Mardi Gras parade honors New Orleans’ tricentennial

first_imgRex and Zulu are the two major parades in New Orleans on Fat Tuesday, which is a state holiday.Families jam the sidewalks and camp out in the broad medians to watch with small children often perched in wooden seats atop ladders near the front.Tuesday’s forecast was for cloudy skies, temperatures in the 60s (15 Celsius), and a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms, which carry the threat of stopping parades.The holiday climaxes a two-week Carnival season, which draws about 1 million visitors and pumps about $840 million into the city’s economy, according to the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. It also means two weeks of 12-hour, no-vacation shifts for the city’s police, who are reinforced by 165 state troopers and officers and deputies from half a dozen nearby areas.Neighborhood organizations are among the first groups out on Mardi Gras. There’s St. Anne’s parade, an eclectic walking parade and the North Side Skull and Bone Gang, which wakes people up and tells children to behave.The Half-Fast Walking Club, organized by the late clarinetist Pete Fountain, rolls and strolls to the Quarter from the Commander’s Palace restaurant.Then comes the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, a historically African-American group that parades in blackface and grass skirts. After Zulu comes Rex which is followed by two “truck parades” with floats built on flatbed trailers and decorated by the families, neighborhood groups and other organizations riding in them.The family party along the parade routes generally ends after the parades, but the French Quarter’s rowdier Mardi Gras continues until midnight, when a wedge of mounted New Orleans police officers clears the streets. Brandy Catrett kisses her daughter Ashley Reynolds, a patient at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, outside the facility during the Krewe of Thoth Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. The krewe’s original parade route was designed specifically to serve people who were unable to attend other parades in the city. The route is passes in front of several extended healthcare facilities. Carnival season will culminate on Mardi Gras day this Tuesday, Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) A float makes its way through the streets during the Krewe of Thoth Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. The krewe’s original parade route was designed specifically to serve people who were unable to attend other parades in the city. The route passes in front of several extended healthcare facilities. Carnival season will culminate on Mardi Gras day this Tuesday, Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) A military drill team marches during the Krewe of Thoth Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. The krewe’s original parade route was designed specifically to serve people who were unable to attend other parades in the city. The route passes in front of several extended healthcare facilities. Carnival season will culminate on Mardi Gras day this Tuesday, Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)center_img NEW ORLEANS | Tens of thousands of revelers are expected on New Orleans streets for parades and rowdy fun as Mardi Gras caps the Carnival season in a city with a celebration of its own, its 300th anniversary.The anniversary of this Louisiana port city will feature prominently in Fat Tuesday’s festivities.Rex, New Orleans’ oldest parading Carnival group, is celebrating the tricentennial with 21 of its 28 floats commemorating its history from those who lived in the area before Europeans settled it in 1718 to the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Other floats in the Rex parade include one for St. Louis Cathedral, the descendant of a church built the year of the city’s founding, and the yellow fever, which killed more than 41,000 people between 1815 and 1905. Patients from Children’s Hospital of New Orleans wave for beads and trinkets outside the facility during the Krewe of Thoth Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. The krewe’s original parade route was designed specifically to serve people who were unable to attend other parades in the city. The route is designed to pass in front of several extended healthcare facilities.Carnival season will culminate on Mardi Gras day this Tuesday, Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)last_img read more

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More transparency needed

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Ex-NRL star Valentine Holmes acquired by New York Jets as NFL dream inches closer

first_imgHaving spent the past three months at Florida’s IMG Academy learning how to train and play American football, Holmes along with six other international athletes trialled for scouts of all 32 NFL sides last week, competing for one of four spots available among the AFC East sides.Holmes clearly impressed scouts – with rumours mounting he was sought after by the Jets, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.With the Patriots, Dolphins and Buffalo Bills this morning announcing that they had signed their allocated players, Holmes was revealed as the 11th member of the Jets’ practice squad.That will mean that Holmes is ineligible to compete for the Jets in the 2019 NFL season. However, the allocation is a huge step into sealing a deal with a professional side.The news is ironic for the former Sharks, Australia and Queensland fullback, known to be a fan of the New York Giants, his new side’s local rivals.last_img read more

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EPA Holds One-day Dialogue on “Gaborone Declaration” Today

first_imgA High level Panel comprising an international environmental delegation under the Gaborone Declaration Secretariat and the Government of Liberia will today, August 18, hold a one-day formal discussion in Monrovia on the implementation of provisions in the Gaborone Agreement.The Gaborone Declaration ensures that the contribution of natural capital to sustainable economic growth, maintenance and improvement of social capital and human well-being, are quantified and integrated into development and business practice.Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan will deliver a special statement on Liberia’s position at the opening of the meeting, while Finance and Development Minister, Amara Konneh, will speak on behalf of the Liberian Government at the close of the meeting.An EPA release said the executive director of the agency, Anyaa Vohiri, will make presentation on natural resource from the perspective of the environment in Liberia with respect to the Gaborone Declaration Agreement.The forum, according to the release, will seek to present the proposed five outcomes to be pursued under the Gaborone Declaration, present factual baseline information collected regarding national ongoing initiatives that contribute to the Gaborone Declaration action statements, identify country priorities and how the secretariat can support them.It is expected to also encourage the appointment of focal points for countries that have not yet done so, and introduce the secretariat among others.It can be recalled that in May 2012, Liberia, Botswana, Ghana, Namibia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Gabon, Kenya and South Africa signed the Gaborone Declaration reaffirming their commitment to implement all conventions and declarations that promote sustainable development.Meanwhile, members of the Environmental Delegation in Liberia include Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Senior Policy Advisor, Conservation International; Jaco Venter, Senior Technical Director, GDSA Secretariat; Margarita Mora, Regional Manager for Latin America, Conservation Stewards Program; and Lina Barrera, Senior Director, International policy, Conservation International.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GALLERY: Inquirer Sports’ best photos of 2019

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Relive the action, drama and celebration captured by INQUIRER Sports lensmen Tristan Tamayo, Sherwin Vardeleon, August dela Cruz and Earvin Perlas.Gilas Pilipinas women huddle during the 3×3 women’s basketball event in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNOVEMBER 27, 2019: Philippines’ Chima Uzoka soars for an interception against Myanmar’s Ye Min Thu. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonDECEMBER 1, 2019: Philippines’ Marian Capadocia connects a backhand against Indonesia. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonDECEMBER 3, 2019: Philippines’ Francisco Solis (red) exchange blows with Indonesia’s Widiyanto Yusuf (blue) during the men’s Sanda 56 kg category in the Wushu competition final in the 30th South East Asian Games 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonThe Philippines’ Carlos Yulo competes in the men’s Artistic Gymnastics Horizontal Bars during the 30th Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER PHOTO/Sherwin VardeleonThe Philippines’ Wally Divine (blue) celebrates after defeating Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Chinh (red) during the women’s Sanda 48 kg category in the wushu competition final in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonThe Philippines’ Haniel Abella celebrates after defeating Singapore to claim the gold medal in the Women’s Team Epee Fencing of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonThe Philippines’ Junna Tsukii (red) celebrates after defeating Vietnam’s Dinh Thi Huong (blue) to claim the gold medal of the women’s Karatedo -50 kg of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonThe Philippines’ Haniel Abella fights against Singapore’s Cheryl Lim during the Women’s Team Epee Fencing of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonThe Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial fights with Vietnam’s Nguyen Manh Cuong during the 30th Southeast Asian Games men’s middleweight (75 kg) event. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonThe Philippines’ Christian Concepcion settles for silver against Vu Than An of Vietnam in the men’s fencing individual sabre in the 2019 SEA Games at the World Trade Center. INQUIRER PHOTO/AUGUST DELA CRUZThe Philippines’ Mar Vincent Diano celebrates after scoring against the Timor-Leste team during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games at Binan Football Stadium on Wednesday. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Earvin PerlasThe Philippines’ Hidlyn Diaz competes in the women’s snatch 55kg weightlifting at the 30th SEA Games 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonADVERTISEMENT PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 MOST READ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday When Pops met Martin’s son Santino ‘People evacuated on their own’ View comments Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Serena Williams, Wozniacki to play doubles in Aucklandlast_img read more

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That National Dialogue on Domestic Violence (Part 2)

first_imgDear Editor,The Caribbean Voice is inviting the First Lady to become lead partner in the Lay Counsellor Training Programme to be launched next year. With the First Lady in charge, this programme can truly be national in scope, and result in gatekeepers being in all communities — individuals who can proactively tackle all forms of abuse and suicide.Also, The Caribbean Voice is considering a national campaign to address domestic/intimate partner violence and femicide. Elements of this campaign are expected to include flyers (200,000 flyers) and posters (10,000), as well as focus groups across Guyana supported by the lay counsellor programme, our ongoing workshops, information dissemination and advocacy.Again, with the First Lady as lead partner in this effort, tremendous success can be achieved.We also urge the First Lady to include a module on mental health in all training programmes planned by her office. This would be more cost effective than separate mental health training. Besides, given that upwards of 200,000 Guyanese suffer from one or more mental health-related issues; that both suicide and all forms of abuse have mental health components; and that hundreds of thousands of other Guyanese have to deal with loved ones who suffer from mental health issues, mental health training becomes a critical necessity.The bottom line is that much of what we have had so far is rhetoric, pageantry, photo ops, and similar arid activities that waste scarce resources without impacting the issue in any fundamental way. So please, Madam First Lady, please do use this National Dialogue opportunity to start a process of concrete change.As a woman, wife and mother, you can far better empathise with the plight of our women folk; and as the First Lady, you have the capacity and scope to transform talk into action; not piece-meal, selectively and ad hoc, but concertedly, nationally and continually.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

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Who paid for Sandra Granger’s trip?

first_imgDear Editor,Who paid the expenses of First Lady Sandra Granger, Director of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe and accompanying entourage for the visit to attend the commissioning of ExxonMobil’s Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, Liza Destiny, in Singapore?I could not ascertain from the media reports to date and I would appreciate the information before further comment or speculation.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img

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DIODATI EARNS U SPORTS WEEKLY HONOURS

first_imgStory Links  Print Friendly Version FB: TORONTO TOUCHDOWN! After the D force the fumble, Daniel Diodati finishes it off! Blues lead the No. 6 @CURavens 19-10 with 1:55 to go in the first half. @UofT @UofTKPE @OUAsport @USPORTS_FB @UofTBluesFB pic.twitter.com/G1hgPK8Qzg— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) September 22, 2018 For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Second-year University of Toronto Varsity Blues receiver Daniel Diodati has been named the U SPORTS football special teams player of the week for the period ending September 23.Diodati racked up 158 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in the Varsity Blues football team’s heated contest with the No. 6 nationally ranked Carleton Ravens on Saturday afternoon at Varsity Stadium.The sociology major made five punt returns for 128 yards, including a beautiful 99-yard return for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. Diodati’s first major of the day came off a five-yard rush in the second quarter.A native of Etobicoke, Ont., Diodati also hauled in six receptions for 25 yards on the day.FB: TORONTO TOUCHDOWN! Daniel Diodati with a 99-yard punt return for his second major of the day! The Blues trail the @CURavens 32-26 with 5:56 to go!@UofT @OUAsport @USPORTSca @USPORTS_FB @UofTBluesFB pic.twitter.com/VEAMufp3Gy— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) September 22, 2018last_img read more

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Give Pogba time, Mourinho reiterates

first_imgSpeaking to Sky Sports exclusively prior to the Red Devils’ EFL Cup fourth-round tie with Manchester City at Old Trafford on Wednesday, Mourinho laughed off the notion that Pogba’s struggles are due to the formations United have employed so far this season.“He can play in so many positions. The problem is not the position. The problem is not the tactical system,” Mourinho said.“The problem is, in my opinion, somebody that comes from a different style of football and needs this time to be at his best level in football that is really difficult to play, especially for midfield players.“I think it is really difficult to play or adapt from different realities, but he is a phenomenal player.“He has unbelievable potential. He has years and years to develop his game, so that expectation and investment from the club is based on that – a super player for the next seven or eight years.Mourinho added that he was well aware that the 23-year-old French international wouldn’t be the finished product when he was signed from the Turin club, even though a world record transfer fee was needed to convince Juventus to part with their star midfielder.“He’s getting better and better and better at every level,” Mourinho added“That’s our expectation. We don’t expect Paul to arrive here and the next day to be unbelievable. But the other thing is that we trust him so much that we pass to him this kind of feeling.“He is a very self-confident boy too, so we are living well with the critics, if you want, and we know what the critics are.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pogba tells Mourinho to play him in attacking role.PHOTO/AFP.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 26 – Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho feels star signing Paul Pogba needs time to adjust to life in England as well as playing in the English Premier League.Following a record £89million move from Juventus in August, Pogba has been widely criticised for his performances at United so far this season.last_img read more

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‘We have to make them fear again’ – LVG admits Man United no longer scare teams

first_imgLouis van Gaal admits Manchester United have lost their fear factor.United have endured a woeful campaign and are reeling from back-to-back defeats to Premier League strugglers Sunderland and Danish minnows FC Midtjylland.They take on side Shrewsbury Town on Monday night in the FA Cup, and Van Gaal accepts the League One outfit are unlikely to be frightened by the prospect of taking on his team.When asked ahead of the contest if teams do not fear United anymore, Van Gaal said: “When you see the last two games it is maybe like that.“But then we have to make them fear again. It is a question of winning matches in a row.”After the match at Shrewsbury, United host Midtjylland on Thursday in leg two of the European tie, then have a Premier League home clash against Arsenal three days later.Winning all three fixtures – with the Europa League result sufficient to send them through – would be a major boost, some momentum having been built up again and the club remaining in the hunt for two trophies as well as a top-four finish.But with talk having surged once more over the last few days of his tenure nearing an end and Jose Mourinho being set to replace him, a bad week results-wise will surely leave Van Gaal’s position looking precarious.And the performance in Denmark on Thursday is likely to have only increased Shrewsbury’s belief they can make it another miserable night for United on Monday.Van Gaal says he would welcome the League One side thinking, on the evidence of Thursday, that the task ahead may be easier for them than they had previously suspected.“I hope so because then it’s a benefit for us,” he said.The 64-year-old, who has a lengthy list of players unavailable for the tie, has emphasised the importance of his side being mentally prepared to raise their performance level significantly after the poor showing at Midtjylland, against opponents he feels could pose them similar problems.He said: “You cannot continue with losing and the question is how we are lifting ourselves for this game because Shrewsbury shall also fight (like Midtjylland) for the second balls and play direct and that kind of thing, and you have to cope with that.“You have to keep the ball better and not give unnecessary losses away.”While stressing winning the Europa League is a more important target for United given the route it provides into next season’s Champions League, Van Gaal has also expressed his particular “personal wish” to win the FA Cup, given his CV already features a UEFA Cup triumph but no English trophy.United have not lifted the FA Cup since 2004.And when asked if they should be viewed among the favourites to win it this season, Van Gaal said: “It’s not a question of being a favourite.“It is a question of you having to see every match as a match that you have to win.”talkSPORT has live and exclusive national radio coverage of Shrewsbury v Manchester United on Monday night, kick-off 19:45 Louis van Gaal 1last_img read more

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