TOWN OF SOUTHPORT (WBNG) — The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office says one person was killed in a one-car crash Tuesday afternoon. He was transported to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, they say. The sheriff’s office says 69-year-old John J. Pendleton was killed when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree on Pennsylvania Avenue in the town of Southport. The sheriff’s office says it believes Pendleton had a “medical episode” which caused him to leave the roadway. New York State Police, Pine City and Southport Volunteer Fire departments and Erway Ambulance responded to the incident.
China has sacked the top political leaders of virus-stricken Hubei province and its capital Wuhan, the highest-profile figures to be removed so far in a crisis that has killed 1,355.The removals are the latest in a purge that saw Hubei’s two most senior health officials fired earlier this week as criticism grows over the way the outbreak has been handled, with claims of under-reporting.The province reported a dramatic spike in virus cases Thursday, raising the total number of nationwide infections to nearly 60,000 after Hubei authorities changed the way they count infections — fuelling fears over a lack of transparency. Jiang Chaoliang, Hubei’s party secretary, will be replaced by Shanghai mayor Ying Yong, while Wuhan party chief Ma Guoqiang will be replaced by an official from Shandong, Xinhua news agency reported. Thursday’s spike came as Hubei officials said they were correcting previous diagnoses to include people “clinically diagnosed” with the virus, adding 14,840 new cases to its total.The new system means doctors can use lung imaging, rather than solely laboratory tests.The virus is believed to have originated late last year at a seafood market in Hubei province’s capital Wuhan.Pressure on local officials for their perceived incompetence has mounted particularly after the death last week of a Chinese doctor who was punished by Wuhan authorities for raising the alarm about the new virus.Wuhan authorities also faced criticism in January for going ahead with an annual public banquet for 40,000 families just days before the city was placed on lockdown.Other changes have been taking place in the province, including the sacking of a top Red Cross official in Wuhan for dereliction of duty and the removal of health officials in other cities.Topics :
443 Queen Street, chalked up more off the plan sales than any other apartment project in the past quarter.BRISBANE’S unit market rebounded in the past quarter with almost $214 million worth of new and off-the-plan apartments changing hands.New figures reveal sales levels were up on the previous quarter by 6 per cent to 288 unconditional sales during the June quarter.Despite the slight uplift the latest Place Advisory report said conditions were still challenging.Report author Lachlan Walker said sales were still 61 per cent lower than the same time 12 months ago.While transaction numbers were down sales prices were up with the weighted average sale price now at $744,097 – 27 per cent higher than a year ago.Within the inner Brisbane apartment market there were 69 projects being sold off the plan in the past quarter.Mr Walker said the higher sale price was indicative of the type of stock being sold at the moment.The biggest seller during the quarter was the project, 443 Queen, in the Brisbane CBD which chalked up 48 unconditional sales.Close behind was Brisbane Tower 1, at South Brisbane which had 47 unconditional sales.Paul Barratt of CBRE which is marketing 443 Queen Street, said the owner occupier market particularly in the $700,000 to $1 million price range was exceptionally strong.“We sold 48 apartments at 443 Queen Street over the previous quarter, at an average sale price of over $1.4 million and ranging up to $3 million,’’ he said.“Not only is it the first CBD riverfront project in over 14 years, but there are no comparable sites available for future development.’’More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoThe Hudson at Albion recorded 27 sales during the quarter.Mr Walker said within the Brisbane inner city market two-bedroom apartments were the most popular with buyers accounting for half of the off the plan sales during the June quarter.One-bedroom apartments chalked up 38 per cent of the transactions, while three-bedroom apartments accounted for eight per cent of the unit sales in the June quarter and four-bedders, penthouses and sub-penthouses chalked up 3.5 per cent of sales.Unit developments south of the river were the most in demand with 114 of the unconditional sales.Mr Walker said based on current levels of supply and sales rates there was 23 months worth of stock in the market.He said the whole unit market had changed in the past year and he thought this level of sale was the new normal level.“There was a slight lift in sales, in think it (the current level of sales) is more of a return to normal levels. looking over the past ten years it is still below average.’’Mr Walker said the type of sales recorded during there quarter were reflective of what had been happening in the unit market in the past 12 months, it was moving more toward an owner occupier stock.He said it was a “better quality product’’ that was selling.“I think we will be in this sort of space, we have been in for the past six months for probably another twelve months, I think we will be going through a period of absorbing stock that is currently in the market place.’’
Almost three in five European and Asia-Pacific investors plan to modify their private equity portfolios in the next five years to combat climate change, according to the latest Coller Capital Global Private Equity Barometer.Limited partners (LPs) that do expect change to their investment strategies are broadly planning to replace oil and gas exposure with investment in renewable energy and climate-friendly products and services.But less than a third of North American investors are planning a similar change.The Barometer is based on the views of 113 private equity investors based in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific including the Middle East, with research undertaken in September and October 2019. According to the survey, LP commitments to private debt funds are plateauing, with equal proportions – 21% – planning to accelerate, or slow, their pace of commitment to private debt funds over the next two years.Stephen Ziff, partner and co-head of investor relations and fundraising, Coller Capital, said: “This reflects where we are in the economic cycle, and the belief by investors that we are heading for a downturn.”The survey showed that 45% of European investors believe their private equity portfolios need modifying to prepare them for the next economic downturn; North American and Asia-Pacific investors, however, were less sanguine, with 70% and 80%, respectively, planning to make the changes.Nine out of 10 LPs recognise the significant risks to their medium-term private equity returns posed by today’s macro-environment and high asset prices.Despite this economic background, 80% of LPs expect to achieve annual net returns of more than 11% from across their private equity portfolios in the next three to five years, while 15% of private equity investors are forecasting net returns of over 16%.But over half – 55% – of LPs have had requested commitments scaled back on multiple occasions, most commonly in venture capital and mid-market buyout funds, for which one-third of LPs had to settle for smaller commitments.However, co-investing continues to grow in popularity. Almost 70% of private equity investors now co-invest alongside GPs, while 44% of LPs actively pursue co-investment opportunities.
Donegal could be the location of Ireland’s first National Marine Park.One of the most ambitious marine environment projects in the history of the Irish state is being planned for Co Donegal.The project, which could create a much-needed jobs boost, plans to bring together three integrated marine initiatives of international excellence centred at Malin Head.The plans include the development of an Ocean Interpretation Centre, Ireland’s First National Marine Park and a Biosphere Fishing Reserve on the North coast of Inishowen. Project co-ordinator Emmett Johnston said the plan has huge potential.A series of public meetings is now planned to gather the views of the local public on the concept.The concept document focuses on the common marketing of environmentally themed tourism, locally caught sea food produce and sustainable community practices through the three initiatives.The main point of the concept document is that local coastal communities, tourism, fishing, academic and environmental sectors could gain significantly by coming together under one umbrella for the purposes of collective management and marketing of local marine resources. Different ways that a collective plan could be achieved are discussed in detail, with ideas such as the development of a common Malin Head brand for the various marine related sectors of particular note.Speaking about the launch of the concept document the project coordinator Emmett Johnston said the concept is about putting new ideas and solutions out into the community and seeing what the reaction is.“It’s a different way of approaching things, most people are used to being told from the top down what is going to happen and they may have difficulty understanding that this is just a concept, potential ideas for the future. It’s like planting a seed, then it’s up to local people to shape the idea and make it their own.”According to the group there will be a series of three public meetings covering the communities of Inishowen North, West and East. Each meeting will involve a presentation of the concepts and a feedback session where ideas will be taken and developed.Everyone is invited to read the concept document and give feedback before and after the meetings which will be held on the 18th, 19th and 20th of March at a variety of venues throughout the peninsula. All ideas are welcome according to the project coordinator Emmett Johnston.“Without community engagement this concept is just a piece of paper, it up to local people to decide if this is something they want and how they can benefit from it. We need everyone to come on board with the process, attend the public meetings and give their feedback. If the community does not put forward their own solutions to existing problems, then central government will eventually impose their solutions on communities.“We think the time is right for all the local interest groups to come together as one voice and to start doing something about the deteriorating situation here, if we don’t do something now some of the coastal communities on Inishowen could experience the same fate as the island communities did in the early 20th century.”Emmett explained that a short meeting with some of the fishermen from the north of the peninsula has already been held at the start of March. He explained that some fishermen saw there might be something positive in it for them and their sector, while others did not, however all of them were concerned about how environmental ideas in the document could end up negatively affecting their business.“The level of mistrust and doubt about new ideas and the ability of fishermen to do anything about their own situation is indicative of how shamefully the industry has been treated over the years. We think collective marketing of the area as a well-managed natural environment could help the local fishing industry sell their produce, but it’s up to them to make up their own mind about the ideas.“All we see this concept doing is kick starting people into thinking about how they can improve their own situation without waiting for central government to impose things on them. They might not take on what we propose, so what, these are just ideas.”All around the county the big question is how can an area create enough jobs to keep at least some of its young people from emigrating. Identifying what an area has that is unique or different may help them create jobs which cannot be shifted out of the area.The concept document released outlines a path using sustainable management of the natural environment as the catalyst to job creation on the North Inishowen peninsula, whether local people agree with that path or not remains to be seen. However it appears everyone is in agreement that something needs to be done and sooner rather than later.The proposal certainly makes for an interesting time ahead for those with an interest in the marine sector around Inishowen. How the various government bodies will react to this type of community led initiative is unknown, especially because they are the ones normally deciding the direction communities should follow.More details and a copy of the document can be found at www.baskingshark.iePLAN LAUNCHED TO SET UP IRELAND’S FIRST NATIONAL MARINE PARK IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 11th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:CommunityEmmett JohnstonfishMalin HeadNational Marine Parksharks
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brandi MontgomeryWhen Brandi (Fornshell) Montogmery joined Wilmington College’s admission staff in 2014, she was no stranger to WC, as she is an alumnus from the Class of 2013. Her recent appointment as the College’s primary recruiter of agriculture students was, in turn, especially appropriate as she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in agirculture.She returned to WC in 2014 after working two years in the agriculture industry.Adam Lohrey, director of admission, said her job experience, coupled with that gained as a former agriculture student and Student Ambassador with the Admission Office, have set up Brandi for success in her new role.“She will continue building relationships with high schools and other agriculture programs, in addition to working closely with our faculty in student recruitment and cultivating relationships within the agriculture industry,” he said.Lohrey said Montgomery will coordinate Wilmington College’s presence at the Ohio, Indiana and National FFA conventions, while also interfacing with FFA and agriculture instructors throughout Ohio and beyond.In addition, she will continue a close affiliation with the Ohio Farm Bureau as a young professional in agriculture as a delegate to the annual meeting and a member involved with local programming. At WC, she will supervise agriculture majors in the student ambassador program, lead farm tours for prospective students and their families, and take a leadership role in group visits to campus and visit program days.
D.R. Johnson, a family-owned timber company in southern Oregon, has become the country’s first producer of cross-laminated timber (CLT) certified for structural applications.According to an announcement from Oregon BEST, a non-profit that promotes clean technology, D.R. Johnson is now making panels 24 feet long that will be used at four construction projects around the state, including Western Oregon University and the Albina Yard office complex in northwest Portland.Oregon BEST last year gave $150,000 toward research on this emerging technology at Oregon State University, and to help develop a production line at the D.R. Johnson mill. In addition, Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, is lending the mill $100,000 to offset the costs of ramping up production.The company makes the panels in a press designed by USNR, a Woodland, Washington, firm, and built by D.R. Johnson employees in the mill’s fabrication shop (see Image #3, below).D.R. Johnson manufactures panels with Douglas fir, harvested primarily in Oregon, and a melamine glue from Akzo Nobel called Greenguard Gold. The maximum panel size is currently 10 feet by 24 feet, with a maximum thickness of 9 5/8 inches. The company plans to install new equipment that would extend the press early next year. Wood as an alternative to concreteThe announcement comes at a time of increased interest in replacing concrete and steel, the conventional building blocks of modern commercial buildings, with timber. Promoters of timber construction, already successful in Europe and Australia, say that timber panels produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions, can shorten construction schedules, and may even be cheaper than conventional concrete-and-steel buildings.CLT buildings of nine and ten stories have been constructed elsewhere, but the technique is very new in the U.S.Hines Interests LP, a real estate company based in Houston, announced in July that it had broken ground on a seven-story, all-timber office building in Minneapolis. The 220,000-square-foot building — called T3 for its emphasis on timber, transit and technology — is being built on spec and without any tenants lined up in advance, The Star Tribune said in an article.Michael Green Architecture, experts in heavy timber construction, was hired for the project. T3 is expected to be complete in about a year and will be the tallest modern all-timber building in the country. In a TED talk in 2013, Green discussed his affinity for wood construction, and said it would prove critical in building structures that do not contribute to climate change. Steel and concrete, he said, together produce 8% of the planet’s total greenhouse gas emissions, while timber construction sequesters carbon dioxide. Wide-scale adoption of wood-panel construction would not contribute to deforestation, he said, and timber buildings are not fire hazards.Wood also has a tactile quality that steel and concrete do not, Green said. He said he’s never seen anyone hug a steel or concrete building component, while people walking into buildings made from wood actually have.Green thinks buildings of up to 30 stories can be made with “mass timber panels,” although construction of wood skyscrapers is now limited by “arbitrary” restrictions. He said that he looks forward to an “Eiffel Tower moment” of innovation that would clear the way for more timber construction.“We’re at the beginning of a revolution, I hope, in the way we build, because this is the first new way to build a skyscraper in probably 100 years or more,” he said. “But the challenge is changing society’s perception of possibility and it’s a huge challenge. The engineering is truthfully the easy part.” A blend of wood, concrete, and steelAccording to a report posted at ConstructionDive, the foundation of T3 will be concrete to meet local building codes, and a steel frame will make connections between wood components. But the building’s core and floor plates will be made from engineered wood panels. Likewise, structural columns will be made from engineered wood.Many of the pieces can be built off-site and assembled quickly once they’re trucked in, making for faster construction schedules.Melbourne, Australia, claims the world’s tallest timber structure, a 10-story apartment complex which took 10 weeks to build and was completed three years ago. In London, a nine-story building whose floors, ceilings, elevator shafts and stairwells all are made from wood, was opened in 2009. Popular Science reports that Swedish authorities have approved plans for a 34-story wood tower in Stockholm while a Chicago architectural firm has published a feasibility study for a 42-story tower made mostly of CLT.
The new currency of success is focus and attention. If you want greater results, focus. If want to succeed with greater certainty—and faster—focus.What Has Your Attention?The starting point of improving any area of your life is to bring attention to that area. If you want to know how you spend your time, take an inventory. Track what you do for a couple of days and you will learn a lot about yourself, much of it, you may not like. You will, however, find room for improvement.You can do the same thing with your focus. What do you focus on? What gets your attention? Does what you pay attention to really deserve your attention?How much of your focus do you give to external events and circumstances as a way to explain why you aren’t producing the results you need?How much of your focus goes to things that are wholly outside of your control and influence?Is it easy for you to find yourself in the browser or in the inbox having focused on trivialities while ignoring your priorities?Unaddressed and UncompletedWithout focus, your most important priorities sit unaddressed and uncompleted. It’s easy to trade the small and meaningless for the big and important without ever meaning to make that choice.Focus means the browser is closed. It means your email inbox is closed. Your notifications are turned off. You have blocked out distractions so you can give what’s most important your full and undivided attention.How much of your focus do you give to the things that produce the results you want in spite of anything outside of you?How much of your focus do you give to the things you can control or influence?How often do you focus all of your attention on a single task without any opportunity to be distracted?If your tasks are never completed, it’s a lack of focus. If you make little progress on your priorities, it’s because you haven’t given them your full attention. If your thoughts are elsewhere, you cannot produce the results you are capable of producing.Your focus is power concentrated. It allows you to produce better work. Your focus produces those results faster, too.Pay attention to what has your attention.