Sterling Development Group, Luster Custom Homes Announce Merger

first_imgA new full-service development company, Cypress Development Group,  was announced today as the result of a merger between Scottsdale-based developer Sterling Collection Development Group (SCDG) and luxury home builder, Luster Custom Homes.Longtime friends Nathan Day, president of SCDG, and Tanner Luster, president of Luster Custom Homes, decided to combine their companies and increase their staff in order to form Cypress Development Group that will specialize in high-end residential and commercial projects that combine progressive sustainable features with impeccable finishes. The pair’s expertise lies in pioneering the most advanced construction techniques in order to bring new ideas, methods and best practices to the development industry with an uncompromising attention to detail. From concept to completion, Cypress will offer comprehensive development services including site selection and acquisition, development funding, strategic planning, project design, construction, green-building expertise and interior design. “This is an exciting step and major growth opportunity for all of us,” said Nathan Day. “By partnering with Luster Custom Homes and creating a full-service development company, it allows us to critically think outside the box and streamline the development process. We can now manage the entire build process from concept to completion and do things quickly, efficiently and consistently.  We have the ability to explore innovative building process and test the efficiency, especially in the green building arena, and have full quality control under one roof.”Cypress opened the doors to its new 4,000 square-foot office last week at Canyon Village in Scottsdale’s DC Ranch community. The new company also recently hired six employees, adding to the existing team of 12.“We have worked with Sterling for several years now and have enormous respect for their reputation and team. Our greatest asset has always been our people and by coming together we have made a substantial increase in the quality of that asset,” said Tanner Luster. “There are great synergies between our teams, our services and our clients. Our two companies have a shared vision for innovation and success that will only be enhanced by coming together. It is a true reflection of our business philosophy, which is all about building smart, innovative products that provide real value for consumers and real estate professionals.”Day and Luster began working together in 2011 on the first phase of Day’s development, Sterling at Silverleaf, in which Luster is the builder. Sterling is a luxury, custom-home community that sits on 12-acres within the gates of Silverleaf featuring a collection of 16 villas designed by world-renowned architect Bing Hu. The community made national headlines in 2012 when it was named Arizona’s first and only single-family new construction project to be awarded gold-level certification by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), making the villas the greenest homes in Arizona. Just this month, the US Green Building Council also awarded the project GOLD level LEED certification Cypress Development Group’s first project will be phase two of Sterling, an additional 12 villas priced from $2.2M, that will break ground later this month.last_img read more

Nigeria to pay up arrears to former Niger Delta militants

first_imgLIONEL HEALING/AFP/Getty ImagesThe amnesty deal signed some 8 years back gives each ex militant in Nigeria about two $ 213 dollars monthly stipend and some vocational training. But erratic payments have been at the center of wrangles between the Nigerian government and ex-militants.President Buhari initially suspended it and only resumed payments after some protests from the ex-militants.Although some payments were made in January but the ex-militants complained some allowances were omitted.Attacks by militants have cut Nigeria’s crude oil exports by 700,000 barrels per day.The government has been in talks with various groups in the Niger delta, however, those talks have not reached a final conclusion, it has yielded some relative calm and production output has been recovering.But the militants are accusing government of dishonesty, and recently threatened to resume attacks oil pipelines.It is not clear if some ex combatants are among those issuing threats but the directive to settle all outstanding areas and call for calm suggest they could be.last_img read more

5 underrated Utah-BYU games you may have forgotten

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Ask anyone about the Utah-BYU football series and they can come up with several classic games, whether it’s the 34-31 games, Collie’s magic, Beck-to-Harline, Burton’s block, Kaneshiro’s doink or Yergensen’s 55-yarder. Those games all came during the last 25 years when nearly every year has produced a classic moment.Today we’re going to tell you about five of the most underrated Utah-BYU games that were significant for various reasons, one from each decade from the 1940s to the 1980s.BYU BreakthroughOct. 10, 1942 — BYU 12, Utah 7If you don’t count those three victories in the 1890s when BYU was known as B.Y. Academy — which BYU doesn’t — the Cougars had never beaten Utah in 20 tries, losing 17 games and tying three others going into this game. It didn’t look to be any different when the two teams met on a fall afternoon at Ute Stadium.The catalyst for the win was a blocked punt in the fourth quarter when, according to the newspaper account, “the center of the blue forward wall converged on young Wally Kelly” as he punted deep in Utah territory and the Cougars recovered on the 10-yard line. Three plays later, Herman Longhurst ran around the right end and soon after the Cougars were “able to ring the victory bell that BYU backers have been waiting for years to hear.”Thanksgiving ClassicNov. 26, 1953 — Utah 33, BYU 32It was a nationally televised game just a few years after TV became a staple in American homes and played on Thanksgiving Day. Utah came into the game as a heavy favorite with a 7-2 record and a first-place standing in the Skyline Conference compared to BYU’s 2-6-1 mark and last-place standing in the conference.Behind fullback Don Peterson, the “Redskins” dominated early and led 26-13 in the third quarter before the Cougars mounted a comeback to tie the score at 26 on a run by Don James. The Utes came right back with a touchdown drive as Peterson went over from the 2-yard line and thought they had the game. Then the Cougars put together an 80-yard touchdown drive to pull within one point in the waning minutes. However, the extra point try was muffed when the holder couldn’t handle the snap and was swarmed under by the Utes. After the win, the Utah seniors voted not to accept an invitation to play in the Sun Bowl on New Year’s Day. According to the newspaper account, the reason was because “the married men on the squad needed the vacation employment to augment their incomes.”Carter’s Coming-Out PartyNov. 6, 1965 — BYU 25, Utah 20This was a year after Utah’s big season (9-2, Liberty Bowl win) when the Utes had won 47-13 and the Utes came in having lost just two of the previous 41 meetings between the two schools.This was seven years before the start of the LaVell Edwards’ passing era, but you could say this season was the start of the Cougars’ quarterback tradition. Virgil Carter was in his second year as BYU’s QB and by passing for four touchdowns against Utah, he not only set a BYU record, but a WAC record as well in leading the victory.Most of the scoring came in the first half. Carter hit Tim Russell for the first score and after Utah came back to take a 14-6 lead in the second quarter, Carter responded with three more TD passes, another to Russell, one to Dennis Palmer for a 36-yard score and then Phil Odle from 22 yards out. That made it 25-14 at the half and the Utes added a score early in the third quarter and from there it was up to the Cougar defense to keep the Utes out of the end zone and preserve the victory as Bobby Ashdown intercepted a last-gasp pass by the Utes in the final minute.Not only did Carter complete 16 of 29 passes for 253 yards, he was BYU’s best runner with 83 yards on 19 carries. By the time he left BYU after the 1966 season, he had set six national, 19 conference and 24 school records and went on to play in the NFL for several years.Marv’s bootNov. 20, 1971 — Utah 17, BYU 15Neither team was having a very good season as the Utes came into the late November game 2-7, while the Cougars were 5-5 and looking to end with a winning season. Two local players who played high school ball in Salt Lake and went on to be teammates in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys played key roles in the contest. Golden Richards, who prepped at Granite High School, got the scoring started with a 73-yard punt return, one of an NCAA-record four punt return touchdowns that season off a punt by Utah’s all-American punter Marv Bateman, who played for Highland High. The Utes came back with a pair of touchdowns, runs by quarterback Don Van Galder and halfback Cal Poulson, to go ahead 14-6 at the end of the first quarter. BYU came back with a field goal and a touchdown after an 86-yard drive to go ahead 15-14, but they missed a two-point conversion that proved costly later. The Utes drove to the 15-yard line and Bateman, who had missed a 38-yarder earlier in the quarter, booted a 32-yard field goal with 1:05 left to give Utah the victory.Utes’ giveawayNov. 20, 1982 — BYU 17, Utah 12After losing 56-6 and 56-28 the previous two seasons, the Utes dominated the statistics in this game, but couldn’t get the win against Steve Young & Co. Despite getting 24 first downs compared to 11 for BYU and rolling up 468 yards to 300 for the Cougars, BYU came away with the narrow victory to clinch another WAC title and a fifth consecutive trip to the Holiday Bowl.Under first-year coach Chuck Stobart, the Utes used a ball-control offense led by Carl Monroe and Hilria Johnson, who rushed for 147 and 145 yards respectively. However, four turnovers, three fumbles and an interception, compared to zero for the Cougars, proved to be the difference.The Utes fumbled at the 1-yard line, threw an interception into the end zone and stalled at the 7-yard line after an 83-yard drive, or they might have won going away.“We gave that game away,” Utah quarterback Kenny Vierra said afterward. “The fumble and the interception killed us and that was my fault.”last_img read more

Diego Simeone has prepared Atletico Madrid’s battle-plan

first_img CEST 10/04/2016 Upd. at 19:42 Simeone’s intentions come supported by the ban of Fernando Torres. Antoine Griezmann, who was substituted against Espanyol for a rest, could play up front by himself. Atletico’s players know they are playing for half their season here and are convinced they can do it. “We are sure we’ll go through.” And a look at the league table shows their calendar is managable and they can fight for that, too. Atletico know that if they win 1-0 they will progress, meaning that will be their strategy as their priority is stopping Barcelona’s attackers. Asphyxiating pressure, little space and maximum intensity, while they while away the minutes looking for a chance to strike a definitive blow. The Rojiblancos have the physicality to bear it out, waiting for a game to win the game. Barcelona know they will face their trickiest game of the season so far at the Vicente Calderon. Atletico Madrid are convinced that now is their time. They had a phase of the season where they were in doubt, but now the conviction of hitting their best moment has arrived, at the ideal time – the final stretch of the season, where titles are won. The dressing room is breathing with optimism after beating Espanyol. Optimism which as them convinced they will beat Barcelona to progress to the Champions League semi-finals. Diego Simeone didn’t even make rotations at the weekend. The coach has his battle plan ready to welcome Barcelona. Because it will be just that, a battle. With one tilt the game could turn into an inferno. Lluis Miguelsanzlast_img read more

Cricket: Kohli’s ‘mic drop’ adds ‘spice’ to the Test series, says captain Joe Root

first_imgAdvertisement e98NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbu1sjmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ex7x7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7lh6Would you ever consider trying this?😱a1n0Can your students do this? 🌚2olRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian leader Virat Kohli mocked at Joe Root’s ‘mic drop’ celebration with his own version of the gesture but the English captain took it very sportingly as he replied, ” it adds to the spectacle of the Test Cricket.”Advertisement After adding 100 plus runs with Jonny Bairstow on the opening day of the first Test, Kohli’s direct throw from the mid-wicket found the England captain Joe Root short of the crease.Advertisement “I did not see it in the middle. Saw it last night after day’s play. It adds to the whole spectacle of the Test cricket. Gives a bit of humour to it. It also makes it for a very entertaining series. Let’s see how things pan out over the course of the five Tests,” Root told Sky Sports ahead of Day 2.He further added, “It was a human error. It happens, unfortunately. You hear a call and you trust your mate. It happens. I could have easily said no (to the second run) as well. No hard feelings there. Kohli replied to Joe Root’s dramatic celebration by an animated ‘mic drop’ gesture which has majorly boosted the Test series.Advertisement  Also Read :England vs. India: 1st Test Day 1 Review- Late collapse ensures pole position for IndiaCricket: Twitter reacts as Captain Kohli scores a magnificent century vs England Advertisementlast_img read more

Hunt for gun raiders

first_imgPOLICE are still searching for eight guns which were stolen from a Berwick house last month. It is believed a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

He bends it like competitor

first_imgRumors David Beckham is a figment of the imagination of the Galaxy have been squashed. Or, playing off a complaint registered by one reader, Beckham no longer is the Galaxy mascot. The long-awaited, highly anticipated, non-token appearance of the gentleman hired to yank soccer into the Yankee mainstream as a member of the Galaxy finally took place Wednesday at Home Depot Center. He not only played, he did that which he is famous for beyond marketing and sex appeal. He was able to bend the ball. Making matters even better, he was able to bend the ball into the goal. There may have been 8,000 in the 27,000-capacity stadium. If you are generous, you ‘ll say 10,000 to 12,000. They announced a crowd of 17,223. At least the score, Galaxy 2, D.C. United 0, is accurate. Ironically, in the face of how MLS rewrote salary-cap rules to facilitate getting Beckham here, and how the league chipped in to help cover his alleged $32.5 million, five-year contract, this was not an MLS game. It was a nonleague SuperLiga tournament semifinal game, in the psyche of the American sports fan another in a seemingly endless string of exhibition games, the equivalent to a Christmas “classic” in college basketball. But it was a game with Beckham on the field. A sign of how much he enjoyed himself was his reaction to being taken down by a hard tackle. He bounced up with a big grin. He played 62 minutes, running free and easy, without a limp. Not especially fast. Not aggressive. No display of dribbling skills because that’s not his thing. But the man can strike the ball. He provided the Galaxy a couple of early scoring opportunities with precision passes. And then he scored on a free kick from 27 yards out that simply froze United goalie Troy Perkins. Beckham sees the field. Think Magic Johnson on a fast break. As Donovan discovered. This on an ankle that he reported, in a Shaq O’Neal moment, is 78 percent. Later, he said he is 20 to 30 percent short of full strength. He was trying to oblige reporters asking questions. He was soft-spoken and direct at the same time. He was thoughtful. He did not shy away from subjects. On the poor record of the Galaxy, he said, “You need a certain amount of luck. Then again, you create your luck by playing well, and I don’t think that we’ve played to our full potential.” The luck the Galaxy have created thus far this season is bad, as in a 3-7-5 MLS record, bottomed only by Real Salt Lake in the 13-team league. On playing for England against Germany, if asked to do so, he said, “If I’m right, then I’ll be meeting up (going to the game). If I’m not, then I will have to say no even though it will be difficult to say it.” It will be difficult to say no because of how he feels about his national team and because he knows he will be shredded by members of the London press, masters of the cheap shot that they are, for lacking loyalty to the crown. The condition of the ligaments in his ankle will have no impact on how they evaluate the matter. For those who might be looking at Beckham from the soccer standpoint – and this might be a minority – we are learning his reputation as a competitor is genuine. He was injured going into his final game with Real Madrid. He could have shrugged, applied an ice pack, watched the game and moved on to the Galaxy with a much sounder ankle than he had when he arrived here. Instead, he took injections, played because the league championship was at stake, helped Real Madrid win the championship and showed up here damaged goods. Competitive spirit is something the marketing machine cannot manufacture. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Yes, the legend lives on. In his first real game with the Galaxy, Beckham scored. As a bonus, he assisted on a goal by Landon Donovan. Only in Hollywood. Or, in this case, in Carson. Following the initial publicity bump from his arrival on our shores, breathless reports about buying a Beverly Hills mansion and, with wife Victoria, hobnobbing with Hollywood friends, and an overhyped, made-for-TV appearance in an exhibition game against Chelsea, he had been a soccer ghost due to the most famous left ankle injury in the world. Far too much exposure. Expectations higher than high. Backlash setting in. Horror of horrors for mighty Major League Soccer and the AEG/Galaxy marketing machine, disappointed fans had started to boo the savior. Fans, the few who showed up Wednesday – an indication his appeal is not as strong as advertised – roared their approval when he was announced in the starting lineup. last_img read more

Really Simple Web 2.0

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus MikeArrington thinks Tim O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 meme map should be simpler and Dave Winer responds,saying it’s a complicated self-serving meme and pointing out that the map doesn’t includeRSS. I’ve been looking at the meme map closely, while working on the latest chapter of Josh’s and my O’Reilly book on Web 2.0 (so yes, I’msomewhat biased in responding to Dave’s post). I agree with Mike that we need to distilthe meme map down into less complicated language. Concepts such as “Architecture ofParticipation” and “cost-effective scalability” carry with them a lot of meaning, butthey’re not easily grasped. So I need to find a simpler way to explain them in thebook.The way I am approaching this dilemma is to use case studies and real life exampleswhenever possible in the book. So for example when I discussed the Architecture ofParticipation, I described it in part as “the value of user contributions to a Web 2.0application – based on the ability for users to easily participate in a system” and Iused Amazon book reviews and eBay auctions as examples.As Dave said, “it’s hard work to make things really simple” and I’m certainly findingthat to be the case in writing a book about Web 2.0. That’s probably true for anynon-fiction book though – the writer gets to the heart of the matter by relating things to reallife and describing the simple things well. That’s why I love Tom Wolfe’s and Michael Lewis’books so much.Finally, Dave ends his post today with this: “Web 2.0 is really simple, it’s RSS 2.0.”Well I have to disagree with that 🙂 RSS is a very important enabling technology of Web2.0, definitely. But Web 2.0 is much more than RSS. It’s about people using the Web as a platform to build on. RSS is one of the tools we use to dothat, but there are others – APIs, AJAX, REST, XHTML/CSS, etc.Actually when it comes down to it, Web 2.0 is really about normal everyday people using the Web and creating things on it – forget the acronyms.UPDATE: Susan Mernit said it way better than me: “The enduring lesson of all of the social media and emerging technologies is that we’ve created an a la carte, do it yourself platform where users can engage with sophisticatedforms of search, feeds, metadata and APIs, social networks and identity, and commerce and fill these vessels with their own information–And that’s the heart of the revolution, IMHO.” Tags:#web#Web Development center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Wrestling Kyle Snyder Ohio State victorious against Maryland at Good Counsel High

OSU then-sophomore Kyle Snyder gets his hand raised during a meet against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Jan. 17. Credit: Lantern file photoResults: OSU wins 30-12•125 pounds: Michael Beck (UMD) won by forfeit. Jose Rodriguez (OSU) out due to illness.•133 pounds: No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) major decision over Billy Rappo (UMD), 15-5•141 pounds: No. 14 Luke Pletcher (OSU) major decision over Jhared Simmons (UMD), 16-7•149 pounds: Adam Whitesell (UMD) fall over Blake Riley-Hawkins. No. 5 Micah Jordan out due to illness.•157 pounds: Jake Ryan (OSU) decision over Justin Alexander (UMD), 3-2•165 pounds: Cody Burcher (OSU) decision over Patrick Gerish (UMD), 5-2•174 pounds: Justin Kresevic (OSU) decision over Josh Ugalde (UMD), 3-2. No. 1 Bo Jordan (OSU) out due to injury.•184 pounds: No. 10 Myles Martin (OSU) major decision over Sam Rowell (UMD), 16-6•197 pounds: No. 5 Kollin Moore (OSU) major decision over David-Brian Whisler (UMD), 17-7 •HWT: No. 1 Kyle Snyder (OSU) technical fall over Youssif Hemida (UMD), 22-7Worth noting: The Buckeyes lost two matchups to the Terrapins on Sunday. Both came in matchups in which Buckeye starters were not able to participate. Junior Kyle Snyder took home a technical fall victory in his high school gymnasium, as the dual meet between OSU and Maryland took place at Good Counsel High School, Snyder’s alma mater. Looking ahead: The Buckeyes travel to take on the No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes on Jan. 27. This matchup will impact the Buckeyes greatly, both in the Big Ten and in national rankings moving forward. OSU currently sits at 8-0 on the season, but are entering a tough two-game stretch with Iowa next week and No. 1 Penn State the following week (Feb. 3). read more