Watch Fruition Rally The Home Crowd At Northwest String Summit [Videos]

first_imgFruition was playing with a loaded deck during their back-to-back days of jamming at the Northwest String Summit. Both days, the crowd was packed with fans of the Portland-based band, many of whom have watched these five friends grow from street buskers to a nationally touring act that regularly sells out rooms across the country. It says a lot about the dedication of Fruition’s fan base to see a crowd locked arm-in-arm, singing along to every song ’til the sound man pulls the plug for two days in a row.Watch Fruition Perform “Boil Over” At Last Year’s Northwest String Summit [Pro-Shot]The songwriting duties are shared by the front line of mandolin and guitar maven Mimi Naja, the frenetic fretwork of Jay Cobb Anderson, and the keys and guitar offerings of Kellen Asebroek. However, Naja, Anderson, and Asebroek would be little if not for the rock solid foundation laid down by drummer Tyler Thompson and bassist Jeff Leonard. Watching such strong-willed, creative individuals play with such respect to the styles and song space of their partners is truly a wonderful thing, and the audience responds in kind.Fruition Bares Their Hearts And Souls On A Monday Night In Bloomington [Videos/Full Audio]Known for their breathlessly honest music, wild stage energy, and relentless good cheer, Fruition can find a ray of hope in even the most heartbreaking of subject matters. That attitude, along with their musicianship and songwriting prowess, is what won them the die-hard fans who packed the front of the main stage on Thursday the at the Northwest String Summit. However, Thursday’s set was nothing compared to their night-closing performance in the sweltering Kinfolk tent. Our own Rex Thomson was on hand for all the fun and has put together a collection of some of the best moments from Fruition’s two stellar sets. You can check out the videos below!“Santa Fe”“The Meaning”“Way That I Do”“Wasting Away-Blue Light”“That’s Just Love Sneaking Up On You”“There She Was”“All Apologies”“Misty Night”last_img read more

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Fairbank Center aids student research

first_imgThe Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies supports and promotes advanced research and training in all fields of Chinese studies. The center provides a variety of grants to enable graduate and undergraduate students to advance their Chinese language skills and conduct research focused on China-related topics.In 2011-12 the Fairbank Center assisted the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in providing three dissertation completion grants and six summer stipends to doctoral students pursuing research on China in various disciplines. The center also provides graduate student grants for conference travel, language study, and dissertation research. For undergraduates, the Fairbank Center provides grants for student organizations, optional winter term experiences, language study, and summer research. The generosity and foresight of many donors have made the student grants possible by establishing funds such as the Desmond and Whitney Shum Graduate Fellowship, Liang Qichao Travel Fund, Elise Fay Hawtin Travel and Research Fund, Fairbank Center Challenge Grant, Harvard Club of the Republic of China Fellowship Fund, John K. Fairbank Center Endowment, and John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Undergraduate Summer Travel Grants. Student grants in Chinese studies are also supported by contributions from Fairbank Center affiliates.View a list of current student grant recipients.last_img read more

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Askwith essentials: Who is Jaylen Brown?

first_imgBoston Celtics‘ Jaylen Brown will visit the Askwith Forums on March 1, to discuss education, race, and institutionalized sport, and how athletes can use their public voices to advocate for change.Professional basketball player Jaylen Brown makes a big impression both on and off the court. Brown, the third pick in the 2016 NBA draft, has become vital to the success of the Boston Celtics in his role as small forward. Although he only completed his freshman year at the University of California Berkeley before declaring for the draft, Brown stood out among draft prospects because of his intellectual pursuits, which included playing chess, learning foreign languages, and taking a graduate-level course while in his first year. Brown, who rejects the narrative that he is “too smart” for basketball, will visit the Askwith Forums on Thursday, March 1, to speak with Associate Professor Jal Mehta about education, race, and institutionalized sport, and how athletes can use their public voices to advocate for change.Brown on Racism:“Racism definitely exists across America today. Of course it’s changed a lot — and my opportunities are far greater than they would have been 50 years ago. So some people think racism has dissipated or no longer exists. But it’s hidden in more strategic places.” — The Guardian, January 2018On Education and Racism:“When I got older and went to the University of California [Berkeley] I learnt about a more subtle racism and how it filters across our education system through tracking, hidden curriculums, social stratification, and things I had no idea of before. I was really emotional – because one of the most subtle but aggressive ways racism exists is through our education system.” — The Guardian, January 2018On the “Too Smart” Narrative:“I think it’s time to move on from it. It’s time to move to a new generation — where not only can you have a job and do your job well, but also have interests outside that and have that be OK. I think it’s time to move in that direction.” — CBS Sports, February 2018On Colin Kaepernick’s Protest:It was peaceful and successful. It made people think. It made people angry. It made people want to talk. Often everybody is comfortable with their role in life and they forget about the people who are uncomfortable. So for Colin to put his career on the line, and sacrifice himself, was amazing. But Colin was fed up with the police brutality and pure racism. He speaks for many people in this country – including me…. It takes a special person like Kaepernick to force these changes – because often reporters and fans say: ‘If you’re an athlete I don’t want you to say anything. You should be happy you’re making x amount of money playing sport. You should be saluting America instead of critiquing it.’ That’s our society.” — The Guardian, January 2018Event Details:Thursday, March 1. 5:30 p.m.Askwith Hall, Longfellow Hall13 Appian WayCambridge, Massachusetts 02138 Read Full Storylast_img read more

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John Springer-Miller Inducted into the International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame

first_imgWith the creation of SMS | Host, a property management system that integrates guest services, John Springer-Miller changed the face of hospitality technology by creating a guest-centric approach to software. For his contributions to the hospitality industry, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) inducted Springer-Miller into the International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame at the 2007 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®. Opening Session on Tuesday, June 26 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.”The Hall of Fame is, perhaps, the greatest honor one can receive in this industry,” said Springer-Miller. “I am honored to be recognized on the same level as the previous Hall of Fame inductees.”Springer-Miller is CEO of PAR Springer-Miller Systems (SMS), which he founded in 1984. Springer-Miller saw a void in property management systems in the hospitality industry and felt a need to fill it by providing software that is customer oriented and allows properties to collect detailed information to enhance the guest experience. This software, SMS | Host, was created in 1986 and was nationally launched in 1989.Thanks to SMS | Host software, hotels are able to save customer preference information for future visits and increase time management by providing a one-stop shop. Guests can call the hotel, and with a single point of contact, make hotel reservations, set a spa appointment, reserve a golf tee time, book a dinner reservation, inform the hotel about any special needs and more.”Being the founder and continuing leading light of a highly successful, international hospitality property management system vendor for over 20 years is worthy in itself,” said Jon Inge, CHTP, ISHC, president of Jon Inge & Associates and 2006 Hall of Fame inductee. “However, his impact has been the more significant for his focus on producing a highly-integrated product focused on the resort market.””Another visionary concept that Springer-Miller brought to our industry was the users group. Most software companies have a users group, however, he felt that the users group should be owned and operated by the users’ not the software company. Springer-Miller helped organize the Hosts User Group which is owned, operated and managed by the users and welcomes this group’s voice in steering the direction of the software,” said Terry Price, CHAE, CHTP, CPA, executive IT manager at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa and secretary of the HFTP international board. “The success of this venture is self-evident in that many companies are trying to replicate this model.”In 2004, SMS was acquired by Par Technology Corporation to become PAR Springer-Miller Systems. Currently there are five offices around the world in Stowe, Vt., Las Vegas, Nev., London, Toronto and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame is HFTP’s highest level of recognition in the area of technology. Since its inception in 1989, 28 individuals have received this award as a reflection of their contributions to the hospitality industry. Hall of Fame members have been selected by their peers as representing the best in innovation and application and as leaders in their profession.About PAR Springer-Miller Systems:PAR Springer-Miller Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of hospitality management solutions that meet the technology needs of all types of hospitality enterprises including city-center hotels, destination spa and golf properties, timeshare properties and casino resorts worldwide, setting the pace as a pioneer in the hospitality industry. SMS|Host Hospitality Management System is distinguished from other property management systems with its truly integrated design and unique approach to guest service. The SMS|Host product suite, including more than 20 seamlessly integrated, guest-centric application modules, provides hotel/resort staff with the tools they need to personalize service, exceed guest expectations, and increase revenue. For more information on PAR Springer-Miller Systems, visit our website at www.springermiller.com(link is external).About PAR Technology Corporation:PAR Technology Corporation is a leading provider of professional services and enterprise business intelligence software and hardware to the hospitality industry. PAR develops, markets and supports hardware and software products that improve the ability of hospitality business professionals to make timely, fact-based business decisions. The Company is a premier provider of I/T management solutions to hotel and restaurant companies, with over 40,000 installations worldwide in 100 countries. PAR is a leader in providing computer-based system design and engineering services to the Department of Defense and Federal Government Agencies. PAR Technology Corporation’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PTC. For more information visit the Company’s website at www.partech.com(link is external).About HFTP:HFTP: Austin, Texas, and Maastricht, The Netherlands, founded in 1952, is the global professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, clubs and other hospitality-related businesses. HFTP provides first class educational opportunities, research, and publications to more than 4,600 members globally including, the premiere hospitality technology conference HITEC–founded in 1972. HFTP also awards the only hospitality specific certifications for accounting and technology —the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in the USA as the National Association of Hotel Accountants. For more information, visit www.hftp.org(link is external).last_img read more

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Loan Zone: Making fans for life

first_imgPeople in the Pittsford, N.Y., area—just outside the city of Rochester—tell their friends about the great lending programs offered by $378 million Pittsford Federal Credit Union.According to Senior Manager Brian D. Scudder, that’s because the credit union is able to have real people on its staff make local decisions based on people’s specific situations.For example, Rochester is home to an excellent regional medical facility in Strong Memorial Hospital. Many outstanding doctors move to the area from overseas to work at the hospital. At first, these doctors don’t have a U.S. credit history and that can make it difficult for some lenders to approve them for a mortgage.“We can help out,” Scudder says, in part because the credit union doesn’t plan to sell on the secondary market every mortgage it makes. “A lot of consumers will go and apply (for a mortgage) through a broker or a national bank and that institution doesn’t intend to hold the loan on its balance sheet. They intend to sell the loan from the get-go.“We limit selling to 20- and 30-year fixed rate mortgages. A home purchase (or refinance) that’s 10-year fixed, 15-year fixed, or adjustable rate, we keep in portfolio and on the balance sheet. Because of this, we aren’t subject to Freddie Mac rules. We can be more creative in solving members’ issues.” continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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A Beginner’s Guide to Summer on Fire Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With the return of beach season, so too flock the crowds to Fire Island, the barrier island simultaneously known as a popular tourist destination and a hidden gem full of natural wonders.But Fire Island is much more than that dichotomy allows. It’s home to Robert Moses State Park on the west end, Smith Point County Park on the east end and a national park featuring an eight-mile wilderness preserve. And in the middle, accessible by ferry only, are 17 car-free communities—most of which are strictly residential with a few having downtowns offering shops and nightlife.“It’s a special place unlike any other place certainly within an hour and a half of New York [City],” Suzy Goldhirsch, president of the Fire Island Association (FIA), previously told the Press. “It’s a place where time has stood still to a certain extent because there are no cars and because you still have a small town ambiance where you walk or ride a bicycle and you see people and you stop on the corner and you talk to each other. You are not whizzing by your neighbors at 50 mph in a car on your way to the mall. That quality of life itself is worth preserving not only for residents, but for people who come to visit our Island—for a day trip, or a stay at the Fire Island Hotel or perhaps to rent a house.”The 32-mile-long, ¼-mile wide  strip of sand—the longest of four barrier islands that protect the South Shore of Long Island from the Atlantic Ocean—has a history rich with tales of colonial-era pirates, myriad shipwrecks and Prohibition-era rumrunning. It has about 4,000 homes and its year-round population of about 400 residents swells to an estimated 20,000 during summer months—plus daytrippers. Without cars, the primary modes of transportation include bicycles, private boats, water taxi, golf carts and wagons.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A DETAILED MAP OF FIRE ISLANDWith Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer, what follows is a 13-point guide to Fire Island for first-time visitors and novices that want to get to know the place better, listed in order of popularity.The view looking west in downtown Ocean Beach (Long Island Press photo)OCEAN BEACHOcean Beach is the island’s most populous village and is home to its biggest downtown, making it the unofficial capital of Fire Island that’s also among the area’s most popular destinations for visitors.Aside from its lifeguarded oceanfront, bayside marina and family friendly small town charm, the village is additionally home to about a dozen restaurants and bars with at least as many boutiques and gift shops—all of which welcome bare sandy feet.“Fun in the sun” is scrawled across the village’s antique street lamp banners, although Ocean Beach’s many rules also made it known as “The Land of No.”Related Story: Ocean Beach: Fire Island’s Summer PlaygroundAmong the strict ordinances earning visitors summonses from village police are rules against eating on the beach, bicycling at restricted times and eating on streets outside of the downtown strip.Like its conflicting descriptions, the village has different vibes depending upon the time. On summer days, children hawk painted seashells from red Radio Flyer wagons on street corners and bands play free concerts on the dock. Come sundown on summer weekends, the nightlife crowd packs the streets thirsty for dancing and Rocket Fuels—Bacardi 151-infused piña coladas invented in Ocean Beach.RELATED STORY: A Pirate’s Guide To Fire IslandThere are no statistics for just how many visitors this village gets, but the largest ferry company serving the island has said that the majority of its riders go to and from Ocean Beach. Yet just like everywhere else on Fire Island, this ¼-mile-long village turns into a virtual ghost town on what the locals call Tumbleweed Tuesday, a.k.a. the day after Labor Day.The dock at Cherry Grove on Fire Island.CHERRY GROVE & FIRE ISLAND PINESAbout four miles east of Ocean Beach are these two LGBT-centric communities neighboring one another, locally known as The Pines and The Grove, which together form a gay mecca of sorts.Arguably the oldest community on Fire Island, Cherry Grove is credited as being the first community in America where gays and lesbians could be open about their sexuality, long before the modern gay rights movement helped make it more socially acceptable. Fire Island Pines came later but shares in the history.“Because Cherry Grove was the first, and for years the only gay-controlled geography, the resort was a key venue in the historic movement of gay identity from furtive and fearful friendship networks to a universalizing gay nationalism,” author Esther Newton wrote in Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America’s First Gay and Lesbian Town.Solidifying its place in history, the Cherry Grove Community House & Theater was recognized in 2013 as a National Historic Landmark. But much like the rest of Fire Island, life in The Pines and The Grove is more focused on relaxation than the past.Sometimes the history and party atmosphere intertwine, like in the annual Invasion of The Pines, when scores of men in drag flock to Fire Island Pines, emulating the protest that ensued after a bar in the area refused to serve a Grove resident in drag in the 1970s, when The Pines was more conservative.Local lore has it that the first resident of Fire Island was Jeremiah Smith, who built a house in Cherry Grove in 1795. The infamous “land pirate,” or “wrecker,” would build fires on the beach that ship captains would mistake for a lighthouse. Once he lured wayward ships to shore, they would run aground on Fire Island’s perilous sand bars and Smith would then pillage them.Wait a minute: Are you thinking about attending college part time or full time? Here’s some important things to considerWhile both communities only have boardwalks as sidewalks, The Grove is only about a ½-mile-long while The Pines stretches nearly a full mile. The Pines is also home to the majority of the private pools on the island.Besides its hopping nightlife at Cherry’s, The Ice Palace and elsewhere, The Grove is home to one of only two oceanfront restaurants on Fire Island—The Sandcastle at The Ocean. Revelers in The Pines bounce between Sip ‘N Twirl, the Blue Whale and the Pavilion.A nature trail winds through Watch Hill on Fire Island.FIRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHOREThe Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) features park facilities spanning most of the island, from the Fire Island Lighthouse to the federal wilderness preserve and all 17 communities in between.FINS, which tallied 441,999 visitors last year, oversees four main park assets on the island. The crown jewel is the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, an eight-mile stretch of natural untouched beach that’s the only federally designated wilderness area in New York State. FINS also maintains Sunken Forrest—an extremely rare 300-year-old maritime holly forest—plus marinas and lifeguarded beaches at Sailor’s Haven and Watch Hill.“Fire Island National Seashore welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said FINS Superintendent Chris Soller. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides.”RELATED STORY: Fire Island National Seashore at 50: The View from Watch HillCongress established FINS, a unit of the National Park Service (NPS), a half century ago after preservationists lobbied lawmakers for help saving the island from Robert Moses, the late master planner, who proposed extending Ocean Parkway down the middle of Fire Island to make it a route to the Hamptons.These days, aside from enforcing the law and protecting the park and its visitors from one another, FINS rangers also offer guided tours. Rangers lead hikes from the Wilderness Visitor Center at the entrance of Smith Point County Park, through the preserve to Old Inlet, which was formed anew during Sandy. Hikes are also offered from Watch Hill at the preserve’s west end.In addition, Watch Hill has a campground where campers can pitch a tent for the night. Brave backpackers can also camp oceanfront in the preserve. And Watch Hill has a camp store, full restaurant, snack bar and tiki bar where campers, boaters and daytrippers alike mingle.Although it falls within FINS boundaries, the Fire Island Lighthouse is actually operated and maintained by a nonprofit preservation society in cooperation with NPS.Fire Island Lighthouse just east of Robert Moses State Park Field 5.ROBERT MOSES STATE PARKThis five-mile-long park on the westernmost tip of Fire Island has many of the same amenities as Jones Beach, except it’s cleaner and instead of an amphitheater, Robert Moses has a historic lighthouse.Both parks have their own iconic “needle” centering their respective traffic circles, but Robert Moses’ needle is circular, not square like the one at Jones Beach. Beachgoers similarly enjoy swimming, fishing, pitch-and-put golfing, concession stands, marinas, picnicking, surfing and boogie boarding at both parks. But since Robert Moses has fewer fields and nearly 4 million annual visitors—about half as many as Jones Beach gets—there’s less competition for space to lay a blanket in the sand.“Robert Moses State Park is a significant tourism destination and crucial to Long Islands quality of life,” said Rose Harvey, commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.Robert Moses is also the first state park on Long Island. It was originally called Fire Island State Park when it opened more than a century ago in 1908. It was only accessible by ferry until the bridge connecting it to mainland Long Island opened in 1964.Drivers destined for Robert Moses State Park can take the Robert Moses Causeway south to the end. To the west is field two, which leads to Democrat Point—an off-roading hotspot overlooking the Fire Island Inlet—fields three or four are in the middle and, on the east end is field five, the park’s most popular since it’s the gateway to the rest of Fire Island. Field five also used to be known as the gateway to the nearby clothing-optional Lighthouse Beach, but FINS banned that nude beach in 2013.Parking is $10 per car 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and 7a.m.-6 p.m. weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. There is no charge for Empire Pass holders. The Suffolk County Transit S47 Bus makes stops at the beach with connections at the Babylon Long Island Rail Road station from June 20 to Sept. 5 with a fare of $2.25 each way.Robert Moses State Park on the western end of Fire Island (Long Island Press photo)SMITH POINT COUNTY PARKThis six-mile-long oasis on the eastern tip of Fire Island is the largest oceanfront park operated by Suffolk County, running from the wilderness preserve to a half mile short of Moriches Inlet.Aside from the usual beach fun—swimming, surfing, fishing and picnicking—Smith Point park also has a campground, 4×4 outer-beach access for permitted off-roaders and a Beach Hut restaurant and bar that regularly hosts live music.“Smith Point is enjoyed by approximately 750,000 beachgoers each year, and is one of the focal points for our recreational and tourist economy,” former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy said in 2007.It’s also the site of the TWA Flight 800 International Memorial and Garden commemorating the 230 passengers and crew that died when the Boeing 747 exploded near the Moriches Inlet on July 17, 1996.The park is also home to the Fire Island Wilderness Center that serves as the interpretation center and gateway to the east end of the federal preserve.Those driving to Smith Point County Park take William Floyd Parkway south to the end and park in the main lot. Parking fees are $8 for Green Key holders and $15 for non-card holders 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. The Suffolk County Transit 7E Bus makes stops at the beach with connections at the Mastic/Shirley Long Island Rail Road station during summer with a fare of $2.25 each way.Without cars, Fire Island visitors and residents use wagons to transport heavy items (U.S. Army Corp. photo).OCEAN BAY PARKTucked between two residential communities about ½-mile east of Ocean Beach is this lively hamlet where singles and families alike have some of the most popular establishments on Fire Island to choose from.Flynn’s restaurant and marina is one of the most well-known bars on the island. A short walk away is the Schooner Inn, another bayside restaurant—possibly the only one on Fire Island with a sandy beach instead of a bulkhead. Also nearby is the popular Fire Island Hotel, which has a poolside bar that’s open to guests and daytrippers alike.“Ocean Bay Park’s laid-back, non-restrictive lifestyle is especially appreciated by young homeowners and renters who seek a carefree, fun environment as the ideal Fire Island beach experience,” the Ocean Bay Park Association said on its website.Both the hotel and Flynn’s were both constructed from old U.S. Coast Guard stations, a history that is not uncommon in other large, old structures across the island.Although this ½-mile long community doesn’t have a centralized downtown, Ocean Bay Park does have two pizzerias—oddly right next to one another—a market, liquor store, deli and bicycle shop a short walk from one another. Like many communities on Fire Island, the only government building in the hamlet is the local fire house.Visitors should use caution swimming in the ocean here, however, since it is one of the few communities where there are no lifeguards on duty and the riptides are historically bad in this section of the island.Sunset at the marina in downtown Kismet.KISMETThe westernmost community on Fire Island is this fateful spot about a mile east of the Fire Island Lighthouse, making it a popular destination for those who walk there from neighboring Robert Moses.Kismet has two restaurants, including the quaint Kismet Inn—don’t let the name confuse you, they operate a marina, not a hotel—and the upscale casual Surf’s Out next door. The tiny bayside downtown area also packs a market, liquor store, cafe, ice creamery, snack stand and gift shop, most of which is feet from the ferry dock. The entire community is just five blocks long but isn’t one to turn anyone away like other exclusive enclaves on Fire Island.“Outcasts from other Fire Island communities have found a home in Kismet,” Newsday reported in a still-true 1986 profile of the community known for its group share houses, or groupers. “And why not? The welcome mat and groupers fit nicely into Kismet’s tolerant doctrine: ‘Don’t bother us and we don’t care.’”The area was home to one of Fire Island’s earliest resorts. The Surf Hotel became a popular destination in the mid-1800s well before the establishment of modern-day Kismet. But in the 1890s, the state bought the hotel and used it to quarantine cholera patients during an outbreak—a move that historians say nearly caused a riot and later led to a drop in guests before it burned down.These days, Kismet is better known for hosting its annual clam shucking contest—among the most popular summer events on Fire Island—and for having the best view of the Fire Island Lighthouse. Seabay Beach, a one-block-long residential neighborhood just east of Kismet, is widely considered as part of the Kismet community.Beach cruiser-style bicycles are the main form of transportation on Fire Island.ONE-BAR TOWNSThe barhopping crowd may want to skip Davis Park, Fair Harbor and Atlantique—the only three of the 17 communities on Fire Island that have just one restaurant each to call their own.On one end of the spectrum is The Shack in Atlantique, a beachy snack stand with an indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant. On the other end is the Le Dock in Fair Harbor, a seafood restaurant that celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is opening on Memorial Day weekend. And serving up the middle ground is Casino Café in Davis Park—one of only two restaurants on Fire Island with oceanfront views.“Every community has its own character,” John Stewart, the head FINS ranger, previously told this reporter. “That’s what’s so fascinating about this place.”Fair Harbor—a ¾-mile-wide community with a market, ice creamery, general store and pizzeria—is nestled between the Village of Saltaire and Dunewood. It’s among the more low key areas on the island, where residents gather at the dock in front of the restaurant to applaud the sunset each evening. The newly renovated Le Dock is replacing its longtime, recently sold predecessor of the same name that was known for its annual “white party,” one of the few Hamptons-esque things on Fire Island.A half mile east of Fair Harbor and about a mile west from the Village of Ocean Beach is Atlantique, a six-block-long neighborhood adjoining a town-run park of the same name, where The Shack is the only commercial establishment. The residential community is home to an Appalachian Mountain Club’s Fire Island Cabin, which offers hostel-style accommodations and group outdoors activities for the club’s members. For those who like music with their fun in the sun, The Shack has live bands play every weekend during summer.Davis Park, the easternmost community on Fire Island, is actually three neighborhoods, including Ocean Ridge to the east and Leja Beach to the west, but all three fall under the central ¾-mile-long Davis Park umbrella. The Casino, as locals call it—don’t expect any gambling—features fine dining by day and, after sundown, its adjoining bar turns into a nightclub. This remote hotspot also regularly hosts live music.This map shows Fire Island highlighted in green.HO HUM, GREAT GUN & BARRETT BEACHESThree of the smallest park facilities on Fire Island also rank as some of the most remote, hardest to get to locations on the island—Ho Hum, Great Gun and Barrett beaches.Ho Hum Beach, conveniently located in the middle of the federal wilderness preserve, is about four miles east of Watch Hill, but the ferry there is only open to Village of Bellport residents and their guests. Great Gun Beach, run by the Town of Brookhaven, is about six miles east of Smith Point park and is only accessible by private boat, permitted 4×4 or by walking. And the FINS-run Barrett Beach can only be reached by private boat or by walking about a mile east from Fire Island Pines.“Ho-Hum Beach is a quaint, pristine stretch of beach,” Bellport village said on its website.Ho Hum Beach has a lifeguarded beach, picnic area, concession stand and marina that’s also only accessible to village residents. The ferry there, Whalehouse Point, is named for an area just west of the park that was one of three former communities that were condemned and returned to their natural state when FINS was established. Whalehouse Point, established as a whaling station in the 1600s, was the first settlement on FI, according to FIA.Great Gun Beach, just west of Moriches Inlet, is even more basic. There’s a marina, lifeguards and restrooms, but no concession stand. But unlike Ho Hum, Great Gun is open to the general public.Barrett Beach is similarly bare bones, except it only has a dock for dropping off boaters, no marina. It’s near a section of beach known as Talisman, which has housing for FINS staffers and researchers.The deer on Fire Island are often not afraid to come right up to people.SALTAIREThe Village of Saltaire is older and geographically larger than Ocean Beach, the only other incorporated village on Fire Island, but it’s less populous and despite being publicly accessible, it’s not very hospitable.Saltaire is about ¾-mile long and just east of Kismet, but there is little to do for outsiders but lie on the sand, visit its library or shop at its newly renovated market. That’s because there are no hotels here and the only restaurant and bar in the village is at the Saltaire Yacht Club, which only admits residents who are members—no guests.“Saltaire is known as a family town, where residents need only respect the written and unwritten rules of decorum to be accepted, and where transients are discouraged without regard to race, creed or color,” The New York Times wrote in a 1986 village profile. The newspaper termed it “among New York’s firmest bastions of exclusivity.”Elite residents have included the late fashion icon Liz Claiborne, director George Roy Hill and former congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro, who made history as the first female vice presidential candidate—and whose son is Saltaire village mayor. The former Claiborne estate, which is currently in contract, is one of only six on Fire Island to stretch from bay to ocean and is the only one with that distinction on the western half of the island.The village is also the only community on the western half of the island in which the majority of the sidewalks are boardwalks—as opposed to the concrete sidewalks that form grids in neighboring areas—since much of Saltaire is built on wetlands.Private security guards patrol Fire Island along with FINS rangers and local police. (Long Island Press photo)RESIDENTIAL FIRE ISLANDAbout half of the communities on Fire Island are strictly residential and have no bars, restaurants or other businesses, except for Seaview, which has just a market, liquor store and nursery.Besides Seaview, these sleepy, off-the-grid enclaves include Dunewood, Lonelyville, Robins Rest, Fire Island Summer Club, Corneille Estates, Seaview, Oakleyville, Blue Point Beach, Spatengaville and the confusingly named Water Island, which isn’t really a separate island from Fire Island.“Fire Island is one of the chicest places to have a beach house,” the FIA, the island’s homeowner association umbrella group, said on its website. “It remains popular among artists, actors and musicians. The car-free, pastoral, beach getaway is a truly unique summer destination.”Lonelyville, a five-block-long community just west of Atlantique, was once home to actor/filmmaker Mel Brooks. Fashion designer Michael Kors reportedly has a home in Water Island, situated two miles between both Davis Park and Fire Island Pines. And the likes of Madonna and John Lennon are said to have stayed in Oakleyville, a private community of just 11 homes bordering the Sunken Forest.Tina Fey, Uma Thurman and the Kardashians have all been spotted at various Fire Island locales in recent years.Life in Dunewood, just west of Lonelyville, largely revolves around the Dunewood Yacht Club that hosts an annual sunfish regatta. Robins Rest, to the east of Atlantique, is just one block long with woodlands bordering it on either side. Fire Island Summer Club and Corneille Estates, which is home to the Woodhull School—the only elementary school on Fire Island—lay just west of Ocean Beach and are three-blocks-wide combined.Perhaps the least-known and smallest community on Fire Island is called Spatengaville. It’s made up of just four homes near Water Island. On the other side of Water Island is Blue Point Beach, another tiny FI community with just nine homes.As for Seaview, which is nestled between Ocean Beach and Ocean Bay Park, it has the distinction of being home to the dividing line between the Brookhaven and Islip town portions of Fire Island.POINT O’ WOODSPoint O’ Woods, which also claims to be the oldest community on Fire Island, easily ranks as the most enigmatic place on the beach since it’s basically a village-sized private club.Many outsiders are first introduced to Point ‘O Woods when they see the massive chain-link fence on its western border with Ocean Bay Park near Flynn’s. Uninvited outsiders that sidestep the fence and enter Point ‘O Woods from the beach, which is public, are escorted out by security. Residents and their guests are the only ones allowed here.“There’s nothing like Point O’ Woods in the area,” Harry Havemeyer, a Fire Island historian, told The New York Sun. “I don’t know of anything else quite like it.”Established in the late 1800s by the local arm of what was known as the Chautauqua—a national movement of educational retreats—the Point O’ Woods Association later became the strongest homeowners group on Fire Island. The association owns the land and residents lease their homes from the group. Newcomers need referrals of current Woodsies to be allowed to lease.As a result of the strict rules, Point O’ Woods is an architectural time capsule, where all the homes maintain their matching classic weathered cedar shingle exterior. The community also has the island’s only railroad—a small-gauge train used to ship cargo from the private ferry dock into town.Visitors to central Fire Island get there via ferries from Bay Shore, Sayville or Patchogue.HOW TO GET THERE BY FERRYBeachgoers heading to any of the 17 car-free communities in the middle of Fire Island can do so from one of three ferry terminals in either Bay Shore, Sayville or Patchogue.Fire Island Ferries, the largest of the three companies serving the island, is based on the south end of Maple Avenue in Bay Shore. It serves the communities of Kismet, Saltaire, Fair Harbor, Dunewood, Atlantique, Ocean Beach, Seaview and Ocean Bay Park. Those taking the ferry can either drive and park in one of the pay parking lots south of Main Street or take the Long Island Rail Road to the Bay Shore station and either take a cab or walk south to the terminal. Roundtrip Bay Shore ferry fares are $19 for adults and $9 for kids. One-way tickets for seniors are $9. fireislandferries.comThose going to Cherry Grove, Fire Island Pines or Water Island take the Sayville Ferry Service based on River Road in Sayville. The same terminal is also used for daytrippers to and from Sailor’s Haven. Sayville ferry riders similarly can drive to nearby pay parking lots or take the LIRR to a cab to the terminal. Roundtrip Sayville ferry fares are $16 for adults, $7.50 for kids and $4.50 for dogs. sayvilleferry.comLastly, those destined for Davis Park take the Davis Park Ferry on Brightwood Street in Patchogue, where they can also drive to a pay parking lot or take a train to a cab to the terminal. The company also operates a ferry for daytrippers to Watch Hill on West Avenue, one block south of the LIRR. Roundtrip Patchogue ferry fares are $17 for adults, $16 for seniors, $11 for kids and $6 for dogs. davisparkferry.comAll three ferries accept cash only.As they say on Fire Island: “See you on the beach!”last_img read more

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Aspen could produce 10 million dexamethasone tablets within a month, says CEO

first_imgSouth Africa’s biggest supplier of drugs, with a 22% market share in sub-Saharan Africa, manufactures both the injectable and tablet forms of dexamethasone, which is mainly used for treatment of tumors, asthma and other respiratory ailments.The South African government has contacted Aspen to source the drug not only for its domestic market but also for rest of the continent, the company said on Monday.The company has asked the government to indicate required volumes across the continent, Saad said. “Once they give us a sense, we can work out the supply,” he added.South Africa’s health ministry on Friday said that the government had a stock of 300,000 ampoules of dexamethasone and could secure supplies from local suppliers.Saad said the recent revelation by scientists at the University of Oxford had brought in sudden demand for the drug and the company had received orders from the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other bodies.”We are trying to make sure there is no panic-buying,” he said. Topics : South African drug company Aspen could provide 10 million dexamethasone tablets within a month, Chief Executive Stephen Saad told Reuters on Tuesday.Results from a trial showed that dexamethasone reduced death rates by about a third compared with a placebo in severely ill hospitalized COVID-19 patients, University of Oxford scientists said last week, calling the discovery a major breakthrough.”Aspen has looked at the short-term needs and can provide 10 million tablets in the next three to four weeks. We would look to ramp up further should there be a need for additional product,” Saad said without indicating current production volumes.last_img read more

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US plan for ‘highest level’ Taiwan visit in decades angers China

first_imgTaiwan said Azar would meet President Tsai Ing-wen.”[The] timely visit is another testament to the strong Taiwan-US partnership based on our longstanding friendship and shared values,” Tsai wrote on Twitter.Relations have warmed dramatically under President Donald Trump, who has used embracing democratic Taiwan more closely as a way to hit back at authoritarian Beijing as he clashes with China on a host of issues, including trade and coronavirus. Blossoming friendship Taiwan’s success at stopping its own virus outbreak — and its emergence as one of Asia’s most progressive democracies — has also earned the island growing bipartisan support in Washington.”The Trump administration is increasing its relations with Taiwan to a record-high level, sending a message to China that the US will not sacrifice Taiwan for its relations with China,” Eric Huang, an international relations analyst at Tamkang University in Taipei, told AFP.Shortly after Trump’s election win in 2016, Tsai phoned to congratulate him, making him the first president — sitting or newly elected — to speak directly with a Taiwanese leader since 1979.Taiwan is massively outgunned by China and Trump’s administration has sold a number of big-ticket military items — including fighter jets — that previous presidents more wary of angering Beijing had balked at.Trump also signed a bipartisan bill in 2018 upgrading relations and allowing more high-level visits to take place.In their statements Washington and Taipei painted Azar’s visit as linked to Taiwan being a leading example in the battle against the pandemic.Despite its proximity and close economic ties to China — where the outbreak emerged late last year — Taiwan has fewer than 500 cases and just seven deaths thanks to a world-class tracing and testing regime and a virtual shutdown of its borders. Washington remains the leading arms supplier to the island but has historically been cautious in holding official contacts with it.Beijing views Taiwan as its own territory — vowing to one day seize it — and bristles at any moves by other countries to recognize or communicate with Taipei.”China firmly opposes official exchanges between the US and Taiwan,” Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said as he called for the visit to be cancelled.”We urge the US to abide by the one-China principle… to avoid seriously endangering Sino-US relations, as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.” The United States announced Wednesday its highest-level visit to Taiwan since it switched diplomatic recognition to China in 1979, a move Beijing blasted as a threat to “peace and stability”.The visit, headed by health chief Alex Azar, comes as relations between the world’s two biggest powers plunge to historic lows.”This marks… the first Cabinet member to visit in six years, and the highest level visit by a US Cabinet official since 1979,” said Washington’s de facto embassy, the American Institute in Taiwan, with no date yet given for the visit.center_img ‘Less contentious’ But Beijing sees Azar’s visit as part of a wider attempt to give Taiwan greater international recognition. It has ramped up diplomatic, economic and military pressure on Taiwan ever since the 2016 election of Tsai, who rejects Beijing’s view that the island in part of “one China”.It keeps Taiwan diplomatically frozen out of global bodies such as the World Health Organization, and has poached its dwindling number of official allies.That pressure campaign has only bolstered Tsai, who won a landslide re-election earlier this year.”Beijing… will likely view [the visit] as further evidence of the Trump administration moving away from the ‘one China policy’,” Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told AFP.”But it isn’t precedent-setting and it is justifiable given Taiwan’s exemplary performance in responding to COVID-19 and Beijing’s exclusion of Taiwan from the World Health Assembly.”Clayton Dube, director of the University of Southern California’s US-China Institute, said sending a health official should be “less contentious” than an envoy from the State Department or Pentagon.The last cabinet-level trip to Taiwan was in 2014 with the then head of the Environmental Protection Agency. In 2000, a transport secretary visited. Topics :last_img read more

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Developer gets into Games spirit with giant steel letters

first_imgVillawood Properties has erected giant steel letters in Helensvale. Pictured is Brett Green (left), Helensvale State High School track and field and physical education teacher, with some of his students.COULD this be the answer to the controversial multimillion-dollar Gold Coast M1 gateway sign at Yatala?Giant steel letters have been erected at Helensvale with a message of support to athletes competing in the Commonwealth Games.The 2.5m letters reading “GO AUSSIES” are positioned on the corner of Country Club Drive and Brisbane Rd. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoVillawood Properties has erected giant steel letters with a message of support to athletes competing in the Commonwealth Games. Pictured are students from Helensvale State High School.Villawood Properties paid for the letters and installation — the developer is currently building Helensvale community The Surrounds.“The letters are a visual statement and they are there to create conversation and engage the community,” executive director Tony Johnson said.“This is an exciting time for the Gold Coast, heralding a new era in the region’s growth and maturity and we want to show our support for home grown athletes competing in the biggest sporting event the Gold Coast has ever seen.” Villawood Properties has erected giant steel letters with a message of support to athletes competing in the Commonwealth Games. Pictured are students from Helensvale State High School.The letters are made of corten steel.Funded last year by the council, the 11m tall Gold Coast M1 gateway signs at Yatala were created in the hopes of making a city icon on par with the Hollywood and Welcome to Las Vegas signs.However the signs have come under fire in recent weeks — drivers zipping past the colourful poles are confused and some are angry about the amount of money spent on the public art.center_img The 11m tall Gold Coast M1 gateway signs at Yatala. Picture Mike Batterhamlast_img read more

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Join the Young Professional Hub

first_imgIn order to inspire, inform and offer networking opportunities for the new generation, the Young Professional Hub can be found at OEEC; a physical place and meeting point on the exhibition floor in Hall 2, specially designed for young professionals from the industry. Master ClassesThe Master Classes bring together masters and young talents in the offshore oil, gas and energy industry for an informal exchange of ideas and experiences, both technical and non-technical. The Master Classes are meant for final year students, starters and young professionals (<6 years work experience, <35 years old, min. Bachelor degree). This year the Master Classes focus on the possibilities of digital technology. Young Professional Career PlanningStudents, starters and young professionals have different expectations about work than the generations before them. It’s more than just an income. What is important to you? Come talk to us about your skills and current career path, and we will challenge you to think about ambitions, motivation, the impact on your work-life balance and the possibilities in the sector. What do you expect from your manager, from your employer, from your part of the industry? Do you have an idea that will help you develop as a person or as a professional, or an idea that will keep you in your current company for longer than you may think now? Is there anything you find a bit “old- fashioned” that you would do differently if it were up to you? And how does sustainable energy come into play? Meet Your Peers The Meet Your Peers sessions take place on the 23 and 24 of October. A creative meet & greet between YPs (<35 years old) in the offshore energy industry to expand their network and exchange ideas. An unexpected encounter with someone can create a pebble effect: new insights can impact a way of thinking, the industry and the environment. The sessions will consist of several rounds in which relevant themes are informally discussed with your fellow YPs. There are no costs associated with these sessions. Pre-event registration is applicable, on-site registration space is limited. The masters are two inspiring young men:Simon Kennedy (COO, eVision)Joost Lasschuit (Managing Director, Rolloos) Offshore Energy launches the Well of Fortune Challenge to uncover ideas on how to make organizations millennial proof. YPs can submit their ideas in the Well of Fortune on 23 and 24 October.  After Offshore Energy the best idea will be chosen and, after consultation with the idea owner, publicly presented. The winner will receive a prize offered by Krauthammer.center_img Here YPs can meet each other, learn more about new developments in the industry and make their voices heard about what they feel is important in their work environment. Young Professionals in the SpotlightYPs are part of the lineup of the program at Community Square. Community Square programs are presented by Maarten Bouwhuis from BNR and recorded and livestreamed on OffshoreEnergyToday.com. Young IRO Event Young IRO hosts a yearly side event at OEEC. This year’s event raises the question: How to bridge the gap between the young and established through closer cooperation? The Well of Fortune Challenge This year’s Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference will be held on (22), 23 & 24 October 2018.last_img read more

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