Musicians Dominic Dolor (l. to r.), James Cannings and Peter Antonio jam during a fund-raiser Sunday for Fresh Meadows resident Charles Buckley, who donated a kidney to his brother-in-law, Yuri Poonwah. Photo by Jeremy Walsh
The Fresh Meadows man whose donated kidney saved his brother-in-law's life got a little gift from the community Sunday to help with living expenses.
It wasn't a big, big turnout as we expected, because it was a really nice day outside," Michaels said Tuesday. "It was a lot of work, but it was a labor of love and definitely worth it."
BBC NEWS | Africa | Human cost of mining in DR Congo Minerals that produce cell phones etc
They put their guns on my chest and said: 'Don't talk, don't cry, don't complain'… then they started to rape me," she said. The perpetrators were not the feared militia of the FDLR, who are currently the focus of a major military operation in South Kivu. They were from the FARDC - the National Army that now controls this area in eastern DRC.
It is an area carpeted with minerals such as coltan and cassiterite, which are used in the production of consumer durables and gadgets sold in the rich world.
Comment - Colton is mineral used to make cell phones
But people are now beginning to ask: What is the human cost of a mobile phone?
Global electronics and metals giants now face uncomfortable questions: Are they inadvertently fuelling the conflict in eastern Congo? Are they buttressing a market by sourcing supplies from militarised zones (a practice that is not illegal but ethically questionable)?
Read Full Article http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8234583.stm
PBS May 12, 2008 MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour
The Supreme Court today allowed apartheid victims in South Africa to sue American corporations. The court declined to intervene when four of the nine justices recused themselves. They own stock or have relatives
working in the affected companies.
More than 50 American companies are accused of violating international law by assisting South Africa's former apartheid government.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States apologized on Friday for an experiment conducted in the 1940s in which U.S. government researchers deliberately infected Guatemalan prison inmates, women and mental patients with syphilis.
In the experiment, aimed at testing the then-new drug penicillin, inmates were infected by prostitutes and later treated with the antibiotic.
"The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.
"Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health. We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices," the statement said.
November 09, 2010
Asking nicely didn't do the trick. That's what the Environmental Protection Agency found after it requested voluntary data in September from Halliburton and eight other companies for a study about
hydraulic fracturing - a process for extracting natural gas that has triggered concerns about drinking water contamination.
According to the EPA, all the companies complied " except Halliburton. Today, the voluntary request became mandatory as the EPA issued a subpoena to force Halliburton to produce the information.
Halliburton has failed to provide EPA the information necessary to move forward with this important study, according to an EPA press release. The agency is under a tight deadline to provide initial results by the end of 2012 and the thoroughness of the study depends on timely access to detailed information about the methods used for fracturing.
Halliburton in a written statement called the EPA's demands unreasonable and said the request was so broad, potentially requiring the company to prepare approximately 50,000 spreadsheets.
The company said it was working in good faith in an effort to respond and has already turned over nearly 5,000 pages of documents. We are disappointed by the EPA's decision today. Halliburton welcomes any federal court's examination of our good faith efforts with the EPA to date.
It's the latest skirmish in a long-running battle over hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking"
Hydraulic fracturing is a process used to extract natural gas from shale rock formations. It involves blasting the formations with water, sand and chemicals to fracture the rocks and release the gas.
The EPA is concerned about what impact the blasting fluids may have on drinking water as the chemicals seep into underground aquifers.
As a result of the so-called Halliburton Loophole in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the EPA was stripped of its authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Companies have also not been required to disclose exactly what chemicals they use in the blasting process. Some that may be used, like benzene and arsenic, are known carcinogens.
Congress in a FY 2010 budget report directed EPA to carry out a study on the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water, using a credible approach that relies on the best available science, as well as independent sources of information.
The EPA is asking the companies for information related to the chemical composition of fluids used in the hydraulic fracturing process, data on the impacts of the chemicals on human health and the environment, standard operating procedures at their hydraulic fracturing sites and the locations of sites where fracturing has been conducted.
Posted by Jenna Greene on November 09, 2010
TELL PRESIDENT OBAMA ABOUT YOUR CONCERNS REGARDING HYDROFRACKING!
President Obama has personally entered the dialogue about natural gas extraction by recently declaring, "We've got, I think, broad agreement that we've got terrific natural gas resources are we doing everything we can to develop those?"
While we recognize that the United States, especially the Marcellus Shale, have plentiful reserves of natural gas and we clearly understand the interest in developing these reserves, we and our grassroots colleagues are enormously concerned about the idea of fast tracking natural gas exploration and the risks such actions will bring.
There is abundant scientific and empirical evidence that extracting natural gas utilizing High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) poses significant risk to our water, air and human and animal health. Catskill Mountainkeeper has maintained for more than two years that there can be no drilling using fracking in New York State until it has been proven to be safe - - and as of this time it is not safe. Instead we keep uncovering more science and more reports that underscore the magnitude of the risks for all New Yorkers. Disasters rivaling the recent BP crisis in the Gulf of Mexico are possible.
It is urgently important that President Obama understand that YOU don't want natural gas extraction fast tracked and that you don't want fracking to start until the current EPA study is completed, the science it has to share is known and New York State clearly demonstrates that it has the ability to safely manage drilling by implementing the most stringent standards, regulations, inspection plans and enforcement capabilities.
We have prepared a letter to President Obama for you to send as is or to modify as you see fit. The gas drilling battle is entering a new and even more critical stage. Please take just a few minutes now to write the President.We have clearly proven that when enough of us take action our leaders stop and listen.
Read the full text of a letter sent to President Obama by Catskill Mountainkeeper and Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, which spells out the issue in detail.
Click Here to send an email to President Obama. It is quick and easy - use our language or write your own.
Our best hope for averting potential catastrophe lies in educating the President, government officials and citizens about the real dangers of drilling for natural gas using fracking. Please donate to Catskill Mountainkeeper so that we can continue to lead this fight.
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WCBS News reports a soon to be filed lawsuit involving some of the country's biggest banks including Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase. The federal agency that oversees mortgage giants Freddy Mac and Freddy Mae is getting set to sue more than a dozen banks to recover billions of dollars lost because of bad mortgages. That lawsuit could come as early as next week. 9/2/2011
The oil mongers are on the move. "Libya's tanker fleet seen operational in a month." Note the words in the linked article, "LIBYA'S STATE OWNED OIL TANKERS." This description does not match with the misinformation of the media and warmongers who suggest that the Gaddafi family owned and operated all aspects and assets in Libya. Another point here is; had the Gaddafi family owned the monetary assets that were frozen, neither the UN nor any country would have had jurisdiction to freeze, unfreeze and release these assets to the Libyan NTC. The ability to exercise such jurisdiction also suggests that these assets were state owned. Thereby, falsifying the assertions of the warring nations. "Do not believe all u hear and c." Jimmy Hendrix
LONDON (Reuters) - Libya's state owned oil tanker fleet is set to be back in business within a month, with some vessels ready for trading in the next two weeks after months at anchorage due to war, the country's port authority chief told Reuters on Tuesday.
Pakistan Mother and children KILLED by drone in sleep
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