Building use – Replicare C Sat, 15 Jan 2022 05:15:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Building use – Replicare C 32 32 Novak Djokovic’s appeal against visa cancellation moves to higher court Sat, 15 Jan 2022 05:15:00 +0000

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic was reportedly back in immigration detention on Saturday after his legal challenge to avoid being deported from Australia for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 was referred to a higher court.

A Federal Court hearing has been set for Sunday at 9:30 a.m. local time (5:30 p.m. EST Saturday), a day before the No. 1-ranked men’s tennis player and nine-time Australian Open champion was due to begin his defense of the title at the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.

Judge David O’Callaghan said on Saturday the court would liaise with all parties on whether the proceedings should be heard by a single judge or a full court later in the day.

Police closed a lane behind the building where Djokovic’s lawyers are based and two vehicles exited the building mid-afternoon local time on Saturday. In television footage, Djokovic could be seen wearing a face mask in the back of a vehicle near a migrant detention hotel.

The Australian Associated Press reported that Djokovic was back in custody. He spent four nights confined to a hotel near Melbourne city center before being released last Monday when he won a legal challenge on procedural grounds against his first visa cancellation.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke blocked the 34-year-old Serb’s visa, which was initially revoked when he landed at Melbourne Airport last week. But he was reinstated by a judge on Monday on procedural grounds because Djokovic was not allowed to have a lawyer with him at the airport.

Deportation from Australia can result in a three-year ban on returning to the country, although it can be lifted, depending on the circumstances.

Djokovic has a record nine Australian Open titles, including the last three in a row, part of his total of 20 Grand Slam championships. He is tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for most by a man in history.

Djokovic admitted that his travel declaration was incorrect as it did not state that he had been to multiple countries in the two weeks prior to his arrival in Australia.

In a social media post on Wednesday that was his most extensive public comments on the entire episode, Djokovic blamed his agent for checking the wrong box on the form, calling it “human error and certainly not deliberate. “.

In that same message, Djokovic said he had given an interview and a photo op with a French newspaper in Serbia despite knowing he had tested positive for COVID-19 two days earlier. Djokovic tried to use what he says was a positive test taken on December 16 to justify a medical exemption that would allow him to circumvent the vaccine requirement.

Hawke said he canceled the visa for “reasons of health and good order, on the grounds that it was in the public interest to do so”. His statement added that Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government “is strongly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic”.

The main ground of appeal against Hawke’s decision, according to the athlete’s lawyers, was that it was not based on the health risk Djokovic might pose by not being vaccinated, but on how which it could be perceived by anti-vaxxers.

Morrison himself hailed Djokovic’s impending expulsion. The whole episode struck a chord in Australia, particularly in the state of Victoria, where residents endured hundreds of days of lockdown at the worst of the pandemic and adult vaccination rates exceed 90. %.

Australia is facing a massive increase in virus cases caused by the highly transmissible variant of Omicron. On Friday, the country reported 130,000 new cases, including nearly 35,000 in Victoria state. Although many infected people are not getting as sick as in previous outbreaks, the outbreak continues to strain the healthcare system, with more than 4,400 people hospitalized. It also disrupts workplaces and supply chains.

“This pandemic has been incredibly difficult for every Australian, but we have stood together and saved lives and livelihoods. … Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect that the outcome of those sacrifices is protected,” Morrison said. . “That is what the minister is doing by taking this action today.”

Everyone at the Australian Open – including players, their support teams and spectators – must be vaccinated against the disease caused by the coronavirus. Djokovic is not vaccinated and had requested a medical exemption on the grounds that he says he tested positive for COVID-19 in December.

This exemption was approved by the Victorian state government and Tennis Australia, apparently allowing him to obtain a visa to travel. But Australian Border Force rejected the exemption and canceled his visa when he landed in the country on January 5.

Djokovic spent four nights in a migrant detention hotel before a judge overturned the decision. The move allowed Djokovic to move freely around Australia and he trained daily at Melbourne Park.

“It’s not a good situation for anyone,” said three-time Grand Slam champion and five-time Australian Open runner-up Andy Murray. “I just want this resolved. I think it would be good for everyone if it was. It just seems like it’s been dragging on for quite a long time now – not great for tennis, not great for the Open d ‘Australia, not great for Novak.”

Under Grand Slam rules, if Djokovic is forced to withdraw from the tournament before the order of play for Day 1 is announced, No. 5 seed Andrey Rublev would take his place in the squad.

If Djokovic withdraws from the tournament after Monday’s schedule is published, he will be replaced on the pitch by what is known as a ‘lucky loser’ – a player who loses in the qualifying tournament but enters the main draw because of of another player’s exit before the competition has started.

And if Djokovic plays in one match – or more – and is then told he can no longer play in the tournament, his next opponent will simply advance to the next round and there will be no substitution.

Reuters contributed to this story.

DC Building Security Company Adds ‘Health Pass’ Access Option Tue, 11 Jan 2022 14:36:15 +0000 Falls Church-based Kastle Systems has added a health card option for tenants and building owners who use its access control systems. An app it is linked with allows people to upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Kastle Systems, based in Falls Church, Va., Has added a health card option for tenants and building owners who use its access control systems.

Kastle has partnered with CLEAR, the airport screening service provider, for the Building and Office Health Pass for employees.

The app links the verified identity of users to health information related to COVID-19, including vaccine verification and test results. It links this data to Kastle’s building and office entrance systems to authorize or restrict access to buildings or office suites.

Health Pass, which CLEAR started rolling out last summer, also syncs with the Apple Health app.

“Kastle Systems and CLEAR provide an important technology solution for businesses looking for a simple and efficient way to administer and enforce office health and safety policies with minimal administrative overhead,” said Mark Ein, president of Kastle Systems.

The app is modular, which means office owners or tenants can decide what requirements need to be met for entry.

While Health Pass is currently limited to verified employees, Kastle Systems says it will eventually include apps for visitors and vendors.

Kastle Systems serves approximately 1,200 buildings in the DC area, which is its largest market. He did not immediately state how many tenants in the DC area initially signed up for the addition of the health pass.

CLEAR’s preselected access service is used by more than 50 venues, such as airports, including the three DC area airports, and other venues, including sports stadiums, such as Capital One Arena in DC. CLEAR has over eight million registered users.

“From stadiums to small restaurants, Health Pass helps businesses of all sizes create safer environments and stay open,” said Caryn Seidman-Becker, CEO of CLEAR.

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Stony Point Development Group Demonstrates Sustainability Leadership With LEED® Silver Certification Sun, 09 Jan 2022 15:02:32 +0000

Dairy plant

“Achieving LEED Silver® is a monumental task and we are very proud to have accomplished it,” said Josh Batman, vice president of the Stony Point development group.

LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), is the world’s most widely used green building rating system and an international symbol of excellence. LEED® projects earn points for meeting prerequisites and credits on nine measures for building excellence, from integrative design to human health to material use. LEED® systems work for all buildings at all stages of development and are intended to challenge project teams and inspire original solutions.

Stony Point Development Group has obtained LEED Silver® for the core and envelope of Dairy Central Phase 1 by implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas such as sustainable site development, water conservation, energy efficiency, material selection and the quality of the indoor environment. Green buildings allow businesses to operate more sustainably and provide the people in them with a healthier and more comfortable workspace. To ensure that sustainability initiatives continue in the building, each potential tenant has received tenant guidelines that outline achievable sustainability strategies that align with the core and envelope sustainability strategies pursued for the building. certification.

“Achieving LEED Silver® is a monumental task and we are very proud to have accomplished it,” said Josh Batman, vice president of the Stony Point development group. “Especially in a complicated adaptive reuse project like Dairy Market. This requires the collaboration of all who touch the building. We were fortunate to have a fantastic project team and deeply committed owners who pushed Dairy Market beyond our initial goal of certification to earn money recognition.

Thanks to sustainable building practices, Dairy Central Phase 1, saw a reduction in indoor water consumption of 32.80% compared to the baseline, which was achieved through low flow devices throughout the building. . In addition, Dairy Central Phase 1 saves 16,764 kWh / year of electricity and 13,845 therms / year of natural gas or 6.6% energy cost savings compared to the baseline scenario.

In addition to methods of reducing indoor water consumption and energy conservation initiatives, several improved indoor air quality strategies have also been put in place:

A. Filtration

Every ventilation system that supplies outside air to occupied spaces has particulate filters with a minimum efficiency ratio (MERV) value of 13 or greater, in accordance with ASHRAE 52.2-2007.

All air filtration media were replaced after construction was completed and prior to occupancy.

B. Prevention of internal cross-contamination

Spaces where hazardous gases or chemicals may be present or used (eg the saloon is closed. For each of these spaces, self-closing doors and bulkheads from deck to deck or a hard cover ceiling have been installed. provided.

C. Entrance systems

Permanent entry systems at least 10 feet (3 meters) long in the primary direction of travel have been installed to capture dirt and particles entering the building through regularly used exterior entrances. These rugs are maintained weekly.

“The work of innovative construction projects like Dairy Phase 1 is a fundamental driving force in transforming the way our buildings are constructed, designed and operated,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “Buildings that achieve LEED® certification reduce carbon emissions, reduce operating costs and conserve resources while promoting sustainable practices and human health. Through Dairy Phase 1, we are increasing the number of green buildings and moving closer to USGBC’s goal of going beyond conventional buildings, while being environmentally and socially responsible and improving the quality of life for generations to come.

Project partners on dairy phase 1:

Cunning Ham Quill Architects, LPA, Hourigan, STRUCTR Advisors, Water Street Studio, Timmons Group, Ville de Charlottesville, Thalhimer, Retro Hospitality

About the Stony Point Development Group


Stony Point Development Group is an award-winning real estate development company headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. Stony Point’s mission is to create great places and improve lives through the built environment. The company focuses solely on building communities in high quality, walkable locations with connections to natural amenities. It acquires, builds and operates mixed asset development projects primarily focused on housing, office and experiential retail. Join us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Dairy Central


Dairy Central is a new mixed-use neighborhood located just steps from Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. The centerpiece of the multi-phased project includes the adaptive reuse of the historic Monticello Dairy facility from 1937. A dairy market destination food hall with unique local restaurateurs, national retailers and a craft brewery anchor Phase 1 of the center neighborhood and create convenience for the 50,000 square feet of new Class A office space. Future phases include 180 residential apartments, additional retail and structured on-site parking. Join us on Facebook and Instagram.

About the US Green Building Council


The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a healthy, resilient and equitable future for all through the development of green buildings, cities and communities. For more than 20 years, USGBC has been advancing green building practices through the development of LEED, the world’s most widely used green building program. With the support of thousands of members, volunteers and partners, USGBC offers strong green building education courses, a rigorous professional accreditation program, and advocates for effective public policy. It brings together an international network of green building and sustainability leaders through the annual Greenbuild International conference and exhibition, and pioneering programs, including the Center for Green Schools. For more information, visit and log on to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.


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‘Confidence-building measures’ are needed for military use of AI: academics Sat, 08 Jan 2022 02:20:43 +0000

As the practice of artificial intelligence (AI) technology becomes mainstream in our daily lives, the great powers have started to incorporate machine learning methods into the process of building their military forces.

Yet the range of risks that the application of AI can generate has fueled the international debate. Singapore’s Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen last year called the military use of AI “the potential great impact of destruction and disruption in our time” at the Singapore Defense Technology Summit. held on October 12.

Many military experts have also addressed the potential threats posed by an increasing integration of AI into military systems.

the The authors of a 2020 RAND Corporation report determined that while AI technology that runs on big data and machine learning would help make decisions faster, international competition could encourage countries to accelerate development. military AI without paying enough attention to security, reliability and humanitarian consequences.

The development of AI presents risks ranging from ethical, operational and strategic perspectives, they said.

Operational risks stem from the reliability, fragility and security of AI systems, while strategic risks can attract the likelihood of war, exacerbate ongoing conflicts and proliferate malicious actors, according to the report. .

Ethical concerns continued to be highlighted for the potential mistakes AI technology could make – when facial recognition software labels innocent citizens as criminals or terrorists, for example.

Even with a well-balanced AI system, its ability to make decisions and crush human control worries the international community, the report’s authors found based on an assessment of several investigations.

The military use of AI poses significant risks to international stability as it reshapes the characteristics of future warfare and incites unforeseen military actions, said authors and fellows involved in the technology and national security program. of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in a report published in 2021.

“Recognizing the risks is not enough, however,” say the authors of the CNAS report, Michael Horowitz and Paul Scharre. They proposed practical approaches that “explore the potential use of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) …

Adopting the CMB requires “unilateral, bilateral and / or multilateral actions that states can take to build confidence and prevent unintentional military conflicts,” they added.

In this area, China proposed a position paper on the regulation of military applications of artificial intelligence (AI) at the Sixth Review Conference of the United Nations (UN) Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons on December 13, 2021 .

The document called for “a common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable global security vision,” and “to seek consensus on the regulation of military applications of AI through dialogue and cooperation, and to establish a governance regime. effective in order to avoid serious damage or even disasters. caused by military applications of AI to mankind.

As Horowitz and Scharre agree, building confidence-building measures promotes international stability, and exploring ways to shape the dialogue on AI could make the adoption of confidence-building measures more likely.

China’s position paper showed its determination to promote international security governance, according to Li Song, the Chinese ambassador for disarmament affairs.

“Such efforts will help promote mutual trust between countries, preserve global strategic stability, prevent an arms race and alleviate humanitarian concerns. for humanity in the field of AI, ”said Li.

San Diego Real Estate Agent Sentenced for Multi-Million Dollar Ponzi Schemes | USAO-SDCA Tue, 04 Jan 2022 01:47:42 +0000

Assistant US Attorneys Oleksandra Johnson (619) 546-9769 and Valerie H. Chu (619) 546-6750


SAN DIEGO – Alexander Avergoon, a longtime real estate agent and businessman from San Diego, was today sentenced in federal court to 64 months in prison for defrauding investors into several Ponzi schemes. As part of his guilty plea, Avergoon also admitted to participating in multiple tax evasion and fraud schemes with Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, former director of Chabad of Poway.

Avergoon was ordered to pay $ 9,679,306.70 in restitution to several victims. The court also ordered Avergoon to confiscate from the United States the sum of $ 5,205,234.41 as proceeds of illegal conduct and property involved in the offense.

“This defendant is a prolific fraudster who stole millions of dollars from the many victims of his devious schemes,” said US Attorney Randy Grossman. “Now is his turn to pay the price for his crimes.” Grossman thanked the prosecution team, the FBI and the IRS for their dedication to securing justice in this case.

“The accused participated in complex financial schemes which defrauded private citizens of millions of dollars,” said FBI Special Agent Suzanne Turner. “The FBI will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to eliminate all forms of financial fraud that not only harm victims, but also negatively impact those who depend on individual donors and investors to carry out. legitimate business. “

“Sir. Avergoon has doubly victimized dozens of investors, not only by defrauding them millions of dollars, but also by recruiting investor-victims to commit tax evasion,” said Special Agent in Charge Ryan L. Korner from the Los Angeles field office of the IRS Criminal Investigation. “Today’s conviction sends a clear message that the IRS criminal investigation will prosecute and hold accountable financial fraudsters who deceive and deceive people Seeking to invest in our real estate and credit markets Our Special Agents were proud to work with the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office to put an end to Mr. Avergoon’s schemes.

Avergoon pleaded guilty in July 2020, admitting that from 2010 to 2015, he and Goldstein recruited at least nine taxpayers who made more than $ 275,000 in fraudulent “donations” to the Chabad. Avergoon served as an intermediary to secretly return 90% of the money to the so-called “donors”. Avergoon also admitted that he joined Rabbi Goldstein in a fraudulent grant scam in which they obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in embezzled grant funds and a government benefit fraud program.

As part of the government benefit fraud program, Avergoon used shell companies, including “Imagination Construction Company”, to create fictitious and backdated invoices for services such as carpet installation, HVAC system repairs. of Chabad of Poway and the replacement of damaged books and other supplies. even though Avergoon had never rendered these services. In some cases, Avergoon would give Goldstein several bogus offers from different shell companies, so that Rabbi Goldstein could trick the grant program administrators into believing he had complied with their bidding requirements. Avergoon and Goldstein claimed that government grant funds would be used for facility upgrades, security systems, and community programs. But in reality, the money often went straight into the pockets of Goldstein and Avergoon; at other times, they used some of it to pay contractors who had in fact charged prices much lower than those reflected on the forged Avergoon papers.

Apart from his fraudulent partnership with Rabbi Goldstein, Avergoon also admitted to participating in separate Ponzi real estate schemes from 2010 to 2016, in which he deceived retired investors out of a total of $ 12 million. Avergoon was a San Diego-based real estate agent, and he used his industry knowledge and reputation to target trusted victims who would invest in what they thought was buying rental property.

Avergoon promised monthly dividends that would be paid from rental income. He created written investment documents such as prospectuses and projected income and expense calculations designed to give investors the false impression that their money would be safely stashed in passive income retirement investments. But in truth, instead of using investor money to buy rental properties as he had promised, Avergoon spent the money himself and just claimed to have bought the apartment buildings and offices that he had promised. ‘he had announced. Much like Ponzi, for a time Avergoon made the promised dividend payments, but rather than using the rent income, he funded those payments using new investor money.

Avergoon has deceived more than a dozen unwitting investors, convincing them to part with at least $ 5 million. When an investor asked for a withdrawal, he encouraged them to reinvest, and at one point pretended to “roll over” his retirement investments to buy a multi-million dollar commercial building. In fact, he bought this building with a loan, not with investors’ money, and once again embezzled their money for his personal use. He created fake partnership agreements, fake purchase documents and deeds and other fictitious documents, and forged the signatures of his investors to cover up the fraud, then laundered the proceeds in order to conceal the true source and the ownership of money.

Avergoon didn’t stop there. He convinced investors to part with an additional $ 5 million or more by pretending to use their money to fund short-term, low-risk loans purportedly secured by borrowers’ high-end homes in San Diego. But in reality there were no “borrowers” ​​- Avergoon used his real estate connections to identify houses he could put up as collateral, and he simply forged fake loan agreements and forged borrowers’ signatures. . In some cases, the people he claimed to be the borrowers did not even own the homes that would have been used as collateral. Avergoon made fake loan contracts, trust deeds, mortgage notes and other official-looking documents, and he even created fake notary stamps and county registrar’s office marks. of San Diego to make the documents appear legitimate. Once again, Avergoon used new investor money to make occasional payments to its victims, to make the “loans” appear to be performing well. But in truth, he embezzled the money for his own use and the “investments” were of no value.

Avergoon was charged in August 2019 and apprehended in Latvia. He was extradited to the United States in November 2019 and has remained in detention since his extradition and initial appearance in federal court in San Diego.

RESPONDENT File number 19cr2955-BAS

Alexander Avergoon Age: 46 San Diego


Electronic fraud, in violation of Title 18, USC 1343
Maximum penalty: twenty years in prison

Aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, USC 1028A
Maximum penalty: imprisonment for at least two consecutive years

Money laundering, in violation of Title 18, USC 1956 (a) (1) (B) (i)
Maximum penalty: twenty years in prison


Federal Bureau of Investigation

Tax Service – Criminal Investigations

Huron and area search and rescue team request use of municipal building Fri, 31 Dec 2021 14:14:31 +0000

NORTH HURON – The Huron and Area Search and Rescue (HASAR) asked North Huron Council if they could use one of the vacant municipal buildings in Blyth as a home base for their equipment, vehicles and training because they have outgrown their current locations.

The organization is currently leasing space in Huron East, HASAR commander and co-founder Patrick Armstrong said in a letter to the board.

The letter stated that the current arrangement with the Municipality of Huron East, which costs them $ 100 per month, is in three different locations: an outdoor complex with limited access to a garage, as well as office space. HASAR hopes to centralize everything in one indoor location.

“While we are grateful and very grateful for this deal, HASAR has outgrown the original deal and requires indoor storage for its vehicles, as well as all of its assets in one place,” the letter reads.

The group proposes to work with the Township of North Huron to use either the old Blyth public works building or the “retired fire station building” to store HASAR vehicles, provide training and have an office. .

“We would make sure the facility was both clean and secure and would work within the community to maintain the positive relationship we’ve always had,” said Armstrong.

The letter mentioned that North Huron Deputy Fire Chief Chad Kregar supported the request and provided for the fire department to conduct training with HASAR.

HASAR is a registered non-profit organization established in 2018.

They provide professional and civilian search and rescue services on land and at sea and operate under the aegis of the Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Association and the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The letter says that since 2018, the group has been called four times to assist police with a search.

North Huron Clerk Carson Lamb said council should not make any decisions on the matter and this letter should be forwarded to Director of Public Works Jamie McCarthy for inclusion in a follow-up report on the old property of Blyth Public Works, which she is currently working on.

The request will be considered, along with any potential buyers interested in the purchase, when McCarthy submits the report.

Tool shop near Weymouth seafront could become a holiday home Tue, 28 Dec 2021 00:10:00 +0000 A building in WEYMOUTH, close to the seafront, could be converted into a holiday home – if Dorset Council agrees.

The change of use request has been filed for the Chesterman & Matthews store at 16 Gloucester Mews.

He says the little-used store could be converted into a two-story house with its own backyard. The site has been used in the past for a scaffolding and tooling company.

The adjacent unit, # 14, should be kept for commercial use. There is already an apartment above with an entrance door to Gloucester Mews.

The transformation of n ° 16 would also allow the creation of two parking spaces on site.

A letter from an officer says the building was constructed around 1780 but is not listed and is in the downtown conservation area. He indicates that the building is only used occasionally for storage in support of the adjacent retail unit and that its conversion to vacation use would be similar to that of other buildings in the area.

Application documents indicate that the four-bed apartment could accommodate at least two families for the holidays, if required.

An additional main entrance door is proposed to serve the new two-storey apartment, with the rear of the site connected to a passage that leads to King Street.

To maintain the character of the building, the request suggests keeping the existing signage and replacing the garage doors with sliding sectional doors of a similar character. The existing brick elements at the front of the building will also be kept on the ground floor while at the rear, the area of ​​one floor will be reduced to allow a larger courtyard, which could also accommodate a bathtub. swirl.

Comments on the 2021/05470 application can be submitted to the board until January 23.

Plans for the new Black Pig farmhouse cafe in Heybridge Sun, 26 Dec 2021 06:00:00 +0000 The owners of FARM applied to change the use of a barn to a restaurant after a catering company set up its cafe on the farm.

The Tallowin family, owners of Chigborough Farm in Heybridge, have submitted a retrospective planning request to Maldon District Council.

The plans relate to the change of use of an existing and previously vacant rural building on the site into a restaurant and associated parking.

Le Grenier, the barn that is the subject of this application, was originally used as a smokehouse and deli in 2004.

In 2010, the barn became a delicatessen, tearooms and gift shop which closed after a decade in 2020 due to Covid.

The smoke is now handled by Lambton and Jackson in their new purpose-built premises.

The Granary building therefore became vacant and Black Pig Catering moved to the site earlier this year.

Black Pig Catering is an established catering company founded in 2015.

He has been running a mobile catering service for events for several years and has now set up shop in the barn as a farm cafe.

No modification is proposed to the exterior of the building.

Inside the building there would be a kitchen area, cutlery for 40 guests, a disabled toilet and a unisex toilet.

Visitors would use an existing parking area and 23 additional parking spaces on the site are allocated to the change in use proposed in the application.

A planning statement adds that the site is sustainable and would support the region’s economy as well as rural businesses.

He says: “This proposal is for a new restaurant as a diversification proposal for landowners, which would efficiently use an existing rural building while making a positive contribution to the local economy.

“The location of the site, close to several caravan and holiday parks and with links to the many leisure activities already available, is a sustainable and suitable location for the restaurant. ”

Chigborough Farm has another established and successful on-site restaurant, Rubino Kitchen, which has received the Michelin Plate Award for good food.

York Age Concern charity store closes due to apartment plan Fri, 24 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +0000 Age UK will close its furniture store in Tang Hall.

The move comes as York City Council approved the partial conversion of the 77 Fourth Avenue building into four apartments.

Applicant Peter Lunan is to use the front portion of the existing store as office space for his financial services business.

The rest of the ground floor will become a T1, with two T2 on the first floor and one T2 in the attic

Despite concerns about the loss of retail space in the area, a council report noted that others exist nearby, allowing agents to approve the program.

Age Concern York CEO (Company) Valerie Bowden told reporters: “Age UK York has leased the Tang Hall store, which the owner has put up for sale and is now in the process of selling. The lease will not be renewed and we will close the store at the start of the year.

“We have received many messages of support from our buyers and we are sorry to disappoint them; but our other stores at Bishy Road, Haxby, Burtonstone Lane and our new store at 49, Fossgate will continue as usual with many great deals and information brochures.

She added: “Age UK York offers many services to senior citizens of York and we are happy to say that our dedicated staff and volunteers will always be there to ensure these continue.”

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Using a city’s excess heat to reduce emissions Wed, 22 Dec 2021 10:00:21 +0000

Heat from wastewater and wastewater now provides around 70 percent of space heating and hot water for the 43 buildings connected to the grid, with the remaining 30 percent coming from natural gas, although the target is to d ‘End it by 2030. The electricity to power the heat pumps is 97 percent carbon-zero, powered by hydroelectric dams.

“Every time we shower, do the dishes or do the laundry, the water is still hot when it goes down the drain,” said Ashley St. Clair, Vancouver’s senior renewable energy planner.

“It’s running under our streets, and we’re already recovering it through traditional sewage pipeline infrastructure, and being able to tap into that waste heat is truly the ultimate circular economy. “

The project was commissioned in 2010, just in time to heat the Olympic Village for the 2010 Winter Games, and it was the first large-scale wastewater heat recovery system in North America. It has since grown, with plans to expand further to provide heat to 22 million square feet over the next several decades.

And it can’t happen soon enough: This year alone, Vancouver has seen several episodes of extreme weather, made more likely and more intense due to climate change: thermal domes, forest fires and catastrophic flooding, which recently shut down. the city by road and rail from the rest of Canada. Having its own heating and hot water supply was an added benefit of the project, Ms. St. Clair said.

Stockholm, on the other hand, has been using a district heat network since the 1950s, according to Erik Rylander, heat recovery manager for Stockholm Exergi, a heating and cooling company. Much of the city’s heat is already supplied by the incineration of waste and wood waste from Sweden’s vast forest industry, but data centers are increasingly part of the energy mix, he said. declared.

Since its inception in 2017, Stockholm Data Parks, a collaboration between the city and Exergi, has offered companies different locations to build new data centers and participate in the heat recovery system. Businesses are paid for the heat they supply to the grid.