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Cassidy Turley Completes $12.1M Sale of Sky Harbor Towers

first_imgCassidy Turley sold Sky Harbor Towers, a ±273,623-SF class-A office project at 4605, 4615, 4635 East Elwood Street in Phoenix. Orsett Properties, Ltd, purchased the property for $12.1M ($42.66/psf) from REO Asset Manager, John Mitchell, of LNR Partners (Miami Beach, FL), as special servicer. Executive Managing Director Eric Wichterman and Senior Vice President Mike Coover, with Cassidy Turley’s Capital Markets Group negotiated the transaction for both parties.According to Eric Wichterman, ―Sky Harbor Towers represents the largest block of available office space in the metropolitan Phoenix area.“Tenants seeking office space to accommodate heavy parking–and who find appeal in prominent freeway visibility–will realize superb value in this campus by avoiding the more costly and time consuming build-to-suit option,” Wichterman says.The newly named Orsett Sky Harbor Gateway was built in phases between 1986 and 1999 and consists of three separate buildings, varying from three, four and seven stories on 12 acres of land. The project is located along Interstate 10, one mile southeast of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The Cassidy Turley leasing team of Jeffery Wentworth, Michael Beall, Sean Spellman and Christopher Walker has the leasing assignment appointed by Orsett Properties.last_img read more

Liar, Liar, Liar

first_imgWe see big scandals, big lies, and we think to ourselves, I could never do that. We think we’re fundamentally different from Bernie Madoff or Tiger Woods. When we think about dishonesty, we mostly think about the big stuff. But behind big lies are a series of small deceptions. Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, writes about this in his book The Honest Truth about Dishonesty.center_img “One of the frightening conclusions we have is that what separates honest people from not-honest people is not necessarily character, it’s opportunity,” he said. Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >last_img

Psychology turns to online crowdsourcing to study the mind, but it’s not without its pitfalls

first_imgShare You may not know this, but a great deal of our data about the human mind is based on a relatively small but intensively studied population: first-year undergraduate university students. There has long been concern about the over-reliance on students as a source of data, particularly around lack of demographic diversity and limited sample sizes. Both concerns have been implicated in the current crisis in psychological research, in which many key effects have not been replicated by subsequent studies.But now there’s a new tool in the psycologist’s arsenal, one that has shown it can produce valid data, which can help broaden the population of test subjects: Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. Share on Twitter Pinterest Mechanical Turk is the most popular online data collection platform. People register with the platform, then choose from thousands of advertisements searching for participants. Compared to the slow slog of testing first-year students in a laboratory, Mechanical Turk offers the opportunity to collect hundreds of responses at a modest cost in a matter of hours.Psychologists have embraced Mechanical Turk with gusto, and many recent studies have drawn their data from Mechanical Turk subjects. However, the new system is not without its drawbacks.Too good to be true?Recently, researchers working with Mechanical Turk have raised concerns about whether it comes with hidden costs. The original goal of many researchers using this platform was to conduct scientifically valid studies in large and diverse samples.But does online data really provide the solution? Here are some pros and cons.Sample SizeMechanical Turk offers an unparalleled opportunity to collect large samples, particularly in comparison to traditional undergraduate participant pools, many of which cap annual testing at 200 participants.In contrast, there are more than 500,000 workers registered on Mechanical Turk. However, researchers must be careful to prevent Mechanical Turk workers from participating in the same study more than once and thus invalidating the results.DiversityPsychologists are concerned with whether findings generalise beyond student samples, or beyond so-called “WEIRD” (Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic) samples.This is important not only for their own theoretical closure, but also to increase confidence in the general public about the overall validity and importance of the findings. The demographic diversity of Mechanical Turk workers is certainly more varied than that of undergraduate students.ReliabilityOne barrier to obtaining reliable data is participant engagement, which is easier to ensure and monitor with students in the lab than it is with Mechanical Turk workers in their own home.To combat this issue, researchers typically integrate checks into questionnaires to identify participants who are not paying attention, such as asking: “This is a test item, please answer ‘not at all’ for this question”. However, there are now reports that Mechanical Turk workers are adept at spotting such questions.Fortunately, larger sample sizes do allow researchers to “wash out” the noise of less-than-perfect data. This means that relationships can be detected in noisy data given a large enough sample, but that averages across different samples are likely to differ.NaivetyAnother concern is the naivety of research participants. Study results are unlikely to be valid if participants know the procedure and expected hypotheses in advance.Lack of naivety in this form has the potential to significantly alter results, and thus impact on replicability. Here, undergraduate samples present an advantage: students typically complete only a handful of studies in their first year, and most before being exposed to detailed information about psychology.In contrast, some MTurk workers treat study completion as a full-time job, completing hundreds of studies per week. More concerning still is the availability of online communities in which workers trade information about study hypotheses and procedures and offer tips on completing studies quickly, which inevitably comes at the cost of psychological engagement.The future of online data collectionResearchers turned to online data collection platforms like Mechanical Turk because they offered quick, cheap and apparently scientifically valid solutions to problems implicated in the replication crisis.Although Mechanical Turk allows for collection of large and diverse samples, it comes with other costs that may compromise scientific rigour, including questionable quality and validity of results.This means Mechanical Turk is useful, but only to the extent that researchers are aware of, and compensate for, its pitfalls. This includes:1) embedding novel attention checks to keep ahead of savvy workers2) ensuring workers do not complete studies more than once3) avoiding common procedures that workers have seen hundreds of times; and4) diversifying onto other online platforms (or creating an Australian platform that is better suited to the requirements of local researchers)Overall, online samples should be used as a complement to, not a replacement for, traditional student samples. Both methods have their own strengths and weaknesses, but together produce better science.While Mechanical Turk isn’t the silver bullet that psychology researchers had hoped, harnessing its benefits and offsetting its costs will ensure the future of online data collection is still bright.By Michael Humphreys, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Psychology, The University of Queensland; Katharine H. Greenaway, Research Fellow in Social Psychology, The University of Queensland, and Sarah Bentley, Researcher Social Psychology, The University of QueenslandThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.center_img LinkedIn Email Share on Facebooklast_img read more

ArvinMeritor Appoints New VP and Treasurer

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement TROY, MI — ArvinMeritor has appointed Mary Lehmann to the position of vice president and treasurer. Lehmann will also serve as an officer of the company. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Lehmann most recently served as the company’s assistant treasurer, with responsibility for all aspects of treasury including debt and financing strategy, bank credit lines, foreign currency exchange and interest rate risk management and corporate insurance. In her new role, Lehmann will be responsible for ArvinMeritor’s global capital market and treasury activities, reporting to Jim Donlon, senior vice president and CFO. Before joining ArvinMeritor in 2004, Lehmann served in several roles of increasing responsibility at Ford Motor Co., including director of Affiliate Financing and director of Global Banking and Short-Term Funding. She holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts in economics, both from the University of Michigan. For more information about ArvinMeritor, visit: www.arvinmeritor.com . _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

£800m of central London deals

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Rickmers-Linie adds ships to upgrade Indian service

first_imgIt will also provide a direct service both eastbound and westbound between Europe and India although calls in Pakistan and the Middle East will be possible on an inducement basis. The base ports served are Hamburg, Antwerp, Genoa, Mumbai and Chennai.Four new vessels are in the process of entering this service. Linde (seen below) and Martin have been long term chartered by the line while Rickmers Yokohama and Rickmers Tianjin are due for delivery from the Xinshun Shipyard Group in China in May and July respectively. Linde was the first to be phased in, starting her first eastbound voyage in mid March.Built in 2005, Linde and Martin are 12,800dwt vessels each equipped with two 120-tonne capacity cranes that can be twinned to lift 240 tonnes. Rickmers Yokohama and Rickmers Tianjin are 17,000dwt vessels each equipped with two 150-tonne cranes and an 80-tonne crane. This enables them to lift up to 300 tonnes by twinning the two larger cranes.According to a company statement, being smaller than the nine 30,000dwt vessels operated by Rickmers on its Round-the-World Pearl String service, the ships employed on the revamped Indian service offer greater flexibility to serve ports such as Mumbai – where locks restrict the size of vessels – as well as various smaller ports on an inducement basis. The Middle East Gulf will now be served primarily by the Pearl String service.Gerhard Janssen , director Marketing & Sales, Rickmers-Linie , believes that the timing of this upgrade of the service is perfect: “We are seeing increasing demand for breakbulk space on this route. Eastbound, we expect to be loading steel products as a base load, topping off with manufactured goods ranging from mobile cranes and mining products through to specialist railway and power generation equipment. Westbound, there are more and more non-containerisable shipments as India’s engineering and manufacturing capabilities develop.”The charter market for breakbulk vessels with heavy gear has also improved, says Janssen: “Only a year or two ago, all that was really available was old tonnage in need of retirement. Now there are a number of good modern ships available at reasonable rates. We still have four ships to be delivered after the Rickmers Yokohama and Rickmers Tianjin, and we are seeing a continued improvement of the market environment.”last_img read more

Global firm must pay £118k over negligent advice

first_imgA High Court judge has ordered global firm King & Wood Mallesons to pay damages over negligent advice it gave to a commodities business intelligence firm – although they were only 5% of the sum claimed. CRU Group was awarded £118,125 from KWM, after Mr Justice Dingemans (pictured) found the firm had acted in breach of its duty by failing to identify and ask for missing documents, leading it to give ‘incorrect advice’.But in Commodities Research Unit International & Others v King & Wood Mallesons, Dingemans dismissed a further negligence claim against the firm. The award he gave was also substantially below the £2.26m in damages CRU originally claimed.KWM said it had been ‘vindicated’ by the court on all the major allegations made against it, and is considering an appeal in relation to the damages that were awarded.The claim centred on advice that King & Wood Mallesons, then SJ Berwin, gave in 2007 and 2008 over the termination of CRU’s former chief executive’s employment. The claim focused on its advice over a ‘long-term incentive plan’ agreement, which made up part of the former chief executive’s remuneration. The agreement provided for payment of a percentage of the sale proceeds if CRU was sold for more than £11m.CRU claimed KWM was asked to give advice about the incentive plan which, had it been given, would have led to an email being discovered that would have shown the chief executive had no entitlement under this agreement if he left the company prior to a sale being completed.Instead the email was not discovered until October 2010. When the group notified the former chief executive of its existence and said it was not liable to pay the incentive, he started proceedings against the company.As a result of the proceedings CRU agreed to pay £1.35m to the former chief executive, incurring legal costs of £838,567 and costs of wasted management time of £71,000. It claimed it should be awarded damages to cover this as it said the proceedings would have been avoided had the email been discovered earlier.However the judge found that KWM had not given negligent advice in this area, as he said the firm was never instructed to advise on the agreement. But he upheld a further claim that the firm should have advised CRU that it could terminate the chief executive’s contract immediately. Instead the firm relied on a contract that said he was entitled to nine months’ notice.The judge found KWM breached its standards of care, as it did not identify that an essential document was missing when it was asked to give advice on ending the chief executive’s employment. A spokesperson for KWM said: ‘The court reached a sensible conclusion of what a lawyer might reasonably be expected to do when faced with a request for urgent advice and found that we met the standard required of expert practitioners in their field. The plaintiff recovered only 5% of the sum they sought from us.’We are considering an appeal in relation to that aspect.’last_img read more

Huber+Suhner to Showcase Advanced Connector & Cable Solutions at IME China 2019

first_imgHuber+Suhner will be showcasing its portfolio of precise and reliable test and measurement solutions at the upcoming IME China 2019 event. IME/China (China International Conference & Exhibition on Microwave and Antenna) is the largest and most influential microwave and antenna exhibition in China. It is a good platform and channel for technical exchanges, business cooperation and trade promotion between global microwave and antenna products & technology suppliers and Chinese microwave and antenna customers. Visitors to the event can view the company’s lineup that will include, microwave cable assemblies, connectors and multi-coax solutions offering reliability, accuracy and durability.At their booth Huber+Suhner will showcase the SUCOFLEX 550S microwave cable assemblies, with a lifetime of more than 100,000 flex cycles, providing high electrical performance with an enhanced mechanical design for durability. This cable assembly offers a longer service life with less downtime and can be fully customized to address market needs with only a short lead time.Providing reliability and density, the MXPM multi-coax connector will also be on display. Its pioneering and advantageous design allows ultra-precise and highly repeatable S-parameter up to 67 GHz (option up to 85 GHz). The connector also features minimal impedance variation at the PCB transition with ultra-compact design with its 2.54 mm (0.1 inch) pitch and automatic interface protection. This safeguards every single channel from mechanical damage when disconnected.They will also show their connectivity solutions for the Test and Measurement, Aerospace and Defense and Communication markets including full series connectors, adaptors and cable assemblies up to 110 GHz, RF components, RF-over-Fiber system and antenna series. As industry professionals look for test and measurement solutions that are durable, accurate and long-lasting, Huber+Suhner microwave and RF solutions overcome many industry challenges where highest precision and reliability is required in demanding conditions.To find out more, speak to Huber+Suhner at any time during the event or arrange a briefing with a member of the team from 23rd – 25th October 2019.last_img read more

JRFU sends 3 to New Zealand

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The three players will take part in the player development program in New Zealand and play for a club in the New Zealand league. The ATQ Project has been set to develop players who will contribute to guide Japan to the final round of the 2011 World Cup.The JRFU is planning to send more players to be named later. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img The Japan Rugby Football Union has selected three young players to allocate to New Zealand as part of a so-called ATQ (Advance to the Quarterfinal) Project this year, the JRFU announced on Friday.The three players to be allocated are locks Tomoaki Taniguchi of Toyota Motors and Manabu Suzuki of Secom and lock/flanker Shinya Makabe of Chuo University.last_img

Boxing: Undefeated fighters to face off Jan. 11 in Showtime event in Shreveport

first_imgAmber Bishop of Bishop Productions talks about the upcoming fight card at Stageworks in Shreveport. Staff Reportsnewsroom@bossierpress.comBlue-chip lightweight prospect Devin Haney (21-0) from Las Vegas will fight Xolisani Ndongeni (25-0) from Ducan Village, South Africa, on Jan. 11 at Stageworks of Louisiana in Shreveport.The scheduled 10-round fight will headline a tripleheader on “ShoBox: The New Generation” (Showtime, 9 p.m.), the network has announced.The 20-year-old Haney (13 KOs), whose own Devin Haney Promotions will promote its second card, is coming off an impressive win of Juan Carlos Burgos on “ShoBox” on Sept. 28 in San Diego.Now Haney, a seven-time national junior amateur champion who turned professional in Mexico because he was too young to get a boxing license in the United States, will bring a great headliner to Shreveport-Bossier City. There will be two other televised fights. Local promoter Amber Bishop of Bishop Promotions will add five more local and regional matchups to the largest boxing event ever showcased in Shreveport-Bossier City.Local fighters Kendrick Williams, Ariel Juarez and Blake Franklin will be on the card.Shreveport’s Williams, a member of Karate Mafia, will be making his pro debut. Juarez, of Longview, Texas, and a member of Team 515, won his only pro bout.Shreveport’s Franklin represents Paxton’s Boxing Gym.Showtime boxing was last in the Shreveport-Bossier City area in the mid-1990’s. The fights took place at the Stageworks of Louisiana (former Shreveport Expo Hall).The venue has been used the past few years for movies and productions as a sound stage. This will be the first public event held in the facility since the Shreveport Convention Center opened in downtown Shreveport.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPersonal Loan | Search AdsGetting a Loan in Hong Kong Might be Easier Than You ThinkPersonal Loan | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more