Debate examines Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

first_imgCaitlyn Jordan | The Observer Stephen Macedo speaks in defense of same-sex marriage Tuesday night. Macedo took part in a debate with Ryan Anderson, who argued same-sex marriage leads to the deterioration of American families.Only a quarter of Americans supported same-sex marriage 20 years ago, but today, around two-thirds of the population is in favor of it, according to Macedo. There is a difference, Macedo said, between the sacrament of marriage and civil marriage and how they combine to form the public meaning of marriage. “People want to get married, not just because it’s a matter of private commitment to another person, but because they want it to be recognized that they’ve entered into this public commitment,” he said. “The law facilitates this recognition. You wear a ring — it’s very public. It’s extremely private and very public to enter this sort of commitment, and it makes the understanding known in society.”According to Macedo, the opposing view of same-sex marriage is centered on the possibility of children, disqualifying same-sex marriage. “The general argument, at its core, is that sexual intercourse between a man and a woman is the ‘sine qua non’ of marriage, even if, owing to the sterility to one or both partners, procreation is impossible,” he said. “It’s on this basis that Ryan [Anderson] and his coauthors [of “What is Marriage?,” Robert George and Sherif Girgis] argue that gay couples are not denied a right to marriage — rather, they’re ineligible for marriage by nature.”While he said he acknowledged some legitimate points in Anderson’s argument against same-sex marriage, Macedo said these concerns are not enough to justify using them as the basis for law. “I think the question is whether it’s appropriate in a religiously diverse society to make one particular ideal of marriage — and I think it’s a very respectable ideal of marriage — the basis for the law of marriage so that it applies to everyone within this religiously diverse society,” he said.In Anderson’s response, he said his opposition to same-sex marriage is based on the unknown consequences it could have on the American family and the deterioration of marriage in the United States. According to him, more than half of the children in America’s two largest minority groups — Latino and African American — are born out of wedlock, another sign of a deteriorating state. “Gays and lesbians are not to blame for the breakdown of the American family,” he said. “They’re not to blame for the increase of nonmarital childbearing — they’re not the ones creating children outside of marriage. I do want to suggest that the vision of marriage and human sexuality that is to blame, a liberal ideology, is the vision of marriage that has largely fueled the public discourse for the past decade, and now that it’s enshrined in law, it will further the deterioration of marriage in the United States.”This “vision of marriage,” Anderson said, has convinced people that love and consent between adults are enough to justify a marriage. “Professor Macedo said it was principles of ‘liberty, equality and justice’ that propelled the Supreme Court’s decision, and he thinks it rightly was decided to redefine marriage in all 50 states and to say the Constitution requires it,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anything in the Constitution that tells us what sort of consenting adult relationship is a marital relationship.”Anderson said, using Macedo’s own logic, the legalization of non-monogamous marriages should also be covered — Macedo is not in favor of legalizing these types of marriages. “This is where I don’t think we’ve heard enough from same-sex proponents, about why they’d limit it to just two people in a committed relationship. Increasingly, if you look at the academic and popular literature, they’re arguing that there is no reason to limit it as such. … All I’m going to say about this [non-monogamous marriages] is that it directly undercuts the state being in the marriage business in the first place.” The government is only involved in the marriage business because of the consequences marriages and families have on American society, Anderson said. “The state’s not in the marriage business because it’s a sucker for your love life,” he said. “The state’s not in the marriage business because it’s concerned about the romance of consenting adults. The state’s in the marriage business because sexual unions between men and women can result in children, and children deserve mothers and fathers. Governments try to get men and women to commit permanently and exclusively to one another and fulfill their obligations to their kids. When this doesn’t happen, social costs run high.” Anderson also said the legalization of same-sex marriage has had consequences for religious freedom, specifically for those whose faith doesn’t support it. “There are a number of stories of bakers, florists, photographers — people of faith who have no problem serving gays and lesbians, no problem employing gays and lesbians, but they do have a problem celebrating a same-sex wedding because they believe that would be using their God-given artistic gifts and talents for something against their beliefs — they have been fined in both their professional and personal live,” he said. In his final rebuttal, Macedo said while there are problems with the American perception of marriage, same-sex marriage should not be one of the major concerns. “If we want to strengthen marriage the best way to do it is to get past the argument of same-sex marriage,” he said. “The real crisis of marriage in this country is a class-based marriage … that points to a widening economic gap. It seems to me the debate of same-sex marriage is a distraction from this issue. The politicization of marriage is turning some young people off of it altogether.” Tags: BridgeND, gay marriage, LGBTQ, same-sex marriage Eight months after the landmark Supreme Court ruling Obergefell v. Hodges, which decided same-sex couples had the fundamental right to marry, the debate over the decision is still going. As part of this ongoing discussion, the Tocqueville Program and BridgeND sponsored a debate between Stephen Macedo, a professor at Princeton who defends the ruling, and Ryan Anderson, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, on Tuesday night. Macedo, author of “Just Married: Same-Sex Couples, Monogamy and the Future of Marriage,” spoke first in the Lincoln-Douglas format debate.“Public opinion on gay rights and same-sex marriage, specifically, have shifted astonishingly over the last 15 years and even more so over the last 20 or 30 years,” he said. “Americans in their 50s and older didn’t know any openly gay people when they were younger — I certainly didn’t. But as Americans came out of the closet, partly in response to the AIDS epidemic, and Americans began to come to grips with the fact that homosexuality is not a lifestyle choice but rather a settled and deep-seeded feature of one’s personality.”last_img read more

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Gas industry may be next target for renewables, analysts say

first_imgGas industry may be next target for renewables, analysts say FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The global gas industry, boosted by a host of new projects to feed booming demand, is in better shape than at any point in the last five years but analysts warn it is getting ahead of itself, pointing to the rise of renewable energy as a threat.Commodity merchant Vitol expects trade in liquefied natural gas (LNG) to double to 600 million tonnes annually (mtpa) in the coming years, reflecting forecasts by Russian LNG producer Novatek which sees 700 mtpa by 2030. To meet that demand, companies are working on final investment decisions for a new wave of mega projects.“The industry is confident,” said Christian Brown, president for the oil and gas sector at Canadian-listed SNC Lavalin, an industrial project management company. Brown said the industry was in its best shape since 2014, when a slump in oil and gas prices led to aggressive cost cutting and scrapping of projects. He said most growth was coming from U.S. unconventional oil and gas.Still, not everybody is buying into the industry’s confidence, warning the fast rise of cheap renewable power generation, backed up by improving battery technology, would increasingly take market share away from the gas industry.“The oil and gas industry are undergoing major disruption from electrification and renewables,” said Bernadette Cullinane, of Deloitte Consulting. “LNG producers must lower costs to compete with solar plus storage,” she said, warning that projects vying for investment, but unable to reduce costs enough to compete with renewables, were likely fail.Following a sharp price falls in panel costs and improvement in efficiency, global solar power capacity has soared from just 15 gigawatt (GW) a decade ago to around 400 GW now, data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) showed. Most forecasts expect capacity to double again by the mid-2020s. “Given how fast this disruption is occurring, we believe the oil and gas industry must act now,” Deloitte’s Cullinane said.More: Buoyant gas industry may be blindsided by renewableslast_img read more

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Unlucky Kwadwo Asamoah suffers fresh injury

first_imgVersatile midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has been hit by yet another injury barely a month after making a return from the sidelines.The former Udinese man regained full fitness three weeks ago after a long injury layoff but he is believed to have picked a fresh injury in theBianconeri’s Coppa Italia win over Inter on Wednesday where he lasted the entire duration of the game.Asamoah complained of a problem in his right thigh after the game and it is feared he could have suffered a thigh muscle injury.He is expected to undergo a scan to determine the extent of the injury.The Ghana international, who has been capped 66 times by the Black Stars, was ruled out of the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea due to a knee injury which took him out for action for nearly one year. Asamoah is yet to feature under Ghana coach Avram Grant and this fresh injury could hamper any chances of his first appearance under the Israeli as Ghana prepare to host Mozambique in a 2017 AFCON qualifier in March.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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COMMENTARY: Red Bank Charter School

first_imgBy Meredith Pennotti, PrincipalWhen Red Bank Charter School opened its doors in 1997, it was a result of parents and community stakeholders coming together to meet the demand for higher-quality school options than what was available in the public district schools at the time. Since then, Red Bank Charter School has operated with fidelity to the New Jersey Charter School Act of 1995, which requires the school to provide access to an alternative program for the diverse population of every school-age child of Red Bank. The diverse student body and strong school culture provide an optimal environment for learning and social development. Red Bank Charter school outperforms 73% of all (traditional and charter) elementary schools in the state of New Jersey and has been classified as a Tier 1 school by the NJ Department of Education (DOE).Ranked 7th among N.J. charter schools and in the top 25% of Monmouth County public schools, Red Bank Charter School has the potential to offer tremendous opportunity to Red Bank’s children. In order to serve more students, Red Bank Charter School submitted an amendment request to the DOE to educate an additional 200 children in Red Bank with the implementation of a weighted lottery that preferences economically disadvantaged students in order to more-closely represent the Red Bank demographics. We are committed to our community, and every child within it. It is the right of every child to have access to a high-quality education and there is sound evidence to support expansion of our Tier 1, tuition-free, public school. Red Bank Charter School has demonstrated academic achievement and success, it proposes a weighted lottery, parents have a right to choose, facility availability, and financial resources are all factors that support Red Bank Charter School’s expansion.ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTWhile Red Bank Charter School is one of the highest-performing charter schools in the state, we are also one of the smallest. Our size hampers our ability to effect change for Red Bank’s children. Our most recent PARCC data illustrates that Red Bank Charter School students outperformed Borough students in 10 out the 12 PARCC assessments taken in grades 3-8 in 2015 (5 out of 6 in ELA; 5 out of 6 in Math). In Grades 4-7, Red Bank Charter School students more than doubled the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the Math assessment as compared to Red Bank Borough and the 49% of Red Bank Charter School students in grades 3-8 met or exceeded expectations on the ELA assessment. In the first year of PARCC, Red Bank Charter School scored within one point of the statewide average in both ELA and Math and on the previous NJ ASK exams, Red Bank Charter School students not only outperformed district peers, but also outperformed their peers statewide closing the achievement gap.Our desire is not to compare students in one school versus another—although the DOE requires charter schools to outperform district schools in order to remain open and continue educating students—a standard to which no public school is held accountable. Our goal is to ensure that every Red Bank child is provided the academic environment and opportunity to succeed. It is the reason Red Bank Charter School was established in 1997 and why we seek expansion now. The student population of the district has grown and our enrollment is limited to 200 students. Expansion not only serves the children of Red Bank, it also provides needed reprieve to the Red Bank Borough School District which is overcrowded.WEIGHTED LOTTERY & PARENT PREFERENCEEducation should not be left to chance, parents must be free to exercise choice, and educational funding belongs to the student, not the school. Yet, each year Red Bank Charter School is filled to capacity at 200 students with a robust waiting list. The current 200-student cap effectively removes choice from parents and limits the academic impact Red Bank Charter School can have for students in the community. For this reason, we have requested a weighted lottery in our charter amendment. This will allow us to more closely represent the demographics of Red Bank and its resident population and provide economically disadvantaged students with increased opportunity to attend Red Bank Charter School. As educational innovators, it is incumbent upon us to be responsive to parents and children who want to exercise their right to school choice.FACILITIESNew Jersey’s charter schools must finance their facilities out of the monies they receive from their general funding, whereas school districts are provided facilities. This small but important distinction means that the Red Bank Charter School must identify, acquire and pay for any facility it plans to use. Charter schools cannot build new facilities or have a referendum as the district can, which is why the district’s gymnasium is one of the state’s largest and Red Bank Charter School students do not have gymnasium access. We must find and finance all of our land and buildings.Last year, we secured lease space at 135 Monmouth Street for a STEM lab and additional classrooms. Although facilities often present enormous hurdles for many charter schools, Red Bank Charter School is prepared to accommodate a growing population with ample instructional space and sufficient parking. This building will also be able to provide a gymnasium for the students.SUCCESS Red Bank Charter School’s success is evident in its ability to educate students, meet the standards set forth in the Charter School Performance Framework (a state accountability measure), and demonstrate academic, operational, and fiscal excellence. As a result of this success, we have been encouraged and implored to expand to better serve more of Red Bank’s children, and heed the Department of Education’s recommendation to expand for every child in Red Bank.A FINAL WORD ON FUNDINGThe money must follow the student to whichever public school they elect to attend. For students attending Red Bank Charter School, the monies paid by Red Bank Borough to the charter have decreased $128,959 over the past 6 years (source: Red Bank Charter School State Aid Summaries, 2007-2015) and the Charter School saves residents an additional $480,176 that would need to be recouped in the form of a tax levy if the Charter School did not exist (sources: Red Bank Borough Public Schools user-friendly budgets 2007-2015 and Red Bank Charter School State Aid Summaries, 2007-2016).When facility, tax, and budget issues are stripped away, we must fight for the education of every child. The evidence is clear that Red Bank Charter School is prepared and eager to offer alternative public school opportunity to more children in Red Bank. The time for expansion is now. Our goal is to make that option available to more children in Red Bank. Our focus is on children and we believe every child can learn, every child must care about themselves and others, and every child must be engaged in their community.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2017

first_img(Current Through Saturday, Feb. 11) Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 Jerry Hollendorfer751491619%52%$1,143,445 BOLO AND WHAT A VIEW COULD MEET IN KILROEBolo and What a View, who treated fans to one of the most exciting races of the WinterMeet Saturday when they finished a head apart in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes at one mile on turf, could return for an encore performance in the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on Santa Anita Handicap Day, March 11.Both camps reported Sunday that their charges came out of the Arcadia in good order, trainer Carla Gaines speaking of Bolo and trainer Kenny Black of What a View.Bolo, making his first start since last July 17 when he finished ninth in the Eddie Read at Del Mar, appeared beaten when fourth in the field of five at the three-sixteenths marker, but unleashed a furious late rally under Mike Smith to overtake pacesetting What a View who just failed to hold off Bolo.It marked the second straight year Bolo has won the Arcadia, but stay tuned. What a View turned the tables on Bolo when they met again in the 2016 Kilroe.Smith also guided Bob Baffert’s Argentine-bred Vale Dori to victory in yesterday’s Grade II Santa Maria and the trainer stated following the race that she’d be pointed to the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes at a mile and one eighth on March 18. Stewart Elliott8411101513%43%$479,688 Mark Glatt4296521%48%$316,550 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Bob Baffert3384524%52%$803,716 Philip D’Amato47115923%53%$708,825 Tiago Pereira5986614%34%$222,210 Tyler Baze13223291217%48%$1,176,222 Peter Eurton3273322%41%$378,814 Joseph Talamo82951511%35%$327,413 Flavien Prat12430162324%56%$1,946,958 Mike Smith32113734%66%$1,120,645 SANTA ANITA VS. HOLY ANGELS CHARITY GAME FEB. 23Competition drives the market and it’s no different when it comes to sponsoring a Santa Anita jockey in their annual charity basketball game against Holy Angels School on Feb. 23.According to Nancy Dollase, co-chairman of the event along with Angie Stevens, West Point Thoroughbreds had already put up the minimum $250 to sponsor Mike Smith in the game, but when Bob Baffert learned of it, ever the sport, he wanted to sponsor Smith, the regular rider of Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup winner Arrogate, trained by Baffert.West Point and Baffert went round and round, and when the dust settled, Baffert had upped the ante to $750 to get Smith on board. West Point graciously settled on a most worthy alternative, Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza.Thanks mainly to the $7 million earned by Arrogate in the Pegasus, Baffert and Smith lead the nation in purse earnings through Feb. 9 with $7,591,928 and $7,769,535, respectively.The 50th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School game will beplayed at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), Holy Angels athletic program and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Given the historic nature of the game, individual jockey sponsors, representing a wide array of racing industry stakeholders, will lend financial support to this worthy cause. Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m.Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. John Sadler3468918%68%$419,294 Martin Pedroza668121212%48%$376,373 Santiago Gonzalez72710710%33%$352,016center_img TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Victor Espinoza3377621%61%$497,822 Doug O’Neill849191511%51%$813,588 J. Keith Desormeaux2972524%48%$434,225 Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493 BAFFERT UPS ANTE FOR SMITH IN JOCKEYS’ GAME MIDNIGHT STORM TO WORK MONDAY FOR BIG ‘CAP Luis Contreras718101811%51%$406,129 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Miller581413624%57%$864,555 Vladimir Cerin2665523%62%$192,654 William Spawr1981242%58%$215,831 Richard Baltas7114131020%52%$713,180 FINISH LINES: Jockey Rafael Bejarano, unseated from Eaglemaker when the three-year-old colt suffered an injury nearing the sixteenth pole in Saturday’s ninth race, took off his scheduled six mounts today. “It’s just precautionary,” said his agent, Tora Yamaguchi. “He’s a little sore but X-rays and a chest scan were negative.” . . . Versatile Midnight Storm, a Grade I winner on turf and dirt, is scheduled to breeze for Phil D’Amato Monday with his goal the Santa Anita Handicap on March 11 . . . Trainer John Shirreffs is weighing two races for Jerry and Ann Moss‘s Triple Crown contenders, Gormley and Royal Mo, either the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 18 or the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita March 11 . . . Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has two-time Eclipse champion Songbird galloping two miles a day as she prepares for her four-year-old debut . . . Mike Smith will be back aboard Megahertz winner Prize Exhibit for trainer Jim Cassidy in next Saturday’s Grade II Buena Vista Stakes at one mile on turf, while Kent Desormeaux has the mount on Mokat for Richard Baltas, who gave the Hall of Fame rider a leg up on the daughter of Uncle Mo for her victory in the Grade II San Clemente Handicap last July 23 . . . Agent Nelson Arroyo reports his brother, Norberto Jr., will resume riding at Santa Anita next Saturday, Feb. 18, after serving a six-day suspension. Norberto took the opportunity to spend time with family in Kentucky . . . Agent Tom Knust has Mario Gutierrez booked to ride California Cup Derby winner Ann Arbor Eddie for owner Reddam Racing and trainer Doug O’Neill in next Saturday’s El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields . . . Trainer Peter Miller could have as many as three runners in Dubai on World Cup Day March 25: Palos Verdes winner St. Joe Bay, Stormy Liberal and/or California Cup Sprint winner Richards Boy . . . Santa Anita offers Dollar Day on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 20. Enjoy draft beer, soda and hot dogs for just a buck. First post time will be 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday that week. Live racing will resume Friday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. . . . On Saturday, March 11, when Santa Anita presents the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, the Late Pick Four will have a guaranteed pool of $1 million, and the Pick Six pool will be guaranteed at $100,000 . . . The Voice of Santa Anita Michael Wrona correctly pronounces the last name of 10-pound apprentice rider from Puerto Rico Evin Roman. It’s not “Roman,” as in the Roman Empire, but “ro-MON,” as in “Jamaica, mon.” Kent Desormeaux861811921%44%$1,165,831 ARCADIA REMATCH LOOMS IN THE GRADE I KILROE Gary Sherlock2453221%42%$135,455last_img read more

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Black Sox Lose to Rycroft; Looking for Revenge

first_imgFSJ’s Paladin Black Sox were in Rycroft on Saturday playing a make-up game against the Rage. The Rage won the game 6-4; however, details of the game are not available at this point.The win improves the Rage’s record to 15-3, while the Sox fall to 10-8. Fort St. John doesn’t have to wait long for a chance at redemption though, as the two clash again tonight (Monday) in Fort St. John. The game starts at 7 pm at Kin Park diamond #9 (the one on the college side).Come on out and support the Paladin Black Sox.- Advertisement –last_img

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Hundreds out and about this weekend as part of Big Donegal Clean Up

first_imgHundreds of people from all over Donegal are set to be out and about this weekend taking part in community clean-ups as part of the 2019 Big Donegal Clean Up.Groups in Buncrana, Carrowmenagh, Dunree, Moville, Greencastle, Culdaff, Manorcunningham, Newtowncunningham, Killea and Carrigans will be out on Saturday (6 April) as part of the Inishowen Community Clean-up initiative while the St. Johnston Community Clean up will take place for a week from Monday 8th April to Saturday 13th April.Elsewhere clean-ups will also be taking place on Saturday 6th April in Donegal Town, Ballybofey and Stranorlar, Crossroads and Killygordon, Tullyvinny near Raphoe, Ballymacool in Letterkenny, Knather in Ballyshannon, Loughside in Letterkenny as well as the Breaghy area of Ramelton. On Sunday 7th April groups in Dungloe, Rossnowlagh, Leitirmacaward and Dooey beach will be out in force while Glenties Tidy Towns committee are holding their clean-up on Thursday 4 April from 10am to 1pm. Killybegs are also hosting a week-long community clean up this week.The Green Campus Group in LYIT will be doing a clean-up of the nearby roads on Thursday 4th April while other groups including Donegal YMCA are planning a clean-up at Magheraroarty beach on 3rd April.The clean-up on Arranmore Island.Various schools are also getting in on the action with Scoil Naisiunta Mhin Teineadh De, Scoil Naomh Brid Muff, Kerrykeel National School, Scoil Choluim, Ballyheerin, Killaghtee National School Dunkineely, Monreagh National School Carrigans and Gartan National School planning clean-ups in their respective areas.Last weekend clean-ups took place in Redcastle, Manorcunningham, Cranford, Glenmaquin and Arranmore Island as well as in Glenveagh, Convoy and Castlefin. And clean-ups are also planned the following weekend with large scale clean-ups planned for Fanad, Portsalon, Kerrykeel and Rosnakill on Saturday 13 April. A further clean-up is planned for Dungloe on Sunday 14 April while the Falcarragh clean-up is planned for the 20th April. Clean-ups are also planned for the Glebe (21st April) and Glenoughty (2nd May) areas of Letterkenny.The Rathdonnell/Trentagh Community Clean Up takes place on Saturday 13th AprilMeet outside Harley’s Trentagh at 10am and bring litter pickers/ gloves if possible. Refreshments served afterwards.Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill is delighted with the response to this year’s Big Donegal Clean-up.Bags of rubbish collected following community clean up on Arranmore Island last weekend.He said “It never ceases to amaze me the sense of community we have here in Donegal and this response simply reinforces this for me. There is no way that the Council would have the resources to keep every road and public area in the county clean, and that’s why the work that these people do is so important.“These people are our unsung heroes and are the backbone of our communities and they should be highly commended for all the work they do. While this work is very important from a tourism perspective, it is about more than that. It is about caring for our own environment and about the pride we have in our own communities and I would ask our illegal dumpers and litter bugs to take a minute and think about the effort these people are making.“Every piece of litter that is thrown out of a car window must be lifted by someone, every bag of rubbish that is dumped illegally must be collected by someone. I would ask you to think again. Your reckless action is endangering natural habitats and creating an unsightly mess that reflects badly on everyone in the community.” Get involvedAnyone who would like to take part in any of the clean-ups mentioned can find more information on times and meeting points at bit.ly/DonegalCleanUp.There is still plenty of time to take part in the Big Donegal Clean Up by organising a clean-up in your own area. All you have to do is call the Council on 074 91 53900 or call into to any Council office to register. Donegal County Council provides bags, pickers and high vis vests and then collects the rubbish from designated points at agreed times.Bags of rubbish collect at Clar BeachHundreds out and about this weekend as part of Big Donegal Clean Up was last modified: April 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Big Clean-updonegallast_img read more

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Quins support award-winning programme helping young people

first_imgAfter seeing their work first hand, Harlequins and England Under-20 prop Kyle Sinckler knows just what an impact the award-winning HITZ programme could have.The Wandsworth-born front row was one of the guests of honour at a special launch event in Lambeth earlier this month, which saw the scheme rolled out nationally to all 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs.And having met some of the young people HITZ has already helped, Sinckler insists it has the power to inspire thousands more teenagers as well.“I think the HITZ programme is very close to my heart.,” said the 20-year-old Harlequins academy product.“Rugby helped me and changed my life and I think it could do the same for younger kids as well.“It teaches them teamwork, discipline, having that sense of family, a routine and hopefully it’s going to be life-changing for some of these kids in the HITZ programme.“I started at Battersea Ironside RFC when I was eight or nine, I was quite an angry kid and rugby gave me an outlet and more.“At the time I didn’t have a clue about rugby, I just wanted to hit people all the time and the rest is history.“When you’re young and angry and quite naïve, I thought rugby was a good outlet to be physical out on the field.“But as you get older you mature and you top making the same mistakes and I think the HITZ programme will teach these kids that if they do make a mistake it’s not the end of the world, keep your head up and keep rolling along.”Delivered by Premiership Rugby and funded by partners Wooden Spoon, Land Rover, Barclays and Comic Relief, HITZ uses rugby as a tool to help improve literacy, numeracy and employability, as well as encouraging young people to be more confident, self-reliant and to live a healthier lifestyle.Originally a pilot project in four London boroughs, the roll-out mean thousands more 11 to 19-year-olds will benefit from going through the programme, and having access to the specialist HITZ officers at each club – as well as 600 Aviva Premiership rugby players and mentors and role models.And Harlequins HITZ officer Paul Wilson thinks the scheme is vital in tackling the problem of NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training).He said: “HITZ is a new venture for us at Harlequins and we’ve got to make sure we work with the community, our target is to get 40 kids per year through the programme.“We will be targeting the NEETs and with the core values of our sport, discipline and respect, its about using the literacy skills and the sport skills we’ll give these young adults the confidence to go out into the workplace and display these skills.”The award winning HITZ programme tackles some of the greatest challenges facing young people today – unemployment, crime and disillusionment. Delivered nationally by Premiership Rugby and funded by national partners Barclays, Comic Relief, Land Rover and Wooden Spoon, HITZ uses rugby to increase young people’s resilience, self-reliance and confidence. It gives them the skills to get back into education, vocational training, apprenticeships and employment.Please visit hitzrugby.com to find out more.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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A taste of South Africa in NY

first_imgMadiba in Brooklyn set the pace for otherSouth African restaurants in NewYork to follow. A taste of home – pap, wors and chakalakaon the Madiba menu. Bunny Chow proprietor Paul Simeon.aimsto break New Yorkers out of the mindsetthat French and British cuisine is better. The front door of popular wine bar Xai Xai.(Images: Philippa Garson)MEDIA CONTACTS • Ruen EllisMadiba+1 718 855 9190• Paul SimeonBunny Chow+1 212 260 5317• Brett CurtinXai Xai+1 212  541 9241• Brett CurtinBraai+1 212 315 3315Philippa GarsonSouth African restaurants in New York are finding no shortage of patrons eager to taste the country’s vibrant cuisine.Several years ago Madiba in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, was the “go to” place for South African food, wine and ambience. Today there are other venues to choose from: Braai, an upmarket restaurant and its sister wine bar Xai-Xai, both in Hell’s Kitchen; and now Bunny Chow, a new Bohemian bar and restaurant in the East Village.All are surviving – some even thriving – in this recession-hit economy, where restaurants tend to flop like failed soufflés.Madiba’s owner Mark Hanegan is the veteran, having been in business for 11 years. He has seen perceptions of South Africa morph from pariah to darling of the world, thanks to former president Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid, to well and truly on the map, thanks to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.He chats to me in his trendy Afro-urban restaurant over scrumptious “pap and boerewors” and very tender oxtail. I’m tempted to order a glass of Nederburg but I settle for an Appletiser instead – more of a rarity than South African wine in these parts.I’m dying to try an impressive array of dishes – some of which have been created by South African chefs flown in by Hanegan and visiting or resident mamas who are experts in traditional African fare like amagwinaya (vetkoek with savoury mince and mango chutney), and umngqhushu stambu (a samp dish).Other items on an extensive menu include Durban samoosas, organic chicken wings and farm raised ostrich carpaccio.Hanegan and I share a safari platter with dried apricots, nuts, droëwors and biltong, followed by a delectable malva pudding.It’s a beautiful autumn day and with the sun streaming in through the bright orange umbrellas outside, and African jazz melodies in the background, I’m transported to Cape Town. The huge Madiba artworks, wire bicycles hanging from the high ceiling and a veritable spaza shop of South African foods lining the wall give the restaurant the feel of home.Over the years Hanegan has hosted hordes of curious locals, tourists and homesick South Africans, not the least of which is Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. He recalls how a cab driver from Durban, who caught sight of Madiba restaurant when he drove by one night, came in, fell on a bottle of Mainstay cane, and only left the following morning.But it’s taken years for outsiders to embrace the country whose cuisine and culture he showcases. “When I first came here there was no South African wine. If you just mentioned South Africa you were branded a racist.”Now Hanegan celebrates the fact that “while so many restaurants are struggling, you can’t get a table at Madiba on a Friday or Saturday night”.He also lauds the fact that the growing appetite for all things South African has inspired others to follow his path.Traditional feelWhen business partners Tanya Hira and Brett Curtin were holidaying in Mozambique four years ago, they met up with some South African winemakers and the idea of Xai Xai was born.“It was a huge gamble to start up a wine bar and sell only South African wines but from the moment we opened our doors we were busy. People just loved the wine,” says Hira, a US-born former fashion designer who once made a living designing frocks for priests.Curtin, a graphic designer who grew up in Somerset West in the Western Cape province, says he always had wine in his background.“We started to see the emergence of the New York wine bar scene. There was suddenly lots of appreciation for wine but very little for the new world wines. Wine has been made in South Africa for the past 400 years, so I thought, why not more focus?”Xai Xai, located in trendy Hell’s Kitchen close to the theatre district, was an instant success, and a year later, in 2008, the pair decided to open Braai a few doors down.Both Braai and Xai Xai have an upmarket but traditional feel: there’s lots of carved wood, beautiful metal work designed by Curtin, bamboo ceilings and low lighting.As Hira talks about the impact of the recession, I am somewhat distracted by the delicious koeksusters in front of me. Dressed up with sorbet, an orange yoghurt mousse and rooibos ginger honey sauce, the somewhat lowly koeksuster has been transformed by Braai into an elegant and flavourful dessert that delivers an even more intense sugar rush!On the menu are items like braai burgers, boerewors and Soweto sauce with pap and gravy, biltong quiche, the popular beef or chicken bobotie with rice, the equally popular ostrich fillet with curried coconut and venison (locally sourced bison or buffalo meat) with “apricots, peppers and onions in a rooibos syrup”.With such a delectable-sounding menu it seems hard to believe that food initially proved to be a harder sell than the wine. But Curtin says, “South African cuisine just doesn’t have the same kind of allure as the wine. Americans tend to be very conservative about food. They want to be presented with something familiar.”He adds: “Perhaps with the economy being what it is, people want to play it safe when they eat out. And this does affect our business to some extent. But we try to do a balancing act by bringing people food that’s not too far out there.”Complex smorgasbordMotivated to break out of the colonial mindset where “all things French or British are revered”, Paul Simeon opened Bunny Chow, the bohemian South African nightspot in the East Village.A French-trained chef who hails from St Lucia in the Caribbean, Chef Paul as he’s known, says he’s often asked why he opened a South African restaurant. “It’s funny because no-one ever asks me where I’m from when I cook French food. This just shows how colonialism has messed us up,” he says.Simeon describes Bunny Chow’s menu as refined peasant food. I taste a flavourful mini chow – an hors d’oeuvre version of the trademark bunny chow, a hollow bread loaf filled with lamb or beef curry.Simeon says he is still learning how to master the complex smorgasbord of South African food but says he’s happy to take instruction from South Africans who have shown him how to make the snoek fish-and-chips dish, vetkoek and chakalaka, now on his menu.“There are so many influences, so many different people who cook in many different ways. South Africa is a melting pot similar to New York,” he says.Bunny Chow is barely a year old and is still, in Simeon’s words, “a work in progress. I design as I go and people bring their music and ideas”. He also gets a lot of input from the four South Africans on his staff.It’s a relaxed, trendy venue, reminiscent of a typical Melville drinking hole – referring to the trendy Johannesburg suburb – though long and narrow with high ceilings in trademark Manhattan style. Although its thrown-together décor, sheets of corrugated iron and World Cup posters plastered on the walls lend a shebeen feel, it lacks the authentic South African vibe of Madiba or the more up-market, touristy experience of Braai and Xai Xai.Authentically South AfricanJust as challenging as creating an authentic South African atmosphere, is sourcing key South African ingredients. Exotic meats like venison and ostrich cannot be imported so Braai and Madiba get their game from local farms. Both source their biltong from a South African-run company in North Carolina called Biltong USA, whose products have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.Madiba imports pap from South Africa, Braai and Xai Xai use corn polenta and Bunny Chow uses a white cornmeal from Mexico.All offer a range of South African wines, whose producers are courting them with growing enthusiasm. They also offer a platform for performing artists, musicians and filmmakers keen to showcase South African work.Business thrived for all the restaurants during the World Cup, a time when interest in the country hit a high point. Hopefully, the interest will continue to wax, not wane. But, as Curtin says, “New York is faddish. The attention span is short. People are always looking for something new, something hot.”Luckily with such a rich array of culture, cuisine and wine to draw on, these entrepreneurs are unlikely to disappoint.http://www.braainyc.com/last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two Drills in OneCrustBuster / Speed King, Inc. offers two drills in one with the new 4700 Series Central Fill – All Plant Drill which is both a central fill and a box drill.  Growers can drill large acreages such as wheat or soybeans without stopping to refill seed boxes for a long period of time, saving labor and helping to finish sooner.  They also have the ability to turn off the central fill hopper and drill with only the seed boxes for small acreages with lower seed rates such as alfalfa and milo. Operators can choose which setup works best for their crop and acreage.  The 4700 Series All Plant Drill is equipped with a 200 bu central fill hopper that continuously supplies seed directly into the seed boxes.  The monitored, equally measured supply and constant flow of seed into the drill’s boxes gives the operator confidence and full control.The best features of CrustBuster’s All Plant Drills are retained, including the proven Parallel Linkage Openers that maintain constant down pressure for precise depth control throughout its 10″ of operating range. The adjustable Wobble Slot has the proven ability to meter a wide variety of seeds, ranging from cover crops to wheat, soybeans and many others.  Standard on this drill is CrustBuster’s Hydraulic Drive which gives you variable rate control, individual section shut-off control and reduces the need to change sprockets. A choice of 7 1/2″ or 10″ spacing is available. CrustBuster has engineered a flexible drill that works as both a central fill and box drill. It’s available in both 40′ and 45′ width models which can quickly fold down to a 15′ 10″ road width, allowing mobility between fields. The central fill hopper is equipped with a low level sensor. This drill’s variable rate control is ISO compatible. Like all of CrustBuster’s All Plant drills, this drill is designed for no-till as well as minimum and conventional tillage.For more information visit our website www.crustbuster.com or call 620-227-7106last_img read more

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