West Side Nut Club Fall Festival begins Monday

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Pictured above (left to right): Deputy Chris Roe, Deputy Luke Freiberger, Lt. Sam Preston and Mr. Steve Luce with the ISA are shown with this year’s raffle motorcycle, a 2016 HD Softail Slim. The 95th annual West Side Nut Club Fall Festival begins Monday, October 03, 2016. The weeklong event has been an Evansville tradition since 1921. The festival occupies over four city blocks and will feature food, rides, music, pageants, contests and parades.Once again the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will maintain a tent at the intersection of W. Franklin Street and N. 11th Avenue next to the lost and found booth. At this location, sheriff’s deputies will be passing out yellow wristbands to children. The underside of the wristband can display a parent or guardians’ phone number, which may be used to reunite a child with a missing parent.The Evansville Police Department will be providing law enforcement services throughout the festival grounds and will have a mobile command center stationed at W. Franklin Street and N. 10th Avenue.The Sheriff’s Office offers the following safety tips for your visit to the Fall Festival:When you arrive at the festival, identify and point out officials your child can approach if they become separated from you. Describe the sheriff’s deputy and police officer uniforms, the Nut Club member hats and the fire official uniforms so your child knows who is safe to approach.Nothing takes the place of your supervision. Younger children can become distracted with all of the sights, sounds, smells, and crowds at the Fall Festival.If your child is old enough to be out of your eyesight, make sure they take a friend with them. There is safety in numbers (as well as more fun to be had). Remember to have your child check in on a regular basis. Identify where you will meet them and what time they should be there.If you become separated from your child, notify a sheriff’s deputy or police officer as soon as possible.Heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic will create an increased risk of accidents. Take your child by the hand when walking to and from the festival. Use caution when leaving the sidewalk. Consider using a paid parking lot to support a worthy cause.Stop by the Sheriff’s Office Fall Festival tent, where you can talk to a sheriff’s deputy and pick up a free munchie map. You can also enter for a chance to win a 2016 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim motorcycle from the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association (ISA). The motorcycle will be on display at the Sheriff’s Office tent all week long. Proceeds will benefit the families of deputies and officers killed in the line of duty as well as the ISA’s Youth Leadership Camps and Scholarship Program.Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “We want everyone who visits the Fall Festival this year to have a safe, fun and memorable time. Unfortunately every year a few people try to ruin the experience for the rest of us. Please report suspicious or illegal activity to law enforcement so that the situation can be quickly addressed.”last_img read more

EPA Prohibits 72 Inert Ingredients from Use in Pesticides

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to remove 72 ingredients from its list of ingredients approved for use in pesticide products.Manufacturers wishing to use these ingredients in the future will have to provide EPA with studies or information to demonstrate their safety. EPA will then consider whether to allow their use.EPA is taking this action in response to petitions by the Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, Physicians for Social Responsibility and others. These groups asked the agency to issue a rule requiring disclosure of 371 inert ingredients found in pesticide products. Instead, EPA will evaluate potential risks of inert ingredients and reduce risks, as appropriate.Many of the 72 inert ingredients removed with this action are on the list of 371 identified by the petitioners as hazardous. EPA is taking this action after considering public comments on its October 2014 proposal. EPA’s list of approved inert ingredients will be updated after the Federal Register publication.Most pesticide products contain a mixture of different ingredients. Ingredients that are directly responsible for controlling pests such as insects or weeds are called active ingredients. An inert ingredient is any other substance that is intentionally included in a pesticide that is not an active ingredient.The list of 72 chemicals is available at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0558-0056.For EPA’s current approach on inert ingredients and the May 22, 2014, response to the petitioners: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0558-0003For general information on inert ingredients: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/inert-ingredients-overview-and-guidance .FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare read more

College holds screening, discussion of Anita Hill documentary

first_imgSaint Mary’s College held a screening of the documentary “Anita: Speaking Truth to Power” for students and faculty Tuesday in Rice Commons, followed by a discussion about the film’s significance. The discussion was led by three faculty members: Dr. Jamie Wagman, Dr. Stacy Davis and Dr. Bettina Spencer.Prior to the showing, College president Jan Cervelli said she hoped the documentary would help explain the significance of sexual harassment in the workplace and empower students to understand how it can affect victims’ lives.The documentary told the story of Anita Hill, a former coworker of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas whose Senate confirmation hearing for appointment to the Supreme Court made headlines in 1991. That same year, Hill testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which at the time was led by Joe Biden, about the sexual harassment she faced while working under Thomas.Spencer, a psychology professor, recalled her thoughts after receiving news of the hearing.“I was eleven years old [when this happened], and I thought Anita Hill was on trial,” Spencer said.Other faculty members similarly reflected on what they remembered about the hearing and how watching the documentary helped them understand the significance of Hill’s testimony about sexual harassment.“In a sense, she was on trial,” Wagman, a professor of history and gender and women’s studies, said.The documentary depicted Hill’s subjection to questioning from the Senate Judiciary Committee throughout her testimony and was asked to keep repeating the graphic details of the verbal harassment she said Thomas had committed.“It’s interesting as an adult in 2018 to really reflect on these moments and where we [as women] have come but also where we haven’t,” Spencer said.Prior to Hill’s testimony, the documentary said the discussions of sexual harassment remained far from public. As she testified, however, the showing portrayed members of the Senate Judiciary Committee beginning to feel discomfort at hearing such graphic details in a hearing to which much of the public was paying attention.Also mentioned in the documentary was the role race played in the handling of these allegations. In defending himself, Thomas mentioned in the movie that the sexuality of black men had been stereotyped. This, he said, led to his being subjected to a “high-tech lynching” as a result of these allegations.“My friends and I watched this [hearing] and couldn’t believe the words [Clarence Thomas] used,” Davis, professor of religious studies, said.Having been 18 years old at the time of the hearing, Davis said she remembers understanding how significant it was for such allegations to be made against such a high-profile figure as Thomas.“The Monday after, all the phrase around my school was ‘high-tech lynching,’ and once he said that, we knew she was done,” Davis said.In the discussion after the screening, students shared their thoughts of the documentary as well as the reason they attended the event.“It’s a topic that, outside of a women’s college, I feel like you don’t hear a lot about,” sophomore Hannah Gams said.As the event was intended to be the first of several held to discuss the issue of sexual harassment, Saint Mary’s students were told they will have more opportunities to learn about the topic.“While I’m here, I like to embrace the opportunities that Saint Mary’s offers us to discuss the issue [of sexual harassment] openly,” Gams said.Tags: anita hill, Anita: Speaking Truth to Power, Clarence Thomas, Documentary, Dr. Bettina Spencer, Dr. Jamie Wagman, Dr. Stacy Davislast_img read more

6 Ways to Leave No Trace when Hammock Camping

first_imgWith more people getting out and enjoying our wild places, there is increased impact on the places we travel. In order to be good stewards of our public lands, we need to take steps to reduce our impact, and take care of the places we play.Hammocks are prime examples of minimum impact shelters.  When used with appropriate, tree friendly suspension systems, hammocks don’t alter the natural environment. The smaller our footprint, the less likely we are to impact existing plant and wildlife.  Here are steps we can take to minimize our impact when hammock camping.screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-9-39-10-amUSE TREE FRIENDLY STRAPSStraps made out of nylon/polyester webbing with a minimum of 1″ in width will minimize the impact of hammocks on trees.  Hammock-specific suspension straps reduce girdling and damage to the bark and cambium layer, which can cause wood tissue death. Never hammer or screw anything into the trees or use anything made from a non-tree-friendly material, such as plastic zip cords. Think of the bark of a tree like a straw.  When a straw is cracked it is hard for liquid to travel through it.  If we damage the bark of a tree the tree has a hard time getting the nutrients it needs from the ground.screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-9-39-18-amPRESERVE THE RIPARIAN ZONESet up your hammock camp at least 200 feet away from any water source to protect riparian areas (the interface between land and water.) These areas provide unique plant habitats and communities, and are significant in soil stabilization.  Also, it is best to check with local land managers to ensure the area allows hammocking.screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-9-39-26-amPROTECT PLANT LIFEHammock camping is a great way to protect fragile plant species. When you find two perfect hammocking trees, make sure to thoroughly check the ground area for sensitive plant life, wildlife habitat, and potential hazards like yellow jacket nests or poisonous plants. Always check for exposed roots or lichen, and avoid stepping on them entirely.screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-9-39-39-amMINIMIZE IMPACTLook for an established, or already existing campsite to set up your hammock. As prescribed in the Leave No Trace Principles: “Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.” When you find an existing campsite, focus activities in areas that are already void of vegetation, and avoid increasing the area of impact on the site. screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-9-39-58-amSWAY SAFELYWhen hunting for the perfect tree make sure that it is alive and sturdy.   Hanging your hammock from a dead tree could result in injury to yourself or others around you.  Even if your chosen tree looks alive, check above you for dead branches that could fall.Hanging your hammock no more than 18” off the ground is best for preventing accidents and avoiding damage to higher branches and leaves.  (Never hang your hammock more than you’re willing to fall – accidents happen!) Always hang your hammock on the thickest part of the tree trunk and avoid trees that bend or are planted in wet areas – they could potentially become uprooted and wet soil is far more susceptible to impact than dry ground.screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-9-40-16-amLEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTSWhen it’s time to head home, pack everything up and inspect your campsite and surrounding area for anything you could have left behind. Double check that all trash and leftover food is packed up and taken with you. Your site should be left as good, if not better, than the way you found it. screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-9-40-23-amHAVE FUNMost importantly, have fun and relax knowing that you are doing your part to keep our wild places wild!For more information, visit www.ENOnation.com and www.LNT.orghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67yVazXd0ek&feature=youtu.beRelated:last_img read more

A Virtuous Growth Cycle for credit unions

first_imgScott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Details 80SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfield There are a lot of hot topics in the credit union space today, including three that are near (and dear) to my heart: serving the underserved, loan growth, and the ability to attract and leverage secondary capital. When these three things come together, amazing things happen – both to the individuals and communities credit unions serve, and in terms of tremendous credit union growth.What it looks likeI recently spent several days with my friends at Mendo Lake Credit Union (MLCU) in Ukiah, Calif. MLCU, with $200 million in assets, is a best practice example of a Virtuous Growth Cycle.MLCU’s Virtuous Growth Cycle began with its strategic focus and commitment to providing loans to its lower-income, Hispanic, and Native American Communities (ask anyone on their team, and they will tell you their “ why”). Over the years, MLCU has become expert at lending to this higher-risk market with lots of success; helped thousands of people improve credit scores and improve their quality of life; become entrenched in its community by securing scores of community partnerships, each committed to serving the underserved; seen higher morale and staff engagement; and experienced the financial benefits of higher net interest margins and high loan deployment. What more could you ask for, right? Believe it or not, there is more that can come from a foundation of serving the underserved: secondary capital.As part of approximately 2,200 Low-Income Designated Credit Unions, MLCU has the regulatory flexibility to accept secondary capital. Since 2005, MLCU has leveraged its strong lending practices to underserved communities and extensive community outreach to obtain U.S. Treasury CDFI grants for secondary capital. Between 2005 and 2011, MLCU received $4.9 million in grant funding that has been used for capital to leverage growth. With this capital, the credit union has had the resources to leverage growth 166 percent. Today, MLCU is a vibrant, larger – and most importantly, relevant – best practice credit union.Here’s a look at how MLCU’s-five year annual averages compare to the rest of the credit union space:Access to secondary capitalSecondary capital access for Low Income Designated credit unions has long been one of the best-kept secrets in credit union land, but that is changing with credit unions of all sizes in pursuit of a better understanding of secondary capital flexibility with the lower-income designations and best practices in serving these lower-income markets. (Click here for more information regarding the designation and secondary capital.)MLCU accessed secondary capital through U.S. Treasury CDFI grants (Click here for more information regarding the CDFI Program), but there are other sources available for secondary capital through subordinated debt. Secondary Capital Loans are subordinated, long-term (five years or more) debt available to credit unions with low-income designation from their regulator. Secondary capital can count as part of net worth for regulatory purposes, and as such can help growing credit unions achieve the required minimum capital standards.The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions is one source for secondary capital loans. The Federation makes Secondary Capital Loans of up to $1 million. (Click here to learn more about their loan program).Another source of secondary capital loans is credit union to credit union. Low Income Designated credit unions have learned how to approach peer credit unions for subordinated debt. This is a great opportunity for credit union collaboration. The receiving credit union benefits from access to secondary capital, and the investing credit union benefits from higher investment yields and a deeper relationship with the credit union partner.Why it mattersThe Virtual Growth Cycle is important in many ways:Serving underserved markets support strong purpose and profit. The fact is that underserved communities are growing, ranging from low- to moderate-income blue collar workers to emerging Hispanic/Latino markets. These markets are exploding and represent huge opportunities for fulfilling our core credit union focus. As so many best practices reflect, these communities are a rich source of profitable loans and potential growth. It might surprise you to know how many large credit unions have focused in on these communities to fulfil purpose, profit, and growth. Most of the credit unions I consult with these days are mid-sized and large credit unions.Advocacy. I was fortunate to hear Jim Nussle, CUNA president/CEO, speak at the CUNA Community Credit Union Conference that was held jointly with the National Federation of Community Development Credit Union’s annual meeting. In his remarks, Mr. Nussle said that it’s time for the movement to marshal a credit union advocacy army. He said that it’s an advocacy army that we need to create in order to change the game.I couldn’t agree more. Adding my two cents worth, I can’t think of a stronger national advocacy message than the Virtual Growth Cycle at a time when minority populations are exploding and in need of credit and education; millennial populations have more of a debt burden than any other generation; 55 percent of the national consumer base has sub-prime credit; and consumers who haven’t seen real wages grow in a decade. It’s this kind of advocacy that wins the argument for secondary capital access for all credit unions, and that will lift the MBL cap for all of credit unions. After all, it’s the Virtuous Growth Cycle that paved the way for NCUA to approve secondary capital and eliminate the MBL cap for all of the 2,200 Low Income Designated credit unions.Now is the time for a consumer advocacy renaissance in reaching out to and serving the underserved markets. We all know that this market worked for us in the past (circa 1934) and its working again today in so many markets across the country. Our national and statewide advocates need more stories from us about how we serve our underserved communities. We need more credit unions to get involved in the profitable lending and extensive community partnerships that are available as well. Finally, we need more credit unions to embrace the Virtuous Growth Cycle for the benefit of their members, their communities, their bottom-lines, and greater regulatory relief.last_img read more

Long Island Muslims Condemn Terror, While Islamophobia Intensifies

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was 2 p.m. on a recent Friday when the cold, pattering rain finally ceased, just in time for dozens of American flag-waving Muslim Americans to stream out of Masjid Noor following a passionate sermon attended by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.As dozens of congregants exited the Huntington mosque, they turned toward a busy road and made the small climb up the mosque’s rain-soaked parking lot. There was a determination in their strides that belied the anxiousness enveloping their much-maligned community.It’s not unusual to see dozens of people sharing laughs and congregating near a mosque on the busiest prayer day of the week. But this particular service boasted an impressive showing of around 100 congregants kneeling for prayer, while about a dozen dignitaries—Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, New York State and local lawmakers, interfaith leaders and police brass—respectfully watched the prayer service from two rows of seats in the rear of the mosque.Leaders of Masjid Noor, who were motivated by recent high-profile attacks and virulent anti-Islam comments emanating from the Republican presidential candidates, organized the interfaith rally they tellingly called: “Proud to be an American.”Standing under cloudy gray skies, a bearded man proudly waving an American flag bellowed, “God bless America!”A young man in a wool Ohio State hat held a sign that declared:“Whoever kills an innocent life, it is as if he’s killed all of mankind.”An older Pakistani man who proclaimed his love for not only America but his adopted hometown of Huntington was toting a sign featuring a girl wearing a pink Hijab with Old Glory in the background that announced:“No to bigotry, violence & Islamophobia.”The huddled masses stood with their backs to the road and trained their eyes on the mosque as speaker after speaker passionately stood up for their beliefs.“Donald Trump,” Dr. Hafiz Ur Rahman said, “when I came here from Africa, I burnt my boat, so I am not going back. I am here to stay.”Rahman’s unexpected quip prompted chuckles from the close to 100 people rallying in support of their religion. Indeed, Muslims can tell jokes, too.Trump’s increasingly inflammatory remarks may have provided the incentive for the rally, but the billionaire real estate magnate’s name was hardly mentioned. Instead, non-Muslim speakers pledged their support to this beleaguered community while Muslim leaders sought to reaffirm their allegiance to a republic they adore because of the bountiful opportunities it offers.“There’s no such thing as how an American looks; what you see right here is America,” Dr. Mamoon Iqbal, a board member of Masjid Noor, yelled into the microphone. “Everyone who came into this country came from somewhere else. We are the immigrant population: We have first generation here, we have second generation here; this is America!”Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone agreed.“This is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue, this is an American issue,” said Bellone, a Democrat, to applause. “This is about what we stand for as a country, and we must always be cognizant of the fact that there will be—in every generation, in every time—people who will stand up and who will attempt to undermine what this country represents, and that is that all people have the right and the ability to practice their faith and their religion. That is what this country is founded upon.”Once again, Long Island Muslims were compelled to let their voices be heard in unison after the recent terror attacks in Southern California and Paris. Here they were again answering for the atrocities perpetrated by a small band of bloodthirsty, apocalyptic terrorists perverting a religion worshiped by 1.6 billion people worldwide. A religion that President George W. Bush said, six days after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, represents “peace.”Yet suspicion abounds unabated despite the persistent pleas for tolerance and understanding.After each deadly strike, a common refrain seems to ricochet through American mass media: that Muslims don’t condemn terror. Yet Muslims insist they do condemn these terrible atrocities but the coverage is woefully inadequate. At last Friday’s rally in Huntington, there were no TV cameras in sight to broadcast the emphatic, heartfelt, broad-based rebuke of terror, rampant Islamophobia, violence and bigotry.An organizer said invitations were sent to multiple news organizations in the area, but the Press appeared to be the only outlet reporting on the event. It was as if these leaders were shouting into a void that keeps expanding after each terror attack.Since media coverage was virtually non-existent, here’s what Long Islanders didn’t get a chance to see in the comfort of their own homes: Muslim Americans proudly displaying their affection for a country that many of them were not born into but said they cherish once they came here. The image of flag-waving Muslim Americans proudly professing their devotion to the United States directly contradicts the mainstream perception of Muslims.The rally was preceded by a powerful sermon that gave non-Muslims a glimpse into what the religion dictates.“None of you can complete your faith until you provide for your neighbors what you have for yourself,” shouted Dr. Mufti Mughal.“A person has no faith who goes to sleep while his stomach is filled while his neighbor does not have anything to eat,” he added. “This person cannot be a believer.”The spread of hateful rhetoric has caused deep angst in the community. Muslim leaders in both Nassau and Suffolk counties have told similar stories of congregants so fearful of being admonished for their faith that they are hesitant to even go out in public.“Of course, they’re afraid to go out! I’m afraid to go out,” Nayyar Imam, Suffolk County police’s first-ever Muslim chaplain, told the Press. “I used to go out, like 3 o’clock or 4 o’clock, to the mosque, but now I don’t go before 6 [a.m.]. I go there late because there are crazy people out there, and you should not be alone, especially at night in dark places.”That fear is widespread.On LI, hostility toward Muslims has even seeped into a school in Suffolk, where a student reportedly called a 7-year-old classmate who wears a Hijab a “terrorist.” Just as disturbing, Suffolk police are investigating a repulsive competition instigated on Facebook recruiting people to tear Hijabs off women’s heads, officials said.All these social anxieties have come to a head as Republican presidential candidates have successfully channeled fear of “The Other” to win support. The most prolific anti-immigrant candidate is Trump, who recently proposed to ban all Muslims from entering the US, the latest in an ever-growing list of what many immigrants see as objectionable policy recommendations espoused by the GOP frontrunner, whom they consider to be a xenophobic demagogue pandering for votes.Since the attacks in San Bernardino and Paris, Muslim Americans and other faith leaders on the Island have been working behind the scenes to improve relations inside their respective communities. They’ve met at churches and mosques and discussed tangible ways to retake the narrative about Islam from the grasp of terrorists. They hope their outreach efforts will give Americans who have had little or no interaction with Muslims a truer sense of what the religion represents.Muslims in both counties have also met with police officials and discussed various initiatives they hope to implement in the near future. One of the first requests from Muslim leaders, that police bolster patrols around mosques during heightened prayer times, has already been implemented. Other mechanisms intended to improve cooperation between Muslims and law enforcement are in the works.Much of what Muslims are doing flies under the radar. They are being proactive, leaders in the community say. They are reaching out to other faiths. Yet stats show that the majority of Americans—62 percent—don’t know any Muslims, and most of what the American public hears or sees about Muslims are images of masked murderers justifying mass bloodletting by invoking Islam. Leaders on Long Island agreed that much more remains to be done to create better understanding between people of different faiths.“I ask all our community members to please come together and condemn all sorts of hate, of violence, of bigotry, of Islamophobia, of anti-Semitism; any kind of thing that makes differentiation between us, we condemn it wholeheartedly,” said Iqbal to the crowd at Friday’s rally.”This is why we are here on this cold day in the middle of our work day,” he continued. “We’re here to stand together as a community to show the people who have hate for us, that this is what Islam means and this is what being an American means.”American Muslims know that some of the responsibility falls on them to change the discourse. And they’re eager to get their message out because they realize their religion is once again unfairly under attack.Muslim leaders held a rally at Masjid Noor in Huntington on Dec. 18, 2015 to condemn violence and bigotry. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)STANDING UP TO HATEHabeeb Ahmed was standing in a bare, sheet-rocked room inside the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, which will eventually serve as a classroom for young Muslims when the mosque’s $4 million expansion is finally complete. He’s expected to take over as ICLI president in three years.Ahmed had been busy all day. The San Bernardino attacks had happened a week-and-a-half before and Trump had just proposed to ban all Muslims from coming into the country. News crews had been at the mosque to discuss the attacks, which as a Muslim, he had to answer for.“We are at the bottom of the barrel these days in the community,” Ahmed lamented.Like many leaders at ICLI, Ahmed, who has spent three-quarters of his life in America, is an eternal optimist. Despite following a religion hijacked by terrorists and criticized for ostensibly being used as the vehicle to carry out their attacks, Ahmed and others insist things will get better, that everything they’ve worked toward—peace, harmony and mutual respect—will one day come to fruition.Just before Friday’s services, two women from a nearby Unitarian church had visited Ahmed because they wanted to stand in solidarity with the Muslim community.“It is very powerful,” a grateful Ahmed told the Press. “It was so kind. It is very powerful. Believe me, I thanked them 10 times. They looked at me like this guy is losing his marbles.”Ahmed laughed at the way he had responded to their entreaty.“Really,” he continued, “to me that was a million-dollar gesture.” He recalled telling them, “You have your own life to live, but you said, ‘Let me go and spend some time with these people.’”After 13 people were killed in Southern California earlier this month, interfaith leaders suggested that members of the ICLI visit a local church to meet with congregants there and sit down for coffee. Interfaith leaders got the ball rolling, and within days Ahmed made plans to visit Parkway Community Church in Hicksville.The pastor at Parkway Community Church is Rev. Harold Lay. He has been involved in interfaith work since 9/11, when he was living in New Jersey. But his interaction with Muslims goes back further than that. When he was a student, Lay took a trip to Beirut, Lebanon, where he got to speak to Lebanese people and learn about their culture. (Beirut was the site of a suicide blast that killed 40 people one day before the Paris attacks on Nov. 13 that killed 130 people and injured scores more.)Lay told the Press his congregation had welcomed 15 members of the ICLI for Sunday services.“Our people were pleasantly surprised,” he said on a recent Thursday morning inside the church.It’s small exchanges of greetings like these that can exact change, he said.“The interaction is very important because it breaks down the stereotypes,” Lay told the Press. “When the media says a ‘Muslim did this,’ you have to ask, ‘Well, would all Muslims do this?’ ‘A Christian did this.’ ‘Would all Christians do this?’“As you know more people of another faith, you would say, ‘Well, that person wouldn’t do that,’” he continued. “So the label has less significance, and we begin to see that the actions of people of all religions are unique to the person choosing to act and not specifically to the religion.”Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter echoes the sentiment. He is very cognizant of how fear can flip a community upside down. Wolter is the pastor of The Congregational Church of Patchogue, which served as a refuge for local residents shaken up after the hate crime attack that killed 37-year-old Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero in November 2008. Seven teens were convicted in the case, which received national attention and highlighted deep fissures in the community over race relations.“When this issue began to rear its ugly head, it began to feel very viscerally like I was getting déjà vu,” Wolter told the Press.Anti-Muslim sentiment in 2015 has reminded Wolter of Patchogue in 2008.“I’m not going to sit around and let this thing happen again,” he said he thought to himself. So, instead of just preaching about acceptance, Wolter decided to act. Within days of the San Bernardino massacre, he created a movement called “Adopt-a-Mosque” with a goal of inspiring people of different faiths to mingle together.“In the past 15 years of interfaith initiatives, I have learned that the vast majority of Muslim-Americans are peaceful, purposeful and patriotic,” Wolter wrote on the Adopt-a-Mosque program’s website. “It is unfortunate that the entirety of Islam is being held accountable for the heinous acts of a few fanatics claiming to be devout Muslims. Stories of successful relations between Muslims and non-Muslims are routinely ignored by the media whose commonly known industry mantra is, ‘If it bleeds, it leads.’”About 100 Muslim Americans rallied at Masjid Noor in Huntington to reaffirm their love for America and denounce terror. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)While initiatives like Adopt-a-Mosque have a chance of sparking productive conversations about Islamophobia, Wolter hopes many mosques and Islamic groups will reach out to churches and synagogues in their communities.“I really believe mosques and Islamic civic associations need to do–and this is a generalization–a better job of getting out of the mosque, getting out of the Islamic associations, and into the churches and into the fellowships, synagogues,” he said.“I know it’s not easy when you’re a Muslim to knock on a door…but I think this is what it takes,” he added.It’s not only Muslims and Christians working hard to debunk dangerous myths about Muslim Americans, who make up less than 1 percent of the entire US population.At the Midway Jewish Center in Syosset, Rabbi Perry Raphael Rank has penned an online petition called “Clergy & Religious Organizations Against Terror.” In it, he reminds people that faiths are meant to promote peace and mutual understanding, while also noting that terrorists who use religion as the basis for bloodshed are “victims of insidious deception.”Rabbi Rank acknowledged that there’s a real fear among Americans due to these high-profile attacks. It’s that dread that presidential candidates have used to promote policies that experts say plays into the hands of terror groups like the so-called Islamic State who can then use anti-Islam comments as propaganda to brainwash potential recruits under the guise that a Western war is being waged against Islam.“That fear is not to be minimized,” Rabbi Rank told the Press, “but at the same time we have to make sure that people do not demonize other groups at the expense of those good people who are trying to lead lives of faith and lives of integrity.“Generalizations are odious,” he added, “and when an entire group is demonized, we end up hurting good people, and we end up hurting ourselves as well.”NOT GOING ANYWHEREThe attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have incited a level of Islamophobia that many Muslims say they haven’t felt since 9/11.Across America Muslims have faced a backlash walking down the street, inside shops they own, at town hall meetings and in classrooms. Mosques, the symbol of the Islamic faith, have been defaced, burned and vandalized. Korans have also been defiled with feces and found on the doorsteps of mosques with bullet holes.In Meriden, Conn. a man was arrested for shooting at the mosque next door to his home. In Astoria, Queens, a Muslim store owner was beaten so badly he thought he was going to be killed. A woman in Cleveland was almost run over for wearing a Hijab.Similar incidents have occurred all over the country. Attacks like this have happened before, but never have mainstream presidential candidates been so willing to stoke that fear in order to win votes.The response from Muslims is not to fight back, but to engage with their community. In Nassau and Suffolk counties, Muslim leaders have met with police brass to express their concerns and consider ways to improve communication.On a recent Thursday in Yaphank, Muslim leaders were invited to Suffolk police headquarters to meet with newly-installed deputy commissioner Tim Sini, who is the county executive’s pick to take over as commissioner, and his own deputies.“This is a particularly appropriate time to call this meeting in light of some of the national rhetoric about Muslims in America,” Sini told reporters at a press conference that day.Among the ideas they had discussed, Sini said they talked about creating a private messaging service so Suffolk police and the Muslim community could seamlessly share messages. Officers of the police department may soon be visiting mosques to give members of the community several tips to prevent them from being victimized in public. The department is also considering establishing a liaison from the Hate Crimes Unit who would act as a direct point of contact for Muslim residents.“What has happened, the rhetoric [is] much higher than after 9/11,” Dr. Hafiz Ur Rahman told reporters. “It has definitely frightened the community. Children are afraid to go out. Women are afraid to go out. Even the men.”The rhetoric is so vitriolic that even young students seem to have been caught up in the wave of hate.Dr. Mohamed Sameen, who was at the press conference, said his 7-year-old daughter became a victim when a classmate recently called her a “terrorist.” Sameen has two children, and his daughter wears a Hijab to school.“She feels threatened,” he said. He and the police declined to identify the school.Muslim Americans leaders met with deputy commissioner of Suffolk County police Tim Sini on Dec. 17 to discuss issues facing the community. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)More disturbingly, Muslim-bashing is even being regarded as a sport.Sameen noted that he’s seen some people on LI using a Facebook page to invite others to rip Hijabs off of women’s heads. Sini confirmed that the office of the chief of department is investigating the case. He forcefully condemned these attacks.“The Suffolk County Police Department will not tolerate any sort of criminal activity toward any cultural group, any religious group in Suffolk County, and that includes the Muslim community,” he said.“We will respond effectively and we will respond with vigor,” he warned.Similar steps are being taken in Nassau to protect Muslim citizens.Acting Nassau County Commissioner Thomas Krumpter told the Press that his department held a meeting with leaders from the county’s mosques several weeks ago to discuss concerns that have been raised.“We have a longstanding relationship with the Muslim community and the Muslim leadership in Nassau County,” Krumpter said.The commissioner noted that he intends to visit mosques across the county over the next couple of months. Some recommendations from Muslim leaders, he said, are already being implemented.“I think most people in Nassau County realize that Muslims are a good group of people, and there’s some people who have twisted ideology out there,” he told the Press.The acting commissioner pointed out that the Muslims he met with had condemned those atrocities committed in the name of their religion.Muslim Americans can only hope that their message of tolerance will take hold as the election year dawns.“It’s very important not to judge a religion of over a billion by select thousands,” Yehia Sewid, 19, of Dix Hills, told the Press during the spirited rally in Huntington.“A lot of people think that innocent Muslim Americans aren’t coming out and supporting the American cause,” he added. “It’s very important for us to come out in solidarity with innocent lives that are killed, regardless of faith, regardless of religion, color, creed. It’s very important to come out and display the message that we are not chaotic people. We’re not barbaric. We’re not who these groups of people display our religion to be.”Muslims are speaking out. But who else is listening?last_img read more

Lady Wildcats Drop Battle To Lady Patriots

first_imgWe had a tough night with serve receive. We played hard and kept our level of play up!! But unfortunately, we fell to Union County in 3 sets 25-19, 25-14, 25-11. Rachel Bischoff had 7 digs. Jenna Orschell had 6 digs. Megan Getz had 4 digs, 1 kill and 2 assists. Kelly Layton had 3 assists, 1 kill and 1 ace serve. Meredith Bohman had 4 kills and 3 blocks. Makyah Richardson had 3 blocks. Anna Sacksteder and Layne Steele each had 2 blocks. We are at home Tuesday at 6pm and Thursday at 5pm. Come out and cheer on your Lady Cats!!! We are FC!!! Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.last_img

McDowell moves up in rankings

first_img Press Association Latest leading positions in official world rankings: 1 Tiger Woods 13.5308, 2 Rory McIlroy 10.2255, 3 Adam Scott 7.7247, 4 Justin Rose 6.4709, 5 Brandt Snedeker 6.3297, 6 Luke Donald 6.2514, 7 Graeme McDowell 5.8985, 8 Louis Oosthuizen 5.6558, 9 Phil Mickelson 5.2561, 10 Steve Stricker 5.2221 11 Keegan Bradley 5.1498, 12 Lee Westwood 5.1183, 13 Matt Kuchar 5.0849, 14 Sergio Garcia 4.9128, 15 Charl Schwartzel 4.8692, 16 Webb Simpson 4.6790, 17 Ian Poulter 4.6746, 18 Bubba Watson 4.6442, 19 Dustin Johnson 4.4103, 20 Jason Dufner 4.2555. Graeme McDowell has risen one place to seventh in the world rankings after his win at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria.center_img The Northern Irishman saw off Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, ranked 49th, to win what was his second title in his last three events. There was no change among the top six in the rankings, with Tiger Woods continuing to lead the way ahead of McDowell’s compatriot Rory McIlroy. last_img read more

Dominant show from Domination

first_img Byrnes said: “I’m delighted he didn’t get a hard race. He might have a wee break now with the English Cesarewitch on October 12 as his target. He’s very ground dependant, though. He wants good ground. Davy said it wasn’t good enough for him down the back straight. “He hates soft ground and won’t run during the winter. We’ll have a look at a conditions hurdle for him in Galway in September because we could be waiting for the Cesarewitch and the ground could go against us. “He would jump a fence if you wanted him to, but there’s more money over hurdles, for the time being.” There was a 50-1 shock in the Follow Cork Racecourse On Facebook Mares Maiden Hurdle when Go Deimhin, who had plenty to do turning in, led going to the last under David Splaine and forged two and a quarter lengths clear. Training Go Deimhin was “worse than being married to a woman who was nagging you every day”, trainer William Hayes quipped, adding: “We had terrible trouble with her. We had an awful time of it. She gave us ladies’ troubles and scoped dirty in between races. It was an amount of frustration. The win was down to divine and extreme patience.” Patrick Cronin’s 16-1 shot Baidin Fheilimi collared long-time leader Samantha Jones going to the last in the Munster Handicap Hurdle and surged clear to win by six lengths under Pierce Gallagher. Cronin, who bred, owns and trains the seven-year-old mare, said: “I’m a farmer and I’ve a few broodmares and point-to-pointers. It’s a family outfit and we all help out. We have the licence three or four years and this is my third winner on the track. She’ll go to Killarney for an opportunity handicap hurdle.” Press Association Trainer Charles Byrnes is considering running the gelding (2-9 favourite) in the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket in October, but he is just as talented over hurdles as he is on the Flat. Silk Hall cut out most of the running until an error four out, where Supreme Doc took over, but Domination was coasting in behind them and when Davy Russell nudged him into the lead after the second-last, the six-year-old was soon in an unassailable position and extended his advantage to three lengths at the line without raising a sweat. center_img Domination continued his smooth progress this season with an assured victory in the feature JP McManus Hurdle at Cork.last_img read more

No. 3 Syracuse bounces back as defense blanks No. 24 Rutgers, 4-0

first_img Published on September 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham With under three minutes remaining, Rutgers lined up for a penalty corner. Down by three, the Scarlet Knights had pulled its goalie in favor of a kicking back and packed 10 players around the arc, hoping to overwhelm goalkeeper Borg van der Velde and her quartet of defenders.Despite a clean insertion and shot, the SU defense swarmed the ball and regained possession. A few passes and a breakaway from Chiara Gutsche put the Orange up 4-0 with 2:30 remaining.“We wanted to score,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “We don’t care, we wanna win.”A day after surrendering its first goal of the season, No. 3 Syracuse (8-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) and its defense recovered to shutout No. 24 Rutgers (5-3), 4-0, on Sunday afternoon at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The Orange backline wasn’t perfect, allowing six penalty corners and giving up four shots on goal, among the lowest marks on the year. But behind a strong showing from redshirt sophomore Jamie Martin in her first career start and Syracuse’s ability to translate stops into attacking chances, SU blanked the Scarlet Knights.“I think it shows a lot of toughness on our team,” Bradley said. “Rutgers threw everything at us.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Syracuse backline provided sparks for the offense. A Ross Weers goal off a penalty corner put SU up 1-0. The defense, as it had the entire year, worked the ball up the spine of the field to its forwards and followed from behind.Weers fired a pass from about 30 yards outside the arc to Sarah Luby who deflected the ball past Rutgers goalkeeper Gianna Glatz to give the Orange a 3-0 advantage just before half.After spending all spring at right back, Bradley said, Martin was sidelined with a pair of knee injuries. But making her first career start, Martin played lockdown defense against the Scarlet Knights.“It was really encouraging,” Bradley said, “She’s (Martin) starting to get her legs back under her.”With the All-American Weers protecting the left side, Rutgers keyed in on the inexperience of Martin, SU’s weakest link on the back line. In the first half, Rutgers consistently tried to beat Martin one-on-one down the Orange’s right wing. But every attempt came up short. Martin jabbed, poked or swept away the ball, corralling the ball and pushing transition.Although the back line shut out Rutgers, SU gave up six penalty corners, the second-highest mark all season. Some of those Rutgers opportunities came as a result of the Orange exchanging a Scarlet Knights breakaway with a penalty corner. On one play van der Velde toppled herself and a Rutgers forward to stop a mini-breakaway. Others came from unforced errors.In the second half, Rutgers pushed the ball inside the SU arc. A shooting lane opened before Carolin Hoffmann skidded in and slide-tackled the ball out of play. Later, forward Elaine Carey had the ball at the top of SU’s arc and went to push the offense, but she kicked the ball. Both Hoffmann’s and Carey’s plays gave RU penalty corners.“There were good moments,” Bradley said, “there were ugly moments.”Rutgers had three penalty corners in five minutes, but SU’s backline didn’t fold. Facing clean shots on goal, van der Velde was relied on to make multiple stops. But even when 10 Scarlet Knights piled around the crease, the Orange defense made the stop and scored not five seconds later.“Like I’ve said so many times,” Weers said, “the only team we can lose from is ourselves.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more