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January home sales in Greater Toronto Area down 22 per cent from

first_imgTORONTO – The number of homes sold in the Toronto region in January was down 22 per cent compared with a year ago, when the area was experiencing a short-term spike in prices that prompted the Ontario government to cool the market last spring.The Toronto Real Estate Board says Greater Toronto Area realtors reported 4,019 home sales for January through the Multiple Listings Service, compared with a record 5,155 sold a year ago.Last month’s average selling price was also down, falling by 4.1 per cent to $736,783 from $768,351 a year ago.“It is not surprising that home prices in some market segments were flat to down in January compared to last year. At this time last year, we were in the midst of a housing price spike driven by exceptionally low inventory in the marketplace,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s director of market analysis.On a month-to-month basis, the number of GTA home sales was down 18 per cent from 4,904 in December but the average price improved somewhat from $735,088 in December — which was the second-lowest month in 2017.The number of new listings last month increased to 8,585, up 17.4 per cent from January 2017 but still the second-lowest in a decade for the month of January.The real estate board said Tuesday that it expects several measures taken at the provincial and federal level will have a smaller impact on the market as the year progresses.The Ontario government introduced a set of measures in April of last year aimed at cooling the market. Separately, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions introduced a new financial stress test for buyers that federally regulated lenders must apply as of Jan. 1.The real estate board’s 2018 outlook, released Jan. 30, anticipates the pace of sales will pick up in coming months — a message that was repeated Tuesday with the January report.“It is likely that market conditions will support a return to positive price growth for many home types in the second half of 2018,” Mercer said.“The condominium apartment segment will be the driver of this price growth.”In January, the number of condos sold in the region were down 21.9 per cent from last year but the average price for this housing category was up 14.6 per cent to $507,492.Meanwhile, sales volume and prices for townhouses, semi-detached and fully detached houses were all down.The biggest decline was in the average price of fully detached houses in the surrounding 905 area code, where the average price dropped by 12.0 per cent to $879,048. In the 416 area code, the average fell 3.9 per cent to $1,283,981.last_img read more

Budget officer says court action coming this week over failure to disclose

Budget officer says court action coming this week over failure to disclose cuts by Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 21, 2012 4:17 pm MDT OTTAWA – Canada’s parliamentary budget officer says he’ll file court action this week over the refusal of some federal departments to hand over details on billions of dollars in planned cuts by the Harper government.In a statement issued Sunday, Kevin Page says his office “will be filing and serving legal notice on all non-compliant” deputy ministers.He wouldn’t provide any further details, saying “this matter will constitute the subject of a legal action” and it would be inappropriate for him to comment further.Page has said the government has not been open and clear enough about what it intends to cut, and has threatened court action for weeks.As of the middle of last week, only 23 per cent of federal departments and agencies had handed over the requested financial information, and another 52 per cent had said they were going to comply by last Friday.Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, appearing on CTV’s Question Period Sunday, said Page was overstepping his authority and should be looking at money the government has already spent, rather than future plans.“Quite frankly, it’s outside of Mr. Page’s mandate,” Flaherty told the interview program.“He’s look at money that’s not been spent. That’s what we do when we do deficit reduction. We’re not spending that money and he wants to have a look at money that’s not being spent, rather than the manner in which money is spent, which is actually his mandate.”Set up by the Conservatives in 2006 as part of their government accountability effort, the budget’s officer’s mandate “is to provide independent analysis to Parliament on the state of the nation’s finances, the government’s estimates and trends in the Canadian economy.”The finance department, Environment Canada, Citizenship and Immigration, Foreign Affairs and Justice Canada are among the major departments that have refused to divulge the details of their cuts.NDP finance critic Peggy Nash described the pending court action as a sad day for democracy.“This is about transparency and providing independent analysis. That’s what the Parliamentary Budget Officer does,” Nash said.When the Conservatives created the position in their Accountability Act of 2006, the expectation was that the budget officer would be able to provide Canadians with a real-time view of how their money was spent, she said.“I think Canadians want to be reassured that there is an independent scruntizing how tax dollars are being spent — or not spent — and that politics is taken out of the equation,” Nash added.She rejected Flaherty’s argument that the details on budget cuts fall outside of Page’s mandate.“Rather than accountability and transparency, this government wants to pull a curtain and shroud their decisions,” she said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Fitch downgrades Britains bond rating from AAA to reflect weaker economic and

by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2013 12:25 pm MDT Fitch downgrades Britain’s bond rating from AAA to reflect weaker economic and fiscal outlook LONDON – Fitch Ratings on Friday stripped the U.K. of its cherished top AAA credit score, citing a weaker economic outlook that continues to hinder the country in keeping control of its debt.Fitch becomes the second major ratings agency to downgrade its rating for the U.K. to AA+. Though Fitch said the country had fiscal financing flexibility helped by the strength of the pound, it warned of problems ahead due to higher-than-projected debt and deficits.“The fiscal space to absorb further adverse economic and financial shocks is no longer consistent with a ‘AAA’ rating,” Fitch said in a statement.Britain’s government took the announcement in stride and declared that the rating was proof that the country could not walk away from its troubles. It took strength in the fact that Fitch gave the country a “stable” outlook.“Though it is taking time, we are fixing this country’s economic problems,” the Treasury said in a statement. “The deficit is down by a third, a million and a quarter new private-sector jobs have been created and the credibility we have earned means households and businesses are benefitting from near record low interest rates.”The British government, which has long played on its AAA rating as a sign of its economic might, has been pursuing a harsh program of spending cuts and tax increases designed to reduce the nation’s hefty deficit, which Fitch put at 7.4 per cent of the country’s economic output. The U.K. is the third-largest economy in the 27-member European Union, after Germany and France, with a gross domestic product of 1.4 trillion pounds in 2012.But the economy’s growth has been flat-lining. Fitch estimated that the U.K. economy was not expected to reach its 2007 level of real GDP until 2014, underscoring the weakness of the recovery. This means that the U.K. economy cannot keep up with controlling its ballooning deficit.The Moody’s Investors Service, another rating agency, in February also stripped Britain of its AAA grade, but Standard & Poor’s held steady.A downgrade theoretically means that it will cost Britain more to sell bonds and finance its debt. That would mean the government would have to spend more money on debt servicing, exacerbating the country’s budget problems.Because a rating agency thinks it is riskier to lend Britain money, investors would normally demand a higher return to buy U.K. bonds. But it doesn’t always turn out that way: Markets may have already calculated in those factors when Moody’s downgraded the U.K. earlier this year.The rating companies are known for being slow to pull the trigger, but Britain’s rating has been under pressure since Treasury chief George Osborne abandoned his debt reduction target in last year’s autumn budget statement. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Central African refugees attacked as they flee to Cameroon – UN agency

Each week 10,000 Muslims cross into eastern Cameroon to escape the violence consuming the Central African Republic. Many new arrivals report being repeatedly attacked as they fled. UNHCR staff members Paul Spiegel and Michele Poletto recently travelled to eastern Cameroon and share these images. © UNHCR/P. Spiegel/M. Poletto ‹ › Over 290,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries in search of refuge from the ongoing conflict in CAR, which began in December 2012 with attacks by mainly Muslim Séléka rebels. More than 650,000 are also internally displaced and 2.2 million, about half the population, are in need of humanitarian aid. UNHCR said that despite the obstacles to their movement, an average of 10,000 people now cross weekly from CAR into eastern Cameroon. With the main entry points at Garoua Boulai and Kenzou no longer accessible due to anti-Balaka activities, people are using alternative routes. “This has caused the number of entry points into Cameroon to grow from 12 to 27 over last three weeks, making it more challenging for our colleagues to monitor the border,” Ms. Fleming said.Since the beginning of the year, Cameroon has received 69,389 refugees from CAR. This is on top of the 92,000 Centrafricain refugees who have fled in various waves since 2004 to escape rebel groups and bandits in the north of their country.In a statement yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renewed his call for an immediate end to the killings, targeted attacks and other atrocious human rights violations that continue with total impunity in CAR.He also welcomed the establishment by the Security Council of a UN peacekeeping operation in the country, which he hoped will lead to the immediate, concrete and sustainable support that the Central African people need and deserve. “Over the past two weeks, our colleagues in Cameroon have been seeing refugees arrive with wounds from machetes or gunshots,” Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a news briefing in Geneva.She said UNHCR staff had also seen increasing numbers of people crossing into Cameroon via remote border entry points in an effort to evade the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militias. “New arrivals told our colleagues that anti-Balaka militias have blocked main roads to Cameroon, forcing them to wade through the bush for two to three months before reaching the border,” she said. “The refugees also said that the anti-Balaka attacked them during their flight.”The majority of the new arrivals are women, children and elderly people, and all are Muslims. They told UNHCR staff that the men stayed in CAR to create self-defence groups to protect their community and their cattle.“UNHCR is calling on the anti-Balaka to stop preventing civilians from fleeing to neighbouring countries for safety. We are also calling on all sides to the conflict to renounce violence,” said Ms. Fleming. read more

Ohio State mens soccer team disappointed after opening weekend split

OSU sophomore forward Christian Soldat (13) goes up to head a ball during a game against Akron on Sept. 24 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 3-1. Credit: Lantern File PhotoDespite lofty goals for the 2015 season, the Ohio State men’s soccer team staggered out of the gates with an opening-weekend two-game split at home.The Buckeyes (1-1) opened the season with a win against Cal State Fullerton on Friday before falling to Binghamton two days later in the 10th annual Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic.“We played poorly this weekend,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “We have a good team, but we aren’t playing very well right now. We need to recognize that and whatever the issues are and try to move forward.”Senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason implied that physicality is normally the team’s strong point, but the physical nature of the team was lacking over the weekend.OSU struggled in the game against Binghamton, allowing the Bearcats to score within four minutes of the start of the game when Bearcats senior forward Pascal Trappe found the back of the net with an unassisted goal.“We had a hard break in the beginning, which really set us back, and with the heat, it was really difficult to get back into the game; but we should have battled it out a little better,” junior defender and co-captain Tyler Kidwell said.The Buckeyes continued to battle against the Bearcats when junior forward Christian Soldat slotted the ball past the goalkeeper in the 23rd minute, for what would have been OSU’s first goal. However, the equalizer was taken away when a flag was waived on the play to call offsides.The Bearcats nearly tacked on another goal within 25 minutes of the game, but the shot was stopped by senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer, who kept the Buckeyes alive heading into halftime.Junior forward Danny Jensen scored a goal to start the second half, but that was once again taken away when the referee called another offsides, keeping the Buckeyes away from tying the game.OSU continued to struggle to legally put the ball in the net, allowing Binghamton to walk away with a victory and improve their record to 1-1-0.Despite the loss against Binghamton, the Buckeyes did come out on top with a season-opening 2-0 victory against Cal State Fullerton on Friday.Within the first 25 minutes of the game, Cal State Fullerton was issued a red card because of a hard tackle. The one-man advantage immediately paved the way for the OSU victory.Jensen and redshirt senior forward Kenny Cunningham teamed up on an assist to senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson, whose left-footed goal from five yards out gave the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead about 29 minutes into the first half.OSU kept the lead going into the second half, where it was able to tack on a final goal. A penalty was called against the Titans in the second half, allowing senior defender Liam Doyle to convert a penalty kick, giving the Buckeyes the 2-0 lead that stood as the end result.Making his OSU debut, Froschauer managed to keep the Titans from scoring, making three saves.Despite the unfavorable weekend split, Froschauer’s new teammates were pleased with his performance.“He played great,” Kidwell said. “That was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen from him, and we really need that this year and hope we can continue that down the stretch.”Froschauer was named to the Wolstein Classic All-Tournament Team along with Culbertson.“I thought Kyle Culbertson and Chris Froschauer played very well for us this weekend,” Bluem said.Although both players performed well over the weekend, the Buckeyes hope to get their team on one accord as they continue on in the season.The Buckeyes are scheduled to face No. 12 University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Friday in Baltimore at 7 p.m., before facing Navy on Sunday in Annapolis, Maryland, at 4 p.m. read more

End of the soggy bottom Channel 4s Great British Bake Off to

first_imgShe said she hoped viewers would find that “this is Bake Off but with an extraordinary, high calibre of contributors and it’s got a slight Channel 4 feel to it.”We’ve got a new tone to it, it’s got a new comic riff to it. I think that feels modern and future facing. I think it’s a show that people will love with a Channel 4 spin.”Her comments come after Sue Perkins, who hosted the series on the BBC with Mel Giedroyc, admitted that she was running out of puns. A source confirmed that the first episode of the new series contains none of the “soggy bottom” jokes that Bake Off has been long-associated with.Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s chief creative officer and the force behind the broadcaster securing The Great British Bake Off, said that she was “quietly confident” about the series. On the BBC, mild innuendo and baking puns were as much of a staple of the Great British Bake Off as flour, eggs or butter.But the days of the soggy bottom could be firmly behind it, as the new Channel 4 version promises a “new tone” which “feels modern”. Mel and Sue, who loved a laboured baking pun Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mel and Sue, who loved a laboured baking pun Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith The BBC line-up, featuring Mary Berry, Mel and Sue As Leith and Hollywood began their deliberations on who would be ejected from the tent, Toksvig joked: “You could say Noel.” Ms Hunt denied reports that relationships between the new team – judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood alongside hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig – had soured. Paul Hollywood and Prue Leithcenter_img Prue Leith replaces Mary Berry as judge Fielding added: “I’ll go. I’ll go now. I’ll take a hit for the team. It’s been great…”Planting a kiss on Toksvig’s cheek, he added: “See you later kids.”Channel 4 paid a reported £75 million for three years of the hit show, which scored 15 million viewers on the BBC. The final Christmas episode of GBBO on the BBC “I was in the tent a few weeks ago for the whole day. I was struck by completely the opposite.”Chemistry is hard to achieve on television and the thing that I took away from it more than anything else is that there was natural warmth and that they got on really well and their humour worked incredibly effectively together,” Hunt said. She added: “Their chemistry is fantastic, the calibre of the baking is absolutely jaw dropping…”I can reassure all the sceptics that it’s looking absolutely fantastic.”A source said that in the first episode there were no “soggy bottom” jokes.”With Noel, it’s a slightly more surreal take. So far, episode one, there’s no reference to soggy bottoms but it’s got a freshness and it feels modern in terms of their comic take on it… It’s got a slightly more surreal twist,” the source said. The BBC line-up, featuring Mary Berry, Mel and Sue “Noel’s got a big, bright primary colours imagination and that’s where his gags are mined from.”A clip, aired to the media as Channel 4 unveiled its annual report, showed a brief glimpse of the line-up in action.Comic Fielding told the bakers: “Sadly I have to deliver the bad news… a horrible job.” Prue Leith replaces Mary Berry as judge The final Christmas episode of GBBO on the BBClast_img read more

SEHA GAZPROM team in February 16 Alilović Dibirov Atman Nilsson…

← Previous Story Jonas Larholm to leave TT Holstebro Next Story → New era in Kolding with Antonio Carlos Ortega: Trophies in Denmark, step further in CL With 15 matches played in February, SEHA Gazprom PRESS team has picked the best from the month behind us. Lineup mostly consists of players from Meshkov, Veszprem and Vardar which played on the highest level through last 30 days. This trio has combined 11 victories in the same number of matches. One Vojvodina player has also managed to find his place among the best in a month in which Vojvodina did not lose a match – best one of the season for them.Goalkeeper Mirko Alilović (MVM Veszprem)In the second part of the season, Alilović has, after the bronze from EURO in Poland, managed to keep up the rhytm on Veszprems goal, set by Roland Mikler in the first part of the season. In the match against Strumica he had 22 saves!Left winger Timur Dibirov (Vardar)He did not play much but he played amazingly. 7/10 against Borac, perfecting shooting rate against NEXE in Našice. He is in a great shape after EURO and with such Dibirov Vardar is favorite against every team.Right winger Strahinja Stanković (Vojvodina)Right winger from Novi Sad does not have Dibirov’ statistics but his role in the team which has managed to reach 4 points last month was huge. 4 against Borac in a victory in Banja Luka and 2 against Tatran in a stunner draw. Big time performances after EURO for Stanković too.Pivot Andreas Nilsson (MVM Veszprem)Swedish pivot has had multiple great performances in the month behind us but most amazing was the one against Strumica in which he scored 11 goals from 12 attempts. Nilsson is doing an amazing job in Veszprem and is surely giving Sulić a bit more time to rest this season. That’s one of the reasons for Veszprem’ dominant performances in both SEHA League and Champions League.Left back Pavel Atman (Meshkov)Outstanding in Prešov against Tatran with 6 goals. In other three matches last month he was also Meshkovs key player. Since he has become first team player, Meshkov looks unbeatable. His fast flowing handball is a big refreshment for the team from Brest.Middle back Luka Cindrić (Vardar)EURO in Poland in Croatian national team jersey was quite new for him just like the role he was forced to take in Vardar after Karačić surgery. Brilliant with 11 goals against NEXE in Našice, and the day before he was leading his team in Banja Luka with 6.Right back Dainis Kristopans (Meshkov)Meshkov has remarkable duo on the right side with Shylovich and Kristopans sharing minutes. Last month Shylovich was in charge and now Kristopans took over. Latvian giant was leading the team with 6 in the hardest match of the month in Našice.Coach Sergey Bebeshko (Meshkov) When a team catches five victories in five matches playing really good and when you add some great performances from Champions League to that, then we can say that Sergey Bebeshko, the coach of Meshkov Brest has really deserved ‘coach of the month’ award stating that he is coming to Varaždin to F4 with high ambitions. SEHA GAZPROM team read more

Uroš Zorman retires from Slovenia

2011–Vive Targi Kielce 2003–2004CB Ademar León –2003RD Prule 67 2004–2006Celje Pivovarna Laško 2009–2011Celje Pivovarna Laško His playing form was magical in Rio, but at the end of the story, Slovenia ended with Olympic dream at quarter-final with defeat over Denmark. That was the last match of the national team’s captain Uroš Zorman for Slovenia. The last and 224th in same time, which brought him record in the number of appearances for the national team:It is enough. I am so proud and believe that nice future is ahead of young guys – said the 36-years old Zorman who netted 519 goals in Slovenian t-shirt.One of the best world’s playmakers won the European silver at EHF EURO 2004 on home soil in Ljubljana. He also was a part of the Olympic squad in Athens 2004. Debut was five years earlier in 1999.His club’s career is much more linked with the trophies as he won three EHF Champions League with BM Ciudad Real and the last one in May with Vive Tauron Kielce.CAREER: 2006–2009BM Ciudad Real ← Previous Story Handball has its hero – Karol Bielecki! Next Story → LAZAROV LIKE A PROPHET: His Olympic prognosis was 3/3! handballSlovenian handballUros Zorman photo: Slavko Kolar read more

Googles talking shoe concepts are enough to make you go barefoot

first_imgGoogle is in the business of extracting as much information as possible from the world so they can better target ads for their customers. Many of their ideas for doing this, like Android, are not only great but terribly effective. This talking shoe concept, which was shown off at SXSWi recently, goes a little too far.Imagine sneakers that could connect to your phone via Bluetooth and feed apps information about how your run is going. They maybe they will pull in GPS data and create some nice graphs about your run. Maybe this information is exciting enough to you that Google will wrap it up in a format that can be easily posted to Google+. It’s even possible that, after a certain number of steps at a certain speed, your phone polls your GPS and Google Local for a good place to stop and get a drink or an energy bar. Sound like ideas that a lot of people would enjoy, right? What’s the one thing that could ruin that entire experience? When your phone uses all of that information to talk to you.It’s no shock that Google’s Bluetooth-enabled shoe prototypes are all about collecting information and presenting it for both the users and the advertisers. It’s really unlikely that Google is going to get into the shoe business anytime soon — this is more a proof-of-concept. And as far as tech demos go, this isn’t so bad. When you look at how personal area networks and the “internet of things” comes together to grab tons of little bits of data from all over and turn it into useful personal add-ons, shoes that could help you out like this would be great.The problem with this concept comes in right at the end, where the shoes feel the need to let you know when they are bored, or to congratulate you when you are really active. It could just be me, but I’ve got a feeling that there’s not many people out there who want their robotic shoes to cheer them on.This goes further down the path of shoes with speakers built into them, which we’ve shot down in the past. The data collection parts of this would be great, and tied in with something like Google Now to make your phone aware of how active you are on top of your location and other bits of context, smarter shoes could be a great thing for some people. The first time my shoes decide to tell me how great that last run was right after posting the details to Google+, I think I’d probably just take them off and leave them.last_img read more

There has been a plunge in the number of students who want

first_img 26 Comments THERE HAS BEEN a significant drop in the number of students choosing to study nursing and teaching at third level.That’s according to the preliminary application data published by the CAO this morning which shows the courses that are the favourites among first preference selections.First preference applications for an honors degree in nursing have dropped by 9%. It comes as 30,000 nurses and midwives are on the brink of a work-to-rule. Pharmacy is also down 7%.Applications to engineering and technology courses were down by 7% and there was also a drop in the numbers applying to study teaching, which was down 3% compared to last year.Agriculture had a huge boost with an 18% increase in the number of applications for an honours degree. While Built Environment is up 17%.A total of 76,086 applications were received by CAO 1 February. Some 9,707 applications were from applicants over 23 years of age – down 573 from 2016.The data provided at this stage is interim data and is subject to change when Late Applications are taken into account and when the ‘Change of Mind’ facility closes on 1 July.Read: ’Stick with finance, computing, and languages’ – students filling out their CAO forms told to keep it traditional> Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 8:38 AM Image: Shutterstock/MIND AND I There has been a plunge in the number of students who want to do nursing A total of 76,086 applications were received by CAO 1 February. Mar 9th 2017, 8:38 AM Image: Shutterstock/MIND AND I Short URL Share22 Tweet Email3 http://jrnl.ie/3278297 14,681 Views By Cliodhna Russell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Warm spell comes to an abrupt end as rain and lower temperatures

first_img By Garreth MacNamee THE NATION HAD a good run but it looks like the spell of lovely weather is over for now as showers and changeable conditions are expected over the next week.While temperatures should stay between 16 and 19 degrees over the weekend, forecasters at Met Éireann have predicted that there will be scattered rain and and blustery conditions for most parts of the country.However, there is good news as the sweltering temperatures at night should subside from tonight. It should between 9 and 12 degrees overnight.A forecaster said: “Generally changeable conditions into next week. Saturday night will be dry in most places under clear spells in mainly light to moderate westerly breezes.“Sunday will be a mostly dry day apart from isolated drizzle patches near the Atlantic coastal fringes. A cloudier day than Saturday with locally misty conditions at first, but there will be some limited sunshine during the afternoon. Top temperatures ranging 14 to 19 degrees in slack winds. Rain is likely to move in from the Atlantic overnight.”It’s a far cry from the weather of earlier this week which saw the mercury creep up to 29 degrees.Read: What’s a ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ Brexit, and which one are we likely to get? >Read: Rank-and-file gardaí refuse to give social club bank details to management > Share5 Tweet Email Friday 23 Jun 2017, 7:27 AM Short URL Image: RollingNews.ie 12 Comments 17,289 Views Jun 23rd 2017, 7:27 AM Image: RollingNews.ie Warm spell comes to an abrupt end as rain and lower temperatures forecast for weekend This isn’t ideal weekend weather. http://jrnl.ie/3459372 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Morning Press: Fatal Hazel Dell Shooting; waterfront plans; park name

first_imgLooks like we can look forward to a lot of rain. Check our local weather coverage for details.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:Police: One person fatally shot in Hazel Dell parking lotClark County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect in a fatal shooting Monday afternoon that occurred in the parking lot of a Hazel Dell strip mall.An 18-year-old man, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim was reportedly shot while sitting in a white Jeep in the parking lot of the strip mallRelated: Man, 18, fatally shot at Hazel Dell strip mall ID’dRelated: Two more boys arrested on suspicion of murder in Hazel Dell shooting; suspected driver in courtRelated: Two boys, 15, appear in court in connection with Hazel Dell homicideJoe’s Crab Shack, Who Song & Larry’s site to become new developmentVancouver-based Kirkland Development plans to build a mixed-use development on a 3.5-acre site along the Columbia River, east of the Interstate 5 Bridge, the company announced Wednesday. The property is currently home to two restaurants: Joe’s Crab Shack and Who Song & Larry’s.“This is an incredible opportunity to re-envision a key section of Vancouver’s waterfront. Our goal is to bring new life to this area, and to create a unique destination for Vancouver residents and visitors alike,” said Dean Kirkland, Kirkland Development chairman.last_img read more

Man injured in takeoverstyle robbery at Spring Valley Marijuana Dispensary

first_img Posted: April 17, 2018 Updated: 11:42 AM KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SPRING VALLEY (KUSI) – A search was underway today for two suspects who fired shots and clubbed a man in the head during a robbery at a Spring Valley marijuana dispensary.The takeover-style heist was occurred about 11:40 p.m. Monday at a business park at 9966 Dolores St. The gunmen entered the Spring Valley Collective and ordered customers and employees to the ground, then robbed the dispensary and fled before deputies arrived, San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Barry said. He said 911 callers said shots were fired at some point.Nobody was injured by the gunfire, but when deputies arrived, they found a man with blunt force trauma injuries, Barry said. The sergeant did not say specifically how the man sustained the injuries, but 10News reported that at least one of the suspects struck him in the head with the blunt end of a firearm.The injured victim, whose name was not released, was taken to an undisclosed hospital for evaluation, Barry said. It was unclear whether the crime was related to armed heists of a similar nature in the Spring Valley area. Prior to Monday, the most recent similar hold-up reported in the area happened last Aug. 10 at the Bancroft Mega Wellness dispensary in the 3600 block of Bancroft Drive, less than two miles from the Spring Valley Collective.Video Playerhttp://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/man-injured.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: http://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/man-injured.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.At that time, sheriff’s Sgt. Kotaro Murashige of the Rancho San Diego substation described a similar robbery to the one on Monday, in which two armed men forced their way into the illegal dispensary, disarmed a security guard, forced everyone to the ground and made off with marijuana products.Murashige said in August that it was a familiar pattern from several previous robberies in the Spring Valley area.“In each case, armed guards were not a deterrent, the suspects were all armed (and) dispensary staff members failed to call for help even after people were physically assaulted,” the sergeant said. “In some cases the staff members refused to allow law enforcement to enter, causing a stand-off situation that stretched the department’s resources in helping victims.”The Dolores Street dispensary robbed Monday was familiar to Spring Valley deputies. On Feb. 8, sheriff’s detectives and members of the San Diego Crime Suppression Team raided the illegal business and confiscated marijuana, edibles, cash and a loaded BB pistol, according to Sgt. Matt Cook.Despite the use of marijuana becoming legal statewide at the beginning of this year, businesses that sell marijuana are still banned from operating throughout much of the county, including all unincorporated areas of the county. Legitimate marijuana businesses are allowed to operate in the city of San Diego and some other cities, but must be licensed.Video Playerhttp://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/dispensary-spring-valley-4.17.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: http://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/dispensary-spring-valley-4.17.mp4?_=200:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Man injured in takeover-style robbery at Spring Valley Marijuana Dispensary April 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Ramp from I595 to Turnpike closed due to motorcycle accident

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – The ramp from westbound Interstate 595 to the southbound Florida Turnpike has been closed due to a motorcycle accident.Davie Fire Rescue responded to scene, where it appears the motorcyclist lost control on the ramp before striking and going over the barrier.The motorcycle continued going down the ramp for several hundred feet.Paramedics are now working to transport the biker to the hospital. The extent of the motorcyclist’s injuries are unknown.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Israels Beresheet moon landing attempt ends with a crash

first_img Israeli moon mission makes orbit ahead of Sea of Serenity landing SpaceX sends Israel’s historic moon mission on its way Originally published April 11, 12:32 p.m. PT.Update, 6:40 p.m. PT: Adds traditional information regarding X Prize and Beresheet’s final image. The failed mission will be remembered as bittersweet.”Well, we didn’t make it, but we definitely tried, and the achievement of getting where we got is really tremendous,” said Morris Khan, an Israeli entrepreneur who provided a large portion of the funding for Beresheet, as he addressed the observers near the control room. “We can be proud.”NASA commended the mission in a tweet: “We congratulate SpaceIL, Israel Aerospace Industries and the state of Israel on the accomplishment of sending the first privately funded mission into lunar orbit.” Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 pilot, also had kind words. “Never lose hope. Your hard work, teamwork, and innovation is inspiring to all,” he tweeted. While @NASA regrets the end of the @TeamSpaceIL mission without a successful lunar landing, we congratulate SpaceIL, Israel Aerospace Industries and the state of Israel on the accomplishment of sending the first privately funded mission into lunar orbit. https://t.co/XwHpN5M8Pu pic.twitter.com/cfMtP4srDr— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) April 11, 2019 4:13 Beresheet launched on Feb. 21 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and overcame a brief technical glitch along the way. The lander was designed to take pictures of its surroundings and measure the moon’s magnetic field. It was even able to snap one final, breathtaking image as it approached the lunar surface and beam it back to Earth.SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) had placed a time capsule in the lander filled with digital files covering Israel’s history and heritage. That time capsule was likely lost along with the spacecraft. The dream didn’t quite come to fruition, but Beresheet’s journey to lunar orbit was still an important moment in space history that made the moon feel more in reach for the world. Although SpaceIL didn’t quite make the deadline, the X Prize foundation was inspired by its attempt, creating a new prize dubbed the Moonshot Award. Originally, the foundation stated “for their achievement upon landing on the moon”, X Prize would hand SpaceIL the first Moonshot Award — and $1 million.Of course, Beresheet did not make it to the surface in one piece but it did still land — albeit with a little more force than hoped. As a result, the foundation said it would still be providing SpaceIL with the cash. Beresheet snapped this partial selfie during its approach to the moon. SpaceIL/IAI Israel’s Beresheet would have been the most unlikely lunar lander in history, but the spacecraft didn’t survive its reach for the moon’s surface Thursday.SpaceIL’s live broadcast followed the tense maneuvers needed to get the lunar lander down to the Sea of Serenity on the near side of the moon. The Beresheet team members worked in the control room as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu watched from a spectator area.The landing process suffered some glitches when the main engine cut out and mission control lost communication. The disappointed team reacted calmly to the failure. Super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse dazzles in striking photos 2 They may not have had a successful landing this time, but @TeamSpaceIL has still made history. They will be the recipients of our first ever $1M Moonshot Award, in honor of their achievements and their milestone as the first privately-funded entity to orbit the Moon. 🌒 #moonshot pic.twitter.com/ErUfjqvvxY— XPRIZE (@xprize) April 11, 2019 Beresheet aims for the moon Share your voice This was a mission of firsts. Beresheet was to be Israel’s first moon lander, which would have put the country in an exclusive club that includes the US, Soviet Union and China. In addition, nonprofit SpaceIL would have been the first private, nongovernment group to set a lander on the moon’s surface.SpaceIL was originally conceived to compete in Google’s Lunar X Prize which, in 2007, threw down a challenge to private companies to build a spacecraft that could land on the moon. The original deadline to claim the $30 million in prize money was originally 2014, but it was extended out until 2018 before an announcement that the prize would go unclaimed. Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft crashes on the moon Comments Now playing: Watch this: Space Tags Sci-Tech 12 Photoslast_img read more

Nintendo NX console is a portable system that doubles as a home

first_imgEarlier this month I wrote an opinion post explaining why I believe the Nintendo NX will be a pocket-friendly tablet. It turns out, I wasn’t far off what Nintendo has planned if the latest information leak is to be believed.Multiple sources have confirmed that the Nintendo NX console is a portable gaming system consisting of a display and detachable controller units on either side. That means with the controller units attached it will be a similar form factor to the Game Boy Advance (with a much larger screen), but detach them and it becomes a pocket-friendly smartphone/tablet-like device.While the handheld seems to be the core of what the NX is, Nintendo has also developed a base station to sit under your TV. The idea being when you are at home you connect the controller units to the portable and connect it to the base station which then displays games on your TV. The portable becomes the Nintendo NX controller.Through this combination Nintendo is replacing both the Wii U and 3DS in one fell swoop. The handheld is expected to be powered by a Nvidia Tegra mobile processor and games will be supplied on cartridges much like the 3DS before it. The recommended cart size is 32GB, but there’s no reason why this can’t and won’t increase as games require more space. The operating system being used in Nintendo’s own and not Android as some predicted.The focus on cartridges for games is both good and bad. It’s good because no discs means no long load times, but it’s bad because Nintendo is sacrificing backwards compatibility so you won’t be playing Wii and Wii U games on the NX unless Nintendo offers them digitally for you to purchase (again).This Nintendo NX news still remains unconfirmed by Nintendo, but certainly fits with what I expected. Nintendo doesn’t want to be compared to the other games consoles, but wants to compete with smartphone gaming while still having a presence in the home. So a hybrid gaming system makes sense.If true, it means an end to the category Nintendo has made its own: portable gaming using two displays. I’m sure gamers won’t be too upset about that or the fact we won’t be dealing with 3D output on the NX. As long as the hardware can cope with 1080p and 60fps it stands a chance of success and I am now quietly hopeful Nintendo has something a bit special to unveil.last_img read more

It worked Lawmakers approve San JoséSan Ramón Highway construction bill saving taxpayers

first_img Facebook Comments ¡Vamos avanzando! Aprobada en Primer Debate Proyecto de Ley Carretera San José – San Ramón. pic.twitter.com/i5qWDia3F5— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) February 3, 2015 Just hours after President Luis Guillermo Solís stalled 19 bills to prioritize the passage of one, lawmakers on Tuesday evening approved a bill that authorizes reconstruction of a highway between San José and San Ramón.A majority of 47 legislators approved in a first round of voting Bill #18,887, which authorizes the creation of a trust funded by public agencies and banks to generate the estimated $473 million cost of the project.The public advocacy group Foro de Occidente had proposed to lawmakers in the Assembly’s Economic Affairs Commission an initiative that would obtain financial resources from reserves, profits or surpluses generated by state agencies – including public banks, the National Insurance Institute and pension operators.Construction of the highway is estimated to last four years and generate toll income at a rate of ₡3,500 ($6.50) per motorist for the full route.In its first stage, the project would expand lanes. A second stage calls for the design and construction of new lanes.If the bill is passed, the 57-kilometer highway will be widened to eight lanes from San José to the Juan Santamaría International Airport. From there to the crossing at Manolo’s in La Garita, the route will stretch to six lanes; from La Garita to San Ramón it will have four lanes.The project includes construction of new bridges and repairs to existing ones and overpasses, and the building of four smaller roads to connect the highway to Sarchí, Naranjo and Río Segundo in Alajuela, as well as Heredia.The Foro de Occidente submitted the project as an alternative to the original $524 million plan by Brazilian company OAS, which won the contract on a public bid.OAS left the country last year after the government in 2013 terminated the contract under pressure from residents who were angry that rates at the proposed toll stations were too expensive. The government last year paid OAS $35 million in compensation for the cancelled concession.To enter into force the bill must be approved in a second round of voting and then published in the official newspaper La Gaceta.Following the vote, President Solís thanked lawmakers and celebrated in several messages on his Twitter account:center_img Related posts:More protests planned for Thursday over San Ramón Highway Government has no funds to build road to San Ramón In a victory for San Ramón residents, Chinchilla annuls highway contract President Solís demands explanation for spike in traffic jamslast_img read more

CFPB Finalizes Changes to Mortgage Rules

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Compliance Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Investors Lenders & Servicers Loan Officers Regulation Service Providers 2013-09-13 Tory Barringer Share With months to go before the implementation of the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ (CFPB) qualified mortgage (QM) rules, the agency released Friday several finalized amendments and clarifications created to ease the process.[IMAGE]First handed down in January 2013, the QM guidelines include an “”Ability-to-Repay”” rule designed to ensure lenders “”make a reasonable, good-faith determination that prospective borrowers have the ability to repay their loans.”” The bureau also introduced this year new loan officer compensation rules to remove incentivized “”steering”” toward certain products, servicing rules to establish protections for borrowers facing foreclosure, and strengthened consumer protections for high-cost mortgages.The amendments and clarifications being adopted in September were first proposed in June.[COLUMN_BREAK]””Our mortgage rules were designed to eliminate irresponsible practices and foster a thriving, more sustainable marketplace,”” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “”Today’s rule amends and clarifies parts of our mortgage rules to ensure a smoother implementation process, which is helpful to both businesses and consumers.””Among the points addressed: The definition of “”loan originator”” has been tightened due to concerns about the original rule’s language inadvertently applying to bank tellers or other administrative staff who engage in routine customer service activities. The agency also revised the effective dates of many of the loan originator compensation rule’s provisions to January 1, 2014, in order to simplify compliance “”since compensation plans, training, and licensing and registration are often structured on an annual basis.””In addition, CFPB made revisions to exclude employee compensation from points and fees for retailers of manufactured homes, reasoning “”including such compensation in points and fees does not provide a meaningful benefit to consumers.””For servicers, CFPB amended its rule that prohibits servicers from making the “”first notice or filing”” for the foreclosure process until the borrower is at least 120 days delinquent. The new rule specifically excludes certain notices (required under state law) sent to borrowers that may provide information about legal aid, counseling, or other resources. in Government, Origination, Servicingcenter_img September 13, 2013 398 Views CFPB,CFPB Finalizes Changes to Mortgage Ruleslast_img read more

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