A weasel is a mammal of the genus Mustela of the family Mustelidae. The genus Mustela includes the least weasels, stoats and mink. Members of this genus are active predators, with long and slender bodies and short legs; the family Mustelidae is referred to as the "weasel family". In the UK, the term "weasel" refers to the smallest species, the least weasel. Weasels vary in length from 173 to 217 mm, females being smaller than the males, have red or brown upper coats and white bellies, they have slender bodies, which enable them to follow their prey into burrows. Their tails may be from 34 to 52 mm long. Weasels feed on small mammals and have from time to time been considered vermin because some species took poultry from farms or rabbits from commercial warrens, they do, on the other hand. They can be found all across the world except for Australia and the neighbouring islands; the English word "weasel" was applied to one species of the genus, the European form of the least weasel. This usage is retained in British English, where the name is extended to cover several other small species of the genus.

However, in technical discourse and in American usage, the term "weasel" can refer to any member of the genus, or to the genus as a whole. Of the 17 extant species classified in the genus Mustela, 10 have "weasel" in their common names. Among those that do not are the stoat, the polecats, the ferret, the European mink; the American mink and the extinct sea mink were included in this genus as Mustela vison and Mustela macrodon but in 1999 they were moved to the genus Neovison. The following information is according to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 1 Europe and Northern Asia division excludes China. Hybrids in this genus include the polecat -- ferret the polecat -- mink hybrid. Weasels have been assigned a variety of cultural meanings. In Greek culture, a weasel near one's house is a sign of bad luck evil, "especially if there is in the household a girl about to be married", since the animal was thought to be an unhappy bride, transformed into a weasel and delights in destroying wedding dresses.

In neighboring Macedonia, weasels are seen as an omen of good fortune. In early-modern Mecklenburg, amulets from weasels were deemed to have strong magic. In Montagne Noire and the early medieval culture of the Wends, weasels were not meant to be killed. In North America, Native Americans deemed the weasel to be a bad sign. According to Daniel Defoe meeting a weasel is a bad omen. In English-speaking areas, weasel can be an insult, noun or verb, for someone regarded as sneaky, conniving or untrustworthy. "weasel words" is a critical term for words or phrasing that are vague, misleading or equivocal. In Japan, weasels were seen as yōkai. According to the encyclopedia Wakan Sansai Zue from the Edo period, a nate of weasels would cause conflagrations, the cry of a weasel was considered a harbinger of misfortune. In the Niigata Prefecture, the sound of a nate of weasels making a rustle resembled six people hulling rice, so was called the "weasel's six-person mortar", it was an omen for one's home to decline or flourish.

It is said. They are said to shapeshift like the fox or tanuki, the nyūdō-bōzu told about in legends in the Tōhoku region and the Chūbu region are considered weasels in disguise, they are said to shapeshift into ōnyūdō and little monks. In the collection of depictions, the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō by Sekien Toriyama, they were depicted under the title 鼬, but they were read not as "itachi", but rather as "ten", "ten" were considered to be weasels that have reached one hundred years of age and became yōkai that possessed supernatural powers. Another theory is. In Japanese weasels are called iizuna or izuna and in the Tōhoku Region and Shinshu, it was believed that there were families that were able to use a certain practice to use kudagitsune as iizuna-tsukai or kitsune-mochi, it is said that Mount Iizuna, from the Nagano Prefecture, got its name due to how the gods gave people mastery of this technique from there. According to the folkloristician Mutō Tetsujō, "They are called izuna in the Senboku District, Akita Prefecture, there are the ichiko that use them."

In the Kitaakita District, they are called mōsuke, they are feared as yōkai more than foxes. In the Ainu language, ermines are called upas-čironnup or sáčiri, but since least weasels are called sáčiri, Mashio Chiri surmised that the honorary title poy-sáčiri-kamuy refers to least weasels. Kamaitachi is a phenomenon wherein one, idle is injured as if his or her skin were cut by a scythe. In the past, this was thought to be "the deed of an invisible yōkai weasel". An alternate theory, asserts that kamaitachi is derived from kamae Tachi, so were not related to weasels at all. Nowak, Ronald M. and Ernest P. Walker. Walker's Carnivores of the World. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005. ISBN 0-8018-8033-5, ISBN 0-8018-80

Ignacio Astarloa

Ignacio Astarloa Huarte-Mendicoa is a Spanish politician and University Professor who belongs to the People's Party. Married with three children, Astarloa graduated in Business Sciences. After working as a lawyer, he became Under-Secretary of state for Justice under Angel Acebes in 2000 serving until 2002 when he became Secretary of State for Security. Although the PP lost the 2004 General Election to the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, he was elected to the Spanish Congress of Deputies representing Vizcaya Province. For the 2008 election he headed the PP list and was re-elected, although the PP lost one of their two seats at that election. During the campaign, he criticised the rival PSOE stating that negotiations with the armed separatist group ETA and moves towards an independent Basque state were more under a PSOE government. After the 2004 election he had been appointed Secretary for Liberty and Justice within the PP; however on 21 June 2008 he resigned his offices within the PP citing dissatisfaction with the leadership of Mariano Rajoy but retains his seat in the Congress

Riverdale Park, Maryland

Riverdale Park known and referred to as Riverdale, Maryland is a semi-urban town in Prince George's County, United States, a suburb in the Washington D. C. metropolitan area. The population was 6,956 as of the 2010 U. S. Census; the population as of 2018 is 7,225, according to the US Census Bureau and other entities. Riverdale Park and the neighboring community of West Riverdale developed in the late 19th century as streetcar suburbs in central Prince George’s County; the town is located seven miles northeast of downtown Washington, D. C. and is bounded to the north by East-West Highway. The area is bisected by the traveled Baltimore Avenue; the city of College Park is located to the north, the town of University Park to the east across Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville is located to the south and southwest. The area was first developed in 1801 when a Belgian aristocrat, Henri Joseph Stier, purchased 800 acres situated between two tributaries of the Anacostia River, known as the Paint and Northwest branches.

Stier and his family moved to the United States several years earlier to escape the French Revolution. Upon purchase, he named his holdings Riversdale, began constructing his residence that same year; the mansion was modeled after the Stier family’s Belgian home, Chateau du Mick, when completed in 1807, the building stood as a two-story stuccoed-brick dwelling in the style of late Georgian architecture. Just two years after purchasing the property, in 1803, the political tension that had caused Stier to flee his native country subsided, he and his wife, Marie Louise, returned to Belgium. Riversdale was given to their daughter, who had married George Calvert, the grandson of Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore, in 1799. After Rosalie Stier Calvert died in 1821 and George Calvert in 1838, their son, Charles Benedict Calvert, took over the plantation. Charles Calvert was a renowned agriculturist and helped establish the Maryland Agricultural College, now the University of Maryland at College Park.

In May 1853, Calvert announced. In 1861, Calvert was elected to the United States Congress and fought for the establishment of the United States Department of Agriculture. During his life, Charles Calvert conducted a variety of agricultural experiments at Riversdale, expanded his family's original holdings to 2,200 acres. Calvert died in 1864; the 1861 Martenet map depicts the rural setting of Riversdale and identifies Charles B. Calvert as its owner; the old Baltimore Turnpike, now known as US Route 1, is located to the west of the mansion house. To the east of the house is the Washington Branch of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, which opened in 1833; the railway is located inside the boundaries of Riverdale Park, just west of the Paint Branch tributary. The 1878 Hopkins map depicts little development having had happened since 1861. In 1887, the heirs of Charles Benedict Calvert sold 474 acres of land to New York City businessmen John Fox and Alexander Lutz in two separate transactions; the first deed involved the sale of 300 acres.

The remaining 174 acres were transferred to Lutz shortly thereafter. The cost of the sales to Fox and Lutz totaled $47,000. On March 23, 1889, Fox and Lutz formed the Riverdale Park Company, named in honor of the grand Federal style mansion at the center of the proposed community; the company planned on creating an upper-middle-class residential suburb for people working in Washington, D. C. and Baltimore. The land was platted in 1889 by surveyor D. J. Howell and the new development was named Riverdale Park. In an attempt to differentiate the historic plantation known as Riversdale from the subdivision, the "s" was dropped; the new roads were named in honor of United States presidents and were arranged in a grid pattern that surrounded a central ellipse, which served as the site of the commuter train station. The first of the stations was constructed in 1890. Laid out as a "villa park", the community featured traffic circles and green space, with the mansion being used as its central amenity; the three original sections of the suburb utilized uniform lot dimensions and building setbacks, thereby creating a cohesive development of middle- and upper-middle-class housing.

The residential housing lots surrounded the high-style Riversdale mansion. The construction of dwellings in Riverdale Park began in 1890; the buildings reflected popular architectural trends of the time and were of wood-frame construction. Some structures were pyramidal-roof Foursquares, while others had cross-gable roofs. Many houses from this period have projecting bays, corner towers, wrap-around porches. By the turn of the twentieth century, Riverdale Park comprised 60 dwellings, a Presbyterian church, a schoolhouse, a railroad station; the new community straddled the Washington line of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, which provided residents an easy commute to Washington, D. C. Recognizing the financial potential of the new suburb, builders purchased groups of lots that were soon improved by high-style single-family dwellings. Joseph A. Blundon was one such late-nineteenth-century builder. Born in Georgetown, Blundon worked as a general contractor in Washington, D. C. before moving to Riverdale Park in 1889.

He served as its first manager. Blundon independent of the development company, purchased several lots each year for the purpose of overseeing the construction of single-family dwellings. Between 1891 and 1909, he was responsible for the erection of 90 buildi