Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Luis CentenoBetween the East End farms, local fisheries and many creative cooks on Long Island, there are plenty more local food-filled fairs that guarantee upcoming weekends of fun, games and deliciousness.Some of the most popular local food fairs of the year haven’t been scheduled yet, including the Greenlawn Pickle Festival, several apple festivals and the annual pumpkin festival. The annual chowder contest at Oakdale’s The Snapper Inn returns in February.Mark the calendar: here’s 11 classic LI food fests for each month through October.Mattituck Lions Club’s 62nd Annual Strawberry FestivalOn the menu for this year’s Mattituck Lions Club’s Strawberry Festival are heavenly strawberries dipped in chocolate, strawberry shortcakes and many other concoctions that involve the freshest strawberries on Long Island. This family event will include live music, fireworks and food from around the world. 1175 Route 48, Mattituck. mattituckstrawberryfestival.org $5, children under 5 free. 5-11 p.m. June 16 and 17. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 19.Long Island Hot Dog FestivalCalling all weiner fans! Amateur cooks, professionals and those who simply love hot dogs will love this event, which includes a hot dog eating contest, best gourmet dog contest, worst and best tattoos, pin up contest and live music. Bring the family and come with an empty belly, because all those hot dogs aren’t going to eat themselves! Mike’s Bar and Grill, 742 Middle County Road, Selden. thelongislandhotdogfestival.com Admission is FREE. 12 p.m. July 9. MORE: It’s farmers’ market season! Find out if there’s one near you Tomatofest 2016Tomatofest hits is back! With 20 types of tomatoes to choose from, tomato-lovers can expect to be tasting and eating all kinds of new dishes. And for those bringing kids, there will be plenty of games and bouncy houses. From tomato tasting, to games, live music, and even pony rides. This family event is all about eating and having fun at the same time. Garden of Eve, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead. gardenofevefarm.com $3 per person, kids under 6 free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. August 27, 28.Watermelon FestivalWatermelon eating contest. Seed Spitting Contest. Watermelon rolling contest. These types of activities are what highlight this event. Fun family festivities. The Annual Watermelon Festival will be happening towards the end of this hot summer, so come cool off with a big slice of fresh watermelon. Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck. harbesfamilyfarm.com Free. August 27, 28.25th Annual Seafood FestivalThis family event is bound to make a splash with various activities other than just eating seafood. Kids are welcomed to participate in a pirate re-enactment show as well as a treasure hunt. Parents can also take part in the arts and crafts fair. There will also be live music from a variety of bands, such as Almost Queen and The Como Brothers Band. Long Island Maritime Museum, 88 West Ave., West Sayville. liseafoodfestival.org $10, kids under 12 free. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. August 27, 28.Garlic FestivalTasty. Healthy. Garlic. This event has a variety of activities: garlic eating contests, junior chefs creating an original sauce, learning new cooking techniques, live music and tours of the farm. Bring your kids, bring your parents and come enjoy this garlic-centered gathering. Garden of Eve, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead. gardenofevefarm.com $5 adults, kids under 6 free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. September 19 and 20.33rd Annual Oyster FestivalThere’s a reason this is one of the biggest annual events on LI. With dozens of volunteering chefs and culinary pros cooking side by side with unique seafood recipes involving oysters and clams, it’s guaranteed the food is going to be delicious. Profits from all food court sales, carnival rides and merchandise sales will proceed to local charities. So come enjoy the food, have a good time with the family and help support the community. 1 West End Ave., Oyster Bay. theoysterfestival.org Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. October 15, 16.,Alure cube,Alure cube MORE: Outdoor movies are not a thing of the past. Here’s a complete list of movies you can enjoy outdoors Sweet Corn FestivalBeside strawberries is there anything sweeter than Long Island corn? Celebrate this crop at Harbes Annual Sweet Corn Festival, where there will be a corn-eating contest, pig races, pony rides, relay races and all kinds of corn recipes along with country music all day long. This event will also be offering tastings of their award winning wines. Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck. harbesfamilyfarm.com July 23 and 24. SUMAQ Peruvian Food FestivalGet ready to enjoy the best ceviche of your life, along with lomo saltado and aji de gallina. With Chef Ezequiel Valencia of Panca Restaurant in NYC leading the way, these plates are sure to bring the original spices and flavors straight from Peru. This chef worked for the Peruvian Embassy, where he cooked for Presidents and Ministers. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. sumaqpff.com $15-$20 adults; $7-$10 kids from 2-12. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. August 13, 14.Harbes Tomato FestivalYou say tomato, I say tomato. Come celebrate the Annual Tomato Festival and try special samplings of the different recipes created over the years. Take part in potato sack races, tomato relay races, and tug of war contests. It’s a perfect day for the whole family, with lots of food and fun games to play. Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck. harbesfamilyfarm.com Free. August 13,14.Great Food Truck DerbyCome hungry, because all kinds of food will be available at this event, from all ethnicities. Best part is, after paying the entrance, patrons get to try them all. Favorites like Eat Me, Drink Me, Kannoli Kings, Blondies Bakeshop and Whole Le Crepe are just some of the many options this event will offer. This event will also benefit the Hayground schoolyard projects in the region, including culinary arts training for kids. A family event with everyone’s favorite food trucks; count us in. 151 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton. edibleeastend.com $20-$100 4-7 p.m. August 19.
Sharing is caring! 34 Views no discussions NewsPoliticsRegional From barefoot to PM…says Kamla in plea for more women’s education by: – March 15, 2011 Tweet Share Share Share Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar told a gathering of Commonwealth parliamentarians and other dignitaries that she went from being a “barefooted little girl” to become Trinidad and Tobago’s first female Prime Minister after she discovered she could study her way out of poverty. “My own small story of village girl to Prime Minister is simply a demonstration of what can occur when even some opportunities and a better education are provided to girls and women,” she told a parliamentary conference at the House of Commons in London yesterday.The theme of the conference was “Educating Women, Transforming Society”. The Prime Minister told the gathering that the most transformative intervention that could be made in any society was to educate women. “So the educational disadvantage that so many Commonwealth women still experience is a real barrier to social and economic progress in all our countries,” she said. She pointed out the world should have achieved educational equality for women by 2006. However, she added, in primary education alone, there was still a five per cent gender gap which doubled to ten per cent in the worst areas of West Asia, Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa. Across the Commonwealth, Persad-Bissessar said, there were 16 million girls out of school.She added: “We are told that real equality will ‘nearly’ have been achieved by 2015. But being ‘nearly equal’ was not good enough in 2005, and it certainly is not good enough for 2015.” Persad-Bissessar called for collective action to make sure Commonwealth women got equal access to education. She added: “On the demand side, we need to overcome the discrimination that leads to boys getting priority access to education. This problem is more acute the higher up the educational ladder you go. “When resources are scarce, in some communities boys still get preference while girls may be expected to marry young or become carers. We need to incentivise school attendance for girls.“On the supply side, we need enough places for girls, with secure schools, proper water and sanitation. “In some countries primary school teachers are overwhelmingly women but in other places that is not the case and we need enough women teachers, especially in rural areas, and flexible education for girls with caring responsibilities.” She added: “We need to reform the curriculum and ensure that women have access to all subjects, including, at an early age and before the gender stereotypes have become set, access to science and sport.” She also recommended introduction of sound policies and programmes, early and continuing education and more concrete effort to stem the tide of boys’ under-achievement and early dropout rates.Persad-Bissessar said in politics in the Commonwealth, only Rwanda has achieved gender equality in Parliament. She added: “And out of 54 countries in the Commonwealth, only three have governments headed by women: Julia Gillard, of Australia, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, of Bangladesh, and myself. “The lack of a critical mass of women parliamentarians and heads of government is important and has huge implications for ensuring that legislation and policies are in place to promote the interests of women and men. “These are tested avenues for ensuring equal access to education for all that is designed to meet their needs. “There is a dire need to hear women’s voices where policies are made and resources allocated.”Source: Guardian Media News
Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United will be desperate to bounce back in the FA Cup fifth round against Huddersfield on Saturday, their first match featuring opinion dividing video assistant referee (VAR) technology.Defeat at the hands of Newcastle at the weekend left Jose Mourinho’s men second in the Premier League but just four points clear of Tottenham in fifth as the race for the top four heats up.Now they travel to Huddersfield — where they lost in the league earlier this season — ahead of a testing run of fixtures that could define their season, with major questions over how best to deploy club record signing Paul Pogba and new boy Alexis Sanchez. “It’s very difficult to put me in a position where I have to criticise my players,” said Mourinho when quizzed on Pogba’s lack of form, which saw the £89 million ($125 million) midfielder dropped by his Portuguese manager when United last faced Huddersfield a fortnight ago.There have been mixed reactions to the VAR system, which has been used in a handful of League Cup and FA Cup ties.The recent fourth-round FA Cup tie between Liverpool and West Brom proved particularly contentious as the extra official awarded Jurgen Klopp’s side a penalty, ruled out a goal for his opponents then confirmed another would stand.– Mourinho backs VAR –“When people ask us if we like it, if we don’t like it, if we agree with it or don’t agree with it, I think honestly it’s a question for the referees,” said Mourinho, who said he backed the system but that it needed adjustments to preserve the flow of the game.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2
by Fred GoodallAP Sports WriterTAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has broken his silence on the bullying scandal that has engulfed his team, saying he’s appalled by Jonathan Martin’s allegations of daily harassment by teammates.Ross said he plans to meet with Martin on Wednesday at an undisclosed location and that he has been in touch with the tackle by text.” I look forward to meeting with Jonathan Martin, discovering the facts,” Ross said.The owner vowed before Monday night’s game between the Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get to bottom of the allegations and create a locker room culture that “suits the 21st century.”“It couldn’t have been a worse nightmare,” said Ross, who was joined at the press conference by team president and chief executive officer Tom Garfinkel.The NFL is investigating Martin’s allegations against teammates, including Richie Incognito. Martin, 24, is with his family in California to undergo counseling for emotional issues. Incognito has been suspended indefinitely.A special investigator for the league will determine whether Incognito harassed Martin, and whether the Dolphins mishandled the matter.Ross strongly endorsed Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, saying he had the “utmost confidence” in the man he hired in 2012.“Joe Philbin is probably one of the most organized people I’ve ever met,” Ross said. “When I interviewed him that stood out, but what also stood out was his character. I don’t think there is a better person, a more respected person, a more caring person in the National Football League than Joe Philbin.”While not holding Philbin responsible, Ross said changes need to be made in his organization.“We need to look at ourselves. We have to examine everything internally,” Ross said. “This is so appalling to me. I know I’m capable of overreacting. I want to get everybody’s feedback because we all know the football locker room is a different workplace than most of us are accustomed to. I don’t want to make any excuses.”Ross said to he has formed a committee of advisers. There are five members on it now and he wants to add more in order “to protect me and them and the players from my overreacting, and having a code of conduct that suits the 21st century. Change is needed. We’re going to make sure we’re the best organization in the National Football League.”The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Martin left the team two weeks ago. His attorney has alleged that Martin was harassed daily, and Incognito acknowledged leaving a voicemail for Martin in April in which he used a racist term, threatened to kill his teammate and threatened to slap Martin’s mother.Incognito is white and Martin is biracial. Teammates both black and white have said Incognito is not a racist, and they’ve been more supportive of the veteran guard than they have of Martin.Incognito, 6-3, 319 pounds, has long been labeled one of the NFL’s dirtiest players with a reputation for out-of-bounds behavior off the field. But this season he was a member of the player leadership council, raising questions about the role of coach Joe Philbin, his staff and Miami management in the case.Also in question is the team’s role in a May 2012 incident involving Incognito. A police report said a female volunteer at a Dolphins charity golf tournament complained that Incognito harassed her, but he wasn’t charged, and news of the case surfaced only last week.Incognito, 30, has declined to say whether coaches ordered him to toughen up Martin, a second-year pro from Stanford.The scandal is the latest public-relations headache for Ross since he became majority owner of the Dolphins in 2009. They’ve endured four consecutive losing seasons, their longest such streak since the 1960s, and often play in a half-empty stadium, their local popularity eclipsed by the Miami Heat.Ross apologized to Dolphins fans “for being in this position. I know we will come out of this as a better organization.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) and tackle Jonathan Martin (71) stand on the field during an NFL football practice in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
Khanyi MagubaneInternational media perceptions of South Africa, and their effect on the country’s economic development, will come under the spotlight in May this year during the second International Media Forum South Africa (IMFSA). The forum will bring together senior editors from the world’s most important media, as well as South Africa’s leading business decision-makers, government officials and communication professionals.Held at the Forum in Bryanston, Johannesburg, the conference will aim to address challenges in communicating what South Africa has to offer the international investor community. Participants will discuss ways of building international confidence in order to attract foreign direct investment. The forum will also be a platform for critical dialogue between those who shape South Africa’s image abroad, and South Africans who can change their future for the better by the way they communicate the country’s news.According to organisers, the main points of discussion will be:How do international communications affect the economic development of South Africa?How important is the South Africa story globally compared with other developing world economies, and how can the country use the media better to compete?How is the media changing as a result of new media takeup?What does new media offer companies, organisations and countries, and how can it be harnessed for advantage?How can participants get their organisation and its missions covered in the media for positive results?How do leading international players use media relations to their advantage?Branding South AfricaBrand South Africa, tasked with creating a positive and compelling brand for the country, is a major partner in this event. Established by the presidency in 2000, Brand South Africa has a mandate to carry out proactive marketing and a communication strategy that promotes trade, tourism and investment. Through the “Alive with Possibility” campaign, Brand South Africa aims to build a strong and consistent brand that will mould a shared identity for South Africa, leading to a common mindset.Other partners include Business Unity South Africa; the Public Relations Institute of South Africa and media partners Business Day, Financial Mail, Summit TV and Kaya FM.Close to a thousand delegates attended the first forum in 2006, with representatives from the international media including the BBC, CNN, CBNC Europe, Al-Jazeera International, The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine.The big debateThis year, the programme has been stepped up to include a number of high profile speakers. They include The Economist deputy editor Emma Duncan, Financial Times Africa editor William Wallis, Hindustan Times of India foreign editor Amit Baruah and New York Times Africa correspondent Celia Dugger, who will deliver keynote addresses.Professor Anton Harber, head of the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Journalism and Media Studies, will chair one of the most important sessions at the conference. Simply entitled “The Big Debate”, this will centre on the common perception that international coverage South Africa is generally negative. Three viewpoints on this issue will be discussed.The first is that news organisations around the world don’t treat South Africa any differently from any other country, and that South Africa is given an equal amount of positive and negative coverage. The second argues that the international media only focus on the negative issues of crime, corruption, and Aids, with little or no balanced reporting, thus failing not only South Africa but also Africa as a whole. The final viewpoint is that the international media have a responsibility to cover what is happening. The responsibility rests with government and business to tell media what is happening.Presiding over the forum will be veteran journalist and Kaya FM radio presenter John Perlman. His role as chair will be to ensure that the debates are open and fair to all involved.“The role of the chairman is to ensure that the debate is as productive as is possible and that as many people as possible get to have their opinions heard,” he says. “Nobody is always right, and no one always wrong. It’s all about the quality of the debate.”Conferences of this nature, he says, are crucial. “I think this will help foreign journalists to have a deeper understanding of South Africa. While you don’t change people’s minds in one conversation, you certainly need one good conversation to start a debate of that nature.“Every country has many different layers, and it’s important that foreign media understand that. As long as we all engage in the right spirit, we will have a fruitful discussion. But if you arrive at the conference with the attitude that your opinion will triumph, then you are not going to get much of out of it.”One of the issues that will top the agenda is coverage of the 2010 Fifa Football World Cup. The question will be, how can both government and business media relations be improved to use the event to promote the future economic development of South Africa in the run-up to the tournament? Mike de Vries, chief executive of Germany Land of Ideas, will share the lessons he learnt from managing the task of changing perceptions of Germany for the 2006 World Cup.Themba Maseko, head of government communication in South Africa, will also deliver a paper on the view from the government. The GCIS is responsible for all government communications and acts as the mouthpiece for its thoughts and policies. Maseko will outline his priorities for government communication and its relationship with the international media.Useful linksInternational Media ForumBrand South AfricaSouthAfrica.infoGermany Land of Ideas
APTN National NewsControversy continues to swirl over comments made by a Quebec politician about the Innu.The deputy leader of the Action Democratique du Quebec said that giving money to members of the Innu community would end badly.It is not the first time a Canadian politician has been in the news for making comments about First Nations.In Saskatchewan, a provincial politician was forced to apologize when he said First Nation people would buy drugs and alcohol with any extra cash they received.In Quebec, the premier has already demanded an apology and community members are outraged.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.
Laayoune – The Attorney General of the King at the Court of Appeal in Laayoune, Abdelkarim Chafai informed the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) on the legal and human rights approach, and the legal rights granted to any prisoner in Morocco.After his meeting with the WGAD which is on a visit to the Kingdom at the invitation of the Moroccan government, Mr. Chafai told the press that he discussed with the members of the delegation the legal and human rights approach as well as the grantees granted to persons held in police custody, including the right to remain silent, to inform their families, legal assistance and the right to contact a lawyer.This meeting was also an opportunity to discuss the issue of guarantees of a fair trial as defined by the criminal proceedings in accordance with international agreements, he added, noting that the new Constitution of 2011 emphasizes the primacy of international treaties over domestic law of the country. The visit of the UN group in Morocco (December 9-18) is part of the openness process of the Kingdom, and its interaction with the mechanisms of the UN system of human rights and its irreversible strategic choice on the matter.
Following 65 minutes of scoreless hockey at Nationwide Arena Friday night, Todd Bertuzzi’s goal in the fourth round of a shootout sealed the Blue Jackets’ loss of their season finale to the Detroit Red Wings 1-0. Led by a strong performance between the pipes in which reigning Calder Memorial Trophy winner Steve Mason turned aside all 45 shots directed his way, the Jackets failed to muster any offense to help him out. “Obviously we would have liked to get the win, but Mase looked like he found his game tonight,” Jackets captain Rick Nash said. “He was unbelievable.” Offensively, the Jackets were only able to generate 22 shots on net. Columbus interim head coach Claude Noel said he believed fatigue played a part in their lack of offensive productivity. “When I look at the game, it looked like it was our 10th game in 18 days,” Noel said. “The way we started the game, we looked like we were watching the game, and we looked a little tired.” After two periods of play, which contained relatively equal offensive opportunities for both teams, the tide turned in the third period as Detroit found itself at home in its offensive zone, out-shooting the Jackets 23-4 in the final stanza and overtime. “We hit some posts and we had some chances but clearly in the third they took it to us,” Noel said. Even with the offensive dry spell and barrage of shots on Mason, the Jackets never stopped fighting and were ultimately able to force overtime. Overtime proved to be much of the same as the third, though, with the Jackets unable to produce any shots in the extra five minutes. But Mason delivered once again, stopping all four Red Wing shots and sending the contest to a shootout. After goals from Nash and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk in the first round of the shootout, both teams failed to score again until the fourth round. Ultimately, the Jackets’ final contest of the year finished in familiar fashion, as Bertuzzi ended the game on his top-shelf backhander, beating Mason and handing Columbus its league-leading 15th overtime/shootout loss of the year. “The frustrating part in that game is to lose it in a shootout,” Noel said. “But I think that the players gave it their all and I was certainly happy with what they gave us.” While the Jackets dropped their final five contests of the year by a single goal each time, Nash agrees that the effort was there and believes it is something this Jackets team can build upon. “I think it’s exciting for next year,” Nash said. “If we can carry the momentum that we did in the last couple games then it will be real exciting.”
Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) cries as he meets with the media after a game against Northwestern Oct. 5 at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorEVANSTON, Ill. – For nearly 45 seconds, Ohio State senior running back Carlos Hyde couldn’t find the words to describe the suspension that cost him playing time in the first three games of the season. Addressing the media for the first time in 2013 following OSU’s 40-30 victory against Northwestern Saturday, tears welled up in Hyde’s eyes as he was asked to recall the punishment.“That suspension, it really hurt, not being out there with my brothers, because I made a mistake,” Hyde said with emotion. “It was one of the hardest things I’ve had to go through.”Hyde’s suspension was issued after he was involved in an altercation with a woman at a Columbus bar in July. The incident was reported as an assault, and Hyde was tagged as a “person of interest” in the case. Charges were not filed against him, however, at the alleged victim’s request, but he was still disciplined by OSU for his involvement.The suspension gave Hyde, who said his Christian faith helped keep him focused during the suspension, what he called a “different hunger for the game.”“I go out every game with a mindset that I have to make up for those three games,” Hyde said. “I’m running with a whole different demeanor than what I would have had in the beginning if I didn’t get suspended.”Hyde showed that hunger Saturday, his third game back from suspension, with the biggest performance of his career. He gashed the Wildcats for a career-high 168 yards on 26 carries and scored three rushing touchdowns and also had 38 receiving yards on four receptions. With 206 yards from scrimmage, he accounted for more than 45 percent of OSU’s 451 yards of total offense.“I wanted it bad,” Hyde said. “I caught a rhythm. My (offensive line) was doing a great job to convert on run blocking, and they made it easy for me.”With just 126 rushing yards on 22 carries and five yards on two receptions in his first two games of the season, Hyde exceeded each of those totals Saturday.In his junior season in 2012, the Naples, Fla., product was the Buckeyes’ starting tailback and ran for 970 yards and a team-leading 16 touchdowns on 185 carries.That said, OSU coach Urban Meyer said Hyde’s career has been disappointing thus far.“His whole career was just kind of a mush. He hasn’t done a whole lot for himself or the program,” Meyer said of Hyde. “We all make mistakes. I hope this is a game-changer for him.”The Buckeyes needed Hyde to take on a greater role Saturday. OSU’s leading rusher this season, redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall, did not play in Saturday’s game because of an injury.“Jordan Hall’s got a little knee issue we’re dealing with right now,” Meyer said. “(Hyde)’s the horse right now. I think he’s a great player. That tells you how much I trust the kid to be able to do that.”Trailing 23-13 following a 32-yard field goal by Northwestern senior kicker Jeff Budzien early in the third quarter, the OSU offense needed to find the end zone.The Buckeyes turned to Hyde. He scored all three of his touchdowns — the only offensive touchdowns of the game for the Buckeyes — in the second half, in which he ran for a total of 112 yards on 16 carries.In total, the Buckeyes ran the ball 48 times, and Hyde said he thought that quantity of rushing attempts was a contributing factor in his success.“I’m made to carry the ball that many times,” Hyde said. “I definitely feel like me and the offensive line wore them down.”Getting to 6-0 on the season and 2-0 in Big Ten play did not come easily for the Buckeyes, though the team held steady at No. 4 in the Associated Press poll after the victory. They trailed for at least part of each quarter in Saturday’s game, and never held a lead of more than four points until freshman defensive lineman Joey Bosa’s fumble recovery touchdown as time expired extended OSU’s margin of victory to 10 points.OSU’s winning streak, which stands at 18 games dating back to the start of the 2012 season, might have ended at the hands of Northwestern if not for Hyde’s contributions.“You always can lean on a great back like him, especially in the Big Ten season,” OSU junior quarterback Braxton Miller said of Hyde.After playing its first six games of the season on consecutive Saturdays, OSU has a week off before it plays for its seventh win of the season against Iowa at Ohio Stadium Oct. 19.