On the job in Los Alamos this morning is Kimberly McKinley, 19, who spotted trash littering N.M. 4 and decided to do something about it. McKinley, a 2018 Los Alamos High School graduate, is home on spring break from Oregon State where she studies statistics. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com
According to CB Richard Ellis’s monthly index for December, the fall in values accelerated slightly in December after dropping 4.1% in November. Values have now fallen 11.9% since the onset of the credit crunch, and 10.3% in the fourth quarter alone. Over the whole of 2007 they dropped just shy of 10%.Total returns in December were -3.9%, increasing the negative return for the whole year to -5.2%.The figures are significant, as CBRE values a significant portion of the properties in the Investment Property Databank indices. The IPD monthly index for December is due to , which releases its monthly figures on Tuesday.CBRE warned that worse might come. ‘It points to a rather challenging start to the year with the prospect of further outward yield adjustments compounded by a weaker occupier outlook, which would translate into more negative monthly returns in the near term,’ said Michael Brodtman, executive director and head of the valuation advisory team at CBRE.But Brodtman said that the speed with which values had already fallen might mean that 2008 would be better than predicted, with property becoming an attractive asset class for investors sooner rather than later.‘But the degree of shift that has occurred and the aggressiveness in the final quarter of 2007 may suggest that the initial projections of a large adjustment in 2008 may not be as severe as previously thought,’ he said.‘Considering the remarkably quick adjustment in pricing, with values already down by almost 12% since mid-2007, and with the CBRE Index now showing an all-property equivalent yield of 6.4% against 10-year gilts offering less than 4.5%, it may not be long before more investors see value in the sector.’
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Sarens was asked to lift the aircraft from its location at OR Tambo International Airport to the Comair training centre, which is being built on the other side of the highway.During the overnight lifting operation several roads, including the main access route to the airport, had to be temporarily closed.Sarens used three cranes – an LTM1400, AC500 and AC200 – to lift the Boeing aircraft, which had a deadweight of 25 tonnes and measured 33.35 m x 18 m x 5 m.The aircraft will now be enclosed with a building that is to be constructed around it, with the view to establishing a cabin crew and flight deck crew mock-up evacuation trainer representative of a real aircraft. www.sarens.com
The 8,500 ceu (car equivalent capacity) post-Panamax vessel arrived at the US port for the first time through the newly expanded Panama Canal locks.Höegh Target, which is the first in a series of six new PCTCs the shipping line is adding to its fleet, was named at a ceremony in China in June 2015.Watch a video of the vessel’s call below: High and heavy cargo on board Höegh Target in Jacksonville. www.jaxport.com www.hoeghautoliners.com
n The first of 22 production series M1 trainsets for Praha Metro was rolled out by the Vozidla Metro Praha consortium of CKD Praha, AEG, Siemens and SGP in mid-December. The all-aluminium train is due to start trials on Line C in May.n Adtranz was selected on December 24 as preferred bidder to negotiate a contract to supply seven DMUs to Pennyslvania Department of Transportation for the Philadelphia – Harrisburg Keystone Corridor (RG 11.97 p723). A version of the IC3 Flexliner is envisaged. n The French government announced last month that it would relieve SNCF of another Fr8·3bn of historic debt, leaving just Fr40bn. This is intended to enable the railway to return to break-even by the end of 1998. In contrast, RFF made a Fr13bn operating loss in the second half of 1997 and commercial borrowings to cover this have lifted its debt from Fr134bn to over Fr140bn.n Dutch bus operator Oostnet has been awarded a three-year contract from the Department of Transport and regional authorities to operate train services on the loss-making Almelo – Mari
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInFollowing the tragic attack in Berlin, Dumfries and Galloway Council will be flying flags at half-mast on Council buildings today (Tuesday 20 December).Leader of the Council, Ronnie Nicholson, said;“This attack is truly appalling , even more so at a time of year, where many people will be enjoying the festive period with family and friends. We mourn for the victims of this murderous act. I would like to send our deepest condolences to the people of Berlin at this tragic time.”Ronnie Nicholson,LeaderDumfries and Galloway Council
Related Topics As the 2016-17 NBA season draws near, some teams are still searching for talent to bolster their respective rosters.In a statement released earlier today, The New Orleans Pelicans announced their signing of free-agent guard Quinn Cook. Further details of the deal have not yet been released.Cook was a stand-out in his four years of college with the Duke Blue Devils, where he was part of the 2015 NCAA Championship winning team.Winning the NBA D-League’s Rookie of the Year award will certainly turn a few heads in your direction as well. Cook averaged 19.6 points (47% FG), 4.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and made a team-high 86 three-pointer’s in 43 games for the Canton Charge last season.The Pelicans are likely bringing Cook to camp in search of back-court depth, as Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans are both out for undisclosed periods.This will be a solid opportunity for Cook to make an NBA roster; his ball-handling, efficient scoring ability, and potential up-side are all evident to the interested eye. Kenny Honaker
Matt Medley When #2 Ohio State plays #8 Wisconsin on Saturday night in Madison, both teams have playoff implications on the line, win or lose.The Badgers (4-1) can still stay alive in the playoff race if they pull off a win, but are almost certainly eliminated from the conversation if they lose.Their only loss of the season came to #4 Michigan by a score of 14-7, and if Wisconsin wins out the rest of the way, including the Big Ten Championship Game, they would have a great chance of getting into the final four.Wisconsin also plays Nebraska in two weeks, which could serve as the Big Ten West Championship, as the Cornhuskers are unbeaten through five games.For Ohio State, a loss to Wisconsin would not be a death blow to their playoff chances, but it would be an uphill climb the rest of the way.The Buckeyes still play Nebraska at home, Michigan State on the road, and Michigan at home – none of which will be easy contests.If Ohio State were to lose to Wisconsin, they could still possibly make the playoff by going undefeated the rest of the way, but the Michigan game in particular would look even more daunting.Should the Buckeyes do what most expect and come away with the victory, they control their own destiny the rest of the way and are in great position to reach the playoff, with that Michigan game serving as the de-facto Big Ten Championship.One other scenario to consider is that if #9 Tennessee wins their home game against #1 Alabama, Ohio State would almost assuredly move up to #1 with a win over Wisconsin.All of this is to say, there’s a lot at stake on Saturday night in Wisconsin, but Ohio State did show signs that they are indeed mortal last week at home against Indiana.Indiana’s defense made quarterback J.T. Barrett virtually non-existent in the passing game, completing 9-of-21 throws for 93 yards, but he still ran for 137 yards on 26 carries.The Buckeyes’ rushing attack was as deadly as ever, as the team ran for nearly 300 yards between Barrett, Curtis Samuel, and Mike Weber.Wisconsin has the fourth-best scoring defense in the nation and it’s unlikely that the Buckeyes will be able to run all over the Badgers like they have done to all five teams they’ve faced so far.However, it’s worth noting that some of Barrett’s struggles against Indiana were just a case of overthrowing or underthrowing wide open receivers.Give credit to Indiana’s front seven for bringing pressure and making Barrett uncomfortable, but if he makes even one or two of those throws, his numbers look much different and the Buckeyes may have run away with that game even sooner.The Buckeyes still won by 21 points and it was their worst offensive performance of the season.Although Wisconsin has the fourth-ranked scoring defense in the nation, Ohio State is ranked second.No team has been able to move the ball consistently against the Buckeyes and Wisconsin’s offense is far from impressive.This game has all the makings of a low-scoring affair, but Wisconsin’s best chance to pull off the upset is to have an all-out dominating night on defense.They almost pulled it off on the road against Michigan. Now they have the home crowd on their side.The Oklahoma game was supposed to be a tough test for the Buckeyes, but they stamped their foot down on a team with a sub-par defense.Saturday night at Camp Randall Stadium might be the night where the Buckeyes show the entire nation what their smothering defense is all about. Related Topics Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.
Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Matt Medley Leading up to the Playoffs, we’ll be previewing all of the districts involving Northeast Ohio schools in Divisions I through IV.Sunday night (5/7), we’ll reveal our staff predictions for each district and regional tournament, surveying four baseball writers/analysts for their opinions on who will bring home the hardware.All of these districts begin play on May 9 at 4:30 pm.Division IIIMassillon RegionLakewood DistrictFavorite #1 Elyria Catholic (15-3)Contenders #2 Trinity, #3 Kirtland, #4 Lutheran West, #5 GilmourSleepers #6 Wellington, #7 Wickliffe, #8 Beachwood, #9 Villa Angela-St. JosephThis district might not appear wide open, as Elyria Catholic has played like arguably the best Division III team in the state all year. But the depth from top to bottom makes for some intriguing matchups.The VASJ-Beachwood game will be great to see a rematch from April 25, when the Vikings won, 11-4. Odds are it’ll be a bit closer this time around. The winner gets the unenviable task of facing Elyria Catholic on the road.#4 Lutheran West (14-2), the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division Champs had a dominant regular season and a second round match against battle-tested #5 Gilmour (10-6) should make for a close game.Lutheran West or Gilmour are likely to face Elyria Catholic in a district semifinal and the good news for either of those teams is they may not have to run into ace Andrew Abrahamowicz – a senior right handed pitcher who is committed to play college ball at Nebraska.That’s not to say the rest of Elyria Catholic’s pitching staff is a walk in the park, but LW and Gilmour are both talented teams and shouldn’t be taken lightly.Gilmour already narrowly defeated Trinity head-to-head, while Lutheran West had only two hiccups in the entire season.On the other side of the bracket, a potential #2 Trinity vs. #3 Kirtland matchup has all the makings for an instant classic.Trinity (18-4) has been rolling all season and could lock up the North Coast League White Division Championship soon.Kirtland (11-6) owns some impressive wins this year, including a recent 4-3 win over Hawken in league play.#7 Wickliffe (13-10) has a tough matchup against Trinity, should it advance past Brooklyn, but the Blue Devils have been rolling lately, scoring eight or more runs in three of their last four games, going 3-1 in that stretch.The team that could throw a wrench into things on that side of the bracket is #6 Wellington (10-6).Wellington has a strong defensive team and doesn’t make a lot of mistakes with an outfield that covers a lot of ground.It’s been a bit of an up and down year for the Dukes, but they were the first team to hand Elyria Catholic a loss this year, so nobody should be caught off guard if they see them in the tournament.When all is said and done, the two most-talented teams in the district, Elyria Catholic and Trinity are likely to square off for what should be a clash of two Northeast Ohio powerhouses.EC hasn’t been flying under the radar as much in state polls, but both teams have been dominant all season and neither of them played cupcake schedules.The Tuesday night semifinals and Wednesday evening district final at Lakewood will make for entertaining baseball with some of the top prospects in the state on the field.Players to WatchAndrew Abrahamowicz P, ECLeighton Banjoff, OF, ECRyan Strittmather, IF, ECJake Visha P, TrinityCollin Hohman C, TrinityKevin McSweeny OF, TrinityMike Zeuli, C, KirtlandPalmer Capretta, IF, KirtlandJackson Clark IF, GilmourRory Zackareckis P, LWJosh Cales, LWStruthers DistrictFavorite #1 Canton Central Catholic (13-7)Contenders #2 Columbiana, #3 South Range, #4 Cardinal Mooney, #5 RootstownSleeper #6 St. Thomas AquinasThis district appears to be relatively balanced 1-through-6.Canton Central Catholic has faced a rigorous schedule and first-year head coach Dan Massarelli has filled the shoes of legendary coach Doug Miller as well as anyone could have expected.The Crusaders are the team to beat, even after graduating an impressive 2016 class, but perhaps a team will dethrone Canton Central Catholic, which won back-to-back district titles in 2015 and 2016.#5 Rootstown (15-4, 7-2) has put together an impressive regular season and controls its own destiny to win the Portage Trails Conference County Division with less than a week left in the season.#4 Cardinal Mooney played a tough schedule compared to some Division III schools, as did #6 St. Thomas Aquinas. A potential Cardinal Mooney vs. Rootstown matchup would be very interesting to see and the winner of that game should not be taken lightly in the district semifinals.#2 Columbiana (18-5) has been rolling all season and already beat #3 South Range (14-5) twice in the regular season.It’s tough to beat the same team three times and the district semifinal could be headed for that matchup.However, St. Thomas Aquinas (12-8) is going to be a tough out for whatever team(s) they face in this district.Players to WatchQuinton Heck, IF, CCCBryson James, C, South RangeTravis Baxter, OF, South RangeLeavittsburg DistrictFavorite #1 Champion (16-2)Contenders #2 Hawken, #3 Grand ValleySleepers #4 LaBrae, #5 BerkshireThis is one of the more top-heavy districts. The appropriately named number one seed has its sights set on Columbus, but #2 Hawken (16-4) has been a force in the Chagrin Valley Conference, beating up on some tough competition this season.Don’t rule out a LaBrae or Berkshire upset over Champion, but the way things are lining up, we could be headed for a showdown between Hawken and Champion – two of the best teams in all of Division III, let alone their district.Players to WatchMichael Turner, C, ChampionDrake Batcho, P/Util, ChampionJimmy Clark, HawkenEvan Foxon P, HawkenAaron Powlak, IF, BerkshireMiles Chapman, Berkshire Related Topics