Australian electro-pop group Empire of the Sun have released another new single from their forthcoming album, Two Vines. The new song, “To Her Door”, is synth-laden ballad with dream-state vocals that features guitar playing from none other than Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac. You can stream “To Her Door” below, courtesy of NPR Music.Empire of the Sun’s new album, Two Vines, is out October 28th. Other notable guests on the album include Wendy Melvoin, formerly of Prince‘s Revolution, and members of David Bowie‘s Blackstar backing band. You can pre-order the album at the band’s website.[H/T Consequence of Sound]
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones just released all the stops on their three-week tour with 16 dates spanning across August this summer, adding to the six previously announced dates announced in March. Bassist Victor Wooten, multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy, and percussionist Futureman (Roy Wooten) will make up the Flecktones joining Fleck this August. For many of the upcoming Béla Fleck & The Flecktones dates, the band will join forces with Chick Corea Elektric Band (consisting of John Patitucci, Frank Gambale, Eric Marienthal, and Dave Weckl), solidifying their co-headlined August tour that was announced back in November of last year.Béla Fleck and Chick Corea are no strangers to collaboration, with legendary jazz banjoist and pianist frequently touring together with one another in the past and teaming up for the 2007 shared studio album The Enchantment, which won a Latin Grammy, and its respective live album Two, which was released in 2015. However, this tour is different, with both jazz virtuosos will be bringing their own bands along with them for the ride. For the co-billed performances, each act will perform individually, though are expected to combine for collaborative encores at each stop.The tour is welcome news to Flecktones fans, who saw Béla Fleck & The Flecktones disband following their their summer 2012 tour for a lengthy hiatus. Though the group reconvened last summer for an extensive reunion tour, following the four-year drought, in our eyes, the more Flecktones the better. Fleck & The Flecktones hit the road on August 2nd with solo dates in Pittsburgh and Brooklyn ahead of their performance at Newport Jazz Festival on August 4th. From there, the crew meets up with Chick Corea Elektric Band for a number of Northeast dates. The joint tour heads west on August 12th with a performance at Michigan’s Lottery Amphitheatre before winding its way across the Midwest with stops in Ohio, Colorado, Utah, eventually ending with three dates in California from August 18th through 20th.The full touring schedule and tickets are available here on the Flecktones website. You can also watch the video below of Fleck and Corea rehearsing their song “Mountain” to get ready for August!Béla Fleck & The Flecktones August TourAug 2 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music HallAug 3 – Brooklyn, NY – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! FestivalAug 4 – Newport, RI – Newport Jazz FestivalAug 5 – Albany, NY – Palace TheaterAug 6 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap – The Filene CenterAug 8 – Red Bank, NJ -Count Basié TheaterAug 9 – Kennett Square, PA – Longwood GardensAug 10 – Geneva, NY – Smith Opera HouseAug 11 – Chautaqua, NY – Chautauqua InstituteAug 12 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom HillAug 13 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music CenterAug 15 – Denver, CO – Denver Botanic GardensAug 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red ButteAug 18 – Santa Rosa, CA – Green CenterAug 19 – Saratoga, CA – Mountain WineryAug 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre
First in a series on Harvard’s longstanding ties to Mexico.It’s a winding 2,000 miles from Harvard’s gates to Mexico’s border, from piney woods to mesquite thickets. But in recent years, the distance between the oldest university in the United States and the even older country to the south has been shrinking, in terms of partnerships and people.Later this month it will shrink a bit more, when Harvard President Drew Faust travels to Mexico, in part to celebrate a relationship that is deep, diverse, and longstanding. Faust will participate in a “Your Harvard” alumni event in Mexico City, along with other University officials.The relationship goes back at least to 1878, when Harvard’s Peabody Museum helped sponsor a yearlong expedition to Mexico to collect plant specimens, in the first ethno-botanical study ever done in that country. The museum’s then-director, onetime Louis Agassiz protégé Frederic Ward Putnam, continued to sponsor trips there until the eve of World War I.To this day, the Peabody maintains a Mexican Day of the Dead altar in its Encounters With the Americas gallery — and for at least 10 years has worked with the Consulate General of Mexico to celebrate that day of mixed Christian and Mesoamerican rituals. (The celebration at the Peabody this year is Nov. 1.) But where once the University’s ties to Mexico were primarily archaeological and ethnographic, today they span every discipline and department at Harvard, from design and public health to art history, medicine, governance, law, and education.In terms of programs, the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is positioning itself to become the go-to academic setting to study Mexico’s urbanization challenges, partly through a new program called the Mexico City Initiative. The GSD also has a research initiative underway on housing and yet another on sustainable transportation. All three initiatives are directed by Diane Davis, GSD’s professor of urbanism and development and the School’s senior expert on Mexico. Her 1994 book, “Urban Leviathan: Mexico City in the Twentieth Century,” is regarded as a classic.“In the 1950s, Mexico City was already becoming a global city,” said architect and visiting GSD professor Jose Castillo of his hometown in a recent “Cities by Design” lecture. The city’s current pace of informal growth both baffles and excites urban planners.The Angel of Independence monument looms above buzzing mid-afternoon traffic on the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City. Ned Brown/Harvard StaffWithin the affordable housing component, said GSD Director of Executive Education Rena Fonseca, most of the Mexican government funding goes to a three-year cycle of programs to educate executives on the issues. In June, she said, GSD hosted the top leadership of Infonavit, a national mortgage bank that controls most of Mexico’s affordable housing market.In another example, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) is accelerating the collaborations in Mexico that it began two decades ago. Dean Julio Frenk is emblematic of such connections. He was Mexico’s minister of health from 2000 to 2006, when he helped introduce a comprehensive national health plan called Seguro Popular, and worked to found that country’s National Institute of Public Health.Mexican and HSPH officials signed a memorandum of understanding last month launching a major, five-year study of urban air quality and its health consequences, called the Mexico City-Harvard Alliance for Air Quality and Health. “It’s a moment to look back and say: We’ve done all these air quality improvements in Mexico City,” said HSPH researcher Ana Sandoval, S.M. ’15, and now “quantify that for us.”Meanwhile, the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, an interfaculty research project, has deep ties with the Mexican Health Foundation (Funsalud) and with the nonprofit Tómatelo a Pecho. Along with improving access for the poor to palliative care, the Initiative’s focus is on developing, testing, and implementing a curriculum to train primary health care physicians, nurses, and community health promoters in breast cancer awareness, early detection, and treatment.“Breast cancer just crept up,” said initiative director Felicia Knaul of incidence rates in Mexico and all of Latin America. “It was a shocking trend. We have to think about breast cancer as being today not only a disease of wealthy women, but of poor women.”Mexico’s challenges — environmental pressures, urban violence, traffic congestion, faltering educational achievement — replicate problems in middle-income and developing nations around the world, making the country a draw for researchers. Mexico is a vast research laboratory, with Mexico City, one of the globe’s biggest megacities at 21 million people, right in the middle of it.Geopolitical context puts the importance of a Harvard-Mexico connection into perspective. Mexico has 122 million people and ranks second among U.S. trading partners.Harvard’s institutions reflect the University’s growing ties to Mexico. The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies chose Mexico City when it opened its off-site Mexico and Central American Program office two years ago.In the past 25 years, the Fundación México en Harvard, A.C., an alumni creation, has helped support more than 500 Mexican students admitted to Harvard graduate and post-doctoral programs. Disbursements so far total $11.7 million. The Fundación offices are also an informal networking site for Harvard graduates, and the go-to facilitator for University recruiters. Harvard Business School (HBS) has done case studies based in Mexico.At the Harvard Divinity School, Davíd Carrasco, the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, specializes in both the past (symbolism of Mesoamerican cities) and the present (spiritual practices in Mexican-American borderlands). This fall he is co-teaching “Moctezuma’s Mexico: Then and Now” with William L. Fash Jr., the Charles P. Bowditch Professor of Central American and Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology.Carrasco, a Mexican American, is also director of Harvard’s Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project, which began 30 years ago at the University of Colorado, moved with Carrasco to Princeton, and then on to Harvard in 2001, where it resides at the Peabody. “It’s important to strengthening Harvard’s connection to Mexico,” he said of the archive, which includes among its active scholars that country’s most celebrated archaeologists and anthropologists. Later this month, the archive will sponsor a major conference on Mexican history, religion, and anthropology — the fourth in 12 years.During the 2013-2014 academic year, Mexican students were enrolled in nine of the University’s 12 Schools. Mexico was first among Latin-American countries, with 98 students registered Harvard-wide.Mexico has more than 1,250 Harvard alumni, second only to Brazil in Latin America. They are predominantly from the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Law School, and HBS. Mois Cherem Arana, M.P.P. ’09, won HKS’s “rising star” award for co-founding Enova, which delivers learning technologies to poor urban neighborhoods.A cohort of young graduates from the Harvard Graduate School of Education is busy shaking up traditions and filling in gaps. Emanuel Garza, Ed.M. ’05, even just founded a university. Classes started this month. In October, Mariana Franco, Ed. M. ’10, will launch an online platform to teach high school students how to write computer code, starting with a pilot project in Puebla.Many within Mexico’s diaspora of graduates benefited from support from the Fundación. And what goes around comes around. Most Mexican graduates of the University return home to serve in their native land. “This is not a brain drain” of graduating Ph.D.s, said Jorge I. Dominguez, the Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico and vice provost for international affairs.By returning to Mexico, said Paloma Merodio Gomez, M.P.A./I.D. ’13, “We can access better positions and have more impact.” After teaching for three years at New York University, Juan Vazquez, Ph.D. ’09, returned to Mexico City last year to found a creative think tank and communications business with an eye to public education and social entrepreneurship. “I really wanted to come back to Mexico and give back to Mexico,” Vazquez said.These ambassadors of Harvard and Mexico stay in touch. More than 100 have signed up for an outdoor lecture series featuring Harvard speakers that Vazquez is launching in February. Karla Peterson, M.P.P. ’14, who just returned to work in the Ministry of Finance, acknowledged the culture of networking among the University’s graduates in Mexico, which is so fervent that “it’s like a small Harvard.”Harvard graduates have impact in Mexico. Of the last six presidents of the country, three were Harvard graduates. Today, Harvard graduates are at or near the top of the Mexican federal agencies that oversee public health, the environment, finance, economic development, and energy.Emilio Lozoya Austin, M.P.A./I.D. ’03, is CEO of Pemex, the national oil and gas company. (His father, Emilio Lozoya Thalmann, M.C./M.P.A. ’74, was once Mexico’s secretary of energy.) Eugenia Garduño, Ed.D. ’14, is general director of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development, which collects and analyzes the nation’s statistics. Guillermo Lerdo de Tejada, M.P.A. ’13, is chief advisor to the Ministry of the Interior. Leonardo Beltrán Rodriguez, M.P.A./I.D. ’05, is deputy secretary of energy planning and transition.In Mexico, Harvard graduates are making a difference. Said Fundación’s executive director Barbara Randolph, “There are a lot of things that come full circle here.”To see more #harvardinmexico, come check us out at instagram.com/harvardu.
Gut details Researchers’ enzyme advance could help to unlock mysteries of health Research reveals threat to key nutrient Related Led by Emily Balskus, Harvard’s Morris Kahn Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and Peter Turnbaugh, an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco, a team of researchers has identified the culprit gene that produces the digoxin-metabolizing enzyme. The study is described in a May 15 paper published in eLife.The study builds on an earlier paper that identified a pair of genes dubbed cardiac glycoside reductase, or Cgr1 and Cgr2, which showed increased expression in the presence of digoxin and other, similar drugs.“Those genes were associated with digoxin metabolism, but we hadn’t actually shown they encoded an enzyme that reduced digoxin,” Balskus said. “That’s what we’re doing with this paper.”Besides showing that Cgr genes encode for the digoxin-consuming enzyme, Balskus said, the team found surprising evidence that the enzyme appeared to be specifically metabolizing the family of compounds which, like digoxin, are produced by the foxglove plant.“The plants themselves have been used in natural medicine for centuries,” Balskus said. “They produce a number of compounds which, at lower concentrations, are useful medicines, but are toxic at higher concentrations. We tested five different members of this family, and we were surprised to find it specifically recognized these toxins.”That finding was particularly surprising, she explained, because gut microbial enzymes might be expected to evolve to counteract molecules that might be regularly consumed, not drugs that might be taken on a temporary basis.“Before we characterized the enzyme, we were thinking digoxin reduction was perhaps a side reaction, that the enzyme’s role was to do something else, but that it was promiscuous enough to be able to interact with these toxins,” Balskus said. “But we tested many different substrates … nothing else we tested is processed by the enzyme.“At the moment, we’re hypothesizing that perhaps this enzyme has an evolutionary role as a detoxification system,” she continued. “Earlier in human evolution we may have been exposed to plant-based toxins more frequently, so that may have been the evolutionary role of the enzyme.”The first step in drawing a line connecting genes from E. lenta to the enzyme and digoxin metabolism, Balskus said, was to collect as many strains of the bacteria as possible.“In our previous paper, we only had access to one strain,” she said. “To really say that these genes are correlated with metabolism, we needed access to a larger set of organisms.”Over the course of several years, Balskus and Turnbaugh worked with a number of colleagues to build a collection of 25 different strains of E. lenta and other closely related organisms. Seven additional strains were capable of metabolizing digoxin.“We were then able to look more closely at their genomes and say, do all these organisms have the Cgr1 gene and the Cgr2 gene?” Balskus said. “And we realized that they were part of a larger cluster of genes. We don’t have any evidence at the moment that those other genes are important for digoxin reduction — they’re not upregulated in the presence of the drug — but there was an almost perfect correlation between the presence of Cgr1 and Cgr2 and reduction.”When Balskus and Turnbaugh transferred those genes into a different bacterium, Rhodococcus erythropolis, it gained the ability to reduce digoxin. Tests later showed that only the Cgr2 gene was needed to metabolize the drug.“We think Cgr1 is still important, but is probably involved in transferring electrons to Cgr2,” Balskus said. “Cgr2 is where the active site is, it’s where the drug is binding and where the chemistry is actually happening.”To learn more about that chemistry, researchers purified the enzyme and discovered that the reaction required two “cofactors”: an organic compound called a flavin, and a metallic iron-sulfur cluster to catalyze the process.“The iron-sulfur cluster was unexpected, because the Cgr2 sequence doesn’t contain any of the known sequence motifs that are associated with that cofactor,” Balskus said. “We did some spectroscopy … and learned a bit about how the enzyme works, but we don’t yet know what that cofactor looks like or how it’s incorporated into the enzyme.”Other tests compared the Cgr2 sequence to other protein sequences in bacterial genomes and showed it to be very distinct from related enzymes and only found in E. lenta.Going forward, Balskus said the hope is that improving clinicians’ understanding of how gut bacteria interact with drugs like digoxin can help lead to improved outcomes for patients. Additional work is needed to understand whether other drugs or antibiotics are also processed by the gut microbiome and how such transformations happen.Ultimately, she said, understanding processes like digoxin metabolism is important because it reveals how the trillions of organisms that live in and on our body can have profound effects on human health and well-being.“Cgr2 is part of a group of enzymes that are actually very widespread in the gut microbiome, but for most of them, their function is unknown,” Balskus said. “This suggests … that this type of reduction chemistry is a really important type of activity in the human microbiota, but we don’t understand it very well. Some of those uncharacterized proteins might be very interesting to study if we want to uncover new ways that gut microbes interact with drugs and other ingested molecules.”This research was supported with funding from the National Institutes of Health, Searle Scholars Program, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a George W. Merck Fellowship, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UCSF Department of Microbiology and Immunology, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, the UCSF Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, a Smith Family Graduate Science and Engineering Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation. Microbial menace Though digoxin has been widely prescribed for decades to treat a variety of heart conditions, doctors have also long understood that, for some patients, the drug simply doesn’t work.The reason, researchers discovered in the early 1980s, is Eggerthella lenta, a bacterium found in the guts of more than 30 percent of the population that can metabolize the drug in high enough quantities to render it ineffective.But how that process worked remained a mystery — until now. Ten from Harvard named HHMI Faculty Scholars Grants back early career scientists in ambitious research
On a recent gray Saturday, the halls inside Austin High School couldn’t have been brighter and more vibrant. Girls in 3rd-8th grade, alongside their parents, educators, and mentors, gathered on November 5th for the 9th annual We Are Girls Conference, hosted by Girls Empowerment Network (GEN). GEN has been a long-time partner in Dell’s Youth Learning program. It’s a wonderful organization that creates afterschool programs and workshops for young girls and teens. Today, Ami Kane, Development Director for GEN, recaps for us a recent session Dell volunteers sponsored at their annual conference, on a very relevant and important topic – cyberbullying.************More than 2,200 registrants turned out for this special event designed especially for girls. This year’s theme was “Find Your Power.” Featuring skill-building workshops and dynamic presentations, the We Are Girls Conference connects girls to relatable role models and encourages healthy relationships, educational discovery, and creative self-expression.One such skill-building workshop was run by dedicated volunteers from Dell, through a special partnership with PACERS National Bullying Prevention Center. The workshop was called, You’re Not Alone®: Unite Together Against CYBERBULLYING.When the workshop began, the facilitator, Wade Magnum, US Small Business Finance Controller for Dell, asked the group of middle school girls, “How many of you have seen or experienced cyberbullying happen?” Every hand in the room went up.Throughout the rest of the curriculum, the girls and volunteers dug into this serious topic and brainstormed together what to do the next time they see cyberbullying. The girls learned solutions, like:Be victim’s friendEncourage victimTell trusted adultReport post on social mediaBlock bully on social mediaThey also worked to practice empathy for the bully, a skill which would help them identify and prevent potential bullying behaviors in themselves when they are going through a tough time. They reflected on what might cause someone to bully others, like: a tough home life, personal insecurities and trying to fit in, and an unhealthy way of expressing anger.When asked themselves what they could do, the girls proposed three top solutions to deal with bullying together:Don’t give the bully an audienceStart anti-bullying group at schoolTell a trusted adultBy the end of the workshop time, the girls all got to make a pledge of a few things that they personally vow to practice to help with bullying prevention. Everyone in the group wrote it on a paper leaf and took turns placing it on the “Unity Tree.” Each girl walked out of the workshop more connected to others, united, and motivated to find their own personal power against bullying—a wish for all girls and shared by GEN, PACERS, and Dell!************Ami Kane is the Development Director at the Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) in Austin, TX, where she first came on staff in 2010. She is originally from the Indianapolis area which is where her passion for girl services began. Prior to GEN, she worked for Girls Incorporated of Greater Indianapolis for many years during which time she completed her bachelor’s degree and later received her master’s in Nonprofit Management.Since 2011, Ami has had the joy of working alongside Dell and its employee volunteers in the creation and growth of GEN’s tech focused program, GirlConnect. She a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Impact Austin, and the Leadership Austin Emerge class of 2014. She is passionate about helping young women give back and her largest volunteer commitment each year is leading the girls’ giving circle, Girls Giving Grants.
Taye Diggs is the next star to put on some makeup and pull the wig down from the shelf in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch—but who will step into the transgender rock goddess’ high-heeled boots when the new star departs? We asked fans to rank the actors they’d love to see play Hedwig on the awesome top-ten ranking website Culturalist. The results are in—here are the stars fans picked! BILLY PORTER ALAN CUMMING JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE JONATHAN GROFF ADAM LAMBERT ANDY MIENTUS AARON TVEIT CHRIS COLFER JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT GAVIN CREEL Jonathan Groff Star Files View Comments
On the heels of the first winter storm of the season, Vermont’s congressional delegation ‘ Senators Patrick Leahy, Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch ‘ today announced the immediate release over $11 million in heating assistance to eligible Vermonters. The funds will provide assistance through the Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP). With continued uncertainty over the final FY2012 funding levels for LIHEAP, Leahy, Sanders and Welch have pushed in recent weeks for the funds to be released immediately so states have the opportunity to help those with greatest needs now. Leahy said, ‘Winter is setting in early across Vermont this year, and this initial infusion of heating aid is welcome, but it will not be enough. We are working on several tracks to press for adequate heating assistance for this season, and we are pointing out as forcefully as we can that time, and funding, are running short.’ Sanders said, ‘The federal home heating assistance funding that the administration released will help tens of thousands of senior citizens, families with children, and persons with disabilities stay warm this winter. While I am glad that the president is finally releasing this funding, much more must be done. Last year Vermont received $26 million in LIHEAP funding. Today, only $11 million in LIHEAP funding is being released. With poverty increasing and heating oil prices skyrocketing, significantly cutting LIHEAP would cause a severe winter health emergency. We cannot let that happen. The administration’s proposal to cut LIHEAP in half and the House Republican plan to cut more than $1 billion in LIHEAP funding are both unacceptable. I will do everything I can to make sure that LIHEAP is level-funded and that no-one in Vermont goes cold this winter.’ Welch said, ‘With over a foot of snow blanketing some parts of the state, the immediate release of this money is welcome news. Energy assistance is a critical lifeline for countless Vermonters, even in the best of times. While this news should give peace of mind to those who can’t afford their fuel bills, it is a down payment on what Vermont will need to meet the demand this winter. We’ll continue fighting to ensure LIHEAP is fully funded and available for those who need it when they need it.’ While LIHEAP funding for FY2012 remains uncertain, rising fuel prices are likely to increase the numbers of Vermonters requiring assistance. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Information Agency projects average household heating expenditures will reach record highs this winter, with predicted increases of three percent for natural gas, seven percent for propane, and eight percent for heating oil. The National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association anticipates 9.4 million households will seek assistance with their energy costs through the LIHEAP program this winter, up from 8.9 million last year. In FY2011, Vermont received $25.6 million in LIHEAP funds, providing assistance to 27,000 Vermonters. WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2011
It’s time to select this year’s winner.It’s time to select Credit Union Magazine’s 2015 Credit Union Hero of the Year.VOTE: Who Should Be the 2015 CU Hero of the Year?Each year, Credit Union Magazine honors some of the credit union movement’s heroes—those individuals who relentlessly promote credit union philosophy, dedicate themselves to credit union principles, and make a difference in their communities.This year’s nominees are:Sandra Cano, Navigant Credit Union;Charles Elliott, Mississippi Credit Union Association; andGail Lewis, 121 Financial Credit Union.Voting will take place through May 1. We’ll honor this year’s winner (or a representative) at CUNA’s America’s Credit Union Conference in Denver, July 12-15. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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“There are certain matters that should be kept with the government, that classified matters cannot be shared. Once she does that, she’s out, I would fire her. Because you jeopardized the security of the state,” he added. After accepting Duterte’s offer, the Vice President has vowed to change the direction of the campaign by implementing a health-based approach and ending extrajudicial killings related to the drive./PN “She may not realize it but she could betreading dangerous grounds. It could be an overreach of the granted authorityhence the reminder,” Panelo said in a statement. “There’s a limit to that. I know that she’s a lawyer and she has other advisers,” President Duterte said in an interview with GMA News TV’s Balitanghali on Saturday. Presidential spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said that “revealing state secrets would be a violation of the Article229 or Revelation of secrets by an officer of the Revised Penal Code.” “Not only is it within the President’sdiscretion but it is his constitutional duty not only to enforce all the lawsbut to ensure that all his alter egos are performing their respective functionswithin the scope and ambit of law,” he added. Robredo was appointed as ICAD co-chairperson of by President Rodrigo Duterte following her remarks that the administration’s drug war as “obviously not working.” MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to fire Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) should she leak state secrets with foreign entities that will endanger national security. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will remove Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of government’s anti-narcotic drive should she share classified information with foreign entities. Robredo met with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and United States officials in her first week as co-chair of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs. ABS-CBN NEWS Robredo earlier met with officials of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the United States Embassy to discuss the country’s anti-illegal drug campaign.