first_imgDeap Capital Management & Trust Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about Deap Capital Management & Trust Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Deap Capital Management & Trust Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Deap Capital Management & Trust Plc (  2017 abridged results.Company ProfileDeap Capital Management & Trust Plc is a financial  services institution in Nigeria operating in the capital market, mortgage banking and oil and gas sectors. The company provides services for fund management, portfolio management, capital market/financial advisory and issuing house services. Its branded financial services products include DEAP Standard, DEAP Gold, DEAP Platinum and DEAP Classic. Deep Capital Management & Trust Plc’s major subsidiaries include Resort Securities & Trust Limited, Resort Savings & Loans Limited and DVCF Oil & Gas PLC. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Deap Capital Management & Trust Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgStandard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc ( listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Standard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Standard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Standard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc (  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileStandard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc is a leading financial services company providing products and services in three key segments: corporate and institutional banking (CIB), retail banking and commercial banking. The financial institution has a national footprint with 25 branches and four electronic banking centres located in the Copperbelt, Lusaka, Northern, North Western, Southern and Western Provinces. The CIB division provides corporate clients with solutions for trading, corporate finance, loans, trade finance, cash management, deposits and treasury. The Retail division services personal, priority and business clients; providing solutions for transactional accounts, deposits, overdrafts and loans, and investment service. The Commercial division manages mid-sized companies that fall between CIB and Retail banking. Standard Chartered Bank Zambia is a subsidiary of the Standard Chartered Bank Group which is an international financial services conglomerate, with headquarters in London, United Kingdom. Standard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET October 4, 2012 at 11:55 pm What a hoot, what a howl, what a bark, what a growl! Blessing of the animals today at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle with St Francis the Wanderer – two and a half hours making the rounds from zebra and ostrich and giraffe to warthog and warty hog (two different animals) and elephants and hippopotami and wolves and elk and grizzly brown bears (magnificent) and Alaska fox and bugs (including Mount Lemmon “stinky butt bugs”) and even a miniature donkey like the one in Shrek! Lots of good people including some who joined along the way, helpful zoo folk including Kendra the docent. Great time! 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Ray Buchanan (right), rector of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Mobile, Alabama, nose to nose with a canine friend (middle) before a pet blessing. Photo/Episcopal Church of the Redeemer[Episcopal News Service] It rained buckets, but didn’t dampen doggie enthusiasm at the “pink poodle spa” and “Empawium Gift Shop” during a Sept. 29 pet carnival at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Mobile, Alabama.The “Noah’s Park” pet carnival also featured a petting zoo, horse rides, the Spotted Dog Café and a no-bark silent-auction. And it was just the start of a weekend celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, whose love of animals is traditionally commemorated with pet blessings around Oct. 4.About 250 people and half as many dogs, attended the carnival, a fundraiser for the church’s St. Francis Guild. It raised about $3,000 to assist the needy in buying food and paying for veterinary visits for their pets, said Carol George, a guild member.“We have a lot of people who love animals and we started this about five years ago because we felt there was a need for our ministry,” she said.The Pink Poodle Spa at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Mobile, Alabama.Like Redeemer, other churches are getting creative about pet blessings.In Seattle, Washington, for example, the emerging community of St. Francis the Wanderer, “an outdoor church” is taking pet blessing to the local zoo on Oct. 4, according to the Rev. Sally Carlson.“This is the first year we’ve done this,” said Carlson during a recent telephone interview, “we’re an emerging mission and we’re just getting up and running. This will actually be our first liturgy together.”She and others associated with St. Francis will start at the Woodland Park Zoo’s south gate and make a two-hour circuit of the campus, with a dozen or so stops along the way.“We’re going to bless everything, the birds, the bugs, the nonvertebrates, everything. We’re so excited we can’t stand ourselves,” Carlson said. “It was so kind of the zoo to understand what we wanted to do in terms of honoring creation.”The emerging congregation was inspired by time Carlson spent “in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, when people gathered on street corners. During that time somebody would say, ‘let’s pray.’”Consequently, St. Francis the Wanderer will be “strictly an outdoor church and be in places that you wouldn’t normally expect people to gather to do ritual — beaches, street corners, hospital parking lots — just different places that, for whatever reason, people are hungry for God but don’t want to go into a church or building to worship. We’re going to minister to those people,” Carlson said.In Danvers, Massachusetts, the Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas, rector of Calvary Episcopal Church, is also taking pet blessings public and outdoors. She is planning to preside over an Oct. 6 service at the local Endicott Park.“This is our 10th annual pet blessing and what sets this apart is that they chose to hold it at the public park in Danvers and to invite local animal rescue organizations and the local veterinarian, and to have an ‘ask the vet’ table,” she said during a recent telephone interview.Each pet blessed will receive a certificate and the church also has an online “paper prayer” form for those to fill out who are unable to attend.“Volunteers will gather with me and we will read the names from all the paper prayers and offer a blessing for them as well,” she said.The church also offers a monthly pet blessing service through its “Perfect Paws” pet ministry. Such pet ministries are of vital importance, she said.“We as a species and as a church have a huge ethical challenge before us in learning to live in creation in a way that honors all the inhabitants of the earth and doesn’t do damage we’re doing with our lifestyle now,” she said.The pet ministry “connects me to people who really start with their relationship with pets and from there feel called to care for creation and from there to be concerned with the welfare of other creatures,” said Keith-Lucas.“The relationship with pets is such a powerful one for many people,” she added. “It’s their strongest experience of connection and of unconditional love. It’s something that grounds them and helps them begin to imagine how God might love them,” she said.“It’s a great opportunity for us to reach out to people in a place that’s already meaningful and spiritual to them and connect it to the heart of our faith and invite them into a closer relationship with God.”For Carole Pozek, a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Berea, Ohio, a pet memorial service offered the first time this year along with pet blessings was nothing short of miraculous.By her own count Pozek, 58, a member of St. Thomas for seven years, has three dogs, two menpens, Sophie and Trace, and Izzy, a Chihuahua, plus two rescue cats, Georgie, a tabby, and Buddy Boy, “who is just seven months old, black and light and looks like a little soccer ball.“And,” she pauses, “I had a horse for 10 years.”Carol Pozek, a parishioner at St. Thomas, Berea, Ohio, with her horse Pablo, whom she remembered at a Sept. 30 pet memorial service.She believes that Pablo, her Appaloosa, helped improve her multiple sclerosis. “He got me out of the wheelchair,” she said during a recent telephone interview. “He was special to me in a lot of different ways. He was more like a puppy, he walked right beside me and followed me wherever I went.”But Pablo died suddenly Sept. 16. “I got a phone call at 9:20 a.m. on Sunday and they told me that during the night my horse died. Nobody knew the cause. I couldn’t be there so it was really hard.”And Pozek had back surgery Sept. 16, but went to church that same day “even though I wasn’t supposed to be up and out. On the pews were these notices about the pet blessings and that they were also doing memorials for pets. They had never done that before. It was God-given to me.”The church began an “Epis-ca-paws” ministry a few years ago after a parishioner discovered a St. Bernard tied to a tree with a bowl of water and some toys, with a note asking that whoever found the dog give him a home, Pozek said.The ministry helps struggling pet-owners with collections of food donations and other efforts, said the Rev. Gayle Catinella, St. Thomas’ rector. “It is a way for members to reach out into the community “and step out of the church building,” she said.Parishioners place signs and containers in their yards as neighborhood drop-off points for donations and “I finds bags of dog food propped up against the door when I show up for work. This ministry has touched a lot of people’s lives.”Catinella added: “a lot of what we’re doing is to get us out of the building. The pet blessings are going to be outside on the street so people can see what we’re doing … so hearts can be touched, so that those who know nothing about church can learn a little more about it.”Similarly, helping those grieving pets was important. “We thought that, as part of the service, we could also have a moment for pets who have died.”For Pozek, the Sept. 30 service meant everything.“It was horrible when Pablo died,” she said. “They didn’t call me because I recently had back surgery and they didn’t want me to come down there and hurt myself, and they knew I would come.“There’s only one place, about an hour west of us, where you can take horses to be cremated. You can’t be there. You don’t get to say goodbye; you don’t really get closure. I never got to hold Pablo or say goodbye. I’m sure he needed me and I wasn’t there. I have guilt about that.”Her pets, she said, make her smile. She is facing the possibility of yet another surgery so “with everything that’s been going on, I don’t always have a lot to smile about except with my animals.“I don’t think that anybody should live without an animal,” she added. “I truly believe God puts the right pet into your life, to give you what you need.“I’m on disability, I can’t afford all these animals anymore,” she hesitated, before adding: “but I find a way, because they I know they will keep me going. And I know that they are God’s gift to me. When I look at people I try to see Christ in them, and I do the same thing with my animals.”–The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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first_imgArchDaily Corso Pod Lipami Apartments / EHL & KOUMAR ARCHITEKTI City:ŘevniceCountry:Czech RepublicMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tomas SoucekRecommended ProductsCorporate ApplicationsFastmount®Panel Fastener for Drywall at ASB Bank in AucklandCorporate ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsPolymer Concrete Facade in UniEléctricaDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. The development of this relatively small plot in Revnice was chosen for the city with a long tradition of large villas of rich owners. Therefore, this place is intended for the construc­tion of apartments for clients living in the countryside and with a good connection to Prague.Save this picture!© Tomas SoucekSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Tomas SoucekIndividual houses are composed of different individuals grouped along the pub­lic walking path. Each of the houses should be original, but it should remain obvious, that they are built at one time. The volumes of in­dividual houses are expressed by different types of roofs. Save this picture!© Tomas SoucekSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Tomas SoucekThere are; The house crouching behind the trees with a sloped roof (Cecilie), The capricious house with a round roof (Otylie), The house that spins (Rudolf), The glasshouse – rich (Sylvie), The house around the small square (Otakar) and renovated house No. 2Save this picture!© Tomas SoucekSave this picture!© Tomas SoucekProject gallerySee allShow lessLykta Fireplace / Workshop NTNU + Sami Rintala + Pasi AaltoSelected ProjectsHouse NVO / dmvASelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:nám. Krále Jiřího z Poděbrad 2, 252 30 Řevnice, Czech RepublicLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Architects: EHL & KOUMAR ARCHITEKTI Area Area of this architecture project 2018 Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Area:  6185 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Corso Pod Lipami Apartments / EHL & KOUMAR ARCHITEKTISave this projectSaveCorso Pod Lipami Apartments / EHL & KOUMAR ARCHITEKTI Save this picture!© Tomas Soucek+ 21Curated by Paula Pintos Share CopyApartments•Řevnice, Czech Republic Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Manufacturers: Barkotex, Heroal, FLOWBOX, NEXT Photographs:  Tomas Soucek Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Lead Architects: Lukas Ehl, Tomas Koumar, Alena Sramkova Apartments Czech Republic Photographs “COPY” CopyAbout this officeEHL & KOUMAR ARCHITEKTIOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsMies van der Rohe AwardŘevniceOn FacebookCzech RepublicPublished on February 18, 2021Cite: “Corso Pod Lipami Apartments / EHL & KOUMAR ARCHITEKTI” 18 Feb 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Corso Pod Lipami 公寓组团 / EHL & KOUMAR ARCHITEKTI是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

first_imgWW photo: Joseph PietteA 22-year-old man looking toward the future has his life taken from him in a split second by a police officer’s bullet. Sound familiar?This time the victim was Noel Polanco, a Dominican youth from the South Bronx in New York City. He was stopped by the police in the early morning of Oct. 4 on the Grand Central Parkway in Queens for allegedly driving in an erratic manner.In a tragic twist of irony, Polanco was hoping that his training as an Army reservist would lead to a career as a police officer.Diane Deferrari, a passenger in his car, publicly stated that at precisely the same time Polanco was told to put his hands on the steering wheel, he was fatally shot in the abdomen by detective Hassan Hamdy. Despite claims by the detective that he thought Polanco was reaching for a gun, no weapons were found in the car.On the other hand, Hamdy had been cited in two federal civil lawsuits, in 2001 and 2008, for police abuse. More than $500,000 was awarded to the plaintiffs.Deferrari blamed “police road rage” for the shooting, since Polanco supposedly weaved in front of two trucks belonging to the New York Police Department’s Emergency Service Unit on the parkway.Polanco’s mother, Cecelia Reyes, wasn’t notified by the police of her son’s death until nine hours after he was killed.So now Noel Polanco’s name has been added to an already long list of victims who have lost their lives to police brutality in New York City — Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Ramarley Graham, Patrick Dorismond, Malcolm Ferguson, Anthony Baez, Michael Stewart, 66-year-old grandmother Eleanor Bumpurs and 10-year-old Clifford Glover. Most of the victims were Black. None of the police officers involved in any of these and many more senseless killings have been convicted of murder. Therefore, none of them has spent any time behind bars.There are reasons for this kind of injustice.The NYPD and the 1%Out of all the big U.S. cities, New York City stands virtually alone when it comes to police violence and abuse. The facts substantiate this claim. New York City has the country’s largest police department, with 34,000 uniformed officers and 51,000 employees. The NYPD is almost three times larger than the police force in the city behind it — Chicago. With a population of 8 million, there are officially 4.18 cops for every 1,000 people in New York City.According to the New York City American Civil Liberties Union, in 2011 more than 685,000 people — close to 90 percent of them Black and Latino/a — were victims of stop-and-frisk, the NYPD’s racial-profiling policy. These stops resulted in a very small percentage of reported Sept. 28 that the 2013 budget for the NYPD is an outrageous $4.6 billion, which is 15 percent of the city’s overall budget. The article stated, “In addition to ticketing minorities for standing outside of their homes, spying on Muslims who live in New Jersey, abusing protesters, and gunning down black teens over weed, the NYPD has expanded into a massive global anti-terror operation with surveillance and military capabilities unparalleled in the history of U.S. law ­enforcement.”There is one glaring reason why New York City is home to the most expensive, repressive apparatus in the U.S. and a lot of countries combined: The city is also the home base of Wall Street, the main artery to the lifeblood of worldwide monopoly finance capital. Simply put, the NYPD has expanded its monstrous reach in order to protect the private interests and property of the 1% in opposition to the 99%.The bottom line is that under capitalist society, which is based on the haves and have-nots, the police are not only above the law. As the profits of the 1% have expanded, so have the powers of the police to act as judge, jury and executioner. This is the norm.The lives of African-American and Latino/a youth have become expendable in the eyes of the banks and corporations and their armed protectors — especially during an economic crisis, where there are no jobs and attacks on public education are aimed at working class and oppressed youth. This is precisely why so many youth like Noel Polanco join the U.S. military — not to kill and or be killed in wars.As this unprecedented global capitalist economic crisis deepens, oppressed communities in New York, Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and elsewhere are under police occupation to keep a tight lid on the potential for righteous rebellion against intolerable ­conditions.What is the answer to ending the reign of police terror and to win real justice for youth like Noel Polanco? For sure, it won’t be the outcome of the November elections. It will be a united, independent struggle for people’s power — organized block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood and city by city.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgTwitter Advertisement by Simon [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The car was the same as all the others; dark in colour, of German origin; but this one was flanked by four motorbikes. And, for those who doubted the occupant’s importance, a pair of squad cars bringing up the rear, just in case.It drew to a halt and out he came, emerging from the back-seat to dazzling white light and the sound of camera shutters clicking ten to the dozen. “Over here, over here,” they shouted, phones hovering above their heads, determined to capture the moment and relive it for eternity.He waved deferentially and made his way to the media scrum. Microphones were shoved in his direction, the lights became more intense. The star attraction was finally here. “Do you not feel the cold?” one reporter asked, in reference to his attire; shirt and tie, suit jacket cast lazily over his shoulder as if out for a stroll on a mid-summer’s eve. “Not at all,” he replied, impervious to such trifling things as the weather.And with that he was gone, sauntering inside to greet more fans, to press more flesh, to leave more admirers in awe.If Monday night’s leaders’ debate was judged on entrances alone then An Taoiseach would have won at a canter. The man who entered the Concert Hall at the University of Limerick was far removed from the downcast figure we have become accustomed to in recent months.Momentarily imbued with the spirit of Cary Grant, of James Dean, or any matinee idol from Hollywood’s golden age, our leader had suddenly, at this late stage in the game, acquired some sex appeal. I know, crazy isn’t it? But this was a new Enda, an Enda that women wanted to be with and men just wanted to be. A bad boy. The only thing that would have made his arrival badder were if he’d climbed down from one of the motorbikes himself, dressed in leather, a cigarette dangling from his mouth.Was this flippant attitude a sign of things to come, a precursor for a night of foul-mouthed missives and lecherous jibes?Well, no, not really.Instead, at least in Enda’s case, we got exactly what we expected: Tiresome mantras, pomposity and the latest round of bickering with partner-in-crime, Michéal Martin.An Taoiseach ended this chilliest of nights wearing even fewer clothes than he’d arrived in, having proved himself to be all mouth and very little trousers. Ably abetted by faithful lapdog, Joan Burton, he took the art of talking without actually saying anything to new heights, his rehearsed rhetoric now so familiar that those at home could join in, reciting the lines word for word in joyless unison.And yet, despite this lukewarm performance, and those which preceded it, Enda Kenny will, in all likelihood, remain at the helm of Irish government come the end of the month. The public will have spoken and will have gotten what they wanted.It brings to mind an ordinary looking bloke, with an ordinary job, and an ordinary car who just happens to have an incredibly attractive girlfriend. We see him there, the country’s fate in his hands, and we ask ourselves: “How did he manage that? How did this bland, thoroughly unremarkable man fool a nation not once, but twice?”For those of you still in search of an answer, hang round the entrance at his next public appearance. It’s a sight to behold. NewsEnda’s cool entrance for a lukewarm performanceBy Staff Reporter – February 18, 2016 658 Previous articlePrisoner tells judge he tried to take his own life while custodyNext articleJenny Greene’s Electric Disco Staff Reporter WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Linkedin Email Printlast_img read more

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Homepage BannerNews Google+ Facebook NI Civil Service told proposed Derry Medical School must not be delayed by Stormont deadlock Google+ Twitter Previous articleN56 closed at Maas Junction following collisionNext articleTheresa May accused of hard-right alignment News Highland The North’s Civil Service has been told the proposed Derry Medical School must not be delayed because of the political deadlock at Stormont.Following correspondence from the University of Ulster regarding the business case for the school, Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan, the SDLP’s Health and Wellbeing Spokesperson. says it would be “lamentable” if the plans are stalled because there is no Executive in place.He says when he brought a motion to the assembly on this subject it received unanimous support as every party accepted how transformative this initiative could be, not only in terms of kickstarting the university expansion which is so crucial to Derry’s economic regeneration, but also in terms of training and equipping more doctors to bolster our overstretched healthcare workforce.However, Mr Durkan says to potentially end up in a situation where this major, positive piece of work cannot progress in the absence of an Executive is lamentable.He says the political impasse because of the failure to form a government here is potentially risking a delay in this vital project.He says party leader, Colum Eastwood has written to the Department of Health’s Permanent Secretary, outlining the need to getting the business plan approved but, there is real concern that without a minister in place to sign off on it, the North West medical college may not happen. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – December 30, 2017 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgSpace_Cat/iStockBy ALLIE YANG, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced in late April that bowling centers could begin to open. As several other states have allowed these centers to reopen, one industry head says new measures will be implemented to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.“Bowling centers are staples in our community, they’re tried and true and trusted by our customers,” Jim Decker, president-elect of the Bowling Propietor’s Association of America, told ABC News’ “Pandemic: What You Need to Know.” “Changes in our practices will be social distancing and rigorous cleaning protocols.”The BPAA has listed “best practices” for its members, which include keeping a “dark” lane between groups to maintain social distancing, limiting the centers’ overall hours so that they can be cleaned, booking lanes only through reservations, making hand sanitation stations available and providing guidelines for how often balls and shoes must be sanitized.“We have 3,400 member centers in the nation and so they have a resource guide and we get daily updates on the best protocols to run our businesses safely,” Decker said.Decker is also the owner of Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, California.“It’s a challenge… We’re learning how to control our ongoing costs of being closed. We have no cash flow,” Decker said. “We’re coming up with the best way to open our center when we do reopen safely, you know, having safety for our customers and our employees.”Other states that have allowed bowling centers to reopen include Nebraska, Missouri and Tennessee. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgActing National Park Service Director David Vela. – (ABC News)By STEPHANIE EBBS and DEVIN DWYER, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As millions of Americans escape home quarantine to the great outdoors this summer, they’ll venture into parks, campgrounds and forest lands that remain stubborn bastions of self-segregation.“The outdoors and public lands suffer from the same systemic racism that the rest of our society does,” said Joel Pannell, associate director of the Sierra Club, which is leading an effort to boost diversity in the wilderness and access to natural spaces.New government data, shared first with ABC News, shows the country’s premier outdoor spaces — the 419 national parks — remain overwhelmingly white. Just 23% of visitors to the parks were people of color, the National Park Service found in its most recent 10-year survey; 77% were white. Minorities make up 42% of the U.S. population.“That tells me that we’ve got a lot of work to do,” said David Vela, acting director of the National Park Service.The career park administrator, appointed by President Donald Trump to the post in 2017, is the first Latino to lead the agency.Government officials and environmental advocates agree that the racial disparity in the outdoors is an existential crisis.“If we don’t address this, and we don’t see how all these things are interrelated, then we’re going to risk losing everything,” said Pannell. “You’re not going to have public lands to enjoy.”The U.S. Census Bureau projects people of color will be a majority in America by 2044 — a demographic shift that will impact park attendance and finances. Community advocates say physical and mental health for minority communities is also at risk.“I feel like nature is a right to everyone, and we should all feel safe enough to experience it,” said Lauren Gay, a Tampa, Florida, mother who chronicles her experiences as a woman of color in the wilderness on her blog and podcast “Outdoorsy Diva.”“We need better ways to cope with stress, to cope with some level of trauma. We all have some level, honestly, of PTSD from a lot of the things we’ve lived through as people of color — and nature is a way to do that,” Gay said.A not-so-inclusive experience for someAmbreen Tariq, creator of the “Brown People Camping” social media campaign, learned to camp with her family in Minnesota after they emigrated to the U.S. from India. She now advocates for representation of families like hers and people of color to enjoy the outdoors.“The future of our country is more and more diverse, … we’re going to have more people of color in this country than white people, but our parks, our green spaces, our conservation spaces, those demographics are remaining white. What does that mean for the future of our land, for environmentalism? We need everyone to experience and then love the land so that they will stay and fight,” Tariq said.“So you think the parks are at risk? Absolutely. The parks are at risk, just like every other natural resource in this country. Land, water, air. These are resources to be preserved. And it not just takes money. It takes people fighting for it,” she continued.Still, racial profiling and stereotyping remain a big concern for Tariq and many people of color in the outdoors.“When I was a child, I felt like an outsider trying to gain entrance, except now I am American and this is my country,” she said.However, when she camps or hikes as an adult, Tariq said she still faces assumptions that she doesn’t belong and a sense of “imposter syndrome” and fear — even facing questions from rangers about whether she has followed park rules when she doesn’t see white visitors asked the same questions.Danielle Williams, a fourth-generation Army veteran who leads the “Diversify Outdoors” coalition, said people often ask her how she became interested in the outdoors, assuming she didn’t grow up spending time outside and devaluing her relationship with outdoor spaces as a child.“We have to kind of tone down the elitism and just think about our language when we talk about the outdoors, because car camping — that’s great. And camping in your backyard, if you live in a family home, that’s also wonderful,” she said.Advocates like Williams and Tariq say they hope the moment since George Floyd’s death in police custody brings attention to systemic racism in the outdoors as well as other parts of society and translates into a long-term change in attitudes and behavior.“We are urging people who are maybe having this conversation for the first time to do the work. It’s not just about a moment. It’s about committing yourself to completely change your lifestyle,” Williams said.The National Park Service has tried improving diversity in parks by marketing to non-white communities, training staff on racial sensitivity, and working to hire rangers from more diverse backgrounds. But despite the effort less than 20% of the 20,000 employees are non-white, the agency said.And after years of effort the number of Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American visitors to national parks has only seen minor improvements, according to the report shared with ABC News.Who is under-represented and why?In national parks, the most prominent and famous natural spaces in the country, Black Americans are consistently the most underrepresented. In 2018, only 6% of visitors identified as Black, according to the new report, a slight decline from the previous year.“We need to communicate that national parks, one, are part of your birthright,” Vela told ABC News Live in an exclusive interview.“Two, they’re places of reflection and comfort — recharge your battery, to learn about your history, whether it’s your Latino history as an example, African American history, LGBTQ history. We have those sites and places and stories in national parks.”Lack of transportation to national parks and the cost of visiting were cited as the top reasons people — especially Black and Hispanic Americans — don’t visit them more often, according to the study. Twice as many black and Hispanic Americans said they don’t know what to do in national parks than whites. When asked if they share the same interests as people who visit national parks, 34% of Black respondents and 27% of Hispanics said no, compared with only 11% of whites.Vela said the lack of transportation is an issue but they also want to raise awareness of parks closer to urban areas and online national park experiences.A broader challengeAdvocates for diversifying the outdoors say stereotypes around who enjoys camping and hiking create a big barrier: what they wear, what gear they have and even when they do it. Combined with attitudes that people do outdoor activities to relieve stress has made it difficult to have tough conversations about race.“When I’m walking to work with park rangers or with other campers and hikers who treat me in some sort of way that make me feel unwelcome, that make me feel unsafe, that is startling,” Tariq said. “And that goes unchecked because there’s, there’s just no channel for us to be able to challenge that in such remote places.”Many advocates say public information about parks and outdoor activities are not tailored to communities of color. Posted signs, for example, are mostly in English rather than Spanish. Park ranger uniforms that resemble what is worn by law enforcement are intimidating to some immigrants and minorities in light of documented cases of profiling.Williams said she adjusts her behavior in parks and public spaces, smiling or moving aside on a trail to let white visitors pass even though she’s disabled and walks with a crutch. She called it an ingrained behavior to avoid any negative connotation with being a Black person in a predominantly white space.“You’re worried about somebody calling the police on you. You’re worried about just having a negative interaction based solely on the color of your skin,” she said.National parks and the conservation movement were created as a way for people to escape cities during the industrial revolution, which Pannell said is one example of systemic racism in the outdoors that hasn’t been confronted.“In many ways, they are created by removing indigenous people from those lands and creating refuges for more affluent white people to get away from the city, which were becoming black and brown. So we have to — we have to deal with that history and that legacy,” he told ABC News.Carolyn Finney, a storyteller and cultural geographer whose book “Black Faces, White Spaces” focuses on African Americans’ relationship to the outdoors said the dominant narrative around national parks doesn’t include that they were considered primarily with white visitors in mind.She said that despite the value of the ideas that conceptualized the National Park Service and laid the groundwork for the modern environmental movement in the early 1900s, figures like John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt did not consider how those spaces would include people of color because they were actively segregated at the time. And some figures close to the conservation movement like Madison Grant, who founded organizations like the Bronx Zoo, espoused actively racist ideologies.“You’re looking at time during Jim Crow segregation, it didn’t stop because we were talking about a conservation trail, or because we’re talking about the environment. It did not stop,” she said in a phone interview.“And so for me, you know, we jumped ahead to a Christian Cooper experience or my own personal experience, or anybody of color’s personal experience out in nature, walking that trail in the park. You know, they’re not anomalies. Now it’s all part of a — is a long experience of things that have never been thoroughly addressed here and that it is really hard when something becomes normalized.”Many people of color say that history of the parks is another psychological barrier white Americans don’t have to face.“Historically, in the South, in particular, many atrocious things that happened to Black people were in the woods,” said Frank Peterman, an outdoors enthusiast who began visiting the national parks with his wife Audrey 25 years ago.Vela said he recognizes that history and fear it instills and is developing strategies to combat it.“We have to be responsive to those needs and — and deal with those needs because they’re going to be different. And it’s going to require a different approach. And so, we have to own that,” he told ABC News.Part of the solution, Vela and advocates agree, is to openly confront the racism associated with the parks and highlight the important stories of black, Hispanic, Native American and LGBTQ people in American history.“I think that as a person of color, I think that our national parks and what I’ve found, is opportunities to really reflect on the most difficult and challenging times in our nation’s history,” Vela said.And even on the current debate around the future of Confederate monuments in national parks, Vela said he won’t remove any statue or memorial from national park land, saying it risks removing the story of why they were put there in the first place.“If we do that on park land we then remove the stories that they contain. And if those stories are further sanitized in the history text, we can — we may completely lose that narrative. We can’t,” he said.Vela said he wants the National Park Service to provide information and facilitate conversations about that history so visitors are inspired to learn more and can decide what it means for themselves.“Hopefully you’re going to want to learn more. And do further research. And if that’s the case, we did our job. But we’re not going to make that decision for you,” he added.The future of national parksAmericans of all races in the new Park Service study said they value the nation’s iconic parks and landmarks as important to America’s national identity and think they should be protected. And advocates say they hope the current moment leads to future change and more attention to combating systemic racism in national parks and the outdoors industry and culture.“(The parks) tell the story of the evolution of America. So if you want to know that story — and now there’s so much confusion about the ‘real’ American story — you will find them in the national parks,” said Audrey Peterman, who has visited 185 parks in 47 states with her husband.“There’s been a tremendous improvement and it’s largely coming from inside our communities,” she said.And that future is a part of why Vela said further integrating national parks is a priority.“If we don’t make ourselves relevant to current and future generations, who is going to be the advocates for the protection and preservation of our nation’s public lands at every level, whether it’s at the local level, the state level and the federal level? And, who’s going to wear these uniforms?” Vela told ABC News.“We’ve got a lot of work to do. And you know we keep talking internally, about we’re in a second century of service. We can learn from that first century our values aren’t going to change. But how we do business has to,” he said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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first_imgThe ecology of Earth’s first large organisms is an unsolved problem in palaeontology. This experience report discusses the determination of which ecosystems could have been feasible, by considering the biological feedbacks within them. Haskell was used to model the ecosystems for these first large organisms – the Ediacara biota. For verification of the results, the statistical language R was used. Neither Haskell nor R would have been sufficient for this work – Haskell’s libraries for statistics are weak, while R lacks the structure for expressing algorithms in a maintainable manner. This work is the first to quantify all feedback loops in an ecosystem, and has generated considerable interest from both the ecological and palaeontological communities.last_img read more