New restaurants on Bayview offer Italian, East Indian fare
New restaurants on Bayview offer Italian, East Indian fare
Both the food spots preparing to open on Bayview Ave opposite Belsize Dr. are off-shoots of established businesses. Tutto Pronto is an Italian cuisine sit-down and takeout restaurant operating on Avenue Rd. Maurya Indian Roti has places on the Lake Shore and in Liberty Village. It seems to have an emphasis on takeout. Tutto Pronto, in the former jewellery location north of Scotiabank, has been slow to get open. Maurya has taken over from a tenant who tried but did not get open. Work was hurriedly going on there Thursday. It is in the former Rosie’s space where 2 Bros Cuisine tried but failed to make a go of it. It is a challenging business. The economy is okay but one has to know what the customer wants. Good luck to all. share this story
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What To Do: Concert under the stars at Longwood
Home B: Community What To Do: Concert under the stars at Longwood What To Do: Concert under the stars at Longwood Aug 16th, 2019 · 0 Comment
By Denny Dyroff , Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens
You can enjoy a two-for-one treat if you visit Longwood Gardens (1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org ) on August 17.
The featured attraction will be a concert by Kennett Symphony of Chester County at 7:30 p.m. in Longwood’s Open Air Theater. Visitors to the site will also be able to check out Longwood’s amazing horticultural attractions and enjoy the new, improved fountain display.
The Kennett Symphony of Chester County ( https://kennettsymphony.org ) will present “Symphony Under the Stars: America The Beautiful” concert.
Under the baton of Conductor and Music Director Michael Hall, the Kennett Symphony will perform a variety of classics with an American theme.
The program for Saturday night’s performance is: WILLIAMS – The Cowboys Overture; BARBER – Violin Concerto, Movement I; COPLAND – Rodeo; BERNSTEIN – Candide; BOYER – Rolling River (Sketches on Shenandoah); GERSHWIN – Rhapsody in Blue; and DRAGON – America The Beautiful.
Ticket prices are $45 in advance and $50 on the day of the concert. Ticket price includes the concert, access to visit Longwood Gardens during the day on the day of the concert and free parking.
In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors at Unionville High School Auditorium (750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square). The decision on whether to move the concert will be made no later than 4 p.m. on August 18.
The Festival of Fountains at Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgens.org ), which is running now through September 30, is always one of the area’s prime summertime attractions,
With fountains that jet as high as 175 feet, gardens filled with colorful summer blooms, shade-friendly trees, exotic day- and night-blooming waterlilies, and live music outdoors, Longwood Gardens has something for everyone
The fountain project took two years and $90 million in renovations. The fountain features more than 1,300 jets and streams, a similar number of LEDs, a variety of flame features and a wide array of plants from around the world.
In addition to the Main Fountain Garden, Longwood is also home to a collection of other fountain gardens, including the enchanting Italian Water Garden and Open Air Theatre fountains, which also perform daily.
The ultra-popular Festival of Fountains features the gardens in their summer splendor. Flowering annuals and perennials abound, as well as the breathtaking Waterlily Display that showcases aquatic plants from all over the world.
Admission to Longwood Gardens is $23 for adults, $20 for seniors and $12 for youth (ages 5-18).
The annual air show at the New Garden Flying Field in Toughkenamon just keeps getting better year after year. The lively show, which has been staged continuously for more than 40 years, has become one of Chester County’s oldest and best traditional events.
The 2019 Festival of Flight Air & Car Show (New Garden Flying Field, off Route 1, Toughkenamon, 610-268-2619, http://www.newgardenflyingfield.com ) is scheduled for August 17 and 18 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.
Performances will feature Kevin Russo SNJ-6 Aerobatics, Parachute Team, Warbird Flight (SNJs, T6s), USCG MH-65D Dauphin Search & Rescue Demonstration, Mark Murphy P-51 Mustang Demo, US Navy Flybys,, CH-47 Chinook Takeoff, and Warbird Flight (P-51 Mustang & FG-1D Corsair Tail Chase).
Other attractions at this weekend’s show at the New Garden Airport include America’s Sweethearts, demonstrations by RC modelers, souvenir stands, airplane rides, a pancake breakfast, an antique and classic car show and food and beverage concessions.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for children (ages 6-12) and $40 for family pass.
The West Chester Railroad (Market Street Station, West Chester, 610-430-2233, www.westchesterrr.net ) is running its special “Summer Picnic Special” trains every Sunday now through September 22.
The round-trip train ride travels to the village of Glen Mills and back and lasts for 90 minutes. During the brief layover in Glen Mills, riders can explore the historic Pennsylvania Railroad station and have a snack in the railroad’s picnic grove along the Chester Creek.
Riders can order a boxed lunch when they purchase their tickets online. Sandwich choices are ham and cheese hoagies, turkey and cheese hoagies, and PB&J. All lunches, which are made fresh, come with chips, fruit, drink and cookies.
Additionally, the lunches are packed in a special reusable lunch bag emblazoned with the WCRR logo. Tickets for the train rides are $15 for adults, $13 for children ages 2-12 and free for kids under two.
Chaddsford Winery (Route 1, Chadds Ford, 610-388-6221, www.chaddsford.com ) will present “Summer Food Truck Throw Down ” on August 17 and 18.
The special weekend activity, which will run from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, will showcase a diverse group of food trucks.
The food truck roster for August 17 includes Dos Gringos, Dump-n-Roll, Haute Wheels, Mama Mia, Natalie’s Fine Foods, Phyllodelphia Food Truck, The Happy Pita, The Plum Pit, The Sweetest Rose Cupcakes, Pizzeria Pronto, and Gemelli Gelato.
The food truck line-up for August 18 includes Dos Gringos, Dump-n-Roll, Haute Wheels, Mama Mia, Natalie’s Fine Foods, Phyllodelphia Food Truck, The Happy Pita, The Plum Pit, The Sweetest Rose Cupcakes, Pizzeria Pronto, and Gemelli Gelato.
Live music will be provided on Saturday by MK and COL from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Legacy from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and on Sunday by Little Red Rooster from 2:30-5:30 p.m.
This event is rain or shine. No outside alcohol permitted. Children are permitted and welcome on Winery grounds only when accompanied and supervised by an adult (over 21+).
There are quite a few other good options locally to hear live music performed in an outdoor setting.
The Eagleview Summer Concerts on the Square at Eagleview Town Center (Wharton Boulevard, Exton, www.ineagleview.com ) will present Trapper Schoepp and GA-20 on August 20, and Ben Arnold on August 27.
If you’re in the mood for a lot of music this weekend, then you should head north — to Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville to check out the 2019 Philadelphia Folk Festival (Old Pool Farm, Schwenksville, 800-556-FOLK, www.pfs.org ).
This Philadelphia Folk Festival is a music festival that is on a plateau all its own. Now in its 58th year, the festival continues to evolve with the times and, at the same time, maintain its traditional vibe. There is no other festival in the country quite like the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
The 40th Street Summer Series, which is co-produced by University City District, the University of Pennsylvania, and The Rotunda, has returned to the area behind the Walnut Street Library (40th and Poplar streets, Philadelphia, www.universitycity.org/40th-street-summer-series ) with free monthly concerts.
The event on August 17 will take place on the green behind the library between Walnut and Poplar streets. The entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. with other activities kicking off at 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Saturday’s entertainment will be provided by Gwendolyn Bye Dancefusion, a professional modern dance repertory company and dance school, Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble CRISOL, an ensemble that has been performing in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas since 1997 and is dedicated to the interpretation of a variety of folk and traditional music genres from all over Latin America and the Caribbean.
Another opportunity for outdoor music can be found for a few more weeks at the Shipyard Summer Concert Series (Dravo Plaza, Justison Street, Wilmington Riverfront, Wilmington, Delaware, 302-425-4890, www.riverfrontwilm.com ).
This free concert series is held on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. under the colored cranes at Dravo Plaza which is located on Justison Street next to the Shipyard Shops.
The remainder of the 2019 schedule features Sean Reilly on August 22 and Spokey Speaky on August 29.
On August 16, the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing (201 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, www.delawareriverwaterfront.com ) will be the site of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s series of free jazz concerts continues at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.
“Smooth Jazz Summer Nights Series,” which is the longest-running free event produced by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, is back for its 23rd season at the Great Plaza.
Every Friday in August, there will be performances by nationally renowned jazz and blues talent. Attendees are requested to arrive by 7 p.m. because the concerts start promptly at 7:30 p.m.
The series line-up includes Jessy J on August 16, Michael Manson’s “George Duke Tribute” on August 23, and Damien Escobar on August 30.
Later this month, area fans of country music will have the opportunity to hear many top-flight country acts perform live at a three-day, open-air festival.
Citadel Country Spirit USA (Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds. 5 Nantmeal Road, Glenmoore, countryspiritusa.com ) will run from August 23-25 and feature a huge array of country stars including Little Big Town, Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne and Clare Dunn.
There will be two very different but equally attractive ethnic festivals this weekend at Penn’s Landing (Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-922-2FUN, www.delawareriverevents.com ). Both of the free festivals deal with Indians — but not the Native American kind.
West Indian or East Indian — both will be featured this weekend 33rd Annual Caribbean Festival
Penn’s Landing will host the 25th annual Festival of India on August 17 and the 33rd Annual Caribbean Festival on August 18.
The Festival of India, which is sponsored by the Council of Indian Organizations of Greater Philadelphia, is a festive event that features a day full of food, music, dancing and crafts.
The event, which runs from 1-6 p.m., will host a variety of vendors who will be selling a wide array of traditional Indian arts and crafts including clothes, jewelry, music, and other cultural items. Traditional Mahandi work (artistic design) will be available to be done on both hands and feet. Mahandi or hands painting is an old Indian custom still have been practiced by most of the Indian women.
A wide selection of food items from both North and South India will be available for purchase, including such taste treats as tandoori chicken, tikka masala, kolkata rasgulla, gujarati dohkla, chennai idli, korma and an array of Indian breads including chapatti, poori and nan. The festival will run from 1-6 p.m.
Penn’s Landing will host the annual Caribbean Festival ( https://phillycaribbeanfestival.com ) on August 18.
Sunday’s festival, which is free and open to the public, is a celebration of the culture of 15 Caribbean Islands. The event, which runs from noon-8 p.m., features live island entertainment including drumming, dancing and music.
As always, the festival will have cultural booths where people can get information about the islands of the Caribbean. There will also be a marketplace with vendors selling Caribbean arts and crafts, fashion items and souvenirs.
Island cuisine will be well represented with a number of vendors offering Caribbean delicacies such as Jamaican jerk-chicken and hard-dough bread, escovitched fish and festival cakes, codfish fritters, Jamaican Patties, curried goat and rice & peas.
In addition to an event focusing on West Indians, there is also a festival this weekend honoring the Indians of North America.
This weekend, the American Swedish Historical Museum (1900 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-389-1776, www.americanswedish.org ) is presenting a special event on August 17 – the museum’s annual Crayfish Party.
The Crayfish Party, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., provides participants an opportunity to get a taste of Swedish summer.
Diners at the Crayfish Party will be able to enjoy a buffet of crayfish or Swedish meatballs, along with crisp bread, cheese, potatoes, cheese pie, and glass of akvavit all outside under the museum’s beautiful lighted and decorated tent.
Tickets for the Crayfish Party are $60.
On August 17, the Museum of the American Revolution (101 South Third Street, Philadelphia, 215-253-6731 , www.amrevmuseum.org ) will host a Fife & Drum Party starting at noon.
At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Philadelphia Jazz Project will present a contemporary interpretation of a fife and drum performance featuring an ensemble of five flautists, a tuba player and three percussionists.
This concert will explore the historic military roots of this music, while also observing the African and Afro Caribbean elements that continued to develop into the 20th century. It will feature music by Philadelphia music pioneer Francis Johnson along with an interpretation of Yankee Doodle Dandy and other compositions.
The event is included with museum admission, which is $21 for adults and $13 for youth.
The Morris Arboretum (100 East Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-247-5777, www.morrisarboretum.org ) has an educational special event on its calendar this weekend. On August 18, the historic site will host its annual Grist Mill Demonstration Day at Bloomfield Farm from 1-4 p.m.
Historic SpringfieldMills at Morris Arboretum is restored and stone-grinding corn for meal and flour. Visitors can explore revolutionary technology, local history and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek.
Participants will be able to watch one-ton millstones grind corn kernels and observe 160-year-old machinery transport and sift the ground corn to produce meal. Additionally, guided tours will be available.
The event is included in garden admission, which is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $10 for youth (ages 3-17) and free for children under three. Mill Only Admission $5 for ages three and older.
The focus will be on beads at a special event this weekend at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (100 Station Avenue, Oaks, 610-323-3263, www.beadfest.com ). Now through August 18, the expo hall near Valley Forge National Park is hosting Bead Fest — an event that claims to be the largest bead and jewelry show on the East Coast.
The ambitious annual event, which is billed as a bead and jewelry extravaganza, will feature hands-on jewelry making classes, informative seminars, beading competitions and a large vendors’ area where visitors can purchase everything from beading supplies to hand-crafted jewelry.
Bead Fest will have close to 150 booths and a wide array of workshops which will be presented by experts in the bead and jewelry fields.
A number of special techniques will be demonstrated, including wire knitting, design, wire and beads, bead crocheting, wire weaving, bead stitching, lampworking, metal clay, chain maille, wire and metal, kiln fusing, metalsmithing, bead stringing and wire wrapping.
Tickets for Bead Fest — $10 for one day or $15 for a weekend pass — are available only at the door.
On August 17 and 18, the Museum of Indian Culture (2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown, 610-797-2121, http://museumofindianculture.org ) is hosting the 39th Annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival.
The 2019 event, which is Eastern Pennsylvania’s oldest American Indian festival, is a showcase for American Indian drumming, singing, dancing and food.
Visitors can watch demonstrations of Native American cooking, flintknapping and arrow making, experience throwing a tomahawk or see what it’s like using an atlatl (spear thrower). There will be a special crafts area for kids where they can make sand art pictures and weave dreamcatchers.
The festival features a wide array of Native American entertainment. This year’s featured performer is Bill Miller.
Other live music and dance performances include “Youngblood Singers,” “Black Bull Moose Singers,” Aztec Fire Dancing by the Salinas Family from Mexico City, champion hoop dancer Katrina Fisher, and American Indian dancers, singers and performers from all over Canada and the U.S.
Featured dancers will include head man Patrick Brooks from Tuscarora Nation and Emelie Jeffries from Occaneechi-Saponi Nation.
Festival attendees will be able to shop at the Marketplace for Native American jewelry, fine arts, and clothing. There will also be food vendors with Indian burgers, frybread, buffalo stew, Indian tacos and fire-roasted corn.
Tickets for the festival are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (age 62 and older) and youth (age 8-17) and free for children (age seven and under).
For an annual event with a completely different vibe, head west to Lancaster County this weekend.
The Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association’s annual Thresherman’s Reunion, which is billed as “The Most Complete Steam & Gas Show in the East,” has become a cherished tradition in Pennsylvania Dutch country. It is not only a “complete show,” it is an old show — one of the oldest continually running events in the state.
This year’s Thresherman’s Reunion, which is being held August 16 and 17 at the Rough and Tumble site (4977 Lincoln Highway East, Kinzers, 717-442-4249, www.roughandtumble.org ), is the 70th annual staging of the event.
The daily schedule starts with breakfast at 7 a.m. at the R&T Multi-Purpose. The day’s activities include a sawmill in operation, a “Pageant of Threshing”, a shingle mill in operation, a “Parade of Power” and threshing machine demonstrations.
There will also be displays featuring steam traction engines, antique tractors, threshing machines, Hit & Miss Gas engines, two steam railroads, shingle mill, large gas engines, model engines, saw mill, barker fan, stone crusher, antique cars, stationary bailers, antique wagons and the “Stationary Steam Engine Museum”.
Daily tickets for the Reunion are $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6-12). Full Moon Tour
If you find yourself being affected by a full moon, you should consider attending a “Full Moon Tour” at the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania (465 Speedwell Forge Road, Lititz, 717-626-4617, http://wolfsanctuarypa.org ).
The Sanctuary offers this tour once a month on the closest Saturday to the full moon. This month, the date is August 17 and the full moon is known as the Sturgeon Moon. This is an event in which participants are invited to create their own experiences.
Instead of following a tour guide from pack to pack at a regulated pace that fits within a 45-minute time line, you get to go at your own pace from pack to pack. There is also the option of talking to a tour guide who is stationed at each pack. You can listen to what they have to say about the wolves when stopping at a station or you can ask questions.
With this tour, you move at whatever speed you find comfortable. If you get tired, you can go over and sit next to a roaring bond fire (weather permitting) and just relax. Visitors are requested to bring a blanket, a flashlight, a chair and maybe some hot dogs and marshmallows.
The tour starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, and no reservations are required. The next “Full Moon Tour” this year will be Sturgeon Moon on August 17.
On August 17 and 18, the small town of Mount Gretna comes to life with the Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show (Route 117 and Pennsylvania Avenue, Mount Gretna, www.mtgretnaarts.com ).
The annual event features art, music, and food — all displayed on the historic grounds of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua.
Live entertainment will be provided by Lucille, Don Johnson, The Jayplayers, Humble Gathering, The Carmitchell Sisters, Nicole and Andy Roberts, Mountain Road Band, and Roberts, Galbraith, Briody, Vollmer. There will also be strolling performers.
Tickets for the highly acclaimed art show are $12 for adults and free for children ages 11 and under. Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Another popular event just a few miles from Mount Gretna is the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (Mount Hope Estate and Winery grounds, Route 72, Cornwall, 717-665-7021, www.parenfaire.com ).
This year’s 39th annual staging of the event, which bills itself as “the most wondrous event in all the Knowne World”, is running now through October 27. The festive annual event features authentic Elizabethan food and drink, traditional crafts from the guildsmen of yore and old-time games of skill — and a cast of hundreds of colorfully costumed re-enactors.
Each week, the Faire presents a themed weekend. On August 17 and 18, it will be time for Celtic Weekend.” Guests can share in the Celtic pride of pipers, Highland Games, Celtic wares, foods, music, dancing, and lots of “bonnie lasses and kilt clad boyos.”
Every summer, the Faire, which takes place at Mount Hope Estate and Winery’s authentic 35-acre recreation of a 16th-century village in Olde England, features a new story from a different year of England’s past. This year’s Faire will take you back in time to the year 1558.
More than 70 shows are scheduled throughout each day on the Faire’s numerous stages.
Without a doubt, the most popular attraction is the Jousting Arena. Visitors to the Faire flock to Bosworth Field whenever it’s time for the Ultimate Joust. Peasants lead cheers for their favorite knights while musicians pound out a heart-thumping beat. The Master of the List announces the combatants and soon an encounter of royal proportions ensues.
The Faire offers a wide variety of activities for visitors, including listening to bagpipe music, checking out handsome Lords in their colorful silks, watching a jester’s acrobatics, learning how to juggle, being the recipient of a gypsy woman’s flirtations and watching the march of Beefeater Guards.
Guildsmen’s Way is the area that features a large variety of merchants and artisans, including jewelers, candle makers, potters, herbalists, leather smiths, clothiers, and pewter makers — all offering for sale and demonstrating their ancient wares.
And, there are more than 20 Royal Kitchens located around the faire with menus featuring a wide variety of food and beverage.
Single-day tickets are available at the gate for $31.95 but can be purchased in advance online for $27.95. For children (age 5-11) single-day tickets are available at the gate and online for $12.95. Season Passes are also available at $125 for adult and $45 for children. Send article as PDF
Where to Eat and Drink In… Earl’s Court
The Blackbird – a good eating pub in Earl’s Court It’s said that the earls of Warwick, an affluent English noble family, once owned the sprawling land of Earl’s Court. This peaceful district in the west remains palpably regal today, with charming gardens and Victorian mansions. It’s also evolved into a place brimming with food fit for a king or queen.
Theo’s Sjmple Italian. Bellissimo! Around Earl’s Court tube station, restaurants serve a tantalising range of global cuisine, from Moroccan and Italian to Thai and Sri Lankan. Pubs and independent coffee shops are abundant too. Here are some of the best places to eat and drink in SW5 and a tad beyond.
Where to eat breakfast and brunch in Earl’s Court Breakfast in style at Café North Lodge Stella Coffee is a solid bet if you wake up feeling extra hungry. A few minutes’ stroll from Earl’s Court station, this snuggly joint does all-time favourites like eggs on toast and granola with yoghurt and fruits, as well as an extensive list of bagel options. The bacon melt bagel — with streaky bacon, gooey mozzarella and fresh tomatoes — is our go-to. It opens as early as 6am on weekdays.
Nearby is Café North Lodge , a cheerful little breakfast nook and pit-stop, inside the historic Brompton Cemetery. Besides its oven-fresh pastries, people adore its al fresco dining area. Try the sourdough topped with smashed avocado, crumbled feta and crunchy toasted seeds.
Cracking cakes at Bonjour Brioche If a full English gets you into gear, consider adding French-Italian eatery Café Du Coin to your itinerary. Its traditional fry-up has a meat-free counterpart, replacing smoky pork sausage with a vegetarian banger. The café’s version of shakshuka, a North African and Middle Eastern breakfast staple, features two poached eggs swimming in a tangy, deep-red sauce.
Further west from Earl’s Court, and just within West Kensington, is Bonjour Brioche , a quaint neighbourhood bakery known for breakfast and brunch. A fail-proof option is the eggs benedict made with sweet honey ham, pillowy brioche and free-range organic eggs. The place is also stacked with cakes and tarts, for a proper breakfast treat.
Where to get lunch in Earl’s Court Flora Indica The long stretch of Earl’s Court Road might overwhelm you at first — eating places dotted left and right. Walk south to find Indian restaurant Flora Indica ; its bright-green door and blue façade are eye-catching indicators that you’ve reached Old Brompton Road. The restaurant pays tribute to well-loved Indian classics through large sharing plates of fragrant and punchy dishes. The rogan josh is a standout, with Suffolk lamb shoulder slow-braised for hours to reveal a succulent fork-tender finish. Daily lunch sets start at £15 for a hefty two-course meal.
Thai food at Addie’s Meanwhile, Theo’s Simple Italian on Barkston Gardens Road is an all-day diner that serves fresh home-style Italian dishes like the rich papardelle al ragu, with homemade ribbon pasta and slow-cooked beef smothered in a red wine and San Marzano tomato sauce.
A gem for authentic Bangkok street food is Addie’s Thai Café . It’s also another good option for a fast lunch out in Earl’s Court, serving a gamut of Thai flavours such as stir-fried noodles, soups, curries, and rice dishes.
Ever had a Jollibee? Jollibee ticks the box for straight-up Filipino comfort food (if you’ve not heard of it before — this fast food chain is HUGE in the Philippines, and has something of a cult following in London too).
Coffee shops in Earl’s Court Stella does a latte right Over Under Coffee is a small coffee shop with a cool minimalist aesthetic located at a little side street across Earl’s Court Station. Order any of the espresso drinks made with Colombian beans for an afternoon pick-me-up. If you linger, you’ll catch this café turn into a hip cocktail bar from 5.30pm till late.
Near the mini tourist attraction that is Earl’s Court Police Box (a blue telephone kiosk resembling the TARDIS from Doctor Who) is PAUL where you can get your fix of of freshly baked French pastries alongside a dose of robust caffeine. Another Earl’s Court staple, at least for those wanting a quick chocolate and coffee fix, is Brownie Box on Old Brompton Road. Opened in 2011 as a humble family-run cake shop, it’s now rebranded into a full-fledged café-slash-dessert place. Or head back to Stella (see Breakfast).
Restaurant recommendations in Earl’s Court Couscous Darna Couscous Darna ’s tawny walls and classic North African ornaments set the mood for traditional Moroccan dishes. The chicken tagine is lovely and zesty, thanks to preserved lemon confit and a secret umami sauce. The namesake dish, couscous darna, with fluffy couscous and lamb shank, is highly recommended too.
For Japanese food that won’t leave a dent on your wallet, head over to Kappa , where fresh sashimi and sushi are particular crowd-pleasers. Byron Proper Burgers is a straightforward option for your fill of classic hamburgers made with 100% grass-fed British beef.
Byron’s always a good bet The little alleyway that is Hogarth Place Road hosts a roster of interesting restaurant finds like Siam Secret , a curious Thai place hidden in plain sight. It feels like a speakeasy of sorts but once you find it, a candle-lit garden, where you can dine al fresco, greets you. Crosswise are The Little French Restaurant , a bistro with fancy three-course meals for around £16, and Cave of Lanka , which offers traditional Sri Lankan cuisine bursting with lively flavours.
Bars, pubs and gastropubs in Earl’s Court Pie and ale at The Blackbird It’s no bad thing that there’s an overflow of watering holes in Earl’s Court. But it helps to know where to begin. For the unacquainted, the Troubadour , established in 1954, is one of the oldest pubs in the area and is popular for exhilarating live jazz music from day to night. Musical legends Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and Elvis Costello have all played here, making the pub a worthy spot for both locals and visitors. Serving a variety of food, including breakfast and bar chow, the historic pub also offers Sunday roasts as well as daily happy hour promos.
The Blackbird is a casual Fuller’s ale & pie house named after the blackbird pie in the famous nursery rhyme. Besides serving up craft beers, artisan sodas, and handcrafted meat pies, it doubles as a boutique hotel. Just look for a striking black-painted corner pub along Earl’s Court Road.
Sleuth while you sip at Evans & Peel The Kings Head , at the foot of Hogarth Place Road, and Courtfield on Earl’s Court Road are also well-known tap joints among the after-work crowd. One of the best bars in Earl’s Court, though, is private dick-themed speakeasy Evans & Peel Detective Agency , which boasts a wide selection of handcrafted cocktails interestingly named ‘elixirs’ and a curated wine list from all over the world, starting at £28 per bottle.
Spring Hill Runs Dry
Globe put them out of business:
“Tainted bottled water is being sold at supermarkets throughout New England” by David Abel Globe Staff, July 29, 2019
Nearly a month after spring water from a Haverhill company was found tainted with toxic chemicals , its gallon-sized jugs are still stocked on supermarket shelves across New England, despite a health advisory from state health officials that pregnant women, nursing mothers, and infants should not consume the water.
Last month, as officials in New Hampshire were completing new standards to reduce exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, part of a national push to tighten their regulation, they decided to conduct a random sampling of bottled water sold at supermarkets in the state, something rarely done.
The results showed that water from Spring Hill Farm Dairy in Haverhill had sharply elevated levels of the human-made chemicals, known as PFAS, which have been linked to kidney cancer, low-infant birth weight, and a range of diseases.
Some chemicals were found at levels four times higher than New Hampshire’s new standards for safe drinking water.
That water has been sold for years, under different in-house brand names, at Whole Foods, CVS, Stop & Shop, Market Basket, Roche Brothers, and elsewhere . It has also been sold by Cumberland Farms and Garelick Farms. Most of the brands cite the farm on their labels.
Gee, they were poisoning us over there .
After the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services alerted their counterparts in Massachusetts to the elevated concentrations, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued a “consumption advisory” earlier this month on its website, alerting pregnant women, nursing mothers, and infants not to drink or cook with the company’s water, but health officials didn’t require the stores to warn their customers or issue a recall for the water, although some have done so voluntarily.
“Given our new health-based standards for drinking water, we wouldn’t recommend that anyone in the public drink this water,” said Jim Martin, a spokesman for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.
Officials at Spring Hill Farm defended their decision to continue selling their water.
“There is no reason to do a recall ,” said Nancy Sterling, a company spokeswoman, noting that there’s no such legal requirement . She also emphasized that the chemical levels in the water were within federal guidelines .
PFAS, called “forever chemicals” because they never fully degrade, were developed in the 1930s as nonstick and waterproof coatings and have since been used in products such as flame retardants, pans, pizza boxes, clothing, and furniture.
Ground-water wells on military installations have been shown to contain high levels of the chemicals, often as a result of a firefighting foam used on the bases. In Massachusetts, the chemicals have been found in levels that exceed federal guidelines in public water supplies in Ayer, Barnstable, Mashpee, and Westfield.
That means the fireman are getting ill.
The chemicals have also been found in the public water supplies in Danvers, Harvard, and Hudson, but more than half of the state’s municipalities have not had their drinking water tested for the chemicals, according to data from the state Department of Environmental Protection. Many more private wells have not been sampled, and until New Hampshire conducted its recent tests, there has been little to no government sampling for PFAS in bottled water, which has fewer testing requirements than public water supplies.
“People think that if a product is on the shelves, it’s safe . That is simply not true,” said Kyla Bennett, director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in New England and a former EPA scientist. “In this country, toxic chemicals are treated like people who have committed crimes: innocent until proven guilty.”
The lobbying loot is a good mix for chemical companies, and what this report shows is authority, regulators, and government care more about commerce than they do your health or the environment. It’s an underplayed issue, in favor of preconceived and contrived agendas.
She urged Massachusetts and other states to require that bottled water companies test for PFAS and disclose the results on their labels. Bottled water is now mainly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, which doesn’t mandate that companies test for the chemicals.
“Until Massachusetts comes up with a protective regulatory standard, there really isn’t anything else that can be done,” Bennett said.
Federal and state environmental officials have been considering whether to adopt stricter limits for PFAS compounds. Massachusetts now requires that new public water supplies be tested for six PFAS chemicals before they’re connected to residents’ homes, but a state survey last year of the 181 state-permitted bottled water companies that sell their products in Massachusetts found that just three are testing for the chemicals.
While the toxins found at Spring Hill Farm were far higher than New Hampshire regulations now allow for the two most common PFAS chemicals, Massachusetts public health officials noted that they remain within current acceptable levels in the Bay State.
“Although test results did not indicate an acute threat to public health, DPH issued the advisory out of an abundance of caution,” said Ann Scales, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Health. “Once tests confirm that PFAS has been reduced or removed, DPH will remove the consumption advisory for this label.”
In New Hampshire, officials said they have no legal basis to compel a recall or demand their supermarkets alert their customers.
“We don’t have that authority,” Martin said.
You are thirsting and they are arguing legal semantics.
Officials at Spring Hill Farm, which last week installed a new filtration system in an effort to eliminate the chemicals, initially said that the cause of the contamination was likely external, such as machinery. They later said that chemicals were found at the water’s source , even as they continued to distribute the water.
Okay. Now the question is, what is poisoning the aquifer?
Any fracking going on over there ?
Sterling, the company’s spokeswoman, said the farm spent $100,000 on the filtration system “because they want their customers to have the best possible product.”
She said the FDA has tested the company’s water and it has “met all the standards.” FDA officials did not respond to messages seeking comment. New Hampshire’s new rules are far more stringent than the federal guidelines.
Sterling said the company has alerted its customers to the contamination and noted that the Massachusetts advisory is “only for women who are pregnant or lactating or infants,” but scientists and public health advocates say the chemicals pose a broader risk.
They base this on a study published last year where Harvard and the EPA reached that conclusion .
Officials at Market Basket, which labels the bottles Market Basket Spring Water, said they have removed the company’s water from its shelves but are open to selling its newly filtered water.
“Market Basket has been monitoring the situation,” said Justine Griffin, a company spokeswoman.
CVS has halted shipments of water from Spring Hill Farm, which it has sold under the label “Ice Canyon,” but the water remains on the shelves at other supermarkets, including Stop & Shop and Whole Foods. Whole Foods officials declined to comment.
At Stop & Shop, which sells the water from Spring Hill under the Acadia label, officials said they take the issue “very seriously.”
“We know our customers expect clean, safe products,” said Jennifer Brogan, a spokeswoman, but the water, which has an expiration date good for another two years, remains stocked on their shelves
Those damn unions , but at least they have eliminated plastic bags in Connecticut along with lots of jobs at the local after the strike.
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The worst part is it gives you the shits something fierce.
“The manmade chemicals , known as PFAS, are widespread and have been used for decades in products such as flame retardants, pans, pizza boxes, clothing, and furniture, but research in recent years has shown that the per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals are dangerous at very low concentrations. They have been linked to testicular and other cancers, low-infant birth weight, and a range of diseases “
But it is carbon and climate change that is the greatest environmental threat.
“In 2014, three Israeli artillery shells slammed into a UN school in Gaza crowded with some 3,300 people; the shells, which Israel said came in response to mortar fire nearby, killed 17 people ,” and there is still grief and a demand for justice for the child of Gaza and Flint .
“After distributing contaminated water, Haverhill company decides to close water operations” by David Abel Globe Staff, August 2, 2019
A Haverhill company announced Friday that it is closing down its water operations, more than a month after its spring water was found to have been tainted with toxic chemicals.
The decision came after state officials said that Spring Hill Dairy Farm was removing all of its gallon-sized jugs and other bottled water from supermarket shelves across Massachusetts. The water has been sold for years throughout New England, under different in-house brand names, at Whole Foods, CVS, Stop & Shop, Market Basket, Roche Brothers, and elsewhere.
The water, which was found to have elevated levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, known as PFAS, led the state Department of Public Health to issue a health advisory earlier this month that warned pregnant women, nursing mothers, and infants not to drink or cook with the water.
PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” have been linked to kidney cancer, low-infant birth weights, and a range of diseases.
“The deluge of unwarranted attention on our company, when PFAS is clearly a national problem with thousands of contributors, has made it impossible for us to keep operating,” Harold Rogers, one of the owners of the company, wrote in a letter to his customers Friday. “There have been many challenges over the years to doing business in Mass achusetts. This past month has convinced us that, for our company, the negatives have come to outweigh the positive s.”
Kind of spit in their face, didn’t he?
The decision comes just days after the Globe reported that the water remained on supermarket shelves across New England despite the state health advisory. The advisory was issued after New Hampshire regulators discovered that the 117-year-old company’s water had been found to exceed the state’s new standards for the human-made chemicals.
Company officials insisted that the company is not recalling the water. In a statement that remained on its website Friday afternoon, the company officials wrote: “All bottles on shelves are in full compliance with current state and federal regulations. The advisory applies only to pregnant and lactating women and infants. If state or federal regulators believed there was a danger to the general public then they would not have issued an advisory which applies only to a very small segment of the population,” but Ann Scales, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Health, said agency officials are “pleased the company is working with its customers to remove the products from store shelves.”
The company has “confirmed to the Department of Public Health that all products produced prior to July 22 have been voluntarily pulled from store shelves in Massachusetts and that products produced after July 22 . . . have been or are in the process of being removed from shelves,” she said in a statement.
The company installed a new filtration system that day, she said.
Can they write that off?
Neither the state no r the federal government has any laws or rules that compel a bottler to recall water that exceeds health standards for PFAS. Public health officials in Massachusetts, who said they had issued the health advisory “out of an abundance of caution,” said there was nothing the state could do to compel a recall.
It’s second on the list of life’s necessities, and I know I read somewhere that managing water is the government’s “ most important policy challenge ,” and yet Ma$$achu$etts fails yet again.
The Environmental Protection Agency has no legally binding regulations on PFAS chemicals, but it recommends that municipalities alert the public if the two most common PFAS chemicals reach 70 parts per trillion. Massachusetts uses the same limit for five of the chemicals. One part per trillion is about as much as a grain of sand in an Olympic-size swimming pool.
Are you sure it isn’t radioactive?
Both the EPA and Massachusetts are considering making those limits more stringent, and scientists and public health advocates say the chemicals pose a broad risk in even small amount s.
In a study published last year, Harvard University researchers concluded that children should not consume water with concentrations of the chemicals greater than 1 part per trillion, calling the health risks “greatly underestimated.”
New Hampshire’s new rules advise residents not to drink water that exceeds 15 parts per trillion for one of the most common PFAS chemicals, and 12 for another.
Parts per trillion? How do you measure that?
New Hampshire found that concentrations of those chemicals exceeded 19 and 49 parts per trillion, respectively, in the water from Spring Hill. The total amount of PFAS in some of the bottled water exceeded 137 parts per trillion.
Also Friday, authorities in Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation told the Associated Press that they were working with Spring Hill and its distributors to ensure the water is removed from Vermont stores.
Where are they going to dump it because you know.
“The company is out of business and no longer shipping water anywhere,” said Avigail Kosowsky, a company spokeswoman.
Public health advocates had urged the company to remove the water from shelves and called on the states to do more to alert the public about the tainted water.
“This illustrates yet another negative impact of the production and use of PFAS in diverse products with a myriad of unintended consequences,” said Elsie M. Sunderland, a professor of environmental chemistry at Harvard.
Look at them dancing around where the PFAs come from, products that have been around for years.
Company officials initially said that the cause of the contamination was probably external, such as machinery. They later said that chemicals were found at the water’s source, even as they continued to distribute the water.
They also said the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates bottled water, had inspected the plant and found that Spring Hill had “ met all the standards .” Nancy Sterling, another spokeswoman for Spring Hill, later said that the FDA did not test the water.
In his letter to customers, Rogers blame d the media , as well as changing government regulation s, for his decision to close.
“The continued adverse media focus ing on you, our customers, as well as fluctuations in regulations and levels among different states and the federal government, and more to come in the future, is of concern to our very small business,” he wrote. “For these reasons, we didn’t want to cause you any more uncertainty or undue attention and shall close our business.”
Rogers said he informed his more than 30 employees of the company’s decision to close .
So that is how many the Globe put out of work.
“It was with great sad ness and a heavy heart,” he said.
Sterling, a spokeswoman for the company, said that only the water operations will be shutting down. “The family farming operation will continue,’’ she said.
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The Globe hasn’t taken a sip since, and what is that stench coming from the river?
“Bill would form state panel to study, make plan to clean up sewage in Merrimack River” by Alyssa Lukpat Globe Correspondent, August 6, 2019
Massachusetts officials are working to assemble a commission to study the health of the polluted Merrimack River and come up with a plan to clean the water, state Senator Diana DiZoglio said.
The Merrimack River, which flows from Franklin, N.H., to Newburyport, is polluted with millions of gallons of sewage . About 500,000 people in Massachusetts get their drinking water from the river, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Your literally drinking shit, b ut it is the bottled water on the shelves with its parts per trillion that is the problem!
Is it even safe to drink bottled water, because that is what they give you when the water is bad!
“We have families who are going out, especially during summer months, to enjoy the Merrimack River,” DiZoglio said. “We need to make sure families are protected and aware of sewage running into the river. They do not know before they go into [the] water, and that’s really unacceptable.”
The river has been dirtied by combined sewer overflows for years , DiZoglio said. During heavy rainstorms, sewers overflow with rainwater and flow into the Merrimack.
Now you know why there are dead fish in the river.
A bill , cosponsored by Methuen’s DiZoglio, would assemble a Merrimack River District Commission to study the health of the river and propose guidelines to clean up the 117-mile-long river, DiZoglio said. The committee would have one year , beginning in January 2020, to make r ecommendation s to clean the river. “The commission will examine the overall state of health of the Merrimack and examine ways to improve and restore the water quality,” DiZoglio said.
Meanwhile, the sewage rises past your nose and mouth (I wonder how many parts per trillion is the sewage).
The 15-person commission, which would include state officials and environmentalists, would meet about once a month , the state senator said. The bill would also establish an advisory panel of local officials.
Will they, or will they just skip the meetings ?
“We are going to have discussions with all local stakeholders, all the way from New Hampshire to Newburyport,” DiZoglio said. “The goal is to highlight the overall impact of the Merrimack River on our region and the vitality and economic sustainability of our region.”
The Massachusetts Senate passed the bill Monday. It will be made law if approved by Governor Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts House. The governor allocated $50,000 to fund the commission, said Nicholas Pangakis, a legislative aide and policy adviser in DiZoglio’s office.
Five cities get their drinking water from the river: Lowell, Methuen, Andover, Tewksbury, and Lawrence, according to the EPA. Methuen extensively purifies its water because of the pollution in the river, Methuen Mayor James P. Jajuga said.
“I think it would go a long way for consumers to know that they’re drinking without having to go through a process . It’s a quality of life issue that I think would have a beneficial impact on not only Methuen, but the entire region,” Jajuga said.
It sure is, and a health issue, too!
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I swear to God, the American people are slowly being turned into Palestinians by our para$itic Jewish controllers.
Hey, at least you have a weather app that alerts you when it’s about to rain . Had they had one at Woodstock it would have put out the fire .
“Flooded Mississippi River a threat as hurricane season heats up” by Jeff Martin and Janet McConnaughey Associated Press, August 14, 2019
NEW ORLEANS — The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running higher than normal , menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies.
For months now, a massive volume of water has been pushing against the levees keeping a city mostly below sea level from being inundated. The Mississippi River ran past New Orleans at more than 11 feet above sea level for a record 292 days, dropping below that height only Monday.
I wonder what the water levels do to the sewage, and what we have here is the tail-end coverage of the record spring flooding due to record snowfall and cold in the Midwest. Much of the farm belt has been underwater during the growing season, and its just now finally dropping. It is one of the great underreported stories of the year. Again, real problems and concerns are subordinate and submerged in favor of contrived agendas pushed for $elf-$erving rea$ons.
‘‘That ultimately could undermine the levee as well and cause a breach or a failure ,’’ said Cassandra Rutherford, assistant professor of geotechnical engineering at Iowa State University.
The federal agency that maintains the levees is aware of the risks, but Ricky Boyett, spokesman for the New Orleans office of the US Army Corps of Engineers, said the corps is confident that South Louisiana river levees are in great condition, with improvements made since 2011.
‘‘If there’s a silver lining going into hurricane season with the river this high for this long, we’re entering the hurricane season having done 200 inspections of the levee since February,’’ Boyett said.
Inspectors were looking for parked barges, stuck debris, or other potential trouble, such as tire ruts or damage from feral hogs on grassy surfaces. They also looked for water seeping through, and for sand boils — spots where water tunneling below a levee seems to bubble out of the ground.
Concrete mats armor underwater areas likely to be eaten away by the river’s current, Boyett said. Sand boils get ringed with sandbags until the water pressure on both sides equalizes, stopping the flow, and because some permanent repairs can’t be made during high water, dangerous seepage gets stopgap coverage: About 63,000 large sandbags have been used since March on one 300-foot-long seepage area upriver of Baton Rouge, he said.
Even so, experts who study flowing water say there’s a risk the river could rise above the tops of some levees in the New Orleans area, if a hurricane pushes enough storm surge up the swollen river. The city’s levees held the river back in the great flood of 1927 and haven’t been topped since then, Boyett said.
A Category 4 hurricane striking the Louisiana coastline can produce a 20-foot storm surge, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says; however, that surge’s size at New Orleans, more than 100 winding river miles up from the coast, would be reduced by the Big Muddy’s push seaward
They have a ‘‘really heightened concern this year,’’ regarding another Katrina!
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Good thing the water is receding :
“A quarter of world’s population faces extreme stress as water supplies ebb, study says” by Somini Sengupta and Weiyi Cai New York Times, August 6, 2019
BANGALORE, India — Countries that are home to one-fourth of Earth’s population face an increasingly urgent risk : the prospect of running out of water .
From India to Iran to Botswana, 17 countries are currently under extreme stress , meaning they are using almost all of the water they have , according to World Resources Institute data published Tuesday.
Many are arid countries to begin with. Some are squandering what water they have . Several are relying too heavily on groundwater , which they should be replenishing and saving for times of drought.
And what water is there is full of poisons.
In those countries are several big, thirsty cities that have faced acute shortages recently, including São Paulo; Chennai, India; and Cape Town, which in 2018 narrowly beat what it called Day Zero — the day when all its dams would be dry.
“We’re likely to see more of these Day Zeros in the future,” said Betsy Otto, who directs the global water program at the World Resources Institute. “The picture is alarming in many places around the world.”
Climate change heightens the risk. As rainfall becomes more erratic , the water supply becomes less reliable . At the same time, as the days grow hotter, more water evaporates from reservoirs, just as the demand for water increases.
Good thing a lot of places have had wet springs and summers, huh?
Water-stressed places are sometimes cursed by two extremes . São Paulo was ravaged by floods a year after its taps nearly ran dry. Chennai suffered fatal floods four years ago, but now its reservoirs are almost empty .
Mexico City is drawing groundwater so fast that the city is literally sinking . Dhaka, Bangladesh, relies so heavily on groundwater for both its residents and its water-guzzling garment factories that it now draws water from aquifers hundreds of feet deep . Chennai’s thirsty residents, accustomed to relying on groundwater for years, are finding there’s none left . Across India and Pakistan, farmers are draining aquifers to grow water-intensive crops like cotton and rice.
It’s funny they should mention them because for the second day in a row, no article regarding Kashmir , and no mention of the low-yield GMOs being forced on them, either.
Today, among cities with more than 3 million people, 33 of them, with a combined population of over 255 million, face extremely high water stress, the institute’s researchers concluded, with repercussion s for public health and social unrest .
The stakes are high . When a city or a country is using nearly all of the water available, a bad drought can be catastrophic . After a three-year drought, Cape Town in 2018 took extraordinary measures to ration what little it had left in its reservoirs. That crisis only magnified a chronic challenge: Cape Town’s 4 million residents compete with farmers for limited water.
Likewise, Los Angeles. Its most recent drought ended this year, but its water supply isn’t keeping pace with galloping demand — and its penchant for backyard swimming pools doesn’t help .
Well, that means no fires this year, and watch how quickly my pre$$ gets out of the pool and towels off!
For Bangalore, a couple of years of paltry rains revealed how badly the city has managed its water. The many l akes that once dotted the city and surrounding areas have been built over or filled with the city’s waste . They can no longer be the rainwater storage tanks they once were, and so the city must venture farther and farther away to draw water for its 8.4 million residents, and much of it is wasted along the way.
Maybe they should collect their own.
A lot can be done to improve water management, though. First, city officials can plug leaks in water distribution system s. Wastewater can be recycled. Rain can be harvested and saved for lean times. Lakes and wetlands can be cleaned up, and old wells restored, and farmers can switch from water-intensive crops , like rice, to less-thirsty crops like millet.
“Water is a local problem and it needs local solution s,” said Priyanka Jamwal, a fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment in Bangalore
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Okay, New York Times, thanks.
Back to promoting the wars now, right?
I wonder what they have done to the water supply in some of those nations.
Also see : Water quality woes are common at Mass. beaches, new report says
Oh, yeah, the oceans are polluted, too.
Good thing state is looking after the kids :
“Child deaths under state’s watch fall, but new data raise more questions” by Kay Lazar Globe Staff, July 29, 2019
The number of children dying while under the state ’s watch has fallen to its lowest level in the past five years , according to new data from the Baker administration, but child advocates say the information raises as many questions as it answers.
It’s a damage control pre$$ release!
The new numbers — released in response to a request from the Globe after three deaths — show 34 children died in the past fiscal year, from July 2018 through June, down from 48 the previous year, and 52 in 2015, but beyond that, the Department of Children and Families, which has faced criticism from advocates for a lack of transparency, could provide few details, including how many of the 34 died as a result of neglect or abuse. The department said it is still reviewing that data.
Why are any children dying in state custody?
The department did say that eight of the children who died were in state custody, which typically means they were in foster care or a group home, but it was unable to say how that number compared with years past .
Without more details, advocates said, it’s unclear how to interpret the decline in the number of child deaths after increases the past two years
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I’m having a deja vu as lawmakers seek to bolster child health services :
Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo. (Elise Amendola/AP)
“State watchdog seeks to simplify complex health care system — and save money” by Priyanka Dayal McCluskey Globe Staff, July 29, 2019
The tedious administration of health care — the paperwork, the phone calls, the clunky computer systems — cost s billions of dollars annually in Massachusetts alone.
It would be better if they didn’t have to do it all .
So tedious taking care of you, citizen, in that I’m told is the greatest state in the greatest country in the world.
What is with the insulting elitist assholes who write for the Globe?
That complexity is now the focus of a state watchdog agency. The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission is studying the state’s labyrinthine system of doctors, hospitals, government agencies, and insurance companies to devise recommendation s for slash ing cost s.
This as they hand out how much more corporate welfare to Hollywood, et al?
Another commission to study things, huh, and w hat makes you think this state watchdog — ha, ha, ha, ha — is any different than the RMV, MBTA, DCF, our any other political patronage program in this state?
The repercussions extend far beyond the back office: In addition to raising costs, administrative complexity can contribute to workplace burnout and frustrate or even disrupt care for patients.
Single payer! Single payer!
That will clear a lot of it up!
“We’re really focused on the administrative process es . . . that ultimately do no t provide value to the patients,” said David Seltz, executive director of the commission, which monitors health care spending.
It’s called $pinning wheels. Everybody knows what is the problem.
“The goal in trying to reduce this administrative expense is that we free up resources at these institutions so that they can reinvest into better patient care ,” he said.
Or hand out administrative bonuses.
The effort — expected to continue for at least several months — is not without controversy . Not all factions of the state’s big health care industry agree on what counts as administrative complexity or waste, and even when they acknowledge problems, change can be slow
It’s called a waiting room, while Dr. Maryanne C. Bombaugh, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and Dr. Ashish Jha, a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and author of the JAMA study, said “I bet no one is going to be completely thrilled with it, but it will move the ball forward. We should be lowering spending.”
Looks like rationing to me.
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“With an eye on improving and expanding health care services offered in rural and otherwise underserved areas, a commission established in this year’s state budget will dive into issue s surrounding the licensing process for medical professionals trained in other countries. One of the more than 100 outside sections in the $43.3 billion budget Governor Charlie Baker signed into law on Wednesday creates a 23-member commission of government and health care officials, giving them just under two years to report on “strategies to integrate foreign-trained medical professionals into rural and underserved areas in need of medical services.” The commission’s recommendations and any proposed legislation to carry them out are due to be filed with the Legislature by July 1, 2021. The panel will be specifically tasked with making recommendations around licensing regulations that may pose “unnecessary barriers to practice” for foreign professionals; changes to the state’s licensing requirements; and opportunities to advocate for corresponding changes at the national level ( SHNS ).”
At least there is hope at the synagogue!
Look, up in the sky:
“22 communities at high risk from mosquito-borne virus; Mass. to spray insecticide” by Maria Lovato Globe Correspondent, August 6, 2019
The danger of Eastern equine encephalitis being spread by mosquitoes in a section of Southeastern Massachusetts has risen to a level that will require aerial insecticide spraying this week.
The state Department of Public Health has designated 20 communities as high risk . Spraying will occur in targeted areas in Bristol and Plymouth counties beginning Thursday, authorities said. EEE has been found in 164 samples this year, about half from species of mosquito capable of spreading the virus to people.
No human or animal cases of EEE have been detected so far in Massachusetts this year. The last human case in the state occurred in 2013.
No cases in the last six years, but they need to spray!
This is providing cover for what they are really doing; either that, or they need to dump chemicals so the companies can make more.
I sure hope none of it is going into the water supply!
Here is what you need to know about Eastern equine encephalitis.
Yeah, the pre$$ is going to tell us what we need to know.
What is EEE?
It is a serious and potentially fatal disease that can be spread from mosquitoes to other animals and humans. Those under the age of 15 are particularly at risk, according to the Department of Public Health.
The virus is rare , and the last case of a human infection in Massachusetts was in 2013 , officials said. During the last two outbreaks, the first from 2004 to 2006 and the second from 2010 to 2012, 22 humans were infected.
Anybody die, because we are agin looking at a mountain being made out of a molehill while mountains are ignored.
However, a high risk of the occurrence of human case s is present this year, the Department of Public Health said. This is because there are an abundance of infected mammal-biting mosquitoes, and environmental conditions are optimal for mosquito breeding.
State officials say the month of August is when the chance of infection from the virus peaks.
What will the spraying involve?
The insecticide Anvil 10+10 will be sprayed from an airplane for several days from dusk until midnight , officials said.
Anvil 10+10 is made from sumithrin, a chemical that is used to kill mosquitoes and rapidly decomposes and deactivates when exposed to light and air , officials said. Piperonyl butoxide is also used in Anvil 10+10 to enhance the sumithrin.
The aerosol droplets from the spray kill mosquitoes on contact in the air. It is registered by the US Environmental Protection Agency and used regularly in 10 other states, the Department of Public Health said.
The EPA says sumithrin can be used for mosquito-control programs without posing unreasonable risks to human health when applied according to the label. It will not affect the water supply and will be sprayed at night when bees are most likely to be in their hives and fish are least likely to be near the surface of pools, state officials said. Still, residents can choose to reduce exposure by staying indoors , keeping pets inside, and covering outdoor fish ponds, officials said.
Well, they partly answered my question. What’s an unreasonable risk anyway? How many parts per trillion?
Yeah, it won’t affect the water supply but they have to spray it at night when the fish aren’t near the surface, and it’s a reasonable risk but stay inside.
The schedule and length of the aerial sprayings is dependent on the weather and the insecticide’s effectiveness. The Department of Public Health and Department of Agricultural Resources are encouraging residents to check the Massachusetts government’s website for updates.
Do they really need to do this?
How can we avoid mosquito bites?
Residents in the affected areas can protect themselves by staying inside from dusk to dawn, the peak mosquito hours, applying insect repellent, repairing screens in doors and windows, protecting pets, and drain ing standing water , officials said
Oh, the messages are so mixed I can’ see through the haze of the insecticide.
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Plymouth County man tests positive for Eastern equine encephalitis in first Mass. case since 2013
I stand corrected.
Also see :
Crystal Lake closed for swimming due to algae
Don’t let the dog drink it , either, and never mind the oil spills .
Time to take to the high seas :
“Sailing to America: Teen to bring her climate activism to US” by David Keyton and Frank Jordans Associated Press, July 29, 2019
STOCKHOLM — Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager whose social media-savvy brand of eco-activism has inspired tens of thousands of students in Europe to skip classes and protest for faster action against climate change, said Monday that she plans to take her message to America the old-fashioned way: by boat.
The 16-year-old tweeted that she’ll sail across the Atlantic aboard a high-tech racing yacht, leaving Britain next month to attend United Nations climate summits in New York in September and Santiago, Chile, in December.
Thunberg told The Associated Press ahead of her announcement that she spent months trying to figure out how to travel to the United States without using plane s, which she has long shunned because of their high greenhouse gas emissions . Cruise ships are also notoriously big polluters.
The Pentagon is the biggest polluter of all, but at least the kid is shining the light on the hypocrisy boo the elite. It’s the my-$hit-don’t-$tink $yndrome.
Thunberg plans to take a year off from school to keep raising awareness of climate change and pressuring world leaders to step up efforts to curb global warming.
Since starting her ‘‘school strikes’’ in August 2018, the daughter of an actor and an opera singer has appeared before policymakers at last year’s UN climate conference in Poland and harangued business and political leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She also met with Pope Francis, who praised Thunberg’s efforts and encouraged her to continue campaigning.
I guess I would feel better if she wasn’t being exploited as a tool by the globalists responsible for the problem, those who seek to make money of climate change.
Although little-known in the United States, Thunberg has arguably become the figurehead for a new generation of European eco-activists worried that they’ll suffer the fallout from their parents’ and grandparents’ unwillingness to take strong actions to combat climate change.
Just don’t drink the water!
Thunberg has spearheaded a change in the climate debate in Europe largely because her activism resonated with so many children , said Greenpeace Germany executive director Martin Kaiser.
‘‘She has read all the science ,’’ he said. ‘‘That gives her a lot of credibility . She has motivated a whole generation in Europe to learn about climate change .’’
Waving the kid at us while promoting the $cience.
Her visibility has made Thunberg a target for those who reject the overwhelming consensus among scientists that climate change is being driven by man -made emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, released by the burning of fossil fuels. ‘‘I don’t care about hate and threats from climate crisis deniers ,’’ she said. ‘‘I just ignore them.’’
I say let the banks save us !
As well-intentioned as the girl is, she has bought all the propaganda and is being used as a tool.
When the pre$$ starts hollering conspiracy theorists and deniers, you know they are losing.
Thunberg said she’s unsure how her message will be received in the United States , where there’s broad opposition to the kind of radical measures scientists say are required to limit global warming by the end of the century compared with preindustrial times.
She wants to send us back to preindustrial times, huh?
Okay. I’m fine with an agrarian society, since I pretty much live in one.
Better shut down the war machine.
Thunberg wouldn’t rule out meeting with President Trump , who wants the United States to withdraw from the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord, but appeared doubtful such an encounter would happen because she thinks it would be ‘‘just a waste of time .’’
Like blogging about what is in the Bo$ton Globe.
‘‘As it looks now, I don’t think so, because I have nothing to say to him,’’ she told the AP. ‘‘He obviously doesn’t listen to the science and the scientists. So why should I, a child with no proper education, be able to convince him?’’
The print version docked in port, but the web version kept sailing :
Aside from attending a summit hosted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the global body’s annual assembly on Sept. 23, Thunberg plans to take part in several climate protests in New York. The British band The 1975s has released an album with a short essay by Thunberg set to music. It ends with her declaring ‘‘it is now time for civil disobedience . It is time to rebel .’’
Thunberg stressed that she rejects violence , citing her school strikes for climate as the kind of action she backs. Last week she deleted a tweet showing her wearing a T-shirt with the slogan ‘‘Antifascist All Stars,’’ after some accused her of supporting far-left extremists. ‘‘You can rebel in different ways,’’ she said. ‘‘Civil disobedience is rebelling. As long as it’s peaceful, of course.’’
Another pre$$ buzzword of late.
After New York, Thunberg intends to travel to the annual UN climate conference in December, held in Chile this year, with stops in Canada, Mexico, and other countries along the way, traveling by train and bus. The yacht she’ll be crossing the Atlantic with is a far cry from the Viking ships that first brought Scandinavians to America. The 60-foot Malizia II is fitted with solar panels and underwater turbines to generate zero-carbon electricity on board.
Who outfitted her with a yacht?
Thunberg will also be accompanied on the two-week journey by a filmmaker, her father , Svante, and Pierre Casiraghi, the grandson of Monaco’s late Prince Rainier III and American actress Grace Kelly. ‘‘I haven’t experienced anything like this before,’’ Thunberg said, a giggle breaking her normally serious demeanor. ‘‘I think this will be a trip to remember.’’
The elites are promoting, that’s great.
Thunberg will be setting a very high bar for the activists and leaders from outside the Americas who are attending the UN climate conferences, almost all of whom are likely to be coming by plane . ‘‘I’m not saying that people should stop flying,’’ she said. ‘‘I’m just saying it needs to be easier to be climate neutral.’’
Then all flights are grounded, per Green Deal.
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Woman dies after sailboat and motorboat collide off Newport
“Around 2:45 p.m. Sunday, a couple driving a powerboat plowed into Sandra Tartaglino’s vessel in Narragansett Bay, killing the experienced 60-year-old sailor. The state’s Department of Environmental Management is investigating the incident and expects to release a preliminary report this week. According to the department’s spokesman, “ alcohol was not a factor” in the crash “
It should be a murder charge since the boat was unsafe , but at least he e-mailed his response to inquiries from the Globe as to what makes a predator tick .
Meanwhile, we hope the week ahead will be storm free .
Time to slow down and watch out for the windmill !
“The blockbuster auction for offshore wind leases that wrapped up Friday should leave few doubts: The industry has finally arrived in New England. Three developers backed by major European energy companies paid a record $405 million to gain access to 390,000 acres of federal waters nearly 20 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. These firms will each pay $135 million to the federal government for the rights to build massive windmills in their respective slices of the ocean “
Of course, the “the dangerous heat here last week, the last month in Europe, and the last two months in India and Pakistan, should remind everyone, once again, of the urgent need for action on climate change .”
Dangerous heat grips wide stretch of the South and Midwest
In Alabama and Tennessee, high school football coaches were adjusting practice schedules while the impact of football on global warming remains undiscussed by the pre$$.
July was Earth’s hottest month on record, beating or tying July 2016
Please stop it! Every month is the hottest it’s ever been.
Massive heat wave puts Greenland on track for record melt
I’m told “Greenland has already lost a total of 250 billion tons of ice from a combination of melt runoff and low total snowfall earlier in the season, and that’s enough to sustain the global population’s water intake for more than 40 years.”
“Loss of Arctic sea ice may not be causing cold winters in US, Asia after all, study finds” by Andrew Freedman Washington Post, August 14, 2019
For the past several years, one of the most hot ly debate d questions in climate science has been determining exactly how rapid Arctic warming, and associated sea ice loss, is affecting the weather thousands of miles away, in parts of the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Numerous studies that have focused on Arctic warming and cold mid-latitude winters, in a configuration known as the ‘‘warm Arctic, cold continents’’ pattern, have generally concluded that sea ice loss at the top of the world is instigating a chain reaction throughout the atmosphere, altering the weather thousands of miles away . Such studies do this by looking at statistical patterns, finding strong correlations between Arctic warming and unusual mid-latitude weather, such as the polar vortex winter of 2013-2014, yet other studies using computer models and physical science data have been unable to match these results , instead finding that either flaws exist in the computer models or sea ice may not be having such a large influence beyond the Arctic itself
In other words, they have no idea and everything they are claiming as fact is based on unreliable computer models.
It’s like the old saying: garbage in, garbage out.
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Alaska’s summer heat has been ‘basically off the charts’
It’s one for the books .
“According to specialists, previously too-wet-to-burn parts of the Pacific Northwest face an increasing risk of significant wildfires because climate change is bringing higher temperatures, lower humidity, and longer droughts. ‘‘The only thing that’s keeping it from going off like a nuclear bomb is the weather,’’ said Chris Dicus, a California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo professor and head of the Association for Fire Ecology, which studies wildfires “
For crying out loud!
Well, at least we know nuclear bombs are manmade and bad for the environment!
I don’t preclude the possibility of weather weapons or arson, either.
If you want to cool off, go have an ice cream and pray it doesn’t melt in your hand:
“Environmental groups and one of France’s largest labor unions called Monday for a containment shield and other safety measures to ensure decontamination work at Notre Dame Cathedral does not expose workers and residents to unsafe levels of lead . The Paris regional administration suspended the job of removing hazardous substances from the fire-ravaged Paris cathedral last month under pressure from labor inspectors concerned about health risks for workers. The administration had said that when the lead-removal work resumed, stricter safety procedures, new equipment and allowing much fewer workers inside at a time would ‘‘prevent any release of polluting elements to the outside,’’ but representatives from environmental groups and the CGT union said at a news conference Monday they don’t think the government safeguards go far enough. They asked for a regularly updated chart showing the level of lead in the air. Labor and environmental groups are also pushing for the creation of a medical center to monitor firefighters, workers and residents. Paris Deputy Mayor Anne Souyris said updated measurements of lead levels are set for release on Tuesday. The decontamination work is scheduled to resume Wednesday, starting with the square in front of Notre Dame and adjacent streets, Souyris said. Hundreds of tons of lead that was in Notre Dame’s spire and roof melted during the April 15 fire, which came close to destroying the cathedral. Lead levels remain elevated at some spots inside and in the soil of the adjacent park and forecourt, according to the Paris regional health agency. Those areas have been closed to the public since the fire. The environmental activists and union officials said they want a containment shield built over Notre Dame to keep more lead from being released into the atmosphere. ‘‘For the efficiency of the decontamination measures within the area, it is absolutely necessary that the site is confined,’’ said Annie Thebaud-Mony, co-founder of health and environment group Henri Pezerat. Notre Dame rector Patrick Chauvet acknowledged that lead can escape into the environment from a big hole in the cathedral’s roof but ruled out building a containment shield before the decontamination work resumes. Paris authorities ordered new checks of schools and day-care centers in the Notre Dame neighborhood and recommended blood tests for children under age 7 and pregnant women who live nearby. Children are especially vulnerable to health problems from lead poisoning and exposure . “
In addition to not drinking the water, and what we are looking at here in retrospect is France’s 9/11. The cathedral full of poisons had to come down like the asbestos-filled WTC towers. The rubble of France’s shock to the soul is just as toxic.
” Health officials in Paris said Wednesday that a young boy needs medical monitoring because tests conducted after the Notre Dame Cathedral fire showed that he was at risk of lead poisoning . The child doesn’t need treatment yet, the Regional Health Authority said in a statement Tuesday. Checks are being conducted to determine whether the lead came from the April 15 fire or another source. The child’s school, near the cathedral, was closed in July due to high lead levels found on its grounds. A total of 162 children have been tested for lead in Paris after hundreds of tons of lead in Notre Dame’s spire and roof melted in the blaze. Sixteen of those were deemed to be just short of being ‘‘at risk.’’ The results ‘‘show, on the one hand, the need to keep cleaning to limit the risk of exposure of the children to lead and, on the other hand, the importance of extending blood tests,’’ the health authority said. Authorities in June recommended blood tests for children under 7 and pregnant women who live near Notre Dame.”
More and more am I skeptical of the official story there, and you can forget about the kids (btw, you treat lead poisoning. Damage done):
” Several stones fell from the vaulted ceiling of fire-ravaged Notre Dame after last month’s European heat wave, a French official said Wednesday, urging renewed stabilization efforts to prevent further damage to the iconic Paris cathedral . The Culture Ministry official said the stones crumbled after temperatures reached a record 108.7 degrees Fahrenheit in Paris in late July. The official said heat quickly dried out the mortar that was holding the ceiling stones in place. The damage is ‘‘not serious’’ but the 12th-century cathedral remains at risk of further damage — and possible collapse, said the official, who was not authorized to be publicly named according to ministry policy. The vaulted ceiling is particularly fragile after the April fire destroyed the massive lead-and-wood roof that kept the cathedral’s overall structure stable. The ceiling vaults are also among the many features that make Notre Dame a treasure of world heritage and testament to medieval ingenuity. The chief architect of France’s historic monuments warned last month about the danger from exceptional heat to the water-logged masonry .”
It was cheap cement?
” A tourist camp and houses on the Greek island of Elafonisos were evacuated Sunday for a second straight day as a fire at a nearby landfill intensified because of strong winds . The authorities had deemed the fire under control Saturday night but said the flames picked up as the wind did. Some of those trying to leave called the evacuation disorganized, saying they got no official warning but decided to leave on their own “
They ran for the cafe where Sarah Levy commiserates with her customers over global environmental challenges .
“Air conditioners worked overtime — and sucked more energy — as Bostonians suffered through the hottest month on record in July. Now, imagine what will happen as temperatures continue to rise worldwide in coming decades, and people and businesses struggle to keep cool . A new study says climate change will further increase the demand for energy, on top of the growth in demand already expected because of population growth and economic development. Even if the world’s climate didn’t change, global energy demand in 2050 is projected to be two to three times larger than it is today, according to the study, which was published in the journal Nature Communications “
At least the AC is powered by natural gas , and here is a primer on methane in the form of cow flatulence.
“The fight to save the seas from plastic waste may mean the end for mini bottles of shampoo and other toiletries that hotel guests love to stuff into their luggage, and there is little doubt that public awareness of the problem of plastic waste has been swelling amid alarming forecasts that there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050 .”
It only really became a problem when Asian nations said they would no longer be a western garbage dump and started shipping the recyclables back.
“A top customs official in Cambodia said Tuesday that a local company that illegally imported almost seven dozen shipping containers of plastic waste from the United States and Canada has been ordered to pay a fine of nearly $260,000, and will face criminal charges if the waste is not sent back to its countries of origin before Aug. 24. The July 16 discovery of the waste came a few days after Prime Minister Hun Sen declared at a Cabinet meeting that Cambodia is not a dumping ground for any kind of waste and does not allow the import of any kind of plastic waste or other recyclables. The cross-border disposal of waste became a major regional issue after China , previously its main destination, barred imports of almost all foreign plastic waste early last year. Waste shipments shifted to other countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia, which in turn also started rejecting shipments “
Another reason for the trade war and Hong Kong destabilization, no doubt.
The oil-based plastic waste is the real climate change challenge preventing a thousand flowers from blooming .
The Globe’s lead roar to begin this week :
“Trump weakens Endangered Species Act, which saved the bald eagle, grizzly, and others” by David Abel Globe Staff, August 12, 2019
In its latest effort to overhaul the nation’s environmental laws, the Trump administration on Monday disclosed sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act, a landmark conservation law that over five decades has allowed the federal government to protect imperiled species such as the bald eagle, humpback whale, and whooping crane.
The changes, for the first time, would allow federal officials to assess the economic costs of saving a species, although the law still does not allow costs to be a factor in determining whether to grant a species protection. The new rules also prohibit consideration of the impact of climate change on whether to list a species as endangered. They’re also likely to reduce the number of animal habitats, which are threatened throughout the country by development, critics say.
The move was widely criticized by conservation groups and drew a swift response from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who joined her counterpart in California in announcing that they intended to challenge the rules in court. In a conference call with reporters, Healey and others denounced the new rules as “illegal, arbitrary, and capricious.”
I wish she would pay attention to all the corruption in the state instead of all the political grandstanding.
In a statement, officials from the Department of Interior said the changes to the 45-year-old law would increase its “transparency and effectiveness” and “bring the administration of the act into the 21st century.”
“The best way to uphold the Endangered Species Act is to do everything we can to ensure it remains effective in achieving its ultimate goal — recovery of our rarest species,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a statement. “An effectively administered act ensures more resources can go where they will do the most good: on-the-ground conservation.”
The new rules , which do not require congressional approval , are expected to take effect next month.
The changes come just three months after a U nited N ations report warned that more than 1 million plants and animals face extinction throughout the world, mainly because of climate change and development. That rate of loss is the highest on record , the report found.
“As we face the unprecedented threat of a climate emergency , now is the time to strengthen our planet’s biodiversity, not to destroy it,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “By rolling back the Endangered Species Act, the Trump administration would be putting a nail in our coffin — all for the sake of boosting the profits of those putting these species at risk in the first place.”
Healey credited the act with helping to increase piping plover populations in Massachusetts.
What if they were coming back anyway? Cycle of nature. The rabbits come and go around here, etc.
I’m not saying we should be wiping out animals, far from it; however, once again we have an agenda-pu$hing tug on the heartstrings by the pre$$ in an attempt to pu$h forward.
You know, if they really cared about animals and extinction they would be pushing veganism. The wholesale murder and slaughter of industry is ignored, with the war machine an even more perverse form of it.
Vikki Spruill, president of the New England Aquarium, said the act is directly responsible for “restoring whales, seals, and sea turtles to Massachusetts’ coastal waters.” “With extinction rates skyrocketing globally and the impacts of climate change on vulnerable wildlife populations unknown, we need a strong, vigorous [Endangered Species Act], not a weaker one,” she said.
Then why not make it a local issue like the water?
Other endangered species in the region have not fared as well. North Atlantic right whales, which were hunted nearly to extinction until whaling was banned in the 1930s, now number little more than 400 — down by about 20 percent since 2010.
I will be going down with them soon enough.
“Iconic species like the North Atlantic right whale are part of our heritage and deserve all possible protections in the face of the many threats to their continued existence,” said Erica Fuller, a senior staff attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston. “Any attempt to gut one of the public’s most revered statutes, especially in the face of the most recent UN report, demonstrates a lack of respect for both past and future generations.”
So according to her, no species ever can go extinct even if it is through evolution and even if the whales are endangered more by ships than anything else.
That’s a tall order, preserving every single species on Earth, and I have the feeling the next one to be extinct may be man — by his own hand, thanks to the psychopaths in power and their mouthpiece media.
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” Despite strong opposition from environmentalists and others, the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced this past week that it had reauthorized the use of spring-loaded poison devices known as “cyanide bombs” to kill coyotes, foxes, and other animals that prey on livestock . The devices, officially called M-44s, have been used continuously for more than four decades by Wildlife Services, a program within the US Department of Agriculture. When a predator stumbles across one of these devices, a capsule containing sodium cyanide, a highly toxic pesticide, is ejected into its mouth “
That is the ruling class answer to everything. Kill it.
The next day, the story was my National lead :
“States sue Trump administration over rollback of Obama-era climate rule” by Lisa Friedman The New York Times, August 13, 2019
WASHINGTON — A coalition of 29 states and cities on Tuesday sued to block the Trump administration from easing restrictions on coal-burning power plants. The move could ultimately limit how much leverage future administration s would have to fight climate change by restricting a major source of Earth-warming pollution.
The lawsuit, led by New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, argued the Environmental Protection Agency had no basis for weakening an Obama-era regulation that set the first-ever national limits on carbon dioxide pollution from power plants.
That rule , the Clean Power Plan, required states to implement plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2022, and encouraged that to happen by closing heavily polluting plants and replacing those energy sources with natural gas or renewable energy . Carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere is a major contributor to global warming because it traps the sun’s heat.
Methane 25x worse, but a by-product of shale fracking and natural gas production. Hmmm.
The lawsuit — by 22 states and seven cities including Massachusetts, California, Colorado, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Chicago, and Miami — is the latest swing of the legal pendulum in a long-running dispute over how to regulate emissions from coal plants.
Previously, Republican-led states and industry groups had sued to stop Obama ’s Clean Power Plan from going into effect, and won a reprieve when the Supreme Court in 2016 temporarily blocked the Obama administration from imposing changes.
The new challenge, filed in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, argues that the Trump administration’s replacement, known as the Affordable Clean Energy rule, ignores the EPA’s responsibility under the law to set limits on greenhouse gases. It maintains that the new rule would actually extend the life of dirty and aging coal-burning plants, promoting an increase in pollution instead of curbing it.
It is a legal battle that could again go all the way to the Supreme Court. This time, if justices ultimately decide in favor of the Trump administration and find the Clean Air Act does not allow the government to direct broad changes to the nation’s energy deployment, it could permanently weaken the United States’ ability to tackle its contributions to global warming .
“It would have a devastating effect on the ability of future administrations to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act,” said Richard L. Revesz, a professor at New York University who specializes in environmental law. “It would essentially make it extremely difficult to regulate greenhouse gases effectively,” he said.
Conveniently left out of it all is the Pentagon pollution and emissions.
Unlike the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, the Trump rule does not cap greenhouse gas emissions. Instead it leaves it up to states to decide whether, or if, to scale back emissions and pick from a menu of technologies to improve power plant efficiency at the facility level.
Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA is required to use the “best system of emissions reduction.” The Obama-era options included switching to cleaner energy sources like gas, solar, or wind; putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions; or using technology that could capture and store carbon dioxide rather than releasing it into the atmosphere. The Trump administration rule, by contrast, focuses solely on new efficiency measures for individual plants.
Andrew Wheeler, the administrator of the EPA, argued that the Obama administration had overreached its authority with its rule and that the Trump administration’s plan was legally defensible. Obama’s Clean Power Plan was suspended by the Supreme Court in 2016 after challenges from 28 Republican-led states and several major industry organizations.
Those groups said Obama’s plan was unduly burdensome to utilities and too costly for consumers
That last part can bring down a government. After water, fuel is life.
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Related photographs on same page :
A pallet of bottled water is delivered to a recreation center on August 13, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. Residents of Newark, the largest city in New Jersey, are to receive free water after lead was found in the tap water. It was reported over the weekend that lead levels in some areas of the city were still not safe and the city has begun distributing bottled water for cooking and drinking (Spencer Platt/ Getty Images ).
It’s worse than Flint .
President Donald Trump speaks as he views construction during a visit to Shell’s soon-to-be completed Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Monaca, Pa. From left are Energy Secretary Rick Perry; Gretchen Watkins, president of Shell Oil company; Hilary Mercer, vice president of Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals; Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler and Charles Holliday, chairman of the board of directors for Royal Dutch Shell. (AP Photo/ Susan Walsh )
Same day : Federal regulators approve sale of Pilgrim nuclear plant
Newark was buried at the bottom of page A6 today :
“Lead crisis in Newark grows, as bottled water distribution is bungled” by Nick Corasaniti and Corey Kilgannon New York Times, August 14, 2019
NEWARK, N.J. — A growing crisis over lead contamination in drinking water gripped Newark on Wednesday as tens of thousands of residents were told to drink only bottled water , the culmination of years of neglect that has pushed New Jersey’s largest city to the forefront of an environmental problem afflicting urban areas across the nation.
Urgent new warnings from federal environmental officials about contamination in drinking water from aging lead pipes spread anxiety and fear in some of Newark’s poorest neighborhoods, but the municipal government’s makeshift efforts to set up distribution centers to hand out bottled water were hampered by confusion and frustration.
The intensifying worry about the safety of Newark’s drinking water has raised comparisons to Flint, Mich., where dangerous levels of lead led to criminal indictments against state and local officials and forced residents to rely on bottled water.
All the criminal cases were later thrown out.
The lead crisis in Newark, a city of 285,000 people, had been brewing for years, but escalated sharply over the weekend after federal officials issued a scathing letter warning about the safety of the drinking water and urging city officials to take more aggressive steps.
Residents who had been reassured for months by city leaders that the problem was being addressed were left reeling.
What, they lied to you?
Newark had long denied that the city had a widespread problem with its drinking water, only to reverse course last fall and give away tens of thousands of water filters, but recent tests have shown that the filters were not properly removing lead.
But they are telling the truth on the agenda-pushing climate change stuff!
Like Flint, many of the neighborhoods affected by concerns over the drinking water are predominantly African-American and low income.
I don’t hear anyone hollering racist!
On Wednesday, the governor of New Jersey, Philip Murphy, toured one of the water distribution centers, underscoring the severity of the problem.
“It’s a right , not a privilege, to have clean safe water and we are committed to that ,” Murphy said.
If they were committed to it, it wouldn’t be a problem!
What a lying sack of shit!
Web version left on the faucet:
The state and city want “to get this as right, as fast as we can ,” the governor said, calling on federal officials to help . “We take this very seriously. We want to be out ahead of this.”
Look at the sewage coming out of his mouth.
Standing in long lines, residents expressed anger and fear over how wide-reaching the problem really was. Many said their anxiety over the water adds to the challenges the city already faces — from poverty to drugs. “We’re ducking bullets, we’re ducking and dodging bullets every day,” said Nafessah Venable as she stood outside a recreation center with her young son. “We can’t even take our kids out to play. Now we’ve got to worry about water? Water is a necessity for life. How can we survive without clean water? It’s tragic, and it’s very mind-boggling to wonder what the future holds in terms of the water system.
Just ask the Asians or Africans.
Newark’s antiquated plumbing system has long carried a threat of leached lead . “They were in denial for a long period of time ,” said Erik Olson, the senior director for health programs at the National Resources Defense Council, which filed a lawsuit against the state and the city last year, accusing them of violating federal safe drinking water laws. “It’s been a slow response, but they’re finally coming around to realizing that they do have a serious problem, and that’s a good thing.”
The recreation center was one of four distribution points set up by the city to hand out water. Some people waited an hour to get their allotted two cases. Adding to the frustration, officials also turned away some people, telling them they were not eligible for free water because they did not live in an area identified as having elevated lead levels.
“When you get up there, they tell you you’ve got to be from a certain area to get the water,” said Leslie Holmon, a Newark grandmother, “but they didn’t tell you that on the news.” She added, “They’ve got these seniors standing out here for nothing.”
On Friday, the EPA urged officials to provide bottled water to residents with lead pipes as soon as possible. “We are unable at this time to assure Newark residents that their health is fully protected when drinking tap water filtered through these devices,” the EPA said in a letter, referring to the PUR filters issued by the city.
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I guess we will see if the coverage dries up.
Now to the birds and the bees:
“If city leaders in Ocean City, N.J., have their way, the days of pesky seagulls grabbing fries from beachgoers will be over and everyone will have hawks, falcons, and owls to thank. The city, population around 11,000, is a popular summertime destination, but as at many resort areas, seagulls in Ocean City can get annoying. The gulls become ‘‘dependent on an unnatural supply of food stolen from people on the boardwalk and beach,’’ Jay Gillian, the city’s mayor, said in a statement. Gulls are known for swooping in and grabbing leftovers from trash cans or french fries straight from a person’s bucket. To try to get the gulls to leave the beach area, Ocean City officials said they’ve hired a company — East Coast Falcons — to bring in falcons, hawks, and owls that will scare away the gulls. Gulls typically leave an area and deem it unsafe at the sight of raptors. Officials said they believe their abatement program is one of the first for a seashore town along the East Coast .”
Make way for ducklings :
Ducks in the Charles River (File photo)
“It was a most surprising case for the police: An endangered bird may have attacked two men in a forest, they attacked and killed the bird, and a crowd attacked the two men. Less surprising, alcohol was involved. Now, with the body of a western capercaillie as evidence, authorities in southwestern Germany are trying to determine what happened. Two young men, both drunk, took a shortcut through the woods Saturday and encountered the bird and beat it with a bottle, according to police in Titisee-Neustadt, the Black Forest village where the incident occurred. They later said they were merely defending themselves from the capercaillie, which is roughly the size of a large chicken. It is increasingly rare in Western Europe and listed as endangered in Germany. After witnessing the death of the bird from afar, several people in a group of about 10 punched, kicked, and poured beer over the two men .”
They attacked the bird because it was gay .
“Makin’ a splash: There’s a humpback whale in Boston Harbor” by Travis Andersen Globe Staff , August 6, 2019
City officials work mightily to boost tourism in the summer, but they’d have a whale of a time getting a current Boston Harbor guest into a suite at the Four Seasons.
That’s right: There’s a humpback whale in the harbor, and it’s enjoying the local cuisine, according to a statement released Monday by the New England Aquarium.
“A young humpback whale has been feeding at the mouth of Boston Harbor over the last three days,” the statement said. “The un-named 18-20 month old is the 2018 calf of an adult female named Whirlygig,” and even though it’s young, Whirlygig’s precocious child has struck out on its own.
“The 30-33 foot long youngster would have been weaned by its mother last autumn and has probably been on its own since early this year,” the statement said. “The good news is that this juvenile humpback, still of unknown gender, is feeding successfully at the mouth of Boston Harbor on schools of menhaden, also known locally as pogies. The news of concern is that it is doing so in the middle of the shipping channels into Boston’s busy port.”
While the aquarium may be concerned, the intrepid humpback’s got no qualms about snacking near a big barge.
“[T]his young, acrobatic whale can be seen feeding alongside one of the dredge barges that is deepening the shipping channel,” the statement said. “The whale has been spotted each of the last three days by the New England Aquarium Whale Watch vessels between the Boston Harbor Light and Graves Light to the north. It has mostly been seen feeding but also napping or what is called logging.”
Whales have hit the harbor before.
Last summer, the US Coast Guard sent out a warning to mariners to be cautious of whales that had been seen feeding and splashing around the harbor.
Boston Harbor Cruises breathlessly documented that whale visitation via Twitter.
“Have you heard the news? There’s a humpback whale in Boston Harbor!,” the company tweeted last summer.
In Monday’s statement, the aquarium said whales in the harbor were once a rarity. But since 2013, “it has become a near annual occurrence happening about once per year and always with young, inexperienced humpbacks. In August of last year, a different young humpback spent a day deep into the harbor swimming just off of South Boston.”
So what gives?
“[W]hale behavior is usually mostly influenced by food availability,” the statement said. “Over the last two summers, large schools of menhaden (pogies) have been in residence from the South Shore to N.H. Many videos have been posted of humpbacks feeding close to shore.”
Also, the statement said, the phenomenon is linked to conservation efforts dating back to the 1970s.
“Humpbacks will also now occasionally enter Boston Harbor, because the water quality has so dramatically improved since the 1990’s clean-up that large schools of migratory fish spend much of the mid to late summer here,” the statement said.
The aquarium said it’s not known how long the humpback will remain in Hub waters. But in the meantime, the organization reminds boaters to share the ocean.
“[T]he Aquarium asks recreational boaters to slow speeds and post a bow watch when at the mouth of the harbor,” the statement said. “Propeller injuries can disfigure and even kill large whales. If any whale is sighted, boaters should cut engines and enjoy the magnificent sight until the whale clears the area. Boaters should not pursue whales.”
If they’re so inclined to take a longer look at these majestic creatures, Bostonians just have to take a quick drive down Route 6.
“America’s only whale feeding sanctuary is at the tip of Cape Cod,” the statement said. “In a three hour trip from downtown Boston, anyone can see the largest animals to ever live on Earth. Few cities in the world have that luxury and wonder at their doorstep.”
Call us Ishmael.
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” Watch out for the whales . The fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the New England region on Friday tweeted out that “Humpback #whales are showing up all along our coasts! Please keep everyone safe and follow the law by giving them space to behave naturally.” North Atlantic right whales need even more room “
Just watch out for sharks while swimming .
Meanwhile, the net hauled up some green crabs and tuna , while “warming waters south of Cape Cod have decimated the region’s lobster fishery, but it’s an ambitious effort to fight climate change that has lobstermen like Lanny Dillinger concerned for their livelihoods “
Then he will just have to catch salmon for food, and leave Maine to fend for itself (did we mention it was the first day of winter ? Time to meditate on things ):
“Biological oceanographer Sonia Batten experienced her light-bulb moment on the perils of too many salmon three years ago as she prepared a talk on the most important North Pacific seafood you’ll never see on a plate: zooplankton. Zooplanktons nourish everything from juvenile salmon to seabirds to giant whales, but as Batten examined 15 years of data collected by instruments on container ships near the Aleutian Islands, she noticed a trend: Zooplankton was abundant in even-number years and less abundant in odd-number years. Something was stripping a basic building block in the food web every other year, and just one predator fit that profile. ‘‘The only thing that we have in this whole area with an up-and-down, alternating-year pattern is pink salmon ,’’ said Batten of Canada’s Marine Biological Association. Pink salmon are wildly abundant in odd-number years and less abundant in even-number years. They comprise nearly 70 percent of what’s now the largest number of salmon populating the North Pacific since last century, but an increasing number of marine researchers say the voracious eaters are thriving at the expense of higher-value sockeye salmon, seabirds, and other species with whom their diet overlaps. In addition to the flourishing wild populations of pink salmon, Alaska hatcheries release 1.8 billion pink salmon fry annually, and hatcheries in Asian countries contribute an additional 3 billion-plus fish. ‘‘We’re putting too many mouths to compete with the wild fish out there,’’ said Nancy Hillstrand, owner of a fish processing company near Homer, Alaska, who has been lobbying Alaska wildlife authorities to reduce hatchery output . A 2018 study estimated 665 million adult salmon in the North Pacific. Pink salmon dominated at 67%, followed by chums at 20% and sockeye at 13%. Salmon abundance since the late 1970s has been enhanced by favorable ocean conditions but hatcheries account for 15% of the pinks, 60% of the chums, and 4% of the sockeyes. State regulators say they have no evidence that the ocean has reached its carrying capacity for hatchery fish , which rewarded Alaska commercial fishermen with sales averaging $120 million for 2012 through 2017. They are loath to seek a reduction in hatchery output because of the economic, societal, and cultural value of the fish. ‘‘The program has been successful and continues to provide benefit to Alaskans,’’ said Bill Templin, chief fisheries scientist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, b ut scientists who don’t have a connection to the department take a different view. Alan Springer, professor emeritus at the Marine Science Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, sees detrimental effects in seabirds whose diets overlap with pink salmon. ‘‘There’s a finite amount of what they eat out there,’’ he said. Springer co-wrote a 2014 paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that noted reproduction of tufted puffins and kittiwakes nose-dives in years of pink salmon abundance. A 2018 paper in the same journal linked years of abundant pink salmon with mass mortalities of short-tailed shearwaters. ‘‘We looked for other potential drivers in the environment,’’ Springer said. ‘‘We couldn’t find any.’’ Greg Ruggerone, president of Natural Resources Consultants in Seattle, began analyzing pink salmon interactions with sockeye salmon in 2009 when the sockeye population collapsed in British Columbia’s Fraser River. Sockeye returns fell when pink salmon were abundant, he said, and the sockeye were 1 pound smaller in those years. The results, Ruggerone said, suggest ‘‘there is this link between sockeye salmon and pink salmon related to competition for food.’’ A University of Washington study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution concluded that climate warming is creating favorable conditions for sockeye living in fresh water for Alaska’s Bristol Bay, allowing them to grow faster in lakes and leave for the ocean after one year instead of two, said lead author Timothy Cline; h owever, competition from wild and hatchery salmon — both pinks and chums released by Japan — delayed sockeye maturation and kept them in salt water an extra year. ‘‘There’s pretty consistent evidence coming out in the last decade that we are at or near that carrying capacity , and it’s starting to have impacts on growth and survival of salmon all over,’’ he said. The state of Alaska is nearing the end of a 12-year study looking at the proportions of hatchery fish that swim into streams, said Templin, chief fisheries scientist. The state is not studying whether hatchery pink salmon are thriving at the expense of sockeye, Chinook salmon, seabirds, or other ocean residents, he said, noting that correlations do not indicate causes. Changing ocean conditions may affect various species differently and make one of them better able to survive, Templin said. He’s not ready to recommend a reduction in hatchery output because of the economic, societal, and cultural value of hatchery fish. Ruggerone would like to see rigorous debate on the pros and cons of releasing billions of hatchery salmon , especially pinks. ‘‘There’s really no other species in the ocean that we are aware of that we have data that can explain these biennial patterns that we see,’’ he said. If it’s not pink salmon causing problems in other species, Springer said, state scientists should suggest what is. ‘‘We’re not making this stuff up,’’ he added . “
At least one species isn’t going extinct.
“Grasshoppers are storming Las Vegas — and showing up like a rainstorm on weather radar . Radar footage from the National Weather Service shows two masses: one a rainstorm north of Las Vegas and another a host of living organisms above the city, Weather Service meteorologist Clay Morgan told The Washington Post. Anyone who’s been dealing with the swarm of insects descending on Las Vegas over the last week can guess the culprit. Unusually wet weather earlier this year has spurred the massive migration of grasshoppers stopping by Nevada’s biggest city on their way north, experts say. The area has seen more rain in six months than the roughly 4.2 inches it typically gets in a year . The pallid-winged grasshoppers, common in the desert, aren’t dangerous: They don’t bite or carry disease, Nevada state entomologist Jeff Knight told reporters last week, but the insects, which may stay around for several weeks, have fascinated residents and tourists. Photos and videos have captured thick streams of the light-hungry bugs illuminated at night “
Yeah, the plague of locusts is no problem, but the rain is for it is cooler.
A man tries to catch locusts while standing on a rooftop as they swarm over the Huthi rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa on July 28, 2019. Mohammed HUWAIS / AFP
A boy holds desert locusts caught while swarming the sky over the Huthi rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa on July 28, 2019. Mohammed HUWAIS / AFP
Spraying doesn’t help?
“Bayer proposes paying $8 billion to settle roundup cancer claims” by Jef Feeley, Joel Rosenblatt and Tim Loh Bloomberg News, August 9, 2019
Bayer AG is proposing to pay as much as $8 billion to settle more than 18,000 US lawsuits alleging its Roundup herbicide causes cancer , according to people familiar with the negotiations.
An agreement, which could take months to work out, would ease investor pressure over massive litigation exposure that the German drug and chemical giant took on with its purchase of the weedkiller’s maker, Monsanto Co. The fallout has erased more than $30 billion in market value , prompted an unprecedented shareholder vote of no confidence in the company’s management, and fueled speculation about a breakup.
Although Bayer floated paying $6 billion to $8 billion to resolve current and future cases, plaintiffs’ lawyers want more than $10 billion to drop their claims, the people said, asking not to be identified because the talks are private. How to compensate consumers who have yet to be diagnosed with illness is a sticking point, and there’s no guarantee the two sides will come to terms anytime soon, they added.
Bayer spokesman Tino Andresen declined to comment on any settlement talks.
Reports that a $6 billion to $8 billion settlement proposal has been discussed are “pure fiction,” said Kenneth Feinberg , a mediator called in by US District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco, who is overseeing cases consolidated in federal court.
Oh, they called in the cover-up $pecialist to make the $ilence payments.
“There have been absolutely no discussions to date of dollars or what the compensation would be for a global resolution” of the cases, Feinberg said in an interview Friday.
Bayer’s lawyers and attorneys for former Roundup users are in ongoing talks, based in New York City, aimed at hammering out an accord to resolve all current cases and any future cancer claims filed over the world’s top-selling weedkiller , people familiar with the discussions said.
I don’t know why they are worried. The judges simply slash the amount awarded by the juries.
The negotiations have advanced to the point that Bayer and plaintiffs’ lawyers asked two judges in St. Louis to push back cases set for trial starting soon, the people said. Bayer’s chief executive officer, Werner Baumann, said at the end of July that he would consider a “financially reasonable” settlement, after the company’s shares slumped amid a surge of new cases .
Major investors — such as US-based billionaire Paul Singer’s Elliott Management Corp. — have been urging Bayer to drop its defend-at-all-cost approach to the suits and consider a settlement. Elliott disclosed in June that it has a $1.3 billion stake in Bayer.
Bayer insists that Roundup is safe. The US Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday issued guidelines for products containing the herbicide’s active ingredient, glyphosate, saying it will no longer approve labels claiming that it’s known to cause cancer. California listed the substance as a carcinogen under its Proposition 65 toxic warnings law two years ago.
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I think you are better off with a dog or cat :
“A Massachusetts man has been ordered to permanently stop operating an unlicensed and unsanitary pet shop out of his home and to pay more than $480,000 in penalties and damages for selling sick and dying puppies. Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday that a judge had entered a default judgment against Heath Morse, of Shrewsbury, barring him from ever selling dogs in the state. The state sued Morse in November. The authorities say that from 2016 until October he sold more than three dozen bulldog puppies for thousands of dollars each. More than a quarter of them ultimately died, many within days of purchase, and customers paid thousands in veterinary bills to treat or euthanize sick dogs .”
“Wildlife specialists say better safety monitoring and stricter wildlife polices have helped the tiger population grow to its largest in about two decades. “Once the people of India decide to do something, there is no force that can prevent them from getting the desired results,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at a news conference Monday announcing the figures, but as the number of tigers has increased, so have the human-tiger conflicts in India, a country of 1.3 billion. India has created nearly two dozen tiger reserves in the past decade, but many are surrounded by villages. As development projects shrink the space separating humans and tigers, the animals are spilling out of reserves in search of prey — wild pigs, cattle, and sometimes people. Prerna Singh Bindra, a conservationist and author of “The Vanishing: India’s Wildlife Crisis,” said the country needs “a sound strategy” to avoid human-animal conflicts. “Forests are being fragmented,” she said. “We are saying yes to about 98 percent of development and other projects in protected areas. If we keep cutting habitats, this tiger utopia is going to come crashing down .”
They are being squeezed as non-vegetarian food grows more popular in India .
Founder of India’s largest coffee chain disappears
He went missing after allegedly signing a letter that apologizes for his failures and accuses tax officers of harassment.
“Fishermen on Wednesday found the body of the founder of India’s biggest coffee chain in a river, two days after he disappeared, police said. V.G. Siddhartha purportedly wrote a letter indicating he was anxious about pressure from banks, investors and the tax authorities . Siddhartha, 60, had left Bangalore on Monday and left his car near a bridge in Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka state. He told his driver to wait, saying he was going for a walk near the bridge. When he didn’t return for two hours, the driver notified police, police officer Sasikant Senthil said. He leaves behind Coffee Day Enterprises, a coffee shop chain with more than 1,500 stores across India with revenue of $630 million in 2017-18. It also has outlets in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Malaysia, according to the chain’s website .”
Kind of a Dr. David Kelly situation.
I guess he won’t be spilling any secrets.
“Indian investigators are probing possible links between a prominent ruling-party politician and a car crash that has left a 19-year-old woman battling for her life after she accused him of rape. The federal Central Bureau of Investigation opened a case Wednesday to look into murder and conspiracy allegations against Kuldeep Sengar, a lawmaker from the governing Bharatiya Janata Party. The teenager was critically injured in a suspicious car crash Sunday. On June 4, 2017 the teenager accused Sengar of raping her in 2017 when she approached him for a job. She said he threatened to kill her family if she spoke of it to anyone. The case grabbed attention in April 2018 when the woman tried to immolate herself outside the state chief minister’s home to protest police inaction .”
He should have just got a divorce .
Btw, what ever happened to that moon shot ?
“North America will experience a black moon Wednesday night, a phenomenon that only occurs once every couple of years, said Nick Ferreri, the planetarium fellow at the Museum of Science. A moon is referred to as a black moon when it is the second new moon of the month. Sometimes, the lunar cycle does not match up with the calendar months, causing this occurrence, Ferreri said. While it has an intriguing name, the unique moon will probably disappoint backyard skygazers. Like other new moons, it will not be very visible on Earth. “We refer to a moon as a black moon when you can’t see any of the moon’s face lit by the sun,” Ferreri said. The moon goes through phases, starting with a new moon, which is dark. The moon waxes until it becomes a full moon, when the moon’s surface is fully illuminated, then wanes until it becomes a new moon again .”
Also see : 3 more new worlds discovered by MIT-developed satellite
Maybe you can find the Good Life on one.
NEXT DAY UPDATE:
NOAA Data Confirms July Was Hottest Month Ever Recorded
Whatever, New York Times.
I’m so sick of spew .
8 Reasons Why You Should Consider Malaysia as Your Next Family Vacation Destination
Tarsiers and more 3) Hiking Trails
If your family enjoys doing outdoor activities, Malaysia is a great destination for many trekking opportunities. There are different places you can take your family to observe your surroundings and go on a hike. You can trek up and around Mount Kinabalu or Penang Hill. You can explore the jungles of Taman Negara or relax on one of Malaysia’s pristine beaches. You can experience beautiful nature in Malaysia as it has some of the most unique wildlife and some of the tallest trees in the world. 4) Diverse Culture
You can easily submerge yourself into the culture of Malaysia because it is so diverse. You will experience people of all races, religions, and cultures while you are in this country. This is also a reason why those who have visited before want to return. You will be shown clearly the different types of cultures as soon as you arrive as well. Malaysia is a melting pot of Indian, Chinese and Malaysian cultures that influence everything from cuisine to clothing. You will see mosques next to temples and so on because everyone is so friendly and accepting. 5) Affordable
Surprisingly, Malaysia is very affordable to bring your whole family on a vacation. You get much value for your money when you spend time here. Everything is fairly cheap to purchase, from food to resorts and hostels. You get more reasonable prices and quality transportation and accommodation. You can most definitely travel to Malaysia on a specific budget, especially if you do your research and use smart choices when it comes to the best-valued accommodation. 6) Buzzing Cities
If you don’t necessarily want to be in nature or explore the rainforest, you can visit some of Malaysia’s booming cities for a more developed and exciting experience. If you enjoy big cities, going to the country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, is your best bet. With food courts and street markets, you can get the most authentic Malaysian food.
Visit the twin towers in Kuala Lumpur to experience one of the tallest pairs of skyscrapers in the world. This is a large attraction to Malaysia as well. Even visit Penang for a surprising historical experience. 7) Stunning Beaches
Indulge in the beauties of the beaches in Malaysia. From crystal clear waters to white sand beaches, there are places to spend time relaxing in Malaysia if you enjoy beaches. Langkawi is home to some of this country’s most romantic beaches. If you want to go diving, Malaysia is one of the best destinations to do so. Many scuba divers know about the waters of Malaysia because of how wonderful the diving experience is. Take time to do other water activities with your families like kayaking or snorkeling. 8) Various Cuisines
Malaysian cuisine is something quite unique. Because you have influences coming from many different locations, the food stands out as being like no other. With Chinese, Malaysia and Indian influences create various types of dishes. You can get good authentic Malaysian food in all cities, but the food of Penang is known to have the best food to offer.
Bel Ombre, Mauritius: A corner of paradise in the Indian Ocean
It’s home to the bluest of skies, the sandiest of beaches and clearest of waters. But there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the beauty of Mauritius.
Steeped in history, this small but vibrant island in the Indian Ocean is home to a fantastic blend of cultures from across the world. The Plantation Club at the resort in Bel Ombre, Mauritius.
After a rocky period from the end of the 16th century to the early 1900s, when control of Mauritius changed hands between the Dutch, French and United Kingdom, the island gained its independence in the 1960s.
But it embraces its heritage and, as a result, its population continues to be multilingual and multi-ethnic. You’ll hear French and English as well as Mauritian Creole – a local language blending African and South Asian words.
Everything in Mauritius seems to have a warm glow to it, from the moment you step foot off the plane at the airport.
We’re staying at the Outrigger Beach Resort in Bel Ombre, a designated nature reserve in the south-west. Overlooking the beach at the resort, in Bel Ombre, Mauritius,
It’s roughly a 45-minute journey from the airport and the ride itself is an experience.
You soon come to realise why this part of Mauritius it widely referred to as “The Authentic South-West”– paying homage to its fantastic views, open fields and glorious landscape.
It’s a large resort (181 sea-facing rooms, in total), connected by winding paved pathways. We’re staying in a beach-front villa, with our veranda/patio less than 100-metres from the sea.
The view is breathtaking.
It’s a lush green setting here and I cannot stress that enough. There’s vegetation everywhere you look.
At the resort, size really is key. We’re away in mid-June, which is slightly off-season in Mauritius. The weather is still good, averaging 25C most days but there is a wind and the odd patch of drizzle.
Nevertheless, it’s warm and humid so a chance to cool off is obviously welcome. CU Scarborough launch two new nursing courses – students can now apply through Clearing
There are four different pools – including a quieter, adults-only one.
The hotel aims its appeal at both families and couples and there’s a healthy mix of young couples, those on honeymoon, older people enjoying retirement and travelling, as well as families and small children.
The main pool is just metres from the beach, where the resort boasts a beach house that offers free watersports and activities.
As Mauritius is protected largely by a coral reef, the island is surrounded almost entirely by a lagoon before you reach the sea, and Outrigger was no exception. The lovely colours of the lagoon glisten in the sunshine as the waves ripple in the wind in June, captivating visitors.
On the food front, Outrigger does restaurants very well. The brand, first founded in Hawaii, boasts resorts across the world and its chefs are well-versed when it comes to international cuisine.
There are four restaurants, including one beach-side that offers barbecue-style and seafood, the Mercado (a large hall with rotating buffet nights every evening) and finally, The Plantation Club.
The club offers finer dining and themed nights such as a lobster-tasting menu and Mauritius’s Creole cuisine.
During the day, the club, based around a colonial-style building, has a pool and bar, and serves as a private ‘members-only’ area, offered to guests in villas.
Owing to its size, there are dozens of members of staff working here – from gardeners raking the sandy pathways to the chefs toiling in the kitchen. Each and everyone greets you with a smile, “bonjour” or “hello” as you walk by and will ensure you are well looked after.
Protected by grand walls resembling a castle is the hotel’s Navasana Spa. We opt for a couples full back massage, which was relaxing after a day in the sun.
While Mauritius offers a luxurious beach holiday, contrary to popular belief there is also a surprising wealth of adventure to be had for those who don’t just want to lounge in the sun.
Outrigger organises a range of what it calls ‘Signature Experiences’ ranging from electric-powered bike tours to glass-bottom boat trips and hiking.
We go for hiking at Le Morne – a stunning, 490-metre peak and World Heritage site, close to Bel Ombre.
The views, even from just midway up the mountain, are incredible. The peak offers an almost complete panoramic of the entire island.
We also have a go at the E-Bike Discovery Tour to Souillac – a village close to the southernmost part of the island.
This is a half-day tour with a knowledgeable guide, who whisks the group around various heritage sites. The views are breathtaking along this coast.
We’re also taken to visit a local family, who serve lunch and teach visitors how to make traditional Creole food.
We weren’t just confined to the South during our visit and took the opportunity to explore almost every corner as Mauritius is a gem with pockets of activity scattered everywhere.
Key points we visited included the island’s capital Port Louis, an extremely busy port city.
We also took in the fantastic Black River Gorges – panoramic forest views and picturesque waterfalls – and nearby Chamarel, famous for its “seven-coloured earth” soil that changes in the sunlight from pinks to shades of blue and purple.
Our trip also covered Mahebourg just a short drive from the airport. It’s a much more local feel here but visitors are still made to feel very welcome at its small port.
Whether it’s a sandy paradise with majestically stunning ocean views, a romantic celebration or an activity-filled trip, Mauritius has something for everyone. Trending
Let me answer some stuff I couldn’t in my first reply.
Niqab got banned after the attack and most of the shops don’t allow anyone civering their face. Niqab is pretty rare though hijab is mostly worn. The thing is Muslims herw somehow got arabanized(not sure if it’s the correct word). Wahabism arrived with some Saudis funding local madrasas and so on. The thing is back in the time muslims followed the sri lankan culture not the arab culture. There are still some Muslim families who don’t follow those regressive arab culture but they are few.
Stereotypical trigger is getting confused with Indians but most people don’t really care about that. I don’t really know if we have a real trigger but if there were to one it would be something from the war.
Uh I can’t remember anything but I can share you a personal playlist created by me that include my favorite lankan music. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtO3-EkU6yphrw5axiSPuZ2YxgvmuL4bl
Cinemas is pretty underwhelming right now. Most of the films now made are commercial movies. There are some really good movies but I can’t remember rn. Movies here shown in tv are either Bollywood(Hindi films) , Kollywood(Tamil films) or Hollywood. As for korean and Japanese , it’s not that popular but some korean and Japanese tv series are pretty popular here. Kpop is gaining some popularity especially among teenage girls.
I don’t speak any language other than English and Sinhala but I recently started to learn Chinese. Most of the Sinhalese can’t speak tamil and tamils can’t speak sinhala either unfortunately.
Yes to average citizen it matters a lot. All the 4 major religions are practiced here and all the religious leaders here a significant influence when it comes to religious and sometimes political matters, especially Buddhists orders.
I’m really happy you asked this because I have a few travel channels to recommend. First is Harold Baldrs sri lankan adventure. He visits regular places and interact with locals and he wven got featured in local tv channel after a generous donation to a entrepreneur. If you are interested in lankan cuisine, watch Mark Wiener’s tour in Sri Lanka. Also Dale Philip s channel is pretty good too. Here are the links.
Harald’s Sri Lanka Adventure: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIvXbONfyd8uLVv2ujctncYLLad5dmx2a
Mark Wien’s Sri Lankan Food: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeoy0zUu6bqkG7Mf1cDOPV7pDgVWfaZ2N
Favourite dishes are kottu and lump rice.
Guide to Singapore’s Robertson Quay: family-friendly restaurants, cafes and play centres
Spending a day by the river but not sure where to go? We’ve got you covered with our family guide to Robertson Quay…
Robertson Quay is an absolute buzzing hub of family activity right on the Singapore River! A short walk from Clarke Quay, it’s a favourite haunt, along with Holland Village , for families with kids – locals and expats alike. Robertson Quay’s main attraction is family-friendly restaurants and a village-style square, complete with fountain and awesome places for the kids to head out with their scooters. Hop on an iconic bumboat for a round trip along the river, and if you’re lucky you’ll spot the resident family of otters frolicking along the shady, tree-lined shores. Criss-cross over one of the many unique and zany Robertson Quay bridges, and spend the day burning off bucket-loads of energy.
Aside from cafes and restaurants, Robertson Quay is bound by three great little malls complete with drop-in activity gyms and child-centred stores. A decent, but manageable walk from Somerset MRT, Clarke Quay MRT and Fort Canning MRT , Robertson Quay is also home to some great childcare and early learning centres. Here’s the inside story on some great things to do in the neighbourhood with kids: GO-TO MALLS UE Square
A small mall with a few child-friendly cafes, Cold Storage and home to lots of activity centres for kids. See our list of play centres below for details. 81 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore 239917; www.uesquare.com Liang Court
An amazingly compact little mall filled with our Japanese favourites, including Kinokuniya bookstore (their children’s book section is great!), Uniqlo, and sushi train restaurants. Also home to great kids’ activity centres; see below for details. 177 River Valley Road, Singapore 179030; www.liangcourt.com.sg Great Word City (GWC)
After Tanglin Mall, this would have to be the next favourite go-to for expat parents! Including a massive Cold Storage, this mall is home to Starbucks, ABC and Cedele bakery, Zara (with a great kids’ range!), Toys”R”Us, M&S, MothersWork and Jones the Grocer. Across the road from GWC you have one of Singapore’s favourite hawker’s centres, Zion, with some of the best carrot cake and kway teow on the island! 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994; www.greatworldcity.com.sg Clarke Quay Central
Yippee for 24-hour supermarkets – Clarke Quay Central finally has its own Don Don Donki (peach smoothies, here we come)! We also love the ramen at Marutama, the cool boutiques and the ultimate toddler haven at one of our fave indoor play centres : Joy of Toys. 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817; www.shopfareast.com.sg/en/retailers/clarke-quay-central KID-FRIENDLY CAFES Relax and chill with the family at Kith Cafe. Photography courtesy of Kith Cafe via Facebook. Kith Cafe (open breakfast and lunch)
Kith Cafe, located on the river, has its own unique courtyard space complete with toys. With smoothies and toasties on the menu and staff that really love kids, this is our favourite little breakfast spot. 7 Rodyk Street #01-33, Singapore 238215; www.kith.com.sg Diabolo Cafe (open breakfast and lunch)
A new kid on the block, this French hole-in-the wall right next to Kith serves some seriously divine crêpes, both savoury and sweet. The added bonus is the soft-serve machine, which the kids can operate before loading up with toppings of their choosing. It’s an intimate space, best suited for a one-on-one date with your kiddo. 7 Rodyk St #01-30, Singapore 238215; www.diabolo-cafe.com Toby’s Estate (open breakfast and lunch)
With both indoor and outdoor seating options, the kids can scoot up and down while you refuel on some of the best coffee on the island . 8 Rodyk Street #01-03/04, Singapore 238216; www.tobysestate.com.sg ABC Artisan Boulangerie Co (open breakfast to dinner)
A fantastic bakery complete with sandwiches and cakes, located in a small child-friendly square along the river. A little closed-in ball pit is a major drawcard! 60 Robertson Quay, The Quayside #01-05/06/07, Singapore 238252; www.artisanbakery.com.sg Carrotsticks and Cravings (open breakfast and lunch)
Tired of giving your kids chicken nuggets and fries? You’ll love the healthier options over at Carrotsticks and Cravings. We’re talking smashed avo toasties, gluten-free cakes, and acai bowls – yum! Ooh, they also have cars for kids to scoot around in! 7 Rodyk St, #01-34, Singapore 238215; www.carrotsticksandcravings.com The Book Cafe (open breakfast to dinner)
We at HoneyKids are big fans of anything book- and caffeine-related, so finding a place where you can enjoy both definitely gets a big thumbs-up from us. It’s made up of two main areas – one for dining and another for sofas for reading and chilling out. The extensive menu will please even the pickiest of eaters. If you’re bringing the kids along, don’t worry. They’ve got toys and books to entertain your tots too! #01-02 Seng Kee Building, 20 Martin Rd, Singapore 239070, p. 6887 5430; www.carrotsticksandcravings.com RESTAURANTS Boomarang (open breakfast to dinner)
This big, bold and brash Aussie sports bar is a winner with families. The staff at Boomarang are welcoming to kids, and there are all the essentials: high chairs, children’s dinnerware and a kids’ menu. With its big comfortable seating options, this is a great one for a family feed, or a mum-group date. 60 Robertson Quay #01-15 The Quayside, Singapore 238252; www.boomarang.com.sg Super kid-friendly dining at Super Loco. Photography courtesy of @bambi_the_deer. Super Loco (open for dinner during the week; lunch and dinner on weekends)
It’s always time for a Mexican fiesta at Super Loco! There’s plenty of room for the kids to run around in the adjacent square and along the riverside. Don’t worry, the kid-friendly tacos and quesadillas keep them from wandering too far away. 60 Robertson Quay, The Quayside #01-13, Singapore 238252; super-loco.com Alt. Pizza (open for lunch and dinner during the week; breakfast to dinner on weekends)
On the same small square as ABC bakery, the cosy American diner booths, outdoor play areas and design-your-own pizza are perfect for a family date night. 60 Robertson Quay #01-06, Singapore 238252; altpizza.com.sg SummerLong (open for lunch and dinner)
This new kid on the block, taking over where Soi 60 once was, offers comfortable couches and Mediterranean comfort food. The soft serves get a big thumbs-up from the kids! 60 Robertson Quay #01-04, Singapore 238252; www.facebook.com/Summerlongsg Dabbawala (open for dinner)
Formerly Curry Culture, this Indian restaurant serves a butter chicken that will silence the kids from the first bite. The stationary Dabbawala tuk-tuk out the front invites the kids for a good-fashioned session of make-believe. 60 Robertson Quay #01-10/11, Singapore 238252; www.thecurryculture.com.sg Decker Barbecue (open for lunch and dinner)
When your kids ask for burgers and chips, take them to Decker for some quality barbecue flavours! Tucked away at the back of the main river concourse, the kids can run amok in the adjacent square to their heart’s content. 60 Robertson Quay, The Quayside #01-17, Singapore 238252; www.deckerbarbecue.com Bar Bar Blacksheep (open for lunch and dinner)
Cheap as chips, this knock-about place combines three kitchens under one roof and offers western, Thai, Indian and Spanish cuisine. 86 Robertson Quay #01-04, Singapore 238245; www.bbbs.com.sg Lucca’s Trattoria (open breakfast to dinner)
Pizza, pasta and all the kids’ favourites on the Robertson Walk square, which is always buzzing with energy. 11 Unity St #01-12, Singapore 237995; www.luccastrattoria.com Bangkok Jam at Great World City (open for lunch and dinner)
Thai treats that the whole family will enjoy. 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City #02-26, Singapore 237994; www.bangkokjam.com.sg Mondo Mio (open for lunch and dinner)
A neighbourhood can never have too many Italian restaurants! Another one for a good night of pizza and pasta with the kids. 30 Robertson Quay, Riverside View #01-02A, Singapore 238251; www.mondomiosingapore.com Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru at Liang Court Mall (open for lunch and dinner)
What child doesn’t love a sushi train? Liang Court’s where it’s at for fresh, good quality meals on a conveyor belt! 177 River Valley Road, Liang Court #B1-31, Singapore 179030; www.facebook.com/ikeikemaru.sg Three Buns (open for lunch and dinner)
Get your burger fix at one of the best burger joints in town. Fans of the delish gourmet burgers at Potato Head will be happy to know there’s a standalone restaurant dedicated to these bad boys. Our personal fave? The Kool Herc burger paired with truffle fries! 60 Robertson Quay, #01-01, Singapore 238252; www.threebuns.com PS.Cafe (open for lunch and dinner)
We think PS.Cafe has the best truffle fries and chocolate cake in town. And having it within walking distance is just plain dangerous. Like all PS. Cafe outlets, the Martin Road location is both cosy and chic and perfect for date night. 38 Martin Road, #01-01, Singapore 239059, www.pscafe.com
PLAY CENTRES Waka Waka is one of our fave spots to play with the kids indoors! Photography by Hazirah Rahim for HoneyKids.
Waka Waka by The Polliwogs at Furama Annex A large natural light-filled, soft indoor play centre complete with trampoline, climbing structures and separate toddler play zone. The kids can refuel at the light and airy cafeteria after their Waka Waka mega-session. 407 Havelock Rd #05-01, Singapore 169634; thepolliwogs.com
Power Kids Gym at UE square For kids aged 4 months to 10 years of age, this high-energy indoor soft play centre offers fun classes but also ‘open-gym’ times for free play. 81 Clemenceau Avenue, UE Square #02-12, Singapore 239917; www.powerkidsgym.com
Amped Can’t stop the kids from jumping off the walls? You won’t have to at this fantastic indoor trampoline park complete with Ninja Warrior Course and foam pits. Don’t forget to wear socks! 46 Kim Yam Road, River Valley #02-11, Singapore 239351; ampedsingapore.com
Joy of Toys On the third floor of Clarke Quay Central, you’ll find Joy of Toys, a toddler’s dreamland filled with playthings from wooden developmental toys to family games. Bonus: It has lots of comfy couches for mums and dads to rest on! Joy of Toys, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #03-51 Clarke Quay Central (Yellow Zone), Singapore 059817; www.joyoftoys.com.sg
Amazonia in Great Word City This well-used and well-loved indoor soft play centre has been a favourite with the kids for years, and we can see why. The super high slide and double storey climbing gym are an adrenaline rush the kids will go back for over and over again! The in-house cafe and game rooms also make this centre a winner. 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City Mall #03-08, Singapore 237994; www.amazoniafun.com NURSERIES AND PRESCHOOLS Blue House is a pioneer amongst the Reggio Emilia-inspired preschools in Singapore. Photography courtesy of Blue House. Blue House Infant & Toddler Atelier at UE square
This Reggio Emilia inspired centre runs programs for kids aged six-36 months, but also has generous parent accompanied drop-in sessions on the weekends. 83 Clemenceau Avenue, UE Square #01-35/36, Singapore 239920; www.bluehouseatelier.com EtonHouse (Robertson Walk)
EtonHouse preschool follows its unique Inquire Think Learn Curriculum (ITL), inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. Boasting an innovative indoor playground and workspaces promoting Art, Light and Music, the campus at Robertson Walk provides a holistic and well-rounded environment for children to learn and exercise their creativity. 11 Unity Street, Robertson Walk #02-20, Singapore 237995; www.etonhouse.com.sg SuperLand (UE Square)
In addition to being a Montessori-based bilingual program aimed at nurturing the joy of learning, SuperLand’s newly built UE Square campus aims to bring the garden into the city with its interactive garden decor, climbing frames and rock climbing wall. SuperLand also has a language program catered towards a bevy of international students offering Japanese, Korean, French and Hebrew in addition to English and Chinese. 81A Clemenceau Avenue #04-15/16, Singapore 239918; www.superland.com.sg MindChamps (Liang Court)
At MindChamps, children both local and international will thrive in cheerful and challenging environment that promotes exploration and sets the foundation for the development of thinking skills and strategies. Children will be involved in Crafted Play and high-level problem solving that will have them ready and raring for Primary One. 177 River Valley Road, Liang Court #05-01, Singapore 179030; www.mindchamps.org Cambridge Pre-school (Robertson)
Utilising the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Cambridge identifies and nurture every child’s unique talents, helping to pave the way to future opportunities. Other than project work and arts and crafts, the centre at Robertson even provides Japanese Culture and Enrichment classes with in-house Japanese teachers. 11 Unity Street, Robertson Walk #02-01, Singapore 237995; cambridge.school OTHER FUN STUFF
Catch the bumboat to Robertson Quay and either scoot, walk, run or bike along the river. In one direction you’ll go past Clarke Quay right into Boat Quay and the CBD, or veer off towards UE mall to historic Fort Canning parkland. In the other direction you’ll hit the Alexandra Canal with some small park areas along the way. Look out for STPI art gallery. It’s small, free of charge and the perfect way to escape the heat. The SPRMRKT cafe within STPI does wicked juices and shakes – our favourite is the peanut butter and chocolate treat!
Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) located at Robertson Walk often puts on plays for children and serves as an exciting introduction to theatre.
Fort Canning ‘s just had a makeover and we’re loving the new Jubilee Park playground that’s just opened. Hop on the long slide down to the park where you’ll find swings (bucket swings too, yay!), see-saws, logs to climb and balance on, and a wide open space for performances and events.
Photography (top image): Selina Altomonte
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Harcha will be my last recipe of our Moroccan cuisine journey.
Today, I will speak of a food that is found in all the homes all around the world and that the Greeks called “the food of the gods”: bread .
I love to knead, create, and shape bread . I am a huge fan of homemade bread in any shape or form. Bread … such a simple thing, yet each country has its own recipes .
In Morocco , there is a considerable variety of breads and galettes. Indeed, Moroccan baking also deserves special attention as bread is an essential element of Moroccan cuisine . Harcha, malwi , baghrir , batbout , msemen , just to name but a few.
Harcha (حرشة) is a bread in the form of a galette that is prepared with durum wheat flour, butter or olive oil and milk or water. In the east of Morocco , harcha is also called mbesses .
Harcha is cooked on a hot plate or in a frying pan. In Arabic, harcha means “rough”. Rough because it is sprinkled with semolina before baking.
Typically, Moroccan breads are prepared with the best known cereal: wheat. Yes but in what form? There isn’t just one single form of wheat.
There are two main types of wheat grown among thousands of varieties: durum wheat and soft wheat. Yes, but between durum wheat, soft wheat, semolina, flour, starch, it can get a little bit confusing!
So, let’s talk about it:
– Durum wheat: Whole or more or less crushed, durum wheat is used to make semolina, bulgur, pilpil, grains, pasta of all kinds, whole or refined.
– Soft wheat: It is used to make flour. This flour is used to make breads , pastry products, or viennoiserie .
Thanks to its starch, it is used to make other non-food, industrial products: paper, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, but also bioethanol.
What about couscous? The grain of couscous is made of semolina. It should only be called “couscous”! But many people can not tell the difference between the two and call it semolina, which leads to confusion when one wants to buy one or the other.
– Semolina: It looks much like flour, but it is more granular and yellowish in color. It is made from durum wheat which is moistened and then ground to obtain grains that are more or less fine. With semolina, you can prepare breads and desserts, like North African makrouds , Moroccan baghrirs , Indian kesari , and even flaounes from Cyprus. When mixed with water, semolina binds together, much like flour. Durum wheat semolina grains come in three sizes: medium, fine, extra fine.
– Couscous: Couscous is made from semolina. Semolina is wet gradually, and rolled to grow the size of the grains one by one. Then, it is dried and cooked. Couscous is not intended for baking, since when grains are mixed with water, they do not bind together. Couscous comes in fine or medium grain sizes.
I had already prepared a similar bread, a staple of Algerian cuisine called kesra . This bread was just as good as harcha with the difference being that the preparation of kesra requires two sizes of semolina grain, medium and fine. Just like kesra, harcha can often be found at of ramadan tables.
I chose to follow the recipe of Bouchra, our Moroccan cuisine expert who, like me, recommends to serve it for breakfast or accompanied by a mint tea, and covered with honey and/or jam or sour cheese.
You can also stuff harcha before baking it. Meat, cheese, vegetables, everything is permitted!
This harcha is just heaven!
This recipe is validated by our Moroccan culinary expert Bouchra Lakouanane , author of Moroccan cuisine food blog Ma Fleur d’Oranger . 4 from 1 vote