World International Affairs Up to 2 million Muslims were set to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage Sunday to the sacred city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest importer of halal meat. When they arrive, there's a good chance they'll be eating food from South America. Brazil is the world's top exporter of meat, including the halal or "permissible" meat deemed suitable for consumption by nearly 2 billion Muslims across the globe. Islam has specific guidelines on what kind of food its adherents should consume, and Salaam Gateway, a Dubai-based website devoted to Islamic culture and lifestyle, estimated the halal-certified food and beverage industry to be worth $415 billion in 2015. Far from the Middle East and any majority-Muslim country, Brazil tops the list of nations exporting food to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, which includes 57 Muslim-majority countries, with a value of $15.9 billion. A major scandal, however, may have disrupted … [Read more...] about Where Does Halal Food Come From? Brazil Is World’s Top Meat Exporter for Muslims
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Time to make some noise, Staten Island! Mid-Island Little League is facing Houston in the team's second Little League World Series game. The boys from Staten Island, the Mid-Atlantic Regional champs, won their opening game against Iowa on Thursday, 5-2. Sunday's game airs on ESPN, with an 11 a.m. start. Live scoring updates are available online. The stakes are high: a win on Sunday would put the team in a winner's bracket game on Wednesday, a chance to play for the U.S. Championship game. Our journalists are in Williamsport too, following the boys every step of the way, and will have a break-down of the game after play ends. HOW TO FOLLOW US Follow the Advance and SILive this week for comprehensive coverage of Mid-Island's Little League World Series run. Charlie DeBiase Jr. is leading the reporting this week from Williamsport, Pa., and is joined on location by Bill Lyons, who's taking pictures and video, along with social media reporter Shane … [Read more...] about It’s game time! Mid-Island takes on Houston in Little League World Series
By Mark Eades | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterApril 28, 2017 at 12:55 am Just like Disneyland in California, visitors to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World get into the park via Main Street U.S.A. It’s the fade in to the rest of the park, which holds the record for most-attended theme park in the world. It opened October 1, 1971. Roy Disney dedicated the park that day, getting the first phase of Walt Disney World built and open after the death of his brother, Walt Disney, some five years before. The first phase of the resort included some hotels, a campground, recreation and a theme park, and the Magic Kingdom was the first of now four theme parks, along with two water parks and more. The clip-clop sound of horses in front of the Horse-Drawn Streetcars are one of the feature attractions on Main Street U.S.A. at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)Have a comment or envision running for mayor? Then … [Read more...] about A former Disney Imagineer’s guide to Walt Disney World’s Main Street U.S.A.
opinion Knoxville News Sentinel Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Aug 19, 2018 Executions have no place in civilized world Thank you for the front-page story about the possible use of black market drugs to execute people in Tennessee. People often think that those of us opposing executions are mere do-gooders or bleeding hearts. I am neither of those, but I was raised as a Christian and learned that killing is wrong no matter who, what or when, so it seems to me the government should not take part either. The U.S. is one of only five countries that perform 95 percent of all executions: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and Pakistan. That's not company I like being in. As for not caring about the victims in often horrible crimes, nothing could be further from the truth. Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights says there is no such thing as “closure” when one loses a loved one, and that killing one more doesn't mitigate the horror. The death penalty … [Read more...] about Executions have no place in civilized world: Letters, Aug. 19, 2018
Eric Campesi, outfield What he's doing now: Dr. Eric Campesi has remained in sports, but as a doctor of physical therapy, or DPT, with a practice in Arlington, Virginia, across the Patomac from Washington, D.C., where he specializes in sports medicine and orthopedics. His family: He lives in Virginia with his wife of just three months, Caroline, and their cat, Rock Star. What he did after 1998: Campesi, 31, was one of two 11-year-olds on the 1998 championship team, along with Casey Gaynor, who were able to play for the team again in 1999, when Toms River East again won its district title and returned to Williamsport for the World Series tournament, coming one win shy of making the championship game, when it lost to a team from Phoenix City, Alabama. Campeis went on to play baseball for two years at Toms River East High School, before switching to track in the spring while continuing to play soccer in the fall. He then played soccer at Rowan University, where TRE’s Tom … [Read more...] about 20 years ago, they were Little League World Series champs. Where are they now?