Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is a non-profit outdoor garden and wildlife facility located in the North Side District of Grand Cayman Island in the British West Indies. The park is owned jointly by the Cayman Islands Government and the National Trust for the Cayman Islands, a group dedicated to preserving natural environments and places of historic significance in the Cayman Islands. Opened in 1994 with only the Woodland Trail completed, the park now contains the Floral Colour Garden, a Cayman Heritage Garden, a lake, an orchid boardwalk exhibit, a Blue Iguana Habitat. Inside the park is a gift shop and a visitor's interpretive center, the starting point from which visitors can enter the Woodland Trail and other garden grounds. Planning for the botanic park began in the late 1980s with master plans being drawn up by landscape and cultural heritage planner Carl Bray; the park was opened in 1994 by Queen Elizabeth II. At the time of the park's opening, only the Woodland Trail was completed; the park serves the natural conservation needs of the Cayman Islands as a protected area.
The forest surrounded by the Woodland Trail and south of the lake area is protected in order to assist in conserving flora and fauna native to the Cayman Islands. Plants unique to the Cayman Islands have been planted and cared throughout the managed areas of the park; the park forms part of the Botanic Park and Salina Reserve Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because it supports populations of several threatened or restricted-range bird species. It is surrounded by the Frank Sound Forest Important Bird Area; the park's Woodland Trail was the first natural exhibit to open when the park was dedicated in 1994. It is estimated to hold more than 50% of flora native to the Cayman Islands; the trail was built to allow those visiting a unique and safe view of the natural landscape that takes up much of Grand Cayman Island. The four-fifths of a mile long trail encompasses 40 acres and showcases several habitats that feature the rare and native Cockspur trees and Bull Thatch palms.
The trail winds through areas that contain swamp, dry soil, areas where Mahogany trees can be seen reaching across the trail and overhead. About halfway along the trail is the Blue Iguana Habitat and run by National Trust of Cayman Islands Blue Iguana Recovery Program. Through the careful administration and stewardship of the program by the National Trust, repopulation is the program's focus as the Blue Iguana is native to the Cayman Islands still considered an endangered reptile species. Breeding in captivity within the confines of the habitat has been successful since inception and the breeding goal has been set by the National Trust at 1000 and breeding in captivity with an ultimate repopulation goal of 1000; the reptile is seen roaming in the wooded areas surrounding the Wilderness Trail as well as the grounds of the park. The Cayman Heritage Garden showcases plants that have been a part of Caymanian life since settlers first arrived; the garden includes several areas that represent historical agricultural significance in the Cayman Islands.
Among these plants are: root crops and vegetables grown and harvested throughout Cayman history. The Rankine home was restored after being brought to the park and the sand garden planted and developed to display traditional ornamental plants that would be found around such a home on Grand Cayman in the early 20th century; the Floral Colour Garden includes a gravel pathway leading through large stands of wooded areas containing native trees along with open grassy spaces and arbors. The garden was designed to emphasize a specific colour layout beginning with pink and moving into red, yellow, blue and lavender. Arbors and gazebos round out the garden and give it a serene, peaceful look and feel. 56 different butterfly varieties—5 of which are endemic to the Cayman Islands—live on Grand Cayman Island and are seen on and around the colorful array of flora in the Colour Garden. A completed Orchid Garden and boardwalk features ten varieties of orchids, with three of the ten varieties only being found in the Cayman Islands.
One of the three is Cayman's national flower, the endemic Grand Cayman Wild Banana Orchid Myrmecophila thomsoniana var. thomsoniana. Other native orchids on display and growing in the exhibit include the Tolumnia variegata; the lake adjoins the Floral Colour Garden and covers three acres. Prior to the Botanic Park's current state of gardens and natural exhibits existed a natural wetland, part of a Buttonwood swamp. During the planning stage, park developers decided to develop the swampland into a small lake that would serve as an aquatic bird habitat for several species along with the threatened West Indian Whistling Duck; this aquatic habitat at the Botanic Park has become important as the wetlands on Grand Cayman Island continue to be lost to development. With the birds that gather here as well the a
Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya was the second woman officer in Indian Police Service in India, the first being Kiran Bedi. A 1973 batch IPS officer, she was the first woman to become Director General of Police of a state and retired on 31 October 2007 after 33 years of service, she turned to politics and ran as a candidate of Aam Aadmi Party from Haridwar, Uttarakhand in the 2014 Indian general election. Chaudhary was lived in Amritsar and Delhi, she was the first child of Madan Mohan Chaudhary. Chaudhary attended the Government College for Amritsar. Kanchan completed her Master of Arts in English Literature from Indraprastha College, Delhi University, followed by a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia in 1993. In an interview in 2014, Kanchan explains that she was inspired to become a police officer after her father was caught up in a property matter and was attacked. So when she cleared the Civil Services exams, it was clear to her that she would join the Indian Police Services as a path to serving justice.
Chaudhary's career in the Indian Police Services spanned 33 years. She was the second woman to become an IPS officer. In her batch she was the only female trainee, she was the first woman to be an IPS officer in Uttar Pradesh and was the first woman appointed Deputy General Inspector of Police in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. She was promoted to be the first woman Inspector General of the Uttar Pradesh Police, she was the first woman to serve as the Additional Director General of Police in Uttaranchal and was the first woman promoted to be the Director General of Police in the state. Cases that Chaudhary handled in her career included the murder of seven-time national badminton champion Syed Modi in 1987 and the Reliance-Bombay Dyeing case in 1989. During her time as Assistant Superintendent of Police, Uttar Pradesh, she tracked down 13 dacoits in a single year, she investigated several white collar crimes in banks and public sectors. Chaudhary was selected to represent India at the 2004 Interpol meeting in Mexico.
She hosted the 2nd Women in Police Conference on 27 July 2005 in Mussoorie, where the President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam, was the chief guest. Chaudhary presented on the issues relating to the recruitment and continuing of women in police in India at the DGP's Annual Conference and to the Training Heads from across the country on behalf of the Bureau of Police Research and Development. Chaudhary's other interests included participating in dramatics, she made a guest appearance on the TV series Udaan, inspired by her life story. The series was directed by her sister Kavita Chaudhary. On 26 August 2019, Bhattacharya died at a hospital in Mumbai where she had been receiving care during the previous five to six months, her body was cremated at the Worli crematorium in Mumbai. She was survived by two daughters. Uttarakhand Police Director General Law and Order Ashok Kumar paid tribute to Bhattacharya stating, "She was a simple and sweet-natured person who gave us a free hand while we worked under her when she was the DGP."
An official tribute event was held at the department's headquarters on August 27th. President's Medal for Long and Meritorious Services in 1989. President's Medal for Distinguished Services in 1997. Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellent All Round Performance and as an Outstanding Woman Achiever, 2004
David Wright is a retired American soccer defender who played professionally in the USL A-League. Wright graduated from Ballard High School. During his prep soccer career, Wright was a two-time high school state champion and the Kentucky High School Player of the Year. Wright attended Creighton University. Wright played for the Jackson Chargers of the USL Premier Development League during the college off-season. In February 2000, the Miami Fusion selected Wright in the third round of the 2000 MLS SuperDraft. Wright was the last player released during the pre-season. However, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds had drafted Wright in the second round of the 2000 A-League Draft. After leaving the Fusion, Wright signed with the Riverhounds, playing for them until 2003. In 2002, Wright injured his knee in the pre-season and saw time in only nine games during the second half of the season. In January 2004, Wright joined the Rochester Rhinos
Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs is a base of the United States Navy, located in Saratoga County in Upstate New York. Its mission is to provide support services to naval assets within the New York Capitol region as well as those in neighboring Connecticut and Massachusetts. However, it serves the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command students and staff that are located just 7 miles west in nearby Ballston Spa. NSA Saratoga Springs traces its origin to the establishment of Naval Administrative Unit Scotia, NY in 1974 to support the Navy’s nuclear power operations in Ballston Spa, NY. NAU Scotia was moved to Saratoga Springs, NY and renamed Naval Support Unit Saratoga Springs in 1999; the command changed its name to its current iteration when it became aligned under Commander, Navy Installations Command and Navy Region Mid-Atlantic in 2010. The base is located in one of the most scenic areas of the country 35 miles north of the New York state capital of Albany and situated between the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains.
The installation has a full service Navy Exchange, while the installation's branch health and dental clinic, Naval Health Clinic New England share space with civilian health providers off-installation. NSA Saratoga Springs serves an active duty population of 3,000. In addition to its active duty populace, the small installation supports Naval Reservists in several Naval Operations Support Centers and Navy Recruiters within a 50-mile radius, as well as ANG personnel stationed on Stratton Air National Guard Base in nearby Schenectady County. Retirees are eligible for certain services on the installation; this article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Government
My Father's Dragon is a children's novel by Ruth Stiles Gannett, with illustrations by her stepmother Ruth Chrisman Gannett. The novel is about a young boy, Elmer Elevator, who runs away to Wild Island to rescue a baby dragon. Both a Newbery Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, it is the first book of a trilogy whose other titles are Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland. All three were published in a 50-year anniversary edition as Three Tales of My Father's Dragon. In 1997, it was made into an anime film titled, Elmer's Adventure: My Father's Dragon, while the character Boris the Dragon was produced into a Plush toy designed by Sunflower Publishing Company and released in the fall of the same year. Netflix will release a film adaptation in 2021; the narrative mode is unusual in that the narrator refers to the protagonist only as "my father", giving the impression that this is a true story that happened long ago. The other two books in the trilogy are narrated in the third person; the illustrations are by Ruth Chrisman Gannett and hand-drawn in black and white with a grease crayon on grained paper.
Gannett illustrated a number of other children's and adult books, including Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck. The book is in the public domain. My Father's Dragon was one runner-up for the 1949 Newbery Medal, by which the American Library Association annually recognizes the year's best American children's book, it was nominated for the Ambassador Book Award in 1948. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named it one of "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children". In 2012 it was ranked number 49 among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal. In 1997, the book was made into Elmer's Adventure: My Father's Dragon, it starred Yu-ki as Megumi Hayashibara as Boris the dragon. In 2011, the book was adapted into an American children's stage musical by Travis Tagart. In 2018, Netflix announced that the book will be adapted into an animated film by Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon for a 2021 release. Nora Twomey was announced as Meg LeFauve as the film's screenwriter.
A public domain online edition of My Father's Dragon, a 1949 Newbery Honor Book, is available at A Celebration of Women Writers. My Father's Dragon public domain audiobook at LibriVox My Father's Dragon at Project Gutenberg