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Long Island Festival Adds Gov’t Mule, Taking Back Sunday, Spafford & More To Eclectic Lineup

first_imgThe Great South Bay Music Festival, set to take place July 13-16 on Long Island, has been gradually releasing its daily lineups. The latest announcement has revealed that on Saturday, July 15th, the festival will see performances from Gov’t Mule, G. Love & Special Sauce, Rusted Root, and Spafford.The eclectic lineup is being revealed in stages via the event’s social media accounts, with each day focusing on a different type of music. Thursday, July 13th will feature alt-rock and emo favorites like Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, Saves The Day, and Frank Iero & the Patience. Friday, July 14th will feature a reggae-centric lineup including 311, The Wailers, New Politics, and The Skints.As of now, we are still awaiting the lineup for the fourth and final day of the festival, Sunday, July 16th, as well as various additions to the overall roster as the event draws closer.Great South Bay is the biggest and longest-running four-day “American Themed” music, art & cultural event on Long Island. Situated on the magnificent Great South Bay, the event features approximately 60 performers on 4 stages, including music legends, contemporary favorites, and local emerging rock, jazz, country, folk, funk, zydeco, and jam bands, representing a large array of different American musical styles.Well known as a “Family Friendly Music Fest”, the festival is committed to excellence in “Fun” education! Parents (and, of course, their kids) will love the festival’s “KIDZONE,” which features quality fun and engaging entertainment for children of all ages during the day on Saturday and Sunday, July 15th and 16th.In addition to the music, The Great South Bay Music Festival will feature its long-running “Artisan Market,” featuring a diverse collection of interesting hand-made items from the U.S. and abroad. The event will also include a diverse food court, multiple beer and wind gardens, art installations, and a “Chill Tent,” in addition to the cool breeze off the bay, the amazing views, and much more!For more information, to purchase tickets, and to keep an eye out for the remaining artist announcements, head to the event’s website.last_img read more

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Bronx Boosters: Yankee Stadium becomes mass vaccination site

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Yankee Stadium is open as a COVID-19 vaccination site and is drawing lines of people from surrounding neighborhoods in the Bronx. The megasite is being restricted to Bronx residents as a way to boost vaccination rates in the New York City borough that has the highest percentage of positive coronavirus test results. The Yankees’ home opened for appointments for qualified residents early Friday under damp skies. The site run jointly by the city and state will be able to handle 15,000 people during its first week. It will be open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.last_img

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The Reach of Ideas

first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2012 Transnational organized crime disguises itself as a government in places where state presence is weak, tramples on moral values and brings mourning to Latin American families. The resulting climate of insecurity poisons the ground for economic and social development to take root. To outline strategies and unite efforts against this adversary, which lacks scruples and is rich in resources to finance misdeeds, information operations officers from Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama and the United States met at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) headquarters in Miami, Florida, in early March 2012. Organized by SOUTHCOM’s Information Operations Division, the event promoted the exchange of ideas and lessons learned among countries that share similar challenges, despite experiencing distinct political, economic, cultural and social situations. Brigadier General Steve Arthur, deputy director of SOUTHCOM’s operations division, emphasized the need to work together. “It’s very important that some of us unite and make use of our resources, our material assets and our budgets focused on specific objectives, and your presence here, the fact that you’re meeting here and talking about these issues, is essential in order to move forward in our region,” he said in his welcoming address. During two days of presentations and debates, participants insisted that information operations are a high-caliber weapon for regional military and security forces. Colombia’s expertise in the area stood out. Colonel Javier Molina Calero, director of Information Operations Planning of the Joint Integrated Action Bureau of the South American country’s Armed Forces General Command, spoke about the success of the Integrated Action program in the battle to win Colombians’ hearts and minds. Based on the idea that today’s wars are won with intelligence, more than with force, the program offers a combination of security and the presence of the state in areas that have been at the mercy of guerrillas and drug traffickers for decades. The aim is to permanently uproot irregular groups and contribute to promoting social development with a holistic approach. Representatives of Ecuador said that their country’s Armed Forces organize courses for journalists working for the domestic press. This provides the journalists with a revealing look into the life of Ecuadorean Military personnel, they explained. In Ecuador, information operations directly support the military objectives of the Armed Forces Joint Command (COMACO) and the five operational commands distributed in different areas of the nation. In Ecuador’s northern operational command, which protects 700 kilometers of border with Colombia, information operations are essential to counteract the messages of Voz de la Resistencia (Voice of the Resistance), the broadcast operated by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Villalba, COMACO’s information operations director, highlighted the equipment and training they have received from the U.S. Embassy’s Military Support Group. In addition, the Ecuadorean Army War College already has an information operations course from which several Ecuadorean officers and a Brazilian Army major have just graduated, Lt. Col. Villalba added. Beyond the Borders Protecting the borders is also on the agenda of the Panamanian security forces. Since Panama is an entry point to Central America from the south, the task of the National Border Service (SENAFRONT) is to prevent the nation from being used by organized crime and drug traffickers. Major Eduardo Araúz, a SENAFRONT information operations officer, explained that his work concentrates on neutralizing the illegal activity of criminal organizations and working with the population to protect it from the influence of those groups. Part of this task concentrates on remote towns where the Colombian flag flew until recently. “We’re beginning to bring our tactical, humanitarian aid, and civil operations there, and information operations so that they feel Panamanian,” Araúz commented. “It’s important that they see for themselves that the state is present in each community, in each hamlet, and that we’re bringing them security,” he added. Borders, on the other hand, sometimes inhibit the free flow of experiences among regional military personnel and security forces. Following two days of dialogue, the information officers who participated in the event committed themselves to maintaining an active exchange of knowledge and lessons learned. Visits, regional workshops and joint training were some of the options mentioned by the attendees. Colombia, for example, said that the doors of the International Missions and Integrated Action School are open to students from other nations, while Ecuador offered help in planning, implementation and the training of officers from Latin American countries that do not have information operations programs, as in the case of Mexico. Finally, Colonel Miguel Hobbs, chief of SOUTHCOM’s Information Operations Division, suggested using the All Partners Access Network (APAN), a social-networking tool, to solidify the ties created during the event and learn from one another.center_img Pamphlets, radio stations and other traditional tools are not sufficient to counteract decades of influence by guerrillas and criminal gangs, Col. Molina said. His department develops information operations campaigns that are intertwined with civic support activities to benefit the affected populations and serve to reinforce the Integrated Action program. Among those efforts, he said, is the campaign Fe en la Causa (Faith in the Cause), which highlights the morale and prestige of Colombian Military personnel, as well as other campaigns that are aimed at promoting demobilization, restoring trust in the legal system and the state, and preventing the recruitment of children, adolescents and women. Say It Yourself As in the case of Colombia, it became clear to the other countries represented at the event that the challenge of getting people to trust military personnel is as important or more important now than ever. According to Colonel Rony Urízar, a spokesman for the Guatemalan Defense Ministry, his country’s Army enjoys a positive credibility rating among 81 percent of the population. This achievement, he said, is due to synchronizing words and deeds and by using transparency in handling information. Col. Urízar said that telling the story first, before others shape it as they see fit, is part of the mission of his work team. “Say it all, say it in time, say it yourself,” he stressed, repeating the words of Eduardo Ramírez, who spoke on behalf of SOUTHCOM’s Office of Strategic Communications. last_img read more

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Alderson says Binghamton will be home to a Mets affiliate next season

first_imgHughes said the details are still being worked through when it comes to determining which level of baseball Binghamton will hold. Hughes, along with a number of local officials spent the last year fighting to keep baseball in Binghamton. Mets Team President Sandy Alderson said Brooklyn would be home to a full season affiliate, but did not specify which level for any of the teams he mentioned. (WBNG) — Mets President Sandy Alderson said Binghamton will remain home to one of the Mets minor league affiliates. The news comes nearly one year after the team first learned it was at risk of being eliminated, as part of Major League Baseball’s plan to restructure the minor league system. “I would like to personally thank Senator Schumer, Congressman Brindisi, Senator Akshar, and Mayor David for being the driving force behind this decision,” said Hughes. Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes said he is “ecstatic” after learning the Mets will keep a minor league affiliate in Binghamton. UPDATE:center_img “I’m sure those details will come out coming up shortly,and we’re just looking for clarification on that and I know they’re still putting together the pieces on what everything looks like,” said Hughes. “I can say right now definitively, there will be baseball at RumbleTown, New York Mets baseball at Rumbletown in 2021.” “It really means all the hard work has paid off, everybody’s efforts have not gone unnoticed and I think it means that the Mets want to take upstate New York,” said Hughes. The Rumble Ponies were at risk of being eliminated by Major League Baseball as part of its restructuring of the minor leagues. Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes shared the following statement with 12 Sports: “Incredibly excited to be part of the New York Mets under Steve Cohen and our long time friend Sandy Alderson. We look forward to supporting their mission in any way possible. It’s a great day to be a Mets fan.” During a press conference to introduce new owner Steve Cohen, Alderson said Syracuse, Binghamton, Brooklyn and St. Lucie will be affiliates going forward but did not specify if Binghamton would continue to have a Double A team.last_img read more

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Empowering women in maritime: Why are we still having this conversation?

first_img Your current account does not have access to this premium item. Please upgrade your membership to access this content. Go to the shop You are currently not logged into your account. Register and get a two week trial. You need javascript to validate your login status. Image courtesy: International Maritime Organization/Maria KanelakiIn 2019, the International Maritime Organization selected Empowering Women in the Maritime Community as its World Maritime Day theme, putting a greater focus on the importance of gender equality in the maritime sector in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You are currently not logged in to a MyNavingo account. Premium content Premium content Log in Register Premium content Premiumlast_img read more

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John H. Beneker, age 91

first_imgJohn Henry Beneker, age 91, of Brookville, Indiana died Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville, Indiana.Born September 27, 1925 in Franklin County, Indiana he was the son of the late John H. Sr. & Emma (Minneman) Beneker. On October 22, 1949 he was united in marriage to Magdalene Lamprecht, and she preceded him in death on July 13, 1994.Mr. Beneker was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and the Franklin County Farm Bureau Co-Op Association. He was a retired farmer and had also drove a school bus for the Franklin County Community School Corporation for many years.Survivors include five children and their spouses, Amy (Mike) Martino, David (Jackie) Beneker, and Ned Beneker, all of Brookville, Indiana, Beth (Ron) Maxwell of Vincennes, Indiana and Diane (Reinhard) Weiss of Cincinnati, Ohio; a sister, Viola Hughes of Plainfield, Indiana; 10 grandchildren & 8 great-grandchildren.Besides his parents and wife, Magdalene, he was preceded in death by a son, Charles Beneker; three brothers, Raymond, Harold, and Martin Beneker, and 5 grandchildren.Family & friends may visit from 5 until 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Ave., Brookville.Rev. Ladona Webb, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, will officiate the Funeral Services at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, August 7, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 4025 Highland Center Road, Brookville. Burial will then follow in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church.Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Beneker family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

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Treasury pledge delivers relief for retail and hospitality

first_img BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, has declared that the UK government will take a ‘wartime approach’ to safeguard the UK economy and businesses of all sizes with a package of new measures.Flanked by PM Boris Johnson, Sunak announced that the Treasury department had reserved £330 billion in business loans (equivalent to 15% of GDP), helping the UK economy overcome COVID-19 disruptions.“That means any business who needs access to cash to pay their rent, the salaries, suppliers, or purchase stock, will be able to access a government-backed loan, on attractive terms,” Sunak said.  “If demand is greater than the initial £330 billion I’m making available today, I will go further and provide as much capacity as required.”Access to the Treasury’s loan fund will be split through two main schemes supporting both the UK’s large-scale and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).The Bank of England will work directly with larger firms, establishing a new lending facility, ‘providing access to low cost and easily accessible commercial paper’.Meanwhile, the Treasury has expanded the terms of its emergency ‘Business Interruption Loan Scheme’, expanding the programme’s loan capacity from £1.2m to £5m helping SMEs.The chancellor states that both programmes will be up and running by the ‘start of next week’.Fighting COVID-19 impacts, the Treasury has been granted extended powers to help individual UK sectors with funding and ‘support packages’.“My Cabinet colleagues have urgently convened meetings over the coming days with business leaders and representatives in the most affected sectors, to identify other specific opportunities to support them and their industries, including possible regulatory forbearance,” Sunak added.Chancellor Sunak also addressed prominent concerns attached to hospitality and leisure businesses such as pubs, clubs, theatres and further leisure/hospitality venues.The government guarantees that all leisure and hospitality businesses will be able to make insurance claims against their policies.  Further helping leisure, hospitality and retail incumbents, the UK government stated that all businesses with a ‘rateable value of less than £51,000 will pay no rates this year’.Noting cash-flow impacting, the Treasury said that small-sized businesses will maintain further access to emergency cash grants of £25,000 per business ‘to help bridge the period’.Sunak said: “This means every single shop, pub, theatre, music venue, restaurant – and any other business in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector – will pay no business rates whatsoever for 12 months, and if they have a rateable value of less than £51,000, they can now get a cash grant as well.“I also announced last week that we would be providing £3,000 cash grants to the 700,000 of our smallest businesses.”The government’s financial pledge is undertaken amid growing concerns from numerous UK trade bodies seeking protection for businesses operating within diverse sectors, battling prominent COVID-19 downturns.Sunak’s statement will have pleased industry trade body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), which this morning urged the government to intervene with an economic action plan.The BGC had urged the government to ‘suspend consultation period’ as well as offering relief on business rates helping small enterprises.The BGC cited emergency assistance with employment costs’ as immediate priorities to help retail and SMEs including additional time to pay on Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and National Insurance Contributions (NIC) liabilities.In a statement to the government, the BGC detailed that UK casinos face an immediate crisis having seen customer levels plunge by 90% as ‘tourism grinds to a halt’.Further highstreet impacts on betting shops see incumbents face a decrease of up to 60% trade on sports betting alone, following the confirmation that major sports events had been cancelled or postponed.Michael Dugher, BGC chief executive, said: “Like all other parts of the hospitality, leisure and entertainment industries, the immediate priority for the future of our members in the casino, bingo and betting industry is the ability to pay staff.“We urgently need temporary government support to help cover payroll costs, relief and time to pay duties and taxes, as well as access to finance. The Treasury in particular needs to step up and understand that insurance simply doesn’t cover the impact of a pandemic.” Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

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SHAY NAMED MENTAL HEALTH AMBASSADOR FOR DONEGAL

first_imgFormer Republic of Ireland international goalkeeperShay Given, has been named as ambassador for a new youth mental health project in Donegal.The Donegal Youth Council SPARKS Mental Health Roadshow has been developed “by young people for young people” in the county.It kicks off on World Mental Health Day on October 10 and will travel to all the electoral areas with events planned for Letterkenny, Stranorlar, Gweedore, Buncrana and Donegal Town. The roadshow will cater for some 1,000 young people across the county and aims to offer information and advice on how to manage stress during exam times and other difficult situations.It will promote awareness through fun activities and will offer a range of inspirational speakers, workshops and other activities “with a few surprises along the way”.The roadshow has been developed using the ‘Mental Health 5 A Day’ model, which is internationally now recognised as five key areas that can have a positive effect on health and wellbeing.Jigsaw, the Donegal Youth Service, the HSE Health Promotion unit, Foroige and Mental Health Ireland are all involved and guest speakers from the wider community will each have conquered their own personal challenges in life. Mount Everest conqueror Jason Black and open sea swimmer Anne Marie Ward are among those lined up to take part. The first event kicks off in Letterkenny at the Mount Errigal Hotel on October 10 before going to Stranorlar (Finn Valley Centre) on October 24, Gweedore (Ionad Naomh Padraig) on Novermber 7, Buncrana (Plaza) on November 21 and Donegal Town (Abbey Hotel ) on November 28.SHAY NAMED MENTAL HEALTH AMBASSADOR FOR DONEGAL was last modified: October 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AmbassadorMental Health RoadshowShay Givenlast_img read more

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No-till message important around the world

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Whether talking to farmers in France, Ghana or southern Ohio, Rafiq Islam’s message is consistent: tilling the land does more long-term damage than good.As an Ohio State University soil scientist, Islam is among the disciples in the movement to convince farmers that plowing their fields before they plant or after they harvest harms the health of the soil and its ability to spur growth and resist erosion.Soil plowed repeatedly can lose key ingredients that enrich it, including carbon, which can evaporate as carbon dioxide gas into the air. Left undisturbed, soil can maintain that carbon, and the dry decaying stalks in an untilled field add to the organic materials in the dirt.After crops such as soybeans or corn are picked, a farmer can plant a cover crop in a field instead of plowing it. The cover crop isn’t harvested for food but instead keeps the soil covered and porous and contributes carbon to it, Islam said. Land left bare is more susceptible to erosion and cannot absorb water from rain or snow as efficiently as when cover crops are planted on it.Last month, Islam was part of a team of soil specialists who traveled to France to host four workshops on climate change, soil health, cover crops and no-till farming, events sponsored by two farm organizations in France. More workshops are planned for the summer in Ukraine and China, in the fall, in Uzbekistan and in the winter, in Ghana.In most parts of the world, the majority of farmers regularly plow. So it’s not easy to convince long-time conventional farmers or even younger farmers not to plow their land, said Islam, who is the soil, water and bioenergy program leader at Ohio State’s South Centers in Piketon.“You try to open their eyes by showing them the actual field results and demonstrating the user-friendly field tests and tools,” Islam said. “It’s tough. Farmers are businessmen. Some don’t want to take risks.”To many, tilling makes sense. Running a disk or plow through the land breaks up the soil and helps mix in fertilizer to ready the field for new seeds. But, say Islam and other proponents of no-till and cover crop farming, plowing the land can kill some of the crucial beneficial microorganisms in the soil. Even on fields crowded with the dry remains of last season’s crop, new seeds can be sown using drill attachments to planters. And the root system of cover crops helps break up the soil to make room for the roots of newly planted seeds. In other words, Mother Nature can take care of the plowing.And when Mother Nature performs the work, farmers can save on the fuel and time it would have taken them to do the job.Protecting the health of soil is critical given the expected worldwide population doubling by 2050 and the challenge of feeding everyone, especially those in developing countries, Islam said.“The health of soil is important to human health,” he said. “We have to do some proactive measures to improve our soil health, control air pollution, minimize water pollution and feed the growing population in the world.”No-till farming does come with tradeoffs. Farmers can’t just leave their plows in the barn and expect the same results as when they used them. If farmers choose to leave fields untilled, they likely will need to purchase attachments to their planters, such as a drill, that will assist them in sowing seeds.Initially, fields left untilled may not yield as many bushels until the earthworms and other organisms in the soil have had the time to build up, increasing the biological diversity and efficiency of the soil, said Alan Sundermeier, director and agriculture and natural resources educator in OSU Extension’s Wood County office. Sundermeier was on the team of OSU soil specialists who traveled to France to lead the workshops there.Cover crops planted on unplowed fields can help improve the performance of the fields within a few years.No-till farming “takes more management, understanding and patience,” Sundermeier said.But, he pointed out, over time the productivity of a field left untilled will equal, if not surpass, that of a plowed field.last_img read more

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10 months agoValencia coach Marcelino wants to send Batshuayi back to Chelsea

first_imgValencia coach Marcelino wants to send Batshuayi back to Chelseaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia want to cut short the loan of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.AS says the decision was made a month ago, with the Belgian failing to convince coach Marcelino and Los Che directors.Batshuayi had joined Valencia on a season-long loan, with a permanent option of €35m. But now VCF want to send him back to Chelsea next month.They paid €3m for the 12-month loan.The decision is being driven by Marcelino, who wants a more mobile and aggressive centre-forward to lead his attack. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img