first_imgThis past academic year, Harvard set a record in financial aid by distributing $414 million to students across the University. That number included roughly $175 million in need-based aid for Harvard College undergraduates — more than half of whom receive financial aid — graduate student grants and fellowships, and a variety of additional loan-free funding opportunities.The history of financial aid at Harvard is almost as old as the institution itself. Three hundred and seventy-five years ago, a gift of £100 from Lady Mowlson of London (nee Ann Radcliffe, for whom Radcliffe College was later named) established an endowment to support College students in need of assistance with tuition costs. To this day students benefit from Lady Mowlson’s gift.Over the centuries Harvard’s financial aid expanded in both sum and reach, but in recent decades the University’s distribution has seen its most dramatic growth. In the past 10 years alone, scholarship aid throughout the University’s 12 degree-granting Schools has increased by 64 percent, roughly $162 million.Part of this growth is due to the implementation of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI), which guarantees that every undergrad has the opportunity to graduate debt-free. Since its 2005 launch, HFAI has awarded nearly $1.8 billion in need-based grants, making a Harvard education available to all admitted students regardless of financial circumstances. This annual commitment is met through a combination of endowed funds, annual philanthropy, and discretionary funds of the dean of faculty of arts and sciences, all of which have been vital in facilitating the program.Raising additional funds to support HFAI and broaden graduate student fellowships remains a top priority of The Harvard Campaign, which concludes next year. Harvard President Drew Faust expressed her appreciation to the many alumni and friends who have helped the University achieve such high levels of financial aid.“Their generosity has enabled Harvard to deepen its long-standing commitment to financial aid for undergraduate and graduate students,” said Faust. “It broadens access and make the opportunities available at Harvard a reality for thousands of talented individuals across all of our Schools.”Thomas Hollister, Harvard’s chief financial officer and vice president for finance, noted the significant role philanthropy plays in allowing Harvard to address budgetary challenges while maintaining its commitment to financial aid.“Higher education is experiencing varying degrees of economic pressure,” he said. “Yet, in the face of these challenges, the need for financial aid can be even greater. The success of The Harvard Campaign has had an immediate impact on our ability to provide and expand these resources across the University, and generations of Harvard students will benefit.”last_img read more

first_imgAs Cisco Live 2017 kicks off early next week, the Dell EMC Converged Platforms and Solutions Division has exciting updates to share as we continue joint engineering efforts with Cisco to further simplify the data center for our customers.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHr3EbGUVf0Modernizing data centers with converged systems is one of the top requirements for IT leaders aiming to digitally transform their businesses to remain relevant and competitive in their markets. This is not surprising because there’s hard evidence that converged systems simplify operations, so IT staff and engineering can focus less on managing, supporting and sustaining infrastructure, and more on accelerating their business’ digital transformation.The key word here is “simplify.” Our customers continue to seek IT simplification, and we continue to focus on delivering it for them. It’s as simple as that.Along these lines, we have some key Dell EMC and Cisco joint innovation updates around our Converged Infrastructure (CI) portfolio and substantial enhancements and customer momentum with the Dell EMC Vscale Architecture to share. It’s this team that has been at the very center of the converged infrastructure trend for the past seven years.Dell EMC and Cisco Innovation and Collaboration Extends the Engineered System Experience across Data CentersSeven years ago, Dell EMC collaborated with Cisco to pioneer the CI market with a simple premise: enable IT to spend less time building and maintaining IT infrastructure (i.e., keeping the lights on), so they can spend more time driving business outcomes by bringing new applications and services to market – faster. The solution: a CI system, where compute, storage, virtualization and network resources are managed, supported and sustained together as a single system throughout their lifecycle.Thousands of customers later and counting, we continue to see great traction with VxBlock and are jointly committed to bringing innovations to market faster than ever. For example, the latest all-flash arrays from Dell EMC–including Dell EMC VMAX 950F/FX, Dell EMC Unity 350F/450F/550F/660F, and Isilon Gen 6 Infinity–will be available for VxBlock this summer.And we’re not stopping there. For the last 18 months, our Dell EMC and Cisco collaboration has been about accelerating IT transformation in a new direction. We are extending the benefits of the individual converged infrastructure systems to the entire data center–and across multiple data centers–through the Dell EMC Vscale Architecture.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld_r3tDbcwcThe Vscale Architecture extends the converged (a.k.a., engineered) system experience of a single block to resources across data centers. This simplifies IT by assuring that upgrades, expansion and patches to those resources are fully interoperable. Imagine this across your data centers. That’s what Vscale Architecture does.Specifically, Cisco’s ACI enables the architecture to scale beyond the capacity of an individual VxBlock and stretches that experience to a pool of Cisco compute and Dell EMC storage and data protection resources across high-performance Cisco spine-leaf LAN network fabrics. The approach to policy-based automation enables open scaling across platforms, both bare metal and virtual, while automatically enforcing rules for compliance and governance using white-list policies. This pool and the network are lifecycle assured, and the pool can be shared by converged infrastructure systems (VxBlocks), new-generation hyper-converged infrastructure, and non-converged systems.Imagine the agility, security and peace of mind this brings across your enterprise. Taken together, the ROI for your organization will be phenomenal.This is for businesses that need to scale beyond a single converged system’s design; share resources between converged, hyper-converged and non-converged equipment; replicate data and move workloads across converged systems and data centers with agility; add quickly to capacity; and, integrate new technologies into the environment.We announced the Vscale strategy in 2015, and with Cisco’s collaboration, we’ve been deploying it across a wide range of businesses: airlines, service providers, manufacturers, government agencies, retailers, financial service companies and more. The business use cases are equally diverse. Customers are using the Vscale Architecture to:Modernize production data centers to support new digital business services with improved levels of orchestration and automationUpgrade disaster recovery data centers to meet new business continuity requirementsBring the cloud infrastructure in-house when managed services are not yielding enough ROIUpdate infrastructure for more agility, faster onboarding and more predictable costs to scale outShare valuable data between old and new systems during Platform 2 to 3 application transitionFreely and securely move evolving data and apps across systems to balance cost and performance trade-offs Since the Vscale Architecture initial announcement, we’ve been busy extending capability and adding several new components that we’re officially announcing today:Single Point of orchestration, automation, and security for compute, network, and storage – UCS Director in conjunction with Cisco ACI automation reduces the risk and time to onboard servicesVscale Border Technology Connect – Cisco Nexus, ASA and Firepower, ISR and ASR, assure secure, high-performance data communications between the Vscale resources and external networksVscale Open Technology Connect – Cisco Nexus and MDS service for third-party equipment integration maximizes ROI of Vscale and non-Vscale assets through resource sharingVscale Fabric Technology Connect for storage – All-flash Dell EMC Unity, XtremIO and VMAX storage and Isilon NAS optimize application performance and cost of scaling out storageNew Services – Cisco Advanced Services for UCS Director and ACI deployment and Dell EMC  Vscale Services speed data center modernization and time to business results Big data analytics projects are a premier use case for this new direction in data center architecture.  Inovalon, a leading big data analytics service provider for the healthcare ecosystem, is an example business that has deployed the Vscale Architecture with outstanding results.“Inovalon implemented Vscale to decrease cycle times dedicated to provisioning resources dedicated to our sophisticated private cloud offerings, most importantly, our Inovalon ONE platform,” said Faisal Khalid, Senior Vice President, Technology Solutions at Inovalon. “With this competitive advantage, Inovalon ONE delivers a highly scalable, flexible Platform-as-a-service capability – unrivaled in the industry today – to enable value-based healthcare across the healthcare ecosystem. Further, the architecture’s level of automation enables my team to focus their time on delivering greater value and innovation for our business.”Our joint work with Cisco is helping customers achieve this success with Vscale Architecture.“Cisco’s policy driven automation with ACI is an important enabler for digital business and Cisco sees strong market momentum with over 3,500 ACI customers,” said Tom Edsall, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Insieme Networks Business, Cisco Systems. “We are pleased to see the adoption of the Vscale Architecture by our largest converged infrastructure customers. We look forward to our continued investment together with Dell EMC to deliver fabric solutions like Vscale to our joint customers using converged systems like VxBlock.”Imagine the experience of receiving a VxBlock on your shipping dock, within 60 days of order, with fully integrated compute, storage, data protection, internal network fabric and a hypervisor that is logically configured to your specifications. Now imagine this benefit covering the breadth of your data center, plus automation and assured interoperability as you add technology options and capacity and upgrade firmware and software releases. That’s Vscale Architecture with Dell EMC and Cisco innovating together.If you’re attending Cisco Live, our team would love to meet with you. As a Diamond Sponsor, you’ll see a lot from Dell EMC during the show. Stop by our booth (#2315) to learn more about our joint offerings, see solutions onsite and hear from our experts.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island is home to two cities, more than a dozen towns, and a vast network of dozens upon dozens of villages and hamlets stretching from the Queens border in the west to Montauk Point in the east, sandwiched between the North Shore’s Long Island Sound and South Shore’s barrier beaches—all within Nassau and Suffolk counties.It is an eclectic mix, for sure, and includes countless commercial businesses and companies encompassing small mom-and-pops shops and boutiques, franchises, national chains, hometown restaurants, bars, pubs, music and events venues, municipal works and residential neighborhoods. Punctuating this smorgasbord of communities are a variety of lively downtowns—characterized as popular local centralized hubs comprised of all the aforementioned businesses and attractions renowned for their wide range of exceptional cuisines, shopping experiences, activities, nightlife and tourist destinations. The following is a list of some of Long Island’s most popular and well-known downtowns, along with some of their top highlights, all well worth a visit with friends, family members, loved ones, and/or simply perfect for solo excursions to explore, learn about, and ultimately, embrace.Here’s The Ultimate Guide to Long Island Downtowns:BABYLONA major Long Island Railroad hub that sits upon the Great South Bay, Babylon remains a coveted South Shore destination. With a rich history as a resort town purchased from the Sumpwam Indians in 1670, Babylon remains a quaint and bustling downtown that runs along Main Street and Deer Park Avenue full of shops, restaurants, and the picturesque Argyle Lake, whose white shallow waterfalls make for a popular wedding photo site. Loaded with local bars including Mary Carroll’s, Lily Flanagan’s, The Post Office Café, and Horace and Sylvia’s, and casual restaurants such as Swell Taco, a beach-themed taco restaurant, to Del Fuego, a Mexican-style restaurant and tequila bar with a sister restaurant in Patchogue, Babylon Village is brimming with young visitors who enjoy the thriving nightlife and friendly dining scene. For breakfast or lunch, look no further than Glen’s Dinette (order the Blue Monkey Pancakes) and Tricia’s Café. Upscale restaurants such as The Argyle, Monsoon, Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar, and Gemelli’s (whose nearby delicatessen under the same ownership justifies a trip to Babylon alone) cater to the well-dressed foodie set. Spas, hair salons, ice cream shops, a candy store, a toy shop, coffee shops and other independent stores make Babylon a perfect walking town.HUNTINGTONHuntington Village is Long Island’s Manhattan. This North Shore 36-square-block cosmopolitan downtown area that comprises the village is bustling with boutique stores and restaurants along New York Avenue and Main Street that run the gamut of motifs and cuisines, from Argentine, Japanese, Mexican and Mediterranean, from upscale spots such as Prime Steakhouse, Cassis, and Besito to more casual burger fare. This cultural hub caters to Huntington’s artsy crowd with such popular destinations as: renowned music venue The Paramount (where Billy Joel has been known to drop in for an impromptu concert); independent bookstore Book Revue, which has featured discussions and book signings with such noted authors as JK Rowling, Ken Follett, and Tom Clancy, former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as both presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump; the Hecksher Museum of Art; events sponsored by the Huntington Arts Council; and the Inter-Media Arts Center, a theater devoted to debuting independent films. The annual Long Island Gay Pride Parade is hosted in the village, which attracts a young, boisterous crowd. Try a famous cold cheese slice at Little Vincent’s—the culinary and shopping choices abound in this downtown gem!PORT JEFFERSONThe downtown area of this charming harbor town is replete with rich history, cultural heritage, and a storybook-like village. One of two ports with access to Connecticut, this is a maritime mecca, with restaurants, bars, entertainment and educational and social activities to spare. The newly developed Harborfront Park and Port Jefferson Village Center provides a central hub with appeal to every demographic that stumbles upon them, from those interested in Long Island’s history to children who love to lace up their ice skates all winter long. The Maritime Explorium offers an exciting, hands-on experience for young children. Theatergoers come from all across the Island to attend TheatreThree, which houses plays for children and adults alike, all year long. The Dickens Festival takes over the village every winter, transforming Port Jefferson into Great Britain a century past, with characters in period costume showcasing scenes from A Christmas Carol, on street corners. Foodies flock to Port Jeff to sample freshly caught seafood on outside patios in the summertime, in restaurants with harborviews, including Schafer’s, the Steamroom, and the Wave at Danford’s. Stroll Main Street and discover art galleries, ice cream and candy shops, a rice pudding bar (!), a tea shop, and gift shops to enjoy and get lost in. Sample local beers at Brewology, and Port Jeff Brewery, bite into the perfect burger at Billie’s 1890 Saloon, or indulge in some of the 100 artisan cheeses at C’est Cheese. There’s so much to see and do all throughout this amazing port.EAST HAMPTONA shopper’s paradise, East Hampton caters to the glitterati who reside on the East End, as well as the tourists who come to dine, shop, beach, and celebrity watch. Home to a ton of high-end boutiques and retail stores along its picturesque Main Street, this town is a tribute to beachfront luxury, featuring shops like Tiffany & Co., Gucci, a Missoni Home Store, Ralph Lauren, and Cole Haan. Restaurants abound, including the famed Nick and Toni’s, where you can glimpse Steven Spielberg chowing down during the summer. Check out Serafina, East Hampton Grill, or The Palm for an authentic Hamptons experience. Guild Hall, the premier arts, entertainment, and education center of the community, features fascinating theatrical performances, overseen by its president Alec Baldwin. Visit in September for the Hampton Classic Horse Show. In October, the Hamptons International Film Festival is a week-long red carpet event celebrating Independent films—long, short, documentary, and fiction—and honoring acclaimed films, actors, and directors who often go on to win Academy Awards soon after. A resort town perched among world-class beaches, East Hampton is a prime destination for vacation goers both international and local day trippers alike.RIVERHEADDowntown Riverhead has undergone tremendous revitalization in recent years, beginning with the construction of Atlantis Marine World aquarium in 2000, located on 3.2 acres along the Peconic River. The addition of the Hyatt Place East End and Resort Marina has cemented its place as a resort town, perfect for those who attend weddings at the aquarium or North Fork vineyards. This quaint downtown is now full of historical treasures and beautiful riverfront scenery, commerce, dining, and leisure. With an influx of superior restaurant options, from Pera Bell (whose sister restaurant is in downtown Patchogue) to Bistro 72 and Buoy One. Close to the shopping hotspot that is the Tanger Outlets, Riverhead has become a premier North Shore destination, especially along its Main Street. This is an extremely kid-friendly town, with the Atlantis Aquarium and Splish Splash water park attracting families from all over Long Island. This increasingly walkable shopping hub is home to dozens of recently opened shops, including clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, and East Enders, a trendy and extremely busy coffee shop. The Riverhead Business Improvement District introduced four “Alive on 25” street festivals, modeled after Patchogue’s popular “Alive at 5” summer events. For families, foodies, and festival-goers, Riverhead reigns supreme.GLEN COVESince its settlement by European colonists in 1668, The City of Glen Cove (one of two cities in all of Nassau County) has been known as a quaint, quiet, and relaxing locale that is home to nearly 30,000 people. No matter the time of day or your palate, there is always something cooking in downtown Glen Cove along Glen Street, School Road and Forest Avenue. For a hearty breakfast, local landmark Henry’s Confectionary has been serving up a great start to the day, since 1929. If you are looking for reasonably priced yet high-quality continental cuisine, check out the underrated American Café right next to Starbucks. For continental cuisine with a side of pizza (and perhaps a drink and even weekend karaoke), look no further than local hangout The Downtown Cafe. Those hankering for cuisine from the Far East can enjoy sushi, Japanese and Thai dishes at Asian Fusion or Tokyo Sushi, or Sweet Mandarin for some of the best Chinese that can be had on the Gold Coast. For tasty Italian fare, check out La Bussola. Andros Grill and Wild Fig serve up delicious Greek cuisine. On Tuesdays, the Glen St. Theater offers a $6 movie matinee special. The “Cruise Night” car show features the latest and greatest automobiles, while “Downtown Sounds” features numerous live acts and great tunes that is a great way to end the week and spend a summer night under the stars!GREENPORTVoted “One of America’s Prettiest Towns” by Forbes magazine, Greenport is one of the North Fork’s crown jewels, and basically one massive downtown in itself, although its primary hubs are Front Street and Main Road. Situated on the deep, protected harbor on the Long Island Sound, this old whaling port boasts a thriving downtown rife with waterfront restaurants, hotels, museums and galleries, and an abundant variety of boutique shops. You just can’t visit Greenport without stopping at Mitchell Field and taking a ride on the antique carousel. Restaurants run the gamut, from fine-dining establishments like the famed Claudio’s, Soundview Restaurant and the trendy Frisky Oyster, to casual dining such as 1943 Pizza Bar, Biere Bar and Restaurant and Deep Water Bar and Grille. The Maritime Festival takes over downtown Greenport every fall, kicking off with a cocktail party and culminating in a parade, kayak races, music, food, local wine, children’s activities, oysters, old-fashioned games and a sunset cruise.MASSAPEQUA & MASSAPEQUA PARKWhen Superstorm Sandy barreled into Long Island, Massapequa and Massapequa Park, especially its southernmost areas, like pretty much all of Long Island’s South Shore, were hit hard. Since then, this hamlet and village, respectively, have seen several new businesses open, joining their popular families of myriad restaurants and mom-and-pops shops lining Massapequa’s Broadway and Massapequa Park’s Park Boulevard. They both share an equally popular strip of eateries and boutiques lining Merrick Road, too, making this dynamic duo a powerful combination of commerce. Among some of these culinary and shopping destinations: the craft beer hub The Good Life and Tap Room, Irish fave Paddy’s Loft, pizza paradise Phil’s (with two locations), Long Island institution All American Burger, The Perk coffee shop, Gannon’s, Fulton Street Pub, Johnny McGorey’s and McCann’s, just to name a few. Both Massapequa and Massapequa Park are also renowned for their plentiful parks and nature preserves, where families can hike, fish, or simply relax, taking in their splendor. Their timeless charm and delicious food have been attracting customers from all over.BAYVILLEThe North Shore village of Bayville is home to absolutely gorgeous waterfront views and plenty of boutique stores, shops and activities along its main drag, Bayville Avenue. One of the most popular attractions in Bayville is the Bayville Adventure Park, featuring a mini golf, a fun house, an arcade, and an ice cream parlor. During Halloween season, the ghostly apparition of Bayville Scream Park appears, scaring the wits out of countless visitors. Some of Bayville’s many eateries, hotspots and breathtaking venues include: The Crescent Beach Club, Twin Harbors Restaurant, Mill Creek Tavern, Ralph’s Pizza and Souvlaki Place. Perhaps more than any other draws, however, are Bayville’s renowned beaches and picturesque backdrops along the Long Island Sound and the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. These absolutely gorgeous locales provide the perfect settings for weddings, family outings, or just relaxing by the water.GREAT NECKGreat Neck Plaza is a robust downtown district made up of a mix of modern and historic buildings, condos, and apartment buildings, with nearby access to the LIRR. Careful zoning and planning has created a walkable downtown district along Great Neck Road that boasts an abundance of restaurants and retail shopping that has the feel of old Manhattan. With more than 260 retail stores, Great Neck Plaza is a haven for shoppers, while maintaining its unique historic architectural facade. There a number of unique specialty stores, ranging from MuddWorks, a coffee shop with homemade roasts which change daily, to Taeree’s Gift Shop, offering beautiful handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and handbags. Restaurants abound in this culinary center, from the famed Peter Luger Steak House and the sophisticated, urban chic Lola restaurant to more casual fare, such as Bare Burger and Mykonos, a fantastic Greek restaurant, and several Asian fusion eateries to choice from. Great Neck Plaza is a bastion of art, culture, food, and boutique shopping, close enough to the city for easy commuting but equipped with enough of its own to render Manhattan virtually unnecessary.MINEOLADowntown Mineola is filled with enough restaurants and bars along Mineola Boulevard to keep the hungry and thirsty satiated. With a culinary cross section of ethnic eateries spanning Portuguese, Italian, and Japanese, hitting price points from inexpensive to upscale fine dining, a night out in Mineola appeals to all. Check out Vicoco Wine Bar and Tapas restaurant for light Spanish fare with an expansive wine selection. For Italian specialties, try Nick’s Tuscan Grill, a staple for red sauce specialties with mighty portions and excellent service. Niji consistently creates fresh, flavorful dishes that are artfully prepared and phenomenally delicious. For drinks, stop by the Black Sheep Ale House, Murphy’s Bar and Grill, or Cornerstone Pub and restaurant for beer on tap and a young, lively crowd. This extraordinary village also boasts two other “downtown” areas: Jericho Turnpike and Old Country Road, both lined with even more restaurants, shops and businesses worth visiting, day or night.WESTBURYWestbury was recently the recipient of a $10 million grant to revitalize its downtown district, which stretches Post Avenue. Westbury’s location, walkability, affordable housing options, and arts and culture offerings are the foundation of a downtown that can serve as an anchor for the Island. Nearby, NYCB Theatre at Westbury and the Space at Westbury attract visitors of all ages, featuring up-and-coming artists, renowned acts, and plenty of tribute bands as well. Within walking distance of these venues, there are an array of notable restaurants, such as Galleria Dominick Ristorante, an intimate, yet casual Italian eatery, and Chi Dining Lounge, a chic, upscale space serving steaks, seafood, and brick oven pizza, among many others. Stroll the downtown and check out the charming features that are the ark of its revitalization, such as new vintage street lights, road signs, and flower baskets. Enjoy the clean look of the new facades on buildings. Shop. Eat. Listen to the great music!NORTHPORTHistoric downtown Northport is Long Island’s Mayberry. This shopping and dining destination, which stretches along Main Street, is right out of a Norman Rockwell illustration, with old-fashioned storefronts, antique stores, an ice cream parlor and restaurants that decorate the walkable landscape ending in waterfront Cow Harbor Park. Home to the annual Cow Harbor 10k race, Northport is a gathering center for those from all over the Island. Northport Village combines dining, culture and entertainment in a picturesque setting reminiscent of days gone past. Other events include Cow Harbor Day, Holiday House Tours, Winterfest and Summerfest concerts taking place at Heart of the Harbor Park bandstand. Restaurants abound on this strip, from fine dining to casual eateries. Maroni Cuisine is an Italian restaurant that inspires almost a cult-like status. Also check out Bistro 44 for contemporary American cuisine, Main Street Café, and Northport Feed and Grain for fantastic burgers and steaks. Heartichoke is one of the many quirky gift shops that can be found while strolling down Main Street. This shop is home to beautiful jewelry, accessories, and garden supplies. The Northport Sweet Shop is a vintage-style ice cream shop, which also serves breakfast, lunch, dessert, and is known for their homemade ice cream, and satisfying BLT sandwiches. Northport is also home to Sand City Brewing, serving a wide selection of craft brew and eats.GARDEN CITYGarden City is one of Long Island’s wealthiest—and prettiest—enclaves. This tree-lined historic town is supported by a significant commercial economy that includes Roosevelt Field Mall, The Long Island Children’s Museum, a Sony IMAX theater, and the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Nearby, are both Hofstra University and Nassau Community College. Garden City’s downtown is a walkable conglomeration of upscale restaurants, bars, spas, salons, and boutiques dotting Franklin Avenue, and is home to one of the most famous bistros on Long Island: Waterzooi. This is Long Island’s only Belgian Bistro, and it’s served more than 2.5 million pounds of mussels to date. Just down the street, Revel is a contemporary restaurant in an industrial space offering trendy cuisine aimed at a young, hip crowd. Likewise, Plancha Tapas and Wine caters to the upwardly mobile set, with an inventive cheese board menu and an expansive and impressive wine list. Garden City’s downtown is a gorgeous spot to dine with friends, enjoy a glass of wine, and people watch.PATCHOGUEThis trendy village located on the Great South Bay resides nearly equidistant between Manhattan and Montauk and teems with a vast array of restaurants and pubs, shops and boutiques, and live music venues along Montauk Highway, making it one of the most popular downtowns along the island’s South Shore. Among its many draws: the 1,200-seat Patchogue Theatre built in 1921 and renovated in 2000; traditional German restaurant and bar Bierhaus Patchogue; The Emporium and 89 North music venues; craft brew haven The Tap Room; That Meetball Place; Hoptron Brewtique; Blue Point Brewing Company; BrickHouse Brewery, housed in the oldest commercial building in the village; and many more. This extraordinary village is also known as a transportation hub, with access to the Long Island Railroad, ferry to Fire Island, and Suffolk County bus service, as well as connections to major highways and nearby regional airport, and own village bus that transports visitors throughout the community. Its Alive After Five street fair, featuring music, food, local craft brews, arts and more, attracts people from all across the island throughout the summer, and Patchogue is also home to the Great South Bay Music Festival, one of the largest annual music events in the region.BAY SHOREAlthough known as Merrick Road to western Long Islanders along the South Shore, the two-, sometimes four-lane artery becomes Montauk Highway as it winds east, and offers visitors to the South Shore hamlet of Bay Shore a wide range of retail shops, fine restaurants, bars, music venues, annual festivals and more. Among these: the fine waterfront dining hotspot The LakeHouse Restaurant; tapas paradise Tullulah’s; cozy coffee shop replete with couches and unique furniture the Milk and Sugar Café; seafood and cocktail haven the Salt & Barrel; the popular Changing Times pub; Mexican go-to spot Pico Tequila; casual dining and pub grub destination Corks and Taps; watering holes The Courtland and The Penny Pub; and so much more. Bay Shore is also home to the Great South Bay Brewery, one of Long Island’s most popular craft brew creators, which features a tasting room and hosts live music and events throughout the year, including its popular “Punktoberfest.” Bay Shore’s annual “Arts Festival by the Bay” draws tens of thousands of visitors each year.ISLIPThis South Shore hamlet along the Great South Bay boasts a smorgasbord of extraordinary restaurants, mom-and-pops shops, live music and arts venues, and much more, with a concentration of these and other daytime and nightlife hotspots along Montauk Highway. Islip is home to Tellers, a high-end chophouse renowned for its fine-dining and posh, celebrity-like atmosphere, and Verace, an equally upscale restaurant popular among jetsetters and those seeking luxurious environs and stylish pizzazz. Among its assortment of popular bars and pubs: Lily Flanagan’s, Maxwells, Bottoms Up, and The Viking. Some of its other go-to eateries include: Bubba’s Burrito Bar, Mango Tango Asian Fusion, Villa Monaco, Primi Italian Steakhouse, Pizza Parm, and many more. Among Islip’s other destination gems is Treme Blues & Jazz Club, offering Cajun-style tapas, gourmet meat and cheese platters, specialized cocktails, an eclectic list of wines, to-die-for desserts, and some of the best live music on the island!last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Manhattan man was arrested Sunday for allegedly killing a 32-year-old Brooklyn man in West Babylon nearly eight years ago, Suffolk County police said.Daniel Greenspan, 28, was charged with second-degree murder.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that Greenspan shot Michael Sinclair to death on Jan. 31, 2009.Officers had found the victim suffering from gunshot wounds on Kellum Street after responding to a 911 call reporting shots fired, police said. The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he died.Greenspan was ordered held without bail. He is due back in court Friday.last_img read more

first_imgLeksula is about 3 to 4 kilometers from the Nalbesi River. In the rainy season, residents are forced to travel on foot, as did Nori with her baby that day.With the bad weather and swift water, Nori ventured to cross the river while carrying her child with a sarong to return to her home in Neath.Three men volunteered to help Nori and other residents cross the river. They stretched strands of nylon rope across the river and tied them to tree trunks on both sides of the river.They wrapped other strands of nylon rope around the stretch, knotted them and tied them to a wooden branch that served as a seat. Residents would sit on the wooden branch to swing across the river. “This is our daily job. Sometimes we arrive home late at night after helping residents cross the river,” said one of the volunteers, Fendy Nurlatu.Every day, Fendy and the other volunteers witness how residents fight their fear and anxiety, while also remaining vigilant to cross the river safely.“I saw that [Nori] was worried. She was afraid because she was carrying her baby. But what else could she do? She had to cross the river,” Fendy said.Read also: Students in Maluku help each other cross dangerous river to get to schoolTo cross the river, Nori sat on the wooden branch with one hand holding her child and one hand holding the hanging rope. The rope was pulled from the other side of the river slowly until she reached the riverbank.Nori told Fendy how nervous she was crossing the river with a child in hand, especially when they paused in the middle of the river.“I prayed and prayed — Oh God, when will I get across the river?” said Fendy, conveying what Nori said to her.After crossing the river, Nori continued his journey to her village, which is about 4 km away from the Nalbesi River, Fendy said.Besides Nori, several women also crossed the river in the same way that day.A college student from Liang, Melky Solisa, said local residents had crossed the river for decades whenever they wanted to shop for basic necessities or sell their plantation products at the market in the district center.Melky, who is studying at the University of Pattimura in Ambon, Maluku, recalled an incident that happened to a resident crossing the river last year.“A resident was rushed to a hospital last year because he fell and was carried away by the river flow. The victim was injured but alive,” said Melky.The villagers, including Fendy and Melky, regretted that there was no actual plan from the central or regional governments to build a bridge over the river.Fendi said a district head and members of the local legislature had promised to build an emergency bridge during their pre-election campaigns but had never realized the program.“Five years ago, the current regent, Tagop Solisa, promised an emergency bridge. But the condition is still like this,” said Fendi.“Mr. President, please look at our suffering and lack of freedom, Sir. Even though Indonesia will be 75 years old soon, we are not independent yet,” Melky added. (syk)Topics : The flow of the Nalbesi River was getting stronger as the rain flushed Buru Selatan regency in Maluku on a Thursday morning, but villagers still flocked to the river bank.The river is the only access for residents in the two villages, namely Neath and Liang, to reach the district center, Leksula, while risking their lives and those of their loved ones.Among the residents crossing the river that morning was Nori Hukunala, who had just bought monthly supplies in Leksula with her 8-month-old baby.last_img read more

first_imgSpring is traditionally the peak selling season for property. Picture: Adam Smith.But property guru Andrew Winter, host of Selling Houses Australia and Love It Or List It Australia, told The Courier-Mail vendors should not feel compelled to list their home just because of the season.“Please don’t just put your house on the market because its spring,” Mr Winter said.“Put it on because it suits you and the marketplace you’re selling in, otherwise (the market) will be flooded and oversupplied, and none of you will get the best price.“I’d rather wait a few months and then list.” Ross Duff and Linda D’Astole at their Chelmer home which they have listed to make the most of the spring selling season. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning.BRISBANE is warming up for the best spring selling season in the country, with home values, listings and auction clearance rates holding firm as the southern states continue to cool.While the Sydney and Melbourne markets have hit the brakes, the Queensland capital is gearing up, with a host of new homes hitting the market in the coming weeks after a slow winter and buyers set to emerge from hibernation to bag a bargain.As the competition heats up, new research from realestate.com.au has revealed the suburbs where buyers and sellers are most likely to benefit. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Demand for houses in Brisbane’s east has jumped 17 per cent in the past year, while interest in houses in the city’s south has fallen by nearly 7 per cent in that time.In Ipswich, views per house listing increased more than 6 per cent, while demand for houses in Logan dropped 13 per cent.The western suburb of Chapel Hill is the most in-demand among house hunters, with views per listing up a whopping 42 per cent from a year ago.The biggest decline in demand for houses was in Buccan, in Logan — down nearly 34 per cent. THE COST OF LIVING IN AUSTRALIA’S RUDEST STREETS R EA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said it’s a good time to list a home in suburbs like Holland Park, which has had nearly 6000 people looking on at homes for sale on realestate.com.au in the past six months. “The fact things have gotten so hot there makes it very much a seller’s market,” Ms Conisbee said. The data shows it’s a good time for buyers in areas where demand has dropped because there is less competition. “Somewhere like Chandler in the east is an area that has been seeing very, very high demand, but the fact is there are now fewer people looking in Chandler for whatever reason and, as a result, it’s probably going to be a bit easier to get into the market than this time last year,” Ms Conisbee said. This property at 7 Drury St, Windsor, has sold after just one inspection.CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said the Brisbane market had an advantage over other capital cities because home values were still rising.“You’re going to see the amount of stock coming to market increase and you might see some more buyers come out of the woodwork,” Mr Kusher said.“I don’t think it’s going to be overly strong, but better than what you’re going to see in other southern markets.” WESTPAC TRIGGERS FIRST RATE RISE FOR ALL HOMEOWNERS Logan 794 -13.1%-Shailer Park 2460 32.0%-Buccan 1739 -33.8%Moreton Bay 1092 0.3%-Deception Bay 1640 15.8%-Mount Mee 1542 -32.3%Ipswich 777 6.4%-Basin Pocket 1651 37.0%-Pine Mountain 1780 -17.7%(Source: realestate.com.au) This home at 115 Oxley Rd, Chelmer, has just hit the market.Mr Duff said they timed the listing of the property with the start of spring.“That’s just when there’s more interest,” Mr Duff said.“I think the beautiful weather in Queensland brings (buyers) out.”BUYER DEMAND IN GREATER BRISBANERegion House views per listing (6mths to 31/07/18) YoY changeBrisbane East 1286 17.1%-Hemmant 2071 18.8%-Manly 2240 -15.3%Brisbane West 2600 0.9%-Chapel Hill 4355 41.9%-Indooroopilly 3863 -27.1%Brisbane North 2164 -2.6%-Wavell Heights 3370 19.4%-Chermside West 3067 -14.2%Brisbane South 2298 -6.7% -Mount Gravatt 4569 35.5%-Coorparoo 4606 -2.7% center_img REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee. She said she expected more homes to hit the market in Brisbane this spring than the same time last year. “I think you could see potentially higher listings than last year because sentiment remains relatively buoyant,” she said. Agents on the ground are reporting a solid start to the season already, with some homes being snapped up before their scheduled auctions.Garry Jones of Harcourts Solutions — Inner City recently sold a five-bedroom house in Windsor that was scheduled to go under the hammer, after just one inspection.The home at 7 Drury Street sold for $1.36 million.“We’re dealing with a lot of buyers who have been frustrated through the winter period, because it has been a quieter winter with a lack of availability of quality properties,” Mr Jones said. AUCTIONS START SPRING SELLING SEASON “I’m finding listings are starting to increase and buyers are acting faster and more confidently, largely because there’s been lower stock levels but still strong buyer demand in inner city suburbs.”Mr Jones said he was also dealing with a lot more southern buyers’ agents, particularly from Sydney where the market was notably retracting. Selling Houses Australia host Andrew Winter. Picture: Rohan Kelly.Mr Winter said he believed the Brisbane housing market still had potential for growth, particularly in some of its semirural acreage suburbs.“We are so much cheaper than Sydney and Melbourne — it’s too big a gap now. We’ve got a little bit of catching up to do,” he said.“Some of the very close to city acreage that Brisbane and the Gold Coast hinterland has got; those sorts of areas, even today, are offering incredibly good value.“If you’re looking for an investment for the next 10 to 15 years, and you want space and land, I’d go with acreage close to town.” Among the new homes hitting the market in time for spring selling season is Ross Duff and Linda D’Astole’s property in Chelmer, in Brisbane’s western suburbs.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe property at 115 Oxley Road is spread across two lots, spanning 1045 sqm, and offers the potential for buyers to move straight in, extend or subdivide subject to council approval. Brisbane Inner City 3764 11.8% -Spring Hill 4251 38.8%-Red Hill 4080 10.7% last_img read more

first_imgNeptune Energy has awarded a four-year framework agreement for EPCIC (engineering, procurement, construction, installation & commissioning) and decommissioning services for brownfield modification to Stork Worley Integrated Solutions V.O.F. for its Dutch North Sea assets. Source: Neptune EnergyThe services will comprise of engineering, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning, and decommissioning services, Neptune said on Thursday.Neptune Energy’s Netherlands Managing Director, Lex de Groot, said: “We are building a sustainable future for our business and delivering significant societal and economic benefits to the Netherlands. An important element is to optimising our existing producing assets and keeping them fit for the future. Stork Worley are experts in delivering the right people, services and solutions for brownfield modifications.“For example, our L10-A platform is the first platform on the Dutch part of the North Sea producing since 16 May 1975. Next to optimising our current production assets we also keep exploring plays and participating in future developments, such as the offshore green hydrogen pilot PosHYdon on our Q13a platform. ”Taco de Haan, Stork’s President, said: “Stork is extremely pleased that Neptune Energy awarded the four-year framework agreement to the integrated partnership of Worley & Stork. Neptune Energy is an important player in North Sea and we are proud to expand our existing relationship.”Jim Lenton, President of Upstream/Midstream/LNG, Integrated Solutions, Worley, said: “We look forward to delivering value and collaborating with Neptune Energy on this EPCIC framework and we plan for this Stork Worley consortium to be truly 1+1=3. This contract supports our strategy to grow our Integrated Solutions services, and we look forward to further growing our relationship with Neptune Energy in the future.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

first_imgHealthLifestylePolitics Cuba hikes salaries for doctors, nurses by: – March 22, 2014 Share 80 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is giving its hundreds of thousands of medical workers raises that in some cases exceed 100 percent, official media on the island announced Friday, though pay remains much lower than what medical professionals earn elsewhere.The Communist Party daily newspaper Granma also reported that Cuba expects to take in $8.2 billion this year for the tens of thousands of medical worker it sends to care for the poor in countries such as Venezuela and Brazil.Granma published a sample of what the pay hikes, which take effect June 1, will look like. At the high end, doctors with two specialties will see their salary go from the equivalent of $26 a month to $67, while an entry-level nurse will make $25, up from $13.Salaries at government jobs in Cuba average about $20 a month, augmented by a range of free services and subsidies.The raise will affect more than 440,000 medical sector employees, Granma said, and was made possible by the elimination of 109,000 redundant jobs in the last four years.“This is very good news that makes me tremendously happy. … With my first paycheck I’m going to buy a toy for my youngest grandson, who’s 3,” said Soraida Pina, a 62-year-old nurse. “This will open new doors for me.”Others were less wowed.“They had talked to us about this, and it’s very important for the family economy, but it continues to be a salary that means very little because everything is very expensive,” said Laura Vazquez, a 38-year-old pathologist.Cuba also is raising the salaries of medical workers on international missions, which already pay higher salaries and in hard currency.Doctors and nurses working in Cuban ally Venezuela, for example, will see their salaries double.The changes “will contribute to the stability and quality of the medical services for the people, as well as fulfill international commitments,” Granma said.The paper added that the forecast revenue from overseas medical missions for 2014 represents 64 percent of income from the services sector.Health Minister Roberto Morales said recently that more than 50,000 Cuban health care professionals are working in some 66 nations.That includes an estimated 30,000 in Venezuela, which sends Cuba some 92,000 barrels of oil a day, with a total value of about $3.2 billion a year.Cuba has not made public how much it pays doctors on foreign missions, though it is believed to be a small fraction of what it collects from the nations where they serve.Some doctors defect while abroad, though there are no official statistics on how many.Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgMANILA – Fighting misinformation riskseating into the national government’s resources that would otherwise be spenton dealing with the new coronavirus that the world is trying to contain, saidManila’s former health minister who led the response to the Severe AcuteRespiratory Syndrome (SARS) nearly two decades ago. Compared to SARS, the Philippines is “betterprepared” to respond to the novel coronavirus from Wuhan, China as negativepressure or isolation chambers and quarantine procedures are in place, saidformer health secretary Manuel Dayrit. Unlike during the SARS outbreak of 2002to 2003, information on the new coronavirus is readily available, said Dayrit.In the absence of social media at that time, he hosted press briefingsregularly for 2 months to keep the public updated. “Magtulong-tulungan tayo, hindiiyong panggalingan at magdulot tayong pangamba at takot… Ano bangmaidudulot ng pagpapakalat ng fake news?” he told DZMM Wednesday. (ABS-CBN News) China said Wednesday deaths due to thenovel coronavirus had risen to 132 with nearly 6,000 people infected.Governments and companies around the world have warned against travel to Chinaand readied their citizens there for possible repatriation. “The downside is that false news andmaliciously-manufactured information can really confuse and scare people,”he told ABS-CBN News in an email interview. The Philippines has yet to confirm anycase of the pathogen that comes from the same family of viruses as SARS,authorities said Monday. However, at least 6 schools in Manila suspendedclasses on Monday over false online information that the capital had acoronavirus case. “Fear of the unknown” propagates fakenews on the disease, said Health Secretary Francisco Duque, who urged thepublic to monitor his agency’s daily advisories.  “Disinformation may cause publicconfusion, and cause wasteful deployment of resources in efforts to verify andto take corrective action,” said Dayrit, also a former dean of the AteneoSchool of Medicine who served at the World Health Organization in Geneva afterhis stint at the Department of Health.last_img read more

first_imgSouthampton boss Ronald Koeman has criticised England’s “crazy” Christmas schedule, claiming the traditional fixture pile-up only favours the biggest clubs. Southampton have reaped the benefits of Koeman’s consistent selection policy this season. The Saints have started less players (15) in the league so far than top four rivals Arsenal (18), Tottenham (21), Liverpool (21) and Manchester United (22). Koeman believes the fixture congestion at Christmas plays into the hands of those teams with bigger squads at their disposal. “Does it favour the big clubs? Yes. They can change players much easier than other teams in the Premier League,” Koeman said. “It is worst for the clubs who haven’t got 24 players at the same level. “You have to change your team and I don’t like to change my team. I believe if the team is doing well you can change one or two positions but I don’t believe in changing my team in six or seven positions.” If Southampton want to keep pace with the sides at the top of the table, they may need to bolster their options in the January transfer window. “Our transfer policy in January doesn’t depend on winning and losing over the next month,” Koeman said. “It depends on the players we have – for example we know that Sadio Mane has to play at the African Nations Cup, Maya Yoshida will play in the Asian Cup but we don’t need a lot of players. “I am happy with the players we have. It depends on injuries if you need someone but it’s too early to make conclusions about that.” The Saints, who are second in the Barclays Premier League, face Aston Villa on Monday ahead of a testing month that brings games against Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea. Koeman’s side also have to play four games in nine days over Christmas including league fixtures on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day before the FA Cup third round on the first weekend in January. Press Association “It’s difficult because I don’t have experience playing that number of games in such a short time,” Koeman said. “I always used to be on holiday during Christmas and now we have a lot of games to prepare for. “I told the players, ‘honestly, I don’t have that experience’, it’s difficult. “We have to play December 26 and then again on the 28th, January 1 and then January 3 for the FA Cup – it’s crazy. “It’s not crazy to play at Christmas because I understand – we had that in Holland and the people like that. “I’d like that as well if I like football and support Southampton – I can have my Christmas meal then go to the stadium and watch Southampton, I am happy. “The problem is you have one day off between two games and that’s crazy, that’s impossible. “That’s my problem with the schedule because if it’s the 26th and the 29th, no problem, but it’s Friday and Sunday. That’s crazy, one day off, crazy.” last_img read more