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DIGITAL MAGAZINE
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  • HIDDEN OIL RESERVES
  • Over 70 Uses for Coconut oil found here.
  • DIASPORA NEWS BRIEFS
  • Articles and Videos from around the world
  • CONTENTS

March 2012
  • Benjamin Banneker,
  • father of all Almanacs

LAUNCH ISSUE !!!
  • Knowledge Video Key 312
  • STOP EATING POISON
  • How to Video on growing your own food and
    decreasing the consumption of GMOs.
  • Talk Amongst Your Selves. Video up for
    discussion, next month

GTA
  • READ the Secret Code of Plastics.
  • Learn what the numbers mean in relation to your
    health.
  • CLASSIFIEDS

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Hidden Oil Reserves
  • 1. Moisturizer simply scoop some out of
    the jar and apply all over your body, including
    neck and face.
  • 2. Eye cream apply under the eyes to reduce
    puffiness, bags, and wrinkles. Use on the lids in
    the evening.
  • 3. Pre-shave coconut oil will prep skin
    for the pending damage caused by shaving.
  • 4. Aftershave coconut oil will help heal
    your skin after shaving without clogging pores.
  • 5. Deodorant coconut oil alone can be
    used as a deodorant, but even more effective in
    combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and
    baking soda!
  • 6. Hair Conditioner/Deep Treatment - use as
    a leave in hair conditioner by applying a
    teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then
    running your fingers through your hair to
    distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub
    in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry
    scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a
    shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens
    and leave on overnight.
  • 7. Hair Gel/De-frizzer rub a little
    between your palms and either scrunch into hair
    (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from
    scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).

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Hidden Oil Reserves (9)
  • 72. Insect repellent mix coconut oil with
    peppermint oil extract and rub it all over
    exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than
    anything with Deet! Tons safer too.
  • 73. Great for dogs and cats for general
    wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl
    daily.
  • 74. Goo Gone - just mix equal parts coconut oil
    and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the
    sticky area and let it set for a minute. Then
    scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby
    side of a sponge.
  • 75. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover just rub some
    coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in
    for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between
    your fingertip. Voila! Its out!
  • 76. Polish Furniture - coconut oil with a
    little bit of lemon juice to polish wood
    furniture. However, I recommend you test it first
    on a very small, unobtrusive part of your
    furniture to make sure it works the way youd
    like.
  • 77. Polishing Bronze - all you have to do is
    rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then
    wipe down the statue. It cleans and helps deepen
    the color of your bronze.
  • 78. Seasoning animal hide drums
  • 79. Seasoning cookware
  • 80. Moisturizing and cleaning leather products

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Hidden Oil Reserves(10)
  • 68. Use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing
    other oils/butter in recipes with coconut oil.
  • 69. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in
    its solid form greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.
  • 70. Replacement for various oils in liquid form
    baking, cooking, sautéing, etc.
  • 71. Nutritional supplement melt and add to
    smoothies.

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Hidden Oil Reserves (7)
  • 49. H. pylori
  • 50. Candida albicans
  • 51. Asthma, even in children
  • 52. Autism
  • 53. Cholesterol - improves HDL ('good'
    cholesterol) to HDL ('bad' cholesterol) ratio in
    people with high cholesterol
  • 54. Chronic fatigue
  • 55. Circulation/feeling cold all the time
  • 56. Stronger immune system
  • 57. Mental Clarity
  • 58. Depression
  • 59. Helps with inflammation in Crohns

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Hidden Oil Reserves (6)
  • 40. Parasites
  • 41. Thrush
  • 42. Relieve gallbladder pain
  • 43. Has helped some people improve symptoms of
    an underactive thyroid gland, results have shown
    subsequent thyroid blood tests becoming normal
  • 44. Energy boost
  • 45. Removed by Editor
  • 46. May relieve acid reflux and indigestion
    when taken with each meal
  • 47. Adrenal fatigue
  • 48. Alzheimer's

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Hidden Oil Reserves (5)
  • 30. Eczema in addition to taking it
    internally, many have success applying it
    externally, some don't
  • 31. Removed by editor for further research
  • 32. Toenail fungus
  • 33. Hot flashes
  • 34. Bleeding hemorrhoids (can also be applied
    externally twice a day)
  • 35. Removed by editor, for further research.
  • 36. Head lice
  • 37. Improvements in menstruation regarding
    pain/cramps and heavy blood flow
  • 38. Migraines (with regular use)
  • 39. Mononucleosis

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Hidden Oil Reserves (2)
  • 8. Toothpaste there are numerous recipes
    out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking
    soda and dab a little of the mix on my
    toothbrush.
  • 9. Make up remover use a cotton swab and
    a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at
    how well it works!
  • 10. Chapstick just rub a little into lips and
    it not only acts as a softening agent but it also
    has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little
    protection!
  • 11. Massage Oil pretty simple grab some and
    rub!
  • 12. Lubricant it is an all natural, perfectly
    safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with
    latex!
  • 13. Sunscreen see my post on natural
    sunscreen for more detailed information.
  • 14. Stretch Mark Cream coconut oil is great
    at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the
    magic stretch mark cure but it will help.

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Hidden Oil Reserves (3)
  • 15. Nipple Cream works great to nourish
    cracked, sore, or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton
    ball and leave on your nipples between feedings.
  • 16. Diaper salve very comforting on a rashy
    bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth
    diapers.
  • 17. Cradle cap having issues with dry skin on
    your babys scalp? Coconut oil will not only
    nourish your babys skin, it also helps eliminate
    cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
  • 18. Body scrub mix coconut oil and sugar
    together and rub all over! Rinse off and your
    skin will be super soft! You can add in essential
    oils if you would like a specific smell.
  • 19. Healing - when applied on scrapes and cuts,
    coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which
    protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria
    and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing
    process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues.
    Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than
    anything from the pharmacy.
  • 20. Bug Bites when applied directly to a bug
    bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and
    burning sensation as well as hasten the healing
    process.
  • 21. Skin problems coconut oil relieves skin
    problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and
    eczema.
  • 22. Swimmers Ear mix garlic oil and coconut
    oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about
    10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it
    usually works within one or two days.

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Hidden Oil Reserves (4)
  • 23. Stress Relief - relieve mental fatigue by
    applying coconut oil to the head in a circular,
    massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts
    is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your
    stress level.
  • 24. Digestion - the saturated fats in coconut
    oil have anti-bacterial properties that help
    control, parasites, and fungi that cause
    indigestion and other digestion related problems
    such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in
    coconut oil also aids in the absorption of
    vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you
    healthier all around.
  • 25. Fitness - coconut oil has been proven to
    stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid
    function, and escalate energy levels, all of
    which help decrease your unwanted fat, while
    increasing muscle.
  • 26. Nose bleeds - coconut oil can prevent nose
    bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather
    such as extreme hotness and extreme coldness.
    This condition happens when the nasal passages
    become dry because of cold or dry air resulting
    to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so
    bleeding happens. To prevent this just put
    coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger
    with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your
    finger inside your nose. Doing this will
    strengthen and protect the capillaries in the
    nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also
    help prevent nose bleeding.
  • 27. For breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½
    tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich your
    milk supply.
  • 28. Helps with weight loss controlling
    cravings.
  • 29. Helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or
    helps with cravings in those with diabetes.

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Hidden Oil Reserves (8)
  • 60. Athletes foot
  • 61. Back pain/sore muscles
  • 62. Canker sores
  • 63. Acne
  • 64. Cellulite
  • 65. Herpes (applied topically and taken
    internally)
  • 66. Genital warts (through topical application
    over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day
    depending on the location of the warts)
  • 67. Circumcision healing

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Diaspora News Briefs
  • Remember Caribanas roots
  • ..By ARNOLD A. AUGUSTE, Publisher/Editor
  • I watched, in dismay, the news on television
    last week Wednesday when a number of folks were
    shown at the podium announcing the name change
    for this years Caribana festival.
  • There they were, as smug as ever, lauding the
    benefits of the festival to the city and mouthing
    their support.
  • Where were they, I thought, 20, 30 years ago
    when members of our community were struggling to
    keep this thing afloat? I remember hearing of
    board members
  • taking out personal loans, second mortgages on
    their homes or tapping their credit cards to pay
    the bills. In fact, I have seen some of those
    supporting documents.
  • Now that it is a huge success, these folks are
    all over it talking about their efforts to keep
    it going.
  • And how?
  • The city through its liaison to the festival,
    Councillor Joe Mihevc, announced the usual just
    under 500,000 and a 100,000 reduction in
    permit fees. You remember last week I wrote that
    the city claws back most of the money it gives to
    the festival to pay for such things as the
    police, the rental of the CNE and garbage
    collection? And, yes, they also charge all kinds
    of fees for permits which are now going to be cut
    by 100,000. So how much are the fees they are
    not forgiving? How much were all those fees in
    the first place
  • Most of that money the city is giving will be
    paid back to the city or withheld (by the city)
    to pay the bills, and to give to the bandleaders,
    the calypsonians and the steelbands. Of that
    under 500,000, the CCC then and the FMC now
    receives less than 100,000 to run the festival.
    That is why they have to go cap in hand to
    sponsors to raise money and turn over the name of
    the festival to them.

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Diaspora News Briefs
  • Remember Caribanas Roots (2)
  • Then my good friend, Mike Colle, announced a
    provincial investment of 400,000. Mike, do you
    remember when your government gave 1-million to
    Luminato two years before it was even launched
    and 15-million one year after it was launched?
  • What kind of investment is this? Dont you find
    this an insult to the Caribbean community by your
    Liberal government?
  • The Festival Management Committee might be
    tempted to blame the Caribana Arts Group for the
    delay because of the court action in getting
    the seed money for the bandleaders, but you
    should be blaming your funders. They are the
    ones holding your money back they are the ones
    starving the bandleaders.
  • While a couple or three of the top bandleaders
    might not be tight for funds and may be able to
    get going without this seed money (more like
    chicken feed money), the majority of them
    especially the ones who produce the small- and
    medium-sized bands, are really suffering. These
    are the folks who have been faithful to this
    festival for decades these are the ones who,
    rain or shine, thick or thin, have found a way to
    bring out their bands every year.
  • But they need help. They dont need to be
    disrespected like they have been over the years.
    In fact, they need to be paid substantially more
    money than they are now receiving and not as a
    grant or as a gift. The work these people do, the
    effort they make for an entire year getting ready
    for the parade, need to be acknowledged in a very
    tangible way in light of that more than
    450-million.
  • And what about all the volunteer hours their
    members put in year after year to help make the
    costumes? Shouldnt they get some of that more
    than 450-million too?

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Benjamin Banneker
  • Benjamin Banneker (November 9, 1731 October 9,
    1806) was a free African American astronomer,
    mathematician, surveyor, almanac author and
    farmer.
  • Banneker's almanacs and journals
  • Title page of an edition of Banneker's 1792
    almanac. At Ellicott's Mills, Banneker made
    astronomical calculations that predicted solar
    and lunar eclipses for inclusion in his
    ephemeris. He placed the ephemeris and its
    subsequent revisions in a number of editions in a
    six-year series of almanacs which were printed
    and sold in six cities in four states (Baltimore,
    Maryland Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wilmington,
    Delaware Alexandria, Petersburg and Richmond,
    Virginia) for the years 1792 through 1797. He
    also kept a series of journals that contained his
    notebooks for astronomical observations and his
    diary. The notebooks additionally contained a
    number of mathematical calculations and puzzles.
  • The title page of an edition of Banneker's 1792
    Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia
    Almanack and Ephemeris stated that the
    publication contained
  • the Motions of the Sun and Moon, the True Places
    and Aspects of the Planets, the Rising and
    Setting of the Sun, Place and Age of the Moon,
    c.The Lunations, Conjunctions, Eclipses,
    Judgment of the Weather, Festivals, and other
    remarkable Days Days for holding the Supreme and
    Circuit Courts of the United States, as also the
    useful Courts in Pennsylvania, Delaware,
    Maryland, and Virginia. Alsoseveral useful
    Tables, and valuable Receipts.Various Selections
    from the CommonplaceBook of the Kentucky
    Philosopher, an American Sage with interesting
    and entertaining Essays, in Prose and Versethe
    whole comprising a greater, more pleasing, and
    useful Variety than any Work of the Kind and
    Price in North America.
  • The 1792 almanac included the times for the
    rising and setting of the sun and moon. Weather
    forecasts and dates for yearly feasts were also
    included. Readers also saw a tide table for the
    Chesapeake Bay and home treatments for illnesses.
    In his 1793 almanac, Banneker included letters
    sent between Thomas Jefferson and himself.17
    The title page of a Baltimore edition of his 1795
    almanac had a woodcut portrait of him as he may
    have appeared, but which a writer later concluded
    was more likely a portrayal of an idealized
    African American youth.
  • The almanacs' editors prefaced the publications
    with adulatory references to Banneker and his
    race. The 1792 and 1793 almanacs contained
    lengthy commendations that James McHenry, a
    signer of the 1787 United States Constitution and
    self-described friend of Banneker, had written in
    1791.252627 An excerpt from a 1796 edition
    stated
  • Not you ye proud, impute to these the blame
  • If Afric's sons to genius are unknown,
  • For Banneker has prov'd they may acquire a name,
  • As bright, as lasting, as your own.

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Diaspora News Briefs
  • Jamaican Coffee Exporters facing Hard Times (2)
  • the same period, the price of coffee elsewhere
    roughly doubled, according to the World Coffee
    Organization, as consumer demand has risen for
    mostly inexpensive commodity beans. McLaren said
    the problem has gotten so bad that he would
    accept being paid in fertilizer instead of cash
    just so he can keep his coffee farm healthy and
    maintain his investment.
  • "That's what it's come to now," he said, looking
    over his mountainside farm from a ledge.
    "Fertilizer here costs more than a box of our
    coffee." Demand for the island's coffee has
    plunged in Japan, where coffee lovers have long
    paid top dollar for Jamaican beans. Japan used to
    buy nearly 90 percent of Jamaica's crop and
    helped the island develop its brand. Now Japanese
    importers buy around 60 percent at depreciated
    prices and have stopped advance payments for
    green coffee, shifting the costs to Jamaican
    exporters.
  • Toyohide Nishino, executive director of the All
    Japan Coffee Association, said his country's love
    affair with Blue Mountain coffee has dulled
    because even discriminating Japanese consumers
    are looking for cheaper products at a time of
    economic stagnation.
  • "Consumers really have to watch their budgets,
    and Blue Mountain coffee is an expensive brand,"
    Nishino said. "So instead of Blue Mountain,
    coffee from Colombia and Brazil is more popular
    these days."
  • This year, Jamaica is projected to produce just
    140,000 60-pound (27-kilogram) boxes of branded
    Blue Mountain coffee, far below the record crop
    of 529,704 boxes in 2003. Even in 2004, when
    Jamaica's coffee business was ravaged by Category
    4 Hurricane Ivan, it managed to produce 236,405
    boxes of Blue Mountain coffee.
  • As some farmers gave up in the lush Blue
    Mountains that tower over eastern Jamaica, their
    untended fields exacerbated a problem for those
    who remained by creating a breeding ground for
    the coffee berry borer, an invasive pest
    originally from Central Africa that is a headache
    for coffee growers around the world.
  • Officials say some Jamaican farmers could lose
    as much as half of their coffee crop this year
    due to the borer, an opportunistic bug smaller
    than a sesame seed that flourishes in abandoned
    fields and then spreads to working farms, further
    diminishing supply.
  • Industry leaders are distributing about 50,000
    sticky traps containing a dab of pheromone that
    lures the tiny beetles inside, and they're trying
    to educate farmers about how to get rid of the
    pests by hand. The government, meanwhile, is
    distributing small aid payments to help with
    fertilizer purchases.
  • Gusland McCook, advisory officer with Jamaica's
    Coffee Industry Board, said the island has to get
    the borer population down or else its "going to
    be catastrophic." And the fall in prices for Blue
    Mountain beans makes that tougher.

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Diaspora News Briefs
  • Jamaican Coffee Exporters facing Hard Times (3)
  • Derrick Simon, president of the All Island
    Jamaica Coffee Growers' Association, argues that
    the industry is in trouble largely because it
    foolishly relied on Japan almost exclusively for
    years and failed to diversify its markets.
  • McCook agrees that Jamaica needs to push into
    new markets. "I don't believe we should be
    looking back with much regret, but we should have
    been looking forward in a better way. You could
    say we have been slow to react and look forward
    and make adjustments."
  • Jamaica has been trying to expand the market for
    Blue Mountain coffee in Europe and the U.S.,
    where adventurous coffee lovers can order it
    online from several sellers. The Coffee Industry
    Board also is looking for a toehold in China,
    where analysts predict coffee consumption will
    grow.
  • Prices have edged back up, although they're
    still far below what growers used to get. Mavis
    Bank Coffee Factory Ltd., a major Jamaican
    processor and exporter, just promised growers a
    final price of 35.75 for each box they produce.
  • Not all Jamaican growers face the same
    hardships. Farmers with a do-it-yourself approach
    at higher, cooler elevations find they don't need
    to spray often for the damaging beetle, which is
    far more common at lower altitudes.
  • David Twyman of the Old Tavern Coffee Estate
    brand cultivates and roasts coffee at his
    family's 150-acre property and relies largely on
    mail order customers in the U.S., Canada and
    Taiwan who come back year after year.
  • "We've found that once we get people to try our
    coffee, they will be back," Twyman said at his
    lush farm perched high in the mountains perch
    where he gives tours and steaming cups of black
    coffee to tourists and other visitors. "Our
    customers want a more personal connection."
  • -------------------------------- ----------------
    -

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The Secret Code of Plastics
  • Every plastic item has a symbol and a code on
    the bottom
  • But which ones can be recycled and which ones
    are unsafe as toys or for food storage?
  • Reading the bottom of a plastic container can
    mean the world of difference when it comes to
    personal health and the environment. While the
    reading plastic codes doesnt make for great
    reading, it will identify itself as being safe
    for food storage, or if its a potential toxin.
  • Plastic ID Codes
  • The bottom of most plastic items whether its
    a toy, a storage container or food have a
    recycling code. This indicates whether the item
    can be put in with domestic recycling, or whether
    it should be avoided in the first place.
  • Many toys sold in Canada are still made with
    PVC, though it is an item that has been banned by
    various countries in the EU. Many more items that
    are sold in dollar stores contain phthalates, and
    Bisphenol A elements that leech toxins into the
    air, water and ground as they degrade.
  • Recyclable Plastics
  • 1 - PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate)
    This plastic is usually found in water and
    mouthwash bottles, disposable drinking cups,
    peanut butter jars, and frozen food trays. It is
    not known to leach any toxic by-products, and can
    be placed in household recycling.
  • 2 - HDPE (high-density polyethylene) Used to
    make margarine tubs, juice jugs, some household
    cleaners, and shampoo bottles. These also low
    risk of leaching. Some cities may not recycle
    shampoo bottles, and suggest you bring them to a
    local hair salon, where they can dispose of them.

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The Secret Code of Plastics (2)
  • Many toys sold in Canada are still made with
    PVC, though it is an item that has been banned by
    various countries in the EU. Many more items that
    are sold in dollar stores contain phthalates, and
    Bisphenol A elements that leech toxins into the
    air, water and ground as they degrade.
  • Recyclable Plastics
  • 1 - PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate)
    This plastic is usually found in water and
    mouthwash bottles, disposable drinking cups,
    peanut butter jars, and frozen food trays. It is
    not known to leach any toxic by-products, and can
    be placed in household recycling.
  • 2 - HDPE (high-density polyethylene) Used to
    make margarine tubs, juice jugs, some household
    cleaners, and shampoo bottles. These also low
    risk of leaching. Some cities may not recycle
    shampoo bottles, and suggest you bring them to a
    local hair salon, where they can dispose of them.
  • 4 - LDPE (low-density polyethylene) This type
    of plastic is used to create squeezable bottles
    and thin, plastic bags, like bread bags, dry
    cleaning and shopping bags and some forms of
    carpet. While bags can be recycled in some
    communities, carpeting and tote bags made from
    this plastic cannot be recycled.
  • Type 4 plastic isnt frequently used in items
    other than bags, but it also has a low risk of
    leaching. It can be recycled along with other
    plastic bags in Torontos recycling program,
    where it is recycled into trash can liners and
    cans, compost bins, shipping envelopes, paneling,
    lumber, landscaping ties and floor tile.

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The Secret Code of Plastics (3)
  • Food Safety and Cookware
  • 5 - PP (polypropylene) Used to make straws,
    yogurt containers, syrup, ketchup, and medicine
    bottles. It is a low risk of leaching. Can be
    disposed of in most community recycling programs.
  • Unsafe Plastics to Avoid
  • 3 - PVC (polyvinyl chloride) - cooking oil
    bottles, food packaging, and plastic wrap some
    3s can leach phthalates, which can cause
    reproductive abnormalities. It has been linked to
    cancer and other health problems. Many countries
    around the world have banned this from of plastic
    from being used in manufacturing, or being
    recycled or burned in incinerators, as it leaches
    toxins into the air and soil.
  • 6 - PS (polystyrene) - egg cartons, meat trays,
    and Styrofoam when heated, some 6s can release
    styrene, a suspected carcinogen. Egg cartons and
    meat trays can be recycled in some cities Check
    to see if your area accepts polystyrene in the
    recycling bin.
  • 7 - "Other" or Type O This type of plastic is
    often a form of acrylic or include acrylonitrile
    butadiene styrene, fiberglass, nylon,
    polycarbonate, and polylactic acid. It is used to
    make gallon-size water bottles, and baby bottles.
    Some 7s are safe, but some are polycarbonates and
    may leach Bisphenol A (BPA) as it breaks down.
    BPA has been linked to various health concerns.

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Diaspora News Briefs
  • 206 killed in Republic of Congo arms depot
    blasts
  • March 04, 2012 BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo
    (AP) Homes and buildings collapsed in the
    Congolese capital after an arms depot exploded
    Sunday, killing at least 206 people and entombing
    countless others in crushed structures including
    inside two churches that buckled while
    parishioners were celebrating Mass, officials and
    witnesses said.
  • The shock waves shattered windows in a
    three-mile (five-kilometer) radius surrounding
    the barracks storing the munitions, including
    across the river that separates Brazzaville, the
    capital of the Republic of Congo, from Kinshasa,
    the capital of the larger Central African nation
    of Congo. Government spokesman Bienvenu Okyemi
    blamed a short-circuit for the fire that set off
    the successive blasts.
  • It's like a tsunami passed through here," said
    Christine Ibata, a student. "The roofs of houses
    were blown off." Some 1,500 people were injured,
    Okyemi said on national radio. The register of a
    morgue in Brazzaville already had 136 bodies
    Sunday afternoon, as more continued to arrive. A
    doctor at the capital's military hospital who
    asked not to be named because he was not
    authorized to speak to the press reported 70 more
    deaths.
  • Okyemi put the official toll at 146 dead, at a
    late-night news conference, but said rescue
    workers still were looking for corpses. He said
    the main fire was under control, though some
    homes still were burning.

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206 Killed in Republic of Congo arms depot blasts.
Diaspora News Briefs
  • www.TelevisionFanatic.comResidents woke up
    thinking that either an earthquake had hit them,
    or else a coup was under way in this nation that
    suffered through a 1997 civil war. Defense
    Minister Charles Zacharie Boawo appeared on
    national television to urge calm in Brazzaville
    and in the neighboring capital, Kinshasa.
  • "The explosions that you have heard don't mean
    there is a war or a coup d'etat," he said. "Nor
    does it mean there was a mutiny. It is an
    incident caused by a fire at the munitions
    depot." Didier Boutsindi, an official in the
    president's office, said the explosion woke him
    "with the force of an earthquake." Doors in his
    house, located several miles (kilometers) away
    from the epicenter of the blast, were thrown open
    and several windows cracked. He began making
    calls, and when he realized the origin of the
    explosion, his first thought was his uncle, whose
    home is located just next to the depot.
  • "The house fell completely," Boutsindi said. "He
    was sleeping. His wife was at church. His
    children small children were playing
    outside," he said. "The neighbors dug out the
    body and brought him to the morgue."
  • The uncle's body was among the countless others
    that were being brought in by car, on stretchers,
    and carried by shell-shocked residents. The death
    toll is expected to rise, Boutsindi said, as many
    more people remained trapped inside crushed
    structures, including the faithful of the St.
    Louis Catholic Church, who were attending Mass
    when the blasts began at the barracks across the
    road. A smaller evangelical church also fell to
    the ground, witnesses said, burying its
    parishioners.
  • The explosions caused buildings to shake as far
    away as Kinshasa, separated from Brazzaville by
    the 3-mile-wide (4.8-kilometer-wide) Congo River.
    An enormous plume of smoke could be seen snaking
    across the sky.
  • Patients crowded into hospitals, some with torn
    clothes and shocked expressions. Some lay on the
    floor as medics struggled to treat the crowd.
    France, the former colonial power, is sending a
    shipment of emergency aid to Brazzaville after
    the explosions, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said
    in a statement Sunday. Condolences began arriving
    from around the world.
  • "I was greatly saddened to hear of the large
    number of casualties in the explosions which
    occurred in Brazzaville today," British Foreign
    Secretary William Hague said in a statement. "Our
    thoughts are with the families."
  • Among the dead were Chinese workers working for a
    company located near the depot that was building
    low-income housing. China's official Xinhua News
    Agency said six Chinese had been killed and
    another was missing. It said that the victims
    worked for Beijing Construction Engineering
    Group, which had about 140 Chinese workers at its
    construction site when the blasts happened.
  • Xinhua quoted an official from the Chinese
    Embassy as saying dozens of Chinese workers were
    injured in the blasts and some were in serious
    condition. The dormitory building of Huawei
    Technologies Ltd, China's largest maker of
    telecommunications equipment, was badly damaged,
    Xinhua said.

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Diaspora News Briefs
  • Blasts in the Republic of Congo
  • Blue Mountain Coffee in the Red
  • Remembering Caribanas Roots
  • Farrakhan Speaks on Obamas historical racial and
    political alienation AUDIO
  • Swedish Reporters sentenced to 11 years in
    Ethiopian Jail.
  • Haitis Prime Minister Quits after 4 months

24
Diaspora News Briefs
  • Farrakhan Speaks on Obama's historical racial and
    political alienation AUDIO

25
Diaspora News Briefs
  • Swedish reporters sentenced to 11 yrs in
    Ethiopia
  • December 27, 2011 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP)
    A court in Ethiopia has sentenced two Swedish
    journalists to 11 years in prison on charges of
    supporting terrorism after the two illegally
    entered the country with an ethnic Somali rebel
    group in a case that has been criticized by media
    rights groups.
  • Judge Shemsu Sirgaga ruled Tuesday that the two
    freelance journalists Johan Persson and Martin
    Schibbye will serve "rigorous imprisonment"
    following their convictions last week. Ethiopian
    troops had captured Persson and Schibbye six
    months ago during a clash with rebels in eastern
    Ethiopia's restive Somali region, a no-go area
    for reporters. Ethiopia considers the rebel group
    a terrorist organization, and it is very
    difficult for journalists to gain access to the
    region. Rights groups say that is so abuses there
    are not exposed.
  • The judge has accused the Ogaden National
    Liberation Front or ONLF of organizing the
    Swedes' journey starting in London. Outlawed
    groups in many countries frequently facilitate
    the travels of reporters in order to have their
    version of events told.
  • There was no visible reaction to the sentencing
    from the two journalists. The defendants' lawyers
    plan to hold a meeting at the Swedish Embassy
    later Tuesday to discuss the possibility of an
    appeal. In Sweden, Foreign Ministry spokesman
    Anders Jorle called the sentencing expected but
    regrettable. He said Sweden has been in contact
    with the Ethiopian government over the court case
    "at a high level."
  • Their Swedish lawyer, Thomas Olsson, could not
    be immediately reached for comment but told
    national broadcaster SVT that the sentence was a
    disappointment, but that he and his clients had
    not yet decided if they would appeal.
  • "We will try to adjust to the new situation and
    help them as much as possible," he said, noting
    that an appeal can take up to two years and that
    the alternative would be for them to try to get
    pardoned.
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Diaspora News Briefs
  • Swedish reporters sentenced to 11 yrs in Ethiopia
    (2)
  • The pair said they had been gathering news about
    a Swedish oil company that is exploring
    Ethiopia's Somali region for oil. Sweden's
    foreign minister, Carl Bildt, was a member of the
    board of the company Lundin Petroleum between
    2000 and 2006, and left the board when he was
    appointed foreign minister.
  • Persson and Schibbye have acknowledged that they
    entered Ethiopia illegally. Jonas Nordling,
    chairman of The Swedish Union of Journalists,
    called Tuesday's sentencing "a setback for
    journalism, and it's a personal tragedy for
    Martin and Johan and their families. We will do
    all we can to support them."
  • "It's clear that it's a political sentence. A
    heavy responsibility now lies on the Swedish
    government to solve this on a political level,"
    he said, noting that the freedom of the press
    must be protected and defended.
  • Swedish government officials have said that the
    two Swedes were on a "journalistic mission," and
    have pushed for the two to be freed. The
    international community has closely followed the
    terror trial against the Swedes. Rights groups
    and diplomats say Ethiopia's anti-terrorism
    proclamation restricts freedom of expression and
    is used as a tool to crack down on dissent.
  • Amnesty International said it believes the two
    Swedes are "prisoners of conscience, prosecuted
    because of their legitimate work."
  • -------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------
  • Associated Press reporter Louise Nordstrom in
    Stockholm contributed to this report.

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Diaspora News Briefs
  • Haitis Prime Minister Quits after 4 months
  • In February 24, 2012By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille speaks at a
    press conference on January 6 in Port-au-Prince
    .Haitian President Michel Joseph Martelly said
    late Friday he had accepted the resignation of
    Prime Minister Garry Conille, thanking him for
    his service and promising to move quickly to
    replace him.
  • Conille just assumed the position in October
    after being ratified by the country's Senate. His
    reasons for stepping down were not immediately
    clear.
  • "This morning, Prime Minister Garry Conille
    presented me with his letter of resignation, I
    accepted it. I take this opportunity to thank him
    for his commitment. Of course, I regret that the
    resignation occurs in the context of where the
    country stands," said Martelly.
  • The president asked domestic and foreign
    investors to keep calm and promised that the
    country's leaders are "committed to harmonizing
    our efforts for a quick resolution of this
    situation and proposing a new prime minister."
  • "Haitian people, you know you can count on me,
    as I can count on you. I made you promises I
    will respect them," Martelly said.
  • Conille, a former United Nations development
    specialist, served as chief of staff for former
    President Bill Clinton when the latter served as
    special U.N. envoy in Haiti.
  • In that role, Conille was involved in
    international aid delivery to Haiti following the
    devastating earthquake in 2010.
  • "This resignation comes at a time when the
    Haitian people are eager to embark decisively on
    the path toward reconstruction, economic growth
    and the strengthening of the country's rule of
    law institutions," the spokesman for U.N.
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

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Diaspora News Briefs
  • Remember Caribanas Roots (3)
  • It is time we start putting a real value on all
    the work and effort that go into making Caribana
    (sorry, I cant accept the new name. I hope the
    CAG will bear with me) a reality each year. It is
    time the bandleaders put their differences aside
    and work together to have their talent and the
    product of that talent properly compensated. It
    is recognized, but it needs to be fairly
    compensated.
  • As I wrote last week, I really believe that even
    the people who play mas should be compensated.
    Instead of them paying (some in the thousands of
    dollars, depending on the costume) to play in a
    parade which brings in more than 450-million to
    the city each year, benefitting everyone else but
    us, why shouldnt they be compensated? Why
    shouldnt the bandleaders receive enough money to
    pay their workers and their performers? The days
    of the free sugar plantation labour or the free
    cotton picking are long over. Or are they?
  • It is all well and good for these nice folks to
    get up and talk about how wonderful Caribana or
    whatever the hell they are calling it now is
    and to mouth words of support for the festival,
    but we need to see their cash. We need the city,
    the province and the feds to increase their
    commitments. We need the businesses which benefit
    the most from that more than 450-million to also
    put something back so that the carnival
    bandleaders, the steelpan performers and the
    calypsonians, without whom there would be no
    carnival, can see a real return for their
    contribution to the success of the festival.
  • Since we dont know how much the bank is
    providing no one is allowed to say except that
    the bank never discloses what it donates we
    cant say if they also need to step up but I have
    a feeling that they get a hell of a lot more from
    this festival in terms of publicity and goodwill
    than they put into it. By the way, do you think
    if they were providing real money they wouldnt
    find a way to let us know?
  • Oh, yeah, and 10,000 will be donated as prize
    money for the entertainers. Are these people for
    real or do they think we are really that stupid?
  • We are not asking for any favours. It is we who
    are and have been for the past 43 years (44
    this year) giving out favours to everyone else
    but ourselves. It is time that this is recognized
    and treated accordingly.
  • The FMCs Denise Herrera-Jackson was quoted
    last week as saying We have to bring the
    festival in line with others like Luminato and
    the Harbourfront Centre Sounds good to
    meexceptis she just speaking of the output or
    is she also speaking of the input, as in the
    financial investment from the beneficiaries?

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Diaspora News Briefs
  • Remember Caribanas Roots (4)
  • I know that the FMC staff are just employees
    hired by the city (or by those appointed by the
    city) to do a job but they need to be respectful
    in what they say about the history of this
    festival and those who started it. The FMCs
    Chris Alexander was quoted as saying something
    about Caribana being important to the roots of
    this city. Caribana is only important to this
    city as far as the money it brings in. If it was
    important in any other way, it would have been
    financed properly and you folks would not be in
    the financial bind that you reportedly are in to
    pay the bandleaders and other outstanding debts.
  • Learn and understand the history of this
    festival and those who started it and nurtured
    it. Dont be taken in by those mealy-mouthed
    folks standing up now and talking about what they
    dont know. Remember the real roots of Torontos
    Caribana in Laventille Behind-the-Bridge East
    Dry River Observatory Street Belmont Circular
    Road Woodbrook, San Juan Arima San Fernando.
    Remember Jab Jab and Midnight Robber. Remember
    George Bailey and Harold Saldenah remember
    Renegades, Invaders, Tokyo, San Juan All Stars
    and Despers and bottle, stone and cutlass on Park
    Street.
  • It is the evolution of that rich culture that
    members of our community brought with them to
    this city which they wanted to celebrate and to
    share, not to have it usurped stolen by
    others.
  • Weve come a long way. We have endured much. We
    are not going to just give it away now.
  • Or are we?
  • And, by the way, Caribana is not a multicultural
    festival.

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    Mail.com, World News, Archives
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    times Mail.com World News, Archives
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    months
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    for Beginners, uploader hiedi2006
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Diaspora News Briefs
  • Jamaica's famed coffee industry facing hard
    times
  • March 02, 2012 BRANDON HILL, Jamaica (AP) A
    few years ago in this mist-shrouded mountain
    town, steep slopes were quilted with some of the
    world's most valuable coffee trees. Farmers
    scrambled to increase acreage and pickers
    painstakingly filled wooden boxes with ripened
    berries at harvest time.
  • Today, much of the terrain is overgrown with
    underbrush and bamboo as a declining luxury
    market in Japan and a voracious beetle drive
    thousands of frustrated small farmers away from
    tiny plots of leased highlands. s
  • Times are hard for the growers of Jamaica's
    legendary coffee, especially those on isolated,
    low-tech farms such as the ones in Brandon Hill,
    a one-road enclave with no traffic lights. "We
    used to make a living, but now we're working
    hungry," said Colin McLaren, standing in his
    sloping farm of flowering coffee trees in
    Jamaica's wild eastern mountains, where his
    father grew the gourmet arabica beans before him.
    "It's tough and getting tougher."
  • Jamaica produces what connoisseurs rank as one
    of the world's finest coffees, mostly grown on
    patches of a few acres between 2,000 to 5,000
    feet (610 to 1,525 meters) above sea level. The
    moist, cool climate of the Blue Mountains
    lengthens the growing period from five to about
    10 months, allowing sugars to develop in the
    beans that grow inside the berries. Many coffee
    lovers say the rich brew has a smooth, nutty
    flavor and a deep, intriguing aftertaste.
  • The roasted beans often sell for about 40 a
    pound in the United States, up to four times the
    price of other gourmet coffees. In Japan, the
    main market for Blue Mountain coffee, the beans
    fetch as much as 34 for a 100-gram (3.5-ounce)
    package.
  • But consumers are buying less because of the
    global economic slump. And that has brought
    declines in purchases by coffee dealers, as well
    as big drops in the prices paid to Jamaica's
    growers. Like farmers everywhere, they get only a
    small fraction of the retail price after
    middlemen, processors, shippers, retailers and
    others take their slices of the pie.
  • Meanwhile, the cost of producing coffee has
    soared for Jamaicans as inflation has driven
    prices for fertilizer, insecticide and wages
    higher over the last decade and powerful storms
    damaged their trees. Between 2005 and 2009, the
    cost of tending an acre of coffee almost doubled,
    jumping from 3,400 to 7,070.
  • An increasing number of exasperated Jamaican
    farmers say they can't even eke out a bare living
    growing the specialty crop. The nation's Coffee
    Industry Board says Jamaican farmers received an
    average of 50.57 for every 60-pound
    (27-kilogram) box of Blue Mountain coffee
    cherries they produced during the 2006-2007
    season. Last year, they got 28.91.

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Diaspora News Briefs
  • Jamaican Coffee Exporters facing Hard Times
  • March 02, 2012 BRANDON HILL, Jamaica (AP) A
    few years ago in this mist-shrouded mountain
    town, steep slopes were quilted with some of the
    world's most valuable coffee trees. Farmers
    scrambled to increase acreage and pickers
    painstakingly filled wooden boxes with ripened
    berries at harvest time.
  • Today, much of the terrain is overgrown with
    underbrush and bamboo as a declining luxury
    market in Japan and a voracious beetle drive
    thousands of frustrated small farmers away from
    tiny plots of leased highlands.
  • Times are hard for the growers of Jamaica's
    legendary coffee, especially those on isolated,
    low-tech farms such as the ones in Brandon Hill,
    a one-road enclave with no traffic lights. "We
    used to make a living, but now we're working
    hungry," said Colin McLaren, standing in his
    sloping farm of flowering coffee trees in
    Jamaica's wild eastern mountains, where his
    father grew the gourmet arabica beans before him.
    "It's tough and getting tougher."
  • Jamaica produces what connoisseurs rank as one
    of the world's finest coffees, mostly grown on
    patches of a few acres between 2,000 to 5,000
    feet (610 to 1,525 meters) above sea level. The
    moist, cool climate of the Blue Mountains
    lengthens the growing period from five to about
    10 months, allowing sugars to develop in the
    beans that grow inside the berries. Many coffee
    lovers say the rich brew has a smooth, nutty
    flavor and a deep, intriguing aftertaste.
  • The roasted beans often sell for about 40 a
    pound in the United States, up to four times the
    price of other gourmet
  • coffees. In Japan, the main market for Blue
    Mountain coffee, the beans fetch as much as 34
    for a 100-gram (3.5-ounce) package.

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Psalms 23
  • 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
  • The LORD is my shepherd I shall not want.
  • 2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures He
    leadeth me beside the still waters.
  • 3He restoreth my soul He leadeth me in the
    paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
  • 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
    shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou
    art with me Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort
    me.
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