Drummer/producer wunderkind Adam Deitch and Crown City Rockers founder Headnodic have connected on a ground-breaking new album of analog-future hip-hop entitled First Takes. With an avant-garde approach to creativity and recording, coupled with a shared affinity for the golden-era of Boom-Bap, this dynamic duet has the power to usher in a new exploratory era in beat-making. By embracing a no-rules philosophy First Takes has Deitch and Headnodic reimagining the (former) limits of hip-hop production, employing improvisation as a state of mind.Download the record here, and check out a review and interview below.“T’s Departure” is 1970’s blaxploitation vibe personified, a hard-driving funk groove thumping beneath dramatic strings and a big swirling hook. “King’s Town” transports you to the yardie spot, an organic, bare bones romp through the jazzy dancehall, runnin’ tings with rudebwoy swagger, as Deitch’s jungle rimshots and astounding hi-hat sizzle set a frenetic pace. Headnodic matches colors and sonics with Blunted in the Bomb Shelter-type aplomb. “Data Decimator” unleashes tribalized b-boy riddims with a nod to DJ Shadow, while at the same time hopping the pond to dip in the slowly oozing late 90’s Bristol UK Trip Hop ethos.The tragically short “Swivel” is a Creed Taylor wet dream, with luscious boom-bap breaks, Bob James Rhodes action, Headnodic bringing a flair for flamboyant like his name was Big L. “Neferttiti’s Theme” unveils a grown n’ sexy, the vibe akin to the Madlib Blue Note rare groove old-school; yet Headnodic’s lyrical, musical approach to on-the-fly sample-craftmanship, and the resulting future bass madness, undermines any period specific elements by catapulting the listener to newfound galaxies in sound.“Wamp Rats” is a class in new school blues, a track that locks into an undeniably hip hop format, only to be sliced to shreds with an eargasmic harmonica solo scratched to the surface by Pretty Lights turntable henchman Chris Karns. “The Stage” delivers the dearly departed Shaolin heyoka Ol’ Dirty Bastard to the forefront of a decidedly pimpadelic throwback sample, Headnodic spearheading an excursion to the depths of a chamber at once familiar yet unclaimed. “Nyx” is a clear and present nod to a generation sublime; Pretty Lights Music and it’s ever-evolving diaspora. A classic kick-snare Deitch beat powers the emotional, colorful lament filled with wah-wah guitars, triumphant horns, and soulful R&B crooning.With bombastic Adam Deitch beats storming the soundscape with both reckless abandon and military grade precision, the songs have more bounce to the ounce than your average quasi-loopdigga, or drunken-monkey beat tape. Headnodic’s exotic, imaginative sample collages, engineering mastery and a sixth sense for making heads bob like emergency brakes, the stage is serendipitously set for a wild ride to an even furthur side of lysergic synth dreaming. The duo can hang their fitteds (or five panel) on the fact that they have served the Blue Note and CTI legacies, showing love to Rudy Van Gelder, Creed Taylor, as well as the likes of Derek Vincent Smith (Pretty Lights).Deitch and Headnodic have done Madlib, J Dilla, Pete Rock, Marley Marl, Evil Dee, and countless other forefathers of the NY’s golden era proud, not to mention modern purveyors of sound design like DJ Shadow, Prefuse73 and Flying Lotus. A potent blend of sample-based collage culture, one-take studio magic betwixt virtuosos of the new millenium, and a chance capturing lightning in a bottle, First Takes is beyond merely just a successful mission; it is a tomorrow promised on this never-ending search for new land. On a day when we may need reminding of artistic and cultural freedom, principled bravery, and affirming ourselves a nation that holds one fact to be self evident: Deitch beats definitely don’t quit.Hot Takes with Berklee brothers in Boom-Bap: A Conversation with Adam Deitch and Headnodic. L4LM: Adam. Thanks for the making the time, and sliding L4LM this dope record for the premiere. Tell us more! Adam Deitch: I just did the album with Ethan (Headnodic). I went to Berklee with him back in the 90’s, he was the dopest producer, even way back then! Check the credits.[Founding member (and often producer and engineer) of the acclaimed Hip-Hop bands Mission: & Crown City Rockers. His career includes collaborations with indie Hip-Hop heavyweights MF Doom, Jr. Gong Damian Marley, Brother Ali, Mr. Lif, Lyrics Born, DJ Shadow, Zion I, Chali 2na, Moe Pope, Del The Funky Homosapien, & more. He is also one-third of the Hip-Hop supergroup The Mighty Underdogs with Gift Of Gab (Blackalicious) and Lateef The Truth Speaker (Latryx).]L4LM: So you recently connected with him in the studio? AD: He put together a bunch of sampled loops, and then I recorded live drums on top. He then came back and added the live bass, moogs, and other sounds. All of my drum tracks were First Takes, thus the album title. Really thing the Pretty Lights kids will love this analog tasty treat.I would like to add that Headnodic was, to me, representing the new breed of musicians, who were also capable of producing records and had knowledge of samplers, sequencers, mixing techniques etc. as well as a deep understanding of many styles of Hip Hop. He is going to give you a greater understanding of how this project came together.[note: Deitch then connected L4LM to Headnodic, live and direct from the Bay Area.]L4LM: Ethan (Headnodic), thanks for making some time for Live for Live Music. Please tell us a bit about how you dreamt this up? And then brought it fruition? Adam is a very busy cat, always gigging, always moving. And you are out here on the West Coast, so couldn’t be easy. Headnodic: Adam’s band Lettuce was out here playing a several day run at the Fillmore in SF and I invited him to come record at my spot. I thought maybe I would get a handful of 2 bar drum breaks to loop up, maybe he’d track a full structured drum take to one of my “works in progress”, maybe even two.L4LM: I bet this session was a power hour personified. Tell us, what ended up going down when he came through? Headnodic: This dude came to my house with only an hour to play with (he was late for a flight to somewhere). Luckily, I prepped the night before and laid out a ProTools session with 15 or so beats that I had done (with the programmed drums muted). He walked in and we skipped the “hello hi” stuff, and he just threw on the headphones and sat down at the kit. The mics were prepped and the pre-amps were all warmed up. I hit play/record and the beat came on. What he did is what you hear on the record.L4LM: So it was like a jam session, with samples. And you just left them as is?Headnodic: I’m an editor and I love to chop and loop and fly and sample and yatta yatta, but I didn’t want to do sh*t to this drum take. It was game tight. By the time that song ended in his headphones, I had already slid the next one into the ProTools session and in real time he hit it in one take… Threw on another… First Take… Another… First Take… We only had an hour or so, but what he did is what you hear on the record… all first takes.L4LM: Philosophically, please tell our readers about what the First Takes record is all about. Kind of reminds me of Hov, just going in the booth, bars off top, letting it fly. Headnodic: I really wanted to produce this project with the feel of this session in mind. There’s a vibe to this collection of songs that stems from the narrative of it’s creation. This sh*t was live in the studio, dude was on fire and the excitement of that needed to stay on tape. Anything he played, I left as is.To structure the song, I edited the samples and instruments that I laid around his performance and even that editing was minimal. He naturally knew where my all of beats were going. A lot of that intuitive speak comes from the fact that we share the vocabulary of the same era of hip hop beats, but another good chunk of it is that I saw him play back in the late 90s when we were both at Berklee College in Boston and I began to steal his drum fills for the drum programming on my beats, so I’m guessing my tracks & arrangements felt a little like home for him.L4LM: The drums are mic’d so ILL. I mean, it’s has the juiciest, warmest analog feel, so loose and Jay Dee-drunk but still tight as nails. It goes so hard, too. How did you go about getting Adam to sound so right, Ethan?Headnodic: “I use a lot of mics on the kit, keep the drums dead and room dry, and spend a good amount of time dialing in the sound in post. Each track has a distinctly different sound and I wanted the drums to sit comfortably in each landscape, but I also wanted Adam to stick out in the mix and take a starring role. I made a bus of all of the room mics and overheads, and then another with the close mics with effects and coloration (a lot of gating & compression, but no sound replacer or anything like that). I then went back and forth with levels and side-chaining and all that good-good to really find the balance on each one. I go for that analog 70s feeling, and I’m glad you feel it came across on “tape”, but it’s actually all plugins and digital flim-flammerey. I pride myself on making stuff sound good on a budget.Our homie (drummer) Max MacVeety and I spent a good many dead-broke years experimenting with drums trying to make em sound like a million bucks.L4LM: Yes! Love Max. Got hip to him through Karl Denson but I know he runs with Lyrics Born these days. And he’s in that new D.J. Williams krewe Shots Fired! Shout out to Max MacVeety! Headnodic: As far as mixing, I pushed myself to keep the drums very human and push them way into the front. Often I’ll mix to get the Boom & Bap to dominate and it sets a pedestal for the emcee, but since this project is intentionally instrumental I wanted to let that polyrhythmic aspect of rhymes fall on the ghost note work on the snare and the hi-hat. Then push the Boom Bap back in a bit. It’s a delicate balance.”L4LM: Rest assured, every element is lining up right on this record. Great balance, on so many levels. There are a few features on the record. How did they come about? Headnodic: We were blessed with some amazing performances on this project. Chris Karns came in and laid down an amazing harmonica solo, made even more amazing when you take in the fact that he did with a turntable (it’ll make sense when you hear it). We also got some of my Crown City Rockers family Kat O1O & Raashan Ahmad as well as DJ Cutso (from the Bangerz) on a joint. As for the future, who knows? It’s just good to know that we only need an hour or so to get busy like this.L4LM: Adam Deitch, with some final thoughts on Headnodic, the First Takes album release (premiering on Live for Live Music), and the big question everyone wants to know: can the people hold out hope for some kind of live performances of this material with Ethan? AD: Most competent musicians I knew in the mid 90s weren’t even thinking of making their own tracks. Ethan was already doing that. His production aesthetic was an influence on my style of beats and it was a total honor for me to collaborate with him in this way. For this release, we decided to drop it for free, we were inspired by the “Pretty Lights method” of releasing music. And we absolutely will try to play a few shows in 2017 (schedules permitting).Words/Interview: B. GetzPhotos by John Coyne, Leo Docuyanan, B.a.D. PhotographyDon’t miss Adam Deitch pulling double duty at the upcoming Fool’s Paradise, playing with host band Lettuce as well as an exciting collaboration between Break Science and Manic Focus dubbed Manic Science. More information about the festival, which is held in St. Augustine, FL from March 31 – April 1, can be found here.
Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Lupita Nyong’o on EclipsedWe’ve got a British stage and screen vet to thank for Lupita Nyong’o’s return to the boards this fall! “One of the things Emma Thompson encouraged me to do was get back to the stage,” the Oscar winner admitted to Vogue, “and this is advice I have taken very seriously.” Oskar Eustis, the artistic director of New York’s Public Theater, also revealed to the magazine that he offered Nyong’o any stage role, but that “she had fallen in love with a play called Eclipsed, set during the Liberian Civil War…Who am I to say no to Lupita?” Nyong’o will begin previews in Danai Gurira’s work on September 29 and officially open on October 14 at the Public’s LuEsther Theater.Cry-Baby Album Sets Release Date The “Misery, Agony, Helplessness, Hopelessness, Heartache and Woe” that Cry-Baby fans around the world have been suffering since June 22, 2008 is, at long last, at an end. We now know that the previously reported Broadway cast recording of Cry-Baby: The Musical will be released digitally on September 25 and in stores on October 9, courtesy of Broadway records, so it’s time to dry those tears!Roger Rees Memorial DetailsA memorial tribute will be held for Tony winner Roger Rees on Monday, September 21 at 1:00 PM at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre. Doors will open at 12:30 PM, with general admission seating available to the public. Rees, who was last seen on Broadway earlier this year opposite Chita Rivera in The Visit, died of brain cancer on July 10 at the age of 71. Drew Gasparini Joins Forces With Alex BrightmanComposer and singer/songwriter Drew Gasparini is heading to Webster Hall. The Smash and stage scribe will play the Marlin Room on September 28, with Drew Gasparini Live featuring appearances from multiple Broadway faves including School of Rock’s Alex Brightman, Wicked’s F. Michael Haynie and Les Miz’s Andrew Kober. For a taster of what to expect, check out the video below. Related Shows Eclipsed
Through the effort of Senator Patrick Leahy, the LCBP and the US Fish and Wildlife Service Lake Champlain Office will receive over six million dollars to be allocated over the next three years to improve water quality and fish and wildlife habitat within the Lake Champlain ecosystem. Our next E-News will provide more detail on these projects. This week the Lake Champlain Basin Program released several requests for proposals, seeking to award up to $840,000 in local pollution prevention, aquatic invasive species spread prevention, and education grants. Funding for the grants comes through the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency. The amount of the grant awards for pollution prevention and aquatic invasive species grants has increased to $25,000 this year and education grants will be capped at $7,500.Small organizational support grants for local watershed groups also are included in this grant round. The deadline to submit proposals is October 7, 2010. For further information, log onto http://www.lcbp.org/grants.htm(link is external). Image: Beth Card, NEIWPCC Director of Water Quality, signs the Great Lakes Fishery Commission MOU, with Senator Leahy and James Geiger of the US Fish and Wildlife Service looking on. Marc Gaden of the GLFC and Curt Spalding of the US EPA were also present. Photo by LCBP.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are looking for a suspect who shot a Wyandanch woman multiple times while she was seated in the passenger seat of a car in North Babylon early Saturday morning, police said. The victim, 22-year-old Antonia Brown, was in a 2007 Toyota Scion TC that was parked on Governor Avenue when an unknown assailant fired multiple rounds into the vehicle at 1:30 a.m., police said. Brown suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and had to be transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where she was listed in critical condition, police said. No one else was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, police said.The investigation is continuing. Detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed the shooting to contact the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
With the landscape of the banking world constantly shifting and changing, it’s sometimes difficult to know where to spend your time, energy, and resources in regards to marketing. On one hand, marketing can be expensive and a hit-or-miss prospect, yet it’s essential to informing consumers about your brand and products. Marketing is a necessity when it comes to remaining relevant and noticed in your community and with both your current members and potential future ones.Finding the best way to spend your marketing dollars will vary from place-to-place, area-to-area, but here are 4 reimagined old school marketing techniques, to market your credit union to the public that could be momentum shifters for you:Targeted (and Re-targeted) AdvertisingAdvertising is nothing new. Advertising is an old and well-worn practice in marketing. Spend money to make money has been a long time business adage. However, like the world, advertising has changed. No longer must you have a dozen 30 second TV spots running in conjunction with radio ads and newspaper full pagers. Gone are the days of throwing your message out there with no more control over it than putting the pen to the checkbook. Nowadays, the marketer has more control.Targeted advertisements are taking the marketing world by storm because of the way they interact with the audience we hope to reach. Targeted ads work in a couple of different ways:Specified ads using platforms like Facebook ads or LinkedIn that allow you to select specific age ranges, interests, demographics, geographical locations, etc. These options allow for a great level of customization when it comes to selecting your audience and the amount your message can be seen. Which makes your targeted marketing more precise, with the ability to promote different offers to different age groups and demographics. There’s also retargeting. Retargeting focuses your efforts on an audience that has already demonstrated an interest in you by visiting your website. Affordable third-party services can automate the process, so people who visited your website will automatically see your ads when they’re surfing elsewhere on the internet. Your ads can be served on hundreds of the most popular website and channels. Normally these popular sites are very expensive advertising, but retargeting ensures you’re dollars are only used towards likely customers. Have you ever searched for something and then noticed an ad for that very thing at a later time? This is retargeting.Events Field marketing, such as hosting an event, is one of the best ways to draw crowds to a branch or promote the brand as a whole. Now I’m sure most institutions do something already, but even if you already do it’s worth another look. Partnering with local businesses to show support for their business while promoting your brand. Perhaps you’re in a college town and can sponsor some fiscal responsibility presentations for students and local community members. The options of how to interact with your public is endless.With a growing national perspective on the importance of local business, doing more local events could help push you past the larger mega financial institutions and endear you more in the hearts of your members and the prospective non-members as well.Ongoing Engagement This is going to sound simple, but it can go a long way. Ongoing engagement is maintaining a presence in the lives of your consumers and target demographics. Using email campaigns is a great way to maintain a line of communication with your public, to let them know about upcoming offers, new products, and any other bit of information you want to send out.For instance, Buzz Points sends out frequent email campaigns on behalf of their credit unions to their cardholders to raise awareness of upcoming promotional campaigns such as a double points weekend or a refer-a-friend campaign. They also use email campaigns to promote cross-selling of reward points with signing up for auto, home, or other small loans, incentivizing the cardholders to sign up for their loans and receive extra reward points. Buzz Points assists the credit union with these campaigns by offering intensive customer service for the not only the credit union, but the cardholders themselves.Offering helpful and easy to understand support is a great example of ongoing engagement. Good programs and campaigns have a staff associated with them that can help ease any troubles or worries that a consumer might have. It allows the institution to bridge the business-consumer gap better by being able to help people in a clear and concise manner.Ongoing engagement like this can be a simple way to get the public informed and engaged in your product or service when used the correct way and trained support make it easy to interact with those consumers when they come to use the product.ContestsPeople love competition. It’s in our nature to want to succeed, so harnessing that nature is a good way to pump the brand and get people involved. Contests can range from photo contests on Instagram or twitter, to contests that promote members to be more active with your service.To use Buzz Points again as an example: They recently ran a “Redeem For Charity” competition that had cardholders at different credit unions use their cards more to build up points and then redeem them for charity. The credit unions that redeemed the most would win a sizable donation to a charity of their choosing. This contest, like the many others that Buzz Points had run in the past, was a success in that it incentivized cardholders to swipe their debit cards more often in an attempt to win the contest.Something like this could be just the spark your credit union could use and can be tailored exactly to your target demographic or towards the specific goal you want to reach is.These 4 marketing efforts are just basics to marketing your credit union’s services and products, but these basics form building blocks for successful futures. Growth and innovation is the goal of every business, but it all has to start somewhere. Todd Swoope is a marketing professional and content creator living in Austin, Texas, who hails from the mountains of Pennsylvania. With Master’s degrees in Communication and Public Relations, Todd … Web: https://www.buzzpoints.com Details 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Todd Swoope
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Parts of western Long Island may get on Monday the third straight day of sweltering temperatures of 90 degrees or above, the unofficial threshold to qualify as a heat wave, forecasters said.The heat streak came as the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a heat advisory from noon to 8 p.m. Monday for Nassau and western Suffolk counties as well as much of the New York Metro area. That’s because temps in the 90s combined with the humidity will make it feel like about 100 in some areas.“It’ll be a close call,” Bill Goodman, an Upton-based NWS meteorologist, said of the heat wave designation.Temps at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma hit 96 on Saturday and 90 on Sunday, but were only forecast to hit 88 on Monday. Goodman predicted that temperatures may rise into the 90s in parts of Nassau.Thermometers fell two degrees short of 90 Friday on LI, but New York City is on its fourth straight day of temps in the 90s.A 20-percent chance of thunderstorms forecast for Monday afternoon on LI are not expected to provide any relief. Tuesday is expected to hit the low 90s on LI, but the humidity won’t be as high so the heat index won’t be as bad, Goodman said. The region should get a break with temps in the 80s Wednesday through the weekend.As for the heat advisory, NWS warned that the elderly, those with chronic health issues and those whose homes lack air conditioning should go to a place that has air conditioning. It also urged people who work outdoors to take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned area.NWS also issued an air quality alert for all of Long Island due to increased ozone pollution levels. And anyone cooling off at the beach is warned that there is also a risk of rip currents.
That’s why local heating and cooling businesses continue to operate while taking precautions. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Whether this spring throws sun and warmth or snow and cold at us, it’s important that the heat and air conditioning is functioning. “It’s definitely going to be business as usual. If they have any problems, they can call us. We will dispatch technicians out there,” said Holleran. “Our hours are still the same. We have adjusted to the virus. My technicians all have booties, rubber gloves, and masks,” said Auchinachie Vice President Chris Holleran. Along with the typical protective wear, all equipment is cleaned thoroughly. If a major problem does arise though, technicians will still be ready to help make sure you stay comfortable at home during these crazy times. Many get their air conditioning units looked at before the warmth returns, but Auchinachie says there are small steps you can do yourself, so technicians don’t have to be called out. “We spray down all of our tools with bleach and wipe them all down along with the iPad. Everything that the customer may use, we wipe it down before they use it, and we wipe it down after every call,” said Holleran. We’re clearly not done with colder nights just yet, but we’re fast approaching the time of year for AC units to kick back on. “Make sure that the outdoor unit can breathe without any flowers or bushes or trees preventing it. You can also make sure the filters inside your house are clean,” said Holleran.
Image courtesy of Eesti GasEstonian energy company Eesti Gaas said Tuesday it has ordered a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel with a capacity of 6,000 cbm.The 99.8m long vessel will be built by the Dutch shipyard Damen Group and will be delivered in September 2020.It will provide LNG bunkering for the growing number of LNG-fuelled vessels in the North-East region of the Baltic Sea and onshore clients, according to a statement by Eesti Gaas.Eesti Gaas will operate this LNG bunker vessel under a long-term charter from its parent company and owner of the vessel, Infortar AS.The technical management for the vessel will be provided by the region’s shipping company Tallink Grupp.“By creating a mobile LNG-fuelling infrastructure, the LNG bunker vessel incentivises the construction and use of new LNG-fuelled vessels in the Baltic Sea Region and, therefore, has the potential to reduce Co2 emissions annually by more than 66,000 tons,” Eesti Gaas said.The LNG bunkering vessel will feature dual-fuel engines and ice class 1A, according to the Finnish-Swedish ice-class regulations. This will allow the vessel to operate all year round, including in the region’s challenging ice conditions.The two type-C LNG tanks that will be installed onboard the vessel will be partially exposed, which ensures good access and easy upgrade options as the LNG consumer market develops, Eesti Gaas said.The vessel is a part of the new mobile LNG infrastructure in the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea. This project is co-funded by the EU through the CEF Transport programme.
Located in the North Sea and owned by Danish utility company Ørsted, the farm will consist of 165 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines. “This deal is a continuation of Siemens Gamesa’s focus on sustainability in finance and strengthens it at a difficult time for all of society, in which we must go that extra mile in supporting medical research. It is very gratifying to be able to make a contribution,” said Thomas Spannring, acting CFO of Siemens Gamesa. BNP Paribas lead managed the deal, in which BBVA, Mizuho, and Santander also participated. The installation of the 165 direct drive wind turbines at the Hornsea Two project site 89 kilometers off the British east coast is expected to start in 2021. The funding is tied to ESG (environment, social, and governance) criteria. Under this agreement, Siemens Gamesa will pay a premium in the event that it fails to achieve the defined ESG targets; otherwise, the premium will be paid by BNP Paribas, together with BBVA and Santander. Siemens Gamesa has signed a bank guarantee line for up to EUR 600 million to cover the construction of components for the 1.4 GW Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. Once commissioned in 2022, Hornsea Two will become the largest offshore wind farm in the world. The nacelles for Hornsea Two will be produced at Siemens Gamesa’s factory in Cuxhaven, Germany, while the majority of the blades will be made at the factory in Hull, UK, where the pre-assembly work will also be carried out. Towers are expected to be partly sourced from UK suppliers. Hornsea Two In either case, the established premium on the deal will be used to finance a cancer research project directed by Eduardo López Collazo, Scientific Director of Hospital La Paz Institute for Health Research in Madrid, Spain, that seeks to identify sources of metastasis in breast cancer with a view to preventing tumour cells from spreading.
She was again spared late 2015 as theIndonesia’s Attorney General Office decided to forego a third round ofexecutions due to its economic slowdown./PN In a verdict by the high court onFriday, Veloso could give her testimony before the Philippine Consular Officeand Indonesian officials in a bid to convict alleged recruiters Ma. CristinaSergio and Julius Lacanilao for human trafficking. The SC’s verdict was a reversal of anearlier decision by the Court of Appeals, which rejected the appeal of theconvicted Filipina worker to let her testify against her alleged illegalrecruiters. The Filipina said she was tricked by herrecruiters into smuggling illegal drugs into Indonesia. MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) hasallowed incarcerated overseas Filipina worker Mary Jane Veloso to testifyagainst her alleged illegal recruiters from her detention in Indonesia. “The Court said that to disallow thewritten interrogatories will curtail Mary Jane’s right to due process,” saidthe SC. “Her imprisonment in Indonesia and the conditions attached to herreprieve denied her of any opportunity to decide for herself to voluntarilyappear and testify before the trial court in Nueva Ecija where the cases of therespondents of illegal recruitment were pending.” Meanwhile, overseas Filipino workersgroup Migrante said that the decision to allow Veloso’s written testimony wouldbe a precedent to future cases. Veloso was sentenced to execution byfiring squad after she was convicted of drug trafficking for being caught with2.6 kilograms of heroin in her luggage at Yogyakarta airport in 2010. “The Supreme Court has allowed thetaking of the testimony of convicted drug trafficker Mary Jane Veloso againsther recruiters by way of deposition in Indonesia,” said the SC’s PublicInformation Office (PIO). “It shall also serve as a precedent foroverseas Filipinos who may in troublesome circumstances later find themselvesvictims of human trafficking and illegal recruitment,” Migrante said in astatement. Veloso was supposed to have beenexecuted on April 29, 2015, but it was postponed to allow her to testifyagainst her alleged illegal recruiters in the Philippines.