City Council postpones Tuesday meeting

first_img Next Up The Port Arthur City Council has postponed its regularly scheduled Tuesday night meeting until 11 a.m. Monday. In an issued statement, the City Council said the meeting was postponed because of inclement weather.The agenda will be available at least 72 hours before the scheduled meeting.last_img

Helping athletes ‘get serious’: online retail store from TrainingPeaks & Excel…

first_img Related The TrainingPeaks Store is now open for business, following a partnership between coaching specialist TrainingPeaks and Excel Sports, a leading online retailer located in Boulder, Colorado.Whether athletes are existing loyal customers or are brand new to TrainingPeaks, they ‘can take advantage of the awesome deals resulting from this partnership.’Tying up the TrainingPeaks coaching platform with devices…As an example, endurance athletes can buy a Garmin Edge 500 with a 1-year Premium TrainingPeaks subscription for just US$279, when the Garmin alone retails for US$249. So, athletes can get a US$119 TrainingPeaks subscription for just an extra US$30.As another example, the Timex Run Trainer 2.0, which retails by itself for US$225, can be purchased with a 1-year Premium TrainingPeaks subscription for only US$235.As TrainingPeaks points out, ‘You can’t beat that value anywhere else, and many more devices are available including SRM, Quarq, CycleOps, and Wahoo; as well as training books from Hunter Allen and Joe Friel.’Why retail now?Since its earliest years, TrainingPeaks has always been ‘device agnostic’. If it was downloadable, the online coaching specialist wanted to make it easy to use a device’s data with TrainingPeaks software.TrainingPeaks is most powerful when a user has device data; and a device is powerful when it is used with TrainingPeaks. Following the partnership with Excel Sports, TrainingPeaks can now answer the frequently asked question of ‘What device should I buy to track my training?’Consumers can now choose selected products from multiple brands that are bundled with a Premium TrainingPeaks subscription. It’s the most cost-effective way to purchase a TrainingPeaks subscription, and it makes it easy for customers to get the powerful combination of a world-class tracking device, and a world-class analysis tool.Each of the products on offer are reputable brands and models, are fully supported by the TrainingPeaks tech-support team and are delivered to the consumer with the confidence and trust that comes from the Excel Sports and TrainingPeaks partnership.Athletes can ‘Shop with complete assurance knowing that you’ll get a great deal and a great product, from a reliable source. Again, you won’t find these bundles or pricing anywhere else.’How does it work?When an athlete purchases a bundled item, a coupon code will be delivered within the purchase confirmation email. This code is instantly redeemable for a 12-month Premium Athlete Edition subscription to TrainingPeaks.com.The consumer can use the code right away. There is no need to enter any further credit card information or enrol in automatic billing. The athlete may redeem the coupon code for a new subscription, or use it to add time to any existing Premium subscription. The training hardware will be shipped separately by Excel Sports.As TrainingPeaks points out… ‘From our experience working with athletes and coaches over the years, we know training with technology and getting expert guidance in the form of a training plan or coach will result in huge leaps forward for an athlete’s progress. By purchasing a device bundled with a Premium subscription, you’re making a commitment to get serious – about your training and your results.’TrainingPeaks – the Official Training Software of Ironman – has customers in more than 120 countries including endurance coaches, triathletes, cyclists, runners and swimmers from beginner to elite athletes. More than 90 hardware devices including Garmin, Timex, SRM, Quarq, CycleOps and Polar as well as mobile applications such as Active Forecast, Digifit and Distance Meter are compatible with TrainingPeaks.TrainingPeaks products are developed and owned by Peaksware LLC and together provide co-branded solutions to manufacturers such as Timex; events such as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series; and publishers including Runner’s World, Triathlete and Outside Magazine.www.TrainingPeaks.comwww.excelsports.com/trainingpeaks/last_img read more

Focus on…Paris’s office market

first_imgFocus on…Hong Kong’s office market Read other ‘Focus on…’ articles: Source: Taxiarchos228/Creative CommonsQ&A with James Burke, Associate Director, Regional Investment Advisory team EMEA, Savills:How has the Paris financial market performed in the last year?Last year, France boasted €40bn in commercial transaction volumes (Savills) which was a record. This accolade was driven by strong international investment into Parisian offices, with yields compressing, rents rising and take up increasing across several sub-markets in the French capital.  The extremely low vacancy rates in some central arrondissements meant there were some areas where there was no free office space and, as such, a competitive tension for prime office space was established.What has happened to take-up in Paris’s financial office market?Take up has fallen markedly in the first half of 2020 as a result of the strict national lockdown imposed in France. However the fundamentals of Paris remain compelling and constant – it is an historic city with constrained supply and a diversified tenant base across business sectors with strong domestic corporates.What are the main challenges facing Paris’s financial office market at the moment?As with many key European markets there is a dearth of debt in the market at present due to the uncertainty linked to the Covid-19 crisis, with this most acute for foreign investors buying non-core opportunities in secondary locations. Core French buyers who require conservative leverage and have strong relationships with local banks will stand to weather this scarcity best.What has happened to investment volumes in Paris’s office market? Investment volumes held up very well in the first quarter of 2020 with figures thought to be slightly higher (at €6bn) than 2019, a testament to how strong the market was. We were expecting 2019’s strong performance to continue into 2020 but Covid-19 has caused the market to pause temporarily and this will impact on the total investment volumes for the year.  However, there are tentative signs that the market is reawakening with a number of large lot sizes being brought to the market prior to the summer break.Over recent years, there has been a marked increase in international investment volumes, particularly from large Asian and European investors. However, throughout this period, the market has been underpinned by well-capitalised domestic investors who will ensure that Paris will retain robust levels of liquidity during the uncertainty. This occurred in 2008/2009 during the GFC when French investors stepped into the breach left by highly levered UK and Irish investors.  What are your expectations for the sector over the next 12 months?Domestic investors will continue to maintain transaction activity in Paris, with demand particularly robust for core office with defensive rental levels. Greater nervousness will prevail for those buildings leased off historically high rents or in more peripheral sub-markets exposed to a greater level of cyclical volatility.last_img read more