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Vermont Delegates to World Travel Market in London

first_imgSix Vermonters, representing state-wide tourismorganizations and private businesses, will join representatives of theother five New England states at the World Travel Market in London,England, November 11-15.”For the first time, the six New England states will have a unifiedpresence under the umbrella of Discover New England,” said Fredrik deJong,International Marketing Director for the Vermont Department of Tourism andMarketing. The World Travel Market is the largest travel trade show in theUnited Kingdom, the major European market for both New England andVermont.Joining deJong in the Vermont delegation are: Valerie Rochon, Stowe AreaAssociation; Linda Seville, The Inn at Essex and Lake Champlain RegionalChamber of Commerce; Sue Kruthers, Vermont Chamber of Commerce, VermontAttractions Association, and Vermont Farms! Association; Julie Howell,Vermont Ski Areas Association; and Tony Clark, Blueberry Hill Inn, Goshen,Vt. Sharon Bernstein, president of CIB Group, which providesrepresentation for Vermont in the UK and Ireland, also will attend.During the event, Vermont and its partner states will hold a reception fortravel trade and media partners entitled “A Taste of New England”. Theregional delights will include Vermont’s Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Cabotcheddar cheese and Green Mountain Coffee among other New England favoriteslike clam chowder and cranberry juice.”Despite a challenging year, indications from our partner tour operatorslook positive for international travel to Vermont in 2003,” said deJong.”We look forward to returning to World Travel Market to share the news ofthe many attractions and experiences Vermont offers with our longstandingpartners in the British travel industry.”last_img read more

Sandy Debris, Extreme Weather Fears Raised at Babylon Hearing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sandy destroyed homes across the region, like this one on Fire Island that was knocked off its stilts.In a week that saw January temperatures on Long Island range from the single digits to an unseasonable 54 degrees, the causes and effects of extreme weather drew the chairman of the state Assembly’s standing committee on environmental conservation, Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst), to Babylon Town Hall on Wednesday, where he held a public hearing on what steps the government should take in the wake of the destruction left behind by Superstorm Sandy and the increasing likelihood that the future holds worse storms to come.In public testimony, Ellen Mecray, regional climate services director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, cited a “statistically significant trend” in extreme weather patterns since the 1970s and said that “what we’re seeing is the atmosphere on steroids.”After she recommended that our region get better prepared, Sweeney asked her, “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best, basically?” “Yes,” Mecray replied.As Assemb. Fred Thiele (D-Sag Harbor) pointed out—mentioning that his Assembly district has more coastline than any other in the state—the resources are “finite,” especially at the local level, yet the need for them is only growing.But the federal government, warned Dorian Dale, Suffolk County’s director of sustainability, may be in retreat on financing the necessary preparation and remediation efforts, so the market place may wind up imposing changes in public behavior that could mitigate the effects of the rising sea levels and the increasing frequency of flooding from bad storms. For example, Dale said, flood insurance rates could rise significantly—assuming the homeowner still qualifies—and coastal property values may sink, making it harder to get a mortgage, let alone refinance one.So, in the long term, the question of whether to sink more funds into restoring the flood-damaged communities may become moot as residents move away, but in the short term, he sees his neighbors in West Gilgo Beach “in a frantic rush to rebuild in a bad way.” In other words, using sheetrock instead of Durock, which is waterproof and mold resistant, and putting their electrical outlets and fuse boxes in the same vulnerable place they were when Sandy’s surge came into their homes.Referring to the Netherlands, which has had a history of keeping the ocean at bay, Dale said that in Europe there is a “collective effort” to share resources, whereas in the United States people tend to go it alone. “At this point in time, we are all first responders.” Unless, he said, people “change the mindset.”Rezoning and upholding building codes were suggested at the hearing by R. Larry Swanson, associate dean of the school of marine and atmospheric sciences at Stony Brook University. “On Long Island variances are a dime a dozen,” he exclaimed.Swanson disagreed with Jay Tanski, coastal processes and facilities specialist at New York Sea Grant, a state and federal funded agency that researches marine issues, on how fast nature may fill in the Fire Island breach and what effect the inlet created by Sandy may be having on the Great South Bay. Swanson thinks the breach could close in months or a year at most, and should be left alone because the influx of seawater is helping the bay flush out some of the pollution that has accumulated there. Tanski said he believes the inlet will “close by itself” but it could take a decade, and by then the salinity levels of the bay could irrevocably alter the ecosystem.Both scientists reiterated the need for closer monitoring of Fire Island and the bay itself, given that present government-funded research is “running on fumes,” as Swanson told the Press after he spoke at the hearing.Of equal concern is the issue of storm debris that may come back ashore in the spring when the wind changes direction, Swanson warned the Assembly committee, and it could contain nails, shingles, home heating oil tanks, and other toxic materials. He compared the situation to the discovery of medical waste, such as used syringes, that washed up on the Island’s beaches two decades ago and kept vacation crowds away for years after the mess was cleaned up. “Be vigilant,” he urged local communities.Oil slicks in the water from storage tanks uprooted by the storm and ash from open-air incinerators of trees and other waste left from Sandy were among the many concerns raised by Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment.Among the recommendations she presented the committee, she proposed that the sewage treatment plants be raised above predicted tidal surge levels, that the state use FEMA money for that purpose, and that the state provide money to the Department of Environmental Conservation to monitor the quality of the water in the western bays where the raw and partially treated sewage was the worst after the storm struck.On Long Island, she said, “People swim everywhere,” not just the beaches on the Ocean.Rebuilding without thinking about the future means repeating the mistakes of the past, she said. “It sets us up for another disaster!” she exclaimed.Sweeney nodded in appreciation. He’d held a previous hearing on this issue on Jan. 16 in Manhattan. No bill is planned at this time but that could change. Sweeney has been a prominent proponent of efforts in the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote clean energy. What will come of his committee’s efforts to stop the weather remains to be seen.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events August 6 – 12

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jounce Born out of New York City, two childhood friends and their love for rock and roll ignited a 14-year-and-counting journey in this post-punk and ’90s rock hybrid. Now joined by a drummer, the trio performs songs about love, loss, and life on the road while blasting a nostalgic reminder to that decade of stellar tunes. With The Vigilance Committee, Lisa Vetrone & The ’67s, The Imperial Stormlooper, The Detours and Lost To The Light. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $12, $14 DOS 6 p.m. August 6.The Australian Pink Floyd Show / Led Zeppelin 2 – Tribute BandStriving to reproduce the Pink Floyd experience and bring their timeless music to new audiences, this live show features a stunning light and laser display, video animations, inflatables, films projected onto a large circular screen and other special effects. The tribute band is not only renowned for replicating the music of Pink Floyd, but also recreating the look, feel, and sound of their world tours. Hailing from South Australia, these rockers have been active since 1988 and are the only Pink Floyd tribute band to play for a member of Pink Floyd. Rather than solely replicating and paying tribute to Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin 2 focuses on re-enacting the famous bands’ legendary live performances. This includes onstage interaction and improvisations–in other words, the closest thing to seeing The Almighty Zep in the flesh! Not to be missed! Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. $35. 8 p.m. August 6.The Clean Comedy All StarsComedy doesn’t always need to be dirty and The Clean Comedy All Stars prove this with their absolutely hilarious stand-up routine. These hucksters deliver great, knee-slapping jokes minus the foul language, sexual innuendo, racism, and tasteless attacks on audience members. A must for people who want to go out and have a belly laugh, the kind that sort of rumbles around for hours, days, weeks at a time, and are punctuated by uncontrollable fits of loud, contagious laughter. 100% clean and 1000% funny. This is a must-see gig. Come start a laugh riot! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $10. 8 p.m. August 6.Jekyll and HydeBased on the 19th century novel, Jekyll and Hyde tells the story of Dr. Henry Jekyll who, as the result of a medical experiment gone horribly awry, transforms himself into the maniacal Mr. Edward Hyde. Featuring well-known songs such as “This is the Moment” and “Façade,” this musical is brimming with big ensemble dance numbers, powerful solo pieces, and heart-throbbing ballads. The cast and crew include high school and college students, including alumni from high schools across Nassau County. Gold Coast Art Center, 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. Free. 8 p.m. August 6, 2 p.m. August 8. Southside Johnny & The Poor FoolsThis is a chance to catch Johnny Lyon up close and personal as he and his band cover a wide variety of music in stripped-down, acoustic form, in a truly intimate setting. Lyon strives to have a good time while he rocks out, resulting in a loose mix of songs, banter, and stories between the band and the audience. The group is known for their being multi-instrumentalists and their wide repertoire, performing classic hits from artists such as Bob Dylan, The Band, Muddy Waters, and many, many more. Wow! The Jersey Shore comes to the East End! The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansett. $70. 7 p.m. August 7.3rd Annual CAC 48 Hour Film CompetitionFilmmaking teams have just one weekend to make a short film. Filmmakers don’t know what genre their film will be until the start of the competition and the cameras must roll. All creativity: writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack, has to occur within the 48-hour window beginning Friday evening at 7 p.m. To add to the mayhem, they must also include some random elements that they only find out about at the starting line. The CAC 48-Hour Film Competition is a filmmaking competition that just has to be experienced. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $10. 7 p.m. August 7.Joel McHaleWhat’s the soup on this? Could it be Emmy Award-winning satirist on the E! television network, Jeff Winger from hilarious sitcom Community, and Rex from Ted making an appearance to make you laugh like you’ve never laughed before? Quite so. Joel McHale hails the title of humor in his back pocket by pointing out the absurdities of life as we know it. As his character Jeff once winged, “Look at me. It’s clear to all of you that I am awesome. But I can never admit that because that would make me an ass.” As a matter of fact, Joel McHale truly is truly awesome, and that is no joke. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $63. 8 p.m. August 7.MiguelCome see this hit-making, Grammy Award-winning singer bring his summer tour to Long Island this week. Miguel is celebrating the release of his new album, Wildheart, which dropped in June. You may know him from his most famous songs, including “All I Want Is You,” “Sure Thing,” “Adorn” and “How Many Drinks?” but Miguel will also be wowing the crowd at this show with songs from his new record, like “A Beautiful Exit” and “The Valley.” Wildheart Tour with special guest Dorothy. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury $35. 8 p.m. August 7.Robert KellyFor more than 10 years, this Boston native has performed his hysterical stand-up routine nationwide. You might know him from playing Louie CK’s brother in Louie the TV show, or from his hilarious appearance on Inside Amy Schumer. He’s even directed his own comedy special. We guarantee you will not forget this memorable gig and will be laughing about it for a long time after he delivers his jokes. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Avenue, Bohemia. $25-$55. 8 p.m.. August 7.The BogmenThis wonderfully entertaining Long Island-based indie band first emerged from the wilds of Huntington when Billy Campion, Bill and Brendan Ryan, Mark Wike, P.J. O’Connor and Clive Tucker decided they had to rock out together. Signed to Arista Records in 1995, the Bogmen never quite became a house-hold name that they deserved to be with their debut release called Life Begins at 40 Million. But so it goes. And on they went. No matter what, they never let their fans get bogged down, taking their self-described “tribal, huntish” sound to every bar, club and retirement home in the Tri-state area. Over the intervening years, they’ve reunited many times to keep the thrills and spills alive. And that’s why this gig is such a great opportunity to enjoy The Bogmen at their best. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansett. $50. 9 p.m. August 7, 8.Sayville SummerfestSummer is the perfect time for sharing lasting moments with the ones you love, whether that’s enjoying delicious BBQs, lounging poolside or along the beach, or just laughing in the bright, refreshing sunshine. This special event touches upon all of these things, and more. Celebrate these precious moments of summertime life, frolic among fellow Long Islanders and relish in the supreme glory of August with more than 200 craft and food vendors, rides, games, as well as beer and wine tastings. Now that’s a summer memory worth savoring! You’re welcome! Main Street, Sayville. Free. August 7-9.Mark R. LevinThis best-selling author will sign his new book, Plunder and Deceit. This essential tale possesses, against all odds, a like-minded appeal to reason and audacity—one intended for all Americans but particularly the rising generation. As he tells it, younger people must find the personal strength and summon the will to break through the cycle of manipulation, unrelenting emotional overtures, and the pressure of groupthink, which are humbling, dispiriting, and absorbing them into abject apathy. Only then can they stand up against the heavy hand of centralized government, which, if left unabated, will assuredly condemn them to economic and societal calamity. Yikes! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 1 p.m. August 8.North Fork Craft Beer FestivalMore than 50 brewers will be pouring over 100 beers ranging from hometown favorites to international specialties. Lagers? Ambers? Pilsners? Yes, yes and yes! Come try and taste them all. Calverton Links Golf Course, 149 Edwards Ave., Calverton. $50. 2-5:30 p.m. August 8.Opening Reception – Roy Lichtenstein: Between Sea and SkyComprised of more than 30 visionary works from private lenders and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, this awe-inspiring exhibition will span the 1960s through 1990s and will surely captivate and amaze. Whether using plastics, paints, enamels, drawings, prints, collages and film, Lichtenstein melded this mortal realm with its inextricable elements of the divine, creating land and seascapes that straddle both worlds and yet somehow reveal their inherent bond to one another. Oh, hallowed Earth! Oh, glorious sea! Oh, holy art! Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. Free. 4-6 p.m. Exhibit runs August 8 through Oct. 12.ShiffleyKnown for their catchy melodies, danceable beats and quirky stage antics, these Long Island indie/synth rockers have achieved much, despite their young age. The band has been finalists in both CBS’s Grammy Gig of a Lifetime and VH1’s Make a Band Famous Competition, among other accolades. Returning home from gigs in DC and Pittsburgh, the Shifflers are hosting their EP release party, and it is bound to be a night of soul-satisfying tunes and uber-mondo vibes. With This Good Robot and The Serotones. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $15. 5:30 p.m. August 8.Summer Harvest of ArtistsAn opening reception will be held for an invitational art exhibit highlighting the works of 41 local artists, with pieces ranging from the realism of photography to abstract expressionist paintings and sculpture. b. j. spoke gallery, 299 Main St., Huntington. Free. 6-9 p.m. August 8.Broadway Showstoppers IITheater lovers won’t want to miss this musical revue that salutes the most popular hits from the Great White Way. Produced by Joanne Fried and Helene Tiger, the performances feature top-flight talent, backed by an orchestra. Sands Point Preserve 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. $50. 7:45 p.m. August 8Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot – Celebrating the Music of Billy JoelThis one’s for those who missed the Billy Joel concert closing Nassau Coliseum Aug. 4. The only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Islander, “The Piano Man,” himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20 8 p.m. August 8.Boz ScaggsThis accomplished appreciator and performer of timeless blues, R&B, rock and jazz tunes’ soulful tones and nuanced instrumentals will mesh his multi-tiered dimension of authenticity on respected American root classics with his own original music. From his seminal role in the Steve Miller Band in 1967 to his stellar solo career, Boz Scaggs has deservedly earned a reputation as a singular artist. And did we say he’s a crooner who will melt hearts too? Yes, we did. Are you in the mood for a romantic evening? Then this is the gig for you. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. $145-$195. 8 p.m. August 8.One-Man Star Wars TrilogyWe interrupt this blurb to tell you, reader: I am your father. Just kidding. Take out your lightsabers and get ready to watch this 75-minute entertaining play, with yes, just one cast member alone on stage. Directed by TJ Dawe, Canadian Actor Charles Ross plays all of the characters, flies all the ships, sings from John William’s score, and fights both sides of the battle. Do…or do not. There is no “try” in getting tickets for this memorable performance. May the force be with you. Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. $20-$35. 8 p.m. August 8.Air SupplyAir Supply was one of the first modern Western music acts to perform in East Asia, bringing their unique blend of pop and soft rock music along their long journey. Decades later, the duo still performs all over the world for their adoring fans. Get ready as Air Supply performs material from their latest album Mumbo Jumbo, as well as love cuts from their career. With radio hits like “All Out of Love”, “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” and “Lost in Love,” you’ll be thinking about your crush before you know it. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $40. 8 p.m. August 8.Iris DeMentA recognizable voice in folk music, Iris DeMent is known for her sweet tone and thought-provoking lyrics. Her latest album, The Trackless Woods, touches on humanity and the many feelings we experience throughout our lives, and receives inspiration from one of Russia’s greatest poets, Anna Akhmatova. Dement will surely create an intimate musical setting for her listeners, allowing them a glimpse into her recent artistic and personal experiences. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $45. 8 p.m. August 8.Busta RhymesRecognized as one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, the New York-bred Busta Rhymes is here to pack the house. He is known for club smashes like the unpredictable “Woo Hah!!” the bass-thumping “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” and the Daft-Punk-influenced “Touch It.” Over the course of his 25-year career, he has maintained a steady following in mainstream hip-hop, and has collaborated with artists such as The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Pharell and even Diplo. Whether he’s grooving on tracks with his sinister bravado, or rapping at supersonic speeds (who can forget his verse on Chris Brown’s international hit “Look at Me Now”?), Busta Rhymes will surely bring his infectious energy to the crowd. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $22, $35 DOS. 10 p.m. August 8.Bizzydoo Kids FestBouncy houses, a petting zoo, craft classes and many more kid-friendly events are on tap for the little ones while parents can check out parent-geared exhibits. Who needs a babysitter when you’ve got this!? Nobody! Hilton Long Island, 598 BroadHollow Rd., Melville. $7 adults, $4 kids 2 and older. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. August 9.Long Island Potato FestCome out to commemorate and celebrate Long Island’s longstanding heritage of potato growers, farms, products and more! The festival includes dozens of exhibitors, food trucks, live music, activities, seminars and contests. Calverton Links Golf Course, 149 Edwards Ave., Calverton. $20. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. August 9.POSP Summer QuestivalPlanet of Sound Promotions (POSP) is gearing up to host this year’s Summer Questival, which will feature any and all forms of entertainment imaginable! DJ’s Crazy Daylight and BMO /NY/, bands like Funknasty and Tractorbear: A Tribute to The Disco Biscuts, and Beatboxers MC Beats and JFLO will all be playing the festival, and audiences will also be able to participate in Tarot and Palm Reading, Henna Tattoos, and Live Interactive Art! Audience members must be at least 16 years old. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. Free. 2 p.m. August 9.The GREAT Long Island Laugh-Off of 2015 – SemifinalOmg laughin’ and laughin’ and laughin’ just writing this blurb. Seriously, can’t keep a straight face long enough to research this laugh-fest and give any more specific details than those already contained in this skeleton. Sorry, can’t stop. Too funny. Way too hysterical. Wow. Be still, fingers. Behave! Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. $14. 6 p.m. August 9-13.Sutton FosterSutton, cute as a button, has clearly fostered her own talent from the moment she stepped on stage. The versatile Tony Award-winning actress, singer and dancer performed in 11 Broadway shows, starred in a bunch of shows like Bunheads, Psych, and Law and Order SVU, and has sung her songs all over the world. Not too shabby. And here I am rewarding myself for cleaning my room today. Currently starring in TVLand’s new series Younger, created by Darren Star, Sutton will knock your socks off like nothin’ you’ve ever seen before. Don’t miss her for an incredible night! Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. $53-$150. 8 p.m. August 9.Mazl-TovDon’t be a klutz, and have the chutzpah to go see this concert! You shmooz you loose if you don’t watch this centennial celebration of the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene. Fershtay? No, no, no, don’t misinterpret me. I didn’t say thirsty, I asked if you understood! This theater is the longest continuously producing Yiddish theater company in the world. Mazl-Tov, which means good luck, by the way, will present a precious repertoire to capture the soul of the Jewish people. Expect touching love songs, sentimental ballads, and outrageous humor, all imbued with optimism and faith. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. $35-$55. 8 p.m. August 9.Ballroom With a TwistAudiences who can’t get enough of reality television will enjoy Ballroom With a Twist’s very special guest star Chris Soules, a Dancing with the Stars contestant and star of the most recent season of ABC’s The Bachelor. Some lucky audience members will be getting a rose and a chance to dance with the hunky farmer-turned-reality TV star onstage! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $39.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. August 9.Peter PanWhether you’re young and flying to Neverland for the first time or grown up and still hoping for Peter to return, it’s time for a little faith, trust, and pixie dust. Follow the Lost Boys, live a pirate’s life with Captain Hook, dance with the Indians, or flee the clock-ticking crocodile. Don’t forget, follow the second star to the right and fly straight on ’til morning! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $18.50. 11 a.m. August 11.Joan Jett: 1970s – 2012One of Long Island’s musical jewels is Joan Jett, a powerhouse performer whose emotional connection with audiences helped establish her style and propelled her to the top of the charts with international success. Joan first met fame as a guitarist in The Runaways, where she could hone her songwriting skills and gain fans. After five albums, when The Runaways disbanded, Joan formed Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, sending a sonic blast of pure Rock and Roll to the popular music of the late ‘70s. This program will spotlight her great creations such as “I Love Rock and Roll,” “Bad Reputation,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “Runaway,” her wonderful cover of “Crimson and Clover,” and many, many more for a living tribute to this talented lady, who was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $15. 7:30 p.m. August 11.AmyThey tried to make me go see this Amy Winehouse screening, but I said yes, yes, yes! You ain’t got the time to not see this tear-jerking documentary on the late Amy Winehouse. Amy Winehouse was a legend in her own right, a pop star with soul. With just two albums to her name, this British icon brought passion, inspiration and vitality to her songs. Sadly, she was not able to find harmony in her own life as her personal chaos overshadowed her artistic gifts far too soon. Why don’t you come on out and see this insightful film as soon as possible? Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. $15. 8 p.m. August 11-12.Graham NashFor more than 40 years, this British Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s voice and music has echoed the encouragement of peace and social and environmental righteousness. Check out his captivating biography Wild Tales, released last year, and join him for a night of social harmony and soaring songs. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $60. 8 p.m. August 12.Meteor ShowerFor this night of nights, officials are allowing stargazers in after normal closing time at three New York State parks on Long Island: Jones Beach, Sunken Meadow and Montauk—to view the Perseids Meteor Shower. The usual stargazing permit requirements are also being waived for seekers of these magical stardust voyagers as those meteors rocket across the cosmos, capturing viewers’ hearts, imaginations, and inspiring all who bear witness. Visitors must remain near their vehicles and are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring bug spray and reclining chairs—no binoculars needed. Just keep your eyes wide open and neck nimble. Jones Beach State Park West End II, Sunken Meadow State Park Field 3 and Montauk State Park upper parking lot. Free. After dark, August 12.—Compiled by Daniela Weinstein, Chuck Cannini, Kaitlin Gallagher, Nicholas Semelak, Ayo Fagbemi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

Alibaba spends five times as much on subsidies to export Singles Day

first_imgBEIJING — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is pressing into overseas markets as competition heats up around the Singles Day shopping festival the company launched 12 years ago in China.Akin to Black Friday or Cyber Monday in the U.S., the shopping event started as a day of mass discounts on Alibaba’s online shopping platforms on Nov. 11. The promotional period has since expanded to at least Nov. 1 to 11, while other Chinese e-commerce companies such as have piled in.This year, JD reported 32.8% growth in transaction volume to 271.5 billion yuan ($40.4 billion) from 2019. That’s faster than the 26% increase Alibaba disclosed, albeit to a far greater figure of 498.2 billion ($74.1 billion) in gross merchandise volume (GMV). GMV is a metric most commonly used in e-commerce that measures the total dollar value of goods sold over a certain period of time. – Advertisement – People wait in line in front of the AliExpress pop-up store in Paris on September 24, 2020.Geoffroy van der Hasselt | AFP | Getty Images In addition, Li said the company launched about 100 freight charter flights to Europe during the roughly two-week Singles Day shopping period. That’s about seven flights a day, up from two during off-peak periods.Outside of the shopping festival, investment in logistics has cut delivery time to Spain and France by about 30% to 10 working days for some cross-border products, according to AliExpress. The company is also building out its warehouse system in Europe, through which merchants can pre-stock goods and deliver select products within three days to Spain, France and Poland, and five to seven days in other parts of Europe.Ken Chen, who runs a Shenzhen-based LED light business called Tranyton, said Europe is his primary market and he’s been pre-stocking warehouses there in anticipation of a doubling in sales this Singles Day from last year. Chen said typical monthly business revenue averages $500,000. It’s not clear how much AliExpress contributed to Alibaba’s Singles Day sales this year. The business unit said the sales of goods sold in overseas warehouses in the first minute of Nov. 11 equaled that of the first 60 minutes last year.International retail commerce accounted for 5% of Alibaba’s revenue in the quarter ended Sept. 30, marking growth of 30% from a year ago. Overall revenue for the period rose 30% from a year ago to $22.8 billion.The opportunity and competition in e-commerce is rising as stay-home policies enacted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic are accelerating demand for online shopping around the world.Amazon reported a 37% increase in net sales to $96.1 billion in the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30. The company has come under significant scrutiny from European regulators over data use that potentially gives Amazon an unfair advantage over other sellers.AliExpress has been trying to get local sellers to join its platform, beginning with Russia, Spain, Italy and Turkey early last year, according to the company. The platform offers the same livestreaming sales tools that have surged in popularity in China, and launched real-time translation for some languages.Whether these efforts to replicate success in China’s e-commerce market will work in Europe remain to be seen.One overlooked factor for the rapid growth of the online shopping ecosystem in China is the development of digital infrastructure there, noted Felix Poh, partner at McKinsey.Growing competition in ChinaHeavy subsidies are common in China’s cut-throat internet industry, where survival often depends on a start-up’s ability to quickly attract and retain a massive group of users. The strategy is to capture a large base that can then be monetized.Alibaba shares are down more than 10% over the last five trading days, while those of JD have fallen more than 7% after the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) released draft guidelines against internet industry practices that create monopolies.“The draft mentions that the use of subsidies, discounts, and traffic support provided by platforms, despite favouring consumers, may potentially deter fair competition among market participants (i.e., by setting prices below costs),” Morgan Stanley analysts said in a report Wednesday. “This could affect Alibaba’s promotional activities, although to what extent such subsidies will be regarded as a violation of antitrust rules remains uncertain.”Overall, the analysts expect the regulatory scrutiny to have less effect than it would have in previous years due to existing competition. Morgan Stanley estimates Alibaba’s GMV will fall to 59% of the Chinese market this year, down from 76% — or more than three-fourths — six years ago when the company first went public.Indeed, the company’s latest quarterly report showed new monthly active users on mobile rose 7 million from June to September, the smallest increase on record, according to analysis from Chinese tech news site 36kr and confirmed by CNBC.The total of 881 million accounts for well over 90% of the 932 million mobile internet users reported for June by government agency China Internet Network Information Center.In logistics, while there is significant growth overseas by Chinese players, the businesses often lack staff overseas with sufficient experience, and face many other challenges such as capital and regulation, Charles Guowen Wang, director at think tank China Development Institute, said. He noted the opportunity within China still remains quite large.Alibaba remains a giant in China, but its rival Tencent is gaining ground.More people are also using popular messaging tool WeChat for shopping through in-app mini programs, which now has more than 400 million daily active users, the Tencent-owned app disclosed in September. For January to August, GMV of physical products purchased through mini programs more than doubled from a year ago.“I think we’ve also seen the rise of direct to consumer program, which also the WeChat mini program,” Poh said. “In terms of scale and relevance, it’s exponentially increased in the last 18 months.”center_img – Advertisement – For Alibaba, it said the GMV figure is the total value of orders and shipping charges settled through digital payments system Alipay for transactions such as ones on the company’s China retail marketplaces, and international-focused e-commerce platforms Lazada and AliExpress.AliExpress generally connects Chinese sellers with overseas buyers, allowing foreign businesses and consumers to buy directly from factories in China. While removing middlemen can make products much cheaper to buy, sheer distance and an underdeveloped logistics network can mean weeks-long delivery times.To speed up delivery and reduce costs for customers, AliExpress boosted subsidies by five times for logistics operations this Singles Day, compared with last year, Li Dawei, head of AliExpress Supply Chain, told CNBC in a phone interview this week. The business unit works with Alibaba’s logistics arm Cainiao as well as local delivery companies in other countries.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

LBH APIK raises funds for emergency domestic violence shelters

first_imgThe Jakarta chapter of the Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice (LBH APIK Jakarta) is raising funds to support victims of domestic violence amid a flood of cases as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.The foundation will use the money to provide temporary shelter for domestic abuse victims.LBH APIK Jakarta spends Rp 2.9 million (US$201.14) per month per person to provide temporary safe houses and daily necessities, including food and clothing. “There are currently five female victims of domestic abuse living in emergency shelters. They have brought along their children,” LBH APIK Jakarta wrote in a statement. “The victims will need approximately two months to get their cases settled [in court].”The foundation is accepting monetary donations and in-kind contributions to be sold to raise money for the victims. Donors can send the items to LBH APIK Jakarta’s office on Jl. Raya Tengah No. 31 in East Jakarta or drop them off there. Monetary donations can be wired to the foundation’s account.Read also: Victims of domestic violence struggle to access help during quarantineLBH APIK Jakarta received 366 reports of domestic violence between March 16 and June 30, an average of 110 reports a month. It received 60 to 70 reports a month last year.Women living with violent partners have found themselves trapped and unable to access help as many people have been required to stay home to limit the spread of COVID-19. The foundation found that not all victims could leave the house as most of them were financially dependent on their husbands.Government domestic violence shelters require applicants to provide negative COVID-19 test results and to have filed a formal letter of complaint with the police against their abusers to be admitted to the shelters. LBH APIK Jakarta’s shelters have no such requirements.Topics :last_img read more

Sherpa Property Group launching $30 million housing estate at Rainbow Bay

first_img“We build high-quality beach homes, not cookie-cutter apartment buildings, and we think there is a real and growing market for the product,” managing director Christie Leet said.“It is a product type that has been woefully neglected for decades on the Gold Coast where developers have only been interested in delivering a slightly different version of the building next door with smaller apartments and a higher yield.”He said he believed there was a huge oversupply of apartments on the Gold Coast and buyers wanted more than just a unit. ‘Hemsworth effect’ fuels demand for acreages near Byron Renders of Freedom Beach Homes Rainbow Bay project by Sherpa Property Group. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:07Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:07 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: Current market update02:08A GOLD Coast developer who says he isn’t interested in building “cookie-cutter apartment buildings” is launching a $30 million boutique estate at Rainbow Bay with 16 residences.Sherpa Property Group is behind Freedom Beach Homes Rainbow Bay, which includes 16 individually titled residences from $1.465 million each.MORE NEWS Inside the Gold Coast’s biggest property sale of the week More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoRenders of Freedom Beach Homes Rainbow Bay project by Sherpa Property Group.CBRE Residential Gold Coast’s Nicholas Clydsdale, who is marketing the project, said Rainbow Bay was one of the most undersupplied housing markets on the Coast.“The great Australian dream has always been a home, not a unit, and if you want to live on the southern Gold Coast in a new house, close to the beach, your options are extremely limited,” Mr Clydsdale said.Sherpa acquired the 3947sq m site at 199 Boundary St, Coolangatta, earlier this year.center_img Renders of Freedom Beach Homes Rainbow Bay project by Sherpa Property Group. Renders of Freedom Beach Homes Rainbow Bay project by Sherpa Property Group. Renders of Freedom Beach Homes Rainbow Bay project by Sherpa Property Group.Construction is expected to start in coming months, with the first homes ready for settlement in mid-2021.The launch of Freedom Beach Homes comes two weeks after Sherpa sold its Cabarita project in just one day. The $11 million Freedom Caba project included 17 residential lots 700m from Cabarita Beach. Renders of Freedom Beach Homes Rainbow Bay project by Sherpa Property Group.“The site is code-assessable for up to 157 apartments but we prefer to take the approach that less is more,” he said.“Our approach is underpinned by the philosophy that we can provide quality homes at lower cost per square metre than a unit in the same area. We want to give the buyer a better alternative at the same cost.”Gold Coast, Brisbane and interstate buyers are expected to flock to the project, which officially launches today.“We have already sold a few to locals and we would expect some Brisbane buyers to snap up weekenders,” he said.“With the airport just a few minutes’ drive away, we would expect some interest from Sydney and Melbourne as well.”last_img read more

Bacolod named WV’s ‘most competitive’ HUC

first_imgMayor Evelio Leonardia, who wasrepresented by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran during the awarding ceremony, saidthe recognition showed the capital city has an environment conducive forbusinesses to grow. Bacolod and Iloilo competed in thesame category, being the only HUCs in Western Visayas. In economic dynamism, Bacolod wascited for initiating “programs creating a stable expansion of business andindustries and higher employment,” while in infrastructure, it was cited forhaving “the physical building blocks that connect, expand and sustain alocality and its surroundings that enable a seamless flow of goods andservices.” Last year, Bacolod ranked first amongthe HUCs in the Visayas after moving up to eighth from the 20th spot in 2017 inthe overall most competitive HUCs list. It ranked third in the most improvedLGU in the HUCs category of the 2018 cities and municipalities competitivenessindex. BACOLOD City – This city has baggedtwo awards for being the most competitive highly urbanized city (HUC) inWestern Visayas. “Our efforts to make the citybusiness-friendly are now reaping fruits,” Leonardia added. He hoped the awards will encourageother LGUs to “do better than our best” and “to go beyond what is expected ofus.” “This is indeed a blissful year forBacolod City. We have received numerous awards from different organizations,”said Familiaran after receiving the awards from DTI-6 regional director RebeccaRascon, who also chairs the RCC-6. The said ranking was announced by thenational competitiveness council during the 6th competitiveness summit andawards in August last year. The city was recognized for toppingtwo out of the four pillars – economic dynamism and infrastructure – in the 3rdrecognition ceremony for competitive local government units (LGUs) in IloiloCity on Monday.  The regional competitiveness council(RCC-6), a public-private body, and the Department of Trade and Industry inWestern Visayas (DTI-6) bestowed the awards based on the competitiveness of theLGUs in the four pillars – economic dynamism, infrastructure, governmentefficiency, and resiliency. PHOTO BY BACOLOD CITY PIO In October, the city also received aspecial citation in the most business-friendly LGU awards of the PhilippineChamber of Commerce and Industry.(With areport from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Franklin County Schools Improve Accountabilty Rating

first_imgImage: Franklin County Community School Corporation.Local school corporations had been anticipating the “official” release of the 2012-13 A-F Accountability Grades from the Indiana Department of Education since October.Schools received preliminary data in early October, but have been waiting for grades to be official.According to the Franklin County Observer, Franklin County did better than some projected when their received their official results.Franklin County High School received a “B”. High school ratings are based on graduation rates, and college and career readiness data.Brookville Elementary received an “A”. Elementary and middle school grades are determined on ISTEP results.Compared to a “D” in 2011-2012, the school corporation saw an improvement leading to a letter grade of “B” for 2012-13.Recently, two fifth grade students at Brookville Elementary were honored at a board meeting for receiving a perfect score in Math on the 2013 ISTEP test. Cole Rapp and Alajah Lohrey we recognized o by Superintendent Debbie Howell and the Franklin County School Board of Trustees.last_img read more

UWF Harriers tune-up for the Conference Championships with 3 mile Intersquad Race

first_img Share Oct. 12, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida Cross Country teams ran in an intersquad meet on the UWF campus Friday morning. The meet consisted of three co-ed teams of 5 runners each. The top four runners from each team were scored for team results. The UWF B Team won the event with 28 points, just ahead of the UWF A Team with 29, while the UWF C squad was third with 36 points. The teams were set up to be even in terms of abilities and previous race performance. The race was on a very hilly and tough course, thus no personal bests were set, but several runners had impressive times for the conditions.Freshman Nicholas Maedel (Orange Park, Fla.), running for the B Squad, led all runners with a 16:22 time for the hilly three mile course. Running for the A squad, Jared Black (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.) and Justin Gates (Jr. / Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.), finished 2nd and 3rd in 16:52 and 16:53. Sean Jansen (Fr. / Lutz, Fla.) led the C squad with a fourth place finish in 17:02.Coach Matt Dobson was pleased as he discussed the tune-up event. “The Men have a great history of being prepared for the post season. This year is no different. The guys are having strong practices, and all that they need to do is stay healthy and get plenty of rest before the biggest meets of the year arrive.”The team is still nursing some injuries, and Seniors Diana Sitar (Las Vegas, Nev.), Brian Gowin (Pensacola, Fla.), and Jordan Theuerkauf (Wausau, Wisc.) did not run, but are expected to be key runners in the post season races. The GSC Runner of the Week, Eric Mayes (Jr. / Pensacola, Fla.), was also rested to make sure he is ready for the conference meet.Margaret Harter (Jr. / Milton, Fla.), running for the C squad, was the top Women’s finisher in 20:29, followed closely by Kelli Midden (Fr. / Boca Raton, Fla.) in 20:39. Coach Dobson discussed the Women’s post season prospects. “The Women are being led by veteran runners (Sitar and Harter), and they will be ready to run their best times of the season. Some of them have been distracted, and at times discouraged because of injuries. We will try to put all that behind us as we taper for the conference meet next week in Hoover, Ala.” Print Friendly Version UWF Harriers tune-up for the Conference Championships with 3 mile Intersquad Racelast_img read more

Wood-Mizer expansion plans unveiled

first_imgBatesville, In. — Wood-Mizer has announced plans to expand their manufacturing facility in Batesville, Indiana. The expansion project scheduled to begin in March of 2019 will consist of 53,000 additional square feet dedicated to manufacturing the company’s world-leading range of sawmill and wood processing equipment.Wood-Mizer, the employee-owned company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, has held a strong manufacturing presence in the Southeast Indiana community for more than 35 years. The expansion project is a result of several initiatives by Wood-Mizer in recent years to continue growing their product range while streamlining their production facilities to become more efficient based on continuous improvement and lean manufacturing principles. In addition, the facility expansion will continue Wood-Mizer’s high standards of providing a comfortable working environment for employees that includes climate control and natural light.“Wood-Mizer is dedicated to providing our customers with a wide range of equipment to satisfy their wood processing equipment needs,” shared Wood-Mizer North America President Darryl Floyd. “This facility expansion in Batesville will allow Wood-Mizer to continue to meet the global demand of our growing range of products that are built right here in Indiana.”The facility in Batesville, Indiana will expand to the West and North of the Wood-Mizer property that is located on Enterprise Drive in the Batesville Commerce park near I-74. With a scheduled completion date of October 2019, the expanded facility will include a total of 132,000 square feet with 124,000 square feet dedicated to manufacturing Wood-Mizer’s wide range of wood processing equipment.last_img read more