Public Comment Invited on Whites Point Quarry

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to comment on issues that should beconsidered in an environmental impact statement about a proposedquarry at Whites Point, Digby Co. Bilcon of Nova Scotia Corporation wants to develop the quarry.The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and Nova ScotiaDepartment of Environment and Labour released draft guidelinesfor the company’s statement today, Nov. 10. A joint review panel, which was announced on Nov. 5, willfinalize the guidelines after receiving public input. The finalguidelines will identify the issues that Bilcon will be requiredto address in its environmental assessment of the proposedquarry. Bilcon of Nova Scotia Corporation wants to construct and operatea basalt quarry, processing facility and marine terminal atWhites Point. Quarrying is proposed to take place on 120 hectaresof land. The operations would be year-round, with about 40,000tonnes of aggregate produced for ship loading each week,totalling two million tonnes per year. The review panel will hold public meetings as part of theconsultation process. Advertisements with meeting dates andlocations will be placed in local and provincial newspapers. Written comments on the guidelines must be received by the panelmanager by Jan. 21, 2005. Comments should be mailed to:Steve ChapmanWhites Point Quarry and Marine Terminal Project – Joint ReviewPanelP.O. Box 486 C.R.O.Halifax, N.S. B3J 2R7or e-mailed to: comments@wpq-jointreview.ca . Interested parties can register with Mr. Chapman for informationon the panel’s process and activities. They should contact himwith a mailing address, E-mail address or fax number. The draft guidelines are available on the Canadian EnvironmentalAssessment Agency website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca and the NovaScotia Environment and Labour website atwww.gov.ns.ca/enla/ess/ea . They can also be viewed at thefollowing centres: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency1801 Hollis St., Suite 200Halifax, N.S. Nova Scotia Environment and Labour5151 Terminal Rd., 5th floorHalifax, N.S. Nova Scotia Environment and LabourYarmouth District Office13 First St.Yarmouth, N.S. Annapolis Royal Branch LibraryTown Hall285 St. George St.Annapolis Royal, N.S. Isaiah W. Wilson Memorial Library84 Warwick St.Digby, N.S. Clean Nova Scotia126 Portland StreetDartmouth, N.S. Ecology Action CentreSuite 31, 1568 Argyle St.Halifax, N.S.last_img read more

Province Marks Anniversary of Westray Mine Disaster

first_imgNova Scotians will gather today, May 9, to mark 20 years since a massive explosion ripped through the Westray mine in Pictou County, killing 26 men and prompting much-needed improvements in workplace health and safety, particularly in the mining industry. “Nova Scotians will never forget that day and those brave, hard-working men that were lost,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Our thoughts are with the surviving workers, and the families and friends of those killed, who continue to be affected by this terrible event. “I also want to thank the surrounding community, the rescue teams and members of the labour movement, especially the United Steelworkers, for their ongoing support of their fellow Nova Scotians.” The explosion at the Westray mine occurred at 5:18 a.m. on May 9, 1992. Rescue efforts continued for a week after the tragedy but there were no survivors. The tragedy remains one of the deadliest mining disasters in Canadian history. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More said the incident stands as one of the most sobering reminders of the potentially deadly cost of an unsafe workplace. “All Nova Scotians have the right to be safe at work,” Ms. More said. “It is through our combined commitment to safety that we can make sure tragedies like this never happen again.” The province established a Commission of Inquiry to review the tragedy and the factors that contributed to it. The review resulted in the Westray Inquiry Report, which included 74 recommendations to improve health and safety in the mining industry. The report is available online at http://www.gov.ns.ca/lae/pubs/westray/ . The majority of the recommendations were addressed with the implementation of the Underground Mining Regulations in 2003. “Since that fateful day, successive governments have made significant changes to improve workplace health and safety, and to make sure that the full force of the law is felt in support of this national goal,” Premier Dexter said. “However, that doesn’t mean we are done. “Workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility. Together, we will ensure that Westray is never forgotten and we will stay vigilant to make sure that something like this never happens again.” The Westray anniversary falls in the midst of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, which runs May 6-12. Events are scheduled throughout the day today in Pictou County to pay tribute to the fallen workers.last_img read more

BC records secondhighest monthly fatal overdoses so far in 2018

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s coroners service says 134 people died of illicit-drug overdoses in July, a 25 per cent increase from June.The latest fatalities are the second-highest figures of any month so far this year, after an all-time monthly high of 162 deaths in March.The service says about four people fatally overdose every day in the province, which leads the country in illicit-drug deaths.Vancouver, Surrey, and Victoria experienced the highest number of overdoses last month.Figures from the coroners service show that compared with the latest monthly deaths, 24 fatalities were recorded in July 2008, the highest of any month that year.The coroner service says most of the victims so far this year were men between the ages of 30 and 59.last_img read more

Thorold man charged in child exploitation investigation

Niagara Regional Police have laid charges following a month-long investigation into the online sexual exploitation of a child.Members of the Internet Child Exploitation Unit began working on this case in March.Police say Devin Ing, 23, of Thorold, was arrested in Niagara Falls on Thursday.Ing faces child luring charges and one count of making sexually explicit material available to a person under 18.Police are asking anyone with information on his online activities to contact police.Members of the public can report suspicious Internet activities relating to child exploitation to Niagara Regional Police or online at www.cybertip.ca. read more

Carey Mulligan focuses on dementia sufferers for Radio 4s Today programme

first_imgThere will be an intensely personal theme to Radio 4’s Today programme when the actress Carey Mulligan takes the helm as guest editor next month.Mulligan’s grandmother Margaret suffers from Alzheimer’s and the condition is one of the topics the actress will be tackling on the show.The star of The Great Gatsby will be focusing part of her programme on helping both sufferers and relatives cope with the fear of a dementia diagnosis.Mulligan points out that Dementia is one of the biggest health crisis facing society today, with more than 850,000 people in the UK living with the condition. The actress, who is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and War Child, with whom she visited the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2014, has also commissioned an item exploring the impact of war on Iraqi children living under the so-called Islamic State. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Carey Mulligan, guest editing Radio 4's Todya programme next month Mulligan, who also starred in An Education, Suffragette and Far From the Madding Crowd, said: “I am so excited and honoured to be guest editing the Today Programme.“It’s a privilege to work with the excellent team of journalists and producers at the BBC and together we will be talking about several issues close to my heart and meeting some fascinating people.”This is the thirteenth year that editorial control of the Today programme is being handed over to public figures during the week between Christmas and New Year.Other guest editors this year include Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England, and Helena Morrissey, former CEO of Newton Investment Management and campaigner for gender diversity in the boardrooms.Morrissey was one of the few City voices to speak out in favour of Brexit ahead of the referendum. Carey Mulligan, guest editing Radio 4’s Todya programme next monthCredit:Chris Pizzello/Invisionlast_img read more

LETTER Not very optimistic oil wealth would be trickled down to

Yours faithfully,Rooplall Dudhnath Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSovereign Wealth Fund for oil and gas sector should be set up already- JagdeoJuly 24, 2017In “latest news”Oil Find: “Good days are ahead for Guyana”; President tours ExxonMobil RigMay 22, 2015In “Business”LETTER: We must not be surprised with the economic results because of weak leadersJuly 12, 2019In “latest news” Dear Editor,Many of my fellow Guyanese think now that oil is found and would be welled in Guyana, we would be a rich nation. On the other hand, there are many of us who would say ask the citizens of Iraq, Libya, Syria, Nigeria, Uganda, Sudan, Venezuela, Brazil and Trinidad how well the oil trickledown theory is working for them so far.The citizens of many of these oil-rich countries only have the results of a bomb trickledown campaign to show for it — in the form of a bomb crater 20 feet wide and 10 feet deep, where their family homes once stood.Guyana’s oil wealth, in the view of many of us, would never trickle down to the masses. That wealth is reserved for those in power, and already rich and wanting to get richer.Just look at the culture of Guyana and you can tell what would happen to the proceeds from oil. Oil wealth trickling down to the masses is nothing but a pipe dream. It has never happened in any Third World country, and will never happen here in my beloved land.This world is an extremely brutal place, I remain pessimistic about Guyana being an exception to the norm, as obtained in Third World countries with copious amounts of natural resources.Do we in Guyana have the metaphorical “brains and mindset” to keep the potential oil wealth in Guyana?For the time being, the jury is out on this matter! read more

Church of England admits it colluded and concealed sex abuse claims against

first_img Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said that the report made for “harrowing reading”. By AFP 10,578 Views Jun 22nd 2017, 6:11 PM Short URL 26 Comments Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 6:11 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img THE CHURCH OF England “colluded and concealed” to suppress claims of long-term sexual abuse against one of its bishops, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said today.The Anglican Communion leader issued a statement following the publication of an independent review into the Church’s response to claims against former bishop Peter Ball, who was jailed for 32 months in 2015 after pleading guilty to historical offences.London’s Old Bailey court heard that Ball had made victims strip naked and suggested they submit to beatings in claims ranging from 1977 to 1992.The Abuse of Faith report “makes harrowing reading”, Welby said.“The Church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward. This is inexcusable and shocking behaviour,” he added.The report, chaired by former civil servant Moira Gibb, said that Ball had “abused many boys and men over a period of twenty years or more”.“That is shocking in itself but is compounded by the failure of the Church to respond appropriately to his misconduct,” it added.Ball’s conduct has caused serious and enduring damage to the lives of many men. The Church at its most senior levels and over many years supported him unwisely and displayed little care for his victims.The report said that Church officials had “made significant progress in recent years” but that “we can see how difficult it is to make change across the complex structures of the Church”.It warned that faster improvement was still required, and made 11 recommendations focusing on victim support and the oversight of bishops.Welby said that he “fully endorsed the recommendations” and that he wanted “once again offer an unreserved apology” to Ball’s victims.© – AFP 2017Read: Grenfell Tower: Cladding on seven UK high rises found to be combustibleRead: Leo Varadkar’s government has suffered its first Dáil defeat – on new building standards Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said that the report made for “harrowing reading”. Image: Stefan Rousseau PA Wire/PA Images Image: Stefan Rousseau PA Wire/PA Images Church of England admits it ‘colluded and concealed’ sex abuse claims against a bishop The Archbishop of Canterbury offered an unreserved apology to victims today. Share157 Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3458573 last_img read more

Fairfax journalist finalist in media awards

first_imgThe Age sports journalist Stathi Paxinos has been nominated as one of four finalists for ‘best promotion of sport for people with disability’, to be presented next month.The award forms part of the 2014 ASC (Australian Sports Commission) Media Awards, recognising a ‘lifetime achievement’ for service ‘to sports journalism over an extended period of time’.Having covered mainstream sports for over a decade, Paxinos told Neos Kosmos that he first covered para-sports at the 2012 London Paralympics, and has continued to give life to an otherwise neglected perspective of athletic achievement.“It came down to an opportunity to cover the London Paralympics. When I was there it struck me how interesting the stories of these athletes were and how willing they were to talk about themselves and their experiences. I found that such a big change to my usual rounds of professional sports, like rugby league or rugby union where everything is so media controlled and structured.”He said for a long time para-sports have been about the “human interest or news story” and never about sport, but that sentiment is changing. “What they (para-athletes) try to push nowadays is that they are athletes themselves and that their athletic performances should stand by their own right. They’re trying to really generate more interest in the sporting situations rather than just human interest.”But he said that sentiment still serves a purpose for up-and-comers.“The stories behind them are really quite inspiring to a lot of people. Some of these athletes, have often been bullied through high school or their younger years and if young children with disabilities have someone to look up to, who they can relate to, who may have gone through something similar, it gives them something to aspire to.”Paxinos said London 2012 propelled para-sports coverage, and whilst there’s still a long way to go before it becomes more mainstream, he sees a growing embrace which will excel within the next 10 or 15 years.He said the nomination “is really pleasing because it’s good to see that para-sports is being acknowledged in major awards now”, and that fascination with the athletes will continue to grow. It is now a matter of sport subscribers moving beyond their “tunnel vision” and appreciating the achievements of these athletes as exactly that – athletes.The ASC awards will be held on November 19. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Antonio Conte denies hes close to returning to management

first_imgFormer Chelsea manager Antonio Conte denied reports he’s close to making a return to football and added he’s taking the “rest of this year off”.The Italian’s two-year spell in charge of Chelsea came to an end last summer following a disappointing sophomore campaign at Stamford Bridge.Conte’s famous 3-4-3 formation had initially paid off beautifully with a Premier League title in his first season at Chelsea.But a fifth-place finish the following term sealed Conte’s fate, despite leading Chelsea to their first FA Cup title in six years.Since then, the 49-year has been linked with a number of high-profile roles with reports in Italy claiming that Conte and Jose Mourinho are in contention to replace Luciano Spalletti as Inter Milan manager should he fail to deliver silverware this season.After watching his two old clubs in Atalanta and Juventus go head-to-head in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday night, however, Conte announced it’s unlikely he will make any comeback soon.“I miss the pitch,” Conte told Sky Sport.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“But I decided to take the rest of this year off and I’m looking forward to a new destination, which of course we do not know.“I came from London to Milan to watch the Juventus match, but I have not received any offers from Italy.”After starting out with Arezzo in 2006, Conte has since gone on to manage the likes of Juventus and the Italian national team.At Turin, Conte led Juventus to three Serie A titles in a row before leaving for Italy in 2014 and eventually ending up at Chelsea two years later.But the Italian’s spell at London was overshadowed by disputes with the likes of David Luiz and Willian and was replaced by compatriot Maurizio Sarri from Napoli.Real Madrid and AC Milan have also been linked with Conte recently.last_img read more

Man wanted in Orlandoarea killings of girl 2 women surrender

first_imgOn Sunday afternoon, Ernst Cherizard was transported from the Haines City Police Department to the Polk County Jail for the murder of three people at Citrus Ridge Apartments before 7:15 p.m. Friday night. pic.twitter.com/NWZgWdACb5— Haines City Police Department (@HainesCityPD) April 15, 2019 HAINES CITY, Fla. (WSVN) — A man wanted for killing two women and a child at an apartment complex near Orlando has surrendered to police.Thirty-eight year old Ernst Cherizard turned himself in to Haines City Police, at around 2 p.m., Sunday.Cherizard’s arrest happened a day after his burgundy 2011 Nissan Altima was spotted on the Florida Turnpike near Boynton Beach.Officials said the suspect shot and killed Nicole Guillaume and her niece, Eli Normil in Haines City, Friday night.The third victim, 6-year-old Elizabelle Frenel, died at the hospital Saturday night. Cherizard was taken to Polk County Jail.The victims’ families have set up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral costs. If you would like to make a donation, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

KPBSD Issues Declaration Cancelling Upcoming Outdoor Activities

first_imgKenai Peninsula Borough Superintendent John O’Brien…“This decision places a priority on the safety, health, and well-being of our athletes, coaches, families, and hundreds of students and their families from across the state who planned to travel to compete in sporting events on the Kenai Peninsula.  We thank all the emergency responders, firefighters, and agencies who are working together in adverse conditions to keep everyone safe.” The announcement is effective as of Wednesday, August 21 and is in effect until further notice. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District released on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. a blanket “all outdoor activities cancellation” affecting all Kenai Peninsula School. According to a release from the KPBSD….Due to the unpredictable nature of multiple wildfires and concerns about air quality, all school district outdoor athletic activities are cancelled throughout the Kenai Peninsula until further notice. Additionally, effective August 21, 2019, at 8:00 PM, all activity travel between Sterling and Cooper Landing is prohibited until further notice due to air quality, visibility, emergency vehicles on the road, and the unpredictable waits and closures that are needed for safety and firefighting personnel in the area.This cancellation affects the 2019 Tsalteshi Invite in Soldotna, and the Kenai Central High School vs. Eielson High School football game hosted by KCHS. Indoor events at schools throughout the Peninsula may still take place.center_img All outdoor activities at or hosted by peninsula schools and all activity-related travel between Sterling and Cooper Landing are also cancelled. The athletic schedule for central peninsula high schools for this week includes:Football: Friday, SoHi @ West Valley (Fairbanks)  working to reschedule transsportationFootball: Saturday, Nikiski @ Monroe (Fairbanks)  cancelledFootball: Saturday, Kenai hosting Eielson (Fairbanks) @ KCHS  cancelledCC Running: Tsalteshi Invitational at Skyview Middle hosted by SoHi  cancelledVolleyball: Homer Jamboree  tentatively still scheduledlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Visual Merchandiser at TargetFull-Time Office Manager at Locus RoboticsFull-Time (Contract) Reagent Manufacturing Associate at T2 BiosystemsFull-Time Screen Print Press Operator at AAE Embroidery & Screen PrintingFull-Time Claims Service Specialist at HUB InternationalFull-Time Movers & Drivers at Two Men And A TruckPart-Time Cargo Van Driver at Optima ShippingPart-Time Afternoon Loader/Backup Driver at Optima ShippingFull-Time Sr. Purchasing Engineer at OSRAM SylvaniaFull-Time Delivery Driver at Pepsi Co.(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Quiz How Much Do You Know About Your Internet Privacy

first_imgPhoto by Thomas Trutschel / Contributor and Getty ImagesHow digitally mindful is the average American on internet privacy?Since news broke that Cambridge Analytica improperly used Facebook data to access the personal information of 87 million users, consumers have been scrambling to better protect themselves on apps and social media platforms. And as they do, they’re finding that many default privacy settings are more intrusive than they may have realized.How digitally mindful is the average American on internet privacy? How much do you know about the data you’re sharing on your apps? We made a quiz to test your knowledge. Sharelast_img read more

Mixed Views on New Metropolitan Police Program

first_imgA controversial crime fighting tool that some District residents support while others don’t is set to be launched in the near future.All Hands on Deck, the program where all available police officers and recruits of the District’s Metropolitan Police Department are called to duty and assigned to street patrol for 48 hours will be instituted from Aug. 28-30. While it is not clear the specific reason that D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, an AHOD enthusiast, will deploy this tool, the city’s troubling homicide rate, which stands at 102 at AFRO press time, could be one of the major reasons. During the program, officers will be required to patrol neighborhoods from 8.5 hours to 12 hours.“Good police work, requires that every officer interact with the residents of the communities they are assigned to protect,” Lanier said. “The department will continue to do all it can to provide the highest quality of service possible to our citizens. All Hands on Deck is successful thanks to the support of residents and the dedication and hard work of my officers.”The program began in 2007 as part of Lanier’s Summer Crime Initiative aimed at controlling crime trends in the city by putting more officers on patrol and engaging in personal interactions with residents. Lanier has implemented the program regularly throughout her tenure and that has upset Delroy Burton, the chairman of the D.C. police union, a foe of the tool.“You create this huge vacuum of staffing in the middle of the week in order to have this public relations stunt,” Burton told the {AFRO}. Burton said that AHOD interferes with officers trying to schedule personal time off, there is no guaranteed overtime for officers working during that period and the tool is a violation of the labor contract that the union has with the police department.The contract between the union and the police doesn’t mention the program. The union has consistently argued that since the All Hands on Deck program isn’t in the contract, it is not legal but Lanier said that District law gives her extralegal powers to call for such crime fighting tools when she sees fit, even in the absence of a state of emergency that can only be called by the mayor, the U.S. Congress or the president of the United States.However, the police union has won three decisions by independent arbitrators to pay officers time and a half for their participation in the extended-hour patrols in 2009, 2010 and 2011.Burton said the program hasn’t decreased crime and questions whether community interaction has improved with its implementation. Kathy Henderson, a Ward 5 advisory neighborhood commissioner who strongly supports the police in her area of Trinidad in Northeast, respectfully disagrees with Burton and said she is a fan of the program.“I am always happy when All Hands on Deck is instituted,” Henderson said. “Every available law enforcement officer should be out there on the streets fighting crime. Police officers have the skills to fight crime and while I think it is great that there are some officers in administrative jobs, they too should out in the streets make sure that people are safe.”Henderson said that the District has had a 20 percent overall increase in crime and a 36 percent uptick in violent crime as compared to last year at this point, justifying a need for the program. She said that her constituents like  the new initiative.“People whom I represent tell me that they feel safer walking not driving to the store when they see a police officer around,” the commissioner said.While Henderson understands the criticism of AHOD by the police union and others, she said her mind is made up.“I don’t want to hear it,” she said. “People who don’t like All Hands on Deck mean well but they are misguided. You never hear citizens complain about having too many police officers around.”Greg Rhett, a Ward 7 resident, isn’t as enthusiastic about the program as Henderson is.“I really don’t know how effective it is and whether it is the answer to all of these homicides that are taking place,” Rhett, who has served as president of the Eastland Gardens Civic Association, said. “What’s going on now is much bigger than All Hands on Deck. The police aren’t committing the shooting and the stabbings that are taking place and the community needs to stand up and say ‘enough is enough’.Still, Henderson said the program’s deployment has an indirect benefit.“Residents can’t talk about things such as improving schools or increasing economic development when their neighborhoods aren’t safe,” she said. “All Hands on Deck is needed so that those conversations among residents can take place. Honestly, I think we need All Hands on Deck as much as humanly possible.”last_img read more

Flu vaccine may cut heart failure risk in diabetes patients

first_imgFlu vaccine may reduce the likelihood of being hospitalised with stroke and heart failure in people with Type-2 diabetes, new research has found. The study also found that patients who received the influenza vaccination had a 24 per cent lower death rate in the flu season compared to patients who were not vaccinated.Most flu deaths every year occur in people with pre-existing health conditions such as Type-2 diabetes, according to a study. The study suggests the vaccine may have substantial benefits for patients with long-term conditions.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Not only might it help reduce serious illness such as stroke – and possibly heart attack – in high-risk individuals, but it may also reduce the risk of death in the flu season. Type 2 diabetes results in a person being unable to control their blood sugar ina proper way.People with the condition are at a high risk of cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, possibly due to high blood sugar levels damaging blood vessels.Furthermore, flu infection has been found to increase the risk of heart attack or stroke in patients with cardiovascular disease. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn the study that was done, the team studied 124,503 British adults who were suffering from the Type-2 diabetes between the years 2003 and 2010. Around 65 per cent of these patients received the flu vaccine.The scientists found that, compared to patients who had not been vaccinated, those who received the jab had a 30 per cent reduction in hospital admissions for stroke, 22 per cent reduction in heart failure admissions and 15 per cent reduction in admissions for pneumonia or influenza.Furthermore, people who were vaccinated had a 24 per cent lower death rate than patients who were not vaccinated, showed the findings published in CMAJ (‘Canadian Medical Association Journal’).last_img read more

The Black side of the story AfroCosta Rican MC Huba Watson

first_imgRelated posts:Meet Sarai González, the inspiring Tica in Bomba Estéreo’s “Soy Yo” video 5 questions for blues musician Steve Arvey 10 reasons to check out the first-ever Coca Cola Fest Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Huba Antonio Watson Webley, Costa Rica’s double platinum lyricist and rapper, took time out of his busy schedule with the release of his first solo EP, called “LP,” to sit down and talk to me about his musical influences while growing up in San José.Born on September 24, 1971 at Hospital México, Watson describes highly racialized upbringing in San José that has informed the consciousness in his music today. Part of a large family of Afro-Costa Ricans with origins in Limón and Jamaica, Watson and his twin sister, Helga, quickly learned to defend themselves in a San José that was not always welcoming to people of African descent.Watson admits that as a child, he was always fighting because he was constantly taunted and bullied by classmates who called him ‘Cocorí,” referencing the controversial Costa Rican children’s book by Joaquín Gutiérrez. “Cocorí,” until recently a mandatory part of elementary-school curricula, portrays a “Sambo”-like Black boy who speaks to animals and seeks the approval of a little blonde girl.In order to counteract the negativity of those childhood spaces, Watson’s extended AfroCosta Rican family was a balm to him – especially the loving support of his parents. His mother, a natural storyteller, always cooked the most delicious foods as the family gathered every Sunday for their traditional lunch. Antonio, Watson’s godfather and his dad’s best friend, would often be present with jokes and worldly advice. Conversations around the dinner table was a fluid slip-and-slide of English and Spanish, providing the foundations for Watson’s bilingual mastery in his music.Admittedly, Watson’s greatest influence was his father, an accountant who studied at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), but was born in Limón.  One of the things most salient in Watson’s memory was his father’s daily practice of reading and studying, not only within his area of accounting but also broadly in literature of the Black diaspora. Watson grew up reading “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” and watching the show “Roots” with his father, which promoted hours of discussion about global black consciousness.Every fifteen days or so, the family would visit Watson’s maternal grandparents in San Juan, Limón. He spent every Christmas and New Year’s there; the highlights of that time as a child were receiving new clothes and his grandmother’s cooking (he admits that she spoiled him with her fantastic meals). Though his grandmother was a Jehovah’s Witness, his parents were Catholic; even with the mash-up of religions, family was always together and everyone was called primo or tía/tío.Growing up, Watson knew very clearly what he wanted to become: a scientist who specialized in making robots! His dreams were full of taking things apart and putting them back together, focusing on how to make his imaginary robots better and better. He was also famed for his million-questions approach to life, with his dad as the patient recipient of most of them. While his older siblings were listening to his Rod Stewart record, a gift from an auntie, Watson was in a corner reading books and manuals about computers that his father would bring from work.His “fall” into music was serendipitous. Once morning, when he was 10 years old and preparing for school, he heard a song on the radio: a Billboard Top 100 which had someone rapping over music. He thought that it was a mistake, that the DJ at the radio station was speaking quickly over the music. The evening routine at the Watson family home was that his dad, upon arriving home, would go into his home office to study. If he put on music, Huba knew that was an invitation to go and spend time with him. That particular night, he burst into his dad’s office after hearing him play the same song from the radio that morning, which turned out to be “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang (1980), the signature song of the hip-hop movement.That was all it took for Watson to become hooked on rap and breakdancing, although the kids in his San José school could not relate.  He felt that he was in the wrong time and place, as the world he lived in was disconnected from his Afrocentric understandings. The artist at his mic. (Courtesy of Huba Watson)When he began attending Monterey High School, his world changed: there were several other Afro-Costa Ricans who were already into hip hop and welcomed him into their world.  His best friend from Limón would send him VHS tapes of BET rap videos so he and his friends could learn the lyrics. With friends Alex Curling and Patrick Skipton, Watson began to participate in local talent shows in San José. During visits to Limón, Watson would show off his advance b-boying/breakdancing skills. There was a bigger audience there that was already entrenched in the world of hip hop.Watson was only 18 when he wrote his first rap. He was invited one day to a high-school talent show that very night; he wrote some lyrics, gave some parts to his friends, and spent hours that afternoon practicing with them. Watson combined rapping and reggae in a style now called reggaeton.The group was a total hit that evening at the contest. Later that night at home, while washing the dishes, Watson admitted to himself that he loved rap; he found that he could convey a message, and so began his musical journey that has lasted 27 years. His first underground rap groups were HWE1 and VCR.In 1996, Watson, already a well-established rapper, was part of the band Ragga by Roots which sold double platinum, making the group arguably the biggest seller in the history of Costa Rica. They had five songs on the radio and won Song of the Year in 1997 for “Sentimientos.” Their music was a mix of English and Spanish. He went onto work with other bands, including Moonlight Dub.Watson says he gets his voice from his mother. Rapping is a way for him to address the injustices that he has faced and that he sees in the world. In September 2016, Watson completed a dream that he has had for 23 years – his solo EP which he released on tour in Argentina with Moonlight Dub. With the release of the EP, called “LP,” he participated in a round table with local MCs in Argentina talking about the future of hip hop and how to make the movement positive for the society through its messages.There are six songs on the EP with two interludes, all a precursor for the full album, “Lado B,” which is being released in Costa Rica in 2017. The Costa Rican release of “LP” took place on Nov. 25 at El Sótano in San José; the album can be purchased online at resistencia.subversive.com. This is the first time Watson is using 90% Spanish, and most of the songs are not in the raspy voice he is most famous for. The entire album is a play on words that challenges stereotypical notions of blackness; Watson’s goal is to tell the “black side of the story.”Watson’s creativity is sparked by his intellectual excellence as a voracious and conscious reader. His stance on justice, collaboration, respect and knowledge contribute to his being one of the most important creative voices in Costa Rica today.Read more from Natasha Gordon-Chipembere here.Natasha Gordon-Chipembere holds a PhD in English. She is a writer, professor and founder of the Tengo Sed Writers Retreats. In June 2014, she moved to Heredia, Costa Rica with her family from New York. She may be reached at indisunflower@gmail.com. Her column “Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican” is published monthly. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgBy Yiorgos KakourisThere is an important element that the public, politicians and commentators don’t seem to address when talking about the possible alternatives to reunification. And that is the fact that partition, confederation or any other sort of arrangement would require a completely new, tedious and soul-crushing process of renegotiation of everything achieved so far.This process will be comparable only, perhaps, to the ordeal that is the Brexit negotiations, where every aspect of the Britain-EU relationship has to be put through a wringer only to achieve a sub-optimal solution that neither side really wants.However the one group of people that will benefit from this process is the political class in both sides. Out of the six chapters constituting the Cyprus Problem negotiations (power sharing, economy, EU, property, territory and security), all will have to be renegotiated except, of course, for power sharing.Everything renegotiatedIn this scenario, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot politicians, business and community leaders will be able to perpetuate their hold on power without having to give anything up, while using the never ending peace process as an excuse to present themselves as indispensible, while taking care to use nationalism and fear of the other to their advantage. The prospects of healthy change and development for the two communities will be seriously diminished.Economy: Forget about the prospect of attracting new development and investments as well as developing a strong federal economy in cooperation with all countries in the region. The sides will have to fully negotiate their bilateral trade relations and the status of the Green Line, while the trade relations of the north with the EU will have to be considered in a completely new light.European Union: Brussels and the member states will not easily accept the creation of a second Cypriot state, if it accepts it all, due mainly to the secessionist tendencies in many of them. Also, a Turkish Cypriot independent state that has not been harmonised with the EU will most probably be a satellite state for Turkey, an economic burden and will mostly spell trouble for Europe.Property: The discussion on how to recompense owners of properties left on the other side of the island and the mechanism that was painstakingly being fleshed out under the reunification scenario will have to be radically reconsidered. The option of ownership of property under the administration of the other community will have to be renegotiated. The chance for a return of property for both sides will be massively reduced and there will probably be a new round of litigations and court cases.Territory: In an alternative solution scenario, the border between the two communities is no longer an administrative line but a hard border. Both the delineation of this border as well as the way in which it will manifest itself on the ground (will it be fences, checkpoints, or a brand-new wall spanning the whole island?) will be the subject of a whole new negotiation.Security: Even in the best-case scenario, the sides will have to renegotiate the presence of foreign troops and any sort of demilitarisation will be out of the question. However none of the sides will have much of an incentive to do so and the situation might start moving towards further militarisation.No incentive for progressLately, Greek Cypriot rejectionists or well-meaning pragmatists on the one side, and Turkish Cypriot secessionists or disappointed federalists on the other bring up possible alternatives to a federal solution. There is talk of two states, a confederation, or even of some weird co-dependence arrangement of the north with Turkey. These options appear in their minds and their arguments fully formed, like a ready-to-use utopia.No one mentions the processes by which these options will be pursued and these futures built. No one presents an overarching strategy regarding how to navigate the relations between the communities and the international situation during preparation and implementation of any alternative. Because in fact, all of these solutions are seen by political elites as shortcuts to achieve tactical aims without putting in the hard work.In short, the voters that political elites woo with their talk of a solution under different parameters have absolutely nothing to gain from these alternatives to a federal solution. The only ones who stand to gain are the Greek Cypriot political elite that would no longer have to negotiate the spoils of running an internationally recognizsd service economy complete with its opportunities for money laundering and corruption, and the Turkish Cypriot political elite that wouldn’t need to rationalise a dysfunctional unrecognised client state that is now offering lucrative opportunities for collaboration with Turkey’s rising plutocracy.Each on their own wayThe Greek Cypriot political elite wants to take advantage of the natural gas in the Cypriot EEZ without having to cooperate with the Turkish Cypriots. It does not even want to have to put in the hard work of explaining to its population that any future federal state will be jointly run. In this way, they throw away the opportunity to gain concessions in security or guarantees or at least to maintain the moral high ground and demand concessions from Turkey. This happens not necessarily because Greek Cypriot politicians don’t believe in political equality, but because they don’t believe in their ability to lead the population into a different future.The Turkish Cypriot elite, whether due to the traumas of the 1960s or due to the traumas of 2004 and 2017, wants an easy way out of isolation that will allow the community to become a part of the international community and to start functioning as a normal polity. But a lot don’t want to do this through a more rational reconfiguration of the economy into a sustainable and balanced model that doesn’t require Turkey’s contribution. The same elite is afraid of trying to convince their people that true guarantees from their safety will only come from Europe, not Turkey.The result is that some in the south flirt with the idea of even splitting apart the EEZ, while some in the north flirt with the idea of becoming Turkey’s Monaco or Gibraltar, or even developing a similar relation to the one that Switzerland has with the EU. But Greek Cypriot politicians forget that benefiting from natural gas won’t be easy in these circumstances, while Turkish Cypriot politicians forget that they will lose the moral high ground and will not be easily able to defend their own interests while in Erdogan’s orbit.The politicians that currently handle the period that has started since the end of the Cyprus Problem will not move beyond these tactical considerations as long as the silent moderate majority on both sides does not see where its true interests lies.Yiorgos Kakouris is a journalist for Politis newspaperYou May Likefinancefiasta.com7 Effects Of Modern Gadgets On Children’s Development!financefiasta.comUndoJobs in UK | Search AdsGetting a Job in UK Might be Easier Than You ThinkJobs in UK | Search AdsUndoscienceglory.comCheck Out These Snoozing Felines, They Are Incrediblescienceglory.comUndo New York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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