Ric Flair Congratulates Jim Harbaugh On His 7th Child Via Twitter

first_imgRic Flair seen at a WWE event.Monday, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh revealed at one of his program’s camps that his wife, Sarah, is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child. Harbaugh, who is 52, also has three children from a previous marriage, which means that he’s soon going to be the proud father of seven kids.Former WWE star Ric Flair, who is a big fan of Harbaugh (and vice versa) has now publicly congratulated the Wolverines head coach on Twitter. He also made a wife joke in the process. Flair, for the record, has been married four times.Congrats to my man @CoachJim4UM on number 7! (Kids, not wives!)— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) June 20, 2016We’ll see if any other celebrities chime in to congratulate Harbaugh – Flair likely won’t be the last.last_img read more

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Miners push TSX higher as traders look to US data

Mining stocks pushed the Toronto stock market higher Tuesday amid rising metal prices while traders took in data showing how winter weather impacted the U.S. housing sector.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 27.7 points to 14,306.25.The Canadian dollar jumped 0.06 of a cent to 89.39 cents US.U.S. markets were positive as the Dow Jones industrials ran up 98.77 points to 16,375.46, the Nasdaq was ahead 32.93 points to 4,259.32, while the S&P 500 index climbed 10.2 points to 1,867.64.Traders also digested comments from Charles Plosser, the president of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, who told CNBC he expects short-term interest rates to hit “two-something” at the end of 2015 and three per cent at the end of 2016.Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen caught markets unaware last week when she said that the Fed could start increasing rates from near zero about six months after the end of its bond buying program.Plosser said the reaction surprised him, saying her timetable “wasn’t a wildly unexpected timeframe.” Meanwhile, cold weather continued to limit buying last month as U.S. new-home sales dropped by 3.3 per cent in February.The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite also indicated that U.S. home prices ticked down 0.1 per cent in January in a third month of declines, with 12 of 20 tracked cities posting drops. On a seasonally adjusted basis, home prices in January rose 0.8 per cent.The U.S. Conference Board’s gauge of U.S. consumer confidence rose to 82.3 in March from an upwardly revised 78.3 in February. The reading was slightly short of the 78 reading that economists had expected.Elsewhere on the economic front, business confidence in Germany slipped back from a 2 1/2-year high as tensions over Ukraine cloud companies’ outlook for the next six months. The Ifo Institute said its monthly confidence index dropped to 110.7 points this month from 111.3 in February.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stressed that she wants a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Russia’s actions in Ukraine but has made clear she won’t shy away from economic sanctions if the situation escalates.Commodities advanced as May copper was up five cents to US$2.99 a pound and the TSX base metals sector improved by 3.1 per cent.The gold sector climbed 1.5 per cent as April bullion climbed $4.10 to US$1,315.30 an ounce.May crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange erased early gains to decline 32 cents to US$99.28 a barrel and the energy sector edged 0.1 per cent higher.The tech sector was also supportive, up 0.9 per cent with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) ahead 16 cents to $10.66 ahead of earnings on Friday.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Air Canada is continuing its efforts to cut costs by replacing its regular service on some routes U.S. routes from Vancouver and Calgary with its low-cost subsidiary Rouge starting this spring. Air Canada shares rose nine cents to $5.79. read more

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Three Minute Thesis finalist looking at oils and fats

Hasam Madarati has an encouraging message to help ease pangs of guilt for those diet-conscious individuals who hanker for a burger and fries.Madarati is a MSc student in Biotechnology and he competed as one of five finalists in Brock’s 2015 Three Minute Thesis® (3MT®) Contest held in April. As Madarati finished his 3MT® research presentation — with a few seconds to spare — he says: “Now, I know I probably shouldn’t be saying this but between you and I — you know that last burger or french fry you avoided the last time you were on a diet? Well, my research may take you a step closer to allowing you to have that without any worry.”Hasam MadaratiMadarati’s presentation offers a quick science lesson to explain how our body processes all the oils and fats it produces. His research examines the transfer of cholesterol within compartments of wet cells — cells filled with water. He focuses specifically on the behaviour of a particular protein — the oxysterol binding protein or OSBP for short — and its important role within a wet cell to move greasy fats at a sub-cellular level to help the body remain healthy.The OSBP, says Madarati, attaches itself to compartments of cells. Then, comparing the process to the workman-like drumming of an Energizer Bunny, Madarati explains that the OSBP transfers cholesterol from one compartment to the other, where it picks up a lipid and returns to the first compartment to then repeat the process back and forth. Madarati’s study has also tested other research findings on the impact of making a chemical modification to the protein.“In the end, the goal of my research is to take us a step closer to better understanding how cholesterol is transferred within our body. And hopefully this translates into lowering cholesterol-related illnesses such as heart disease,” he says.•••FINALIST FACTSHasam MadaratiMSc student in BiotechnologyBrock 2015 3MT® FinalistSupervisor: Dr. Jeffrey AtkinsonTitle: “Role of Oxysterol Binding Protein (OSBP) Phosphorylation on Lipid Extraction”Hometown: MississaugaFind out more about Madarati’s research by watching the video below of his 3MT® presentation from the 2015 Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference.https://brocku.ca/graduate-studies/current-students/conferences-events/3mtStarting in December, Brock graduate students can register on the 3MT® website to participate in the 2016 3MT® contest. read more

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Iker Romero with national team farewell against Poland

Spain will be meeting Poland in a friendly game, but it will be important for Iker Romero. He will be playing his national team game number 200, but also his last one. It will be his farewell game for the national team, but will however continue playing one more season for the German side Fuchse Berlin. Spain is travelling to Gdansk, where the squad of Manolo Cadenas will be missing Viran Morros and Gedeon Guardiola. Spain is already qualified for the World Championship in Qatar, and they are going in this game without any prior preparations, while Poland is already in heavy preparations for their WC 2015 playoff match against Germany. ← Previous Story Qatar 2015 qual. warm-up: Norway beat Germany Next Story → Gottfridson to stay in Flensburg until 2017 balonmanoIker RomeroSpainworld championship 2015 read more

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Geek deals 769 for Lenovo Y410p with Haswell CPU and GeForce 750M

first_imgLenovo may not quite be the household name that HP and Dell are, but they have been busting their humps to shake up the PC industry for the past several years. While the stalwart ThinkPad brand is innovating and growing, the real star of the show lately seems to be their consumer-oriented IdeaPad lineup.We’ve seen improvements in every generation of their mainstream 14-15 inch laptops, leading up to what I can now honestly call one of the best bang-for-the-buck gaming laptops around. Lenovo has the right combination of parts to give you the most performance and features without driving the cost up in other areas that don’t matter as much.The Y410p is the latest revision, complete with Haswell processors, and gives you a lot for under $800. The combination of a quad-core Core i7, Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics, and feature-stuffed chassis is hard to beat. Every model has 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and VGA output, media card reader, HD webcam, and backlit keyboard. All of these features are stuffed into a portable 14-inch chassis to boot.The base $769 model includes an HD 1366×768 screen, but stepping up to the $829 model will gets you an HD+ 1600×900 screen or you can opt for the $879 version that also has a 24GB mSATA SSD. Any way you slice it, that’s a lot of performance for your buck.Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p Haswell Core i7 laptop for $769 + free shipping (reg. $1249 | use coupon BACKTOSCHOOLIDEA | ends Aug. 14) Our other top deals:Dell UltraSharp U2913WM 29-inch 2560×1080 IPS LCD monitor for $549.99 + free shipping (reg. $699.99)WD VelociRaptor 300GB 10000RPM hard drive for $99.99 + free shipping (reg. $99.99)The OontZ Angle Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for $39.99 + free shipping (reg. $69.99)last_img read more

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Energies renouvelables la Serbie construit sa première centrale solaire

first_imgEnergies renouvelables : la Serbie construit sa première centrale solaireLa Serbie a lancé ce lundi 28 juin la construction de sa toute première centrale solaire. Edifiée sur la montagne de Zlatibor, à un peu plus de 200 kilomètres au sud-ouest de Belgrade, elle devrait atteindre une puissance de 5 mégawatts.La construction de la première centrale solaire serbe a été lancée ce lundi, rapporte l’agence Beta. Financé par l’entreprise publique d’électricité du pays, Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS), et par une compagnie d’assurance, Dunav, le site demandera un investissement de quelque 15 millions d’euros. La centrale sera dotée d’une puissance de 5 mégawatts. Elle sera édifiée sur la montagne de Zlatibor, à 220 kilomètres au sud-ouest de Belgrade. Un lieu idéal grâce à ses 250 journées ensoleillées annuelles, a souligné lors du lancement du chantier Milan Stamatovic, le maire de la ville de Cajetina où se situe cette montagne.Cette première centrale solaire serbe est un premier pas vers le développement des énergies renouvelables dans le pays. Le directeur général de l’EPS, Dragomir Markovic, a en effet annoncé son intention d’investir dans le secteur. La compagnie électricité entend consacrer 45 millions d’euros dans le développement des énergie éolienne et solaire dans les années à venir.Le 28 juin 2011 à 18:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Un cratère lunaire profond de plus de 3 km

first_imgUn cratère lunaire profond de plus de 3 kmLa sonde de la NASA, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a survolé la Lune à seulement 26 kilomètres d’altitude. C’est ainsi qu’elle a pu photographier le colossal cratère Aristarchus d’une profondeur de plus de 3 kilomètres.Deux fois plus important que le grand Canyon, ce cratère observé sur la Lune a de quoi étonner les scientifiques. C’est la sonde Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter qui a capturé l’an dernier les images de cette impressionnante crevasse alors qu’elle survolait le satellite naturel de la Terre à 26 kilomètres d’altitude, soit tout juste deux fois l’altitude à laquelle volent les jets sur Terre.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESABaptisé Aristarchus, le gigantesque cratère lunaire présente une profondeur de plus de 3 kilomètres et est tellement important qu’il serait même visible depuis la Terre à l’œil nu, d’après les experts. Situé à la partie sud de la planète, le cratère Aristarchus mesure en effet 40 kilomètres de large et a dû naitre suite à l’impact d’une grosse comète ou d’un astéroïde avec la surface lunaire. Il pourrait ainsi représenter un bon terrain d’alunissage pour explorer le satellite. Mais ce n’est pas tout. Aristarchus offre également aux scientifiques l’opportunité d’étudier une large variété de roches lunaires, les murs du cratère étant en partie constitués de roches issues de la croute lunaire d’avant la collision. Son étude permettrait ainsi d’en apprendre davantage sur les processus géologiques de notre satellite et peut-être même de comprendre comment s’est formé le granit lunaire. Cette formation reste à l’heure actuelle toujours inexpliquée et ce cratère pourrait bien être le meilleur endroit pour le découvrir.Le 3 janvier 2012 à 15:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Experience Balboa Park like never before The Renegade Science Project

first_imgAugust tour schedule:Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday at 10:30 a.m.Saturday & Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.Members $34.95Nonmembers $39.95Price includes tour and same-day admission to the Fleet’s regular exhibits and an IMAX movie. August 27, 2018 Allie Wagner, KUSI Newsroom Allie Wagner, KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 27, 2018 Updated: 4:43 PMcenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Experience Balboa Park like never before- The Renegade Science ProjectCurated by the Fleet Science Center in conjunction with Museum Hack, The Renegade Science Project is an interactive experience of Balboa Park. It’s an intense, interactive 90 minute exploration of the park unlike you’ve ever seen. Live experiments, challenges, and much more.Tours are offered daily for up to 15 people.Reserve your time at the Fleet ticket counter or online at R. H. Fleet Science Center‘s website. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI’s Allie Wagner was at Balboa Park to experience The Renegade Science Project Monday Morning. Experience Balboa Park like never before- The Renegade Science Projectlast_img read more

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Rival Colour gains living wage accreditation

first_imgPrinting firm Rival Colour has been accredited as a living wage employer, committing to paying staff the living wage rate of at least £7.85 an hour.The organisation will pay all workers the hourly living wage, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers.The living wage is independently calculated on an annual basis according to the basic cost of living in the UK. This voluntary rate is higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50 an hour, and is distinct from the national living wage announced by the Chancellor in the 2015 Summer Budget.Nick Clode, managing director at Rival Colour, said: “Rival Colour decided to sign up for the living wage accreditation to further endorse the commitment of our staff to Rival, and to show our customers and suppliers we are committed to investing in the heart of the business.“In turn, we hope that [organisations] that want to deal with like-minded businesses will also value our commitment and want to deal with us and other [organisations] signing up to this very worthwhile accreditation.”last_img read more

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DOF No Action Being Taken On Fire At MP 70 On Sterling

first_imgPhoto taken near Watson Lake at approximately 6:30 p.m. by Patrick Quiner/Alaska Division of Forestry Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Division of Forestry has received several calls regarding smoke from the Swan Lake Fire near milepost 70 of the Sterling Highway. According to officials with DOF the fire poses no threat at this time.  The fire was reported Wednesday night and is burning in a Limited protection area in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. No action is being taken at this point because the fire does not pose a threat and is being allowed to play its natural ecological role in the refuge. DOF fire managers are working with refuge personnel to manage the fire. The 10-acre fire north of the highway has become active with the hot, dry conditions and is putting up a smoke column that is visible from Anchorage, Sterling, Soldotna and Kenai.last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for December 21 Hawk Trapped In Store Package Stolen Off Porch

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, December 21, 2018:Laura L. Francis (36, Wilmington) was issued a summons for an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. (12:49am)Police conducted youth protection training at the station. (1:08am)Police came across an individual sleeping in a vehicle in the MBTA paring lot on Main Street. Situation checked OK. Individual was just resting before work. (1:37am)A Burlington Avenue resident reported a package was stolen off his porch. (5:02pm)A hawk was trapped inside the Savers store. Animal Control Officer was unable to catch the hawk. Employees will leave doors open as long as possible before closing. Officer will return in the morning if necessary with the Arlington Animal Control Officer. (5:23pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 6: Women Fighting Or Just Watching The Bruins?; Package Stolen From Porch; Coyote SightingIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Jeff Bezos Blue Origin to return to space after sixmonth break

first_img Tags Share your voice Post a comment Sci-Tech 0 By midday Tuesday, Blue Origin was reporting that weather looked good for a planned blastoff at 8:50 a.m. Central Time Wednesday from its west Texas launch facility. The whole thing will be live-streamed via Blue Origin’s website.This will be the 10th mission for New Shepard, which is sort of like a smaller version of the reusable Falcon 9 rocket that is the workhorse for Elon Musk’s SpaceX. But Blue Origin has plans for a larger, orbital-class rocket to compete more directly with SpaceX for commercial missions launching satellites and other heavier payloads. Last week, the company shared this new video animation of a New Glenn mission. It hopes the first such launch will take place from Cape Canaveral, Florida in 2021. We are go for launch tomorrow. Weather looking good. Targeting liftoff at 8:50 am CST / 14:50 UTC. Follow live on https://t.co/7Y4The9OmR and check out the @NASA payloads flying with us https://t.co/XL8Yu1hKmI pic.twitter.com/pkRpcUVJQB— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) January 22, 2019 Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ready for launch in Texas, backed by a starry sky. Blue Origin After a number of delays, Blue Origin is hoping to get back to space as soon as Wednesday with its first launch in six months.The rocket company owned by Jeff Bezos plans to send its New Shepard rocket carrying eight NASA-sponsored research projects to spend some brief time in microgravity before coming back down.The payloads include experiments to study things like Earth’s electromagnetic field, measuring fuel levels using sound waves and ways to keep tightly packed electronics cool. The full list of projects can be found on Blue Origin’s website.The launch was originally set for December, but got scrubbed due to “a ground infrastructure issue.” After fixing the issue and reviewing other systems, lift-off was rescheduled for Monday, but forecast high winds pushed the mission again to Wednesday.  Blue Origin Jeff Bezos NASA Spacelast_img read more

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Ad Alleges Begich Shortchanges His Female Staff – Is It True

first_imgAn ad running against Sen. Mark Begich attacks him on his support for women – exactly where he proclaims his strength. The ad, by Crossroads GPS, says he favors men when it comes to setting salaries for his Senate staff.Listen now:Sen. Begich attended a rally in Anchorage this week to mark National Women’s Equality Day and called for an end to gender pay disparities.“We cannot in this country continue to have these inequities when it comes to men and women, whether it’s pay, benefits or anything else. So you’re going to find me working double time.”In a new ad, Crossroads GPS, an Independent political group affiliated with Karl Rove, says Begich doesn’t live by the principle he preaches.“Sen. Begich pays his female senate staff 71 cents for every dollar he pays men. On average, women working for Sen. Begich make 23k less than men.”In an interview after the rally, Begich refuted those numbers.“I don’t know where he got that data. I can tell you when you go job to job, classification to classification, we pay women 108 %. In other words, more than men. I’m sure he’ll run an ad on that next saying I don’t pay men enough!”In Washington, senators set the salaries for their staff, within an overall office budget. A review of staff salaries for the first half of the fiscal year shows, on average, Begich does pay men more. There are endless ways to crunch the numbers, but excluding interns and part-timers, APRN found he pays men an average annual salary of  nearly $80,000, and women about $64,000. It comes to 82 cents on the dollar. It was about the same last year, too.Begich says it skews the numbers when you include what is far and away the top salary: $153,000 for chief of staff David Ramseur. When that one is excluded, the wage gap shrinks, but it still comes to 89 cents on the dollar.Begich does have a lot of women on staff, nearly double the number of men, and they’re not just in the entry-level spots. Looking at his 10 best paid staffers, half are women.As for Begich’s claim that he actually pays women a bit more for the same position, that is true in some cases, and when looking at the same position over several years. But right now, there’s only one job title held by several men and several women. It’s “legislative assistant” and there are seven of them. The men who hold that position make $6,000 more per year than the women, on average.last_img read more

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Lyft and Uber Might Actually Be Making Traffic Worse

first_imgTraffic on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. (Credit: oneinchpunch/Shutterstock)These are consequential days for ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. Drivers in many U.S. cities are going on strike today, protesting low pay, and analysts expect Uber will likely earn billions when it goes public on Friday. (The two events are not unrelated.)But amidst the economic discussions, at least we can all agree that it’s good news in terms of traffic, right? The more people rely on professional drivers to get around, the fewer individual cars will be clogging up the streets. It makes sense — but is it actually true?A study today appearing in Science Advances says, basically, nope. By multiple measures, companies like Uber and Lyft make traffic worse, and led to more delays for travelers. As ride-sharing apps become more popular in urban centers, the findings could help city planners and policy makers figure out better approaches to deal with the changing transit landscape.The Ride-Sharing Time ShareThe team of authors from the University of Kentucky and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority looked specifically at traffic patterns in San Francisco from 2010 to 2016, an interval spanning the rise of ride-sharing apps, or transportation network companies (TNCs), like Uber and Lyft. “We enter this debate to address the question,” they write, “do TNCs decrease or increase traffic congestion?”While previous studies had tried to answer it, the authors say a lack of data has led to mixed results. So, this time they made sure to get tons of it: TNC volumes, pickups and drop-offs all over San Francisco, sorted by time of day, and scraped from the application programming interfaces of “the two largest TNCs” — presumably, Uber and Lyft. They also produced a model, based on known roadway conditions, demographic analyses and other data, that simulates what 2016 traffic would have looked like without ride sharing apps.The results don’t look great for the companies. “Observed changes in travel time are worse than the background changes would predict,” the authors write. “Travel times get worse on roads with more TNC activity than on roads with less TNC activity after controlling for background traffic changes. This result supports the hypothesis that TNCs increase congestion, at least in San Francisco.”The numbers are stark. One of the biggest differences was in travel times, which the team measured in terms of the amount of delay caused by traffic congestion, as opposed to free-flowing, smooth sailing traffic. The researchers say that ride-sharing services made delays 62 percent worse. Meanwhile, in the researcher’s simulated model of how much worse things would’ve gotten anyway without the ride-sharing, travel delays went up, but not nearly as much: 22 percent. The average speeds of cars on the roads also went down over time, decreasing 13 percent in real life, but only four percent in the model. So in a world without Uber and Lyft, the highways would be less stuffed and average speeds would be higher.And travel time became less reliable overall, too. That pushed commuters to give themselves a buffer to make sure they’d arrive somewhere on time. Thanks to ride sharing services, commuters are now giving themselves about 15 percent more time to get somewhere. The researchers say the natural increase without Uber and Lyft would’ve seen people giving themselves about 6 percent more travel time.Better SolutionsThe authors even listed some reasons why ride-sharing might be making traffic worse. Most TNC trips actually add vehicles to the road, they found, as riders take the more convenient option instead of mass transit, walking, cycling or simply not going. And pickup/drop-offs proved distinctly disruptive to traffic flow, especially in the highest-density streets that need the most help alleviating congestion to begin with.The authors concede that more work needs to be done, including studying these trends in other cities and non-urban areas to get a better overall picture of their effect. But, with TNCs making up 15 percent of all intra-San Francisco vehicle trips and ridership doubling in New York from 2014 to 2016, these ride-sharing trends show no signs of slowing down — unlike the congestion they create. The more we learn about how these companies actually affect traffic, the better we can incorporate them into our future transportation systems.last_img read more

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Clients can wander explore save 20 with Loews new promotion

first_img NEW YORK — Starting today, clients who book a stay at Loews Hotels properties will enjoy 20% off with a brand new promotion.‘A Wonderful Place to Wander’ promo gives guests 20% off on bookings of two nights or more made from June 14-30. This exclusive offer is valid for travel through Dec. 31, 2017 at Loews Hotels properties in destinations throughout North America.“Loews Hotels knows that people are nomads at heart, each searching for something unexpected with characteristics all its own,” said Oliver Bonke, Chief Commercial Officer of Loews Hotels & Co. “Our ‘A Wonderful Place to Wander’ campaign, coupled with the offer, embraces travelers’ need to continue seeking the unknown, even if it’s just steps away, with value-driven rates making the pursuit for discovery all the more rewarding.”Loews Hotels invites travelers to discover and enjoy distinct experiences at properties from coast to coast this summer, including:Yoga classes from 20 storeys up on the helipad at Loews Hollywood Hotel (classes are offered every Saturday and Sunday at sunrise and sunset starting at the end of June, priced at $19 for hotel guests)A detoxifying Espresso Body Scrub treatment at The Spaahh at Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle (US$195 for 80 minutes)Local bites and handcrafted cocktails at the rooftop Streeterville Social at Loews Chicago HotelThree new luxe private cabanas at Loews Miami Beach HotelMore news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesFor more information about ‘A Wonderful Place to Wander, follow the #AWonderfulPlace hashtag starting tomorrow. Travelweek Group Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Clients can wander, explore & save 20% with Loews’ new promotion Tags: Loews Hotels, Promotionscenter_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more

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Cyclone to bring high waves to Costa Ricas Pacific beaches this weekend

first_imgNo related posts. The National Emergency Commission (CNE) on Thursday issued a “Green Alert” (preventive) for the entire Pacific coast of Costa Rica, due to the arrival of high waves this weekend.A report from the University of Costa Rica’s Ocean Sciences and Limnology Research Center said that a large extratropical cyclone in the South American Pacific caused a strong surge that is currently moving northward. The phenomenon could reach Costa Rican shores by Thursday and will likely pound beaches until Sunday.Maximum wave duration is predicted at 20-22 seconds per wave, a very strong break on the beach and similar to a recent phenomenon that flooded several properties and roads in Puntarenas province. Waves of up to 6-7 feet are expected, especially on Friday and Saturday, the report added.The CNE urged people to take precautions and warned tourists and small boat operators not to approach the mouths of rivers and beaches in the cantons of: Golfito, Osa, Aguirre, Parrita, Garabito, Esparza, Puntarenas, Nandayure, Hojancha, Nicoya, Santa Cruz, Carrillo, Liberia and La Cruz. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Driver dies as truck crashes down embankment

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A truck driver lost his life after allegedly losing control of the vehicle he was travelling in, on the Pieters / Colenso road last night (Saturday).The massive truck veered off the road and crashed down an embankment.A passenger was seriously injured.EMRS, Sharaj Ambulance Services, police and other emergency personnel responded to the scene.Paramedics had to use the jaws-of-life to free the truck driver’s lifeless body from the wreckage.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

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Swimmers excel in Chelmsford Challenge Midmar Mile

first_img12 Ladysmith Marlins swimmers travelled to Chelmsford for the annual Chelmsford Challenge on Saturday, January 31.In the 3km event, JJ, Dian and Gustav had good swims. They had strong competition in the form of world-class swimmer Chad Ho and others. JJ ended second and Dian third. In the 1km event for men and women, it was also a tight battle for our swimmers. In the event for men, JJ and Dian chased each other, with JJ ending second and Dian third.On Sunday, February 8, our swimmers travelled to Midmar Dam for the annual Midmar Mile. The swimmers had good conditions to swim in and the spectators had a lovely hot summer’s day. We are very proud of all our swimmers who swam in the different events. Two of our swimmers finished in the top 100 in the event 14-30 years. JJ ended 39th in a time of 20:47 and Dian 86th in a time of 22:39.Cassidy did the ‘8 Mile’ and finished all the events in good times. In more than one of the events, she came in the top 10 of her category, taking nine minutes off her previous times.Well done to all our swimmers!This Saturday, the swimmers will have a last chance to improve their times and qualify for levels. The February age group gala will be in Newcastle, starting at 9am. Swimmers are to report at 8am. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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Jordans king swears in 13 new Cabinet ministers

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies AMMAN, Jordan (AP) – The royal palace says Jordan’s King Abdullah II has sworn in 13 new Cabinet ministers, enlarging the government as part of promised reforms.The long expected reshuffle is the first since Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour took office on March 30 following parliamentary elections hailed as the centerpiece of palace-led reforms.Wednesday’s change excluded major posts, including foreign affairs, interior and finance. Top Stories It brought in two women, raising their number to three.The palace said multiple portfolios held by serving ministers were divided among the newcomers.The Cabinet now has 27 ministers, including Ensour, who also serves as defense minister.Abdullah’s reforms come amid the violent upheavals brought by the Arab Spring, which toppled four longtime leaders.The Jordanian reforms also allowed for public assembly and dissent _ previously outlawed acts.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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Are Home Prices Decelerating

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Home Prices homes HOUSING Inventory S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices Supply 2018-06-26 Radhika Ojha June 26, 2018 682 Views U.S. home prices grew at 6.4 percent in April compared with the same period last year according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index (HPI) released on Tuesday. The growth, however, was slightly down from 6.5 percent recorded in March. The index, which comprises of a national index covering all nine U.S. Census divisions, the 10-City Composite and the 20-City Composite indices found that on a month over month basis, the index posted a gain of 1 percent in April.Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Francisco kept up their lead for the second consecutive month reporting the highest year-over-year gains in home prices among 20 cities. In April Seattle registered a growth of 13.1 percent in home prices, followed by Las Vegas with 12.7 percent, and San Francisco with 10.9 percent growth. The data indicated that nine of the 20 cities on the index reported greater prices increases in the year ending April 2018, compared with the year ending March 2018.“The favorable economy and moderate mortgage rates both support recent gains in housing. One factor pushing prices up is the continued low supply of homes for sale,” said David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “The months-supply is currently 4.3 months, up from levels below four months earlier in the year, but still low.”Supply concerns, in fact, have been one of the key reasons that are pulling home prices up this year, especially for lower-priced homes according to Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist LendingTree. “Sales for homes under $100,000 were down 18 percent year over year in May and those between $100,000 and $250,000 were down 7 percent,” Kapfidze said. “Prices have softened and may be indicating that rate rises are having an impact on transaction prices.”According to Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com home supply in the three cities that have shown a maximum rise in home prices is playing out differently. “Inventory remains limited and declining in Las Vegas and San Francisco, while price increases appear to be bringing more inventory to the market in Seattle,” she observed.  Other factors that could impact home prices in the long run also include rising tariffs. “We see tariffs placed on Canadian lumber and other imported products as adding fuel to already high home price growth,” said Tian Liu, Chief Economist at Genworth Mortgage Insurance. “These new tariffs may force homebuilders to hold tight on price amid uncertainties about rising material costs.”center_img Are Home Prices Decelerating? Sharelast_img read more

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