Panorama Festival is fast approaching, and New York is getting amped up for this brand new festival. Their killer lineup features Arcade Fire’s only 2016 U.S. tour date, one of Kendrick Lamar’s only North American festival sets this summer, and a sure-to-be-incredible hometown comeback show by the one-and-only LCD Soundsystem. With The National, Alabama Shakes, Major Lazer, Sia, Run the Jewels and more on the bill, it’s sure to be an unforgettable weekend of music on Randall’s Island. However, music isn’t the only thing on Panorama’s mind, as the festival intends to blow attendees away with an incredible, interactive experience called The Lab. ***Scroll to the bottom to enter to win a pair of 3-day passes to Panorama NYC!***The Lab will be a state-of-the-art installation for all Panorama attendees to enjoy. It will feature a museum-like room filled with multiple interactive exhibits and a massive theater that provides a fully-immersive audio/visual experience, all contained inside of a unique structure with a projection-mapped exterior. Panorama looks to be the first festival of this scale to feature technology as one of its main components, and The Lab will be that dream brought to life. The project itself is the brainchild of Panorama promoters Goldenvoice and META.is director Justin Bolognino, who is a huge Phish fan, is one of the founding fathers of Brooklyn Bowl, and is an all-around champion of technology-based art.Justin is a man of many hats. As the former Creative Director of Brooklyn Bowl, Justin helped shape the brand and experience of the beloved multi-room venue. Bolognino then sold his Learned Evolution and Meta Agency companies to mega-promoter SFX and formed the in-house creative solutions studio FX1, where Justin brought unique and interesting experiential marketing to festivals like Electric Zoo and Mysteryland. Finally, as the head of META.is, Justin works to elevate artists who use creative technology as a medium. I recently sat down with Mr. Bolognino to discuss all things The Lab, as well as some insight into working with Phish and working on the creation of Brooklyn Bowl. Click here for full details on The Lab via The Verge, and see below for a full transcript of the interview with Justin BologninoLive For Live Music: Break down The Lab for us? What is it? What isn’t it?Justin Bolognino: Well, The Lab is maybe the largest scale, single festival experience activation in history, as far as I’ve seen. There are three main components to The Lab: there’s the architectural façade, with is being projection-mapped by VolvoxLabs, then there is an 150×30 foot exhibition space that will host some six different interactive installations from leading New York City creative technology studios. We also have one other interactive installation—Emilie Baltz’s “Cotton Candy Theremin Universe”—that’s going to happen as a pop-up throughout the weekend. The Dome, which is the final component; we are creating a custom seventy-foot immersive audio-visual experience that’s the exclamation point on what should be a pretty inspiring tour. Hopefully you walk out of this thing a little knocked off your axis, that’s the idea. L4LM: How did you dream up for such an ambitious, multi-media experience?JB: I think such a resonant thing about this project is it didn’t feel like I dreamed it up or that there was anything active about it, it just feels natural. It wasn’t like an arduous task where there was a lot of brainstorming, it kind of flows beautifully. Really, it’s the culmination of everything I’ve done over the past ten years, all in one environment. It’s not so terribly different from Brooklyn Bowl at the end of the day.L4LM: How so?JB: I think the idea is in the simultaneity, we live in a very linear world that needs things one after the next, whereas, you can perceive reality to be happening simultaneously, and so, that was the big challenge when we built Brooklyn Bowl, people said ‘how will you have bowling, and music, and food all at the same time? That’s not going to work.’ And if you focus enough on the experience and focus enough on the feel and focus enough on how all of these elements are going to integrate, then I do think that level of simultaneity works and The Bowl obviously has only proven the fact.L4LM: What makes NYC and Panorama the perfect place for this vision?JB: Well, [festival promoters] AEG and Goldenvoice brought the catalyst of this idea to me. They wanted to create a festival that celebrates creative technology as a high form of art. That’s what Meta is predicated on, and I think that’s ultimately why they came to me, and the reason why I won the job in the end. I was able to create a story that includes not only the artists that we (Meta) rep but our competitors. I brought in people that we are normally pitching against to be a greater part of this community. I think that’s incredibly exciting; there’s a sea change happening around this, and that sea change is elevating creative technologists to the level of talent, and AEG wanted that. So we built that, then we took that same message to HP [Hewlett Packard], and HP is into that, so, this is kind of big. I’ve been in this for a long time and never seen so many partners so willing to tell this story…Quickly, back to your question about what it isn’t, it isn’t a festival activation where you’re going to walk out of there going ‘well that was cool, but who the hell did all of that?’ I think that’s one of the biggest problems that we solve on a daily basis at META.is, and especially at The Lab. We’re putting extensive lengths to make sure you know who these artists are. All the talent will have what we’re calling ‘exhibition pods’ on-site, so every single exhibit has a free standing structure that talks about the talent, that shows their reel, that shows content, that has their bio, and that’s a level up on how this type of talent normally gets treated, especially when they’re up against music.L4LM: Do you see this as being a new trend in festivals, or do you think that this is something that is specific to a festival like a Panorama or a company like an AEG who can get behind it. JB: Yeah! I think it has to be, I think the market’s going to demand it, I think that creative technologists are the next rock stars, and if festivals don’t catch up with that then they’re going to get left in the dust.I want to be clear, this isn’t just different for the sake of different, but telling a colloquial story that’s relative to the region that the festival is being built in. Coachella can only exist in the California desert, period. And Panorama could only exist in New York City, and that’s the idea, that they’re reflective of each other. It’s not just a stage with musicians performing on it like some of the other events that happen in New York on this scale. There’s a story, there’s a thread, we’re pulling together a community based around a narrative, and that narrative is: creative technology is amazing, and it’s time to respect that, and make it a quintessential part of the festival experience. And this came from AEG, this was their mandate, it’s not like I pitched them on that idea and that’s why it’s so exciting, because they want to tell that story. They don’t want to just have a genre-specific festival, they don’t want to have just a few headliners and throw up a stage in a parking lot. They want to tell a story, and I’m pretty blessed to have the opportunity to help tell that story.L4LM: A lot of information has been released about The Lab, including the artists involved, the pieces they are making, etc., and it seems well curated with thought provoking pieces. Are there any surprises in store for people who make their way to The Lab?JB: Maybe! There’s only one way to find out! How cool would it be to have a surprise DJ set in a 360-degree, immersive video dome? L4LM: It would be pretty cool!JB: Well I think that would be pretty awesome. Whether or not that happens, who knows?The Cotton Candy Theremin in the exhibition is kind of like that that but it’s not going to be a surprise, it’s publicized. We’ll probably release set times for it and everything.L4LM: What are you most excited about for The Lab?JB: The thing I’m most excited for is just getting all of the humans that are involved in this thing in one space together, I mean, these guys are known for their work, but the collective consciousness of the eleven different studios that are involved with this thing all in one place resonating together, that’s really exciting.L4LM: What music are you looking forward to seeing at Panorama? Can we expect to see any of The Lab’s amazing artists collaborating with any musicians on the festival lineup?JB: Well, I hope so, that would be awesome, surely it’s a great opportunity for all of the artists involved with this project, but that remains to be seen.In terms of music, obviously LCD Soundsystem should go without saying, one of my all time favorite bands, one of the best live bands ever, I believe, and I like to dance. So, that’ll be awesome.Honestly I think it’s the best lineup of the summer, headliners on down, and I’m not just saying that. How much music I’ll be able to see, I’m not so sure. I want to see FKA Twigs, I’m very excited about that, and also I haven’t seen Alabama Shakes since they played Brooklyn Bowl many, many years ago.L4LM: Besides Panorama, what other festivals stick out to you as being technology-forward?JB: I was just in Barcelona for Sonar, which is the best example, and they do it so right. They have daytime activities that shine a spotlight on creative technologists, on people using creative technology to build new instruments, on the digital side of the music game, they had a whole VR area, and at night they premier new stage designs, pair together visual and musical talent and they do it on a grand scale with the most amazing vibes. So Sonar wins, thus far. I really like what Moog Fest is doing…Day For Night is doing a really nice job at this down in Houston. But there’s a lot of room, there’s a lot of room to bring creative technology into the live music and experiential festival space. L4LM: As one of the original people involved with the project, and one of the key designers of the fan experience at Brooklyn Bowl, do you have any stories that stand out in your head?JB: The thing that sticks out most about The Bowl, led by Mr. [Peter] Shapiro and Charley Ryan, who are the masters of this, but every single thing about Brooklyn Bowl was created for your experience. I have this one anecdote where, there’s the wall that separates the lanes from the general admission area, and there’s the big screens at the end of the lanes. We built that wall to the height that we had specified, and we stood in the middle of the general admission area, and noticed that the wall was blocking the bottom quarter or so of the screens up on the lanes. And we literally ripped the wall out and re-built it to be low enough for an averaged height person to be able to see the screens from the GA. And I have one hundred more stories like that that surely highlights how every square pixel of that place was thought through and re-thought through based on how it would feel for the attendee to be in that room. From the content that’s on the screens to the nature of the branding, the consistency of the branding, the environmental design, I mean every single thing; it was an Apple-like approach to a venue, and I don’t know that there’s many venues out there that took that many detail to focus on the quality of your experience. That’s why we got hired originally to do that job, we share in that desire to uphold quality, but also that continues to inspire me to this day, to deliver that level of quality for attendees. Experience is everything, that’s what we do; Experience first, make money later. Shaprio has built an empire with that philosophy, and it’s as genuine and authentic as anything I’ve seen in the business world.L4LM: What was it like working for Phish? I know you’re a huge Phish fan, and were lucky enough to help organize the video that played before Festival 8’s Exile on Main Street set. Can you tell me a little bit about the process involved in collaborating on something so important with Phish?JB: It was crazy, I mean, we did the entire video that opened for Phish at festival 8 for their Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street in about 3 weeks. That year they did that really amazing marketing campaign where they built this online portal that had 99 different classic record covers with haunted, Halloween style music. And every day, you’d check back and a dagger would fly out and kill three or four of the records, leaving only ten left by the end of the month. At the time I was representing video-remix-DJs Eclectic Method, and I had this idea to have all 99 albums-worth of content remixed into a video that would open up the show. And it’s one of those insanely rare opportunities and cold-pitch, and push a project through. First of all, the [non-disclosure agreement] I signed to be able to be told what the cover-album was, was like first-born child level; I didn’t even tell my wife what it was, true story, It was that protective. So, we made it happen, and the whole process was done within less than three weeks, maybe two-and-a-half weeks, and that’s collecting 99 pieces of video content all relating to 99 albums. We had twelve people and a massive spreadsheet for people to search everywhere for content, DVDs, YouTube, etc., and it was a huge undertaking in and of itself just to source the content. There are three guys in Eclectic Method; each took a chunk, and they created a masterpiece. That video they made in the time they made it, with the pressure and everything else was just an extraordinary piece of work. Funnily enough, it is ended up accidentally being four minutes and twenty seconds long, and I’ll take that as a happy accident.Two big things: the whole thing was done through management, I was never allowed to talk directly to the band (which, as a huge head, was probably the reason that they did that) and the second thing is that they reserve the right to not do it, that was part of their contract that, if, on the day of show, they didn’t wanna do this thing they didn’t have to. So, I flew out to Festival 8, handed the DVD to [Jason] Colton [ed. note: one of Phish’s managers] on Saturday the day of the show, and it’s like ‘alright, taking the final back to the band’, and I didn’t find out if they had approved it until 3:00pm that afternoon, and that night, it happened. And let me tell you, it was an out of body experience, the whole thing. I didn’t even have the capacity to enjoy it because it was such a surreal thing. I think my favorite memory At 3pm I get the text that “it’s on” and that night it happened.L4LM: Do you have any thoughts on Phish’s new LED Rig?JB: I think if there’s one band in the world that doesn’t need LED lights, it’s Phish, and I think that addition does not equal evolution. I would say that true creativity is taking things away until all that’s left is the essentials, and I don’t think there’s anything essential in this rig. But, if they are here to stay, I think there is a wide-open canvas with-which to produce very high-level content.Enter To Win A Pair Of 3-Day GA Passes To Panorama NYC!
Nearly all U.S. regions stand to gain economic benefits from power plant carbon standards that set moderately stringent emission targets and allow a high level of compliance flexibility, according to a new study by scientists from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Syracuse University, Resources for the Future, and the Harvard Forest, Harvard University as a project of the Science Policy Exchange.The study was published today, June 7, 2016, in the open access journal PLOS ONE. The authors report large national net benefits of approximately $33 billion per year for the power plant carbon standard in the study, based on estimated costs of $17 billion per year and projected benefits of $29 billion for a subset of health co-benefits, and $21 billion for climate benefits.While other studies have analyzed total national costs and benefits of power plant carbon standards, this is the first study of its kind to break down the costs and benefits by sub region for the entire U.S.“We found that the health benefits would outweigh the estimated costs of the carbon standard in our study for 13 out of 14 power sector regions within five years of implementation—even though we only looked at a subset of the total benefits,” said lead author Jonathan Buonocore, research associate and program leader at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Chan School. Read Full Story
Read Full Story Three students from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health are among the 32 recipients of the Harvard Traveling Fellowship for 2016–17. Fellowships are awarded to graduate students and recent graduates from across the University to support research, study, and travel abroad or domestically.Corey Prachniak, M.P.H. ’16, has begun to explore gender, health, and human rights in Bogotá, Colombia; Laura Goodman, M.P.H. ’17, is researching the epidemiology of birth defects in Mongolia; and Yadira Almodóvar-Díaz, Dr.P.H. ’17, is working to improve the health care system in her native Puerto Rico.Prachniak decided to pursue public health after earning a law degree in order to be a more effective advocate for the health rights of LGBT people. In Bogotá, Prachniak is exploring how forms of gender-based discrimination, such as denial of gender-affirming care to transgender individuals, violates people’s right to health. Prachniak views the fellowship as an opportunity to combine advocacy, activism, and research in order to make the biggest possible impact.Goodman, a student in the School’s new online/on-campus M.P.H. in epidemiology program, hopes her work will promote policy changes to improve pediatric surgical capacity in Mongolia. After taking courses first from her home in Sacramento, Calif., and on campus in June, Goodman is now working with colleagues from the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences and the National Center for Maternal and Child Health of Mongolia to study the epidemiology of birth defects as part of her M.P.H. capstone project.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — As Somalia marks three decades since a dictator fell and chaos engulfed the country, the government is set to hold a troubled national election. Or is it? Two regional states refuse to take part in the vote to elect Somalia’s president and parliament members, and time is running out before the Feb. 8 date on which mandates expire. The United Nations warns that going beyond that date without a solution doing so brings Somalia into “an unpredictable political situation in a country where we certainly don’t need any more of that.”
When Fr. Edward Sorin began building what would eventually be the University of Notre Dame, he began a long history of troubled relationships between the University and minority groups.Today, Notre Dame is still trying to make up for the events both in its past and its present. On Wednesday, the Mediation Program of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies hosted a panel on reparations and reconciliation at Notre Dame with speakers from the Notre Dame, Potawatomi and South Bend communities alike.“It’s really important that we hear the stories because no one has only one story. And we don’t hear the stories. We don’t hear the experiences, and we’re continuing to perpetuate the ignorance and the lack of education about what happened,” said Susan Page, visiting professor at the Keough School and the panel’s moderator.In an effort to make these stories known, the panel invited speakers from minority groups to share their experiences, which are not often publicized.One such panelist was Gary Morseau, a citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi.“We sit there and we always work with them with our history,” Morseau said. “Then you turn around and look, and they change the history. They rewrite it to benefit them. And we bring it to their attention, and they won’t discuss it. We’ve never been hostile to them. We only want to work one on one with them.”There are many things the University does not address, including the unfulfilled promise of free tuition for the Potawatami people, Morseau said. This is one story that is not often discussed, he said.“Whenever I speak in front of any people, I ask if there are any questions at the end, and all the hands go up,” Dr. Brian Collier, director of the American Indian Catholic Schools Network, said. “They ask me one question: When is Notre Dame going to reinstate free tuition? And I go, ‘I don’t know, I’m not that guy,’ and ask if there are any more questions, and there aren’t. That is the question of the day.”The panelists asked questions that started conversations about working towards reparations and improving relationships both with the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi as well as African Americans, especially in light of Walk the Walk Week.“There is always only one black person allowed in the room at the same time,” Debra Stanley, executive director of CLBC site Imani Unidad, said. “You can’t see, in high positions, people who look like you, who can relate to you, who come from where you come from. And so the question is why is there only one black person?”Another main problem preventing the conversation from moving forward, many panelists stated, is that there is not enough education about past actions.“I think it’s important, the notion of education, and that we have not even been educated about our own history — which is often rewritten by the winners,” Page said. “We need to know more so we can actually understand where we’re coming from.”The panelists did not just ask questions that are not often asked and bring light to stories that are not often discussed. They also suggested a number of things people on campus can do to begin reparations for the University’s actions and their repercussions.“It’s hard to get anywhere with people who are hell-bent on not acknowledging that Notre Dame has problems,” said senior Savanna Morgan, spokesperson of End Hate at ND. “That’s why when we talk about change, I think it’s really important to note that a lot of it will have to come from the bottom, which is why student-led initiatives — kind of like grassroots initiatives — are the most productive way of going about change at this University.”Although Morgan said the path to reparations and reconciliation seems long, the panel ended with a message of hope.“It would be tragic enough if this was simply a matter of history, but it isn’t; it’s ongoing, it’s alive,” said Laurie Nathan, professor of the practice of mediation at the Kroc Institute. “I want to acknowledge that and acknowledge the pain. And second, I want to say that this is not simply a forum for talking. I hope this is a platform for action.”Tags: Kroc Institute, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Pokagon Potawatomi, Reconciliation, reparations
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz today presented 23 Vermont organizations and individuals with the 2011 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. Honorees were recognized for their efforts to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability. This year’s recipients by category are: Environmental Excellence in Pollution Prevention – Projects that reduce or eliminate the generation of pollutants and wastes at the source including toxics use reduction (TUR) efforts.89 North, Inc. – Designed first mercury-free, long life (50,000 vs. 200 hrs.) light source for fluorescence microscopy.Aline Gadue Stirling and Gadue’s Dry Cleaning – Leader in green dry cleaning and replacement of perchloroethylene solvent with less toxic alternative, Solvon K4.Central Vermont Public Service – Replaced 5000 gals/yr petroleum bar chain oil with biodegradable animal-based oils in chainsaws, reducing pollutants in clearing rights-of-way. Environmental Excellence in Resource Conservation – Projects that conserve resources and protect the environment by minimizing resource consumption or by applying the strategies of reuse or recycling.Advance Transit – Reduced greenhouse gases and pollution through comprehensive energy efficiency improvements in expanded and renovated building including solar electric and rainwater reuse. Added hybrid buses and vans to fleet.Green Mountain Power – Provided innovative financial incentive for renewable energy through net metering and additional payment (6¢ per kwh), leading to a 400% increase in renewable energy projects which eliminated 3.6 million lbs. carbon.Heritage Aviation & TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design – Developed sustainability model in renovated aviation facility with green roof, wind turbine, ecological landscaping, porous pavement, and water reuse.IBM’Facilities Manufacturing, Environment and Chemical Lab Team – Designed innovated air pollution scrubber technology that substantially reduced pollution releases, energy consumption, and water use.IBM’Waste Water and Chemical Lab Team – Created wastewater treatment improvements that reduced 11,000 lbs/yr nitrate discharges to the Winooski River and saved 19,000 kWh/yr energy.Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center – Comprehensive, volunteer led, sustainability program at a small hospital.Omega Optical Solid Waste Reduction Program – Comprehensive solid waste reduction program to reach zero waste by 2014.Vermont Agency of Transportation – Implemented innovative roadway sensor technology for bad weather that saves travel time, reducing energy use thus reducing greenhouse gases. Environmental Excellence in Earth Stewardship & Resource Protection – Projects with measurable and direct benefits to air, land or water ‘ or fish, wildlife and human communities dependent upon a clean and healthy environment.Jim Sabataso – As coordinator of Sustainable Rutland led the community to promote and implement environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability throughout the Rutland region.Marshall Webb – Designed and administers a controlled deer hunt on an annual basis at Shelburne Farms to minimize deer impact to the forest ecology.Stowe Mountain Lodge – Established strong company-wide commitment to sustainability and carbon footprint reduction, with over 80 facility-wide initiatives implemented. Environmental Excellence in Land Use & Land Use Planning – Projects that preserve or conserve land to create ecological and environmental benefits or that advance smart growth alternatives.Vermont Woodlands Association – Created and provides weekend Forestry School programs for woodland owners. Also sponsors the Vermont Tree Farm Program. Environmental Justice and Sustainability ‘ Projects that achieve greater environmental/economic justice and/or efficiency and help Vermonters to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.Vermont Assistive Technology Reuse Project – Reuse, rehabilitation, and exchange program for durable medical equipment and adaptive vehicles directed to schools and the needy. Environmental Excellence in Education & Outreach – Projects that inform and educate others about environmentally responsible practices or that empower citizens to enhance the quality of the environment for local, regional or global communities.Grafton Elementary School – Student study of plastic bag impact, leading to promotion of reusable bags in the community and a proposed legislative ban of plastic bags.Mad River Glen Cooperative – Since 1996, their nature program has offered environmental education including year round guided walks, the Kent Thomas Nature Center, and interpretive displays that encourages citizen science, volunteerism, and activism.Marion Cross School – ‘Learning about the Environment through Experiential Education Projects’, model program integrating environmental teaching in all classes and grades.SolarFest, Inc. – 17 years of providing a renewable energy conservation educational event and festival.Steven Long and Virginia Barlow – Co-founders of Vermont Woodlands Magazine (now Northern Woodlands), and the Center for Northern Woodlands Education, providing conservation education for students, landowners, and the public.The Keewaydin Foundation – Longstanding model residential outdoor educational program for elementary and middle school students. Youth Environmental Citizenship Award – Projects accomplished by a young person or young people (21 years or younger) that achieve significant positive environmental outcomes.· The ECHO E-team – Volunteer student team that designed and implemented quality educational programs in their communities after training at the ECHO center.
Red State City Makes 100% Renewables Pledge FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:A city in central Oklahoma has made an environmental resolution to transition to 100 percent renewable energy in its buildings by 2035. The Tuesday resolution makes Norman the first city in Oklahoma to make such a commitment to renewables, the Norman Transcript reported.The city will tap into sources like wind and solar for electricity. The resolution also calls for 100 percent clean energy commitment across the board by 2050, including heating and transportation.“We’ve already been taking baby steps toward this, and I think this is the public commitment to take us the rest of the way,” said Councilwoman Breea Clark. “We’re getting noticed for our efforts; now it’s time to follow through.”Norman officials are still determining how the city will reach its energy goals. The city is still negotiating a long-term franchise agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric, but the resolution has received broad community support.More: City in Oklahoma Commits to Clean 100 Percent Energy
It is expected that FAB will use the new aircraft during the UNITAS 56-2015 international exercise, which will be held off the coast of Brazil, representing a unique opportunity to train in interoperability with the U.S. Navy’s P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft and the Peruvian Navy’s Fokker 50. By Dialogo September 30, 2015 I think non-confidential information, from the exposition about “Operation Formosa”, about the training exercises mentioned would be useful.Congratulations!Ernesto George DiederichsenSecond Lieutenant Reserves R2, [email protected] R2, [email protected] When they are delivered, the eight aircraft will be distributed among and operated by the Phoenix (2nd / 7th Aviation Groups) and Neptune (3rd / 7th Aviation Groups) squadrons, headquartered in the Florianopolis (Santa Catarina state) and Belém (Pará state) air bases and strategically located in the country’s north and south. In addition to being guardian of Brazil’s seas, the FAB’s Aviation Patrol has a long historical tradition within the country, as it was also responsible for the FAB’s “baptism of fire” during the South Atlantic phase of World War II. The P-95 aircraft can now track up to 200 targets simultaneously, perform land mapping and detect other aircraft. The primary mission of the “Bandeirulha,” as it is called locally, is the aerial surveillance of Brazil’s territorial sea, but it is also essential for maritime traffic control, search-and-rescue operations, to identify environmental crimes, and carry out missions to combat illegal fishing and piracy. The aircraft can also be equipped with two pods for unguided SBAT-70-type rockets to enable the performance of maritime interdiction missions and carry out attacks against small vessels. By updating the electronic systems, they will have increased capacity to perform air-clearing missions and operate as tactical air coordinators, making them an important aerial platform for signals intelligence missions as well. The installation of an electro-optical sensor with thermal and laser rangefinder imaging systems is also anticipated to allow crews to perform night-vision searches and low-visibility search operations. This will enable the acquisition and designation of targets for Military Interdiction Operations such as anti-piracy and anti-terrorism missions, as well as capturing and sending live images to drives on land and to Brazilian Navy ships. The analog stick was replaced by four modern multifunctional digital screens running software developed by AEL’s Brazilian engineers. The new systems enhance situational awareness and increase crew safety, while the integration of the Selex Seaspray 5000E modern radar, which weighs almost 50 kg, will allow for detection of ships up to 370 km away. P-95 is the FAB’s new name for the EMB-111, a maritime patrol version of the internationally successful transport twin-engine C-95 Bandeirante, developed by Embraer. This type of aircraft is also used by the Chilean Navy. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) received the first modernized P-95 maritime patrol aircraft in September as part of an initiative to improve the capacity of its fleet. The modernization project was undertaken by AEL Sistemas, a Brazilian company that has been employed in the design, development, manufacturing, maintenance, and logistic support of military and space electronic systems for applications in aerial platforms, sea, and land for the past 30 years. Conducted at the Dos Afonsos Aeronautical Material Park in Rio de Janeiro, the project’s focus is to replace the aircraft’s electronic and communications equipment and install new search radar in order to increase its operational capacity and extend its operational life by 15 additional years. *Brazilian journalist specializing in matters of national security.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Another season change means a whole new slew of events for Long Islanders of all stripes to enjoy. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, the solstice or general seasonal merriment, here’s a list of happenings:A Christmas CarolFollow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas—past, present and future—in this fine performance of the Charles Dickens classic. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. theatrethree.com $15-$30. Days, times vary. Through Dec. 24.Holiday Lights SpectacularThis brilliantly illuminating 2.5-mile display returns for the second year after a seven-year absence. It will feature new themed displays throughout the park as well as returning favorites including the “12 Days of Christmas” and “Santa’s Beach Party.” The park will also feature an expanded Holiday Village, including a new ice skating rink as well as returning favorites, such as pictures with Santa, Holiday Hay Maze, cheerful holiday music and movies, and plenty of refreshments. There is also a Twofer Tuesday special—two trips for the price of one. Jones Beach State Park, West End, Ocean Pkwy. seetheholidaylights.com $20 per car Mon.-Thurs., $25 Fri.-Sun. Dusk-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., open til 11 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Through Jan. 3.Miracle on 34th Street: The MusicalEveryone knows the story of the well-mannered, white-bearded weirdo claiming to be the real Santa who brings about a true miracle in New York City. But do you know the musical version? Expect masterful performances. Expect show-stopping songs. Expect to be wowed! John W. Engman Theate, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $69-$74. 3 p.m. Days, times vary. Through Jan. 3.Christmas at HicksAnimated characters star in “Christmas at the North Pole,” a walk-through story telling how Santa picks out gifts for his friends who are penguins, elves and more. Enjoy the festive sounds of the brass band, take pictures with the jolly old man himself, and meet live reindeer! Donations of non-perishable food items for Long Island Cares accepted. Hicks Nursery, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. hicksnurseries.com Free. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Dec. 24.Boardwalk LightsA nautical themed holiday light show display on the boardwalk. Long Beach boardwalk. longbeachny.gov Free. 5 p.m. Everyday. Through Jan. 17.Bayville WonderlandVisit the elves hard at work in Santa’s toy factory funhouse, ride the holiday express train, brave the arctic ice skating adventure, meet Mrs. Claus and other holiday characters, plus much more! Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. bayvillewinterwonderland.com $22. Days, hours vary. Through Jan. 3.Barnaby Saves ChristmasThe littlest elf and his reindeer friend, Franklynne, set off on their journey to save Christmas. Along the way, they meet some new friends and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukah and the holiday season. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. theatrethree.com $10. Days, hours vary. Through Dec. 26.A Joyful Toyful HolidayThe toys come to life right in time for the holidays in this delightful holiday play. Studio Theatre, 141 South Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst. broadhollow.org $10. 1 p.m. Dec. 12, 19, 26 and Jan. 2.Frosty the SnowmanJoin Jenny and Frosty on their chilly adventures as they try to save the town of Chillsville from the mean old Ethel Pierpot and her evil machine that will melt all the snow and ruin winter! John W. Engman Theate, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $15. Days, times vary. Through Jan. 3.It’s a Wonderful VillageFour Saturdays of holiday merriment! A Parade of Lights featuring decorated fire trucks marches down Windmill Lane to Agawam Park followed by the tree lighting on Nov. 28th, plus horse and buggy rides, pictures with Santa, shopping, carolers, hot chocolate, cookies and more! Southampton village. Full list of events here: southamptonchamber.com Free. 12:30-4 p.m. Dec. 12 and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 19.The Lighting of Malverne 2015Enjoy bowling, breakfast and a movie with Santa, a holiday gala, a parade of elves, as well as the Menorah and tree lighting. There will also be hayrides, horse and buggy rides, a live ice sculpture demonstration and a living Nativity. Full listing of events at malvernevillage.org Various prices. Days, hours vary. Through Dec. 162015 Annual Holiday Model Train DisplayInteractive fun for the whole family! Explore 240 square feet of history inspired by local landmarks. Town of Babylon History Museum, Old Town Hall, 47 W. Main St., Babylon. townofbabylon.com Free. Days, hours vary. Through Jan. 3.Menorah LightingJoin city officials and Rabbi Goodman of Bach Temple of Long Beach for music, coffee, doughnuts, Hanukah Gelt and hot potato latkes as they kick off the Festival of Lights! The main lighting will be at 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, but make sure you come back every day as another light is added. Kennedy Plaza, Long Beach. longbeachny.gov Free. 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 5 p.m. Dec. 13.Mrs. Claus Saves the Day!Ever wonder what Mrs. Claus was up to on that foggy Christmas Eve when Rudolph became famous? This play tells the classic story from Mrs. Claus’ point of view. Bayway Arts Center, 265 E. Main St., East Islip. broadhollow.org $11. 2 p.m. Dec. 12, 19, 26 and Jan. 2, 12 p.m. Dec. 13 and 27.A Charlie Brown ChristmasThe Peanuts gang, on stage, like you’ve never seen them before! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $20-$25. 7 p.m. Dec. 11.Tree LightingLit up will be the magnificent 35-foot Japanese Umbrella Pine, which is located on the south side of the Camellia Greenhouse. Afterward, see view the spectacular poinsettia display, hear the madrigal singers perform, visit Coe Hall decked with holly and meet Santa at the Hay Barn! Visit Periwinkles Café in the Visitor Center and enjoy egg nog, hot chocolate and cider, gingerbread men and other assorted holiday sweets. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Route 25A, Oyster Bay. plantingfields.org Free. 6 p.m. Dec. 11.Glenn Miller Orchestra: In the Holiday MoodHear all your favorite holiday songs in the band’s unique style. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com $25-$65. 8 p.m. Dec. 11.Holiday ConcertCelebrate the spirit of the holidays with the FTC Concert Pops Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Five Towns College Performing Arts Center, Five Towns College, 305 North Service Rd., Dix Hills. ftc.edu/ftcpac $10. 2 p.m. Dec. 13Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker BalletWorld-renowned ballet stars of the Leggz Ballet Company team up with the South Shore Symphony Orchestra to bring this classical ballet to life. This is one of the few productions on Long Island that features a full orchestra so don’t miss it! The Madison Theatre, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Center. madisontheatreny.org $25-$39. 7:30 p.m. 5 p.m. Dec. 11, 4 p.m. Dec. 12, 4 p.m. Dec. 13.Not Quite Christmas CabaretCocktails, dinner, desert and performances by Broadway actors Catherine Walker, Jeff Kready and Catherine Porter. Castle Gould, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. thesandspointpreserve.com $100-$110. 7 p.m. Dec. 12.13th Annual Reenactment of the Flying SantaRelive the days when Santa would visit the Fire Island Lighthouse keepers and their families by flying by in small plane. Fire Island Lighthouse, just east of Robert Moses State Park Field 5, Fire Island. fireislandlighthouse.com Free. 11:30 a.m. Dec. 12.Skate with SantaChildren are invited to go ice skating with Santa, have their pictures taken in front of the tree and decorate cookies. Free hot chocolate. Christopher Morley Park, 500 Searingtown Road in Roslyn-North Hills. nassaucountyny.gov/parks $22 adults, $15 kids, $4 veterans, seniors and first responders. Discounts with Leisure Pass. $5 skate rental. Days, hours vary. Beginning Dec. 12.Elf on the Shelf Craft EventCountdown to Christmas begins! Children will create their own goody jar containing a secret message left by the Elf himself. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com $20 per child. 12 p.m. Dec. 12.3rd Annual West End Electric Light ParadeCome see antique cars, fire truck, floats and bicycles wrapped in lights for this festive holiday parade! There will be antique fire truck rides, trolley rides and hot cocoa. Yum. Ohio Avenue and Beech Street, Long Beach. longbeachny.gov Free. 6 p.m. Dec. 12.Christmas Tree LightingJoin the mayor, Santa, his elves, and the fire department as they light the tree. Islandia Village Hall, 1100 Old Nichols Rd., Islandia. newvillageofislandia.com Dusk, Dec. 12.The Nutcracker Suite with Full OrchestraThe Atlantic Wind Symphony teams up with the Ovations Dance Repertory Company to bring you this famous ballet like you’ve never seen it before! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com $15-$30. 8 p.m. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 13.Chanukah on IceDon’t miss the sculpting and lighting of the largest Ice Menorah in New York! Skate to Chanukah music then enjoy pizza, latkes and chocolate gelt. Long Beach Ice Arena, 150 W. Bay Drive, Long Beach. longbeachny.gov $16 per person or $80 per family (includes skates and dinner). 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13.4th Annual Candlelight Carol SingThis wonderful evening of Christmas songs quickly became a family tradition, featuring the timeless carol “Silent Night” sung in the candlelit church. Arrive at 7 p.m. sharp to enjoy warm cider and hot chocolate around the fire while a brass quintet plays. Saint William the Abbot Church, 2000 Jackson Ave., Seaford. facebook.com/events Free. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16.The NutcrackerNew York Dance Theatre, under the direction of Frank Ohman, will present what’s billed as the largest Nutcracker on Long Island with added music, scenes and dances—the only one performed in the tradition of New York City Ballet’s legendary George Balanchine. John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hofstra University, 1000 Fulton Ave., Hempstead. ohmanballet.org $25-$50. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 18, 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20.Long Island Traveling Road Show Christmas ConcertTwo of Long Island’s favorite acoustic musicians, Rich Broillet and Bob Otto, introduce their new Christmas single and play all your holiday favorites. Mills Pond House Gallery, 199 Mills Pond Rd., St. James. stacarts.org Donation to Smithtown Township Arts Council. 1 p.m. Dec. 20.Celebrate Winter SolsticeSqueeze in as much fun as possible on the shortest day of the year! Arts and crafts, storytelling and a wintery walk in the woods. Nassau Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor. nassaumuseum.org $10 per family. 1 p.m. Dec. 20.A Gospel According to Jazz ChristmasGrammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum continues this annual event, bringing excellent holiday entertainment to all. This year’s holiday jazz extravaganza will feature Gerald Albright, Norman Brown and female vocalist, Shelea. The Madison Theatre, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Center. madisontheatreny.org $45-$75. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 26.-Compiled by Desiree D’iorio
Over 1,1 million tourist nights were realized in October Looking only at July, the numbers are significantly better. / / / EUROSTAT: Tourism statistics – nights spent at tourist accommodation establishments According to the eVisitor system on October 5, 2020, during September 2020, 396.829 arrivals of foreign tourists were recorded (index 18,85) and 141.835 arrivals of domestic guests (index 76,95). The number of overnight stays of foreign tourists in September was 3.623.199 (index 31,97), while domestic tourists realized 1.240.791 overnight stays (index 83,92). Also, Croatia achieved the highest number of overnight stays in tourist facilities among Mediterranean countries compared to the same period last year.The data show that in the period from January to the end of July, Croatia achieved a level of 63 percent of domestic tourist arrivals and 39,2 percent of foreign tourist arrivals compared to last year. In the period from January to the end of October, there were 7.596.097 arrivals and 53.623.053 overnight stays in Croatia, which is 50 percent of last year’s result in the same period measured by overnight stays. In July, Croatia achieved 91,9 percent of the level of domestic tourist arrivals and 65,4 percent of the level of foreign tourist arrivals. Regarding tourist overnight stays realized in tourist facilities, in seven months Croatia realized 41,1 percent of overnight stays compared to the record year of 2019, while in July 57,5 percent of overnight stays were realized compared to July last year. In September, a drop of 80% in the number of arrivals Read the full Eurostat report in the attachment. Total tourist turnover (foreign and domestic tourists) in September amounted to 538.664 arrivals (index 23,52) and 4.863.990 overnight stays (index 37,97). The markets with the highest tourist turnover are Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria.In October alone, there were 207.778 arrivals and 1.188.658 overnight stays, and the markets with the largest tourist turnover in October were Croatia, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Poland and the Czech Republic. Last published data Eurostat on tourist traffic in the first seven months of this year in the European Union member states show that in the period from January to July this year, Croatia recorded the smallest decline in the number of domestic and foreign tourists.