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EPA spill threatens Diné community

first_imgCorn, melons, squashes and other crops, along with sheep and cattle — these are what the Diné (Navajo) farmers grow and raise along the San Juan River in the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. They use the water from the river to irrigate their crops and provide water for the livestock. Except that now they can’t.Photo of Cement Creek in Silverton, Colorado, after the Gold King Mine contaminated it.The Navajo Times reported on Aug. 5, instead of first removing and treating contaminated water from the closed Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colo., excavators hired by the federal Environmental Protection Agency breached a wall at the mine, causing 3 million gallons of yellow-orange waste water to be dumped into nearby Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas River and then into the San Juan River.Since then, toxic heavy metals have increased dramatically in the Animas River. Lead in the river after the spill has been measured at 5,720 parts per billion, far higher than the 50 ppb concentration level that requires municipal water suppliers to shut down. Cadmium was measured at 6.13 ppb (safe limit: 5 ppb); arsenic at 264 ppb (safe limit: 10 ppb); iron at 326,000 ppb (safe limit: 1,000 ppb); copper at 1,120 ppb (safe limit: 1,000 ppb); and manganese at 3,040 ppb (safe limit: 50 ppb). Elevated levels of zinc, beryllium and aluminum have also been found. (denverpost.com, Aug. 11)Many communities in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah are also threatened by this spill. Much of the heavy metal settles in the river bottom, only to be stirred up by future storms and washed downstream. This contamination may last for years.Particularly hard hit is the Navajo Reservation, the largest Indigenous territory in the country. Stretching across portions of Utah, New Mexico and Arizona, at 27,000 square miles it is larger than 10 of the states in the U.S. Its population now surpasses 250,000. Diné language and culture are scrupulously maintained. More than 750 families live and farm near the contaminated San Juan River.No apology from U.S. governmentThe EPA waited 24 hours before notifying the Diné and other communities of the spill. The agency then distributed through its website a claims form that contains the disclaimer: “I […] agree to accept said amount in full satisfaction and final settlement of this claim.” As Navajo President Russell Begaye pointed out, this form contains “offending language.”“Once the claim is made it will only be for the claims suffered to date and precludes future claims,” Begaye said. He has directed Diné citizens not to sign these claim forms. (time.com, Aug. 12)After finding out about the EPA spill, the Navajo government sprang into action. It launched Operation Tȯ Łitso or Yellow Water. This name is a grim reminder of a uranium waste pond spill of 1,100 tons of solid radioactive mill waste and 93 million gallons of acidic and radioactive waste water into a river tributary in New Mexico in 1979. That spill is still causing health problems for Diné people 36 years later.Command centers have been set up and legal action against the EPA is being prepared by the Navajo government.According to a Navajo government press statement on Aug. 11, Dr. Peterson Zah spoke in the Diné language at the Oljato Council meeting on the reservation about the current emergency and its historical background. Zah recalled Kit Carson’s scorched earth campaign against the Diné people and their forced Long Walk migration into the reservation, as well as the 1979 uranium waste spill disaster.About this current crisis, Zah said: “What I was looking for [from the EPA] was an apology. We didn’t even get one. I wanted to hear from the U.S. government that they were sorry.“Many years from now, the Navajo people will still be here on our tribal lands,” Zah said. “They keep trying to get rid of us, but we’re still here surviving.”Diné and Apache youth confront McCainWhen Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain went to the Navajo Nation’s capital, Window Rock, on Aug. 14, angry Diné and Apache protesters, many of them youth, decried violations of their water rights and copper mining in Oak Flat, Ariz.Deidra Peaches, a Diné woman, said, “The activists were from all over [the West] and came to show inter-tribal solidarity. … McCain and his entourage were definitely thrown off.” (phoenixnewtimes.com, Aug. 17)During his visit, McCain was confronted by protesters throughout the day who chanted in the Diné language, “Water is life!” and held banners reading, “McCain = Indian Killer” and “McCain’s not welcome here.”McCain is a staunch supporter of copper mining interests in Arizona. When high school senior Adriano Tsinigine, an Apache, saw the senator and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey surrounded by people trying to shake their hands and take photos, he seized the moment. Tsinigine pushed his way up to the senator. “I pulled out my [Protect] Oak Flat card. He took it, looked at it, and threw it back at me.”McCain was driven off Navajo land and chased by activists all the way to the airport.In a statement released later that day, the protesters stood firm: “We will rise up as the new leaders of our Nations in solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters, and we start by saying NO MORE ALLOWING state or federal politicians and the corporations they represent entrance into our homelands.”Kris Hamel contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

US should not adopt “information warfare” approach

first_img Receive email alerts May 15, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US should not adopt “information warfare” approach WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists On 30 April, a committee reported the US International Communications Reform Act to the House of Representatives for further consideration. This bill aims to restructure the US federal government-funded international media and, in particular, to overhaul the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees the State Department’s overseas broadcasting.If the Senate approves the version passed by the House and if President Obama signs it into law, Voice of America would henceforth be required to support US foreign policy.The bill’s authors accuse Voice of America of abandoning its duty to support US policy over the years, becoming “too” independent and even making “anti-American” statements.”Historically, VOA served US diplomacy by countering Nazi and then Chinese and Soviet propaganda. In 1976, President Gerald Ford enshrined the principle of “accurate, objective, and comprehensive” broadcasting in VOA’s charter. VOA was now promoted as an independent news source in regions where censorship prevailed.These principles are retained in the new bill, but VOA’s reports must also be “consistent with and promote the broad foreign policies of the United States.” There is clearly a danger that this new concept of “promoting” US foreign policy could affect VOA’s content.The International Communications Reform Act reverses the priorities of the 1994 law currently in effect. Programming focused on the United States and its foreign policy would be more important that providing independent news and information to the population of countries where it is otherwise inaccessible.“We urge the US authorities not to transform media such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and Radio Free Asia into diplomatic communication tools,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “It is legitimate that these media should offer a US vision of freedom. But encouraging or forcing them to support diplomatic positions and to reflect national interests means adopting the attitudes of information warfare and this would be extremely regrettable.”As well as defining the VOA’s principles, the very first article of the International Communications Reform Act says that the US international broadcasting “exists to advance the United States’ interests and values.”It is crucial that journalists working for the network of media depending on US funding should not be obliged to reflect US interests while “presenting accurate, objective, and comprehensive news and information (…) to societies that lack a free media.”Like VOA in Iran, the local language services of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty constitute one of the very few sources of independent news and information in countries such as Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. These media could not continue to provide the same valuable service if they took their orders from the US government. RSF_en News United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more to go further News Newscenter_img United StatesAmericas Help by sharing this information Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Follow the news on United States News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

IB Roof Systems™ Names 4 Star General Contracting, Inc. Contractor of the Year for…

first_img WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp IB Roof Systems™ Names 4 Star General Contracting, Inc. Contractor of the Year for Second Consecutive Year Twitter Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021 Facebookcenter_img Twitter IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 24, 2021– IB Roof Systems™, a leading provider of complete PVC roofing solutions for flat or low-sloped roofs, names 4 Star General Contracting, Inc., as its 2020 Contractor of the Year. Each year, this award is presented during IB Roof Systems’ Contractor Retreat to the customer that embodies the valued characteristics including superior customer service and quality workmanship – and who drives the largest volume of IB Roof Systems’ PVC membrane and installation. “For a second consecutive year, 4 Star General Contracting, Inc. has exceeded our overall award specifications,” said Jason Stanley, Chief Executive Officer, IB Roof Systems. “Their commitment to developing long-lasting relationships with clients by providing exceptional customer service and the best roofing systems is a testament to the superior quality of contractors we are proud to work with.” During the 2021 IB Roof Systems Contractor Retreat, several key customers were recognized for their achievements in 2020 as a result of nominations submitted by IB Roof Systems sales representatives, including:Specialty Project of the Year: Apex Roofing and Construction awarded for the Multnomah Falls Lodge project in Bridal Veil, Oregon, for their use and display of creative and unique applications and quality installation methods.Larry J. Stanley Humanitarian Award of the Year: Antis Roofing & Waterproofing recognized for significant effort in community service or humanitarian projects through The Antis Foundation. For over 30 years, Antis Roofing has worked to help keep families safe and dry through their expertise in roof maintenance. In addition to donating roofs to nonprofits in 2020, Antis pivoted in food insecurity, blood recovery, and frontline support.Residential Project of the Year: Gallop Roofing and Remodeling, Inc. acknowledged for installing a 7,900 square foot, 80 mil white, fully adhered over a Tapered system using IB Roof Systems’ PVC on a custom residence in Salvo, North Carolina.Commercial Project of the Year: Black Hills Exteriors honored for completing a multi-level 70,000 square foot reroof project for the Black Hills Federal Credit Union in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The project utilized IB Roof Systems in-stock color selection of 60 mil grey and 60 mil white PVC membrane to correct glare reflecting into upper office buildings.Fluid Applied Coatings Project of the Year: G3 Commercial Roofing of Raleigh, North Carolina recognized for its installation of an IB silicone coated 79,000 square foot roof for the Best Western in Burlington, North Carolina. IB Roof Systems honors its valued customers through a long-standing awards program highlighted by five categories: IB Pro, ProSelect, Circle of Excellence, President’s Club and Contractor of the Year. Each category is comprised of IB Roof Systems’ most regarded and driven customers, but it’s the Contractor of the Year Award that is given to a single contractor each year in recognition of both maintaining quality installation standards and highest business volume among IB Roof Systems’ authorized contractors. “Receiving IB Roof Systems’ Contractor of the Year, The Stanley Cup Award again this year is an honor to our entire company,” said Sean Harshaw, co-owner, 4 Star General Contracting, Inc. “This award is a testament to our commitment to be the best commercial roofing contractor in the western U.S., using the very best products backed by a winning strategy.” About IB Roof Systems Since 1978, IB Roof Systems has been a nationwide leader in providing high-performance PVC membranes and systems for the commercial and residential industry. With hundreds of millions of square feet installed, IB Roof Systems is committed to offering quality products, exceptional service and unsurpassed technical expertise. The company is headquartered in Grapevine, Texas and has facilities across the U.S. in Springfield, Oregon, Las Vegas, Chicago and Atlanta to serve contractors in any location. Learn more at www.IBroof.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005377/en/ Eric Carlisle | Marketing Director | 972.354.6615,[email protected]  KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA TEXAS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: CHEMICALS/PLASTICS OTHER CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE MANUFACTURING COMMERCIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY SOURCE: IB Roof Systems Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Garth Hudson, Taj Mahal, Warren Haynes, & More Celebrate The Last Waltz’s 40th Anniversary In LA

first_imgEdit this setlist | More Warren Haynes setlists There are few places in this or any universe where and when one could truly replicate The Last Waltz, the famed final show played by The Band on Thanksgiving of 1976. In 2012, Levon Helm, the group’s most iconic voice, passed on to That Great Gig in the Sky. In 2015, Allen Toussaint, the New Orleans legend who arranged the horn section for the original show, passed on.And that’s to say nothing of all the members of The Band and their special guests who are now either deceased or have aged out of regular performance.That hasn’t stopped the music from carrying on through a 40th anniversary tour of The Last Waltz. Nor did it to do anything to dampen the spirit of the stop at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The ornately decorated venue proved to be a perfect host for Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson and the cast of characters who’ve criss-crossed the country reviving a rock-and-roll classic.From The Band standards like “Up on Cripple Creek”, “Rag Mama Rag”, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and (of course) “The Weight” to blues standards and then-contemporary covers, this band breathed new life into an epic concert that, save for the fortunate few who were at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on that November night, is left to musical lore beyond Martin Scorsese‘s famous concert film.Haynes, among the most decorated fill-in frontman for historic rock outfits, wailed with voice and axe through two rambling sets (and a two-song encore) with every bit of bravado and brilliance on display during his stints with the Dead, the Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule. Johnson, a relative spring chick at 41, more than held his own belting out numbers, including “Georgia On My Mind”, and flaunting flowing locks from his head and beard. They were backed by a colorful cast of characters on horns (led by Mark Mullins), drums (Terence Higgins) and keyboard (Danny Louis).No tribute to The Last Waltz would be complete without a stack of cameos, and this one was no exception. Dave Malone, of New Orleans’ Radiators fame, joined in for a rendition of CSNY‘s “Helpless” and The Band’s “This Wheel’s On Fire.” Cyril Neville, of the Meters and the Neville Brothers, lent his talents on percussion and vocals, even stealing the show for a spell during the Bo Diddley classic “Who Do You Love.” Taj Mahal—clad in a red shirt, black pants and a white hat—seized the stage on multiple occasions, to belt out “The Shape I’m In”, “Life Is a Carnival” and Bob Dylan‘s “Forever Young” and rip some steel guitar on Robert Johnson‘s “Kind Hearted Woman Blues.”The crowd, which came to its feet after just about every song, got many a joyful earful from some who were on stage for the original Last Waltz. Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, who was then a young understudy to the aged Muddy Waters, “laid some pipe” on slide guitar during a rendition of Muddy’s “Mannish Boy” and regaled the audience with tales of late-night jams with Dylan, Helm, Eric Clapton, Ronnie Wood and Paul Butterfield. Dr. John, with the clothing and countenance of the same Crescent City eccentric he (presumably) was 40 years ago, banged away on the piano and lent his gravelly voice to Bayou favorites like “Such a Night” and “Down South in New Orleans.”And while most of The Band has either retired or passed on, there was one member with enough juice left in the tank to join this gang on the road: Garth Hudson. The silver-haired 79-year-old needed a hand shuffling onto and off of the stage, but once he sat down at the piano, it was as if no time had passed since the original show. He tickled the ivories to perfection toward the end of the show and into “The Weight” before the group concluded Set No. 2 with Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.”Who knows how many (if any) of the original Waltzers will be around for a 50th anniversary in 10 years? By then, with any luck, there will be a whole new generation of great musicians who are ready, willing and able to get the ghosts of The Band back together for yet another Last Waltz.Below you can view fan-shot videos of both sets, courtesy of Pay Myers: Enjoy the gallery below, courtesy of Brandon Weil.center_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more