Retailers celebrate return of in-store customers

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Retail stores in the Southern Tier are welcoming customers back, as Phase 2 is now a week in. “Clothing is better to feel and touch,” Reytenberg said. “We are known for the customer service we provide, the lasting relationships we have with our customers.” Reytenberg took over management of the store in February, before the COVID-19 pandemic threw off her grand re-opening plans. “Things are going well. We’re beginning to see a lot of our customers,” she said. “We’re getting a lot of phone calls, emails, things are picking right back up again.” “It was really exciting whether they were shopping or just coming in to say ‘hello,’ and how much they missed us,” said The Goldsmith owner Inessa Reytenberg. “It was truly just exciting and to see people out and about.” But now, her self-proclaimed “re-re-opening” is helping show off not only products, but her store’s experience. Last Friday, confusion halted many businesses from getting a jump back into work, as rumors of Phase 2’s postponement frustrated many. “I’ve had a lot of my regulars come in this week to welcome me and congratulate me, and people are shopping,” Weeks said. “It’s just really nice to have connection with people. I think [in-store shopping] going to lift people’s spirits a lot.”center_img “Most of my business is custom framing and that’s not an easy thing to do,” she said. But after re-opening after last Friday’s craziness, she’s got some customers flowing throughout. Garland Gallery owner Sherry Eaton has been at the store’s helm for 26 years, but for the last few months, she’s had to close doors. She explained online and curbside service wasn’t an option based on her big sellers. Eaton explained people are required to wear a mask, encouraged to use sanitizer throughout the store, and stay “a zebra apart,” her store’s way of enforcing the six-foot social distancing rules. The Mabel D. Orr Fashion Boutique is also back in the swing of things, as owner Heidi Weeks says she’s just happy to see people again. But after Governor Andrew Cuomo gave the go-ahead, some owners expressed happiness and excitement to see people get back through their store doors.last_img read more

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Visiting professor discusses Egyptian military

first_imgProfessor Robert Springborg, a recent retiree from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate school in Monterey and an expert on Egypt and its military, spoke to students in Ronald Tutor Campus Center Tuesday afternoon about the structure and role of the Egyptian military during and after the revolution in 2011 that deposed former president Hosni Mubarak. The event was sponsored by the Middle East Studies Department.Springborg, who is a visiting professor on war studies at Kings College, London and the director of the American Research Center in Cairo from 2000-2002, discussed the structural characteristics of the Egyptian military, internal politics of the country, and what policy the US should pursue in the region.Professor Robert Springborg discusses the structure and role of the Egyptian military during and after the revolution in 2011. — Photo by Christine Yoo“This is a significant military by any measure and certainly in the Middle East,” Springborg said. “If you want to look at control of the military in the Arab world, you can’t use the standards you would for a democratic state.”The Egyptian military, which is 500,000 strong with both significant armored and air capability, is the largest military force in Africa and one of the larger military forces in the world. Springborg compared different aspects of the military to the militaries of many countries in South America, where literature on the role of the military is widely available.“Brazil, for example, has a GDP that’s ten times higher than Egypt, yet military is 40 percent smaller,” he said. “In terms of the share of the economy, the Egyptian army is much larger.”He said that one metric to measure the size of the military is to look at the number of soldiers and officers per 10,000 civilians. In Egypt, the number is 190, and if you include barracked police forces, it is as high as 415. He said the average in Latin America, by comparison, is closer to 30.He also noted that the military operates its own court system where civilians can be tried. Under a previous constitution, civilians could be tried for “crimes that harmed the armed forces” in military courts. That definition was narrowed under the 2014 constitution, but still gives the military sweeping judicial authority.“The military has basically empowered itself to try whoever it wants under its own court system,” Springborg said.The military conscripts 325,000 per year, but Springborg said that a large portion of them are used for labor in the military factories and other companies. He said it is typical to serve the last six months of a three-year conscription in military company, while still earning conscript wages.“You have a large army for show so that you can justify having a large officer corps that you enrich and are loyal to you, and that helps protect the presidency,” he said. “It’s highly stratified [and] inward-looking — it’s not focused on fighting, but on enriching itself.”The talk then shifted to the internal politics of the military, and the restructuring that took place during the revolution. The professor referenced incidents of corruption and cronyism within the military. He spoke in particular about Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, a presidential candidate in Egypt who previously controlled the Ministry of Defense. Springborg said al-Sisi has consolidated power by placing supporters in key government positions.“It is the first time in the history of the republic of Egypt that a single figure is going to control the presidency, the ministry of defense, and the ministry of the interior,” he said.Springborg said the United States lost face when dealing with the Egyptian military following the ousting of President Mubarak. He referenced an incident when the military, headed by Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, was angered by the US sending $63 million in aid to civil society and humanitarian efforts in the country. Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chose to suspend the payment, which Springborg said was symbolic of the US handling of the situation.“[The United States] didn’t back the revolutionaries either in word or in deed,” he said, “We realized this was a two-horse game, when the [Muslim Brotherhood] failed, we switched horses and now back the officers.”Students who attended the event found it informative and engaging.“I didn’t realize how big the military in Egypt was and I didn’t know how different it was from other countries particularly in terms of its size relative to the economy,” said Erica Behrens, a sophomore majoring in international relations.Biz Peabody, a junior majoring in psychology and international relations, enjoyed hearing Stromberg’s point of view.“It’s interesting to hear these kind of inside analyses,” Peabody said. “he has a counterintuitive perspective on some issues that were really fascinating to hear about.”last_img read more

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Abraham gifts Liverpool with Super Cup title

first_img0Shares0000Abraham gifts Liverpool with Super Cup titleISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug 15 – Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham missed his final penalty kick as Liverpool converted all to beat Frank Lampard’s side 5-4 on post-match penalties to lift the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday in Istanbul.The match had ended 2-2 after Senegalese superstar Sadio Mane struck twice for the UEFA Champions League winners while Oliver Giroud had opened the scores for the Europa League title holders before Jorginho conveted from the spot in extra time. Every penalty in the shoot-out had been successful before Mohamed Salah stepped up to convert Liverpool’s fifth kick at the home of Besiktas. Substitute Abraham then had his effort saved by Adrian, the summer signing only playing in the absence of the injured Allison Becker.It is Liverpool’s fourth Super Cup victory, with their last coming in 2005 on the back of their memorable Champions League triumph, also in Istanbul.They have now won 13 European trophies overall, and how their supporters would love to come back to the banks of the Bosphorus for the final of this season’s Champions League.Sadio Mane had earlier been Liverpool’s star, cancelling out Olivier Giroud’s first-half strike to ensure the match ended 1-1 in 90 minutes, and then putting Jurgen Klopp’s team in front on 95 minutes.But it was perhaps inevitable that French referee Stephanie Frappart would play a role in the outcome of the game.The first woman to take charge of a major men’s match in European competition, Frappart gave Chelsea a penalty when Abraham went down under contact from Adrian. Jorginho — his name unfortunately wrongly spelled on the back of his shirt — netted the spot-kick.He also scored in the shoot-out, but there would be no first trophy as Chelsea coach for Frank Lampard, who lost the Super Cup twice with the club as a player, including a defeat on penalties against Bayern Munich in 2013.Lampard has stated a willingness to give youth a chance this season, although here he left Mason Mount and Abraham — aged just 20 and 21 respectively — on the bench.Instead N’Golo Kante was deemed fit to play after a summer plagued by injury problems, while Giroud came in and Christian Pulisic made his full debut. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first start for Liverpool in 16 months after recovering from a serious knee injury.The England midfielder released Salah for an early chance only for the Egyptian’s effort to be saved down low by Kepa Arrizabalaga. However, he generally struggled to make an impact on the left flank and was replaced at half-time by Roberto Firmino.– Chelsea start on top –Ng’olo Kante in actionChelsea had enjoyed the better of the opening 45 minutes, with Pedro Rodriguez crashing a shot off the bar midway through the first half before Adrian saved at the feet of Mateo Kovacic.The opener arrived in the 36th minute, with Kante finding Pulisic and the American drawing several red shirts towards him before releasing Giroud to score first-time.Shortly after that, Pulisic thought he had made it 2-0, but his fine finish was disallowed for offside by Frappart.The introduction of Firmino helped change things completely at the start of the second half, though, with Liverpool needing little more than two minutes to draw level.– Mane brace –Sadio Mane scored a braceThe Brazilian knocked the ball into the path of Mane, who scrambled home from close range despite Kepa getting a glove to it.Kepa fared far better in the 75th minute, blocking Salah’s shot following Jordan Henderson’s corner and then reacting brilliantly to turn Virgil van Dijk’s follow-up onto the woodwork.Brought on from the bench along with Abraham, Mount briefly thought he had restored Chelsea’s lead late on but his crisp low strike was disallowed.On into extra time they went and, to the delight of the crowd, who were mostly supporting the European champions, Liverpool went 2-1 up thanks to that same combination.Mane found Firmino near the byline and then latched onto the Brazilian’s cutback and fired home off the underside of the bar.But, in the 101st minute of this match, Jorginho converted from the spot to bring back the possibility of a penalty shoot-out.Having conceded that spot-kick, Adrian later produced a firm hand to deny Mount and was at it again as he denied Abraham to secure victory for his team.0Shares0000(Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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