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Virginia beats Texas Tech in OT to win national title

first_imgApril 9, 2019 /Sports News – National Virginia beats Texas Tech in OT to win national title Written by Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTuelekZa/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS) — Virginia fans were partying in Minnesota Monday night following the Cavaliers’ first men’s basketball national title in school history.Virginia, the No. 1 seed, defeated No. 3 seed Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship. The final was held at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.The University of Virginia will hold a homecoming rally when the team returns on Tuesday. A larger celebration will be held at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville on Saturday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Inside the final month of Buttigieg’s historic campaign

first_imgIndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Inside the final month of Buttigieg’s historic campaign Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg pauses before answering a question as he campaigns on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) WASHINGTON (AP) — He opened February by sharing victory with one of the Democratic Party’s best-known figures and ended it with a humbling defeat at the hands of another. Yet Pete Buttigieg’s unlikely path over the last 30 days exceeded virtually everyone’s expectations of his presidential ambitions, except perhaps his own.The former mayor of Indiana’s fourth largest city, an openly gay 38-year-old whose name most voters still can’t pronounce, formally suspended his White House bid Sunday night. He did so acknowledging that he no longer had a viable path to the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, even after finishing in the top four in each of the first four contests of the 2020 primary season.“By every historical measure, we were never supposed to get anywhere at all,” Buttigieg reminded his hometown crowd, which was disappointed and hopeful at the same time. They interrupted his speech with chants of “2024.”Buttigieg began the month effectively in a first-place tie with progressive powerhouse Bernie Sanders in Iowa’s presidential caucuses. The mayor made history as the first openly gay candidate to earn a presidential delegate, never mind becoming the first to finish on top in any presidential primary contest.He won over Iowa as a fresh-faced Democrat with a pragmatic Midwestern message backed by an aggressive strategy to reach voters in overlooked rural communities. And if not for the state’s chaotic struggle to report its results, the Feb. 3 contest could have vaulted him to further heights.Buttigieg and his competitors pivoted quickly to New Hampshire, where he was a decided underdog in a field that featured two neighboring senators and a former vice president. Yet the mayor from nearly 1,000 miles away showed surprising strength again.He nearly tripled Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s vote total and finished just one percentage point behind Sanders, the winner.“You know, he very nearly pulled it off,” said David Axelrod, who served as the senior adviser to former President Barack Obama and was at times an unofficial Buttigieg booster.Axelrod cited Iowa’s reporting fiasco and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar New Hampshire surge as key factors that limited Buttigieg’s rise.“If those two things would have been different, we would be having a different conversation now,” he said.Questions about Buttigieg’s appeal with voters of color loomed over strong finishes in overwhelmingly white Iowa and New Hampshire, however. And as soon as the race shifted into more diverse terrain, Buttigieg’s star began to fade.In Nevada, he finished in third place behind Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden, even as he bested two senators and a billionaire. And by the time the race moved to South Carolina a week later, Buttigieg’s weakness with African-American voters was painfully exposed.He failed to hit double digits in the first-in-the-South contest on Saturday, scoring a distant fourth place in a state in which more than half of Democratic primary voters were not white. Less than two hours after holding what would be his final rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, Buttigieg was hunkered on the phone in a hotel near Americus, Georgia, working out the details of ending his campaign, people familiar with the conversation said.On the phone with him were communications strategist Lis Smith, senior strategist Michael Halle, pollster Katie Connolly, media adviser Larry Grisalano, deputy campaign manager Hari Sevugan and longtime campaign manager Mike Schmul, according to aides familiar with the conversation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to share internal discussions.Having laid out a narrow but viable path to the nomination through an uncertain state-by-state fight, advisers painted a picture of a difficult road ahead.After someone interjected that Buttigieg should speak, the candidate, known for an understated deliberative style, noted effectively that if the conversation had reached that point the decision was pretty clear.Though there were details to work out about how to handle his appearances on Sunday news programs, the conversation quickly turned to the logistics of pulling down his Texas campaign events scheduled for Sunday and how to arrange for the speech in South Bend.When discussion during the call turned to a possible endorsement, the team decided it might detract from what was a speech heavy with references to Buttigieg’s ground-breaking campaign and his eye on the future.It marked a humbling end to a history-making month for the young Democrat, who could wait another 10 presidential elections to run again and still be the same age as the man who knocked him out of the race.Buttigieg’s decision reflected the urgency of the moment as establishment Democrats feared Sanders’ rise might be unstoppable unless the party’s moderate wing united behind Biden’s candidacy. It also reflected the no-time-to-waste analytical nature of Buttigieg himself, a former Rhodes scholar who worked for the McKinsey & Company management consulting firm soon after finishing his Ivy League education.“The truth is the path has narrowed to a close for our candidacy if not for our cause,” Buttigieg told supporters in South Bend. “We must recognize that at this point in the race, the best way to keep faith with those goals and ideals is to step aside and help bring our party and country together.”He didn’t endorse any of the six candidates still in the race, though he and Biden traded voicemails on Sunday. Buttigieg has spent the past several weeks warning that nominating Sanders would be risky.And as the first openly gay candidate to seriously contend for the presidency, he nodded to the historic nature of his campaign. He kissed his husband, Chasten, as he walked onto the stage and offered a message for children who might be watching.“We send a message to every kid out there wondering if whatever marks them out as different means they are somehow destined to be less than,” Buttigieg said. “To see that someone who once felt that exact same way can become a leading American presidential candidate with his husband by his side.”Meanwhile, Axelrod said “the Pete Buttigieg story isn’t over.”“He’s 38 years old,” the former Obama strategist said. “He’s vaulted himself into the national conversation. He obviously has work to do on some things that — some weaknesses we’ve seen in this election — but whenever there is a conversation again about Democratic candidates, he’ll be in that conversation. And that’s a remarkable achievement, given where he started a year ago.” Facebook Facebook Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleBarnaby’s Pizza Mishawaka location for saleNext articleElkhart Police update pursuit policy Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Pinterest Twitter Google+ By Associated Press – March 2, 2020 2 1018 WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Official Statistics: REACT-1 study of coronavirus transmission: November 2020 final results

first_imgREACT-1 is the largest population surveillance study being undertaken in England that examines the prevalence of the virus causing COVID-19 in the general population. It uses test results and feedback from over 150,000 participants each month.The study focuses on national, regional and local areas, as well as age, sex, ethnicity, socio-economic factors, employment type, contact with known cases, symptoms and other factors.The findings will provide the government with a better understanding of the virus’s transmission and the risks associated with different population subgroups throughout England. This will inform government policies to protect health and save lives.Read the pre-print version of this report.Read the press notice accompanying these findings.last_img read more

Laverne Cox on Finding Her Voice for Rocky Horror

first_img View Comments Laverne Cox in ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show'(Photo: Steve Wilkie/FOX) Laverne Cox is no stranger to the screen, from her Emmy-nominated turn on Orange is the New Black to appearances in the films Grandma, 36 Saints and Grand Street. Now, she has audiences shivering with antici…pation to hear her sing out as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Fox’s TV remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In the interview below, Broadway.com chats with Cox about Rocky Horror memories, what it means for a trans actress to play a “sweet transvestite,” channeling Little Richard and loving Tim Curry’s naughtiness.How familiar were you with Rocky Horror before this project?I knew every word and every song. I had seen the movie countless times. I didn’t know the “Once in a While” song; it’s Brad’s song that was cut from the movie. Ryan McCartan sings it exquisitely. But everything else, I knew.Were you big on midnight showings and shadow casts?No, that was never a part of my Rocky experience. I discovered Rocky in my dorm when I was a freshman at Indiana University. Some kids in my dorm were talking about it, and they were like, “You have to watch this movie.” I saw it, bought the soundtrack, and learned every word of dialogue. I was obsessed.I’m sure Tim Curry was an icon to you, then. What was it like having him on set?The day I met Tim, I left my body. Back in January, I couldn’t believe we were finally at our first day of rehearsal, and I’m there and the whole cast is there, and Tim is there. We sang all of the songs from the show. I had to sing in front of Tim Curry! He was lovely and so enthusiastic to be a part of our production. He’s still kind of naughty, which is great—that British sort of naughty, cheeky humor that I’ve always loved.Dr. Frank-N-Furter is traditionally played by a man, and is described as a “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania.” As a trans actress, was the character’s identity and that terminology a challenge to navigate?That was my biggest apprehension. But Kenny Ortega and I were talking about this being set in 1975, and the whole premise of the movie wouldn’t happen if Brad and Janet didn’t need a telephone to call a repairperson. Now, you’d use your cell phone. I talked to some trans elders from that era, and in 1975, “transvestite” was a term used to refer to a trans person who had not completed their medical transition. Sylvia Rivera, who historically identified as female and what we would identify today as a trans woman, started an organization in 1971 called STAR: Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. So language evolves over time, and it’s a term that now we understand as someone who cross-dresses. I never want to tell people how they want to refer to themselves, but generally speaking, trans people don’t use that term in 2016. But at the end of the day, I’m an actress, so God willing, I’ll be able to play a variety of characters.We’ve seen your acting work on screen before, but hearing you sing will be a new experience for many people. Singing is nothing new for you though.At IU, I started voice lessons for the first time. In college, I was singing in a baritone range, because my voice is naturally very low. When I got to New York [to attend Marymount Manhattan College], I discovered my head voice, and I started singing exclusively really high for years, because as I transitioned, it was difficult for me to embrace the low part of my voice. In May of 2015, I found this brilliant voice teacher Liz Caplan, who works with everybody on Broadway, and I started working on my chest voice. Then Frank-N-Furter came along, and it was kind of perfect.What did that process of finding Frank-N-Furter’s voice entail?The process of finding my voice as Frank-N-Furter was about me accepting all of my voice, from the low to the high and everything in between. Those baritone tones are perfect for Frank, but it was awesome that I had this whole other side of my voice that I’ve been cultivating for years. I’d work with my opera teacher Ira Siff, who I’ve been working with on-and-off forever. Also, when I laugh as Laverne, it tends to be high-pitched, but Frank-N-Furter’s got to be [laughs maniacally in a lower register]. So now, I laugh as Frank-N-Furter sometimes. Frank took over my life!How do you find the balance between those two sides of your singing voice?For me, I was really interested in finding those covered, dark, round tones, because of my interest in opera. But sometimes, those sounds aren’t appropriate for Frank-N-Furter. I wanted to find places where we could play with my head voice. So we get that in a few moments. Not excessively, though. When I was recording “Wild and Untamed Thing,” [producer] Lou Adler heard me vocalizing. He asked me to come out of the recording booth, and he was like, “Watch this.” It was a video of Little Richard singing “Long Tall Sally.” He’d do those Little Richard “wooos,” and we were like, “OK, let’s play with that.” It was such a wonderful collaboration. The great thing about Rocky Horror is that it’s about giving yourself over to biggest possibilities of your life. “Don’t dream it, be it.” To allow yourself to use your full voice is a metaphor for owning everything you are.We’ve seen a lot of your Orange is the New Black cast members on Broadway, including Danielle Brooks and Kimiko Glenn. Is there a musical theater role out there you’d love to play?I’ve been thinking about Bess in Porgy and Bess, which is very demanding. It’s very dramatic, and my voice is more a lyric soprano. Bess is so tortured. There’s something about these women. She’s thought of as this loose woman by people, and she falls for Porgy. It becomes this unhealthy love, and of course there’s the drug addiction. It’s a really interesting character, and that Gershwin music is so fantastic. And it’s not a musical, but I also want to do Lady Macbeth someday. We’ll see!Catch Cox, Curry, Annaleigh Ashford, Reeve Carney and more in Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show on October 20. last_img read more

Dahlia care

first_imgBy Paul A. ThomasUniversity of GeorgiaWith proper care, dahlias can be among the most rewarding plantsin your garden.The plants, for instance, need a lot of water. Don’t expect goodflowers unless you plan to water during dry spells. Water themoften enough to keep the soil moist but not saturated.To conserve water, mulch the plants. Many mulch materials workwell, including pine straw, grass clippings, pine bark and blackplastic.The crown of a dahlia plant will usually produce many shoots. Forthe largest and highest-quality flowers, allow only the strongestshoot to develop from a crown.Disbudding is important, too, if you want large blooms. (Don’tthin the buds of pompon and other small flower cultivars.)When the flower buds of each terminal cluster are about the sizeof peas, remove all but one. The buds grow in groups of three,and the central, leader bud will always produce the largestflower. So, systematically remove the side buds.At the same time, pinch out the small, tender growth buds in theleaf axils of the top set of leaves on the stem.Too muchA single tuber planted in the spring will multiply into manytubers by late summer. If the clump isn’t divided, many stemswill emerge the following spring. This isn’t good. The mostvigorous plants with the best flowers come from single plants,not clumps.Divide dahlia tubers each year in the spring, when the buds haveswollen and are easily seen. Use a clean, sharp knife tocarefully cut tubers so that each contains a healthy growth bud.If you break the bud away, the tuber is almost always worthless.Dahlias are susceptible to bacterial and fungal diseases,including bacterial and verticillium wilt, Botrytis blight, crowngall, powdery mildew and stem rot.Minimize these by mulching and proper spacing for good aircirculation. Trimming or thinning out leaves near the base of theplant will improve air circulation, too. If disease does set in,remove and destroy all infected parts of the plant.Viruses known to infect dahlias include mosaic and ring spot.Symptoms may include leaf mottling, vein clearing, spotting,distorted growth, stunting or wilting and can vary amongcultivars. The best defense is to plant symptom-free or resistantstock and destroy infected plants.BugsPest problems vary greatly among regions. The most common pestsare aphids, spider mites, thrips and slugs. Frequent scoutingwill help catch problems early.Dahlia tubers are hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture zone 8.Growers in this zone may leave the plants in the ground tooverwinter. In the colder zones of north Georgia, it’s best todig the tubers.The most appropriate time to dig is after the first frost killsback most of the herbaceous growth. Before digging, cut the shootto within a few inches of the ground and remove any stakes. Usinga fork, start far enough from the plant to not damage the tubers,usually about a foot from the stem.Wash tubers under low-pressure water to clean them beforestorage. Discard damaged or diseased tubers. Allow the good onesto dry slightly before storing. Drying times range from a fewhours to more than a day, depending on the local humidity.After you dry and label them, put the tubers in dry packingmaterial such as vermiculite, peat moss or sawdust. Store them ina cool place like a basement or garage where no light can reachthem. The best storage temperature is 45 degrees.Check the tubers for signs of shriveling a few times during thewinter. Add a little moisture may be to the packing media ifneeded.(Paul Thomas is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

200 Plus Miles into an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

first_img200 or so miles into the trail, I have experienced everything from extremely painful blisters, snake encounters, the loss of my hiking partner, a nasty allergic reaction to gnat bites, and many other challenges and inner struggles. Some people out here thru-hiking the Appalachian trail absolutely astonish and inspire me. It’s like they were bred to do this. They can hike a 25-mile day with a 30 plus pound backpack and make it look easy. Personally, for me this is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I am definitely not brand spanking new to backpacking, but I am not an expert either.Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 10.28.15 AMI would say I am somewhere in the middle. I have never been some super star athlete that could flawlessly achieve a win. Every sport I played I needed to work twice as hard as someone who was a natural athlete. My genetics are just not wired that way. However, I have never used that as an excuse to not go after something I want. It just means I need to work a little bit harder than the others. I knew that attempting to hike 2,100 plus miles at once was not going to be easy, not by any means. I guess what I was not prepared for were all the challenges that seem to just keep smacking me down just as I am recuperating from the last big hit. I totally understand why only 25 percent of the thousands that attempt this quit. If this was easy, everyone would be out here completing it.CloudsI will never forget my 3rd day into this 2,100 plus mile adventure. It was raining. I was carrying way too much heavy food up Sassafras Mountain. I was winded, and thinking, WTF are you doing out here Jessica?!  Then, all of a sudden G.I. Joe appeared (I later officially met him at the shelter and learned he is a trail runner and has run the entire trail). He stopped and said, stick with it. You are doing amazing! You will get better and stronger and your trail legs will come somewhere in Virginia.”At that moment, I just kind of forced a smile and didn’t really give his words of wisdom much thought. As I moved forward, I realized how right G.I. Joe was. This is not a sprint. It’s a marathon—a 6 month marathon for most. As long as I stick with this, I will make it to Maine eventually.lumpy12 Big Takeaways So Far:1. Everyone’s In Pain, Not Just You.When you are hiking up mountains every day with a 35 lb backpack, things are going to hurt. You need to learn what minor aches and pains are and what might be something more serious. Nevertheless, for the most part, everyone is sore, getting blisters, rolling ankles, and popping Advil as if they were candy. You just need to learn to embrace the suck and rest when your body tells you to.2. Mother Nature, Injuries, and Life Might Have Other Plans In Store!Shit happens. You might have one idea of how your week is going to go. However, blisters on your feet might slow you down. Rain might keep you in town for a few extra days. Personal issues at home might arise. You just need to be ok with rolling with the punches as they land. Doing what you need to do and then getting back on track.3. Food Is Heavy.After picking up a resupply with too much food and then climbing out of Standing Bear (5 miles straight up) on an 85 degree day, you will never make that mistake again. EVER. Learn from your mistakes; it’s what’s going to make you more efficient at everything.4. You Never Go Down Hill All Day Long. Ever.What goes down must come up! Don’t ever look at the AWOL elevation map and say, “Awesome, tomorrow is pretty much all downhill.” LIES, all lies. It might be 85% downhill, but let me assure you that you will have 1 to 2 major steep climbs accompanying it. And you might as well just get use to false summits. I have quickly learned what looks like the top isn’t.5. The Trail Always Provides.Call it the universe, God, or whatever else, the trail always provides when you need it the most. Just as morale is low, your feet are killing you, and you think you’re going to die going up Jacobs ladder, BOOM! You hit a gap and encounter trail magic. Never underestimate what a full stomach of food and a soda can do for you. Trail angles are real and absolutely worthy of their names as angles. They have helped me restore my faith in humanity.trail magic6. Follow Your Gut When we arrived at Fontana Dam, we had some postal issues. A few of us had resupply boxes waiting for us but unfortunately, the post office did not open until 11:45 that day. By the time we finally got our shit together and got onto the shuttle back to the trail it was 2:30. Some of our group still wanted to hike out and begin the Smokies with a night hike to the first and only campsite. I really did not like this plan at all. I had heard stories about horrific experiences at this campsite. Then our shuttle driver mentioned another hiker’s bad experience at this camp site. Long story short, I convinced the crew to stay at the “Fontana Hilton” and hike out early the next morning.Well, that morning we ran into two women who were totally disheveled and covered in down feathers!! These women were section hikers and had hiked into this camp site the same day we were supposed to. A bear came into camp, shredded their tents, and took off with their backpacks. They then ended up night hiking out and spending the night on the dam where we found them. Moral of the story: Follow your gut, always.7. The Great Smokey Mountains Are Amazing & Vampire Gnats Are Real!My favorite miles on the trail so far have been the Great Smokey Mountains. I don’t think I will ever be able to truly convey just how amazing hiking the ridge lines here were. It truly was bittersweet finishing this 71 mile stretch. These breathtaking views are what inspire me to keep going. However, vampire gnats are real and were my least favorite experience within the smokies. My ankles swelled so bad from all the bites that my feet looked like an ogres. Deet, bug nets, and garlic remedies, all of these are useless when you are within a swarm of any pesky bug. The photos of my swollen feet prove this and the fact that vampire gnats exist.8. “Zero” Days Are A Mythical Thing.A “zero” is a zero-mileage day in town. By the time you get all your town chores done, you have just walked a 5 mile day. Hitting the adorable mountain towns have been another highlight for me. I love them and meeting the locals. And eating a lot of food… and cheesecake… and eating more food that is not trail mix or dehydrated.9. She-wees and Diva Cups Are Normal Dinner Conversation.After a long day of hiking, I can assure you that the conversations while cooking your dehydrated meal around the fire will never be dull. You will laugh a lot and start to form special bonds with your new “trail family.”10. You Will Never Escape Drama.Drama is on the trail too. You think you are going to come out here and see no-one. Escape it all. Yes, at times you won’t come across anyone for miles. However, for the most part, you will be running into lots of people with lots of different opinions. Everything from the purist who thinks hiking the trail means not skipping one single step or white blaze to the relaxed “yellow blazer” (talking a car to skip a section-Named for the yellow line down the center of the road).My best advice for this is:“What other people think about you is none of your business. It’s their business. Wasting your time thinking about what they are thinking about you serves nothing. Seeking approval is a waste of your time and energy; it will only bring you suffering. It’s not about whether others approve of you, but if you approve of you. This is what counts.”Hike this how you want to hike it. Be open to learning and growing from the people you admire along the journey.11. Hitch Hiking and Taking Food From Strangers Is Acceptable.As a mother I always say, “Never talk to strangers” to my daughter. So why do I feel like such a hypocrite now?! Considering I have taken food from strangers and even hitchhiked with a total stranger. I would much rather pay a shuttle, but sometimes, you have no choice but to hitch a ride. If you are going to hitch, do it with a partner and be extremely cautious at all times. I was fortunate to have two amazing experiences hitching so far.From a women in her mini cooper from D.C. She was at the mini cooper convention in Fontana (pictured below).From a church ministry bus. They were kind enough to shuttle 5 of us into town after a grueling day (pictured below).12. No Matter How Many Miles You Have Done, You Are Amazing!As Lumpy from standing bear would say,” If anyone has not told you this lately, congratulations. You have made it further than most.” I find that for me, small goals work best. Thinking about still having 1900 plus miles to go can be extremely daunting. Hell, thinking about your next 10 miles can be daunting some days. Instead, I find it best to set day-by-day and short term goals. Plan a 7 mile day to the first shelter. If you reach that shelter and want to do another 5 miles to the next one, then go for it. Then at the end of the night, pat yourself on the back and plan your next set of goals.I have learned and experienced so much in such a short period. I have struggled, laughed so hard I almost pee’ed my pants, and can’t imagine how much more is to come.Clingmans dome-2—Goldilocks, formally known as Jess!last_img read more

Long Island Fourth of July 2014 Fireworks and Events

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York What better way to celebrate the Independence Day than by attending one of the many fireworks shows hosted across Long Island this weekend? Round up the friends and family and make some Fourth of July memories at one or more of these events:FIREWORKS:Southampton Annual American Picnic with Fireworks by GrucciGames for kids, food carts with popcorn, ice cream, hot dogs and other delights. Fireworks over Shinnecock Bay at sundown. 1030 Meadow Lane, Southampton. 7 p.m., July 4.New York Lizards vs. Florida LaunchHero Night for the New York Lizards, Long Island’s lacrosse team. The game will acknowledge honorary people who have served. In addition, the police and the fire departments will face off, followed by fireworks. James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra, 900 Fulton Ave., Hempstead. $10-$75. 7 p.m., July 3.July 4th ConcertThe Denice Given Band will perform before the fireworks at sundown. West Beach, Port Jefferson. Free. 7 p.m., July 4.Ducks Game and FireworksDucks take on the Riversharks followed by post-game fireworks show. Bethpage Park, 3 Court House Dr., Central Islip. $11-$15. 7 p.m., July 4.Asharoken FireworksAsharoken Beach on Asharoken Avenue, Asharoken. Free. 9 p.m., July 4.Bald Hill Fireworks ExtravaganzaCaptain Jack, a Billy Joel cover band takes the stage at 5:30 p.m. followed by UNcovered, a cover band that rearranges classics before the fireworks. Pennysaver Amphitheater, 55 South Bicycle Path, Farmingville. Free. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m., July 4Valley Stream’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks ShowPre-fireworks show begins at 8 p.m. Firemen’s Memorial Field, East Fenimore Street and Albermarle Avenue, Valley Stream Park. Tickets are free in advance. 9:15 p.m., July 4.Fireworks ShowVariety of food will be offered on the Great Lawn starting at 5:30 p.m. and the band Stages will perform before the fireworks. The Park at East Hills, Roslyn Heights. Free. 9:15 p.m., July 4.July 4th Concert, Children’s Bicycle ParadeAnnual patriotic-themed children’s bicycle parade starts at Finley Middle School at 10 a.m., heads down School Street and ends at Village Square. Northwinds Symphonic Band performance starts at 7:30 p.m. before the fireworks show. Morgan Park, 1 Landing Rd., Glen Cove. Free. Fireworks at 9 p.m., July 4.Go 4th on the BayFireworks over Great South Bay between Oakdale and Great River. 9 p.m., July 4.Stars Over Montauk Umbrella Beach, Montauk. Free. Fireworks at 9 p.m., July 5Fireworks ExtravangzaThe Story Tellers musical performance at the bandwagon at Long Beach Boulevard starts at 8 p.m., an hour before the fireworks show. Food vendors will be serving International fare on the boardwalk. Free shuttle buses from the East and West Ends to Riverside Boulevard and back 7-11 p.m. Precedes weekend-long Arts & Crafts Festival on the boardwalk with 200 vendors 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Long Beach. Free. Fireworks at 9 p.m., July 11.Fireworks Celebration and ConcertFood and entertainment at 6 p.m., South Shore Symphony performance at 7:45 p.m. Mill River Park, 295 South Park Ave. Rockville Centre. Free. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m., July 12.57th Annual Fireworks ShowCrescent Beach, Shore Road, Shelter Island. Free. 9:30 p.m., July 12Salute to AmericaPerformance by Dean Karahalis and the Concert Pops Orchestra, plus a salute to veterans and active military before a fireworks show. John J. Burns Town Park, 4990 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park. Free. 7:30 p.m., July 12.Annual Carnival and Fireworks ShowCarnival opens at 6 p.m. July 1-5. Polo Grounds, Greenport. Fireworks at 10 p.m., July 4-5.PARADES:Port JeffersonSponsored by the Port Jefferson Fire Department. Main Street to Barnum Avenue, Port Jefferson. Free. 10 a.m., 12 p.m. July 4.July 4th Parade and FestivalParade and Festival in the Village of East Hills. 209 Harbor Hill Rd., Roslyn. Free. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., July 4.MassapequaStarts on Walker Street and finishes on Park Boulevard. Parade goers are encouraged to wear festive attire. Walker Street, Massapequa. Free. 11 a.m., July 4.Southold17th Annual 4th of July Parade, Main Road, Boisseau Avenue to Tuckers Lane, Southold. Free. 12 p.m., July 4.Baby Parade Children’s parade in which kids ride their patriotic-decorated wagons after the fire department marches through downtown. Bay Walk, Ocean Beach, Fire Island. Free. 11 a.m., July 5.FUN RUNS:24th Annual Southampton Firecracker 8K Run and 3M WalkAll proceeds benefit the Southampton Rotary Scholarship Fund. Pre-registration fee: $25, $30 DOS. 8 a.m., July 4.Shoreham-Wading River July 4th RunAll ages. One-mile run for ages 12 and younger 8 a.m. One-mile run for children 13 or older at 8:15 a.m. 5K at 8:45 a.m. 3 Miller Ave., Shoreham. $15, $20 DOS. July 4.Oakdale Firecracker 5KSupports the Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund. Dowling College, 150 Idle Hour Blvd., Oakdale. 9 a.m., July 4.Bellmore Striders Independence Day RunDedicated to Matthew Warkala, a former Striders member and Mepham High School alumnus who died of brain cancer in 1987. Pettit Avenue, Bellmore. $20 per adult. $10 per child. 8:30 a.m., July 4.RESTAURANT SPECIALS:Fireworks and Fine DiningThree-course dinner to celebrate Independence Day. Crescent Beach Club, 333 Bayville Ave., Bayville. $125 per person. 6:30 p.m., July 4.Canterbury Ales Oyster Bar and GrillSpecial menu for the Fourth of July with several unbeatable discounts. 46 Audrey Ave, Oyster Bay. July 4.FIREWORKS CRUISES AND OTHER EVENTS:Sousa March ConcertDuring the village parade, Atlantic Community Band will perform patriotic marches such as “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by Philip Sousa, an American composer and conductor known particularly for American military songs. In front of The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. Free. 9:30 a.m., July 4Oceanside Summer FestivalFood, vendors, collectibles and arts and crafts. Schoolhouse Green, Foxhurst Road and Long Beach Road, Oceanside. Free. 11 a.m-6 p.m. July 5-6.1864 Independence Day CelebrationA replication of the 1861 July Fourth celebration during the beginning of the Civil War. 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. $7 adults, $5 seniors and kids ages 5-12. Tots free. 10 a.m., 4 p.m., July 4.Main Street Independence Day CelebrationIncludes arts and crafts, face painting, balloons, cookies and ice cream. Main Street, Bay Shore. Free. 1-4:30 p.m., July 4.Fourth of July Holiday ConcertLong Island Brass Band performing since 1975. Connetquot Public Library, 760 Ocean Ave., Bohemia. Free. 7-8 p.m., July 3.Independence Day Fireworks CruisesThe more than dozen boats in the Captree Fleet of recreational fishing and party boats will set sail before sundown, offering some of the best views of the fireworks possible. Captree State Park, 3500 Ocean Pkwy., Babylon. Prices vary. 7-11 p.m., July 4.Bayville Midsummer Nights Dream CruiseSee the fireworks from the Long Island Sound. Ransom Beach, Bayville Avenue, Bayville. 5:30-9 p.m., July 4.Peconic Bay Medical Center Family FestivalRides, games and concessions. 6164 Route 25A, Wading River. Free. 6-10 p.m. July 4-7. Fireworks at 10:15 p.m. July 6Fireworks CruisesCruise under the fireworks. Freeport Water Taxi Tours, Richmond Street, Freeport. $30. 9-11 p.m., July 4.last_img read more

Is the IRS clogging the mortgage drain?

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Senate and House aren’t quite done cramming tax reform through the legislative process but the IRS apparently can’t wait to start using the tax system to impact mortgage lending. Here is what I’m talking about:If your credit union makes mortgage loans, chances are you have used the IRS’s Income Verification Express System (IVES). The system is an online portal that allows mortgage lenders to quickly access a mortgage applicant’s core tax information including a W2 and Form 990. Typically the IRS responds to requests within two days.However, since December 8th, mortgage industry groups have complained that the system has slowed down to the point where people aren’t going to get their mortgages approved as quickly as they otherwise would. The American Banker is reporting that groups representing a broad range of mortgage lenders expressed their concerns to the IRS and that at a conference call on Monday the IRS explained that it was aware of these concerns and working quickly to resolve the glitches. The system has undergone a series of changes in recent years as the IRS sought to strengthen data security protections. continue reading »last_img read more

USDA announces plans to reduce E coli contamination in ground beef

first_imgOct 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Officials from the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today unveiled a host of actions that the agency hopes will blunt a recent spike in Escherichia coli outbreaks involving ground beef.The FSIS said in a statement that since January it has issued 15 recalls because of E coli O157:H7 in ground beef, of which eight were linked to illnesses. For comparison, the agency said it only issued eight recalls for strains of E coli in ground beef in 2006, none of which were related to illnesses.Measures announced today range from accelerating safety programs that were already in the works, such as a new follow-up testing program for beef plants that have had positive E coli O157:H7 tests to new initiatives such as verifying that sites are controlling the pathogen during slaughter and processing.”We want the American consumer to know that FSIS has taken a number of aggressive actions to respond to a recent increase in E coli O157:H7 recalls and illnesses associated with this pathogen and we are further expanding these efforts,” said Richard Raymond, FSIS undersecretary for food safety, in today’s statement.The FSIS said that in June it started noticing more positive E coli O157:H7 samples in ground beef. In response, it increased the number of tests for the pathogen by 75% in July, but results didn’t point to any unusual patterns.However, the issue came to a head in September when contaminated ground beef produced by Topps Meat, based in Elizabeth, N.J., sickened several people in mainly northeastern states and led to the recall of 21.5 million pounds of ground beef, one of the largest recalls in US history. Shortly after the recall, Topps announced it was ceasing operations because it could not bear the cost of the recall.E coli O157:H7 produces a toxin that causes diarrhea, often bloody, and abdominal cramps but usually no fever. The illness usually resolves in 5 to 10 days, but it can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), potentially leading to kidney failure or death, in 2% to 7% of patients. According to an Oct 18 update from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Topps outbreak has so far been linked to 40 illnesses in eight states.The FSIS said it had already planned to launch new inspection routines that would incorporate a checklist designed to review whether suppliers and processors are taking the right steps to control for E coli contamination. Launch of the new system was scheduled for spring 2008, but it now will launch this November as soon as inspectors complete training on how to use the newly developed list. Checklist results will go into a database that will guide follow-up inspections.Raymond said in the FSIS statement that the Topps recall taught agency officials that they needed to do more to strengthen policies and programs. “We also realized that to make risk-based inspection in processing most effective, we need to strengthen our database that will support that system,” he added.Among the new measures to target E coli contamination, the FSIS said it would:Require beef plants to verify that that they are controlling E coli O157:H7 and provide processors with specific examples of controls that meet its safety criteriaTest more domestic and imported ground beef components, in addition to beef trim, which the FSIS began testing for in MarchIssue more rapid ground beef recalls when E coli contamination is suspectedBegin routine, targeted sampling for E coli O157:H7 at slaughtering and grinding facilities starting in January 2008; larger facilities will be tested more often, and data from inspector checklists will determine frequency at other sitesNotify countries that export beef to the United States about new policies and programs to control E coliConduct outreach and training sessions for small producers in October and NovemberConvene a meeting of experts and stakeholderson on E coli O157:H7 issues later this fallHold a meeting this winter for state and local public health officials on how to improve outbreak investigationsSee also:Oct 23 FSIS press releaseOct 18 CDC update on Topps E coli O157:H7 outbreakOct 23 FSIS comprehensive list of E coli reduction actionslast_img read more

Steer clear of these Coast suburbs: report

first_imgIt’s because of an oversupply of these, according to a research house. Photo: David ClarkBroadbeach, with a median unit value of $510,000 has 1125 properties in the pipeline, with the percentage of existing stock sitting at 18.4 per cent, and a vacancy rate of 3.4 per cent.Surfers Paradise, which has a median unit value of $394,000 has 2294 properties on the way. However, Mr Peleg said the level of supply in other areas was expected to be absorbed by significant population growth forecast. So is Surfers Paradise. Photo: David ClarkSo what has landed some of the region’s most popular suburbs in the danger zone? According to research house RiskWise Property Review, there is a large number of units in the pipeline which are likely to lead to significant oversupply. “Our research shows that 10,614 new units will be added to the Gold Coast property market over the next 24 months. This represents a small increase and is unlikely to have any significant impact on the market,” said RiskWise CEO Doron Peleg.“However, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach have a larger number of units in theMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agopipeline, and these areas carry a high level of risk.”“Since many units in these areas are sold off-the-plan, potential buyers face three types of major risks being equity risk, cashflow risk and settlement risk.” Hope Island is on a list of ‘suburbs to avoid’ according to an investment report.IT GOES against the apparent steady boom of the Gold Coast property market, but separate reports have named five Coast suburbs that buyers should steer clear of.Four local areas have made the top 100 most-risky suburbs across Australia — Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise, Hope Island and Southport. Groundwork underway at the $1 billion Coomera Town Centre. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)Coomera witnessed a decline of 5.5 per cent in its housing market over the 12 months to November 2017, according to a property investment specialist.Suburbanite founder and director Anna Porter produced the report using CoreLogic data, to determine 24 suburbs across Australia that investors should steer clear of. It follows commentary from industry experts that buyers will flock to the northern corridor as a result of infrastructure investment like the Coomera Town Centre, that’s due for completion later this year.center_img But large numbers of new residents are forecast. Picture: Jerad WilliamsRay White Surfers Paradise CEO Andrew Bell said current estimates on migration numbers to the Gold Coast indicate 5000 new dwellings would have to be build each year. “On this basis, the forecast is we need about 40 per cent of all constructions to be for apartments, 23 per cent for small lot homes, 20 per cent for townhouses, 15 per cent for traditional detached housing and two per cent for retirement aged care,” Mr Bell said.“The current construction wave that we are seeing is not only making up for the past years where we had under construction but also meeting current demand.”Meanwhile, a separate report has named on northern corridor suburb as a ‘negative growth trap’. Broadbeach is in the top 100 ‘risky’ suburbs in Australia for buyers.last_img read more