In the late 1940s I was given a delightful little puppy, who I named Zip. Zip was a Scottish terrier with short legs and a wiry coat of black hair with a strip of white under his chin. He was a confident, independent, spirited and friendly little fellow. He loved to be outside to run, walk and play. Zip followed me everywhere, and we journeyed together, with me on my bike or just walking along with him. Without me knowing, he would at times venture out alone in the old neighborhood, but he always came home. It was a simpler time in Baton Rouge and the neighborhood was like family, with everyone knowing and enjoying a little fellow like Zip. Our next-door neighbor was a wonderful lady who happened to have 18 cats. I never counted them; I just took her word. Well, Zip got his exercise chasing those cats. He never caught one, of course, having short legs and slow speed. I often told him that he really did not want to catch one. I am not sure he understood, but if he happened to … [Read more...] about Human Condition: Zip was quite the little traveler
United States officials traveled to Haiti over the weekend in order to meet with Haitian officials following the assassination of the Haitian president last week. As reported by The Hill, authorities from the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and State as well as the White House National Security Council (NSC) went to Haiti to look into the security status of the country and help with the investigation. “NSC spokeswoman Emily Horne said that U.S. officials met with Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph and Prime Minister-Designate Ariel Henry in a joint meeting ‘to encourage open and constructive dialogue to reach a political accord that can enable the country to hold free and fair elections.’ The U.S. delegation also met with Joseph Lambert, who leads Haiti’s Senate,” the outlet noted. “The delegation reviewed the security of critical infrastructure with Haitian government officials and met with the Haitian National Police, who are leading the investigation into … [Read more...] about U.S. Officials Travel To Haiti After President Assassinated, Don’t Send Military Assistance | The Daily Wire
Australians wanting to go overseas or return home will have access from Tuesday to an international proof-of-vaccination certificate, bringing overseas travel a step closer as the country nears the first major vaccination milestone in the recovery plan. Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand’s South Island will resume from midnight on Tuesday after agreement from Victoria and NSW. Australia is also in talks about expediting a so-called “green lane” travel agreement with Singapore. So far, 84.6 per cent of Australians aged 16 and over have had one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, and 67.8 per cent are fully vaccinated. Health Minister Greg Hunt said a “very critical part of the road map” is approaching when the first dose figure passes 85 per cent and when 70 per cent are fully vaccinated. In a joint ministerial statement, the federal government said the vaccine passport will enable fully vaccinated Australians to travel overseas. READ MORE: Air New Zealand adds … [Read more...] about Australians to access international Covid-19 vaccination passports from Tuesday
After a few weeks of riding Evolve Skateboard's new Hadean Carbon All Terrain board, I had no doubt about its ability to traverse most terrains I could throw at it. What I still had doubts about regularly was whether I would be able to keep my feet planted on the board throughout it all. The Hadean Carbon is an incredible machine capable of speeds up to 26 miles per hour, with 7-inch pneumatic tires that can handle city streets, dirt paths and grass fields with ease. As I became more accustomed to the board, my eyes continued to grow wider to the places I wanted it to take me. The problem became not whether the board could take me where I wanted but if I would be able to hang with it on the journey. I spent my review time with a pre-production model, so it's a bit unfair to judge it heavily on specifics of the fit and finish. The few rough spots I encountered, such as a hidden charging connector, were all due to early manufacturing issues that have been addressed in shipping units. … [Read more...] about The most thrilling ride ever: Evolve Hadean Carbon electric skateboard
Miami — Venezuela's government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with its opponents in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro who prosecutors believe could be the most significant witness ever about corruption in the South American country. Jorge Rodríguez, who has been heading the government's delegation, said his team wouldn't travel to Mexico City for the next scheduled round of negotiations. The announcement capped a tumultuous day that saw businessman Alex Saab placed on a U.S.-bound plane in Cape Verde after a 16-month fight by Maduro and his allies, including Russia, who consider the Colombian-born businessman a Venezuelan diplomat. A few hours after news of Saab's extradition blew up Venezuelan social media, six American oil executives held on house arrest were taken back to jail by security forces — a sign that relations between Washington and Caracas could be upended after months of quiet diplomacy since … [Read more...] about Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally’s extradition to U.S.