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MOVE 9 member Phil Africa died in prison on Jan. 10 under what family members are calling “suspicious circumstances.” Six days earlier, Africa reportedly wasn’t feeling well and went to the prison infirmary in the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, Pa. MOVE members who drove to SCI-Dallas were denied a visit by the prison.They later learned that Africa had been secretly transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and held there in isolation for five days. Callers to the hospital were told he wasn’t there. The prison and hospital reportedly initially denied Africa the right to call Janine Africa, his spouse of 44 years, on the grounds that she wasn’t a blood relative.After hundreds of supporters from around the world flooded the phones at the hospital and prison, Phil Africa was allowed to call Janine Africa on Jan. 8. She reported that he seemed heavily drugged, incoherent and had difficulty talking. On Jan. 9, Phil Africa was sent back to the prison infirmary. MOVE members Ramona Africa and Carlos Africa were given permission to visit him on Jan. 10 and found him unable to talk or move his head. He died an hour after they left.The family says that inmates in the infirmary and prison who saw him before he was sent to the hospital reported that Phil Africa was walking, stretching and doing jumping jacks, and seemed in good health. The inmates expressed shock to see his deteriorated condition after his release from the hospital. The hospital has refused to release information on his medical condition to the family.Phil Africa was one of nine MOVE members imprisoned in the aftermath of a police assault on their home in the Powelton Village section of Philadelphia in August 1978. During the conflict, a police officer was shot and killed with one bullet; however, all nine MOVE members in the house at the time were charged with third-degree murder. They were each given 30-year to 100-year sentences, even though the average sentence for the charge is 10 to 15 years.Since 2008, the MOVE 9 have been denied parole because they maintain their innocence and refuse to give any false admission of guilt or remorse, as required by the parole board as a condition for release.Another MOVE 9 member, Merle Africa, died in prison under similar conditions in March 1998. Apparently healthy in prison, she was nonetheless forced to go to an outside hospital, where she died.Eleven MOVE members, including five children, were murdered when the government intentionally dropped a bomb on their home on May 13, 1985. MOVE members and supporters will be holding a major 30-year commemoration on May 13 in Philadelphia.A revolutionary all his adult life despite having two of his children murdered by the system, Phil Africa is remembered as a warm father figure to many in prison.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Previous articleMidday UpdateNext articleCROP INSURANCE VIDEO WORTH WATCHING Gary Truitt Farmers and ranchers can purchase policies protecting 128 different crops, including nearly all major commodities and a long list of specialty crops including apricots, bananas, blueberries, cherries, coffee, olives and tangerines. Facebook Twitter Farmers Turn to Crop Insurance for Risk Management SHARE SHARE By Gary Truitt – Sep 25, 2014 In 2013, 90 percent of planted cropland was protected by crop insurance. The passage of the 2014 Farm Bill marked a pivotal moment for risk management in U.S. agriculture. Gone are the days of direct payments and most of the commodity programs for farmers. Today, when farmers seek to manage risk, they do so by purchasing crop insurance. While farmers must make their decisions about purchasing crop insurance well before they plant, nearly 1.2 million policies have been processed through participating companies and RMA as of September 22, 2014. Those policies protect almost 291 million acres representing more than $108 billion in liabilities, accounting for nearly $3.8 billion in farmer paid premium. These numbers will continue to grow as more policies are processed and farmers plant their acres.In 2013, farmers spent nearly $4.5 billion to purchase more than 1.2 million crop insurance policies. Facebook Twitter Farmers have demonstrated their strong support for crop insurance with their pocketbooks, spending more than $38 billion out of their own pockets to purchase crop insurance policies since 2000. Home News Feed Farmers Turn to Crop Insurance for Risk Management
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To wrap bakery products automatically, you no longer need to use expensive plastic trays or cardboard supports, and biodegradable wrapping materials can be used on the machine, according to FDA Packaging Machinery (Norwich, Norfolk).The Flexwrap machine, on which the products to be wrapped are placed directly onto the material, is already being widely operated by bakeries and other food industries alike, says the firm.
Empowering and inspiring jobs building Britain’s new high-speed railway are providing incredible opportunities for young people of all backgrounds, HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani said yesterday (3 October 2018).The minister met brand new students enrolling at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) in Birmingham, as well as those entering their second year of study, to hear how they were gaining the vital skills that will unlock brilliant careers working on HS2.HS2 will connect Birmingham to London before branching out to connect the great cities of the north, including Manchester, Leeds, and Sheffield – dramatically boosting capacity and connectivity on our rail network.HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani said: Student Mariah Ahmed, 18, said: Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Thanks to the National College for High Speed Rail I’m part of real engineering linked to our community and the biggest infrastructure project of my time, and all at such a young age. Switchboard 0300 330 3000 The NCHSR has provided me with transferrable skills, which I can apply in industry. Being able to take on information from many industry leaders has proved to be crucial. The visit follows the launch of HS2’s Skills Employment and Education Strategy, which is focused on encouraging more young people into transport-related careers and ensuring the project leaves a skills legacy for the UK economy. Over 100 apprentices are already working on HS2, with 30,000 new jobs to be supported during construction.Throughout the Year of Engineering the government is joining forces with 1,400 partners, including the National College for High Speed Rail, to give young people across the UK a million direct and inspiring experience of engineering.The industry needs 203,000 skilled recruits every year to 2024, and of those working in engineering only 12% are women and only 8% come from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. Student Darren Chikono, 19, said: HS2 and major projects media enquiries The enthusiasm and ambition that this diverse group of students share is truly infectious, and they demonstrate the bright future that HS2 is offering young people – no matter their gender, ethnicity or background. HS2 is quite simply more than a railway – it is an incredible opportunity to forge a well-paid, highly skilled and rewarding career. With 2000 apprentices expected to play their part in construction, these students are inspiring role models that can help build the talented workforce we need for the future. Media enquiries 020 7944 3021
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of business and university leaders called on the U.S. government Wednesday to fix broken immigration policies that are interfering with efforts to recruit the world’s best and brightest. With federal budget cuts looming, the group also asked officials to recognize that government-funded research at universities and in industry is a key driver of economic growth.“There are jobs in the United States today that are open because we don’t have the skilled workforce to [fill] them,” said Ellen Kullman, president, chair, and chief executive officer of chemical giant DuPont. “If we want to continue to create economic growth, we have to fill those jobs with the best and the brightest, wherever they come from, and our own universities are educating them today. That is a job creator, because innovation creates momentum in the economy. That skills gap we have today is slowing down economic growth in the United States.”Kullman’s comments came as part of an unusual business and higher education roundtable where the leaders of seven major companies and the presidents of seven universities discussed innovation and its role in creating jobs. The session, held in the Washington, D.C., bureau of Bloomberg News just a block from the White House, was convened by Harvard University President Drew Faust and John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable, a group of corporate leaders that formed in 1972 to influence public policy. The roundtable included the leaders of Eli Lilly, Cummins, Siemens, Meritor, Accenture, and SAS Institute, as well as DuPont, and the heads of Harvard, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Davis, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the University of Iowa, and the University of Virginia.In her introductory remarks, Faust said she hoped the event would lead to the group speaking out clearly and forcefully on the key issues of immigration, research funding, and intellectual property rights. With a joint congressional “super committee” considering ways to slash the U.S. budget deficit, and with a presidential election looming, Faust said this is a critical time to get the message out to the nation’s leaders.“We face a unique and pressing opportunity to address the future of innovation,” Faust said. “We believe it’s important to amplify our collective voices … and describe our shared goals more forcefully and effectively.”House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who addressed the group at lunch, said that it’s important for Washington to hear from concerned groups on key issues like innovation.The United States has long been an educational destination for bright, energetic students from around the world, but participants said the spread of technology and the rapid development of new research institutions by nations seeking to emulate the American model creates greater incentive for those students to stay home. Add to that U.S. immigration policies that make it difficult for graduates to choose to stay here when their schooling is done, and you have a brain drain of people who could drive innovation, job creation, and economic growth.“If you want a job killer, a job killer is having some of these would-be entrepreneurs go back to those countries and create jobs there that compete against us and take jobs out of this country,” said John Lechleiter, chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer of Eli Lilly.Members of the group recommended increasing the numbers of some kinds of visas and an educational campaign to highlight the economic benefit of retaining high-skilled, foreign-born workers who were educated here to differentiate this issue from the larger one of illegal immigration, which political leaders don’t seem eager to reopen.Government support of research through grants to university research and tax credits for corporate research is critically important, participants said. William Green, chairman of the board of Accenture, a global management consulting company, said that the days when the United States dominated global research are over. Today, other governments are investing in research. The major competition for U.S. companies in the future will come from the new multinationals growing up in other countries. Green said it is pivotal for the United States to devise a fresh growth strategy before those countries and companies catch up. He also said that during this crisis, people are looking to the places that have been sources of innovation in the past.“We have a crisis in confidence and credibility in this country. And one of the last sets of institutions people believe in are the institutions that got us where we are today, which is our national research institutions,” Green said.That global competitive environment extends to education as well, Faust said, with some universities making very competitive offers for both faculty and students.Several university leaders said the unstable funding environment for basic research may make students reconsider planned careers in the sciences. Unlike lawyers or businesspeople, scientists face funding uncertainties that are linked to the vagaries of national politics, and that uncertainty may make them pursue other interests. In addition, stable funding has to target not just promising research that can be developed into products and services, but basic science, the fruits of which may be decades away. The university leaders acknowledged that controlling education costs is an important part of the picture, both to ensure that dollars are well spent and that their institutions remain affordable.In the third segment of the event, participants sought ways to increase protection of U.S. intellectual property overseas and discussed the lessons from recent patent reform that can be applied to the issues of immigration and research funding. For that legislation, key interested groups got together to hash out differences, and the result was a bill that produced little controversy. MIT President Susan Hockfield said the consensus behind that legislation may indicate that it’s important for universities and industry to lobby together for increased research funding and immigration reform.Though the nation’s debt problems are real, said John Engler, former Michigan governor and president of the Business Roundtable, the amount the United States spends on research is a tiny fraction of the budget. He said the old adage that you don’t eat your seed corn applies to this situation, since cutting research funding because of budget troubles will only ensure more problems tomorrow.
Our world is changing.Or, better yet, it has changed right in front of us with the creation of the internet. Those of us in college right now are some of the last people who will remember life before the internet, before our world changed.The way we consume news, hear about stories and share experiences has changed because of dot-coms, social media and blogs.But in our little world in the basement of South Dining Hall, we have always had one goal in mind since Nov. 3, 1966: To uncover the truth and report it accurately. We have worked the last 47 years to serve the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s community with that statement at the forefront of our operations.So in order to continue our mission, we at The Observer felt as though we could better serve you — the student body, faculty and community — with a new website, one that fits your needs, schedules and curiosities.Over the past year, we have been working on getting it perfect, from a more appealing design to more user-friendly components. After all, this website is for you, the reader. We realize you most likely get your news online, and we are here to cater to you.We wanted to make this about you, so we went for a more interactive, simpler design that will make it easier for you to access our content in ways that you have never been able to before.Our new commenting system links your Facebook, Twitter or Google account to an article, blog or video that will create a more interactive realm for students, faculty and others to gather and create their own forum within a story. You can now share photos with us of events on campus or in the surrounding community. You can also directly submit letters to the editor online for the next day’s issue.Starting next week, you can view any of our student-life video features on the new YouTube ribbon on our home page or view a PDF version of our daily print edition from your laptop, tablet or computer and flip through the pages yourself if you didn’t make it to campus.By no means is this a competing venture with our award-winning print newspaper. We have seen this happen all too often with other outlets and newspapers around the country. What we wanted to do with our new website is create a supplementary experience that goes hand-in-hand with our daily newspaper and provides an additional, interactive service to the community — such as multimedia features and up-to-the-minute breaking news, among other features — that you wouldn’t be able to have by picking up our paper.We at The Observer are lucky to not face the same challenges that affect the rest of the newspaper industry with subscriber-based production. We are lucky to have you, the people who pick up our paper every day and make it what it is. Because of you, our newspaper will live on and continue our mission.We just thought we could show our gratitude for journeying with us in a changing world. (Just bear with us as we break in the site.) Check out our new world at ndsmcobserver.com and please let us know what you think. After all, this is for you, the reader.Tags: Andrew Gastelum, Internet, ndsmcobserver.com, The Observer, website
5 19.08% All Ages24 7 18 68 14775- Ripley1 14726- Conewango Valley0 15.9% 18 440 14781- Sherman2 Percent 70-797 2.3% 1.2% 13.46% 4.5% 0.7% Percent of Total Cases 369.5 20 0.4% 557.7 191.7 20-29492 409 0.0% Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 395.5 2 17.1% 208.1 2 23 11 0.4% 566.4 3.4% 20.42% 14081- Irving1 25.3% 1.0% 12.45% 218.7 14063- Fredonia9 New Cases 109.3 25 MAYVILLE – A new COVID-19 related death has been reported in Chautauqua County.The County Health Department’s COVID-19 Dashboard reported the death, the 24th since the pandemic started, involving a person in their 80s.Additionally, 43 new cases of the virus were reported with 385 active.There are 36 people hospitalized in the county with the seven-day percent positive rate at 9.0 percent, up from 8.2 yesterday. There are now 2,578 cases total with 2,169 recovered.A full breakdown of today’s update is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence Total Cases 9 14716- Brocton3 80-898 14136- Silver Creek1 43 246.4 14723- Cherry Creek0 70-79187 100.6 6 646.8 2578 19 167.5 2 2.6% 384.6 244.8 0.0 0 182.1 1.7% 14738- Frewsburg1 8 0.8% 60-693 370.4 14728- Dewittville0 Symptoms 252.1 2.3% 3.49% 2 278.0 4 0 58 14701- Jamestown10 19 100.0% 37 21 21 Age Group 14740- Gerry0 Age 14720- Celoron0 1 14710- Ashville0 60 0.6% 90+35 12.45% 0.9% 50-59369 14048- Dunkirk8 0.93% 653 2.2% 3.9% COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 31 Number 33 88 0.7% 14750- Lakewood0 Yes1243 Symptoms Known1562 1.4% 0.00% 0-19350 1.36% 0.54% 7.25% Fatality Rate 8 4 193.6 12.57% 14767- Panama0 50-592 10 80-8990 13.58% 0.8% 14722- Chautauqua0 Active Cases 452.9 14757- Mayville0 197.4 181.7 59 30-39324 35 1000.6 239.1 Percent 8 297.0 9 12 14733- Falconer0 6 5 Zip Code Fatality Rate by Age Group 0.93% 1.9% 25 383.0 Total 43 385 40-49347 40-492 0-390 14718- Cassadaga0 0.3% 4 48 2 99.7 233.0 0.8% 95 3.7% 1.4% 14787- Westfield1 5.71% 14062- Forestville2 14138- South Dayton0 5 21 14782- Sinclairville0 33 16 14769- Portland1 14724- Clymer1 1 Number 276.7 3 COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 79.58% No319 117 0.2% 31 5 Total Deaths 381.2 14747- Kennedy0 101 105.5 1.3% 14736- Findley Lake0 4 0.58% 37 8.89% 14712- Bemus Point2 14784- Stockton0 3.74% 0.2% 60-69321 90+2 96 NYS Fatality Rate: 4.86%US Fatality Rate: 1.9%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/9/2020 Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)