Mountain Mama: Lake Jocassee

first_imgI studied the divided sky. To the right were the uninterrupted cobalt blue I had imagined when reserving the primitive-boat-in-only campsite across Lake Jocassee. To the left, grey clouds boiled.My brother, sister-in-law, and I wedged sleeping bags into waterproof bags. By then it was mid-afternoon and what seemed like a series of small miracles had gotten us that far, to the ramp at Devil’s Fork State Park, but two miles of lake remained between us and our campsite.The clouds overhead thickened, casting us in its ominous shadow. Drumrolls of thunder belted, sending our four kids running for shelter. Outfitted in lifejackets and slathered in sunscreen, they huddled under the overhang that covered the bathroom.The rain came in sets – hard and harder. The cars parked in a distant lot and the kids claiming the little available shelter, I stood with my brother and sister-in-law letting the rain soak us.We conferred about what to do. As much as we all looked forward to this trip, camping on an island in the rain with four children wasn’t our idea of fun. Still, we had made it this far, two whitewater kayaks loaded with all our camping gear and food plus our fleet for the weekend consisting of two double and one single sit-on-top kayak along with a paddleboard.My brother suggested we wait out the storm. Patience has never been my strong suit, but the other prospects – packing up four disappointed kids into cars or paddling with scared children – seemed even less appealing.I watched as the wind whipped the lake into peaks of white. I waited with chicken-skinned arms, as the rain washed away the sweat that dripped down as I had unloaded the boats.Ten minutes later the storm passed. Eager to start our adventure, we loaded into boats and rigged the cargo kayaks behind us on tow. About a mile out we were treated to views of the mountains. Steam rose from their peaks, as if the rocks themselves were releasing any vestige of the storm.Screen shot 2015-07-06 at 12.40.47 PMBy the time we reached our campsite, the sun had once again claimed center stage. The kids climbed out on the rocky ledge and decided it made the perfect cannonball platform. My three-year-old imitated his older cousins and pulled his knees into his chest as he jumped off the rock.I nestled into a crevice of the rock meant for sunning and watching, letting my mind wander as the kids launched their bodies into the clear green lake. My mind wandered, settling on my upcoming move. Out of a desire to focus more of my life energy on raising my son and writing, I had decided to move out of our cherished bungalow and into a glorified one-bedroom apartment. I’d been so busy between packing and logistics that I hadn’t really mourned the home I was leaving behind. There on that rock, no tasks distracted me from my feelings and tears flowed down my cheeks. In that house we had celebrated every one of my son’s three birthdays. Friends and family had visited us from Europe, California, and Maryland. My son had learned to talk and ride his bike. The walls of that bungalow held the memories of our little family.There on that rock I grieved leaving the physical space behind, of moving into a smaller area. I reminded myself that Tobin and I didn’t need a lot of room, which only made me cry harder. Living in the bungalow, a space large enough for a partner, left open the possibility of one day meeting a man who would come along and round out our family.I cried until I started hiccupping. The kids squeals of glee made me smile. The sun’s rays warmed me, softening my feelings about moving into the apartment until they changed. The apartment didn’t have to be a sad reminder of the family life I didn’t have, but an acceptance of the family I did have. It had always been just Tobin and I living together, but that didn’t limit who we considered to be family. Like the storm, when I let myself experience my emotions, those negative feelings passed, making room for something more like joy.My son and his cousin called out, asking me to take them for a ride on the paddleboard. We sat one behind the other, and I paddled through the light emerald sequins of light, enjoying time with my family.Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 1.03.15 PMlast_img read more

Long Island Ukrainians Celebrate Independence Amid Chaos Back Home

first_img#485888857 / gettyimages.com Tsyalkovsky’s accent is thick, but his message is clear: He, like so many others, want to see a resolution to the conflict.“Every day we are in an unknown about what is going to happen today and tomorrow,” he told the Press. “And the only thing we can do from our end is pray and support both our military troops and our government in that important fight.”The local Ukrainian community has shown its support by sending humanitarian aid back home: money, food, clothes, medicine. Anything that helps. But, what Ukrainian troops on the ground really need, one woman said, they cannot supply.“We need the weapons, real weapons to help fight…for our freedom, for our democracy and for our territorial independence,” Innesa Tymochko-Dekajlo of East Meadow told the Press.Standing under an azure sky with a Ukrainian flag whipping behind her, she said Ukrainians are thankful for the support other countries, including the United States, have shown. But, economic sanctions against Russia, which began with the annexation of Crimea and continued after a Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was purportedly shot down by pro-Russian separatists over Ukraine, are not enough, she said.“If [the] world would stands with us and fights…and when the Russians just leave our country it will be peace,” she said. “Because 23 years we were living in peace, we never got a problem with anything.” Tymochko-Dekajlo began to worry when protesters spilled into the streets and flooded Independence Square in Kiev after Yanukovych spurred a European Union trade pact for closer ties with Russia. Protesters, many of them Ukrainian youths, clashed with authorities, leading to several deaths.“We tried to support them here in America and tried to make demonstrations everywhere around the world where there is a Ukrainian community,” she said.Hours before their Hempstead appearance, the group got the news that a Russian aid convoy entered Ukraine without the country’s permission, raising concerns that further confrontations could spark increased violence.Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko reportedly called it “flagrant violations of international law.” The Red Cross was planning on escorting the fleet of more than 100 trucks into Ukraine but nixed that because of safety concerns.They are in Ukraine. Only beige drivers behind the wheel. No Red Cross personnel visible yet. Ten have gone in. pic.twitter.com/9sdOm5KscD— Andrew Roth (@ARothNYT) August 22, 2014Elia Piddoubny, a member of Long Island Chapter of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, also standing outside town hall, said the recent developments “gives us great concern.”“Today Ukraine is fighting a struggle to preserve its European character,” she said. “Today a generation of men and women born in an independent Ukraine are now engaged in a great struggle to preserve that European character and for self-determination to have the freedom to decide its own future. We celebrate today not the creation of a new Ukrainian state but the resurrection of an independent, free Ukraine.”Ukrainians thought they reached that goal 23 years ago, but the struggle will continue, even after it celebrates its independence on Aug. 24.“Twenty-three years we have our independence,” said Tymochko-Dekajlo. “But it’s not really true independence. We need to fight for our independence.” #454551965 / gettyimages.com Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ukrainians living on Long Island will celebrate their home country’s 23rd year of independence Sunday for the first time since the Eastern European nation was drawn into a conflict with Russia nine months ago.It’s been a whirlwind year for the Ukrainian community here. They’ve had to sit on the sidelines while 4,000 miles back home, fed-up protesters stormed the streets only to have their peaceful dissent aggressively challenged by ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s government. Then there was a sliver of hope: Parliament voted him out office, and in May a new leader was elected.But during that time Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and pro-Russian separatists, whom are believed to have the backing of Moscow, turned eastern Ukraine into a war zone: Planes were shot down, including a commercial jetliner, and more than 1,300 have been killed, 4,000 others injured. With little cause for celebration, Ukrainians on LI are praying for an end to violence so families and friends back home can go on living without fear of having their independence stripped away.“We feel really upset about the whole situation that’s happening in Ukraine,” said 35-year-old scientist Volodymyr Tsyalkovsky, a married father of two living in Great Neck. “We are not only praying and hoping that the whole confrontation is going to get resolved in a peaceful manner…at the same time we are doing all we can to help and support the Ukrainian nation in their fight against the aggressor,” he added, referring to Russia.Tsyalkovsky emigrated from Ukraine eight years ago and has been living on the Island for the past four.He stood with his family on the steps of Hempstead Town Hall on Friday, two days before Ukrainians celebrate their independence. About three-dozen local Ukrainians gathered to sing songs and raise their flag, the blue symbolizing the sky, and the yellow a field of wheat. They were joined by Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, who said was proud to stand with Ukrainian Americans.“The violence still hits home,” she said.last_img read more

Communuity CU Federation changes name to Inclusiv

first_img continue reading » The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions has changed its name to Inclusiv.“The Inclusiv name grows out of the organization’s commitment to financial inclusion and its dedication to ensuring access to responsible financial products and services delivered at an affordable cost in a fair and transparent manner,” the organization said in a press release.The announcement was made at the organization’s annual conference in Clearwater, Fla.“For decades, the Federation and community development credit unions have been building trust and delivering relevant products to underserved people with dignity and respect,” said Cathie Mahon, Inclusiv president/CEO. “Inclusiv will build on the 44-year legacy of the Federation to grow the visibility and impact of mission-driven credit unions.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Train tickets for Idul Fitri to go on sale Feb. 14

first_imgHe added that passengers should be careful in selecting departure dates and routes, as well as when filling in personal information upon placing orders to avoid getting the wrong ticket.Read also: Number of Jabodetabek train passengers for Idul Fitri sees double digit increaseTo anticipate the increasing number of customers at ticket merchants, the train operator has increased its server capacity and bandwidth. Passengers can purchase tickets for Idul Fitri through KAI’s official ticket merchants, including the KAI Access mobile app and website kai.id.Topics : State-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) will sell long-distance train tickets for homebound Idul Fitri travelers starting Friday.“Tickets for train trips scheduled for May 14 or during the long Idul Fitri holiday will be available starting from Feb. 14 at 12 p.m.,” PT KAI president director Edi Sukmoro said in a statement on Tuesday.last_img read more

PREMIUMEvicted Bukit Duri residents to challenge Supreme Court ruling

first_imgLog in with your social account Residents of Bukit Duri, South Jakarta, plan to file a case review (PK) against a 2019 Supreme Court (MA) ruling that denied them compensation after being evicted from their homes in 2016.“We have heard about the Supreme Court’s ruling, but we will not give up as we’ll file a case review against the ruling immediately,” Sandyawan Sumardi, one of the plaintiffs filing the class action suit, told The Jakarta Post on Friday.The MA ruling came two years after 93 Bukit Diri residents won a class action suit against the Jakarta administration and the Ciliwung-Cisadane Flood Control Office (BWSCC). The verdict required both to provide compensation for the residents, whose homes along the banks of the Ciliwung River were demolished to make way for a waterway connecting the river to the Manggarai floodgate. The move was part of the city’s efforts to decrease … Forgot Password ? Linkedin Bukit-Duri eviction eviction-scandal tebet compensation Supreme-Court case-review Jakarta-administration Ciliwung-river Google Topics : Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

Energy heavyweight Medco books $95m loss in first half

first_img“Low energy demand during the COVID-19 pandemic caused oil prices in the second quarter to fall below $30 per barrel and kept gas demand at a minimum,” said Medco CEO Roberto Lorato in a statement on Oct. 3.Low global oil prices suppressed Medco’s income even though oil and gas production rose 5 percent yoy to 101,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in June, according to the statement.Global oil price benchmark Brent reached $37.62 per barrel on Monday, well below last year’s average of $60 per barrel, Bloomberg data shows. Analysts expect Brent prices to remain below $50 per barrel this year.The company’s electricity sales slumped 9 percent yoy to 1,136 gigawatt hours (GWh) in the first half due to lower electricity demand in Batam, an industrial area where Medco operates several power plants. Meanwhile, Medco’s expenses rose 28 percent yoy to $349.2 million in the first half, notably driven by a doubling of oil and gas asset depreciation, depletion and amortization costs, in line with the falling oil prices.“This is what made operational costs rise. Furthermore, [Medco’s] mining company had a lot of activity in its mining assets,” MNC Sekuritas analyst Rudi Suthong told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Medco’s affiliated gold and copper miner PT Amman Mineral Internasional lowered its loss by 59 percent to $20.3 million in the first half. The miner began new production from its prized Batu Hijau mine in West Nusa Tenggara in April.The company, which previously revised down its 2020 capital expenditure budget to $240 million, has disbursed $178 million for several energy projects as of the first half “in anticipation of a better future”.Read also: Medco cuts capex and production over oil price crashMost of the disbursed capital (67 percent) went to developing oil and gas projects in Meliwis, East Java and in the South Natuna Sea. The remainder (33 percent) went to developing a power plant in Riau and exploring geothermal wells in Ijen, East Java.Medco stocks, publicly listed at the Indonesia Stock Exchange as MEDC, rose 4.73 percent on Tuesday compared to the benchmark Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) rise of 0.93 percent, Bloomberg data shows. The company’s stocks have plunged more than 50 percent so far this year, underperforming the broader JCI’s 20 percent drop.Topics : PT Medco Energi Internasional, Indonesia’s second-biggest homegrown oil and gas company, booked a US$95 million loss in the first half of this year, following a collapse in domestic and global energy demand. Medco’s revenue fell 7.6 percent year-on-year (yoy) to $551.76 million in the first quarter, driven by lower oil and gas revenue, which is Medco’s biggest income contributor, the company’s latest financial report shows.The second quarter saw oil and gas demand plummet as cities and provinces entered large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), starting with Jakarta in April.last_img read more

Juventus respond to Arsenal’s loan offer for Daniele Rugani

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Aug 2019 11:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link266Shares Laurent Koscielny wants to leave Arsenal and refused to go on the club’s pre-season tour (Picture: Getty)Rob Holding is closing in on a first team return after 10 months out with a serious knee injury, but the sight of Shkodran Mustafi gifting Moussa Dembele the winning goal in last Sunday’s Emirates Cup highlighted Arsenal’s urgent need for defensive reinforcements.According to Goal, the north London club tabled an offer of a two-year loan for Rugani with the option to buy but it was turned down by the Italian champions.Rugani made just 20 appearances in all competitions last season but is keen to win over Max Allegri’s successor Maurizio Sarri.That task has been rendered more difficult by the arrival of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax, but Juventus are reluctant to lose the 25-year-old given fitness concerns over their veteran centre-half Giorgio Chiellini.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 Arsenal Juventus respond to Arsenal’s loan offer for Daniele Rugani Advertisement Arsenal have made an offer to Juventus for centre-half Daniele Rugani (Picture: Getty)Juventus have rejected Arsenal’s loan offer for their Italy international Daniele Rugani.Arsenal obliterated their transfer record on Thursday to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille for £72million, adding to their recent captures of Dani Ceballos and William Saliba.Despite the flurry of activity, Unai Emery is still keen to strengthen a defence which shipped 51 goals in the Premier League last season and capitulated in the Europa League final against Chelsea.Captain Lauren Koscielny effectively remains on strike in an attempt to engineer a move back to France, while Saliba will return to Saint-Etienne on a year-long loan to continue his development in Ligue 1.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisementlast_img read more

Buyers battle for acreage charmer in Forestdale

first_imgThe home at 1 Plantagenet Ct, Forestdale.A RENOVATED home on acreage has attracted strong attention and multiple offers in Forestdale as the local market remains buoyant.Melissa Bennett, of All Properties Group, said the fenced, 4449sq m block at 1 Plantagenet Court sold for $882,000 to owner-occupiers moving to Forestdale from Melbourne.“We had 50 groups through the home and we ended up with four offers on the property,” Ms Bennett said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“It was a beautifully renovated home with a granny flat out the back and a gorgeous in-ground swimming pool. The outdoor area at 1 Plantagenet Ct, Forestdale.“And the majority of the buyers were slightly older families wanting to upgrade to their next home.”Ms Bennett said the Forestdale market was proving extremely popular with owner-occupiers and families. “It’s certainly a hot little pocket at the moment, with buyers desperate to get into the area,” she said.“There are lots of locals wanting to stay or return to the area looking in the market. It’s one of the closest acreage pockets to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, which makes it ideal for families.”last_img read more

Luxury Gold Coast penthouse sells in multimillion-dollar deal

first_imgMORE NEWS: Escape to the rainforest Now that’s a bar.“We had a lot of people interested in it … but there’s not that many with the capacity to purchase in that range.”Mr Longmore said it had been on the market for about a year before it was snapped up last month.The southern penthouse, which was once owned by former fugitive businessman Lux Daswani, changed hands for $3.795 million almost two years ago.A local buyer also bought that residence, which hit the market in November 2015.It was previously owned by brother and sister Peter Kyriakou and Athena Jordan, who inherited the property from their father, the late Paul Kyriakou.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMORE NEWS: Turn a dream into reality Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p400p400p320p320p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNovember 6: Prestige listings04:19 It’s all class inside. Imagine entertaining on your own rooftop terrace.center_img The penthouse’s rooftop pool.ONE of the penthouses topping Southport’s Rivage Royale tower has sold in a multimillion-dollar deal that eclipses the price its neighbour fetched almost two years ago.A local buyer snapped up the tri-level skyhome, known as the northern penthouse, which has panoramic views that capture Marina Mirage, the Broadwater, Main Beach and the Hinterland.Marketing agent Duncan Longmore, of Kollosche Prestige Agents, said it sold for less than its asking price of $5.25 million but much more than the southern penthouse.“It all happened pretty quickly (with the buyer),” he said. He bought the tri-level Rivage Royale home from receivers in 2001 for $1.42 million.Receivers and mortgagees moved in on Mr Daswani’s assets after he fled Australia in 2000.Mr Longmore said the penthouses’ floorplans were mirror images but their styles were very different.“(They are) the same size — about 850sq m with their own pools,” he said.“The northern one was beautifully renovated though.“The (southern) one needed a renovation whereas this one had had a beautiful renovation 10 years ago.” Every inch of the four-bedroom, six-bathroom apartment is grand, from the large chandelier in the living room to the intricate statues decorating the rooftop entertainment area.The master suite includes a sitting room, spa, walk-in wardrobe and balcony while the rooftop has an pool, sauna, spa and marble outdoor kitchen with Gaggenau barbecue.The residence also has an internal lift that services all three levels, a Bose surround sound system and Back-To-Base remote alarm with video monitoring.Mr Longmore said it was in a pocket of Southport that was becoming more popular as it was further developed.“That little pocket of Southport is getting better and better,” he said.“It’s a great spot for wealthy downsizers to be living.” According to latest CoreLogic data, the median sale price for a unit in Southport is $360,000.last_img read more

Deadly Car Bomb Strikes Hotel in North Sinai

first_imgTo Egypt now where an affiliate of the Islamic state has claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed four people in a hotel in the North Sinai capital al-Arish on Tuesday.A car bomb exploded outside the hotel housing election judges, killing at least four people and injuring 17 The blasts came a day after the second round of a parliamentary election closed.¡¡A suicide bomber tried to drive a car bomb into the hotel before security forces opened fire on him, causing the car to explode.The bomber and three others, two policemen and a judge, were killed. Two judges, seven policemen and five hotel staff were injured, authorities added. State television and security sources first said a car bomb exploded then a second blast hit the area about ten minutes later.last_img