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first_imgLucknow: With accidents becoming the order of the day on the Lucknow Agra Expressway, the Yogi Adityanath government has hit upon a new idea to check speeding on the expressway. The state government has announced that those covering the 302 km-stretch from Lucknow toll plaza to Agra in less than three hours will have to pay a fine for speeding. Avanish Kumar Awasthi, chief executive officer, Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) said that a total of 25 e-challlans have already been issued to vehicles that were found to be over speeding on the expressway over the past two days. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items “If any vehicle is found to have covered the distance between Agra and Lucknow or vice versa in less than three hours, it will be fined and an e-challan will be sent to the registered address of the vehicle owner,” he explained. He said that high-tech equipments have been installed at the toll plazas in order to capture images of vehicles for data analysis reports. The details are then sent to Superintendent of Poilce (Traffic), of Agra and Lucknow districts for issuance of e-challans. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Accidents on the expressway have risen alarmingly. On June 28, seven people were killed when a bus rammed into a truck near Fatehabad. On June 21, three more lives were lost when a car rammed into a stationary truck near Mainpuri. Another life was claimed when a Lucknow-based businessman was killed on June 27 in an accident near Ferozabad on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway. Surprisingly there is no trauma centre or medical facility along the 302 km long expressway which makes it even more difficult for accident victims to get medical aid. Avanish Awasthi said: “We are building utilities along the Expressway and very soon medical facilities will be available along the route.” Meanwhile, a transport official said that apart from speeding, the increase in heat wave conditions was causing tyre bursts which leads to accidents. “Majority of the accidents on the expressway — Lucknow-Agra — as well as the Yamuna Expressway (or the Taj Expressway) — have been caused with SUVs ramming into stationary trucks. This is caused by tyre bursts as the cement laying on the Yamuna Expressway causes heating up of tyres. The Agra Expressway is laid with tarmac and is comparatively safer,” the official explained.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG — The federal government says some provincial flu vaccination programs may have to set back their timing this year due to delays and shortages.With flu season set to start, the Public Health Agency of Canada says about 55 per cent of the total flu vaccine order is currently available to distribute across the country.The agency says it aims to have 90 per cent of the supply by the end of the month.Manitoba’s Health Department has notified health-care providers that the delays may affect the number of flu shots available, and the department is delaying some advertisements that promote the vaccine.Health Minister Cameron Friesen says the province is working to ensure nursing homes and other high-priority areas get the vaccine.Friesen says the delay this year is due to manufacturers of the vaccine experiencing shortages.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgRaipur: A Naxal was killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district on the day of polling for the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday, police said. The encounter took place in the restive Orchha area of the district when ultras attacked a team of security forces guarding a helipad, Director General (Anti-Naxal Operation) Girdhari Nayak told PTI. Firing on security forces by the rebels triggered the gunbattle, which left one Naxal dead, he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The ultras later escaped from the spot, from where the Naxal’s body was recovered, Nayak said. A combing operation was underway in the area, around 300 km from state capital Raipur, the IPS officer said. The Naraynpur assembly segment falls in the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency where polling was held Thursday. Voting in the assembly segment ended at 3 pm after which polling personnel from interior pockets were airlifted to Naraynpur town by helicopters.last_img read more

TOKYO – The operator of Japan’s nuclear fuel reprocessing plant said Monday it was postponing the opening to as late as September 2018, citing regulators’ lengthy inspection procedures and time needed for safety upgrades.The Rokkasho reprocessing plant in northern Japan has raised proliferation concerns because the plutonium it extracts from spent fuel — for the purpose of generating electricity — is enough to make thousands of nuclear bombs.While the plant’s delay could temporarily relieve the proliferation concerns, it also means spent fuel rods that are filling up storage pools in Japan have nowhere to go.Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. said it was delaying the targeted completion of the reprocessing plant, which separates plutonium to be mixed with uranium for reuse as fuel, by as much as 2 1/2 years. The plant, initially planned to open in 2000, was most recently set to open in March 2016 following a series of technical problems.JNFL president Kenji Kudo told reporters at the company’s headquarters in Aomori, near Rokkasho, that a separate plant to produce plutonium-based MOX fuel had also been delayed, until sometime during the first half of fiscal 2019.In another sign of uncertainty to Japan’s nuclear fuel cycle ambitions, Japanese regulators have warned the science ministry to replace its scandal-plagued operator of a costly, mothballed plutonium-burning reactor in western Japan.Japan already has about 47 tons of plutonium — 11 tons at home and the rest reprocessed in Britain and France — but no use for it, with most of its reactor fleet offline since the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant.U.S. officials say Japan’s reprocessing program sets a bad example and could prompt tension in east Asia.Rokkasho’s operator says around-the-clock U.N. surveillance at the plant would make illegal removal of plutonium impossible.Experts including Frank von Hippel, a Princeton University theoretical physicist and advocate of nonproliferation, have urged Japan to stop spent fuel reprocessing. Von Hippel proposes storing spent fuel in safer and highly protected dry casks instead of uncontained cooling pools as an alternative until a final waste repository is found.The government is promoting nuclear restarts as a vehicle to boost the economy, but also as a way to burn plutonium and reduce the stockpile.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi at https://www.twitter.com/mariyamaguchi . Her work can be also found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/mari-yamaguchi FILE – In this Nov. 8, 2012, file photo, spent nuclear fuel rods are stored in a storage pool at the Rokkasho nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, run by Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. in Rokasho village in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan. The operator of Japan’s nuclear fuel reprocessing plant said Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, that it was postponing the plant’s opening to as late as September 2018, citing regulators’ lengthy inspection procedures and time needed for safety upgrades.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File) Japan fuel reprocessing plant delayed until 2018 amid concerns over plutonium stockpile by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press Posted Nov 16, 2015 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Nov 16, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

With the Ohio State men’s soccer team’s roster in limbo and its schedule loaded with tough opponents, coach John Bluem seems to have his work cut out for him in 2012. Despite the obstacles, the team’s goal remains to compete for a Big Ten title. The Buckeyes begin regular season play Friday with a roster comprised of 9 returning starters, 13 letter winners – seven freshmen and four transfers – and an injured Ben Killian, the senior defender who started 16 matches for OSU last season. OSU is also rebounding from the losses of former all-Big Ten goalkeeper Matt Lampson, who signed with the Columbus Crew after the 2011 season, and two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, David Tiemstra, who was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer’s Supplemental Draft. Bluem is confident as the season’s opening kick draws near. “I’m pretty happy where we’re at right now,” Bluem said. “We have a long ways to go still, I think, and a very difficult schedule.” Minor injuries have affected several players, but Bluem said he expects to see players integrated back in the lineup throughout the season. Killian, who is out six to eight weeks with a broken foot, is a different story. “Losing Ben was tough,” Bluem said, “because he had been a starter for three years.” Senior midfielder and team captain Austin McAnena said the team was keeping their eyes on the Big Ten Championship prize through the pain. “I think we can for sure win,” McAnena said. “We’ve got to be in it 100 percent.” Junior defender and captain Sage Gardner agreed that the season focus is conference play and conference wins. “I want to win a Big Ten championship really bad, and coming back from last year and not being able to make the championship,” Gardner said. “I want a chance to go after it again.” With McAnena and Gardner leading the team, the 11 new players also bring opportunities for the team. McAnena said freshman forward Louie Berra and defender Zach Mason could make a difference. “Zach works super hard, and Louie is very confident and very comfortable around the ball,” McAnena said. With ranked competition in No. 12 Indiana, No. 20 Northwestern, No. 7 Louisville and No. 10 Akron on the schedule, Bluem said no game will be an easy win, but he still feels positive about the season with the returning starters and new players alike.  “As a group of players, our target every year, first and foremost, is to win a Big Ten Championship,” said Bluem. Noting that team chemistry helps win games, Bluem said the team is bonding very well and supporting each other ahead of Friday’s opener against the Dayton Flyers. “The core values that we look for in players (are) to be competitive, to work hard, to be a good teammate,” Bluem said. “It’s there.” Friday’s game against the Flyers is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. in Dayton. read more

first_imgBientôt un vaccin plus efficace contre la tuberculose ?Les scientifiques espèrent beaucoup d’un vaccin contre la tuberculose qui s’est révélé efficace chez la souris. L’objectif est d’obtenir le même résultat chez les humains chez qui la maladie fait chaque année 1,5 million de morts.Le BCG (Bacille de Calmette et Guérin) est un vaccin qui, de l’aveu de l’Institut Pasteur lui-même, “ne protège pas suffisamment l’adulte contre la tuberculose pulmonaire”. C’est la raison pour laquelle des scientifiques continuent leurs recherches afin de mettre enfin au point un vaccin un peu plus efficace. Or, un communiqué commun de Pasteur et de l’Inserm indique que des chercheurs de l’Unité de régulation immunitaire et vaccinologie ont réussi à modifier le génome du bacille responsable de la tuberculose pour en obtenir “une souche non virulente chez la souris”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Ces équipes, coordonnés par le Dr Laleh Majlessi et le Pr Claude Leclerc, ont ainsi pu établir que “les souris immunisées par la souche atténuée sont protégées très efficacement contre l’infection par Mycobacterium tuberculosis”, la bactérie à l’origine de la maladie. Comme le souligne le communiqué relayé par l’AFP, “la souche mutée de Mycobacterium tuberculosis est un candidat vaccin sérieux contre la tuberculose” dans la mesure où elle “provoque une réaction immunitaire plus forte que le vaccin BCG chez la souris”.Cette découverte, publiée dans la revue américaine Cell Host & Microbe “ouvre de nouvelles perspectives pour la mise au point d’un vaccin plus efficace contre les différentes pathologies provoquées par le Mycobacterium tuberculosis, notamment contre la tuberculose pulmonaire de l’adulte”, estime l’Institut Pasteur. Toutefois, des études complémentaires doivent déterminer s’il est envisageable de pratiquer une vaccination humaine, ne serait-ce qu’à titre d’essai. La prochaine étape consistera à opérer une mutation supplémentaire pour disposer d’une souche d’une totale innocuité. En attendant, depuis 2007, l’obligation de vaccination par BCG chez l’enfant et l’adolescent est “suspendue” en France. Mais elle reste “fortement recommandée” pour les enfants les plus exposés à la maladie dans la mesure où les moyens médicaux s’avèrent de moins en mois efficaces avec l’émergence de souches multi-résistantes à l’action des antibiotiques.Le 19 avril 2012 à 13:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Thomas Tuchel keen to strengthen squad in January

first_imgParis Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed he’s keen to buy players when the transfer window reopens in January.The former Borussia Dortmund boss is keen to see his midfield options strengthened after playing makeshift players in that position, as the French champions struggle with lack of options in the middle of the park.“That is very simple — I would like a second Marco or a second Marquinhos,” Tuchel said, according to ESPN.“However, first of all, we need to find this person. We want guys with good mentality, and that is hard to find.”Asked about goalkeeper Alphonse Areola’s decision to extend his contract with the French champions until 2023, Tuchel praised the France international.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Alphonse is very important for us,” he said. “He has always said: ‘This is my club — I want to stay.’ It is really important to have guys like that — it is a strong signal.”Areola, who revealed Tuchel had played a major role in convincing him to commit his long-term future to Le Parisians, said he had not discussed Adrien Rabiot’s situation with his teammate.The French midfielder has been linked with a move away from Paris with Barcelona and Liverpool rumored to be interested in his services.“I have not really spoken with Adrien about it,” he said. “It is between him and the club, so it is not my business.”last_img read more

Shoppers flock to South Florida malls after Christmas

first_imgSWEETWATER, Fla. (WSVN) – Crowds have been flocking to South Florida malls, the day after Christmas, for some last-minute discounts.On Monday, 7News cameras captured shoppers at Dolphin Mall with bags of clothes and merchandise to either return or add to their Christmas or Hanukkah collection. Some retailers even offered deals reportedly better than they did on Black Friday.The parking lot has been continuously packed and cars were still going through, as of 6 p.m.“We found sales everywhere,” said shopper Mercelena Villegas.From Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater to Sawgrass Mall in Sunrise, the post-holiday hustle may be stronger than pre-Christmas shopping. “I didn’t expect the stores to be so crammed up today,” said Angelica Alvarez, who’s taking advantage of the sales. “There’s definitely an excessive amount of people here at the mall.”Some shoppers said they anticipated good deals after Dec. 25.Christopher Gureian told 7News he came to Dolphin Mall especially for the specials. “To get the good after-Christmas deals, you know?” he said. “Get all those cheap prices and then get anybody who doesn’t want it.” Stores slashed prices, from today-only sales to buy-one-get-ones, and even new markdowns. “Spend some of the Christmas money,” said shopper Nikki Lyczkowski.Michelle Suarez said she’s shopping for an upcoming vacation. “I’m getting a lot of clothes, shoes, stuff for our California trip,” she said. “You get the better deals, so you make a little longer line, but you get better deals than you did before Christmas.”Sammy Duran said that he’s always on the lookout for good buys. “I’m always shopping. I like to get the flyest clothes. You gotta be for the girls,” he said. “I gotta look right.”“I try to buy a couple things here to buy and also return some gifts that didn’t fit me,” said shopper Jeremy Duran.Some malls have extended their hours, similar to Dolphin and Sawgrass Mall, which are open until 10 p.m., Monday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Thousands hit streets for Miami Marathon Half Marathon

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Thousands of runners laced up their sneakers and took to the pavement at this year’s Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, Sunday morning.Officials said about 23,000 runners braved cold, rainy weather to take part in the event, now in its 15th consecutive year.They began their trek next to the American Airlines Arena. The path took runners from Downtown Miami to Miami Beach, on Interstate 395, then down the iconic Ocean Drive.Among the runners, walkers and cyclists seen at the marathon was a man who chose to dribble two basketballs throughout the race.Wet weather and strong winds continued on and off throughout the day, but that didn’t stop participants as they ran through Coconut Grove and Brickell before returning to Downtown Miami to finish the marathon.7News cameras captured runners dashing through the finish line on Biscayne Boulevard and Flagler Street, near Bayfront Park.While everyone was greeted with applause, 17-year-old Joseph Volfman stole the show. The teen, who has cerebral palsy, hand-pedaled the entire marathon to raise awareness for children with special needs. Volfman and several others took home a medal for completing the long distance race.It took about two hours for the first set of racers to reach the finish line.Eighty-six of the runners have the title of streakers. They have participated in all 15 of the races.Streets reopened to traffic at around 1 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img“We’ve had a lot of heat and a lot of sunshine lately. And so the lack of rain contributes to the potential determination of moderate fire danger level or high fire danger level,” King said. Fire danger is high in the Chugach National Forest, south of Anchorage. (Photo by Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media. “We’re asking that people be really cautious about building that fire, making sure the area is clear of debris, that there’s too much of a gust, that they’re not underneath overhanging tree limbs and brushes that could potentially catch on fire,” King said. “And we want to make sure that people really stay with the fire, that they attend to it.” Alicia King is a public affairs officer with the agency. Heading into the weekend, officials with the U.S. Forest Service in Anchorage are warning that fire danger is high throughout most of the Chugach National Forest. There are no wildfires burning in the forest currently. King said fires are still permitted in the forest, but the Forest Service is asking residents to be particularly careful. King says it’s important to make sure fires are fully extinguished, and not putting off any heat, before leaving.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica vies for redemption against Italy at 8 p.m. in second U-17 Women’s World Cup match Spain vs. Italy and Japan vs. Venezuela are your semifinal match-ups for the U-17 Women’s World Cup Japan and Spain will meet in the Under-17 Women’s World Cup championship on Friday in San José President Chinchilla gives public employees a half-day Friday to boost attendance at the Under-17 Women’s World Cup championship Japan completed a magnificent Under-17 Women’s World Cup run with a, 2-0, victory over Spain in the final at the National Stadium on Friday evening. The Japanese team dominated the tournament, scoring 23 goals and allowing only one in the World Cup, which began on March 15.  Japan — also the defending Women’s World Cup champions — won every match by at least two goals in securing the country’s first Under-17 Women’s World Cup title.In the third place match, which took place in the National Stadium prior to the final, Italy edged Venezuela in a thriller. Italy took a one-goal lead four times, and each time Venezuela came back to tie the game. The Vino Tinto did it for the final time in the 95th minute of the game, equalizing the game at 4-4. The goal sent the game to penalties, and this time Venezuela couldn’t keep up. Italy outshot Venezuela in penalties, 2-0, to take third place.Costa Rica, meanwhile, hosted a successful World Cup. FIFA President Joseph Blatter visited the country for the championship match, and on Thursday praised Costa Rica’s job as host (the Costa Rica women’s under-17 team was less impressive — losing all three of its matches before being eliminated). Costa Rica hopes to use this year’s success as a springboard for hosting bigger World Cup events.  FULL TIME: @jfa_en are #U17WWC champions after beating @SeFutbol 2-0 in San Jose. #U17WWC – http://t.co/R9YdD2rlhj pic.twitter.com/S3FPJ61zQm— #FIFAWWC (@FIFAWWC) April 5, 2014center_img Women’s football keeps on growing, great to see big atmosphere at the final of the U-17 World Cup in Costa Rica #U17WWC— Joseph S Blatter (@SeppBlatter) April 5, 2014 Asian countries have shined at the Under-17 Women’s World Cup. North Korea won the first edition in 2008 in New Zealand. Two years later, South Korea took the title in Trinidad and Tobago. In 2012 in Azerbaijan, France won the championship. The crown will return to Asia after Friday night, and Japan’s splendid journey to its first Under-17 Women’s World Cup title.last_img read more

Costa Ricas Public Security Minister calls for new organized crime unit after

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica serves as a corridor for Asians, Africans migrating to the US US anti-drug trafficking review arrives in Costa Rica as lawmakers debate permissions Organized crime prosecutor named new director of Costa Rica’s investigative police Costa Rica homicide rate hits record high Any doubts about the presence of sophisticated organized criminal organizations in Costa Rica were dashed Wednesday morning. The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) raided several properties across Costa Rica and arrested seven people in an international joint operation between Costa Rican, Italian and U.S. authorities to take down acocaine trafficking ring linked to the ‘ndrangheta mafia.In an unrelated incident on Oct. 9, a suspected hitman was gunned down in broad daylight after being picked up by a taxi at a relative’s house in San Francisco de Dos Ríos, southeast of San José. Four men armed with AK-47s blocked the cab with a black SUV and fired up to 100 rounds. Images of the bullet-ridden taxi spread like wildfire over social media. Examples like these, along with a steadily climbing homicide rate, have left Costa Rican authorities struggling to express a strategy to combat increasingly violent and well-organized criminal elements, both international and local. Between the start of the year and August, 370 homicides were committed, 202 of them related to organized crime, according to a statement from the Public Security Ministry.Costa Rica enjoyed a downward trend in homicides between 2010 and 2012 before seeing a spike in 2014, including a rash of killings in Desamparados, south of the capital. Those high numbers so far have continued in 2015, making for an ugly reversal. In 2010, 527 homicides were committed, but that number dropped to 407 in 2012. The number crept up in 2013 to 411, but 2014 saw a spike in killings. By the end of 2014, 471 homicides were reported, up 14.6 percent from 2013, according to statistics from OIJ published in February. According to the Public Security Ministry, a total (not just organized crime-related) of 426 homicides were committed between January and Oct. 9 in 2015.On Tuesday morning, Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata held a news conference calling on the OIJ — which is in the judicial branch, not the executive — to create a specialized unit dedicated exclusively to investigating organized crime. Mata said the fact that 55 percent of the year’s homicides were tied to organized crime was “reason for why a unit focused exclusively on organized crime was necessary.”“The shape that organized crime has taken in our country and its direct relationship with the increase in homicides during the last year merits a more holistic response that institutions involved in its prevention and repression have given,” Mata said in a statement. Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís, right, hands the National Police banner to Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata on Feb. 5, 2015. (Courtesy Casa Presidencial)Mata said he has been pushing for an inter-institutional unit housed in OIJ that would coordinate responses to organized crime between agencies in the judicial branch, including prosecutors, judges and OIJ investigators, and the police force.Chief Prosecutor Jorge Chavarría pointed to examples such as the ‘Ndrangheta raids as examples of successful coordination across institutions and countries, but agreed that a change is needed in how Costa Rica tackles organized crime.“The level of violence that we’re seeing, the kinds of crimes, demand that we re-think how we investigate. In this sense, we’re in agreement with Mr. Gustavo [Mata],” Chavarría said.Despite calls for greater coordination, however, both sides continue to speak past one another.“What we need to do is prevention – prevention of consumption, prevention of trafficking, prevention of money laundering,” said Chavarría, speaking of an area typically under the purview of the Public Security Ministry.Mata’s words, meanwhile, spoke about improving investigations, which are the responsibility of OIJ and the Prosecutor’s Office.Chavarría left little to the imagination if the current trend continues: “I think that there’s no going back on the level of violence that has started in this country. We’re a country with organized crime. The number of homicides indicates the presence of organized crime.”“The example is the Northern Triangle,” he said, referring to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the most violent countries in Latin America. And “the path we’re on is toward the Northern Triangle if we don’t take action today.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgFlight attendants at American Airlines may vote to strike against the Fort Worth-based carrier after “lock-down” negotiations with a federal mediator failed to produce a contract agreement. American’s flight attendants, represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said AA management walked out of the five-day talks, after APFA presented a counter-proposal to American’s offer of an eight-year contract calling for 2 percent wage increases in each of the first four years.American counters that its negotiators departed the discussions to form a counterproposal, but union leaders made their sentiments clearly known:”This conduct is just another demonstration of the company’s bad-faith bargaining that has been in full bloom for the past 23 months,” said APFA president Laura Glading.”Delay only serves the company. Each day without a new agreement equals another million dollars in the pocket of American.” The National Mediation Board mediates airline labor talks under the terms of the Railway Labor Act, which also covers airline collective bargaining. The RLA limits the ability of management to lockout, and bargaining units to strike, before talks have reached an impasse. Work actions by either group are prohibited until the NMB releases the parties from mediation, and a 30 day cooling off period expires.American’s ground workers, represented by the Transport Workers Union, may also ask the NMB to declare an impasse if negotiations reach a stalemate. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a4b9/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

The Supply and Demand of Housing

first_imgThe Supply and Demand of Housing Forecast Freddie Mac Home Prices Home Sales Housing Starts Mortgage Rates 2014-05-20 Tory Barringer As housing metrics continue to take unexpected turns, it’s become clear by now that the current recovery has functioned unlike any other. In the company’s latest Economic & Housing Market Outlook, economists Frank Nothaft and Leonard Kiefer at Freddie Mac took a look at three fundamental areas—mortgage rates, home sales, and household formations—to figure out why.Dissecting each category, the economists come to the conclusion that the reason why housing has moved in the direction it’s taken is due to one of the most basic economic rules: supply and demand.Starting with mortgage rates, the researchers note that despite climbing compared to last year, rates in the last few months have remained fairly steady, an unexpected reaction to the Federal Reserve’s movements to gradually end its monthly asset purchase plan. In fact, as of mid-May, Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey had 30-year average fixed rates at a six-month low.However, since recent cuts to the Fed’s purchases of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) have coincided with a dramatic decline in mortgage originations—and thus MBS issuance—the effect has been minor so far.”[E]ven though the Fed’s purchases of MBS (the monthly ‘net addition’ plus the replacement of principal pay downs on existing holdings) are down significantly, so are monthly MBS issuances,” the researchers said in their latest report. “In fact, the Fed’s acquisitions, as a ratio to new issuance, are slightly higher than a year ago.”In other words,” they went on, “the Fed’s ‘demand’ for new MBS has declined less than has new ‘supply’, thus keeping the Fed’s share of MBS issuance above year-ago levels.”With refinance demand down so significantly over the past year, originations and issuance are expected to remain low, meaning the Fed’s scaledown in purchases won’t meaningfully push rates up until asset purchases near zero.On the topic of the relationship between home sales and prices—namely, prices continuing to rise despite weak sales data—Nothaft and Kiefer argue that nothing out of the ordinary is happening: Though sales are down, demand for housing has stayed strong, as evidenced by the estimated 5.2 months’ supply of homes on the market as of March. And with few additional homes trickling into the available stock, the combination of high demand and low supply has lifted prices throughout the recovery.Also key to the rise in prices is a decline in distressed sales and low-priced stock, bringing the median up.Finally turning to the actual supply of homes, the two economists observed that though housing starts have risen from their 2009 trough, they have struggled to get back to normal historical levels, in large part because of the lackluster rate of household formations, which have barely crossed the 500,000 mark annually since the Great Recession.Though birth rates through the late 80’s and early 90’s are favorable for new household growth at this time, the other main factor affecting household formations—the business cycle—is still weak after the crisis.”[M]any adults in their 20s have continued to live with relatives (often parents) and have had to wait an extended period to save funds and generate an earnings cash-flow sufficient to set up their own household,” the economists wrote. “We understand that we might sound like a broken record here, along with many other economists, but the need to have a job before buying a house is a simple fact of life.”With economic growth expected to accelerate to an annualized rate of 3.0 percent in the coming quarters, payroll gains should improve to a steady 200,000–250,000 per month, contributing to new formations and new starts.”If we get that, we’ll be able to address the underlying ‘supply’ problem because we know the ‘demand’ for housing is there,” Nothaft and Kiefer concluded. Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News May 20, 2014 548 Views last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   The 38-points allowed marked a season-high.It was a good start for the Cardinals, who scored on their opening possession for the first time all season. However, the Falcons (7-4) responded with points on three of their first drives to take a 17-10 lead late in the second quarter.Back-to-back second-half touchdowns by the Falcons made it 31-13, the Cardinals’ largest deficit of the game.Carson Palmer went 25-of-45 for 289 yards and two touchdowns. He was also intercepted once and sacked twice.David Johnson accounted for 161 total yards, topping 100 receiving yards (103) for the first time in his career.The Cardinals have now dropped eight straight in Atlanta.THE GOODYou couldn’t have asked for a better start from the Cardinals offense. Palmer completed all five of his pass attempts, twice finding Jermaine Gresham, the second time good for a one-yard touchdown, making it 7-0 Arizona at the 9:39 mark of the first quarter. Palmer threw for 65 yards on the drive, helping give the Cardinals their first points on an opening possession all season.All Johnson needed was just about a quarter-and-a-half to hit 100 scrimmage yards for an 11th straight game to begin a season, extending his own franchise record. He joined Edgerrin James (2000 and 2005) as the only players in NFL history to post 100 scrimmage yards in each of the team’s first 11 games. Johnson had 49 rushing yards and 62 receiving yards for a total of 111. In a single third-quarter defensive possession, the Cardinals sacked Ryan four times, though only three counted. Tony Jefferson, Tyrann Mathieu and Markus Golden each recorded their second, first and seventh sacks of the season, respectively. Calais Campbell also dropped Ryan, but his sack was negated by a penalty. By the way, Golden’s sack total is the second-most on the team.THE BADTargeted a handful of times on the Falcons’ opening drive, Patrick Peterson gave up a 27-yard catch to Justin Hardy and was flagged for interference while covering Julio Jones on 3rd-and-goal from the Arizona 2; the latter of which handed Atlanta an automatic first down, and on the very next snap, Freeman rushed one yard for a touchdown tying the game at 7 at the 3:38 mark of the first quarter.Four more penalties, including a second pass interference call on Peterson, were called on the Cardinals in the second quarter. There were also a pair of holding calls on the offensive line, plus an intentional grounding call on Palmer. By the way, the whistle on Peterson wiped out a Deone Bucannon interception on 3rd-and-15. And it should be mentioned that the Falcons were never flagged in the first half. Twice on the Falcons’ third-quarter scoring drive they converted on third down, their first two conversions of the game after failing four times previous. There was a 3rd-and-2 and a 3rd-and-10; the latter of which Ryan scrambled for 11 yards to move the chains. Four plays later, Tevin Coleman rushed two yards for a touchdown extending Atlanta’s lead to double digits, 24-13, at the 2:56 mark of the quarter.Two fourth-quarter plays explained why the Cardinals are where they are here in 2016. First, Michael Floyd dropped a fourth-down pass. Then, with the Falcons punting on 4th-and-5, Campbell jumped offsides, handing Ryan a fresh set of downs. He took advantage, throwing another wide receiver screen to Gabriel, who this time went 25 yards for a touchdown extending Atlanta’s lead to 31-13 at the 8:48 mark.STAT OF THE GAME38: The Falcons became the second team in as many weeks and the fourth overall this season to hit the 30-point mark on the Cardinals, which entered the game with the league’s 10th-best scoring defense (19.0).HE SAID IT“I thought we did a very poor job of answering after we scored of letting them score,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “Great defenses don’t do that. They don’t let other teams score after you score.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel dives for his second touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals. (Associated Press) And the hole the Arizona Cardinals are digging themselves only keeps getting deeper and deeper.Coaches and players will you they’re still in the thick of the playoff race, and that’s true. Yet for many, fans and media alike, the Cardinals are just too far back, with the finish line closing, to be a factor.And they may have just gotten lapped after losing in Atlanta, 38-19.Matt Ryan passed for two touchdowns, while Devonta Freeman rushed for two touchdowns as the No. 1 scoring offense was too much for the Cardinals (4-6-1) to handle as they lost their second straight and third in four games overall. The former NFC East rivals met twice a year from 1970-2001.Overall, the Redskins lead 75-45-2 in the all-time series, dating back to 1932. – / 24 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling NOTEDKerwynn Williams took a first-quarter direct snap and handed off to Johnson, who rushed for 16 total yardsLarry Fitzgerald’s 17-yard first-quarter catch extended his streak with a reception to 190 consecutive gamesFitzgerald’s 10-yard second-quarter catch was the 1,095th of his career, fifth-most on the NFL’s all-time listD.J. Swearinger’s second-quarter interception, his third of the season, was the Cardinals’ first in five gamesJohn Brown exited the game in the third quarter and did not return; he was ruled out with a hamstring injuryThe starting offensive line, left to right: D.J. Humphries, Mike Iupati, A.Q. Shipley, John Wetzel, Ulrick JohnAmong the Cardinals’ inactives included defensive tackles Olsen Pierre, Robert Nkemdiche and Ed StinsonUP NEXTAfter two straight road games, the Cardinals return home.They host the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Dec. 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning five hours earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.The Cardinals won the last meeting in 2014 at University of Phoenix Stadium, 30-20, which snapped an eight-game losing streak in the series.The Cardinals have not won back-to-back games against Washington since sweeping the season series in 1998. Top Stories last_img read more

first_imgPrep-Entertainment-Report by The Associated Press Posted Jul 2, 2019 12:53 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email —KIM KARDASHIAN WEST BACKS OFF KIMONO PLANNEW YORK (AP) — Kim Kardashian West has backed away from what some saw as a misappropriation of Japanese culture. She has decided to change the name of her garment line, dropping the Kimono Soultionwear title. The move comes less than a week after the reality TV show star began getting blowback on social media for using the traditional Japanese kimono to hawk her line of shape-wear. In a tweet yesterday, West said her brands and products are designed with “inclusivity and diversity at their core” — and her decision to change the brand name came “after thought and consideration.” She hasn’t said what the new name will be.—KALEY CUOCO GETS NEW PRODUCTION DEALLOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the stars of “The Big Bang Theory” has taken another step forward with her career, now that the long-running sitcom has ended. Kaley Cuoco has signed a new, exclusive, multi-year deal with Warner Bros. TV, the same company that churned out the CBS sitcom she was on for 12 seasons. The deal will see her make a transition from doing comedy to drama. Her first project is an hour-long series, “The Flight Attendants.” It will be made for the WarnerMedia streaming service that’s due to launch early next year.—NEW MOTION PICTURE ACADEMY MEMBERS NAMEDNEW YORK (AP) — Now that it silenced the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, the motion picture academy is trying to keep an #OscarsSoMale hashtag from taking hold. The academy says for the first time, it has reached gender parity in its newest class of inductees. The academy has invited 842 people to the Oscars organization — and half the new invitees are women. What’s more, in 10 of the 17 branches, more women than men were asked to join. The class of new members also includes about a-third who are people of colour. If most accept their invites, the film academy will number more than 9,000 members.—TAKERU KOBAYASHI APPEARS IN DOCUMENTARY ON COMPETITIVE EATINGNEW YORK (AP) — He’s a man you probably wouldn’t want to dine with _ especially if you have to pick up the tab — because he can out-eat you, no matter what’s put before him. Takeru Kobayashi (tah-KAY’-roo koh-bee-AH’-shee) holds world records for eating copious amounts of foods, ranging from hot dogs to pizza, chicken wings to Twinkies — even cow brains. While his 15 world titles show he can wolf down food, he says he found the ESPN “30 for 30” documentary featuring him a little harder to swallow. Tonight marks the debut of “The Good, The Bad, The Hungry” _ and Kobayashi says he’s “so embarrassed,” he “can’t even watch it.” The documentary shows the rivalry between the six-time hot-dog eating champ and current 11-time champion Joey Chestnut, who dethroned Kobayashi in 2007.—STEVE HARVEY – SCHOLARSHIPSKENT, Ohio (AP) — Steve Harvey is going to helping some students get their college degrees — by picking up the cost of their education. The comedian and game show host will be paying the freight for eight incoming freshmen at his alma mater, Kent State University. The school says in a statement that the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation will provide scholarships of about $23,000 per student. To keep the cash flowing, the students have to maintain a 2.5 grade point average each semester.—PRINCESS DIANA WORKOUT SWEATSHIRT BEING AUCTIONEDBOSTON (AP) — How much would you pay for a baggy, well-used sweatshirt that’s more than 20 years old? If you saw it at a thrift shop, you probably wouldn’t spend more than a dollar for it — if that. But a garment like that is expected to sell for more than $5,000 when it goes up for sale. That’s because the sweatshirt in question used to belong to Princess Diana. She used to wear the dark blue, cotton-poly blend Virgin Atlantic sweatshirt when she worked out. Her longtime trainer says the Princess of Wales wore the same shirt to discourage the media from documenting what she wore to her workouts. The garment will be auctioned by RR Auction, based in Boston.— The Associated Presslast_img read more

Anastasiades to express will of the people to UNSG

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades said on Saturday that in his upcoming meeting with the UN Secretary General, in New York he will express the will of the Greek Cypriot side to continue the dialogue on the Cyprus problem, for the interruption of which it is not responsible.Speaking to reporters in Limassol, the President said at his meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, which will take place next week, “I will expound on the absolute will of the Greek Cypriot side to continue a dialogue, which was interrupted without its fault”.Our aim is to find a solution that will meet the expectations, the concerns and worries not just of one community, but of both communities; a solution, which will definitely not allow any third parties to be so-called guarantors and, in particular, will not allow the presence of occupation troops, he said.“The aim of my visit (to the UN) is to reiterate my will for, as well as the framework, within which a solution should be placed if we want it to be viable, functional and of course to be accepted by the people,” Anastasiades said.Replying to a question as to whether he thinks that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, will return to the negotiating table, the President said “do you expect me to answer on behalf of Mr Akinci? I hope (he will do so).”The meeting with Guterres will be part of a trip to the United States, where Anastasiades will address an investment conference.Earlier on Saturday, the schedule for the New York trip was announced.Anastasiades will depart for New York on Sunday night, accompanied by government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides.Once there, he will attend a dinner hosted in his honour by Cypriot expatriates in the US.On March 21, Anastasiades will mark the end of the trading day at the New York stock exchange.The next day, in addition to meeting with Guterres, Anastasiades will have a meeting with Archbishop Demetrios of America, before addressing the international Invest in Cyprus conference at the Metropolitan Club.The forum is organised by Capital Link, in cooperation with the Cypriot association of ship-owners, the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency, and the commercial chambers of Cyprus and USA.It aims to inform large American corporations and investors of the investment opportunities available in Cyprus and promote business and commercial cooperation.Still on March 22, Anastasiades will attend a working dinner with ExxonMobil officials.On March 23, he will hold separate meetings with the foreign ministers of Britain, Boris Johnson, and Slovakia, Miroslav Lajcak.Lajcak will chair the 72nd general assembly of the United Nations.The president will depart New York on the night of March 23 for Rome, where he will attend the leaders’ summit of the European Union marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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