SAN FRANCISCO–Since hiring Farhan Zaidi as general manager in November, 2014, the Los Angeles Dodgers have won four consecutive National League West titles and back-to-back National League pennants.Zaidi has played a significant role in building one of baseball’s top teams, but he may soon be faced with the prospect of accepting a new challenge.According to a report from MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the San Francisco Giants are preparing to offer Zaidi a front office position.An official with …
The donation was made in response to a call for help from the agricultural company Senwes. (Image: Engen)South Africa has been experiencing severe drought across large regions of the country, but corporates and ordinary people have been pitching in with mass drought relief efforts.In the latest move, Engen Petroleum, a leading South African producer and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products, handed over a cheque for R1-million to Agri SA, a non-profit organisation that works to build a stable, profitable agricultural environment, for drought relief.“We understand the negative impact exerted by the current drought on agriculture and we hope that our donation will help to make a small contribution in assisting farmers,” said Mike Stead, Engen’s manager: commercial fuels.Johannes Möller, the president of Agri SA, said the donation would make a big difference. “For every R1.00 we receive towards the Drought Relief Fund, the value we give back is R5.00, which goes towards farmers, throughput, feeding pellets and similar products.”Agri SA, a federation of agricultural organisations, was established in 1904 as the South African Agricultural Union. It consists of nine provincial and 24 commodity organisations. Essentially Agri SA, through its affiliated membership, represents a diverse grouping of individual farmers regardless of gender, colour or creed.MONEY FOR ALL FARMERSHowever, Möller stressed that the Drought Relief Fund was not only used for Agri SA members. “The money is also used to support all farmers, whether commercial or emerging farmers. Assistance is also offered to the community.”Engen has a historical agricultural focus, with one in every two South African farmers depending on the company’s products, local expertise and global technical excellence.“Engen’s contribution represents another step in our commitment towards supporting those in dire straits in a sector whose value we really understand,” said Stead.Joe Mahlo, Engen’s general manager of sales and marketing, concurred. “Over the past 40 years we have demonstrated to farmers that ‘with us you are number one’. This has resulted in excellent integrated relationships and working methodologies.“After all, when it comes to the future, nothing less than a vibrant and brilliantly supported agricultural sector will meet the needs of the economy and all of our people.”OTHER DROUGHT ASSISTANCEShoprite and Checkers customers also helped to raise R200 000 for drought-stricken communities across South Africa over two months since March through the retailers’ Act for Change initiative.Operation Hydrate, the NGO that has been donating water in drought stricken areas of South Africa, has distributed more than six million litres of water so far. The group aims to collect R95-million worth of water by Nelson Mandela Day this year.PLAY YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Led by weak crop prices and exacerbated by a sharp decline in livestock prices, particularly cattle, net farm income dropped significantly in 2015, a Federal Reserve Bank economist said. In fact, farm income has dropped by 55% since 2013, said Nathan Kauffman, an economist who also serves as assistant vice president and Omaha Branch executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Kauffman addressed farmers and ranchers from across the U.S. during a workshop on trends in farm income and land values at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 97th Annual Convention.“I don’t have the best of news to share this morning,” Kauffman said. The “sky is not falling,” he added, “but this is definitely a period of adjustment.”However, he said that the drop in income has so far not been accompanied by a drop in farmland values.“Farmland values have, in many ways, defied expectations associated with lower crop values,” he said.Among the factors that are driving the decrease in crop prices is a gradual buildup in the global supply of all major commodities, including corn, soybeans and wheat.“Global inventory is very, very high,” he said.At the same time, key demand factors have also “softened significantly,” he said, specifically mentioning ethanol production, which has been nearly flat in the past few years, and U.S. exports to China, which have decreased steadily as growth has slowed in that market.An additional factor is credit conditions, which have deteriorated in the past two or three years. A strong dollar, coupled with a somewhat sluggish global economy, has made selling crops overseas more difficult, he added.Despite all these negatives, farmland values have remained relatively steady.“The changes in crop values haven’t been met with changes in land prices,” he said.One of the major reasons is that there just hasn’t been a lot of land on the market. In addition, he noted that how land prices fare depends very much on the quality of the land.“It’s not across the board,” he said. “Very-high quality land is fetching very good prices,” but more marginal land is seeing some decreases. He added that while land prices have increased faster than rents, both have been slow to adjust to the decreases in crop prices.“It’s not what you would have expected when corn drops from $6 (per bushel) to $3,” he said.
by Karen Shirer, Ph.DSeveral years ago, a colleague hired six new educators to work on an emerging public health issue. All six hires were “millennials,” individuals born between 1981 and 1995. They were the first millennials that had been hired into his organizations.Needless to say, my colleague experienced rising tensions between the millennials and the baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) who had worked a long time in the organization. Neither generational group was prepared to work with the other in a team environment. Nor was my colleague prepared to address the conflicts and tensions that arose. In the end, most of the newly hired educators left the organization and an educator of the baby boomer generation lodged an age discrimination complaint.I thought of my colleague as I viewed Part II of the webinar Engaging Across Generations Part II: Tools and Techniques. This blog post describes the key lessons I learned that would have benefited my colleague as a boomer bringing on the first millennial hires. Recently, a blog on Part I of the Engaging Across Generations: Unique Mindsets webinar was published and you can view both the webinar and read the blog. Facilitators for both webinars were University of Minnesota Extension Educators Lisa Hinz and Brian Fredrickson. .The United States currently has five generations that make up adulthood and can be found in families, workplaces and communities. Before talking about what I learned about engaging across two generations, here is a recap of all five.Traditionalists were born before 1946 and are now 72 years and older.Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964, and are ages 53 to 71 years of age now (this is where my colleague resides)GenXers were born from 1965 through 1980, and are currently ages 37 to 52 years.GenY or Millennials were born between 1981 and 1995, and are currently aged 22 to 36 years (the approximate ages of my colleague’s new employees)GenZ individuals were born after 1996, with the older folks currently 21 years of age.So, what were the five lessons I learned from the Engaging Across Generations Part II: Tools and Techniques webinar that would have helped my colleague as he brought on six new educators of the millennial generation into a current group of educators from the boomer generation?Lesson #1: Know and Appreciate the Strengths of Each GenerationMillennials make up one-third of the US population. They tend to be civically engaged, tech-able, hopeful, carefully weigh all the options when making decisions, and value collective action. They hold a strong team ethic, a value for collective action and an openness to adaptation.Boomers have political leverage and clout, and are good networkers. They value equality, hard work, being team players, and challenging the status quo. Throughout their lives, boomers possessed a drive to learn and become self-actualized.Both of these lists show that there are commonalities but also differences. These differences can be leveraged. Recently, I began using social media, which for millennials is second nature, and my millennial colleagues were very helpful. As a boomer, I love to network and quickly learned that social media is the new networking. If my colleague knew each group’s strengths, he might have been better able to leverage them to develop the work team.Lesson #2: Understand the tensions that could occurResearch shows that 2/3rds of things with which we disagree with another on are things that we will never agree on. So it helps to understand that disagreement and conflict are normal between co-workers and in teams. Look for where there is agreement and show respect for differences of values and viewpoints.There are larger societal tensions looming between these two generations due to major demographic shifts. For example, millennials will bear the burden of supporting the safety net for boomers as they retire and grow older. Right now, these tensions are not as evident but they will come and as a society, we all need to prepare for them now.Lesson #3: Strengthen your communication skillsWith the respect garnered in the second lesson, honing one’s communication skills would be very helpful. Some key tips include: ask questions, don’t assume or tell; use multiple communication avenues, including social media; and don’t take things personally. Even more important, think carefully about the other person and tailor the message to him or her. Consider what factors motivate him or her while at the same time be open to learning from the other person and to teaching the other person.Lesson #4: Promote reciprocal mentoringReciprocal mentoring basically means setting up a mentoring relationship where the millennial is mentoring the boomer (like my social media experience) and the boomer mentors the millennial. The focus of mentoring varies based on each other’s strengths.Some advice for millennials mentoring boomers involves being tactful, listening and not blaming, showing warmth, and letting the boomer talk about their work and experiences. Boomers need to listen, give structure, be an advocate, and share themselves with millennials.Lesson #5: Be humble and open to changeOne area that boomers report problems is when millennials do not value their experience and work. As expected, this can be rich ground for conflict. With my boomer status, I have often cringed when a millennial “schools” me on how to do certain things for which I had done a large amount of work. I’ve learned to bite my tongue, ask questions, listen and encourage. I need a good dose of humility to remember that I do not have it all figured out and neither do my millennial colleagues.Do you want to learn more? Here are three steps you can take today:1. View Part II of the webinar, Engaging across Generations, titled “Tools and Techniques.”2. Learn more about reciprocal mentoring with L. D. Parks book, Mentor: Guiding the Journey of Adult Learners. Chapter 8, The Yoda Factor, describes the process.3. Participate in the October 31, 2017 webinar sponsored by MFLN Family Transitions & Personal Finance on Financial Planning for Different Generations: Touchstones, Tasks & Teaching Strategies.If you haven’t done so already, view Part 1 of the Engaging Across Generations: Unique Mindsets webinar , review the resources highlighted in the webinar, including Jennifer Deal’s book, and read my blog about the Generations I webinar. Note, additional webinar handouts (Generations: Who Are They? and Engaging Across Generations Part I) are located on the webinar event page under the “Event Materials” located at the bottom of the page.Karen Shirer is a member of the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions Team and the Associate Dean with the University of Minnesota, Extension Center for Family Development. Karen is also the parent of two adult daughters, a grandmother, a spouse, and a cancer survivor.
View comments It is the first time the 36-year-old Federer has played five-setters in both the first and second rounds at a major tournament.“I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on. Maybe I struggled more than I would have liked to. But I’m still in the draw, which gives me a chance. I still believe I’m going to pick up my game and become just more consistent because I’m not playing all that bad,” Federer said. “It’s just that I’m going a bit up and down in waves throughout the match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGiven that Federer entered the day with a 16-0 career record against Youzhny and a 16-0 mark in the U.S. Open’s second round, one might have thought that their match would be a mismatch.Think again. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Promoters: Pacquiao-Horn rematch won’t happen this year Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games A couple of seeded men departed, too: No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 15 Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up.The No. 3-seeded Federer won five consecutive U.S. Open championships from 2004-08 and also was the runner-up twice, including two years ago. But he missed last year’s tournament while taking off the second half of the season to let his back and surgically repaired left knee fully heal.That back, an off-and-on issue for years, flared up again while Federer was losing in the final of the Montreal Masters in August. He didn’t get to fully work on returns or serves, in particular, as the U.S. Open approached. That lack of training and the resulting lack of timing — rather than pain from his back — is what Federer said caused him problems Tuesday night in the first round against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe and again against Youzhny, a former top-10 player who reached the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Open semifinals but is now ranked 101st.“I’m pretty confident that I’m only going to get better from here. That’s a good thing,” Federer said. “Because I’ve played a lot, I definitely found some rhythm now.”He did falter repeatedly Thursday, though.Federer let a lead slip away in the second set and got broken while serving for it at 5-4.“He helped me to come back,” Youzhny said.Federer stumbled again while serving for the fourth set at 5-3, but responded to a break there by breaking right back.Still, Federer’s unforced errors continued to mount in the fifth set — 11 in the first four games alone, including a badly shanked forehand on his first break point at 2-1, a netted backhand on his second, and a long forehand to let Youzhny hold there. Eventually, Federer nosed ahead, aided by the considerable dip in the 35-year-old Youzhny’s level of play.While Federer played his first-round match Tuesday under the roof in Ashe, Youzhny’s opener was postponed until Wednesday because of rain, and he blamed that for his fatigue. His legs started cramping late in the third set Thursday and then reached other parts of his body, even his fingers, by the end. That made it hard to move forward or to jump normally while serving. “He’s also a real man who plays tennis,” Youzhny noted. “He’s not a god.”Well, OK, that’s true. But remember: Federer did not drop a single set en route to his record eighth Wimbledon championship in July. And that he is 37-3 with five titles, including two at majors to raise his record total to 19.Second on that list, with 15, is No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal, who trailed by a set and a break before figuring things out and beating 121st-ranked Taro Daniel of Japan 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in Ashe at night. That followed 20th-seeded American CoCo Vandeweghe’s 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory over Ons Jabeur of Tunisia under the lights.What already was a wide-open women’s bracket became more so when 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset by 116th-ranked Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. The No. 8-seeded Kuznetsova’s exit means five of the top eight women are already gone.Two other seeded women lost to Americans in the afternoon: Shelby Rogers edged No. 25 Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (5) in a tournament-record 3 hours, 33 minutes, and Jennifer Brady eliminated No. 23 Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-1.ADVERTISEMENT Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after winning a point against Taro Daniel, of Japan, during the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK — A bad back prevented Roger Federer from getting ready for the U.S. Open the way he prefers to prepare for a Grand Slam tournament. And it’s showed so far.Federer blamed a lack of proper practice after making an uncharacteristic 68 unforced errors and being forced to go five sets again before coming back to edge a cramping Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC At 1-all in the deciding set, Youzhny collapsed to the court, grabbing at his right leg after whiffing on an attempted swat at Federer’s lob. Youzhny stayed down for a few moments, then grimaced and limped around for the rest of that game.Afterward, Youzhny chuckled at the mention of having lost all 17 matches against Federer, even leaning back in his chair and joking about how he would have completed the upset if Grand Slam rules were different: “I beat him in three sets now — but we played five sets. But come on, if we played three sets, I already beat him!”Federer, naturally, preferred to look at matters from a different perspective.“I find my way,” he said. “I don’t panic.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding
Although he came up short against one of the best boxers to ever lace up a pair of gloves, Conor McGregor was widely praised by the mixed martial arts (MMA) community for his valiant effort against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut not everyone was pleased with the Irish superstar’s crossover from the octagon to the boxing ring, especially his rival Nate Diaz, who chastised the UFC Lightweight Champion in a recent social media post.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Houston Rockets sold for $2.2 billion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Diaz won their first bout via rear-naked choke, while McGregor avenged that loss at UFC 202 via decision. /raRELATED STORIES:UFC: Trilogy bout with Nate Diaz should happen at 155 lbs, McGregor insistsUFC: Diaz not rushing McGregor trilogy, says he won both fightsSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The 32-year-old lanky fighter reposted a photo from the UFC’s official Instagram page, which quoted McGregor as saying, “I Never Lose Either I Win Or I Learn.” Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side In true Diaz fashion, he lashed out at his former adversary and described the “fight of the century” as “over promotion.”“He punched himself out the same way he lost in the Ufc there was no learning goin on..,” he wrote.“Bullsh** get off the nuts this the sh*t I’m talking about Bruce Lee would’ve never lost like that,” he added, along with another expletive hashtag and emoji.Diaz’s comments came after McGregor appeared to be winning the early rounds of the bout, before Mayweather picked up his rhythm en route to a TKO victory in the 10th round. The MMA fighter was visibly gassed mid-way to the fight—which Diaz knows all too well as McGregor’s cardio was also suspect the first time they fought at UFC 196 last year.Although Diaz’s smack talk is nothing new for MMA fans, it certainly sets up the stage for a a possible trilogy bout, when McGregor decides to return to the promotion.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments
The island of Kadmat has become a popular haunt for scuba diversEver been in one of those moods–when you want to get away from the madness of the city and wrap yourself in solitude, and yet you don’t want it to be so devoid of activity that it would bore you to tears? One would think that it’s precisely for such temperamental moods that Kadmat exists.Kadmat is one of the lesser known islands of the Lakshadweep uclster. It is slowly getting trendy, which is one more reason to head there pronto before it is overrun by the hordes. But the basic reasons for its appeal are much more compulsive. An elongated island, some 8-km long and half-a-kilometre at its widest, Kadmat is one of those rare places packed with such natural beauty that it could get a tad overwhelming at first. Apart from two large lagoons, one on each side of the island, Kadmat has plenty of palm-fringed sandy beaches and sand banks which look towards the azure blue waters of the Arabian Sea. So from leisurely dips in the tranquil sea to lolling around the beach and sun bathing, there’s enough methods of R&R here. But that’s not where the appeal ends. Kadmat is slowly gaining ground as a haven for serious water sports, and not just the tame boat-ride variety.Diving deep The island of Kadmat has become a popular haunt for scuba diversIn recent years, the Kadmat Dive School has become a very popular entity with scuba divers. The fascinating thing is the school welcomes almost anyone–from beginners to those seeking instructor certification. And so, scuba diving is probably the best way to see the wall like coral reefs which line the coast on the outer sea. On good days, visibility can be as much as 50 metres and can reveal a passing parade of tiny coloured fishes lion fish, lobsters, tuna, eels, turtles, rays and even sharks.A glimpse of life under the water surfaceThe underwater show is an entirely different world. So do a take an underwater camera along, just so it won’t seem like your fertile imagination just made up the whole thing. And before long, even though it could feel like just minutes since you have been underwater, it’s time to surface. However, there are many other ways to enjoy the sea. Kayaks, pedal boats and ordinary boats for rides are for those who want to play it safe. For the more adventurous, there’s sailing and water skiing to be tried.Minicoy callingAn aerial view of KadmatIf the underwater holds enormous fascination and the dives at Kadmat leave you longing for more, then Minicoy, another island in the cluster has some more interesting activity. Like Kadmat, it has an immense variety of marine life, but is made more interesting with the presence of three large shipwrecks just off its coast. The wrecks are virtual underwater museums and make for interesting viewing. Besides which, the fish found in and amidst the wrecks are found to be larger in size. Of special note are the rays, barracuda, red and black snappers and sharks.Home away from homeA state-run beach resortBack on shore, the Kadmat Beach Resort, a state-run enterprise, might not boast of elaborate meal options, but the seafood is certainly fresh and cooked to a delicious consistency. And as the sun goes down, and a cool breeze blows, even a simple meal becomes good enough to merit the title of a royal repast.By the end of the trip, the temperamental mood swings are a thing of the past and you will be ready to take on even the most challenging assignment with equanimity. advertisement Fact fileA glimpse of life under the water surfaceKadmat Island Lakshadweep archipelago, 407 km from KochiKadmat Dive School Kadmat Island; tel: Mumbai contact-(022) 6662 7381/82; www.lacadives.comMinicoy Lakshadweep archipelago, 390 km from KochiKadmat Beach Resort Kadmat Island; tel: (04897) 274 203; www.lakshadweeptourism.com
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Nicol: FSG to blame for FA Cup exitby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Steve Nicol has slammed the club’s owners over their FA Cup exit at Wolves on Monday night.With Liverpool suffering Champions League, Europa League, League Cup and FA Cup Final defeats since FSG bought the club in 2010, it leaves the 2012 League Cup as both the Reds’ last trophy and only silverware of the American group’s Anfield stewardship.Nicol told ESPN FC: “For the big teams, particularly in England, it’s about the Premier League and Champions League.“Let’s not forget, that Kenny Dalglish got the sack after winning silverware at Liverpool, and losing the FA Cup final. So, work that one out.“So the owners want the Premier League and the Champions League clearly.“If Jurgen Klopp doesn’t want to sacrifice anybody in order to win the Premier League or the Champions League then he’s going to do what he did the other night and play what, three first team [players]?”Nicol accused his former side of disregarding the competition as they suffered their fourth-successive third or fourth round exit under Klopp.“Well, yes, because of the era I played in – yes I do (have a problem with domestic cups not being taken seriously).“All the other trophies meant something, the Carabao Cup used to mean a lot.“The FA Cup was absolutely huge, it for me was basically the player’s tournament.“But times have changed, and now it’s about Premier League and Champions League.”
Saturday night, after Kentucky lost its first and only game of the 2014-2015 college basketball season, sophomore guard Andrew Harrison made a big mistake at his team’s post-game press conference, uttering a very NSFW phrase while his microphone was turned on. Harrison, who is facing criticism for the transgression, has since apologized.If you missed it, Harrison, after listening to his teammate Karl-Anthony Towns get asked about Wisconsin big man Frank Kaminsky, muttered “f*** that n****” to himself. Undoubtedly, it was stupid. But it was not racist. And there is no double standard going on here.For some reason, a number of college basketball fans are making the argument that if the situation had been reversed, and it had been Kaminsky uttering those words to himself, he’d be labeled a racist. Any by that logic, because Harrison isn’t being labeled as a racist, and because he isn’t likely to face any serious punishment, there is a double standard going on here.We’re not making this up. There are hundreds, if not thousands of tweets about it.If Andrew Harrison was white, we’d have a national catastrophe on our hands. Talk about a double standard— Alex Petik (@MuskyMaster5033) April 5, 2015Such a double standard with race I hate it. Andrew Harrison says what he says and it doesn’t get blown up but if it was other way around…— Tyler Boyle (@theeroyalboyle) April 5, 2015If Frank K had said the EXACT same thing about Andrew Harrison, think it would’ve been swept under the rug? What a double standard!— Dtrain41 (@DaneHenderson1) April 5, 2015If Andrew Harrison isn’t kicked out of school it’s a double standard @KentuckyMBB— Lara McGlynn (@lalalaLaraxo) April 5, 2015Obviously, if Kaminsky, a white man, had called Harrison, an African American, the n-word, he’d have been (rightfully) labeled a racist. There’s no doubt there. But comparing this to the Oklahoma SAE issue is absolutely insane.Where’s the disconnect here? Whether or not you agree with it, many African Americans refer to each other using the n-word. It’s part of the hip-hop culture. It’s part of the locker room culture. Heck, even ESPN’s Michael Wilbon admits that he and his friends use the word to “endearingly” refer to each other. To be clear, there was nothing endearing about what Harrison said about Kaminsky. But in the context of the situation, if Harrison had said “F*** that dude”, he’d be essentially saying the same thing.Harrison acted like a sore loser, and again, he should never have said what he said. But there is no double standard here. Just stop.
Advertisement She can also be seen posing next to a smiling Atwood herself while wearing said costume.Marissa says that the author, who lives in their neighbourhood, was delighted to see young Madeleine at her door.“She was so nice, so welcoming,” said the mom in an interview. “She was excited to see the baby, and was friendly with the baby. She didn’t really comment on the costume itself.”I will now respectfully do it for her by saying “Praise be! May the Lord open! We’ve been sent good weather! That’s adorable… but also like, all kinds of messed up when you think about what a handmaid is.”Under his eye. Photo by Marissa Kassam LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Iconic Canadian author Margaret Atwood — she who wrote the book that inspired the show that sparked the global phenomenon that is The Handmaid’s Tale — has blessed a local toddler with her approval of what might be the cutest costume this year.Blessed be the fruit of 33-year-old Marissa Kassam, whose young daughter Madeleine is dressing up as a Handmaid for Halloween.Madeleine Kassam is less than two years old but already boasts more than 600 followers on Instagram. Image via @munching_maddie.Based in Toronto, just like Atwood, the 18-month-old-toddler can be seen on Instagram in her own, tiny version of the uniform worn by handmaids in the fictional Gilead: A bright-red coat topped with a white bonnet and “wings.” Facebook