Smoky Mountains National Park to Demolish 29 Historic Cabins; Preserve 19 Others

first_imgElkmont is a historic portion of Great Smoky Mountains National Park once home to a resort and logging community.Residents of the community have been gone for decades, but the cabins built to house them still remain as visible reminders of a bygone era.The National Park Service allowed the families who owned these cabins to retain them until the early 1990s. Since then, the cabins have sat vacant, slowly deteriorating.Now, big changes are in store for the historic structures as NPS has announced its intention to demolish 29 of the cabins and restore and preserve 19 others.“They are stabilizing those structures, and by the end of this year we hope that they will be open for public access,” said park spokeswoman Dana Soehn.Of the cabins slated for razing, Soehn said, “we hope to have the contractor selected by early March and then start that demolition process.”According to Soehn, park officials are taking special precautions to preserve hardware within the cabins, things like window seals, lighting fixtures and door knobs that are unique to the era in which they were built, before the demolition takes place.Once the project is underway a few popular trails in the areas of Jake’s Creek and Little River will be temporarily shut down.last_img read more

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Salvadoran Gangs Offer Insulza Partial Disarmament as Part of Unprecedented Truce

first_imgBy Dialogo July 16, 2012 On July 12, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza held a prison meeting with leaders of El Salvador’s feared gangs, who promised him “partial disarmament” as a “gesture” in the context of an unprecedented truce they began four months ago. Amid heavy security measures, in a room in La Esperanza penitentiary in northern San Salvador, Insulza spoke in private with the leaders of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Mara 18 (M-18), who gave him a list of requests and announced their offer. “We’ve agreed to make a new gesture of good will, with which we hope (…) to contribute to restoring social peace (…); it consists of a symbolic partial disarmament,” they stressed in a joint statement, read to the press by one of the leaders of M-18, Carlos Mojica Lechuga. Insulza, who concluded a two-day visit to El Salvador to learn about the evolution of the truce on July 13, announced that the organization will design a procedure for carrying out the partial disarmament. “An appropriate reception mechanism has to be designed, some things should be verified, there are weapons that might be linked to crimes committed previously, it’s of interest to know the origin of the weapons, it will be necessary to design a procedure,” Insulza said after meeting with President Mauricio Funes. “I’ve received their proposals, I’m very impressed with what I’ve heard, it was a very significant meeting, (the truce) is a work in progress, but we’re going to give it all possible support,” Insulza stated, describing himself as “very hopeful.” The gang leaders declined to specify the number or type of weapons, but they said that they would turn them over to Insulza to be melted down and made into a monument, through military chaplain Fabio Colindres and former guerrilla commander Raúl Mijango, the mediators of the truce. One of the leaders of MS-13, Carlos Tiberio Valladares, confirmed to the press that they directly asked Insulza for the Organization of American States (OAS) to “be a guarantor of the process (so that) it leads to social peace.” MS-13 and M-18, which have links to drug trafficking and have sowed terror in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, agreed in March on a truce that, according to official data, has helped to cut the average daily homicide rate from 14 to 5.6, although sectors of society question its real effectiveness. For analyst and academic Juan Ramón Medrano, the greatest challenge is the “maintenance” of the truce and “preventing more young people from joining gangs.” The state should “take away from them” the “territories they control” with social projects, he noted. Despite the fact that as part of the truce, the gangs decided in May to halt the forced recruitment of young people and declared disputed schools “peace areas,” crimes and the disappearances of students have continued, according to human-rights organizations. Nevertheless, Mijango noted to AFP that in the first 123 days of the truce, 1,077 deaths were prevented, and there was a “significant reduction” in gang extortion targeting private individuals, retailers, and transportation workers.last_img read more

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Klopp named LMA Manager of the Year

first_imgTopics : “We had breakfast. I’m not sure how much he remembers but I remember because for me this moment was like meeting the Pope. It was absolutely great and from that first season we clicked.”I didn’t think at this moment I would have a trophy in my hands named after him.”Chris Wilder, last year’s winner of the award, settled for the runner-up spot this time after Sheffield United’s impressive first season back in the Premier League.Meanwhile, Klopp wants to retain a lean squad to ensure Liverpool remain competitive next season.The Reds boss used 24 players in the Premier League this term.Klopp gave chances to some of the club’s academy players in the FA and League Cups to cope with fixture congestion.But he believes keeping as small a core as possible keeps the players on their toes.”The solution cannot be to have a much bigger squad for the specific moment and then realize you cannot use all the players,” Klopp said.”These players can only play the football they play because they know they are needed.”They are all human beings and nobody can be held back for a year and then on the last day of the year be told, ‘Now we need you’.”In between now and then there must be a lot of training and support and challenges stuff like this.”The size of the squad is not that important to me, the quality of the squad is very much so.” “Jurgen, fantastic,” Ferguson said on Sky Sports. “We speak about Leeds spending 16 years in the Championship, but Liverpool 30 years since winning that league, incredible.”You thoroughly deserved it. The performance level of your team was outstanding. Your personality runs right throughout the whole club. It was a marvelous performance.”I’ll forgive you for waking me up at 3.30am to tell me you have won the league! Thank you, but anyway, you thoroughly deserved it. Well done.”Former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp said of Ferguson: “I know it’s not 100 percent appropriate as a Liverpool manager but I admire him. I remember he was the first British manager I met.center_img Jurgen Klopp was voted the League Managers’ Association Manager of the Year on Monday after ending Liverpool’s 30-year wait to win the Premier League.Klopp led Liverpool to the Premier League title in the same season they were FIFA Club World champions.The German’s award was announced by former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson, after whom the trophy is now named.last_img read more

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