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USA: Pre-Commissioning Unit Mississippi Successfully Completes Christening Milestone

first_img View post tag: successfully View post tag: Pre-Commissioning View post tag: Christening USA: Pre-Commissioning Unit Mississippi Successfully Completes Christening Milestone View post tag: Mississippi Pre-Commissioning Unit Mississippi (SSN 782) sponsor Ms. Allison Stiller christened the ninth Virginia-class submarine during a ceremony at General Dynamics Electric Boat, Dec. 3.During her remarks, Stiller mentioned today marked the 38th christening that she has attended, but emphasized how special the day was for her.“All of the christenings have been special, but this will be the most special one that I will be a part of,” said Stiller. “The ship may be made of steel and fiber and the finest technology, but the crew is what is most important.”Stiller christened the Virginia-class submarine with sparkling wine. Similar practices became a popular tradition as the 19th century ended, according to the Navy’s History and Heritage Command. The first such occasion was when a granddaughter of Secretary of the Navy Benjamin P. Tracy used a bottle of champagne to christen Maine, the Navy’s first steel battleship, at the New York Navy Yard, Nov. 18, 1890.Keeping with tradition, 121 years later, the Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, a native of Mississippi, attended and spoke at the christening. He discussed the day’s significance for the Nation, the great state of Mississippi, the Navy, and the Virginia-class submarine program. “For the men and women who built Mississippi and those who crew her, it is your work that proves an effective partnership between Navy and Industry can keep costs under control,” said Mabus.Mabus reflected on the hard work and teamwork of the shipbuilders and crew to create a world-class submarine.“It is the work of shipbuilders and the crew that guarantees our submarine force remains the best in the world. It is your work that assures that the Navy and Marine Corps stay the most formidable expeditionary fighting force the world has ever known,” said Mabus. “And it is your work that guarantees freedom around the globe. When you look at this ship, you know American exceptionalism will not only survive, it will prevail.”In addition to the Secretary of the Navy and Ms. Stiller, other U.S. Navy officials attending the ceremony included Sean Stackley: assistant secretary of the Navy – Research, Development and Acquisition; Adm. Kirkland Donald, director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion; Vice Adm. John Richardson, commander, Submarine Forces; Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; Rear Adm. Barry Bruner, director, Undersea Warfare Division; Rear Adm. David Johnson, program executive officer for Submarines; and Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, commander, Submarine Group 2.During Richardson’s remarks he reflected on the motto for the state and the warship, “By Valor and Arms – Virtute et Armis.”“What a terrific motto for a state and for a warship. It’s terrific to be here in Groton to celebrate the christening of PCU Mississippi,” said Richardson. “We just commissioned USS California in late October and she’s already at sea. We’re christening Mississippi today, and we have PCUs Minnesota, North Dakota and John Warner in construction right behind her.”Richardson highlighted the success of the Virginia-class submarines already commissioned and in the fleet.“USS Virginia, USS Hawaii, and USS Texas are in the fleet and have already made extended deployments. USS North Carolina began her maiden deployment just a few days ago. These super-capable warships, whether at sea on station or in construction, form a powerful message that communicates the dedication of the shipbuilders, the Sailors, and the entire United States,” said Richardson.State and local officials from Connecticut and Mississippi attending the christening included U.S. Reps. Steven Palazzo (Mississippi) and Joe Courtney (Connecticut); Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour; U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of (Connecticut); Matthew J. Mulherin: president, Newport News Shipbuilding; John P. Casey – president, General Dynamics Electric Boat.During Barbour’s remarks he welcomed PCU Mississippi on behalf of his great state, which will mark its 194th anniversary of entering the Union Dec. 10.“On behalf of the three million citizens, I’m honored to claim her as one of our own,” said Barbour. “The Mississippi will be an incredible platform to defend our shores and extend our powers.”Breckenridge assumed command in August 2011 and reflected on major milestones achieved this year to include the commissioning of USS California (SSN 781), and now the christening of PCU Mississippi.“Maintaining the significant advantage our Nation enjoys in the undersea domain is a vital security imperative. Bad things don’t happen in the world because of the watchful covert presence and potent influence of our undersea forces,” said Breckenridge. “The christening of Mississippi is a tangible reminder of our commitment to safeguarding this advantage by investing in the best submarines built by the world’s greatest shipbuilding industrial base.”Last month, Stiller was invited by Electric Boat to turn the controls to let the water flow to float the submarine for the first time. Since the keel laying in 2010 when her initials where welded to inside the hull, Stiller has routinely visited the submarine and her crew. Her support exemplifies the submarine’s motto.“Every opportunity I have to spend time with the fine crew of the Mississippi on the deckplates of our boat is a true honor,” said Stiller. “It is such a privilege to interact with the dedicated and highly motivated Sailors, officers, and shipbuilders bringing Mississippi to life.”Capt. John McGrath, commanding officer of PCU Mississippi discussed the crew’s participation and excitement leading up to this pivotal moment in the life of the submarine.“When I reported to PCU Mississippi in December 2009, exactly two years ago, I stood ready to bring the crew and our Virginia-class submarine to life,” said McGrath. “Today is a pivotal point in the submarine’s history and I’m deeply honored to serve my Nation and my Navy in this capacity.”McGrath, a native of Neptune, N.J., leads a crew of about 142 officers and enlisted personnel. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.Virginia-class submarines are built under a unique teaming arrangement between General Dynamics Electric Boat and Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News. Construction on the submarine began in February 2007 and will be commissioned in June 2012.Once commissioned in 2012, Mississippi, like all Virginia-class submarines is designed to dominate both the littorals and deep oceans. It will serve as a valuable asset in supporting the core capabilities of Maritime Strategy, sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 06, 2011; Image: navy View post tag: milestone View post tag: Unit Industry newscenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Pre-Commissioning Unit Mississippi Successfully Completes Christening Milestone December 6, 2011 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: completes View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

News story: Statement from the Justice Secretary on judgment re: John Worboys

first_imgI welcome today’s judgment and congratulate the victims who brought this unprecedented legal action. I want to take this opportunity reiterate my heartfelt sympathy for all they, and the other victims, have suffered as a result of Worboys’ hideous crimes. I took expert legal advice from Leading Counsel on whether I should bring a challenge. The bar for judicial review is set high. I considered whether the decision was legally rational – in other words, a decision which no reasonable Parole Board could have made. The advice I received was that such an argument was highly unlikely to succeed. And, indeed, this argument did not succeed. However, the victims succeeded in a different argument. They challenged that, while Ministry of Justice officials opposed release, they should have done more to put forward all the relevant material on other offending. They also highlighted very significant failures on the part of the Parole Board to make all the necessary inquiries and so fully take into account wider evidence about Worboys’ offending. I also received advice on the failure of process argument and was advised that this was not one that I as Secretary of State would have been able to successfully advance. The victims were better placed to make this argument and this was the argument on which they have won their case. Indeed, the judgment suggests that, had I brought a case, the standing of the victims may have been compromised. Given the very serious issues identified in this case, I can announce today that I intend to conduct further work to examine the Parole Board rules in their entirety. As a result of the work that has been completed to date, I have already decided to abolish Rule 25 and will do so as soon as possible after the Easter recess. This will enable us to provide for the Parole Board to make available summaries of the decisions they make to victims. In addition, I will bring forward proposals for Parole Board decisions to be challenged. I intend to consult on the detail of these proposals by the end of April alongside other proposals to improve the way that victims are kept informed about the parole process. I will make a statement to Parliament this afternoon and set out our response to the judgment – and our next steps – in more detail.last_img read more

Square Pie launches Rugby Pie World Cup

first_imgSquare Pie has kicked off a pie-themed competition to celebrate the Rugby World Cup.Running for the duration of the tournament, the competition sees each country assigned pies, which go head-to-head with one another on the same day as the corresponding rugby teams do battle.Carrying the colours for England is the Dallaglio Foundation Steak & Ale pie, which is also being sold in selected London Tesco stores and Ocado.com. A total of 10p from each sale goes to the Dallaglio Foundation, which helps disadvantaged youngsters through rugby. Each flavour tries to reflect the country it represents, from Japan’s Chicken Teriyaki pie to Scotland’s Haggis, Neeps & Tatties. Some creations are highly unusual, such as Australia’s Kangaroo and South Africa’s Springbok Sausage.Pie and rugbyMartin Dewey, founder of Square Pie, said: “Pie and rugby are a natural pairing, especially given our recent partnership with the Dallaglio Foundation. We have some truly innovative and exciting flavours to celebrate the Rugby World Cup in our restaurants and cannot wait to launch the Pie World Cup for consumers to let their taste buds support their favourite team.“The pie I would like to win is the Dallaglio Foundation Steak & Ale Pie. I really like the French Cassoulet and the Canadian Moose Pie – I can guarantee we are the first to make a moose pie.”The competition rules are simple. During the day that two teams are set to face one another on the field, their corresponding pies go on sale in Square Pie’s restaurants with a point scored for every pie bought.At the end of the day, the pie with the most points wins and scoops three points to aid its chances of being one of the two flavours from each group to proceed to the knockout stages.The winning pie will be decided on 31 October, the day of the World Cup final, but in the meantime all the pie fun can be followed on Square Pie’s website squarepie.com.last_img read more

Premier Foods sells 17.27% stake

first_imgNissin, a Japanese instant noodle firm, has committed to buy a 17.27% stake in Premier Foods.The move comes as the two companies finalise a relationship agreement which will give Premier the ability to distribute Nissin products in the UK, while making its own products more widely available in key overseas markets.Premier Foods said there would also be opportunities for the sharing of intellectual property and manufacturing capabilities.David Beever, chairman of Premier Foods, said: “We welcome Nissin as a new long-term shareholder in our business. By gaining a strategic investor who understands and supports our growth ambitions, we have an exceptional opportunity to deliver shareholder value. Based on the conditional cooperation agreement we announced yesterday, we very much look forward to working with Nissin to develop ways our two businesses can co-operate to drive growth.”The move comes in the wake of Premier Foods announcing it had rejected two bids from US spice brand McCormick, the latter offer on the 14 March, valuing the company at 60p a share.hostile takeoverDr Hossam Zeitoun, assistant professor of strategy and international business at Warwick Business School, said the move would help Premier Foods fend off a hostile takeover from McCormick and give the company time to turn around its troubled finances.He said: “Premier Foods’ deal with Nissin will help it pursue its turnaround strategy and avoid a hostile takeover by McCormick. This co-operation will be another obstacle for McCormick and would make it even more difficult for the US company to complete a takeover.“Companies under the threat of a hostile takeover often look for a ‘white knight’, ie. a friendlier acquirer, but in the case of Nissin it doesn’t want to be an acquirer – at least not yet. It is content with a stake in the company. This means Premier Foods can continue its turnaround strategy by decreasing its debt and working to boost its market share.“Japanese companies are renowned for pursuing long-term objectives. In Japan, hostile takeovers are extremely rare, and Premier Foods is calling Nissin a long-term shareholder, which can give it time to follow its strategy through rather than looking for a short-term hike in its stock price. If all goes well, Nissin may want to acquire Premier Foods in the future, but not at the moment – it only wants a non-executive director on the board.”last_img read more

Daniel Henry Holmes Ingalls

first_imgDaniel H.H. Ingalls, Wales Professor of Sanskrit, Emeritus, was born in New York City on May 4, 1916. He attended Harvard College, and studied the Classics, including his first courses in Sanskrit with Walter E. Clark. While Ingalls’ father apparently expected Harvard to prepare his son to join the management of The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, Daniel Ingalls’ years at Harvard gradually turned him to the lifelong study of Sanskrit philosophy and poetry. He graduated in 1936 with an A.B. cum laude in Classics. He thereupon enrolled in the Harvard Graduate School to study Sanskrit, Chinese, and Japanese, earned an A.M. in 1938, and was elected to a Junior Fellowship in the Society of Fellows (1939–42), where he continued his study of Sanskrit.In 1941 he persuaded the Senior Fellows to send him to India, where he worked on Indian logic with M.M. Sri Kalipada Tarkacharya at the Sanskrit Research Institute in Calcutta. After Pearl Harbor he returned and entered the O.S.S. In 1942 he and his colleague Richard Frye traveled as civilians to Afghanistan, where his job in Kabul was to watch for contacts by Indians (then British subjects) with Axis agents. As cover he taught English at the Habibi Lycee and worked on his doctoral dissertation. The completed draft of the dissertation was sent home by diplomatic pouch, but was lost. After the war he rewrote it as his first book. He returned home in 1943, was commissioned in the Army, and spent the remainder of the war working on Japanese code-breaking in Military Intelligence near Washington.After the war he was elected to a second term in the Society of Fellows (1946–49). Since Junior Fellows are permitted to do some teaching, he helped out with Sanskrit courses after the retirement of Walter E. Clark, his predecessor as Wales Professor, and in 1949 became an assistant professor, in 1954 associate professor, and in 1958 Wales Professor of Sanskrit, continuing in that post until his retirement in 1983.While Ingalls was a dedicated teacher and scholar, he was not an empire builder. He remarked in a note to the president, “The less administration I have, the happier man I shall be.” During his tenure, the study of India was largely defined by classical studies. In 1951, however, he instigated a change in the name of the Department from Indic Philology to the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies. By the late 1950s, it came to include Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, and by the time of his retirement in 1981, it included positions in Hindu Studies and Indo-Muslim Studies as well.During the golden period of rapid expansion in Asian studies, some 50 of his students finished with a Ph.D. and began teaching at major universities throughout the world. Through the students he trained, Ingalls had an enormous influence on the development of Sanskrit studies in North America. Among both his students and collaborators were Indian scholars as well. Though a political conservative himself, Ingalls had a lifelong friendship with the Indian Marxist historian D.D. Kosambi, who became the text-editor for the Subhasitaratnakosa. Of Kosambi, Ingalls wrote, “I have never met a man with whom I disagreed on such basic questions, yet whose company I so constantly enjoyed.”Throughout most of his career at Harvard, Dan Ingalls constituted a one-man department, teaching at all levels from beginning Sanskrit to advanced courses in Indian philosophy and poetry. The Sanskrit Library in Widener became the center of energetic and demanding study for generations of Sanskrit students. He also met students by appointment in his Widener study where he had no telephone, but could be found by those with the temerity to knock on his door. This was open for business and visitors once per week from 8-9 a.m., had no phone but a typewriter built in 1888.He had the reputation for being a demanding teacher, to be sure. It is said that his description of the department for the undergraduate manual, Fields of Concentration, began, “Sanskrit is a difficult language. Only the rare undergraduate would be advised to take it.” But as one former student remembers, “Studying with Daniel Ingalls was exhausting, demanding, and rewarding.” He taught with patience and authority, bringing out the beauty of the classical Sanskrit texts that he loved and communicating this to his students. Ingalls taught not only Sanskrit but also Harvard’s first General Education course on Indian Civilization.In 1950, Ingalls published his first book Materials for the Study of Navya-Nyaya Logic (Harvard Oriental Series Volume 40) based on his intended Ph.D. work. It is an introduction of the “new” school of Indian logic, bringing to light its analytic and intellectual achievements. Here Ingalls “sought to demonstrate that Indian philosophy not only can be as careful and precise as Western analytic philosophy but in fact may well have something of vital importance to teach it” (S. Pollock). In the West, this launched an entirely new field of studies.While Ingalls continued to write on Indian philosophy, his deep interest in poetry came increasingly to the fore. In 1964, he published a 460 page volume An Anthology of Sanskrit Court Poetry. Vidyakara’s Subhasitaratnakosa. (H.O.S. Volume 44), containing some 1,700 Sanskrit verses collected by a Buddhist monk around 1050 C.E. Ingalls’ great intuition for Sanskrit along with his magisterial command of English made this translation among the very best. It is still available in a paperback edition. His introductions, notes, and commentaries make the entire work a masterful and enduring contribution to Sanskrit literary studies. In the introduction, Ingalls sheds light on the development of Indian poetry and compares the impersonality of Sanskrit poetry with the predominantly personal poetry of the West. As the project came to a conclusion, Ingalls said that Vidyakara had furnished him with “the happiest hours of labor that I have yet known.”In 1981 the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies joined the Center for the Study of World Religions in hosting a dinner for Ingalls to celebrate the recent publication of a Festschrift dedicated to him as “one of the great humanistic scholars of our time” and entitled Sanskrit and Indian Studies: Essays in Honour of Daniel H. H. Ingalls. Its preface emphasized his immense breadth of scholarship and the pioneering impact and lasting value of his two books, one for the study of logic and the other for literary studies. A flood of telegrams and letters of appreciation arrived from India, England, Japan, and many parts of the United States.In 1990, after his retirement, Daniel Ingalls brought to conclusion his third major contribution to the Harvard Oriental Series, a joint undertaking with Jeffrey M. Masson and M.V. Patwardhan, The Dhvanyaloka of Anandavardhana with the Locana of Abhinavagupta, edited with an introduction by Ingalls himself (H.O.S. Volume 49). The book deals with the culmination of Indian poetics by the Kashmiri scholar Abhinavagupta in the 9th century C.E. In this, he makes one of the most influential texts and commentaries of Sanskrit aesthetics and literary theory available in English.In addition to his three major books, he published some twenty-seven articles on Indological topics. After his retirement, Ingalls worked with his son, computer scientist Daniel H. H. Ingalls Jr., Harvard ‘66, on a computer-assisted analysis of the literary technique of the Mahabharata, and their first findings were published in 1985 in the Journal of South Asian Literature.During these years, Ingalls was the editor of the Harvard Oriental Series (H.O.S. Volumes 42–48) and brought out the long-neglected German translation of India’s oldest text, the Rgveda, by K.F. Geldner (H.O.S. Volumes 33–36, 1951–57). He also served for forty-three years as a trustee of the Harvard Yenching Institute, which has since established a fellowship in his honor. He was President of the American Oriental Society in 1959-60 and Director of the Association of Asian Studies in 1959.His entrenched patrician and conservative views, reinforced by his background in the railroad and hotel business, became obvious  in 1969 at the time of the occupation of University Hall. At a  faculty meeting with radicals in the majority, he tried, urged on by conservative colleagues,  to make a motion in support of the administration; it  never occurred to him that this could be voted down.Dan Ingalls was a cultured, polite, elegant host to friends, neighbors, and students. He was in close contact with colleagues in classical studies. In addition to the Society of Fellows, he was a member of the History of Religions and Philology Clubs that met for dinner and talks at members’ homes. He kept in contact with students and colleagues even after his retirement to Virginia and he would gather some twenty-five students for a Sanskrit reading salon in his apartment on Memorial Drive.Even while he was a professor at Harvard, Ingalls was a member of the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce. From 1963 onwards, he was chairman of the Virginia Hot Springs Corporation, Inc., an enterprise that included the Homestead resort, where he usually spent his summers. Indeed, as he wrote in 1986, he “led a schizophrenic life,” split between his family’s business interests in Virginia and his scholarly pursuits at Cambridge. After retirement he moved back to his home, called The Yard, in Hot Springs, and took up the full time management of the family business.Ingalls married Phyllis Sarah Day in 1936, the same year he graduated from Harvard. Over the years, they made their home at 24 Coolidge Hill, Cambridge. They had three children—Sarah Day, Rachel Holmes (Radcliffe ‘64), and Daniel Henry Holmes Jr. (Harvard ’66). Phyllis passed away in 1982, shortly after he had retired.Daniel Ingalls died of heart failure on July 17, 1999, at the Bath Community County Hospital in Virginia, at the age of 83. He was buried at Warm Springs Cemetery in Warm Springs, Virginia. On Virginia’s State Route 39, he is remembered by a memorial monument at the Dan Ingalls Overlook, affording a beautiful vista of his beloved Bath County.Surviving are his second wife, Joanne Kreutzer; Sarah Ingalls Daughn of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts; Rachel Holmes Ingalls of London, England; Daniel H. H. Ingalls Jr. of Rio del Mar, California; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.Respectfully submitted,Diana EckRichard FryeZeph Stewart †Wei-ming TuMichael Witzel, Chairlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s panel discusses roles for mothers

first_imgSaint Mary’s Office for Civic Engagement (OSCE) hosted the first of a three-part discussion series about women, mothers and their roles in society Tuesday evening. Tuesday’s event focused on the idea of being a woman, mother and image bearer, with guest panelists Ramal Winfield, Noelle Gunn Elliott and Christan Sheltan, as well as a question and answer section led by Rebekah DeLine, the director of the OCSE.DeLine started the event by asking the panelists how they serve in the South Bend community as individuals and as families.“It’s really important to us because my oldest is seven and we’re trying to find ways to include him in understanding how important service is to us. There are times in our life that with wrestling, soccer, piano that we are not able to do that,” Sheltan said. “Right now his little heart is pulled towards helping homeless people, so we’ve been making blessing bags and keep those with us. That’s a way for us to serve when we don’t really have the time to serve.”Elliott said her family tries to do outreach in the community during holidays.“As a family, for Thanksgiving we try and go to the homeless shelter and we try to focus more on the giving and the giving thanks,” Elliott said.Winfield said she likes to go to events in the community that actively supports the younger generation.“I go to just a lot of different events around town that I feel are important, especially ones that are advocating for children,” Winfield said.The panel then discussed how each manages to create a positive work-life balance.“I try not to beat myself up or have the wrong expectations about what I’m capable of doing,” Winfield said. “I know that some people in my family say that I work too much, but you just have to do what you have to do.”Sheltan said she felt similar to Winfield’s thoughts on balance. “Balance is impossible to achieve perfectly. I personally know that I don’t feel like it is my shape to stay at home so then it was kind of like just trying to find balance,” she said. “I think what I work right now is a job more than a career, but it gives me the balance to be with my children a little bit more.”There’s an insecurity, Elliott asserted, that exists among women juggling such roles.“So many women always think ‘Oh she’s judging me because I’m not going to work,’ but they really do want to be working,” Elliott said. “There’s always this insecurity. And we’re not judging each other; hopefully we’re just trying to be the best moms we can be.”Elliott shared how she started her program, the Mommalogues, which gives women the platform to share their personal stories about being mothers.“If I have a force, it’s not so much being a mother,” Elliott said. “It’s about being in solidarity with other women whether they’re a mother or not, and being a positive force in the world.”The panelists discussed their hopes for women to become more united through these types of discussions. Subsequent discussions in the series will take place April 2 and April 16, and will cover women and mothers as change-makers and activists.“Eventually I want to [make] this so it’s not just for students, but also for women in the community,” DeLine said.Tags: mothers, panel, saint mary’s, womenlast_img read more

Vargas Llosa Says He Will Voice His Ideas Freely in Venezuela

first_imgBy Dialogo May 20, 2009 The Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa said that he will voice his ideas freely during his upcoming trip to Venezuela and that this need not frighten anyone, in response to an official warning from the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) that he could be exiled from the country if he tries to discredit the government of Hugo Chávez. In an interview with the Lima daily La Republica, the writer said: “I have my ideas and I express them freely wherever I am. Furthermore, I always express them with dignity, so of course I’m going to do so in Venezuela.” “I have been invited by Venezuela, by an institution that defends the same ideas I defend: democracy, freedom, peaceful coexistence, the rejection of all forms of violence in human relations and political activity. And I believe that these ideas are respected in any country, including Venezuela,” he added. When asked about the possibility of being exiled from his country, the writer said he hoped “that doesn’t happen. Venezuela has always been a very hospitable country and I hope it remains so. We are going to a meeting where he will discuss ideas. Nobody is coming with destabilization in mind. It will be an intellectual presentation, and that need not frighten anyone.” On Monday the PSUV warned that Vargas Llosa would be exiled if he tried to “discredit the government” of Chavez during next week’s visit to Caracas to participate in a symposium on freedom and democracy. “Mario Vargas Llosa comes with provocation in mind. The PSUV will support any government decision, such as exiling a person who comes here to discredit us,” David Medina, a PSUV member, told the press. “We want to warn these intellectuals who are about to come to the country. They come to provoke us, to create scandal, and to start a smear campaign over the issue of freedom of expression,” he added. Other participants in this symposium include Mexican historian Enrique Krauze, former Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga, Colombian writer Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, and intellectual and former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda.last_img read more

Diners crave mobile payments

first_imgMobile payments are on the rise, with Millennials and men leading the pack. According to a recent survey of 1,000 U.S. adults by point of sale systems manufacturer Harbortouch, Millennials make up the highest percentage of mobile payment users, with 42 percent falling into that demographic. In addition, men are two times more likely to use some form of mobile payment than women.Interestingly, one in four people named the restaurant industry (out of a choice of seven total industries) as the most likely to see widespread mobile payments adoption in the near future.“One of the more interesting findings we uncovered from our survey is the growing desire for consumers to use mobile payment technology at restaurants,” Harbortouch CEO Jared Isaacman said in a press release. “Currently, most mobile payment transactions happen in retail environments. There is now a unique opportunity for restaurants to gain a competitive advantage by making mobile payments part of the dining experience.”Of those respondents not currently using mobile payments in restaurants, 20 percent cited problems with logistics as the reason. Specifically, one in five said issues such as waiting for servers to retrieve the bill and figuring out how to calculate a tip had hindered their mobile pay experience. Well-designed mobile payment apps have the potential to eliminate these irritations. continue reading » 69SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

A Look Back at the Brutal Winter of 2015

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York We’re not quite counting our chickens yet, Long Island, but it appears the worst may be behind us—at least we can only hope it is. If Thursday’s winter storm was indeed Old Man Winter’s last hurrah then we’ll gladly put away those over-utilized shovels and box up the salt and sand—all the while letting out a triumphant cheer, the likes of which we haven’t uttered in what seems like ages. As we look ahead to next week’s glorious forecast—sunny skies and temperatures in the 40s (!!) for most of the week—we do so with a bit of trepidation, knowing full well that at any moment Mother Nature can shatter all of our hopes and dreams and unleash copious amounts of snow and brutally cold temperatures on us—something we’ve unfortunately become accustomed to in recent weeks. Sure, this hellish winter may not officially be over, but we feel like it’s our duty to conduct a sort-of post-mortem on Winter 2015. Long Islanders don’t need statistics to back up their point that this winter has been especially unbearable, but we’ll provide some talking points anyway. According to National Weather Service’s Upton office, February was the coldest month on record for Long Island (temperature readings are taken at Long Island MacArthur Airport), going back to 1984, when the agency officially began to record data. The average temperature in February was a skin-piercing 21.6 degrees. February’s stunning temperatures are even more mind blowing when you consider temperature readings at Central Park, where records date back to 1869. Central Park posted an average daily temperature of 23.9, making it the third coldest February over the 146-year period that records have been kept, and the ninth coldest month overall. The average temperature of 24.6 captured at John F. Kennedy International Airport (records date back to 1948) made it the coldest February on record, and second coldest month overall. Now, let’s talk about the dreaded snow. For the season, the weather service measured 56.6 inches of snow at MacArthur Airport, more than double the historic seasonal average of 24.8 inches. With our luck this year, that number may increase. The weather service’s “snowfall season” runs from November through April. The most recent storm to hit LI dumped upwards of 8 inches on the Island, a reminder that although spring is only days away, anything is possible. Here’s the good news: National Weather Service forecast through Wednesday. (Photo credit: National Weather Service)You’re not hallucinating, folks. The reprieve we’ve all been waiting for is upon us. Let’s just hope it stays that way.last_img read more

Time warp home sells before going to auction

first_imgThe home at 14 Dodds St, Margate sold before auction.A CHARACTER cottage on two lots in Margate went under contract the evening before it was due to be auctioned. The property at 14 Dodds St sold for $601,250. Marketing agents Loren Mulholland and Jonathan Gordon said the property attracted a high level of interest. “More than 50 people inspected the home in just a few weeks and we had nine contracts submitted,” Ms Mulholland said. Mr Gordon said the home was a well-maintained time capsule.“The vendors were only the second owners of the property and they kept is largely untouched to keep the character,” he said. “That, combined with the block being on two lots, created quite a rare opportunity for the area.”More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The home had a retro look.Mr Gordon said the home was sold to an interstate investor who planned to modernise it and hold on to it for the time being. Ms Mulholland said the Margate market was proving equally popular with owner-occupiers and investors, though stock was low. “Demand is far outweighing supply and listings are few and far between,” she said. “We think it is because 50-60 per cent of people in the area are investors and, with low interest rates, it makes more sense for them to hold on to property rather than have money in the bank.” Mr Gordon said the number of buyers looking in and around Margate was on the up. “A lot of people are drawn to the area,” he said. “We are being inundated with inquiries on properties but we can’t meet demand.”last_img read more