Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender activist and former Olympic gold medalist known as Bruce Jenner, speaks during a conversation with Judge LaDoris Cordell at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Jenner talked about her book The Secrets of My Life, her personal journey in coming out as Caitlyn and discussed issues facing the transgender community and her current political view.
Indonesia raised the flight warning around the Mount Merapi volcano in Magelang, Central Java to its highest level on Friday (Jun 1) after it sent a towering plume of grey ash more than 6km into the air, its biggest eruption this year. The Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) issued a code red warning alert, which means that a volcanic eruption is underway with significant emission of ash into the atmosphere. However, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said the latest eruption lasted about two minutes and the Adi Sucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta remains open. Mount Merapi is about 28km from the city of Yogyakarta.
Recent terrorist attacks in Indonesia continue to stir debate over the growing encroachment of Islamist fanaticism in the Southeast Asian archipelago. Deep fears about Muslim extremism reached new heights when U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla on May 18. Along with other issues, Pence was seeking ways “to improve the plight of Christians in that most populous of Islamic countries.”
If your house starts making noises, you usually think your house is just “settling.” But that isn’t always the case. Imagine finding a snake in your wall… and not just any little old garden variety snake, but a 15-foot long python. This story definitely isn’t for anyone with a fear of things that slither, as a homeowner discovered the creature in his living room wall after hearing a clunking sound from behind the plasterboard.
What could it be? A rodent? Oh, how he probably wished it was just a tiny mouse taking up residence in the wall.
Instead, Somchai Subdang, of Bangkok, Thailand, discovered a huge snake. First, he put his ear to the wall to listen more closely, hearing a hissing noise from inside, and he “jumped with fright,” according to a report from the Daily Mail.
Subdang called rescuers to come and assess the situation. They arrived with a hammer to smash open the wall and get a better look, finding the python coiled up inside. Subdang noted: “I’m not afraid of the snake when it’s stuck in the wall, but it could have been scary if it got into the ceiling then dropped down onto me while I was sleeping.”
He added: “I’m disappointed that I’ll have to fix the house now. But that’s better than having a snake hiding in the house.”
One of the rescue workers noted: “This was an unusual place to find the snake. We think it got inside though a gap in the wall to shelter from the rain.” Time to button up all the gaps in your home!
He added: “I gave my young son my phone to start recording daddy catch snake. He enjoyed seeing it. The snake was about 4.5m long. It was returned back to nature.” They contained the snake inside a sack and gave it to wildlife workers who released it back into the wild.
Snakes of this nature are common in Thailand and often found in pipes, drains, trees and bushes. Many have found them inside of their homes, as Daily Mail reports that in 2017, the city’s Fire and Rescue Department had more than 31,000 calls to remove snakes from people’s homes.
The python that was retrieved from the man’s wall will likely grow up to 30 feet long and weigh over 200 pounds.
Many who weighed in with comments on the story were feeling uneasy, with comments such as: “One of the reasons I would never live in a tropical country. Ewww,” “I would be finding that gap in the house so I don’t have to worry about that again,” and “I would be worried about how many more are in the walls and ceiling.”
Another commenter had a bit more of a drastic measure in mind if they made this discovery, noting: “I’d burn my house down if that happened to me.”
One person, however, wasn’t so disturbed, noting: “Why is it always ‘horrifying’ when a creature as beautiful as this is found. Get a grip folks.” Another person responded: “Beautiful until it strangles one of your kids in their sleep.”
Others shared their own creepy personal experiences, with one commenter writing on social media: “UGH!!! I hate snakes. I grew up with them in Indonesia, and we had one (python) in my parents bedroom. It still gives me nightmares thinking about it.”
France –-(Ammoland.com)- The Second Master International Shooting Safety Instructors Association (MISSIA) Training Seminar took place in Châteauroux, France on Friday, May 25. The one-day session was led by Vitaly Kryuchin, the IPSC President.
The Seminar, developed under the auspices of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC), was aimed at teaching and implementing international standards for safe gun handling and IPSC coaching skills to the Regional Instructors. At the end of the event, the certification of Instructors took place.
The MISSIA structure, sequence of training topics, safe groups teaching methods, removal of the main mistakes made by shooters and the testing system for competitors and Instructors were the main topics of the theoretical and practical parts of the Seminar.
“We discussed the sequence of educational topics in the training of a beginner shooter with some special tips, the main drills that instil safety skill, methods of getting rid of jerking/flinch, some special training methods for high-level competitors, the future of MISSIA and IPSC” said the IPSC President, Vitaly Kryuchin.
There were 9 participants from Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Indonesia and Spain. All participants except one successfully passed the handgun shooting tests. Four people successfully passed the shotgun tests. Everybody get the MISSIA Certificates.
Participants, who successfully passed the Shooting Tests will get the MISSIA Instructors ID card. All who did not pass the Shooting Test have the chance to pass it one more time at any official MISSIA event during the 2018 year.
The Seminar’s participants noted the importance of MISSIA creation and its further development, liked the learning process and some secrets that were given during the training session, and that the shooting tests did show their level of skills as shooters. Some of the participants noted that one-day session was not enough and asked to expand the classes to two days.
The next MISSIA Seminar is going to take place on June 20, 2018 in Hodonice, Czech Republic.
The Master International Shooting Safety Instructors Association (MISSIA) was created within the IPSC structure for the accreditation, recognition and maintenance of International Shooting Safety Instructors and to establish international standards for safe gun handling classes and IPSC coaching skills. One International Instructor, called a Master International Instructor, will be appointed in every IPSC Region. The Master Instructor will then pass on to the other Instructors and Coaches in his Region the minimum IPSC international training standards.
The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) was founded in 1976 as a shooting sport and today recognizes all the main shooting disciplines – Handgun, Rifle, Shotgun, and Action Air. The Latin words Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas (DVC) meaning accuracy, power, and speed are IPSC’s motto and form the foundation for competition.
IPSC also emphasizes procedures for safe gun handling and strict adherence to the rules governing the sport. In IPSC courses of fire the results are calculated by dividing the competitor’s target score by the time taken to complete the course of fire. The shooter must be the most accurate and fastest to win.
Courses of fire utilize many aspects not found in the more traditional shooting disciplines such as movement by the shooter, moving targets, multiple targets, and the freedom for the shooter to solve the shooting challenges presented in the courses of fire. Therefore, competitions are very exciting for competitors and interesting for spectators.
105 countries (IPSC Regions) are members of the Confederation and actively organize IPSC Matches. The number of active IPSC competitors worldwide exceeded 200,000 in 2017 with 351 IPSC national and international sanctioned matches held.
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