Bill unfair to charro tradition

first_imgHowever, self-appointed animal-rights activists, like Eric Mills, head of the nonprofit Action for Animals, have been managing since the early 1990s to find fault with charreadas. Mills’ latest political aide is Assemblywoman Audra Strickland, R-Westlake Village, who helped him introduce AB 1614. The bill, co-authored by Assemblymen Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, and Joe Coto, D-San Jose, has the sole purpose of categorizing the charreadas as North American rodeos to make them subject to the same guidelines. That means having a veterinarian on site or on call every time they hold a charreada, be it a family, friendly or official one. What many people, including politicians, do not know is that most charreadas are free to the public and charro organizers lack financial support provided to the Anglo North American rodeo by corporations such as Wrangler, Bud Light, Justin and Stetson, among others. Charros and charras, or horsewomen, invest in costumes, horses, transportation and sponsor their own events, all in the name of keeping alive their cultural heritage. They take exceptionally good care of their animals simply because they know it’s the right thing to do. They need strong and healthy animals to practice their charreada events with success. In case of an injury, they contact their own veterinarian to give the animal immediate care. Adding the cost of a veterinarian present or on call at every charreada will certainly cut down the number of events put on per year, thus effectively leading the tradition to extinction. In recent meetings with AB 1614 proponents, the issue of race has naturally come out. Strickland claims that the intention of the bill is to protect the animals used in rodeos and is not an attack on any race or ethnicity. Another supporter, Joe Coto, chairman of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, not only agrees with her, he even volunteered to co-author the measure. If AB 1614 is not an attack on any race or ethnicity, why, then, does its language target specifically Mexican charreadas, as opposed to including other sports, amusement parks or labs where animals play a vital role? Once, a portrait of a charro was that of a true, masculine caballero, one with class and style, a most sincere lover of horses and animals, a devoted husband, father, son, friend, neighbor and, in Mexico, a member of the army reserve. The federated charro still has these qualities and cultural values he inherited from his ancestors or learned to cultivate. He must, for they’re actually required by the code of ethics of the Mexican Federation of Charrer a. Some hearts and minds might not agree, but as a free-thinker, you are entitled to judge for yourself. Meet a charro. Meanwhile, say no to AB 1614. Guillermo Gracia Duarte is the associate editor of Charro USA. Contact him through the publication’s Web site, www.charrousa.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ONCE, the Mexican charro, or skilled horseman, worried about taking care of his horse, tack and equipment, traveling expenses and covering his entry fee at any given, free-to-the-public charreada, or gathering of charro teams in a lienzo y ruedo arena. His aim was displaying his manly equestrian talent and awe-inspiring roping style to win the audience and judges alike, but his biggest prize involved resounding applause, cheers, hats and boots, thrown around him. His goal included, too, being part of the charro family, where he could project his Mexicanness and preserve one of his most treasured heritages: the charrer a. Now, the charro finds himself time and again in another arena, named Capitol, defending and explaining his centuries-old legacy before impassive politicians, some already influenced by animal-rights activists. The charro never thought he had to pay a lobbyist to help him fight to keep charreadas alive for the next generation of charros. last_img read more

Livingston hold firm to grab point against Celtic

first_imgNewly-promoted Livingston held firm to grab a point in a goalless draw against champions Celtic.Brendan Rodgers’ side came into the match having scored 23 goals in their last five domestic contests and earned a crucial win in Europe on Thursday.But they were unable to breakdown a resolute home defence at the Tony Macaroni Arena.Waves of Celtic pressure were batted away by the impressive Lions rearguard, who have only shipped four goals since conceding three at Parkhead on the opening day. The draw still sees the Hoops, who have a game in hand on their rivals, go top of the league on goal difference after previous leaders Hearts were beaten by Kilmarnock on Saturday.last_img

Gauteng propels small business

first_img25 April 2005The Gauteng provincial government has launched a new agency and web portal to provide one-stop financial and non-financial support to small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa’s smallest – and richest – province.Speaking at the launch of the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller in Johannesburg last week, Gauteng Finance and Economic Affairs MEC Paul Mashatile said the provincial government had set aside R300-million for the new agency in 2005/06.“Through this agency, we expect to provide support to 30 000 SMMEs by 2014”, Mashatile said.Besides offering financial assistance, the agency will tackle challenges facing small businesses, such as lack of capacity, training, and information on markets.The portal will support the agency’s work by serving as an SMME database, allowing buyers to access SMMEs and the services they provide, and giving SMMEs information on services, tendering processes, procurement benefits, and how to do business with the government.“I encourage all our SMMEs to register on the portal, as this will be our main source through which tender / RFQs earmarked for SMMEs will be communicated”, Mashatile said.The initiative seeks to address the challenges of poverty, unemployment and the inclusion of black people, women, young people and people with disabilities into South Africa’s mainstream economy.“In many parts of the world SMMEs have proven themselves to be reliable drivers of economic growth and job creation”, Mashatile said. “Because of their size, they tend to adapt more quickly to changing market conditions, and collectively they tend to absorb more labour than big business.”Mashatile said the agency would seek to “deepen and expand” the gains made by other institutions – such as Khula, the National Empowerment Fund, and the Small Enterprise Development Agency – in growing small business in the country.“We will establish ‘smart partnerships’ with successful SMME support initiatives in order to maximise the benefits that are provided to SMMEs”, Mashatile said. “In addition, we will partner with financial institutions in order to address the challenge of access to finance by small businesses.”The agency, Mashatile said, would also build on the resources developed over the years by the province’s manufacturing advisory centres over the years, “expanding the service offering to cater for entrepreneurs in manufacturing, commercial and service sectors of the economy”.The Gauteng Enterprise Propeller will operate as a section 21 company run by a board of directors under the leadership of Dr Danisa Baloyi, executive director of the National Black Business Caucus.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Robert Griffin III Laughs Off NFLs 10000 Fine

Robert Griffin III joked about the $10,000 fine he received from the NFL for wearing unauthorized apparel before a Monday night preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.The laughter came at the Redskins’ annual Welcome Home Luncheon after an auction for the charity ended. Griffin was speaking because he had just been named 2012 Offensive Player of the Year by the alumni.He opened by saying, “Those auctioneers did a good job. I would’ve given them 10 grand, but the NFL took it away from me this week.”Griffin’s remark drew laughter from the crowd, according to reports.Griffin was punished after wearing his “Operation Patience” T-shirt before the Steelers game. The shirt was an expression of Griffin’s own recovery process, coming back from his knee surgery and eager to play.This isn’t the first time Griffin has been penalized over apparel. He was fined $10,000 for wearing Adidas clothing to a post-game news conference against Cleveland last December. The NFL has a sponsorship deal with Nike. read more

Extended Forecast for The Bahamas and the Turks Caicos Islands

first_imgFORECAST FOR THURSDAY Related Items: FORECAST FOR FRIDAY Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 1, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS THE BAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2017.GENERAL SITUATION: HIGH PRESSURE CENTERED NORTH OF THE AREA WILL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE WEATHER ACROSS THE ISLANDS TODAY…FOR ALL AREAS WEATHER:  PARTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH THE SLIGHT CHANCE OF A BRIEF SHOWER OR TWO TODAY…MAINLY FAIR TONIGHT WITH A STRAY SHOWER OR TWO POSSIBLE… WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND NEAR 15 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS… SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 3 TO 5 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS… Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp WEATHER: A MIX OF SUN AND CLOUDS AND WARM WITH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE…BECOMING MAINLY FAIR AT NIGHT…WINDS: NORTHEASTERLY AT 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS…SEAS: 3 TO 5 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS…TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: A weak and non-tropical area of low pressure is located about 1000 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. Associated shower activity is limited and displaced well to the east of the low’s center of circulation. Subtropical or tropical development of the low is not expected due to unfavorable environmental conditions while the system moves westward during the next couple of days. Elsewhere tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days…Forecaster: Gregory D Thompson (SMO)/sscenter_img SUNRISE: 7:18AM                  SUNSET: 6:29PM                                                                     MOONRISE: 5:01PM             MOONSET: 5:30AM THU                                            HIGH TIDE: 5:59AM             LOW TIDE: 12:15PMHIGH TIDE: 6:16PM              LOW TIDE: 12:32AM THU EXTENDED FORECAST: (FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS)…HIGH PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE BAHAMAS WHILE A WEAK SURFACE TROUGH SLOWLY APPROACHES FROM THE EAST OF THE ISLANDS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS… WEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS POSSIBLE DURING THE DAY…MAINLY FAIR AT NIGHT…WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL & SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS…SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE CENTRAL & SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS… DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE         82°F        28°COVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE        70°F        21°Clast_img read more

MoscowMitch trends after McConnell blocks election security bills

first_img Tags Politics Security 4 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put a stop to election security legislation Thursday.  Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, blocked election security bills on Thursday. Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough used the nickname #MoscowMitch on Friday when discussing the news and the hashtag began trending on Twitter apparently due to people frustrated with the senator.A Senate Intelligence Committee report released on Thursday showed that Russia likely targeted elections in all 50 states in 2016. This came a day after former special counsel Robert Mueller told Congress that Russia continues to interfere with US elections. Senate Democrats pushed for two bills Thursday to require paper ballots, additional funding for the Election Assistance Commission and a requirement that campaigns inform the FBI of offers of assistance from foreign governments, according to The Hill. McConnell blocked both bills, calling them “partisan legislation.” “It is very important that we maintain the integrity and security of our elections in our country,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Thursday. “Any Washington involvement in that task needs to be undertaken with extreme care – extreme care — and on a thoroughly bipartisan basis. Obviously, this legislation is not that. This is just a highly partisan bill from the same folks who spent two years hyping up a conspiracy theory about President Trump and Russia, and who continue to ignore this administration’s progress at correcting the Obama Administration’s failures on this subject in the 2018 election. Therefore I object.”In March, the Department of Homeland Security said it is “doubling down” on election security for the 2020 presidential vote. The agency said it will focus on local elections to prevent any foreign interference.Originally published on July 26, 7:46 a.m. PT. Update, 12:12 p.m. PT: Adds McConnell comment. Share your voice Commentslast_img read more

Samsung to Invest ₹500 Core in India to Ramp Up Mobile Production

first_imgSouth Korean tech giant Samsung is reportedly looking to invest ₹500 crore in India to increase mobile production in the country.Press Trust of India citing industry sources said the company is also to make use of the Indian government policy in this regard. The proposal for the aforementioned capital investment have been cleared by the Department of Electronics and IT (DEITY).”Samsung is working to invest Rs 500 crore in its mobile production facility in India. It had approached government in this regard to take benefit of policy announcements and other incentives. The investment proposals have been cleared at Department of Electronics and IT (DEITY) level,” a source told to PTI.The report also quoted the spokesperson of India as saying that the company is planning to increase its presence in the market.”We are looking at strengthening our manufacturing presence in the country, to fulfil our growing needs in the market. However we are not able to provide further details at this stage,” said Samsung India spokesperson.Samsung, the current market leader in the smartphone market, seems to be looking at the expansion of its production capacities in the country. Currently, the Noida facility is involved in the production of 35-40 million phones annually. Samsung Galaxy S3 is also being produced at the Noida factory. Although there were reports that Galaxy S4 will also come in an Indian-made version, not much has been said about it.According to a report from research firm IDC, 32.7 percent of the total shipment in January-March 2013 period has been shipped by Samsung.last_img read more

Andhra Pradesh horror 6 accused arrested for raping 16yearold girl for 5

first_imgAs India is witnessing an increase in the number of serious crimes committed against women and children, another incident of a deadly rape case has shocked and shamed Andhra Pradesh.A 16-year-old teenager was not only raped but also locked up for five days, eventually at a stretch. Among six accused who had allegedly raped the girl, three boys were from Andhra Pradesh’s Ongole town, 140km south of Amaravati.Andhra Pradesh Home Minister Mekathoti Sucharitha promised stern action as this incident has raised concerns over the safety of women in the state. “This is a heinous crime and we will take deterrent steps to ensure such incidents did not recur,” said the Home Minister.The Andhra police launched a manhunt for the accused An investigation is underway; all six accused have been nabbed from different parts of the state. One accused was arrested at Bitragunta in SPS Nellore district while he was trying to board a train.What exactly happened?The victim met one the accused at the RTC bus station in Ongole on June 17 and became friends. The girl accompanied the accused to his room where he and five of his friends allegedly raped her continuously for five days.Senior police officer Siddharth Kaushal said that somehow the girl managed to escape and reach the bus station on Saturday evening when an on-duty home-guard and an assistant sub-inspector spotted and rescued her. The victim was admitted to a government hospital for treatment and her condition was reported to be stable.Reuters | Representational The girl was then admitted to a government hospital for treatment and her condition was reported to be stable.Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police Gautam Sawang condemned the incident, saying the safety and security of women and children and prevention of crime against them would be given high priority. In a statement, he said that the perpetrators of such crimes would be dealt with sternly and brought to book systematically. He also directed the Prakasam district Superintendent of Police to ensure the case was investigated thoroughly so as to secure a conviction.The accused were charged under different sections of the POCSO Act and the Indian Penal Code was registered against them.center_img Getty Imageslast_img read more

Latino Voters In the East End Speak Their Voice At The Ballot

first_img– / 3At Ripley House Community Center, on the East End, there are middle school students selling lemonade, there’s a man selling ice cream from his mobile cart, and there’s a lot of enthusiasm from voters.It reflects that Latino voters’ surge seen in Harris County, other parts of Texas, and  battleground states.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Several voters here  are voting for the first time: Hispanic voters who believe strongly that they need to cast their ballot and speak their voice at the ballot box.One is María Ruiz . She recently became a citizen and she voted for Hillary Clinton. Even though she didn’t agree with everything Clinton supports, she says she has the most experience and she doesn’t believe the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, has any morals or respect for other people.Clinton “has her good and bad points”, Ruiz said. But Trump “doesn’t have any morals, doesn’t have any respect.”Another family, the Martínez family, were here voting as a family. Natividad and Lourdes Martínez are originally from Honduras and became US citizens several years ago and they were voting with their daughter Mercy, who is 18 years old and it’s her first time voting. And they echoed the sentiment that the country is in this place of darkness and that they need to speak their voice and show a stance against Trump. They were specially motivated to vote against his policy on deporting immigrants who are in the country illegally. They said that everyone deserves to be treated fairly.“We are supposed to be equal. You can’t deport people,” said Natividad Martinez. “It’s not fair to treat people differently.” Sharelast_img read more

Border Wall Models Thwart US Commandos In Tests

first_imgTwitter via @artnetBorder wall modelsRecent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press.Military special forces based in Florida and U.S. Customs and Border Protection special units spent three weeks trying to breach and scale the eight models in San Diego, using jackhammers, saws, torches and other tools and climbing devices, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not authorized for public release.A Customs and Border Protection report on the tests identifies strengths and flaws of each design but does not pick an overall winner or rank them, though it does point to see-through steel barriers topped by concrete as the best overall design, the official said.The report recommends combining elements of each, depending on the terrain. The official likened it to a Lego design, pulling pieces from different prototypes.Carlos Diaz, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection, said the agency is still in “the testing phase” and that results are being evaluated. He said combining elements of different prototypes instead of picking a winner is consistent with previous statements by officials. He noted that the agency said in its bidding guidelines that a minimum height of 18 feet (5.4 meters) would be a key characteristic. He said he did not have additional details on test results.Contractors were awarded between $300,000 and $500,000 for each prototype. Prototypes were built last fall to guide future construction of one of Trump’s signature campaign pledges. Four were concrete and four were made of other materials.Ronald Vitiello, the agency’s acting deputy commissioner, said after visiting the prototypes in October that he was struck most by the 30-foot (9.1-meter) heights, which are significantly higher than existing barriers. Taller barriers are undoubtedly more effective, but whether the cost is justified will be up for debate.The highly trained testers scaled 16 to 20 feet (4.9 to 6.1 meters) unassisted but needed help after that, said the official who described the assaults on the wall prototypes to the AP. Testers also expressed safety concerns about getting down from 30 feet.Only once did a tester manage to land a hook on top of the wall without help, the official said. Tubes atop some models repelled climbing devices but wouldn’t work in more mountainous areas because the terrain is too jagged.The report favors steel at ground level because agents can see what is happening on the other side and holes can more easily be patched, the official said. With concrete, large slabs have to be replaced for even small breaches, which is time-consuming and expensive. Topping the steel with smooth concrete surfaces helps prevent climbing.Customs and Border Protection leaders were scheduled to be briefed on the findings this week amid intensifying discussions between the White House and Congress on immigration legislation to avert a government shutdown and renew protection for about 800,000 young immigrants who were temporarily shielded from deportation under an Obama-era program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which is scheduled to end in March.The administration has insisted wall funding be part of any immigration deal but Trump has been unclear about how long the wall would be and how it should be designed. The administration has asked for $1.6 billion this year to build or replace 74 miles (118.4 kilometers) of barriers in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and San Diego and plans to request another $1.6 billion next year.A proposal by Customs and Border Protection calls for spending $18 billion over 10 years to extend barriers to cover nearly half the border, though it is unclear if Trump supports that plan. The agency proposes 316 miles (505 kilometers) of additional barrier by September 2027, bringing total coverage to 970 miles (1,552 kilometers). It also seeks 407 miles (651 kilometers) of replacement or secondary fencing.Mexico has steadfastly rejected Trump’s demand that it pay for the wall.Contracts to do work on that scale would be hugely lucrative, and the prototypes, spaced tightly together in a remote part of San Diego, have captured widespread attention, including from architecture critics. W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. of Philadelphia, Mississippi, and Caddell Construction Co. of Montgomery, Alabama, built one concrete model and one of other materials.Texas Sterling Construction Co., a unit of Sterling Construction Co., and Fisher Sand & Gravel Co. of Tempe, Arizona, did concrete designs. ELTA North America Inc., part of state-run Israel Aerospace Industries, and KWR Construction Inc. of Sierra Vista, Arizona, built models from other materials.Vitiello said in October that the testing could last up to two months and lead to officials to conclude that elements of several designs should be merged to create effective walls, raising the possibility of no winner or winners. Sharelast_img read more