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Nieman Foundation Curator Bob Giles to retire

first_imgBob Giles, curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard for the past decade, will retire at the end of the academic year in June 2011.“It is not easy to leave a great institution and the wonderful people who make it so, but this is a good time for my wife, Nancy, and me to begin a new chapter in our lives,” Giles, 77, said. “The Nieman program has grown significantly over the past decade and is sound financially. It continues to attract highly gifted, independent-minded journalists seeking a transformative experience at Harvard.“For me, the privilege of serving as curator has been an extraordinarily rewarding period in a long life in journalism. It is time now for new leadership to build on what my colleagues and I have added to the program over the past decade,” Giles added.As a newspaperman who cut his teeth in print journalism and worked as editor of newspapers in Detroit, Rochester and Akron during a career of more than 50 years, Giles has served as a mentor to midcareer fellows making their way in today’s exhilarating yet challenging work environment.“Under Bob’s leadership, the Nieman Foundation has responded effectively to a rapidly changing media landscape by creating new programs that helped fellows and other practicing journalists understand their changing roles,” said Provost Steven E. Hyman, who will lead a national search for a new curator. “We are deeply grateful to Bob for his long and well appreciated service and for leaving the Nieman Foundation in a very strong position.”Bill Wheatley, former executive vice president for NBC News and president of the Nieman Foundation Advisory Board, lauded Giles’ “superb contribution to the foundation’s vitality and reputation. During a period of great turbulence in journalism, he has positioned the Nieman Foundation for continued success in the years to come.”Giles said that he and his wife, a psychologist, plan to stay in Cambridge, but eventually will move to Northern Michigan, where they have a home.“My work with the fellows has deepened my desire to do what they do: take courses at Harvard, go to lectures and concerts, read,” he said. “I also can’t imagine not staying involved with journalism in some new way, especially now, when so much is possible and so much is at stake.”While the program adjusted to the changing media environment under Giles’ leadership, it remained committed to in-depth, high-quality journalism and the foundation’s core mission of midcareer education. Giles also found ways to give the foundation a voice in the discussions about the future of professional journalism; promoted narrative journalism though Nieman programs; and introduced several new journalism awards that are presented by the Nieman Foundation each year.Two years ago, the Nieman Foundation launched the Nieman Journalism Lab as a collaborative attempt to determine how high-quality journalism can survive and thrive in the Internet age. The Lab has a large following; it has attracted more than 2.4 million page views since its launch. The foundation’s quarterly magazine, Nieman Reports, expanded its reach online with the development of Professor’s Corner as a rich resource for journalism teachers and students. Nieman additionally supports websites on watchdog journalism and narrative nonfiction: Nieman Watchdog and Nieman Storyboard.Soon after he arrived at Harvard in 2000, Giles saw the need to expand the Nieman Foundation’s headquarters, Walter Lippmann House, on the Harvard campus. In 2003, the expansion was completed, adding a seminar room, library and computer workspace for fellows. The new space enabled the foundation to become a gathering place for conferences and workshops on such pressing topics in journalism as the environment, pandemics, race, trauma, religion and human rights, education reporting, watchdog journalism and community journalism.Giles has often spoken on the importance of protecting journalistic honesty and integrity as well as the importance to all democratic societies of investigative and watchdog reporting. He enabled international journalists who were threatened, jailed and sometimes beaten for doing their jobs in their home countries to find refuge in the Nieman program.As publisher of Nieman Reports, Giles regularly writes a column titled “Curator’s Corner.” His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and Daedalus, the magazine of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also is author of a textbook, “Newsroom Management: A Guide to Theory and Practice,” which was published in 1987.Giles was born in Cleveland and graduated from DePauw University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. After service in the U.S. Army, he joined the staff of the Akron Beacon Journal as a reporter. During 17 years on the paper, he was an editorial writer, city editor, managing editor and executive editor. In 1970, he directed coverage of the campus shootings at nearby Kent State University during the Vietnam War, for which the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize.He left the Beacon Journal in 1975 and taught as a professional-in-residence at the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. In 1977, he became executive editor and then editor of the Democrat & Chronicle and the Times-Union in Rochester, N.Y.In 1986, he moved to The Detroit News, where he served first as executive editor and later as editor and publisher. This was a tumultuous period in Detroit journalism. The paper was honored for its journalism, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1994, but was faced with the challenges of a joint operating agreement with its rival, the Detroit Free Press, and a long, bitter strike that lasted for 19 months.Giles retired from The Detroit News in 1997 and joined the Freedom Forum as a senior vice president and executive director of its Media Studies Center in New York City.He is a past president of both the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Managing Editors association. Currently, he is a member of the ASNE Foundation Board and the board of directors of Harvard Magazine. He also has served eight times as a Pulitzer Prize juror. Giles was involved in journalism education, serving for six years as president of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.Giles received an honorary doctorate in journalism from DePauw in 1996 and also won the Scripps Howard Foundation’s Distinguished Journalism Citation in 1978 for “outstanding public service in the cause of the First Amendment.”Giles was a Nieman Fellow in 1966 and notes that the lessons learned in Harvard classrooms and the friendships of his Nieman classmates remain with him today.He and his wife Nancy have three children and four grandchildren.last_img read more

The Visit, Starring Chita Rivera, is Broadway-Bound

first_img Related Shows In addition to Rivera, the cast of the WTF production included Roger Rees, Judy Kuhn, David Garrison, Jason Danieley, Matthew Deming, Diana DiMarzio, Melanie Field, Rick Holmes, Tom Nelis, Christopher Newcomer, Aaron Ramey and Timothy Shew. Rivera was most recently seen on Broadway as The Princess Puffer in the revival of Rupert Holmes’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She earned Tony Awards for two other Kander, Ebb and McNally musicals: The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Rivera also received nominations for Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Nine, Jerry’s Girls, Merlin, Bring Back Birdie, Chicago and Bye Bye Birdie. The Visit is based on the classic Friedrich Dürrenmatt play (adapted by Maurice Valency) and features a book by Terrence McNally, with music by Kander and lyrics by Ebb. Claire Zachanassian is an often-widowed millionairess who pays a visit to her hardship-stricken birthplace. The locals hope she’ll bring them a new lease on life, but little do they know her offer to revitalize the town comes at a dreadful price. The musical premiered in 2001 at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and later played The Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. Rivera starred in both productions as Claire, a role originally written for Angela Lansbury, who withdrew from the project in its early stages after her husband fell ill. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015 The Visit Chita Rivera is returning to Broadway in John Kander and Fred Ebb’s The Visit. The Tony winner starred in the John Doyle-helmed production of the musical at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts this summer. According to the New York Post, the tuner will open at a Shubert theater this spring and the production will be Rivera’s last appearance on the Great White Way.last_img read more

Southeast utilities cancel Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Dominion also selling gas business

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:One of the largest utilities in America is starting to turn its back on natural gas.Dominion Energy said Sunday that it’s selling substantially all of its natural gas pipeline and storage assets to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. for $4 billion, along with Berkshire’s assumption of $5.7 billion in debt. In a separate statement, the Richmond, Virginia-based company said it also decided with partner Duke Energy Corp. to kill the controversial Atlantic Coast gas pipeline along the U.S. East Coast, citing ongoing delays and “increasing cost uncertainty.”“We offer an industry-leading clean-energy profile,” Dominion Energy Chief Executive Officer Thomas F. Farrell said in a statement, citing the company’s goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and carbon-free electricity generation.Atlantic Coast is the latest gas pipeline to be scrapped by developers after years of delays and mounting costs. Williams Cos. earlier this year pulled the plug on the Constitution natural gas pipeline that would run from Appalachia to New York. Gas projects across America are facing intensifying opposition as local governments and environmentalists push for a transition away from fossil fuels.Berkshire is amassing more than 7,700 miles (12,400 kilometers) of natural gas storage and transmission pipelines and about 900 billion cubic feet of gas storage in the deal with Dominion. Warren Buffett’s conglomerate will also acquire 25% of Cove Point.Dominion said it will use $3 billion of the proceeds to buy back shares. The company cut its projected 2021 dividend payment to around $2.50 a share, reflecting the assets being divested and a new payout ratio that aligns it better with industry peers.[Rachel Adams-Heard and Katherine Chiglinsky]More: U.S. utility giant kills pipeline, ditches gas in Berkshire deal Southeast utilities cancel Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Dominion also selling gas businesslast_img read more

Spring Gear Roundup

first_img center_img Fly Fishing Shoe: Five-Ten Water Tennie Nothing is more ridiculous than switching shoes to go from the trail to water. Enter the Water Tennie—the king of multi-purpose water shoes. A comfy mesh and neoprene upper is blended with the super grippy Stealth Rubber soul, for a shoe that’s as comfortable in the water as on the trail. Stealth Rubber is grippy as hell, like a salamander clinging to a wet rock, and it’s quickly replacing the old school felt bottoms of fly-fishing shoes. On a number of trips, the Water Tennies went from fishing the banks to scrambling up mid-stream boulders with no issues whatsoever. $120; fiveten.comUnited by Blue Wilderness BottleEvery damn water bottle I carry around for more than a few weeks inevitably starts leaking. Not so with the United by Blue Wilderness bottle. The BPA-free bottle is made here in the States from recycled aluminum. The quarter-turn cap is easy to use and never leaks even a drip. Best of all, United by Blue pledges to remove one pound of trash for every product sold. $22.TASC Traverse Plaid ShirtSynthetic shirts stink and they’re made from petroleum. Bamboo is better. The all-natural fiber doesn’t smell and doesn’t contribute to fossil fueled destruction. The durable Traverse Plaid shirt is built for rugged wear, full sun protection, and protection from the harshest elements, yet it’s lightweight, breathable, and extremely comfy. $46. Tascperformance.comOlympia RG850 FlashlightThis waterproof, impact resistant handheld flashlight features, including a strobe and SOS setting for emergency situations. It puts out a powerful beam of 850 lumens, enough to illuminate an entire camp area. The RG850 features a handy micro-USB charging port to recharge the battery. $90. olympiaproducts.comPatagonia Long Haul Western Shirt This looks like an office shirt, but it’s actually designed by ultra runners. It’s super breathable, thanks to well-placed vents, dries quickly and looks better than anything else in my gear closet. The kicker, though, is the use of Polygiene antimicrobial treatment, which inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria on the shirt. Less post-trail funk is a good thing. I also like to stash M&Ms in a front chest pocket. $89. patagonia.comlast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Thru-hiker carries blind dog for 800 miles + Tick Surge in Mid-Atlantic

first_imgResearchers at Rutgers University are warning the public that record-setting rain and mild winter temperatures have set the stage for an explosion of ticks this spring season. Dry weather kills ticks, but large amounts of precipitation slows down their decline. Ticks spread a variety of diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis. In the past two decades, seven new tickborne germs that cause disease have been identified. To protect yourself from tickborne illness, the CDC recommends avoiding areas with high grass and leaf litter, using an EPA registered insect repellent containing DEET, treating clothes with permethrin, treating pets with tick medication, and showering as soon as possible when coming in from outdoors while conducting a full-body tick investigation. If you find ticks on your body, remove them right away. Man thru-hikes the Florida Trail with his blind dog, carrying her 800 miles Kyle Rohrig “The Mayor” and his dog, a Shiba Inu named Katana, are no strangers to long-distance hiking. Years ago, the duo successfully thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail together. When Katana was five, glaucoma caused her to lose vision in one of her eyes. Late last year, just two months before their planned hike on the Florida Trail, Katana lost sight in her other eye. “On this hike, with her recently becoming blind, I was really nervous about how she would do,” Rohrig told “The Destin Log.” Adding that she “did a lot better” than he thought she would. When the pair reached a swampy area, or when they had to walk on roads, Rohrig would carry the dog on his shoulders. He estimates that he carried her for more than 800 miles of the journey. They completed the trail together on April 1. The Florida Trail is currently 1,000 miles long, with another 300 miles forthcoming, and spans from Big Cypress National Preserve to Gulf Islands National Seashore.center_img Surge of ticks expected in the mid-Atlantic due to wet and mild weatherlast_img read more

The Story of a Broken Dream

first_imgBy Roberto Lopez Dubois/Diálogo February 28, 2017 At 4:53 PM on January 12, 2010, a strong tremor shook the residents of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. The quake measured 7.3 on the Richter scale and claimed the lives of 316,000 people, with another 350,000 injured and more than 1.5 million left homeless. At the time, it was described as one of the worst human disasters in history. That same year, the Brazilian government reported excellent economic growth figures. In their search for employment, thousands of Haitians decided to make the journey to a land where they hoped to achieve opportunities that they could not find at home. A couple of years later, when the closing ceremonies of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics were being held, the situation in Brazil had changed. The huge construction projects that were required to host these sporting events and the excessive demand for labor that accompanied them had come to an end. Migrants then cast their eyes on new vistas and took to the road again. This time, they wanted to get to the United States and — as so few have been able to realize — live their American dream. Thousands of Haitians took to the road again, leaving behind countries such as Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. From there they began their journey northward. Men, women, and children went from country to country, guided in many cases, by unscrupulous coyotes who transferred them through the only land route that exists between South America and North America – the Darién Gap. But this was not just a Haitian migration. In 2013, Cuba removed its restrictions on leaving the country, increasing the flow of people to the United States. The green wall Many Cubans resumed their journey from Ecuador or Peru, setting out toward the Panamanian border, where they encountered Haitians. This huge migratory flow grew even heavier and some countries, unable to manage it, chose to close their borders. Panama tried to do the same on its border with Colombia, but a large part of the frontier between both countries is a jungle. Once the prohibitions were in place, migrants decided to hike the footpaths of the Darién Gap, opened last century by Colombians seeking refuge from the conflict that had broken out in their country. The first migrants to cross into Panama recounted how some of their fellow travelers had been left behind along the way. “More and more of them started arriving. In fact, over a single weekend 1,500 people entered Panama. This raised the alarm for us,” Cristian Hayer, director of Panama’s National Border Service (SENAFRONT, per its Spanish acronym) told Diálogo. SENAFRONT agents patrolled the roadways, offering assistance. “In Panama, we estimate that 10 to 12 people died,” Hayer said. Coyotes would tell travelers that their passage through the area would take two or three days. However, they would fail to explain that those who cross in that short amount of time are physically fit and used to that type of terrain. Pregnant women and families with children needed 10 to 15 days to make the journey. Controlled flow In many places, the border between Panama and Colombia is located high in the mountains, in the middle of the jungle. This makes the route more difficult. Along the way the hikers, exhausted, their feet bleeding, would opt to leave their provisions and other belongings behind. Some 20,000 people passed through those areas. “The trochas [footpaths] now look like highways… There are many shreds of shirts, shoes, and other things that they have left behind on the trail,” Hayer added. According to the figures published by newspapers at the time, 24,000 people entered the country along the land route in 2015. In response to the waves of migrants in 2016, the Panamanian government set up shelters where it provided aid to the travelers and conducted a census to identify them. “Panama gave humanitarian aid to the migrants using its own resources. They received food and health services at the shelters, including the vaccinations required for continuing their journey, as many of them expressed that their intention was to cross the country, not to remain there,” Rodrigo García, secretary general of the National Commission on Human Trafficking, told Diálogo. His commission fights the crimes of sexual and labor exploitation in Panama. He also serves as the president of the Regional Coalition on Human Trafficking and the Illegal Trafficking of Immigrants. “We have reached agreements with Costa Rica so that they would let 100 migrants per day go through. We let them through with vaccines and we do security checks with biometric registration,” the SENAFRONT director added. Very few migrants are being held in custody at the few shelters that are open. The crisis has passed, for the time being. Panamanian authorities are resting easy, confident that they have provided the necessary assistance to the thousands who passed through their country seeking a better life, but who found only suffering and irretrievable losses.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events July 2 – 8

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Texas Hippie CoalitionYeee-hawww! These heavy metal cowboys have come a long way from Texas to unleash the finest and most rock ‘n’ roll rodeo this side of the Rio Grande. Formed in 2004, lead vocalist Big Dad Ritch promotes his band’s best: “It’s like Lynyrd Skynrd and ZZ Top had a child, and Pantera ended up raising it.” Ready those cowboy hats for one big, bold night of rock chaos and glory. Warming up the crowd are Red Sky Mary, Symptom 7, Logan’s Room and One Day Waiting. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $16. 7 p.m. July 2.Colin Quinn’s The New York StoryNew York is arguably the envy of the world, yet filled with more than its share of complexities and intricacies. Lovable Jerry Seinfeld directs this satirical one-man play starring former SNL Weekend Update host Colin Quinn with the sole purpose of exposing the dirty cracks hidden beneath The Big Apple’s glossy veneer of shiny skyscrapers. Based on Quinn’s The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America, the show captures the city’s transformation from its Dutch origins to its present manifestation. Get ready to chuckle and laugh aloud! Heck, you might even learn something you never knew before. Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor. baystreet.org $20-$40. 4 p.m. July 2, 3.BadfishLate, great Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell may no longer be here with us physically, but he left behind an unbelievably addictive collection of tunes for us to rock out with him spiritually. No better way to kick off the long Independence Day weekend than by seeing this very cool tribute band covering everyone’s favorite punk/reggae/ska/pop songs. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $15, $20 DOS. 10 p.m. July 2.Powerman 5000“Your future has arrived,” claims this Boston band. Formed in 1991, the group was born in what feels like an almost distant time, but their focus is forever forward. Builders of the Future, their newest album, recently joined the seven already under their belt. With opening acts Soil, 3 Years Hollow, One More Breath, Permanent Scar and Adiron. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $17, $19 DOS. 7 p.m. July 3.The Beach BoysGet lost in rock ‘n’ roll and drift away as the seminal Beach Boys free their souls with timeless hits such as “Kokomo,” “Surfin’ Usa” and “I Get Around.” The legendary group has been pouring their youthful hearts out with these classic titles since the 1960s, inspiring past and present generations onward. By the end of the night, it will be abundantly clear that surfing is and has always been the best transportation of choice. Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. guildhall.org $145-$250. 7 p.m. July 3.A Poem Is a Naked PersonNever before released, renowned independent filmmaker Les Blank’s amazing 1974 documentary captures the brilliance of Leon Russell and the artists around him at his Oklahoma recording studio over a three-year period from 1972 to 1974. The late filmmaker’s son, Harrod Blank, will discuss this revealing cinematic experience with one of America’s seminal rock musicians after the screening. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Check out CinemaArtsCentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. July 2.Tall Ships ChallengeLafayette’s Hermione Voyage is partnering with The Tall Ships Challenge to celebrate the journey that was made by the Marquis de Lafayette in 1780 and the long-lasting partnership between the US and France. Musical performances and entertainment will accompany tours of these historic ships, and attendees will be able to speak with the ships’ crews about their lives before the mast. The whole family will love this unique, exciting and educational event–and will learn a ton about this once common mode of transportation that connected the world. Greenport Harbor, Greenport. greenporttallships.com $15 adults, $5 kids. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 3.Art ReceptionArt, among so many other countless transcendental powers, melds the realms of the physical and the spiritual. To put brush to paint and give birth to such extraordinary visions is pure magic. A special showing of realist painter Isabelle Haran-Leonardi’s new oil paintings called “On The Water.” Nova Constellatio Gallery, 419 Main St., Greenport. novaconstellatiogallery.com Free. 4-7 p.m. July 3.Lee BriceWhat better way to celebrate Independence Day weekend than with some country music! Nominated for numerous Academy of Country Music, CMT and Grammy awards, Lee Brice is a chart-topping artist. Fans surely won’t be disappointed by this performance, as Brice is bound to play some of his greatest hits, including “Love Like Crazy,” “I Drive Your Truck,” “Drinking Class” and “I Don’t Dance.” Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill, 55 S Bicycle Path, Farmingville. pennysaveramp.com $35-$100. 5 p.m. July 3.Joe DevitoThis Long Islander has been around the block and down the Expressway and back. Since 2006, the comedian and writer has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Animal Planet and CNN. He was also a semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Check out his “romantic” album First Date with Joe Devito. Imagine him whispering all the wonders of love and intimacy right into your ear. Too much? Maybe just go see him live–and laugh your tuckus off in the process. The Brokerage, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokeragecomedy.com $15. 8 p.m. July 3.Christopher RoachThe New York-native comedian, actor and performer is bringing his self-described “unique and self-depreciating sense of humor” to LI this week. Perhaps most well-known for his recurring role as Rodney on One Life to Live, he has also performed on television commercials, Comedy Central and The Michael J. Fox Show. Come see what all the hubbub is about and get ready to burst your britches as he delivers one hysterical joke after another. Say what? You’ll be wearing shorts that night, not britches? Oh well, just the same. You’ll rip those at the seams from laughing so damn hard, too. Governor’s of Levittown, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $15-$47. 8 p.m. July 3. David CrosbyThe stuff of legends. A stellar Californian musician and social activist who’s performed at Woodstock, the Grammy’s, even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Crosby’s been there, done that. And he’s been on stage with some great musicians, too, like Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, not to forget Joni Mitchell and so many more. The man’s a living legend. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $96-$161. 8 p.m. July 3.Amagansett Fine Arts FestivalPriding itself on “no functional crafts,” according to the group’s website, this multi-artist, multi-medium extravaganza will feature sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing and mixed media with labeled reproductions and original works by more than 40 exhibitors! Wowzler, Batman. Wowzler, indeed. American Legion Amagansett, 15 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton. amagansettfinearts.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. July 3-5.Vineyard WalkWine is known as the holy nectar of the gods for good reason. Born dangling amid the spiraling arms and fingers of a most gorgeous vine, and replacing woes and worries with triumphant visions and thoughts after just a few sips, the vino, as some oenophiles say, is much, much more than merely a sweet beverage to unwind with after a long day. It is a dear friend, a confidante, a true companion and even a lover. Come stroll amongst the twisting majesty that are these magical vines, bearing its blessed fruit, come partake in its relaxing, healing powers. Come rejoice in the wonder and pleasure that is this blessed, blessed creation! Shinn Estate Vineyards, 2000 Oregon Rd., Mattituck. liwines.com $20. 1:30 p.m. July 4Evening Tower TourSome say the moon was once a part of the Earth, a sub-aquatic mountain lifted from its watery residence when our planet was bashed by some gigantic intergalactic meteor millions and millions of years ago. Others say it is hollow, an extraterrestrial base, of sorts, for an alien race to spy on us. Others contend it is made of cheese, perhaps fancifully. Whatever your beliefs about our globe’s glowing satellite, when its light reflects off the top of the restless ocean, bouncing its illuminated beauty off the lip of each moving wave, it creates a bridge of starlight leading out into the depths of the horizon that is nothing less than absolutely breathtaking, a lunar portrait that has transcended time, and a living, breathing vision that inspires the imagination. Experience the interplanetary magnificence that is this nightly gravity-defining full-moon spectacular from atop one of Long Island’s most famous landmarks, the Fire Island Lighthouse, and find out whether the place is haunted, as the story goes, for yourself! Robert Moses State Park, Robert Moses Causeway, east of Field 5, Fire Island. fireislandlighthouse.com $15 members, $20 public. 4 p.m. July 4.Annual Outdoor Summer Shakespeare Festival – Twelfth NightRelive your high school English classroom days and watch one of many brilliant William Shakespeare plays in the beautiful outdoors. Twelfth Night, which inspired the comedy She’s The Man with Amanda Bynes, tells the tale of fraternal twins who are separated by a terrifying shipwreck. Viola, believing that her brother Sebastian has drowned at sea, disguises herself as a boy to get closer to her one true love, Duke Orsino. In the process, the woman whom Sebastian is trying to pursue grows deep affection for none other than Violet! Talk about steamy. From the man who brought you the word “swagger,” Shakespeare shakes all expectations in this entertaining play of gender confusion. Vanderbilt Carriage House Theater, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. vanderbiltmuseum.org $15. 7 p.m. July 5.Fare Thee WellWhat more can be said about the Grateful Dead? They are true rock and roll legends. It’s been a long, strange trip, with so many members come and gone along the way. Time for one last jam, a farewell with a bang. For those who can’t make it to the Chicago concert, it will be telecast at this venue’s 30-foot, high-definition cinema screen with full concert sound. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $12. 8 p.m. July 5.Streaming Party: Grateful Dead’s Last ShowTwenty years after Jerry Garcia’s untimely death, the Grateful Dead will finally reunite where it ended in Chicago. As the Dead say farewell with their final concert, a live webcast will also stream on this giant Suffolk Theater screen, allowing fans to celebrate their legacy. On top of this, the band Half-Step will perform live Grateful Dead music, and $2 of every ticket will go to the Rex Foundation–a charity run by the Dead’s extended family that gives grants to extraordinary causes. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $10. 8 p.m. July 5.Mike BirbigliaYou may recently know him as corporate tool Danny Pearson in season three of hit series of Orange Is The New Black, but Mike Birbiglia is also a comedic powerhouse not to be reckoned with. The actor, author and panelist for NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! muses about jokes themselves, all while explaining why he once got arrested in New Jersey and why he was reamed out by a renowned director. Prepare for contagious belly laughs thundering from the sure-to-be packed audience as he performs his magic! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Centre, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach whbpac.org $50-$70. 8 p.m. July 5.This is All NowLong Island natives This is All Now are a collaboration of longtime friends and previous bandmates. Their varied musical backgrounds allow the influence of different perspectives, which has resulted in mega-success. The pop/rock band has created a sound that stands out, providing energetic live performances and professionalism at the same time. With supporting acts Hope Vista, Marshall Traver, Matt Weiss, One-Click Waiting, Rebecca Maida and Gianni Paci. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Bwy., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $12, $14 DOS, $25 VIP. 5 p.m. July 6.Swingtime Big BandCome dance amid the bombastic, joyous grooves of a swingin’ big band along the shores of the Atlantic, where music and wind and waves and laughter collide to cleanse your body, mind, spirit and soul! National Boulevard Beach, Long Beach Boardwalk. longbeachny.gov Free. 8 p.m. July 6.Emma StraubMeet the critically acclaimed author of Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures and Other People We Married, whose latest novel, The Vacationers, hit book stores just last month. Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview. poblib.org Free. 7-8 p.m. July 7.Long Island International Film ExpoThe event that MovieMaker Magazine dubbed “One of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” will kick off with the first its 165 independent movie screenings two nights before the official opening night ceremony July 10. Celebrity guests throughout the film fest include actor Jon Amos of Roots fame, composer Randy Edelman, who’s written scores for The Last of the Mohicans, Dragonheart, The Mask, among others, as well as Robert Clohessy (Blue Bloods), Kevin Brown (30 Rock), Brian O’Halloran (Clerks) and Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling. That’s all in addition to the many panels for those looking to learn more about how to make it in the biz. Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore. longislandfilmexpo.com $8-$65. Times vary, through July 16.—Compiled by Daniela Weinstein, Chuck Cannini, Kaitlin Gallagher, Nicholas Semelak, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

Croatia attracts tourists, but also foreign investments

first_imgIt is no secret that Croatia has always attracted visitors from all over the world. According to HD Consulting, the rating of Croatian hotels jumped from 4 to 5 percent last May, while at the same time the growing influx of tourists makes Croatia a recognizable Mecca for investments by foreign investors and brands, writes Hotelmanagement.net.In their report, Ernst & Young predicted that by 2022, investments in the Croatian hotel sector will jump to an impressive 1.2 billion euros. Until then, they have planned the opening of as many as 6.000 new accommodation units, as well as the renovation of the existing 3.700.Also, in May this year, HD Consulting points out, interest in accommodation, both hotels and campsites, increased by 5 percent more than in the same month last year.Despite the return of strong tourist competition such as Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia, which marked their return with a high rental rate of accommodation units, Croatia in 2018 still recorded an increase in the number of overnight stays. Hotels are being renovated, the quality of accommodation and offer is growing every year, and the security of Croatia as a country is in favor of that. Despite the rise in prices, growth in tourism is projected at 10 percent compared to the previous year.Investments in the Croatian hotel industry are projected to grow to 2022 billion euros by 1.2, and 6.000 new accommodation units will be opened by thenIn the hotel industry, Croatia is dominated by large domestic hotel houses, of which only the five largest have 60 percent of the country’s total potential. Nevertheless, these large owners continue to invest in their capacities, by purchasing new units, but also by raising the overall quality of the offer. Investing in tourism in Croatia, especially in the hotel industry, guarantees long-term financial stability, which makes it attractive for domestic and foreign investment. Under the attack of foreign investors, there are currently existing hotel houses with a special interest in Zagreb and larger cities along the Adriatic coast.In Croatia, 24 percent of the total accommodation capacity is internationally branded through exemplary hotel management, through franchise agreements or as part of a much larger international hotel association. Out of 10 world-famous hotel houses, as many as 5 are currently operating on the Croatian market. Foreign investors are very interested in entering the generous Croatian market, but the choice of a suitable place to channel capital is significantly narrowed, precisely for the aforementioned reason, that most markets are owned by large domestic hotel houses.The Croatian market is apparently operating on a pay-as-you-go basis, while at the same time foreign investment is knocking on our door. The question is, is there any room in the global world for such a form of tourist ethnocentrism?Related news:RESEARCH ON DEVELOPMENTS OF CURRENT TRENDS IN HOTEL AND CAMP BOOKINGSTUDY OF VAT RATE IN TOURISM FORECASTS 41% LESS INVESTMENT AND 71% LESS NEW EMPLOYEES BY 2021last_img read more

MEPC shareholders worried with £1.9bn takeover terms

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Brisbane’s auction hot spots: The suburbs where you’re more likely to sell your home at auction

first_imgThis house at 9 Rugby St, Coorparoo, is going to auction.Mr Lloyd said the brand new five-bedroom, three-bathroom house on a 728 sqm block was the perfect family home and could not be in a better location.“Coorparoo is just a fantastic suburb,” he said.“It’s got the new Coorparoo Square going in, it’s close to the city and the Gabba, and is very good for families.”Mr Lloyd admitted he was initially hesitant about taking the property to auction.“There’s a lot of buyers out there looking for good products and the best way to realise true market value is through an auction,” he said.“It gives it a clear time frame and a bit of urgency for potential buyers.” NEW WAY TO PAY FOR RENTALS The new Coorparoo Square development in Coorparoo. Picture: Brian Bennion.Across the regions, auction volumes fell on the Sunshine Coast, while the Gold Coast was the busiest market with 752 homes going under the hammer.Despite this, the Gold Coast recorded the lowest success rate during the quarter of 39 per cent.BRISBANE’S AUCTION HOT SPOTSSuburb Clearance rate (Dec. Q) Total auctions (Dec. Q)Coorparoo 63.0% 32Ashgrove 61.5% 28New Farm 57.1% 22Paddington 52.9% 38Clayfield 51.9% 31Bardon 48.0% 32Morningside 47.6% 22Camp Hill 47.2% 36Calamvale 45.5% 22Eight Mile Plains 45.5% 35Cleveland 45.0% 25Bulimba 45.0% 20Ascot 45.0% 21Sunnybank Hills 43.9% 60Hamilton 43.5% 23Hendra 37.0% 30Sunnybank 25.0% 20(Source: CoreLogic) Crowds gather at an inner-city house auction.Marketing agent Phil Burley of Place Bulimba said auctions were becoming more popular among buyers and sellers in Brisbane’s inner-city market.“I think the whole inner-city market is more comfortable with buying and selling at auction,” Mr Burley said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago“Sellers in particular are more and more comfortable to let the market determine the value of their property, which has been a reluctance in the past.”He said he was not surprised Coorparoo had the highest auction clearance rate in Brisbane, given the quality of homes and schools in the area and new developments like Coorparoo Square. Rebecca and Michael Lloyd with Boston 7yrs at their Hamptons-inspired home at 9 Rugby St, Coorparoo which will go to auction at 11am on February 10. Picture: Annette DewBRISBANE’S auction market is outperforming the rest of the country, with new figures revealing it was the only capital city, besides Adelaide, to record a rise in its clearance rate last quarter. And the city’s new auction hot spots are no longer the usual blue-chip suspects, with homes more likely to sell under the hammer in suburbs such as Coorparoo, Calamvale, Morningside, Sunnybank and Eight Mile Plains.While the number of homes selling at auction across the country fell in the three months to the end of December, Brisbane bucked the trend, according to the latest figures from property analytics company CoreLogic.Sydney led the overall decline, with its auction clearance rate plummeting from 66.8 per cent to 57.7 per cent — another indicator the country’s biggest housing market is cooling — while Brisbane recorded a 0.2 per cent rise in its success rate to 46.7 per cent.After Sydney and Melbourne, the Queensland capital also had the most auctions during the December quarter, with 2012 properties. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE CoreLogic’s latest auction review reveals the national clearance rate has fallen.More homes were taken to auction in Sunnybank Hills than anywhere in Brisbane in the final quarter of 2017, while Coorparoo saw the most properties sell at auction; recording a clearance rate of 63 per cent.Just 5km from the CBD, Coorparoo has a median house price of $860,000.Michael and Rebecca Lloyd’s Hamptons inspired home at 9 Rugby St, Coorparoo, is scheduled to be auctioned on Saturday, February 10 at 11am. HOTTEST RENT SPOTS REVEALED last_img read more