October 15

Calgary radio station stops playing Hedley after DJ shares her story on

first_imgCalgary radio personality Katie Summers shared her #MeToo allegations about Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard live on-air on Wednesday. (Mike Symington/CBC) A Calgary radio personality shared what she’s calling her #MeToo moment involving Hedley’s lead singer Jacob Hoggard live on-air Wednesday — prompting the station to stop playing the Canadian band’s tunes.Katie Summers says Hoggard made comments of a sexual nature toward her and grabbed her backside after an interview.“It happened so quickly, but I remember it so clearly,” Summers, one half of AMP Mornings With Katie & Ed on 90.3 AMP, said over the airwaves about the incident seven years ago. Advertisement She was 23 at the time and it was her first major market radio job after college.“I had been a Hedley fan since they had first come out. I watched Jacob Hoggard on Canadian Idol way back in the day. I saw them perform at SAIT. It was a big deal to me. I was very star-struck,” she said.“This was my first opportunity as a jock to be in the same room with somebody who I admired.”Someone who witnessed the encounter has backed up Summers’s story, but CBC News has agreed not to identify that person.Supportive colleaguesThe radio station and her co-workers have been supportive of Summers. The station tweeted a video of her sharing her story.Summers’s on-air co-host, who just goes by Ed, says he understands why she waited to share her story. Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

October 13

Sherritt fined 1 million for coal mine discharges under the Fisheries Act

first_imgCALGARY – A second coal-mining company in four months is being hit with a seven-figure penalty for polluting incidents that impacted fish in tributaries of the Athabasca River east of Jasper National Park in Alberta.On Tuesday, Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S) agreed to pay a fine of $1 million after pleading guilty in provincial court to three counts under the federal Fisheries Act.The Toronto-based company was charged five years ago due to incidents where wastewater considered toxic to fish was allowed to flow from its open pit Coal Valley Mine about 120 kilometres east of Jasper National Park into ecologically significant habitat for rainbow trout.In June, Prairie Mines & Royalty Ltd. — formerly known as Coal Valley Resources — was handed almost $4.5 million in federal and provincial penalties after it also pleaded guilty to polluting tributaries of the Athabasca River.Prairie Mines was charged after a catastrophic break in an earthen berm at its Obed Mountain coal mine about 50 kilometres east of the park allowed an estimated 670 million litres of wastewater to escape into the river system in October 2013.Environment and Climate Change Canada said Tuesday the Sherritt charges were laid following an inspection in August 2012 at the coal mine located about 90 kilometres south of the town of Edson.The company was ordered to stop its practice and the ministry subsequently discovered that two other discharges had occurred in 2011.The severity of the fine reflects the size of the offence as half a million litres of poorly treated effluent was estimated to have escaped into the environment, said Daniel Smith, regional director for environmental enforcement for Environment Canada in Edmonton.“In this case, in addition to the significant volumes deposited in the river, the toxicity level was quite high in the tests that we performed … (It) resulted in 100 per cent mortality in our lab samples,” he said.“These rivers and creeks in the foothills contain sensitive habitat for some protected species so it is quite an important watershed.”He said the Coal Valley Mine was treating collected surface water with a chemical to remove suspended fine sediment but it wasn’t properly monitoring the dosage, resulting in discharges that were just as toxic to fish.Sherritt investor relations director Joe Racanelli said the company installed new sediment control systems and initiated better management practices after the charges were laid.He said the company is taking responsibility even though it sold the coal mine in 2014.“We do not own the Coal Valley Mine but we were operators and owners at the time so we are responsible because there was a non-compliance issue. Sherritt takes these kinds of issues very seriously,” he said.He wouldn’t comment when asked if the amount of the fine was negotiated in return for the guilty plea.Most of the $1-million fine is to be assigned to Environment Canada’s environmental damages fund to be directed to programs intended to benefit the natural environment.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had the incorrect number of figures in the fines in the lede.last_img read more

October 6

Landmark UN tobaccocontrol treaty becomes law

“I encourage all countries to become party to this treaty, and to implement the range of measures which will make tobacco use less and less attractive to people,” World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Lee Jong-wook said of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).The treaty requires parties to restrict tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion, set new labelling and clean indoor air controls, and strengthen laws against tobacco smuggling. It needed ratification by 40 countries to enter into force and 57, representing 2.3 billion people, over a third of the world’s population, have so far done so.Countries party to the treaty are bound to translate its general provisions into national laws and regulations. They will have, for example, three years to ensure that tobacco packaging has strong health warnings, and five years to establish comprehensive advertising, promotion and sponsorship bans.If current trends are not reversed, tobacco will prematurely end the lives of 10 million people a year by 2020, WHO said. It is the only legal product that causes the death of one half of its regular users. This means that of the current 1.3 billion smokers, 650 million people will die prematurely due to tobacco.Evidence shows that smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Tobacco use is the cause of the majority of lung cancer cases and it has been linked to many other types of cancer, such as cervical and kidney cancer. Other health risks associated with tobacco include heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases; bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory diseases, as well as infertility.Tobacco use continues to expand, especially in the developing world, where currently half of the deaths due to tobacco occur. If the trends continue, seven out of every ten deaths due to tobacco will occur in the developing world by 2020. read more

September 24

Liebherr tower crane on 20year project at Perus Antapaccay copper mine

first_imgBechtel, developing Peru’s Antapaccay copper mine for Xstrata Copper, has used a Liebherr 630 EC-H 40 tower crane to construct the mine’s flotation cell tanks and will keep the crane operational on-site for maintenance for the next 20 years. This is the biggest model in the company’s high-top EC-H range. Liebherr Chile SA supplied the German-built crane direct to contractor Bechtel Chile, who is developing the $1.47 billion mine for Xstrata Copper. Antapaccay’s open-pit mine and processing facilities are located 4,100 m above sea level in the Yauri district of Espinar Province in southern Peru’s Cusco Region. It will initially produce an average of 160,000 t/y of copper in concentrate, plus gold and silver by-product credits. Ore will be processed in a new 70,000 t/d concentrator facility and concentrate to be transported to Matarani Port for shipment to customers worldwide.Xstrata Copper’s agreement with Bechtel is an EPCM contract for a series of potential copper mines, concentrators and related mineral processing facilities. This includes designing a replicable copper concentrator and other facilities that can be applied to Xstrata Copper’s other projects, and which is aimed at enabling early ordering of long lead time items and reducing the engineering time and costs on individual projects.Antapaccay is the first of Xstrata’s copper mines to use this newly designed concentrator plant, which is divided into adjustable modules with a primary crusher, grinding area, flotation area, concentrate and tailings area, and a regrind and filter plant.The truck shop, warehouses and offices are also in this immediate area of the mine.“Liebherr was asked to supply a crane that could handle heavy lifts and which would have a maximum reach of 80 m,” says Henning Kohler, Regional Manager for Liebherr Chile. He added that for this project, the crane featured a height of 40 m, “it was the loads that Bechtel required not the height. The 630 EC-H40 can lift 40 t maximum and 5.4 t at 80 m, and consequently was suitable for all Bechtel’s lifting purposes on the flotation cell line. Another important requirement was robustness and longevity, as the crane will have a working life of more than 20 years, in a remote location and at a high altitude. We worked closely with Bechtel, and the crane was installed on site in August 2010. The tanks were completed in November 2012.”The new design of the flotation cells requires high precision lifting and placing during a tight construction schedule, with a wide radius to cover and a diverse range of lifting loads.The crane has to work as an integral part of the flotation cell process, and to remain there for the life of the mine – a tough requirement for a tower crane, confirmed  a spokesman at the mine, adding  “There is every confidence that this is the unit that we need.” Liebherr’s distributor for Peru, Metal Tecnica, installed the crane and will also undertake the maintenance under LBC supervision.“The crane will be undergoing a dramatic range of temperature changes,” says Managing Director Jose Midzuaray. “Night time regularly sees temperatures of 10o or more below freezing, and during the day the temperature can be a mix of freezing point yet very hot from the direct sunlight.“We also have to contend with low atmospheric pressure, and so maintenance of the hydraulics, electronics and mechanical system will require continual attention. However, Liebherr has a long track record of working under these kind of conditions, and we see no problems of an unusual nature occurring.”last_img read more

September 22

This 10yearold born without arms wanted to play the trumpet heres his

first_imgJAHMIR WALLACE is a ten-year-old boy in New Jersey. He was born without arms.However, he’s never let that hold him back. Not long ago, he decided he wanted to play the trumpet.Why? Because his sister played an instrument, and he didn’t see why he should be left out.He told WFMZ: My older sister used to play the piano, so I decided maybe I should play an instrument.Jahmir does everything with his feet – he uses them “like we use our hands”, a teacher said. So school authorities and the staff of a local music shop in Philipsburgh got together and made him a stand to play the trumpet using his toes for the keys.He played his first note four months ago. “I kind of got excited,” he told WFMZ.Now, Jahmir will play in his school’s winter concert. He also has a message for anyone else who might want to play an instrument:Keep on trying. Source: WTNHDid you see the 9-year-old rapping on the Late Late last night?>Baby deer recovering after being found shot in ditch>last_img read more

September 20

La bile nouvelle fontaine de Jouvence

first_imgLa bile, nouvelle fontaine de Jouvence ?Montréal, Canada – Des chercheurs de l’Université Concordia ont découvert une nouvelle piste pour améliorer l’espérance de vie humaine. Leur étude, publiée dans la revue spécialisée Aging, est la première à définir le rôle de l’acide biliaire ou acide lithocholique (LCA) dans la prolongation de la durée de vie de la levure. Des résultats qui pourraient avoir d’importantes répercussions sur la durée de vie et la santé humaines, puisque la levure a de nombreux points communs avec l’organisme humain.”Bien que la LCA prolonge considérablement la durée de vie de la levure, nous savons que cette même LCA ne peut être synthétisée par la levure” affirme le directeur de cette recherche, Vladimir Titorenko. “Il est possible que la levure ait évolué de manière à détecter les acides biliaires en tant que molécules moyennement toxiques et qu’elle ait réagi par des changements visant à combattre le vieillissement. Il n’est pas inconcevable que le potentiel de prolongation de la vie présent dans la LCA soit également applicable aux humains”.Plus de 19.000 molécules analyséesÀ lire aussiBile : définition et composition, de quoi s’agit-il ?Le professeur Titorenko et ses collègues ont examiné plus de 19.000 petites molécules afin de tester leur aptitude à prolonger la durée de vie de la levure. La LCA avait un impact significatif dans des conditions normales et sous contraintes.  “Notre étude démontre que la LCA améliore la longévité en s’attaquant à deux mécanismes distincts”, souligne le premier auteur, Alexander Goldberg, doctorant à l’Université Concordia. “Le premier a cours quel que soit le nombre de calories et touche les protéines quotidiennes ou domestiques. Le second système se produit lors de la restriction calorique et touche les protéines de stress.” “Peu importe ce qui les déclenche, ces deux mécanismes travaillent à supprimer le processus pro vieillissement”, ajoute M. Goldberg.De l’acide biliaire pour améliorer la santé”Même si nous avons une idée d’ensemble de la manière dont la LCA améliore la longévité de la levure, il nous reste à déterminer si elle a des effets similaires sur d’autres espèces”, rappelle le professeur Titorenko. “Toutefois, nous savons déjà, grâce à des études antérieures, que les acides biliaires profitent à la santé et à la longévité. Par exemple, il a été démontré qu’ils s’accumulaient dans le sérum provenant de souris âgées et qu’ils jouaient un rôle important dans l’amélioration des fonctions hépatiques et pancréatiques chez les rongeurs”.”Cela nous porte à croire que les acides biliaires constituent de potentiels agents pharmaceutiques dans le traitement du diabète, de l’obésité et de divers troubles métaboliques qui sont tous associés au vieillissement. Ils pourraient être la solution pour un vieillissement sain”, conclut Vladimir Titorenko. .Le 18 septembre 2010 à 13:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

September 19

Man gets 30 days for biting girl during Green Day concert

first_imgPORTLAND — A Canadian man who bit a 14-year-old girl on the right breast during a Green Day concert in Portland, Oregon, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.Joel Dauncey of Vancouver pleaded no contest to misdemeanor harassment of a sexual or intimate body part. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports he did not make a statement at Monday’s hearing.According to court documents, the teen told police she was dancing next to her mother at the Aug. 2 concert when a stranger leaned over and bit her. She rated the pain a “3” on a 1-10 scale.A woman working the concert told police that Dauncey had been cut off from buying alcohol. The worker said she kept an eye on him and witnessed the bite.The 34-year-old man told investigators he doesn’t remember the incident.last_img read more

September 15

Tow truck driver in deadly Davie hitandrun surrenders

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida tow truck driver turned himself in after a deadly hit-and-run in Davie.The man, who surrendered to authorities Monday, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.According to Davie Police, the motorist hit a woman while driving near Griffin Road and State Road 7, Saturday night, and took off. The pedestrian died at the scene.Officers later found his truck a short distance away from the scene.Officials said they will reveal the driver’s identity later on Monday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

September 14

UCIDA Holds Meeting With DFG Commissioner

first_imgAccording to Martin, they were told by the commissioner that they interpreted the management plan that was passed by the Board of Fish regarding them to keep the restrictions on the commercial fisherman. The meeting took place on Tuesday at 3:30pm, and was standing room only with just over 100 in attendance. The meeting was called by the United Cook Inlet Drift Association (UCIDA). UCIDA President Dave Martin: “This year all of the commercial fisherman are having a bad season, most of them not making their expenses, and this is the third year in a row this has happened.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Cook Inlet Commercial Fishermen on the Kenai were invited to attend an informational meeting at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building for one hour with ADF&G Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang.center_img Martin: “Once again we fall detriment of the industry, local economy, livelihood, and the resource all because of the ramifications from over-escapement.”  The meeting was intended for commercial fisherman only.last_img read more

September 10

Scientists want to genetically engineer a spicy tomato

first_img Post a comment 85 Photos Tags CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Sci-Tech 0 Marc Espolet/Getty I do not like tomatoes.On a pizza base as a sauce, sure, I can handle that. But as far as fruits go, I consider them absolutely mediocre. The Devil’s fruit. That’s what I’d call them, were they actually worth thinking about. And sure, people tell me I am not eating the right tomatoes. I need to eat “organic” tomatoes, they say. Maybe my tomato source is no good but simply put, if I can avoid them, I will.But scientists have discovered a way to, quite literally, spice up the lame fruit. A new study, published in the journal Trends in Plant Science, suggests that the tomato could be genetically engineered to produce capsaicins — the molecules that give peppers their heat (or “pungency”, as the scientists say).Genetically, the tomato and the pepper are long-lost relatives, having only diverged around 19 million years ago. Because of this lineage, lurking within the tomato genome is a suite of genes that can produce the spicy capsaicin compound. Normally, those genes aren’t switched on, so the tomato is that sad, tasteless fruit that I’ve encountered on too many burgers.  But the team of researchers suggest, using genetic engineering techniques, they could turn the tomato into a “biofactory”, capable of producing the capsaicin molecules.Of course, while most of us will likely think of the way that might affect our pizzas and pastas, turning the tomato into a capsaicin biofactory provides a number of benefits. Capsaicin compounds are high in antioxidants, have antitumor activity, pain managing and can even spur weight loss. Unfortunately, the pepper doesn’t grow quite as easily as the tomato, which means engineering the tomato to make these compounds has practical and economical benefits — you can get a lot more capsaicin. The tomato is also one of the most well-understood plants in terms of genetic engineering and has a storied history of genetic modification. In 1994, a modified tomato that was resistant to rot was produced by Calgene, known as the Flavr Savr. It was the first genetically modified food available on supermarket shelves in the US but production was halted in 1997 because it wasn’t profitable.The researcher team concludes, provided they can get the technique working in tomatoes, producing capsaicin production would only be the start, with other genetic pathways in the tomato ripe for manipulation. They suggest the tomato could also be used to produce bixin, the second most important natural color additive in the food industry, and beta-carotene, which is converted by the body into vitamin A.I never thought I’d be here, but science might actually have me excited about tomatoes. Questions still remain over whether we should, rather than whether we can. With genetic engineering techniques like CRISPR becoming commonplace over the last five years, it’s getting easier to make tiny edits in all manner of plants and animals. Share your voice All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019last_img read more

September 9

Lyman Hoffman Endorses Dan Sullivan for Senate

first_imgSenator Lyman Hoffman. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Y-K Delta State Senator Lyman Hoffman officially endorsed Dan Sullivan for US Senate Friday. The former Attorney General and Natural Resources commissioner is seeking the seat of incumbent Mark Begich.An announcement of Hoffman’s endorsement came late in the day. The two candidates debated Friday at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention.Hoffman was first elected to the legislature in 1991 and the Democrat has served continuously since 1995.last_img read more

September 1

Polaroid Launches Stranger Things Edition Camera And Its Upside Down

first_img Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Hopper’s ‘Stranger Things’ Cabin Is Now an Escape Room Stay on target The third season of Stranger Things doesn’t premiere until July 4, but one company is already helping bring fans to the Upside Down: Polaroid Originals has announced a Stranger Things edition of its retro-style OneStep2 Camera — and it’s flipped ‘Upside Down,’ of course.Priced at $109.99, the Polaroid Originals OneStep 2: Stranger Things Edition camera features branding, icons, and text that are all upside down, a reference to the alternate dimension of the hit Netflix sci-fi series.center_img The camera also features a snazzy blue and red colorway and a built-in “paranormal” flash, powerful enough to “kill monsters.”“This truly state of the art innovation features an extra bright flash developed in collaboration with Hawkins National Laboratory,” according to the description on the Polaroid Originals website. “Pressing the shutter button sends light waves towards your subject, which reflect back to create perfectly illuminated pictures in or out of the shadows.”(Photo Credit: Polaroid Originals)The camera takes both 600 film and i-Type film, but a Stranger Things-edition color instant film is also available.The Color i-Type Film Stranger Things Edition ($16.99) features a random selection from 16 designs, inspired by Hawkins hangout spots —from Hawkins Arcade to Scoops Ahoy ice cream shop. Every pack of film includes 8 out of 16 designs.More on Geek.com:Dogfish Head Unveils Beer That Can Develop Kodak Super 8 FilmGeek Pick: Flir One Pro Is a Hot Thermal CameraPhotographer Creates Camera Lens Out of Ice (And It Actually Works!)last_img read more

August 19

Panamas presidentelect wants to review trade agreements with US Costa Rica

first_imgThe president-elect of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo, said he wants to revise free-trade agreements with the United States and Central America and that he will bring respect to a country whose image has been stained by tax evasion.Cortizo (Democratic Revolutionary Party, PRD) defeated the right-wing Rómulo Roux by a narrow margin on Sunday. It marked the sixth general elections after the 1989 US invasion, which put an end to the dictatorship of Manuel Antonio Noriega (1983-1989).Analysts doubt that Cortizo, who will succeed current president Juan Carlos Varela, will make major changes to international policies, and they are uncertain of what he could do to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States.Cortizo resigned in 2006 as Minister of Agricultural Development for arguing that Panama should not accept the relaxation of the sanitary norms that, in his judgment, the FTA imposed.Cortizo said Sunday that “like it or not, it is a treaty that we Panamanians have to respect”, although “there are clauses in the treaty that allow us to make that request” for a review.“Obviously with the United States we have to be very cautious when we request to revise treaties […] because they are our main trade partner,” Cortizo said.But some analysts believe it is unlikely that the future president will revise the trade pact with the United States.“I do not think there will be a revision of the FTA, but perhaps adjustments that are included in the protocol of the Treaties. The relationship between Panama and the United States, especially with the PRD governments, has always been good and intense,”  James Aparicio, director of the newspaper Metro Libre, told AFP.– Will he dare? –The United States is the main commercial partner of Panama and the first user of its Canal, with which it transported 174 million tons of cargo last year.In addition, the countries operate joint security programs in the fight against drug trafficking, organized crime, money laundering and illegal immigration.Carlos Guevara-Mann, a professor of International Relations at Florida State University in Panama, believes Cortizo will follow “the orbit of influence of the United States,” so he will “avoid taking actions that irritate” the Donald Trump government.“I doubt they dare to propose reforms to the FTA,” he said.Cortizo, a businessman and rancher, has also been in favor of reviewing trade agreements with Central American countries, which in his opinion are detrimental to Panamanian producers who complain about the imports that displace their products.“I do know that there are other treaties in Central America that we are going to request a review, like Costa Rica and Nicaragua,” Cortizo said on Sunday, though he did not provide further details.– ‘Rescue the image’ –The president-elect also stressed that he will enforce the interests of Panama, a phrase he has repeated to accuse the Varela government of not fighting enough change the country’s reputation as a tax haven.One of his plans is to create a group of experts to develop a strategy to “rescue” the name of the country, three years after it was exposed as a sanctuary of tax evasion of the rich, famous and powerful in the so-called “Panama Papers.”“Of the 125 commitments we have in the action plan, the number one talks about rescuing the name of Panama,” Cortizo said.Panama has made legal reforms to adapt to the international fight against money laundering and tax evasion.“It is up to the new government to continue along these lines,” said Rita Vásquez, director of the newspaper La Prensa.However, local sectors consider that these reforms threaten the country’s sovereignty and damage the competitiveness of its financial system.“Cortizo really, like the government of Varela, has among its close associates people who are directly involved with the business related to the creation of offshore companies,” said the vice president of the Center for Democratic Initiatives (CIDEM), Claire Nevache.“Obviously it is an important factor, but there is little room for movement, so I think there is a little show for the electorate [in Cortizo’s statements],” Nevache added.“These are demagogic statements; the best way to rescue the name of Panama is to fight the corruption that suffocates the country,” said Guevara-Mann. Facebook Comments Related posts:Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies at 83 Panama and ‘Panama Papers’ law firm under the media’s lenses Iceland premier resigns in Panama Papers scandal Plastic bottles recycled into eco-village in the jungle of Bocas del Torolast_img read more

August 18

Peoples Summit an alternative to UN convention

first_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Feather headdresses floated past dreadlocks and activists in cow costumes mingled with others in business suits Thursday as more than 200 non-governmental groups joined in a People’s Summit to seek alternative responses to the planet’s environmental degradation.The nine-day convention was being held as a side event to a U.N. sustainable development summit in Rio de Janeiro, where more than 100 world leaders were trying to forge a path to international development while protecting the environment. Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean The alternative event, funded by the Brazilian government, drew about 15,000 people a day, according to organizers. It focused the frustration of indigenous groups, environmental activists, unions, land rights groups and others over the alleged timidity of proposals coming out of the official convention, and over international failure to act on commitments made 20 years ago at the first Earth Summit.While the official convention center is far from downtown Rio and requires a credential to enter, the People’s Summit was open to all, offering discussions on topics such as the link between women’s reproductive rights and the planet’s health, and recycling efforts run by former trash pickers.Performance art included indigenous chants with participants in traditional garb and modern dance by youth in minimal clothing and body paint.The movement spawned two marches on Wednesday that drew tens of thousands each. One protested the removal of the community of Vila Autodromo to make way for projects connected to the 2016 Olympics. The other opposed alleged capitalist appropriation of the official Earth Summit.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone How men can have a healthy 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

August 15

Overvalued Markets Not Necessarily a Bad Omen

first_img September 2, 2016 609 Views Housing Bubble Housing Markets Overvalued Markets 2016-09-02 Seth Welborn Thirty-one of the top 100 U.S. core-based statistical areas, most in Florida and California, are overvalued—but that is not necessarily a sign of a new housing bubble, according to a five-year look at the U.S. housing market by CoreLogic.The study looked at data between 2012 and 2016 and found that while home prices have grown steadily in most parts of the country, nearly a third are way above where they should otherwise be. California had the four most overvalued markets, with the Bay Area leading the pack. Housing in San Jose and Oakland has grown 80 percent since the beginning of 2012. Markets in Riverside and Los Angeles saw growth of almost 60 percent.Florida claimed eight spots on the list of overvalued markets. Jacksonville, Tampa, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Palm Bay, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach all saw growth over 31 percent; Miami saw growth of 50 percent.The remainder of the list was a smattering of Texas, New York, Oregon, Hawaii, and Washington State. The lowest place on the list belonged to Nassau County, New York, which saw 13 percent growth since 2012.But does this mean a bubble is underway? Not exactly, said Mark Liu, vice president of modeling and analytics at CoreLogic. Unlike past bubbles, Liu said, higher prices are not being driven by the purely investment mentality of buying just to sell for a profit a few years from now.“The high price growth rate alone of more than 40 percent over four years, in itself, is not evidence of a housing bubble,” he said. “In most states, the price-to-income ratio is very stable.”Liu said a major reason behind the rises in U.S. markets, including the overvalued ones, revolve around the relationship between home price index and disposal income per capita. Twenty-one of those 31 overvalued markets show solid income to support growth there.Trouble would only ensue if homeowners’ ability to pay came into question. “Over the shorter periods, home prices can exceed or fall below the long-run trend,” Liu said, “but over a longer time, home price growth cannot be sustained above income growth indefinitely because housing would become unaffordable. Demand would decrease causing home price growth to either slow down or decline, thereby realigning with income levels.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img Overvalued Markets Not Necessarily a Bad Omen Sharelast_img read more

August 12

australiaqantasQantas Frequent FlyerUber

first_imgaustraliaqantasQantas Frequent FlyerUber From 3 November 2017 Uber passengers will be eligible to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points on trips to, and from, eligible Australian airports by booking their Uber ride on the latest versions of the airline’s app (a new window will open and an Uber icon will appear in the booking section of the Qantas app). The partnership between Qantas Frequent Flyer and Uber also offers different earn rates. When taking an Uber to-or-from eligible Australian airports, Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn:Qantas Point per dollar spent on airport Uber rides (Bronze members)Qantas Points per dollar (Silver members)Qantas Points per dollar (Gold, Platinum and Platinum One members)In addition, members who sign up to Uber for the first time and book a ride via the Qantas app will earn 2,000 bonus Qantas Points on their first Uber trip anywhere in Australia.Eligible airportsAdelaideAvalonBrisbaneByron BayCairnsCanberraGold CoastHobartMaroochydoreMelbourneNewcastlePerthSydneyToowoombaTownsvillelast_img read more

August 9

Walsh joined by local officials at 911 ceremony

first_img13Sep Walsh joined by local officials at 9/11 ceremony Categories: News Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia, stands with Livonia Fire Chief Shadd Whitehead and Police Chief Curtis Caid at the state Capitol for a special ceremony honoring and remembering the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Walsh invited the officials to the ceremony, which also honored first responders and military members who have lost their lives in the line of duty during the last year.last_img

August 9

DNR firefighter pensions protected in Rep Rendon legislation

first_img In cases of extreme emergency, the state Department of Natural Resources may soon be able to call on their retired firefighters, thanks to legislation passed by the Michigan House this week.Retired firefighters have been hesitant to help out during emergencies, such as large forest fires, for fear of losing their pensions. House Bill 5128, sponsored by state Rep. Bruce Rendon, allows retired DNR firefighters to assist part-time during peak fire season without risking their benefits.“When a forest fire breaks out, it’s all hands on deck, and experienced help is crucial in containing fires,” said Rep. Rendon, R-Lake City. “We must protect, not only our forest lands, but the families that live in those areas.”The majority of wildfires in Michigan occur in April, May and June with minor occurrences the rest of the summer and into fall.The bill moves to the Michigan Senate for further consideration.### 01Mar DNR firefighter pensions protected in Rep. Rendon legislation Categories: Rendon Newslast_img read more

August 9

Rep Hank Vaupel Weekly Column February 3 2019

first_img Last week, I visited Genesis House in Fowlerville to discuss access to mental health programs and hear success stories from residents who frequently visit. As the Legislature continues addressing mental health needs, I am grateful for opportunities to hear what is working and what still needs to be done. Thank you to Livingston County Community Mental Health Executive Director Connie Conklin, Genesis House Director Mike Leahy, and staff for meeting to discuss effective mental health programming options for local residents.***Congratulations to Livingston County Commissioner Carol Griffith on being named 2018 Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year! The announcement was made last Thursday night at the Howell Chamber’s 62nd Annual Dinner, where she was presented a tribute signed by state Sen. Lana Theis, Rep. Ann Bollin, and myself. The honor is well deserved as Carol has been an integral part of the community for many years. Besides serving as a county commissioner, she has twice co-chaired the Livingston County United Way Campaign, helped bring about the Howell Main Street wall mural, and is a Tour de Livingston volunteer, amongst other acts of service. Congratulations again, Carol, and thank you for all you do for Livingston County!***It’s an honor to chair the House Health Policy Committee again this term. This week, we held our first meeting with presentations from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on state Medicaid programs. I look forward to hosting more presenters in the coming weeks and eventually deliberating on important policy changes related to health and health care in Michigan.***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to HankVaupel@house.mi.gov. We are happy to hear from you!PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel discusses mental health issues with Genesis House Director Mike Leahy. 04Feb Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: February 3, 2019 Categories: Vaupel Newslast_img read more