Myanmar junta blocks internet access as coup protests expand

first_img TAGS  Myanmar junta blocks internet access as coup protests expand Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 6, 2021 WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Facebookcenter_img Twitter Lawyers who graduated from the Yadanabon University flash the three-fingered salute of protest while holding a banner that reads “We condemn the unlawful coup. No to dictatorship” Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 in Mandalay, Myanmar. The military authorities in charge of Myanmar broadened a ban on social media following this week’s coup, shutting access to Twitter and Instagram, while street protests continued to expand Saturday as people gathered again to show their opposition to the army takeover. Twitter Pinterest Local NewsBusinessUS NewsWorld News Previous articleNDSU looks to sweep Oral RobertsNext articleChina gives approval for broader use of Sinovac vaccine Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Medicinal Herbs

first_imgIn the last year, the medicinal herb program at UGArden, the University of Georgia’s student-run farm, has expanded its product line and the number of students involved has expanded substantially.This fall, as they prepared locally grown and locally made teas, salves and soaps for their annual holiday market, students were excited about the program’s growth and the community that has sprung up around the program. “It’s cool because there are all these students in different programs that wouldn’t necessarily be coming out to a farm,” said Noelle Fuller, the program’s manager. “They get hands-on experience with different parts of this student-run business, and it’s accessible to a lot of people.”Fuller, a trained herbalist who received a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science and a master’s degree in horticulture from UGA, started as a volunteer in the herb garden at UGArden while she was a student in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. When she graduated with her master’s degree last summer, she started managing the herb program.This year’s growth has been due, in large part, to a $20,000 grant issued by UGA’s Office of Experiential Learning in early 2018. The grant funded Fuller’s part-time position and supported the herb program’s expansion across campus.Each year, the Office of Experiential Learning distributes two grants to fund innovative and impactful experiential learning projects on campus. The UGArden medicinal tea program was one of the first recipients, said Scott Pegan, interim director of the Office of Experiential Learning.“Experiential learning at the University of Georgia gives students hands-on opportunities to connect their academic foundations to the world beyond the classroom in ways that change their perspective and insight,” Pegan said. “The Office of Experiential Learning offers more than 70 competitive scholarships for students to use toward approved activities each year. Students participate in activities locally, across the state, country and world … Experiential learning challenges our students and is one more reason they are a step ahead of the competition.”The grant has allowed Fuller to have much more hands-on time with students in the garden, she said. Every week volunteers and interns drive out to UGArden’s property to process dried herbs, work in the field, harvest plants and maintain the garden.While the herb garden has grown, Fuller has also worked to grow the impact of the program across campus, forming partnerships with students from CAES and from many other colleges.The UGArden Herb Program has worked with the Terry College of Business entrepreneurship certificate program, the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, and the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication New Media Institute. All three capstone programs worked on promotional items like marketing, outreach, branding, a sustainable business model, a new website and a record-keeping app.Students in a First-Year Odyssey class, called “Local Food Entrepreneurship,” staffed the holiday market. They had been studying the business model of the herb program all semester, Fuller said.Fuller is passionate about getting students of all strengths involved, whether they’re working in the field or thinking up sustainable business models.“We’re trying to make it very holistic by giving students opportunities to be involved in the business in different ways and by incorporating a bunch of different perspectives,” Fuller said. “There are students that would never come out to work on the farm, but they can now help in other aspects of the business.”The success of the program wouldn’t be possible without the legion of students who work with the program or without the community members and customers that have helped support the garden by buying its teas and other products.The program now markets 10 all-natural herbal teas, holiday bath and beauty boxes, salves, lip balms, infused oils, locally grown loofahs and a new shiitake mushroom seasoning blends.For more information about the UGArden Medicinal Herb Program, visit ugarden.uga.edu/medicinal-teas. For more information about how UGA supports experiential learning, visit el.uga.edu/resources.last_img read more

Dems use ignorance, hate to smear Syed

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I received a disheartening message recently. As the chairman of the Department of Surgery at Ellis Hospital, a disheartening message usually means a patient has received a terminal prognosis. In this case, the notice was far less critical, but just as disturbing. The Niskayuna Democratic Committee, whose candidates in this year’s election are Joe Landry, Denise Murphy-McGraw, John Della Ratta, Peter Scagnelli and Diane Percy, sent out a “mailer,” claiming that my daughter — at the top of the Republican ticket for this year’s elections — was racist, Anti-Semitic, and Anti-Muslim.How would my daughter, Yasmine Syed, harbor such beliefs? I’m a Muslim. So are three of her uncles and two of her aunts. Her mother, Anne Marie, is of Jewish descent whose ancestors barely evaded persecution in Hitler’s Europe, escaping to America after World War II. Yasmine is half-white, half-Middle Eastern, the daughter of both a Muslim and a Christian, the descendant of Jews. As a parent, I asked, “What did my wife and I do wrong?” I quickly realized we didn’t do anything wrong. It was Joe Landry and his team of Democrats who did something wrong. In Mr. Landry and his political counterparts’ ignorance and haste to smear my daughter and the Republican slate of candidates, they revealed a glaring oversight.They failed to even properly research their opponent. My daughter and all of our children are a living, breathing “League of Nations.” Being of Pakistani descent, she isn’t anti-Muslim. With a mother of Jewish heritage, she isn’t anti-Semitic. And being half-Caucasian, half-Middle Eastern, she isn’t racist. As Jesus said in Mark 3:25: “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Basically, Joe Landry and the Niskayuna Democratic Committee would have you believe my daughter is full of hate — for herself.If Mr. Landry and the Democratic slate don’t even know or respect our family, do you think they care about your family or what’s needed to make Niskayuna a better place? Since my wife and I moved here in 1982, this town has represented every good thing about America that I sought to enjoy when I emigrated from Pakistan in the 1970s.With this ugly, hurtful, and most importantly false mailer, Mr. Landry and his team reminded us of what our families sought to escape by coming here to America: accusations and innuendo based on personal politics or ethnic background. Niskayuna is better than this, and I know you are, too. Politely, I hope you’ll keep this in mind on Election Day, Nov. 7.Iftikhar SyedNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Eunisell Boot Joint-winners Boost Eagles Squad for Togo Clash

first_imgCHAN 2020Eunisell Boot 2019 joint winners Sunusi Ibrahim and Mfon Udoh are amongst players in the camp of the Super Eagles ahead of their CHAN 2020 First Leg, final round qualifier against Togo, on Sunday.Both players were celebrated at an impressive ceremony by Eunisell, earlier in the year, as part of the brand’s desire to boost the quality of domestic football in the country. Sunusi Ibrahim and Mfon Udoh Udoh, who plays for Akwa United said: “I feel great. I feel excited and grateful. The Eunisell Boot has enhanced my profile.“It shows I have been recognized for hard work.”Ibrahim, who scored his first goal for Nigeria on his second cap for the U23 team is equally excited.“A lot has happened to me since the Eunisell Boot coronation and I dedicate this invitation to Eunisell,” he said to Eunisell Football’s Twitter account: @EunisellFball.Conceived by Nigeria’s leading chemical and specialty fluids and Production Solutions Group, Eunisell, the Eunisell Boot seeks to raise the standard of public interest in the top flight by rewarding the outstanding top scorers in the domestic top flight with cash incentives.With the 2019/20 NPFL season about to kick off, top stars have continued to score goals in pre-season tournaments across the land to indicate their readiness for the Eunisell Boot 2020 Award.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Report: Ukrainian-American businessmen in Florida linked to Rudy Giuliani

first_imgAs the impeachment inquiry rolls along, there is a Florida connection.The Miami Herald reports two Ukrainian-American businessmen in Florida, Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, played a key role in connecting Rudy Giuliani to top officials in Ukraine. Miami Herald investigative reporter Nicholas Nehamas joined CBSN to share what he found and how the two are connected to the president.last_img

Doctor lives in his kid’s treehouse during coronavirus pandemic

first_imgA doctor in Corups Christi, Texas is sacrificing his home for the moment as he works in the emergency room at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.Dr. Jason Barnes is quarantining himself by staying in the family’s treehouse located in the backyard.Dr. Barnes has treated patients positive with the virus and he says “ya know, trying to think about bringing that home, it’s scary for us.”Now, he turned his children’s treehouse into his new temporary home. It is equipped with a bed, water, and food. It even has a bathroom and air conditioning.Barnes said he has everything but his family’s hugs but it is worth it.“Quarantine is serious,” “But it’s the only way we’re going to beat this thing.”last_img

Australian Spoons winners realise long-held ambition

first_img19 Sep 2014 Australian Spoons winners realise long-held ambition Gloucestershire golfers Carol Park and Clare Spiller realised a four-year ambition when they won the national final of the Australian Spoons tournament at Belton Park Golf Club in Lincolnshire. Ever since the Naunton Downs pair first partnered each other in the stableford foursomes competition they have set their sights on winning the Spoons. They’ve won their club round three times in the last four years but never progressed past the regional final – until this year. Today, they made the most of their chance to win the trophy. They scored 19 points over the front nine of the golf course before play had to be abandoned because of torrential rain – and they claimed the Spoons on countback from two other pairs.   The runners-up were Marjorie Scott and Shirley Higgins of Maxstoke Park, Warwickshire, while third place went to Celia Fowler and Pat Benson of Harrogate in Yorkshire. “It’s wonderful, absolutely fantastic,” said Carol, who is the Naunton Downs ladies’ captain. “We came here semi-relaxed, telling ourselves that we would just do as well as we could…. but deep down desperately wanting to win! “We can’t quite believe that we’ve won a national final – and the club is going to go bananas!” Clare, who plays off 25, and Carol, a 29-handicapper, both took up golf in a case of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”  Carol’s husband had always promised himself he would return to golf when he retired and she decided to take up the game as well. Clare had enjoyed a range of sports and was introduced to golf when she met her husband. She tried to encourage him to ski, but when he decided against the slopes she headed for the fairways. The Australian Spoons is a stableford foursomes competition for players of 15 handicap and above. The finalists, who were the overnight guests of England Goklf all came through club and regional qualifying rounds and were: Carol Park and Clare Spiller of Naunton Downs, Gloucestershire – South West region Celia Fowler and Pat Benson of Harrogate, Yorkshire, – North region Marjorie Smith and Shirley Higgins of Maxstoke Park, Warwickshire, – Midlands South Sue Burgess and Sue Wenlock of Kilworth Springs, Leicestershire & Rutland – Midlands North Sue Henderson and Chrissie Kemsley of Faversham, Kent, – South region Kerry Enever and Jenny Chamberlin of Diss, Suffolk, – East Region Belton Park Golf Club has presented each pair with a fourball voucher to play the course because the competition round was curtailed. Caption: 2014 Australian Spoons winners Clare Spiller (left) and Carol Park (Image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more

Ambulance Hits Pedestrian in Red Bank

first_imgThe MONOC ambulance at right hit a pedestrian crossing Broad Street, against the light. The ambulance at left responded to the accident. Photo credit: Jessica LosardoA MONOC ambulance was traveling north on Broad Street in Red Bank when it struck a pedestrian crossing the street against the light, at Monmouth Street.The pedestrian, Thomas Thatcher, 66, of Hackettstown suffered a minor injury but refused treatment at the scene from the crew of a second MONOC ambulance called to the scene less than two minutes later, at 1:17 p.m., said MONOC Director of Operations Andy Caruso.“He was struck and knocked down and immediately got up,” said Caruso. “He refused medical attention and went on his way.”Caruso said the ambulance driver had come from the Spring Street First Aid station in Red Bank, headed to a call in Middletown for a person suffering abdominal pain.“We were traveling within the safe speeds, going through downtown Red Bank with regard to pedestrians when unexpectedly this person stepped out in front of the ambulance,” said Caruso. “Our drivers are well trained in operating emergency vehicles and act with due regard.”He added, “The driver of our ambulance was naturally shaken up.”Police Chief Darren McConnell confirmed the pedestrian was crossing against the light. Police did not issue any summonses, he said.In meetings with civic leaders, The Two River Times is exploring why pedestrian accidents happen in Red Bank, a town that boasts lots of shoppers on foot as well as vehicular traffic. The newspaper is reporting on problems and potential solutions to issues like jaywalking, left-turning vehicle-pedestrian accidents, confusing crosswalk signals and speeding in its Crosswalk series.Kelsey Guthrie, the manager of Yestercades, said crossing Broad Street can be dangerous. “I see a lot of people not stopping for people at the crosswalk — including myself. I’ve almost been hit multiple times,” she said on Wednesday, after witnessing the aftermath of the accident across the street. “People are driving in town definitely have to be more aware that this is a pedestrian town. It’s full of people walking around.”Mayor Pasquale Menna, another stakeholder in the TRT initiative, said Wednesday that pedestrians must be mindful of traffic rules, “How is any government, how is any regulation, how is any rule going to protect someone who’s not looking where they’re going?State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), another participant in the Crossroads initiative with an office on Monmouth Street, said the incident is an important reminder. “It elevates and highlights the importance of pedestrian safety in the popular town of Red Bank.”— Christina Johnson and John Burtonlast_img read more

Poor schools score textbooks

first_imgLetsibogo’s grade 12 learner Mathapelo Mothapo will have access to various books at the school’s library. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)Letsibogo Girls High School in Meadowlands, Soweto, has scored about 600 books through a groundbreaking project that’s set to benefit 100 government schools in South Africa.A partnership between the Telkom Foundation and Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy, the project is providing mobile wagons filled with study books to disadvantaged schools in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, the North West and Gauteng provinces. A total of 56 high schools and 44 primary schools have been chosen as beneficiaries.The schools were selected from across the country, according to Molteno’s CEO Masennya Dikotla. “The schools have been identified on the basis of need and are located in some of the country’s most impoverished areas,” he said.Each wagon contains about 300 books, according to a Molteno official. Letsibogo Girls High received two wagons, as will all the other beneficiary schools.“The book wagon concept is a mobile library that can be provided to needy schools very quickly,” added Dikotla. “A special focus is placed on subject matter such as science and mathematics, giving pupils rapid access to information. This allows them to build their knowledge and improve their chances of a brighter future.“Additionally, the learning materials provided in the book wagons include reference books, novels, readers and mobile science laboratories to enable teachers and pupils to apply science and laboratory techniques in their learning environments.”About 70% of the books have been distributed to beneficiary schools in the four provinces, said Molteno’s Brenda Ramokgadi. By the end of April all selected schools would have received their books.“This, for us, is creating opportunities for our girls. I’m actually happy that the girls can have these resources without having to go out of the school,” said Letsibogo Girls High principal Ellen Kondowe.Enhancing literacy at LetsibogoLetsibogo, offering grades from eight to 12, received its book delivery during the first week of March. School librarian Cecilia Padi has already done a good job of inscribing the Letsibogo stamp on them. Pupils at the school would have access to their new books from 14 April, said Padi.The school has an established library with more than 3 000 books.  “[The project] has helped us a lot. There are books with information we didn’t have before,” Padi said.Padi, who’s full of praise for the project, believes the new books will be critical in helping the pupils enhance their literacy skills, while also helping them in their studies, which include science, mathematics and economics, among others.Padi leads a school literacy project in the library, focusing on pupils in grades eight and nine, while they are fresh from primary. “I group them and choose a leader to guide them,” she said. “I develop them… not that I don’t care about other grades but these are children [grades 8 and 9] with problems on reading, spelling and writing.”Attendance to the library project has been good, according to Padi. “They enjoy reading novels and that’s useful because reading does help them,” she said.“What’s important is exposing children to reading, and to test their level of comprehension,” said Kondowe.The mobile wagons will make it even easier for her to grow the study programme, Padi noted. “I will even visit classes with these.”Molteno seeks to reach outMolteno, founded in 1974, is an organisation seeking to improve literacy skills among learners. It has run projects all over South Africa and by 2008 had reached Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia.The organization established South Africa’s first ever national literacy campaign, the Yvonne Chaka Chaka-Molteno Institute Literacy Campaign, in partnership with the renowned local musician Chaka-Chaka, in June 2009.The books project adds to other programmes Molteno runs or is involved in. “We feel privileged to form part of a project like this which reaches out to schools in need in our country,” Dikotla said.“With this material and training, teachers can substantially improve the transfer of knowledge and provide a learning experience, giving more South African children better opportunities in the modern world.”last_img read more

Ohio Soybean Association names Pat Tiberi Legislator Of The Year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) has announced that Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) has been named one of two Legislators of the Year in recognition of his tireless work on Trade Promotion Authority.“TPA is a priority for OSA and Ohio soybean farmers,” said Adam Graham, OSA president and soybean farmer from Logan County. “We thank Congressman Tiberi for his dedication to seeing TPA through, as well as his continued support for farmers and Ohio’s number one industry, agriculture.”Congressman Tiberi has represented Ohio’s 12th congressional district since 2001 and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee.“Ohio soybean farmers rely on free trade to expand exports and reach customers in new markets,” said Congressman Tiberi. “It is vitally important that our trade agreements work for them. That is why TPA was so important to pass — to ensure we get the best trade agreements possible so Ohioans can keep their farms open and running. I’m honored to receive this award, and I thank the Ohio Soybean Association for their work on behalf of our entire state.”Legislative passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement remains a high priority for the American Soybean Association and OSA. As the former chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, Congressman Tiberi continues to provide the leadership needed to ensure this agreement works for Ohio farmers to promote free trade, protect workers and create jobs.last_img read more