Monday, October 01, 2018

Investorideas.com - Allen Youth Center, Pine Ridge Reservation, goes #SOLAR

Investorideas.com - Allen Youth Center, Pine Ridge Reservation, goes #SOLAR



Allen Youth Center, Pine Ridge Reservation, goes #SOLAR


October 1, 2018 (Investorideas.com Newswire) A beacon of light shining for the Allen Youth Center located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
On November 10, 2014 One Spirit opened the Allen Youth Center in Pine Ridge Reservation. It was the first, and only, youth center built. Although the temperature was 20 degrees and it was snowing, the community was celebrating. The building and programs have been monumental for Lakota youth, a recognition that they are the future of the Lakota nation and that they will have the help they need to carry forward the traditions and responsibilities of their people. The center has grown strong, providing mentorship, study areas, tutoring, recreation, food and counseling in a welcoming place that lures youth away from drugs, alcohol and gangs.
NOW on October 5, 2018 - the Allen Youth Center goes SOLAR!
Everybody Solar, an award-winning solar energy nonprofit, has fully installed an 18.4 kW solar array with two Tesla Powerall storage batteries for fellow nonprofit One Spirit. With the help of installer EcoWorks Inc, the system is up and running and will save the Allen Youth Center approximately $1,500 in electricity costs, produce over 28,000 kilowatt-hours of clean energy annually and avert 38,800 lbs. of carbon-dioxide from entering the atmosphere annually for the next 25 years.
Everybody Solar successfully met its fundraising goal of $53,400 to complete the project through its crowdsourcing portal, along with equipment donations of 62 high-performance JinkoSolar JKM310P-72 modules and a generous $32,900 grant from the Rural Development Division of the USDA which pushed the campaign past the finish line.
Monday, October 8th, 2018  will be the official ribbon cutting ceremony in conjunction with Native American Day at the Allen Youth Center. Please join us-the youth center is located at Tower Rd., Allen, SD 57114 as we celebrate the new solar array. We hope you can join us for our celebration.
** For inquiries, contacts are above - additional information provided below**
Jeri Baker, One Spirit Director / Youness Scally, Everybody Solar Executive Director
Organization History:
About Everybody Solar
Everybody Solar is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, CA. They work to protect the environment and strengthen U.S. communities through solar energy projects. By providing solar power to local charities, they help these organizations reduce electricity costs and direct their limited resources to the communities they serve. Everybody Solar is a charitable organization and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the public to perform its mission. Visit them online at http://www.everybodysolar.org, like them at http://www.facebook.com/everybodysolar, or tweet at them at www.twitter.com/everybodysolar.
About One Spirit
The One Spirit Mission is to assist the Lakota people in preserving and revitalizing the Lakota culture, language, and self-sufficiency while meeting the basic needs of Lakota families, children, and elders. We strive to cultivate an intercultural relationship that recognizes that we are all related and that American Indians are an equal and valued part of our society. The goal of all programs is to reduce or eliminate hunger, to replace the high school drop out and suicide rates among youth with an enthusiasm for learning and a pride in their Lakota heritage, and to provide protection from the winter cold that can drop to 40 below zero.
One Spirit is a federally registered non-profit 501(c)3 organization. To learn more about One Spirit, visit them online at http://nativeprogress.org Donations are tax deductible. 90% of all donations/contributions received are used for direct support of the Lakota programs. ONE Spirit is recognized by GuideStar, the primary resource for information about non-profits.
About JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.
JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 8 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 5 GW for solar cells, and 8 GW for solar modules, as of December 31, 2017.
JinkoSolar has over 12,000 employees across its 8 productions facilities globally, 16 oversea subsidiaries in Japan (2), Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia, South Africa and United Arab Emirates, and global sales teams in United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama and Argentina.
To find out more, please see: www.jinkosolar.com
Quotes/Additional Information:
Myriam Scally, Director of Operations and Development of Everybody Solar
"It has been an eye-opening experience working for and with the members of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to help make this project come to life. Knowing that Native Americans have historically faced many challenges when working with outsiders, Everybody Solar is grateful for the opportunity to help the Allen Community and appreciates the trust they instilled in us to bring this project to light for the Youth Center." said Myriam Scally, Director of Operations and Development of Everybody Solar. "We decided to go the extra mile and add batteries to the installation. On its own, having solar already means sustainability and savings, but by adding the battery storage, we can ensure continued electricity even during power outages - something we understand happens every year, especially during critical times of winter. We hope that having solar at the site will allow the Allen Youth Center to also serve as a sanctuary and shelter during emergencies," said Scally.
Jeri Baker, Director of One Spirit
"One Spirit offers invaluable programming to the Allen Community, including serving over 4,000 meals to youth annually. In an area so entrenched in poverty, every dollar counts. The $1,500 saved annually will allow us to increase our meal service programming, offer more activities to the youth, including maintaining cultural heritage alive."
Julie Gross, State Director, Rural Development, United States Department of Agriculture
"Rural Development is proud to be a part of this great project. Our mission is to help rural communities thrive and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Any time we can help finance projects like this that directly benefit rural America, we are more than happy to help. The cost savings associated with this project will help to offset energy costs and preserve the youth center's limited financial resources. Subsequently, this will be a great benefit to the youth and the communities that the center serves." USDA.
CONTACT:
Jeri Baker, One Spirit Director
Email: jbaker@nativeprogress.org
Phone: 570-460-6567
Youness Scally, Everybody Solar Executive Director
Email: youness@everybodysolar.org
Phone: 805-231-4816

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Media Invite: Meet the Oglala Lakota in South Dakota as they make a major step forward in food independence with Charging Buffalo Facility Grand Opening


Media Invite:  Meet the Oglala Lakota in South Dakota as they make a major step forward in food independence with Charging Buffalo Facility Grand Opening

Charging Buffalo Facility Grand Opening Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:00 a.m. Mountain, Pine Ridge, South Dakota

Bringing back the buffalo to the reservation; celebrate with dancing and drumming

ONE Spirit, a Native American service organization founded to assist and support American Indians, invites the press to the grand opening of the Charging Buffalo Facility. This is a major step in food independence and economic development in an area with some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates and where the teenage suicide rate is 3 1/2 times higher than the national average. But this is a story not about statistics; it’s about hope and progress and a return to a traditional food source that will nourish the Lakota with much more than food.
We invite you to come and see the beauty and culture of the Lakota and the pride of the people during this grand opening. You can learn about traditional meat carving, watch dancing and drumming, and get a tour of the Allen Youth Center and meet the next generation of Lakota.   


Buffalo have been critical to the survival of the Lakota people for hundreds of years. They were used not only as a source of food, but also for shelter, clothing, and tools. Today the buffalo stand as a symbol of hope and resilience.
The Lakota and One Spirit are working together to bring back the buffalo to Pine Ridge. With the buffalo, they can end hunger on the reservation.
The Bring Back the Buffalo Project will:
•Increase the buffalo herd on the reservation
•Set up a USDA-certified meat processing facility
•Make traditional meats available for the One Spirit Food Program
•Create local employment
•Keep funds on the reservation

When and where
Charging Buffalo Facility Grand Opening Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:00 a.m. Mountain
*Tour the first and only meat processing facility on Pine Ridge Reservation
*Tanning demo
*Dancing and drumming
*Buffalo burgers for lunch
*Donor Honoring Ceremony (hand-made star quilts given out to special donors)
*Press and visitors may also tour the Allen Youth Center**
Key facts:
Allen, South Dakota, has the dubious distinction of being, according to census figures, the poorest community in the United States. In 2016, approximately 93.5% of the population lived below the federal poverty line, with about half below 50% of that line. The population, listed in the 2010 census as 420 (with about 600 people total in the nearby area), endures roughly 85% unemployment. The grinding poverty (per capita income is less than $4000 annually) contributes to poor health, alcoholism, early death (men, about 48 years and women, about 52 years), elevated rates of suicide (among youth, about 20 times higher than the national average), a school dropout rate around 70%, and infant mortality at 5 times the national average. (Note: these statistics are from U.S. Census figures and Native News Online). 
*Directions to Charging Buffalo Facility: Shared route from Google Maps
From BIG BATS 1 PINE RIDGE to Charging Buffalo Facility via BIA Hwy 32.

Approximately 10 minutes (5.5 mi)

1. Head west on BIA Hwy 32 toward CC Yards Rd
2. Arrive at location: Charging Buffalo Facility

Visit 
https://goo.gl/maps/J5PwWGjWLgR2

**Allen Youth Center, Allen, SD






ONE Spirit is a Native American service organization founded to assist and support American Indians. We are proud to think of our organization, ONE Spirit, as a group of people who exchange friendship with American Indians. At present, our focus are the Oglala Lakota in South Dakota. We invite you to become part of ONE Spirit’s network of sponsors, partners, friends and volunteers, to dream with the Lakota people a new dream - and to help the dreams come alive!
Mission
We help the Lakota meet their basic needs and provide a culturally rich life for their youth. Our programs promote an intercultural relationship that recognizes that we are all related and that American Indians are an equal and valued part of our society. The goal of all programs is to reduce or eliminate hunger, to replace the high drop out and suicide rates among youth with an enthusiasm for learning and a pride in their Lakota heritage, and to provide protection from the winter cold that can drop to 40 below zero. 

To confirm attendance or get more details 
Contact info: Jeri Baker (570) 460-6567, jbaker@nativeprogress.org

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

More Evidence Links Fluoride to Thyroid Damage

Study Reveals More Proof Fluoridation Can Damage Human Thyroid Gland
 
Fluoride impairs thyroid hormones at lower water concentrations than dentists claim is safe, according to “Impact of Drinking Water Fluoride on Human Thyroid Hormones: A Case Control Study,” published in Scientific Reports (Feb 2018).
 
Left untreated an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can cause several health problems, such as obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease. (Mayo Clinic)
 
Researchers, Kheradpisheh et al., compared people with hypothyroidism to those without thyroid disease and found that fluoride in drinking water impairs thyroid hormones even at 0.5 milligrams per Liter (mg/L) – less than the US government and organized dentistry’s recommendation of 0.7 mg/L to ostensibly reduce tooth decay.
 
Many municipalities still artificially fluoridate up to 1.2 mg/L – the old guidelines – which contributes to the growing dental fluorosis epidemic (discolored teeth).
 
In fact, “Some studies have discovered the relation between dental fluorosis and thyroid disease,” write Kheradpisheh’s team.
 
They write “The major finding of this study is that TSH values [thyroid stimulating hormones] are higher with a higher fluoride concentration in the drinking water, even for generally low fluoride concentrations. This is seen both in cases of untreated hypothyroidism and in controls.” High TSH levels are a hypothyroid biomarker.
 
They detail many previous fluoride/thyroid damaging studies.
 
In 2006, the National Research Council published the first review of fluoride/thyroid literature and revealed substantial evidence that fluoride exposure can impact thyroid function in some individuals.  Chair of the NRC fluoride panel, toxicologist John Doull, said the “The thyroid changes do worry me,” according to a Scientific American article.
 
Kheradpisheh concludes his findings are “consistent with the Peckham study in England,”
 
Peckham found hypothyroidism prevalence was at least 30% more likely in practices located in areas with fluoride levels in excess of 0.3 mg/L.” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (2015)
 
Peckham writes, “The clear [and significant] association found in our analyses between fluoride levels in drinking water and variations in hypothyroidism prevalence appears to confirm findings in earlier studies that ingestion of fluoride affects thyroid function…The findings of the study raise particular concerns about the validity of community fluoridation as a safe public health measure.”
 
Attorney Paul Beeber, NYSCOF President says “It’s immoral that state and local legislatures mandate fluoridation or impede cities from stopping fluoridation which seems like a back-door mandate - e.g. NYS Fluoridation Law 1100a which should be repealed.”

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

"The Knights of the Temple" in Santa Pudenziana di Narni International Exhibition of Contemporary Art "The meeting between the mysteries of the past and the works of contemporary creatives", this is the spirit with which the exhibition of contemporary art was born, the "Knights of the Temple", at the church of Santa Pudenziana in Narni, which was officially inaugurated on Saturday 19 May. At the event, curated and conceived by the journalist and art critic Sonia Terzino, took part: Roberto Banfi Rossi, Alvaro Caponi, Maria Grazia Conti, Daniela Dragoni, Graziella Ghiori, Stefania Gubbiotti, Massimo Ilot, Maria Elisa Imperiali, Rolando Oddi , Mariella Palombi, Stefano Pannacci, Sara Raccosta, Anna Rita Rossetti, Donatella Serafini, Antonella Sisinni, Mario Testa and the art photographer Renzo Cianchetti. "In the magic of secret Umbria - explains the art critic Sonia Terzino - we wanted to give life to a unique event of its kind, where the historical, artistic and cultural beauties of the Templar church of Santa Pudenziana meet the originality of the creators of the third millennium. Two forms of art in comparison that give each other light and warmth. But also a dive into the past to bring to light the mysteries and the charm of the green heart of Umbria, guardian of ancient jewels of inestimable value. Thus, past and present meet where always the only and absolute protagonist is beauty, caught in all its infinite nuances ". The exhibition can be visited until June 3 by appointment by calling the telephone number 340 9852238. Press office Prof. Sonia Terzino journalist and art critic

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Fluoride Warnings Issued by International Group of Dentists

SOURCE International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
October is Dental Hygiene Month, but not all dentists will be touting the alleged benefits of fluoride.  In fact, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) is using this month to raise awareness of the health risks associated with fluoride.  This is especially timely because of recent news about a study linking fluoride exposure in utero with lower IQs.
Dental fluorosis is a sign of fluoride toxicity and can range from very mild to severe. This photo is from Dr. David Kennedy of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and is used with permission from victims of dental fluorosis.
The IAOMT is an organization of over 800 dentists, physicians, and research professionals in more than 14 countries, and the non-profit organization has been dedicated to its mission of protecting public health since it was founded in 1984.  Since that time, the group has continually collected, examined, and reviewed studies and research articles about fluoride and other dental materials and practices.
"IAOMT and its members have been independently studying the toxicity of fluoride for decades," Matthew Young, DDS, President of the IAOMT, explains.  "For dentistry, as an ethical profession, it is imperative to uphold the concepts of 'do no harm.'  Fluoride has traditionally been seen as a panacea for dental disease without the knowledge of its inherent harm to the human body.  We need to seek less toxic alternatives and work to improve human health with the safest approach." 
This week, the IAOMT is officially releasing a variety of new fluoride awareness resources available for free on their website.  The materials were developed based on the group's new Position Paper against Fluoride Use in Water, Dental Materials, and Other Products.  Hundreds of scientific studies and research articles were analyzed to create this detailed document, which includes over 500 citations supporting the potential for fluoride to cause adverse health outcomes. 
The IAOMT's official position is that given the elevated number of fluoride sources and the increased rates of fluoride intake in the American population, which have risen substantially since water fluoridation began in the 1940's, it has become a necessity to reduce and work toward eliminating avoidable sources of fluoride exposure, including water fluoridation, fluoride-containing dental materials, and other fluoridated products.
"Ingesting synthetic fluoride, such as that added to community water, is not only ineffective at reducing tooth decay, but it also exposes our population to a number of toxins," David Kennedy, DDS, lead author of the IAOMT Fluoride Position Paper, cautions.  "American children are already being overdosed with fluoride, as is evidenced by the increase in tooth mottling (fluorosis), which now occurs to some degree in a majority of our youth.  The National Research Council determined that many individuals are exceptionally vulnerable to the toxic effects of fluoride.  When will people realize that scientific research offers grave warnings about fluoride? Don't we all deserve safe water?"
Contact: David Kennedy, DDS, IAOMT Public Relations Chair, info@iaomt.org  
              International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)
              Phone: (863) 420-6373; Website: www.iaomt.org