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2014 Ninoy Aquino International Airport bombing plot

In September 2014, terminal three of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport was the target of a foiled bombing plot. Three individuals were arrested, the motivation was speculated to be related to Islamist militants; the office building is owned by a company owned by Chinese Filipinos. Authorities arrested the leader of the thirteen-year-old organization, a lawyer; the National Bureau of Investigation stated that the arrest was not related to the bomb plot, but to an "attack" on EDSA in 2004. The "attack" is claimed to be a "protest" by the lawyer, who lost in the 2004 Philippine presidential elections; the lawyer stated that he did not want his associates to bomb the airport, but to use the explosives on Chinese ships in the Spratly Islands. The lawyer was released on bail; the lawyer calls his organization "United States Allied Freedom Fighters of the East". Justice Secretary Leila de Lima called the actions of the group "misguided"; the Director General of the National Security Council called the group a "dubious organisation led by delusional leaders."

The Philippine Armed Forces called the bomb plot "comic relief", while the National Bureau of Investigation did not dismiss the attack. The three arrested individuals were charged with illegal possession of explosives. All were represented by a single lawyer, with ties to the Marcos presidency, who claimed that the three are fall guys in a plot by the Aquino Administration to create instability to allow the constitution to be amended so that President Aquino can serve more than one term; the charges were endorsed by the Department of Justice, but charges of illegal possession of firearms were dropped. Following the bombing plot, an unrelated kidnapping of a Chinese teenager, the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning advising its nationals not to travel to the Philippines

Norman George

Norman George is a Cook Islands politician and former Speaker of the Cook Islands Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister, Cabinet Minister. George was born in Atiu in the Cook Islands, he worked as a police officer, first for the Cook Islands Police and for the New Zealand Police, before working as a lawyer in Rarotonga. He was first elected to the Cook Islands Parliament in 1983. Between 1984 and 1989 George was a cabinet Minister in the coalition governments of Tom Davis and Pupuke Robati, holding the portfolios of Foreign Affairs, Parliamentary Services, Cook Islands Development Bank and Attorney General. In 1992 George was expelled from the Democratic Party after a dispute over spending, he established the Alliance Party. The party, rebranded as the New Alliance Party, won four seats at the 1999 elections, George became Deputy Prime Minister, he was sacked from that role after he defected to the opposition in October, 1999, but regained the position in exchange for his party's support of Terepai Maoate as Prime Minister.

The New Alliance Party subsequently merged with the Democratic Alliance Party, George held several portfolios in the coalition government of Robert Woonton before being sacked again in 2002. A series of scandals over conflicts of interest, the apparent sale of a residency permit to New Zealand developer Mark Lyon, a court case over "double dipping" saw George decline in popularity; when the Democratic Party did not select him as a candidate for the 2004 elections, he split from the party and established the Tumu Enua Party, but failed to win reelection. Following his election defeat George was appointed Speaker of the Cook Islands Parliament, he subsequently returned to Parliament in a by-election as an independent aligned with the Cook Islands Party, was re-elected in the 2006 elections as a CIP candidate. George was not given a Cabinet position; as a result, he became an independent again. Profile at Cook Islands Parliament

Chlorocebus

Chlorocebus is a genus of medium-sized primates from the family of Old World monkeys. Six species are recognized, although some people classify them all as a single species with numerous subspecies. Either way, they make up the entirety of the genus Chlorocebus. Confusingly, the terms "vervet monkey" and "green monkey" are sometimes used to refer to the whole genus Chlorocebus, though they refer more to species Chlorocebus pygerythrus and Chlorocebus sabaeus neither of, the type species for Chlorocebus; this article uses the term Chlorocebus for the genus and the common names only for the species. The native range of these monkeys is sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and Ethiopia south to South Africa. However, in previous centuries, a number of them were taken as pets by slavers, were transported across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean islands, along with the enslaved Africans; the monkeys subsequently were released and became naturalized. The descendants of those populations are found on the West Indian islands of Barbados, Saint Kitts, Nevis and Saint Martin.

A colony exists in Broward County, Florida. The dorsal fur of Chlorocebus monkeys varies by species from pale yellow through grey-green brown to dark brown, while the lower portion and the hair ring around the face is a whitish yellow; the face and feet are hairless and black, although their abdominal skin is bluish. Males have red penis; the monkeys are sexually dimorphic, wild adult males range from 42 to 60 cm and females are 30 to 49.5 cm, including a tail measuring 30 to 50 cm. Males weigh from 3.9 to 8 kg and females weigh from 3.4 to 5.3 kg. Unlike the related guenons, Chlorocebus species are not forest dwellers. Rather, they are semiarboreal and semiterrestrial, spending most of the day on the ground feeding and sleeping at night in the trees. However, they must drink each day and are dependent on water, so they are never far from rivers or lakes. Like most other Old World monkeys, they have cheek pouches for storing food, they are diurnal, are active in the early morning and in the afternoon or early evening.

Chlorocebus monkeys live in multiple male/multiple female groups, which can be as large as 76 individuals. The group hierarchy plays an important role: dominant males and females are given priority in the search for food, are groomed by subordinate members of the group, they exhibit female philopatry, a social system whereby the females remain in the same home range where they were born, males leave once sexually mature. These monkeys are territorial animals, a group can occupy an area of approximately.06 to 1.78 km2. They use a wide variety of vocalizations, they can with warn off members of other groups from their territory, they can warn members of their own troop of dangers from predators, using different calls for different predators. Monkeys scream. Facial expressions and body posturing serve as additional communication tools, their social interactions are complex. Where alliances can be formed for benefit, deception is sometimes used. Physical affection is important between family members.

Chlorocebus monkeys are, along with baboons, the most omnivorous of the primates. They will eat leaves, seeds, grasses, fruit, flowers, shoots, bird eggs, lizards and other vertebrate prey, their preferred foods are fruit and flowers, a seasonal resource, varied to cope with changes in food availability. On the island of Saint Kitts, they will steal brightly coloured alcoholic drinks left behind by tourists on the beach. Many tourists have found out these monkeys will deliver a powerful bite if they are cornered or threatened. In Africa, the documented attacks by these monkeys are rare when compared with dog attacks, in spite of living closely with humans and being threatened by humans and their dogs. To signal mating readiness, the female presents her vulva to the male. Since groups are made of several more females than males, each male mates with several females; the male will display a striking, light-blue scrotal pouch, most prevalent during the mating season. Males do not take part in raising the young.

The dominance hierarchy comes into play, as the offspring of the more dominant group members get preferential treatment. The gestation time is about 163–165 days, births are of a single young; the births happen at the beginning of the rainy season, when sufficient food is available. The young are weaned at about six months of age and are mature in four to five years; the life expectancy of the green monkeys is 11–13 years in captivity, about 10–12 years in the wild. In the Caribbean islands, interactions between humans and monkeys are sometimes problematic. On the island of Barbados, farmers complain about the monkeys damaging their crops, many try to find ways to keep them at bay. On Halloween 2006, a monkey was suspected of causing an eight-hour blackout; the monkey climbed a light pole and tripped an 11,000- and 24,000-volt powerline. In Africa, many monkeys are killed by powerlines, vehicles, shooting and hunting, both as a food source and as a source of traditional medicines. Added to this, an increase in desertification, loss of habitat due to agriculture and urbanisation has occurred.

As a result, the population numbers in troops are declining in urban areas to an average of between 15 and 25 indivi

Chittaranjan Park

Chittaranjan Park, is an affluent neighborhood in South Delhi, home to a large Bengali community. It was established in the early 1960s under the name EPDP Colony or East Pakistan Displaced Persons Colony, renamed after the deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das in the 1980s. Nowadays it is considered among the posh localities in New Delhi Today due to a rise in the market price of its plots. Despite its growing cosmopolitan nature, it remains home to a large Bengali community, is home to Kolkata-style street-food stalls, Bengali cuisine, fish markets and cultural centers, it hosts cultural events. Durga Puja is the most celebrated festival here. In 1954, an association was formed for the inhabitants from East Bengal who were displaced from their homes in East Pakistan during the Partition of India and the associated. A large group of government officers hailing from the erstwhile East Bengal migrated to Delhi and lobbied for a residential neighbourhood. Leading roles were taken by Chandra Kumar Mukherjee, Subodh Gopal Basumallik, Ashutosh Dutta, Bimal Bhusan Chakraborty, the Chief Election Commissioner, Shyamaprasanna Senverma.

In the 1960s, land was assigned in a barren rocky area in the then-distant Southern areas. Members were required to provide some documentation of their residential status, were required to be "already residing in Delhi and gainfully employed in the capital"; the role of Delhi Development Authority i.e. DDA need some mention here. Many people who could not afford to build a house in their plot of land got DDA to build houses for them and they paid off the cost of construction as instalments every year; the original layout had the two-thousand odd plots, divided into eleven blocks A-K, along with a number of markets and cultural spaces. However, in the 1990s, 714 displaced families were accommodated among those who had not been able to meet the earlier deadline; this resulted in new blocks, called M, N, O, P, K-1, K-2, Pocket 40, Pocket 52 and Pocket-K. The main thoroughfare of the colony is Bipin Chandra Pal Marg. Institutions of note are a branch of the Raisina Bengali School, Kali Mandir, Bangiya Samaj and Chittaranjan Bhawan.

Chittaranjan Park is bordered by Greater Kailash I and II, Alaknanda and Govindpuri. It is adjacent to the business centre at Nehru Place; the present Chittaranjan Park area was known as EPDP Colony and subsequently it was changed and named PURBACHAL and called CHITTARANJAN PARK. The colony was founded with plots going to migrants from East Bengal, but over time, the demographics has become a little more pan-Indian, though it continues to attract other Bengalis in general, it has emerged as the most important outpost of Bengali culture in the capital. There is an explosive growth of South Delhi property prices and many famous builders step into this area for the development of infrastructure; the first wave of Bengali settlers came to a Delhi in the late early 1800s. Another essential requirement was that of a Kali Bari; the first Kali Bari of Delhi is the one at Tis Hazari. The idol and Kali Bari were first established in 1826 but the temple was destroyed during the 1857 revolt; the idol was salvaged and a temple built in Roshanpura.

The space started to fall short to accommodate the devotees, land was bought and the present temple built at Tis Hazari in 1917. There are few Durga bari. Moreover, few other temples of Bengali faith are built in different parts of New Delhi and NCR; the first private Durga Puja in Delhi was celebrated in 1842 by one Majumdar of Rajshahi, followed by some other Puja celebrations that continued for a few years. The first baroyari Puja is that of Kashmiri Gate, first started in 1910 and still celebrated with the same fervour and traditions. Kali Bari in Mandir Marg temple built in 1930; the Big wave of Bengali settled when Calcutta and Delhi were first connected by train in 1864, thereafter with the shifting of capital to New Delhi in 1911, the shifting to government employees' followed logically. The Next big wave settled in 1947 and 1971. Employees from central government departments like Post and Telegraph, Government of India Press, Accountant General of Central Revenues and Railways were settled in Timarpur.

Over time, many employees, after retirement, settled in Karol Bagh and WEA, in South Delhi. Chittaranjan Park however remains a major centre of Bengali cultural life in New Delhi, the best part is its evening life in the markets and on the streets people doing AddA - a favourite Bengali bhadralok pastime; the Durga Puja celebrations are renowned for cultural functions. The major Durga Puja celebrations are B-Block, Kali Mandir, Co-operative Ground, Mela Ground, Navapalli. Auditoriums at Chittaranjan Bhawan and Bipin Pal Bhawan host performances of Bengali theatre and music, which are occasionally held in the Shiv/Kali Mandir; the week of Durga Puja sees performances by well-known artistes and troupes from West Bengal and Bangladesh as well as performances from group of local people residing at C. R. Park. Chittaranjan Park is home to one of the city's main markets for freshwater fish, an integral part of Bengali cuisine, a large Kali temple, several cultural centres

James Blanding Sloan

James Blanding Sloan known as Blanding Sloan, was an American etcher, theatrical designer, educator and puppeteer. J. Blanding Sloan was the first son born to Alexander C. Sloan, a physician and Alabama native, to Henrietta O. Blanding, a Virginian. At the age of 12 he acted in his first play. By 1910 he was studying at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, where he was made a teacher of color composition, he worked with the renowned color printmakers George Senseney and Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt and exhibited for the first time in 1914 with the Chicago Society of Etchers. In 1912 he began his secondary career in theatre scenery and costume design for The Players Workshop of Chicago, where he created sets for Maxwell Bodenheim and Ben Hecht. Just after America entered World War I he was arrested for posting signs which urged young men not to register for the military draft, but to claim exemptions as conscientious objectors. A year he moved to New York City, where he worked in over a dozen Broadway productions, including the Ziegfeld Follies, as well as The Greenwich Village Follies.

In 1923 Sloan and his second wife, Mildred Taylor, left New York intending to start a grand tour of Asia by driving across the United States. Due to his temporary illness the couple decided to settle permanently in the San Francisco Bay Area, where during the next two decades over forty major exhibitions of his work were enthusiastically received; the public demand for his etchings and block prints was so great that a catalogue raisonné was published in 1926. His subject matter was sometimes decorative, but he focused on controversial social and religious issues. By far his most extraordinary undertaking was the creation of a puppet theatre, where he intended to produce "original plays" for children, such as Rastus Plays Pirate, but by 1928 he transformed the idea into the Marionette Theatre Association for adults. At first he and Ralph Chesse produced classic works by Shakespeare and Eugene O'Neill, but in April 1929 Sloan decided to push the boundaries of censorship and staged Heavenly Discourse by Charles Erskine Scott Wood with anatomically correct nude puppets.

In one scene God fondled a naked Eve. The "anarchist Sloan" was arrested and the production closed several times, but continued to sold-out audiences, his next production, the West Coast premiere of Sky Girl, portrayed an abstract world run by robots 50 thousand years in the future. He used his theater to run foreign films, banned elsewhere. Beginning in 1924 the Sloans established a second residence south of the Bay Area in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, at that time the largest art colony on the Pacific Coast. Here Blanding was hired by the University of California Extension Division to teach summer classes in etching, theatre design, painting, he contributed his prints to exhibitions at the Carmel Arts and Crafts Club and staged puppet performances for the local children. In 1929 his linoleum-cut prints were reproduced in The Carmelite; that same year he and his wife established Carmel's first international film festival and screened The Light of Asia, the story of Buddha's life with an all-Indian cast, Hollywood Extra – 9413, a "very modern" psychological drama produced by the abstract Yugoslav painter Slavco Vorkapic.

By 1931 the Sloans had moved to Los Angeles where there were opportunities to exhibit his prints and work on theatre and puppet productions as well as in Hollywood. In 1938 Blanding was appointed a Regional Theatre Director for the Federal Theatre Project of the WPA, but resigned eighteen months to become Supervisor of the National Youth Administration for the American Southwest. During World War II he and his protégée, Wah Chang, created the East-West Film Company and produced a variety of films, including an interview and performance by the legendary singer Leadbelly as well as The Way of Peace, a controversial film funded by the Lutheran Church depicting the destruction of the world by nuclear weapons; the latter may have caused his dismissal from the Disney Studios. By 1948 he was living in Altadena, in the mid-1960s moved to Berkeley, to the nearby town of Canyon, where he died at the age of 89. Stage set designer New York. Marionette Theater Artist studio San Francisco 1928-1929 Etchings and Wood Block Prints by Blanding Sloan, organized by the Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, December 31, 1926 – January 14, 1927, at New Orleans Museum of Art