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Waste not Want Not : Summer Salads

first_imgWhatsApp NewsWaste not Want Not : Summer SaladsBy admin – June 23, 2011 759 Advertisement A RECENT review of an article on FFT some weeks ago, brought back the message that we should be conscious of what we buy and what we throw away. Food waste is a huge issue in homes and kitchens around the city, county and indeed the island as a whole, but we can be clever in what we eat, keep and throw away.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Recent good weather, well in some parts of the country, have spurred on the bbq coals to bring out that white heat we all love and like. So, as the barbecues and salad days come and go, Stop Food Waste reminds you that 50% of the lettuce we buy ends up in the bin. While a head of lettuce may seem cheap at around under €1 you can see how quickly this amount of waste can add up in euros over time. The STOP Food Waste programme is funded under the EPA National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP). Waste Prevention is the preferred waste management option in Ireland.Odile Le Bolloch, spokesperson for Stop Food Waste at the EPA, has the following advice for lettuce lovers and says; “When you buy lettuce, make sure to take it out of its bag and wash it as soon as possible. Spin the lettuce in a salad spinner to dry off the washing water and store it in the fridge in the salad spinner. Leave a small amount of water in the bottom of the spinner and top up if needed. This keeps the lettuce fresh, it lasts longer and you have a supply of washed lettuce to use during the week.“Another mistake people sometimes make is to cut the stalk off the lettuce with a metal knife. This can cause the lettuce to get those brown edges people hate so instead simply break off the leaves as you need them.”Stop Food Waste also advise that growing your own lettuce and other greens not only gives you a greater appreciation for it, because you’ve grown and nurtured it yourself, but it also means that you take as much as you want as you need it. “You don’t need that much space to grow a few heads of lettuce, rocket or herbs – a well drained window box works great where space is limited,” says Odile. “Start the window box indoors and once the first few sprouts start to show you can put it outside on a sunny sill. Make sure you keep it watered – though in Irish summers this is usually not a problem!”Donal Skehan lends his weight to the campaign and says: “Some cynics say ‘salad never sells’ and for the most part the sight of dry leaves are not going to whet the appetite much, but with a few simple recipes for salad dressing you can have your leaves glistening under the summer sunshine and guaranteed not to end up in the bin! The ingredients are very simple; it’s how you combine them that creates the magic.”Asian Dressing:Dresses a salad to serve 4–6 vegetarian3 tbsp sunflower oil1 tbsp dark soy sauce2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped1 thumb-sized piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped2 tsp honeyJuice of 1 lime French Mustard Dressing:Dresses a salad to serve 4–6 vegetarian1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped1 tsp dijon mustard1 tbsp white wine vinegar1 tbsp lemon juice3 tbsp extra virgin olive oilA generous pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Herby Balsamic Dressing:Dresses a salad to serve 4–6 vegetarian1 garlic clove, peeled and finely choppedFresh rosemary, finely choppedFresh thyme, finely choppedFresh basil, finely chopped1 tsp honey1 tbsp balsamic vinegar3 tbsp extra virgin olive oilA generous pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Linkedin Emailcenter_img Facebook Twitter Print Previous articleStones In His Pockets returnsNext articleBike It! pedals for Limerick Youth Services adminlast_img read more

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Colombia’s Era of Big Capos Ending as Drug Barons Fall from Grace

first_img Emergence of ‘micro cartels’ An array of Colombian syndicates is now cultivating coca plants, chemically processing the leaves into cocaine, and transporting the finished drug northward. But the lucrative part of the trade — bringing cocaine across the U.S. border and distributing it in its cities — is now in the hands of Mexican cartels, cutting into the Colombian traffickers’ profits. And over the past two decades, Colombia’s big cartels have broken into dozens of “micro cartels,” said Alfredo Rangel, security expert and former defense ministry advisor. The usual pattern when a cartel breaks up, he said, is that a capo falls and three of his underlings fight for control of the organization. In a few instances, one is more powerful than the others and simply eliminates them. But more often, the cartel “fragments itself into smaller cartels that keep independent relationships with the business, replacing one capo of importance with three capos of medium importance,” Rangel said. These mid-level capos are the faces of Colombia’s trade today. Neighboring countries look to Colombia’s achievements The success of Colombia’s anti-drug efforts has also pushed its capos into neighboring countries. Since 2008, 10 Colombian capos, including Barerra, have been caught in Venezuela, a prominent exit route for cocaine. Colombia’s role in the cocaine trade will likely continue to weaken, Ávila said. With the removal of so many capos recently, Mexican cartels are sending delegates to Colombia’s neighboring countries, especially Venezuela, to wrestle away the transportation routes. “The Colombians each time are losing more space,” he said. Colombia, however, is still the top grower of coca, with about 160,000 acres in cultivation, according to a report released in July by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Nonetheless, cultivation has plunged about 60 percent since 2000 when it was more than 400,000 acres. At the same time, Peru and Bolivia’s coca crops have mostly increased over the last several years. According to the UNODC report, Peru had nearly 155,000 acres under cultivation in 2011 and Bolivia had about 70,000. Peru and Bolivia have overtaken Colombia to become the world’s producers of finished cocaine, according to a U.S. government report published July 30, though the Bolivian government disputes this. Jhon Marulanda is a security consultant and former member of the Colombian army (and no relation to former guerrilla leader Manuel Marulanda, who was killed in 2008). He said that no single Latin American country can win the battle against drugs, noting that “we need cooperation among all of the countries if this is to be controlled.” Peace deal with FARC: Further blow to cartels? Meanwhile, ongoing talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Colombia’s largest left-wing guerilla group, and the Colombian government could dramatically change the country’s position as a cocaine producer. FARC manages 60 percent of coca production in Colombia, experts say, and could potentially hand the government, as part of a peace agreement, huge swaths of cultivation land and labs where the drug is processed. “That would give a significant hit to narcotrafficking in Colombia,” said Rangel, the former defense ministry advisor. But one obstacle to such cooperation, Rangel and other experts said, is that members of FARC still refuse to recognize themselves as narcotraffickers. Moreover, the withdrawal of FARC from remote coca-growing zones could create a bloody struggle for power, with traffickers enlisting paramilitaries in a war. “The FARC acts as a type of judge, regulating and administrating, ”said Ávila. “And when they are not there, it could become chaos.” Corpades: Lots of work remains to be done Fernando Quijano, an organized crime investigator and director of the Medellín-based human rights group Corpades, said most of today’s capos are actually “gatilleros,” or gunmen, whose purpose is to act as figureheads, uniting and giving orders to the hundreds of smaller criminal gangs. True power, he said, lies with a small group of men who operate as legitimate businessmen but are actually a tightly knit mafia. “The true bosses of the business are quiet. No one bothers them, because all eyes are following the façade,” he said. Quijano and other investigators noted that very few money launderers have been prosecuted in Colombia. “We’ve had a grand success in the capture of narcos,” said Ávila, of Nuevo Arco Iris. “But the bosses of these narcos have not been touched. It’s bittersweet.” How well that drug trafficking ends, but I would prefer that they put an end to corrupt politicians and to all the exaggerated perks that they have nowadays, not only them, but the majority of the senior officials of the State (high pensions, high wages, cell phone and plan, per diem, passages, advisers, cars…) There is no doubt, that politicians have done and will harm the country even more, than all traffickers together, including PABLO ESCOBAR.. MEDELLÍN, Colombia — The 20-year career of Colombian drug baron Daniel Barrera came to an end with a whimper, not a bang, last month when he was captured in a Venezuelan telephone booth. Barrera — deemed to be the second most wanted trafficker after Mexico’s Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán — was living quietly in the border city of San Cristobal. For four years, this man with a $5 million bounty on his head had been moving among a series of guesthouses, the last of which cost less than $100 a night. Despite his low profile, Colombian and Venezuelan forces tracked him with intelligence assistance from the United States and England. Then as the sun set on the evening of Sept. 19, Venezuelan security officers grabbed him without a fight. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos called Barrera—known as “El Loco,” the madman, for his mercurial temper — “the last of the grand capos.” Barrera’s capture, despite the painful lengths he took to hide his identity from authorities, including burning his hands with acid to remove his fingerprints and having plastic surgery to alter his face, shows just how effective Colombian forces have become at collaring narcotrafficking heads. In July, fellow drug trafficker Camilo Torres — known as “Fritanga” — was taken into custody after police raided his lavish wedding party on the island of Múcura. Experts: Colombian drug trade more fragmented than ever But security analysts say the recently caught capos, including Barrera, aren’t nearly as powerful as the Colombian capos of the 1980s and 1990s. “I will not say that [Barrera] is the last of the grand capos,” said Ariel Ávila, who has written extensively on the drug trade as an investigator for Bogotá-based research institute Nuevo Arco Iris. “Colombia hasn’t had grand capos for some time.” Those who track the subject closely say Colombia — and much of Latin America — has entered a post-capo era, in which authorities must combat networks of traffickers whose heads can easily be replaced. The success of Colombian security forces has fragmented the drug trade more than at any time in its more than 50-year history. “This era of capos, the cartel of Medellin, the Cartel of Cali, is not going to repeat itself,” Ávila said. “To think that we are going to return to the epic of Pablo Escobar, that is not going to happen.” Plan Colombia instrumental in catching kingpins In the two decades since the fall of Pablo Escobar, Colombian forces have become much more adept at capturing drug kingpins. Under Plan Colombia, the police and military created small groups of highly vetted and trained forces, whose sole job was to track and capture capos. They tapped phone lines, intercepted electronic communications, and recruited criminal informants. In the last several months authorities have captured, besides Barrera, Erickson Vargas Cardona, better known as “Sebastían,” who was the head of the Oficina de Envigado (Office of Envigado), a group with roots in the old Medellín cartel. In early June, Diego Pérez Henao, the main enforcer of a transnational gang called the Rastrojos, was arrested on a Venezuelan farm, where he was posing as a groundskeeper. And just a month earlier his partner Javier Calle Serna, alias “Comba,” surrendered to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration after months of negotiations from a hideout in Argentina. These capos have behaved very differently from the capos of old, who built their wealth through cocaine, spread it across other businesses, and were unafraid to show it. Escobar raced expensive cars, hosted parties at grand fincas and built a full-fledged zoo. His rival capos in the Cali cartel, Gilberto José and Miguel Angel Rodriguez Orejuela, owned a professional soccer team and a chain of pharmacies that is still in business today. (The Orejuela brothers were extradited to the United States in 2005 and sentenced to 30 years each). New breed of ‘capo’ keeps a low profile The new class started as street toughs, murdering their way to temporary power. Ávila described them as “killers of turn that can easily be replaced.” They also keep a much lower profile so as not to attract attention, said Diego Corrales, a specialist in urban security and the director of Enciudad, a public-policy group in Medellín. “Escobar showed off the eccentricities he had as an extension of his power,” Corrales said. “Anyone who does that now is likely to fall at the hands of the law.” Escobar and his contemporaries also controlled the entire chain of cocaine, from the cultivating and manufacturing of the drug to its transportation and ultimate distribution in North America. But these days the chain is decentralized, and most capos today often control only one or two parts of it. For example, said Ávila, “Loco” Barrera maintained shipping routes. He bought cocaine, loaded it in airplanes and distributed it to Mexican cartels. 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S. Korea’s wealthy, passed over by pandemic pain, splurge on Porsches and BMWs

first_img“This year will be one of our strongest years,” Porsche Korea CEO Holger Gerrmann told Reuters on Tuesday, as the brand saw sales rise by 46% to 3,433 vehicles as of January-May this year from a year earlier. That compared with 4,285 vehicles in all of 2018, and 4,204 in 2019.In many ways, experts say, the rising sales of imported cars illustrate the widening wealth gap during the pandemic in South Korea, which already has one of the highest inequality levels among advanced countries.Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, the monthly average income of the wealthiest 20% of households rose by 6% from January to March, while the poorest 20% of households saw income unchanged.”The strong sales are testament to the rising consumption power of the top class despite the pandemic,” said Yang Jun-ho, an economics professor at Incheon National University. Hwang Min-yong, a 37-year-old South Korean businessman, recently received his black Porsche Cayenne coupe with red leather seats after a seven-month wait and took it out for a spin on a scenic road overlooking a river near Seoul.”Porsche has been my dream car … I don’t really feel the effects of COVID-19, as my company is less affected,” said Hwang, who owns a small tech firm.South Korea’s swift handling of the COVID-19 crisis has provided a backdrop for a sharp increase in demand for premium and luxury cars, dealers and officials said, as wealthy people, insulated from many of the pandemic’s worst effects, want to show off on the road. He said rich people benefited from rising stock and property prices, while vulnerable workers at mom-and-pop stores lost their jobs. South Korea’s unemployment rate surged to its highest level in more than 10 years in May, government data showed.But those who can afford it see luxury cars as an alternative to buying property, dealers said.”In the early 2000s, the price of a BMW 320 was the cost of a Gangnam apartment,” said Ro Chang-whan, a longtime dealer and exporter of used cars. “House prices have gone up enormously since and buying a car is a more realistic choice.”Sales of imported cars priced over 100 million won ($82,511) jumped 70% to 15,667 vehicles from January to May this year, compared with a year earlier. Sales of small cars made in Korea fell by 10% from January to April, according to the latest data.”Porsche and BMW are so popular that there are not enough of them,” said Kim Ryu-bin, a dealer of imported cars.Strong demandBMW sales rose 46% to 21,361 vehicles from January to May this year from a year earlier, while Lamborghini sales quadrupled to 115 vehicles during the same period, Korea Automobile Importers & Distributors Association data showed.South Korea has surpassed the United States as the top country for sales of the BMW 5 series from January to April this year, according to BMW’s South Korean unit.”As the virus eases quicker than expected, consumers are going ahead with purchases,” said Kim Hyo-hyun, a BMW dealer in the affluent Gangnam district of Seoul.Sales of Hyundai Motor’s premium sedan Genesis G80, priced at roughly $50,000, surpassed that of the $30,000 Sonata last month and hit a record high.While demand is strong, supply constraints due to COVID-19 manufacturing shutdowns in Europe and the United States are expected to slow sales, dealers say. Kim said his store expects to see sales fall by one fifth next month.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Convicted Russian Spy Released from FL Prison, Deported

first_imgA Russian citizen, convicted of acting as a foreign agent in the United States, landed in Moscow a day after she was released from a federal prison in Florida and deported.Maria Butina, 30, maintains her innocence despite pleading guilty last year to conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government for attempting to infiltrate conservative political groups, including the National Rifle Association, and promote Russian interests.She was sentenced to 18 months in prison in December and has been in custody since her arrest on July 15, 2018.Butina was released from the Tallahassee Federal Correctional Institution on Friday after having served more than 15 months behind bars, according to the US Federal Bureau of Prisons, and was immediately deported to Moscow.She landed in the Russian capital at around 11:30 a.m. local time (4:30 a.m. ET) on Saturday.“In a short comment to Russia state-funded TV network RT, which had a crew on board the Miami-Moscow flight, Butina thanked Russia for the support shown to her while in custody,” CNN reports“Well guys, almost home. Only a little bit left, only several hours. Thank you for your support. I can’t wait (for) the plane to land, when I’ll be in my homeland,” Butina said.Butina studied at American University in Washington, while in the US, and was the first Russian citizen convicted of crimes relating to the 2016 election.Related content:Overstock CEO Resigns Amid “Deep State” Comments and Affair With Russian Spylast_img read more

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Wellington boys basketball team beats Belle Plaine; SCBL tourney update

first_img Saturday’s schedule: Girls7th place game – Udall vs. West Elk, 9 a.m.5th – South Haven vs. CVDX, 12 p.m.3rd – Argonia vs. Central, 3 p.m.1st – Sedan vs. Caldwell, 6 p.m.Boys:7th – 10:30 a.m.5th – 1:30 p.m.3rd – 4:30 p.m.1st – 7:30 p.m. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 341 weeks ago It is called the roadrunner classic not what you have listed. I graduated from Chaparral so this bothers me that you can’t get this right. It has only been 40+ years for the tourney so you think you would know the name. Report Reply 1 reply · active 341 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 341 weeks ago Wow. OK. I stand corrected. I do like the Chaparral Tournament, oops I mean “Roadrunner Classic.” The concession stand is the best out there. And I’m a big fan of Ken Henson, the athletic director. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Friday’s schedule: BoysConsolation bracket#8 CVDX vs. Sedan, 4 p.m.#3 Oxford vs. #7 South Haven, 5:30 p.m.Winners bracket#1 Udall vs. #4 Argonia#2 West Elk vs. #6 Caldwellcenter_img by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys basketball team opened the Chaparral Tournament with a win over Belle Plaine… Also, SCBL Tournament update…•••••Chaparral Tournament The Wellington boys advanced to the second round of the Chaparral Basketball Tournament Classic with a 52-32 victory over Belle Plaine Thursday night. Wellington will battle Clearwater at 8 p.m. tonight in the semifinals. Clearwater beat Mulvane 80-73 in the other first round game. This will be a rematch of a league game played against Clearwater earlier in the season.On Thursday, Wellington opened with a 12-6 first quarter lead and held a 24-15 advantage at the half. The Crusaders upped the lead 39-28 at the end of the third and outscored the Dragons 13-4 for the win.Wellington’s Trevor Nance led all scorers with 24 points. Colin Reichenberger had 11, Wesley Gilmore 7, Austin Dunn 4, Connor Phelps 4, and Payton Baker 2.Belle Plaine scorers were: J. Detrick 13, B. Gooch 10, B. Happy 5, T. Balsters 2, and T. Balsters 2.The tournament schedule tonight will be:Arkansas City vs. Chaparral, 3 p.m.Belle Plaine vs. Mulvane, 4:30 p.m.Kingman vs. Conway Springs, 6:30 p.m.Wellington vs. Clearwater, 8 p.m.•••••SCBL Tournament update The girls teams played Thursday night in the second round tournament in Cowley College. The bracket is here:SCBL Basketball Tournament after ThursdayThursday’s scores: Consolation bracketSouth Haven 57 Udall 26Cedar Vale/Dexter 47 West Elk 38Winners bracketCaldwell 39 Argonia 36Sedan 49 Central 14.last_img read more

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Home Unsweet Home—Steelers win some battles, but Baltimore wins the war, 26-14 (Oct. 3)

first_imgBALTIMORE RAVENS RB ALEX COLLINS played an instrumental role in the Ravens’ convincing win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football, Sept. 30, 26-14. (Photos by Courier photographer Brian Cook)There was once upon a time when fire-breathing dragons roamed the earth and professional football players that wore leather helmets roamed the gridiron with names like Jim Thorpe and Red Grange. There were miniature monarchs that ruled miniature kingdoms named George Halas, Arthur J. Rooney and Paul Brown. All of these “kings” understood that when you crossed the borders of another man’s “kingdom,” the chances of exiting that hallowed ground with a victory, more often than not, were slim and none.Fast forward to 2018. The Baltimore Ravens entered the “kingdom of steel” of the Pittsburgh Steelers this past Sunday, Sept. 30. The Ravens did not place a “Trojan Horse” within the Steelers gates, only to surprise Pittsburgh as they slept. The men from B-more compromised the walls and tore down the gates, not defeating the Steelers by sneaking and attacking them from the rear, but defeating the men of steel face-to-face for the entire world to see. “General” Joseph Flacco had anticipated facing “General” Benjamin Roethlisberger in this most important battle, but the highly anticipated bloodbath was almost a one-sided battle as the Ravens began the battle slinging while the Steelers were just “singing.” Pittsburgh won a few skirmishes but Baltimore won the war. The final score: 26-14 Ravens. The Steelers now find themselves tied for last in the AFC North at 1-2-1 with the Browns.Come with me as we pause in retrospect for a moment or two. At the beginning of the 2018 NFL campaign, “General” Roethlisberger and his array of weapons were feared by many and disrespected by few. Roethlisberger could defeat you by land, by sea, above ground, below ground, in your kingdom, his kingdom or on neutral ground. It didn’t seem to matter. It was obvious to all that mattered that almost anyone that the Steelers faced were more than likely going to go down in defeat. It was not a question of why and how: the only question was when. However, there were stormy clouds gathering on the battlefront for the men of steel. The man charged with the placement and discharge of the weapons of the men of steel, “Colonel” Todd Haley, had been “exiled” from the “kingdom of steel” and took his experience to the Browns to help sculpture a new class of weaponry that the Orange and Brown team now possesses.There was now a new man in town to calculate and implement a new attack strategy for the Pittsburgh Steelers, his name is “Colonel” Randy Fichtner. “Colonel” Fichtner had been a close confidant to “General” Roethlisberger causing many to believe that the “unholy” alliance between he and the general was one of the deciding factors to “exile” “Colonel” Haley. From the beginning of his “tenure” with the Steelers, “General” Roethlisberger seemed to be dissatisfied with the battle plans of “Colonel” Haley and many times those with high stakes in the matter could see and sense a level of disdain exhibited toward “Colonel” Haley by “General” Roethlisberger at many times for no reason, mainly just because. “General” Roethlisberger did not accept or appreciate his new offensive strategist and by golly, by hook, or by crook “Colonel” Haley was going to meet a less-than-stellar end if “General” Roethlisberger and “Colonel” Fichtner had anything to do with it.They seemed to have prayed and waited, prayed and waited and now it appears as if their prayers were answered. As of this time, the walls of the steel kingdom have been breached twice in 2018 and may be breached again in less than a fortnight, as the Atlanta Falcons have been spotted flying toward Heinz Field at warp speed regarding reports that the demise of the Pittsburgh Steelers is nigh. It has been said in many circles time and time again,“Be careful what you pray for.”(Aubrey Bruce: [email protected]) Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

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Outspoken Jemele Hill joining The Atlantic

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Jemele Hill is joining the staff of The Atlantic weeks after the outspoken personality left ESPN after 12 years as a commentator, anchor, reporter and writer.Hill posted on her Twitter feed a message from the publication’s editor-in-chief. Jeffrey Goldberg wrote Hill will be a staff writer “covering the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender and culture.”Hill attracted attention last year and was briefly suspended for opinionated messages on social media, including a tweet that referenced President Donald Trump as a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”She also targeted Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after he stated that players who disrespect the flag would not play for his team. She tweeted that fans who disagree with Jones should not buy the team’s merchandise. This is a Feb. 3, 2017, file photo showing Jemele Hill attending ESPN: The Party 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)last_img read more

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Hometown hero Swin Cash tells youth to ‘fight to get over’ to the other side

first_imgWhen The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh set out to celebrate 21 years of its Clean Slate E3 nonprofit affiliate, including 10 years of the affiliate’s scholarship program, they wanted to have as the keynote speaker at their benefit dinner someone who’s a slam dunk. A sharpshooter. A winner on and off the court.SWIN CASH, right, with The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh’s Michelle Sandidge and Caster D. Binion. (Photos by Courier photographer J.L. Martello)So, all they did was bring back a person who is one of the most decorated high school basketball players of all-time in Western Pennsylvania (at McKeesport High School), won two national championships in college (at the University of Connecticut), and played 15 seasons (and won three championships) in the WNBA.Swin Cash, the pride of McKeesport, donned in a black dress, took her seat at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory, Oct. 30. She was greeted by old friends, supporters, and, after the attendees finished their dinner, delivered the keynote address.Cash, expectantly, lauded the housing authority for its Clean Slate program, which it started in 1998 in an effort to inspire the housing authority’s younger adults and children to steer clear of the national drug epidemic and the gang-related crime that engulfed many American cities. Years later, Clean Slate expanded into Clean Slate E3, which, among other initiatives, awards scholarships to HACP residents. In the past 10 years, Clean Slate E3 has provided almost 40 HACP residents with scholarships for post-secondary education, totaling more than $225,000.Clean Slate E3 has managed its scholarship program in partnership with the local NEED (Negro Educational Emergency Drive) since 2012.SWIN CASH“Clean Slate E3 aims to assist the most deserving public housing residents to achieve self-sufficiency through educational advancement,” said HACP Executive Director Caster D. Binion, who also serves as Clean Slate E3 president. “We have hundreds of exceptional students in our communities who depend on scholarship dollars to advance their education and we are extremely pleased to be able to contribute toward their growth.”Binion also said the benefit dinner was anticipated to raise an additional $80,000, “which will be used exclusively for providing additional scholarships for HACP residents.”Included in the $80,000 of estimated funds from the benefit dinner is the establishment of the Officer Calvin Hall Memorial Scholarship, in 2020. Binion said the scholarship will be provided to a resident of Northview Heights or Allegheny Dwellings, the housing authority communities Officer Hall served in the past year. Officer Hall was shot and killed in July after authorities determined he was attempting to defuse a situation on Monticello Street in Homewood.Officer Hall’s family was in attendance at the benefit dinner.As for Cash, she’s busy these days as Vice President of Basketball Operations and Team Development for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans. She previously was the director of franchise development for the WNBA’s New York Liberty, the final team she played for in the WNBA before retiring in 2016.Cash told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview that getting the position with the Pelicans “was a lot at once, but it was a beautiful experience. I had known (Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations) David Griffin from working with him at Turner (Broadcasting), and he had talked about this vision he had, and he sold me on it, and I had an opportunity to see the direction that I wanted to go and pivot in. I think it was the right team, the right situation at the right time for me to pivot from what I was doing.”It’s not lost on Cash the many people around here who consider her a true success story. For young Black women, Cash is someone they look up to.As Cash spoke with the Courier, she recalled how, earlier in the day before the benefit dinner, she took a stroll over one of the Downtown bridges, and spotted Heinz Field and PNC Park as she thought and prayed. “One of the things that kept coming to my mind is that life is like a bridge,” Cash said. “You start out on one side, you never know what obstacles and things are on that side, but you’re always trying to push to get to the other side. And I think my life has been like that.”Cash (whose legal last name is Canal after marrying Steve Canal in 2015) recalled her early days growing up in McKeesport; her mother, Cynthia, a former McKeesport hoops star as well, always by her side. “I dealt with a lot of situations a lot of kids deal with today—the crime rate, being slighted in certain ways where you don’t have as many opportunities as other kids…”That’s a primary reason why, in 2005, Cash started “Cash For Kids,” an organization designed to “motivate, educate and elevate kids,” according to its mission statement.More than 2,000 kids across the country have been impacted by Cash’s organization.“You’re always on one side trying to get to the other side, so what work are you putting in?” Cash said. “Pittsburgh has so many bridges, so as I kept walking I kept thinking, you’re always going to come to a situation where there’s a bridge in your life and you can make the decision, either fight to get over it, or are you going to stay put?”For Cash, her mentality was obviously to fight to get over it. “I was always a fighter,” she said. “I always used people’s negative, or motivation of why I couldn’t achieve something, to do it.”Cash tells youth to do what she did—find your “hustle.”“Yeah, I was talented with basketball, but my hustle was everything else,” Cash told the Courier. “My goal (with basketball) wasn’t just to be in the WNBA or go to the Olympics, my goal was to get an education because I knew my education meant I’m going to make money.“For kids, what’s your hustle?” Cash said. “Do you know how to do hair? Can you do hair and also get a scholarship and be able to balance that? Do you want to start getting into tech? Do you want to be more innovative? Do you want to create games? Coding? If you’re trying to get over that bridge, what’s your hustle? Find your hustle. We all got a hustle. I used sports as my hustle. Sports didn’t use me.”SWIN CASH, a McKeesport High School basketball star who won collegiate and professional basketball championships, at The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh’s Clean Slate E3 benefit dinner, Oct. 30. (Featured Photo by J.L. Martello)by Rob Taylor Jr., Courier Staff WriterLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

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