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Deep freeze offers only cold comfort for natural gas producing firms

first_imgCALGARY – Analysts say the cold snap that continues to blanket many parts of North America is driving short-term natural gas prices higher but the trend is unlikely to significantly affect either Canadian consumer bills or producer profits.Cold weather typically increases demand for the home heating fuel, which draws down storage levels and pushes prices higher, but the affect is being blunted this year because North America is awash in gas from U.S. and Canadian shale wells.Gerry Goobie, a principal with Calgary-based consulting company Gas Processing Management Inc., says higher prices are generally passed through to consumers but the distribution companies that buy the gas have long-term contracts to mitigate price spikes and can draw from storage to handle higher demand.GMP FirstEnergy commodity analyst Martin King says U.S. prices have recently rallied to about $3 per million British thermal units, but points out similar cold weather events in previous years would likely have resulted in prices spiking into the US$4 or US$5 per mmBTU range.King says Western Canada gas production fell by as much as two billion cubic feet per day on some days in the last week of December due to supply interruptions caused by extreme cold weather that froze gas well production equipment.last_img read more

Intensive work needed to reintegrate returning Afghan refugees UN agency warns

The international donor and humanitarian community must work even more intensively to ensure that Afghan refugees returning home are able to resume a normal life, with the lack of land, shelter and jobs posing a very long-term challenge for which there are no quick fixes, the United Nations refugee agency has warned. Since 2002, some 5 million Afghan refugees have returned to their battle-scarred homeland, mostly from Pakistan and Iran, a majority aided by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). There are currently 3 million registered Afghans left in neighbouring countries, most of whom have been abroad for more than two decades. “The return of millions of Afghans to their homes and communities has been one of the major success stories of Afghanistan’s recovery,” UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations Judy Cheng-Hopkins said yesterday at the end of a three-day visit to see first hand the challenges faced by refugees returning to Afghanistan. “Repatriation will certainly continue but we will have to work even more intensively with the Government of Afghanistan, the donor community, and our implementing partners if we are to make return and reintegration sustainable for those who choose to return home in future,” she added. She noted that the deteriorating security situation in part of the country and difficult economic conditions underlined how important it will be to continue to maintain a gradual and voluntary approach to repatriation. “The primary responsibility lies with the government of Afghanistan. But UNHCR will look closely at how we and our partners will need to work from now on to meet the reintegration needs of the long staying population,” she declared. Ms. Cheng-Hopkins left Afghanistan yesterday for Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, to extend the Tripartite Agreement governing the voluntary repatriation of refugees from Pakistan. The agreement, first signed in 2003, is a joint programme between the Governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan and UNHCR to facilitate the voluntary repatriation of registered Afghan refugees living in Pakistan. From Pakistan, she goes to Iran, where there are currently just over 900,000 registered Afghan refugees. The main purpose of her mission to Afghnaistan, where she met with senior Government officials, was to review UNHCR’s activities in the country, one of the agency’s most important operations in the world alongside Iraq and Sudan. She visited one of the busiest returnee centres, close to Kabul, the capital, where she met with families as they received a UNHCR cash grant for transport and reintegration expenses and prepared to travel onwards to resettle in their places of origin. She then went to Parwan province to see a land allocation site. 1 August 2007The international donor and humanitarian community must work even more intensively to ensure that Afghan refugees returning home are able to resume a normal life, with the lack of land, shelter and jobs posing a very long-term challenge for which there are no quick fixes, the United Nations refugee agency has warned. read more

UN launches International Year to draw attention to global sanitation crisis

The United Nations today kicked off the International Year of Sanitation in a bid to accelerate progress for the 2.6 billion people around the world who do not enjoy the basic right to proper sanitation facilities. Speaking at the official launch at UN Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said access to sanitation is one of the most “overlooked, and underserved human needs.”International efforts to deliver on this basic right have proved “lacklustre,” with an estimated 42,000 people dying every week from diseases related to low water quality and an absence of adequate sanitation, he stated. “This situation is unacceptable.”The Secretary-General stressed that investments in sanitation are among of the most important allocations any nation can make. “For every dollar spent on improving sanitation it is estimated that at least nine dollars are saved in costs related to health, education, and social and economic development.”He called on the international community, national governments and civil society to take up the cause of sanitation with “unprecedented vigour” to accelerate progress towards the global target to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to basic sanitation by 2015 – one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set at a 200 UN summit.According to the UN, although more than 1.2 billion people worldwide have gained access to improved sanitation between 1990 and 2004, an estimated 2.6 billion people – including 980 million children – still lag behind.If current trends continue, there will be 2.4 billion people without basic sanitation in 2015, with children continuing to pay the price in lost lives, missed schooling, in disease, malnutrition and poverty.The International Year will include major regional conferences on sanitation, including one focusing on school sanitation. It will also encourage public and private partnerships to bring real changes for the billions who bear the brunt of the crisis. “Today, we go from a stage of planning to one of implementation,” said His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Chairperson of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation. “It is vital that progress is accelerated if we are to reach the Millennium Development Goal target on sanitation, and indeed the other development goals.” 21 November 2007The United Nations today kicked off the International Year of Sanitation in a bid to accelerate progress for the 2.6 billion people around the world who do not enjoy the basic right to proper sanitation facilities. read more

UN urges end to interethnic clashes in Southern Sudan

Clashes on 8 May between the rival Lou Nuer and Jikany ethnic groups in the village of Torkech reportedly wounded 57 people, the majority of them children with some in critical condition, and forced at least 1,550 from their homes.“The UN is seriously concerned about the increasing violence in the area and the continuing loss of innocent lives of women, men and children,” stressed UN Deputy Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Southern Sudan Lise Grande.Ms. Grande called on “community leaders, and all relevant authorities to intervene and resolve the conflict through peaceful means and reconciliation.” The UN has sent an assessment mission to the area, and the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) is mobilizing food assistance to be distributed to the displaced people.Security in Nasir town, where many of the displaced have taken up camp, is calm but there is fear of retaliatory attacks in the neighbouring Ulang County, part of which is composed of the same ethnic groups fighting in Torkech.In a related development, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has dispatched some 120 civilian, military and police personnel to Jonglei State, where thousands are taking shelter after fleeing recent tribal confrontations.The move is aimed at supporting the Government of Southern Sudan in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), and in providing humanitarian assistance and protection to civilians in the state.Last week, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that up to 1,000 people have been killed and over 100,000 uprooted from their homes since January in seven states in Southern Sudan due to the activities of the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and inter-ethnic clashes.UNMIS personnel will assist the local communities in restoring dialogue by supporting peace and reconciliation conferences between communities in the area to prevent a further deterioration in relations and address the root causes of the conflicts, as well as to ensure a quick delivery of humanitarian aid to the affected populations. Military and police units from UNMIS will also provide technical and logistical assistance on security issues to the state government. 13 May 2009The recent surge in deadly ethnic violence in Southern Sudan, killing at least 66 people, is cause for serious concern, a United Nations official in the region warned today, calling for an immediate and peaceful resolution to the clashes. read more

UN official discusses global organized crime with US congressional delegation

Yury Fedotov, the UNODC Executive Director, and the US delegation took note of the interconnections between the various forms of illicit crimes across the globe, with the US legislators showing particular interest in the linkages between transnational organized crime, drug trafficking and terrorism, during the meeting at the UNODC headquarters in Vienna on Friday.The congressional delegation voiced concern over organized crime, and were informed about the linkage between opium production in Afghanistan and the instability in the country, including the insurgency, and illicit money flows from piracy activities off the coast of the Horn of Africa.The United States has been collaborating with UNODC in the UN agency’s country programme for Afghanistan, while counter-piracy work has been ongoing, particularly under the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia of which the US has been a keen supporter.“This meeting was of enormous help in strengthening the already good cooperation between UNODC and the United States in the areas of our mandate,” said Mr. Fedotov. “Hopefully, it is the first of many such discussions and we will continue to work together in areas of mutual interest,” he added.Last year, the United States pledged $34.3 million to assist in implementing UNODC’s work across the globe, and Washington is a lead supporter of the Office’s programmes.On the linkage between transnational organized crime, drug trafficking and terrorism, Mr. Fedotov stressed the need for an integrated approach to all forms of crime.“UNODC is already doing everything possible to mainstream the issues of transnational organized crime both inside and outside the United Nations system and I am glad that the congressional delegates showed such a keen understanding of these trends,” said Mr. Fedotov.The US delegation was made up of representatives Harold Rogers (Republican, Kentucky), Norman D. Dicks (Democrat, Washington [state]), Edward Lopez Pastor (Democrat, Arizona), Steve Austria (Republican, Ohio), Ken Calvert (Republican, California), Steven A. Womack (Republican, Arkansas) and John J. Duncan, Jr. (Republican, Tennessee). 3 September 2011The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has had a meeting with a United States congressional delegation during which they discussed the situations in Mexico and Colombia, drug production and trafficking in Afghanistan, cyber security, money laundering, piracy and human trafficking. read more

Canadian real estate market to slow down modestly as interest rates rise

TORONTO — Activity in Canada’s real estate market will slow “modestly” next year as interest rates begin to rise, according to a new report from RBC Economics.The report pegs the risk of an outright crash in real estate as low, saying RBC expects the economy to grow and that interest rates will likely rise gradually starting next year.However, the bank says there could be a “severe” downturn in the real estate market if employment plunges due to a deep recession or if interest rates surge dramatically.Meanwhile, RBC says the economic shock from lower oil prices hasn’t been big enough to derail Canada’s overall real estate sector.In fact, it says the Canadian housing market is poised to post one of its best years on record despite a drop in home resale activity in the oil-sensitive provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.RBC says rock-bottom interest rates have fuelled demand for housing elsewhere, particularly in Ontario and British Columbia.In July, the Bank of Canada cut its overnight lending rate — which affects variable-rate mortgages and other products — by 25 basis points to 0.5 per cent.CMHC says Toronto housing market at ‘high risk,’ as economists fear Tories ‘throwing fuel on fire’Are millennials better off renting? Why young Canadians may want to put off home ownershipRBC predicts the central bank will raise the rate by 75 basis points to 1.25 per cent in the second half of 2016.“It has long been our view that the eventual rise in interest rates from generational low levels will produce significant headwinds for Canada’s housing sector,” the report said.“Much of the market’s vibrancy in the past several years can be attributed to exceptionally low — and declining — interest rates.”RBC said it expects the cooling to be moderate and controlled — for instance, home resales declining by less than 10 per cent over several years and price growth slowing to a rate of 3.2 per cent in 2016.“In our opinion, the risk of a crash — resales plummeting by more than 25 per cent nationwide for instance — is low for three main reasons,” the report says. “First, we expect the Canadian economy to grow and create jobs and boost incomes. Severe housing downturns usually coincide with recessions.”The other two reasons cited are strong immigration and the gradual pace at which interest rates will rise.RBC says it doesn’t expect national home prices to fall outright, at least in the short term, although certain segments of certain markets — for example, condos in Montreal — could see a decrease.The risks of a nationwide collapse in prices — such as a drop of 25 per cent or more — are “quite remote,” according to the report. read more

Sierra Leone disarmament begins in two more districts UN Mission reports

When the effort began yesterday, 64 combatants from the Civil Defence Force (CDF) were disarmed in Mongeri, located in the government-controlled Bo District, while three fighters from the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) handed in their weapons in Batkanu, Bombali District, at a ceremony attended by UNAMSIL chief Oluyemi Adeniji. Another three RUF and two CDF were reported to have disarmed yesterday in Makeni.Weapons handed in by the RUF ex-combatants included a G3, an AK-47, a rocket-propelled grenade, bombs and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. In Batkanu, villagers cheered, sang and danced as the weapons were turned over to UNAMSIL military observers and disabled by the ex-combatants.According to RUF officials, the apparent slow start in the disarmament exercise in Bombali District was due to the choice of the disarmament camp – set up at St. Francis Secondary School by the National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration, UNAMSIL said. The RUF’s Eldred Collins told UNAMSIL officials that they would have preferred to have used the military barracks in the area. While conceding that the slow start of the disarmament process was a disappointment, Mr. Adeniji said both parties were committed to the peace process. read more

SecretaryGeneral launches new initiative to protect worlds oceans

“The seas and oceans host some of the most vulnerable and important ecosystems on Earth, but the diversity of life they host is under ever-increasing strain,” Mr. Ban said at an event in the city of Yeosu in the Republic of Korea (ROK), to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Convention, also known as the “constitution of the oceans,” governs all aspects of ocean space, from delimitation of maritime boundaries, environmental regulations, scientific research, commerce and the settlement of international disputes involving marine issues. It was first opened for signature in 1982 and entered into force in 1994; there are 162 parties to it – 161 States and the European Union. Mr. Ban praised the achievements of the Convention in helping countries establish a legal framework to guide the management of the oceans, the settlement of disputes, and the administration of the international seabed. “Among its principles, the Law of the Sea recognizes that all ocean issues are related and that they need to be addressed as a whole,” Mr. Ban said, adding that this is in line with the development framework put forward at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. However, Mr. Ban also emphasized the need to address multiple issues that threaten the marine environment. To do this, he announced the launch of the Oceans Compact, which will seek to support and strengthen the implementation of the Law of the Sea. “What we need is to create new momentum for ocean sustainability,” Mr. Ban said. “The Oceans Compact sets out a strategic vision for the UN System to deliver more coherently and effectively on its oceans-related mandates, consistent with the Rio+20 outcome.” The Compact, Mr. Ban added, will provide a platform to help countries protect the ocean’s natural resources, restore their full food production to help people’s whose livelihoods depend on the sea, and increase awareness and knowledge about the management of the oceans. To achieve the objectives of the Compact, Mr. Ban proposed a results-oriented Action Plan along with the creation of an Ocean Advisory Group made up of high-level policymakers, scientists and experts, as well as representatives of the private sector and civil society. During his visit, Mr. Ban also spoke to young people at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) youth forum, where he asked participants to practice solidarity among generations and lead the way in implementing sustainable measures in all aspects of society. “From public squares to cyberspace, youth are a transformative force; you are creative, resourceful and enthusiastic agents of change,” Mr. Ban said. “A sustainable future can be ours. The work starts now, and it starts with you. This is a generational imperative… a generational opportunity… that your generation must seize.” read more

Brock gives thanks on National Philanthropy Day

Brock University is marking National Philanthropy Day with a great big ‘thank you.’As Canada comes together for the Nov. 15 celebration, the University will be reflecting on the alumni, faculty, staff and donors who provide the support necessary for the institution to thrive.Students are the main focus of charitable support at Brock, and the impact created by giving is not lost on them.This support has helped to make Brock the student-centred, community-minded University it is today, said Rushna Imran.The fourth-year business economics student hoped to express her gratitude to anyone who has contributed to the school in some form, whether providing generous donations to create additional academic and social spaces on campus, or offering volunteer opportunities to broaden student involvement.Imran is grateful for the chances she’s had to donate her time through Brock, including a cherished Brock Cares experience visiting with residents at Linhaven, a long-term care facility in St. Catharines.She’s proud to say her school encourages students to get involved outside the classroom and hopes her peers will embrace opportunities to give back to the Brock and Niagara communities, just as donors before them have done.“Both past and current students have benefitted from what you’ve given back to Brock,” Imran said in a message of thanks to the University’s supporters. “We appreciate all you do and hope future students will benefit too.” read more

Spring Lamb in Snow Pic of the Day

first_imgPICS: 16 reader images of snow day > (Niall Carson/PA Wire)Spring lambs and snow – the two should never meet, but here is a newborn sheep frolicking in the snow covered Wicklow Mountains in the middle of March.At least he has a woolly jumper.More: ‘Nothing a Good Bun* Can’t Fix’ Pic of the Day >last_img

Liberty City lunch giveaway honors XXXTentacions final wishes

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Days after South Florida rapper XXXTentacion was fatally gunned down, organizers of a charity event have honored his final wishes.Before his death on Monday, XXXTentacion, born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, had a food giveaway scheduled in Liberty City.He had planned to hand out bagged lunches to all who came out for them.Related: Memorial set at BB&T Center for slain rapper XXXTentacionOn Sunday, despite his absence, the event went on as planned, as people celebrated the entertainer’s life.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Writing Patterns on Carbon Nanotubes With Polymer Chains

first_imgThe alternating pattern of PE and PEO formed on single-walled carbon nanotubes with a 12-nanometer period imaged using transmission electron microscopy. The dark and bright stripes represent the PEO and PE domains, respectively. Image courtesy Christopher Li. Plumbing Carbon Nanotubes Now, as reported in a recent edition of Nature Nanotechnology, a research group has successfully used polymers to create well defined patterns onto single-walled carbon nanotubes.“Very few reports have address periodic patterning on nanotubes, and those studies that have been conducted resulted in patterns that were poorly repeating rather than nicely periodic and uniform,” said the study’s corresponding researcher, Christopher Li of Drexel University, to “The success of our work appears to be in the polymer material we used.”The group chose a block copolymer, a polymer chain formed by two (or more, in some cases) short polymer chains. In this case the two components are polyethylene (PE) and polyethylene oxide (PEO).Li and colleagues at Drexel deposited a single-walled carbon nanotube solution onto a pre-fabricated carbon-coated grid. The nanotubes lined up on the grid surface and the group decorated the nanotubes with a solution containing the copolymer. The result is a copolymer/nanotube hybrid, which the group analyzed using a transmission electron microscope.Even with the powerful microscope, the nanotubes were not visible under the copolymers, which formed worm-like structures with alternating dark and bright stripes (corresponding to the PEO and PE blocks, respectively). But the consistent spatial orientation of the stripes, and the size of the “worms,” averaging 50 nanometers wide and one micrometer long, indicate that the polymer chains forming the stripes had aligned with the long axes of the nanotubes; the stripes, then, cut across the nanotubes perpendicularly.The researchers used copolymer solutions of varying concentrations and found that the stronger the solution, the more stripes formed on each nanotube. The process causing this to occur, they propose, begins when the copolymer molecules randomly adsorb onto a nanotube surface. These molecule clusters nucleate the growth of crystals and, with increasing concentration, more crystals appear, growing into larger patches.At a critical concentration the patches connect and clear stripes begin to form. And when the concentration is too high, there are so many crystals forming on the nanotubes that they don’t have time to align properly.The period of the stripe pattern – that is, the distance between alternating stripes – is about 12 nanometers. This regularity is a key step toward fabricating multiple transistors on individual nanotubes.Additionally, the group was able to attach gold nanoparticles to the copolymer/nanotube hybrid structures in fixed locations, adding another functional element to the pattern. This shows that it is possible to pattern other structures onto the nanotubes, a route toward tailoring them specific tasks in nanoelectronics.More information: Bing Li, Lingyu Li, Bingbing Wang and Christopher Y. Li Nature Nanotechnology advance online publication 26 April 2009, DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2009.91Copyright 2009 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — Carbon nanotubes are at the center of the nanoelectronics research movement, with scientists making great progress toward getting nanotube-based electronic devices into the hands of consumers. But one area of carbon nanotube research where there has been considerably less success is creating repeating, regular patterns onto individual nanotubes, a task necessary for a key goal of nanoelectronics: patterning transistors directly onto nanotube surfaces. Citation: ‘Writing’ Patterns on Carbon Nanotubes With Polymer Chains (2009, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

Cricket mania looms large

first_imgAs the eighth edition of Indian Premier League concluded with the Mumbai Indians taking home the crown for the second time post a massive 41-run victory over two-time champions Chennai Super Kings, the IPL fever is refusing to die out among cricket fanatics. Despite being a punching bag for critics, who see it as nothing but cheap commercialisation of the game, the ground reality is strikingly different with its ever surging viewership according to TAM ratings. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The tournament continues to be hugely popular among children, who are not bothered by the controversies surrounding the tournament and watch it to get their dose of entertainment. The conclusion of this season, however, has created a void and has left many miserable as no major sporting tournament is scheduled to catch their fancy anytime soon, India being majorly a cricket loving nation.Sarthak Saini, 16, has mixed feelings over the ending of this season. He is ecstatic as his favorite team has taken the title, but at the same time gloomy as the good times have ended. “This season of the IPL has been special as my favourite team has won the title. But there is nothing interesting to catch up on television now,” he said. His opinion is similar to that of Vaibhav, 15, a CSK fan and budding cricketer. He said, “Although CSK eventually lost, overall the tournament has been exciting. I have watched almost every match since the beginning of my summer holidays and now the rest of my vacation is going to be quite boring.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn the other hand, Ayachi, 22, does not care much.” I supported KKR and lost interest in the tournament once they were out. I am disappointed, but hope to see them buckle up for next season. Being a sports aficionado, I have much to look forward to with the French Open in tow”, she said.The Indian Cricket team has a packed schedule this year. The team would be heading to Bangladesh for a test and then leave for the Zimbabwean shores in July to play a bilateral series comprising three One Day Internationals and two T20 ventures. However, both these series cannot match up to the excitement of IPL for youngsters. However, 15-year-old Smriti Jha said: “I am waiting for the series against Pakistan in December as that promises some real action.”  The reason for IPL’s high popularity among children seems to be its perfect amalgamation of cricket, glamour and entertainment. The tournament also gives fans a chance to see their favorite players from across the world on the same platform. “Although IPL cannot compete with other formats of Cricket in terms of standard, still I like it because it gives me an opportunity to see the likes of Kohli, De Villiers and Gayle playing together”, said Sanjeev,19, a diehard RCB fan. Since its inception, the tournament has been raising bars and has touched pinnacle this year. Although the cricket extravaganza has ended for this session, it promises to be back with a bang next year. Wait for the action!last_img read more

Dezs Twitter implosion proves the Cowboys made the right call

first_imgDez’s Twitter implosion proves the Cowboys made the right call to cut him Dez Bryant was trending over the weekend on social media for a tweetstorm railing against Jerry Jones and some of his former teammates. Colin was a proponent for Dallas cutting Dez, long before they did, because his talent has diminished to the point where it wasn’t worth dealing with his headaches.Even though Dallas fans weren’t fans of the the Cowboys cutting ties with Bryant, his Twitter rant proved they made the right call to move on and let Dak Prescott grow without the distractions. Darnold and the Jets will own the AFC East after Brady retiresSam Darnold agreed to terms with the Jets today, and will begin his mission of restoring stability, and credibility to the often inconsistent franchise. Colin has made no secret that he’s a big Darnold fan form his time at USC, and likes his even-keeled emotional make up as much as his elite physical skills.He predicts the Patriots will continue to dominate the AFC East for one or two more years, but when Tom moves on, Darnold and the Jets will be ready to takeover the division for years to come. Also:– Tom’s TB12 mess– Colin’s Elite 8 All-time NFL QB’s– Where Colin was right, where Colin was wrongcenter_img Guests:Eric Mangini – Former Jets and Browns Head Coach on Tom Brady’s TB12 problem and Dez’s social media rant against the Cowboys.Albert Breer – MMQB Senior NFL Writer joins the show to discuss Tom Brady’s changing motivation; and the buzz at Browns camp.Chris Mannix – Yahoo Sports NBA Writer is in-studio explaining why he thinks this will be Kevin Durant’s  last year in Golden State; and why re-joining the Thunder is a real possibility.last_img read more

Real Estate Appraisers Diminish In a Starved Market

first_img Share November 19, 2015 553 Views Real estate appraisers are quietly disappearing in the mortgage industry as less young careerists are opting to enter this field, which could in turn, pose serious risks for both lenders and consumers such as added costs and lengthy real estate delivery times.Data from earlier this year presented by the Appraisal Institute Research Department showed that the number of active appraisers in the U.S. stands at 78,500, down 3 percent year-over-year and down 20 percent since 2007.The Appraisal Institute also projects that this number will continue to fall for the next five to ten years. A number of factor will influence this continued decline including: retirements, fewer appraisal career entrants, economic factors, government regulation, and greater use of data analysis technologies.The research also showed that 19.3 percent of appraisers hold a license or certification in one or more states outside of their home state, a number that has grown over the last five years. This indicates that appraiser are traveling out of their typical work areas to perform appraisals.But one group hopes to change the direction the appraisal industry is heading before these numbers get dangerously low.The Five Star Institute’s National Appraisal Congress (NAC), a member-led group of appraisers and appraisal management companies gathers periodically to collaborate on sustainable solutions for issues impacting U.S. appraisers and their profession.NAC Goals & Strategies:Educating and Mentoring the Next Generation of AppraisersRemoving Barriers to Entry in the Appraisal IndustryAlleviating Future Shortages of Professional Appraisers through Advocacy, Education, and TrainingJordan Petkovski, VP, Chief Appraiser at TSI Appraisal and Chairperson of the NAC told MReport, “The lack of new entrants into the residential appraisal profession is the single most concerning challenge we collectively face.”He added, “If this trend isn’t remedied, through changes at the Appraisal Qualifications Board level relating to experiential requirements for certification, or through more practicable means of utilizing trainee appraisers, this continued erosion of service providers will not stop.”But Petkovski has a plan of action to get these appraiser numbers moving upward.”Our most immediate opportunity to increase the number of service providers will be found within the production environment,” he said. By allowing trainee appraisers to operate independently of their supervisor during the physical inspection process (with structure in place to ensure the trainee has adequate competency to perform that specific function), we can improve the financial proposition to the supervisor, subsequently increasing the revenue potential of the trainee.”Petkovski cautions that this “a near-term solution, but it is a solution that would work to stimulate interest in becoming a residential appraiser, all while increase the earning potential of entrepreneurial supervisory appraiser’s.”To read more about the Appraisers and the National Appraisal Congress, visit the September 2015 issue of MReport.Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of the National Appraisal Congress, MReport, and in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Secondary Marketcenter_img Apprasiers Housing Market National Appraisal Congress real estate 2015-11-19 Staff Writer Real Estate Appraisers Diminish In a Starved Marketlast_img read more

ExIdol contestant to live with parents before d

first_imgEx-‘Idol’ contestant to live with parents before drug trial AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NORFOLK, Va. — A former “American Idol” and “Fear Factor” contestant who was arrested last year in Virginia with nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of fentanyl will be allowed to live with her parents in New Jersey while awaiting trial.The Virginian-Pilot reports 32-year-old Antonella Barba will be released Thursday after she’s fitted with a monitor to ensure she follows curfew.Barba was indicted this month on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and fentanyl. Prosecutors say she was a courier for a drug ring.She was previously charged with shoplifting in New York and has a felony marijuana case pending in Kansas.Barba reached the top 16 on “American Idol” in 2007, the year Jordin Sparks won. She competed on “Fear Factor” in 2012.Her attorney, James Broccoletti, declined comment to the newspaper.___Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.comThe Associated Presscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2019 7:59 am PDTlast_img read more

Cyprus looking at MOT for motorcycles

first_imgCyprus is looking to introduce legislation mandating roadworthiness tests for motorcycles over 125cc starting in 2021 as part of harmonising with a European Union directive, it emerged on Friday.The bill which transposes EU directive 2014/45 into national law was discussed by the House transport committee on Friday in its first session after Christmas and the presidential elections.A state lawyer told MPs that the directive must be transposed into law by March 26 this year, as Cyprus has already received a warning from the EU.It provides for roadworthiness tests or MOT for motorcycles over 125cc every five years starting in 2021.Currently, only rental motorcycles are tested every two years. Private vehicles also undergo MOT every two years as opposed to those for public use, which are tested annually.The head of the transport department Sotiris Kolettas said it was up to the member-states to set the frequency of MOTs on motorcycles.“We think the five-year period is satisfactory,” he said.EU figures show that only three per cent of road accidents are caused by technical faults in cars and motorcycles, he added.Kolettas said the cost of the MOT on motorcycles has not been decided yet but the authorities were considering to set it at €25.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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