USA – Detective Denise “Cookie” Bouldin started an initiative. She started the Urban Youth Chess Club 13 years ago. Back then only three kids joined the club. But after all these years it has more than 200 students who participate in the annual tournament.
Cops are intimidating. And to younger people they are a whole lot scary. But it should not be the case. To solve this problem a cop took a small step. And now, there is a bond between the cops and kids. It is the best thing a community could ask for.
She wanted to improve the relationship between the kids of the society and the law enforcement. And it is also an effort to teach kids that their every move affects the society. She said- “I teach the kids that the chess board is like their community. It’s like real life. Every move you make there will be consequences just like in the real world.”
According to a popular chess academy, Chess Max Academy, this event was all about promoting positive relationship between cops and kids. You can see an old officer Matthew Roberson play with a 9 year old Yabi Ephram. Matthew and Yabi also train together at the nearby rec center. This friendly relationship between the cops and kids is a good sign, it shows that the kids can depend on them, and the law can trust them.
Mathhew said that he wants kids to think about their actions and their consequences. “Thinking multiple steps ahead, that lesson translates into other parts of life.”- said Matthew Roberson.
The chess tournament is not about who wins and who loses. It is all about the relationship that exists in the community. The effort taken by Det. Denise is a creative step towards community wellness. And it should be followed by people everywhere. By the end of the tournament, 30 kids had won the rounds, Vs only 9 cops. Seems like the kids are in the lead.
Belvoir Tobacco Pipe May be Connected with Ancestors Enslaved in Anne Arundel
Maryland – A tobacco pipe was found along the Generals Highway and it can be helpful to know about the African ancestors who had lived the slave life in Anne Arundel. Archaeologists from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration found four more clay tobacco pipe stems in the slave quarter at Belvoir and they sent the pipe stems for DNA test in a lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
The pipe stems were tested in the lab and doctors identified a woman’s ancient DNA on one of the stems. But the DNA was degraded enough to prevent any conclusion of linking to living descendants. A doctor at the University of Copenhagen also tested the pipe stems and found that the woman could be related to Mende people living in present day Sierra Leone in West Africa. This is the first time scientists have proved human DNA from a 200 year old tobacco pipe stem and they connected the DNA with the ancient people.
It is a new way to get DNA from archaeological sites that nobody has dreamed of yet. There are several best tobacco pipes available in the market and these clay pipe stems are the part of them. A lot of slaves didn’t have names recorded and now this is a good opportunity to know about their origin and families.
Dr. Ripan Malhi, head of an ancient DNA (aDNA) laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, said that they often study human skeletal every time they find one and it is a good opportunity to recover DNA from few hundred years old tobacco pipes.
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