Annual pace of housing starts in Canada sped up in August compared

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of housing starts in August increased compared with July.The agency says housing starts came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 223,232 units for August, up from 221,974 in July.The increase came as the seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 0.8 per cent in August to 207,524 units.Multiple urban starts increased by 2.7 per cent to 145,618, while single-detached urban starts fell 3.2 per cent to 61,906 units.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 15,708 units.The six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates of housing starts increased to 219,447 in August compared with 217,339 in July. read more

Prison escapee during tsunami arrested

Over 200 prisoners had escaped from the Matara prison following the 2004 tsunami which had badly affected Matara as well. In 2009 another prisoner who had escaped during the tsunami was arrested while on another occasion three escapees were shot dead in Mattakuliya during a gun battle with the police. (Colombo Gazette) He is to be produced before the Matara Magistrate today, the police said. The Matara prison is located close to the sea. An inmate of the Matara prison who had escaped during the devastating 2004 tsunami, was arrested yesterday, the police media unit said today.The police said that the prisoner, who is now 26 years old, was arrested in Weligama by a police team yesterday. read more

UK says Lankans looking forward to new Constitution

He said that a key priority for the UK next year will be to create and embrace the many opportunities and meet the challenges that the UK exit in due course from the European Union will bring. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the relationship that Sri Lanka and the UK enjoy is one that is long-standing, broad and enduring. “As 2016 comes to an end it’s a good time to take a moment to reflect on some of the things that Sri Lanka and the UK have done together and achieved over the past twelve months.  And as we all look forward to the start of the new year, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the opportunities and challenges 2017 will bring for our two countries, and on what will be important to us and what we would like to achieve in the months ahead,” he said. Britain says the majority of Sri Lankans will be looking forward to having in 2017 a new Constitution, one that will help to create the right framework for really good long-term community relations.The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said that Sri Lankans will also be keen to see more advances towards reconciliation next year. The High Commissioner said that the UK shares the welcome given by people in every community in Sri Lanka to the many positive steps taken over the year to help achieve and advance reconciliation between communities.“With reconciliation will come the confidence and trust that will help to bring sustained and enduring peace and prosperity to Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans.  It is not only the government that has taken the lead, but Parliament, regional and local authorities, religious leaders, civil society groups of all sorts and everyday people working together to bring about good outcomes.  I am pleased at all that my High Commission and the British Council have been able to do to help, and we stand ready to continue to give our support,” he said. read more

Regina city council residents prepare for further debate on massage parlour strategy

Ed Smith, right, is calling for a complete ban on massage parlours in Regina. But according to the city, while most preferred an outright ban during public consultations, they agreed it was not likely to have a positive impact on the safety of workers in the industry.For some, regulation versus banning seems to be a a ‘lesser of two evils’ kind of choice.“Our agency undertook research and consulted together as staff to determine the best possible response to the issue before City Council,” says a submission from the Regina Sexual Assault Centre (RSAC). “It is our opinion that neither choice, that of banning or regulating body rub parlours, are satisfactory options.”RSAC says that while they are “not here to support the regulation of body rub parlous” nor to have them banned, they are interested in the protection of those engaged in the industry and the rest of the community.Given the choice, RSAC says they support regulation with some conditions: criminal record checks and background checks for business owners, funders and manages; strong lines of communication with workers including collaboration between community agencies and police akin to a hub model and background checks for workers that do not create “barriers for criminalized individuals to support themselves.”RSAC also calls for a licensing system that enhances worker safety, including workplace safety sessions and contact with supportive community agencies, while protecting privacy of workers and that the city consider ways to support women who are exiting or escaping the sector.While administration has met with workers and owners of body rub establishments, representatives from the industry have not been notably absent from any public meetings, including June’s executive committee meetings. The ongoing ‘regulation versus ban’ debate over Regina’s massage parlours, or “body rub establishments” as the city prefers to call them, will continue Monday night at a special city council meeting.Thirteen delegations are scheduled to speak to councillors and administration, many who continue calls for an outright ban.In her submission to be presented to city council on Monday, Jane Gattinger expressed “grave concerns” over city administration’s recommendations to impose a licensing system on the city’s approximately 21 massage parlours.“This is a modern day form of slavery that we are looking at today,” she wrote. “Many a soldier gave their lives so that we can all enjoy freedoms. Let’s not willingly give that away.”She calls on the city to be heroes and make Regina safe and proud again.Gattinger is not the only one calling for an outright ban. During public consultations hosted by the city, most preferred a ban, and that preference was echoed again and again at an executive committee meeting in June.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Many of those concerned residents have signed up to speak again at Monday night’s meeting, including Ed Smith, whose 18-year-old daughter was found murdered in Victoria, B.C. in 1990 after being recruited into the sex trade.“We need to show our women and girls that we will do everything we can to protect them,” he wrote in his latest submission. “If we think that regulations, licensing and bylaws will protect them, we are deceiving ourselves.” TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post A slow shutter speed was used to capture the lights of the Oriental Spa on the 1800 block Broad Street in Regina. If approved as is, the regulatory framework recommended by administration would be fully implemented in 2021, with some aspects, such as Zoning Bylaw changes that could happen right away.In addition to a licensing program, administration is proposing a one-block separation distance from schools, churches, daycares and other massage parlours, which is similar to those applied to cannabis retail outlets.Changes to the Zoning Bylaw are also being recommended to distinguish between massage parlours and therapeutic massage by using the term “body rub establishments.”Currently, the Zoning Bylaw allows massage parlours as a discretionary use in industrial zones, although none of the approximately 20 massage parlours currently operating in Regina are complying with the bylaw.Administration is recommending they also be allowed as a discretionary use in major arterial zones (where most massage parlours currently operate), such as Victoria Avenue and Albert Street.Monday night’s special city council meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in Henry Baker Hall on the main floor of City Hall.jackerman@postmedia.com read more

Pleuger pumped up with Collahuasi copper mine contract win

first_imgGermany’s Pleuger Industries has installed six robust high-performance pumps at the Anglo American- and Glencore-owned Collahuasi copper mine in Chile, helping the operation continue to produce more than 5,000 tonnes of fine copper every year.At Collahuasi, two open-pit mines, Rosario and Ujina, provide the necessary copper ores, which are smelted on site into copper concentrate and cathodes. Pleuger’s 10 in pumps come in during the flotation process at Collahuasi, where they help dewater the copper sludge for copper concentrate extraction.The acceptance of the six pumps, for which the technical management of the mine together with the pump distributor Wellford had travelled from Chile to Hamburg, took a week. “This is not unusual when one considers the significance of the new submersible motor pumps for the processing of copper sulphide,” Pleuger said. “If the pumps fail, the production process comes to a standstill until the pumps are repaired. Reliability, therefore, has top priority.“The decision in favour of a pump manufacturer is, therefore, less a question of one-time costs than of confidence in the technical know-how of the engineers.”Wellford, from Chile, Collahuasi’s pump supplier, brought Pleuger into play because the German pump manufacturer has decades of experience in designing pump units for the special requirements of the mining sector, the Germany-based company said. “Pleuger’s engineers have acquired their expertise in various customising projects around the globe, which the Hamburg-based company continuously uses in the construction of its engines.”Process pumps like the ones used at Collahuasi are placed under extreme operating conditions, Pleuger said.“Copper… quickly oxidises the materials from which pumps are usually made. In order to counteract this process, the engineers at Pleuger Industries rely on a corrosion protection concept specially adapted to the customer when designing the pumps,” the company said.“In addition, the new pump systems must be energy-efficient, because Collahuasi’s copper production follows an energy management system based on international standards.”last_img read more

Titomic and FLSmidth agree production trial for Kinetic Fusion™ highwear parts manufacturing

first_imgAustralian Digital Manufacturing Solutions company, Titomic Ltd has announced that it has entered into an agreement with mining and mineral processing equipment major FLSmidth, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. Under this production trial, Titomic will utilise its proprietary Titomic Kinetic Fusion™ (TKF) additive manufacturing process to build high-wear resistant parts at a preliminary cost of A$12,275 per part. The aim of this prototype is to validate improvements for high-wear resistant mining equipment using Titomic Kinetic Fusion™.Titomic has the exclusive rights to commercialise CSIRO’s proprietary and patented process for the application of cold-gas dynamic spraying of titanium or titanium alloy particles onto a scaffold to produce a load-bearing structure. This technology forms part of what is being marketed by Titomic as Titomic Kinetic Fusion™. It is described as “within the industry of 3D printing” but is more broadly described as additive manufacturing, and the company says there are some key differentiators to Titomic’s technology. “All 3D printing processes involving titanium must be conducted in an inert gas environment to mitigate oxidation which occurs when titanium is melted. The Titomic Kinetic Fusion process is the first additive manufacturing process to mitigate oxidation issues because there is no melting involved as the titanium particles impact to mechanically fuse.”In addition, current 3D printing machines restrict manufacturers to smaller components with low production volumes. The Titomic Kinetic Fusion process allows product customisation without size constraints. The Titomic Kinetic Fusion process enables bespoke automated production lines which do not require tooling, welding, folding or bending thus simplifying the supply chain. This results in less design iterations so you can spend more time innovating and less time troubleshooting.Titomic also says its machines have build rates that are exponentially faster than conventional metal 3D printers currently available. “Titomic enables you to cut production lead time from days to hours. Create and test prototypes allowing quicker response to market changes, shorten design cycles and benefit from first mover advantages.”Titomic’s TKF unique additive manufacturing capability for metallurgical fusion of dissimilar metals surpasses the current capability of traditional manufacturing, enabling Titomic to introduce higher performing materials to the mining industry which are pivotal to minimising downtime and significantly improving productivity. On the successful completion of test trials, Titomic will negotiate a contract to supply OEM production of high-wear resistant parts to FLSmidth from its TKF Melbourne Bureau for the global mining industry.Jeff Lang, Titomic Managing Director commented: “Titomic is proud to partner with FLSmidth, the global leader in sustainable productivity to the mining industry to deliver TKF additive manufactured parts with real economic value to mining operations. The mining industries’ equipment breakdowns are timely and expensive setbacks for operations and Titomic is well positioned, as the global leader in industrial scale metal additive manufacturing, to partner with FLSmidth to provide next generation technologies for improved commercial benefits of their customers.”last_img read more

Foramec helping GHH expand footprint in Turkey

first_imgGHH, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy vehicles for mining, tunnelling and special civil engineering, is focusing on Turkey as a growing market: An extensive cooperation with the regional partner Foramec has been agreed.For years, substantial investments have been made in Turkey in large infrastructure and mining projects. Also, there are plenty of mines in the country: more than 50 different products are harvested in around 4,500 deposits. The degree of mechanisation is comparatively low and the safety can be improved, as the Soma accident revealed.“With GHH, we want to offer Turkish customers particularly powerful, robust and safe machines,” says Foramec Managing Director Togan Yürür. Foramec Makine Sanayi Ticaret Ltd is an Ankara-based specialist providing machinery, services and know-how for the mining, infrastructure and energy sectors in Turkey.Founded in 2006, the company is now the exclusive partner for selling GHH’s loaders and dump trucks in Turkey. The companies concluded a corresponding agreement in the middle of the year. “We are thus strengthening our position in an important market right on our doorstep”, underlines GHH Managing Director Dr Jan Olaf Petzold, who initiated the strategic expansion.While Foramec are currently integrating the new product range into their own portfolio, training and sales, market penetration, have already begun. Several machines are already available on site, including the LF-5, LF-6, MK-A20 and MK-35.The partnership also brings complementary equipment into the country in the form of drilling and bolting rigs from Mine Master. The Polish-based manufacturer is also part of the Schmidt Kranz group, which includes GHH as well as other companies in the industry.last_img read more

Chinas coal industry to usher in 5G era

first_imgAccording to news agency Xinhua, China’s largest hard coal producer Yangquan Coal Industry Group has inked a framework agreement with China Mobile and Huawei on promoting 5G-based intelligent mining.The new alliance, based on the advantages of 5G in both underground and surface mining, is expected to explore the applications of the 5G network in coal mine communication, management, safety production and monitoring, said Wang Yongge, General Manager of the mining group.Shanxi has more than 900 coal mines and produces about 900 Mt of coal annually, with some 300,000 coal miners working long hours underground.“The use of 5G technology in underground application scenarios will bring effective improvements to safety production and the operating environment of coal miners,” Wang added.Yankuang Group, a Shandong-based mining conglomerate, previously set up a joint lab with China Unicom and ZTE to develop 5G and intelligent mining.Open-pit coal mines are also keeping up with the trend by integrating GPS, facial recognition, big data and other technologies. 5G-powered tramcars recently went into service in a coal mine in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, assisting the drivers to offload without blind spots.Hong Fangming, President of Huawei Cloud China, said the new engines for corporate innovation brought by cloud computing, artificial intelligence, 5G and other technologies will be crucial for industrial upgrading.last_img read more

Mikael Franzen to Alingsas from next summer

← Previous Story How Kavticnik got injured (VIDEO) Next Story → ASOBAL: Barca wins a tight match in Valladolid Alingsas handballMikael FranzenSwedenSwedish handball teams Savehof’s coach, Mikael Franzen will replace retiring Robert Wedberg on the bench of Alingsas from next season. Contract is based on 2+1 season.source: alltomhandboll.nu

HSG Wetzlar sign Montenegrian right back Stefan Cavor

← Previous Story Newcomers Dobrogea Sud are leaders in Romania! Next Story → PSG Handball 6 of 6 in France HSG WetzlarStefan Cavor German HSG Wetzlar have a new right back – Stefan Cavor. The 22-years old lefthander from Montenegro signed deal until the end of current season with the “green team” after injury of Joao Ferraz. He will share time on the court with compatriot Vladan Lipovina.Cavor is coming from Hungarian third side Csurgoi KK, where he exploded last season as a TOP scorer of Hungarian Championship.The 197cm tall guy previously played at RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko.PHOTO: HSG Wetzlar read more

Wikileaks source Bradley Manning pleads guilty to 10 charges

first_imgI wanted the public to know that not everyone living in Iraq were targets to be neutralised.Speaking about a 2007 combat video during which 11 men died, Manning described the aerial weapons team as having a “seeming delightful bloodlust”.The Private said he did not think the release of the information would harm the US.I believed that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information … this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general.Prosecutors say they will continue with a court-martial on 12 remaining charges. That could see Manning face charges of aiding the enemy and espionage meaning life imprisonment.He will not be sentenced until all proceedings are complete.WikiLeaks has been careful never to confirm or deny Manning was the source of the documents. The soldier told the court that he corresponded online with someone he believed to be WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.(YouTube: TheRealNews)-Additional reporting by APUS army forced to release WikiLeaks case documents THE ARMY PRIVATE who released unprecedented levels of sensitive documentation to Wikileaks has pleaded guilty to certain charges and now faces up to 20 years in prison.Bradley Manning appeared at a Fort Meade hearing yesterday and was given the opportunity to read a 35-page statement to explain his actions. It was the first time he publicly admitted to distributing the information.Wikileaks went on to publish the material in what was an embarrassing scandal for the US Army and administration.Julian Assange’s attorney Michael Ratner described it as a ‘special but devastating day’.“[We] really saw what a hero Bradley Manning is,” he said. “When he saw wrong, he acted.”Manning pleaded guilty to 10 of the lesser offences he is accused of, including the distribution and transfer of classified files from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.He spoke of his first job in Iraq when he began worrying about ‘kill lists’ and the difference between intervening to help and hurting.“I began to become depressed at the situation we found ourselves mired in year after year. In attempting counterinsurgency operations, we became obsessed with capturing and killing human targets on lists,” the 25-year-old told the military judge.last_img read more

Kastellorizian Council of Australia goes back to its roots

first_imgThe Kasterllorizian Council of Australia is hosting its 2019 Conference this month in Sydney.Taking place over three days from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 January at the Bonnie Doon Golf Club, this year’s theme is ‘Going Back to Our Roots’.“When we move away from our homeland and on to ‘bigger and better’ things, we often forget who we are and where we came from,” acknowledges the Council.“Instead of forgetting where we came from let’s embrace it; embrace the tiny island Castellorizo, our ancestral home…” And the Conference will set out to help attendees do just that.The program has been organised with a thematic stream of talks, presentations, exhibitions and documentary film screenings, each of which will focus on migration, migrant populations, diasporas and the wider impact of human mobility.It will also provide a forum for discussion, and the exchange of knowledge and experiences.Among those speaking at the Conference are Dr Nicholas G Pappas AM; Costa Vertzayias AM; Anna Koutsis; Victoria Kazaglis-Gallagher; Marilyn Tsolakis and Michele Kiosoglous.The Conference will also see the launch of Castellorizian Migration Stories, a new book by the History and Archives Committee of the Castellorizian Association of NSW.A valuable resource, it documents and shares the personal and familial migration stories of members of the Castellorizian community of New South Wales, featuring precious anecdotes and photos telling the stories of where they came from, what shaped their lives and the importance of friendship.The Kastellorizian Council of Australia 2019 Conference is on from 25-27 January at Bonnie Doon Golf Club (38 Banks Avenue, Pagewood NSW). To register, visit http://kazziecouncil.org.au/  For all enquiries, email sydkca@gmail.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Man Brought Back to Life After Getting Electrocuted in Michigan

first_img A man from Michigan might be the luckiest patient: After getting electrocuted at work by a live electrical wire, he was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead for 20 minutes, until a miracle shock to his heart brought him back to life.Michael Pruitt, a 20-year-old man, was working with his stepdad at a home in Livonia, Michigan, when a metal ladder he was holding accidentally touched a live electrical wire, Fox News reported. Pruitt can’t recall what happened next, however, the homeowner immediately called 911 and performed CPR. Four minutes later, paramedics arrived and attempted to revive him with a defibrillator on the way to Beaumont Hospital, however, he didn’t show any signs of a heartbeat.“It doesn’t matter what you think should happen at that point. You just are going to do everything you can,” says Dr. Angel Chudler of @BeaumontHealth Farmington Hills. She’s one of the physicians who brought a 20-year-old back to life, after 20 minutes without a heart beat. pic.twitter.com/x0DFenvL7F— Jenn Schanz (@JennSchanzWXYZ) June 24, 2019“They brought in this perfect young man who had no vital signs,” Dr. Angel Chudler, an emergency room physician at Beaumont Hospital, said in a Beaumont Hospital blog post. “I said to my team, ‘We’re bringing him back.’ And then I said to him, ‘You better come back!’”Unfortunately, Pruitt was “dead for 20 minutes” before resuscitation. Thankfully, after another hard jolt from a defibrillator, Pruitt came back to life.“When he became conscious again, he was like the Hulk, grabbing the railings and shaking the bed with huge strength,” Yasmeen Bachir, a clinical nurse who was present at the scene, said in the blog post. “It took the entire care team to hold Michael.”Pruitt’s resuscitation was a fortunate case: According to Barbara Smith, a nurse and director of Trauma Services at Beaumont Hospital, brain cells start to die from a lack of oxygen in less than five minutes.“Michael’s resuscitation is miraculous. He did not lose any brain function,” Smith explained. “It’s a testament to the importance of immediate and continuous CPR to move oxygenated blood to the brain.”Photo Credit: Beaumont HospitalPruitt is still recovering from his injuries though: He was wounded where the high voltage electricity exited his body, which was through his big toes. They were burned from the inside due to the incident, however, they are bandaged and healing at the moment.“When my folks ask me to take out the garbage now, I’ve been trying to use my painful big toes as an excuse not to do it,” Pruitt joked.More on Geek.com:Gaming YouTuber Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah Found Dead in New YorkAlligator May Have Killed Man Found in South Carolina PondCat Gets Stuck in Washing Machine for 35-Minute Cycle Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more

Appeal delayed for man who sought to have wife killed

first_imgA decision on whether a Vancouver man — convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill or assault his wife — should be granted a new trial has been postponed until at least August.Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis began hearing testimony this week concerning issues raised by the defense in the 2008 trial of Dino Constance.Through Seattle attorney Neil Fox, Constance is appealing his conviction by accusing Prosecutor Tony Golik, who tried Constance’s case as a deputy prosecutor, of misconduct. Constance is also alleging that his defense attorney didn’t adequately represent him.Fox told the judge that he needed more time to interview witnesses. Lewis set another two days of testimony for Aug. 3 and 4.Secret ‘deal’ deniedThis week, Zachary Brown — one of the four men whom Constance solicited to attack his wife — testified that he was not given a favorable plea deal in exchange for his testimony against Constance. Constance had argued that Golik was guilty of cutting a deal with Brown and not disclosing this to the defense.The pending appeal was a focus of the final weeks of November’s Clark County prosecuting attorney race. Golik’s opponent in the November election, Brent Boger, tried to use Constance’s allegations to discredit Golik to voters.last_img read more

Khaledas election fate depends on SC EC Law minister

first_imgKhaleda Zia. File PhotoLaw minister Anisul Huq on Thursday said it is the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court and the election commission that would decide if BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia would be able to join the next general elections.A special judge court earlier in the day convicted former prime minister Khaleda, her son Tarique Rahman and four others in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.The makeshift court has sentenced Khaleda to five years and the others to ten years in jail.Asked if Khaleda would be able to join the next polls slated be to held in the year end, the law minister quoted an article of the constitution and two Supreme Court verdicts.The law minister was talking to reporters at his secretariat office in the capital.      According to Article 66(2), a person shall be disqualified for election as, or for being, a member of parliament who has been, on conviction for a criminal offence involving moral turpitude, sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than two years, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his release.“But there are two verdicts of High Court and Supreme Court in this regard. One of the verdicts said the verdict will not be considered a complete one unless the appeal against the verdict is disposed of too and thus the convicted person will be able to take part in the elections,” said Anisul Huq.“Again, there is another verdict against this verdict [which allows convicts joining the polls]. Now it depends on what decision the Appellate Division will take regarding her case and also depends on what decision the independent election commission will take,” he added.The law minister said Khaleda can file an appeal against the verdict and seek bail only after the certified copy of the verdict is ready.He said it may take some time to prepare the certified copy of the 632-page verdict.last_img read more

Monsoon floods landslides in Nepal India kill around 70

first_imgNepali residents helping each other to cross flooded area at Birgunj Parsa district, some 200km south of Kathmandu, on 13 August, 2017. Photo: AFPMonsoon floods and landslides have killed at least 66 people across Nepal and India but officials fear that figure could almost double as rescuers search for dozens believed lost under mud and in submerged villages.Authorities Sunday upgraded the death toll from flash flooding across landlocked Nepal to 49 as the water kept rising, forcing thousands to flee for higher ground.“Another 17 are missing. Search and rescue works are underway but the water levels have not declined yet,” said Shankar Hari Acharya, the chief of Nepal’s national emergency centre.The Red Cross estimated a higher death toll of 53, with dozens more missing and injured and thousands of homes destroyed.In neighbouring India, rescuers were desperately trying to reach two packed buses swept into a gorge by a landslide so powerful it destroyed an entire stretch of highway.The coaches had stopped for a tea break around midnight Saturday in Himachal Pradesh when tonnes of rock and mud cascaded down a mountainside.Seventeen bodies have been recovered from the accident site in the Himalayan state, said Sandeep Kadam, a senior official at the scene.But dozens were still missing somewhere at the bottom of the ravine, with soldiers and rescuers clawing through the mud and rock to reach them.“Around 200 metres of national highway washed away with two buses and more than 50 feared buried,” said Indian army spokesman Colonel Aman Anand, who was helping coordinate rescue efforts.Heavy toll -Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his condolences and prayers for those affected by the accident.“Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide-related accidents in HP’s Mandi district,” he posted on Twitter, using the acronym for Himachal Pradesh state.The disaster followed days of heavy rain, which loosens the soil on steep hillsides and threatens villages at the foot of mountains every monsoon season.Hundreds have died across India in torrential rain, floods and landslides since the onset of the wet season in April.In Nepal the toll from this year’s monsoon—which typically lasts from late June until the end of August—has already eclipsed last year, with more than 100 people confirmed dead.Last weekend in the central lowlands, four girls from the same family drowned when they fell into a flooded roadside ditch.Nepal’s weather department warned that heavy rain was expected to continue for another day, following days of torrential downpours.“There isn’t a house without water,” said Raghu Ram Mehta, a resident of the southern district of Sunsari which has suffered nine deaths, the highest of any district.“Hundreds of families are taking shelter in local schools.”Footage aired on Nepali TV showed villagers wading through waist-high water with their belongings and using boats to reach higher ground.Families perched on trees with young children overnight as flood waters swept away homes in a village in the southern district of Chitwan, local media reported.In the popular jungle safari resort of Sauraha in Chitwan, hotels were forced to shift their guests to higher floors as water rushed in.s to the nearest openA hotel owner said they used elephants to transport touristhighway and airport to help them return to the capital Kathmandu.Biratnagar airport in the eastern district of Morang was closed after being submerged in a metre of water, authorities at the international terminal said.“I have already instructed authorities concerned to rescue flood victims, move them to safer locations and immediately provide relief to them,” Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said in a video recording Saturday.last_img read more

Sanders Delegates Not Surprised By Fallout From Wikileaks Emails

first_imgOn the first day of the Democratic National Convention, the political fallout from the Wikileaks emails caused an upheaval among Bernie Sanders supporters, including some from Texas. The emails suggest Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz attempted to undermine the Bernie Sanders campaign.Judi Lerma is a Sanders delegate from San Antonio who says she’s not surprised to learn about Wasserman Schultz’s anti-Sanders emails, or the decision by Party insiders to force her out.“I think this was the plan all along, use her to do the dirty work and then throw her under the bus,” Lerma says.Lerma and some other  Sanders delegates have mixed feelings about the Vermont Senator continuing to support Clinton. Lauren Tenney, a national delegate from North Texas, says she’s looking for cues from Sanders for what she should do.“Very curious to see where everything heads, but my purpose is the same, I support Bernie, I voted Bernie, the people voted for me to come and vote for Bernie,” Tinney says.Jacob Limon is chief of staff for the Sanders’ campaign in Texas. He believes the concessions in Party rules Sanders backers have accomplished are overshadowed by the latest headlines.“You want to feel like you’re getting a fair shake from the Democratic Party and when something like this comes out it really undermines that integrity,” Limon says.It’s unclear what affect the email leaks will have on the convention.  Sanders supporters protested in Philadelphia this weekend. Sanders will be on the podium tonight ,the first night of the convention. Copyright 2016 KSTX-FM. To see more, visit KSTX-FM. Sharelast_img read more

Police Spokesman Steps Down As Chaos Continues

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROT.J.Smith, the primary face of the beleaguered Baltimore Police Department (BPD) since he joined it in 2015, recently announced his resignation after three of the most tumultuous years in BPD history. But, instead of going quietly, he sat down with the AFRO and shared his perspective on the status of the troubled agency, and more broadly, how the city’s strategy for fighting crime has over-emphasized policing.“These communities have been plagued by the same social ills for far too long.  I know this, and most people know this is so far beyond policing,” Smith told the AFRO.Former Baltimore Police Department Spokesman, T.J. Smith (Twitter Photo)His decision to leave was in part prompted by the recent turmoil that has led to a series of high-profile, controversial departures.  Most recently the resignation of Col. Perry Stanfield, who was barred from police headquarters after being accused of throwing a chair during a meeting.“It just seemed so many people who have left the agency did not get to leave on their own terms without some sort of tarnishing which I didn’t think was fair,” Smith said.The lack of stability fueled by a succession of four police commissioners and the battle to pick a new top cop was also a distraction that contributed to his sense of unease.“I’m just a guy about the work. I don’t want to get tied up in pointless rumors and innuendo for people’s political gain.  And we’re about to select the next commissioner and there are people who are politicking for the job, I just didn’t want to be a part of it,” he said.But, Smith also believes that the police department itself has been tasked with battling crime that has complex roots in social ills beyond the purview of law enforcement.“Policing is necessary, but to make that the focal point of a city like Baltimore is in my opinion an epic failure and a recipe for failure,” Smith said.For Smith, the intractable poverty that plagues the city’s most violent neighborhoods drives crime.  And the ongoing neglect of those neighborhoods and the emphasis of policing to fix them does nothing to address the underlying malaise which fuels the violence.“We can look at a murder map from years ago and the murders haven’t moved. The communities that experienced violence in 1998 are the same today,” he said.“Mt. Washington was fine in 1998 and it’s fine in 2018,” Smith said of the prosperous North Baltimore community.As an example, Smith cited Gilmor Homes, the city housing project where Freddie Gray was arrested, noting that little has changed in a neighborhood that was focal point of the uprising after Gray died in police custody.“There was a lot of conversation in 2015 about the community where Freddie Gray lived, you tell me what has changed in Gilmor homes? The cameras are gone but nothing has changed.”And Smith was not immune to the violence which plagued the city.  In 2017 his brother, 24-year old Dionay Smith was murdered.  Police later charged Terrell Gibson with murder, assault and reckless endangerment in connection with his death.As for the future of the police the department, Smith says the key is stability at the top.“I think we’re in transition, and when you’re in transition that makes it a little difficult, “Smith said.“It’s time to allow a new person to have a clean slate to right the ship.”Meanwhile, the fallout over the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF )scandal continued recently, as police officials told the Baltimore City Council seven more police officers were under internal investigation for ties to the former specialized unit.The GTTF was a group of eight officers who were convicted of or pleaded guilty to robbing residents, dealing drugs, and stealing overtime pay. But like many other scandals engulfing the embattled department, lack of details as to who is under scrutiny and why is fueling frustration among key council members.“It shows how much work has to be done to fix this,” Councilman Brandon Scott, chairman of the public safety committee told THE AFRO.“To learn some of the stuff we learned yesterday about the investigation of nine cases into the Gun Trace Task Force and seven still open,” Scott said.“That’s why the level of the frustration is so high.”Among Scott’s other concerns are escalating overtime costs, officer allocation, and general lack of transparency with the council.But because the department is legally classified as a state agency, Scott says the council’s hands are tied.“These are the kind of the things we are pressing the department about, but we don’t have the authority to do anything but press,” he said.“We have no power to change it.”last_img read more

HardHit Metros Continue to Outperform in December

first_img Agents & Brokers Asking Prices Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Service Providers Trulia 2014-01-10 Krista Franks Brock Hard-Hit Metros Continue to Outperform in December Currently, the markets with the greatest asking price gains are those that are recovering from strong price declines during the recession. However, this is likely to change over the coming year with employment playing a larger role in price movement across the country, according to the “”Trulia Price Monitor””:http://info.trulia.com/trulia-price-and-rent-monitor for December. [IMAGE]On the other hand, the “”Trulia Rent Monitor””:http://info.trulia.com/trulia-price-and-rent-monitor demonstrated an alignment among rising rents and rising employment rates. The 10 markets with the greatest annual price gains in December experienced price declines of at least one-third from peak to trough during the housing crisis, according to “”Trulia,””:http://www.trulia.com/ which tracks asking prices across the country. However, when it comes to employment growth over the year, these markets vary widely. Las Vegas, Nevada, posted the highest increase in asking price over the year with a 33 percent gain. The market also demonstrated relatively strong employment growth at 2.4 percent. Sacramento, California, ranked next with a price gain of 28.2 percent and employment growth of 1.5 percent. However, the next two markets on the list–Riverside-San Bernardino, California, and Oakland, California–posted [COLUMN_BREAK]price gains in excess of 25 percent with employment gains of less than 1 percent. While the markets topping the list for asking price gains were all hard-hit markets during the housing crisis, the markets that posted the smallest price increases or price declines over the year in December “”all had a milder housing bust,”” according to Trulia. Albany, New York, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, both posted price declines over the year. Little Rock, Arkansas, posted no change in asking prices. Employment growth in these three markets varies from 0 to 1.8 percent. “”[Y]ear-over-year price gains in December 2013 are still primarily a reaction to the housing bust, but this rebound effect is fading as we enter 2014,”” according to “”Trulia.””:http://trends.truliablog.com/2014/01/price-and-rent-monitors-dec-2013/The correlation between drastic crisis price declines and extreme recent gains is already waning, according to Trulia’s data. “”Looking at the quarter-over-quarter price changes throughout 2013, the relationship between the severity of the housing bust and the recent price recovery was stronger earlier in the year than later in the year,”” Trulia said. On the other hand, rents did expand more notable alongside employment, according to Trulia. Among the 25 largest rental markets in the country, four of the five that experienced the greatest increases in rent prices over the year in December also posted employment growth of at least 2 percent. San Francisco, California, topped the list with a 10.6 percent annual increase in rents and a 2.4 percent increase in employment. Portland, Oregon, followed with rents rising 10.5 percent and jobs growing by 2 percent. January 10, 2014 350 Views center_img in Data Sharelast_img read more

Families in NewlyBuilt Homes are Living Larger

first_img While recent analysis indicates that newly-built rental housing units in the most populous U.S. cities span the least number of square feet since the crash, research shows that newly-constructed single-family homes have gone in the opposite direction.In 32 of the largest and busiest U.S. Cities, PropertyShark determined the local building size trends for each decade since 1910 and compared local trends with the evolution in size of the average American home—and found that single-family homes built in the last six years are 74 percent larger (nationwide, on average) than those built in 1910.Not only are the homes larger on average, but personal living space has also increased—by 211 percent, because while the homes have been getting larger, households of getting smaller, according to PropertyShark. The average newly-built single-family home in the U.S. (condo or house) is now 2,430 square feet, an increase of about 1,000 square feet from those built slightly more than a hundred years ago. During that same period, the average number of people in a household has shrunk from 4.54 in 1910 to 2.58 in 2016, meaning that the average family today living in a newly-constructed single-family home has about 957 more square feet of living space than their grandparents had.Only four out of the 32 cities had an average home size larger than the national median for homes built during 2010-16: Orlando, San Antonio, Nashville, and Dallas, all of which boasted single-family homes built in that six-year period with a median of more than 2,600 square feet. Boston ranked at the bottom of the list, with newly-built single-family homes span only 909 square feet during that six-year period (down from the 90s, when new homes spanned 1,360 square feet in Boston).In Las Vegas, which was barely established as a city when the study period began, the average size of a newly-constructed single-family home tripled during the 106-year period from 800 square feet up to 2,400 square feet. In markets like Dallas and San Antonio, the average home size in 2016 was more than double its size from 1910.Despite consistent inventory constraints, newly-constructed single-family home sales skyrocketed in July in the latest report from HUD and the Census Bureau, climbing by 12 percent over-the-month and 31 percent over-the-year up to approximately 654,000.“Expect greater stability in the next few months,” said Tian Liu, chief economist at Genworth Mortgage Insurance. “We see tremendous growth potential in new home sales as housing demand continues to grow and the continued supply shortage of newer vintage homes.” Families in Newly-Built Homes are Living Larger September 19, 2016 511 Views Home Size Newly-Built Single-Family Homes Single-Family Housing Market 2016-09-19 Seth Welborncenter_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more