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Michael OLeary says Shane Ross is playing a blinder in bus dispute

first_img RYANAIR BOSS MICHAEL O’Leary has praised Transport Minister Shane Ross’ handling of the ongoing Bus Éireann dispute.Speaking to Ivan Yates on his new Newstalk show Yates on Sunday, O’Leary said: “I think he’s played a blinder on the bus issue because he stayed out of it.“And the minister should stay out of those issues where you have public sector unions running around trying to suck ministers and politicians into resolving disputes.”O’Leary said Ireland is “still dealing with the damage” caused by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern “buying off the unions for many years”. He said Bus Éireann management and unions need to come to a solution.“Ryanair has long ago proven that transport belongs in the private sector, the public sector is incapable of providing an efficient service or a low cost service,” O’Leary added.‘Wildcat’ strike Ross has been criticised by some for not doing more to help solve the dispute. Secondary picketing caused major disruption to Irish Rail and Dublin Bus services on Friday.Fianna Fáil’s transport spokesperson Robert Troy said: “Minister Ross has once again failed to show any leadership, and this trait is fast becoming the hallmark of his ministry.”Córas Iompair Éireann is expected to take legal action against the National Bus and Rail Union over Friday’s disruption and lost revenue it caused. The union has distanced itself from the secondary picketing, saying it was not officially sanctioned.Ross has repeatedly said it is not his place to intervene in the dispute and called for both sides to negotiate.Some 2,600 Bus Éireann workers have been on strike for over a week. They said they have been left with no other option but to continue their industrial action over cutbacks, which management said are necessary to save money as the company faces insolvency.Read: Fears of more disruption as NBRU may be sued over ‘wildcat’ strikeRead: ‘It’s just not on’: Shane Ross calls travel disruption appalling but says he won’t intervene in dispute Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 2:56 PM https://jrnl.ie/3319994 Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary Image: Jane Barlow PA Wire/PA Images Michael O’Leary says Shane Ross is ‘playing a blinder’ in bus dispute The Ryanair CEO said Ross is right to not get involved. 149 Comments By Órla Ryancenter_img Image: Jane Barlow PA Wire/PA Images Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary Short URL Apr 2nd 2017, 2:56 PM 50,480 Views Share1104 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

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Vancouver man arrested in New Jersey on child sex trafficking charge

first_imgA 47-year-old Vancouver man was arrested in Hazlet, N.J., on Wednesday for allegedly sex trafficking a child.Law enforcement located and arrested James Keenan in the East Coast township about a week after a federal grand jury in Portland handed up an indictment for charges of sex trafficking of a child, attempted sex trafficking of a child and attempted enticement.His arrest resulted from a monthlong investigation carried out by detectives with the Beaverton, Ore., Police Department and the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, according to a police department press release.“This is an ongoing investigation,” the release says.Authorities are helping the underage victim to recover, police said.last_img read more

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Prop B before California Supreme Court

first_imgProp B before California Supreme Court Updated: 5:38 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A long-standing legal dispute over Proposition B, the pension reform measure voters approved six years ago, was argued before the California Supreme Court Tuesday.If Prop B is ruled illegal, the city could face stiff financial penalties and huge increases in the pension debt which is already $2.7 billion.Three years ago, the public employment relations board, or PERB, ruled in favor of the labor unions that the Prop B reforms were illegal. Earlier this year, that was reversed by the court of appeals.The issue before the Supreme Court is who is on the right side of the law, a state agency ruling or the voters, former City Attorney Jan Goldsmith who had a role in Prop B.“I argued each step of the way when I was City Attorney,” Goldsmith said.Labor argued this was a city-sponsored initiative and not a citizen’s initiative, because then-Mayor Jerry Sanders and others used city resources to get it on the ballot, thus requiring negotiations with the unions on the terms of Prop B before it went to the voters.“The city had nothing to negotiate because under the constitutional law the city couldn’t change the initiative once it qualified for the ballot, so you couldn’t negotiate, there’s no law requiring it,” Goldsmith said.Prop B prevented newly hired city employees, since 2012, from being enrolled into the old, lucrative pensions system. Instead, they were offered a 401K plan.It Prop B is ruled illegal, it could cost taxpayers many millions of dollars in retroactive pensions for those new hires.Regarding labor citing Jerry Sanders’s involvement in supporting Prop B, Goldsmith said that’s become commonplace.“The United States Supreme Court has encouraged politically elected officials to get involved in public policies such as initiatives,” Goldsmith said.Jerry Sanders, now CEO of the Chamber, was mayor at the time. He issued the following statement:“The opposition continues to try to frustrate the will of our voters by seeking to overturn the measure. We are hopeful that the court will uphold the right of our voters to press for pension reform.”April Boling is the plaintiff in this suit. She, the City Attorney’s office, and Mayor Kevin Faulconer were at the court hearing in San Francisco. KUSI sat down with the Mayor when he returned to San Diego.“From San Diego’s perspective, pension reform is incredibly important, supported by a majority of San Diego. It’s helped our city get back on track financially,” Mayor Faulconer said.Under the Supreme Court rules, a ruling could come at any time during the next 90 days. Steve Bosh, Posted: May 29, 2018center_img May 29, 2018 Steve Bosh Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Armed carjacking suspects in custody after police perimeter set up in Pembroke

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have detained several men after establishing a perimeter in Pembroke Pines after the men bailed out following a carjacking.Miramar Police and Pembroke Pines Police set the perimeter in the area of Southwest 22nd Street and 99th Avenue to search for the men who, police said, were responsible for an armed carjacking, just before noon on Thursday. They were all detained about 12:15 p.m.Police took several men into custody, possibly as many as six. They do not believe anyone else is on the loose.Sea castle Elementary in the area was placed on lockdown during the search. That lockdown has since been lifted, and the routine class schedule has resumed at the school.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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FBI searches for possible serial bank robber in Miami Lakes

first_imgMIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – The FBI is searching for a a woman who stole money from a Miami Lakes bank.According to officials, the woman entered a Wells Fargo Bank, located on Northwest 156th Street and 67th Avenue, Thursday.She reportedly demanded cash from an employee and then took off with an undisclosed amount of money.Police believe the same person robbed another Wells Fargo branch in Plantation, earlier on Thursday.RELATED: Robber runs off with cash from Plantation bankIf you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Watch moment Leave vote win was officially announced

first_imgJapanese Finance Minister Taro Aso signalled today (24 June) that his government would step in to control the huge strengthening of the yen. This comes after the Japanese currency, which has for long been considered a safe haven by investors, rallied to its highest levels since 2013 after UK decided to leave the European Union.The yen was as high as ¥99.00 against the US dollar at one point in the day. This marked a 7.2% gain from Thursdays (24 June) closing level. It, however, lost some of the gains later in the day and was trading higher by 3.11% as of 7.55am GMT.Apart from the yen, gold, which is considered a safe haven investment in times of turmoil, touched a two-year high. It was up 4.69% at $1,322.30 a troy ounce as of 8.52am GMT. Adrian Ash, head of research at online brokerage BullionVault.com said, The surging gold price clearly shows the panic sweeping financial markets. Its like a bombs gone off, particularly after everyone yesterday was taking trades off and banking on a remain.However, all other currencies in Asia took a blow. While the Singapore dollar had declined by as much as 1.65% against the US dollar from Thursdays closing levels, the South Korean won had lost 3.22%, the Chinese renminbi had fallen 0.53% and the Indian rupee had lost 1.04% as of 7.25am GMT. This followed the pound falling to a more-than-30-year low against the US dollar and the euro falling to its lowest levels since 1999, today.Current exchange-rate markets are showing extremely nervous movements. In order to prevent such moves from continuing, Ill closely watch currency market moves more than ever with a sense of urgency and will respond firmly when necessary, Aso said.Apart from Aso, the Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda said today that the Japanese central bank was prepared to infuse ample liquidity into financial markets in order to stem the rise in the yen. He said that this could be done through the existing swap arrangements it had with other central banks.Policy makers in Japan were concerned that the rise of its currency against the US dollar would have a negative impact on its exporters who earn revenues in the US dollar. This they fear will lead its economy back into recession.Malaysias Maybank told the Financial Times that leaving aside the yen, all other Asian currencies will have a negative impact following the Brexit outcome. However, among them, the bank said the Singapore dollar and Indonesian rupiah would be least affected because the former [is] seen as a safer haven among ASEAN currencies, while the latter has so far been buffered by portfolio and direct investment flows as sentiment towards Indonesia has improved with the reformist policies of President [Joko Widodo].The bank added that other Asian currencies would have a negative impact because these economies are most susceptible to risk appetite and risk-off could see flight to safety away from assets of these economies to higher quality assets.last_img read more

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Amala Paul strikes again with a bold look in Aadai poster

first_imgCheck out the second look poster from Amala Paul’s Aadai.PR HandoutThe second poster from Amala Paul’s upcoming movie Aadai has been unveiled on Saturday, 29 June. She is impressive in this latest promotional material as well. “I’ll fight I’ll survive let obstacles come,big or small I’ll shine I’ll stand tall crush them to bits&blow away the dust my strength is the only thing i trust for freedom&happiness combined i thrive cos if u have will,then no one can fail well this is just me,its my tale #Aadai. [sic]” Amala Paul captioned the poster and released it on social media sites.In the first look poster, bruised and battered Amala Paul was seen crying for help even as she was holding on to a pipe. In the latest poster, she firmly stands up holding the pipe with tissue papers protecting her modesty.The first two posters clearly projects Amala Paul to be a victim of a rape. The costume has remained the same in both the looks although the body languages are quite different. It is believed to be a rape-and-revenge exploitation horror film.Amala Paul has stunned the fans with her courageous role. The movie is expected to address a serious issue plaguing the society.In the first teaser, which was released recently by Bollywood’s leading filmmaker Karan Johar, Amala Paul shocked her fans by going nude. The makers are planning to give a lot of surprises in the days to come.The second teaser is on the way. “Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you”. Chin up and march on @Amala_ams. #AADAITeaser2 in few days. #AADAI. [sic]” director Rathna Kumar announced on Twitter.Viji Subramaniyan-produced film has Pradeep Kumar and Oorka’s music, Vijay Karthik Kannan’s cinematography and Shafique Mohammed Ali’s editing.last_img read more

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Google CEO Says Chinese Search Engine Is Not Close to Launching

first_img— Patrick Frater contributed to this report. Also at the meeting Thursday, Sergey Brin, Google co-founder and president of parent company Alphabet, spoke to the tech giant’s staffers, saying that its work to re-enter China is “slow-going and complicated,” the Wall Street Journal reported.The execs were responding to an internal Google employee petition — reportedly signed by more than 1,400 workers — that said the China project raises “urgent moral and ethical issues” given the country’s censorship and tight regulation of internet companies. “Currently we do not have the information required to make ethically-informed decisions about our work, our projects, and our employment,” the Google employee letter states, according to the New York Times.Google’s plans to re-enter China were first reported earlier this month by The Intercept. According to its Aug. 1 report, Google is laying the groundwork to introduce a censored version of its search engine that would comply with Chinese regulations. The internet giant has been developing a project called Dragonfly that would filter out search results from websites currently blocked by Chinese censors, according to The Intercept.Brin, in his comments to employees, said he only recently became aware of the Dragonfly inititaive, BuzzFeed News reported. As for ethical concerns about a building censored search product, Brin maintained that the project did not seem to him to be a “breach of trust,” according to the report. He also said the China search engine isn’t much different from other products Google has considered launching.Google’s core search engine has not been available in China since 2010, when the company exited the market to protest the government’s crackdown.Since that time, China has increased its control of the internet within its own borders and cracked down on freedom of expression. In addition, beginning in mid-2017, any company operating inside China that maintains any data on Chinese citizens has been required to locate its servers within the country. Popular on Variety Google CEO Sundar Pichai addressed the company’s controversial plans to return to China with a “censored” search engine at an internal employee meeting Thursday — but he said there’s no certainty the internet giant ultimately will be able to enter the Chinese market.“We are not close to launching a search product in China,” Pichai said at Google’s weekly all-hands employee meeting, according to a transcript provided to Bloomberg. “And whether we would do so or could so is all very unclear.”Google has previously declined to comment on its reported plans to re-enter China. Pichai’s remarks are the first acknowledgement that the company is actively considering how to expand into the Middle Kingdom.Pichai noted in his comments to employees that Google’s mission is to “organize the world’s information,” and that given China represents one-fifth of the world’s population, “I think if we were to do our mission well, I think we have to think seriously about how we do more in China. I genuinely do believe we have a positive impact when we engage around the world, and I don’t see any reason why that would be different in China,” per Bloomberg. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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The multi-year… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | August 02, 2011 Research Supports Upcoming Alzheimer’s Disease Guidelines August 2, 2011 – Two new studies published in the August 2011 issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine (JNM) provide insight into the potential of positron emission tomography (PET) to differentiate between types of dementia and to identify pharmaceuticals to slow the progress of dementia. With proposed National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer’s Association guidelines for detecting Alzheimer’s-related brain changes expected in September, these articles give a preview of what may be to come.Earlier this year, the NIA and the Alzheimer’s Association released new criteria and guidelines for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The new proposed guidelines, available this fall, will offer additional information regarding the development of tests to measure biological changes in the brain, blood or spinal fluid to diagnose Alzheimer’s at an earlier stage.Earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is the focus of the JNM article “Amyloid Imaging with 18F-Florbetaben in Alzheimer Disease and Other Dementias.” In this study, researchers compared cortical amyloid deposition using 18F-florbetaben and PET in 109 controls and subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), frontotemporal lobar degeneration, dementia with Lewy bodies, vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.The results show that 18F-florbetaben performs with the same high accuracy as previously reported with 11C-Pittsburgh Compound B –– the most specific and widely used amyloid imaging agent –– for distinguishing between certain types of neurodegenerative dementia, particularly for diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease from frontotemporal dementia.”The difference between 11C-Pittsburgh Compound B and 18F-florbetaben is that the 18F-florbetaben has a longer half life and is more affordable, making it appropriate for clinical use,” said Christopher Rowe, M.D., FRACP, one of the authors of the study. “This distinction profoundly affects treatment and prognosis and has genetic implications for the family.”In addition to detecting Alzheimer’s disease earlier, molecular imaging can also be used in clinical trials to help develop pharmaceuticals to prevent or delay the onset of dementia. This is particularly of importance to patients with MCI who have yet to develop Alzheimer’s disease.”We urgently need tools for conducting drug trials for MCI more efficiently,” noted Karl Herholz, M.D., lead author of the study “Evaluation of a Calibrated 18F-FDG PET Score as a Biomarker for Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment.” He continued, “Clinical outcome parameters show large variability and little sensitivity to progression at that stage, making these trials extremely costly and cumbersome. By using imaging biomarkers as primary outcome parameters, clinical trials can be performed with smaller sample sizes or shorter trial duration without loss of study power.The study evaluated a predefined quantitative measure –– a PET score –– that was extracted automatically from 18F-FDG (fludeoxyglucose) PET scans using a sample of controls, patients with MCI and patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The PET scores provided a much higher test-retest reliability than standard neuropsychologic test scores (Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive and Mini-Mental State Examination) and superior strength for measuring progression, as well as a valid measurement of cognitive impairment. As such, the PET scores can be considered a valid imaging biomarker to monitor the progression of MCI to Alzheimer’s disease.”Prevention of dementia by drugs applied at MCI stage would greatly improve quality of life for patients and reduce costs of dementia care and treatment. Thus, development of such drugs and efficient tools for testing them are extremely important,” said Herholz. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks of daily living. Although treatment can slow the progression of the disease and help manage its symptoms, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that more 5 million people are currently living with the disorder. For more information: www.jnm.snmjournals.orglast_img read more

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On anniversary of conservationist Jairo Moras murder Moín Beach turtles have protection

first_imgUPDATE June 1 at 12:46: According to Sea Shepherd officials, the leader of the group’s Costa Rica operation arrived Saturday. The group is currently based in Pacuare, a beach north of Moín, but has plans to patrol Moín in the coming weeks. The group has been unable to secure permits to collect eggs on Moín and will simply be patrolling in an attempt to ward off poachers. Saturday night, on the two-year anniversary of her friend Jairo Mora’s murder, Vanessa Lizano could not stop smiling.“I thought I would be sad, but I’m not, I’m excited,” she said.It was the first time in more than a year that Lizano had gone out to Moín Beach on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, the site of the brutal 2013 murder of her 26-year-old friend Mora, who was killed on May 30, 2013 while protecting sea turtles from poachers. In January, the seven alleged poachers accused of his murder were acquitted.Lizano was excited to be back at the beach with the turtles, but also invigorated by the changes she noted in Moín. For the first time since Mora’s murder, the turtles of Moín have protection.A small crew from the Tropical Science Center (TSC) now patrols Moín Beach every week night, accompanied by police. The group has gathered more than 113 leatherback sea turtle nests, which are now safely contained within a guarded beach hatchery. In a recent patrol, the TSC was able to collect 13 nests in one night, saving more than 1,000 eggs from poachers. While turtle nests are still robbed nightly by poachers, the hatcheries now contain the highest number of eggs ever conserved on the beach.“Knowing that they already have so many nests brings me such happiness,” said Lizano, who had patrolled the beach alongside Mora. “You can see things changing and hopefully it will stay this way.”The TSC will be able to continue their patrols for at least two more years with funding promised from APM Terminals, the company currently constructing a billion-dollar port on Moín’s south end.The TSC is not alone. Another group of conservationists that oppose the port, Operation Moín, also patrols the beach. With little funding, no scientific permits and sporadic security, the members of Operation Moín gather nests and transport them to a hatchery up the coast. Activist group Sea Shepherd has also promised to send volunteers to Moín Beach, but thus far have no presence on the beach.Before patrolling the beach, Lizano and Didiher Chacón, the director of Latin American Sea Turtles (formerly Widecast), the organization Mora worked for at the time of his murder, lit candles and held a moment of silence for their slain colleague. After a few moments, the pair stuck their candles into the sand and set off in search of turtles.“It’s sad he’s not here,” Chacón said of Mora, “but if you knew Jairo you knew that he loved these things and this is the best way to do something in his honor.”Lizano and Chacón were able to save one nest last night.Check out Vanessa Lizano’s new rescue center hereRead all of The Tico Times’ coverage of the Jairo Mora murder case here Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican preliminary court misplaces key evidence in Jairo Mora murder trial Prosecutors ask for maximum sentences for defendants in Jairo Mora murder trial NOT GUILTY: 7 men acquitted of murder of Costa Rica sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora United Nations, environmental groups condemn verdict in Jairo Mora murder caselast_img read more

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New Home Sales in Steepest Drop in Two Years

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau For-Sale Homes Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Home Builders Service Providers 2013-03-26 Mark Lieberman New Home Sales in Steepest Drop in Two Years New home sales fell 4.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 411,000 in February, the sharpest drop in two years, the “”Census Bureau and HUD””:http://www.census.gov/construction/nrs/pdf/newressales_201302.pdf reported Tuesday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected a smaller drop to 425,000 from January’s originally reported sales of 437,000. January sales were revised down to 431,000.[IMAGE]At the same time, the months’ supply of new homes for sale rose to the highest level since December 2011.The median price of a new home, according to the Census/HUD report, rose $7,200 in February after falling $20,500 in January. The median price is up 2.9 percent in the last year, the weakest year-over-year gain in eight months.The average price of a new home rose $18,500 in February, 6.3 percent, the strongest month-over-month gain in both dollar and percentage terms since last August. The average price is at its highest level since April 2008.The sharp drop in sales combined with the steep price increase suggests builders are facing some price pushback from buyers for new homes even as supplies of existing single-family homes remain at historic lows. Supplies of new homes continue to climb as housing completions–as reported separately by Census and HUD–routinely exceed new home sales.In February, builders completed 574,000 new single-family homes. In the last year, builders have completed 1.5 million more new single-family homes than were sold.The new home sales report–unlike the report on existing-home sales–is based on contract signings and reflects economic conditions of the month of the report. The weak sales report came in the same month the “”buyer traffic”” component of the National Association of Home Builders’ “”Housing Market Index””:https://themreport.com/articles/led-by-south-builder-confidence-slips-in-feb-2013-02-19 fell to 32, its lowest level in five months.It also arrives on the heels of the report last week from the National Association of Realtors that existing-home sale closings “”rose 0.8 percent in February””:https://themreport.com/articles/existing-home-sales-prices-up-in-february-2013-03-21. The NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index, which parallels the new home sales report, will be released Wednesday.Homes with price tags under $300,000 represented 64 percent of February sales, down from 68 percent in January. Homes priced below $150,000 represented 9 percent of February sales, down from 14 percent in January. Homes prices at $400,000 or more represented 22 percent of February sales, up from 18 percent in January. The boost in sales for higher priced homes could mean more construction activity for more expensive homes–reducing the supply of low-end starter homes. The change in construction activity would be consistent with a shift away from single-family homes to multi-family.Regionally, sales fell in three of the four Census regions, increasing only in the Midwest (to 58,000 in February from 51,000 in January). Sales fell 20,000 in the South to 186,000; 4,000 in the Northeast to 26,000; and 3,000 in the West to 141,000._Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. and again at 9:20 a.m. Eastern time._ March 26, 2013 450 Views center_img in Data, Government, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

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Summer Months Bring Rise in SFR Vacancies

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Vacancies continued to rise across 23 single-borrower, single-family rental transactions (covering nearly 90,000 properties) as higher monthly lease expirations in the summer pushed the vacancy rate to 4.9 percent in July from 4.5 percent in June, according to the recent Morningstar Single-Family Rental Summary for August 2016.July marked the fourth straight monthly increase in vacancy, but the overall level remained low, according to Morningstar. At 7.4 percent, Houston had the highest vacancy rate among metros most typically seen in single borrower, single-family rental transactions.Morningstar shows that lease expirations across all single-family rental transactions were down to 7.8 percent in July compared with 8.1 percent in June. Despite the decline, the percentage of lease expirations remains elevated, which contributes to higher vacancy rates. according to Morningstar.“The relationship between lease expirations and vacancy generally remains at the MSA (metropolitan statistical area) level and can be seen in Houston and Chicago. Houston and Chicago have historically had higher than average vacancy rates,” the authors of the report stated. “However, Houston and Chicago had July rental changes of 2.9 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively. While this is lower than the overall average rent change of 5.2 percent, it demonstrates that these MSAs are still experiencing rental increases despite their higher than average vacancy.”Additionally, delinquency rates in single-family rental securitizations rose up to 0.6 percent in July from 0.5 percent the prior month, according to Morningstar. As of June, the most recent data available, retention rates for full-term leases stayed in the mid-70s, as 21 of the 23 transactions reported a retention rate of 70 percent or above. Because more leases expire in the summer months, the turnover rate tends to rise, according to Morningstar.Morningstar shows that rents for properties backing single-family rental securitizations rose by 5.2 percent from their prior contractual rents, continuing to outpace the year-over-year increases of three- and four-bedroom RentRange, LLC median rents. They report, however, that the margin narrowed. In addition, Morningstar shows that average contractual rents in the top single-family rental MSAs are mostly higher than their property-level RentRange estimates.Click here to view the complete report from Morningstar. Share Morningstar Credit Ratings Single Family Rental Market 2016-08-31 Seth Welborncenter_img Summer Months Bring Rise in SFR Vacancies August 31, 2016 569 Views last_img read more

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first_imgOne limiting factor to continued strong growth is the scarcity of labor, Bentín said. He described the demand for farmworkers as “extremely high”. Many other fruits, such as avocados, table grapes and citrus have also seen a sharp uptick in exports recently, thus competing more heavily for labor.But he said that for now there is enough labor for the industry, with many companies factoring this into their plans.”Today the development plans of large blueberry operations are considering the construction of adjoining towns to house farmworkers,” he said.Blueberry export market mixLooking at markets, he expected the spread in blueberry exports this year to be similar to previous years. The U.S. has typically received the lion’s share, with around 40-50%. As illustrated in this article, Peru’s heavy volumes are helping to reshape the U.S. blueberry market.The next biggest markets are Continental Europe, China and the U.K.However, Bentín noted that growth to the Asian market has not been as high as previously hoped. China, for example, has good demand for high-quality blueberries, but still cannot absorb high volumes relative to other developed markets.Peru is also working to gain access to South Korea and Taiwan, although the industry’s hopes for future growth are still very much on China, he said.The Peruvian blueberry season started in weeks 28 and 29 and will likely run until weeks 10 to 12. July 30 , 2019 The global blueberry industry gathering in British … Peru looks set to continue its explosive growth trend in blueberry volumes this coming season, with a forecast that, if realized, could make it the world’s largest exporter.”We expect blueberry exports to be around 110,000 and 125,000 metric tons (MT),” said Miguel Bentín, vice president of ProArandanos.The figure would represent a leap over last season’s figure of 78,000MT. It would also be more than double the 48,000MT exported in 2017-18.And if realized, Peru would likely overtake Chile as the world’s leading exporter of the fruit. For the last two seasons Chile has shipped slightly over 110,000MT.Bentín attributed Peru’s expected increase to the higher maturity of plantations and a high rate of plantings.”Blueberry farms that are managed reasonably well tend to produce fruit very quickly,” he said.He added that although growth will continue, it will likely not continue to be as exponential as in previous years. You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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first_imgHelen Wong’s Tours is offering free return airfares from Sydney or Melbourne, to China, for earlybird bookings on selected 2018 tours, plus commission for agents.“We believe by offering commissions to traditional agents we can work together in combatting the online agents which have a sole aim of selling low cost tours directly to the consumers with no benefits to the retail agents,” said Helen Wong.“Combine our low prices with the offer of free airfares and we have a seriously competitively priced product for agents to sell – for a commission.”The exclusive free airfare offer is available until 30 November 2017 (or until sold out) and applies to bookings of an eight-night A Glimpse of China tour from $999 per person twin share, as well as those for the seven-night Wall and Yangtze River Cruise option, priced from $1299 pp twin share. The deal is valid on departures between April and September 2018.For more information contact hwtaus@helenwongstours.comIMAGE: Temple of Heaven/Helen Wong’s Tours/Ken Duncan agentsChinaearlybirdsHelen Wong’s Toursincentiveslast_img read more

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which has 12, "Am I the only one happy that it’s been brutally cold so far for #SuperBowl week?" Nick Lewis tweeted "We don’t need these out of towners coming here thinking we’re soft Or worse: not leaving Let them know we zipline in sub zero temps and jump into frozen lakes This is the friggin’ #Bold North"Our weather makes news elsewhere"The big chill: Cold weather is odd for Super Bowl host but a way of life in Minnesota" read a columnist’s headline on wwwusatodaycom Thursday"Don’t whine about Super Bowl’s bitter cold in Minneapolis — embrace the Bold North" is the headline on a column for Yahoo Sports"How to dress in layers for winter from a Minnesota expert" was the headline to an Associated Press story on the Boston Herald websiteThere are plenty of news stories and social media posts about our cold Perhaps too many some ridicule"Loving all the weather updates from the Super Bowl can’t believe it’s cold in Minnesota in February" Twitter user Ryan McCann from Washington DC tweetedJace Frederick contributed to this reportThe new 42000-square-foot office building at 4050 Garden View Drive across South 42nd Street from the Alerus Center opened in May It was a necessity for AE2S a civil and environmental engineering firm and Icon Architectural Group which were overcrowded in their former locationsIcon partner Mike Kuntz said it also is somewhat of a "showcase" of the firm’s expertise The building is on track to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED gold certification and a few more investments could push it up to the top platinum levelBut he said the environmentally friendly elements already in place including a geothermal heating and cooling system under the parking lot and flush-less urinals that conserve water are just as practical as they are innovative"There’s a fine line on what makes sense in the green world and what’s just kind of greenwashing" he said "But we tried to balance operational costs and payback and just good business planning so that was the reasoning and challenge behind it"Green featuresAE2S CEO Steve Burian said the top LEED certification is "a little bit of window dressing" — an attractive designation but not a reason to add unnecessary elements "The real value in building a LEED building is doing the stuff" he saidThat includes triple-pane windows that can withhold heat better than some walls as well as the building’s white roof that will reflect sunlight and drive down cooling costs in the summerLED lighting in the parking lot and throughout the building equipped with sensors to automatically turn off if no one is in the room reduce electricity usageWood accents around the elevator are made entirely from repurposed woodBurian said the project also allowed the firm to use a "trial process" to test new features for a stormwater retention pond Fed by rainwater that falls onto the parking lot part of which is made of pervious paver blocks the water is eventually used to irrigate the low-maintenance landscaping around the buildingHe said AE2S has already used its new knowledge from the pond in designing the landscaping for UND’s Gorecki Alumni Center and the Choice Wellness Center that will open next year"Those components are all part of the LEED process that we did but those all made sense to us" Burian said Kuntz said the green features cost more initially than standard building practices But these extra costs could be recouped through reduced electricity and water usage in as little as five years he saidRoom to growBesides being more efficient than the former offices the new building also provided a big boost of additional space to the Grand Forks companiesKuntz said Icon has already hired five employees since moving in May bringing its Grand Forks work force total to 27 The company started in 2002 at UND’s Center for Innovation and also has offices in Fargo Bismarck and Brookings SDAE2S President Charlie Vein said the company’s former corporate headquarters on South Washington Street only offered about 11000 square feet of useable space — much less than the 25000 square feet they now have that has come with additional training and conference rooms and bigger officesBut the company which also has offices throughout North Dakota Minnesota and Montana has almost filled the new space with its 60 Grand Forks employees There is room for about 10 more in a new 2000-square-foot space on the ground floor and Burian said the company is looking at buying a warehouse to be able to grow even moreVein said the move has allowed employees to focus on their work not the crowded working conditions of the former building"As an engineering company the only thing we really sell is our time and knowledge" he said "We don’t sell a product so it’s really what comes out of our head So having an environment where you can encourage people to excel in what they do is important"Reach Johnson at (701) 780-1105; 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