December 18

Inside the Cockpit of a Jones Beach Air Show Stunt Pilot

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sean Tucker laughs while piloting his single-engine plane more than 200 mph vertically, then letting it “sit” in the clouds before doing a “wing over” down toward the Fire Island beach below.Such maneuvers would leave some feeling queasy, but it’s all in a day’s work for this stunt pilot as he flies upside-down, through loops, and does what’s called a max deflection roll—spinning his tiny red-and-white aircraft like a drill through the sky. And those are just some of his tamest moves.“It’s a pretty cool job,” Tucker tells the Press after taking this reporter on a relatively subdued—only half of his usual 9.5 positive g-forces—practice run this week. “Making designs in the third dimension…that’s what I get to do every single day.”Tucker, the lead pilot for Team Oracle, will perform his Sky Dance routine at the 12th annual Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, scheduled for 12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.READ MORE: Inside the Blue Angels 2014 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach Practice It’s a show he’s performed hundreds of times, practices daily and never gets old. While he concedes that “it’s the craziest job in the world if you can make a living at it,” he says that doesn’t mean spectators should mistake him for reckless.“It is very risky, but the perception that people have sometimes that I’m crazy is totally opposite what we are,” he says after landing safely at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale. “When we’re throwing the airplane through the sky and front flipping and back flipping and twirling and tumbling to the ground we appear out of control, but we mitigate every risk by training and making sure in every maneuver we have an escape.”It also helps that this aerobatic pilot flies a state-of-the-art, custom-built plane, the Oracle Challenger III. And that he is one of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s 25 Living Legends of Flight. He speaks of his act as less a feat of daredevilry than a highly choreographed blend of athleticism, art and engineering.“The wings become your arms and you become so connected with it, then it becomes intuitive,” he says of his connection to his plane. “Then it’s like your dancing in the sky. You’re a part of the machine.”He hopes his fans, who can catch his show immediately before this year’s headliners, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, will be inspired to reach for the stars by living life as passionately as he does.“Come out and dream with us,” he says. “It’s all about dreams.”last_img read more

December 18

10 powerful, motivating words

first_imgWords can motivate. The things CEOs and managers say are often magnified by the employees and colleagues we are trying to lead in a certain direction.Inc.com’s Jeff Haden echoes this sentiment and highlights a guest blog post from Courtney Seiter, who works for social-media sharing tool Buffer. Seiter lists 10 words and phrases that are extremely motivating, and seven that are not.Her 10 motivating words:If. Thinking hypothetically takes the pressure off people and can improve performance.Could. Saying “could” instead of “should” can aid creativity.Yes. Together. This word creates a team atmosphere.Thank you. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

December 17

Are you ready for a new kind of holiday season?

first_imgThis is placeholder text This post is currently collecting data… Take a stressful year, add some holiday pressure, and what do you get? A cry for help!Fortunately, there are some simple steps that can help make the holiday season less stressful for you and your members. Below are some tips on how to take advantage of holiday shopping trends to make the most of the holidays without getting overwhelmed.Take advantage of online orderingWith the colder weather, experts are predicting a resurgence in coronavirus cases. Many stores are prepared. They’re encouraging people to shop online while increasing their capacity for curbside pick-ups. There are reasons to take advantage of this service that go beyond health and safety. Often provided as a free service, it can be a great way to save shopping time. Rather than gathering the items yourself, you can simply drive up and have everything placed in your car.Start Shopping NowAccording to Business Insider, increased online ordering has shipping providers predicting a backlog this season. This can cause headaches for last minute shoppers looking to get their orders in time for holiday celebrations. Another issue mentioned by Business Insider is the fact that store inventory is lower and stock may run out fast. It also notes there are likely to be fewer deals later in the season, so shopping as early as possible can help members take advantage of more opportunities to save.Keep gift giving simple and practicalA still unstable economy means tight budgets for most people and more concerns about spending money. Gift cards are a simple, practical option. They are also easy to buy and send. Gift cards keep the guesswork out of what will fit within budget and the giver can enjoy knowing recipients will be able to get what they truly want or need. This is especially true of open-loop gift cards versus cards associated with a particular store. Open-loop cards also frequently offer fraud protection.Combine holiday activitiesJust like summer vacation, winter break adds pressure to find safe entertainment options for the family. This calls for multitasking. Look for ways to get the whole family involved in holiday preparations.  Make decorating into a mini holiday party with music. Assign everyone a decorating task and hand out small prizes to all the kids in different categories like “most creative” or “fastest decorator.” Instead of shopping, making holiday gifts can be a family activity. Apps are another fun resource. Look for apps that blend entertainment like reading or games with charitable causes to help kids learn to share with others.While the pandemic has changed the way we do many things, we don’t have to let it steal our holiday joy. These tips can help members adapt holiday preparations to work with the current flow of daily life. You can also remind members of how credit union offerings like gift cards can help simplify their holiday shopping or even their year-round budgeting. LSC is here to help you support members’ financial goals and keep them informed about the products and services available to meet their needs. If you would like to learn more about our prepaid card program or other services, please contact our sales department at 1-800-942-7124.center_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Naomi Anderson Naomi Anderson is Vice President of Prepaid for LSC. In her current role, her team manages the day to day program support, customer service functions and implementations as well as … Web: Lsc.net Detailslast_img read more

December 8

Golfers tee off for Mercy House, call it ‘great organization’

first_imgENDICOTT (WBNG) — Golfers teed off Friday morning at the En-Joie Golf Course for the 6th Annual Mercy House Southern Tier Tony Delnero Memorial Golf Tournament. Golfers called Mercy House a “great organization.” The tournament is a fundraiser for Mercy House. It helps them offset the cost of operating. Mercy House opened in 2016 and has provided hospice care to 520 residents. 144 golfers took to the course. They maintained social distance and had separate tee times. “It certainly helps out people that are in the last days of their life,” Golfer Sandy Monachino told 12 News. “Recently, my wife went through that and I don’t know what we could have done without Mercy House. Quiet frankly, she got fantastic care.” The tournament has been named after Tony Delnero. He was one of the coordinating team members that helped found the organization. He passed away in 2017.last_img read more

November 18

The social partners in tourism agreed to continue the implementation of the Collective Agreement on Hospitality

first_imgAs the social partners, due to the current circumstances, have decided to initiate the extended application procedure when the conditions are met, the provisions of the signed Agreement and the current Collective Agreement on Hospitality apply only to HUP members.  “The signed Agreement for employers in tourism and members of HUP – Association of Hospitality and Tourism is important not only for the continuity of employment at the branch level but also because of the need to regulate new opportunities such as “waiting” due to the impact of special circumstances on the hospitality industry. “Or downtime caused by the consequences of the corona crisis.”Point out from HUP Association of Hospitality and Tourism. The parties to the Agreement have determined that until April 30, 2021, part of Article 30 of the Collective Agreement on Hospitality will not apply, in the part which regulates the minimum gross salary in kuna without allowances for II, III, and IV groups of business complexity.  Other articles of the Collective Agreement on Hospitality remain in force and apply until 31 December 2021. domestic collective agreement regulated differently than in the Collective Agreement of catering during the validity of these house annexes or agreements, their provisions for employees of that company will take precedence over the provisions of the Collective Agreement of Catering. That is, the new Agreement agreed to continue the application of the provisions of the Collective Agreement on Hospitality. In the case of employers who have domestic collective agreements, the amount of basic salaries, ie the amount of the salary base and the amount of salary compensation, are determined on the basis of negotiations between the trade union and the employer.center_img In addition, as pointed out by HUP, the parties mutually determine that during the pandemic of the COVID-19 virus and its consequences on the business of the tourism sector, which jeopardized the business in the hospitality and tourism and partially and / or completely disrupted the employer’s business. consequently, due to the impossibility of securing work for the employee according to the concluded employment contract, the employee, for the period when he is not working, according to the decision of the employer is entitled to salary compensation in the amount of at least 50% of his basic salary. If the stated amount would be lower than the minimum wage prescribed by the Regulation on the minimum wage, the worker is entitled to the amount of the minimum wage. The agreement on the entry into force of the Collective Agreement on Hospitality is additionally important for employers due to the possibility of re-using the institute of redistribution for a maximum of 60 hours per week, which cannot be used without a collective agreement. Croatian Tourism and Services Union; On 8 June 2020, the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia and HUP – Association of Hospitality and Tourism concluded an Agreement repealing the Agreement on a moratorium on the provisions of the Collective Agreement of Hospitality signed on March 25, 2020. “As responsible social partners, we are aware of the gravity of the situation and the importance of agreements between employers and trade unions in order to primarily preserve jobs and thus ensure the business survival and recovery of the tourism sector. The Social Council for Tourism has given its support to the Government for everything that has been done so far, and the decision to continue support for workers’ salaries and the reprogramming of the permanent seasonal measure is especially important, which we have jointly appealed to. The tourism sector must be supported in order to bridge the period until the next tourist year, which can be achieved through stronger use of EU funds and funds to help tourism through wage subsidies. As social partners of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, we will continue talks in order to find the necessary solutions and provide support for workers’ salaries with the aim of preserving jobs by the spring of 2021.”Conclude from HUP Association of Hospitality and Tourism.last_img read more

October 20

Those who disrespect military should leave

first_imgYou said they demonstrate about police violence toward minorities. Look it up. Ninety percent or more had it coming.What about the ones who are not minorities who experience violence by the police? They do it the right way, by the justice way.I gave my health for my country and the flag. Those who don’t honor the country and the flag disrespect this country and the veterans who fought for our country.They should be put out of the country.Vincent BelardoAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Nov. 14 letter, “Trump disrespects military, protesters,” by Ken Larsen: What disrespect did he show for the military? He is doing everything for the military.John McCain was not a hero because he was a prisoner of war; it’s because he served is country. I voted for McCain. Did you?In World War II, I must have been a hero for what I did, but I don’t say I was a hero because I was doing what my country expected me to do.I have been living with my pains for 73 years because I volunteered, left school and fought for my country and the flag.last_img read more

October 16

Governor Wolf Visits Centers of Excellence, Discusses Investment 2016-17 Budget Made in Combating Opioid Abuse (Round-up)

first_imgGovernor Wolf Visits Centers of Excellence, Discusses Investment 2016-17 Budget Made in Combating Opioid Abuse (Round-up) By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant   SHARE  TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf August 11, 2016 Round-Up,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Governor Wolf has been visiting Centers of Excellence around the commonwealth discussing his administration’s investment in expanding treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder. Joined by Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas, the governor visited Gateway Rehabilitation in Allegheny County, Esper Treatment Center in Erie, Penn Foundation in Bucks County, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Crossroads Counseling in Williamsport, and Montgomery County Recovery Center in Norristown.There will be a total of twenty Centers of Excellence established statewide by October 1, 2016 that will have the ability to treat approximately 4,500 people currently suffering from Opioid Use Disorder but are unable to access treatment.Take a look at the coverage below:90.5 WESA: 20 Centers of Excellence Treating Opioid Addiction To Open By FallTed Dallas, secretary of the Department of Human Services, said this multidimensional approach is a step away from the typical addiction treatment system. In the current treatment path, he said, professionals diagnose a patient with an opioid dependency, but then leave it up to the patient to navigate healthcare and insurance services. According to the Department of Human Services, many patients with opioid use disorders need help to stay active in the treatment process.The Times: Gov. Wolf recognizes Gateway Rehab for commitment to opioid addiction treatment“It’s a chronic disease, and we need to make sure that we’re treating the chronic disease carefully and appropriately,” Wolf said. “Every person has a different set of needs. It’s a holistic approach. And these Centers of Excellence are designed to help people navigate their way through the healthcare system, so each one of the sufferers gets the treatment he or she needs and is appropriate to his or her condition.”YourErie: Gov. Wolf speaks in Erie on opioid crisisPennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf made a stop in Erie to discuss the state’s opioid abuse crisis. Wolf spoke at the Esper Treatment Center in Erie on Thursday to discuss the investment made in the 2016-2017 budget to fight the opioid epidemic.CBS Pittsburgh: Gov. Wolf Calls Special Legislative Session To Deal With Opioid CrisisAt the Gateway Rehab Center in Moon, Gov. Tom Wolf said he and legislative leaders have agreed to a special session to address the growing problem of Pennsylvanians addicted to prescription drugs and illegal opioids. “We’re all bound and determined that we’re going to get together. We’re going to look at this issue and try to come to terms with it,” said Wolf.GoErie: Erie treatment center among 20 at heart of fight against opioid addiction[Governor Wolf] and other state officials visited the center Thursday to discuss state and local efforts to combat Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic, as well as to highlight the way new state funds are being used to address the public health crisis. The 2016-17 state budget passed in July included $20 million for the efforts.Bucks County Courier Times: (Video) Gov. Tom Wolf talks about the state’s investment to fight opioid abusePhilly.com: Gov. Wolf takes aim at opioids in Philly“This is a disease we need to get our arms around,” Wolf said at Thomas Jefferson University. “We’re losing people every day.” Wolf said 2,500 deaths in Pennsylvania were attributed to opioid overdoses last year, more than twice the 1,200 killed in traffic accidents. The funding, though modestly spread across the state, is a good start, he said.The Intelligencer: Wolf announces Penn Foundation a Center of Excellence for opioid addiction treatmentOpioid addiction treatment requires a recovery plan that addresses all facets of an addict’s problems, not just the drug dependency, Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday while in West Rockhill. “Our health system is not dealing with this plague effectively,” Wolf said. “We need to treat the physical addiction while simultaneously treating the unique, underlying causes for the addiction within each sufferer.”Sun-Gazette: Governor visits Billtown to award Third Street center with state funds“We are losing too many people to a disease that we can do something about,” said Gov. Tom Wolf during a press conference at Crossroads Counseling Inc. on East Third Street. “We need to do more.” Part of the solution is a bipartisan effort to create 20 Centers of Excellence across the state, according to Wolf.Daily Times: Governor Wolf addresses addiction, announces expansion funding for Recovery Center“It’s affecting so many Pennsylvanians that no one can say I’m not affected by this. If you know somebody, or you’re affected by it personally, you have family or friends, neighbors. I think that’s making it that the need is perceived now,” [Governor] Wolf said. “From a bipartisan point of view, Republicans, Democrats, senators, representatives, we all want to work together on this. Suspend partisan hostility and say let’s do something about this.”Philly.com: Wolf wants more money for Pa. drug centersAppearing in Norristown outside the Montgomery County Methadone Center, recently named one of 20 “Centers of Excellence,” [Governor] Wolf and Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas said they hoped the initiative would reduce addiction in communities such as Norristown, where drug violations occur at nearly double the Montgomery County rate, according to state figures. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

October 6

Top listing in a quiet, friendly location

first_imgThe upstairs living area at 12 Juniper Cct, Stretton.The home is spread across two levels with the living areas downstairs and the bedrooms upstairs. The front door opens to the grand entrance with a statement staircase. There is a formal lounge, dining room and retreat at the front of the home and an open plan kitchen, dining and family room at the back. The kitchen has plenty of bench and cupboard space, European appliances and a walk-in pantry while the family room opens to the outdoor entertaining area. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The floorplan of 12 Juniper Cct, Stretton. The kitchen at 12 Juniper Cct, StrettonThere is also a powder room and laundry on the ground floor. Upstairs, the master suite includes balcony, retreat, walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with corner bath, dual basins, shower and separate toilet. The remaining bedrooms have built-in robes, and the family bathroom has a separate bath and shower. There is also a rumpus room on this floor. The home at 12 Juniper Cct, Stretton.THIS former display home is going under the hammer in the 888 The Parks estate in Stretton. Maree Wood bought the home at 12 Juniper Cct in 2008 after falling in love with its modern design, great location and striking entrance. “The entrance has a grand staircase that really gives the home a wow factor,” she said. Ms Wood said she also loved that the property was spacious enough to have her adult children and grandchildren stay. The outdoor area at 12 Juniper Cct, Stretton.Ms Wood said she would miss the home and all the memories she had made there. “My husband and I got married in the house in 2009 — we had the wedding outside in the backyard,” she said.“It’s been a lovely home and I’ve enjoyed living there. It’s in a lovely, quiet neighbourhood with friendly neighbours. “The only reason I am selling is to move closer to my daughters.” The property is being marketed by Louis Soh of Auspro Properties and will be auctioned on July 22 at 11.30am. last_img read more

September 28

Multinational wave energy project launches in Canary Islands

first_imgThe project bringing together companies and organizations from several countries under the joint objective of improving the performance of wave energy technologies has been officially launched in Spain.The international initiative – backed by Ocean Energy ERA-NET Cofund (OCEANERA-NET COFUND) program – will see the W1 wave energy converter tested and validated in real-sea environment as part of the WEP+ project.Project partners include Aquatera, Neureus Technologies, Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias (PLOCAN), Centrale-Nantes, Las Palmas Ports, and University of Nantes, who will collaborate to improve and demonstrate the reliability and performance of W1 device under the 18-month initiative, which ends in September 2019.The W1 device is made of an axisymmetric resonant point absorber buoy equipped with direct drive power take-off system, it is stated on PLOCAN website.According to the Scottish-based energy and environmental consultancy Aquatera, its role in the project is to progress research in biofouling, and to design and implement a comprehensive research program to reduce the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) of wave energy developments by reducing uncertainty in this area.The WEP+ project objectives are in line with that of the OCEANERA-NET COFUND’s as the program was established with specific aim to coordinate support for research and development in the ocean energy sector between regions and nations in order to drive down the LCOE of ocean energy devices by tackling some of the key challenges identified in the sector.Eight national and regional government agencies from six European countries that form the OCEANERA-NET COFUND initiative will also collaborate to help bring innovative low-carbon energy solutions closer to commercial deployment, while creating growth and jobs, and at the same time maintaining and progressing Europe’s world leading position in ocean energy.Funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 Program for Research and Innovation, the new five-year action – operating from 2017 to 2021 – will build on the work of the Ocean Energy European Research Area Network (OCEANERA-NET) which ended in November 2017.last_img read more

September 26

The “hidden exodus” of Catholics from the Catholic Church, Part II

first_imgPhoto credit: telegraph.co.ukBefore reviewing the Pew research data further, a word of clarification about my remarks on Catholic identity. A friend of mine remarked to me that the issue of identity can hardly be regarded or dismissed as ‘academic,’ as I put it. My choice of expression was not the best. I did not mean to imply that concerns about identity were unimportant. Let me explain.Every list of marks of Catholic identity starts with ‘sacramentality.’  This means that Catholics tend to think of or imagine reality in the way the sacraments signify their referents. Thus bread is the sacrament of Christ’s body; wine the sacrament of his blood. Oil has its own special referent, and so do the host of ‘sacramentals’ familiar to Catholics — crosses, medals, rosaries, holy water, etc. The referents are for the most part supernatural realities.  Things in the natural sphere, in other words, are made to signify realities in a realm quite beyond their reach. That’s the Catholic ‘mode’ of thinking.The toll that greater secularization today takes on the religious consciousness lies in just this area. The signifying power of sacramentals is now considerably diminished, if not sometimes completely absent. This is why on special occasions liturgy is often so didactic. We have to keep explaining what this action or symbol ‘means’. “Now I’m going to pour water on the baby’s head, and what this means is…” We have to keep speaking and explaining because the actions or symbols no longer speak for themselves.  Signification is silent or mute.I do not see much point in talking about identity when the more important question is the underlying lack of signifying power — and that, to my mind, is the connection with absence in our churches.At any rate, that is how I look at the matter.  The Pew research diverges from me at this point, as I said. I wonder, as I will say later, how far its conclusions can equivalently apply to us.The reasons given for leaving in the Pew data have little to with disagreement over the Church’s position on today’s hot button issues: abortion, divorce, homosexuality, and so on. The percentage of those who leave over these issues ranges from 16 to 23%.Catholics leave because the Church does not meet their spiritual needs; they find interest in the Bible and the Protestant worship service more attractive. Further, those who become Protestant are not lax or indifferent Catholics. In fact, they attend worship services at a higher rate than those who remain Catholic – 63% to 42% in respect of weekly attendance.Seventy-one percent of Catholics who become Protestant also say that their faith is stronger than when they were children or teenagers, compared with forty-two percent of those remaining Catholic.  Thus, Reese concludes, “both as believers and as worshipers, Catholics who become Protestants are statistically better Christians than those who stay Catholic. We are losing the best, not the worst.”This covers the substance of Reese’s account.  The main lessons from the data in his estimation are three: First, those leaving are more concerned with spiritual nourishment than with doctrine.  “Tinkering with the wording of the creed at Mass is not going to help. No one except the Vatican and the bishops cares whether Jesus is ‘one in being’ with the Father or ‘consubstantial’ with the Father… People are longing for liturgies that touch the heart and emotions.”Secondly, “thanks to Pope Pius XII, Catholic scripture scholars have had decades to produce the best thinking on scripture in the world. That Catholics are leaving to join evangelical churches because of attention to the Bible is a disgrace. Too few homilists explain the scriptures to their people…If we could get Catholics to read the Sunday scripture readings each week before they come to Mass, it would be revolutionary. If you do not read and pray the scriptures, you are not an adult Christian. Catholics who become evangelicals understand this.”Finally, “the data shows that two-thirds of Catholics who become Protestants do so before they reach the age of 24. The church must make a preferential option for teenagers and young adults or it will continue to bleed… Current religious education programs and teen groups appear to have little effect on keeping these folks Catholic…although those who attend a Catholic high school do appear to stay at a higher rate.”How much of this research applies to us is difficult to say. Of course, we too know the experience of exodus. We do not yet, however, have any real sense of why our ex-Catholics remain “unaffiliated,” as I feel many of them do. I also do not think that Catholics here leave to join evangelical Protestantism in quite the same large numbers. While it is true some Catholics have become Pentecostal, it’s difficult to guess how many or what percentage.The character of our liturgy is obviously something we must attend to. I would personally not emphasize that improvement should focus on a greater emotional register. My sense of our deficiency tends to go in other directions, for example, the lyrics and melodies of many of our hymns. The theology is often awful and the lyrics quite vacuous.  I also think that many of the Collects (Opening Prayers) at Mass make terrible sense as prayers. Liturgical language on the whole is quite pedestrian, and some of the Gospel passages allocated for weekday readings are chopped from larger texts in the strangest places. I say “chopped” because that’s the only way to describe it. It often makes preaching from one day to the next quite difficult.My overall conviction is that the lack in liturgical experience today is a sense of the sacred. I do not mean by this an absence of pious associations (or organ music). I mean that what we lack is a self-evident sense, vital as the air we breathe, that there’s a living connection between heaven and earth. That we do not have today. What we more often have are feelings of severance or absence. The result is flat, prosaic liturgy, which only generates (can only generate) flat, prosaic feeling.By: Father Henry Charles Ph. d Share Tweet FaithLifestyleLocalNews The “hidden exodus” of Catholics from the Catholic Church, Part II by: – July 3, 2011 Sharecenter_img 69 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more