March condemns killing of immigrant worker by cops

first_imgAntonio Zambrano-MontesPasco, Wash. — Within days after farmworker Antonio Zambrano-Montes was killed by Pasco police, his murder was seen by over 1.6 million people on a YouTube video. Viewers saw an unarmed man, his hands raised in the air much like Michael Brown’s hands last summer in Ferguson, Mo., and three Pasco cops gunning him down in a hail of bullets.There have been many community protests since that Feb. 10 day. More than 1,000 people marched in Pasco on Feb. 14, calling for justice for Zambrano-Montes. On Feb. 18, separate solidarity protests were held in Portland, Ore., and in Seattle, where demonstrators marched and blocked traffic throughout the downtown area. These two major cities are each a little more than 200 miles from Pasco, which is located in the southeastern part of Washington state.Here in Pasco on Feb. 21, demonstrators took over the huge cable bridge crossing the Columbia River after marching through central Pasco for two hours chanting, “We are all Antonio!” and “Justice now!” There were farmworkers, many carrying the flag of the United Farm Workers Union. The mainly Latino/a marchers rallied on both sides of the Franklin County Hall in Pasco. Then the march went to the cable bridge, which demonstrators blocked for over an hour by moving slowly. Cars honked in support throughout the day.Zambrano-Montes’ house had burned down two weeks before he was murdered, traumatizing the person who was to become another victim of police violence. The government could have provided him with housing. But instead, the state murdered him with 13 bullets. His plight represents that of all immigrant workers who are cheated for their labor and then met with the greatest hostility by a racist government acting lawlessly. nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

News story: National award for supporting young people in space

first_img I could not have done it without the team of student volunteers who give up their spare time to highlight the importance of the space sector, and provide opportunities for young people to launch their careers. Industry/ Project Team – Oxford Space Systems Industry/ Project Individual – Magali Vaissiere Academic Study/ Research – The UK Cassini-Huygens Team Team Education & Outreach – ESSERO-UK Space Ambassadors Individual Education and Outreach – Vix Southgate Media, broadcast and written – BBC2 ‘Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?’ Lifetime Achievement – Richard Peckham International Space Achievement – SpaceX Falcon Team I’m honoured to have been awarded with a Sir Arthur Clarke for my work with UKSEDS and Robert served on the UK’s national student space society (UKSEDS) Executive Committee and Board of trustees, where he helped run the organisation and developed opportunities for fellow students by building partnerships with major space companies and supporting the organisation of the National Student Space Conference.Robert studied Physics (with Space Science and Technology) at the University of Leicester and completed his Aerospace Engineering PhD at the University of Strathclyde. He now works in the UK Space Agency’s Chief Engineer’s office as a Mission Analyst.The UK Space Agency recently (5 October 2018) unveiled a list of space sector work placements available to recent graduates or postgraduate students. The full list of placements can be found on this year, the Agency announced an allocation of up to £4 million to find solutions to major challenges facing the NHS in its 70th anniversary with NHS England.The Agency’s Emily Gravestock, Head of Applications, was finalist for the Individual Industry/Project award for this collaborative work with the NHS.The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards were presented yesterday (1 November 2018) at the British Interplanetary Society’s Reinventing Space Conference.Other winners include: launched in 2015 and has since helped thousands of young people find their dream job in space.Robert Garner, Mission Analyst at the UK Space Agency said,last_img read more

New Protections Proposed for Pisgah-Nantahala

first_imgThe United States Forest Service is considering adding as much 264,000 acres of the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests to its wilderness inventory—a move that would protect the selected acreage from logging, road building, fracking, and mining. While most of the inventoried lands will not ultimately be designated as wilderness, the inventory suggests that the Forest Service is committed to protecting the wild character of the Pisgah-Nantahala.The new developments are the latest stage in a lengthy planning process that will guide the future of the Pisgah-Nantahala—a swath of land that encompasses some 1 million acres of public land in Western North Carolina—for the next 15 years.In addition to the potential wilderness additions, Pisgah-Nantahala stands to gain as many as 53 Wild and Scenic River designations under the newly proposed plan.Currently, there are only three Wild and Scenic rivers in the entire state of North Carolina: the Chattooga River, The Horespasture River, and Wilson Creek.Newly eligible rivers include the Davidson River, the French Broad, the Linville River, the Nolichucky, the entire Mills River system, and the East Fork Pigeon River, just to name a few.One portion of Pisgah National Forest that would benefit immensely from the Forest Service’s proposed wilderness inventory additions is Buncombe County’s Big Ivy.Big Ivy, which was previously on the chopping block for potential timber production, has long been a popular hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, and trail running destination for Western North Carolina locals and visitors alike. The terrain includes the Black and Craggy Mountains, with summits that top out above 6,000 feet, and over 3,600 acres of biologically significant old growth forest. Big Ivy also houses the 70-foot, free-falling Douglas Falls.“All of Big Ivy except the areas west of Stony Fork and north of Highway 197 are included in the inventory,” reads a statement on the Friends of Big Ivy website. “This would ensure that all current recreational and cultural uses can continue and that Big Ivy’s wild forests and creeks will be protected long-term.”Our hope is that most of Big Ivy could be protected as wilderness, especially its old-growth forests and pristine headwaters. Big Ivy’s trail system should not be in wilderness but should be managed as a backcountry area, where recreation is prioritized and commercial logging is prohibited.The latest version of the revision plan would also inventory lands adjacent to existing wilderness areas like the Linville Gorge, the Middle Prong Wilderness, the Southern Nantahala Wilderness, and the Ellicott Rock Wilderness. For a detailed, interactive map that highlights the proposed inventory areas click here.Right now the Forest Service is actively seeking public input and feedback about the proposed changes. Let them know where you stand by attending the public meeting on from 6 to 8 p.m. November 16 in the Mountain View Room of the Kimmel arena on the campus of UNC-Asheville.last_img read more

Is marijuana a ‘gateway’ drug? Most scientists still aren’t sure

first_imgLas Vegas Review Journal 30 October 2016Family First Comment: If the ‘jury is still out’, we should definitely not be liberalising it!Discussions of legalizing the use of marijuana often revolve around the contention that pot functions as a “gateway drug” — a substance that can lead individuals to abuse “harder” substances like cocaine or heroin.“There’s not enough evidence to prove (it) one way or another,” said Nathan Gillespie, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University who has done research on drug use and genetics.SOME SCIENTISTS ARE PERSUADEDA commonly cited 2015 article on marijuana’s potential “gateway” properties in The International Journal on Drug Policy, based on responses to a national survey on use of alcohol and other mind-altering substances, found that about 45 percent of adults who used cannabis at some point progressed to use of at least one other illicit drug.The strong correlation between marijuana use and use of harder drugs found by that study and similar research has supported the belief of some scientists that the link is real.In an April opinion piece in The New York Times titled “Marijuana Has Proven to Be a Gateway Drug,” Robert L. DuPont, president of the Institute for Behavior and Health and a past director of NIDA, argued that legalizing marijuana would expand the country’s drug abuse problem.“Like nearly all people with substance abuse problems, most heroin users initiated their drug use early in their teens, usually beginning with alcohol and marijuana. There is ample evidence that early initiation of drug use primes the brain for enhanced later responses to other drugs,” he wrote.A series of studies on animals have bolstered the gateway theory, finding that tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana, can increase the risk for addiction to nicotine and opiates, though other published studies have cast doubt on the opiate claim.Critics of the gateway argument in regard to marijuana say the animal studies fall short of establishing a causal connection and more studies of marijuana’s effects on humans are needed.They also note that similar correlations have been found with alcohol and nicotine. A 2011 journal article in Science Translational Medicine, for instance, found that nicotine also altered the brain, making it easier for users to become addicted to cocaine.Some researchers believe environment and accessibility play primary roles in people’s progression from marijuana to harder substances, according to the NIDA website.Instead of a gateway-type theory proposing that marijuana leads to use of harder substances, proponents of this theory believe the movement from drug to drug is predicated on outside factors like genetics or environment.“An alternative to the gateway-drug hypothesis is that people who are more vulnerable to drug-taking are simply more likely to start with readily available substances like marijuana, tobacco or alcohol, and their subsequent social interactions with other substance users increases their chances of trying other drugs,” NIDA says.A third theory indicates use of the drugs is a mixture of gateway effects, genetics and other factors.Because marijuana is listed as a Schedule I controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, research involving the substance has been tightly controlled in the past. However, the DEA announced in August it would allow more approved growers to distribute the drug to authorized institutions to foster research. That, in turn, could pave the way for comprehensive studies that could put the debate to rest.Gillespie said a lengthy study of twins could definitively answer the question.Such a study would allow scientists to control for factors like genetics and environment, Gillespie said, and demonstrate once and for all what role marijuana use plays, if any, in leading a user down the path to addiction.“The correct models have never been properly or adequately tested,” he said.READ MORE: read more

Wenger wants Gunners to be strong

first_img Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains his Barclays Premier League leaders cannot use a hectic schedule as an excuse if they falter at Manchester City on Saturday. German forward Lukas Podolski, meanwhile, stayed in London this week to step up his rehabilitation from the torn hamstring that has sidelined him since the second leg of the Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce in late August. “He is available,” Wenger said. “I feel he is still a bit short to go into a match of that level of intensity, but after this weekend I will consider him available.” Wenger has challenged his side not to lose focus following a 2-0 defeat to Napoli – which saw Arsenal qualify for the knock-out stages in second place – as the domestic fixtures come thick and fast over the hectic festive schedule. “I don’t deny that every game has a vital importance because of the influence on confidence, of the belief of the team,” Wenger said. Former Arsenal players Ray Parlour and Nigel Winterburn have this week recalled how the squad won the league and FA Cup double in 1998 after being “all drunk and all smoking” when socialising in a pre-season tour. Wenger concedes life is very different for the modern-day footballer – something England midfielder Jack Wilshere found to his cost earlier this season when photographed holding a cigarette outside a nightclub. “The physical constraints have massively changed,” said the Arsenal boss. “The players 20 years ago were as much winners as today. They had more freedom than today because the physical demands are much higher, and because the spying facilities of society has increased. “Therefore it is much more difficult today to be anonymous. “On that front the pressure on the players is much bigger than it was during Ray Parlour’s time.” Midfielder Mikel Arteta admits it will be a lot to ask for the players to properly recover from their midweek Champions League trip to Naples before they tackle City in a televised lunchtime clash at the Etihad Stadium. Wenger, though, will demand nothing other than total commitment when his men look to open up a commanding advantage on their title rivals ahead of the showdown with Chelsea on December 23. “To be completely honest, if you had given me the opportunity to do it, I would not have done it like that, but I do not complain,” said Wenger. “That is not an excuse for us at all, we have the fixtures we have. “It is another opportunity to show we have the mental strength to deal with it. “I am convinced we believe in ourselves anyway, no matter what happens. “Let’s not forget as well that if you are in City’s position and they lose, then they are nine points behind, so they have more negative pressure than we have. “We have a positive pressure that we can make a big difference with them, so let’s look at it like them. “We have an opportunity to go from (a lead of) five (points) to eight, that is fantastic – we have to look at it like that.” England forward Theo Walcott could be in contention to start against City, while full-back Bacary Sagna may also be fit following his hamstring problem. last_img read more