“The notion that they would be filled with doubt, questioning their place in this great country of ours…that’s not who we are,” Obama said of Muslim Americans. “We’re one American family, and when any part of our family starts to feel separate or second class or targeted, it tears at the very fabric of our nation.”Obama’s visit will no doubt spark criticism. Surprisingly, he made a not-so-veiled dig at detractors who claim Obama is a closet Muslim by invoking similar attacks thrust against Thomas Jefferson, who along with John Adams, owned a Koran.“I’m in good company,” he said, drawing laughs.While some may assail Obama from visiting a mosque because of a perceived threat its congregants pose, he isn’t the first modern day US president to do so. The Democratic president’s Republican predecessor made a similar plea after deadlier terror attacks.President George W. Bush, six days after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, paid a visit to the Islamic Center of Washington D.C. It was during that meeting with Islamic leaders that Bush famously said, “Islam is peace.”“The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam,” Bush said that day. “That’s not what Islam is all about.” “Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.” Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In his first visit to a mosque since he was elected to the White House nearly eight years ago, President Barack Obama called anti-Islamic sentiment rampant in the United States today “inexcusable” and said such rhetoric has no place in American society.A stoic Obama told the congregation at the Islamic Society of Baltimore that he was inspired by the successful lives they’ve built for themselves in America as scientists, doctors, US soldiers, and noted that he is comforted by the mosque’s service to the city.But the president’s most impassioned comments came when, without naming any presidential candidate in particular, he lamented anti-Muslim rhetoric propagated by politicians—which he directly linked with attacks on Muslim communities throughout the country.“Recently we’ve heard inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim Americans that has no place in our country,” Obama said Wednesday. “No surprise then that threats and harassment of Muslim Americans have surged.”Two threats were made against the Islamic Society of Baltimore, he said. Women wearing hijabs—traditional Muslim head coverings—have been targeted, Obama told the crowd.“We’ve seen children bullied; we’ve seen mosques vandalized,” the president continued.The president put the onus on Americans of all religions to stand up against hate.Obama appeared to be referencing comments made by Republican presidential hopefuls, such as Donald Trump, who called for a ban of all Muslims entering the US. Another candidate, Jeb Bush, said all Syrian refugees seeking to come to the US should undergo a religious test before entering.The national Muslim advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in December that there had been more attacks against mosques in 2015 than they’ve ever previously recorded.Muslim Americans were once again viewed as suspicious following the horrific attacks in Paris that killed 130 and the shooting in San Bernardino by a Muslim couple that killed 14 and injured 22.“You’ve seen too often people conflating the horrific acts of terrorism with the beliefs of an entire faith,” Obama said.The president said the far majority of Muslims around the world are peace-loving and blamed a small fraction for perverting a religion followed by 1.6 billion people worldwide in order to justify their violence and land grabs that have further destabilized regions in the Middle East and Africa.Obama sought to allay concerns of many Muslim Americans, especially parents, who’ve been forced to have tough discussions with their children about how they fit into the fabric of American society. One mother wrote to the president and said her heart “cries every night” thinking about how her daughter might be treated at school.In letters and in direct talks with Obama, Muslim Americans shared deep-felt beliefs that they are being treated like second-class citizens. Obama’s relationship with the Muslim community is a complicated one.While he has repeatedly decried attacks against Muslims, Obama has also been at the helm of ever expanding drone wars that have killed terror suspects but also innocent civilians living in Muslim-dominated countries.It’s also the Obama administration that has promoted a controversial community-driven approach to fighting radical ideology called Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). When the White House hosted a summit on the topic last March, human rights groups and Muslim advocacy organizations criticized it for essentially reinforcing the stereotype that Muslim communities should be under constant suspicion.The human rights groups wondered why the supposed extremism summit focused on Muslims and did not address attacks by right wing extremists. Since 9/11, right wing extremists in the US have killed 48 people and 45 have been slain by Muslim extremists, according to the New America Foundation.“CVE’s focus on American Muslim communities and communities presumed to be Muslim stigmatizes them as inherently suspect,” the groups wrote in a joint letter to Obama three months before the summit. “It sets American Muslims apart from their neighbors and singles them out for monitoring based on faith, race and ethnicity.”On Wednesday, Obama did not shy away from acknowledging that some Muslims commit atrocities—which he blamed partly on groups like al Qaeda and the self-declared Islamic State, who use a warped ideology and falsely claim that the US is at war with Islam to bolster their ranks.Obama also called on the media—the TV and film industry, in particular—to feature Muslims in non-terror roles, arguing that most Americans’ views of Muslims are shaped not by direct interaction with Muslims but by what they see on the news and in entertainment.“An attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths,” Obama said. “And when any religious group is targeted we all have a responsibility to speak up.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A colonial home built in 1750 is listed for sale at 246 Christian Ave. in Stony Brook.Sea captain Charles Mills, an early colonial-era settler, once owned this nearly 1-acre property. The six-bedroom home oozes with rustic, old world charm while offering modern updates. A nice, historic touch, for example, is the traditional stained glass window with a ship and “1750” designed on it.Tall windows and high cathedral ceilings with wooden plank beams give this home natural light and spaciousness throughout. That includes the eat-in kitchen, where plenty of sunlight floods in. The kitchen also has a large pantry cabinet and wood cabinets, drawers, and countertops. The house’s wide plank floors and four fireplaces are a cozy combination for the upcoming winter. The home also has a den/family room and a powder room — plus, the bedrooms have large closets and built-in shelving for storage in the walls. The partial basement is unfinished and just waiting for a real makeover; the possibilities are endless.Atop the three-floor home is a new cedar roof. Next to the house is a separate two-car garage, which has legal space in it to make a home studio or office — complete with heat and a half bathroom. There is also a small deck connected to the house in the backyard.The house is close to the village and beaches, and it falls in the Three Village School District.The asking price is $899,000, not including the annual property tax of $20,777.The real estate agent listed for the property is Stephanie Carollo, of Realty Connect USA LI Inc., who can be reached at 631-941-4300. For more real estate news, visit longislandpress.com/category/real-estate.Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.
Yazoo – Choc-Hazelicious Launch date: September 2020Avocado dip brand Holy Moly has hopped over to RTDs with a trio of flavoured shakes. Plant-based and low in fat, Strawberry Almond, Chocolate Almond and Banana Almond Nutshakes are launching into Sainsbury’s in 750ml and 250ml bottles. What’s hot?So we’ve seen premiumisation continue at steady growth. And of course, coffee is really going nowhere. As coffee culture has grown in the UK we’ve seen coffee RTDs, new flavours and now we expect to see more. What’s not?Protein and breakfast drinks. Breakfast has been heralded as the most important meal of the day and this makes it the one where consumers are least likely to compromise. It’s been really hard for brands to get this right and to balance nutrition and taste perfectly and as a consequence there are only a handful of winners. Consumers are seeming to switch back out for other products that meet their tastes.What’s next?Dairy alternatives. They’re growing at a rate of knots and much faster than any of the other health trends. And sustainability: it’s an ever-growing focus in consumer’s minds and it incorporates everything from farming to packaging disposal. Shaken Other – Strawberry Coconut Milkshake Launch date: September 2020Shaken Udder has just launched its first plant-based product, Shaken Other. The Chocolate flavour launched in Tesco in July and the Strawberry flavour is due to launch in Sainsbury’s on 23 September. Holy Moly – Nutshake What’s new? Four new on-the-go dairy drinks with indulgent flavours Tom Parker Creamery – Strawberries & Cream Launch date: January 2020Served in a sustainable glass bottle, this classic British summer combination is the latest launch from Tom Parker Creamery. The drink is made by blending whole milk from the free-range cows at the Parker family farm in Hampshire with strawberry purée. It’s available from Milk & More. Launch date: March 2020 This nutty flavour marks the third limited-edition launch from Yazoo over the past couple of years. Suitable for nut allergy sufferers, this chocolate-hazelnut flavour combo will be available in one-litre and 400ml on-the-go bottles until February next year.,FrieslandCampina
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While waiting to see if and when the coronavirus shutdown will end and the MLB season will begin, we took some Angels questions via Twitter on Wednesday.If no season is to be played does (Anthony) Rendon have just six years left on the contract? Or seven still? I’m assuming six since Betts will be free agent this offseason. Sucks to be Dodgers if that happens. — @mattyball71Anthony Rendon’s contract covers the 2020 to 2026 seasons, specifically, so if there is no 2020 season, the Angels simply lose a year of Rendon’s contract. Of course, they also won’t have to pay him his full salary in 2020, so they get some relief in that way.How many games do you think would be too little to even consider playing the season at all? — @TinaTigerl18 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone You would think that you would need at least 100 games or so for the season to be considered legitimate, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they play as few as 75. Most of the money from TV comes from the playoffs, so MLB is going to do whatever it can to still have the playoffs, even if they follow a significantly shortened season.Being optimistic that there will be baseball by Summer. How are (Shohei) Ohtani and (Griffin) Canning? — @dweinberger66As of last week, Shohei Ohtani was throwing and still on track to be ready to pitch whenever the season begins. Griffin Canning was cleared this week to resume throwing, about four weeks after undergoing a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow. He could be on the mound by the end of April, and could be ready by the time the season starts.Which pitcher, not named Shohei, do you think will be a boost to our rotation and/or bullpen? — @Br3nd0714I think the biggest potential improvement to the pitching staff might have come from Keynan Middleton. Middleton lost some velocity on his fastball when he came back from Tommy John surgery late in 2019, but in spring training he was again throwing 96-97 mph. He’s been very good when he’s been healthy, and he potentially gives the Angels three closer-caliber relievers, along with Hansel Robles and Ty Buttrey. A dominating bullpen can cover up a lot of issues with the rotation. Do you think there’s any possibility the Angels get rid of either Simba (Andrelton Simmons), (David) Fletcher, or (Tommy) La Stella for a pitcher above Junior Varsity level? — @RockyFalboaAndrelton Simmons and La Stella are both set to be free agents at the end of the 2020 season, so their value would be limited in terms of acquiring a front-line pitcher, even if there would have been a full season. Fletcher, on the other hand, could definitely be an attractive piece to help the Angels get a pitcher, if they were inclined to move him.With a possible lost season can AP (Albert Pujols) still get to 700 (home runs)? — @DeliriousDrew84If there are no games in 2020, it will be just about impossible for Albert Pujols to reach 700 homers. He is currently at 656, so he needs another 44 homers. He isn’t hitting 44 homers in a single season at age 41 in 2021. Even if they play half a season in 2020, it will be tough (to reach 700), based on his age and the trajectory of his performance. Pujols was healthy the entire 2019 season, and he hit 23 homers.When the season starts, will the date correspond with the previous schedule? Or will we start from scratch against Houston? — @GeorgeKittle11The schedule is a very complicated web, so restarting it would be virtually impossible. When the season started late in 1995, after the strike ended, they simply picked up the schedule where it was in late April. Wherever they pick it up, they’ll need to tweak it to make sure teams have the same number of games, and the same number of home and road games, but I suspect they would simply add games to existing series where there are off days now.How does a shortened, or even canceled, season affect (GM) Billy Eppler’s job? Would he have a better chance of getting an extension or a worse chance? — @FletchSZNNOnly team owner Arte Moreno truly knows the answer to that one. If Moreno had decided before the season even began that this was going to be Eppler’s last year as general manager, then perhaps he could still make a change at the end of the season, regardless of what happens. However, if Moreno was truly waiting to judge Eppler based on what happened in 2020, then it would seem like he would at least give him a one-year extension if there is no 2020 season.Do you think MLB will change the playoff format now that all other leagues have at least 14 teams in the playoffs now and MLB is still at 10? — @WillieJ2323The idea floated during spring training – six teams playing best-of-three series and one getting a first-round bye in each league – was probably going to happen, perhaps as soon as 2021, from my understanding. The TV partners like it, and the players like it, so that’s reason enough for it to happen. As for what happens in 2020, it’s anyone’s guess. It seems likely that they will do something besides the standard playoff system, just because extra playoff games would help make up some of the lost revenue from the shortened season.What’s your best lineup for this team? — @EricSpitzAs a matter of fact, Strat-O-Matic has been running a simulation of the season using its computer game and I’ve been supplying the Angels lineup. I tweak it a little each day, but normally I’ve been using something like this: David Fletcher 2B, Mike Trout CF, Anthony Rendon 3B, Shohei Ohtani DH, Justin Upton LF, Albert Pujols 1B, Brian Goodwin RF, Andrelton Simmons SS, Jason Castro C. The hard part is balancing the playing time between Fletcher and Tommy La Stella. Manager Joe Maddon said in spring training that La Stella would play second against right-handers, so that means Fletcher was probably going to play right field, or else fill in for Simmons, Rendon or Upton on the other days.How do you think the Angels organization is going to adjust using Shohei Ohtani in a shortened season or are they going to stay with the once every seven days model? — @darylbresachI don’t think the length of the season affects the Angels’ desire to have Ohtani pitch once a week. They are very cautious about the intensity of his workload, so they want him to have the day off before and after he pitches. If he pitches too often, that puts stress on his arm and takes him out of the lineup as a hitter too much. They believe that pitching once a week, and hitting as many as four days a week, is how they maximize his value at both. One potential change, however, is that the Angels had planned on using Ohtani to pitch before or after a scheduled off day as much as possible, so he could get the day off without missing a day in the lineup. Many of those days off may become game days in a truncated schedule.Related Articles Do Arte (Moreno) and Billy (Eppler) really believe they can be contenders without an ace or a closer? Sorry, Heaney is not an ace and closers by committee don’t work. Another wasted Trout year. — @nohohomiFirst, Robles’ performance last year certainly warrants him getting credit for being a closer. As for the ace, the Angels tried to sign Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Zack Wheeler and they tried to trade for Corey Kluber. They struck out on all of them. Instead, they tried to build a team around the offense and the bullpen, similar to what the Milwaukee Brewers have done each of the past few years. It’s not the ideal way to go about it, but it was the best option they had once they missed out on the front-line starters.What are some of the road trips that you look forward to covering when the schedule comes out each year? — @NCAngelsfanI always enjoy going to New York, because it’s unlike any other city. The crowds everywhere would drive me crazy if I lived there, but it’s a fun city for three or four days. I also love Seattle, and I’m fortunate enough to get three trips a year there (normally). I think Minneapolis is also highly underrated. The ballpark and the city are beautiful, as long as you don’t go in April and get snow.What’s your favorite food to grub on at Angel Stadium? — @badbernyCathy’s Cookies are pretty great. We started a tradition late last season in which a different writer would buy a bucket of the chocolate chip cookies each Saturday home game, and they would be shared throughout the press box.
Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) and tackle Jonathan Martin (71) stand on the field during an NFL football practice in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)(CNN) — Allegations of racial slurs and threats of violence against Dolphins linemate Jonathan Martin have left Pro Bowler Richie Incognito suspended from the Miami Dolphins and sparked widespread chatter about just what kind of behavior is tolerated in the NFL.Here are five key questions about what lies ahead:Will the Dolphins cut Richie Incognito?He’s been suspended “for conduct detrimental to the team.” As for his future, the Dolphins don’t seem poised to make a decision quickly. “We reached out to the NFL to conduct an objective and thorough review,” the team said in a statement. “We will continue to work with the league on this matter.”All eyes are on the NFL probe.Does Jonathan Martin have a future in the NFL?The 24-year-old, who played at Stanford before going pro, left the team last week, during his second season. No matter what the investigation finds, it’s unclear whether he would want to come back.Aside from the alleged threats and racial slurs from Incognito, Martin has rejected parts of the culture of the NFL, according to some reports.Some of Martin’s teammates got up from a lunch table as a joke when Martin sat down last week, infuriating Martin, according to an analyst for FoxSports.com NFL.com called it a “lunch-room prank” that players pulled on whoever was last to arrive with his food.Former Dolphins running back Ricky Williams told CNN the NFL is “like a closed fraternity. It’s really not made for everyone.”Was there hazing, bullying, extortion?Given the allegations and the environment of the NFL, it’s unclear whether Martin was threatened, bullied, hazed, and/or even shaken down for money.The central allegations involve voice mails in which Incognito allegedly used racial slurs and threatened physical violence against Martin. One transcript, published by NFL.com, includes an apparent reference to Martin’s biracial background. In the call, Incognito allegedly referred to Martin as a “half (expletive) piece of (expletive),” and threatened, among other things, “I’ll kill you.”Incognito apparently denied the accusation, tweeting ESPN, which had reported the transcript, “shame on you for attaching my name to false speculation.” The tweet and others were later deleted, according to bleacherreport.com.ESPN reported that Incognito allegedly got Martin to contribute $15,000 to help finance a trip to Las Vegas by a group of Dolphins even though Martin preferred not to travel with them. Martin gave Incognito the money, fearing the consequences if he did not, the report said.How common is this behavior?Time magazine calls the NFL “a naturally twisted workplace.”There is “often a blurry line between hazing and outright abuse,” it says. “When your job is to be a maniac on the field, it shouldn’t be surprising that a player like Incognito, who has a history of anger management and substance abuse issues, could take things too far.”The attention around the Martin-Incognito case shines a light on that blurry line.Former offensive lineman Kyle Turley described a hazing incident in 1998, when he and other Saints rookies ran through a hallway with pillowcases on their heads while teammates punched and kicked them, Time reports.Still, Incognito’s alleged behavior shouldn’t be seen as representative of many players, analysts say.“If the evidence is factual, Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is a racist, a bully and one of the lower forms of life known to man,” writes Sports Illustrated columnist Jim Trotter.And while some NFL players and personnel believe Martin should not have made the issue public, they’re also not defending Incognito, Trotter says.What will the NFL do?This case could rattle the culture of the NFL.It will force the league to establish just what forms of behavior are acceptable, and what’s done to make sure those standards are followed. Who, if anyone, will police players when they stray from what’s allowed? Will coaches be held accountable?Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin “has to bear his share of blame here,” USA Today quotes Sports Illustrated’s Peter King as saying. “The buck stops with him concerning what happens in the locker room … . (T)he coach is ultimately responsible for player behavior getting out of hand.”The NFL Players Association issued a statement saying it expects “that the NFL and its clubs create a safe and professional workplace for all players, and that owners, executives, coaches and players should set the best standards and examples.”As the NFL launches its probe, it could find itself officially informed of numerous other incidents throughout the league. This one case between two men could prove the catalyst for the league to acknowledge and deal with disturbing behavior in its ranks.
Drazin said the increased sports book revenues, combined with subsidies approved by the state Legislature in February that will bring in an additional $10 million a year for purses, helped the park compile a 2019 stakes schedule worth $7.1 million that will run through the end of October. “It would be something more comfortable for the patrons. Right now our sports book is in the grand-stand. This would be located in the clubhouse. It’ll be a little fancier with a little more comfortable furniture. A place to encourage people to come and hang out for an extended period of time.” The bipartisan bill corrected a decision by former Gov. Chris Christie to do away with state subsidies, a decision that crippled a $4 billion revenue engine for the state, one that carries with it 13,000 jobs. “We were on edge the whole time, rooting for Jason the whole time. And I was in shock at the objection to Maximum Security. It made no sense. And when we heard they overturned the result, everyone around me was in shock. People were angry. People were screaming and saying things I don’t want to repeat. It was the wrong decision. In my mind he won the Derby. But as far as the racing world is concerned the winner is another horse,” Drazin said. “The number of things in this bill to ensure that every tax dollar is being used the right way should make every New Jersey taxpayer proud,” Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) said at Tuesday’s event. “There are rigorous benchmarks that Monmouth Park has to meet and other guidelines. This is not just a giveaway. It’s something that is going to help a billion dollar industry and thousands of jobs here in Monmouth County.” “In our deal with William Hill, they have a contractual obligation to build another venue on site, on the clubhouse side of the park,” Drazin said. “The current thought is this will be a $5 to $10 million venue.” Drazin said he did notwant to interrupt the 2019season schedule with theconstruction and expectswork to begin in the fall fora 2021 launch. Monmouth Park’s 74th season will once again be highlighted by the $1 million TVG.com Haskell Invitational, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 20. Maximum Security is trained by Jason Servis, who began his industry career as a jockey room valet at the Oceanport track, and has developed into one of the sport’s elite trainers. But announcement of a new on-site sports wagering venue drew the most interest. Drazin said Tuesday that phase of the process wasjust the beginning. Maximum Security, who was disqualified from winning the 145th Kentucky Derby, gets a pat on the head by stable hand Edelberto Rivas at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey early Tuesday morning May 7, 2019 after a van ride from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO The sports book’s footprint increased dramatically, expanding into the park’s grandstand. Drazin noted that Omaha Beach is another potential entry for the Haskell. Drazin, who was on hand at Churchill Downs for Saturday’s Derby, said he was crushed by the raw deal served to the local product. OCEANPORT – A powerful field for New Jersey’s most anticipated horse race and a bright future ahead for the local industry were on the docket for Dennis Drazin at Monmouth Park’s annual season-opening luncheon. The event’s headliner is expected to be Maximum Security, the horse that finished first in the field of 19 at Saturday’s 145th running of the Kentucky Derby before being disqualified 20 minutes after the run for the roses on a controversial interference ruling. Drazin also expects Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert to enter at least one of his three derby horses – Game Winner, Roadster and Improbable – in the race. Dennis Drazin, CEO of Darby Development, the operator of Monmouth Park speaks at the Opening Day Press Conference & Luncheon at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey on Tuesday May 7, 2019. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO Drazin described a “glitzy” Las Vegas-style sports book and a higher-end clubhouse experience than what is currently offered. Through March of this year, the sports book has collected $5.44 million in combined revenue. Drazin said there are two options on the table for the venue. One is to construct a stand-alone building near the park’s valet parking area. However, the more plausible plan is to attach it to the Lady’s Secret Cafe, an eatery located outside the clubhouse that offers diners views of the park’s paddock and English walking ring. The ruling was appealed and that appeal was denied Monday, which led owner Gary West to remove his bay colt from the May 18 Preakness Stakes in Baltimore and return him to the stables atMonmouth Park Tuesdaymorning. STAR POWER ON HASKELL DAY It’s a race Drazin anticipates will have star power atop the bill. According to tax returns published by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, the sports book generated $8.97 million in on-site revenue and another $3.5 million in online revenue from June through December 2018. STATE SUBSIDIES A BIG LIFT Omaha Beach opened asthe 4-1 morning line favoriteahead of the derby, but wasscratched May 1 due to abreathing condition. The colthas undergone a successfulsurgery to correct the issueand has an opening in hisrace schedule on Haskell day. According to Drazin, after leading a historic U.S. Supreme Court victory in 2018 that legalized Garden State sports wagering, he returned to Oceanport and immediately entered discussions to expand the Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill.