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Artists Witness ‘Magic’ of Shen Yun
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2019-02-16    0 views
Shen Yun Performing Arts visited Lied Center of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas, on Feb. 12. Audience members were thoroughly entertained and left with a good impression of the magic of Shen Yun.

"It was like magic," said Ann Hedrick, Artist. "With what looked like clouds below, and all the dancers coming up from the clouds in their beautiful costumes."

Hedrick felt there were messages of hope conveyed through the performance and asserted her understanding that "we all need to work together in unity to create the goodness that we want."

"It was unbelievable," said Hedrick. "I really enjoyed the energy and the beauty and the unison of everything that was done. It was really uplifting."

The colors of the traditional clothing worn by the dancers and the connection they had with the background scenery made a vivid impression on Hedrick.

"They were magnificent, and I was even drawn to the background photographs, and the waterfalls and the beauty of all of that, that just seemed to make it all so magical," she said.

Jane Asbury, emeritus professor of painting was impressed with the traditional culture and expressed the wish to see even more in the future.

"It seemed to me that they were very much in keeping with the traditional training, and they were just expert," said Asbury.

"The spiritual deities coming down to help the living, and I thought that was just charming the way it was done," she said.

The themes expressed through music and dance were perceived as largely positive and full of hope.

"I think the messages were by and large actually very positive ones," said Asbury. "That when there are trials and tribulations, that things will come out ok in the end. If it isn’t by human doing it, it will also be by doing with the supernatural beings."

The colorful visuals, vibrant coordination of the dancers, and the fusion of ancient Chinese and classical western instruments in the live orchestra combined for a powerful effect.

"What stuck out is how expressive a lot of the movements, you really didn’t even need to know the story to really feel what was going on, through the motion," said Asbury.

"I loved the use of fabric, as part of the dancing," she said. "And the swirls of the scarves and the skirts and the traditional costumes, as it was used as part of the movement was just fantastic."

"The visuals were fantastic," said Diane Childs, music educator. "All the costumes were beautiful the orchestra was good, my husband’s a former band teacher so we always enjoy [the music], and it was live, that was great."

Diane's husband John Childs, a former band teacher, also wholly enjoyed the music in the fusion of east and west.

"I really enjoyed it," said John. "The mixture of the Chinese instruments and the standard instruments, it was great. I enjoyed it thoroughly."

"I hope everybody would come see this if they had an opportunity," he said.

"I enjoyed hearing that, as a music major," said Diane. "It was educational."

Held in high esteem, the experience of witnessing Shen Yun‘s revival of China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture came highly recommended.
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Risk of Flooding, Mudslides Remains After California Storm
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2019-02-15    0 views
SAUSALITO, California—Authorities warn that mudslides are still possible on Friday, Feb. 15, even after a damaging storm moved through California, trapping people in floodwaters, triggering a debris flow that destroyed homes, and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year.

The powerful system swept in from the Pacific Ocean and unleashed rain, snow and wind across the U.S. West into Wyoming and Colorado after walloping Northern California and southern Oregon earlier.
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President Responds to Acosta's Claim of ‘Concocting’ a National Emergency
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2019-02-15    316 views
CNN's Chief White House Correspondent was confronted by a group of "angel moms"—women whose children have been killed by illegal immigrants—after a press conference in the Rose Garden where President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to fund the physical barrier along the U.S.–Mexico border.

Before taking questions from reporters, Trump made his announcement to address the humanitarian crisis on the southwest border. The emergency declaration, combined with a spending bill passed by Congress on Feb. 14, will provide his administration with $8 billion for wall construction.

Trump referred Acosta to the group of angel moms after the reporter questioned if he had manufactured the crisis along the border.

"What do you say to your critics who say that you are creating a national emergency, that you're concocting a national emergency here in order to get your wall?" Acosta asked Trump during the Feb. 15 press conference.

"I'll ask the angel moms," Trump responded. "What do you think, do you think I'm creating something? Ask these incredible women who lost their daughters and their sons."

Trump said Acosta's line of questioning contained an "agenda" behind it.
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UK PM MAY LOSES SYMBOLIC BREXIT VOTE IN PARLIAMENT
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2019-02-14    0 views
Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a defeat on her Brexit strategy on Feb. 14, that undermined her pledge to European Union leaders to get her divorce deal approved if they grant her concessions.

In a show of muscle, hardline Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party decided to abstain, handing her an embarrassing, albeit symbolic, defeat as she tries to renegotiate her deal with the EU.

While it will not deter May from trying to secure changes on the most contentious issue of the deal - the Irish "backstop" - the vote does show that her pro-Brexit lawmakers are a major obstacle to passing any agreement.

May was absent from the House of Commons for the debate and the outcome of the vote, which deepened the sense of political crisis over Britain's departure, more than two years after voters opted to leave the bloc by a margin of 52 percent to 48.

The crunch vote is now expected to come on Feb. 27, when May is due to return to parliament—and lawmakers who fear leaving without a deal could try to seize control of Britain's departure from the EU.
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AMAZON WILL ABANDON PLANS TO BUILD SECOND HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK
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2019-02-14    0 views
Amazon said on Feb. 14 that it will not move forward with plans to build a headquarters in New York after rising opposition from local politicians.

The company said it will not reopen the search process "at this time. We will proceed as planned in Northern Virginia and Nashville, and we will continue to hire and grow across our 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the U.S. and Canada."

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Trump Says He Is ‘Extremely Unhappy’ With Border Deal
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2019-02-13    6 views
President Donald Trump said on Feb. 12 that he is “extremely unhappy” with the tentative deal reached by congressional negotiators. However, he said he would not accept another government shutdown.

“I'm extremely unhappy with what the Democrats have given us. It's sad,” he told reporters at a Cabinet meeting. “They're doing the country no favors. They're hurting our country very badly. But we certainly don't want to see a shutdown."
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Patriot Parade in Boston welcomed by fans
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2019-02-05    22 views
BOSTON—Hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans jammed downtown Boston on Feb. 5 for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title, clamoring for more with cheers of “We want seven!” and “Next year, right here!”

A party atmosphere enveloped the city as fans clad in team garb packed sidewalks and stood on tiptoe for a glimpse of quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the team. Red, white and blue confetti rained down.

It’s a familiar feeling in Boston. The parade came just four months after the city feted the Red Sox for their fourth World Series championship in 15 years.

“Getting to see Tom Brady again is always a special day, but the Patriots are amazing. Six-time champs,” fan Lauren Mills said, adding that she still hasn’t had her fill. Her message to Brady: “Go for No. 7. He still has how many fingers left? You know, four more rings to go.”


New England Patriots' Tom Brady speaks to the media after winning the Super Bowl LIII. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Fresh from Sunday’s 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta, team members and their families took a 2-mile swing through the city aboard Boston’s iconic World War II-era amphibious “duck boats.”

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Brady held his pigtailed daughter, Vivian, and they waved and grinned at the crowd as players and team owner Robert Kraft took turns holding aloft the Lombardi Trophy. Belichick and his partner, Linda Holliday, beamed, and the storied coach doffed his cap.

Star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has talked about retiring after this latest NFL title, whooped it up with his brothers and father.

At least one brave Rams fan, wearing one of that team’s blue and yellow jerseys, hung out along the parade route.


Fans gather near Boston City Hall to watch the New England Patriots football team victory parade through the streets of Boston to celebrate their win over the Los Angeles Rams for their sixth NFL Super Bowl championship on Feb. 5, 2019. (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)
Officials expected more than 1 million attendees, and early trains and subways were jammed, overwhelming the Boston area’s transit system with what officials said was record ridership. The weather was unseasonably warm, with temperatures above 50 degrees and dazzling sunshine.

Security was tight, and Mayor Marty Walsh warned fans not to throw anything. Errant beer cans slightly damaged the Red Sox World Series trophy last year.

Unlike in past years, no post-parade rally with speeches was planned. Officials didn’t elaborate on why.

Stephen Chhom, of Lynn, Massachusetts, was along the parade route overlooking the Statehouse with his friend Ricky Sok and Sok’s 6-year-old son, Raiyu.

The trio has been to all six Patriots victory parades.

“What made this year special were all the other fans doubting us,” Chhom said, wearing a Julian Edelman jersey. “The record speaks for itself. Tom Brady and the rest of the team prove themselves every single time.”

By Philip Marcelo
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中國大陸大法弟子恭祝李洪志師父新年好
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2019-02-05    0 views
中國大陸大法弟子恭祝李洪志師父新年好
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Man's leg catches fire after being shot with stun gun in South Philadelphia
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2019-02-02    1K views
Man Catches Fire After Being Tased Outside Philadelphia Restaurant
A man caught fire after being tased in Philadelphia on February 2, a witness said.
Pat Tackney, who filmed the incident, said the man refused to leave Jim’s Steaks, and was forcibly removed from the restaurant by security. Footage here shows a man catching fire after being tased.
Last year, a man in Paris caught fire after the simulatenous deployment of a taser and tear gas. In 2017, an Oklahoma man caught fire and died after he was tased having allegedly doused himself in gasoline.
Storyful has contacted Jim’s Steaks for comment.
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Theatergoers Upset After Spain Shen Yun Shows Canceled Due to Suspected Beijing Pressure
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2019-02-02    0 views
One of Spain’s top theaters was eerily quiet on what was supposed to be Shen Yun Performing Arts opening night.

The premier traditional dance and music company was slated to perform at the Royal Theater on January thirty-first and February second.

But the theater canceled the performance, just weeks before it was scheduled to perform.

Some audience members still turned up on the night of the first performance and said nobody told them it was canceled.

They were disappointed to say the least.
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Bryant Park Frozen Fountain
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2019-02-02    0 views
The Bryant Park fountain in midtown Manhattan turned into a crystal jewel as the temperature in New York fell to 14 degrees Fahrenheit overnight on Jan. 30. A torrent of snow and high winds whipped the city and the iconic fountain froze, a symbol of winter's arrival in the city.
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Theatergoers Upset After Spain Shen Yun Shows Canceled Due to Suspected Beijing Pressure
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2019-02-02    16 views
One of Spain’s top theaters was eerily quiet on what was supposed to be Shen Yun Performing Arts opening night.

The premier traditional dance and music company was slated to perform at the Royal Theater on January thirty first and February second.

But the theater canceled the performance, just weeks before it was scheduled to perform.

Some audience members still turned up on the night of the first performance and said nobody told them it was cancelled.

They were disappointed to say the least.
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Congress members meet to hash out funding for DHS, border wall
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2019-01-31    0 views
Congress members meet to hash out funding for DHS, border wall
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Congress members meet to hash out funding for DHS, border wall
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Chinese Embassy Pressured Theater to Cancel Shen Yun Performances in Spain, Investigation Reveals
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2019-01-29    36 views
A top-level official from the Chinese Embassy in Spain admitted in a recent phone call that he made a personal visit to the general manager of the Royal Theater in Madrid to pressure him into canceling performances of a popular traditional Chinese dance and music company slated to run there, according to a recent investigation.

The New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts—whose mission is to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through music and dance, according to its website—had booked the Royal Theater in Madrid to perform on Jan. 31 and Feb. 2.

Shen Yun performances include pieces that portray contemporary China, including the ongoing persecution of the banned spiritual practice Falun Gong—a topic considered taboo by the Chinese regime.

Just weeks before the scheduled performances, the theater canceled the shows due to “technical difficulties.” The Royal Theater confirmed this reasoning in an emailed statement to The Epoch Times.

The U.S. branch of the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), a non-profit organization that investigates human-rights abuses perpetrated against Falun Gong adherents, said it decided to conduct an investigation into the cancellation after seeing media reports about possible Chinese embassy interference to pressure the theater into canceling the show.

As part of its undercover investigation, on Jan. 22, WOIPFG made a phone call to the Chinese embassy, posing as a high-level Chinese government official. The person who took the call identified himself as the Chinese Ambassador to Spain, Lü Fan, according to a press release issued by WOIPFG. The organization released an audio recording of the phone call on its website on Jan. 28.

“The investigation confirmed that the cancellation of the theater’s contract with the Shen Yun organizers was entirely the result of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) interferences,” WOIPFG said in its statement.

“Lü Fan personally put pressure on the theater to cancel the contract with Shen Yun Performing Arts. By using the CCP’s control of the large Chinese market as an enticement, Lü Fan and the theater’s director jointly planned to cancel the Shen Yun performances under the pretext of technical difficulties.”

During the call, Lü explained how he convinced the Royal Theater’s general manager to cancel Shen Yun by warning the general manager that the theater “can’t afford to lose the Chinese market because of this.”

Lü added that the theater’s general manager, whose name was not identified in the call, was initially reluctant to carry out the embassy’s request, as he was concerned that it would “result in a loss of revenue” and was afraid the theater’s reputation would be affected. At the time when Shen Yun was canceled, nearly 900 tickets were sold online and the theater had already made a number of preparations for the performances, according to Lü’s account.

But after a meeting with himself, the general manager eventually relented to the embassy’s request.

“I told him not to think only about the economic income but also politics. When you work with China by signing the ‘International League of Theaters of the Silk Road,’ you have a great potential in the Chinese market,” Lü said, referring to an agreement the Madrid theater had signed with the Chinese regime in 2016.

The “International League of Theaters of the Silk Road” agreement is a project to promote “artistic exchange in the field of performing arts,” according to a report by the state-run China Daily newspaper. The league is in turn part of China’s flagship project for increasing geopolitical influence around the world, the One Belt, One Road initiative.

Lü also stated in the call that he worked closely with the general manager to come up with a reason to cancel the show—which was subsequently used by the theater.

“We told them to use technical reasons [as their cover], to say that since the show was booked in a hurry, they didn’t think through about the technical issues,” Lü said in the call, specifically instructing the general manager to inform Shen
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Rabbi Enjoys Every Aspect of the Performance
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2019-01-24    0 views
Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg shared his impressions of seeing Shen Yun for the first time at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York on Jan. 16.

"I think there were a number of elements that impressed us a lot," said Ginsburg. "We thought the dancing was wonderful, with what I would describe as the acrobatics as part of that.

"I think the explanations in between, by that man and woman were very helpful," he said. "To give us a little bit more of a background, to appreciate what we were seeing."

"And of course, the music, the costumes," said Ginsburg. "I also liked the instrumental and vocal presentations that were made. So I would say every aspect of it."

Ginsburg complimented Shen Yun's artistic director, D.F.

"I must say the person who directs this program who seems to be very, very talented musically," said Ginsburg. "I read that he composed much of or all of the music.

"And also invented the animation which is integrated so well into the performance itself. So that too impressed us."

Ginsburg respected and appreciated what he called Shen Yun’s "excellent" mission to bring back China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture.

"I think that it was more than simply entertainment tonight," he said. "It was a bit of an education about ancient Chinese culture and the attempt not to simply present it, but to show its intersection with modern culture as well."

"It was very interesting how both in terms of technology with the animation, and also the attempt to somehow merge ancient Chinese instruments with a classical orchestra was a fascinating way of not just telling the story of old, but showing its relevance today," said Ginsburg.

Immersive Impressions
Philip and Lisa Crawford thoroughly enjoyed the immersive experience.

"It’s absolutely beautiful, and the history that we’re learning just from the little vignettes that we've been watching has been just beautiful," said Lisa.

"What I love personally is the fact that when they're waving their arms with the long sleeves, nothing goes tangled and everything is totally perfect," said Philip. "Totally in sync."

"The ancient instruments as well, as the new ones blending east and west," said Lisa. "And just listening to the music, and then seeing the dancers and the colors have been just magnificent."

NTD News, New York
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2019-01-20-New York-Author Kat James Appreciates Message of Shen Yun
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Author and Radio talk show host Kat James spoke in high regard of Shen Yun after watching the performance.

“Incredible energy and just very generous and you know, divine in them reaching the divine and in the audience,” said James. “It’s very different you know than anything that I’ve ever seen.”

“It’s something that always leaves you different when you see a performance that is of a high caliber, but this is off the charts,” she said.

Philanthropist Ann Van Ness shared her experience of attending Shen Yun for the first time.

“The performance was extraordinary,” said Van Ness. “I really believe in the plight of these people, for the expression and the preservation of the traditions of China.”

“I really enjoyed it and I would certainly come back again to see,” she said.

Van Ness approved of the mission of Shen Yun to bring back China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture.

“I think it’s important that we preserve our traditions so that we don’t make the same mistakes throughout the history of the world,” said Van Ness. “It’s beautiful and innovative and I think if we suppress the past, and we don’t let people believe in freedom of mind and spirit, then you have no innovation in the world.”

Reading Into the Dance
James was outspoken on the common themes she perceived on the stories told through dance.

“Fantastic, and I love that you have something depicting the forces of evil, the forces of good, and the sense of victory over that,” she said. “Again I think that’s something we really need right now.”

“In the second half, I realized that the word that describes the whole thing is elegance, and yet the divinity comes in,” she said.

She had a dynamic understanding of the messages conveyed.

“The message I perceived is that, it’s something that is pro-human, pro-humanity,” said James. “There’s a clear division, fighting, we all have to fight dark forces, and its inspiration for that.”

“I can tell it was divinely inspired, so really fantastic,” she said. “I just think it’s a very good time to have something, a performance that has a philosophy behind it, that is based on love and freedom.”

James recognized a theme of disconnecting from daily modern routines and striving for self-improvement.

“That you can reach higher, and that you don’t need to let, you know the day to day, and I love the little bit with the cell phones, etc,” said James. “What a great message. You know, get away from the mentality of technology and what we’re told to think and what we’re told to do and get back in touch with our divine selves.”

NTD News, New York
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Author Appreciates Message of Shen Yun
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2019-01-23    0 views
Author and Radio talk show host Kat James spoke in high regard of Shen Yun after watching the performance.

“Incredible energy and just very generous and you know, divine in them reaching the divine and in the audience,” said James. “It’s very different you know than anything that I’ve ever seen.”

“It’s something that always leaves you different when you see a performance that is of a high caliber, but this is off the charts,” she said.

Philanthropist Ann Van Ness shared her experience of attending Shen Yun for the first time.

“The performance was extraordinary,” said Van Ness. “I really believe in the plight of these people, for the expression and the preservation of the traditions of China.”

“I really enjoyed it and I would certainly come back again to see,” she said.

Van Ness approved of the mission of Shen Yun to bring back China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture.

“I think it’s important that we preserve our traditions so that we don’t make the same mistakes throughout the history of the world,” said Van Ness. “It’s beautiful and innovative and I think if we suppress the past, and we don’t let people believe in freedom of mind and spirit, then you have no innovation in the world.”

Reading Into the Dance
James was outspoken on the common themes she perceived on the stories told through dance.

“Fantastic, and I love that you have something depicting the forces of evil, the forces of good, and the sense of victory over that,” she said. “Again I think that’s something we really need right now.”

“In the second half, I realized that the word that describes the whole thing is elegance, and yet the divinity comes in,” she said.

She had a dynamic understanding of the messages conveyed.

“The message I perceived is that, it’s something that is pro-human, pro-humanity,” said James. “There’s a clear division, fighting, we all have to fight dark forces, and its inspiration for that.”

“I can tell it was divinely inspired, so really fantastic,” she said. “I just think it’s a very good time to have something, a performance that has a philosophy behind it, that is based on love and freedom.”

James recognized a theme of disconnecting from daily modern routines and striving for self-improvement.

“That you can reach higher, and that you don’t need to let, you know the day to day, and I love the little bit with the cell phones, etc,” said James. “What a great message. You know, get away from the mentality of technology and what we’re told to think and what we’re told to do and get back in touch with our divine selves.”

NTD News, New York
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Shen Yun Puts Me in a ‘Higher Place’ Says Actress Marthe Villalonga
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2019-01-23    0 views
Marthe Villalonga, an 87-year-old French actress, best known for her roles in popular French TV show "Maguy," and the 1976 movie "We Will All Go to Heaven or An Elephant Can Be Extremely Deceptive" watched Shen Yun Performing Arts in Paris on Jan. 17.

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"It's sumptuous, it's beautiful," said Mrs. Villalonga. "The costumes, the ensemble, the music ... we're delighted. Really."

Mrs. Villalonga has spent over half of her life since 1958 in theatre and the TV industry. When it comes to acting and stage performance, she knows a thing or two about presentation and professionalism.

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"I really like the colors, I really like them, all this mixed together like that. So, I'm actually attracted to it."

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"Oh yes, I automatically find that we, we are, we go higher! Here, we go, we go up, we go to heaven, we find the pretty things."

According to its website, the company follows in the footsteps of ancient cultures and looks to the divine for inspiration. Pascale Pouzadoux, an actress and director, saw Shen Yun on the same day and said she enjoyed watching China’s cultural legacy and ancient beliefs unfold on the stage.

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“I think it's wonderful, I think it makes us dream, I think it allows us to know a culture that we know more or less but not enough, and it's a way to want to discover China differently, because of its wonderful and ancient side," said Pouzadoux. "The show itself I find it very professional, I find that the dancers are extremely dynamic, beautiful, that they really make you want to follow the story, and I find that the sets are beautiful too, the colors the costumes, and I think it's very well explained by the girl who explains the story to us, and that we follow the process well, and that there's both humor and beauty, I think it's perfect to see it in Paris in winter, and that everyone should go see them, in the whole world."

"As the young woman explained to us that it was indeed inspired by the divine, I followed his indication when I saw the dancers, and I found especially that it was very free and very rich, as if they were inspired by something very old that they were trying to bring us a kind of serenity, a quietude, like a meditation, on life, on the landscape, on existence, and especially the centuries that are described through costumes, personalities, sets, yes I found that there was something quite wonderful."

NTD News, Paris, France
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Shen Yun Was 'Mind Blowing' Says Dancer and a Choreographer
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2019-01-23    0 views
Shen Yun Performing Arts brought New York audiences the classical traditions of ancient Chinese Dance and Music. Psychiatry professor, Dr. Lois Moylan from Molloy College, said the stories were deeply touching.

"It was just absolutely amazing. It was something you feel in your heart and your soul. It was incredible," said Dr. L. Moylan,

"The art in it was just impressive, the amazing things these people can do with their human body, and the beauty and the music as well," said Moylan. "The woman who played the traditional Chinese instruments. I was just awed after I saw it. so, all in all, it was just an amazing experience."

"The staging was absolutely stunning, and just the dancers their facilities are incredible, their technique is amazing, it was mind-blowing, it was really beautiful," said Kimberly Fitch Vranas.

Vranas is a dancer and choreographer, she was blown away by the performance and had immense praise for the overall production and every detail of the choreography.

"Because some of the movement …It was when she passes away and he does a jump, and usually it just like, when you do it like a toe touch or straddle whatever, that's very joyful, because of his acting, it was a really dramatic moment. And it completely changed the dynamic of what that movement was, just because he was so passionate, as an actor," added Vranas. "So that's not an easy feat to make a movement that typically joy as to …have that kind of heartfelt."

She then explained, "As a choreographer and dancer like that's something that whenever I perform or create or something you want to make sure the intention. The people know what they're dancing about or what you're creating, and those moments are so specific. I think that you can absolutely tell they've spent the time to know what they're actually dancing about. It is not just facially, it's like with every part of the body."

"There are so many beautiful moments and I think it really does touch on all the emotions. you kind of go on a little ride there," she added. "It really does have everything you'd want in a performance."

For thousands of years, classical Chinese dance was used to express traditional values like reverence for the heavens, emphasizing virtue, and the belief that good is rewarded and evil is punished.

"I think it's educational at the same time. It's like entertaining but just sit there holding on to that part of culture that is often lost ... I mean that's not part of my culture, so it’s for me to learn. And then for people that it is their culture, they’re learning but they're also … it keeps it in their life. So I think it's it's a beautiful thing to have."

"I think when they introduce the next piece when they said we’re originally from heaven and we're trying to get home back to heaven. and I think that really hit home for me. because I'm, I'm religious and I think that tied everything together and what they were trying to say and what they were trying to do with their pieces," said Courtney fostvedt, a recently graduated actor.

"It's very uplifting. It's something I'll remember for sure. And it's something I'm going to see again," said Moylan. "It's something I'm thinking of going home again,
and remembering this and thinking how we can actually ... I want to use it even in a class that I'm going to teach."

NTD News, New York
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Documentary Filmmaker Impressed With Shen Yun's Connection to Audience
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Yelena Demikovsky, Russian born American filmmaker and founder of Red Palette pictures, was inspired and impressed with the production and felt the performance really connected with the audience.

"I mean there's a connection here, a lot of this with the audience as well," said Demikovsky. "You feel communication."

"It’s perfectly done, connection with the screen, the animation itself, and the transition from the stage into the screen," she said. "It really works perfectly, so it's really a lot of it, it's a spectacle and you really enjoy the spectacle."

Demikovsky had a positive opinion on the overall quality of the production.

"It gives you a great mood and burst of energy," she said.

Music Instructor Impressions
Sophie Arbuckle, a pre-college strings teacher at Juilliard School, felt it was a unique experience with its own language.

"Beautifully done, very spectacular, and uplifting," said Arbuckle. "But it’s its own language, it’s its own, you really get into the language, and its own experience."

"There's a certain, really striving for some type of perfection, that is kind of spectacular," she said. "Very uplifting. Very lightening."

Artistic Expression
Artist C. Bang was touched by the expression of the performers and impressed with the technical aspects.

"I love the mixture of the digital, as well as the dancing," said Bangs. "And I love the mythology with the folklore and the different ethnic dances."

"It was really extraordinary. It was breathtaking in many ways, very, very touching and very heartwarming."

The performance left documentary filmmaker Demikovsky inspired and eager to return to her work.

"The colorfulness, the imagination of the performers and you could actually see that," said Demikovsky. "It's very inspiring to continue tomorrow and you really want to work, and I'm glad I'm in film, and it is also inspiring."
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Biker Dog's Daring Act Leaves People on Freeway Asking for More!
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2019-01-22    1K views
Dogs have special abilities and there's evidence to prove it. A few recent Twitter videos of dogs riding with their human parents have made this point.

Twitter user, ohdangitskaelyn tweeted a video on Wednesday, that showed a dog riding pillion on a speeding motorcycle on a Las Vegas freeway. "My mom saw this on the freeway today...," she tweeted.

The video had been watched 1.62 million times as of Jan. 21, and the biker dog is identified as Sox. His Instagram profile says, "Inspiring Dog Lovers to do More with Their Dogs! Sox the Motorcycle Riding Husky Traveling the World with his Hooman. 59,000 Miles Ridden Over 6 Years."

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my mom saw this on the freeway today... pic.twitter.com/yhrtxMKAS0

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Americans live with 70 million dogs and 74 million cats according to The Humane Society. And 90 percent of Americans consider cats and dogs to be family members while 80 percent would risk their lives for them.

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Here to “Send It” with love for the holidays. This was a 400 mile journey that included 2 national forests and the very beautiful Death Valley National Park. #bellpowersports #rexspecsk9 #dogsofinsta #kawasaki #thebikedog #bikedog #dogsofinstagram #huskiesofinstagram #sendit @sendit @senditofficial @barked @get.sendy @senditofficiall

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No wonder pet owners like to do things with their loved family members, and consider their dogs to be equal partners in adventure—in this case, motorcycle riding.

"There have been a lot of big discoveries … Dogs are very distinctly different from us genetically, but psychologically, they are more like us," Dr. Brian Hare, professor of cognitive neuroscience at Duke University, told Business Insider.

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@nealrogers... here is a video of a dog riding a bike and skateboard ... hope that will get your mind off politics and back on cycling... enjoy life pic.twitter.com/n0LUMcGQx9

— Ole Miss Velo (@dbvelo_david) January 18, 2019



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However these dogs manage to balance on speeding bikes as seen in these videos sure is hard to believe. They sure are highly trained dogs.

There are other daily buddies who have learned to ride along to the market. Twitter is full of many such adorable posts.

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You guys! This guy is riding around with his dog on the back of his bike and the dog is wearing a helmet!!! 🐶🚲 pic.twitter.com/GCLKktPNnN

— Beatriz Valenzuela (@BeatrizVNews) January 20, 2019



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If the ability to ride was not impressive enough, there are other reports to prove how capable dogs can be. Dogs can learn new words the way kids do, according to Business Insider.

A dog named Rico, learned more than 200 different words, mostly the names of toys. Hare told Business Insider that Rico was using the same language skills that children use, a process called "fast-mapping," or inference. Another dog called Chaser had learned about 1,000 words by the same process.

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"This is Chico and Charlie. They are biker dogs. They love riding on our harley Davidson roadglide. They have their own bike," -Norma - we are DEAD - these two on #NationalDressUpYourPetDay pic.twitter.com/EA6okSSUhR

— 100.3 The Bull (@TheBullHouston) January 14, 2019



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Trump, Pence make surprise visit to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
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2019-01-21    220 views
Trump makes unannounced visit to MLK memorial
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Chinese Regime Pressure Suspected Behind Shen Yun Show Cancelation in Spain
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2019-01-20    10 views
Just weeks before New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts is scheduled to perform at one of Spain's major opera houses, the organizers were told that their show was "forced to [be] canceled" due to technical difficulties. But the organizers do not think this is the case.

Royal Theater's director sent a letter on Jan. 7 to Puro Arte Humano—the organizers of Shen Yun in Spain–informing them the performance has been canceled citing "unavoidable artistic needs of the stage space." Shen Yun was set to perform at the Madrid theater on Jan. 31 and Feb. 2.

The director claimed another show, Das Rheingold opera, that had hired the theater the day before and after Shen Yun, would have difficulties dismantling their sets to accommodate the dance and music company. This was something the theater technical managers did not have a problem with at the time the contract was signed.

Puro Arte Humano said in a press release that the reason given for the cancelation was pretextual and they suspect the real reason was due to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) pressure based on previous experiences.

"Puro Arte Humano assures that the Chinese Embassy has pressured the Madrid Coliseum to achieve the cancellation of the show, something that they already tried in Barcelona without success in 2014," the press release said.

Sandra Flores Gomez, vice president of Puro Arte Humano, said the cancelation is unacceptable and the circumstances surrounding the incident were "bizarre, strange, [and] unorthodox."

"If there is a technical problem you can talk to the technicians of the company and look for a solution," she said.

The nonprofit organization said that similar scheduling of the Paris Opera Ballet shows, which is performing in between Das Rheingold opera show dates a week before Shen Yun, was not a problem with the theater and have not been canceled.


Madrid's Teatro Real calendar schedule for January 2019. (Puro Arte Humano)
Gomez said the Royal Theater has a close relationship with the CCP and had recently agreed to perform operas in China.

"It is no secret to anyone that the theater has very good relations with the Chinese Communist Party," she said. "We know that Xi Jinping's wife, in her recent visit to Spain, was visiting the Royal Theater with the queen with all the protocol with which a first lady is received."

"[This interference] happens practically in every city that Shen Yun visits. There has always been pressure from the Chinese Embassy to cancel the shows," she added.

For more than a decade, while Shen Yun tours the globe, it is not uncommon for the CCP to pressure Western theaters not to lease their space to the performing arts company or pressure them to cancel their shows. The communist regime has even sought to coerce Western government officials not to attend the performances or voice support for the company.

Moreover, the CCP uses front groups, who gather outside the theaters around the world to hold up placards with propaganda slogans and hate speech, to disrupt theatergoers while Shen Yun is performing. The most recent example of this was at the Lincoln Center in New York.

Past Pressure
The CCP has tried similar tactics in the past. In 2014, Chinese diplomats in Barcelona attempted to force the National Theatre of Catalonia to cancel Shen Yun performances.

According to El Mundo, the second most widely distributed newspaper in Spain, Chinese Consulate officials assailed the theater, and then the Spanish Foreign Ministry.

The regime's representatives went in person to the theater and demanded that the show be canceled because it “went against the interests of the Chinese Communist Party." When visiting senior officials at the Foreign Ministry, the representatives warned that the failure to shut down the cultural performance “may compromise” relations between Spain and China, “subliminally pointed to China’s investments in our country and exports of Spanish products,” El Mundo reported.

More recently in 2017, CCP front groups staged a protest in front of the Liceu Theater in Barcelona while Shen Yun was performing in
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Shen Yun Puts Me in a 'Higher Place,' Says Actress Marthe Villalonga
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2019-01-19    2 views
Marthe Villalonga, an 87-year-old French actress, best known for her roles in popular French TV show "Maguy," and the 1976 movie "We Will All Go to Heaven or An Elephant Can Be Extremely Deceptive" watched Shen Yun Performing Arts in Paris on Jan. 17.

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"It's sumptuous, it's beautiful," said Mrs. Villalonga. "The costumes, the ensemble, the music ... we're delighted. Really."

Mrs. Villalonga has spent over half of her life since 1958 in theatre and the TV industry. When it comes to acting and stage performance, she knows a thing or two about presentation and professionalism.

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"I really like the colors, I really like them, all this mixed together like that. So, I'm actually attracted to it."

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"Oh yes, I automatically find that we, we are, we go higher! Here, we go, we go up, we go to heaven, we find the pretty things."

According to its website, the company follows in the footsteps of ancient cultures and looks to the divine for inspiration. Pascale Pouzadoux, an actress and director, saw Shen Yun on the same day and said she enjoyed watching China’s cultural legacy and ancient beliefs unfold on the stage.

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“I think it's wonderful, I think it makes us dream, I think it allows us to know a culture that we know more or less but not enough, and it's a way to want to discover China differently, because of its wonderful and ancient side," said Pouzadoux. "The show itself I find it very professional, I find that the dancers are extremely dynamic, beautiful, that they really make you want to follow the story, and I find that the sets are beautiful too, the colors the costumes, and I think it's very well explained by the girl who explains the story to us, and that we follow the process well, and that there's both humor and beauty, I think it's perfect to see it in Paris in winter, and that everyone should go see them, in the whole world."

"As the young woman explained to us that it was indeed inspired by the divine, I followed his indication when I saw the dancers, and I found especially that it was very free and very rich, as if they were inspired by something very old that they were trying to bring us a kind of serenity, a quietude, like a meditation, on life, on the landscape, on existence, and especially the centuries that are described through costumes, personalities, sets, yes I found that there was something quite wonderful."

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Shen Yun Puts Me in a 'Higher Place,' Says Actress Marthe Villalonga
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2019-01-19    0 views
Marthe Villalonga, an 87-year-old French actress, best known for her roles in popular French TV show "Maguy," and the 1976 movie "We Will All Go to Heaven or An Elephant Can Be Extremely Deceptive" watched Shen Yun Performing Arts in Paris on Jan. 17.

https://drive.google.com/a/epochtimes.nyc/file/d/1x5sU0djbrRbH69nDSouh3ylAXNPbNlZg/view?usp=sharing

[TIMECODE 0024-0035]
"It's sumptuous, it's beautiful," said Mrs. Villalonga. "The costumes, the ensemble, the music ... we're delighted. Really."

Mrs. Villalonga has spent over half of her life since 1958 in theatre and the TV industry. When it comes to acting and stage performance, she knows a thing or two about presentation and professionalism.

https://drive.google.com/a/epochtimes.nyc/file/d/1x5sU0djbrRbH69nDSouh3ylAXNPbNlZg/view?usp=sharing

[TIMECODE 0231-0237]
"I really like the colors, I really like them, all this mixed together like that. So, I'm actually attracted to it."

[TIMECODE 0044-0056]

"Oh yes, I automatically find that we, we are, we go higher! Here, we go, we go up, we go to heaven, we find the pretty things."

According to its website, the company follows in the footsteps of ancient cultures and looks to the divine for inspiration. Pascale Pouzadoux, an actress and director, saw Shen Yun on the same day and said she enjoyed watching China’s cultural legacy and ancient beliefs unfold on the stage.

https://drive.google.com/a/epochtimes.nyc/file/d/1pHiVVEFL1ePIf1sLxe_2GUZSHxI150lX/view?usp=sharing

[TIMECODE 0020-0118]

“I think it's wonderful, I think it makes us dream, I think it allows us to know a culture that we know more or less but not enough, and it's a way to want to discover China differently, because of its wonderful and ancient side," said Pouzadoux. "The show itself I find it very professional, I find that the dancers are extremely dynamic, beautiful, that they really make you want to follow the story, and I find that the sets are beautiful too, the colors the costumes, and I think it's very well explained by the girl who explains the story to us, and that we follow the process well, and that there's both humor and beauty, I think it's perfect to see it in Paris in winter, and that everyone should go see them, in the whole world."

"As the young woman explained to us that it was indeed inspired by the divine, I followed his indication when I saw the dancers, and I found especially that it was very free and very rich, as if they were inspired by something very old that they were trying to bring us a kind of serenity, a quietude, like a meditation, on life, on the landscape, on existence, and especially the centuries that are described through costumes, personalities, sets, yes I found that there was something quite wonderful."

NTD News, Paris, France
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Chinese Regime Pressure Suspected Behind Shen Yun Show Cancelation in Spain
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2019-01-19    2 views
Just weeks before New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts is scheduled to perform at one of Spain's major opera houses, the organizers were told that their show was "forced to [be] canceled" due to technical difficulties. But the organizers do not think this is the case.

Royal Theater's director sent a letter on Jan. 7 to Puro Arte Humano—the organizers of Shen Yun in Spain–informing them the performance has been canceled citing "unavoidable artistic needs of the stage space." Shen Yun was set to perform at the Madrid theater on Jan. 31 and Feb. 2.

The director claimed another show, Das Rheingold opera, that had hired the theater the day before and after Shen Yun, would have difficulties dismantling their sets to accommodate the dance and music company. This was something the theater technical managers did not have a problem with at the time the contract was signed.

Puro Arte Humano said in a press release that the reason given for the cancelation was pretextual and they suspect the real reason was due to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) pressure based on previous experiences.

"Puro Arte Humano assures that the Chinese Embassy has pressured the Madrid Coliseum to achieve the cancellation of the show, something that they already tried in Barcelona without success in 2014," the press release said.

Sandra Flores Gomez, vice president of Puro Arte Humano, said the cancelation is unacceptable and the circumstances surrounding the incident were "bizarre, strange, [and] unorthodox."

"If there is a technical problem you can talk to the technicians of the company and look for a solution," she said.

The nonprofit organization said that similar scheduling of the Paris Opera Ballet shows, which is performing in between Das Rheingold opera show dates a week before Shen Yun, was not a problem with the theater and have not been canceled.


Madrid's Teatro Real calendar schedule for January 2019. (Puro Arte Humano)
Gomez said the Royal Theater has a close relationship with the CCP and had recently agreed to perform operas in China.

"It is no secret to anyone that the theater has very good relations with the Chinese Communist Party," she said. "We know that Xi Jinping's wife, in her recent visit to Spain, was visiting the Royal Theater with the queen with all the protocol with which a first lady is received."

"[This interference] happens practically in every city that Shen Yun visits. There has always been pressure from the Chinese Embassy to cancel the shows," she added.

For more than a decade, while Shen Yun tours the globe, it is not uncommon for the CCP to pressure Western theaters not to lease their space to the performing arts company or pressure them to cancel their shows. The communist regime has even sought to coerce Western government officials not to attend the performances or voice support for the company.

Moreover, the CCP uses front groups, who gather outside the theaters around the world to hold up placards with propaganda slogans and hate speech, to disrupt theatergoers while Shen Yun is performing. The most recent example of this was at the Lincoln Center in New York.

Past Pressure
The CCP has tried similar tactics in the past. In 2014, Chinese diplomats in Barcelona attempted to force the National Theatre of Catalonia to cancel Shen Yun performances.

According to El Mundo, the second most widely distributed newspaper in Spain, Chinese Consulate officials assailed the theater, and then the Spanish Foreign Ministry.

The regime's representatives went in person to the theater and demanded that the show be canceled because it “went against the interests of the Chinese Communist Party." When visiting senior officials at the Foreign Ministry, the representatives warned that the failure to shut down the cultural performance “may compromise” relations between Spain and China, “subliminally pointed to China’s investments in our country and exports of Spanish products,” El Mundo reported.

More recently in 2017, CCP front groups staged a protest in front of the Liceu Theater in Barcelona while Shen Yun was performing in
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Sheriff: Border Fence Helped Cut Crime in Yuma by 91 Percent
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2019-01-17    0 views
YUMA, Arizona—Right along the southwest border, sheriff’s departments are left picking up the pieces in the wake of cross-border crime. It then spreads beyond the border.

Consequently, sheriffs need a bigger seat at the table during border security discussions, said ex-Marine and Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot.

“We all too often see interviews in Washington [with] mayors and governors but, no offence, they are not the ones that are down here on the border,” Wilmot said in an interview at his office on May 25.

“They are not the ones that are investigating the crimes. They are not the ones out here when it’s 120 degrees, processing a crime scene where 14 people were left to die in the desert.”

Wilmot has witnessed it all in his 30-plus years with the sheriff’s department. He knows a vulture will peck a human body down to nothing but bone, because he has seen it. He knows bandits follow the smugglers over the border and rape the women before running back to Mexico, because he is left with the victims. He knows the cartels will commit any crime to get drugs and humans across the border.

Yuma County is 5,522 square miles—larger than the state of Connecticut—and it shares 126 miles of border with Mexico. California and its Imperial Sand Dunes are just a mirage away on the western border beyond the Colorado River.

The Yuma Border Patrol Sector used to be the worst in the country for illegal crossings, until it became a poster-child for the effectiveness of a border fence.

In 2005, before the fence, more than 2,700 vehicles crossed the Colorado River and open deserts, loaded with illegal immigrants and drugs, according to Border Patrol numbers.

Apprehensions steadily increased to more than 138,000 in fiscal 2005.

“Yuma battled entrenched smuggling groups for control of the border,” said Border Patrol in a video. “Mass incursions often left agents outnumbered 50 to 1. Agents were assaulted with rocks and weapons daily.”


A line of trucks await inspection by the Mexican military in Mexico can be seen through the border fence on the U.S.–Mexico border near Yuma, Ariz., on May 25, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Following the Secure Fence Act of 2006, Yuma tripled manpower and added mobile surveillance, as well as fencing and vehicle barriers.

Yuma went from having 5.2 miles of fencing to 63 miles, and subsequently saw an almost 95 percent decrease in border apprehensions by 2009, when Border Patrol made about 7,000 arrests.

Ancillary Crime Down 91 Percent
It also directly affected what the sheriff’s department had to deal with.

“We were able to reduce [ancillary crimes] by 91 percent,” Wilmot said. “The deaths in the desert, the rapes, the robberies, the homicides, the burglaries, the thefts.”

But the fence was only one part of the equation, said Capt. Eben Bratcher. The other part, under Operation Streamline, was 100 percent prosecution of illegal border crossers.

“If you did try to cross and you got caught, you were held accountable. There were consequences,” Bratcher said. “So the combination, the fence slowed them down, but they are going to find a way over it, under it, through it, whatever. But the real issue was, when you got caught, you went to jail. It stopped.”


Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot (R) and Capt. Eben Bratcher talk about border security in the sheriff's office in Yuma, Ariz., on May 25, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Bratcher said that before the fence and Operation Streamline, the area was out of control.

“My patrol guys would be out there, and we're trying to do our primary job, which is community safety and investigating crimes, and we would encounter people who were being smuggled or sneaking across, every night,” he said.

“If you tried to pull over a van that had the windows spray-painted black, you were absolutely ensured that there was going to be a vehicle pursuit coming because they would just take off, and over and over and over again we experienced that. Several horrible crashes, multiple people dying—and not just the people that were smuggling and being smuggled—but i
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Sheriff: Border Fence Helped Cut Crime in Yuma by 91 Percent
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2019-01-17    0 views
YUMA, Arizona—Right along the southwest border, sheriff’s departments are left picking up the pieces in the wake of cross-border crime. It then spreads beyond the border.

Consequently, sheriffs need a bigger seat at the table during border security discussions, said ex-Marine and Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot.

“We all too often see interviews in Washington [with] mayors and governors but, no offence, they are not the ones that are down here on the border,” Wilmot said in an interview at his office on May 25.

“They are not the ones that are investigating the crimes. They are not the ones out here when it’s 120 degrees, processing a crime scene where 14 people were left to die in the desert.”

Wilmot has witnessed it all in his 30-plus years with the sheriff’s department. He knows a vulture will peck a human body down to nothing but bone, because he has seen it. He knows bandits follow the smugglers over the border and rape the women before running back to Mexico, because he is left with the victims. He knows the cartels will commit any crime to get drugs and humans across the border.

Yuma County is 5,522 square miles—larger than the state of Connecticut—and it shares 126 miles of border with Mexico. California and its Imperial Sand Dunes are just a mirage away on the western border beyond the Colorado River.

The Yuma Border Patrol Sector used to be the worst in the country for illegal crossings, until it became a poster-child for the effectiveness of a border fence.

In 2005, before the fence, more than 2,700 vehicles crossed the Colorado River and open deserts, loaded with illegal immigrants and drugs, according to Border Patrol numbers.

Apprehensions steadily increased to more than 138,000 in fiscal 2005.

“Yuma battled entrenched smuggling groups for control of the border,” said Border Patrol in a video. “Mass incursions often left agents outnumbered 50 to 1. Agents were assaulted with rocks and weapons daily.”


A line of trucks await inspection by the Mexican military in Mexico can be seen through the border fence on the U.S.–Mexico border near Yuma, Ariz., on May 25, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Following the Secure Fence Act of 2006, Yuma tripled manpower and added mobile surveillance, as well as fencing and vehicle barriers.

Yuma went from having 5.2 miles of fencing to 63 miles, and subsequently saw an almost 95 percent decrease in border apprehensions by 2009, when Border Patrol made about 7,000 arrests.

Ancillary Crime Down 91 Percent
It also directly affected what the sheriff’s department had to deal with.

“We were able to reduce [ancillary crimes] by 91 percent,” Wilmot said. “The deaths in the desert, the rapes, the robberies, the homicides, the burglaries, the thefts.”

But the fence was only one part of the equation, said Capt. Eben Bratcher. The other part, under Operation Streamline, was 100 percent prosecution of illegal border crossers.

“If you did try to cross and you got caught, you were held accountable. There were consequences,” Bratcher said. “So the combination, the fence slowed them down, but they are going to find a way over it, under it, through it, whatever. But the real issue was, when you got caught, you went to jail. It stopped.”


Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot (R) and Capt. Eben Bratcher talk about border security in the sheriff's office in Yuma, Ariz., on May 25, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Bratcher said that before the fence and Operation Streamline, the area was out of control.

“My patrol guys would be out there, and we're trying to do our primary job, which is community safety and investigating crimes, and we would encounter people who were being smuggled or sneaking across, every night,” he said.

“If you tried to pull over a van that had the windows spray-painted black, you were absolutely ensured that there was going to be a vehicle pursuit coming because they would just take off, and over and over and over again we experienced that. Several horrible crashes, multiple people dying—and not just the people that were smuggling and being smuggled—but i
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Breadth and Depth Inexhaustible
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2019-01-16    0 views
Ronald Dent, former owner of Manpower International, a subsidiary of Manpower Group, appreciated the spiritual elements, the common theme of peace and love, and the diversity of culture depicted in the performance.

"It depicted so many of the different little differences, between the north and the south and the east and the west, in years ago versus nowadays," said Dent.

"That's why it's nice to have it here, so everybody can experience it," he said.

"It reminds me of my own religion, I’m Christian and it’s the same thing that we have, we know we have a being above us and we all one day hope that our lives will be pure enough to reach that level."

Richard Eng, Vice President of UBS-Wealth Management, felt he learned a lot about traditional Chinese culture through the performance.

"Classical dance was, beautiful, wonderful," said Eng. "I like the fact that the music that went behind it, was very good. Everything was tied to heaven. Which I thought was really wonderful."

"Well I, I'm already a Christian, and I believe the creator, I believe in Jesus Christ so that was part of what I believe," he said. "I always have God in my nature and I believe everyone should really believe in God and because that's where we came from, I like the fact that you believe that we are all from divine, from heaven."

"Well I like the music, and it was very soothing, and especially the Chinese instruments like the and the pipa and the erhu, and I love the individual performance," said Eng. "And the singing by the soprano, I thought was wonderful too."

The rich culture and history portrayed in the performance was both wondrous and impressive to the audience members.

"I thought it was spectacular, the dancing was wonderful," said Raymond Gambardella, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon. "I was particularly impressed with the orchestra, was just magnificent and the singing pieces, and the piano solos with the vocalist were very, very well done, but just the spectacle of it. It was so beautifully done. And I really think we learned a little something about the Chinese culture today that I'm very pleased to have come and been able to do that."

"The depth and the breadth of it, it's just almost inexhaustible to see the ... looking back in the history of the dance and, how it progressed and how it’s still so vibrant, to me was very heartening," said Gambardella. "Go see it. Yes, you won't be disappointed."

"If you want to hear and watch classical Chinese dance, combined with music. Attend the show," said Eng.
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Film Producer Returns to See Shen Yun, Enjoy All New Production
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2019-01-14    0 views
Film Producer Leif Bristow and his wife, Agnes Bristow, have made TV series such as “Wildlife Quest” and dramas like “Rising Suns.” Mr. Bristow is also a director at Ontario District Council. They have attended Shen Yun several times throughout the years.

“I always feel uplifted when I come to see the show,” Agnes said. “It’s very rich and everything you can imagine. The music is so beautiful and when I’m sitting in the audience, I feel like I’m transported somewhere else.

“It was humorous. It was visually beautiful. The choreography is magnificent as always.”

“I love this performance,” Leif said. “It was quite exceptional.

“Listening to the Erhu, it was one of the most beautiful solos I’ve heard in a long time. It was really captivating.”
The couple watched the performance at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre in Canada on Jan. 12. They said after watching the all-new production that there is always more to appreciate in the choreography and artistry of Shen Yun performances.

“I kept noticing how beautiful and unique each dance sequence, the wardrobe and costumes were,” Leif said.

“They’ve really done it really elegantly. The blend of colors, the style of coloring, and just integrating the costumes into the dances is really beautiful.”

China had a culture built on beliefs from Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Ancient Chinese believed their culture was a gift from the heavens. According to its website, the traditional culture presented in Shen Yun is what the current communist regime has systemically tried to destroy since it took power in 1949.

“It’s such a different art form,” Leif said, “especially for most audiences around the world today because you’re dealing with an art form that goes back so many thousands of years.”

“What the arts are supposed to do is beyond entertain,” he said.

“If through the arts we can open the imagination, or cause people to have a question, or to want to research or to learn more, then it’s a great way to open the door for somebody who might go back, ‘Oh, I gotta go learn more about this’ or just go research that period.

“If you don’t research your history, you’ll always fail on the future.

“History and tradition are important because it’s those elements of our cultural history and who we are as a people that help us progress forward in the future and become what we convey to the world.”

NTD News, Canada
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Shen Yun Elicits Thoughts of a Higher Purpose
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2019-01-14    0 views
New York-based Shen Yun performed at the International Convention Centre(ICC) in Birmingham, U.K., on Jan. 12, as part of its 2019 world tour in which six equally sized companies will travel to over 100 cities. After watching Shen Yun, corporate finance lawyer Gareth John said the performance was “very spiritual.”

"Amazing, absolutely stunning. The colors, the vibrancy, the dancing, really spectacular and very spiritual I think as well," said John. "I just think the movements so pure and the dance and everything and the music, is quite touching."

He said he particularly enjoyed the dance story of “Visiting Chang’e at the Moon Palace,” and was impressed how the 3D background integrated into the storytelling.

“I thought it was extremely clever. And also made us think that we’re not just here on Earth, we’re part of a bigger universe. We need to think bigger,” John said. “We’re not just here on Earth, are we? We’re part of a bigger picture. This is fascinating. “It’s a very spiritual performance and makes you think on a bigger level.”

"It's just an amazing experience, isn't it? It's inspiring, to see how much athleticism goes into it and how precise everything is," said Dave Reece, an automotive industry consultant. "As a business consultant, my job is about process and precision and this is just mirrors everything that I go through in business life. I think it's great, I mean, this dance and performance is fantastic."

"It's wonderful, it's great to see the movement, the athleticism, and the choreography, just how they're all together and then shows as one," said Alan Wisdish, a civil engineer at Atkins. "It's really brilliant."

In China, teachings from Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism have been passed down for millennia, forming the basis of Chinese moral philosophy. These ideas include the harmony between man and nature, and divine retribution. Audience members said values like these are as relevant to today as they were in ancient China.

"It's a good theme," Wisdish added. "It's good to show some of the traditional Chinese culture and how Chinese has been for a long time, show some Chinese humor and some of the spiritual they have, it's fantastic."

"If you stop and think and spend the time to think about what is life about," said Mark Jones, a director at EDM Plus (UK) Ltd. "What do we want in life, then things are fairly basic and simple. We just make life difficult ourselves."

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YELLOW VEST PROTESTS:TEAR GAS
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Paris police fired water cannon and tear gas to push back "yellow vest" demonstrators from around the Arc de Triomphe monument on Saturday, in the ninth straight weekend of protests against French President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms.

Thousands of protesters in Paris marched noisily but mostly peacefully through the Grands Boulevards shopping area in northern Paris, close to where a massive gas explosion in a bakery killed two firefighters and a Spanish tourist and injured nearly 50 people early on Saturday.

But small groups of demonstrators broke away from the designated route and threw bottles and other projectiles at the police.


Protesters wearing yellow vests take part in a demonstration by the "yellow vests" movement near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, January 12, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Around the 19th-century Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs Elysees boulevard, riot police fired water cannon and tear gas at militant protesters after being pelted with stones and paint, witnesses said.

Groups of protesters also gathered on and around the Champs Elysees, the scene of disturbances in recent weeks, many of them calling loudly for Macron to resign.


Protesters walk through tear gas during a demonstration of the "yellow vests" movement near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, January 12, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
"Macron, we are going to tear down your place!" one banner read.

The Interior Ministry estimated that there were a maximum of about 84,000 demonstrators nationwide on Saturday - more than the 50,000 counted last week but well below the record 282,000 estimated on Nov. 17, the first day of the protests.

In Paris, the ministry counted 8,000 demonstrators, more than in the past two weekends, when authorities tallied just 3,500 people on Jan. 5 and only 800 on Dec. 29.

Much of central Paris was in lockdown on the first week of post-Christmas sales, with bridges across the Seine river closed and official buildings such as parliament and the Elysee presidential palace protected by police barriers.

In Paris, 156 "gilets jaunes" (yellow vest) protesters were arrested, some for carrying objects that could be used as weapons, police said. As of 2000 GMT, 108 remained in custody. Nationwide, 244 people had been arrested, of which 201 remained in custody.

By nightfall, there had been no looting or burning of cars as seen in previous weeks and traffic circulation had resumed around the Arc de Triomple area.

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There were also thousands of marchers in the cities of Bordeaux and Toulon in southern France as well as Strasbourg in the east and the central city of Bourges.

Bourges authorities said nearly 5,000 yellow vests stuck to the designated demonstration area. The historical city center was off-limits for demonstrators, but some 500 protesters made their way to the center where they scuffled with police and set garbage bins on fire.

Many businesses in Bourges had boarded themselves up to avoid damage and authorities had removed street furniture and building site materials that could be used for barricades.

In Strasbourg, up to 2,000 demonstrators gathered in front of the European Parliament building and later marched to the center of the city on the Rhine river border with Germany. No serious violence or looting was reported there.

More than 80,000 police were on duty for the protests nationwide, including 5,000 in Paris.

The "yellow vests" take their name from the high-visibility jackets they wear. Their rage stems from a squeeze on household incomes and a belief that Macron, a former investment banker seen as close to big business, is indifferent to their hardships.

Macron, often criticized for a monarchical manner, is to launch a national debate on Jan. 15 to try to mollify the yellow vest protest, which has shaken his administration.

The debate, to be held on the internet and in town halls, will focus on four themes - taxes, green energy, institutional reform and citizenship. But aides to Macron have said changing the course of Macron's reforms aime
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Award Winning Dermatologist Impressed By Shen Yun Performance in New York
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Shen Yun New York Company starts its tour in New York with 13 sold out performances.

Norman Goldstein a Clinical Professor of Dermatology watched the performance with his wife Ramsay Goldstein, on Jan. 10.

"It was outstanding," Mr. Goldsein said.  "I like the way that people on stage would go to the screen and back, and come from the screen back on stage."

Dr. Goldstein has been practicing dermatology for 58 years. He has won many awards including the Prevention of Skin Cancers award. Recently he was named the “Leading Physician of the World” by The International Association of Dermatologists

"My heart was pounding, and as a physician I know it wasn't wrong. But I was so excited about this, and [there were] new things with every performance, every part of it was new and exciting," he added.

"The show is the best show I have ever seen," Mrs. Goldstein said.

Mrs. Goldstein is a former ballerina. After watching Shen Yun, she was blown away by the skills of the dancers.

"They're beyond belief, they look like they’re being… like they are marionettes...but they don’t," she added.

Shen Yun’s mission is to revive traditional Chinese culture through the arts, starting with its connection to the divine.
Virtues like loyalty, filial piety, and righteousness, which play out in Shen Yun’s performances, are a manifestation of that divinity in China’s ancient culture.

"I loved it, I cried. It helps to think there's a greater glory," she said. The sensitivity, intellect, the knowledge through 5000-years [and that] all comes out in their performance."

"We have to keep the culture, keep the memories, keep the stories, and this [performance] helps," said Mr. Goldstein.

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Award Winning Dermatologist Impressed By Shen Yun Performance in New York
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Shen Yun New York Company starts its tour in New York with 13 sold out performances.

Norman Goldstein a Clinical Professor of Dermatology watched the performance with his wife Ramsay Goldstein, on Jan. 10.

"It was outstanding," Mr. Goldsein said.  "I like the way that people on stage would go to the screen and back, and come from the screen back on stage."

Dr. Goldstein has been practicing dermatology for 58 years. He has won many awards including the Prevention of Skin Cancers award. Recently he was named the “Leading Physician of the World” by The International Association of Dermatologists

"My heart was pounding, and as a physician I know it wasn't wrong. But I was so excited about this, and [there were] new things with every performance, every part of it was new and exciting," he added.

"The show is the best show I have ever seen," Mrs. Goldstein said.

Mrs. Goldstein is a former ballerina. After watching Shen Yun, she was blown away by the skills of the dancers.

"They're beyond belief, they look like they’re being… like they are marionettes...but they don’t," she added.

Shen Yun’s mission is to revive traditional Chinese culture through the arts, starting with its connection to the divine.
Virtues like loyalty, filial piety, and righteousness, which play out in Shen Yun’s performances, are a manifestation of that divinity in China’s ancient culture.

"I loved it, I cried. It helps to think there's a greater glory," she said. The sensitivity, intellect, the knowledge through 5000-years [and that] all comes out in their performance."

"We have to keep the culture, keep the memories, keep the stories, and this [performance] helps," said Mr. Goldstein.

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Human Rights Activist Benedict Rogers: Shen Yun Demonstrates 'China’s Rich Ancient Civilization'
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Human rights activist and China expert Benedict Rogers saw Shen Yun for the second time at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, United Kingdom, on Jan. 9, 2019, having seen the show when it was last in the UK in 2018.

“It’s stunning,” Rogers explained. “The costumes are amazing, but the skill of the performance as well is really extraordinary. And also the animation behind them and the music, it’s a really amazing, beautiful performance.”

"Last year, obviously I didn’t know quite what to expect, this year I had a better understanding of what to expect, but still I had a sense of excitement and anticipation and I was delighted looking forward to seeing it."

Rogers has extensive experience in global human rights issues. He is a co-founder of the International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea, the Deputy Chair of the Conservative Human Rights Commission, and founder of Hong Kong Watch.

“The performance was both wonderful and uplifting, but also moving and challenging as a reminder of both the beautiful history of China but also the problems that are existing in China today,” Rogers added.

Under the current Chinese communist regime, traditional morals and faiths have been nearly destroyed. The meditation discipline of Falun Dafa is based on the values of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance; but the communist regime feared the enormous popularity of the practice and began to persecute it in 1999.

“It really brought home to me what’s happening,” he said.

“It’s really important to remind people today that China is not the Chinese Communist Party,” he said. “The Chinese Communist Party and the country of China are two different things, and the country of China has a beautiful, rich, ancient civilization and culture."

“It’s very important to bring that to the world so that despite the Chinese Communist Party’s attempts to eradicate it, the world can know the true history and civilization of China.”

Rogers added, “We shouldn’t believe everything that the Chinese Communist Party says about China, we should look to China’s rich ancient civilization.”

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