Worster’s near triple-double helps Utah St. beat UNLV 83-74

first_imgJanuary 28, 2021 /Sports News – Local Worster’s near triple-double helps Utah St. beat UNLV 83-74 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS (AP) — Rollie Worster had 19 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals to lead all five Utah State starters scoring in double figures and the Aggies beat UNLV 83-74.Neemias Queta, Justin Bean and Brock Miller added 13 points apiece and Marco Anthony scored 12 for Utah State (13-5, 10-2 Mountain West).David Jenkins Jr. led UNLV (6-7, 3-3) with 29 points and Moses Wood scored 11. Written by Tags: Mountain West/Rollie Worster/Utah State Aggies Basketball Associated Presslast_img read more

Industry bosses face a changed workforce after crisis, reveals poll

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Industry bosses face a changed workforce after crisis, reveals poll previous nextAgencies & PeopleIndustry bosses face a changed workforce after crisis, reveals pollClaim is made by leading recruiter following poll of 6,500 estate agents across the industry about their attitudes to working in estate agency.Nigel Lewis27th April 202001,733 Views Two thirds of estate agents are now considering changing jobs following the Coronavirus crisis and six percent are contemplating leaving for good, a poll of 6,500 employees across the sector has revealed.The Mood of the Industry poll, which was conducted by recruitment firm Rayner Personnel during Coronavirus epidemic, was run for a week and published its results last night.It reveals a string of extraordinary trends within the industry following the pandemic, including that nearly 25% of the agents said their firm’s handling of the crisis had made them question their loyalty.Also, the research suggests that the home working cat has been let out of the bag; a fifth of those canvassed said they were enjoying the freedom and flexibility that working from home gave them during the crisis, and didn’t look kindly on returning to office politics, commuting and working at a branch desk.Also, Rayner Personnel claims that 14% of agents are now concerned about their job security. Estate agency bosses will therefore have a restless workforce on their hands after the crisis, as just a third of those polled are ‘happy to go back to work just as before and feel supported by their bosses’.“We are bound to see big changes now in how we all operate in the future,” says Simon King, Group Operations Director at Rayner Personnel.“Working practices will alter and companies’ costs will no doubt be cut as never before.“These are challenging, scary times yet they also provide opportunity for those that adapt and, importantly, those that appreciate and nurture their biggest asset – their people.”The survey will re-run again in two weeks to establish what, if anything, changes in that time and is being backed by PR guru Russell Quirk and Jason Busby, Rightmove’s former tech chief.Rayner Recruitment Josh Rayner coronavirus recruitment April 27, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Petition to ban future lap-dancing clubs

first_imgAn online petition has been launched which calls on Oxford City Council to prevent future establishment of lap-dancing clubs in the city.The petition currently has 274 signatures and is targeted at Councillor Bob Price, the Leader of Oxford City Council.The petition notes that the council has previously taken a strong stance against lapdancing clubs and ‘Gentlemen’s clubs’ in the past. It claims that lapdancing clubs “demean women and contribute to a view of women as ‘sex objects,’” and suggests that such clubs encourage the use of women’s bodies “purely for men’s sexual pleasure in the pursuit of creating profits for the club owners.”A second year History and Politics student at Oxford University remarked, “It is disgusting and demeaning that in this modern day and age, women can be viewed in such a derogatory and objectifying light. I wholeheartedly endorse the online petition.”Another undergraduate described the “commodification of women” in lap-dancing clubs. A feminist student at Oxford offered a different perspective however, saying, “Feminist movements are mainly about giving women choices. How can a petition to ban women from doing a job which many of them have chosen truly be feminist?She continued, “Lapdancing is associated with crimes and abuses, but so is excessive drinking. When it comes to drinking, however, it is accepted that each person has free¬dom of choice.”Bob Price told Cherwell, “The Council’s consultation on the licensing of sex entertainment venues has just ended and shows a strong popular view in opposition to any such venues in Oxford. I believe that this view is shared by a majority of members of the Council and it is my intention to bring a report to a fu¬ture meeting of the Executive Board, identifying how this policy can be implemented with due regard to the relevant statutory provisions.”last_img read more

Ocean City, County Agree on Open Space for Former Getty Site

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleOcean City Mayor Jay Gillian and City Council are focused on preserving precious parcels of land available in the city. In that effort, the city and Cape May County have negotiated an agreement for the county to purchase the old Getty gas station site at the corner of Bay Avenue and Ninth Street for $650,000. According to the proposed agreement, the property will be leased back to the city for open space for $1 a year.   The former Getty parcel is the second blighted gas station site bought by the city in its plan to beautify the main entryway into town. The city created a quaint park out of the adjoining properties. A former BP station was purchased in 2016 by the city for $475,000. An earlier county open space grant reimbursed the city for the entire cost of the old BP site. The ghostly old Getty gas station, before it was demolished in March of 2017.Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen said of the pending purchase, “The mayor, City Council and Ocean City taxpayers are all grateful to Cape May County for the opportunity to preserve this open space. It’s especially meaningful because the park replaces a pair of abandoned gas stations.”Bergen continued, “The partnership between the county and the city led to the removal of underground fuel tanks, restoration of undeveloped land, and beautification of the city’s gateway.” ​A decorative metal fence complements the landscaping at the park.The redevelopment of the old BP and Getty gas stations is key to the city’s strategy to beautify the Ninth Street corridor from the bay to the Boardwalk, creating a more appealing entryway for visitors arriving in town via the Route 52 Causeway. During the Oct. 23 City Council meeting, an ordinance for the agreement between the city and the county for the former Getty site was approved on first reading. It is pending final approval by Council.Already, the new park is being welcomed as a eye-catching addition. Todd Fath, who lives on Revere Place next to the park, was out taking his dogs, Daisy and Simba, for a walk on the thick grass recently.Alluding to the blighted gas stations that once marred the site, Fath called the park “a beautiful way to recover the land.”“This is a nice, open area. It’s a beautiful place,” he said.Todd Fath, who lives on Revere Place, takes his dogs, Daisy and Simba, for a walk in the park.At one time, the city tried to acquire land that was formerly an old Exxon gas station across the street from the BP and Getty properties. The city wanted to transform the old Exxon property into green space. However, Keller Williams, a real estate firm, owns the site and previously announced plans to build an office complex there.City Council President Peter Madden called the proposed agreement by the county to purchase the Getty land proof of a good government partnership to preserve open space.“We are getting county funding, which is great,” Madden said. “That is the most important thing. It shows that the times we do purchase land, we are doing it wisely, and looking to save the taxpayers as much money as we can, while preserving the open space.”The park has made the Ninth Street entryway into Ocean City more inviting for visitors. A lush green public park at the corner of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue is among the sites that will have organic landscaping.last_img read more

Cake and biscuits market in slow growth, but future positive

first_imgThe biscuit and cake market has seen a “subdued” growth, threatened by home baking and competition between confectionery, health foods and ice cream products.According to Biscuits & Cakes, a market report by intelligence provider KeyNote, the total market value grew by 1.8% in 2014.As a result, to remain competitive the report said cake and biscuit manufacturers have had to sacrifice profitability in order to invest in new product developments, marketing campaigns and promotional activity.Despite this minor growth, the report also forecasts that the total UK biscuits and cakes market will exhibit value growth of 9.3% between 2015 and 2019.It said key drivers in the market were price, convenience and health — with Belvita’s launch of breakfast biscuits in 2010 cited as the most significant innovation of the last five years for the market. In 2014, the healthier biscuits subsector was estimated to be worth £612m, representing value growth of 2.5% from 2013.In the next few years the report predicts that the demand for premium biscuits and cakes will rise, contributing to value growth.It also said it would expect a growth in brand crossovers. The report stated: “The growing number of product crossovers is increasingly blurring the lines between established markets in the UK marketplace. As market saturation becomes worse, this trend is expected to develop as manufacturers look to maintain a steady launch of NPDs.“In January 2015, Mondelēz launched Dairy Milk Oat Crunch — a chocolate and biscuit combination targeted as an elevenses snack — following the 2014 launch of its Dairy Milk with Ritz and Dairy Milk with LU crossovers. These products are enhancing the choice of products at retail, exacerbating the complexity of consumer decisions at PoS.”last_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Set The Bar High For Night 1 Of Bisco Inferno [Full Video/Photos]

first_imgLast night, The Disco Biscuits opened up the first of four nights for their annual Colorado Bisco Inferno run. At the beginning of each summer, fans near and far travel to see the Biscuits party, generally for multiple nights at Denver’s Ogden Theatre ahead of a Red Rocks Amphitheatre headlining show. This Sunday, The Disco Biscuits have the pleasure of playing one of the country’s favorite open-air amphitheaters, with Spafford and Organ Freeman taking on the opening duties. If last night’s opening show was any indication, fans are in for a very special four nights of music—full of lasers, laughter, and late nights.The Disco Biscuits’ opening set at the Ogden Theatre last night kicked off with a high energy “7-11”, with lighting maestro Johnny R. Goode laying down a concoction of what he does best: lasers and strobe lights (maybe some martinis too). With guitarist Jon “Barber” Guttwillig leading the way on vocals, the four veterans took the jam into deep territory, highlighted by an extended Aron Magner solo on the keys. Up next was a beautiful cover of LCD Soundsystem’s  “Home”. The Disco Biscuits did the Brooklyn rockstars justice, letting the bubbly number fizzle into a deep experimental groove, with Allen Aucoin laying down a mean beat behind the kit.A killer “Sweating Bullets” was next, last played over the Biscuits New Year’s Eve run at New York City’s PlayStation Theatre in Times Square. The Philly natives were locked and loaded, dialing things in with their home-away-from-home crowd. With rainbow lasers bouncing and Marc Brownstein’s bass shaking the room, The Disco Biscuits took things deep before dropping into “Bernstein and Chasnoff”. As an amazing first set came to a close, fans got a chance to have a quick breath of fresh air before the jamtronica titans were back for more.Set two picked up right where set one left off, as they opened with a Biscuits favorite, “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.”. The heavy number was a perfect selection to send the night into astral territory, as the rhythm section of Brownstein and Aucoin locked things in. Barber has been playing phenomenally over the past year, and last night was no exception. The guitar wizard brought it all home, before diving into an inverted “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a”.The quartet was feeling extremely loose after destroying Asheville, North Carolina, last weekend. The band’s decision to play a run the weekend prior to Inferno was a wise one, with no rust or dust in clear sight. Up next was “I Feel Love”, a cover of Donna Summers‘ 1977 disco hit, before throwing down an inverted “And The Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night”. Riding a high, set two came to a close with “Pilin’ It Higher”, as Barber laid down some beautiful and patient licks, allowing the jam to evolve into a beast that could not be contained.Following a nearly three-and-a-half-hour throw down, the band came back out to encore “Magellan Reprise”. The Disco Biscuits’ four-night run has just begun, and things are looking good for Memorial Day weekend in colorful Colorado.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 5/24/2018Set I: 7-11-> Home (LCD Soundsystem)-> Sweating Bullets, Bernstein & ChasnoffSet II: M.E.M.P.H.I.S.-> Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (inverted)-> I Feel Love-> And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night (inverted)-> Pilin’ it HigherEncore: Magellan RepriseFull Show Video[Video: The Disco Biscuits]You can view a full gallery of photos from the show below via photographer Andrew Rios.last_img read more

Australia’s AGL Energy planning to install 1,200MW of battery storage by 2024

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:AGL Energy has set a goal of installing 1,200MW of new battery storage and demand response capacity by 2024, and is tying the bonuses for executives and senior management to hit growth targets for the company’s clean energy and storage portfolio.The new targets were revealed by AGL Energy during the company’s earnings call for the 2019-20 financial year, with the company highlighting its efforts to diversify its energy portfolio into clean energy technologies, as the company reported a lower profit as earnings from its coal generators took a hit.“Although energy prices are lower, we still see an opportunity to invest as the composition of the portfolio shifts away from coal towards the new firmed renewable energy generation the market will need,” AGL chief operating officer Markus Brokhof said. “AGL’s strategy is to optimise dispatchable generation, support investment in firmed renewables and continue to invest in the accelerating emergence of batteries and other energy storage technologies.”Despite the disruptions being caused by Covid-19, AGL said that it was looking to expand its portfolio of clean energy projects, especially storage capacity, and is targeting up to 850MW of grid scale battery storage, as well as 350MW of distributed storage and demand response capacity by 2024. This represents a massive expansion of AGL’s storage capacity, which currently includes just 30MW of large-scale storage (the Dalrymple battery in South Australia) and 72MW of distributed energy resources (mostly with the South Australia battery initiative), with AGL set to seek proposals from the market for the delivery of the large-scale storage projects.“In fact, we are currently inviting tenders to procure integrated battery systems, which could satisfy the entire grid scale storage target. We believe battery technology is now at a level that allows AGL to lead Australia’s transition to a smarter and more efficient energy future,” Brokhof added.AGL is currently progressing plans to add battery storage capacity to a number of its existing operations, including a 100MW/150MWh battery set to accompany the massive Wandoan solar farm in Queensland, as well as a series of large-scale battery storage totaling 200MW/400MWh, including one battery to be built alongside the delayed Sunraysia solar farm in partnership with Maoneng. A battery for the site of the Liddell coal generator, scheduled for closure by 2023 despite the jaw-boning efforts of the federal government, is also included.[Michael Mazengarb]More: AGL targets 1.2GW of new battery storage by 2024, plans tender Australia’s AGL Energy planning to install 1,200MW of battery storage by 2024last_img read more

Getting Neighborly with Deschutes Brewery

first_imgDeschutes Brewery announced it would build its East Coast brewery last March, sending fans of the Oregon-based brewery (read: me) on a multi-year vigil while we wait for the damn thing to be built and beer to start pouring from its tanks. To help ease the wait, Deschutes brought its super fun, pop up street pub to Roanoke in late August, setting up a bar in the streets with more than 50 taps to slake our thirst for fresh Deschutes. I’m taking the street pub as a sign that Deschutes is going to be a good neighbor once they get up and running. And because I like to be neighborly too, I thought it would be nice to take some time and fawn over some of Deschutes’ beers, because even though Deschutes isn’t brewing in Virginia yet, they do distribute in the state, as well as West Virginia and D.C.Here are four beers from Deschutes you need to drink now.Black Butte Porter This is as good of a porter as you can get just about anywhere, and it’s Deschutes’ flagship beer. It’s malty and smooth with substantial notes of chocolate and roasted coffee…exactly what you want a porter to be. This is the kind of beer that helps define the style; the kind of beer a lot of other breweries work really hard to imitate but often fall short.Mirror Pond Pale AlePales should be easy drinking and Mirror Pond follows suit. The bitterness is light, as are the floral and citrus notes from the hops, all of which are balanced by a subtle, almost ethereal caramel base. This is the sort of beer that’s perfect for hot weather and subtle enough to compliment any meal that’s on the table.Jubelale Festive Winter AleJubelale is Duschutes’ winter seasonal, full of chocolate and toffee notes balanced by a roasted, coffee-like bitterness on the backend. It’s not as sweet as a lot of winter seasonals, which is refreshing; with all of the gingerbread fruitcake beers that hit the market this time of year, I feel like I get diabetes just by browsing in the beer store. There’s a faint bit of cinnamon that let’s you know it’s in season, but for the most part, it’s a well-balanced dark ale.Hop Trip Fresh Pale Ale This is one you have to find and drink right now. The idea behind these fresh hopped beers is that the brewers harvest the hops and rush them to the brewery immediately to use in a pale or IPA. The result is hops on steroids. This particular pale ale delivers with a citrusy nose and juicy palate with big notes of grapefruit. It’s zesty and crisp and yeah, fresh. Mirror Pond is a fine pale ale, but this is the sort of beer you look forward to every fall during the hop harvest.last_img read more

It’s time to rethink tax assessments for real estate valuations

first_imgWhen my wife and I received our tax assessment increase last year, we weren’t thrilled at the idea of paying more property taxes. But, there was a silver lining to receiving the notice in the mail. As a lending industry innovator, the letter sparked my thinking about tax assessments and how it may be time to reimagine the way we determine property value.In Iowa, the state where the LenderClose team and I are developing new lending technology for community lenders, tax assessment values (TAVs) are revisited every other year. Our next assessment is expected in 2021. That’s a long time between assessments. Because TAVs are only updated once every 24 months, credit unions in our state are in danger of falling short on two very important goals: mitigating risk and satisfying borrowers.As we’ve experienced during the past decade, real estate markets shift – sometimes rapidly. Values in a specific zip code or neighborhood sometimes rise and drop based on hyper-local activities. For example, two short sales on the same street are highly likely to drop valuations across the entire neighborhood, as the events are factored into the comparable sales analysis.Or, consider a neighborhood that adds an apartment complex, business, retail shops or a park.  Increased amenities are likely to inflate the value of the properties around them.In today’s fast-paced real estate and development environments, these kinds of activities are happening much more rapidly than in the past. Lenders need access to the most accurate and up-to-date information as they evaluate mortgage and home equity applications. Using assessor data that may not reflect current conditions not only presents unnecessary risks, it carries opportunity costs, as well.Opportunity Costs of TAVsIn recent years, U.S homeowners have been enjoying a sellers’ market. Property values have rebounded since the housing market crash of 2008, and some markets are even seeing increases over pre-recession levels.Many borrowers, when applying for a home equity loan or a refinance, are looking to fully tap into the equity resources their home provides. Relying on potentially outdated tax assessor data could be short-changing both them and the lender because:Borrowers may be unable to maximize the lendable equity in their home.Lenders may be leaving equity on the table, which generates interest income for their financial institution.Lenders risk losing borrowers if they look for other options that better reflect increased home values.Alternatives to TAVsThe good news for lenders is there are now middle-ground options between TAVs and the highly manual and sometimes expensive process of ordering 1004 appraisals. One such option, automated valuation models (AVMs), has proven to be a reliable, efficient, cost-effective and instantaneous alternative to TAVs. AVMs use mathematical models combined with property and transaction data to calculate real estate values based on the most currently available information.In 2010, the NCUA, FDIC and OCC released the Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines allowing the use of AVMs for transaction amounts of $250,000 or less. A site visit to the property is still required to satisfy the guidelines, so an AVM should be complemented with a Property Condition or a Property Inspection Report (PCR/PIR). Just this past year, the FDIC and the OCC amended the guidelines by increasing the appraisal threshold for residential real estate loans to $400,000. NCUA achieved a similar evolution of guidelines in the commercial lending arena, taking its threshold from $250,000 to $1,000,000.For lenders that can’t or don’t want to integrate AVMs into their lending processes, there are other evaluation products that involve a site visit, a report on the property and a professional’s valuation based on available data.Why Credit Union Lenders Should Give AVMs a Second LookAVMs are yet another corner of financial services being reshaped by technology. They are not erasing the need for appraisals. Rather, AVMs are providing a powerful complement and new dimension to the traditional approach.Today’s real estate labor market is characterized by a shrinking number of licensed appraisers, which is driving costs well beyond reason in some places. Right now, in the state of Oregon, the average cost of a 1004 appraisal is between $700 and $1,300. The cost can be equally prohibitive in rural markets across the U.S. Contrast that to an AVM or evaluation product that can provide the service for $25 – $250 and also much more quickly, and the value to credit unions and their member borrowers becomes pretty clear.Lenders that want to remain competitive and provide the best borrower experience should reconsider the phrase “We’ve always done it that way.” Real-time data and the technology to process it are creating high-value analytics possibilities for even the smallest lending teams. Those that are open to new possibilities will have the best chance of creating the outstanding borrower experiences, increased efficiency and speed our highly competitive lending landscape demands. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Omar Jordan Omar Jordan is CEO of fintech CUSO LenderClose. 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Million dollar property sales continue to be on the rise

first_img901/21 Pixley St, Kangaroo Point is listed for offers of more than $4 million. Picture: realestate.com.auSELLING for more than $1 million has become more common with the proportion of sales for more that level now at record highs.While southern capitals have enjoyed a substantial lift in $1m plus sales, Brisbane’s market has also experienced a significant lift.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:47Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMonthly Core Index – July00:47In the year to June 2017 nationally 23.2 per cent of house sales in capital cities and 10.8 per cent of unit sales were for more than $1 million.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 agoIn Brisbane 7.9 per cent of houses which sold in the year to June went for more than $1 million compared to ten years ago when only 2.4 per cent of house sales breached the barrier.Big ticket unit sales have not increased as substantially in the same period, with 2.8 per cent of unit sales in the year to June for more than $1 million compared to 2.4 per cent ten years ago. 22 Dover St, Hawthorne is listed for offers of more than $1 million. Picture: realestate.com.auCoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said with dwelling values continuing to climb he anticipated in another twelve months an even higher proportion of sales would be more for than $1 million.“The flip-side of this is that the ongoing increase in the proportion of residential properties selling in excess of $1 million highlights the ongoing deterioration in the availability of housing affordability,’’ he said.There were more than 1000 houses within the greater Brisbane area listed on realestate.com.au with an asking price of $1 million or more and 198 units.These range from an apartment at Kangaroo Point, seeking interest of more than $4 million to a four-bedroom home at Hawthorne seeking offers of more than $1 million.last_img read more