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The Hamptons housing market is sitting pretty

first_img(iStock/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)The Hamptons property continues to tighten in the post-coronavirus era. Homes are hitting the market, but even more are selling, according to Behind the Hedges.New listings in the first week of March were 72 percent higher than the same time a year ago, but contracts still outpaced what was hitting the market. Some agents are seeing properties selling above asking price.The shrinking inventory is also affecting the rental market. Gross booking value increased 69 percent in the 2020-2021 offseason compared to the prior offseason. Renters are booking stays for longer and revenue per property is up 156 percent year-over-year. [BTH] — Dennis Lynch  Tags Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink hamptons-weeklylast_img read more

Utah State and Utah Men’s Tennis Make the NCAA Tournament Field

first_imgMay 1, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State and Utah Men’s Tennis Make the NCAA Tournament Field Tags: Men’s Tennis/Oklahoma/Texas Christian/Utah/Utah State Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-Tuesday, as the NCAA men’s tennis tournament field was released, Utah State and Utah discovered they were among those who made the cut.The Aggies and Utes men are the only Division I tennis squads in Utah to make the field as no women’s teams were invited to compete in that bracket.Utah State draws Texas Christian at a site, time and date yet to be announced, although Wake Forest, the ACC tournament champion and the overall #1 seed will host the event from the Sweet 16 onward, at Winston-Salem, N.C.The Aggies are led by star senior Jaime Barajas, who became the first player in Utah State program history to be nationally ranked as a singles player in 2017. Nevertheless, they have a tough matchup in the #9 Horned Frogs.TCU is one of the more consistent men’s programs in recent history as they have made four consecutive Final Fours and are led by star singles player, #19 ranked Alex Rybakov, as well as the dynamic doubles pair, Max Kurzban and Reese Stalder.The Utes will face Oklahoma, also at a site, date and time yet to be determined and this will be no easy task as the Sooners are the #14 team in the land.Utah, at 19-9 and ranked #38 nationally, made the field despite being eliminated from the PAC-12 tournament early, by Arizona. The Utes are led by star doubles squads Randy Cory and Russell Benkaim as well as Joe Woolley and Egbert Weverink, while Cory can also excel in singles play, despite only being a freshman.Tbilisi, Georgia native Aleksandre Bakshi, a junior, is Oklahoma’s star as he is ranked 68th nationally in singles play. Brad Jameslast_img read more

General Dynamics Receives Further US Navy’s Work

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: General Dynamics View post tag: americas View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today General Dynamics Receives Further US Navy’s Work August 24, 2015center_img Share this article General Dynamics Receives Further US Navy’s Work Authorities View post tag: US Navy General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded an $8 million modification to previously awarded contract to exercise options for engineering and technical services to support hull, mechanical and electrical systems and equipment on U.S. naval ships. The contractor will provide professional and technical services to upgrade fluid, habitability, and thermal management systems planned for installation or alterations in support of Naval Surface Warfare Center- Ship Systems Engineering Station programs.Work will be performed in various ship home ports and is expected to be completed by October 2016.No funds are being obligated at time of award.The Naval Surface Warfare Center-Carderock Division, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.[mappress mapid=”16743″]Image: US Navylast_img read more

SWI-AHEC’s The Blues Café Targets Pharmacists’ Views On Opioid Crisis

first_imgPharmacists are healthcare providers on the front lines in the war against opioids abuse. They have an important role in helping patients understand the risks and responsibilities of prescription opioids. Often, they encounter prescription forgery, requests for early refills and dose increases, and patients who claim to have lost their medications. Having to tell a patient that he can’t fill a prescription could result in anxiety, fear and misunderstanding on both sides.Because the pharmacist point of view is so important in this crisis, the Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (SWI-AHEC) is presenting the third annual The Blues Café to discuss general opioid information, safe prescribing and legal requirements. The Blues Café will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 S. Governor Street, Evansville.The event is an opportunity for health professionals, social service providers, government agencies and the public to engage with a panel of professionals, including Kimberly P. France, RPh, JD, who will answer questions and provide local and national resources for the community.This event is FREE and includes lunch. Registration is required; please visit www.usi.edu/swi-ahec.Lunch is sponsored by the Community Action Program of Evansville (C.A.P.E). Continuing education will be provided through the University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning.*For more information, call Kerseclia L. Patterson, academic outreach coordinator at SWI-AHEC at 919-632-8419 or email [email protected] Indiana AHEC began as a regional center in 2008, and it is hosted by the University of Southern Indiana in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. It is part of a national network with a mission to improve health by leading the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Spring Block Party Draws Thousands to Ocean City

first_imgCrowds jam Asbury Avenue between Fifth and 14th streets in Ocean City (NJ) during the annual Spring Block Party on Saturday, May 3.Visitors filled a mile of Asbury Avenue on Saturday for Ocean City’s annual Spring Block Party.Ocean City’s Spring Block Party draws thousands of visitors on Saturday, May 3, 2014.The crowds took advantage of mostly sunny and mild spring weather to get outside and browse the wares of more than 350 arts and craft vendors lining the city’s shopping district between Fifth and 14th streets.Asked for an attendance figure, Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer gave his officials estimate: “A lot.”The event began more than 30 years ago, covering only two city blocks. It quickly became an spring ritual covering the entire downtown section of Asbury Avenue and spawning a Fall Block Party.The events draw tens of thousands to Ocean City during the shoulder season and provide a boost not only for the participating craft vendors but for all Ocean City merchants and restaurateurs.Table sales for merchants on Asbury Avenue and on the Ocean City Boardwalk continue on Sunday. Rides at Playland’s Castaway Cove and at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier will be open 1 p.m to 6 p.m. on Sunday.The Bubba Mac Blues Band performs at the southern end of the Spring Block Party in Ocean City, NJ, on Saturday, May 3. Photo Credit: Suzanne Hornicklast_img read more

Realtors Offer Warmth in Clothing Drive

first_imgOcean City Board of Realtors members Gloria Votta and Ken Cooper arrange the donations during the 2018 clothing drive. By MADDY VITALEEach fall, local realtor Gloria Votta is touched by the outpouring of support the community extends to a clothing drive she started about nine years ago.“The whole community donates,” Votta said Monday. “Residents and people who are second homeowners see it advertised and give. People are so generous.”The “Warmth for Winter Coat, Blanket & Boot Drive” by the Ocean City Board of Realtors began Oct. 5 and continues until Nov. 27.Votta and fellow realtor Damon Bready, president of the Board of Realtors, are in charge of the drive.They are collecting gently used and new coats, sweaters, blankets, snow boots, hats, scarves, and more. Cash donations are also accepted, which are in turn used to purchase coats and other necessities for those in need by Votta and other volunteers.An abundance of sweatshirts, blankets and winter coats are donated each year.The clothing drive has been organized by the Board of Realtors in cooperation with the Clothes Closet of the Ocean City Ecumenical Council, an association of local churches that gives families in need some assistance.Clothing donations can be dropped off at the Board of Realtors office at 405 22nd Street. Then the items are donated to the Ocean City Ecumenical Clothes Closet, at Fifth Street and West Avenue, to provide for needy families.Anyone who is a resident of Ocean City may pick up their clothing at the Clothes Closet.Volunteers are asking people to donate children’s and men’s warm clothing.Money donations also are accepted because Votta and others will go out and buy men’s coats, children’s clothing and other items that are needed.Sometimes stores offer discounts on winter wear and six additional coats for men and children can be purchased, Votta said.The hope this year is that there is an abundance of donations in all areas needed, she noted.Selecting October to begin the clothing drive has a lot to do with the weather, Votta explained.“Changing over your clothes, putting your summer stuff away and taking out winter clothes is a good time for the drive,” she said. “The first time there is a chill in the air people start thinking about what they need or don’t need.”Over the years Votta has thought from time to time about how many pieces of clothing have been given to the clothing drive to help others not as fortunate.“In the very beginning, it was a slow process. Now it all just happens. It all just comes together,” she said. “I pick the dates and people just come in to donate and every year we even have a caravan of people who volunteer. It is just amazing.”Clothing donations may be dropped off at the Board of Realtors office at 405 22nd Street. To arrange for clothing pickups, people may call the office at (609) 399-0128. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Donations may be dropped off at the Ocean City Board of Realtors office at 405 22nd Street.last_img read more

Sister of Mercy explores joy in poverty

first_imgJust last week, Sr. Marilyn Lacey resided in a cave in South Sudan, where she works to transform the lives of women in poverty. But last night she spoke over 7,000 miles away at Saint Mary’s about the abundance of mercy and joy in all of God’s creation. Kathleen Donahue | The Observer Sr. Marilyn Lacey, a Sister of Mercy, discusses her faith journey after serving in impoverished areas in Africa, Asia and the United States at a lecture in Vander Vennet Theatre on Tuesday night.Lacey said God maintains connections with all His people, even those who feel as if their sins render them unworthy of His love.“We somehow got the feeling as young people that we had to be ready to meet God,” Lacey said. “The funny thing is, God doesn’t wait for us to be ready. God’s goodness is always flowing. It doesn’t matter how distracted we are.”Recognition of such constant support from God can help people interpret life’s challenges as blessings, according to Lacey.“God is constantly giving his goodness, his mercy, his love, whether or not we are paying attention,” Lacey said. “We’re not often in touch with that, but when we are, it changes everything.”Lacey said her extensive work with displaced populations in Africa, Asia and the United States taught her to seek hope in the least likely of places. She said she was recently strolling through South Sudan when a young man she did not recognize pulled over his car, picked her up and twirled her around, claiming that she helped him at a refugee camp in Kenya 12 years ago.“He said, ‘Everywhere I go, I’m looking for you. I knew I would see you one more time,’” Lacey said.This particular instance showed Lacey the importance of trusting God, for in accepting His mercy, she abandoned stress and worry.“I was leading a very busy life, a distracted life,” Lacey said. “I had this insight that maybe there was a little part inside me, like a pilot light, that was always attentive to God. It’s so affirming. It’s so freeing.”Lacey said people should strive to learn from their mistakes and recover, rather than dwelling on flaws.“God wants mercy not perfection,” Lacey said. “When you can laugh at your mistakes and just enjoy the exuberance of God’s presence, your life changes. God’s own joy begins to take root in us.”Lacey said she believes people should treat others with the same compassion God has bestowed upon them, which motivated her to found Mercy Beyond Borders, which assists oppressed women in South Sudan.“South Sudan is at a critical point where it has never educated girls,” Lacey said. “We are forging ways for women and girls in extreme poverty to learn, connect and lead. … We are all kin, and that compels us to resist what is not of God. Separateness causes divisions in our world. Going out and doing justice is not a burden.”Her desire to help the helpless stems from an admiration for God’s mercy, which grants her the agency to interact with and learn from others, Lacey said.“Recognition of God’s mercy is humbling and freeing, and it connects us with others in the world,” she said. “It’s so constant and ever-present. Like the air, we don’t pay attention to it. We are absolutely immersed in mercy. God is busy trying to get us to pay attention to it and to believe it.”Tags: Theology, Year of Mercylast_img read more

The Emerging Internet of Electricity

first_imgThe Emerging Internet of Electricity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Energy startups have been using blockchain to power electricity sharing in microgrid trials from Texas to Tasmania for a year or so.An Electrify SG engineer shows a PowerPod that will be installed to record data of photovoltaic solar panels on a rooftop in Singapore.But now companies are moving beyond trials to commercial projects, leveraging the distributed ledger technology for payments and trading on a city-wide and even national scale.“What the internet did for communications, blockchain will do for trusted transactions, and the energy and utilities industry is no exception,” said Stephen Callahan, Vice President, Energy, Environment & Utilities, Global Strategy, at IBM.The trend illustrates how blockchain is swiftly moving beyond financial services and cryptocurrencies, and offers a glimpse of a growing challenge to the $2 trillion energy market.Blockchain is a database of transactions distributed among multiple computers. It solves two key problems in the online world: transacting without the need of a trusted intermediary, and making sure those transactions can’t later be altered, removed or reversed.This appeals to the energy industry in several ways. As the market liberalizes and renewable energy grows, blockchain offers a way to better handle the increasingly complex and decentralized transactions between users, large- and small-scale producers, retailers and even traders and utilities.Blockchain’s use of tokens also offers a way to reward users for saving energy, and for small-scale transactions between individual users with solar panels who are both producers and consumers – known as “prosumers”.Being able to add “smart contracts” onto a blockchain would also make it possible for actions to generate automatic transactions down to the smallest level, where meters and computers could autonomously reconcile supply and demand.“The prospect of being able to track particular electrons via a blockchain as they move onto or off the energy grid has captured the imagination of many companies,” said Daniel Sieck of U.S. law firm Pepper Hamilton.All of this would save money and could transform the way we produce, store and consume electricity, what DHL Energy president Steve Harley calls the “internet of electricity.”The World Energy Council predicts that such decentralized or distributed energy will grow from 5 percent of the market today to 25 percent in 2025.The past few years have seen proofs of concept and trials, from small microgrids to projects by big players such as Shell (RDSa.L), BP (BP.L) and IBM (IBM.N).Few energy companies, however are making significant investments into blockchain technology, says Shane Randolph, managing director at Opportune LLP, an energy consulting firm based in Houston.“The ones that are engaging in the conversation are largely doing ‘blockchain tourism’ without developing applications.”That leaves opportunities for newcomers.Power Ledger, an Australian startup which raised A$34 million ($26 million) in an initial coin offering, or ICO, in October, is building platforms to enable commercial operation ofmicrogrids in Thailand and India and two commercial buildings in West Australia.It also recently launched a 200-customer trial microgrid with power retailer Origin Energy (ORG.AX) in Sydney. Energi Mine, a UK-based startup, has created a blockchain-based platform to reward energy-saving users with tokens they can use to pay their energy bills or charge their electric vehicles.It says it is already making money, albeit from the artificial intelligence side of its business.A Singapore company called Electrify has been running a price comparison marketplace as the country liberalizes its electricity market. Electrify plans to launch a blockchain-based exchange for all consumers and producers next year, and is talking to one of Japan’s biggest utilities about doing something similar there.Grid+, a U.S. startup, will launch its first retail device next year in Texas, using the Ethereum blockchain to allow users, whether they’re traditional consumers or owners of solar panels and batteries, to buy and sell electricity at wholesale prices.More projects are on the way. Energy startups will have raised about $200 million from initial coin offerings this year alone, with a dozen more planned next year, according to data collected by Reuters.But obstacles remain. They include the entrenched nature of the incumbents, and questions about blockchain itself, which is less than a decade old.Martha Bennett, an IT industry analyst at Forrester, points to a “misunderstanding just how immature the technology is.” Then there’s the regulatory landscape. “Because the energy sector is a regulated industry,” said Pepper Hamilton’s Sieck, “widespread adoption of many possible blockchain use cases will require regulator buy-in.”There are signs of that. Singapore’s Energy Market Authority launched a sandbox for energy innovations in October, while U.S. states including Vermont have passed legislation designed to help apply blockchain technology.Skeptics say blockchain may help incumbents rather than disrupt them.However many individuals choose to capture, store and sell power, there will still be a lot of users who won’t bother, says Hugh Halford-Thompson, of BTL Group, which has this year completed gas trading pilots on its internet blockchain with BP, Eni (ENI.MI) and Wien Energie.“As a result we are going to see a lot of the larger firms adopting blockchain and absorbing it.”Others disagree, arguing blockchain will empower individuals by automating much of the drudgery of switching between sending power to the grid and receiving it.Omar Rahim, CEO and co-founder of Energi Mine, says blockchain will change user behavior and utilities will only be used when prosumers’ demand and supply don’t match.Most likely, says Tony Masella, an energy consultant at Accenture, it will be more of an evolution.More: As energy markets evolve, blockchain powers uplast_img read more

Tilt Renewable moving forward with largest wind farm in Australia’s New South Wales

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Listed renewable energy developer Tilt Renewable says it has landed a long term contract with major mining company Newcrest that will underpin the development of what will be the biggest wind project in NSW – the 400MW Rye Park project in the north of the state.Tilt and Newcrest have signed up for a 15-year supply deal for its Cadia gold mine in western NSW, that will account for around 55 per cent of the output of Rye Park and will include electricity and green products. The pricing has not been revealed.Newcrest says the deal is important to support the long term future of the Cadia mine, saying the deal guarantees its energy supply costs will remain competitive and will deliver a significant reduction in emissions.Tilt says the deal means that it can now move forward with the construction of Rye Park, where it expects to start construction late next year and deliver power in late 2023. However, the project depends on the ability to obtain a variation to its development approval that will allow it to use bigger turbines. Machines of up to 6MW are being contemplated.It is the second major off take agreement with a corporate customer for Tilt, which signed up retailer Audi for its 336MW Dundonnell wind farm in Victoria, which also has an underwriting agreement with the Victorian government.“The long‐term off-take agreement with Newcrest, our second corporate off-take, will underpin the investment decision for our largest wind farm to date, allowing Tilt Renewables to grow its footprint of high‐quality renewable energy assets, supporting the low carbon ambitions of corporate Australia,” Tilt CEO Deion Campbell said in a statement.[Giles Parkinson]More: Tilt lands contract with Newcrest gold mine for biggest wind project in NSW Tilt Renewable moving forward with largest wind farm in Australia’s New South Waleslast_img read more

A Big Year for Snakes

first_imgVirginia wildlife officials are warning the public to watch out for snakes this year. Officials say that it has been a decade since they have seen this many snake encounters. The increase in snakes likely has to do with the winter weather, which saw a lot of rain, and then some extended warm spells. As temperatures continue to increase so, too, do snake and human interactions. Experts advise residents to do their own research and find out the kind of snakes that live in their area. Snakes like to hang out in man-made places, such as garages, sheds, attics and crawl spaces. Snakes are also attracted to tall grasses, junk, woodpiles and railroad ties. Residents are warned not to leave brush and leaf piles in their yard, as these are also a natural attraction to snakes. Recent news reports show that some patients treated for snakebites have been charged nearly $17,000 per vial. Poisonous snakes in the southeast include the copperhead, cottonmouth, rattlesnakes and the eastern coral snake. Residents and visitors in the Shenandoah Valley are warned of a heightened snake population this year The increase in snake activity comes at a time when some hospitals have been accused of antivenin price gouging. Vials of the only antivenin available on the market in the United States approved to treat snakebites from rattlesnake, copperhead and water moccasin, CroFab, usually run about $3,000 per vial. Recent news reports show that some patients treated for snakebites have been charged nearly $17,000 per vial. If you encounter a snake keep in mind that in many states in the southeast it is illegal to kill it. Snakes are an important part of the ecosystem. Some snakes eat rats and mice that can damage crops and property. If a snake bites you it is important to stay calm and immobile and lay down if possible. Call 911 or the poison control center and try to identify the snake by sight, noting any colors, markings, or the shape of its head. Keep the affected limb level with the rest of the body and do not apply a tourniquet, cut the wound or attempt to suck the venom out. Do not apply an ice pack. Even if you are unable to identify the snake, doctors can treat most snakebites without knowing the kind of snake that did the biting.last_img read more