Journalist subjected to mental and physical mistreatment since arrest 10 days ago

first_imgNews News Follow the news on Iran Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information to go further Receive email alerts June 9, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the conditions in which journalist Emadoldin Baghi has been held since his arrest 10 days ago. Facing new charges of “propaganda against the government” and “publishing secret government documents,” he has been subjected to mental and physical mistreatment.“The Iranian authorities stop at nothing in their hounding of Baghi,” the press freedom organisation said. “Held on trumped-up charges for unclear reasons, Baghi is being subjected to interrogations of an unacceptable nature. Iran continually violates the rights of its detainees, subjecting them to mistreatment with the sole aim of extracting confessions.”Baghi was arrested on 14 October to serve a one-year sentence he was given in November 2004 for writing a book that accused the Iranian authorities of involvement in the murders of intellectuals and journalists in 1998. But new charges have been brought against him in a new trial.After an initial hearing, he was transferred to section 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison and placed in solitary confinement. Thereafter, he has been interrogated while blindfolded and with his wrists bound, although this practice that is expressly forbidden in Iran. He was taken before the 1st chamber of the Tehran revolutionary court again on 22 October without his lawyers being notified. Iranian journalists have in the past been forced to make false confession, sometimes publicly, after being subjected to repeated intimidation.Baghi has a long history of arrests and trials. He first went to prison in 2000, when he was given a three-year sentence for “attacking national security.” Then he got the one-year sentence in November 2004. And he recently received another three-year sentence for “activities against national security” and “publicity in favour of the regime’s opponents.” As an active campaigner against the death penalty, Baghi was awarded the French Republic’s Human Rights Prize in 2005 by France’s National Consultative Commission on Human Rights.Iran continues to be the Middle East’s biggest prison for the media, with a total of nine journalists detained. March 18, 2021 Find out morecenter_img IranMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News February 25, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists October 24, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist subjected to mental and physical mistreatment since arrest 10 days ago last_img read more

CVPS reports increase in earnings for 2009

first_img Central Vermont Public Service Corporation – Consolidated Earnings Release (dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31 December 31Condensed income statement 2009 2008 2009 2008 ———- ———- ———- ———-Operating revenues: Retail sales $ 71,997 $ 71,732 $ 277,529 $ 283,073 Resale sales 13,027 8,211 54,279 48,641 Provision for rate refund (561) (234) (1,689) (296) Other 2,490 2,975 11,979 10,744 ———- ———- ———- ———-Total operating revenues 86,953 82,684 342,098 342,162 ———- ———- ———- ———-Operating expenses: Purchased power – affiliates and other 40,091 41,132 157,982 165,451 Other operating expenses 44,084 42,059 160,195 153,403 Income tax expense 492 (947) 5,033 4,878 ———- ———- ———- ———-Total operating expense 84,667 82,244 323,210 323,732 ———- ———- ———- ———-Utility operating income 2,286 440 18,888 18,430 ———- ———- ———- ———-Other income: Equity in earnings of affiliates 4,276 4,022 17,472 16,264 Other, net 3 13 1,511 (879) Income tax expense (1,632) (1,512) (5,640) (5,862) ———- ———- ———- ———- Total other income 2,647 2,523 13,343 9,523 ———- ———- ———- ———-Interest expense 2,753 2,968 11,482 11,568 ———- ———- ———- ———-Net income 2,180 (5) 20,749 16,385Dividends declared on preferred stock 92 92 368 368 ———- ———- ———- ———-Earnings available for common stock $ 2,088 $ (97) $ 20,381 $ 16,017 ========== ========== ========== ==========Per common share dataEarnings per share of common stock – basic $ 0.18 $ (0.01) $ 1.75 $ 1.53Earnings per share of common stock – diluted $ 0.18 $ (0.01) $ 1.74 $ 1.52Average shares of common stock outstanding – basic 11,697,392 10,863,926 11,660,170 10,458,220Average shares of common stock outstanding – diluted 11,764,277 10,863,926 11,705,518 10,536,131Dividends declared per share of common stock $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.92 $ 0.92Dividends paid per share of common stock $ 0.23 $ 0.23 $ 0.92 $ 0.92Supplemental financial statement dataBalance sheet Investments in affiliates $ 129,733 $ 102,232 Total assets $ 632,152 $ 626,126 Notes Payable (reclassified to long-term debt) $ 0 $ 10,800 Common stock equity $ 231,423 $ 219,479 Long-term debt (excluding current portions) $ 201,611 $ 167,500Cash FlowsCash and cash equivalents at beginning of period $ 6,722 $ 3,803 Cash provided by operating activities 42,042 28,400 Cash used for investing activities (52,931) (40,498) Cash provided by financing activities 6,236 15,017 ———- ———- Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 2,069 $ 6,722 ========== ========== Refer to our annual 2009 Form 10-K for additional information.Source: RUTLAND, VT — (Marketwire) — 03/15/10 — CentralVermont Public Service (NYSE: CV) 2009 results compared to 2008Operating revenues decreased $0.1 million year-over-year, including a $5.5 million decrease in retail revenues, an increase of $1.4 million in the provision for rate refunds, partially offset by a $1.2 million increase in other operating revenues, and a $5.6 million increase in resale revenue. The decrease in retail revenues resulted from lower average usage resulting from the sluggish economy, energy conservation, and the loss of three commercial and industrial customers due to plant closures, partially offset by higher average unit prices due to customer usage mix. The provision for rate refund is related to the 2009 deferrals of over-collection of power, production and transmission costs as required by the power cost adjustment clause within our alternative regulation plan. The over-collection of power costs is being returned to retail customers through the second quarter of 2010. Other operating revenues increased primarily due to increased sales of transmission rights and renewable energy credits and increased wholesale rates. Resale revenues increased due to higher volumes of excess power available for resale, partially offset by lower average market prices.Purchased power expense decreased $7.5 million, primarily due to a $9.7 million reduction of short-term power purchases and a $3.9 million decrease in purchases from Independent Power Producers. These reductions were partially offset by an increase in other power costs of $6.1 million. This was primarily due to higher output at the Vermont Yankee plant in 2009 and because there were no refueling outages at the Vermont Yankee or Millstone III plants in 2009. Other operating expenses increased $6.8 million, primarily due to a $5.7 million increase in transmission expenses due to higher rates and higher costs from Vermont Transco LLC (“Transco”) for its capital projects, offset by higher NOATT reimbursements. Other increased costs included higher regulatory amortizations of $2.2 million, primarily related to the recovery of 2008 major storm costs, higher depreciation expense of $1.3 million, higher property taxes of $1.3 million and higher reserves for uncollectible accounts of $0.5 million. These higher costs were partially offset by a $3.8 million decrease in maintenance expenses, primarily due to lower service restoration costs. There were several major storms in 2008, but just one major storm in 2009.Equity in earnings of affiliates increased $1.2 million, principally due to the $3.1 million investment that we made in Transco in December 2008, and other accumulated adjustments. Other income, net increased $2.4 million, largely due to an increase in the cash surrender value of variable life insurance policies held in trust to fund a supplemental employee retirement plan.Fourth quarter 2009 results compared to 2008Fourth quarter operating revenues increased $4.3 million for many of the same reasons described above.Purchased power expense decreased $1 million for the same reasons described above. Short-term purchases decreased $5.9 million, partially offset by an increase in other purchases of $4.8 million.Other operating expenses increased $2 million, including a $2.4 million increase in transmission expenses, and for many of the same reasons described above. These higher costs were partially offset by lower maintenance costs for the same reasons described above.Equity in earnings of affiliates increased $0.3 million for the same reasons described above.2008 Common Stock IssuanceEarnings per share for 2009 reflect the impact of the November 2008 common stock issuance. On November 24, 2008, CV issued 1,190,000 shares, resulting in net proceeds of approximately $21.3 million. The net proceeds of the offering were used for general corporate purposes, including the repayment of debt, capital expenditures, investments in Transco and working capital requirements. The common stock issuance decreased per-diluted-share earnings by 18 cents in 2009. There was no significant impact to per-diluted-share earnings for the fourth quarter of 2009.2010 Financial GuidanceCV anticipates annual 2010 earnings to be in the range of $1.55 to $1.70 per diluted share. As part of the alternative regulation plan base rate filing approved by the Vermont Public Service Board, the company’s allowed rate of return for 2010 will be 9.59 percent, down from 9.77 percent for 2009.WebcastCV will host an earnings teleconference and webcast on March 15, 2010, beginning at 2 p.m. EDT. At that time, CV President and CEO Robert Young and CV Chief Financial Officer Pamela Keefe will discuss the company’s financial results, as well as progress made toward achieving the company’s long-term strategy.Interested parties may listen to the conference call live on the Internet by selecting the “CVPS Q4 2009 Earnings Call” link on the “Investor Relations” section of the company’s website at is external). An audio archive of the call will be available later that day at the same location or by dialing 1-877-660-6853 within the U.S. or internationally by dialing 1-201-612-7415 and entering Account 286 and Conference ID 341962.About CVCV is Vermont’s largest electric utility, serving approximately 159,000 customers statewide. CV’s non-regulated subsidiary, Catamount Resources Corporation, sells and rents electric water heaters through a subsidiary, SmartEnergy Water Heating Services.Form 10-KOn Monday, March 15, 2010, the company filed its annual 2009 Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A copy of that report is available on our web site, is external), under the “Investor Relations” section. Please refer to it for additional information regarding our condensed consolidated financial statements, results of operations, capital resources and liquidity. Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV) reported consolidated earnings of $20.4 million, or $1.74 per diluted share of common stock, for the 12 months of 2009, compared to $16 million, or $1.52 per diluted share of common stock, for the same period in 2008.CV reported fourth-quarter 2009 consolidated earnings of $2.1 million, or 18 cents per diluted share of common stock, compared to a loss of $0.1 million, or 1 cent per diluted share of common stock, for the same period last year.”Perhaps most significant, Moody’s Investors Service rated the company at investment grade in the fourth quarter, markedly improving our borrowing capability,” President Bob Young said. “These ratings will allow CVPS to borrow short-term capital at lower rates than we could otherwise expect to receive, and will reduce or eliminate collateral requirements in many power purchase and power sales contracts, so this expands our options as we look to secure new power supply in the future.”We also plan to continue to make significant capital investments in our company and Vermont’s transmission system through Transco, providing customers with good reliability and investors with a solid return,” Young said.Financial Highlights– 2009 earnings of $20.4 million, or $1.74 per diluted share, 22 cents higher than 2008 — $0.1 million decrease in operating revenue — $7.5 million decrease in purchased power expense — $6.8 million increase in other operating expenses — $1.2 million increase in equity in earnings of affiliates — $2.4 million increase in other income, net– Fourth-quarter earnings of $2.1 million, or 18 cents per diluted share, 19 cents higher than 2008 — $4.3 million increase in operating revenue — $1.0 million decrease in purchased power expense — $2.0 million increase in other operating expenses — $0.3 million increase in equity in earnings of affiliates– Earnings for 2010 are forecasted to be in the range of $1.55 to $1.70 per diluted share Forward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this press release that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe-harbors from the liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-looking and, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Actual results will depend, among other things, upon the actions of regulators, performance of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, effects of and changes in weather and economic conditions, volatility in wholesale electric markets, volatility in the financial markets, and our ability to maintain our current credit ratings. These and other risk factors are detailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CV cannot predict the outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this press release. CV does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release. Reconciliation of Earnings Per Diluted Share Twelve Months Fourth Quarter 2009 vs. 2008 2009 vs. 2008 ————– ————–2008 Earnings per diluted share $ 1.52 $ (0.01)Year-over-Year Effects on Earnings: Lower purchased power expense 0.42 0.06 Higher equity in earnings of affiliates 0.09 0.02 Higher operating revenues 0.00 0.25 Higher transmission expense (0.32) (0.14) Common stock issuance (Nov. 2008) – 1,190,000 additional shares (0.18) 0.00 (Higher) lower other operating expenses (0.02) 0.01 Other (mostly variable life insurance) 0.23 (0.01) ————– ————–2009 Earnings per diluted share $ 1.74 $ 0.18 ============== ==============(a) The additional shares from the November 2008 stock issuance were excluded from the 11,764,277 average shares of common stock – diluted for the fourth quarter and the 11,705,518 average shares of common stock – diluted for the twelve months, for the purposes of computing the individual EPS variances shown above in order to provide comparable information for 2009 vs. 2008.last_img read more

On the Blogs: Solar Battery Systems Gain Traction in New U.S. Markets

first_imgOn the Blogs: Solar Battery Systems Gain Traction in New U.S. Markets FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The first quarter of 2016 saw 18.3 megawatts of grid-interactive energy storage installed in the U.S., up 127 percent year-over-year and marking the largest first quarter in the history of the nation’s energy storage market, according to GTM Research’s Q2 2016 U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report. Historically, California has dominated residential energy storage deployments in the U.S. In Q1 2016, however, GTM Research observed growing deployments in a number of emerging state markets across the U.S., including Kentucky, Nevada, Utah and Vermont. While these individual markets are still quite small, collectively they accounted for the largest share of residential energy storage deployments in Q1 2016, surpassing even California and Hawaii. Energy storage system vendors are beginning to expand into “nontraditional” markets where few, if any, deployments have occurred before. Activities in these new markets speak both to customer interest and improving economic cases for storage. It’s unlikely that any of these state markets will come close to rivaling states like California or Hawaii in the near future, but nevertheless we’re witnessing an expansion of energy storage influenced by factors including new business cases for behind-the-meter storage.In particular, interest in aggregation of behind-the-meter assets is growing. Several U.S. utilities have already partnered with energy storage system vendors to pursue business models that offer the opportunity to leverage a fleet of residential energy storage systems to provide grid services. Green Mountain Power in Vermont begun shipping Tesla Powerwalls early in 2016, offering the option for customers to allow utility access to the systems in exchange for electricity bill credit; Green Mountain Power plans to utilize these storage systems to reduce capacity and transmission costs, as well as to provide energy arbitrage. Additionally, Sunverge has partnered with Glasgow Electric Plant Board in Kentucky to explore opportunities to leverage residential storage to provide services to the grid. Sunverge and SunPower are also working with Con Edison in New York to deploy residential storage as part of a virtual power plant trial project within the New York Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) program with the goal of exploring a new business model for utilities.Full item: The Growing Opportunity for Residential Energy Storage in the USlast_img read more

Information Operations Part III: The Colombian Case

first_imgBy Dialogo July 24, 2012 (Continued from Part II) The Colombian Military, taking the U.S. Military’s Information Operations doctrine as a point of reference, along with its extensive experience in using these capabilities in combating internal threats, developed a document of its own, known as the “Doctrine of Integrated Action,” in which the objectives and strategic lines of Integrated Action in Colombia are established. Accordingly, Integrated Action “seeks to support the effort to consolidate territorial control and the legitimacy of the state and strengthen interagency and interinstitutional coordination in order to attain security and peace as a common good, in a scenario of victory as an irreversible process,” in the words of the “General Instructions on the Doctrine of Integrated Action” issued by the Armed Forces General Command. In the same way, the doctrine of Integrated Action establishes three strategic lines under which the different operations are carried out: General Integrated Action: has a general objective to support Military operations and assist “in strengthening legitimacy, by armoring and strengthening the Military’s institutional image, collaborating in breaking the Irregular Armed Groups’ will to fight, and facilitating their demobilization.” Coordinated Integrated Action: assists in the social recovery of territory, well-being, and the sustainable peace that the nation needs, through the use of Civil Affairs, Government Affairs, Indigenous Affairs, and the Professional Reserve Officers Command by the Military commander and other legal representatives of the state and organized civil society. Resolutory Integrated Action: “seeks the development and the ongoing and simultaneous coordination of political, economic, social, and Military actions directed toward strengthening the state’s basic structures by guaranteeing the defense and protection of human rights, the observance of international humanitarian law, and social freedoms.” Resolutory Integrated Action is intimately connected to the National Policy of Territorial Consolidation, especially during the phases of recovery and transition of territory, during which the presence of the Military and the National Police is fundamental to the entry of other state institutions, with the interagency process as its fundamental axis. Along these lines, the Information Operations Planning Directorate (DIPOI), assigned to the Joint Integrated Action Bureau of the Colombian Armed Forces General Command, has the objective to obtain the population’s trust by assisting in the defeat of Irregular Armed Groups (GAML) and promoting their demobilization. Considering this fact, the Army’s Integrated Action Directorate recently created an Information Operations Section, made up of a multi-disciplinary team, the purpose of which is to plan, design, and execute strategies to neutralize actions against institutional legitimacy by the GAML. The section seeks to support the Army’s efforts throughout the country, by developing information strategies specifically directed at combating 4th Generation Warfare, which encompasses the fields of ideology, politics, cybernetics, mass mobilization, intelligence, and the legal system, among others. These multi-dimensional characteristics are transforming the Military’s instruction and training, in order to have better tools to confront an enemy who, in the majority of cases, is intangible, and who manages information as he pleases, with the aim of obtaining the support of the masses. In addition to the media, multimedia, audiovisual, broadcast tools and press releases, among others, are also relevant. The coordination and unification of clear and specific messages by means of these different channels is what makes it possible to counteract the impact of the GAML on the Colombian population. Along these lines, the neutralization of 21st-century threats outlines a future full of challenges for IO, and their evolution goes hand in hand with the projection of scenarios, the construction of long-term strategies, and the development of cooperation opportunities in order to defeat the enemy and consolidate the country as a regional pioneer in this area. To the extent that these operations consolidate their position as a strategic pillar in the fight against the irregular armed groups, it will become increasingly easy to understand their modus operandi and capacity for infiltrating society; in addition, it will make it possible to strengthen the protocols for managing and appropriately interpreting information, in order to be able to design efficient strategies that can neutralize the GAML. The importance of Integrated Action and Information Operations is rooted in empowering the community through coordination and interaction with national, departmental, and local government entities. An empowered community is a community that collaborates with the authorities, that reports cases of human-rights violations, and most importantly, that armors itself on its own against illegal armed actors, by strengthening itself as a whole and shaping itself into a strong and effective actor for social change.last_img read more

Uruguayan Army and Plan Ceibal Team Up to Boost Modern Education in the Military

first_img“The secondary education classes are given from the first year of high school to the second year of a diversified bachelor’s in humanities,” Col. Echevarría stated. “Efforts have been made with the Board of Secondary Education to expand the program, with the hope that our junior personnel will receive more cultural training.” The high school provides education that helps students pursue military careers. To rise through the ranks, service members much attain specific minimum thresholds in their secondary education to meet the levels established by the Board of Secondary Education. “We are constantly amazed at the difference between how my students arrive and how they finish their studies,” IMAE teacher Amalia Lolo exclaimed. The initiative has provided laptops with WiFi connectivity to students throughout much of the country. One of the program’s long-term objectives is to promote social justice by providing information and communication tools for the entire population. In addition to providing laptops, authorities with Plan Ceibal are working to improve Internet connectivity, ensuring all IMAE computers can access the Internet simultaneously. Plan Ceibal officials are also responsible for maintaining and repairing the computer equipment it provides to IMAE, as well as training instructors on how to use it. “Since its inception, this school has sought to provide cultural training to the junior staff, who must take courses to be promoted but do not have the required education level,” Uruguayan Army Lieutenant Colonel Alejandro Echevarría, director of the Sergeant Francisco de los Santos Non-Commissioned Officer School within IMAE, told Diálogo. “As the school has become consolidated over the years, its educational offerings, reach, and goals have expanded.” Uruguay’s Educational Connectivity and Basic Computing for Online Learning Plan, which is also known as Plan Ceibal, delivered 100 new laptop computers to the above-age high school that is part of the Uruguayan Military Arms and Specialties Institute (IMAE). The above-age high school serves students trying to complete their high school education. Education bolsters Military careers All of 113 high school students are in the Army, Navy, or Air Force. The Armed Forces runs the institute within the Uruguayan Army’s Sergeant Francisco de los Santos Non-Commissioned Officer School, which provides professional, cultural, and physical training to the Army’s junior personnel. The school, which accepts civilian employees from the Ministry of Defense as students, provides basic and advanced level courses that are certified by the National Public Education Administration (ANEP). center_img The government created Plan Ceibal in 2007, with the goal of providing a laptop computer to every child and all public school teachers. It also aims to train the teachers how to use the laptops to develop modern educational approaches. The Military created the IMAE’s above-age high school in 2001 to provide junior staff members the opportunity to finish their secondary education. Since its inauguration, more than 1,250 students have attended the school, out of which less than 1 percent have dropped out. In 2015, IMAE’s instructors received training on how to use a new technological platform, which Troops will be using in 2016. The new platform will allow students to achieve the levels of education expected by the Board of Secondary Education. Plan Ceibal in Uruguay By Dialogo December 22, 2015 “In the spirit of innovation and motivation, we began to think about different options for the above-age school and decided to join forces with Plan Ceibal,” Colonel Gustavo Fajardo, IMAE’s director, explained on an official government website. “Using the platforms they have in our school could be fruitful.” The initiative has improved the technological capabilities of Uruguayans nationwide. For example, when it comes to technical preparedness, Uruguay rose in the World Economic Forum’s Network Readiness Index (NRI) from 3.67 points in 2006-2007 to 4.28 points in 2011-2012.last_img read more

Huntington: Long Island’s Trendiest Downtown

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The area where British troops camped following the Battle of Long Island during the American Revolutionary War is today one of the most popular cultural meccas on Long Island.Downtown Huntington offers a bounty of top-notch restaurants, shops, galleries, specialty stores and entertainment venues. Located in northwestern Suffolk County, this waterfront community is home to pristine harbors, marinas, beaches and parks. Originally an agriculture and shipping hub, it was transformed into a popular tourist destination once the Long Island Rail Road arrived in 1867.“It’s a little microcosm of Manhattan,” says Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci. “Whether you are going on a date or bringing your family for a day trip or to dinner, Huntington has a vibrant downtown area … Get to a live concert, a play, or a museum.”Here’s some of the many things to do in Huntington on your next visit.The Paramount in Huntington routinely draws big name acts to Long Island.For your entertainmentWhether you’re looking for laughs or live music, The Paramount (370 New York Ave., 631-673-7300, has something for everyone. Recently ranked fifth top club venue worldwide, this two-level hotspot has been a fixture on the Huntington scene since opening its doors six years ago. Each year, the theater hosts an average of 200 events, including big-name acts from across genres — just about everyone from Elvis Costello to Fetty Wap has played here — and even regularly hosts boxing. On Feb. 17, comedian Jim Breuer begins the first performance of his new monthly residency. This month’s line-up also features shock rocker Marilyn Manson, funk royalty George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and comic Kevin James.If you’d rather be the one on stage, Finley’s (43 Green St., Huntington, 631-351-3440, can help make that happen. Every Wednesday night is NOOM — North Shore Original Open Mic — where songwriters, artists and musicians sing, perform and play live music. The tavern has dozens of craft beers on tap and bottled. And on Sundays, New Orleans-style Storyville American Table, which operates a restaurant during the day in the space where Finley’s has its bar and nightclub, offers an all-you-can-eat brunch at $34.95pp.Raj Tawney, director of publicity at Cinema Arts CentreA cultural journeyArt aficionados can take joy in the endless variety of tours, lectures, discussion groups and workshops offered at The Heckscher Museum of Art (2 Prime Ave., 631-351-3250, On view through March 11, is the exhibition From Frankenthaler to Warhol: Art of the ’60s and ’70s, from the color field, minimalist, pop and photorealist work featuring works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns and Helen Frankenthaler, Audrey Flack and others. And on Feb. 9, join author and music historian Tom Ryan as he explores the musical landscape in his lecture How Music Changed History: ’60s & ’70s.For those who prefer the media arts, Cinema Arts Centre (, 423 Park Ave., 631-423-7611), LI’s biggest art-house movie theater, presents 300 special events annually, including live theater and music concerts, stand-up comedy, community-driven events, and trivia nights. That’s in addition to more than 400 films including international, documentaries, independent and new releases. For example, on Feb. 10, it will feature the 1987 Jon Cryer classic Dudes. For Black History Month, the theater hosts Gospel music and Huntington resident Deacon Leon Jamison on Feb. 23, among other events and screenings. Hardcore cinemaphiles can enjoy late-night dining at The Sky Room Cafe. The Book Revue (313 New York Ave., 631-271-1442; is the perfect spot for some literary enlightenment. On Feb. 13, author Bruno Ribeiro will share his illustrated fairytale for adults in verse form: The Book of All Lovers, a tale of adventureand chivalry. And, on Feb. 14, Billy Lamont will be signing copies of his new poetry book, Words Ripped from a Soul Still Bleeding. The poems all have different messages to share, including hope, inspiration and social reform. The Book Revue has been around since 1977 and is the largest independent bookstore on LI selling new, used and discounted books.Walt WhitmanWalk through historyWant to gawk at the Gilded Age grandeur of the Gold Coast? Take a guided tour of Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate (135 West Gate Dr., 631-659-1400, Stroll through the lush gardens and opulent halls of this historic chateau that is the second largest private home in America. It was originally the summer home of the affluent Kahn family until its sale in 1934. After changing hands and later falling into disrepair, owner Gary Melius bought it in 1984, invested more than $30 million to restore it, and turned it into a hotel, restaurant and catering hall. The $50 guided tours by appointment only are followed by a two-course lunch at the Oheka Bar & Restaurant. Visitors may optfor the regular $25 tour that ends with cookies and tea in the formal dining room or grand ballroom. Showcasing its rich history, the estate is often used as a location shoot for TV and film productions. It was portrayed as Xanadu in Citizen Kane, served as the set of Taylor Swift’s music video for “Blank Space” and was the set of a shoot for the film Fifty Shades Freed.Those who prefer literary history can head over to The Walt Whitman Birthplace (246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station, 631-427-5240 x113,, which is a great place to learn about America’s greatest poet. The home is a designated New York State Historic Site and is listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places. Some programs for children 5 and up include Make A Dreamcatcher, followed by Victorian Tea Party, where children learn dining manners, social skills and self-esteem. Poetry readers are also regularly on the agenda, with local poets encouraged to participate.Kilwins Huntington is known for their chocolate-covered apples.Specialty stores galoreIf you need a spiritual reading or just some funky henna design on your hand or head, stop off at Henna Happiness (6 East Carver St., 631-935-2714,, a boutique offering mystical items, crystals, stones and lots more. Store owner Trudy Pellegrino, a professional henna artist and specialist in Jyotish, a form of astrology rooted in India, can do a reading that may help you restore balance and healing in your life.For those who adore vintage kitsch and collectibles and even antiques, stop in at Rosie’s Vintage (101 Woodbury Ave., 631-549-9100,, a vintage/antique multi-dealer store that specializes in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s stuff. The store has something for almost everyone from young vintage lovers starting out to the mid-century generation who are looking to reminisce. With multiple dealers participating, inventory changes daily and includes furniture and decor, man-cave and kitchen decor, vintage clothing and accessories, industrial, vinyl records and one-of-a kind items.Step into Kilwins Huntington (293 Main St., 631-271-4200,, and you will become a kid again. Everything in the chocolate shop known for its signature chocolate dipped caramel apples and specialty ice cream is all homemade and features fun names like Superman — a fruity vanilla rainbow — and Kilwins Mud (vanilla ice cream with caramel and chocolate chip), popular with the kids, and best sellers Sea Salt Caramel and Toasted Coconut. They also have chocolate-covered popcorn, brittle, Rice Krispies, marshmallows.“Anything that doesn’t move we will dip into chocolate,” laughs co-owner Susan Hirschfeld, who opened the shop with her son, Jake, five years ago.IMC Restaurant and Bar (279 Main St., 631-824-6222,, is where serious foodies flock. This modern steakhouse owned by Brooklyn-based Imperial Meats features mouth-watering entrees that include their signature duck platter, caviar plate, Chilean sea bass and locally sourced oysters. Their Japanese Wagyu tomahawk ribeye steak is one of their most popular entrees. All their meats are hormone, steroid and antibiotic free. Straight from the mixologist, patrons can enjoy their Blood Orange Martini, Black Coconut Mojito or The Barrel (High West double rye, amaretto, house-infused black cherry cognac with a hint of smoky Islay scotch, a splash of bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup, and fresh-squeezed lemon juice) served on the rocks.“The drink,” says manager Vincent Alessi, “is big with guys.”Bringing some flavor to the village is Babalu NY, (286 New York Ave., 631-683-4666,, The Cuban Mediterranean bistro specializing in small plates was launched only 10 months ago by former pro boxer Alan Gotay. The Cubano sandwich — Serrano ham, slow-roasted pulled pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, homemade mustard and spicy mustard on ciabatta — was just rated one of the top sandwiches on LI.“We wanted to bring Cuban style food into Huntington,” says manager Maggie Senia.Other specialties include empanadas and pasteles, a family style recipe made of green plantains and tropical pumpkin seed wrapped in green banana leaves and filled with either chicken, meat or vegetables.Enjoy some eggs and bacon or chicken and waffles, where breakfast is served all day. The Shed (54 New St., 631-385-7433, is another newcomer to the village. Lunch and dinner entrees are also available and full bar with specialty cocktails.Al Fresco dining on New York Avenue in downtown Huntington.Where to dineBlack & Blue Seafood Chophouse65 Wall St., 631-385-9255, blackandbluehuntington.comPrime: An American Kitchen and Bar117 North New York Ave., 631-385-1515, restaurantprime.comHonu Kitchens and Cocktails363 New York Ave., 631-421-6900, honukitchen.comJonathan’s Ristorante15 Wall St., 631-549-0055, jonathansristorante.comTOA Asian Fusion369 New York Ave., 631-673-7377; toaasianfusion.comBesito Mexican Restaurant402 New York Ave. 631-549-0100, besitomexican.comHikudo Asian Bistro & Sushi329 Main St., 631-421-4729, hikudo.comSpice Village Grill281 Main St., 631-271-9700, spicevillagegrill.comHouse of India256 Main St., 631-271-0059, houseofindiany.comOheka CastleWhere to stayOheka Castle Hotel & Estate135 W. Gate Dr., Huntington, 631-659-1400, oheka.comlast_img read more

What credit unions need to know about cannabis banking during the COVID-19 crisis

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Dunford Paul is a co-founder & director of program development. Paul oversees the development and management of compliance programs for Green Check’s clients, with a focus on state-level compliance as … Web: Details I doubt whether it’s possible to find an industry that has not had to adjust in response to the COVID-19 crisis and that’s certainly the case with cannabis. With marijuana legal in some form (medical and/or adult-use) in 33 states and the District of Columbia, marijuana-related businesses (MRBs) play a significant role in local economies across the country, contributing tax revenue and offering employment in dispensaries, grow facilities and myriad ancillary businesses that support them. So, let’s look at how COVID-19 has affected MRBs, and why that’s potentially important to your credit union.Business ImpactMost states that have legalized marijuana have designated MRBs essential during this crisis so many have remained open when other businesses have had to close their doors. They have had to adjust to accommodate public health and social distancing concerns, so their day-to-day operations have had to change accordingly, but their sales have remained strong and largely returned to pre-crisis levels following an initial spike. What we’ve seen in practice is that operating models that weren’t previously legal or common under state programs, like curb-side sales and home deliveries, are now the norm.That’s not to say that marijuana-related businesses aren’t facing their own set of challenges. Notable among them is that they aren’t eligible to participate in any of the current federal stimulus programs, like SBA Loans or the Payroll Protection Program, because marijuana businesses remain federally illegal. However, the cannabis industry is pushing back hard against this restriction, citing their status as essential at the state level.Why does this matter to credit unions?If your credit union is already banking MRBs, you should reach out to them to understand how their operations have changed in response to public health concerns and check with your state cannabis authority to see how its program has been adjusted. For instance, medical marijuana businesses may be considered essential but adult-use ones may not.  Also, keep in mind that while these businesses have stayed strong during the crisis, should they find themselves struggling, they aren’t currently able to take advantage of federal stimulus programs.If your credit union has yet to engage with the cannabis industry because of concerns that it would negatively affect your reputation, the fact that many states consider MRBs to be essential demonstrates that the industry is far less taboo than it once was. If the fear of being the “weed credit union” has kept you from offering accounts to MRBs it may be time to reconsider that risk.State Legislative ImpactAt the start of the year, there were 31 formal ballot initiatives on the books in 15 states related to the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, and the odds were that several of them would pass. In the Northeast, common wisdom was that New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut would pass adult-use (recreational) marijuana programs this year, but that’s no longer the case. As legislators have had to understandably refocus their efforts on mitigating the devastating effects of the coronavirus, most if not all of these initiatives are in a sort of limbo, where they are not technically off the agenda but unlikely to come up to a vote before the end of the current session. This has even delayed the rollout of programs that have already been approved, as in the case of Maine where their adult-use program was expected to go live early this summer but has now been postponed.Why does this matter to credit unions?Credit unions that anticipated the opportunity to expand their membership and open new cannabis business accounts may be disappointed this year because it is unlikely that states will expand the scope of their programs.Federal Legislative ImpactOn the federal level, the SAFE Banking Act, legislation that would provide regulatory and law-enforcement protection for financial institutions that provide services to legal cannabis businesses, looks like it has stalled in committee and won’t come to a vote in the Senate during this session. Many credit unions that are interested in offering cannabis banking programs have been waiting for this to pass, but it’s highly unlikely to happen this year.While the SAFE Banking Act isn’t going to pass, as mentioned previously some in Congress have called for state-legal cannabis businesses to be included in economic stimulus packages. To do so would require the federal government to afford protection for those credit unions that would process loan applications and disburse funds.Why does this matter to credit unions?While it is unlikely that the SAFE Banking Act will pass this year, if state-legal marijuana businesses become eligible for stimulus funding it would presumably require that the government extend protections to financial institutions that work with MRBs.If your credit union needs expert guidance on building a cannabis banking program from the ground up, download Green Check Verified’s guide for building a business case here.last_img read more

Hundreds test their knowledge at annual trivia event

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — AP Entertainment held their fourth annual team trivia event at Seton Catholic High School in Binghamton Saturday night. The 2017 event set the Guinness World Record for largest team trivia gathering of more than two person teams. This year’s event drew more than 500 people. “What we do is we actually give the proceeds to Mercy House of the Southern Tier, so people come out to donate to a good cause and they end up having a great time as well,” said Papaleo. Organizer Andy Papaleo tells 12 news that in addition to trivia, dinner and open bar, participants are able to support a good cause. One of the teams in attendance featured three finalists from the 2019 Jeopardy Teacher’s Tournament.last_img read more

Binghamton gets federal funds to help homeless affected by COVID-19

first_img“It is absolutely critical,” the mayor said. “It is literally the dollars that will determine whether you have a roof over your head or you’re out on the streets.” The money is an Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) from the federal government, with city mayor Rich David saying funds will go to non-profits who provide services and help to the homeless, and will also go directly to people who may need help paying rent, utilities and mortgages. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – The city of Binghamton has received $500,000 to help the homeless in the area who have been affected by COVID-19. There are income-eligible requirements in order to get a portion of the funding.  “It’s great to get the money, but we also want the permission or the authorization from the federal government to actually put in the hands of the people who need it the most,” David said. “We want to get this money out of the door as quickly as possible.” David added he expects to have the clearance to give out the ESG within the coming weeks. However, David stressed the main challenge with these funds is that the city is still awaiting authorization from the federal government to distribute it. David said he has been in contact with senators and congressional representatives on the status of the fund authorization. The city received $577,000 in ESG back in March, and with this second round, the city will have over $1 million dedicated to helping with home and homeless services for citizens affected by the virus.last_img read more

Duchess Camilla’s Bugle Horn Brooch in The Rifles Portrait: Details

first_imgListen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!) A brooch is commonly favored accessory by those of the British royal family, especially Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch has quite an impressive collection, including inherited pieces from Queen Victoria and Queen Mary as well as specially commissioned ones she was gifted over the years.But an all time favorite has to be the True Lover’s Knot, which the queen wore to Duchess Kate’s wedding back in 2011.- Advertisement – The Meaning Behind Duchess Camilla's Brooch in Her Newest PortraitDuchess Camilla. Courtesy of Clarence House/InstagramNow that’s a standout accessory. Duchess Camilla wore a meaningful brooch for her newest royal portrait.On Thursday, November 5, a portrait of the Duchess of Cornwall was unveiled to commemorate her role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles. On her elegant green top, the 73-year-old royal wore a silver Bugle Horn brooch. This piece of jewelry, which was commissioned by The Rifles, represents the heritage of the regiment. In fact, every rifleman wears a silver bugle as their cap badge.- Advertisement – The photograph was taken last month at Clarence House after the Prince Philip transferred his role over to the duchess in July. However, on Wednesday, November 4, Duchess Camilla attended the 92nd Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in her new role, wearing the same brooch on a dark green coat quite reminiscent of her portrait ensemble.In a message to the regiment, the Duchess said, “Riflemen, with the rest of our nation, I am profoundly in your debt for all that you do, especially during these troubled times. Continue to uphold those qualities of discipline, courage and sense of humour that my father spoke of and be proud of all that you represent.”She concluded, “Wherever you may be viewing this message, on operations in Afghanistan, deployed to Estonia, on exercise in the U.K. or indeed, enjoying some much-deserved leave, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more