June 5, 2013The CARPETBAG BRIGADE BI-CULTURAL ROADSCHOW consists of three main groups, acrobats with the ‘Carpetbag Brigade’, another group of acrobats from Nemcatacoa Teatro from Bogota Columbia, musicians with “Hojarasca” from Bogota Columbia and spoken word performer from ‘Verbo-Bala’.[The introduction of Sunday nights performance with the audience in the background on the Lab Building stairs, photo by Adam Cooper -Teran]All 20 people stayed here at Arcosanti for five weeks. It was wonderful to listen to the flutes and guitar of the ‘Hojarasca’ musicians, and to watch intense practice sessions on the ground and on stilts, in the amphitheater and the Vaults.There was a chance to get to know some of the people; the group helped with various activities [some on stilts], they volunteered in the kitchen with meal preparation, helped carry and mount the 16 foot scroll drawing back into the archives, helped with work in the archives and many other activities.[photo by Adam Cooper -Teran]The subject of Sunday nights performance “Dios de la Adrenalina” was the Cocaine Superhighway between Columbia and the USA, with focus on the pain experienced by communities at its opposite ends. It was an emotionally charged event and a highly skilled performance, enhanced by the spoken word of Logan Phillips. It was really an incredible performance.[photo by Adam Cooper -Teran]The group moved on to Prescott and will be part of ‘Tsunami on the Square’ line-up on 6/15/2013, then continue on to Flagstaff. Check their web-site at diosadrenalina.[photo by Adam Cooper -Teran]Thank you Adam Cooper -Teran for sharing your photos.Additional photos of this performance will be posted on Friday, 6/7/2013.
11Dec Governor signs Rep. Miller bill eliminating election loophole Categories: Miller News State representatives and senators who resign from office will not be allowed to run in the special election called to fill their seats after legislation introduced by state Rep. Aaron Miller was recently signed into law.Miller, who chairs the House Elections and Ethics Committee, said the legislation was drafted to close a loophole used by two former lawmakers during the 2015-16 legislative session.“The Legislature has the responsibility to oversee itself, and allowing a legislator who has resigned or been expelled to turn around and immediately run to fill vacant seat is just absurd,” said Miller, of Sturgis.Miller’s legislation clarifies that when an elected official resigns or is removed from legislative office, the resignation or removal remains in effect for the remainder of the term.“This is a simple bill,” Miller said. “It just clarifies that a resignation or expulsion remains in effect for the rest of the term. The next legislative session is a whole new ballgame, and the former legislator can run again at that time if they so choose.”House Bill 4208 is now Public Act 192 of 2017.###
2) Transparency, accountability & operation of Executive3) Petition of concern4) Rights, language and identity5) Sustainability, stability & operation of the institutionsIt is the first fully-fledged talks process since negotiations collapsed in February 2018.The North of Ireland has been without a devolved power-sharing government for more than two and a half years, after the DUP and Sinn Féin split in a bitter row over the cash-for-ash RHI scandal.There have been several failed talks processes since January 2017.Last month, the British and Irish governments agreed to convene a new set of talks from May 7 which they insist will be short and focused.In their statement issued after meeting the Stormont party leaders on Tuesday, they said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresay May will review progress at the end of May.There will be the weekly round-table meeting involving party leaders and the working groups will deal with several key issues.They will be made up of three representatives from each of the five parties in the talks, and representatives from the British and Irish governments will advise them.Strand one will be chaired by the current head of the NI Civil Service David Sterling.The second strand will be overseen by Hugh Widdis, departmental solicitor and former assembly legal counsel.Strand three, which is regarded as toughest as it deals with rights/marriage and the Irish language, will be chaired by former culture department permanent secretary, Paul Sweeney.Ex-NI civil service boss Sir Malcolm McKibbin will look after Strand Four.And Strand Five will be led by the permanent secretary of finance, Sue Gray.Several parties at Stormont have called for the reform of the petition of concern mechanism – it is effectively a Stormont veto which the DUP used to block same-sex marriage.The talks were announced by the British and Irish governments after the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.At her funeral in St Anne’s Cathedral, politicians came under pressure to solve the Stormont impasse.The talks are beginning just days after council elections, which saw a surge of support for smaller parties not aligned to either unionism or nationalism.Irish and British governments set out talks plan in bid to break Stormont deadlock was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet British Secretary Karen BradleydupIrish and British governments set out talks plan in bid to break Stormont deadlockSDLPSinn FeinSTORMONT HOUSEtalksTanaiste Simon Coveney The leaders of the five main parties at Stormont will also hold weekly meetings with the NI Secretary and Tanaiste (Irish deputy PM) to “take stock” and set the agenda.The talks involving the NI parties and governments got under way on Tuesday afternoon.The plans for the five strands are as follows: 1) Programme for Government SDLP leader Colum Eastwood addressing the press at Stormont as all party talks get underwayTHE British and Irish governments have set out details of how they intend to proceed with talks to restore Northern Ireland power-sharing.In a joint statement, they said a series of working groups would be set up to deal with key sticking points.