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” No photos, Breezy is because “At one point in life, "I won’t compromise on principles.If that makes me an extremist so be it" Former DFL Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe the longest-serving legislative leader in state history said there’s a generation of politicians being elected on both sides of the political spectrum who view not budging as a badge of honor"And that of course contributes to the gridlock The fact of the matter is in the legislative process compromise is a necessity" Moe saidMore amendments on tapEfforts by some Republicans to amend the state constitution on an array of contentious issues also could ramp up the political rhetoric and divisiveness this sessionRepublicans already put an amendment on this November’s ballot to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota But it might not be the only one — making labor union involvement voluntary requiring a supermajority in the Legislature to raise taxes and mandating photo identification at the polls — also could be in the mixWhy put these issues to the voters rather than try to pass a state law Unlike a bill the governor can’t veto a constitutional amendment proposed by a majority of the LegislatureSenate Minority Leader Tom Bakk DFL-Cook said revisiting issues that were contentious last year and vetoed by the governor isn’t helpful or productive — whether it’s through legislation or through constitutional amendments"Let’s not just throw things out there that might make good campaign rhetoric There was plenty of campaign literature written last year both caucuses have plenty" Bakk said "So this year let’s dig in and roll up our sleeves"Rep Mary Kiffmeyer R-Ham Lake sponsored the voting photo ID requirement last year and has decided to send it to the ballot instead of to the governor for a possible veto"Disagreeing is part of the process Sometimes its philosophical sometimes its partisan" said Kiffmeyer a former Minnesota secretary of state "I’m not trying to do away with that process But sometimes amending the constitution is appropriate And I think people voting on the rules of their elections is very appropriate"Observers say if Republicans put too many constitutional amendments on the ballot it could backfire and ultimately hurt them at the polls come NovemberFormer Republican Rep Ron Erhardt of Edina said it would be an overload of divisive issues voters don’t care about"Those are things they shouldn’t be talking about They should be talking about what people want to hear about" Erhardt said "And that’s truly balancing the state budget and investing in education"Redistricting aheadThis year legislators will have one big motivator to get done early with few fireworks Political maps are being redrawn and every member of the House and Senate will be up for re-election Many will have new territory to cover and constituents to meetThat desire could fuel legislators to stick to their promise to focus on job creation and making government more efficient and responsive to the people it servesThe U’s Jacobs said there are lots of people out there with doom-and-gloom expectations for the legislative session There’s a good chance it could be disastrous he said but it’s also not uncommon to see divided government produce significant legislationHe points to work on school choice done more than two decades ago when Minnesota lawmakers approved an expansive open-enrollment program that permits students to attend the public school of their choice and became the first state in the nation to open charter schools"I would say there’s a real possibility for some real discord But there are some areas where this could be a breakthrough year" Jacobs said "In other words we shouldn’t be so pessimistic that we’re not aware of the potential progress"Distributed by MCT Information Services And Ben Carson proves again why he’s a terrible surrogate ” President Obama in his endorsement of Hillary Clinton Bits and Bites Obama on Trump: Orange Is Not the New Black [TIME] Elizabeth Warren Endorses Hillary Clinton on Rachel Maddow Show [NBC] Carson says Trump knows judge attack was wrong [Politico] Pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC Launches Website on Trump Lies [TIME] Bernie Sanders Signals at Reconciliation After Meeting President Obama ND and Sen John Hoeven R-ND Ill reach for a banana with almond butter she told Health: "But I found that once I got going and formed new habits and figured out favorite meals and other relevant authorities Most parts of the nation’s capital have been in darkness for at least five days Hospice officials declined interview requests for this story They must lay out a plan of care for each patient so the focus should be on getting more moderate-to-vigorous physical activity throughout the day OverallKolkata/Beijing: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cancelled her first China visit on Friday at the last minute as political meetings at the "appropriate level" were not confirmed by the Chinese government The Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief was slated to leave for China tonight on an eight-day visit Meanwhile a statement issued by the Chinese Consulate at Kolkata said "We have taken note of the fact that Mamata Banerjee Chief Minister of West Bengal announced the cancellation of her trip to China on the afternoon of 22 June 2018" It said "The Chinese side attaches great importance to its relationship with India and to the exchanges between the Chinese provinces and the Indian states It was working hard to prepare for the Chief Minister’s trip to China including on the relevant arrangements during the visit" File image of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee [email protected] At the time the announcement was made the Chinese side was still working on the arrangements and remained in contact with the Indian Embassy in China it added According to the statement the Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata has all along been committed to promoting the ties between the Chinese provinces and West Bengal and will continue with its efforts to enhance the friendly exchanges and cooperation between the two sides in economic trade cultural educational and other fields Banerjee was scheduled to lead a delegation to China under the exchange programme of the Government of India with the International Department of the Communist Party of China West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who is at present out of the country and Foreign Secretary VK Gokhale were informed about the cancellation of Banerjee’s visit In a Facebook post the chief minister said "In March this year the Union Minister of External Affairs had recommended to me to kindly consider leading a delegation to China in the coming months under the Exchange Programme of the Government of India with the International Department of the Communist Party of China" Noting that she had agreed to the proposal Banerjee said "I mentioned to her that since the interest of my country is involved I wish to visit China sometime during last week of June 2018" Pursuant to letters from the state chief secretary and the ambassador of India in China a programme was chalked out and the visit was planned she added Till Friday everything was "going well" the chief minister said adding that unfortunately "the political meetings at the appropriate level" could not be confirmed "It has now been intimated by our Ambassador in China that the political meetings at the appropriate level under the Exchange Programme could not be confirmed Therefore the purpose of my visit with a delegation to China under the Exchange Programme is of no use" she said According to sources in Beijing the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) did not facilitate her meeting with any senior leader other than Song Tao Minister of the International Department The international department is in charge of maintaining relations with various political parties of the world including those in India and hosts and interacts with visiting political leaders But considering Banerjee’s stature in Indian politics India had proposed a meeting with a member of the powerful seven-member Politburo Standing Committee the highest body of the CPC the sources told PTI The committee is headed by Chinese President Xi Jinping who is also the General Secretary of the CPC Banerjee’s tour was cancelled due to the failure of the CPC officials to understand and appreciate her stature — both as a chief minister and the head of a political party the Trinamool Congress — and the importance of her visit the sources said There was no immediate comment from the CPC on the cancellation of Banerjee’s visit When Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had visited China in 2016 he had met Zhao Leji a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and head of the CPC Central Committee Organisation Department besides Song Sources said Banerjee’s visit was expected to be rescheduled as both the countries were making efforts to improve the bilateral relations following the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi providing a new direction to the ties Banerjee said although the Indian ambassador in China tried his best to make her visit a success the non-confirmation of the political meetings "at the last moment" had "unfortunately compelled us to cancel the visit" "However I wish the continuation of the friendship of India and China in the days to come and it should strengthen further in the interest of both the countries" she added Banerjee was scheduled to address a meeting of CEOs of Chinese companies in Shanghai as part of her efforts to scout for Chinese investment in West Bengal As the sun dipped behind the mountains in the distance Archana Sharma continued pedalling towards the finish line stealing furtive glances at the marshal’s vehicle tailing her There was a good chance that she would soon be asked to stop riding by the safety officer Kamal Sharma and would be packed off on the truck along with her bike for a quick drive to camp Around six hours earlier race leader and eventually winner Thomas Engersgjerd of Norway had stormed through the course to pick up yet another stage win and consolidate his overall lead By the time Sharma signed off the stage he was sitting easy scrubbed and showered now sipping a steamy cloying chai while indulging in banter with the other riders to cool his heels after a gruelling day Nepal’s Harka Lama a runner-up in the Masters Solo event at the 2018 MTB Himalaya Image courtesy: Akashdeep HASTPA 14th Hero MTB Himalaya Sharma and Engersgjerd represent a myriad mix of riders that the Hero MTB Himalaya draws each year For not all races pose a challenge in their own way for both amateur and professional riders Just the enormity of the race on paper reflects just how punishing it gets for any rider Then again one could be a veteran of mountain biking yet nothing quite prepares you for the surprises nature presents time and again in the wilderness The eight-stage roller-coaster race runs over 650km from Shimla to Dharamsala and has earned the reputation of being one of the toughest mountain biking races in the world It climbs to a maximum elevation of 3100 metres while there are other sections with technical single-track trails and steep downhills that drop to over 1500 metres in a few minutes before leading uphill yet again So unpredictable is the terrain that it isn’t surprising to be halted by a flock of sheep around a bend or be as startled as the fox that darted out of a thicket a short hop away What is a guarantee and becomes a constant through the nine days of the race are the wonders of the Shivaliks and Dhauladhar mountain ranges — some sights so gorgeous that it’s hard to fathom how any rider could stick to a plan and maintain focus at breakneck speeds instead of succumbing to the glorious views all around The course runs past some of the least trodden regions of Himachal Pradesh — newly constructed jeep tracks and pugdandis that are the only access to a village or two and during other times running across sections of the state highway alongside speeding apple trucks before trailing off towards the backroads again It is these off-road sections that attract top riders from around the world including Engersgjerd his Norwegian teammate Ole Hem Germany’s Andi Seewald a top-10 finisher at the Hero MTB World Marathon Championships and seven-time 24-hour Solo World Champion Jason English of Australia To soak in the race there’s nothing like hitching a ride on a steward’s motorcycle and walking the trails with a binocular and camera in tow while watching the master riders negotiate every turn and bend with their expert skills “The surprises it throws at every corner makes it really thrilling Back in Europe we have manicured trails but out here it’s all very raw which only adds to the challenge and the thrill Besides we always have to keep in mind the right side of the road” says Seewald The luxuries of civilisation make way for the comfort of a tent at serene campsites in between stages Each morning dawns to a dewy chill that leads to starting problems for everyone from the riders to the support vehicles until the luxuriant sunshine and a hearty breakfast get most up and running In the mountains it’s every man for himself given that some trails are desolate besides the stray local ambling home for lunch The narrow pugdandis have to be tackled with deft manoeuvres inches separating a smooth transition from a bumpy slide down the mountainside That said tumbles tears and bruises are commonplace perfectly captured on GoPros mounted on the riders cherished best with warm supper around a bonfire Each evening there are tales of goodwill doing the rounds where a rider has bailed out a compatriot in distress And through the course of the race friendships develop through these little acts of kindness even as racing takes top priority at the end of the day All spares and snacks are carried by the riders with a few feed stations en route to replenish supplies and get a quick fix on the bike or simply make a quick conversation to bring relief from the hours spent in silent contemplation in the saddle Portugal’s Mario Sebastio the winner of the Grand Master Solo category at the 2018 MTB Himalaya Image courtesy: Akashdeep HASTPA 14th Hero MTB Himalaya In its 14th edition managing the race is a Herculean task in logistics for the organisers at the Himalayan Adventure Sports & Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA) It involves planning just two weeks after the race ends though the real work starts three months before the flag-off One of the most vital aspects is chalking out a course through the landslide-prone mountains of Himachal Pradesh especially since the race is scheduled after the monsoons In the dead of the night route markers brave the cold to mark out the entire stage though at times last minute diversions are unavoidable Even during the current edition the route had to be remapped due to a blockage at Paronthi leaving just about enough room for two tyres to roll by “Getting the infrastructure at these remote places is a big job then of course there are the logistics of setting up camp for around 200 people each day We have a team of 40 volunteers and officials a kitchen staff of 38 toilet staff of 10 and camping staff of 10 It’s important to be well fed racing or otherwise” says Mohit Sood race director and founder/president of HASTPA This year HASTPA visited five cities around the country to tap talented riders handing them the opportunity to share space and learn from some of the top riders around the world Assam’s Ahonda Menjo even managed to win the final stage as the contenders stepped off the gas to enjoy a celebratory joy ride to the finish “The idea is to popularise the sport in India and give others a taste of top-class action Next year we will reach out to 15 cities” says race communications officer Ashish Sood Hero Action Team supports six elite riders and another six with potential at a total budget of Rs 25 lakh where most of the boys come from the hills around Shimla and are gradually earning the opportunity of competing in races in India and abroad There’s still a world of a difference between Indian riders and their foreign counterparts which has a lot to do with the culture of mountain biking in the country and the limited access to world-class equipment And with little understanding from other quarters on just what the sport entails it is credit to bodies like HASTPA for dreaming and executing a race of this magnitude “When we started back in 2005 only 12 of the 30 riders were Indians Over the years the Indian participation has grown and talent has emerged Then the fact that top international riders are coming speaks volumes of the efforts were are putting in But there’s still miles to go for the sport in India” Mohit Sood says Over a period of time the race has drawn all kinds of riders such as professionals and semi-professionals aspiring youngsters and weekend riders with dreams of going the distance for a sense of accomplishment or simply bragging rights There have been inspirational stories of riders such as Datta Patil — a farmer from Sangli who negotiates the extreme terrain barefoot and has missed just one edition of the race so far Or Avishya Jaswal and Ashish Sherpa who at 16 years was the youngest to ride a part of the race hoping to make a mark in the years to come The reputation of the race is such that Engersgjerd’s second-placed finish in 2017 wasn’t satisfactory in his books coming back to claim top spot and the ‘King to the Himalaya’ title this year while Catherine Williamson is now a four-time ‘Queen of the Himalaya’ champion having won every edition that she’s participated in so far And for the likes of Sharma there is nothing quite like experiencing the highs and lows of riding in the mountains The poll showed support for the conservative National Action 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