Fire Island Nude Beach Outlawed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Fire Island’s nude beaches are no more (Lighthouse Beach Times).Fire Island’s famed nude beaches have become the latest casualty of Superstorm Sandy.Fire Island National Seashore officials announced in early February that they will start enforcing New York State laws against public nudity at Lighthouse Beach, a clothing-optional beach between Robert Moses State Park Field 5 and Kismet that drew up to 4,000 nudists on summer days.“We have school groups and tour groups coming to that area and right next door there’s thousands of nude people,” said Lena Koschmann, chief FINS ranger, referring to the Fire Island Lighthouse, an adjacent tourist attraction. “That beach was never meant to be a heavily used beach.”Koschmann said that the Sandy-damaged boardwalk to the Fire Island Lighthouse means visitors will have to walk down the beach through the area where the nudists gathered. She added that the decision was also based on an increase in criminal activity at the nude beach, the lack of lifeguards and restrooms and the impact the crowds are having on the environment. Violators who ignore the ban face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.Save Lighthouse Beach, a naturalist group, had tried to pre-empt the decision by starting a “Beach Ambassador” program to have volunteers remind the beach’s users to clean up after themselves and not break the law. But Koschmann said that despite such efforts, the nude beach increasingly became advertised online as a meeting place for public sex and prostitution.Lighthouse Beach was technically a pair of clothing optional beaches separated by a patch of non-nude beach in the area closest to the lighthouse to separate tourists and nudists. But even if the boardwalks were repaired in time for the summer season, the fact that the dunes had been decimated by Sandy means the beach is now visible from the lighthouse.Larry Jensen, who runs the nude beach website Lighthouse Beach Times, posted a farewell letter online suggesting he may leave New York and blaming the National Park Service that oversees FINS for the decision.“Many of you may have seen the thousand or so photos I have captured in an attempt to record just how amazing it was to me,” he wrote. “But alas it is but a memory now as the National Park Service has decided that me and my people are no longer welcome here.”The beach has been a destination for nudists since as early as the 1960s but it wasn’t formally recognized by FINS until 2005, according to Koschmann. New York State outlawed public nudity in 1984, but as a federal park, FINS had opted not to enforce that law.The new no-nudity rules comes as Robert Moses State Park remains closed four months after the Oct. 29 superstorm that ravaged Long Island’s barrier islands—especially FI. The ban will also be enforced in other nude-friendly beaches along FI, such as Cherry Grove to the east.“I’ve had a mixed response,” Koschmann said. “The majority of them are disappointed and asking us to rethink our decision, but I’ve also had some people calling in…who are supportive.”last_img read more

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Credit unions seek clarity on military lending

first_imgThe Department of Defense issued new guidance about rules designed to protect service members from predatory lenders, but banks and credit unions are still confused.Neither mainstream banks nor credit unions were the target of Military Lending Act rules that were announced in July 2015, and go into effect this year and next. Instead, the rules were designed to stop payday lenders, title loan lenders and others that targeted cash-strapped service members and their families with loans with exorbitant interest rates that were easy to get and difficult to escape.Yet, credit union and banking organizations have watched the rule-making process carefully for unintended consequences, and issued critiques of a Defense Department guidance statement made public Friday. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Counting to start in Ireland’s ‘three-way tie’ election

first_imgThe Greens were next on 7.9 percent and Labor on 4.6 percent.However, Ireland uses a single transferable vote system to elect multiple deputies from each of the 39 constituencies, making it hard to extrapolate a likely seat forecast from the first preference votes exit poll.Count centers will begin sorting ballot papers from the estimated 3.3 million eligible voters at 0900 GMT.Some 159 seats are up for grabs in the Dail, the Republic of Ireland’s lower house of parliament, but filling them may not be quick due to the multiple rounds of counting required. Vote-counting begins on Sunday following Ireland’s general election which exit polls called as a three-way tie, meaning every ballot will count in the battle to form the next government.Prime Minister Leo Varadkar’s incumbent Fine Gael party, center-right rivals Fianna Fail and left-wingers Sinn Fein, on a dramatic surge in support, all received 22 percent of first preference votes, according to an Ipsos MRBI exit poll issued as the polls closed on Saturday.The survey of around 5,000 voters — which has an estimated margin of error of 1.3 percent — put Fine Gael on 22.4 percent, Sinn Fein on 22.3 percent and Fianna Fail on 22.2 percent. Topics :center_img Eunan O’Halpin of Trinity College Dublin university said it would take “perhaps two-and-a-half days for the full picture to be known” in terms of seats.Coalition posturing The shape of the government could take much longer to come into focus and may hinge on inter-party negotiations once the seat spread becomes clear.Following Ireland’s 2016 election it took 70 days before a new minority coalition government was formed under Fine Gael.During this year’s election campaign, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail both ruled out working with Sinn Fein, citing the party’s historic links to the Irish Republican Party paramilitary group.During “The Troubles” — 30 years of bloodshed when 3,500 were killed by bombs and bullets — the party acted as the political wing of the IRA in its battle to unite the British territory of Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland.Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin also said he would not back centre-right rivals Fine Gael in a “grand coalition”.But his party has propped up the Fine Gael minority government through a confidence and supply arrangement since the last election — suggesting common ground could be found again.And analysts have said statements ruling out coalitions could be pre-election posturing, and party stances may change as the parliamentary arithmetic becomes clear.”We’ve never seen a general election result like it. Basically a statistical tie between what are now the three big parties,” said Pat Leahy, political editor of The Irish Times newspaper.He told RTE television that forming a government could prove “a very difficult exercise” unless parties compromised on their pre-election stances.PM’s future in the balance Varadkar became Ireland’s prime minister in June 2017 after an internal Fine Gael leadership contest. The party had been in power since 2011 under his predecessor Enda Kenny.Saturday was Varadkar’s first time facing voters at the polls as the PM, or taoiseach.Just 41 years old, he is Ireland’s first mixed-race and openly gay premier who has come to represent a more socially progressive nation after years of dominance by the Roman Catholic Church.He plumped for an early election after successfully helping to broker a deal cushioning Britain’s EU exit on January 31 by avoiding a hard border with Northern Ireland.Varadkar’s campaign was focused on Brexit — but did not seem to land with voters concerned with issues of healthcare, housing and homelessness.”The government handled the Brexit as good as could be done, but that’s over. There’s a phrase ‘eaten bread is quickly forgotten’,” O’Halpin told AFP.Irish voters tend to vote on local issues, he added.last_img read more

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Arsenal target Gabriel asking questions about Premier League, says Lille team-mate Jose Fonte

first_img Comment Arsenal target Gabriel asking questions about Premier League, says Lille team-mate Jose Fonte Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 19 Aug 2020 11:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link919Shares Advertisement The defender is reportedly deciding between Arsenal and Napoli (Picture: Getty)Manchester United are yet to lodge a bid for Gabriel after making their interest known some time ago but Napoli remain firmly in the race for the highly-rated centre-back.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Arsenal have emerged as firm favourites to land Gabriel and the Brazilian’s team-mate, Fonte, has lifted the lid on their conversations about a possible switch to England.Asked about the rumours surrounding Gabriel, the Lille skipper told talkSPORT: ‘I think it’s quite public, to be honest. The club have allowed him to speak with other clubs and he’s in the process of moving.‘It’s just about him choosing which club, which is a great position to be in. He just needs to choose where he wants to go so that’s fantastic.‘They are all good clubs so I’m very happy for him. He’s a great player.‘We need to understand that it’s every player’s dream to play in the Premier League and he’s been asking questions about the Premier League and clubs in the Premier League so I try to give the best and honest opinions.center_img Arsenal have agreed a deal with Lille for the young centre-back (Picture: Getty)Fonte added: ‘Hopefully he will make his decision and he will be very successful with it.‘I have no doubt about it.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal head coach Mikel Arteta is determined to strengthen at centre-half this summer despite already landing Saint-Etienne’s William Saliba, who spent last season on loan with the French club. Sokratis Papastathopoulos has been heavily linked with a move away from north London but the Greek’s agent has dismissed rumours he could leave.‘He will stay,’ Konstantinos Farras insisted last month. ‘I don’t see a reason to leave. ‘I don’t know why everyone is writing wrong and fake news.’Where do Arsenal most need to strengthen this summer?Defence0%Midfield0%Attack0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker warns Thiago Alcantara off Liverpool moveMORE: Willian backs Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli to become one of the Premier League’s best Gabriel is interested in a move to the Premier League, says Jose Fonte (Picture: Getty)Lille captain Jose Fonte admits Gabriel has been picking his brain about the Premier League, fuelling rumours of an impending move to Arsenal this summer.The Ligue 1 outfit are resigned to losing Gabriel ahead of the 2020/21 campaign and have given the 22-year-old permission to talk to other clubs.Widespread reports on Tuesday claimed the Gunners had reached an agreement with Lille worth around £22million for Gabriel and the defender is expected to make a final decision over his future in the coming days. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Jobs boom good news

first_imgPropertyology head Simon Pressley. Picture: SuppliedA RISE in job volumes in Townsville is pointing to the city’s real estate market improving, according to property market analysts.National property researcher Propertyology is forecasting regional markets such as Townsville will outperform big-profile cities in the future due to the vast employment opportunities on offer in regional Queensland.Propertyology’s head of property market research Simon Pressley said changes in job volumes at an individual city level rather than just looking at the unemployment rate was a better indicator of future performance of a property market.“Several Queensland regional cities are producing green shoots,” he said.“The 12.7 per cent increase in jobs over the last 12 months in Townsville is just the start of what shapes as a significant revival.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Our Townsville Market Outlook report lists a big bunch of reasons for optimism in Australia’s thirteenth-largest city.”The Propertyology research states that, at a base level, property is shelter so wherever there are more jobs in the future there will also be demand for more shelter.However, there is usually a lag of 12 to 18 months before what’s occurring on the job front is reflected in property data.Townsville-based regional economist Colin Dwyer said job-generating projects in the future would help to bring more people to Townsville who would either need to rent or buy, helping to boost the market. “It (workforce figures) does lend itself to say there are green shoots happening but we have to be careful with this jobs figure because they are partly attributed to Cyclone Debbie,” he said. “What we want to see is sustained job activity.“There are more potential jobs coming in the future … the North Queensland stadium has been brought forward, there is a solar farm advertising for 250 jobs, we know Adani has brought 80 people in, we know that Sun Metals has an ongoing solar farm on their property, and MMG at Dugald River has started up and there is potential fly-in work there.“Where it will have an impact on the property market is if those jobs are longer than six months, then people will more than likely try and stay in the region then make a decision about whether they will rent or purchase.”last_img read more

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Hanover Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

first_imgHanover,IN— Detectives with the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes against Children unit arrested a 30-year-old Hanover man after receiving a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  That tip led investigators to the house of Kenneth Whalen, III on Grange Hall Road in Hanover, Indiana.Information gathered during the investigation, along with a subsequent search warrant, resulted in Kenneth Whalen being arrested on charges of Possession of Child Pornography, and Child Exploitation by means of Child Pornography.Kenneth Whalen, III was transported and remanded into the custody of the Jefferson County Jail without incident.last_img read more

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Bucksport Bay Festival 5K slated for July 23

first_imgBUCKSPORT — The annual Bucksport Bay Festival 5K is slated for Saturday, July 23, starting at the Bucksport Town Pool.Registration will open at 7 a.m., the race will begin at 8 and the festival parade will start at 9:30.The cost is $20. Runners also can fill out an application and return it to the Bucksport Bay Chamber of Commerce office by July 22.The first 75 entrants will receive a free T-shirt. Prizes will be given to each division winner as well as the oldest individual to compete in the race.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Fudadin backs Scorpions to bring the sting against defending champs

first_imgBy Clifton RossASSAD Fudadin, Jamaica Scorpions opener, said he’s thrilled to be back home and playing on his erstwhile home ground, as his team seek an uprising when they tackle the defending champs at Providence as today’s 4th Round bowls off.An ex-Guyana Jaguars/West Indies Test batsman, Fudadin told Chronicle Sport on the eve of Round 4’s battle that he and his team were poised as they prepare to compete with the champs over the next four days.The stylish left-hander, who was one of the seniors in the Jaguars side during their early years of success, then took his skills to Jamaica where he has been one of the key batsmen in the Scorpions franchise in both formats over the past few seasons.Upon his return to familiar territory, the Berbician said he was ecstatic to have another knock on his old turf. “Honestly it’s always good to be home, I’m happy to be here again because I haven’t played in a while on this ground. So right now I’m just looking forward for another opportunity to showcase my talent out here”.The Scorpions have endured a mixed season so far, playing well as a team but lacking the killer edge needed to pull off big wins against strong teams. Speaking on the approach needed against the red-hot champs, Fudadin stated that his team just need to get a couple of wins under their belt and he believes that they can be a formidable force against the Jaguars.“I would say we need to focus on batting, bowling and fielding, we need to be a bit more patient and I think we could stand a chance once we’re a little more patient and thoughtful as we try to execute. It’s hard to lose two good players (Rovman Powell and Brandon King Windies duties), but the replacement guys are capable of doing the job and we have full confidence in them.” Fudadin added.A slightly weakened Jamaican team could be easy picking for Guyana who wrapped up a clinical thrashing of the-then No.1, Trinidad Red Force. However, the Guyanese was adamant that they have learnt much and will be keen on enforcing their lessons going forward.“I’m not going to say things haven’t gone well, because we had two good games and we have been playing very good cricket. I think we just need to string together a few wins now. We were a bit off against Barbados but there were also some positives coming out of that that we can take into this match,” ended the opener.Meanwhile, the visitors engaged in a healthy net session yesterday afternoon at Providence as they looked to get themselves fine-tuned ahead of today’s start to the round, which is scheduled to bowl off from 10:00hrs.last_img read more

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Orange defense steps up, holds Zips to 166 yards

first_imgShamarko Thomas remembers feeling ‘a little pressure.’ He remembers feeling the momentum shift. And he remembers how good it felt. ‘When we set the tone,’ said Thomas, a sophomore safety, ‘the offense follows. It’s a great feeling knowing we back each other up.’ With the Orange leading by 10 in the second quarter against the Zips Saturday, an SU turnover put Akron on the Syracuse 18-yard line. That put the Orange in a bind. But with its back against the wall, the defense flexed its muscles. Three plays later, Akron kicked a field goal and came away with its only points of the game. Not allowing a touchdown gave quarterback Ryan Nassib just over a minute to drive down and score on the other end. It was perhaps the turning point in the Orange’s 29-3 victory over the Zips. ‘It’s something that gets taken for granted because I think they’ve really done a good job,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘But for them to make that stop was big.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Against Akron, the SU defense was as dominant as it has been in a long, long time. Last year, the Orange ranked 13th in the nation in yards per game against the run. But against the Zips, not only was the run defense stout, the pass defense was also equally impressive. SU completely shut down the Zips, allowing just three points and 166 yards of total offense. With the strong effort, the SU defense appears to have picked up where it left off last season. And though it came against a far inferior opponent, the performance gives the Orange defense added confidence heading into Week 2 against Washington and Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Jake Locker. For Thomas, Saturday was fun. And it may have been the start of big things for the Orange defense. ‘We played well,’ Thomas started, ‘but we’re just trying to get better every week. We’re pushing ourselves to the limit to see just how good we can be.’ A Little Inspiration Before Saturday’s game at Akron, the players were visited by a Syracuse legend. Recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Floyd Little met with players and coaches and gave a speech, encouraging the Orange to bring back a winning football tradition to SU. Marrone described the speech as ‘unbelievable’ and ‘very moving.’ And for the SU players, it gave added motivation to start their season differently from recent years. SU running back Delone Carter, who said he came to SU because of the tradition set by players such as Little, said Little’s remarks gave the Orange added motivation Saturday. ‘It’s just so inspiring to be in front of a Hall of Famer,’ Carter said. ‘Just to get him and to meet him and hear him speak was amazing.’ With SU’s goal of returning to a bowl game for the first time since 2004, Little’s inspirational remarks couldn’t have come at a more opportune time, Thomas said. ‘It was a great way to start the season,’ Thomas said. ‘Anytime you can have a guy like him speak to you before a game, it’s going to give you a little something extra.’ This and that Freshman Ross Krautman started at kicker instead of returning starter Ryan Lichtenstein. He finished the game 1-for-1 from field goal range and 2-for-4 on point after attempts, kicking one wide and botching another due to a bad snap. His field goal was a 47-yarder that could have potentially went for 10 yards farther. Marrone would not offer comment on Lichtenstein’s status after the game. … On Mike Holmes’ touchdown score, the field goal was blocked by Doug Hogue and deflected off Chandler Jones’ elbow before Holmes took the ball 57 yards for the score. … Carter had 12 carries in the first quarter alone, setting up the deep passing routes that allowed SU to complete five passes of 20 yards or more. aljohn@syr.edu Published on September 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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D.O. Sportscast Episode 16: Beat writers discuss significance of Syracuse’s win over Louisville

first_img Published on February 6, 2018 at 10:03 pm Comments Can one find better food outside Georgia Tech or Louisville’s basketball stadium? Sam Fortier weighs in, and provides nuggets from SU’s most recent victory over the UofL. Fortier and Tomer Langer also discuss what Syracuse’s win means for the Orange and what its tournament prospects are with a month left in the regular season.Listen to episode 16 of the D.O. Sportscast here:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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