Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 WhatsApp Law Enforcement Torch Run gathers at Odessa Police Department Local NewsLaw Enforcement Facebook TAGS Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) volunteers, representing officers from across West Texas gathered in front of the Odessa Police Department to kick off the Law Enforcement Torch Run West Texas Leg on April 30. The run is Special Olympics’ largest grassroots fund-raiser and public awareness vehicle. The Odessa Police Department is proud to have represented this organization over the past 25 years and to continue being a part of this great cause. Law enforcement officers ran from Third Street and Golder Avenue to the Odessa Police Department at approximately 9:30 a.m. A brief program was held the program and OPD officers led the torch runners south on Grant Avenue to Murphy Street carrying the ceremonial torch to kick off the West Texas Leg. In Texas, the Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1985. At its most basic level, the Torch Run is a running event where officers and athletes run the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” to the opening ceremonies of competitions being held this year in Arlington. The Torch Run program also encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles such as merchandise sales, donations or pledges for runners, corporate donations, and special events. In 2018, Texas Torch Runners across the state raised approximately $3 million dollars for The Special Olympic Program. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articlePHS Night of Percussion setNext articleCar_show_051719_01.jpg Digital AIM Web Support
– Misfiring Chelsea –It was a frustrating evening for Chelsea, who dominated possession but lacked any cutting edge, maintaining a worrying sequence for Maurizio Sarri’s team.His side failed to score for the third time in their past five Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, raising more questions about Chelsea’s need for a top-class striker in the January transfer window.With Olivier Giroud sidelined after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday’s win at Crystal Palace, Sarri opted to recall misfiring striker Alvaro Morata.But once again the former Real Madrid star looked completely bereft of touch and confidence.“If you can score the first goal, you can find spaces so it’s easier,” said a frustrated Sarri. “We need to solve the problem of the last 20 metres. In the last matches, we were in full control but it’s not easy in this moment to score the first goal.”Chelsea earlier Wednesday announced they had agreed terms with Borussia Dortmund for the signing of US winger Christian Pulisic for a reported £58 million ($73 million). He will link up with the club ahead of the 2019/20 season.In an astonishing game at Bournemouth, the home side shared six goals with Watford in a helter-skelter first half but there was no addition to the scoreline in the second half.Andy Carroll was named in the West Ham team to face Brighton — a year to the day since he last started a match but Marko Arnautovic was the star for the London side, scoring a quickfire double to rescue a 2-2 draw.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 London, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United made it four wins out of four in the Premier League on Wednesday, beating Newcastle to close the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea, who were held at home by Southampton.United have been transformed since their former striker replaced Jose Mourinho, scoring 12 goals in his first three games in temporary charge but were forced to dig deep to emerge with a 2-0 win against a disciplined Newcastle side at St James’s Park.The victory leaves them in sixth spot in the table with 38 points, just three behind Arsenal and six adrift of Chelsea.Substitute Romelu Lukaku broke the deadlock just 38 seconds after coming on midway through the second half, pouncing after Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka had spilled a fierce Marcus Rashford free kick and Rashford himself made sure of the points in the 80th minute.Manchester United bossed possession but a resolute Newcastle defence kept clear-cut chances to a minimum, prompting Solskjaer to throw on Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez shortly after the hour mark.The changes bore fruit immediately and the interim boss will be equally pleased that United managed just their third clean sheet of the season in the Premier League.“Finally we kept a clean sheet,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “A very professional performance. We didn’t hit the heights that we can do but we were in control, kept plugging away and got the goals.“A good first touch from a sub. When you see big Romelu Lukaku running towards you, as a keeper you might take your hands away. We were sluggish in the first half, it was like a testimonial, too many square passes.”Solskjaer is only the second manager in Manchester United history to win his first four league games in charge of the club, after Matt Busby in 1946.
But over the past month, several projects have sought extensions to completion dates as a result of delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Two other substantial Oceanport parcels set for imminent release of RFOTPs will also experience delays – the 400 Area near the Little Silver train station, slated to become a transit-oriented village, and the McAfee Center, a 90,000-square- foot research and development building on 47 acres. Stead-man said it’s “hard to say how long” those delays will be. On April 15, FMERA held its second monthly meeting viateleconference. Members and staff participated from theirhomes instead of the authority’s offices in the fort’s formerlibrary, with officials taking actions to continue progress withnew timelines. “I have attended webinars and teleconferences in the last two weeks with business leaders and real estate investors/ owners,” Steadman said. “No one can predict what the next several months look like. Overall, these people have expressed hope and optimism about the end of this year and the beginning of next year. We want to wait to see what the demand looks like, which parcels may have more interest than others, and then respond accordingly with appropriate RFOTPs.” Prior to finalizing the purchase of a fort parcel, every developer undertakes a “due diligence” period during which the site is examined for structural and environmental concerns. Regional Development Group affiliate Barker Circle Partnership had been conducting its 90-day due diligence prior to completing the $4.85 million purchase of the 19.5-acre site off Oceanport Avenue. The firm intends to transform the parcel, located in the fort’s National Register Historic District, into the Barker Circle Complex, a mixed-use site with 75 residential units, a theater, office space and a restaurant. Based on the complexity and historic nature of the property, officials said, additional time is required to fully assess the site. Additionally, the effects of COVID-19 have delayed the process. FMERA members voted unanimously to extend the Barker Circle Complex due diligence period to June 4. FORT MONMOUTH – Almost a decade into the redevelopment of the 1,126-acre former U.S. Army base that spans portions of Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls, 20 properties have been sold and another 16 are under contract or have contracts approved by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), the public-private agency overseeing the fort’s rebirth. COURTESY REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT GROUP, LLC Developers hope to open the Loft microbrewery and event space by late fall following approval-related delays. By Laura D.C. Kolnoski The expanded portions include the front entrance and lobby, offices and kitchen, which require additional approvals. According to FMERA documents, “the purchaser is still proceeding in good faith toward completion of the project,” but the approvals process has delayed the timeline. FMERA members voted unanimously to give the project a six-month completion extension to November 2020. When completed, The Loft will be a microbrewery, restaurant and entertainment complex with outdoor space. This article originally appeared in the April 23rd, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. “We need agility; our developers are under a lot of pressure,” said Robert Lucky, Ph.D., of Fair Haven, FMERA interim chairman. “If developers want extensions for any other matters they must come before the board.” The Loft Brewery and event space being created by Regional Development Group, LLC in the former 1940s fort Dance Hall was expected to open this summer. Work has been ongoing for about two years, longer than originally projected because the developer expanded the scope of the project, adding 5,900 additional square feet and increasing its capital investment from approximately $1.5 million to $4.6 million. Ongoing are the planning and design of a water main extension along Route 537, (known as the Avenue of Memories through the fort), coordinating the creation of a clean sanitary corridor through portions of the Oceanport section scheduled for redevelopment, relocation of overhead electric lines, and future build-out of the electrical power grid. “We are getting our work done to the best of our abilityunder these circumstances,” said Bruce Steadman, FMERAexecutive director, adding operations including land surveys,closings, subcommittee meetings, infrastructure work andmore are ongoing despite some members of developmentteams being personally affected by the virus. BARKER CIRCLE, OCEANPORT FMERA members unanimously voted to give Steadmanthe authority to grant time extensions to certain projects forpandemic-related reasons only. Other actions taken April 15 included: “We maintain a presence on the fort, our maintenance team is working, and abiding by safe social distancing and guidelines,” said Kristy Dantes, FMERA’s director of facilities and infrastructure. “All the infrastructure projects are critical to future development. We also assist developers and development teams.” COURTESY FMERA The start of the highly-anticipated process for Fort Monmouth’s McAfee Center has been delayed due to the coronavirus. DANCE HALL, OCEANPORT In March, FMERA released the Request for Offers to Purchase (RFOTP) for the 31-acre Tinton Falls Commercial Parcel, intended for redevelopment into office, research and development, or alternative commercial purposes. The site includes the fort’s former Pulse Power Building, Pistol Range and a large administrative structure with a high bay garage. The deadline for submission of proposals has been changed from April 27 to May 11. The RFOTP can be viewed on FMERA’s website at fortmonmouthnj.com. CHANGES TO REQUESTS FOR OFFERS TO PURCHASE “Working remotely, getting items scheduled, reviewed, and answered takes a bit longer, but our experience with the boroughs and county and state agencies is that they are working through the logistics and still moving forward, albeit a little slower than normal due to the remote protocols,” Steadman said. “The one thing we have seen with all of the review boards and agencies is that their attitudes are good and positive, working through the current difficulties but optimistic about the future, and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
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Although the numbers are still very small, proven net-zero energy performance in commercial buildings is rising at a statistically rapid pace, a report from the New Buildings Institute says.Over a 15-month period, the number of verified “ZE” projects rose from 53 to 67, an increase of 26%. A much broader category of “emerging” commercial buildings that includes projects under construction, in design and still being evaluated climbed from 279 to 415, an increase of more than 48%, the report said.There are 6 million commercial buildings in the U.S. and Canada, so the number of projects capable of balancing energy consumption with production from renewable energy sources over the course of a year is barely a drop in the bucket. But it’s the rate of increase and a “convergence” of factors that favor zero-energy design the institute finds significant. In the first of these reports in 2012, the institute said, there were a total of 60 commercial and multifamily projects that could be listed as verified or in the works. With that number now 482, the total has increased by more than 700%.“ZE buildings counts are still small in relation to the total market — in the single-digit percentage of total buildings and floor space,” the report says. “But a multitude of factors are accelerating ZE buildings and communities such as emerging technologies, sensors and LEDs, dramatic price drops of solar generation, energy storage, energy tracking and transparency, integrated and passive design, climate concerns, and interest in ZE codes and resilient buildings. How performance is definedThe New Building Institute uses a metric it calls the Zero Energy Performance Index, or zEPI, which favors actual energy consumption over an energy model of performance. The zEPI is calculated with the building’s EUI and is adjusted by building type and climate once a building is occupied based on measured energy use.The report explains zEPI this way:“ZEPI was created to address confusion caused by comparing the energy efficiency of buildings by referencing their ‘percent savings beyond code.’ Which code? What year? Given there have been at least six major commercial energy codes on the books at any given time in the United States since 2000, identifying the correct baseline can take some time.”This new report is for commercial buildings only. Residential net-zero projects are tallied separately by the Net-Zero Energy Coalition (see the Related Articles sidebar above for an article on its latest report), although some critics doubt it is possible to count zero-energy homes accurately because of the wide distribution of renewable energy systems. RELATED ARTICLES Projects of all types make the listWhen organized by building type, education represents the largest group with 37% of the total. Office buildings and multifamily make up the next two in the rankings with 19% and 16% respectively. But developers of all stripes are showing interest in the zero-energy standard, the report says, with light manufacturing, a car dealership and a ski area making the list. Healthcare, lodging, and retail stores are categories with relatively little representation, possibly because of higher energy intensity and more complicated use patterns.The report also makes these observations:In addition to buildings whose developers expressly list zero-net energy as a goal, there are many others listed as “ultra-low energy buildings,” which achieve similar levels of energy performance without the addition of renewables and without having zero-energy goals. These projects are not included in the ZE tally because there are too many to list.There are zero-energy commercial projects in 44 U.S. states and four of Canada’s 10 provinces. California, however, has seen the most growth (131%) and with 214 projects it has 44% of the total. Taken together, California and Oregon account for just under half of the total. Other regions making a particularly strong showing are the Northeast (73 projects), the Southeast (50 projects) and the Southwest (41 projects). States with no ZE projects are North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alaska.Zero-energy buildings can be found in all climate zones. But the largest grouping (226 projects) is located in Climate Zone 3, which extends across the southern tier of the U.S.Verified projects on the list use an average of 60% less energy that comparable commercial buildings in the U.S. The median gross site Energy Use Intensity (EUI) is just under 18kBtu/square foot/year before renewables are factored in. Those projects on the emerging list have an EUI of 24kBtu/square foot/year.Eighty-one percent of the verified buildings are 25,000 square feet or less in size, with the biggest concentration (31%) of 5,000 square feet or less. Less than 1% are bigger than 100,000 square feet. There’s better representation on the emerging side of the tally for larger buildings: 18% are larger than 100,000 square feet, and 23% are between 50,000 and 100,000 square feet. To Net Zero and BeyondZero-Energy Construction is ‘Set to Explode’ The Department of Energy Chooses a Definition for Net ZeroMajor U.S. Builder Tests Net-Zero MarketNet-Zero Cities Aren’t Possible, You Say?California Leads the Nation in Net-Zero Projects “This convergence, combined with other rapid advancements, foretells of a built environment that will look very different when we share our story 20 years from now.”
Actors Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra starrer Barfi! has been creating waves for a long time. The first trailer of the film has been released online. And going by the trailer released by UTV Motion Pictures, it seems like we are looking forward to another hit this year.The film was earlier titled Silence, is about a speech and hearing impaired man, played by Ranbir, and the two women in his life, played by Priyanka and southern star Ileana D’Cruz.The trailer has no dialogues, only funny gestures that show Ranbir Kapoor in a new look, sporting a tiny golden plait and wearing drab sleeveless sweaters. From the trailer, it looks like Ranbir has been able to essay his role pretty well, and Priyanka’s mentally challenged avatar looks quite promising.The film is is expected to release in September 2012.Watch the video:
REVEALED: Sevilla ace Banega changed agents to get Arsenal moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla ace Ever Banega has changed agents to secure a move to England, it has been revealed.Mundo Deportivo says Banega has recently brought in new representatives as he seeks a move to the Premier League.And his agent is spending time in London over the festive period to finalise a deal with Arsenal.Unai Emery and Banega enjoyed a good player coach relationship during spells at Valencia and Sevilla – where they won two Europa League titles in 2015 and 2016.Banega is now in his second spell with Sevilla, having played for the likes of Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan. The Arsenal boss sees the Argentine as the perfect candidate to fill the boots of Aaron Ramsey who could leave as soon as January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Blackmore calls for Man Utd to bring back Ibrahimovicby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United midfielder and coach Clayton Blackmore says they should re-sign LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Ibrahimovic is thriving in the MLS having scored 49 goals in 50 starts for LA Galaxy.“I definitely think we should ask Zlatan to come back, we need a target man – he’s the best target in the world,” Blackmore is quoted by the Daily Express.“6ft 5in black belt, he’s proved in the MLS he can still do it.“I thought we let him go because his knee was dodgy – we’ve now given Zlatan and [Wayne] Rooney [away] for nothing.”We won [the] Europa League, League Cup and Community Shield when he played for us.“Thirteen years ago, the Barcelona goalie out-run Zlatan – he doesn’t run much yet he scores goals [at] every club he plays for.“We need a target man so all our kids with pace can play off him [in a] 4-4-2 [system], and close [them] down quicker.”Here ends the lesson, it’s a no-brainer.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
VANCOUVER — Another dismal forecast for British Columbia’s housing market, one day after the Canadian Real Estate Associate predicted home sales will continue to dip in the province next year.Central One Credit Union, which provides services to more than 300 credit unions across Canada, says in its housing forecast for 2018 to 2021 that B.C. experienced a “mild provincial housing recession” this year.The report points to the federal government’s mortgage stress test, higher interest rates and various provincial policy measures for the downturn and predicts “rising but subdued sales” over the next three years, with little movement in median home prices.Bryan Yu, Central 1’s deputy chief economist, says builders have noted the shift and the result is a sharp drop in housing starts since September, especially in urban areas. He says starts in B.C. are predicted to fall to about 32,000 units in each of the next two years after nearly 40,000 units were under construction this year and 43,500 in 2017.But the update also predicts positive housing market outlooks in some areas, including Vancouver Island, where retirees fuel the market, and in Northern B.C., where demand is boosted by a liquefied natural gas project and associated pipelines.As work ramps up on the $40-billion LNG Canada project in and around Kitimat, Central 1 says housing markets in the north are forecast to outperform those in southern B.C., which were hit the hardest this year.“Sales in B.C.’s combined metro markets of Vancouver, Abbotsford-Mission, Kelowna and Victoria are down 40 per cent compared with the end of 2017, led by the Lower Mainland markets,” Yu says in a news release. The report shows annual resale home transactions plunged 17 per cent in 2018 and median resale prices slipped two per cent to $520,000.“Gone are the days of rapid price escalation,” says Yu.Negative growth in residential investment will drag on the broader B.C. economy, but the Central 1 update says the effect should be blunted by ongoing consumer demand linked to the lowest unemployment rate in Canada, high job vacancy rates, wage gains and population growth.The Canadian Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This Sunday the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort St. John is inviting everyone to come and gather to remember fallen veterans and their comrades.As of Wednesday, the Poppy Campaign has raised $28,000 out of the $45,000 fundraising goal. The public is welcomed to participate in the Sunday’s events starting with the Parade at 10 am and ending at the Cenotaph where the Flags March will be at 10:45 am.The Remembrance Service will to start after the Flags March inside the Legion where the seating is on a first come, first serve basis as it is a smaller space. The public is encouraged after the service to socialize and interact with the communities Veterans and Legion members. The Legion will also celebrate the Bells of Peace at 5:01 p.m. on Sunday. On 11 November 1918, many communities across the world celebrated the Armistice which ended the hostilities of the First World War by ringing bells. The Bells of Peace commemorates 100 years of the end of WW1.