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Prairie landlords singing (slightly) happier tune as rents rise, vacancies slip

CALGARY — Four years after an oil price crash that’s been blamed for more than 40,000 oilpatch job cuts in Western Canada, stability is returning to the residential rental market.Apartment owners including Boardwalk REIT and Mainstreet Equity Corp., along with smaller operators and industry observers, say that people moving to the region, and generally lower unemployment rates on the Prairies are driving vacancy rates down and allowing rents to rise.Rental market strength is also being supported by weakness in the home-buying market — renters lack the confidence to buy a house given bad news in the oilpatch, rising interest rates and the federal “mortgage stress test” that makes it harder to borrow.“For many people out there, they might not be directly tied to the energy sector, but they’re concerned about it and if that sector slows and there’s no growth there, what does that mean for prospects for the entire city, for the entire province?” said Ann-Marie Lurie, chief economist for the Calgary Real Estate Board.Earlier this month, the board reported that home sales in February were 10 per cent lower than in the same month last year and the average price was down 6.5 per cent, a trend Lurie expects to continue this year.In Edmonton, year-to-date sales for all residential categories through the first two months were down 11 per cent compared with last year and February average prices were down for both condos and single-family homes.Meanwhile, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. last week reported new housing starts fell 31 per cent across the Prairies in February compared with February 2017.By comparison, the rental market is a bright spot — in its annual rental report late last year, CMHC said vacancy rates fell from 7.5 per cent in 2017 to 5.5 per cent in 2018 in Alberta and from 9.3 per cent to 8.7 per cent in Saskatchewan.Both are a far cry from the overall national apartment vacancy rate of 2.4 per cent.“Calgary and Edmonton now have some of the most affordable rents in the entire country. Five or six years ago, we had the exact opposite situation, where our rents were one of the highest,” Sam Kolias, chairman and CEO of Boardwalk REIT, said in an interview.The landlord said affordability is the biggest factor in lower vacancy rates, pointing out that average rents for occupied apartments in the Boardwalk portfolio peaked at $1,199 per month in the third quarter of 2015, hit a low of about $1,075 in the summer of 2017, and are now back at $1,138.About 24,000 of the company’s 33,000 rental units are in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The rest are in Quebec and Ontario.The improved rent picture means there are fewer incentives being offered to tenants, but doesn’t yet justify building new properties, Kolias said.Raising rental rates is a lot harder than reducing them, says landlord Jim Rempel of Galactic Properties.In 2014, a typical one-bedroom suite in one of his three four-storey walk-ups in Calgary would rent for $1,125, he said. Under competitive pressure, the rate fell to under $800 and is now back up to about $915.“When the price of oil was US$100 (a barrel, in 2014), I could rent a place out in 24 hours or less,” he said. “Now, it takes me a month, a month and a half.”Rental rates fell off quickly after 2015 in Calgary, which was hardest hit by the oilpatch crash, and about a year later in Edmonton, said Mark Hawkins, owner of website said the current bounce back in rents in Alberta indicates the market has hit bottom and rents will likely continue to rise through the rest of the year.Mainstreet Equity Corp., which has about 12,200 rental units in Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan, reported its same-asset vacancy rate dropped to about six per cent in the last three months of 2018 from 11.3 per cent in the same period a year earlier, bumping up associated revenue by eight per cent.Founder and CEO Bob Dhillon said the crash of 2015 resulted in a surplus of condominium units on the Prairies that couldn’t be sold and wound up being put on the rental market.The result was higher vacancy rates, lower rents and higher costs as landlords paid more for advertising and apartment upgrades, while also being hit by higher property taxes and employee wages.“If (the market) is not balanced, it’s slowly getting to be balanced,” Dhillon said.“But I want to be very clear, balanced doesn’t mean the rent levels are the same as four years ago. It just means the bleeding has stopped.“Now we’ve got a new base, a new norm.” Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. Companies mentioned in this story: (TSX:MEQ, TSX:BEI)Dan Healing, The Canadian Press read more

Fishermen from India and Sri Lanka who were freed repatriated

The 77 fishermen from Pudukottai and Ramanathapuram districts were arrested by the Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters between February and March and lodged in Jaffna and Vavuniya prisons in the island nation.Sri Lanka and India had on Wednesday agreed to release fishermen held in each other’s custody after a high-level discussion between the two sides in Colombo in a bid to defuse the tension following the killing of the 22-year-old Indian fisherman, Bridgo.Meanwhile, eight fishermen from Karaikal are still in Trincomalee prison there, police added. (Colombo Gazette) Seventy-seven Indian and 12 Sri Lankan fishermen were today repatriated in line with the decision taken by two countries to set free fishermen in each other’s custody to defuse tension following the killing of an Indian fisherman last week, the Press Trust of India reported.Sri Lankan Navy handed over the 77 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, arrested over the past two months, to Indian Coast Guard at the International Maritime Boundary Line in the Palk Bay. Similarly, 12 Sri Lankan fishermen, released from the Puzhal Prison in Chennai on March 10, were handed over to the Sri Lankan Navy. The Tamil Nadu fishermen are expected to arrive at Karaikal coast in two ICG ships, “Rani Durgavati” and “Abith” by 6 PM, police said.Later, they would be taken to their respective destinations. The twelve were arrested off Nagapattinam coast separately on March 8 and 9 for allegedly fishing in Indian waters. read more

Solving Connected Conferencing Challenges

Even if the room is technically operational, you also have to consider the end user awareness of how to use the entire system. In addition to starting the soft-codec application, end users of these larger meeting rooms typically need to interact with a second platform, namely an audio DSP and control system. Without proper integration and automation, the end user is forced to jump between starting the video conference application and fiddling with the room’s lighting, sound, screens and other third-party devices. This scenario assumes a firm understanding of both systems on the part of the end user and puts the fate of the meeting at risk (ultimately increasing the likelihood of support calls to make up for the failings of the in-room technology, poor room design, and unrealistic end user expectations). On the integration side, one-to-one technologies like HDMI and USB have inherent length limitations that force internal AV/IT support and integrators to rely on unreliable (and expensive) USB extenders and HDMI matrix switchers when scaling these solutions. These piecemeal compromises ultimately lead to untimely hiccups and failures when end users try to engage with the technology. At QSC, we address these challenges with the Q-SYS Ecosystem. The software-based audio, video and control (AV&C) solution is built on standard IT architecture, offering much more functionality than traditional AV solutions, with much less hardware. By integrating AV&C into a single processor, offering native meeting room peripherals along with third-party device control, and leveraging the power of standard converged networks, Q-SYS offers simpler integration and automation opportunities for those larger meeting spaces. Don’t Get Ripped Off with Video Conferencing Pricing Chris Heinemann July 30, 2019 Financially, the cost of video conferencing isn’t just high, it’s unpredictable. It’s time for a different approach. See All in Video Collaboration & A/V » Consistent user-experience is a factor often overlooked when deploying soft-codec video conferencing solutions (like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, etc.) across an enterprise. While these solutions work well in small huddle rooms or at a user’s desk, they do not offer the same experience in medium- to large-size meeting rooms, training areas, or all-hands areas. To learn more about how Q-SYS streamlines the meeting room experience, check out the Q-SYS Web Conference Integration solution.Tags:News & ViewsQSCAV solutionsproductivitycontrolVideo Collaboration & A/VConferencingMeetingsVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like As you consider how best to deploy a soft-codec video conferencing solution, think about the enterprise as a whole, rather than each space individually. A consistent user-experience keeps meetings productive and the end user happy. Furthermore, Q-SYS can take advantage of available APIs from soft codecs like Zoom to allow native control of major application functions and integrate those controls with the AV system’s audio/video/environmental controls onto a single GUI. Your end users will experience greater confidence and ease as they launch and control all elements of their meeting from a touchscreen display that has been designed to emulate the functionality and aesthetic familiarity of their soft-codec application. QSC_SP_video_conferencing_774.jpg What’s Up in AV? 4 Trends to Watch Jimmy Vaughan August 02, 2019 A look at some of the problem-solving solutions I saw at the recent InfoComm 2019 event. So, how do you solve this?To ensure end user productivity, it’s important to seek out AV solutions that offer tighter (and simpler) integration with third-party soft-codec video applications. This can go beyond simply replicating the user experience in larger spaces. Look for solutions that avoid piecemeal connectivity compromises (avoid USB/HDMI for long transport) and instead aim for AV solutions that take full advantage of modern, IT standard networked technologies. Also consider how to unify and automate end user interactions with those secondary AV systems for larger rooms with the functionalities of the soft-codec application. Log in or register to post comments Meetings Made Easy: One Video Platform or More Beth Schultz September 09, 2019 Standardizing on a single platform or enabling platform-agnostic collaboration are two ways to go about reducing friction in the meeting room. Video Communication Must Improve, Even as It Hits Its Stride Michael Helmbrecht September 12, 2019 Video conferencing at work has boomed. Now we need to fully deliver on its promise. 3 Problems Still Facing Voice Services Alexey Aylarov September 04, 2019 Interconnectivity, teleconference audio quality, and robocalling issues are still impacting voice services. read more

5 Reasons SIP Trunking is Alive and Well

Sangoma Leader in SIP Trunking for Small Businesses John Malone October 03, 2019 Customers give Sangoma four stars in all satisfaction measurements in 2019 Eastern Management Group survey. Log in or register to post comments A funny thing happened on the way to cloud communications and contact centers – SIP trunking adoption grew. It seems counter-intuitive that SIP trunking adoption would increase given many UCaaS offerings include local and long-distance calling plans. If PSTN access is part of a UCaaS license, why would organizations still need to purchase SIP trunks? Yet most, UCaaS providers allow customers to bring their SIP trunks with them as they migrate to the cloud. Our research shows several reasons for the continued and growing adoption of SIP trunking: Cost – Organizations, especially large multi-nationals, are likely to find that PSTN access services that they purchase on their own, or through a managed services provider, offer superior economics. Most large organizations (greater than 2,500 employees) use self-managed SIP trunking services, either from a single provider or from a variety of best-in-region providers, coupled with policy-based routing to minimize toll charges. For a small company operating solely within the U.S., bundled PSTN minutes with a UCaaS service makes financial sense; for large multi-nationals, the economics often point to self-management as delivering superior TCOControl – Using a UCaaS or CCaaS provider’s PSTN access services means transferring your phone numbers to their domain. Again, this approach might attract small companies, but for large ones, with tens of thousands of phone numbers, the complexity of transferring phone numbers and avoiding disruption/downtime may make it more advantageous to maintain phone number control.Flexibility – Moving phone numbers to a UCaaS or CCaaS provider not only means loss of control of those numbers, but it also means that customers are locked into those service providers. After going through the pain of transferring numbers to a cloud provider, it may be exceedingly difficult to transfer those numbers to a different provider. Alternatively, maintaining one’s own SIP trunks and control of PSTN numbers means that not only can organizations easily move from one cloud provider to another, but that they also have the flexibility to utilize multiple cloud providers. For example, a large organization might leverage Microsoft Teams or Cisco Webex Calling for its business phone services and want to use a different provider for its contact center. Or, they may want to pilot services from a few different cloud providers before making a final purchase decision. Bring-your-own-SIP models provide for the flexibility to avoid single-vendor lock-in.Contracts – Larger organizations may have long-term contracts with SIP trunking providers that don’t allow for easy breakage. Again, it may be more costly to get out of existing three-or-more year SIP service contracts to migrate PSTN access to the cloud provider.Features – Many SIP trunking providers offer additional features not available from UCaaS providers. These may include APIs for phone number provisioning, global emergency services (911, 112) call routing, SMS/MMS in-bound and out-bound services, virtual phone numbers to establish local presence in remote markets, and more.Bottom LineSIP trunking services continue to grow and thrive, even as the march to cloud communications and contact center accelerates. IT leaders should carefully consider whether it makes sense to maintain their SIP trunking services, and with them, control over their phone numbers and the flexibility to avoid service lock-in and obtain access to advanced features potentially not available from their UCaaS partners.Tags:News & ViewsSIP researchSIP trunksSIP/SIP TrunkingCCaaSConsultant PerspectivesContact Center & Customer ExperienceEnterprise NetworkingSystems Management & Network DesignUCaaS Articles You Might Like How Can I Make Sure My SIP Trunks Are Secure? Steve Braverman July 17, 2019 Don’t overlook VoIP security when you set up your SIP trunks. geometric-1732847_1920.jpg Nemertes’ recently published “Workplace Collaboration: 2019-20 Research Study” shows that more than 18% of the 645 participating companies are using SIP trunking, while an additional 34% plan to deploy it in the next two years. Adoption is highest in North America with 58% of PSTN trunks converted to SIP, opposed to 37% in APAC and 21% in EMEA. More startling, organizations are continuing to leverage SIP trunking even when adopting UCaaS. For example, nearly 89% of those using Microsoft Teams for calling are bringing their own SIP trunking services using Microsoft Direct Routing rather than buying PSTN access through Microsoft’s Calling Plan. Twilio Rated Top in SIP Customer Satisfaction, Again John Malone September 18, 2019 With its high customer satisfaction rating and focus on R&D, Twilio is making a name for itself in the SIP trunking market. 8X8: More Than Cloud… Top-Rated in SIP Satisfaction John Malone September 12, 2019 Often thought of as a cloud UC and contact center provider, 8×8 has seen gains in the SIP trunk market – making fans along the way. See All in SIP/SIP Trunking » Flowroute Top-Rated SIP Trunk Provider in 2019 John Malone August 21, 2019 Out of 29 providers, Eastern Management Group found Flowroute ranked as top SIP trunk vendor for 2019 and received four stars in multiple categories by customers. read more

CIBC cuts 2013 forecast for Canadian economic growth to mediocre 17 per

by Hugh McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2012 9:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CIBC cuts 2013 forecast for Canadian economic growth to ‘mediocre’ 1.7 per cent TORONTO – CIBC is predicting “very mediocre” growth for Canada next year, citing a weak world economy and an absence of key economic drivers at home.The bank (TSX:CM) said Wednesday it now expects economic growth of only 1.7 per cent in 2013 — down from its previous forecast of two per cent.“Having earlier tapped fiscal stimulus and a housing boom to shelter the economy from sluggishness abroad, the country’s ability to set its own course is now much more limited,” Avery Shenfeld, the bank’s chief economist, said in a report.“Escaping economic mediocrity will depend on the kindness of strangers, with exports and related capital spending critical to Canada’s fate in 2013-14.”CIBC bases its somewhat bleak assessment on significant headwinds that continue to buffet the global economy.“It’s too early to get the full benefits of policy stimulus in Asia, Europe is too stubborn to soften its fiscal drag enough and amplify ECB bond purchases and Washington is too wedded to getting going on fiscal tightening stateside, if not the full fiscal cliff,” Shenfeld said.While Chinese GDP could show improvement towards an eight per cent pace as early as the end of this year, it is not likely to have much of an impact on other economies as Chinese imports are currently showing no growth at all on a year-over-year basis, he added.As a result, Shenfeld expects a delay before crude oil and other resources rebound in price.“The absence of a helping hand from abroad will leave Canada exposed,” he said.“Blaming temporary disruptions in energy production in Q3 for recent disappointments misses the point: GDP excluding resource extraction has also been decelerating (and) the loss of home building momentum will offset greater oil output.”Meanwhile, he says high household debt and moderate growth in real incomes will limit domestic consumption while governments are being hit by leaner than expected coffers due to downward revisions to nominal GDP. Governments, he noted, will be introducing further spending restraints or tax hikes for fiscal 2013.However, Shenfeld does expect things to pick up in 2014, with economic growth in Canada hitting 2.5 per cent, led by recovery south of the border and a strengthening Chinese economy.“With its household sector healing, the U.S. should be positioned to lead the way towards a better year come 2014 if, as we expect, new fiscal tightening measures do not hit as deeply that year.”Shenfeld said that as U.S. housing recovery gathers steam it will drive related consumer spending in addition to actual home-building jobs.He also expects that by 2014, China will be feeling the full benefit of its own policy easing and the improvement in U.S.-bound exports.“Even Europe, if it finally recognizes the need for both a softer hand in fiscal tightening and a more aggressive central bank, might at least register positive growth at that point,” he said.On a related issue, Shenfeld believes interest rates will hold steady in Canada through 2013 but that Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney’s successor will nudge rates up 50 to 75 basis points in 2014. Carney is leaving Canada’s central bank to become the next governor of the Bank of England in July. read more

ESB power stations cut CO2 emissions by 15 million tonnes last year

first_imgThis is due to both public opposition to wind farms and the renewable energy grid, as well as a lack of political will. For example, there wasn’t a single mention of climate or energy policy in the recent Labour leadership campaign. There is a political gap at the moment, and we need a public debate to decide whether we’re certain and serious about transitioning to 100% decarbonised energy in Ireland.Scroll down to read the ESB’s 2013 Sustainability Report in full.Read: Wind farms to face stricter regulation under proposed legislation>Renewable energy met 42% of our electricity demand on one day last year>center_img GREEN PARTY LEADER and former Environment Minister Eamon Ryan gave a cautious welcome today to certain steps taken by the ESB as regards sustainability and renewable energy.Reacting to their annual Sustainability Report, Ryan told that progress in certain areas was “positive and encouraging” but lamented what he called a more general “lack of political will” towards environmental sustainability.The report, published today, found that ESB power stations lowered their CO2 emissions by 1.5 million tonnes in 2013, as compared to the previous year, and that the ESB had installed more than 1,300 electric vehicle charge points across the country.Among the other findings of the report were the following:1.4 TWh (terawatt hours) of electricity from renewable sourcesConsumption of fleet fuel down by 3.9% (190,000 litres)Commissioning of wind farms in Northern Ireland and Wales541 MW (mega watts) of renewable generation connected to electricity networksReacting to parts of the report, Ryan said that “despite the good figures, Ireland has stalled on energy transition.”last_img read more

10lane intersection without traffic lights is perfect for driverless cars

first_imgEver think that the roads we use every day aren’t quite optimized for the amount of traffic on them? That they are unnecessarily slow and often poorly designed? The image above features a traffic flow design that eliminates unnecessary stops from the most complex, busy intersections imaginable.The design was made by Li Xu, a then 22-year old student at the Harbin Institute of Technology in China. It was first posted in 2011, but I haven’t seen or read examples of it being used, so it seems like the concept has been ignored by the roadway community. And with good reason — asking any human to to navigate this along with dozens of other cars would be asking for trouble. With driverless, robot-driven cars though, the whole drive could be done smoothly without ever stopping, supposing the cars were clever enough to negotiate with each other and not grind to a halt given the sheer amount of activity at the meeting of these two massive highways.The 10-lane, traffic light-free intersection uses a clover-leaf pattern to completely eliminate stops, despite the huge amount of cars passing through. Rather than being slowed down with a traffic light, yield sign, or stop sign, each car is given a frictionless path to get where it’s headed. This includes all possible turns and a full U-turn.The more lanes and traffic on a road, the more complicated things get. The more complicated driving gets, the slower and/or more dangerous it is. But if you go too far in the other direction, there are problems as well. Without rules and restrictions, driving can get dangerous — just drive through an old-school traffic circle and you’ll quickly find out. That wouldn’t be a problem for a driverless car though, as no driver will be reading the paper, sipping his coffee, or dealing with a massive amount of road rage.Li’s design trades off built-in slowdowns — like stop signs and reversible (aka suicide) lanes — for negotiations between automobiles. You’ll have to yield the right-of-way multiple times while navigating this intersection. This could lead to multicar pileups or it could save huge amounts of time and make the highway larger and more complex than ever. With the driverless car, sufficient sensing, and car-to-car roadway negotiation technology, we could start driving change along with the driver.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Tatiana_Didenko Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 8:58 AM 10,768 Views The 9 at 9: Sunday Here’s everything you need to know as Sunday gets underway. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10 Comments Short URL Mar 12th 2017, 8:58 AM Image: Shutterstock/Tatiana_Didenko By Cormac Fitzgerald EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #POLL: Sinn Féin is now the second most popular party in the country, according to a new Sunday Times Behaviour & Attitudes opinion poll.2. #KINAHAN: A investigation has found that the Kinahan cartel has lost at least €42 million in the last 12 months as gardaí have cracked down on the gang’s activities.3. #NETHERLANDS: Dutch police used water cannon to break up pro-Turkey protests in Rotterdam yesterday as s the city expelled a Turkish minister, amid an escalating diplomatic row with Ankara.4. #KENNY: Enda Kenny has raised the issue of undocumented Irish in a speech last night, saying that highlighting their plight was a top priority for him on his US visit, RTÉ reports.5. #ARREST: An intruder with a backpack was yesterday arrested after breaching the White House grounds while US President Donald Trump was there, the Secret Service confirmed.6. #TUSLA: Victims of abuse in childhood who gave statements to gardaí were sent letters by child and family agency Tusla 16 years later, reports the Irish Mail on Sunday.7. #PRAYERS: Prayers for the victims of the Clondalkin fire which claimed four lives will be held in Wicklow this afternoon.8. #FENNELLY: A draft report by Nial Fennelly – who investigated whether recordings of garda phone calls in Cork showed wrongdoing by officers during the investigation into the 1996 murder of Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan du Plantier – accuses some gardaí of wrongdoing, the Sunday Times reports.9. #MCCANN: Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have been granted £85,000 to continue the search for another six months. (BBC)   Share Tweet Email last_img read more

La Fnac prépare sa riposte face au Kindle dAmazon

first_imgLa Fnac prépare sa riposte face au Kindle d’AmazonDéjà présente sur le marché de la liseuse électronique, la Fnac ne compte pas se laisser faire devant l’embrasement suscité par le Kindle Fire. Face à Google, elle prépare sa contre-attaque.Dire que la tentative de la Fnac a s’introduire dans le marché des liseuses électroniques n’a pas rencontré son public est un euphémisme. Depuis le lancement de sa liseuse, en novembre dernier, seuls 14.000 exemplaires de l’appareil ont été écoulés par la fédération d’achats. Un échec alors que l’entreprise avait un boulevard devant elle, le Kindle d’Amazon n’étant pas disponible en France à cette période. Malgré l’investissement marketing et financier, la Fnac n’a pas su séduire, face aux tablettes numériques et à la frilosité d’un marché encore balbutiant.À lire aussiL’App-Shop d’Amazon enfin disponible en FrancePourtant, l’entreprise ne désespère pas et annonce selon le site Clubic, la présentation prochaine “d’une nouvelle solution de lecture dans les prochains jours”. On savait, par la voix d’Alexandre Bompard, PDG de la Fnac, qu’une nouvelle mouture du Fnacbook était en préparation. Cela semble se préciser désormais. L’annonce pourrait être faite lors du salon du livre de Francfort, se tenant du 12 au 16 octobre prochain.Seulement, l’entreprise française aura fort à faire face à l’arrivée du géant américain sur le marché. Son best-seller, le Kindle, arrive en France à un prix agressif de 99 euros et armé de son énorme catalogue en ligne de livres. Une annonce attendue par une large frange des consommateurs. La Fnac devra donc au moins s’aligner sur ce prix pour espérer séduire une partie du public. Le marché du livre électronique est encore minoritaire et ne représente qu’1% du marché éditorial. Les différents acteurs ont donc une marge de progression considérable à exploiter pour imposer leur solution de lecture numérique. Le 10 octobre 2011 à 13:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Official James Rodriguez out for several weeks

first_imgBayern Munich have confirmed James Rodriguez has sustained a knee injury and will likely be out of action for the next ‘several weeks’The Colombian winger has not featured for Bayern since playing 71 minutes of their 1-1 Bundesliga draw against SC Freiburg on November 3.It had been reported last week that Rodriguez was struggling with a minor calf issue, but he was named for both the squad’s games with AEK Athens and Borussia Dortmund.However, manager Niko Kovac kept Rodriguez benched on both occasions with Bayern beating AEK and later losing to Dortmund.Now the Bundesliga champions have announced that Rodriguez has suffered a lateral collateral ligament tear in his left knee.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“FC Bayern will be without James Rodríguez for the coming weeks,” read a statement on the club website.“An examination by club doctor Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt has revealed that the Colombian suffered a partial tear of the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee during training on Tuesday.“James‘ knee will initially be rested for ten days before he begins treatment and rehabilitation.”The Real Madrid loanee has managed three goals and two assists in 11 appearances for Bayern this season.last_img read more

Boat catches fire in Biscayne Bay

first_imgIt is unclear how the fire started.The boat was a total loss.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BISCAYNE BAY, Fla. (WSVN) – Fire crews responded to the scene of a boat fire in Biscayne Bay, Monday.Two Miami-Dade Fire Rescue boats responded to the scene in the area of 88th Street and the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s about half a mile south of the Broad Causeway, near Indian Creek.7’s Skyforce HD hovered over the fire as smoke filled the air.Crews worked to put out the fire by dousing it with water and foam. They got the fire under control, and the fire is now out.The boat, which is about 40 feet long, was on a lift, out of the water, when it caught fire.A Marine Patrol officer was on duty in the area and saw the flames before calling in the fire.There were no injuries. last_img read more

Judge Weighs Texas Plan To Move Inmates From Hot Prison

first_img Share Michael HagertyFrom the photo archives: The Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Wallace Pack Unit, located about 70 northwest of Houston, near Navasota.Lawyers for about 1,000 inmates at an unbearably hot Texas prison that lacks air conditioning will get their chance on Tuesday to respond to the state’s plan to temporarily house them in climate controlled lockups. U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison ruled last month that the conditions inside the Wallace Pack Unit, a state prison about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Houston where it sometimes feels hotter than 100 degrees (38 Celsius), amount to cruel and unusual punishment. He ordered that inmates with certain health conditions or who are at least 65 years old be transferred or housed elsewhere in the prison where temperatures don’t exceed 88 degrees (31 Celsius). The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has proposed temporarily housing the inmates in climate-controlled state prisons in Austin and the East Texas city of Diboll. While Ellison didn’t require the Pack Unit, built in 1983, be air conditioned, state officials said installing temporary cooling would be cost-prohibitive and couldn’t guarantee a temperature that would comply with the judge’s mandate. Jeff Edwards, the inmates’ lead attorney, said he’s worried that the state’s plan to move the inmates by bus could take several weeks to complete during the hottest time of year. He said the state should be embracing the court order, as it will benefit both the prisoners and guards. “This always has been about the core issue: Get people out of the heat,” he said. “We’re in the absolute apex of the heat.” In his ruling, Ellison acknowledged that it was the hottest time of the year and said he’d use Tuesday’s hearing to determine a timetable for improving the situation. Evidence during a nine-day hearing in June showed the heat index at the prison, the combination of temperature and humidity, topped 100 degrees during 13 days in 2016, and was between 90 and 99 degrees on 55 days. On July 19, the date of Ellison’s ruling, it was 104. Prison officials argued that they provide the nearly 1,500 Pack Unit inmates with showers, fans and ice water, other ventilation, unlimited rest periods in air-conditioned areas and education concerning heat precautions. Some parts of the prison are air conditioned. Housing areas are not. Records show that 23 Texas inmates have died of heat stroke since 1998, although no heat-related deaths have occurred at the Pack Unit, one of Texas’ 106 prisons. Only 28 of them are fully air conditioned. The state has said it will appeal Ellison’s ruling. State officials have said installing air conditioning in prisons would cost tens of millions of dollars. For Pack Unit inmates considered healthy and not subject to transfer, Ellison has ordered managers to develop a heat wave policy and install screens for open windows to keep out insects.last_img read more

Hip Hop Royalty to Perform at 2014 J Dilla Tribute Concert and

first_imgJ DillaOn July 17, J Dilla fans from across the globe will join together to celebrate the life of the legendary hip hop producer at the 9thAnnual J Dilla Tribute Concert and Fundraiser. The event will take place at the Howard Theater located at 620 T St N.W., Washington, D.C. Doors open at 8 p.m. The concert and fundraiser will not only feature a dynamic talent line up, but an exciting announcement from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Opening the show will be DC’s home grown talent Kokayi, RA the MC, Maimouna, Awthentik, Laelo, Kaimbr, Gods’Illa, Asheru & Hezekiah. The 2014 headline performers include rappers Phife Dawg and Pharoahe Monch.last_img read more

3Dprinted Mouthpiece Promises to Floss Your Whole Mouth in Just One Bite

first_imgThere are all kinds of high-tech ways to brush your teeth these days, but flossing? Not quite so many options, but a company called Blizzident wants to simply that part of your oral hygiene routine.How? By 3D-printing you a crazy customized flossing device. They call it (logically enough) 3D-Flosser, and they say it can floss your entire mouth in seconds. All you have to do is bite down and release and you’re done.You’ve probably got a good idea how the 3D-Flosser works just by looking at it. The translucent frame has strategically-placed holes through which the floss is threaded. They line up nicely with the spaces between your teeth, thanks to your friendly neighborhood dentist.Your dentist will take care of the first step in the 3D-Flosser creation process: taking a full set of impressions. Those get sent off to a dental lab that turns your bite into a 3D model. The digital files are then passed along to Blizzident, who print up your Flosser and ship it to you.Fully-customized, convenient flossing like this doesn’t come cheap. The 3D-Flosser itself will set you back $199 plus shipping. Its spools hold enough floss to clean between your teeth 500 times.If you want to go all in and really cut down the amount of time you spend taking care of your teeth, you can also order up the 3D-Toothbrush. Blizzident says their somewhat-frightening-looking brush and its 800 silicone bristles can effectively clean your teeth in just six seconds.That’s even faster than the electric Amabrush that hit Kickstarter this summer.The first 3D-Brush will cost you another $199, and it’ll last an entire year. After that, replacements are just $49 — though you need to purchase them in a three-pack. When you add up all the time you’ll save over four years of six-second brushing, that might actually work out to be one heck of a good deal.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Central files on Netaji may not unravel his disappearance Kingshuk Nag

first_imgThe Centre’s act of declassifying secret files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose may not help in unravelling the mystery surrounding his disappearance, noted journalist and author Kingshuk Nag has said.“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has just promised, he is yet to act on that. Even if all the central government files are declassified, I am not sure, if they will have all the answers that people are seeking to know about Netaji,” Nag said during the launch of his book ‘Netaji: Living Dangerously’ on Tuesday.  Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life“I doubt if the files will have all the information, because some of the important files may be missing, may be doctored long before Modi became the prime minister,” said the Prem Bhatia Memorial Award winner. Following a meeting with a host of Netaji descendants and historians, Modi in October announced the Centre will declassify files related to Bose from January 23 – his birth anniversary. The Prime Minister also assured he would request foreign governments, including Russia, to declassify files related to Netaji available with them. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNag, who in his book has dealt about the various theories surrounding Netaji’s disappearance following an alleged air crash in Formosa (now Taiwan) on August 18, 1945, claims the answer to Bose’s disappearance lie hidden in secret files with the Russian, British and the Japanese governments. “The Indian government files may mostly carry certain passing references about Netaji. The real mystery behind his disappearance may be revealed only if the files with the Russian, British and Japanese governments are declassified,” Nag said. Eminent historian Hari Vasudevan said the Modi government ought to have sought the services of experts for the process of declassification of over 120 files said to be with the various central departments, including the PMO. “We don’t know what files will be classified so it is difficult to say whether they will be able to answer the questions that we all have been seeking. But, I don’t think it is adequate that files are just randomly declassified without allowing experts, or historians to ask questions,” Vasudevan said.last_img read more

2Methyl3TrifluoromethylBenzonitril CAS 261952027 Market Analysis 20192024 Key Findings Regional Analysis Key

first_imgThe 2-Methyl-3-(Trifluoromethyl)Benzonitril (CAS 261952-02-7)Market status and outlook of global and major regions, from angles of manufacturers, regions, product types and end industries.The global market size of 2-Methyl-3-(trifluoroMethyl)benzonitril is $XX million in 2018 with XX CAGR from 2014 to 2018, and it is expected to reach $XX million by the end of 2024 with a CAGR of XX% from 2019 to 2024.Global 2-Methyl-3-(trifluoroMethyl)benzonitril Market Report 2019 – Market Size, Share, Price, Trend and Forecast is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the global 2-Methyl-3-(trifluoroMethyl)benzonitril industry. The key insights of the report:1.The report provides key statistics on the market status of the 2-Methyl-3-(trifluoroMethyl)benzonitril manufacturers and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the industry.2.The report provides a basic overview of the industry including its definition, applications and manufacturing technology.3.The report presents the company profile, product specifications, capacity, production value, and 2013-2018 market shares for key vendors.4.The total market is further divided by company, by country, and by application/type for the competitive landscape analysis.5.The report estimates 2019-2024 market development trends of 2-Methyl-3-(trifluoroMethyl)benzonitril industry.6.Analysis of upstream raw materials, downstream demand, and current market dynamics is also carried out7.The report makes some important proposals for a new project of 2-Methyl-3-(trifluoroMethyl)benzonitril Industry before evaluating its feasibility.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ product type segment, this report listed main product type of 2-Methyl-3-(trifluoroMethyl)benzonitril market* Product Type I* Product Type II* Product Type IIIFor end use/application segment, this report focuses on the status and outlook for key applications. End users sre also listed.* Application I* Application II* Application IIIFor geography segment, regional supply, application-wise and type-wise demand, major players, price is presented from 2013 to 2023. This report covers following regions:* North America* South America* Asia & Pacific* Europe* MEA (Middle East and Africa)The key countries in each region are taken into consideration as well, such as United States, China, Japan, India, Korea, ASEAN, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, CIS, and Brazil etc.Reasons to Purchase this Report:* Analyzing the outlook of the market with the recent trends and SWOT analysis* Market dynamics scenario, along with growth opportunities of the market in the years to come* Market segmentation analysis including qualitative and quantitative research incorporating the impact of economic and non-economic aspects* Regional and country level analysis integrating the demand and supply forces that are influencing the growth of the market.* Market value (USD Million) and volume (Units Million) data for each segment and sub-segment* Competitive landscape involving the market share of major players, along with the new projects and strategies adopted by players in the past five years* Comprehensive company profiles covering the product offerings, key financial information, recent developments, SWOT analysis, and strategies employed by the major market players* 1-year analyst support, along with the data support in excel format.We also can offer customized report to fulfill special requirements of our clients. Regional and Countries report can be provided as well.Get a discount on this research report @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world . Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

10 arrested trying to board ADO bus with fake ID

first_imgAfter further review, the 10 were found to be from Honduras. They were arrested by police and handed over to the National Migration Institute for legal procedures. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The 10 were discovered after producing false identification when trying to board an Autobuses de Oriente (ADO) bus in the city of Villahermosa. The boarding officer was handed fake CURPs and false driver’s licenses from Merida as their identification. Villahermosa, Tabasco — Ten people from Central America have been taken into custody after they were found trying to board a bus bound for the northern border. last_img read more

Tourism sector seeks to calm fears of Zika virus

first_imgThe day after health authorities announced Costa Rica’sfirst two locally-transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, tourism officials held an emergency meeting to talk about how to quell fears from potential visitors.Tourism Ministry officials met Tuesday with representatives of the Health Ministry, the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR), the Guanacaste Tourism Chamber and municipal officials to discuss possible implications of Zika for the tourism sector — one of the country’s main sources of jobs and income. The two cases reported this week were women from the popular beach town of Sámara on the Nicoya Peninsula.Some health experts have linked Zika to birth defects and a neurological disorder, although most people who contract the virus face only mild or no symptoms and no long-term health repercussions.Alberto López Chaves, general manager of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), said the group agreed on a series of measures to curb the proliferation of the mosquito-borne virus in Guanacaste province, a major destination for beach-bound tourists. Nearly 40 percent of tourists who visit Costa Rica spend at least one night in the northwestern province, and local entrepreneurs are hoping the news won’t affect visitation during Easter Holy Week next month.The Health Ministry agreed to ramp up fumigation and waste collection in the province starting Wednesday, focusing on all objects that can collect stagnant water and become breeding sites for mosquitoes.National Police officers will help with fumigation and transportation. Cops also will join Traffic Police officers at checkpoints along main roads, where they will hand out information about preventing Zika to motorists.Municipalities and community associations pledged to finance a public information campaign. Cars will circulate neighborhoods in the province, blasting prerecorded messages with tips to prevent the proliferation of mosquitoes and identify Zika’s most common symptoms.The ICT’s López said tourism industry leaders have actually been meeting with the government for almost a month to assess the possible impact of Zika on the tourism sector.In recent weeks the committee began distributing information from the Health Ministry to tourism businesses and requesting collaboration from business owners on getting the word out about Zika and supporting government efforts to stem the virus’ spread.On Tuesday tourism sector leaders pledged to provide food, transportation and other resources to all officials who will be conducting fumigation and inspections.López said they also are coordinating with the Immigration Administration to continue handing out information on Zika to tourists arriving at the country’s airports.López said he hoped the Guanacaste plan would be a model to be replicated in other cantons throughout the country. “The priority now is to urge the population to take action on preventing the virus’ spread,” he said.Low impact from Zika so farWendy Arguedas Murillo, executive director of the National Tourism Chamber, said the chamber hadn’t received many reports of cancelled trips due to Zika, and that hotels in Guanacaste had only reported a few cancellations in recent days.ICT’s López said tourism during this year’s high season, which started in December, has thus far been normal.“You could probably find a hotel reporting a couple of cancellations, but those numbers currently do not represent any significant impact on our overall visitation figures,” he told The Tico Times.López also said ICT’s promotion offices in the U.S. and Europe have not reported tourists changing their minds about visiting the country because of news about Zika.The most recent visitation figures will be ready next week (currently, figures are only available through December, before news of Zika became widespread). “Until then we won’t make a decision on whether any action is needed, but so far the country’s current situation does not call for any further action,” López said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Zika virus total surpasses 100 cases in Costa Rica Costa Rica boosts measures against Zika, rules out risks for tourists Costa Rica’s rainy season brings rise in Zika cases Health Ministry confirms sixth case of a baby born with Zika viruslast_img read more

Vanuatus Bokissa Island Resort one of worlds best

first_imgbokissa private island resort Bokissa Private Island Resort is the only hotel or resort in Vanuatu to feature in popular TV travel show Getaway’s just-announced list of the 50 Best Hotel Rooms in the World.Properties in the program ranged from the world’s most expensive, those with the best penthouses and best views, to what the program rated as the world’s best villas, wilderness resorts, lodges, ‘old school retreats’ and the best over-water resorts in “big cities, on tiny islands and everywhere else in-between.”Presenter Kelly Landry referred to Bokissa Private Island Resort’s sixteen farés as “having absolute beach frontage and are air-conditioned if the nights are a little too balmy for comfort… (and have) ensuite, vanity and mini-bar and can be configured from single accommodation up to quad-share.”And she said the 25m freshwater pool with swim-up bar was the resort’s centrepiece, with “the upper deck providing sea-gazing during the day and star-gazing at night,” and that on Bokissa “shoes are optional, jackets and ties are not allowed, and meals are served to the toll of the island drum.” The 70ha rainforest, beach and reef resort is a 20-minute private boat trip from Espiritu Santo Island in Vanuatu’s north, approximately 55-minutes flying time from capital Port Vila. Source = Bokissa Private Island Resortlast_img read more

Ajman Tourism Development Department reports growth of 40 in guest nights

first_imgAt a recent meeting attended by hotel, tour operator and travel agency representatives, the committee, headed by HE Faisal Al Nuaimi, General Manager, Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD), asserted that the total revenue for the hotel and hotel apartments in Ajman rose by 14% in the second quarter of 2015 compared to the corresponding period in 2014.At the same time, Director of Tourism Development and Marketing, ATDD, Khulood Khaled Al Nuami shed light on the hotel industry statistics which showed a rise of 40% in the number of guest nights.During Q2, Ajman had a total of 3,420 rooms and units, which is an increase of 14.5%. The emirate’s top five markets during this period were the UAE, followed by the GCC, Asian and African countries, other Arab countries and Russia. From these nationals, Asians and Africans reportedly spent the highest number of guest nights in the emirate, followed by other Arab countries, Europe, the UAE and GCC.During the meeting, Hind Al Marzooqi, Head of Marketing and Tourism Section, ATDD, outlined the status of the 2016 marketing plan for Ajman’s tourism industry. The department is currently working on phase two of the plan which calls for the development of strategies to be executed as part of the marketing plan.last_img read more