first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.In a statement last night that followed a seven-hour cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister reached out and offered to meet with Jeremy Corbyn to find a way through the Brexit impasse. Unlike most of her previous televised statements at Downing Street, this is a game-changer. The focus is now on the Labour leader: will he stop Brexit or push for Labour’s alternative deal?The first reaction of many Labour activists has been to question whether May’s offer of compromise is genuine. They are right to be wary of someone who has helped portray Corbyn as a terrorist sympathiser and a danger to national security, and who has consistently prioritised party unity over anything else. It does seem unbelievable that she would concede on customs union membership when the ability to strike independent trade deals is the main point of Brexit for many Tories.But perhaps May feels that she has little to lose, apart from the prospect of passing a Brexit deal, which has always been her core mission as Prime Minister. Leaks from the cabinet meeting certainly suggest that a softening is on the cards, and importantly it is now clear that she will not countenance no deal. May also desperately wants to avoid European elections, which requires getting a deal through as quickly as possible.Corbyn has accepted the offer of talks. In his immediate response, which you can read in full here, he said Labour’s five demands for Brexit would be “on the table” in the negotiations today. There was no mention of another referendum. This is a crunch moment for Labour, and the bone of contention is where the party stands on the limitations of the ‘confirmatory public vote’ plan. In the indicative votes process, the leadership has whipped for amendments pledging to put “any” deal to a public vote – including, presumably, Labour’s alternative. But Corbyn’s spokesman told journalists last week that the party only supports a referendum on a “damaging Tory Brexit”. And on Radio 4 today, Rebecca Long-Bailey suggested that the ‘indicative’ motions were merely compromises.Theresa May would far sooner accept Labour’s deal than agree to hold another public vote, and neither she nor the Labour leadership want a long extension (though that may be inevitable at this point). Will complying with Corbyn’s five demands be enough to win a Labour whip in favour of the deal? Or will he also demand a ‘confirmatory ballot’, to satisfy the wishes of many Labour MPs despite he and key allies personally disliking the idea?Groups such as Another Europe is Possible have already warned the Labour leader not to “fall into the trap”. Agree to any Brexit deal and you will get the blame, they say. But it isn’t clear how Labour can reasonably push for its alternative Brexit for so long, then turn down the chance to implement that very deal. The other main concern is that the next Tory leader – for we know that May has promised to step down once this stage of Brexit is completed, and her position will be particularly untenable if Corbyn actually is put in charge of Brexit – could undo any-cross party agreement reached now. Yet that is true of anything: no parliament can pass laws that future parliaments cannot change. Labour has never said it only wants its alternative deal implemented if Corbyn has the keys to No10.The bottom line is that the leadership has never said it wants to stop Brexit, only that it wants to respect the 2016 result. Going back on that now would be surprising, whatever your interpretation of the party conference policy.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Theresa May /Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /last_img read more

first_imgA platter of Yucatecan joy! We made our way through the various, corn-tortilla-based savory snacks – a panucho: a hand-made tortilla that’s been slit, with black bean puree spooned in. The tortilla is then lightly fried and topped with shredded turkey, marinated cabbage, pickled red onions and avocado.Wait, “turkey?”, you ask? Not chicken, not pork? Nope, turkey.   Before there were chickens in the Americas, there were turkeys (remember that whole Thanksgiving thing?), and the Maya put them in a lot of yummy dishes. The turkey adds so much more flavor than chicken. And while it will never take the place of pork in my palate, moist pavo on a corn tortilla instantly conjures up the taste and smell of the Yucatán for me. Next on the platter, a salbute, which is almost the same as a panucho, but not stuffed, and a little crispier. They were both delicious, though for me the salbute edged out the panucho. A little empanada was next, stuffed with ground pork with tomato sauce baked onto it. Also on the plate were a tostada, which was simply a crispy fried tortilla smeared with black beans and topped with queso fresco, and a kotzito – more or less a crispy taquito covered in a tomato/onion sauce.For my meal, I had my old favorite… Tilapia – in this case; deep fried, with a lovely crispy skin on the outside, super mild, and moist flesh on the inside. Tilapia used to get a bad rap as being a rather unhealthy choice for fish, but most of that has been disproven, while the farming methods have improved. It’s inexpensive and lends itself to all sorts of preparations as it takes to strong flavors. I wished, however, that they had seasoned the fish a bit here – it needed salt. But it was good with the beans, hot sauce, and pickled onions. And yes, I made myself some sublime fish tacos with those wonderful tortillas.The service was great. We sat at our table, nursing our sangria, for a good long time, chatting, dipping into the beans and salsa with the extra tortillas we’d asked for, well after we were over-full, and dude kept coming by to refill our glasses, asking if we needed anything more, making us feel welcome, while tending to the needs of other tables and big parties.There are so many Mexican restaurants in the City, and most of them offer the same tacos, burritos, quesadillas, etc., we all know and love. Because that’s what we in America mostly like – Americanized Mexican food. And that’s fine. But Mexico is a big place, with a myriad of regions and different cooking tradition using ingredients unique to each area, which a lot of us know very little about, unless you’re an avid Rick Bayless fan. There are at least three-to-four other Yucatecan places in the Mission, most of which aren’t as dolled up as Poc Chuc, but still worth a try. It’s good to have a regional cuisine so well represented in our City.And, for the record, Poc Chuc serves tacos, too.Poc Chuc2886 16th St. (between South Van Ness and Shotwell)San Francisco, CA 94103(415) 558-1583 We segued into an appetizer plate, the Platillo Maya. Poc Chuc has been around since about 2007, run by the same family, albeit under different names. First came Popol Vuh, named after a sacred book of an ancient people in what is now Guatemala. Next came Chichen Itza, after the famed Mayan city in Mexico. Apparently, there was a fight with a restaurant in Los Angeles over the rights to the name, and so our little Yucatecan outpost became Poc Chuc, after one of the signature dishes of the area.Poc Chuc serves food from the Yucatecan region of Mexico, in the southeast of the country. When it first opened, it was much nicer than the other Mexican places around; it certainly wasn’t your everyday taqueria. I’d been to the Yucatán in the 80s so I was familiar with some of its food. Even Tommy’s out on Geary, which is pretty much a standard (although wonderful in its cheesiness) Mexican-American restaurant, has a delicious version of the famous dish, and that was all I ever ordered there.After all those years, we came back one night and found the restaurant had not changed much, albeit it may have been a little more run down than I remembered.   Hell, so am I, nine years later. At the last table in the back sat the owners’ son, a boy of about 11, who alternately worked on a school project, helped serve dishes to the tables, and sliced onions in the prep area. I was happy to see it was still very much a family-run place, with balloons floating limply from a chair, leftovers from someone’s birthday party, paint chipped here and there, and bad music blaring from the juke box – to me, ear-grating Latin pop. But the food was still excelente.The kid brought us homemade tortilla chips with two hot sauces… Poc Chuc! Most commonly a pork steak marinated in sour orange juice and then grilled, the words themselves simply mean to “toast” over “fire.” If that doesn’t sound very enticing, you’re wrong. There’s something about how the citrus permeates the meat, melding with the smokiness, which makes it a dish greater than the sum of its parts and, seemingly, of its quite simple cooking method.It is served here with a vegetable-bouillon rice, a grilled tomato salsa and pickled red onions, and a side of black bean puree to spoon over the rice. But before you do – taste that rice. People don’t believe me when I say how difficult it is to find a cook who knows how to make good rice in restaurants, but it’s a real talent. In Mexican rice dishes (as in most Latin cultures’), the uncooked rice is typically toasted in hot oil, and then liquid – broth, water, spices, or any combination – is added for the rice to absorb. Getting that ratio of chewiness and flavor from the initial frying, and the absorption of the liquid so that each grain is separate, distinct, and imbued with character, is no easy thing. Poc Chuc’s was savory, homey, and had a good chew – it was perfectly cooked.The brothy black beans that come on the side were delicious too – fresh tasting, with a deep, yet subtle flavor that comes from epazote, a pungent herb similar to oregano or anise, but stronger-tasting.The grilling on my meat was perfect, giving it that signature char and smoky taste. And what’s that in the upper left corner of the pic? Homemade corn tortillas! Thick, hot, and absolutely delectable. Night and day from the mass-produced stuff you get in your local stupidmarket. You can get refills here, and you’ll want them. They’re perfect for dipping in the thick beans, making little tacos of whatever’s on your plate, while little moans of happiness emanate from your table….The BF had the salpicon, typically a hodge-podge dish of chopped meat and salad. Here, the dish consisted of shredded flank steak, mixed with chopped red onions, cilantro and radishes. It was juicy, flavorful, and he really enjoyed it. It came with marinated cabbage, tomatoes, limes, and the same tasty rice and beans. For my main, I went for drama, and ordered the whole fried fish. My next visit was with two girlfriends on a Saturday night. I’d heard that sometimes there is a bit of live entertainment – a man playing tunes on his guitar in the corner – but alas, the only thing on tonight was the t.v. on the wall.It was quite busy, though, and our server, while completely able to hold his own and still be friendly and efficient, somehow misunderstood us when we ordered a pitcher of sangria and brought us not only the pitcher but three glasses already full of sangria; so, essentially, we had two pitchers, and one of us wasn’t doing her fair share of drinking. Luckily my other friend and I were able to solider our way through.Friend Number 1 ordered what I had intended on getting, but offered to share: Pavo en mole. Moles are very complex sauces made up of a multitude of ingredients – dried chili peppers, toasted seeds and nuts, spices and herbs, raisins, chocolate – served over chicken, turkey or pork. There are endless varieties, and they’re a real labor of love, as their preparation can take several hours. Poc Chuc’s is actually a soup rather than a sauce, and is black, which is typically a Oaxacan preparation. The chunky one was a roasted tomato salsa, with a mild amount of heat, a tad sweet. The other was an habanero salsa – a very spicy chili used frequently in Yucatecan cooking – fruity and hot, and the two were actually the perfect salsa when mixed together. I ate almost that entire bowl of chips by myself.The sangria helped to cool things down. Their sangria, by the way, is outstanding. It’s the perfect amount of winey-ness and not too sweet, served in a big old tumbler. 0% Tags: restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% This inky caldo (soup) was so very, very delicious. It was deeply flavored, rich, yet light because it was a soup instead of a sauce, and the slight gaminess of the turkey held its own. A bowl of rice came alongside to add in, along with those fabulously thick tortillas for scooping. This was my favorite dish of the night, and next time, it’s all MINE.Friend Number 2 ordered pollo pibil. Pibil, whether made with pork (cochinito pibil) or chicken, is actually the most renowned of Yucatecan dishes, made with a citrus marinade and achiote – a bright, red-orange natural food coloring/flavoring agent made from the seeds of the annatto tree – and slow roasted in banana leaves over an open fire. I could not really discern the taste of the achiote, nor any of the smokiness that is typical of the dish, but as a nice chicken stew it was really good and homey. Friend Number Two loved it.last_img read more

first_imgMark Percival bagged a hat-trick whilst Ben Barba took the headlines with a superb performance.He scored two and had a hand in several others as Saints gained some revenge for their semi-final defeat.Saints had the job done in the first half as they led 22-0.Barba scored within the first five minutes and then Jon Wilkin combined with the fullback to put Zeb Taia over.And 25 minutes in it got better as Barba’s kick was acrobatically tipped back on the deadball line by Alex Walmsley for Lomax to touch down.An amazing bit of skill for a prop that stands at 6 ft 5.Two minutes later it was 22-0.Lomax hammered home a 40-20 and on the resultant set, the ball found its away to Mark Percival who muscled his way over.Richardson kicking his third conversion of the night.Castleford showed that they weren’t going to go away by having a sustained period of pressure on the Saints’ line early in the second half.But the home side weathered the storm and then extended their lead on 53 minutes.Back to back drop outs gave Holbrook’s men the opportunity and Percival then showed great strength again for his second of the night.Kyle Amor saw yellow for interference as the game reached its hour mark and Cas profited through Paul McShane.But Saints wrestled back any sort of momentum with another try.Firstly, Wilkin returned to the field to put in a big defensive stint and then Barba pulled off a wonder tackle on Greg Eden.From there, Theo Fages found Taia and he duly turned it back inside for Barba’s second.A super try straight from the training field.Taia scored his second as he ran on a fine line from Fages’ ball and then Saints saved the best until last.Saints moved the ball at speed from within their own half, Barba produced a stunning arced run and went 50 metres before he turned it back inside for Percival’s hat-trick.A memorable end to a memorable night.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Barba (2), Taia (2), Lomax, Percival (3), Goals: Richardson (7 from 8)Tigers: Tries: McShane Goals: Gale (1 from 1)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 9 Tigers: 5HT: 22-0 FT: 46-6REF: J ChildATT: 13,108Teams:Saints: 23. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3, Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles.Tigers: 1. Ben Roberts; 2. Greg Minikin, 3. Jake Webster, 4. Michael Shenton, 5. Greg Eden; 21. Jake Trueman, 7. Luke Gale; 8. Junior Moors, 9. Paul McShane, 22. James Green, 11. Oliver Holmes, 12. Mike McMeeken, 14. Nathan Massey. Subs: 10. Grant Millington, 13. Adam Milner, 15. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 18. Matt Cook.last_img read more

first_imgNew signings Lachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama and Joseph Paulo are all in line to make their Super League debuts for the Club.Justin Holbrook will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 23.Lachlan Coote.Adrian Lam will choose his Wigan Warriors side from:Joe Bullock, Tony Clubb, Tom Davies, Morgan Escaré, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Oliver Gildart, Joe Greenwood, Gabe Hamlin, Zak Hardaker, Willie Isa, Tommy Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Romain Navarrete, Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Taulima Tautai, George Williams.Tickets are still on sale, but limited in many areas, you can secure yours from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or online here.last_img read more

first_imgThe Topsail Baseball will have a new head coach in 2019. (Photo: Dustin Dorsey/WWAY) BURGAW — Nearly two months after an investigation into an ineligible player on the Topsail High School baseball team was opened, the Pender County Board of Education announced its findings during a meeting Friday.Pender County Schools attorney Richard Schwartz read a report that assigned responsibility to all involved, including parents and players. Schwartz added the report would be made available to the public directly after the meeting.- Advertisement – “As a member of the high school athletic association, Topsail High School must comply with all of its rules and regulations, as well as Pender County Board of Education policy,” Schwartz said. “Responsibility for assuring that compliance is shared among various school system employees, primarily the head coach of the team involved, the school’s athletic director, principal and county athletic director.”Click here for more from StarNews.last_img read more

first_img “We have been getting calls since we came back on live around 4:00 last Friday that people can hear us. We’ve had a lot of encouraging messages being sent to this station, we’ve heard from advertisers. It really has been an extremely positive response since we upgraded the signal,” Redwolf Broadcasting Director of Operations Aimee Mulligan said.With that clear signal, you can listen to the WWAY’s Good Morning Carolina from 6 to 7 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and the rest of the Big Talker lineup, which includes mostly conservative talk shows, including Wilmington-based Mornings with Joe Catenacci, statewide political discussion on The Chad Adams Show and national personalities like Sean Hannity and Dana Loesch and financial expert Dave Ramsey, throughout the day. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Big Talker 106.7 FM has been on the air for a while. But one complaint it’s heard from listeners is about the station’s weak signal. Now that’s a thing of the past.The radio station just got a brand new transmitter. Many listeners said they would lose the station as they drove or would simply hear static. Now the station has moved its tower and upgraded the antenna. It is already getting positive feedback.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img After you’re done with that, you go to Santa’s village, where kids can sit on Santa’s lap and write him letters containing their Christmas lists.Director David Crooks says you can can even get a Christmas tree while you’re there.“Santa Claus is free, Santa’s village is free. We do have candy for sale, t-shirts for sale, hot cocoa and food and stuff like that. And you guys can just come and spend the evening with us and enjoy some Christmas spirit at Christmas in the Country,” said Crooks. “It’s a new family tradition, really, is what we’re going for.”Related Article: Bathroom furnishings distribution center sets up shop in Pender CountyChristmas in the Country costs $20 per car load up to ten people. Any more than that is a dollar per person.It goes until New Year’s Eve. ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) — A new Christmas light display that organizers hope will become a new tradition, just opened its doors in Rocky Point on Thanksgiving night.Christmas in the Country at the Old Homestead Farm in Rocky Point features a mile-long drive-through style Christmas light display, with over 100,000 lights.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgJames Beard Award semi-finalist Chef Dean Neff, locally known partly for his time as chef at Pinpoint restaurant in Wilmington, is sharing some trade secrets from the sea.Today, he taught WWAY’s Donna Gregory how to shuck an oyster, the right way.- Advertisement – Neff is hosting dinner pop-ups this weekend and next.Summer Solstice Dinner Pop-Ups are being held at 5:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. at Love, Lydia Bakery at 1502 S. 3rd St. in Wilmington.Here’s more information.Related Article: Chef Dean Neff shows how to make Low Country Boil and morelast_img read more

first_img SharePrint Familja li rnexxielha ssalva mill-għargħar tistnna barra mid-dar li jaslu l-ħaddiema tas-salvataġġ fid-distrett ta’Chikwawa (Ritratt: Thoko Chikondi/AP)Familja li rnexxielha ssalva mill-għargħar tistnna barra mid-dar li jaslu l-ħaddiema tas-salvataġġ fid-distrett ta’Chikwawa (Ritratt: Thoko Chikondi/AP) The bishops of Malawi are asking for help after devastating floods continue to affect the country.“We are deeply concerned as an institution which works mainly with the rural communities that the most affected are the poor Malawians, some of whom were already struggling to meet basic needs. While we struggle together to respond to the disaster which has befallen us, we appeal to all Catholics and people of good will, donor agencies and our International development partners to spare the little they might have to support our brothers and sisters who are trapped in this catastrophic condition,” reads the bishops’ March 9 statement.“This is about human life, human dignity and human rights.  It is about the very reason we exist as a church, standing for those in need. Our hearts are heavy to lose human life in such devastating circumstances; we are in a middle of crisis,” continues the statement.Devastating floods have swept across Southern Africa, killing hundreds of people in Malawi, South Africa and Mozambique and rendering hundreds of thousands homeless.Humanitarian Aid needed urgently“There is need for urgent humanitarian aid as the affected households are in dire need of life saving interventions such as food, shelter, water and sanitation. Many are being accommodated in evacuation camps, schools and churches disrupting learning. A total of 187 camps have been established so far and these people are relying on well-wishers to fend for their needs. With congestion in the camps, chances of occurrence of water borne diseases are high, hence need for water and sanitation interventions. Protection issues are also of great need as the marginalized tend to be sidelined.”“The biggest challenges are that we have an uncounted population that is trapped in the waters, which are in dire need of support,” the National Coordinator of CADECOM, told Crux news agency.Caritas is appealing for $280,000 to help the people suffering from the effects of the floods. According to the country’s main utility company, 80 percent of Malawi’s electricity supply has been disrupted.Church opens schools and churchesThe Church has opened up schools and churches which are now used as temporary shelters.  The Caritas website says the charity will provide households with “cooking utensils, hygiene items, water storage and purification items and help to protect them from future heavy rains.”In addition, it will work to combat further consequences from the flooding “by ensuring people remain camped on higher ground until the rainy season ends in April. It will also work to limit outbreaks of waterborne diseases by not only providing chlorine tablets but also raising awareness early if there are any signs of such diseases.”In 2015 there was a similar disaster when 15 districts were affected with 106 people killed, 172 missing and 230,000 displaced. Damage and loss was valued at $335 million while cost of recovery was projected at $494 million.“I pray for encouragement to all those involved in rescue operations and humanitarian assistance that they may not tire of supporting their brothers and sisters who need them most during this difficult time,” said Bishop Charles Kasonde of Solwezi, Zambia, and chairman of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferencce in Eastern Africa.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more