A Lonely Full Moon Rises Early on Lake Lanier, GA (c) 2016 Wil Robinson
Last summer, beneath a lonely full moon that cried out to me, “Chill Out, Dude,” I relaxed a little. I enjoyed the solitude, the sound of waves slapping the hull, and the breeze filling the sails. When finally the sun dropped behind the pine trees to the west, I stirred only to discover the battery was dead. That meant no lights. Darkness stole the evening and my peaceful sail. Then, naturally, the breeze dropped out and the sails lay ideal, and Cassandra, a heavy, full-keeled, twenty-five-foot sailboat, came to an abrupt halt.
Tens of thousands of people have escaped a deadly wildfire in East Tennessee. Here’s a look at the aftermath of the disaster. (Claritza Jimenez/The Washington Post)
Two juveniles have been charged with aggravated arson in connection with the East Tennessee wildfires that killed 14 people last week and left nearly 150 others injured, authorities said Wednesday.
During an investigation involving local, state and federal agents, “information was developed that two juveniles allegedly started the fire,” the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a news release.
Both were taken into custody Wednesday morning and are being held at the Sevier County Juvenile Detention Center.
The suspects are Tennessee residents, District Attorney General Jimmy B. Dunn said at a news conference in Sevierville. No additional information about the youths was made available, including their age and gender.
“I understand that you have a lot of questions,” Dunn told reporters. “However, the law does not allow for the disclosure of additional information at this time.”
He added that additional charges “are being considered” and said the juveniles could be tried as adults.
Officials say two juveniles are being held on arson charges and additional charges are being considered in connection with the deadly wildfires that broke out last month in Tennessee. (Reuters)
The “Chimney Tops 2” fire was first reported Nov. 23 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg, according to the National Park Service. The wildfire exploded on Nov. 28, as massive walls of flames spread down the mountains into Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge with shocking speed, according to those who fled with little more than the clothes on their backs.
The fires that engulfed the two tourist towns outside the park and shut down one of the country’s most popular natural attractions left more than 1,750 structures damaged or destroyed, most of them single-family residences. Additionally, thousands of wooded acres burned in the most-visited national park in the United States.
Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller called the devastation “unfathomable.”
Lt. Steve Coker of the Sevierville Fire Dept. captured video of the wildfires burning in eastern Tennessee as his fire crew moved through the town of Gatlinburg on Nov. 28. (Twitter @alliecoker7)
Although wind gusts exceeding 60 mph caused the disaster to explode in Sevier County, fires had been brewing for months in this region. More than 150,000 acres have been charred in the Southeast by large fires, according to the U.S. Forest Service, and nearly 4,000 firefighters have been called into action to fight blazes that keep popping up.
The wind carried the flames from the nearby Chimney Tops fire across ground parched by a historic drought and into the surrounding towns. The fire moved too fast and too far to contain. “This is a fire for the history books,” Miller said last week. “The likes of this has never been seen here.”
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) called the fire the state’s worst in at least a century.
“To the residents of Sevier County: We stand with you and are committed to making sure justice is served in this case,” TBI Director Mark Gwyn said at the news conference Wednesday.
He added: “Our promise is that we will do every effort to help bring closure to those who have lost so much.”
The investigation, Gwyn said, is ongoing.
Gatlinburg, with a population of about 4,000 about 43 miles south of Knoxville, is surrounded on three sides by Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smokies, part of the Appalachian mountain range, straddle the border between eastern Tennessee and North Carolina.
Considered the gateway town to the Tennessee side of the park, Gatlinburg draws more than 11 million visitors a year, according to tourism officials. It is known for its mountain chalets and ski lodge — drawing honeymooners and other visitors all year-long.
Despite two days of heavy rains earlier this week, there are nearly 800 firefighters still battling the fires on the mountains. The fire is about 64 percent contained, authorities said Wednesday, and parts of the park remain closed.
But downtown Gatlinburg was spared, and property owners, business owners, renters and lease holders were allowed to return to full-time occupancy on Wednesday. The tourist destination is expected to reopen for business on Friday.
Angela Fritz and Peter Holley contributed to this post, which has been updated numerous times.
This morning I received a comment from one of the folks who follow this blog which made me think of the subject matter of this article. Their blog site is (thecomfortablecoop.wordpress.com). Their comment was about an article that I recently reblogged about the local and State standoff at Standing Rock North Dakota with the Indian folks there. It was their view on how people view other people and about people in general not caring about or thinking about other people that made an old memory of mine come alive. This memory is what this article is about. This memory is about a real, true fact, there is nothing ‘made up’ in the article, I hope you enjoy the read. In fact, I have decided to simply do a copy paste of my response to her comment as I doubt that I could write it any better if I tried to do it again.
K.D., think about this one for a moment. I hate to say it is in our “white mans” culture still today, but I don’t know what else to call it. Still today we take care to relocate old grave yards of white folks if a city, county, or State government decides they need to build on that land or to even put a road through it but we still give Native Americans no such respect. I have an example for you of a case that has always bothered me. Just west of Wilcox Arizona is a small family owned business that was bought ‘as is’ just after WW-2 that has a small, old Museum, but with many very cool items in it, except for the ‘Main Attraction’. The big advertisements about this location is called (The Thing). It only cost $1 per person to walk through this Museum and it is well worth the cost. But, in the very last building is ‘The Thing’ which is under glass so that people can’t mess with it. What is this ‘Thing’? This business is located just a little east of Benson Arizona, between them is a beautiful rocky area called ‘Texas Canyon’, this is suppose to be where the Apache Chief Geronimo had his ‘hideout’. This (Thing) is basically a Mummy, it is a very crude Mummy, but still a Mummy. Of what? It is obvious at least to me that it is of an Indian woman who is holding a very, very small baby, as in a new born. To me it is obvious that this ‘woman’ must have died in child birth along with her baby. She must have been someone important in the Tribe for them to try to ‘Mummify” her, who knows, maybe even the wife or daughter of Geronimo? But really, the ‘Thing’? Can you just imagine the outcry if this had been a white woman and her newborn baby? This response is just my way of saying, I agree with you K.D.
Well, that is my little history lesson for the day I guess, I hope you liked the information. Most of my adult life was spent behind the windshield of a semi-truck driving all over the lower 48 States and all of Canada. I always enjoyed the scenery on interstates 10-20 and 40. This location is on interstate 10 on the south-side of the highway. It is a place that I stopped at several times throughout the years because they had a good amount of ‘truck parking’. They also have an excellent store of many different items that are made by ‘Indian’ people in the region, and their prices were always fair. It is a good ‘rest area’ plus they have a Dairy Queen inside. The reason I brought this location up is because I have always felt bad about this poor ‘unknown’ lady and her stillborn baby. Personally I do not know how such things can be legal in 21st Century America yet they obviously are. But my question to you is, if this ‘Thing’ was a white woman and her baby, would it be legal then?
I close my note to you today by coming back to the title of this article today. If this was your Mom, Sister, or Wife, and your Baby, how would it make you feel? Would it matter to you? Would you wrap your family member in a blanket, say she is a Mummy and sell her to the highest bidder? Folks, I’m just asking…. What’s your thoughts on this matter? Do the people at Standing Rock matter less because ‘their just a bunch of Indians’? Is it really true that here in the good ole USA that only big companies and big money really mean anything, or is it just because they are only a ‘bunch of Indians’? I think it is way past time for a new movement called “Red Lives Matter Too”!
Search-and-rescue teams continued Wednesday to scour the charred hills and ridges around the mountain resort town of Gatlinburg, Tenn., after wildfires fueled by severe winds roared through eastern Tennessee.
As the death toll climbed to seven Wednesday, according to the Associated Press, hot spots continued to blaze around the quaint Appalachian tourism center that attracts 11 million people a year. Residents and visitors remained under a mandatory evacuation order after more than 250 homes, vacation cabins, motels and businesses were reduced to rubble.
While overnight storms dropped long-awaited rain early Wednesday, helping to douse the parched, fire-ravaged landscape, they also brought a risk of flooding. On Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Gatlinburg and surrounding Sevier County.
The storms also wreaked havoc on tiny, rural communities across the Southeast, killing five people and injuring dozens in Alabama and Tennessee.
Three people perished when a tornado demolished a mobile home in the small town of Rosalie, in northeastern Alabama. Five miles east, a daycare center in Ider, Ala., was destroyed, leaving four children in critical condition. A married couple was also killed in Polk County in southern Tennessee, the state Department of Health said.
“We don’t usually get tornadoes this time of year,” said Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen of Jackson County, Ala., where 50 buildings were damaged or destroyed. “But this has not been a normal weather year.”
Wildfires have been spreading for weeks in the Southeast, where severe drought persists. As many as 20 large fires are currently blazing across 142,000 acres, according to Adam Rondeau, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, who described the unusually parched conditions as creating the “perfect storm” for active wildfires.
On Monday night, high winds swept eastern Tennessee, blowing burning embers from a wildfire on Chimney Tops mountain into Gatlinburg, the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Local officials and residents in the town were taken aback by how swiftly the fires spread as winds ignited new fire spots and knocked live power lines down onto dry autumn leaves. In a span of just 15 minutes, the fire chief said, emergency workers were alerted to almost 20 burning buildings.
“You know, it happened so fast, it was staggering,” said Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner, who lost his two-story home as well as the condominium business he has managed for 31 years. “When you’ve got winds of up to 87 mph pushing fire, people were basically running for their lives.”
Michael Luciano, who lives in Chalet Village, west of downtown Gatlinburg, recorded on cellphone video his harrowing journey down a narrow mountain road in a pickup truck, past flaming orange trees and cabins. (Warning, video contains profanity.)
“Hit the gas,” he screamed at his brother, Anthony Fulton, as red flames engulfed both sides of the road and embers bounced off the windshield. Their frightened dog can be heard panting in the background
Smoke filled their truck as they hurtled past blazing, burnt-out structures. “No warning, nothing…” Luciano exclaimed. “Almost every cabin in Chalet Village is burning to the freakin’ ground!”
Dozens of guests and staff found themselves trapped inside the Park Vista, a modern, high-rise hotel perched on a ridge above downtown Gatlinburg. Some fled outside with their luggage, only to find the sole road to safety blocked by fallen trees and flames.
“Then the flames came up into the parking lot,” Logan Baker, a hotel guest, told WBIR-TV.
As Baker and his aunt frantically tried to help guests get back inside, he said, embers started flying through the doors and into the hotel. Firefighters barricaded the hotel and urged guests to huddle in the center of the smoke-filled lobby as they worked to beat the fire back from the building.
Across Gatlinburg and surrounding Sevier County, hundreds of structures were damaged and destroyed – from the Sleepy Bear Motel to Cupid’s Chapel of Love, a tiny wedding venue.
State Highway 441 into Gatlinburg remained closed, and more than 14,000 residents and tourists have been evacuated. At least 45 people were taken to the hospital.
“This is a fire for the history books,” Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller said at a news conference Tuesday.
“A lot of us have heavy hearts about what’s happened here,” Gov. Bill Haslam said at another news press conference Tuesday evening, noting that it was “a little numbing” to take in the extent of the devastation. “This is the largest fire in the last 100 years in the state of Tennessee.”
Still, much of downtown and some major tourist attractions appeared to have been spared. More than 10,000 animals at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg remained safe, even though staff had been forced to evacuate Monday. In nearby Pigeon Forge, some cabins at the Dollywood theme park — co-owned by country singer Dolly Parton, who is from the area — were damaged or destroyed, yet the park remained unscathed after firefighters dug a fire line.
With more than 10,000 people without power, emergency workers cleared debris Wednesday morning and went door to door checking on residents.
“We have not been able to get in all of the areas,” Miller said. “We pray that we don’t experience any more fatalities.”
Jarvie is a special Los Angeles Times correspondent. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Egypt successfully secured the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) approval for the three-year, $12bn loan agreement on Friday. The first instalment of $2.75m has already been received following the IMF executive board’s approval.
The loan payment will be over a 10-year period with an interest rate of 1-1.5%.
Egypt’s economy has been suffering post-2011 revolution; political instability in addition to regional security concerns have had a negative effect, especially on the tourism sector. These factors intensified Egypt’s already existing structural problems, which can be summarised into three main issues.
First, the fixed exchange rates. The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) policy of controlling the Egyptian pound exchange rate against the US dollar had a very negative impact on the economy, leading to lower external competitiveness, depletion of foreign reserves, and foreign exchange crisis, which in turn has affected investments, and led to food shortages.
Second, the sky high budget deficit and public debts as a result of various factors, such as weak revenues, large subsidy bills that are mismanaged and not reaching eligible recipients, combined with a huge public sector wages bill. The current level of deficit and public debt is almost 100% of Egypt’s total GDP.
Finally, low growth achieved in the years following the 25 January Revolution 2011 due to structural issues which have constrained growth and job creation, in addition to declining tourism following the Russian Metrojet incident in October 2015. Egypt has failed to produce enough job opportunities to absorb the several hundreds of thousands of young people joining the workforce annually.
Egypt’s GDP growth peaked in the fiscal year (FY) of 2007/2008 reaching 7.152%, decreasing to 5.139% by FY 2010. It then fell sharply marking a record low of 1.817% in FY 2011, and started to recover in FY 2015, reaching 4.2%. The IMF projects a 4% growth in FY 2017, according to their World Economic Outlook report for October.
Reforms plan to revive Egypt’s growth prospects, unleash economy’s potential
Egypt’s economic reform programme supported by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is, according to managing director Christine Lagarde, “designed to revive growth and make sure it produces lasting changes and inclusive growth”.
The main objective of the reform programme is to restore investors’ confidence in Egypt’s economy. The five pillars of the programme are as follows:
Liberalising the exchange rate system
The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has already floated the currency, moving it from EGP 8.83 to the US dollar to about EGP 16 on Friday. This decision will not only lead to improved competitiveness, increased attractiveness to foreign direct investments, as well as helping exports and tourism, it will also give the CBE the chance to rebuild Egypt’s international reserves.
Reducing energy subsidies
The fuel subsidy bill for the fiscal year (FY) of 2016/2017 stands at EGP 35bn. Energy subsides are mismanaged and do not benefit the poor as much as intended. These subsides also shift production and investments towards high-energy intensive industries, rather than to labour-intensive industries.
Reducing these subsidies will free up resources that can be allocated to high-priority areas such as education, health, and social safety nets.
Reviving the economy by boosting growth
Egypt aims to improve its business climate by implementing reforms to eliminate bureaucracy, ease the required procedures to obtain licences for projects, and make finances accessible to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME). This comes as an effort to increase job creation so as to reduce Egypt’s currently high unemployment rates.
Tax reforms to increase revenues
The value-added tax (VAT), considered the cornerstone of Egypt’s economic reform programme, was approved by parliament in August, in addition to the tax disputes law, and tax administration and development plans to integrate the informal economy and broaden Egypt’s tax base. This aims to fix existing imbalances in the business community, and increase government revenues without negatively affecting the low- and middle-income brackets. The VAT includes exemptions for most staple foods consumed by low-income citizens.
Strengthening social safety nets and social protection
One of the most important aspects of the programme is to increase spending on food subsidies, as well as cash transfers to the elderly and the poor through the Takaful and Karama programmes. About 1% of the GDP from fiscal savings will be allocated to fund these initiatives, in addition to keeping the existing school meals, infant formula subsidies, and children’s medicine subsidies.
Egypt’s prospects for the future
With an efficient and effective implementation of the government’s reform programme, Egypt’s GDP growth can increase significantly to reach 6% by 2021, similar to levels during 2005-2010.
Egypt aims to achieve this result by attracting $10bn in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the fiscal year (FY) of 2016/2017, in order to achieve the government’s targeted GDP growth of 5.2% in the same fiscal year.
Egypt has immense potential owing to a young dynamic population, a large market size, a favourable geographic location, access to important foreign markets, the government’s large investments in the energy sector, in addition to the newly discovered Zohr gas field, all act in favour of Egypt’s growth potential.
On the other hand, high levels of inflation will prove to be a challenge for the government. Egypt’s core inflation rate reached 15.57% in October according to the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE). The International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects that inflation will increase to 18.2% in FY 2016/17; however, it is expected to decline sharply to 7.1% in FY 2020/21.
Egypt’s economic crisis has affected almost every social class, not only the poor. Further, the flotation of the currency lead to an almost 50% drop in its value, which, in turn, has resulted in an increase in the prices of all goods and services. But the government is keen to continue the programme, saying that Egypt can no longer afford any delays.
“These reforms aren’t easy; they will take time to generate gains and benefits. But it’s really worth the journey: implementing them will unleash the economy’s potential and will serve its people” said IMF managing director Christine Lagarde.
Lagarde emphasised that the IMF and the international community’s full support to the Egyptian authorities and the Egyptian people, through every step of the journey of reforms.
Foreign currency flows into Egypt, making reserve’s target of $25-30bn possible
Throughout last week, the government along with the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) specified several confirmed resources for foreign currency, which would help reach the targeted foreign currency reserves of $25-30bn by the end of 2016 previously affirmed by CBE governor Tarek Amer.
Egypt’s foreign reserves stood at $19.041bn at the end of October, according to the CBE.
Egypt has already received the first tranche of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan worth $2.75bn, and is expected to receive another $2.7bn from China after the currency swap agreement between the two countries. Additionally, another $1.5bn will be received from the World Bank and the African Development Bank by the end of 2016.
Moreover, Egypt offered international bonds worth $2bn in the Ireland Stock Exchange through a private placement in favour of the CBE, and will offer bonds worth $2.5bn in international markets, for which it expects to receive revenues before the end of this year.
Around 50% of the total $4.5bn gained through the bonds sale will be added to the CBE’s foreign currency reserves, while the remaining amount will be used by the CBE to repurchase international bonds worth $2bn issued by the Ministry of Finance, according to government sources.
The repurchasing of bonds is a guarantee to investors who bought bonds in the international private placement. Hence, if the Finance Ministry would not be able to repay the value of its issued bonds once they mature, the CBE will waive its repurchased bonds and repay the matured bonds to investors.
Previously, the ministry had announced that the government issued bonds worth $1.36bn with an annual interest rate of 4.62% to mature on 10 December 2017. Additionally, the ministry issued a $1.32bn bond with an interest rate of 6.75% to mature on 10 November 2024, and a bond worth $1.32bn with a 7% interest rate to mature on 10 November 2028.
Minister of Finance Amr El-Garhy said that this step assures the ministry’s commitment to diversify the financing sources specified for the budget deficit, and to ease pressure on domestic funding sources, as well as reduce the cost of public debt.
In September, the Ministry of International Cooperation had said in a statement that Egypt will receive $500m from the African Development Bank by the end of 2016. The ministry also noted that Egypt would receive $1bn from the World Bank before the end of the year which represents the second tranche of a loan worth $3bn.
Egypt has topped a list of Middle East (ME) countries that are safe for tourism and vacations, according to the US government. Other ME countries deemed safe include Jordan, Oman, UAE and Qatar.
In a supplement issued by the Independent ‘Indy 100’, the US government has advised citizens to review the information on the levels of safety for countries around the world, available through US embassies and consulates.
Currently, the regions of lowest safety due to terrorism by the “Islamic State” (IS) group are located in Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Whereas the US government urges citizens to be cautious while traveling anywhere in Europe due to fears of suicide attacks by the IS group.
The report comes just in time, as Egypt seeks to attract tourists from Russia and Western Europe in December, one year after the Russian airplane crash that took place in central Sinai in October 2015.
Starting last November, Russia suspended all incoming flights to Egypt. England then suspended flights going to Sharm El-Sheikh.
Russian and British flights represent around 40 percent of inbound tourism to Egypt annually.
The Egyptian government expects improvement in the tourism sector starting the new year, which will positively reflect on providing much-needed foreign currency in the wake of a decision by the Central Bank of Egypt to float the Egyptian pound against the US dollar earlier this month.
While the total capacity of hotels in Egypt is upwards of 225,000 hotel rooms, 65 percent of those are located in the Red Sea and South Sinai regions, attracting seaside tourism from around the world.
(THIS ARTICLE WAS NOT WRITTEN BY ME, I HAVE SEARCHED THROUGH MY NOTES AND I CAN NOT FIND THE NAME OF THE LADY WHO WROTE IT, IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY THE LADY WAS FROM FRANCE. I JUST DO NOT WANT TO TAKE CREDIT FOR AN ARTICLE THAT I DID NOT WRITE. I THINK IT IS A GOOD ARTICLE, THIS IS WHY I AM REBLOGGING IT FOR YOU TO GET A CHANCE TO READ AND A CHANCE TO SEE THE BEAUTIFUL PICTURES THAT SHE POSTED.)
What to do on the French Riviera: A challenge for Chuck Norris
A week to discover the French Riviera, it says you directly we were struck by the diversity of attractions tourist offer. The offer is so wide and varied that the most difficult to choose remains. Impossible for us to make a choice … So today, to write to you, it relies on the power of Chuck Norris to help us choose. But who is this famous Chuck Norris and just do it in our article on the French Riviera?
Chuck Norris is the one who can do everything, even the impossible. This is for example the kind of guy who scored twice until infinity (yes) or is one who has gained power part 4 in 3 moves. You see a few levels! In short, the US giant, actor and martial artist, seven times world champion in karate and hero of the inevitable TV series Walker, Texas store marked the spirits of a generation. And also our 😉One therefore wonders what would have made Chuck😉
So beware, the humor of this article is a real bias, it does not guarantee anything. If you find that it takes too much to … Potache, nullos or even pathos … please signify and participate in a fundraiser to fund our “humor” training. Thank you in advance😉
The landscapes between land and sea
This is the picture, we found ourselves facing a great difficulty. You know, we love the big and beautiful landscapes, both “Earth” that “Sea” and there, on the French Riviera … Dilemma! In fact, you can hike for hours in the woods of the Natural Park of the Azure Alps and was tested. It was accompanied by Christiane Ray Anezin , in an accompanying incredible mountain. Information and scientific anecdotes, she knows everything about everything and she is adorable.
But you can also walk around the Esterel and its red rocks and eventually dominate the seascape and beautiful shades of blue. We like both but the time is sometimes counted … What would have made Chuck Norris? While this is indisputable, it seems that if Chuck Norris is late, time had better slow down. So we decided to go back but this time accompanied by Chuck on the Coast 😉
The relaxation and sports activities
We were very “activity”. Could spend hours doing nothing in front of the TV (except for watching Walker Texas Ranger) and again we saw the splits of the offer in the territory.
Balance sheet, it is possible to do everything but matter can block ca finances. We therefore relies on Chuck. What would he do? Resolved! More money problem if you travel with Chuck! Indeed, Monopoly Chuck Norris can buy square and jail space.Imagine then, no money problem for him 😉
The observation of animals
Side animals, it is similar. It is exhausting to have to décarcasser as to predict his vacation (pfff strongly the job;).
We were seduced by the Alpha Park that offers of observing wolf packs . We liked the project because, if we are profoundly against the captivity of wild animals, the origin of the idea is noble in our view. Yes the park has a covered teaching . Created to reconcile man and the wolf at a time when it was decimated by shepherds in particular, is a captive granting of space for animals (2 to 8 hectares per pack). We will advise you to go during the time of feeding to observe because, otherwise, you can not see them. A 12 € / person, it’s worth it in our opinion.
Another possibility not least, the Reserve Monts d’Azur . On the plebiscite thousand times. The project is crazy and brilliant at the same time. This is the story of a man, a passionate veterinarian, who hoped that the animals spend life in semi freedom to freedom. He created a reserve in Thorenc (one hour from Cannes) where you can walk you in the middle of European Bison , the deer , the wild horses accompanied.
You can book a safari around 20 € / person or even sleeping next to the beasts that you can see from your bedroom window. And it is even very accessible because you pay € 120 / pers for the night and it includes a safari 1:30, dinner, breakfast each morning and night in a lovely room. We did not know that such an experience was.It’s just amazing. A few days we will return to go there for sure. And this time it happens to Chuck Norris because there we had nothing to choose and we would not want misfortune happens to animals 😉
Hotels: From the charming delusional
Hotel Windsor Nice : Really liked the place. Good location and original. Each room is decorated in a special way and the leg of the famous artist Ben is found throughout the property. We arrived after dark but it seems that there is a beautiful garden in the hotel’s center.
Berries Hotel des Anges in Antibes : We also really enjoyed the place and for different reasons. The hotel is new, the decor is refined and the welcome is warm but the real advantage is in our view the free and unlimited access to the balneo space for hotel guests (rooms from 100 € / night). We took the opportunity! And between the hammam , the sauna , the hot tubs and heated pool , there truly means to relax. In any case we were eased … Whatever may not be enough, surely we will return. We must not neglect its good psychic being right? Say yes! say yes😉
The refined restaurants of the traditional
Chez Huguette in Caille (The Station Audibergue). Traditional mountain restaurant , it was a long time we had not both (and as) ate in a restaurant. It should also go for the atmosphere, the servers are fun archi 😉
The Angelus in Hotel Baie des Anges in Antibes. Here we are on a rather elaborate and refined cuisine . It’s just excellent and again, the service is great.
The restaurant of the hotel Pascal Allos. Returning in the traditional and it does not hurt. We love that. Beautiful plates in perspective 😉
Well now it is time to part and in conclusion, we suggest you either go with Chuck Norris to make your stay as calm as possible and then if you do not know him, invites us and we will do all we can so that your stay is at the top. It’s a good idea right?
Youth Visits Were Made Possible Through the National Park Service “Visiting Our Past” Transportation Grant
Published November 15, 2016
EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA — This year, teens from South Dakota’s Cheyenne River reservation have had the opportunity to visit sites of major significance to the Lakota Nation with the Cheyenne River Youth Project®. In August, they visited Bear Butte (Mahto Paha) State Park and Devil’s Tower (Mahto Tipila) National Monument, and more recently, they traveled to the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills and Badlands National Park.
The trips were made possible with funding from the National Park Service “Visiting Our Past” Transportation Grant. The grant was made available to native nonprofit youth organizations so they could pursue initiatives that would connect young people to the places of their ancestors and introduce them to the work of the National Park Service, and NPS staff worked closely with CRYP to plan the youth visits.
According to Tammy Eagle Hunter, the trips had both educational and recreational purposes. Not only were the teens able to learn more about the cultural significance of each site, they were able to do some hiking as well.
“At Crazy Horse, we visited the Indian Museum of North America and took a bus ride to the base of the monument, where we learned more about Crazy Horse himself, the history of the monument and the minerals inside the rock,” Eagle Hunter said. “Then we went on to Badlands National Park, where we met up with Jesse Short Bull.”
Jesse Antoine Short Bull, a member of the Oglala Lakota Oyate, is a passionate storyteller, particularly where it concerns is Dakota homeland. He participated in the prestigious Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Disney/ABC Screenwriters program in Santa Fe, New Mexico, co-wrote a short film titled “Istinma: To Rest,” and remains involved with both writing and film. Short Bull also co-founded and continues to work with the Native Youth Leadership Alliance, which provides young tribal college students with a safe place to promote culturally based change.
Short Bull talked to the Cheyenne River teens about the Badlands’ Lakota history and cultural connections, and he led the group on an off-trail hike that involved some fossil-finding.
“The kids loved that,” Eagle Hunter said. “Not only did they have the opportunity to hear the stories, and see the beautiful natural and sacred places in those stories, they could actually get out there and engage with the environment. That gave them a level of understanding they would not be able to achieve any other way.”
Cheyenne River’s teens also were able to learn more about NPS management of the sites. And, they discovered ways to build their own outdoor leadership skills in preservation, recreation and education.
“It was a great privilege to share these experiences with our teens, and to help them strengthen their connections as Lakota people to the power of place,” Eagle Hunter said. “Visits like this give them greater understanding of the stories in their oral tradition, and more deeply appreciate the sacrifices of their ancestors. It’s so important to us that our young people feel proud of who they are and realize that, like their ancestors, they are both resilient and powerful beyond measure.”
Archeologists have unearthed two un-looted Maya tombs in the Holmul ruins of Guatemala. The discoveries within the tombs connect with previous artifacts, and shed light on the famous story of influential Maya kings, whose symbol was a snake head.
The tombs were discovered 300 miles (482 km) north of Guatemala City at the archaeological site and ancient Maya city of Holmul. Both tombs date to between 650 – 700 AD, when the Pre-Columbian civilization dominated these lands, and just before it fell. Guatemala played a very important part of Maya history, however, there remain many mysteries, such as why the civilization collapsed. Researchers believe excavations of the many Maya ruins may be the key to unlocking the hidden history.
According to The Guardian , the tombs “miraculously escaped” looters’ tunnels underneath two Maya pyramids. Moreover, at the site they discovered jade-inlaid teeth, an inscribed human tibia and a puzzling, sun-god pendant.
Inside one of the tombs was found a puzzling artifact of a Maya dynasty called ‘The Snake Kings’ due to their emblem. The snake head was a symbol of the family that ruled for several generations about 100 miles (161 km) to north from the tombs in Holmul. This family of ‘snake kings’ warred with another rival family.
Tombs Filled with Rare Finds
One of the tombs was built into a pyramid, which was constructed to cover and surround the building from the fifth century AD. It contained the preserved skeleton of a middle-aged person with teeth inlays made of jade. Archaeologists were surprised to also discover what they believe is a human tibia bone with inscriptions carved into it.
Archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli of Boston University told the Guardian that the inscribed bone is ‘a very, very rare find” and the skeleton “could be from and ancestor or captive of war”. Tooth inlays suggest that the tomb may have belonged to someone from an elite family, as such tooth adornment was custom among Maya royalty, reports ScienceAlert.com
Estrada-Belli believes that epigraphical analysis on the bone will bring even more information.
Pyramid Temple E in Nakum, Petén, Guatemala; Representational image only. ( CC BY-SA 4.0 )
The second tomb, which was discovered in a separate pyramid, also contained the skeletal remains of a middle-aged person. This tomb was decorated with jade artifacts and various vessels. What was most significant was the discovery of a ‘war trophy’ — a jade pendant with an inscription stating that it belongs to a far-away king.
The impressive jade artifact contains the name of a snake king, making it the first discovery of this kind. The inscription reads “Yuknoom Ti’ Chan, Holy king of Kaanul.” It is known that this king was a member of the mysterious dynasty, and its presence in a tomb so far from their region suggests their influence stretched farther than previously thought.
A jade Serpent Head Pendant; representational image only. Mexico, Chiapas or Guatemala, Maya, A.D. 200-900 (LACMA/ Public Domain )
The tombs also contained also a conch shell that had been made into a scribal ink pot and artifacts made of obsidian, ceramics, shells, and jade.
The discoveries can be partly compared to the ones made on another site in Guatemala – Tikal, where the researchers found a similar carved bone that bore inscriptions of the name of a captured warrior. Rosemary Joyce, an anthropologist at UC Berkeley, who was not involved in the excavation, claimed the bones should be examined by anthropologists before confirming it is human or an animal bone.
Discovery of a Maya Mountain Spirit
The ancient site in Holmul, in the Petén Basin is one of the most fascinating places, and excavations have delighted researchers with many rich discoveries over the years. April Holloway from Ancient Origins reported in 2013 on the discovery of a massive Maya frieze at the same site:
“Archaeologists have discovered a giant Maya frieze in the buried city of Holmul in the Peten Basin region of Guatemala. It depicts a mythological setting with a ruler sitting atop the head of a Maya mountain spirit.
The frieze, which measures 8 meters by 2 meters (26 feet by 6.5 feet), is one of the best preserved examples of its kind. There are even traces of red, blue, green, and yellow paints still visible, and there are no missing parts to it, only a small faded corner which is close to the surface.”
The Maya frieze in excellent condition. (Francisco Estrada-Belli photo/Nola.com)
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