Vice President to deliver Commencement address

first_imgPast University Commencement speakers have included United States Presidents, television personalities and famous journalists. This year — despite months of speculation on whether or not the University would invite President Donald Trump — Vice President Mike Pence, the former Governor of Indiana, was selected to address the class of 2017 at Sunday’s Commencement ceremony as the graduates go forward into the next stage of their lives.Michael Yu | The Observer The March 2 announcement of Pence as the Commencement speaker was met with mixed reactions across campus, with students and community members both coming to Pence’s defense and protesting against what they consider to be his record of exclusionary policies.Sophomore Dylan Jaskowski, president of the Notre Dame College Republicans, said the organization is looking forward to Pence’s visit and speech.“We at the College Republicans are very excited to have Vice President Pence here to speak on campus,” he said. “It’s a great honor that the University can bring in such prominent figures like the Vice President of the United States to speak, and I think it’s especially a great thing given he was the Governor here for many years and he can come back to speak at Commencement.”Pence previously visited the University during his time as Governor of Indiana, meeting with College Republicans while he was on campus.“Last year, [Pence] called up our club and just wanted to sit down with us and some of our members,” Jaskowski said. “ … From what I heard, it was a great event.”The reaction to Pence’s selection has not been universally positive among members of the class of 2017, however. In order to protest Pence’s record on issues relating to LGBT rights, fifth-year student Bryan Ricketts helped organize the distribution of LGBT pride flags to be displayed across campus.“There were a couple of us who came together after realizing that Mike Pence had been invited and understanding how frustrating that felt to the LGBT members of Notre Dame’s community,” Ricketts said April 20 in a previous interview with The Observer. “ … We came together and reached out to alumni who actually donated almost 500 flags for people to put up as a show of support, solidarity for the LGBT community and recognizing that it’s something that needs to be visibly said on Notre Dame’s campus still.”Ricketts said Pence’s record on LGBT issues made him a concerning choice to address students at Commencement.“[Pence has], in the past, been against same-sex marriage because it harms people, which is demonstrably false and really offensive,” he said. “In addition to that, he passed a budget which supported funding for conversion therapy … so it feels pretty offensive to have him coming on campus and [giving] a Commencement speech where he tells me how to go out into the world.”Jack Bergen, a member of the Class of 1977 and Chair of the LGBT Alumni Group of Notre Dame & Saint Mary’s (GALA-ND/SMC), voiced similar concerns about Pence’s record.“For many years, Vice President Pence as governor of the state of Indiana has demonstrated his intense opposition to the LGBT community,” he said in an email statement. “He has advocated and voted repeatedly to restrict and/or to remove rights of LGBT individuals. He has expressed views that are totally without merit such as, ‘Being gay is a choice.’ … Notre Dame has made significant progress toward becoming a more welcoming place for all individuals. The decision to invite [Vice President] Pence is outrageously inconsistent with those goals.”Backlash against Pence’s speech has not been limited to the University, as members of the South Bend community have come together to organize a peaceful protest off campus. The main organizers of the event are We Go High! of St. Joe County, IN; Michiana Alliance for Democracy; the Nu Black Power Movement; South Bend Equality; Inclusive Michiana; and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.The Michiana Alliance for Democracy said it believes Pence has a record of infringing upon basic human rights.“As Indiana residents, we have lived through the extreme conservatism of a Mike Pence administration,” the group said in an email statement. “His theocratic doctrine and myopic view of what is essential for the good of his state led to disastrous legislation that continues to reverberate throughout Indiana. … We consider [Notre Dame] to be a valuable community partner and are confused by the decision to have Pence deliver the Commencement speech.”South Bend Equality shared the view that Pence’s selection was wrong and said in an email statement it ought to be protested.“We know all too well how his policies endangered or caused direct harm to public education, health care, women’s rights, the environment, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants and refugees, reproductive rights, local infrastructure, the economy of our state and more,” the group said. “We are angry and dismayed that the University of Notre Dame not only invited Mike Pence to be its Commencement speaker, but also its decision to bestow an honorary degree upon him. By exercising our right to peaceably assemble on public land in front of the University, we hope to draw attention to Pence’s failed policies, destructive ideology and abysmal legacy.”While there have been many protests lined up, Jaskowski said he felt it was an incorrect assumption to believe the University community was completely against the decision to select Pence as the Commencement speaker.“I think that with the protests coming out, there has been this sort of perception that Notre Dame doesn’t want Vice President Pence here speaking at Commencement,” he said. “But I would just reiterate the fact we have over a thousand people on our listserv for College Republicans, so there are a lot of people at this University who are very excited to hear Vice President Pence speak at Commencement.”Jaskowski said he hopes those protesting Pence’s invitation still listen to what the vice president has to say.“I would encourage them to keep an open mind,” he said “Obviously having a constructive dialogue is an important thing, and I think that if you don’t attend Commencement, it’ll be hard to keep that dialogue open.”Tags: Class of 2017, College Republicans, Commencement 2017, LGBT, Michiana Alliance for Democracy, Mike Pence, South Bend Equalitylast_img read more

Organizers Cancel 2020 Great Blue Heron Music Festival

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) SHERMAN – Organizers of the Great Blue Heron Music Festival announced Tuesday they have canceled their event for this summer due to the COVID-19 outbreak.“Unfortunately, the uncertain future has made planning virtually impossible,” said officials in a statement. “Many people had been putting their heart and soul into making 2020 another memorable festival and we thank everyone for their efforts.”Next year, officials say tentative dates for the 2021 festival is July 2 to 4.“We are counting on your understanding and support because getting to our 2021 Great Blue Heron will be very financially challenging for us with no income from our festival and plenty of overhead expenses,” furthered officials. “So we are asking those of you who can help, to make a donation to our Heron Forever Campaign.” Camp officials say the Heron Farm & Event Center will be open in May for camping. “When restrictions are lifted, we hope to add music and farm to table events,” said officials. “We look forward to finding creative ways to get together with our Heron family soon.”This would have been the 29th consecutive festival at the campground in Sherman.last_img read more

Kathleen Chalfant Will Headline Rose Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 13, 2015 View Comments Rose Stage and screen vet Kathleen Chalfant will star in the world premiere of Laurence Leamer’s solo play about Rose Kennedy, Rose, off-Broadway this fall. The production will play a limited engagement November 21 through December 13 at Theatre Row’s Clurman Theatre. Opening night is set for November 29.Chalfant received a Tony nod for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches; she has also been seen on Broadway in Racing Demon, Angles in America: Perestroika and M. Butterfly. Other stage credits include Wit, A Hard Heart, Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell and Great Expectations. Screen credits include Isn’t it Delicious, Duplicity, Murder and Murder, along with recurring roles on The Affair and House of Cards.Rose is the Kennedy story as told by the matriarch who lived it all.  Bestselling author Laurence Leamer’s (The Kennedy Women, The Kennedy Men and Sons of Camelot) intimate, one-character drama is set in 1969 at the Kennedy’s Hyannis Port compound the week after Teddy’s fateful accident at Chappaquiddick. Rose struggles with all the tragedies the Kennedys have overcome and finds new understanding of the choices she made as well as those made by her husband and children.Directed by Caroline Reddick Lawson, the production will feature costume design by Jane Greenwood, with scene design/projections by Anya Klepikov, lighting by Caitlin Rapoport and sound design by Jane Shaw. Related Showslast_img read more

Vermont unemployment rate drops to 5.8 percent in September

first_imgSeptember2010August2010September2009August2010September2009 Source: Vermont DOL. 10.22.2010 Total Labor Force356,000355,800358,400200-2,400   Employment335,300334,500334,000       8001,300   Unemployment20,70021,30024,400-600-3,700   Rate (%)’s labor force, employment and unemployment statistics are produced from a combination of a Statewide survey of households and statistical modeling.  The data are produced by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program (LAUS) a cooperative program with the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Vermont Department of Labor. Analysis of Job Changes by Industry State of Vermont Overview The preliminary ‘not seasonally adjusted’ jobs numbers for September show an increase of 6,850 jobs when compared to the revised August numbers. This reported over the month change does not include the 300 job increase between the preliminary and the revised August estimates due to the revision process and the inclusion of more sample data. As detailed in the preliminary September data, Total Private reports a decrease of 2,800 jobs and Government reports an increase of 9,650 jobs. The increase in Government jobs is related to the start of the school year and the increase of 9,050 Local Government Education jobs. In the private sector, Private Education Services added 1,550 jobs over the month. However this private sector job gain was negated by a decrease of -3,100 jobs in the Accommodation and Food Services industry. This time of year is notable for schools resuming normal activity and for falling between major tourism seasons as summer operations ramp down prior to the start of winter activities. Unfortunately, the survey reference period typically fails to accurately capture employment changes due to autumn tourist activity. The Vermont Department of Labor announced today the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2010 was 5.8 percent which is a decrease of two tenths of percent from the previous month’s reported level of 6.0 percent. Compared to a year ago, the September unemployment rate is lower by a full percentage point.  Since the start of the calendar year, the Vermont seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has been in continued decline. In January it was 6.7 percent. February and March were 6.6 percent. Then the next three months each saw declines of two tenths of percent to put the state rate at 6.0 percent in June, where it stayed for three consecutive months leading up to today’s announcement. The US rate for September was 9.6 percent.‘The Manufacturing Sector is reporting the highest level of employment since second quarter of 2009,’ said Valerie Rickert, Acting Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. ‘This is an indication of increased confidence by employers. The Vermont economy continues to show positive trends as we gain distance from the trough of the last business cycle which occurred in June 2009.’        Changes From Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted) Vermont’s September seasonally adjusted unemployment was 5.8 percent. The underlying data showed favorable movement with increases to the labor force (+200) and total employment (+800), and a decrease to total unemployment (-600). For comparison purposes, the United States seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 9.6 percent.September unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 3.6 percent in Hartford to 7.0 percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the September unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 5.3 percent, which was two tenths of a percentage point lower than the revised August data and down one and one tenth percent from a year ago. The annual rate of unadjusted job growth was -0.3%, which is unchanged from the revised August estimate.The seasonally adjusted data for September reports a decrease of 300 jobs from the revised August data. As with the ‘not seasonally adjusted’ data, this over the month change is from the revised August numbers which experienced a positive revision from the preliminary August estimates of 300 jobs. Similar to the national picture, when seasonally adjusted, Vermont’s Private Industries’ reported job gains (+100 jobs) were offset by larger job declines from Total Government (-400 jobs). State Government showed a decline of 500 jobs though the largest job decline came from Leisure & Hospitality (-1,500). For the second consecutive month, Durable Goods Manufacturing has a notable job increase (+400).last_img read more

Holiday Shopping with a Purpose

first_imgHoliday Shopping with a PurposeEthical sourcing and direct trade are changing the world. By paying a fair wage and encouraging sustainability, people across the globe are able to take care of their families, pay for their children’s educations, and create a better future for their entire community. If you’re looking to support a coffee brand that prioritizes ethical sourcing and offers a selection of high quality blends, Westrock Coffee Company may be perfect for you. When you purchase coffee or merchandise that fits the lifestyle of your favorite coffee-lovers, you also help to make a difference in the lives of people around the world. Westrock ensures that the farmers who grow Westrock are always paid a fair wage for their beautiful coffee. Westrock is proud to offer a delicious selection of high quality coffee, and for the first time the brand is also offering a line of holiday merchandise.The Coffee Lover: Coffee Gift BoxWestrock’s high quality coffee is a perfect gift for any coffee lover. Whether you’re looking for a bold and smoky dark roast or a honeyed and floral medium roast, you will easily find your perfect blend. The coffee gift box is an easy way to share coffee with your loved one. The gift box includes two bags of delicious coffee and two diner style mugs.Always on the Go: Travel MugThis travel mug is a great gift for a loved one always on the go. No matter if they drink their coffee hot or iced, this insulated 12 oz travel mug will help keep it that way. It’s even insulated on the outside to prevent condensation.The Coffee Connoisseur: Airscape® ContainerThis container will keep coffee fresh for weeks, making it an ideal gift for those who love to take special care of their coffee. Thanks to its patented technology, the lid actively removes and locks out air, making sure the coffee inside stays fresh and flavorful day after day.This 10 oz creamy white ceramic mug features a stamp-like brown Westrock logo on both sides. It is extremely durable, double-walled and dishwasher safe, a thoughtful and practical gift for the everyday coffee drinker.Looking for something stylish and comfortable? This super soft Westrock t-shirt is a perfect gift for someone who likes to dress up some days and dress down on others. These short sleeve shirts are a great way to represent a brand with a great cause.Holiday shopping with a purpose is changing lives, and there is no better time to start shopping with a purpose than the season of giving.last_img read more

Brazilian Air Force Officer Represents Brazil in International Aviation

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo March 30, 2018 The Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese) keeps a representative at the Regional Office of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), located in Lima, Peru. FAB Colonel Alexandre Lima Prado, the pilot on assignment at ICAO since early 2017, is an aviation investigator from the Center for Investigation and Prevention of Aviation Accidents (CENIPA, in Portuguese). The FAB unit is tasked to investigate and prevent aviation accidents in Brazil. The partnership, born from an invitation by ICAO to develop operational safety in aviation for the South American region, began in 2015. ICAO, a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), was founded in 1944 to set standardized requirements that facilitate daily air operations. Its goal is to create a safe environment for pilots to allow them to operate their aircraft the same way in any part of the world. There are seven ICAO regional offices, including the one in Lima, Peru, the first to be established in 1948. Brazil is the only country in Latin America with a representative at the ICAO office in Lima. The other professionals on site are staff of the institution. The assignment of the FAB investigative officer is to support sustainable development of air operations, as well as promote and improve investigation and prevention tasks of aviation accidents in the 13 member states within the South American region. For FAB Major General Frederico Alberto Marcondes Felipe, head of CENIPA, having a Brazilian officer at ICAO’s regional office allows for a direct connection to the organization that sets the recommended standards and practices for global aviation. “This puts our country in a position to be an active player in the prevention of aviation accidents beyond our borders, and facilitates a knowledge exchange between CENIPA and South American countries,” Maj. Gen. Felipe said. To him, Brazil is home to an aviation industry with a rich history and global representation. The country is an ICAO member with its own globally recognized Aviation Accidents Investigation and Prevention System (SIPAER, in Portuguese), which justifies the invitation. “CENIPA is honored to be able to represent Brazil in response to this request and to contribute to a modern, efficient, and—above all—safe air transport service on the South American continent, which is kept up to date with best practices,” Maj. Gen. Felipe said. Experience in the service of aviation Col. Prado is the second CENIPA investigator to participate under the cooperation agreement between FAB and ICAO. The colonel will serve at ICAO Peru until February 2019, before being replaced. To work with the most varied areas of aviation with international qualifications is a great opportunity for professional growth, he told Diálogo. “Learning about the differences that exist among member states, and being able to gain new knowledge and perspectives on structuring our accident investigation and prevention work is rewarding,” he said. According to Col. Prado, the presence of a CENIPA official at such an important office for global aviation allows for new knowledge to be added to the work the center carries out. “This is an opportunity for Brazil to have contact with new tools that are used globally and help ensure that safety innovations in the aviation industry are taken up earlier on and incorporated more seamlessly,” he said. Among the great challenges for his assignment, the colonel said, are to provide South American countries with a standardized development, and common policies and rules, as each nation has its own organizational structure. His 30 plus years of experience focusing on the area of operational safety in aviation was essential to carry out his activities in Peru, Col. Prado said. According to Maj. Gen. Felipe, the officer’s experience was considered to select an FAB representative at ICAO. “The operational experience gained over the course of a military career adds maturity, interpersonal skills to build relationships, and decision-making abilities to our Brazilian investigators, which are important requirements to serve in a multinational organization of a diplomatic relations nature like ICAO,” he said. Aviation research in Brazil CENIPA, located in the federal district of Brasília, investigates and promotes operations to prevent aviation accidents in Brazil, based on criteria set by ICAO. To fulfill its mission throughout Brazil, the center has seven regional offices strategically placed across the country. “They were established to give SIPAER some traction, to help ensure that its investigation and prevention activities are done with the swiftness and scope required,” Maj. Gen. Felipe explained. According to Maj. Gen. Felipe, CENIPA’s investigations have the sole purpose of preventing new accidents and do not have procedures to establish liability in the administrative, civil, or criminal domains. “That aspect is the responsibility of judicial bodies,” he said. The FAB unit is one of just a few in the world that are military in nature, but carry out activities for the investigation and prevention of aviation accidents. For Maj. Gen. Felipe, the esteem and credibility that CENIPA earned enable it to develop relationships with military and civil research bodies built on mutual respect and cooperation. “Brazilian investigators commonly participate in other countries’ investigations, just as foreigners participate in investigations done by our country,” he said. “The interactions are such that CENIPA devotes a specific part of its organization to manage the processes that involve international organizations.” Maj. Gen. Felipe also highlighted the trust with Brazilian airline operators. “They always contribute to the center’s work, and they voluntarily report risky situations that they experience, knowing that CENIPA will do everything in its power to mitigate the identified hazards,” he concluded.last_img read more

Long Island Nightlife Events – Summer 2013

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A list of ongoing weekly summer parties on Long Island.SundaysSunday Funday @ Tropix, Freeport. Food, drinks and fun on the Nautical Mile. Cabana rentals available.SIN (Service Industry Night) @ Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, Enjoy 50 percent off all drinks between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.Steel Brunch Beach Party @ Dublin Deck, PatchogueSandbox Sundays @ Pop’s Seafood Shack & Grill, Island Park, Live music starts at 3 p.m.Sunday Funday @ Flynn’s,  Fire Island, The party starts at 3 p.m. with happy hour and drink specials.Sundays @ The Boardy Barn, Hampton Bays, All day and night weekend summer party.Sunday Night Funnies @ Governor’s, Levittown; Brokerage, Bellmore; & McGuire’s, Bohemia;  Comedy Clubs, The best in stand-up comedy.Live Music/Free Curry Buffet @ Velvet Lounge, East Setauket, 9 p.m. no cover.MondaysCruel Summer @ The Leaky Lifeboat Inn, Seaford, ’80s theme night and drink specials, no cover.Karaoke Mondays @ Napper Tandy’s NorthportMartini Mondays @ Changing Times Pub Farmingdale, Half-price martinis, cosmos includedWing Night @ McCann’s, Massapequa, dozen wings for $5, $9 pitchers of Coors, drink specials.Out of the Weeds @ Mulcahy’s, Wantagh, LI’s biggest Monday night summer party with VIP bottle service area and world-renowned DJs.Open Mic @ Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, 2fers between 9 & 10 p.m.Mystery Mondays @ Changing Times Bay Shore, Spin the wheel from 7 p.m. till close for different food and drink specials.Employee Night @ Dublin Deck, PatchogueLive Acoustic Music @ Velvet Lounge, East Setauket, 9 p.m., no cover.Industry Night @ Four Food Studio, Melville, Bottle service reservations required. Special guest DJ in the lounge.TuesdaysCountry Night @ The Nutty Irishman Farmingdale, $4 Pickleback shots, $3 Jack Daniels shots, Coors Banquet Cans & PBR cans; live music.$4 Tapps & Apps @ Napper Tandy’s Smithtown, $4 special on draft beer.Reggae Beach Party @ Dublin Deck, PatchogueMexican Night @ Lily Flanagan’s, Babylon & IslipKaraoke Tuesdays @ Napper Tandy’s Miller Place, 2-fers at the bar.Beer Club Night @ The Lark, East Northport, $1 off all beers for Beer Club Members, 25 percent off all beers for all Gold Club members, $1 off all pizzas and apps for everyone else 9 p.m.-midnight.Open Mic Night @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore, $3 pints, hosted by Steve from That ’70s Band.WednesdaysHump Day Hoedown @ Dublin Deck, PatchogueHalf Price Wine Night @ Honu, HuntingtonCountry Night @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore, With My Country 96.1 FM.Trivia Night @ The Nutty Irishman Farmingdale, 8-10 p.m. $1 Bud mugs. Win cash prizes.All the Wings U Can Handle @ Napper Tandy’s Northport, Smithtown & Miller PlaceLive Music Wednesdays @ Lily Flanagan’s, Babylon & Islip, 6-9 p.m.Open Mic @ Velvet Lounge, East Setauket, Brooklyn Brewery taps on special all night. No cover 8-10 p.m. for $13.For the latest events, check out our full Summer Calendar of 2013 events on Long Island here!ThursdaysTropical Thursdays @ View, Oakdale, Live reggae with a waterfront view; Heineken & Bacardi specials, outdoor dining & docking.Ladies Night Dance Thursdays @ Tropix, Freeport, Classics from the ’70s- ’90s and half-priced drinks for ladies from 6-9 p.m. on the Nautical Mile.Rock, Paper, Scissors Tourney @ The Cortland, Bay ShoreOpen Mic Night @ Mr. Beery’s, BethpageLadies Night @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore, Ladies drink free. $2 Bud Light Bottles, 9 p.m.-midnight. With DJ Chris Kenny.GQ Thursdays @ Wall Street, Hauppauge, DJ dance party.Ladies Night @ McFadden’s, Rockville Centre, Ladies drink free every Thursday.2fers Thursdays @ The Nutty Irishman Farmingdale, 2fers on everything from 9 p.m.-midnight.$4 Taps & Apps @ Napper Tandy’s Miller Place, $4 special on draft beer.Ladies Night Rock House @ Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, Between 10 p.m. & 11 p.m.; no cover before midnight.Ladies Night/DJ/Drink specials @ Velvet Lounge, East SetauketLadies Night/Happy Hour @ Honu, Huntington, Half-price small plates from 8-10 p.m.; $6 signature cocktails from 8 p.m.- midnight. $5 drinks from 5-7 p.m. for all.FridaysHappy Hour & Beach Party @ Pop’s Seafood Shack & Grill, Island ParkFriday Night Dance Party @ Wall Street, HauppaugeCorporate Happy Hour @ Four Food Studio, Melville, LI’s biggest indoor and outdoor happy hour with half-price drinks from 4-8 p.m. Top 40 DJ mix spun live.Corporate Happy Hour @ Honu, Huntington, Honu invites you for Friday Corporate Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m., featuring passed hors d’oeuvres and $5 drinks. Call ahead and register eight or more people and the first round of drinks is free.$3 For All Fridays @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore, 3fers on Miller Lites, 9 p.m.-midnight; $3 Captain Morgan or Malibu drinks; $3 Jameson shots.Bang the Buds @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore, $1 Bud bottles & $1 shots 9 p.m.-midnight.Girls Night Out @ Napper Tandy’s Northport, Free admission for ladies. $4 bomb shots, Stoli drinks for everyone; $5 Coors Light for everyone.Ladies Night @ Napper Tandy’s Miller Place, $1 drinks for ladies, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; 2 for $5 Miller Lite bottles, 10 p.m.-midnight for everyone; $3 Pinnacle bombs all night; half-price apps, midnight till close. DJ dance party 10 p.m.-4 a.m.Dueling Pianos @ Mulcahy’s, Wantagh, 6 p.m.; 2 for 1 bottled beer and drinks 3-8 p.m.Girls Night Out @ Middle Country Beer Garden, Centereach, Ladies drink free from 9 p.m.-midnight.½ Price Fridays @ McFadden’s, Rockville Centre, Got $5? Get a wristband before 11 p.m. for half-price drinks all night long.On the Rocks @ Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, Drink special $10; $4 imports, $5 mixed drinks, reduced top shelf.Ultimate Happy Hour @ Dublin Deck, PatchogueHappy Hour @ Lily Flanagan’s, Babylon & Islip, 3-7 pm., free buffet.Friday Nights @ Tropix, Freeport, With live DJs on the Nautical Mile.SaturdaysKarma @ Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, You and five friends enjoy Top 40 dance party. No cover before 1 a.m. with VIP print.Saturday Night Dance Party @ The Emporium, PatchogueTropical Saturdays @ Havana Central, Garden CitySaturday Night Dance Party @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore & FarmingdaleAbsolutely Saturdays @ Napper Tandy’s Northport, $4 Absolut drinks; $4 Heineken Lights.Southbar Saturdays @ Mulcahy’s, Wantagh, DJ, $3 Bud light bottles and Rail drinks.Party Rock Saturdays @ Middle Country Beer Garden, Centereach, 2-fers all night for ladies.All Night Long Saturdays @ McFadden’s, Rockville Centre, $3 U-Call-It shots all night long. Free shots for the bar every time they play a Lionel Richie song.I Heart Latin Saturdays @ Wall Street, HauppaugeHeineken Concert Series @ Dublin Deck, Patchoguelast_img read more

How you can increase website conversions with repetition

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » According to consumer behavior studies, the average consumer needs to see an ad at least three times to remember the product or brand. When a consumer first reads your message, they might just skim over it. The second time they might pay a bit more attention. It’s only by the third time that it actually starts to stick.So the idea that you should have only one call to action (CTA) per page on your credit union website is a costly myth. Your CTA should be used liberally to maximize its impact. After all, the more CTAs present, the more chances a user has to convert.A test on GoodUI found an 84% increase in conversions simply by adding more calls to action to the page.The control page only had CTAs at the top of the page and converted at just 7%. The variation page added repeated CTAs to the bottom of the page and converted at 12.8%.last_img read more

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul visits Southern Tier on State of the State address tour

first_img“This is the epicenter of clean energy, we’ve done a tremendous amount of work, the governor has also said he wants this area to be the leader of the electric vehicle revolution and hes asked Doctor Whittingham from Binghamton University to lead that effort,” she said. Hochul stopped at the Cornell Cooperative extension to discuss topics from Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address on Wednesday. (WBNG) — Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul made a stop in the Southern Tier on Friday during her State of the State address tour. She spoke about raising the Excelsior Scholarship eligibility threshold from $125,000 to $150,000 which will allow nearly 7,000 more Southern Tier residents to go to college tuition free. “We have invested over 7.4 billion dollars in the Southern Tier since we were elected to office and that’s extraordinary, that’s making a difference in small downtown’s all the way to the largest cities. We are investing money into the greater Binghamton fund to help people in poverty over to Elmira investing 10 million to help bring back their downtown,” said Hochulcenter_img In her time in the area, Hochul also touched upon the vape ban, legalizing marijuana and topics that would benefit agriculture in our area. Hochul also mentioned bringing more electric cars to the area through a possible proposal of a electric car tax rebate system. Hochul’s next stop on the State of the State tour will be in Buffalo.last_img read more

New Mini Hydraulic Excavator from Caterpillar

first_imgCaterpillar has just launched their new Cat 306 CR Mini Hydraulic Excavator, marking the company’s entry in the 6-ton class offering. According to Caterpillar, the 306 CR mini excavator is built to exceed customer expectations with strong performance, enhanced operator experience and simplified maintenance with extended service intervals.The new mini excavator features heavy-duty main structures, a fuel-efficient engine, load-sensing hydraulics, spacious cab and exclusive Cat Stick Steer system. It shares a similar controls layout and common components with the full line of Cat Next Generation mini excavators to simplify training, offer quick adaptation for operation and lower owning/operating costs.With its long stick option, the 306 CR delivers a maximum dig depth of 162 in (4 110 mm) and 15,821-lb (7 175-kg) maximum operating weight when equipped with the sealed and pressurized cab.Built with a swing boom, this Next Generation mini excavator’s compact radius design provides a low, 58-in (1 475-mm) tail swing with counterweight for working close to obstructions.last_img read more