James R. Spikes, 53, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home. Services todayTimothy Prevost, Ruach International Ministries, Port Arthur, 11 a.m. Death noticesLouis Henry Robinson, 81, of Beaumont died Thursday, May 19, 2016. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont.Robert “Bobby” Frank Quebedeaux Jr., 77, of Port Neches died Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors, Groves. Furl William Mumaw, 86, of Beaumont died Thursday, May 19, 2016. Broussard’s, McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.Margaret Sable O’Pry Corbin, 87, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Broussard’s, Nederland
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont was the Number 10 Growth State for 2017, according to U-Haul data analyzing the past year’s US migration trends. Year-over-year arrivals of one-way U-Haul truck rentals rose 6 percent while departures jumped 10 percent from Vermont’s 2016 numbers. Despite the spike in departures, arriving trucks still accounted for 52.2 percent of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Vermont to keep it among the leading net-gain states. Vermont earned the Number 9 growth ranking for 2016 after climbing from Number 16 for 2015. Connecticut (8) was the only other Northeast state in the top 25, according to U-Haul.Growth States are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rentals entering a state versus leaving a state during a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually.Meanwhile, Vermont was Number 1 in the nation in a United Van Lines report issued last week on moving trends.In the U-Haul data, Texas was the Number 1 Growth State for the second year in a row. Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee rounded out the top five, and North Carolina ranked seventh, continuing a strong growth movement in the Southeast. California overtook Illinois on the list as the biggest net-loss state.While migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, U-Haul growth data is an effective gauge of how well states and cities are attracting and maintaining residents.White River Junction and Burlington paced Vermont’s net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks. Randolph, South Londonderry, Derby and Saints Johnsbury were among other notable cities to post strong net gains. U-Haul is the authority on migration trends thanks to its expansive network that blankets all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. The geographical coverage from more than 21,000 U-Haul locations provides a comprehensive overview of where people are moving like no one else in the industry.Texas continued its reign as America’s No. 1 Growth State during 2017, according to U-Haul data analyzing the past year’s U.S. migration trends.Year-over-year arrivals of one-way U-Haul truck rentals(link is external) rose 1 percent while departures climbed 3 percent from Texas’s 2016 numbers. Some of the state’s increase in overall U-Haul transactions can likely be attributed to an active hurricane season.Despite a larger year-over-year increase in departures, arriving trucks still accounted for 50.3 percent of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Texas to maintain its status as the top net-gain state. Texas secured the No. 1 growth ranking for 2016 after settling for the No. 39 spot for 2015.Growth States are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rentals entering a state versus leaving a state during a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually.Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee rounded out the top five, and North Carolina was seventh, continuing a strong growth movement in the Southeast. California overtook Illinois on the list as the biggest net-loss state.While migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, U-Haul growth data is an effective gauge of how well states and cities are attracting and maintaining residents.U-Haul Growth State Rankings for 2017TexasFloridaArkansasSouth CarolinaTennesseeWashingtonNorth CarolinaConnecticutColoradoVermontAlabamaIowaVirginiaIdahoWest VirginiaNebraskaIndianaDelawareNew MexicoWisconsinUtahWyomingMississippiOklahomaMontanaMaineSouth DakotaWashington D.C.KentuckyMissouriNew HampshireOregonNevadaOhioMinnesotaAlaskaNorth DakotaKansasRhode IslandLouisianaGeorgiaMarylandArizonaNew YorkNew JerseyMassachusettsMichiganPennsylvaniaIllinoisCalifornia* Washington, D.C. is its own U-Haul territory and is listed among states for migration purposes. Hawaii is not included since state-to-state truck rentals are not applicable.View the complete top 50 rankings along with more migration trends reports, including U.S. Growth Cities, at myuhaulstory.com(link is external).RELATED STORY: Vermont has highest rate of moving-in in USSource: U-Haul PHOENIX and BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ uhaul.com(link is external)
An earlier rendering of plans for the former Sears site on Metcalf Ave. Developers say the backing out of an anchor tenant led them to request delaying a rezoning petition before the Overland Park Planning Commission.Plans to redevelop the vacant Sears at 97th Street and Metcalf Avenue have run into trouble because a deal for an anchor store fell through, but developer Seritage Growth Properties is confident the plan can move forward by next month, a spokesperson said.Jon Gripka of BRR Architecture Inc., speaking on behalf of Seritage, told the Overland Park Planning Commission Monday that the latest in a string of delays on the property’s rezoning was due to the loss of an anchor tenant, but said later he was not at liberty to say who that tenant would have been. The anchor would have been in the 80,000-square-foot Sears building, according to a plan on file with the city.The company is still committed to a high quality mixed-use development on the site, he said. The plans have called for retail, a fitness center and a multi-family apartment building.Seritage is a real estate investment trust that was spun off from Sears by hedge fund manager Edward S. Lampert. Sears sold some 235 stores across the country to Lampert, who is redeveloping them. Meantime, Sears paid rent and some property tax to Seritage, according to a New York Times story.The rapid closure of Sears stores across the country left Seritage with large amounts of empty space, prompting concerns about its earnings. But in recent months, progress has been made on some of the higher profile properties in Florida and Dallas,Progress on the Overland Park project, though, has been at a virtual standstill since the company announced it in November. It has been continued each time it was scheduled for discussion at monthly planning commission meetings.The first delay came after city staff expressed concern about the height of the multi-family units that were near single-family homes at the eastern edge of the property. The company postponed discussion to work on that issue.Seritage originally proposed razing the Sears building and replacing it with a movie theater and fitness center. A revised plan was later filed that would instead repurpose the Sears building for an unnamed anchor tenant. Gripka was not able to say what will happen now that the anchor deal has fallen through.The Post reached out to Seritage but has not received a response. The next planning commission meeting will be August. 12.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has published a list of 136 countries according to the extent to which they expose tourists to security risks, ie the safety of tourists around the world.The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index measures “a set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the tourism and tourism sector, which in turn contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country”. The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index allows all stakeholders to work together to improve the competitiveness of industry in their national economies, the statement said. WEF. The theme of this issue reflects the growing focus on ensuring the sustainable growth of the industry in an uncertain security environment while preserving the natural environment and the local communities on which it depends so richly.Thus, Finland ranks first as the safest country in the world for tourists, followed by the United Arab Emirates and Iceland, while Croatia ranks 24th out of 136 countries.Read the full World Economic Forum report here List of 20 safest countries according to WEF Finland – 6.65UAE – 6.6Iceland – 6.57Oman – 6.49Hong Kong – 6.47Singapore – 6.45Norway – 6.41Switzerland – 6.41Rwanda – 6.39Qatar – 6.33Luxembourg – 6.32Portugal – 6.32New Zealand – 6.31Austria – 6.28Estonia – 6.26Sweden – 6.22Slovenia – 6.2Spain – 6.16Netherlands – 6.14Morocco – 6.14Croatia – 6.09
Yesterday, Florida voters were divided over whether or not to use genetically modified mosquitoes to squash the population of Aedes aegypti, the bugs that transmit Zika and other viruses, in the lower Keys.In a non-binding referendum, 58% of voters in Monroe County voted in favor of using the mosquitoes, manufactured by the British company Oxitec. In Key Haven, a neighborhood in the southern Keys (where the bugs would be released next spring), 65% of voters opposed their use.Despite the need for mosquito control, many are worried that genetically modified bugs pose an unforeseen environmental threat, and early reports on Zika and microcephaly in Brazil erroneously linked the congenital birth defect to genetically modified mosquitoes. Oxitec’s male mosquitos have altered DNA that renders their offspring sterile. The company said an experiment conducted in Piracicaba, Brazil earlier this year reduced local mosquito populations by 82%, and limited local spread of both Zika virus and dengue.In August, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Oxitec’s mosquitoes for use, saying that after months of comments from the general public, the mosquitos fell under the category of Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).Ultimately, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board will decide if Oxitec’s mosquitos will be used next spring. The Board meets on Nov 19, but an agenda has not yet been set, according to the Miami Herald.Flurry of local Zika casesIn other Zika news, Florida’s Department of Health (Florida Health) reported several new non-travel related cases yesterday and today. Florida Health said five Miami-Dade County residents and one out-of-state traveler had Zika today. An investigation is underway to determine where the non-resident contracted the virus.A case announced yesterday was linked to an ongoing investigation into the Little River area of Miami-Dade County, but active transmission is still contained to North and South Miami Beach, Florida Health said.Finally there was one new case announced today in a Florida resident who traveled to both Miami and an area outside of Florida with widespread transmission. The location of exposure is unknown.The cases raise the number of locally acquired Zika cases to 217. There are 143 infections involving pregnant women, but it’s unclear how many, if any, were locally acquired.See also:Nov 9 Miami Herald storyJan 19 Oxitec press releaseNov 8 Florida Health updateNov 9 Florida Health update
Share AIA leaders Christian Demchak Leo Ellis Christian Demchak. Independent/Justin MeinkenThe American Institute of Architects Peconic celebrated its field Saturday, January 11, with the 2020 Daniel J. Rowen Memorial Design Awards at the Ross School in East Hampton. Over 40 projects were on view, and Bill Chaleff moderated a discussion.Honorees included the Leroy Street Studio, Bates Masi Architects, Roger Ferris + Partners, and Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects for design; John David Rose Architect and Newman Architects for historic preservation; and James Merrell Architects and SLR Architecture for projects.For the full list of awards, visit www.aia.org/peconicchapter.
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The load-out was part of a six-month turnkey project awarded to ALE, which will see the heavy lift specialist deliver 67 pipe rack modules, weighing between 130 and 250 tonnes, from the Port of Duqm to the project site in Harweel.During the project, ALE explained that it will be coordinating weighing, storage, transportation, load-ins, load-outs and ship chartering. The company will utilise a wide variety of equipment, including cranes, chartered vessels and its Trojan truck.The first operation involved the load-out of six pipe rack modules and two columns – weighing a total of 1,100 tonnes – and delivery of the units from their fabrication yard to the ship using self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT).Yasser Al Yasin, country manager for ALE in Oman, explained that the Rabab Harweel Integrated Project is the first of its kind for ALE in Oman, in terms of its complexity with the integration of so many different techniques and services.www.ale-heavylift.com
Lawyers are setting the standard for private employers in having more firms committed to paying workers an independently assessed ‘living wage’ than any other business sector. However, it has also emerged that solicitor practices were among hundreds of rogue employers recently penalised for not paying staff at least the minimum wage. Some 21 law firms and barristers’ chambers have now signed up to the fair pay scheme run by charity The Living Wage Foundation (LWF), which has 205 companies registered as living wage employers. A majority are in the public and not-for-profit sectors. LWF is backed by London mayor Boris Johnson. A ‘living wage’ is currently £8.55 an hour in London and £7.45 elsewhere. The minimum wage is £6.19. Three magic circle firms signed up early: Linklaters, Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May. Allen & Overy and Freshfields have not done so, but A&O supports the living wage and in London pays all onsite contractors the London living wage as a minimum. Freshfields also supports the London living wage and since October 2010 has paid all staff, including subcontractors, at least £8.55. A spokesperson said the firm chose not to seek accreditation from the LWF and instead made its commitment directly to the Greater London Authority. LWF signatories outside the magic circle include Mayer Brown, Holman Fenwick Willan, education law outfit Match Solicitors, and London and Manchester personal injury firm Fentons. Barristers’ chambers to have signed up with LWF include Matrix, Outer Temple and 11KBW. In 2012/13, HMRC investigated 1,693 complaints against employers for allegedly breaching minimum wage rules. This resulted in 708 employers receiving automatic penalty charges of up to £5,000 and 26,519 employees receiving an average of £300 in back pay. HMRC told the Gazette that ‘fewer than five’ of these employers were solicitor firms, but declined to reveal the penalties imposed.