All posts tagged: simmering

Twin sisters’ simmering sibling rivalry at the Boat Race

Twin sisters’ simmering sibling rivalry at the Boat Race

[ad_1] Though it will not be quite like that for their parents. Liz, a chiropodist, and her husband Mike have been watching their twins intently ever since they first picked up an oar as 12-year-olds at Lady Eleanor Holles School in London, just down the Thames from Hampton School where Mike works as the bursar. Rowing was, for two sporty young girls, love almost at first sight. Though for their parents it represented a significant commitment. “From the start, our parents were our taxi drivers, therapists and biggest supporters,” says Catherine. “It was a huge thing for them. There were weekend competitions, there was rowing training almost every night. They were renowned everywhere we went as insanely supportive, the keenest parents, there at every race.” And the Kings followed their daughters as they progressed to Cambridge University, where both studied natural sciences, Gemma at St John’s, Catherine at Gonville and Caius. “Initially when we first went up to Cambridge we were in the lightweight crew because of our size, we’re not that big,” says Gemma. …

Dublin riots: solace and simmering grievances at Muslim-run soup kitchen | Ireland

Dublin riots: solace and simmering grievances at Muslim-run soup kitchen | Ireland

[ad_1] When Dublin erupted in a riot last November masked youths looted shops, set fires and shouted slogans against immigrants and refugees. “Ireland is full,” said one banner. “Ireland for the Irish,” said another. Resentment at asylum seekers, demographic changes, a housing crisis, crime and the cost of living had boiled over, turning O’Connell Street, the capital’s main thoroughfare, into what looked like a war zone. Two months later, on another cold night, a different scene unfolded: hundreds of people queued at a soup kitchen run mostly by women wearing hijabs. In place of shouts there were warm greetings, including as-salaam alaikum, Arabic for peace be upon you. “The food here is unbelievable – falafel and chicken burgers, curry, salad, you name it, they’re one of the best groups around,” said one young man, an unemployed plasterer from Dublin. “We’d be lost without them, and they’re Muslims. So you see, the riot wasn’t a racist thing.” The Muslim Sisters of Éire, a charity, runs the service every Friday on the corner of O’Connell Street and …

The Slow Simmering Battle for the South China Sea

The Slow Simmering Battle for the South China Sea

[ad_1] First came the concrete markers engraved in multiple languages. Naval aviators from the Philippines would spot them during surveillance flights in the mid-1990s and dispatch forces to remove them. Then came the huts—small, wooden structures teetering on stilts on uninhabited islands, fit maybe for fishermen to take shelter during storms. They looked innocuous enough, one of the pilots, Alberto Carlos, recalls thinking. Only later did Carlos understand that he was witnessing the initial phases of China’s conquest of the South China Sea. On rocky, barren islands, Beijing installed intelligence-gathering equipment, long-range surface-to-air missile systems, and stealth fighter jets. Over the past decade, China has added more than 3,200 acres of land to its seven occupied outposts in the Spratly Islands, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The South China Sea is perhaps the most contested waterway in the world. China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, and Taiwan all have competing claims there. But no actor has pursued those claims as belligerently as China. The Philippines complains that Chinese forces menace its sailors and …

This week in food tech: New fund shows food investments are still simmering

This week in food tech: New fund shows food investments are still simmering

[ad_1] If you’re adventurous with your food, or just like to keep up with the fast-moving food tech industry, here’s a roundup of this week’s stories and some notable news we weren’t able to cover. Supply Change Capital The venture capital fund madness we’ve seen all year has made its way to the food sector. This week, I wrote about Supply Change Capital, which closed on $40 million in capital commitments for its first fund, targeting investments in the global food industry. The female and Latina-owned firm is spearheaded by co-founders and managing partners Noramay Cadena and Shayna Harris, who met 14 years ago in business school. The firm has already made 15 investments, including in allergen-free snack food company Partake Foods, ingredients startup Michroma and alternative seafood maker Aqua Cultured Foods. Supply Change joins firms like Joyful Ventures, which debuted in June with $23 million, focused on investment in sustainable protein startups. Joyful was co-founded by Jennifer Stojkovic, Milo Runkle and Blaine Vess and has made two investments from the fund, including New School …