Holiday Employment.

first_imgUnemployment rates are likely to drop during the next few weeks. But don’t get too jolly over the joyful jobless news. “Unemployment is cyclical,” said Doug Bachtel, a professor of housing and consumer economics for the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “During the holidays, unemployment rates tend to be lower because of the huge demand in the retail sector,” he said. “For a while, Georgia has suffered from an employment shortage,” he said, “and retailers have had to grab any warm body they can — vacationing teachers and students, anybody — to work during the busy holiday season.” However, Bachtel warned, “there are those who believe the pending recession will hit Georgia hard.”Georgia’s Diversified Economy Softens Blow Georgia usually fares well in hard times because of a diversified economy. The hardest-hit part is likely to be rural areas, where the economy depends precariously on agriculture. “Rural Georgia will be hurt really badly,” Bachtel predicted. “The state has a diversified economy, but rural Georgia doesn’t. They are dependent on a boom-or-bust agricultural economy.” “The economic problems currently are in crop farming,” said UGA economist Bill Givan. “Livestock prices are pretty good.” Crop farming is done mostly below Macon. Peanut growers are faring well and tobacco farmers a little less so. “Cotton and grains are facing low prices,” he said. “But government payments will help.” In general, Givan said, “rural Georgia dependent on crop farming is having a tough time.”Employment Rates Hit 20-Year High A recent Georgia Department of Labor report shows Georgia’s unemployment numbers already growing. More than 65,220 Georgians filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in October. These claims pushed the state’s jobless rate up to 4.2 percent from 4.0 percent in September. The new claims are 98 percent more than the 32,980 workers who filed initial claims in October 2000, when the rate was 3.7 percent. “The effects of Sept. 11 are clearly indicated in these numbers,” said State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond. “While these layoffs are concentrated in several industries, there are some fields for which employers are actually hiring. Those include an array of positions in health services, education, retail and law enforcement.” Thurmond encourages people who’ve lost their jobs to remember the seasonal jobs available around the holidays. “While the available jobs may not represent the ideal,” Thurmond said, “people are usually better served to accept temporary employment until the job they really want comes along.” On a month-to-month basis, the number of unemployment claims went up by 23,147, or 55 percent, from September. Most of the claims were filed in construction, business services, textile manufacturing, transportation and in hotels and restaurants. “If you compare the employment rates across the country, some will argue that an unemployment rate of just over 4 percent is full employment,” Bachtel said. “We are still going through the good times. It’s going to definitely get worse.”Military Money Boosts Economy The bad economic times in Georgia’s rural areas are, at least temporarily, bolstered by the flurry of military activity. “The military has a big effect on our economy because we have major military spending in this state,” Bachtel said. “It plays a very big role in the stabilization of the economy.” And it’s a pretty safe bet for Georgians, he said. “Ft. Benning is a training area. Ft. Stewart is a staging area for deployment. Kings Bay was the largest peacetime construction project in U.S. history. Others are specialized — Ft. Gordon is home to the signal corps — not installations likely to get cut in federal budget cuts,” he said. “If you’re a supplier of goods to the military, you’re doing pretty good right now,” he said. “But the biggest effect of the war is on consumer confidence. It seems to have sparked a rise in the stock market, so who knows?”last_img read more

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Rep. Steve Israel Won’t Run for Re-election, Setting Off Race to Replace Him

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) announced Tuesday that he won’t seek re-election in November, citing a desire to frequent some of his favorite New York diners and dedicate more time to writing his second novel.Now the scramble is on to fill his seat. Israel says he hopes it will remain in Democratic hands.“Nearly 16 years ago, I was honored to take the oath of office and stand on the House floor for the first time,” Israel said in a statement. “Now, I’ve decided to leave the House in 2017. I hope to continue to be involved in public service, but it is time for me to pursue new passions and develop new interests, mainly spend more time writing my second novel.”Israel was first elected to Congress in 2000 when he won the race for what is now the 3rd Congressional District, which includes much of Nassau’s Gold Coast and parts of western Suffolk County, after his predecessor, Republican Rick Lazio, vacated his seat to make an unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate.“I want to be a team player and ensure that my district, which is the only competitive district in the House Democratic Leadership, remains in the hands of Democrats when I leave,” he said.Israel expressed confidence that November’s presidential election will inspire Democrats, who historically don’t vote in off-year elections, to flood the polls.“It has been an incredible and humbling opportunity to serve my community,” Israel said. “Simply put, it’s time to pass on the torch.”Israel’s first book, The Global War on Morris, was published in December 2014. His next book, Big Guns, is reportedly a satire on the gun lobby.The 57-year-old veteran lawmaker grew up in Levittown. He later served on the Huntington town council before running for Congress.Israel’s announcement comes nearly two years to the day that fellow Democrat, former U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, announced her retirement plans after serving 17 years in Congress.Democrats managed to hold on to McCarthy’s seat when Kathleen Rice, the former Nassau District Attorney, won a close race for the 4th Congressional seat. On the East End, long-time Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop lost the 1st Congressional District in 2014 to then-New York State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley).Until Israel made his announcement this week, the battle over Zeldin’s seat was drawing national attention from both parties. At the moment, former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and former Suffolk Planning Commission chairman and venture capitalist David Calone are vying to be the Democratic nominee.The only other Congressional seat fully on Long Island has long been held by U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who represents the South Shore of Nassau and Suffolk counties. U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) represents a sliver of western Nassau. Both lawmakers routinely fend off challengers by large percentages at the polls.As for replacing Israel, no candidate has formally declared, although that announcement could come very soon. So far, Democratic names bandied about include former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi; Suffolk Legis. Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills), who’s being term-limited out of the legislature; Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove); and North Hempstead Councilwoman Anna Kaplan. The most prominent Republican to step forward so far is state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Old Westbury), the former Mineola mayor who’s said he’s “strongly considering running.” Other potential Republican candidates include Assemb. Andrew Raia (R-East Northport), Assemb. Chad Lupinacci (R-Huntington) and Suffolk Leg. Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga).This list of wannabees could grow or shrink significantly in the days ahead once the dust settles.Israel rose to prominence within Democratic House leadership and served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for two terms. But he chose not to seek another term as chairman following a brutal showing by Democrats in the 2014 mid-term elections. At the time, Israel said he had made his decision that spring, adding that the nationwide bludgeoning had no bearing on his decision. He currently serves as chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.Early in 2015, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) took over as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee after Israel stepped down.“Steve Israel is a great colleague, strategist, mentor and friend, and he will be greatly missed after he leaves Congress,” said Luján in a statement. “Steve will continue to be an active force this year, a leader of House Democrats, and a champion of the issues that matter to hardworking families on Long Island and across the county. I wish him great luck in the next phase of his career.”As for New York’s 3rd Congressional District, Israel won it handily despite Republicans’ nationwide gains: he had 58.2 percent of the vote in 2012 and 54.8 percent in 2014. According to the DCCC, the currently configured district would have been won by both Sen. John Kerry and Vice President Al Gore, and the Democrats hold an 8.2 point advantage in party registration over the Republicans: 38.3 percent to 30.1 percent.“I am fully confident that Democrats will continue to hold this reliably Democratic district, particularly in a Presidential year,” added Luján.Democrats need to win back 30 seats on Election Day to regain the majority in the House of Representatives. Currently holding 188 seats, it’s the fewest the Democrats have had since 1947, according to Congressional Quarterly.—with Rashed Mianlast_img read more

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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events August 11–17

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Tab BenoitTouring behind his seventh solo release, Medicine, this blues guitarist and singer geniusly blends several different styles of playing with his own unique signature licks. His powerful, soulful approach is bound to satisfy not just fans of the genre, but those of just truly exceptional music as well. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. Aug. 11.The RisingThe Rising is a Bruce Springsteen tribute band with a reputation for bringing down the house, gig after gig after glorious gig. Some of the members of The Rising have known each other for more than 20 years, and translate their close-knit brotherhood into performances that would make “The Boss” and legendary E Street band proud. This is a show you don’t want to miss! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. Aug. 11.MY2K TourThe MY2K Tour is back, with artists that’ll have you jamming to your absolute favorite ’90s hits. Artists including 98°, O-Town, Dream, and Ryan Cabrera deliver show-stopping performances and resurrect all the tunes you loved back when wearing flannel, even in the summertime, was the norm. 98 Degrees, most known for their hit “I Do (Cherish You)” reformed in 2012 after a 10-year hiatus. Similarly, boy band O-Town and girl group Dream both reunited in recent years after the revival of pop ’90s groups, like Backstreet Boys and N’SYNC. Ryan Cabrera, the previous lead singer of rock band Rubix Groove, also joins the lineup, unleashing his unforgettable voice for a new generation of rockers! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$124.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 11.Lords of 52nd StreetLong Island’s best musicians—Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata and Russell Javors—whom Billy Joel hand-selected to help create his classic hits and unforgettable tours, reunite on stage once again as The Lords of 52nd Street! Get ready to hear an eclectic mix of tunes from the Piano Man’s music catalog, including hits and rarities performed with the same energy and passion as you’ve always known, because the band recorded, toured and performed extensively with Joel during his prominence in the 1970s and ’80s. The Lords aided in the creation of Joel’s hit records, including The Stranger, 52nd Street and Glass Houses. These guys know how to rock! Don’t miss this gig! Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $35-$45. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11.Perseids Meteor ShowerThis uber-rare opportunity doesn’t come around all that often. Bring your friends, family, and loved ones to witness this intergalactic barrage of cosmic space dust and ancient ice and star matter, hurling from the heavens, streaking radiating rivers of extraterrestrial moon-fire above the ocean for all to celebrate! Three New York State parks on Long Island will remain open during the nighttime hours for viewing of the Perseids Meteor Shower. There will be no charge, and the normal stargazing permit will not be required, but participants must remain near their vehicles. Stargazers are urged to you dress appropriately, bring bug spray and a chair that reclines, but binoculars are not necessary. Jones Beach State Park West End II, Sunken Meadow State Park Field 3, Montauk Point State Park Upper Parking Lot. nysparks.com Free. 11 p.m. Aug. 11.Goo Goo Dolls / Collective SoulThe Goo Goo Dolls, best known for the emotional hit songs “Iris,” “Slide” and “Name,” are touring to promote their 15th album, Boxes, dropped this year. Joining them on the road are fellow indie/alternative champions Collective Soul, who will undoubtedly bust out an unforgettable performance of their maga-hit “Shine.” Opening the show is Tribe Society, whose indie-rock fusion album was released in April, and So Alive in Boxes. Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $29.50-$159. 7 p.m. August 12.The WailersAfter Bob Marley’s untimely death in 1981, his backing band, The Wailers, continued on, performing his soul-satisfying tunes to audiences all across the globe. Although you could never replicate Marley’s distinctive sound, The Wailers are literally the next best thing. Bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett was not only recognized as the musical leader of the group, but was Marley’s most trusted band mate, performing and arranging countless hits in the 1970s. With special guest The Far East. Don’t miss this gig! Get ready to skank skank skank! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25-$35. 8 p.m. Aug. 12.Jessie’s GirlBreak out the Converse, strap on a headband, and dust off the jean jacket, because this Back to the Eighties Show will do everything short of taking you in a Delorean back to the decade when Men at Work, Flock of Seagulls, and Debbie Gibson ruled the airwaves. That’s because Jessie’s Girl is more than just a cover band. They’re here to party like it’s 1989! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$30. 8 p.m. Aug. 12.NasThis Queens-based rapper has dropped eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum hip-hop albums since his debut in 1994. Nas’ 11th album, Life is Good, was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 55th annual Grammy Awards. Often referred to as one of the best rap artists of all time who’s left his indelible mark on rap music and the music industry as a whole, Nas never disappoints live. Also performing will be Funk Master Flex. Not to be missed! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $40-$50. 10 p.m. Aug. 12.New York International Children’s Film FestivalA kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world, this mega-film fest includes 13 short films ranging in length from one to nine minutes, and capturing the imaginations of all those watching along. These are the best of the best, and truly a cinematic experience for the whole family that is not to be missed! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $7 members, $12 public, kids under 12 free. 11 a.m. Aug. 13.National Bowling Day Charity EventTo honor this striking occasion, AMF is partnering with Feeding America, a national network of food banks, food pantries and meal programs, including Long Island Cares and Island Harvest, to present a “Million Pin Challenge.” Starting at 10 a.m., there will be giveaways, contests, and one free game of bowling per person until noon. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be a celebration once one million pins are knocked down across the country. Then AMF Bowling Centers promises to donate money to fund more than half a million meals to feed America’s hungry. All you have to do is put on your bowling shoes and take aim down the lane, avoid the gutter, and beware the 7-10 split. On Long Island the participating centers are: AMF Wantagh Lanes, AMF Syosset Lanes, AMF Plainview Lanes, AMF Babylon Lanes, AMF Commack Vet Lanes, AMF Smithtown Lanes and AMF Sayville Lanes. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 13.Blink-182Pop-punk royalty Blink-182 (minus original frontman/guitarist Tom DeLonge, who apparently amicably split the group to pursue his fervent belief in extraterrestrials, and is replaced by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba) joins fellow punk groups All Time Low and A Day To Remember for their “Bored to Death in California” tour. Blink dropped their latest, California, on July 1, and it is absolutely perfect for some serious bubblegum hop-hop-hops, stadium-sized sing-a-longs, and mega-head-bopping. At the show, Blink is sure to play pop-punk hits, like “What’s My Age Again?” and “All The Small Things.” All Time Low, most notable for their tunes “Weightless” and “Remembering Sunday” released their deeply emotional Future Hearts last year. Expect tons of screaming fans and a show that will go don in the books! Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $45-$99. 7 p.m. August 13.Joe DeGuardia’s STAR Boxing Presents “Rockin’ Fights 25”Star Boxing, the industry famous for their competitive boxing matches, has scheduled a new line of fights titled “Rockin’ Fights 25.” One of the most rapidly-expanding boxing organizations in the country, Star Boxing material has been seen on MSG, NBC Sports, Showtime, and many others networks since 1992, and tends to schedule national winners in the ring. And the founder of Star Boxing is no joke, either: DeGuardia himself started in the ring at a young age, eventually going on to win the 1988 New York Golden Gloves Championship. His passion for boxing pushed him to form his own boxing organization, eventually developing into one of the most-notable boxing groups in the nation. Wow. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50-$200. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13.Neil SedakaThis singer/songwriter/pianist will play all his chart-toppers, including “Laughter In The Rain,” “Bad Blood,” “The Immigrant,” “Calendar Girl” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” among many others. He’ll also perform tracks from his latest album, The Real Neil, the artist’s first acoustic album, ever. So what are you waiting for? Not to be missed! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$149.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 13.Gregory PorterJazz singer and songwriter Gregory Porter got his start performing at a restaurant where he was also the chef. His third album, Liquid Spirit, reached the Top 10 UK album charts, and Porter won a Grammy in 2014 for best Jazz Vocal Album. This gig is a chance to catch this amazing artist all up-close and personal. Don’t miss it. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $65-$85. 8 p.m. Aug. 13.InebrieatorsCalling all jazz fans, get ready for a fun, soul-satisfying night with the Inebrieators! They will surely astound you with their smooth saxophones, bumping bass and mellow piano keys. Have you ever become helplessly, completely intoxicated by music? You will at this gig! You don’t want to miss this performance! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Aug. 13.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 simply had to rock out together. Signed to Arista Records in 1995, the Bogmen never quite became a household name that they deserved to be, especially with their unforgettable debut, 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 very, very best. Not to be missed. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansset. stephentalkhouse.com $60. 9 p.m. Aug. 13.Acoustic Angry AliceCovering everything from Frank Sinatra to Ed Sheeran, this acoustic duo entertains diners and music fans alike, centering on the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elvis—you name it, they play it! Sing along! www.facebook.com/acousticangryalice. Blvd. Bar and Grill, 1029 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park. 7:30-11 p.m. Aug. 13Tragedy – The Metal Bee Gees Tribute BandThey’re a local Bee Gees cover band with a twist: Every hit song becomes a metal tune. Yeah. Insane, right?! Tragedy has been around since 1977, with their debut We Rock Sweet Balls and Can Do No Wrong. Though the group mainly sticks to Bee Gees, it’s not abnormal for these melodic, harmonizing hellraisers to transition to any number of pop hits of the time, including songs from Grease. (Yes!!) Six men wearing outfits similar to a combination of KISS and Guns N’ Roses may seem bizarre to some, and so what if it is, but their ability to shift famous hit songs into metal ballads is a creative feat the group absolutely masters. If you like the idea of Aerosmith, Bee Gees, and KISS mixed together, don’t miss Tragedy. Unforgettable. Mulcahys Pub and Concert Hall: 3232 Railroad Ave, Wantagh. muls.com $10. 9 p.m. Aug. 13.SUMAQ Peruvian Food FestivalGet ready to enjoy the best ceviche of your life, along with lomo saltado and aji de gallina. With Chef Ezequiel Valencia of Panca Restaurant in NYC leading the way, these plates are sure to bring the original spices and flavors straight from Peru. This chef worked for the Peruvian Embassy, where he cooked for presidents and ministers and other heads of state. Love spices, indeed. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. sumaqpff.com $15-$20 adults; $7-$10 kids from 2-12. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. August 13, 14. Harbes Tomato FestivalYou say toe-may-toe, I say toe-mah-toe! Come celebrate this juicy, phenomenal vegetable, in all its glorious forms (Ketchup, please!!), and try special samplings of the different recipes created throughout the years. Take part in potato sack races, tomato relay races, and tug of war contests. It’s a perfect day for the whole family, with lots of food and fun games to play. Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck. harbesfamilyfarm.com Free. August 13,14.Lorna ShoreThese New Jersey sonic hellraisers are named after the mysterious Batman character. They are the perfect textbook example of a death-core group, full of angry guitar riffs, aggressive yelling, and mega-high-octane members. Their songs “Godmaker,” “Life of Fear” and “Grimoire” give some insight into what Lorna Shore is all about. After releasing three EPs, the five-piece put out a full studio album back in mid-2015, and have been touring to promote their intense new songs. Warming up the crowd are A Wake In Providence, In Depth & Tides, Necropia, Eridian, and TheWarWithin. Damn. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12, $14 DOS. 6 p.m. Aug. 14.Bonnie RaittBonnie Raitt will give you something to talk about, that’s for sure. Touring in support of her latest, Dig in Deep, Raitt began her journey through folk and blues music in the ’60s when she was attending Harvard University, a time when music served as a tool for expression during the civil rights movement. After her third year of college, she dropped out to pursue her passion, and gained mentorship from some of the blues scene’s biggest stars, such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Sippie Wallace. Fast-forward to 2016, she has 20 albums, 10 Grammy Awards, and numerous other accolades under her belt. Her bluesy, soulful voice and guitar skills will absolutely mesmerize you. Don’t miss this spectacular night of music from a true legend! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $52.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 15.The Wizard Of OzJoin Dorthy, the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man as they follow the Yellow Brick Road in the magical Land of Oz. We’re not in Kansas anymore! This is Westbury! This performance will be absolutely unforgettable! There’s no place like home! Wow. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $20-$25. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16.Roll Up! Deconstructing Magical Mystery TourBeatles expert, composer and producer Scott Freiman explores The Fab Four’s 1967 classic with a multimedia voyage through the creative process and recording sessions of the timeless album and movie, including “The Fool On The Hill,” “Blue Jay Way,” “I Am The Walrus,” and many other selections from Magical Mystery Tour. Sponsored by Briggs Music in Huntington, this mega-mesmerizing musical event will also include the “deconstruction” of other classics, such as “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane” and “All You Need Is Love.” This is a must-attend for not just Beatles fans (Press music critic Zack Tirana and senior editor Spencer Rumsey being huuuge ones, fyi), but for all music lovers, everywhere. Get ready to be wowed! Not to be missed! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $20 members, $25 public. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16.YellowmanThis reggae star straight out of Jamaica will have you groovin’ and skankin’ and singin’ along to all his infectious hits, including “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng” and “Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt.” Opening the show is local reggae band Soul Junkies and DJ Omar. Reggae just simply soothes the soul, and you’re not gonna wanna miss this chance to experience all its healing powers, live, and up-close and personal! Yeeeah! 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $20. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17.Black SabbathSabbath’s tour is literally titled “The Final Tour by the Greatest Metal Band of All Time; Black Sabbath: The End.” Need we say more? The Godfathers of Metal–Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler–are performing on stage for the last time before calling it quits after almost 50 years of touring. Expect all the hits, including “Iron Man” and “War Pigs,” obviously, and with Ozzy up there in full insane metal glory, expect the unexpected, too. Do not miss this gig! Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com 7:30 p.m. August 17.Glenn TilbrookThe former lead singer and guitarist of England’s beloved band “Squeeze” is far from what his newest album gets at. Happy Ending is Glenn Tilbrook’s most recent creation and likely nowhere near his last. Tilbrook and Chris Difford were the musical pairing that made up “Squeeze”; Difford created the lyrics, while Tilbrook invented catchy melodies for their hit songs, such as “Tempted,” “Cool for Cats” and “Labelled for Love.” Now, Tilbrook has gone from his days of British new wave pop-rock to a solo career, and you don’t want to miss this performance. Damn. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. Aug. 17.–Compiled by Kate Nalepinski, Ana Borruto, Leo Capobianco, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

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Maple lovers rejoice: warmer winter get you more syrup

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — Cold and snow are expected by businesses and farms in the Southern Tier for at least a few months a year. Some look forward to what winter has to bring and rely on that snow and cold. “Last year we didn’t start making maple syrup, our first batch was on February 15th. This year we’ve made fifty percent of a crop already by the 13th of February,” he says. Others, such as maple producers like Sugar Creek Maple Farm, don’t mind the warmth. “The trees, they don’t know what time of year it is other than if it’s above freezing, sap comes up in the tree. If it’s below freezing after the leaves are off, the sap goes down in the roots. So, they really follow the weather,” he says. “The weather this year has been warmer than normal, especially compared to last year,” says Part Owner of Sugar Creek Maple Farm Mike Blachek.center_img “This weather has actually been good for maple producers,” says Blachek. However, the decision of when to start that first tap is on the farmer. The earlier that can happen, the earlier profits can be made. Maple trees bring up the sap from their roots when it gets warm enough, Blachek explains. Blachek says he made a lot of syrup in January and says his farm is ahead of a lot of other “folks.”last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Feb. 17

first_imgThe best chance the Democrats have in 2020 is to embrace populist ideas such as Medicare for all, or free college, or ending the wars (which in my opinion wouldn’t only be effective policy, but nearly every poll has indicated them to be popular among the American people) and not just being an Anti-Trump Party. On the campaign, they’ll become stronger candidates, and in office, they’ll make America a better nation. Matt OillGlenville Writer gave bad info about abortion billI have rarely been bothered by political cesspool stink. Regarding Laurie Cox’s Feb. 9 letter opposing the Reproductive Health Act, she needs to know she is wrong.To try to push your beliefs on people that read this paper by not saying the Senate bill #S240 is the Reproductive Health Act, instead of #A00021, which is not. Muckraking should be left to the Republican talk show hosts who would at least research a subject before faking the unfair alternate truth.Should you wish to check my research, go www.ny.gov and apply some effort instead of listening to those who repeat rumor and innuendo. Lord forgive them, for they know not what they say.Jeff PelkyBroadalbinMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Teachers who put in long hours educating students deserve more money than they do. Teachers wouldn’t have to feel guilty about getting it either. Why are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer wasting time trying to stop Trump from building his wall? It’s because of them that people aren’t getting their money, not the president. They will stop at anything to stop his wall. Why don’t the people without paychecks go after them? And New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants free health care for everyone in New York City. Who do you think will pay for that? Us in upstate New York. The Democrats will stop at nothing to get votes.James MaxfieldScotia Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump has had many accomplishments In Mr. Wouk’s Feb. 8 letter, he refers to President Trump as a “gelatinous gas bag” and describes him as a runaway train in search of a wreck. He states further that our president provides no details, resources or factual basis. Mr. Wouk, are you living in a cave? A simple Google search quickly lists 289 Trump accomplishments to date. Let’s see: the economy is growing at such a tremendous pace in spite of the previous administration’s claim that it was impossible to achieve; 4 million people have been added to the work force; unemployment is at an all-time low, including African Americans; and the military has been rebuilt, just to name a few of the 289. Those, Mr. Wouk, are just some of the facts that you say are missing.Gerald DeAngelusNiskayunacenter_img Democrats will do anything to get votesHave you noticed the ads on TV [Optimax tax, tax relief, credit card relief, credit associates, etc.] telling people that they can reduce exuberant money that they have already racked up on their credit cards?We will have to pick up the difference so they can go out and charge up more debts. Talk about greed. Now our legislators are going to give themselves a raise for sitting on their butts making laws for us to obey not them. To beat Trump, Dems must be populists  As the 2020 election approaches, the pressure is on for Democrats to win and get President Trump out of office. With that goal in mind, a quote by writer Arundhati Roy regarding Trump comes to mind: “…the danger with that kind of obsession with a single person is that you don’t see the system that produced him.”I completely agree with her, and I believe that system to be the corruption of our establishment. Looking back, if any theme defined the 2016 election, it’s that people were tired of the status-quo of our government.Donald Trump campaigned on quite a bit of anti-establishment rhetoric such as bashing NAFTA and TPP (both of which have screwed over working people) or railing against our endless wars. I believe that rhetoric drew many Bernie Sanders supporters to Trump, (as opposed to Hillary Clinton, who was essentially the face and mascot of the establishment and status-quo), and ultimately may have won him the election. Granted he has gone back on much of that rhetoric since taking office and has become massively pro-establishment, but nevertheless.last_img read more

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Minister Luhut claims Indonesian climate can beat coronavirus, but WHO says it’s a myth

first_imgA senior minister in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Cabinet is adamant that SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the deadly coronavirus disease, will soon get “weaker” in the country as Indonesia enters the dry season in April.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Panjaitan said Indonesia’s relatively high temperature during the dry season as well as its humidity meant that the virus would be unable to survive, adding that the finding was a conclusion from an undisclosed research study.“The virus will be weaker in high-temperature locations, and that could be Indonesia’s advantage compared to other countries,” Luhut said during a video conference on Thursday.However, he said the advantage would be futile if the public kept on resisting the government’s call for physical distancing, which is necessary to slow the transmission of the contagious disease.“If you have the virus but it is undetected, and you insist on performing mudik [exodus], you can kill others, including your family,” Luhut went on to say, “Thus, we urge our Muslim citizens to refrain from returning to their hometowns for Idul Fitri.”The minister’s claim, however, has previously been debunked by the World Health Organization (WHO).The UN health body said exposing people to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25 degrees Celsius would not halt the spread of COVID-19, given that the disease has also emerged in countries with a hot climate.“You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is,” the WHO said on its COVID-19 myth busters page.”To protect yourself, make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.”Topics :last_img read more

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Russian scientists hail results of COVID-19 vaccine trial

first_img More than 100 possible vaccines are being developed and tested around the world to try to stop the pandemic. Of 19 in human trials, only two are in the final Phase III – one by China’s Sinopharm and another by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.”We were primarily testing for safety,” Elena Smolyarchuk, a department director at Sechenov University and one of the coordinators of the trial, said.”On non-specific immunity we can only talk about preliminary results. These show a good, positive tendency, a strengthening of non-specific immunity,” she said.However any final conclusions about the immune response among the volunteers will be drawn by the Gamaleya Institute, which developed the vaccine, and are expected towards the end of the month. Russian scientists hailed the results of their first clinical trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, saying it had been proved safe and that volunteers had developed an immune response.Speaking to a crowded room without wearing masks, three of 18 volunteers monitored over a month at the Sechenov University said they all had experienced few side-effects.A larger-scale trial, intended to ascertain the strength of the immune response produced by the vaccine and how long protection will last, is expected to begin in Russia in mid-August. Russia’s health ministry will then decide whether to register the vaccine and begin a larger-scale trial, Smolyarchuk said.The vaccine is administered in two doses and consists of two serotypes of the human adenovirus, each carrying an S-antigen of the new coronavirus, which enter human cells and produce an immune response, Smolyarchuk said.It was first tested on primates and then administered to the volunteers on June 18.The platform used for the vaccine was developed by Russian scientists over two decades and had formed the basis for several vaccines in the past, including three against Ebola, the Sechenov University’s Vadim Tarasov said.The defense ministry, which conducted a parallel trial of the same vaccine on a separate set of 20 volunteers, also said on Wednesday the group had been discharged.”It’s not scary anymore,” Yuriy, a soldier and volunteer, said in a video shared by the Ministry of Defense. Topics :last_img read more

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Norwegian oil fund buys stake in Regent Street building

first_imgThe government pension fund already has a 25% stake in the rest of Regent Street.Paul Clark, director of investment at the Crown Estate, said: “We are delighted to extend our relationship with NBIM, further developing our strategic partnership model, which is central to the future of our business.”This deal had increased the amount of third-party capital the Crown Estate managed for institutional investors to more than £800m, he said.Quadrant 3 contains 270,000sqf (25,000sqm) of office, retail and restaurant space over basement, ground and seven upper floors, the Norwegian asset manager said.The building was recently developed by the Crown Estate and completed to a BREEAM Excellent environmental standard, it said.The Crown Estate said the Regent Street partnership between it and NBIM – now valued at £2.8bn – was transforming the street via the partners’ £1bn investment programme. The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) has bought a 25% stake in Regent Street’s Quadrant 3 building in London’s West End from the Crown Estate.Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages the NOK4.9trn (€591bn) sovereign wealth fund, said it paid £97.5m (€117.9m) for the stake, valuing the entire building at £390m.The Crown Estate, which manages properties technically belonging to the Queen, said it was keeping a 75% interest in the property and would continue to manage the asset on behalf of the partnership.NBIM said the deal expanded the Regent Street partnership, which the GPFG and the Crown Estate had started in 2011.last_img read more

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Ottawa allots $700M to grow clean technologies

first_imgThe government of Canada plans to invest C$700 million ($563 million) over the next five years to grow its clean technology industry, protect the environment and create jobs.The investment, to be made via Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), will see BDC take on more risk to help high-potential clean tech firms expand by providing them with the capital they need to hire new staff, develop products, support sales, and scale up and compete globally.The government also announced the launch of the Clean Growth Hub as its focal point for clean technology.The hub will focus on supporting companies and projects that produce clean technology, as well as coordinate existing programs and track results, according to the Canadian government.Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, said: “Today’s announcement demonstrates our government’s commitment to create well-paying middle-class jobs while growing the economy and protecting the environment.”Michael Denham, President and CEO of BDC, added: “With this new capital, we are looking to back the best in Canadian clean tech, with the aim of helping our most promising companies overcome financing obstacles and scale into global clean technology champions.“Our endgame is to build a commercially sustainable clean technology ecosystem that will, over time, be able to catalyze greater institutional investment into the sector.”The C$700 million is part of Canadian government’s largest ever public investment of C$2.3 billion ($1.84 billion) in clean technologies set aside in the Budget 2017. Illustration (Image: flickr/Olearys)last_img read more

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Into The Glacier: Europe’s Largest Man-Made Ice Cave

first_imgSouth Africa’s Fastest Man Cave Tourism in Rwanda Related Are you looking for an unusual wedding venue? How about inside a glacier? That’s just what Iceland has to offer after completion of a half-kilometer ice tunnel into Europe’s second-largest glacier. But you’ll need to be quick, as climate change erodes the frozen wonders of our world. Let’s go on this magical journey. Largest African fashion conference in Europe returnslast_img

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