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first_imgOriginal Perspective Seeing between the buildings… Check out our weekly social media highlights from residents, visitors, and more in the area. To be featured, tag us @northend.waterfront on Instagram, @northendboston on Twitter, @northendwaterfront on Facebook. Use hashtags #northendboston or #bostonwaterfront.Classic Views *Advertisement*center_img Furry Feature: While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron*last_img read more

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first_imgView comments 3:00 p.m.- Barako Bull vs. Air215:15 p.m.- Alaska vs. PetronFEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeThe Meralco Bolts had an impressive outing against an erstwhile unbeaten opponent the last time out.Power shortage however struck the Bolts against a skidding squad as they bowed to the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 89-93, last night in the 39th PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary The Bolts slid to 2-3.BOX SCORES:GLOBALPORT (93)- Mercado 33, Washington 27, Garcia 12, Lingganay 6, Hayes 4, Romeo 4, Salvador 4, Yee 3, Menk 0, Nabong 0, Chua 0, Belencion 0, Salva 0.MERALCO (89)- David 18, Cortez 18, Salvacion 15, Dillinger 13, Wilson 11, Al-Hussaini 7, Allado 7, Caram 0, Sena 0, Guevarra 0.QUARTERSCORES: 21-22, 37-46, 66-64, 93-89.Read Next LATEST STORIES Hayco hopes Cebuano pair wins in Australia PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The primary focus was supposed to be on Gary David, who played against his former team for the first time since being traded in the off-season.MORE STORIESnewsinfoSocial media connect boy with basketball shoe donornewsinfoScalpers of PBA tickets arrested in Quezon CitynewsinfoGrab offers free rides to celebrate ‘Battle of Katipunan’MORE STORIESnewsinfoSocial media connect boy with basketball shoe donornewsinfoScalpers of PBA tickets arrested in Quezon CitynewsinfoGrab offers free rides to celebrate ‘Battle of Katipunan’But stealing the show was Sol Mercado, who put on his own show against his former squad as he exploded for a game-high 33 markers to help the Batang Pier snap a two-game slide and improve to 2-2 (win-loss).Mercado teamed up with Jay Washington in a 29-18 tear in the third period that saw the Batang Pier seizing control after trailing at the bend, 37-46.Mercado also had nine rebounds and five assists, while Washington piled up 27 markers.David and Mike Cortez both scored 18 points for the Bolts, who failed to get a good follow-up of its surprising 100-87 win over the Barangay Ginebra Kings.ADVERTISEMENT Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspensioncenter_img MOST READ Games todayAraneta ColiseumADVERTISEMENT Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time SMC bags Bulacan airport project What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweeplast_img read more

What to Eat and Drink This Weekend

first_img Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* By Jacqueline Cain· Print 8/4/2017, 8:00 a.m. Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. center_img Clover truck photo by Charlene McBride via Flickr/Creative CommonsFree Food, for the Last Time You Can Ever Order from the Dewey Square Clover Truck Clover Food Lab is bidding farewell to its food truck fleet—forever—on Friday by giving away the menu from the Dewey Square truck. The company remembers it’s the place where Mayor Menino first ate a soy BLT and decided to start a food truck program in the city of Boston. The bittersweet feast begins at 11:15 a.m. and continues until it’s all sold out.Friday, August 4, 11:15 a.m., Dewey Square, Summer Street and Atlantic Ave., Boston, cloverfoodlab.com.A spread of Kummerspeck fare at a March pop-up at the Dive Bar. / Photo by Jacqueline Cain“Grief Bacon”A deli, butcher shop, restaurant, and bar with an exceptional name is now open in Worcester. Kummerspeck—a German word which translates roughly to “grief bacon,” as in, the excess weight gained by emotional eating—is the work of two Barbara Lynch Gruppo alums, former the Butcher Shop chef Matt Mahoney and Sportello sous chef Rachel Coit. The married couple hail from Central Massachusetts, and have a new, hybrid concept for the growing Worcester restaurant scene. Expect house-made sausages and charcuterie, along with vegetarian options; and true-to-form global plates like fried green tomatoes with chowchow; a French dip sandwich with smoked chuck eye; lamb tartar with spice carrot mayo and lavash; house-made tasso ham and Anson Mills grits; mushroom jerky and sweet potato pierogi; German potato salad; a classic Nicoise salad, and more. Worcester Magazine reports that the Queen’s Cups, an expansion of a popular Millbury bakery, is also now open at 56 Water Street, so it’s definitely time to take a day trip to Worcester.118 Water St., Worcester, 774-243-7071, Kummerspeck Foods on Facebook.The Kent Falls crew is not bringing brewery cat Buddy Sprinkles to Saturday’s beer garden event at Atwood’s (we don’t think). / Photo provided by Kent FallsKent Falls Beers on the Atwood’s PatioEvery summer, the glorious oasis that is the Atwood’s Tavern back patio hosts a beer garden barbecue series. This Saturday, they’re getting a visit from Connecticut farm brewery Kent Falls and founder Barry Labendz, along with distributor Craft Collective. The Atwood’s crew is grilling up brats and burgers and pints will flow into early evening, so hopefully the rain will pass.Beer Garden BBQ Series: Kent Falls, Saturday, August 5, 3-6 p.m., Atwood’s Tavern, 877 Cambridge St., East Cambridge, 617-864-2792, atwoodstavern.com, Facebook.A pint of Bantam Ginger Beer at the Somerville taproom. / Photo providedBantam Cider, Because There Is Now More Parking Near Their TaproomLove hanging out at the industrial-chic tasting room at Bantam Cider Company, but hate finding parking around there? Take note: This week’s challenging construction rerouting traffic around Union Square has a very bright silver lining. There’s now more parking along a two-way Prospect Street, the main drag into the square, around the corner from Bantam’s home on Merriam Street. Bring a designated driver! Or, like always, you can take the 91 bus from Central Square, the 86 from Harvard, or the 87 bus from Lechmere or Porter/Davis. The buzzy new Buzzwig, Hibiscus Mint, coffee-infused Joe, and more unique ciders (and ginger beer) are on draft, and, like every weekend, the taproom is open Friday from 5-8 p.m., Saturday from 1- 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon-6 p.m.Bantam Cider Co., 44 Merriam St., 617-299-8600, bantamcider.com.An icy platter of bivalves from Island Creek Oyster Bar’s Burlington location. / Photograph by PJ Couture for Best of Boston 2017So Many OystersYou know how every food gets its own special holiday these days? The oyster’s day is this Saturday, August 5. Most every restaurant around these parts employs someone who can shuck, and Duxbury, Wellfleet, Pemaquid, and more varieties are easy to find. Consult Eater Boston’s $1 oyster map if you are so inspired. Or, head to SoWa—Eat Boston and the Open Market have an oyster block party going on both days this weekend, with food trucks and restaurants including Gaslight Brasserie, Bon Me, the Shuck Food Truck, Red’s Best, and more, with oysters and oyster-themed specials. Plus, there will craft beer, cider, and wine, and the whole gamut of artists, farmers, and specialty vendors. The rain-or-shine party is cash only, so come prepared.Oyster, Oyster Block Party, Saturday, August 5, and Sunday August 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days, SoWa Open Market, 460 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston, wheretoeat.in, sowaboston.com. Alex Koblan making drinks at the Bully Boy Tasting room. / Photo by Jason Zucco providedBlackbird Doughnuts, Awake Nitro Coffee, and Bully Boy BoozeSince opening its swanky new cocktail bar and distillery, Bully Boy Distillers have brought a lot of fun local companies in for pop-ups. This Sunday, they’re taking on brunch with Blackbird Doughnuts and Arlington-based cold brew coffee company Awake Nitro Brewing. There will be nitro cold brew on draft, plus a special menu of drinks made with it—and drinks meant to pair perfectly with Blackbird’s pastries. Yes, please?Blackbird Donuts + Awake Nitro Coffee Brunch!, Sunday, August 6, noon-4 p.m., Bully Boy Distillers, 44 Cedric St., Newmarket, Roxbury, Facebook. What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend Grief bacon, Bantam Cider, farm-brewed beer in a Cambridge garden, and more. 000last_img read more

Photos Best of Boston Home 2018

first_imgParty Pics Photos: Best of Boston Home 2018 Check out scenes from our December 14, 2017, event at the Boston Design Center. On Thursday, December 14, over 300 guests joined Boston Home at the Boston Design Center for the eleventh annual Best of Boston Home event to celebrate the winter 2018 issue and the 75 winners of the prestigious Best of Boston Home award. Honorees include top architects, designers, builders, craftspeople, shops, and showrooms from Boston and beyond. Throughout the night, the chic guests danced to live entertainment from One Hot Mess Band, created their own spice blends with Victoria Gourmet, and enjoyed delicious food by Forklift Catering, including delectable lobster salad on miniature squid ink buns. The Yard: Back Bay, Boston’s newest workshare space, handed out restaurant gift certificates and complimentary workspace vouchers to a few lucky winners.Other fun elements included a glitzy photo experience from The Danger Booth and customized Boston Home lattes from Espresso Dave’s Specialty Coffee Catering. Boston Children’s Hospital, the non-profit beneficiary of the evening, had a wide selection of holiday cards to choose from which benefitted their organization. Each guest departed with a custom pint glass from CUMAR Marble and Granite, Best of Boston Home 2018 winner for Best Stone, Boston.Photos by Rythum Vinoben Photography By Julia Kacmarek· 12/20/2017, 3:46 p.m. Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. 000 Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* Print For more event highlights, check out the full event album here! Also, follow Boston magazine Events on Facebook and Instagram for future events and other happenings around the city at @bostonmagevents.last_img read more

Building Boston A Chat with Ashley Dunn of Dyer Brown

first_imgProperty Building Boston: A Chat with Ashley Dunn of Dyer Brown She helms the firm’s hospitality, retail, and workplace studios. By Madeline Bilis· 000 5/15/2018, 10:30 a.m. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.*center_img Welcome to Building Boston, where we chat with local developers, builders, architects, and change-makers about our city.Photo courtesy of Dyer BrownMeet Ashley Dunn. She’s director of workplace for Dyer Brown, a Boston-based architectural firm that specializes in renovating office and retail spaces. She also teaches at the BAC.My favorite building in Boston’s skyline is…the Federal Reserve Bank tower. It just amazed me the first time I visited Boston while in architecture school. We got off at South Station and boom—that was the first building we saw. It felt so modern and heroic. Every time I walk by that building it takes me back to those days. Hats off to Hugh Stubbins, Jr., the architect.If there is one thing I could change about Boston, it would be…well, other than the weather, we need to invest in connected public spaces, and not the ones where you need to buy a ticket or something to use them. I’d like to see more European-style plazas connecting museums and civic buildings, or something like wrapping the Charles River Esplanade across the entire harborfront to the Seaport, so people can walk, draw, play Frisbee or take a yoga class. I love spaces like Lawn on D at the convention center, where you can do whatever you want. But only recently has its future become more certain, and often the forces that be are resistant to investing in these spaces. I get that City Hall Plaza was a bust, but let’s not give up on open public spaces because of one (very large) misstep!I’m working on…so many things—it ranges a lot, from new studios and performance space for iHeartRadio in Medford to a huge new workplace in downtown Dallas. Among my favorites is the lobby renovation we’re designing for a notable boutique Boston building, One Bowdoin Square, a real postmodern icon by Graham Gund. Also, we just completed BostonIVF’s first clinic downtown, helping them reinvent the experience to be more comforting and relaxing, almost like a spa environment.In 15 years, I hope Boston will…be enjoying its continued investment in convenient transit options as well as its preparation for climate change. Most of all, I hope Boston will maintain its wonderful mix of historic and modern buildings that draw visitors and new residents and businesses from all around the world. I’ve done work all around the country and that eclectic mix of very old and very new is unique to our city.To help make Boston’s building industry more diverse, I’m…leading our firm in continuing to hire and mentor more women designers and architects, expanding opportunities in a field still dominated by men. Since women are underrepresented in all STEM fields, including architecture, Dyer Brown is helping them to get licensed, through encouragement and practical experience, to propel their careers—and our industry—forward.Honestly, I hate it when…people kind of assume architects do only one thing. But our work is so varied and fun. We engage people and communities, working with them to solve so many common problems. Everything you touch is considered by architects, and so are many issues that shape our day-to-day living and working spaces. We help businesses save money, help restaurants and hotels create cozy and inviting experiences, and we even help nonprofits grow. It’s very satisfying work, and nothing like the clichés we see in movies. (Other than a preference for using too many big words for no reason. That part is embarrassingly real!)My students at Boston Architectural College are…totally awesome! More importantly, they are incredibly diverse. As graduate students, they come from around the world and from varied backgrounds including psychology and economics and fashion design. It’s natural to become cynical after working in the real world for a number of years, but seeing their enthusiasm to learn new skills is so inspiring. It carries back to my work, every day.The top-floor terrace at 116 Huntington Avenue, recently renovated by Dyer Brown / Photo by Chuck Choi, courtesy Dyer Brown Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. Printlast_img read more

Five Adorable Houses in Beacon Hill to See This Weekend

first_img 25025 For Sale/Rent Five Adorable Houses in Beacon Hill to See This Weekend With brick patios, climbing ivy, roof decks, and more. By Madeline Bilis· Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.*center_img Print 10/4/2018, 11:53 a.m. Photo via Marston Beacon Hill, Inc.1. A Stately Spot on the South Slope12 Walnut Street #3, BostonPrice: $1,500,000Size: 966 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1Open houses: Saturday, October 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.,Sunday, October 7, 12-2 p.m.Photo via Donnelly + Co.2. A Three-Bedroom with a Stunning Roof Deck32 Anderson Street #3, BostonPrice: $1,599,000Size: 1,540 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 2Open house: Sunday, October 7, 2-3 p.m.Photo via Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty3. A Gut-Renovated Unit17 Hancock Street #2, BostonPrice: $2,998,500Size: 2,674 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 3Open houses: Saturday, October 6, 12-1:30 p.m.,Sunday, October 7, 12-1:30 p.m.Photo via Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage4. An Elegant Home with a Brick Patio5 Chestnut Street #2, BostonPrice: $1,550,000Size: 1,600 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 2Open house: Sunday, October 7, 12-1:30 p.m.Photo via Compass5. A Teeny Parlor-Level Abode45 Garden Street #1, BostonPrice: $549,000Size: 460 square feetBedrooms: 1Baths: 1Open house: Saturday, October 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.The Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including architects, builders, kitchen and bath experts, lighting designers, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston’s guide to home renovation pros.last_img read more

On the Market A Swanky Nantucket SingleFamily

first_img 202 Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. By Sofia Rivera· Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* Photo by Jeff Allen1 Mariner Way, NantucketPrice: $3,995,000Size: 2,444 square feetBedrooms: 4Baths: 4.5After all the anxious excitement of finding and buying a home, the inevitable process of lugging furniture into the place, hauling it upstairs, and pushing it into just the right corners can sometimes put a damper on things. Thankfully, this newly constructed Nantucket treasure has done all the work for you. Included in the nearly $4 million dollar price tag are all of its classy furnishings (minus the artwork) that dress it, making for a polished masterpiece that looks as if it’s been pulled from the glossy pages of a home design magazine. As the art is not included, there’s still plenty of room to customize the space with your own flair.Entertainers will flourish in this single-family, with a wine fridge and wet bar nestled into the spacious kitchen, right by the doorway that leads into a dapper living room. Vaulted ceilings support a contemporary chandelier and a trio of chic pendant lights brighten the eat-in kitchen, which contains a Sub-Zero fridge with two freezer drawers, and a six-burner gas range.As you make your way upstairs, dramatic shades of gray, blue, and black give way to an airier palette of beige and gray-toned whites. Oak boards pave the floors of all of the bedrooms, three of which sit on the second floor, while marble tiles and glass-doored showers grace the bathrooms.The third floor is an entirely frivolous luxury that somehow feels essential to this home: Another bar sits atop a set of built-in cabinets, and, of course, there’s a wine fridge, for when 6 p.m. rolls around and you can’t be bothered to head downstairs. Should the mood strike, feel free to head up the ladder-like stairs into the petite widow’s walk, a fenced-in perch that looks out onto the sailboat-dotted sea.For information, contact Brian Sullivan, Fisher Real Estate, fishernantucket.comPhoto by Jeff AllenPhoto by Jeff AllenPhoto by Jeff AllenPhoto by Jeff AllenPhoto by Jeff AllenPhoto by Jeff AllenPhoto by Jeff AllenPhoto by Jeff AllenThe Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including architects, builders, kitchen and bath experts, lighting designers, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston’s guide to home renovation pros.center_img 5/21/2019, 11:52 a.m. For Sale/Rent On the Market: A Swanky Nantucket Single-Family The pale-shingled exterior of this home does not give away its sumptuous—and fully furnished—interior. But here’s a hint: There are not one, but two wet bars. Printlast_img read more

A Gourmet Lobster Chocolate Bar Is a Thing You Can Buy in

first_img By Jacqueline Cain· Beacon Hill Chocolates sells a new lobster-flavored chocolate bar. / Photo courtesy of Chocolatasm by Paul John KearinsIce cream, fried seafood, hot dogs, lobster rolls—summertime in New England is synonymous with a long list of iconic seasonal cuisine. So when summer rolls around at tourist-frequented Beacon Hill Chocolates, store owner Paula Barth has to get creative to entice customers to save some room for artisan chocolates. The candy store offers ice-cold gelato, but for the first time, Beacon Hill Chocolates just brought in a truly unique, summer-ready offering: Lobster-flavored chocolate.Yes, lobster chocolate. The Cape Cod Bar, a new product crafted by chocolatier Paul John Kearins of Provincetown wholesaler and online shop Chocolatasm, is a low-sugar white chocolate bar blended with essences of real Atlantic lobster, lemon, and parsley. The treat is buttery, just slightly sweet, and has a subtle crunch thanks to the addition of Cape Cod sea salt.Kearins uses a powdered lobster-flavor extract, made from cooked, wild-caught lobster (so no chunks of crustacean meat in your candy bar, thanks). He ups the amount of cocoa butter he would normally use, while lessening the amount of added sugar, to invoke that sense-memory of sitting down at a Cape Cod lobster shack and cracking into the real thing with a squeeze of lemon and a side of drawn butter.“I wanted it to be nostalgic,” the chocolatier says.Kearins is not afraid to get a little weird with his chocolate bars and bonbons, and he’s earned a following for it, says Beacon Hill Chocolates’ Barth. Heirloom apple spice, blueberry cheesecake, Hawaiian black-salted marzipan, and mango Prosecco are some of Chocolatasm’s best-selling flavors at her shop, she says. Beacon Hill Chocolates now carries trendy ruby chocolate thanks to the Provincetown maker, too.It was fellow Cape Cod chocolatier Josiah Mayo of Chequessett Chocolate in Truro who first suggested the idea of lobster chocolate to Kearins, because bringing uncommon flavor combinations to life through chocolate is Chocolatasm’s specialty.“I have what I call a very keen olfactory memory, or ability to remember smells,” Kearins says. “I can create an aroma [in my mind] just by thinking about it. That way I can combine flavors you wouldn’t necessary expect go together [in chocolate].”The lobster bar is really just another riff on sweet-and-savory chocolate, says Barth. Like chocolate-covered pretzels—her personal favorite snack—and chocolate-covered bacon, it won’t be for everybody. But with “Cape Cod” on the label, and real Atlantic lobster on the ingredient list, it’s proven to be appealing to many people visiting her shop since Beacon Hill Chocolates started stocking the bar earlier this month.“It goes hand-in-hand, Boston and lobster,” Barth says. “We try to select the most creative things you can’t find everywhere.”And unlike summer in New England, the lobster chocolate bar isn’t necessarily a fleeting treat: “As long as people want it, it’s going to be [available],” Kearins says.The three-ounce Cape Cod Bar is on sale now for $10 at Beacon Hill Chocolates, as well as Provincetown’s East End Market, and Chocolatasm’s online shop.Beacon Hill Chocolates, 91 Charles St., 617-725-1900, beaconhillchocolates.com.Chocolatasm’s lobster-flavored Cape Cod Bar has souvenir-level packaging. / Photo courtesy of Beacon Hill Chocolates 202 Restaurant News A Gourmet Lobster Chocolate Bar Is a Thing You Can Buy in Boston The slightly sweet, savory “Cape Cod bar” by Provincetown chocolatier Chocolatasm is for sale at Beacon Hill Chocolates. 7/25/2019, 3:32 p.m. center_img Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* Print Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. last_img read more

US Open 2019 After sharp criticism Phil Mickelson says the USGA did

first_imgAfter issuing some seething remarks about the USGA’s setup of U.S. Open courses just two weeks ago, Phil Mickelson struck a different tone after Thursday’s first round at Pebble Beach.“I’ve played, what, 29 U.S. Opens. One-hundred percent of time they have messed it up if it doesn’t rain,” Mickelson said at the Memorial Tournament last month. “The rain is the governor. That’s the only governor they have. And if they don’t have a governor they don’t know how to control themselves.”“It’s just based on history,” he continued. “My 30 years, and 30 years before that. So I think we’re all pulling for a little rain.”USGA U.S. OpenNewsU.S. Open 2019: USGA exec responds to Tour pros’ criticism over past course setupslast_img read more

A minister is facing accusations that she misled t

first_imgA minister is facing accusations that she misled the House of Lords over the government’s “devastating” decision to allow a security firm with “an appalling history of abuse and mismanagement” to run the national equality advice helpline.The Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) was set up in October 2012 to replace the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) own helpline, and the government has now handed the contract to G4S.But a report by the House of Lords Equality Act 2010 and disability committee in March concluded that EASS – currently run by the outsourcing giant Sitel – should be returned to the EHRC, “either in-house or as the contract managers for a tendered-out service”, a conclusion that was strongly supported by the EHRC.Despite that support, the government’s response to the report claimed the EHRC “did not express an interest” in taking the service in-house.In last week’s Lords debate on the report, the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell said that government claims that the EHRC did not want to bring the service back in-house were “not true”.She said: “The EHRC flatly refutes this, saying it strongly supports our recommendation, and made clear to the government its concerns about EASS, and its desire to take back responsibility or at least greater control.”But when the Conservative Home Office minister Baroness Williams responded to the debate (pictured), she claimed that the EHRC “did not bid to operate the helpline itself, nor did it propose operating it in discussions with the [Government Equalities Office]”.Asked this week why Baroness Williams appeared to have misled peers, and whether she would be apologising to the House of Lords, a government spokesman refused to answer the question.Instead, he issued a statement claiming there had been “an open and competitive tender process, amongst providers who had expertise in running a helpline”, and that G4S had “offered the most cost efficient tender”.An EHRC spokesman confirmed that the commission had asked the government to bring EASS back in-house.He said: “We wanted responsibility for running the service and we have been clear to government on that.“We have been very clear that we wanted responsibility for running the service, whether in-house or managing the service.”Baroness Campbell told peers last week that when the Disability Rights Commission (DRC), for which she was a commissioner, ran its own helpline, it was “one of the DRC’s prime assets, enabling it to monitor the kind of problems disabled people were experiencing”, while some of its key legal cases “started with a call to the helpline”.She said: “The new contract has now been awarded to G4S, which is devastating news.“It beggars belief that a company with such an appalling history of abuse and mismanagement could have been appointed to provide such an important and sensitive service.”A petition calling on the government to reverse its decision to hand the service to G4S and allow EHRC to run it instead has so far attracted more than 60,000 signatures.And more than 40 disability, equality and human rights organisations – including Inclusion London, Equal Lives, Liberty and Sisters of Frida – have written to the parliamentary chairs of the joint committee on human rights and the Commons women and equalities committee to express their “profound concern” at the award of the contract to G4S, which they said had “earned a reputation for serious, systemic mismanagement and discrimination”.Their letter calls for “a parliamentary investigation into both the tendering process and the suitability of G4S to deliver this vital service”.Last July, the Government Equalities Office published a memo which showed that, of all the enquiries made to EASS, 62 per cent related to disability.Of roughly 2,200 enquiries a month made to EASS since 2012 – the memo revealed – 24 per cent were about a failure to make a reasonable adjustment for a disabled person.last_img read more

Greater Manchester Police GMP has admitted that

first_imgGreater Manchester Police (GMP) has admitted that it has a written agreement to share information about disabled people and other activists who take part in protests with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Disabled activists have expressed alarm at the confirmation, which came despite previous denials by the force and DWP that any such agreement existed.They said the existence of the agreement was a clear blow to the right to protest of disabled people who claim benefits.Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) said it was “extremely concerned” that its local police force was “spying on disabled protesters and passing on their details onto the DWP”.GMCDP said the agreement was “yet another example of the punitive and unwarranted targeting of disabled people”. Concerns about links between DWP and police forces such as GMP – and the impact on disabled people’s right to protest – first emerged last December after Disability News Service (DNS) reported that forces had been targeting disabled protesters taking part in peaceful anti-fracking protests across England.Lancashire police then admitted in December that it had shared both information and video footage of disabled anti-fracking protesters with DWP, in an apparent attempt to have their disability benefits removed.Greater Manchester Police then told DNS that it had passed DWP information about protesters taking part in anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss, Salford, which took place in 2013 and 2014, and also confirmed that it had shared information with DWP from protests not connected with fracking.This raised concerns that it might have passed information to DWP about disabled people who protested in Manchester about the government’s austerity-related social security reforms, particularly during high-profile actions around the Conservative party conferences in 2015 and 2017.GMP later claimed that it had not shared any information with DWP about disabled activists who had taken part in the 2015 and 2017 protests.The Conservative party is returning to Manchester for its annual conference in October.GMP has previously denied – in response to a freedom of information request – having a written agreement to share data with DWP, while DWP has said repeatedly that it has no such “formal arrangement” with GMP or any other force.GMP’s press office had initially suggested that it did have an agreement with DWP, before later denying there was one.Labour’s deputy mayor for policing for Greater Manchester, Baroness [Bev] Hughes, told DNS in February that she had “consulted with senior officers within GMP who have assured me that there is no formal ‘sharing agreement’ in place, and that the police act on a case by case basis, sharing information in accordance with the Data Protection Act”.But after DNS submitted a second freedom of information request to the force, a member of its information management team confirmed that there was such an agreement.After DNS asked if GMP had an agreement to share information from various protests with DWP, he said he had “located a multi-agency agreement to which DWP are one of many partners”, but he said this had “not yet been assessed for disclosure to you”.He said that most of the agreement “relates to controls/rules partners must adhere to when handling information”.He later told DNS, on 17 April, that he had “identified the area of the force that is responsible for the sharing agreement” and had “posed your question to them, and am awaiting a reply”.The force failed to respond to further emails – which appears to have been a breach of the Freedom of Information Act – until this week.But yesterday (Wednesday), a member of GMP’s information management team said he would “risk assess the agreement next week for disclosure” to DNS.The force’s press office refused to comment this week, or to explain why it had previously claimed there was no such agreement.Brian Hilton, GMCDP’s digital campaigns officer, said the coalition was “extremely concerned that our local police force is spying on disabled protesters and passing on their details onto the DWP”.He said: “This is worrying on so many levels. Disabled people in Greater Manchester have always protested against injustice, whether this be campaigning for our own rights or in support of others.“This news sends a clear message that disabled people should think carefully before they take to the streets and exercise their legitimate right to protest.”He added: “Are we now saying if you can protest you should not be in receipt of benefits?“Should disabled people stay locked inside their homes in case they are sanctioned?“What’s next? Are the police going to run undercover operations at festivals to see if disabled people are brazen enough to sway in time to the music or, god forbid, dance?”Hilton said repeated studies had shown there was “no epidemic of fraudulent [benefit] claims”, and that the force’s agreement with DWP was “yet another example of the punitive and unwarranted targeting of disabled people”. Dennis Queen, from the Manchester branch of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “We would like to see this ‘multi-agency agreement’ to which DWP are one of many partners, because the agreement means conditions are effectively being imposed that disabled people have no idea about, they cannot bear them in mind, make informed consent, and so on.“This sounds like a breach of our rights to engage in political protest to me.”Queen said concerns about the agreement would have “a directly chilling effect on people’s ability to stick up for their rights and join in campaigns, both relating to disability and not.“Given my own arrest for an offence I did not commit during [a Tory] conference this is a personal concern too.”In 2017, disabled activists from the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) and DPAC criticised “heavy-handed” police tactics at a direct action protest that blocked tram lines outside the conference.Queen was arrested for public disorder but was later found not guilty.She said: “Have I been reported to the DWP? Do the police now have a right to find out if I am a client of theirs?“What other private information are they privy to? Did the police update them that I wasn’t guilty of the charges?”Picture: Dennis Queen taking part in the 2015 protest outside the Tory party conference in Manchester A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

THIS game was over as a contest after quarter of a

first_imgTHIS game was over as a contest after quarter of an hour as the Saints had already run in four tries against their overwhelmed opponents, writes Graham Henthorne.The Giants were so desperate to stop the marauding Saints that they had conceded five penalties by this time but still only had the ball for one set.Last year the Levynator and Matty Lees showed glimpses of what we could expect this term but generally off the bench. This year they are the starting props and if this display is anything to go by then we are in for a treat.The Giants couldn’t handle either of them as they busted holes directly down the middle of the hapless defensive line with Matty Lees literally trampling the hooker into the ground.Behind this you had the guile of Aaron Smith, Rob Fairclough and the outstanding Danny Richardson directing traffic. As spectators you had no idea where they were going to go next and the Giants defence were no better as they tried in vain to stop the juggernaut.Regan Grace opened the 19s account for 2016 as he scooted in for his first and then stretched out for his second, both courtesy of quick hands from Ben Morris and Jake Spedding inside him.Spedding then scored one of his own as again hands, this time from Richardson & Fairclough put him clear.This season’s Captain, Liam Cooper, got in on the act with a well taken try after a repeat set from a Richardson grubber. And when Aaron Smith dove over from dummy half on 17 minutes the Saints were out of sight at 26 – 0.As it always does the game evened out a little in the second quarter with the Giants seeing some possession and the Saints having substituted their dominant front row. So much so that the visitors got off the mark on the half hour taking advantage of a Saints knock on.However, don’t think that I’m insinuating that the second choice front row can’t cut it. Far from it. But it does take time to get to grips with the speed of the game as debutants Jordan Olmez and Jorge Lewtas found out but get to grips they did, both contributing in spades in attack and defence.And in Jonah Cunningham we have one of the best hookers coming off the bench to punish weary defenders. On the stroke of the break he did just that driving over at the sticks.The second half was an exercise in keeping going and not taking the foot off the gas.Three minutes in and Morgan Knowles showed everyone that the saints were not going to ease up. Fresh from his sojourn in the First Team he showed he’s lost none of his appetite for Rugby at this level with a typically rumbustious display and a try crashing over the line.Mike Weldon showed he’d well and truly put his injury woes behind him as he introduced himself to the game and the visitors with a big hit producing a knock on from the Giants on their own 40. From the scrum Grace simply rounded his opposite number for his hat-trick.Lees was sin-binned on the hour for taking out the man without the ball and whilst he was off the Giants impressive second row scored out wide to make their total respectable.But as Lees came back onto the field the Saints finished in style with three more tries.Firstly Smith dummied his way over from close range then Lees scored a deserved try from the second row as he terrorised his opposite number into falling out of his way as he powered over.Finally, Spedding capped a good personal performance winning the 80 metre race to touch down Richardson’s long kick down field.What a difference to the opening display last year! The forwards were sharp in both attack and especially defence not giving any space for the Giants to play and behind them the halves dictated the show producing a dazzling display of handling from all the outside backs.The trick now, of course, is to keep it going but putting 11 tries past a big, powerful Huddersfield team is a fabulous way to start.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Regan Grace (1, 5 & 58), Jake Spedding (8 & 79), Liam Cooper (14), Aaron Smith (17 & 73), Jonah Cunningham (40), Morgan Knowles (43), Matty Lees (76).Goals: Danny Richardson 7.Huddersfield:Tries: Billy Hayes (30), Liam Johnson (68).Goals: Izaac Farrell.Half Time: 32-6Full Time: 58-10Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. David Eccleston, 4. Lewis Furlong, 3. Jake Spedding, 5. Regan Grace; 7. Rob Fairclough, 6. Danny Richardson; 8. Levy Nzoungou, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Matty Lees, 11. Liam Cooper (C), 12. Ben Morris, 13. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 14. Jonah Cunningham, 16. Jorge Lewtas, 17. Mike Weldon, 18. Jordan Olmez.Huddersfield:1. Kieron Reilly; 2. Jake Etchells, 4. Jake Wardle, 3. Darnell McIntosh, 5. Harry Woollard; 6. Will Ingleby, 7. Izaac Farrell; 8. Matty English, 9. Fletcher Davies, 10. Connor Redgwick, 11. Ronan Costello, 12. Liam Johnson, 13. Billy Hayes. Subs: 14. Jamie Greenwood, 15. Ben Harley, 16. Sam Hewitt, 17. Jon Loke Kirby.last_img read more

GLOW Academy awarded 20000 from ChickfilA

first_img “Right now, we’re on a campaign to build a new campus. And to have funds this significant come to us, it’s going to mean a lot. It’s not just going to mean a lot to the campus, but to all the GLOW girls, the entire glow community. We’re really thankful. It’s a great opportunity to work with them and continue our relationship with Chick-fil-A,” Jones said.GLOW was just one of many nominees for the Atlantic Region, which included organizations in North and South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and many other states. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The GLOW Academy does its part to guide young girls in the community to a successful future. And with a new donation, even more work can be done.The Chick-fil-A foundation awarded GLOW Academy with $20,000 dollars for getting second place in the True Inspiration Awards. Chick-fil-A came to the school and gave Mini Moos to girls at the school and even brought their mascot along. Senior Development Director, Bob Jones, believes this is an amazing opportunity to help the girls.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Black History Month United States Colored Troops

first_img Locally 500 members of the United States Colored Troops who fought during the Civil War are buried at the Wilmington National Cemetery at the rear left end of the cemetery. Confederates soldiers (white or colored) were not allowed to be buried in any United States military cemetery across the country due to the fact that the Confederates withdrew from the Union.AmenRa says, “The United States Colored Troops played a significant part in Black History, turning the Civil War into a victory for the Union and leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation .There should be more in our educational system about the United States Colored Troops.”Patrick says, she learned her history from her mother through her great-grandmother, Fannie Perkins Williams, a former slave captive.Related Article: Trump signs bill named for Sen. McCain, doesn’t mention him“If it was not for me listening to my mother, I would have missed this important part of our family’s history,” says AmenRa.Their names include her Great Grandfather PVT Henry Williams, Great-Granduncles CPL Dennis Perkins (Shimes) and CPL James Perkins (Shimes) along with CPL David Jackson her Great-great grandfather.The United States Colored Troops (USCT) were regiments of the United States Army during the American Civil War (1861-1865) that were composed of African American (“colored”) soldiers. First recruited in 1863, for the Civil War, the men of the 175 regiments (approximately 175,000 soldiers) of the USCT constituted approximately one-tenth of the Union Army. The Union needed the manpower to win the war. If it had not been for the U.S.C.T. the Union would not have won the Civil War. If the Union had lost the war the Emancipation of Proclamation would not have been issued. The men of the USCT were the forerunners of the well-known Buffalo Soldiers, who fought in the Indian Wars later in the nineteenth century and received their nickname in the American West.Locally 500 members of the United States Colored Troops who fought during the Civil War are buried at the Wilmington National Cemetery at the rear left end of the cemetery. Confederates soldiers (white or colored) were not allowed to be buried in any United States military cemetery across the country due to the fact that the Confederates withdrew from the Union. TheU.S.C.T. was recently acknowledged here in Wilmington, NC in 2011. A historical marker is placed on Market street by the Wilmington National Cemetery this effort was led by Retired Sgt. Fred Johnson. WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick interviewed Sonya Patrick (AmenRa) about her family and learned that she has 4 descendants of the United States Colored Troops.The United States Colored Troops (USCT) were regiments of the United States Army during the American Civil War (1861-1865) that were composed of African American (“colored”) soldiers. First recruited in 1863, for the Civil War, the men of the 175 regiments (approximately 175,000 soldiers) of the USCT constituted approximately one-tenth of the Union Army. The Union needed the manpower to win the war. If it had not been for the U.S.C.T. the Union would not have won the Civil War. If the Union had lost the war the Emancipation of Proclamation would not have been issued. The men of the USCT were the forerunners of the well-known Buffalo Soldiers, who fought in the Indian Wars later in the nineteenth century and received their nickname in the American West.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Bayern Munich join race to sign Under

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Bayern Munich are interested in signing AS Roma’s young attacker Cengiz Under. According to Daily Mail, the Bundesliga champions want the 21-year-old to replace Arjen Robben. English sides Arsenal and Tottenham have also expressed an interest in recruiting the Turkish player.It is believed that Tottenham have had a £32million bid rejected by the Italian club who signed Under from Istanbul Basaksehir a year and a half ago. The Turkey international has already scored three goals and provided two assists in the Champions League this season. Roma are keen on keeping hold of the talented attacker as they aim to improve their current form in Serie A.WhatsApplast_img read more

Liberia LoneStar Cell MTNs suspension could be security nightmare

first_imgAdvertisement The Heritage from Monrovia reports that management of LoneStar Cell MTN has described plans by Liberia’s Telecommunications Authority (LTA) to suspend its operating license for three days as “a serious security nightmare to the country”.LoneStar Cell MTN’s management is concerned the decision by the LTA to suspend its operations could result in a security nightmare for the country. (Image: Google/frontpageafricaonline.com)The LTA recently announced the suspension of two operational licenses of the telecommunications services provider as “a punitive measure from the Board of Commissioners resulting from LoneStar Cell MTN’s ‘unilateral’ implementation of an ‘unauthorised’ change in its status of its interconnection with Comium-Liberia from May 18, 2012 to May 21, 2012,” the report states. – Advertisement – Dr. Lawrence Bropleh, Corporate Communications Executive at LoneStar Cell MTN, is quoted as saying, “”Imagine the level of chaos that the dismissal of just 40 persons from the General Auditing Commission (GAC) is causing in the country. Moreover, you remove over 5,000 Liberians who are dependent on these jobs, at once. This poses a great threat to national security and we shouldn’t be taking that chance.”According to the LTA the suspension means LoneStar Cell MTN customers can receive calls but not make calls for the duration of the suspension, which, as reported, is scheduled to run from 3 December to 5 December.The regulatory body stipulated that customers in areas that are exclusively serviced by LoneStar Cell MTN will be exempted from the order, but the company will have to pay 25% of revenue generated from such operations to the government of Liberia.However, management at LoneStar Cell MTN have refuted the reasoning behind the suspension and that this action will “jeopardise the business of LoneStar Cell MTN and could destroy some of its major equipment.” The company also stressed concern that it could also result in the loss of its partner, the MTN Group.Source: ItnewsAfricalast_img read more

Mobile money account holders in Uganda exceed 18 million

first_imgAdvertisement From a mere 10,010 accounts in March 2009, Mobile money account holders in Uganda have  grown to 18,489,989 over the last six years exceeding the number of traditional bank account holders, which stand at 5.5 Million.The communication was revealed by Finance minister Maria Kiwanuka, during economics of mobile money economy seminar in Kampala last week.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Last year alone, Over Shs18 trillion was transacted through mobile money, she said.Mobile money accounts have surpassed traditional banking accounts by threefold which stand at 5.5 million in financial institutions supervised by Bank of Uganda.Commercial banks and mobile network operators engaged in mobile money need to take the mobile banking services to the next level through innovations that are relevant to the needs of Ugandans including credit and saving services.Via The Daily Monitorlast_img read more

Facebook to start hosting other sites content

first_imgAdvertisement Social Networking giant Facebook wants to start hosting content from news organizations.News sources reveal that Zuckerberg has been in talks with at least six media companies about publishing their content directly on the site with no link-clicking required.According to the sources, the initial round of publications apparently includes The New York Times, Buzzfeed, National Geographic and The Huffington Post. – Advertisement – Facebook wants to do this because websites take too long to load, and Facebook says that on mobile, the average eight-second page-load takes too long.Facebook hasn’t exactly established much of a revenue (or traffic-data) sharing precedent.The whole deal looks very one-sided since users stay on Facebook longer while news organizations sacrifice audience info and advertising income in exchange for eyeballs on its content.Via EnGadgetlast_img read more

Instagram For Android Gets An Offline Mode iOS Users Will Have To

first_imgInstagram’s latest update to display your best posts first. Image Credit: Mashable Advertisement Facebook’s Photo and Video sharing app; Instagram for Android has received an offline mode that will let Instagrammers access many of its features even when they don’t have internet connection. This came in an announcement that was made by the company at the ongoing Facebook’s annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California U.S.The feature, according to the company, will also be rolled out to iOS users in the coming days.According to Instagram Engineer Hendri, users will be able to see the previously loaded content in their feed, leave comments, Like things, save media and unfollow people. Once the users’ device is back online, all his activities will be executed in the background. – Advertisement – The profiles that users have visited before too will be visible, as well as the cached versions of the Explore tab and their own profile pages. The ‘offline mode’ feature is expected to be especially useful in emerging nations where internet connectivity is patchy.[related-posts]According to TechCrunch, 80% of Instagram’s users 600 million users are outside U.S, so Instagram needed a way to provide a better experience for users with limited network connectivity or no data plan.last_img read more

BENS BLOG ‎Andy McCarron

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap] remember when I first met Andy McCarron. It was outside Victoria station, and he was interviewing me, many years ago, for his new magazine; Betting Business. Keen and friendly, the young journo, eagerly scribbled down, all of my waffle and self-promotion, showing too; a genuine interest. He was their only journalist, and appeared to do everything for the fledgling magazine. Since then, BB has grown to become, a monthly Bible, for everyone in the game.Andy has now marched on, to set up, with his business-partner, Rasmus, another publication; SBC (sbcnews.co.uk) And last night, they invited many of their subscribers, and bookie type chaps, for a special dinner. And special it was.I was so happy for Andy, though, Blog. Last night was his show; he’s gone all the way. And it’s so deserved. There has been no luck. None at all. Just building and building his credibility and contact base. Building too, such a level of respect, for not just his immaculate professionalism, and depth of knowledge, but also his kind and down-to-earth approach. ‎ Right from one-man-bands, to the CEO’s and owners, of the Goliaths, of our game.Andy McCarron = HUGE CONTRIBUTOR TO THE BETTING-INDUSTRY.Over and out, B xlast_img read more