Mohawks investigate whether bone fragment dug up near residential school is from

first_imgBy Donna SmithAPTN National NewsTORONTO–Mohawks from the Six Nations territory in Ontario are digging up the dirt on what they believe is a dirty residential school secret.They are hoping to prove something that has for decades been merely whispered.Surveying the land that surrounds a former residential school that once housed children from Six Nations, Bill Squire says it’s believed that a bone fragment from a child has been found.“We’ve been involved on the grounds for the missing children we believe that are buried here,” said Squire.Carved on the wall of the school are the names of residential school survivors that came here.The former Mohawk Institute Residential School was set up to receive the children from the Six Nations territory. The Anglican Church run school was opened in the early 1800s and closed in 1970.Mohawks of the Grand River in Ontario are on a mission to try and prove what has been suspected for decades. Many believe that some children who attended this school were allegedly murdered by those who were paid to take care of them.Some also believe that the ground around the school is littered with unmarked graves.The Mohawks have been scoping the grounds around the school with a sonar machine.“First of all we used a GPR system, actually a radar, to find bones underneath the ground,” said Squire. “We did that, we got some research data back on that. We also worked with a dowser who claims they can locate bones, and also a psychic. That prompted us to start a couple of test holes.”So the digging began and they uncovered bones.“The first test hole that we did was only two feet deep and we already ran into bones,” he said. “What kind of bones they are is a mystery to us. We are waiting for analysis on that.”One bone, that is believed to be that of a young child, has been sent to the University of British Columbia for analysis. The results are expected within weeks.The residential school holds many secrets, say the people here. The grounds are now marked with pegs where more bones are believed to have been detected.The Mohawks of the Grand River are now calling on all First Nations people to do their own investigating of former residential schools in their area.dsmith@aptn.calast_img read more

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Stocks edge higher on Wall Street after record-setting week

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks followed a record-setting week by edging slightly higher in early trading on Wall Street Monday.Solid corporate earnings reports helped take some pressure off the market over the last several weeks. Analysts have been expecting a sharp downturn in corporate profit, but it has yet to materialize. The steady stream of earnings results will continue this week, giving investors a broader picture of the economy’s health.Banks and financial companies led the market gains following a government report that consumer spending in March surged to its biggest gain in nearly a decade. Bank of America rose 2.3% and JPMorgan Chase rose 1.6%Ingersoll-Rand helped lift industrial companies on media reports that it is making a deal with Gardner Denver Holdings.Health care and energy companies lagged the broader market and held early gains in check.Looking ahead to the week, investors are closely watching The Federal Reserve, which meets Tuesday to update its interest rate forecast. The central bank has indicated it won’t raise rates this year, and that has taken some pressure off the market. Investors are hoping it will continue with its hands-off approach.More relief is also coming from ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and China as they try to end a costly trade war. Both sides have said they are making progress and are continuing talks this week.Meanwhile, several key U.S. companies will report earnings results this week. Technology giants Google and Apple will release their results, as will pharmaceutical companies Merck and Pfizer. McDonald’s is also scheduled to report earnings.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.1% as of 10 a.m. The broad index had two record-high closes last week and is now up 17% for the year.The Dow Jones Industrial Average was little changed at 26,545. The Nasdaq composite rose slightly.HEAVY INDUSTRY: Ingersoll-Rand rose 6.8% after the Wall Street Journal reported that a deal is in the works between the industrial parts maker and Gardner Denver Holdings. Both companies make pumps and compressors for industrial machinery.CRUDE FIGHT: An oil-infused bidding war is heating up after Anadarko resurrected buyout talks with Occidental, even though it has already accepted a $33 billion bid from Chevron.Anadarko said that it reopened talks with Occidental because its bid may be better than the one it received from Chevron. Occidental’s stock fell 2.2%.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

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Rwanda Security Council adds pool of 18 judges to help UN war

In a resolution adopted unanimously, the Council decided to set up a pool of 18 ad litem judges for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, from which four would be drawn to help with trial work.In addition, the Council requested that Secretary-General Kofi Annan make practical arrangements for the election as soon as possible of the 18 judges and for the timely provision to the Rwanda Tribunal of personnel and facilities for the ad litem judges and related offices of the Prosecutor.The Council created the Rwanda Tribunal, located in Arusha, Tanzania, in November 1994, to prosecute people responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of Rwanda between 1 January and 31 December 1994.The Tribunal may also deal with prosecution of Rwandan citizens responsible for genocide and other such violations of international law committed in neighbouring States over the same period. read more

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Volkswagen employees began working on emissions cheat in 2005 as firm sought

Volkswagen employees began working on emissions cheat in 2005 as firm sought to expand in US Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen, talks to the media after a press conference of the German car manufacturer Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) WOLFSBURG, Germany – A small group of Volkswagen engineers began working as early as 2005 on emissions cheating software after they were unable to find a technical solution to U.S. emissions controls as the automaker pushed into the North American market, executives said Thursday.The company in September admitted to have cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests with the help of software installed in engines. The software was built into 11 million cars globally, about 500,000 of which in the U.S., from 2009 to 2015.It has so far confirmed to have cheated only on the U.S. tests, which are more rigorous than European ones for the polluting emission nitrogen oxide.In an update on the company’s investigation in the case, Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch said engineers in 2005 were unable to find a technical solution to U.S. nitrogen oxide emissions within their “timeframe and budget” and came up with the software that manipulated results when lab testing was done.Later, when a technical solution became available, it was not employed, Poetsch said.“We are not talking about a one-off mistake, but a whole chain of mistakes that was not interrupted at any point along the time line,” he told reporters at Volkswagen headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany.Poetsch did not say if any VW models from before 2009 had the cheating software in the U.S. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would not immediately comment on whether any more model years are under investigation. VW sold some diesel models in the U.S. during the 2005 and 2006 model years but suspended sales in 2007 and 2008 after the EPA imposed stricter pollution standards.Volkswagen is “relentlessly searching for those responsible” for the software, Poetsch said. “We still do not know whether the people who were involved in this issue from 2005 to the present day were fully aware of the risks they were taking and of the potential damage they could expose the company to, but that’s another issue we will find out,” he said.CEO Matthias Mueller said the investigation so far had revealed that “information was not shared, it stayed within a small circle of people who were engineers.”Poetsch confirmed the company had suspended nine managers for possible involvement in the scandal. He said there are so far no indications that board members were directly involved, but the company’s probe is ongoing and broad.“This is not only about direct, but overall responsibility,” he said.He said the investigation has so far analyzed data from laptops, phones and other devices from 400 employees. More than 2,000 have been informed in writing that they cannot delete any data in case it becomes relevant to the investigation, he said.External auditors have already gone through 102 terabytes of data, which he said was the equivalent of 50 million books.“I’m not saying all of those people are under suspicion, but what it means is that on computers, SIM cards, or USB sticks there might be information that could be important,” he said. “We still believe that only a comparatively small number of employees was actually actively involved in the manipulations.”Mueller said that the scandal had so far not caused the massive slump in business that some had feared earlier. “The situation is not dramatic, but as expected it is tense.” Sales in the U.S. fell nearly 25 per cent in November, the first month to show the full impact of the scandal. Figures for the European Union are due next week.“We are fighting for every customer and every car.”He suggested that the company was not considering any cuts to fulltime jobs, but that it might have to shed some workers with fixed-term contracts.“Temporary jobs are a tool of ensuring flexibility, that is not new,” he said. “If changes come to our production, then this may have an impact on the number of temporary workers.”Mueller said Volkswagen’s finances are strong enough, however, that the company does not have to consider selling any units to cope with the costs of the scandal as has been speculated by some. The automaker has estimated the scandal would cost 6.7 billion euros, though analysts expect that figure to ultimately be much higher.On Thursday, Volkswagen’s preference shares were up 0.7 per cent at 132.70 euros.To help restore confidence in the company and prevent a repeat of such a scandal, Poetsch announced that Volkswagen was instituting new, more stringent and transparent emissions testing for all of its vehicles. He said Volkswagen would go beyond lab tests — so far the norm in the U.S. and Europe — had proved too easy to cheat.“Our emissions tests will, in future, be verified by external and independent third parties,” he said. “We will also be introducing universal on-road emissions measurements during real-life driving, and we hope that will help us win back trust.”_____Rising reported from Berlin. Auto Writer Tom Krisher contributed from Detroit. by David Rising And Kerstin Sopke, The Associated Press Posted Dec 10, 2015 3:36 am MDT Last Updated Dec 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Gordon Hayward Is Exactly What The Celtics Needed

In case you forgot, the Boston Celtics had an impressive season in which they locked up the East’s No. 1 seed and then won two playoff rounds. This all happened before they got absolutely decimated1They trailed by 20 points or more at some point in four of the five games. by LeBron James and the Cavs during the conference finals.Two things became pretty clear in the aftermath of that beatdown. First, Boston obviously needed a second star to lessen the burden on its undersized leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas.2Thomas missed the last three games of that series with a hip injury. And secondly, even if the Celtics managed to land that player, it still might not be enough to get past the Cavs in 2018. After all, Cleveland held a lead of 16 points or more in 46 percent of the minutes played in their lopsided series.Boston has to feel good about successfully addressing the first issue. Gordon Hayward, the All-Star forward who was departing the Utah Jazz as a free agent, confirmed on Tuesday night that he was joining the Celtics, which makes them a bit more formidable at a time when the Cavs have their own organizational challenges in front of them.VIDEO: Hayward may still not be enough for the Celtics Judging by national TV ratings, it’s safe to assume that a large swath of casual NBA fans haven’t seen much of Hayward and don’t know what makes him special. And yet his statistical production3Almost 22 points, more than five rebounds and nearly four assists per game while shooting a highly efficient 47 percent from the floor. and the sheer level of attention his decision generated — though confusion over whether he was having a change of heart on Tuesday certainly ratcheted up the media frenzy — may lead some to expect that he’ll become the team’s No. 1 option, or that the offense will run through him. But neither development seems likely, barring Brad Stevens — Hayward’s college coach at Butler — making big alterations to Boston’s playbook.Hayward is one of the more organic scorers in the NBA and doesn’t need to dominate the ball to make an impact. His 27.6 percent usage rate was one of the lowest among players who managed 20 points per game last season. And despite being Utah’s primary option, his usage didn’t increase much in clutch situations (28 percent). This pattern is much different from that of Thomas, whose usage skyrocketed to 46 percent in the clutch from 34 percent in general.Hayward gets his offense in other ways. He excels in transition (only Jimmy Butler outscored Hayward’s 1.38 points per transition play, per Synergy Sports4Among those with 100 plays in transition.) and figures to have more fast-break opportunities as a Celtic because Boston plays at a much faster pace than Utah, which has finished dead last in tempo each of the past three seasons.The 27-year-old also gets to the line frequently. Hayward, like many other NBA guards, has nearly perfected the art of drawing fouls as a jump shooter (he drew calls 19 percent of the time when the defender tried to go over his screen in pick-and-rolls, which is the NBA’s 11th-highest mark, according to Synergy5Minimum of 200 such plays.). He’s gotten far better at finishing through contact, not only shooting 69 percent at the rim, but also finishing the season with more and-1s6Meaning a play where he scores and gets fouled. than shots rejected. To give that context, consider that only three other wing players showed a similar ability to hit and-1s more than they got blocked, per Basketball-Reference.com: Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and LeBron.7Minimum of at least 30 and-1 playsThat’s part of the reason that Hayward figures to fit so well with Boston. He can comfortably play off the ball — per Synergy, he draws shooting fouls almost 23 percent of the time when he cuts to the basket, and he’s a solid spot-up shooter — and the Celtics assist each other at a much higher rate than the Jazz did last season. Boston currently designs many of their sets around Thomas’s quickness — they use handoffs more than any other team because he excels at them — and there’s nothing about Hayward that suggests that will change.If there’s a clear downside in all this for Boston, it’s that the club still has to make room under the salary cap for Hayward and his max contract, and that means shedding players. In addition to unloading Kelly Olynyk, there’s a very good chance the Celtics will have to trade solid, defense-minded guard Marcus Smart. Presumably they hope to trade in some of their assets — whether it’s sophomore Jaylen Brown, future picks, or both — for yet another star to put alongside Hayward, Thomas and Al Horford, who signed in free agency last summer.Hayward is best known for what he does on the offensive side of the ball, but he’s no slouch on defense. He held his own for the Jazz, who had one of league’s best defenses last season and, like the Celtics, used versatile, wing-heavy lineups that could switch their defensive assignments at will. To some extent, that strategy8Which falls a little flat compared to what Utah did defensively because Thomas is so short and can’t switch his assignments as easily. is the one Boston will have to use on the Cavaliers — both to contain James and to get out to Cleveland’s stable of perimeter shooters.As ESPN’s Kevin Pelton noted, the Hayward signing itself may not yield more regular-season wins right off the bat. Last season’s team collected 53 wins, which is five more than the Celtics’ point differential suggested they should have finished with.But at this point, regular-season win totals and playoff seedings aren’t the target anymore; the Cavs are. And as long as the Hayward acquisition makes them a more legitimate threat to Cleveland, this pickup can only be viewed as a considerable success. read more

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Rwanda is taking bold steps to develop its mining sector

first_imgPermanent Secretary for Trade and Commerce, Emmanuel Hategeka has told IM that Rwanda’s mining sector “presents huge potential for investors and for the country’s growth. But it also faces challenges: it is underdeveloped and predominantly made up of artisanal mines; it is subject to false and misleading accusations about involvement in Democratic Republic of Congo; and well-intentioned, but poorly-designed US legislation threatens exports.“To overcome these, the Rwandan Government has prioritised the sector and has taken bold steps to build trust and confidence in the industry.“Like neighbouring countries in the Great Lakes region, Rwanda, is blessed with large deposits of commercial minerals such as cassiterite ore, gold, wolframite and coltan. The mineral sector is an important source of export revenue for the country. In 2012, it accounted for 29% of merchandise exports, generating $136 million of direct revenue and a further $5.8 million through re-exports. These were almost entirely comprised of three mineral products: tin, tantalum and tungsten.“While there is still room for growth, the trend over the last five years has been promising and the value of mineral exports has increased at an average annual rate of 1% since 2008. It means that minerals are now the second largest forex generator after tourism. And Rwanda’s ability to efficiently extract and sell mineral resources is central to the country’s ambition to increase foreign exchange earnings, reduce the trade deficit and become self-reliant.“Traditionally, Europe has been the main market for Rwanda’s mineral exports, with over 80% of output exported to Europe in three of the last four years. However, last year there was both increased demand from Asia, and a seemingly growing reluctance of European markets to purchase Rwanda’s mineral exports since the introduction of the US Dodd Frank Act.“The Dodd Frank Act requires manufactures using minerals originating in the DRC or an adjoining country to ‘submit a report to the Commission that includes a description of the measures it took to exercise due diligence on the conflict minerals’ source and chain of custody.’ Compliance began on January 1 2013, with first reports due by May 2014.“The Act was introduced to address trade in ‘conflict minerals’ from the DRC, but it neglects to address the damaging impact on the mining sector in Rwanda and the wider Great Lakes region, as US and European companies face extra risks and costs when sourcing minerals from the region.“This is why Rwanda has been working with international partners to put in place traceability and tagging mechanisms that meet the highest global standards. Rwanda has become the first in the Great Lakes Region to introduce mineral tagging under the ITRI/iTSCi regime.“We are also the first to begin issuing the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region mineral export certificates. As a result, Rwanda can now issue certificates to mineral shipments originating from certified mines. This also allows us to trade minerals internationally while assuring buyers that our mineral exports are conflict free.“One hundred people now monitor the movement of minerals, while five mine inspectors oversee the system. We are also putting in place electronic scanning, have the largest amount of Analytical Finger Printing data in the world, and are working on establishing tighter border surveillance to curb mineral smugglers. This surveillance has already led to approximately 80 t of smuggled minerals being seized by the Rwandan Police Force.“Far from allowing the trade of “conflict minerals”, the country is doing everything in its power to stop a trade which has caused loss of livelihoods, irreparable damage to communities and continual conflict and bloodshed in the Eastern DRC. We remain steadfast in our commitment to a transparent and open sector, and stand firmly against the trade in conflict minerals.“We therefore call for a rethink of how the Dodd Frank Act is implemented. The Act must balance the need to protect against trade in conflict minerals, while avoiding stifling the legitimate growth of the mineral sector across the region.  A de facto embargo of mineral exports from all Great Lakes countries risks crippling the region’s mining sector. And the greater risk is that in doing so, this legislation will also hold-back developing economies and exacerbate the challenges associated with extreme poverty.“While the Rwandan economy is not reliant on mineral trade, the ability to export minerals will be key to the country’s ambition to become a middle-income country by 2020. Mineral exports are a major source of foreign exchange and help shift dependency away from foreign aid to a more sustainable and self-reliant source of income.“This is why as well trying to build trust in our source of our minerals, we are putting in place measures to build confidence for investors. We have put in place new legislation to strengthen the sector, including the Mining Cadastre, a transparent and accurate national databank of minerals essential to mineral rights management, and a new Mining Law to ensure greater certainty for investors by providing exploration licences, extraction licences and extended mineral title durations.“Our ambition is clear: we want a mining sector that supports our development, bringing jobs and wealth for our people. To achieve this, we need partners and investment, as we look to turn a nascent industry into a burgeoning sector. Accusations of trade in conflict minerals hang over us, and as a result we are subject to regulation, the unintended consequences of which threaten our development.“We are doing everything in our power to alleviate these concerns and ensure that the sector is transparent, minerals are traceable and that we meet the highest international standards. And in doing so, we hope that we can build a sector that offers new jobs and opportunities, and raises standards of living for our people.”last_img read more

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Nissan Ireland warns of loose steering wheel glitch in some 14000 Micras

first_imgCAR COMPANY NISSAN today advised some 841,000 car owners, of which 14,000 are Irish, to take their car for a check-up due to a problem with a glitch in the steering wheel.In a statement, the company said that it is writing to owners of its Micra models built between 2 December 2002 and 12 May 2006, asking them to take their car to a Nissan dealer for a free check to ensure the bolt in the steering wheel is tightened sufficiently.“In some cases the steering wheel securing nut has gradually become loose,” it said. “This would soon become apparent to the driver and there is no risk of a sudden failure, but if left unchecked this could eventually lead to the steering column being damaged.”All checks will be free of charge and will take less than 15 minutes. (Rod Minchin/PA Archive)Worldwide, it is recalling 763,000 Micras and 78,000 Cubes in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. However the company stressed that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.The latest recall is another blow to the rock-steady reputation for safety and reliability that Japan’s huge automakers once had.Last month four auto giants including Nissan said they were recalling nearly 3.4 million vehicles worldwide, in a blow for the country’s carmakers which once traded on a reputation for quality and reliability.Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mazda, all cited the same malfunction of the Japanese-made passenger-side airbags.- Additional reporting from AFP.Read: BMW recalls over 1,500 cars in Ireland over air bag fault>Toyota recall: Car maker joins Honda, Nissan, Mazda in Irish car recalllast_img read more

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Cycling the roads of Ireland to break the stigma surrounding mental health

first_img Apr 22nd 2017, 10:00 AM “The idea of the cycle is that it’s a 14-day long event. We cycle 100km a day. It’s not a race, it’s a cycle. People join us for two weeks, sometimes for a week, sometimes for a day or two days. We attend schools in the morning and the lunchtime and we have events every morning and every lunchtime, where we talk to students about positive mental health and they talk to us about positive mental health.“We have presentations and speakers, music and that sort of stuff, and then we head off to the next venue. Across the 14 days, we have 28 events, and we worked out last year that we probably spoke to over 14,000 students across the two weeks. It all begins again on Sunday at Swords Castle, we head off at half 10 and the fifth annual cycle begins. Colm Hayes and Marty Morrissey ahead of the 2017 Cycle Against Suicide. Source: Colm Hayes Twitter.Hayes is currently the interim CEO of the charity.Understandably, when people hear Cycle Against Suicide, they immediately think of the annual cycle. But there’s much more to it that that.Around the calendar year, the charity organise different fundraisers and events to encourage people to talk out if they are suffering with mental health issues. “I’ve realised over the years that to really really get to grips with your own anxiety, you need to talk to somebody. That’s our message with Cycle Against Suicide — it’s ok not to feel ok and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help.“I think it’s amazing this week as well that Prince Harry spoke out, and it was almost like he was reading our literature — he said exactly the same. There’s nothing wrong with feeling a little bit weird, you should ask for help. I think it’s amazing that someone like him has spoken out because it’s reassuring for other people to think ‘if he can do it, I can do it’ and that’s what we try to get out.“That’s what helped me — talking to friends, talking to family members and being able to talk through anxieties. And then you realise they’re not as bad as you’re making them out to be. Hey I’m still alive, you know.”The work of Cycle Against Suicide has really helped push the importance of looking after your mental health to the fore across the country since its foundation.It has been a huge contributing factor to increased conversation, with more and more people talking about their own battles.The stigma is being broken down. The situation has improved drastically, but there’s more to be done.“There’s a serious way to go. It requires a cultural shift.“If you look back on the seventies when cars people first introduced safety belts, people used to laugh and say they wouldn’t wear one. That they were ridiculous, people would be driving around without wearing them. And then slowly the cultural change of ‘hey guys, if you don’t use a safety belt, you’re going to die.’ So now you look at cars and if you see somebody without a safety belt, you go ‘you are so stupid, why would you not put that on?’ Joy Neville, Duncan Casey and Mike Sherry at the launch of the Cycle Against Suicide launch Student Leaders’ Congress 2017. Source: Brian Gavin“But then when you get involved with a charity as big as Cycle Against Suicide and you see the effect it has, you talk to students who actually open up about their mental health and talk about the fact that this charity and this awareness has helped them up. “IT’S OK NOT to feel ok, and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help.”Mental health and suicide awareness charity Cycle Against Suicide’s message is one which almost everyone across the country recognises immediately.The annual two-week cycle kicks off on Sunday morning, and marks the fifth edition. Since its inception in 2012, Cycle Against Suicide has broken boundaries and truly raised the conversation surrounding somewhat taboo issues.The initiative was originally the brainchild of entrepreneur Jim Breen. He appeared on RTÉ’s The Secret Millionaire and around the same time, he was coming to terms with the fact that he was suffering from depression.He reached out to radio personality Colm Hayes who was at RTÉ 2fm at the time and from there, the concept became a reality.“Jim Breen just witnessed the levels of appalling mental health on the north side of Dublin,” Hayes tells The42. “Especially for young people. Anxiety, depression, suicide…“After he did that show, he approached me and he said ‘look, I really think we could come together and create an awareness charity to try and get people to talk about their mental health.’“2fm rowed in behind the idea then, and we created Cycle Against Suicide, which was back in 2012. Early 2013 we got an appearance on the Late Late Show, and April 2013 was our very first annual cycle. It started and went 14 days right around Ireland. By Emma Duffy Short URL Forget The Gym, forget the office! Dropping her 9-5 to pursue a life immersed in runningRise and shine! Healthy habits for the early morning Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO “For years, we never talked about our mental health. It was pushed back, people were put into institutions, people just denied it existed, you were looked upon as being weak if you spoke about. If you had a broken foot you’d talk about it, if you had a broken mind, you were somehow weak.“What’s done is we’ve changed that margin whereby everyone has moments of negative mental health or bad mental health, but it’s how they deal with it and how they start talking about it.“In 2012 when we started this campaign, we had to go into schools and we would give speeches to the students asking them to open up and talk about mental health. We go in now and they’re telling us what they’re doing, and they’re showing us the app that they created or the campaign that they put together for positive mental health. Former Dublin footballer Jason Sherlock and Ireland rugby player Niamh Briggs at a Cycle Against Suicide event in 2016. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“That’s a huge step, a seismic step in the space of five years. I have seen the cultural change and I can only imagine in the next five years. We’re not going to solve it, but we’re getting people to talk about it.”In what he describes as ‘a military operation’, Hayes admits that in all of his years in radio and organising events, the annual cycle is by far the biggest.With the 2017 cycle yet to kick off, the future for Cycle Against Suicide is very bright.After conquering Ireland, they’re hoping that they can one day go further afield.“It’s one of the biggest, if not the biggest charity events in Ireland. It’s a prolonged 14 day event. If you put on a charity event even in the 3 Arena, it’s for one night but this moves across Ireland for 14 days.“It’s hard to know what the future holds. We’ve often spoken about it. We’re doing it on the island of Ireland. There’s 800 suicides a year across the island of Ireland, it’s something that we’re constantly trying to deal with.“I don’t know how much bigger it can get, or can we start branching it out to get people from England to start talking about it and get people in France to start talking about suicide. There’s a particular issue with suicide now in the Baltic nations – Lithuania have a very high influence of suicide actually. 33 Comments http://the42.ie/3352049 Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 10:00 AM Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article “One of the main reasons that we have the cycle is to also promote physical well being which has a direct connection to mental well being,” Hayes continues. “Anyone who plays sport knows that — that sense of feeling when you go on the pitch training, or when you go playing football, or cycling, you feel so good afterwards.“We try to encourage that through the year with the things we do. We do spin-offs, so mini cycles that take place on a Saturday and go for six or seven hours. It’s a social event where you have three, four, five hundred cyclists.“We’re also piloting of the Communities Against Suicide which is to have a sustaining footprint in communities so that when we do move back out to the cycle, there’s still something going on, there’s still people talking about mental health and people mentally aware.“We also have Events Against Suicide — it’s a fun week of events and fundraising. People jump out of planes, they go kayaking, they climb mountains backwards, all sorts of things.”Hayes himself has opened up about his own struggles with anxiety in the past. He’s spoken of late of how he used to vomit before going on air in the mornings with anxiety.The Dubliner agrees that his work with Cycle Against Suicide and helping to break the stigma attached to mental health issues in Ireland has really helped him on a personal level.“It is very cathartic in so many levels. I suppose I have spoken about the last year or so in 2fm, where you don’t know where it’s going. I had an idea that it was heading very young and that wasn’t going to suit me.“In media, you’re only as good as your last contract. Some contracts are only six months long, so it can be a very anxious time. “So maybe this strength, this movement can start crossing borders to get people to talk. That’s the big thing, just to get people to talk.”Cycle Against Suicide kicks off this Sunday from Swords Castle at 10.30am. Registration is still open, and people can register any day of the cycle at cycleagainstsuicide.com.If you need to talk, contact:Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.orgAware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email mary@pieta.ie – (suicide, self-harm)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 14,212 Views Cycling the roads of Ireland to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues Cycle Against Suicide CEO and radio personality Colm Hayes talks to The42 ahead of this year’s cycle. Follow us: the42.ielast_img read more

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American Airlines copilot dies during airport approach in New Mexico

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Daragh Brophy Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 10:40 AM Short URL American Airlines co-pilot dies during airport approach in New Mexico The captain declared a medical emergency a few minutes before landing. Share59 Tweet Email3 AN AMERICAN AIRLINES co-pilot died during the landing of a plane in Albuquerque, New Mexico yesterday.“American Airlines is deeply saddened by the death of first officer William ‘Mike’ Grubbs,” a spokesperson for the company told the Albuquerque Journal.  File image. Image: Steve Parsons http://jrnl.ie/3314701 center_img File image. Image: Steve Parsons 14 Comments 26,598 Views The Boeing 737-800 was flying to Albuquerque International Sunport from Dallas-Fort Worth. The captain declared a medical emergency at around 3.45pm – a few minutes before landing.“They landed without incident, taxied to the gate and were met by medical personnel,” the spokesperson said.The Federal Aviation Authority said it “will follow up with the airline” to learn more about what happened, according to CNN.Passengers on the plane were unaffected and there was no impact on the airport, according to US media.Read: Farmer’s body discovered inside giant python in Indonesia > We’re taking care of first officer Grubbs’s family and colleagues and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this time. Mar 30th 2017, 10:40 AM last_img read more

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Two fighter jets collide in Greece

first_imgTwo Greek fighter jets crashed in mid-air during a training exercise south of the island of Crete on Thursday, killing one of the three crew members and leaving the other two injured, the Greek air force said. The pain due to the tragic death of a pilot of the Greek Air Force while on duty is deep.The F-16 planes – one a single-seater and one a double-seater – had been part of a formation of four planes on a training mission when they collided. Rescue crews recovered two of the pilots shortly after the crash and transported them to a nearby military hospital. One was listed in serious condition with a pierced lung, while the other did not have life-threatening injuries, the air force said. The body of the third pilot was recovered from the sea more than two hours after the crash, the military said. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou expressed the government’s and the nation’s sorrow over the deadly mid-air crash. “The pain due to the tragic death of a pilot of the Greek Air Force while on duty is deep. On behalf of the Greek government I express condolences to the victim’s family. Our thoughts, at these difficult times, are with them, as well as with the two pilots which are hospitalized. We wish them a quick recovery,” said Papandreou. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Fatal fire kills 1 in Hallandale Beach

first_imgHALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire engulfed a Hallandale Beach home, Friday morning, killing one person.A man was found dead after, police said, his home went up in flames.The fire happened just before 5 a.m., at a mobile home park near Federal Highway and Jefferson Street.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Snapdeal in talks to buy Housingcom for 700 million Report

first_imgDomestic e-commerce retailer Snapdeal is reportedly negotiating a deal with Housing.com wherein the real estate services portal could be valued at approximately $650-700 million.Any such transaction — if that takes place — is expected to get finalised in the next two to four months and would benefit both the companies, sources told CNBC-TV18.Japan’s SoftBank and Nexus Venture Partners may fund the deal. Both SoftBank and Nexus hold stakes in Snapdeal and Housing.com.Mumbai-based Housing.com has been facing severe challenges for the past few months due to escalating costs and low demand for its services. It has already fired around 800 employees in a series of layoffs carried out to meet the cost reduction targets set by its stakeholders.It is understood that any probable acquisition or strategic funding will induce much needed stability in the company. On the other hand, Snapdeal could raise its revenue by $10-15 million in the real estate vertical by acquiring the firm.”We are in NO Talks with anybody for any sale,” said Housing.com in a e-mail sent o IBTimes.In June last year, online and mobile classifieds portal Quikr was reported to be in talks to acquire Housing.com for Rs 1,100 crore ($175 million).Founded in 2012, the valuation of Housing.com stood at Rs.1,500 crore ($250 million) during its last round of funding, which saw an investment of $90 million from SoftBank in November 2014. Helion Ventures, Nexus Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures are the other investors in the online real estate service provider. So far, the start-up has raised about $140 million in four rounds of funding.Its former CEO and co-founder Rahul Yadav had created a fair amount controversy at the company. Yadav had quit the real estate start-up in May 2015, criticising the board members in his resignation letter. Later, he made a U-turn by withdrawing his resignation and apologising to the board.Moreover, he gave away his entire stake in the company (Rs 150 crore to Rs 200 crore) to Housing.com employees the same month. He also challenged his peers to follow his step. However, some analysts saw this as a “publicity stunt”.Finally, the company’s board members decided to fire Yadav in July last year, stating “his behaviour is not befitting of a CEO and is detrimental to the company.”last_img read more

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GearClub Unlimited Brings Serious Racing to Nintendo Switch

first_imgStay on target Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… Even if I’m not a fan of the realistic racing genre, lots of folks are. The Gran Turismo games were some of Sony’s biggest titles on the mega-popular PlayStation 2, and the Forza franchise is one of the only cornerstones Microsoft has left. Being the whimsical company it is, Nintendo’s flagship racing series is the bonkers Mario Kart series, definitely not a racing sim. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t folks who own Nintendo consoles who would prefer something a little more grounded than anti-gravity blue shells.Eden Games is known for its racing games like Test Drive Unlimited and V-Rally. And this holiday they are filling a niche on Nintendo Switch with Gear.Club Unlimited, a serious racing game for the console/handheld hybrid. We got to check it out!While the game’s roots are in the mobile game Gear.Club, Gear.Club Unlimited is a full-on, microtransaction-free console game. In fact, the game’s initial DLC packs will be free of charge. And the game also performs like a console racing game, typically a visual showcase for the hardware. While it’s locked at 30fps as opposed to smooth 60, it runs at 1080p on the television at 720p on the handheld. That applies to both single player and split-screen multiplayer modes. It took some work, but the developers said they were able to implement some technology from higher-end consoles, shaders and whatnot, onto the more modest Switch.AdChoices广告But before we even started racing, the developers showed how they want Gear.Club Unlimited to represent the “entire automotive experience.” Along with test driving new cars, players can do neat little things like open the hood, trunk, and all of the doors on their potential ride. Each player can visit their own Performance Shop, a nifty little diorama to enhance and display your vehicles for others. You can give your shop swanky themes like posh penthouse or neon bowling alley.The Performance Shop is also where you upgrade and customize your cars. Construct new stations like a wind tunnel or paint shop and drag your car into them to increase aerodynamics or just change colors. These stations themselves can also be upgraded into more effective forms. Here you can see really granular data that the game’s physics engine produces, like traction coefficient, but it’s also easy enough to just know whether or not a change will make your car go faster.While real-world car brands like Nissan and Porsche and Dodge can be a little touchy about how video games deform their cars, you can still customize your cars with things like new spoilers and bumpers. But stock models are a fine option, too. The Performance Shop could have just been a glorified menu, but turning it into a little car sandbox is a fun touch. The developers compared it to The Sims.Sooner or later you’ll want to start really racing, though. The team considered making a Gear.Club Unlimited an open-world game, and a future entry might use that model. But this game instead has 400 individual races (rally, derby, single lap, etc.) set across different fictional locations inspired by locales like the Mediterranean or American deserts. Compared to some past racing sims, the team wanted more natural colors in the environments.To see all of those races, you’ll have to progress through several tiers of tournaments and championships, and for that you’ll need better cars. Each car belongs to a certain category, A being the lowest and D being the highest. With the right upgrades, an A car could actually out-perform a low-end B car. But eventually you’ll still need to trade up to something totally better to keep moving forward. Besides, you’ll want to drive all the cars the game has to offer.As for the driving itself, it’s more Forza than Forza Horizon. You can rewind but you won’t be boosting over helicopters or making spectacular crashes. Still, there are plenty of accessibility options like racing lines, auto-braking, turning A.I. and so on. These assists helped me stay competitive with the developers in multiplayer, which definitely shouldn’t have been possible given my casual racing talents. And it feels great using either the Pro Controller or in handheld mode, even if I couldn’t necessarily fully appreciate the unique handling of each car I drove.Along with 4-player splitscreen multiplayer (currently the only local multiplayer mode), Gear.Club Unlimited will roll out several online multiplayer modes after launch. The first one, available day one, is arcade. This mode is asynchronous, matching players against each other’s ghosts. However, because the data is stored in Eden Games’ own servers, you won’t need to pay for Nintendo’s still mysterious Switch online service to play. We’re curious to see if any other Switch game opt for a workaround like this.There’ll be a lot in Gear.Club Unlimited when it launches December 1 on Nintendo Switch, but from there the developers want to keep building on it, treat it like a real platform. Here’s hoping Nintendo fans have room in their hearts for non-Mario racing.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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SKR researchers develop a 32inch Androidbased multitouch display

first_img Explore further The company released the following statement about the creation of the prototype screen:“Our company makes digital signage, and people were asking us to create a large screen device which has multi-touch functionality like a smart phone. We first tried to make it using Windows 7, but it didn’t meet the needs of our customers. They said they wanted crisp, fluid movement like in a smart phone but with a high-resolution display. But when we asked touch panel and peripheral manufacturers they said they don’t support the Android OS, so we were temporarily stalled. We want to do a lot more work with Android in the future, so we decided to develop the system ourselves.”This means that the company also had to develop their own drivers for the device in order to have a multi-touch display of this size run properly. Of course, this screen will not only come in the 32″ prototype size. When the screens are sold commercially the company expects to sell in a variety of sized, including a 23″ and a 46″. There is also some discussion about the creation of a wide screen version of this device.The product is expected to be ready for commercialization by September, though no release specifics have been given at this time. © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers at SKR have developed a prototype of a multi-touch 32″ display screen that runs on the Android operating system. The screen, which runs off of a standard Android terminal, is connected to the touch sensors and an HDMI screen via a USB port. The end result of the screen is that the android interface works like smaller devices, but it can also display large format Full HD video. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. New keyboard software makes typing faster on touch screens (w/ Video) Citation: SKR researchers develop a 32-inch Android-based multi-touch display (2011, July 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-skr-inch-android-based-multi-touch.htmllast_img read more

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Research group figures out a way to film a laser in normal

first_imgLight-in-flight measurement and data cube. (a) A laser pulse is reflecting off multiple mirrors, passing three times across the field of view of the SPAD camera (35 × 35 cm2). The same laser is used to create a trigger sent to the camera. The SPAD camera collects scattered photons from the laser pulse. The field of view does not contain the mirrors because the scattered light coming from the mirror surfaces is much more intense than the Rayleigh-scattered light during propagation. (b) The histogram indicates the time of arrival of the laser pulse as measured by pixel (22, 21). The time frames, shown at 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 ns, show the evolution of the pulse in time as it propagates across the scene. The integration of all frames gives the total path followed by the light, similarly to what can be acquired by an EMCCD camera at maximum gain for an exposure time of 7 s. Credit: Nature Communications 6, Article number: 6021 doi:10.1038/ncomms7021 Laser beams, by their very nature, travel in a straight line from one point to the next, thus they are nearly impossible to see when traveling through normal air. The path of a single beam can be seen very easily, on the other hand if it happens to pass through smoke, or fog—this is because some of the light in the beam runs into particles that cause some photons to veer from their path and strike a viewers eyes. In this new effort, the researchers wanted to see a beam in normal air, which meant having to use special camera equipment.Normal air has some particles in it, dust, etc.—photons that bounce from such particles can make it to a viewer’s eyes, but they are so few and far between that they cannot be seen. To overcome that problem, the team used a single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) detector with a very high temporal resolution. It takes a picture of a single photon (using a 32×32 pixel grid) and notes its location. The team pointed the SPAD at a beam as it was bounced off mirrors in a box, over and over (ten million times) during a ten minute period. That allowed for capturing all of the collisions and deflections that occurred during that time span. A computer then knitted all the photon hits together and animated the results, giving a video that very clearly shows the laser beam as it is emitted and then bounces off each of the mirrors in the box. The result is both eerie and very cool to watch. More information: Single-photon sensitive light-in-fight imaging, Nature Communications, 6, Article number: 6021 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7021AbstractThe ability to record images with extreme temporal resolution enables a diverse range of applications, such as fluorescence lifetime imaging, time-of-flight depth imaging and characterization of ultrafast processes. Recently, ultrafast imaging schemes have emerged, which require either long acquisition times or raster scanning and have a requirement for sufficient signal that can only be achieved when light is reflected off an object or diffused by a strongly scattering medium. Here we present a demonstration of the potential of single-photon detector arrays for visualization and rapid characterization of events evolving on picosecond time scales. The single-photon sensitivity, temporal resolution and full-field imaging capability enables the observation of light-in-flight in air, as well as the measurement of laser-induced plasma formation and dynamics in its natural environment. The extreme sensitivity and short acquisition times pave the way for real-time imaging of ultrafast processes or visualization and tracking of objects hidden from view. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Journal information: Nature Communications Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland has developed a method for filming a laser beam as it bounces back and forth between mirrors—in normal air. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the team describes how they did it and share the video they created. © 2015 Phys.orgcenter_img Researchers build reversible tractor beam that moves objects 100 times farther than other efforts PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Light propagation in air. Credit: Nature Communications 6, Article number: 6021 doi:10.1038/ncomms7021 Though it is not clear just yet if the technique will have any real applications (such as watching plasma develop as ions are heated), the team appears satisfied with their work noting that they were able to achieve their goal. Play Formation and evolution of laser-induced plasma. Credit: Nature Communications 6, Article number: 6021 doi:10.1038/ncomms7021 Citation: Research group figures out a way to film a laser in normal air bouncing off mirrors (w/ Video) (2015, January 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-group-figures-laser-air-mirrors.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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VIDEO Red Sox fan commits ultimate party foul by breaking World Series

first_img Advertisement Here’s the reverse angle:Red Sox World Series Trophy 🏆 Damaged after Fan Throws Beer 🍺 at Trophy@6abc#RedSoxParade #RedSox pic.twitter.com/ZkH2xQNqkS— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) November 1, 2018 The Red Sox World Series parade was largely a success, but there was one casualty. The World Series trophy.As has become custom in these parades, fans routinely launched beer toward moving duckboats to help quench the thirst of there favorite players,  but one fan committed the ultimate party foul when a misfired toss ended up hitting the trophy and bending some of the trademark pennants. Oops.To be fair, out of all the major sports trophies, the Commissioner’s Trophy is by far the weakest. The Stanley Cup could go out for an all night bender at the strip club and not be any worse for the wear. It’s nothing that can’t be fixed, but the trophy will definitely have a hangover today.WATCH: Video showing the moment a beer can breaks off some of the flags of the Red Sox World Series trophy during today’s parade. #RedSox #DoDamage #NotThatKindOfDamage(🎥: Luis Morales) pic.twitter.com/712AP74qB6— Korey O’Brien (@koreyobrienTV) October 31, 2018last_img read more

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Six Senses Samui reopens on July 1

first_imgSource = Six Senses Samui Six Senses Samui reopens on July 1After an extensive upgrade and revitalization of guest accommodations and public areas, Six Senses Samui will reopen with refreshed interiors on July 1, 2015. The addition of floor to ceiling glass walls in the bathrooms make the well-appointed accommodations feel brighter, airy and more spacious, ensconcing the guest in an open-view cube secluded by lush landscaping and trees. Updated furnishings and a new layout create additional space, allowing guests to enjoy their in-villa experience to the fullest. Bathrooms are fully enclosed and air conditioned for added comfort while the popular open showers have been retained. The entire villa interior and furnishings have been refinished with lighter tones conveying a more modern feel.All villa pools have been resurfaced with turquoise stone tiles, while an additional seven pools have been added to make a grand total 59 villas with private pools plus the main infinity pool. The resort still offers the choice of seven Hideaway Villas that feature spacious entertaining and lounging decks rather than a private swimming pool.Completed in time to welcome guests to Samui’s high season, the all-day venue Dining on the Hill and the adjacent spectacular infinity pool have also undergone an upgrade, complete with new landscaping, new decking and refreshed furniture. There is an extensive new display buffet counter, plus a hot show kitchen. The resort’s much-awarded signature restaurant Dining on the Rocks will also introduce an exciting new lounge deck.The Library now has an expanded range of reading material with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, games tables and suspended relaxation nets to enhance the relaxed ambiance. The lobby has also undergone an uplifting refreshment.General Manager Gary Henden said, “I am delighted to see the exciting evolution of Six Senses Samui.The revitalized product and enhanced services lift our resort to new heights on the island and entire region. Our talented designers have succeeded in delivering a lighter, brighter and more spacious feel with improved functionality to give our guests an enhanced stay. ”Six Senses Samui opened in 2004 and has increased its popularity among Thai and international travelers over the last 11 years. Having hosted top charity events, gala dinners and memorable celebrations, together with Six Senses Spa, the resort has been awarded numerous local and international awards. Stay at Six Senses Samuilast_img read more

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Homeownership Rate Plummets to 15Year Low

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Census Bureau HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2012-04-30 Mark Lieberman April 30, 2012 434 Views Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Marketcenter_img *_Correction: Homeownership rates fell to 65.4 percent._*Homeownership rates dropped to 65.4 percent in the first quarter, reaching lows not seen in fifteen years, the Census Bureau said Monday.[IMAGE]According to government data, the homeowner vacancy rate also fell to 2.2 percent nationwide, down from 2.6 percent in the first quarter of 2011 and the rental vacancy rate dropped to 8.8 percent from 9.7 percent one year earlier.The homeowner vacancy rate reached its lowest level since first quarter 2006.The median asking sale price for a vacant home fell to $133,700 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the lowest level since second quarter 2005 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô from $133,800 in the fourth quarter and $143,700 one year earlier. The median asking rent in the first quarter rose to $721 from $712 in the fourth quarter and $683 in the first quarter of 2011.The homeowner vacancy rates in principal cities (2.5 percent) and outside MSA’s (2.6 percent) were higher than in the suburbs (1.9 percent), the Census Bureau said in its quarterly report.The homeowner vacancy rates in principal cities and suburbs fell lower than a year ago, while the rate outside MSA’s achieved levels not statistically different from the first quarter in 2011, according to the report.Within census regions, the rental vacancy rate was highest in the South (10.8 percent) and lowest in the West (6.3 percent). The rental[COLUMN_BREAK]vacancy rate in the Northeast was higher than in the first quarter 2011, while the rates in the Midwest, South, and West were lower than a year ago. For the first quarter 2012, the homeowner vacancy rate was higher in the South than the Northeast, but not statistically different from the rates in the Midwest and West. The homeowner vacancy rates in the Midwest, South, and West were lower than a year ago, while the rate in the Northeast was not statistically different from the first quarter 2011 rates.The number of housing units increased 486,000 in the past year. The number of occupied units went up by 1,011,000 while the number of vacant units fell 524,000. The number of homes held off the market increased 203,000 to 7,633,000 in the last year; the number of vacant year-round homes fell 388,000 to 13,994,000 and the number of vacant year-round homes for sale dropped to 1,653,000 from 2,006,000.The homeownership rate fell in all four census regions in the first quarter ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the steepest drop in the Northeast, 1.2 percentage points to 62.5 percent. The homeownership rate fell 0.8 percentage points in the South to 67.5 percent; 0.5 percentage points in the Midwest to 69.5 percent and 0.2 percentage points in the West to 59.9 percent.For the first quarter 2012, the homeownership rates were highest for those householders ages 65 years and over (80.9 percent) and lowest for the under 35 years of age group (36.8 percent). The rates for householders less than 35 years, 35 to 44, 45 to 54, and 55 to 64 years old were lower than their respective rates a year ago, while householders 65 years and over showed no significant change from the corresponding rates in the first quarter 2011.””Paul Diggle””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/staff/property-economics/paul-diggle.html, a property economist with consultancy “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/, said in a note Monday that homeownership rates may slip to roughly 65 percent by yearend if current trends hold.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£And if the 1990s downturn is any guide, it will be a few years after [this year] before the homeownership rate really starts to improve,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø he added. Homeownership Rate Plummets to 15-Year Lowlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Luxury Australian cruis

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterLuxury Australian cruise and touring company APT has forged a partnership with Qantas Frequent Flyer in a move that will see travellers earn points on all bookings.APT CEO Steve Reynolds said the arrangement would provide guests with “another great benefit when booking their next big adventure”.The tie-up has been extended across APT’s full suite of products, a strategy Reynolds said could be used by agents to help secure bookings.Guests travelling on an APT Luxury River Cruise will earn two Frequent Flyer points per $1 spent, and all other APT holidays, including classic journeys, small group discoveries, 4WD adventures and small ship cruising will receive one point per $1 spent.The arrangement is backdated to bookings made from 1 March 2018 onwards.The fine print reads “Qantas Points will be credited to the Qantas Frequent Flyer member’s account within seven days of the trip departure date. Members will not earn Qantas Points on airfares bundled with an APT holiday; where a member cancels their APT holiday prior to the date of departure; APT holidays booked with staff, companion or Friends and Family discounts; travel industry member discounts; press and partnership trips; or prize winners.”Visit https://www.qantas.com/fflyer/dyn/program/welcomeGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Lowcost airline Wizz Air will launch new cheap fl

first_imgLow-cost airline Wizz Air will launch new cheap flights to Brno from London Luton this winter.The Hungarian airline will begin services to the Czech Republic’s second-largest city on December 16th, with the route initially operating on a three-times-weekly basis.In addition, Wizz Air will also increase its number of flights to Prague from London Luton to nine times a week, a change that will take effect on October 31st.This will rise to a further two additional weekly services between December 19th and January 16th, which is the airline’s busiest winter period.Attila Dankovics, Wizz Air’s head of marketing and customer experience, said the carrier is “extremely delighted” with its Czech Republic operations.”While some airlines are closing down routes and decreasing capacity, we continue to grow allowing more and more passengers to enjoy our truly low fares coupled with excellent travel,” he commented.In April, Wizz Air will open its 13th operating base in Belgrade, where one of its Airbus A320 aircraft will be based.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWizz Air to increase number of flights to BucharestWizz Air to increase number of flights to BucharestWizz Air to launch new flights to London from VilniusWizz Air will launch flights to London Luton from its new base in Vilnius, LithuaniaCheap flights to Split to be launched by Wizz AirWizz Air will commence cheap flights to Split from London Lutonlast_img read more

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