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2 dead 3 treated released after fishing boat goes down off Vancouver

first_imgTOFINO, B.C. – Two people are dead and three others were treated and released from hospital Sunday after a fishing boat went down off the west coast of Vancouver Island near the remote tourist community of Tofino.All five people on board the vessel were taken to shore Sunday afternoon, but health officials later confirmed that two of them had died, Coast Guard spokesman Dan Bate said in a statement.The 8.5-metre-long catamaran was fishing for halibut near Bartlett Island, north of Tofino, B.C., on Sunday afternoon, he said.Someone on the boat made a distress call around 1:20 p.m., said Sub-Lt. Melissa Kia with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria.“We were able to talk with the vessel, live, to confirm that the five passengers were abandoning into the water. While the boat was attempting to get in a better position to speak with us via cellphone, it lost communications with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre,” she said.Coast guard rescue boats, a Royal Canadian Air Forces helicopter and a plane from CFB Comox were all dispatched to look for the passengers, and a broadcast was put out asking marine vessels in the area to search the area.Two commercial float planes also responded to the call for help, Kia said, and one of them spotted the people in the water and directed rescuers to the location.“All five people were recovered from the water by two vessels of opportunity (non-coast guard boats) that were very close to the position,” Kia said.Jason Bertin said a float plane from his Tofino company, Atleo River Air Service, spotted the vessel and was able to pinpoint its location for rescuers.“We got called by a local who asked us to go look, so we dispatched a float plane and we dispatched a helicopter out of the airport,” he said.Bertin said he was in the helicopter but turned back after the vessel was spotted by the other aircraft.Bate said the boats linked up with the coast guard, and an off-duty paramedic provided CPR to one passenger while a Coast Guard Rescue Specialist tried to resuscitate another.All five people were taken to emergency health services in Tofino. A spokeswoman for Island Health said Sunday that the survivors were treated and released.What caused the vessel to take on water remains unclear.Kia said the sea was about two to three metres high Sunday afternoon and lighting conditions in the area were good. She said the water temperature off the west coast of Vancouver Island is between about eight and 10 degrees at this time of year.Bertin said the vessel was located in waters “very close” to where the whale watching vessel Leviathan II capsized in October 2015 with 27 people on board. Six people died in that incident.The Transportation Safety Board has yet to complete its investigation into the cause of the tragedy. In the days immediately following the sinking, investigators said Leviathan II passengers had been standing on one side of the top deck when a wave hit the opposite side of the vessel.last_img read more

Two persons involved in train dacoity arrested

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Railway Police arrested two persons involved in train dacoity case of Gold Jewellery (worth Rs 40-45 lakhs) happened between Sadar Bazaar and New Delhi railways stations.Police identified the accused as Mukesh Kumar Sharma (34) and Dinesh (29) (mastermind). The complainant (38), native of Bihar, reported that on May 9, he collected gold jewellery to be delivered to jewellers in Bihar from Kucha Mahajani in Chandni Chowk. At about 7. 00 pm, he boarded in a local train from Sadar Bazar for New Delhi Railway Station. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSoon after the train left, four persons started beating him in the train robbed all the jewellery from him. After committing robbery the assailants jumped off the moving train. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railway) Dinesh Kumar Gupta said that after detailed investigation they zeroed down Dinesh who was apprehended from Bihar. The accused had suffered huge losses of about 10 lakhs in MCX commodity trading. “The other accused Sharma was under debt and in desperate need of money. The main accused was in contact with Santosh Kumar Paswan, who also worked with the jewellers in Kucha Mahajani. In the last week of April 2019, the trio gathered for a cocktail party and discussed a plan to rob the gold carriers,” said DCP Railway. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in Dwarka”They decided in the meeting that Mukesh will inform about the arrival and departure of gold carriers to Dinesh, who in turn will inform Santosh who with the help of other persons will execute the robbery,” police said. As planned, on May 9 Mukesh informed the mastermind about a complainant who further informed and alerted other accused. Thereafter, Santosh along with his associates committed the crime. The team formed under the leadership of Joint CP (Transport Range) Atul Katiyar made the arrest.last_img read more

UN Human Rights Council to hold special session on Myanmar next week

28 September 2007The United Nations Human Rights Council has announced it will hold a special meeting on 2 October to discuss the situation in Myanmar, amid growing calls for authorities in the Southeast Asian nation to exercise restraint in dealing with ongoing protests. Myanmar has recently witnessed a wave of peaceful demonstrations, which began last month in protest against a surge in fuel prices and more recently have included many of the country’s monks.The 47-member Council, which today suspended its sixth session until 10 December, decided to hold the emergency meeting following a request by a number of countries.This will be the fifth special session convened by the Geneva-based Council since it was set up in June 2006 to replace the former Commission on Human Rights.The deteriorating situation in the country prompted Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to dispatch his Special Envoy to the region earlier this week. Ibrahim Gambari held meetings at Singapore’s Foreign Ministry today and is expected to arrive in Myanmar tomorrow. Mr. Ban’s call for restraint by Myanmar authorities in responding to the demonstrations has been echoed by a number of the world body’s officials.Today the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemned the killing of Japanese photojournalist Kenji Nagai, who was shot dead on 27 September while covering a demonstration in Rangoon. Decrying the use of violence against journalists and protesters in Myanmar, Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura called on the authorities to respect the professional work of reporters regardless of their country of origin. “Freedom of expression and press freedom are basic human rights and allowing the media to express different views can only help achieve the national reconciliation we all wish for Myanmar,” he stated.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today it was deeply concerned about the situation in the country, especially the effects of the violence on women and children. UNICEF’s Veronique Taveau told reporters in Geneva today that with much of the Myanmar’s population already struggling to survive – with a significant number of children malnourished – the current violence could only lead to a further deterioration and restrictions on UNICEF’s ability to reach the most vulnerable. read more

UN chief condemns deadly arson attack in Mexico

26 August 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today deplored the arson attack that left 53 people dead in Monterrey, Mexico, yesterday and voiced solidarity with the country’s people, the families of the victims and the country’s Government. He condemned the “deplorable act of violence” and expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones.“The United Nations stands with the people of Mexico at this difficult moment,” said a statement issued by the spokesperson of the Secretary-General.According to media reports, gunmen stormed a casino, sprinkled it with fuel and set the building on fire.Local authorities suspect that organized crime may have been responsible for the attack, the deadliest act of violence since the country launched a crackdown on drug cartels in 2006, according to the press reports. read more

Land of Canaan fatal accident Unlicensed driver jailed for 4 years

The minibus driver who drove recklessly on April 13 2018, causing the deaths of 52-year-old Yvonne Mohan and Ramroop Persaud, was, on Monday jailed for the offences when he appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan.Charged: Ronald BalgobinRonald Balgobin, 24, of Sophia, Greater Georgetown, admitted to driving minibus BWW 4542 on the day in question at a fast rate thereby causing the death of both of persons.On his first appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, Balgobin had denied the sole charge against him, that of causing the death of Mohan.However, when he was slapped with the second charge, he admitted to them explaining what occurred on the day of the accident.According to Balgobin, he was asked by a friend who he met on Facebook to drive her bus and even though unlicensed, he complied.He added that he was only transporting one overload in the said bus. The defendant further revealed that the accident occurred when he was overtaking a truck behind a car that was overtaking as well.However, the driver of the said car reportedly refused to give him space to return to the correct lane and as such he was forced to speed up in an attempt to overtake the car when he suffered a blow out.He then lost control of the vehicle which toppled several times before coming to a stop. In the process, some of the passengers were reportedly thrown from the vehicle.The now dead persons along with Balgobin and other injured passengers were rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where Mohan succumbed. Persaud succumbed to his injuries several days after the accident.Balgobin then begged for mercy apologising to the Court for his carelessness.Magistrate McLennan told him that he did not drive with due care and as such sentenced him to spend 4 years in prison each on both charges. However the two sentences will run concurrently. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinibus driver charged with causing death of 52-y-o woman, remandedApril 16, 2018In “Court”$1M bail for man accused of killing UG Employee in road accidentAugust 26, 2014In “Crime”5 years jail for man who killed UG employee during accidentJune 2, 2015In “Crime” read more

You can now get married at seven heritage sites in Ireland including

first_img(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)Castletown House, Kildare(Shutterstock)Barryscourt Castle, Cork(Shutterstock)Desmond Hall, Limerick(Desmond Hall/Facebook) Kilkenny Castle(Marcus Meissner/Flickr/Creative Commons) Blasket Islands Visitor Centre, Kerry(Tom Bennett/Flickr/Creative Commons) Ceide Fields Visitor Centre, Mayo(Allan Henderson/Flickr/Creative Commons) Read: OPW to give leases on heritage sites to private companies > IF YOU’RE GOING to be putting a ring on it, there’s some good news today.The Office of Public Works has confirmed that seven of Ireland’s heritage sites can now be used as venues for civil ceremonies – and more sites are in the works.The seven venues, spread out throughout the provinces, include Kilkenny Castle, the Casino at Marino in Dublin, and the Céide Fields Visitor Centre in Mayo.Castletown House in Kildare, Desmond Hall in Limerick, Barryscourt Castle in Cork and the Blasket Islands Visitor Centre in Kerry can also now be used.Brian Hayes, the Minister of State with special responsibility for the OPW, said he wanted to see more sites open up for a wider variety of uses, and said he would welcome suggestions from members of the public.“These are wonderful and iconic sites that are familiar to many of us and are a key part of our cultural heritage,” he said.The HSE is currently looking at a number of other venues – including Dublin Castle, Emo Court in Laois and Dungarvan Castle in Waterford – to add to the list.Any couples who want to get married at any of the sites should email the OPW [permissions@opw.ie] and state the site which they are interested in using for their big day (bearing in mind that you can only use them for civil ceremonies, and not for a reception afterwards).There’s also a disclaimer: the OPW notes that in many cases sites will be still open to the public at the same time and ceremonies will have to be balanced with the need to maintain access for other visitors.Minister Brian Hayes was enthusiastic about the new venues.“There are many places in our [the OPW’s] portfolio apart from the obvious ones – unique venues which would certainly add to the occasion on their special day,” he said.Here are the seven venues:The Casino at Marino, Dublinlast_img read more

Valve teaches kid a lesson for trying to sell his Steam account

first_imgValve Software is a collection of good eggs. While companies like EA and Activision exploit their customers, Valve seems to genuinely compare about their customers. That’s not to say, though, that Valve doesn’t sometimes need to crack the whip… but even when they do, as they did with one Steam subscriber recently, it still ends up a lot better than it could have been.About a month ago, a Steam user with a total of $1,794.52 worth of games legally purchased on his Steam account decided to try to sell it via Reddit. “I’m looking at money of course, not full price considering I bought most of them on sale, but maybe we can come to some sort of deal…Of course if someone actually takes me up I’ll be removing my credit card information from the account, along with my friends list,” he wrote.The problem? Selling your Steam account is a huge violation of Steam’s Subscriber Agreement, which says that “you may not sell or charge others for the right to use your account, or otherwise transfer your account.” Worse, someone from Valve was reading. Down came the ban hammer… freezing the Reddit user out of his Steam account, and taking from his the right to play any of his $1800 worth of games.Depending on how you read this story, it’s either a great example of the perils of tying your software to a subscription account like Steam, or a tale of an idiot trying to break the rules getting punished for it. Either way, though, Valve was only trying to teach the kid a lesson and send a message to other gamers who were tempted to sell their Steam account, and today, the user’s account has been reinstated. All’s well that ends well.Read more at Steamlast_img read more

Pesticides une réglementation européenne globalement bien observée

first_imgPesticides : une réglementation européenne globalement bien observéeEurope – Un rapport démontre que 96,5% des aliments présentent un taux de pesticides inférieur à la limite autorisée dans l’Union européenne.L’Agence européenne de sécurité sanitaire (Efsa – European food safety authority) a analysé la présence de 365 pesticides dans 11.000 types d’aliments différents : céréales, fruits et légumes.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Elle a publié son rapport lundi, mettant en évidence 3,5% d’échantillons affichant des taux hors normes européennes. Ces seuils, qu’on appelle limite maximale en résidus (LMR), avaient été définis récemment par des mesures d’harmonisation. Pour entrer dans le détail, on notera que les denrées produites par des États membres de l’Union européenne contiennent moins de pesticides (2,4%) que celles produites hors UE (7,6%). Celles destinées à l’alimentation des bébés respectent les normes européennes (0,2% seulement hors normes). Concernant les cultures biologiques, on retiendra le chiffre de 0,9% d’aliments non conformes à la réglementation. Les aliments les plus concernés sont les épinards, les oranges et le riz.Le 13 juillet 2010 à 11:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Dad tries to fathom why son allegedly decapitated his mother

first_imgESTACADA, Ore. — An Oregon father is struggling to try to understand why his adult son allegedly decapitated his mother on Mother’s Day and then showed up at a grocery store with her head, stabbing a clerk there until workers overpowered the man and police arrested him.David Webb said his 36-year-old son, Joshua Lee Webb, had vision problems and received Social Security payments but never showed any signs that he might be capable of the crime. Police described him as “catatonic” after his arrest.“I never foresaw a problem. If I had I would have stopped it,” David Webb told The Associated Press before bursting into sobs during a telephone interview.Joshua Lee Webb decapitated Tina Marie Webb on Sunday afternoon at the family’s rural home in the once-significant logging town of Colton, Ore., about 40 miles  south of Portland, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.He then showed up at about 12 miles away at a small grocery story covered in blood with a large kitchen knife and carrying her head, authorities said.last_img read more

Sanctions imposed on Turkish officials

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Treasury Department announced Wednesday that it is imposing sanctions on Turkish Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu over the continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson.“Pastor Brunson’s unjust detention and continued prosecution by Turkish officials is simply unacceptable,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the United States expects Turkey to release him immediately.”As a result of the sanctions, any property or interest in property of the two Turkish officials within U.S. jurisdiction will be blocked, and U.S. persons will be generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them, officials said.The move comes after President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened on Twitter to impose “large sanctions” against Turkey over the imprisonment of Brunson, who has been accused by Turkish authorities of supporting terrorist groups. U.S. officials say he is innocent.Turkey’s nearly two-year detention of Brunson has caused a deep strain in relations between Ankara and Washington. The pastor, who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was released from prison by a Turkish court last month. But in a surprise move, the court ordered that he remain under house arrest.last_img read more

Funeral held for Stoneman Douglas student who warned classmate about shooter

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida teen who was one of 17 people fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week was laid to rest.Mourners paid their respects and said their final farewell to Helena Ramsay at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs.According to witness accounts, the 17-year-old thought of the safety of her best friend, Samantha Grady, instead of her own after accused gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire in Building 12, Feb. 14.When Cruz went into their classroom, witnesses said, Ramsay instructed Grady to shield herself with a book.Grady was injured but survived.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

HEA Members Will See A Rate Increase On Next Months Bill

first_imgThe primary driver of the increase is HEA’s greater reliance on its higher priced baseload gascontract going forward to fuel generation, compared to lower priced gas spot market opportunitiesthat HEA has been able to act upon year to date. This rate increase is effective to all HEA members. The COPA is adjusted on a quarterly basis and primarily reflects the cost of natural gas used to generate power for HEA members. According to a release, HEA proposes an increase to the Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA) rate from $0.06701 per kilowatt hour (kWh) to $0.07270 kWh, which is an increase of 8.49%. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association, (HEA) members will see an increase in their monthly bills beginning July 1, 2018. The average residential member who uses 550 kWh/month will see a $3.13 increase in theirbill.last_img read more

New York Media Introduces Paywall for Digital Verticals

first_imgPam WassersteinThe new paywall will operate with a dynamic meter that prompts readers to subscribe based on a combination of factors, rather than hitting a paywall once a set number of articles is reached. These factors include type of stories being read, bounce rate and depth of visit, which verticals are being visiting in a session, and breadth of sites being used by each reader, who will then be alerted as they reach their unique limit of free articles.Additionally, nymag.com will launch a new homepage at the same time the subscription product is put into effect, and will be aimed at better displaying and navigating through content from across the company’s verticals.Over the summer, the Wasserstein family was rumored to be considering the sale of New York Media’s namesake title, New York mag, as well as its other digital properties, and had stated that they were exploring further opportunities of investment in the brands, however no further announcements about perspective buyers have come out since then. New York Media is the next publisher to move towards a reader-supported revenue model.The owner of New York magazine and a network of verticals: Vulture, the Cut, Intelligencer, the Strategist, and Grub Street, announced on Monday that it will implement a subscription paywall on its digital content starting later this month—working to fulfill CEO Pam Wasserstein’s goal of diversifying revenue streams and bolstering the company’s digital offerings since taking the reigns in 2016.“We want to allow for discovery and exploration of our sites, while putting a value on the journalism we produce,” said Wasserstein in a statement. “We’re aiming to separate casual browsers from superfans, and forge a deeper relationship with those fans who are passionate about what we do.”New York Media has recently worked towards expanding its digital offerings through launching the new stand-alone Intelligencer site in September, and launching the upcoming regional listings product, the City, which, according to a New York Times report, will be the only site exempt from the new paywall.With the company’s portfolio of brands producing upwards of 150 stories per day, it sees approximately 45 million readers per month across its platforms and values access to this content at $5 per month, or $70 per year with a print subscription. However, those who are already print subscribers will receive access to the digital content at no added cost.last_img read more

Full Show CountyWide Polling Places And Ending Daylight Saving Time March 8

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:27 center_img X On Friday’s Houston Matters: Local officials have announced charges stemming from gang-related murders. District Attorney Kim Ogg says they’re part of an ongoing investigation. News 88.7’s Florian Martin brings us the latest.And Harris County has the go-ahead to set up countywide polling places, allowing voters on Election Day to cast ballots at any open voting site — not just one designated in their residential precinct. County Clerk Diane Trautman explains what it means for local voters.Also this hour: You’re going to lose an hour of sleep this weekend, like it or not. We talk with Dr. Wesley Phelps of Sam Houston State University about the history of Daylight Saving Time and the barriers to ending it.Then: We break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week’s news. And we bid a bittersweet farewell to our longtime producer Maggie Martin.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

UnitedHealthcare A Better You Events

first_imgUnitedHealthcare will host A Better You, a series of health and wellness educational events to help Black seniors and other beneficiaries learn more about Medicare and their health care coverage options. The events are scheduled to feature renowned keynote speakers, such as Rev. Drs. Dennis and Christine Wiley, pastors of the Covenant Baptist Church UCC , bodybuilder Ernestine Shepherd, and economist and author Julianne Malveaux. There will also be a musical performances by vocal group The Persuasions.  Events are scheduled to be held at the Lincoln Theater, 1215 U St, NW on June 17 at 10 a.m. and on June 18 at 2:30 p.m. The events are free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, call 1-888-385-1995 or visit www.abetteryou.info.last_img read more

Going Punjabi

first_imgFrom Phulkari to Lassi to Makki di Roti and Sarson da Saag, the vibrancy of the land of the five rivers will be on full display as Delhi celebrates the culture and spirit of Punjab in a three-day Punjabi Mela organized by Delhi government’s Punjabi Academy.The cultural carnival will be unveiled at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts on 12 April and will put on display every aspect of Punjabi life – from its rich food to its colorful dances to various forms of its arts – to give a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of the people of the land. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The event also intends to exhibit and promote the dying ethnic traditions of Punjab through a setting of the traditional ‘mela’ of a Punjabi village where all cultural traditions meet and grow.All Punjabi instruments like the fast-slipping-into-oblivion ‘charkha’ or the spinning wheel, the art of knitting, popularly known as ‘Phulkari’, the making of ‘lassi’ and the playing of old musical instruments like ‘Been’, ‘Algoza’ and ‘Rabab’ will create an aura of  a typical Punjabi Mela. Dotting the IGNCA grounds will be stalls in the traditional Punjabi bazaar pattern selling Punjabi Juttis, Phulkaris, Naale-Prandey and other goods. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor those who love the Punjabi cuisine there would also be the traditional Punjabi food including. Men from the order of the ‘Nihang Singhs’ will perform their popular martial art Gatka.  ‘Punjab’s vibrant culture, its rich cuisine and soulful music, has always attracted people. It is full of love and life. Through this festival we not only want to highlight the culture of the state but also promote the dying traditions of the great land,’ said Rawail Singh, Secretary, Punjabi Academy.While the day will showcase the working arts, the evening will be take viewers to a nostalgic journey through the Punjabi culture with live performances by top singers and dancers. Performers of international fame are expected to participate in the three-day extravaganza where exquisite fusion of Bhangra-Giddha and modern dances would also be presented.last_img read more

French town sets precedent for life after coal

first_imgLoos-en-Gohelle is a town in the north of France whose coal mines were active for 150 years. After the last mine closed in the 1990s, unemployment and poverty gripped the town. The town also had to deal with the environmental ramifications of the extraction process.The population then started to hold assemblies to unite entrepreneurs, local government representatives and neighbors in order to find a solution. They developed a series of ideas to reshape the community and drafting a plan they presented to the state.Unlike other communities in the area that chose to boost the automobile industry (which was in crisis at the time), the population of Loos-en-Gohelle thought that a better solution lay in promoting local activities. This led to a rise in sustainable construction of new buildings and the remodeling of both old houses and of local buildings with an aim to reduce the cost of heating.Aside from energy efficiency, the sustainable construction industry had also specialized in recycled materials. The industry has also developed techniques and plans to ensure a degree of efficient climate protection. In fact, nowadays, the town has a center offering professional training in eco-construction and companies based in other regions send their technicians there to train.Recycling has made Loos-en-Gohelle the center of research and development both in new materials and in new processes. They invest 12 million euros a year into the effort. All the results of the studies are published and feed directly into a network of engineering centers in France.The town also relies on solar and wind energy in order to generate electricity. The commitment to renewable energy lead them to establish a diagnostics center to check the manufacturer’s reliability claims and test new technologies.The Resource Center for Sustainable Development combines research initiatives from the government, businesses and environmental organizations. The town also has a collection of environmental companies focused on sustainable construction, renewable energy and ecological town planning.This economic model is based on citizen participation. Assemblies have maintained a rate of 40 public meetings a year. The locals have complete freedom to suggest ideas and the municipality can finance them with a 50-50 partnership.There were a few difficult years after the last coal mine closed, but Loos-en-Gohelle has reinvented itself. Today, any trace of a past carved out by carbon is now a tourist attraction labeled a World Heritage Site.The Tico Times is a member of Latin Clima, a collection of journalists and newsrooms working together to report on climate change throughout Latin America. This story was originally published by El Cronista Comercial and LatinClima on Feb. 12, 2019. Read the original Spanish version here. This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Why Are Home Sellers Wary of Trading Up

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share August 7, 2018 682 Views Why Are Home Sellers Wary of Trading Up?center_img Fannie Mae Home Purchase Home Sellers Homebuyers homes HOUSING HPSI mortgage 2018-08-07 Radhika Ojha The upward movement of home prices has made both home sellers and buyers wary about selling or purchasing a home. This, according to the findings of the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI), released on Tuesday.The HPSI fell in July for the second consecutive month, dropping 4.2 points to 86.5 in July after reaching survey highs in April and May.Fannie Mae attributed this drop to declines in four of the six HPSI components—those who said it was a good time to buy a home; those who said it was a good time to sell; those who said that home prices would go up; and those who said that they were not concerned about losing their job.According to the survey, the net share of respondents who said that now was a good time to buy a home fell 4 percentage points from June to 24 percent. Those who said it was a good time to sell, also declined 6 percentage points from June’s survey high to 41 percent.“Home purchase sentiment seems to have reached a plateau, with potential home sellers likely struggling to find a home to buy amid slow supply growth, expectations for rising mortgage rates, and significant home price increases,” said Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae.In fact, high home prices were cited as the top reason for being a good time to sell a home, but a bad time to buy one, and according to Duncan could also be a factor in the low existing home sales seen during the season.“This suggests a contributing factor to the low supply of existing homes for sale is that current owners are reluctant to trade up in a rising price market. Additionally, the shares of consumers citing favorable mortgage rates as a reason why it’s a good time to buy or sell a home both dropped to fresh survey lows.”The survey revealed that the net share of Americans who said mortgage rates would go down over the next 12 months rose 1 percentage point to -52 percent, while the net share of those who said they were not concerned about losing their job fell 11 percentage points to 65 percent.Read about the survey’s findings in June:Has Homebuyer Demand Plateaued?last_img read more

Last season Arizona had three cornerbacks who eac

first_imgLast season, Arizona had three cornerbacks who each finished with at least 29 pass attempts thrown his way (29 attempts being the bar for qualifying in the season-ending metrics). They were:Rodgers-Cromartie: 85 pass attempts, 686 yards allowed, 8.1 YPA.Greg Toler: 87 pass attempts, 792 yards allowed, 9.1 YPA.Michael Adams: 47 pass attempts, 345 yards allowed, 7.3 YPAAll totaled, this trio saw 219 pass attempts and allowed 1,823 yards, or 8.3 YPA. These totals were the eighth worst in the league and can be drastically improved if Peterson plays at about the same level he did in college.“Peterson was targeted 32 times and allowed 173 yards, or 5.4 YPA,” Joyner writes. It may only look like a few yards here and there, but if the Cardinals’ cornerback totals listed above were recalculated with Peterson’s YPA taking the place of Toler’s, it would equal the following: 219 pass attempts, 1,377 yards allowed, 6.3 YPA. To put that total into perspective, consider that a 6.3 YPA composite mark for cornerbacks would have placed second in the league in 2010. Peterson may or may not play in the NFL at the same elite level in which he did at LSU, however an improvement to the Cardinals secondary is not as farfetched as people may think. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img Rookies are often drafted to help a team in the future, however Cardinals first round draft pick Patrick Peterson is expected to make an impact now.Not only is Peterson expected to start, but he will also have a significant role in a Cardinals’ secondary that is trying to improve upon the 228 yards per game they allowed through the air last season.It may seem like the Cardinals have a long way to go before they can consider their secondary among the league’s best, yet ESPN’s KC Joyner thinks Peterson can help this secondary become elite almost immediately. 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Man, that says they’re really interested in me, they really believe in me,” Gunter said of what Arizona gave up to acquire him. “I’m going to take that into consideration every time I step on the field or come to meetings, meeting the coaches. They really believe in me. I thank God for that. It’s a blessing, a dream come true. I’m so speechless right now.”The plan is to let his play do most of the talking.Gunter said he was underrated coming out of high school and enters the NFL with a chip on his shoulder. With the Cardinals he expects to play as an outside rusher on first and second down, then move inside on third and maybe fourth down. He’s ready for whatever is asked of him, bringing a level of maturity he thinks other prospects may not possess.“I’m not coming in complacent,” he said. “I’m coming in a hard worker, coming in with the mind set of a free agent trying to make the roster.”Highlights: Here’s a gif of the newest @AZCardinals player, Rodney Gunter in college. Keep an eye on that right side. #Throwdown pic.twitter.com/lr26vuwHC3— Arizona Sports 98.7 (@AZSports) May 2, 2015 Hey, @BruceArians, you’d like passionate players? Check. #RodneyGunter #BirdGang http://t.co/fP2WlDsrkg pic.twitter.com/xf0btQaelq— Arizona Sports 98.7 (@AZSports) May 2, 2015 Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. — Who is Rodney Gunter?He is a defensive end who played at Delaware State. He’s 6-foot-5 and 305 lbs. He’s a cousin of former Arizona Cardinals tight end D.C. Jefferson. He can supposedly dunk a basketball, and the Cardinals liked him enough to trade away three picks — 123 (4th round), 198 (6th round) and 241 (7th round) — for number 116, where they took him in the fourth round. #RodneyGunter (95) is faster than you…and you…and you… #BirdGang pic.twitter.com/RMI1eI0WL4— Arizona Sports 98.7 (@AZSports) May 2, 2015 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I’m very versatile,” Gunter said of his game. “I can bring a hard-working guy, and I potentially could be the next J.J. Watt.”Lofty comparison, yes, but Gunter said his goal is to be the best he can be, so that’s the goal.Getting drafted is a start.Gunter said he expected to be picked sometime in round five or later, but it was “a blessing, a dream come true” to go in the fourth to Arizona.So what exactly are the Cardinals getting?Gunter can play both defensive end and defensive tackle, and last season, as a senior wracked up seven sacks along with 13 tackles for loss. He is still a bit of a raw prospect, as he only played one year of high school football before moving on to college. He had a good reason.“I had to help my mom out,” he said. “She was a single parent, struggling, and I was the oldest boy out of three boys and I had to get a job. I was a dishwasher; I was a waiter. I had to make ends meet.“I eventually played my senior year in high school. I loved the game so much, it was killing me that I was not playing football.”Once he got onto the field, he showed enough potential to get onto NFL teams’ radars, and the Cardinals saw enough to convince them he was worth trading up for. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more