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United States Declares Central America Area Free of Land Mines

first_imgBy Dialogo January 09, 2012 A U.S. State Department report has declared Central America a region free of land mines. According to the annual report To Walk the Earth in Safety, made public by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Central America is the first area of the world to be free of armaments of this kind. According to the official statement, thousands of land mines and unexploded munitions remain buried in former conflict zones throughout the world, making it unsafe and unusable and causing 4,000 deaths a year. In the Central American region, mines were left buried following the internal armed conflicts in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, which took place from the mid-1960s to the early 1990s. Clinton said that the annual number of victims “is still an unacceptably high figure,” but she noted, “Over the last decade, we have helped decrease the worldwide number of landmine casualties from around 15,000 to 20,000 annually to approximately 4,000 in each of the last two years.”last_img read more

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Chesapeake Bay Watershed Restoration Gets Support

first_imgNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos last week awarded three grants totaling nearly $1 million for programs in New York’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Funding for the grants is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. DEC’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program administers the grants.The grants are for projects to permanently protect riparian buffers through land acquisition and conservation easements.“Riparian buffers are critical to New York’s continued effort to reduce nutrients and sediment in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. New York, along with six other jurisdictions, are working together to restore the Chesapeake Bay,” said DEC Commissioner Seggos. “Riparian buffers have the added benefit of reducing flood impacts, creating wildlife habitat, and providing shade to streams. These land acquisitions and conservation easements will permanently protect these riparian areas and help improve and sustain water quality and habitat.”Grants are being awarded to:Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District, $669,620;Edward L. Rose Conservancy, $199,032;Finger Lakes Land Trust, $124,212.last_img read more

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Syracuse’s Bourama Sidibe ‘good to go’ after PRP injection to knee, comfortable warm-up at Wake Forest

first_imgWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Bourama Sidibe glided toward the rim, tracking the ball as it arced off the iron and in his direction. He snared it in mid-air and dunked. He finally felt back to normal, finally felt free from whatever had been holding him back jumping the past few days.Sidibe landed and smiled. He turned back to his teammates, spread out around the court, shooting in their own warm-up jerseys. The arena was about one-tenth full, and seemingly no one had noticed his slam. But as Sidibe dribbled to the arc to take some more jumpers, he kept grinning.The most significant minutes on the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum court for the freshman center during Syracuse’s (12-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) 73-67 loss on Wednesday night to Wake Forest (8-6, 1-1) weren’t the three he spent on the court during the game, his first appearance in nearly two weeks in which he grabbed one rebound. Sidibe said it was the pregame shootaround.“I was jumping everything in the warm-up line, doing what I usually do,” Sidibe said. “I feel I’m good to go. I feel I’m good to go. … I can’t tell (if I’m 100 percent), but I’m good to go. I really feel I’m good to go. Whatever it is, I’m good to go.”The tendinitis in Sidibe’s left knee seemingly first troubled him sometime around Dec. 5 against Connecticut, when he dropped from his average of splitting about 20 minutes per game at center with Paschal Chukwu and played 10 minutes against the Huskies. But on Wednesday night, Sidibe said the knee has bothered him even before the season, and that it received treatment “every day” this fall.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Dec. 27, after Syracuse beat Eastern Michigan to close out its non-conference schedule, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim first dangled the possibility that the Orange might shut down Sidibe for the season and apply for a medical redshirt. Boeheim and Sidibe gave some consideration to the redshirt, though Sidibe said there was never a formal conversation and he was “50-50” on whether to sit out.Since UConn, Sidibe had played twice, for 11 minutes against Georgetown on Dec. 16 and for five more against St. Bonaventure, when Paschal Chukwu fouled out late and Sidibe hobbled on defense before Boeheim decided he’d seen enough.Ultimately, Boeheim and Sidibe decided against applying for the redshirt, and Sidibe’s appearance Wednesday effectively ended any possibility he could receive one now.“He didn’t really want to (sit out),” Boeheim said. “He wants to play. I don’t have somebody redshirt unless they really want to. … He’s healthy enough. We’ve just got to spot him in there and give some time.”Instead, the morning after the St. Bonaventure loss, Sidibe received a platelet-rich plasma injection in the knee before he left for Christmas break. The pain went away quickly, Sidibe said, but the knee swelled up. One of the drawbacks to the PRP injection, Sidibe said, was that he couldn’t play basketball for a week after having it.Meanwhile, Chukwu shouldered the load the pair used to share. Sometimes the Orange went small, using freshman Marek Dolezaj at center, but in the six games since Sidibe’s injury started causing him to miss time, Chukwu played 32 minutes or more four times. Chukwu took advantage of the extra time — posting career highs against Eastern Michigan in points (15), rebounds (11) and made free throws (nine) — but before this stretch, Chukwu had never played more than 32 minutes in a single game in his career. Against WFU on Wednesday, Chukwu played another 37 minutes.Asked if the extra workload weighed on him, Chukwu shrugged and said, “Sometimes fatigue does kick in, but you’ve got to push through it. That’s what I’ve been trying to do.”Now, a little more than a week after Sidibe’s shot, he said the swelling isn’t as bad. He started wearing a small band on his left knee “to protect things a little bit.” At practice earlier this week, Sidibe returned to doing the same drills as his teammates, and teammates noted the difference in how Sidibe moved from before the shot, how much easier it seemed.“Just seeing him running and jumping and dunking again (was great),” said freshman guard Howard Washington. “Not that he was unable to before, but just as a person, he was like, ‘I’m not going to.’”On Wednesday night, six minutes into the game, Boeheim sent Sidibe to the scorer’s table to check-in. Syracuse trailed by seven. Chukwu had no fouls. This was the moment when everyone, including himself, learned for sure what he was capable of if called upon after that time away.“There was nothing different (about tonight),” Sidibe said, “but it was coach’s choice (to put me in). Sometimes when you get hurt, you sit on the bench for a couple weeks and it’s hard to get back right away and play a lot of minutes. He wants to play me, but he doesn’t want to take away (from the team), so I get it.”Sidibe moved cautiously on defense, altering a few shots with his 6-foot-10 frame but not recording any blocks. He ended one Wake Forest possession — something Syracuse struggled to do Wednesday — by grabbing a missed 3-pointer, but then he exited shortly after. His night was over. Asked if Sidibe could eventually work his way back to splitting time with Chukwu, Syracuse assistant coach Allen Griffin said, “Hopefully. That would benefit us big time.”As Syracuse desperately grasped for a lead that always seemed to slip away the second it held it, Sidibe watched from his increasingly familiar spot on the bench. He knows he has to stay ready, because Boeheim, Chukwu, Griffin and the rest of the team will need him. He decided not to redshirt, and he knows it’s likely no longer an option. If he needs another shot in his knee like the one he got before Christmas, he said he can get one, but it costs him more time away.On Wednesday night, and he hopes for not much longer, Sidibe couldn’t do anything to help his team when they needed him.“I’m sitting there (watching),” he said. “But whenever (Boeheim) calls my name, I have to be ready to go.” Comments Published on January 4, 2018 at 12:41 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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