Kaziranga/Guwahati: With over 150 anti-poaching camps in the Kaziranga National Park affected by the Assam floods, the authorities are working round-the-clock to check poaching at the UNESCO World Heritage site, officials said. The staff and security personnel are performing their duties using mechanised and country boats to deal with any kind of eventualities, they said. Ninety per cent of the Kaziranga National Park in Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state was still submerged, a statement from the Assam Ministry of Forest and Environment said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Besides forest guards, a State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) team was engaged alongside Assam Police personnel in vulnerable spots of the park, Divisional Forest Officer, Kaziranga National Park (KNP), Rohini Ballab Saikia said The press communique said 155 of the 199 anti-poaching camps at the KNP are affected by floodwaters. The Kaziranga National Park is home to the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses. Other animals such as tigers, elephants, sloth bears, monkeys and musk deer are also found in the forest. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Some of the animals have taken shelter in highlands within the park and many are migrating to the southern highlands of Karbi Anglong, crossing National Highway 37, the statement said. Though 90 per cent of the KNP is submerged, water level inside the park and the adjoining NH-37 has receded to some extent, restoring the movement of heavy vehicles on the highway on Tuesday. However, passenger buses were not being allowed to drive through the park, Saikia said. Till now, six accidents have been reported on the national highway, causing the death of five Hog Deer and a Sambar, the communique said. Five other animals in the park are reported to have succumbed to injuries “for various reasons due to flood”, it said. “Teams for rescue operation of distressed animal, as per necessity, are kept in readiness. The Special Rhino Protection Force is also deployed in vulnerable locations of the park,” the communique said. Meanwhile, on the directions of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of State for Environment and Forests Naba Kumar Doley has rushed to the park to oversee measures being taken to ensure the safety of wild animals, it said. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Force A M Singh visited several areas of the park to take stock of the situation. Another Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden, Ranjana Gupta, is camping in the park to supervise the operations. Flood and rescue operation management is being monitored by the chief minister and the forest minister, the release said. Both of them are in constant touch with the park authority for real-time analysis and support, it added. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Monday spoken to Chief Minister Sonowal to take stock of the flood situation, including the condition of the KNP, and assured all possible help and support.
COOKS BROOK, N.S. – After two major thefts within two months at his free-range animal farm, Melvin Burns is hoping people’s taste for bacon can help solve the crimes.In an appeal posted on Facebook, the owner of Moo Nay Farms in Cooks Brook, N.S., is offering a reward of just over two kilograms of bacon for tips leading to the culprit who recently took about $1,000 worth of power tools.In an interview, Burns said the farm, located about an hour northeast of Halifax, was also hit in June when someone stole a number of pigs and hens from his property.He said he really doesn’t know what made him come up with such an unorthodox appeal.“I don’t really know what made me think of it, just that’s what we have to offer and that (bacon) is one of the most beloved products from our farm,” Burns said.The stolen tools include an 18 volt driver and charger, a 20 volt driver, a grinder, two 20 volt chargers, and a 20 volt drill, all made by DeWalt. Also pilfered was a Mastercraft socket set.“We work hard to keep our animals alive and safe, these tools help us do that … please consider our animals, their fences, shelters and all the things we need these tools for,” Burns’s post reads.He is also holding up the offer of some work around the farm or training for anyone who owns up to the thefts.“It’s just the offer of some skills so they can actually get a job and do some work, as opposed to feeling that they need to steal to survive.”Burns said while there have been no takers for his offer so far, there is also a broader message about “looking out for one another” that he hopes to convey to the surrounding community.“Get to know your neighbours,” he said. “Offer to stop by and keep an eye out on your neighbour’s property.”Burns said that has actually happened since he posted to Facebook — neighbours did let him know that they checked in on his property during a short period where he was recently away.Burns said he doesn’t believe his farm is being targeted because he’s learned of a rash of recent thefts in the area.In the earlier theft, Burns lost six Berkshire pigs and 40 chickens. He also found the remains of a butchered pig on a plastic sheet at the edge of the 60-acre farm.“I don’t feel anger towards people,” said Burns. “I just want it (thievery) to stop for the community and I want it to stop for me.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Moo Nay Farms was located in Crooks Brook.
The Canadian Government continues to support efforts to rid the country of landmines in villages ravaged by years of Sri Lankan civil war. An effort with an end in sight.The Government is providing CAD850,000 in 2015-2016 to non-governmental organization Mines Advisory Group (MAG) to keep thousands of men, women and children safe from the mines and unexploded bombs that continue to litter the land six years after the end of the country’s long conflict High Commissioner Whiting added: “Canada’s support builds on the significant work already undertaken in mine clearing in the country by the Government of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan army and international demining organizations such as MAG. MAG Sri Lanka Country Director Alistair Moir said: “Sri Lanka remains a country where MAG removes a staggering amount of landmines. Each one that is removed brings greater safety and less fear for families whoíd been living with the daily threat of death and injury. Safe land means people can move around freely and use farmland, which has such a sustained and positive impact on their lives and livelihoods.“This is the tangible nature of our work, and we very much look forward to the Government of Sri Lanka declaring a status of ‘mine impact free’ before 2020. Canadian funds have been and remain vital in achieving this.”During 2015, MAG removed 8,776 landmines and unexploded bombs in Sri Lanka. In addition, more than 25 million square metres of land has been released in 2015 – either cleared of danger or deemed to be safe following survey – enabling thousands of people to rebuild their lives. “The devastating impact of landmines on civilians is without question. It is my hope that the considerable work undertaken by the Government of Sri Lanka with the support of partners such as Canada, will save lives, facilitate returns and lead to eventual accession by Sri Lanka of relevant international treaties aimed at bringing an end to the use of these indiscriminate weapons.” (Colombo Gazette/Trust.Org) These deadly remnants of war prevent farmers from being able to use their land, restrict access to water sources, and hinder resettlement plans for thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were forced to flee during periods of prolonged fighting.With continued international support, MAG anticipates that the entire country can be free from the impact of mines by 2020. “Clearance of landmines is a necessary precursor to peace and security for all Sri Lankans and is a key component of Sri Lanka’s broader plans for reconciliation and resettlement. Canada’s support to MAG is playing an important role in helping Sri Lanka meet its objective of being mine-impact free by 2020. Seeing MAG’s work today and noting the level of strong and constructive coordination with government at all levels, I am confident that this objective will be met.” Speaking from a minefield in Mannar, the High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Shelley Whiting said: “The demining activities that we had the honour of seeing today underscored for me the critical importance of demining work in Sri Lanka.
It was reported that the two people were killed following a clash between two groups in the area. (Colombo Gazette) A father and his son have been hacked to death in the Gampaha area, the Police media unit said.The Police said the father and son were killed in Gamangedara in the Gampaha area over a dispute.
Kohli admitted that the break is helping him recover for fresh challenges ahead. The star cricketer will next be seen in action in the upcoming indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, where is leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) side. Kohli had been rested for the Nidahas Trophy aling with MS Dhoniand other star cricketers. Rohit Sharma is leading Team India in Kohli’s absence. (Colombo Gazette) According to Cricbuzz, Virat said, “Physically, I have a few niggles, I am just getting over those. The workload has started to disagree with me a little bit. I have to be very careful about how I go forward with my body, my mind and my cricket.” Kohli has been rested in the ongoing Nidahas Trophy T20I tri-series, which includes Bangladesh and host Sri Lanka. Virat can give this offer a serious thought as he has already acknowledged that his workload has started taking a toll on his health. The popularity and fan-following of these two goes beyond the boundaries of India. The star couple, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, has been invited by Sri Lanka’s sports minister, Dayasiri Jaysekera, for a holiday in their beautiful land, sportswallah.com reported.“I am not inviting Kohli to play, but I want him to spend a few days here with his wife, Anushka Sharma. After his marriage, he has not visited this country. The couple can be guests of this nation. There are several good places to see here,” said Jaysekera. The minister is a great fan of the Indian captain.
“Freedom of expression, without fear of reprisals and intimidation, is the backbone of democracy,” Ms. Bachelet said. “A culture of human rights and peace is strengthened when diverse social groups can express themselves in the public space and freely exercise their rights.”The demonstrations have been organized by various civil society groups to highlight several issues, including the Government’s unilateral decision on 7 January to terminate the work of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), a UN anti-corruption body set up 11 years ago in conjunction with the Guatemalan Government. CICIG’s mandate was initially due to run through 3 September this year.The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights also expressed great concern about the ongoing erosion of various State institutions, including recent attacks on the independence of the Constitutional Court.Freedom of expression, without fear of reprisals and intimidation, is the backbone of democracy – UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet”I would also like to stress that it is essential to guarantee the rule of law, judicial independence and impartiality and respect for democratic institutions, particularly the Constitutional Court, the judiciary, the National Human Rights Institution, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Electoral Tribunal,” Ms. Bachelet said.Noting the crucial role played by these institutions in respecting and guaranteeing human rights, the rule of law and democracy, she explained that “the proper exercise of their functions is fundamental in the current context and for the general elections to be held in the coming months”.She added that “respect for their safety and their physical integrity, as well as that of their families, must be guaranteed by the State of Guatemala in compliance with its international human rights obligations.” Ms. Bachelet said she and her Guatemala office stand ready to continue to support the State authorities in fulfilling their international human rights obligations and commitments.
Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen (right) welcomes Artemi Panarin (left) Wednesday during a press conference. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentFollowing a franchise record 50-24-8 (108 points) and the organization’s third-ever playoff berth, the Columbus Blue Jackets officially introduced on Wednesday arguably their most valuable asset, 25-year-old Russian winger Artemi Panarin.Acquired on June 23 from the Chicago Blackhawks with forward Tyler Motte and a sixth-round pick in June’s NHL Draft in exchange for forward Brandon Saad, goalie Anton Forsberg and a 2018 fifth-rounder, Panarin is seen by many as a crucial piece to a team that sees themselves able to contend at the top of NHL’s toughest division — the Metropolitan.Two years removed winning the Calder Trophy for the league’s rookie of the year, Panarin said he wants to win now. And so do the Jackets.“I feel that with this team, I will be able to progress as a player and help the team to win many trophies,” Panarin said through his agent and interpreter Daniel Milstein.With training camp starting in two weeks on Sept. 15, here’s a rundown of the salient moments from Wednesday’s press conference.Kekalainen got his powerplay threatBlue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen was after a premier goal-scorer in the offseason following the team’s defeat in five games by Pittsburgh in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. He knew it would cost a guy he rather keep (Saad), but, in the front office’s mind, the trade-off is well worth it.“Obviously he’s a guy we had eyes on, and something that’s going to fill that need that we’re looking for, which is the dynamic goal-scorer, dynamic offensive player and right-handed shot that fits perfectly into our power play as well, as we’ve talked about many times in the past,” Kekalainen said.During their 16-game winning streak, the second longest in NHL history, the Blue Jackets held the NHL’s best power-play percentage at 28.3 percent on Jan. 3. After that, however after that, the Jackets had the worst percentage in the league at 11.4 percent, finishing 12th for the season at a hair less than 20 percent.Every team will endure spells of offense inefficiency. The addition of Panarin, though, is designed to give coach John Tortorella a go-to scoring option to subdue any deficiencies on offense before those spells become the offense’s identity.The former Blackhawk is one of only five right-handed forwards on the Blue Jackets, but the only one who plays on the left wing. Kekalainen said Panarin is the guy the club needed on the power play and to find the back of the net at crucial moments.“… I think he brings that game-breaking, one-on-one skill that — I guess — you never have enough of,” he said. “He’s a guy who wants the puck at all times and wants to score. That was the type of player we were looking for and he brings all those qualities to us.”Then Chicago Blackhawks’ winger Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates after scoring a goal in the first period against the Ottawa Senators at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 20, 2016. Credit: Courtesy of TNSPanarin’s impact on teammates’ productionFor his only two years in the NHL, Panarin had the pleasure of playing alongside two of the NHL’s best forwards, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in Chicago. When looking statistically though, maybe it was Toews and Kane who benefitted from playing with Panarin, especially Kane who led the league with 106 points (46 goals, 60 assists) in Panarin’s rookies season and recorded 34-55-89 last year.In his Calder Trophy-winner season posted 30-47-77 in 2015-16, then followed that up with 31-43-74 in 2016-17. Kane’s raw playmaking ability will make him one of the highest scoring players in the league for years to come, but there’s no denying Panarin’s speed, vision and rocket one-timer make him a threat team’s must devote their full attention to in their own zone.“I’m going to show up every game and play the best game without thinking because the more I think about it, the bigger pressure,” Panarin. “Throughout my career, including in Russia the very last season, people always said I’m playing because of somebody else … I’m used to it and I don’t pay any attention to it. I get a little bit angry about it.”Undrafted to feared player with plenty of more growthFrom undrafted in 2010 and playing seven years in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia to being a player the Blue Jackets view as an immediate antidote to some of their problems, Panarin’s journey to becoming a dominant forward after two years in the league is somewhat remarkable. However, there’s still some unproven parts of his game.In the Blackhawks astonishing first-round sweep at the hands of the Nashville Predators in the 2017 playoffs, Panarin had 0-1-1 and a minus-4 rating in four games.“I played with world-class players in Chicago and I’ve learned a lot from them,” Panarin said. “Coming here, I need to be physiologically and mentally stronger.”Kekalainen, however, didn’t seem the least bit concerned about that small sample size.“… Artemi’s going to give us another weapon and the qualities that I’ve talked about over and over. And he’s going to give the coach options,” Kekalainen said. “That’s what it’s all about with coaching, you got to have good options, you got to have good top players. I think the top players will not only win you enough games, but championships as well.”
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent quit the NFL on Thursday as he prepared to defend his life in court against a manslaughter charge stemming from the death of a teammate in a drunk driving accident.”I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order,” Brent said in a statement provided by the team. ”Those priorities are more important than football. Doing the right things in life are more important than football. I love the game very much. I love my teammates, but this is the right thing for me to do.”Brent’s has not touched a football since the December 8 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a college teammate and a close friend. If convicted, Brent, who was driving, could face up to 20 years in prison for intoxication manslaughter.Police authorities reported that Brent was driving with a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit on the night of the accident.
A security guard looks out of the the News Corp. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)CHICAGO (AP) — Muhammad Ali Enterprises is suing the Fox Broadcasting Company for more than $30 million for what it says was Fox’s unauthorized use of the famed boxer’s image in a video that ran just before its broadcast of the 2017 Super Bowl.The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Chicago comes two years after a federal jury awarded $8.9 million to basketball legend Michael Jordan in his suit against the owners of a defunct supermarket chain for using his identity in an advertisement without permission. Last year, soccer great Pele filed a similar $30 million lawsuit against the electronics company Samsung.The suit contends that Fox used Ali’s “name, image and likeness as the centerpiece” of a video for its Super Bowl broadcast.Ali died last year.Fox declined to comment.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAmerindian Heritage Month ushered in with religious ceremonySeptember 1, 2018In “latest news”Indigenous village all set for Heritage Month activitiesAugust 31, 2016In “Local News”President Granger touts sustainability of indigenous languages at launch of Heritage MonthSeptember 2, 2015In “Politics” A cultural group performing at the eventGuyanese of different ethnicities and religious background flocked the Heritage Village at the Sophia Exhibition Centre to witness the official launch of the Indigenous Heritage Month 2017. This year’s observance is being celebrated under the theme “Guyana’s first peoples-Sustaining a rich cultural environment.”Among those attending the event were, First Lady Sandra Granger, Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock and Minister within in the Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, Ministers within the Ministries of Finance and Education and Minister of Public Affairs, Dawn Hastings-Williams, Chairman of the National Toshaos Council (NTC) Joel Fredericks, members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of the various indigenous organisations.Minister Allicock, during his featured address noted that this year’s theme is timely, as it is in keeping with the government’s approach of a green economy, a release from the Department of Pubic Information (DPI) said.He said that the indigenous peoples have learnt from their fore bearers, the value of adherence to the virtues of nature; the people have learnt that living as one with nature is the most important lesson if they are to survive, be comfortable with themselves and others, while providing a universal guarantee that the natural environment remains intact for posterity.Another group performingThe younger generations, Allicock said must seek out with enthusiasm those older, wiser ones from their midst and make maximum use of their wisdom and teachings. He urged them to use the products of the electronic age to record, for those to follow, the practices, that will help them to realise the true meaning of this year’s heritage theme.Just like the indigenous peoples, who have been living the ‘green way’ Minister Allicock emphasised that every Guyanese has role “in bringing to life the culturally valuable teachings which can serve not only to inspire, but also to realise the green economy.” He noted that Guyanese must be proud to celebrate and tell the world with great pride that the rainforest of Guyana is an invaluable resource which supports life.The Minister said Guyanese must be proud that Guyana is a signatory to the Paris Agreement, “Such is our Government’s commitment to developing a green pathway; such is our government’s commitment to national development while ensuring the protection of our natural environment.”On the issue of land, Minister Allicock said “to those who suggest that the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into land matters will divide us, are dead wrong.” Government, he said is however committed to resolving such issues.He urged the people to utilise the forest, lands and other resources in a responsible manner, so as not to lose sight of who we are as a people.Minister Valerie Garrido-Lowe, remarked that as the indigenous people celebrate this auspicious annual celebration, they must reflect on how far they have come and where they hope to go in the future.Speaking of the unique culture of the indigenous people, she noted that the people have much to share with the rest of Guyana, especially regarding the natural environment and the ecosystem.The Minister addressed the need for the people to work together for the betterment of their communities and by extension the country.Meanwhile, NTC chairman, Joel Fredericks mentioned that the history of Guyana’s first people is a great testimony to the world and Guyanese must be proud of that. “ if you look at the theme, it says sustaining, and our ancestors have been sustaining the rich green forest we have today, “he said.Fredericks said that the Indigenous peoples have a major role to play in the ‘green economy’ agenda and so, it is very important that the land issues that have been pending for decades, is resolved in a timely manner.Those attending the launch were entertained with dances and songs from various indigenous cultural groups and the students at the Amerindian Dormitory facility.The celebration continues at the Heritage Village, with a cultural extravaganza from September 01 to 05; dances, songs, food, craft, and an art exhibition will be on display. Also scheduled is the heritage pageant, sports, a fund-raising event and Reflections on the Life of Stephen Campbell.The National Heritage Village is Pakuri Village – St Cuthbert’s Mission on will host its village events on September 09.
GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions business recently celebrated the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Santiago, building on a commitment to provide reliable electrical distribution product and service solutions to its Latin American customers in a more timely, cost-effective manner. The products assembled at the facility – including Industrial Solutions’ low and medium voltage switchgear and motor control centres are delivered to customers working across a variety of industries in Latin America, but particularly the mining and metals industries.“With more than 115 years of experience working in the Latin American region, GE successfully delivers reliable technologies and services that help our customers manage, automate and optimise their electrical power,” said Luis Ramirez, CEO of GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions business. “We have established ourselves as a strategic business supplier to many of the largest companies in the mining, metals and pulp and paper industries. Today, we not only celebrate the grand opening of our new facility in Santiago, but also our long-term commitment to the region. We will continue to operate and share knowledge locally to provide employment opportunities and training in high-tech engineering positions for the next generation of Latin Americans.”Recognising local companies’ need for advanced technology that provides a reliable electrical infrastructure, GE Energy’s Industrial Solutionsbusiness states that it opened the manufacturing facility in Santiago to localise operations and therefore cut delivery time and costs for its customers. “Many of our customers’ mine sites are located in some of the most extreme environments in the world, and we count on Industrial Solutions’ rugged, reliable systems to power our customer’s operations,” said Alfonso Teplizky, General Manager of Morgan Industrial South America, one of the region’s leading distributors to mining companies. “By having GE’s global resources and expertise available to us at the local level, we are together able to help our customers find better ways to increase output, improve quality and uphold the highest safety standards while decreasing costs.”Home to key copper, silver, nickel, zinc and other metals and mined products in high global demand, the mining industry in Latin America is expected to maintain its rapid growth in the coming years. The Centre for Copper and Mining Studies (CESCO) estimates that approximately $250 billion will be invested in Latin American mining projects by 2020. GE first entered the region in 1896 and currently has more than 19,700 employees working in 31 countries in Latin America. Understanding the challenges of mining in more remote and deeper locations brought about by increased demand for minerals, GE Energy created GE Mining Solutions to “collaboratively develop with clients the advanced technologies needed to continue their success.”
Former DKB Bundesliga team, now in second division, GWD Minden have in roster some very well known players like Dalibor Doder or Miladin Kozlina. Slovenian defensive giant, former RK Celje PL, RK Vardar and RK Metalurg member, made an interesting foul during the latest match against Wilhelmshavener HV 30:29 (13:13). ← Previous Story LNH: Furious PSG win in Chartres Next Story → EHF CL: FC Porto and Meshkov Brest celebrate away wins GWD MindenMiladin Kozlina
RESCUERS USING JACKS, saws and wheelbarrows were digging through a caved-in mine tunnel today looking for about 25 workers trapped a day after the collapse at a giant gold and copper mine in Indonesia, the mine operator said.Four bodies have been found and 10 miners rescued since the cave-in Tuesday morning. Oxygen was being pumped into the tunnel as the search continued, but the status of the trapped workers is not known.Heavy equipment cannot be used in the tight space, forcing rescuers to remove debris by hand, according to a statement from PT Freeport Indonesia, a subsidiary that runs the Grasberg mine in remote Mimika district in Papua, the easternmost province in the vast archipelago nation. The mine is owned by Phoenix, Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.Prone to collapse“We don’t want to be careless because the terrain surrounding the old tunnel is prone to collapse,” said Papua police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Gede Sumerta Jaya. All of the workers are men, and many of those rescued suffered cuts and broken bones, Sumerta said.The police spokesman said the cause of the cave-in was unclear. An investigation team from the Indonesian mines and energy ministry was sent to the site, senior ministry official Thamrin Sihite said.The company said 39 employees and contract workers were inside a classroom in the tunnel undergoing safety training when the accident happened. Three workers escaped unhurt on their own.Instructor Kristian Sitepu was standing in front of the 5-by-11-metre classroom explaining rescue procedures during an emergency when he heard rumbling above the ceiling.When rocks started falling, he and those seated in the front row ran and managed to escape unhurt. But he said others were trapped after the only exit quickly filled with rocks and soil. Some were hit and crushed while trying to get out.They were trapped and shouting for help … but I couldn’t do anything. It hurt me.He said rescuers arrived a few minutes later with jacks to try to stabilize the tunnel.Sihite said the training room was built 15 years ago, and about 80 percent of it is now covered by about 190-cubic-metres of debris.The tunnel itself is about 50 metres long and has five offices, a dining room and three classrooms.More than 20,000 workers are employed at the mine. In 2011, production was crippled when 8,000 unionized employees walked off the job after demanding higher pay. The strike ended after the company agreed to a 37 percent wage hike and improved benefits.
Florian MartinU.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.Texas’ senior senator says President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to tighten security along the Mexican border, including the construction of a wall, could take some of the financial pressure off the state government.Senator John Cornyn blames the outgoing Obama Administration for not doing enough to crack down on illegal immigration and drug trafficking. He says that’s left much of the work, and the cost, to Texas.“The state has had to step up and provide support for DPS and other law enforcement officials in order to – National Guard – to make sure that we do what we can to help secure the border in the absence of a committed administration to do exactly that,” Cornyn says.Texas is on track to spend about $800 million on border security over the two-year budget cycle that ends in August. That’s roughly a third of the state’s spending on law enforcement. The state is currently facing a $5 billion shortfall in revenues just to maintain spending at current levels over the 2018-2019 cycle.Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Joe Straus have said they’ll protect state spending on border security from any cuts. Senator Cornyn says he’s met with all three leaders to discuss the chances of getting Congress to pick up some of those costs.“My hope is that as part of President Trump’s effort to secure the border, which I wholeheartedly support, we’ll see more of that financial burden falling on the federal government, as opposed to state taxpayers,” Cornyn says.The federal government currently spends about $19 billion a year on border security. That’s up more than 300 percent since 2002. 00:00 /01:08 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Share
Delhi’s cultural stage came alive as under the aegis of the Delhi International Arts Festival (DIAF) ,2014, Kuchipudi exponent Meenu Thakur and group presented a Kuchipudi recital Nritya Samagam at Azad Bhavan, ICCR in the capital on 3 November.The renowned Kuchipudi artiste Meenu Thakur and her students performance was a combination of classical and choreographed Kuchipudi pieces, which were appreciated by the audience and connoisseurs of classical dance. Meenu Thakur’s students Babita, Dwivedita, Neha, Swati, Suprabha and Jahnvi displayed excellent synchronisation in the items Kalia Mardanam and Aaj Sakhi. Their movements were graceful and aesthetic. The major attraction of programme was Durga Stotram performed by Meenu Thakur, who portrayed the fiery Goddess Durga who slayed the evil demon and the Gajendra Moksham performed by her students, eliciting generous applause from the audience. The artistes were later felicitated by DIAF.
The Russian Tsar Peter the Great was well known for his particular love of small people. This was somewhat ironic given his own size: at a height of six feet and seven inches, he towered above most visitors to his court, yet he was obsessed with dwarfs. Peter kept a permanent retinue of dwarfs in his court and frequently used them to put on lavish entertainments. During extravagant feasts in the royal palace, it was not uncommon to see a naked dwarf leaping from a giant pie, or plays and entertainments using dwarf actors.Peter the Great.However, in one of the court’s stranger episodes, Peter the Great decided to hold a lavish mock wedding involving the dwarf Iakim Volkov. Volkov was the official court dwarf, and a permanent fixture at royal events. He was favored by the Tsar and often took part in Peter’s strange entertainments.According to royal biographer Lindsay Hughes, in late October 1710, the royal court was set ablaze by the marriage of Peter’s niece Anna to Frederick William, the Duke of Courland. The wedding was a huge event, consisting of several days of feasting, fireworks and other entertainments.Peter I Monument in Taganrog, by Mark Antokolski.As the celebrations for the nuptials of Anna and Frederick drew to a close, Peter decided to hold a parallel ‘mock’ wedding as yet another form of entertainment for the guests. Iakim Volkov would be the groom, and he would be attended by dozens of fellow dwarfs. Peter ordered that all the dwarfs in Moscow were to be rounded up and sent to St Petersburg, where they were kept caged in pens like cattle.According to historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, on the day of the fake wedding, Peter ordered the dwarfs to be dressed as courtiers, and released into the court to celebrate the ‘marriage’ of Volkov. The day began with a huge procession, including 72 dwarfs, the Tsar and his royal court.Peter the Great as a child.The company processed down to St Peter and Paul’s cathedral where the ceremony took place. Peter held the wedding crown over the head of the dwarf bride as the onlookers (including the priest) sniggered and giggled.The wedding banquet took place in Menshikov’s Palace, where the dwarfs were installed in long tables and plied with food and vodka, as the royal courtiers and the royal family looked on in amusement from the sides of the room.After some time, the dwarfs became increasingly drunk and began to dance, fight and fall over. Many of them came from rural communities and were uncultured and ill mannered. They quickly becoming intoxicated and the feast descended into a brawl, which was observed with amusement by the courtiers and royal family.Portrait of Peter I by Godfrey Kneller, 1698. This portrait was Peter’s gift to the King of England.This rather sad image may seem particularly cruel according to modern sensibilities. Indeed, many of the dwarfs in the wedding party had little choice in their involvement, and were forced to comply with the Tsar’s demands under pain of imprisonment or even death.Although some dwarfs could rise to high status in the court (such as Iakim Volkov), their position was always precarious, and depended on keeping the Tsar happy and entertained.Peter’s taste for using dwarfs in his court entertainments may, however, have been more than simply a reflection of his eccentric tastes. According to the historian Lindsay Hughes, he used dwarfs to create spectacles that mirrored Russian society, and particularly aspects of his own royal court that he found ridiculous or risible.Russian courtiers were well known around Europe for their drunkenness and rude manners, and in some ways, Peter may have been poking fun at his own court. The Russian courtiers may have adopted Western European dress and styles, but they were still a long way from being considered ‘civilized’ by their French and British peers.Read another story from us: The Court Dwarf Served in a Pie to a KingBy juxtaposing his niece’s nuptial celebrations with those of the fake ‘dwarf wedding,’ Peter was showing his courtiers what they were: ill-mannered, uncouth children on the European stage. It’s not clear, however, if any of his courtiers got the joke.
TEGUCIGALPA — Honduras’ Congress has passed a law authorizing the air force to shoot down unidentified planes suspected of carrying drugs over the Central American country, legislators said.The legislature voted overwhelmingly Friday night to pass the “air space protection law” even though Honduras is a signatory of an international treaty that forbids downing of civilian aircraft, congressional vice president Marvin Ponce told AFP.Ponce said the law authorizes planes to be shot down if they fail to file flight plans or abide by civil aviation rules.“If an unidentified or unauthorized aircraft is detected, it will be subjected to the progressive use of force, through investigation, interception, pursuit and in its maximum use the definitive neutralization of threat, which will be ordered by the secretary of defense,” the law states.The United States reportedly suspended sharing of radar intelligence with Honduras after the Honduran air force shot down a suspected drug plane in June 2012.Central America is major transit point for drugs moving north to the US market on small aircraft and boats, according to US officials.Defense Minister Marlon Pascua, in an interview with the newspaper La Tribuna, said Honduras has cut the movement of drugs through its territory by 74 percent since mid-2010. Facebook Comments Related posts:Honduran brothers charged in cocaine-trafﬁcking case Quietly, Cuba, US have been on same team against illegal drug trade Fabio Lobo: Honduras’ drug trafficking presidential son? Scandal-plagued Honduras needs dramatic overhaul, say analysts
While Six Senses Ninh Van Bay won Resort of The Year 2010 at the Tourism Alliance Awards in Ho Chi Minh City recently, sister property Evason Ana Mandara across the water in Nha Trang, won The Best Spa of the Year 2010, both of which are great accolades for both resorts.Evason Ana Mandara is located in the resort centre of Nha Trang, in Vietnam, the only resort in Nha Trang located directly on the beach. Ana Mandara’s Six Senses Spa presents a Vietnamese experience of specialty treatments together with an extensive menu of traditional therapies, and provides a truly relaxing and revitalising experience to rejuvenate the senses. Skilled therapists create sensory journeys for guests with a range of holistic wellness and pampering treatments using only natural products and spa menu offerings include, Spa Journeys, The Touch of Body The Touch of Beauty The Touch of Well-being Men’s Spa Journeys Junior Spa Journeys Classes and Workshops Complimentary Holistic Activities Monthly Promotions and a Wellness Consultant.For more information visit: http://www.sixsenses.com/evason-ana-mandara-nha-trang/Six-Senses-Spa.phpA Report by John Alwyn-Jones, e-Travel Blackboard Special Correspondent Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.A.J. It is designed to reflect the image of a traditional Vietnamese village, being also an oasis of calm and quiet, yet its exclusive location affords city-centre access through its private tropical gardens, which offer simplicity, serenity and refinement together with spectacular views of Nha Trang Bay.Evason Ana Mandara has just 17 villas that contain 74 superb and well-appointed guest rooms that combine traditional Vietnamese touches with locally-inspired architecture and modern conveniences, with rooms either situated in the plush tropical gardens or with breathtaking sea views across the bay to ensure an unforgettable experience. All rooms have their own private terrace along with all the usual five star comforts and some with direct beach access – just stunning!
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “The guy is 3-3 as a starter in the National Football League, played very well. He’s had a tough two games. But the guys around him haven’t played very well.”Technically, Stanton is 5-5 as an NFL starter, having gone 2-2 with the Detroit Lions in 2009 and 2010. On the season, the 30-year-old has completed 55.3 percent of his passes for 1,363 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. But the way Arians sees it, the team’s recent offense struggles are not solely on the quarterback’s right shoulder.“That’s always part of being a quarterback and a coach; I’m surprised they’re not blaming me more, and they should, I haven’t given him enough stuff to win with.”When asked in what ways he could have helped Stanton more, Arians quipped, “Have a damn better game plan, and put them all in better positions to be successful.”But no matter what the coach says, people will always look to the quarterback when the offense is not scoring points. Stanton understands the criticism, saying it comes with the territory.“You get too much success when you guys are winning, and then everybody points the finger, but rightfully so,” he added. “That’s what comes with playing this position, but it’s why you want the ball in your hands every single time on every single snap. For me, it’s a learning experience every time I step out onto the field. I’ve only got a handful on starts under my belt, but at the same time I feel like I’m progressing, I’m learning and seeing everything unfold.” In three starts since Palmer tore his ACL in a 31-14 win over the St. Louis Rams in Week 10, Stanton has completed 59-of-97 passes for 749 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions. The Cardinals have gone 1-2 in those games, a stretch that included the offense failing to reach the end zone in 10 straight quarters. That streak nearly reached 11, but was snapped in the team’s final possession against Atlanta after the game had already been decided. On that last point, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said it was nice to get that touchdown if only to put an end to the touchdown drought, adding it was a good two minute drive in which guys made plays and Stanton was efficient. “So there’s some good to come out of it,” he said.However, Stanton’s struggles, along with those of the offense in general, have led to some wondering if the quarterback who before this season had not thrown a regular season pass since 2010 is the right man for the job.In fact, Arians has been asked if he’d consider going away from Stanton.“That’s the dumbest damn question I’ve ever heard in my life, I swear to God,” a laughing Arians said. “I had to laugh when it got heard on the radio. It’s like, ‘Really?’ That put a smile on my face. TEMPE, Ariz. — Earlier in the season, when Drew Stanton was filling in for an injured Carson Palmer, no one questioned his ability to lead the Arizona Cardinals to victories. Starting in Weeks 2, 3 and 5, Stanton completed 43-of-88 passes for 529 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Arizona went 2-1 in that stretch, and by the time Palmer returned in Week 6, most were comfortable with the 30-year-old taking over should Palmer go down. Top Stories “It’s just correcting those mistakes,” Stanton said. “We need to just get back to work and make sure that it shows up on the field on Sundays. The biggest thing, the most glaring weakness we have right now is me turning the ball over and us not converting on third downs. “Those are correctable things. It’s just a matter of us trying to get back in that comfort zone of moving the ball and scoring touchdowns.” 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Besides, as much as Stanton may struggle, the options behind him are Logan Thomas, a fourth-round pick in May’s draft, and Ryan Lindley, a former sixth-round pick who was re-acquired by the Cardinals a few weeks ago after Palmer went down. Prior to that, he had spent the previous couple of months with the San Diego Chargers. Would either of them be a better option?None of this is to say Stanton has been perfect, as both he and Arians noted that he has missed some throws. The coach pointed to a dropped touchdown pass and missed field goal as costing them in the loss to Seattle, but said he really only made one bad throw in Atlanta, while making all the proper reads. “Guys have got to do a better job of getting open and we’ve got to do a hell of a lot better job in pass protection.”That would most definitely help, though the Cardinals did not allow a sack Sunday in Atlanta. Still, there are plenty of areas the offense could stand to improve, not just at quarterback. But if nothing else, Stanton has proven capable, which should give some perhaps just a hint of optimism. Has his play been a problem? Absolutely. But has it been the problem?As important as his position is, that’s not necessarily an easy question to answer. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the enewsletterSir Richard Branson’s cruise venture, Virgin Voyages, is heading to Australia. Well, maybe not the cruise line itself, yet, but his team of talent scouts will be making a beeline down under in a couple of months in search of “Rockstar service” oriented people.Virgin Voyages’ People & Culture Talent Spotters are taking to the road for the first-ever global talent spotting tour, and Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne are on the radar.Development of the start-up cruise line’s first vessel, the 2,770-passenger Scarlet Lady, continues to progress ahead of the ship’s launch in February 2020. So now it’s time to sort out staffing.“We’ve spent a lot of time developing a vision for our ship and what onboard life will be like for our crew and sailors. We’re ready for you to come on board and help make this vision a reality,” Virgin Voyages Head of Peope, Kasia Anderson said.Over the next six months, Virgin Voyages’ talent scouts will be visiting 18 countries for all shipboard positions. Roles include Beverage, Housekeeping & Restaurant, Marine & Technical, Culinary, Sailor Services and Laundry. Specifically in Australia, Virgin Voyages is eyeing talent for Beverage, Restaurants and Sailor Services.“Together with our partners, we’re seeking people who are amazing to work with and who live and breathe customer service. We love it when you bring your personality to work with you. We love passion, authenticity and being human. We are also committed to diversity and inclusion, as we are firm believers that the world is better off when everybody is part of it. Oh, and in case you were wondering, we don’t even mind if you have tattoos or colourful hair. Just be you.”To assist locally, the company has appointed Zest Recruitment to spearhead the search. Zest Recruitment’s website is already boasting about the upcoming opportunities and is encouraging wannabe “Rockstars” to preregister their details now.The website of Zest Recruitment promoting Virgin Voyages job listingsThe tour kicks off in Europe at the end of next month, visiting Croatia, the UK, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Dubai, Mauritius, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Jamaica, Mexico and Honduras.Screen grab from Zest Recruitment’s websiteThey’ll be in Brisbane on 9 September, Sydney on 10 September and Melbourne on 11 September.More information at https://cruisestaff.com.au/Go back to the enewsletter