In anticipation of the release for his newest album, Rehab Reunion, both Bruce Hornsby and his Noisemakers drummer Sonny Emory sat in with The Roots on house band duties throughout last night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Hornsby played the Appalachian Dulcimer, while Emory added to percussion on the washboard, as the full house band played segments of songs that appear on Rehab Reunion, which is due out this Friday, June 17th.Bruce Hornsby Offers Full Stream Of New Album, ‘Rehab Reunion’ [Listen]Fallon also brought along a co-host for the evening, former Late Night host Jay Leno. The two performed the opening dialogue together and traded jokes back and forth over the course of the show. Check out the entire show below, including a performance of the Hornsby classic “The Way It Is” at 29:30, as the show went in and out of the commercial break:
By Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo August 24, 2016 The Argentine Government has begun a new stage in its relationship with its military. On August 1st, during the traditional “Comradeship Dinner” in Buenos Aires, Argentine President Mauricio Macri called on the Armed Forces to play a “predominant role” in defeating drug trafficking, uniting Argentines and decreasing poverty. “We Argentines need our Forces to participate actively because, for us to grow, develop and create employment, there has to be peace and tranquility in the country,” he said in a speech during the ceremony. “And we have to be certain that someone is looking after our borders, our air space, our continental shelf,” continued the head of state. “In this stage of growth, we need to be united and participating along with the world. And that is where, you [the military] also have a very important role to play,” he added. “A consistent defense policy is beginning to take shape in the relationship between the Argentine Government and the military,” Juan Belikow, professor of International Relations at the University of Buenos Aires, told Diálogo. The Comradeship Dinner was held in the headquarters of the Argentine Ministry of Defense in Buenos Aires. In his capacity as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Macri headed the event alongside Defense Minister Julio Martínez and other military and civilian authorities. Among those present were Brigadier General Bari del Valle Sosa, the chief of the Joint Staff of the Argentine Armed Forces; Brigadier General Diego Luis Suñer, chief of the Army; Vice Admiral Marcelo Hipólito Srur, commander of the Navy; and Brigadier Enrique Víctor Amrein, chief of the Air Force. Combating drug trafficking As he had done during his campaign, President Macri also announced that he would be setting aside more of the government’s resources for the fight against drug trafficking. “The current government established the necessity for the Armed Forces to provide logistical support to the police and security forces,” explained Belikow. Police forces include the provincial police, the Argentine Federal Police and penitentiary services. Security forces, in turn, include forces that have military training, but whose function is policing: the National Gendarmerie (which patrols the borders), the Airport Security Police, and the Naval Prefecture (Coast Guard). “The Armed Forces’ logistical support includes the provision of helicopters, radar and sensor capabilities, and the transportation of police-force leaders operating under the jurisdiction of the judiciary,” said Belikow, noting that the Armed Forces don’t have direct confrontation functions in these types of operations. One of the key logistical support areas is the strengthening of Operation Northern Shield, which was created in 2011 to stop crimes like drug trafficking, contraband smuggling, and human trafficking. The original plan, which was never implemented, called for installing radar and using planes, helicopters, trucks, four-wheel ATVs and 6,000 troops from the Gendarmerie and Prefecture along the northern border, where drug planes from Bolivia and Paraguay enter the country, according to Belikow. Last January, President Macri issued a decree extending Northern Shield for one more year, “until such new and more efficient security measures can be implemented for the ground, river and air spaces.” Argentine Blue Helmets During the dinner, the President also highlighted the Argentine military’s “professionalism” in United Nations peacekeeping missions. “The Blue Helmets are a source of pride for Argentina,” he said, noting that 75 Argentine soldiers will oversee the peace process between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). “It is important to have Armed Forces that are capable of contributing to Argentina’s integration in the world,” concluded the head of state.
Dear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), through reports that appeared in several sections of the press, was — to say the least — surprised to learn that the state-owned NICIL Special Purpose Unit (SPU), according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, was seeking financing in the region of $10 billion to $15 billion in order to resume operations at the East Demerara and Skeldon estates.By any yardstick, this is a huge sum, and we initially thought that the minister was maybe misquoted. This, however, turned out not to be the case. Minister Jordan has said the SPU was close to finalizing the financing through an arrangement with a consortium of local banks.Our Union, on this score, cannot help but wonder about the collateral that would have to be put up, or the interest rates that would be demanded, among the other conditions that the banks would impose. Just some food for thought!Sum of investmentAside from those important considerations, we are perplexed by the need for such a large sum. We recall that GuySuCo, with seven (7) factories under its fold, had required less financing from the Treasury; and therefore we are at a loss to figure out why the need for this significant sum.Moreover, if the minister’s comments are anything to go by, it seems that hardly any of the money being sought would be going to the workers. The minister, according to a one report, was quoted as saying, “…it would have been more expensive to keep them [the estates] open, especially in the areas of staffing and costs”. Therefore, it seems that workers’ remuneration would be kept to the barest, which in itself would present its own problems.It seems that the sums being sought would be utilized towards meeting capital expenditure. If this is factual, then the figures, from our point of view, seem high. We recall that the Sugar CoI has estimated that capital expenditure for the period 2016 to 2020 for East Demerara and Skeldon would be $2.57 billion and $1.151 billion respectively. With those investments, the CoI concluded, the two (2) estates would have produced 39,615 tonnes and 61,744 tonnes sugar respectively by 2020.Should the additional sums be used to fund the sugar diversification projects recommended by the Sugar CoI and endorsed by our Union, then, we believe, it would be shortsighted to sell rehabilitated and improved estates to allow the private owners to cream off the massive profits that could be realized from the implementation of these initiatives.Whatever is the case, we believe it would be difficult for NICIL to fully recover its entire investment. Therefore, the unrecovered portion of the investments being contemplated would amount to a State subsidy to the new owners, apart from the other fiscal concessions that the private owners would obviously demand.It appears that the best approach would be for the State to retain ownership.Timeline for saleWe also learnt that Minister Jordan expects that sale of the estates identified for privatisation would be completed, according to another section of the media where he was quoted as saying, “…in another six to nine months”. The Minister’s statement is in vast contrast to SPU privatization specialist Shawn Persaud. We recall Mr Persaud as being quoted in a January 26, 2018 Das saying“…authorities could not wait two years for the estates to be sold…”.Is it nine months or two years? But the minister added to the confusion when he said, according to NCN, that the loan the SPU is hoping to secure would be repaid in three to five years. In effect, the Finance Minister is saying that the SPU would have long disposed of the assets from which it would have derived the revenue to repay the loan it is now seeking. No prudent banker in their rightful sense would approve such a loan, unless it is guaranteed by the Government. If this is so, then this amounts to a further subsidy by the State down the road.Or maybe it is that the Minister misspoke, or is in a state of obvious confusion.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral Secretary,GAWU