City of Lacey and Thurston County Partner to Support Area Veterans

first_imgFacebook44Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyThe City of Lacey and Thurston County Board of Commissioners finalized an agreement to establish funding support and dedicated program resources at the Lacey Veterans Services Hub. The Thurston County area is home to more than 32,000 veterans, and the City of Lacey boasts more active duty service men and women living off JBLM than any other city in the South Puget Sound Area.Under the agreement, the City of Lacey will commit $125,000 to the Lacey Veterans Services Hub in 2017 and 2018 for facility management and operational costs. In turn, Thurston County will provide $30,000 annually during the same period to cover the facility’s annual lease expense. Thurston County will also provide on-site staff to administer the Thurston County Veterans Assistance Program.“Thurston County is a key partner in the future of the Lacey Veterans Services Hub, and their financial investment recognizes their commitment to South Sound veterans,” stated Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder.Since the Lacey Veterans Services Hub’s opening, more than 3,000 client appointments have been booked, including 350 for housing assistance. The operation offers five key “pillar services,” including employment, housing, nutrition, education, and healthcare. In addition, the Lacey Veterans Services Hub has a partnership with the Tacoma and Federal Way Veterans Center to provide behavioral health resources to veterans.“As a veteran myself, I understand how important it is to have resources available to veterans and their families in our community,” said Commission Chair Bud Blake. “We are proud to be providing services to those who have served the country for us.”The Lacey Veterans Services Hub is located on the Lacey campus of South Puget Sound Community College, 4232 6th Avenue SE. The community college provides a favorable lease rate in support of this veterans initiative.More than thirty organizations serve veterans and their family members at the 4,500-square-foot facility. Some of the providers staff permanent “satellite” offices on site, while others occupy rotating office space one or two days a week. Still others offer regular training or counseling sessions in the facility’s multi-purpose room, and some have referral relationships to provide programs and services off-site.For information, contact Scott Spence, Lacey City Manager, at sspence@ci.lacey.wa.us or 360-491-3214; or Ramiro Chavez, Thurston County Manager, at chavezr@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-754-2964.last_img read more

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Construction Begins on Pedestrian Crossings at Various Locations in Olympia

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaOn Monday, April 23, the City’s contractor, Totem Electric of Tacoma, will begin making improvements to pedestrian crossings at various locations. This project will replace the existing in-pavement flashing crosswalk lights with new flashing beacons at the following locations:Capital Mall Drive at Capital Medical CenterBlack Lake Boulevard at 14th Avenue5th Avenue at Capitol Lake Dam5th Avenue at Sylvester Street4th Avenue at Bayview Thriftway4th Avenue at Sylvester StreetCapitol Way at Tivoli FountainState Avenue at Wilson StreetMartin Way at Chehalis Western TrailTravelers should expect lane restrictions and traffic delays during construction. Flaggers will direct motorists and pedestrians through the construction areas. The project is expected to be complete by the end of July 2018.last_img read more

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Galaxy’s Ramirez seeks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Galaxy coach Steve Sampson said he already can tell a major change in the 27-year-old’s demeanor. “When he’s happy with himself and he’s contributing,” Sampson said, “it’s only going to help his confidence.” It also will help the Galaxy, the 2001 Open Cup winners who will take on a team that beat them 1-0 in last year’s quarterfinals. Minnesota has eliminated three Major League Soccer teams in this year’s competition — Real Salt Lake, Colorado and defending Cup champion Kansas City — and is attempting to become the first non-MLS team since Rochester in 1999 to win the Cup. Ramirez said the importance of tonight’s game has not been lost on the players or coaches this week. “This team has really had an up-and-down season,” he said, “and we understand that. To put ourselves in position where we are right now, on a high note, and continue to play at a high level and compete for a spot in the final is a big motivator for us right now.” Kickoff is at 8. “Now I have much more confidence,” he said after practice this week. “I’ll play differently on the field. Thankfully, this goal did come and hopefully, many more are on their way.” “We’ve had excuses for part of the year, but we don’t have excuses now,” Landon Donovan remarked. “This is a game we need to win, period.” Sampson said the Galaxy has plenty of respect for the Thunder, which plays in the United Soccer League’s first division. “I’ll tell you how much we respect them,” he said. “We’re going to field our very best team, and we know we have to put forth a very good effort. That’s how serious we’re taking this. Minnesota, on any given day, can beat any MLS team. “We know that. We just don’t want it to happen on Wednesday.” — Larry Morgan can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272, or by e-mail at larry.morgan@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img CARSON — Galaxy midfielder Guillermo Ramirez goes by the nickname “Pando,” which roughly translates into “Bow-legged.” Former Los Angeles standout Mauricio Cienfuegos, however, said it’s more like “bad luck” in nearby El Salvador. That could help explain Ramirez’s fortunes this season until last Saturday’s game against the Colorado Rapids. Ramirez, the captain of the Guatemalan national team, had just one assist in 19 previous games before he converted a penalty kick to close out the scoring in a 4-1 victory over the Rapids. It’s understandable, then, that Ramirez feels good about himself heading into tonight’s U.S. Open Cup semifinal match against the Minnesota Thunder at Home Depot Center. last_img read more

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VShips Offshore Takes FSO under Management

first_imgzoom V.Ships Offshore, a ship management arm of V.Group, has been awarded a contract to provide operations and full technical management of the floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel Pertamina Abherka in Indonesia.As informed, this is the second vessel owned by Jakarta-based shipping company Pertamina International Shipping to be managed by V.Ships Offshore.The 101,777 cbm FSO, currently operating at Poleng Marine Terminal, offshore west of Madura Island, also acts as an accommodation facility with a potential capacity of 250 including 21 crew members.The vessel will be managed by the V.Ships Offshore office in Singapore with a local support team based in Indonesia.“Our teams from V.Ships Offshore and Pertamina International Shipping have worked hard to ensure a safe and smooth transition as the vessel came into management. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the team in support of the Indonesian marine and offshore sector,” Sanford D’Souza, general manager, V.Ships Offshore Asia, said.V.Ships Offshore offers offshore services in the marine market. This includes platform supply vessels, dive support vessels, pipe layers, DP shuttle tankers, floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) units, drillships, subsea construction vessels and offshore accommodation vessels and barges.last_img read more

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Militant arrested arms recovered in Manipur

first_imgImphal: A militant has been arrested and a cache of arms and ammunition recovered in separate incidents in Manipur, police said. A team of Manipur Police arrested the militant, belonging to Kangleipak Communist Party (KK Nganba group), while conducting a search operation at Thoubal Bazaar area on Monday, a statement said. Meanwhile, a combined team of Manipur Police and Assam Rifles recovered a cache of arms and ammunition, during a search operation for Kuki National Front (KNF-N) militants, at B Gamnom village in Imphal East district on Saturday, it said. The cache, comprising an AK-47 rifle, a Lethod gun with four shells and a large number of AK-47 bullets were found buried in the ground, it said.last_img read more

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Domestic air traffic May 2017 Air India GoAir gain Indigo and SpiceJet

first_imgA Jet Airways Boeing 737 aircraft taxis past an Air India Airbus A321 aircraft at Mumbai’s Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport February 3, 2013.Reuters fileState-run carrier Air India, which is in the news for likely privatisation, improved its market share in the domestic civil aviation business in May, though marginally. The carrier’s share rose to 13 percent from 12.9 percent in April, though still below from 14 percent in January. The other airline that increased its share was Nusli Wadia-controlled GoAir, to 8.5 percent from 8.1 percent in April.Low-cost carriers Indigo and Spicejet saw their market share drop marginally to 41.2 percent and 12.9 percent, respectively, in May (April — 41.4 percent and 12.9 percent, respectively). Visatara and AirAsia India ended the month with a market share of 3.3 percent each. Also read:  How IndiGo, Jet Airways, Air India, Go Air, Vistara performed in April 2017Overall, Indian carriers flew 101.74 lakh (10.17 million) passengers in May, up 17.3 percent from 86.69 lakh flown in the corresponding month last year, according to provisional statistics released by the civil aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).Jet Airways (excluding Jet Lite) maintained its share at 15.2 percent.Other carriers in the Indian domestic civil aviation space include AirAsia India, Vistara, Zoom Air and Trujet, according to the DGCA. An IndiGo Airlines Airbust A320 aircraft and JetKonnect Boeing 737 aircraft taxi past an Air India Airbus A321 aircraft at Mumbai’s Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport February 3, 2013.Reuters fileThe passenger load factor (PLF) was highest for SpiceJet at 94.3 percent, followed by GoAir at 93 percent and Indigo at 91.1 percent. For Air India, it was 80.9 percent, marking an improvement from 78.7 percent in April and 74.6 percent in March.On Monday, SpiceJet closed marginally higher at Rs 125.25 apiece, Indigo-owner Interglobe Aviation ended 0.82 percent lower at Rs 1,198.50 and Jet Airways closed at Rs 544.GST on aviationThe Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council fixed the rates on air travel at its meeting last month. While the service tax on economy class will be 5 percent (current tax rate is 6 percent), it stands higher for business class at 12 percent (from around 9 percent now).Some interesting tweets on Air India by its former executive director Jitendra Bhargava:Air India’s assets & liabilties. Assets created prior to 2004 thru internal accruals; liabilities created post 2004 pic.twitter.com/NRyKMZP5SL— Jitender Bhargava (@JitiBhargava) June 10, 2017Are CBI probes into aircraft buy, leasing, bilateral rights doleout & #airindiastakesale coincidence or effort to whitewash its ruinous role— Jitender Bhargava (@JitiBhargava) June 10, 2017last_img read more

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Gas price review not possible Quader

first_imgObaidul Quader. File PhotoTransport minister Obaidul Quader on Friday said that there is no scope to reconsider the decision of gas price hike, reports UNB.The minister was speaking at party president’s political office in Dhanmondi in the morning.He said that the gas price hike was logical.”There’s no scope to review the decision,” he added.The average gas price was increased by 32.8 per cent for the retail consumers on 30 June. It went into effect from 1 July.last_img

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Houstons Commercial Real Estate Market Still Recovering From Oil Downturn

first_img 00:00 /00:48 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian MartinCommercial real estate firms are optimistic about the year ahead, but the office market will likely have to live with higher vacancy rates.center_img Share Houston has, for the most part, survived the oil downturn, but some areas are still in recovery.Though Houston’s commercial real estate market is doing well overall, the office sector is still struggling with high vacancy rates. Eli Gilbert, director of research at commercial real estate firm JLL in Houston, said this has to do with oversupply and jobs lost during the downturn.Also, companies have learned to be more efficient with less space.“Looking at the overall vacancy rate,” he said, “particularly in the office market, in the future a higher value that has historically been seen may become the new normal for the region.”The office vacancy rate is currently around 20%, with estimates placing the amount of vacant office space between 50 and 60 million square feet, according to the Greater Houston Partnership’s 2019 Employment Forecast.  Gilbert said population growth is the main driver for the other commercial real estate sectors, which include industrial, retail and multi-family.The industrial market, in particular, is benefiting from an increase in online sales and demand for distribution centers. Xlast_img read more

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European space company wants solar power plant in space

first_img Explore further Chief executive officer of Astrium, François Auque, said the system is at the testing stage, but that a viable system collecting and transmitting power from space could be within reach soon. Auque said space solar power is an attractive idea because it is an inexhaustible and clean form of energy. Unlike solar plants on Earth, orbital solar collectors can work around the clock, and there is no interference from clouds or atmospheric dusts or gases, which means the energy hitting photovoltaic cells in orbit is much greater than it would be for the same panels on the ground.Earlier concepts of beaming power to Earth from space were criticized because they relied on microwaves to transmit the power to the ground, which has safety concerns, so Astrium plans to use infrared lasers instead, which means that even if they were misdirected people and objects hit by the laser beams could not be scorched.The transmission of power via infrared laser has been tested in Astrium’s laboratories, and they are now concentrating on improving the system’s efficiency. Work on developing converters to convert received infrared energy to electricity is proceeding rapidly, and Astrium is collaborating in this work with scientists at the University of Surrey, in the UK. The company is hoping to achieve 80% efficiency in the conversion.According to Astrium’s chief technology officer, Robert Laine, at present the power handled by the system is limited by the size of the laser that can be built. A demonstration mission would also be necessary to prove the system works, and this should be possible within the present decade.The concept of harvesting solar power in space has been discussed for at least the last three decades, but the problems of power loss during transmission and the expense and difficulty of assembling large arrays of solar collectors in space have seemed almost insurmountable. However, Astrium is not the only company close to bringing the idea to fruition. Last September Japan announced it is planning to put a small demonstration solar collecting satellite in orbit by 2015. This system will transmit the power to Earth using microwaves.EADS Astrium is seeking investors and partners such as the EU, national governments, space agencies, or power companies, to fund and contribute in other ways to the development of its operational orbital solar collection and transmission system. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: EADS Astrium — www.astrium.eads.net/center_img (PhysOrg.com) — EADS Astrium, Europe’s biggest space company, plans to put a solar power satellite in orbit to demonstrate the collection of solar power in space and its transmission via infrared laser to provide electricity on Earth. $21 Billion Orbiting Solar Array will Beam Electricity to Earth Citation: European space company wants solar power plant in space (2010, January 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-european-space-company-solar-power.htmllast_img read more

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