Long Island Summer Outdoor Movie Nights Return

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Every summer, parks across Long Island transform into open-air cinemas as they host outdoor movie nights—weather permitting—and this season is no different with nearly one each night through Labor Day.Some movie nights feature old movies, while others show new releases. Some are hosted on park lawns, and others take place on beaches—a few are even makeshift drive-in theaters. But, one thing is the same: almost every movie night is free.“Eisenhower Park is the place to be on Thursday nights,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said. “Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and come enjoy some family-friendly movies under the stars.”Here is a list of the 86 remaining movie nights on LI this summer. And don’t forget the bug spray.Rocky II (Drive In)Crab Meadow Beach, Waterside Avenue, Northport. Thursday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.FrozenFarmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, July 10, 8 p.m.FrozenDeepwells Farm County Park, Route 25A and Moriches Rd, St. James. Thursday, July 10, 8 p.m.GhostbustersMulford Farm, 10 James Ln, East Hampton. Friday, July 11, 8:30 p.m.FrozenSea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. Friday, July 11, 8:30 p.m.The Wizard of OzMadison Theater at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. Friday, July 11, 7:30 p.m.Sixteen CandlesSunset Park, Main Street, Port Washington. Saturday, July 12, 8:30 p.m.The Wizard of OzNeptune Boulevard Beach, Long Beach, Saturday, July 12, 8:15 p.m.Matilda (indoors)Clinton G. Martin Park, Manhasset Hills. Sunday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.Gone in Sixty SecondsPrime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, July 14, 8:30 p.m.Super BuddiesJeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.TurboHarry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, July 17, 7:30 p.m.Jungle 2 JungleSouth Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Hwy, East Moriches. Friday, July 18, 8 p.m.Close Encounters of the Third KindSilas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton. Friday, July 18, sunset.Pirates of the CaribbeanMadison Theater at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. Friday, July 18, 8:30 p.m.Monsters UniversitySea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St, Freeport. Friday, July 18, 8:30 p.m.Bedtime StoriesEugene Nickerson Beach Park, Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach. Friday, July 18, sunsetJawsLafayette Boulevard Beach, Long Beach. Saturday, July 19, 8:15 p.m.Sex and the CityPrime, 117 New York Ave., Huntington. Monday, July 21, 8:30 p.m.Monsters UniversityBabylon Town Hall, 200 East Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst. Monday, July 21, 8:30 p.m.Saving Mr. BanksJeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.Parental GuidanceFarmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, July 24, 8 p.m.God’s Not DeadIsland Christian Church, 400 Elwood Rd., East Northport. Thursday, July 24, 8 p.m.The Crood’sHarry Chapin Lakeside Theater, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, July 24, 8 p.m.Back to the Future (Drive-In)Crab Meadow Beach, Waterside Avenue, Northport. Thursday, July 24, 7:30 p.m.Princess BrideEugene Nickerson Beach Park, Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach. Friday, July 25, sunset.Gimme ShelterSilas Murder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton. Friday, July 25, sunset.Mr. Peabody and ShermanSea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St, Freeport. Friday, July 25, 8:30 p.m.AvengersMadison Theater at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Center. Friday, July 25, 7:30Raiders of the Lost ArkLafayette Boulevard Beach, Long Beach. Saturday, July 26, 8 p.m.Movie to be decided.Field No. 1, Stotzky Park, 1144 Pulaski St., Riverhead. Saturday, July 26, 8:30 p.m.For the Love of the GameSunset Park, Main Street, Port Washington. Saturday, July 26, 8:30 p.m.Step BrothersPrime, 117 New York Ave., Huntington. Monday, July 28, 8:30 p.m.Despicable Me 2Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.Million Dollar BabyClark Botanic Garden, 193 I U Willets Rd., Albertson. Tuesday, July 29, following 7 p.m. concert.Despicable Me 2Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, July 31, 8 p.m.Grease Sing-A-LongEugene Nickerson Beach, Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach. Thursday, July 31, 6 p.m. *Costs $20 as a part of the Long Beach Film Festival.Despicable Me 2Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, July 31, 8 p.m.Alice in WonderlandSilas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton. Friday, Aug. 1, sunset.Willie Wonka And The Chocolate FactoryHoyt Farm Park, 200 New Hwy., Commack. Friday, Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m.Rio 2Sea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. Friday, Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m.Despicable Me 2Newsday Library, 235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville. Friday, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.The Cable GuyPrime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, Aug. 4, 8:30 p.m.SupermanBabylon Town Hall Lawn, 200 East Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst. Monday, Aug. 4, 8:30 p.m.GravityJeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, Aug.5, 7:30 p.m.Diary of a Wimpy KidCedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford. Tuesday, Aug. 5, sunsetTangledFarmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, Aug. 7, 8 p.m.EpicHarry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.The Lego MovieDeepwells Farm County Park, Route 25A and Moriches Rd, St. James. Thursday, Aug. 7, sunsetDr. NoSilas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton. Friday, Aug. 8, sunset.The Lego MovieSea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. Friday, Aug. 8, 8:30 p.m.Honey I Shrunk the KidsMadison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Center. Friday, Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.Surf’s UpLafayette Boulevard Beach, Long Beach. Saturday, Aug. 9, 7:45 p.m.The Lego MovieSunset Park, Main Street, Port Washington. Saturday, Aug. 9, 8 p.m.GooniesMulford Farms, 10 James Ln, East Hampton. Monday, Aug. 11, 8:30 p.m.Casino RoyalePrime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, Aug. 11, 8:30 p.m.The Lego MovieJeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, Aug. 12, sunset.The Sand LotCedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford. Tuesday, Aug. 12, sunset.Wizard of OzHarry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, Aug.14, sunsetThe Lego MovieFarmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m.Night at the MuseumEugene Nickerson Beach Park, Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach. Friday, Aug. 15, sunset.StagecoachSilas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton. Friday, Aug. 15, sunset.Toy Story 3South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Hwy, East Moriches. Friday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m.The RookieMartin “Bunky” Reid Park, Broadway, Westbury. Friday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m.GravitySea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. Friday, Aug. 15, 8:30 p.m.Silver Linings PlaybookPrime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, Aug. 18, 8:30 p.m.Close Encounters of the Third KindPeter Nelson Park, Oakwood Riad, Huntington. Monday, Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m.FrozenBabylon Town Hall, North Lewis Avenue, Lindenhurst. Monday Aug. 18, 8:30 p.m.Movie to be announcedEast Quogue Village Green, Montauk Highway, East Quogue. Monday, Aug. 18, 8 p.m.FrozenJeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, Aug. 19, sunset.Little GiantsCedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford. Tuesday, Aug. 19, sunset.Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersHarry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, Aug. 21, sunsetNight at the Museum 2Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, Aug. 21, 8 p.m.E.T.Eugene Nickerson Beach Park, Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach. Friday, Aug. 22, sunset.Movie to be decided.South Jamesport Beach, Peconic Bay Boulevard, Jamesport. Friday, Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m.Creature from the Black LagoonSilas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton. Friday, Aug. 22, sunset.The GooniesMadison Theater at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre. Friday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.FrozenNorth Hempstead Beach Park, 175 W Shore Rd., Port Washington. Saturday, Aug. 23, 7:45 p.m.Pulp FictionPrime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, Aug. 25, 8:30 p.m.The GooniesCedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford. Tuesday, Aug. 26, sunset.Secret Life of Walter MittyHarry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, Aug. 28, sunset.The Nut JobFarmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, Aug. 28, 8 p.m.SerpicoSilas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton. Friday, Aug. 19, sunset.The Hunger GamesMadison Theater at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre. Friday, Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m.Meet the ParentsPrime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, Sept. 8, 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Dina Asher-Smith backs new athletes’ union after Diamond League changes

first_imgGREAT Britain’s 200m world champion Dina Asher-Smith says she will support the Athletics Association, an athletes’ union formed in response to changes to the Diamond League programme.American two-time Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor launched the body to “fight for athletes’ rights”.“You know you always have my support! Let’s do this,” tweeted Asher-Smith.The 200m and triple jump were two of four events cut from the regular 2020 Diamond League programme.The 3,000m steeplechase and 200m will still feature at 10 of 15 Diamond meetings, while two will stage the discus and triple jump events.None of the four will be included in the Diamond League final in Zurich in September.Diamond League chairman and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Lord Coe said the changes were intended “to create a faster-paced, more exciting global league that will be the showcase for our sport”.However Taylor said “separating the events can only damage this sport we all love”.“We will fight for athletes’ rights and ultimately demand a seat at the table and a say in how our sport is run and how the sport can grow and evolve without ripping out its core.”He invited fellow athletes to email to register their interest and follow the organisation’s social media accounts.Britain’s Adam Gemili, who expressed surprise at the Diamond League’s announcement on Wednesday, retweeted Taylor’s manifesto.Athletes already have two voting positions on the 26-person IAAF Council with competitors at the recent World Championships in Doha balloted on who should represent them as part of the Athletes’ Commission.French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams are among those elected.“We are fully supportive,” an IAAF spokesperson told BBC Sport of the Athletics Association’s creation.“The more athletes involved in the decisions made in the sport the better the sport will be.”(BBC Sport)last_img read more

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Defending champ Jim Cotter rolls into A semi final at Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships

first_imgJackson, third Andrew Komlodi, second Corey Chester and lead Joel Cave, edged Tom Buchy of Kimberley 4-2 Wednesday afternoon in a tightly played contest.Jackson broke open a 1-1 tie with singles in the seventh and eighth ends.Buchy got one back in the ninth, and was in position to steal a single in the tenth before Jackson bumped off Buchy’s shot stone to score one as the Kootenay rep desperately tried to force an extra end.Buchy opened with an 8-3 win over Mark Longworth of Vernon in eight ends.Jackson opened the day edging Jeff Richard of Kelowna 6-5.The other top seed in the championships Dean Joanisse of New Westminster outlasted Kootenay rep Chris Ducharme of Creston 5-2.The third draw goes Wednesday at 7 p.m. with Joanisse against Michael Johnson of New Westminster and Sean Geall of New Westminster meeting Wes Craig of Victoria. Both winners advance into the A-event semi final.B-event action has House meeting Jason Montgomery of Victoria, Richard against Mark Longworth of Vernon and Daniel Wenzek of Langley against Neil Dangerfield of Victoria.The Wenzek rink recruited Nelson’s Fred Thomson to the rink for the championships because team member Tyler Tardi is curling in the Youth Olympic Games in Norway.Action continues Thursday with three more draws, including the A-event final at 7 p.m.The winner advances at the top seed in the Page Playoffs. It took defending BC Champion Jim Cotter a few ends to become familiar with the surroundings of the Nelson Curling Club.However, after a couple of ends it was full steam ahead for the Vernon foursome during Day One of the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships.Cotter, third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffiths and lead Rick Sawatsky ran the table to advance into the A semi final Thursday.The Vernon rink doubled Will House of Richmond 6-3 in Draw 1 before dominating Chase Martyn of New Westminster 9-2 in the afternoon.“Absolutely, you want to start 2-0,” Cotter said minutes after scoring four in the eighth end to secure the win Wednesday.“The goal at the end of the week for every team here is to make the playoffs, and that’s our goal too. So getting off to 2-0 is a good start for us but there’s a whole lot of curling to go yet.”Joining Cotter, who curled 91 percent to 70 for skip Martyn, is on the ice Thursday morning in Draw 4 A semi final against Glen Jackson of Victoria.last_img read more

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Is Belief in the Supernatural Universal?

first_imgCan evolutionists exempt themselves from the uneducated masses who cling to supernatural beliefs?Most educated Americans and Europeans would look with pity on those who appeal to witchcraft to explain disease or misfortune.  To varying degrees, evolutionists would include Christians, Jews and other religious people as sadly misinformed about the ability of naturalism to account for all phenomena of the biological world including human nature.   Evolutionists commonly study their fellow humans for how natural selection shaped their responses to social stimuli, confident of the ability of Darwinian selection to explain human psychology.  A recent example can be found in a University of Texas press release that announced, “People Merge Supernatural and Scientific Beliefs When Reasoning With the Unknown, Study Shows.”  In the study, UT psychologist Christine Legare and her team sought to identify predictable and universal ways that people handle “supernatural” and “scientific” explanations for things:Legare and her colleagues reviewed more than 30 studies on how people (ages 5-75) from various countries reason with three major existential questions: the origin of life, illness and death. They also conducted a study with 366 respondents in South Africa, where biomedical and traditional healing practices are both widely available.Unexpectedly, respondents’ supernatural beliefs did not decrease with age or education.  Instead, they tended to accommodate the supernatural and scientific explanations with either-or or both-and concoctions: e.g., either witchcraft or a virus caused a person to get AIDS, or both were involved.The team concluded that belief in the supernatural is a universal human trait that children never fully grow out of:Legare said the findings contradict the common assumption that supernatural beliefs dissipate with age and knowledge.“The findings show supernatural explanations for topics of core concern to humans are pervasive across cultures,” Legare said. “If anything, in both industrialized and developing countries, supernatural explanations are frequently endorsed more often among adults than younger children.”The results provide evidence that reasoning about supernatural phenomena is a fundamental and enduring aspect of human thinking, Legare said.“The standard assumption that scientific and religious explanations compete should be re-evaluated in light of substantial psychological evidence,” Legare said. “The data, which spans diverse cultural contexts across the lifespan, shows supernatural reasoning is not necessarily replaced with scientific explanations following gains in knowledge, education or technology.”Legare dubs this “coexistence thinking” –“As children assimilate cultural concepts into their intuitive belief systems — from God to atoms to evolution — they engage in coexistence thinking,” said Cristine Legare, assistant professor of psychology and lead author of the study. “When they merge supernatural and scientific explanations, they integrate them in a variety of predictable and universal ways.”Since the press release tagged this story with “evolutionary psychology,” it can safely be assumed that the University of Texas at Austin was not paying her to think outside the explanatory toolkit of evolution: i.e., mutation and natural selection, studied within the standard academic approach called methodological naturalism.  But the question remains: is belief in the supernatural universal?  or have evolutionary psychologists managed to escape coexistence thinking, purifying their explanations of the supernatural, to attain purely natural, scientific insight?Trick question.  If it’s natural, it’s not insight; if it’s insight, it’s not natural.  Let’s get something straight at the outset: everyone is a supernaturalist.  To justify this assertion, we must first provide clarity by defining our terms.  Robert Jastrow, the late astronomer, defined materialism (a rough synonym for naturalism and more useful, since “nature” is an equivocal word) as “particles and the forces by which they interact.”  He said once you have identified these, you’ve done it all – there’s nothing else to insert into your explanation.  What he failed to appreciate is that explanation itself falls outside that box.  Explanation is not natural; it’s supernatural!Lest a reader contend that we are quibbling about words, consider: “explanation” presupposes many things: among them truth and honesty.  Nobody wants an explanation that is false or dishonest.  Truth and honesty, however, if anything, must refer to concepts (again, immaterial things) that are universal, timeless, necessary, and certain.  This is not to say that scientists are capable of attaining certainty; the quest itself, though, presupposes a belief that a good explanation is out there, and when found, will be true and honestly arrived at.  Since all these concepts lie outside of particles and forces – the limits of natural things – it means that evolutionary psychologists and all the other metaphysical or methodological naturalists are supernaturalists in spite of themselves.  Q.E.D.One way out would be for the evolutionary psychologist to admit truth and honesty into their definition of nature.  This move, however, is a slippery slope.  Once they admit the ontological reality of concepts that are timeliness, universal, necessary and certain into their “natural box,” there is no way to keep out God without making an arbitrary distinction (for fuller explication, see “Naturalism Outline” PDF file at this site).  So, enough of this nonsense that evolutionists can exempt themselves from belief in the supernatural.  The question becomes, who has the most coherent supernatural explanation for human nature?Most academics would like a way to exclude witchcraft from the explanation for AIDS; so would Christians and Jews, who believe in Satan and evil spirits.  These are worthy discussions.  However, to pretend that methodological naturalism is the best method is to make an arbitrary rule within the set of supernatural explanations, and risks missing the right explanation.  It basically says, “we admit we believe in the supernatural, but we choose to pretend the supernatural does not exist.”  Such a position is self-contradictory, self-refuting, and self-limiting.  The method that has a solid foundation begins with the nature of God, the ultimate source of truth, the embodiment of all that is timeless, universal, necessary and certain.  Honesty, wisdom and other desirable traits for a scientist come pre-justified with this approach.To know the nature of God, we cannot reason to it from the bottom up with any certainty.  It needs to be revealed.  Taking the Creator’s self-revelation in the Bible gives us a reliable starting point.  The attributes of God as revealed in the Bible give the scientist assurance that truth, honesty, justice, and wisdom matter; therefore, scientific explanations are good to the extent they measure up to those qualities.  Knowing that humans are created in the image of God, yet are fallen into sin, provides the grounds for human psychology. From knowledge of man’s fallen mind, it will take a good deal of scholarly debate on the limits of human knowledge (subjects, incidentally, that have generated much lively debate from Augustine to C. S. Lewis).All these considerations, however, just get us to the starting point for scientific investigation.  The Bible is a condensed book; it does not provide exhaustive information on most questions of interest to modern scientists.  Knowing that we share the image of God, however, we can utilize our God-given wisdom, creativity and conscience to strive for the best explanations, confident that the “truth” is out there in the mind of God.  Other scientists, also working from that foundation, can judge our conclusions, measuring how well they comport with revealed truth and observation.  This approach at least has the hope of success and is self-consistent.  It’s the approach creation scientists have used for centuries and continue to use.  But let us all disabuse ourselves of the notion that evolutionists avoid the supernatural: they just employ an inconsistent supernatural worldview, stealing the concepts of truth and honesty from the Christian worldview while pretending the supernatural doesn’t exist.Application.  Let’s look at the Legare study with a Christian approach.  The data show that certain South African people continue to assimilate their belief in witchcraft with scientific explanations for HIV transmission.  First of all, we might question Legare’s sample, and be reluctant to speak of all South Africans this way.  Second, we would understand that the fallen mind is prey to demonic delusions, such as witchcraft.  Third, we might ask different questions, like, how well-informed are the participants about Biblical theology?  In our write-up, we might agree with Legare that education doesn’t rid some people of false notions, but would approach the conclusion, not from evolutionary psychology, but from Biblical anthropology, that men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil.  Applying our findings, we might encourage better Bible education for these people.  For fun, we might turn the tables and analyze the “coexistence thinking” of Legare and her colleagues, investigating why they continue holding to naturalistic Darwinism when educated into the fact that scientific explanation implies that naturalism is impossible. 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Serious crime declining: Nqakula

first_img17 February 2003Serious crime categories in the country are either stable or on the decline, acording to Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula.Addressing the media during Parliamentary briefing sessions in Cape Town on Monday, Nqakula said the gains made in reducing the levels of crime in the country were the result of a 10-year programme initiated by the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster in 2000 to stabilise or reduce crime and build capacity in the cluster departments.The cluster comprises the departments of safety and security, correctional services, justice and constitutional development, and intelligence.Nqakula said incidents of murder had already decreased by almost 17% since 1999 due to a concentrated action on specific tendencies such as gang violence, taxi violence and other manifestations of inter-group violence.To ensure an even further reduction in crime levels, crime combating units have been established to deal with medium-risk operations as well as operations requiring high levels of force, Nqakula said.The minister said stabilisation initiatives were under way in 45 priority areas where there were high levels of violent crimes, while special projects were put in place to address murder and rape in 94 areas.Major events hosted in safetyNqakula said the conditions were ripe for the government to forge a people’s contract for a safer and better South Africa.He was referring to the country’s ability to host major events without any criminal incident. Last July, South Africa hosted the launch of the African Union in Durban without any criminal incident, as well as the World Summit on Sustainable Development in August.Nqakula said that to date, no serious incidents of crime and security breach had been reported at the Cricket World Cup, which South Africa is currently hosting.“As President Thabo Mbeki highlighted in his State of the Nation on Friday, our successes in the sphere of criminal justice system will depend on communities volunteering to assist the security agencies in this work,” said Nqakula.He added that this success would involve consolidating all partnerships – like the efforts involving Business Against Crime (BAC), and a recent development in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape where business, education and community leaders had joined forces to address crime.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Logistics drive up costs for Brazilian producers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If you have read my previous article, when I wrote on Brazil’s corn production and the massive export record established this year, a question might have popped into your mind. How on earth is Brazil being able to export so much corn (and soybeans) if the country is well known for its terrible logistics? And, if you are really into the agricultural markets, memories of some famous photos of dozens of trucks waiting in line on some muddy road may have emerged. Some Brazilian regions still have serious logistical problems, especially when compared to the United States. In 2018, the cost per metric ton to ship soybeans from Davenport, Iowa to Shanghai, China through the U.S. Gulf reached $88.80, according to USDA data. For Sorriso, Mato Grosso (Brazil’s top producer state), shipping soybeans to the same Chinese region, using the Brazilian port of Santos, cost $122.08 per metric ton.That difference, of course, means that farmers who grow soybeans in Sorriso, located 1,190 miles from the port of Santos, in southeastern Brazil, received less for their production. While farmers in Davenport got $9.15 per bushel, the 2018 average price received by farmers in Sorriso was $8.33.The main reason for that difference is the type of transportation used to move grains from producing regions to export ports in each country. While the United States has a well-developed transportation system based on an efficient  combination of rail, barge and truck, Brazil heavily relies on trucks, for many reasons that include some choices made in the past such as government incentives to the automotive industry in the early 1950s, which contributed to pushing railroads aside. Geographical and environmental peculiarities, along with several economic crises, also played a role in putting trucks and poorly maintained roads at the center of Brazil’s transportation system.The big increase in grain production in Brazilian central and northern states over the last three decades just added more drama to an already poor infrastructure, resulting in trucks stuck along the way, trying to reach ports that had not been built to attend that kind of demand. Brazil’s main ports, Santos and Paranaguá, were built in the late nineteenth century, to ship coffee produced in the states of São Paulo and Paraná, not soybeans and corn grown more than 1,000 miles away.Although southern states continue to be very significant in grain production, Brazil’s production map has turned upside down since the 1990s, with central and northern states becoming more and more important. Thirty years ago, they produced 36% of Brazil’s soybean and corn output. Now, they represent 61%.What Brazil needed, therefore, was to turn its logistics upside down too, avoiding, as far as possible, covering such long distances using only trucks. And some important changes have been made for a few years now, through private and public investment in road improvements, rail, barge and, last but not least, ports in the north of the country.Five years ago, the so-called “Northern Arc ports” shipped 19% and 12% of Brazil’s soybean and corn exports, respectively. Now in 2019, their share jumped to 32% and 33%. By the end of the year, 35 million metric tons of soybeans and corn will be shipped by the northern ports, compared to 11.1 million in 2014.That is a great achievement, no doubt. But much is yet to be done, especially when it comes to improving roads and railroads between producing regions and the northern ports. And investors seem to be interested in doing that, especially the Chinese, who recently announced infrastructure projects in the states of Maranhão and Pará. It might take time, probably several decades, to have something remotely similar to what the United States has. But it seems that Brazil has finally woken up.last_img read more

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Heartbreak and disbelief as Andy Murray announces retirement

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: PBA Q&A with Blackwater rookie Paul Desiderio “Unreal results in a brutal era. Nothing but respect here. I hope he can finish strong and healthy,” he said.Murray’s failure to recover from a long-term hip injury has put his dream to win next week’s Australian Open almost beyond reach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSuch is the level of pain that there is speculation he may not be able to go the distance, much less set up a dream farewell at Wimbledon this July.Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro — who fell short against Murray in a memorable 2016 Olympic gold medal game — urged him not to throw in the towel. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “Your greatest impact on the world may be yet to come. Your voice for equality will inspire future generations.”That sentiment was echoed by Belgian four-time major winner Kim Clijsters, who like many could not help but be moved by Murray’s emotional announcement.“My heart breaks listening to @andy_murray during his press conference,” she tweeted.It is in his native Britain that the announcement will be perhaps most keenly felt.Murray’s status as the greatest British male player in several generations meant he carried the expectations of a nation onto the court. By meeting them, his impact transcended tennis.Many hoped he can muster the strength and fitness to return to the All England Club — where he twice won in fairytale fashion — for a career finale.“He deserves his moment to say goodbye at Wimbledon. He’s too important to Great Britain and Wimbledon history to not have it,” said Roddick.“He just needs to play any match for the goodbye he deserves.”US Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish pointed to Murray’s famous determination, which helped him compete against stronger and more skilled players.“The @andy_murray that I know will absolutely make it to Wimbledon to play his final tournament,” he tweeted. “Not many with more heart, effort in the history of the game. Was always a pleasure to share the court pal.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Andy, just watched your conference. Please don’t stop trying. Keep fighting,” he wrote.“I can imagine your pain and sadness. I hope you can overcome this. You deserve to retire on your own terms, whenever that happens. We love you @andy_murray and we want to see you happy and doing well.”The sentiment was echoed by tennis’ women stars, who Murray championed — famously rebuking a journalist for glossing over American greats like Serena Williams arguing for equal billing on the centre courts.Indian star Sania Mirza dubbed him her “foreverfavourite” and a “#foreverachampion”.Legend Billie Jean King declared him a “champion on and off the court”.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Britain’s Andy Murray reacts as he leaves a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A tearful Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of a hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)Tennis ace Andy Murray’s tearful announcement Friday that he’ll be forced to retire this year prompted a volley of tributes to the man, fond recollections of a historic career and encouragement to serve up a fitting farewell.American star Andy Roddick led the tributes to the former world number one, describing his 11-time opponent as an “absolute legend” who is on the “short list of best tacticians” in the history of the sport.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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8th Edition Rules Update

first_imgIn January 2019 the Touch Football Australia (TFA) membership were advised of a review of the 7th Edition Playing Rules which was being undertaken by TFA.TFA has identified a further review is necessary to make slight alterations to the proposed 8th Edition Rules. The intention is to introduce the new rules into all competitions as of 1 January 2020. This will allow the update of all educational resources required for the effective roll out of the 8th Edition TFA Playing Rules.Please note that until such time as these rules have been endorsed and adequate education implemented, they should not be adopted into competitions and/or events unless approved by TFA.If you would like to seek permission to trial the proposed 8th Edition Playing Rules, please contact James Sharp via email at [email protected] more here.last_img read more

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Taber police treat burning of Pride flag as arson case

first_imgTABER, Alta. – Police in a small southern Alberta town are treating the burning of a rainbow Pride flag as an arson case.Taber Police Chief Graham Abela says someone used fuel to light a flag pole on fire Saturday and the flames spread to the flag.Organizers of Taber’s first Pride event plan to raise a third rainbow flag.The first flag raised earlier this month was stolen.Abela says police have spoken with the Taber Equality Alliance about what happened and have offered victim services supports.He says police are looking for tips from the public to help the investigation.“This act of arson is a public safety concern and is not taken lightly by the Taber Police,” Abela said in a release Monday.“This type of activity is not in keeping with the values of the community and we denounce this crime.”Earlier this month, vandals in nearby Lethbridge defaced a rainbow crosswalk twice in four days that was put in place to make the city’s Pride festival.last_img read more

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File affidavit on powers to regulate expenditure by parties Delhi HC tells

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court directed the Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday to file an affidavit indicating the powers it has to ensure implementation of its guidelines regarding disclosure of expenditure by political parties. A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani gave a final opportunity to the poll panel to submit the document and said it if fails to do so then the court will proceed to pass orders. The high court also noted that the matter has been pending for the last five years and the direction to EC in February to file the affidavit has not been complied with till date. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghSenior advocate Arvind Nigam, appearing for the petitioner NGO, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), argued that political parties don’t file income tax but claim exemptions, requiring intervention. The matter is posted for next hearing on July 16. The high court had earlier asked the EC whether it is powerless to take action against political parties which do not comply with its instructions to disclose funding and expenditure details. It said EC has to ensure that its instructions are followed by political parties and had asked, “Do you have no power (to take action) under the existing law?” ADR is seeking implementation of the guidelines as well as the Law Commission’s recommendation that a provision be enacted to monitor and regulate the expenditure by political parties during elections.last_img read more

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