Mountain Khakis Camber 107

first_imgMountain Khakis Camber 107 Review: That time I wore my Mountain Khakis to a strip club and realized how great these pants are.I don’t get a lot of opportunity to test gear under a black light. When was the last time you were camping, or mountain biking or skiing and someone whipped out a black light and a Pink Floyd poster? It doesn’t happen. But in the middle of a recent trip, I found myself in one of those clubs where women dance on stages. I was, um, asking for directions. I also happened to be wearing these Camber 107s, and they lit up like the night sky in Alaska. Beautiful, shiny flecks of light. Because they were dirty. Because I’d been wearing them for about a week straight, in all kinds of situations. Hiking. Shopping. Biking. More hiking. Playing in the leaves with the kids. More biking. Bar hopping. More biking. Supporting the arts. That’s the beauty of these pants, they’re built to handle the trail and the town.Mountain Khakis is known for making pants that last, and the Camber 107s look durable as hell, like a crusty pair of Carhartts that are supposed to be worn hard while performing tasks with hammers. Everything on them is triple stitched, and the heel cuffs are reinforced with “Mudflaps” so they don’t fray. Burly.You can beat these pants up, and I have. Over the last couple of months, I put them through the ringer, both in the field and around town. Based on their appearance, I expected them to withstand that beating, but I didn’t expect them to be so comfortable. They’re made of 97% cotton canvas and 3% spandex, which provides just enough stretch to the fabric to actually make them useful on the trail. The knees are also “pre-articulated,” so there’s plenty of movement at the joints for thinks like biking and climbing. They even look boss while hitting that bar near the trailhead. Or the strip club in the middle of town. Just wash them before you find yourself under black lights.Bonus: Each pair comes with a Bison Bottle Opener Keyring.Double Bonus: There’s a pocket on the right thigh that’s actually big enough to fit an iPhone 6+.Mountain Khaki Camber 107 Pants $69.95 mountainkhakis.comlast_img read more

48 Hours in Woodstock, Virginia

first_imgWoodstock, Virginia was the runner up in the small town category of our fifth annual Top Adventure Towns Contest, and a quick look at what this charming small town has to offer makes it easy to see why. Wether you’re looking for a mountain biking base camp or a scenic fly fishing getaway, Woodstock is an excellent place to begin. But don’t take our word for it. Head to Woodstock for yourself, and use this handy guide to experience 48 Hours there just like the locals.Woodstock Day 1Fly Fishing Shenandoah County, where Woodstock is situated, boasts over 31 miles of trout streams, all within the George Washington National Forest, and the bedrock ledges within the nearby North Fork of the Shenandoah River create ideal habitat for smallmouth bass to thrive. Here are a few recommendations for fly fishing in and around Woodstock, Virginia.North Fork Shenandoah RiverThe most sought after sportfish in the North Fork Shenandoah River is the smallmouth bass, and going after these fish with a fly rod can make for some serious fun. The North Fork is a relatively small, shallow river and is super accessible to wade angling and great for floating via canoe. Learn more about fishing the North Fork of the Shenadoah River here.Passage Creek in the Shenandoah ValleyThis delayed harvest trout stream is one of Virginia’s finest and fall is one of the best times to fish it. Bound by the Massanutten Mountains, this creek flows through the heart of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley in Fort Valley just east of Edinburg. It’s stocked with browns and rainbows and home to native mountain brookies as well.Lodging OptionsThe Inn at Narrow PassageLocated on five private acres along the Shenandoah River, the Inn at Narrow Passage offers 12 guest rooms, common areas, and access to nearby fly fishing.Camping in the Wolf Gap Recreation AreaWolf Gap Recreation Area was once the site of a 1930’s African American Civilian Conservation Corps Camp. Today this recreation area offers camping, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and quick access to the town of Woodstock.Good EatsLocated in the heart of Woodstock, Caramelized Restaurant is known for simple but unique southern food with flavor. If you happen to be in town early and you’re looking for a hearty breakfast to fuel your next big adventure, Carmelized is the place to go.Libations and NightlifeWoodstock BrewhouseIf you’re still up and at ’em after a full day of fishing and food head over to the Woodstock Brewhouse, which offers in-house craft beers every day of the week. The owners of Woodstock Brewhouse are local Shenandoah Valley residents. Having been home-brewers for years, the opportunity to make larger batches of favorite recipes to share with the people of Woodstock was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up. The beers include a blonde ale, an American pale, an IPA, and a delicious marzenbeir lager, just to name a few. The brewers at the Woodstock Brewhouse make a conscious effort to source local ingredients, and take advantage of the bounty of the Shenandoah Valley.woodstockShenandoah County Wine TrailCraft beer is all the rage these days, but if you’re spending time in Woodstock and nearby Shenandoah County you should consider paying homage to the area’s thriving wine scene. Shenandoah County is home to 8 award-winning wineries. Learn more about the Shenandoah County Wine Trail here.Day 2 PlansMountain BikingShenandoah River State ParkSmooth trails, moderate climbs, and miles of ripping downhill make Shenandoah River State Park a favorite among intermediate mountain bikers. The scenery is amazing and camping is available nearby. Get more info here.Bryce Resort Mountain Bike ParkNo discussion of the mountain biking scene in this part of Virginia would be complete without mention of the Bryce Resort Mountain Bike Park. Built in partnership with Gravity Logic out of Whistler, British Columbia and Trek bicycles, this bike park features 8 lift-accessed trails ranging from beginner to advanced terrain. The bike park at Bryce Resort will remain open until snow blowing begins.StayCamping at Elizabeth Furnace Recreation AreaThis family-friendly campground is located on the banks of the above-mentioned Passage Creek, so it makes for the perfect fly fishing camp. Stay here and you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy hiking on the nearby Pig Iron and Charcoal trails.Eat Woodstock Garden Cafe is situated in  the middle of the Fort Valley Nursery in downtown Woodstock. In addition to great locally sourced farm to table fare you’ll find for live music and a nearby farmer’s market.  While all of the food at the Woodstock Garden Cafe is top-notch, they’re somewhat renowned for their breakfast menu, which features homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, a great breakfast burrito, and their famous breakfast bowls. This hearty entree comes with a home made biscuit topped with a number of different egg and meat combos and is the perfect fuel for a mountain biking filled day in Shenandoah County.Libations and NightlifeSwover Creek FarmsLynn and Dave St.Clair established Swover Creek Farms in 1998, diversifying their family farm to include hops. The farm has been in continuous production by the same family for over 100 years. In November of 2015 Swover Creek renovated a 2,000 sqft barn and installed a 3.5 barrel brew system, where they serve some of the freshest craft beer in all of Virginia. More 48 Hour Travel Guides:last_img read more

Mountain Mama Sits Down with Anna Levesque and Melina Coogan

first_imgTwo of Western North Carolina’s finest outdoorswomen, Anna Levesque who has dedicated her life to empowering women on and off the water and Melina Coogan who is a photographer and adventure writer, teamed up to organize travel logistics from Asheville to the DC for the Women’s March this coming Saturday. Women and men are gathering to stand together in solidarity, believing that the strength of our country comes from our vibrant and diverse communities.When one of us succeeds, we all rise. That was the spirit of the gathering at a café in Asheville to make signs for the Women’s March in DC, to listen to a presentation about civil disobedience and to receive information about the march.I had the opportunity to sit down with Anna and Melina and was so inspired by their words that I want to share them here with you:Were you politically active before the election?Melina: Until recently, I was mostly all talk. I’ve always cared deeply about the environment and social issues, but it wasn’t until last October when I started seeing more Trump than Hillary signs that I was moved to take action. I kept thinking that I haven’t done anything to stop this. I’ll have to tell the kids that I haven’t yet had that I stood by and watched. Anna: In college I studied international studies and spent a semester in Chile, focusing on liberation theology in Latin America. I interviewed people who were exiled, men and women who had been tortured. I saw first-hand what it was like to live under a dictatorship, to hear the stories of people who had been silenced by their government.My life took a detour and I have focused on empowering women through kayaking. When I started seeing more ego-centered leaders use extreme rhetoric, I had to do something. I felt that if I remained silent, I’d be contributing to the problem. I don’t want to look back in twenty years and wish that I had taken action.How did you become involved? Melina:  I volunteered with the Hillary campaign during the last three weeks of the election. I made phone calls and greeted people at the polls handing out the democratic ticket. The first thirty-six hours after the election I was in a state of horror and when that lifted I realized that it would be a new world for me, for everyone. I got in touch with Anna and we talked about organizing the Asheville contingency of the Women’s March in DC.  We started brainstorming how we can move forward after the march with connecting women throughout Western North Carolina. Anna, I know you’ve spent decades empowering women on the water. How has your work leading kayaking trips overlapped with organizing logistics to travel to DC?Anna: Organizing kayaking trips involves a lot of the same skills including group management, communication, risk management, and organizing transportation. Now I’ve taken on that same role as trip leader in a different setting. Helping with the march logistics has gotten me outside my bubble and connected me to women I might not have met otherwise. This project challenged me to do something different while still using my same skill set. Stepping outside my comfort zone has been incredibly rewarding. I’ve met so many great women in our community. How have you incorporated political activism into your lifestyle?Melina: Up until I was twenty-nine, I lived a dreamy outdoor existence – every weekend I was either rock climbing or kayaking. Then I got sick with lymes disease. I stayed at home for an entire year. I couldn’t go outside. There were days when I couldn’t even read.I asked, “Why is this happening to me?”All of my outdoor friends were healthy and going on new adventures, while I was battling for my life.The more I got involved with chronic illness community I started answering my question of why not me. I’m not entitled to good health more than any other person. Spending so much time outdoors probably put me at a greater risk for getting lymes disease.Now when there’s an opportunity to affect positive change, my mantra has become “why not me.” We would all rather go outside and play, but if nobody shows up then our voices go unheard.Has it been intimidating to become involved with activists projects?Anna: Calling representatives is like paddling a scary rapid. I really want to do it but at the same time would rather not. All the same worries pop up. Making calls can be intimidating, but then it’s just a matter of picking up the phone and communicating my opinion about a particular policy. Just like paddling hard rapids, the more I do it, the easier it becomes, and I always feel good after I make calls to representatives. What tips do you have for others who might want to get involved but don’t know where to start?Anna:  Get involved in a group on Facebook. At first you can just read the posts and private message people.Share your interest with friends and family, start with a safe circle and ask them questions. Share your own actions and story.Melina: Speaking from the perspective of someone who is new to activism, it’s simpler than you think. Show up to something because just like anything, it’s all about momentum and inertia. The hardest meeting or march or rally is going to be the first one. Give yourself permission to go late and leave early if that what it takes, just leave the house and go. It’s easy to get caught in the self-talk that you’re just one person, but if we all did that we’d be sitting home drinking coffee. So far it’s been a real warm and positive experience connecting with others. I feel an immediate bond with anyone going to the march. We all need to fight the panic, grief, and dread and I don’t think we should face that alone. We are so much stronger together.last_img read more

This is the Noli

first_imgPaddlers, filmmakers, and local citizens team up to nominate the Nolichucky as a Wild & Scenic River.That the Nolichucky River is both wild and scenic seemed obvious enough on a brilliantly clear day last fall when I walked into its namesake gorge east of Poplar, N.C. The water level, which fluctuates widely in this dam-free stretch of the Nolichucky, was ideal for paddling, the water surging powerfully but remaining a clear, beer-bottle green in the channels between boulders. And though the landing at Poplar is little more than an hour’s drive from downtown Asheville, and this was the kind of sun-drenched afternoon that beckons paddlers, I counted precisely one small party of kayakers.“The Nolichucky Gorge is as remote a place as some people will ever get to in their lives,” said Matt Moses, owner of Mountain River Guides & USA Rafts near Erwin, Tenn. “We see a remarkable amount of wildlife. One trip not too long ago witnessed an osprey pulling a fish out of the river, a mama bear and two cubs on the bank and a deer swimming, probably to get away from the bears. And right at the end, as if that wasn’t enough, we had an eagle fly right over.”More than just Wild and ScenicAlong with checking essential boxes for federal designation as a Wild and Scenic River: beauty, pristine surroundings and unhindered flow-the upper Nolichucky claims other qualities that justify its listing. It generates more than $12 million in tourism revenue for the local economy, a figure that with a few tweaks to accommodate visitors could easily climb to nearly $17 million, a consultant recently found. Among the many cultural resources along its banks is the site of a classic moonshine-making, government-averse mountain settlement, the now-abandoned Lost Cove.In fact, the U.S. Forest Service confirmed the Nolichucky’s worthiness for listing more than two decades ago, in 1994, when it named the stretch through the gorge as eligible for Wild and Scenic status, said Kevin Colburn, American Whitewater’s national stewardship director.The only remaining gap, one that paddlers and local businesses have recently been working hard to fill, is political action.“Eligibility is based on the river’s physical attributes, while designation is based on public and political will to see the river protected,” Colburn said. “It’s really all about public enthusiasm.”Public Enthusiasm and Political ActionThat has been growing for about two years, starting with conversations among guides and spreading to local business and political leaders. A petition on has been signed by more than 20,000 supporters, and a Facebook page links to a short film, This Is the Nolichucky, that highlights the river’s distinctive qualities. Entrepreneurs in Erwin, Tenn., a former railroad hub near the lower end of the gorge, have jumped on board, seeing listing as a crucial step in their effort to refashion their town as a center of outdoor tourism. The mayor of Erwin and leaders of surrounding Unicoi County have sent letters backing Wild and Scenic designation to federal lawmakers who must introduce a bill to make it happen.“This all sprung organically,” Colburn said. “It was just a good idea that started resonating.”That those federal lawmakers remain noncommittal is the main obstacle to securing Wild and Scenic status. But the job of convincing them has been made easier by the disappearance of traditional opposition from mining, agricultural and railroad industries, said Tyler Engle, executive director of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Unicoi County, home to the western portion of the gorge.“We have presented this idea for the last couple of years,” he said, “and, really, we have not heard of any opposition.”Lobbying for the Nolichucky is easy because the river is so distinctive, so stunning.Its tributaries, including the North Toe and Cane rivers, drain the slopes of two of the highest points in the East, Mount Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Near Huntdale, N.C., these tributaries join to form the Nolichucky, which flows west into the gorge— a deep gash in the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the North Carolina-Tennessee border that could only have been created in an area with unique geology, said Philip Prince, a geologist with the state of Virginia and an avid paddler.“That is a steepness and a magnitude of relief that’s only going to occur with a very quartz-rich bedrock, and it’s not a topography that you’re going to find anywhere else in Appalachia,” Prince said.This hard rock also creates the erosion-resistant ledges and chutes that provide some of the most challenging rafting and kayaking in the East. The river descends an average of 31 feet per mile through the gorge, cascading down runs such as On the Rocks and Quarter Mile.Unlike some of the Southeast’s most famously harrowing rivers—the dam-controlled Gauley, for example—the Nolichucky claims no Class V rapids. But its roughest passages can seem at least that treacherous in high water.“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been plenty scared on the Gauley,” said Chris Lennon, a USA Raft paddling and fishing guide who has extensive experience leading trips on both rivers. “But when the (Nolichucky) is erupting and it’s chaotic and there is all this debris and root balls floating by, I’ve definitely been more puckered up here.”“That’s the beauty of a free-flowing river like the Nolichucky, it’s always changing. That and there’s no houses on the ridge tops. There’s no horns honking. There’s no cell service.”The unspoiled conditionis a result not only of a topography that prohibits road building and limits trail construction—even the nearby Appalachian Trail skirts the gorge—but also, ironically, its most visible mark of civilization: the railroad that runs next to the river for the length of the gorge.This stretch was part of the original 242-mile Clinchfield Railroad, a marvel of mountain-traversing engineering that connected Spartanburg, S.C. with Dante, Va. in 1909. The route was chosen because the gorge presented builders with a natural gap through the Blue Ridge and, said railroad historian Martha Erwin, because steam engines of the era needed a reliable water source for the frequent refilling of their tanks.The Tennessee Valley Authority once identified the towns of Erwin and Poplar as prime sites for hydroelectric dams, according to Forest Service documents. These dams were never built, Lennon said, because by the time of the TVA’s formation in 1933 the rail line was well established as an economic powerhouse.“The railroad took precedence over the TVA,” Lennon said. “It saved this gorge.”And as the years passed and traffic on the line steadily decreased, paddlers and Forest Service employees came to see the tracks less as a man-made blight and more as a landmark.In 1980, a federal study declined to recommend the Nolichucky for Wild and Scenic statuspartly because the report stated, the railroad “significantly diminished” the river’s “scenic values.” In 1994, the Forest Service reversed this finding, determining that “the railroad is well-screened from the river by vegetation,” and that the railroad trestle crossing the river near Poplar “does not appreciably detract from the river’s outstandingly remarkable values.”The tracks tucked into the base of the gorge’s southern wall, the rumble of occasional freights, the whistle blasts sounded by friendly engineers—all these sights and sounds have become highlights of rafting trips through the gorge, Moses said.“The only sign of human intrusion is the railroad tracks, and who doesn’t love trains?”The railroad—or at least its near demise—is also the reason business leaders who once seemed indifferent to the idea of Wild and Scenic listing are now all for it.For decades, the city of 6,000 was home to one of the region’s largest rail terminals, said Jamie Rice, the city’s communications specialist: “Erwin really hung its hat on being a railroad town until three years ago.”That was when CSX, the railroad giant that had absorbed the historic railroad in 1983, abruptly closed the terminal due to decreased demand for its primary cargo, coal.The company immediately laid off 400 workers, most of them highly skilled and well-paid union members, Rice said. Another 200 CSX employees moved to take other jobs with the company.“I thought, well, here we are, a railroad town without a railroad,” Erwin said.To respond to the crisis, Rice, 36, who had recently moved from Asheville to her hometown of Erwin and invested in downtown property, teamed up with other like-minded business people to form an economic development group, RISE Erwin.Casting about for a new economic identity,“we looked out our windows and realized, my goodness, we are so blessed with all these natural assets that really, up to now, nobody has supported,” said Rice, who was later hired by the city of Erwin to promote the town.The group started hosting events such a spring festival timed to accommodate thru-hikers on the nearby Appalachian Trail, offering beer, music, food trucks, podiatrists and massage therapists. Maybe the area’s biggest economic coup has been attracting Pyranha Kayaks, which recently relocated from Weaverville, N.C. to a site west of Erwin.By the time CSX closed its terminal, Colburn had already begun quietly pursuing Wild and Scenic designation—an idea that had also been percolating in the mind of Curtis England, the manager of a Nantahala Outdoor Center outpost formerly based on the Nolichucky. He had learned of the Nolichucky’s eligibility status while studying for a degree in outdoor recreation. He had guided scientists on the river researching the endangered elktoe mussel, which can only live in clean, free-flowing rivers.“It was a cumulative thing … a lot of different events that got me thinking that (permanent designation) is really a no-brainer,” he said.England launched the petition in early 2017 and enlisted the support of other guides, including Lennon. One of Lennon’s first steps was to reach out to his well-connected boss, Moses, who took the idea to RISE.Moses’s pitch to RISE—that Wild and Scenic status for the Nolichucky could cement the region’s identity as a destination for paddlers and anglers—was persuasive partly because Congressional listing is such a rare distinction, Colburn said. Only four streams have been designated in western North Carolina, which, on the other hand, is home to 390 dams. Membership in the exclusive club of listed, free-flowing rivers, he said, “can definitely raise awareness as a point of pride for the area.”But he and Moses added they don’t necessarily want to attract hordes of paddlers to the Nolichucky. A better outcome might be a sustainable flow, Colburn said, more like “drip irrigation,” less like “turning open a firehose of dollars.”Many advocates of Wild and Scenic designation for the Nolichucky don’t even mention economic development. They just want to see the river preserved, and the bad news here is that listing can only do so much.It won’t stop riverside subdivisions from sprouting on the private land upstream from the gorge, Colburn said. It won’t doom factories or intensive agricultural operations, he said. “It does not restrict industry or development and it is not a watershed-wide limiting piece of legislation.”Though It would require the Forest Service to manage its land to preserve the river’s outstanding qualities and prohibit the construction of dams on this property.Though the river’s eligibility status already offers some protection, Colburn said, Congressional action would make this firmer. And permanent.“Otherwise, in 10 years, this (eligibility) could just go away.”One other benefit of designation, he said: it encourages the kind of cooperative conservation efforts that have already greatly improved water quality.Jeff Stanley, a guide who owns Wahoo’s Adventures, which is based in Boone, N.C., and operates an outpost in Poplar, remembers the Nolichucky as a different river when he started leading trips on it in the 1970s.“It was like the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon—chocolate milky, real silty,” he said. “After you swam in it you’d have to hose down because you’d have these little bits of mica on you. You’d kind of shine.”This poor water quality was another reason the river was not recommended for listing in 1980.In 1994, however, the Service reported that the river had become much cleaner due to the decrease in a once-dominant upstream industry, mica mining, and the work of local, state and federal agencies to reclaim old mines. In 2002, North Carolina upgraded its rating of the Nolichucky.So far, none of this has spurred action from U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, a Republican whose district includes Unicoi County and whose position on designation mirrors that of other federal lawmakers from the region.“I will be interested to hear from local stakeholders about how to best ensure future generations can continue to enjoy this river,” he said in a statement from his legislative office.Colburn is not surprised. One of his major challenges, he said, is to remind energized activists that building the required support for designations often takes years.But he and others are sure it will happen. Once Moses leads people down the clear river and past the glistening white cliffs, “we’re hard pressed to find anyone who would say it doesn’t deserve to be designated,” he said. “One trip is enough to convince most people that this is a very special place that needs to stay that way.”last_img read more

Win Tickets to see World TeamTennis at the Greenbrier Resort!

first_imgWorld TeamTennis will host all 63 regular season matches over 19 days from July 12 – 30 and the WTT Playoffs on Aug. 1 (semifinals) and Aug. 2 (finals).  The event is being held in accordance with state health guidelines. Only 500 fans (20% capacity) will be allowed in the 2,500 seat outdoor stadium. If the matches are moved indoors as a result of weather on any given day, only 250 people will be allowed in the indoor facility. All Lower Bowl, Front Row and Package ticket holders will be guaranteed seats to the indoor facility. 5 lucky BRO winners get a pair of ticket vouchers! Comment on our Facebook or Instagram post to be entered to win.center_img Don’t miss your chance to see live sports this summer when World TeamTennis comes to The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia! See Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, the Bryan brothers and other tennis superstars in live in action from July 12th through August 2nd. Join us for the 45th season of World TeamTennis at The Greenbrier. last_img read more

The FARC: One Of The Armed Groups That Makes Greatest Use Of Land Mines In The World

first_imgBy Dialogo December 04, 2009 The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group continues to be one of the groups that makes greatest use of anti-personnel mines in the world, Mary Wareham, a member of the NGO World Land-Mine Monitor, reported. “The FARC are one of the largest users of land mines in the world,” declared the specialist, also a member of the human-rights defense organization Human Rights Watch, at a press conference in Bogotá at which recent information on the fight against land mines in the region was presented. According to Wareham, only two countries in the world — Burma and Russia — continue to use anti-personnel mines, and estimates are that some thirteen non-state armed groups make use of these weapons. In the case of Colombia, according to a report by the NGO International Campaign for the Prohibition of Land Mines (CIPM), presented at the same event, the greatest challenges are demining, for which information is lacking, and providing better aid to victims. In the departments of Cauca (in the southwest of the country) and Antioquia (northwest), two complaints of possible mine use by the armed forces are also being investigated, Camilo Serna Villegas, a member of the Colombian campaign against land mines, told AFP. Colombia, where 6,696 land-mine accidents were reported between 1999 and 2008, is the country with the second highest number of land mines in the world, after Afghanistan. In Latin America, eight countries are still affected by mines: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela. Nicaragua is expected to complete demining in 2010. Of the eleven countries that have done so in recent years, practically half are in the Americas (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Suriname).last_img read more

Haitians Help Their Own

first_img Dr. Marie Cyprien was more than 1,200 kilometers away from her sister, Marie Lourdes Borno, when the earthquake struck Haiti. While Cyprien worked as an anesthesiologist in Orlando, Fla., her sister was in Haiti. After the earthquake hit, Borno was trapped under rubble outside Haiti’s Ministry of Education building, where she worked. She survived, but both her hands were crushed. Like so many other Haitian doctors and nurses who live abroad, the 43-year-old Cyprien, who left her hometown of Delmas at age 16, showed no hesitation in going back to assist victims of the earthquake. She worked with French medical staff to help build a makeshift hospital and conduct surgeries without basic medical resources such as oxygen equipment. Five days after the quake, Cyprien reunited with her sister, 56. Unable to get immediate treatment, Borno’s hands became infected with gangrene and had to be amputated. Cyprien helped her sister by administering anesthesia. “If I did not attend her during that time, she would have died of gangrene,” said the doctor, who took her sister to Orlando for further treatment. Weeks later, Borno returned to Haiti hoping to resume her job as assistant director of the education ministry. Emigrant Haitians show solidarity Haiti has a population of more than 9 million, with about 3 million more nationals living outside the country, mainly in the United States, France, the Dominican Republic and the Antilles islands, Agence France-Presse reported. Eighty-three percent of the country’s professionals live abroad, according to Raymond Joseph, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States. After the earthquake, the Haitian community living outside the country saw an urgent need to become involved in reconstruction efforts. “The Haitian people are very resilient; one lesson they have learned is to stick together,” Joseph said. Since the catastrophe, the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad has worked to funnel aid from families outside the country to relatives back home, many of whom survive on remittances. Created in 1995, the ministry encourages participation of Haitian nationals abroad in the country’s development efforts. Edwin Paraison, head of the ministry, estimated about 1,400 Haitian professionals traveled to Haiti during the first six weeks after the quake to provide relief, according to The New York Times. This includes medical professionals and engineers. The Haitian-American Association of Engineers and Scientists spent days inspecting bridges and building sanitation systems for displacement camps. Meanwhile, the nonprofit Haitian League offered medical assistance, food, transportation and counseling from its o#ces in Haiti, the organization’s President Bernier Lauredan said. He thinks the role of the Haitian community abroad is crucial for the immediate recovery of Haiti. “They know the culture. They know the country. This is still their country and [there] could be no reconstruction done without [them].” Lauredan, who left Haiti almost 50 years ago at age 16, traveled from his home in New Jersey to the island twice during the first month after the quake. In 2003, he helped establish the Haitian League, which gathers Haitian descendants throughout 20 cities in the United States and Canada. The Haitian League and 16 other organizations took part in the Haitian Diaspora Forum held by the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., in March 2010. The conference was held to engage émigrés in Haiti’s government efforts to rebuild. One of the recommendations from the forum was to ensure that firms contracted in Haiti hire Haitian workers to “reverse the brain drain by expanding human capital that will, in turn, attract foreign investment.” “We encourage all Haitians to continue working for the long-term development of Haiti,” Paraison said during the inauguration of the forum. Patriotic responsibility Cyprien believes Haitians must become actively involved in rebuilding the country. “I think it is irresponsible to not see yourself as part of this whole thing [reconstruction] … It is not a matter of choice anymore,” she said. Her sister agrees. Borno said it is important for professionals in Haiti to stay in their country. Cyprien is considering moving back to Haiti with the rest of her family after retiring in 10 years. For now, she will continue using her medical expertise toward volunteering a few times a year. By Dialogo April 01, 2010 WOW! Finally! Bethye C.M., Ginette C. and I have been wondering where we could find our Beloved Marie-Lourdes. And by making a Google Search under Marie Lourdes Cyprien’s name, we found this article. We have felt so sorry for our Friend. And it’s a joy to see a smile on her face despite this situation. Cyp, we love you, we can’t stop thinking about you. We want to see you as soon as possible, and most of all, we pray every day for you. Be assured that we do not forget you. You are in our hearts every minute of our life. Love and Kisses. Joelle last_img read more

HSV 2 Swift Departs For Southern Partnership Station 2010

first_imgBy Dialogo May 10, 2010 High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2), along with various embarked Navy and Marine Corps units, departed Naval Station Mayport May 5 for a five-month deployment for Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2010. While in port, Swift received 140 Project Handclasp pallets and two fire engines. The Wisconsin National Guard State Partnership Program donated the fire engines to Project Handclasp for transportation to Nicaragua, their partner nation. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that accepts and transports educational, humanitarian and goodwill material on a space-available basis aboard U.S. Navy ships for distribution to foreign nation recipients. SPS is an annual deployment of various specialty platforms in the Caribbean and Latin America. The mission’s primary goal is information sharing with navies, coast guards, and civilian services throughout the region. A compliment of U.S. Navy Sailors and Marines embarked on Swift will conduct training and subject matter expert (SME) exchanges with partner nations in the region. During the SPS deployment, Swift will visit Barbados, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, and Suriname. COMUSNAVSO is the naval component command for USSOUTHCOM and is responsible for all naval personnel and assets in the AOR. COMUSNAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the U.S. Maritime Strategy, including Theater Security Cooperation, relationship building, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, community relations, and counter-illicit trafficking operations.last_img read more

Chile: Bielsa Sends Jersey To Former Soccer Player Trapped In Mine

first_imgBy Dialogo August 27, 2010 The coach of the Chilean national soccer team, the Argentine Marcelo Bielsa, sent a jersey signed by him and by the team’s stars to former soccer player Franklin Lobos, one of the thirty-three miners trapped in the San José mine, his daughter told AFP. Carolina Lobos, daughter of the former local league player, who was briefly on the national team, said that members of the Soccer Players’ Union arranged for him to receive a jersey signed by Bielsa, goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, and midfielders Matías Fernández, Jorge Valdivia, and Carlos Carmona, among others. “My dad is going to be happy that Bielsa sent him the jersey. He has a great deal of respect for Bielsa as a coach and for everything that he’s done for the team,” Carolina commented to AFP. The jersey, according to her account, will be sent to her father inside the mine, where he has been trapped seven hundred meters underground, together with thirty-two comrades, since 5 August. It was only on Sunday, after seventeen days without contact, that communication with the group of miners was achieved through a small borehole. Liquid food has been sent to them through this route, and it is expected that they will also receive rolled-up clothing in the next few hours. Franklin Lobos, fifty-five years old, was on the same team as Iván Zamorano in the local league and had only been working at the San José mine for three months, as a driver.last_img read more

Panama To Continue Seeking Alternatives for Fight against Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo March 28, 2012 Panama will continue engaging in dialogue with the remaining Central American countries in order to reach consensus on the fight against drug trafficking, although it opposes decriminalizing drugs, Foreign Minister Roberto Henríquez announced on March 26. “We’re always going to continue to be a part of the dialogue,” because in Central America, “concerns are arising in terms of how to tackle this fight and to what extent the fight against drug trafficking is being effective and whether we’re winning it or not,” Henríquez said. The Central American presidents will meet again in Guatemala on April 11 and 12 in order to continue discussing new strategies to combat the drug trafficking that is plaguing the region, according to Honduran President Porfirio Lobo. A presidential-level meeting called for that purpose by the Guatemalan head of state, Otto Pérez, in his country Saturday, was attended only by the host and his counterparts from Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, and Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla. At the meeting, Pérez put forward a position in favor of decriminalizing drugs in order to reduce crimes linked to drug trafficking, which was not supported by his peers. On March 26, Henríquez reiterated that Panama “does not believe in decriminalizing drugs, neither their use nor much less their trafficking,” although he acknowledged that “it’s necessary to really evaluate the issue and see whether there are other options that might enable us to be more efficient and successful in this difficult fight against drug trafficking.” In Guatemala, the Central American presidents will seek a consensus position to take to the Summit of the Americas that will be held in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) on April 14 and 15. “Never talking about issues that are important for the region, whether agreement or consensus is reached or not, is going to be a failure. Those attempts are always valuable,” Henríquez said.last_img read more