Michigan prisoners continue fight for decent food

first_imgApril 18 — For three weeks, food protests in three Michigan prisons have been over 95 percent successful. The latest took place in Cotton Correctional Facility, about 85 miles west of Detroit. On April 12, the facility’s Level II security prisoners stayed in their cells during lunch and dinner, with only a few dozen turning up for meals.Michigan prisoners staged their first meal boycotts on March 20-21 at the Kinross prison in the state’s Upper Peninsula. The second protests occurred March 26-28 at the Chippewa facility near Kinross. In both prisons, only a handful of inmates reported for meals in protest over the quality of the food and meager portion size. Chippewa prisoners also used the act of skipping meals to draw attention to malfunctioning toilets and other issues.Aramark’s contract was terminated early over complaints that food was rotten, maggot infested and in contact with rodents.The target of all three protests was food provider Trinity, which took over the contract from Aramark. Aramark moved into Michigan’s prisons in 2013, when prison food operations were privatized and 370 union workers got the axe. Aramark’s contract was terminated early over complaints that food was rotten, maggot infested and in contact with rodents.The Michigan Department of Corrections then chose another scandal-ridden company. “Like its predecessor in Michigan, Trinity underfed inmates in Georgia to the point that one person resorted to eating toothpaste and a second man trembled in a cell from hunger,” wrote criminal justice journalist Carimah Townes. “Lingering concerns among Michigan prisoners have to do with the privatization of prison food services nationwide. Companies like Trinity and Aramark, which are concerned with their bottom lines, are unwilling to shell out money for enough food and to maintain fully staffed, clean kitchens.” (Think Progress, April 14)This is the backdrop to courageous protests that have made authorities nervous. “It’s definitely something the facilities took seriously,” said DOC spokesman Chris Gautz. “It is unusual in a high school or a prison, because there are different groups or cliques that form, to have everybody on the same page. It takes some coordination.” (detroitcbslocal.com, March 31)Authorities tried to pin the food protests at Chippewa on a prisoner sent there from Kinross, after being accused of assaulting one of the few men who did not support the food action there. Inmates transferred for disciplinary reasons are sent to Chippewa.Michigan has a number of prisons in the Upper Peninsula that are hundreds of miles from the families of most African-American prisoners. Michigan political prisoner the Rev. Edward Pinkney has been unable to obtain a transfer out of Marquette prison, which is over 500 miles from his spouse’s home in Benton Harbor. When Rev. Pinkney received a recent copy of this newspaper, a previous article on the Kinross protest had been clipped out by prison authorities. But no amount of censorship can stem the nationwide tide of prisoner resistance.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Ikoyi Club Golf Section Plans for a Grand Nigeria Cup

first_imgAccording to the activities, the event will kick off on September 22 with the children’s competition, then from Monday, September 24, various categories of players would be displaying their golfing prowess and trying to win what is one of the major titles in the golfing calendar.On Tuesday, it would be the turn of the ladies, while the professional players would have the course to themselves on Thursday. And on Friday, veterans, sponsors and their guests would take their turn.The main event would, however, take place on Saturday when the winner of the Nigeria Cup will emerge.One of the highlights of the event is the five million naira on offer for anyone who plays a hole in one, courtesy of one of the sponsors- Plascon.The year’s theme, ‘Who the Cap Fits’ is aimed at celebrating Nigeria’s culture and national heritage.Johnson, while commending members of the club and corporate organisations for their support so far, pleaded for more.Some of the premium sponsors of the event include ND Western, Eroton and NDPR.Other sponsors include 7UP, ECO Bank, Shell, Amni Oil, PWC, Cappa & Dalberto and Notore.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Activities towards the successful hosting of the 2018 Nigeria Cup billed for the golf section of the Ikoyi Club 1938 on September 22 has commenced, with the organising committee outlining its plans during a press briefing at the club on Friday.Speaking during the press conference, vice-captain of the golf section and chairman 2018 Nigeria Cup organising committee, Mr. Babatunde Johnson, said over 500 golfers from various golf clubs across Lagos would be participating in this year’s edition.The Nigeria Cup, which is in its 21st edition started in 1997, will be beginning week-long activities to commemorate Nigeria’s Independence anniversary.last_img read more

Eureka girls roll in NCS opener

first_imgKaylee Murphy and Makaila Napoleon each scored 18 points to lead the Eureka High girls basketball team to a 66-42 first-round North Coast Section Division-III playoff win over visiting Analy Tuesday night. “We used what we knew we had,” Eureka head coach Clifford Napoleon said. “We knew we had better athletes, and we knew if we pressed them we’d come up with some turnovers early.”The No. 3-seeded Loggers got off to a quick start, holding No. 14 Analy to just one field goal and three points …last_img

Sharks ramblings: Erik Karlsson, Mitch Marner and a possible Plan B

first_imgSAN JOSE — Even if Erik Karlsson is one-and-done as a Sharks player, even if he leaves as a free agent this summer, Doug Wilson will have an opportunity to bring another difference-maker to San Jose.This could be the most intriguing offseason in NHL history. In addition to a handful of big names slated to hit unrestricted free agency — Karlsson, Joe Pavelski, Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Jeff Skinner — an unprecedented class of restricted free agents will be seeking new contracts.It is …last_img

With Quinn Cook a restricted free agent, will he return to the Warriors?

first_imgIn a move that shows their intrigue with a player they groomed through varying roles, the Warriors extended a $1.8 million qualifying offer to Quinn Cook on Saturday to make him a restricted free agent, league sources told Bay Area News Group. Yahoo! Sports first reported the news.With the move, the Warriors have three days to match or exceed any offer sheet that Cook receives from other teams once free agency begins on Sunday at 3 pm PT.It appears unclear what market demand Cook will …last_img

Chase Center ferries: How Warriors fans can beat game-day traffic

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors fans from the East Bay and North Bay who want to cruise past drivers stuck on congested bridges and gridlocked city streets on their way to the new Chase Center can now take ferries to attend games and concerts at the venue.San Francisco Bay Ferry and Golden Gate Ferry announced the details this week of their ferry services to the arena,  starting with Saturday’s exhibition game between the Warriors and Lakers, and next week’s concerts by the Jonas …last_img

Habitable Zones Constrained by Tides

first_img(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The idea of a circumstellar habitable zone – a radial range around a star where an earth-like planet could support life – may be too simplistic.  Science Daily reported that “Tides can render the so-called ‘habitable zone’ around low-mass stars uninhabitable.”  Astronomers at the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam studied the effects of tides on planets around low-mass stars (the most numerous stars in the galaxy) and found that the lack of seasons, the increased heat (and volcanism) and synchronous rotation make them uncomfortable at best, and perhaps uninhabitable.    “I think that the chances for life existing on exoplanets in the traditional habitable zone around low-mass stars are pretty bleak, when considering tidal effects,” lead researcher Rene Heller remarked.  “If you want to find a second Earth, it seems that you need to look for a second Sun.”So far we have narrowed the habitable zone to:Galactic Habitable Zone, where a star must be located (09/29/2009);Circumstellar Habitable Zone, the right radius from the star (10/08/2010);Continuously Habitable Zone, because too much variety can be lethal (07/21/2007);Temporal Habitable Zone, because habitable zones do not last forever (10/27/2008);Chemical and Thermodynamic Habitable Zone, where water can be liquid (12/30/2003);Ultraviolet Habitable Zone, free from deadly radiation (08/15/2006);Tidal Habitable Zone, which rules out most stars that are small (02/26/2011).Other constraints are bound to be realized from time to time, emphasizing the rarity of the sweet spot we inhabit.  This would be, of course, predicted from the Architect’s message that he formed the Earth to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18), but today’s scientists have a bad habit of ruling out Architects from their master plan.  Make a good habit of studying the Architect’s plans whenever starting life construction on our habitable Privileged Planet.last_img read more

Lalit Arpan 2019

first_imgGuru Shovana Narayan (Padmashri), Dr Jyotsna Suri and Harish Narula announced the 18th edition of the LalitArpan Festival of Asavari. Conceptualised by Kathak maestro Padmashri Guru Shovana Narayan, Dr Jyotsna Suri and one of the most renowned tabla players late Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan, the festival will present a feast of performances by national and international artists. This year the LalitArpan Festival 2019 (18th Edition) will have: (September 30) LalitArpan Samman samaroh Performnace by Komal Biswal (Kathak) ‘Rashmirathi’ dance ballet by Shovana Narayan and Asavari Repertory (October 1) Kathak by Afsar Mulla Swachh Bharat dance ballet by Kavita Thakur and group Timings : 7.00 pm onward Venue : Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhilast_img

Steve Nash Announces Seventh Charity Soccer Showdown

first_imgToday two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash announced the seventh edition of his popular charity soccer match, the Steve Nash Foundation Showdown, to return on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in New York City.Showdown is a fast-paced, competitive soccer match featuring NBA and professional soccer players, joining forces to support the Steve Nash Foundation’s work to benefit underserved children. All proceeds from Showdown ticket sales will benefit the Foundation’s early childhood education platform, Educare.“It’s amazing that we’re in our 7th year already,” said Nash. “The crowd, the players, our sponsors, the people behind the scenes – Showdown’s become such a specific yet all-inclusive happening, and I can’t wait to get back out there this year. The game is so competitive, even when something about it comes up during the season or I see a photo of a past Showdown, I just get that same excitement. This will be the third time we’ve played during a World Cup summer, so it’ll be great to be part of that energy, too, especially with a soccer fan getting to play with us.”For the first time, Steve & the Foundation are offering one lucky winner a chance to play in the game – through Prizeo, fans can donate at levels starting at $10 to enter to win a trip to New York City, a two-night hotel stay at the SIXTY LES, and a walk-on cameo with the pros – and a host of other memorabilia. More details at SteveNash.org/Showdown and at Prizeo.com/SteveNash.This year’s Showdown kicks off at 6:30pm, with the best of two sports worlds competing at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in the Lower East Side (at Chrystie and Stanton Streets). The next day, ticketed fans will be invited to gather for a Showdown World Cup Viewing Party to watch Team USA play Team Germany in a Group G Stage game.Showdown is sponsored by CyberDust, Umbro, JetBlue, Major League Soccer, Jawbone, and Phebe’s Tavern & Grill.Past Showdown rosters have included NBA players Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), Chris Bosh (Miami Heat), Jeremy Lin (Houston Rockets), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), and international and MLS soccer pros Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Alonso (Liga Veteran), Robbie Rogers (Los Angeles Galaxy), Salomon Kalou(Lille), Claudio Reyna (USA World Cup Team), Patrick Vieira (Manchester City), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina) Javier Zanetti (Inter), Sammy Amoebi (Newcastle), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Oguchi Onyewu (Malaga CF), and Rod Fanni (Olympique de Marseille).Tickets and VIP packages to Showdown and the Showdown World Cup Viewing Party are available at SteveNash.org/Showdown. Live insights into this year’s lineup, archived materials and prizes (including autographed merchandise) will also be announced through the @SteveNashFdn twitter handle.last_img read more