Chick-fil-A on Long Island? Developer Eyes Port Jefferson Station

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Chick-fil-A, popular for its chicken-only menu, may be coming to Long Island.Chick-fil-A, the fast-food restaurant famous for its chicken-filled menu, may soon be serving a hearty helping of white meat on Long Island.Jericho-based real estate developer KOR, which plans to build a 10,000 square-foot drive-through and restaurant in Port Jefferson Station, is set to lay out its plans at a public hearing on Dec. 3 at Brookhaven Town Hall. The developer has already spoken with individual members of the town council and people in the community regarding its proposal.KOR has also scheduled a meeting with the Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Civic Association Wednesday night, said the firm’s attorney Tim Shea.“We think that we have burgeoning support for this application and that once everybody gets a full look at it that we will be successful,” Shea said. He declined to say how long the proposal has been in the works.Long Island in recent years has welcomed several out-of-state fast food restaurants to Nassau and Suffolk counties, such as Dairy Queen, which had its grand opening in June, and Sonic Drive-In in North Babylon, which opened two years ago with much fanfare.Rumors first began swirling about Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A joining the fast food invasion in March.The proposal that will go before the public next month calls for a 5,000 square-foot drive-through and 5,000 square-foot restaurant on Route 347 at the site of a former auto dealership.A change of zone application was submitted August 5 and architectural plans November 6.Edward Garboski, president of the Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Civic Association, said he could not offer an opinion because he has yet to see the proposal. But he did note that “anything would be an improvement at this point.”“From what I understand it’s supposed to be a beautiful design, beautiful landscaping, [but] I can’t really give an opinion yet,” he said.“It depends what the community wants,” Garboski added.Chick-fil-A last year found itself in the middle of the political debate regarding same-sex marriage when its president, Dan Cathy, made remarks against gay marriage. His statements sparked boycotts among gay and lesbian advocacy groups, but also triggered supporters to come out in droves during “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” created in response to criticism levied against the fast-food chain.The controversy is already on the minds of some inside Brookhaven Town Hall, said a source who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak about the proposal.“I think a couple of the council people are using that as a way to stop this or fight this,” the source said.The Brookhaven Town Council will have the final say on the proposal.last_img read more

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The evergreen Neil Danns accepts Liverpool FC Academy coaching role

first_imgBy Ras WadadaFORMER Liverpool FC Academy student and current professional player, English-born Neil Danns Jr, has been appointed U-13’s and U-14’s coach of the academy where he began his football nurturing at the tender age of 12.The soon-to-be 38-year-old Golden Jaguars player, who has over 500 professional games in England to his credit and 17 International appearances for Guyana, brings to the academy a wealth of experience across all levels of the `Beautiful Game’.Speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport via WhatsApp recently, the Liverpool born-and-bred midfielder said that his duties will be part-time and he is looking forward to the opportunity to coach.“Coaching is something I have always been interested in. I got my coaching badges 3 years ago, so that when the time comes like now I am ready.“This opportunity at Liverpool has to do mainly with the fact that I came through the youth system there until I was 16 years and also my son plays for the academy so I am always there watching my son at training and communicating with the coaches who thought it would be best for me to join the coaching staff in order to pass on my knowledge to the younger generation.“It is indeed a great opportunity for me since it does not interfere with my playing and I am really excited I must say,” Danns declared.“What makes this opportunity more special is that some of the coaches who helped me hone my talents there from 12 years old are still there and coaching my son.  It is unbelievable to hear them calling my son the same name they used to call me; Yorkey or Dwightee in reference to Caribbean legend Dwight Yorke whom I admired so much as a youth. It’s amazing and it makes me proud.”Danns, who currently holds a UEFA `B’ Licence certificate is aiming to secure his `A’ Licence next summer and feels this is the ideal start to his coaching career. At the moment he has no immediate plans to quit playing although he admits in a couple of years’ time he will hang up his boots and go full-time into coaching.“This involvement at the academy will give me good experience and prepare me for full-time coaching. It is important to pass on whatever knowledge you have, so whenever I am in Guyana I sure will be sharing what I have learnt with coaches and players,” Danns assured.The youthful-looking golden jaguar explained that he will give four sessions of 2 hours each week and when he has an off-weekend from playing he will overlook the games of the youths at the academy.Danns Jr got reconnected to his roots in Guyana, thanks to Guyana’s former captain Christopher Nurse and football agent Fizul Khan, who invited him to join the Golden Jaguars and without hesitation he responded in the affirmative.“My connection to Guyana is through my grandfather, Edmond Danns, who was born and raised in Linden as I found out. I am thankful also to one of my cousins in Guyana, Carwyn Holland, who gave me so much knowledge about my roots and where my grandfather was from.“He made me visit Linden and I was able to see where my roots are on my father’s side and man, it was amazing. Unfortunately my grandfather died while my dad was young so I never had the chance to meet him.It was so fulfilling to finally get to Guyana and see exactly where my DNA was from and ever since I first came to Guyana I fell in love with the country and the people. It has given me some of the most amazing life experiences that I could have ever wished for; so to represent my grandfather and carry his name on my back when I am playing for Guyana is something very special.“It was such a special feeling, especially at the Gold Cup and there is no better way I could have honoured him, having never met him,” recalled the man who scored all 3 goals for Guyana at their debut appearance of the Gold Cup last year.Danns stated that it would be a dream come true, to one day coach the Golden Jaguars, “Maybe in the distant future I will be able one day to take up the role as head coach – another dream of mine.“To be able to take up such a role would be something very, special as football continues to bless me with so much. I would love for that day when I will be able to lead out Guyana as head coach and more importantly pass on my experiences.“At the moment I think coach Maximo is doing an absolutely fantastic job with the National team and it’s a pleasure to be part of his plans and what he is building”.The midfielder, whose professional career began in 2000, at the age of 18, has played over 500 games in England at various divisions from Premiership to League One and scored over 100 goals at central midfield, but his greatest moment was scoring for Guyana at the Gold Cup.“Scoring the penalty against Panama remains my greatest moment as a golden jaguar since it was Guyana’s first goal at a major International tournament. It is a moment I will cherish forever and it will live with me forever. I still watch the footage and every time I watch it I am filled with so much pride since I know most Guyanese watching the game live and on TV felt just as proud”.“Everything I do, I do to the best of my abilities, whether it’s playing football or raising my children. Everyone has got talent. It doesn’t matter if you are blessed with more talent, or less talent than anyone. The only thing that matters is that you push yourself into being the best that you can be.“When I am finished playing and go into coaching full-time I will have the same mentality and give it my all and if that is enough to get me into a job at the Championship or Premier level I would be grateful,” proclaimed the scorer of nine goals from 17 appearances as a Golden Jaguars player.last_img
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Bigger forces amass grad student debt

first_imgFailed attempts at policy reform have led America to reach its tipping point. Too many ideas and too little time has caused the American people to solely rely on theory rather than applied practice, and millennials are set up to face the worst set of ramifications.Last month, the Center for American Progress released a study that found 20 universities to be responsible for the a fifth of all graduate school debt — with USC listed as No. 5, with students having amassed $460 million in graduate student loan debt.The exorbitant amount of borrowed money has contributed to the question many students, faculty, parents and bystanders have: Is USC irresponsible for steadily increasing tuition, and if so, why? But a deeper understanding of the interplay between federal and privatized loans and university tuition reveal a flawed system of increased demand and disproportionate tuition rates.For hundreds of years, America has prided itself on the concept of the American Dream. But with constant partisan divide stopping the effective execution of plans, Americans are no longer reaping success after years of hard work and are becoming less incentivized to do more with the American Dream out of reach.In the midst of the forthcoming presidential election, many candidates have promised policy reform for debt-free college programs by insinuating that Gen Y’ers will no longer be burdened by high college tuition. This is sadly false. In reality, doling out hollow promises for free education without feasible plans and with limited federal funding only allows the cycle of increased student debt to persist. And while this issue continues, millennials are precluded from fully contributing to American markets.College debt came under fire last year when Andrew Rossi released the documentary Ivory Tower,  explaining the businesslike nature of colleges. Though nothing has changed since, recently released staff reports from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York can help explain why both colleges and students are so caught up in the never-ending cycle of rising tuition and higher student debt.Over the past century, USC has steadily raised the cost of both undergraduate and graduate tuition, but much of the rhetoric behind this steady increase has to do with an interlinked relationship between higher tuition costs and increased loan demands.As explained in the Federal Reserve reports, higher tuition costs increase loan demand, but loan supply also affects tuition costs. This is can be explained through the pass-through effect, in which colleges adjust to the economic circumstance by counteracting increased costs and the increased availability of loans by raising tuition.“We find that institutions more exposed to changes in the subsidized federal loan program increased their tuition disproportionately around these policy changes, with a sizable pass-through effect on tuition of about 65 percent,” the June staff report stated.The more readily available loans are, the more college will cost and the more likely institutions are to increase tuition disproportionately. The report identifies a positive correlation between higher tuition and available student credit. The study finds that though it appears student loans would benefit students, they actually are detrimental because they create a ripple effect in incentivizing colleges to raise tuition repeatedly. The study also explains that Pell Grants specifically seem to have driven tuition higher because Pell Grants don’t require as much payment as other loans.The rhetoric and analytical data that the staff reports from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York may explain why students at USC and other colleges in the nation are struggling to pay tuition. The system is the law of supply and demand in reverse: Too much access to borrowed money equals higher tuition rates and less student enrollment.It isn’t really colleges that are responsible or the greater availability of loans. It’s an overall flawed approach to gearing millennials toward better jobs. Colleges and USC should not falter in these failed cycles of increasing student tuition. In an effort to help the millennials and the economy, universities should consider decreasing tuition so students are not trapped in the cycle of borrowed debt.last_img read more

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Trojans trap Wildcats on road

first_imgUSC’s game against Arizona on Saturday night featured many of the mistakes that plagued the Trojans earlier in the season. The defense gave up more than 400 yards, the offense converted less than half of its third-down attempts and turned the ball over, and the team as a whole racked up eight penalties for 60 yards.Field leader · Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley threw for 170 yards and a score on 21-for-35 passing. – Colleen Hoffman | El RodeoBut in what seems to be a new trend for USC, the Trojans once again pulled out a last-minute win in spite of the statistic sheets.USC (7-3, 4-3) upset No. 18 Arizona 24-21 on a chilly night in Tucson, Ariz., exorcising some of the demons still lingering from last season’s late loss to the Wildcats in the Coliseum and marking the first win of USC’s season against a team the Trojans lost to in 2009.“I’m just extremely excited,” said USC coach Lane Kiffin. “Anytime you go on the road to a top-20 team and get a win it’s extremely exciting. Anytime you go on the road you have to run the ball and play defense, which we did tonight and got the ‘W.’”Redshirt junior tailback Marc Tyler carried much of the offensive load on a day that featured the Trojans holding possession of the ball for more than 37 minutes, rushing 31 times for 160 yards — career highs in both categories — and a touchdown.“I feel good about how I played,” Tyler said. “I was able to come in with fresh legs, and I felt great. We were running the ball and controlling the clock. In the third and fourth quarter, we played efficiently on the long drives.”The Trojans once again jumped to an early lead, scoring on their only two drives of the first quarter to claim a 14-0 advantage. Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley, who started the game on a hot streak by completing 14 of his first 15 attempts for 122 yards, had a hand in both of USC’s scores in the first quarter — he ran one in on a one-yard quarterback keeper and threw the second to redshirt junior tight end Rhett Ellison for the seven-yard score.“I was just taking what the defense was giving me,” Barkley said. “A lot of the shorter routes were working, getting yards and getting first downs.”Arizona was able to exploit the USC secondary for a quick score to begin the second quarter, but the Trojans came right back with a 17-play drive that took almost nine minutes, capping it with their third touchdown of the half on a three-yard Tyler run to make the game 21-7.But Arizona, led by quarterback Nick Foles, responded once again, needing just more than two minutes to post their second touchdown of the night. Foles connected with receiver Travis Cobb on a 31-yard strike to bring the Wildcats’ deficit to just seven going into the half.The second half seemed to be a reversal of roles, as the defenses that looked so porous in the first two quarters tightened up, and both offenses struggled to do anything productive in their possessions.The Trojans managed to get into field-goal range in the third quarter, and senior kicker Joe Houston made the most of it, nailing a 30-yard attempt to put USC up 24-14.The 10-point advantage was enough to put the Trojans ahead for good, despite a late comeback attempt from Arizona in which the Wildcats scored a touchdown with 1:01 left to play in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats were not able to recover the ensuing onside kick, and the Trojans ran the clock out for the hard-earned victory.“Our entire program revolves around the word ‘finish,’ and that’s what it is,” redshirt junior linebacker Chris Galippo said. “It’s the fourth quarter of the season, we have three more games left. It’s time to really finish. It was just a really great start to these next four games.”Despite USC posting its highest total rushing yards since the Trojans’ game against Cal, the Wildcats outgained them 382-404. The teams each posted 24 first downs, but Arizona was able to convert 11 of its 16 third-down attempts, a figure that has remained a problem for USC week in and week out.“You’re doing a good job if you get them to third down … but it doesn’t do any good if you don’t get off on third down,” defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said. “We got to third down, but we didn’t win. It was really frustrating.”The Trojans once again were helped by special teams, though not quite as much from their own side as from Arizona. Wildcat kicker Alex Zendejas missed a 34-yard field goal attempt on Arizona’s first drive, a blown opportunity that proved to be the difference in the final result.Nevertheless, the Trojans remained positive and said they felt that the win was the product of a collective effort.“With a good team like this, especially in a hostile environment, you have to have a packed defense, play tough and bring out your running game,” redshirt junior safety Marshall Jones said. “I think we did that and we came out with a ‘W’ because of it.”The win brings USC above .500 in the conference for the first time since it was 1-0 after defeating Washington State in week four. USC will travel to Corvallis, Ore., next week to face Oregon State.last_img read more

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[Updated] Men’s basketball: Greg Gard officially named new head coach of Wisconsin

first_imgWisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard was not named Big Ten Coach of the Year Monday after he led the Badgers to an impressive turnaround in the second half of the season. Instead, he earned a much greater honor — he can finally drop that “interim” tag from his job title.After going 13-6 since taking over the head coaching position from longtime coach Bo Ryan in December, the University of Wisconsin has given Gard the full-time position.“It’s an honor and a privilege to be named the head coach at the University of Wisconsin,” Gard said in a statement. “I’m extremely thankful to Coach Alvarez, the Athletic Board and the Board of Regents for this incredible opportunity to lead my home-state program into the future.”Gard worked under Ryan’s wing for 23 years, at UW-Platteville from 1993-99, UW-Milwaukee from 1999-2001 and joining the Wisconsin coaching staff in 2001.Ryan retired in mid-December with the intention of giving Gard a leg-up in the race to replace the future Hall-of-Famer. “I am thankful to Coach Ryan for the opportunity he gave me to be a college coach over 25 years ago,” Gard said. “He has been a positive mentor in the professional development of my career and showed great confidence in my abilities and potential as I grew as a young coach.”But the job wasn’t always a lock for Gard, with the Badgers getting off to a rough start when he first took over interim duties and losing four of their first six games.Fans and media started to question whether Gard was the right man to take over the program, but the Badgers answered, rattling off seven straight wins and going on to win 11 of their next 12 contests.And in that time, Gard successfully made his case, and UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez was sold. For Alvarez, it went beyond the wins that Gard had begun to produce.“As I said many times throughout the past weeks, I’ve been very impressed with the job [Gard] has done with this team,” Alvarez said in the statement. “Not just from a wins and losses perspective but also in terms of player development and making necessary adjustments. It became clear to me as the season wore on and I was able to observe Greg both on and off the court that he was the right person to lead our men’s basketball team.”Above all, Gard’s most impressive feat this season might be that he lead this team to yet another top four finish in the Big Ten, extending the program’s streak of top-four finishes to 16 consecutive seasons.While Gard may be remembered, for now, as the man who turned around a Wisconsin team that looked hopeless and lost into a national contender, nothing will change for the coach moving forward. Most importantly, he has his site set on the future and building on this memorable season.“I’m looking forward to building on the great tradition at Wisconsin and representing my home state in a manner that can make Badgers fans proud,” Gard said.Gard will officially be introduced as head coach during a press conference scheduled for 1:30 Tuesday and will lead the team for the first time Thursday, when the Badgers take on either Nebraska or Rutgers at the Big Ten tournament.last_img read more

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SBC Strengthens Sales Team with Neil Judson

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Christopher Metcalf, Leon House: Social barriers must be broken on gambling treatment June 25, 2020 Share Related Articles SBC announces digital future for Europe, America, CIS & Africa July 30, 2020 StumbleUponcenter_img Neil JudsonNews, events and media services company SBC has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of popular betting industry salesman Neil Judson, who will be taking on the role of Senior Sales Manager.Judson has 10 years experience in b2b gambling publishing after sales roles at Betting Business magazine, International Casino Review and Intergamingi, as well as experience at Scientific Games.Judson, who will be reporting into SBC Founder Rasmus Sojmark, is tasked with bolstering sales for SBC’s successful events, such as Betting on Football, Betting on Sports and SBC Awards. He will also be the main sales account manager on SBC’s esports business website EsportsInsider.com.SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron commented: “Having worked together with Neil for many years on Betting Business, I’m pleased to welcome him to the team at SBC to help drive our event sales. Neil is well liked in the industry so I’m sure he’ll be a massive asset in growing SBC even further.”Judson added: “I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into the SBC portfolio and selling packages around the impressive events that have been developed for the sports betting industry. Betting on Football and Betting on Sports have been impressive additions to the show calendar in recent years and I’m excited to now be a part of them.”Judson is the latest addition to a fast growing team at SBC, which has also seen the addition of industry journalist Scott Longley as Media Director, Ercin Tufekci as Head of Design, marketing expert Dennis Algreen as Head of Marketing and events specialist Lizzie Blake as Event Director, all in full time roles.SBC Founder Rasmus Sojmark commented: “2016 was a year of incredible growth for SBC through our events, consultancy services and news website, which is why we’ve been adding such high quality personnel to the team. With the growth of the Betting on Football conference 3-5 May, and Betting on Sports 13-15 September, we will be looking to add more talent to the team in 2017.” Submit Share MEET NEIL JUDSON & TEAM SBC @ ICE, STAND SD2-C&D:To arrange a meeting with Neil Judson in his new SBC role at ICE Totally Gaming, please email him at [email protected] Or visit Team SBC at stand SD2-C&D.You can also meet Neil and rest of Team SBC at the H2O Sports Data Seminar 5 February at One Whitehall Place: http://sbcevents.co.uk/sports-data-seminar/Or have a drink with him at the London Baby party 7 February at Cafe de Paris – Register here: http://sbcevents.co.uk/london-baby-2017/last_img read more

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