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Jordi Alba on the controversial Spain kit

Posted in avadfeqk on August 6th, 2020

first_img Jordi Alba on Neymar leaving being good for him Jordi Alba told SPORT: “We’re in a society that causes a fuss over nothing. We like it and we’re happy. The stripe that everyone is talking about is blue, not purple, you can see that perfectly.” Spain’s new kit has a blue stripe on it which looks, from a distance, to be purple thanks to an optical illusion. Purple was on the Spanish flag of the second republic in an era in the 30s when the monarchy was overthrown. Upd. at 12:39 CET 10/11/2017 Jordi Alba opina sobre la polémica camiseta de la selección @jordigil Jordi Gil RELATED STORIES IN SPORT.ESlast_img read more

Rates revolt rises

Posted in avadfeqk on August 5th, 2020

first_imgBy DANIELLE GALVIN AND NICOLE WILLIAMS A RATES revolt campaign is starting up in the Cardinia shire – led by…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Griffin is captain, Minoga out, Eliab in

Posted in avadfeqk on May 14th, 2020

first_imgThe 30 year old from Wabag, Enga Province made his debut for the Kumuls as a 20-year-old in 2007 against Wales. He is Kumul #218.It will be a memorable occasion for Griffin when he runs on for the Kumuls for the 11th time, but first as captain.“I thank Coach Michael Marum for giving me the honour to captain PNG in this test.“It’ll be great to lead the boys out on Saturday. Captaining your country, there’s nothing like it.“Coming into camp, you see the smiles and it gives you the fire in your belly. You see the reason behind why you play, and especially for PNG where everyone loves footy so much, it’s hard to describe the feeling, it’s amazing,” said Griffin.Griffin joined the Bulldogs this year after two seasons with the Wests Tigers.The second rower will be assisted on the field by PNG Hunters captain, Ase Boas as his deputy.Meanwhile, the PNG LNG Kumuls’ preparations were dealt another blow when Willie Minoga was suspended by the QRL judiciary for two matches for a dangerous throw.This follows the late withdrawal of St George Illawarra Dragons winger Nene Macdonald on Monday due to an ankle injury sustained in their game against Melbourne Storm.Speaking from Sydney this morning, Coach Michael Marum said Minoga will return to Port Moresby tomorrow.In place of Minoga will be Israel Eliab who will join the Kumuls in Penrith tomorrow afternoon.Stargroth Amean who was also cited for a similar offence during Saturday’s win over Northern Pride entered an early guilty plea and has been cleared by the QRL judiciary. Amean will take up his position at fullback on Saturday night.last_img read more

Joshua wants Wilder fight in Britain for undisputed title

Posted in avadfeqk on May 14th, 2020

first_imgAnthony Joshua, ever more the golden boy of British boxing, says he has no interest in trying to conquer America after adding a fourth world heavyweight championship belt to his collection on Saturday.Instead, he wants America — in the shape of WBC champion Deontay Wilder — to come and fight him in his own backyard for the undisputed crown.The WBC title is the only one remaining on Joshua’s radar after he took the WBO championship from New Zealand’s previously unbeaten Joseph Parker with a unanimous points decision at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.Joshua, who already had the WBA, IBF and IBO titles, told the 78,000-strong crowd to expect more such big nights in future.“All these years, the UK fighters had to go to America and everyone had to spend a heap of money to go to Vegas,” he said from the ring.“We can do it in London, around Wembley, or Cardiff. It’s local. We’re staying right here.“Wilder – Let’s go baby, let’s go.”Joshua won his first three belts by stopping Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko at London’s Wembley Stadium in April last year, with 90,000 fans celebrating one of the great nights for British boxing.He has now twice defended titles in Cardiff before similarly huge crowds.Asked what he would have to do to beat Wilder, Joshua replied: “Get him in the ring and I’ll knock him spark out.”The Briton’s promoter Eddie Hearn questioned whether Wilder was up to the challenge, however.“Deontay Wilder was supposed to be here tonight, but he pulled out,” he told Sky Sports television. “Deontay Wilder’s people don’t contact us, they don’t want to know. He talks the talk, he can’t walk the walk.”“We’ll do it anywhere,” he added. “Have you seen where he boxes? He boxes in some great venues with no one there. Look at what we’re doing over here. Look at what Anthony Joshua’s doing.“Deontay Wilder will be watching right now. And this is called a show, this is called a crowd. He will not beat AJ and these people.”Wilder, unbeaten in 40 fights, begged to differ and put out a video on social media after the fight suggesting he wanted to make it happen.“Of course I want Joshua to fight, he knows it no matter what they say and no matter what his promoter says … I want the fight, let’s make the fight happen, stop making these excuses,” he said.last_img read more

Conservation may offer common ground in Afghan conflict

Posted in avadfeqk on February 10th, 2020

first_imgArticle published by Rhett Butler Animals, Archive, Biodiversity, Conservation, Featured, Interviews, Mammals, Protected Areas, Snow Leopards, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img War, drugs, corruption, and terrorism are terms Westerners are more likely to associate with Afghanistan than biodiversity conservation. But Alex Dehgan says conservation has the potential to offer a bridge toward a more peaceful Afghanistan.Dehgan lays out his case in a new book titled The Snow Leopard Project And Other Adventures In Warzone Conservation. The book follows Dehgan’s unorthodox career from a biologist and legal expert in Russia to his time with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) setting up Afghanistan’s first national park.Dehgan argues that there is “an implicit understanding” among Afghans “of the links between conservation of the natural environment and their survival”.Dehgan spoke about his adventures in conservation in Afghanistan in an April 2019 interview with Mongabay. War, drugs, corruption, and terrorism are terms Westerners are more likely to associate with Afghanistan than biodiversity conservation. But Alex Dehgan, a conservation technologist who runs the Washington D.C.-based Conservation X Labs and formerly served as the Chief Scientist at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), says conservation has the potential to offer a bridge toward a more peaceful Afghanistan.Camera trap picture of a snow leopard in Lower Wakhan-Badakhshan. Photo credit WCSDehgan lays out his case in The Snow Leopard Project And Other Adventures In Warzone Conservation, a book published this past January. The book, which traces Dehgan’s unorthodox career from a biologist and legal expert who helped craft environmental laws in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union to his work with lemurs in Madagascar to his time with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) setting up Afghanistan’s first national park, argues that there is “an implicit understanding” among Afghans “of the links between conservation of the natural environment and their survival”.“Most people don’t realize that Afghanistan contains the western end of the Himalayan range, verdant coniferous and deciduous oak and cedar forests on steep hillsides, blistering red sandy deserts, Utah-like canyons and mesas, nor are they aware of its rich species diversity. Afghanistan is a country of brown bears, wolves, and caracals, hyenas, jackals and cheetahs, and elusive snow leopards, and at one point, tigers, and Asiatic cheetahs,” said Dehgan. “Eighty percent of the country is dependent on natural resources, and the fate of those resources affects wildlife, livestock, and humans alike. Moreover, the Afghans deeply identified with its spectacular wildlife. For a country where 20% of the population were refugees in Iran and Pakistan, protection of the Afghanistan’s unique species was a way to protect their identity.”Dehgan spoke about his time in Afghanistan and his career in an April 2019 interview with Mongabay.Alex Dehgan with a sifaka at Duke Lemur Center.Mongabay: What led you to write this book?Alex Dehgan: I felt that there was so much more to Afghanistan than the way it is portrayed on the evening news – a dusty, depressing landscape of pain, conflict, tribalism, and hopelessness. I wanted to show for both conservation, and for Afghanistan, that there could be optimism for the future of the country, for its people, and for its wildlife. I also wanted to portray the multilayered richness of the country, telling the stories from Afghanistan’s deep history, its amazing and gracious people, its incredible landscapes, ecologies, and geologies, and most of the incredible species that live in Afghanistan, representing a biological crossroads of Asia, Africa, and Indomalaya.Most people don’t realize that Afghanistan contains the western end of the Himalayan range, verdant coniferous and deciduous oak and cedar forests on steep hillsides, blistering red sandy deserts, Utah-like canyons and mesas, nor are they aware of its rich species diversity. Afghanistan is a country of brown bears, wolves, and caracals, hyenas, jackals and cheetahs, and elusive snow leopards, and at one point, tigers, and Asiatic cheetahs. This part of the world – Western & Central Asia, the Caucuses, the Levant, and North Africa have been largely ignored by much of the conservation community – but they are rich, important, and wondrous habitats that are deserving of our attention and effort. Finally, I wanted to tell the story because it is a great travel and conservation story, describing work done by many people and organizations, including those who came before and after me, that needed to be told.Little Pamir. Photo credit WCS/Don BedunahMongabay: What was one of your more harrowing experiences while working in Afghanistan?Alex Dehgan: We once drove into a mine field, and I am pretty sure I also walked into one, which was disturbing, but it wasn’t the single incident or experience that bothered me, it was the omnipresent danger underneath. In Afghanistan, my concern wasn’t just the active killers – like the risk of a car bomb, rocket, suicide attackers, kidnapping & murder (although I had lost friends and colleagues in Afghanistan and Iraq to these and they were real dangers) – it was also the hidden evils of war and conflict. These included the mines and unexploded ordinance – that have been irreprehensibly scattered across the landscape and forgotten, silently waiting across the decades to maim and kill. It was the fact that any earthquake could hit our poorly built office and could flatten it down as has happened in Iran and Pakistan, or that carbon monoxide would smoother us in our sleep or our water heaters would explode while we were exposed. It would be losing our way in the dark driving across rivers bloated by spring snow melt where the road would disappear in the rubble of glacial moraine. It was my teams who were far from help in extremely environments in rough and remote landscapes. It was ultimately the weight of was being responsible for the lives of all of the people who I sent into the field or into the city, the Afghans that worked for us who were threatened at home, that unsettled me.Member of WCS staff overlooks one of the travertine lakes that are part of Band-e-Amir National Park. Photo by WCS/Alex DehganMongabay: Conservation can be challenging under even the best circumstances. What were some of the unique issues in establishing Band-e-Amir, and the national parks in Afghanistan.Alex Dehgan: In some ways, Afghanistan was the easiest places for conservation that I had ever worked. We didn’t have the problems of corruption that I had seen with conservation work elsewhere, and we didn’t face the major bureaucratic challenges. We had incredible support and welcome from all levels of government and the Afghan people.There were still significant challenges. These came from the legacy of three decades of conflict. There was so little known for the last thirty years – we didn’t have good historical data that we could compare against. We needed to establish a set of rules and laws in a country that was just reestablishing the rule of law – this foundation was difficult to create in a place that had suffered from lawlessness for three decades.Security affected us in a multitude of ways. We had to be concerned not only by insurgent groups, but the drug trade, by mines and unexploded ordinance, by failed infrastructure, and planes that we would take labeled by the European Union as “flying coffins”, and by the threats to our staff and their families for collaborating with Americans. There was a risk WCS team members could be labeled as insurgents and killed by NATO and U.S. forces, or that we would be in the wrong place at the wrong time and get bombed or shot by either side of the (post)conflict.Finally, the remoteness of some of the areas we worked also required extraordinary logistics solutions. This remoteness cut two ways – it ultimately protected the wildlife, but it also required WCS teams to travel by Yak or horse for even weeks at a time through high elevation regions. Such remoteness that could be potentially fatal in an accident because it would take days to extract someone, even though we had contracted with teams of first responders with specialized high-altitude helicopters accompanied by soldiers to rescue our staff, and trained our team to self-rescue until help could arrive. We had tradeoffs we made in reaching our field sites – that we could put ballistic blankets under the cars to protect us from certain types of mines, but we couldn’t also support the weight of ballistic blankets or armoring on the sides of the vehicles which would protect us from gun fire since the vehicles would become too heavy to go into the field.Armed men in Nuristan. Photo credit: WCSRemnants of the war in Afghanistan. WCS/Alex DehganMongabay: And what are some of the similarities/cross-cutting issues between working in Afghanistan and other parts of the world?Alex Dehgan: Wildlife trade was a surprising issue in Afghanistan, but in this case, it was actually driven by the humanitarian community itself – the U.S. and NATO soldiers, the UN officials, the development NGOs and contractors. In some cases, wildlife and timber trafficking was linked to networks that were undermining the country’s security as well. Other issues were shared too – impacts of climate change, deforestation, and a lack of rule of law and effective environmental regulations.In Afghanistan, like other places in the world, a top-down approach to conservation wouldn’t work for people who have been fiercely independent for millennia. We needed to invest in and work with local communities to empower them to manage their own natural resources for their own survival and for that of the wildlife, and train them in the science and the consequences of their decisions – this was the genius of Peter Zahler at the WCS – who helped design the program. This is true whether you are working in Wyoming or the Wakhan Corridor. We had to reconcile economic interests of the local people and the wildlife, and create opportunities that would ultimately help both. Finally, we needed to tie the conservation of Afghanistan with the protection of Afghan identity, and create significant incentives to motivate others.Marco Polo sheep skull embedded in the soil with the Pamir mountains in the background, part of Afghanistan’s Wakhan National Park. Photo courtesy of WCS.Mongabay: Given the long-running conflict in Afghanistan, it seems like conservation would be a distant issue for most people. How was the case for Band-e-Amir made to decision-makers in the country? And how was Band-e-Amir received by the public in Afghanistan?Alex Dehgan: For westerners, the idea of conservation in Afghanistan was perhaps surprising. However, for the Afghans, there was an implicit understanding of the links between conservation of the natural environment and their survival. Eighty percent of the country is dependent on natural resources, and the fate of those resources affects wildlife, livestock, and humans alike. Moreover, the Afghans deeply identified with its spectacular wildlife. For a country where 20% of the population were refugees in Iran and Pakistan, protection of the Afghanistan’s unique species was a way to protect their identity. We were not significantly bothered by corruption when we started the program, but saw enthusiasm from members of parliament, from the national, provincial, and local governments, and for that, we are grateful.Afghan man carrying a stuffed leopard down the street in Kabul. The real driver of wildlife trafficking in Afghanistan was however international military forces, humanitarian NGOs, and development contractors. Credit WCS/Lisa Yook.Mongabay: How has wildlife fared in Afghanistan since you first arrived in 2006?Alex Dehgan: We believe better. The creation of new environmental laws, new environmental institutions, new protected areas, opportunities for revenue sources from tourism (which was the number two source of income in the country in 1979), and new cadre of environmental managers, from park guards to professionals, provide hope. However, I am most excited by the new leadership of Afghan conservationists, and this only comes because institutions like WCS, USAID, UNEP, UNDP, and others, have invested heavily into their education. They are the hope for the future.There are still serious concerns with wildlife trafficking, the number of weapons in the country as a result of decades of conflict, the security situation and the rule of law.WCS teams cross a small river in the Big Pamir, within the Wakhan Peninsula, which became part of Afghanistan’s second national park. Courtesy of WCS/Don Bedunah.Mongabay: What was you take away from the experience of working in Afghanistan? How did your time in Afghanistan inform or influence the work you do now at Conservation X Labs?Alex Dehgan: In the most fundamental sense, Afghanistan gave me a sense of profound optimism of our ability to address problems that are, upon first glance, seemingly impossible. If we could make conservation work in Afghanistan, we can address extinction and climate change.Many of the solutions we used in Afghanistan would also inform approach we would take at Conservation X Labs. In the WCS project, we would seek to understand and address the underlying drivers of extinction – from understanding the reasons behind the underlying degradation of the rangelands necessary to protect both Marco Polo Sheep and livestock – to creating programs to mitigate the persecution of snow leopards. We would also work to harness human behavior rather than fight against it. We used behavioral interventions such as social marketing by working through religious imams, and tying our work to the identity of the people itself, and changing perceptions and demands among the international community about acceptable behavior and how they saw Afghanistan. Much of our work at Conservation X Labs is about democratizing science and technology – to given anyone anywhere the tools to protect the environment. This was our work in Afghanistan too – to empower the local communities to protect their environment.Lastly, I was successful in Afghanistan because I worked to build a coalition of institutions and people – the successes we saw in Afghanistan weren’t due solely to me or even the WCS, but because many institutions and individuals – Afghan and international, including those that came before me and after me played a role in this effort. Conservation is too often competitive, and petty, but through our combined efforts – through partnerships – we can achieve much more.My experiences in Afghanistan would also profoundly affect my work with USAID later when I served as Chief Scientist. My insights into how USAID’s operations in Afghanistan were actually myopic and undermined U.S. overall strategic goals made me join USAID to reform the Agency itself. I found an agency that had significant deficiencies in how it measured impact, how it managed geospatial data, in the technical credentials of its staff, and their ability to create adaptive systems, in its procurement systems, that all influenced the reform efforts I developed and led under President Obama.WCS Rangelands Team next to an Alpine Lake in Big Pamir. Credit WCS/Don BedunahMongabay: How is the book being received so far?Alex Dehgan: The book has received exceptionally positive reviews so far, including by Nature, Science, NPR, and the trade press, and it has been selected as among the best new releases of the year to date by some environmental publications. What has been exciting is seeing the number of different book genres that the book has gotten traction in – from the expected – history and conservation – to the unexpected – entrepreneurship and innovation. Probably the best part of writing this book has been the total support I have gotten from people and institutions from my past and present, including the Wildlife Conservation Society and Duke University.Alex Dehgan, author of The Snow Leopard Project And Other Adventures In Warzone Conservation and founder of Conservation X Labs.last_img read more

Essequibo shines

Posted in avadfeqk on January 14th, 2020

first_imgPradesh Dwarka Pradesh Dwarka, a student of CV Nunes Primary School on the Essequibo Coast secured 522 marks at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examinations and was awarded a spot at Queen’s College in Georgetown. Pradesh, who copped the second spot in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), said he was very happy, excited and relieved when he heard the good news. He said he was confident of doing well since he was always consistent with his grades throughout his primary education. Pradesh said he felt rewarded for all his hard work and effort, staying up late at nights burning the midnight oil.Pradesh DwarkaHe gave praise and thanks to God for guidance when he felt like giving up and also all the teachers of CV Nunes, especially his teachers, Miss Binda  Ketwaru and  Sir Rezwan Persaud who played an important role in him achieving this feat. More importantly, he said he could not have done it without his mom who sat and studied with him late at nights. She would explain, in detail, whatever he needed more clarity on.One of the challenges he faced was preparing for the exams with time being an important factor. It was stressful since they had to complete assignments, extra lessons and study, but he managed and balanced this out by having some recreational time with family. He plans to continue his education at the Anna Regina Multilateral School (ARMS) and pursue a career in software engineering. His advice to future candidates is to study hard and be prepared.Gevasha HarpaulGevasha Harpaul, another student of CV Nunes Primary School on the Essequibo Coast, also secured 522 marks at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examinations and was awarded a spot at Queen’s College in Georgetown. Gevasha copped the third spot in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).“I am delighted to be placed third in my Region and gaining a place at my dream school at Queen’s College. The road to success was very challenging, as it required a lot of discipline and commitment. I had to let go of many things, but my parents ensured that I still had time to relax by watching TV, playing games and listening to music. They believed all work and no play would make me a dull girl. I owe my success firstly to God for his divine blessings; to my father, who studied with me; my mother, who prepared questions; my Nani (maternal grandmother), who cooked delicious meals when I needed; my Ajee (paternal grandmother), who gave me massages; and all other family members and friends who supported me, ” she said.“I also owe great gratitude to all the teachers of CV Nunes Primary School, particularly Ms Ketwaru, Mr Rezwan Persaud, Ms Doodmattie Doodnauth, Ms Raywattie Deonarine and Ms Nadiera Drikpaul. My advice to future NGSA candidates is to focus on your studies, revise your work, pay attention in class, have some fun, and always pray to God.”Gevasha Harpaullast_img read more

Driver released after night in hospital

Posted in avadfeqk on January 11th, 2020

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NewsLite: Gehry design set for singer Mariza

Posted in avadfeqk on January 6th, 2020

first_imgThe D’Amatos celebrate their third anniversary next week; his birthday is Aug. 1. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gehry said he met Mariza several years ago in Lisbon and was enamored by fado, Portuguese folk music that often has mournful lyrics. The music genre began in working-class neighborhoods and was performed in tavernas where people sat at tables singing and drinking wine. “It’s a very intimate setting and there is a dark ambiance,” said the 33-year-old Mariza, who is touring the United States this year. “It’s a huge privilege to have my own taverna directed by Mr. Gehry.” Ex-Sen. D’Amato to be dad at 70 Former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato is looking forward to a few big milestones – his anniversary, his 70th birthday and a baby. “If you had told me this prior to getting married, I would have said you’re out of your mind,” D’Amato joked Friday as he confirmed his wife, attorney Katuria D’Amato, 41, is due in February. Architect Frank Gehry will design a set for a performance by Portuguese fado singer Mariza later this year. Gehry, renowned for his stunning and daring urban visions, has agreed to create a taverna-inspired stage for Mariza’s performance in October at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The melding of the two arts Gehry promises will make for a very special evening in the building he conceived. “I want this set to enhance and support her,” Gehry, 78, said Friday. “It’s not going to be a Frank Gehry set. You won’t recognize it.” last_img read more

Calderon calling kettle black?

Posted in avadfeqk on January 3rd, 2020

first_imgMigrants from the Dominican Republic, where a quarter of the population is below the poverty line, pay smugglers to take them in small boats called yolas 80 miles across the treacherous Mona Passage to Puerto Rico – where, with 4 million people living on land less spacious than three Rhode Islands, illegal immigration is felt especially acutely. The overstuffed yolas face overwhelming currents, and smugglers will toss Dominicans into the sea if the weight in the boat is too much, or leave them on deserted islands to starve. That is, if the migrants survive the sharks teeming below the water’s surface. Fortunate Dominicans are plucked from the yolas by U.S. Coast Guard patrols before they can become shark bait, and, after photos and fingerprinting, are safely repatriated to their home island. On Saturday, the Coast Guard located a 35-foot yola with 31 hungry and dehydrated Dominican migrants after responding to a cell-phone distress call with 20 searches over four days covering 2,400 square miles. It’s a far cry from what happens on Mexico’s southern border. While President Felipe Calderon vowed in his state of the nation speech Sunday to mount “an energetic protest at the unilateral measures taken by the U.S. Congress and government which exacerbate the persecution and abusive treatment of undocumented Mexican workers,” Central American immigrants trying to cross into Mexico face real abuse. If they don’t fall prey to criminal gangs on the border, they’re subject to shakedowns or worse by notoriously nefarious Mexican authorities. The State Department cites “credible reports that police, immigration, and customs officials frequently violated the rights of undocumented migrants, including rape.” Ironically, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, many Mexican landowners claim that they prefer Guatemalans to work the fields because Mexicans won’t do the hard work on the banana and coffee plantations. And, making Calderon sound even more like the pot calling the kettle black, Mexican authorities regularly check IDs to locate illegal Central American immigrants and make about 200,000 arrests and deportations each year. I asked the taxi driver in Spanish to stop at Fort San Cristobal, but he brushed me off and continued to hurtle past the historic site and into San Juan’s rush-hour traffic. I considered my options for opening the door and diving onto the pavement just as the driver stopped in a cul-de-sac on the Isla Verde beachfront – decidedly the wrong spot, unless the colonial Spanish used tourist hotels and bars as fortifications. I shooed off the bad cabbie and got into the taxi of Marcos, a Venezuelan immigrant and decade-long Puerto Rican resident. “He was Dominican!” Marcos proclaimed of my previous, errant cab driver. “Don’t get a ride from a Dominican!” He proceeded to describe how migrants from the Dominican Republic illegally enter Puerto Rico, taking low-wage jobs and not integrating well. Later, a waiter bluntly told me, “How Mexicans are to the U.S., Dominicans are to us.” A recent Inter Press Service story said that Sin Fronteras (Without Borders) activists trying to defend Central American immigrants have been harassed and intimidated by Mexican authorities. “The activists accuse the authorities of double standards,” stated IPS writer Diego Cevallos, “because they vehemently protest the treatment received by undocumented immigrants in the United States while reacting much less vigorously to reports of abuses against Central American immigrants in Mexico.” Because the grass always appears greener on the other side of the border, migrants keep trying to cross. Everywhere. France has been trying for years to crack down on illegal immigration. Morocco has deported illegal immigrants to the middle of the Sahara. Turkey has accused Greece of throwing illegal immigrants into the sea. And everywhere there is illegal immigration, there are root concerns of security, economy and national identity. “Mexico does not end at its borders,” Calderon said Sunday. “Where there is a Mexican, there is Mexico.” Would he also agree that where there is a Guatemalan, there is Guatemala? Would Puerto Ricans agree that where there is a Dominican, there is the Dominican Republic? And is Mexico saving the migrants from the sharks or rescuing them from the brutal southwestern U.S. desert, or leaving them at the hands of Mara Salvatrucha, unscrupulous plantation owners and criminal officials? Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News and blogs at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Hornaday returns to Southland

Posted in avadfeqk on December 27th, 2019

first_imgNASCAR announced its Truck Series schedule Tuesday. The Truck Series will make its only visit to California on Feb. 23, the second race of the season. It will be at California Speedway in Fontana the same weekend as the NASCAR Busch Series and Nextel Cup Series races. The eighth race of the season, at Dover International Speedway in Delaware, will mark the 300th race in Truck Series history. The Truck Series will be visiting the same 22 tracks as it did in 2006. There are 25 races scheduled, starting at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 16 and ending at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16. Irwindale Speedway: Canyon Country’s Aaron Staudinger finished fourth in the NASCAR Late Model open invitational last Saturday night at Irwindale Speedway. Tim Huddleston of Agoura Hills won the open invitational, the last Late Model race of the season at Irwindale Speedway. Tom Rizzo of Acton was 14th. In other action, rookie Matthew Hicks of Santee won the NASCAR Super Trucks race. Mike Fortier of Santa Clarita was sixth; Logan Henson of Valencia was 10th; Pat Mintey Jr. of Quartz Hill was 17th and Brian Reed of Castaic was 22nd. Rick Crow of Simi Valley won the NASCAR Pure Stocks race and the division championship. Jim Shackleford of Indianapolis won the figure 8 world championship race. Steve Rogers of Riverside won the NASCAR Mini Stocks race. (818) 713-3715 2007 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES SCHEDULE Feb. 16: Daytona International Speedway Feb. 23: California Speedway March 16: Atlanta Motor Speedway March 31: Martinsville Speedway April 28: Kansas Speedway May 18: Lowe’s Motor Speedway May 26: Mansfield Motorsports Speedway June 1: Dover International Speedway June 8: Texas Motor Speedway June 16: Michigan International Speedway June 22: The Milwaukee Mile June 30: Memphis Motorsports Park July 14: Kentucky Speedway July 27: O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis Aug. 11: Nashville Superspeedway Aug. 22: Bristol Motor Speedway Sept. 1: Gateway International Raceway Sept. 15: New Hampshire International Speedway Sept. 22: Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct. 6: Talladega Superspeedway Oct. 20: Martinsville Speedway Oct. 27: Atlanta Motor Speedway Nov. 2: Texas Motor Speedway Nov. 9: Phoenix International Raceway Nov. 16: Homestead-Miami Speedway160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsHornaday squeaked past a last-lap crash at Talladega to finish 10th in the first Truck Series race at the biggest and fastest track on the NASCAR schedule. “It was actually pretty calm, it was calmer than I thought it would be,” said Hornaday, who is sixth in points in the Truck Series standings. “I will tell you what; you have to do a lot of driving here, a lot of lifting, a lot of gas. I just want to thank Kevin and DeLana Harvick, AES, Chevrolet to give me the opportunity to have this much fun racing at Talladega in our Silverado.” Mark Martin won the Truck Series race at Talladega and became the first driver to win a race in the three national touring divisions of NASCAR. Martin has won races at Talledega at the Cup, Busch and Truck series levels. “It was a really, really great race; a clean race,” said Martin, who started his Roush Racing F-150 from the pole with a qualifying lap of 182.320 mph. “The drivers did a spectacular job. They didn’t get over their heads or get too aggressive. They got to racing big on the last lap and there was an accident but other than that they really used their heads.” The Truck Series resumes its schedule Oct. 21 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. Fresh off a 10th-place finish in the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, Ron Hornaday Jr. is returning to Southern California for a late model race tonight. Hornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champ from Palmdale, will be entered in a 100-lap super late model race at The Orange Show in San Bernardino. “I love racing at Orange Show,” Hornaday said. “It will be fun going back there.” Hornaday will be driving a car owned by Gary Stockman, whose son Danny is a crew member on Hornaday’s No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado team for Kevin Harvick Inc. last_img read more