SEATTLE — Throughout the chaos that ensued inside the A’s clubhouse for the playoff-clincher. The Budweisers that were being sprayed around like water guns. The champagne that bounced off the plastic curtains. A few A’s players decided to take a break from all that for a more intimate special moment.Blake Treinen gathered teammates Matt Olson and Ryan Buchter, along with bench coach Ryan Christenson, and led them through the tunnel from the clubhouse up the dugout stairs and onto the grass at …
20 August 2012President Jacob Zuma has appointed an inter-ministerial committee on the Marikana tragedy, to be led by Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane.The committee will coordinate and lead all support for the families and relatives of those killed during last week’s violence in Marikana, the Presidency said on Monday. This will include the identification of family members, counselling and burials.The committee was expected to hold its first meeting and visit to Marikana on Monday.Forty-four people, including two police officers and 34 mine workers, were killed and scores injured in violent clashes in the mining town of Marikana outside Rustenburg, North West province last week.Zuma has declared this week a period of mourning for those killed. From Monday to Sunday, flags will fly at half-mast at all flag stations in South Africa and missions outside the country. On Thursday, memorial services will be held across the country to mourn and promote a violence-free society.Zuma has also called on faith-based organisations to work with the government to assist the affected families.The inter-ministerial committee will include North West Premier Thandi Modise and a raft of Cabinet ministers: Susan Shabangu (mineral resources), Nathi Mthethwa (police), Bathabile Dlamini (social development), Richard Baloyi (cooperative governance and traditional affairs), Mildred Oliphant (labour), Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (defence and military veterans), Aaron Motsoaledi (health), Siyabonga Cwele (state security) and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (home affairs).Lonmin to pay for children’s educationMeanwhile, mining company Lonmin has committed to providing funding for the education of the children of all employees who lost their lives during last week’s tragedy.“This funding will cover education costs from primary school to university,” the company announced on Friday.Lonmin chief financial officer Simon Scott express the company’s “sincere condolences to the families and friends of all those employees who have lost their lives, not only in the events of Thursday but also in the days leading up to it, and of course to the families and colleagues of the two South African Police Service officers who died trying to protect others.“We are committed to supporting all the families that lost loved ones during this tragic week,” Scott said in a statement.“We have established a help desk at Lonmin’s Andrew Saffy Hospital which will help families with the identification of bodies, assist with all the burial arrangements and offer bereavement counseling.”Source: SANews.gov.za
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging the public to help in the conservation of the American Crocodile species in Jamaica.The American Crocodile, the largest native reptile in the country, has come under increasing population threat from habitat loss and poaching.To help stem the problem, NEPA has embarked on a ‘Croc-Wise’ educational outreach targeting communities and schools around crocodile habitats to develop an appreciation for the reptile in youth and community members.The last stop of the ‘Croc-Wise’ outreach was in Black River, St. Elizabeth, on December 6. The Black River Lower Morass is the largest wetland in the island and a well-known crocodile habitat that generates many reported cases of human-crocodile interactions.“As our population is growing, more and more communities are encroaching into wetland habitats, which is causing a disturbance, and it is resulting in conflict. A lot of people have a view that ‘we need to kill it before it kills us’, so when people run into crocodiles they do not have the most suitable reactions. Operators along the river and residents have expressed their concern about crocodile poaching in Black River and the surrounding areas,” said Fauna Environmental Officer in the Ecosystems Management Branch at NEPA, Treya Picking.Ms. Picking told JIS News that the American Crocodile “is one of the shiest species of crocodiles”.“They are more likely to flee at the sight of humans than attack, but like any wild animal, they will become defensive and aggressive when they feel threatened. The best approach you can take is to be extremely cautious in a crocodile habitat and just to respect their habitat or space,” she said.When a crocodile is sighted, the public is being encouraged to contact NEPA at 876-754-7540 or the nearest police, instead of taking matters into their own hands. Attracting a crowd, throwing rocks or trying to get the reptile to move will cause it to feel stressed and retaliate, which can be extremely dangerous. Do not dump in wetlands, gullies or other waterways as food waste will attract crocodiles. NEPA also advises the public not to feed crocodiles under any circumstance.The crocodile, which is featured in multiple ways in Jamaican culture, also plays an important role in the environment.“In terms of environmental importance, it’s our apex predator. They control the balance in the ecosystem, so if you remove the top predator it will have a very negative effect. It would affect the fish stock and the quality of the wetland habitat. People really do need to stop poaching, as it is having very negative effects on the population, and if trends continue it could lead to the extinction of the species in Jamaica, which we would not want at all,” Ms. Picking told JIS News.NEPA’s educational outreach recently received a boost through the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) video, ‘Lord of the Wetlands, Changing Seas’, which featured the crocodile conservation efforts of NEPA and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC).Crocodiles are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, which makes it an offence for anyone to kill or have in their possession the whole or any part of the crocodile. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging the public to help in the conservation of the American Crocodile species in Jamaica. Story Highlights To help stem the problem, NEPA has embarked on a ‘Croc-Wise’ educational outreach targeting communities and schools around crocodile habitats to develop an appreciation for the reptile in youth and community members. The American Crocodile, the largest native reptile in the country, has come under increasing population threat from habitat loss and poaching.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 13, 2017 – Nassau – The Ministry of Education yesterday announced that three national examinations have been rescheduled due to their clash with the May 10 date for the 2017 general elections. The Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) subject papers for Graphical Communication and Music will now be held on June 7, and the Grade Level Assessment Test (GLAT) has been rescheduled to May 15 to May 19.A notice was sent out yesterday to principals and examination supervisors at government and private schools yesterday, and apologised for any inconvenience caused by the date change. The Graphical Communication Paper 2 will start at 9am, and the Music paper is slated for 1pm on Wednesday, June 7. The GLAT exam will begin on May 15, and testing will end on May 18 for Grade 3 students, and on May 19 for Grade 6 students.Yesterday, Education director Lionel Sands noted that schools across the country are making good progress on recovering time lost during school closures in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew last October. Mr Sands said: “We’ve done quite a bit to catch up on days lost as a consequence of extra time teachers have been putting in. We’ve not fully caught up but we are catching up, so by the end of the school year we would have caught up. He continued: “I certainly wish to express my deep gratitude to the teachers who have been so good at helping us recovering days we lost as a consequence of the storm, giving up time during lunch break, after school, some even on weekends.”Story by: Sheri-kae McLeod#MagneticMediaNews#examsrescheduled#BahamasGeneralElections Long lines for Registration, Department ready for influx Constitutional requirement on General Elections explained Bahamas House of Assembly reconvenes, Election Date to be announced Related Items:#BahamasGeneralElections, #examsrescheduled, #magneticmedianews Recommended for you
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”OP-ED: Why Wilmington Residents Should Care About A Woburn 40B ProjectIn “Government”Massachusetts Lottery Eyeing Wilmington As Location For New Regional OfficeIn “Business” Dear Editor,We would like to take this opportunity to thank Senators Cindy Friedman and Bruce Tarr and Representatives Richard Haggerty, David Robertson, and Kenneth Gordon for their continued support in the Woburn Neighborhood Association’s objection to the Ledges Project. The State Delegation from Woburn and Wilmington sent a joint letter to the Mass Department of Environmental Protection outlining their objections to the project and asking them to take immediate action. The text of the letter is below.Sincerely,Michael L Raymond, ChairmanWoburn Neighborhood Association++++++++++++++++++++++Office of Heidi ZischGeneral CounselMass DEP 205B Lowell StWilmington, MA 01887Attorney Zisch,We write to you with great concern about the environmental impact regarding the “Ledges” project located at 1042 Main Street in Woburn, MA, and the widespread effects it will have on both the local and regional human and animal populations, forest ecosystem, and groundwater runoff. While we support accessible and affordable housing opportunities in the greater Boston area, the impact the proposed project has on the surrounding neighborhoods in terms of dust, noise, and construction on an environmentally damaged plot leads us to believe that such a project’s negatives far outweigh any perceived benefits. We believe that MassDEP would likely share in our and our constituents justified concerns,Firstly, with 420,000 cubic yards of soil set to be removed, the project not only radically alters the community but also exposes all residents to dust and debris as a result of the extensive blasting. Of particular concern to us is the great amount of Silica dust that will be created. As we are sure you know, silica contributes to increased risks of a myriad of cancers, a heightened risk of OCPD, and is the direct cause of silicosis. These risks are especially concerning due to the presence of young children and the elderly nearby, living in homes not typically insulated against such fine particle matter. Even if such particles do not enter the homes and business of residents, fine particles that land on cars, playsets, and pathways will be directly stirred up and breathed by thousands of people. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends that workers who deal with silica change their clothes and park their vehicle in sheltered areas at the worksite, noting that fallen particles on clothes and cars still raise the level for illness. The residents of Woburn and Wilmington do not have this luxury, and instead are forced to be exposed to contaminates without any choice but to abandon their homes. This is egregious.Secondly, we wish MassDEP to address the radical changes such a development will have on the water percolation and runoff, especially with respect to the change in how the plume of the Olin Chemical site has continuously spread. As we are sure you are aware the chemicals leaked from the Olin Chemical property have created a larger plume than previously expected, With the removal of vegetation, top soil, and the creation of thousands of square feet of non-permeable surface we are concerned with the exacerbation that concentrated percolation and drainage will have in extending the plume. By creating non-permeable surfaces and removing topsoil storm-water run off potentially increase in concentration, pushing chemicals spreading through the bedroom even further rather than being held and released more slowly as the current topography of the site allows. As you are also aware, the Wilmington area cancer study is still an ongoing matter, and evidence suggests a correlation between the appearance of rare cancers and the chemicals present in the Woburn/Wilmington watershed.Thirdly, our delegation is concerned about the noise and light pollution on nearby residents. While the area is developed, the lowering of the elevation of the hill and the removal of the trees changes the dynamic of the light and noise pollution tremendously. It is no secret that studies show that exposure to light and sound during evening hours leads to higher rates of stress, depression, anxiety, and more in children. The size and scope of a project that radically alters the landscape will decrease the health of the population, decrease the values of existing property, and compound an already tenuous public health picture.As the project is moving forward, urgent action is greatly needed. We ask that you, within your powers, take into account our objections with the project so that the good people of Woburn and Wilmington do not lose their health, homes, or happiness. As always, if you have any questions on the above points, the project in general, or our other numerous concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to our respective offices.Sincerely,Representative David RobertsonRepresentative Richard HaggertyRepresentative Kenneth GordonSenator Bruce TarrSenator Cindy FriedmanLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.
A study involving more than 2,000 Blacks found that those who moved from the most-segregated neighborhoods to less-segregated neighborhoods later experienced lower systolic blood pressure, a factor in heart attacks and strokes. The report, published on June 1 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, followed Black people over time to see how leaving segregated communities could affect the risk of heart disease.A recent study found that moving from a segregated neighborhood to a less segregated neighborhood can lower blood pressure. (Courtesy photo)Kiarri Kershaw, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University, and her colleagues followed 2,280 Blacks participating in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study. “This study provides stronger, more direct evidence that segregation impacts blood pressure and harms the health of African Americans. I believe it’s related to the stress of living in these neighborhoods,” Kershaw said in a statement. “In a less violent area with better resources, you are more secure about your family’s safety and your children’s future in better schools. You see opportunities for the economic mobility of your kids and here is better access to good grocery stores, health care, and an economically vital business district.”The researchers followed the subjects for 25 years. Those who moved away from highly segregated neighborhoods to less-segregated neighborhoods and stayed there during that period had significantly lower blood pressure.In addition, those neighborhoods may also make it easier to live healthier lifestyles by having more access to parks, sidewalks, gyms, grocery stores with more fresh produce and pharmacies to get medication.Kershaw acknowledges, however, that moving to less segregated neighborhoods could increase stress in at least one way — by potentially exposing Blacks to more racism. “It’s certainly possible that those who move to less segregated neighborhoods experience more exposure to racism, which could be one reason why some African-Americans choose to stay in more segregated neighborhoods,” she said. Kershaw noted that Blacks living in more segregated neighborhoods tend to have better mental and emotional health.Edward Preston, a D.C.-based African-American attorney told the AFRO that while the research may seem conclusive, it only scratches the surface of stressors related to racialized neighborhoods. Having moved from Northeast to a home in Olney, Md. a decade ago, Preston said the age, socioeconomics, and racial tone of the neighborhood play significantly in raising or lowering blood pressure.His own blood pressure stayed relatively stable, until the birth of his children and concerns arose over how they would encounter race in a predominantly White enclave.“Move into a community where your neighbors are hostile towards or fearful of Blacks and it does anything but lower your blood pressure. Add to that having children you fear may encounter suburban watch groups or rogue police officers, and this study goes out the window,” Preston told the AFRO. “Surely there are other factors beyond access that involve inclusion, that bring down stressors that negatively impact blood pressure.”
A talk that analyzes the work of Thomas Stockett, a former editorial cartoonist for the Afro-American Newspapers, is scheduled to be included in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s 2017 Archives Fair: Performance and Preservation on Oct. 21.“The Fight in Black and White: The Afro-American Newspaper and the Political Cartoons of Thomas A. Stockett” talk will be one of three in a day-long panel discussion, including “Preserving the Story of the Artist: The John La Farge Collection at Mount St. Mary’s University” and “Not ‘Just American:’ Two Case Studies of Musical Archives and Cultural Identity Among Descendants of Immigrants.”Stockett served as the AFRO’s editorial cartoonist from 1955 until his death in 2007. Throughout that time, he was the visual voice of the paper, illustrating its editorial point of view to help readers envision numerous topics from a Black perspective.His illustrations provide historical relevance to African American Studies, African Diaspora Studies, and media studies, as well as those interested in the study of American political cartoons, and as a resource for state and local historians.Though known for his cartoons, Stockett’s paintings also garnered local and national attention from the Maryland-Delaware Press Association and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).
Kolkata: Within 24 hours of announcement of the results of Lok Sabha Elections 2019, political violence erupted across the state. Trinamool Congress workers and supporters were allegedly attacked by BJP workers in several districts.In some places, BJP alleged that Trinamool workers attacked their workers instead and tried to instigate violence. However, both the parties have denied the allegations made against them. According to sources, in several districts of North Bengal, BJP workers and supporters allegedly attacked Trinamool workers and ransacked party offices. At Kalaikunda in West Midnapore, a Trinamool party office was vandalised and miscreants reportedly tore the flags of the party, whereas In Narayangarh the wife of a Trinamool worker was reportedly assaulted by BJP workers on Thursday night. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Friday, Trinamool party offices at Sitai, Haribola and Giridhari areas in Cooch Behar were allegedly ransacked by BJP-backed hooligans. Local Trinamool leader Ashok Kumar Roy’s home was vandalised as well. Though Trinamool is pointing the finger at BJP for attacking them, saffron leadership has also alleged that Trinamool workers had planned to attack their workers. At Chila area in Tufangunj, Trinamool allegedly attacked a rally taken out by BJP workers to celebrate their win in Cooch Behar. Five BJP workers got injured in the incident. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBJP workers reportedly took out another rally at Saltora in Bankura. At the same time, Saltora Trinamool block president Kalipada Roy was passing through the area. Seeing the rally, he reportedly got down from his car and misbehaved with the BJP supporters. Though the matter was settled immediate after the incident, on Friday morning some BJP workers allegedly vandalised Roy’s house in Saltora. Later, police went to the spot and brought the situation under control. In Durgapur, a Trinamool worker’s house was vandalised on Thursday night. According to sources, on Thursday night a few miscreants attacked the house of Trinamool worker Pratima Bagdi at Laudoha. She alleged that the miscreants were all BJP workers, which the leadership denied. Meanwhile on Thursday night, BJP and Trinamool workers also got involved in a clash at Shalimar gate number 5. Workers from both the parties reportedly pelted stones and bricks at each other. As a result, several persons from both the groups got injured. After being informed, police went to the spot and tried to control the situation. However, a few police personnel also got injured in the process. Later, a huge police force along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) and combat force reached the spot and controlled the situation.