CCPA responds to “half-truths” being peddled in the media

first_imgHead of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA), Ann Greene has expressed concern over recent reports in the media, airing criticisms from a partner agency/organisation.Head of the Child Care and Protection Agency Ann GreeneAccording to Greene, it is of great concern that a partner agency/organisation chose to promote themselves by devaluing the work of the Agency by pushing half-truths to the media.She explained that the Agency, recognising that partnerships in child protection were essential, has been making efforts to establish partnerships with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and other local groups, including religious bodies, to help children in difficult circumstances.She asserted that the agency alone could never be effective in meeting the protection needs of children despite the employment of more social workers and the much-needed increase in resources.“Child protection is shared responsibility and collaboration is a must, but collaboration has proven to be elusive,” she said.Only recently, members of Help & Shelter spoke out against the agency, pointing to the fact that the CCPA has been lagging in providing effective care for children who are victims of abuse and neglect. According to the Shelter’s Director and Project Coordinator Margaret Kertzious, the NGO has become aware of the deficiencies in the agency. She stated that the system for child protection was very ineffective and transparent.“They are the ones responsible for monitoring cases of child abuse, but sometimes they lapse big time….their job is not being done effectively,” she stated, expounding that when the Agency would seek Help & Shelter’s assistance for emergency placement of children, it would not provide the relevant information.Kertzious noted that the Agency and the local NGO had a close collaborative relationship, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to refer cases of child abuse to the CCPA, but the Agency lacked the human and financial resources to adequately respond to the number of child abuse cases reported.The Help & Shelter Director stated that while there have been many consultations and promises of collaboration between the CCPA and the Shelter, this has not materialised except for the referrals.However, Greene, in her response, emphasised that the Agency continues to face challenges in building partnerships and effective collaboration with NGOs and other service providers. Some of these challenges, she said, include self-aggrandisement, petty jealousy, personal agendas, determined quest for heroism, rivalry, competition rather than cooperation, and the promotion of oneself by degrading others.“The CCPA is concerned when partner agencies/organisations promote themselves by devaluing the work of the Agency and supplying half-truths to the media. Many are not in authority to comment on the work of the Agency, since there is little understanding of the work done or the laws or policy governing the operations and many are not in a position to pass judgement. These actions only serve to derail the collaboration process,” the Agency’s head asserted.She added that the State Agency was the primary duty bearer and must put in place effective laws, programmes, procedures, regulatory and monitoring framework to ensure children are protected, and their rights and quality of care are guaranteed, but to really make these work for children and to lessen the number of children who fall through the cracks in the system, a collaborative approach is required.“This entails key child protection and children agencies, including the Police and NGOs seriously working together in a form of alliance. This approach is known to have worked well in international countries to fill some of the gaps in the national system,” she noted.As to the claims of the Agency’s inefficiency, the Head of the CCPA said, “Come on folks, if you are really concerned about children and want to make a difference, cut the criticism and putdown of the State Agency; come meet with us, bring your suggestions and let us work together to protect children in Guyana.”last_img read more

How is this player still starting for Chelsea?! Five things we learned from the Blues’ defeat to FC Porto

first_imgFew will deny that John Terry, on the few occasions that we have seen him, is not the confident centre back he was last season.But the fact of the matter is: Chelsea are far more vulnerable without him.Without their captain, the Blues lack in composure, organisation and have no voice leading from the back.And as was painfully evident on Tuesday night, as well as at Newcastle, they are significantly weaker at defending set pieces when he is absent.However, perhaps more important than any of the above points, Terry has the club at heart.And right now, Chelsea need a player prepared to give it their all for the club.5. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kenedy should be given a run 6 6 6 Perhaps more so than any other player, supporters are most bemused as to why Branislav Ivanovic continues to be named in Mourinho’s starting line up.Over the past few seasons, arguably no other at Chelsea has been more consistent in their performances than the Serb, yet he has quickly emerged as the unexpected weak link in the side.To sum up how dismal he was at the Estadio do Dragao, with Yacine Brahimi easing past him throughout the game, at one point in the game Cesc Fabregas even helped out his struggling teammate, shielding the ball out of play on the flank.It’s time for Mourinho to drop Ivanovic, before fans turn sour.4. Chelsea need John Terry What does Mourinho have to lose in doing so?Last season’s key performers haven’t turned up and do not appear to be taking responsibility for their current slump.While the more senior of the squad may wish to hide away from the action, Loftus-Cheek and Kenedy must be sitting on the bench each week itching for action.So, let’s see what they’re really made of. 6center_img Before the game, Mourinho insisted that no player in his senior squad was ‘untouchable’ and he made his point by leaving Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic out of his starting line up.With such big names being forced to sit out in the Champions League, the Portuguese manager certainly stayed true to his word.However, it mustn’t be ignored that it making such a bold move – and in being so public about his intentions – the spotlight remains fixed on his players.Mourinho is under pressure, but he is ensuring that the press’ focus is placed on the superstars underperforming in his squad.3. Branislav Ivanovic has surely run out of time 6 Chelsea continued their woeful form with a 2-1 defeat to FC Porto on Tuesday night, as the Blues’ performances continue to shock supporters.In response to their – let’s face it, unsurprising – loss to Jose Mourinho’s former side, talkSPORT has looked at five things learned from the clash.Have a read below…ALTERNATIVE CHELSEA XI – COULD THIS BE THE PERFECT BLUES LINE UP? Calling Chelsea fans – what do you make of your side’s current slump? Who should be held responsible – Jose Mourinho or his players? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.1. Blues stars must stop hiding Last season when the club were struggling, Eden Hazard stepped up and helped grind out the results for his side.However, the Belgian is far from his best, but perhaps even more worrying is that his teammates seem to have hidden away from filling his instrumental boots.Take Diego Costa, Fabregas and Pedro – this trio are capable of cutting open even the most formidable of defences, so why aren’t they?Even on social media the majority have kept their silence.All signs point towards a lack of character at Chelsea, leaving supporters wondering just who is willing to inspire the squad.2. Jose Mourinho is playing smart 6last_img read more

‘Daniel Sturridge should just retire!’ – Liverpool fans react to striker’s latest injury

first_img1 Daniel Sturridge New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was dealt another massive blow just a week after assuming the Reds’ mantle following yet another injury to Daniel Sturridge.The striker was left out of the matchday squad to face Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime after taking a knock to his knee in training.The news comes just days after Liverpool were struck by two season-ending injuries to Joe Gomez and Danny Ings, with regular first-teamers Christian Benteke, Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino also still sidelined.Can Klopp recover despite the absence of his main goalscoring threat?Some Liverpool fans are losing patience with Sturridge after a year of debilitating problems, and some of the best reactions are below:center_img [View the story “Liverpool fans bemoan Daniel Sturridge’s latest injury” on Storify]last_img read more

WATCH: Romelu Lukaku scores first Man United goal in victory over Real Salt Lake

first_imgGOAL! Real Salt Lake 1-2 Man United (Lukaku): 1 Romelu Lukaku netted his first Manchester United goal in a win against Real Salt Lake that came at a cost, with Juan Mata injured and Antonio Valencia sent off.Two days on from a comprehensive friendly victory at the LA Galaxy, Jose Mourinho’s men made the two-hour flight from their California base to take on Utah’s Major League Soccer side.This was a harder workout as United could only earn a 2-1 success, with Lukaku finding the net for the first time since his big-money move on a night when Mata was forced off and Valencia sent off.Luis Silva gave Real Salt Lake a deserved lead that was swiftly cancelled out by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, before Lukaku scored his first United goal.It proved the winner after a second half that had needle if not chances.Mata went off with ankle complaint sustained in a challenge by Sebastian Saucedo, who was latest forced off himself after a Valencia tackle that saw the right-back handed a red card after referee Allen Chapman spoke to Mourinho.Check out the match action, including Lukaku’s strike, below!GOAL! Real Salt Lake 1-0 Man United (Silva): Lukaku nets first Man United goal center_img GOAL! Real Salt Lake 1-1 Man United (Mkhitaryan): RED CARD: Antonio Valencialast_img read more

Free school bus rider orientation for C-K students

first_imgThe Chatham-Kent Lambton Administrative School Services and local bus operators are teaming up to host the annual ‘First-Time Rider’ orientation day on Saturday in Chatham.The free session is geared to preparing parents and first-time school bus riders from junior kindergarten and Grade 1 in gaining an understanding the importance of school bus safety.The session for Chatham-Kent students with both the public and Catholic school boards will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Ursuline College Chatham, 85 Grand Ave. W.Parent are encouraged to bring their children to the session, which will include watching a brief animated school bus safety video followed by boarding a school bus and going for a short ride.Safety trainers will be on-site to talk to students and parents about basic school safety rules, how to cross the street safely and how to evacuate the bus in case of an emergency.Session will run continuously beginning at 9 a.m., lasting approximately 30 minutes.No reservations are required and parents are welcome to participate with their children.last_img read more

One Stop Voting Kicks Off In Jackson County

first_imgThis year’s contentious presidential election has people eager to have their say. Early voting got underway in North Carolina Thursday and people lined up early to cast their ballots in Jackson County.The wait at some early voting locations was around 15 minute with a steady stream of voters heading to the polls.Election official are reminding voters if they want to vote early, they should go to an early-voting site, not their usual polling place.Early voting will go until November 5th at the following locations in Jackson County:Jackson County Board of ElectionsCullowhee Rec CenterWolftown Community GymCashiers Recreation Centerlast_img read more

You Can Eat All the Butter, Cheese, and Other Fat You Want . . . As Long As You Walk 22 Minutes a Day

first_imgSeriously.  They found that you can offset your risk if you just walk 22 minutes a day. A new study out of the University of California, San Francisco found even if you eat butter, cheese, and all the other delicious saturated fats in the world, you can avoid increasing your risk of developing heart disease with a TINY bit of daily exercise. Now, obviously, it’s BETTER to eat healthy and not eat six sticks of butter just because one study said it’s fine . . . but consider this another piece of evidence that fat really may not be as bad as we were all led to believe.center_img Fat has gotten a pretty bad reputation, but the more research that comes in, the more it becomes clear that eating a bunch of fat REALLY might not be all that bad.  Here’s the latest . . .last_img read more

2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview

first_imgShare This!We’re just days away from the start of the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and today I’m here to help break down the massive compilation of festival booth menus so you can plan your first Festival visit. I’ll point out a few classic dishes that are perfect to try if you’re a first-time festival-goer, vegetarian and gluten-friendly dishes that are real winners, picks for both picky and adventurous eaters, and of course, some of my favorite desserts and drinks. I’ll also point out a few new dishes I’m most interested in trying in my first trip to the festival for 2018.Don’t forget – all the menus are available here for review, and I’ll be back right after the festival opens with reviews and photos of new and returning festival favorites!Classics For Food & Wine Festival First-TimersFirst up, let’s take a look at a few classic dishes that are always worth a try on your first or any festival visit. Belgium’s Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream Greece’s Taste of Greece (pictured with Bougatsa) Hops & Barley’s Freshly Baked Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing Hawai’i’s Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad, Pickled Cucumbers and Wasabi Cream Spicy Hummus Fries from Morocco Active Eats’ Mac and Cheese can be hit or miss on spice, so those averse to a little kick may want to avoid; otherwise, these dishes all tend to mimic traditional simple flavors that most kids and kids-at-heart will enjoy. Young ones will especially love the gluten-free Brazilian pão de queijo and the German Schinkennudeln, essentially cheesy bread and mac and cheese with ham, respectively – they’re easy to eat, and a fun way to teach kids that foreign foods can be just like the stuff they’re used to already. For those who don’t mind a few veggies on their plates, the Chinese dumplings, Thai chicken with peanut sauce, and Moroccan kefta pocket are simpler choices that bridge the gap between traditional international cuisines and simpler palates.Dishes Aimed Towards Adventurous EatersOn the other end of the palate spectrum, many folks arrive at the Food & Wine Festival ready and willing to try tons of new flavors they may not normally sample. Epcot’s chefs try to answer that call every year, introducing new dishes to complement existing favorites that tickle your taste buds in new and interesting ways. Here are a few of my favorites, and two dishes from this year’s menus that look promising. A burger! A vegetarian pasta dish! The return of the Greek nachos! There’s definitely some excitement on the vegetarian front this year. With these three dishes alone, alongside the Moroccan hummus fries and African lentil stew, vegetarians and even vegans have more than a handful of savory options this year. For those who can’t get enough cheese in their life, the Irish cheddar cheese dip is a must-stop, while the Indian bread dish is pretty reminiscent of a tamed-down Sanaa bread service.Gluten-Friendly Treats As always, festival organizers do try to incorporate as many different eating styles as possible; this year continues the inclusion of the “gluten-friendly” designation for several festival dishes. An important note, though: no items are specifically labeled by festival organizers as “gluten-free”; they’re only “gluten-friendly”, so if you are allergic or must avoid gluten entirely, please take caution. For those with sensitivities or dietary restrictions limiting gluten consumption, these dishes may be good options on your trip around the world.Active Eats – Spice-crusted Verlasso Salmon with Warm Lentil Power Salad, Crushed Avocado and Sherry Vinegar (GF)Africa – Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato and Pap (GF)Australia – Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas (GF)Brazil – Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato and Onions (GF)India – Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Basmati Rice (V) (GF)Japan – Beef Nigiri topped with Shrimp Sauce and Diced Pickled Jalapeños (GF) (New item for 2018)Spain – Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar and Smoked Paprika (GF)Tons of fresh flavors abound here, with the Australian shrimp, Spanish seafood salad, and Active Eats’ salmon dishes making the most of light cooking styles and lots of produce. I really love the Brazilian pork belly, a take on traditional feijoada, as well as the African beef stew with grits once the festival starts cooling down towards October and November. Japan’s beef nigiri dish is new, and certain to be popular.Must-Do DessertsI’ve already highlighted what is undoubtedly the festival’s most popular (for good reason) dessert – Chocolate Studio’s liquid nitro truffle, but there are so many more sweet treats to try during your visit to the Food & Wine festival. Here are a few of my favorites!Australia – Lamington: Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded Coconut (V)Belgium – Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream (V) and Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream (V)Flavors from Fire – Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder and MangoFrance – Crème Brûlée à la Confiture de Framboises: Crème Brûlée with House-made Raspberry Jam (V) (GF)Greece – Bougatsa: Warm Phyllo Dough Strudel with Sweet Vanilla Custard, Lemon Honey Syrup and Cinnamon (V)Hawai’I – Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts (V)Hops & Barley – Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing (V)Ireland – Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur CustardIslands of the Caribbean – Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce (V)Cheese Studio – Maple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake with Maple Bourbon Cream, Caramel and Pecan Crunch (V) (New item for 2018)Mexico – Coconut Rice Pudding served with Mango Coulis (GF) (V) (New item for 2018) I lost track of the number of Greek bougatsa dishes I consumed during the 2017 festival – it was truly that tasty. Coconut lovers should definitely try the Australian traditional cake dessert, lamington. Chocolate lovers rejoice – there are tons of options for you, including the slightly spicy chocolate mousse from Flavors from Fire, as well as the boozy chocolate lava cake from Ireland. If you’re feeling fruity, definitely wait it out in the always-long but always-worth it Belgium waffle line, or try the addictively decadent French crème brulee. Two new desserts caught my eye for this year – the maple bourbon cheesecake from the Cheese Studio, and the coconut rice pudding from Mexico; both booths tend to be solid performers on the dessert front, and I expect this year to be no different.New Dishes That Sound Like WinnersIt’s so hard to save room in your budget and stomach for new dishes with all those returning favorites, I know, but this year’s menus feature several all-new dishes that sound absolutely delectable – I, for one, can’t wait to try them all.China – Xi’an Pancake with BeefEarth Eats – The Steakhouse Blended Burger: Blended Beef and Wild Mushroom Slider with Brie Cheese Fondue, Arugula, Truffle and Blue Cheese Potato Chip on a Brioche BunFlavors from Fire – Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro AïoliHops & Barley – Brunswick Slider: Slow-braised Beef Brisket “Pot Roast Style” with Horseradish Cream and Crispy Fried Onions on a Potato Roll with Pickled VegetablesIslands of the Caribbean – Ropa Vieja Empanada with Tomato AïoliItaly – Pollo Alla Cacciatora: Braised Chicken Thigh, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Parmesan Polenta and Mezzi Rigatoni: Vodka Sauce, Crispy Pancetta and Parmesan CheeseJapan – Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables and a Sweet Teriyaki SauceMexico – Short Rib Tostada: Corn Tortilla topped with Short Ribs, Black Beans, Salsa Verde and Spring Onion and Shrimp Quesadilla: Corn Tortilla with Shrimp, Oaxaca Cheese and topped with Spicy Guajillo Sauce and Sesame SeedsTons of new beef dishes dominate the horizon here – Earth Eats’ burger, a return of sorts for the dearly departed Patagonia chimichurri steak appears at Flavors from Fire, pot roast sliders in America, and ropa vieja empanadas in the Caribbean? Say no more – I’ll be there day one to try all of these. I’m always interested to see what new dishes Mexico introduces – generally this booth is pretty successful and crowd-pleasing, while Italy and China continue to introduce new dishes that replace lower-performing dishes. Fingers crossed each of these offers fun flavors for festival visitors!Can’t-Miss Specialty DrinksI’d be remiss not to mention a few specialty alcoholic (and some non-alcoholic) drinks available at the festival that may be worth your time; It is the Food & Wine Festival, after all. Here are a few of my favorite unique sips (aka outside the normal beer and wine selections), alongside a slew of new options to sample responsibly as you make your way around Epcot. Thailand’s Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-fried Vegetables Active Eats’ Loaded Mac’n’Cheese with Neuske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddar, Peppers, and Green Onions Cheese Studio’s Braised Beef Stroganoff with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushroom and Boursin Garlic with Fine Herbs Cheese Saucecenter_img Active Eats – Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions (KA)Brazil – Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (GF) (V) (KA)The Cheese Studio – Braised Beef Stroganoff with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushrooms and Boursin Garlic with Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce (KA)China – Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw (KA) (New item for 2018)Flavors from Fire – Piggy Wings: Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds (KA)Germany – Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese (KA), Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll (KA), Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce (V) (KA)Morocco – Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket (KA)Thailand – Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-fried Vegetables (KA) Germany’s Schinkennudeln – Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese Africa’s Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew with Vegan Yogurt and QuinoaAfrica – Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew with Vegan Yogurt and Quinoa (V)Brazil – Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew featuring Scallops, Shrimp and White Fish with Coconut Lime Sauce and Steamed Rice (New item for 2018)China – Beijing Roasted Duck Bao Bun with Hoisin SauceCoastal Eats – Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado-lemongrass CreamFrance – Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and ParsleyGreece – Taste of Greece: Chicken Souvlaki, Feta Cheese Dip with Warm Pita and Lamb Sausage with a Dill Tomato RaguHawai’I – Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad, Pickled Cucumbers and Wasabi CreamIslands of the Caribbean – Jerk-spiced Chicken Lollipop with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt (New item for 2018)Thailand – Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef with Steamed Rice Chocolate Studio’s Liquid Nitrogen Chocolate Truffle Africa’s red lentil stew was one of my top picks from last year’s festival, and I’m so glad to see this vegan dish returning this year – the spice and cooling effect from the stew and yogurt was on point! Coastal Eats’ crab cake was another winner, alongside the classic favorite, the French escargot croissant (everything’s more approachable when tucked in buttery pastry, even snails). New to this year’s festival, the Caribbean jerk chicken sounds full of bold flavor, and the Brazilian moqueca should satisfy seafood-lovers’ taste buds.Vegetarian Dishes Perfect for All PalatesIn previous years, festival menu options for vegetarian guests have been few and far between aside from a handful of desserts and a cheese board, and vegan dishes were even more rare. Recent years have seen a few additions that up the ante a bit, and this year’s festival offerings include a few true entrees for meatless diners – an exciting turn after the sad loss of the all-vegan Terra booth a few years ago.Active Eats – Active Eats Energy Bar Bites: a mixture of Chocolate, Nuts, Dried Fruit and Dates (V) Earth Eats – The IMPOSSIBLE Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and Spicy Asian Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun (V)Greece – Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles and Vegan Tzatziki (V) and Spanakopita: Greek Spinach Pie (V)India – Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (V)Ireland – Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread (V)Morocco – Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce (V)Wine & Dine Studio – Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Parmesan Cheese and Pumpkin Seeds (V) and Trio of Artisan Cheese featuring La Bottega di BelGioioso Cheeses (V) My picks above include a few long-time favorites like the famed Le Cellier filet and cheddar cheese soup, along with the tangy and filling New Zealand lamb meatball plus the always fun Australian lamb chop topped with crunchy potato chips. In recent years, Spain and Ireland have added dishes that have been great enough to become instant classics – dishes I have ordered more than once over a single festival season and have highly recommended to nearly everyone I know. For something sweet, be sure to stop by the Chocolate Studio, which brings back the liquid nitrogen-frozen chocolate mousse, a treat that is as fun to eat as it is to watch Cast Members create!Family-Friendly Bites Perfect for Picky EatersThis year, Disney has upped the number of (KA) (kid-approved) designated dishes, so be on the look-out for items with that symbol on them on festival guides and menus, as they are sure to please the little ones. I’ve picked out a few favorites that tend to be crowd pleasers for even the pickiest of eaters, plus a few new dishes that look promising for those who prefer flavors on the milder side. New Zealand’s Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney Ireland’s Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread (pictured with Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy) Canada’s Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup and “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom FiletAustralia – Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies (GF)Belgium – Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed PotatoesCanada – Canadian Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll and Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (GF)Chocolate Studio – Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel (GF)Hawai’I – Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy MayonnaiseHops & Barley – New England Lobster Roll: Warm Lobster with Fresh Herb Mayonnaise and Griddled RollIreland – Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion GravyNew Zealand – Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato ChutneySpain – Charcuterie in a Cone with imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette Light Lab’s 2017 offerings were colorful and bright; this year’s are sure to follow suit.Active Eats – I.A. Beer Company HRD WTR and Pineapple Coconut Hard Sparkling Water, Doral, FLBrazil – Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon CachaçaBrewer’s Collection – Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate BeerChina – Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk (Non-alcoholic) and Byejoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple JuiceChocolate Studio – Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea and Chocolate Shake (Non-alcoholic)Craft Drafts – First Magnitude Brewing Co. Lemongrass Saison, Gainesville, FLEarth Eats – Kombucha Flight featuring Health-Ade Kombucha’s Pink Lady Apple, Pomegranate, and Beet-Lime flavorsFestival Center – Skywalker Vineyards Sommita Pinot Noir, Marin CountyFrance – La Passion Martini Slush: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, Cranberry and Passion Fruit JuiceIndia – Mango Lassi with Sōmrus Indian Cream LiqueurJapan – Fuji Apple Cocktail: Sake, Peach Schnapps and Green Apple SyrupLight Lab – Non-alcoholic Phosphorescent Phreeze, InfraRED, and UltraVIOLET; RGB FlightMexico – Mariachi Loco: Margarita with Libelula Tequila Joven, Mango Purée and ChamoyShimmering Sips Mimosa BarNew to this year’s festival is the Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar, aimed towards early arrivals to the festival each day. Aside from several breakfast pastry options, the bar will feature five mimosa flavors that guests are sure to flock towards every day. Following recent trends, Disney has also added a kombucha flight and several hard seltzer waters, sure to be popular with younger partakers. Don’t sleep on the Craft Drafts and Festival Center offerings – these are usually drinks that are tough to find at a reasonable price point elsewhere and can even sell out early at the festival because of popularity.Overwhelmed by the options? Looking forward to any of the dishes I mentioned above? Leave a comment below, and let the festival feasting begin!last_img read more

Inclusive Content Strategy: How to Ensure Your Content is Accessible to Everyone

first_imgAt the February 2019 Accessibility Talks online meetup, AmyJune Hineline, Drupal and WordPress Community Ambassador at Kanopi Studios, spoke about inclusive content strategy, what it means, and how to craft content that is accessible to everyone.Hineline shared practical advice for content editors, with useful tips for moving beyond semantic markup and structured content. You can watch the captioned 52-minute video below or, if you prefer, read my takeaways from Hineline’s presentation. Takeaways from Inclusive Content StrategyInclusion can mean different things to different people. One definition: making sure that barriers are removed. Accessibility—producing rich, engaging content that is accessible to everyoneWhat makes content accessible? Make it easy to see, hear, interact, and understand by accommodating visual, auditory, motor, and cognitive needs.Content needs to be accessible no matter what digital device you use to access itBasics for accessible content: use plain language, have clear hierarchy and structure (craft short sentences and short paragraphs), provide text alternatives for video and audio (captions/subtitles and transcripts)Code doesn’t do any good if you don’t provide meaningful content to your readersWhen writing content, avoid making assumptions about abilities, class, and politics. When was the last time you forgot earbuds or headphones and wanted to watch a video on a plane? That’s where closed captions allow the video content to be consumed.Use the phrase “people with disabilities” rather than “disabled people.”Crucial: headings in content aren’t for style; they’re for structure. h1 is the most important heading on the page.A couple suggestions for inclusive language: use “children” instead of “boys and girls.” “Folks” instead of “guys” or “dudes.”WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) should be for entering content, not for styling. Use style guides or stylesheets for your content.We train our coders and designers for accessibility; let’s do the same for content editorsUse the words your readers use, make it easier for readers to understand your contentFor events, include a contact form for people to share their needs: special accommodations, family-style bathroom, accessible venue, dietary restrictions, etc. Create accessible presentations: describe videos and images, use large fonts and good color contrast, include live captioning (Google Slides offers live captions), leave space at bottom of your presentation for captions, use a microphoneMake your hashtags readable. Twitter doesn’t differentiate between upper case and lower case letters. Capitalizing the first letter of word makes your hashtag easier to read.Be a good example and an ally! Use tools (for example, WebAIM Color Contrast Checker, Grammarly) to check your content. Be thoughtful. It’s unlikely you’ll be called out for being too considerate.Shoutout to Carie Fisher for hosting the February 2019 online Accessibility Talks event. Mark your calendar for the next Accessibility Talks meetup on March 12, 2019 Why and How to Test for Accessibility with Real People at 1:00pm Eastern Time. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedThe State of the Web: Making the Web More Accessible [Video]When you create an accessible website using best practices for design, development, and content, your website provides a great user experience for everyone. Accessible websites are a good business practice. You’ll interact with more website visitors, customers, and clients when they can easily access content on your website. But what…In “Accessibility”Takeaways from 7 Principles of Inclusive DesignIn her 7 Principles of Inclusive Design webinar today, Henny Swan, director of user experience at The Paciello Group, discussed how accessibility and inclusive design fit together to create usable websites and web apps that work for everyone. Swan explained how we need to think early in our design process…In “Accessibility”March 1, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to design content to create better user experiences, find the results of an accessibility evaluation of the top 1,000,000 websites, discover how to size grid content using keywords, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

Brilliant Boks hammer England

first_img17 September 2007Led by a sensational performance from man of the match Fourie du Preez, the Springboks laid down a Rugby World Cup marker by crushing defending champions England 36-0 in Paris on Friday evening. It was a clinical, controlled, and hugely impressive performance by the men in green and gold.Before the showdown, England captain Martin Corry had picked the match as the “defining moment” of the 2003 champion’s title defence; In hindsight, he might wish to have those words erased from people’s memories. Greatest satisfactionSA skipper John Smit rated the whitewash as one of the best Springbok wins of his career. The greatest satisfaction, he said, came from not conceding a point to the English, adding that it is the Boks’ belief that defence will define their campaign in France.South Africa’s coach Jake White reckoned the victory was the best one the Boks’ had achieved under him. He said there had been plenty of talk about facing England ever since the World Cup draw was made two years ago.England’s captain Martin Corry said South Africa had some of the world’s best players in their ranks and reserved special praise for scrumhalf Du Preez. He also expressed his disappointment in the performance of his team, terming it “criminal”.Focus and accuracySouth Africa showed better focus and were more accurate in their execution as they dominated England, who seldom looked like they would move off the zero points they began with. While the Springboks managed 36 points, they could have scored closer to fifty had it not been for one or two errors.The clash showed clearly that White’s charges had grown together over the four-year period since the last World Cup, while England certainly looked like a team that had been thrown together, which, in essence, they had been due to a number of injuries and the suspension of captain Phil Vickery.John Smit’s men capitalised on most of the opportunities they created, showing a nice cutting edge once they had punched holes in England’s defences. What was especially impressive was SA’s patience and discipline as they didn’t try to force a knockout blow, but carefully constructed phase after phase of play.Tactical superiorityThey put pressure on England by employing an excellent kicking game that forced the English to play from deep in their own half. That tactical superiority, along with a well-organised defence, which led to a huge advantage in turnover ball, led to chances. With Percy Montgomery unerring with the boot, South Africa put points on the board and slowly, inexorably, pulled away to victory.Du Preez was at the heart of the Springboks’ dominance, exhibiting fine decision making, knowing when to kick, knowing when to pass, knowing when to probe the English defences. And when he did take his shots at England’s defenders it was with razor-sharp incision as he opened up the gaps to send the Boks on their try-scoring way.Wickus van Heerden, playing in the place of the suspended Schalk Burger, turned in a whole-hearted performance, winning a number of turnovers for South Africa, including one that set up a Springbok try.Victor Matfield caused England all sorts of problems in the lineouts, stealing a number of throw-ins while, behind the pack, Butch James conducted the backline beautifully from flyhalf. His tactical kicking was spot on.Eddie Jones’ impactCoach White credited technical assistant Eddie Jones for the clockwork smooth functioning of the halfbacks, Du Preez and James, saying the former Wallaby coach had made a huge impact.Francois Steyn was brilliant at inside centre, especially on defence. There was no way through the sturdy youngster and he was responsible for a number of turnovers.Bryan Habana saw a disappointingly small amount of ball, but each time he touched it the expectations of the crowd was obvious and he managed to put in some testing runs. With Habana not getting much possession on the left wing, JP Pietersen benefited on the right as he ran in two tries.Percy Montgomery, at fullback, was calmness personified and his kicking at poles was exemplary as he landed three conversions and three penalties. Steyn added a longer range penalty.The matchAfter an opening that saw South Africa mostly putting boot to ball for the first five minutes, while also establishing an early dominance in the lineouts by stealing England ball, the Boks struck.Near the halfway line, at a ruck, Du Preez, noticed that England hooker Mark Regan, who was protecting the blindside, had crept infield. He exploited the defensive weak spot by setting JP Pietersen free down the right flank.Pietersen made good ground up to the 22-metre line before passing back inside to the scrumhalf. Du Preez almost rounded the last defender, but was knocked off balance and upended. He kept his composure and looked inside before releasing a pass to Juan Smith who raced over the tryline to open the scoring.Percy Montgomery stepped up to make the conversion and move within a point of 800 in test matches.Ten points clearFour minutes later, the Bok had another chance to add points when they were awarded a penalty. It was a little long for Montgomery, but not for the booming boot of Francois Steyn. His effort was dead on target, lifting South Africa into a 10-0 lead after 11 minutes.With 21 minutes played, Du Preez showed his fantastic vision and tactical understanding when SA was awarded a penalty. Typically the ball would have been kicked to touch, from which South Africa would have had a throw-in, but the number-nine had another idea.Claiming the ball quickly, he kicked deep down the middle of the field. Bryan Habana and Jaque Fourie chased the kick as two England defenders closed in on it. Fourie made it to the ball first, shaking off the first tackle, before being brought down by a desperate tackle from Josh Lewsey.Fourie could have passed inside to Habana, but he chose to keep the ball and lost it as he tried to dot down. It was a big let off for England.Three attempts were then made at drop kicks – the Stade de France is where Jannie de Beer landed a world record five drops in the 1999 World Cup quarterfinals against England – but Montgomery missed twice and Steyn once.Stretching the leadWith halftime drawing near, Du Preez drew Matt Stevens into a penalty for being offsides at a ruck and Montgomery stepped up for a shot at goal. His strike was straight and true, increasing South Africa’s lead to 13-0.Just before the break, Du Preez struck a killer blow when he took advantage of turnover ball won by Van Heerden. Spotting a gap, he accelerated down the field towards England fullback Jason Robinson. He drew the number-15 perfectly before passing to Pietersen on his right for an easy score.Montgomery stuck over the conversion to give South Africa a 20-0 halftime advantage. It was clear that, barring a miracle, England would not be able to overcome that deficit.Second halfSix minutes into the second half, Montgomery knocked over another penalty to make it 23-0.A quarter-of-an-hour in, England collapsed a Springbok maul and Montgomery was given another opportunity, which he unerringly slotted to put SA 26-0 ahead.England managed to pin South Africa in their territory for a while, but Du Preez struck again to take away what wind there was left in the English sails. Exploiting the blindside once more, he took off at pace before drawing a defender and presenting Pietersen with another simple run-in.Montgomery added the extras and extended South Africa’s advantage to 33-0.With only a minute left, he completed the scoring by adding another penalty as the Boks completed a dominating victory.DominanceSuch was the dominance of the win that Jake White was able to send all his substitutes onto the field for a good and lengthy run.There was some concern about Du Preez after he injured a shoulder and left the field after 66 minutes; ot was a shoulder injury that sidelined the Springbok star at the end of the Super 14. However, judging from his smiles on the bench, and the fact that he wasn’t applying an ice pack, it didn’t appear to be a serious knock.The Bok management says it is nothing to worry about and says all 30 members of the squad are fit for selection for the next match against Tonga.Rested for Tonga game?After the match, Springbok coach Jake White said he was planning on giving some of his players a rest against Tonga and he named, among others, John Smit, Os du Randt, Victor Matfield, and Du Preez.He might be forced to re-evaluate that decision, however, after Tonga shocked Samoa 19-15 on Sunday to join the Springboks on two wins from two matches.It was just a very small fly in the ointment after an excellent weekend for the Boks and their optimistic supporters. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more