as nasal-y spokesperson Steve Joshua. “Well stop wishing that, because you’re going to love this new music album: Dave Matthews Sings Trap Music.” Fallon continues on in his best public radio host deadpan, “That’s right, America’s favorite singer slash songwriter slash master of the outdoor jam band brings you 25 of the dankest, tastiest trap tunes ever recorded…”Mirroring old TV ads for compilation albums, the clip cuts to snippets of Matthews performing these “trap classics” as Fallon presents the track list. First up is Dave’s performance of Migos‘ “Stir Fry”, delivered in his trademark falsetto. It’s, um… interesting. “Do you feel that?” asks Fallon. “That’s the sound of my body tingling.”Moving on through the list, Fallon ponders, “…and who could forget the Lil Pump classic, ‘Gucci Gang’?” Matthews then pops back up to deliver his rendition of the track, complete with an ad-libbed “brrrrr” for good measure. It’s just as bizarre as it sounds.Finally, Fallon explains, if you order now, you receive a special bonus record: Dave Matthews Sings Cardi B, before sending it over to a clip of Matthews performing “Bodak Yellow” as $100 bills rain down behind him via green screen. He succeeds in making it sound like a Dave Matthews tune, which is at once hilarious and wholly unsettling. It’s the musical equivalent of salmon-flavored frozen yogurt: it takes two things that are doing just fine on their own and makes them both worse by combining them in a stomach-churning concoction. The cringes it induces, however, are worth the absurd laughs it also provides.Fallon signs off by warning viewers not to fall in the “trap” of not ordering this album, directing people to www.DaveTrapthews.com, before closing with his best “skrrrrt skrrrt!” Watch the strangely uncomfortable yet ultimately amusing clip below:Dave Matthews Sings Trap Music (Migos, Lil Pump, & Cardi B covers) – The Tonight Show[Video: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon]Below, you can also watch video of Matthews’ Tonight Show performance of “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)” and a clip of his on-air interview with Fallon, in which Dave explains how “Samurai Cop” was inspired by a terrible straight-to-video movie of the same name and how Ryan Gosling ruined his only karaoke experience via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:Dave Matthews Band – “Samurai Cop” (Live)Dave Matthews – “Samurai Cop” Origins – The Tonight ShowDave Matthews – Ryan Gosling Ruined Karaoke – The Tonight ShowDave Matthews Band is currently on tour. For a full list of their upcoming dates, head here.
The release of the new album on Friday will coincide with the band’s second-annual The Marcus King Band Family Reunion festival, set to take place on Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC. For a full list of The Marcus King Band’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here. Back in August, The Marcus King Band—which features the beloved young guitarist and vocalist Marcus King alongside drummer Jack Ryan, bassist Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, saxophonist Dean Mitchell, and keyboardist DeShawn “D’Vibes” Alexander—announced that hey have new album on the way, Carolina Confessions, which is due out this Friday, October 5th via Fantasy Records.Produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), the new album from The Marcus King Band showcases the 22-year-old frontman’s maturation as a songwriter, as King takes writing credit on all ten tracks, in addition to on one co-written with The Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach. About the new album, Carolina Confessions, King told Billboard:I wanted this record to focus a little bit more on songwriting and the structure of the tune itself.” King describes the ten-song catalog as “the confessional side of things. Music, for me, is a way to say what’s on my mind and kind of a way to explain that — just like true confession, if you feel guilty and want to get some things off your chest. That’s how writing is and making music is for me.Today, Noisey has premiered an advance full-stream of The Marcus King Band’s new album, Carolina Confessions, ahead of its official release on October 5th. In the Noisey article, King speaks frankly about his life, including the difficulties of combining music and business as well as how “Goodbye Carolina” was written about a friend of King’s who committed suicide. You can listen to the full stream of Marcus King Band’s new album, Carolina Confessions, below or over on Noisey.The Marcus King Band – Carolina Confessions – Full Album Stream
Creative conversation “Create buildings and places that engage people. It doesn’t mean pandering to historical models of the past,” Frank Gehry, the legendary architect, said of his guiding principles. “And question everything.”Though long known as a boundary-pushing visionary in design circles, Gehry found mainstream celebrity in the late ’90s with the opening of the now-iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, a swirling, futuristic abstraction in stone, glass, and titanium. He’s since gone on to build many notable projects, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the MIT Stata Center.With salty, dry wit, Gehry reflected on his still very active 50-year-plus career during a talk Friday evening at the JFK Jr. Forum hosted by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.Deborah Borda, the president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic who is now a Hauser Leader-in-Residence at HKS’s Center for Public Leadership, described the iconoclast as a man “who has almost single-handedly transformed the world of contemporary architecture.”“He’s done it through artistry, technology, resilience, and something people don’t always think about but which is a critical factor about Frank, and that is: Humanity.”— Christina Pazzanese Deborah Borda, Hauser Leader-in-Residence at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, spoke with celebrated architect Frank Gehry. Video courtesy of Harvard Institute of Politics <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD-IJ3784kA” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/yD-IJ3784kA/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>
The Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Association Board of Directors met last Wednesday through Saturday for their annual fall conference. Senior Student Alumnae Associate Board Representative Mollie Valencia said the group, comprised of 19 alumnae and two current students, joins together twice a year to discuss new changes and ways in which the Board can better connect with their worldwide alumnae network. The group met on Wednesday afternoon for the first of two general sessions, Valencia said. Saint Mary’s President Carol Mooney addressed the group, discussing the College’s initiative to cultivate a community of diversity and acceptance. Each of the Board’s committees and task forces agreed to encompass these changes in their goals for involvement within the community, Valencia said. “The task forces are designed to work to accomplish a specific event or movement, and the committee meetings have a larger goal of working with the College to develop certain areas like alumnae engagement, student-alumnae relations and alumnae clubs throughout the U.S.,” Valencia said. “The meetings revolve around figuring out ways to accomplish these goals, and all were very successful.” On Thursday evening, the members participated in the annual Success After Saint Mary’s event, which was open to all students, Valencia said. The event began with keynote speaker Charmaine Torma ’99, who spoke to students about the importance of networking. “Let me assure you, your Saint Mary’s degree is well worth the time and investment,” Torma said. “Professional networking will give you the edge you need. Remember that networking happens every day and anywhere. It’s much more than meeting new people. It’s about being purposeful. Make sure you take the time to remember a person’s name, because networking is all about relationship-building.” The speech was followed by a presentation by Carla Leal ’13 and Peggy Rodgers Taylor ’78 that taught students the top 10 ways to impress when networking. Junior Sarah Hossfeld said she learned a great amount from the various alumnae, including the members of the Board whom she was able to mingle with after the speeches concluded. “I thought Success After Saint Mary’s was such a good opportunity for students to practice how to properly introduce themselves and network with the alumnae. All of those women are so accomplished, and I felt honored to be able to talk to them about my own goals for the future,” Hossfeld said. “It always amazes me to meet alumnae and connect immediately over our love for Saint Mary’s; they want to talk to us students just as much as we want to learn from them.” Valencia said the weekend also included orientation for new group members, a Chemistry Show put on by the SMC Chemistry Department, Mass for All Saint’s Day and a luncheon for the members and the Alumnae Relations Committee in Stapleton Lounge. Junior Julia Dunford said the luncheon was a great success. “The alumnae were very willing to connect us with their networks and help us in any way they could,” Dunford said. “After all, alumnae are some of the biggest supporters of Saint Mary’s students and it was awesome to speak with them on a personal level. Most of them were still wearing their class rings, and it connected us immediately.” Valencia said the weekend concluded with the “Welcome Home” tailgate event at Dalloway’s Clubhouse, where alumnae and their families could mingle with students and faculty before the home football game on Saturday.
Kathe Mull & Rachel Tucker (Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Related Shows Kathe Mull has been a proud member of Wardrobe Local 764 since 1987. Her first dressing job was the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls, and since then she has worked on such shows as Crazy For You, The Crucible, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Contact, Copenhagen and many more. In addition to working as a dresser, Mull says she has learned to change her hats quickly: She wears the hats of wife, mother of two boys, director, teacher, actress, friend, and tarot/angel card reader. She is the founder/artistic director of Constructive Outrage Productions: Social Issues with a Solution and is is currently directing Unedited Voices of the Upper Valley: The Rising—an evening of stories, dance, songs and poetry—giving a voice to over 50 survivors of domestic violence. (It will be performed in April.) Here, Mull tells us all about her experience dressing Rachel Tucker…and 40 other women who have played Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked.When did you first meet Rachel Tucker, and what was your first impression of her?I met Belfast-born, now Londoner Rachel Tucker at the Gershwin when she was in rehearsal and immediately knew that it was going to be a fun, lively time. Ireland is my “adopted” country. I am a founding member of The Irish Repertory Theatre; I’ve dressed Liam Neeson and Brian Dennehy and gave my sons Irish names.What’s your history with Wicked?Alyce Gilbert and her assistant Dennis Paver asked me to come in six months after the Broadway opening of Wicked as a swing principal dresser. I became the fulltime Elphaba dresser when Shoshana Bean took over as the first replacement in 2005.How many Elphabas have you worked with?As of today, I have dressed 41 amazing women and that includes standbys and understudies.What do you wish more people knew about dressers?Dressers have more in our closets at home than black clothes. OK, I really don’t.What makes you and Rachel laugh? We laugh a lot. The theater is so full of creative energy: people will come into the dressing room with a song or dance, wig or weird costume—to keep all of us laughing and our energy up for the show.What are some items you like to have on hand backstage?Kleenex, Kleenex, Kleenex. Then the usual: water, bite light, pins…What’s the most challenging part of dressing Elphaba?Keeping up with Rachel. We flat out run to make some entrances—before “Defying Gravity” and “No Good Deed.” I wear running shoes. Black, of course.Which of Elphaba’s costumes do you wish you had in your closet?Honestly? The dress she wears at the end of the show. It is a bias cut, flowing, very feminine dress: beautifully designed by Susan Hilferty.What do you two bond over?Simple things: the dresser/star relationship is very personal. I’m in the trenches with her. We bond over her water bottle.What’s the best gift she’s ever given you?Rachel is a class “A” gift giver. Tangible gifts for everyone are always very personal and perfect. But I consider her spirit and love of performing full-out every performance to be her greatest gift to all of us. Really.What’s something she says all the time?She says, “See you on the Green!” when she sees her fellow actors before the show.What is something you do that makes her roll her eyes?I don’t think that I have ever seen her roll her eyes. She just laughs.Any fun anecdotes you want to share about your time working with Rachel?Most theater companies have a tradition around Halloween of secretly “Booing” each other. Decorating someone’s station/dressing room with cobwebs, plastic spiders, candy and such. Rachel wasn’t familiar with this and was delighted when she came into her dressing room to discover the Halloween decorations. She ran around the theater, joyfully shouting in her Belfast accent: “I GOT BOOED!!! I GOT BOOOOOOED!!!” It was fun.What’s the best part about being on the Green Team?Working with fellow Green Team artists: Hair Supervisor Mary Kay Yezerski-Bondoc and Makeup Supervisor Craig Jessup. Seamlessly, we navigate Rachel’s changes to get her on stage looking and feeling great. Wicked View Comments from $95.00
University of Georgia experts with the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture recently surveyed more than 1,500 people in this category.”We knew the drought was hitting the industry hard,” said Ellen Bauske, the program coordinator with the center. “We had no idea how hard.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaSevere water restrictions may have you cutting the number of times you wash your car, clothes and pets. But if you rely on landscaping for your livelihood, the drought is likely cutting the size of your wallet, too. Bauske and her colleagues surveyed members of the professional associations that comprise the state’s Urban Ag Coalition. The survey focused on the drought and how it has directly affected them and their businesses.About 350 people responded from companies in irrigation; wholesale nursery, greenhouse and sod production; landscape and turf installation and maintenance; wholesale, rewholesale and garden retail sales; and golf courses.The survey showed that the drought is clearly cutting these companies’ incomes and increasing layoffs, she said.It showed the firms’ average 2006 earnings at just over $6 million. Their estimated income losses to the drought averaged 43 percent, or $2.58 million. “The urban agriculture industry has grown steadily as the population of Georgia has increased,” Bauske said. “Though it is difficult to assess the strength of this agricultural sector, best estimates put the number of firms at approximately 7,000 with $8.16 billion in revenue in 2005.”If the survey is representative of the industry, the drought’s bite on urban agriculture incomes is $3.5 billion.The drought has hit some businesses harder than others. “For example, the nursery and plant wholesale businesses have significant financial investments in plant materials, which are no longer selling,” Bauske said. “They’re incurring catastrophic losses.”The drought has taken a toll on the urban-ag work force, too. On average, each company reported laying off six workers so far. They anticipate laying off 11 by the end of 2007.UGA economists figure landscape workers’ average income is $26,757. If this value is representative of the industry, the lost wages due to more than 24,000 layoffs could come to $644 million by the year’s end, Bauske said.The UAC includes members of the Coastal Landscape and Turf Professional Association, Georgia Irrigation Association, Georgia Green Industry Association, Georgia Sod Producers Association, Georgia Turfgrass Association and Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association.Participants responded to the survey between Oct. 4 and Oct. 8, less than a week after the northern corner of the state began operating under a level-four drought response.”This area of Georgia hadn’t yet felt the force of the full impact of the tougher water restriction,” she said. She figures the adverse effect of the drought and water restrictions may intensify with time.
There’s no better base camp for your outdoor adventure than the “Land of Waterfalls.” Almost fifty percent of the land in Transylvania County is publicly owned and protected, ensuring that you’ll have the chance to enjoy some of the Southeast’s most extraordinary landscapes in places like Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest and Gorges State Park.Transylvania County: the original “Splashville.”The county’s unique geography allows for 250 magnificent cascades within a few miles of each other. In fact, few things in the natural world are as awe-inspiring as the sight of water pouring off the side of a high stone ledge and clamoring into a rocky pool beneath. Though your first inclination may be stand and marvel, you might not want to spend too much time at any one waterfall. Not when are 249 others you’ll want to visit.Choose a higher path.Whether ascending the side of a mountain, winding through forest glades, or stepping down over mossy stones beside majestic falls, most of our grandest byways are engineered perfectly for two (or four) legged traffic. Transylvania County’s 1000+ miles of trails give hikers of all ages and skill levels the chance to take a turn on the road less traveled.Shifting gears: a deeply ingrained biking culturePick up a cycling magazine or eavesdrop on any conversation between serious bikers and you’ll hear Transylvania mentioned in the same breath as Whistler and Moab for its diversity of cycling opportunities. Pisgah and DuPont boast over 300 miles of epic singletrack, and hundreds more miles of fire roads while Transylvania County offers an endless variety of road cycling options. Getting Hooked: fly fishing in Transylvania CountyOur peaceful waterways, bubbling under the leafy canopies in Transylvania County’s forests, make for an excellent location to practice the art of fly fishing. Several local outfitters offer private streams and solitude for those seeking a trophy fish, while multiple locations provide beginners and experts alike the raw materials for their next whopper of a fish tale.We’re all wet.Transylvania County’s rivers, streams, lakes and waterways can cast you off onto a whole other avenue of paddling adventure. The swift waters of the French Broad allow you to follow the river as far as the current will take you. For those looking for a rockier ride, Transylvania’s tributary rivers offer exciting whitewater during high water.Looking Glass Rock: Are you up for it?Simply put, Transylvania County offers some of the best climbing in the Southeast. Looking Glass Rock, one of the largest monoliths in North America, is famous among climbing enthusiasts and receives regular coverage in national magazines. It’s massive granite face offers two- to eight-stage climbs of up to 600 feet. Another great spot that’s less heavily trafficked is Cedar Rock, which offers one- to three-pitch climbs of up to 400 feet. Difficulty ratings on both faces range from 5.4 to 5.13.Get to the heart of it.As if all of this outdoor adventure weren’t enough, an additional reward awaits your discovery at the end of the day. Downtown Brevard offers a fine, relaxed accompaniment to wilderness exploration and a whole new sort of adventure for any and all inclined to follow their senses through one of “America’s Coolest Small Towns.”Discover an exciting new artist in one of Brevard’s cutting edge galleries. Sample a new IPA, pilsner or stout at one of our three celebrated local breweries: Oskar Blues, Brevard Brewing and Ecusta Brewing. And when the day is done, relax under the stars at Brevard Music Center or while dining al fresco at one of our celebrated farm-to-table restaurants.A standing invitation.The treasures of Transylvania County are enough to inspire a lifetime of discovery. All you need is a sense of adventure – and our free Travel Planner and Waterfall map available here. [divider]More for BlueRidgeOutdoors.com[/divider]
The ship offloaded 840 kilograms, which had a wholesale value of $27.9 million (USD), at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Florida on November 29. Three days earlier, it dropped off 216 kilograms worth $7.1 million (USD) in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. They work together to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability and prosperity throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America. U.S. citizen ‘El Charly’ allegedly leads Los Zetas faction In a separate incident, the Argyll and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) seized 216 kilograms of cocaine after they were alerted by a Dutch maritime patrol aircraft to a suspicious go-fast boat. Crews from the Argyll and the LEDET made the interdiction, resulting in the arrests of two suspects. The ship offloaded 840 kilograms, which had a wholesale value of $27.9 million (USD), at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Florida on November 29. Three days earlier, it dropped off 216 kilograms worth $7.1 million (USD) in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Joe Maria Guizar Valencia, a U.S. citizen, is the alleged leader of a Los Zetas faction in southern Mexico, according to U.S. law enforcement officials. Colombian National Police dismantles narco-trafficking network Given the loss of those leaders, El Charly reportedly rose in the ranks of Los Zetas. The U.S. government is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture. Given the loss of those leaders, El Charly reportedly rose in the ranks of Los Zetas. The U.S. government is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture. And in July, 2013, Mexican Marines captured The Executioner’s successor, Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, who is also known as “Z-40,” near the town of Nuevo Laredo. “They managed to dismantle an entire structure managing production, distribution and marketing,” said Maj. Gen. Jorge Hernando Nieto Rojas, director of public safety. “We reduced a large amount of drugs that were to contaminate the youth and the general public.” The group’s alleged leader – a woman who worked as a masseuse and has been only identified by the aliases of “La Mona” and “Lorena” – was arrested during the operation, along with 10 other suspects, in the department of Cauca. In total, 35 alleged members of the network have been captured this year. By Dialogo December 02, 2014 Police suspect La Mona of working with the FARC’s Manuel Cepeda Vargas front, which is active in the major marijuana-producing regions in the southwestern department of Cauca. The Colombian National Police (PNC) recently seized 12.3 tons of marijuana and dismantled a narco-trafficking group linked to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) by conducting simultaneous raids in five departments and in the nation’s capital of Bogota. U.S. citizen ‘El Charly’ allegedly leads Los Zetas faction And in July, 2013, Mexican Marines captured The Executioner’s successor, Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, who is also known as “Z-40,” near the town of Nuevo Laredo. The British frigate HMS Argyll recently offloaded 1,056 kilograms of cocaine it seized during two interdictions in November in the Caribbean Sea in support of Operation MARTILLO, a multinational mission to crack down on illicit drug trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. In one of the interdictions, the Argyll confiscated the 840 kilograms after being alerted to a suspicious vessel south of Haiti that was heading north. As the Argyll approached, the crew aboard the go-fast threw 29 bales overboard, prompting the Argyll’s crew to man smaller boats to make the interdiction. Argyll crew members captured four suspects. The bales later tested positive for cocaine. Guizar, who is also known as “El Charly” and “Z-43,” is allegedly responsible for transporting thousands of kilos of cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States. He is also suspected of killing an unspecified number of Guatemalan citizens in the course of directing cocaine shipments for Los Zetas from Guatemala into Mexico. In one of the interdictions, the Argyll confiscated the 840 kilograms after being alerted to a suspicious vessel south of Haiti that was heading north. As the Argyll approached, the crew aboard the go-fast threw 29 bales overboard, prompting the Argyll’s crew to man smaller boats to make the interdiction. Argyll crew members captured four suspects. The bales later tested positive for cocaine. Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. They work together to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability and prosperity throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America. The Colombian National Police (PNC) recently seized 12.3 tons of marijuana and dismantled a narco-trafficking group linked to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) by conducting simultaneous raids in five departments and in the nation’s capital of Bogota. The British frigate HMS Argyll recently offloaded 1,056 kilograms of cocaine it seized during two interdictions in November in the Caribbean Sea in support of Operation MARTILLO, a multinational mission to crack down on illicit drug trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. Joe Maria Guizar Valencia, a U.S. citizen, is the alleged leader of a Los Zetas faction in southern Mexico, according to U.S. law enforcement officials. He allegedly rose to a leadership position in Los Zetas after two major victories by security forces against the organization’s leaders. Mexican Marines killed the longtime leader of the drug cartel, Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, during a gun battle in the state of Coahuila in October 2012. Lazcano, one of the founders of the transnational criminal organization, was also known as “The Executioner,” “El Lazca,” and “Z-3.” “They managed to dismantle an entire structure managing production, distribution and marketing,” said Maj. Gen. Jorge Hernando Nieto Rojas, director of public safety. “We reduced a large amount of drugs that were to contaminate the youth and the general public.” He allegedly rose to a leadership position in Los Zetas after two major victories by security forces against the organization’s leaders. Mexican Marines killed the longtime leader of the drug cartel, Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, during a gun battle in the state of Coahuila in October 2012. Lazcano, one of the founders of the transnational criminal organization, was also known as “The Executioner,” “El Lazca,” and “Z-3.” Colombian National Police dismantles narco-trafficking network Guizar, who is also known as “El Charly” and “Z-43,” is allegedly responsible for transporting thousands of kilos of cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States. He is also suspected of killing an unspecified number of Guatemalan citizens in the course of directing cocaine shipments for Los Zetas from Guatemala into Mexico. In a separate incident, the Argyll and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) seized 216 kilograms of cocaine after they were alerted by a Dutch maritime patrol aircraft to a suspicious go-fast boat. Crews from the Argyll and the LEDET made the interdiction, resulting in the arrests of two suspects. Police suspect La Mona of working with the FARC’s Manuel Cepeda Vargas front, which is active in the major marijuana-producing regions in the southwestern department of Cauca. The group’s alleged leader – a woman who worked as a masseuse and has been only identified by the aliases of “La Mona” and “Lorena” – was arrested during the operation, along with 10 other suspects, in the department of Cauca. In total, 35 alleged members of the network have been captured this year.
Emphasizing a diverse bench Emphasizing a diverse bench Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Gov. Jeb Bush says there is a need for greater judicial diversity on Florida’s bench and asked newly appointed members of the state’s judicial nominating commissions to consider diversity when nominating candidates for judgeships. Bush made those comments at a day-long training session for new JNC commissioners in Tallahassee August 14. Linda Sweeting, of Ft. Lauderdale and a member of the Bar’s JNC Procedures Committee, has studied gender, racial, and ethnic balance in Florida courts and told the commissioners it is up to them to nominate more blacks, Hispanics, and women. “Why is diversity important?” Sweeting asked. “Because many studies show it all boils down to the public’s perception of fairness. That is why we are still discussing diversity.” Sweeting said Gov. Bush has done much to help diversify Florida’s courts. She said of Bush’s 104 judicial appointments, 27.9 percent have been women, 13.4 percent have been African American, and 11.6 have been Hispanic. “Clearly, Gov. Bush has furthered the work in diversifying our judiciary,” Sweeting said, adding, however, “the obstacles we face in achieving diversity are great.” One reason is that the population of the state as a whole is much more diverse than the lawyer pool from which judges are chosen. While only 65.4 percent of Florida’s population is white, 89 percent of The Florida Bar is white, Sweeting said. However, she said, the makeup of Florida’s judges breaks down very similarly to that of the Bar. Eighty-nine percent of the state’s judges are white, equal to that of the Bar. Sweeting said the number of black judges actually exceeds their representation in the Bar. While 6.7 percent of Florida’s judges are African American, only 2 percent of Bar members are black. Hispanic judges now make up 5.5 percent of the judiciary compared with 8 percent of the Bar, and 24 percent of the judges are women, compared with 28 percent of the Bar. Sweeting also noted that while the number of Hispanic lawyers continues to grow, the percentage of black lawyers in Florida has stagnated at 2 percent over the past several years. “The demographics of the Bar somewhat limit our efforts at diversity, and therein lies the dilemma,” Sweeting said. Sweeting also found 47 percent of the judicial nominating slates sent to Bush by the JNCs to fill the 104 vacant judgeships he has filled were made up of entirely white nominees, and almost 20 percent of those contained only white male nominees. Sweeting, however, was quick to note that that’s not to say Bush always appoints minorities when given the chance. “Even in instances where Gov. Bush has been given a diverse slate of nominees he has not always made the minority appointment or always made the female appointment,” Sweeting said. “So it is clear that he is not set in filling a quota — as some people have criticized. He is looking for the most qualified candidates.” Sweeting said the 11th Circuit in Dade County has the lowest percentage of white male judges at 44 percent, while the Third Circuit in rural North Florida has a 100-percent white male bench. Eleven of the 20 circuits have no Hispanic judges, and three of the 20 circuits have no black judges, she added. “I encourage you or even challenge you to ask yourselves why and what can you do to affect change,” Sweeting said, adding that the state is becoming more diverse every year. “Do not perpetuate the status quo. Your role is critical. The opportunity is great.” September 1, 2001 Managing Editor Regular News
Promoting democracy — one e-mail at a time Theresa E. Davis Assistant Editor Hundreds of thousands of people use the Internet every day. They complete mundane tasks like paying bills, purchasing items, and conducting tedious research. They also use the Internet to communicate with many different people in far-flung places.In that respect, Florida Coastal School of Law Professor John C. Knechtle is no different from the rest of us.Except for one small thing: Knechtle used the Internet to help bring democracy to Iraq one e-mail at a time.Using his knowledge of constitutional, international, and comparative law, Knechtle served as an adviser last year to the drafters of the new Iraqi constitution. After the constitution was adopted in October, Knechtle was asked to stay on in an advisory capacity to the new Iraqi Parliament.“I’m very excited,” said Knechtle. “It’s a tremendous honor to be a part of the process.”Knechtle was one of about 20 members of the international advisory panel to the Iraqi Constitutional Committee. The International Advisory Group was selected by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs — a nonprofit organization funded by the U.S. Department of State — that chose the international advisory group members based on their level of expertise in various aspects of international law. Knechtle was one of 13 members from the United States, and he came highly recommended because two of his specialties are constitutional and comparative law.This is not the first time Knechtle has assisted with drafting a constitution, having played an important role in offering his talents in Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the Cold War.Knechtle said that he consulted with countries that were “looking to move toward more democratic forms of government and free-market economies.” These countries were springing up out of the old Soviet Union and wanted to start over with a new form of government.Knechtle wants to make one thing abundantly clear: Neither he nor his group actually wrote any part of the Iraqi Constitution.“We wrote no language,” said Knechtle. “We felt that it would have been inappropriate.”Knechtle and the other group members served only as consultants and advisers to the Iraqi Constitutional Committee. Their role was simply to answer questions or make recommendations about text pertaining to constitutional law. The group would then critique what drafters had written and offer suggestions to make the document tighter, Knechtle said.A typical exchange between the advisory group and the constitutional committee, he said, would go something like this: One of the Iraqi drafters would have a question about, or take issue with, the legality of a section or a particular statement within the draft constitution. Then Knechtle and the other group members would lend their knowledge of international and constitutional law to answer those questions and leave it to the Iraqis to make the final decisions.Modern technology made it all possible for Knechtle to foster change without setting foot in Iraq. E-mail was the main source of communication between the advisors and the drafting committee. NDI set up an office in Baghdad with translators who kept the lines of communication open between the members of the advisory group and those on the constitutional committee, many of whom spoke little English.NDI requested that Knechtle travel to Iraq as recently as a month ago, but he declined because of the continuing turmoil in the area. Married with two young children, Knechtle said safety was his most immediate concern. Although Knechtle offered to fly to a more peaceful country nearby, so far that has not been necessary.Knechtle isn’t sure what’s going to happen next. The constitution was approved, but so far only the Kurds and the Shi’as are close to being satisfied with the outcome.What makes Iraq different from the other countries he’s worked with? The countries he assisted prior to Iraq “sought change from within,” said Knechtle. The democratic process in Iraq was initiated by the U.S. military’s forceful removal of Saddam Hussein.Knechtle also has worked closely with the ABA and its Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, offering them legal expertise in constitutional, international, comparative, and constitutional comparative law.He was a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor of international and comparative law at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Uzbekistan in 2004. Knechtle also is the president of the American and Caribbean Law Initiative, and he is a law faculty affiliate member of the Bar’s International Law Section.“I’m still active,” said Knechtle, adding he has agreed to continue to advise the new Iraqi Parliament and those who are drafting amendments or any other issues they want to address.“It’s a learning process for me and the drafters. It’s an ongoing dialog.” April 1, 2006 Regular News Promoting democracy â€” one e-mail at a time