On Sunday, May 6th, paying tribute to Minnesota’s favorite son, Prince, members of Snarky Puppy, The Motet, The Main Squeeze, Thievery Corporation, Turkuaz, The Magic Beans, The Nth Power, Mama Magnolia, and even Prince’s own bass player MONONEON gathered together at The Maison in New Orleans. Under the “Purple Party” banner, the group threw the funkiest and latest of late nights in honor of the late rocker, which was still packed and ragin’ six a.m. in the morning.Though Prince’s living reign may be tragically over, his legacy will be echoing for years to come thanks to generations who have grown up getting funky to the Purple One’s insane catalog of near-perfect tunes. To make the show celebrating the last night of Jazz Fest even more special, the setlist was no “Greatest Hits” affair, though big-name tunes like “Purple Rain”, “1999”, and “Kiss” were represented. The show saw deep dives into Prince’s entire body of work, including songs he gave to other artists and older projects like 94 East for a true representation of Prince’s prolific brilliance.The deep personal connection to Prince’s creations was apparent in the care and love each member of the seemingly never-ending parade of band members gave to the music. Whether it was Ryan Jalbert nailing the “Purple Rain” solo, his Motet bandmate Lyle Divinsky singing and strutting with eerily familiar energy, or the twin threats of Turkuaz’s Shira Elias and Sammi Garret hitting the notes that only they (and Prince) could, the passion was plain to see. Keyboardists Steveland Swatkins and Casey Russell traded keyboard licks and smiles of delight while a rotating rhythm section saw seemingly everyone in the house take a turn.Nikki Glaspie, drummer of The Nth Power, took a turn in the percussion pit, sitting down behind the main kit for a tune, before picking up a Stratocaster and playing guitar for a number. Vocalists like Megan Letts (Mama Magnolia), Corey Frye (The Main Squeeze), and Jessica Jones took their songs to incredible heights, as they each gave their all to honor their hero and, in many cases, inspiration for making music. Oh, and who better to slap the bass for the show than Prince’s hand-picked touring deep-end specialist MonoNeon?Though the musical guests and performers came close to boggling the mind, the focus was squarely on the man whose legacy these dedicated performers were honoring. We’ve got nearly the entire show ready for you to watch at your leisure with crystal-clear soundboard audio. That said, though the audio may be clear, it is nigh impossible to capture the spirit in the room when the music was pumping, the crowd was locked in a groove, and the musicians themselves were lost in their bliss.Setlist: Purple Party | The Maison | New Orleans, LA | 5/6/2018Set: Lets Go Crazy, D.M.S.R, Just As Long As We’re Together, Sexy Dancer, Lady Cab Driver, Musicology, I Wanna Be Your Lover, Soft And Wet, I Feel For You, Controversy, Call My Name, Partyup, Just Another Sucker, Head, Kiss, 1999, It’s Gonna Be Lonely, Baby I’m A Star, She’s Always In My Hair, Purple RainEncore: Jungle Love “Purple Rain”“Jungle Love”“1999”“I Wanna Be Your Lover”
The diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder has comea long way since the 1970s, with research now showing it is both morecommon and more treatable than once thought.While early doubters dismissed the condition as a Western phenomenonthat arose because researchers pathologized a nonmedical condition,subsequent research identified physiological changes to the brainbecause of extreme trauma and led to the development of a consistentability to diagnose the condition, both in Western and other nations.In fact, while surveys show that 7.8 percent of Americans haveexperienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the numbers are farhigher in some other nations, particularly those that have experiencedintense violence. In Algeria and Cambodia, for example, which sufferedthrough long civil wars, 37 percent and 28 percent of their populations,respectively, have experienced PTSD, studies say.TerryKeane, a longtime PTSD researcher, Boston University psychiatry professor,and associate chief of staff for research and development at theVeterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, described progress in recentdecades in understanding PTSD during a talk at the HarvardSchool of Public Health (HSPH) Tuesday (March 23). Keane deliveredhis remarks as part of the BarryR. Bloom Public Health Practice Leadership Speaker Series,sponsored by the HSPH Divisionof Public Health Practice.Though rates of PTSD are not as high in the United States as in somewar-torn nations, Keane said surveys show that PTSD is nonetheless asignificant problem. Further, he said, studies show that the numbers andthe levels of disability of those suffering from PTSD are higher thanthose of conditions such as major depression and obsessive-compulsivedisorder.In the United States, women tend to develop PTSD at higher rates thanmen, something Keane said is not fully understood but that may berelated to the personal nature of violence against women. About 60.7percent of men experience trauma severe enough to potentially triggerPTSD during their lifetimes, with 8.1 percent of them developing PTSD.For women, 51.2 percent experience trauma, with 20.4 percent developingPTSD.PTSD is caused by an extreme trauma, which Keane described as a“massively disturbing event” that sparks intense alarm, anger, ordistress. The condition is marked by apprehension and avoidancebehaviors.PTSD also imposes an economic burden on society, Keane said, with itssufferers missing 3.6 days a month from work, costing an estimated $3billion in lost productivity annually.“Can you imagine trying to hold down a job when you miss one day aweek?” Keane asked.The biggest cause of PTSD is the sudden and unexpected death of aloved one, Keane said. In that case, PTSD is different from the normalgrieving that such a loss would cause and is triggered by particularlyhorrific or difficult conditions surrounding the death. Other majorcauses of the ailment are wartime combat, sexual violence, and communityviolence.Those suffering PTSD can feel its effects for decades, Keane said.Progress in treating the condition has resulted in several therapeuticapproaches and medicines that can help. Keane said he is very hopefulabout the prospects of identifying and treating patients. One of thebiggest challenges, though, is education to raise awareness.“I am so hopeful,” Keane said. “[We can] turn around a devastatingcondition, a costly condition … if we can just get this [information]out.”
Former Black Starlets and Black Stars head coach, Otto Pfister, believes bad football agents ruined the career of former Ghana youth star Nii Odartey Lamptey.Lamptey was hailed as the next Pele in his formative years, and age limit rules in Belgium were changed to allow him to debut at the age of 16 for Anderlecht. Lamptey signed his first contract at Anderlecht when he was 16, becoming the youngest-ever player to play in the Belgian league.But his career never quite took off, with loan spells at PSV Eindhoven and later Aston Villa, all proving unremarkable.Lamptey, 45, was shuffled around the globe, from South America where he played for Union Sante Fe in Argentina, to Asia where he played for Shandong Luneng of China and Al Nasr of Dubai, and South Africa where he also played for Jomo Cosmos.According to the 82-year-old Pfister who coached Odartey Lamptey when Ghana won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1991, Lamptey’s career never reached the apex because of the bad choices agents made for him.“Nii Odartey was a young lad with great talent. He has had so many bad transfers in his life as he was in the hands of agents who were not seeking his interest.“Till today, I cannot believe he didn’t have an amazing career like Sammy Kuffuor, Antony Yeboah and Abedi Pele,” he told Fentuo Tahiru Fentuo in an interview on Citi TV“Bad agents did that to him. He made so many transfers in his career. Moving to China, move to Germany in the second division, Argentina to play for Union Santafe. I don’t know why.“I believe he has played in all the continents of the world and I don’t think he can pick a team he can say he played for long and that was his problem. He also had problems with his family and he has a very tragic story to tell,” Pfister concluded.BackgroundNii Odartey Lamptey featured in Ghana’s team that won the U-17 FIFA World Championships in Italy beating Spain in the final and was named the best player of the competition.Odartey Lamptey finished the tournament with four goals and was judged the Best Player of the tournament ahead of Brazil’s Adriano.
IT was another Kirk Brown show yesterday in the Burger King Portmore 5K and 10K – a stop on the Burger King Grand Prix Road series – as the 27-year-old made it three wins in a row by capturing the Men’s 10K event in 31 minutes 41 seconds.G.C. Foster College’s Oshane Archibald, who was eighth last year, finished second this time around in 32:04, with third going to Dwayne Graham of Seek Books in 32:27.Undoubtedly the most consistent male athlete on the road for the past five years, Brown, who won the event in 2013 and 2014, had things much easier this time as he led from start to finish for his convincing win. Despite his easy outing, Brown is not certain of competing in the final leg of the Grand Prix at the Reggae Marathon in Negril next month.IMPROVEMENTAfter a second-place finish in the Mandeville 7K event a few weeks ago, G.C. Foster College’s Danielle James improved on her sixth-place finish a year ago by capturing the female race in 40 minutes 20 seconds.Edwin Allen’s Tereisha Jacobs finished second in 40:39, while Mandeville 7K winner Britnie Dixon of Vere Technical had to settle for third in 41:18.Vere Technical and St Jago ruled supreme in the 10K among the high-school teams. Vere Technical, led by Dixon and Kris Ann Plummer, topped the female section with an overall time of 3:35.27. Hydel was second in 3:37.18, and Edwin Allen third in 3:39.47.St Jago High’s male team, had an overall winning time of 2:54.26, with Holmwood Technical (3:00.47) second, and third going to Bellefield High in 3:01.43.
Science is supposed to be self-correcting, we’re told. But when towers of belief are built on assumptions later shown to be false, the consequences can be monumental.A Shocking DiscoveryWe echo Science Magazine‘s headline because it fits the theme that faulty assumptions can undermine years of scientific ‘fact’. In this case, shocked quartz, long considered definitive proof of an extraterrestrial impact, is proof no more (7/18/17). H. Jesse Smith says that lightning can create the same evidence.Shocked quartz—whose crystalline structure is deformed along planes inside the crystal, a result of sudden high pressure and heating—long has been considered to be an unequivocal signature of the impact of an extraterrestrial object such as a meteorite. This favorite tool of geologists searching for proof of an impact may not be so foolproof after all, though. Chen et al. simulated the pressure and temperature caused by an idealized lightning strike on rocks and found that lightning can produce the same conditions and effects caused by impact events. Therefore, the presence of shock features in quartz should not be taken as unequivocal evidence for an extraterrestrial impact.Trees Cause Global WarmingAccording to long-held climate model assumptions, trees absorb carbon dioxide, acting as “carbon sinks” for the atmosphere. Nature announced, “Tropical forests may be carbon sources, not sinks.” According to new more accurate measurements, tropical forests appear to be emitting more carbon than they absorb.Every moment, the world’s roughly 3 trillion trees either suck up carbon dioxide from the air or release it into the atmosphere. Accurately quantifying these carbon flows is a long-standing challenge that has hindered scientists’ understanding of how forests help to regulate Earth’s climate. Now, researchers have combined ground and satellite measurements to conclude that tropical forests seem to be a net source of heat-trapping carbon emissions, rather than a carbon sink….The study authors estimate that the world’s tropical forests release approximately 425 million tonnes of carbon annually, equivalent to roughly 5% of the globe’s annual fossil-fuel emissions, and about five times more than an estimate in a highly cited 2011 paper that relied on ground-based forest inventories.Climate scientists still found ways to blame humans for this, including logging and burning of forests, and the drying out of forests due to climate change. Still, a 500% mistake in a “highly cited…paper” represents a whopper of an error. Will a correction be made before governments undertake more drastic actions?Linguistic Evolution Assumption Has Been Myth-TakenPrior assumptions about language history have led to a myth, Phys.org says: “Languages do not share a single history.” According to the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, “a language’s grammatical structures change more quickly over time than vocabulary, overturning a long-held assumption in the field.” This means that anthropologists, linguists and historians have been propagating a myth:The ‘myth’ of language history: languages do not share a single history but different components evolve along different trajectories and at different rates. A large-scale study of Pacific languages reveals that forces driving grammatical change are different to those driving lexical change. Grammar changes more rapidly and is especially influenced by contact with unrelated languages, while words are more resistant to change.The word “evolve” must be taken advisedly, because language is under control of the human mind, not mutation and selection. “This is a bit of an unexpected finding, since many have thought that grammar might give us deeper insight into the linguistic past than vocabulary,” says Stephen Levinson, leader of the study.Biomarker DemotedAstrobiologists have used the presence of chloromethane at a star or planet as a sure biomarker: an indicator of life. They can’t anymore. Space.com says, “No Life Needed: Organic Compound Forms at Comet and Baby Star System.” Data from the Rosetta spacecraft found traces of the molecule on Comet 67P. It has also been detected around a binary star system.Previous studies on exoplanets have considered a substance, called chloromethane, to be a biomarker molecule, which means it indicates the potential existence of life. Before now, it was known to be created by some tropical plants on Earth as well as industrial processes, where it is known as Freon-40. However, the new findings, detailed today (Oct. 2) in the journal Nature Astronomy, indicate that the chemical can also form without the help of life.The article cautions that it still could be a biomarker, but chloromethane can no longer be considered definitive for life. Like many great discoveries in science, this one was made by accident. “”I wasn’t particularly looking for it,” Edith Fayole remarked.Inflation Is Not A Solution; It’s Not Even a Scientific TheoryAt Forbes.com, Sabine Hossenfelder, a theoretical physicist specializing in quantum gravity, takes “inflation” theory apart. This theory has been extremely popular among cosmologists, to the point of becoming an integral part of the fabric of modern big bang cosmology. Ever since Alan Guth concocted inflation in 1980 (see 7/01/14), cosmologists liked it because it supposedly solved the horizon problem, the flatness problem and the monopole problem. Hossenfelder argues that inflation can’t solve these problems, because they never were problems to begin with. She agrees with Paul Steinhardt that inflation is a mess, but goes even further: it’s not even a scientific theory. It works well for cranking out papers in journals, but they accomplish nothing.It is this abundance of useless models that gives rise to the criticism that inflation is not a scientific theory. And on that account, the criticism is justified. It’s not good scientific practice. It is a practice that, to say it bluntly, has become commonplace because it results in papers, not because it advances science.Her analysis, though, appears to rely on the Stuff Happens Law. For instance, she claims the flatness problem is not a problem because a universe with a curvature near 1 (omega=1) is no less probable than any other. Cosmologists prefer flatness for aesthetic reasons, she says, not scientific reasons. And yet we know that without this admittedly “fine tuning” condition, life would be impossible. Consider the Rubik’s Cube. There are only a couple of arrangements that stand out as special among the billions of random combinations. Saying that the one-color-per-side arrangement is just as probable as all the others may be true in one sense but ignores its uniqueness. A life-permitting universe surely must strike cosmologists as very, very special, considering the multiple levels of fine tuning required for that to be even possible. If it were not special, we would not be arguing about it, would we?White Supremacists Are WrongThose who have envisioned Scandinavian or ‘Viking’ races as the most evolved, pure blooded humans have some explaining to do. “Vikings were never the pure-bred master race white supremacists like to portray,” says Clare Downham at The Conversation. Tiptoeing around Darwin’s guilt for fomenting racist ideas [see commentary], she says,During the 19th century, Vikings were praised as prototypes and ancestor figures for European colonists. The idea took root of a Germanic master race, fed by crude scientific theories [Darwinism?] and nurtured by Nazi ideology in the 1930s. These theories have long been debunked, although the notion of the ethnic purity of the Vikings still seems to have popular appeal – and it is embraced by white supremacists.Archaeological and genetic evidence suggests otherwise. The Vikings partook in far-flung trading voyages that involved significant interactions with “Scandinavians, Frisians, Slavs and Arabic merchants” who were in frequent contact with them. “The mobility of Vikings led to a fusion of cultures within their ranks and their trade routes would extend from Canada to Afghanistan,” she says. “…An analysis of skeletons at sites linked to Vikings using the latest scientific techniques points to a mix of Scandinavian and non-Scandinavian peoples without clear ethnic distinctions in rank or gender.”Was Hitler’s maniacal passion for racial purity thus based on a myth? We tend to think people have always divided on ‘racial’ lines,* but we know the Romans and Greeks were far less sensitive to issues of skin color and so-called ‘racial’ traits than they were to culture and social status. In the Viking era, Downham claims, “modern notions of nationalism and ethnicity would have been unrecognisable.” The Vikings’ long associations with their trading partners would have included intermarriage and racial mixing. As a result, “Vikings in the 9th and 10th centuries may be better defined more by what they did than by their place of origin or DNA.”*Dr Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, stresses that “there is only one human race.” Hear her on FRC’s Washington Watch, Sept 28, 2017. Creationists have taken the lead on this important point, using Genesis 1-2, Acts 17:26 and other Scriptures to show that God “made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth.” Being descended from one created pair, all humans are obviously members of the same family. Racism is foreign to the Bible.Read Dr Jerry Bergman’s book The Darwin Effect (2014) for an eye-opening account of the roots of biological racism. In ch. 2, he cites numerous sources that show that, first of all, racism based on skin color was rare before the 19th century. “Biological racism” came into prominence in the 19th century, particularly after Darwin’s writings. Why Darwinism? His mechanism requires variation, which implies inferiority and superiority that will lead to survival of the fittest in the struggle for existence. Darwin himself, in The Descent of Man, envisioned warfare between the races and the triumph of the Europeans (whom he considered more fit) as a consequence of natural selection. Bergman quotes prominent scientists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who were strongly motivated by Darwin’s ideas to rank humans by their evolutionary status, usually considering Negroes as at the bottom and themselves (the Europeans) at the top. Those rankings have no scientific merit at all, Bergman shows. He also quotes biological racists disdaining Christianity as the enemy to their “scientific” racist ideas. 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Orphan rhinos keep each other company at the Rhino Orphanage (Images: The Rhino Orphanage)Art met conservation in the bush when the visiting Stars of the American Ballet troupe performed for guests from around the world at Limpopo’s Legend Lodges last month, to raise funds for The Rhino Orphanage, South Africa’s only baby rhino orphanage.The creative concept came from ballet entrepreneur, Dirk Badenhorst, who thought it would be a great way to raise both the profile of ballet and the plight of the rhino.“The art of conservation and the conservation of art is paramount to our natural and cultural heritage and we must work towards preserving these for future generations,’” Badenhorst said.Working in collaboration with New York City Ballet principal dancer, Joaquin de Luz, and the owners of Legend Lodges, Peet and Mart Cilliers, Badenhorst’s first Ballet in the Bush gala took place on 23 and 24 June at the lodge.Dancers who have worked with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Boston Ballet performed excerpts from Don Quixote, Le Corsaire and choreographer, George Balanchine’s Tarantella, among others.Visiting the world’s first dedicated baby rhino orphanage, the dancers were moved by the plight of the baby rhinos, which would never have survived without the orphanage’s intervention. They pledged their support in the battle to save the rhino.Among the stars was Michaela De Prince, who joined New York City Ballet principal, Ashley Bouder, in a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the young rhino orphans.De Prince, who was adopted by a US couple after being orphaned during conflict in Sierra Leone, and now dances with the Dutch National Ballet company, said; “When I was orphaned I was lucky enough to be surrounded by people who gave me unconditional love. And this is what I see happening at the Rhino Orphanage.”Fellow dancer Bouder said when they return to the US they will “promote the tremendous work the Rhino Orphanage team is doing. We have a lot of friends and fans who follow us on social media and we will do everything we can to help get the message out there.”Stars of the American Ballet with the rhino orphansThe Rhino Orphanage received $6500 from a few ballet supporters and dancers, in addition to the money brought in by the ballet performance.Founder and director of the Rhino Orphanage and manager of the Wildlife & Cultural Centre at Legend Lodges, Arrie van Deventer, said: “The ballet stars were simply wonderful. We will be working with them on how we can raise awareness among ballet fans around the world about the work we do here.”Van Deventer’s Wildlife Centre is already home to a range of endangered species and animals being rehabilitated – including white lions. He has spent the past eight years building the centre as a conservation havenWHY THE RHINO ORPHANAGE?After coming across a baby rhino orphaned after its mother was killed, Van Deventer, an ardent conservationist, discovered there was no specialist facility that could look after an orphaned calf.Van Deventer, along with the lodge’s public relations and sales director, Pete Richardson, started fundraising to build such a centre, and companies such as FNB, Lafarge, New Holland, Build It, and SPAR responded with support. The Rhino Orphanage, the first specialist, non-commercial centre to care for orphaned baby rhinos, was established.“Being the first sanctuary of its kind, they called on several experts, including Karen Trendler of the Endangered Wildlife Trust Rhino Response Strategy and vets at Onderstepoort for guidance. We’ve also had to learn as we go along,” Richardson said.The centre is led by Van Deventer and centre manager, Gaby Benavides, and includes six fulltime staff members and three volunteers. The volunteers work for a minimum of three months at a time and come from all over the world. Tasks range from intensive care and constant cleaning to feeding babies through the night, to more cleaning.Looking after baby rhinos is no easy task. Despite the animals’ size and fearsome reputations, the calves need mum for the first three years of their lives. Left on their own, they simply will not survive.“We need to replace the care of the mother and make sure the injured and stressed and traumatised calves survive, first of all. That can only be done by humans. As soon as possible we introduce a rhino. The most harrowing work is with injured and traumatised babies, which takes care, skill and dedication,” Benavides said.“Full rehabilitation takes from two to three years. Each rhino is different – depending on the age at which they arrive at the orphanage. If they are very young they need a lot of attention and care, if calves are older it is more difficult to handle them and sometimes it is better to bond them right away with other rhinos that can teach them to trust humans and which food to eat.“We try to minimise human contact as soon as possible as our rhinos will go back to the wild and we don’t want to tame them and then they lose the fear of humans. If bonded with other rhinos they behave more naturally and it is a less stressful process for them as well.“So when the weaning process starts the human contact is also gradually withdrawn until they are two years old, more or less, when they go back to big camps and behave like rhinos; they still get supplement food and monitoring but without associating humans with the food; and when they are around three years old they are left without intervention. In nature this will be the time that the mum will separate from them, usually to have another calf.”Looking after these babies is a fulltime job. A typical day at the orphanage starts with making up dry feed – consisting of a mixture of teff, lucerne and pellets – in the morning. Then, special milk formula has to be made, prepared individually for each rhino according to its age, weight and health and whether it’s a black or white rhino.The baby rhinos are fed a special milk formula“We use different mixtures of non-fat milk, calf replacers, probiotics, cereals, essential amino acids, and vitamins. Baby rhinos start eating small amounts of solids when they are around two months old but will continue to drink milk until 18 months old, increasing consumption of solids and decreasing the milk gradually until weaned,” says Benavides.“Feeding equipment has to be cleaned and disinfected, as well as the overnight rooms and bomas. Water troughs and mud wallows must be filled, rhino blankets washed. Then the younger rhinos are taken for walks in the bush. Afterwards rhinos are checked for wounds, ticks, or signs of illness. Records of rhinos must constantly be updated.“At night all the same feeding and cleaning routines are repeated. Rhinos are checked throughout the night and we provide an infrared light, heater or aircon and/or blankets as needed.”Carers sleep with new, injured or ill rhinos or rhinos that haven’t been bonded with other rhinos, while rhinos that are bonded with other rhinos will sleep together without humans; but there will always be carers at night checking on all rhinos, said Benavides.ESTABLISHING STANDARDS FOR RHINO CAREThere are no legal standards for rhino rehabilitation in South Africa; however, the orphanage is determined to offer the best care, and is registering with the South African Veterinary Council, which means it has to meet minimum standards of animal health and welfare.“This registration will also mean we have the equipment to monitor our rhinos’ health and provide immediate treatment if needed. Currently baby rhinos are also being injured at poaching incidents and we need to be ready to increase the survival rate of these babies by providing the best of veterinary care besides the nursing.“We want to set the standards for other rehabilitation centres and help them with the expertise we have been acquiring throughout the past years to provide better care for the rhinos,” Benavides said.Regarding the security at the orphanage, Van Deventer told Africa Geographic: “Security will be extreme and it is vital we give the babies the very best chance of one day returning to the wild where they belong so they will only be cared for by the medical and rehabilitation staff and the public will only be allowed to view them via CCTV.”PLAY YOUR PARTThe Rhino Orphanage has been established as a not-for-profit charity – a Section 21 Company – with all donations going directly to fund the centre and the care and rehabilitation of the rhinos.To donate to the orphanage, visit: http://therhinoorphanage.co.za, or SMS ‘rhino’ to 49100 at a cost of R15.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has named the 2016 recipients for the Stewardship Award and Service Award.Jim Croghan of Croghan’s Organic Farm in Clinton County received the Stewardship Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the sustainable agriculture community, and Steve Sears and Sylvia Upp of Pike County received the Service Award, which recognizes outstanding service to OEFFA.The announcements were made on Saturday, Feb. 13 as part of OEFFA’s 37th annual conference, Growing Right by Nature. 2016 Stewardship Award Winner — Jim CroghanA pioneer in the organic movement, Jim Croghan was one of Ohio’s first certified organic farmers. At Croghan’s Organic Farm, Jim and his wife Joyce produced organic corn, beans, spelt, hay, and other grains for domestic and international markets. He retired in 2009 after more than three decades of farming, but continues to garden and maintain an orchard.His quiet, behind-the-scenes leadership within OEFFA led to the creation of what is today the organization’s Grain Growers Chapter, which remains very active. Before the National Organic Program was established — which set federal standards for organic certification — Jim also served on OEFFA’s board and certification committee, including a term as chairman, helping to shape OEFFA’s organic standards.A steward of both the organization and his land, one of Jim’s major accomplishments has been keeping his farm in continuous organic production since the late 1980s, according to 2011 Stewardship Award winner and organic farmer Ed Snavely, who presented the award.In 2010, organic farmer and OEFFA Little Miami Chapter president Jeff Harris began farming the land, growing organic alfalfa, yellow corn, soybeans, wheat, red clover, triticale, and rye. According to Jeff, “He has been a very powerful influence on me… Jim is my neighbor, my friend, and has been my mentor in the organic world.” 2016 Service Award Winner — Steve Sears and Sylvia UppSylvia Upp operated the OEFFA Certification program from 1991 until 2007, joined by her husband Steve Sears in 2003. Together, they managed the complex and challenging transition from the standards and processes developed by OEFFA’s grassroots certification program to federal oversight once the National Organic Program became effective in 2002. Their home and farm in West Salem, Ohio served as the headquarters for OEFFA’s Certification program, until it moved to a Columbus office in 2007.According to 2015 Service Award winner John Sowder, who served on OEFFA’s Board of Trustees from 1992 to 2015, “Sylvia was admired and respected for her dedication, her organizational skills, and her attention to detail. She was our leader as the program grew and we knew she was the right person for this position. I feel that OEFFA is where we are today because of the Certification program and Sylvia built that foundation.”Prior to his certification role, Steve served on OEFFA’s board for many years, during a time when the organization was largely volunteer-run. John reflects, “He had a gentle disposition and good sense of humor with a keen eye for getting to the heart of a matter.” During this time, Steve also operated a business called Ohio Farm Direct, one of the state’s first wholesale distribution services that delivered products from farms to consumers.“Jim, Steve, and Sylvia showed an unwavering commitment to sustainable agriculture and OEFFA during an important time in our history. These awards are a small way that we, as a community, can recognize their contributions and express our gratitude for their work, from which we all have benefited,” said Carol Goland, OEFFA Executive Director.
LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ NBA says 3 calls hurt Heat in overtime loss at Washington The Portland weekly’s report included a transcript of Cuban’s phone conversation with a police detective, with the Dallas owner strongly denying the claim while expressing concern that he would have difficulty defending himself in court.In the SI report, former Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. Ussery was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, two years before Cuban bought the team. He worked for Cuban for 15 years.Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine’s report, which included claims that superiors were seen as unresponsive to complaints.The SI report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement. Sneed also was fired.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View comments “The NBA league office is reviewing the 2011 allegations against Mark Cuban and the subsequent findings from the Portland police investigation,” Bass said.The report Tuesday in the Willamette Week came about a week and half after a Sports Illustrated account that portrayed a hostile work environment for women in the front office of the Mavericks. While Cuban wasn’t implicated, the SI report raised questions about what he knew and when.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCuban flatly denied the woman’s allegations and provided a prosecutors’ report detailing the decision not to file charges.Prosecutors wrote that “there is no evidence to corroborate the complainant’s statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim.” The report also said the woman didn’t want to proceed with the allegation. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games FILE – In this Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, file photo, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stands on stage before a news conference in Dallas. Cuban is denying a 2011 allegation of sexual assault after a weekly alternative newspaper in Oregon published details of a case that prosecutors didn’t pursue, saying they didn’t believe there was evidence to support the claim. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)DALLAS — The NBA is reviewing 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the investigation that led to a decision by prosecutors not to pursue the case.League spokesman Mike Bass said Wednesday the NBA was looking into the matter, a day after a weekly alternative newspaper in Portland, Oregon, reported a woman’s claim that Cuban put his hands down her pants and touched her inappropriately while they were taking a photo at a Portland nightclub.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa