Governments out of touch Another unexpected result

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 10, 2016 – It appears elected governments are grossly out of touch with what voters want as for the second time, a first world country has seen a major upset in a national vote.This past summer, the UK saw its citizens vote to exit the European Union, now the USA will have a Washington outsider and polarizing figure serve as its 45th president, Donald Trump from the Grand Old Party or Republicans, soundly beat the Democrats candidate, Hillary Clinton on Super Tuesday.Now, leaders are calling for the US to rally behind Trump, after months of telling the people of America that he would be a ticking time bomb and a disaster as country leader.  In the Turks and Caicos Islands there are opinions on this US polling, which ended in a most unexpected way.Political Cartoonist for the TCI, Benneth Williams said, “Trump saw some good in the world and 59,054,059 thought it was worth fighting for..”  Before the results, another expressed that it would be bad news if Trump took office; while yet another pointed out that Donald Trump now has the show.For the TCI, momentum now further intensifies as the focus of election watchers will be exclusively on local general elections set for December 15.last_img read more

Property sales fall by double digits as prices tick up in June

first_img Posted: July 11, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Countywide sales of previously owned single-family homes and attached properties like condominiums both decreased by double digits from May to June, while median prices continued to increase, according to data released Thursday by the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors.Month-over-month single-family home sales fell 13.6%, from 2,176 in May to 1,880 in June, while attached property sales fell 16.2% from 1,121 in May to 939. Prior to the decreases, single-family and attached property sales had increased each month in 2019.Median sales prices for both property types increased from May to June, as they have done each month this year with the exception of attached property prices from March to April. Single-family home prices increased 2.4% — from $659,000 in May to $674,900 in June — and attached property prices jumped 3.5% from $430,000 to $445,000.“San Diego certainly has difficult challenges with housing affordability and supply,” said GSDAR President Kevin Burke. “But low interest rates and the economy’s performance in general have contributed to a stable housing market here and across the country.”Single-family home and attached property sales were both down in June compared to June 2018 levels. Single-family home sales fell 16.3% year-over- year, from 2,247 in June 2018 to 1,880 last month. Attached property sales fell even more, 19.9%, from 1,172 in June 2018 to 939 last month.Year-over-year property prices rose by at least 3% for both property types. Single-family home prices rose 3.2% from $654,000 in June 2018 to $674,900 in June of this year. Attached property sales increased at a larger clip, jumping 4.8% from $424,5000 in June 2018 to $445,000 last month.Realtors sold 55 single-family homes in western Rancho Bernardo last month, the most of any ZIP code in the county. Properties closed escrow in an average of 29 days last month, according to the GSDAR.Photo: San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine KUSI Newsroom Updated: 12:29 PM KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 11, 2019 Property sales fall by double digits as prices tick up in Junelast_img read more

Time Incs Maghound Set to Debut in September

first_imgAfter almost four years of continuous development and testing, Maghound.com, Time Inc.’s Netflix-like service for magazines, is finally set to launch this September, Dave Ventresca, president of Maghound Enterprises, Inc., told attendees of the 2008 Circulation Management Conference in Chicago Tuesday.Ventresca gave a detailed presentation called “A Look Inside the Maghound.com Model,” which included a step-by-step account of how the idea was born and developed as well as a demo of how the site will operate once launched. According to Ventresca, 280 titles are currently on board with the service. He hopes to have 300 titles participating by the launch and 400 by the end of the year. Maghound.com allows consumers to choose titles from a variety of publishers for a mix-and-match “subscriptions” where they pay one monthly fee and have the ability to switch titles at any time. Unlike traditional subscriptions, members aren’t locked in their memberships and can cancel whenever they wish. Ventresca says that Maghound.com offers “flexibility, choice, control and personalization.”“There has been this major paradigm shift in the way consumers shop, pay for and manage the services they choose,” Ventresca said. “And this shift has occurred everywhere except for magazines. We still sell on a fixed-term subscription or by single copy with no innovation. And [Maghound] is hoping to change that.” Ventresca added that, most importantly, Magahound.com offers what traditional subs haven’t in the past: transparency. “As a member, you have a very clear indication of when you’re going to receive your subscription and when you’re going to be charged. Circulation has always been publisher-centric. With Maghound, it becomes consumer-centric.”Tiered Pricing The pricing for a membership is tiered—three titles for $3.95 per month, five titles for $7.95, seven titles for $9.95, and $1 per title for eight titles or more. Titles that have a non-discounted traditional sub rate of around $19 or more per year are considered “premium” titles and will have an extra $2 fee per month (10-15 percent of titles fall in this category). First-time users will also be eligible for a free one month trial.The titles sold via Maghound for now will be classified as single-copy sales on ABC and BPA audits with the possibility of a separate classification being created for the service in the future. Members will receive their copies in the mail at roughly the same time as traditional subscriptions. Maghound will retain complete rights to member names in order to keep customers from getting saturated with direct mail and emails from multiple publishers at the same time.According to Ventresca, testing done on the beta version shows that the site is not only bringing more convenient service, but also the right type of readers. “We found that those who really responded to the site were of a younger, more affluent and highly educated demographic,” he said. “ And those are the type of people that we went. They are the ones who subscribe to multiple titles.”Testing also revealed that there was only a light amount of cannibalization of traditional subscriptions when consumers used the Maghound service. “Testing showed that the new Time Inc. subs weren’t coming from customers who subscribed to Time Inc. titles before, nor were they even recent expires,” Ventresca said.Although the site will not launch until September, he added that the company is already working on “Maghound.com 1.2“ and beyond, which will include new customer offers, improved member targeting, streamlined customer care methods and expanded fulfillment options.last_img read more

HTC Vives VR game and app subscription service starts April 2 for

first_img Preview • Here’s what it’s like to use the HTC Vive, the $799 VR headset that you can preorder today Review • HTC Vive review: Yes, this is the best VR experience, if you’ve got the space Mentioned Above HTC Vive HTC Vive Pro Eye tracks your eyes with pinpoint accuracy,… Along with the considerable investment in hardware, the lack of quality VR content has been a major turnoff for people interested in buying headsets. To help with the content part, HTC launched the Viveport Subscription service in 2017 for Vive headset owners that gives subscribers access to up to five titles at a time for $9 a month. The service was expanded to support rival Oculus Rift headsets in August 2018 and the upgraded service works for both Vive and Oculus users. New Viveport customers can sign up anytime for a free two-week membership to the Infinity service. Current subscribers to the Viveport Subscription service, as well as those with prepaid memberships, will be upgraded to the Infinity service at no additional charge through 2019. To encourage developers to crank out more titles, Viveport also increased revenue shares for developers to 80/20 up from 70/30 starting April 1 and runs through the end of 2019. It applies to all titles in the Viveport Infinity service.  Up close with the HTC Vive Pro 1:47 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It HTC HTC’s Viveport Infinity unlimited subscription service could deliver a much-needed boost to the virtual reality scene. Subscriptions cost $13 a month, HTC announced Thursday, or you can prepay an entire year for $99. The service, which was announced at CES 2019 with the upcoming Vive Cosmos headset, allows subscribers to download any of the more than 600 games and apps currently available in the Viveport store.Membership will include additional perks such as “weekend deals on select titles, free title giveaways, and monthly coupons,” HTC said in a blog post. The service starts on April 2. See it Share your voice $689 Post a comment 9 Photos Wearable Tech 0 Oculus Virtual Reality HTC HTC Vive Now playing: Watch this: Tags Walmart $499last_img read more

Fords Argo AI will release its HD maps for free to autonomy

first_img Argo AI’s third-generation self-driving car doesn’t look too different Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry Auto Tech 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 5:57 20 Photos Tags Ford 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Now playing: Watch this: Enlarge ImageIt’s not like academic researchers have the time or money to command a fleet of self-driving mapping vehicles, which is why Argoverse is so important to that community. Argo AI A self-driving car is only as good as its maps. Automakers around the world have made efforts to create high-definition maps of as many roads as possible as they ramp up AV development, so that their cars can have the best idea possible of the surrounding world. But while most groups don’t seem too keen on the idea of giving those maps away, Ford’s Argo AI is taking a different approach.Argo AI announced on Wednesday that it has created a public repository for its self-driving-car development data, including high-definition maps. Argoverse, as it’s called, contains datasets and maps collected as part of Argo AI’s own research into autonomy, and it’s being released for free under a non-commercial Creative Commons license. The hope is that researchers will be able to use these HD maps to further advance AV technology.”For our team at Argo, releasing this data collection is about giving academic communities access to the materials they need,” Argo AI said in a statement. “We’re excited to not only support cutting-edge developments in computer vision and machine learning but also to support the next generation of engineers and roboticists who are preparing for jobs at self-driving technology companies, Argo AI included.”It’s not all of Argo AI’s data, of course. What’s available covers about 127 linear miles of road in Miami and another 53 miles’ worth in Pittsburgh. The data came from the Ford Fusion development vehicles Argo AI uses, which are loaded with lidar and cameras. The maps have three layers: One looks at individual lane geometry, another looks at actual drivable area and the third covers ground height. Argo AI also created an API to better sift through its data.There’s more than just maps in here, too. Argoverse also contains datasets to train 3D tracking models that detect and follow objects like vehicles and anything else within a road’s potential drivable area. There are 113 segments available, varying in length between 15 and 30 seconds, containing some 11,000 tracked objects. There’s more than that, too, and you can check it all out on the Argoverse site. Ford Share your voice Join us for a ride in Ford’s prototype self-driving car More From Roadshow Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuelast_img read more

BSE closes points 2125 down on Jan 1

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 21.25 points down to stand at 21,149.43. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 0.75 points up to stand at 6,304.75. Suzlon Energy and UCO Bank were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 9.98% and 6.29% along with Reliance Communications Ltd and Indiabulls Real Estate with an increase of 6.16% and 5.66% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Indian Oil Corporation and Crisil with a decrease of 2.83% and 2.74% along with Coromandel International Ltd. and Apollo Tyres with a decrease of 2.70% and 2.19% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 14.98 points at 12,273.81 while the banking sector is up 22.54 points 13,024.48 and the realty sector is up 41.81 points at 1,475.22. The Indian currency is down 0.11% at Rs 61.87 per dollar.last_img read more

Shelter Chief Says Hes Ready Now For Migrant Reunions

first_imgMiguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald via APDignitaries take a tour of Southwest Key Programs Casa Padre, a U.S. immigration facility in Brownsville, Texas, Monday, June 18, 2018, where children are detained.The chief executive officer of the nation’s largest shelters for migrant children says he’s “ready now” to start reuniting hundreds of babies and young kids with their families.Juan Sanchez of the nonprofit Southwest Key Programs made the comments hours before a judge in California ordered U.S. border authorities to bring separated families together within 30 days of a late Tuesday ruling. If children are younger than 5, they must be reunified within the next 14 days.Sanchez said his nonprofit has located many of the parents who have been arrested for trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border so — if the opportunity arose — they could move quickly to reunite the families.“We’re ready today,” said Sanchez, who had been fearful of a long, drawn out process.Sanchez earlier said parents’ cases would likely have to first make their way through the legal system. Only then could the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement give the go-ahead to put families back together. He said there appeared to be a lack of urgency on behalf of the government, and worried that the process could take months.More than 2,000 children were separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration’s recent “zero-tolerance” crackdown on illegal immigration — and around 600 of them are in Southwest Key facilities around the country.It’s not clear how border authorities will meet the deadline set by the California judge.Earlier Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar refused to be pinned down on how long it would take. He said his department does extensive vetting of parents to make sure they are not traffickers masquerading as parents.Sanchez finds himself in the center of political controversy after agreeing to take in more than 600 children who were stripped from their parents.Of those, 152 are younger than 5, including some babies and toddlers. The rest are between 6 and 11 years old.Newly planned family detention space could allow recently separated children to be housed with their parents, Sanchez said, adding that would not be optimal, but would be better than keeping them apart.“If it was me,” he said, “I’d say I want the child with me.”Currently Southwest Key has nearly 5,100 children in 26 shelters in Texas, Arizona and California, accounting for nearly half the unaccompanied minors being held in facilities all over the country. Most of them are older children who weren’t taken from their parents but instead tried to cross the border on their own.The nonprofit organization has booked $458 million in federal contracts during the current budget year — half of what is being handed out by HHS for placing immigrant children who came to the U.S. unaccompanied or were separated from their families after arriving.Southwest Key, meanwhile, is hoping to get a green light for a new “tender age” shelter in a Houston warehouse previously used for Hurricane Harvey evacuees.The Texas Health and Human Services Commission said it could take three weeks to inspect the site and another two months to decide whether a permit will be issued.Sanchez said he opposed the family-separation policy, but for the sake of the children he felt his organization needed to take them in.“Somebody has to take care of them,” he said. Sharelast_img read more

Scribd Bundles New York Times With EBooks Audio Books for 13 a

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 E-book service Scribd has teamed up with the New York Times for a new joint subscription offering: Subscribers of the new Scribd and New York Times bundle get unlimited access to the Times’ website as well as over one million e-books, magazines and audio books for $12.99 a month.Included in the bundle is basic digital access to the New York Times website as well as the New York Times app. The Times currently sells basic digital access on its own for $2 per week, which comes to around $8.70 per month. Scribd charges its users $8.99 for unlimited access to e-books, audio books and magazines. This means that the bundle saves subscribers close to $4.70 per month.Scribd launched in 2007 as a service to host PDFs on the internet. The company first introduced a la carte sales of e-books and other documents in 2009, and eventually launched a subscription service in 2013. It now has more than 750,000 paying subscribers, and attracts some 100 million unique visitors per month.center_img “Creating a bundle that benefits authors, journalists, publishers, and consumers is core to Scribd’s mission – we started with documents and added books, audiobooks, magazines and articles into our product,” said Scribd CEO Trip Adler in a statement. “We’re excited to expand this model and bundle with a trusted global news organization to offer a single subscription to one of the largest libraries of content, and the best of the written word.”“As we continue to grow our subscription business, it’s important to show potential subscribers that New York Times reporting reaches well beyond news and politics — from Styles to Science, Culture to Climate to our investigative work,” added new York times marketing partnerships managing director Russell Kern. “Scribd’s engaged, diverse and global audience is the precise group we are looking to introduce to Times journalism.”Scribd and the New York Times first teamed up in 2017 for a student bundle. The two companies aren’t the only ones looking to boost subscriber numbers with discounted bundles: Spotify teamed up with Hulu for a joint $12.99 subscription plan earlier this year, and subsequently boosted its $5 student subscription plan to include both Showtime and Hulu.last_img read more

Team observes rapid change in underwater volcano Monowai

first_img 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. The team believes that the smell they observed on their first trip to the site was likely due to hydrothermal venting of gases, which they suggest could have weakened the walls of part of the volcano, resulting in the collapse they observed when they came back later. In this case, the result was not a tsunami, but the team notes that it very easily could have been. Underwater landslides very often do result in destructive waves causing havoc many miles away. The suggest also that the added height was likely due to magma spewing forth from the volcano and then hardening in the water.The team believes the increase in height they have observed on Monowai is larger than any ever seen on land save for Mount St. Helens and Vesuvius. Citation: Team observes rapid change in underwater volcano Monowai (2012, May 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-team-rapid-underwater-volcano-monowai.html Initially, the team had set out to do some simple mapping, but at one point were interrupted by yellow-green water that the team described as smelling like rotten eggs. They left the area, but then returned just two weeks later after seismic detectors went off on the Cook Islands, indicating that something big was occurring with Monowai. To their surprise, they found that some parts of the volcano had collapsed by as much as almost nineteen meters, while some had grown by as much as eighty.Monowai is just one of the 32,000 mountains that lie under the world’s oceans, many of which are believed to be volcanic. Most oceanographers believe that far more volcanoes exist under the sea than on land; unfortunately, very little is known about them due to the difficulty in getting close enough to study them. Monowai, to the east of Australia, and north of New Zealand was first discovered by aircraft flying over the area during World War II, so close was its peak at the time to the surface. Subsequent visits to the site between 1978 and 2000 showed that the summit repeatedly rose and sank, prompting researchers to describe the mountain as pulsating, though it’s not yet certain if the changes are regular enough to warrant such a label. Sonar was used to map the Monowai volcano, near Tonga Explore further Geoscientist Finds Surprise Hidden in the Pacificcenter_img More information: Rapid rates of growth and collapse of Monowai submarine volcano in the Kermadec Arc, Nature Geoscience (2012) doi:10.1038/ngeo1473AbstractMost of Earth’s volcanoes are under water. As a result of their relative inaccessibility, little is known of the structure and evolution of submarine volcanoes. Advances in navigation and sonar imaging techniques have made it possible to map submarine volcanoes in detail, and repeat surveys allow the identification of regions where the depth of the sea floor is actively changing. Here we report the results of a bathymetric survey of Monowai submarine volcano in the Tonga–Kermadec Arc, which we mapped twice within 14 days. We found marked differences in bathymetry between the two surveys, including an increase in seafloor depth up to 18.8 m and a decrease in depth up to 71.9 m. We attribute the depth increase to collapse of the volcano summit region and the decrease to growth of new lava cones and debris flows. Hydroacoustic T-wave data reveal a 5-day-long swarm of seismic events with unusually high amplitude between the surveys, which directly link the depth changes to explosive activity at the volcano. The collapse and growth rates implied by our data are extremely high, compared with measured long-term growth rates of the volcano, demonstrating the pulsating nature of submarine volcanism and highlighting the dynamic nature of the sea floor. © 2012 Phys.Org Journal information: Nature Geoscience (Phys.org) — A research team out to perform routine mapping of the seafloor some 400 kilometers southwest of Tonga, found that one volcano, named Monowai, changed dramatically over just a two week time span. In an apparent underwater eruption, the volcano collapsed in one part and added almost 80 meters of height in another. The team has described their findings in a paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Detailed bathymetric maps of Monowai Cone as it appeared in September 2004, May 2007 and May-June 2011. Image (c) Nature Geoscience (2012) doi:10.1038/ngeo1473last_img read more

New form of matter may lie just beyond the periodic table

first_imgThe physicists hope that, if the minimum mass of elements with a udQM ground state is not much more than 300, it may be possible to produce this new form of stable matter by fusing together some of the other heavy elements. They expect that one of the challenges will be to supply enough neutrons in the reaction, but that udQM may be easier to produce than SQM. One reason for their optimism is that the new results point to the existence of a “continent of stability”—a large region in which udQM may have the most stable configuration, which may guide future production attempts.If producing udQM presents difficulties, the researchers note that it can also be searched for on Earth, since it can arrive via cosmic rays and then become trapped in normal matter. In the future, the researchers plan to explore the possibility of searching for quark matter, both on Earth and in more distant locations.”We would like to know more about the abundance of quark matter in the universe,” the researchers said. “We are thus looking at the conversion rate of nuclear matter to udQM inside neutron stars. We would also like to identify those searches for SQM that are most relevant for udQM. It is then of interest to consider how those searches could be improved upon and/or extended.”If scientists could produce or find quark matter of any kind, one very intriguing potential application is energy generation.”Knowing better where to look for udQM might then help to achieve an old idea, that of using quark matter as a new source of energy,” the researchers said. “If quark matter is found (or produced in accelerators), it may be stored and then fed with slow neutrons or heavy ions. The absorption of these particles means a lower total mass and thus a release of energy, mostly in the form of gamma radiation. Unlike nuclear fusion, this is a process that should be easy to initiate and control.” Citation: New form of matter may lie just beyond the periodic table (2018, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-periodic-table.html But oganesson may be one of the last of its kind. In a new paper, scientists predict that elements with masses greater than approximately 300 may be composed of freely flowing “up” and “down” quarks—the same kind that protons and neutrons are made of, but these quarks wouldn’t be bound into triplets. The scientists predict that this type of matter, called “up down quark matter,” or udQM, would be stable for extremely heavy elements that might exist just beyond the end of the current periodic table. If it could be produced on Earth, quark matter has the potential to be used as a new source of energy.The possibility that heavy baryonic matter has a udQM ground state rather than a hadronic one is described in a paper published in Physical Review Letters by University of Toronto physicists Bob Holdom, Jing Ren, and Chen Zhang.The idea that some kind of quark matter might form the ground state of baryonic matter is not new. In a famous paper from 1984, physicist Edward Witten suggested that strange quark matter (SQM) might fulfill this role. However, SQM consists of comparable amounts of up, down, and strange quarks. One of the new results of the latest study is that quark matter without strange quarks, i.e., udQM, has lower bulk energy per baryon than either SQM or hadronic matter, making it energetically favorable.”Physicists have been searching for SQM for decades,” the researchers told Phys.org. “From our results, many searches may have been looking in the wrong place. … It is quite a basic question to answer: What is the lowest energy state of a sufficiently large number of quarks? We argue that the answer is not nuclear matter or strange SQM, but rather udQM, a state composed of nearly massless up and down quarks.”The idea that quark matter may lie just beyond the periodic table is somewhat surprising because, in general, quark matter is thought to exist only in extreme environments, such as the cores of neutron stars, heavy ion colliders, hypothetical quark stars, and within the first milliseconds of the early universe. When produced in a collider, quark matter typically decays within a fraction of a second into stable hadronic matter (with bound quarks). Currently, the heaviest element on the periodic table is oganesson, which has an atomic mass of 294 and was officially named in 2016. Like every element on the periodic table, nearly all of oganesson’s mass comes from protons and neutrons (types of baryons) that are themselves made of three quarks each. A crucial feature of all known baryonic matter is that its quarks are bound together so tightly by the strong force that they are inseparable. As particles made of bound quarks (such as protons and neutrons) are called hadrons, scientists refer to the ground state of baryonic matter as “hadronic matter.” Explore further 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. The new theoretical results suggest that udQM may have a stable configuration in the “continent of stability,” indicating that searches should look in the region with large mass, A (>300) and sufficiently large charge Z, Z/A~0.3. Credit: Holdom et al. ©2018 American Physical Society Neutron stars cast light on quark matter © 2018 Phys.org More information: Bob Holdom, Jing Ren, and Chen Zhang. “Quark Matter May Not Be Strange.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.222001 (open access) Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

Blue magic in northern Costa Rica

first_imgIn Spanish, the saying goes: “Al que quiere celeste, que le cueste” – a prettier version of “no pain, no gain” (literally, “he or she who wants sky blue will have to work for it”).The one exception might be northern Costa Rica’s Río Celeste, where minerals in the water create a dazzling opaque blue shade and gorgeous views available to any visitor. Read more below about one of the country’s loveliest attractions. Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Comments Río Celeste: Don’t it make my brown river bluecenter_img Related posts:A Christmas tamal for your afternoon coffee A piece of paradise Relaxing among Costa Rican cacti Sunset at Corcovadolast_img read more

Alexandra the great new option for Lions campervanners

first_imgAlexandra the great new option for Lions campervannersAuckland’s ability to host an army of camper van-driving British and Irish Lions rugby fans at temporary campgrounds next month has just been boosted with at least 200 new sites now available at the region’s famed trotting venue Alexandra Park.The new self-contained campervan sites announced today are in addition to 330 previously confirmed on the infield at nearby Ellerslie Racecourse.Both sites are available for Auckland’s hosting of the two Tests at Eden Park during the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 – and the Ellerslie pop-up campervan site will also be open during the Blues game.Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), an Auckland Council-controlled organisation, has worked with Auckland Racing Club and Alexandra Park to arrange the pop-up campervan parks.The parks will help the region cope with the influx of visiting British and Irish Lions fans who enjoy a road trip around New Zealand as their team travels the country.Alexandra Park will have a range of facilities available to campers at the non-powered sites, including toilets and showers, and on-site licenced premises with meals.Steve Armitage, ATEED’s General Manager Visitor & External Relations, says ATEED has been focused on securing a significant supply of affordable accommodation for fans.“Following the Lions in campervans has become a tradition and we’re grateful Auckland Racing Club and the Alexandra Park have agreed to let two of the region’s famed horse racing venues be used to host fans,” he says.“Both venues are close to public transport and just a short distance from Eden Park, and Auckland’s CBD where the Lions Fanzone will be hosted at Queens Wharf, and we think they will provide a great atmosphere for the travelling fan army.”Alexandra Park, Sales & Marketing Manager, Joel Reichardt says: “We’re delighted to welcome Lions fans and contribute to ensuring they have a great visit to Auckland.“The park is steeped in harness racing history, but is now earning a name for tailored event hosting for many diverse organisations. Hosting the campervan pop-up is another example of our commitment to delivering innovation and great experiences for all who come to the park.”Alexandra Park is included in the recently announced competition for fans who book a campervan site by 31 May. Anyone who books a stay at either Ellerslie Racecourse or Alexandra Park by the end of this month will go in the draw to win a prize pack for two which includes entry to Sky Tower, a Whale & Dolphin Safari, rugby merchandise, and the chance to win back a two-night stay at the campervan park.Though Alexandra Park’s capacity is 600 sites, the availability will be limited to 200 on the nights before the All Blacks v Lions tests due to long-scheduled harness racing. However, all 600 will be available for the nights of the games.Source = Auckland Tourismlast_img read more

Where are the Top 5 Most Stable Housing Markets

first_imgWhere are the Top 5 Most Stable Housing Markets? “We do expect homebuyer affordability to decrease in the coming year, but we don’t expect tighter monetary policy to generate a spike in longer-term interest rates in the foreseeable future. The Fed has committed publicly to measured increases in short-term rates. While mortgage rates will rise modestly, they will still remain at historically low levels. Combined with stronger job and income growth, the net result may be strong growth in household formation, construction, and home sales,” Kiefer concluded.Click here to view the full report. Share January 4, 2016 549 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, Newscenter_img The payment-to-income indicator was the only one to see a decline, falling 0.89 percent to 68.9 points in October.The report showed that 32 of the 50 states, including the District of Columbia have MiMi values that are in the stable range.”States in the West are still seeing some of the strongest housing activity and among those Utah really stands out,” Kiefer noted. “Not only do many of the state’s local housing markets such as Salt Lake City, Provo and Ogden have strong buyer demand but they’re also still largely affordable for the typical family looking for a median priced home. This is due to the state’s robust economy and better than average job creation.”The top five states with MiMi values in the stable range include:District of Columbia (101.1)North Dakota (95.3)Montana (95.1)Hawaii (94.1)Utah (92) U.S. housing markets continue to show improvement, and much of that credit is due to consumers maintaining their mortgages and a better overall employment picture.Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) showed that the U.S. housing market continued to stabilize as the MiMi value reached 81.9 as of October 2015, meaning that the market is on its outer range of stable housing activity.According to the report, the MiMi value is up 0.59 percent month-over-month and 6.31 percent year-over-year. Over the last three months, the MiMi has risen 1.54 percent.The MiMi is up 38 percent from the all-time low recorded in October 2010, but remains far off from the peak of 121.7, the report stated.”The strong annual change of 6.31 percent is the best improvement we’ve seen in the MiMi on a year-over-year basis since July 2014,” said Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist Len Kiefer. “While strong home purchase applications and rising home values in some markets are contributing to this improvement, its largely more of a reflection of mortgage delinquencies continuing to decline at a steady pace, especially in those hardest hit markets, and a better employment picture overall.”So what exactly is pushing the MiMi value upward?Freddie Mac reported that the employment indicator rose 0.74 percent to 105.2 points in October 2015. Year-over-year, the employment indicator is up 7.86 percent. The current on mortgage indicator reached 85.3 points, up 1.61 percent month-over-month.Although the purchase application indicator rose 0.56 percent to 67.9 points, it remains weak and out of range, the data found. Employment Freddie Mac Housing Markets mortgage 2016-01-04 Staff Writerlast_img read more

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first_imgEffective 6 July 2019, SilkAir has added an additional weekly service from Darwin to Singapore, increasing its direct flights from six to seven times weekly.The additional service represents an increase of almost 17% in the number of seats per week on the route and continues the SIA Group’s strategy to invest and expand its operations in Australia.“This new service will provide Territorians with even greater access to our global network, as well as providing an additional choice for those looking to travel directly to Singapore,” said Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Mr Philip Goh.“The increase also provides additional options for international visitors looking to travel to the Northern Territory to explore the magnificent wonders of this very special part of the world and reinforces our commitment to Darwin and Northern Australia. “We’ve seen steadily rising demand for flights to and from Darwin since we introduced services in 2012, and we are thankful for the continued support of our partners, the travel trade, and our loyal customers.” airlinesDarwinSilkairSingaporelast_img read more

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