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EU plans big building renovation project to save energy

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is announcing a major building renovation project this week seeking to cut down energy costs and polluting emissions while providing a big boost to the construction industry.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Monday that the 27-nation bloc “must speed up” the pace of renovations if it is to meet climate change targets and said most efforts will go to schools, hospitals and social housing.

The bloc is littered with buildings that fail to contain heat in winter and cannot keep people cool in summer, creating massive energy bills that sap local budgets but also pollute cities and the atmosphere.

“Our buildings are responsible for 40% of our energy consumption,” said von der Leyen. And even though many buildings have or are being renovated, “at the current pace, it would take more than a century to bring emissions from our buildings to

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Dubai’s Sweetheart Kitchen plans Saudi expansion

Dubai-based cloud kitchen company Sweetheart Kitchen said it plans to use funds from its recently concluded Series C round to expand its brands and reach in the region in addition to investing in technology and talent.

The 15-month old company had raised €15 million ($17.7 million) in Series C funding backed by “strategic investors” after raising a total of €21 million ($25 million) in previous Series A and B rounds.

Sweetheart Kitchen said in a statement that it plans to use the funds from the new round to launch five new brands, in addition to the 30 in its stable.

It said the company is targeting to have 12 units live in the UAE by the first quarter of 2021 and enter Saudi Arabia in the second half of 2021.

The funds will also be used to relaunch its Kuwait operations that were impacted by the pandemic lockdowns in the

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Xenia plans to spend $54M on capital improvements in next 5 years

Xenia City Council will consider approving a plan for all the city-funded projects to come in the next five years, including about $2 million a year on streets and a new fire station on the west side of town.



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The capital improvement plan has about $54 million of projects and improvements planned throughout the next five years. The city plans to spend about $2.4 million on streets annually, with some of those funds coming from grants, said Assistant City Manager Jared Holloway.

Holloway and City Manager Brent Merriman said conversations about some streets and storm water projects took a back seat in 2020 because of the coronavirus.

The city conducted a pavement condition index study in February 2020. Based on the condition of the streets in Xenia, the city plans for a minimum of $800,000 a year to be spent on rehabilitating roads.

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Preliminary plans for Augusta County Courthouse renovation and addition released

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The new proposed Augusta County Courthouse renovation, which will take nine of the surrounding buildings and incorporate it into the new complex. This plan needs to be approved by the City of Staunton’s Historic Preservation Commission. (Photo: Submitted)

STAUNTON – New plans for the Augusta County Courthouse have been released. 

Augusta County has submitted an application for a certificate of appropriateness to the City of Staunton’s Historic Preservation Commission. The application includes descriptions, drawings, photographs, plans and documentation that are required by the commission, the release said.

A total budget for the project has not been released, but The News Leader has asked county officials for an estimate and did not hear back immediately. 

The main takeaway from the plans include rehabilitating the 1901 courthouse and the Echols Building, which are two buildings that were completed by Staunton architect T.J. Collins, the release said. The new plans show that

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Colorado Rapids scrap plans to host fans at upcoming home matches after COVID-19 outbreak

Plans to host fans at upcoming Colorado Rapids matches at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park have been scuttled after the team recently experienced a COVID-19 outbreak, the club announced Monday afternoon.

The team planned to have as many as 1,165 fans (6% capacity) attend matches Wednesday and Saturday nights at its Commerce City stadium. But after 14 people within the Rapids organization (four players, 10 staff members) tested positive for the virus during the last two weeks, those plans were put on hold “out of an abundance of caution.”

MLS postponed Colorado’s previous two matches against Sporting Kansas City (Sept. 27) and the Portland Timbers (Oct. 3) due to the outbreak. The team will return to its home field 7 p.m. Wednesday against LAFC, followed by another match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park 5 p.m. Saturday vs. the L.A. Galaxy — just not with fans in the stadium.

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Priti Patel slammed for refusing to deny Home Office made plans for wave machine to deter migrants

Patel was asked about alleged plans to build wave machines. (Getty)
Patel was asked about alleged plans to build wave machines. (Getty)

Priti Patel has been criticised for refusing to deny that that Home Office made plans to install a wave machine in the English Channel to deter migrants.

The home secretary said in an interview with The Sunday Times that it would be “remiss of us not to look at all the options” in reference to reports the government was planning to build new detention centres to house migrants.

When asked about reports earlier this week that she had asked Home Office officials to look into the possibility of a wave machine Patel told the newspaper: “That’s operational tactics and, quite frankly, I’m not going to start discussing operational tactics.”

Several figures criticised the home secretary over the interview on Sunday morning, with former transport secretary Andrew Adonis questioning the legality of the alleged plans.

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Washington Theater moves forward with renovation plans



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New plans are now in place to help bring a historic Quincy theater back to life.

The Washington Theater Commission approved an architectural plan for the 96-year-old theater this week.

It includes spending $70,000 to document the proposed use of the theater, develop a layout, and begin a new fundraising phase for the project.

The commission is working with a professional theater consultant and architect called “Killis Almond.”

It’s been a key member in renovating more than 80 historic theaters.

Commission President Brian Heinze says timing couldn’t be better for these unfolding plans.

“In the feasibility study, they said an opened theater — not just a movie theater but a multi-purpose venue — could bring up to $4 million into the city. So the timing is right between the riverfront restoration and what they want to do and the downtown revitalization,” Heinze said.

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Health, function fuel kitchen plans today

         The kitchen is a home’s hot spot. But a kitchen’s design trends aren’t trendy when its composition and construction are dictated by how people really live, says Jonas Carnemark, whose eponymous design-build firm is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

         “The self-isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic has placed a magnifying lens on home design, especially in the kitchen,” says the 33-year certified kitchen designer, as designated by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. “The kitchen isn’t just a place where people prepare and eat food. It’s the heart and hub of a home, where everyone gathers before and after meals, too.”

         The NKBA’s “Living Impacts Design” research was released during the first quarter of 2020, and highlights consumers’ kitchen inclinations based on more than 750 completed industry surveys. Influential changes to kitchen design include: plans for aging in place; homeowners’ need to escape from a chaotic world; a desire to live

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Marine Corps Plans Robust Improvements to Force-on-Force Combat Training

The new head of Marine Corps Training and Education Command said Wednesday that he is a new believer in the renewed push to require force-on-force training to prepare combat units for the future battlefield.

Lt. Gen. Lewis Craparotta told an audience at Modern Day Marine 2020 that the service will make significant investments in force-on-force training over the next several years to ensure that units take away valuable training lessons.

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The shift from scripted training scenarios to force-on-force, freestyle training began in 2018 when then-Lt. Gen. David Berger was head of Marine Corps Combat Development Command. Berger has since been promoted to a fourth star as commandant of the Marine Corps.

Under Berger’s guidance, the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at 29 Palms, California, developed realistic combat scenarios in which units go against each in a

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SCDOT plans improvements for dangerous intersection along Highway 501



a group of people riding on the back of a truck: Crews respond to a crash at Highway 501 and East Cox Ferry Road.


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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Plans are in the works to make a notorious intersection along Highway 501 safer.

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Transportation revealed that improvements will be made to the intersection of Highway 501 and Cox Ferry Road during the widening project.

Numbers from the city of Conway show that from 2017 to 2019, there were more than 100 accidents at the intersection.

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A spokesman for SCDOT said that the Ride III project for the highway includes adding a third lane in each direction on Highway 501, a right turn lane onto East Cox Ferry Road from the highway and offsetting the left turn lane on the northbound side onto West Cox

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