News Ulstrasound backlog at LGH should be cleared in six weeks – HSE 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – August 29, 2012 Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleFour-day digital technology and media conference gets underway in DerryNext articleHogan predicts backlash against people not paying household charge News Highland The HSE says a waiting list for ultrasound scans at Letterkenny General Hospital should be cleared wihin six weeks, after extra sessions were organised and an imaging room dedicated to the backlog.A direct referral system has been in place for three years between Donegal Primary Care, GPs in the county and the hospital. However, the HSE says since February, a backlog has developed, with 550 GP referrals awaiting scans at the moment.The HSE says the waiting list grew due to a number of factors, including staff on maternity leave and an increase in GP referrals. Outpatient ultrasounds and emergency referrals continued to be carried out as normal. 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By admin – June 17, 2016 Facebook Padraig MacLochlainn who narrowly lost out on a seatA Donegal Senator says the Seanad has the power to scrap the new “Pay by Weight” waste charging regieme.After some waste companies indicated standing charges could increase by as much as 200% in some cases, Sinn Féin is to move a motion in the Seanad next Wednesday seeking to prevent that from happening.The Government has threatened bin collection companies with fresh regulations.However Senator Padraig McLochlainn says if the Government don’t stop the system entirely, the motion will be put forward and is expected to be passed…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/padraigcharges.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Pinterest Mac Lochlainn says Seanad may hold key to resolving bin charge controversy Twitter Facebook Homepage BannerNews Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Twitter Previous articlePete Donegan wins Donegal Snooker ChampionshipNext articleGRA reject Assistant Commissioner’s station closure comments admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
kickstand/iStock(NEW YORK) – There were bullet holes in the window screen and the curtains, but the main witness said the two shooters were inside and at the foot of her bed.The witness said she saw the muzzle flashes from two guns, but ballistics testing said that the bullets at the scene were fired from only one gun.People at a nearby party said they heard the gunshots, and if the shots were fired inside the bedroom, auditory testing said that wouldn’t have been possible. And there were dozens of people at that birthday party down the street from the shooting that would have testified that the suspects were at the party — therefore providing an alibi — that weren’t called as witnesses during the trial.But these pieces of evidence and the shifting story of the witness were not considered during a two-day trial in 1976, and two men landed in jail as a result. One was sentenced to death, and the other was sentenced to life in prison.On Thursday, they are walking free after a review of their case prompted the newly-formed Conviction Integrity Review (CIR) division of the State’s Attorney’s Office in Florida determined that they “no longer has confidence in the integrity of the convictions or guilt of the accused,” according to a report on the state’s investigation.Clifford Williams, who is now 76, and his nephew Nathan Myer, who is 61, had their convictions vacated. The last time they were free men, they were 33 and 18-years-old, respectively.They each spent 43 years behind bars for a murder that not only did they not commit, but that someone else had confessed to years after the killing.“I feel very happy, and very sad that it took 43 years,” said Margaret Good, the attorney who represented Clifford Williams during his appeal.Good, who retired from law last year, said that she “had just started in the public defender’s office” months before she was assigned his case. She told ABC News that because various evidence — including the ballistics data and witness testimony — was not presented in the original trial, it was not part of the record and “in the appeal you only get what’s in the record.”The murder in question was the May, 1976 shooting death of Jeanette Williams, who was not related to Clifford Williams but was renting an apartment from him when she was murdered.Nina Marshall, who some witnesses said was in a romantic relationship with Jeanette Williams at the time, was in bed with her and was also shot by the assailant but survived and escaped the apartment and flagged down a passing car to get help.The case largely rested on Marshall’s account of the shooting to police — which, investigators note in the report, “changed significantly over time.”Marshall was the one that said that there were two shooters inside the bedroom, and subsequently identified Williams and Myers as the shooters. The report notes that prior to the shooting Williams was a “well-known heroin dealer and had a significant record.”Both men have maintained their innocence throughout the process, including on the morning of the shooting.At one point, Myers — a recent high school graduate whom witnesses said had received a scholarship to play football in college — was offered a deal if he testified against his uncle, but declined it, according to the state report.Myers was the one who ultimately got himself and his uncle out of jail. After reading a newspaper article in prison about the creation of a unit in Florida to review wrongful state convictions, he wrote a letter detailing their case.In that letter, he also included a copy of an affidavit from a man who said that another person — Nathaniel Lawson, now deceased — had confessed to the 1976 murder.“I just can’t imagine that,” Good said of the idea that Myers knew that someone else had confessed to the crime, but they were still the ones being held legally responsible.The CIR unit released a 77-page report on the case and their subsequent review, which includes the accounts of dozens of witnesses who were at the party when the shots rang out.Those witnesses, according to the report, placed Myers and Clifford Williams at the party when the shots rang out. The report also included the account of the man who heard Lawson’s confession and the findings of the investigation which were able to independently place Lawson at the scene. “While no single item of evidence, in and of itself, exonerates Defendant Myers or Defendant Williams, the culmination of all the evidence, most of which the jury never heard or saw, leaves no abiding confidence in the convictions or the guilt of the defendants,” the report states.“It is the opinion of the CIR that these men would not be convicted by a jury today if represented by competent counsel who presented all of the exculpatory evidence that exists in this case fort the jury’s consideration,” the report states.Myers thanked the State’s Attorney’s Office and the Innocence Project of Florida, who filed the motion necessary for their charges to be cleared and who helped in their representation.“I lost almost 43 years of my life that I can never get back, but I am looking ahead and will focus on enjoying my freedom with my family,” Myers said in a statement released by the State’s Attorney’s Office.Florida is one of 33 states that compensate individuals who were wrongly imprisoned and subsequently exonerated. The state stipulates that individuals can receive $50,000 per year that they were wrongfully convicted but with a cap of $2,000,000. The compensation law excludes anyone with either one prior violent felony or more than one non-violent felony.Myers will be eligible for such compensation, but Williams will not: The Florida Times-Union reports that Williams had two prior felonies before the 1976 shooting. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
(ABC News) Oswaldo Barrientos stands outside the mayor’s office in Denver after meeting about immigration and the marijuana industry. (DENVER) — Denver Mayor Michael Hancock sat at a round wooden table, shaking his head in disbelief before dropping his head into his hands in his sprawling downtown office Tuesday afternoon.He was listening to a group, including two permanent legal U.S. residents, tell him the federal government is crushing their dreams of full citizenship and even threatening their ability to travel without fear of detention, all because of their employment in Colorado’s nearly two-decade-old legal marijuana industry.Medical marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2000, and recreational weed became legal in 2014. But cannabis is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government, meaning agencies like the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can simply ignore the marijuana laws of Colorado and 33 other states — not to mention the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.Oswaldo Barrientos said he and his mother emigrated from El Salvador 29 years ago — when he was a baby — and he got his green card at 13. By the time he turned 30, he felt it was time to finally trade it in for full citizenship.“The American life is the only life I’ve known and lived,” he told ABC News.But Barrientos said he felt blindsided during his citizenship interview last fall when the immigration officer suddenly started asking questions about his job at a marijuana dispensary, without first explaining the potential consequences of his answers.“From that second, I was trapped,” said Barrientos. “I was led down a path to confess in my interview that I broke the law, that I willingly had known that I had broken the law.”Barrientos’ immigration lawyer, Bryce Downer, said citizenship interviews typically have a comfortable vibe until, at some point, it “takes another turn.”“By the end, they’ve led you down this path to openly admitting you’ve engaged in felonious activities and you’ve essentially admitted to drug trafficking, drug distribution and drug manufacturing, which for immigration purposes, can be viewed as an aggravated felony or a controlled substance violation,” said Downer.Barrientos was not charged with any crimes. But a couple weeks after his interview, he says he received a denial letter in the mail. The reason, according to the letter, was that working in the marijuana field constitutes a lack of “good moral character.”The federal government’s recent scrutiny of legal permanent residents working at marijuana dispensaries came as a shock, says Kristi Kelly, executive director of the Colorado-based Marijuana Industry Group.“There was a significant change in federal enforcement priorities with the administration change between President [Barack] Obama and President [Donald] Trump,” Kelly said.USCIS says it’s simply enforcing the law.“Marijuana is illegal under federal law, and, as a federal agency, USCIS is required to adjudicate based upon federal law,” said spokeswoman Deborah Cannon in a statement. “Despite state laws that may allow medical marijuana use, the Supreme Court has held that Congress’ authority under the Commerce Clause empowers it to prohibit drug distribution and possession, even if the prohibited activities are not also illegal under state law.”Cannon added that USCIS “evaluates each case on its unique circumstances, and examines each case based upon its unique circumstances to determine whether an individual merits a favorable exercise of discretion in order to grant adjustment.”In a letter sent Wednesday to U.S. Attorney General William Barr obtained by ABC News, Hancock asked the Department of Justice to provide guidance to its employees to correct what the mayor calls an “injustice.”“Denver believes hardworking and law-abiding immigrants should be allowed to participate in the legal cannabis industry without fear that such participation will disqualify them for lawful residency in the United States or prevent the opportunity to obtain permanent citizenship,” the letter reads. “We respectfully request that the U.S. Department of Justice uphold Colorado’s states’ rights by respecting our voters and providing guidance to all DOJ employees clearly indicating that legal immigrants shall not be penalized for working in the legitimate cannabis industry.”“Denver understands the need for federal laws and regulations regarding citizenship and immigration, but we are seeing the heartbreaking effects that those federal laws and regulations are having on our residents,” Hancock wrote.Kelly says her group has tried to spread the word to the immigrant community since first hearing about the federal crackdown in the summer of 2017. The group quickly produced a public service announcement in English and Spanish.“When you’re talking about breaking up families,” Kelly said, “education is the only way we can effect any kind of change.”National nonprofit groups, like the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, have also begun warning immigrants about tangling with weed.Statistics on how many people have been denied citizenship because of their ties to the marijuana industry were not immediately available, Cannon said.“I thought I was a shoe-in” for citizenship, admitted Barrientos, one of two legal residents who attended the Tuesday meeting with Denver city officials. “Twenty-nine years of me being here, not breaking the law in any way, at least on a state level. I’ve done everything by the book.”Barrientos got a job at a marijuana dispensary after learning his mother was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma in 2014.“I didn’t get into it because I’m some kid in his mom’s basement, bored, and all he does is smoke pot,” he said. “I truly am interested in the benefits this industry can bring on a medicinal level.”Barrientos said after his denial letter, he became afraid to leave the country — something he said he never even considered until speaking with Downer and his team at NOVA Legal, an immigration law firm in Denver.“The first thing they told me was, ‘Do not travel internationally,’” Barrientos said. He had been planning a trip to the Cayman Islands with his girlfriend and her family.Downer said the risk is real.“If he were to travel outside of the United States and come back in, he will likely be detained because it’s now part of his official file,” said Downer.Samantha — a 29-year-old health care worker who asked to not use her real name because she fears government reprisal during her appeal process — faces a similar battle, even though she hasn’t worked in the marijuana industry for years.Samantha told ABC News she immigrated to the U.S. from Europe as a young girl. Now a legal permanent resident, she was also recently denied citizenship. She worries about traveling on her European passport to visit a sick 94-year-old relative because she may be detained if she tries to re-enter the United States, her home since age 7.“All she says she wants to do before she passes away is see me,” she said, referring to her family member. “[And I want to] tell her that I love her, that she’s always with me no matter what happens.”Samantha said she worked at a dispensary for less than a year.Oswaldo Barrientos stands outside the mayor’s office in Denver.“One of the things I remember learning in [one college class] was about the benefits of cannabis and the research that has come out and is being done right now. And I remember how helpful it’s been for PTSD, for our veterans and reducing anxiety and cancer,” she explained. “I thought this would be a really wonderful field to get into, and I would feel like I’m helping people. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do in my life.”Samantha said she had a similar experience to Barrientos when she applied for her citizenship.“I went in and sat down with the officer. He was very nice, he was personable,” Samantha said. “He asked, ‘Were you actively involved in the exchange of money for marijuana goods?’ — which I was. I would work at the cash register.”She received her rejection letter a few months later in the mail, with the government also citing a “lack of moral character” for her work in the industry.Toward the end of Tuesday’s meeting, Hancock apologized to Barrientos and Samantha.“I’m sorry this is happening to you. This is horrible,” Hancock told them.Hancock promised to use his “bully pulpit” to draw attention to the issue and said he’d send a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr asking for further clarification.Both Barrientos and Samantha are appealing their decisions, but their lawyers said it will be a lengthy and expensive process that may end in the same result.“I’m American. Denver is my home. I feel as native as anybody else who had been born here,” said Samantha. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Related posts:No related photos. British Gas creates training academyOn 8 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today British Gas has created its own engineering academy to tackle the sector’sskills shortages. The academy pulls together all of British Gas’ engineering training and willco-ordinate engineering recruitment, skills training and apprentice developmentacross the company. Rod Kenyon, director of the British Gas Engineering Academy, said thecompany had decided to tackle the shortage of skilled engineers head on. “Engineers are the public face of the company, carrying out more than 6million jobs in customers’ homes every year. The move underlines our commitmentto investing in people, skills and training to meet the future needs ofcustomers.” The new academy will work closely with external bodies, including theGovernment and the utilities industry to promote engineering training and toreduce skills shortages. Earlier this year British Gas announced it was hoping to recruit anadditional 3,000 engineers over the next three years. Kenyon said although the company is on target to recruit the numbersrequired, skills shortages are particularly acute in London and it isdeveloping a programme to entice more people from the capital into trainingapprenticeships. He said shortening the length of apprenticeships meant they can now becompleted in a year, making a career at British Gas more attractive. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.
Baron Oil and SundaGas scrap proposed reverse takeover. (Credit: Pixabay/aymane jdidi) UK-based Baron Oil and SundaGas have mutually scrapped their previously announced reverse takeover (RTO) exercise owing to capital requirement uncertainties and certain restructuring concerns.In November 2019, Baron Oil signed a non-binding heads of agreement (HOA) with the Singapore-based exploration and production company to acquire the latter in an all-stock reverse takeover transaction.The Singaporean company is engaged in gas and oil projects across Southeast Asia in operatorship roles.Baron Oil has been active in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), in Peru, and also in Southeast Asia.The UK firm said that the merger was dropped due to uncertainties around the potential capital requirements of the enlarged company and also the complications related to the required restructuring of SundaGas’ subsidiaries.The company said that the uncertainties it will be facing would involve additional costs and also time to resolve, while giving rise to a material risk that the transaction would not be wrapped up in the required timeframe.Baron Oil said that it will now get back to developing its assets as an independent explorer. The company will look to invest alongside SundaGas in the Chuditch gas accumulation offshore Timor-Leste, and also in a near-term drilling campaign in Peru.In the UK, Baron Oil will invest in assets capable of having considerable prospective resources.Assets of SundaGas involved in the proposed dealThe proposed acquisition of SundaGas would have added the Chuditch Block and the Telen Block in Indonesian waters.The Chuditch Block contains the Chuditch-1 gas discovery, which was drilled in 1998 by Shell. In the Telen Block, SundaGas is evaluating the 3D seismic data to mark the optimal locations for drilling the Hiu Marah prospect.As per the proposed transaction, the Singaporean company would have owned a 66.67% stake in the enlarged company, while the remaining 33.33% stake was to be held by Baron Oil.Baron Oil executive chairman Malcolm Butler said: “Baron and SundaGas have agreed jointly that the uncertainties that have arisen involve risks to the completion of the RTO that do not justify continuation of the process.“However, Baron’s shareholders will still benefit from the Company’s entitlement to invest in a one third shareholding in SundaGas TLS, equating to a 25% indirect interest in the highly prospective Chuditch PSC. In addition, Baron will retain its full existing interests in Peru and the UK and will continue to operate on a low overhead basis.” Based in Singapore, SundaGas has been engaged in gas and oil projects across Southeast Asia in operatorship roles
In an attempt to boost British Baker’s baking skills, the team visited Brook Food in Somerset where we caught up with Mark Bennett, our 2014 Baking Industry Awards Baker of the Year.Bennett of Mark Bennett Patisserie in Poole, was asked to join the editorial and advertising team from British Baker at Brook, where he let us get our hands dirty with some sourdough loaves.Bennett said he was working on plans to start a baking school at the bakery, and also spoke of ambitions to open a celebratory cake shop in addition to his three-strong fleet.The baking antics were all caught on camera – watch the video below to hear more about our award-winning baker’s plans, and see some of the team try their hand at some baking themselves…
It’s been a dormitory, an army barracks, a lecture hall, an observatory, administrative offices. With a birthday in 1720, it’s older than the United States.In its almost 300 years, Massachusetts Hall, the oldest surviving Harvard building, has stood as silent witness to the continuous metamorphosis of the campus and community surrounding it. From housing the Continental Army during the Revolution in 1775‒76 to surviving a devastating fire in 1924, the building’s resilience is largely due to meticulous preservation and maintenance spanning centuries.Long-anticipated renovations will begin this summer and continue that tradition, preserving the building’s legacy while also bringing it into the 21st century. Significant updates include achieving compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by installing an elevator and renovating bathrooms; improving the building’s energy efficiency by adding insulation to the roof and recaulking the window panes; repairing the exterior clock; and upgrading information technology infrastructure, among other changes.,“The upkeep of a building like Massachusetts Hall requires significant attention to historical preservation in addition to the typical maintenance work,” said Harvard Executive Vice President Katie Lapp. “These long-overdue renovations will also ensure that the building is contributing to University goals to reduce on-campus greenhouse gas emissions, while making it as accessible as possible to all members of the community.”The building will be unoccupied over the summer while renovations take place, reopening just before the 2018‒19 school year begins.While the exterior of the 98-foot-long brick structure has largely remained the same over time, the interior has been modified to reflect changing needs and uses.The original blueprint from 1718Massachusetts Hall was designed and built between 1718 and 1720 by Harvard President John Leverett with input from his successor, Benjamin Wadsworth. The original blueprint for it is a spare, meticulous pen-and-ink drawing. Doors, windows, hallways, and chimneys are clearly labeled and measured, while small stars indicate studies, tiny 5-feet-by-4½-feet enclosed spaces in each room that were used to store coal in the 1800s. The building was erected with funds from the commonwealth of Massachusetts — £3,500, or approximately $570,000 today.,Art paints an early pictureAmong the earliest exterior representations of the hall are a painting by William Burgis (1726) and an engraving by Paul Revere (1767). While the building in those images remains fairly constant, the world around it has drastically changed in the intervening decades. For instance, Harvard Hall burned to the ground and was reconstructed, buildings were added to the campus, and subtle social and political messages were relayed.“The wall seems to really run right through the middle of the [Revere] image, dividing the Yard between those who have access and those who don’t have access,” said Ethan Lasser, the head of the Division of European and American Art and the Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Curator of American Art at the Harvard Art Museums. “Outside the walls of the Yard, there’s this world of sociability, commerce, and coupling, while inside the walls you have these kinds of solitary, robed, academic figures. It’s quite a contrast in the way [Revere] set that up — academic life versus the world outside, and what he’s trying to say about who is in and who is out.”,George Washington’s army leaves a messWhen 640 members of Gen. George Washington’s army took up residence during the Revolutionary War, the damage they caused resulted in some of the earliest recorded renovations to the building, forcing the College to replace doorknobs, broken locks, wood, and glass that the army confiscated or destroyed. In 1778, the commonwealth of Massachusetts reimbursed Harvard £417, approximately $50,000 in today’s adjusted dollars, for repairs to the hall and other campus buildings.,Text from the back of the letter from Harvard College to the commonwealth of Massachusetts:“Account of the damages done to the Colledges by the Army after April 19th, 1775, which remain to be made good after the first repairs were made previous to the return of the Scholars to Cambridge, after estimate of the subscribers committee appointed for that purpose by the General Court. Damages to Massachusetts Hall 27 brass knoblocks for chamber doors1 knob latch for D60 box locks for studies1 large stock lock for a cellar door62 rolls of paper60 yards of paintOther damages” Historic status sets rules for renovationsIn 1977, the hall was officially recognized as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, highlighting it as a location that “possess[ed] exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.” Along with that designation came specific rules about how and when renovations can be done to the building. Sourcing bricks in the cut, color, and size popular in 1720, matching the exact color and consistency of 300-year-old mortar, and re-creating the wooden gutters are among the challenges facing renovation teams.,A timeless roomThe Perkins conference room is one of the few spaces in the building retained during 20th-century renovations. Over the past 100 years alone, lecture halls, double-height reading rooms stretching between the first and second floors, and dorm rooms have been converted to other uses.Use the slider to see how the Perkins conference room looked in 1943,1924 fire forces major renovationThe exterior of the building hasn’t always fared well either. In 1924, a devastating fire roared through the top two floors, incinerating dorm rooms (and almost destroying original, single copies of three economics students’ freshly submitted theses. The papers were barely rescued in time.) Theories about the fire’s cause flew around campus, from a rogue bird or mouse nest using a match as building material to a discarded, lit match from Matthews Hall carried by the wind.,Tick tock … occasionallyThe original Massachusetts Hall clock, which graced its western wall facing Harvard Square, was mounted in 1725. It came with a bell and a steward, who was responsible for maintaining both, at a salary of £4. Well-represented in visual records of the hall from 1726 forward, the original clock is long gone. Through the intervening years, the space it occupied has been home to many successors, including a broken clock, a fake clock, no clock at all, and a painting of a clock.This summer, a canvas scrim with a clock face similar to the original has been installed as the actual clock undergoes restoration and maintenance.,This summer’s renovations will restore the most recent version, installed in 1992. Creating and installing a clock that matched the spirit of the original involved at least four types of experts: those who specialized in the clock’s mechanics, an artisan who created and crafted the face, a construction firm that helped with building and placement, and a restoration architect who made sure the clock closely matched the available records.
Technology has reached a critical juncture in American society. The unfettered optimism of recent decades is now tempered by rising concerns over privacy and security, the impact of disinformation campaigns, and increasing calls for digital accountability. It is clear that the 116th Congress will face pressure to shape technological innovation through policies that protect and serve the best interests of their constituents.A new report from two projects at Harvard Kennedy School — the Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Platform Accountability Project at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy — provides new insights into the key tech policy challenges facing national legislators. Among them, Congressional members face gaps in governance authority and coordination which stem from the disruptive nature of the digital marketplace and new business models. The authors propose that Congress launch a concerted effort of hearings to increase awareness and knowledge on the issue, hold companies accountable to the public interest, and inform the American people.The report is based on a March 21 workshop hosted on the Hill.At the outset of the event, Former Secretary of Defense and Belfer Center Director Ash Carter emphasized the responsibility that policymakers have in shaping emerging technology. By drawing parallels to other “disruptive tech” from the past, such as nuclear technology, Carter stressed the historic opportunity to shape today’s technology for the human good: “Once invented, it can’t be undone.” Secretary Carter proceeded to lay the groundwork on how case studies from other revolutionary communication technologies, such as the postal service, telegraph, radio, and telephone, can provide insight into the existing toolbox of self-regulation, antitrust, and regulatory solutions.The opening panel featured several experts who were centrally involved with some of the major reforms in telecommunications and media. The similarities in these historical parallels suggested that today’s Congress ought to seek 21st century solutions for 20th century problems. Representing a wide range of expertise regarding antitrust, the private sector, and regulatory agencies, the panel included: Toni Bush, former Senate Commerce Senior Counsel; Mignon Clyburn, former FCC Commissioner; Dipayan Ghosh, Pozen Fellow at the Shorenstein Center and former privacy and public policy advisor at Facebook; Gene Kimmelman, former Chief Counsel of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division; Hong Qu, program director for Technology at the Shorenstein Center and former user interface designer at YouTube; and Tom Wheeler, former FCC Chairman.The panelists explored the multitude of issues at play in the big tech space, namely competition, content accountability, privacy and security, accessibility, and protection of civil rights and liberties. However, the panel expressed concern over issue identification. “It always worries me that we are addressing the symptoms and not the malady,” said Clyburn. As part of their discussion, the speakers debated whether market shortcomings related to key issues of democracy could be emanating from the fundamental economics of digital platforms, as well as big tech’s underlying business model, which centers on user data exploitation. Read Full Story
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Cherie Via doesn’t expect everything at her Ripe Art Gallery to appeal to everyone. She knows what she likes and that’s what matters.“I like weird shit.” She grins and her eyes sparkle. “Humor is what really pulls it all together for me.” Since 2006, Via has been carving out a growing niche for herself in Greenlawn, with a dedicated coterie of artists, now almost 40 in her stable, and an avid following of clients and fans who make her art openings a major event.Cherie Via of Ripe Art GalleryFor a woman who claims to no longer need caffeine, this curator has the energy of a human Roman candle.“THIS is about what I love!” she says, with a sweep of her arms as she takes in her gallery. “That’s what this is about! I don’t show anything I don’t love. I don’t show anybody I don’t love. I don’t do anything that I don’t love.”Her aesthetic sensibility, an academic phrase that doesn’t come close to encompassing the diverse artistic styles in the Ripe Art world, is “more rock and roll, and darker, although that doesn’t always apply,” she says. “I’m not showing landscapes and lighthouses and nicey-nicey. I’m showing much more edgy work. And that’s what I pursue.”She spells out her goal on her homepage: “Ripe Art’s aim is to present and foster Folk, Outsider/Visionary, and Self-Taught artists from our local Long Island community. Influenced by comic book art, graffiti/street art and pop culture, we represent a mix of emerging artists.”The new work of her artists occupies the front of her space, and her thriving custom-framing business is in the back. Next to her framing table is an area she calls her Bottlecap Boutique, featuring handmade jewelry, Day of the Dead (Dia del Muerte) Mexican artifacts and some of her favorite pieces from past shows. One of those is “Mona Trooper,” a digital painting on canvas in a mahogany frame, by ZIG, an artist pal of hers now living in Florida. It depicts Mona Lisa wearing a Star Wars storm-trooper helmet and cradling an automatic weapon. On the wall nearby is a gruesome rendering of Marilyn Monroe spewing a vile liquid from her parted lips. In other words, it depicts the platinum blonde’s overdose. David Graham painted it as part of his series of “celebrity death portraits,” Via says, adding that she may never let it go. She feels the same way about a small painting of the Ramones by Stanko, one of her top-grossing artists, who’d done the piece for Ripe Art’s annual Valentine’s Day group show.Thanks to her energy and vision, Cherie Via has seen her Ripe Art Gallery in Greenlawn bear some strange fruit indeed and that’s the beauty of it. One of her favorite artists, Stanko, painted “Phyllis,” the psychedelized rooster above.A Jersey girl, Via played the piccolo in high school and trained classically on the flute. She went to Ithaca College to study music. Once there, she became intensely interested in art, but never could take an art history class because it was always filled. So, she taught herself. She took advantage of Cornell University’s museum and immersed herself in its impressive collection. Her teachers also exposed her to John Cage and other avant-garde musicians and composers, but it was Salvador Dali who later “got in my brain,” she says. Her first job after graduation brought her to Levittown, where she ran the high school band, literally marching up and down Hempstead Avenue, for almost five years. She hated it. “You kind of have to be a fascist to run a marching band, and I wasn’t a fascist.”For almost two years, she commuted from her apartment in Norwalk, Conn. to Long Island, leaving at 6:15 a.m. every workday because she didn’t want to give up her apartment’s water view. Levittown was all she knew of Long Island until her boyfriend took her to Huntington and it reminded her of Ithaca. That made an indelible impression.After she left her music job, she worked at a bookstore in Huntington and studied custom-framing. In Northport she picked up the electric bass, and learned how to improvise on jazz. She had gigs but “it went nowhere.” But always in the back of her mind she clung to her gallery idea.Top: ZIG’s “Mona Trooper” adds an ironic twist to an iconic image. Middle: Doug Reina’s painting on a cigar box, “Pins,” brings creative tension to a typical LI beach scene; Nick Cordone’s “Live Free or Die” captures an enigmatic pair of flying fish.The first painting Via had ever bought was by Lance Laurie, who, like her, was influenced heavily by Dali. “I always told him that when I have a gallery someday [he’s] going to be the first painter I show.” For her first art show, she rented a small space in the back of a boutique in Northport. Her enthusiasm for Laurie’s surreal bent wasn’t widely shared. One of his pieces is aptly named “My Flame-Broiled Skull.”“People were scared,” she recalls. “They didn’t like the skulls… That’s when I said, ‘I’ve got to get out of Northport because I’m not going to tame this down for this town!’” She lasted four months before taking a bigger space in Huntington for about a year. “I started showing art by my friends,” she says, “and the next thing I knew I had artists coming to me and wooing me, showing me what they do, and wanting to show with me!’”When she finally moved to Greenlawn and opened her space on Broadway, she was scared. “The first thought I had was: What have I done?!’” But Via pressed on. Based on the framing shops she had apprenticed in, and seeing what other galleries in Huntington and Northport were selling, she figured she could succeed because their art was “kind of lame.”In fact, she was working at a gallery in Northport when she had an epiphany that helped spark her present artistic career. A customer came in and said he wanted to buy a print by Thomas Kinkade, the late contemporary American artist known for mass marketing his bucolic country scenes (or as some say, “the muzak of art”). Via balked, and her boss wasn’t happy. As she recounts the exchange: “‘Cherie, you’ve got to sell the Thomas Kinkades!’ And I said, ‘I can’t sell the Thomas Kinkades! They’re shit!’” The aesthetic differences proved irreconcilable. “I excused myself from the position,” she says with a smile. And the Long Island art world has never been the same since.On May 11, Ripe Art Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for a two-man exhibition, “Daydreams and Cigar Boxes,” pairing the enigmatic translucent goldfish paintings by Nick Cordone and the evocative “plein air” paintings of Long Island scenes by Doug Reina.Reina, who does indeed use cigar boxes for his canvases, met Via before she opened the gallery and liked her immediately. “She’s a delightful spirit and so full of life,” he says. Since she welcomed him into Ripe Art, he’s been glad to show his work with her. “She made me feel good about taking chances and going out on creative limbs. You don’t always get that.”Via said that Cordone “paints stuff that makes you think… I wanted to show Nick and I wanted to bring Doug back. They’re perfect together.”Her show next month promises something completely different. Called “Outside the Jam,” it will feature Rick Odell’s photographs of the roller-derby women known as the Long Island Roller Rebels. Via said she’s been working closely with him for months in preparation for this exhibit, which opens June 22.“For some people I am very much the curator,” she says. “For [others] I leave it up to them because I love them and I love their work, and I know whatever they’re going to bring me I’m going to like.”Right now she’s never had a contract with her artists, only a handshake, but her thinking is evolving on that. “I want to take a bigger stand in people’s careers, so I’m looking for some loyalty,” she says.The Ripe Art Gallery has a fresh aura reminiscent of the East Village art scene in the ‘80s and it’s surprising to find that ambiance in Greenlawn. Via is well aware of what’s showing in the galleries of New York City these days, but “it doesn’t influence me in any way, shape or form what I’m doing in my space.”It’s that independent spirit that keeps Ripe Art so fresh and alive.Ripe Art Gallery is located at 67A Broadway in Greenlawn. For more information call 631-239-1805 or visit www.ripeartgal.com. Gallery hours are Tues.-Thurs.: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday: 2- 8 p.m.; and Saturday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.