Shuffle Along Sets Return Start Date

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 24, 2016 After cancelling all previews this week through March 24 because of its leading lady Audra McDonald’s illness, Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, will resume performances on March 25. “I’d much rather be on stage at the Music Box than at home with my Dr. Nelson’s Inhaler and Mucinex, but unfortunately with this nasty cold, I’m sounding less like my character Lottie Gee and more like Animal from The Muppets,” the six-time Tony winner said in a statement. “I miss my Shuffle Along colleagues and am looking forward to returning to the show as soon as I can.”The production’s previously announced hiatus, beginning March 28 and resuming April 2, will now end one day earlier, with an added performance on April 1 at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre. The break is to allow time for rewriting and restaging. The musical, which began performances on March 15, is still set to open on April 28 at the Music Box Theatre.The company also includes Billy Porter, Brooks Ashmanskas, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Joshua Henry and Brandon Victor Dixon. McDonald will not appear in performances from June 20 through September 11; she is scheduled to return on September 13.The show combines the 1921 musical Shuffle Along with the backstory of the people who brought it to life, including the songwriting team Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle and bookwriters Aubrey Lyles and F.E. Miller. Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk collaborators George C. Wolfe and Savion Glover have reunited to direct and choreograph, respectively. Wolfe also penned the new book.Broadway.com customers with tickets to the canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Audra McDonald(Photo by Bruce Glikas)center_img Shuffle Along View Commentslast_img read more

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Top five easiest plants

first_imgThe possibilities for a new garden can seem endless, but choosing what to grow can make all the difference, especially for beginner gardeners.University of Georgia horticulturalists Bob Westerfield and George Boyhan know what it takes to create a prosperous garden. They have created the following helpful hints and a list of the top five easiest plants for beginners:Green beans. “A trick for green beans is to soak the seeds in a glass of water overnight and then plant them the next day,” Westerfield said. “This speeds the germination process.” Green beans are warm season vegetables that are more tolerant of cooler temperatures. Planting green beans early is not as problematic as it is with other vegetables. They also do not need a lot of fertilizer.Radishes. “The absolute easiest plant to grow is a radish. They are practically bomb-proof,” Westerfield said. It is the fastest developing vegetable, taking about 28 days to mature.Eggplants. This vegetable can be grown in a tomato cage or staked. They are easy because they are seldom bothered by problems like insects. They are also extremely prolific.Ratooning is a technique that helps rejuvenate the plant and produce a second crop. To do it, “cut back the plant eight to 10 inches from the ground,” Boyhan said.Peppers. Peppers need plenty of room to expand. They can handle light frost and cooler temperatures.“Peppers are fun to grow because there are so many shapes and colors available,” Westerfield said. “Colors range from dark green to chocolate and even a purple hue.”Tomatoes. Although Boyhan referred to tomatoes as “tried and true” and Westerfield noted they are the most popular vegetable, both say tomatoes can be quite problematic for beginner gardeners. Tomatoes are usually staked or caged and grown from transplants.Because they are tropical plants, tomatoes are susceptible to Georgia’s humidity, rainfall and high heat. They are also quite disease-prone.Lots of tomato varieties exist, but Westerfield says the easiest to grow is the cherry tomato. The fruit is the size of a cherry or grape and the plant is more forgiving in terms of diseases.Gardening tools. Even after choosing the most appropriate plants, no garden can be successful maintained without gardening tools. Essential tools include hand tools like a hand trowel and shovel, a hoe and tomato cages or stakes (if the plants call for them).“A mini tiller is handy, too, but if the garden is large, I suggest investing in a large tiller,” Westerfield said. “It’s worth its weight in gold.”Boyhan says the biggest problem home gardeners can face in the garden is weeds. “It is important to get out there and take care of the weeds when they are small, he said. “Do not let them get big.” Sunlight, soil, water and fertilizer are vital to the success of a garden. Gardeners might not realize, however, that soil temperature is also crucial. “The biggest key to growing vegetables is knowing the soil temperature and what plants work best at that temperature,” said Westerfield. “You can use a soil thermometer or go to www.georgiaweather.net and find the soil temperature throughout all regions of Georgia.”For more information about home gardening, contact your local UGA Cooperative Extension office by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

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Despite $90 billion annual cost, fossil fuel producers push carbon capture/storage plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Some of the world’s biggest fossil-fuel producers are calling on taxpayers to help them kick their pollution habit.The world’s biggest oil, natural gas and mining companies are stepping up their campaign to deploy carbon capture and storage, or CCS, as way to slow global warming. But with a potential $90-billion-a-year price tag, it’s too rich for them to do it on their own.The technology siphons pollution away from the chimneys of industrial plants and injects it permanently underground. It holds the promise of reducing greenhouse gases without overhauling the world’s energy system. For all its potential, CCS raises unpalatable questions for policymakers about how to fund it, and nobody in the industry has worked out a solution beyond either direct subsidies or much higher carbon taxes. Either of those measures would make burning fossil fuels much less economical.Cost is the biggest impediment to CCS. The International Energy Agency estimates the price for sequestering carbon starts at about $40 a ton, double the cost of emissions in Europe. Industry needs to capture 2.3 billion tons a year by 2040. That suggests CCS would need $92 billion a year in support to work at scale—more than the entire coal industry took in investment last year.Those figures leave CCS vulnerable both to challenges from environmentalists, who dislike the principle of helping fossil fuels, and from developers of renewables, who increasingly are building wind and solar farms at a cost rivaling traditional forms of energy.“CCS is a get-out-of-jail card and a great business opportunity,” said Michael Liebreich, founder of the Bloomberg NEF research group in London now owned by Bloomberg LP. “Not only would it allow them to keep on doing what they do, but also it offers the prospect of being paid to clean up their own pollution. I just can’t see it ever happening at scale.”More: Big coal wants you to pay to fix its problem Despite $90 billion annual cost, fossil fuel producers push carbon capture/storage planslast_img read more

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Here’s what you need to do when filing your 2015 tax return

first_imgEach year, the IRS makes a host of procedural changes that complicate the filing of tax returns. The IRS revises many of its tax forms so they comply with new regulations, new IRS mandates, or even just the changing dollar values of things like deductions and personal exemptions.The changes on deductions and personal exemptions might be trivial, but some of the revisions on other forms are more significant. Accountants in particular need to be aware of these changes, but it is good for the general public to be informed as well.How Health Reform Impacts This Year’s FormsSome of the biggest changes in tax forms are related to the ongoing evolution of Obamacare requirements. This year for the first time, taxpayers must state whether they have obtained health insurance through an employer, one of the government’s healthcare exchanges or directly from a private insurance company.Although not there yet, it looks like the IRS is moving closer to becoming an agency that not only collects taxes and verifies income but also corroborates health insurance coverage status. These changes also mean new lines on forms taxpayers file, such as Form 1040, Form 1040A and Form 1040EZ. The IRS does not have as many new forms so far for 2016 as it did in 2015, but the modifications are still significant. continue reading » 48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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43 Fun Things To Do With Your Kids On Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Michael HarrisGrowing up on Long Island, many children enjoy spending time at the beach, but since kids tend to get bored quickly, they often look for new and exciting things to do.For parents, keeping their kids entertained—and not by just letting them waste their days playing video games or watching TV—can be a full-time job.But since parents and kids often disagree about what constitutes fun, here are some ideas for family friendly things to do on Long Island.PET, FEED AND SEE THE ANIMALSIt’s a rare kid who doesn’t like going to the zoo. Although Long Island doesn’t have a full-fledged zoo, it offers petting zoos, fish hatcheries and an aquarium. Here are seven:1. Long Island AquariumThis aquarium is home to many fascinating living things and awesome attractions. Among these are the Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit, which lets visitors dive into the tank and swim with the sharks with the protection of a steel shark cage. Visitors can also see penguins, seals, gators, sting rays, sea lions and other marine wildlife. 431 Main St., Riverhead. longislandaquarium.com2. White Post FarmsThis warm and welcoming farm in Huntington has been around for more than 130 years. White Post Farms is as kid-friendly as it can be. Whether bouncing on the bouncy castle or petting zebras at the petting zoo (yes, they have zebras), riding a pony or experiencing the action-packed bird sanctuary, there’s no shortage of fun. They also have a mini-train, tiny houses for kids to play in and, of course, a farm stand. 250 Old Country Rd., Melville. whitepostfarms.com3. Long Island Animal Farm Petting ZooFrom petting zoo animals such as goats and pigs to watching more exotic creatures such as monkeys and cougars, this petting zoo has almost anything a child could dream of for a day of animal-filled fun. There’s even a puppet theater, a picnic area and a playground. 296 Wading River Rd., Manorville. afpz.org4. Cold Spring Harbor Fish HatcheryChildren of all ages will love these outdoor exhibits such as fish ponds, turtle ponds and trout pools. The hatchery is also home to an aquarium that contains more than 30 different species of fish. They regularly host various educational programs for kids. 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. cshfishhatchery.org5. Jungle Bob’s Reptile WorldAs the name suggests, Jungle Bob’s Reptile World is far and away one of the most fascinating places on Long Island. The shop is the largest reptile-only pet store in New York with more than 100 animals on display. Jungle Bob’s is also a worthwhile destination for kids to spend some time because it boasts an outdoor educational nature center. Jungle Bob invites Long Islanders of all ages to come and learn about reptiles of all shapes and sizes. 2536 Middle Country Rd., Centereach. junglebobsreptileworld.com6. Holtsville Wildlife and Ecology CenterHome to bears, foxes, bald eagles and more, the Holtsville Wildlife and Ecology Center offers visitors the chance to see animals that cannot be found anywhere else on Long Island. At the center there are gardens, pools and picnic grounds. 249 Buckley Rd., Holtsville,brookhaven.org7. Seal ToursIt’s one thing to see animals in a zoo, but it’s quite another to see them in their own habitat. Many people may not realize that the waters surrounding Long Island are full of marine life, including seals. Several groups offer tours of local seal hot spots around our shores where seals congregate. Here are a few outfits that offer seal tours on foot and by boat: Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and Captain Lou Fleet. HAVE AN ADVENTUREWe may not have our own Six Flags Great Adventure, but Long Island’s amusement parks guarantee a great family outing. Here are four:8. AdventurelandA staple of Long Island entertainment for decades, Adventureland still stands as one of the top attractions in our area. They have rides and roller coasters big and small, dozens of games as well as an arcade. Open spring through fall. 2245 Broad Hollow Rd., Farmingdale. adventureland.us9. Splish SplashFrom eight-story-tall water slides ending in splash pools, to smaller children’s lagoons, Splish Splash provides a super-soaked day of excitement for all ages. They have more than a dozen rides, slides and wave pools. Open during summer only. 2549 Splish Splash Dr., Calverton. splishsplash.com10. Bayville Adventure ParkThis waterfront destination is one of the most complete attractions on Long Island. The park is equipped with a pirate-themed miniature golf course, indoor rock climbing, bumper boats and much more. It converts to a giant haunted house for Halloween and a North Pole theme park for Christmas. 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. bayvilleadventurepark.com11. Long Island Adventure ParkZip lines, rope bridges, hiking trails and more, Long Island Adventure Park offers the perfect opportunity to venture outdoors and enjoy a full day of fun for the entire family. 75 Colonial Springs Rd., Wheatley Heights. longislandadventurepark.org TAKE THEM OUT TO THE BALLGAMESo what if Long Island doesn’t have a major league sports team anymore? Sports fans can still support two local top-notch professional sports teams: the New York Lizards and Long Island Ducks. Both provide fan-friendly amenities and affordable family-ticket packages.12. New York LizardsThe Lizards are one of nine participants in Major League Lacrosse. The club plays its home games at Hofstra University in Hempstead, with single game or season tickets available. Last year, the team acquired lacrosse legend Paul Rabil, who racked up 29 goals in his first year with the Lizards. nylizards.com13. Long Island DucksThe three-time Atlantic League champion Long Island Ducks have a plethora of former MLB big leaguers on the roster. In the past, stars such as Dontrelle Willis, Lew Ford, Trayvon Robinson, Blake Tekotte and Kevin Baez have donned the Ducks uniform. Kids can joing team mascot QuackerJack to root for the club to bring the Atlantic League title back to Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip. It’s a great venue for enjoying America’s pastime. liducks.com/home14. Long Island Roller RebelsLong Island’s first all-female roller derby league, the Roller Rebels are members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association and consist of two travel teams, the All Stars and Rock-A-Betty Bruisers, who represent Long Island in competitive interleague play. Fans cheer team members on as they skate around an oval track and attempt to score points by outpacing the opposing team. Home games are played at Skate Safe America in Old Bethpage. longislandrollerrebels.org15. Belmont Race TrackOK, so this is a sporting event that lacks a team and a ball, but Belmont Racetrack in Elmont offers family fun days, breakfast buffets and a children’s playground. Not to mention the excitement of cheering on your favorite horse from the grandstand. Win or lose, it’s a sure bet they’ll have a day they’ll long remember.nyra.com16. Riverhead RacewayDon’t think auto-racing is a sport? Tell it to the drivers white-knuckling it with the petal to the metal as they speed around this quarter-mile track. They do it all, from monster truck rallies to stock car races, figure-eight races and demolition derbies. It isn’t the Indy 500, but it still gets spectators’ engines revving. riverheadraceway.com ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORSNo better way to channel children’s seemingly boundless energy than by getting them involved in some good old fashioned outdoor physical activity.17. Surf SchoolSince this is an oceanfront island, Long Island is home to a number of surfing schools. What better way to spend a summer afternoon than learning to take advantage of this perk? Some of LI’s many surfing instructors include Bunger Surf Camp, Skudin Surf School, Surf 2 Live, Island Surf School and Flying Point Surf School.18. FishingWhether chasing snappers in the bay or hooking big game fish in the ocean, a day spent fishing is a great way to bond with any child. With more than 1,600 miles of shoreline, there are more places to drop a line in Long Island waters than we can list here. But popular choices include taking a charter with the Captree Fleet, Captain Lou’s in Freeport, Montauk’s many fishing boats for hire, or those operating in the Long Island Sound. As for freshwater fish, trout is a big draw in Connetquot River.19. Kayak toursKayaking allows paddlers to take in the beauty of Long Island from the water. It’s guaranteed to provide as much fun as beautiful scenery. Some local kayak rental companies include Long Island Kayak Rentals, Nissequogue River Canoe and Kayak Rentals, JK Kayak and Shelter Island Kayak Tours.20. Ice SkatingThere are more than a dozen ice rinks across Long Island. But whether it be indoors or outdoors, winter or summer, ice skating is always a good time. Some of the best ice skating rinks on LI include Christopher Morley Park Ice Rink in Roslyn, Superior Ice Rink in Kings Park and The Rinx in Port Jefferson.21. Roller SkatingFew things provide the simple joy of strapping on a pair of roller skates or roller blades and cruising around a roller skating rink. The look on those kids faces while they’re freewheeling with their friends says it all. Where better to go skating than United Skates of America in Seaford or Hot Skates in Lynbrook? DAY AT THE MUSEUMWhen kids hear they’re being taken to a museum, some balk at the thought of some dusty old boring building full of ancient artifacts. But if you take them to these three local museums, they’ll want to return again and again!22. Long Island Children’s MuseumThis museum takes seriously the business of making learning fun. Aside from their hands-on permanent educational exhibits, they also have rotating art exhibits, live performances in their theater and a slew of other things to do. Bonus: LICM is located on Museum Row next to the Cradle of Aviation Museum, the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and the Nunley’s Carousel. 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. licm.org23. Children’s Museum of the East EndThis museum offers educational fun for children of all ages. CMEE states its mission is “to spark imagination and foster learning for children of all backgrounds and abilities, and to build strong connections within the East End community by providing playful experiences.” What’s not to like? 376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton. cmee.org24. Vanderbilt MuseumBesides a museum that has the only Egyptian mummy displayed on Long Island, this fabled Gold Coast estate also boasts a phenomenal planetarium, which was recently renovated. The Vanderbilt gives kids the chance to gaze into the universe and learn about the solar system with a variety of compelling programs. There’s also an observatory on the roof that visitors can check out, weather permitting. Families can tour the mansion to see how the other half once lived, and check out the 32-foot-long whale shark in the Habitat Room. 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. vanderbiltmuseum.orgRelated: “Exclusive: The Strange Case of Long Island’s Stolen Mummy Head”The 30,000 acres of Pine Barrens in Suffolk were preserved 20 years ago to protect Long Island’s drinking water supply from pollution.UNPLUGSince we’re a website, it’s safe to assume you’re reading this on your laptop, smartphone or tablet. Odds are your kids and significant other are also face-down in a screen. The best cure for this rampant Internet addiction? The healing powers of spending time in nature.25. Muttontown PreserveThis “Mystery Trail” offers the chance for hikers of all levels to take in gorgeous scenic views of Long Island, including the ruins of the late former Albanian King Zog’s mansion. Good luck finding it. But press on! The 2.9 mile trail is located near Syosset. Muttontown Lane, East Norwich. nassaucountyny.gov26. Otis Pike Fire Island High Dunes WildernessThis eight-mile stretch of all-natural barrier beach offers a glimpse of what Long Island’s outer beaches used to look like before they were developed. Aside from hiking, backpackers can also go camping in the 1,380 acres of the only federally designated wilderness preserve in New York State. It’s named after Long Island Congressman Otis Pike, who served nine terms. Accessible via Watch Hill on Fire Island and Smith Point County Park. nps.gov/fiis27. Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon CenterHome to a wide range of bird species from egrets to red-tailed hawks and a plethora of songbirds because it’s part of the Atlantic flyway, the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary offers a wonderful learning environment for all ages. The center aims to create the best hands-on experience for all audiences to foster a deeper appreciation of the natural world. 134 Cove Rd., Oyster Bay. ny.audubon.org28. Long Island Pine BarrensThis 100,000-acre stretch of protected wilderness in the middle of Suffolk County was designed to prevent the pollution of the underground aquifers that supply our drinking water, but the preserve is also open to hiking. There are various entry points including Manorville, Rocky Point and Quogue. pinebarrens.org29. Caumsett State Historic Park PreserveThis waterfront park on a peninsula jutting into Long Island Sound offers some great fishing spots, scenic hiking and biking trails as well as lush gardens. It’s easy to get lost in the natural beauty here. 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Huntington. nysparks.com30. AboretoreumsLong Island, like most suburbs, is known for having well-manicured lawns, shrubs and gardens. But these arboretums take visitors to another world full of beautiful flowers, huggable trees and other plants that aren’t grown at typical homes. LI’s top arboretums include Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Great River, Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park in Oyster Bay, Bailey Arboretum in Lattingtown, Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton, Old Westbury Gardens and the Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson.The William Floyd Estate in Mastic, as taken by Long Island artist/photographer Xiomaro, who was commissioned by the National Park Service to document the historic site. His photos were on display July 4 through Aug. 17, 2014 at the Patchogue Watch Hill Terminal.TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANEFrom the Island’s role in the Revolutionary War when the Culper Spy Ring worked behind enemy lines to help Gen. George Washington defeat the British, to being home to Teddy Roosevelt, one of our most beloved presidents, it’s often lost on the locals just how much Long Island is steeped in American history. The best way to make the past come alive is taking a family trip to these sites:31. Sagamore Hill National Historic SiteThe former residence of Theodore Roosevelt, Sagamore Hill is one of the most historic sites on the island. During TR’s time as president, Sagamore Hill was declared his Summer White House. After a recent renovation, many more rooms are now open to the public than ever before. 20 Sagamore Hill Rd., Oyster Bay. nps.gov32. Fire Island LighthouseShedding light on what nautical life was like before ships had wireless communication and radar that made lighthouses obsolete, the Fire Island Lighthouse is a must-see. Aside from being extremely illuminating, the views on the boardwalk and from the top of the lighthouse can’t be beat. You can see for miles. Maybe you’ll spot a whale or two. East of Robert Moses State Park Field 5. fireislandlighthouse.comRelated: “A Beginner’s Guide To Summer On Fire Island”33. Old Bethpage Village RestorationLike a living time capsule, this collection of 19th-century houses painstakingly preserved in their original condition lets visitors wander freely through our country’s past while park staff play the part by dressing up in old timey clothing. They also regularly host Revolutionary and Civil War re-enactments, play old-fashionedbaseball games and present a slew of other events that show how Long Islanders lived in the 1800s. Also on the grounds is the Restoration Farm, which offers organic vegetables, berries, herbs, flowers, eggs and poultry at its farm stand. 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage.  nassaucountyny.gov34. William Floyd EstateThe Mastic Beach home of this Revolutionary War general and signer of the Declaration of Independence is open for a guided tour of the grounds, a wildlife exhibit and an educational program. Few places on the island offer 250 years of history so well preserved. And no other place still standing on Long Island can say it once hosted both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. 245 Park Dr, Mastic Beach. nps.gov35. Sands Point PreserveIn the heart of the Gold Coast is this preserve epitomizing the Gilded Era mansions described so well by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. The former Guggenheim Estate features the opulent Hempstead House as well as Castle Gould, which was modeled after Kilkenny Castle in Ireland, and the Falaise Museum. 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point. sandspointpreserveconservancy.org36. The Big DuckIt’s a giant duck-shaped store, one of Long Island’s most recognizable iconic oddities and a national historic landmark. What’s not to love? Every Long Island kid should see the Big Duck at least once in their life. Once upon a time duck farms ruled the roost. 1012 Flanders Rd., Flanders. bigduck.org MIX IT UPWe would be remiss if this list didn’t include some of the traditional kid-friendly things to do on Long Island. But we can get a little more creative than Chuck E. Cheese’s and Dave and Busters.37. Bounce, BounceULife may have its ups and downs, but Bounce and BounceU create an exhilarating experience for children to literally bounce for hours. Bounce features a trampoline park and BounceU has a bounce house arena. Both are can’t-miss, gravity-defying attractions on Long Island.38. Monster Mini-GolfThere are dozens of mini-golf courses on LI so we can’t list them all for you here. But for those looking for a twist when they want to putter around, check out one of the most unique courses going: Monster Mini-Golf, an imaginative indoor, glow-in-the dark venue. 410-C Commack Rd., Deer Park. monsterminigolf.com39. Go KartsThere are few more entertaining things to do as a kid than race go-karts. Granting children the best chance to channel their inner Dale Ernhardt Jr. are these three tracks: Pole Position Raceway in Farmingdale, Tiki Action Park in Centereach and Karts Indoor Raceway in Ronkonkoma.40. Long Island Puppet TheatreThe Long Island Puppet Theatre offers parties, events and puppetry workshops. It is a lock for an afternoon or an evening of laughs and smiles. 10 Heitz Pl, Hicksville. lipuppet.com41. Laser TagThis is good for kids hooked on video games. It’s like they’ve entered a live-action, first-person shooter game! And no one gets hurt in this adrenaline rush. Some fun places to get in on the action include Q-Zar in Carle Place, Laserland of Long Island in Commack and Laser Kingdom in Farmingdale and Coram.42. Build-A-Bear WorkshopKids love stuffed animals. They also love things that are hands-on. Build-A-Bear Workshop encourages kids to customize their own stuffed animals from beginning to end. They have locations at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City and Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove.43. Take an Art ClassThere’s only so much you can do to keep the kids from getting bored. And if they do, they might just end up coloring your walls–or driving you up one out of frustration. Here’s a way to let their creative juices flow in a controlled environment. There are several kid-friendly paint classes aimed at teaching children to make art creatively and imaginatively. Two art studios that come to mind are Picasso Kidz in Greenlawn and Not Just Art in Oyster Bay.last_img read more

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Pandemic slams Asia’s factories, activity hits financial-crisis lows

first_imgWhile China appears to be ahead of others in emerging from the economic paralysis inflicted by the pandemic, any recovery is expected to be gradual and unlikely to fire up an immediate resurgence in global demand.The PMI for Taiwan, a major producer of high-end technology components, fell to 42.2, its lowest since 2009 and down from an expansionary 50.4 in March.The declines in South Korea’s and Taiwan’s PMIs showed contractions that were less severe than those seen in other economies in the region, with indicators in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam all reporting plunges to record lows.Capital Economics’ Holmes said while South Korea and Taiwan held up better than their Southeast Asian counterparts, thanks mostly to effective government policies to contain the virus, conditions have nonetheless worsened.Official data released last week showed the coronavirus sent South Korean exports plunging in April at their sharpest pace since the global financial crisis.South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd last week said it expected profits to decline in the current quarter due to a slump in sales.It said that while work-from-home orders and growth in online learning would underpin demand for memory chips, the outlook for smartphones and TVs was bleak as consumers put off discretionary spending.The production slump is of particular concern to policymakers, who are worried about the socially destabilizing effects of massive unemployment as firms in both factory and service sectors slash headcount.A private-sector survey in Australia on Monday showed job advertisements plunging a record 53.1% in April, a decline that was almost five times larger than the previous record of 11.3% in January 2009. Asia’s factory activity was ravaged in April, business surveys showed on Monday, and the outlook dimmed further as government restrictions on movement to contain the coronavirus outbreak froze global production and slashed demand.A series of Purchasing Managers’ Indexes (PMIs) from IHS Markit fell deeper into contraction from March, with some diving to all-time lows and others hitting levels last seen during the 2008-2009 global financial crisis.Similar gauges out of Europe’s largest economies due on Monday and later in the week are also expected to show dire global industry conditions. Topics :center_img The PMI for South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest economy and a global manufacturing powerhouse, skidded to 41.6 in April, the lowest reading since January 2009. Japan’s PMI released last week similarly fell to an 11-year low.”The bad news is that the hit to industry in many places is unlikely to be passed the worst,” Alex Holmes, Asia Economist at Capital Economics, wrote in a note.”Global demand has slumped and we don’t think it has bottomed out yet. The latest incoming data for the U.S. and Western Europe point to an unprecedented slump in demand. And while China’s economy has started to recover, demand there remains very weak.”Last week, China’s official PMI showed factory activity still growing in April, albeit more slowly than March, while the private-sector Caixin PMI showed a dip into contraction, although at a much gentler pace than the rest of the world. Significantly, exporters in both surveys were jolted by steep falls in orders.last_img read more

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Norwegian SWF takes issue with PRI’s ‘real-world impact’ chapter

first_imgThe manager of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund has taken the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) to task over some aspects of its work in a letter relating to the organisation’s 2019 signatory survey, the consultation on which ends today.Explaining some of its responses to the online survey, Norges Bank Investment Management wrote that it had reservations about PRI’s focus in its 2017 long-term strategy document on “real world impact” and “outcome-based reporting on the SDGs”, as shared in response to previous consultations. “We consider the Blueprint’s chapter on ‘enabling real-world impact aligned with the SDGs’ as a departure from the Six Principles and PRI’s mission, which do not provide direction for the PRI to work on how investors should advance global development and support international political commitments,” wrote NBIM’s chief corporate governance officer Carine Smith Ihenacho and head of sustainability Wilhelm Mohn.Furthermore, they said, the chapter could be interpreted as an expectation that financial investors should have dual or multiple objectives. Carine Smith Ihenacho, chief corporate governance officer at NBIMFrom that perspective, they said, NBIM saw the benefits of PRI supporting research and knowledge on such issues and how they could affect financial markets and investors in general.On the topic of policy and research, NBIM said that given PRI’s growing signatory base, it was important that as far as possible, messages conveyed by the PRI to policy makers represented broadly-held views among signatories and outcomes permissible under their respective mandates.“With a signatory base representing different interests, the PRI may need to introduce more rigorous processes to gather views of signatories and ensure that its policy work remains balanced when engaging on public policy issues,” wrote Ihenacho and Mohn.Impact ‘de facto a new principle’On the issue of governance, NBIM said it felt certain key points relating to this – including the governance and processes in place at PRI for taking important decisions – were not covered in the signatory survey, which had only one question on the PRI’s governance.Noting that safeguards in the PRI’s articles of association give signatories reassurance that the PRI’s activities match the declaration approved when joining, NBIM singled out the right for signatories to vote on any amendment to the Six Principles.“We believe it is important that any substantial strategic development which may represent de facto a new principle is treated as such, and therefore subject to a signatory vote,” argued Ihenacho and Mohn.Although they said the Blueprint’s new chapter on “real-world impact aligned with the SDGs” was not linked to an existing principle, NBIM believed it represented a substantial strategic development, which can be seen as de facto a new principle.On top of this, the pair called for more transparency in consultation processes, saying questions should be unambiguous and focus on specific points and proposals. They said the PRI should make sure that a majority in each signatories’ category supported a proposal, and that ‘don’t know’ answers should also be taken into account.“When a proposal does not get the clear support of signatories, the PRI should amend it to reflect signatories’ feedback,” they wrote. “However, as a long-term and global asset owner, we have a general interest in understanding how issues related to sustainability, as well as the achievement of the SDGs, may impact the economy and the companies we invest in, and thus long-term risk and return,” the pair said.last_img read more

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New project launched to scan Egypt’s pyramids

first_imgScientists have launched an international project to probe the heart of Egypt’s largest pyramids, without even touching them.Using infrared scanning technology, the large scale project it is hoped, would reveal secrets of these magnificent ancient structures.Maria Galang has the story.last_img

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