Brian O’Driscoll talks technology in rugby

first_imgCan’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The Leinster, Ireland and Lions great is keen for the sport to make the most of scientific advancements Brian O’Driscoll talks technology in rugbyThere’s a wry smile on Brian O’Driscoll’s face as he reflects on how much jerseys changed during his playing days, from the huge cotton numbers that looked three sizes too big in 1999 to the skintight versions that were a struggle to get off in 2014.“Those jerseys retired a few front-row forwards before their time was up – there was no hiding any more,” he quips.Brian O’Driscoll in a loose-fitting jersey at RWC 1999 (AFP/Getty Images)While some props may yearn for a return of baggy shirts, technology has helped rugby in other ways, be it analysis, injury prevention, finding new audiences…O’Driscoll believes advances in science could also make a big difference when it comes to brain injuries. World Rugby is trialling eye-tracking technology in this area while a saliva test was 94% accurate in a head injury study.“From a rugby perspective it’s about the tech around detecting concussions, in real time on the pitch, so you’re not having anything slip through the net,” says O’Driscoll. “That’s an area of concern across the amateur and professional game. Rugby wants to limit concussions and safeguard future generations.”Leinster fly-hald Harry Byrne is taken off for an HIA (Sportsfile/Getty Images)Technology has also led to big changes in how sport is shown on television, from player mics to new camera angles. O’Driscoll is part of the BT Sport team so what does he think have been the biggest improvements in rugby broadcasting?“BT likes to be forward-thinking,” says O’Driscoll. “The demo pitch in the BT studio allows you to run through something like the breakdown rather than just talking about it and we’ve got brilliant feedback on that. I know some of the demos have been shown at clubs in the UK and Ireland, to try to explain what the coach is trying to achieve.“Also, at half-time, there may have been five or six tries but if you get the best try, draw it up on an iPad, people can understand why it happened. It’s not just telling people what you see but why you’re seeing it, why it happened. There might have been a held jersey or someone slipping, so it’s highlighting that.”The downside of technology is that our attention spans have got shorter so sport needs new ways to engage audiences. One thing O’Driscoll would like to see is the GPS data players generate during a match reported in real time to provide more of an insight into how much ground players cover, the forces involved in a tackle or the speed people are running at. The dilemma that needs solving is who has the rights to share that data.“Who wants to give up the IP (intellectual property)? Who owns the IP?” asks O’Driscoll. “It would be brilliant if we could share that information. If we want to expand the game, to get to new markets, there are areas you have to be willing to go. Sometimes you give up something to get something in return. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll in now a TV pundit (NurPhoto/Getty Images) “That could almost drive competition too. People want to be part of leaderboards over the course of a season – who covered the most distance? Who got the highest speed? All of that is exciting and it’s how you can captivate people on a week-to-week basis rather than dipping in and out.” O’Driscoll is one of the judges in BT Sport’s Innovate 21 competition, which is looking for new ideas in sports broadcasting – perhaps that will lead to other ways to draw in viewers.BT have already introduced innovations this past year. Take Watch Together: with the pandemic preventing fans from being in stadia or pubs to watch matches, BT developed a way for friends to watch a match via the app while being able to see each other and chat.The winner of the Innovate 21 competition, which closes on 31 July, will have the opportunity to develop their idea with BT. O’Driscoll says: “I’m looking forward to seeing something new coming in. You never know where the next brilliant innovation will come from.“Who would have thought you could watch a game with some of your pals on a phone? It’s brilliant tech. The ingenuity and innovation of people can flabbergast you.”last_img read more

In Profile: Jerusalem St. George’s Cathedral Dean Hosam Naoum

first_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA [Anglican Communion News Service] The dean of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem, the Very Revd Hosam Naoum, discusses life and ministry in the Holy Land in this interview, which first appeared in the newsletter of the Diocese of Jerusalem.Full article. Middle East, Rector Bath, NC Tags Posted Dec 12, 2016 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit an Event Listing Rector Washington, DC Anglican Communion, Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Belleville, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Martinsville, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Press Release Service The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Press Release Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI People Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In Profile: Jerusalem St. George’s Cathedral Dean Hosam Naoum Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Knoxville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Shreveport, LAlast_img read more

Save your photos on Saturday in Apopka

first_img Please enter your name here We all have old pre-digital photos around the house, right? It is time to check your closet, garage and attic because Saturday is Save Your Photos Day in Apopka!In conjunction with the Museum of the Apopkans, E-Z Photo Scan is holding a Save Your Photos Day event for Apopkans from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on September 24th at the Museum of the Apopkans.Use this link if you are not sure where the museum is located.You can have up to 100 photos (or 35mm slides), scanned for free during the event. You will also learn how to organize and preserve your treasured photos.The Save Your Photos initiative is a public service outreach campaign developed by The Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO) to teach individuals how they can preserve life’s irreplaceable photos, videos and documents, in case of unforeseen accident or disaster. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img TAGSMuseum of the Apopkans Previous articleDrone used to speed Apopka hospital constructionNext articleRedeveloped Errol golf course to be modern, sustainable Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Who are the Photo Organizers?The Photo Organizers are a community of independent business owners who offer a vast knowledge of information on photo creation, organization and management services. The services can range from helping clients organize their varies photo collections to scanning old photos to large projects of cataloging a life’s worth of photos and everything in-between.E-Z Photo Scan, the leading marketer of desktop photo-scanning systems and a proud sponsor of the Save Your Photos Alliance, reminds everyone the 3rd Annual International Save Your Photos Month is September 2016. The month-long celebration of family history and stories offers numerous events to learn how to preserve photos and documents for posterity.“In the three years of annual Save Your Photos activities, nearly 200,000 images have been preserved at these events,” says Richard “Rick“ Lippert, president, E-Z Photo Scan. “From natural disasters to negligence, family photos are being lost to future generations. The Save Your Photos Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness of the problem.”Lippert adds the need to preserve family photos goes beyond simply scanning old photos. Today’s consumers are capturing more personal photos than ever, and these photos also need to be preserved.“InfoTrends estimates 1.2 trillion pictures will be taken worldwide this year,” explains Lippert. “Many families don’t think about preserving those pictures now, for the benefit of families and for future generations. Without a print, it’s important for every family to set aside time to back up and to preserve family photos. That off-the-cuff selfie on your daughter’s iPhone could be a treasured memory in a few years. If that image is not backed up, that’s an irreplaceable loss.” You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

Obama Urged To Take Action on Biodiesel

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter In June 2011, EPA proposed raising the RFS2 volume requirement for biodiesel from 1 billion gallons in 2012 to 1.28 billion gallons in 2013 after rigorous review demonstrating that the requirement is achievable in a sustainable manner. Nonetheless, in December 2011, the Obama Administration announced it was delaying the final 2013 RFS2 volume requirement, arguing the proposal need further review. Nearly six months later, the U.S. biodiesel industry is still waiting on the Obama Administration’s approval. A recent economic analysis by Cardno ENTRIX shows that increasing the biodiesel volumes to 1.28 billion gallons has the potential to add more than 10,000 jobs to the U.S. economy. By Gary Truitt – May 24, 2012 SHARE Obama Urged To Take Action on Biodiesel President Obama visited TPI Composites, a wind manufacturer, in Newton, Iowa on Thursday as he urges Congress to act on the “To Do List,” specifically highlighting the need to invest in clean energy by passing legislation that will extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) to support American jobs and manufacturing in the wind industry alongside an expansion of the 48C Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit that supports American-made clean energy manufacturing. In addition, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) is urging Obama to take action on reducing U.S. foreign oil dependence by announcing his Administration’s approval of the EPA-recommended 1.28 billion gallon biodiesel volume requirement for 2013 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2).In a letter sent to the White House, IRFA reminded President Obama that his visit to a Newton wind blade facility will take him right next door to another renewable energy employer in Newton, the biodiesel plant owned and operated by REG (REG Newton), and encouraged the President to expand the focus of his visit to include specific steps to strengthen the U.S. biodiesel industry.center_img Previous articleAgriculture Included in Latest Indiana Trade MissionNext articleIndiana Dairy and 500 Rookies a Good Fit Gary Truitt by Ann Marie Edwards –Domestic Fuel “Approving the 1.28 billion gallon RFS2 biodiesel volumes for 2013 is one specific action that you can take to promote the continued growth of domestic advanced biofuels production and green jobs without having to wait for Congressional approval,” said IRFA President Brad Albin. “The RFS2 is one of the most effective energy policies in American history, and your Administration can lead the way by showing its support for EPA’s modest proposal at a time when the biodiesel industry is poised for success.” Home Energy Obama Urged To Take Action on Biodiesel Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

COVID-19 Numbers Soar as County Ramps up Testing

first_img Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website According to reports, the federal government is preparing for an 18-month battle against the deadly COVID-19 virus. Meanwhile, cases in the US soared by 40 percent overnight.There are now 8,700 cases in the country. The first case was reported in January.The rise in cases coincides with more reported cases due in part to increased testing.“Kaiser Permanente is administering hundreds of tests per day and will continue to actively work with state and federal public health officials to provide testing for patients who are under investigation for COVID-19. Starting next week,” said Terry Kanakri, spokesperson at the hospital.“Kaiser Permanente in Southern California expects to have the capacity to perform 1,500 tests a day for the novel coronavirus.”There are seven labs operational and so far 1,700 people have been tested. About 13 percent of them have tested positive.Locally, there are only two confirmed cases of the virus, according to the city’s health department.On Thursday, the city and the county issued a new “stay-in-home” order.Under the order, shopping at essential businesses is allowed to continue — including grocery stores and restaurants — so long as all persons practice social distancing to the extent practicable.The order went into effect at midnight and continues through April 19.Gov. Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that more than half the state’s population will catch the virus at some point.“You should assume you are infected and others around you are infected,” said Los Angeles Health Officer Barbara Ferrer.According to CNN, there are less than 100,000 ICU beds, and about 69,000 ventilators in the country, according to a recent analysis by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.In contrast, there are 10 million residents in LA County alone.The Centers for Disease Control is now telling doctors to make their own mask or even tie a bandana around their face.“In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks [e.g., bandana, scarf] for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort,” the CDC said on its website. “However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.”Ironically, just one month ago, health care officials told the general public that masks did not work.“We are seeing limited supplies of testing equipment across the country,” said Dorey Hutson, Huntington Hospital spokesperson. “We are working hard, as are suppliers and the entire health care community, to grow testing capacity. Currently, because of the limited supplies for testing, our policy—which we have developed in coordination with public health authorities—is to test patients who require hospital care, for example patients experiencing a very high fever and shortness of breath.” Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Government COVID-19 Numbers Soar as County Ramps up Testing 231 cases in Los Angeles County as of Thursday, first death reported at Huntington Hospital By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Friday, March 20, 2020 | 6:00 am 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Make a commentcenter_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

Judge reschedules Grace McDonald capital murder trial

first_img WhatsApp Judge reschedules Grace McDonald capital murder trial By admin – May 10, 2018 1 of 2 Twitter Pinterest Previous discussions during a pre-trial hearing for Gabe McDonald on Tuesday between Gabe’s defense attorney Justin Low and Assistant Attorney General Geoff Bar, who is prosecuting both cases, indicated Gabe McDonald’s trial would likely take more than a week, which would leave attorneys less than a week before Grace’s trial was scheduled to begin.Barr said the state shared the same concerns as the defense. Rush said the rescheduled date is still less than a 90-day timeframe from June 25 and said it was a “reasonable request under the circumstances.”Barr and Brand also agreed on a motion filed to disclose grand jury testimony of four witnesses, just as Barr and Low did in Gabe McDonald’s pre-trial hearing Tuesday afternoon. Rush said any information that is turned over that originated in the grand jury shall be protected and strictly limited to this litigation.As far as discovery for the case, Barr and Brand said there haven’t been any issues. Brand said there were several issues raised before Barr took over the case, but they had been fully resolved at that point in time.Barr took over the case for the state after District Attorney Bobby Bland recused his office from prosecuting both siblings’ cases in December. The recusal came after Brand raised issues about not receiving information about his client’s case in a timely manner, which the state is required to do.Barr and Brand both agreed they would not need another pre-trial hearing prior to Grace McDonald’s pretrial, unless any issues arise out of Gabe McDonald’s trial in June.Barr said no plea offers have been made in Grace McDonald’s case, at least not since he took the case over.Rush also asked Brand if they were sticking to the most recent indictment, to which Brand said they do not anticipate any additional challenges beyond what they’ve already made. Asked after the hearing if any of Grace McDonald’s charges would be dropped or changed, Brand said “everything is just proceeding as is.”INCOMPETENCY ISSUES RAISEDCourt records show a new motion was filed Thursday by Gabe McDonald’s attorney that had not been anticipated as of Tuesday, which was supposed to be his final pre-trial hearing. The document filed was a motion to inquire as to the incompetence of Gabe McDonald to stand trial.The motion stated, “defendant does not appear to understand what counsel is trying to tell him, does not understand even where he is.”Low told the court Tuesday his expert witness, a psychologist, initially said Gabe was not competent, but he could become competent.“According to my doctor, he has become competent enough. In other words, he’s learned the system,” Low said Tuesday, adding that he still had reservations, but he was not an expert on the matter and the state’s expert witness had previously determined him to be competent.The motion filed Thursday states the psychologist determined him to be incompetent to stand trial, but Low did not receive the notice with the psychologist’s opinion until after his announcement Tuesday that he was ready for trial.The document also requested a hearing to be set on the competency issue and to appoint an expert to evaluate Gabe McDonald for competency to stand trial. Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Grace McDonald is led through the Ector County Courthouse after her pre-trial hearing Jan. 25 in Judge James Rush’s courtroom. She faces a count of capital murder of multiple persons, conspiracy to commit capital murder and prohibited sexual conduct. Her brother, Gabe McDonald, who is accused of pulling the trigger, faces a single count of capital murder of multiple persons. Facebook Facebook Elizabeth Grace McDonald leaves the Ector County Courthouse today after attending a pretrial hearing. A jury trial for 23-year-old Grace McDonald, who is facing a capital murder charge, was rescheduled after attorneys said Thursday her trial was scheduled too closely to her adoptive brother 19-year-old Gabe McDonald’s trial.The siblings are both charged with capital murder of multiple persons in connection to the shooting death of their parents, Gregg and Jana McDonald, on March 2, 2016, in their Conley Avenue home. Gabe McDonald is accused of pulling the trigger. His sister, who is accused of having sex with him, was also charged with criminal conspiracy and prohibited sexual conduct.Gabe McDonald’s trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 11 in District Judge James Rush’s courtroom. Grace McDonald’s was previously set for June 25, but after concerns expressed by both prosecution and defense attorneys that there would not be adequate time between the two cases, Rush approved the requested September date.Steven Brand, defense attorney for Grace McDonald, said the court reporter would have to have all of the witness’ testimony and transcripts ready and attorneys for both the state and defense would need time to review those to be fully prepared for the trial. Local NewsCrime Previous articleCOLLEGE BASEBALL: Odessa College begin play at Region V tourneyNext articleHIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Bronchos renew acquaintances with Eagles in area round of playoffs adminlast_img read more

John Lindsley, Mitel Senior Vice President of Americas Channels, Recognized as 2021 CRN® Channel…

first_img Facebook Facebook Local News Twitter WhatsApp Twitter TAGS Pinterestcenter_img Previous articleRonsiek scores 27, Creighton tops No. 19 DePaul women 83-72Next article“Aman Residences, Tóquio” e a nova marca de hotel “Janu Tokyo” destacam projeto de redesenvolvimento urbano em Toranomon-Azabudai Digital AIM Web Support John Lindsley, Senior Vice President Americas Region, Mitel WhatsApp John Lindsley, Mitel Senior Vice President of Americas Channels, Recognized as 2021 CRN® Channel Chief By Digital AIM Web Support – March 19, 2021 Pinterestlast_img read more

Here are 2020’s most active architects

first_imgEmail Address* Tags2020 in ReviewArchitecture and DesignCommercial Real Estate Marvel’s Jonathan Marvel and Dattner’s Kirsten SibiliaIn the early weeks of 2020, architect Jonathan Marvel saw a steady stream of multifamily and public works jobs come across his desk.“And then everything came to a screeching halt,” he said.Marvel’s eponymous firm wasn’t alone. Design work dried up during the height of the pandemic as many construction sites shut down and financing became scarce.Still, once construction work was permitted to resume in New York, many firms saw business pick back up. The Real Deal compiled a list of the most active architecture firms of 2020, based on the square footage of ground-up projects.For the purposes of this ranking, TRD went by the architect of record listed on new building permit applications filed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 4 with the city’s Department of Buildings. The list includes several firms that have repeatedly ranked among the most active companies over the last several years, although a few newcomers also cracked the top 10 this year.1. Marvel | 11 projects | 2.1 million square feetMarvel, which didn’t make last year’s list but ranked third in 2018, saw activity pick back up in the second and third quarters.“Our steady, long-term clients stuck with us, and I’m very grateful for that,” Jonathan Marvel said. “I think there’s a glimmer of light coming across for 2021.”The firm recently rebranded as Marvel — no “Architects” — to underscore that its work goes beyond building design and other disciplines, including landscape architecture and urban planning.In May, the firm filed a permit application for the third phase of Rockaway Village, a residential complex in Far Rockaway. The latest phase includes three buildings at 20-12 and 21-02 Mott Avenue and 17-21 Redfern Avenue, with a total of 538 apartments. The three buildings are expected to collectively span 634,000 square feet, making the project Marvel’s largest new building filing of the year.It’s expected to break ground in early January. The five-phase project, which will ultimately include 1,700 affordable apartments, is being developed by Phipps Houses.2. Dattner Architects | 12 projects | 1.98 million square feetLike Marvel, Dattner also didn’t rank among the top companies last year, but came in seventh in 2018.“We feel like we were really lucky that we came into the pandemic with a healthy backlog,” said Kirsten Sibilia, the firm’s managing principal. “The schedule on projects has changed in many cases. Projects have slowed down, but there is a shared commitment to deliver the affordable housing that is needed.”Much of Dattner’s portfolio consists of affordable housing projects throughout the city. Its largest new filing this year was for a 585,000-square-foot residential tower at 700 Atlantic Avenue in Prospect Heights. The building, which is being developed by Greenland Forest City Partners, is expected to include nearly 700 apartments and more than 4,300 square feet of commercial space. It’s part of the 22-acre Pacific Park site, a massive development that has faced a series of delays since it was first announced in 2003. The developer filed plans for the tower in May.3. Hill West Architects | 6 projects | 1.1 million square feetJust as last year, Hill West was the architect of record on six new development projects that collectively spanned just over 1 million square feet. This year, however, the firm jumped up three spots compared to 2019, when it ranked sixth.In October, a permit application was filed for a 566,000-square-foot mixed-use building at 355 Exterior Street in Mott Haven, in the Bronx. The project, which is Hill West’s largest ground-up project this year, will have more than 555,000 square feet of residential space and more than 10,000 square feet set aside for commercial use.4. SLCE Architects | 4 projects | 848,972 square feetIn 2018, SLCE was the city’s most active architecture firm in terms of new development. Last year, the firm dropped down to fourth place, a position it held this year.SLCE’s largest project this year was a 47-story mixed-use tower planned for 98 DeKalb Avenue, on the border of Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene. The development is expected to span a little more than 418,000 square feet with 609 apartments and retail on the first floor.The firm is also serving as architect of record on a pair of apartment buildings in Long Island City at 55-01 Second Street and at 2-10 54th Street that will span 1.43 million square feet. This project, along with another at 43-14 Queens Street that will span 770,000 square feet, were not included in this analysis, since they were filed after TRD’s data pull.5. BL Companies | 1 project | 770,822 square feetSometimes one is all it takes. Such was the case for BL Companies, which is listed as the architect of record on a single new building permit filed this year.The project, a nearly 771,000-square-foot warehouse planned for 55-15 Grand Avenue in Maspeth, is the future home of Amazon, which signed a lease for the under-construction space in June. RXR Realty and partner LBA Logistics bought the site in 2018 for $72 million.BL Companies got its start in 1986, first as a small transportation planning and civil engineering firm. The company, now headquartered in Connecticut, has since grown into an architecture, engineering and land surveying firm.6. Handel Architects | 2 projects | 613,882 square feetIn mid-April, a permit application was filed for a 320,000-square-foot, mixed-use building at 35 Commercial Street in Greenpoint, which will feature 374 apartments. Park Tower Group is developing the project, which is part of the 11-building Greenpoint Landing complex. The firm, which is based in the Financial District, is also working on a nearly 300,000-square-foot mixed-use building at 312 West 43rd Street.7. Aufgang Architects | 6 projects | 613,849 square feetAufgang’s two largest projects this year are part of the Peninsula Hospital redevelopment, an 11-building complex in Far Rockaway developed by the Arker Companies. This year, plans were filed for 5119 and 5123 Beach Channel Drive, mixed-use buildings that will respectively span 220,500 and 161,800 square feet. The two buildings will have a total of 451 apartments.8. GF55 Partners | 4 projects | 595,047 square feetGF55 has been active in the outer boroughs, with projects located in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island. The firm’s largest new project was a 208,000-square-foot residential building at 475 Bay Street in Staten Island. BFC Partners, the company behind Empire Outlets, is developing the project. The firm’s second-biggest project was a 184,000-square-foot, mixed-use building at 1016 Fox Street in the Foxhurst section of the Bronx. The building is being developed by the Atlantic Development Group.9. J Frankl Architects | 5 projects | 594,470 square feetBrooklyn-based J. Frankl largely focuses on residential, mixed-use projects. The firm was founded in 2010 by Joseph Frankl, who set out to form a mid-sized company.“The larger firms, there is a lot of bureaucracy,” he said.The firm is new to TRD’s annual ranking of the most active architects. Its largest project was a 172,000-square-foot residential building at 26-25 Fourth Street in Astoria. The firm is also designing a 131,000-square-foot, mixed-use building for developer Solomon Feder at 1640 Flatbush Avenue in Midwood. That project is expected to include 171 apartments.10. Arquitectonica | 2 projects | 538,141 square feetMiami-based Arquitectonica rounded out this year’s ranking, marking the first time since 2015 that the firm has made the cut. The company’s largest project of 2020 was a 300,000-square-foot mixed-use building at 145 Wolcott Street in Red Hook. Draw Brooklyn is developing the project.Contact Kathryn Brenzel Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Full Name* Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Gunstones back to business as normal

Union leaders have confirmed that a settlement has been reached in a pay dispute at Gunstones Bakery in Sheffield.This follows 48-strikes in June and July which saw bakery workers on the picket line outside the Gunstones site, which supplies Marks & Spencer.Regional secretary John Higgins from the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union told British Baker that a settlement was reached in the dispute last month. A one-off payment had been made to staff he said, and a 2% payrise awarded.He commented: “Everything is back to normal now, and it’s all going OK.”The Union is completing negotiations with Gunstones’ owner 2 Sisters Food Group over its £38m plans to rebuild its Pennine Foods factory in Sheffield, he added.The BFAWU, which has more than 500 members at the Pennine Foods site, has been negotiating over terms and conditions and shift patterns.The site, which makes ready meals for M&S, is set to be completely rebuilt quarter by quarter, in a project which is set to start this year and complete in 2017. read more

weCU2 uncovers the key to merging millennials with your credit union

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Mike LawsonSpoken from the vocal chords of a true, self-proclaimed Millennial, we discovered the key that unlocks the elusive mystery for credit unions to attract and retain this all-important, younger demographic for future success. We received this valuable advice gem from weCU2’s Sarah Timmins and Victor Corro (roll your Rs, please), as they explained their new, Millennial credit union venture that has partnered with WOCCU — making it a truly international effort.Sarah and Victor describe weCU2 as a “digital coffee house” loaded with videos, blog posts, life advice, and other related content for young members and consumers to collaborate and share with each other that ultimately spreads the word about credit unions. In addition, we spoke about weCUs’s relationship with WOCCU, how the organization benefits credit unions, and its upcoming goals. Check it out and help support weCU2 in its efforts to foster our industry’s “member succession plan.”Visit:weCU2.org continue reading »last_img read more