October 18, 2020

Student accommodation no longer ‘niche’ says King Sturge

first_imgIt said the most significant sale was the disposal of the Moorfield student portfolio, involving the £190m sale of around 4,000 beds in several UK cities. Demand outstrips supply The report said it expected the sector to grow as the number of students rise and demand outstrips supply. Last year there were more than 1.4m students in full-time higher education – an increase of almost 6% compared to the previous year. The total figure has risen 31% over the past decade, and this figure is expected to exceed 3m by 2014.It said continued rental growth in the sector meant the total value of the UK’s 450,000 beds had passed the £20bn mark and investors have ‘come to view the sector as being relatively secure and stable amid the current economic uncertainty’Strong increase Philip Hillman, national head of King Sturge’s UK student accommodation group, said: ‘This year we have recorded a strong increase in the number of privately developed, purpose-built beds, up by 36% since 2005 to more than 123,500. ‘It is clear that the sector is entering a new phase of university-led development and refurbishment of existing stock, alongside an increased focus on the provision of premium accommodation for overseas students in major European university centres.’He said while there were ‘significant opportunities’ in London they could be tempered by an increasingly restrictive planning regime. The report said outside London key locations included Manchester, which has the UK’s highest student population of around 70,000, followed by Glasgow, Birmingham, Leeds and Edinburgh.last_img read more

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October 16, 2020

Cannabis In Modern Day Wellness

first_imgSan Diego-based self-made entre-preneurs are paving the way for cannabis wellness and mental health awareness, and visitors can learn all this and more at a panel at The Surf Lodge in Montauk on Thursday, August 1.“Cannabis in Modern Day Wellness,” hosted by Mike Sill and Beau Schmitt, co-founders of the full spectrum CBD product line Sunday Scaries, will begin at 11 AM. Their mission is to destigmatize anxiety.The pair will be teaming up with other notable businesspeople in the industry to discuss the uncertainty in running a cannabis brand, industry regulations, anecdotes vs. science, where the industry heading, and how to stay relevant in an increasingly competitive market, along with an array of other topics around each of the panelists’ brand stories.Sunday Scaries also has a pet-friendly extension, FOMO Bones, attendees can learn about.Sagan Schultz, MD, MBA, co-founder and CEO of WellWell, a plant-based beverage line, will be moderating the panel.Other speakers include Hilary McCain, founder of Sweet Reason, a hemp CBD-infused sparkling water line; a representative from Toast CBD, an all-natural hemp extract additive; and a PAX panelist, from the company that creates loose leaf, concentrate, and extract vaporizers. To RSVP, email sundayscaries@covetpr.com or alexandra@thesurflodge.com. The Surf Lodge is located at 716 Montauk Hwy Suite #3 in Montauk.desiree@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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September 29, 2020

Construction industry gossip: Cry freedom!

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

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September 29, 2020

JAS joins forces with Necotrans

first_imgBoth companies will represent each other exclusively in their respective territories, collaborating at 323 locations in 101 countries. The focus of the alliance will be on the development of freight and logistics services to, from and within Africa.The parties state that customers will benefit from the combination of JAS’ global freight network and the African footprint of Necotrans. Necotrans provides services for the oil and gas and mining industries in Africa, operating oil supply bases, bulk and multipurpose port terminals, and offering husbandry, freight and logistics services in 25 African countries, as well as in Brazil and Thailand.”By joining our efforts, JAS and Necotrans will have the capacity and the network to respond globally to customer needs,” said Necotrans chairman Gregory Querel. www.jas.comwww.necotrans.comlast_img read more

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September 29, 2020

XLP members move

first_imgStar Shipping’s delivery to ChinaIn a separate project, Star Shipping delivered two heavy gearboxes from Karachi in Pakistan to Shanghai, China. A 72.6-tonne (80 ton) capacity mobile hydraulic crane was employed to lift the 14.5-tonne gearboxes, and two lowbed carriers were mobilised for the transportation.www.mercomar.com starship.com.pkwww.xlprojects.net Mercomar’s delivery to MexicoArgentinian logistics service provider Mercomar shipped a 136-tonne (150 ton) gantry crane from Bilbao in Spain, to Altamira, Mexico. A further six cranes are due to be shipped.last_img

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September 28, 2020

Finance

first_imgFinanceArmenia: US$15·2m has become available for repairs to track and rolling stock as a result of a $40m transport credit awarded to the government in July by the World Bank.Belgium: A further loan worth 112·5m euros towards the construction of high speed routes from Brussels to Antwerpen and Liège has been agreed by the European Investment Bank. The loan to Financière TGV is the final tranche of EIB funding worth 773m euros.Canada: Operating income earned by Canadian Pacific Railway in the second quarter of 2000 rose to C$204m, compared to C$158m a year earlier, but excluding a C$501m charge for 1900 redundancies. As both are now profitable, the St Lawrence & Hudson and Delaware & Hudson subsidiaries are to be integrated within CP.China: Goldman Sachs, HSBC Investment Bank and Warburg Dillon Read are to co-ordinate an initial public share offering that will partially privatise MTR Corp this year. N M Rothschild is advising MTR. Spread over two years, the sale is expected to raise HK$30bn.MTR Corp concluded on August 8 a HK$1·4bn revolving credit and term loan facility with a group of seven Japanese banks. Cash is available for drawdown during the first three years, after which it becomes a term loan maturing in 2005.Ethiopia: Aid worth US$40m is being used by the Djibouti-Ethiopian Railway to upgrade track and structures between Dire Dawa and Dewelle for higher axleloads.Europe: AAE Wagon Finance has secured credits totalling 350m euros to fund 7000 wagons for hire. Senior creditor is the European Investment Bank lending 105m euros, accompanied by CIBC World Markets of Canada and KfW of Germany.Eurotunnel reported operating revenue down to £277m in the first half of 2000 compared to £318m reported a year earlier. Passenger business is about 20% down due to the ending of duty-free sales within the European Union on July 1 1999, but 42% more lorries used the shuttle.Romania: The European Union agreed in July to pay grants worth 232m euros for upgrading a section of CFR’s main line between Bucaresti and Fetesti, en route to the Black Sea port of Constantza, and 43m euros for the Bucaresti – Giurgiu line. There will be co-financing from EIB.Ukraine: A credit worth US$60m over three years has been secured by Ukrainian Railways to upgrade sections of the main line between Kyiv and L’viv, allowing the maximum speed to be raised to 140 km/h. Repayments are to be spread over 15 years starting in 2003.last_img read more

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September 24, 2020

Panel discussion focuses on downtown Farmington’s future

first_imgA panel discussion on February 27 at the Farmington Civic Theater will focus on downtown Farmington and how “promoting a vibrant, walkable downtown improves community engagement and workforce productivity.”The Farmington Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Metromode Media will host “Future of Downtown Farmington: An Evening With Metromode”. Since October, the DDA has contracted with Metromode to produce a series of articles that are part of the online publication’s “On the Ground” series.Panelists for the February 27 event include:Farmington DDA President Todd Craft, moderator,Brian Boyle, CEO/Founder of MetromodeSteve Schneemann, Mayor of FarmingtonDan Gilmartin, Executive Director, CEO, Michigan Municipal LeagueFarmington DDA Director Kate KnightThe 7:30 p.m. event will include refreshments. Admission is free, but seating is limited. To register, visit https://getlocalhop.com/future-of-downtown-farmington-an-evening-with-metromode/event/6YKAYuXKyd/ Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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September 24, 2020

Farmington coffee shop hearing raises dumpster, sign issues

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) A proposal that would bring an independent coffee shop to the historic Masonic Hall in downtown Farmington moved forward Monday, after the airing of an odiferous issue.Blue Hat Coffee wants to move into the leased, first floor space. The coffee shop, bakery, and art gallery currently occupies a historic building in Coldwater. The Farmington Masonic Lodge would continue to use the second floor and a small office on the first floor.Architect Jeff Scott explains the dumpster location issues during Monday’s Planning Commission public hearing.Plans include leaving a dumpster in the parking lot as is, without screening or an enclosure. During a Planning Commission public hearing, neighbor Ron Cline said he supports the shop but has concerns about the bin being relocated even closer to his house on the north side of Oakland Street. Odors drift toward the back of his home and porch, especially in the summer months, he said.No other locationCommissioner Steve Majoros asked whether the bin could be located anywhere else.“The short answer is no,” said project architect Jeff Scott. “If I pushed it up next to the building, I would be losing more (parking space)… We’re sided by three streets; unfortunately you’ve got to pick one.”Commissioner Miriam Kmetzo asked about a proposed monument sign that exceeds the city’s size standard. Based on feedback from the Downtown Development Authority Design Committee, Scott said, a sign on Grand River has been moved farther west, and a freestanding sign will be added on Farmington Road to replace the proposed expansion of an existing Masonic Lodge sign at Farmington Road and Grand River.The current design has a panel set inside a brick frame. Scott said keeping to the 20-foot limit would mean installing a simple illuminated panel.“What the ordinance forces you to do is take away any sense of design,” he said. “It forces you to have a box. The beauty of having a PUD (Planned Unit Development) is that it allows you to be a little more creative with the sign.”Economic and Community Development Director Kevin Christiansen said the larger sign would be part of the PUD agreement, rather than requiring a variance form the Zoning Board of Appeals.These renderings show Blue Hat Coffee signage and the new railing color.Parking, railingsScott said the current plan also incorporates a Design Committee and Historical Commission recommendation to change the railing color on a proposed outdoor patio from white to black.Blue Hat has also agreed to drop a request for reserved employee parking spaces in the public parking lot. A proposed change from untimed to 3-hour parking remains. Christiansen said 15-17 untimed parking spaces coming with the reconstruction of Oakland Street this year.Majoros asked for more information on the net gain in parking spaces and suggested the commission might consider sacrificing a few to solve the dumpster issue.143-year legacyHistorical Commission chair Laura Myers presented a letter from the group that reinforced its review comments.“We fully support the use of this beautiful building,” she said. “It will enable people to come in and appreciate it and our historic downtown.”Lodge member Steve Schwartz said the coffee house will help keep the 143-year-old group alive. He said the Lodge chartered in 1876 with 12 members, and now has “about 12 active members” because of difficulty recruiting young people.“This type of project really helps us keep going for another 143 years and doing the things for the community that we’ve always done,” he said.Majoros’ motion to move the PUD agreement on to city council for review included conditions that discussions continue on the dumpster and signage. If council approves, plans will come back to the commission for final approval. Reported bylast_img read more

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September 24, 2020

Anritsu Introduces USB Controlled Vector Network Analyzers

first_imgAnritsu has introduced the ShockLine™ MS46121A series of 1-port USB Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs) that bring the price, performance, and ease-of-use advantages of their patented ShockLine VNA technology to an extremely compact package. Two models with frequency coverage of 40 MHz to 4 GHz and 150 kHz to 6 GHz are powered and controlled via a user-supplied computer to simply and cost-efficiently test cables, antennas, and other passive RF devices where 1-port measurements up to 6 GHz are required.To maximize throughput in manufacturing, engineering, and education environments, a single computer connected to a USB hub with enough ports can run up to 16 different ShockLine MS46121A VNAs. Sweeps can be conducted at 100 microseconds per point and the MS46121A VNAs have a corrected directivity of 42 dB so engineers have greater measurement confidence. Wide dynamic range and multiple IF bandwidths optimize measurement setups to shorten test times and maximize throughput.The MS46121A series is controlled through the powerful ShockLine software that provides the tools and graphical user interface (UI) for easy debug and testing of 1-port RF devices. It also provides remote programming capabilities that enable the ShockLine MS46121A to be easily programmed and integrated into manufacturing applications.The USB VNA with 40 MHz to 4 GHz frequency coverage is well suited for base station antenna testing where limited frequency bands are required. The wider frequency range model covers 150 kHz to 6 GHz and is designed to test cellular handset antennas and other devices that must transmit and receive on multiple frequency bands.With the introduction of the MS46121A VNAs, the ShockLine family now has five series, all of which bring unprecedented value and performance to cost-sensitive engineering and production environments. The other ShockLine series are the MS46122A low-cost full-reversing 2-port VNAs, the MS46522A 2-port series with coverage of 50 kHz to 4.5/8.5 GHz, Economy ShockLine MS46322A 2-port VNA for measurements up to 40 GHz, and the MS46524A 4-port VNAs for differential and multi-port device testing.last_img read more

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September 24, 2020

NI Introduces World’s First mmWave SDR to Boost 5G Research

first_imgNational Instruments has announced the world’s first software defined radio (SDR) for the millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum. This new mmWave Transceiver System is a full transceiver that can transmit and/or receive wide-bandwidth signals at an unprecedented 2 GHz real-time bandwidth, covering the spectrum in the E-band, 71 to 76 GHz. Engineers and scientists have used SDRs ubiquitously in the spectrum below 6 GHz for years. However, with companies investing in mmWave as a potential core technology for 5G, researchers now have a full-featured SDR platform to drive initiatives based on this technology.This mmWave transceiver system includes new PXI Express modules that collectively function as an mmWave access point for a user device. Users can use this system to develop mmWave communication prototyping systems or perform channel measurements which are necessary exercises for wireless researchers to understand the characteristics of a new spectrum.The mmWave baseband software delivers a complete mmWave physical layer including channel coding in LabVIEW virtual instrument (VI) source code to expedite system development while alleviating many of the system integration tasks. Researchers can also use the mmWave transceiver system baseband with the E-band mmWave heads or other third-party RF front ends to offer maximum flexibility for exploring other mmWave and microwave frequency bands.As a key participant in their RF/Communications Lead User program, Nokia has been working with early versions of this mmWave Transceiver System in their 5G research initiatives for over a year.Tod Sizer, head of mobile radio research for Nokia Bell Labs said – “NI’s mmWave transceiver system has been a key research platform for our mmWave research. The platform delivers the right combination of hardware and software necessary to expedite our research and has given us confidence that mmWave will indeed be a critical technology for 5G. At this year’s Brooklyn 5G Summit, we are demonstrating a high data rate mmWave system using phased array @ 60 GHz using NI’s platform, thus making 5G a commercial reality.”This mmWave transceiver system is an essential platform for understanding the propagation models of higher frequency signals and for building real-world prototypes of these new generation 5G systems.last_img read more

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