Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom on Making Karaoke Weird & More

first_imgIf I could go back in time, I’d be sure to catch:The original My Fair Lady just because that sounds like a ball. That sounds really fun. A close second is Ethel Merman in Gypsy.Broadway legend I’d see in anything:I’d see Bernadette Peters in anything. Go-to audition song:When I was really auditioning for musical theater a lot, there was a lack of good hard comedy songs for women. There was this song I found called “Darryl is a Boy (And He Lives in My Closet)” by this composer Michael Mitnick. That was my go-to for a while. Probably now it would be one of my own songs—if that’s not the worst thing to say.If I wrote a Broadway musical, it’d be about:I actually have written a full-length musical. It’s basically a f**ked up 42 Street.Karaoke show tune of choice:I really like doing “Ya Got Trouble” from The Music Man as a karaoke tune because it makes everyone really uncomfortable and it’s weird. Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch in ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ (Photo: Jordon Nuttall/The CW) Musical theater dream role:Dot in Sunday in the Park with George. My gender-swapped dream role is Harold Hill in The Music Man.I’d like to make my Broadway debut in:Ideally something I’ve written. And if not, Funny Girl. Actually, that’s my dream role. Dot in Sunday in the Park or Fanny in Funny Girl.center_img In the opening shot of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, it’s clear Rebecca Bunch is one of us, in fact she’s singing her heart out in the ensemble of a summer camp performance of South Pacific. Nine episodes, a giant pretzel and countless original musical numbers (some with Santino Fontana) later, the CW series has become an award-winning, critically acclaimed musical comedy. How often does that happen? Co-creator Rachel Bloom won a Golden Globe in January for her leading performance as Rebecca, and her enthusiasm for all things Broadway is palpable. While she comes from a sketch comedy background, the performer also studied musical theater at New York University. We recently asked Bloom about her show tunes of choice, Broadway crushes and more. Check out her answers below, and catch the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Mondays at 8PM!First Broadway show:The first Broadway-ish show I ever saw was the tour of Beauty and the Beast when it came to LA. But the first actual Broadway show I ever saw was The Lion King, and in the same trip, I saw Annie Get Your Gun with Bernadette Peters.First time on stage:I think I was three years old and I did a children’s community theater play of The Three Little Pigs. Yeah, it was great.Musical theater crush:As a straight woman, my musical theater crush is Marc Kudisch. As an overall sexual being, my musical theater crush is Sutton Foster. View Commentslast_img read more

2004 Champlain Valley Fair results

first_imgESSEX JUNCTION – The 83rd annual Champlain Valley Fair had one its best seasons ever with 299,168 people – about 1,500 more than 2003 – coming through the gates during the annual 10-day fair, held Aug. 28 to Sept. 6. The slight increase in attendance was due, in part, to enjoying one of the Vermont summers longest stretches of sunny weather during the final week of the fair. From an informal survey of license plates on the grounds, visitors from 41 states and several Canadian provinces attended the fair. From the standpoint of operations and quality, this was an outstanding fair, said David F. Grimm, general manager of the Exposition. We had excellent diversity in our grandstand which accounted for a 15% improvement over 2003. We received many positive comments about the cleanliness of our grounds, the variety of entertainment and the improvements we added this year. The Fair hosted two sell-out concerts for country music superstars Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith. The Fair opened with the good vibes of The Beach Boys. Other concerts included local jam bands Strangefolk and The Samples; a rocking Friday night concert with ZZ Top and nostalgic 35th anniversary tour concert by classic rock band, Yes on the second Saturday night. The remainder of the midweek grandstand shows included a freestyle motorcycle thrill show, Figure 8 Racing, a Demolition Derby and NTPA Grand National Tractor and Truck Pull on Labor Day.The Reithoffers Midway featured 35 rides and many special ride and admission discounts over the 10 days.Free daily entertainment included a live bear show, butter sculpture, an aerial thrill show, a juggling family, hypnotist, caricature artist, racing pigs, petting zoo, musicians and an authentic cowboy chuck wagon. Some $75,000 in competition premiums and prize money was awarded during the fair. Significant increases in entries to the art and photography department were realized, including a Best of Show landscape oil painting which carried a record-setting price tag of $12,000. A heavyweight pumpkin record was set at 1,042-pound pumpkin (previous record: 1,036 pounds in 2003) and it was one of the big surprises in the agricultural area considering the wet summer in the region. More than 150 people, including Vt. Gov. James Douglas, were on hand to honor the 2004 inductees into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame at the Champlain Valley Exposition in a ceremony held during the Fair.International Association of Fairs and Expositions popular summer Read and Win program was offered locally to area youngsters, grades K 5 in five counties. Approximately 1,000 completed the assignment of reading three books over the summer and received free admission to the fair on Aug. 30. Significant improvements were made to the fairgrounds and facilities over the summer for this years fair including the addition of $350,000 three-lane paved road connecting Route 15 and Route 2 to Exposition parking areas; a complete renovation of the Ware Building, including heating and air conditioning for the exhibit hall; and general fix-up and repainting of buildings and landscaping. The 2005 Champlain Valley Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27 to Monday, Sept. 5. Photos from the 2004 Champlain Valley Fair are posted in day-by-day photo albums at www.cvfair.com(link is external), which also include information about the Expositions year-round calendar of events.last_img read more

Regional Effort to Fight Security Threats

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo October 09, 2018 For Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, commander of the Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese), consolidating joint work strategies and collaborating with Latin American and Caribbean naval forces to fight regional threats are among his priorities. To meet his goal, Adm. Leal Ferreira conducts information exchange, interoperability work, and combined operations, among others. Adm. Leal Ferreira participated in the XXVIII Inter-American Naval Conference (IANC) in Cartagena, Colombia, July 23rd-26th. The commander spoke with Diálogo about the relevance of IANC, institutional advances, and interoperability operations, among other topics. Diálogo: How important is Brazil’s participation in IANC? Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, commander of the Brazilian Navy: IANC is the highest level naval forum among American navies. This event began in 1959 with the participation of 19 member nations, in addition to the Inter-American Defense Board and the Inter-American Naval Telecommunications Network Secretariat. The conference represents a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, knowledge, and mutual understanding of maritime issues affecting the continent. It also encourages permanent professional contact among navies of participating countries to promote hemispheric solidarity. Having commanders of these navies together to discuss complex issues allows us to develop well-founded solutions for common problems affecting the countries of the Americas. Diálogo: IANC centers on the regional navies’ responsibility to combat drug trafficking and other related crimes. Why is it important for naval forces to unite to face these common threats? Adm. Leal Ferreira: First, we must understand that the consequences of these crimes are not limited to a state, but extend to all. Within our continent some countries are producers, great consumers, and others serve as transit areas for drugs to reach overseas markets. In some way, the problem affects us all and we have a responsibility to fight it. Foreign trade is extremely dependent on maritime transportation and illegal trafficking is no different. Sailboats, fishing boats, container ships, and other vessels distribute drugs around the world. The work of navies and other law enforcement entities in oceans and inland waters prove essential. It is also important to consider that drug trafficking generates numerous financial transactions and is associated with other types of transnational crimes, such as arms trafficking, money laundering, etc. Drug traffickers who have large investment capacities can reinvent themselves, with innovative strategies and tactics to escape government forces. Therefore, only through long-term and dynamic exchange of intelligence, constant equipment and process updates, and international cooperation, can we face the problem. Diálogo: What interoperability operations does MB conduct with other institutions in the country to fight these scourges? Adm. Leal Ferreira: In Brazil, the fight against these issues is primarily the Federal and state police’s responsibility. The Navy must support these institutions, above all with regard to logistics and intelligence. MB is present along rivers near the border, especially in the Amazon and its tributaries, as well as the Paraguay River. This is a joint activity with the Army, Air Force, and Federal Police. We can provide intelligence, service members, robust equipment, and logistics support. We also act as a joint force with several organizations along the coast. In the big cities, where narcotrafficking causes a higher level of violence, we guarantee law and order at the government’s request with Marine Corps personnel and armored vehicles in operations limited by space, time, and mission. Diálogo: What is MB’s contribution to other naval forces in the region in the fight against transnational criminal organizations? Adm. Leal Ferreira: We exchange intelligence and conduct multinational operations, where we try to share lessons learned and best practices. We participate in large exercises, such as PANAMAX, where we standardize doctrinal processes, apply safe communication networks, and learn to work together, optimizing resources and taking maximum advantage of each navy’s acquired expertise. Diálogo: Specifically referring to drug trafficking, illicit activities, and terrorism, what is currently the most important activity MB performs? Adm. Leal Ferreira: We have an extensive maritime coast and river network near neighboring countries. Our land border in the northern region is large and difficult to access, with a dense forest. Therefore, it is very difficult to fight crime without intelligence that enables resource optimization and adequate positioning. Taking that into consideration, MB will activate the Integrated Maritime Security Center in November. Its purpose is to increase maritime situational awareness, establish agreements with national and international government organizations, agencies, and with the maritime community, to share information on maritime trafficking. This will enable a more precise use of our resources, as well as a better understanding of the entire logistics chain that involves illegal trafficking. Diálogo: This was the fifth time that MB participated in exercise Obangame Express 2018, in the Gulf of Guinea. Which interoperability operations did MB conduct during the exercise? Adm. Leal Ferreira: In this edition, Brazil was responsible for Area of Operations A, which extended through the waters of Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Republic of the Congo. The 2018 edition featured the participation of African, European, and American navies and agencies, with a total of 31 countries. African navies highlighted the opportunity to observe materials and techniques boarding teams use. The exercise sought to assess and improve the capacity to implement international maritime law, expanding the participation of countries signatory to the Yaoundé Code of Conduct through the implementation of a maritime security regional strategy in Central and Western Africa, and creating partnerships among the 20 countries that signed the code. Diálogo: What kind of joint and combined operations does MB conduct with the United States? Adm. Leal Ferreira: We take part in UNITAS and UNITAS Amphibious to train squadron units in combined operations with resources from the U.S. Navy and other navies invited; and PANAMAX, with a focus on doctrinal exchange and general staff intervention. We also work alongside the U.S. Navy in Obangame Express. Diálogo: MB created an opportunity for women to reach the rank of admiral, paving the way for their participation in combat activities. Has MB achieved success with gender inclusion? Adm. Leal Ferreira: MB is an institution that pays special attention to social changes and the admission of women into the Naval School’s officer training courses is one such example. This was possible because the Navy was prepared—in 1980, MB was a pioneer within the Brazilian Armed Forces for the inclusion of women. Today we have more than 8,000 women, occupying positions such as doctors, dentists, and health support, representing more than 50 percent of the work force. For years, female service members embarked on oceanographic vessels, polar ships, the Brazilian Navy Training Ship, hospital ships, and even on squadron and district ships, in an operational capacity. Service members, regardless of gender, are also ready to fulfill any mission because they have values required of professionals, such as dedication, accountability, selflessness, constant sacrifice, and a search for technical professional improvement, among others.last_img read more

How your CU marketing can respond to the coronavirus

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Laud Jennifer is a credit union marketing consultant and the owner of Jennifer Laud Consulting. She has a background in strategy and a passion for positioning credit unions to find their … Web: www.jlaud.com Details Crisis is never an easy thing to manage, and knowing how to address concerns as a business is a real skill. This cold and flu season has brought with it a virus that is proving to have a widespread impact. While the biggest concerns are for health, the effects also cover many other facets of our lives as employees are asked to work from home, schools are temporarily shut down, travel plans and events are cancelled, the stock market responds, and more.During a time of fear and uncertainty, members are searching for information and solutions to help them weather the current storm. This gives credit unions the chance to show they are putting members first, something we regularly tout as a pillar of our business. It’s time to plan your communication strategy and adjust your marketing plan.Maintain a Consistent MessageHaving a consistent external message starts by having a strong internal message. Your staff members are going to be the people fielding questions, so keep them up-to-date on the credit union’s actions and position. Are you planning on limiting hours or otherwise adjusting operations? What are you doing to keep staff healthy and safe and how does that have an impact on members’ safety? Staff and members alike will be happy to know about efforts like increased cleaning of shared space and surfaces or additional supplies for washing hands.Because we are dealing with people’s finances and their access to their money, having information readily available will set minds at ease and show that you are thinking about everyone’s well-being. Keep your content fact-based to avoid fueling fears while using a straight-forward and respectful tone. Use your branches, call centers, website and social media channels to make information readily available for anyone looking for updates. Have events coming up, like your annual member meeting? Make sure the latest information is posted with regular updates on the status of the event and what precautions are being taken. If you’ve been considering shifting more of your events and info sessions to the digital world, this could be the time to take the leap with a webinar or a live social media stream. Members and staff are sure to appreciate being able to continue receiving services, but in a safer way.Educate Members on Other Ways to Do Business While members are changing their regular routines, this can be a good time to make sure they know all of their options. Particularly for members who are in a higher-risk group for the virus, provide education on your online, mobile, text and audio banking functions. Staff can help members get set up with these services and even automate activities like bill pay or money transfers. Make sure your staff are ready and able to seamlessly help members set up, and make the most of, your remote services. Then, the member can choose when and if they want to continue using face-to-face options down the road.Adjust Your CalendarSpring might be the time you usually talk about home loans or getting a new credit card in time for spring break travel. Take another look at your calendar and see where you need to make some edits. What may have seemed relevant and timely may now appear tone-deaf and insensitive. Your originally-planned travel campaign will also be less effective as members ditch their plans and stay home. Instead, shuffle a bit so you’re not staying stagnant. Look at the goals you have for the year to choose activities that will support your objectives and are aligned with our instincts to hunker down for the immediate future. If you’re trying to build deposits, this could be a great time to talk more about strategies for saving and building wealth. Just as with any other major event, what additional support or concessions can you offer your specific membership group? Right now, coronavirus is top of mind, but there are plenty of other instances where major events deeply affect a significant group of members: large business closures or layoffs, natural disasters, government shutdown. We can leverage our ability to nimbly respond as a local financial institution in order to be a source of support for any crisis. If you already have a skip-a-pay program, this is a great time to remind members who are experiencing a reduction in income. Are there other concessions you can offer members who are affected more strongly by either the economic changes or illness? On the positive side, where can you proactively provide resources or support? You can help members and staff by stocking up on hand sanitizers and soap for your branches. But also look at your community and business partners to see where there are needs that you could help meet.We have yet to see the full scope of the coronavirus’ impact. Be a source of support and strength for your staff and members by identifying how you will communicate and what needs to change in your marketing calendar so you have an updated plan.last_img read more

Separate settled science from reality

first_imgI read with interest and not a little bit of dismay Mr. John Gaetani’s Oct. 15 letter stating that a flat earth was “settled science” in 1492. In fact, a scholar named Eratosthenes of Cyrene (present day Libya), born 276 BC died 194 BC, knew that the Earth was a sphere and was able to calculate the circumference of the planet to a remarkably accurate degree.Columbus had studied this, but had chosen to believe that the circumference was smaller than calculated and, therefore, didn’t realize that he hadn’t made landfall in Asia. Mr. Gaetani has also confused “settled science” with religious dogma when making the argument that Galileo had “upended the scientific establishment” by proffering a new view of the solar system.In fact, Copernicus, who died in 1543 (Galileo was born in 1564), had already established the hypothesis that the sun was the center of the solar system. Mr. Gaetani’s argument that global climate change isn’t real because he doesn’t agree with the idea is not “settled science.”Debra KenfieldSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departments Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Super Rugby AU opens with a whimper rather than a bang

first_imgThe return of Western Force and a slew of rule changes to speed up play had raised hopes that Super Rugby AU might deliver entertainment for fans but Australia’s domestic tournament has already been panned by critics after two rounds.Following an error-strewn win over the New South Wales Waratahs in week one, the Queensland Reds drew 18-18 with the Melbourne Rebels at Sydney’s Brookvale Oval on Friday, a match roundly condemned by media pundits for a low standard of play.Even Fox Sports’ Greg Clark, who as a commentator for the rights-holding broadcaster has some interest in talking up the game, dismissed much of the clash as a “borefest”. It was another match that fell short of the standards produced in New Zealand’s Super Rugby Aotearoa, which has seen fans flock to stadiums.Super Rugby AU’s opening round ratings on pay TV platform Foxtel underlined the challenge RA faces to negotiate a new rights deal after 2020, with the Queensland-NSW clash drawing barely a quarter of the viewers generated by Australian Rules and rugby league games on the same weekend.”We want television executives to be entertained … so there is a chance Super Rugby has a future,” The Australian’s Wally Mason wrote in an editorial.”Sadly, the snooze-fests being served up in Super Rugby AU at the moment are doing none of that.”Topics : It produced the first use of the new “Super time” rule, in which the first team to score in extra time wins, yet neither side grabbed the opportunity.”It was a case of no one wanting to lose,” Rebels playmaker Matt Toomua conceded.”If a draw is like kissing your sister, then a draw after extra time is like giving her a French kiss. It’s much worse.”The return of the Force on Saturday, three years after being axed from Super Rugby, was emotional for the fans but ultimately disappointing as they went down 23-14 to the Waratahs.last_img read more

Garuda paints masks on aircraft to support health campaign

first_imgMoreover, Garuda also introduced a livery design competition titled ‘Fly Your Design Through the Sky’ this month. The winning design will be used for other Garuda aircraft.In August, President Joko Widodo demanded intensified efforts to encourage mask-wearing as COVID-19 cases in the country continued to rise. In response some ministries have distributed face masks in public. The Health Ministry distributed 1 million masks from Aug. 25 to 30. Meanwhile, the state-owned Enterprises Ministry distributed 500,000 face masks throughout the country.The efforts to drive home the message on the need to wear masks come amid rising COVID-19 case numbers in the country. Indonesia’s number of daily infections topped the 4,000 mark since September and has shown little sign of abating any time soon.The National COVID-19 task force’s Wiku Adisasmito has blamed ignorance among the public for transmission of the virus as people had failed to abide by health protocols by maintaining a safe distance from others and wearing face masks, among other requirements. An online survey conducted by Statistics Indonesia (BPS) from Sept. 7 to 14 and involving 90,967 respondents across the archipelago shows that 17 percent – still believed it was impossible for them to contract the coronavirus disease. Respondents aged between 17 and 30 tend to be more skeptical of their susceptibility to the virus than those aged over 60.Meanwhile, the Jakarta administration said in August that it had collected Rp 2.47 billion (US$188,120) in fines from violators of social restrictions, including from 62,198 people who were not wearing a mask.  “We see that more and more people have started to neglect health protocols as time goes by. They seem to have no empathy for COVID-19 victims,” he said in September.However, the survey also revealed that around 92 percent of the respondents wear face masks in public, while 75.38 percent regularly wash their hands and 73.54 percent maintain a safe physical distance. The rate of public compliance with the mask-wearing requirement had increased by 8 percent since April, BPS head Suhariyanto said, while noting that compliance with the hand-washing and physical-distancing policies had somewhat declined.“Ideally, these three parameters – mask wearing, hand washing and physical distancing – should be parallel,” he said on Sept. 30. (iwa) To support the government’s ‘Ayo pakai masker’ (let’s wear masks) campaign, national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia presented five of its aircraft with ‘masks’ Thursday.“As a national flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia has always committed to supporting the government’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. One way we do that is by encouraging people to wear masks,” Garuda Indonesia president director Irfan Setiaputra said in a written statement on Thursday.The masked livery adorned five Airbus A330-900 Neo aircraft serving domestic routes and international flights to Singapore and Japan.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Nicolas Pepe’s agent casts doubt over transfer reports Arsenal have submitted bid

first_imgAdvertisement French reports say Arsenal have made a £70m offer (Picture: Getty)However, Pepe’s agent, Samir Khiat, appeared to troll the reports by saying: ‘Oh, really?’ when reacting to L’Equipe’s claim they had verified the transfer story with the player’s team.AdvertisementAdvertisementBBC Sport also claim there is no truth to the rumour, insisting Arsenal do not have the budget to complete such a big deal this summer.Pepe is due to make a decision on his future in the coming weeks after the Ivory Coast were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations. Lille are prepared to sell Pepe this summer (Picture: Getty)Only Kylian Mbapppe (33) scored more Ligue 1 goals than Pepe’s 22 strikes last season and his agent confirmed the forward had a number of suitors.‘The aim is for him to sign in the right place. PSG is a possibility,’ Khiat told French TV.‘Today, all parties need to reach an agreement. There are exchanges and discussions. He is wanted by a considerable number of clubs.‘For him the most important thing is to be wanted and to go to a good club in which he will play and continue to progress.’MORE: Arsenal submit £70m bid to sign Nicolas Pepe from LilleMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Nicolas Pepe is wanted by Arsenal and Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe’s agent appears to have shot down reports Arsenal have made a £70million bid for the forward.French media claimed on Saturday that Lille had received a shock offer from the Gunners, with Unai Emery desperate to sign a new forward this summer.A bid to sign Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has already failed and Arsenal fans were sent into a frenzy at the news of a huge offer for Pepe – who has also been linked with Liverpool.L’Equipe claim they had confirmed the original report from TF1 with the player’s entourage.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Advertisement Nicolas Pepe’s agent casts doubt over transfer reports Arsenal have submitted bid Metro Sport ReporterSunday 14 Jul 2019 8:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShareslast_img read more

Israel Folau controversy proves Christians are fair game

first_imgThe Northland Age 24 April 2018Family First Comment: Another superb commentary from Peter Jackson…“It all started when Qantas, which puts a lot of money into Australian rugby, claimed that the belief that unrepentant homosexuals would be consigned to Hell did not sit comfortably with its values. Surely that has to qualify the airline for the Hypocrite of the Year award.Qantas, remember, has a formal (and no doubt highly lucrative) partnership with Emirates Airlines, based in Dubai. The United Arab Emirates does not smile particularly fondly on homosexuality, or any other form of sexual expression beyond what the Bible finds acceptable, and goes further.”#FreeToBelieveThe furore over Israel Folau’s stated belief, in answer to a question, that unrepentant homosexuals are destined for Hell, is remarkable for one thing and one thing only — that it is news. And big news at that.What should not surprise us is that it reminds us, if we needed reminding, that when it comes to the laws and social mores governing the denigration of people, cultures or religions, Christianity is in a class of its own. And not a good class.Clearly, Christians cannot be offended, and while they have the right to believe what they will, they do not have the right to articulate those beliefs.Those who have objected to Folau’s utterance might well have a point in terms of some who do not conform to the Christian view regarding what is sexually acceptable, namely heterosexuality strictly confined within the bounds of marriage, are fragile, and therefore vulnerable. Some who take his warning to heart, we are told, might in fact be so vulnerable as to take their own lives.“It is unimaginable that a Muslim, for example, would have experienced a Folauesque reaction to any statement detailing his or her faith’s belief regarding any form of human behaviour.” ‌That concern might well be genuine and realistic, but the bigger issue is his right to say what he said, and the extraordinary reaction to it.His statement has widely been described as hate speech and bigotry. It is neither. It is simply the view of a committed Christian who believes the Bible’s instruction regarding how we should live. If Israel Folau was anything other than a Christian there would have been no reaction at all.READ MORE: http://www2.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503399&objectid=12038435last_img read more

After 3 years in detention, De Lima files motion for bail

first_imgSenator Leila de Lima. GETTY IMAGES MANILA – After almost three years in detention due to illegal drug trade charges, opposition senator Leila De Lima has asked a Muntinlupa City court for a provisional liberty.In a motion to the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 205, De Lima asked the court to allow her to post bail since the prosecution’s evidence against her is not strong and that she is not a flight risk.The embattled senator said charge against her carries the imposable penalty of life imprisonment. Thus, no bail was recommended by the prosecution.“In the instant case, the prosecution, after presenting most of its witnesses, miserably failed to establish the required proof evident or presumption great that accused De Lima violated Section 26(b) in relation to Section 5 and Section 3 of [Republic Act 9165],” De Lima’s motion said.“With this failure of the prosecution to provide evidence, let alone strong evidence, it behooves upon this Honorable Court to allow accused De Lima to post bail as a matter of right,” it added.De Lima was initially charged with drug trading but it was later changed it to accuse the senator of conspiracy to commit drug trading inside the New Bilibid Prison, which she allegedly committed while she was the secretary of Department of Justice.“If the witnesses themselves were not engaged in illegal drugs, with whom did accused De Lima conspired to trade these forbidden circumstances?” the senator’s motion further said.“Ultimately, this motion asks the Court to do one thing, i.e., it is invited to look at what remains of the evidence presented by the Prosecution, after taking away those that were inadmissible, irrelevant, immaterial and pure hearsay. What remains is testimony coming from Prosecution’s own witnesses, the accused De Lima is innocent and devoid of any participation in the illegal drug trade,” the motion also read.Meanwhile, Justice secretary Menardo Guevarra said the opposition senator could have filed this motion earlier if she believes that the evidences against her were weak.“[De Lima] should have done this a long time ago if she really thought that all the evidence against her were fabricated,” Guevarra said in a statement./PNlast_img read more