Sunday, February 7, 2016

Six Nation Showdown In European Rugby


By Felicity Rodger
Reporter
EDINBURGH, United Kingdom – It’s that time of year once again when rivalries rise up to the surface and blood boils in the hearts of much of Europe. England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy will all face each other in the Six Nations.
The Six Nations is an annual rugby tournament where each of these teams play each other during seven weeks in February and March.
The more games they win, the more points they score, all with the aim of putting themselves higher on the leader board. The team with the most points will win the coveted Six Nations trophy.
The real question people want answered is who will emerge on top?
In previous years, the trophy has been awarded to various teams and there is usually no clear winner until the last weekend, sometimes even the last match. 
With the Rugby World Cup taking place only months before this particular tournament, it is interesting to evaluate which team will do well based on its earlier matches.
England had a disappointing rugby world cup campaign and will look to do better in this year’s Six Nations.
It has a new captain, Dylan Hartley, and a new coach, Eddie Jones, so it will want to get a good reputation from the start. With a large game against Scotland first, away from home, England will have to keep its cool to win this first match if it hopes to be in contention.
Although making it out of the group stages at the international competition, Ireland did not have a great world cup either.
 With its captain Paul O'Connell injured, the squad was left without clear leadership on the field. However, as the reigning champions of the 2015 Six Nations, the Irish are going to try all their hardest to keep the trophy in Dublin.
Italy did not perform at the Rugby World Cup and has not had successful Six Nation tournaments in the past.
Despite shocking wins against Scotland and France in previous years, it hopes teams will underestimate its abilities and maybe even gain some points in the process.
France's rugby team has been all over the place for quite some time. Leadership of the team has changed and players have been lacking.
With Paris in the news so much last year, I believe the French will want to make their people proud and give them something to celebrate. France is excellent when its players are on form, especially for home games.
Scotland probably had the best international rugby campaign of all the teams competing in the Six Nations.
If it weren't for a referee's poor judgement, the Scotland team could have made it through to the semifinals of the Rugby World Cup.
Sent home early instead, it could be looking for revenge. Scotland has announced a lot of new and talented young players to the team. On a good day, it can certainly give the opposition a scare.
Lastly, there is Wales, which reached the international quarterfinals, but failed to win against South Africa.
During the World Cup, the Welch team suffered from many injuries, forcing new, inexperienced players to take the field. In the Six Nations this year, and having many injured veterans back, Wales will certainly be a contender.
With the partnership of Sam Warburton, its skillful captain, and Dan Biggar, an excellent kicker, the Welsh team looks good and needs a win against Ireland first to set them straight.
Overall, this year’s Six Nations looks to be an exciting several weeks’ worth of good rugby.
Although supporting different teams can split families apart, it’s all in good spirits and is a lot of fun to watch. Fans are eager to see the tournament commence.
Check here to follow the tournament, which began today.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

'Amy' A Fitting Tribute To Winehouse

Noah Kidron-Style / youthjournalism.org
After Winehouse died in 2011, fans left a makeshift memorial in front of her London flat.
By Noah Kidron-Style
Correspondent
AUSTIN, Texas, U.S.A. – Director Asif Kapadia’s powerful documentary Amy begins with home-video footage of a 14-year-old Amy Winehouse singing “Happy Birthday” to her childhood best friend Lauren Gilbert. 
Sadly, we already know how the story ends.
Winehouse died at her flat in Camden Square, London in 2011, at just 27 years old.
The cause of death was later revealed to be accidental alcohol poisoning, and for Winehouse’s millions of fans across the world it felt almost like losing a member of the family.
As tributes flooded in, fans paid their respects in the only way they knew how – through music. By the end of the week, a record-breaking eight of Winehouse’s singles appeared simultaneously in the UK charts.
But what is extraordinary about Kapadia’s documentary is not that it tells us what we already knew, however tragic. What is extraordinary is the footage that we have never seen before, or may have seen at the time but can only half remember.
Winehouse lived her life in front of the camera, not only because she became world famous, but because her and her friends documented everything, long before anyone else had any interest in seeing it. Such is the personal nature of these films – fears, romances, fights – that watching feels almost voyeuristic.
As with Senna, his last documentary – an excellent biography of the Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna – Kapadia makes scant use of interviews with talking heads. They don’t appear on screen, only as audio on top of images of Winehouse herself taken from personal videos, performances and interviews.
The similarities between Senna and Winehouse are remarkable. They came from radically different places, and lived radically different lives, but were driven by the same burning love for their respective crafts that briefly, and excitingly, made them the best in the world at what they did. Both were hugely charismatic, beloved by millions and were tragically cut down in their prime.
Hauntingly, both seemed to predict their own deaths but were powerless to do anything about it. Winehouse was convinced she would die young. Many people close to her during the height of her career even say that she was exercised by deep fear that she would end up joining the “27 Club,” a moniker given to a group of artists such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain who all died age 27. That group now includes Winehouse herself.
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Flowers left by fans outside Amy Winehouse's London flat after her death in 2011.
When it comes to divvying up blame, Kapadia pulls no punches. Amy's father Mitch Winehouse was a constant barrier to her getting the help she desperately needed because he refused to accept that anything was wrong – as documented by the line “if my daddy thinks I'm fine” from her most famous song “Rehab.”
Her husband Blake Fielder-Civil, the inspiration for the song “Back to Black,” was a destructive influence who feared that if Winehouse kicked her drug habit he would lose his own supply. Despite this, and powerful criticism of the paparazzi, the film is honest enough to admit that Winehouse was complicit in her own addiction.
One of the most painful moments in the film is when a clean Winehouse, shortly after winning a Grammy Award, turns to a friend to confess that success is “so boring without drugs.” More positively, her other addiction was to music and she was never happier than when she was singing and writing.
What shines through is not just her raw natural talent, but also her determined individual streak. As a down-to-earth North London Jewish girl who was obsessed with jazz, Winehouse realized there weren't songs being written that reflected her own life, and so set out to write them herself.

In an era of prefabricated pop, it is remarkable how personal Amy’s two albums were. She took jazz, a sometimes rarified and elitist genre, and made it gritty, real and about herself. Her work is a fitting soundtrack to her life story, and Kapadia’s film a fitting tribute.
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Monday, February 1, 2016

This Iowa Caucus Is Low Key, Respectful

Garret Reich  / youthjournalism.org
Katie Smithers, 15, went to her local caucus Monday night to learn.
By Garret Reich
Reporter
GLENWOOD, Iowa, U.S.A.  – The Democratic caucus at Precinct 4 began a couple minutes after 7 p.m.
There are about 50 people attending.
The turnout seems to be people who are over age 40 and evenly split between supporters of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
 At first, there’s a letter from each of the three candidates that attempts to persuade voters to support that candidate if undecided, or to switch.
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At the Democratic caucus at the Glenwood Community Middle School, supporters of Hillary Clinton gathered on the left, and supporters of Bernie Sanders on the right.
So far, it’s pretty low key and not very exciting. There’s a lot of talk and respect for each of the two candidates.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley doesn’t have any supporters at this caucus.
Even though she’s not yet eligible to vote, 15-year-old Kate Smithers is at the caucus.
“The young generation is the future of our country and therefore, I believe that we should be educated for later when we can for our country’s leader,” Smithers said.
But older people attending the caucus appeared to be very tired, and discouraged by the lack of organization and training. The woman in charge seems to be following a book of instructions.
By 8:30p.m., Sanders had 25 votes and Clinton had 16, winning each of them two delegates. The delegate election process then got started.


Robert and Millye Rager, both first time caucus goers, supported Sanders.
"I like him because he is for the people," Millye Rager said.
Shelley Endicott supported Clinton.
"I believe Hillary is the most qualified," Endicott said. "I want to see a woman president before I die."
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2016 Iowa Caucuses Get Underway

Garret Reich / youthjournalism.org
Early arrivals at the Glenwood Community Middle School in Glenwood, Iowa are ready for caucus night. This is a Democratic caucus, where voters will gather to support candidates who are running for the party's nomination.
Youth Journalism International Reporter Garret Reich of Glenwood, Iowa is at her local Democratic Party caucus tonight, Monday, Feb. 1. She will be sending periodic reports throughout the evening from Glenwood Community Middle School, where the caucus is taking place. Voters will make their preferences clear between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. 

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Voters enter the caucus site and sign in on Monday night.
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Lessons I Learned In Nicaragua, And The Difference A Pair Of Shoes Can Make

Photo credit Shelly Groff
Olivia Wright talks with Kevin, a Nicaraguan boy while his sister Estefanie looks on.


By Olivia Wright
Reporter

LEON, Nicaragua – Everyone has had 'that moment,' a moment where enlightenment ravages through your life like a storm. When the storm passes, you’re left with your eyes wide open to a shattered brokenness that is only fixed by helping people. My journey to change the world recently took me to the country of Nicaragua, to put shoes on the feet of children through an organization I am the CEO of called H.U.G.S, Help Us Give Shoes.
When H.U.G.S started, 99,000 pairs of shoes ago, one of my goals was to experience one of the shoeing trips outside of the United States for myself. This year my dream became a reality. I and Shelly Groff, my partner in peace and well-traveled missionary, got ourselves plane tickets 2889.3 miles away to the mysterious country of Nicaragua.
When we touched down in Managua I had no idea that my whole week would be sprinkled with 'that moment.' When I vividly recall my time there, my mind doesn't immediately go to the beautiful colored buildings, all red orange and yellow and full of history, I don't think of the rustic smell of rural Nicaragua or magnificent volcanoes and mountains that lay in front of the horizon. It doesn’t immediately roam to the huge tarantulas and towering tropical trees. No, my mind first goes to big chocolate eyes and wild black hair.  I remember the gentle Spanish accents as the people smiled with hopeful expressions, pleading for nuevos zapatos – new shoes – and the experiences that the people of Nicaragua gave me.
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Some of the colorful homes in

Nicaragua.
My eyes were open at a young age to the reality that so many people so close to my home have to endure. I am blessed to say my life is colored by duct-taped shoes, bare feet, and some pretty shocking living conditions. My biggest passion in life is giving those people shoes and smiles, a mission statement I developed when I was little. I’m no stranger to destitution, but when I made my first step into the dusty heat of Nicaragua, I walked into a different world.
This story is about the reality of a people who were the victims of a bloody revolution that left orphans and confusion in its wake. People who scream for fairness, but are not heard. Who when asked about their government either go shockingly quiet, or passionately loud, who include orphans with tear-stricken faces and weary parents who try to hold back emotion after their child is given shoes.
They speak to me with wide eyes as we talk about America in a mix of broken Spanish and English. I want to give a voice to these courageous people whose shouts are muffled, starting with a boy who knew too much.
I spent most of my time with orphans. I worked on a construction team digging and concreting the foundation safe home, and went on trips to visit the dumps, where families made their homes in the trash. One day I made my way up to a child snug in a lemon tree, and met my best friend, Kevin.
“Hola!” I called up.
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Kevin, high up in a lemon tree.
Wide eyes peered down at me, and he jumped down. Kevin looked at me with a small grin and tired eyes, and I noticed he was barefoot. I smiled, thinking of the bag of shoes I had up front. I quickly removed my shoes. If he was shoeless then I was going to be, too. He spoke to me in English. The smart little boy took my hand after introductions, and his eyes sparkled.
“Do you trust me?” he questioned.
I answered quickly without hesitation, “Always.”
He giggled, “Then follow me.”
The little hand pulled me along as we sprinted across a field, towering up to my waist in the ocean of golden plant life. I was nervous of the venomous spiders and tarantulas that I knew made the field their home, but I blindly followed the fiery little spirit as we made our way.
We both fell to the ground breathless and bursting with giggles as we let the tall grass cover us. After a while of talking and laughing, I rolled over to face Kevin, with a lazy grin I said, “You’re my very best friend.”
His eyes widened and he gasped, shock consumed his face before realization of the sentiment hit him. Euphoria spread over his features and chocolate eyes met my green, he whispered, “Best friend.”
Later when talking to Cheryll Shoemaker, the orphanage mother, a gentle lady with soft eyes and a hybrid Spanish/southern accent, she told me Kevin’s story. “His parents don’t love him…. The worst part is, unlike the other children…” She trailed off. “He knows it.”
A little boy 10 years old, who knew his parents didn’t love him and starved for any kind of affection. A kid desperate for love. I loved Kevin as much as I could in a week, and before we left I noticed him sitting in a chair, unusually still for the constant ball of energy. I touched his shoulder and he slowly looked back at me. Kevin’s eyes were filled to the brim with tears the guarded child wouldn’t let fall, he gave me a wet smile.
“I love you Kevin.”
His eyes drooped shut and he went quiet for a moment.
Softly he choked out, “I love you, too.”
Early in the week, I had gotten all of the shoes ready and laid out as I prepped for all I would need to serve these kids. I knew the kids would come once word got out. I sent up a quick prayer and asked God to work through me, and touch these children’s lives. I thought through my limited Spanish vocabulary in solitude.
Photo credit, Shelly Groff
Olivia Wright sits with some of

the shoes she will distribute

in Nicaragua.
The first little feet came padding their way over to me, a swell little boy with a huge smile. He was all set up to try on shoes when I noticed his feet were dirty. Dirty feet are not unusual in my life. The difference was the constant heat in Nicaragua.
I asked the boy for a minute as I ran inside and got a big bucket of cold water and some towels. The look of relief on his face as I massaged his bare feet with the coolness reminded me why I do H.U.G.S. That same look would pass the face of countless other children as I received the honor of washing the feet of angels.
I met a man named Carlos, who worked construction for the home. He had a kind and timid disposition. One day after hours of work, we talked. Carlos had lost his job, and he told me what I would hear from many other Nicaraguans, “You only move up if you are part of politics.”
He then fell sick and was hospitalized. He chuckled as he told me, “Hospital care is free, but it’s really not, nothing is free.”
He explained how he wasn’t able to buy his children anything for Christmas. Later, Shelly and I giggled with delight as we brought each of his children Christmas gifts and a family Bible in Spanish. Later I guided him to our room and showed him the gifts that matched the interests of his children.
A single tear ran down his face, “You … you didn’t have to.”
“It was a gift to me, to be able to give this to you, so thank you, Carlos.”
He hugged me with a kiss on the cheek, a grown man who wept because his sweet children got nothing for Christmas, and then everything.
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Nicaraguan children, some homeless, some orphans and some with their mothers, all waiting to get shoes.
Photo credit Shelly Groff 
Olivia Wright with a Nicaraguan boy.
There were so many others who touched me. One was the little girl mute from sickness who I grew to love. She found me trying to control my emotions before we left. She looked at Shelly worryingly, as if to ask ‘what’s wrong?’  Shelly told her that I’m sad I’m leaving her here. The 6-year-old baby turned to me and gave me a look fit for a mother. She reached up and hugged me, and then tiny dirty hands carefully wiped away my tears. A child who received no love herself, she had so much to give. I cried for her, for her future heartbreaks and her future achievements, I hugged her and cried for her because I knew her parents never would.
Our fellow humans are hurting. I saw children dying of malnutrition, people shunned by a cruel government, and families who had nothing but each other’s love. This is the important part: we can help them! Not only can we, but we must.
When I left Nicaragua, my team had made a noticeable difference, and you can, too. Even from the United States, by sending funds or needed goods with organizations that focus on peace, you are changing a life.
If one person is in need, then we are all in need. 

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

In An Iowa School Gym, Hillary Clinton Talks About Climate, Equality And The Economy

Garret Reich / youthjournalism.org

The crowd in Council Bluffs, Iowa, before former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived.
By Garret Reich
Reporter
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa, U.S.A. – What would it mean for the United States of America to have its first woman president?
Less than a century ago, the United States granted women the right to vote for president. Though a few women have run for president, the country still hasn’t sent a woman to the White House.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president – a job that also includes the role of commander-in-chief – hopes to be the one to break through.  
“The stakes in this election could not be higher,” Clinton told an overflow crowd at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  
Chelsea Clinton, 35-year-old daughter of Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, sounded excited as she introduced her mother. She said she was happy to have the opportunity to vote for her mother as well as vote for the first time as a new mother herself.
In her speech, Hillary Clinton stressed importance of equal pay for women doing the same job as men.
“We have to finally guarantee equal pay for women,” said Clinton, who is endorsed by Lilly Ledbetter, a woman whose sex discrimination lawsuit against an employer helped change federal law.
Ledbetter, said Clinton, was the “only woman supervisor at her company when she learned that she was earning less money than the men supervisors.”
But Clinton didn’t limit her talk to equal pay. She touched on the economy, climate change and more.
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The crowd in the Abraham Lincoln High School
in Council Bluffs waits for Hillary Clinton on
Sunday afternoon.
“I want America to start setting these big goals again,” she said. “It is time for us to think big about what we can do together.”
Clinton praised Iowa for its efforts to use clean energy.
“I have to thank you,” she told the audience. “You are already getting one third of your energy from clean sources.”
Clinton, who is also endorsed by billionaire investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett, said America does best with a Democratic president.
“Our economy is better when we have a Democrat in office,” she said. “You are four times more likely to have a recession when a Republican is in the White House.”
The event, just one day before Iowans head to caucuses on Monday, Feb. 1, drew about 350 people into the school gymnasium. More than 200 others stood outside, unable to get inside.
In her quest to be America’s first woman president, Clinton spoke about what the nation could achieve under her leadership, but didn’t make a lot of lofty promises.
“I don’t want to over-promise and under-deliver,” said Clinton. “I would rather under-promise and over-deliver.”
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In Iowa, Cruz Outlines Presidential Goals

Garret Reich / youthjournalism.org
Republican Ted Cruz talks with people who attended a rally Saturday night in Sioux City, Iowa.
By Garret Reich
Reporter
Youth Journalism International
SIOUX CITY, Iowa, U.S.A. – If he is elected president of the United States, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told supporters Saturday, he’s got a busy first day planned - including “rip to shreds” the recent nuclear deal with Iran and ordering a federal investigation of Planned Parenthood, among other things.
Speaking to a crowd at Western Iowa Tech Community College, the Texas Republican said also plans to repeal “every word” of Obamacare and crack down on illegal immigration.
When asked about what Cruz would do concerning the borders, Cruz answered, “If I am elected president, there will be no amnesty. We will secure the borders and keep this country safe.”
Before Day One in the White House, however, there’s a long road for any candidate, and it starts with the Iowa Caucuses on Monday, Feb. 1. That’s when both Republican and Democratic voters will make their preferences known in their party’s primary race.
Iowa Congressman Steve King, conservative commentator Glenn Beck and Phil Robertson, a star on the “Duck Dynasty” television show as well as Tea Party activists took part in the Saturday night rally in Sioux City in support of Cruz.
“We are here for the principles of the Constitution of the United States of America,” said Beck. “I’m here because, there are times where I know we all feel this way, where we are beaten down.”
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The Sioux City crowd waits for Ted Cruz.
Robertson, an avid hunter, said he sat in the duck blind Saturday morning and asked himself, “What is the only thing that could move me to Iowa?”
In listing his five goals for his first day as president, Cruz also promised to “rescind every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action that has happened under Obama” and to “instruct the Department of Justice and the IRS and every other federal agency that the persecution of religious liberty ends today.”
Cruz said the support he’s seeing “reflects the passion, the passion for the Constitution, the love for freedom, of activists across this country who want our country back.”
Supporter Ryan Gill said he believes in Cruz because he is “steadfast, reliable” and because he knows where Cruz is going to be tomorrow.
“I know that I can count on Ted Cruz,” said Gill, who said he is part of a conservative political action committee that supported Cruz in Texas.

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Snow Sparkles In Northern Lebanon

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The snow sparkles Saturday morning under the bright sun in the Arz Mountains in Lebanon, near the town of Ehden and the Forest of Cedars. Click on photo to enlarge.


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Under bright sun, a roadway winds through the snowy Arz Mountains in Lebanon.






















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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Colorful Cheer On Punjab Campus

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A bright spot in the business administration department at the University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan.
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Like Its Star, 'Dark Horse' Is A Winner

By Noah Kidron-Style
Correspondent
AUSTIN, Texas, U.S.A. – The former mining village of Cefn Fforest in south Wales is not the sort of place that usually attracts much attention. It is small, economically stagnant and in many ways unremarkable.
In Cefn Fforest, as in hundreds of similar towns and villages across the UK, the closure of the coalmines caused not just an economic crisis, but also a crisis of identity. What does a mining community do when there are no mines?
For Jan Vokes, a supermarket cleaner and part time barmaid, the answer was obvious.
Breed a thoroughbred racehorse.
Filmmaker Louise Osmond’s documentary Dark Horse tells the extraordinary story about how Vokes, and a syndicate of friends and neighbours, teamed together to do just that. The world of horseracing is typically dominated by aristocratic owners, Qatari emirs and members of the British Royal Family.
The most promising thoroughbreds trade for millions of pounds, and their upkeep costs alone would dwarf the cost of a mortgage in Cefn Fforest. Members of the 23-strong Alliance Partnership syndicate on the other hand, contributed just £10 a week.
Their horse, Dream Alliance, was born to unpromising parentage, and raised on an allotment. In other words, they shouldn’t have stood a chance.
And yet in 2009, in true Hollywood style, Dream Alliance, the “working class horse,” defied both its upbringing and a life-threatening injury to win the prestigious Welsh National.
For Vokes, it was a dream come true, and for Cefn Fforest it was a unifying moment and 15 minutes of fame.
As a straightforward underdog sports movie, Dark Horse is a success. It has a traditional narrative arc of a hero overcoming adversity, a charismatic supporting cast of syndicate members and – where many sports movies are let down by their sports scenes – the documentary Dark Horse has real and exciting race footage.
But what makes Dark Horse stand out is that it is more than just another sports movie. Osmond is also concerned with the crucial roles played by class in Britain and money in sport.
Although she avoids being overtly political, both themes run throughout the film, in particular through the interviews with Johnson White, Dream Alliance’s somewhat slimy assistant trainer, whose visible shock at having ended up employed by working class clients has a tragicomic quality.
Dark Horse is not a perfect film. In particular, the lack of footage of the early days of the syndicate means that Osmond had little choice but to rely almost exclusively on after-the-fact recollections for the first quarter of an hour.
As a result, watching the beginning of Dark Horse is an experience not unlike that of accidentally wandering into a pub in Caerphilly and being cornered by a particularly talkative local.
It is not the most promising of starts. But if Dark Horse teaches us anything, it is that great things can come from inauspicious beginnings, and thankfully the film itself is no exception.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Ben & Jerry Sweeten Presidential Race With An Ice Cream Flavor For Bernie Sanders

Garret Reich / youthjournalism.org
Jerry Greenfield, holding the microphone, and Ben Cohen to his right, bring their signature ice cream flavors to towns across Iowa in advance of the Iowa Caucuses. Co-founders of Vermont-based Ben & Jerry's ice cream company, the pair support U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, in the Democratic primary.
By Garret Reich
Reporter

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa, U.S.A. – What is the ice cream flavor of the United States?  A chocolate infused democracy or a rainbow sherbet for the states?  If the United States was voting for a taste that would characterize laws and political campaigns, what would it be?
Vermont ice cream makers Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield – the founders of Ben & Jerry’s – are traveling across the frozen plains of Iowa with their iconic cold treats.
On Monday, Feb. 1, Iowans attending their local caucuses will be the first Americans to make known their preferences in the primary races for U.S. president.
Cohen and Greenfield are sharing their signature sweets in hopes of influencing the presidential race. The partners are supporting their longtime friend Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont who is running for the Democratic nomination.
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People gather around a table with caucus information and supplies.
More than 80 people crowded into a small, one-man coffee shop called (drips) on Tuesday night, joining Cohen and Greenfield to caucus for ice cream. Staying true to a general Democratic caucus, the groups split up into four groups depending on their favorite flavor of ice cream: vanilla, chocolate, Peanut Buttah and Americone Dream – a vanilla ice cream with fudge-covered waffle cone pieces and a caramel swirl.
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Ben Cohen, a founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, speaks to a crowd at (drips) coffee shop in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Tuesday.
For any group to be viable, the flavor had to have a minimum of eight people supporting it.
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Before the Ben & Jerry's founders arrived,
people talked about the caucuses.
While people practiced for caucus night by pledging allegiance to their chosen flavor, each supporter got rewarded with samples of the ice creams and the opportunity to meet the Vermont ice cream makers.
“We are here because we have been constituents of Bernie for the last 30 years,” said Cohen.
“Anytime the campaign wants anything from us, our answer is yes,” Greenfield said.
Cohen announced last week that he had developed “Bernie’s Yearning,” a new ice cream flavor based on Sanders.
“Bernie’s Yearning” is what Cohen calls a “participatory flavor.”  When opening up a container of the new flavor, you’ll find a huge disk of chocolate that Cohen said represents the “majority of the wealth that was generated since the end of the Recession.”
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Jerry Greenfield, on the left holding a coffee cup and
a lighted "Bernie" sign, caucuses with supporters of
Americone Dream, one of his favorite flavors.
You have to chip away at the disk of chocolate on top to get to the mint ice cream underneath. But when mixed all together, the container of ice cream represents what Cohen believes to be Sanders’ ideal for the country – a more equal distribution of the chocolate, or wealth.
In Council Bluffs, vanilla, the perennial favorite, did not attract enough supporters to be viable. So just like in a political caucus, supporters of other flavors got the opportunity to rally up the vanillas and try to get them to join a different group.
After re-assembling, organizers tallied the number of people in each group to determine the winning flavor.
Americone Dream, of course, won.
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