Fire Island Rangers Ban Booze at Problem Beach

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Federal authorities are banning booze on a sliver of western Fire Island that has been a hot spot for about 500 partying beachgoers on summer weekends for at least the past two years.The Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) said Thursday that starting Aug. 1, alcohol will be prohibited on a section of federally owned beach known as Asparagus Beach, which lies west of Fire Island Summer Club and east of Atlantique, two of the barrier island’s 17 communities.“A progressive law enforcement approach to enforce the regulation” will be used by federal park rangers that patrol most of the 32-mile island, including the soon-to-be-dry section of beach, FINS said in a statement.New York State and Town of Islip regulations at beaches surrounding Asparagus Beach also prohibit drinking alcohol, but the new FINS booze ban does not impact rules at other federally owned beaches on the island.The move follows the East Hampton Town Board’s recent decision to enact a partial ban on alcohol use at Indian Wells Beach in East Hampton.FINS rangers, Islip Town officials, community leaders and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) announced the booze ban during a news confernce Friday at the Fire Island Ferries terminal in Bay Shore.Chief Ranger Duane Michael said in a phone interview that between 500 and 1,000 people head to the affected area on a typical summer weekend day. Partiers at Asparagus Beach, where there are no bathrooms, often relieved themselves in the dunes, he said. Walking on dunes is illegal because it increases beach erosion.“It’s what protects those communities from the tidal surge,” he said of the dunes. Islip officials said the beach, which also has no lifeguards, has forced lifeguards in neighboring areas to rescue swimmers in distress. They suspect some of those cases were alcohol related, officials said.“The last two years it just got worse and worse,” Islip Town Councilman John Cochrane Jr said in a phone interview. He said partiers were to blame. “They took that whole flavor of sitting in the beach chair and having a beer or two” and ruined it, he said. Community groups have long complained about the alcohol-fueled rowdy behavior at the beach. Eating and drinking on the beach is illegal in the nearby Village of Ocean Beach, the unofficial capital of Fire Island. Alcohol is also banned on the beach in Cornielle Estates and Fire Island Summer Club, two communities to the west of the village that have hired a private security guards to enforce the ban.Asparagus Beach partiers include beachgoers that have walked from one of those three communities immediately to the west.Crews have already begun placing placards in the area warning people about the ban. With Rashed Mianlast_img read more

Onsite THiNK17: Beyond the buzzword

first_img“Digital Transformation”: It’s been the buzzword of THiNK17 so far, but what does that actually look like?Often times we think that if we add some digital components to our business model then we have embraced digital, we did it, we finally became digital! Unfortunately, in those cases we are confusing “digital transformation” with “digitalization”. When we add a layer of digital to a current legacy system we are upgrading it and solving some problems, but we aren’t transforming the way we operate.We had the pleasure of hearing from Columbia University Professor and author, David Rogers today, and he gave us a breakdown of 5 key components to help you on your path to digital transformation:Members (or really anyone you serve, such as your employees): we need to take them from being passive targets to part of our dynamic network.Competition: pay attention to what’s around you, your competition might not look like you so you need to be able to identify them. (ie: Uber and Google can be competition for Toyota)Data: it’s time to get the data out of silos and find outside partners who can help turn the data we have into an asset by allowing us to act quickly.Innovation: Move away from top-down planning that is slow and expensive, to rapid experimentation so that you can fail smarter and innovate faster.Value: Go from defending your model to adapting and changing to stay relevant.When these 5 pieces come together then you have completely transformed your organization to be the place that people think of when they think of digital companies, alongside Google and Netflix. The path to digital transformation can be hard, but if you keep the focus on the problem that you are solving, the big picture, instead of trying to make what you have fit into place, then you’re sure to be successful. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Reed Web: Detailslast_img read more

Windies bringing fearless approach to Aussie clash: Coach Reifer

first_imgNOTTINGHAM, England, (CMC) – Reigning world champions Australia will hold no terrors for a confident West Indies, when the two teams clash at Trent Bridge in their second outings in the ICC World Cup here Thursday.The last time the two teams met in a One-Day International three years ago, West Indies went down by 58 runs in the final of a Tri-Nations Series in the Caribbean involving South Africa.West Indies also came off the worse in the last bilateral series six years ago Down Under, suffering a heavy 5-0 whitewash but head coach Floyd Reifer says West Indies would be taking a “fearless” approach to the upcoming contest.We are not worried about them, we’re just focussed on our game,” Reifer said here Monday.“We’re focussed on playing our brand of cricket. These set of guys are creating the brand of cricket they want to play which is an aggressive, smart, confident, fearless cricket and that’s the brand we’re continuing to play no matter what who is the opposition.”West Indies sent a strong warning to opposing teams when they crushed Pakistan in their opening game here last Friday. Bowling with pace and hostility, they bundled out the Asian side for 105 and then raced to their target inside 14 overs.Australia, meanwhile, chased down Afghanistan’s 208 in Bristol to make a comfortable start to their title defence last weekend.Reifer said despite the opening win, his side were remaining grounded, focussing more on their execution than thinking about results.“We’re taking it one game at a time. Like I said, we’re not under any pressure. We’re just enjoying our cricket and focussing on playing the brand of cricket that we want to play,” the former West Indies captain explained.“We’re focussing on restoring the pride in West Indies cricket so we have our reasons, we have our purpose for being here and we’re just taking it one game at a time. At the end of the day we’ll be there July 14 [in the final].”Reifer said West Indies’ performance against Pakistan had been a pleasing one, especially with the team producing a clinical effort in the bowling and fielding departments.“The performance was very good. What was really good about it is that the guys went out there and executed the plans,” he pointed out.“I thought we bowled aggressively, we stuck to our plans. The spell that (Andre) Russell bowled was the game-changing spell. I thought he bowled really fast and put the Pakistan batsmen on the back foot.“Oshane Thomas bowled some quick balls as well. He came in and kind of polished off the job but all in all it was a very good team performance.”He continued: “In the field as well, we fielded well. The guys had a lot of energy in the field, the attitude to the fielding was there and all in all I thought it was a very good performance by the team.”last_img read more

How will Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell match up with NBA’s elite point guards?

first_imgOnly a night after dazzling his teammates with his pinpoint passes, Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell spent the end of Monday’s practice helping his team with something that involved a little less fanfare. Russell lingered around to pick up all the empty water bottles as part of his rookie duties.“We got like 10 rookies,” said Russell in slight exaggeration, though Anthony Brown and Larry Nance Jr. were not around. “I’m surprised I’m the only one out here.”Russell could soon experience something just as humbling. The Lakers (1-3) will play the Sacramento Kings (3-1) on Tuesday in Las Vegas, where Russell will match up against nine-year NBA veteran Rajon Rondo. Russell will face other star point guards on Saturday (Golden State’s Stephen Curry) and on Monday (Portland’s Damian Lillard). Russell has tried modeling his game after those players as well as former NBA guard Chauncey Billups, amid his quest to live up and perhaps surpass his potential as this year’s No. 2 draft pick. Russell maintained he viewed the storyline “more as a Lakers vs. Kings matchup.” Yet, he then conceded, “it’ll definitely give you a visual on where you are at as an individual.”“You have to play against them. You can’t just watch them,” Russell said. “In the first go-around, I can’t go in as a fan that Steph Curry is my guy. It’s more like, ‘I’m playing against this dude. Let’s get this team a win.’”The Lakers believe Russell can help them win. They have gushed about Russell’s playmaking, especially after he recorded 11 of the Lakers’ 30 assists in a win against Maccabi Haifa on Sunday. Lakers coach Byron Scott even found similarities between Russell and point guards he both played with (Magic Johnson) and coached (Jason Kidd, Chris Paul). “All of them had that killer instinct,” Scott said. “They all wanted to step on your toe if they had you down. I think this kid has that. His vision on the court is a lot like all three of those guys.”So much that Lakers forward Metta World Peace called Russell “a vet” and “a confident kid.” “He definitely has my respect as far as how he is mentally. D’Angelo is going to be fine,” World Peace said. “I always tell him to stay hungry and don’t take my compliments too well.”Russell conveyed that mind-set by maintaining, “I use it as motivation to keep doing what I’m doing.” Russell also deflected credit to his teammates’ high marksmanship. But how will he fare against the NBA’s elite?He will come off the bench for the second consecutive game after sitting out the previous seven quarters because of a bruised glute. Russell made both of his field-goal attempts against Maccabi Haifi, but he only went 2 for 5 in the preseason opener last week against Utah. “You’ll make mistakes and turn the ball over against those guys. But they’ve been experienced,” said Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, who experienced the same thing last season. “It’ll be up and down. But once you get the hang of it, stay even keel.”Clarkson viewed Russell the same way, calling him “a chill dude.” The Lakers also marveled about several of Russell’s passes against Maccabi Haifa, which included a no-look pass at half-court to forward Tarik Black. “Just make the right play,” Russell said about his mind-set. “If somebody is open, get it to him no matter how you got to do it. It might be flashy. It might be ugly. But get them the ball when they’re open.”Yet, Scott noticed a potential learning curve in Russell’s teammates anticipating his passes. “It was the same with Magic,” Scott said. “When you came down the court, you had to make sure your hands were ready and that you were looking at him. Even if he wasn’t looking at you, he could fire a pass to you.”Unlike his lone season at Ohio State and during his pre-draft workouts, Russell has since declined to invoke comparisons to other NBA players. He will soon find out first-hand whether any of them are valid.Injury updateLakers center Roy Hibbert experienced soreness in his right knee during Monday’s practice. But Hibbert declined to have x-rays or an MRI, and the Lakers listed him as probable for Tuesday’s game against Sacramento. After sitting out of Monday’s practice, Lakers guard Marcelo Huertas will miss his fifth consecutive exhibition because of a strained right hamstring. The Lakers hope for Huertas to practice on Wednesday. Lakers forward Brandon Bass practiced on Monday, but he is expected to miss his third consecutive preseason game because of a bruised left knee. Kobe Bryant also missed practice on Monday, though it was just to rest. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more