Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees The Red Lions remain the heavyweights and will be gunning for their third straight title while the Pirates are coming off a historic season where they went 18-0 in the elimination round before getting swept in the finals.“I think the teams that figured in the finals before and that’s San Beda and Lyceum [are the teams to beat],” said University of Perpetual Help coach Frankie Lim, who is making his NCAA comeback six years after stepping down as San Beda’s coach following his involvement in a brawl that got him a two-year ban from the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownInterestingly, Lim and the Altas, who are the Season 94 hosts, play the Lions in the very first game of the season.“I think every year has been the same. It’s the host school against the defending champion,” Lim said. “It should be an exciting game to watch. We’ll give a good fight.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Reigning champion San Beda and finalist Lyceum were the consensus favorites to no one’s surprise ahead of NCAA Season 94, which opens on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT The Pirates, with MVP CJ Perez back, are expected to give the Red Lions their stiffest challenge.The new season, however, won’t be all about San Beda and Lyceum. Coaches are also convinced that all schools have bolstered their lineups, making it a level playing field.“After San Beda and Lyceum, all the rest I think have improved a lot in terms of keeping the competition balanced,” said College of St. Benilde coach TY Tang.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIES View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Soltones pours her heart out to lift PayMaya to deciding semis game Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ
Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Akhuetie leads all players in the MVP race after the first round of the tournament, having accumulated a total of 77 statistical points.The 6-foot-8 center averaged 15.7 points, 15.7 rebounds, and 3.6 assists throughout the first seven games for the Fighting Maroons, who ended the first round with a 3-4 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissUniversity of the East’s Alvin Pasaol is in second after amassing 71.5714 statistical points for the 1-6 Red Warriors.The burly 6-foot-4 power forward is the league’s top scorer, averaging 23.7 points, the only player so far to norm at least 20 points a game, while being the fifth-best rebounder with 10.1 rebounds per game. Adamson vows to get back at La Salle after painful loss MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum University of the Philippines’ imposing center Bright Akhutie is at the forefront for the top individual prize in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo’s Angelo Kouame is in the third spot with 68.4286 statistical points after averaging 12 points, 12.4 rebounds while also being the best shot-blocker with 3.9 swats a game.De La Salle’s Justine Baltazar is in fourth with 64.5714 statistical points with averages of 13.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks.Season 80 Rookie of the Year Juan Gomez De Liaño is in fifth with 60.5714 statistical after averaging 17.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists for the Fighting Maroons.University of Santo Tomas forward CJ Cansino was the only rookie in the top 10 of the MVP race after putting up 57.4286 statistical points and per-game averages of 14.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.Cansino could’ve been in the fifth spot of the race if not for his five-point deduction after he was called for an unsportsmanlike foul in the Growling Tigers’ 85-53 loss to the Blue Eagles.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.
The Vice President, Ambassador Joseph Nyumah Boakai, has called on journalists in the country to step up and present the true picture of unfolding development in Liberia.Mr. Boakai made the clarion call recently at a one-day media meeting held in Monrovia.“I have no doubt that we as a nation are moving in the right direction, though there are some turbulent situations. We are confident that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Therefore, we refused to embrace the ill-conceived notion that this country is retrogressing,” Vice President Boakai told Liberian journalists.The statement of the Vice President, perhaps, comes from the backdrop of the numerous complaints of economic hardship in the country expressed by citizens. Majority of people in the country— especially the youth— are unemployed. Many cannot afford decent meals on a daily basis as government still spends millions of dollars every year for food importation. With these conditions, some members of opposition political parties have concluded that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration has failed the people of Liberia.However, this government has constantly denied these allegations, emphasizing that there have been massive improvements aimed at restoring the image of Liberia both locally and internationally.Speaking to journalists, Mr. Boakai continued, “We know that there remain challenges in our drive to meet some of the critical needs of our country,” he said.He said that the cooperation of the media in Liberia was highly critical to the country’s recovery process.“You have most likely heard that ‘when the sore is ready to heal that is the time it itches most.’ The darkest hour comes just before day light,” he asserted.According to him, despites the gains by this government, there are others who have wrongly and selfishly dismissed their (government’s) achievements.“At times we are faced with the unfortunate reality that our progress and achievements as a nation are measured by others using their own yardstick. Often times these assessments predict hopeless situations for our people,” he explained.He said this was one of the reasons the media was needed to provide proper information to the public and international community so the truth about the level of development being undertaken in the country could be used to inspire hope in the lives of the people of Liberia.The Liberian VP used the occasion to call on the press to remain critical on reporting issues.He said that the media plays a pivotal role in the democratic process and must therefore continue to be seen as the ‘Watch dogs’ of society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,While in Guyana the jobless and beleaguered sugar workers are forced to protest for their lawful entitlements and are told by the Prime Minister, through his representative, that their concerns would be raised at Cabinet, our union’s attention is drawn to the situation regarding the workers of Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Petrotrin). While the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union disagrees with reasons being advanced for the closure of the company’s refining operations and recognises that the closure will take a heavy toll on the workers, their families and their communities, we saw considered attempts by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to at least dampen the serious consequences of closure.On September 19, 2018, the media reported that Energy Minister Franklin Khan said Petrotrin and the Oilfeld Workers Trade Union (OWTU) were engaged in discussions regarding severance and said “…the State, Board and Government is willing to sit with the union… and possibly offer some enhancement to that package”. But in addition to a possible enhanced severance package, that country’s Social Development Minister, Cherrie Ann Crichlow-Cockburn, according to the report, shared that the Government had devised a plan which would offer the retrenched workers assistance to purchase food, to access public assistance and general assistance; would see vulnerable workers benefiting from an electricity subsidy; the workers would have access to health/wellness centres; they would receive advice on financial security; the Government would assist NGOs who in turn would set up soup kitchens and temporary shelters; and toll-free call centres for workers who require information on Government assistance.We also saw the Energy Minister in a report which appeared in the August 31, of sections of the media that those workers above 55 saying “…for people over 55, pay them off, and they’ll have their full pension”. From the Minister’s statement, he seems to say that workers beyond 55 will get both their severance and their pension.Indeed, while we know first-hand the serious difficulties of closure, we recognise that, from all indications, some serious attempts are being made to cushion the fall by our Caribbean counterpart. We sincerely hope all that is promised to the Petrotrin workers materialises, recognising our sad past with promises. Now for the 7000 sugar workers who have been put out onto the cold breadline, our caring Government is pushing workers to the brink; forcing them on the picket line to demand their lawful entitlements; engaging in all sort of legal gymnastics to further deny them their just payments, and then rubbing salt in the wound by saying their payments are haemorrhaging the country. It seems to us that it is the Government which is haemorrhaging the thousands of retrenched sugar workers.We urge our Government to take a page out of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s book and considerately treat our people in a humane manner at this difficult period in their lives.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWU
…AFC nominee will be PM candidate – HarmonA Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) have signed a revised Cummingsburg Accord on Christmas Eve and while it was not with the same fanfare as 2015, one of the witnesses has confirmed that the AFC nominee will be the Prime Ministerial (PM) candidate.The signing of the Accord with APNU GS Joseph Harmon, President David Granger, AFC leader Khemraj Ramjattan and GS David PattersonThe signing was done at State House, with President David Granger and Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, representing APNU as the party’s Chairman and General Secretary respectively.On the other hand, the smaller party was represented by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan (as AFC leader) and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson (as AFC General Secretary).Details of the Accord that both sides agreed to were not released to the public. In fact, when this publication contacted him, Ramjattan disconnected the call. When contacted, however, Harmon did confirm that as per the revised Accord, the AFC’s nominee will be the PM candidate. This can be interpreted to mean Ramjattan, who was elected by the party at its last National Executive Conference (NEC) to be their PM nominee.Asked if the party was happy with the Accord that was signed, Harmon noted that as they signed, it was indicative of them being satisfied with the terms. According to Harmon, the Accord itself embraces principles of constitutionalism and the experiences shared over the past few years.“It embraces many of the experiences over the last four and a half years. It embraces the experience we had with the Constitution, its provisions and impact on the conversations and agreement which we had.”“The constitutional provisions are much more pronounced in this Accord than in the previous one… we have signed it, so we are satisfied with it,” he said, also promising that essential details of the Accord would be made available to the public over the next few days.Meanwhile, the two parties sent out a joint statement after the signing which mentioned the various coalition party representatives present at the signing. Representing the Guyana Action Party (GAP) was Errol Ross and Junior Minister of Social Protection Keith Scott represented the National Front Alliance (NFA).In addition, Public Service Minister Tabitha Sarabo-Halley represented the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), while CN Sharma and Junior Public Infrastructure Minister Jaipaul Sharma represented the Justice For All Party (JFA).“In brief remarks following the signing, Chairman of the APNU and President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Brigadier David Granger said that the Cummingsburg Accord was strengthened based on experiences garnered over the last four and a half years,” the statement said.“The President said that the coalition parties had worked well together and this revised Accord would lay the foundation for a more enhanced quality of governance for all the people of Guyana. Chairman of the AFC, Mr Khemraj Ramjattan, in his remarks said that the parties in that make up the coalition were ‘better together’ and congratulated the negotiating team that worked to fashion the revised Accord.”There has been much speculation in the public domain on whether the AFC would have been able to reclaim its previous Cummingsburg Accord concessions after its showing at Local Government Elections (LGE) last year.In October, President Granger had told reporters that Ramjattan has not been given the green light by APNU and the prime ministerial candidacy would be determined only after negotiations between the two parties.“The APNU and the AFC are now discussing the Cummingsburg Accord of 2015 and this is one of the issues that will have to be discussed. But I cannot say now who I will be running with,” Granger had said.
Mark Cassidy leaving court at previous sitting. Pic copyright of Northwest News pix.A man has appeared in court charged with trying to bomb a house in Letterkenny.Former soldier Mark Cassidy appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday in connection with the attack outside a house in Manor View Park. The incident happened on November 22nd, 2013.Cassidy pleaded guilty to two different charges in connection with the incident outside the home of Alan Coyle.Cassidy is charged with having in his possession an explosive substance which could endanger life or cause damage to property.He was also charged on the same date with having an article in his possession, namely an improvised explosive device, that caused damage to a Mitsubishi Pajero Jeep.Cassidy, who is currently serving a jail sentence for another offence, pleaded guilty to both charges.The case was adjourned until next April at the request of Cassidy’s barrister Mr Peter Nolan who asked that his client be attended by a psychiatrist and that a probation report also be carried out.Judge John Aylmer also invited the victims of the incident, namely Alan Coyle, his wife Geraldine and their daughter Katie to come along to court on that occasion to give their victim impact statements.FORMER SOLDIER ADMITS PLANTING BOMB IN LETTERKENNY HOUSING ESTATE was last modified: December 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Alan CoylebombLetterkenny Circuit CourtMARK CASSIDY
Finn Valley AC are top of the pile – again.Having topped the Irish club rankings age group 12-19yrs indoor with 5 points to spare over Leevale AC from Cork increasing that to 50 points to spare when the outdoor rankings were announced earlier today again Leevale were in second.Valley 179pts to Leevale 127pts with Mullingar ,DSD ., and Galway City in behind that from 190 clubs that competed. This is yet again a serious vote of confidence to the athletes and coaches and a testimony to hard work over many months.The club had 21 athletes on the podium and Club Leader Patsy Mc Gonagle who had continually targeted this number 1 spot noted the fact that they went into the championships without certain medal winners in Arlene Crossan returning from injury, Fellan McGuigan and Bill Kennedy while there were many others in top 6 positions.The season now winds down for this group with Sommer Lecky competing in the Celtic International while James Kelly and Aaron McGlynn compete British champs Bedford later this month, then it’s back to training to begin the challenge all over again. ATHLETICS: FINN VALLEY AC TOPS THE IRISH CLUB RANKINGS – AGAIN! was last modified: August 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Valley Athletics ClubNo 1 Irish clubpatsy mcgonagle
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Topanga Fire: What went right” (Oct. 1): It is simply amazing how well the “mutual aid” program for California’s firefighters is working out. They come from everywhere, quietly do their job and then return to their own communities without a word. We do not miss the political actions of the politicians making speeches and looking for photo ops. My hat is off to the fire personnel and the other emergency personnel doing a job well. Are these the people that our governor calls “special interest?” Their special interest is working for the interests of the people who need them. Ira Kaplan Woodland Hills This is L.A. Re “Topanga Fire: What went right” (Oct. 1): Toto, I don’t think we’re in New Orleans anymore. This is L.A. and the LAFD. Thousands of acres, hours and hours of fighting the blaze and three homes and one injury. C’mon. Give it up for the Los Angeles Fire Department and all the other departments who assisted! They are America’s finest. Tim Culhane Woodland Hills Inter-agency system Did you ever wonder how it is possible to bring together within a few hours 3,000 personnel from many different agencies working together effectively on a 20,000-acre incident? That system is called the Incident Command System that was developed by an inter-agency program in Southern California. Originally designed for use in wildfires, ICS has now become the standard for all jurisdictions and emergency-response disciplines in the country for any type of incident. A component of that system is unified command, which ensures that each agency with incident jurisdiction has a say in developing objectives and a single overall incident action plan. Terence Haney West Hills Agriculture program Re “Grant High cutting agriculture program” (Sept. 29): I was plant manager at Grant High School from 1982 to 1989. In those years, just about every principal threatened to close the program. Doc Wainwright always had a fight on his hands. The sad thing is that the program was one of the most successful programs I ever saw in the 25 years I spent with the LAUSD. Wainwright has a magical ability to get along with the kids and can get through to them. Even the most hard-core types. I’ve seen kids do a 180-degree turnaround under Doc. This is one of the reasons that the LAUSD is such a dismal failure. They abandon successful programs in favor of those that have political clout. The kids just don’t seem to matter anymore. I feel sorry for the kids. James P. Biddle Quartz Hill Building for fire Re “At ‘war’ with fire” (Sept. 30): Just as with New Orleans, a city built eight feet below sea level with inadequate levees and sea walls, we here in Southern California build homes surrounded by more than adequate fuel for wind-driven annual fires. These fires are not surprising anyone. These are annual conditions. So the question lies wherein: Why do our “city planners and leaders” continue to allow housing construction in these areas, but don’t enforce large firebreak areas to be built by the developers? This should be standard procedure. These breaks must be monitored just as graffiti is. Wake up, Los Angeles! It’s quite obvious. Richard Detanna Granada Hills Sense of modesty Re “Pinups lift G.I.’s spirits” (Sept. 27): We Americans are so ignorant sometimes. Hmmmmmmm let me see … My husband (or boyfriend) is away in Iraq with the National Guard, how can I comfort him? I know, I’ll lose all self-respect and sense of modesty, take a risque picture of myself and send it overseas to him and his buddies to salivate over. Our soldiers do not need any more help to be unfaithful to their spouses or loved ones, especially when so far away from home when temptations are strongest. (Nor should they have to worry about their spouse at home allowing someone to take intimate shots of them for the front page of a local newspaper.) How about a fabulous “I love and miss you” care package? Joann Saraceno Glendale Stealth religion Re “‘Intelligent design’ not taught” (Sept. 29): Bravo for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. So-called “intelligent design” is merely a stealth name for creationism, which the U.S. Supreme Court has already banned from public schools on grounds that it is religion, not science. ID proponents are fundamentalist Christians who desperately oppose evolution because it lays the lie to their mythological beliefs. Michael D. Harris Reseda Maybe a trade-off Re “‘Intelligent design’ not taught” (Sept. 29): If push comes to shove, “intelligent design” should be taught in our school classrooms. A fair trade-off would be to have every church pay a scientist to come to their place of worship and teach their flock that God is nothing but a man-made theory. The scientist could then point out that humans “doing something” instead of praying for it is more productive. And if we fairly taxed all religions, we could fulfill Christ’s orders to feed the hungry, heal the sick and take care of the poor. Wait a minute. That would make Christ out to be a commie. Never mind. Dick Denne Toluca Lake Best for elephants Re “L.A. Zoo needs to give its elephants a break” (Their Opinions, Sept. 28): It is absurd that the city of Los Angeles is planning to spend $16 million to expand the elephant enclosure to two acres _ this is nowhere near enough space for these very large animals to reside. It is well known that elephants can roam up to 25 miles or more in a single day. What good is two acres? This city is being selfish when it comes to the well-being of these animals. What is best for these animals is to send them to a sanctuary, which is what some zoos are now doing. At a sanctuary they have hundreds of acres in which to roam, not two. Hopefully the mayor will do what is best for them and not do what is best for the city. Tia Triplett Los Angeles Wal-Mart works Re “Wal-Mart prepared” (Your Opinions, Sept. 28): Go Wal-Mart. Where do we sign up to support Wal-Mart _ other than traveling miles to shop at their store because the unions won’t let them come to our neighborhoods? I’m for WEMA (Wal-Mart Emergency Management Agency). Ruth Fairrington Los Angeles Heinous criminal Re “She’s a scapegoat” (Your Opinions, Sept. 29): Art Haendiges is completely mistaken. Lynndie England is not a scapegoat. Lynndie England is a heinous criminal, a torturer, who should have been sentenced to death. Therefore, in order for our military to regain a semblance of honor she should be executed in military fashion, which I understand is by firing squad. Note I said semblance of honor, and not the real thing. Our military and country lost all honor, irretrievably, with Mei Lai long ago. Kathryn Durfee Agoura Deadlier disaster As America is transfixed by Katrina’s and Rita’s horrible devastation, avian influenza is growing into a global epidemic deadlier than the 1918 Spanish flu, which killed 50 million people. The deadly virus originated in Asia’s poultry farms and has already spread to Russia and Europe. Millions of Americans will succumb, once the virus mutates to allow transmission among humans. Raising animals for food also increases the risk of many chronic diseases that kill 1.3 million Americans annually. It funds pollution of waterways by animal waste, destruction of wildlife habitats, and abuse of animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses. William Davidson Woodland Hills
MADERA – A thick tangle of marigolds reaches chest-high around 19-year-old Caritina Cruz, who plucks one of the deep orange flowers and explains to her little sister how to prepare it in a tea that soothes indigestion. The teenager was born to one of Mexico’s native Indian tribes, and grew up steeped in healing traditions that predate the Spanish conquest. To her and other immigrants to Mexico’s dozens of indigenous groups, a garden tucked behind a whitewashed church in rural Madera County is a pharmacy. With Cruz’s care, the plot eventually will sprout plants that other Mexican Indians in the area may use to treat insomnia, kidney problems, stomach cramps and other ailments. The garden is part of a larger effort to preserve pre-Columbian health care customs even as community leaders work to forge ties with the local medical establishment. It was planted with the help of a nonprofit group that speaks up for the Mixtecs, Zapotecs, Triquis and other native Mexicans who labor as migrant farmworkers in California’s Central Valley. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The arrival of immigrants with radically different beliefs about health and the patient-healer relationship is pushing doctors to broaden their understanding of what it takes to care for their new patients. For example, doctors working with Hmong refugees who arrived from Southeast Asia in the 1980s have had to bridge a language barrier and a gap between Eastern and Western medicine in situations where miscommunication could be the difference between life and death. Indians from Mexico unwilling to let go of customs that have served them for generations are also reaching out to health care providers here, trying to find a delicate balance between the Old World and the new. Members of Mexico’s 60 Indian groups are even more likely than other recent immigrants to fall outside the reach of the American health care system, said Nayamin Martinez Cossio, of the indigenous organization Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueno. Isolated in remote farm worker settlements and usually uninsured, they often speak languages most Spanish-speaking Mexicans don’t recognize. It’s an added barrier when a baby gets sick or when a pregnant woman wants a prenatal checkup. Often discriminated against in Mexico, they also are “at the bottom of the ladder” in the United States, said Jonathan Fox, a researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz. “No one represents their interests, here or in Mexico,” Fox said. “They have to speak up and do it themselves.” The 2000 Census showed there were about 154,362 such immigrants in the state, according to an analysis by researchers at UC Santa Cruz. But Mexico’s Indians are making up a growing share of migrants entering the country, according to estimates from the National Agricultural Workers Survey. Between 1993 and 1994, Mexicans from states such as Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero accounted for 9 percent of immigrant farmworkers coming to the country, a figure that rose to 19 percent between 2001 and 2002. As the population grows, the need to ensure its health also increases – and not just for the immigrants’ well-being. The itinerant group may carry infectious diseases from state to state while following the harvest, health officials said. “They’re difficult to reach and they’re difficult to treat because they travel so much,” said Norma Penalosa, a communicable diseases specialist with Fresno County’s Department of Community Health. “One case can become many cases spread around the country.” In 2003, Fresno County health workers identified a tuberculosis outbreak that would eventually spread to dozens of Mixtecs. Centro Binacional raised money, held education meetings in the community, and tested more than 1,000 people – playing a key part in containing the outbreak, said Penalosa. There have been other successful public health campaigns, but permanently closing the cultural and physical distance between the rural, migrant population and English-speaking health providers who tend to be city-bound takes years of work. Martinez and others with Centro Binacional are taking on the task. They have sent 15 immigrants who speak a variety of Indian languages to train as interpreters at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. They’ve visited hospitals and clinics around the Central Valley to offer translation – something hospitals are legally required to provide. They’ve delivered workshops in far-flung rural towns on AIDS prevention, diabetes, nutrition, and other health problems farmworkers might encounter in the United States. In November, they brought three healers from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca to California for a conference. Hundreds of American nurses, doctors and social service providers heard about some of the health customs and beliefs held by Indians from the region. Traditional healers told their American counterparts they rely heavily on herbal remedies and rituals to treat diseases, many of which are believed to be caused by problems outside the body, such as offending the spirits or doing an injustice to others. Since health problems are thought to have a “hot” or “cold” quality to them, the patient’s diet and surroundings are very important, they said. Enriqueta Contreras, a Zapotec midwife, said that being in a foreign land where nothing is familiar can itself be a source of physical and mental illness. “People who come here start feeling disconnected,” Contreras said in Spanish. “They stop eating their food. They are away from their family, their language. They can’t get the herbs they’re used to. They don’t know who they are anymore. That makes them sick.” Several doctors attending the conference said having access to traditional medicine can comfort patients by giving them a connection to home – something Western doctors can’t do. But they also warned against relying only on traditional healers and herbs, which can interfere with prescribed medication or offer a false sense of security. “They’ll go to a healer for as long as they can and by the time they come in, they might have advanced diabetes and be at risk for losing a limb,” said Jesus Rodriguez, a family practitioner at Fresno’s Sequoia Community Health. Rodriguez encourages his patients to bring in any herbal remedies they might be taking so he can evaluate them and work them into a regimen that might include conventional medicine. Poised between the familiar and the new, Cruz and other immigrants who will use the recently inaugurated garden hope to find the best of both, they said after meeting with the visiting healers. “I know where I came from, but this is where I am,” Cruz said, standing in the patch of dirt she hopes will preserve the community’s health and cultural identity. “I want to keep what we know and be able to use what’s here, too.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
OAKLAND — The A’s spent six innings trying to defrost their bats as they had registered just one hit and zero runs as the seventh inning approached.With three hits and two runs in the seventh their bats finally came to life as the A’s (91-61) topped the visiting Kansas City Royals (56-96) 2-1 at the Coliseum on Tuesday night. By squaring the series at 1-1 in front of a crowd of 14,992, the A’s kept their perch on top of the AL wild-card race, ahead of Tampa Bay and Cleveland. If the A’s finish …