Parking, Parties, And Permits

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first_imgFor the second time in three weeks, the East Hampton Town Planning Board wrestled with the possibility of granting a permit for a restaurant for the Hero Beach Club in downtown Montauk, also known as the Oceanside Resort. The board held off scheduling a public hearing for the proposal for at least two weeks while the applicant finalizes a survey. Again, as at their previous meeting, several board members continued to question the site plan’s scope and purpose.Britton Bistrian, who represents the owners, a partnership headed by Jon Krasner, started the June 27 meeting by reading from the original narrative for the special permit the owners are seeking for the town. “It is literally the gateway to Montauk, the first business you reach upon entering the downtown area,” she told the board. That narrative was written June 14, 2017.“Guests have come to expect different amenities at [resorts] and this application proposes a minimalist amenity of basic food service to our guests.” No place in the original narrative is alcohol mentioned, other than when Bistrian wrote, “This is not intended to be a restaurant or a bar with full service to the public.” The restaurant, according to the plans, has table seating for 16.Two weeks after Bistrian wrote that original narrative, the New York State Liquor Authority issued a license to Hero Beach Club to sell alcohol. The license Hero Beach Club obtained, dated June 29, 2017, allows it to have up to 499 customers on the property, with dancing and recorded and live music, with promises of performances by major acts like Jimmy Buffett.However, Krasner said Monday, the goal of the ownership group is not to create a new downtown Montauk “hot spot” with large crowds, but rather, a high-end resort with the amenities that such a clientele has come to expect. “We are a wellness hotel,” he said. “We want to be the leaders in developing the next generation of Montauk hotels.”The resort was purchased in the fall of 2016 for $9.6 million. Krasner said recently that the partnership has invested another $4 million in renovations. In a previous interview, Krasner pointed out the money he and his partners have invested in the project, and, by extension, in the town. But Randy Parsons, board member, said on June 27, “The site was very constrained when the owners bought it. We can’t morph it into a more useable site. It is a small site with a lot going on.”“This is so difficult because this whole application is designed to bring large numbers of people to the site,” Job Potter, the board’s chairman, said. Potter added that, looking at the Hero Beach Club website, it appeared that the owners are creating a party destination. He said they already obtained one mass gathering permit from the town for a recent event called “Maybeline,” and had applied for another permit for July 4.Krasner believes that the management group is being unfairly treated, that board members are comparing Hero Beach Club to establishments that generated controversy in recent years in Montauk. While he would not name those establishments, he could have been referencing the early years of Surf Lodge, or more recently, Ruschmeyer’s.Parking at and around the Hero Beach Club has been a contentious issue from the first time the board took up the application on May 3 of last year. There are about 21 parking spaces on the property, which would be inadequate by current zoning law standards. However, the site predates the zoning code, and the parking is, therefore, grandfathered in.The plans include removing four rooms, cutting the total number in the motel’s three buildings to a combined 30, to make room for the restaurant. Ann Glennon, the town’s principal building inspector, ruled that the parking onsite is adequate, given that it is grandfathered in. Ditch Plains Association has launched a suit against the town, challenging that finding.Parsons asked that the applicants delineate all parking, including public parking, on and around the site. He pointed out that the owners are marking public parking spaces on South Eton Street, which is on the western border of the property, with signs that read, “Private Parking, Vehicles Will Be Towed at Owner’s Expense.”“But if those signs shouldn’t be there, those signs shouldn’t be there,” Ian Calder-Piedmonte said. “That certainly is enforceable, right? If we are going to say that our town can’t enforce someone with a blatant sign . . .” he said, adding that he did not believe parking spaces not on the property should be marked on a survey, lest, in the future, such a survey could be confused with the board having actually approved of off-site parking as part of the plan.Krasner said, “Everything that we have done with parking has been done to code. The hotel has that right of way,” adding that it has been that way since 1952, when the Oceanside Resort first opened.Bistrian pushed the board to schedule a public hearing, which is required before is can actually issue an approval of the plan with a permit. The board, however, tabled that idea, until it has a final survey. The public will eventually get to weigh in on Hero Beach Club, likely next month.“We have no citations. We clean the beach every day,” Krasner said. “We want to set an example of how to run a hotel.”t.e@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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Экономия в условиях кризиса

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Airgas uses recession to strengthen operations.

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Oxford Flow launches US subsidiary

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first_imgSource: Oxford FlowAndy GhizOxford Flow has hired Ghiz and established the subsidiary to expand its reach in North and South America, and to offer on-the-ground commercial and technical support.The English company, which  traces its roots back to Oxford University where the core inspiration for the product range struck Professor Tom Povey, will have US offices based in Houston’s Energy Corridor.“The US is an integral part of our strategy as we look to expand across all the sectors we operate in. Houston was the ideal first location due to its position as an oil and gas hub and its number of public works companies, said Neil Poxon,” CEO at Oxford Flow.“We are extremely pleased to have Andy join the team; his combined experience across sectors and connections will bring a valuable skill set to drive us forward.”Ghiz brings a wealth of experience in valves and engineered equipment, in the oil, gas, chemical and water industries. His role will focus on building an operation in Houston, supporting the existing client base, and developing Oxford Flow’s long-term strategy for the Americas.“At Oxford Flow, innovation is a core principle, not a buzzword, which is just one of the reasons I am thrilled to join the team,” Ghiz said.“No matter what sector – water or oil and gas – companies are always looking for ways to increase safety, reduce costs, improve efficiency and be more environmentally friendly. Oxford Flow’s products deliver on those promises.”Read more like this – subscribe todayEnjoyed this story? Subscribe to gasworld today and take advantage of even more great insights and exclusives in industrial gases.Visit www.gasworld.com/subscribe to access all content and choose the right subscription for you.last_img read more

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Willmott Dixon vs Newlon: A case in points

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first_imgStay 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-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY 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 To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

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Building on women’s success

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first_imgSheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook encourages Women to “Lean In”, JLL’s CEO Guy Grainger to “Jump In”; and after a fine glass of Argentinian Malbec and the encouragement of a colleague, I “Stood Up” and took the opportunity to chair the JLL Women’s Network in the UK.Throughout my career I have sought only to be judged by colleagues, clients and the property profession as a property professional. But with maturity and for me a new leadership appointment at JLL, comes greater responsibility and a growing awareness of that responsibility to a wider network of colleagues, clients and fellow professionals.Being a woman in construction doesn’t make you special or unique in any way, but it is unusual. It is fair to say that property is a male-dominated industry, I realised this when I was studying 20 years ago as one of only four girls on a building surveying undergraduate course of 60. The industry is improving but it is still challenging – the fact that we increased the number of female directors by 50% in the JLL Buildings & Construction team of 240 by appointing one earlier this year puts the novelty in commercial context. However, the numbers are greater in many other JLL business lines, and there is a real commitment from the board in the UK and globally to encourage diversity. Not just because it’s 2014, but because it is good for business and it is what our clients expect.Being a woman in construction doesn’t make you special or unique in any way, but it is unusualI don’t juggle a family with a career, and I am lucky to be well managed and nurtured within the business, but still women need to recognise their worth and capability in this industry and not apologise, while business needs to learn to manage and accommodate women better. Women will change the face of property by succeeding in business and earning the respect deserved by anyone who makes business decisions and leads business change. Their approach and style may differ from those of male colleagues, but self-belief and confidence are the keys to realising this. From my own experience, I know how important these beliefs are. It has taken the guidance of an excellent mentor and the insight of an intensive leadership course for me to realise this.I step into 2015 as a business leader, not a female surveyor. I am whole heartedly committed to ensuring that JLL is a better place to work for its women, and because of its women. If this involves more networking with colleagues, more female client entertainment, more mentoring of junior talent or calling out poor behaviour so be it. It’s time for me to give something back as chair of the JLL Women’s Network; and I can’t wait.Helen Gough is head of JLL’s Buildings & Construction teamlast_img read more

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Tadano resumes production in Germany

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first_imgTadano said that it is has implemented an adjusted production schedule to accommodate social distancing as well as alternating production shifts to ensure worker safety.The manufacturer added that it is working to keep disruptions to its support and spare parts services to a minimum but cross-border delivery delays and travel bans are expected to continue, at least in the short term.www.tadano.comlast_img

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Trio with soul

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first_img■ LA based jazz fusion group ​El Trio, featuring Joey Heredia, Marco Mendoza and Renato Neto, will perform on Friday February 24 and Saturday February 25 at Gate 69 Theatre, 87 Bree Street, at 7pm, as part of the Tribes’ Got Soul event. Other acts will include Brother Moves performing a set with jazz pianist and vocalist, Thandi Ntuli; soul and blues singer Sannie Fox, as well as psych rock violin player Hezron Chetty and French DJ Fred Spider with guest DJ Captain Science.​ Tickets cost R250. Book at http://tribesgotsoul.nutickets.co.za/Fri or http://tribesgotsoul.nutickets.co.za/Satlast_img read more

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£60,000 trainees: US firm breaks new ground

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first_imgA US-based firm has again broken new ground in the City by offering trainees £60,000 salaries for the first time.Davis Polk & Wardwell has updated information for its 2021 intake, confirming that a second-year trainee salary is now £60,000, an increase of 9%. First year salaries have risen from £50,000 to £55,000.The rise is another sign of pressure being ratcheted up on established practices in the City, many of which lag far behind their UK counterparts on the payscale.However, the pay for Davis Polk & Wardwell’s newly qualified (NQ) solicitors (£120,000) has not yet reached the dizzying heights being set by its other US rivals.In June, the Gazette reported that US firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy had become the paying firm in the City offering more than £140,000 by paying NQs £143,000 ($190,000). A host of other firms followed suit.Davis Polk takes on only four trainees each retention season. They are on a six-month rotation schedule which includes six months in the firm’s New York office.The trainees will be selected from the firm’s 2019 vacation scheme programme and, according to the firm’s website, will share an office with a senior lawyer, receive tailored training and have extensive access to partners.Magic circle firm Allen & Overy meanwhile also announced a rise in salaries today. First year trainees are now on £45,000 up from £44,000 while second years will also be paid an extra £1,000 taking their pay to £50,000. A year one NQ salary is now £83,000, up from £81,000.The firm also announced its trainee intake figures for autumn 2018. It took on 37 out of its 46-strong cohort (80%). 44 trainees applied for a job, with 40 being offered a role. Of the 40, 37 accepted.last_img read more

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Fast track to sustainable mobility

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first_imgHigh Speed Rail is firmly established as an attractive and environmentally-friendly transport mode. The UIC Highspeed 2008 conference in Amsterdam on March 17-19 will debate the technical, political, commercial and environmental issues that will shape the evolution of high speed rail travel over the next few years,Luc Aliadière Chief Executive, International Union of RailwaysFollowing a number of success stories, initially in Japan, then in Europe, and more recently in Asia, high speed rail has definitively become one of the major axes for the development of rail transport across the world. During 2007 we saw considerable progress in the development of high speed rail in many countries. For example, last year marked the start of commercial operation on the first phase of LGV Est Européenne linking France to Germany, where a new world speed record for steel-wheeled trains was established; the start of commercial service on the Taipei – Kaohsiung route in Taiwan; and the inauguration in December of two further routes in Spain. In 2007 all of Europe’s high speed operators recorded a steady increase in traffic, including international services such as Thalys and Eurostar. In 2008, the total length of dedicated high speed lines around the world is expected to break the symbolic 10 000 km mark, with the completion of several more routes, ranging from the Madrid – Barcelona line in Spain to the 115 km Beijing – Tianjin line; China’s first 300 km/h route is due to be operational in time for the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer. This year should also see the start of high speed operation in Turkey on the first sections of the Ankara – Istanbul corridor. Other projects nearing completion include two routes in Belgium, from Liège to the German border and Antwerpen to the Dutch border, the Milano – Novara line in Italy and the HSL-Zuid route linking Amsterdam and Rotterdam with the Belgian border. This last was our primary incentive to hold the UIC Highspeed 2008 conference in the Netherlands. And with the prospect of market liberalisation, we are starting to see the emergence of private-sector competition in Europe’s high speed rail sector, challenging the status quo of dominance by the national railways. NTV has made a clear statement of intent with its order for 25 AGV trainsets (p146) and an option for another 10. And I believe that other players are likely to emerge in the next few years. Although Europe, Japan and China have been making the running so far, I believe that 2008 will be the year when high speed rail goes truly global. Decicions have been taken to launch high speed rail projects in Morocco, and more recently in Argentina. Ambitious projects are taking shape in Russia, India, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Brazil. According to our latest forecasts, the high speed network could reach a total length of 35 000 km in the next 15 years.Market efficiencyHigh speed rail has two main advantages, which underpin its current success and will drive further expansion in the future. The first is its market efficiency as a transport mode. New dedicated high speed lines offer fast, safe and reliable links between city centres over distances varying from several hundred to more than 1 000 km. Through running on and off the conventional rail network enables high speed trains to offer attractive travel times between a large number of domestic and/or international destinations. And connecting regional services will spread the benefits even further. With the latest generations of TGV, ICE, AVE or ETR trainsets able to offer commercial speeds up to 300 or even 320 km/h, high speed rail is now a highly-efficient passenger transport mode for business and leisure travel. Air travel remains the main competitor in the business sector, but the introduction of stricter regulations and more security checks in airports can add several hours to the journey time. In part this has helped to drive the success of high speed trains over medium distances. Commercial success is also built on a host of customer-oriented innovations, such as the introduction of modern internet-based information and ticketing systems, as well as new products and fare schemes, such as ‘low cost’ trains with innovative on-board services, like iDTGV or TrenOK. Improved connections are essential, both at airports and with local public transport, as well as regional trains. High quality services are being specially tailored to make rail travel enjoyable, with lounges for business travellers in main stations, and on-train entertainment for leisure travellers and families with children. Railway companies are now able to offer their customers a top-quality product in terms of speed and comfort.Technical progressTechnological advances are also bringing new operating methods to the high speed sector, which is starting to grapple with challenges such as ETCS and GSM-R. Though the initial complexity is high, the use of interoperable systems will facilitate more cross-border services in the future and optimise cost effectiveness for the train operators.Whilst market efficiency is helping to drive up patronage, I believe that the second key advantage of high speed rail may be more significant in determining future evolution of the mode. High speed rail offers benefits to the whole of society in terms of its contribution to sustainable development. As a high-output transport mode, high speed rail offers unchallenged benefits in terms of safety, low energy consumption, virtually no pollution and minimal land-take. It is a powerful tool at the service of town and country planning and of economic and social development at national and European level alike. The many trump cards that rail holds means that the development of high speed networks should readily qualify for a variety of funding sources, as it offers benefits to all the stakeholders involved: EU Member States, regional and local authorities, as well as the railway companies themselves.Through its High Speed department, UIC provides support to its members wishing to introduce or develop high speed rail, working in the fields of technical harmonisation and interoperability, and by facilitating exchanges on all operating, commercial, economic and financial aspects. UIC Highspeed 2008, our sixth world congress on high speed rail, will bring together many of the decision-makers involved, promoting exchanges and decisions that will drive further implementation of this increasingly-significant, efficient and sustainable transport mode.’High speed rail offers benefits to the whole of society in terms of its contribution to sustainable development. It is a powerful tool at the service of town and country planning and of economic and social development’Luc Aliadière Chief Executive, International Union of RailwaysCAPTION: SNCF’s record-breaking V150 power cars are now back in revenue service; bearing commemorative plaques, TGV POS set 4402 works a Paris – Zürich train on February 11.CAPTION: Where it all began: Japan’s Tokaido Shinkansen is now operated by 270 km/h Series N700 trainsets with passive tilt.CAPTION: 2007 saw Taiwan join Japan, South Korea and several European countries in the high speed club, with the opening of the 300 km/h Taipei – Kaohsiung line.CAPTION: Last year saw the start of high-frequency CRH inter-city services on Chinese corridors radiating from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Two CRH1 sets based in the southern region meet at Shenzhen.CAPTION: Fig 1. The total length of dedicated high speed lines in the world is expected to increase rapidly over the next two decades, reaching 35 000 route-km by 2025.CAPTION: Japanese high speed technology comes to Europe, in the shape of the Hitachi Class 395 trainsets being built to operate 225 km/h commuter services over the UK’s High Speed 1 between London and towns in Kent.last_img read more

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