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Bay Avenue Project Update

first_imgA project to replace/rehabilitate the force mains begins Sept. 2. In a project that starts Tuesday, the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority (CMCMUA) will replace/rehabilitate the force mains that carry wastewater to the treatment plant on the bay at 45th Street.The work will be on 31st Street from Haven Avenue to Bay Avenue; and Bay Avenue from 31st Street to Eighth Street.Work for the week of Sept. 2 to 6:Lafayette Utility Company will mobilize material and equipment (pipe, heavy equipment, traffic control equipment) in the vicinity of 31st Street and Haven Avenue. It is not anticipated that work on the street will begin until the week of Sept. 9.See full project update.last_img read more

Official Statistics: PPE deliveries (England): 17 August to 23 August 2020

first_imgThese experimental statistics about PPE items distributed for use by health and social care services in England include a breakdown of deliveries by PPE item.The ‘Weekly PPE data’ attachment gives a more detailed breakdown of daily PPE deliveries from 25 February to 23 August 2020.last_img

Revealed: Farm Shop & Deli Awards bakery finalists

first_imgBakeries from Derbyshire, Cornwall, Cumbria and Essex have been selected as finalists in the Baker category at the 2020 Farm Shop & Deli Awards.The four-strong shortlist comprises:Ashbourne Bakehouse, DerbyshireBaker Tom’s Bread, CornwallMayfield Farm Bakery, EssexLovingly Artisan, Cumbria (pictured), winner of the 2019 bakery categorySpanning 12 categories – including butcher, cheesemonger, food hall and village store/local shop –the awards celebrate the best in speciality retail.“Hard work, long hours, a dedication to artisan quality, to service and locality – these are the tenets that set the ‘great’ apart from the simply good,” said broadcaster and journalist Nigel Barden, who headed up the judging panel.“Each year the bar is raised in terms of quality, making the judging process and deliberation over the shortlist so difficult. I’m delighted to have had such a high-calibre team of fellow judges to help create what we now consider to be the defining class of 2020.”Barden was joined by British Baker deputy editor Amy North, fresh foods reporter at The Grocer Henry Sandercock, Richard Nicholson from Cannon Hall Farm Shop – 2019’s Retailer of the Year – and president of the National Federation of Fishmongers, among others.The winners will be announced on Monday 30 March at the Farm Shop & Deli Show at Birmingham’s NEC.Also taking place at the NEC that day is Britain’s Best Loaf, organised by British Baker. The 2020 competition, sponsored by ADM, American Pan UK and Scobie McIntosh/Revent will take place at the Foodex show.last_img read more

12 Days Of Phishmas 2018: Why I Always Watch ‘Bittersweet Motel’ The Night Before A Run [Watch]

first_imgIt’s that time of year again… Tomorrow, Phish will return to New York’s Madison Square Garden for their annual four-night New Year’s run. Each year, we like to celebrate the season in the days leading up to Phish at MSG with the 12 Days of Phishmas, a daily series that gives you your Phish fix and helps stoke your excitement in the days leading up to the run. In 2016, we took you back to 12 historic Phish performances at The Garden. In 2017, with the Baker’s Dozen barely out of sight in the rearview, we relived the magic and mystery of the band’s historic residency.For years, we’ve been earmarking some of our favorite Phish interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and other cool content that we haven’t found the right occasion to share with you…until now. For 2018, we’ve made you a very special Phishmas Advent calendar to help spice up your countdown to showtime. As we approach the start of the run on the 28th, we’ll open up one panel a day and reveal a fun surprise inside—a little something sweet and Phishy once a day until the Garden party begins. No peeking! By the time we’re finished with the calendar, it will finally be time for the gift we’ve all been waiting for: Four nights of Phish on their home court at the World’s Most Famous Arena.1 Day Til Phish: Why I Watch ‘Bittersweet Motel’ Before A Big Phish RunOn the twelfth and final day of Phishmas… Halfway between Erie and Pittsburgh we find Bittersweet Motel, the 2000 Phish documentary produced and directed by Todd Phillips, who would go on to achieve widespread success at the helm of some of the 2000s’ biggest comedies like Old School, Starsky & Hutch, and the Hangover trilogy.The film follows Phish on their travels both domestic and international throughout 1997 and 1998—a time when many fans feel that the band was at its creative peak. While Phish documentaries are few and far between, and often only focus on a particular event, Bittersweet Motel is one of the few (if only) long-form snapshots of Phish during a given period of time. That lengthier purview lets the viewer in on a multi-layered look at a band hitting their stride. You see some high points, and you see some low points. You see the creative process of songs and arrangements being crafted, and you see those songs presented onstage in their finished form. You see the band relish the opportunity to reflect on their story, and you see them question the premise of why they wanted to make a movie about themselves in the first place.Along the way, you get a treasure trove of amusing situations and one-liners that still float around the Phish community in the form of memes and inside jokes and parking lot banter, from “You paid us!” to “Page’s new shirt” and the “chicks in the front row” to “urinating the in the ears of the listeners.” To list all the quote-worthy snippets from Bittersweet Motel would be to transcribe the entire movie word-for-word.I’ve watched Bittersweet Motel more times than I can count. It’s my go-to sick day movie, a perennial backdrop for house cleaning, a perfect dose of Phish mythology when it’s been too long since I’ve been home—that is, since I’ve been to a show. It’s not the first thing I’ll show to a Phish-curious friend, but it is what I’ll send to a friend (along with a good live “YEM”) when they’ve already caught the bug and just need that last little push into the all-consuming fandom with which we’re all so familiar.It’s also become a personal tradition to watch it the day before a run begins. I usually try to avoid listening to Phish right before seeing a run of shows, to let myself be fully gobsmacked by the experience again and again without too many expectations to color it. I don’t like to go into a show hoping for a specific song, a specific kind of jam, a specific sort of set. I don’t guess openers, I don’t guess themes. I like to go in hoping simply for Phish—all that this band is, all that it means to all of us—and years later, those hopes have come true each and every time (well, other than that one time, but I digress).Without abandoning my best-laid no-pre-show-listening plans, Bittersweet Motel helps me feel those feelings I forgot—the feeling that with each show, with each year, we get the privilege to be part of the great and growing story of Phish. Re-watching this weighty chunk of the story reminds me of that beautiful notion and gets me in the best possible mindset to live the next chapter. Give it a shot. I bet it works for you, too…Bittersweet Motel (2000)[Uploaded by: jason putz]That does it for our 12 Days of Phishmas 2018! Thanks to everyone who followed along with our countdown. We hope you had as much fun with it as we did. Now let’s head to the Garden and make some new memories.You can revisit each day on our Phishmas Advent calendar below. Happy Phishmas to all, and to all a good run!On the first day of Phishmas… The Big Daddy ShowOn the second day of Phishmas… David Byrne Interviews PhishOn the third day of Phishmas… Trey Anastasio Talks Fare The Well At The New Yorker Festival On the fourth day of Phishmas… A Look Inside The Hoist Sessions From Cactus FilmsOn the fifth day of Phishmas… Mike Gordon Fascinates A Muscle Shoals LegendOn the sixth day of Phishmas… Page McConnell Chats in the Streets of LondonOn the seventh day of Phishmas… The Peanuts Conjure Cartoon Phish for “YEM” Dance PartyOn the eighth day of Phishmas… Trey & Mike Chat with MTV on H.O.R.D.E. Tour (Swig Beer, Cross Legs)On the ninth day of Phishmas… How Chris Kuroda & Phish’s Lighting Team Map out a SongOn the tenth day of Phishmas… Phish Does ITOn the eleventh day of Phishmas… The “Down With Disease” Music VideoOn the twelfth day of Phishmas… Why I Watch ‘Bittersweet Motel’ The Night Before A Runlast_img read more

When China’s doors reopened

first_imgRetired diplomat Nicholas Platt ’57, U.S. ambassador to three countries and president emeritus of the Asia Society, was one of the wise men whom President Richard Nixon called his “China boys” — staffers who smoothed the way to opening relations with China four decades ago.Platt led a recent lunchtime seminar last Friday (June 4) called “China Then and Now,” sponsored by Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. A small room in the Center for Government and International Studies-South was jammed with a standing-room-only crowd, and some onlookers peered into the open door.Part of the draw might have been the home movies that Platt took during 1972 and 1973, just after China opened its doors to the West for the first time since 1949. The movies show “what China was like when we all started out there, at a time that for many of us was quite magic,” said Platt, who later served as ambassador to the Philippines, Zambia, and Pakistan. “It was the other side of the moon for us.”Those early views included what he called the first new glimpses into the private lives of the Chinese under Mao’s rule. “We hadn’t seen what was going on in people’s backyards,” said Platt, who took film from his hotel window in Beijing: a woman hanging wash, and another brushing her teeth in an alleyway. “For us, everything was really interesting.”His movies show began with the arrival of Air Force One, a Chinese honor guard standing at attention on a frigid February morning in 1972, and Nixon’s first greeting of Zhou Enlai, the first premier of the People’s Republic of China. He had been famously insulted at the 1954 Geneva Conference by U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, a Cold Warrior who refused to shake his hand.“Nixon wanted to make sure he was seen shaking his hand,” said Platt, who filmed the scene of the president and Enlai behind one of the plane’s engines. “So he shook it, and he shook it, and he shook it some more.”Said the amiable diplomat of his movies, “It’s a worms-eye view, and I’m the worm.”That view from the bottom shows a 1970s China far different from the modern version. The movies — jittery and in faded color — showed Beijing under a pall of smoke from ubiquitous charcoal fires and from factories built with Soviet aid.There were views of the Great Wall empty of tourists, a shabby but grand Forbidden City, the nearly deserted Ming tombs (where the Platt family — diplomat, three sons, and wife Sheila — would picnic), the bare Western Hills outside Beijing (which offered views of countryside now filled in by ring roads and buildings), and amateur political festivals dominated by stage gymnasts (in contrast, he said, to today’s “huge, very well rehearsed, perfectly synchronized big marching shows”).In those days, transport in urban China was still a matter of heaping, two-wheeled carts pulled by skinny men, along with donkey carts and rivers of bicycles — 2 million registered in Beijing alone in 1973.“On bikes, people were … out of the purview of public security, and they would come up and chat,” said Platt, who was eager to circumvent China’s strictures on contact with foreigners. “So, as a result, we were the first and only diplomatic office in the history of the United States that had regular bicycling hours. … It eased our sense of isolation.”Later, Platt and his family followed visiting U.S. athletes around, getting more views of life in China, though they were “carefully chosen ordinary life.” The movies show rice farmers, villagers crowded along canals, the school where Mao once taught (“Even the spittoons are well preserved,” said Platt), and a Shanghai commune that made bricks. “They sped up their work rate when we came near,” he said.The athletes and the Platt family, exotic Westerners all, drew crowds wherever they went. “All it took to get a crowd was to stop,” said Platt. His son Oliver, now an actor, got his first audiences in China, the diplomat said, and did his first acting — a staged hockey fight with his brother for a crowd in rural China.“That’s the end of China then,” said Platt as the lights went back up. But the China of now is marked by “generations of friendship,” he said, from the groundwork laid during those visits in the ’70s.Platt, who in 1973 set up the first resident diplomatic office in the People’s Republic of China, called his new book, “China Boys” (Vellum, 2010) a first glimpse of opening relations with China by a U.S. staffer. “It’s a chance for the staff level to weigh in,” he said.Henry Kissinger, then Nixon’s national security adviser, asked Platt to see the book, and later promised to steal its main theme: that the “nuts and bolts” of the U.S.-China relationship staffers created in the early ’70s became the fundament of what is still a resilient strategic partnership.At a conference earlier this year, Platt said Kissinger was still curious about the new book, which appeared in March. He whispered to Platt in an elevator: “Did you savage me?”“No,” replied the diplomat, diplomatically. “Just a scratch or two.”last_img read more

Inclusion is the key

first_imgHarvard College’s Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, which includes the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, has already settled into its new home in Grays Hall.This past year, the offices moved into the renovated space in the ground level of Grays Hall. The redesigned area includes a lounge, conference rooms, all-gender restrooms, and a “serenity room.” A passageway known as the “activity thread” connects a variety of common areas where students can gather.,“The new space provides such a great opportunity to be able to support both offices, and provides really valuable resources for our students” said Roland Davis, associate dean of students for diversity and inclusion. “It’s so great to see the way students have already begun to embrace the new space and take advantage of it, and we’re looking forward to seeing more and more people here as we continue to promote it.”One of the key upgrades is the inclusion of a ramp leading to the entrance. “The new space is fully accessible, which is really a reflection of the values of our office,” said Sheehan Scarborough ’07, director of the BGLTQ office. “It helps to emphasize our message that everyone is welcome here.”last_img read more

Op-Ed: Don’t Let Peabody Walk Away From Its Clean-Up Responsibilities in Illinois

first_imgOp-Ed: Don’t Let Peabody Walk Away From Its Clean-Up Responsibilities in Illinois FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Howard Learner for the Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register:Doesn’t Illinois already have enough fiscal problems? Now, here comes another $92 million mess if Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Office of Mines and Minerals doesn’t start paying attention and make sure that Peabody Energy commits real money now to fulfill its mine reclamation responsibilities.For too long, Peabody Energy has been allowed to “self-bond” — promise that it will provide funds to pay in the future — instead of purchasing a surety bond or creating an independent trust fund to cover the costs of cleaning up its mines, avoiding contamination and reclaiming the lands that the mining has marred. Peabody is now teetering on bankruptcy.Illinois officials need to act decisively to make sure that our taxpayers aren’t left holding the financial bag.Illinois and federal laws require mining companies to reclaim surface lands damaged by their operations. The coal mining companies are required to provide financial assurance that clean-up and reclamation funds will be available when a mine closes. In many cases, companies buy third-party surety bonds, acting as insurance policies to guarantee that reclamation funds are available when needed.Peabody Energy, however, has been allowed by the Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals to “self-bond” for its three coal mines in Illinois. That self-bonding might have been understandable five years ago when Peabody Energy’s stock price was about $74 per share, and its market capitalization was billions of dollars. Peabody has since lost 99 percent of its market value and is radically restructuring its finances and selling assets in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy. In the past month, Peabody essentially “maxed out its credit cards” by borrowing the remaining funds available to the company under its corporate debt agreement.Peabody Energy’s financial predicament has worsened considerably over the past two years, but the Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals has nonetheless allowed self-bonding to continue. The Environmental Law & Policy Center filed a citizen complaint contending that this self-bonding violates the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act and urging our Illinois officials to require Peabody to purchase a surety bond or otherwise commit real funds for its obligations. So far they haven’t acted. The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has directed Illinois officials to respond “by taking appropriate action to cause the possible violations to be corrected, or to show good cause for such failure.”According to the Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals, Peabody has mine reclamation responsibilities of $92 million in Illinois. If state officials don’t step up now, their next step might be standing in line in the federal bankruptcy court to protect Illinois taxpayers.Why is Peabody Energy in such financial distress? First, Peabody’s management made an ill-timed bet that China’s imports of coal would grow at a very rapid pace and that the U.S. coal market would grow. China’s economy is still growing, but at a less robust rate. In the U.S., low natural gas prices have created competition that has weakened domestic coal sales. Second, energy efficiency is reducing electricity demand and sales.Full Op-Ed: Don’t stick Illinois taxpayers with Peabody’s mine reclamation costslast_img read more

The Chase Is On: 42-year-old schoolteacher could break the A.T. speed record this weekend

first_imgFor most teachers, summer break is a time to relax. For 42-year-old high school teacher Harvey Lewis, it’s an opportunity to chase the most coveted trail record by running almost 50 miles a day for 45 consecutive days.May 30 marked the beginning of Harvey Lewis’ race to beat the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail record set last year by Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy—45 days, 12 hours, and 15 minutes.The 42-year-old schoolteacher from Cincinnati is no novice to the running world. He represented Team USA at the 24 Hour World Championships three times, ran Gandhi’s Salt March and won the 135-mile Badwater ultramarathon in 2014.So far, Lewis is 1,900 miles in to his journey and closing in on the finish this weekend.Lewis is going for a supported record, which means he’ll have assistance—food, water, and medical supplies—along the way. McConaughy was self-supported, meaning he did not receive any support during his A.T. journey. Lewis’ father, 78, has been driving a van and providing food, aid, and shelter at road crossings.“The opportunity to have the experience of a lifetime with my father on a journey we never would have imagined,” Lewis wrote in a Facebook post before he embarked on his race. “The love of the wilderness and need to push myself to new places has inspired the seed.”Lewis began his trek from the Appalachian Trail’s Springer Mountain trailhead in Georgia heading north. Yesterday, he summited Mount Washington, which is approximately 260 miles from the A.T.’s northern terminus atop Mount Katahdin in Maine. Lewis hopes to complete the trail by this Saturday, July 14.His progress can be followed on Road ID, one of his sponsors, or you can join the 8,000 followers on his Facebook page.last_img read more

National Chili Day Thursday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York National Chili Day is Thursday. (Photo: www.mccormick.com)It looks like we celebrate just about anything in this country.Thursday is National Chili Day, the one day a year where the love for chili is celebrated. (Who knew?) Whether you enjoy chili served with chips or eaten with rice, on a hotdog, or even vegetarian or Mexican style, there seems to be a style for everyone. Chili is a comfort food for most Americans. So why not make a day for it!Long Islanders would’ve appreciated National Chili Day more, say, three weeks ago when sub-freezing temperatures blasted the Island and had many residents yearning for a hot dish. But we probably shouldn’t complain.Now that we have you craving for this hot and spicy dish, here’s a couple of facts to chew on as you contemplate your dinner plans:Despite popular belief chili does not actually come from Mexico. It has been influenced by Mexican culture but combines elements from Native American and Spanish culture. According to legend, Spanish priests called the first chili “the soup of the Devil” because they believed that chili peppers were an aphrodisiac.The National Chili Day website states that many historians believe that chili originated near Texas. Chili back in the 1880’s was a total of 10 cents and was featured at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893 at the San Antonio Chili Stand. By the 20th century, chili joints had made their debut in Texas, the website says.You can celebrate by making a batch of your own or take a trip to some popular chili spots on Long Island:R.S. Jones153 Merrick Avenue., Merrick. 516-378-7177 www.rsjones.comChili’sMultiple locations. Find one near you: www.chilis.comSalsa Salsa142 Main Street., Port Jefferson. 631- 473-9700 www.salsasalsa.netlast_img read more

5 things you should never put on a credit card

first_img 90SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit cards can seem convenient and actually benefit your finances when used correctly. However, there are times when it’s best to avoid using a credit card as it can contribute to debt.It’s not uncommon for the average American household to have several thousands of dollars worth of revolving credit card debt to deal with, which can be crippling to overcome. Credit card interest rates are pretty high and are why you should only use your credit card to pay for affordable purchases that you can pay off in full each month.Here are 5 things you should never put on a credit card.1. A Down PaymentIf you are financing something and putting money down, it’s best to use your own cash instead of a credit card. Financing a big purchase like a vehicle is already creating debt that you have to pay back plus interest anyway. Financing the actual down payment too with your credit card could just create additional debt after the loan. Plus, it may be a key indicator that you can’t afford the item you are trying to finance. continue reading »last_img read more