Back in June, the Prince estate announced a new album of previously unreleased home recordings, dubbed Piano & A Microphone 1983, due out September 21, 2018. The nine-track LP includes cassette recordings that Prince made at his piano at his Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. This extremely intimate musical snapshot of the artist is previewed in today’s newest release, “Why The Butterflies”. The six and a half minute ballad comes on the heels of prior singles “17 Days” and “Mary Don’t You Weep“, a cover of the 19th century spiritual. “Why The Butterflies” is one of three previously unreleased records set to be included on the new album.According to the Prince Vault,The version included on the Piano & A Microphone 1983 album is from a solo piano rehearsal at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA. No studio version of the track is known to exist, and the track was not intended for release on a studio album at any point. Indeed the track may simply be an improvisation, with no further work done following this performance.Listen to “Why The Butterflies” below:Prince – “Why The Butterflies”Much of Piano and a Microphone 1983 will feature Prince in his most intimate form, working through future classics like “Purple Rain”, “17 Days”, “Strange Relationship” and “International Love”, as well as a cover of Joni Mitchell‘s “A Case of You.”During the final year of his life, in 2016, Prince embarked on his now-legendary “Piano & A Microphone” tour, in which the Purple One performed as a one-man show. It was during this tour that his health complications started to become public, and that fans started to worry that the mystical musician was in danger. He died on April 21, 2016 from an accidental overdose of fentanyl at the age of 57.“This raw, intimate recording, which took place at the start of Prince’s career right before he achieved international stardom, is similar in format to the Piano & A Microphone Tour that he ended his career with in 2016,” Prince Estate entertainment adviser Troy Carter said in a previous statement. “The Estate is excited to be able to give fans a glimpse of his evolution and show how his career ultimately came full circle with just him and his piano.”According to Billboard, the album cover features a rare image of Prince backstage during the 1999 tour captured by Allen Beaulieu, who worked closely with Prince from 1979-1984.The Deluxe version of Piano and a Microphone 1983 is set to include a 12″ booklet with new liner notes from Prince’s engineer, Don Batts, as well as never-before-seen candid photos of the Purple One.Piano & A Microphone 1983 Tracklisting:“17 Days”“Purple Rain”“A Case Of You”“Mary Don’t You Weep”“Strange Relationship”“International Lover”“Wednesday”“Cold Coffee & Cocaine”“Why The Butterflies”View All Tour DatesAt the fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive, a number of our favorite artists will come together to pay tribute to Prince with Purple Party. The sensational former Prince bassist MonoNeon will join forces with Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note), Steve Swatkins (Allen Stone), Ryan Jalbert and Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), Shira Elias and Sammi Garett (Turkuaz), Chris Bullock and Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy), Will Trask (Great American Taxi), and Megan Letts (Mama Magnolia). Casey Russell (the Magic Beans) will play keys and act as musical director.Brooklyn Comes Alive will return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Rough Trade. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.Brooklyn Comes Alive is sponsored by Denver-based company, Pure CBD Exchange, which creates and sells a number of CBD/cannabidiol products (What is CBD?) from concentrates, tinctures, extracts, lotions, creams, and more. The use of CBD has gained much notoriety as of late, for use as both a health and wellness supplement and to treat conditions such as epilepsy, PTSD, cancer, and a number of mental disorders and is also used for anti-inflammation, nausea reduction, sleep aid, and more. Pure CBD Exchange was co-founded by Gregg Allman Band organist/keyboardist and Brooklyn Comes Alive musician Peter Levin back in 2017.Pure CBD Exchange focuses on low-THC cannabis products with high CBD content. They work within the Colorado Industrial Hemp pilot program to distribute non-psychoactive tinctures, extracts, lotions, and more all over the world. The company has featured by companies like VICE, High Times, Leafly, and more.
Champlain Valley Exposition to Host January Business After HoursESSEX JUNCTION — If you are looking for a fun evening and some great silent auction bargains from local businesses and merchants, plan on attending the Ambassadors Silent Auction and Taste of the Chamber on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Champlain Valley Exposition (CVE).Champlain Valley Exposition, a non-profit organization, is home to many of Vermonts biggest events, including the annual Champlain Valley Fair, Rock Maple Snocross Racing, Vermont Flower Show, Everything Equine (named a Top Ten 2007 Vermont Chamber event), the Vermont Balloon and Music Festival, Spring and Fall Essex Crafts, Vermont Quilt Festival, NSRA Street Rods and the Champlain Valley Antiques Festival to name just a few of more than 100 special events.All these events help us fulfill our mission as a non-profit organization to encourage and support education, agriculture, commerce and entertainment, said CVE General Manager David F. Grimm, CFE.The Robert E. Miller Expo Centre, located on the 130-acre site, is the largest events complex in northern New England. The Expo Centre offers 81,000 sq. ft of clear-span exhibit space designed for maximum flexibility and is completely air-conditioned for year-round use.The professional staff and event management team at the Exposition provide turn-key services for consumer and trade shows, banquets, conventions, meetings, weddings, concerts and conferences. A 14,000 sq. ft connector building between Expo South and North has offices, conference rooms, concession space, a prep kitchen and additional dressing and rest rooms. Wireless internet service is also available at the Expo Centre and on the grounds of the Exposition during special events.The Expo Centre project was completed in January 2006 by REM Development Company, Williston, Robert E. Miller president.The 2007 Champlain Valley Fair, held at the Exposition Aug. 25- Sept. 3, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association (ABA) list. Inclusion in the Top 100 list indicates that Vermonts largest annual event offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, said ABA.The Fair also received the 2006 John Deere Agricultural Awards of Excellence Sweepstakes Award from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions for best overall exhibits and agricultural events in the nation. The attractiveness of the Champlain Valley Fair as a dont-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction, said Peter J. Pantuso, ABAs president and CEO. The honor gives Vermont, the Lake Champlain region and the Champlain Valley Fair an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners and travel professionals. According to studies recently completed by researchers at The George Washington University and Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motor coach group can leave from $5,000 to more than $13,000 in a local destinations economy. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes.With the addition of new electrical and water service throughout the Exposition grounds, the ability to host large recreational vehicle and motor home rallies grew dramatically in 2006.CVE was the site of the Newmar Kountry Klub International Rally in Fall 2006 with more than 900 RVs on site. It was also the host of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America International Rally in July 2006 which brought more than 9,000 visitors to the Champlain Valley region and Vermont for nearly a week. The resulting regional economic activity CVE events encourages is substantial approximately $80 million per year, Expo officials say.The combination of modern facilities, convenient location near Burlington International Airport and access to major state and interstate highways makes CVE an attractive destination for regional and national organizations like the N.E. Forest Products Expo, Vermont Grocers Association, Green Mountain Alpacas and Green Mountain Dog Show. Champlain Valley Expositions experienced sales and marketing team are ready to help you grow your events in 2007 and beyond.· For information on holding your special events or meeting at the Exposition, contact Tom Oddy, director of special events at (802) 878-5545 [email protected](link sends e-mail).· To learn how your business can benefit as a sponsor of an event, contact Chris Ashby, director of sales and marketing at (802) 8787-5545 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).· A complete calendar of events is available at www.cvfair.com(link is external)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The pilot of a small single-engine plane was approaching Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma when a drone bolted out of the blue on a sunny afternoon a year ago Monday.The pilot didn’t have to take evasive action to avoid a collision with the remote-controlled, unmanned mini-aircraft—unlike other near-misses in New York metro area skies—but air traffic controllers reported the scare to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has been tracking cases of drones flying within restricted airspace since the devices’ popularity increased in recent years.“I just passed a drone—that was pretty wild!” the pilot of a Mooney M20R Ovation told the air traffic control tower at Long Island MacArthur Airport (LIMA), according to an audio recording of the incident obtained by the Press from LiveATC.net. “It was at approximately 2,000 feet. That was pretty scary, actually.”Under FAA guidelines, unmanned aircraft are not allowed to fly above 400 feet, within five miles of airports, interfere with aircraft, hover over stadiums or large crowds and operators must keep drones within their line of sight. Fines for endangering aircraft or people on the ground can run up to $25,000. Local laws also restrict them to designated hobby aircraft flight areas, such as Nassau County’s Cedar Creek Park in Seaford.LIMA officials were unconcerned with the pilot’s sighting over LI, however.“This is kind of a blip on the radar,” said Rob Schnieder, MacArthur airport’s deputy commission for operations, who noted that lasers being pointed at aircraft are a bigger problem. “If there was a risk to flight safety, there would’ve been a more active response.”The operator of that drone was never found. The FAA said it was last seen about five miles northwest of MacArthur airport—placing it above the Hauppauge-Smithtown area, which is home to the main complex of Suffolk County government buildings. Why a drone would be hovering nearly half a mile over Suffolk’s capital region remains a mystery.The incident was one of at least 20 drone sightings reported by pilots and folks on the ground to either the FAA or police in Nassau and Suffolk counties since the first confirmed case of a drone interfering with a jetliner over LI in 2013, the Press has found—a number likely much higher when factoring in incidents unreported to authorities. Drones’ rising popularity—with some models selling for as little as $50—prompted Suffolk County to pass a bill regulating the devices, with Nassau County, the Town of Huntington and Village of Saltaire on Fire Island considering similar legislation as well as New York State and New York City. Aside from the safety of those on the ground and in the air, the debate often hinges on the privacy of those subjected to the gaze of cameras affixed to drones, whether the operator is a private citizen or a member of law enforcement.While authorities fear drones may crash into manned aircraft, through a plane window or get sucked into a jet engine, lawmakers are also concerned about them colliding with people on the ground or being equipped with cameras and spying.The FAA—which expects to finalize new drone rules next year, well after a congressional deadline set for next month—said Wednesday that pilot reports of errant drones nationwide nearly tripled from 238 last year to more than 650 as of Aug. 9. About two dozen have been spotted over NYC skies, some of which were confiscated by city police, who’ve charged a few operators with reckless endangerment.Drone fears first made local news on Jan. 31, 2007, when an Egyptian engineer who entered the country on a Sudanese passport tested a drone capable of carrying a 600-pound load on an airstrip in Calverton, WNBC reported a year afterward. Although the test failed, it reportedly sparked a terrorism investigation that concluded without charges being filed against the engineer, who was later deported for unrelated reasons.The debate and recent local sightings of small drones come amid national tension over the Obama administration’s use of the Hellfire-missile-armed, 66-foot wingspan Predator drones to bomb terrorists overseas, including American citizens such as Westbury-native Samir Khan, the al-Qaeda propagandist killed in US airstrikes in Yemen four years ago. President Obama apologized four months ago after a drone killed another American, former SUNY professor Warren Weinstein, who was taken hostage by al-Qaeda in Pakistan. And small drones have been reportedly causing turbulence across the county by dropping drugs into prisons, interfering with California wildfire firefighters and crashing into people at public events.Back on LI, several months after the aforementioned pilot spotted the drone on his way to MacArthur airport, Suffolk County Legis. Dr. William Spencer (D-Centerport) suggested that camera-equipped drones could be clandestinely used to take pictures of sensitive documents through the windows of government buildings.“When we talk about the ability of these drones as they are becoming more and more sophisticated…there are no rules of the road at this particular point,” said Spencer, a pediatrician and drone hobbyist who co-sponsored the county’s drone bill, which passed the legislature last month. “The [H. Lee] Dennison Building and a lot of our office spaces … could have the expectation of privacy with documents on their desk.”Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone—whose offices are on the 12th floor of the estimated 146-foot-tall Dennison Building—has until Aug. 27 to decide whether to sign or veto the drone bill. His spokesman did not indicate which way he’s leaning. If the bill is signed into law, it would go into effect in 90 days.(Update: Bellone vetoed the drone bill on Aug. 28, and a revised version is being drafted. The latest on that can be found here.) (Second update: A revised version of the bill was passed Sept. 9)Amol Sinha, director of the Suffolk County Chapter of New York Civil Liberties Union, urged Bellone to veto that bill, which would require camera-equipped drone users to get written permission before flying them over county buildings and would set a permitting process for such devices in parks—except for county contractors and members of the media with Suffolk County police-issued credentials. It also would ban photo-drones from flying over county beaches during summer—no exceptions.“Using a drone equipped with a camera allows residents to take communicative photography, which is constitutionally protected speech,” Sinha said. “It is well established under the First Amendment that any individual has the right to take photos and record video of public areas, including government buildings and facilities. This right applies to all individuals including civilians and members of the press with or without media credentials.”He noted that Suffolk police recently retrained officers in the public’s right to film and take pictures in public upon settling a lawsuit for $200,000 last year after a Suffolk police sergeant falsely arrested a photojournalist filming a crash scene four years ago in Bohemia. Charges against the photographer were quickly dropped.A journalist fixes a drone used to film the riots in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 17, 2014. (Wikimedia Commons)ATTACK OF THE DRONESA U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Station Fire Island officer called Suffolk County police on June 30 to report a camera-equipped, quad-propeller drone flying over the facility—and the complainant said it was the second such sighting there.A spokesman for the USCG—the only branch of the military that falls under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—referred a call for comment to the FAA, which referred the request back to USCG. The responding police officer referred the incident to Suffolk police Criminal Intelligence Bureau detectives, the USCG’s National Response Center and DHS, but DHS too referred calls to the FAA.A Suffolk police spokeswoman said there have been no updates since the incident was reported. What became of that drone and its operator is also a mystery. The FAA, which refers to drones as unmanned aerial systems (UAS), issued a statement last fall about how it responds to such incidents.“The FAA has identified unsafe and unauthorized UAS operations and contacted the individual operators to educate them about how they can operate safely under current regulations and laws,” the FAA statement said. “The agency has also issued notices of proposed civil penalties to individuals for unsafe and unauthorized UAS operations.”Aside from landing on federal investigators’ radar, the drone spying on the Coast Guard station—located at Robert Moses State Park—was also flying without a permit in an unauthorized area.George Gorman, a spokesman for the Long Island region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said the only state parks on LI where aeromodeler permit holders can fly model aircraft and drones are Bethpage State Park, Nissequogue River State Park or Sunken Meadow State Park. Gorman said state parks police have not reported to any drone incidents at the 27 state parks on LI—although videos shot by drones flying over Robert Moses State Park and Jones Beach State Park can easily be found on YouTube.Eleven days after the Coast Guard’s report and 11 miles east of that station on the same barrier island, a Fire Island Pines homeowner also called Suffolk police to report a drone flying over his Neptune Walk home on July 11. While not as sensitive as a military installation, flying a drone over a private home could still land the operator in hot water—especially on FI.The FAA said certain drone flyers may be trespassing under state or federal law. In addition, since Fire Island Pines is one of the 17 communities that falls within the Fire Island National Seashore (FINS), a unit of the National Park Service, the operator also violated park policy, according to FINS spokeswoman Elizabeth Rogers. That’s because UAS users are required to get written permission from FINS Superintendent Chris Soller before launching such devices within park boundaries—with violators facing fines up to $10,000. Rogers said that FINS officials have neither given permission to any UAS fliers nor received reports of unauthorized drones in the park.When shown by the Press three YouTube videos shot by drones flying over Fire Island, Rogers said: “Fire Island National Seashore’s law enforcement officers will work to educate any individual found operating an unmanned aircraft within the seashore on our unmanned aircraft policy.”VILLAGE TAKES AIMThe Village of Saltaire, one of two incorporated villages that fall within FINS, is also considering legislation to address complaints of drones buzzing around their community.“It has been suggested that we have been invaded by drones and it’s possible that we should try and take action to prevent that,” Saltaire Mayor Robert Cox said at an Aug. 2 village board meeting during which residents in attendance supported the idea to draft local drone rules.Cox noted the FAA advised Saltaire that federal law trumps village law, so his administration’s ability to regulate drones is limited to control of takeoffs, landings, nuisances in case of drones swooping down on people, and incidents of drones hitting people or property.One village resident complained about a drone “buzzing” outside of her bedroom window. A Saltaire trustee was annoyed that photos a drone camera took of a village picnic were posted online. But another village trustee questioned the enforceability of a potential drone law, should such a bill be formally proposed and approved.“I don’t know how you enforce this unless we’re looking to buy a helicopter or a team of attack drones to shoot down their drones,” joked Saltaire Village Trustee John Zaccaro.Frank Wolf, the village trustee who first raised the issue, said Saltaire will start small.“Saltaire will begin with a letter to village residents asking that they respect the Suffolk County regulation and be mindful of both the noise and privacy issues raised by drones,” he said. “We are likely to follow up with a change to our code in due course.”In the other village on FI, Ocean Beach, police said they have received two calls reporting drones in their area.20 DRONES AND RISINGAs for mainland LI, Suffolk County police said they don’t keep statistics of how many drones have been reported. Suffolk police also said there is no way for them to pull records of such cases from their database. The Press found the three drone complaints in Suffolk police incident reports this summer and the FAA released details of the LIMA incident last year.East Hampton Town Police said they’ve received four reports of drone sightings: three this year and one last year—bringing Suffolk’s total to 10. The other four East End town police departments either didn’t maintain drone stats, haven’t received such complaints, or didn’t respond to calls for comment.Nassau County police tallied nine reports of drones since they began tracking such cases in April 2014—seven unusual/suspicious incidents and two “found property,” according to Det. Vincent Garcia, a police spokesman. Three complaints were reported last year and six came in so far this year, including a flock of several drones hovering over East Rockaway on Aug. 1. Of the seven suspicious drones, Garcia said two interfered with commercial airliners this year—a Delta jetliner on March 15 and a JetBlue plane on June 29.One of the cases Nassau police responded to came amid a trio of drone sightings by pilots heading to John F. Kennedy International Airport on the Nassau-Queens border in November 2014. A police helicopter had been deployed but didn’t find the drone, police said.Garcia confirmed the Nassau police stats don’t include another case the department reported to the media on March 4, 2013 in which a drone came within 200 feet of an Alitalia flight at an altitude of about 1,750 feet over southwestern Nassau and three miles from JFK. The FBI, which is investigating the incident, said the drone was black, no more than three feet wide and had four propellers.Neither Nassau nor Suffolk police—nor prosecutors in either county—were aware of any local drone-related arrests.CROWDED SKIESAside from incidents reported to authorities, YouTube videos shot by drones, often built by leading consumer drone manufacturer DJI, show aerial footage of communities island-wide, including Lindenhurst, Long Beach, Hampton Bays, Glen Cove, Port Jefferson, Brookville, Montauk, Garden City, Riverhead, Great Neck, Huntington, Westbury, Miller Place, Sands Point, Patchogue and what appears to be East Meadow, among many more.When contacted by the Press, some of the makers of those videos agreed that drones need more regulation.“It is something they should have done a long time ago,” said Harsh Vyas, who lives part-time in the Hamptons and has been flying drones for nearly five years. “In the wrong hands, [somebody] can use a drone differently than somebody who’s trying to shoot video.”Emphasizing that the devices have a lot of positive uses, he noted that flying his drone normally just attracts curiosity seekers, but one person called 911 because they didn’t believe Vyas when he said the cameras on it weren’t guns.“It’s more of a tool,” said Jayson Belsky, a Five Towns native who posts his drone videos on filmbyair.com and suggested drone fliers be regulated like motor vehicles, with licenses and registrations. “[They] can be abused by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.”Belsky said he asks for permission before flying his drone, which he said, in his experience, makes people comfortable enough to ham it up for the camera as opposed to the fear that ensues when a rogue drone creeps up on people unannounced. Another local drone hobbyist sympathetically recalled his neighbor brandishing a rifle at a drone that flew into his backyard and starting filming the neighbor’s daughters.“There should be some kind of regulations,” said Tom Maloney, a drone flier and owner of Shinnecock Hardware in Hampton Bays, who supports Suffolk’s beach ban on the grounds that the devices could drop from the sky and injure someone. “There’s a lot of people [using drones] that don’t know what they’re doing.”NO DRONE ZONEIt’s not just the possibility of a drone causing a plane crash or hurting someone on the ground that has officials worried.Suffolk’s bill—aside from banning camera-clad drones from flying over county buildings unless the operator has written permission—also requires aerial photographers to get a permit from the county parks department before deploying drones.It totally grounds them from flying over county-run beaches from May 15 to Sept. 15. Violators would face fines from $250 to $500. Proponents likened the bill to an insurance policy for when drone use becomes even more common.“It’s a start to protect the public from people who like to look in windows… particularly with the cameras,” said Suffolk County Legis. Thomas Muratore (R-Ronkonkoma), a former police officer who also co-sponsored the drone bill. “It was my thought of just putting this kind of resolution into our county rules and regulations that protects us down the road.”Under current Suffolk law, permits are required to fly model airplanes—with or without a camera—in designated areas in county parks.DRONES OVER NASSAUAfter Suffolk legislators passed the drone bill, Nassau County lawmakers said they began considering drone regulations, too.“We are researching pretty much the best method that would work for everyone here in Nassau,” said Christina Brennan, spokeswoman for Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow). “There’s been no legislation set forth yet.”The Town of Hempstead is also exploring the possibility of proposing a drone bill out of concern for drone sightings at JFK, which borders the town.“We are looking at legislation that would restrict drones,” said Michael Deery, a Hempstead town spokesman, who noted that a bill hasn’t been formally introduced yet. “Our concerns are largely the same as other municipalities.”The City of Long Beach also has their eyes on regulating drones, but has no formal plans yet, either.“We’re monitoring the events around Long Island closely and in an information-gathering stage regarding this issue,” city spokesman Gordon Tepper said.The City of Glen Cove is doing the same.“With the recent reports of drones being a potential safety issue for our airlines, it is something we need to keep top-of-mind,” Mayor Reggie Spinello said.GROUNDEDBack in Suffolk, Huntington Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson proposed a law similar to the county’s drone bill. Like county legislators Muratore and Spencer, Cuthbertson said his idea stemmed from community complaints and is similarly aimed at public safety and privacy.“This legislation is regulating, not banning the use of drones,” Cuthbertson said. “It is also important to note that the [proposal] does contain provisions where operators of drones may request permission from private property owners, as well as the town with respect to town property, for the operation of [drones].”If enacted, violators would face fines up to $1,000 or up to 15 days in jail. The town has 90 days after a July 14 public hearing on the proposal to schedule a vote on the bill. Two drone hobbyists criticized the proposal at the hearing.“I don’t feel that it really promotes growth or safe flying,” one critic told the town board, adding that he felt it “seems more of a knee-jerk techno-panic.”Dennis Andreas, president of Long Island Aero Modelers Association, also came out against the town proposal.“Model aircraft have been flying safely on Long Island for decades,” he said. “Education, not legislation, is the answer.”While hobbyists may see some new rules coming their way, those who launch drones for business reasons face stricter regulations. Among the most oft-cited industries that use drones are farmers and realtors. And on LI, the latter has faced far more drone issues than the former.Seth Levy, a realtor with Woodbury-based Shawn Elliot Luxury Homes and Estates who has used drones to get aerial images of properties for sale, told Mashable that local drone-using real estate agents have received subpoenas and cease and desist letters from the FAA within the last year—and he got a call himself from the agency.“There’s no difference between a realtor or other business professional flying a drone than a hobbyist flying a drone,’’ Levy defiantly told the website. But, under FAA rules, those who use drones for business reasons are required to apply for a waiver. The FAA has reportedly issued about 600 commercial drone waivers at a clip of about 50 weekly.Robert Carpenter, the administrative director of the Long Island Farm Bureau, said the local agriculture industry hasn’t begun using drones as widely as farmers elsewhere. But, he said local agriculturists are concerned about drone photographers taking pictures of their crops.“Farmers tend to be very proprietary with information,” Carpenter said. “Farmers wouldn’t want individuals flying drones taking pictures of their private property.”SKY SPIESA proposal that New York State lawmakers are considering would require law enforcement agencies to secure search warrants before deploying surveillance drones, but would allow them to patrol the Canadian border without a court order.Two state lawmakers from LI back the bill. New York State Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) proposed the Senate version and state Assemb. Steve Englebright (D-East Setauket) is among the sponsors of the Assembly version, but Englebright’s office did not respond to a request for comment.“Expanded drone use is here, and we should protect New Yorkers from unwarranted and unauthorized surveillance,” Marcellino said in a statement. “No one is looking to impede the emergence of these high-tech vehicles. We simply need a statewide law that ensures the safe operation of drones and safeguards the privacy of citizens.”Since the technology emerged, 26 states nationwide have enacted laws addressing drones and six more have adopted related resolutions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. This year alone, 45 states have considered 154 drone-related bills, the group said. In the Northeast, New Hampshire passed a law prohibiting the use of drones for hunting, fishing or trapping and Rhode Island created a commission to study drone regulations.Under the proposed amendment to New York State’s civil rights law, authorities would be exempt from getting a warrant to use a surveillance drone during exigent circumstances, such as countering the imminent threat of a terrorist attack. Otherwise, drone-savvy investigators would need a judge’s approval “to gather, store or collect evidence of any type, including audio or video recordings, or both, or other information” in a criminal probe, according to the bill.Additionally, individuals, entities and investigators would be prohibited from using “a drone or other unmanned aircraft to conduct surveillance of or to monitor any individual inside his or her home or place of worship or within the closed confines of their property or other locations where a person would have an expectation of privacy,” the bill states.VIEW FROM 10,000 FEETSuffolk lawmakers cited the “expectation of privacy” of sunbathers at public beaches in their justification for banning photo-drones from flying over county-run shorefront parks.“I think it would be very intrusive if people fly drones with cameras on a public beach,” said Legis. Al Krupski (D-Cutchogue), who argued that drone cameras rob people of the chance to tell a photographer not to take their picture—or even know if they’re being photographed.“I’d love to see those skinny legs in shorts,” joked Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville).Replied Krupski: “You can see them, you just can’t record them.”Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley), chair of the public safety committee who recalled spotting a drone over a parade, said she wants police to use drones to conduct surveillance, but doesn’t want drones taking pictures of sunbathers at the beach—invoking a colleague’s beach-going young daughter to make her point.“I think that can be a little eerie when you have somebody flying around with a drone, you know, over bathers,” she said. “That’s an invasion of their privacy.”Civil libertarians balked.“While we understand and commend the legislature’s concern for personal privacy, courts have established that people do not have an expectation of privacy in public places,” said Suffolk NYCLU’s Sinha. “Existing and criminal court laws—such as trespassing, harassment, invasion of privacy, stalking and intentional infliction of emotional distress—can appropriately address any unlawful conduct that one can derive from drones. Suffolk County need not violate its residents’ constitutional rights because of the unknowns of emerging technology.”Some local model airplane hobbyists urged lawmakers to exempt them from the drone rules.“We are not against this proposal,” said Richard Green, president of the Babylon Flyers, one of 15 model airplane clubs in Suffolk. “Our only issue is how the term ‘drone’ is used…We fly small unmanned aircraft systems and to be classified in the same category that wants a ban…there must be an absolute definition incorporated in the local law.”County lawmakers voted 15-2 in favor of the bill on July 28. Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), himself a drone flier, abstained from the vote because he opposed the permitting process.“I think that is treading on some constitutional issues,” said Majority Leader Robert Calarco (D-Patchogue), one of the two legislators who voted against the county bill. “You’re telling someone you can’t take a photo in a public place.”Robert Freeman, a privacy law expert and executive director of the state Committee on Open Government, joined Calarco and Sinha in questioning the constitutionality of the Suffolk camera drone bill.“You can stand on the corner with your camera and capture on film whatever happens to be in plain sight,” Freeman said. He called the idea of barring someone from taking photos at public beaches, just because it’s from the air, “mishegoss.”Legis. Sara Anker (D-Mount Sinai), the only other county lawmaker to vote against the bill, opposed it on other grounds.“I think there needs to be more definition on enforcement,” said Anker. “This is limiting the ability to enjoy our parks.”Long Island Drones: A Facebook page for a company offering aerial photo services.DRONE ONWhile those local pieces of legislation fly about, the FAA’s much-anticipated rules governing hobby and commercial drone use are expected to land next summer.U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has been urging the FAA to tweak the draft of the agency’s proposed UAS rules released in February. He, too, was most concerned about privacy protections from drones flown by Peeping Toms. The senator has also urged both the FAA and Department of Commerce to crack down on drones used by private investigators and drug dealers.“More must be done to protect the privacy of individuals and help build the commercial potential for this transformative technology,” said Schumer. “We all shudder to think that someone can send a drone peering into the window of our living room or our bedroom.”Schumer additionally urged the FAA to reconsider requiring commercial drone operators to keep them in their line of sight, which could be practically impossible for farmers, miners and contractors, among other drone-applicable industries. He also asked the FAA to require drone manufacturers to install geo-fencing—using GPS so the devices would automatically steer clear of restricted airspace.In the meantime, city authorities are using the laws on the books to keep drones in check while the city council debates bills to ban or regulate the devices. In response to the spate of drone sightings at JFK earlier this month, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown warned the operators of drones that endanger people can be charged with felony reckless endangerment and face up to seven years in prison, if convicted.“Drones may interfere with other important private and government services and jeopardize other important missions,” said Brown, whose jurisdiction includes JFK and LaGuardia International Airports, both of which have seen drone incidents. “Many people operating unmanned aircraft are novices with little or no aviation experience.”He urged the drone-flying public to obtain the necessary permissions, only fly the devices in designated areas, keep them away from airports and large groups and visit the FAA website knowbeforeyoufly.org.Until novice drone fliers finally get that memo—or an errant operator gets arrested on LI—there are sure to be more pilots reporting close calls and citizens on the ground complaining about the devices buzzing overhead.—With additional reporting by Daniela Weinstein and Kaitlin Gallagher.11 NOTABLE DRONE SIGHTINGS IN NEW YORK CITY AND LONG ISLAND:Jan. 31, 2007: An Egyptian engineer who entered the country on a Sudanese passport sparked a terrorism investigation with the failed test of a drone capable of carrying a 600-pound load on an abandoned air strip in Calverton, The probe concluded without charges being filed against the engineer, who was later deported for unrelated reasons.March 4, 2013: A 3-foot-wide black quad-propeller drone came within 200 feet of Alitalia Flight 608 approaching John F. Kennedy International Airport over southwestern Nassau County at 1:15 p.m.May 25, 2014: New York City police recovered a drone with a camera flying over Citi Field during a Mets game at 7:30 p.m. Investigators viewed the footage and determined that it was launched from Flushing Meadows Park.July 7, 2014: An NYPD helicopter reported a “very fast moving” drone passed within 800 feet of the chopper at an altitude of 2,000 feet two miles north of the George Washington Bridge at 12:15 a.m. Officers followed the drone to its landing area, confiscated the device and charged two operators with reckless endangerment. Those charges were later dropped, but they still faced FAA fines.July 17, 2014: A drone “about the size of a folding table” came within 50-to-75 feet of Nighthawk 2, one of the helicopters that accompany Marine One—the president’s chopper—near Bennett Field in Brooklyn. President Obama was in town for a fundraiser that afternoon, according to his schedule.Aug. 17, 2014: The pilot of a single-engine plane reported passing a drone at an altitude of 2,000 feet five miles northwest of Long Island MacArthur Airport at 1:45 p.m.Sept. 8, 2014: Three airline pilots reported a “very close call” with a drone at an altitude of 1,900 feet while on final approach to LaGuardia airport at 7:42 p.m.Sept. 17, 2014: NYPD officers followed a camera-equipped drone that flew circles around a police helicopter, coming within 50 feet of colliding at an altitude of 800 feet over Brooklyn at 12:45 a.m. Police apprehended the operator, who was charged with reckless endangerment.June 30, 2015: A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Station Fire Island officer reported a camera-equipped, quad-propeller drone flying over the facility at 3:27 p.m. The officer noted that it was the second such sighting there.July 31, 2015: A drone flew directly beneath a JetBlue flight at an altitude between 800 and 900 feet as it approached the runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport at 2:25 p.m.Aug. 2, 2015: A “quad-copter” drone flew about 25 feet in front of a Shuttle Airways flight as it was 15 feet from touching down on the runway at JFK at 6 p.m.Sources: FAA, Suffolk County police, Nassau County police and WNBC.
The community of Raphoe will be honouring a local celebrity for a great cause this Friday.A new charity CD will be launched this weekend in memory of Annie Friel, aka ‘The Queen of Raphoe’.The popular businesswoman and matriarch sadly passed away in 2016, leaving a lasting legacy in the town. Annie Friel, RIPAnnie was a role model to many, especially her granddaughter Sarah Allan.Sarah recently decided to record a CD in tribute to her grandmother and to raise money for BUMBLEance. The CD, entitled Gweebarra Bay, will be launched this Friday 24th May from 8.30pm in Friel’s Bar Raphoe.Sarah Allen promoting the Gweebarra Bay CD launch on Friday 24th May in Friel’s Bar RaphoeSarah explains: “The name of the CD comes from one of the songs I recorded, Gweebarra Bay. It’s about the area where my Granny grew up, Leitir. “I learned the song around 10 years ago when we found a record in my Granny’s sitting room. I sat by the record player stopping and starting, writing down the lyrics, trying to learn the melody so I could sing it for her. “There was no other traces of the song to be found on the internet and the first time a lot of people heard it was when I sang it.”Sarah recording in Valley Recording Studio. A huge thanks to Terry McGinty and Austin Quinn for helping to put it all together.Annie Friel was the face behind Friel’s Bar and Restaurant in Raphoe for 62 years and was welcoming customers right up to the week of her passing.“She was often referred to as the Queen of Raphoe. She was a very special lady, so the song means a lot to us,” Sarah said.Sarah is looking forward to sharing her music with family and friends on what is sure to be a touching night.She said: “Recording a CD has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. So the fact that I can do this in memory of my biggest role model and donate all the money to such a worthy cause makes it even better.” Proceeds from the CD will be donated to the BUMBLEance Children’s Ambulance Service. This charity choice was inspired by Annie’s love of children. She had 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, with one more on the way!“It’s a charity that has helped so many families in our community so we’re delighted to help them out,” Sarah said.The 4-track Gweebarra Bay CD will be selling for €8, with 100% of proceeds going towards BUMBLEance.All are welcome to the launch, which will be a night of entertainment with a lot of singing and dancing. There will also be a raffle with some great prizes from local sponsors. For more information and updates check out the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/313168749375491/The late Annie Friel of Raphoe remembered in charity CD was last modified: May 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Annie FrielBumbleancefriel’s bar raphoeGweebarra BayRaphoesarah allan
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–A player’s ability to mash 60-mile per hour fastballs is hardly a predictor of success, but when games are still a few days away, batting practice home runs are still a hot topic at spring training.One group of Giants hitters is off to a particularly impressive start.Outfielders Austin Slater, Cameron Maybin and Mac Williamson formed a quartet with catcher Aramis Garcia during Wednesday’s workout …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced that eight land trusts, four counties and 15 Soil and Water Conservation Districts will receive funding to help preserve farmland across the state. These organizations will receive allocations from the Clean Ohio Fund to select, close and monitor easements under the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP).LAEPP sponsor organizations will accept applications from Ohio landowners interested in selling an agricultural easement on their farms. A total of nearly $8.5 million will be made available in this funding round. Local sponsors have been certified to accept applications in 34 counties. Interested landowners should contact the certified local sponsor in their county for application details.The program allows landowners to voluntarily sell easements on their farms to the state of Ohio. The easement requires the farm remain permanently in agriculture production. Selected farms must be 40 acres or more, actively engaged in farming, participate in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program, demonstrate good stewardship of the land, have the support of their local government and not lay directly in the path of development. Landowners may use the proceeds of the easement in any way they wish, but most reinvest it in their farm operations.Funding for the program is derived from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, approved by voters in 2008. When combined with easements from all programs, 449 family farms in 59 counties have collectively preserved more than 73,500 acres in agricultural production. For more information on Ohio’s farmland preservation effort visit: www.agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/programs/farmland-preservation-office.
Sagnol urges PSG to go for Liverpool midfielder Keitaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol believes PSG should move for Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita.PSG are in the market for a new midfield signing as a replacement for wantaway Adrien Rabiot.And Sagnol says: “With (Marco) Verratti, you have a player who is very good technically, able to organise the game from deep. But he needs a player with a large volume of play at his side. “Naby Keita (Liverpool) is a player who knows how to do everything, who recovers balls, can also project with and without the ball. Verratti and Keita could form a beautiful duet if we assume that (Thomas) Tuchel retains his defence with three men behind.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Marleen Morris, Co-director of the Community Development Institute a UNBC, will highlight the business opportunities that are emerging with increasing immigration to Fort St. John. Learn about ways to benefit from welcoming and serving this rapidly growing segment of the population. May 3, 2019 · 12:00pm May 8, 2019 · 12:00pm Brown Bag Lunch Session: Immigration = Business Opportunities Featuring; Cheryl Montgomery, Executive Director of the Fort St. Jon & District Chamber of CommerceNever before has communication changed so much in such a short period of time. From a generation that grew up with the telephone, to one that communicated through email, to one that posts on Instagram. Modes of communication and the stereotyping which can lead to workplace conflict. This session will explore the generational differences in communications and offer practical advice on how to bridge the gap. Brown Bag Lunch Session: Intergenerational Communication May 2, 2019 · 12:00pmMarleen Morris, Co-director of the Community Development Institute a UNBC, will explore business opportunities associated with the growing seniors’ population in Fort St. John. Drawing on findings from the Fort St. John Community Profile and the Age-Friendly Assessment and Action Plan, this presentation will outline specific ways that Fort St. John businesses can benefit from being age-friendly. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Forge, made up of a partnership between the Community Development Institute of UNBC and the City of Fort St. John is hosting free Brown Bag Lunch Sessions as an opportunity to get information that can help in your work, business or volunteer activities.All sessions are free and require an RSVP to attend. The Forge is located at; 9904 94th Street, Fort St. John. Contact; [email protected] or call; (250) 261-9917Brown Bag Lunch Session: An Aging Population = Business Opportunities
My wife is having an affair and she has left me. Can you help me identify the reason behind her actions? I’m shattered and depressed.Name withheld We marry because we are in love, and we fall in love with those who meet our most important requirement – emotional need. When the one we marry stops meeting those emotional needs, we become vulnerable to others who are willing and also able to fulfil them. If we let someone else meet our needs, we fall in love with that person, and an affair is off and running. Once an affair begins, it is like an addiction. The same emotional attachment that drew you and your spouse into marriage is now directed to someone else. So, time shall decide the future. Don’t worry, all will happen for the best. Don’t be depressed. Focus on either mending the relationship with your wife or building yourself strongly. Also Read – Feel what you fear My wife is getting very cold. Since the last few years, she comes back from work very late and takes no interest in anything physical! We have a seven-year-old son and as a mother she does her duty. As a partner, she’s never there. What should I do? J. Singh, Noida Did you try speaking to her? Don’t chase her but ask her what the problem is. Do not neglect this as it will only create more distance. Sometimes work related stress leads to fatigue that might affect your relationship. Or may be, there’s something that has changed in you and is having a silent effect on her. There could be other reasons too. But, let’s be positive and try to fix it. Plan a vacation, preferably just the two of you. This will heal the situation and help bridge the gap. Try to ignite the physical element as that really impacts the marriage. Be alert, sensitive and spend a lot of time chatting and being with her. Wish you good luck and I’m sure, soon the sun will shine again. Also Read – Homecoming I can’t trust anyone. I feel everyone is selfish. Is this abnormal? Please help. R. Saha, West Bengal At first, I request you to have confidence in yourself. If you have a positive inner self, nobody can scar it. It is indeed a fact that in the present time, there seems to be a difference between the face and the mask people wear. People do have hidden agendas which may conflict your expectations. The best way to be a happier individual is to have less emotional involvement. Give every association the time it requires before you give in or open up completely. Selfish people do exist but alongside exist good souls. Life will bring both. Wish you the luck to differentiate between the two. Avoid worrying and just be yourself. My wife earns more than me and she acts bossy and rude with the family. What can be done? T. Kunal, New Delhi If you are sure that her financial strength is the reason for your unhappiness, please try and work some better arrangements for yourself. Try and earn more, if possible. I do not know your profession but in today’s time, multiple sources of earning is becoming vital for survival. In the mean time, try and express your heart to her. If she loves you, she might change her behavior. Don’t try your hands at something beyond you. Try your best to manage the relationship and hope she will change someday. Don’t lose heart and be brave enough to be happy no matter what the hurdles around you are. (Send your questions to [email protected])