Arab uprisings shift to political struggles

first_imgMany of this year’s Arab uprisings are evolving from angry popular revolts into drawn-out political struggles to build democratic systems that will protect basic civic rights and social justice, analysts told a Harvard Kennedy School forum.Rami G. Khouri, an associate in the school’s Dubai Initiative and a prominent Beirut-based journalist, said that in Egypt, citizens have taken to the streets again to challenge the ruling military council not to backtrack from the spirit of the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.“In February and March, you had the birth of Arab citizens,” said Khouri. “What you are seeing today in Egypt is the birth of Arab politics. You are seeing the birth of the contestation of power, peacefully by and large, with people in the streets, and the military has been forced to respond… What comes next is the birth of true sovereignty and self-determination.”The John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Monday, Sept. 19, titled “Inside the Arab Awakening,” also included Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, a columnist based in the United Arab Emirates; Diana Buttu, a former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization and a fellow at the Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative; and Karim Makdisi, a professor at the American University of Beirut.The moderator was R. Nicholas Burns, Kennedy School professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics and director of the Middle East Initiative in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, which co-sponsored the forum with the Institute of Politics. The webcast of the event is available for viewing here. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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12 predictions for how tech will change your financial life in 2016

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Earlier this week I posted a simple question to Twitter –Just like Amazon changed the face of retail, Apple wreaked havoc on the music industry and Uber is rewriting the rules of the roads, finance is finally getting its day in the disruption sun. A lot has changed already. Technology and the startups wielding it are transforming how money is stored, moved and spent. Nearly every aspect of our financial lives is liable to become cheaper, faster and more convenient.With Ernst & Young predicting fintech usage could double in 2016, the question of what lies ahead has never been more relevant. continue reading »last_img read more

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Apple Picking on Long Island 2015: Where to Pick Your Apples

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With fall in the air, the apples are getting ripe for picking at farms out east, which are basking in the autumn glow as families pour in for refreshing apple cider, mouth-watering apple pies and an assortment of delectable apple-inspired goodies. Between hayrides, farm stands, corn mazes, wagon rides, and games for the kids, theses family friendly farms offer loved ones the chance to make the most of any trip on LI’s iconic East End. The fresh produce that the farmers markets provide as well as their delicious candy apples will have you and your loved ones eating all day. Going apple picking is a fun and scenic way to spend the day, and it will be a memory that you will treasure long after the fruits of your labors are devoured. The list below contains multiple locations that you will want to check out this fall.Do not miss your chance to pick the big apple out on Long Island. And remember: It’s always best to call ahead to ensure that these popular orchards haven’t already been picked clean!DAVIS PEACH FARMFor more than 100 years Davis Peach Farm has been growing and selling the plumpest, juiciest peaches around. This unbeatable go-to spot for fresh produce also yields the crispest, juiciest apples ripe for pickin’! Pick your own apples until the end of September, or pick peaches and nectarines through the second week of October. They won’t reveal the secret blend of juices in their famous sangria mix, but luckily you can purchase it at their farmers market and experience this all-healing nectar at home! Hulse Landing Road, Wading River. 631-929-1115. Davispeachfarm.com 9 a.m.-5 p.m (Call first to confirm trees available for picking.)FORT SALONGA FARMThe raspberries at this farm are sweet, plump, and pick-your-own on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unfortunately, the apple orchard is only open to class trips this year due to deer-related crop damage. 30 Meadow Glen Rd., Northport. 631-269-9666. Fortsalongafarm.comHARBES FAMILY FARM AND ORCHARDOffering a corn maze, a spooky maze, pumpkin hay rides, and more than 24 different types of apples, Harbes Family Farm and Orchard has the best to offer for all ages, with a family friendly environment guaranteed to amaze and entertain! Be sure to visit their vineyard and tasting room after your fun-filled day on the farm. 5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead. 631-298-0800 or 631-298-0700. Harbesfamilyfarm.com/apple-picking Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $8 per person.LEWIN FARMS Sprawling across more than 1,100 acres, Lewin Farms boasts a corn maze, a farm stand, and several pick-your-own fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, apples and pumpkins. The amount of crops this farm has to offer is unmatched. Call for prices and to confirm apple availability. Sound Avenue, Baiting Hollow. 631-929-4327. Lewinfarm.com 9 a.m-4:30 p.m. Weekends and holidays only.MILK PAIL FARM AND ORCHARDThis orchard is a must for picking your own apples, pumpkins, gourds and squash. The kids will love picking their own apples from the dwarf apple trees! Pick up some nut butters, plants, berries and pies at their fresh market before you head home! 1346 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill. 631-537-2565. Milk-pail.com 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. $43 per 20-pound bag.SEVEN PONDS ORCHARDPick from four apple varieties this year: Gingergold, Gala, Honeycrisp and Macintosh. Not into apples? Then pick your own raspberries, string beans and tomatoes before hitting up the incredible farmers market, hopping on the hayride, getting lost in the corn maze, or just joshing around at the playground. Wow! Seven Ponds Road, Water Mill. 631-726-8015. Facebook.com/pages/seven-ponds-orchard 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Sunday.THE APPLE ORCHARD @ HANK’S PUMPKINTOWNPumpkintown has it all—apple picking, pumpkin picking, face painting, a playground, and even gem mining! Will you find gemstones, fossils, arrowheads or seashells? Of course you will! This orchard offers the best kid-friendly environment around and will be a good time for everyone. There are a dozen apple varieties to pick— Gala, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Cortland, Macoun, Empire, Snow Sweet, Jonagold, Suncrisp and Mutsu—with varying ripening times. 240 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill. 631-726-4667. Hankspumpkintown.com 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday. $20 per 10-pound bag, limited to four people per bag.WICKHAM’S FRUIT FARMMost of this farm dates back to 1661, and its grounds offers apple picking, peaches, tomatoes, and raspberries. Set against beautiful Peconic Bay, you can tour this historic farm, cider press, and working beehive on a wagon ride! In addition to apple picking, they also offer homemade pies, jams, preserves and teabreads. Don’t leave without enjoying their gourmet selection of specialty cheeses! Who would have thought apples and cheese pair so scrumptiously well together? Dee-lishhh! 28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue. 631-734-6441. Wickhamsfruitfarm.com 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.WINDY ACRES FARMPick your own apples at this family-owned farm run by fourth-generation farmers. Their farm stand offers roasted corn and cider doughnuts, as well as eggplant, tomatoes, okra, peppers and string beans—all bound to soothe the belly and soul. Pick up some fresh produce, and enjoy it in the picnic area while the little ones have a ball at the playground! 3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton. 631-727-4554. Facebook.com/pages/windy-acres-farm 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Sunday.WOODSIDE ORCHARDS  For more than three decades this family-run orchard has been offering the very best, most delectable apple pies, fresh cider, and more than 30 varieties of apples to pick from. They have truly taken apple cider to the next level! Try out their cider slushies and five different kinds of hard cider! They even brew their own apple wine! The special semi-dwarfed trees grown at both of their locations make it easy for people of all sizes and almost all ages to pick the apples since the trees only reach a height of about 10 feet! So, hungry pickers won’t have to go too far out on a limb to snatch something delicious. 631-722-5770. Woodsideorchards.com Manor Lane, Jamesport: Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Route 25, Aquebogue: Monday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.—With Desiree D’ioriolast_img read more

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Nasri to go under the knife

first_img Nasri missed the 7-0 Capital One Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday in midweek due to a groin problem. And after confirming the 27-year-old Frenchman will not be featuring in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League match at Hull, Pellegrini said: “It’s serious because maybe he will have surgery in the next days. Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is set to undergo surgery on his groin and is expected be out of action for a month, Blues manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed. The Chilean said: “Mangala worked a lot with us before he made his first start. I think that was very important for him. “Maybe some people were not patient about why he didn’t play before but that was the best way to bring him into the team. I think in both games he did very well.” Ahead of the Hull match City are sixth in the table, five points behind leaders Chelsea, and Pellegrini is in no doubt his side – the reigning champions – need to stop dropping points. But he has stressed he is not worried about how they have played so far this term, and also feels it is useful that there are players in his squad who have been through an unsuccessful title defence, under Roberto Mancini in 2012-13. Pellegrini said: “I think it’s good experience. “When you win the title, maybe it’s more difficult the next year to have the same motivation but what I feel here in my team is that that experience was useful for the players. “They are trying to do their best. The challenge not only to win the title but to continue winning titles is very important for this group and I hope we can celebrate another title at the end of the season.” Press Association “I’m not a doctor but I think he will be out for around one month. “He was training but he wasn’t 100 per cent. He didn’t feel comfortable with what he was doing so the doctor decided that was the best option. “Of course he’s a very important player for us and it’s not easy for us to play without Samir. “But I never give excuses about players that, for different reasons, are not in our squad. We have an important squad.” City are also currently without midfielder Fernando (groin) and striker Stevan Jovetic (hamstring), although Pellegrini said of that pair: “Both of them, I think, will be ready next week.” Striker Sergio Aguero and playmaker David Silva are back available for Saturday’s contest after knee and ankle problems respectively, along with Pablo Zabaleta following the completion of his suspension. Big-money summer signing Eliaquim Mangala will be looking to keep his place at centre-half having come into the team for the last two games. Pellegrini would not be drawn on whether he views the 23-year-old France international as a long-term first-choice, but he has been impressed by the start Mangala has made. last_img read more

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Beat writers predict Syracuse to outlast Clemson, stay undefeated in ACC

first_imgPhil D’Abbraccio (15-2): Syracuse 64, Clemson 54Earning stripesClemson’s a frontcourt-heavy team that will push Syracuse’s response to the absence of Chris McCullough. But the Tigers shoot just 29 percent from 3-point range and won’t have a balanced enough attack to give the Orange its first Atlantic Coast Conference loss of the year. Even if Rakeem Christmas’ foul-trouble issues reappear, the Tigers’ guards won’t keep up with Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije, who are rounding into solid sidekicks to the SU big man. Syracuse picks up another conference win and starts earning its stripes a little bit more.Jesse Dougherty (15-2): Syracuse 68, Clemson 61Cold catsSyracuse’s depth is rearing and every game is going to feel harder than the last. But the Orange is still in the easy phase of its ACC schedule as it takes on Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday. The Tigers have the worst turnover margin in the ACC and flat out can’t shoot the basketball. That’s a good combination for an SU team that thrives off turnovers and does a good job against teams that struggle from beyond the arc. Christmas will be Christmas. You know exactly what I mean. Jacob Klinger (15-2): Syracuse 62, Clemson 57Orange ValleyThe fact that both Christmas and Cooney are firing on all cylinders for Syracuse spells trouble for the hosts. In reality, SU only needs one to shine as long as the rest of the team chips in the defense and rebounding that Jim Boeheim requires. Tyler Roberson and Gbinije don’t have to be studs, just clean up the glass and make the easy shots. The Tigers rely on a frontcourt that, while good, isn’t anything Christmas hasn’t gotten through already this season. Comments Published on January 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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League Cup semi-final line up to be completed

first_imgThey’re away to Southampton in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.There’s recent history between the two teams – as Liverpool have signed a number of players from the south coast side in the last few years.The other three semi-final spots were booked last night. Manchester City enjoyed a 4-1 win over Hull at Eastlands, with Kevin de Bruyne scoring twice.Stoke and Everton both claimed comfortable 2-0 wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough respectively.last_img

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