COP21 Interview: Reliving the tension of Solar Impulse’s round-the-world attempt

first_imgCOP21 Interview: Reliving the tension of Solar Impulse’s round-the-world attemptpv magazine speaks with Solar Impulse pilot and co-founder Andre Borschberg at the COP21 Summit in Paris. December 10, 2015 pv magazine Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The first half of the Solar Impulse round-the-world attempt saw pilot Andre Borschberg break the world record for the longest solo flight. Powered by the sun and welcomed by governments across Asia and beyond, the journey has been one of uplifting successes, technological breakthroughs, tense standoffs and, ultimately, a message of hope that renewable energy can change the world. pv magazine: You’ve come a long way – physically and metaphorically – since the Solar Impulse round-the-world flight began in Abu Dhabi in March. Do you think that people are now beginning to understand the message you are trying to spread? Andre Borschberg: I think they do. The presence of solar is important, and it’s the same for applications on the ground – the message is that Solar Impulse is bringing together energy efficiency on one side, and intelligent use of renewables on the other, which of course for us means solar energy. This message is getting through very well. During the journey we stopped in many countries, and this was an advantage. In some ways it is a dream to make the flight non-stop around the world, but by stopping in various countries it means there are opportunities to interact with people on the ground. We did this extensively in India and China, for example – two large countries that are interested in our project. So the response and the coverage has been excellent. Some people still argue the line that a solar-powered plane will not be a commercial reality for many decades, so the entire endeavor is pointless. Do you find that this misconception of what you are trying to achieve is still prevalent? Borschberg: From some people, yes. But the majority understand that this is simply the first step. Since the time of the Wright Brothers and Lindberg aviation has always had to explain that what is feasible in an airplane can be done much more quickly and easily on the ground. So some people still need this explanation, but for others the message is being received clearly. In China they get it. They are keen on all types of solutions – solar, wind and energy efficiency – to combat the terrible pollution situation they have in the cities right now. And were you warmly welcomed across China when you were there? Borschberg: Very much so. We began talking to the Chinese authorities two years ago in order to gain authorization. We were not sure how they would react. Our airplane is very special, we fly very high, and not exactly in a way that a transport airplane flies. We need special regulations and authorizations. And at the same time we wanted to find out if China would be interested in communicating the technology, and they have been. We secured partnerships with official constituencies in China that promote science and technology, particularly clean tech, and they helped to provide contact with the media, and especially CCTV, which is the largest broadcaster in China. This was important. Abu Dhabi was the launch point, and will also hopefully be the finish point for the successful completion of your journey. Could you explain the role the UAE has played in helping this project come to fruition? Borschberg: The collaboration with the UAE made sense from two perspectives. One, operationally, because we wanted to cross India and be in China very early in the season. It was the best starting point, and is a good ending point to complete the journey. Number two, the UAE is extremely active in sustainability and renewable energy and technologies. Masdar is a showcase, but they also invest heavily in research, so it made a lot of sense for us to be there. We’re now here in Paris for the COP21 summit. Speaking more broadly, how can this conference help nurture a wider realization of – not only what is at stake if we do not find ways to use more renewable energy – but also what is feasible? Borschberg: I am extremely happy to see that everybody agrees about what needs to be done, which was not the case in Copenhagen in 2009. From a political point of view, it is no longer a question of “do we have a problem?” The question now is “how do we move forward?” There have been great partnerships between administrations and private institutions, and that is extremely positive. There is a push, there is no longer a resistance. Now, private institutions are asking governments to do something. We have a long way to go in terms of keeping temperature increases below 2 degrees. The INDCs pledged won’t get us there, and there are a lot of countries that will increase their emissions over the next few years, many of them being the larger countries. So I am worried that time is against us, and the ship has huge inertia and is difficult to turn. It turns slowly. But I am happy with the state of mind. You’ve said that it is hard to convince people to make changes in their behavior. But sometimes – as we’ve seen with Elon Musk’s successes with Tesla and the Powerwall – great marketing and a great story can sow the seeds of change. So bearing this in mind, how vital is it that the Solar Impulse mission succeeds? Borschberg: It is extremely important because we want to show that the impossible is possible. It is a great inspiration for the younger generation. All of the young people we meet look at the airplane with wide-eyes. These guys will make the next steps on this journey. We are simply preparing that path. There is a lot left to learn. We know the world. 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4-H on Parade at Calgary Stampede

first_imgCanada’s largest 4-H event will take place at the Calgary Stampede this weekend from Friday, May 30th to Sunday, June 1st at Stampede Park.More than 600 4-H members will participate in this year’s event, representing more than 40 clubs from Calgary and the surrounding area. 4-H members will display their best livestock, life skills projects and compete in judging skills.The day will kick-off with a Stampede breakfast and will continue with a series of demonstrations including archery, sheep trimming, steer team grooming, canine first aid and a kids program.Click here for the schedule. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* Horse Sport Enewscenter_img SIGN UP Tags: Calgary Stampede, 4-H, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Canada’s Jill Irving 2nd in FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3* at TIEC

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Email* SIGN UP Ashley Holzer (USA) and Havanna 145 strutted to victory in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3* at Tryon Spring Dressage 1 CDI 3* presented by Adequan® at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), dancing in tandem to music compiled by Tom Hunt and earning a total score of 77.225%. Jill Irving (CAN) and Arthur, her own 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Jazz x Contango), grabbed reserve honors on a score of 74.075%, while Jessica Jo Tate (USA) and Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon, 2008 Connemara Cross gelding (Gun Smoke x Kynynmont Tara) owned by Pam Liddell, combined to receive a score of 67.925% and third place.“I’m thrilled. I’m really over the moon with her,” emphasized Holzer of the 2007 Hanoverian mare (Hochadel x Rodgau) owned by Diane Fellows. “We had a bit of a setback last year, so this is her just sort of coming out of it, and she is really exceeding my expectations. The one little mistake she made was completely my mistake and she was just phenomenal. She kept answering the call and I had some moments even in the warm-up where she’s just bringing it to another level.”Holzer and Havanna danced to “Havana,” bringing some sauce with the new floor plan. There were several aspects of their performance that Holzer was particularly excited about, she detailed: “I was really hoping in the beginning to just flow with her. Sometimes I get a little aggressive in my forward and it ends up looking a little rushed and hectic, and think she flowed really well through the first half pass and then coming up to the first passage, and I was really thrilled with the way that flowed to the music.”Holzer continued: “I love the music, and I was sort of laughing to it [“Havana” by Camila Cabello] while I was in there. It’s so her, and I was getting a bit of a chuckle,” she admitted. “It’s funny, because it was really her owner, Dianne Fellows, that truly was responsible for this freestyle. I was a little bit like, ‘Really, Havanna to Havana music? Come on,’ and she really put her foot down and was really the one that got it made. And she’s right – it’s amazing, and it really works! I have to thank her. Without Diane, that music would not be her freestyle.”Despite a small bobble, Holzer relayed her excitement about the overall improvement she sees in the mare: “I was a little behind the music and then I gunned her a little bit, but the rest was right on. I think it’s a really great feeling when you feel the music and the horse sync so well together,” she said. “But, I really think what was amazing for me is that I feel she has more power, and she’s ramping up with more power, and she’s able to control it instead of getting nervous, and is relaxing with that power. That’s a big step.”Holzer and team were using this weekend’s CDI competition as a test for bigger steps planned, she elaborated. “We really wanted to see how this show went, and she exceeded our expectations. I’m hoping to go to Europe,” she concluded, “and hopefully it will be our next big step.”FEI Intermediate I CDI 3* was captured by Jennifer Baumert (USA) aboard Handsome, a 2005 Hanoverian gelding (Hochadelx Weltmeyer) owned by Betsy Juliano, LLC, scoring a total of 74.755%, while reserve honors were awarded to Endel Ots (USA) and Lucky Strike, a 2010 Hanoverian gelding (Lord Laurie x His Highness) owned by Max Ots, for their efforts and resulting score of 72.451%. Rounding out the podium, Pablo Gomez Molina (ESP) and Furst Foriano Ymas, a 2007 Westphalian gelding (Furst Piccolo x Donnerbube I) owned by Yeguda de Ymas S.L., scored 71.765% to collect third.Canada topped the podium in the FEI Young Rider Individual CDIY NAYC/USEF Qualifier, with Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Fleur de Lis L, a 2009 Hanoverian mare (First Dance x De Niro) owned by Louise Leatherdale, earning a total score of 72.029%. Anna Weniger (USA) and Claudius, a 2010 Hanoverian gelding (Carland x Wilander) owned by Andrew Weniger, scored 66.324% to finish in reserve.In the FEI Grand Prix 16-25 CDIU25 USEF Qualifier, Naima Moreira Laliberte (CAN) and I Do Kiss, a 2006 Swedish Warmblood stallion (French Kiss x Donnerfly) owned by KML S.A.R.L., scored 71.205% to take first. Camille Carier Bergeron (CAN) aboard Gilles Bergeron’s Acoeur, a 2007 German Sport Horse gelding, received a score of 67.051% to earn second place, while Anna Weniger (USA) collected third aboard Don Derrick, earning a 60.769% with the 2004 Dutch Riding Horse gelding (Don Ruto x Libertino I) owned by Dawn Weniger.Tryon Spring Dressage 1 CDI 3* concludes tomorrow, Sunday, April 21, and features the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 3* at 9:55am in Tryon Stadium. View CDI results and schedules here.FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3* presented by Adequan® Results:Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information; Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total %.1. Ashley Holzer (USA), Havanna 145, 2007 Hanoverian mare by Hochadel x Rodgau, owned by Diane Fellows; 76.250%, 78.750%, 75.125%, 77.125%, 78.875%, 77.225%.2. Jill Irving (CAN), Arthur, 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Jazz x Contango, owned by Jill Irving; 70.500%, 75.875%, 73.375%, 75.250%, 75.375%, 74.075%.3. Jessica Jo Tate (USA), Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon, 2008 Connemara Cross gelding by Gun Smoke x Kynynmont Tara, owned by Pam Liddell; 65.875%, 69.000%, 67.000%, 68.500%, 69.250%, 67.925%. Tags: Ashley Holzer, Arthur, Jill Irving, Havanna 145, FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3*, Tryon Spring Dressage 1, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Steve Bannon ‘lost his mind,’ Trump says

first_imgIn a statement, the president bluntly disavowed his former top adviser, who was pushed out of the White House in August.“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” Trump wrote. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”Bannon told journalist Michael Wolff that he viewed a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Russian operatives arranged by Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” according to a summary published by the Guardian.The White House dismissed Wolff’s forthcoming book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” as “filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence.”“Participating in a book that can only be described as trashy tabloid fiction exposes their sad desperate attempts at relevancy,” said a statement released by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.A statement accompanying an excerpt published Wednesday in New York Magazine said Wolff conducted more than 200 interviews over 18 months, and Wolff said he was given “something like a semi-permanent seat on a couch in the West Wing.” WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his senior aides were fuming on Wednesday after the publication of a book excerpt containing a series of explosive comments from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.Trump ranted about Bannon in conversations with advisers on Wednesday, at one point telling aides he is “not well,” according to a person briefed on the conversations.“Trump was livid,” this person said about his mood on Wednesday. During Wednesday’s press briefing, Sanders the president was “disgusted” when he learned of Bannon’s comments.Asked what the president is looking for from Bannon in the future, Sanders responded curtly. “I don’t think anything,” she said.Sanders seemed unconcerned that the president’s attacks on Bannon could frustrate his base, which Bannon has courted as executive chairman of the conservative website Breitbart News.“The president’s base is very solid. It hasn’t changed because the president hasn’t changed and his agenda hasn’t changed,” she said.The president has long leaned on Bannon for advice, both during the campaign and throughout his first year in the White House.But people close to the president said Bannon was beginning to fall out of favor with Trump even before the latest revelations. Trump’s anger at his former adviser peaked last month when Vanity Fair published a lengthy profile of Bannon in which he bashed Kushner and Trump’s daughter Ivanka by name. Bannon and Kushner have long had a tense relationship, and they frequently clashed when Bannon was in the White House. But Trump’s frustration with Bannon rose to new levels when his former adviser began publicly criticizing the president’s family, according to people familiar with the president’s thinking.One person who spoke with the president in recent weeks said Trump told him he rarely talks to Bannon on the phone these days, adding they’ve only had a handful of substantial conversations since he left the White House in August.Sanders said Bannon and Trump last spoke in December, adding that she is “not aware” of additional conversations between the two men on the president’s cell phone. She added that Trump and Wolff spoke briefly on the phone for five to seven minutes, but did not have a formal sit-down interview.Wolff also had a “roughly a dozen interactions” with White House officials, according to Sanders, who said the conversations were largely orchestrated by Bannon.Bannon did not respond to a request for comment.In recent months, Bannon hasn’t shied away from criticizing the White House, chiding the president for backing incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in the Alabama Senate Republican primary instead of Roy Moore, calling on Trump’s lawyers to take a harder line in Robert Mueller’s investigation and lamenting that the administration hasn’t taken a harder line on China. Bannon has long had many detractors in Trump’s inner circle. And the president’s comments uncorked a wave of frustration among Trump’s advisers. Former Trump campaign officials also began quietly making the case to reporters that Bannon was a bit player in the campaign, in an apparent bid to cast him as an unreliable narrator.But the efforts by White House aides and outside advisers to dismiss Bannon belie his deep influence on Trump both during the campaign and the early months of the presidency. The president spoke to Bannon multiple times a day when he was in the White House, and he often looked to Bannon for advice on policy and political issues.Trump has publicly praised Bannon in recent months, even after he left the White House, calling him a “friend” who is committed to passing the administration’s agenda during remarks at an October meeting with his Cabinet secretaries. Also On POLITICO Bannon calls Trump team Russia meeting ‘treasonous,’ according to book By Louis Nelsonlast_img read more

John Mayer, Don McLean, More Share Personal Tributes For Late ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek

first_imgRelated: Jeopardy Puts Contestants’ My Morning Jacket Knowledge To Work With $1000 QuestionDead & Company guitarist John Mayer also made a point to post a heartfelt tribute in Trebek’s memory. Although Mayer’s wasn’t quite as personal, he did reflect on the role in which Trebek and Jeopardy! played in entertaining himself and his family while growing up in the 1980s and 90s. Rest In Peace, Alex Trebek. Longtime Jeopardy! host (and aspiring rapper) Alex Trebek died at his home on Sunday after a long and public battle with pancreatic cancer.Even amidst the chaos of the 2020 Presidential election, Trebek’s death rippled across popular culture and was mourned by mainstream news outlets as well as on social media. Additionally, some Jeopardy! die-hards within the music community made a point to pay tribute to the man who so eloquently and smoothly educated generations of Americans both young and old thanks to his lead on the long-running trivia game show.“American Pie” singer Don McLean took to his Twitter to share a personal memory about when he performed at Trebek’s private Christmas party last year.center_img Guitarist Joe Bonamassa also shared a brief tribute and video clip from when his name was one of the questions (answers) from an old episode of Jeopardy!.Umphrey’s McGee also reminisced on when they were immortalized as an answer on the program.last_img read more

Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Ali Stroker & the Cast of Oklahoma! Prep for Broadway Bow

first_imgOklahoma! star Rebecca Naomi Jones and director Daniel Fish snap a photo. Oklahoma!’s Damon Daunno performs “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'” for the crowd. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 19, 2020 Damon Daunno Rebecca Naomi Jones Related Shows Ali Stroker Oklahoma! standout Ali Stoker flashes a smile. View Comments Oklahoma! The company of Oklahoma! is gearing up for the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic to return to Broadway in a whole new way. Director Daniel Fish’s intimate reimagining of the musical drummed up a great deal of buzz in Brooklyn at St. Ann’s Warehouse last year. On February 19, stars Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Ali Stroker, Mary Testa and the entire company began rehearsals for the Broadway bow and gathered together at Bob’s Steak and Chop House—fun fact: the New York spot where Rodgers and Hammerstein first collaborated on Oklahoma!—to sip cocktails, meet the press and offer a taste of the show’s musical intimacy with a performance of “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'” from Daunno. Peek the pics, and then go see this innovative production for yourself at the Circle in the Square Theatre beginning on March 19. Mary Testa Star Files Patrick Vaill View All (5)last_img read more

Injured service members brave the cold for fun on ice

first_imgWounded Warrior Project A special gathering for wounded veterans who endured the elements to learn a new, unique skill in Vermont. Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) invited a group of WWP Alumni to tighten their ice leashes, pull on the gloves, and brave the chill to learn the basics of ice climbing. WWP’s Alumni program is one of 20 free programs and services offered to injured service members, their families and caregivers. Through social gatherings like these, WWP works to help wounded veterans find each other so they can heal through the power of bonding and camaraderie. Many returning service members face similar challenges readjusting to civilian life; spending time with other combat veterans who have shared experiences is a significant part of their recovery.Zekiel Brunketurner, Army veteran and WWP Alumnus, said the event went very well. “It was a lot of fun. I had never gone ice climbing before,” Zekiel said.Scaling new heights. (PRNewsFoto/Wounded Warrior Project) Photos copyright Northern Lights Rock and IceUnited by positive attitudes and a spirit of adventure, ice climbing professionals provided all the necessary equipment to the injured combat veterans. In addition to learning the basics, participants were instructed on climbing techniques and safety considerations for a special task that allowed them to put their new training to use: taking on the ice wall.For this kind of task, having a partner-in-bravery helps. “It was a totally new thing for me, but I got to learn a new skill with other warriors,” said Zekiel.Knowing he has access to WWP sports activities is critical for Zekiel. He said, “I feel like there is real support out there and an avenue for outdoor and recreational opportunities. This has given me much-needed inspiration to move forward and do good things. WWP has been incredible for me.”Conquering an ice wall is one way for WWP Alumni to realize they can achieve and maintain independence. During the month of January 2016, WWP engaged with 16,315 warriors through various Alumni program events, activities and outreach efforts. Another important WWP opportunity is the Independence Program (IP). The chief goal of IP is to break down barriers that might limit an injured service member’s access to resources and activities in his or her community.IP is designed for wounded, injured, and ill veterans who rely on their families and/or caregivers because of moderate to severe brain injury, spinal cord injury, or other neurological conditions. The realization that he or she can live on their own terms is significant in any wounded veteran’s recovery.About Wounded Warrior ProjectThe mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit JUNCTION, Vt., Feb. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

RE/MAX finds sellers’ market continues in Vermont but luxury lags

first_imgCHITTENDEN COUNTY REGIONVermont Business Magazine RE/MAX INTEGRA(link is external), New England today released its 2018 Spring Market Trends Report that shows New England is largely a sellers’ market, with few exceptions. Low inventory coupled with strong economic factors has led to intense competition, driving up prices and pushing buyers to expand their horizons and think outside of the box. The annual report evaluated data from most regions across Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, looking at pricing, volume, and general trends in residential real estate and luxury markets.Mostly a seller’s market, Vermont is seeing properties go fairly quickly. The average days on market for a property has decreased by nearly 11% and average sales price has increased by 3.25% compared to this time last year, the lowest increase in New England. With a lack of inventory and not enough new properties being built or coming onto market, there’s been a recent shift towards rental housing in Vermont.This has also reinforced the sellers’ market – in the sub-$400,000 market, sellers are getting away with doing less for their properties as buyers become increasingly pressed to make offers quickly and accept homes as is. The luxury market in Vermont isn’t faring as well as other New England states with Vermont being the only other state in New England besides Rhode Island to show a decrease in average luxury sales price – compared to this time last year, Vermont’s average luxury sales price dropped about 8% to $1,336,033 from $1,455,537.Other highlights in this year’s report include:Vermont had the lowest increase in average sales price of all New England states at 3.25% to $255,024. Along with Rhode Island, it also saw a decrease in average luxury sales price, which is down about 8% from this time last year. The only balanced market in New England, Connecticut was the only state in which a property’s average days on market increased, from 94 to 104 days, had the highest decrease in total units sold, and the highest decrease in total sales volume.Maine had the highest percentage increase in average sales price for both traditional and luxury properties at 10% to $237,295 and 13% to $1,709,313, respectively. The already-crowded Portlandarea is seeing an influx of buyers seeking second homes; this type of market is not typical of cities.Massachusetts has the highest average sales price of any New England state, coming in at $470,016. Properties in Boston are seen as a more affordable investment than in other large cities like New York and San Francisco, and buyers with resources, especially foreign investors, are continually driving prices up and other buyers out.New Hampshire saw the highest decrease in average days on market at 13%, from 99 days to 87 – and with sellers accepting offers within 2-3 days for properties under $300,000, inventory is moving quickly.Rhode Island’s average luxury sales price dropped 30%, the most in New England. However, its traditional market is holding steady with the average sales price up about 8% and the lowest average days on market in New England at 64 days, down about 13% from this time last year.”In the current New England real estate landscape, with many buyers losing out on their desired properties due to fierce competition and rising prices, it is imperative that we fully understand the markets and provide our clients with meaningful and actionable insights,” said Fiona Petrie, Executive Vice President & Managing Director of U.S. Operations, RE/MAX INTEGRA, New England. “We strive to know exactly what is going on in our markets so we can be the best resource and steward for our clients, whether they are buying or selling.”All data was sourced from RE/MAX brokers and real estate transactions reported in the Multiple Listing Service and RE Stats. Data from 2017 encompasses January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017 and 2018 data encompasses January 1, 2018 to March 31, 2018.Download the full report here: is external)About RE/MAX INTEGRA and RE/MAX INTEGRA, New EnglandSince its inception in 1985, RE/MAX of New England has grown to over 200 offices and 2,700 Sales Associates throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, providing franchised residential and commercial real estate services to its franchisees and their real estate professionals.RE/MAX INTEGRA, New England’s parent company, RE/MAX INTEGRA, is a privately-held company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. RE/MAX INTEGRA is the largest sub-franchisor of RE/MAX, LLC worldwide, and represents 30,000 agents — approximately a third of all RE/MAX Associates worldwide.SOURCE: BOSTON, May 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — RE/MAX INTEGRA is external)last_img read more

$3.6 million in bicycle and pedestrian improvements available

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) has issued a grant solicitation for new infrastructure projects that improve access and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. In 2019, awards totaled $3.6 million for construction and planning projects throughout the state.“These projects make it possible for more people to walk and bike safely in Vermont communities,” said Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn. “Municipalities across Vermont understand that providing good facilities for walking and bicycling are key factors for livability that can stimulate economic development in our downtowns and improve public health. In light of the current pandemic, providing safe ways for Vermonters to walk and bike is especially important.  Supporting our downtowns is critical in helping jumpstart our economy.”The AOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program improves access and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians through the planning, design, and construction of infrastructure projects. The program improves transportation options for commuters, visitors to the state, and recreational use. Vermont ranks fourth in the nation for the percentage of commuters who bike or walk to work and fourth in per capita spending on bicycle/pedestrian projects, according to the League of American Bicyclists 2018 benchmarking report on bicycling and walking in the U.S.To learn more about the AOT 2020 grant program and to access the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Guide and Application, visit is external).  Applications must be received by 1:00 p.m., September 30, 2020. A pre-application training webinar will be offered on August 11 and August 12. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to participate.For more information about the 2020 Bicycle and Pedestrian program or other AOT initiatives related to bicycling and walking, contact Jon Kaplan at 802-498-4742 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).Source: MONTPELIER, Vt. – 7.27.2020 Vermont Agency of Transportationlast_img read more

Chandler Corporate Center sells for $13.9M

first_imgCapital markets experts in the Phoenix office of JLL have completed the $13.914 million sale of Chandler Corporate Center I, a 67,561-square-foot Class A office property in Chandler, Arizona. The sale price breaks the $200-per-square-foot mark for suburban office space—a significant indicator according to JLL.JLL Senior Managing Director Dennis Desmond represented the property seller, Chandler HFP, LLC, an affiliated entity of Held Properties, a California real estate development firm. Palisades Capital Realty Advisors is the property buyer. JLL Managing Director Dave Seeger serves as the project’s exclusive leasing broker and partnered with Desmond to market the property for sale.“This building came out of the ground in 2008 and has outperformed the Phoenix and Chandler markets ever since,” said Desmond. “This includes through the toughest office market recession we’ve ever experienced. That is evidence of the strength of the Chandler market and was a tremendous draw for investors looking for stable acquisition properties located in high-growth markets.”According to JLL research, in the four years from 2009 to 2012, Chandler was responsible for 66 percent of Greater Phoenix’s total office space absorption. At year-end 2013, Chandler Corporate Center I was only 8.5 percent vacant, compared to an overall Chandler submarket office vacancy rate of 13.9 percent and an overall Phoenix office market vacancy rate of 23.9 percent.“When it comes to the velocity of our recovery, Chandler is definitely one of our market’s bright stars,” said Seeger.Chandler Corporate Center I is located at 585 N. Juniper Drive in Chandler, northwest of Chandler Boulevard and McClintock Drive, and with direct access to the Loop 101 and Loop 202 freeways, and the burgeoning Price Road technology corridor. The two-story building totals 67,561 square feet with a 6.63/1,000 parking ratio, modern office construction and benefiting from the area’s highly educated labor pool.JLL will retain the leasing assignment at the property and assume the property management responsibility.last_img read more