Macy’s to close 4 tri-state locations in next few months

first_imgMessage* The retailer plans to shutter 37 locations across the United States by the middle of 2021, and will ultimately close 125 stores by 2023. And some of those are large properties: The brand is letting go of its 170,000-square-foot flagship along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The closures are part of the brand’s larger efforts to consolidate stores as Macy’s shifts to smaller, off-mall locations and focuses on e-commerce. It will also open more fulfillment centers in order to accommodate online orders.Department stores have struggled this year as pandemic-mandated lockdowns shuttered locations, mall foot traffic diminished and e-commerce trends accelerated. Macy’s rival JC Penney filed for bankruptcy, only to be saved later by Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management.Contact Sasha Jones Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Macy’s at Sangertown Square in New Hartford (Google Maps)Macy’s may no longer be the “way to shop” for some residents of the tri-state area.Four of the department store’s mall locations will close in the first quarter of 2021. Those stores are located in Sangertown Square in New Hartford, New York; White Plains Galleria in Westchester County, New York; Brass Mill Center in Waterbury, Connecticut; and Crystal Mall in Waterford, Connecticut.Another location, in Commack, New York, shut its doors in the second quarter of 2020.Read moreMacy’s experiments with “dark stores”Mag Mile Macy’s closes as retailer shifts to smaller storesJ.C. Penney has been saved. Now what?center_img Share via Shortlink Email Address* TagsCommercial Real EstateMacy’sRetail Real Estatetristate-weeklylast_img read more

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Summer-season mesoscale cyclones in the bellingshausen-weddell region of the antarctic and links with the synoptic-scale environment

first_imgResults are presented from the first investigation into a summer-season of mesoscale vortex activity in a large sector of the Antarctic coastal region. The study is based on an analysis of 3 months’ meteorological satellite imagery collected at the British Research Station ‘Rothera’ on the Antarctic Peninsula. The study revealed the high frequency with which such systems occur, with 162 individual vortices being found during the period December 1983 to February 1984 inclusive. The preferred area for their development was in the latitude band 60–70°S over the marginal ice zone and ice-free region of the eastern Bellingshausen Sea. A classification scheme for the vortices was developed based on the relationship with the broad-scale synoptic flow, the sea ice, and the geographical location. The most common type of vortex found was the ‘classic’ polar low, which formed in the southerly flow to the west of synoptic-scale disturbances. These vortices were very similar to the baroclinic type of polar lows observed south of Iceland during the Northern Hemisphere winter. A third of the vortices in total were found to be mesoscale features associated with synoptic-scale troughs or the centres of major depressions. Vortices with comma-shaped cloud signatures occurred about twice as frequently as those with spiraliform cloud. The vast majority of vortices had a diameter of less than 500 km, with very few systems being observed in the range 500–1000 km. Mean anomalies of 500 hPa geopotential height and surface pressure for the occasions when vortices were identified were —5.3 dm and — 0.5 hPa, respectively, indicating the association of these systems with upper air troughs and cold pools. Only 23 of the vortices found were correctly represented on the Meteorological Office analyses and of these 15 were small synoptic disturbances. The ‘polar low’ class of vortex was very poorly represented in the analyses, indicating that the available satellite sounder data could not resolve the systems and that the processes resulting in their formation were not handled well by forecast/data assimilation schemes. Comparison of the mean surface and 500 hPa height fields for this 3-month period with the long-term average data show that there were negative anomalies at both levels over the Bellingshausen Sea. The number of vortices over the Bellingshausen Sea in this summer period may have been greater than would be expected in an average year, but activity over the Weddell Sea was probably close to average.last_img read more

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Tories back Oxford Conservatives

first_imgThe Oxford Conservative Association (OCA), formerly Oxford University Conservative Association, has gained backing from the Conservative party and become part of the organisational structure of the Tory party. The change in constitution comes after last term’s allegations of racism and months of negative media coverage. The executive committee of the Association said they “recognised the need for change.”Following the hustings controversy of last Trinity, in which it emerged that candidates were encouraged to make racist jokes, the University decided to remove the Association’s right to use ‘Oxford University’ in their name. The Conservative Association was alsobanned from attending this year’s Freshers’ Fair.The decision to amend the constitution was passed unanimously by an emergency meeting of approximately thirty members of the Association. Those present were “representative of all shades of political opinion in OCA,” according to Oli Harvey, President-Elect.From now on OCA will be answerable to Conservative Future, the national organisation for young conservatives, losing the independent status it has clung to for over 80 years. All new recruits will have to become members of the Conservative party. President Alexander Elias will be encouraging the present membership to sign up to the party as well.Harvey argued that the decision to link to the party was “not a response to the scandal directly”, however admitted that “the sorts of bad publicity we were generating can’t continue.”When pressed upon the concrete changes the Association would be making, he stated that the executive is “deeply committed to making a serious and intelligent forum for debate”, which will include a focus on campaigning and supporting local candidates. Harvey also revealed that there would be moves towards signing the Association up to the University’s policy on equality. Elias insisted, “It’s all about changing the tone.” He added, “As Obama infamously warned us just a year ago, you can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig.”Alex Bulfin, ex-JCR President of University College commented, “Anyone who thinks that the rotten elements of OUCA will simply melt away into the night alongside its acronym needs to think again.”Cherwell has been informed that a reform group of Oxford conservatives, already dubbed OUCF by the right-wing blogosphere, were in discussions with the party with the intention of establishing an Oxford University branch of Conservative Future.Michael Rock confirmed that he had been in discussions with several alternative parties, but denied that relationships with other groups had progressed further than conversations.He said, “I don’t think there’s any reason to have two separate conservative groups in Oxford.”Harvey echoed this sentiment, stressing that OCA would be “the only officially recognised conservative association in Oxford.”Reform groups are refusing to disclose details of their intentions or their current relationship with the party. However, one reformer expressed scepticism that formally attaching itself to Conservative Future would force the Association to change, commenting, “It isn’t their name that’s the problem, rather it’s the people involved in OUCA who make the society such a disgrace.” He added, “I’m not sure the bureaucrats at CCHQ realise how tough a challenge they have ahead of themselves.”Another student conservative commented, “I am surprised that the party has decided to endorse the Association, especially after so many recent controversies and in the run-up to the election. I have been campaigning for change and reform for years and I truly hope this will bring the change the Association so needs.”Stefan Baskerville, OUSU President added, “I think it will be a positive development for Oxford when there is a Conservative Association which will facilitate debate among conservative students, but is an association which does not and won’t tolerate bullying and racist behaviour.” There was initially speculation over whether the club would change its name, but Elias was able to confirm that the party was happy for them to continue using their old name. In addition to this, OCA will maintain a level of autonomy over its constitution, voting procedures and disciplinary procedures. The age-old tradition of weekly Port and Policy will continue to be held at the Oxford Union.Questions have been raised over whether the change of status for the Association will be anything more than a token gesture.Ben Lyons, co-chair of Oxford University Labour Club commented, “OUCA 2.0 are the same people who got elected at racist hustings. They are the same people who spoke in debates on reconquering the empire. And they are the same people who are still not allowed at Freshers Fair. This exposes the sham of David Cameron’s “progressive Conservative Party” as it goes out of its way to support a bigoted Bullingdon-lite.” Michael Rock, national chairman of Conservative Future, when asked whether he was convinced that OCA had changed, pointed out that the members of the Association involved in the hustings controversy were expelled from the party. However he added, “They [OCA] have to raise their standards to what we expect at CF.”Others are yet to be convinced of the substance behind the changes OCA has outlined this week. David Barclay, JCR President of Worcester, pointed out that the association would require “close scrutiny to ensure that a return to the shame of the port-swilling pompousness of OUCA is never again allowed a place in Oxford’s public life.”last_img read more

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Earlier Than the Bird Downtown Shopping Extravaganza

first_imgDowntown merchants invite customers to shop in their pajamas 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 22, to get a jump start on holiday shopping. The event includes prizes and shopping discounts.See complete event listingWhere to shop in the downtownMore on special holiday events in the downtownlast_img

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Press release: Birmingham prison action plan published as work continues at pace after ‘step-in’

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published detailed plans to improve standards at HMP Birmingham which follow the unprecedented decision to take over running of the prison from G4S on 20 August, for at least the next six months.The Prison Service placed a new experienced Governor, Paul Newton, in charge immediately and has also brought in 32 skilled prison officers and five new custodial managers (who oversee teams of officers) to provide support to colleagues and offenders and improve safety.The 300-person reduction in HMP Birmingham’s population which the MoJ committed to after ‘step-in’ is two-thirds complete and is expected to be finished by the end of September, with four local courts now diverting some of those convicted or on remand to other prisons. This reduction will allow the prison to empty and improve three wings in the Victorian section of the prison which are most in need of refurbishment.Safety teams brought in by the Prison Service are working with all staff at HMP Birmingham to reduce self-harm and violence. They have developed a tailored safety plan which will be implemented by the end of September, and training is already underway with all staff to immediately improve the way vulnerable offenders are managed.Two senior and experienced facilities management staff are working with the prison to drive urgent improvement in living conditions. They will support ongoing work to refurbish wings and cells, replace damaged furniture and improve cleanliness throughout the establishment.The action plan published today is the formal response to HMIP’s Urgent Notification – a system set up by this Government to allow the inspectorate to immediately flag serious concerns during an inspection.Justice Secretary David Gauke said: Other actions included in this initial plan include: We acted decisively at HMP Birmingham by taking it over from G4S, just as we are addressing issues in the wider estate by investing heavily in more staff and measures to improve safety and security. The Prison Service had been working with G4S for many months to drive up standards at Birmingham, but it became clear that they would not be able to make the necessary improvements alone. That’s why we took over the running of the prison, appointed a strong governor to turn it around, brought in extra staff and began improvements to the building itself. This plan sets out in more detail exactly what we are doing to establish an effective regime, restore safety and decent living conditions, and allow staff to focus on rehabilitating offenders. The work that Governor Paul Newton has done with G4S to consider short-term workforce issues, effective management of workforce plans and training requirements. Together they have developed and introduced recruitment, training and mentoring strategies for all staff, including senior managers. The national drugs taskforce undertaking an assessment of what further action is required to tackle drug supply and reduce demand, and improve the treatment and recovery of those with misuse problems. A review of the Samaritans’ Listener scheme to ensure vulnerable prisoners have swift access to support. New processes to ensure maintenance of cell call bells systems is undertaken on a regular basis and to improve cell bell response times. Improvements to training and work-related activities and to support prisoners on release. Two new physical education instructors brought in to improve the wellbeing of prisoners, with another due imminently. Notes to editors 200 prisoners already moved out following unprecedented ‘step-in’ 32 extra experienced prison officers and additional senior staff already in post Cell refurbishment is ongoing and experienced estate managers continue to support urgent improvement to living conditions Dedicated Prison Service safety team training staff to better manage vulnerable offenders The ‘step-in’ at Birmingham will result in no additional cost to the taxpayer Read the full action plan. The final inspection report for HMP Birmingham will be published by HM Chief Inspector later this year.last_img read more

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In Turkey, a struggle for normalcy

first_imgI arrived in Istanbul on July 8, planning to conduct a month of historical research for my upcoming senior thesis. A week later, Turkey was thrown into chaos after the violent failure of an apparent coup attempt. Since then, this country has been struggling to find its way back to normalcy, and so have I.Officially, the attempted coup — allegedly plotted by a faction of the Turkish military — began at around 11 p.m. in Istanbul when troops and tanks seized control of the Atatürk Airport and the bridges connecting the European and Asian sides of the city. My experience, however, began with a message from my brother about half an hour later.“Dude is there a coup going on right now?!” he texted from his internship in New York City.I was in bed, but I unlocked my phone and punched in a quick confirmatory Google search before responding with trembling fingers.I stumbled out of my bedroom into the apartment I had been sharing with four others in one of Istanbul’s interior neighborhoods. Two of my Turkish roommates were also at home that Friday night, and from their similarly shocked expressions, it was clear that they, too, had heard the news. Sleep was no longer an option — new details about the situation were emerging too quickly — so we sat down in the kitchen with our phones and laptops.Some news reports seemed too absurd to be true; some were deeply disquieting. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, forced to flee his hotel on the Mediterranean coast, had addressed citizens via FaceTime. Scores of Turkish civilians, resisting the military, had been shot dead. In retaliation, an angry mob was beating and lynching soldiers in Istanbul’s central Taksim Square.Messages from concerned friends and relatives flooded into my phone and computer. Was I safe? What was going on around me? Each time I answered the first of those questions —“Yes, I’m safe, I’m staying inside” — I had to augment my response to the second: “I can hear military jets passing overhead. The neighborhood mosque is calling out for citizens to fight the rebels. Social media is being blocked; we might not be able to communicate soon.”One of my roommates pulled out a bottle of Ukrainian vodka.“I’ve been saving this for a special occasion,” he said, and we began to drink.I had first been drawn to Turkey in my junior year of high school when, on a whim, I read a biography of the Republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Its depiction of Turkey as a country divided between East and West, both culturally and geographically, deeply appealed to me. As a person of mixed heritage, I empathized with the country’s apparent identity crisis. And as a history geek, I was intrigued by its idiosyncratic past. Later, I would come to understand that this characterization of Turkey was overly simplistic, but the grain of truth at its core still underlay my continuing love for the country and its people.My roommates and I continued to drink and discuss the unfolding events. At 2 a.m., residents of our street began to shout out of their windows in support of the government — “Allahu akbar!” (God is great) — and within an hour these chants had been replaced by raucous celebrations. The coup attempt had been defeated. Our drinking accelerated as it assumed a new function: Now it was the only way we would be able to fall asleep.I woke up with a throbbing headache the next morning and, respecting the advice of both the U.S. State Department and my family, stayed indoors all day. As darkness fell over Istanbul that night, it became clear that Turkey was experiencing a different kind of hangover. Patriotic marches blared out of loudspeakers on the street. There were more chants of “Allahu akbar,” along with the sounds of revving motorcycle engines, continuously blasting car horns, and, occasionally, celebratory gunshots. My roommate, an affable Turk in his 30s, took me over to a window.“Look, brother,” he said, gesturing towards the street below. “This is the real Turkey. Not people like me, your friends. This is why foreigners like you will never truly understand this country.”He had pointed out what some Turks feel is a very real division in their country, one programmed into its very DNA. When Atatürk founded the Republic in 1923, he imposed a new social order, based on “modern,” secular nationalism, upon a people who had previously been administered along religious lines under the Ottoman Empire.Two days after the coup, I ventured outside. Walking around the city, I saw images to match the sounds I’d heard the previous night. Turkish flags were everywhere — hanging out of windows, draped over the hoods of cars, and on the shoulders of pedestrians. For nights after the coup, convoys of young men in cars and motorcycles circled around neighborhoods at high speeds, chanting patriotic slogans and “Allahu akbar,” conflating nation and faith. Passing these demonstrations, I remembered photographs I’d seen of a soldier whose throat had been cut in Taksim Square on the night of the coup. Some of my friends reported that people were being beaten up for drinking in public. I struggled to reconcile these developments with the secular Turkey I had read about, where religion was not a test of belonging.The government declared a “holiday of democracy” and suspended fees for Istanbul’s bus, ferry, and metro systems. Large banners reading “Sovereignty Belongs to the Nation” (a popular nationalist slogan) appeared on subway walls. If people disagreed with this rhetoric, or with the government’s actions, they certainly wouldn’t do so openly now.Four days after the coup, I took a ferry out to the island neighborhood of Büyükada to visit residents to whom I’d been connected by mutual acquaintances. I met two members of a minority group, both Istanbul natives. As we sat and drank tea by the coast, our talk turned to politics, as Turkish conversation inevitably does. One of them, a woman, sighed.“Atatürk, he was a hero. But now, things are changing. …”I turned to the man beside her.“Do you consider yourself a Turk?” I asked. He paused and looked at the ocean.“Ten years ago, I would have said yes to that question,” he said. “I would have been proud. But now?”The water of the Mediterranean lapped against the shore of this island, topped by the ruins of a former Greek orphanage now fallen into decay.“No,” he said. “Not anymore.”last_img read more

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University announces next vice president of new business development

first_imgScott Ford, an executive vice president for Bradley Company of South Bend, will be the next associate vice president of new business development at Notre Dame, according to a University press release published Jan. 25.Ford, a Notre Dame alumnus, will work with several University departments — such as Notre Dame Research, the IDEA Center, University Relations and the Office of Public Affairs and Communications — to promote economic development benefiting both Notre Dame and the broader South Bend community, the release said.According to the press release, Ford will take over the position from Jack Curran, the first person to hold it.“Jack brought a broad set of skills in strategic planning and business development, as well as extensive experience in identifying and creating business opportunities that foster growth,” executive vice president John Affleck-Graves said in the press release. “Scott will build on the progress that Jack made.“Scott brings a deep understanding and knowledge of Notre Dame and our greater community. His experience in the public and private sectors will be vital to Notre Dame’s continuing efforts to spur regional growth.”In addition to his time at Bradley Company, Ford has also previously served as the executive director of community investment in South Bend city government, the press release said. During his tenure, he restructured the city’s economic development strategies, resulting in “nearly 2,600 new announced jobs and $440 million in new private investment to the city,” according to the release.Ford said he is excited to work with the University to expand economic opportunities in South Bend and bring new resources and ideas to the broader community.“The University of Notre Dame is a dynamic engine for our economy,” Ford said in the press release. “And yet there exists further untapped potential to connect the talent, ideas and resources on campus with those in the community to expand economic opportunities and improve the quality of life across the region.“I am grateful for this tremendous opportunity to join the University in its ongoing efforts and leadership in the region.”Ford graduated from Notre Dame with a master’s degree in architecture after earning a bachelor’s degree in government with a concentration in philosophy, politics and economics, the release said. It also said he also left the University of Cambridge with a master’s degree in planning, growth and regeneration.According to the release, Ford is an active member in the South Bend community, serving on the board of the St. Joe Valley Metronet, enFocus and Downtown South Bend, in addition to formerly serving on the boards of the South Bend Urban Enterprise Association, Community Home Buyers Association, Economic Development Commission and the Industrial Revolving Loan Fund.Tags: business, New Business Development, Scott Fordlast_img read more

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David Hyde Pierce Still Eyeing Main Stem Run for It Shoulda Been You

first_img Related Shows View Comments It Shoulda Been You David Hyde Pierce The David Hyde Pierce-directed musical It Shoulda Been You, which had previously been eyeing a Broadway run in fall 2012, is still looking at making an appearance on the Main Stem. Pierce told the Hollywood Reporter that he hopes to open the show, starring Tony winner Tyne Daly, in the coming season or early 2015.Featuring music by Barbra Anselmi and a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, It Shoulda Been You made its world premiere in 2011 at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse.The show follows a Jewish bride as she readies to marry her Catholic boyfriend. When the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel, leaving the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after. Along with Daly, the cast of the George Street Playhouse production featured Tony winner Harriet Harris, Tony nominee Howard McGillin, Tom Deckman, Carla Duren, Jessica Hershberg, Edward Hibbert, Curtis Holbrook, Lisa Howard, Mylinda Hull, Matthew Hydzik, David Josefsberg and Richard Kline. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015last_img read more

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Kentucky Getaway Giveaway

first_imgEnter to win a getaway in beautiful Kentucky!Out Kentucky Getaway Giveaway Prize Package includes:A two night stay in a two bedroom cottage at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park$50 gift certificate to DaVinci’s Little Italian RestaurantFour passes to the Museums of Historic HopkinsvilleEnter Below:THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED AND PLEASE CHECK OUT ALL OUR OTHER GREAT GIVEAWAYS. Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning  date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 noon EST on July 15th, 2013. One entry per person. One winner per household.  Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United  States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older.  Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge  Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No  liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate,  non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled,  mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for  technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable  network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer  transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of  processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the  sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, the State of Kentucky, Kentucky State Parks, and Hopkinsville Christian County CVB reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information  and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their  sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry  process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes.  Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating  sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies  shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from  acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash,  or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of  the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to  allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater  value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply.  Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors  office on or before July 30th, 6:00 PM EST 2013. Winners will be contacted by  the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7  days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of  winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

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Blue Ridge Parkway to Receive $3.1 Million Land Grant

first_imgThe Blue Ridge Parkway is set to expand by 1,654 acres in the Plott Balsam Mountains of Jackson County, North Carolina.The expansion is being made possible by a generous land grant from The Nature Conservancy valued at just over $3 million.The gifted land, which can be seen from the Waterrock Knob Overlook, is of particular importance to conservationists because it harbors two federally endangered mammals— the North Carolina flying squirell and the Indiana bat— and a rare type of rhododendron often called pinkshell azalea. It’s also home to nine other rare plant species as well as rare Red spruce and Fraser fir habitat.With this new land acquisition, which comes as the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, NPS hopes to improve the overall visitor experience of the Blue Ridge Parkway, an attraction that drew more that 15 million visitors last year alone.“Every time a property is conserved adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway, it improves the visitor experience by preserving scenic vistas, water quality, and habitat for wildlife,” Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods told the Asheville Citizen-Times last month.In addition to hosting rare plants and animals, the newly donated tract, visible from Milepost 452, contains the highest summit in all of the Plott Balsam Range at an elevation of 6,292 feet.According to the Citizen Times, the land will be added to an adjacent 5,000 acres later this month to make up a new conservation area to be known as Waterrock Knob Park.Related Content:last_img read more

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