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  • Proptech’s winners and losers in 2020

    first_imgWarburg Realty’s Clelia Warburg, Breather’s Brian Murphy and InstaClosing’s Peter Zinkovetsky (iStock)It’s been a year of extreme highs and extreme lows in the proptech industry.While startups offering catering to digital transactions surged, co-working and flex-office spaces struggled with a sharp drop in business, as Business Insider reports.Several companies in the sector laid off large numbers of staff and sought financial lifelines in order to survive. Others shuttered office locations and wound down their operations.“Breather, in its current form as an operator, doesn’t make sense, and, to be frank, I’m not sure it ever made sense,” CEO Bryan Murphy said in mid-December. His flex-office company recently announced plans to close 400 office locations and lay off most of its employees.But some industry players see the pandemic as a turning point.“I really think that at a macro level, what’s happening right now with COVID is going to serve with proptech the same way that the financial crisis did with fintech,” Clelia Warburg Peters, a venture partner at Bain Capital and president of Warburg Realty, told BI.The dramatic shifts in how we live and work created a need for companies that make remote transactions easier. Last month, real estate attorney Peter Zinkovetsky launched InstaClosing, a startup that handles real estate closings virtually. Other companies catering to home sales, including Notarize — which offers virtual notarizations — have already enjoyed successes.“Any company that is helping real-estate firms operate digitally and operate remotely are generally the massive winners over the past 10-plus months,” Jake Fingert of Camber Creek told BI.Read moreCo-working firms are still open. For some tenants, it’s a deal breakerCuomo authorizes notaries to sign virtuallyOpendoor valuation soars to $18B ahead of IPO Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsAirbnbProptechWeWork Share via Shortlink Those with stakes in the office market have had a more difficult run.WeWork’s botched IPO efforts last year drew attention to the pitfalls of the master-lease model, which has again come under pressure in 2020 as many flex-office and co-working companies try to pivot to property management agreements.Such pressures will persist as employers try to lure workers back to their offices — no easy feat without a widely available vaccine. But the agility of flex office space could help some companies save money while avoiding long-term commitments with commercial landlords.“Flex office was a loser in the first part of this year, and no one would argue otherwise,” MetaProp’s Zach Aarons told BI. “They’re losers, but projected winners, those that can survive.” [Business Insider] — Sylvia Varnham O’Reganlast_img read more

  • Invitation to the University Parkway Corridor Plan Public Workshop

    first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The Vanderburgh County Commissioners, Evansville-Vanderburgh County Area Plan Commission (APC), and Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization (EMPO) have partnered to create the University Parkway Corridor Management and Land Use Plan.  They will host the first in a series of public meetings to engage our community in the creation of the University Parkway Corridor Plan.  The meeting will be held on Monday, September 18th, 2017 from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm at the Griffin Center Great Hall, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, Indiana 47712.There will be an informative presentation at the beginning of the meeting that explains the purpose of this plan and the planning process.  Participants will then be broken down into small work groups to brainstorm ideas and discuss a vision for the future of the corridor. The project team will facilitate this discussion.Due to growth anticipated from the planned extension of sanitary sewers and the many tracts of undeveloped land in the area, the goal of the corridor plan is to prepare for the future by coordinating appropriate, planned development with transportation and other infrastructure investments over time.  The project area includes over 9 square miles and is bounded by State Road 66 to the north; State Road 62 to the south; Schutte Road, Peerless Road, and Church Road to the east; and the Vanderburgh/Posey County line to the west.The corridor plan will offer specific land use recommendations on future development, preserving the corridor’s resources, and amending the Zoning Ordinance to ensure that future development meets the vision and intent of the Plan.  Since the Parkway serves as a critical thoroughfare in western Vanderburgh County providing access to the University of Southern Indiana, the transportation component of the Plan will focus on protecting the Parkway for the efficient and safe movement of traffic, and identifying any future road improvements needed.County Commission President Bruce Ungethiem encourages the public to participate in this planning process for the future of the University Parkway corridor.  He stated, “We want this plan to reflect our community and for there to be buy-in from all interested parties.  The only way for that to happen is if we can get lots of ideas from the public and we all work toward consensus on a vision for the corridor.  New development should be properly planned, fit in its surroundings and enhance the area.  We have a nice parkway out there, and the County should protect its investment.”  He also offered a reminder that “New developments will be around for generations, so we want to do this right.”For those who wish to provide input on the plan remotely, the project team encourages community members to comment through the project’s website at www.universityparkwayplan.com.If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Blaine Oliver, Assistant Director at 812-435-5226 or email [email protected]last_img read more

  • Tea break stabbing

    first_imgA man was stabbed through the heart at Warburtons’ bakery in Bellshill after a row over tea breaks, a court was told this week.The High Court in Glasgow heard how Steven McArdle died of a stab wound through the heart during a 12-hour night shift on 8 March. Colleague Paul Steadward, 35, has denied murdering McArdle, claiming instead that he was attacked by McArdle.The court heard that Steadward and McArdle had rowed over the length of time McArdle was taking for tea breaks at the bakery. The jury was shown CCTV images of both men leaving the factory. Steadward was then filmed going back inside and then leaving minutes later, carrying a bag.Taxi driver John Hendry said in evidence that he picked up Steadward at 4.30am on 8 March, about a mile from the bakery. Hendry said that during the course of the journey he asked Steadward what his shift had been like and he replied that he had stabbed someone. The trial continues.last_img read more

  • Press release: British public urged to be aware of poppy merchandise scams

    first_imgWhat to do if you think you’ve spotted fake poppy merchandiseCall Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or report it online if you spot anyone selling what you believe to be fake poppy products.Notes to editor: The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and The Royal British Legion (RBL) are urging members of the British public to be extra vigilant when buying poppy merchandise for Remembrance this year. Their donations are intended to support Armed Forces community men, women, veterans and their families. Instead they could end up benefitting fraudsters if their poppy merchandise turns out to be fake.The RBL has registered its rights for the poppy goods to prevent such counterfeiting.The IPO and The RBL have teamed up with the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) to crack down on the rogue traders making money from the fake Remembrance goods. The warning applies to poppy merchandise – scarves, jewellery, poppy pins and larger poppy brooches. This does NOT apply to the traditional paper poppies.The PIPCU team has been targeting suspected sellers by visiting addresses and speaking with people in connection with this crime. In Autumn 2017, Border Force officers at Tilbury intercepted a shipment of poppy merchandise intended for the UK worth in the region of £150,000.Intellectual Property Minister Sam Gyimah said: It is truly shocking that anyone would target and exploit one of the UK’s most cherished charities and take advantage of public support for our Armed Forces community Together we can ensure donations go to the people they are intended for, by only supporting approved merchandise. Be vigilant when you are buying your poppies this year, and look out for the Royal British Legion logo to ensure the merchandise is approved and genuine. Claire Rowcliffe, Director of Fundraising, from The Royal British Legion said: Fake poppy merchandise – what to look forThe public are being asked to look out for counterfeit goods in the shape, or bearing the image of, the RBL’s familiar two-petal red poppy, or Poppy Scotland’s four-petal poppy in Scotland. The RBL have registered their rights for the poppy goods to prevent such counterfeiting.To help consumers beat the fraudsters, here are the top tips to avoid buying fake poppy merchandise online: be a ‘responsible buyer’ – buy from official channels and The Royal British Legion’s corporate partners avoid cheaper priced products. If the price is too good to be true, it usually is the Royal British Legion works with a number of corporate partners. Only corporate partners are authorised by the Royal British Legion to sell poppy merchandise if in doubt, buy through The Royal British Legion or The Royal British Legion official eBay or Amazon pages – you will be sure of the authenticity It is a sad fact that there are people who actively defraud the public in order to take funds intended for the support of our Armed Forces community. We would urge everyone wishing to purchase a Remembrance poppy brooch, to do so through official channels. For example, you can buy from one of our trusted volunteers, from The Royal British Legion’s online Poppy Shop, or from one of our corporate partners. Join with us, the IPO and PIPCU to help make sure your donation doesn’t line the pockets of criminals. We want to make sure that it goes to supporting those who have made such a unique contribution to our society. the Intellectual Property Office and The Royal British Legion urge consumers to beware of fake poppy merchandise ahead of Remembrance 2018 no-one benefits – both charity and public lose out with fake poppy merchandise advice to buyers to ‘buy responsibly’ through official channels, and how to report fake poppy merchandise Media enquiriesFor further information, contact The IPO press office:Telephone +44 (0)1633 814167Email [email protected] the IPO is part of the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial strategy and is responsible for the national framework of intellectual property rights, comprising patents, designs, trade marks and copyright the IPO’s intelligence hub is recognised within the Home Office Serious & Organised Crime Strategy as the UK lead on counterfeiting and piracy the RBL is one of the most trusted charity brands, with the Poppy Appeal standing out as the best known national charity campaign. Their work supports not only the families of the fallen but also a new generation of veterans and service personnel PIPCU is a specialist national police unit dedicated to protecting the UK industries that produce legitimate, high quality, physical goods and online and digital content from intellectual property crimelast_img read more

  • Warren Haynes Plays Tiger, Jams With Krasno & Benevento For NYC Jerry Garcia Tribute [Videos]

    first_imgThe beginning of August is Jerry season. With the Grateful Dead guitarist’s birthday on August 1st, and the anniversary of his death today, on August 9th, artists across the world—and across genres of music—routinely pay their respects to Garcia’s life, music, and legend. Last night, after a small run of shows that included a Red Rocks show and a couple festival appearances, Warren Haynes brought his Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration to NYC’s Central Park SummerStage for an unforgettable,  heartfelt, tribute to Jerry Garcia.Backed by a full symphony orchestra (conducted by Rich Daniels) as well as background vocalists Jaclyn LeBranch and Jasmine Mohammed, drummer Jeff Sipe , bassist Liegen Schlifer and more throughout the evening, Warren and co. delivered three sets of Garcia’s music so joyous and emotional that it’s almost hard to believe that these songs weren’t always intended for this kind of orchestral setting. The music of the Grateful Dead, as any fan knows, has a way of evoking real, powerful feelings—you get tingles, you feel chills, it encompasses your mind, body and soul. The accompaniment of the symphony brought this magic to life, conjuring in an actual musical sense the indescribable emotion that always accompanies these songs, though usually only in an abstract sense.And as if the sheer magnitude of a legend like Warren paying tribute to an icon like Jerry with the help of a symphony orchestra wasn’t enough, Haynes led the way using Garcia’s famous “Tiger” guitar, on loan from billionaire and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. The instrument seemed to possess otherworldly power throughout the evening, ringing breathtakingly true to the Garcia’s unique, classic sound—it may have been Warren playing the notes, but if you closed your eyes, it was Jerry’s soulful tone that shone through. After beginning with a brief tease of “Dark Star”, the band went into a beautiful “Bird Song”. Next up was a rousing “Shakedown Street”, whose “well, well, well” bass line was bolstered to powerful effect by the orchestra’s horns section. “China Cat Sunflower” followed, the orchestra strings mimicking the familiar guitar licks for an added sonic punch before slipping into a pretty orchestral outro. The “Scarlet Begonias” that came next picked up an almost regal quality from the orchestra with Tiger’s undeniable tone soaring above it all. An impeccably arranged “Morning Dew” rounded out the first set, moving more than a few people in attendance to tears.The second set opened with “Uncle John’s Band”, perhaps the only song whose orchestral arrangement didn’t quite click, instead strangely giving it a bubblegum pop kind of feel. After a quick jazz jam with soprano saxophonist Mitch Davis, the band continued a run of favorites including “West LA Fadeaway”, “Touch Of Grey”, and “Doin That Rag”, all impeccably played.From there, the show erupted with a monster version of “Terrapin Station”, a song that seems to have been designed for an orchestra. Haynes drove the song confidently, before leading the orchestra into the instrumental “Slipknot!” Eventually, the “Terrapin Reprise” would follow, and Haynes’ own tribute to Jerry, “Patchwork Quilt”, ended the set. A single encore with the orchestra came next, as the group broke into “China Doll” for one last orchestrally emotional moment.Finally, the band got one more chance to jam on more of Jerry’s music, returning for a four song encore. The group also welcomed out two vibrant NYC musicians, Eric Krasno and Marco Benevento, to join in the tribute, as well as saxophonist Erik Lawrence, trumpetist Steve Bernstein, and additional percussionists. The four song run included “(I’m A) Road Runner”, “That’s What Love Will Make You Do”, “Fire On The Mountain” and “Don’t Let Go”. On the final night of the tour–and the eve of the 21st anniversary of his death–the spirit of Jerry Garcia was truly alive and well in New York City.Check out video highlights from btragal below, including songs played both with and without the orchestra. The full setlist can be seen below as well!Shakedown StreetScarlet BegoniasChina DollThat’s What Love Will Make You DoFire On The Mountain Edit this setlist | More Warren Haynes setlistslast_img read more

  • Las Vegas (300 Days of Sunshine Per Year) Advances the National Security Case for Solar

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Christian Science Monitor:Though gambling and hospitality still make up the heart of Nevadan industry, the past decade has also seen the technological and clean energy revolutions take root in the state. Just outside of Reno sits the most striking symbol of this transformation: the Tesla Gigafactory, a 5-million-square-foot manufacturing facility that opened in 2016 and is meant to supply the company with the lithium-ion batteries it needs to produce electric vehicles.But in sunny southern Nevada, the focal point of change is solar energy. Last year Acciona, a global infrastructure and renewable energy company, unveiled a 400-acre, 64-megawatt solar power plant in Boulder City, just south of Las Vegas. The third-largest such plant in the world, the facility can power more than 14,000 homes a year – and helped the Las Vegas city government fulfill its promise to power all its municipal and public buildings entirely with renewable energy. The city has since been named among the nation’s top 10 metros leading the way on solar power.In June, Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signed nine of 11 clean energy bills passed by the state Legislature. Among them is a measure that restores net metering in Nevada, an issue that was the center of an 18-month tug-of-war between the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUCN) and clean-energy advocates.Today, solar sees support from a variety of stakeholders in Las Vegas and across Nevada. Beyond environmentally conscious homeowners like Bollea, there are small businesses looking to boost the economy, libertarians defending energy independence, and community leaders working to improve energy cost and access in low-income neighborhoods.“Nevada is moving forward as progressively as any state in anticipating the advantages and encouraging the deployment of solar power,” says retired US Navy Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, who studies the impact of climate change and renewable energy on national security for Washington-based think tank CNA. “It’s a terrifically exciting place to be.”But in sunny southern Nevada, the focal point of change is solar energy. Last year Acciona, a global infrastructure and renewable energy company, unveiled a 400-acre, 64-megawatt solar power plant in Boulder City, just south of Las Vegas. The third-largest such plant in the world, the facility can power more than 14,000 homes a year – and helped the Las Vegas city government fulfill its promise to power all its municipal and public buildings entirely with renewable energy. The city has since been named among the nation’s top 10 metros leading the way on solar power.In June, Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signed nine of 11 clean energy bills passed by the state Legislature. Among them is a measure that restores net metering in Nevada, an issue that was the center of an 18-month tug-of-war between the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUCN) and clean-energy advocates.Today, solar sees support from a variety of stakeholders in Las Vegas and across Nevada. Beyond environmentally conscious homeowners like Bollea, there are small businesses looking to boost the economy, libertarians defending energy independence, and community leaders working to improve energy cost and access in low-income neighborhoods.“Nevada is moving forward as progressively as any state in anticipating the advantages and encouraging the deployment of solar power,” says retired US Navy Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, who studies the impact of climate change and renewable energy on national security for Washington-based think tank CNA. Rooftop solar advocates across the state say the PUCN’s decision to end net metering in 2015 was a hard blow to the industry. Although a bill passed in the 2017 legislative session reversed the ruling, it will likely take years to regain lost ground, proponents say. Advocates are also disappointed at the governor’s decision to veto two bills: one that would have increased the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030, and another that would have expanded community solar use in the state. Meanwhile the debate over whom solar power benefits, and how, rages on. And as of 2015, renewables only made up of about a fifth of Nevada’s electricity generation – with solar only a fraction of that. Still, the industry is on the upswing. A wide range of stakeholders have found reason to support solar expansion in the region, outside of the fact that Vegas sees about 294 sunny days a year.Some of it has to do with consumer support of clean energy. Polls show that a majority of Nevadans stand behind the transition to clean energy because of the environmental benefits, the economic potential (clean energy jobs saw a 9.5 percent bump in Nevada in 2016), the relative cost savings, or some combination of the three.At least as powerful a driver is energy choice.“The fact that NV Energy has a monopoly on the delivery and distribution of power in Nevada is basically the antithesis of the free market ideal,” adds Sam Toll, communications director for the Libertarian Party of Nevada. “The notion of pushing technology in the free market with respect to solar power, and advancing the capacity and efficiency of panels and systems, is spectacular” – though he draws the line at government actions that favor solar, or any industry, above others.The military’s presence in the state adds another dimension to the solar power argument. The Navy, Army, and Air Force have all invested increasingly in solar and other renewables in a bid to make the military more efficient, economical, and resilient.“There are a lot of people around the country who believe that there is a coming transition from fossil fuels to renewables, but are reluctant to speak about it because it’s tied to climate change,” Vice Admiral Gunn says. The national security argument helps pave the way for “a sensible, well-reasoned conversation about advanced energy,” he says.More: Las Vegas shines as a model for solar power Las Vegas (300 Days of Sunshine Per Year) Advances the National Security Case for Solarlast_img read more

  • Vietnam’s Trungnam Group builds 450MW solar farm, country’s largest, in just 102 days

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Vietnamese construction company Trungnam Group has announced the inauguration of what is thought to be the nation’s biggest solar project – the 450 MW Trung Nam Thuan Nam Solar Plant, in the southeastern province of Ninh Thuan.The company on Monday announced completion of the project, including associated electricity grid improvements, and said the solar plant had been completed within 102 days of finance being agreed in April.Trungnam stated the solar project, in the Phuoc Minh commune of Ninh Thuan’s Thuan Nam district, would generate 1.2 GWh of solar electricity in its first year of operation and “more than” 1 GWh annually thereafter.Noting that the government wanted Ninh Thuan province to become a “national renewable energy center,” Trungnam said the 500 kV transformer station and 220/500 kV power line installed as part of the project would enhance the grid in the province and the wider south central coast region.[Max Hall]More: Vietnam opens 450 MW solar plant Vietnam’s Trungnam Group builds 450MW solar farm, country’s largest, in just 102 dayslast_img read more

  • Morgantown, West Virginia

    first_imgIn the fall, being a Mountaineer in Morgantown usually means congregating at Milan Puskar Stadium to watch West Virginia University’s beloved football team battle it out with Big East rivals. But if your outdoor passions go beyond pigskin, this revitalized small city on the edge of the Monongahela River has plenty of options to whet your adventure whistle.COLORFUL COOPER’S ROCKThe fiery hues of fall are especially vibrant in Cooper’s Rock State Forest. The 12,000-acre expanse just east of town is a one-stop shop for adventure. The state park has 50 miles of winding forested trails that are available for a fat-tire fix or an afternoon hike. There are also trails designated for cross-country skiing when the snow starts to fall. Climbers covet Cooper’s Rock for its hard sandstone (known as “gritstone”) cliffs that provide an array of crack and face routes above the Cheat River Gorge.PADDLERS’ PARADISEMorgantown doesn’t typically get widespread cred among paddlers, but the town has a plethora of easy access options for both high-intensity whitewater action and flatwater fun. Big-water boaters should head to the Cheat River. The 13-mile stretch of Cheat Canyon from Albright offers remote class-V action on wild rapids like Big Nasty and Tear Drop. More moderate class II-IV flow can be found winding through the massive boulders of the Cheat Narrows. Cheat River Outfitters leads whitewater rafting trips on both sections through November. Adventures on Magic River leads slow-paced kayaking tours on the Monongahela right from downtown. Mellow waters can also be found on the 1730-acre Cheat Lake, publicly accessed at Cheat Lake Park.RAIL-TRAIL RECREATIONThe 48-mile Mon River/Caperton/Deckers Creek Rail-Trail system runs right out of downtown Morgantown in three directions. The former railroad grades with mostly crushed limestone and some paved surfaces are popular trails for running, cycling, and cross country skiing. Deckers Creek is the site of the fastest (mostly downhill) half-marathon in West Virginia every summer.ESSENTIAL EATSFor casual grub, grab a creatively rolled concoction at Black Bear Burritos, which has live music most nights of the week. For more upscale fare, try the Caribbean and Asian fusion flavors of Sargasso.last_img read more

  • Criminals exploit text message authentication

    first_imgThe National Institute of Standards and Technology, which publishes guidelines, recently confirmed something security professionals have been saying for a number of years, that SMS is not totally protected.SMS is really a vulnerable two-factor authentication method, pointed out Michael Lynch, chief strategy officer for Boston-based digital device intelligence company InAuth. “SMS is frequently targeted by fraudsters especially when it is used as some type of one time code or verification.”NIST, the non-regulatory agency of the Commerce Department, specifically singled out risk of SMS when used in 2FA in its latest draft of the Digital Authentication Guideline. NIST stated that SMS messages are vulnerable to interception and redirection. NIST made it clear in a blog that it was not yet banning use of SMS, only discouraging its use. The final guidelines, however, might discourage the use of SMS-based authentication for out-of-band verification. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • Hear industry experts discuss challenges that have emerged during the pandemic

    first_img This post is currently collecting data… You’re invited to join us November 9-11 for a three-day Road to Recovery webinar series event.The road to recovery starts with your members. Your community is counting on your support to help manage ongoing economic and financial challenges as we continue to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.In this webinar series, you’ll hear industry experts discuss challenges that have emerged during the pandemic and identify solutions that credit unions can leverage to take action:DAY 1 –  Mitigating Economic Downturn with Balance Sheet FlexibilityIn this session, we’re discussing alternative revenue-generating options available to financial institutions to help prepare for the future and manage ongoing uncertainty across our industry with diversification strategies and point-of-sale solutions to supplement and enhance revenue.DAY 2 – Leveraging Digital Lending Tools in a Socially Distanced EraThis session will be a panel discussing pain points financial institutions are facing as they work to meet consumer demand. Specifically, the conversation will focus on digital solutions and tactics to rapidly implement and meet ongoing pain points surrounding loan portfolio management.DAY 3 – Anticipating Risk Challenges in 2020 and BeyondThis session will be a presentation tackling how financial institutions need to be proactively reviewing how they will be leveraging their data to optimize their recovery solutions.Register to join us! This is placeholder text center_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more