By the end of the day, crews had placed several sections and illustrated the efficiency of using the preconstructed sections. The work also offers a good glimpse of the cross-section of three-inch-thick southern yellow pine that Ocean City officials hope will endure longer than the traditional two-bys used on much of the rest of the boardwalk. OCNJ Daily reported Sunday that the work on the boardwalk reconstruction project between Sixth and Seventh streets was making good progress and that sections of pre-constructed decking were on site.Bob Bolen was on the boards Monday morning as the first section of decking was lowered into place. He passed along the following images.
It seems to be everyone’s dream to set up a small ’bake from home’ cake firm nowadays. That was my plan just one year ago, when I left a career in education and traded in my lesson plans for recipe cards. Little did I know, when I rolled up my sleeves on my 1950s frock, put on my pinny and pearls and got down to the lovely business of baking decadent cakes, that my life would be turned upside-down.Twelve months ago, I opened a stall in London’s Greenwich Market and waited for something to happen. Flash forward and the Ms Cupcake brand is now a team of six staff. This week we flung open the doors to London’s first entirely vegan bakery shop in Brixton, South London.So how did we make the transition from home baker to professionals? Firstly, I redeveloped my kitchen and had the local council approve it. The business needed to be registered and I took courses with HMRC to make sure the books stayed on the straight and narrow. A fabulous website designer came along and I went about attacking social media Facebook, Twitter head-on. Weeks were spent in the British Library, researching the market, and countless hours on perfecting recipes.Most large cities in the US and Canada have at least one vegan retail bakery. So it would seem that London had been crying out for one. I predicted my cakes would be popular with ethical vegans. But I hadn’t realised how many people out there cannot eat animal products due to allergies, food intolerances and for religious reasons.Countless children have walked up to the market stall with their family and been told they can have any cake from us that these special cakes won’t make them ill. The look of unmitigated joy and surprise on that child’s face is the reason why we continue to make cake and spread love.With my home kitchen not able to cope with the volume of cakes we were now producing every week, I needed to figure out our next step and a retail shop seemed the answer. Has it been easy?… not exactly. We have had problems getting water plumbed in, our new ovens arrived completely smashed… need I go on? But what has got us through is the warm welcome from the local community and the constant support from our fans. Who knows what new challenges will be thrown our way but we’ll tackle them with a smile and a fistful of decadent cupcakes.
Bicycle Day is the annual celebration of Swiss scientist Albert Hoffman’s first intentional ingestion of the chemical compound, LSD-25, after accidentally discovering the compound’s psychedelic nature three days earlier. Named for Hoffman’s trippy bicycle ride home from the lab that fateful day, each year on April 19th, folks come together to celebrate the world’s first acid trip back in 1943.Today, the celebration of unofficial holiday amongst psychonauts worldwide announced the artist lineup for their 2019 event. This year’s Bicycle Day celebration will feature performances by The Polish Ambassador (live), Slow Magic, Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation), Bluetech, Wyatt Marshall (Dirtybird/Desert Hearts), MiHKAL, El Papachango, Dissølv, Evan Casey (Desert Hearts), and Justin Campbell (Desert Hearts). In addition, the event will be illuminated with live visuals courtesy of Android Jones.In addition, Bicycle Day 2019 will feature a blotter print museum curated by Mark McCloud and the Institute of Illegal Images, an art gallery courtesy of Tribe13 Gallery and Android Jones, floral design by Anthony Flowers Ward, psychedelic relics from Shakedown Gallery, live painting, local vendors, interactive installations, organic food, and much more.This year, Bicycle Day will be celebrating its 76th anniversary, presented by Euphonic Conceptions and Legion of Bloom Music. The event will return to its home at The Midway in San Francisco, the larger venue to which the event moved in 2017.The event pages notes, “San Francisco’s Bicycle Day Celebration is not only a concert, but a petri dish of creativity, inspiration, and sensory stimulation. World-renowned visionary artists live painting, an immersive art gallery and exhilarating performances play a large role in this annual festivity that is always packed to the brim with heart-opening experiences.”Tickets for San Francisco’s Bicycle Day celebration at The Midway are on sale now.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has shared a new pro-shot video as part of their semi-regular “RAD Tracks” series. The latest selection comes from the band’s second of two performances at New Orleans, LA’s Mardi Gras World Ballroom on May 5th, 2018, when they weaved in and out of “Cumberland Blues” and “Big River” during the heart of the second set.Set two saw Joe Russo’s Almost Dead take the blues heritage of New Orleans to heart with tried-and-true tunes like “Foolish Heart”, “New Minglewood Blues”, and Bob Dylan‘s “Tell Me, Momma”. The highlight of the show came next as the band dove into “Cumberland Blues”, marking the first time JRAD took “Cumberland” into deep improvisational territory. Marco Benevento dazzled the sold-out crowd with some electric, jazz piano work, as Dave Dreiwitz ran up and down the neck of his bass across the stage. The quintet raced forward, weaving in and out of “Cumberland” and “Big River”.For the encore, the band welcomed a special guest, guitarist Nick Bockrath of Cage The Elephant, who played the Fest fairgrounds earlier in the day. Bockrath stuck around for both “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” and “Franklin’s Tower”.Check out pro-shot video of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s massive “Cumberland Blues” > “Big River” mashup from New Orleans below:Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – “Cumberland Blues” > “Big River”[Video: JoeRussos AlmostDead]For a full list of the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head here.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Mardi Gras World Ballroom | New Orleans, LA | 5/5/2018Set One (9:31PM – 10:52PM):01. Casey Jones >02. Let It Grow @ ->03. Jam # ->04. Bird Song $ ->05. Greatest Story Ever Told >06. Dancing In The Streets >Set Two (11:28PM – 1:10AM):01. Foolish Heart % ->02. New Minglewood Blues ^ ->03. Jam ->04. China Cat Sunflower & ->05. Tell Me Mama ->06. Cumberland Blues Jam * -> Big River Jam I + -> Cumberland Blues -> Big River Jam II + -> Cumberland Blues -> Big River Refrain I + -> Cumberland Blues -> Big River Refrain + II -> Cumberland Blues Reprise @@07. Candyman ## >08. Music Never StoppedEncore:09. Going Down The Road Feeling Bad $$ %% ->10. Franklin’s Tower [email protected] – With a “Ten Years Gone” (Led Zeppelin) Tease (Band)# – With elements of “My Favorite Things” (Rodgers and Hammerstein) and Teases of Let It Grow & Bird Song$ – With a Marco Solo & a Duo Jam% – With China->Rider Transition Teases (MB & TH)^ – With a Throwing Stones Tease (TH)& – With a Let It Grow (I think) Tease (TH)* – With a Marco Solo, first time Cumberland has appeared as a Jam. Basically they started Cumberland, it morphed into a Marco Solo, which became a Big River Jam & then they sung the lyrics of Cumberland.+ – Partial Instrumental & Refrain versions of a Johnny Cash Cover, First time Played in this style () by Almost [email protected]@ Not Played By Almost Dead since 2017-10-06 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, a gap of 29 shows## – With a “Revelry” (Traditional) Tease (SM)$$ – With Nick Bockrath (Cage the Elephant) on guitar for both songs & vocals on GDTRFB%% – Without the traditional instrumental We Bid You Goodnight ending. It segued directly into Franklin’sView Setlist DetailsFans heading down to New Orleans during this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival can catch Ghost Light performing a late-night show on Saturday, April 27th (technically early-morning on April 28th) at Republic NOLA. The Ghost Light late-night will immediately follow Tom Hamilton‘s performance with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Mardi Gras World.Tickets for Ghost Light’s New Orleans late-night during Jazz Fest are available here.Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2019 (technically early AM 4/28)Artist: Live For Live Music & 8th Annual Nolafunk Series During Jazz Fest Present: GHOST LIGHTVenue: Republic NOLA – 828 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130Tickets: Early-Bird – $20 (limited quantity) / Tier 1 – $22.50 (limited quantity / Tier 2 – $25Time: 2:00 AMFor more information, head here.
The Blacks Keys are back with another new single which is set to appear on their forthcoming studio album, Let’s Rock, due out on June 28th. On Thursday, the band treated fans to their latest recording, “Go”, along with its video, which sees the two rockers attempting to find peace with one another after a five-year run of not speaking.Related: The Black Keys Release First New Song In 5 Years, “Lo/Hi” [Listen]The entertaining new video opens with the members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney being sat down like stubborn children. After a stern but awkward mediation session with some relationship counselor fellow, the two are shipped off to the Happy Trails Intentional Community & Spiritual Retreat for some much-needed healing. Throughout the video, the two are seen attempting to mend their relationship through group free-dance therapy, outdoor yoga, and karate. It isn’t until the two partake in what appears to be an Ayahuasca session that Auerbach snaps out of his funk. The new song sounds great too.Watch the entire new video for “Go” below.The Black Keys – “Go”[Video: The Black Keys]Fans can catch The Black Keys on tour later this year when the band hits the road with Modest Mouse, Shannon And The Clams, and more beginning on September 21st in Las Vegas, NV. Fans can head to the band’s website for ticket info for their upcoming shows. Fans can also click here to pre-order Let’s Rock.
A remote archipelago in northern Russia has declared a state of emergency after an invasion of polar bears has sparked fear among residents. Novaya Zemlya, located in the Arctic Ocean, has been swarmed with polar bears since December. The region’s largest settlement, Belushya Guba, has reported more than 50 polar bear sightings. Local administrators say that the polar bears have attacked people and entered buildings and that parents are afraid to send their children to school. Polar bear and human interactions are increasingly likely as climate change reduces the sea-ice habitats of polar bears, forcing them onto land for longer periods of time. Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan open for comment Hurricane force wind sets new record atop North Carolina’s Grandfather Mountain Residents terrified as dozens of polar bears invade Russian town The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the draft 2019-2023 Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, which identifies essential issues impacting outdoor recreation and natural resource protection in the state. The plan represents a vision and strategy to provide public outdoor recreation opportunities in Maryland and receives federal funding from the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund. Public input is welcome on any part of the plan and can be submitted via the online comment form. The public comment period closes on March 8. A new record has been set atop WNC’s iconic 5,946-foot Grandfather Mountain. Around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, a three-second gust of wind hit 121.3 miles per hour on top of the mountain, breaking the previous record set on December 21, 2012 of 120.7 miles per hour. In comparison, North Carolina’s Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the eastern United States, saw a gust of wind that reached 77.6 miles per hour at the same time. Grandfather Mountain commonly sees high winds and other extreme weather events. In 2018 the mountain received 10 feet of rain. The park sustained no damage from the record-setting gust of wind.
By Dialogo January 10, 2011 The new Ecuadorean ambassador in Bogotá, Raúl Vallejo, promised “to look to the future” in the bilateral relationship, now fully reestablished following the crisis that broke out in March 2008 due to a Colombian attack on the FARC guerrilla group on Ecuadorean territory. “The Ecuadorean government, with the full reestablishment of relations (…) wants to strengthen the historical ties that have united us, stanch the wounds of the past, and look to the future,” Vallejo said in his first remarks to Colombian journalists after taking up his post on 6 January. He added that “Ecuador’s policy is not to permit any irregular group to establish itself on its territory, whether they are paramilitaries, drug traffickers, or guerrillas of any persuasion and under any name.” Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa broke off diplomatic relations with Bogotá in March 2008, in reaction to the Colombian army’s bombardment of a Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) camp on Ecuadorean territory, which left twenty-five dead, including Raul Reyes, the guerrilla group’s second-ranking leader. Ties between Colombia and Ecuador were reestablished at the chargé d’affaires level in November 2009, and a year later, on 26 November, Correa and his Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos, fully reestablished relations. Vallejo also said that the fight against drug trafficking along the bilateral border should be pursued separately. “The counternarcotics police in Colombia, the counternarcotics police in Ecuador: we each want to work in our own country, fighting drug trafficking,” he declared in a tacit allusion to the border crop fumigations rejected by Quito in the past. In addition, he announced that he will stress improving the binational trade balance, which is unfavorable to his country at the moment. Between January and October 2010, Ecuadorean sales to Colombia amounted to 651.8 million dollars, and purchases to 1.6826 billion, according to the Central Bank in Quito. Vallejo affirmed that “our neighbors are absolutely welcome in our country,” expressing his confidence that “at some point” Ecuador will cease requiring police records from Colombians wishing to enter.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A couple of days before last year’s Boston Marathon, Barbara Stagnari came down with an ailment that zapped her strength.The 52-year-old veteran marathoner from Mineola was unable to regain the energy lost from a darned bug that arrived at the most inopportune time, but she ran the marathon anyway.Unfortunately, the sickness was too much to overcome. Stagnari was lagging, and eventually found herself well behind her personal best of 3:38 when she decided to slow down and take in the atmosphere. Less than five minutes from the the Boylston Street finish line, she began snapping photos of the crowd, capturing the breathtaking view of the city, the giddy—and drunken—revelers, the joy of Patriot’s Day.Then, the ground shook. Strange, she thought.With her view of the finish line obstructed, Stagnari was unable to see the thin white smoke billowing over the race’s endpoint.“You heard this loud boom and you automatically think it’s thunder,” she tells the Press, one year later.Then, a second intense sound pierced the tense air.Neither she, nor many of her fellow runners, knew what had just transpired. Moments later, authorities barricaded the course, cutting off the route to the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon finish line about a block away. Stagnari and dozens of others waited in the cold, confused. Cramps began to set in.At that point, she recalls, “You knew something was up.”Her husband and daughter, standing together on the corner of Boylston Street near a firehouse, sent separate text messages notifying her that they were unharmed. Although she was only about a block away from her loved ones, Stagnari couldn’t reach them by foot. Attempts to reach them via text were also unsuccessful.She eventually ended up at a Sheraton hotel, where the staff warmed her with towels and offered her tea. A lobby TV blaring breaking news revealed multiple explosions. It was the first successful terrorist attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. She later rejoined her family.On Monday, Stagnari will return to the Boston Marathon, almost exactly one year to the day when two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured 260 others—mutilating several spectators, ripping limbs from bodies. Many have yet to fully recover from their gruesome injuries—many others never will.One of the alleged attackers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is awaiting his trial, which is slated to start Nov. 3. The government is pursuing the death penalty. His older brother and alleged accomplice, Tamerlan Tsarnev, was killed in a shootout with police several days after the April 15, 2013 bombings.But before the younger Tsarnaev brother gets his day in the court, Boston gets the opportunity to reflect, celebrate and cheer—perhaps with more enthusiasm than ever before. And at least 40 Long Islanders will be right there by their side, running.Michael Fernandez of Farmingdale will be competing in his first Boston Marathon. The 45-year-old is excited about racing in this year’s event, despite heightened security.“We’re Going to Keep Running”This will be Michael Fernandez’s first Boston Marathon.On Dec. 31, 2013, the 45-year-old Farmingdale-native started a 16-week training program that incorporated speed workouts and longer runs to build endurance—all of which occurred outside during this year’s brutal winter. “Nothing on a treadmill,” he boasts. At his peak, he ran 73 miles in one week.He ran along the North Shore to prepare for the infamous downhills along the famed course, often beginning his training sessions at Syosset High School. Other days he would run along River Road in Smithtown. He sometimes sought areas with more spectacular views: Prospect Park in Brooklyn and Manhattan’s Central Park. In the weeks leading up to the race he continued running all but one day a week, but has tapered off since then so he could rest his legs and focus on nutrition and getting a good night’s sleep. He never diverted from the program.“Boston is going to be historic for me this year,” Fernandez says. “To me, Boston, if you’re a runner, that’s the spot. That’s the holy grail. That’s like the Super Bowl.”Fernandez has been driven by competition all his life. He played football and baseball as a kid and is a self-proclaimed “gym rat.” But he only started running five years ago. This will be his third marathon.While he oozes with enthusiasm discussing his inaugural Boston Marathon, Fernandez gets equally amped while reflecting on his unlikely journey to Beantown—a journey born from the desire to pay tribute to the great city, those affected that tragic day one year ago, as well as the country he loves so dearly.“Never in a million years did I think I’d be at the starting line of the Boston Marathon,” he admits. “If you asked me four years ago I would’ve had said, ‘Never.’ Now here I am.”He won’t be alone.Kathy Dormer would love to eclipse her previous marathon best of 3:34. But then again, this will be her first-ever Boston Marathon so “I’m just happy to be there,” she says.The 44-year-old Williston Park mom works part-time at the Greater Long Island Running Club, a fitness organization which has approximately 4,500 members. She races home after her morning shift, changes into comfortable running gear and sneaks in a run before it’s time to pick up her kids from school.The weekends are less frenzied. That’s when she gets to enjoy longer runs at a more relaxed pace. It’s cathartic.“My weekdays are kind of hectic,” she says.The city of Boston has rallied behind the slogan “Boston Strong” ever since the marathon bombings. Last year, Bostonians laid down hats and erected a banner at Copley Square in memory of those killed and injured in the attack. (Photo credit: Barbara Stagnari)This will also be Dormer’s third marathon, but promises to be the most poignant.“Boston Marathon has so much history and I think all runners really would love to be a part of that, especially this year with all that happened and the tragedy that took place at the finish line,” Dormer says. “I think it means even more just to be a part of it and support those who can’t run, and just celebrate running.”“Marathons could be really emotional anyway, you know, because you put so much time and effort into it, you work so hard and you want to do well,” she adds. “When you hear people cheering it does get very emotional no matter what the race is.”Stagnari, the Mineola woman returning to the marathon after last year’s tragedy, will be competing in her 30th marathon. Yet, her athletic prowess extends far beyond the asphalt.She’s also competed in 13 Iron Man competitions, an exhausting tour-de-force that includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike trek and a marathon for good measure. She typically partakes in about three marathons each year. Her best mark was five, if you count the Iron Man triathlon.A natural swimmer, Stagnari transitioned to running after she had four kids in a five-year span.“There was no way I was getting to the pool,” she says.But swimming remains part of her training regimen. On certain days she will both swim and run. On Tuesdays she does a track workout with a local triathlon group, she bikes on Thursdays and runs on weekends.While initially lamenting coming down with an ailment just before last year’s race, Stagnari now considers herself fortunate. “Luckily I decided to take my time once I wasn’t having a great race,” she says.“I missed the bomb and all that probably by three or four minutes,” she adds. “So I was lucky that I stopped and took pictures.”Stagnari never hesitated when it was time to decide if she’d return to Boston this year despite heightened security because of last year’s attack.“You really want to do it now,” Stagnari says.Fernandez, one of the first-time runners, echoes that sentiment.“This year makes it even greater, because it’s bigger than all of us this year,” he says with pride. “For me, going back to Boston it’s about showing up in the face of adversity and here we are, we’re still here, we’re going to keep running. When those bombs went off last year I would’ve run the next day if they let me. I would’ve gone to Boston and run the next day. The worst thing that people can do in this scenario is not run a race because you’re afraid, that is the worst thing, that sends the wrong signals.”“I’m going to be thinking about those people as I come down Boylston Street,” adds Fernandez.Along with the rest of America, most of whom will be watching from their couches.
The New Year is here — and that means this a good time to take stock of how your organization handles the security of its data.As an earlier post noted, 2014 will likely go down as “The Year of the Data Breach.” And all indications suggest that the problem of securing confidential information won’t be going away any time soon. Indeed, the challenge of managing and preventing cyber hacks and information loss will remain a top business priority in the coming year, according to Experian’s 2015 Data Breach Industry Forecast (registration required to view).“It has been an explosive year with an increase in the number of data breaches and identity theft cases over last year,” said Michael Bruemmer, vice president at Experian Data Breach Resolution, in a statement. “It is more important than ever for companies to prepare for a data breach and stay ahead of the game.”Experian’s white paper highlights six data breach trends that every top executive should prepare for in the coming year. The nation’s largest credit bureau based its predictions on interviews with security leaders and its experience helping companies manage more than 3,000 breaches in 2014.What to Watch For in 2015 Experian’s findings identify ongoing challenges such as increasing attacks on services and data in the cloud, and growing legal and regulatory scrutiny of corporate executives following a major data breach. However, there are three new trends to watch for in 2015, according to IT News. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by the recent hurricanes across the U.S. mainland and Caribbean. So are our people, who care about helping those in need.To support recovery efforts for credit unions, our disaster response team members have been in the regions affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma in recent days. And, since Saturday, they’ve been in Puerto Rico, where we have both staff and customers.We’re relieved to confirm that all 12 of our San Juan-based employees are accounted for, despite the island’s devastating conditions. We’re flying them critical emergency supplies, including satellite phones, solar chargers, ready-to-eat emergency meals, drinking water filtration systems, first aid kits, flashlights and batteries. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr