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Cape Town to honour pioneering medical researcher Hamilton Naki

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first_imgA posthumous honour is in the pipeline for the late Hamilton Naki, the medical research specialist who helped the team that performed the world’s first successful human heart transplant.The world’s first adult human heart transplant was performed by South African cardiac surgeon Dr Chris Barnard on 3 December 1967, in Cape Town, South Africa. Hamilton Naki was part of the research team that helped doctors achieve this pioneering medical success. (Image: Pixabay)CD AndersonThe city of Cape Town’s Naming and Nomination Committee announced on 10 January 2017 that it was considering re-naming Salazar Plain in the CBD after Naki. The committee has unanimously recommended to Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille a move forward with a public participation process for the renaming of the public space.Public participation recommended by the City of CT on whether Salazar Plain on the Foreshore should be renamed after Hamilton Naki. ? pic.twitter.com/kOdblgumPe— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) January 11, 2017Appropriately, Salazar Plain is located on the city’s foreshore, opposite the Christiaan Barnard Hospital, named for the chief surgeon in the ground-breaking 1967 heart transplant operation, and with whom Naki worked closely to make the procedure a success.This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic medical moment.Who was Hamilton Naki?Naki, who was born impoverished in rural Transkei, left school at 14 and began working as a gardener at the University of Cape Town. Unable to gain formal medical training because of the apartheid government’s discriminatory education policies, Naki however showed a keen interest in learning research and technical skills.He worked in the laboratories in the surgical faculty, initially as a cleaner and then later, showing a natural proficiency for research techniques and surgery procedures, became a laboratory assistant and animal anaesthetist.Later, Naki joined Dr Christiaan Barnard’s research team, which was developing methods for performing intricate organ surgery, focusing particularly on heart transplants.Role in Dr Barnard’s 1967 surgery teamNaki worked as an assistant surgeon on many of the training operations performed on animals, as well as compiled research for the team. However, contrary to popular belief and unsubstantiated media reports since Naki’s death in 2005, he was not part of the official transplant team on the day of the operation.This did not take anything away from the importance of his work for Barnard’s team, however, although it would take another three decades for any official acknowledgment of Naki’s contribution.Towards the end of the apartheid years, Barnard was able finally to speak publicly of Naki’s role, telling the Associated Press in 1993: “If Hamilton had had the opportunity to perform, he would have probably become a brilliant surgeon.”Elaborating in a 2001 interview with the UK’s Daily Telegraph, Barnard said Naki became “one of the greatest researchers of all time in the field of heart transplants… (He) had better technical skills than I did… especially when it came to stitching, and had very good hands.”Speaking to The Guardian newspaper in 2003, Naki himself felt no resentment for the downplaying of his role in the historic moment, joking that “I was… one of the backroom boys. They put the white people out front. If people published pictures of me, they would have gone to jail.”University of Cape TownFollowing the 1967 operation, Naki joined the University of Cape Town’s liver transplant research team. Over the next 25 years, he became a well-respected top-level laboratory assistant and teacher.Ralph Kirsch, lead researcher of the team, called Naki “one of those remarkable men who really come around once in a long time. As a man without any education, he mastered surgical techniques at the highest level and passed them on to young doctors.”According to Dr Rosemary Hickman, a former lecturer and surgeon who worked closely with Naki at the university, he was instrumental in training second-year medical students in anatomy using research surgery on anaesthetised pigs. Naki also taught licensed doctors how to use the then revolutionary laparoscope, now commonly used for minimally invasive surgery.He retired in 1991, finally obtaining his honorary Masters degree in medical science from the university in 2003.Naki was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe, one of South Africa’s highest honours, for his outstanding contribution to medical science. He died in 2005, aged 78.Naki’s legacy continues to inspire. The National Research Foundation’s Hamilton Naki Award has, since 2015, honoured outstanding individuals who have achieved world-class research performance despite considerable challenges.The city of Cape Town’s proposal to give Naki a prominent space in the Mother City will no doubt inspire residents and all South Africans to successfully achieve their dreams against all odds.For more information and an opportunity to offer input on Cape Town’s proposal for the public space dedication to Naki, please visit the official website.Source: Wikipedia, South African History Online, New York TimesWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? Visit the Brand South Africa resources page for more information.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — February 26, 2018

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180226_RyanMartinFinally!! Rain is done in Ohio…at least for a few days. We saw the sun for the first time in a while yesterday afternoon, and we should see good sunshine potential in most areas today, tomorrow and Wednesday. High pressure sits over west central to southwest Ohio this morning and will slowly work its way eastward. As it does so, we should see some south flow come up the backside of the high, and that will promote a slight moderation of temps. The state stays mostly dry, but there is one caveat, and that comes at midweek later Wednesday afternoon and evening. Wednesday we have a wave passing by mostly south of the Ohio River. We should see rains in KY and WV Wednesday into Wednesday night, and we are leaving open the possibility that some minor moisture drifts north of the Ohio River into the southern third of Ohio. . We would be talking mostly about the far southern tier counties, particularly in south central Ohio, but the clouds from this would likely extend up to the I-70 corridor. So, while most of the state is dry through midweek, the pattern turns “more gray” over southern Ohio Wednesday, particularly later in the afternoon and evening. This will be a precursor to our next organized frontal system.That system moves into the state for Thursday. Low pressure tracks across NW Indiana Thursday and we should find ourselves in the warm sector of this event through most of Thursday. It brings rains of .25”-1” to 80% of the state during the day. However, as the low lifts by to our north and west, we will see cold air whipping in behind the low as it move over the great lakes. This cold air comes as we still have some wrap around moisture over northern Ohio Thursday overnight into early Friday. We expect some snows as the system ends, with possible accumulation of 1-3 inches from US 30 northward. Everything should be done by shortly after daybreak Friday morning, although some lake enhanced snow can still be falling in NE Ohio at that time. Winds will make this a dramatic event, with winds likely in the 20-40 mph range overnight Thursday night into early Friday, which would make any snow up north an absolute pain to deal with. So, we will keep an eye on this event.Back to drier weather for Friday midday through next Monday. High pressure will slowly work through the Sunday. Cold air holds over the region to finish the week and start the weekend, only moderating once we get south flow on the backside of that high.A cold front brings rain back for overnight Monday night through Tuesday midday, the night of the 5th into the 6th. Rains do not look as impressive this morning, and will mostly be from .25”-.5” with coverage at 70% of the state. Colder air follows on the backside.The extended period has us mostly devoid of new precipitation to start, through the 9th. Then we have 2 significant waves moving across the eastern Corn Belt from the 10th through the 12th. Combined, these waves can bring half to 1.5” rain totals, and likely will deliver below normal temps around mid-month. Still, the pattern does not look nearly as active as what we just got done with this past week…so we should be seeing improvement in our drainage conditions through the next couple of weeks.last_img read more

2018 Was a Big Year for Natural Disasters

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first_imgInsured losses from natural disasters totaled $80 billion worldwide last year, significantly higher than the 30-year average, a report from reinsurance giant Munich RE said. Earthquakes, floods, tropical cyclones, and two especially devastating wildfires in California all contributed to total economic losses of $160 billion, ranking it among the 10 costliest disaster years and the fourth most expensive for the industry since 1980. The Camp Fire in California was the most expensive natural disaster of the year for insurers, with insured losses of $12.5 billion and overall losses of $16.5 billion. The Woolsey Fire was fourth on the list, at $4 billion in insured losses ($5.2 billion overall).RELATED ARTICLESRebuilding America and the ‘New Normal’ of ResilienceResilient Design is a Money-MakerReeling from the California WildfiresRebuilding After the HurricanesA Bright Spot in the Ruins of Mexico Beach U.S. losses from Hurricane Michael in August and Hurricane Florence in October totaled $30 billion. In all, the report said, 800 people in the U.S. lost their lives in natural disasters last year as total losses reached $82 billion. Globally, natural disasters killed 10,400 people last year, with widespread floods in Asia and Africa accounting for 35% of the total. The report from Munich RE, a U.S.-based reinsurance company,  said that in all, there were 29 events globally that resulted in losses of $1 billion or more each. “Payouts by the insurance industry helped to boost catastrophe resilience, in other words the ability after a disaster to return to normality as quickly as possible,” the company said. But insurance is much more likely in industrialized nations than it is in developing nations. A total of 68% of insured losses were in North America, and another 23% in Asia. “There has been a steadily growing willingness in these countries to take out cover against natural hazards since the 1980s,” the report said. “The situation with insurance protection in emerging and developing countries is quite different, despite the fact that, for financially weak and low-income countries, improving risk management and resilience-building systems is an important way of mitigating the impact of humanitarian disasters and promoting sustainable economic growth.” In California, disaster aid is threatened California is in the midst of recovery efforts after the devastating year’s series of wildfires, but President Donald Trump said this week that he intended to cut off federal emergency aid because of the state’s forest management practices. In a tweet, Trump said, “Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money,” The Washington Post reported. “It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money.” It wasn’t clear whether the President has already told the Federal Emergency Management Agency to halt payments, or would be doing that at some point in the future. The Post asked FEMA for comment but got an automatic email response to the effect that the government shutdown prevented a reply. It may be nothing more than bluster, and the president may have no legal authority to withhold money after declaring a national disaster, one former FEMA official said. Rafael Lemaitre, the former director of public affairs for FEMA in the Obama administration, told  The Post, “I am not aware of any mechanism where you can say, ‘I’m undeclaring a state of disaster.’ ” More than 6,600 people have applied for FEMA aid in California and nearly $49 million in federal assistance has been approved. The president has been critical of California in the past, citing its “gross mismanagement of the forests” and “bad environmental laws” that were responsible for diverting water that could have been used to combat fires into the Pacific.last_img read more

GitHub Tries Again At Transparency

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Favorite son

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first_imgA Rose by any other team name: Derrick Rose wows the crowd at his former stomping grounds with a vintage performance for the Minnesota Timberwolves. APCHICAGO—For much of his seven seasons with the Bulls, Derrick Rose was a favorite son of Chicago. He was native born and virtually universally beloved.Things, though, soured toward the end as injuries mounted. The former franchise player was traded in 2016 and serenaded with boos upon his return a few months later.ADVERTISEMENT INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: #UPFight The 30-year-old is hoping Wednesday night began a new chapter in his relationship with his hometown.Rose had 24 points and eight assists in just his second career game in the United Center against his former team, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 119-94 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefHe was cheered loudly throughout by the sellout crowd of 21,852.“It was great, man,” he said. “I didn’t expect it to be like this—overwhelming at some points. You can tell the support is still here.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Rose, the top pick in the 2008 draft, was named the NBA’s MVP in 2011. He had missed Minnesota’s previous game with a sore left ankle.Because of an assortment of injuries, this was just his fourth career game against the Bulls. He said he got 50 tickets for family and friends.“I’m happy I didn’t change throughout this whole process,” he said. “I remained myself. I stayed true to my family. There was a lot of people that jumped off the boat when I was going through things. I [saw] who they were. I know what’s fake love and what’s real love.”Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 20 rebounds as the Timberwolves won their second straight on the road.Zach LaVine had 28 points in 26 minutes off the bench and Lauri Markkanen added 16 for Chicago, which had won two straight and three of five before Wednesday. LaVine had missed the previous five games with a sprained left ankle.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I thought he looked good and aggressive,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said of LaVine. “I like when he drives the ball. He attacked on his first two touches and sometimes that can get you going.”Both Rose and fellow former Bull Taj Gibson received loud ovations when they were announced during player introductions.Towns scored the game’s first basket, but it was Rose who set the tone early. He repeatedly attacked the basket—showing the form of earlier in his career before the rash of leg injuries—and had 10 points (5-for-8 shooting) and five assists in the first quarter as Minnesota took a 29-18 lead.The T-Wolves’ advantage was up to 60-37 at halftime.Rose had 19 points through three quarters as Minnesota took an 83-65 edge into the fourth.The Bulls pulled within 91-74, but Rose stopped the momentum with a jumper and Dario Saric added a 3-pointer on the next possession for a 96-74 lead with just over seven minutes remaining.Later in the fourth, the UC crowd started chanting, “MVP … MVP … MVP …” when Rose stepped to the foul line to complete a 3-point play.“I had to crack a smile a little bit,” he said. “It made me reminisce about some of the old days and how grateful I was to be in that position at a young age. With the year I’m having, it’s very special to come back here and play.”Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose (averaging 18.7 points on 48.9 percent shooting) is playing at an All-Star level. When asked if he thought that was possible when Minnesota picked up the guard late last season—after he was waived by Utah—Thibodeau said:“I did. The thing that people forget about Derrick is he was MVP at 22. He was still young and that was the biggest thing. I always felt if he got back to being healthy that he could be very productive.” AP PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoFA CUP DRAW: Arsenal host Man Utd; Everton go to Millwall

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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say FA CUP DRAW: Arsenal host Man Utd; Everton go to Millwallby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal and Manchester United have been drawn at Emirates stadum in the FA Cup fourth round.The Gunners have won the competition a record 13 times, while United are 12-time winners.Non-league Barnet – the lowest-ranked club left in the competition – are at home to Championship side Brentford.League One Gillingham, who knocked out Premier League Cardiff in the third round, will face another Welsh side when they travel to Swansea City.Premier League champions Manchester City are at home to relegation-battling Burnley, while another top-flight match-up sees Crystal Palace host Tottenham.FA Cup holders Chelsea will take on Sheffield Wednesday or Luton Town at Stamford Bridge.Fourth-round drawSwansea v GillinghamWimbledon v West HamShrewsbury or Stoke v WolvesMillwall v EvertonBrighton v West BromBristol City v BoltonAccrington v Derby or SouthamptonDoncaster v OldhamChelsea v Sheffield Wednesday or LutonNewcastle or Blackburn v WatfordMiddlesbrough v NewportManchester City v BurnleyBarnet v BrentfordPortsmouth v QPRArsenal v Manchester UnitedCrystal Palace v Tottenham read more

15 days agoLiverpool goalkeeper coach ​Achterberg: Kelleher can be anything!

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first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper coach ​Achterberg: Kelleher can be anything!by Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg says Caoimhin Kelleher can “be anything”.The 20-year-old was impressive on debut in the win MK Dons a fortnight ago.And Achterberg sees huge potential in the Republic of Ireland U21 international.”I was proud and happy for him because he shows every day in training his speed and reactions,” Actherberg told the Liverpool Echo.”That is why he is in the Irish squad and they thought that he can give the No.1 in Ireland big competition but he needs to play games to show.”By making this appearance [against MK Dons] he can make big strides and steps. He reads the game and plays well with his feet for Liverpool. But he shot-stopping and his reactions is massive for any club, I would say. This is where he is good and it is what he showed against MK Dons.”He can keep making the next steps and how far he goes is how he can producing these displays on the field because that is where you are going to be assessed. In my opinion, he can be anything. It depends how he develops.”In an ideal world you have three top goalkeepers but maybe at third choice you have an experienced keeper or a young talented boy who can step up.”There are two talented boys at the academy but they are still some way off. Vitezslav Jaros and Jakub Ojrzynski, they still have to improve to get to the level of first team.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The Spun 2016 College Football Staff Picks: Week 1

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first_imgCollege football is back tomorrow!Well, technically Cal and Hawaii kicked off the season from Australia last Friday, but most consider the true beginning of the season this weekend. On Thursday, teams like Louisville, Minnesota, South Carolina, and Tennessee get things started, but Week 1 really heats up Saturday.Alabama-USC, Texas A&M-UCLA, LSU-Wisconsin, UNC-Georgia. The day is filled with huge, interesting match-ups. On Sunday, we have College Football Playoff contender Notre Dame traveling to a hungry Texas team looking to make a leap into respectability. Monday features an awesome game between Florida State and Ole Miss in Orlando.Who do we like this weekend? As we do every week, the College Spun staff has picked every game featuring a team in the Power Five conferences and the Top 25.Also check out our season picks here.(*On mobile, our picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCabeLouisville vs. Charlottelouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logoWake Forest vs. TulaneWake Forest LogoWake Forest LogoWake Forest LogoWake Forest LogoWake Forest LogoWake Forest LogoN.C. 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AustintexastechtexastechtexastechtexastechtexastechtexastechAuburn vs. Clemsonclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoArizona vs. BYUbyuarizonabyubyubyubyuArizona State vs. Northern Arizona arizona statearizona statearizona statearizona statearizona statearizona stateTexas vs. Notre Dametexastexasnotre dame logonotre dame logonotre dame logonotre dame logoFlorida State vs. Ole Missflorida state logoole missflorida state logoflorida state logoole missole misslast_img read more

WIFTT – TORONTO ANNOUNCES THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2016 DGC ONTARIO DIRECTOR

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first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO, August 8, 2016—Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce producer/director/writer Nadine Valcin as the recipient of the 2016 WIFT-T DGC Ontario Director Mentorship. The mentorship provides one emerging Canadian female director with a two-tiered approach to enriching both their business and creative acumen.“Fueling and supporting female voices is an essential part of our mandate at WIFT-T and this flagship mentorship is an outstanding catalyst for success,” said Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “WIFT-T is thrilled to offer this unique mentorship and we are extremely grateful to our partner, DGC Ontario, for helping us make this opportunity available to our members.”“DGC Ontario is, once again, proud to be a part of the WIFT-T director mentorship program.  We are dedicated to generating opportunity for creators and aiding them in pursuing their goals in the screen-based industry,” stated Bill Skolnik, CEO & Executive Director, DGC Ontario. “We were greatly impressed with the caliber of applicants this year and look forward to following Nadine’s career and to a continued partnership with WIFT-T.” Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The first portion of the DGC Ontario Director Mentorship focuses on business training and guidance through one-on-one mentoring sessions with this year’s business mentor Christina Kubacki – Director of Acquisitions at Entertainment One Films Canada. The second phase of the mentorship will pair Nadine Valcin with DGC Ontario Director member and 2008 WIFT-T DGC Ontario Mentorship recipient, Dawn Wilkinson, who will guide her through various creative approaches.  As the recipient of this mentorship, Nadine Valcin also receives a complimentary 2016 TIFF Industry pass.The DGC Ontario Director Mentorship is a highly competitive and coveted opportunity. Nadine has shown perseverance and versatility in her work, creating a range of documentary and narrative films in both French and English.  Her credits include her short film In Between and the NFB documentary Black Bold and Beautiful.“I am looking forward to the DGC Ontario Mentorship and working with two very prominent and successful women in the industry,” said Nadine Valcin.  “This very focused and personalized one-on-one opportunity is the perfect fit at this stage in my career as I transition from documentary and factual production to drama. The insights and strategies I acquire in the process will greatly assist me in making that important career leap. The success of past alumna is a testimony to the relevance and strength of this initiative and I am excited to partake in it.”ABOUT NADINE VALCIN:Nadine Valcin is an award winning bilingual producer, writer and director.  She has directed four documentary projects for the National Film Board of Canada, including the critically acclaimed Black, Bold and Beautiful and Une école sans frontières (A School without Boarders).  Most recently, she has written and directed three short dramatic films and is developing two feature films.  Terre d’asile (in French) and My Own Angel (in English).  Nadine has been awarded numerous grants and prizes including the prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a Drama Prize from the National Screen Institute for the short film In Between.  She holds a professional degree in architecture from McGill University and is an alumnus of Doc Lab, the Women in the Director’s Chair, and the National Screen Institute.  She was an artist-in-residence at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University for the 2015-2016 academic year.  www.rebelsandmisfitsmedia.com Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

National parks struggle to stay open safe during shutdown

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first_imgNonprofits, businesses and state governments nationwide are putting up money and volunteer hours in a battle to keep national parks safe and clean for visitors as the partial U.S. government shutdown lingers.But such makeshift arrangements haven’t prevented some parks from closing and others from being inundated with trash. Support groups say donations of money and time could run short if the budget impasse between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats lasts much longer. Some are calling for parks to close for the duration of the standoff, which Trump said Friday could last “months or even years.”“Our national parks deserve better than an improvised patchwork of emergency care,” Diane Regas, CEO of the Trust for Public Lands, said in a letter to Trump that noted reports of theft, poaching and accumulating piles of garbage and human waste. “They need robust funding and full-time protection, or they should be closed.”Ryan Zinke, who recently stepped down under fire as Interior Department secretary, had ordered many national parks to stay open, saying visitors should not be penalized for the political feud over a border wall with Mexico. During an interview with The Associated Press, Zinke said visitors should take action to keep parks clean.“Grab a trash bag and take some trash out with you,” he said. “In order to keep them open, everybody has to pitch in.”The park service has reached deals with more than 60 partner groups, concessionaires and states to handle trash removal, restroom cleanup and other basic tasks at more than 40 parks — and, in a few cases, to keep park staffers on the job, spokesman Jeremy Barnum said Friday.The state of New York was footing the bill to operate the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island National Monument, while a private company donated portable toilets at several locations on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The National Park Foundation took charge of repairing and operating the National Christmas Tree.Another non-profit donated more than $50,000 to keep 15 rangers temporarily on the job at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina.At Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, volunteers have hauled away garbage, cleaned restrooms and restocked them with toilet paper, said John Lauretig, executive director of Friends of Joshua Tree.“We’ve been dubbed the ‘Toilet Paper Angels,’” he said.Yosemite National Park in California reported Friday that a man died after falling into a river on Christmas Day, and a spokesman said a statement was not issued more promptly and the investigation is taking longer than usual because of the shutdown.People living near Yosemite have organized work crews, while businesses in neighbouring towns are offering incentives for visitors to remove their rubbish.The Rush Creek Lodge in Groveland gave a complimentary coffee, cocktail or dessert to all bringing a full trash bag from the park. Spokeswoman Teri Marshall said the lodge was trying to devise a slogan for the promotion.“‘Turning garbage into goodies’ is where I think I might be hanging our hat,” Marshall said.People visiting Yosemite on Saturday will be receiving garbage bags and tips on how best to use the park during the shutdown, courtesy of the Tuolumne County Visitors’ Bureau. One recommendation: “Go before you go,” a reference to the limited number of open bathrooms, executive director Lisa Mayo said.Grand Canyon National Park is open with help from Arizona, which was paying about $64,000 a week to cover restroom cleaning, trash removal and snow plowing. Anyone with permits to hike in the backcountry or raft on the Colorado River could go, but the park wasn’t issuing new permits, spokeswoman Emily Davis said.Utah chipped in about $7,500 a day from Dec. 22 to 31 to keep Zion, Bryce Canyon and Arches national parks running. Since then, the non-profit Zion Forever Project has committed $16,000 to keep a skeleton crew on hand and the bathrooms and visitor centre open at Zion, which was drawing several thousand people a day, executive director Lyman Hafen said.“It’s extremely demoralizing for the park service folks who want to be doing their job and caring for the park the way they do,” Hafen said.Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park raised $114,000 to keep the park for open for nine days with limited service, executive director Elizabeth Fien said. The money was used to pay law enforcement staff and rangers, including one who monitors endangered nene, or Hawaiian goose.The Death Valley Natural History Association said it would pay to keep the visitor centre at Death Valley National Park open until at least Thursday. Winter is a busy time at the park straddling the California-Nevada line, drawing visitors to its salt flats, dunes and canyons when the usual scorching temperatures are at bay.A support group for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan was cleaning toilets and grooming a popular trail for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. But snow-covered parking lots weren’t plowed, and the visitors centre near Lake Michigan was closed, leaving the volunteer group to consider putting up an information tent.“A lot of people who go to the park are looking for advice about where to go — what areas are good for snowshoeing and which might be dangerous, and there’s no one here to tell them,” said Kerry Kelly, the group’s chairman. “It’s extremely frustrating.”Another non-profit was paying a private company to clean portable toilets near two popular trailheads at Shenandoah National Park, which includes a 101-mile (163-kilometre) section of the Appalachian Trail.Some parks have closed, including Arches and Canyonlands in Utah, where a snowstorm made roads impassable. Park officials posted on Twitter that the shutdown left no money for snowplowing. In California, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park has closed and Muir Woods National Monument will shut down Monday because of overflowing trash and human waste.At the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida’s Everglades, no rangers were available to empty a metal tube where visitors deposit $5 entry fees on the honour system. After a canoe rental company notified authorities, officers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service emptied the cash box and were monitoring it as part of their limited operations.Conservation groups warned that volunteers could provide only a minimum level of service. Without full-time, professional staffing, natural resources and cultural artifacts could be damaged and people could be injured, they said.“The political pressure to keep the parks open needs to come off so managers can evaluate what they’re capable of protecting and whether they can keep visitors safe,” said Kristen Brengel, vice-president of government affairs for the National Parks Conservation Association.___McCombs reported from Salt Lake City and Flesher from Traverse City, Michigan. Associated Press writers Matthew Brown in Billings, Montana; Felicia Fonseca in Flagstaff, Arizona; Krysta Fauria in Los Angeles; Jocelyn Gecker in San Francisco; Audrey McAvoy in Honolulu; Jonathan Matisse in Nashville, Tennessee; Denise Lavoie in Richmond, Virginia; and Jennifer Kay in Miami contributed.Brady McCombs And John Flesher, The Associated Presslast_img read more