In the case of missing people across the United States, one thing is clear — missing people of color are not granted as much attention by the media or police as missing white people, despite people of color going missing at disproportionately high rates.Although this fact may seem obvious because of systemic racism, statistics — or the lack of — detail a much grimmer situation.The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimated in 2017 that, of 613,000 people who went missing, people of color made up about 60 percent.Although Black children make up around 14 percent of all children in the U.S., 37 percent of missing children — more than one-third of missing children in the country — are Black, according to CNN. (tinyurl.com/vys4t4d)Black people as a whole make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population. But in 2018, more than 30 percent of missing people in the country were Black. (tinyurl.com/sd6a6fx)Because the FBI groups white and Latinx children together, it is difficult to know how many Latinx children are currently missing — one estimate says about 20 percent of missing children are Latinx.For Indigenous women in the U.S., the federal government (nor any state or local government) does not even collect statistics for those who are missing or murdered, reports Pacific Standard magazine. No national database exists for Indigenous nations to report women who are missing. (tinyurl.com/sbq7vu9)Despite the FBI claiming in 2016 that around 5,712 Indigenous women were missing around the country, the federal missing persons’ database at the Department of Justice has only 116 of those 5,712 women listed.According to Ms. Magazine (Dec. 2), the very few statistics that do exist around Indigenous women show that 97 percent of Indigenous women who had faced physical and/or sexual violence were victimized by non-Indigenous perpetrators. (tinyurl.com/uznv49r)Because federal law limits Indigenous tribes from criminally prosecuting non-Indigenous offenders on tribal lands, Indigenous women rarely receive justice for the crimes committed against them.It is also important to note that all these numbers of missing people are only estimates, and the actual number of missing people of color is likely much higher.Racism of police; media intensifies anguishAnother concern for the loved ones of missing people of color is the lack of care by police departments.Some people of color are hesitant to call the police after a loved one goes missing, for fear of unintended consequences because of the long history of racism by police departments.For example, some im/migrant families hesitate to call the police because they fear being reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.Police departments are also quick to label missing people of color as runaways, despite no evidence pointing toward disproportionate numbers of people of color “running away.” A significant number of missing children of color are homeless or in foster care and may end up in sex-trafficking rings, according to Natalie Wilson, a founder of the Black and Missing Foundation.Media coverage of missing people of color is also a reflection of the entrenched racist system that police adhere to. Only about one-fifth of the 30 percent of Black people missing nationwide is covered by the news, according to CNN.In a 2015 study exposing the coverage of missing children, media only made reference to missing Black kids about 7 percent of the time. A similar study centered around Indigenous women shows that very few cases of missing Indigenous women are covered on the news.Economic factors play a role in the lack of attention as well. Some families of color may not have the resources to hire a private investigator to search for their loved one after police do a poor, or no, search. The economic necessity of having to go to work to keep a job also allows for less time that a working-class family member could be searching.Institutionalized racism in the U.S. rears its ugly head again when it comes to Black and Brown people who have disappeared. Racism prevents Black and Brown people from receiving the justice and attention they need. One response to this alarming situation would be for concerned communities to make the issue of missing people of color a key part of their plan to combat racism at a local level. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan February 21, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists physically attacked during election campaign ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Armenia June 8, 2021 Find out more News ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders called today for the punishment of those responsible for attacking or obstructing three journalists as they were covering the presidential election campaign in Erevan on 19 February. “The authorities must take these incidents seriously,” it said. “The journalists were simply doing their job.” The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said the election victory of former prime minister Serge Sarkassian was up to international standards but improvement was needed.When journalist Lusine Barsegian, of the opposition paper Aikakan Jamanak, took photos of ballot-box stuffing and non-secret voting at a polling station, she was beaten by two men who seized her camera and dictaphone after she refused to leave. Witnesses, including a police official, failed to intervene and she was hospitalised. A legal inquiry has been opened.Samvel Avagyan, who works for the daily paper Haik, had his dictaphone snatched from him when he tried to question people in a bus taking them to polling stations after being given ballot papers by police near a market. Cameraman Ovsep Ovsepian, of the TV station A1+, was attacked as he got out of his car by thugs who seized his recordings and tried to smash his camera. He was insulted by one of the attackers who spotted a leaflet of opposition candidate Levon Ter-Petrossian in the car. April 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further News Organisation News November 11, 2020 Find out more Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh
Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Nasrullah Afridi, a leading journalist in the Tribal Areas, was killed yesterday in the northwestern city of Peshawar by a powerful bomb planted in his car, which he had parked in an area where many news media are located. Normally based in Bara, in the Khyber Agency tribal area, Afridi had moved to nearby Peshawar after being threatened by militants.“We offer our condolences to Afridi’s family and friends,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This targeted bombing has yet again highlighted the dangers that journalists run in Pakistan, even when close to their news organizations. We urge the authorities to carry out a thorough investigation and to do everything possible to end the vicious cycle of impunity.”The press freedom organisation added: “The violence to which journalists are exposed, regardless of the region where they work, is making it impossible for the media to function properly. If journalists are not killed when out reporting, they are exposed to reprisals after their stories are published, and those responsible are almost never caught.” News PakistanAsia – Pacific News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Organisation Police said the bomb was set off by remote control when Afridi returned to his car, which he had parked outside the Khyber Super Market. This was confirmed by eye-witnesses questioned by Reporters Without Borders. The blast shattered the windows of several news media that have offices nearby.The correspondent of the Urdu-language daily Mashriq, Afridi had made a lot of enemies by writing articles critical of certain political groups in the Bara area of Khyber Agency. No group claimed responsibility for the bombing but colleagues told Reporters Without Borders they suspected the militant group Lashkar-e-Islam, which had threatened him several times. RSF_en Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists to go further Video report about Nasrullah Afridi’s murder (by Iqbal Khattak): April 21, 2021 Find out more News Yesterday’s bombing came just nine days after two journalists – ARY News correspondent Jehangir Aslam and Abdul Wahid Baloch, who works for the provincial government’s press office – were wounded by shots fired by two men on a motor-cycle in an apparent murder attempt on 1 May in Turbat, in the southwestern province of Balochistan.“We had not received any threats,” Baloch said, adding that Aslam, who sustained gunshot wounds to the chest, was now out of danger. No group has claimed responsibility for the shooting. Balochistan chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani condemned the attack and ordered the police to quickly identify and arrest the gunmen.Four journalists – Samar Abbas and Asif Mirza of Dawn News and Wasim Malik and Liaqat Abbasi of Samaa TV – were meanwhile beaten in Islamabad on 27 April by the security guards of Zarei Tarakiati Bank Ltd (ZTBL), one of Pakistan’s biggest banks, when they went to cover an attempt by the staff of a pension fund to recover funds owed by the bank. The attack on the reporters was allegedly ordered by ZTBL president Zaka Ashraf in person. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani ordered information minister Firdos Ashiq Awan to carry out a thorough investigation into the incident. Two bank officials and three security guards have been arrested.When the prime minister passed through Paris on 5 May, Reporters Without Borders handed him a report on press freedom violations in Pakistan and told him that the safety of journalists should be a priority for his government.Ranked 151st out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Pakistan has seen many cases of violence against journalists in the past year. Afridi’s murder brings to 15 the number of journalists killed in the past 14 months. June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News May 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tribal Areas journalist killed in Peshawar by bomb planted in car Help by sharing this information PakistanAsia – Pacific January 28, 2021 Find out more
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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A prisoner set to be deported escaped from Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at JFK Airport in Queens, and fled by hailing a cab, security footage shows.The man in custody was being held because of a weapons arrest. He ran away from agents in Terminal 4 around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to WABC-TV in New York.The prisoner allegedly fled when agents removed his handcuffs so he could pass through a security screening and be escorted onto a plane.He was last seen on surveillance footage escaping in a taxi.The Port Authority released a statement after the incident: “An individual being transported by federal immigration officials at JFK Airport last night eluded custody during transfer to a connecting flight. A check of video cameras by authorities showed the individual left the airport in a cab. Federal authorities would know if he is still at large. He was not taken into custody in the airport by [Port Authority Police Department].”This is a breaking story. Please check back for updates.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMilford InvitationalMILFORD, Utah-Saturday, various Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network schools and student-athletes competed at the Milford Invitational.The Kanab boys won the team title with 135 points. The Cowboys were followed by second-place North Sevier (74 points), third-place Millard (64 points), fourth-place Beaver (60 points), fifth-place Bryce Valley (55.5 points), sixth-place Gunnison Valley (55 points), seventh-place Tabiona (47 points), eighth-place Milford (43 points), ninth-place Pinnacle (22.5 points), 10th-place South Sevier (19 points), 11th place Piute (9 points) and 12th place Telos (5 points).Milford’s girls won the team title on their home track with 125 points. Millard placed second with 114 points. They were followed by third-place Kanab (87 points), fourth-place Beaver (70 points), fifth-place Bryce Valley (39 points), sixth-place North Sevier (38 points), seventh-place Gunnison Valley (35 points), eighth-place South Sevier (31 points), ninth-place Valley (12 points), 10th-place ALA (9 points), 11th-place Delta (7 points) and 12th-place Tabiona (6 points).All Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network student-athletes who placed in the top 8 in any event will appear in bold type.Boys 100-Meter DashTravis Stewart-Kanab 11.21Bret Beebe-Milford 11.23Porter Marr-South Sevier 11.66Carson Thornock-South Sevier 11.68Luke Browning-Kanab 11.69Daxota Maxfield-Millard 11.84Jack Hansen-Gunnison Valley 12.03Girls 100-Meter DashKaizlee Bringhurst-South Sevier 13.47Haylee Erickson-Beaver 13.53Paige James-Milford 13.60Alexa Walker-Milford 13.72Mikelle Church-Kanab 13.83Oakley King-Millard 13.88Jaci Huntington-Kanab 13.93Madysen Griffiths-Milford 13.97Boys 200-Meter DashBret Beebe-Milford 23.10Kade Stewart-Tabiona 23.60Brayden Angell-Beaver 24.20Miles Roberts-Bryce Valley 24.37Carson Thornock-South Sevier 24.50Hunter Carter-Beaver 24.72Girls 200-Meter DashHaylee Erickson-Beaver 27.93Mary DeGraffenried-Millard 27.96Kaydee Marshall-Beaver 28.53Jaci Huntington-Kanab 28.56Lizzy Despain-Millard 29.05Boys 400-Meter DashTravis Stewart-Kanab 53.27Miles Roberts-Bryce Valley 53.37Landen Hardy-Pinnacle 54.89Hunter Carter-Beaver 55.24Blake Vellinga-South Sevier 56.22Jesse James-Piute 57.21Luke Browning-Kanab 58.26Westyn Clark-Bryce Valley 1:00.09Girls 400-Meter DashBrooklyn Syrett-Bryce Valley 1:07.68Sydney Braman-Millard 1:08.12Emrey Kabonic-Kanab 1:10.29Tiana Jonsson-Gunnison Valley 1:10.60Kezli Floyd-Bryce Valley 1:10.97Kaizlee Bringhurst-South Sevier 1:11.97Tayleah Spaulding-Milford 1:13.19Bradi Gates-Bryce Valley 1:16.46Girls 100-Meter HurdlesPaige James-Milford 17.68Brynley Wunderlich-Milford 17.93NayVee Williams-Milford 18.15Jessica Shewmaker-Kanab 18.23Tiffany Tervort-ALA 19.26Janae Jenkins-Tabiona 19.31Caroline Giddings-Kanab 19.31Caleigh Nelson-North Sevier 19.43Boys 110-Meter HurdlesSaxton Unsworth-Kanab 17.44Tate Goble-North Sevier 17.73Mitchell Wagner-Tabiona 19.66Jon Willden-Kanab 20.75Jacob Johnson-North Sevier 21.05Noah Button-Kanab 21.31Hesston Thomas-Tabiona 21.43Lincoln Fullmer-Millard 21.85Girls 300-Meter HurdlesKara Camp-Millard 49.15Kinley Spaulding-Milford 49.36Paige James-Milford 52.11Tiffany Tervort-ALA 52.13Camdyn Gamble-Millard 53.29Jessica Shewmaker-Kanab 53.2Brynley Wunderlich-Milford 54.05Kailey Thurman-Millard 54.27Boys 300-Meter HurdlesSaxton Unsworth-Kanab 44.17Zachary Stewart-Gunnison Valley 44.84Mitchell Wagner-Tabiona 46.86Tate Goble-North Sevier 47.01Jackson Clark-Kanab 49.21Hesston Thomas-Tabiona 49.58Jacob Johnson-North Sevier 50.41Jet Hill-Gunnison Valley 50.71Boys 800 Meter RunBrock Syrett-Bryce Valley 2:13.59Tate Goble-North Sevier 2:19.35Daxton Jones-Kanab 2:21.24John Ahlstrom-Bryce Valley 2:21.52Koby Yardley-Beaver 2:21.95Jesse James-Piute 2:24.57Damon Christensen-Millard 2:25.59Taiven Cluff-Milford 2:27.24Girls 800 Meter RunKara Camp-Millard 2:35.85Karla McCoy-North Sevier 2:57.79Cydnee Castagno-Kanab 2:59.10Josie Willden-Gunnison Valley 3:00.27Imogene Cazares-Millard 3:01.66Sydnee Brunson-Millard 3:02.42Brooklyn Goble-North Sevier 3:02.89Sarah Liddiard-Gunnison Valley 3:04.02Boys 1600 Meter RunNathan Bowman-Kanab 4:47.04Brock Syrett-Bryce Valley 4:52.06Keaton Hallows-North Sevier 4:53.09Michael Ralphs-Millard 4:57.66Camden Moat-Millard 4:59.52Tyson Brinkerhoff-Kanab 5:09.56John Alhstrom-Bryce Valley 5:18.36Robby Levy-Telos 5:24.11Girls 1600 Meter RunWhytney Stoddard-Milford 6:22.32Kezli Floyd-Bryce Valley 6:31.85Imogen Cazares-Millard 6:38.69Ciarra Anderson-North Sevier 6:38.77Cydnee Castagno-Kanab 6:45.83Sarah Liddiard-Gunnison Valley 6:52.32Kiauna Hodges-Beaver 6:54.28Bradi Gates-Bryce Valley 6:58.23Boys 3200 Meter RunNathan Bowman-Kanab 10:20.29Michael Ralphs-Millard 10:32.87Keaton Hallows-North Sevier 10:43.45Tyson Brinkerhoff-Kanab 10:48.56John Ahlstrom-Bryce Valley 11:11.18Koby Yardley-Beaver 11:23.09Taiven Cluff-Milford 11:23.26Kydon Davis-Milford 11:24.26Girls 3200 Meter RunKinley Spaulding-Milford 12:32.41Whytney Stoddard-Milford 13:52.86Bradi Gates-Bryce Valley 14:27.40Ashtyn Bowles-Beaver 15:24.75Boys High JumpMiles Roberts-Bryce Valley 6-00.00Jack Hansen-Gunnison Valley 5-11.00Harley Hill-Gunnison Valley 5-08.00Tate Gale-Beaver 5-07.00Kade Stewart-Tabiona 5-05.00Jackson Clark-Kanab 5-05.00Treyson Roberts-Bryce Valley 5-03.00/Michael Schmitz-Pinnacle 5-03.00Girls High JumpMikelle Church-Kanab 5-00.00Kinley Spaulding-Milford 4-09.00Madi Orton-Kanab 4-06.00Karley Swallow-Millard 4-06.00Hailey Bramon-Millard 4-06.00Paiton Lazenby-Tabiona 4-06.00Sydney Braman-Millard/Kailey Thurman-Millard 4-04.00Boys Long JumpKade Stewart-Tabiona 19-03.50Tate Goble-North Sevier 19-03.50Luke Browning-Kanab 18-10.25Brayden Angell-Beaver 18-07.00Dakota Maxfield-Millard 18-05.75Travis Stewart-Kanab 18-05.75Jack Hansen-Gunnison Valley 18-05.00Westyn Clark-Bryce Valley 18-04.25Girls Long JumpJaci Huntington-Kanab 15-07.50Brooklyn Syrett-Bryce Valley 15-06.00Kara Camp-Millard 15-05.50Mikelle Church-Kanab 15-01.25Mary DeGraffenried-Millard 15-01.00Audrey Camp-Millard 14-08.25Madi Orton-Kanab 14-05.50Savannah Chadburn-Beaver 14-04.75Boys Shot PutBraeden Stein-Kanab 50-10.75Zachary Stewart-Gunnison Valley 42-09.50Christian Winder-Pinnacle 38-02.75Michael Warino-Kanab 36-11.00Nate Benson-Beaver 36-07.00Karsen Button-Kanab 36-06.75Trayson Brown-Beaver 35-11.25Blaine Anderson-North Sevier 34-05.50Girls Shot PutKaydee Marshall-Beaver 33-07.00Abby Bateman-Kanab 32-02.50Madysen Griffiths-Milford 31-11.75JaLeana Tsosie-Milford 30-11.25Kaylee Hafen-Beaver 30-00.50Morgan Blackburn-South Sevier 30-00.00NayVee Williams-Milford 28-10.75Kezli Floyd-Bryce Valley 28-04.75Boys DiscusBraeden Stein-Kanab 130-01Mitchell Wagner-Tabiona 104-03.50Trayson Brown-Beaver 103-08Braxton Bond-Millard 101-05.50Rhyder Ambrose-Milford 99-09Blake Barnes-Milford 96-10.75Nate Benson-Beaver 93-03Karsen Button-Kanab 93-02Girls DiscusMorgan Blackburn-South Sevier 108-05.25Heidi Thurman-Millard 92-00Alex Kirkland-Delta 88-01Annie Bateman Kanab 88-08.50Kaylee Hafen-Beaver 87-04Alaina Barney-North Sevier 75-08.25Trishna Nielson-North Sevier 75-07.25Kimber Reeve-Valley 73-05.25Boys JavelinBraxton Bond-Millard 156-02Hunter Carter-Beaver 143-04Taggert Harris-Beaver 134-09Stetson Motte-Pinnacle 129-00Christian Winder-Pinnacle 125-09Brannigan Winckel-Piute 123-00Karsen Button-Kanab 122-11Davian Gillins-Beaver 119-06Girls JavelinKaydee Marshall-Beaver 109-07Kimber Reeve-Valley 99-07JaLeana Tsosie-Milford 97-02Morgan Blackburn-South Sevier 93-06Jessie Reidhead-Kanab 93-09Brittyn Heaton-Valley 90-09Heidi Thurman-Millard 87-04Emily Johnson-Delta 86-10Boys 4 x 100 FinalsGunnison Valley Bulldogs 46.68 (Cody Hammond, Jet Hill, Carson Yardley, Zachary Stewart)North Sevier Wolves 46.75 (Caleb Madsen, Greyson Bennett, Blaine Anderson, Kamden Sailing)Millard Eagles 48.95 (Jacob Despain, Wade Brunson, Hunter Rodriguez, Dakota Maxfield)Kanab Cowboys 49.06 (William Francom, Daxton Jones, Luke Browning, Travis Stewart)Telos Titans 51.78 (Owen Thornburg, Dylan James, Jonathan Rakowski, Lukas Simmons)Girls 4 x 100 FinalsBeaver Beavers 54.66 (Savannah Chadburn, Kaydee Marshall, Haylee Marshall, Haylee Erickson)Gunnison Valley Bulldogs 57.66 (Addilyn Anderson, Tiana Jonsson, Tyra Pierce, Kalie Whitlock)Milford Tigers 57.78 (Santana Sedillo, JaLeana Tsosie, Alexa Walker, Marley Underlich)North Sevier Wolves 59.69 (Caleigh Nelson, Rilee Mason, Trishna Nielson, Karla McCoy)Boys 4 x 400 FinalsNorth Sevier Wolves 3:53.19 (Caleb Madsen, Keaton Hallows, Ethan Fielding, Greyson Bennett)Milford Tigers 3:57.18 (Luke Finicum, Blake Barnes, Treyton Rose, Bret Beebe)Millard Eagles 4:01.25 (Dakota Maxfield, Jacob Despain, Wade Brunson, Damon Christensen)Gunnison Valley Bulldogs 4:06.56 (Antonio Jaime, Kyler Jensen, Andreas Valencia, Jon Willden)Girls 4 x 400 FinalsMilford Tigers 4:34.90 (Brynley Wunderlich, Paige James, Kinley Spaulding, Madysen Griffiths)Millard Eagles 4:38.18 (Kara Camp, Audrey Camp, Lizzy Despain, Kailey Thurman)North Sevier Wolves 4:56.90 (Brooklyn Goble, Ciarra Anderson, Caleigh Nelson, Hannah Riggs)Gunnison Valley Bulldogs 5:23.56 (Kiya Hilton, Kree Hilton, Abbigail Hayes, Hannah Shell)Boys Sprint Medley FinalsMillard Eagles 4:13.68 (Wade Brunson, Sam Rasmussen, Conner Hem, Camden Moat)North Sevier Wolves 4:23.96 (Kamden Saling, Coy Shaw, Caliber Nielson, Jacob Johnson)Milford Tigers 4:25.53 (Drayton Blackburn, Dylan Ferguson, Taiven Cluff, Hunter Stewart)Girls Sprint Medley FinalsMillard Eagles 5:05.61 (Oakley King, Sadie Jensen, Sydney Braman, Camdyn GambleGunnison Valley Bulldogs 5:32.86 (Jacqueline Jensen, Sarah Liddiard, Josie Willden, Monsera Vargas)North Sevier Wolves 6:18.52 (Karla McCoy, Trishna Nielson, Breanna Anderson, Makiah Croft) Written by Brad James April 10, 2021 /Sports News – Local Milford Invitational Track & Field Meet Results In Victory For Kanab, Milford
The project was completed with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety guidelines and the crew is now demobilizing to the North Sea for previously announced work in late Q2 Axxis Geo Solutions completes OBN survey in the Middle East. (Credit: Nico Franz from Pixabay) Axxis Geo Solutions ASA (OSE: AGS) is pleased to announce the completion of both the primary and extended portions of its ocean-bottom nodes (OBN) project in the Middle East.The project was completed with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety guidelines and the crew is now demobilizing to the North Sea for previously announced work in late Q2. Since the start of the year the crew has safely operated for more than 350,000 man hours.“This contract marks another milestone for AGS entering a new country and performing a difficult project with all the normal complexities, plus COVID-19 issues,” said Lee Parker, AGS CEO.“Despite the current downturn in the industry, AGS continues to be awarded work by utilizing its asset-light operational model coupled with best-in-class operational excellence”, adds Parker. Source: Company Press Release
Indiana currently has no high school field hockey teams. Former OCHS standout and Indiana University player and grad, Danielle McNally, has started a club in Indiana – Crossroads Field Hockey Club – to bring field hockey to the youth of the state. They are hosting a free youth clinic November 18th for girls in grades 4-7 and are in need of new or gently used field hockey sticks.Sticks can be dropped off through November 10th at the home of Dave Allegretto – 9 Arkansas Avenue, Ocean City and the sticks will be mailed to Indiana to support the youth program. The AtlantiCare Foundation is supporting the effort and will cover the shipping costs.Field Hockey has taught many about dedication, hard work and the power of working together as a team. The game has given Ocean City players and the community much to celebrate and a donation will afford others the opportunity to love and learn from the sport.For more information contact Dave Allegretto at 609-602-1662 or [email protected] The 2014 Alumni Game
An ex-offender has opened a second branch of her Manchester artisan bakery, The Barker Baker.As reported by the Manchester Evening News, Francesca Barker’s new bakery is located in Northern Quarter shopping emporium Afflecks. It opened just six months after her first site in Littleborough, Manchester, and sells a range of artisan breads, brownies and sandwiches.Barker narrowly avoided prison over two years ago after being convicted of fraud and instead discovered a passion for bakery while on a probation course. She now tries to give others a second chance by employing a number of ex-convicts and runs bakery workshops and food education classes in partnership with probation services and women’s centres.She is also laying down plans to take the business further by opening a café in Hare Hill House, Littleborough, which volunteers are turning into a community, arts and micro-business centre.Barker said: “I love Afflecks and, as much as I love Littleborough, it’s great to have a totally different clientele. It’s a bit younger and it has challenged me to think outside the box a bit.“Things are getting bigger and better every day and it just goes to show that just making bread whilst on probation can change your life.”
A new study sheds light on the connection between the gut and the brain by defining pathways that may help guide therapies for multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurologic diseases.The study, conducted by investigators from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), was published this month in Nature.Using both animal models and human cells from patients, researchers untangled the complex interplay that allows the byproducts of microorganisms living in the gut to influence the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. This enabled them to tease out the key players involved in the gut-brain connection as well as in the crosstalk between immune cells and brain cells. This current study is the first to report on how microbial products may act directly on microglia to prevent inflammation.“These findings provide a clear understanding of how the gut impacts central nervous system resident cells in the brain,” said corresponding author Francisco Quintana of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at BWH. “Now that we have an idea of the players involved, we can begin to go after them to develop new therapies.”The new research focuses on the influence of gut microbes on two types of cells that play major roles in the central nervous system (CNS): microglia and astrocytes. Microglia are an integral part of the body’s immune system, responsible for scavenging the CNS and getting rid of plaques, damaged cells, and other materials that need to be cleared. But microglia can also secrete compounds that induce neurotoxic properties on the star-shaped brain cells known as astrocytes. This damage is thought to contribute to many neurologic diseases, including multiple sclerosis.Brigham researchers have previously explored the gut-brain connection to gain insights into multiple sclerosis. Although some studies have examined how byproducts from organisms living in the gut may promote inflammation in the brain, the current study is the first to report on how microbial products may act directly on microglia to prevent inflammation. The team reports that the byproducts that microbes produce when they break down dietary tryptophan — an amino acid found in turkey and other foods — may limit inflammation in the brain through their influence on microglia.To conduct their study, the research team examined gut microbes and the influence of changes in diet in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis. They found that compounds resulting from the breakdown of tryptophan can cross the blood-brain barrier, activating an anti-inflammatory pathway that limits neurodegeneration. The researchers also studied human multiple sclerosis brain samples, finding evidence of the same pathway and players.Activation of this same pathway has recently been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and glioblastoma. The Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases brings experts together to accelerate treatment for these diseases, as well as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.“It is likely the mechanisms we’ve uncovered are relevant for other neurologic diseases in addition to multiple sclerosis,” said Quintana, who is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. “These insights could guide us toward new therapies for MS and other diseases.”Quintana and his colleagues plan to further study the connections to neurologic diseases, and are also optimizing small molecules as well as probiotics to identify additional elements that participate in the pathway and new therapies.This work was supported by grants NS087867, ES02530, AI126880, and AI093903 from the National Institutes of Health; RSG-14-198-01-LIB from the American Cancer Society; RG4111A1 and JF2161-A-5 from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; the International Progressive MS Alliance; an educational grant from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals (A219074); a fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG RO4866 1/1); the BMBF-funded competence network of multiple sclerosis (KKNMS); the Sobek-Stiftung; the DFG (SFB 992, SFB1140, SFB/TRR167, Reinhart-Koselleck-Grant); and the Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts, Baden-Wuerttemberg. The authors declare no competing financial interests.