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If there’s one thing we are learning in this crisis, it is that life is precious. And who you want to spend your life with is just as important. With all the dating apps and hook ups, we have been snacking at the buffet of casual connections, consuming loveless calories. So, what would it be like to sit down for a full healthy meal of true romance? What about ditching digital to go old school and turn to a matchmaker to help find “the one?” I tracked down Peter Torre and Lisa Jordan of Infinite Matchmaking, a high-end bespoke service, to get their take on love in the time of COVID and where we go from here. Their advice? Quality over quantity and being totally honest with yourself and others about what you really want in a relationship. Far from the overbearing fairy godmother, they function more as really cool and connected friends. The two met in a bar when living in Beverly Hills and found a kindred spirit in one another, comparing their post-divorce dating experiences. They decided to launch Infinite Matchmaking, combining their amateur matchmaking success with their more formal marketing and analytics background, Jordan in a large pharmaceutical firm and Torre in luxury brand management. Jordan even developed an algorithm to match key characteristics of their clients. The duo who bring both the male and female perspective use a combination of an in-depth questionnaire, in person or Skype meeting and one on one empowerment/tough love coaching. They both ended up moving to New York and used their international connections to ultimately reach to New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Mexico City, Tokyo, Montreal, and Dubai. Get rid of an image of a bunch of would-be model pictures on the walls but instead an international network of carefully referred and vetted clients. Many of us would think that an attractive, successful man would have a pupu platter of options of available women, so why would he pay a matchmaking service (the women they take on without charge)? They find that many of them are tired of the Instagram influencers or someone looking for a sugar daddy and looking for a woman of substance. As such they set a high standard for the women as well, including income requirements. Torre speaks of being raised as a gentleman and how that is not just opening a door for a lady, but a lifestyle. While they can’t change a pumpkin into a Porsche, they can help their clients with everything from an exclusive tailor, Tom James Clothing, to a first date that would delight his particular match. The emotional end is just as important, since confidence is the best aphrodisiac and dating can be a perilous journey where men and women can often feel that they just aren’t enough. Add in a culture which has an unattainable beauty standard for women and financial success standard for men and finding a truly compatible soul is even more difficult. The duo follows a set regimen with their clients. First a profile is presented and if there is interest, the picture comes second. No talking, texting, or Zoomances allowed. The next step is in person. With all the pitfalls of virtual relationships, this gives true IRL chemistry its best shot. Although they respect their clients’ deal breakers, they also push them to dig deep to their core values and to be truly honest with themselves. While not trained therapists, Torre and Jordan spend the time to uncover their clients’ true desires, and in return, their clients find them down-to-earth and trustworthy. In the time of COVID, where people aren’t meeting in person, they find there is a silver lining, a time of introspection to think about who would make you happy in quarantine, not just on the yacht. They recommend working on yourself and being comfortable in your alone time (a crucial element of success in a relationship.) It could be adding in yoga or meditation or studying a new subject or looking at your finances and figuring out a new budget. This is the time to focus on being your best self and know that someone else doesn’t save you, they simply complement you. And Torre and Jordan are already thinking about that perfect email@example.com Share
The SLED outreach bus will be in Quogue Village on September 24.Libraries across Suffolk County are working with their communities to get the word out about the 2020 Census.The Suffolk Cooperative Library System is deploying its Livebrary.com outreach bus, known as the SLED (Suffolk Libraries Empower Discovery), to various libraries across the East End throughout the month. An incomplete Census count will directly impact the funds that state and local governments receive for programs.Census educators and library staff will be on board the bus and available to answer questions, as well as help residents fill out the census.“Libraries recognize the critical importance of a complete consensus count for our region and appreciate the support and assistance of Suffolk County, the Long Island Foundation, and the Census Bureau with making sure that happens,” said Suffolk Cooperative Library Director Kevin Verbesey.The bus was at the Hampton Bays Library on September 2, the Cutchogue Library on September 5, and the Westhampton Beach Library on September 8.The next East End stop for the bus requires a ferry ride. It will be at the Shelter Island Library from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17. “Shelter Island has a very low response rate for the Census this year and we would like to help increase that number,” the library said on its website. Anyone who completes the Census will be entered into a raffle to win a gift card.Next up will be the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton on Saturday, September 19, the John Jermain Memorial Library on Monday, September 21, and the Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport on Wednesday, September 23. The bus will be on hand near the libraries from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Then on Thursday, September 24, the SLED bus will be at the corner of Jessup Avenue and Village Lane, also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Library Staff and Board Trustees are excited to partner with the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, the Village of Quogue and the Quogue Police Department towards the mission to ‘get the word out’ and to help Quogue residents make an impact by ensuring that the Quogue community receive full representation and resources,” Jenny Bloom, the director at the Quogue Library, said.The Suffolk Cooperative Library System received a grant from Suffolk County and the Long Island Community Foundation that is helping support the Census efforts.The Southold Library is also planning a visit from SLED on Monday, September 28, with a time to be firstname.lastname@example.org Share
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[mappress]Press Release, November 18, 2013 Wartsila, the marine industry’s leading solutions and services provider, has been granted Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance for its AQUARIUS®UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) by the United States Coastguard (USCG).This allows all US and foreign flag ships fitted with the Wärtsilä AQUARIUS®UV BWMS to operate in US territorial waters and to discharge its treated ballast water for an interim period of up to 5 years from the ship specific implementation date.AMS acceptance is the first stage towards obtaining full USCG type approval. Wärtsilä anticipates having all activities necessary to gain full US type approval completed within the 5 year interim period.Based on an evaluation of the Wärtsilä AQUARIUS®UV BWMS test data by the USCG, AMS acceptance has been granted for use over the full range of water salinities, i.e. fresh, brackish and sea water. As one of only two AMS accepted systems without salinity restrictions, the Wärtsilä solution permits ships fitted with the system to operate in the Great Lakes region, which is important for operators in this challenging environment.“AMS acceptance is an important milestone in providing ship owners with a BWMS that enables true global operations, and is a key part of the Wärtsilä BWMS Partnership programme, which aims to support our customers in meeting their environmental compliance objectives,” says Joe Thomas, Director, Wärtsilä Ballast Water Management Systems.Wärtsilä has already delivered the Wärtsilä AQUARIUS®UV system for four new platform supply vessels (PSVs) currently being built for US based Tidewater Marine LLC, one of the leading providers of offshore service vessels to the global energy industry. In addition, the Wärtsilä AQUARIUS®UV system has been retrofitted to two LPG carriers for Chemgas BV, and is being installed on an LPG carrier owned by Carbofin SpA currently trading in US waters.As part of the Wärtsilä Partnership programme, the ship owner has access to technology choice, offering filtration with either ultra-violet (UV) or electro-chlorination (EC) ballast water treatment. Wärtsilä is preparing an AMS application for its AQUARIUS® EC BWMS so as to provide customers with fully approved technology options upon completion of the approval process.The Wärtsilä AQUARIUS®UVThe Wärtsilä AQUARIUS®UV is a modular ballast water management system involving filtration and medium pressure UV disinfection technology. It is designed to provide a safe, flexible and economical process.The system treats the ballast water using a two stage process. Upon uptake, the seawater is first passed through a back washing filter (first stage). The filtered seawater then passes through a UV chamber (second stage) where ultra-violet light is used to disinfect the water prior to its entering the ballast tank. Upon discharge, water from the ballast tanks passes through the UV chamber only for a second time.
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PHILIPPINES President Joseph Estrada officially inaugurated the first section of Manila’s light rail Line 3 on December 15. After cutting a ribbon at the North Avenue terminus in Quezon City, he rode one of the CKD-built articulated LRVs along the 10 km route along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue to Buendia station in Makati. Running along an eight-lane highway regularly clogged with traffic, the line is expected to save around 10 million man-hours of delay each week. EDSA promoter Metropolitan Rail Transit Corp says the southern section of the line, which is being marketed as Metrostar, should be ready to open by mid-2000. Running from Buendia to an interchange with LRTA Line 1 at Taft Avenue, this will add a further 6·8 km. Total cost of the first phase is now put at US$655m.MRTC is currently negotiating with the government to build the second phase of the line, which is costed at US$235m. This would run west from North Avenue to Monumento, where it would connect to the northern end of Line 1. If MRTC gets the go-ahead early this year, it hopes to open the second phase by mid-2002 (MR 98 p49).
KINGSTON, Jamaica – In the true spirit of Christmas, The Food for the Poor regional charity organization paid the fines of 79 non-violent offenders who were being held in prisons across the Caribbean and Latin America.Food for the Poor said that many of the offenders were arrested for stealing to feed their families or for something that would be considered a minor offence.The kind act has long been a tradition for the organization that caters to the needy in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. For more than two decades, Food For The Poor has paid the fines of nonviolent offenders from prisons in Guyana, Haiti, Honduras and Jamaica, giving them a second chance at freedom, just in time for the new year.In Jamaica, four inmates at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre had their fines paid by Food For The Poor. Among the four released was a 49-year-old who spent more than a month in the Spanish Town prison because he could not afford to pay the fines for a minor offence.“This is the first time this has happened to me and it has been the hardest thing to deal with,” he said.During his time behind bars, he admitted he was forced to reflect on his life and it was during those times he turned to God for comfort.“I prayed a lot and I begged God to intervene because this is not the life I want to live. God answered my prayer through Food For The Poor and it is such a blessing. I am so grateful,” he added.In Haiti, as the socioeconomic conditions worsen because of political protests and civil unrest, many have been forced to take desperate measures, like stealing, to ensure their families’ survival.Food For The Poor paid the fines of 50 men, two teens and one woman in Haiti. All were arrested and sent to prison for stealing. Most were arrested for taking a pig or in the case of 14-year-old Jerry, a goat. Jerry, from Ouanaminthe, said his mother died and his father abandoned him so he became a shoeshine boy to make money.He admitted he took the goat to sell, but the teen was arrested and locked up with hardened criminals for two months before Food For The Poor learned about his situation and paid his fine.“I want to thank you for giving me back hope,” Jerry said. “I will go back to my daily life to make some money and feed myself.”Rosette, 43, a wife and mother of eight, spent nearly six months in a Fort Liberté prison after she stole items from someone to sell to feed her family. Rosette was beside herself with joy to learn her fine had been paid. She knew her six months could have turned into years.“I am so grateful to the donors of Food For The Poor for helping me to go back home to my children,” Rosette said. “I will do better. Thank you, and may God send his blessings upon you.”In Honduras, increased violence and unemployment rates have the Central American nation in a chokehold. Many are having a hard time finding day labour jobs and steady work is difficult to secure.Juan is the oldest of three children who live with their mother; the father abandoned the family, leaving them very poor. One day in April, the teen came home and his mother said there was nothing for them in the house to eat. Juan went out to find work for the day and when he could not, out of desperation, he stole some food and was arrested. His devastated mother told him that they may be poor, but he was raised better than that.Since she did not have the US$276 to pay his fine, he was arrested and sentenced to two-and-a-half years. After eight months behind bars, he learned that he was one of 15 men whose fines were paid by Food For The Poor. During Juan’s time in the Pastoral Penitenciaria, in San Pedro Sula, he learned how to fix cars.“I am very thankful to CEPUDO, Pastoral Penitenciaria and Food For The Poor for this opportunity to be free again,” Juan said. “God bless you.”The programme in Honduras has a number of skills training projects, and some are taught by former inmates. They help nonviolent offenders return to society with a trade to be better equipped to find work.In Guyana, Food For The Poor paid the fines of seven nonviolent offenders who were sent to prison for simple larceny or minor traffic offences. David, one of the seven, was fined US$91, money neither he nor his family had. He spent six months in Timehri Prison.On the morning of his release, David and the six other men expressed gratitude to Food For The Poor President & CEO Robin Mahfood in a telephone conference from the Food For The Poor-Guyana offices.“This year, 79 nonviolent prisoners have been set free for the Christmas holiday, thanks to generous and compassionate donors who support the charity’s prison ministry,” Mahfood said. “We are not here to condone or to pass judgment on anyone who was arrested and sent to prison for a nonviolent offence. We believe in God’s mercy and second chances, because second chances are an opportunity to correct the wrong and to choose a better path in life. It is truly our prayer that each one of those released this Christmas will do exactly that.”Each newly freed person was greeted by Food For The Poor staff who prayed with them. Each person also received a copy of the Bible, a meal, personal care items and travelling money.
Kenya, Britain reaffirm commitment to protecting environment, fighting climate change Kenya calls on global community to hasten actions against climate change Kenya to invest in climate-smart farming in arid lands Turkana women carry canisters to get water from a borehole near Baragoy, Kenya February 14, 2017. PHOTO | REUTERS Turkana women carry canisters to get water from a borehole near Baragoy, Kenya February 14, 2017. PHOTO | REUTERSKenya will launch its first localised weather modeling system early next year. Developers say the system will provide key data on how climate change impacts crop production across the east African nation in the decades to come.Developed by researchers at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, the Climate Atlas will provide projections on rainfall and temperature patterns across Kenya’s 47 counties from the year 2050 to 2100.John Wesonga, lead developer of the web-based platform, said there were countless global climate modelling systems available, but none provided localised data for Kenya over a long period.“The Climate Atlas will provide us with future scenarios of what the weather patterns will be like at a county-level in Kenya,” Wesonga told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.“We are looking for data such as in which locations will we see the highest and lowest temperatures and rainfall, how high and low will the temperatures and rainfall likely to be, what time of year they will happen, and how long they will last.”Based on those projections, policymakers, researchers, businesses and farmers will able to shift to interventions from using more resilient crop varieties to improving drainage during drought and floods respectively.Related
RelatedShrimp trawler sinks after burning for two daysBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press email@example.com A local shrimp trawler has sunk after burning for two days approximately 58 miles from shore. The Master D, sank to a depth of approximately 380 feet, Coast Guard officials said. Described as a 68-foot, “122 gross ton fishing vessel,” the Master D…September 7, 2018In “News”Woman dies in parasailing accidentBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press firstname.lastname@example.org A San Antonio woman died after falling to the water while parasailing near South Padre Island Saturday. She has been identified as 47-year-old Dawn Strickland. Strickland was found in the water by a boater who called the U.S. Coast Guard at just…August 17, 2015In “News”Missing swimmer’s body recovered on SPI By Gaige Davila email@example.com A body has been recovered on South Padre Island, after a person went missing after swimming with two others at a public beach access. ChristDeshaun Reddix, 26, from Austin, was found dead 2.5 miles north of Cameron County Beach Access 6 at around 11:00 a.m.,…July 30, 2020In “News” Share These action-packed scenes depict the extensive training of the United States Coast Guard in collaboration with the Beach Patrol and the South Padre Island Fire Department to sharpen skills. (Staff photos by Scarlet O’Rourke)By SCARLET O’ROURKEStaff WriterImagine a lovely day out in the water, the coast to the right, open ocean to the left, and another boat bearing straight ahead, colliding and sending people in all directions.In such a scenario, it would be good to know that there are people trained to handle such an emergency.On Wednesday, June 1, the US Coast Guard collaborated with the Beach Patrol and the South Padre Island Fire Department to train and sharpen the skills of all three departments of public service and protection.The Coast Guard sent out a 55 ft. vessel to set up the scenario.Five volunteers from the coast guard unit and life guards were set afloat near Isla Blanca Park, two closer to shore, three beyond the jetties.The boat was then positioned between the two sets of floaters and flairs were lit. A selection of crew members played the roles of injured passengers. An “emergency” call was sent and the coast guard and beach patrol set out to work.The people in the water were “rescued and triaged” first. Near shore, the Beach patrol came out on boards and jet skis to pick up the two floaters. Farther out, the Coast Guard sent a 33 ft. craft to pick up the other three role players.For more on this story, pick up a copy of the June 2 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.