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Laying It On the Line: Tree-Sitters Persevere Along Pipeline Route

first_imgTree-sitters continue to block clearcutting along the Mountain Valley Pipeline route in Virginia. Two tree-sitters, Red and Terry Minor, ended a 34-day tree sit on Sunday when a federal judge ordered them down, but other tree sitters have steadfastly remained—even as the U.S. Forest Service and federal authorities block the delivery of food to the tree-sitters.Among the remaining tree-sitters is Nutty, who has been hunkered in a monopod—a free-standing perch atop a tall pole—for 40 days. Her monopod is blocking pipeline chainsaw crews and other personnel from reaching the summit of Peters Mountain, where the pipeline will cross under the Appalachian Trail.The Forest Service is preventing any food or medical attention from reaching Nutty. They have instituted an emergency road closure that prohibits anyone from being within 125 feet of the road or monopod except authorities.Dr. Paige Perriello, a pediatrician from Virginia, attempted to conduct a medical check on Nutty via megaphone on Sunday. “As we started to ask her some basic medical questions, the Forest Service moved the generator closer to the monopod to make it almost impossible for her to hear us. Why would anyone – particularly state authorities – go out of their way to block a doctor from talking to someone who is clearly at risk of dehydration, hunger, and physical harm?”Residents across the political spectrum have supported the tree-sits and opposed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline, which are bulldozing private property through eminent domain and clearcutting public lands in Jefferson National Forest. The Mountain Valley Pipeline will also cross the Appalachian Trail. Already, pipeline personnel in motor vehicles are driving along the iconic footpath preparing for extensive drilling.Meanwhile, local police carried semi-automatic weapons into the nearby support camp last Monday and dragged a supporter by the neck when an attempt was made to provide Nutty with food. Three arrests were made.While a federal judge forced down two tree-sitters on Sunday, earlier in the week Monroe County Circuit Judge Robert Irons denied a request from pipeline officials for a preliminary injunction. Irons dismissed the company’s argument that there was a public interest in building a pipeline that would supply needed natural gas. “There is no showing that there is a national shortage of gas, an emergency requiring immediate need of delivery of gas … or some other factor causing irreparable harm.”Instead, the judge ruled that the public’s interest was more closely aligned with the tree-sitters. The protesters “generally represent the interest of the public and the environment, such as the interest in protecting the waters underlying Peters Mountain, its flora and fauna, its viewshed, the Appalachian Trail, and similar interests that will or may be destroyed,” Irons wrote.last_img read more

As Venezuela’s Misery Grows, Cuba Remains in Charge

first_imgBy Yuri Hernandez/Diálogo May 15, 2019 Cuba and Venezuela established relations in 1902. In 1999, the bilateral trade and military relationship significantly improved during the presidency of Hugo Chávez as Chávez allied with Cuban President Fidel Castro. Cuba and Russia are longtime allies of Venezuela and its socialist government. Russia has supplied economic support and military equipment to the government of Nicolás Maduro, while Venezuela has sent oil subsidies worth billions of dollars to Cuba in exchange for medical aid and intelligence advisors. As Interim President Juan Guaidó tries to ignite the military to support the constitution of Venezuela, the presence of Cuban troops in the country makes this more difficult. In an interview with the Washington Post, former Venezuelan Army Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Jose Montiel Lopez, who escaped to the United States in 2018, said Cubans dressed in civilian clothing acted as “our supervisors and decision-makers.” U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said at the White House: “I think it’s fear of the 20,000 to 25,000 Cuban security forces in the country” that prevented Venezuelan troops from heeding Guaidó’s call. Bolton further stated that “If this afternoon 20-25,000 Cubans left Venezuela, I think Maduro would fall by midnight. It’s this foreign presence that sits on top of the military, sits on top of the government, that makes it impossible for the people’s voice to be heard.” Carlos Fernández de Cossío, Cuba’s chief of U.S. Affairs, told the Associated Press that “the 20,000 Cubans in Venezuela are primarily medical workers. Cuba does not participate in military operations nor in security operations in Venezuela.” Fernández, however, noted that as hemispheric partners Cuba and Venezuela have the sovereign right to military and intelligence cooperation. Contrary to Fernández’s remarks, in an article the New York Times published on March 17, 2019, several Cuban doctors sent to Venezuela by the Cuban government described how their Cuban and Venezuelan superiors ordered them to use medical assistance as a political weapon. Carlos Ramirez, a doctor who defected to Ecuador after six years, told the New York Times: “You arrived with vitamins and some pills for blood pressure. And when you started to gain their trust, you started the questions: ‘Do you know where your voting place is? Are you going to vote?’” In a Washington Post article, Fernando Cutz, who was a senior adviser to then-National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and served as South America director in the National Security Council, said: “There is no doubt that Cubans are very much assisting the Venezuelan regime — the Maduro regime — to stay in power.” Venezuelan General Antonio Rivero, exiled in the United States, said in a 2010 interview with Spanish daily La Vanguardia, that “the penetration of Cuban officers into the Venezuelan armed forces is to monitor and supervise the military doctrinal elements at the command and staff levels.” In an interview with El Nuevo Herald in January 2015, he estimated that figure “to be 20,000 Cuban fighters who could come out in defense of the Bolivarian Revolution in case of a military uprising against Chavismo.”last_img read more

East Islip Man Sentenced for Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An admitted drunken driver was sentenced Wednesday to five to 15 years in prison for causing a crash that killed an 84-year-old woman in the victim’s hometown of Central Islip last year.Charles Koukalenios had pleaded guilty in March at Suffolk County court to charges of vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.Prosecutors said the 30-year-old East Islip man was driving his Chevrolet Camaro northbound on Carleton Avenue when he crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and crashed head-on with a southbound Buick Century on May 4, 2014.The other driver, Mary Rogalle, was pronounced dead at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.Koukalenios had a blood alcohol content of 0.13 percent four hours after the crash, authorities said.last_img read more

Nassau Holocaust Center Gives Voice To Genocidal Rape Survivors

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Consolee Nishimwe knows how important it is to speak out.Nishimwe was only 14 years old when on April 6, 1994 Rwanda exploded into a state of chaos. That day also marked the beginning of the 100-day Rwandan genocide, which claimed upwards of 800,000 lives.Her family did what most would do when hate-filled perpetrators seized upon the instability enveloping the nation: They fled.Along with her mother and father, both elementary school teachers, three brothers and her sister, they hopped from place to place, desperately hiding from murderers targeting the Tutsi minority. Even neighbors couldn’t be trusted. Each moment was excruciating, and there was almost a feeling of inevitably that they’d be discovered. They resigned themselves to a heartbreaking realization that no matter where they fled to, or what they did, their time together was fleeting.“We were waiting to be killed,” Nishimwe, who now lives in the Bronx, tells the Press.Hoping to keep her family alive, Nishimwe’s father decided it best they separate, as to prevent the entire family from being discovered if the Hutus caught up.They reached her father first. He was killed on April 15, just nine days after genocide broke out. Her three brothers also met the same fate.The three remaining Nishimwes kept running.Shortly after half her family were slaughtered, however, Nishimwe and her mother and sister were captured. Nishimwe was brutally raped, yet she survived—a “miracle,” she says.At the outset of the devastation, Rwanda boasted a population of 7 million people—14 percent of whom were Tutsi. The genocide claimed 800,000 lives. While it’s difficult to ascertain how many women were subjected to torture and rape, the widespread nature of sexual atrocities can be measured to some degree by the number of children born from rape: an estimated 20,000. Not only were many of these women faced with the burden of caring for a child alone, but they bore other scars, physical and psychological, that festered for years. Some women like Nishimwe decided to speak out. Still, some survivors fear reliving their own sexualized atrocities—what many experts deem to be a weapon of war used during genocides that’s not to be overlooked as just a matter of circumstance.“Rape is used as a weapon of genocide, war, and other types of conflicts in many parts of the world,” Nishimwe wrote in a post on Medium last year. “It often goes unreported during the ensuing chaos, as the more visible occurrences take most of the media spotlight. Apart from their suffering resulting from the destruction, displacement and other physical effects of the conflict, victims of this ‘silent’ atrocity are left to bear their psychological pain and trauma alone.”Nishimwe and a panel of experts will spread that message this Sunday during a symposium at Nassau Community College titled “Women, Not Victims: Moving Beyond Sexualized Atrocities During Genocide,” presented by Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County.The event will document how rape and other sexual crimes have historically been used to dehumanize vulnerable populations, from the Holocaust—and likely for centuries before that—to the current day civil war in Syria.Consolee NishimweSpeakers will discuss the trauma caused by rape during genocides across the globe, not just in Nazi Germany or Rwanda.“We are presetting an issue that is generally neglected in Holocaust and genocide studies, and it’s only been in the past two years or so that this topic on sexualized violence has started to get the attention of mainstream media,” says Beth Lilach, Senior Director of Education and Community Affairs at the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County.Discussions about genocides are often followed by the shocking number of people killed as a result, and rightly so. But advocates say rape is oftentimes misunderstood as an outgrowth of atrocities, and not a weapon used to brutalize thousands of people.Lilach says one of the conference’s many goals is to “shatter myths” about rape, so that people understand that rape is part and parcel of genocide.“It’s a weapon that’s not acknowledged,” Lilach tells the Press.Sexualized weaponry is deployed in a number of ways, Lilach says. Several Nazi concentration camps were outfitted with so-called “brothels”—actually, they were “rape barracks”—where non-Jewish male prisoners were brought to reclaim a sense of “normalcy”—by raping female prisoners. Guards also assaulted enslaved women.“What is so stunningly, strikingly missing [from history] is the female perspective,” Lilach says.Besides individual survivors speaking out, international bodies are also battling the scourge of genocidal rape through the courts.For seven years, Najwa Nabti worked as a prosecutor for the United Nations International Tribunal (ICTY) for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague in the Netherlands.Established in 1993, the ICTY is charged with investigating war crimes that arose out of the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s.Nabti, who currently serves as director of the Undergraduate Law and Master of Legal Studies Program at the University of Arizona, said the ICTY and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda were among the first judicial bodies created to seek justice for victims of wars or genocide.During her keynote address on Sunday, Nabti plans to discuss how the testimony of survivors of sexual violence has shaped international law.Nabti says evidence provided by survivors has been crucial in understanding the prevalence of sexual crimes. As a result, she tells the Press, “we can legally view sexual violence as persecution, as torture, as genocide, and not just rape—that it really does form part of the broader campaign during armed conflict.”“The more we can include these cases in our efforts establishing accountability…the more it should really deter these acts, but possibly even more importantly, help us understand how to avoid allowing these situations to happen where its likely to be prevalent,” Nabti explains.While it’s important not to understate the importance of international tribunals in handing out justice, the legacy of these courts may be reflected in how nationalized courts have used international concepts to prosecute perpetrators.“You have survivors willing to come forward, even in these domestic cases where it might be even more difficult because they’re so close to the conflict and the perpetrators,” Nabti says. “And it’s difficult to perceive how all of that could have happened on the scale that it’s now…without those kind of groundbreaking steps that these initial survivors were willing to make.”“We were waiting to be killed.”Of course, it’s not easy for survivors to express the constant pain—and sometimes shame—as a result of being raped.Nishimwe didn’t find her voice until she moved to the United States in December 2001.She lived in Queens for a period, then Elmont, and now resides in the Bronx.It was only when she came to America that she started writing about her experience in a journal—which she parlayed into a book: Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience, and Hope.Once here, Nishimwe began receiving therapy, discovering that talking about the atrocities she faced was cathartic. But her horrific ordeal did not just end when the mass rapes and murders ceased. While Nishimwe found her voice, she also discovered that she was HIV-positive, as a result of the rape.She now devotes herself to helping other survivors—many of whom have sent her heartwarming letters thanking her for being an inspiration.“I want to make sure that I become a voice for others,” she says.“It has not been very easy for me to talk about, of course…it took me a long time to talk about my experience, but I realize that for me, having the courage to talk about it is so important…so I have to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.”The “Women, Not Victims: Moving Beyond Sexualized Atrocities During Genocide” conference is Sunday, March 13, at the Multi-purpose Room, College Center Building (CCB), Nassau Community College. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free. Those wishing to attend are urged to RSVP.last_img read more

Schedule of Sell Croatia workshops for 2018

first_imgSlowly but surely, the tourist story for next year is coming together and the time of various workshops, conferences, fairs and business meetings is starting.One of the very important and valuable workshops is certainly Sell Croatia, organized by the CNTB, because regardless of the achievements of technology, direct meeting and contact is still very important and crucial for long-term and quality cooperation. You can learn a lot from every conversation, meet new people who will lead us to new opportunities, which is why networking is the strongest entrepreneurial tool today, and I hope it always will be.Business workshops called “Sell Croatia” (B2B workshop) are held between Croatian tourism entities and foreign partners, and characteristic of the concept of “Sell Croatia” is the maintenance of emitting markets. Most of the workshops are organized by the CNTB representative office abroad, ie organized by the CNTB DG if there is no representative office on the relevant market. The aim of the workshops is meetings of representatives of the Croatian tourism industry (hotel and tourism companies, travel agencies and DMC) with foreign partners as well as business meetings with partners and negotiations on the purchase of services and / or packages.The CNTB points out that, as far as distant markets are concerned, where the Croatian National Tourist Board does not have its representative offices, cities where workshops will be held have not been defined yet because we are still examining the interest of the Croatian economy. . “We plan business workshops in Shanghai and Guangzhou in China in May, in Pyeongchang in South Korea during the Winter Olympics and then in Tokyo, Japan in cooperation with the Slovenian Tourist Board. Also, in April, we are planning a business workshop in Dubai, UAE before the ATM Tourism Fair. If there are not enough companies interested in a business workshop in South Korea and Japan, we will organize a presentation in South Korea during the Olympics, in cooperation with our longtime partner, the Slovenian Tourist Board and in Tokyo at the end of the year.”Point out the CNTB.For all information and expression of interest for the mentioned workshops / fairs and proposals for the organization of workshops in some other distant markets, you can contact the CNTB directly by e-mail. . See a list of all Sell workshops hereRelated news: IMPLEMENTATION OF IT INFRASTRUCTURE IS KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF THE TOURIST BUSINESSlast_img read more

High Notes: Epilepsy and leukemia help, calming room

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionIn Schenectady, Rehabilitation Support Services and Ellis Medicine have combined to provide a place for patients with mental health issues suffering from stress and anxiety to become calm and avoid emergency room visits. The Living Room, located on State Street, provides a stress-free, homelike place for individuals suffering from a mental health crisis — such as an event related to a loss of a family member, work or family stress or some other issue. The facility is located across the hall from Ellis Medicine Mental Health Clinic. A one-year grant from the Alliance for Better Health allows Schenectady County residents to use the room for free. Our full story on the Living Room can be found online at In Latham, four Latham Ridge Elementary School students with epilepsy are working together to plan World Purple Day to draw attention to and raise money for the fight against epilepsy. The students are Sammy Myers, Natalie Schlist, Whitney Belvedere and Charlotte Mitchell. Their families met through the work done by the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York. Among the activities they have planned for the March 26 event are the sale of #EndEpilepsy bracelets and asking faculty and students to wear purple on that day. Epilepsy, a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, affects one in 50 children and one in 100 adults. To learn more, visit: To make a donation, visit: Saratoga Springs, Stillwater High School sophomore Devon Wagner is helping raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The 15-year-old recently hosted a Corn Hole for a Cure event at Racing City Brewery as part of a “Student of the Year” competition among high school students. The competition is modeled after the society’s philanthropic competitions for adults. Wagner had hoped to top the $50,000 raised by her father, Brad, during an event in 2010. Wagner and her team, Team Believe, also recently hosted a pub crawl, two cocktail parties, and a paint-and-sip event. The next Team Believe fund-raiser is a family fun karaoke event called “We Believe You Can Sing!” to be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at Nostalgia Ale House and Wine Bar in Malta. To donate to the Team Believe effort, visit: YOUR HIGH NOTESHigh Notes is a Monday feature of The Gazette Opinion section spotlighting the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. If you know of anyone who should be celebrated, send your suggestions for High Notes to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Roma hatch plan to squeeze extra £12m out of Manchester United for Kostas Manolas transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Will Manolas move to the Premier League? (Picture: Soccrates/Getty Images)Roma have begun talks to remove a £31.5million release clause from Kostas Manolas’ current deal, in order to sell him at a higher price this summer, according to Italian media.The Italian giants have accepted the Greek international may move on to pastures new, with a transfer to the Premier League most likely in the summer.Manchester United are known to be in the market for a new centre-back and Manolas is among their top targets, while Arsenal have also been continuously linked with him.Juventus and Bayern Munich are among the European heavyweights keen to sign him and Roma’s director of sport Monchi is now hoping to squeeze as much money out of potential bidders as possible or to fend them off completely. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Feb 2019 1:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link488Shares Advertisement Monchi is planning to squeeze more money out of Europe’s top clubs (Picture: Getty Images)Monchi hopes to either remove the release clause from Manolas’ contract completely or to insert an increased clause of around £43.7m, according to Corriere dello Sport.AdvertisementAdvertisementAside from the insertion of a new clause, talks between the 27-year-old and Roma are progressing well.He is currently tied to a deal that runs until June 2022.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Roma hatch plan to squeeze extra £12m out of Manchester United for Kostas Manolas transfer Commentlast_img read more

Edge Hill auction result leaves buyers and sellers thrilled

first_img15 Hall St Edge HillMORE than 120 people, including bidders and curious onlookers, turned out as a duplex in a popular suburban Cairns street went under the hammer last week.And agents were buoyed by the result, with 15 Hall St, Edge Hill, selling above reserve price for $467,000. There were 19 registered bidders for the 798sq m property, with offers starting at $350,000.RE/MAX Cairns principal Tony Williamson said the June 3 auction event was “amazing”.“It is in one of the best streets in Cairns, and had a high level of demand because of its location,” he said.He said auctions were the “best way” for sellers to earn a premium in a buyers’ market like Cairns. “At the end of the day, if the seller puts a price on a home and it is not at or near the market value, it won’t sell,” Mr Williamson said.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“A lot of sellers have trouble adjusting to the fact that prices in Cairns aren’t like Sydney and Melbourne.”He said while auctions were the preferred sale method in some major cities, only about 20-30 per cent of property sales in the Cairns market were reached by going under the hammer.“Some people fear auctions, but without any real foundation,” Mr Williamson said.“It can be hard to market a property for weeks without a price, and then invite people back together to make a bid. It’s very different to just putting a price on a house and waiting for someone to come along, but it’s also the only way to get a premium.“We recommend to sellers that going to auction is the best way to sell a property, and we do a lot of training and work around it.“An auction campaign involves a lot of work for the agents, with skill and expertise needed.” It comes after Cairns was recently reverted to “bottom of the market” on the Herron Todd White National Property Clock.According to CoreLogic, the average selling price for Edge Hill houses was just under $500,000 over the 12 months to February.last_img read more

Triyards to Deliver Loss for Q3

first_imgSingapore-based Triyards Holdings Limited informed that it expects to report a net loss for the third quarter of the 2017 fiscal year ended May 31.In the company’s profit guidance, released with respect to the unaudited consolidated financial results for the quarter, Triyards’ board said that expected quarterly net loss is mainly attributable to the continued depressed state of oil & gas industry and downturn of the marine and offshore market.The loss would represent a turnaround compared to the earnings recorded in the corresponding period of the previous financial year, according to Triyards.Additionally, the company said that it applied to the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited seeking from the SGX-ST an extension of time to announce the unaudited consolidated financial results of the group for the third quarter ended May 31, 2017.Due to continued depressed state of oil & gas industry, “management is of the opinion that the group should rationalize and reassess the carrying value of certain assets of the group which were acquired or developed previously with plan to deploy for new projects or business ventures related to oil and gas industry.”last_img read more

15-minute daily exercise is ‘bare minimum for health’

first_imgHealthLifestyle 15-minute daily exercise is ‘bare minimum for health’ by: – August 16, 2011 17 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share By Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC NewsModerate exercise does not have to be a long jog, it could be a brisk walk to work or taking the stairs Just 15 minutes of exercise a day can boost life expectancy by three years and cut death risk by 14%, research from Taiwan suggests.Experts in The Lancet say this is the least amount of activity an adult can do to gain any health benefit.This is about half the quantity currently recommended in the UK.Meanwhile, work in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests a couch potato lifestyle with six hours of TV a day cuts lifespan by five years.The UK government recently updated its exercise advice to have a more flexible approach, recommending adults get 150 minutes of activity a week.This could be a couple of 10-minute bouts of activity every day or 30-minute exercise sessions, five times a week, for example.Experts say this advice still stands, but that a minimum of 15 minutes a day is a good place to start for those who currently do little or no exercise.The Lancet study, based on a review of more than 400,000 people in Taiwan, showed 15 minutes per day or 90 minutes per week of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, can add three years to your life.And people who start to do more exercise tend to get a taste for it and up their daily quota, the researchers from the National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan, and China Medical University Hospital found.More exercise led to further life gains. Every additional 15 minutes of daily exercise further reduced all-cause death rates by 4%.And research from Australia on health risks linked to TV viewing suggest too much time sat in front of the box can shorten life expectancy, presumably because viewers who watch a lot of telly do little or no exercise.England’s Chief Medical Officer Sally Davies said: “Physical activity offers huge benefits and these studies back what we already know – that doing a little bit of physical activity each day brings health benefits and a sedentary lifestyle carries additional risks.”She added: “We hope these studies will help more people realise that there are many ways to get exercise, activities like walking at a good pace or digging the garden over can count too.”Prof Stuart Biddle, an expert in exercise psychology at Loughborough University, said a lot of people in the UK now fall into the category of inactive or sedentary.He said that aiming for 30 minutes of exercise a day on pretty much every day of the week might seem too challenging for some, but starting low and building up could be achievable.“You can get good gains with relatively small amounts of physical activity. More is always better, but less is a good place to start.”center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more