Tomorrow, May 20th, during President Donald Trump‘s diplomatic visit to Saudi Arabia, bro-country superstar Toby Keith will play a free show in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. An outspoken supporter of the embattled POTUS, Keith was one of the (very) few mainstream artists Trump was able to recruit for his inauguration celebration earlier this year.Toby Keith has built a massively successful country career on songs like “I Love This Bar,” “Whiskey Girl,” “Drunk Americans,” and “Beer For My Horses.” But for this empirically bizarre performance, there will be no bars, whiskey, drunk Americans, or even girls in sight (although there may, in fact, be some horses around somewhere). That’s right: In keeping with the Middle Eastern country’s strict adherence to a conservative interpretation of Islamic law, there will be no women allowed at the performance.Saudi Arabia adheres to a conservative interpretation of Islamic law: Alcohol is strictly prohibited, unrelated men and women are required to be segregated in public, and women are forbidden from doing a number of things that men can do, including driving a car and, apparently, going to see Toby Keith concerts.The Associated Press reports that in addition to the concert, Saudi Arabia has arranged for an extensive schedule of events for Trump’s two-day trip. The various public figures involved in the itinerary include Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir (who has previously been indicted as a war criminal by the International Criminal Court), Fox News anchor Bret Baier and, of course, nobody with a vagina.Of course, the barring of women from the performance is a symptom of the social climate in Saudi Arabia and not necessarily a reflection of Keith’s or Trump’s personal views (though POTUS’s history of sexist behavior is well-documented). That said, just the thought of a sweaty, sober, Trump-ified sausage fest in the sweltering Saudi Arabian heat headlined by Toby Keith makes Fyre Fest seem like Heaven on Earth.[via NBC][Cover photo via Reuters (Trump), Bio.com (Keith)]
When life handed eight-year old Abby lemons, she turned them into her dream kayak.Abby grew too big to fit into her kayak, and her parents told her that she would need to help contribute toward a new boat. Abby took their words to heart and started a lemonade stand to earn money to buy a new kayak.I met Abby a little over a month ago when I stopped by the lemonade stand she set up near the Cheoah River. I was so moved to see a little girl chase her dreams, her eyes wide and full of hope, that I went home and spent a Saturday night writing a blog post about Abby and her plan to turn lemons into a new pink Dagger Axiom.Blue Ridge Outdoors readers responded, rallying for a little girl with a big dream. Momentum built and news of Abby and her lemonade stand reached the good folks at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (“NOC”) and Dagger. Chris Hipgrave from NOC, reached out and told me that NOC was partnering with Dagger to make Abby’s dream of a new kayak come true. He said, “There are so many parts of this story that I think are really cool, from a kid that saw something she really wanted and set out to get it to parents giving her a really valuable life lesson.”Last Thursday at a surprise party at NOC, female pro paddler Adriene Levknecht presented Abby with a custom made pink Axiom Dagger and helped her outfit it. Abby’s entire family attended, including her ninety-three year old grandfather.Abby was so surprised by the gift that she actually pulled her dad aside and asked him if he had brought the money she earned from selling lemonade so she could pay for the boat.One of the instructors who volunteers with the Nantahala Racing Club (“NRC”) to teach aspiring young paddlers, Kesha Thompson, said, “I think it is the first time I have seen Abby speechless.”Afterwards Abby brought her new boat to the NRC’s after school kayaking session. After the river session, Abby celebrated her birthday with her kayaking buddies, building sand castles and eating cupcakes with blue and red swirled icing along the river’s edge. According to her dad, Abby hasn’t stopped talking about her new boat. “She let us know that her boat WAS NOT going to stay in the garage with mine, but that it was going to hang on the wall in her bedroom. But not too high so she could get it down and go paddling.”Abby also informed her parents that this boat would never be sold and if she has a little girl someday she’ll let her use it. Her dad sent me an email. “To say she loves the boat would be an understatement. It is so awesome.” He thanked me for writing the initial story about Abby.But really I’m the lucky one. In a world too often consumed by negativity and defeatist views, Abby reminded us that there is another way. An eight -year old showed the world that dreams come true when we believe more in hard work than in doubt. She taught us to look at every lemon with a big-heart and seek possibility.More from Mountain Mama:
But other Sumatran tigers were not as lucky. A female Sumatran tiger was found dead on February 19 in a wire trap in a forest in Seluma, Bengkulu, in yet another incident that has drawn attention to the already critically endangered species.In Aceh, local authorities are investigating the death of an endangered Sumatran elephant found at an oil palm plantation in Ranto Peureulak on April 15.The elephant was found just one day after a Sumatran elephant was brutally killed in Kelayang in Indragiri Hulu, Riau. The elephant’s face was severely mutilated, though its tusks were still intact. Environment authorities suspected that the elephant had been considered a pest by locals as it had been separated from its herd, which lives in the Southeast Tesso elephant area of Riau’s Tesso Nilo National Park.Read also: Elephant found dead, mutilated in RiauIllegal trade and human-animal conflict have largely caused people to hunt endangered species, raising calls to end wildlife trade and improve investigation into illegal trade.”We need to be more introspective and vigilant in maintaining the balance of the ecosystem during the COVID-19 situation. Wildlife has an important role to play in the environment and therefore we need to preserve nature and its contents,” Indra said.Far from the jungle, zookeepers in Bali continue taking care of five Komodo dragons and nearly 1,200 birds in Bali Bird Park despite having no visitors as a result of social distancing efforts and flagging tourism.The zoo has been temporarily closed to the public since March 23 and will remain closed until further announcement, Bali Bird Park general manager Pande Suastika said recently. Pande said the zoo had to put a portion of its expenses on “pending” to sustain the business, maintain its employees and take care of its wildlife.The zoo now employs 10 out of 35 caretakers daily in alternating shifts to take care of and feed the animals. He said the zoo had implemented safety protocols, such as disinfecting the area two to three times a week, since avian influenza first broke out years ago and it will continue to do so during the current COVID-19 outbreak.“Because we are a conservation institution, we have to protect the nation’s assets because wildlife is the country’s asset, not ours,” he said.Meanwhile, in Jakarta’s Ragunan Zoo, staff are taking care of at least 2,100 animals despite the zoo having been closed to the public since March 14 in light of the pandemic. Ragunan business promotion and development manager Ketut Widarsana said on Thursday that the zoo would remain closed until further notice.Caretakers, who now work in alternating shifts, are also wearing masks while feeding the animals or cleaning zoo cages and surrounding areas with disinfectant and carbolic acid. Zookeepers have also been spraying disinfectant once a week, more often than only once a month under normal conditions, Ketut added.Read also: Covid, Quarantine among names suggested for newborn animals in Colombian zooResponding to the news on a tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo in the United States that tested positive for COVID-19, Ketut ensured that veterinarians had checked the zoo animals and reported that all of them were in a healthy condition as of Thursday.In a broader context, the pandemic has reignited calls to stop wildlife trade that has been a hotbed for zoonotic disease transmission, including in Indonesia. The Bronx Zoo case has also raised concerns about whether humans can transmit the virus to animals.Various studies showed that human encroachment on natural habitats had allowed infectious zoonotic diseases to transmit between wild animals and humans, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) microbiology researcher Sugiyono Saputra said.Yet at least 60 percent of infectious diseases were derived from animals, and more than two-thirds of them came from wildlife, he said on Tuesday.”What is clear is that, when these [human activities triggering zoonotic diseases] are still very common, the risk of new diseases emerging will still be present,” Sugiyono said.In Indonesia, a 1990 law on natural resources conservation stipulates that anyone involved in “trading, keeping, distributing or killing protected species” is liable to five years’ imprisonment with a fine of Rp 100 million (US$6,410). But environmentalists have criticized the provision for being too lenient as most offenders received less than a year of prison time.The government and the House of Representatives agreed to revise the 1990 law in 2016 to place heavier sanctions on hunters and traders. But the government later backtracked its effort as it told the House to omit the bill in the priority list of the 2020-2024 National Legislation Program (Prolegnas).Topics : Five-year-old Sumatran tiger Corina had one of her legs stuck in a wire trap for at least three days at a forest in Teluk Meranti, Pelalawan, Riau before she was found by a rescue team on March 29.The wires had slit her leg close to the bone, completely tearing her leg muscles. Doctors say animals like her often get their legs amputated because it is extremely difficult to recover from such severe wounds.“But she is lucky that her tendons are still in good condition, so there is a chance she will recover, provided the recovery process goes smoothly and there are not any secondary infections,” the Environment and Forestry Ministry’s biodiversity conservation director Indra Exploitasia said in a recent statement. A Flourish chart Corina is among around 600 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, Population Viability Analysis data by the ministry showed. While under intensive care, Corina can now be seen sleeping, eating, licking her wounds and bathing in a small pool at a local rehabilitation center in Dharmasraya, West Sumatra, according to authorities.Corina’s story reflects one of many attempts to preserve Indonesia’s diverse biodiversity despite mobility restrictions implemented as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, with Indonesia having the sixth-highest number of “threatened” species globally with 1,654 species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list.
Comments As Massimo Ferrin prepared to take a free kick just a few strides away from the right corner flag, he gazed into the penalty area. On Saturday against No. 18 North Carolina, the senior provided the service for SU’s first headed goal from a set piece all season, courtesy of Sondre Norheim. With 20 minutes remaining in the first half on Tuesday night, Ferrin aimed for the 6-foot-4 junior once again.Ferrin fizzed the ball into the box and Norheim found it, but the junior’s header was cleared off the line by Connecticut’s Jake Dengler. Later in the second half, Ferrin nearly set up another headed goal as SU center back Dylan McDonald rose above everybody and directed his effort inches wide of the left post. The Orange’s set piece woes, which up to that point included 83 corner kicks without a goal on the season, looked to remain.Nine minutes into the second half, Ferrin and Norheim combined once again to end that streak. This time, Ferrin whipped the ball into the near post, where Norheim met it and drilled it into the bottom left corner. “It’s hard to mark when you get into a good position and the ball is placed right there,” Norheim said. “(Ferrin) knows where different guys are going to run, where we’re going to end up. He knew I was going to end up in that position.”The junior’s second goal in as many games lifted Syracuse (5-3-4, 1-2-2 Atlantic Coast) past Connecticut (4-8-1, 1-2 American), 1-0, in the Orange’s first match at SU Soccer Stadium since Sept. 27. The victory maintains SU’s undefeated home record and marks its third shutout of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s about attacking the ball,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said about set pieces. “We could have had a couple tonight. With Dylan, with Sondre, with Nyal (Higgins), we’ve got some dangerous options.”Within a quarter-hour, Syracuse had already won two corners thanks to its high press on the Huskies’ backline and goalkeeper. Each time, Ferrin trotted to the corner flag and assumed the position to take the kick. Instead of delivering the ball to where the Orange’s defenders could try and get a head on it, Ferrin opted to play the ball short. First, he tapped it to Ryan Raposo, who played Julio Fulcar through for a closer crossing opportunity. Fulcar’s service dribbled right at UConn’s first defender, who cleared it upfield. Less than two minutes later, Ferrin tried another short corner, but the resulting cross from Raposo came nowhere near an orange jersey. “We thought that they were really letting us play, almost daring us to,” Ferrin said about the decision to play short corner kicks. “Later, we wanted to whip a few in. Second half, I put a good ball in and Sondre went up and put it in.”After its first two tries, the Orange avoided the short corner tactic for the rest of the game. They recorded eight more corner kicks, six of which Ferrin sent into the penalty area. Those led to four shots, including Norheim’s goal.“Free kicks around the box and corner kicks have always been something I have loved to do,” Ferrin said. “Nyal, Dylan, Sondre, you give these guys 50-50 balls and they’re going to win them the majority of the time. It’s all about the quality of the service.”Each practice, the Orange dedicate time to taking corner kicks and free kicks around the penalty area. While SU does practice specific plays, the emphasis is on repetition for both the kick-taker and those in the box, McIntyre said. Matt Orr dominated set pieces to start the season, but Ferrin has assumed the role as the Orange’s primary taker.On Syracuse’s goal, Ferrin knew exactly where Norheim was going to be, but it was up to the striker to provide a quality cross. So many times this season, the execution on corner kicks has not been there, whether it be an inaccurate cross, a mistimed header or strong defense by the opposition. On Tuesday night, the Orange finally got one in“We tried a variety of different corners tonight,” McIntyre said. “It was a simple one that was put into a dangerous area, and Sondre went and got it.” Published on October 15, 2019 at 11:07 pm Contact David: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+
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