Daily Archives: January 6, 2018

Dakar Rally: Al-Attiyah takes early lead for Toyota, Loeb delayed

Two-time Dakar Rally winner Nasser Al-Attiyah topped the opening Lima-Pisco stage of the 2018 event, as Sebastien Loeb struggled with an early brake problem

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Aprilia must 'redefine goals' for 2018 MotoGP season – Espargaro

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Peugeot: Dakar Rally map rule changes for 2018 'unsportsmanlike'

Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin says Dakar Rally rule changes banning maps in the cars are “unsportsmanlike” and a ploy to derail the pre-event favourite

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Drew Barrymore Plays Dress-Up for InStyle’s February Cover Shoot

Laura Brown continues to overhaul InStyle and despite taking it in a more commercial direction, our forum members still find joy in its covers (well… most of them). After a rather lackluster Zendaya cover for January, the publication dials it up a notch with cover girl Drew Barrymore for February 2018. Photographed by Anthony Maule, Drew poses up a storm in the eye-catching newsstand cover (below) wearing sequined Céline while adorably recreating some of her childhood photographs throughout the accompanying editorial.

US InStyle February 2018 : Drew Barrymore by Anthony Maule

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Our forum members loved seeing Drew play dress-up. “Drew looks fabulous here. I love her expression and the pose is fire. And I’m honestly always here for her, she’s a genuine movie star and a throwback. Plus, she’s not all over the place these days, so I’m looking forward to what she has to say,” wrote happycanadian upon seeing the cover.

“I’m into this! At least it’s not her with a goofy grin and ringlet hair as usual,” appreciated Lucien122.

Lola701 was also a fan. “I love it so much! I love her, I love the attitude and I love that she is wearing something from one of my favorite collections of Spring 2018. I hate to use this word but this is fierce!”

“I’m actually very fond of this cover (love the color combination, Drew’s pose, how she’s styled and the slight movement). I find the whole concept of Drew’s cover story quite charming and I thoroughly enjoyed looking through the photos. A thumbs up from me!” voiced vogue28.

Per usual, not everyone liked the art direction. “I like the image, she’s looking fierce! But the layout is horrible,” kokobombon posted.

“A gorgeous photo ruined by a horrible layout. I wonder how much they’re paying for this terrible art direction,” wondered MON.

US InStyle February 2018 : Drew Barrymore by Anthony Maule

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Termites Put An End To A Large Scale Recycling Effort

Termites Put An End To A Large Scale Recycling Effort

Termites are more than just evil critters that destroy households. Although termites cost homeowners millions, or even billions of dollars in property damages each year, termites are also known for their ecological significance. Termites benefit the natural environment tremendously by converting otherwise damaging dead plant debris into organic fertilizing material that promotes vegetation growth. It could be said that termites provide a natural recycling system that is essential for ecological health. Considering the recycling service that termites provide it is ironic that termites have recently prevented tons of wood and other materials from being recycled into other usable materials. In the city of Edmonds, Washington, recycling center officials are refusing to accept termite-infested wood debris. Hundreds of tons of wood debris was going to be recycled in order to avoid adding tons of reusable materials to already overfilled landfills. Thanks to termites this government-planned recycling program will not take place.

City council officials in Edmonds recently outlined a plan to demolish the rundown Civic Field grandstand. The plan was going to proceed in two phases. The first phase was going to involve the collection of recyclable materials from the grandstand rubble. The second phase involved the demolition of the remaining structures that contained materials not suitable for recycling. Unfortunately, recycling center officials will not accept the reusable debris. This is understandable given that all of the reusable debris is infested with termites. Recycling center officials are turning away the debris in order to prevent termites from infesting recycling centers. According to Carrie Hite, Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the demolition will now only occur in one phase, as termites threw a wrench in the city’s environmentally friendly recycling effort. Council members feel relieved about the early discovery of the termite infestation. Although wasting tons of reusable materials is environmentally tragic, the termites could have become much more problematic if the city’s recycling warehouses became infested with termites.

Do you believe that termites could have spread across large regions of the country if the recycling plan had gone ahead in spite of the termite infestation?

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Video: Speedflying at Night in Chamonix

Speedflying (aka Speed Riding) is the combination of skiing and paragliding down a mountain. The combination of the two activities opens up opportunities for skiers to soar over sections of a mountain that would normally be impossible to shred, while safely dropping off big cliffs along the way. In the case of this video, the skier is Valentin Delluc, who decides to add 20 meters of LED lights to…

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The breakdown in Mexico's narco underworld is putting politicians in the line of fire

Mexico Guerrero homicide crime scene

  • Politically motivated killings are nothing new in Mexico, but 2017 saw the most in the past decade.
  • Those killings come as criminal groups fragment and as the country gears up for nationwide elections in summer 2018.
  • The killings and the election renew focus on the complex links between criminal and political power in Mexico.

2017 is set to be Mexico’s most violent year on record, with 23,101 homicide cases opened during the first 11 months of the year. These homicide cases can contain more than one victim.

A number of categories of crime saw increases in 2017, but the year also proved to be the deadliest in the past decade for Mexico’s politicians — with the final days of December seeing a spate of attacks against current, former, and prospective officials.

On December 24, an activist from the center-left party Citizens’ Movement was found shot dead in western Jalisco. On December 28, Saul Galindo, a state congressman and mayoral candidate from the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, was shot and killed in the same region.

On December 29, Arturo Gomez, the PRD mayor of the town of Petatlan on Guerrero’s Pacific coast, was shot three times through a window of a restaurant where he was dining with friends, dying later at a hospital.

Mexico City marine soldier crime scene

December 30 saw three killings. Juan Jose Castro Crespo, a former state congressional candidate from the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, was killed in Baja California. Gabriel Hernandez, a town-council member from the PRD in Jalapa in Tabasco, was found stabbed to death in his home. Mariano Catalan Ocampo, a PRD member who was municipal director of general services and was expected to run for mayor, was shot in the downtown of tourist city of Zihuatanejo on Guerrero Pacific coast.

On December 31, Adolfo Serna, a PRI mayoral candidate, was shot dead in his hometown of Atoyac de Alvarez, also on Guerrero’s Pacific coast, just hours after posting a Facebook message urging locals to unite to improve society.

Political killings have long plagued Mexico

Mexico has seen such killings in quick succession before. In the weeks leading up to national and legislative elections in June 2015, three candidates for mayor or council positions were killed in different parts of the country.

Throughout Mexico over the past decade, 112 current or former elected officials, including mayors and council members, have been killed, according to Mexico’s National Association of Mayors.

President Felipe Calderon of the right-wing National Action Party, who was in office from 2006 to 2012 and intensified the crackdown on drug trafficking, had 49 elected official killed during his tenure. Eighteen of those killings, the most in a year under Calderon, came in 2010. 2011, one of the most violent years on record in Mexico, had nine political killings.

Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto controversy scandal

Sixty-three of those deaths have come under President Enrique Peña Nieto of the PRI, who took office in December 2012. His first two years in office saw the second- and third-most killings of his tenure, despite homicides nationwide falling considerably during both years. 2017 was the deadliest of those five years, with 21 mayors or former mayors killed.

Ninety of the 112 killings over the past decade have taken place in municipalities with less than 10,000 residents and with between 10,000 and 50,000 residents. These localities are often characterized by limited institutional development, a lack of public-security resources, and the presence of organized crime, according to the National Association of Mayors.

Links to organized crime

In states where organized-crime groups are active or influential, politicians and officials are often threatened in order to secure their cooperation. In some cases, they develop ties to those groups. (Numerous PRI governors have been accused of corruption or of having ties to organized crime.)

Politicians killed and homicide cases in Mexico

According to judicial complaints, many of those officials killed have been threatened by drug traffickers who wanted protection for their illicit operations.

The National Association of Mayor’s president, Enrique Vargas del Villar, said the principal reason for the killing of most municipal leaders was refusing to collaborate with organized-crime groups

“This shows the breakdown of institutions due to the penetration of organized-crime groups that apparently try to influence the electoral process,” Miguel Arroyo Ramírez, a lawyer and founding member of an anti-crime civil-society group, told The Washington Post.

“When someone appears who doesn’t share their interests or has different interests, these groups don’t have the slightest hesitation in eliminating those who are inconvenient,” Ramírez said.

Politically motivated violence against elected officials and civilians alike is nothing new in Mexico, but the killings at the end of 2017 come just months before July 1 elections for president, more than 600 lawmakers, and thousands of positions in states around the country. They have also taken place amid the fragmentation of criminal groups around the country, which are breaking down in to smaller, usually more volatile groups.

“Organized crime has become more politicized because it’s become more local,” Alejandro Hope, a security consultant and former official for CISEN, Mexico’s civilian intelligence agency, told Bloomberg. “They’re more concerned about who wins and who loses elections.”

Since 2006, 49 officials from the PRI have been killed, while the PRD has seen 27 killed and 16 from the PAN have been slain. Twenty elected officials from other parties have also been killed.

Javier Duarte Mexico governor PRI Veracruz

Four of the five political figures killed during the final days of 2017 were affiliated with the PRD, prompting the party’s leadership to denounce the violence and demand the government address the country’s rampant insecurity.

“It’s indignant that these events are happening during an electoral process,” party chief Manuel Granados said in a statement. “We call on all three branches of government to find a path to peace and security.”

PRD secretary general Angel Avila Romero called on authorities to cooperate with the national electoral council to establish a violence-prevention strategy, “because we are six months from the presidential election and of course these attacks against our members are taken as a warning against participating.”

SEE ALSO: Grisly displays in a Mexican tourist hub underscore spiraling narco violence

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Daytona 24 Hours 'Roar' test: Albuquerque leads for Action Express

Filipe Albuquerque ended the first day of the pre-Daytona 24 Hours test fastest for Action Express Racing

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