Newspaper critical of Islamic courts is publicly burned in Somaliland’s second city

first_imgNews RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Receive email alerts SomaliaAfrica Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia News SomaliaAfrica Help by sharing this information News March 2, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en to go further October 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper critical of Islamic courts is publicly burned in Somaliland’s second city News Follow the news on Somalia Organisation RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today that an angry crowd in Buro, the second largest city in the northern breakaway territory of Somaliland, burned more than a thousand copies of the independent daily Haatuf on 13 October on the grounds that it criticises the Mogadishu-based Islamic courts.“Newspaper-burning is serious and should be condemned by all those who claim to be the guarantors of peace in Somalia,” the press freedom organisation said. “The Somaliland authorities must take steps to identify and punish those behind this public outrage. And those who incited this mob should realise it is an unacceptable and dangerous thing to do. Criticism is an inalienable right that you suppress to your own cost.”Around 100 people took part in the public newspaper-burning in protest against Haatuf’s reports criticising the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), which has controlled Mogadishu and two thirds of Somalia’s provinces since the summer. Somaliland has had de facto independence from the rest of Somalia since 1991.The Reporters Without Borders local partner organisation, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), quoted Somaliland-based journalists as saying the crowd had gathered in response to calls from local religious leaders linked to the UIC.The NUSOJ said Haatuf had received several anonymous calls threatening to set fire to its office in Hargeisa, Somaliland’s capital. Haatuf – one of the most widely-circulated newspapers in all parts of Somalia – reacted by publishing the text of the threatening calls along with the phone numbers from where they had been made.NUSOJ secretary-general Omar Faruk Osman told Reporters Without Borders: “This is a first in Somalia’s history. Never before has a newspaper been publicly burned anywhere in our country.” January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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It Matters | Black History Month and ‘Erasure’

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS In 2005, actor Morgan Freeman voiced his opinion on Black History Month during an interview with Mike Wallace for the show 60 Minutes. In a word, he called it “ridiculous.”Freeman elaborated: Black history is American History, and so shouldn’t be delegated to a single month where we pay attention to it. Wallace pushed back: how’re we supposed to end racism without it? Freeman responded, “Stop talking about it. I’m going to stop calling you a white man. And I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You’re not going to say, ‘I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.’ Hear what I’m saying?”You can watch the moment here.I first came across this quote and Freeman’s interview in high school, about five or six years after he’d given it. In early 2005 I was just 11 years old, probably didn’t have a clear idea of who Morgan Freeman was outside of Bruce Almighty, and though I’d already undergone some racially-charged experiences in my life, I was still at a stage where I didn’t think of “black” as an important descriptor of myself. By the time I was 16 or 17, though, Mr. Freeman and I were of the same mind: I often told people I didn’t want to be seen or thought of as “black” before anything else: “black girl,” “black friend,” “black student,” “black kid.” I was just Kathryn.I thought this mindset fit for many years. I thought I had a clear perspective. I thought I had a strong point. Now, let me be clear: I did have a point. Morgan Freeman has a point. The desire he and I were voicing is valid and true and deserves attention. But when I went back and read an essay I wrote in college called “Defiance,” in which I recount a moment during my junior year of high school when a new friend regarded me as his “black friend,” I realized that what I and Morgan Freeman were practicing was erasure.I didn’t quite know how to process this, so I wrote about it, and I produced an essay of the same name: “Erasure,” for my master’s thesis where I talked about all the moments of overt prejudice and racism that I endured and ignored and explained away, and how wrong I was for handling myself that way. I no longer agreed with my teenage self; now it was 2017, I was almost 24 and in grad school, and in the time since being 17, I learned that my race — my blackness — matters. Not as a qualifier, or descriptor, or disclaimer, but because it is a bigger and more important part of myself than I realized. My blackness is my history and heritage and story, and it shapes and has shaped each of my experiences. It must matter to me not just because I’m black, but because I know I live in a world that will always see me as black first.“Erasure” was soon published online in Linden Avenue Literary Journal in 2018, and then revised to become a part of my debut book, Black Was Not A Label in 2019, and I’m still learning from it. In writing the essay, I faced how I stifled myself and my black identity. I embraced the parts of myself I tried to pretend are unimportant.Like myself and Mr. Freeman, America has practiced erasure, but to the point of devastation. For this reason, and this reason alone, Black History Month is still important. A focused period of time when the history of black people and how we have contributed to a country that used our bodies, families, and souls to commit its original sin is needed to show people that blackness matters, that it is good, that it is capable, beautiful, intelligent, and worthy. That our history is American history, and it is important.Does this mean that discussions, lessons, ideas, art exhibitions, and projects about black history should only be delegated to February? Absolutely not. Will there be a day when Black History Month is no longer necessary? I hope so. Because that day will mean that our history is acknowledged and taught as widely and richly as America’s white history. It won’t only be a specialization or emphasis for college students, but will truly be what it has always been: an integral part of the interwoven fabric that is America. More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Opinion & Columnists It Matters | Black History Month and ‘Erasure’ Blackness can’t be ignored or explained away By KATHRYN H. 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Single-Family Zoning’s Impact on Climate Change

first_img About Author: Radhika Ojha Previous: What’s Impacting Falling Sales? Next: New Bill Encourages Homeownership Counseling Tagged with: Bill 2001 Condominiums Home HOUSING Law Oregon Townhomes Bill 2001 Condominiums Home HOUSING Law Oregon Townhomes 2019-07-24 Radhika Ojha Single-Family Zoning’s Impact on Climate Change Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Single-Family Zoning’s Impact on Climate Change Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Oregon Legislature recently passed Bill 2001. This legislation requires cities with a population greater than 10,000 or within a metro to allow duplexes in lands zoned for single-family dwellings within the urban growth boundary.The bill, which is awaiting Gov. Kate Brown’s signature before it becomes a law, is also likely to combat climate change challenges, according to Steve Novick, the former Portland City Commissioner.”We know that when enough people live within walking distance of each other, a grocery store will spring up that they can all walk to instead of drive to. We know that when people live in smaller multifamily units with shared walks, they use less power for heating and cooling than people who live in single-family houses,” Novick told the Willamette Week.”In cities of more than 25,000 and within the Portland metro area, the bill would further legalize triplexes, fourplexes, attached townhomes, and cottage clusters on some lots in all “areas zoned for residential use,” where only single-detached houses are currently allowed,” Michael Andersen, Senior Researcher at the Sightline Institute wrote in the organization’s blog.Additionally, Andersen said that the bill would impact 2.8 Oregonians. “In cities of more than 25,000 and within the Portland metro area, the bill would further legalize triplexes, fourplexes, attached townhomes, and cottage clusters on some lots in all “areas zoned for residential use,” where only single-detached houses are currently allowed,” he wrote.The bill was introduced by House Speaker Tina Kotek in February this year with a view to allowing different opportunities in neighborhoods with different housing opportunities that are more affordable in increasingly expensive markets like Portland.However, the Willamette Week reported that the environmental and affordability benefits provided by this bill could be “blunted” as the bill also gives a provision that could ease pushing single-family zoning into the suburbs.”The amendments demanded by the Realtors are part of their effort to force expensive sprawl onto farm and forest land, to rig the land use system in ways that turn Portland into Houston,” Randy Tucker, a lobbyist for Metro told Willamette Week. “While Metro opposed these amendments, we continue to believe that smart reforms to the system, like HB 2001, can improve housing opportunity while protecting the farms, forests and clean water we all value about this place.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago July 24, 2019 1,510 Views last_img read more

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Labour have real prospects of taking two Donegal seats – Deputy Quinn

first_imgNews Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – October 5, 2010 HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Previous article16 year old questioned about Letterkenny attacks released pending file to the DPPNext articleShaun Doherty – Donegal People Of The Year Awards News Highland Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Labours education spokesperson and former leader, Ruairi Quinn, who is in Donegal today, says the party have real prospects of taking the two Donegal seats in the next election.Cllr Frank McBrearty is to contend the Donegal South-West by-election, while Cllr Jimmy Harte has all but been confirmed to contest Donegal North-East in the next general election.Deputy Quinn also said Donegal is being taken for granted in Dublin because it’s assumed that people here will always vote Fianna Fail.And he says it’s time for the people to change their minds:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/rquinn1.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Twittercenter_img Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Facebook Twitter Pinterest Labour have real prospects of taking two Donegal seats – Deputy Quinnlast_img read more

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Body of missing Tyrone woman found by search teams

first_img Twitter Facebook By News Highland – July 22, 2013 Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter The body of Lisa McGowan who had been missing for almost two weeks has been found.The 44 year old disappeared from her home in Drumquin on Tuesday July 9th.Hundreds of people joined the search for Lisa on Saturday as fears grew for her wellbeing.It is understood Lisa’s body was found by search teams close to her home.Police say they’re investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death.Sean McCarry from the Community Rescue service says it’s been a difficult recovery operation:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/11mcca.mp3[/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Body of missing Tyrone woman found by search teamscenter_img Google+ Previous articleFamily appeal for help in finding missing Donegal manNext articleJoe McHugh to impress on Taosieach importance of progressing Donegal’s A5 linkages News Highland Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North News Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Hyderabad Court Stays Release Of Netflix Show ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’ On Plea By Ramalinga Raju

first_imgNews UpdatesHyderabad Court Stays Release Of Netflix Show ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’ On Plea By Ramalinga Raju Press Trust of India2 Sep 2020 9:48 AMShare This – xA local civil court in Hyderabad has issued an interim stay restraining Netflix from airing its web series ‘Bad Boy Billionaires-India’ on a petition filed by B Ramalinga Raju who was convicted in the multi-crore accounting scandal of Satyam Computer Services Limited.The XXV Additional Chief Judge B Prathima, while issuing notices to Netflix Inc in USA, Netflix Entertainment Services India…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA local civil court in Hyderabad has issued an interim stay restraining Netflix from airing its web series ‘Bad Boy Billionaires-India’ on a petition filed by B Ramalinga Raju who was convicted in the multi-crore accounting scandal of Satyam Computer Services Limited.The XXV Additional Chief Judge B Prathima, while issuing notices to Netflix Inc in USA, Netflix Entertainment Services India LLP and Nodal Officer, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, posted the matter for further hearing on November 18 when the plea came up yesterday.The web series, scheduled for release in India on Wednesday, is promoted by Netflix as an “investigative docuseries” that “explores the greed, fraud and corruption that built up – and ultimately brought down – Indias most infamous tycoons.” Ramalinga Raju alleged that the so-called investigative Docuseries will infringe his rights of fair- trial and privacy besides defaming and tarnishing his image across nations.The petitioner requested the court to declare the proposed move to release the docuseries and action in releasing its trailer as amounting to defamation and conducting of media trial pending the adjudication of case against him in the competent Courts of Law.In April 2015, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court (ACMM) here had awarded seven-year rigorous imprisonment to Satyam Computers founder B Ramalinga Raju and nine others in the over Rs 7,000-crore accounting fraud in the erstwhile IT firm which came to light in 2009.The ACMM court, which tried the Satyam case probed by CBI, had sentenced Raju and others to rigorous imprisonment for criminal conspiracy and cheating among other offences.In May 2015, a metropolitan sessions court here granted bail to Ramalinga Raju and nine others and suspended their seven-year rigorous imprisonment sentence after they filed appeals.Meanwhile, the Supreme Court Wednesday refused to entertain a plea filed by Netflix against a Bihar lower court order restraining it from using the name of businessman Subrata Roy in its upcoming web series.On August 28, the Delhi High Court had dismissed a plea by Mehul Choksi, an accused in the nearly USD 2 billion PNB scam, to conduct pre-screening of Bad Boy Billionaires’.Next Storylast_img read more

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Brundidge Rotarians learn scholarship nominee process

first_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Latest Stories Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… You Might Like Centenarian earns his license to drive Obie Russell headed to the Pike County Courthouse on Wednesday to renew his driver’s license. The 100-year-old resident of Briar… read more Next Up“The Rotary Scholarships are used by the winners in different ways,” she said. “Some of the recipients use the scholarship funds to pay a part of their tuition; others use the money for books and some have even used the money to pay for travel to and from college.”Lee said the same criteria are used to nominate students at Goshen High School.“The students who are nominated are deserving of the scholarships and the need is there,” she said. “Most of the students nominated at Goshen will not receive the larger amount scholarships and the Rotary scholarships are greatly appreciated.”The seniors at Pike Liberal Arts are selected based on similar criteria and also on their service to the community, Carr said. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Rotary Scholarships are highly respected at all the schools, and the students who have received them have been successful in achieving their educational goals, the counselors said.The Brundidge Rotary Club awards six $1,000 scholarships each year, and each is named in memory or in honor of a person who made significant contributions to Rotary, the Brundidge community or to a member of the club. The scholarships are named for Ralph Dickert, Harold Rodgers, Wilburn Howard, Reynolds Wallace, Robert Godwin and Sara Spano.The Brundidge Rotary Club has awarded 81 scholarships totaling $84,000. That total does not include the scholarships that will be awarded in 2015. School counselors from around the county were the program guests of Rotarian Don Dickert at the Rotary Club’s Wednesday meeting. Pictured from left, Ana Belle Lee, Goshen High School; Sharon Sullivan, Pike County High School; Susan Carr, Pike Liberal Arts School, Don Dickert.The Brundidge Rotarians learned first hand about the process used in the local schools to select the nominees for its annual scholarship program.School counselors, Sharon Sullivan, Pike County High School; Ana Belle Lee, Goshen High School and Susan Carr, Pike Liberal Arts School, were the program guests of Don Dickert, who chairs the club’s scholarship committee.“The committee wanted to give the club members the opportunity to learn more about how the nominees are selected,” Dickert said. “We are familiar with the way the winners are selected for the six scholarships the club offers but not so much about how they are nominated.”Sullivan said the scholarship nominees are selected by committee and are chosen based on academics, leadership abilities, character and the desire for a higher level of education. Email the author Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Brundidge Rotarians learn scholarship nominee process Published 3:00 am Thursday, January 29, 2015 Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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On the southerly extent of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current in the southeast Pacific

first_imgA front at 67°S in the Bellingshausen Sea at 85°W is shown to be part of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) and the southernmost zone of concentrated eastward transport at that longitude. The front lies 6° south of the Polar Front at 88°W and 3° north of the Continental Water Boundary. The front is continuous to the east through Drake Passage where it forms a southern branch of the Polar Front, for which reason we have named it the Southern Polar Front. Data from a towed profiling CTD were able to distinguish the Polar Front from the Southern Polar Front, even though they were only 0.5° apart. Thus the width of the ACC south of the Polar Front varied considerably. About a third of the transport of the ACC also lay south of the Polar Front, with 15 Sv carried by the Southern Polar Front alone at 85°W. Distinguishing features of the Southern Polar Front were a water mass boundary associated with a zone of concentrated baroclinic flow and a surface salinity minimum. These features also have been found at the Greenwich Meridian at 53°S, so the Southern Polar Front can be traced round at least a quarter of the globe. To the west of the Bellingshausen Sea both Eltanin data and the Fine Resolution Antarctic Model show that the AAC is at its narrowest at 145°W, where its southern boundaries lie as far north as 56°S. At this longitude the ACC meets the topographic barrier of the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge. To conserve potential vorticity the current is forced to make a southward loop as it crosses the ridge and the current broadens dramatically. The flow remains broad until forced to sharpen by the constriction of Drake Passage. A similar broadening of the ACC is seen where it crosses the Southwest Indian Ridge south of Africa at 30°E. Here it remains broad until it encounters the Kerguelen Plateau. Thus the eastern boundaries of both the Weddell and Ross Gyres are determined by where the ACC crosses midocean ridges.last_img read more

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USS Freedom’s Crew Arrives in Singapore

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Freedom’s Crew Arrives in Singapore USS Freedom’s Crew Arrives in Singapore Training & Education Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS View post tag: Navy View post tag: crew Linkedin USS Freedom’s “Blue” Crew arrived in Singapore July 31 to conduct the first crew swap of a littoral combat ship during an overseas deployment. An advance Blue team is already on board Freedom conducting familiarization evolutions at sea.Following nearly five months of extensive training, the Blue Crew is ready and excited to assume the watch and continue Freedom’s first deployment to Southeast Asia. They will conduct a turnover of the ship with the embarked “Gold” Crew, who will return to their homeport in San Diego via Navy airlift later this week.“We are very excited to be in Singapore and look forward to turnover with the Gold crew and the opportunity to continue Freedom’s first deployment to Southeast Asia,” said Blue Crew Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Pat Thien.The Blue Crew will also have an opportunity to explore Singapore on liberty. CDR Thien encouraged his Sailors to enjoy sightseeing in the local area and to conduct themselves as Navy ambassadors.“Positive daily interactions with our Sailors and host nations throughout the region send the right signal,” said Thien.USS Freedom’s first rotational deployment to Southeast Asia began March 1, when the ship departed San Diego and commenced a Pacific Ocean transit that included port visits in Hawaii, Guam and Manila. Since arriving in Singapore April 18, Freedom has participated in the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX), two separate phases of the bilateral naval exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) with Malaysia and Singapore, and hosted thousands of visitors from throughout Southeast Asia. Fast, agile and mission-focused, littoral combat ships are designed to operate in near-shore environments and employ modular mission packages that can be configured for surface warfare, mine countermeasures, or anti-submarine warfare.For the second half of the deployment, the Blue Crew will continue to conduct port visits, exercises and exchanges with regional navies in Southeast Asia, including participation in exercise Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) and additional phases of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT).[mappress]Press Release, August 2, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Freedom View post tag: Singapore View post tag: Arrives August 1, 2013 View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

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Brothers Craft Niche in Spirits Distillery

first_imgMark Ganter and his brother Eric Ganter, own and operate Little Water Distillery in Atlantic City. By Maddy Vitale A diminutive copper still sits atop a shelf behind a bar at the Little Water Distillery in Atlantic City. It is only large enough to process five gallons of alcohol, a far cry from the 300-gallon still that sits just feet from it. But that small conversation piece is what started it all for brothers Mark and Eric Ganter, who got an idea and were soon on their way to becoming business partners, producing whiskey, rum, gin and vodka, and creating a brand that they say is authentic, delicious, and top quality.“I like to tell people this brand is emerging in an industry that is dominated by large brands,” Mark Ganter, 48, of Ocean City, said during a tour of the distillery. “Regardless of how we develop this brand further, we need to be competitive and live and die by the authenticity of our product. We work hard to deliver an authentic product –  something that conveys our values.” And it all started as a gift to their father, Frank Ganter, of Upper Deerfield, in Cumberland County, Jan. 28, 2013. This copper still, a gift Mark and Eric Ganter bought their dad, started it all.“We bought my father a still for his 70th birthday,” Ganter said. “It was actually the same month that they passed the craft distillery laws in New Jersey. My dad had just retired and sold his boat and had a tremendous amount of nervous energy. The still was a means to channel that energy in a fun activity that allowed his sons and him to connect over something.”Looking back, Ganter said, it was kind of funny since no one had any expertise with stills. “We worked very hard to convince one another we knew what to do,” he joked.Fast forward to June 2016.  The brothers purchased property at 807 Baltic Ave. in Atlantic City, where a 1930s-era building sat in need of a bit of work.By November 2016 the still was in operation and by March 2017, the distillery was open to the public for tours, tastings and private events.The distillery also features tours and tastings, with a mixologist ready to serve up cocktails.“It was a mid-career reset for both of us,” Mark Ganter explained of his new-found profession. “I worked for Total Wine and More and went to retail stores around the country. Eric was a school teacher.”Mark Ganter used to design and build wine, beer and spirits stores from the ground up. Eric, 44, of Ventnor, taught in Ventnor. So it only made sense, with their different backgrounds, that Mark would handle the sales, marketing, distribution and administrative side of the business, and Eric would handle the production side.They came up with the name Little Water Distillery because Absecon, which is the neighboring community to Atlantic City, is the Lenape Indian tribe word for “Little Water,” Mark Ganter explained.The craft distillery owned and operated by the brothers is in the heart of what was “Prohibition unfriendly” territory, according to the Little Water Distillery website. Walking around the hip, industrial building with exposed beams, piping and the huge still, Ganter opened a door to a bathroom, where bottles filled small window-boxes. The blue and green plain glass bottles were Prohibition-era liquor bottles, dug up by locals around the historic building.“You can’t put a shovel in the ground without pulling out glass,” Mark Ganter said of the endless stream of bottles that continue to pop up from the ground to this day.But why select Atlantic City for a distillery?There were plenty of reasons why, Ganter said. The resort city is filled with bars, restaurants and, of course, casinos, all potential clients for a craft distillery.  It is also a convenient location because of its proximity to Cape May and Toms River. “There are a million offerings, but our brand is authentic, so we thought we would do well here.”And they have.“It’s a wonderful location,” Ganter said. “It is an area where most people wouldn’t expect a place like ours. It is far enough away from the casinos. It offers another reason to come to Atlantic City.”The business, he said, is for 20-somethings to 70-somethings to enjoy.A local connection to the product is the focus. Subtle hints of that local tie-in are seen on the labeling. In small letters there is an AC NJ label on the front of the bottles. The vodka is called 48 Blocks for the 48 Blocks in Atlantic City. According to the Little Water Distillery website, the spirits each have their own specific characteristics that make it the Little Water Distillery brand. The corn-flavored whiskey called Whitecap American Whiskey is a handcrafted spirit with 24 months of aging in once-used bourbon barrels. 48 Blocks Atlantic City’s Vodka is a wheat vodka blended bottled at the Little Water Distillery with the region’s water drawn from the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer and then finished over local minerals. Liberty American Silver Rum has a dry taste with subtle tastes of vanilla, sugar cookie, citrus and spice.  And Prosperity American Dark Rum is handcrafted in Atlantic City in small batches aged for a minimum of six months in once-used bourbon barrels. Aromas of coconut and vanilla are followed by flavors of molasses, honey and brown sugar.Beverly Constant-Bromley, of Atlantic City, stops in to buy a bottle of rum for a party.The prices are competitive, Ganter said. A bottle of Whitecap whiskey is $29, rum and vodka are each $26 a bottle. If you don’t feel like driving to the resort to pick up a bottle of spirits, you can find them in various retail stores from Princeton south to Cape May. The locations are listed on the distillery website.And if you aren’t sure what type of spirit you’d like to purchase, you can always check out their tours and tastings.For $7 or $8 per glass, patrons can taste cocktails at the Little Distillery with herbs picked from the garden alongside the distillery. The mixologist will create your own special cocktail using the Little Water Distillery spirits and blending them with the herbs of your choosing.When people see how much the brothers put into their product and when they taste the cocktail, they will see why the brand is so special, Ganter said.“Our vision is about the brand and who we are in Atlantic City,” Ganter said. “I like the tours and tastings because it is a way for people to learn about our spirits, our brand and our business.” So, for two 40-somethings doing a change of career, Ganter said, “My day starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. It is the same for Eric. When we host events, it is even later. But we are doing well. We always strive to do better and develop a better product. Just creating a brand based on our own commitment and our own vision for what this brand is, has been the most enjoyable part.” Hours for tours and tastings are Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 609-344-7867 or email [email protected] Water Distillery is at 807 Baltic Ave. in Atlantic City.last_img read more

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