FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Chris Jefferson and Houston Baptist’s Christopher Welch were named the Southland Conference Indoor Men’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday. All Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.The Bearkats claimed a first-place team finish out of a 16-team field in their season-opener at Texas A&M’s Ted Nelson Invitational in College Station, Texas. Houston Baptist also opened its season at the Ted Nelson Invitational, where Welch posted one of two HBU school records set over the weekend.Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Chris Jefferson, Sam Houston State – RSr. – Houston, TexasJefferson kicked off his senior indoor season in style at the Ted Nelson Invitational, taking first-place finishes in both the 60-meter and 200-meter events. His performance in the 200-meter race set a school record and became the fastest 200-meter time in the country at 20.85. The senior’s win in the 60-meter event was clocked at a 6.71 clip, a mark that ranks first in the Southland Conference and stands as the 12th fastest in the country.Honorable Mention: Ryan Cleary, Abilene Christian; Cliff Resias, Southeastern La.; Tyler Smith, McNeese; Daniel Armstrong, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Christopher Welch, Houston Baptist – Fr. – Dickinson, TexasIn his collegiate debut, Welch broke the Houston Baptist program record in the triple jump. The freshman obliterated the previous mark by more than a foot and a half with a 49-10.5 distance. Welch’s triple jump performance stands first in the Southland and 21st in the nation.Honorable Mention: Antonio Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin; Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian; Zach Seaman, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
The owner of a tropical butterfly farm is in a race against time to save hundreds of butterflies from freezing to death.Clive Alcorn of Tropical World in Letterkenny has imported the exotic winged wonders which come from around the world.But the businessman is now being forced to build a greenhouse within a greenhouse to protect the butterflies before his attraction opens this weekend. Clive revealed that the freezing Irish weather has already claimed dozens of the stunning creatures.“This time last year we were actually opening vents to let some cool air in.“It’s simply too cold for the butterflies as they turn from pupa. They need about 25 degrees of heat and it is simply not there.“We are trying to build a smaller greenhouse within a greenhouse so the butterflies can survive for the moment. “We have a large greenhouse but it is simply too expensive to keep heated all the time during the freezing conditions. It takes about six litres of oil an hour.“We’re now looking to build a greenhouse within a greenhouse so the butterflies can survive and the public can view them inside the smaller greenhouse.“Hopefully the temperatures will increase soon and we can release the butterflies into the open area,” he said.Clive, who opened Tropical World in 2011, imports his butterfly pupae from around the globe.They include the Scarlett Swallowtail from the Philippines, the Blue Grassy Tiger from South Asia and the Great Mormon from South Asia. Clive is still hopeful he can release 200 butterflies before he opens Tropical World this Friday and hundreds more throughout the season.“We’re hoping the weather will pick up but the forecast is for more freezing temperatures and snow but that’s Donegal and Ireland for you.“Hopefully it will turn and the place will come alive with some of the most butterflies on the planet.“It’s a great sight to see children running around being able to see these magnificent creatures close-up,” he said. BUSINESSMAN IN RACE TO STOP EXPENSIVE BUTTERFLIES FROM FREEZING TO DEATH was last modified: March 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:butterfliesfreezing weathertropical world
On August 24, 2018, the Spanish government took a step closer to exhuming the remains of former dictator Francisco Franco and removing them from the memorial near Madrid where they have lain since he died in 1975. The memorial has long been a subject of debate.To some surprise, socialist Pedro Sánchez came to power as prime minister in June, replacing Mariano Rajoy and his conservative administration.Within days of taking office, Sánchez announced that his government wanted to move Franco to a more modest burial place, as part of an effort to atone for the civil war that tore Spain apart and the brutal repression that followed the conflict.Flowers above Franco’s tomb.The memorial, a basilica and its giant stone cross, dominate the Valle de los Caídos, or Valley of the Fallen. They were built by Franco to honor those who “fell for God and Spain” in his 1939 victory in the Spanish Civil War.But some say the memorial was built using forced labor from political prisoners between 1940 and 1958.Francisco Franco.Exhumation of Franco has aroused protests from right-wing parties and the Franco Foundation. While Friday’s approval was a victory for Sánchez and his new government, the Senate must approve the decree before it can be implemented.“The government has approved a decree that modifies two aspects of the 2007 [Historical Memory] law,” said Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo at a press conference Friday following the cabinet meeting.Tombstone of Gen. Francisco Franco, Caudillo of Spain, buried in the Shrine of the Valley of the Fallen.“The decree will permit the exhumation of the remains of the dictator Francisco Franco from the place where the victims of the conflict lie,” she said, referring to the Valley of the Fallen monument.“Having the tomb of Franco there means a lack of respect and peace for the victims who are buried within,” Calvo said. “Democracy is not compatible with a state tomb that honors the memory of Franco.”Top 5 Female Spies of WW2The Franco family will be given 15 days from August 31st to propose a new burial site, and should they fail to do so, the Spanish government will choose a “dignified and respectful” place for him to be reinterred, Calvo said.Asked why the government has chosen to do this now, Calvo answered: “We are late with this, we are all late with this, us too, but this government headed by Pedro Sánchez will not be late.”Valley of the fallen church, the place where the dictator Francisco Franco is buried.The site is near the town of San Lorenzo de el Escorial, about an hour’s drive northwest of Madrid, and is one of Europe’s largest mass graves, housing the remains of at least 33,000 people.According to The New York Times, “Most had fought for Franco, but the monument also contains the bones of many of his Republican opponents who were anonymously dumped there, some of which were allegedly gathered from mass graves across the country in order to swell the numbers.”Some families are demanding that their loved ones be returned to them for proper burial. This could lead to mass exhumations.A statue of Franco in Santander that was removed in 2008Paul Preston, a British historian and biographer of Franco, told The New York Times that Spain was an anomaly in Europe in keeping a “place of pilgrimage for its fascist dictator” — there are no monuments to Adolf Hitler in Germany or in Austria and no memorial to Benito Mussolini in Italy.Among the more than 250,000 visitors to the Valle de los Caídos each year, Mr. Preston said, many are devotees of Franco “brought up to believe that he was a benefactor for Spain.”San Lorenzo de El Escorial, SpainThe right-wing Franco Foundation, which promotes a positive interpretation of the Franco regime, has long opposed any plans to move the leader’s remains. Juan Chicharro Ortega, president of the foundation, said that the past should be left alone by politicians.A banner reading ¡No pasarán! Madrid will be the graveyard of fascism from the Siege of Madrid. Photo taken by Soviet journalist Mikhail Koltsov.In a Facebook post, the Franco Foundation pledged to take legal action against the government if it passes and implements the decree, which it believes violates Spain’s constitution.Read another story from us: John Lennon’s Assassin Denied ParoleThe military general governed the country from 1939 until his death in 1975 after leading nationalist forces to victory in the Spanish Civil War, a conflict in which half a million people lost their lives.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.