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Welch announces $380,000 grant for downtown St Albans

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first_imgRepresentative Peter Welch announced Monday a $380,000 grant for a comprehensive economic revitalization project in downtown St. Albans.The federal grant, which Welch secured for the city, will help St. Albans improve sidewalks, streetlights and signage and make other aesthetic upgrades to Main Street and Taylor Park. The project is intended to make downtown St. Albans safer for families and more attractive to businesses. Downtown St. Albans is the heart of this community and the key to its future, Welch said. This grant will put federal dollars to work in St. Albans, spurring economic growth in the area and empowering residents to make decisions about how to improve their community.Welch made the announcement on Main Street in St. Albans Monday morning, alongside Mayor Marty Manahan and City Manager Dominic Cloud. They were joined by Jim Walsh of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, as well as Terry Knight and Karen Bresnahan of St. Albans for the Future.last_img read more

Queensland and Victoria drive surprise rise in building approvals

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first_imgBuilding approvals rose unexpectedly in October. Photo: Jodie Richter.The result was underpinned by a 24.3 per cent increase in Victoria and 6.1 per cent growth in Queensland, which outstripped the declines in all other states.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoNew detached house approvals saw a 1.9 per cent gain during the month — the fifth rise in six months, while unit approvals dipped by 0.2 per cent. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE But the growth is unlikely to last, with the Housing Industry Association expecting dwelling starts in 2018 to drop by 8.2 per cent followed by a further 10 per cent fall in 2019.“This will mean that new home building activity will ease to levels that remain high byhistoric standards,” HIA senior economist Shane Garrett said. New house approvals rose in October. Picture: Peter Wallis.CommSec senior economist Ryan Felsman also expected home building activity to ease in 2018 from recent historical highs, but” a ‘soft landing’ rather than a crash was likely given strong population and jobs growth, interstate migration and interest rate stability. Renovations and alterations could provide further support to housing activity amid an ageing stock of Aussie houses and units,” he said.CommSec doesn’t expect an official interest rate rise until at least the end of 2018. WHERE RENTING IS UNAFFORDABLE IN QLD Surprise rise in building approvals boosted by Queensland and Victoria. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images.BUILDING approvals rose unexpectedly in October, boosted by growth in construction activity in Queensland and Victoria.The latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows the number of new dwelling approvals rose by 0.9 per cent during the month, on the back of a 0.6 per cent in September.The market had expected a 1 per cent decline. BRISBANE HOME PRICES STILL RISING last_img read more

Syracuse’s behind-the-cage offense jolts 4-game winning streak

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first_img Published on April 24, 2019 at 10:31 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Nate Solomon toed the yellow line on the back side of the crease, scanned the defense through the twine of the net and stepped forward to his right. Coming across the goal line, Navy’s defense didn’t pick Solomon up as he turned to goalie Ryan Kern and dropped a shot into the back of the net. By initiating offense from behind the crease, Solomon gave Syracuse the lead and unlocked a new offensive style. “He’s a threat to dodge and he’s got his head up and he’s finding open people now,” SU head coach John Desko said of Solomon. “So I think it’s nice to have the attack clicking this time of year.”Though Solomon took the chance himself to open things up against Navy, No. 4 seeded Syracuse’s (9-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) attacks have changed the Orange’s offense in recent weeks by initiating more offense — both scoring and assisting — from behind the net. Since losing to Notre Dame, the Orange closed the season on a four-game win streak in which they’re averaging 2.9 more goals per game than in the first eight. The new scoring element has balanced a previously one-dimensional offense days before SU travels to face No. 5 seed North Carolina (7-6, 1-3) for Thursday’s ACC Tournament play-in game in Chapel Hill.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEva Suppa | Contributing Digital DesignerFor the first eight weeks of Syracuse’s season, its offense relied heavily on midfielders dodging and creating open looks from the top of the offensive zone. The Orange’s most common look was Brendan Curry or Jamie Trimboli dodging down outside of the alley and looking to shoot or pass to an attack waiting near the crease. And more often than not, opposing defenders stayed with the dodging midfielders.The lack of space, though, ultimately hurt the Orange’s offense. With Bradley Voigt posted in front of cage and SU’s other two attacks — Solomon and Stephen Rehfuss — typically hugging the post, close defenders filled the space around them while easily sliding to dodging midfielders up top. When the Orange’s offense truly stalled, Solomon came to the midfield and played with the ball from there, so Syracuse could have an attack in control. Desko noticed the offensive stagnation and tweaked the team’s approach. SU’s new offensive impetus puts the ball in the care of Solomon and Rehfuss most of the time. The Orange trust their upperclassmen attacks to read the whole field from behind the cage, dodge out to one side and look to pass or shoot. “So now if you leave the inside, (Voigt)’s open,” Desko said. “And if you don’t, then you don’t slide to those guys behind. It just opens the whole offense up.”Solomon did some of this earlier in the season, to moderate success, but was largely shut off when he tried to dodge and score for himself. Now, Desko said, Solomon is seeing the field better and looking to pass more. Through the first eight games, Solomon had six assists. He’s tallied seven more in the final four games of the regular season.Eva Suppa | Contributing Digital DesignerRehfuss, the preseason All-ACC selection, also struggled early. Through three games, he had one assist. After the loss to Notre Dame, he’d tallied 14 points to date. He’s scored 18 more during the Orange’s four-game win streak.Rehfuss’ reemergence coincides with SU’s shift to a play style that suits him better because he’s free to use his vision to find cutting midfielders and Voigt inside. He’s also gotten healthier after catching the flu at the beginning of the season and playing through the illness a handful of undisclosed injuries. With less than a minute left in the first half against Navy, Rehfuss dodged left from behind the cage, turned to his right and left and got cut off. He picked his head up saw Voigt by the crease. As defenders hacked, Rehfuss flipped a pass to Voigt, who cradled and bounced a shot in with one second left on the shot clock, tallying one of Rehfuss’ seven points (two goals, five assists). “I’m sure he’s feeling better about himself,” Desko said of Rehfuss. “It’s obviously showing in his performance. I think we’re getting some dodges off him, getting some good assists off him.”Syracuse’s offense has taken off since emphasizing play behind the cage. Not only has the Orange scored more goals in its four wins to end the season, but done so more efficiently. SU’s shooting at a higher percentage, scoring on 7.725 percent more of its shots amid the four-game win streak. Solomon and Rehfuss have shown they can score from behind the cage. If they’re covered well, they can dodge from behind and feed Voigt inside or skip a pass to a cutting midfielder. And, SU’s deep midfield can initiate if the right matchup arises. “We were almost one-dimensional to start the season, dodging from up top,” Voigt said. “And as soon as Stephen and Nate started dodging from behind, it’s helped us out tremendously and it gives a whole new threat.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Opportunity Zone Fund Created by Home Builder

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first_imgOpportunity Zone Fund Created by Home Builder S2A Modular – creator of the electrically self-sustaining, custom and smart-connected luxury residence, the—GreenLuxHome—announced the establishment of S2A Opportunity Zone Fund, LP, joining a national campaign to create jobs and spur economic development in distressed regions across the United States. Investors will have an opportunity to drive the #GreenLux revolution, delivering green housing and commercial units to areas in need, while including tax benefits.“The #GreenLux revolution is much more than just a slogan: It’s our passionate way of reimagining how society lives and works through safer, greener, stylish and smart-connected buildings that elevate quality of life while lowering the costs of living through electrical self-sustainability and leading technology,” said John Rowland, President of S2A Modular. “These are the core values behind S2A Opportunity Zone Fund, LP. While other builders in Opportunity Zones may focus on cheap housing, we’re spurring dramatic revitalization that will bring communities into the future. Investors have a unique opportunity to have a hands-on role in awakening American cities, while reducing capital gains taxes. We look forward to welcoming people who are just as passionate about this cause as we are.” Share June 28, 2019 253 Views center_img in Headlines, News 2019-06-28 Mike Albaneselast_img read more