According to King Sturge’s latest Thames Valley offices research there are ‘two sides’ to the story of the credit crunch . Investment market ‘cautious’While the investment market is, according to the research, ‘cautious and patchy’, King Sturge found that the occupational market in the Thames Valley is strong. The research showed that take-up for the first three quarters of the year already exceeded the five-year average of 1.5m sq ft, and predicted that the 2m sq ft mark would be hit by the end of the year, despite the fact that no pre-lets were recorded in the third quarter. Take-up increased by 171%Take-up increased by 171% on the third quarter last year, to 543,000 sq ft in Q3 2007. The research also found that the Thames Valley’s traditional occupier by sector – the telecoms, media and telecommunications sector – had been overtaken by the industry sector, including deals with Cadburys at Uxbridge Business Park. Vacancy rate downKing Sturge also found that availability had fallen to a vacancy rate of 9.5%, with 13 buildings under construction to plug the gap representing 732,000 sq ft. The majority of speculative development was found in Maidenhead, where seven of the buildings under construction are located.
Turn Thursdays into together time this holiday seasonHoliday busyness can occupy your weekends, making it difficult to find time to prepare and share a special meal. Instead, why not commit to making Thursday evenings special throughout the season? Instead of trying to do one more thing on the weekend, organically fit together-time into Thursdays, and fill the evening with your closest friends, TV shows, board games or other favorite entertainment — and don’t forget your favorite foods!The wholesome holiday fare professionals at Simply Organic offer four simple ideas for turning Thursday night into your favorite time of the week this holiday season:* Make it a movie night. Whether you choose a timeless holiday classic or the hottest new release, an evening of movie watching can break the stress and monotony of the week. You can opt for something kid-friendly and let the kids stay up a little bit later, or put them to bed on time and settle in with more sophisticated viewing fare. Pair the movie with your favorite takeout (instead of popcorn) and a warmth-inspiring seasonal beverage.* Serve a wholesome, organic meal. Invite friends to each bring a dish for an evening potluck. Eating together is a favorite way to share the spirit of the season, and serving organic fare communicates your values and caring. You can find plenty of seasonal recipes that incorporate organic ingredients at www.simplyorganic.com.* Stage a baking party. You probably planned to do some holiday baking this season, so why not turn it into a fun event? Invite one or two good friends over, and ask them to bring their favorite holiday treat recipe to make. Pool your efforts — and results — to expand your holiday baked goods menu this year. Be sure to get an ingredients list from everyone ahead of time!* Host a holiday appetizer and cocktail dinner. Instead of serving a big meal of foods that everyone’s going to overindulge in this holiday season, an appetizer gathering can be a fun, creative alternative. Whip up holiday appetizers and seasonal cocktails (liquor optional) to capture the spirit of the season.
The Shreveport Mudbugs open the North American Hockey League playoffs Friday night at George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum.The Mudbugs (35-19-3-3), who finished second in the NAHL’s South Division, face the third-place Corpus Christi IceRays (32-19-4-5) in the first game of a best-of-five series at 7:11.Game 2 is Friday night at 7:11 at George’s Pond. The series shifts to Corpus Christi Wednesday for Game 3. Game 4, if necessary, is Thursday in Corpus Christi.If a decisive Game 5 is necessary, it will be Tuesday, April 25, at George’s Pond.The other South Division first-round series pits No. 1 Lone Star (44-14-2-0) against No. 4 Wichita Falls (29-24-5-2).Friday’s game will be the 13th between Shreveport and Corpus Christi this season. The IceRays have had the upper hand, winning nine of 12.The teams split a two-game set March 31 and April 1 at George’s Pond. The Mudbugs won the first game 5-4 and the IceRays won the second 5-2.Frankie Melton was Shreveport’s top scorer in the regular season with 35 goals and 23 assists. His 58 points ranked 12th in the league.Croix Evingson scored 52 points (12 goals, 40 assists) in the regular season. Kieran Durgan ranked third on the team with 47 (18 goals, 29 assists).Shreveport goaltenders John Roberts (16-12-0-2) and Dylan Lubbesmeyer (18-7-3-1) ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, in the NAHL in goals-against average in the regular season. Roberts allowed 2.23 and Lubbesmeyer 2.31.Mason Krueger led Corpus Christi with 56 points (22 goals, 34 assists). Brad Power was the IceRays’ second-leading scorer with 54 (24 goals, 30 assists).Corpus Christi goaltender Tomas Vomacka (19-13-2-4) ranked ninth in the league with a 2.43 gaa.— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.orgTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-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|SponsoredSponsoredUndo
Player profileName: Tyler KepkayHeight: 6-0Weight: 185Class: JuniorHometown: Vancouver, B.C.Favorite player: Steve NashOf note: Led nation’s junior colleges in scoring at 27.9 ppg last year … Shot 46.4 percent from 3-point range and 88.1 percent from the free-throw line … Had 10 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in his Utah debut last week. Utes on the airUtah (1-0) vs. High Point (0-1)Today, 6 p.m.Bank of America ArenaTV: NoneRadio: 700AM E-mail: email@example.com Growing up in Canada, Tyler Kepkay never expected to be a Division I college basketball player.He boxed and played hockey and became a very good high school basketball player. However, he never played on one of those traveling AAU teams and never had college recruiters beating down his door.He figured he would find a small college in Canada to continue his basketball career.Two and a half years after graduating from high school, Kepkay is not only playing for the University of Utah basketball team, he’s already earned a starting spot. He had a strong debut last week against South Carolina Upstate, scoring 10 points, handing out six assists and grabbing five rebounds in the Ute victory.Although he has sat out of practice since spraining an ankle in the Friday opener, he is looking forward to playing a couple of games this week near his hometown of Vancouver, B.C. The Utes are playing in the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament in Seattle with a game tonight (6 p.m. MST) against High Point (N.C.) and another Wednesday night.”It’ll be fun to go up there and play in front of my dad and mom,” Kepkay said. “I’ll definitely have friends and family coming to the games.”It’s quite remarkable how Kepkay ended up in Utah in the first place. If you ask him he’ll tell you, “I honestly don’t know.”He knows how he got to the University of Utah, which had to get not one but two commitments from him earlier this year to beat out several other Division I schools.Before that, however, it was a phone call out of the blue from the College of Eastern Utah in Price that brought Kepkay to play basketball in the United States.”I never really did know how good I was because I never played against guys that were going to big D-1 schools,” he said. “I just stayed at home and played at the rec center. Out of nowhere I got a call.”Kepkay ended up at CEU because of some connections between the former Utah coaching staff and Canada Basketball, the governing body for Canadian basketball.”We all knew a guy in Canada, and he called us about a guard,” said Ute assistant coach Chris Jones, who was also a member of the former staff. “We watched some film of Tyler and said he’s not ready yet, but he has a chance. So we called Brock Erickson (an assistant at College of Eastern Utah) and told him about Tyler.”It turns out CEU was looking for a guard, and soon Kepkay was on his way to Price, Utah.The Utes kept their eye on him in 2005-06 and considered signing him after his first year. Then last year when Kepkay had his big season, leading the nation in scoring at nearly 28 points a game, the Utes corralled a commitment in January.”We followed his progress and felt he was a big missing ingredient of what our team needed — a pure point guard,” said Jones. “He had toughness, competitiveness and he wanted to be a player.”Although he had committed to Utah, Kepkay reconsidered his options after the firing of Ray Giacoletti and made visits to St. John’s, San Diego State and Duquesne and had almost dropped Utah from his list.Then last March, the day after coach Jim Boylen was hired at Utah, Jones told him about Kepkay and how much the Utes needed him.Boylen said, “Let’s go,” and five minutes later he and Jones were driving to Price.”He was disenchanted about the coaching change and not excited about going through the recruiting process again,” said Boylen. “But we hit it off right away. We made him a priority. It was a three-week process, but it seemed like a year.”Kepkay signed with Utah in April and hasn’t looked back.”It has worked out for me,” said Kepkay. “I feel right at home.The biggest difference (in Division I) is the focus and coming ready to play every day.”Although he is a point guard, Kepkay can score, as evidenced by his 27.9 average last year and his 46.4 3-point shooting percentage.However, the Utes want him to be run the Ute offense and be a leader and not necessarily a scorer.”He’s really been making strides and is getting a lot better feel for the system,” Boylen said. “I’m glad he’s here, and I think he’ll help us win a lot of games.” UTE NOTES: The Utes took off for Seattle Monday afternoon after practice … Games today and Wednesday will be played at the 10,000-seat Bank of America Arena … The Utes have a 3-0 record against High Point, including an 80-44 win in 2005 … High Point is led by senior forward Arizona Reid, who averaged 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds last year and had 26 points and 11 rebounds against Charlotte on Friday … The Utes will face the winner or loser of the Washington-New Jersey Institute of Technology game Wednesday night … After this trip, the Utes’ next game will be Monday at home against Santa Clara.