Construction in Pittsburgh, USA (Credit: iStock)A massive chemical processing plant under construction along the Ohio River is fueling renewed real estate development in the Rust Belt region.Royal Dutch Shell’s new 386-acre plant to produce a widely-used plastic called polyethylene will be the first major factory to open in the area since 1992, according to the New York Times.The factory is located just 30 miles from Pittsburgh and is slated to eventually create about 600 full-time jobs. Meanwhile, a peak of about 6,000 construction workers will work on building the factory until its completion in the early 2020s.As a result, housing construction is revving up. One local real estate company’s chairman, Charles Betters, called Shell’s plant “the best thing to happen in our region in 40-plus years.”ADVERTISEMENTBetters claims his company, C.J. Betters Enterprises, is building 200 residential units and a big hotel project as a consequence of the factory.The cost of Shell’s plant is estimated to be up to $10 billion, which reportedly makes the factory among the largest industrial projects ever constructed along the Ohio River. The state gave Shell a $1.6 billion package in reduced taxes for a 25-year period.The project is also drawing other major companies interested in polyethylene production to the area, which is concerning environmentalists.“Industry calls it a game changer. We see it as game over,” said Dustin White of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition to the Times. [NYT] – Mike Seemuth This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
The XTERRA Resorts Collection is supported by a major marketing campaign featuring national television, digital / social network marketing, PR / communications, advertising, and event promotions.The XTERRAResorts.com URL will be the portal through which travelers will find information, promotions, and descriptions of the benefits and activities of destination resorts and properties.Key points of the XTERRA Resorts plan:Member destinations will be invited to join based upon the sports/recreation activities, facilities, and services they offer in or nearby their respective resort area.Member destinations must demonstrate a commitment to this active lifestyle traveler demographic target marketThe initial marketing launch of XTERRA Resorts will be a US$3 million campaign of national television, events, digital media, social networking and marketing communications.“I have seen an array of travel related membership marketing programs and the concept is a very viable part of the promotion of hotels and resorts,” said George Ramirez, the President of Partnerships Unlimited, a tourism-focused consulting company.“The XTERRA Resorts plan goes one step further because it specifically targets travelers that desire sports related/recreation activities and adventure as a key part of the vacation experience. This demographic group is highly valued by destinations, resorts, and properties.”www.XTERRAResorts.comwww.xterraplanet.com Related TEAM Unlimited, owner of the XTERRA World Tour, has announced a new travel related initiative aimed at the active lifestyle sports market. The XTERRA Resorts Collection is a ‘marketing membership consortium for resorts destinations and properties that feature the activities, facilities, adventure and services attractive to active lifestyle travelers.’Tom Kiely, TEAM Unlimited CEO, said “One of the things we have learned about XTERRA participants is their love of travel and ‘active travel’ and that is a key element to our endurance sports events because every course and every experience is different.“Beyond that, this group has a high inclination to travel any number of times each year, and they actively search for destination resorts which offer an array of activities such as fitness, hiking, biking, skiing, surfing, adventure and more.”He continued, “This target market generates an annual economic impact of US$600 billion just in the US, and it continues to grow. Therefore, we have created a membership marketing platform for destination resorts and properties that appeal to this active travel group.”
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One of Kässbohrer’s 2018 strategic targets is to have produced 20,000 units globally, and the company sees the new low-bed series as a key part of this sustainable growth strategy. Through the new extendable low-bed series with up to eight axles and 130-tonne capacity and extendable low-loader series with up to four axles and 96 tonne capacity, Kässbohrer aims take the leadership of the low-bed market by the end of 2016. ?ffet Türken, board member at Kässbohrer, reported that since the market crashed in 2008, when the whole industry’s incoming orders dropped by 80 percent, Kässbohrer has succeeded to triple its production in the last three years and became the forth biggest European trailer manufacturer by the end of 2013. Kässbohrer’s extendable hydraulic steering six axle low-bed semi-trailer, K.SLH 6 has 106 tonnes of transport capacity and is designed for all types of heavy duty transportation. Engineered with hydraulic steering axles and wireless remote control, K.SLH offers maximum manoeuvrability and flexibility under the toughest road and working conditions. Providing a gooseneck capacity of 34 tonnes and extendable up to 15.2 m, K.SLH 6 is developed for extreme heavy duty transport. Kässbohrer’s three axle low-loader, K.SLL 3, with a ground clearance height of 0.4 m mm, provides safe transport of heavy haulage goods up to 3. 6m height. Engineered with a bolted gooseneck, K.SLL 3 shortens loading operations of bulky goods, while enhancing safety with front loading options, claims the company.Equipped with hydraulic steering axles, K.SLL 3 provides maximum maneuverability during loading and unloading operations, as well as under the toughest road conditions. Extendable up to 5.2 m, the K.SLL 3 is designed for the safe transport of heavy haulage and abnormal goods.www.kaessbohrer.com
THE race for the Indian Premier League play-offs tightened further on Monday as Royal Challenges Bangalore battered Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets. After an encouraging start from Lokesh Rahul (21) and Chris Gayle (18), Kings XI slumped from 36 without loss to 88 all out.And RCB needed only 8.1 overs to knock off the target of 89, Virat Kohli at his typically brilliant best as he came within two runs of a half-century in just 28 balls.Kings XI are outside the top four in fifth place after a third successive defeat. They are level with Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals on 12 points, while RCB’s hopes are very much alive as victory moves them on to 10 points, along with Mumbai Indians.Kings XI looked primed for an impressive innings when Rahul and Gayle combined for a strong start.Gayle seemed to be tuning up for a typically devastating knock when he struck three fours in the fourth over, but Rahul’s third six was followed immediately by his dismissal as he hit Umesh Yadav to Colin de Grandhomme at deep square.His opening partner went in almost identical circumstances in the same over, following up a four by striking to Mohammed Siraj at deep square.Kings XI crumbleThe exits of Rahul and Gayle in the fifth over prompted a remarkable collapse, the next eight wickets falling for just 47 runs.Karun Nair (1), Marcus Stoinis (2) and Mayank Agarwal (2) all went for single figures, Aaron Finch (26) proving the last pillar of resistance.But he was the only other batsman to reach double figures and when the Australian found Kohli at deep midwicket off Moeen Ali to leave RCB on 78-6 the writing was on the wall, with three of the final four wickets coming via run out.The meagre target was never likely to be a problem for Bangalore but the speed in which Kohli and Parthiv Patel reached it was still impressive.Kohli struck six fours and a pair of maximums in his 28-ball 48, as Parthiv provided more than able support, his 40 encompassing seven boundaries, with victory secured with 71 balls remaining.
Following the success of the first edition of the NFF-AITEO Football Awards in 2018, the second edition, which will be held at the Grand Ballroom of the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island in Lagos, has been scheduled for April 1, 2019.President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick confirmed to thenff.com on Thursday that this year’s edition would be an even bigger occasion as the NFF and award sponsors AITEO (incidentally also the sponsors of the annual CAF African Football Awards) have perfected arrangements to expand the guest-list, guarantee greater radiance and panache and honour more legends of the Nigeria game on the night.thenff.com learnt from other sources that CAF President Ahmad, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, members of the CAF Emergency Committee, an array of prominent political heavyweights and galvanizers in Nigeria, oaks of Corporate Nigeria, renowned administrators past and present, football legends and today’s superstars, foremost figures in the entertainment industry and media owners and chieftains would be among the invitees to the big event.Last year’s inaugural edition wowed the football world with huge entertainment, with Governors Akinwunmi Ambode and Ifeanyi Okowa of Lagos and Delta States respectively, joining FIFA President Gianni Infantino, CAF President Ahmad, FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samoura, several prominent political figures, football legends and stars of today, giants of entertainment and media owners at the Eko Hotel and Suites for the occasion.It also marked the first time that the nation’s football-governing body was organizing an Awards ceremony to reward and inspire the major actors and actresses in the Nigerian Football space.Gongs were presented to winners in Player of the Year (men), Player of the Year (women), Coach of the Year (men), Coach of the Year (women), Young Player of the Year (men), Young Player of the Year (women), Team of the Season, Fairplay Award, Goal of the Season, Fans of the Season, NFF Development Award and Platinum Award categories. Also, there was a special recognition of a ‘Legends Eleven,’ a squad of outstanding former Nigeria international players. Recognition was also accorded the first Nigerian football team to achieve glory – the Green Eagles squad that won the football gold at the 2nd All-Africa Games that Nigeria hosted in 1973.AITEO’s Deputy Managing Director Francis Peters said at the occasion: “The amazing power of football to heal wounds, enrich the gifted and entertain the majority is the reason why AITEO, Africa’s leading energy solution company, is investing in the game. We remain grateful to the Nigeria Football Federation for giving us the opportunity to begin charity at home. We also praise the leadership of the Confederation of African Football for providing us with the platform to be part of the continental terrain.“AITEO is an organization that is committed to the vision of every African realizing his potential, whether they be in football or some other profession, and our operating business principle revolves round encouraging and empowering the teeming youth population of this country, and of this continent, to take their destiny in their own hands and aim for the very top.”Related