Press release: New era at Sellafield as Thorp reprocessing ends

first_img As we look forward to an exciting future, we want to celebrate the best of our past. The end of reprocessing at Thorp is one of the most important events in Sellafield’s history. Thorp has been a West Cumbrian success story. It has delivered jobs, skills, pride, and prestige. Our community came together in the fight to get it built, through the ‘Trust Us’ campaign. Together we completed one of the largest and most complex construction projects ever undertaken in Europe. And during 24 years of operations, we safely reprocessed 9,331 tonnes of fuel from 30 customers in nine countries. We helped to keep the lights on in the UK and around the world and generated £9bn in revenue for the UK. I’m immensely proud of Thorp’s contribution and I’d like to thank the workforce for their unwavering dedication and professionalism throughout a period of unprecedented change. Thorp (or the Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant) is one third of a mile long.It dominates a huge central strip of the Sellafield site and is the largest structure on the site.Costing £1.8bn to build, it was paid for by its future customers.The decision to cease reprocessing was taken in 2012 in response to a significant downturn in demand.The international market for reprocessing has shifted significantly since Thorp’s construction, with the majority of customers now opting to store rather than reprocess their fuel. Opened in 1994, Thorp is one of only two commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plants in the world.It has reprocessed more than 9,000 tonnes of fuel from 30 customers in nine countries around the world. It generated an estimated £9bn in revenue.The last batch of fuel to be reprocessed began its journey through the plant at 11.32am on Friday 9 November.There will be no redundancies as a result of the switch-off. All employees in roles no longer required have been offered alternative jobs in the business.Thorp will continue to serve the UK until the 2070s as a storage facility for spent fuel.Meanwhile, Sellafield is being reinvented as a centre of expertise for nuclear clean-up.This will unlock 100 years’ worth of opportunity for the site’s workforce, supply chain, and community.Paul Foster, Sellafield Ltd’s Chief Executive Officer, said:last_img read more

Violinist And Vocalist Bridget Law Is Leaving Elephant Revival

first_imgElephant Revival came together in 2006, and over the past decade, the group has built a name for itself as one of the premier transcendental folk and bluegrass acts. Today, the band announced that violinist and vocalist Bridget Law would be leaving the Nederland, Colorado-based group to pursue other personal endeavors. Law has become a key member of the group, with Bridget and vocalist and percussionist Bonnie Payne becoming synonymous for many fans.You can read Bridget Law’s full statement about her time with Elephant Revival and her future plans below.What a wild and beautiful journey it has been! Co-founding, nurturing and expressing Elephant Revival has been the greatest accomplishment of my life. Witnessing you all feel the music– breathe, dance, sing, reflect and rejoice with the music– has brought me to tears of joy countless times. Eleven years ago, Elephant Revival played our first gig. Since that day, the band has been the most important thing in my life. But life has a wild way of presenting new opportunities for growth, and it is up to me to listen to my heart and fulfill the purpose of my life while I am still breathing. I will no longer be touring with Elephant Revival, full time. I am being called to give more attention to my family, my body and my personal projects. Because this band has been such a large part of my life, I will always love, support and engage with the entity and I hope to always be involved behind the scenes. There will be many occasions in the future for us to reunite our musical voices; however, for now I am turning over my full time duties to other great musical minds. I am excited to witness the space this will create in the music and the new ideas that will surface. I will miss you all very much, so please reach out and stay in touch with me. You are my tribe!The music lives in my soul and cannot be quieted; playing music will always be a part of my life. I will continue to perform and make musical appearances, you might find me sitting in with Elephant Revival, We Dream Dawn, Bonfire Dub, Intuit, Everyone Orchestra, Keller Williams or performing with my husband in our group “Tierro with Bridget Law.” I plan to engage in the musical community more through recording sessions, speaking publicly, booking and managing bands as well as teaching, both in groups or privately. Be sure to like my personal FB page Bridget Law, to connect with me and be informed on my endeavors.Thank you deeply to all of those who have made the dream of Elephant Revival a wonderful reality! Warm, delightful gratitude to those who love the music! And thank you, sincerely, to my bandmates for being lovely creatures to play and adventure with! May the journey always be profound.~*With Love,.~*Bridgetlast_img read more

Arctic Monkeys Cover The Strokes In NYC [Watch]

first_imgBack in May, English rockers Arctic Monkeys released their sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. Prior to the album’s announcement, it had been five years since we last heard from the Arctic Monkeys. The band held the material from this new album particularly close to the chest, choosing not to release any singles prior to the album drop—controlling the anticipation around their new studio effort to the highest degree. Now that the album is officially on shelves, the band is touring with the material during select dates in the U.S. and Canada.Last night, Arctic Monkeys played Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York. In the second song slot of the encore, frontman Alex Turner said to the crowd, “And since we couldn’t think of a tennis song, we’re gonna try this.” From the opening notes, it was clear the band was going into their debut cover of The Strokes‘ “Is This It”.As Consequence of Sound points out, the Arctic Monkeys’ admiration for The Strokes dates way back. In a 2011 interview with NME, Turner said about the album Is This It,I remember I used to play the album in college all the time when our band was first starting. … Loads of people were into them, so loads of bands coming out sounded like them. And I remember consciously trying not to sound like The Strokes, deliberately taking bits out of songs that sounded too much like them, but I still loved that album.Turner continued, “As much as they probably hate hearing this as well, they were the band that encouraged me to rip the knees of my jeans and write on them in marker pen. I wrote on them in red ink, ‘I’ve got soul and I’m superbad.’”On their latest album, Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, the opening lyrics of the opening track “Star Treatment” are “I just wanted to be one of The Strokes”.So, the rare cover doesn’t come at all as much surprise. Watch Arctic Monkeys cover The Strokes in the fan-shot video below:[Video: Deborah Fontenele]Setlist: Arctic Monkeys | Forest Hills Tennis Stadium | New York, NY | 7/24/18Four Out of Five, Brainstorm, Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair, Crying Lightning, Teddy Picker, 505, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino, One Point Perspective, Do Me A Favor, Cornerstone, Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?, The Ultracheese, Do I Wanna Know?, I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, Knee Socks, Pretty Visitors, ArabellaE: Star Treatment, Is This It (The Strokes), R U Mine?[H/T CoS]last_img read more

Long Island Elections 2015 Voters’ Guide

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York SUFFOLK COUNTYCounty ExecutiveSteve Bellone (D, WF, I-Babylon)The former Babylon town supervisor and first-term Suffolk County executive is running on his record over the past four years working to close the county’s budget gap, leading eastern Long Island through Sandy recovery and prioritizing the clean-up of Suffolk’s increasingly polluted drinking and surface water. Much of that agenda includes unfinished business. His tenure hasn’t been without scandal, including his former information technology commissioner, Donald Rogers, being convicted of misconduct, and his now ex-chief of police, James Burke, reportedly resigning amid a federal investigation into an alleged police brutality claim. But with polls showing Bellone with a sizable lead, most political observers expect him to be re-elected.James O’Connor (R, C, Ref-Great River)This former North Hempstead town councilman has been calling for a New York State panel to take over Suffolk’s budget, similar to the Nassau Interim Finance Authority in the cash-strapped neighboring county to the west. He points out that while Bellone claims he hasn’t raised taxes, the police tax has increased since he’s been in office. Aside from making campaign issues out of Rogers and Burke, O’Connor also said that crime is up, although Bellone maintains that crime is down since he took office. O’Connor also backs New York State legislation that would defund police in jurisdictions that require federal authorities to issue a warrant before local police detain undocumented immigrants.District 1Al Krupski (D, C, I-Cutchogue)The first farmer and the first Southold town resident elected to the county legislature is running for his second full two-year term since winning a 2013 special election. He prioritizes environmental issues, proposed some legislative committee meetings being held in Riverhead and has been involved in talks to reduce helicopter noise over the East End.Remy Bell (R, Ref-Riverhead)A Suffolk County elections clerk and former small business owner, Bell is challenging the incumbent because he believes that Krupski doesn’t have the time to be both a lawmaker and a farmer. Bell also wants to focus on the environment and jobs creation. He ran unsuccessfully for county legislature and New York State Assembly as a Democrat in the 1980s.District 2Bridget Fleming (D, WF, I, Reform-Sag Harbor)A former Manhattan prosecutor from Noyak, this Southampton town councilwoman since 2010 is running to replace term-limited Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk). If elected, she hopes to widen the scope of her focus on economic, transportation and water quality as well as other environmental issues.Amos Goodman (R, Ref-East Hampton)This financial consultant and political newcomer from Springs is the first openly gay GOP candidate for county office on LI. He previously worked for a consulting firm run by ex-Defense Secretary William Cohen and founded Forward Long Island, a political action committee. If elected, he’d be the second openly gay Suffolk lawmaker.District 3Kate Browning (WF, D, I-Shirley)Browning, an Irish immigrant and former school bus driver, is seeking her sixth term. As public safety committee chair, she has advocated for strengthening sex offender regulations and hiring more police officers. Most recently, she has been pushing for sewers in the Mastic peninsula to help decrease water pollution. If re-elected, she would be term-limited from running again.William Toranzo (R, C, Ref-Shirley)A retired New York City police detective, Toranzo said that, if elected, he would propose legislation to remove the red light cameras. He said he’d use his law enforcement background to combat the heroin epidemic. That’s in addition to his promise to help make the county a more affordable place to live.District 4Thomas Muratore (R, C, I, Ref-Lake Ronkonkoma)Muratore is a former Suffolk police officer, ex-union official and small business owner seeking his fourth term. He proposed legislation to regulate the use of radio-controlled unmanned aircraft commonly known as drones when they’re equipped with cameras. He also has introduced bills aimed at cutting taxes.Jonathan Rockfeld (D-Centereach)This assistant election clerk for the Suffolk County Board of Elections is committed to affordable taxes, increasing workforce housing and improving the quality of life. He promises a youthful, community-oriented leadership style if he’s elected.District 5Kara Hahn (D, WF, I-Setauket)Hahn is a former civic leader and legislative spokeswoman running for her third term. One of her biggest victories came this year when she got legislation passed that requires domestic violence offenders to be tracked using GPS devices and giving victims “proximity detectors” so they’re aware when offenders violate court orders to stay away.Donna Cumella (R, C, Ref-Port Jefferson Station)A political newcomer who works in the Suffolk County Information Technology department as a project manager responsible for finance, Cumella touts herself as a fiscal conservative who would help to balance the county budget. Her platform also includes fighting the so-called Brain Drain of the young millennials leaving the Island as well as protecting the environment for all those who remain.District 6Sarah Anker (D, WF, I-Mount Sinai)A former civic leader and ex-director of Brookhaven’s Office of Energy and Sustainability, Anker is seeking her third full term after winning a special election in 2011. Anker champions government consolidation, open space preservation and green job growth. Most recently, she chaired the county’s inaugural School Traffic Safety Commission.Steven Tricarico (R, C, Ref-Wading River)This self-described fiscal conservative touts his experience as Deputy Superintendent of Highways for the Town of Brookhaven while running on a platform of tackling the county’s budget problems without sacrificing the quality of government services. If elected, he also plans to focus on stemming the Brain Drain and not raising taxes.District 7Robert Calarco (D, WF, I-Patchogue)Calarco, who is running for his third term, quickly rose up the ranks to become the Majority Leader of the Democrat-run Suffolk legislature. His biggest issue of late has been trying to pass legislation that would block the Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp.’s controversial plan to build a mini-casino in Medford.Frank Tassone (R, C, Ref-Patchogue)This former assistant deputy county executive, ex-spokesman and former county and town legislative aide touts his lengthy governmental resume as giving him the experience needed to fulfill his campaign promises. His agenda includes cutting the county’s borrowing, encouraging businesses to create jobs, fighting utility rate hikes and protecting the environment.District 8William Lindsay (D, WF, I-Bohemia)A freshman lawmaker and son of the longest-serving presiding officer in the county’s history, Lindsay is running for a second term representing his late father’s former district. His goals include promoting economic growth, revitalizing local downtowns, protecting the environment and battling the drug epidemic.Mary Beth Calamia (R, C, Ref-Holbrook)This certified social worker is as vocal about her ideas to increase access to drug rehabilitation as a way to fight the drug epidemic as she is about her opposition to the controversial Common Core education standards. But she also takes issue with the county’s increasing police taxes and borrowing.District 9Monica Martinez (WF, I- Brentwood)A former educator, this freshman legislator unseated her predecessor, former longtime Suffolk Legis. Rick Montano, after defeating him in a Democratic primary two years ago. But, in a surprise move, this summer she conceded a court challenge to her nomination—handing her Democratic challenger that line on the ballot. But her name will still appear on two minor parties.Giovanni Mata (D-Brentwood)The Democratic challenger backed by Montano, the man whom Martinez unseated, won the primary without a fight when she conceded Mata’s court challenge to her nomination. A Republican challenger has yet to emerge in the district, where minorities make up the majority of residents, leaving the choice between the incumbent and Mata, a former chair of ex-County Executive Steve Levy’s Hispanic advisory committee.District 10Tom Cilmi (R, C, I, Ref-Bay Shore)Running for his fourth term is this lawmaker whose previous employment as a small business owner drives his focus on cutting taxes and spurring economic growth. Aside from pushing legislation aimed at fighting the drug epidemic, Cilmi backs a bill that would require the legislature to approve the county budget before Election Day.Joseph Hagelmann (D, WF-Ronkonkoma)This former chair of the Islip Town Democratic Committee was a Local 290 carpenter for 48 years. He supports investing in sewer infrastructure to expand the tax base, create jobs, reduce water pollution and restore shellfishing and other maritime industries. If done correctly, he says the county won’t have to raise taxes.District 11Thomas Barraga (R, C, I, Ref-West Islip)Former Islip town clerk, 23-year state Assemblyman, U.S. Marine Corps reservist and Major General in the New York State Guard, Barraga is seeking his sixth term. A famed fiscal conservative who is a central character this time of year—budget debate season—he hopes to further rein in county spending. He is running unopposed.District 12Leslie Kennedy (R, C, I, Ref-Nesconset)The wife of former Suffolk Legis. John M. Kennedy Jr. worked in his office as his legislative aide until he was elected county treasurer. She easily won a special election to fill the seat he vacated thanks to her years of working with constituents. Now she’s running for her first full term.Adam Halpern (D-Hauppauge)This assistant Suffolk County attorney is a former county prosecutor, ex-district court judge and former Suffolk Law Guardian representing abused and neglected children. He is putting his lengthy government resume on the line to challenge the incumbent. Two years ago, he unsuccessfully ran for Smithtown town board.District 13Robert Trotta (R, C, I, Ref-Northport)A retired Suffolk County police detective, Trotta is a freshman lawmaker seeking a second term. His surprise win two years ago came despite his lacking the GOP nomination and being passed up for the powerful police union’s endorsement. He passed a law requiring hotels to update their phones so guests don’t have to dial “9” before calling 911.Richard Macellaro (D-Kings Park)This retired home health-care administrator is vice chair of the Smithtown Democratic Committee and an officer on a condo management board. He founded and ran a community based not-for-profit organization in Brooklyn before he moved to LI two decades ago. In 2013, he ran unsuccessfully for Smithtown town board.District 14Kevin McCaffrey (R, C, Ref-Lindenhurst)This freshman lawmaker became leader of the Republican’s legislative minority after winning the seat representing the district where the Democratic county executive lives—a major upset. The former deputy Lindenhurst village mayor is also president of Teamsters Local 707, the union representing highway motor-freight drivers, chauffeurs, warehousemen and helpers.Timothy Sini (D, WF, I-Babylon)The deputy Suffolk County executive for public safety is a former federal prosecutor in Manhattan. He touts that experience as giving him the credentials to help tackle the heroin epidemic. To that end, Sini wrote a recently passed Suffolk law that makes it more difficult to sell stolen items at pawn shops.District 15DuWayne Gregory (D, WF, I-Amityville)The presiding officer who leads the Democrat-controlled Suffolk Legislature is an Army veteran who was first elected in a 2008 special election. During his time in office, he has passed legislation big and small—from creating a gun-offender registry to webcasting legislative meetings. He is running unopposed.District 16Steve Stern (D, WF, I-Dix Hills)This five-term lawmaker chairs both the powerful Ways & Means Committee and the Veterans and Seniors Committee, where he applies his experience as an elder-law attorney. Among the many laws he’s passed, he recently introduced and got approved the “Housing Our Homeless Heroes Act,” which is designed to end veterans’ homelessness.Thomas McNally (R, C, Ref-Dix Hills)This first-time candidate touts his experience as a litigator for a major insurance company—where he identifies and fixes inefficient business practices—as credentials required to manage the county’s finances. If elected, he would back repealing county laws that duplicate state and/or federal laws—redundancies he says are bad for business.District 17Louis D’Amaro (D, WF, I-North Babylon)D’Amaro, a real estate attorney and five-term county lawmaker, chairs the Budget & Finance Committee. Among the laws he’s passed during his decade in office, he penned a bill requiring the county to call or text residents alerting them of planned mosquito spraying. During his career in public service, he has worked at virtually every level of government.Janet Heller-Smitelli (R, Ref-Huntington)This personal injury attorney said that, if elected, she would work to reduce the tax burden on residents, encourage businesses to create jobs and work to rein in government waste and inefficiency. She also said that she would try to improve transparency by keeping an open dialogue with constituents.District 18Dr. William Spencer (D, WF, I-Centerport)Spencer is a pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor seeking his third term. Among the legislation he’s sponsored were laws that banned smoking at county beaches, prohibited the direct marketing of energy drinks to children and outlawed the sale of powdered caffeine to minors. He chairs the health committee.Grant Lally (R, C, Ref-Huntington)This attorney and managing partner of Mineola-based law firm of Lally & Misir, LLP is running on a campaign of fighting government waste, maintaining a healthy business environment and making Suffolk affordable. He previously lost three attempts to unseat congressional incumbents—twice in the 1990s and again last year.NASSAU COUNTYDistrict AttorneyMadeline Singas (D, WF, WEP-Manhasset)Running on her record of 24 years as a prosecutor in Queens and Nassau, where she worked her way up to be second in command under former Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Singas, who became acting DA in January, is hoping voters will elect her to continue leading the office. Among the many cases she’s tried, she specialized in domestic violence—and led bureaus dedicated to the issue in both counties. During her tenure as acting DA, she launched a comprehensive probe of Nassau’s troubled contracting process, which she said in a preliminary report is a “recipe for corruption.” Her campaign is focused on pointing out her opponent’s lack of experience prosecuting criminal cases.Kate Murray (R, C, I, Ref-Levittown)After more than a decade as Hempstead town supervisor, Murray is looking to become the top law enforcement official in the county. Before she led the nation’s most populous township, she also served as Hempstead town clerk and a state Assemblywoman. She also spent three years in the state Attorney General’s office, where she defended the state against lawsuits. Murray said that since the town budget and staff is larger than that of the district attorney’s, she is well equipped to lead the agency. In response to her opponent pointing out Murray’s lack of experience as a prosecutor, Murray maintains that she is a better leader than the acting DA.District 1Kevan Abrahams (D, WF-Freeport)Abrahams, now serving his ninth two-year term, leads the Democratic minority in the county legislature. He has been pushing for ethics reforms since state Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and the senator’s son, Adam, pleaded not guilty in May to federal corruption charges for an alleged scheme involving a county contract.James C. Major (R, C, Ref-Roosevelt)Major, who heads the Roosevelt Republican Club and has worked in New York City government for over two decades, says that, if elected, he will work to improve the quality of life and communicate better with constituents. He ran unsuccessfully for Sanitary District 2 commissioner’s seat three years ago.District 2Siela Bynoe (D, WF, WEP, I-Westbury)This freshman lawmaker, who won her seat in a special election last year, is running for her first full term. Before becoming a legislator, she was twice elected to the Westbury School Board and worked for several local housing authorities. She prioritizes health issues, government accessibility, economic development and affordable housing.Cornelius Todd Smith (R, C, Ref-Lakeview)This banker is using his financial expertise as a platform, making campaign promises to manage the county budget better, seek more federal grant funding to assist the community and promote economic development. He also teaches kids personal finance in a summer program. Last year, he ran unsuccessfully for a state Assembly seat.District 3Carrié Solages (D, WF, I-Elmont)Running for his third term is this former Bronx prosecutor who practices at his family’s Elmont-based law firm and previously served on the county Human Rights Commission. During his tenure, he helped broker a deal that reopened the Nassau police Fifth Precinct station house, which had been turned into a “community policing center” during a precinct consolidation.Felix Quayson (R, C, Ref-Valley Stream)This candidate decided to run because of the decreasing quality of life and the troubling issues affecting young people in Nassau, including the heroin epidemic. If elected, he will focus on economic development and job creation to stem the Brain Drain. The Washington Adventist University professor of healthcare administration will also work on increasing student access to scholarships.Laurence Hirsh (G-Valley Stream)One of a handful of Green Party challengers across Long Island, Hirsh is campaigning to highlight issues around public education, public housing and tenants’ rights. He is also hoping to help homeowners facing foreclosure.District 4Denise Ford (R, C, I, Ref, TR-Long Beach)Although a registered Democrat, Ford caucuses with the GOP, making her one of the few wildcards in the Republican majority. She’s represented her district since 2003, most recently pushing for repairs to the Bay Bark Sewage Treatment Plant after Sandy. Ford chairs the legislature’s economic and community development and labor committees.Keith S. Lebowitz (D, WF, WEP-Long Beach)This former restaurateur and volunteer firefighter touts his experience running a small business as giving him the credentials to manage the county’s budget. His campaign platform is to grow the local economy in order to reduce the tax burden on local residents. He also said he will vote against costly county contracts with ties to political insiders.District 5Laura Curran (D, WF, WEP, I-Baldwin)This freshman lawmaker running for her second term proposed legislation creating the Nassau County Land Bank, a nonprofit entity designed to buy vacant and abandoned homes. The legislature unanimously passed the bill. She is a former newspaper journalist and was previously elected to the Baldwin school board.Michael Vista (R, C, Ref-Merrick)This former Brooklyn prosecutor is also a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Iraq War. If elected, he would work to keep taxes low, grow the economy and create jobs. He’d also focus on improving health care and job opportunities for veterans. Last year, Vista tried unsuccessfully to run in the Republican primary for the 4th Congressional District seat.District 6C. William Gaylor (R, C, I, Ref, TR-Lynbrook)This retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, attorney and former judge is running to replace retiring Legis. Francis X. Becker (R-Lynbrook). He said his goals are to cut taxes and spending, be tough on crime and grow the economy. He also said he backs the use of public-private partnerships to complete the ongoing Sandy recovery in the district.James Paymar (D, WF, WEP-Rockville Centre)Looking to become the first Democrat to represent this district upon its first incumbent’s retirement is this former TV news anchor and ex-corporate spokesman-turned media consultant. Focusing on education, public safety and the economy, he said that his skill set and background can help invigorate the legislature into making dramatic changes so Nassau can remain competitive.District 7Howard Kopel (R, C, I, TR-Lawrence)A small business owner and self-described “recovering attorney” who chairs the budget review committee, Kopel unseated his Democratic predecessor in 2009, helping the GOP recapture the majority. His campaign remains the same: He wants to fix the county’s property assessment system, restore fiscal health and repair troubled Bay Park sewage plant.Tova Plaut (D, WF, WEP-Lawrence)This self-described community activist is also the director of an early childhood center and is a member of the Lawrence School Board. If elected, she said her priorities will be lowering taxes and spending, cutting red tape for small businesses in order to grow the local economy, and fighting corruption.District 8Vincent Muscarella (R, C, I, TR-West Hempstead)Muscarella, seeking his eleventh term, is an attorney and former four-year state Assemblyman with prior town and county-level experience. As vice chairman of the finance committee, he is intimately involved in helping resolve the county’s budget problems. He wants to recruit high-tech businesses to Nassau, consolidate local government and create more public-private partnerships to save taxpayers money.Carl Gerrato (D, WF, WEP-Franklin Square)A longtime Nassau County corrections officer, Gerrato is also actively involved in civic organizations and helped advocate for the reopening of the Fifth Precinct. If elected, he said he would focus on fixing the county’s troubled contracting process, support small businesses to create jobs, and cut government spending as well as reduce fee increases.District 9Richard Nicolello (R, C, I-New Hyde Park)An attorney specializing in insurance law, Nicolello is also seeking his eleventh term. As chair of the finance committee, he advocates for fiscal restraint, tax incentives, environmental conservation, tax assessment reforms, and banning the sale of box cutters to minors. And as deputy presiding officer, he’s second in command of the legislature.Mal Nathan (D, WF, WEP)Making his first run for office is the chief Town of North Hempstead bay constable, who is critical of plans by the Republican administration and legislative minority to fix the county’s finances by privatizing services. He also called for more stringent oversight of the county’s scandal-scarred contracting process.District 10Ellen Birnbaum (D, WF, I-Great Neck)This freshman lawmaker seeking her second term previously worked for the Town of North Hempstead, where she gained years of experience in coordinating with local municipalities and providing constituent services. She lists her priorities as domestic violence, relationship abuse and bullying. She is also involved in numerous local civic and religious groups.Lisa Benjamin (R, C, Ref-Great Neck)This retired technology director at the North Shore Hebrew Academy and first-time candidate criticized her fellow Republicans’ management of county finances. She said she’d work in a bipartisan fashion, if elected. She noted that the incumbent lost her committee assignments over alleged insensitive remarks, but Birnbaum has since returned to the Democratic caucus after apologizing profusely.Cassandra Lems (G-Herricks)A paralegal who prioritizes environmental issues, Lems said the county should improve its hurricane preparedness and switch to fertilizers that don’t pollute the water. She also proposed repealing county property taxes and replacing them with local income taxes. She lost a third-party primary in a state Senate seat race last year.District 11Delia DeRiggi Whitton (D, G, WF, I, WEP-Glen Cove)This former Glen Cove city councilwoman is running for her third term. As ranking member of the finance committee, DeRiggi Whitton can often be heard asking probing questions about the county’s budget and contracts during legislative meetings. Besides following the money, she is also focused on environmental issues, especially preserving the quality of drinking water.Matthew Connolly (R, C, Ref-Glen Cove)A former Nassau prosecutor who’s now an attorney in private practice, Connolly said that, if elected, he would focus on growing the local economy to reduce residents’ tax burden and create jobs. He would use his background in law enforcement to deal with criminal justice issues. He is also concerned with protecting local drinking water quality.District 12James Kennedy (R, C, Ref, I, TR-Massapequa)A former elementary school teacher who was elected to fill an open seat in February, Kennedy is a freshman lawmaker running for his first full term. In his first months on the job, he was named chair of the government services and operation committee. He is the son-in-law of the late Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa).Michael Canzoneri (D- Massapequa)This candidate is on the ballot, but not actively campaigning. When he ran unsuccessfully for Oyster Bay Town Clerk in 2011, he told the Massapequa Observer that he was an Independence Party member employed as a driver’s ed teacher. He listed his priorities as lowering taxes and making his community more affordable.District 13Norma Gonsalves (R, C, I, TR-East Meadow)This retired schoolteacher and longtime civic activist is running for her eleventh term in the district that includes the jail and the Nassau University Medical Center. As the presiding officer, she controls the flow of legislation in the chamber, and as chair of the rules committee, she oversees all contracts that come before the panel for approval.Eileen M. Napolitano (D, WF, WEP-East Meadow)Vying to unseat the leader of the GOP-controlled legislature is this former PTA leader, who said that, if elected, she will use her voice to keep taxes from rising, lure business to improve the economy and create jobs. She also said that she would use her power to increase transparency and rein in the county’s troubled contracting process.District 14Laura Schaefer (R, C, I, Ref-Westbury)This freshman lawmaker running for her second term is chair of the planning, development and environment committee, a role in which she controls funding for community revitalization plans, among other projects. She is also a practicing real estate attorney with the Garden City-based law firm of Walsh Markus McDougal & DeBellis, LLP.Sylvia Cabana (D, WEP-Garden City)This attorney specializing in immigration law said that, if elected, she will work to improve government transparency, increase oversight of the spending of taxpayer funds and prioritize listening to residents’ concerns. Her campaign has been focused on rooting out corruption, fixing the county’s troubled contracting process and restoring public trust in county government.District 15Dennis Dunne (R, C, I, Ref, TR-Levittown)Dunne, a Vietnam War veteran, is running for his eleventh term. He is the former county veterans’ agency director who chairs the public safety committee, which tasks him with overseeing law enforcement in the county. He was among the lawmakers sounding the alarm early about the deterioration of the Cedar Creek sewage plant.Matthew W. Malin (D, WEP-Seaford)This Nassau Board of Elections worker and Democratic committee activist previously interned for former U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) and used to work for the Town of Hempstead. He is running to bring fresh ideas to the legislature, with a focus on affordable housing and stemming the Brain Drain.District 16Judith Jacobs (D, WF, I, WEP -Woodbury)Jacobs, the former presiding officer of the county legislature, is running for her eleventh term. She got her start in politics as a vocal civic and environmental activist, and counts a law that bans smoking in restaurants and bars as top among her many legislative accomplishments.Angel Cepeda (R, C, Ref-Plainview)This business consultant and former head of the nonprofit Action Long Island was previously elected to serve on the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education until two years ago. He said his business background gives him credentials as a fiscal conservative so he can help rein in government spending and taxes.District 17Rose Marie Walker (R, C, I, TR-Hicksville)Walker is a three-term lawmaker who chairs the health and social service committee. She previously served on the Hicksville school board and as an Oyster Bay Town councilwoman. She has been pushing for much-needed downtown revitalization in Hicksville and Bethpage.Daniel Devine (D-Hicksville)This insurance industry professional and environmentalist affiliated with Operation STOMP is making his first run for elected office. He said that, if elected, he would work to modernize county government by improving the public’s online access to important documents concerning the budget and county contracts, thereby increasing transparency.District 18Donald MacKenzie (R, C, Ref, I-Oyster Bay)This freshman lawmaker running for his second term is an attorney specializing in civil litigation who previously worked as a Nassau prosecutor and commissioner of the Oyster Bay Water District. He chairs the veterans and senior services committees. He said he is focused on attracting new businesses to create jobs.Dean E. Hart (D, G, WF, WEP-Glen Head)This optometrist reportedly asked New York State authorities to investigate taxpayer-funded mailings from MacKenzie claiming the legislature’s GOP majority hasn’t raised taxes, when in fact they allowed the administration to raise property taxes 3.4 percent last year. MacKenzie has been quoted as saying that Hart’s complaint is a campaign stunt.District 19Steven Rhoads (R, C, I, Ref, TR-Bellmore)After winning a special election to fill a vacant seat in March, Rhoads, who has since been named chair of the minority affairs committee, is running for his first full term. He previously worked in the county attorney’s office, where he defended Nassau against lawsuits, and served on the county planning commission.Claudia Borecky (D, WF, WEP-Merrick)A civic leader who is regularly heard testifying before the legislature on local issues, Borecky said she is opposed to the administration’s proposal to have a private company take over the operation of the county’s sewage treatment plant. She also opposes raising taxes and wants to end taxpayer-funded mailings.,Alure cube,Alure cubelast_img read more

Tarmac Opts for enginei Electronics

first_imgThe latest version of the enginei electronic fuel management system (EFMS) from Royston diesel power, has been specified for Tarmac’s Marine business’ City of Westminster aggregate dredger.The vessel is one of a four-strong fleet of gravel and sand dredgers, which operate mainly in the North Sea and English Channel, supplying Tarmac’s aggregate processing plants on the River Thames and in Southampton.The company is currently rolling out the latest version of enginei across its dredger fleet to provide enhanced fuel monitoring and reporting capabilities.The 3,914 gt City of Westminster, which was the first in the fleet to be installed with enginei in 2012, will now follow the City of Cardiff, City of Chichester and City of London in receiving the latest version of the technology.The enginei will track and record fuel consumption patterns during the City of Westminster’s stand-by, on-passage and dredging modes, with automated reports produced to identify trends and help the operator to better understand spikes in fuel consumption.This is expected to contribute to optimizing fuel usage and maintenance programs through the provision of engine performance and other important information.Tarmac is also set to use the data provided by enginei as part of its plans to scope out a new build program – the information will be used to help optimize future vessel design parameters and performance requirements.enginei uses Coriolis flowmeters and sensors to accurately monitor the fuel being consumed by each of a vessel’s engines, which is tracked against GPS data, voyage details and operational mode.The data is collected, processed and relayed to bridge and engine room-mounted touchscreen monitors to enable the ship’s master to adjust vessel speed and take whatever other actions are needed to maximize efficiency.The City of Westminster upgrade is due to be completed by Royston technicians during scheduled maintenance work on the vessel.last_img read more

ALBA announces fourth novel contest

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews ALBA announces fourth novel contest by: – July 3, 2012 44 Views   2 comments Share Photo credit: repeatingislands.comThe ALBA Fund for Culture, through the Dulce María Loynaz Cultural Center in Havana, announces the Fourth Novel Contest for Latin America and the Caribbean ALBA NARRATIVA 2013, with the aim of encouraging and promoting young novelists from Latin American and Caribbean. The following rules apply:RULES1. The Contest is open to authors under 40 years old, born in any country in Latin America and the Caribbean, regardless of their place of residence, with original and unpublished novels which are not under contract with a publisher, literary agent or any other form of legal binding and which are not simultaneously participating in another contest. 2. Manuscripts must be written in English or Spanish languages and should be novels reflecting any aesthetic tendency and theme, between 120 pages (180,000 characters) and 400 pages (600,000 characters). Two printed copies and a digital copy of the manuscript, identified with the entrant’s pseudonym, should be sent. 3. A closed envelope will be included, containing the name of the entrant, a photocopy of the identification document affirming his/her nationality, as well as the address, email address and telephone number of the entrant and the entrant’s previous writing credits. The title of the novel and the entrant’s pseudonym will be written on the envelope. 4. Illegible, unbound manuscripts or those which fail to comply with any of the rules herein stated will not be eligible to enter the Contest. The organizers will create an Admission Committee to guarantee the fulfilment of these requirements.5. Manuscripts and other relevant documents should be sent via post to:Centro Cultural Dulce María Loynaz.19 y E, El Vedado, Plaza de la Revolución,La Habana, CUBA. CP. 10 400. Or via email to: [email protected] or [email protected] The deadline for the receipt of manuscripts is October 7, 2012. 8. The Novel Prize for Latin America and the Caribbean ALBA NARRATIVA 2013 will consist of an accreditation certificate, plus ten thousand dollars (10.000.00 USD or its equivalent in the local currency of the winners’ countries) and the publication of the prize-winning book. A Prize will be given in each language. Be awarded a second prize in the Spanish language consisting of five thousand dollars (5.000.00 USD) or its equivalent in the currency of the award-winning author and the publication of the winning book. 9. The monetary retribution of the prizes will cover the royalties for the first edition of up to 10.000 copies of the novel, which will be published by the ALBA Funds for Culture and may include a translation in the other language of the Contest. Any further edition shall declare that the novel was awarded the Novel Prize for Latin America and the Caribbean ALBA NARRATIVA 2013. 10. An odd number of judges will be chosen among eminent Latin American and Caribbean writers. Their decision will be final.11. The judges will meet for their final sessions during the XXII International Book Fair in Havana, in February 2013, and their decision will be made public as part of the programmed activities of the Fair. 12. The judges may decide not to select a winner in either language if, in their sole opinion, none of the manuscripts submitted are of acceptable quality. However, the Prizes cannot be given to more than one entrant in either language. The judges could also distinguish novels of noticeable quality among the finalists, although the ALBA Funds for Culture will not have any obligation to publish them. 13. No critical evaluation or commentary will be offered and the manuscripts will not be returned to the authors. 14. By entering the Fourth Novel Contest for Latin America and the Caribbean ALBA NARRATIVA 2013, contestants must accept the rules herein stated. The interpretation of these rules or any other aspect not considered by them will concern only the judges and, as a last resort, the organizers. Press Releasecenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Ivy Tech Holding Blood Drive

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is partnering with the Indiana Blood Center to host a blood drive from 2-6 p.m. November 30 at Ivy Tech campus in Batesville.Community members are welcome to donate at the campus. The donation process takes less than one hour.It is recommended that donors have a light snack before donating.Most people are eligible to donate.There are very few causes for deferral and very few medications that are not acceptable.Indiana Blood Center must see 550 individuals each and every day to ensure hospital patients near and far have more tomorrows and brighter futures.To schedule an appointment, visit read more

Thisara stars as Sri Lanka stay alive in tri-nation series

first_imgTHISARA Perera excelled with both bat and ball as Sri Lanka defeated Zimbabwe by five wickets to remain alive in the tri-nation series.After losing their opening two matches to Zimbabwe and hosts Bangladesh earlier this week, Sri Lanka knew another defeat on Sunday would leave them out of contention for next weekend’s final.And without talismanic leader Angelo Mathews due to a hamstring injury, it was another all-rounder in Thisara who led the way, claiming 4-33 from eight overs as Zimbabwe were skittled out for just 198, before anchoring a successful chase with an unbeaten 39 from 26 balls.Zimbabwe’s only score of note came from Brendan Taylor (58), while Graeme Cremer added a late 34 before Nuwan Pradeep (3-28) cleaned up the tail.Kusal Perera struck four fours and a six in his 49 at the top of the order, before edging Blessing Muzarabani (3-52) behind to substitute keeper Ryan Murray, who took his place on the field after Taylor complained of a stiff back.Kusal Mendis made 36 but it was left to stand-in captain Dinesh Chandimal (38no) and Thisara to see Sri Lanka home, the latter clearing the ropes three times as victory was secured with 31 balls to spare.last_img read more

Swept away on Senior Day

first_imgWhile the weekend weather was ideal, the outcome on the softball diamond was far from it for the Wisconsin Badgers (24-15, 5-7 Big Ten) after getting swept by No. 8 Northwestern (35-10, 10-3 Big Ten). The Badgers lost 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel on Friday and 6-2 on Saturday.Saturday’s game was senior day, as the team’s five seniors played their last game at Goodman Diamond. “It felt great, especially with the crowd out there,” senior infielder Athena Vasquez said. “Having all our parents here walking us out, it was a really nice day. Even with the loss, it was still nice.”The Wildcats, however, didn’t exactly give the seniors the send-off they were hoping for.Senior pitcher Eden Brock got the nod Saturday after pitching a three hitter in Friday’s loss. Brock’s home finale started well, as she allowed just one hit in the first two innings. Northwestern would get on the board in the third inning, however, when leadoff hitter Darcy Sengewald started with a single up the middle and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. She eventually came in to score on a double by Tammy Williams to left that carried over UW leftfielder Valyncia Raphael’s head. The fourth inning turned ugly for Brock and the Badgers, as Northwestern put five more runs on the scoreboard and had 11 batters come to the plate in the inning.After Erin Dyer dropped a hit into center to lead off the fourth, Jessica Rigas reached on a costly error by third baseman Theresa Boruta. Rigas then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a base hit by Dyer’s younger sister Kelly.In what proved to be the turning point in the game, Sengewald hit a two-out single to center fielder Sam Polito. The Badgers outfielder then fired the ball into home, as Kelly Dyer rounded third and looked to score. With catcher Joey Daniels blocking the plate, Polito’s throw was in time for Daniels to tag Dyer, but the umpire ruled interference on the play, allowing the run to count.Freshman Letty Olivarez came in to relieve Brock but gave up a two-run home run to Katie Logan on her first pitch. Olivarez left the game without recording an out and allowed two runs, neither of which was earned.Leah Vanevenhoven replaced Olivarez and was finally able to retire Northwestern, but not after they put up five runs in the inning on four hits.The Badgers finally got their first run in the fifth, as Katie Soderberg, who was pinch running for senior Stephanie Chinn, crossed home plate on a single up the middle by Vasquez. With UW threatening to tack on a few more runs with the bases loaded, Northwestern’s Lauren Delaney retired the next two Badgers to end the inning.Wisconsin would add just one more run in the seventh, as Vasquez recorded her second RBI of the day, driving in Polito. “I just went out there swinging,” Vasquez said. “I was just wanting to see the ball and hit the ball.”Vasquez and Polito were two bright spots on Saturday, as both recorded two hits on the day for the Badgers. Polito extended her hitting streak to 14 games, which ties her for the school record.”I thought that we battled back and forth,” UW head coach Chandelle Schulte said. “Our seniors played very well today. … I was just happy for them. They did a nice job.”On Friday, the Badger bats couldn’t produce enough run support for Brock in the 2-1 defeat. Both teams mustered just three hits apiece, with Vasquez, Polito, and Alexis Garcia reaching base for UW.Northwestern got on top when Kelly Dyer reached on an infield single. She then advanced to second on a grounder and stole third base, eventually being driven in by Williams.Wisconsin came back to tie it when Vasquez scored on an error by the shortstop Williams. Her throw was wide as she tried to convert a double play, allowing Vasquez to come home.The Wildcats scored again in the sixth, which would prove to be the game winner. Pinch runner Ashley Lafever scored on a single to the left side by Rigas, putting NU up 2-1.With the two losses on the weekend, Brock moved to 13-9 on the year. She struck out six Northwestern batters on Friday, but failed to record a strikeout in Saturday’s contest. Eileen Canney, who pitched for the Wildcats on Friday, fanned 12 Badgers while only walking one.Wisconsin now travels on the road for their final eight games of the regular season. Next up will be UW-Green Bay in a doubleheader Tuesday.last_img read more

Holt: Badgers’ season in Goody’s hands

first_imgIf there’s one immutable truth in hockey, it’s that you can ride a hot goaltender all the way to the Cup. Or, in this case, a national championship.That’s of course, a lofty and unlikely goal for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team. The Badgers are in the midst of a pretty hot streak – they’re 10-1 since Dec. 4 – but still in fifth place in the WCHA with 20 points.That’s not as terrible as it might sound, though. Fourth-place Colorado College has just two more points, and Minnesota-Duluth and North Dakota sit six points ahead. Not completely impossible odds as far as catching up, but still unlikely.The real important thing would be to ensure they sit in the top half of the conference and secure home ice for the WCHA playoffs – UW is on a Kohl Center-best nine-game win streak at home.But let’s backtrack a bit to the original point I made: hot goaltending can take you anywhere. In Wisconsin’s case, Scott Gudmandson’s play has taken the Badgers from par for early expectations (a .500 team) and instead led them to a 17-8-3 record.The senior goaltender is second in the nation with a 1.76 goals-against average and third with a .935 save percentage. His play is also a big reason Wisconsin leads the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 2.04 goals per game. Goody also hasn’t allowed more than two goals in a game since mid-November, a streak of 12 starts now.If Wisconsin manages to make some kind of run in the WCHA Final Five and secure a nice No. 2 seed in one of the NCAA regionals, it will be because of the play of No. 1 between the pipes.Goody is the one big difference between this season’s team and the one that played for the national title last year. Yes, Gudmandson was in net for Wisconsin during last season’s stretch run. But he did not have to be nearly as brilliant as he’s been this season as often as he was in 2009-2010.Last season’s team was a juggernaut on offense with four players posting over 50 points. It had a massively talented group of defensemen. It simply steamrolled teams with sheer force. And in goal, Gudmandson was serviceable, if not spectacular – he was considered by some pundits to be the one weakness on the team.This is Goody 2.0.Right now, the Sherwood Park, Alberta, native is the Badgers’ best player.  Yeah, better than defenseman Justin Schultz, whose 36 points is just one behind the season-ending total of former WCHA player of the year Jamie McBain. Schultz is also scoring at about the same pace as Hobey Baker top-10 finalist Brendan Smith did last season.Captain Sean Dolan’s team is kind of like a lite version of Blake Geoffrion’s team last year. They have weapons on offense, just not as many. They have a very talented group of blueliners, but they’re not at the same level as the bunch that preceded them.The one upgrade came in goal, and it came with little more than a progression of performance from the same guy who took the 5-0 loss to Boston College maybe harder than any other Badger.So consider that since December began – a span of 12 games – Wisconsin has scored more than three goals just three times. The Badgers have averaged just 2.91 goals per game in that span, almost half a goal under their actual season total.Scoring three goals should win you a game – most of the time. If you want to get by like that, your goaltender better be playing, well, like Goody has been playing.I don’t mean to make it sound like this group is offensively anemic; Craig Smith’s line and the combo of Schultz and Jake Gardiner are very difficult to stop. Case in point, Wisconsin has been shutout just twice this season and scored one goal once. In every game but three, UW has scored at least two goals. The Badgers just don’t have the same cushion as they did last year when they routinely won by two or more goals.Wisconsin has proved it has guts – Craig Smith’s goal to retake the lead against Mankato last weekend and the program’s first overtime win since 2007 a couple weeks before that show the Badgers have the resolve to win those tight games. The big kicker is that now they have a guy they can count on every outing to make sure they’re never out of striking distance.The thought certainly never crossed my mind that Wisconsin would be in its current situation at this point in the season. At this point, not making the NCAA tournament seems a more shocking result than making it. Once they’re there? Refer to the hot goaltender statement at the beginning of the column.There’s no question about it: No. 8 Wisconsin is in the position it is because of Gudmandson’s play. And the Badgers will go as far as Goody will take them.Adam is a senior majoring in journalism. Can Goody’s hot streak continue? Email him at [email protected] or Tweet @AdamJSHolt.last_img read more