ORION Investment Real Estate announced the closing of 2100 W. Indian School Rd. for $1.024M ($42 PSF) to Pan-American Elementary Charter School.The property was constructed in 1975 and totals 24,436 SF. The facility includes 16 classrooms, a cafeteria, a theater room, and administrative offices and was operated by the previous owner as a school for nine years.The property has been vacant since 2010 and the new owner will inject some capital to modernize the facility.“We were pleased to have been able to bring a community-centered use that will resurrect the property and provide a desired and important service to the residents in the area,” said Brent Pearlstein, Senior Associate at ORION.Due to its location, vicinity to Interstate 17, excellent visibility, traffic counts and monument signage on Indian School, the property attracted many buyers with various uses. Ultimately, Pan-American emerged as the buyer.“Pan-American was the perfect fit for the property and they have a long history of serving the surrounding neighborhood community,” Pearlstein said. “We are excited about the possibilities at this location and the school plans on remodeling the facility to provide the best educational experience to its students.”Pan-American has served the Phoenix area for more than 10 years and provides K-6 education to their students.The seller, Academy of America, designs, develops, implements, and manages unique educational opportunities and programs for lifelong learning. It currently operates two charter schools in Michigan, the Academy of Southfield and the Academy of Waterford.
A second crown-of-thorns starfish control vessel hits the water today as part of efforts to protect Great Barrier Reef health by culling coral eating crown-of-thorns starfish over the next three years.The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority awarded the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre and the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators a $5.6 million tender to operate the second control vessel.The new control vessel is being funded through the Australian Government’s $140 million Reef Trust.During its maiden voyage the vessel Venus II will target starfish control offshore Cardwell, including Rib, Trunk, Bramble and Little Kelso reefs.RRRC managing director, Sheriden Morris, said: “The extra vessel allows increased research capacity into more efficient ways to control crown-of-thorns starfish populations.”“Every adult coral colony we can protect produces larvae to repopulate other reefs downstream, thereby helping the Reef to regenerate.”Since its introduction, the control program has culled more than 400,000 crown-of-thorns starfish. The focus to date by the vessel MV Hero has been on 21 key reefs that are either popular tourism sites or locations with strong currents that can spread outbreaks. These sites span 75 per cent, or 940 square kilometres, of the reef habitat offshore of Cairns.The Venus II extends control efforts southward from Cairns to Townsville, protecting up to an additional 1000 square kilometres of reefs.Follow-up surveys show the culling has successfully protected coral cover and kept the adult crown-of-thorns starfish population to below outbreak levels in the Cairns region.
Cricket The PNG national woman’s cricket team, the City Pharmacy Lewas have snatched a dramatic win at the World T20 qualifiers. After a disappointing start to their campaign, the Lewas roared back to snatch a 2-wicket victory with just one ball to spare from the United Arab Emirates. The day started with UAE captain Humaria Tasneem making a generous gesture on behalf of UAE Cricket and giving Pauke Siaka a UAE cap at the toss, before choosing to bat first against the Lewas. UAE made a steady, if not spectacular start with openers ER Oza and Chaya Mughal seeing out the powerplay without losing their wickets and reaching 21 after 6 overs. If the openers had given UAE team a platform to attack from, the PNG Lewas bowlers tore that platform to bits in a sensational session of bowling and fielding. The dangerous looking Mughal 18 from 29 balls which included two boundaries. However, her innings came to an end, run out thanks to some nifty work in the field by Brenda Tau as Oza 10 (23b) was dismissed by Sibona Jimmy, taking a fantastic catch from her own bowling. Nisha Ali, who was player of the match for her outstanding knock against Netherlands, was dismissed on the very next ball to Oza, thanks to another run out. This time, Tanya Ruma and Sibona Jimmy combining. Kaia Arua took a stunning catch of CR Seneviratna, off her own bowling and yet another run out, this time of UCKA Dona who left without playing a single ball. This had UAE in absolute despair at 5 wickets down for 37 after 11 overs. The last 5 wickets falling, with only 9 runs scored. The damage wasn’t done yet as Sibona Jimmy got through the bat and pads of Hotchandan, leaving her stumps in a mess and when KKN Egodage became another victim of a run out, this time Vicky Ara’a the fielder, UAE were 7 for 45 after 13 overs. A proper scrap ensued as a crucial partnership between UAE’s opening bowlers Roopa Nagraj 10 (17b) and S Srinivasan 22 (26b, 2x4s. Srinivasan was run out on the last ball of the innings after bringing the UAE total up to a respectable mark of 83. This was the first time in 3 games against the UAE, that the Lewas had been able to dismiss the entire team. The bowlers definitely looked very dangerous as they took 7 wickets for 17 runs were bookended by the first and the 8th wicket. In response, the PNG Lewas started their chase with a bit of a hiccup as Sibona Jimmy 7 (9b) departed early. Kopi John and Brenda Tau tried to put together a partnership, but it was short-lived as John 12 (22b, 1x4s) fell in the 8th over to CR Seneviratna. Brenda Tau was stroking the ball well and brought the total to 50 in the 12th over before she was dismissed by Srinivasan, who had an excellent day of cricket herself. Tau’s wicket was followed by the wicket of captain Pauke Siaka who made 11 facing 17 balls. Siaka became Egodage’s only victim of the game. PNG were still very much in control of the game at this point needing 30 runs to win in 8 overs, with the score 4 for 56 in 12 overs. Kaia Arua and Tanya Ruma appeared to be steadily inching the Lewas to victory, but Srinivasan was not about to give up just yet. With 11 runs to win from 22 balls, she picked up the wicket of Arua 8 (11b) and 2 balls later, Ruma 12 (16b, 1x4s). Despite being in a position of relevant comfort, the wickets stemmed the flow of runs as a result of which there were some nervy decisions while running that led to Veru Kila Frank getting run out for just 1 and suddenly, the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas needed 8 Runs from the last 2 overs. That became 6 from 6 as Seneviratna bowled a stellar over, giving away just 2 runs in the 19th over to finish with figures of 4-1-7-1. It was up to Ravini Oa and debutant Naoani Noinoi Vare to get PNG over the line in the final over. Vare picked up 3 from the first two balls of the final over and Oa picked up 2 from the 3rd to bring the scores level, but the drama was not over there. Oa lost her wicket, run out while attempting to steal a single and win the match and with 1 run to win from 2 balls, it was down to the debutant to bring it home. Vare struck the ball confidently to put 2 points on the board as the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas won the match sensationally, by 2 wickets with 1 ball to spare. This should fill the Lewas with confidence going into their final group game against Netherlands. A magnificent, pulsating game of cricket, which twisted and turned till the very end means that the City Pharmacy Lewas still have a chance to qualify for the semifinals, with a win over the hosts today.
Tigers’ freshman Drew Lock to make his third start at quarterback. Lock threw two interceptions in Missouri’s 21-3 home loss to Florida last week.ATHENS, Ga. — Missouri and Georgia, who have combined to win the last four SEC East titles, know the loser of Saturday night’s game will be all but eliminated from this year’s race.Georgia (4-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) has lost two straight games to Alabama and Tennessee entering Saturday night’s game against Missouri. The Bulldogs must play the remainder of the season without their biggest star, tailback Nick Chubb, whose string of 13 straight 100-yard games ended with a left knee injury on the first play of last week’s loss to the Vols.Missouri (4-2, 1-2 SEC) is the two-time defending division champion, but the Tigers are expected to be without suspended quarterback Maty Mauk, leaving freshman Drew Lock to make his third start. Lock threw two interceptions in Missouri’s 21-3 home loss to Florida last week.Georgia won the East in 2011 and 2012 before Missouri’s two-year run. The last team to play in the SEC championship game with more than one conference loss was South Carolina, at 5-3 2010. That extremely rare 2010 season may be cited by the Georgia-Missouri loser as reason for hope, but it seems unlikely an SEC East team with three losses will catch No. 8 Florida (6-0, 4-0).Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Lock’s demeanor “was great” against Florida’s strong defense despite completing only 16 of 39 passes for 151 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. Pinkel is hoping the young quarterback learns from the tough day.“That’s how you grow the most,” Pinkel said. “Hopefully you make lessons and you learn, and you don’t make the same mistakes. So that’s what we really want for him.”Georgia also has had up-and-down results from quarterback Greyson Lambert. The Virginia transfer was almost perfect in wins over South Carolina and Southern before completing only 10 of 24 for 86 yards with an interception against Alabama and 15 of 32 for 279 yards with two touchdowns in last week’s 38-31 loss at Tennessee.Lambert’s backup, Brice Ramsey, also has struggled.Some things to watch when Missouri plays Georgia:SONY TIME: Sony Michel, who will replace Chubb as the starting tailback, ran for 145 yards on 22 carries against Tennessee, including a 66-yarder. Keith Marshall, Brendan Douglas and fullback Quayvon Hicks also could have some carries. Michel had 410 yards rushing last year but he was behind Todd Gurley and Chubb on the depth chart. Now Michel has his chance to be the lead back.TIGERS TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Missouri has not allowed more than 21 points in any game. The Tigers lead the SEC in pass defense and scoring defense, giving up only 13.5 points per game. They rank second in total defense. Missouri will go after Lambert with a pass rush that has produced 18 sacks, including five against Florida. Ends Charles Harris and Walter Brady have combined for 10 sacks.NO HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE: The road team has three straight wins in the Missouri-Georgia series. The Bulldogs took a 34-0 win at Missouri in 2014.HERSCHEL RAN HERE: Center Evan Boehm was part of the Missouri team that took a 41-21 win at Georgia in 2012. He said he’s telling his younger teammates to “embrace the environment” of Sanford Stadium. “There’s a lot of tradition inside that stadium,” Boehm said. “The fans are crazy. It’s just a fun atmosphere to play football in … the same stadium as Herschel Walker and a lot of other guys.”THIRD-DOWN BLUES: Georgia converted only 4 of 14 third downs against Tennessee after converting 3 of 17 against Alabama. Coach Mark Richt said his staff studied every third-down play of the season “and tried to find the common themes and threads and things that we might be able to do better.”