first_imgEditor’s Note: This article was edited on April 24 to correct the incorrect portrayal of the restrictions on SAGA’s programming during visits by the Board of Trustees. As the University’s decision approaches on whether to approve AllianceND as an official student club, the Progressive Student Alliance (PSA) hosted a panel discussion Monday about the work of the Saint Mary’s College Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA) in combating prejudice since its recognition in spring 2005. Sarah Medina Steimer, a 2006 alumna of the College who served as SAGA’s first president, said lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LBTQ) issues were addressed by a somewhat “underground” group of students prior to SAGA’s recognition as an official student group. “Before [SAGA was recognized], we would only hear about things on the National Day of Silence and National Coming Out Day, when students would draw with sidewalk chalk, wear ribbons or present a slip of paper to their professors about the day of silence,” Steimer said. Initially, the College administration did not strongly oppose the recognition of SAGA as an official club, Steimer said, though the proposed club’s intentions were sometimes misrepresented. “There was some worry that having a gay-straight alliance would turn into a sex club that would promote homosexual behavior, which we had to keep in mind when planning events and fundraisers,” she said. “In trying to get approved, we were showing the need for awareness, not trying to get a group of women together to start dating each other.” Steimer said the student body’s support helped the club achieve official recognition. “We had a lot of student support and not a lot of backlash. There wasn’t much opposition in student government either,” she said. “We had a lot of support from the Student Diversity Board, which had a position for a SAGA member, so that really helped.” During SAGA’s first year, the club worked to increase its visibility on campus and make its mission known to the Saint Mary’s community, Steimer said. “We tried to make a name for ourselves so people would see that we were there to promote diversity and a safe space for lesbian, bisexual and questioning students to come together without making them vulnerable,” she said. “It was very important to have this inclusion and show that a gay-straight alliance is really important on a college campus, especially one that’s faith-based.” Steimer said she and her fellow SAGA members emphasized how the club’s mission coincided with that of Saint Mary’s as a Catholic institution. “We tried to show how much this group supported the school’s mission and would make Saint Mary’s a better place for its students,” she said. Above all, the founding of SAGA provided students with a more informal arena for peer-to-peer interaction and conversation about LBTQ issues on campus outside of the counseling services available to students, Steimer said. “The members of SAGA found it important that students knew we were there as a resource to use. You need multiple areas of support, and by having a recognized group, you know there are people you can talk to,” she said. “Not all students feel comfortable going to the Counseling Center because of the power dynamic it creates, whereas having a peer-to-peer group allows students to talk to others going through the same situations and creates a better place to talk to someone in the same age group about their experiences.” Although its operational structure has evolved in recent years, the mission of SAGA in providing a safe space for peer support and discussion on campus has remained constant since the group’s inception, senior and vice president of SAGA Rebecca Jones said. “The focus was originally on having a peer support group for students who had faced issues on campus, but it didn’t do much in terms of campus programming or outreach,” she said. “Then a new group of officers came in, and they had a vision for totally hybridizing the group into a support group that does something about the things they talk about.” Jones said SAGA focuses on incorporating its concerns into academic issues on campus and works to promote its ally outreach program at Saint Mary’s and outside the College. “Last year, it came to our attention that we were the only campus of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross that had a gay-straight alliance. We didn’t figure it out until Holy Cross students started coming to our meetings, so we tried to help them get conversations going on their campus,” she said. “This year, we got in touch with PSA to work on outreach at Notre Dame to see what we could do to help get AllianceND approved.” Although reception of the club has been generally favorable on campus, Jones said SAGA faces certain restrictions in its programming because of the College’s Catholic character. “In planning our events, we’re not allowed to raise money for or promote things that go against the Catholic mission of the College, such as same-sex marriage,” she said. Despite these restrictions, Bueno said SAGA strives to create programming that brings more students into the conversations the group has on a regular basis through awareness events like Ally Week and Pride Week. “It’s great to have big events to get other students interested in SAGA events, and we gear a lot of events towards allies,” Bueno said. “We really try to have speakers who can educate, be inspiring and get people involved. The question and answer sessions afterwards show that students are interested in these issues, so we’re glad we can provide that for them.” Mary Rose D’Angelo, associate professor of theology at Notre Dame, said the role SAGA plays at Saint Mary’s could be filled by an approved gay-straight alliance at Notre Dame without posing a threat to Catholic teaching or injuring the Catholic character of the University, as opponents of the proposed AllianceND often argue. “Any group that helps make campus a more welcoming place should be considered an advocacy group, and it’s clear that the Saint Mary’s group has been effective,” D’Angelo said. “Catholic teaching and Catholic character are far from simple, but the catechism affirms that people must be treated with respect, compassion and dignity.” The catechism states every sign of “unjust discrimination” should be avoided, and refusing approval for AllianceND is a prime example of unjust discrimination, D’Angelo said. “[AllianceND] looks like a really good means of carrying out the mandate of acceptance articulated in the catechism in that it would be a place where LGBTQ students and allies can work to create a sense of human solidarity,” she said. “The focus of the group would be to provide social support, but because it’s explicitly an alliance, it isn’t a dating service for gay students. It’s a venue for student relief where students are treated with compassion and sensitivity.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) experienced an all-time high in loan volume in Fiscal Year 2010, closing 322 separate financings, and breaking the previous year’s record of 315 loans closed.  The Authority’s financing investments for the year in the manufacturing, agriculture, small business and service sectors of Vermont’s economy totaled nearly $80 million in FY2010, as compared with $94.4 million the prior year.  The average hourly wage of the jobs created by companies receiving VEDA commercial financing assistance, including benefits, was projected to be $24.15.VEDA’s year-end figures will be presented today at the Authority’s 36th Annual Meeting in Burlington. ‘For the second year running since the beginning of the current deep national recession, VEDA loan programs have experienced far greater than usual demand,’ said Jo Bradley, VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer.  ‘For many of the projects funded, VEDA played a pivotal role in cementing public/private financing packages to help businesses grow and create jobs for Vermonters,’ said Bradley.During FY 2010: ·         VEDA received $1.95 million in State funding, helping the Authority to reduce interest rates and pass these savings on to Vermont businesses and farmers;·          VEDA’s federal tax-exempt bond capacity was increased by $135 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), an amount VEDA worked successfully to allocate in its entirety prior to the federal deadline;·         VEDA closed 94 commercial and small business loans totaling $25.9 million, compared with 100 such closings totaling $19.4 million in 2009; and·          The Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), VEDA’s agricultural loan program, helped sustain the operations of Vermont farmers, closing 208 low-interest loans totaling $17.6 million.VEDA’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.7 billion.  For more information about VEDA, visit is external)  Source: VEDA: 10.29.2010last_img read more

first_imgInvestors managing $5 trillion commit to major carbon reductions across portfolios FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Thirty of the world’s largest investors managing a combined $5 trillion said on Tuesday they plan to set targets to lower their portfolio carbon emissions by as much as 29% over the next five years.All members of the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, a group which includes the biggest U.S. pension scheme CalPERs and German insurer Allianz, are aiming to align their portfolios with the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.The move is the most ambitious yet by the influential group, whose members own sizeable stakes in many of the world’s top companies, and comes as pressure builds for asset owners to use their financial muscle to push for quicker change.While an increasing number of investors, companies and governments are committing to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, some have been criticised for not setting the clear nearer-term targets needed to ensure the goal is met. With policymakers gearing up for the next round of global climate talks in Scotland next year, the group’s move is likely to act as a challenge for other leading investors to step up their own efforts.The group said its members would implement cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from their portfolios of between 16% and 29%, with each confirming their own particular target in the first quarter of 2021. The plan, called the 2025 Target Setting Protocol, should help increase investment in those companies contributing to the transition to a low-carbon economy and influence both markets and government policies, the group said in a statement.Specifically, the group said it would send a message to the thousands of companies owned by the investors that “deep emissions cuts are required”, and that the group would work with boards willing to adjust their business models.[Simon Jessop]More: $5 trillion investor group sets tougher portfolio carbon targetslast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Holiday Lights SpectacularIt’s back! After being nixed seven years ago, this 2.5-mile drive-thru seaside holiday tradition triumphantly returns with more than 150 lighted-displays, many of which are animated, synced to holiday music. It all culminates in a holiday village, where kids can have pictures taken with Santa Clause, visitors can make s’mores and revelers can hear carolers sing on select nights. Wednesday night is pet night for discounts and a chance to have a photo of Fido seated on Santa’s lap. Also debuting this year is the Hay Maze, which will take kids on a special journey through the sparkling lights display in the Holiday Village. There is also a Twofer Tuesday special—two trips for the price of one. Jones Beach State Park, West End, Ocean Pkwy. $20 per car weekdays, $25 weekends. Nov. 20-Jan. 4. dusk-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., open til 11 p.m. Fri.-Sun.Christmas Animated StoryAnimated characters star in “Christmas at the North Pole,” a walk-through story telling how Santa picks out gifts for his friends who are penguins, elves and more. Donations of non-perishable food items for Long Island Cares accepted. Hicks Nursery, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. Free. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. through Dec. 24.Bayville WonderlandVisit the elves hard at work in Santa’s toy shop, ride the holiday express train, brave the arctic ice skating adventure, meet Mr. Claus and other holiday characters, plus much more! Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. $21. Days, hours vary. Nov. 28-Jan. 3.Barnaby Saves ChristmasThe littlest elf and his reindeer friend, Franklynne, set off on their journey to save Christmas. Along the way, they meet some new friends along the way and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukah and the holiday season. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. $10. 11 a.m. Nov. 28 and various other days through Christmas weekend.The Snow QueenCatch a live performance of the Hans Christian Anderson classic tale. Elmont Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. $12. 1 p.m. Nov. 28.Rudolph the Red Nose ReindeerDo you recall the most famous reindeer of all? Refresh your memory with this live performance of the holiday classic. Studio Theatre Lindenhurst, 141 South Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst. 1 p.m. Nov. 28 with various weekly performances through Christmas.MooseltoeThe story of a moose who wants to fly with Santa’s reindeer, learns some valuable life lessons along the way and saves Christmas amid trouble at the North Pole. Gateway Playhouse, 215 South Country Rd., Bellport. $15-$25. 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 28.A Christmas Story: The MusicalWe double dog dare you to come see America’s favorite Christmas movie come to life on stage as a hilarious holiday musical. Expect masterful performances. Expect show-stopping songs. Expect to be wowed! John W. Engman Theate, 250 Main St., Northport. $69. 3 p.m. Nov. 28 with performances through Jan. 4.A Christmas CarolFollow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas—past, present and future—in almost twice daily performances of the Charles Dickens classic. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. $15-$30. 8 p.m. Nov. 28 and most days through Christmas weekend.Sayville Holiday ParadeWatch marchers, floats and wave to Santa at 9 a.m.! Afterwards, enroll the kids in Santa’s Workshop at the Carvel on Railroad Avenue. Return at 5 p.m. for Miracle on Main Street, a Christmas celebration that includes a tree lighting at 6 p.m., Santa, live reindeer, movies in the street, live performances, food, a gingerbread competition, snacks, fun and more!  Main Street, Sayville. Free. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov 29.Tree LightingThe Northport Chorale will sing holiday favorites and Christmas carols, followed by the lighting of the tree and the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Check out the mansion’s holiday decorations at the same time! Vanderbilt Mansion Courtyard, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. Free. 4 p.m. Nov. 29.Tree LightingThis grand celebration will feature the igniting of multi-colored lights to decorate a truly magnificent tree! Come revel in the supreme joy of the holiday spirit! Westbury Village Recreation Center, 348 Post Ave., Westbury. Free. 4 p.m. Nov. 29.Tree LightingA Victorian Christmas celebration including Santa from 1-4 p.m., refreshments and tours of the Tuthill Museum before the sundown ceremony. Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society, Main Road and Cardinal Drive, Mattituck. Free. 5 p.m. Nov. 29.Village Tree and Menorah LightingThe tradition of celebrating the holiday season begins with the lighting of our Christmas Tree and Menorah at Village Square. There will be entertainment at the Showmobile and keep a watchful eye out for Santa who will be arriving on his magical sleigh. Corner of Park Boulevard and Front Street, Massapequa Park. Free. 5 p.m. Nov. 29.Holiday Parade and Street FestivalLong Island’s biggest electric light holiday parade and float contest, now in its fifth year, centers on the theme “’Tis the Season Across America.” Festivities will include a brief ceremony following a parade to simultaneously light the holiday tree on the Village Green and at Town Hall. Aside from musical performances, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, Snoopy, The Grinch, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Elmo and Toy Story’s Woody. Free hot chocolate and cookies. New York Avenue, Huntington. Free. 7 p.m. Nov. 29.Cherish The Ladies: A Celtic ChristmasOne of the most engaging and successful ensembles in the history of Celtic music put their signature mark on classic carols, such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night.” Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. $30-$55. 8 p.m. Nov. 29.Frosty the SnowmanJoin Jenny and Frosty on their chilly adventures as they try to save the town of Chillsville from the mean old Ethel Pierpot and her evil machine that will melt all the snow John W. Engman Theate, 250 Main St., Northport. $15. 11 a.m. Nov. 29 with performances through Jan. 4.Santa’s ParadeThe parade lines up an hour before marking into downtown Port Jefferson and ending at Santa’s Workshop, corner of Barnum and W. Broadway. The workshop is open 2-4 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 20. Starts at Port Jefferson train station, Port Jefferson. Free. 4-7 p.m. Nov. 29.Christmas at the Montauk LighthouseThe first lighthouse ever built in New York State will be adorned with thousands of white lights for the holiday season. Montauk Lighthouse, 2000 Route 27, Montauk. Free. 4:30-7 p.m. Nov. 29. Lights will remain on until New Years Day.It’s a Wonderful VillageA Parade of Lights featuring decorated fire trucks marches down Windmill Lane to Agawam Par, where the annual tree lighting and caroling followed by a holiday reception on Nov. 29 that kicks off this month-long celebration with events every Saturday through Dec. 20. Hayrides at Scorpion Farms on Jobs Lane every weekend.Southampton village. Full list of events here: 12:30-5:15 p.m. Nov. 29, 12:30-4 p.m. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 13 and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 20.T’was the Night Before ChristmasThe story of how Clement Moore created his world-renowned poem T’was the Night Before Christmas, which comes alive in the Arena Players Children’s Theater production. Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. $10 adults, $8 kids. 1 p.m. Nov. 30 with performances through Dec. 21.Winter Festival and Christmas Tree LightingPhotos with Santa, carriage rides, music and the lighting of the Christmas Tree will make the evening bright. Glen Cove Village Square. Free. 1:30 p.m. Nov. 30.Love Under the Christmas TreeGiada Valenti will be performing a selection of the most beautiful American and Italian holiday favorites combined with her own rendition of hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, as well as recent contemporary songs. The Madison Theatre, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Center. $45-$25. 3 p.m. Nov. 30.Boardwalk LightsA holiday nautical themed light show display on the boardwalk. Long Beach boardwalk. longbeachny.govFree. 5 p.m. Dec. 1 through mid-January.I Am Santa ClausWrestling star Mick Foley will appear live in person to present I Am Santa Claus, a documentary that spent a year following the lives of six men who are professional Santas. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2.Tree Lighting and SingingEvent followed by a visit from Santa and refreshments at the Youth Center / Legion Hall. 44 North Ferry Rd., Shelter Island. 6 p.m. Dec. 3.Big Duck Holiday Lighting CeremonyIt’s the most Long Island holiday tradition of them all when the region’s iconic 83-year-old historic landmark gets lit up in Christmas lights. Live entertainment including a duck carol sing-a-long led by the Riverhead Middle School Show Choir, a visit from LI Ducks Mascot “Quackerjack” and the arrival of Santa Claus. The Big Duck Store, Route 24 in Flanders, one mile East of the Riverhead Traffic Circle. Free. 7 p.m. Dec. 3Deck the HallsThe Festival of Trees kicks off with the community coming together to decorate Brookwood Hall, a historic landmark that the Town of Islip is seeking to be designated as such. Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. Free. 3-7 p.m. Dec. 4.The Irish TenorsWright * Kearns * Tynan on The Irish Holiday Tour. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $49.50-$62.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 4.Manhasset Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyA performance from the Manhasset High School Brass Choir, the lighting of the tree, an appearance by Santa, hot chocolate, cookies and more! Mary Jane Davies Green, Plandome Road, across the street from Town Hall, Manhasset. Free. 4 p.m. Dec. 5.18th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting CeremonyJoin in a sing-a-long of traditional holiday carols while awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Upon his arrival, Santa will light the live tree. Hot beverages will be served. Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Montauk Highway, Great River. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5.Christmas Tree LightingOh, what a joyous celebration of the holiday season! What a wonderful way to share time with family and friends! What a magnificent opportunity to belt out all those fantastic carols you and your friends have been practicing for the past 12 months and show the city of Long Beach, and all those special revelers in attendance, just how great you truly are!! Kennedy Plaza, Long Beach. Free. 6 p.m. Dec. 5.28th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting CeremonyAlong with the lighting of the tree, traditional holiday music will be performed by the children of Oysterponds Elementary School. Santa Claus will arrive in his jubilant red sleigh and then light the live tree. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Orient Beach State Park, 40,000 Main Rd., Orient. Free. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5.Holiday Tree Lighting CeremonyThis popular holiday event features gifts for children, costumed characters, musical entertainment and refreshments for all. Babylon Town Hall Park, 200 E. Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst. Free. 7 p.m. Dec. 5.19th Annual Dickens FestivalAn annual Village celebration of the author of A Christmas Carol, features costumed characters, decorated streets and shops, Victorian entertainment and food. It kicks off with a festival of trees that includes ice-skating characters and giant snowmen at 7 p.m. Dec. 5, followed by a long list of caroling, performances and related events—even a gingerbread house contest before concluding in a Grand Final Parade! A full list of all programs can be found here Mostly free. Dec. 5-7.Clara’s Dream, The NutcrackerWitness toys that come to life, a Christmas tree that grows, flowers that dance and snowflakes that waltz in this classic magical story, as performed by American Dance Theatre of Long Island. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. $15. 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 1 p.m. Dec. 7.East Hampton Chambers Santa ParadeSanta Parade continues on to Newtown Lane ending just before the railroad tracks. Main Street, East Hampton. Free. 10 a.m. Dec 6.Santa in the ParkSanta Claus will be arriving at the park in a fire truck and all children will have the opportunity to give him their holiday wish list! Toys, candy, cookies, and hot chocolate will be distributed by Santa’s elves. Wantagh Park, 1 King Rd., Wantagh. Free. 12 p.m. Dec. 6.Skate with SantaChildren are invited to go ice skating with Santa, have their pictures taken in front of the tree and decorate cookies. Free hot chocolate. Christopher Morley Park, 500 Searingtown Road in Roslyn-North Hills. $14 adults, $10 kids, $4 veterans, seniors and first responders. Discounts with Leisure Pass.1:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Dec. 6.Merry on MainA holiday parade will step off from Brockwood Hall in East Islip and end at Islip Town Hall West 90 minutes later. At dusk, Santa will hold a tree lighting ceremony at Islip Town Hall, where there will also be photos with the big man, a craft fair, gingerbread competition and other entertainment. Main Street, Islip. 2 p.m. Dec. 6.Cinderella’s ChristmasThe most famous Disney princess of them all rings in the holiday season. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $14.50.12 p.m. Dec. 6.Bowling With SantaDeck the lanes with bowling balls of holly. An elf parade at 5:15 p.m. precedes a tree lighting ceremony at village square at 5:30 p.m., followed by caroling and other holiday-related events. San Dee Lanes, 342 Hempstead Ave., Malverne. $10. 12, 2 p.m. Dec. 6.Riverhead SantaConThe annual worldwide Santa Claus convention that has taken on a life of its own comes to Long Island a week before the New York City installment. Holiday-related costumes required to participate in the pub crawl through downtown Riverhead. $10 per bracelet for discounts at participating pubs. 3 p.m. Dec. 6.Christmas Tree LightingEnjoy cookies, hot chocolate and tea until Santa arrives for a good old fashioned Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, 1660 Rte 25A, Cold Spring Harbor.  General admission. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6.Christmas Tree LightingIslandia Village Hall, 1100 Old Nichols Rd., Islandia. Dusk, Dec. 6.Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyVeteran’s Plaza, Kings Park Library, Smithtown. Free. 4 p.m. Dec. 6.Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony CANCELED DUE TO INCLIMATE WEATHERAlong with the lighting of the tree, there will be a host of traditional holiday music courtesy of the local school chorus, ice sculpting demonstration, magic show, balloon twisting, juggling act and a spectacular fireworks display. Also, a visit from Santa arriving on the Long Island Sleigh Express! Belmont Lake State Park, Exit 38 off of the Southern State Parkway. Free. 4:15 p.m. Dec. 6.Holiday Parade and Tree LightingWatch the glorious display of lights and surprises. Santa arrives by Antique Fire Truck. Join Santa at the gazebo on the Village Green for the Annual Tree Lighting. Main Street, Bellport Village. 6:15 p.m. Dec. 6.Not Quite Christmas CabaretCocktails, dinner, desert and performances by Broadway actors Lauren Worsham, Ron Raines and Kathy Voytko, who returns to the Preserve for her third performance. Castle Gould, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. $100 7 p.m. Dec. 6.CC Claus: A Baseball Christmas StoryCC Sabathia, the pitcher for the New York Yankees, and his son, Carsten, will talk about the MLB star’s new holiday-themed children’s book, CC Claus: A Baseball Christmas Story. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. Dec. 6.A Spectacular Christmas CarolA variety show gives a new spectacular twist on Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. $30-$55. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 p.m. Dec. 7.Christmas ParadeThe theme for this year’s parade, billed as the largest in Suffolk County, is a “Red, White and Blue Christmas.” It runs from the South Port Shopping Center down Montauk Highway and Mastic Road to the Mastic Fire House. 12 p.m. Dec. 7.60th Village Tree LightingWill be followed by a ceremony. Corner of Hilton and Stewart avenues, Garden City. Free. 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7.Medford Christmas Parade and Tree LightingStarts at Tremont Elementary School, 143 Tremont Ave., Medford. 4 p.m. Dec. 7.Celtic Thunder Christmas SymphonyA dynamic live music experience, accompanied by a full Symphony Orchestra and favorite holiday songs from their latest CD Holiday Symphony. The music selection ranges from traditional carols “Away in A Manger,” “Silent Night” to classical pieces, holiday staples and the more contemporary “Fairytale of New York.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $49.50-$84.25. 7 p.m. Dec. 7.Tree LightingLit up will be the magnificent 35-foot Japanese Umbrella Pine, which is located on the south side of the Camellia Greenhouse. Afterward, see view the spectacular poinsettia display, hear the madrigal singers perform, visit Coe Hall decked with holly and meet Santa at the Hay Barn! Visit Periwinkles Café in the Visitor Center and enjoy egg nog, hot chocolate and cider, gingerbread men and other assorted holiday sweets.Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Route 25A, Oyster Bay. Free. 6 p.m. Dec. 12.Heckscher HolidaysThe Five Towns Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform joyful holiday selections, traditional favorites and tuneful pop songs. Seasonal treats will be served. The Heckscher Museum, 2 Prime St., Huntington. Free with museum admission. 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12.Holiday Chorus Concert Brass EnsembleA community sing-a-long following performances by three choral groups, including Sings of Long Island, Bay Area Friends of Fine Arts and Choral Society of the Moriches, plus the Tri Valley Bass Ensemble. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. $9. 7 p.m. Dec. 12.The Return of the Aimee Mann Christmas ShowAimee Mann, Ted Leo and many special guests. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $30-$45. 8 p.m. Dec. 12.Sarah ConwaySarah Conway and The Playful Souls put on their Revel in Your Spirits Christmas show features great collection of little known gems of Christmas songs from rock to country, blues and gospel. Special guests on sax and fiddle! The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. $10. 8 p.m. Dec. 12.12th Annual Reenactment of the Flying SantaRelive the days when Santa would visit the Fire Island Lighthouse keepers and their families by flying by in small plane. Fire Island Lighthouse, just east of Robert Moses State Park Field 5, Robert Moses Causeway, Babylon. Free. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 13.Gary Lewis and The Playboys“Celebrating the Holidays Together” is the name of this show, during which they’ll play their hits, including “This Diamond Ring,” Count Me In” and “Save Your Heart for Me.”. Five Towns College Performing Arts Center, Five Towns College, 305 North Service Rd., Dix Hills. $40-$60. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13A John Waters ChristmasThe multi-talented comedian and actor puts his spin on the holidays. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $35-$100. 8 p.m. Dec. 13.Dick Fox’s Holiday Doo Wop ExtravagaznaThe Duprees, Shirley Alston Reeves, The Legendary Teenagers, Chris Montez, Emil Stucchio & The Classics, The Devotions, & The Knockouts harmonize holiday classics. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $39.50-$62.50. 7 p.m. Dec. 13.The Nutcracker SuiteOvations Dance Repertory Company put on the classic show with lavish costumes, brilliant sets and stirring music, all backed by a 25-piece orchestra. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. $14. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 14.Winter ConcertHoliday classics performed by the Five Towns College Concert Pops orchestra. Five Towns College Performing Arts Center, Five Towns College, 305 North Service Rd., Dix Hills. $10. 2 p.m. Dec. 14.The Nutcracker BalletThis incredibly popular residency with Dancecore returns this year with two matinee and one evening performance. See the Gumdrops, Silver Angels, Candy Canes, Toys, Mice, and the Nutcracker himself dance in Clara’s dream to Tchaikovsky’s music inspired from cultures around the world. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., West Hampton Beach. $15. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 2 p.m. Dec. 14.Cirque le Masque presents: NoelThis balance of theatrical wizardry, comic audience interactions and holiday cheer will leave you breathless. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. $25-$85. 8 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18.Chris Isaak Holiday TourThis rockabilly crooner is back in town to put fans in the holiday spirit. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $55-$85. 8 p.m. Dec. 18.Trans Siberian OrchestraThe rock orchestra wills out their live debut of The Christmas Attic, a holiday tradition for a new generation. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. $41-$71. 8 p.m. Dec. 18.The NutcrackerNew York Dance Theatre, under the direction of Frank Ohman, will present what’s billed as the largest Nutcracker on Long Island with added music, scenes and dances—the only one performed in the tradition of New York City Ballet’s legendary George Balanchine. John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hofstra University, 1000 Fulton Ave., Hempstead. $40 adults, $35 seniors and kids under 12. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 19, 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 20, 21.Frosty the SnowmanThis famous snowman and his friend, Jenny, must save the town of Chillsville from Ethel Pierpot’s evil plan to melt all the snow. Elmont Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. $10. 2 p.m. Dec. 20, 12 p.m. Dec. 21, 2 p.m. Dec. 27, 1 p.m. Dec. 29.last_img read more

first_imgWe are convinced that the opening of Istria for the citizens of Slovenia will be welcomed not only by Istria and Croatia, but also by our dear friends in Slovenia! ” A stable and favorable good epidemiological situation in Istria is not the result of luck, but of strategy and discipline! All our municipalities and cities are focused on making guests in the County of Istria feel safe and that their health, as well as the health of the people waiting for them at home, is not endangered in any way.  Today, the County of Istria and all Istrian towns sent an appeal to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Janez Janša, with the aim of reconsidering the possibility of introducing measures for Croatia selectively, at the regional level, given the exceptionally good epidemiological picture in Istria and in the name of good neighborly relations. or county. The letter is transmitted below:      After Croatia was included in the red list, we witnessed the dissatisfaction and reluctance of a large number of Slovenian citizens, our traditional guests, friends and neighbors who spend their summers in Istria for years or have their own holiday homes. The County of Istria and Slovenia have been cultivating extremely good friendly relations for years and Slovenian citizens are not only welcome in Istria, but also completely safe!  We hereby welcome the efforts of the Government of the Republic of Croatia to reach an agreement with its neighbors and the countries of the European Union on the introduction of an epidemiological regime at the level of Croatian counties, and not at the level of the entire country. This appeal was made by the Istrian County and Istrian towns after the situation in Istria remained extremely good, despite the fact that the epidemiological picture in other Croatian counties has deteriorated sharply.  Therefore, we hereby appeal to the Government of the Republic of Slovenia to, given the exceptionally good epidemiological picture in Istria and in the name of good neighborly relations, reconsider the possibility of introducing measures for Croatia selectively, at the level of regions or counties. “Dear Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia,  So far, it is quite clear that the continuously good and extremely stable epidemiological picture in Istria County is not a coincidence but the result of exceptional efforts of the Civil Protection Headquarters of Istria and great discipline of all our citizens, guests and businesses that consistently adhere to measures.last_img read more

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first_imgImage courtesy of EquinorNorwegian energy giant and LNG operator Equinor reported a liquefied petroleum gas leak at its Mongstad facility north of Bergen. The company said that on Monday, before 8:00 an LPG leakage occurred at one of the Mongstad facilities, however, the leakage was stopped at 9:15, Equinor said in a statement.All personnel not involved in the emergency response work have evacuated, and all personnel has been accounted for.Emergency shutdown and depressurizing of the leaking unit were implemented.The facility where the leakage occurred produces naphtha, a component used in gasoline/petrol production.The authorities have been notified and securing of the facility is underway.last_img read more

first_imgNORTH VERNON, Ind. — The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department arrested 5 people on various drug charges while responding to a report of an overdose at a home in Country Squire Lakes in North Vernon.Sean S Cobb, 36, of Columbus, Brittany R. Watts, 22, of Columbus, Curt J. Thornsburg, 34, of North Vernon, Brandy R. McGuire, 29, of North Vernon, and Phillip R. McGuire, 40, of North Vernon, were all arrested after officers and first responders found Cobb suffering from an overdose.First responders administered a dose of Narcan, and Cobb regained consciousness.He was transported to St. Vincent Jennings for medical evaluation and then transported to the Jennings County Jail.Police say during an investigation, they found methamphetamine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia.The Department of Child Services was called when police found an 8-month-old child in the home.The child was placed with a relative.Cobb and Watts were arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a syringe, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana.Thornsburg was arrested on charges of possession of two or more precursors, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.The McGuires were each arrested on a charge of maintaining a common nuisance.last_img read more

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The holidays are upon us, which can be a busy time of the year for many Hoosiers. Across the state, people are decorating their homes, preparing for out-of-town relatives and purchasing gifts for family members and friends. As you make your final preparations, state lawmakers are also busy getting ready for the upcoming legislative session.Every session, I’m thankful for the opportunity to meet and work with students from our community through the House Page Program. Open to those between the ages of 13 and 18, this program gives area students the chance to visit the Statehouse and observe a day of session activity. They will work closely with lawmakers and staff while learning more about state government and seeing firsthand how laws are made.Along with participating during session, students tour the governor’s office, the House and Senate chambers and the Indiana Supreme Court. Because the program offers a hands-on, learning experience outside the classroom, students will also receive an excused absence from school. While they are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the Statehouse, I believe the opportunity to see our beautiful Capitol building and work alongside state legislators is worth the trip.Students interested in the page program should schedule their visit as soon as possible. The application window will open on Dec. 20, and students are asked to provide two dates they are available to spend a day at the Statehouse. I suggest picking a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday since those are the days we are in session.For more information about the House Page Program and to apply, please visit or call 1-800-382-9841. Spots tend to fill quickly, so I hope parents and teachers will use this information to encourage their students to apply soon. I look forward to meeting students from Southeast Indiana this session, and, in the meantime, I wish you and your family a merry Christmas.If you have any questions about the program, contact me at 317-234-3827 or by email at I appreciate hearing from you in order to better represent our district. Stay up-to-date with the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at read more

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians UEFA on Tuesday gave a “strong recommendation” to European football federations to attempt to finish the current season once play is able to resume after the stoppage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.The sport has been brought to a standstill by the outbreak with the Euro 2020 competition postponed until next year and both national leagues and continental club competitions on hold. UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, has made it clear that it wants its member associations to complete their domestic seasons rather than abandon them.It also hopes to finish the Champions League and Europa League competitions.All the 55 associations took part in a video conference with UEFA officials on Tuesday and no decisions on future planning are expected until Thursday’s Executive Committee meeting.There was no sign of a switch from the policy to aim to finish the current season.However, there was a softening in tone over eventual cases where league seasons may be cancelled, an outcome UEFA had been quick to oppose. “There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top division and cup competitions. But some special cases will be heard once guidelines concerning participation to European competitions in case of a cancelled league have been developed,” UEFA said in a statement.The governing body had previously said, in response to Belgium’s move to end their championship, that cutting seasons short “should really be the last resort” after acknowledging that no calendar alternative would allow to conclude the season.There has been speculation that UEFA is looking to hold the Champions League and Europa League finals in the last week of August.However, it said on Tuesday that only a “variety of calendar options were presented covering both national team and club competition matches.”Reuters/NAN. Tags: COVID-19Europa LeagueFinish seasonsUEFAUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more