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Considering dressing as a clown? Cavins-Tull suggests you reconsider

first_imgTCU receives $20,000 grant to become smoke-free Twitter Twitter The clown was spotted after midnight wearing a white mask with red rimmed eyes and mouth. The person was walking around campus with two others who were not dressed as clowns. printTCU’s official position on clowns is that there weren’t any on campus overnight.“We are aware that these reports have caused some fear and anxiety, but there have been no reports of this behavior in or around our campus,” Kathy Cavins-Tull, the vice chancellor for student affairs, wrote in an email Tuesday afternoon.Kathy Cavins-Tull sent an email out about the clown craze.TCU students joined the national clown craze late Monday night and into Tuesday morning. Some even patrolled campus with hockey sticks and bats.Cavins-Tull encouraged students to avoid dressing up as clowns in the current climate.“This type of behavior can induce real fear, trauma and anxiety in others and it has the potential to be very unsafe for the prankster,” Cavins-Tull said.Cavins-Tull also reminded students of TCU’s weapon policy on campus in the email.Still, students should expect to see more officers patrolling campus in case of clowns.For any clown sightings, contact TCUPD at 817-257-777.[<a href=”//storify.com/jsitton/texas-clown-university” target=”_blank”>View the story “Texas (Clown?) University” on Storify</a>] Jocelyn Sittonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jocelyn-sitton/ OPINION: Brite Divinity students’ response to Ben Shapiro event Jocelyn Sittonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jocelyn-sitton/ Jocelyn Sittonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jocelyn-sitton/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TAGSembedded documentembedded tweets TCU Christmas tree lighting 2016 Linkedin Jocelyn Sittonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jocelyn-sitton/center_img Linkedin Fall semester brings new assistant vice chancellor for public safety, assistant chief of police Facebook ReddIt Facebook Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Previous articleIJM promotes awareness of labor traffickingNext articleCelebrity Dish (Ep. 01 – Kim Kardashian, Brangelina and more) Jocelyn Sitton RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt + posts TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Jocelyn is a senior journalism, political science and French major from Nashville, Tennessee. She is a managing editor for TCU360. She’s rarely seen without a Diet Coke and has been known to spill a few near her computer in the convergence center. Jocelyn Sitton last_img read more

Limerick business leaders highlight sports technology opportunities

first_imgNewsBusinessLimerick business leaders highlight sports technology opportunitiesBy Staff Reporter – December 7, 2018 1497 SportsTech Ireland founders Emily Ross, Grainne Barry and Martina Skelly.Photo: Paul MullinsTHREE Limerick businesswomen have given over some time from their busy work schedules to champion Ireland’s attractiveness as a location for sports technology and innovation.And they highlighted the rewards and challenges of establishing new enterprises in the SportsTech sector at a recent event hosted by Network Ireland Limerick and supported by the Limerick Local Enterprise Office (LEO).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Grainne Barry, Martina Skelly and Emily Ross, who are co-founders of SportsTech Ireland, shared their collective and individual experiences of running their own business and what it takes to be an entrepreneur. All three agreed on the importance of having a clear mission statement and values.“Know what you want, narrow down the people you need to meet and be specific in your asks and your objectives,” said Gráinne Barry, EMEA Operations Director, with Limerick -based STATS Data and Technology Ltd.She was joined at the event by Martina Skelly, Co-founder and chief executive of software company YellowSchedule and Emily Ross, founder and chief executive of InkVine Consultants in a fireside chat facilitated by Gillian Horan of Limerick branding agency, The Pudding.According to Emily Ross, the opportunities for start-ups in the SportsTech sector are huge.“Data and the interpretation of data is hugely important in all sports and there are plenty of opportunities to exploit that and develop innovative products,” she explained.The three entrepreneurs also highlighted the importance of having mentors and advisory panels with specialist expertise to guide start-up businesses on their journey and to provide a sounding board.Network Ireland Limerick President Valerie Murphy said it was particularly encouraging to hear the emphasis on mentoring.“This is something that Network Ireland has really focused on in the last year and provides a free mentoring programme for all members. All three speakers caught the imagination of everyone at the event. Their openness and honesty about their highs and lows was refreshing and insightful. ”Network Ireland Limerick provides a forum where women in business, the professions and the Arts can exchange business ideas and increase their business contacts. Advertisement Previous articlePhotos: After Dark at the Cecilian Musical Society’s production of The ProducersNext articleGarda Youth Award for go-getter Sean Byrnes Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up WhatsApp Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Twittercenter_img Email Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print Facebook TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Linkedin Limerick on Covid watch list TAGSbusinessLimerick City and CountyNewsSport last_img read more

Campaign demands better service for mental health

first_imgTwitter Print Advertisement Facebook WhatsApp NewsHealthCampaign demands better service for mental healthBy Bernie English – August 1, 2020 134 center_img Linkedin Email LIMERICK’S high rate of suicide has prompted ‘Stand Up For Mental Health’ activists to demand more services in the city and county.The group unfurled their new 14-foot banner over Thomond Bridge on Friday evening to highlight what they describe as “the lack of mental health services in Limerick.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In a statement, the group said, “Limerick city now holds the shameful 2019 national record for the highest rate of death by suicide.“The Covid-19 pandemic has no doubt compounded the mental health crisis we already have.”Activists say that the inaction of Limerick City and County Council, the HSE and other relevant authorities has helped to flare the crisis.Geraldine O’Loughlin said, “The World Health Organisation made it clear that any response to the pandemic must include a specific and co-ordinated approach to mental health services during and in the aftermath of it. We have seen no response so far and vulnerable people are suffering alone.“We urge LCCC and the HSE to respond to this crisis at a local level. Special measures need to be put in place for Limerick to stop the loss of lives through suicide. They cannot continue to kick it down the road and blame the lack of a national response. There is clearly no political will at national level to take action, so local authorities should lead the way and put supports in place themselves.”The SUFMH-Limerick campaign are calling for an on-call mental health crisis counsellor to be made available immediately, to deal exclusively with people who are in mental distress.They are also campaigning for a proven mental health programme to be implemented into all schools when they re-open, as they sayyoung people in particular are in need of supports to deal with the isolation and anxiety they are experiencing.The campaigners say they will not rest until action is taken to address the mental health crisis in LImerick.The HSE has previously pointed out that there is a crisis service available.In a statement to the Limerick Post, the HSE said, “The Mental Health Services provide a number of pathways for people in crisis. We always encourage people who need support to contact their GP in the first instance.“People who already use mental health services can contact their local service or key clinician if they are in crisis. The service also has a crisis service in University Hospital Limerick which operates through the Emergency Department.“Anyone using this service is followed up by the appropriate community mental health team. It is important to remember that admission to an acute facility is only one way for people to access the help they need,” the HSE statement concluded. Previous articleLockdown spike in calls to rape helplineNext articleCalls for change in law as dog theft numbers continue to spike Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.last_img read more

Windies coming to grips with Test cricket – Holder

first_imgWINDIES captain Jason Holder believes the team has shown at least some progression as regards to responding to the expectations and demands of playing Test cricket within the past year.The team have claimed a total of three matches in their last five Test series and have not won a series since defeating Bangladesh in the Caribbean three years ago.The Windies, however, showed plenty potential in registering a stunning win against England at Headingley last month, largely after being written off following a 209-run thrashing by England at Edgbaston in August. The source of improvement, the captain believes, is due to the young team coming to grips with the demands of the game.Integral to the improved showing and belief has been the performance of Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope emerging as two batsmen of promise. While quick to point out that the team is far from fulfilling its true potential, Holder has been encouraged by the signs.“I think we’ve had a pretty reasonable year in terms of improvement. The guys have been getting attuned to Test cricket,” Holder said.“We’re still not the finished product but we’re headed in the right direction.”The team will hope to continue in that direction when they visit Bulawayo to play a Zimbabwe team that have also shown plenty of promise in recent months.last_img read more

Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS football coach resigns, cites shooting

first_img“When you teach all the time: Don’t quit, don’t quit, and then you’re quitting, I’m sure that’s hard,” May said. “But I don’t want them to think I’m quitting on them. I just need that change in my life.“This whole year. I mean, it’s been hard. But you come back every day for the kids. You come back because they need you. I said it a lot. It’s just terrible, it’s terrible, it’s hard every day. It’s hard to come to work, and you don’t want work to be like that, where you’re miserable.”May led Stoneman Douglas for six years, going 33-26. The team went 5-5 last year and missed out on a playoff berth. Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school football coach Willis May announced his resignation Wednesday just more than a year after a fatal school shooting left 17 people dead, including assistant football coach Aaron Feis and athletic director Chris Hixon. While May expressed gratitude for the Parkland, Fla., community, he cited the shooting as his primary reason for stepping down.  “It’s been hard to come to work with everything that’s went on,” May said, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I miss Aaron Feis every day, and I miss Chris Hixon every day. It’s been really hard, and I just needed a change. I needed a change for my soul.“We’ve got a cemetery on campus that we have to look at every day, when it comes to the 1200 building. They know I have to walk in my office and Aaron Feis’ desk is there without him, and on the other side Chris Hixon’s office is there without him. It’s hard. They understand.”May explained he didn’t take the decision lightly and that he doesn’t want his players to think he’s quitting. Instead, he reiterated he needs a change in pace and plans to move to Fort Myers to be closer to his parents.last_img read more

Hyannis Film Festival announces competition for young filmmakers

first_imgThe video shorts competition, Clamdance, is open for young filmmakers to focus on Cape Cod and the Islands, with a sense of the area’s history, environment, and diverse residents. Among several awards in the competition, a “new normal” category encourages short films that help navigate these challenging times during social distancing, whether the viewpoint is lighthearted or with a serious outlook, the release says. The competition is divided into two age groups, 18 and under, and 19 to 25 years old, for young filmmakers who are residents of Cape Cod or the Islands.Other awards include best in each age group, and an audience favorite in each age group. The Casey Sherman Award, named for the prominent Hyannis author whose books have been the basis for several movies, will recognize an entry in each age group that best tells a narrative story. One member from a high school class of 2020 will receive a scholarship of $300 to continue his or her studies related to filmmaking. Otherwise, entrants are not required to be enrolled students.Videos must be 2 to 10 minutes long, and submitted electronically as a digital file through Film Freeway, which accepts all major video formats in full-quality HD, up to 10 GB. More technical details are provided after entrants register at filmfreeway.com/hyannisfilmfestivalshorts. Submissions are due by midnight Monday, Sept. 21. Films cannot be made as a commercial promotion. Films cannot be a music video, although movie musicals are welcomed, with the requirement that all music must have music rights properly cleared. 1 of 2 During the coronavirus pandemic, Hyannis Film Festival encourages the filmmakers to observe current directives and guidelines for the health and safety of themselves and others, including recommended social distancing and hygiene practices.Clamdance entrants will be notified of their status by Oct. 15, 2020. Visit the Hyannis Film Festival website or Facebook page for updated information. Email questions to [email protected], or call executive director Bill Ferrall at 508-228-8535. Hyannis Film Festival, which launched last year, is moving ahead by showcasing the creative spirits of young filmmakers located on Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard. According to a press release, the festival was scheduled for this coming fall, but due to restrictions may be a virtual shorts festival.center_img — Hyannis Film Festival — Hyannis Film Festivallast_img read more

Taste Summer Wines At Fridays Uncorked at Bayview Thriftway

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0By Kathryn Millhorn“Sunlight held together by water” – Galileo –Galileo spoke of wine in his poetic quote, but could as easily have been referring to our beautiful Northwest summers.  Nothing aids enjoyment of those summers like spending an evening with Bayview’s Fridays Uncorked, sipping carefully chosen wines and snacking on thoughtfully paired hors d’oeuvers.This summer’s Uncorked events feature wines which enhance the sun and being outdoors with friends and family.  If our tricky Olympia weather permits, classes will be held outside on Bayview’s amazing patio, with its water views and cool Sound breezes.  Representatives from the store are on hand to answer questions or offer suggestions as needed.  Featured wines and their food pairings are also available during and after the event.  Rob Backman, manager of the wine department, works closely with the staff at the Bayview School of Cooking and its director Leanne Willard to make each themed evening a well rounded experience.Uncorked events are held year-round and matched to season, weather, or theme.  Leanne Willard says that Friday, July 19th will feature “Vino Picnic Partners”: wines which pair well with more casual foods; picnic staples that can handle the great outdoors.  August 16th introduces tasters to “Crisp Summer Whites” to help beat the late summer heat.  September’s theme has yet to be decided but October is traditionally dedicated to Bayview’s take on Oktoberfest and will showcase beer instead of wine.Events are held from 5-7:30pm, and cost $12 for 5 wine samples and assorted food pairings.  Pourings are ongoing so come any time to enjoy the inspired selections.  Advance registration is not required, and questions can be directed to the Bayview School of Cooking at (360) 754-1448.  A constantly updated calendar and event blog is also available online at www.bayviewschoolofcooking.com.Benjamin Franklin said that “wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.”  In these uncertain times, peaceful evenings on the water surrounded by friends, food, and long-standing local businesses ensure his truth stays relevant even today.last_img read more

Is a Food Truck Park In Store for Sandy Hook?

first_imgThough the National Park Service is interested in growing its food truck program, Yun was adamant that it would be in combination with a newly designed, permanent food-service facility, “to preserve some of the magic of the Sea Gull’s Nest.” Maintenance to the site was officially off the table once the concessionaire was unable to fund the cost of those repairs. A settlement with the park service was sought, upon which the contract was cancelled by mutual agreement later that year. The city of Asbury Park has also embraced the concept. But according to the National Park Service, the dilapidated structure’s demolition has left a blank canvas for something new to rise in its place. The development would have to be something that could structurally withstand a weather event similar to Sandy, or possibly, something that could outrun it. The Sandy-inflicted damage to the Sea Gull’s Nest was substantial but, according to Yun, at first the park service believed the structure could be rehabilitated. MIDDLETOWN –Super Storm Sandy claimed another victim this month when the iconic Sandy Hook watering hole and eatery, the Sea Gull’s Nest, was torn down. Yun noted the National Park Service has already implemented asimilar setup – a permanent and resilient structure with food truck selections– at its properties in Jamaica Bay, Queens and Staten Island. Daphne Yun, Gateway National Recreation Area public affairsspecialist, did not rule out an expansion of Sandy Hook’s food truck offerings. “My favorite food truck area is North Eats,” Middletown resident Ed Norris said near the site of a bulldozed Sea Gull’s Nest, referencing Asbury Park’s outdoor boardwalk food court, featuring a rotating cast of some of the area’s favorite food truck vendors. “They always have a good variety and you can’t beat the setting. If something like that could happen here, I’m sure it would be popular.” However, Yun added that the design of a fully-operational,dine-in restaurant setting would need significant tweaking if the facilityhopes to survive another catastrophic weather event like Sandy.center_img Expanded food truck offerings are being discussed, as is the construction of a more resilient and possibly removable, facility. The park service said its focus is to design with future severe weather events in mind. Photo by Chris Rotolo That was until an engineer was brought in to evaluate thesite in 2013 and determined the foundation to be irreparably damaged. The food truck craze has found a home in the Two River-area,with popular springtime events like the Middletown High School South Food TruckFest, Keansburg’s Taste of Spring Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival and thelarger, more diverse Jersey Shore Food Truck festival at Monmouth Park emergingas annual seasonal staples. “We definitely want to have some kind of structure there, onethat meets the needs of the beach patrons and has some of the same magic, butat the same time it will need to be more resilient. That could mean somethingwith a flow-through design, or something with components that can be removed,”Yun said. “We have had a couple of food trucks there over the past fewyears. It was something we started experimenting with in 2014 and we’d like tocontinue, and possibly grow that model in cooperation with some kind ofstructure,” Yun said. “This is a wistful moment in our hurricane recovery process,” Sandy Hook superintendent Jen Nersesian said in a media release. “Many good times were had watching the sunset from that deck. But it is a step forward to the next stage of building back, and building stronger and smarter for the future.” “We’ve had to consider the future while redesigning theseareas,” Yun said. “Altogether we have 60 miles of coastline that suffered lotsof damage. Resilient designs have been the key for us.” This article was first published in the May 16-22, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

From science to reporting (Insider)

first_imgArticle published by Genevieve Belmaker Environmental journalist and Mongabay freelance contributor Ignacio Amigo started his career as a scientist.After realizing that he was reading science features and studies outside his area of expertise, he realized that he really wanted to be a reporter.This post is insider content, which is available to paying subscribers. When I was growing up, I always thought I would become a writer. I loved reading and writing, and excelled at both from a young age. But when I was 15, I had problems at school with a literature teacher. He was arrogant and pompous, and showed contempt for his students. I failed his class,… This content is for Monthly, Annual and Lifetime members only.Membership offers a way for readers to directly support Mongabay’s non-profit conservation news reporting, while getting a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce these stories. Every few weeks, we’ll publish a new member article that tells the story behind the reporting: the trials and tribulations of field reporting, personal travel accounts, photo essays, and more.You can sign up for membership Here If you’re already a member: Log InMembers getExclusive, behind-the-scenes articles.Access to our members-only newsletter.Access to periodic conversations with Mongabay journalists. Climate Science, Environmental Journalism, Forests, Insider, Journalism, Science, Tropical Forests center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Brazil’s ‘coconut breakers’ feel the squeeze of Cerrado development

first_imgThese coconut breakers rely on the babassu palm and its harvest of oil-rich nuts for their traditional sustainable livelihood.Many of these women live on the edge of the Matopiba region, dubbed by some as “the world’s last agricultural frontier” which has seen an almost 300 percent increase in soy expansion over the last two decades, most of which came at the expense of native forests and vegetation.In recent years, industrial agribusiness has moved in fast, privatizing and fencing the commons, converting the babassu palm groves to soy and eucalyptus plantations and cattle ranches, and making it harder for the coconut breakers to access the palm from which they derive their living, and their social and cultural identity.In addition, the women say they have been increasingly exposed to threats, intimidation, and physical and sexual violence by farmers and other male agribusiness workers. But the coconut breakers are determined to defend their palm groves at any cost, and to resist the enclosure of the commons. Access to babassu palm trees is essential to the livelihoods of 400,000 Brazilian women, but industrial agribusiness expansion is putting those livelihoods at grave risk. Image by Yndara Vasques courtesy of MIQCB.A Mongabay team, Sarah Sax and Maurício Angelo, recently traveled to the Brazilian Cerrado to report on the impacts of booming agribusiness on the savanna environment and on the traditional people living there. This is the first story in a series telling what they found there.Every September for half a century, Maria Antônia Trindade Mendes has started the babassu harvest season in the same simple way.She ties a bag crafted from babassu palm fronds around her waist and walks out with a group of women from Quilombo São Caetano de Matinha (a Brazilian settlement made up of 200 runaway slave descendants), to the palm groves surrounding their community. There, where the northern edge of the Cerrado savanna blends with the Amazon rainforest, the women gather basketsful of babassu nuts — small, brown oblongs, resembling coconuts.Later, Trindade Mendes takes each fist-sized nut she’s gathered and, with the grace of someone who has repeated the same motion thousands of times over five decades, cracks it open to extract the half-dozen or so kernels within. These she sells to a cooperative that separates the oil for use in cooking or beauty products. The babassu harvest lasts six months, and the money earned must support her family for an entire year.But this August, Trindade Mendes wasn’t preparing for the babassu harvest season. Instead, she was in Brasilia taking part for the first time in the “Daisies’ March,” Latin America’s largest demonstration organized by female rural workers that happens every 3-4 years. There, amid the dust, shouting and clamor, the unique hats of the “coconut breakers” could be seen streaming in and out of the vendor exhibit hall, and to and from the temporary camp that housed the roughly 100,000 women attending from across Brazil.Trindade Mendes took to the streets this year to protest threats to herself, her livelihood and to her traditional way of life: especially the increasing violence directed at coconut breakers, and the ongoing privatization of the common land on which babassu groves grow.“Before we lived free, went out at night, and during the day. We were not afraid,” she says. “Now, they are taking away everything. The only things that have rights are cattle and agribusiness.”last_img read more