EAT: Gino’s Pizzeria

first_imgGino’s Pizzeria 94 Gloucester Green (01865) 794446 Italian food and Italian restaurants have taken Oxford by storm over the last couple of years, bringing with them a superior offering of pizza and pasta to that previously supplied by the dismal doughy Pizza Hut. At the very pinnacle of Italian eateries, sits Gino’s. For some reason, and I have yet to fathom why, this place isn’t particularly well known. I think it’s in the marketing. Gino’s serves the best pizza and pasta I’ve ever had outside Italy and yet it’s very often empty. This is a sad, sad thing. I’ve often chatted with the manager about how he could better market the place but he seems more interested in the quality of his sauces. The silly man should learn the lesson from Pizza Hut that quality is apparently irrelevant. And it’s not as if the punters are going for cost over taste, Pizza Hut is hardly cheap and, of all the pizza restaurants in Oxford, Gino’s is certainly the best value. Two courses won’t cost you more than a tenner. The quality of pizza is all in the dough. Gino’s dough actually tastes homemade. It’s soft and flavourful and not smothered by the toppings. The pasta at Gino’s is actually as good as that offered in the restaurants of Florence and Siena. The Spaghetti Amatriciana is the best: chilli sauce (not too hot so as to overwhelm the other ingredients) with bacon. A perfect three-course meal at Gino’s would start with mussels (avoid the bruscetta, I have to admit it’s quite poor and you can certainly get better at ASK or Pizza Hut), move on to the Spaghetti Amatriciana and finish with the chocolate fudge cake with cream – heaven on a plate. Perhaps the best feature of Gino’s is its atmosphere: a tiny, cosy place with paintings of Italy on the ceiling and walls, all tucked away next to Glouster Green bus station. Cheap, cute and succulent – what more could you ask for?ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more

Polyamory Action Lobby Established by Green activists (Aust)

first_imgHerald Sun 4 March 2013Three weeks ago Sydney’s City Hub reported on the establishment of the Polyamory Action Lobby, or PAL… And sure enough, PAL recently started a petition which reads:The House of Representatives For too long has Australia denied people the right to marry the ones they care about. We find this abhorrent. We believe that everyone should be allowed to marry their partners, and that the law should never be a barrier to love. And that’s why we demand nothing less than the full recognition of polyamorous families.So here we have it: a polyamorist lobby group petitioning parliament to allow polygamous marriage. To some, five months ago this was inconceivable….But who is behind the Polyamory Action Lobby? PAL’s president is Brigitte Garozzo. PAL’s spokesman is Timothy Scriven. And Kieran Adair is also one of PAL’s founders. And what do these militant polyamorists have in common? I will tell you. They are all associated with the Greens. Brigitte Garozzo, also known as Brigitte McFadden is listed as the contact officer for the New South Wales Young Greens at the University of Sydney. Timothy Scriven describes his political views as ‘anarchism and revolutionary libertarian socialism’, though the University of Sydney Greens Facebook page last year said:Timothy Scriven is an active member of the Greens on Campus and on our executive…Kieran Adair’s Twitter profile promotes the 2011 Greens New South Wales election campaign. Further, a ‘Kieran Adair’ said, on the New Matilda website when commenting on the 2011 annual Marxist conference, ‘I don’t identify as a socialist; I’m a Green.’…Polyamorous marriage is on the agenda. Greens activists are now pushing publicly for it while other polyamorists are lying low, waiting to be the next cab off the rank—no doubt, I suspect, having been given a nod and a wink by other Greens, who are still advocating marriage for all.;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansards%2Fbbf08272-5de4-436c-9325-d389def0cc1c%2F0260%22last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (February 3-8)

first_imgThe ORVC Weekly Report (February 3-8)Girls Basketball Player of the Week:  Eve Galbreath-Switzerland County.Boys Basketball Player of the Week:  T. J. White-Switzerland County.ORVC Weekly Report (February 3-8)Submitted by ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

Bernice Hopkins

first_imgBernice A. Hopkins, 87, of Greenwood, formerly of Holton passed away at 10:30am, Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. She was born near Zenas in Jennings County on December 18, 1928 the daughter of William and Gertrude Yeager Speer. She was married to Harold Hopkins on October 17, 1948 and he preceded her in death on June 16, 2002. Survivors include one son Charles (Amy) Hopkins of Apollo, Pennsylvania; two daughters Katherine (Vernon) Pedersen of Great Falls, Montana and Yvonne (Steve) Tanner of Greenwood; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; two brothers Walter (Mary Evelyn) Speer of North Vernon and Wayne (Janet) Speer of Lexington; one sister Virginia (Walter) Brauer of Brownsburg. She was also preceded in death by her son Michael, her parents, and her brothers Elmer, Omer, Melvin, Leonard, John, Fred, and Richard Speer. Mrs. Hopkins was a 1947 graduate of Zenas High School. She and her husband were former owners and operators of Hopkins’ Grocery in Holton and she was also a homemaker. Her favorite past times were bird watching, crocheting, reading, gardening, and her grandchildren. Bernice was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church, Versailles OES, and the Napoleon VFW Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 16 at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Ty Choate of the Hopewell Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Flat Rock Cemetery near Osgood. Visitation will be Sunday from 3pm to 6pm. Memorials may be given to the Flat Rock Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Dutch coach resigns

first_imgHis second spell with the national side hasn’t gone well, as they’re in danger of not reaching the Euro 2016 finals.They’re third in their qualifying group, behind Iceland and the Czech Republic.last_img

Day Four – Men’s Amateur: The fairytale continues for golden oldie Wharton

first_img31 Jul 2020 Day Four – Men’s Amateur: The fairytale continues for golden oldie Wharton Paul Wharton admits he’s having to pinch himself after fighting through to the quarter finals of the English Men’s Amateur Championships at the ripe old age of 59.Wharton – who won his club championship at Woodhall Spa Golf Club on Saturday – now has a fighting chance of winning his national title after another day of heroics on his home patch.Having beaten England international Sam Bairstow on Thursday, Wharton followed it up with victories against Richard Cheetham and William Hopkins to make the last eight at the Lincolnshire venueDespite having scratched his eye putting in a contact lens in the morning forcing him to wear glasses on the course, Wharton continued to play with unerring accuracy.“The fairytale continues!’ joked Wharton as he contemplated a cold shower rather than a cool beer after a gruelling day of action.“I’ll be going home for a very early night.“I played solidly. The course was trickier today but I’m having to pinch myself that I’m still here.“I’ve exceeded expectations by a massive amount.“I don’t know about playing like a youngster, but you play to your strengths. I get it on the fairway and green and try not to waste shots – I can’t afford to.“This afternoon Will was 60/70 yards past me at times and I had to ignore it and focus on my own game.“But there’s no description column on a score card! I’m a very happy man.“I won’t get ahead of myself – it’s one round at a time.”The 3&2 afternoon victory over fellow Lincolnshire county player Hopkins was one of the highlights of another brilliant day’s play.Also through to the last eight are England internationals Joe Long and Sam Broadhurst.Long’s play has been impressive all week and he edged out Alex Dixon by a 2&1 margin.Broadhurst (pictured above) needed four extra holes to shake off the threat from fellow England player Charlie Thornton.Enrique Dimayuga won a tight game against Jake Bolton on the 17th while Callan Barrow from Royal Lytham and St Anne’s was a comprehensive 7&5 victor over Jake Walley.Sam Done, Jack Cope and Barclay Brown are also safely through to the quarters which will be played on Saturday morning before the semis follow in the afternoon.Sunday’s final will be 36 holes of match play on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa – the home of England Golf.Scores, videos, interviews, images and action can be found on the English Amateur Championships homepage.Photography: Leaderboardlast_img read more

Sea Bright Mayor Steps Down After 18 Years of Public Service

first_imgOutgoing Sea Bright Mayor Maria Fernandes is proud of her 18 years of service to the borough and numbers among her accomplishments securing a $1.5 million grant for the rehabilitation of the borough’s sewer infrastructure and helping to secure $1 million in funding for streetscape enhancements and road repairs.SEA BRIGHT — For 18 years there has been a constant in the borough as Maria Fernandes held forth in her different roles, on the Planning Board, Borough Council and then as mayor for four years. But with the installation of the new mayor, Fernandes is stepping back.Last year, following a series of health problems, Fernandes, 59, decided not to seek re-election as mayor.“When the time came for campaigning,” for the 2011 mayoral race, she explained in an interview with The Two River Times on Wednesday, “I said I would definitely run again. But then I thought maybe it’s time to hang my hat up and let someone else do it.”That someone else, it turned out was fellow Democrat Dina Long, a borough council member, who was elected to the mayoral office in November.Deciding to retire is bittersweet for Fernandes, who acknowledged she had come to really enjoy the nuts and bolts of government work and its final results, which is to help people and solve problems.“I was doing things (based on) what was best for the borough,” she said.Fernandes, who is from Elizabeth, moved to Sea Bright with her family back in 1958, when her parents bought their first of two Ocean Avenue properties. As an adult she worked for a steamship company in Newark, where she was in charge of its international shipping, and later worked as a middle manager for a Holmdel-based dental manufacturing company.Her career in public service began back in 1994 when then-Mayor Charles Rooney asked her first to run for borough council (which she turned down at the time, thinking she had no taste for politics) and then to take a seat on the planning board. She found that she actually liked working on the board. “I always liked helping people and I wanted to explain the process,’ she said of her early days, noting she developed an appreciation for the work of architects and engineers in the process, as well. “You learned a lot of things,” she said.She rarely missed board meetings and went to all of the borough council meetings. She then worked on the council campaign for Democratic candidate Elizabeth Smith. She eventually conceded to Rooney’s request to run for council, winning pretty decisively in 1996.The major issue then was the sewer/sanitary system, as the governing body decided to enact a separate utility and a corresponding bill, much to the outrage of residents, she recalled.As a council member upgrading the sewer system remained a top priority for her.“I guess my mind was in the gutter,” she kidded. But stressed it was and is an important issue for the small beachfront community.She lobbied local Assembly people and helped secure $1.5 million in state grants for the rehabilitation work on the system and pump stations. “That was very fulfilling,” she said of that accomplishment.Later she helped usher in the Downtown Infrastructure Improvement Project, winning about $1 million in grant money, allowing the borough to repave and redo roadway and sidewalks on a number of side streets.Recently, she had been working with U.S. Representative Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) on getting Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to replace some bulkheading and pumping equipment to address the long standing flooding problem. “We’ve made very good headway,” she said.“So, I guess I’m glad I had my head in the gutter,” she said.“I was never political. I’m not political now,” she stressed. “I never had any political aspirations.” But in the aftermath of Rooney’s death, she charged, the borough council became so mired in partisan bickering it was at a stalemate.“What always bothered me was the time wasted on politics.” So, she decided to run for mayor, winning the office.“I think name recognition is good,” and may have contributed to her victory then. But more importantly for the voters, she suspected, “I was a working council member.”Looking back on her time in office, Fernandes conceded that she would have like to have made greater strides in the per pupil cost borough property owners have been saddled with over the years to send local students out of district for schooling, long a bane to local taxpayers and officials (costing upwards of more than $90,000 per year, per student). “I wish we had the opportunity to sit down with the commissioner [of education] or the governor himself,” she said. “But we did make inroads.”She has been responsive to the needs of her constituents, helping where she can or finding out where help can be obtained. “I am not shy about getting back to everybody,” she said.Last year, Fernandes suffered a mild stroke, affecting her speech and movement on her right side. She also had her right leg amputated due to circulatory problems, which led to her decision to retire.But it may not be the last voters hear from her, she hinted. “These challenges have a way of winding up in my lap,” she said, with a smile.“I may look to come back to the council. You never know.”last_img read more

Police name accused in Tuesday’s robberies and highway chase

first_imgThe two were arrested after a stolen black Dodge Ram pickup truck was stopped near Farmington after police set up a spike belt to deflate the vehicle’s tires. Police have released the names of two suspects accused after two robberies and a police chase down the Alaska Highway on Tuesday.John Robert Kalita and Nicole Danille Alexander are both from Grande Prairie and are facing charges in relation to a robbery at the Dawson Creek No Frills and the Wholesale Club pharmacy, before fleeing from police on the Alaska Highway.- Advertisement -The 26 year-old Kalita is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, robbery, flight from a peace officer and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.The 24 year-old Alexander is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000 and flight from a peace officer.Kalita has been remanded in custody and is expected to make his next court appearance on in Dawson Creek Provincial Court on May 17.Alexander was released on bail, Thursday, and is expected back in court on May 24.Advertisementlast_img read more

Neanderthals Underestimated Again

first_imgNeanderthals show mental creativity for too long a period to support the evolutionary timeline.“Rings of stalagmites found in a cave in France suggest that our ancient relatives were surprisingly skilled builders.” That’s how National Geographic opens its coverage of surprising examples of creative design way, way back in the evolutionary scenario. For a couple of reasons, these structures in Bruniquel Cave, nearly 1,000 feet from the entrance, cannot be the work of stupid brutes.The strange rings are crafted from stalagmites and are roughly 176,000 years old, scientists report today in Nature. And if the rings were built by a bipedal species, as archaeologists suspect, then they could only be the work of Neanderthals, ancient human relatives that are proving to be much more “human” than anticipated.“This discovery provides clear evidence that Neanderthals had fully human capabilities in the planning and the construction of ‘stone’ structures, and that some of them penetrated deep into caves, where artificial lighting would have been essential,” says paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London.The people spent care to carve 400 stalactites into their design. It’s not known what the structures were for, but they are intricate enough to draw conclusions about their mental capabilities; “the seemingly unmistakable craftwork of builders with a purpose.” That’s an inference to intelligent design. What’s also interesting is that they are unique for this period in the evolutionary scheme. The article states, “The structures are spectacular and have virtually no equivalent for that period, and even for more recent periods.”The BBC News has a color picture of one of the structures. The cave is nearly pristine, being controlled by the French government for research since it was discovered in the 1990s. New Scientist says that the combined weight of the organized stalactite structures is about two tons.Cave Art with AltitudeIn another cave story, Live Science describes etchings high in the Alps that have just been digitally scanned. The cliff overhangs date from 10,000 to 5,000 years ago, the scientists estimate, and show evidence of habitation into the Bronze Age. Science Daily says that the paintings, though simple, reveal “a story of human occupation and activity in one of the world’s most challenging environments from the Mesolithic to Post-Medieval period.”Baby TeachersCreativity is a sure mark of intelligence. Two evolutionists from the University of Rochester, writing in PNAS, concocted a new theory how that came about. “Extraordinary intelligence,” they say, evolved to take care of babies.Here we show how natural selection for large brains may lead to premature newborns, which themselves require more intelligence to raise, and thus may select for even larger brains. As we show, these dynamics can be self-reinforcing and lead to runaway selection for extremely high intelligence and helpless newborns. We test a prediction of this account: the helplessness of a primate’s newborns should strongly predict their intelligence. We show that this is so and relate our account to theories of human uniqueness and the question of why human-level intelligence took so long to evolve in the history of life.If this were a law of nature, then marsupials should have the biggest brains, shouldn’t they? Kangaroo newborns are worm-size, helpless little wretches crawling into a pouch for protection and nourishment. Why is this selection pressure limited to primates? Medical Xpress is no help:The key is live birth. According to the researchers, the runaway selection of intelligence requires both live birth of a single off spring and large brains, distinctive features of higher mammals.The scientists claim that dinosaurs and birds matured in the egg, and so don’t fit the requirements. But surely a baby bird is just as helpless when it hatches as a premature infant, requiring its parents to hunt far and wide to keep them fed. In fact, most animals are born helpless. Did the authors think their idea through?Even if a large brain resulted from baby care, it would not necessarily have the propensities for creativity, language and abstract thought. To show why not, read Sarah Chaffee’s piece on Evolution News & Views. She quotes cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman who gives a pretty solid debunking of “evolutionary epistemology,” the notion that natural selection would favor realism and logic. “Its perceptions will be tuned to fitness, but not to truth,” he explains.Update 5/27/16: PhysOrg just announced another cave art bonanza, this time in a difficult-to-reach cave in Spain. A thousand feet underground are exquisite drawings of deer, buffalo, goats and horses. Evolutionary scientists place these drawings at 12,500 to 14,500 years ago.Neanderthals were humans like us, the evidence shows, but that’s not the only important lesson here. In fact, it’s old news (2/22/16, 1/24/06, etc. etc.; search on Neanderthal for much more). What readers need to focus on is the absurdity of the evolutionary timeline, with its hundreds of thousands of imaginary Darwin years. Think about it; to believe the Darwin story, you have to imagine human beings making art, expressing themselves with skill and purpose, and doing nothing else really interesting for 170,000 years. What? That’s over 17 times all of recorded human history. Look how much mankind has achieved since pre-Sumerian agricultural villages. They’ve gone from hunting with spears to exploring Pluto with advanced technological spacecraft!Ask an evolutionist, “Do you mean to tell me that people with our gifts and talents, able to make fire, cook food, manufacture tools for the hunt and migrate across continents, just sat around in caves for 170,000 years? Are you telling me you really believe that not a single one of them gave a thought to how they could make their lives easier by building permanent shelters of their own, planting their favorite crops, corralling their favorite animals, and learning to ride horses?” Such notions should be laughed out of court. We know what humans do! They are curious, inventive and cooperative. No matter where they are, they build things, innovate and work as teams. The only reason Darwinians believe in those vast imaginary stretches of time is that they have to put the apes millions of years further back, to give natural selection enough time to make apes walk upright and lose their hair.Who has the stupid story here? Creationists believe humans were always humans, whether barrel-chested like Neanderthals or tall and skinny. Humans are all members of one race, made in the image of God. Their innate, created abilities led them to migrate around the world quickly, building cities and civilizations within decades or centuries, without having to wait in caves for some lucky mutation that produced language. Yet the Darwinians get millions of dollars in research grants and educational funds to promote their myth, and nobody is allowed to question it in public schools and academia. They get all the space in the leading journals, and all the air time on public broadcasting. The media swallows it whole and barfs it back out for the masses. Fight any of this with facts and logic, and you get shouted down if not punished for daring to question the “scientific” consensus. This is rotten. I should know. (Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more