Border Lines: The Tarahumara Aren’t Running

The Tarahumara of the Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon) aren’t running. Many know of the Tarahumara or Rarármuri (“those who walk/run well”) from reading Born to Run and other accounts of their long-distance running feats.

Now, instead of running, the Tarahumara are taking a firm stance against a government-sponsored megatourism project. With the assistance of the Defensa Tarahumara network and Tierra Nativa in Chihuahua City, Tarahumara communities are resisting a culturally and environmentally destructive plan to bring luxury hotels, a golf course, and “adventure tourism” ventures to their homeland in the Sierra Tarahumara.

In February a couple hundred Tarahumara marched to the Palacio del Gobierno in downtown Chihuahua to demand that the state government end its tourism project, which is stealing their land, contaminating their water, and threatening their livelihoods. They joined a protest organized by mestizo farmers and ranchers who were demanding that the killers of assassinated water-rights activists be brought to justice. The newly mobilized Tarahumara brought their complaints to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington in March, which insisted that the Mexican government respond to the Tarahumara complaints.

via Border Lines: The Tarahumara Aren’t Running.

Teen Bicyclist Left Lying In Street In Puddle Of Blood After Hit-And-Run: LAist

A teenage bicyclist was struck by a car Wednesday night in Anaheim and left bleeding on the street. Police today are searching for the hit-and-run driver.

Reported around 11:45 p.m., the accident occurred in the 900 block of Harbor Boulevard south of La Palma Avenue. The male teen, who is believed to be between 16 and 18 years old, was found on the street suffering from a major head injury. City News Service reports that video footage of the accident scene “showed a bicycle with a bent front tire lying next to a puddle of blood in the street.”

Angelina Lucero, who had just finished her shift at Disney’s California Adventure, told a news photographer that the victim was on the street motionless but still breathing when she drove up to the crash scene.

“I saw his white shirt, the boy’s white shirt, and it caught my eye, and I slowed down as I came up and I saw him laying on the ground on his stomach. I saw the bike to his side and I could hear him breathing but I know that he wasn’t moving,” she told reporters.

Lucero called police, and the victim was rushed to UC Irvine Medical Center for treatment. KABC reports that he remained in critical condition Thursday morning.

Anaheim police are seeking the public’s help in finding the driver, who fled the scene of the accident. Anyone with information should call (714) 765-1900.

via Teen Bicyclist Left Lying In Street In Puddle Of Blood After Hit-And-Run: LAist.

Nicaragua still thinks it can build a better canal than Panama after 200 years of trying – Quartz

Today, Nicaragua’s parliament is expected to approve proposals by a Chinese consortium to build a canal across the country to rival that of Panama. The $40 billion project could double Nicaragua’s GDP and create 40,000 construction jobs over an 11-year construction period.

via Nicaragua still thinks it can build a better canal than Panama after 200 years of trying – Quartz.

If you think cutting down the Amazon is a planet killer, then you have not seen anything yet – connect the Pacific and Atlantic and watch what happens to marine life and then us! And what would the environmental impact on Nicaragua? They are only thinking about money and status, not life.

Canada Recalls Sprouts for Possible Salmonella Contamination | Food Safety News

Sunsprout and SproutsAlive brand alfalfa sprouts, manufactured by Sunsprout Natural Foods in Branford, Ontario are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

via Canada Recalls Sprouts for Possible Salmonella Contamination | Food Safety News.

Egypt’s Wheat Harvest Mired by Politics

Morsi in his speech said this year’s harvest will reach 9.5 million tons, an increase of 30 percent over last year, when he said the total was 7.5 million tons.

But the government’s own statistics agency has put the 2012 crop at 8.7 million, meaning that if the harvest does reach the prediction, the increase would be just under 10 percent, a slightly larger rate than previous years’ reported growth.

But there are doubts even the 9.5 million figure can be reached. A report by the U.S. Agricultural Department said predicted Egypt’s production this year at about 8.7 million tons.

Abu Bakr Abu Warda, deputy head of the Corps Institute at Egypt’s Agriculture Ministry, told The Associated Press on Monday that the real figure is likely to be even lower, between 8 to 8.5 million, based on the amount of land believed to have been planted with wheat and the average yield. The harvest ends this month, and he said an official figure is not yet out as the ministry accumulates the data.

via Egypt’s Wheat Harvest Mired by Politics.

Mich. Company Recalls Sunflower Seed Products

A Michigan snack food maker is recalling sunflower seeds due to the potential of listeria contamination.

Lipari Foods in Warren, north of Detroit, says Wednesday the recall includes Raw Sunflower Seeds, Roasted Sunflower Seeds, and Snack Mixes.

They are among 52 items distributed from April 5 to June 11 to manufacturers and retailers in Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

The company says no illnesses have been reported.

A Michigan Department of Agriculture sampling project revealed that retail packaged raw sunflower seed products contained Listeria monocytogenes. Lipari says the company’s investigation pointed to bulk seeds purchased from a supplier.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, which is an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Symptoms can include high fever and severe headache.

via Mich. Company Recalls Sunflower Seed Products.

Amazon CARES: Dogs In Amazon’s Only No-Kill Shelter Need Your Help Now!

Although the concept is very foreign in Peru, our Peruvian office is considering running a food drive in order to provide the dogs we shelter with better quality food at a more reasonable price. We’re unsure how successful a food drive will be, but we are willing to do whatever we can to help these dogs in need!

 

You can help too! You can help us with the extra expense of food by making a small contribution to our cause by following this link: http://www.crowdrise.com/dogfood Please consider sharing our cause with your friends!

Any contribution you make will go a long way in helping us to provide great nutrition and care for these wonderful dogs!

via Amazon CARES: Dogs In Amazon’s Only No-Kill Shelter Need Your Help Now!.