Threats to quasiState economy jeopardizes Ivorian stability warn UN experts

In its midterm report to the Security Council, the Group of Experts on Côte d’Ivoire – divided since 2002 between the Government-held south and a northern area dominated by the rebel Forces Nouvelles – noted that quasi-private militias maintain control over natural resources in the north and exact rents from local businesses and the civilian population.The report noted that the north of the country is fractured into a series of politico-military commands which compete, sometimes violently, over natural resources and depend on the availability of foreign and local markets for the export of the resources, as well as relations with foreign suppliers to import fuel, vehicles and weapons.Despite the arms embargo, a provision of the 2007 Ouagadougou Agreement signed by the Government and Forces Nouvelles, the report warned that the factions in the conflict remain heavily armed and ready to resume hostilities should the political situation deteriorate and their economic interests threatened.“It is also imperative to avoid an escalation of verbal confrontation which would only divert attention from the issues that real concern Ivorians,” UNOCI spokesperson Hamadoun Touré told journalists in Abidjan.In response to a question on the call by elements of the Forces Nouvelles for the Prime Minister to resign, Mr. Touré said that it was an internal matter and underscored the importance of the institutional framework established by the Ouagadougou Political Agreement. “We are counting on this system, otherwise we are going to find ourselves in situations which could be beyond our control and take us back.”He noted that there are urgent challenges to overcome in order to organize open, free, fair and democratic elections as soon as possible.After a meeting with the West-African nation’s Prime Minister yesterday, Y. J. Choi, head of UNOCI, told correspondents that there is now peace and stability in the country, with commercial activity in the south, north and west, and the identification and voter registration operation making strides.However, he said, there have been delays in the electoral process, which now lacks a timetable, along with slow implementation of the latest addendums to the Ouagadougou Political Agreement, especially with regards to the transfer of authority, the centralization of the treasury and the redeployment of the administration in the north. Earlier, the spokesman had announced that Mr. Choi, who is also the Special Representative of Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, would be presenting the Secretary-General’s latest report on the country to the Security Council on 28 April. 17 April 2009The fragile political stability in Côte d’Ivoire is at significant risk of collapsing into armed conflict if the economic interests of various factions are threatened in the West African country, according to a group of United Nations experts in a report made public today. read more

Moves to prevent manmade disasters

The Government will take measures to prevent man-made disasters in future, the new Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said.The Minister expressed these views after assuming duties at his Ministry today. Minister Yapa said that apart from being prepared for an emergency situation which could arise from a disaster, attention should be drawn to proper disaster management.He said that with global warming, Sri Lanka faces several threats since it is an island and as a Nation greater attention must be drawn towards those threats. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur launches effort for Zika vaccine

by Angela Charlton, The Associated Press Posted Feb 2, 2016 3:05 am MDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur launches effort for Zika vaccine A youth walks along an alley between homes that stand on stilts above water, trash and sewage, in a slum in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Zika is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is well-adapted to humans, thrives in people’s homes and can breed in even a bottle cap’s-worth of stagnant water. While anyone can be bitten by Aedes, public health experts agree that the poor are more vulnerable because they often lack amenities that help diminish the risk, such as air conditioning and window screens. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) PARIS – Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur said Tuesday it is launching an effort to research and develop a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency over its explosive spread across the Americas.There is no treatment or vaccine for the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to birth defects and is in the same family of viruses as dengue. Sanofi made the first dengue vaccine shot, licensed last year in Brazil after years of scientific struggle to develop one.Sanofi’s Dr. Nicholas Jackson, who is leading the company’s Zika effort, said it will leverage experience with the dengue vaccine, yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis. It hopes existing manufacturing capabilities, technology and ongoing studies in 10 countries on the dengue virus will also help speed up the search.Vaccine development typically takes years. Jackson, head of global research for Sanofi Pasteur, said the company wants to “greatly accelerate” the hunt for a vaccine but that Brazilian predictions of a version within three to five years sound “ambitious.”“It’s very difficult to predict a reliable timeline … given that we’re learning so much about the disease and what we need to do,” he told The Associated Press.The U.S. government announced last week that it is beginning research into a possible vaccine. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said there are vaccines in various stages of development for other viruses in the same family — dengue, West Nile and chikungunya — that offer a pattern for creating something similar against Zika.Sanofi Pasteur, a unit of Sanofi SA, said it is in informal discussions with the WHO and Brazilian authorities. “Collaboration is absolutely essential to understand this frightening disease.”The Zika virus was long thought to be relatively benign, with generally milder symptoms than dengue. But amid a large recent Zika outbreak in Brazil, researchers began reporting an increase in a rare birth defect named microcephaly, in which babies are born with abnormally small heads.The WHO on Monday called it an “extraordinary event” that poses a public health threat to other parts of the world, declaring a global health emergency despite a lack of definitive evidence proving the virus is causing birth defects.Sanofi plans to “rush through” a series of vaccine candidates, including that used for dengue, Jackson said. He said he hopes that the company learned enough during its 20-year, $1 billion search for a dengue vaccine to rule out some ideas that turned out to be ineffective.Clinical trials for the zika vaccine, however, would be particularly difficult as they might involve testing in women of child-bearing age and pregnant women, groups that scientists have traditionally been loathe to put at risk.With France’s medical community reeling after a man died during clinical trials of a painkiller last month, Jackson insisted that “we would never compromise safety” amid the speeded-up effort for a Zika vaccine.He said he hopes an eventual vaccine would be available to all populations, but especially to adolescent girls before they begin sexual activity, because of concerns about possible birth defects. He said it was too early to say whether it would be used to vaccinate pregnant women. read more

Bradey and Desveaux named Athletes of the Year

Katie Desveaux has just achieved one of the most successful seasons by a Brock women’s figure skater in the program’s history, and on Wednesday night (March 29) she was rewarded with the Female Athlete of the Year title from Brock Sports.Joining her in the major award category is two-sport athlete Eric Bradey, who was named Brock’s  Male Athlete of the Year for 2016-17.The awards were announced in front of a loud, cheering crowd as more than 850 Brock varsity athletes, coaches, family, friends and staff packed the Holiday Inn and Suites in St. Catharines for the annual Athletics Awards banquet.  Desveaux, who hails from North York, helped lead the Badgers to a school-best silver medal finish at the OUA Championships, and a bronze medal at the OUA Winter Invitational. At the 2017 OUA Championships, she and teammate Laura Holbrough captured gold in both the Women’s Open Short Dance and Women’s Int. Similar Pairs. In one of the strongest skates of the championships, Desveaux captured her third gold medal of the event winning the Women’s Open Solo Dance. For her performance she was named an OUA first team All-Star. Bradey, meantime, was busy posting another strong season in both soccer and then curling. The Guelph native was captain of the men’s varsity soccer team for a third season, and was one of the top centre backs in the OUA West Division, constantly disrupting opposition attacks as well as contributing play build up. During the winter season, he was skip and team captain of the Brock men’s curling team leading them to an OUA bronze medal for the second-consecutive season. He was named an OUA All-Star after shooting an impressive 80 per cent at the OUA Championships, where Brock posted a 7-2 record. He also led the Badgers to the 2017 Brock Bonspiel title. Overall, the Brock Badgers had a very successful 2016-17 season capturing three provincial and two national championships giving the University 115 championships in school history. Brock teams also took home four provincial silver medals and four bronze medals.Other major award winners included men’s rugby’s Jeremy Brownridge (Sunderland, ON), who took home three major awards, two-sport athlete Lauren Kniewasser (Ottawa) who received two awards and women’s hockey’s Brenna Murphy (Odessa, ON).Brock Badgers skater Katie Desveaux, left, who is shown here with teammate Laura Holbrough, was named the 2016-17 Brock Sports Female Athlete of the Year.Brownridge received the R.M. Davis Surgite Award while Murphy took home the David Atkinson Surgite Award. Both student-athletes have excelled in the classroom and on the field throughout their university careers.Kniewasser and Brownridge received both the Dallas Beaton Award and David S. Howes Spirit of Brock Athletics Awards.The Dallas Beaton is named after former Brock men’s hockey captain Dallas Beaton because of the dedication he showed towards academics, athletics and the community during his time as a Brock student-athlete. The Spirit of Brock Award is named after David S. Howes, who was committed to Brock University and the community. It is presented to students who best embody the spirit of Sir Isaac Brock – leadership, courage, innovation, inspiration and community service. The Wally Barrow Memorial Brock Coach of the Year award was awarded to Brock figure skating head coach Katie Dortono. She led her team an OUA silver medal highlighted by five individual golds. She was also named OUA Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. She has been an instrumental part of building the Brock figure skating program.The Marilou Iusi Director’s Awards, were presented to Dr. Phil Sullivan and Brock University Vice-President, Administration Brian Hutchings for their dedication and commitment to Brock University and the athletics program. This award is named after Marilou Iusi who worked for the Department of Athletics and Recreation for 39 Years. Marilou was a tireless worker who cared deeply for the athletes and the people she worked with and Brock University.The Tom Kearney Athletic Therapy Award was presented to student therapists are Joanna Juszczak, Gabriel Mendonca and Steven Lam.The 2016-17 Brock Women’s Team of the Year was the Brock women’s wrestling team, which captured its seventh USPORTS National title and 16th OUA title in school history. The Brock women dominated both the OUA and U SPORTS championships. They had six USPORTS All-Canadians, eight OUA All-Stars and the team was ranked No. 1 the entire season. Head Coach Marty Calder was named both the OUA and USPORTS Women’s Coach of the Year. The 2016-17 Brock Men’s Team of the Year was the Brock men’s wrestling team, which captured its 17th National title and 19th OUA title in school history. Like the women, the men’s team dominated the championships with eight All-Canadians and nine OUA All-Stars. read more

Lars Sullivan issues a statement to apologize for his past racist and

first_imgFacebook Seth Rollins responds to Jon Moxley’s post-WWE comments made on the Jericho podcast Cesaro WWE has issued a statement on behalf of Dylan Miley, who portrays Lars Sullivan on television, for racist and homophobic remarks he made before signing with the company.“There is no excuse for the inappropriate remarks that I made years ago. They do not reflect my personal beliefs nor who I am today, and I apologize to anyone I offended.”The apology, released to, is due to several racist, homophobic, and offensive comments he made on the forum The statements were unearthed in November 2018 by a Reddit user and have since found new life after Sullivan debuted on the main roster on the RAW after WrestleMania this past April.Big E and Kalisto are two WWE Superstars that have spoken out about Sullivan’s comments in the wake of the controversy.Many are aware. If true, he has to bear the albatross of being a bigot & working in a company that is now filled with minorities.— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) May 8, 2019 videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Kurt Angle Update on Lars Sullivan’s injury, identity of janitor “Gary Garbutt” on last night’s RAW Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Seth Rollins Pinterest Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img WhatsApp Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE comments on passing of Harley Race, Wrestling industry reacts to passing Twitter Videos Articleslast_img read more

Hurricane Matthew ripping through Grand Bahama

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 6, 2016 – Matthew tearing at Grand Bahama, residents say the winds are terrifying.  An unexpected encounter and a different class of storm is how a manager at the Emergency Operations Center set up at the NIB in Freeport, Grand Bahama described Hurricane Matthew just moments ago.Magnetic Media was able to speak to Tammi Mitchell who confirmed that ‘yes,’ roofs of storm shelters have been compromised.At the Foster B.  Pestaina Centre of the Christ the King Anglican Pro Cathedral, where 72 special needs patients are housed with 14 volunteers, they are praying that the roof does not blow away. Hurricane Matthew is so fierce that they cannot evacuate, even though the roof is partially torn off the building, as the Royal Bahamas Defense Force is standing by in the event the near 100 mph winds rips the covering away.  Mitchell says then, they will have to make a dash for it, somehow.Jack Hayward High school gym is also with a compromised roof, there are 19 people at that shelter.  Eight Mile Rock High school gym has a leaking roof, and there are 112 people housed at that shelter.  All individuals are accounted for says Ms. Mitchell, and are well.At the Cancer Association on West Atlantic Drive, the 40 people there and the structure are fine; at the St Georges’ High, the 112 people are fine and so is the structure.  Mitchell confirmed that this is not the same report for many in South Bahamia, North Bahamia and Caravel Beach where there are many calls coming in for roofs being ripped off in Cat4 Matthew.There were valiant petitions, including video tailor-made to demonstrate the level of danger for West End which is the part of the island expected to feel the worst lashing from this dangerous hurricane; still some stayed in the fishing village.  Tammi Mitchell confirmed that a lot of the residents did leave the West End coastal area which is, as she put it, ‘under water again.’It was a better account for the eastern end of the islands, where only seven people remained in Pelican Point; even Sweeting’s Cay residents heeded officials call to evac, and did so ahead of Matthew.Grand Bahama often gets it, and according to Kirk James of the meteorology department, he explained that there is about 90 minutes more of the battering at 98 mph winds and then its onto the Tropical Storm force winds.  The latest National Hurricane Center model puts the eye of Category 4 Matthew just off the coast of Hunters in Grand Bahama.For some both power and water are off. Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, HURRICANE MATTHEW Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:hurricane matthew, hurricane matthew rips through grand bahama, poles are down, shelter roofs are compromisedlast_img read more

Acquia and Engine Yard Partner to Offer Cloud Solution for Drupal and

first_imgPopular deal website Groupon is built with Ruby on Rails technology.Both Acquia and Engine Yard noticed an emerging market trend of businesses utilizing both Drupal and Ruby on Rails components in their websites, and felt there was enough market demand to investigate a partnership. After about four months of proposals, Acquia and Engine Yard made the partnership official.With this alliance, House says companies will be able to bypass general web hosts like Rackspace. “With one support system to call, and with a seamless relationship, we can triage it to the appropriate technical team. It simplifies the procurement process,” says House. Acquia, a commercial open source “social publishing” solution for corporations using Drupal, has partnered with Engine Yard, a provider of Ruby on Rails web development framework.With this partnership, both companies (each which is considered a PaaS, or platform-as-a-service) will be able to offer publishers who use Drupal and Ruby on Rails a one-call solution at the “database level, operating system level, web server level and the application level,” says Bryan House, the VP of marketing with Acquia. Both systems have similar components, as Drupal is built on PHP technology, and PHP and Ruby on Rails have like frameworks. Acquia, co-founded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert in 2007, currently serves 175 large customers in its hosting environment. According to House, this translates to three billion HTP requests a month. Acquia offers the businesses they work with (such as Al Jazeera and Mother Jones) enterprise support, similar to what “they would expect from Microsoft or another-enterprise class application,” House says.last_img read more

En Pocas Palabras Por qué es tan relevante que Houston participe en

first_img Share Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. La ciudad de Houston votó el miércoles a favor de unirse a la demanda existente contra el estado de Texas por la llamada Ley de ciudades santuario, o SB4,  de la que ya forman parte las otras tres grandes ciudades del estado: Austin, Dallas y San Antonio.Previamente, grupos de opositores a la ley, que permite a los agentes del orden locales pedir documentación de estado inmigratorio cuando detienen a alguien, acudieron masivamente al Ayuntamiento de Houston para reclamar al alcalde, Sylvester Turner, y al Concejo de la ciudad que votaran a favor de demandar a Texas.Pero, ¿cuál es la importancia de este gesto de Houston y qué repercusión puede tener?Nuestro experto en política, Jerónimo Cortina, te lo explica, como siempre, En Pocas Palabras. last_img read more

Mike Tomlin deserves heat but shouldnt be fired

first_imgMike Tomlin deserves heat, but shouldn’t be firedThe Steelers fired offensive coordinator Todd Haley yesterday, following a disappointing home playoff loss, and many others would like the organization to go a step further and fire Mike Tomlin. Colin has been hard on Tomlin, and has frequently criticized his teams for running too high on emotion and lacking attention to detail, but he disagrees with those that want him axed.Even though Tomlin has historically struggled to beat the Patriots, and mismanaged the final seconds of their crucial Week 15 loss to New England, Pittsburgh finished with 13 wins, and were an instant replay reversal of a Jesse James TD catch away from having home field advantage throughout the playoffs.The Patriots make overcoming adversity look easyThe Patriots are one win away from yet another Super Bowl appearance, and even though they make it look easy, they have quietly overcome adversity this season that would have sent most NFL teams into a downward spiral. Not only did they lose top wideout Julian Edelman for the year before the season started, they also have two coordinators that are about to take head coaching gigs, and have dealt with the tidal wave of publicity over the highly publicized article detailing dysfunction in the organization.Bill Belichick is the greatest football coach of all-time, but he’s also unrivaled in getting his teams to block outside noise that would derail the season for lesser teams.Also:-Lonzo Ball  is the most underrated player in the NBAGuests: Seth Joyner – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio to explain why he has confidence in Doug Pederson is the right coach in Philly; and why the Eagles can beat the Vikings.Greg Cosell – Senior Producer NFL Films joins the show to look at the film on Todd Haley’s playcalling and Pittsburgh; how the Patriots get pressure on the quarterback; and if Blake Bortles has improved significantly.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio talking Lonzo’s influence on the Lakers, and why the Cavs need to trade the Nets pick to compete in the Finals.Paul Richardson – Seattle Seahawks wide receiver is in-studio talking how the team can regroup; if the outspoken locker room was an issue this season; and what offensive changes he expects next year.last_img read more

Create Amazing Animations With The CrazyTalk Animator 3 Pro For Both Windows

first_imgCreating animations is a hard task, no doubt; but you can always do it the easier way. CrazyTalk Animator 3 Pro is an animation software that will allow you to create 2D animations without putting in a lot of hours. With this amazing softer you can now create animations not just for fun but look at it as a starting point of a career too. Wccftech is offering amazing discounts on this software both for Windows and Mac. So, what are you waiting for? Avail the offer right away before it expires!CrazyTalk Animator 3 Pro featuresThe software offers you the opportunity to create images, logos and prop using different templates. It comes with built in character templates, motion libraries, bone rig editor, facial puppets and much more. Here are highlights of what the deals have to offer: Turn any image into an animated character by using the free bone tools or character templates Supports iPhone X, XS, XS Max, XR Facial Motion capture Get access to a vast professional motion library for humans, quadrupeds, winged & spinal creatures Discover a Timeline w/ IK/FK motion editing & sprite layer controls Combine props & link SFX and give life to them Detailed facial animations and auto audio lip-sync Turn text to speechImportant Details Redemption: must redeem within 30 days of purchaseLength of access: lifetime Includes all minor updates Version 3.3 Restrictions: for use on 1 computerSystem Requirements Windows 10, 8, 7/ Mac and Mac OS X 10.11.5 or later (depending on subscription)All PRO Features Use G3 Character Templates Motion Library for Human, Pets Universal Spine and Wings Elastic Motion Editor Motion Curve Library FFD Editor Enhanced Sprite Face System Animated Component Designer Bone Editor for 2D Character Rigging Full Timeline Editing 3D Motion Key Editor Multiple Render StyleThe offer will expire really soon, so avail offer right away. It is an awesome opportunity and you should not miss it.Original Price CrazyTalk Animator 3 Pro:For Windows: $179 I For Mac: $179Wccftech Discount Price CrazyTalk Animator 3 Pro:For Windows: $79 I For Mac: $79 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Update Man shot dead near Roosboom

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The man who was shot dead on Thursday evening near Roosboom has not yet been formally identified by police. The vehicle he was travelling in, a red Toyota Corolla, was shot at by the occupants of a passing vehicle while travelling on the R103. Numerous shots were fired and rifle shells were found at the scene.There were 4 occupants in the Corolla at the time of the shooting and 1 died at the scene.The other 3 occupants were injured in the shooting.Police say the motive has not been established as yet, and Ladysmith detectives are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder.last_img read more

Kerry released from Boston hospital after brokenleg surgery

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Comments   Share   “We are making some critical decisions that are going to move the process forward in Iraq,” he said.“Prime Minister (Haider) al-Abadi has a plan. We support the plan and were part of the plan,” he added, while also acknowledging that the U.S. could be more “self-critical” about its role and improve on communications within the coalition.The 71-year-old Kerry is an avid cyclist who often takes his bike with him during overseas trips.He said while he expects to remain on crutches for some time he hopes to return to cycling.“The one big thing I will tell you about being on my back for a few days is that it gives you time to think,” he said. “It gives you clarity. I’ve had a lot of time to think about some of the challenges we face.”White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Kerry’s release indicates his determination to get back to his office and back to work.“The truth is he probably benefited from a little rest when he was in the hospital,” Earnest said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories He promised to be “absolutely, totally and fully engaged” in nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying he remained confident the June 30 timetable for completing a deal could be achieved.He said he expected to travel overseas to join in the discussions later in the month as they neared a critical juncture.“Our team is in Vienna right now working out very complex … details of this agreement,” Kerry said “It’s a tough slog. It’s not easy.”Kerry was injured May 31 when his bike struck a curb and he fell on a regular Tour de France route southeast of Geneva. He was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Geneva where X-rays confirmed the fracture of his right femur.The former U.S. senator from Massachusetts was later flown to Boston and underwent a four-hour operation June 2.Dr. Dennis Burke, an orthopedic surgeon, said Kerry’s recovery from surgery has been uncomplicated.“He is ambulating independently on crutches and working hard with physical therapy toward a full recovery, which we anticipate will occur in several months’ time,” Burke said in a statement.Kerry said he has been working the phones and spoke with President Barack Obama and other top administration officials on Thursday about issues including efforts to help Iraq stop advances by the Islamic State group. BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was discharged from a Boston hospital on Friday, 10 days after undergoing surgery on a broken leg he sustained in a bicycle accident in France, and he declared he had not missed a tick on key foreign policy issues during his recovery.Kerry left Massachusetts General Hospital on crutches but under his own power. He told reporters he planned to go to his nearby home in the Beacon Hill neighborhood for a few days before traveling to Washington next week. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

Zillow Observes Inventory Crunch as Selling Season Approaches

first_img March 7, 2013 503 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers Zillow 2013-03-07 Tory Barringer Zillow Observes Inventory Crunch as Selling Season Approaches Inventory shortage continues to darken the skies over the housing market as the spring selling season approaches, “”Zillow””: reported Thursday.[IMAGE]Zillow observed a 16.6 percent year-over-year decline in its overall number of listed homes in late February, indicating an inventory crunch just as buyers start to feel more comfortable dipping their toes into the market.Nationwide, the greatest year-over-year decreases inventory declines were among more expensive homes, with the availability of top-tier properties falling 20.5 percent on an annual basis. That was followed by middle-tier homes (which saw a 17.2 percent inventory reduction) and bottom tier homes (9.1 percent). Only five metro areas posted higher inventory in February 2013 than in February 2012: El Paso, Texas (18.5 percent higher); Albuquerque, New Mexico (8.1 [COLUMN_BREAK]percent); Little Rock, Arkansas (7.7 percent); Fort Myers, Florida (1.5 percent); and Youngstown, Ohio (0.2 percent).Meanwhile, California’s larger metros reported the greatest decreases in for-sale homes over the past year. Among the 30 largest metros covered by Zillow, four of the top five in inventory contraction call California home: Sacramento (down 48 percent); Los Angeles (down 45.7 percent); San Francisco (down 40.9 percent); and San Diego (down 39.4 percent). The outlier is Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, which saw a 36.7 percent drop in inventory.””The supply of for-sale listings continues to dry up, driven in part by potential sellers trapped in negative equity and homeowners that won’t sell out of fear they won’t be able to find a suitable home to buy later,”” said Dr. Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist.While inventory declined year-over-year in February, Zillow noted the drop was less severe than in January, which saw a 17.5 percent decline from the previous year. In addition, almost two-thirds of the areas surveyed showed a smaller year-over-year decline in for-sale homes in February than in January, which might indicate an easing in today’s tight inventory.Humphries expects the inventory issue will fix itself as rising prices coax sellers back into the market. However, this spring season may be a dry one.””While this inventory is coming, it may still be a frustrating spring for buyers vying for what inventory is available,”” Humphries said.center_img in Data, Origination Sharelast_img read more

Video Clemson takes you on the road recruiting with a coordinator

first_imgAfter arriving at one of the schools, coach Scott shares the three essential items he brings into every school with him – 1) a notepad, 2) business cards and 3) camp brochures and information. By a little after 10am, coach Scott has already hit up four schools before he has to head to Atlanta for a flight to the west coast to continue recruiting.One thing you’ll also notice about Scott during his time on the road is that there is very little idle time. While he’s in the car he’s communicating with the Clemson recruiting department, or checking up on one of his players back at Clemson preparing for an exam, or getting a quick call in to his family at home.See more from Clemson’s visit to Nike and with coach Scott in the clip. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Clemson has utilized their Vlog for a while now to give fans and recruits some behind the scenes access into their program, and their most recent installment has a little bit of something for everyone.The Vlog starts off with a trip to Nike headquarters in Oregon, where Nike employees give a run down of some of the latest gear that will be outfitting Dabo’s team including an in-depth look at their eight shoe options and the technology inside of them.Then, at about the 14:54 mark, the focus shifts to co-offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach Jeff Scott, who is on the road recruiting and about to leave his hotel at 6am to hit a few high schools.Coach Elliot shares that he spends about 30 or 40 nights on the road recruiting, and admits to have a pretty good handle on the location of Krispy Kreme’s in his designated recruiting areas.last_img read more

Lute leaves emptyhanded after talks proposal rejected

first_imgThe two sides in Cyprus appeared to be further apart than ever on Monday a day after the visit by UN envoy Jane Holl Lute whose suggestion for a four-party conference that would include guarantor powers Turkey and Greece was rejected by the Greek Cypriot side.On Sunday when Lute met both leaders separately, each side came away dismissing each other’s positions on the issue of political equality, with the Turkish Cypriot side saying there was no chance of agreeing on terms of reference for a resumption of talks at this stage.  They also accused the Greek Cypriots of presenting old ideas as new to Lute as regards the rotating presidency.After Sunday’s meeting, the Greek Cypriot side said it had presented some ‘new ideas’ to Lute. These focused on President Nicos Anastasiades’ proposals for a more decentralised federation and also a way around the issue of political equality as it is perceived by the Turkish Cypriot side.Anastasiades has now proposed a system of parliamentary democracy where there would always be a Greek Cypriot president, a Turkish Cypriot vice president, and a rotating prime minister.“Such old ideas which are presented as ‘new ideas’ aimed at continuing negotiations for preserving the status quo are becoming a bore,” Turkish Cypriot ‘foreign minister’ Kudret Ozersay responded.On Monday, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said Anastasiades briefed party leaders on his two-hour meeting with Lute and alluded to the proposal for a new parliamentary system with a “symbolic presidency”.He also revealed that Lute had suggested a four-party meeting but this was rejected because Anastasiades participates in talks both as the leader of the Greek Cypriot community and also as the President of the Republic, which would technically be a five-party meeting.“Mrs Lute was carrying a suggestion that has been made by others, obviously by the Turkish side,” said Prodromou. “It is known that in the past there was this idea… the balance of the sides is not secured by a meeting between the two guarantor powers and [just] the two communities in Cyprus.”What the president would like to see is a three-party meeting that would include the two leaders and Lute to clarify some issues, he added, but this has been rejected by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. If the issue of political equality was first clarified, then he might be willing to take part in a three-party, four-party or five-party conference, he said.Asked to say how close or how far the process was from agreeing to the terms of reference, Prodromou said the two sides were “in the midst of a procedure”, which had become bogged down by the issue of political equality, but Anastasiades was trying to overcome the difficulties, he said.If the Turkish Cypriot side would facilitate the process there could be a joint meeting of the two leaders with Lute, which might be more productive, Prodromou said. “From the Turkish Cypriot side, we hear only one of the parameters – political equality.”Akinci’s spokesman Baris Burcu, speaking of Sunday’s meeting with Lute in the north said that during her meeting with Anastasiades earlier in the day “she found he had not given up his negative attitude to the issue of political equality and effective participation”.“This means that Mr Anastasiades does not show respect for the agreements of the past, he is not ready to accept the framework put forward by Guterres on 30 June 2017 in Crans-Montana, and this is what we have seen today. That is why, at this stage, I regret to say, there is no possibility that Mrs Lute’s terms of reference can be concluded. I suppose this situation will be somehow reflected in the report the UN secretary-general will make on 15 April at the UN,” said Burcu.Referring to statements made by Greek Cypriot chief negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis following Lute’s meeting at the presidential palace, Burcu said this was an effort to create impressions.He said that political equality, the rotating presidency, at least one positive vote in federal bodies where the Turkish Cypriots do not have numerical equality were already agreed points “and there should be no deviation from this convergence.”The composition of the federal cabinet was also a convergence, he said in that the representation would be seven Greek Cypriots and four Turkish Cypriots “and for any decision they would need a positive vote by a Turkish Cypriot minister”.“We want to support these convergences. We want to move forward rather than intensify the current situation,” Burcu added. “But unfortunately putting forward some proposals as new is something that is undermining the current situation.”Mavroyiannis had referred to the Turkish Cypriot community’s demand for political equality “as it perceives it”. He called it “a continuously expanding perception” of the notion, which, he said, was not based at all on the reports of the UN secretary-general. Neither was it part of any discussions that had taken place since then, nor was it in the Annan plan, nor in meetings between previous leaders Demetris Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat “nor in the negotiations we have had over the last five years”, he said. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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