More than 300,000 Nova Scotia property owners will have a chance to review their proposed 2007 assessments, now that notices are in the mail. The proposed notices were sent to owners of properties whose assessments are expected to increase by more than three per cent in 2007, and are based on Jan. 1, 2005 market value. Proposed notices allow property owners to make inquiries about their proposed assessment before the formal assessment notice is sent in January. In the northern region, which includes Hants East, Cumberland, Colchester and Pictou counties, the total proposed combined value of 2007 commercial and residential property assessments is about $8.2 billion, up almost 6.4 per cent from 2006. Residential proposed assessments in the north are showing a total increase of 8.3 per cent, while commercial proposed assessments are up 1.2 per cent. The most common reason for an increase in a residential assessment is that the value of a property increased as a result of a strong real estate market. Assessments also change when renovations or additions are done to a property. All properties in Nova Scotia are assessed at market value. Nova Scotia property owners can check their 2007 proposed assessments online by going to www.nsassessment.ca/cap and clicking on online property assessment information. “Sending Nova Scotia property owners their proposed assessment in June, means that they can talk to us and get information about their property assessment before the formal assessment notice is sent in January,” said Terry Hartling, regional director for the northern regional assessment office. “This year, the information will also help property owners decide if they will apply for the 2007 CAP Assessment Program.” The CAP Assessment Program is designed to help protect property owners from sudden and dramatic increases in market value by placing a limit, or cap, on the amount of taxable assessment increase on eligible properties. Property owners who qualified for the program in the past need not reapply. Applications are available online at www.nsassessment.ca/cap , by calling 1-800-667-5727, or at any assessment office, municipal tax office, Access Nova Scotia Centre or registry of deeds. “We encourage property owners to call us or visit our website if they have any questions about their preliminary assessment or need further information about the CAP Program,” he added.
25 September 2007Alarmed at the stigmatization and hostility faced by those working to advance human rights in Serbia, an independent United Nations expert has called on that country’s authorities to give political recognition and legitimacy to human rights defenders and their work. “This stigmatization of defenders, which portrays them as ‘enemies’ of the country, is not countered by supportive statements of State authorities that would give them legitimacy,” Hina Jilani, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on the situation of human rights defenders, said in a statement released in Belgrade, following a visit to the country. She urged State authorities to firmly condemn attacks and campaigns against the “vibrant and active” human rights community in Serbia and acknowledge the importance of their work. The Special Representative said a major concern was the hostile attitude against human rights workers, who are constantly under attack, mainly in the media. This animosity appears to be linked to their work on transitional justice and minority rights – issues that she said “some sectors of the political establishment are not willing to address.”She noted that Serbia is a country in transition, confronted with the challenges coming from its recent past, as well as those linked to the future, including uncertainties regarding the status of Kosovo. “This environment slows down the advancement of the country on many fronts, including and in particular on human rights.” Ms. Jilani made a similar appeal to the Government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in a statement released in Skopje following her visit to the country. While several new laws pertaining to the work of human rights defenders had been adopted since her last visit to the country in 2003, she was not satisfied with their implementation, noting that mechanisms that defenders can use to report cases of non-compliance and protect victims “are still lacking, are insufficient or do not function properly.”“This has created an environment in which Government responsiveness is limited or absent,” she stated. Another concern is that human rights defenders do not have access to detention centres and police stations, which seriously impedes their monitoring and protection role. The reports of Ms. Jilani’s visits will be presented and discussed at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva next March.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern about the decision by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement to suspend its participation in the Government of National Unity.In a statement released by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban also called on both parties to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) to “resolve the situation in a manner that preserves the integrity of the Agreement.”He urged the parties, particularly the National Congress Party, “to urgently take the necessary steps to address the outstanding issues related to the implementation of the CPA,” the spokesperson said, pledging the UN’s readiness to help accelerate progress, restore the necessary trust between them and keep the CPA on track. Struck on 9 January 2005, the CPA ended a 21-year civil war between North and South Sudan. The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) is now deployed to monitor compliance with the accord. 12 October 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern about the decision by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement to suspend its participation in the Government of National Unity.
2 July 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the deadly violence that has erupted in Mongolia following last weekend’s parliamentary elections, calling on all parties to engage in dialogue to resolve the current crisis. Five people have reportedly been killed and over 300 injured as thousands of protesters took to the streets yesterday in Ulan Bator, the country’s capital and largest city, after it was announced that the ruling party won Sunday’s polls. President Nambar Enkhbayar has declared a state of emergency in the wake of the unrest. “The Secretary-General deplores the resort to violence to protest the conduct of the parliamentary elections,” his spokesperson said in a statement issued today. Mr. Ban urged all parties to exercise restraint and engage in dialogue, and appealed to all demonstrators to refrain from any further violence. “Mongolia has made a peaceful transition to democracy, and the Secretary-General encourages all parties to respect this achievement and find ways to settle the current crisis, fully respecting the rule of law,” the statement added.
9,392 Views http://jrnl.ie/3302634 Short URL By Sean Murray FG TD feels ‘vindicated’ after ruling says he didn’t defame Sinn Féin TDs in Dáil The Committee on Procedure ruled that Alan Farrell didn’t breach Dáil privilege. Mar 23rd 2017, 12:57 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share37 Tweet Email Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeRead: ‘I was actually in jail’ – Mayhem in Dáil as FG TD links SF deputies to Brian Stack murder Image: Laura Hutton/Rollingnews.ie Sinn Fein’s Kerry TD Martin Ferris, the other man named by Farrell, then stood up to respond:On the record of this house. In 2013 I met with gardaí at their request regarding the death of Brian Stack, I co-operated fully with them and I have nothing to answer for, and it’s a disgrace what you have come in here naming. You should be ashamed of yourself. Image: Laura Hutton/Rollingnews.ie FINE GAEL TD Alan Farrell has said he feels vindicated after the Committee on Procedures found that he had not broken Dáil privilege when he called on two Sinn Féin TDs to make a statement about the 1983 murder of prison officer Brian Stack.The incident occurred on 7 December, when Farrell called on TDs Dessie Ellis and Martin Ferris to make statements regarding Stack’s murder.Both men refuted that they had anything to do with the affair and accused Farrell of breaching Dáil privilege by naming them.The Dáil Committee on Procedures held a vote yesterday to determine whether Farrell had done exactly that and determined that the Dublin Fingal TD had not broken Dáil privilege or defamed Ellis and Ferris.In a statement this morning, Farrell said: “I am pleased with the decision by the Committee on Procedures which has vindicated my position regarding the comments I made on 7 December in the Dáil chamber.This decision has reaffirmed the fact that the comments I made were in no way defamatory, and did not constitute an abuse of privilege, nor were they contextualised in such a manner. What was saidIn heated scenes in the Dáil following a statement by Gerry Adams TD, Farrell said that he wanted to raise a “point of order”.Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl said that there was to be no “point of order at this stage” but allowed Farrell make a comment “very briefly”.The Fine Gael TD said:I think it appropriate given that Deputy Adams has been afforded the opportunity to explain to the house his involvement and/or his discussions with individuals relating to this case, that the other individuals who are members of this house who he himself has named and which are already in the public domain, that deputies Ellis and Ferris be given an opportunity to address this house.The Ceann Comhairle then cut him off and asked him to resume his seat before Dessie Ellis TD stood up to respond.“I’m not going to have people put my name out there on something that I have nothing to do with,” the Dublin North-West TD said.I refute any allegations. For the information, the man in question claims to be a solicitor, I was actually in jail for the period. In Portlaoise and before that in America so you should check your facts. You’re a disgrace. Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 12:57 PM 27 Comments
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Name: Nicole Tsotras, 21, 4th year Arts/Law student.Your greatest achievement(s)and how you reached them? Getting into my uni course by learning to juggle all aspects of my life that were vying for my time.Goal(s) for the future? I have a general goal of attaining a good career perhaps in the field of International Relations, and working toward becoming knowledgeable and successful in that area. Best moment of your life? On my recent trip to Europe having my first white Christmas in Paris with good friends. One word that describes you the best: PassionatePerson(s) you most admire and why? My grandparents are incredible inspirations and I have a deep admiration of their untiring work ethic and determination to create new lives for themselves and provide for their families. Most embarrassing moment? Falling up the stairs at my school assembly as I was accepting my prefect badge.If I could say anything to the Greek community… As a history student I believe there is great importance in understanding your past. I would speak to the Greek-Australian youth specifically, about the invaluable knowledge that can be derived from a true understanding of their background and culture. You can only move forward when you understand where you have come from.Favourite place to go or hang out at? The beach.Song that I can’t get out of my head at the moment? ‘In my head’- Jason Derulo.Favourite Greek food? My yiayia’s tiropita.I can’t live without… Music.If I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would… Change Australia’s foreign policy to reflect our commitment to international laws, and specifically change our ineffective migration/refugee policy to one which deters the individuals who are at fault instead of trying to deter and punish the innocent victims who have been taken advantage of in their untiring work ethic and determination to create new lives for themselves and provide for their families.
A sombre mood has descended over South Australia’s town of Port Lincoln, after a father drove his car off a wharf killing himself and his two young sons.Damien Little was seen driving the family station wagon off the wharf at speeds of up to 80 km/h just after 6am on Monday. It was more than six hours later that police recovered the bodies of the 34-year-old and his sons, four-year-old Koda and nine-month-old Hunter on the Eyre Peninsula, along with a rifle found in the car.According to reports, the incident is being labelled a murder-suicide, Mr Little suspected to have deliberately driven the car off the wharf and into 30-metre-deep water.In an interview with the Adelaide Advertiser, Mr Little’s family revealed that he had been struggling with mental health issues for the past three years.“We had noticed a change,” said Sue, Mr Little’s mother.“We tried to help him, we all did. But you can’t help somebody who can’t help himself.”The local community has rushed to the support of the boys’ mother Melissa Little.“Our hearts go out to Mel. I wouldn’t want anyone to be in the position she’s in at the moment,” Lincoln South Football Club president Brenton Dennis told the ABC. “It’s just numbed the whole community. It’s just tragic and our hearts are with them and they’re in our thoughts and our prayers.”Local Mayor Bruce Green said the incident had resulted in the most challenging day of his working life. “This has taken everyone by surprise. It’s a dreadful thing,” he said.“People are really trying to understand how this tragic event could have occurred.The site of the tragedy was turned into a memorial on Tuesday with people turning out to the wharf to lay flowers and toys in memory of the two boys. “I just ask everyone to give the families all their love and respect and space that they need at this time,” said Mr Dennis.“I also ask everyone that you think about how our lives are at the moment and just put ourselves in their position and let’s all make a promise to never let this happen again.”An inquest will be taking place at a later date.If you, or someone you know, are in need of support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.Source: The Sydney Morning Herald Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Les deux pandas arriveront dimanche au zoo de Beauval Le zoo de Beauval s’apprête à accueillir un couple de pandas géants en provenance directe de Chine. Huan Huan et Yuan Zi arriveront dimanche à Roissy après un vol sans escale à bord du “FedEx Panda Express”, un avion à leur effigie. C’est un week-end de festivités que s’apprête à vivre le zoo de Beauval dans le Loir-et-Cher. Dimanche, arriveront en effet deux nouveaux pensionnaires très attendus : Huan Huan et Yuan Zi, le couple de pandas géants empruntés à la Chine dans le cadre d’un programme de protection de l’espèce aujourd’hui menacée. Les deux animaux seront accueillis en grande pompe à Roissy après un vol direct entre l’aéroport de Chengdu en Chine et la France. Ils voyageront à bord du FexEx Panda Express, un Boeing 777F (le plus grand avion cargo au monde) spécialement affrété par la société FedEx et qui sera décoré à leur effigie. “L’arrivée de Huan Huan et Yuan Zi constitue un événement historique pour le ZooParc de Beauval, et témoigne de notre excellente collaboration avec la Chine ainsi que de notre implication de longue date dans la protection des espèces menacées. Nous en rêvions depuis longtemps. Cela fait cinq ans que nous attendions ce moment, depuis le jour où le zoo a décidé de se lancer dans cette grande épopée afin de faire venir les pandas géants en France”, explique Françoise Delord, Fondatrice et Présidente du ZooParc de Beauval. Un enthousiasme dont avait déjà fait preuve Rodolphe Delord, le directeur général du zoo que Maxisciences avait interrogé en décembre dernier. Une fois que les pandas auront atterri, ils seront notamment accueillis par l’ambassadeur de Chine en France qui leur souhaitera la bienvenue. Le couple sera ensuite amené au zoo de Beauval à l’aide d’un convoi exceptionnel de camions escorté par la gendarmerie. Les animaux considérés comme des “trésors nationaux” en Chine découvriront alors les espaces que le personnel du zoo leur a concoctés au sein de la nouvelle partie consacrée à l’Empire du milieu.Les pandas visibles dès le 11 février À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vous”Notre équipe dévouée a travaillé sans relâche à l’aménagement d’un enclos de première classe pour accueillir les nouveaux arrivants. Les visiteurs du zoo auront ainsi l’occasion unique d’admirer ces animaux extraordinaires”, ajoute Françoise Delord dans un communiqué. Toutefois, le public devra attendre avant d’admirer les pandas chinois. L’équipe du zoo tient en effet à ce que le mâle et la femelle âgés de 3 ans s’acclimatent tranquillement à leur nouvel environnement avant d’être officiellement présentés au public. Ils ne seront donc visibles qu’à partir du 11 février 2012. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site du zoo de Beauval. Le 13 janvier 2012 à 10:52 • Maxime Lambert
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #UBInnovationgrant Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe University of The Bahamas will receive $100,000 as a part of an innovation grant sponsored in part by the US State Department. The Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant is sponsored by NAFSA and CAF Development Bank of Latin America in honor of NAFSA’s retired Executive Director and CEO Marlene Johnson.The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas—the leading education initiative in the Western Hemisphere—is to increase the annual number of U.S. students studying in Latin America and the Caribbean to 100,000 and bring 100,000 students to the United States by 2020. Innovation Fund grants fuel partnerships between higher education institutions in the United States and the rest of the Western Hemisphere to create new student exchange and training programs.University of The Bahamas (UB) is among fourteen recipients of a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Grant. UB in partnership with Mississippi State University (MSU) and the University of The West Indies, Open Campus, St. Kitts and Nevis will develop a bilateral exchange study abroad program that advances coastal and climate sciences.The partnership will enhance existing MSU faculty-led study abroad programs, establish the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network—a climate citizen science program—and create pathways for students to gain deeper understanding of global climate and marine environmental changes and how those processes affect coastal communities.#magneticmedianews#UBInnovationgrant Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
SEATTLE — Two environmental groups are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately ban shipments of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars, citing recent explosive oil train wrecks and the department’s own findings that those accidents pose an “imminent hazard.”The petition filed Tuesday by the Sierra Club and ForestEthics seeks an emergency order within 30 days to prohibit crude from the Northern Plains’ Bakken region and elsewhere from being carried in the older tank cars, known as DOT-111s.Accident investigators have reported the cars rupture or puncture even in wrecks at slow speeds. The Obama administration has said it will propose a new rule this month governing tank cars, which could include retrofits of older models cars and tougher standards for new ones.But that “will take too long to address the imminent hazard posed by use of dangerous DOT-111 tank cars to ship crude oil,” according to the petition, which the law firm Earthjustice filed on behalf of the two groups. It could take a year before a rule is finalized. In the meantime, the shipments are putting small towns and major cities along the rail lines at risk, the petition said.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Police are searching for a missing juvenile with severe autism.Sixteen-year-old Steven Meza has been missing since Friday after he walked away from the 10000 block of Nicaragua Drive in Miami and did not return.He suffers from severe autism and requires constant supervision, according to police. He likes to frequent pools and Southland Mall.Meza is a white male with brown eyes and stands 5 feet 6 inches tall. His hair is black and cut short.Meza was last seen wearing a black jacket, white T-shirt, greenish-brown pants and black Nike shoes.He was carrying a portable game system with headphones. He is in need of services.If you have any information on this missing person, call the Special Victims Bureau/Missing Persons Squad at 305-715-3300. You can also call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Galaxy Watch Active vs. Apple Watch Series 4: Which is… See It GoPro found in water with intact footage of a crab selfie Scientists seek owner of USB stick stuck in seal poo Apple Random Apple News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? 29 Photos Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements Best Buy reading • Surfer’s lost Apple Watch survives six months at sea See it $399 Apple Watch Series 4 This watch seemed to have survived a long dip in the ocean. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Tech journalists love to purposefully torture-test gadgets to see what they can handle. But Robert Bainter, an avid body surfer in Huntington Beach, California, accidentally performed an epic torture test on his Apple Watch.Bainter talked to tech reporter Rich DeMuro with KTLA 5 in Hollywood and shared the serendipitous story of how his Apple Watch survived a months-long ocean adventure. Bainter used his smartwatch to monitor the surf and to track his body-surfing activities. Six months ago, he caught a gnarly wave, went to check his wrist and discovered his Apple Watch had slipped away into the water.Bainter turned on Lost Mode for his watch, but eventually gave up on ever finding it again and bought a new one to replace it.A beachcomber discovered the old watch three miles from where it was originally lost and called up Bainter to reunite him with the intrepid gadget. The screen has a bit of haze on it, but the watch works just fine. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) See It $413 Apple Lost gadgets CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) 2 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Walmart Now playing: Watch this: See All 12:15 Comments $349 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • $349 27 amazingly complicated luxury watches for tech lovers How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app While Apple’s original versions of the watch had only very basic water resistance, more recent incarnations are designed to hold up to swimming and water exposure at up to 50 meters (164 feet) of depth. Apple says it watches aren’t waterproof.It’s unknown how much time the watch spent in the water versus on the beach, but Bainter’s experience is a dramatic tale of technology toughness. Now we’re just wondering if he can hold the watch up to his ear and hear the ocean. Tags Share your voice See It
Amanur Rahman Khan RanaThe High Court on Wednesday granted permanent bail to former Awami League MP from Tangail-3 (Ghatail) Amanur Rahman Khan Rana in a case filed over the killing of two Jubo League leaders.The High Court bench of justice AKM Asaduzzaman and justice SM Mozibur Rahman passed the order after hearing a rule in the case.Earlier, the HC granted a six-month bail to Rana in the case.It also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why Rana should not be granted permanent bail in the case.Advocate Monsurul Haque Chowdhury stood for the accused.Baghil union Jubo League leaders Mohammad Shamim and Mohammad Mamun went missing on 16 July 2012 in the district town.The following day, Shamim’s mother filed a general diary with Tangail Sadar police station.Later, police arrested several suspects over the incident when two of the arrested – Shahadat Hossain, 16 and Hiron Mia, 27 — revealed that both of the Jubo League leaders were murdered as per the order of MP Amanur.Rana surrendered to the Tangail additional district and session’s judge court on 18 September 2016 ending his 22-month fugitive run in the freedom fighter murder case.The AL leader went into ‘hiding’ after he was accused of killing freedom fighter and member of district unit AL Faruk Ahmed.On 18 January 2013, the Awami League leader was shot dead in front of his residence in the district town.Later, Faruk’s wife Nahar Ahmed filed a case in this connection.Fourteen people, including four brothers of Tangail’s influential Khan family, were made accused in the murder case. Read more:MP Amanur lives it up in hospitalAL MP Amanur ‘falls ill’ just before hearing dateEx-MP Amanur gets bail in Faruk murder case
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen X Gail DelaughterBike Houston’s Mary Blitzer cycled to her interview at Houston Public Media.Houston’s bike plan would create new routes all over the city, with the goal of helping riders feel safer on busy streets. It also features millions of dollars of suggested infrastructure improvements. The plan was drafted with the help of numerous stakeholder groups. It was expected to go before City Council this fall, but now it looks like there won’t be a vote until January or February. So where is the bike plan headed next? Bike Houston’s Mary Blitzer joined us in the studio with an update and you can click the button above to hear the full interview. More information:Houston’s Bike Plan 00:00 /03:28
Mark Moz/FlickrHouston area home sales increased by 3.8 percent in 2018. Share Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:48 Houston realtors sold 82,177 single-family homes last year. That’s about 3,000 more than in 2017 – the previous record year, according to the Houston Association of Realtors.The record high number comes despite a slower than usual December, when home sales dropped by 4.6 percent compared to the year prior.Chaille Ralph, who chairs HAR’s Multiple Listing Service, said the year exceeded expectations.“Obviously, coming out of Harvey at the end of 2017, there was some uncertainty, but we did anticipate it to be a good year,” she said. “I don’t think we anticipated it to end as strongly as it did.”via HAR.comMedian home prices were also up – 3.3 percent over the previous year – to $237,500.One concern for the year ahead is low inventory levels, which is pushing prices up and making it a seller’s market.Ralph said some of it may be seasonal. “We typically see the spring time become more active with inventory on the market,” she said.Nationwide, mortgage applications spiked last week, thanks in part to low rates.
Colin is coming off back-to-back sub .500 Blazin’ 5’s, but still sits at 35-28-2 on the season and is ready to get back to stacking winners and cash in Week 14. He may have cooled off a little, but Uncle Colin is ready to crush it and finish strong through the tape to end the year. Here are his Week 14 Blazin’ 5 plays:Patriots at Dolphins (+7.5) – There’s no bigger admirer of Brady and the Patriots than Colin, but he loves the Dolphins as 7.5 point home dogs against New England. The Pats have dropped 4 out of their last 5 in Miami, and since 2013 are averaging an uncharacteristic 21.0 PPG, while allowing 23.6 PPG when taking their talents to South Beach. Tom Brady’s passer rating in those games is an un-Brady-like 82.1.This season New England is just 3-3 on the road (6-0 at home), and will face a Dolphins D with 11 takeaways over the last 4 games (3rd-most in NFL). The Patriots D only has 19 sacks this season (T-2nd fewest in NFL) so Ryan Tannehill won’t have to worry about pressure. The Pats get the win, but the Dolphins cover, 27-23. 2. Falcons at Packers (-4.5) – Colin has been hard on Aaron Rodgers this season, but loves him leading the Pack as 4.5 point home favorites in a “show me” game at home against the equally struggling Falcons. Rodgers has torn up Atlanta throughout his career, averaging 327.8 YPG, with 21 TD’s, only 3 INT’s, a Passer Rating of 112.9, while completing 69.6% of his passes, and should demolish an injury ravaged Falcons D in his first game since Mike McCarthy’s firing.Atlanta has lost 4 straight and aren’t nearly as motivated as Rodgers and Green Bay looking to change the narrative after getting their coach canned. Green Bay wins and covers, 32-22. 3. Broncos at Niners (+5) – Give Colin the Niners getting 5 at home against a Broncos squad that’s only 3-3 on the road this season, and is set up for a let down game after winning 3 straight. San Francisco is bad, but they’ve been better at home. They’re 2-3 at Levi’s Stadium (0-7 road), averaging 23.0 PPG (20.0 PPG – road), 142.2 Rush YPG (119.9 Rush YPG – road), and converting 45.3% of their 3rd Downs (33.3% – road).The Broncos’ 35% 3rd down conversion rate ranks 27th in the NFL, and losing their leading receiver Emmanuel Sanders for the year with a torn Achilles doesn’t help their attack. The Broncos sneak away with a win, but the Niners cover, 24-23. 5. Rams at Bears (+3) SNF – The Rams have been one of the NFL’s best teams all year, but Colin likes the Bears as 3 point home dogs in a bone chillingly cold Sunday Night Game at Soldier Field where they’re 5-1 on the year. The Rams’ second ranked scoring offense (T-2nd with NO at 34.9 PPG) will be less prolific in the weather facing Khalil Mack and the Bears’ 4th ranked scoring D (20.1 PPG Allowed). Chicago’s defense also ranks 2nd in Rush YPG Allowed (85.8), and 1st in takeaways (30).Jared Goff is coming off his first back-to-back multiple turnover games of the season, and should have issues dealing with the elements and the Bears pressure. Chicago covers and wins this one outright, 27-26.Make sure you download and subscribe to Colin’s Blazin’ 5 Podcast with RJ Bell at TheHerdNow.com,iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes to find out what the wiseguys say about his Week 9 picks. Don’t miss it!🚨 Blazin’ 5 is 35-28-2 through Week 13🚨@ColinCowherd makes his Week 14 picks ⬇⬇ pic.twitter.com/ob9YVpPrIP— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 7, 2018 4. Eagles (+3.5) at Cowboys – The Cowboys are hot, but Colin is rolling with the Eagles getting 3.5 on the road in Jerry’s World. Carson Wentz is finally starting to look like pre-injury Carson Wentz, and is 7-1 against the NFC East over last 2 seasons, throwing for 262.4 Pass YPG with 17 TD’s, only 4 INT’s and a Passer Rating of 106.2.Philly has won back-to-back games for the first time this season, and is averaging 26.5 PPG over the last 2 weeks. Their 436 total yards in Week 13 win against Washington was a season high. Dak Prescott has been sacked a league-high 45 times this season and should be under pressure from Philly’s defensive front. Dallas has won 4 straight after a 3-5 start, but all 4 wins have been by 8 or fewer. This pick is all about the number. The Cowboys win a close one, but Philly covers with the points, 26-24. Advertisement
Travelweek Group FROZEN IN FLOOD WATERS | Severe weather in the northeast from the #BombCyclone is wreaking havoc, even freezing some cars in flood water >> https://t.co/3zWEPAu3W4 pic.twitter.com/cfZKcIypMf— ABC Action News (@abcactionnews) January 4, 2018 The view from Front Street in Scituate, MA. That’s all salt water, folks. #Scituate #bombcyclone pic.twitter.com/JVQDzSR9pe— Cristela Guerra (@CristelaGuerra) January 4, 2018 Posted by Share NEW YORK — The bomb cyclone is no joke and if you don’t believe us, just check out these crazy videos that capture the very worst of the storm.The U.S. East Coast, from Florida all the way up to New England, is being pummeled by the menacingly-named winter storm, with record low temperatures, strong winds and up to 12 inches of snow in some parts. Twitter, as usual, has captured some of the most shocking images – here are just a few: Tags: WTF This is what the #BombCyclone is doing to the coastal Massachusetts town of Scituate. https://t.co/rsPfRTvbRoVIDEO: Jill Pelo pic.twitter.com/hWmAz6EVK4— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) January 4, 2018But not everyone is cursing the cyclone – one lovable pup is making the most of all the snow by teaching herself how to toboggan! Bomb cyclone caught on camera – you won’t believe your eyes! Get Home Safely… #BombCyclone #blizzard2018 pic.twitter.com/rUpL842lPF— フリオ (@HeirToTheDeamon) January 4, 2018 Friday, January 5, 2018 Coastal floodwaters at peak of the #BombCyclone in Boston were legit pic.twitter.com/Irh0UmdT3S— Brian L Kahn (@blkahn) January 5, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>
June 1, 2017 546 Views Major Markets Pricing Out Middle-Class Buyers Affordability African American Hispanic minority buyers; housing affordability Redfin 2017-06-01 ScottMorgan1 Since 2012, homebuyers earning median salaries in the 30 largest metros in the United States have been finding themselves increasingly priced out of their markets. But the affordability gap for middle-class households has been especially rough on Hispanic and African-American buyers, according to a new study by Redfin.Redfin’s report states that in 2016, Hispanic families could afford 18 percent of homes for sale in the 30 largest U.S. metros, while African-American families could afford 14 percent. Both rates were down 11 percentage points from 2012.Meanwhile, while middle-class white families saw a 12 percent affordability drop over the same time period, white households earning median incomes could afford 30 percent of the houses in those same markets last year, Redfin reported.Independent of ethnicity, housing affordability for middle-class families overall dropped 12 percent between 2012 and 2016. According to Redfin, the gulf has been growing as an offshoot of the fact that while national incomes have risen 2 percent since 2012, national housing prices have risen 26 percent. Nearly half the houses for sale in the 30 largest metros were affordable to median earners in 2012; less than a third were affordable to them last year.Affordability issues for Hispanic and African-American buyers has been particularly pronounced in the West, Redfin reported. In fact, these buyers have been all but effectively priced out of the market in Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego and Phoenix, where fewer than 5 percent of homes for sale were affordable to Hispanic and African-American buyers last year.While Denver had the smallest number of homes available to minority buyers last year (2 percent), the city also was home to the smallest racial gap in housing affordability‒‒middle-class whites could afford 8.3 percent of homes.On the other side of that coin was Minneapolis, where 66 percent of median-earning whites could afford homes while Hispanic families could afford about 25 percent and African-American families could afford just over 5 percent.Las Vegas had the largest declines in affordability for families making the median African American (-26.5 points) or Hispanic (-24.6 points) household incomes from 2012 to 2016. Meanwhile, metros known for their relative affordability, like Atlanta, Tampa and Kansas City, saw double-digit declines in the share of listings that were affordable on African American and Hispanic median incomes, Redfin reported.St. Louis was the only metro that saw increases in affordability for both Hispanic ( up 5.4 points) and African-American families (up 4.3 points). St. Louis was also the only metro where overall middle-class affordability, including for median-income white households, did not change significantly over this time period.“American cities are at risk of losing both the economic and racial diversity that has been their hallmark,” said Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. “Middle-class homebuyers are being priced out of America’s largest cities at an alarming rate, as the home affordability gap gets wider. Given the significantly lower rates of homeownership among African-American and Hispanic families, the reduction in affordable listings has even more dire consequences for income inequality when broken out by race.”But, Richardson added, there are solutions.“For one, federal and state governments can do much more to be influential in local housing policy,” she said. “That’s where the crisis starts–at the neighborhood level–when people vote against inclusionary zoning policies, making it difficult or impossible to build higher-density, affordable housing in a community. Federal and state governments can reward communities that change to inclusionary zoning practices by offering them infrastructure investments to improve the neighborhoods. That way, inclusionary zoning is more appealing to longtime residents.” Share in Daily Dose, News
Boston, Massachusetts – Reported by Erin Riley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFor those who think they need to leave the hustle and bustle of the city to find a haven of relaxation, think again. Exotic destination retreats have nothing on the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, which brings its guests all the elements of an oasis of complete calm without the need of a beachside breeze or jungle nook.The only Forbes Five-Star awarded spa in Massachusetts, the Spa at Mandarin Oriental debuts its most bespoke offer yet: Beauty at Mandarin Oriental. A series of results-oriented anti-aging facial treatments, the sublime skin cares preserve the signature Mandarin Oriental holistic approach and come replete with a new line of technologically advanced products and equipment from Aromatherapy Associates.The Ultimate Aroma Radiance Lift Facial ensures pure repose while simultaneously lifting, toning and plumping skin to improve natural radiance. Get acquainted with a deep galvanic cleanse and enzymatic peel to renew and soften the skin, followed by an epidermis circulation and lymphatic drainage. In a miraculous makeover, facial muscles elevate and tone to create visible lift while hydration plumps out fine lines. Once the skin is healed with a high frequency current, a nourishing mask is applied alongside a soothing shoulder and scalp massage, easing you out of your dramatic transformation.Other all-encompassing treatments such as the Aroma Lift Facial and Aroma Clear Facial combine similar advanced treatment elements, but target different features of skin for more personalized experiences. For an overall firmed and lifted look, pick the Aroma Lift facial, which applies sophisticated micro-currents to re-educate facial and neck muscles by lifting the eyes, forehead and lower face. Ideal for problem skin, the Aroma Clear Facial utilizes concentrated galvanic currents that are able to penetrate deep in to the pores to relieve congestion.“We are delighted to expand our spa treatments with the introduction of these three new innovative facials using natural products,” said Sharon Holtz, Spa Director. “Each facial is unique and highly effective, providing guests immediate visible results in addition to healthy, rejuvenated skin.”www.mandarinoriental.com/boston
February 8, 2010 Welcome to this little boy, born to almni Ania and Adam. Adam: “his name is Wayland Tadeusz and he was born Friday the 29th in the early morning”.[photos: Ania + Adam & text: Ania, Adam, sue]