Organisation News May 10, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is pleased at the dismissal by a Paris court on 12 July of a racism suit against French radio journalist Daniel Mermet and his boss, Jean-Marie Cavada, head of the Radio France network.The judge said the allegations of “incitement to racial hatred” and “racial slander” against Mermet, and by extension Cavada, were unfounded because an account of a conflict situation “inevitably includes the voicing of preferences.” He said there was no question of Mermet being anti-semitic.Mermet had been sued by the French Union of Jewish Students, the French League against Racism and Anti-Semitism and lawyer William Goldnadel for broadcasting remarks from listeners in the course of a series of reports from Gaza and Israel. They have appealed against the judge’s verdict.Reporters Without Borders had supported Mermet and called for the dropping of all legal action against him. More than 25,000 people signed an appeal backing him entitled “Do we have the right to criticise Sharon?” which was published in the French weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur on 19 June by Reporters Without Borders and Mermet’s radio programme “Là-bas si j’y suis” (“Life on the Other Side”).The appeal criticised the defamatory campaign and threats made against journalists and media in recent months by people accusing them of being biased in their reporting of the Middle East conflict.”Small groups and individuals daring to claim they speak for all Jews are playing on fear and confusion and when the slightest criticism of Israeli policy is made come out with the charge of anti-Semitism,” the appeal said.”This dangerously devalues the fight against anti-Semitism and Jew-hating by systematically and improperly brandishing it on every occasion. (…) If Mermet’s programme was anti-Semitic, then anti-Semitism is everywhere. (…) We reject these lunatic accusations and exaggerated suspicions, this serious perversion of public debate and this cheapening of anti-Semitism,” the appeal said. FranceEurope – Central Asia RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story News July 12, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Racism suit against two journalists dismissed Follow the news on France Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more FranceEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more to go further “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Reporters Without Borders is pleased that a Paris court dismissed a suit on12 July accusing French radio journalist Daniel Mermet of “incitement toracial hatred” and “racial slander” for having broadcast the comments oflisteners in a series of programmes reporting from Gaza and Israel. News Help by sharing this information News
United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on United Arab Emirates Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders hails the decision by the president of the United Arab Emirates today to pardon blogger Ahmed Mansoor and four other pro-democracy activists a day after they were convicted of insulting the country’s leaders. All were expected to be released later in the day.After an unfair trial, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced Mansoor to three years’ imprisonment for insulting the leaders of the UAE and calling for anti-government demonstrations.Each of his four co-accused, lecturer Nasser bin Ghaith, and activists Farhad Salem Hassan, Ali Al-Khamis and Ahmed Abdul Khaleq, was also convicted under the criminal code of insulting the leadership and received a two-year prison sentence.The UAE legal system treated the case as a matter of state security so there was no appeal against the verdict and the only hope of the accused was a pardon from President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. “This is excellent news for Ahmed Mansoor and the four activists who will finally be released after eight months in prison. The perseverance of their families and all those who supported them in their campaign deserves our praise,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The verdict of the court handed down on 27 November is nonetheless shocking and illustrates the repressive security policy carried out by the government since the uprisings began in the Arab world.“We should like to recall that no tangible proof was presented against Mansoor during the trial, which ended, however, with an extremely harsh sentence. He is innocent and his only crime is having encouraged the government to undertake democratic reforms,” the press freedom organization added. Organisation News November 28, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ahmed Mansoor and four other pro-democracy activists pardoned and freed RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa “We urge the authorities to investigate the ill-treatment suffered by Mansoor and his co-accused in prison, as well as the threats received by his family. The UAE authorities have a duty to do all they can to protect all their citizens and guarantee their security.”The blogger and human rights activist was arrested on 8 April and charged in his capacity as administrator of the democracy discussion forum Al-Hewar (“dialog”), on which he and the four other activists – nicknamed “the UAE Five” – were accused of posting messages between July and October last year criticising the government’s policies.From 2 October this year, the five refused to attend hearings in protest against a trial they said was unfair and politically motivated, and was marred by numerous irregularities. They had been on hunger strike since 13 November. During the trial, the five were denied access to their lawyers who were prevented from interviewing prosecution witnesses. After their arrest, the UAE Five were the targets of a smear campaign launched on the Internet and carried by some local media outlets. Their critics, who accused them of treason, organised demonstrations outside the Abu Dhabi court and did not baulk at threatening the families of the accused.In a joint statement issued on 10 November the five accused the websites Lethal Character and Proud Emirati of being behind the campaign and of fanning a climate of hostility towards them and their families.In a statement issued on 9 November, Mansoor’s family said the campaign had intensified on the Internet, on television and in newspapers.At a trial hearing on 23 October, an audio recording of someone making death threats and calling for a demonstration against Mansoor was played in court. The blogger’s family issued a complaint against the person behind the recording, identified as the poet Saïd Bakhit Al-Kutubi, but so far no legal proceedings have been taken as a result. A relative of Nasser bin Ghaith was struck by a demonstrator outside the courtroom yesterday. The assailant was arrested. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say to go further Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more News News Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns this campaign and regrets that no action has been taken against those orchestrating it.The organization calls on the UAE authorities to follow up the defence complaints and open an investigation, so that those behind the intimidation campaign are brought to justice. They must remain conscious of the duty to protect the safety of the five activists after their release.The UAE is among the countries under surveillance in the list of Internet enemies compiled by Reporters Without Borders in March this year. In recent months, the government has stepped up its pressure on netizens. RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more Photo copyright: ReutersRead our previous press releases about Ahmed Mansoor December 23, 2020 Find out more
The facility is aPassi City public-private partnership project with BEST, which will operate itfor seven years. “The tipping feewill still depend on the distance of the towns,” said Palmares./PN “I-clarify ko lang daya nga sanitary landfill indi typical kag conventional ngawaste materials i-dump lang diri. There will be segregation,”stressed Palmares. According to MayorStephen Palmares of Passi City, representatives of Basic Environment SystemsTechnologies, Inc. (BEST) that is currently constructing the facility, thefirst cell would already be completed and ready to accommodate waste by March15. ILOILO – StartingMarch 15 this year, 29 local government units (LGUs) will dispose their wasteat the 12-hectare P308-million integrated waste management facility in BarangayAglalana, Passi City. A sanitary landfilluses an engineered method of waste disposal where waste are buried undergroundor in a large pile being controlled and monitored. The bottom of the landfillhas a network of plumbing, serves as collection system for liquids to avoidleakages of leachates from the landfill that harms the waterways. Constructionstarted last October 2019. The sanitarylandfill could accommodate between 200 to 375 tons of residual waste per day. The sanitarylandfill is in compliance with the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of2000, said Vice Mayor Jesry Palmares. “It’s a goodstrategy to construct environmentally-friendly solid waste managementfacilities that could save other towns that have problems with waste disposal,”said Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. during its groundbreaking in Octoberlast year. The following LGUssigned a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the city government of Passi forthis last month: Badiangan, Bingawan, Cabatuan, Calinog, Janiuay, Mina,Pototan, Anilao, Banate, Barotac Nuevo, Dingle, Dueñas, Dumangas, San Enrique,Ajuy, Balasan, Barotac Viejo, Batad, Carles, Concepcion, Estancia, Lemery, SanDionisio, San Rafael, Sara, Oton, Santa Barbara, Leganes, and Zarraga. Once operational,Passi City will have an 18 percent share in the net income as well as in thetipping fee.
Geologist Bill Hoesch summarizes powerful geological evidences that support the Genesis account of a global flood.On the occasion of Dr Andrew Snelling’s victory against discrimination by the National Park Service (see 5/11/17), we thought it would be worthwhile to learn about some of the evidence that convinces him and other creation geologists that the Grand Canyon cannot be millions of years old, but must have been carved rapidly by a catastrophic flood like the one described in Genesis. In this first contributed post by another creation geologist (who is currently leading a tour group at the canyon), William Hoesch lists ten arguments for a young canyon that he uses in presentations. Bill has been on many canyon expeditions since the 1980s. This list should not be considered exhaustive, but each point deserves thoughtful consideration, because visitors to Grand Canyon are never told about these evidences by the park rangers, park literature, and most tour guides. —Ed.Grand Canyon from Yavapai Point, by David CoppedgeThe Genesis Flood and Grand Canyon: Ten Geological Reasons to Believeby Bill HoeschA world-destroying Flood must have left a mark on the earth. The following ten truth-claims are brief generalizations that refer primarily to the 4,000-foot-thick section of strata in Grand Canyon, from the base of the Tapeats Sandstone to the top of the Kaibab Limestone. Each is significant, but collectively they offer a compelling testimony for the Flood. In Grand Canyon is: …a record of death, not life. Grand Canyon fossils are mostly a jumbled hash of broken and transported shellfish debris. Evidence for in-situ “fossil communities” of organisms is not strong. Animal tracks and prints preserved as trace-fossils are no proof of “normal” life conditions but may have been marks left by creatures in the process of being buried alive if not in their final death throes. Dead animals are not entering the fossil record in any widespread fashion today; why was the past so different? …a record of ocean above continent. Ocean-derived sediment of the Sauk mega-sequence rests blanket-like on Grand Canyon basement rocks. The buoyancy of continental crust relative to oceanic crust makes such flooding a difficult if not an extraordinary task, yet it has clearly happened in the past. Nothing comparable to the Sauk mega-sequence is found in the modern or recent sedimentary record. …a singular record of global-scale erosion. At the base of the Tapeats Sandstone is an erosion-surface without parallel in the entire rock record. Called the Great Unconformity, it also marks the advance of ocean on top of continent on a global scale. An agent of tsunami-like intensity apparently scoured the earth to a flat surface before the marine Tapeats Sandstone came to rest on it.Volunteer points to Great Unconformity, as Dr Andrew Snelling and Tom Vail look on. Photo by David Coppedge, June 2008 …a remarkable linguistic record of a global flood. Native American tribes of the region, with few exceptions, have flood accounts as part of their cultural tradition. Is there a historical reason? Grand Canyon from Mather Point, by David Coppedge(Visited 1,944 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 …a record of long-distance sediment transport. The bulk of the sand comprising the upper 2,000 feet of Grand Canyon strata is derived from sources in the Appalachian region, implying trans-continental transport of tens-of-thousands of cubic miles of sand. This is completely without precedent in the modern world. …an extraordinarily widespread Sedimentary Record. Individual rock bodies such as the Tapeats Sandstone and Redwall Limestone are each hundreds of feet thick, water-deposited, and rich in marine fossils. They extend as sheet-like deposits across most of North America and beyond. In fact, they show only minor variation in texture, composition, and fossil content across major portions of other continents as well. Such a worldwide phenomenon demands a sufficiently global cause. …a record of relentless sedimentation. Breaks in sedimentation (unconformities) of enormous duration are interpreted not measured in the 4,000-foot-thick Paleozoic section of Grand Canyon. Among the ten or more breaks that are each alleged to be a million or more years are some that are as flat as a billiard table for 270 miles. Why such meager relief on these surfaces? Grand Canyon strata give every appearance of having accumulated in succession and without major interruption.  The case for subaqueous vertebrate “escape tracks” in the Coconino Sandstone remains formidable: L.R. Brand & T. Tang, “Fossil vertebrate footprints in the Coconino Sandstone (Permian) of northern Arizona: evidence for underwater origin” (Geology 19:1201-1204, 1991). The Sauk mega-sequence is the first of three major pulses of sediment represented in these Grand Canyon strata. L.L. Sloss, “Sequences in the cratonic interior of North America” (Geol Soc. America Bull., v. 74, p. 93-114, 1963).Space Shuttle view of Grand Canyon Average density of oceanic crust is 3.0 g/cc; continental crust is much less: 2.85 g/cc. D.V. Ager, The Nature of the Stratigraphical Record (John Wiley, New York), 1973. A geologic catastrophe is defined as an event of high energy and short duration. Crinoid fossils in the Redwall Limestone include some “exceptionally well-preserved external molds of calyces,” which demand extremely rapid burial. History of the Redwall Limestone in Northern Arizona, E.D. McKee and R.G. Gutschick (Geol. Soc. Am. Memoir 114, Boulder, Colorado, 1969, p. 49) and “Echinoderm taphonomy, taphofacies, and lagerstatten,” C.E. Brett, et al. (Paleontological Society Papers, 3: 147-190, 1997). Large scale cross-bedding of sand-to-pebble-sized bioclastic debris is found in two of the four Redwall Limestone members. Strong underwater currents are implied, yet these bear striking resemblance to cross-beds in other Grand Canyon strata that are claimed to be of terrestrial origin: McKee & Gutschick, History of the Redwall Limestone (p. 111), and G.H. Billingsley, Geologic Map of the Grand Canyon 30’ x 60’ Quadrangle, Coconino and Mohave Counties, Northwestern Arizona, (U.S. Geological Survey I-2688, Reston, VA). S.A. Austin and K.P. Wise, “Regionally extensive mass kill of large orthocone nautiloids, Redwall Limestone (Lower Mississippian), Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona” (Geological Society of America—2002 Annual Meeting, Paper no. 187-4.), and S.A. Austin, “Nautiloid Mass Kill and Burial Event, Redwall Limestone (Lower Mississippian), Grand Canyon Region, Arizona and Nevada” in R.L. Ivey (ed.) Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Creationism (Pittsburgh: Creation Science Fellowship, 2003), pp. 55–99. This is a kind of slowness that strains even uniformitarian models; after major unconformities are accounted for an average rate of sedimentation is estimated in the hundredths of a millimeter per year. The Great Unconformity is a worldwide erosion surface and in Grand Canyon it separates the layered Tapeats Sandstone (base of the Sauk mega-sequence) from the non-layered Precambrian rocks beneath. G.E. Gehrels, et al., “Detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology of Paleozoic strata in the Grand Canyon, Arizona(Lithosphere 3:183-200, 2011). A good skeptical review of radioisotope techniques including problems in dating Grand Canyon rocks is found in A.A. Snelling, Earth’s Catastrophic Past, Volume 2 (Institute for Creation Research: Dallas, p. 797-864). Maximum relief on any of these erosion surfaces is 400 feet. Compare this to 29,000 feet in the modern world.Examples of folded strata at various points in Grand Canyon. Photos by David Coppedge.Fractures, minor faults, and apparent flexural slip reported in these tight folds does nothing to preclude a soft-strata origin. The Tapeats Sandstone is quartzitic in part, which means it withstands bending about as well as a ceramic pot endures a hammer blow: evidence for grain breakage ought to be everywhere. The existing brittle failure indicators have not been shown to be so volumetrically abundant as to account for the tight fold geometry, and may be incidental or even post-date (in part) the folding event. Flexural slippage, if confirmed, demands that folded units differ in shear strength, not that they be fully lithified. Ductile thickening by 25% of the Redwall Limestone is documented in other Grand Canyon folds, and implies flowage of material over hundreds of meters distance: “Development of monoclines: Part I. Structure of the Palisades Creek branch of the East Kaibab monocline, Grand Canyon, Arizona,” Ze’ev Reches (Geological Society of America Memoir 151, p. 235-270, 1977). A Hualapai flood-story depicts a world-destroying flood, 45 days of rain, a bird with grass in its mouth, and a dispersion of peoples that followed: Paul Talieje, “Wikahme,” in Leanne Hinton and Lucille Watahomogie (eds) Spirit Mountain: An Anthology of Yuman Story and Song (University of Arizona Press: Tucson, 1984, p. 15–42).Bill Hoesch is a geologist, speaker and tour guide working with Logos Research Associates. See his Author Profile. …a singular sedimentary record. For the Cambrian Tapeats Sandstone to be bent vertically an alleged 400 million years after first being deposited suggests a less-than-fully lithified condition for the entire 4,000-foot-thick succession. This is incongruent with so long a timescale, yet would be expected if these strata were the product of a recent world-covering flood. …a catastrophic sedimentary record. Rapid burial is indicated in the fossils, bedding, and sedimentology of Grand Canyon strata. Exceptional fossil preservation, especially in the absence of obvious anoxic indicators, implies rapid burial. Cross-laminated bedding in marine and non-marine strata alike implies rapid sand accumulation. Even in the “tranquil” Redwall Limestone there is at least one six-foot-thick bed with billions of nautiloids trapped in a (subsea) sandy debris flow of regional extent. Evidence demanding a “slow and gradual” origin for Grand Canyon strata is hard to find. All appears catastrophic. …a timeless rock record. In Grand Canyon are multiple, dateable rock bodies that are ideally suited for testing of radioisotope dating techniques. When rocks dated by different methods yield discordant age-dates, and when rocks of radically different relative-age yield numeric ages that are roughly comparable, skepticism is justified. The question of whether any Grand Canyon rock has been successfully dated remains a valid one. A deliberate neglect of data is required to believe in “deep time.”
Spanish players at a training session before the group B World Cup match between Spain and Australia at the Atletico Paranaense training center in Curitiba, Brazil. (AP Photo)Spain will take on Australia in its final Group B match on Monday in the knowledge that defeat will officially make its defense of the World Cup the worst in history.Following two straight defeats for both teams, neither can qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup.But Spain in particular has something to play for, despite having already made history of the wrong kind. It is the first defending champion in modern times to be eliminated after two matches, following a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of the Dutch and a 2-0 loss to Chile. In 1934 Uruguay did not defend its trophy while in 1950 Italy failed to get through a three-team group despite winning a match.On Monday, Spain will seek to avoid notching another negative milestone.No defending champion has ever exited a tournament without securing a single point. France came closest in 2002 when it finished last in its group, having only managed to draw one of its games in its goalless campaign in South Korea.Following a six-year period of domination which has seen it win two straight European Championships as well as the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, Spain’s woes at the World Cup have come as huge surprise.Many of the players that took the field in the opening two games are likely to be on the bench at the Arena da Baixada in the southern city of Curitiba.advertisementIn the wake of the Dutch thrashing, coach Vicente del Bosque already rang the changes in the second match against Chile when he dropped Xavi Hernandez and Gerard Pique from the start. Koke, for one, is expected to play against Australia, after he replaced Xabi Alonso in the Chile game.”We’re going to put together the best lineup for that game,” said del Bosque. “All my players are potential starters without a doubt. We’ll try to put together the best team.”Striker Fernando Torres, who has been a part of Spain’s success in recent years, said the players want to finish with a win as the team rebuilds ahead of the 2016 European Championship in France.”We didn’t show our strengths in the first two games and now we have the chance against Australia,” said Torres. “We’re expecting a real tough game. It’s our last chance to win a game at this World Cup and to go back to Spain with three points and show everyone we have a lot of football for the future.”The future of the Spanish national side remains uncertain. Though the Spanish Football Federation has indicated that it wants del Bosque to remain in place during the rebuilding, it’s uncertain whether the 63-year-old coach has the inclination to carry on.For Australia, despite its two defeats, the World Cup can be viewed in a far more positive light.Following a lackluster loss to Chile, Australia pushed the Netherlands during its narrow 3-2 loss. Australia will be without the suspended Tim Cahill, whose 20-yard left-footed volley against the Dutch could end up being the goal of the tournament.”We came here to play football, and as a nation I think we have earned the respect of the world,” Cahill said. “I’m proud of this team, the kids. It’s one of the best soccer teams I have ever been a part of.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva urges board not to panicby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva has urged the board not to panic after a slow start to the season.Everton head into Saturday’s game at Burnley on the back of three straight defeats to heap the pressure back on Silva. Asked if he felt he had the backing of director of football Marcel Brands as unrest grows, Silva said: “I understand what you are asking, and we have to be on the same page, we must be.“If you ask me if I feel I am with Marcel, then 100 per cent. It doesn’t make sense for me and for a football club to have a project and then change it because we didn’t win the last three games. You can not do that, it is impossible.”He added: “We inside the club know what’s happened last summer – we have to know because we are football people.“I know what the club asked me as well. I know everything that has happened and for me it is so clear. Stability is so important. If you ask me then I don’t feel anything has changed in the last week. Of course I am not happy, the players are not happy, everyone inside is not happy.“But the club is clear. We showed last summer that we had a project and I’am the manager to handle and work with the players we have.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea hero Nevin tells Lampard: Don’t spend big after transfer banby Freddie Taylor15 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Pat Nevin has urged the club not to spend big after their transfer ban concludes.The Blues are currently a six-match winning run thanks in large part to their flourishing contingent of academy graduates.Those youngsters have benefitted from Chelsea’s inability to buy any players until next summer, and Nevin thinks the club must resist ruining their development.He wrote on the club’s website: “Our young side have just deservedly beaten Ajax, the best young side in Europe, at their own ground and it was no fluke, Chelsea were the better team.”If we do the double over them on 5 November, does that then make us the best young side in Europe? If it does, then should Frank take a chance on ruining that progress with a bunch of new signings?”Why for example would you even consider buying, say, another centre-forward when Tammy Abraham has been superb and is absolutely definitely going to get even better? Well there could be a dip in form or an injury, or indeed he might just need a rest at some point.”We have got other strikers already on the roster. Michy’s goals-to-minutes-played figures are off the scale again this season for club and country, but what club or indeed manager would turn down a world-class player if he suddenly became available?”I hadn’t considered it at all this season, because with Chelsea lying fourth in the Premier League, who cares about next season right at this moment? Well the club has to, Frank has to and doing things at the last moment on a whim is generally not considered the best way to bring long-term success to any club. So forward planning is a given.”I suspect there will be a bit of a war chest available to Frank by the summertime, but unlike other clubs around us, such as Manchester United and maybe even Spurs, it doesn’t look like a whole new outfit is needed, just a few little jewels added to make the whole thing sparkle even more.”I wouldn’t be surprised however if the club takes precisely the opposite approach to previous seasons when these acquisitions are considered.”During the ‘Roman era’, how many world-class strikers of a certain age have come to the Bridge with, it has to be a said, varying levels of success? I almost can’t imagine Frank doing that, but I can imagine the scouts being sent out around the planet to find the next hot young thing who would fit into, or more likely grow into, this group and this system.”
Buddy Hield ChantIt’s halftime in Baton Rouge, and LSU is halfway to pulling an upset over No. 1 Oklahoma. The Tigers are leading the Sooners 44-36 at intermission. Late in the first half, the LSU student section began taunting Oklahoma star Buddy Hield as he prepared to shoot a free throw. In and of itself, this certainly isn’t newsworthy, but when you take into account what they appeared to chant, it is.Listen closely, and you can hear what sounds like “F— you, Buddy” coming from the student section. LSU students with a not so family-friendly chant to Buddy Hield. (NSFW) https://t.co/r2nXpvSqoH— Joe Buettner (@Joe_Buettner) January 30, 2016It certainly sounds like what we think it is. You can bet the LSU administration isn’t happy about this.
Friday afternoon, Garth Brooks visited the St. Paul campus of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota to dedicate the Child Life Zone — a therapeutic play area for patients, siblings and families.The Children’s – St. Paul Child Life Zone was made possible through a partnership with Teammates for Kids, of which Garth is co-founder.In addition to the therapeutic craft and play area, the Child Life Zone offers a gaming and media wall, a performance space for in-house TV programming, kitchen area for special events, and toys, books and games for all ages. To help children more easily cope with their hospital experience, patients visiting the Child Life Zone also receive support from Child Life Specialists trained to help with the psychosocial needs of children in the health care setting. Sibling play services are also offered to kids whose brother or sister is in the hospital.As Garth was dedicating the Child Life Zone at Children’s – St. Paul, he said, “Child life is medicine that money can’t buy. Child life is a way of the future. The message is you’re never alone in your life no matter what, and always keep children first.”Teammates for Kids, which is made up of more than 3,900 professional athletes that share a common vision for helping children all over the world, focuses on helping children in the areas of health, education and inner-city outreach. The Child Life Zone at Children’s is the 11th zone across the U.S. sponsored by Teammates for Kids.“Being in the hospital can be a stressful experience for children and families, so it’s wonderful to have a kid-friendly, healing space like the Child Life Zone where families can relax and kids can be kids,” said Joy Johnson-Lind, MSW/LICSW, senior director of child and family services at Children’s.More than 100 patients are expected to visit the Children’s – St. Paul Child Life Zone each month, which is located on the third floor of Children’s St. Paul Campus, at 345 North Smith Avenue.