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HomeLister property-selling platform raises $4.5M in seed funding

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsProptechSanta Monica Share via Shortlinkcenter_img HomeLister CEO and Co-Founder Lindsay McLean (LinkedIn)HomeLister, the Santa Monica-based property-selling platform that says it replaces the agent, has raised $4.5 million in seed funding.Venture capital firms MetaProp and Homebrew led the round, which was announced this week, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal.HomeLister says it will guide users through the process, from listing a property, to showing to closing a sale, according to its website.HomeLister charges users a flat fee between $599 and $2,699 depending on the number of services the user chooses.The money raised will go toward a redesign of the HomeLister website and marketing. The company was founded in 2015, and operates in 13 states — including New York, Florida and California — and Washington, D.C.MetaProp was one of the first proptech-focused VC funds to come on the scene and it is one of the most active funds in the space. The firm has been slow to attract investors to a $100 million fund started last year. As of July, it had only raised about half of that sum.But proptech remains a focus of real estate investors. A number of industry firms backed by Softbank could be headed for initial public offerings in the near future.Investors Joseph Beck and Thomas Hennessy are readying to take home-services startup Porch.com public through their first blank-check company and are already working on their second SPAC fund — a $175 million vehicle eyeing an established proptech firm.[LABJ] — Dennis Lynchlast_img read more

Government is not reaching its housebuilding targets

first_imgThe Government’s target of building 1 million new homes over this is unlikely to be met. Less than 460,000 homes were built between 2011 and 2014, according to figures from the National Housing Federation, despite forecasts that 974,000 new homes were needed.This contributed to the significant shortfall or residential properties across the country, prompting the Government to increase its housebuilding target to 1 million by 2020, including more Starter Homes and shared ownership properties.However, despite efforts by the Government to encourage more housebuilding, the latest PMI data for the manufacturing industry shows that the residential housing sector in Q1 2016 actually recorded the weakest pace of growth since January 2013.Tim Moore, Senior Economist at Markit, said, “Residential building has seen the greatest loss of momentum through the first quarter of 2016, which is a surprising reversal of fortunes given strong market fundamentals and its clear outperformance over the past three years.”Last week, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Home Builders Federation (HBF) announced a major new partnership to help tackle the housing skill needs in the construction industry by creating long-term skills solutions to meet the Government’s target of 1 million new homes by 2020.Over 45,000 new homebuilding workers will be trained by 2019 to help tackle the nation’s housing shortage through the Home Building Skills Partnership – a £2.7 million training initiative designed to help boost the supply of new build homes.The new partnership between CITB and HBF will support over 3,500 construction businesses and, by 2019, train 45,000 new entrants and 1,000 experienced workers with new homebuilding training qualifications.Stewart Baseley (left), Executive Chairman at HBF, commented, “The industry has delivered huge increases in supply over the past couple of years. To enable us to continue increasing output, such that we can deliver the high quality new homes the country needs, it is absolutely crucial we build up industry capacity.“To allow us to do it is essential we have a clear focus on delivering the training the industry needs. The partnership will enable us to develop targeted training that meets the specific needs of our industry in a structured way so we can grow steadily and sustainably.”land and new homes Government housebuilding targets housebuilding targets shortfall of residential properties new homes 2016-04-08The Negotiator Related articles Calls for ‘green belt’ to be explained to public29th April 2021 Young entrepreneur launches UK’s first ‘modern’ land buying and selling portal15th April 2021 Retail and pub re-openings sparked newbuild sales homes surge yesterday13th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Home » News » Land & New Homes » Government is not reaching its housebuilding targets Government is not reaching its housebuilding targets8th April 20160558 Viewslast_img read more

US, French Navies Learn to Operate Together

first_img View post tag: Defence View post tag: French US, French Navies Learn to Operate Together View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today US, French Navies Learn to Operate Together View post tag: Operate View post tag: Defense Training & Education View post tag: Navy January 6, 2014 View post tag: learn View post tag: Navies View post tag: usa View post tag: Naval US, FRENCH SHIPS IN FORMATIONThe US and French navies engaged in a joint training in the waters of the Gulf of Oman, the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) on Dec. 29 in order to strengthen interoperability.The two task groups, comprising Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) and the French navy’s Task Force 473, conducted combined maritime security operations, live-fire gunnery exercises along with visit, board, search and seizure training, deck-landing qualifications, underway replenishments, combat search and rescue training and air defense exercises. The training included exchanging of visits and touring each other’s ships.“This mission is a decisive opportunity to share knowledge and build upon our friendship in order to be able to successfully handle future contingencies together,” said Capt. Pierre Vandier, commanding officer, FS Charles de Gaulle.According to Rear Adm. Eric Chaperon, commander of Task Force 473, the mission was a big challenge.“France and the USA have been partners for a longtime, but with this new and rare opportunity to integrate two CSGs, our cooperation is becoming ever closer,” he said.HST CSG is made up of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and guided-missile destroyers USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Carney (DDG 64), USS Hopper (DDG 70) and USS Mason (DDG 87). The French task force comprises of aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91), replenishment oiler FS Meuse (A 607) and destroyers FS Forbin (D 620) and FS Jean de Vienne (D 643).[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 6, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: together Share this articlelast_img read more

Martin Z. Mollusk Sees Shadow: Summer’s on the Way

first_imgDr. Frankenstein inspects Martin Z. Mollusk before he sees his shadow on Thursday, May 7, in Ocean City, NJ.The sun burned briefly through a morning fog in Ocean City on Thursday, and Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot, Martin Z. Mollusk, saw his shadow.As local legend has it, that means summer comes a week early to Ocean City, NJ.The presence of the sun does not actually matter on Martin Z. Mollusk Day in Ocean City. With artificial light and some creative squinting always fair game, Martin has seen his shadow in all but one of the past 40+ years of the event.And that’s all right with the folks who by early May are tired of winter and windy wet spring weather.The event is unapologetically campy and features a procession with the Ocean City High School playing “Pomp and Circumstance,” Dr. Frankenstein and Nurse Perfect inspecting the hermit crab, Shelley the Mermaid (aka Suzanne Muldowney) singing a Martin-esque version of “Some Enchanted Morning,” the “World’s Only Wind Chimes Band” and even a somewhat incontinent llama overseeing the proceedings.For the record, the forecast does call for some summer-like weather over the next few days with highs in the high 60s and low 70s.last_img read more

Cape May County Zoo to Reopen

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEFor three months, the Cape May County Zoo animals have had no guests, no time in the public eye to showcase what makes them special, and no time for families to view the different species and find out what defines them and makes their existence so important to the world.A team of zookeepers and two veterinarians have continued to care for the 500 animals throughout the COVID-19 restrictions, all the while working in split shifts and spending hours making sure the animals got the optimum amount of stimulation and attention many were accustomed to before many public places were temporarily closed due to safety precautions.On Thursday, Cape May County government announced the reopening of the Cape May County Zoo. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, with new safety precautions in place to keep visitors, staff and the animals safe, the entrance to the zoo will open once again.“We have these animals here for the public to make a connection with them and to hopefully realize they are worth saving and conserving. That is our mission and we are finally able to get back to that,” Associate Veterinarian Dr. Alex Ernst said in a Thursday phone interview.“Coronavirus is a very valuable lesson for all of us. Wildlife, endangered animals, were exploited in another country, and the virus made the jump to humans. Endangered species are all over the planet. Many of them are here in Cape May County. We have to maintain these animals,” Ernst added.Zoo animals have been receiving top care from the staffers during the facility’s closure for the coronavirus pandemic.Ernst noted that the zoo staff was fantastic during the zoo’s closure and said they have a true dedication for taking care of the animals.At all times, the staff has been wearing, and will continue to wear, the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), he said.He pointed out that during the closure, it was difficult for him and the staff.“To say it has been challenging is an understatement. But we weren’t in this alone. The entire country went through a trying time,” Ernst said. “Our team here at the zoo has a love and obligation to these animals and we showed up every day.”The veterinarian said he can’t wait until the weekend.“The zoo is ready. The animals are ready for visitors and we are excited,” Ernst said. “We hope when people come back, they appreciate the zoo even more. It will be quite a moment when we get to open the gates again.”In April, the zoo brought “Virtual Zoo School” to the public, giving families a view of the adventures and lessons of the animals into homes with a click on the zoo website www.cmczoo.com. Families were able to view daily “episodes” featuring zookeepers and other staff feeding the animals and describing the special qualities of each type of animal.While “Virtual Zoo School” kept the public engaged, it just is not the same as when people visit in person, Cape May County Freeholder E. Marie Hayes, liaison to the zoo, explained Thursday.“Our guests have been waiting for the day that we could reopen the zoo. The staff has done a wonderful job in the time we have been closed caring for the animals and creating dozens of virtual zoo videos for schools,” Hayes said. “But there is no substitute for the real thing. People will now be able to go back to our zoo this weekend.”Hayes reiterated Ernst’s words about the dedicated staff.“It is not a job to them. They love those animals. They love having people come to the park and zoo,” she said. “The animals are their family. Our two veterinarians never missed a beat. The park and zoo, in Cape May County and in the state, is a gem.”Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton said it is “a proud day to say that we are reopening the Cape May County Zoo.” In addition to the zoo reopening, the Tree to Tree Adventure Park — an aerial adventure and zip line will also reopen. “I was talking daily with the governor’s office and Freeholder Hayes on this issue. I want to commend Freeholder Hayes, who was a strong voice in reopening the zoo, and the entire zoo staff, for the hard work they have put into getting reopened and the plans put in place to keep everyone safe,” Thornton said.Some of the safety measures being put in place now include asking every guest over two years old to wear a mask when visiting the zoo. This is for the protection of both the guests and animals, as some of the species are known to be the susceptible to the virus. Guests are asked to maintain social distancing from other groups and families when visiting. A one-way directional flow throughout the zoo has been set up to reduce the amount of interactions between guests where possible. Capacity of the zoo will be watched closely to ensure it doesn’t get overcrowded with guests. Also, the Aviary and Reptile House will remain closed at this time. The zoo is free to the public but relies heavily on donations. For more information or to make a donation to the zoo visit www.cmczoo.com.(Image courtesy Cape May County government) Safety steps will protect both the zoo’s visitors and the animals.last_img read more

Virtual Realities

first_imgBettys of Harrogate.Mail order has become Bettys of Harrogate’s “seventh branch”, says Janet Welby-Jenkins, who manages the celebrated bakery’s website. Bettys’ website has been running for nine years but was upgraded for online retailing three years ago. Internet ordering via the Bettys By Post mail ordering operation has grown noticeably since then, according to Ms Welby-Jenkins. “It’s a good proportion of Bettys By Post’s sales,” she says.Word of mouth and repeat custom have helped build a solid customer base. “Customers come into our branches, pick up a printed brochure and then go online,” she says. “We have been lucky enough that people know who we are and will search us out.”Not all products sold through a Bettys branch – such as cream cakes – are suitable for selling online, but the mail order range remains sizeable. “We have selected from our range those things that post well and have a slightly longer shelf-life,” says Ms Welby-Jenkins.So what are the most important things to get right about e-commerce? “We like to be as approachable as we possibly can,” she says. “We are a voice on the end of the phone, if a customer is concerned about when they will receive their cakes.“We’re still learning little things about what works and what doesn’t,” she continues. “For instance, if you deliver a cake and somebody’s not in, should you leave it on the doorstep? One of the challenges is to make sure that anything we send out will be fresh when it arrives and doesn’t break in the post.”UPS is used to deliver parcels because orders are fully traceable in the event of any problems. There is also a ‘Fresh from the Oven’ section on the website for products baked specially to order, which are sent via first class delivery in the UK. A review of the entire website is planned this summer.www.bettysbypost.co.ukThe Village Bakery (Melmerby).The Village Bakery, which makes organic breads, cakes, bars, biscuits and gluten-free products, is looking to promote mail order online and to supply more independent retailers via its UK-wide, next-day delivery service. And if a supermarket buyer chances upon the site, that is a bonus.“We have invested £10,000 over two websites,” says MD Michael Bell. “You only need one or two hits from a major retailer to make it worthwhile.” People who have traditionally used mail order are converting to internet shopping, adds Mr Bell. Mail order accounts for a “not insignificant” proportion of The Village Bakery’s business – the size of a small shop’s takings. “But we don’t have the overheads of a small shop,” he adds.Hard-to-find niche products are ideally suited to online retailing and a search for ‘gluten-free bakery’ will come back with The Village Bakery near the top.“We are selling the kind of products that people search the web for – special diet products,” explains Mr Bell. “If you’ve got a food allergy, you’re choosing to avoid eating something or you’re looking for organic goods, the internet is likely to be your first port of call.”Charges are under review. Currently, consumers are encouraged towards multiple purchases with a flat rate delivery (£5.95 UK, £11 off shore). Meanwhile, a good web page can also be used as a business tool to talk prospective customers through your products – whether business-to-business or consumer, says Mr Bell. www.village-bakery.comwww.ok-foods.co.ukThe Breadshop.The logistics and cost of delivery can make or break the success of an online operation, The Breadshop in London has discovered. The firm has three shops, in Chiswick, Brent Cross Shopping Centre and St Johns Wood, and supplies Harrods and Selfridges. But a gamble in January to sell bread online has not paid off, says French baker and owner Jonathan Cohen.The cost to hire a web design consultancy was £2,500, but the investment has not proved worthwhile, he says, and initial uptake has been disappointing. “A lot of people might be interested, see the delivery cost and think twice,” says Mr Cohen.Managing online ordering is “a pain”, he adds. “You need to spend time looking out for the orders coming through your emails, then you need to put the orders together and ship them – it’s hard work. Unless you really want to make a business out of it, it’s not worth the effort.”The Breadshop’s range includes wheat-free spelt loaves, rolls and croissants, as well as wholemeal and rustic breads. The loaves sell for between £2.15 to £2.50 online. The payment system is Paypal – a method familiar to millions of users of online auctioneers eBay. Orders are taken Monday to Thursday and must be completed by 2pm, and are then baked fresh by 5pm for next-day delivery.But the cost of using Royal Mail appears to have put off shoppers. A minimum charge of £6.95 per delivery with an order of around £30 worth of bread costing £19 in postage charges means you must either have deep pockets or be desperately short of local bakeries to make a purchase.Despite the difficulties, Mr Cohen says he is unlikely to shelve the internet project. “It doesn’t cost to keep the online delivery side of things going,” he reasons. www.breadshop.co.ukThe Simply Delicious Fruit Cake CompanyThis small Shropshire-based company, which employs five people, has been trading for two and a half years. Since offering online ordering two years ago, some 20% of its sales now comes from the internet while the rest are wholesale. It makes a range of 11 cakes with free-range eggs and up to a 12-month shelf-life, with seasonal varieties, as well as mini versions of all its cakes. “The internet will never be the main part of our business but it’s a growing part,” says joint-owner Millie Hunter. Keeping the design fresh and appealing is crucial as websites can date quickly, she says. The firm is now revamping the website, improving the design and photography.“Whereas it looked great just two years ago, you take a fresh look at it and suddenly it looks rather dated. Good photographs are important and the design has to be easy to follow.” An important factor to consider, adds Ms Hunter, is that many people buying a cake might be new to internet shopping and looking for a safe, secure way into purchasing online.“People buying a cake online are not necessarily computer literate. It’s a small purchase and they just want peace of mind,” she says. People typically purchase between one and 20 cakes online rather than large bulk orders, although trade enquiries have been drawn in on the strength of the website, she believes. Delivery for purchases up to £10 is £3.50; up to £16.50 costs £5.50; and anything over that costs £6.85 per order. Marketing is limited to occasional spend on Google-sponsored links, though the main avenue for promoting the business has been via consumer fairs and write-ups in magazines. www.simplydeliciouscakes.co.ukMeg Rivers“More and more customers are finding us through the website,” says Julian Day, owner of Cotswolds-based bakery Meg Rivers, which re-launched its cakes mail order website last summer at a cost of around £5,000. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a tiny little enterprise in a former barn in Warwickshire like we are, the world is your market.“I put as much money as I could afford into the website from the outset,” he continues. “Mail order cake websites are often fairly basic, but customers frequently say they found ours to be way ahead of the others in terms of quality. A good site makes them feel assured that the cakes are going to be quality too.”Meg Rivers, which employs six people, makes traditional cakes selling for between £9.95 and £19.95 for eight- and 16-portion sizes respectively. It also sells biscuits, flapjacks and gift packs. Nearly all of its trade is direct to the consumer through mail order and via its website, which has been live for four years – a handful of cafés and restaurants make up the rest. Traditionally the company sent out brochures, but existing mail order customers are now finding it convenient to use the website.By targeting the gift market, Mr Day reasons that the relatively high postage cost for the company’s cakes compares well with, for example, florists who deliver. “We’re selling a cake for £10 with £5 for delivery – that might seem quite expensive, but not if you’re sending a gift.”To make a go of e-retailing you should not cut corners, he stresses, and getting the site developed professionally will pay off. “We sell at the top end of the market and we need to get that across,” he explains. “Our site looks smart and contemporary, but it’s also quick and simple to navigate.” Employing “young, switched-on people” to create your site can help, he adds. But he warns: “You could very easily spend a lot of money and in a couple of years your site’s a museum piece.”www.megrivers.comTraditional OatcakesEven a relatively unsophisticated website can draw in new customers, if you have a suitably niche product, as Traditional Oatcakes from Stoke-on-Trent has discovered. Two months ago the one-shop bakery successfully launched a Staffordshire Oatcakes home-baking mix online.Since a local newspaper picked up the story the reaction has been phenomenal, says owner Chris Bates. Its local recipe mix now ships to Australia, New Zealand, Spain, America, South Africa and even the Falkland Islands. “We were getting emails from ex-Potteries people who had moved to different parts of the world, saying they missed oatcakes,” says Mr Bates. “There are various companies manufacturing and vacuum-packing them, but they’re never quite the same as the real thing. We thought, let’s modify our own oatcake mix slightly so people can make them at home.”The product is now on sale through gift shops and tourist attractions in presentation boxes; the next step would be to attract wholesalers. Mr Bates says: “We would like to expand on that side before we develop the website further.”www.staffordshireoatcakes.comlast_img read more

The jazz orchestra, brick by brick

first_imgJazz legend Wynton Marsalis and his virtuoso Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra treated a Sanders Theatre audience to a three-hour master class Thursday evening that re-created a pivotal quarter century of jazz innovation against the backdrop of American history.His combination lecture and performance, “Setting the Communal Table: The Evolution of the Jazz Orchestra,” centered on jazz’s exploding popularity from the 1920s to the early ’40s. It was the penultimate in a six lecture-performance series by Marsalis sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, with the goal of fostering “a conversation about the arts on campus,” according to Harvard President Drew Faust, who attended the event.A nine-time Grammy Award-winner and the first jazz musician to win a Pulitzer Prize for music, the New Orleans-born trumpeter and composer showed his skills as a teacher, not just of the music but of its social and historical underpinnings. Marsalis said that “the jazz ensemble reflected America itself,” both the good and bad, working together, allowing for group harmony while making space for individual brilliance, but also capable of having “intractable divisions,” and carrying a history of racial segregation.Marsalis explained how a song was arranged, asking his instrumentalists to perform snippets, and then layering those atop each other to build the larger musical composition. He took the audience under the hood of great jazz to explain how its powerful engine was built.Prohibition, explained Marsalis, accelerated the craze for jazz, which “was happy to serve its traditional function of being grease for a good time.” He proudly described the central role of his home city, always a melting pot of cultures, in shaping the music. Early ’20s jazz, when performed by segregated white bands, was mostly “genteel dance music” that “only occasionally allowed musicians to let loose” with solo virtuosity, he said. New Orleans’ Jelly Roll Morton would change all that, with innovations such as “a rhythm section that really grooved,” as well as “solo spaces that were passed around” to instrumentalists, creating a free-flowing ensemble style. Morton promoted the sonic polyphony that made New Orleans famous, said Marsalis: “It sounds like noise, but it sounds great.”Marsalis broke down the ensemble performance of Morton’s “Black Bottom Stomp,” explaining how the polyphony was built with trumpet and trombone at the sonic forefront and clarinet underneath. Under the aegis of Morton and great instrumentalists such as trumpeter Louis Armstrong, solo virtuosity became a major component of ensemble jazz performance, said Marsalis. As his band played, Marsalis often leaned casually on the piano, sometimes chatting with pianist Dan Nimmer or having a chuckle with band members such as saxophonist Sherman Irby, then punctuating song endings with a satisfied “mmmm!”Marsalis said the jazz ensemble reached its pinnacle with the arrival of Duke Ellington in the late ’20s. Ellington developed his arrangements and compositions “to accommodate the skills of the great soloists” in his band, such as trumpeter Cootie Williams and clarinetist Barney Bigard. Indeed, Marsalis played his trumpet for the first time when his band performed Ellington’s brilliant “Old Man Blues.” Former Duke Ellington Orchestra saxophonist Joe Temperley played right along with Marsalis and the ensemble. Great soloists of the era, noted Marsalis, pushed each other. “The musicians were interested in each other and each other’s virtuosity,” he said, and the music adapted to accommodate their genius.One of the evening’s highlights was the orchestra’s foot-stomping, pulsating performance of the Count Basie Orchestra’s signature song, “One O’Clock Jump.” Marsalis’ ensemble was precise and perfectly coordinated, but also performing with a joyful expressiveness and swinging abandon, especially during instrumental solos that left many saying “mmmm!”Marsalis detailed how segregation contaminated jazz, and how white jazz legend Benny Goodman courted ostracism when he began performing with African-American musicians in the late ’30s. But, as Marsalis deadpanned to audience laughter, “the nation somehow survived” white and African-American musicians swinging together. Marsalis explained the music’s inclusive philosophy as “come together, be together, stay together.”Improvising both musically and verbally, when he tripped over pronunciation of a word, he simply repeated it slowly, then invoked fellow trumpet legend Miles Davis, who said, “I don’t know if a note is wrong until I play the next one.” Throughout, the orchestra remained tight as the proverbial drum, performing with ensemble and individual virtuosity that earned multiple standing ovations.Marsalis closed by describing jazz as an inclusive music for people “who feel it so deeply that they can’t help but share it,” saying that jazz creates a community of musicians who create communities of those who appreciate it.That feeling of artistic community, expertly nurtured by Marsalis and his orchestra, was abundantly on display in the rollicking, music-filled theater. When Marsalis explained that jazz ensembles create “a great range of expressive possibilities,” he also described the evening.last_img read more

Colombia and Brazil Hold Joint Exercises against Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo July 09, 2009 Bogotá, July 6 (EFE).- Today the Colombian and Brazilian air forces began simulation exercises to intercept aircrafts used for drug trafficking in towns located along their common border, official sources announced. The joint exercise “Colbra III” will take place through July 10 in the border cities of Leticia (Colombia) and San Gabriel de Cachoeira (Brazil). According to a statement issued by the Colombian presidency, this exercise is “a continuation of the program of exercises planned since 2005.” These simulations include interdiction operations against planes and other small aircraft used by drug gangs to transport narcotics, especially cocaine. Colombia and Brazil share a 1,644-kilometer-long border in the Amazonia, which is a poorly-accessible region taken advantage of by organizations dedicated to drug, chemical and weapons trafficking. This exercise follows a similar activity that took place on July 4 with Peru, named “Percol II.” The Colombian-Brazilian exercises were announced at the end of April and, according to the Colombian Air Force (FAC), are aimed at closing down this route for drug-trafficking flights. In March Colombia and Brazil agreed to strengthen patrol activities of their shared frontier by monitoring border airspace from their respective territories. The Colombian Minister of Defense at that time, Juan Manuel Santos, specified that radar installations and satellites would be part of the development of this initiative.last_img read more

Brazilian Navy Inaugurates Vila Branca for the 5th Military World Games

first_img In Campo Grande, Rio de Janeiro, on July 5th, the Brazilian Navy inaugurated the Guandu do Sapê Naval Village, known as Vila Branca, which will host delegations participating in the 5th Military World Games. The Peace Games, as they have been named, will take place between July 16th and 24th. The inauguration ceremony was presided over by the commandant of the Navy, Adm. Julio Soares de Moura Neto, and was attended by members of the Admiralty, admirals, and various military commanders, in addition to civilian authorities and representatives of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) and the athletic federations and confederations with links to the Games. The commandant-general of the Marine Corps, Marine Adm. Marco Antonio Corrêa Guimarães, the Brazilian Navy’s coordinator for the 5th Military World Games, stated that the construction of Vila Branca shows the effort and dedication of all the civilians and military personnel who worked hard to meet deadlines and targets, thereby elevating the reputation of Brazil and the Brazilian Navy. CISM president Col. Hamad Kalkaba Malboum was unable to be present at the ceremony, but he sent a message that was read during the event. He highlighted the fact that “this is the first time that CISM will have facilities built specifically for one of its championships or World Games.” With a built area of 65,982.28 square meters, Vila Branca is made up of twenty-two three-story blocks and has 476 parking spaces. The 396 apartments, nearly 112 square meters each, have three bedrooms, a balcony, and maid’s quarters. Each unit will be able to host up to eight athletes in complete comfort during the games. According to Admiral Moura Neto, the facilities will serve in the future as residences for Brazilian Navy personnel. By Dialogo July 08, 2011last_img read more

Cops: Dead Chickens Had Organs Pulled Out

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County Police Seventh Squad detectives are investigating the grim discovery of several dead chickens that appeared to have had their internal organs gutted, police said.A passerby came upon the disturbing scene at the Massapequa Preserve Friday afternoon, police said. The passerby reported finding an injured chicken and several deceased chickens “that appeared to have been cut open, dissected” and had their internal organs pulled out, police said in a news release.Also discovered was a ritual-type setting involving candles and a yellow bandana that was nailed to a tree, police said.Town of Oyster Bay Animal Control removed the injured chicken from the scene, police said.Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.Nassau County SPCA is offering a $2,500 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible, the organization announced.last_img read more