News story: Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: tell us what to support

first_img artificial intelligence and the data economy clean growth the future of mobility meeting the needs of an ageing society The opportunityProposed challenges should combine the best ideas from academia and industry to create tangible benefits for the UK in productivity and economic growth.Submitted proposals should either be drafted collaboratively by a consortium of industry and academia, or be able to provide evidence of an industry-wide requirement.You will need to explain and evidence what the challenge is, the positive impact in addressing it, and the capabilities and strengths that we already have in the UK that would help us to become a world-leader in its research and commercialisation.The challenge must: Read the Industrial Strategy white paper. be compelling, focused, understandable and have a real benefit if solved be industry-led and in an area of existing strength take advantage of the depth and expertise of UK research offer a clear opportunity for sustainable growth, including global markets evidence that government support is necessary and of strategic importance increase productivity Find out more about the fund. Challenges can be of any size. You will be expected to propose the amount of funding required from government and from industry to address your proposal.Expression of interest detailscenter_img UK industry and research can submit proposals aligned clearly with at least one of the 4 grand challenges in government’s Industrial Strategy.The grand challenges are: Find out more and submit an idea for a challenge. the expression of interest for challenges opens on 28 February 2018, and the deadline is 18 April 2018 consortiums must be led by a business or industry body. Members can be businesses, academic organisations, public sector bodies, or research and technology organisations you may submit more than one challenge as long as these are innovative in their own rights and not interdependent there will be a briefing event on 14 March 2018 at this stage we are interested in proposals for future challenges only. How funding competitions are run to solve the challenge and what form they take will be decided at a later date. We expect these to run in early 2019 and to start funding successful projects from April 2019 Innovate UK, on behalf of UK Research and Innovation, is inviting proposals on the potential future challenges to get support through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.Focus on one of the 4 grand challengesThe aim of this call is to identify the third wave of industry-led challenges in the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which brings together the UK’s world-leading research with industry to tackle the biggest industrial and societal challenges of our time.£1 billion has been allocated to the first wave of challenges. A further £725 million has been announced for wave 2, which will run in 2018 and 2019.last_img read more

Radiohead Will Tour In 2017, Announces Headlining Slots At Glastonbury And Open’er Festivals

first_imgAlternative rock icons Radiohead have hinted at touring in 2017, but the band hadn’t actually revealed any of their  plans. Today, however, the rumors have been confirmed, as the infamous U.K. festival Glastonbury announced that the seminal British band will perform at their festival in 2017. Radiohead will appear on the famous Pyramid Stage on Friday night.Radiohead have become somewhat synonymous with Glastonbury over the years. They have headlined the event twice before in 1997 and 2003, with both sets considered to be all-time classic Glastonbury performances. They also performed a secret set at the festival’s Park Stage in 2011 when road testing the material from their album The King Of Limbs. Thom Yorke has been known to pop up at the festival’s many smaller venues and cafes to perform DJ sets as well. The band clearly feel comfortable at Glastonbury, and it should be a triumphant return after their last performance on the Pyramid Stage fourteen years ago.To mark the announcement, Glastonbury had the Radiohead bear logo painted into the field in front of the Pyramid Stage, which you can see below.Radiohead also announced another festival appearance today, at the Open’er Festival in Gdynia, Poland. With two tour dates announced for 2017 already, and heavy rumors of an appearance at the 2017 edition of Coachella, Radiohead fans likely have a lot to look forward to in 2017.In honor of this awesome announcement, take a look at full videos of all three previous appearances by Radiohead at Glastonbury. First up, watch their headlining set from 1997, mere days after OK Computer was released. Next up, watch their triumphant return to the Pyramid Stage in 2003. Finally, watch their surprise appearance at the Park Stage in 2011 that heavily leaned on material from The King Of Limbs.Watch Radiohead live from the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 1997, courtesy of YouTube user Austin Brock.Watch Radiohead live from the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2003, courtesy of YouTube user Johnny AirbagWatch Radiohead live from the Park Stage at Glastonbury in 2011, courtesy of YouTube user Johnny Airbag.last_img read more

Underprepared for the next pandemic

first_imgDespite world-class hospitals and an army of highly trained medical personnel, the local health establishment doesn’t have the excess “surge” capacity to handle a flu pandemic outbreak.And Boston isn’t alone. A panel of experts on pandemics and public health said Wednesday that not only is such capacity lacking in Boston, it is in short supply around the world and would affect everything from providing beds for the sick to the ability to make and distribute vaccines.“There’s just little wiggle room in today’s health care system,” said Anita Barry, the director of Boston’s Infectious Disease Bureau.Barry spoke at the Harvard School of Public Health as part of a discussion about whether heath specialists are ready to handle the next pandemic. Though many people are thinking hard about the problem and keeping an eye on worrisome developments, such as a bird flu outbreak in China that has killed 45 and an outbreak of the SARS-like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that has killed 64, the global capacity to handle a major outbreak is still a work in progress.The discussion, held by The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health, was presented in collaboration with Public Radio International’s “The World” and WGBH, and was part of the Forum’s Andelot Series on Current Science Controversies.Joining Barry at the event were Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology and director of HSPH’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics; Klaus Stohr, vice president and global head of influenza franchises for Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics; and Robert Huebner, director of the Influenza Division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. The moderator was Peter Thomson, environment editor for PRI’s “The World.”Lipsitch provided an overview on pandemics, saying that to qualify, a virus has to be both easily transmissible between humans and new to the human immune system. The last flu pandemic occurred in 2009, with the H1N1 virus. The 2002-2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was caused by a coronavirus and killed more than 700.Much of the event focused on flu, as past pandemics have killed millions. Vaccines are the best protection against a new flu virus. Though technology has improved production, it still takes weeks to create a new flu vaccine, months to get it to the public, and as long as a year to make it widely available around the world, Stohr said. Vaccine production remains dependent on the industrial capacity used to produce seasonal flu vaccine, and developing nations’ lack of capacity won’t change any time soon.The news isn’t all bad, however. Stohr said there are new technologies on the horizon that can cut initial vaccine development to just a week from the current four to six weeks. It may take as long as a decade, but other production technologies are being developed that may make it affordable to build and maintain idle capacity in case of a pandemic.Huebner, whose organization’s mission is to speed promising new technology to market in case of a pandemic, pointed to new ways to make vaccines and new types of medical devices, such as ventilators to help people in respiratory distress, as promising fields of research.In addition to technological tools, public health officials are armed with low-tech options, such as surveillance of current threats and closing schools and other gathering places to stop the spread of disease.Barry cautioned that such measures have to be implemented with an understanding of the potential effects — parents working jobs that don’t provide sick days may be forced to choose between staying home with their child and the income needed to provide for their families, she pointed out. In such a case, a child could be left home alone or sent to a day care where he or she would still be exposed to others or, worse, potentially carry infection to a new group of children.Careful deliberation over implementation is important, she stressed. Recommendations that public health workers wear specific masks during the 2009 bird flu outbreak worked well in hospitals, for example, but in schools, health workers didn’t have masks and were still faced with lines of sick students. Such measures have to be communicated well or they’ll fail, Barry said. Communicators, in turn, have to strike the right balance between caution and panic.Panelists agreed that national borders — whether closed in an emergency or not — are not a defense against a pandemic. Air transportation, for one, settles that. One study of closing borders in the United Kingdom estimated that it would slow the spread of a pandemic only by days.“It’s a global problem, we have to face it,” Lipsitch said.The event was covered via webcast.last_img read more

Farmer of the Year 2017

first_imgFor 39 years, Morgan County, Georgia, dairy farmer Everett Williams has helped chart a new path for the state’s dairy farmers.New technologies and constant innovation have allowed the Williams family to grow the size and productivity of their herd while making WDairy, just outside of Madison, Georgia, a model for stewardship and sustainability in the dairy business.When Georgia Governor Nathan Deal named Williams Georgia Farmer of the Year, he recognized Williams’ lifetime of work and dedication to agriculture.Williams will represent Georgia at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia, in October, when the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award is presented.“It’s a big honor to be chosen,” Williams said. “I just think this a great program because it helps to spotlight agriculture in the state of Georgia.”Lucy Ray, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension coordinator for Morgan County, nominated Williams because of his family’s dedication to Morgan County agriculture, their family’s agricultural legacy and the land.Williams, his wife, Carol, and his sons have held many leadership positions in the Morgan County agricultural community over the years, and they are considered leaders in Georgia’s dairy industry at large.He is currently president of the Georgia Milk Producers and member or board member of several other civic institutions. Carol Williams is president of the Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation, vice-president of the Georgia Cattlewoman’s Association and board member of the Georgia Junior Livestock Foundation.Both Everett and Carol Ann Williams are strong advocates for the dairy industry, spending time talking to civic and youth groups about the impact of Georgia’s dairies and offering tours of their dairy to anyone with an interest.“I feel that Everett is an ideal farmer of the year,” said Ray, explaining, “He’s got one of the most technologically advanced dairies in the state. Also, Everett is very community minded, and the entire family is involved with the agricultural community statewide … Families like the Williams family being involved in local agricultural and community groups have helped maintain Morgan County’s agricultural character while our county continues to grow and develop.”Williams’ father, John Williams, started farming in Morgan County in the first half of the 20th century.He converted their family’s land in Morgan County from a cotton farm to a dairy in 1958. Everett remembers the transition and has continued his father’s work since then. The farm now milks 1,700 cows daily, cares for 3,700 head, and feeds them on pasture and silage crops spread over 3,657 acres.  “I remember when I was young, we would milk 50 cows, and that’s grown to where we are today, milking 1,700,” Williams said. “That’s just been the change in the technology and methods we use in the industry.”The Williams dairy is on the cutting edge of industry standards, and dairy farmers from other states make a point of visiting the farm when they pass through Georgia to see how the family makes use of technology.In addition to a milking carousel, which allows cows to be milked more efficiently, Williams outfits each of his cows with a fitness tracker (imagine a giant FitBit on a collar) to monitor his herd’s well-being in real time. The trackers send an alert to Williams’ cell phone if one of his cows is unwell or is ready to be bred. It also allows him to correlate well-being information with milk production.These innovations are new to his dairy, but the innovative spirit is not. Williams credits his father for understanding the need for research-based farming back in the 1950s.“We were really fortunate that Daddy was very progressive, kept good records and used good animal husbandry practices like artificial insemination,” he said. “It gave us the basis for a really good herd of cows.”Williams received a bachelor’s degree in dairy science from the University of Georgia in 1975 and worked at a south Georgia dairy farm for three years before returning to help manage the farm and raise his family. He met Carol while she was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in animal science.He and Carol raised four children on the farm: Justin Williams, 36, who received his degree in finance; Daniel Williams, 34, who received his degree from the University of Georgia in dairy science; Katie Williams, 28, who received her degree from the University of Georgia in dairy science; and Michelle Williams, 27, who graduated from Georgia College in Milledgeville with business degree.All four children have been involved in the farm throughout their lives, and both Justin and Daniel have returned to Morgan County to help take WDairy into its third generation.last_img read more

San Francisco bans natural gas use in new construction projects

first_imgSan Francisco bans natural gas use in new construction projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):San Francisco will ban natural gas infrastructure in most new construction, reinforcing previous building electrification measures adopted in California’s fourth most populous city.The city’s Board of Supervisors on Nov. 17 voted unanimously to amend San Francisco’s building code to prohibit the issuance of permits for residential and commercial construction that includes gas piping. The gas ban would apply to buildings built after June 1, 2021, with exceptions for restaurants and cases where all-electric construction is not technically feasible.Supervisor Rafael Mandelman introduced the legislation on June 30, opting to pursue a strategy pioneered by Berkeley, Calif., which taps the city’s power to modify its building code to safeguard public health and safety. The ordinance is meant to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, but also acknowledges the risk of natural gas explosions and research that links burning the fuel indoors with adverse health outcomes.The Board of Supervisors previously prohibited gas infrastructure in municipal building construction and renovation. It also adopted a so-called energy reach code — which “reaches” beyond minimum state standards — to require new buildings with gas infrastructure to achieve higher energy standards than all-electric buildings.Lawmakers made several changes to the original version of the gas ban ordinance, which included a blanket exception for gas piping in commercial kitchen spaces through Jan. 1, 2022. The final version allows city officials to grant restaurant exceptions beyond that date, but only after determining the applicant has shown that gas appliances are necessary for a specific food service, such as cooking with a wok.More than 30 California towns, cities and counties have adopted building gas bans or electrification requirements and preferences for new construction.[Tom DiChristopher]More ($): San Francisco bans natural gas in new buildingslast_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events October 2-8

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ron PerlmanYou fell in love with him as Vincent in Beauty and The Beast. You were mesmerized by him as Hellboy. If you close your eyes, you might recognize his voice as the Stabbington Brothers from Disney’s Tangled and the narrator from the television series 1000 Ways to Die. Not sure whether you love or hate him as Clarence “Clay” Morrow, the leader of the notoriously violent motorcycle/gun running club on FX’s Sons of Anarchy (we’re talking about his character, not Perlman’s stellar portrayal)? He can be a cruel bastard, can’t he!? Head on down and find out just how charming the man behind all these characters truly is in real life, as this renaissance actor signs his new book, Easy Street (The Hard Way). The Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. Oct. 2.Ballyhoo!Catchy tunes from this up-and-coming Maryland-based pop rock/reggae/ska quartet will bring some good vibes. Warming up the crowd are Nonstop to Cairo and Offshore Regulars. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $18. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2. Inside the StudioOpening for an exhibit showcasing the work of the gallery’s teachers and students, celebrating the creativity and achievements of the ArtVentures program. Through Oct. 10. Gallery North, 90 North Country Rd., Setauket. Free. 5 p.m. Oct. 2.Related: Long Island Fall Festivals and Street Fairs 2014 Beats & EatsThe launch of an upscale weekly Thursday night party featuring DJ Chef, Long Beach resient and winner of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, who cooks while he spins the 1s and 2s. He’ll be joined by a different celebrity chef each week. Revel Restaurant, 835 Franklin Ave., Garden City. Free. 7 p.m. Oct. 2.African American Film Festival“Raise Your Voice”, the 9th Annual African-American Film Festival, is a celebration of the artistry of black filmmakers, actors, personalities, musicians and performers featuring a powerful line-up of critically acclaimed, thought-provoking feature films, documentaries, shorts, jazz and spoken word. An evening of spoken word and jazz will be held Friday night. Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton. Times and prices vary. Oct. 2-5.The BanglesThere is no reason to walk like a Long Islander when you can walk like an Egyptian! These sexy songstresses still craft catchy, timeless tunes decades after conquering the ’80s airwaves with such ear candy classics as “Walk Like An Egyptian,” “Manic Monday” and the monster hit “Eternal Flame” (which was inspired by a trip these vixens took to Graceland). Will they rip through each and every of their most popular numbers during their set down at The Boultler? Yes. Will they melt the hearts of all the men in the audience. Yes. Will they absolutely rock!? Hells yes! Will Susanna Hoffs run off with the lowly music freak Zack Tirana after this gig? Most absolutely, definitely, definitively not. Still bring your lighters, though, for you know which song. The Boulton Center, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $65. 8 p.m. Oct. 3.RELATED: Long Island Oktoberfest 2014 and Related Events Art and CraftThe opening of this independent film that takes an intimate and touching look at the life and incredible talent of con-artist Mark Landis, one of America’s most prolific and notorious art forgers. His 30-year career of impersonating different “characters,” in order to gain the trust of art professionals and convince them to accept his donated forgeries, is juxtaposed with the story of tenacious former art registrar Matthew Leininger—one of Landis’ victims—and his personal obsession with trying to stop Landis. Sag Harbor Cinema, 90 Main St., Sag Harbor. 6 p.m., Oct. 3.Hip Hop Legends of The FallA trip down ‘90s rap memory lane with Doug E. Fresh, Rakim, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $49.50-$100.50. 8 p.m. Oct. 4.Shilelagh LawA band that embodies all that is New York Irish music: old songs, new songs, jigs, reels, dancing, weeping, lots of laughter, plenty of drinks and the inevitable visit to the local diner at 5a.m. Mulcahys Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. $15. 9 p.m. Oct. 4.FOR MORE LONG ISLAND EVENT LISTINGS AND PREVIEW, CHECK OUT OUR ISLAND EAR SECTIONThe Brooklyn Bridge BandLong Island Music Hall of Famers and diehard rock and rollers TBBB (or B-cubed, as they say in the newsroom) will be delivering their legendary heartfelt hits “Sixteen Candles” and “The Worst That Could Happen,” along with other gems from their seemingly endless, four decades-plus career creating addictive melodies and seamless, ever-flowing harmonies. The late, great Johnny Maestro, we’re sure, will be singing along from the clouds, smiling. What a great band. What an unforgettable night. The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. $45. 8 p.m. Oct. 4.Chili FestivalDust off the cowboy boots, giant cowboy hat and wash off your chili spoon. It’s chili time. Participating restaurants include Park Place, Shackleton’s, Dee dee’s Luncheonette, Tulip’s catering, Murphy’s Bar and Grill. Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. $10 1 p.m. Oct. 4.Voices of Opera: A Soulful CelebrationFive world-renown African-American Opera artists, including Audrey DuBois Harris, Robert Mack, Lucia Bradford Wiggins, Brandie Sutton, and Michael Preacely, offer masterfully-executed performances usually only found in New York City. Zion Cathedral, 312 Grand Ave., Freeport. $30, $15 students under 18. 7 p.m. Oct. 4.RELATED: Long Island Halloween Haunted Houses 2014 Exhibit OpeningThree new art exhibits will open on the same day at this gallery. Richard Anello of Melville displays Places to Go–People to See, Vague Polemics in Electro-Shamanism. Kate Kelly of Northport shows Through the Looking Glass. Aand the Abundance is a members show. b. j. spoke gallery, 299 Main St, Huntington. Free. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 4.  Tower to the PeopleThis much-anticipated documentary on Nikola Tesla, directed by the award-winning filmmaker Joseph Sikorski, will be shown at hotel where the visionary inventor spent his last days. It promises to explore the untold mysteries of the tunnels at Wardenclyffe, the laboratory in Shoreham, from where he hoped to supply free energy to the world—until his main backer, J.P. Morgan, pulled the plug. Today, all that remains at Wardenclyffe is the original building designed by the famous American architect Stanford White, but someday it will become the permanent home of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, a nonprofit group that helped save the property from destruction. The New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave., Manhattan. $15. 8 p.m. Oct. 4.Click here to read more about Nikola Tesla’s time on Long IslandThe WigglesBorn from a Masters Ed. project in their native Australia, the children’s pop supergroup The Wiggles will drive their iconic big red car to bring “Fruit Salad (Yummy Yummy)” and “Hot Potato” to LI’s toddler set (and those young at heart). Perhaps the most popular children’s music group in the world, these colorful, uber-musical Aussies will be a’singin’ and a’wigglin’ into the hearts and imaginations of all the wee tikes and parents in the audience and are bound to deliver a wigglin’ fantastic performance that will have concertgoers young and old a’boppin’ and a’wigglin’ along, and long after the gig. So wiggle on down to this mega-fun gig and experience for yourself what all the wigglin’ fuss is about! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $29.50-$41.50. 1 p.m., 4 p.m. Oct. 5.Pops in PatchogueLong Island-based performers, the Atlantic Wind Symphony, will present its “Pops in Patchogue” concert series at the Patchogue Theatre as part of the Arts Alive LI program. The Sunday performance, called “Made in America,” features compositions written by American composers. On the bill are Alfred Reeds’ “El Camino Real,” Clinton Williams’ “Symphonic Suite,” and Frank Tichellis’ “Apollo Unleashed from Symphony No. 2.” They also promise to play a number of concert band favorites. The Atlantic Wind Symphony, LI’s oldest fully professional concert band, gets partial funding from Suffolk County and the New York State Council on the Arts. As they say, they’ve been making wind music at its finest since 1968. The symphony made its Carnegie Hall debut in 1998, and has been making beautiful music in performance spaces around the Island ever since. It participated in the “Sousa Salutes Our Armed Forces” concert at the Patchogue Theatre on November 2013 and at the “Honor Our Hometown Heroes” show at Heckscher Park in July of this year. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. Tickets: $7. 3 p.m. October 5Southampton Blue Book, 1930 to 1960: Photographs by Bert MorganThe Rogers Mansion in Southampton Village is hosting an exhibit that showcases the dean of society photographers, Bert Morgan, who spent many a summer weekend chronicling the idle pursuits of the rich and famous in the Hamptons. His photographs of the young Jacqueline Bouvier, later Kennedy, as she competed in a local horse show as a little girl were among the 500 photos he took of just her and her family alone. But there’s more to his work than that. Morgan’s career spanned more than half a century after he got his start syndicating photographs for the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News. By the 1930s, he’d gained a reputation as a prominent high society photographer, whose photographs ran in The Social Spectator, Vogue, Vanity Fair and Town and Country. This show, culled from thousands of negatives and part of the Arts Alive LI celebration, focuses on three key decades. He gained access to the “Social Set” at their exclusive clubs and private parties, which put the South Fork on the map. Southampton Historical Museum’s Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton. Admission: $4; Free for members and children. Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Through October 18Deconstructing the Sayre Barn: Photographs by Ulf SkogsberghAnother interesting exhibit part of the Arts Alive LI program at the Southampton Historical Society’s Rogers Mansion are highly detailed oversize photographs of what photographer Ulf Skogsbergh found to be the most fascinating phase of the reconstruction of the Society’s Sayre Barn: its deconstruction. As the Sayre Barn was being dismantled, its skeleton was revealed, letting the tools of another age come to light out of the shadows of the past. With his keen eye, Skogsbergh reexamined these structural elements, showing their sculptural beauty and their simple utility, and chronicling the passage of time. With his engineer’s training and artist’s eye, Skogsbergh used photography’s most advanced techniques to uncover time-worn methods that created this edifice. And thanks to his approach, he has recreated a stunning four-by-15-foot, 360-degree panorama of the Sayre Barn to recapture it, as he puts it, “before anything really happened.” His work ranges from a stunning shot of the starry sky through the barn’s rafters to a stark portrait of an old wooden plow, as he takes this rare opportunity to reexamine design imperatives of an earlier age and how we got where we are today. Southampton Historical Museum’s Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton. Admission: $4; Free for members and children. Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Through October 18RELATED: For more Arts Alive LI events for the month of October, click hereWhere I Need to GoAlexandra Brodsky will screen brand new selections from her documentary-in-progress. All donations will go toward the completion of the film—a wonderfully intimate portrait of her father Stan Brodsky, the celebrated Long Island painterThere will also be a Q & A with the filmmaker and Stan Brodsky. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $20. 4 p.m. Oct. 5.Click here to read about George Washington’s time on Long IslandSagtikos Manor (Spencer Rumsey/Long Island Press)Sagtikos Manor Fall FestivalYou won’t catch Gen. George Washington at Sagtikos Manor but you may see men dressed like him as the oldest house in the Town of Islip hosts its annual Fall Festival this Sunday. The theme of the celebration is recapturing colonial life from the 1700s. As countless generations of Long Island school kids know well—if they were paying attention in class—the father of our country not only set foot at the manor but he actually did sleep there when he took his tour of the Island in April 1790. Washington was offered the best bedroom in the house but he declined since one of its previous occupants had been his arch enemy, British Gen. Sir Henry Clinton. Instead, Washington slept in the bedroom across the hall. The manor, which dates back to the site’s original purchase from the Secatgoue Indians in 1692 by Stephanus Van Cortlandt, still has many rooms that Washington would recognize and many more that he would not. The final addition was added in 1902 with Belle Epoque touches designed by the well-known architect Isaac Green. On Sunday members of the 3rd New York Regiment, first organized in 1775, will perform Continental Army maneuvers, come rain or shine. Along with the Colonial-era theme will be demonstrations of surgical procedures and remedies from this period long before antibiotics, along with arts and crafts for children, old-fashioned games and other activities intended to make history come alive, including demonstrations of colonial domestic practices, Olde English Country dancing and a puppet show. The manor itself, which includes three centuries under its roof, will be open for self-guided tours starting at noon. On the grounds north of the manor will be a tour of the family cemetery, where members of the Thompson-Gardiner family rest in peace surrounded by a unique wrought-iron fence that has stood the test of time for more than 100 years. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the manor is run by the Sagtikos Manor Historical Society under the auspices of the Suffolk County Parks Department. Sagtikos Manor is about half a mile east from the Robert Moses Causeway. Take Exit RM 2E onto Rt. 27A, the Montauk Highway, in Bay Shore—and the entrance is on the left just across from Gardiner County Park, which was once part of the estate. For more information, call 631-321-6809 or go to Fall Festival admission: $7, which is all-inclusive. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 5Limp BizkitTalk about “endless slaughter,” that’s the feeling you get in your gut when Limp Bizkut weighs in on you with all their super heavy brand of “American nu metal.” Their inimitable lineup is Fred Durst on vocals, Wes Borland on guitars, Sam Rivers on bass and John Otto on drums. As die-hard fans know, these guys are always “ready to go,” unless they get run over first by a “Stampede of the Disco Elephants”—their much anticipated new album—but they don’t fret it. They like to “break stuff.” That’s the “unquestionable truth” although sometimes “results may vary” and sometimes Fred gets a pie in the eye when he would probably prefer a “chocolate starfish and hot dog flavored water.” Keep it raw, dudes. With Special Guests Machine Gun Kelly & Blvck Ceiling. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $34.50-$59.50. 7 p.m. Oct. 6.The Wonder YearsThis Philadelphia pop/punk/emo sextet is not to be confused with the TV show of the same name. Opening the show are The Story So Far, Modern Baseball and Gnarwolves. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $20. 7 p.m. Oct. 6.SilencedExploring the unique courage and character it takes to challenge unethical behavior from within the American national security establishment, Silenced, through its vivid characters, offers a provocative critique of the U.S. government and its draconian response to what many Americans might see as courageous whistle-blowing. Theater Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. $7. 7 p.m. Oct. 6.WMGA Golf ClassicBest-ball-of-four tournament for men and women with a USGA handicap index, plus a 50/50 raffle and a chance to win a one-year car lease with a hole-in-one. Event follows brunch from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and prizes follow the event from 5-7 p.m. The Creek, 1 Horse Hollow Rd., Locust Valley. $550. 12 p.m. Oct. 6.Buffalo Nation: The Children Are CryingDepicting the lives of the rural isolated Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, this documentary focuses on the devastation in which the Sioux Nation children are forced to live while also exploring the history, spirituality and values of the indigenous Sioux tribe. Filmmaker Leslye Abbey will appear for Q&A following the screening. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $10 members, $15 public. 7 p.m. Oct. 7.Pink Pumpkin PatchAll pumpkins for sale will be painted pink and bedazzled in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during this fundraiser benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Theodore Roosevelt Nassau County Executive and Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Ave., Mineola. Pay per pumpkin. 4-7 p.m. Oct. 8.First (And Probably Last) Annual Long Island Feline Film and Video Festival for HumansIt’ll have all of the elements of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, but with one distinct advantage over its storied predecessors: we show cat videos! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8.Chuck Close: Close UpAs part of the Arts Alive LI program, now through November 9, the Nassau County Museum of Art is running a 28-minute film, “Chuck Close: Close Up,” about the brilliant contemporary American artist renowned for his highly inventive technique of portraying the human face. He’s best known for his large-scale, photo-based realist portraits whose oversized, closely cropped renderings are emblazoned with brilliantly colored squares and circles, or other designs that melt into abstraction when they’re viewed up close but resolve into full-blown realistic images when they’re viewed from afar. His life story is also one of motivation and determination triumphing over adversity because he was born with learning disabilities and later became paralyzed as an adult. But that didn’t stop him from earning a reputation as one of the 20th century’s top artists. He taught himself to paint using a brush-holding device strapped to his wrist and forearm, according to Pace Gallery, which has represented him since 1977. Recently President Obama appointed Close to serve on The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The film is free with museum admission; reservations aren’t needed, it’s on a first come, first seated basis. The documentary film accompanies the exhibit called, “Still Life: 1970s Photorealism,” which features Close’s work along with Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings, Duane Hanson, Malcolm Morley, Ben Schonzeit, Idelle Weber and a host of other contemporary artists. Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor. Admission: Adults $10; Seniors (62+) $8; Students $4; Children (4-12) $4; Museum Members Free. 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Through November 9Check out these and more Arts Alive LI exhibits and events at artsaliveli.orgPower, Politics, and War: Selections from the Permanent CollectionHuntington’s Heckscher Museum of Art highlights the significance of George Grosz’s “Eclipse of the Sun” as a scathing critique of the corrupt Weimar government in 1920s’ Berlin by placing the painting in the context of other works from the museum’s permanent collection that depict power, politics, and military aggression. Grosz, perhaps one of the more famous German artists living in exile, escaped Nazi Germany and landed in New York, eventually residing in Bayside. Here, his work is accompanied by paintings about the American Revolution and the birth of America by Alonzo Chappel, a piece on the Franco-Prussian War by Etienne Berne-Bellecour, and photographs from World War II taken by the Russian photographer Mark Markov-Grinberg. “Eclipse of the Sun” will be included in an upcoming exhibition, “New Realities and Neue Sachlichkeit: Modern German Art during the Weimar Republic,” that will be held later next year at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It’s on display as part of the Arts Alive LI celebration at the Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Check website for admission rates. Through November 23Richard Gachot’s AmericaFor more than 35 years, Richard Gachot, who lives in Old Westbury, has turned objects found at Long Island beaches, in curbside trash bins, abandoned in attics and discarded in basements into witty sculptures that take on a life of their own. His creations draw upon humor, social commentary and imaginative repurposing of everyday objects to the delight of countless viewers. His method is much more metaphysical than simply recycling. For example, “Miss Liberty (Bardholdi)” is a 1992 carved-wood and metal parts sculpture with a whimsical touch. His 1985 painted wood carving, “Fishing Party, Shelter Island,” shows three comical fishermen about to be knocked overboard by a large silver spotted fish. “Election Devil” is an overtly political sculpture of a recognizable Satanic figure made of discarded metal, painted wood and found objects—his face looks like a red coffee can, and his stomach looks like a miniature TV screen—who is wearing campaign buttons that say “Vote Devil Row D” and “No Taxes.” This exhibition honors Gachot, now 81, for a lifetime of aesthetic achievement. Part of the Arts Alive LI celebration at the Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Check website for admission rates. Through November 23—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Jamie Franchi, Timothy Bolger & Zack Tiranalast_img read more

HR Answers: How to recruit veterans at your credit union

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Justin Constantine, who served with the Marines in Iraq and now works as a liaison between the military and corporate communities, has put together some valuable tips for hiring managers who are looking to recruit veterans.“It’s great that so many businesses are saying they want to hire veterans,” says Constantine. “But it’s not enough to just say it. You have to do some legwork to meet them halfway, and for some hiring managers they might not know where to start, especially if they don’t have a military background.”Constantine, who leads a team at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes campaign, explains that members of the military have very different experiences, job titles and ways of talking about work. Even when their experience is directly applicable to a job opening, it may not be clear on their resume to a hiring manager who doesn’t know what to look for.To help, Constantine put these three tips together for hiring managers looking to recruit veterans: continue reading »last_img read more

On Compliance: Growing opportunities in cannabis banking

first_imgToday’s hemp, marijuana and marijuana-related businesses continue to grow as once-limited markets gain favor nationwide. As more states update their laws on how these products are regulated, MRBs are being established as respectable businesses in local communities—ones that require banking services. As a result, more credit unions now find themselves in a position to serve these local businesses but are learning that successfully navigating often evolving regulatory requirements that govern the industry can still be very tricky—especially as it relates to the Bank Secrecy Act and suspicious activity reporting.Credit unions looking to do business in this arena need to know some key things about the industry they will be serving. Marijuana, hemp and industrial hemp are considered subspecies of cannabis. Industrial hemp has been removed from the list of “Schedule 1” substances and is technically legal from a federal standpoint. However, there is still some degree of the unknown at play as hemp can only legally contain 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the principle psychoactive constituent of cannabis) or less. Depending on the licensing of the farm, the plants may need to be destroyed.Credit unions entering this space should do their homework to understand the industry and the associated risks. Some things to consider when deciding to bank MRBs are: Will the credit union service hemp and marijuana, or hemp only? What will the credit union do if it later finds an existing member is involved in an industry the credit union has chosen not to service? What types of products and services will be offered? Will the credit union have the infrastructure, like adequate staffing, to handle the monitoring of these high-risk accounts? These are just some of the considerations the board must consider when determining if it is willing to accept the risk in servicing MRBs. In addition, related policies and procedures should be drafted that address which types of MRBs the credit union will do business with. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Slovenians are optimistic about the establishment of cross-border tourist traffic between our two countries

first_imgThe Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli met with the Minister of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia Zdravko Počivalšek on the topic of bilateral talks on opening the borders this afternoon, and the topic was measures and plans related to tourism and the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. Otherwise, the epidemiological situation in Slovenia is better than in Croatia, so with today’s 10 new cases of covida19, in Slovenia there are a total of 1.418 cases (HR 3.149) and 89 deaths (218). Croatia and Slovenia have had excellent tourism cooperation for many years, not only because we present ourselves together in distant markets, but also because guests from Slovenia are one of the most loyal and numerous guests in Croatia, said Minister Cappelli during the meeting and added: “We are actively discussing the possibilities of opening the borders as well as ways to ensure all the necessary measures and processes so that Slovenian citizens can spend their holidays in Croatia. We paid special attention to Slovenian citizens who have real estate and movables in Croatia and we are trying to find solutions for their arrival to their property in compliance with all prescribed epidemiological measures. We have a common desire to start mutual tourist flows when the circumstances allow it, and we also want to find ways to ensure the highest level of health care for Croatian and Slovenian citizens during a possible tourist exchange.” The ministers also discussed the facilitation of tourism movements with the development of travel procedures, which was also discussed during the video conference of the ministers of the EU member states in charge of the tourism sector, which was held earlier this week. On this occasion, they also stressed the importance of strengthening the position of tourism, ie the availability of financial resources for the tourism sector through the future EU financial framework as well as in the current situation in order to maintain the stability of economic entities and jobs in the tourism sector.”There are about 110.000 private properties in Croatia owned by Slovenian citizens and it would be appropriate to allow them to visit their summer residences. In Slovenia, we are optimistic about the possibility of at least partial establishment of cross-border tourist traffic between our two countries, at least in late summer and under special health care conditions.”, Said Slovenian Minister Počivalšek, emphasizing that Slovenia and Croatia are traditional tourist and friendly countries and that both nations are good hosts.According to data from the eVisitor system, in 2019 there were almost 1,6 million arrivals and almost 11 million overnight stays of guests from Slovenia in Croatia. This morning, the Minister of Tourism, Gary Cappelli, announced that the border with neighboring Slovenia, which is our second most important emitting market with a total of 10% of overnight stays last year, will be opened first. Cappelli: We have a common desire to start mutual tourist flows Cover photo: It is from Slovenia that there is a great desire to come to the Adriatic, at least according to the current interest of the media and citizens, but of course, first and foremost two preconditions must be met: a satisfactory epidemiological situation and the opening of borders.last_img read more

Awilco Drilling swings to quarterly loss

first_imgUK driller Awilco Drilling sank to a loss in the fourth quarter 2017 dragged down by an impairment charge related to the erosion of the contract backlog and continued downturn in the offshore drilling market.Awilco Drilling on Thursday reported a loss for the fourth quarter 2017 of $23.8 million compared to a profit of $14.9 million in the prior-year quarter.Revenues earned in the fourth quarter 2017 totaled $33.9 million compared to $35.1 million in the same period of 2016.In the fourth quarter, Awilco Drilling incurred an impairment charge of $45 million, due to the erosion of the contract backlog and the continued downturn in both the UKCS and global drilling markets.In 4Q 2017, the WilPhoenix was in continued operations for Apache North Sea at the Callater and Titan locations before moving to the Val D’Isere location where it remained through the end of the quarter.Revenue efficiency for the quarter was 95.2% and contract utilization was 100%. At the end of December 2017, WilPhoenix had a total remaining contract backlog of approximately $41 million.During the quarter, the company’s only other rig, the WilHunter, was cold stacked in Invergordon.Awilco’s current firm contract backlog is $25 million, and WilPhoenix is committed until at least November 2019.Awilco said that, while contract opportunities over the winter of 2018 into 2019 remain limited, a large number of inquiries in the quarter has matured into strong demand over the summer of 2018, with full utilization of the UK marketed fleet forecast.According to the company, some operators will be forced to delay drilling plans and it remains to be seen if that will lead to higher levels of activity in the winter periods to come as the market recovery continues. Awilco also stated that overall outlook continues to improve.In related news, Awilco announced that following revisions to the project schedule the letter of award from Alpha Petroleum Resources did not result in an agreed contract for WilPhoenix. At the same time, Awilco Drilling announced that it has signed a letter of intent with an undisclosed operator for the provision of WilPhoenix.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more