Steel Community – EGS Schuetzen Mon, 20 Jun 2022 06:21:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Steel Community – EGS Schuetzen 32 32 Proud to be a West Virginian | News, Sports, Jobs Mon, 20 Jun 2022 04:10:16 +0000 Today West Virginia celebrates 159 years as a state and I was recently thinking about an article I wrote a few years ago. I was born in California, but my father and family have lived in St. Marys since the mid-1970s. I was 1 when my father was honorably discharged from the United […]]]>

Today West Virginia celebrates 159 years as a state and I was recently thinking about an article I wrote a few years ago.

I was born in California, but my father and family have lived in St. Marys since the mid-1970s. I was 1 when my father was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps and drove my mother and me in West Virginia.

My mother has since passed away, but my father and I remain from West Virginia. When I was younger, I was definitely tempted to leave the state, but I never did. As I got older and added to my skills, my wife and I briefly considered moving when I was interviewed for a think tank position early in the last decade. I didn’t get the job and, looking back, I’m glad I didn’t.

I am a proud West Virginian, a proud native of St. Marys and Pleasants County. I am a proud former resident of Parkersburg and Wood County. And I’m a proud resident of Charleston and Kanawha County. I chose the National Geography Bee in college instead of the Golden Horseshoe, but I’m sure I could easily have become a Knight of the Golden Horseshoe if I had wanted to.

Although I’m a proud West Virginian, I don’t identify as an Appalachian and really don’t understand the recent fascination with the term (or how it should be pronounced, which I believe can be pronounced in both directions). It’s probably because in the part of the state where I grew up, we don’t have anything near the mountains. I grew up along the Ohio River in a town that only exists because someone on a riverboat saw a vision of the Virgin Mary floating above the shore.

I write all of this above as a preface to what you are about to read below. The following is an article I wrote for a website called Vandaleer in 2016, but I find the content to be still current. I know West Virginia can be a tough place to live, especially for people my generation and younger. But I can truly say it’s worth it, and I hope the piece below inspires you to experience your West Virginia pride today on the state’s birthday.

Living in West Virginia, for some young adults, is a struggle. If so, it’s a struggle I’m happy to endure.

A few months ago, a few different entities sent out a request for stories from millennials in West Virginia about why they chose to live in the Mountain State or why they might consider leaving. They were encouraged to use the hashtag #TheStruggleToStay when submitting their stories.

When I first saw this hashtag scrolling on my Twitter timeline, it ate me up. It radiated negativity, which I’m sure was the point. He was designed to get a reaction and get a reaction he did.

I understand. If you’re that age, the prospects for staying in West Virginia for a while after college probably don’t look good. If you look at the top five in-demand jobs, it’s easy to see that West Virginia isn’t the place to be (at least not yet).

For young professionals, it’s easy to look at the job market, the political landscape, the health care, and even the ingrained culture of our state and want to run for the nearest border. These people do this without understanding that by their actions they are actually making the situation worse, not making it better.

According to the WVU College of Business and Economics, West Virginia is expected to lose more than 19,000 people by 2030. That’s more than 1% of the state’s population. On the other hand, West Virginia’s population north of 65 will make up nearly a quarter of the state’s residents over the same period.

With this data in mind, who do you think will shape West Virginia economically, socially, and culturally for years to come? Not its young professionals, but the same people who have always controlled this state and largely maintained it in the dark ages. That only changes if young men and women do something bold: stay.

You see, our ancestors didn’t fight to stay. They struggled to get here in the first place. It was a struggle to create farms here. It was a struggle to cultivate the soil on these hills. It was a struggle to wrest this state from Confederate Virginia, so much so that President Abraham Lincoln had to pace around in his pajamas to think about it. It was a struggle to mine coal, forge steel and mold glass.

You see, West Virginia was born out of struggle. We don’t need to see West Virginia as a burden, but as an opportunity, just like our ancestors did. If you are a young professional in this state, you are quite the pioneer that your great-great-great-grandparents were. You are 21st century climbers.

We need to be more involved. We must take the entrepreneurial risks and plant the seeds of West Virginia’s new economy. We need to be more politically involved, stand for local and national elections, be appointed to local councils and agencies. We need to focus on giving back, joining philanthropic and community service organizations, volunteering our time and skills.

None of this will be easy and none of this will change the state overnight. It will be a long game and, well, a struggle. It starts with us. It starts with our stay.

To make big changes, we are going to have a lot of struggles. I just hope the struggle to stay is no longer one of those struggles.

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Tales of misfortune from Kogi mining communities Sat, 18 Jun 2022 00:55:43 +0000 The coal mining communities of Ankpa Local Government Area in Kogi State have remained a delight for investors for decades. The mining communities of Ojoku District are set in lush vegetation that splashes its green color across a wide, open, rolling plain to the east of the local government area. Beneath this thick, naturally endowed […]]]>

The coal mining communities of Ankpa Local Government Area in Kogi State have remained a delight for investors for decades. The mining communities of Ojoku District are set in lush vegetation that splashes its green color across a wide, open, rolling plain to the east of the local government area. Beneath this thick, naturally endowed flora that covers the mining region hides a treasure, coal, affectionately called black gold. It spreads its bed throughout the neighborhood, some projects of which could last for hundreds of years to come.

Alhassan Ahmed, an elder from the mining community of Odagbo, said the black gold was seen as a harbinger of blessing by the locals, but regretted that at the turn of events over the years it turned out to be an illusion.

“I grew up knowing Odagbo settlement like this; it has not changed in any form. I learned that coal mining started here in 1968 from the Nigeria Coal Cooperation (NCC), but so far there is nothing to show,” he said.

Daily Trust Saturday reports that the city still bears an ancient appearance. “Our residents remain the poorest of the poor. Our story is one of dashed hopes,” Ahmed lamented.

The plight of the residents of the sleepy settlement of Odagbo mirrors the ugly image of the rest of the district’s mining communities. It is a community with a name that remains inseparable from coal mining in Nigeria and is said to be sitting on a coal deposit of around 72 billion tons. The archives of the Federal Ministry of Mines, Steel Development, however, reveal that only more than 350 million tons would have been exploited.

Tracing its formal history of coal excavation, Daily Trust Saturday learned that the Nigerian Coal Corporation launched operations at Odagbo in 1967, with full operations commencing in 1968. It, however, suspended mining activities in 2001 due to allegedly troublesome issues over mismanagement.

For further clarity, a director of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development postulated that after an unsuccessful privatization of the mining company by the Bureau of Public Enterprises in 1999, the government withdrew all necessary aid to the NCC until around 2002 when the company finally closed. down its operation.

Sources within the ministry said that around 2013, the federal government was forced to auction off some of the NCC’s assets, including that of Odagbo, in order to pay off some outstanding debts of the cooperation.

The collapse of the NCC led Nordic Nigeria Limited to participate in a short-lived mining operation at Odagbo. However, the company later lost ownership of the site in a legal tussle with Kaylor Energy Limited and subsequently ceased operations.

Our correspondent has learned that currently Koylar Energy Limited, a Zuma coal-fired power plant, and another company believed to be led by the Dangote Group, are the main investors, with funds staked in the mining district. And locals say they are groaning under land degradation and water pollution.

Koylar Energy Limited, an Indian company with mining number W008123, is said to be in charge of four mining communities in Ojoku district: Odagbo, Ofanwa, Alufele and Odogomu, while Zuma, a coal-fired power plant, operates in Okobo, Ika . and Enjema. Dangote Group operates in the Awo and Olupi communities of the district.

Despite these big names in mining activities, locals have constantly sounded the alarm about neglect and abject poverty.

According to the Odagbo youth leader, Comrade Saidu Haruna, the current woes of the mining communities were due to the complete neglect of the contractual agreement by the former miners in dealing with the side effects of their activities. He said community development agreements, which granted conditions and implementation of social responsibility for cooperation to the mining company, were not always respected by investors.

He alleged that the miners often colluded with some elderly citizens of the communities to deceive the locals. The youth leader said the youths had protested a few months ago over the refusal to repair erosion that threatened a road, which forced the mining company to deploy heavy machinery to level it.

According to Haruna, the defunct Nodic mining company had built a town hall for the community in two years of operation, pointing out that advocacy with the The direction of the mining company Kaylor to help rehabilitate the only primary school in the village fell on deaf ears.

The youth leader further said that the contractual agreement with the stakeholders to employ citizens in the community has been dropped saying that the company only employs foreigners and engages natives of the community in jobs. subordinates such as security and cleaning.

“At the height of these bottled up grievances, youths from the community barricaded the road leading to the mine site a few months ago. I was arrested by naval agents and labeled a terrorist. I was then released after the intervention of the interveners. But we are happy that our road has been leveled to allow the tension to ease and the business to continue to operate smoothly,” he said.

In Odagbo, residents lamented the lack of basic social amenities, such as electricity, clean water, health facilities and good schools despite years of mining activities in the area.

“The streams, which were the only source of drinking water in the communities, have been contaminated. We rely on two main streams: Aji Achokpa and Aji Oke as our source of drinking water.

“That of Odagbo Ofanwa, (Aji Oke) was blocked by the activities of the miners, forcing the inhabitants to travel several kilometers to Odagbo to fetch water for domestic use. The pressure on the stream has caused it to shrink over the years,” Haruna shared.

Also speaking, an official from the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development who did not want to be named, said the Nigeria Mineral Act (NMA) of 2007 had correctly defined the relationship between miners and host communities.

According to the 2007 NMA Act 20, Section 123 124 (abc) and 125 pollution of watercourses is prohibited by miners in given communities, and it empowers miners to keep the watercourse clean and sets out compensation for the damage and pollution thus caused.

The NMA Act states: “No person shall, in the course of mining or exploring for minerals, pollute or cause to be polluted any water or stream in the area within or beyond the lease. of this area. The licensee or lessee must indemnify the owner or occupant. »

According to the official, therefore, it is an obligation on the part of the miners or the investors to respect the community development agreements based on the environmental impact assessment (EIA), the environmental obligation, the content of environmental protection and rehabilitation programs as set out in the NMA Act, 2007, section 117, 119 and 120 before commencing any mining operation in any given area.

He added that the NMA Act 2007, Section 4a, allowed an aggrieved community to write to the Minister for Mines and Steel Development seeking a solution if they and the investors could not settle their differences and find a compromise.

When reminded of the instructions of the NMA Act and the need to seek redress to ease their plight, most residents said they wrote to this effect.

“We are aware of the provision of the Act as it affects our collective destiny in mining communities, various categories of associations or interest groups. The elders, the youth and the educated class have done a lot of work on our fate to no avail,” said Jimoh Okpanachi, an elderly resident of the area.

They called on the Federal Government and the Kogi State Government to persuade investors to ensure social responsibility as contained in the Community Development Agreement (CDA).

The frosty relationship between the host community and the miners of the Okaba-Odagbo mining axis remains the same as that of the other two mining sites in Ojokwu district. Residents of the Ika and Okobo mining communities where the Zuma coal-fired power plant operates had recently protested against mistreatment by investors, saying CDA had been abandoned by the miners.

In a brief telephone interview, an investor, Zakari Yau, operating in the mining sites of the Enjema, Ika and Okobo axes, said the allegations of abandonment by host communities were false. The investor said there was no grumbling in any form or grievance from its host communities, implying that there is peace and quiet in the area of ​​its operation.

“We have no problem with the host communities. Our relationship is cordial; we have no grievance in any form. And if you want to know more, come for a panel discussion about it,” he said.

But when our correspondent made an appointment with him, he did not acknowledge receipt of a text message to that effect or answer calls.

He said that the existing cordial relationship between the miners and the hosts was due to the fact that more than 60% of the investors or miners were from the environment of the district and as such they would not do anything detrimental to the community residents.

Efforts to speak with those responsible for Kaylor Mining Company failed because the company’s security officer, identified as Moïse, at the Okaba-Odagbo site directed all inquiries to the company’s administrative headquarters in Ankpa.

When our correspondent went to the company’s administrative headquarters in Ankpa, the officials approached refused to comment, saying: “We don’t talk to the press”.

EHS presents… Women supporting women in ‘Steel Magnolias’ on stage this weekend | Top Stories Thu, 16 Jun 2022 12:33:00 +0000 When five elderly women from Edgemont decided to take part in the annual show organized by students for their senior options project, there was a clear choice: “Steel Magnolias”. The play, set in Louisiana, features a group of six Southern women who regularly gather at a hair salon. “I think this show is really about […]]]>

When five elderly women from Edgemont decided to take part in the annual show organized by students for their senior options project, there was a clear choice: “Steel Magnolias”.

The play, set in Louisiana, features a group of six Southern women who regularly gather at a hair salon. “I think this show is really about the strength of women and being a community of strong women who can support each other… It’s just these women living their lives and certain tragedies strike,” said director Jasmine Rao. , who also plays Truvy. “It’s how they deal with it and how they support each other.”

The seniors quickly faced their first challenge: they had five seniors but needed a sixth to complete the cast. They eventually recruited junior Zoe Schuldenfrei to play the role of Ouiser.

(front) Abigal Duke, Eva Reduto; (standing) Daphne Luciano, Zoe Schuldenfrei, Rebecca Kim and Jasmine Rao

Luckily, all six actresses — Abigail Duke, Rebecca Kim, Daphne Luciano, Eva Reduto, Rao, and Schuldenfrei — had previous acting experience. While Rao took on the director role for the first time, the rest of the seniors took on new roles behind the scenes. Reduto and Duke worked on props, hair, makeup, and costumes, Kim focused on sets, and Luciano was the producer.

“Everyone kind of has their own expertise,” Rao said. “We all had our different roles, but it ultimately created this wonderful project.”

Managing the logistics and all the behind-the-scenes work was a challenge as the show is entirely student led and directed. “Finding out the budget and then also where to get our set was definitely a struggle, but I think we all pulled it off together,” said Luciano, who plays M’Lynn. “I think we all just learned a lot about how theater in general works behind the scenes and also on stage.”

Since the cast is so small, each actress had a lot of memorization to do, which isn’t easy, “but honestly, we’ve all really taken it into our own hands and are doing a really good job,” Rao said. .

Planning was another hurdle, especially for Schuldenfrei, as she always took lessons throughout the rehearsal process. They also had to find times when they could use the stage, with last week being the first time they were able to put their work on stage for tech week.

For the most part, COVID-19 hasn’t interfered much with production, with the only exception being a week-long hiatus. Rao acknowledged how lucky they were, thinking back to the senior production of “Clue” last year, when the seniors were forced to rehearse outside in the breezeway.

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Rebecca Kim, Daphne Luciano, Eva Reduto and Jasmine Rao

Fortunately, the group of six were already friends and had a strong relationship before the show, which made it much easier to overcome the difficulties of putting on a student-run show. “Working on this project has brought us all together a lot,” said Reduto, who plays Annelle. “We did a lot of problem solving. We had quite a few hurdles in the production of the show.

Some of the production’s current seniors were drafted in to help with last year’s senior production due to a lack of students. Luciano described this as a plus, as those who experienced last year’s show prepared the rest of the cast for the challenge they were about to face.

Reduto, who was one of the cast members last year, “expected this year to be a lot more chaotic” after last year was “very, very chaotic.”

“It was super fun and I loved it, but it was really crazy and I feel like our group of kids, just the people we have and the relationships with each other, it’s much calmer,” she said.

Being able to put together a production with close friends was a highlight for many. “I’ve been friends with these people for so long, but it’s very different to be on a show that’s about the strength of women and having these strong women in the cast,” Rao said.

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Rebecca Kim and Jasmine Rao

The show, which runs June 17 and 18 at 7 p.m., is free, but the cast encourages donations to the American Diabetes Association, an organization relevant to the production.

According to Luciano, audiences can expect the show’s many jokes. Along with the humor, another general theme is that “women are super powerful and the relationships they form with each other are even more powerful,” she said.

All of the students agreed that through this show they hope the audience understands the importance of having a supportive community. “I want audiences to see that there’s nothing more valuable than the relationships you create with other people,” Reduto said. “In the face of a tragedy like there is at the end of the show, the people you’re friends with and the people you’re close to are really going to be your support system.”

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Zoe Schuldenfrei and Eva Reduto

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