GasBuddy Annual Travel Survey finds 65% of Americans traveling by car for the holidays; 30% say gas prices are impacting their travel plansVermont Business Magazine GasBuddy, the smartphone app helping consumers avoid paying full price for fuel, today projects the national average gasoline price for Thanksgiving will be at its highest since 2014. While it may lead to some complaints — 30% of Americans saying high prices are impacting their plans — it won’t slow them down much, with a 7% rise in motorists on the road for Thanksgiving versus last year. Vermont prices today are averaging $2.62 per gallon, the same as a week ago but 15 cents lower than last year.GasBuddy projects the national average gas price this Thanksgiving will be $2.56 per gallon, a penny higher than last year. The national average has seen a smaller decline since October than usual, part of the reason for the higher prices this Thanksgiving versus last year. While prices have averaged a 10-cent decline from October to mid-November over the last decade, this year has seen a decline of just 5 cents over the same time frame. Prices are highest in northern Vermont and lowest in southern Vermont. Nationally, the South has the lowest prices and the West has the highest.“Change is hard, but when it comes to Thanksgiving, many things this year won’t be changing. First, expect the mediocre Detroit Lions and their fans, including me, to suffer for a third straight Thanksgiving Day. Second, expect the national average price of gasoline to be in the $2.50s for the third straight Thanksgiving. And third, expect average gas prices to drop between now and Christmas, giving motorists something extra to be thankful for,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.According to GasBuddy’s Annual Holiday Travel Survey, 30% of participants said high gas prices were impacting their travel plans, a 2% decrease from last year. 2019 is expected to see a 7% increase in travelers on the road for Thanksgiving compared to 2018, with more than half of drivers having 1-2 passengers in the car with them. Nearly one fifth of drivers expect to spend 4-6 hours in the car. Getting ahead of the holiday expenses, more than two-thirds of consumers will be using a loyalty or cash back program to save money or earn rewards when they fill-up for their Thanksgiving trip.The top considerations when choosing which station to stop at are 1) location 2) the price of gasoline and 3) the brand of gasoline. A shift in travel sentiment compared to last year: drivers are less concerned about the brand of fuel and putting more emphasis on location and price.GasBuddy offers several money-saving tips for motorists on the road this holiday season:The Day of the Week Matters. GasBuddy has analyzed gas price data year-over-year and found that Monday offers the lowest average gas price in 30 states, making it the best day to fill-up. The day with the most expensive average gas prices: Friday.Pay with GasBuddy. A free payments service(link is external) that offers at least 5 cents off per gallon on every fill-up at thousands of gas stations nationwide. Drivers can save upwards of $10 per tank when used with the GasBuddy app during their holiday travels. Don’t Drive Like a Maniac. Aggressive driving habits like speeding, rapid acceleration and braking as they can cost drivers up to an extra $477 per year in fuel consumption. Drivers in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Sacramento, Calif. are the most aggressive drivers in the country according to a recent GasBuddy study(link is external).Embrace the ‘Fuel-i-days’: GasBuddy’s Fuel-i-days celebration is bringing more than $30 billion in gasoline savings to Americans this holiday season. Participants will effortlessly get free gas when going about holiday activities like shopping for gifts and finding a parking spot. Follow @GasBuddy on Facebook(link is external) and Twitter(link is external) to get the latest updates. *Thanksgiving travel period defined as Wed. – Sun. during the week of Thanksgiving. GasBuddy’s Annual Holiday Travel Survey was taken by 500 respondents Oct. 1 – 4, 2019.About GasBuddyGasBuddy’s mission is to help consumers avoid paying full price for fuel. As the leading source for crowdsourced, real-time fuel prices at more than 150,000 gas station convenience stores in the U.S., Canada and Australia, millions of drivers use the GasBuddy app and website every day to find gas station convenience stores based on fuel prices, location and ratings/reviews. GasBuddy’s first-of-its-kind fuel savings program, Pay with GasBuddy, has saved Americans more than $10 million at the pumps since its launch in 2017. The company’s business solutions suite, GasBuddy Business Pages, provides Fuel Marketers and Retailers their best opportunity to maintain their station information, manage their brand, and promote to their target consumer audience. For more information, visit http://www.gasbuddy.com. (link is external)Source: BOSTON — 11.19.2019. GasBuddy
Barry Glantz in The Studios 24’s debut Wolverhampton schemeSource: The Studios 24The scheme, a converted office tower formerly occupied by collapsed construction firm Carillion, will have 218 en-suite rooms as well as shared kitchens, working and relaxation areas, a café and bar, a gym and a laundry.Fifty-five rooms have already been completed and let, and the rest of the scheme is scheduled for completion by spring 2020. Now the firm is looking to expand its model to other cities.Property Week spoke to The Studios 24’s managing director, Barry Glantz, to find out why he is so confident that the co-living market will work in the regions, and where the company will be looking for its next projects.Glantz was previously a director at Willowacre, a prime property company that has developed housing worth £200m in central London. He became interested in co-living around 2015, when his daughter was at university and he realised that while the student accommodation market was doing well, there was gap in the market for people leaving university and embarking on their first jobs.Regional opportunity“Student accommodation is very well funded and all the big investors are in it,” he says. “But I thought: what is there for people in their 20s when they leave university or move to another city? The options weren’t that great.”Around the same time, Glantz became aware of The Collective’s scheme in Old Oak, London – the first co-living development in the country to be completed. But he was not interested in the capital.“I have 30 years’ experience of doing developments in and around London, but I decided to look further afield,” says Glantz. “The fact is that the yield is there in the Midlands – you are looking at yields on two-bed flats of around 8% to 9% and on [the kind of accommodation] we are doing the yields can be even greater, which means we can offer people a better way of living.” Source: The Studios 24The building on Birch Street in Wolverhampton was selected as the first project for The Studios 24, which is backed by Assetz Capital. The 80,000 sq ft property was built in the 1960s for building materials company Tarmac and was Carillion’s headquarters until 2015, but has since lain vacant.The Studios 24 took a 125-year lease on the site and Glantz says he wants to replicate this model with other vacant or under-used commercial buildings. He says there are lots of opportunities of this nature, although he concedes that they might be pipped by for-sale developers on some schemes.Small city vision“We’re going to be looking for landlords with buildings that have been neglected and do not quite work for an office refurbishment or conversion into flats for sale,” he says. “If we can make it work for an 80,000 sq ft office building in Wolverhampton we can make it work anywhere.”The most high-profile co-living schemes that have been developed in the UK so far are in major cities such as London and Manchester, but Glantz is confident that they can work in smaller cities too. “Coventry, Leicester, Plymouth, Southampton, Cardiff – these sort of cities could do really well out of co-living,” he says.“There are always young people who have got jobs and are looking to move house or leave home – they might not be earning London wages but we just need to price it at a level that works for them,” he says.Rents at the Wolverhampton scheme are £600 per month including bills and council tax. Glantz accepts that given the transient nature of this target market, tenants may not stick around for long – and says the building will provide the flexibility to accommodate this. “We anticipate that people will only stay for nine months or so. It is easy to come in and then leave,” he says.Given the demand for flexibility and affordability among the younger generation, whatever city they live in, it seems that The Studios 24 could be on to a winner.
Short story writer and novelist, Sande Boritz Berger, who grew up on the south shore of Long Island, completed the MFA program in writing and literature from Stony Brook Southampton College, where she was awarded the Deborah Hecht Memorial Prize in Fiction. For years, she has also attended the Stony Brook Southampton summer writing program.A strong advocate of writing groups, she kept going to workshops even as her career path took her into scriptwriting and video producing. In “Split-Level,” she returns to her first and continuing passion — fiction — and a reader can see how decades writing for the mass media and exposure to “amazing writers” in the MFA program have informed her novels. Boritz Berger has a good ear for dialogue, especially the internal kind. In “Split-Level,” her first-person protagonist, self-aware, attractive but insecure, has conversations with herself. Little does she realize how life-shattering they will become. And little does the reader anticipate how it will all turn out.Alex Pearl, a young wife and mother and occasional painter living in suburban New Jersey, appears to be happily married to Donny, her teenage sweetheart, and deliciously in love with their two young daughters, though she allows her brash-talking good friend Rona to intimidate her daily on the phone, especially about shopping and decorating: “How can I so easily distinguish each Modigliani, a Manet from a Monet, but remain pathetically lost on chuck roast, tenderloin, and filet?”Alex also defers to her good-looking, restless, and frustrated husband who defers to his father, having given up hopes to make it in music, his love, in order to continue the family business: manufacturing high-end brassieres. In other words, Alex is settled into traditional marriage and motherhood, though she warily observes the failings of her own parents’ marriage.But wait: Boritz Berger sets her tale in the 1970s when, as readers of a certain age recall, the swinging ’60s seduced many young people into thinking they could make the earth move by way of sexual and political revolution. Not a time to be in the bra business, for sure, but also, as Alex discovers slowly and fearfully, not a time to count on traditions or conventions (religious and societal) to counter the influence of Woodstock.“The post-Nixon era was a time of great change,” the author says, “a shake-up of sorts when people took their government and maybe even lives for granted” and saw everything shift, creating “instability and mistrust . . . The changes affected families, marriages, jobs, and our country’s future.” Be happy was the mantra, be “free.” As a married neighbor says to Alex, “It’s certainly tough work, staying home and raising kids, plus I hear the pay is lousy.” The neighbor is Charlie Bell, who’s sexy as well as sympathetic.Even if Alex seems a passive player in the counter culture seeping its bohemian way into “split-level” life — the title obviously symbolizes suburban house and home — she does smoke pot and follows the beat of funk and rock. Still, when she realizes that her husband may have a roving eye (and more), her instinct is a couple’s retreat dedicated to marriage counseling — scenes Bortiz-Berger explores with humor and pathos. She knows how to make character change credible, avoid cliché, and integrate the complexities of desire, guilt, and mistrust. She also enjoys crafting steamy sex scenes.In light of the #MeToo movement and advances women have made in the workplace and in defining and refining their personal identities, “Split-Level” takes on special significance, especially considering how Boritz Berger resolves her plot complications. Although the author has said that today, unlike the 1970s, women today feel support with other women, “making us more cohesive and less fearful to ask for what we want and to express what we cannot accept: the unacceptable,” she knows that women still find themselves in complicated, often guilt-ridden relationships if not with spouses, then with parents and grown children. This is especially true for single mothers, who have split from, or have been split off by, their partners. Marriage has always been challenging, Boritz Berger says. Women struggle and much still gets put on hold “sometimes for many years, sometimes, forever.”“Split-Level” is certain to engage discussion in the kind of workshops or book clubs the author has enjoyed, both for its cultural history as well as for how she uses style and structure to represent the ’70s in a way that resonates for our own day. Share
Amid a slew of storefronts closed down in the village of Southampton, a restaurant opens that gives locals and tourists alike a hope for a thriving village, and something new to boast about.Michael Gluckman, whose prior establishments include Boathouse, Madison and Main, and Service Station, has teamed up with chef partner John Sagadraca and managing partner, Hillary Steedle, to open The Tackle Box, a year-round establishment taking over the former space of Little Red. With a beautiful outdoor area, the family-friendly venue has lawn benches, outdoor swings, and a lounge set up, all tucked under an awning and hidden by hedges. The interior layout hasn’t been changed from the former tenant, but has been painted blue, with sea boat rope, pictures of surfers, and all things nautical, making it casual yet comfortable.And then there’s the food. Sagadraca’s studied at the Culinary Institute of America and has worked at Michelin-starred Daniel, Bar Boulud, Colonie, and Chez Moi, to name a few.The raw bar sampler, including violet cove oysters with uni from Orient Point, little neck clams, and cocktail shrimp with tomato, cucumber, onion, and jalapeños — a personal favorite.Next, two lobster rolls sitting side by side. Sagadraca puts a spin on the typical New England-style choices and offers one with hot uni butter and the other wasabi sesame, both of which proved to be equally as rewarding as they were creative.Following that were two dishes that would possibly be served as my last dying meal at sea: charred Spanish octopus with chorizo and smashed fingerling potatoes, and seared local sea scallops with Long Island sweet corn succotash. Dessert included a key lime pie and chocolate cake. All cocktails are made with fresh juices and, for the eco-friendly diner, all straws are made of actual straw.The menu rotates every other week, always providing what’s fresh, local, and inventive. Based off of the tasting I experienced, I have no doubt that every dish will have seafood lovers leaving entirely satisfied. Opened for lunch and dinner seven days a week, The Tackle Box offers a daily happy hour from 3:30 to 6:30 PM that includes $5 beer, $7 wine, $10 house cocktails, $1 clams, and $1.50 Conscience Point local oysters.The Tackle Box is located at 76 Jobs Lane in Southampton. Call 631-488-4240. See the full menu at email@example.com Share
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Press release, November 27, 2013; Image: Strategic Marine Strategic Marine announced today it is constructing two marine infrastructure fabrication projects in its Vietnam shipyard. Both projects are for Australian clients.The company will build three 60-metre pontoons and three 90-metre gangways for application in Gladstone Port Corporation’s new tug base and three Buoyant Actuators for Carnegie Wave Energy’s renewable wave energy and desalination project off the coast of Perth.“We have been developing our general fabrication capability over the last few years,” said Reece Newbold, Group Business Development Manager, “with the clear intention to show our mettle in the construction of modules for the Marine & Civil Infrastructure, Mining, and Oil & Gas markets.”Strategic Marine’s head office is in Western Australia, and with the Australian mining boom previously in full swing, the decision was made to mount a concerted effort to showcase the cost benefits of building in Vietnam coupled with the use of expert local and Australian project management teams.In the last two years, the company has secured and successfully completed several projects on both the Western and Eastern seaboards of Australia.
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An increase in the number of firms aggressively chasing cases against other legal practices is behind a significant rise in the number of professional negligence claims, according to figures published today. City firm RPC says the number of negligence claims filed in the High Court against solicitors has grown by 33% this year, from 98 to 130.This increase is symptomatic of a wider rise of 170% in claims against solicitors and barristers since 2012.RPC says conveyancing claims continue to make up around 50% of cases, but there are notable rises in the numbers of negligence claims involving inheritance and trusts.The firm says the growth in professional negligence specialist firms is behind the rising numbers.‘These firms often use aggressive advertising campaigns, including on daytime TV, to target individuals who are disappointed with the outcome of a personal injury claim or who have settled a divorce solicitor who handled their original case,’ said RPC.At the same time, the increase in the number of litigants in person – who do not have a legal adviser to talk them out of pursuing weak claims – has seen more cases end up in court.Joe Bryant, partner at RPC comments: ‘Dissatisfied clients are becoming increasingly likely to pursue a negligence claim against their solicitor. Advertising campaigns both by those specialist professional negligence law firms seeking to sue solicitors and organisations promoting access to the complaints system has meant that clients are more aware of how to make a claim than ever before, and therefore are more likely to pursue one if they feel their solicitor or barrister made an error during their case.‘Whilst this is undoubtedly good news for the consumer, there is still not enough knowledge about how complaints against solicitors should be brought, meaning that unrepresented individuals are pursing claims through the courts and placing significant strain on already severely stretched resources.’The rise, which had been predicted in January, has included an increase in allegations over the mishandling of money in inheritance matters.RPC says more complex family structures, caused by divorcing and remarrying, have led to wider and less foreseeable inheritance claims, and this has created a ‘significant trap’ for the solicitor drafting a will.Bad feeling among disjointed families also increases the likelihood of a will being challenged after death, and this almost inevitably brings in the probate solicitor ‘caught in the crossfire’.
Sharing is caring! MIAMI (CMC) – The United States Coast Guard Friday said it seized more than 4,000 pounds of marijuana after intercepting a vessel south of Jamaica.It said the drug had a value of US$3.7 million and that the 4,100 pounds of marijuana had been offloaded at the Coast Guard Base Miami Beach.The Coast Guard said it had retrieved 103 bales of the drugs during the operation.“This is another great achievement for the Paul Clark crew and highlights what the Coast Guard’s newest cutter can do to help reduce the negative impacts illicit trafficking has on the United States and our Caribbean neighbours,” said Lt Lloyd Belcher, commanding officer aboard the cutter, Paul Clark.“We prevented these drugs from coming ashore, but we also hope the prosecution of the suspected smugglers can begin to dismantle the transnational criminal organizations that profit from these illicit activities,” he said, adding “that’s the ultimate goal”. Share Share NewsRegional US Coast Guard seizes 103 bales of marijuana south of Jamaica by: CMC – January 2, 2015 Tweet 136 Views no discussions Share
GAME NOTES: UWF Christmas Classic Share PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida Argonauts will take on Saint Augustine’s College Friday and Virginia State on Saturday in the UWF Christmas Classic, both games are scheduled for 6 p.m. UWF now sits at 7-4 after taking down Shaw University and can match last season’s nine game win total with a pair of victories this weekend.2011-12 UWF Men’s Basketball Game Notes:- Games 12-13: St. Augustine’s and Va. State- Games 10-11: Ark.-Ft. Smith and Ark. Tech- Game 9: Shaw- Game 8: Ga. Southwestern- Games 6-7: Auburn Mont. and North Ga.- Game 5: Southeastern- Game 4: Ga. Southwestern- Game 3: Montevallo- Games 1 – 2: Lynn and BarryMOORE WINS SECOND GSC AWARDSenior Jamar Moore won his second GSC Player of the Week Award as he averaged a double-double behind 22.0 points and 12.5 rebounds, while also averaging 4.5 assists per game and shooting 53.1 percent from the field. Moore led UWF to an 88-70 victory over Arkansas-Fort Smith, netting 16 points and grabbing a game-high eight rebounds in 32 minutes. The Coolidge, GA native saved his best for last as the Argonauts nearly upset No. 24 Arkansas Tech, 89-85. Moore led all players with 28 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists in 36 minutes. He set a season-high for points in a game and a career-best effort on the boards.MATHIS GOES PERFECTUWF senior Marquis Mathis had a perfect night from the field during the Argo’s 88-70 win over Arkansas-Fort Smith. Mathis went 11-of-11 from the field, tying an NCAA record as well as a school record. Mathis is the first Argo to go perfect from the field after attempting more than nine shots.FIRST DECEMBER LOSSUWF’s loss to No. 24 Arkansas Tech was the first loss for the Argos in the month of December for both the men’s and women’s teams. The Argos were 2-0 until losing to the Wonder Boys this month while the women remain perfect at 3-0.GEARING UP FOR THE GSCThis weekend’s UWF Christmas Classic will wrap up the non-conference portion of the Argo’s schedule. Starting on Jan. 5, West Florida will kick off GSC play with Christian Brothers. UNO is the only remaining game on the schedule that will not count towards the Argo’s GSC record.LAST TIME VS. SAINT AUGUSTINE’SThe Argos defeated Saint Augustine’s, 86-77, on Dec. 30, 2005 in Pensacola, Fla. Maurice Thomas led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds.LAST TIME VS. VIRGINIA STATEWest Florida took a 76-68 win over Virginia State two seasons ago on Dec. 30, 2009. Max Hoggard was good for 26 points while current Argo Peter Connole grabbed five rebounds and three assists.Print Friendly Version