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first_imgThe Dover, Vermont Select Board approved a motion on Tuesday to spend $100,000 in a marketing campaign aimed at promoting tourism in the Mount Snow Valley to combat negative impressions post-Tropical Storm Irene.  With primary and most secondary roads now open, local businesses are eager to welcome patrons for the traditionally lucrative fall foliage season and beyond.The motion was brought about following collaboration between members of the Dover Economic Development Committee, Dover Select Board and Mount Snow in which a marketing plan was presented to the Select Board featuring data that included demographics, reach, advertising mediums and costs.‘It is very important to the vitality of our community that people know we are open for business and accessible following the floods caused by Tropical Storm Irene,’ said Vinnie Lewis, Mount Snow Marketing Director.  ‘Thanks to the diligence of everyone involved since, our recovery has been swift and we are more than ready to have visitors come enjoy our beautiful area.’The marketing campaign will be financed through the 1% local option tax put into place in 2008 with the purpose of funding initiatives that will improve Dover as a place to live, work and visit.   The plan has already been put into motion so denizens in southern New England and the greater New York metropolitan area will be seeing billboards, print and internet ads promoting the message that the Mount Snow Valley is open for business.  Dover, VT (September 28, 2011) –last_img read more


first_imgJack’s Boathouse has been renting kayaks for 40 years, but is in a life or death battle with the National Park Service.POTUS Highlights Climate in Inaugural, Enviros Remain SkepticalDuring his second Inaugural Address, President Obama made climate change and the environment a central policy issue in what many consider to be one of the most confrontational Inauguration speeches in recent memory. Along with calling for equal rights for the LGBT community and slight references to the ongoing gun control debate and GOP rhetoric in general, Obama used eight sentences – the most on any subject – to say a failure to address climate change would betray future generations of Americans. It was tough talk to begin his second term in office, but many in the environmental and conservation fields say they have heard it all before. They praised his words, but remain skeptical if any significant policy will be able to move through a decidedly contentious Congress. Many are waiting to see if the president follows through before heaping praise, but the Inaugural Address was a very good start.Washington, D.C.’s Jack’s Boathouse, NPS Battle Heats UpThe ongoing saga of Jack’s Boathouse and National Park Service battle over the Georgetown waterfront lease is reaching a boiling point. The NPS is attempting to restructure the lease on the property, which has been occupied by Jack’s Boathouse for 40 years, and says Jack’s will need to enter a competitive bid like everyone else if it wants to stay. Jack’s owner Paul Simkin counters that the NPS no longer has jurisdiction over the property, that the land was reverted back to the city in 1985. That is the barebones explanation, anything more in depth may require a law degree or real estate license, or both. The bottom line is the NPS believes it is doing the right thing in the eyes of the law, and Simkin believes he is getting steamrolled in the name of the almighty dollar. Either way, this legal wrangling is sure to end up in court, with a Georgetown outdoor institution on the line.PA Nuclear Power Plant Produces SnowIn one of the weirder side effects of nuclear power, the Beaver Valley Plant in southwest Pennsylvania generated a band of snow that has been credited with nearly one inch of snow in the area. Temper your fears of nuclear winter or a Godzilla/Yeti climbing out of Lake Erie, the phenomenon is basic science. Cold temperatures combined with the steam billowing from the plant’s cooling stacks produced a cloud which produced snow. Could we see nuclear power plants popping up in partnership with ski resorts? Could this be the future of snowmaking?No.last_img read more


first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) will be included in the $5 billion settlement reached between Goldman Sachs and the U.S. Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force’s Residential Mortgage-backed Securities (RMBS) Working Group, an agency spokesperson told News Now Friday.The NCUA is unable to comment further with any details, but will release more information once the settlement is finalized.“We’re glad NCUA is included in this settlement and look forward to learning more details,” said Bill Hampel, CUNA’s chief policy officer.Goldman Sachs announced an agreement in principle last week to resolve actual and potential civil claims by the NCUA (acting as conservator for several failed corporate credit unions), along with the U.S. Department of Justice, attorneys general from New York and Illinois and the Federal Home Loan Banks of Chicago and Seattle. continue reading »last_img read more


first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Crisis produces opportunity!” It might be a cliché, but it’s true. And the credit unions best positioned to benefit from that opportunity are those driven by strategy.In times like these, credit unions tend to focus on responding to immediate challenges, often sacrificing future potential to do so. That’s a false choice. Putting all your focus and resources toward emergency triage and first aid is missing the forest for the trees. It’s responding to the crisis but ignoring the resulting opportunity.Doing the right thing today doesn’t guarantee better outcomes tomorrow. You need a solid plan to turn today’s goodwill into deeper, more sustainable relationships in the future. That’s why investing in strategy is now more important than ever. A long-term, actionable vision, deeply grounded in culture and mission, is what separates organizations that come out of crises with momentum from those that feel lucky to survive.But true strategy is hard work, even at the best of times. It requires commitment, energy, and other scarce resources. When the environment is chaotic, those things are dearer and the inevitable opportunity cost is more obvious. And, yet, it’s amid this confusion that strategy is most valuable.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 67-year-old woman was found dead of a knife wound to the neck while her 44-year-old son was unconscious, possibly from an overdose, in their New Hyde Park home, Nassau County police said.Irving Bloom, 69, returned to his family’s house on Knolls Drive, where he found his wife, Sandra, dead on the kitchen floor at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, police said. When officers arrived at the scene, they found his son, Vaughn, unconscious and “in need of medical assistance” on the couch with a syringe containing a yet-to-be identified substance nearby, authorities added.“It’s apparent that… Mrs. Bloom did suffer a neck wound from a knife that was recovered at the scene,” Homicide Squad Det. Sgt. James Skopek told reporters during a news conference at police headquarters in Mineola. “It’s a large kitchen knife within the kitchen area.”Vaughn was taken to a local hospital, where he was initially listed in guarded condition and is now in “somewhat stable” condition, Skopek said.Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the case as a homicide. Skopek noted that there were no signs of a break-in, and that it’s unclear exactly how long the woman was dead and son was unconscious before they were found.last_img read more


first_imgTLC & En VogueTwo fierce girl groups back-to-back, in one night?! Yay! TLC, best known for their wildly popular ’90s hit “No Scrubs,” are set to make a comeback after a 14-year hiatus. They will be performing some of their biggest hits, and maybe some songs from their new and currently untitled album. Grammy-nominated girl group En Vogue will be showing off their killer dance moves, and singing a variety of their smash hits. Get ready because a girl power storm is brewing! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50-$79.50. 8 p.m. Sept. 25.Alton BrownHost of Cutthroat Kitchen, Good Eats and Iron Chef America, Alton Brown will be speaking about his expertise around a hot stove and signing his new book, Every Day Cook. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com 7 p.m. Sept. 27.Most Likely To SucceedAn eye-opening portrait of schools that are breaking away from outdated teaching methods and embracing new models that can awaken students’ love of learning. Where a college diploma once meant a guaranteed job, now more than half of America’s new college graduates are reportedly unable to find employment. Director Greg Whiteley locates the source of the problem not in the economy but in our educational system, which was developed at the dawn of the Industrial Age to train obedient workers and has changed little since, despite radical developments in the marketplace wrought by technology and the outsourcing of labor. Screening followed by a panel discussion. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave. Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $20 members, $25 public. 7 p.m. Sept. 28.-Compiled by Natalie Coloprisco, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Kathryn Bari-PetritisThis talented health chef and local author will be sharing her culinary knowledge and signing copies of her new cookbook, Health Transforming Foods: Their Stories and Recipes. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com 7 p.m. Sept. 22.A Tribute To The KingJoin Steve Mitchell as he pays tribute to Elvis Presley with hits from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Mitchell looks and acts the part of The King, and his voice is a close match, too. Mitchell’s quest is to remind people of Elvis’s greatness, and his performance is sure to bring back memories—and create new ones as well. Be sure to break out your blue suede shoes, as you get ready to dance the night away to favorites like “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock.” Thank ya, thank ya very much! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$30. 8 p.m. Sept. 22.1776Ring in this historic election year with this classic Tony Award-winning musical based on the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This unique show presents Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Frankin and John Adams in all their captivating, revolutionary complexity. Beloved songs such as “Sit Down, John” and “Cool, Considerate Men” are just some of the songs to be performed. You will leave this show with a reminder of how far America has come, and a giant smile on your face. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $71-$76. Sept. 22-Nov. 6.Miles To DaytonThis harmonizing local folk band features a husband-wife singing duet, incorporates classical and funk, as well as improvising violin and cello players—who also rock the guitar, accordion and trumpet. Miles to Dayton’s music happens at a personal level. Their message of love blends elements of folk, rock, classical, and funk into an irresistible invitation. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $20. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23.MORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Fall Festivals and Fairs 2016 D.L. Hughley & Charlie MurphyTwo dynamic comedians on the same stage in one night? Yes, you read that right! D.L. Hughley is best known as the original host of ComicView and star of ABC’s original series The Hughleys. You also might have seen him on Dancing With The Stars! Charlie Murphy, Eddie’s older brother, is known for rip-roaring performances on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show, and playing a small role in Night at the Museum and Norbit. These two comedy stars are sure to put on an incredible show! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$149.50. 8 p.m. Sept. 23.Frank CaliendoWhether it’s his insane antics on MadTV, his sideline snipes and belly busters as Fox NFL Sunday‘s chief prognosticator, or his absolutely knee-slapping, oh-my-God-my-britches-hurt-too-much-from-side-splitting stand-up comedy, this funnyman dishes out the laughter, in over-sized portions. His impressions? Can you say: “Thank you, sir, may we have another?” Of course you will! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$75. 8 p.m. Sept. 23.Dr K’s Motown RevueThe sound of Motown has left an everlasting brand on the hearts and souls of generations of fans worldwide. Motown can be remembered through many artists such as The Temptations, Michael Jackson and The Supremes. This No. 1 Motown revue band is keeping the soulful sound alive. You will relieve the ’60s era with each song, and dance all night to popular hits like “My Girl” and “Baby Love.” Special guest, Double A Band, will also be taking the stage to ensure a night filled with lots of funk! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $20-$30. 8 p.m. Sept. 23.Lex GreyThis rock diva is known as the singer with the 24Kt gold voice, and she sure lives up to that name. Grey, as well as her four-piece band, The Urban Pioneers, is an award-winning recording artist. The soul of the band, she brings together old school blues and classic rock. Grey sings with pure passion and power, and that combination can be heard throughout their newest album “Heal My Soul.” This show is not to be missed! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Sept. 23.MORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Oktoberfest 2016 EventsAdam FerraraThe stand-up comedian and actor who Entertainment Weekly dubbed “Hilarious” hosts the critically acclaimed BBC sensation, Top Gear US, airing on the History Channel. He has also co-starred alongside Kevin James in the hit movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop and in Definitely Maybe with Ryan Reynolds and Isla Fisher. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $25. 8 p.m. Sept. 23, 7, 9:30 p.m. Sept. 24.Tanya TuckerThis country music star released her debut single “Delta Dawn” in 1972. Three decades later, she continues to rock on. With several Grammy nominations, many chart-topping singles, and the 1991 prestigious title “CMA Female Vocalist of the Year,” Tanya Tucker has been a musical sensation for years. She is set to perform a variety of songs, including hits off her newest album Don’t Believe My Heart. Joining her is special guest, country/rock n’ roll band, Shotgun Wedding. Get your cowboy boots ready; there will be lots of two-step dancing! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $34.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Sept. 24.AndyAndranik Madadian, aka Andy, is known for his unique Armenian-Iranian music style. He has recently been called the Best Armenian International Singer of the Year. Many know him as “The Prince of Persia.” Andy is a singer, an actor and a producer. He has made a large contribution to the music world. A night full of dancing is in store, as his exotic music will lift your spirits to the stratosphere and your feet will follow! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $55-$85. 9 p.m. Sept 24.Fetty WapHey, what’s up, hello! Fetty Wap is best known for his No. 1 smash hit “Trap Queen,” which led him to fame in 2015. Following his hit single, he released a solo self-titled album, which included 17 R&B tracks. He is set to take the stage to perform many songs off that album. And who knows? He’ll possibly perform some new songs from his upcoming album, King Zoo. This concert is guaranteed to “Make You Feel Good.” The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $35. 10 p.m. Sept. 24.MORE THINGS TO DO: Apple Picking on Long Island 2016last_img read more


first_imgThe government finalized a similar agreement with the United Arab Emirates last month, allowing state officials and industry stakeholders from the two countries to go on essential trips between one another.Retno said the agreement with South Korea had taken longer to finalize as both countries were keen on ensuring strict adherence to health protocols.Read also: Indonesia finalizing ‘travel corridor’ with UAEPer the agreement, only essential industry stakeholders and state officials may use the travel corridor.“I would like to reiterate that the travel corridor with South Korea is intended for essential businesspeople and members of the diplomatic community, not tourists,” she said.The agreement, she said, was expected to grant leeway to state departments and businesses from both countries, allowing them to reconnect and resume projects that had been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic while still complying with health procedures. Topics : Indonesia and South Korea have agreed to establish a travel corridor to facilitate “essential business and diplomatic trips” between the two countries amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said arrangements for the travel corridor had been finalized with South Korean Foreign Affairs Minister Kang Kyung-wha on Wednesday evening.“I hereby announce that the essential business travel corridor arrangement with South Korea has been agreed upon and will be inaugurated on Aug. 17, coinciding with Indonesia’s 75th Independence Day,” Retno told an online press conference as quoted in a statement on Thursday.last_img read more


first_imgWATCH: Three Reasons our New Mobile App for Benefits Helps Pennsylvanians Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter myCOMPASS PA is estimated to save an average of $3.2 million per year in the years following implementation by reducing mail processing time, manual information entry, call center calls, postage, and printing.myCOMPASS PA will allow individuals to view benefits details, check the processing status of applications, update case-related information, and take photos of necessary documents to upload directly to case files through a secure, safe environment from the comfort of their own home.myCOMPASS PA shows the Wolf Administration’s commitment to modernizing state government operations in order to provide quality customer service.Watch this video to find out more about myCOMPASS PA:Download the myCOMPASS PA app. Government That Works,  Human Services,  Innovation,  The Blog,  Videos Earlier this week, the Department of Human Services announced the launch of a mobile app, called myCOMPASS PA, for Pennsylvanians who receive assistance benefits.Here are three reasons why this is great news for Pennsylvania:center_img SHARE TWEET By: Ted Dallas, Secretary of Human Services December 16, 2016last_img read more


first_imgAggressive Mitigation Orders LiftedAll Individuals Must Follow CDC and PA Department of Health Guidelines Life Sustaining Businesses OnlyCongregate Care and Prison Restrictions in PlaceSchools (for in-person instruction) and Most Child Care Facilities Closed Social Restrictions Stay at Home Orders in PlaceLarge Gatherings ProhibitedRestaurants and Bars Limited to Carry-Out and Delivery OnlyOnly Travel for Life-Sustaining Purposes Encouraged Social Restrictions Yellow Phase April 22, 2020 Green Phase Reiterate and reinforce safety guidance for businesses, workers, individuals, facilities, update if necessaryMonitor public health indicators, adjust orders and restrictions as necessaryAs regions or counties move into the yellow phase, some restrictions on work and social interaction will ease while others, such as closures of schools, gyms, and other indoor recreation centers, as well as limitations around large gatherings, remain in place. The purpose of this phase is to begin to power back up the economy while keeping a close eye on the public health data to ensure the spread of disease remains contained to the greatest extent possible. Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions Gov. Wolf: Reopening Targeted for May 8 in North-Central, Northwest Monitor public health indicators, adjust orders and restrictions as necessaryJust as the administration took a measured, county-by-county approach to the stay-at-home order before expanding statewide, it will do the same to ease restrictions and reopen the state.The governor first announced the standards for reopening last week and they remain the focal point for the comprehensive plans announced today:The approach will be data driven and reliant upon quantifiable criteria to drive a targeted, evidence-based, regional approach to reopenings in Pennsylvania.There will be guidance and recommendations for employers, individuals, and health care facilities and providers for assured accountability as we reopen.Reopening necessitates that adequate personal protective equipment and diagnostic testing are available.Reopening requires a monitoring and surveillance program that allows the commonwealth to deploy swift actions for containment or mitigation.Protections for vulnerable populations must remain steadfast throughout the reopening process, such as limitations on visitors to congregate care facilities and prisons.Limitations on large gatherings unrelated to occupations should remain in place for the duration of the reopening process.The commonwealth is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to create a data-driven decision support tool that will enable a balance between maximizing the strengthening of the economy while minimizing public health risks. This tool will help officials better understand the current health and economic status, as well as the inherent risks and benefits to easing restrictions by sector and region.There is no single tool or model that can determine easing of restrictions or reopening, but the commonwealth, through partnerships with Carnegie Mellon University and other institutions of higher education, and the criteria set by the Department of Health, will make informed decisions based on data and science.To determine when a region is ready to reopen and return to work, the state will evaluate the incidence rate of COVID-19 cases per capita, relying upon existing regional health districts used by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. A regional assessment will measure the COVID-19 cases to determine if the target goals of an average of less than 50 cases per 100,000 individuals over the course of 14 days is met. The administration will work closely with county and local governments to enable the communities to reopen and transition back to work.Throughout this process, the administration will have guidance in place to support best public health practices to avoid these negative impacts. This guidance will reinforce and build on existing business and building safety orders and will adapt to the changing nature of the pandemic, even as we learn from the first communities to reopen.View this information in Spanish.center_img Press Release,  Public Health Phased Approach Relies on Safety and ScienceGovernor Tom Wolf today presented his detailed plan for reopening the commonwealth with a targeted May 8 start. The administration will categorize reopening into three phases: red, yellow, green. Phases will be assigned based on conditions in a county, counties or region.The administration will first study conditions in the north-central and northwest regions with a target of moving from red to yellow on May 8. Additional monitoring will take place and direction will be provided in the next week.To decide when to move to a new phase, the administration will use Department of Health metrics and a data tool developed by Carnegie Mellon University. The full plan is available here.The red phase, which currently applies to the whole state, has the sole purpose of minimizing the spread of COVID-19 through strict social distancing, non-life sustaining business and school closures, and building safety protocols. Stay at Home Restrictions Lifted in Favor of Aggressive MitigationLarge Gatherings of More than 25 ProhibitedIn-Person Retail Allowable, Curbside and Delivery PreferableIndoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities (such as gyms, spas), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain ClosedRestaurants and Bars Limited to Carry-Out and Delivery Only Telework Must Continue Where FeasibleBusinesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Business and Building Safety OrdersChild Care Open with Worker and Building Safety OrdersCongregate Care and Prison Restrictions in PlaceSchools Remain Closed for In-Person Instruction All businesses must follow CDC and DOH guidance for social distancing and cleaningMonitor public health indicators, adjust orders and restrictions as necessaryThe green phase eases most restrictions by lifting the stay-at-home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health. While this phase will facilitate a return to a “new normal,” it will be equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum. Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions All Businesses Must Follow CDC and PA Department of Health Guidelines Red Phase Social Restrictions SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgPension fund consultants have been standing in the way of greater adoption of impact investment by their clients, it was argued at a conference yesterday.Katherine Garrett-Cox, member of the supervisory board at Deutsche Bank and former chief executive and chief investment officer of Alliance Trust, said pension fund consultants were “a roadblock that needs to be broken down”.She later said not all consultants were “dreadful” and there were “some enlightened ones”.David Scott, chairman at Tribe Impact Capital, an impact-focused wealth manager, argued that trustees needed to take more responsibility and challenge consultants. Fiduciary duty was about the financial return and societal impact of investments, he added. In the past impact investing was seen as a trade-off between achieving positive non-financial outcomes at the expense of financial performance. Many in the field now argue it can encompass market-rate returns.Sapna Shah, director of strategy at the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), said it was important to be able to present convincing data demonstrating financial performance in certain impact products. It would also be helpful to clarify where on the spectrum of impact investing these products lie, she said.Garrett-Cox said longer track records for impact investing vehicles would also help, and recommended that investment managers compare their performance against mainstream benchmarks to attract consultants’ attention.It wasn’t only about the role of consultants, however: language was also seen as a barrier.Garrett-Cox said: “We’ve had one panel, one conversation and I’ve heard multiple phrases – ESG, impact investing, SRI – and I think part of the problem around the demand side is that it’s very confusing what you’re actually saying when you talk about this.”Ultimately it was about “good long-term investment management”, she added.Gavin Wilson, CEO at IFC Asset Management Company, said the current regulatory framework, designed to promote financial stability, was impeding the flow of capital to developing countries and hampering the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).“We have narrow regulations in the insurance, pension fund, and banking industries that impede broader global objectives,” he said.last_img read more