39 locations of fires, explosions after suspected gas leak in Massachusetts

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Firefighters in Massachusetts are battling dozens of fires believed to have been caused by gas explosions.The Massachusetts State Police Watch Center has responded to 39 different addresses spread across dozens of block in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover — in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley, the department wrote on Twitter.Evacuations are taking place in multiple neighborhoods where residents have smelled gas, according to state police.Authorities also warned residents in the area who are served by Columbia Gas to “evacuate their homes immediately,” as gas lines are currently being depressurized by the company.Aerial footage taken by ABC Boston affiliate WCVB-TV showed firefighters battling flames in a residential neighborhood that sent thick plumes of smoke into the air.Residents in Andover were evacuated to a local senior center, while residents in North Andover were directed to a nearby middle school.The Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office told WCVB-TV that it sent investigators to the area to respond to a high-pressure gas line issue affecting homes nearby.Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera told WCVB-TV that the incidents are believed to have stemmed from a rise in gas pressure.Additional information was not immediately available.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Jadestone Energy revises Maari acquisition long stop date

first_img Jadestone Energy revises Maari acquisition long stop date. (Credit: D Thory from Pixabay) Jadestone Energy Inc. (AIM:JSE) (“Jadestone”, or the “Company”), an independent oil and gas production company focused on the Asia Pacific region, has agreed with OMV New Zealand Limited (“OMV”) to amend the long stop date for the Company’s acquisition of a 69% interest in the Maari Project, shallow water offshore New Zealand (the “Acquisition”).The parties have made substantial progress toward satisfying the Acquisition’s closing conditions, including obtaining the majority of third party consents.  As a precautionary measure in acknowledgement of the remaining closing condition, being final New Zealand Government regulatory approval, and amidst the New Zealand 2020 general election, the Company and OMV have agreed to revise the long stop date from November 15, 2020 to January 31, 2021.  Both parties remain fully committed to the transaction and the Company continues to anticipate closing the Acquisition by the end of 2020.Jadestone intends to establish New Zealand as an extension to its Australia core area, and sees the Maari Project as a natural fit with its strategy to acquire and reinvest into mid-life producing assets. Source: Company Press Release The Company continues to anticipate closing the Acquisition by the end of 2020last_img read more

Physical valuations fall victim to Covid as 98% of vendors ask to go virtual

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Physical valuations fall victim to Covid as 98% of vendors ask to go virtual previous nextMarketingPhysical valuations fall victim to Covid as 98% of vendors ask to go virtualResearch by Zoopla reveals how safety concerns have persuaded vendors to request valuations are done off-site or via a video call.Nigel Lewis4th June 20201 Comment1,394 Views Nearly all vendors say they would prefer agents value their properties remotely instead of during a physical site visit with only 2% saying they would be happy to meet and greet in person, it has been revealed.This extraordinary shift in consumer behaviour following the arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic, has been uncovered by Zoopla within research among consumers and agents.It found an extraordinary increase in demand for virtual valuations, with the number of digital valuations rising by 90.5% last month compared t April.The data highlights how, as the pandemic grinds on, vendors are increasingly keen that only the most essential parts of the sales process are completed online – with only viewings being seen as necessary.Virtual optionPart of the reason for the increase in virtual valuations has been Zoopla’s decision to change how prospective vendors and agents communicate via its Adreach Express platform.Now, rather than just asking to organise a physical appointment, vendors can also request either a virtual valuation and/or a video call with an agent.“After a 50 day market suspension, our agent partners have told us loud and clear that they want to plough forth and rebuild their businesses, said Andy Marshall, the portals’ Chief Commercial Officer.“Central to this is replenishing stock pipelines, without posing a risk to their own health, their team’s health, or that of their vendors.“We hope that this provides a platform from which agents can drive engagement with new customers – who might otherwise have been deterred to proceed with a sale while social distancing guidelines are still in place.”Read more about how Coronavirus is changing the property market.Andy Marshall Zoopla June 4, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentmark flynn, Julian Marks Julian Marks 4th June 2020 at 10:45 amI have never read such a load of old tripe. Do you really believe a seller would be happy for their house to be valued without a physical inspection of the home by the agent. People are generally very proud of their homes and want to show it off to the agent and know the agent is the right person for them when selling their most personal and valuable asset. I’m sure ZPL would love to push their idea forward but this is purely marketing hype, the reality is you will never replace a face to face valuation.We have come across this now several times since the return to business and vendors are not happy when they have been told by the agent they can only give them a virtual valuation, this has already won us several instructions so long may our competitors think this is the way forward.Log in to ReplyWhat’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.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Property Tax Bills Due Feb. 1

first_imgThe 2020 first quarter property taxes are due Feb. 1, with a 10-day grace period. Please be advised that postmarks are not accepted in accordance with the State of New Jersey tax laws, therefore the payment must be received by Feb. 10.Taxes can be paid online by visiting the Tax Collection web page at www.ocnj.us/tax. If you are using the bill pay feature with your bank, please allow seven to 10 days for your payment to reach the city.The Tax Collection website is sent directly to the city’s bank account, whereas the bill pay feature of your own bank will require a check to be sent to the tax office.Payment Options:Online tax paymentsMail: Remit applicable stub with check payable to City of Ocean City: PO Box 208, Ocean City, N.J. 08226In Person: City Hall, 861 Asbury AvenueDrop Box: located outside of the 9th Street side of City HallSpecial Improvement District (SID) – Online Payment System City Hall, 861 Asbury Ave.last_img read more

Compass settles

first_imgCatering giant Compass is to pay £40m to settle two lawsuits alleging it obtained United Nations foodservice contracts through rigged bids and fraud.Two competitors – Es-Ko International and Supreme Foodservice – brought US law suits over alleged wrongdoing, relating to Compass subsidiary Eurest Support Services’ contracts with the UN.ES-KO alleged Compass obtained food and water deals in nine countries, including Sudan, Lebanon and Syria, after obtaining sensitive information on rival bids, enabling it to undercut competitors. The two groups filed for £600m worth of damages.Compass has not admitted liability and CEO Richard Cousins explained that while any claims would have been resolutely defended, he believed it was in the best interests of the business and shareholders, and good management “to avoid the uncertainties and costs associated with prolonged litigation”.Said Cousins: “My focus is on the future and this settlement is a major step in putting the matter behind us. Moreover, I am determined to ensure that our reputation for the ethical treatment of clients, suppliers and competitors, over and above any issues of legal liability, is underlined.”last_img read more

Bowen Center looking to fill more than 100 positions

first_img Pinterest Twitter Google+ (“The grindstone” by Kathryn Decker, CC BY 2.0) As Bowen Center continues a period of rapid growth, it is actively seeking to fill 115 jobs in northern and central Indiana. As the largest Community Mental Health Center in the state, the majority of the positions are for Skills Coaching.“Skills Coaches and Skills Technicians (case managers) help patients live successful lives by providing training and support,” said Cheryl Shepherd, Bowen Center Director of Human Resources. “That may mean helping a child focus in the classroom or manage emotions, working in the community with a teen to help increase their self-esteem and social skills, or helping adults at home with parenting skills, independent living skills, and linking them to housing, employment, transportation and insurance options They may even transport patients to appointments and help them implement plans to improve their physical health. In short, Skills Coaches help patients live their best lives,” said Ms. Shepherd.Skills Coaches receive continuous in-depth, position-specific training when hired and are paired with mentors to help build on that training. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision after 30 days of employment with generous vacation time, tuition reimbursement, university tuition discounts, recreation and entertainment discounts, an extraordinary student loan pay down plan, supportive and caring company culture, and much more.Bowen Center is looking for compassionate individuals with either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in any field of study, or 60+ college credit hours. Those without college experience need five years’ work experience in a direct mental health setting. “We are fortunate to be able to offer a career path to individuals who have the passion for our type of work, those who really want to help others,” said Mary Gerard, Bowen Center Vice President of Human Resources. “The less restrictive educational requirements allow us to be more intentional about who we select for these positions. Then we invest in them and watch them change people’s lives,” said Ms. Gerard.Currently, the entire application, interviewing, on-boarding and training process is done virtually. With more than 100 positions open at this time there are other positions open including for Nurses. Visit Careers.BowenCenter.org to search all Bowen Center jobs by Indiana city or county. Pinterest Facebook Bowen Center looking to fill more than 100 positions Google+ Facebook IndianaLocalNews Twitter WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – July 8, 2020 0 243 WhatsApp Previous articleThree new members of the Indiana General Assembly already clinching victoryNext articleGoshen Health update on Elkhart County coronavirus fight Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Press release: Hoteliers and haulier fined after waste illegally dumped to extend hotel car park

first_imgIf you see or are aware of waste crime, you can report it by calling the Environment Agency’s incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Three North East men have been ordered to pay over £10,000 for illegally landfilling waste after a successful prosecution by the Environment AgencyDavid Bradley (57) and Alan Bradley (64), the brothers and joint owners of Hardwicke Hall Manor Hotel, near Blackhall in East Durham were fined £3,855 & £971 respectively. The haulier, Alan Waggott (53) of Howden-le-Wear, near Crook was fined £6,007 after appearing at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court today (15 August) where they pleaded guilty to various environmental offences.Chris Bunting, prosecuting told the court that in September 2016 Environment Agency officers attended the hotel and found part of the car park, which is close to a watercourse, covered in various waste materials. Enquiries revealed that the edge of the car park had suffered from landslip, so the Bradleys had decided to repair the damaged area.It is illegal to dispose of waste by landfilling without an environmental permit and Hardwicke Hall Manor Hotel had no such authorisations. Environmental permits safeguard people and the environment by placing controls on any activity that could pollute air, water or land.During their inspection, Environment Agency officers witnessed a fully laden waste vehicle arrive on site belonging to Alan Waggott Haulage. The waste was seen to be of the same type which could be seen on the ground.Photographs showed a wide range of waste materials which should never have been deposited in such a mixed state, at such a location where no permit was in place. Traces of bonded asbestos, a hazardous waste, were identified by officers although it was made clear that Waggott was responsible for only a fraction of the total waste material which had been used.The court heard that Waggott was contracted to remove waste from construction sites in North Ormesby and Stockton-on-Tees. Whilst paperwork issued by Waggott claimed that this waste was to be deposited at a permitted landfill site, 36 wagon loads were in fact tipped for free at the hotel.Having ordered tipping operations to stop and given instructions for the illegally tipped waste to be removed and disposed of at a permitted facility, a subsequent inspection by the Environment Agency found that additional waste had been deposited in the car park area.In mitigation, John Elwood for the Bradleys showed photographs of fly tipped waste which formed part of the problem, and said that they never realised at the outset that a permit may have been needed. Ben Pegman for Waggott, confirmed that his client had acted on trust, but recognised he needed to improve his working methods to ensure he was acting lawfully.In passing sentence, the Court said there was no doubt the incident was clearly for monetary gain.Rachael Caldwell for the Environment Agency said: We will not tolerate abuses of the environmental permitting system. Those who ignore environmental laws can cause serious pollution to the environment, put communities at risk and undermine legitimate business and the investment and growth that go with it.center_img We hope that the sentencing handed down today acts as a deterrent to those who may think they can get away with it.last_img read more

Co-op to offer students 10% discount

first_imgThe Co-operative Group is the first supermarket to offer students a 10% discount on groceries with a National Union of Students (NUS) extra card.The partnership with the NUS offers around 600,000 students the discount at 3,600 stores from 23 September.As well as The Co-operative Group, Anglia, Midcounties, Midlands, Scotmid and Southern co-ops are taking part.Currently, students can use the card in other retailers including Asos, Amazon, Giraffe and Alton Towers.The card is available to all students over 16 years-old, and costs £12 for the year from the date of purchase.Exclusions will include baby milk, stamps, saving schemes, National Lottery and Health Lottery purchases, gift vouchers, cigarettes, fuel, PayPoint, in-store concessions and electrical goods.CJ Antal-Smith, head of commercial – grocery at The Co-op, said: “Students are facing increasing financial pressures while studying, and are becoming more savvy when it comes to food shopping. We wanted to help students, many of whom are living away from home for the first time, to live and cook on a budget.  “By offering a 10 per cent discount with an NUS extra card, we’re giving a big incentive for students to make good, healthy choices about the food they eat.”NUS extra uses collective purchasing power to champion students by enabling access to exclusive promotional deals through the card, sales of which put millions of pounds annually back into student unions.Raechel Mattey, NUS Vice President said: “When we asked our students what they most wanted from NUS extra, a supermarket deal was the overwhelming answer. We’re so proud to be able to partner with The Co-operative on this, because of its ethical food policies and its support for Fairtrade. “This deal reflects the realities of students’ lives by addressing finance and the rising cost of living, nutrition and student lifestyle priorities. We want parents and students to know that between us NUS and The Co-operative will ensure students thrive.”last_img read more

Atlanta Theater To Pay Tribute To Col. Bruce Hampton With Special Double Feature

first_imgNext Monday, the Lefont Film Society will honor the life of Atlanta’s late Col. Bruce Hampton, whose sudden departure from this world at his 70th birthday party, Hampton 70, on May 1st sent shockwaves across our music community and beyond. To celebrate his life, on May 15th, the Lefont Theater—Roswell Road in Atlanta will host a double screening of movies featuring the Colonel.Stranger Than Fiction: The Cosmic Curtain Call Of Col. Bruce HamptonCalled A Movies & Music Big Screen Celebration Of Life And Tribute To Col. Bruce Hampton, the two movies screened will be Michael Koepenick’s  2012 documentary Basically Frightened, which examines the life of the eccentric legendary musician, and Phish bassist Mike Gordon’s absurd 2000 film, Outside Out, which stars Col. Bruce and pokes fun at instructional videos for musicians. Following the two films, Basically Frightened‘s director, Michael Koepenick will answer questions from the audience.Full Audio From “Hampton 70: A Celebration Of Col. Bruce Hampton” Is HereA Movies & Music Big Screen Celebration Of Life And Tribute To Col. Bruce Hampton plans on honoring the Col. in one other way. The event, channeling the eccentricities of the late musical legend, is scheduled to start exactly at 7:06 p.m. on the dot, with tickets being sold for $14.46 here.last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Bluegrass, Beer, and Bikes with Travis Book

first_imgGood things come in threes and b’s, like Blue Ridge Outdoors’ very own Bluegrass, Beer, and Bikes events this week. To celebrate the finer things in life, BRO and Travis Book of the Infamous Stringdusters will be giving a tour throughout the Blue Ridge area, each featuring local craft brews, group mountain bike rides, and Book’s musical stylings on the guitar. This weekend, BRO and Book will start in North Carolina to hit Brevard on Thursday, March 26, and Boone on Friday, March 27. The power team will also make their way up to Virginia in Roseland on Saturday and Roanoke on Sunday.This jam-packed weekend tour comes with plenty of chances for you to meet Book and the Blue Ridge Outdoors team in the best possible settings – doing what we all love! Good music, tasty drinks, exciting trails, and warm sunshine makes for our perfect combination, and we hope you’ll agree.Bluegrass Beer and BikesFind information for each of the individual rides and concerts below, and plan your evening with BRO and Book:Oskar Blues Brewery’s Tasty WeaselBrevard, N.C.Thursday, March 26 at 5pmProceeds to Benefit Pisgah Area SORBAGroup Mountain Bike Ride in Pisgah National Forest at 2pm; leaving from the Tasty WeaselAppalachian Mountain BreweryBoone, N.C.Friday, March 27 at 7:30pmProceeds to benefit Boone Area CyclistsGroup Mountain Bike Ride at Rocky Knob Bike Park at 4pmDevils Backbone Base CampRoseland, Va.Saturday, March 28 at 2pmProceeds to Benefit the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike CoalitionGroup Mountain Bike Rides at 12pm and 6pm, leaving from Devils Backbone Soaring Ridge Craft BreweryRoanoke, Va.Sunday, March 29 at 4pmProceeds to Benefit Roanoke IMBA chapterGroup Mountain Bike Ride at 12pm; leaving from Soaring RidgeEach of these four rides and shows will be free to the public, but any donations from the event will support the local bike clubs listed above. Concert-goers will also have the chance to participate in a raffle for gear from our sponsors, including Keen, Yakima, Farm to Feet, Klean Kanteen, and RIDESolutions.We’re pretty certain here at Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine that these Bluegrass, Beer, and Bikes nights come close to living the dream. Come enjoy this power trio and kick back with the best – we sure know how to throw a good party.last_img read more