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first_img Share via Shortlink Full Name* New York Times tower at 620 Eighth Avenue and Park Avenue Plaza at 55 East 52nd Street (Photos via Wikipedia Commons, Google Maps)The rise in supply is simply outpacing demand.Manhattan’s office availability set another unfortunate record at 15.5 percent in February, up 0.6 percentage points from January and 5.6 points from a year ago, according to Colliers International’s monthly market snapshot.Total space leased in February was 900,000 square feet, down by 51 percent from the volume in January and by 57 percent from a year ago. The total was also 43 percent lower than the 2020 monthly average volume of 1.58 million square feet.Net sublet availability rose by 1.14 million square feet last month, bringing sublet availability to nearly 20 million square feet, or about 24.3 percent of total availability.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreManhattan office availability hits record-high 14.9%Brookfield seeks nearly $80M in tax breaks for 2 Manhattan WestAllianceBernstein nearing massive relocation deal at The Spiral Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Message* The biggest February lease signing was a 132,094-square-foot renewal by law firm Seyfarth Shay at the New York Times tower, 620 Eighth Avenue, followed by a new 120,809-square-foot lease by Jennison Associates at Fisher Brothers’ Park Avenue Plaza at 55 East 52nd Street. Third was LIM College’s 60,000-square-foot renewal at 216 East 45th Street, owned by Bernstein Real Estate.Coming in fourth and fifth were fuboTV’s 54,786-square-foot lease and G/O Media’s 52,258-square-foot sublease, both at Vornado Realty Trust’s 43-story office tower at 1290 Sixth Avenue.In a typical year, some 15 million to 20 million square feet of office leases expire, and tenants start making plans as their expiration date approaches, said Franklin Wallach, Colliers’ senior managing director for New York research.But future office needs became uncertain as working from home became the norm, and many office tenants opted for a short-term lease extension or postponed decisions altogether.Signs of recovery, notably vaccine distribution, are reassuring tenants that things are heading in the right direction.“As there’s more clarity in the air, they would be more likely to — instead of a short-term solution because of not being sure of what’s taking place — re-engage the market,” Wallach said.But demand is likely to be outpaced by supply in the near future because a big chunk of new office space is scheduled to be added to Manhattan inventory: 1.5 million square feet at Brookfield’s 2 Manhattan West and 1.3 million square feet at Tishman Speyer’s Spiral, both in the Hudson Yards neighborhood, Wallach said, citing CoStar.Contact Akiko Matsuda Colliers InternationalManhattan Office Market Tagslast_img read more

first_img Written by Brad James March 26, 2021 /Sports News – Local Weber State Men’s Basketball’s Dillon Jones Named Finalist For Freshman of the Year Awardcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-In news released Thursday, Weber State freshman Dillon Jones was named a finalist for the Kyle Macy Award from collegeinsider.com. This award is annually granted unto the nation’s top freshman.Jones, a native of Columbia, S.C., posted 8.2 points and a team-best 5.8 rebounds for the Wildcats.He was one of 30 players across the nation named to the Macy Freshman All-American Team.The recipient of the 2021 award will be announced April 1.Jones is the Big Sky Freshman of the Year, becoming only the eighth Wildcat all-time to receive this honor.He helped the Wildcats to a 17-6 record and a tie for second place in the Big Sky Conference.last_img read more

first_img Image: Total will acquire majority stake in two new offshore licenses. Photo: courtesy of C Morrison from Pixabay. French oil and gas giant Total has signed an agreement to acquire stakes in Blocks 20/11 and 21/09 located in the Kwanza Basin, offshore Luanda, Angola from Angola’s state-owned firm Sonangol.Under the terms of the deal, Total will acquire a 50% stake in Block 20/11 and a further 80% stake in Block 21/09 by paying $400m on the closing of the deal. The firm will also pay another $100m upon completion of final investment decision (FID).An additional amount of up to $250m could be paid by Total to Sonangol over the project’s life, depending on production and pricing.Until date, four discoveries have been made at the two blocks including Cameia, Mavinga, Bicuar and Golfinho.Total to further explore potential resources in the two blocksBesides unlocking the discovered resources’ value by creating a development hub, Total is planning to explore for further potential resources in the two blocks.Upon completion of the deal, which is subject to approvals of the competent authorities and partners, Total will operate the Block 20/11 with 50% interest alongside Sonangol (20%) and BP (30%). The block is located water depths ranging from 300m to 1,700m.Additionally, Total will operate Block 21/09, located in water depths ranging from 1,600m to 1,800m, with 80% stake. The remaining 20% stake will be held by Sonangol.Total chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné said: “We are very pleased to demonstrate once again our pioneer spirit and our commitment to continue developing Angola’s energy sector by becoming the first company to undertake a development in the Kwanza Basin.”Separately, Total and its partners have agreed with national oil, gas and biofuels agency ANPG and Sonangol to extend the Block 17 production licenses to 2045.Located 150km off the Angolan coast in water depths ranging from 600m to 1,400m, the Block 17 is currently producing around 440,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. It has capacity to further produce more than 1 billion barrels.Under the terms of the agreement, Sonangol will acquire 5% interest in Block 17 and an additional 5% interest in 2036.Upon completion of the deal, the Block 17 will be operated by Total with 38% interest, alongside Equinor (22.16%), Exxon Mobil (19%), BP (15.84%), and Sonangol (5%).In November 2019, Total has officially inaugurated the Kaombo project, a $16bn deep offshore development in Angola. To date, four discoveries have been made at the two blocks that include Cameia, Mavinga, Bicuar and Golfinholast_img read more

first_imgAll Hoosiers Need To Be Vigilant In Efforts To End Child Abuse by Gail Riecken District 77 State RepresentativeIn a recent meeting of the Department of Child Services Oversight Committee, we heard allegations Indiana schools are failing to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect.I am pleased to share with you a memorandum the Department of Education sent recently reminding school officials of their obligations in this area [find attached to this email or view the memo online.Recent incidents across Indiana have once again brought to the forefront issues related to child abuse and I wanted to share another item with you that highlights another aspect of this tragic element of criminal activity.An article that ran in the Richmond Palladium-Item on May 9, 2016 [linked here], noted that child abuse impacts the victim’s future as a member of society, often leading to lifelong costs.Studies have shown that victims of child abuse are significantly more likely to abuse drugs or become pregnant before they are adults.“Child abuse is one of the leading causes of physical or mental health issues for adults,” according to the article.Efforts to combat child abuse are thus part of a much bigger policy to improve the quality of life for Hoosiers of all ages. All Hoosiers need to be vigilant in efforts to end child abuse wherever it occurs.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgGinsters’ recent TV advertising campaign for its savouries featured the ’Man Plea’ a man clutching a Ginsters’ pasty and begging his “sweetheart” to serve it for dinner. His argument was that the product is made with prime ingredients, including “vegetables”, and that he should no longer have to keep his out-of-home pasty habit a dirty little secret.The campaign might not win any prizes for services to feminism. But it does show that savouries suppliers are bidding to extend their market reach. So what are the challenges facing the sector, and, aside from grovelling, how do you conquer new markets?Data from market research companies suggest that pies and savoury sales are fairly sluggish. On the retail side, figures for Kantar Worldpanel show that the total market for pies and savouries is in marginal growth, up 1.1% to £774.7m in the year to 17 April. Growth in the sector is being driven by sausage rolls, up 3.9% to £139m in value. However, pasty sales are 3.9% down on value to £77.8m and 2.6% on volume.On the food-to-go side, market research company NPD Group has tracked out-of-home eating occasions in the year to March 2011, and found that the total meat or vegetable pies eaten out of home declined sharply. This is the second consecutive year of decline.Its report also finds that consumers of pies tend to be older; some 40% of all out-of-home pie sales source to consumers aged 50-plus, it says. Price points are key, as consumers tend to be price-conscious, it adds. And it concludes that there is an opportunity for products to be re-engineered and marketed to appeal to younger consumers, while maintaining their traditional appeal. Indeed, whether it is by introducing new products, new retail concepts or pressing new marketing messages on consumers, pie and savouries suppliers are following the routes it suggests.New ideasPukka Pies recently launched a range of microwaveable pies into the foodservice and wholesale markets. Unlike other Pukka Pies, which are made using puff pastry, these are made with a microwaveable shortcrust pastry, developed by Pukka Pies’ research team. MD Tim Storer says: “Creating a microwaveable pie such as this has been something of a holy grail for the industry. We are delighted with how they have been received in the market. Sometimes, preparing pies in a conventional oven is not an option.”Supplier Wrights recently introduced its own landmark piece of innovation, the Wrights Burger Bar. This is a puff pastry savoury slice comprising 95% lean beef pâté with a smoky cheese sauce and tomato relish topping. It was in development for two years, says MD Martin Watson. “We wanted to take our ’food to go’ offer to the next level by developing a three-layered savoury product, which had the familiar flavour of a burger,” he explains. Ensuring the consistency and integrity of the fillings meant designing and building a new depositor system. The product has since enjoyed huge success, he says. Even in an economic downturn, consumers demand quality, rather than choosing the cheapest option, adds Watson, who says: “We have seen a significant upturn in demand for our beef-based premium pies and savoury products across the frozen unbaked and baked categories.”A question of provenanceFor Nick Ringer, MD of foodservice and retail supplier Crantock Bakery, the key to the future is marketing products on the back of their provenance. He also argues that increasingly people are seeking better quality. Crantock has seen considerable success in the production of ’seasonal ranges’, appealing to what he calls the growing consumer desire to eat with the seasons. Crantock’s recent spring selection of pasties was received well, he says. The menu included Lamb & Rosemary, Chicken & Tarragon Pasty, and Rhubarb & Custard pasties. Ringer also suggests that the recent award of EU Protected Geographical Indication status to the Cornish Pasty, which means the product can only now be produced in Cornwall, has spurred consumer interest.Supplier Peter’s is also a believer in provenance. It is calling for the corned beef pasty to be recognised as the national dish of Wales. Marketing controller Clare Morgan says: “Making this product a national dish would benefit a huge number of local producers.” The company is to attempt to win political backing at the Welsh Assembly for its bid.However, Mark Muncey, marketing director of Proper Cornish and the newly appointed chairman of the Cornish Pasty Association, fears that margins remain under threat, even as retailers promote premium products. He explains: “The convenience-driven blurring of the line between foodservice and retail presents a great opportunity for our industry, but it comes at a price. Service stations and supermarkets alike are responding to consumer demand for premium-quality foods, but without a premium price tag.”Protecting marginsSupplier Country Choice, meanwhile, has found a way to address margin erosion. It has created an ’ambient’ savoury pastries category, which it says allows retailers to gain extra sales and protect margins without experiencing any steal from their hot products range. Regulations allow retailers to sell certain savoury pastries at room temperature, where the product is baked in the normal way and allowed to cool. These ambient savouries do not incur VAT, allowing improved margins.New product concepts from Country Choice to liven up the sector include a ’Potato Dog’ a frankfurter sausage wrapped in potato rosti which has become one of its top 10 sellers.Meanwhile, Ian Toal MD of Delice de France UK and Ireland is taking a softly softly approach. He says that while new product development is vital, appealing to traditional values also remains key. He says: “Demand for traditional English fare remains strong and, as a result, we have made a definite response to this trend with the launch of a broad selection of classic English hot pie and savoury products over the last year that offer great value for money.” New launches from Delice also include a Jumbo ’Demi’ Sausage, designed to increase morning sales and a limited-edition Pork and Chilli Roll.Andy Valentine, head of brand marketing at Ginsters, says new product development helps in keeping sales up and attracting new consumers. New products from Ginsters include the ’love child’ of the sandwich and the pasty the Cornish Bara, with fillings including Flame Grilled Chicken, Hog Roast and Spicy Meatball sealed inside a baked bread dough. The sealed bread dough cuts down on the mess, which is often a drawback of on-the-go snacking, Ginsters says.So the ’Man Plea’ approach to ’er indoors who does the cooking is not the only weapon in the Ginsters artillery.last_img read more

first_imgThe Secretary of State has announced the reappointment of Charlie Taylor as Chair of the Youth Justice Board (YJB) for a period of one year.His new term will run from 17 March 2019 to 16 March 2020.Charlie Taylor said: Further readingCharlie Taylor’s biography Press office 020 3334 3536 Youth Justice Board media enquiriescenter_img I’m delighted to have been reappointed as Chair of the YJB. I will continue to focus on delivering the Board’s priorities, advising ministers and improving outcomes for children who come into contact with the justice system. Youth Justice Board for England and WalesClive House70 Petty FranceLondonSW1H 9EXlast_img read more

first_imgPigeons Playing Ping Pong | Madison Theater | Covington, KY | 12/31/2017 | Photos: Keith Griner To ring in 2018, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong took over the Madison Theater in Covington, Kentucky for their New Year’s Eve celebration. Throughout their show, the Baltimore-based funk act worked in a number of classic Disney tunes alongside the group’s more typical catalog.With all members of the group dressed as Mickey Mouse in his familiar outfit of red pants and suspenders, black shirts, and mouse ears, Pigeons wasted no time getting to work, opening the show with the Lion King opening and the 20th Century Fox theme and giving a glimpse to fans as to what was in store for the rest of the evening. Mixed in with takes on their own tunes like “Walk Outside”, “King Kong”, and “Something For Ya” were covers of The Lion King’s “Mighty Jungle” (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, originally made famous in 1961 by The Tokens), “Hakkunah Matatah”, and “Just Can’t Wait To Be King” in addition to a rendition of Moana’s “Shiny”.For the second set, the band returned first with “Too Long”, a tune off the group’s most recent album Pizazz, and a fan-pleasing rendition of “Poseidon” before a take on “Auld Lange Syne” to start off 2018. Returning to their Disney theme, the group pulled some tunes inspired by Aladdin, including “A Whole New World”, “Arabian Nights”, and Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride”. Housed in a “Horizon” sandwich, the group worked in a cover of Jungle Book’s “Bare Necessities”, which was then followed by covers of “When You Wish Upon A Shooting Star” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and their original new tune “Dawn A New Day”.[Video: Silas Tockey]Rounding out the show, the group used “Schwanthem” as a jumpoff point for a take on Pochahontos’ “Color Of The Wind” before ending the show with a return to “Schwanthem” and “The Liquid”. For Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s encore, the group laid out a standout rendition of “Couldn’t We All” before performing the “Mickey Mouse Club” introduction theme, then finishing out the show in full with a “Zydeco” sandwich featuring “A Tale As Old As Time”.You can check out a full gallery of photos from the show below, courtesy of Phierce Photography.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Madison Theater | Covington, KY | 12/31/2017Set One: Circle of Life Intro* > 21st Century Fox > Melting Lights Walk Outside > The Lion Sleeps Tonight > Walk Outside King Kong > Shiny* > King Kong Sunny Day Hakuna Matata* > Time To Ride Somethin’ For Ya > I Just Can’t Wait To Be King*Set Two: Too Long Poseidon% > Auld Lang Syne^ > A Whole New World*^ > Magic Carpet Ride # > Poseidon Horizon > I Wanna Be Like You* > Bare Necessities* > I Wanna Be Like You > Horizon > When You Wish Upon A Star*^ Dawn A New Day Skipjack > Can You Feel The Love Tonight* Schwanthem > Colors of The Wind* > Schwanthem > The LiquidEncore: Couldn’t We All > M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E* Zydeko > Tale As Old As Time*^ > ZydekoNotes: * First time played | ^ Instrumental | % w/ NYE countdown | # w/ “Arabian Nights” and “How Far I’ll Go” teases <a href=”http://pigeonsplayingpingpong.bandcamp.com/album/disnye-2017″>DisNYE 2017 by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong</a>center_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

first_imgLast year, Pangborn raised over $700 for South Bend’s S-O-S Rape Crisis Center with its Project Pink event, and rector Sr. Mary Donnelly was hopeful this year’s event would be even more successful. “Last year we raised a little over $700,” she said. “Hopefully we can hit that or beyond. At the rate funding is being cut, everything we can do helps.” The fourth annual Project Pink was held Friday at Legends. The commissioners of the event, sophomore Kathleen Kastenholz and senior Rebecca Palacios, said they have been planning the event since before Christmas. Palacios said the event has evolved since Pangborn adopted it four years ago. “It started as a vintage fashion show with a retro theme,” she said. “We wanted a more diverse selection of items, so we adopted a new theme.” The event raised money for the Center by having a silent auction to bid on articles of clothing in the fashion show, raffling items and selling Project Pink sunglasses and T-shirts. Many of the silent auction and raffle items were donated, including a gift certificate to local boutique Inspire Me and a pair of pink Crocs from Notre Dame Sports Marketing. In keeping with the retro theme of the fashion show, Kastenholz began shopping for pink clothes at consignment shops and vintage stores; some of the clothes were also donated. It was Kastenholz who also come up with this year’s tag line: “Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude.” “I saw it on a sign and thought it was perfect,” she said. Project Pink used to also have an event where participants could donate their hair for making wigs, however, Pangborn has since teamed up with “The Bald and the Beautiful,” a campus wide event for cancer research. When planning the fashion show, Palacios was able to bring her experience from an internship in event planning. Both girls were also responsible for coordinating models and helping the girls put together outfits with the donated clothes. The models were all volunteers from Pangborn. “I was in the show last year and it was really fun and a really great cause, that’s why I applied for commissioner,” Kastenholz said. Both commissioners also were apart of planning prom fashion shows at their high schools and said that experience was helpful in planning Project Pink. “The Center has so many different services and they are all free of charge,” Kastenholz said. “The money we raised to be donated will be used where it can.” The event was not just about the fashion show — BlackMagic, a magic and comedy show featuring junior Eugene Staples and senior Eras Noel, performed, as well as Halftime, a campus a capella group.last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),I will have to read this bill.After all the attacks on conservation and our natural preserves by the Trump administration, I can only imagine what’s in the small print. Pixabay Stock Image.WASHINGTON – The Problem Solvers Caucus has endorsed the Great American Outdoors Act, a landmark conservation bill that will help ensure public lands are protected and preserved.“America’s public lands are some of the most beautiful and majestic places in the world and they must be protected,” said Problem Solvers Co-Chair Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY). “I’m proud to see the Problem Solvers Caucus endorse this bipartisan and bicameral bill that will help ensure public lands across the country are protected today and the years to come.”The bipartisan legislation passed the Senate 73-25 and if signed into law would provide full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million every year and address the approximately $20 billion maintenance backlog on federal public lands.The Great American Outdoors Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Angus King (I-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Problem Solvers Representatives Joe Cunningham (D-SC), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Kendra Horn (D-OK), John Katko (R-NY), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. Reps. Cunningham and Fitzpatrick brought the bill to the Problem Solvers Caucus for endorsement where more than 75 percent of the 50-member caucus agreed to support the bill.House leadership announced it will consider the Great American Outdoors Act under a rule on the Floor at the end of July. President Trump has signaled he will sign the bill into law.last_img read more