Excerpt: Everywhere you go in Jamaica, you hear music - loud music. Although authorities recently enforced an island-wide musical curfew, there is a growing campaign to relax the restrictions. Why has the Caribbean nation gained a reputation for being the loudest island on the planet?
Excerpt: Welcome to the loudest island on the planet - up until 02:00 anyway. Recently, after so many sleep-deprived tourists complained about the noise, the government began to enforce legislation which curbs all music publicly aired beyond the early hours of the morning, especially in and around resorts.
Excerpt: Jamaican musicians haven't just chronicled events - they have also tried to change society. The Wailers' 1963 hit Simmer Down was a call for rude boys - violent petty criminals who terrorised their communities in the 1960s - to lay down their arms. It's much the same advice offered by the DJ Beenie Man more recently, who warned in the song If You Live by the Gun, you will also die that way.
source:nourishing the planet
Excerpt: Six months after famine struck the Horn of Africa, leaving 12 million people at risk of starvation, the situation in Somalia is still dire. Although the designation of famine in some areas of the country has been lifted, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), a collaboration of 14 leading U.K. aid agencies, says that there are four million people still in urgent need of aid in a drought that has already killed tens of thousands.
Excerpt: Security is an added issue in the region. Militants known as al Shabab have taken over major cities and interfered with the delivery of emergency food and aid supplies. Government and African Union forces are fighting to rid the Shabab from the region, to finally achieve peace and stability in a time of great distress.
Excerpt: Because the situation in Somalia is given little attention from the media and international community, millions of people remain victim to immense suffering. The famine is far from over, and those affected need help and support now more than ever.
Excerpt: With the 'Green' revolution making its 'rounds' across the world, many designers and fabricators have got busy making travel plans in Eco-friendly vehicles to show the practicality and usefulness of being green. Some of the journeys are on land while some others are on water, but all of them are filled with adventure and courage. Here are ten such adventurous journeys undertaken in Eco-friendly vehicles.
Excerpt: Although the first electric car was designed in the last decade of the 19th century, by the turn of the century, vehicles powered by fossil fuel became the sole mode of transportation. However, mounting pollution and rising fuel price have prompted automobile manufacturers to search for sustainable energy sources. Here are ten cars that had been converted into electric vehicles.
Excerpt: Gov. Jerry Brown today vetoed legislation that would have permitted the cultivation of industrial hemp in California, though the Democratic governor didn't seem happy about it.
Senate Bill 676, by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would have created an eight-year, pilot program for the cultivation of industrial hemp in Imperial, Kern, Kings and San Joaquin counties.
In a veto message, Brown said federal law considers industrial hemp to be a regulated, controlled substance, and that failure to obtain a federal permit would subject California farmers to federal prosecution.
Title: Marcus Garvey: We salute you
Excerpt: A MAN described by many titles – journalist, publisher, civil rights leader, to name just a few – Marcus Mosiah Garvey is certainly not forgotten.
Excerpt: Garvey’s values also received much criticism – perhaps most notably from fellow black activist W. E. B. Du Bois, who declared that Garvey was “the most dangerous enemy of the Negro race in America and in the world.”
Nonetheless, Garvey continues to be revered for his pro-black values and his determination to see the advancement and economic independence of black people. He has been celebrated through literature and through song, with reggae singer Burning Spear paying tribute to the leader with his hit Marcus Garvey (taken from his 1975 album of the same name).
Excerpt: Though he divided opinion, Garvey remains a hero, not only for Jamaicans, but for people throughout the world. And today, with many arguing that black Britons are in need of a strong leader, it seems a fitting time to recognise a man who was just that.
Marcus Garvey: we salute you.
Excerpt: Reducing or eliminating penalties for minor marijuana possession and legalizing industrial hemp production could add more than $250 million a year to Indiana's bottom line.
Excerpt: According to economic impact estimates presented Thursday to a legislative committee studying the state's marijuana laws, decriminalization would save up to $200 million a year in reduced police, court and prison expenses, while legalizing and taxing marijuana could bring in $50 million of new sales tax revenue.
Excerpt: In addition, lawyers and academic experts testified to the selective prosecution of many marijuana possession cases in Indiana, while others spoke of the new jobs and tax revenue that would come by having farmers plant industrial hemp, a form of marijuana that can be turned into everything from clothing to diesel fuel.
State Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, the committee chairman, said he purchased a hemp shirt on a lark last summer and after wearing it repeatedly it's still soft, wrinkle-free and "the best shirt I ever bought."
Title: High hopes for hemp
Excerpt: South Africa's building industry has taken another step forward. High up on a hill overlooking the sea in Noordhoek, Western Cape, stands the House that Hemp Built.
The first of its kind in South Africa, the building was constructed almost entirely of materials that could be grown on a few hectares of land within months.
Excerpt: Apart from its wooden frame, the House that Hemp Built is constructed mostly from the renewable plant. As far as possible, the panels’ inside posts are made of reclaimed wood. Inside the panels are two layers of hemp insulation and, in addition to this, the walls are strengthened with hempcrete. This is a mixture of lime, water and hemp stalks; a by-product of the textile industry.
Excerpt: If the hemp project proves successful and large-scale cultivation goes ahead, it could change the lives of millions of South Africans. Thousands of jobs will be created in all sectors of the industry, from cultivation to beneficiation, and nutritious hemp seeds could provide poor people with essential omega oils mostly found in fish.
source:mail and guardian
Excerpt: Outside the house -- which is dotted with red, green and yellow balloons, the colours of the Rastafari -- the adults are swaying to the upbeat sounds of reggae. Jabulisile Mofolo, like many of the women who have come to celebrate her daughter's birthday, is dressed conservatively. She wears a long floral dress and her long sleeved shirt is buttoned to the top, her dreadlocks tied up under a black turban.
Excerpt: He says that dreadlocks are a sign of the Rasta faith, the length of their hair representing their wisdom and the years they have been loyal to their religion, acting like "antennae" to connect them to their ancestors, God and Haile Selassie, the emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974 and considered by the Rastas to be a living God.
Excerpt: Rastas are strongly tied to Pan-Africanism, the belief that all black people of the world should join in brotherhood and work to decolonise Africa. They also believe in the repatriation of all black people of the diaspora. Smoking marijuana, for them, is a form of religious practice.
Excerpt: One of their religious practices is known as "reasoning", which is an opportunity to discuss their spiritual and philosophical views while burning marijuana as a sacrament. One person is honoured by being allowed to light the herb and say a short prayer.
source:the raw story
Excerpt: Just days after the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) insisted that there is no medical value to marijuana, the White House appeared to contradict the position, saying in a report that there may actually be "some" medical value to "individual components of the cannabis plant" after all.
Excerpt: "While there may be medical value for some of the individual components of the cannabis plant, the fact remains that smoking marijuana is an inefficient and harmful method for delivering the constituent elements that have or may have medicinal value," the report says.
Excerpt: The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has warned just as much, claiming that federal authorities may be looking to shift policy slightly, if only to legalize marijuana-based medicines for Big Pharma only, which could step in and potentially eradicate the medical marijuana market.
Excerpt: The East Bay Express reported last week that the DEA has been quietly giving out licenses for large-scale marijuana growing operations to a number of unnamed companies. But these actions have nothing to do with the real medical marijuana industry, which is still a favorite target for DEA persecution; instead they are designed to enable a total coup by the pharmaceutical industry.
Excerpt: With the rapidly growing list of medical conditions treatable with marijuana making the plant’s medicinal properties almost impossible to deny (unless you are the DEA of course) the pharmaceutical industry figured it needed to get in on the action. This presented a conundrum: to make halfway decent pills, organic cannabinoids are needed, and for that marijuana would have to be federally rescheduled.
Excerpt: The government has also been proactive in its service to the pharmaceutical industry, most recently laying the groundwork for a federal center for drug research: The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The center will be operated under the National Institutes of Health, an agency with a history of conflict of interest issues, whose head recently resigned to join the board of directors at a pharmaceutical company. Drugs developed by this institution will be turned over to private drug companies, effectively turning it into a taxpayer funded R&D arm for the pharmaceutical Industry.
Excerpt: Tony Hawk and Ziggy Marley draw attention to the environmental issues of discarded cigarette butts in a new video released to coincide with Earth Day on April 22.
The video, produced by American Public health organization Legacy, features professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, musician and son of Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, and a host of other celebrities.
Excerpt: Discarded cigarette ends have been shown to have toxic effects on natural ecosystems. Research conducted by Legacy and released April 19, found that in 2010 around two million cigarette ends were collected as part of the event International Coast Clean Up and that cigarette butts are the number one littered item in the United States.
Excerpt: The full video, released April 22, is available to watch and share via Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150221525048973 .
Excerpt: Marijuana’s fibrous cousin hemp has a long history with auto makers. in 1941 Henry Ford unveiled a car body made primarily out of organic fibers, hemp included. seventy years later, the world’s first production-ready biocomposite electric car—with hemp as the “bio”—will finally hit the streets. The Kestrel, a three-door hatchback, is made of a “hemp composite as strong as the fiberglass in boats, yet incredibly lightweight,” says Nathan Armstrong, the president of Motive industries, Kestrel’s manufacturer.
Excerpt: Hemp grows fast and it’s cheap, which should keep the Kestrel’s production price around $25,000. A prototype is nearly complete, Armstrong says, and Motive plans to have thousands of its hemp-mobiles on the road by 2012.
Excerpt: The wallpapers are grouped in countries and presented in the alphabetical order. The design is very minimal: the only changing detail of the design is the horizontal line presented on the bottom of the wallpaper. The idea was to keep the design very subtle and simple, making it possible for you to actually use the wallpaper within your work environment. So you should be able to place all desktop icons on the wallpapers without moving things around. Click link above to download!
Excerpt: Seeing the son of legendary reggae singer Bob Marley perform was all the inspiration Hope Tangimai needed to put together his own musical act.
Mr Tangimai is gearing up to perform in the final of the Spectrum Care Showcase talent quest at the end of the month after winning his heat of the competition with a rendition of Marley%u2019s song, No Woman No Cry.
Excerpt: A long-time Bob Marley fan, he went to the reggae festival Raggamuffin where Ziggy Marley performed and decided he wanted to give performing a go.
Excerpt: The Del Mar Fairgrounds quietly dropped its long-running reggae festival from this year's San Diego County Fair after fielding complaints last year about blatant pot-smoking in front of youngsters at a Ziggy Marley show.
Excerpt: Reggae fans and performers say they believe the reggae festival was canceled to avoid a repeat of last year's controversy, and they are criticizing fair officials for not being upfront about the reason.
Excerpt: A representative of the reggae band Steel Pulse, which has played seven of the past 10 fairs, said the group considers the new rules discriminatory because they apply to only one musical genre.
Excerpt: Rich Nesin, Steel Pulse's tour manager, said the band understands that the fair needs to provide a family-friendly environment and he agrees with that goal.
“However, it is both insensitive, pointless and bordering on censorship to isolate reggae music and reggae acts specifically,” Nesin said. “The policy is fine, as long it is applied to all — including mainstream acts like Barry Manilow, who has played the fair as often as we have.”
Title: Rock-It Science
Excerpt: Rock-It Science is a musical event celebrating the interface between music and science. Rock-It Science is the brain child of Dr. Joseph LeDoux, and the event features scientists and academics who are also active performers of music (and science-friendly guest stars). It will take place on the evening of March 3, 2009 in New York City at the Highline Ballroom.
Excerpt: DANIEL LEVITIN is an American cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, record producer, musician, and writer. He is currently James McGill Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and the author of two best-selling books, This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, and The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature. As a musician, Daniel has performed with Mel Torme, Blue Oyster Cult, and David Byrne.
Excerpt: GREAT RIFT VALLEY, Kenya -- A virulent new version of a deadly fungus is ravaging wheat in Kenya's most fertile fields and spreading beyond Africa to threaten one of the world's principal food crops, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization.
Excerpt: Stem rust, a killer that farmers thought they had defeated 50 years ago, surfaced here in 1999, jumped the Red Sea to Yemen in 2006 and turned up in Iran last year. Crop scientists say they are powerless to stop its spread and increasingly frustrated in their efforts to find resistant plants.
Excerpt: Borlaug is among the big-name crop scientists who came. Known as the father of the Green Revolution, he is credited with breeding the rust-resistant wheat that saved millions from hunger. In 2005, the Kenyans took him to nearby Narok, where farmers from the Maasai tribe were losing crops to stem rust.
"I was scared by what I saw because I knew it could spread to big regions," Borlaug, 94, said in a telephone interview from his home in Dallas.
Because there hasn't been a major epidemic in 50 years, only a few living scientists have seen the destructive power of stem rust.
But Borlaug needed no history lesson. He recruited scientists from wheat-producing countries and raised funds to underwrite their work. Foundations in the United States and Japan pitched in, as did the governments of Canada, India and the United States, Singh said. Last year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave $26.8 million to a project led by Cornell University scientists.
Title: Nandor Says Farewell
Excerpt: NANDOR TANCZOS is the first Rastafarian member of the New Zealand Parliament. After serving for the past 8 years, he recently resigned and said why in a speech to Parliament. It is a historic, incredible speech for which he received a standing ovation.
Excerpt: At the home of the King of Reggae, the Prince of Wales tries his hand at bongo drumming.
Charles and Camilla were guests of Bob Marley's widow yesterday at the mansion in Kingston, Jamaica, which is a shrine to the island's most famous son.
Excerpt: "I know [my father] would have said, 'It's not about my 60th birthday; it's about the unity of Africa.' This is the more important message.'"
Excerpt: "We had to make sure that this wasn't about the Marleys," Ziggy said. "It had to ... have more meaning. So that's one of the reasons why that [Bongo Tawney] angle is taken. We're kids; this man is coming from the roots of [Rastafari]. This man is the real, real deal from the roots. We have to show that to delve deeper into this journey. ... It's about the deeper journey of the roots of Rastafari, the connection to Ethiopia, the unity of Africa."
Excerpt: MARLEY: The understanding that you can't hide; you can't run away from that fact. The fact that the Rastafarian movement has made Ethiopia a visible entity in the world. We promote Ethiopia all the time — red, gold and green. I think them just coming around, and the fear that they had of the resurgence of love of the monarchy, I think that fear is gone. That's not what we're about; we're not about anything political. Governments fear when they're going to lose power, and because we uphold His Majesty Haile Selassie I, they had a fear of that love coming back for the monarchy and there would be political problems in Ethiopia. But once they realize this isn't a political agenda, then it become more cool. So it's just a better understanding of what the Rastafarian movement is and it's not a threat to any political structure.
Excerpt: "Without a thought, it don't happen. Before man go to the moon, him have to think, "Maybe we can go to the moon." So the whole idea of what we're doing here is trying to reignite the spark, to reignite the consciousness of this concept, so it becomes thoughts, then it becomes words, then it becomes action. This is not a political movement; it's a consciousness movement. And once enough consciousness is raised, then the consciousness pass onto other people until it reach — let's call them the "leaders" — who can make it possible. We need to raise consciousnesses first before we raise the actual action of it.""
Title: Record Store Day
Excerpt: On this day, all of these stores will simultaneously link and act as one with the purpose of celebrating the culture and unique place that they occupy both in their local communities and nationally.
Excerpt: Plans are underway to set up special events at all of the stores on this day, as well as provide customers with a goodie bag that promotes new formats, new releases, and exciting information on music, theatrical, and gaming releases. Working with our partners, the indies will also link to run extensive marketing campaigns both on a national level and a local level.
Excerpt: Ziggy Marley
"Record stores keep the human social contact alive it brings people together. Without the independent record stores the community breaks down with everyone sitting in front of their computers"
Excerpt: Roberts, 27, is a Rastafarian and lives in Norfolk. The Franklin native said she began living as a Rasta about six years ago - the spirit just came to her and she followed, she said. Her faith, she said, is similar to many religions. It teaches her to spread love, to let her work be for good, and to love people, regardless of their race or how much money they have.
Excerpt: The tenets of her faith can be seen from the hallways to the classroom of Brighton Elementary.
"There's a perfect peace in this world," Roberts said. "And that's what children need."
If one child offends a classmate, Roberts asks him to apologize. When another criticized his own work, Roberts, thin and no taller than most of her students, got things in check.