Zeelugt miner killed during row over cigarettes

first_imgPolice ranks in F Division (Interior Locations) have arrested a Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) resident, who stabbed a miner to death during an argument on Tuesday evening.The dead man has been identified as 20-year-old Daniel George of Zeelugt, EBE.According to Police reports, the incident occurred around 20:00h at Barakat Landing, Mazaruni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Preliminary investigations revealed that George and the 35-year-old suspect, both miners, were imbibing at a shop at Barakat Landing on the night in question.It was reported that an argument ensued between the two miners over cigarettes, during which the suspect dealt the now dead young man several stabs with a knife.Guyana Times understands that George was fatally wounded in his abdomen and right eye.The suspect was subsequently taken into custody where he was assisting with further investigations.last_img read more

Tiny preemie must remain in hospital

first_imgFassbach cautioned against rushing to redefine the medical standards for fetus viability. “We just don’t know which 21- to 22-weekers are going to do well and which are not going to do well,” he said. “I don’t think we should change what we do, but it shows us we need to do more research and find out where our edge of viability is going to go.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Doctors say Amillia is among the few babies known to have survived after a gestation of fewer than 22 weeks. She was just 9 inches long and weighed less than 10 ounces when she was delivered by Caesarean section. Full-term births come after 37 to 40 weeks. Amillia, the first child for Eddie and Sonja Taylor of Homestead, now weighs 4 pounds and is just over 15 inches long. She has suffered respiratory and digestive problems, as well as a mild brain hemorrhage, but doctors believe the health concerns will not have major long-term effects. Amillia was conceived in vitro and has been in an incubator since birth. She will continue to receive a small amount of supplemental oxygen even after she goes home. She was delivered because her mother was suffering from complications. Fassbach said that if doctors had known Amillia’s real gestational age, they might not have intervened. He said he thought she was at least 23 weeks, and doctors were shocked when the Taylors’ fertility specialist pinpointed the exact date of fertilization. A girl born after just under 22 weeks in the womb – among the shortest gestation periods known for a live birth – will remain in a Miami hospital a few extra days as a precaution, officials said Tuesday. Amillia Sonja Taylor, born Oct. 24 after just under 22 weeks in the womb, had been expected to be sent home from Baptist Children’s Hospital on Tuesday. However, routine tests indicated she was vulnerable to infection, said Dr. Paul Fassbach, who has cared for the baby since shortly after she was born. “She has been fine,” Fassbach said, but doctors are being extra cautious “now that she’s going into the world.” last_img read more

Arsenal ease to Europa victory in Sweden

first_img0Shares0000Off the mark: Nacho Monreal gives Arsenal the lead © TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP / Robert HENRIKSSONPARIS, France, Feb 16 – Mesut Ozil scored as Arsenal eased to a 3-0 victory at Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the first leg of their Europa League, last-32 tie on Thursday, while Michy Batshuayi snatched Borussia Dortmund a dramatic win over Atalanta.Left-back Nacho Monreal put Arsenal into an early lead with his fifth goal of the season, tapping in after home goalkeeper Aly Keita inexplicably let the ball slip from his grasp. The visitors were also gifted the second goal in the 24th minute as Ostersunds tried to play their way out of their own area, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan latching onto the loose ball and seeing a low cross diverted into his own net by defender Sotirios Papagiannopoulos.Ostersunds coach Graham Potter, a former defender for Stoke and West Brom in England, made two half-time changes in an attempt to change the flow of the game, but Arsenal all but ended the tie before the hour mark.Mkhitaryan played in Ozil, who jinked his way through and saw his shot burst through the hands of the hapless Keita and bobble into the net.Ostersunds were gifted a chance to at least add a memorable goal to their fairytale run, but after Tesfaldet Tekie was brought down by Hector Bellerin, David Ospina saved Tom Pettersson’s injury-time penalty.The comfortable win means that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be able to rest his key players for the second leg at the Emirates in a week’s time.“We did the job well, controlled the ball against a good side,” Wenger told BT Sport.“Overall we played a serious game, so job done. They looked very nervous and we took advantage of it.”– Red-hot Batshuayi rescues Dortmund –Two timer: Dortmund’s Michy Batshuayi scored twice for Dortmund in their win over Atalanta © AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZBatshuayi continued his good form with a late brace as Dortmund fought back to beat Atalanta 3-2 at Signal Iduna Park.Dortmund forged ahead on the half-hour mark through Andre Schurrle, but Josip Ilicic’s quickfire double after half-time put Atalanta ahead.Dortmund hit back midway through the second period, though, as Batshuayi slammed in his fourth goal in three games for the club since joining on loan from Chelsea in January.And the Belgian striker pounced in the first minute of added time to give the two-time runners-up a precious lead in the tie.“The really disappointing thing is we threw away a game that we shouldn’t have lost,” admitted Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini.“After cradling the dream of winning, we suffered this disappointment in the final minutes. The second leg will not be easy.”Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid recovered from falling behind early on at FC Copenhagen to cruise to a 4-1 victory.Saul Niguez, Kevin Gameiro and Antoine Griezmann were all on the scoresheet as Diego Simoene’s La Liga title-chasers put one foot into the last 16.Serie A leaders Napoli have it all to do, though, after Germany international Timo Werner’s second-half brace led RB Leipzig to a shock 3-1 win in Italy.Patrick Cutrone and Fabio Borini scored as AC Milan claimed a 3-0 advantage over Ludogorets Razgrad to take back to the San Siro for the return leg.“I’m a bit angry, we could do a lot better. Having fast players they put us in trouble,” said a surprisingly disgruntled Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso.Mario Balotelli scored twice, but 10-man Nice blew a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at home to Lokomotiv Moscow as Manuel Fernandes hit a hat-trick, while Valere Germain struck two goals as Marseille cruised past Braga 3-0.A 78th-minute winner from Callum McGregor gave former European champions Celtic victory over Zenit St Petersburg at Parkhead, and Lazio were beaten 1-0 by FCSB in Bucharest.Lyon, semi-finalists last season, impressively saw off Villarreal 3-1 with Nabil Fekir and Memphis Depay both finding the net.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

MUST LISTEN: England – The Inquest with Durham, Wilkins and more!

first_imgListen back as Adrian Durham and co. look back at England’s disastrous Euro 2016 showing.Ray Wilkins, Jim Proudfoot, and talkSPORT’s England correspondent Nigel Adderley dissect the Three Lions’ campaign, less than a week after crashing out in the round of 16 to Iceland. From Roy Hodgson’s tactics to what England can learn from Wales, where it all went wrong to who should be the next manager, The Inquest has it covered. Former England international Wilkins has a lot to say and, agree or disagree, it is a must listen for football fans.Neil Ashton – The Sun’s chief football reporter – also joins the boys to discuss who should be next in the hotseat. Listen above or click here to download England: The Inquest as a podcast and see talkSPORT’s other exclusive podcasts on iTunes.last_img read more


first_imgRAPHOE NOTES: Raphoe Family Resource Centre: Afterschool ProgrammeThe Afterschool Programme has now resumed after the summer break and it’s lovely to see some new faces as well as the return of our regulars. There will be several new programmes this term focusing on exercise such as ‘Kidz Fit’ and Jiving. The very popular Young Boys Group and Young Girl’s Group are starting back on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd September from 5.15-6.15pm. Both are 10 week programmes for 5th and 6th Class pupils focusing on personal and social development. Activities include team games, alternative games, cooking & baking, computers and arts & crafts. Places are limited so if you haven’t made contact with us already, please do so to avoid disappointment. There is a €7.00 registration fee and young people are expected to bring €2.00 with them each night they attend. On completion of the programme there will be an outing to be decided by the group.The Youth Café for secondary school young people started back on Wednesday 16th September from 7-9pm with the usual activities. We hope to see some new faces this term particularly those from last year’s Young Boys and Young Girls Group who have now started secondary school. There is also a €7.00 registration fee for the Youth Café and a fee of €2.00 per night.Registration forms for all of the above activities are available in the Family Resource Centre. Raphoe Something Special GroupThe next monthly meeting of the Something Special Support Group will take place on Tuesday 13th October 2015.  The Group meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 8pm.  If you are a parent/guardian of a child with delayed communication or learning skills or Autism Spectrum Disorder, you will find support, advice and information by attending this support group. New members are always welcome.  If you would like more information about the support group please contact Melanie on 0749145796 / 0873641503.Little smiles with big dreamsLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30am – 12 noon in the Family Resource Centre.  Anyone who is in care of a child whether an aunt / uncle/ child-minder or grandparent is welcome.  The kiddies can get involved in messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults.  Parent and Toddler Groups are a great way to enhance your little one’s confidence and meet others of their age.A light lunch is provided at a small cost of 50 cent per family.Raphoe Walking Group The Walking Group meets every Thursday morning at 10.30am.  All abilities are catered for. And an important element of the group is coming in afterwards to have a chat and a cuppa! The weather hasn’t been too kind to our walkers throughout July and indeed for the first two weeks of August so let’s all hope for an Indian summer to get back out on the roads again. New members are always welcome so please feel free to join us on Thursday mornings!100 Club DrawWeek 22 – 18/8/151st prize Lexie Ross €50 2nd Prize Mandy O Loughlin €303rd Prize Doris Magee €20Week 23 – 25/8/151st prize Helena Gibson €502nd Prize Angeline Brennan €303rd Prize Helena Gibson €20Week 24 – 1/9/151st prize Lisa Mc Guire €502nd Prize Rachael O’ Donnell €303rd Prize Patsy O’ Hagan €20Name the DollThe winner of the Name the Doll Competition was Patricia Tinney – The doll’s name was Holly!! The Family Resource Centre would to sincerely thank all those who bought or sold lines and thanks to our good friend Louise Magee for naming the doll.Sinead Mc Gavigan School of DanceThe Sinead Mc Gavigan School of Dance will return to the Family Resource Centre on Tuesday 22nd September with 4-7 year olds at 6.30-7.30pm and for 8-12 year olds from 7.30-8.30pm. Cost: €5.00 per session.Interested in a Course in Healthcare?Respond! Housing Association in co-operation with Raphoe Family Resource Centre and The Carer’s Association, Donegal hope to pilot one module of a FETAC Level 5 Major Award in Health Service Skills in Raphoe. We plan to run the ‘Care of the Older Person’ Module of this course during October and November 2015. On completion of this module we hope that interested participants will be able to advance to completing the full award in Health Service Skills. The other subjects this award will cover are: Care Support, Care Skills, Team Working, Work Experience, Health & Safety at Work, Social Analysis and Child Development. The course is open to anyone over 18 years who can commit to one morning per week for October and November. To find out more why not come along to an Information Session in Raphoe Family Resource Centre on Monday 21st September at 10.30am and we can answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, for further information please contact Séan at sean.regan@respond.ie or by telephone on 087-9665774.Raphoe Boxing ClubThe boxers and officials of the local boxing club would like to extend a sincere thanks to Chris and all the staff of St. Vincent’s Charity Shop, The Diamond, Raphoe for their generosity towards the boxing club as it is greatly appreciated.It’s all systems go at the local boxing club as boxers at every level are now back training for forthcoming championships, the first of which will be the Donegal Novices to be held on Sunday 27th September in Buncrana Youth Club, and the Open Intermediate Championships which will take place at the same venue and on the same date.The Officers of the club are busy finalising plans for their forthcoming Annual Major Tournament which will take place on Saturday 7th November in the Deele College Sports Pavilion when Tenbury Wells Boxing Club from Ludlow, England will travel to Raphoe for 5 days. Very special thanks go out to all the generous business people of Raphoe and surrounding areas for their kind sponsorship, it is greatly appreciated.St. Eunan’s National School 60 Year CelebrationsSt Eunan’s NS Raphoe is celebrating its 60 year anniversary. We will be hosting the celebrations in September/ October 2015. This is a perfect opportunity to promote local history to our children in a fun and interesting way. We are looking for local people to help us organise the event and to pass on their expertise on the history of the school. If you are interested contact Anita Keeve at St Eunan’s NS, on 074 91 45764. As part of this event the children are tracing past pupils all around the world and indeed Ireland. If you have a relative or friend who is a past pupil and who does not now live in Raphoe, it would be great if you could encourage them to send the students a postcard telling us about where they now live and their memories of St Eunan’s NS.Please note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, William Street. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press.COMMUNITY NOTICE: SINEAD MCGAVIGAN SCHOOL OF DANCE RETURNS NEXT WEEKEND was last modified: September 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Community NoticeFeaturesNoticesRaphoelast_img read more

Lakers: Hoping the wait is worth it

first_img While Daniels or Watson would have helped, the mission for now is salary-cap flexibility, with the Lakers positioning themselves to be capable of offering a maximum contract starting at as much as $14 million per season as early as summer 2007. And Phil Jackson said Thursday he will support the plan, even if he might not see any benefit during his three years as Lakers coach. That means sacrificing signing players that could help in the short term for the possibility of someday landing a superstar. In their past two exhibition games, the Lakers have gotten a first-hand look at Washington’s Antonio Daniels and Denver’s Earl Watson, two of the top guards that were available on the free-agent market this summer. Both Daniels and Watson signed identical five-year, $29 million contracts, deals the Lakers just as soon could have offered using their midlevel exception. Instead, the Lakers opted to sign veteran guard Aaron McKie for a modest two years and $5 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “All those things are a process of trying to put yourself in the best possible space,” Jackson said, “so that when that opportunity shows up, we can really jump to that spot and make that next big move that moves this team back into that higher echelon.” But the Lakers already have seen two marquee players who could have become free agents in 2007 re-sign with their current teams. Both Houston’s Yao Ming and Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire signed maximum extensions in recent weeks. The Lakers probably now have to wait until summer 2008. Jackson admitted the Lakers were restrained in their moves this summer because they wanted to keep open the possibility of making an offer to Yao or Stoudemire. The possibility of coaching Yao, in particular, was said by an insider to interest Jackson. Blown out: The Lakers lost 105-94 to Denver, the same team they will play in the season opener on Nov. 2. They have given up 104.5 points on average through four exhibition games while center Chris Mihm has been called for 17 fouls in only 75 minutes. Mihm picked up his first foul only 40 seconds in Thursday, shoving Denver forward Nene while trying to grab a rebound. He fumbled away a sure basket in the early going and finished with four points and four fouls in 18 minutes. center_img “This was a struggle for him,” Jackson said. “He missed a couple easy shots and I thought it bothered him. He made two nice moves in the lane, did everything but the ball going in the hoop, and I think that affects a player.’ The Lakers were outscored 35-13 with their starters on the floor. Devean George again was a bright spot for the Lakers, hitting four of seven shots and totaling 11 points. George hit jumpers from 21, 20 and 17 feet Thursday. “That was my focus this summer was getting that mid-range game and getting those cracks,” George said, “because I was either a 3-point shooter or trying to drive and dunk. So I kind of wanted to work on that in-between.’ The Lakers will play Charlotte tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center. Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 ross.siler@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe cast of the play.Letterkenny-based entertainer Noel Sweeney and his eldest son Brian are to step back onto the stage together for the first time in 20 years. This father and son duo will act together for the first time in a play when they kick off five nights of the Sam Cree comedy play Widows’ Paradise in the Letterkenny Gaels club room on Thorn Road.The hilarious three-act play is being staged by the Letterkenny Gaels GAA club to raise funds to support club activities. The on and only (thank God!) Noel Sweeney.During the 1970s and early 1980s Noel Sweeney played in the popular wedding band Barney and the Circle before departing on a solo career in the late 1980s. Brian, who was in his late teens at the time, joined his father in the newly formed wedding band. They successfully played at over 100 weddings before Brian departed to the bright lights of Dublin to start an engineering career. Noel ended his music career shortly afterwards as his driving school business demanded more of his attention.After a 10 year absence, Brian and Noel both returned to on-stage entertainment in 2004 and 2005 respectively.Brian joined the Letterkenny Pantomime Society and made his acting debut as an Ugly Sister in their 2004 production of Cinderella. He followed this with performances as the Barron of Pittsburgh in the pantomime Robin Hood, Mr Tweedy in the LMDG production of Sam Cree’s play ‘Don’t tell the Wife’ and the School Master role in the 2005 and 2013 productions of Caisleann Oir, written by Letterkenny native Leslie Long.Noel joined the Lifford Players in 2005 and debuted on stage as Sergeant Mulgrew in Macook’s Corner. In 2006, he performed at the All Ireland drama finals in Athlone as Juror no. 6 in the Lifford Players production of the 12 Angry Men. Noel has also played the Guard in the Fergus Cleary play ‘Where are the Parents’ and played Moleskin Joe in Anthony Delap’s musical Children of the Dead End. Brian Sweeney – not as bad as the father …….yet!Although both men have occasionally been active on the local amateur drama scene, they have never acted together in the same production.Noel says “Our roles on stage now are very different from what we were doing 20 years ago in the wedding band”. “In saying that, our aim is no different – to entertain people”. Noel continued “I blame Paddy O’Connor, the Director who was responsible for the casting”. “The pickings must have been thin at the auditions when he went for the two of us”.Brian said “It is nice to have the opportunity to act alongside your father, as not too many plays or musicals have roles to suit a father and son duo”. He laughs and says, “It’s very strange as both our characters are attempting to impress the same woman”. “You’ll have to come to the show to see how that one turns out”.This hilarious comedy will run for 5 nights from Wednesday 21st October to Sunday 25th October in the Letterkenny Gaels Club room on Thorn Road. Tickets can be bought at the Arena 7, George Sweeney’s Shop, Swilly Group Office on Business Park Road, Thomas Keys Shop, Black’s Shop on Lower Main St., the Silver Tassie Hotel and Murrays Pharmacy in Ramelton. Tickets can also be bought from members of the cast and Letterkenny Gaels committee members.FATHER AND SON TO TREAD THE BOARDS AGAIN AFTER 20 YEARS! was last modified: October 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLetterkenny GaelsWidows Paradiselast_img read more

Team Villa Rose thank customers for another top TripAdvisor success

first_imgHotelier Tommy Gallen and the team at Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey are celebrating the success of being named one of Ireland’s Top 10 hotels by leading travel site TripAdvisor.Listed as one of the Top Hotels in Ireland for the third year in a row, the popular 4 star, Villa Rose Hotel & Spa now ranks number 2 in County Donegal and number 9 in Ireland alongside a number of award-winning properties such Killarney Park and Ashford Castle.The Traveller’s Choice Awards, as announced last week, are determined based on millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide. The Gallen family and the management team behind the Villa Rose believe that their staff are what makes the customer experience stand out ahead of the rest.  The hotel strives to maintain their high standards whilst always putting the customer first.  Hotel owner Tommy Gallen attributed this accolade to his hard-working and dedicated team.Leona McGee, Senior Sales & Marketing Manager for the hotel said “We are incredibly proud of our Tripadvisor ranking. Donegal has so much to offer visitors in terms of tourism.  The newly formed Donegal East Tourism group will help to highlight all that our area has to offer, from Oakfield Park to Beltany Stone Circle and everything in between.”Last year got off to a busy start as the Villa Rose acquired the neighbouring Jackson’s Hotel and have been creating the same great customer focused experience there.The team are looking forward to a busy season ahead and wish to thank all their loyal customers for their continued support. DonegalWoman.ie captured all the romantic displays at the Villa Rose and Jackson’s Wedding Fayre last Sunday, view the galleries here:Events: Wedding dreams come true at Villa Rose & Jackson’s HotelsTeam Villa Rose thank customers for another top TripAdvisor success was last modified: January 31st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyJackson’s HotelTommy Gallenvilla rose hotel and spalast_img read more

Moratorium on risky experiments lifted for MERS mouse studies

first_imgThe U.S. government has lifted a temporary ban on research attempting to develop an animal model for the MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) virus, a deadly coronavirus spreading from camels to people in the Middle East.On 17 October, in an unusual move, the U.S. government halted federal funding for risky studies on MERS, SARS, or influenza that tweak these viruses to make them more pathogenic or transmissible by respiration in mammals. Among the 18 stopped projects were at least five working on adapting the MERS virus to mice in order to generate a strain that sickens the animals. That could ease studies aimed at understanding the virus and developing vaccines and drugs.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The funding pause came as a shock to MERS researchers. At various meetings, including one at the National Academy of Sciences this week, they argued that developing an animal model for MERS is crucial for addressing the virus, which has infected at least 938 people and killed one-third of them. They applied for an exemption, spelled out in the moratorium policy, that allows for continuing work “urgently necessary to protect the public health.”That exemption has now been approved for at least some of these projects. “We are very happy,” says Matthew Frieman of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, who got a call from his program officer at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) yesterday. NIAID intramural researcher Kanta Subbarao said her project to develop a rabbit model for MERS has also been exempted; the National Institutes of Health had not responded to a request about the other projects at press time.*Update, 18 December, 3:20 p.m.: NIH confirmed today that all five projects working on a mouse model for MERS have been exempted from the pause. Two influenza studies have also been granted an exception; no requests for an exemption have been denied.last_img read more

Prisoners Of Race

first_imgI encounter bigotry and prejudice all too frequently among my Indian American family members.It’s a beautiful summer day in Palo Alto, Calif. My cousins and I rush to take our seats in the backyard of a house on the Stanford University campus. My aunt can’t stop laughing as her son’s funk band starts playing. She tells us, “I’ve never seen him like this.”Her son, my cousin, is jamming on his sax, wearing shorts, flip-flops and an Afro wig. At 6 feet 2 inches, he’s easily the tallest member of the band; he is also easily the darkest-skinned of the mostly White band. Over burgers and hot dogs after the concert, my aunt explains to us that my cousin was on a road trip in a convertible recently, which is why his skin is so tanned, as if his darkness is something that needs explanation. It reminded me of the time my mom related to me the remark of another aunt after I was born, “She’s so dark.”I was visiting San Jose for my sax-playing cousin’s graduation, a trip that included features typical of family gatherings in the U.S. – delight at seeing relatives I have not seen in weeks, months and sometimes even years; joy at being able to go back and forth between English and Kannada; the kind of laughter that is only possible with people who know you since you were a baby; and finally, bouts of nausea caused both by the blatantly racist comments of relatives and my own inability to challenge them. Though this particular trip lasted only three days, I encountered numerous examples of prejudices that I hear all too frequently among my Indian American family members.The first comment came as I discussed possible places for lunch. One cousin mentioned eating Chinese food recently in a part of town with numerous Chinese restaurants, noting, “I saw flies there and do you think it’s a coincidence it was in that part of the town?”I was stunned into silence. Then I thought, “Really? You think that?” But I said nothing.While I puzzled over what I should have said, we drove to a gas station to fill up before we headed to an Afghan restaurant we had finally settled on. As we chatted about the rising gas prices, my cousin said that she couldn’t understand why the gasoline price hike was such a big deal, “Surely an increase of 50 cents cannot be that much of a burden on someone’s budget.”Later when I learnt just how much she and her husband made at their IT jobs, I could understand why gas that topped $4.50/gallon was no “big deal” for her. On a graduate student stipend, I spend almost 30% of my annual income on rent, while my cousins, whose apartment costs three times as much, still spend only 12% of their income on rent. By the time I had made these calculations in my head, we were eating lunch and hurrying to get to my cousin’s funk band concert.Next it was graduation day at Stanford University. Some 20 family members attended the graduation in the university’s football stadium. It was a warm, sunny day. Most women, wearing short-sleeved shirts, ended up getting sun burned sitting through Oprah Winfrey’s long-winded speech. Later that night, I was commenting on my dramatic tan line when one cousin made some remark about Winfrey. My other cousins, uncles and aunts cracked up. I couldn’t quite hear what he said, but his wife responded, “You can say things like that in the house, but make sure you don’t say that outside.” One aunt cautioned that we should be careful about what we say, because her daughter does not like it when they use the word “Black.” I gathered that my cousin’s comment referred to Winfrey’s dark skin.This time, I said nothing since I had not heard the actual comment.Later that night, another cousin’s wedding album was passed around. My great aunt began disparaging the book’s cover photo, which had the cousin and her husband in casual clothes and pose. She said that the boy was so handsome, but you couldn’t tell that because of his beard. And that my cousin looked even worse – “she looks like a tribal. It’s a terrible photo. I don’t know why she picked this one to put on the cover.” There were murmurs of agreement. Yet again, though I was shocked by her choice of words and the vehemence with which she criticized the photo, I was silent. This time, I justified it by wanting to respect my elders and my inability to challenge her in Kannada. Other photos were criticized that night. A cousin, a sophomore in college, had decided to grow a beard. The great aunt was thoroughly appalled. “Oh my god you look just like a Muslim. It’s terrible.” My cousin just laughed. His mom piped in to say that she has begged him to shave before he gets on a plane. There were more disapproving comments about how he looked Muslim from some of the other relatives.I’m sure by now, you can guess what I did. That’s right. I said nothing.The next day, there was a pooja (religious ceremony) for my uncle’s 60th birthday at a small temple, located in a garage-type building. I chuckled at the adaptations by the temple’s priests. The homa (fire) was created in a tinfoil container, to keep the carpets clean and making disposal easier at the end of the ceremony. As the priest instructed my uncle and aunt, he said to their daughter, “You should get married soon, because there are certain things that only wives can help their husbands with and there are age limits on that. I know everyone wants to get educated, but enough education now. You need to do other things.”My male cousin burst out laughing, teasing his sister loudly that she needed to listen to the priest. I rolled my eyes at the laughter that echoed in the room. Later during the pooja, the priest opined that we all need to make sure that we married Hindus. When some people gasped, he responded: “Well, it’s true. We did not move here just to make money, we need to continue our traditions.”What traditions would the priest have us continue to uphold? Discouraging young women from pursuing education? Devaluing, disparaging and dismissing those who look different or practice a different religion? Having a sense of superiority over those who have less power in society?As frustrated and infuriated as I was by these comments (and this weekend seemed to pack more of them than most family gatherings), I was even more frustrated by my own silence. This was not the first time I had heard prejudiced comments from my relatives against Blacks or Muslims. Nor was it the first time I had been exposed to their ignorance about what it means to be poor either here or in India. The priest was certainly not the first Indian I knew to make boldly sexist comments to good-natured laughter. And unfortunately, this was also not the first time I chose to be silent and thereby tacitly agree with such comments.I am fortunate that I rarely hear my parents make such blatantly prejudiced comments and when they do, I am comfortable challenging them. Recently, my brother, sister-in-law and I had a spirited conversation over Hillary Clinton’s appeal to the racist beliefs of White voters. However, when it comes to family members outside my immediate family, I find myself tongue-tied. I don’t know how to challenge such comments or at least to register my disagreement. The most I do to chip away at their attitudes is to share widely pictures of my social circle, which includes friends from a diverse array of racial and ethnic backgrounds. I can always come up with excuses for my silence. I feel insecure about my own standing within the family – I’m an unmarried 30-year-old woman, pursuing a PhD in Education (“Oh, that’s interesting.”) and have the shortest hair for a woman in my circle of relatives. I am unsure about how to go about challenging comments made in Kannada, because my Kannada is weak. And I cannot challenge the comments of uncles, aunts, grandfathers, great aunts, and so forth, because it would be perceived as being disrespectful.I am especially astounded that my relatives, most of whom are highly educated, can be so bigoted. I suppose I’ve become used to confronting and challenging the much more subtle – though no less devastating – racism that abounds in the halls of academia. Part of my inability to respond to my relatives’ comments stems from my disbelief that supposedly “educated” people could hold onto such stereotypes.But I want to start saying something, even at the risk of sounding preachy, politically correct, or just plain Pollyanna-ish. I want to do so partly because I am committed to opposing and teaching opposition to racism, but mostly because these comments disparage some of my closest friends who have been an incredible source of support, inspiration and love over the years. I want to tell my relatives that that difference isn’t so bad; in fact, it can be enriching and exciting.I write this as a starting point in that conversation, since I often find myself braver and bolder in writing than in speech. I do not believe that my relatives will necessarily change their minds after reading this. However, I do want to register, finally, my protest against their bigotry.  Related Itemslast_img read more