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Ontario First Nation prepares for the worst as water rises on the

first_img(View of the Albany River from the Fort Albany First Nation, 8 kilometres to the south: Courtesy: Fort Albany Flood Watch)Annette FrancisAPTN National NewsKAPUSKASING –The Kashechewan First Nation in Ontario is preparing for a Stage one evacuation and some residents could be in the air within a few days.The Cree community is no stranger to evacuation orders and it seems 2015 will be no different.This year, the dam that keeps the Albany river at bay is deteriorating and officials are arranging transport and lodging.That’s why Gerry Demeules is busy 24-7 these days.The evaucation coordinator for the city of Kapuskasing has just returned from Kashechewan and is wasting no time getting back to work.After the one hour flight, he’s back on the phone making calls to local motel owners, hoping to secure enough beds for the latest influx of evacuees.Demeules said the first to be flown out will be the elderly, the sick and young children.“Our community is pretty well one of the biggest communities in the north when it comes to providing good hospital care,” said Demeules. “So thats why we stepped up to be a stage one centre.”Demeules is no stranger to this type of evacuation preparedness.Since 2006, the City of Kapuskasing, 320 kilometres west of Kashechewan, has been host to evacuees in their time of need.“So from there we’ve learned a lot from our mistakes,” Demeules told APTN National News. “And we’re to the point now where we’re basically the first phone call from the province.”Can’t go homeKapuskasing is currently playing host to 400 evacuees from Kashechewan who have not been able to return home after last year’s flood.Desmeule said the city has plans to help once again and this year, a new plan is in place.Based on the city’s coordination experience, he said Kapuskasing will act as the hub. Then evacuees will be flown to other communities that are willing to act as host communities.Demeules said the other northern communities that are on board this year are Hearst, Smooth Rock Falls and Constance Lake First Nation.“We’re looking at about 800 people that we can house within a couple hours of each other,” said Demueles.It would mean families and friends can visit and relieve some of the stress he said.afrancis@aptn.caAnnette Francis is in Kapuskasing and is travelling to Kashechewan later this week. She will continue to file stories as the situation developslast_img read more

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TD to open cybersecurity office in Tel Aviv plans to spend up

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto-Dominion Bank is opening a new office in Tel Aviv to tap Israel’s cybersecurity talent as companies of all stripes race to fortify their defences amid mounting threats.Jeff Henderson, TD’s chief information officer, says the bank plans to invest between $3 million to $5 million in its Tel Aviv office annually and aims to hire as many as 12 staff within the next year.Tel Aviv has a deep pool of cybersecurity talent coming from local universities as well as the military, he added.“The demand for cybersecurity talent is at an all time high, by everybody, and the supply in North America is limited. So it requires us to be more creative. … This is good evidence that we’re willing to go outside of our borders, outside of our market, and to open an office in order to get that talent,” he said.The cybersecurity office in Tel Aviv, which TD says is a first for a Canadian bank, comes less than a month after credit data company Equifax announced that it suffered a massive cyberattack this past summer that compromised the personal information of roughly 143 million U.S. consumers and “limited” Canadian and U.K. consumers.On Monday, Equifax revised the number of consumers potentially impacted in the breach — bumping up the total in the U.S. to 145.5 million and reducing the number in Canada from an estimated 100,000 to 8,000.For these Canadian consumers, Equifax says the information that may have been accessed includes name, address, social insurance number and, in “limited cases” credit card numbers.And as banks increasingly interact with their customers in the digital realm either online or via mobile devices rather than in physical branches, the need for strong cybersecurity becomes more pressing.“As we’re building a more digital bank, and as we’re delivering more connected and personalized experience… it introduces a premium on making sure that we’re being very careful and we are managing our risk,” said Henderson.TD has been ramping up its direct investment in cybersecurity by 30 to 35 per cent, compounded annually, each year, said Henderson, a trend he expects to continue or increase. In the last fiscal year, he estimates TD made a direct investment in cybersecurity of $150 million to $200 million.Other cities in the U.S. and Canada were also potential sites for this cybersecurity office, Henderson said.“This isn’t meant to be the only path,” he said. “This is a space around the world where demand is far outstripping supply. And it’s I think unreasonable to say we will get the best and brightest just by being centred in Toronto, or just by drawing upon the markets we have business in.”TD has already established a legal entity and has one person on the ground, said Henderson, adding the bank aims to start hiring in the next two to three weeks.“You can’t build necessarily the perfect impenetrable defence. Nobody can. But its important that your ear is to the ground, so to speak, and know what’s going on from a threat perspective. Being in Israel will give us an extra avenue.”Meanwhile, TD is spending on other technology initiatives as well.TD Bank Group is taking $3.25 million from its fin tech investment pool to provide patent application funding and expertise to startups.The bank is also bringing in artificial-intelligence powered chatbots into its mobile app. It says it has signed an agreement with Kasisto to use its KAI Banking platform, which will allow TD mobile app users to make queries about their accounts or transaction history via text chat.last_img read more

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Baseball Ohio State rallies from down 61 wins 108 to move to

Ohio State senior Nate Romans (7) swings at home plate in the Buckeyes’ home opener against the Lipscomb Bison on March 15, 2019 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe Ohio State baseball team overcame an early 6-1 deficit to claim its second-straight victory. Ohio State (10-10) rallied to beat Northern Kentucky (4-13) 10-8. The Buckeyes produced 14 hits, including two home runs, in the win. After trailing 6-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, Ohio State cut into the deficit to just a run by the bottom of the seventh inning. With one man on, redshirt sophomore catcher Brent Todys lifted a home run over the left field wall to give the Buckeyes their first lead of the game. “[The mindset was] just competing. I’d been struggling of late. Just going out there and putting that bat to help the team string together something,” Todys said. Five Buckeyes recorded multi-hit games, including a three-hit, two-RBI game from senior left fielder Brady Cherry. The freshmen especially shined, combining to hit .417 with five RBI. After a pair of hard groundouts started the game for Northern Kentucky, redshirt senior designated hitter Will Haueter hit a two-out double down the third base line to give his team a runner in scoring position. The Norse capitalized with a two-run home run by sophomore first baseman Griffin Doersching.Following a quick two outs in the Buckeyes’ half of the inning, Cherry snuck a ball down the third base line. Junior first baseman Conner Pohl drove home Cherry with a single to right-center field, cutting the deficit to 2-1 after one inning. Following a hit batsman and a wild pitch, a single to center put runners on the corners with one out in the top of the third inning. A strikeout got the second out, but a fielding and a throwing error by Ohio State freshman third baseman Zach Dezenzo allowed the Northern Kentucky runner from third to score. On the same play, junior right fielder Dominic Canzone roped a throw from right field to record the final out at the plate and keep the score at 3-1. Ohio State head coach Greg Beals noted the importance of the play to bail them out of the inning and prevent further damage. “That’s what you expect out of your big-time players though. Dom’s a big-time player for us. We needed him to make big plays,” Beals said.  Junior pitcher Jake Vance recorded two strikeouts in the fourth inning, but two doubles put another run on the board for the Norse. A two-run home run from redshirt freshman left fielder Sam Hedges put Northern Kentucky ahead 6-1. Vance exited the game after four innings. He allowed five earned runs with four strikeouts. But Todys said the team kept its head up even with the five-run deficit.“We felt like we were still in it, and we felt like our bats are good enough right now to where we can get ourselves back into the game when we are down like that,” Todys said. Ohio State freshman designated hitter Marcus Ernst was able to immediately respond with a leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman center fielder Nolan Clegg launched the first home run of his collegiate career to reduce the Norse lead to three.“Just chip away at their lead,” Clegg said. “We were still very early in the game, so we had plenty of time.” A fielding error and a hit batsman kept the inning alive for the Buckeyes with two outs. Cherry took advantage with a two-RBI double to deep left-center field to make the score 6-5. “That four runs in the fourth for us kind of put us back in the mix and gave us that believing feeling,” Beals said. Northern Kentucky started the sixth inning with a pair of walks, and a bunt by Northern Kentucky advanced the runners into scoring position with one out before a sacrifice fly by Hedges moved the score to 7-5. Ohio State freshman pitcher Bayden Root stepped on the mound in the seventh inning and he struck out three, surrendering one hit. Pohl was able to hit a double in the gap in right centerfield to open the bottom of the seventh. Dezenzo drove a hard liner to third base, which bounced off the diving third baseman’s glove for a double, bringing home Pohl to cut the Ohio State deficit to one. This set the stage for Todys to lift the Buckeyes ahead with his two-run home run. Following a strikeout to record the second out of the bottom of the eighth inning, a pair of bases-loaded walks pushed the Ohio State lead to 10-7. The ninth inning proved difficult for the Buckeyes for the second-straight game. Northern Kentucky loaded the bases with two outs, and a passed-ball strikeout reduced the deficit to two. Junior pitcher Andrew Magno struck out the final batter to earn his second save of the year, as the Buckeyes survived another late-game scare.“Those experiences, I think, are thickening our skin a little bit, toughening us up. Our guys again survived,” Beals said. Root earned his first collegiate win with a four-strikeout performance in 2 2/3 innings of relief. “This was a big game, because this gets us back to even ground. Now we just go in and never look back,” Todys said. Ohio State will return to start a four-game series with Hawaii at Bill Davis Stadium at 5:05 p.m. Thursday. read more

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Lucky to be alive – abducted taxi driver

Hours after being found alive, walking on the Annandale, East Coast Demerara road, 22-year-old, Matthew Shivtahal – the young man who was held at gunpoint and abducted by four hardcore criminals during the Camp Street Prison break on Sunday- says his pleading with his abductors and telling them he is a father, is what saved his life.Matthew ShivtahalAs the young man recounted his experiences on Monday to media operatives, Shivtahal explained that on Sunday he was returning home on the East Bank of Demerara from Industry in the company of a woman and her children.He said that upon hearing gunshots coming from the direction of the Camp Street prison, while on Broad Street, he attempted to turn around. However, he was too late since by that time, one of the four escapees was already in front of him with a gun pointed to his head.Shivtahal related that they took him to a certain point with his vehicle which was then abandoned and he was then made to trek with them through swampy backlands.“…ah had a lady and some children inside the car. They take out them, push me back inside the car [and we travelled] to South Backlands and we keep going down south, keep walking south, crossing  a lot of trenches, going down till to Land of Canaan.”Shivtahal explained that after hours of walking, the group approached a large trench where men were expected to swim, however, he recalled telling them that he could not swim.The audibly shaken Shivtahal  said “I can’t swim so they seh instead fuh I slow them down, best they kill me and done.”The young man related that he pleaded even more than before for his life.“I beg. I tell them that how I got a 1-year-old son, that I  wouldn’t like he to grow up without a father.”The father of one related that upon hearing that, one of the fugitives believed to be Royden Durant Williams aka “Smallie” –who was sentenced to death for being involved in the Lusignan Bartica Massacre- released him.“The rasta one…seh just because you tell me duh, ah gon leh you go and  the man show me a way weh fuh go out, walk down the dam, show me a way weh fuh go out [and I] cross over like four swamp, over a set of bridges, cut up meh foot…till last night 10 o’clock I came out. Since 12, Sunday night ah deh walking.”The seemingly traumatized Shivtahal thanked God for saving his  life.Following an attack staged by prisoners at the Camp Street Prison on Sunday, which resulted in the building being set alight and correctional officers being shot at and injured with their own firearms as well as make shift weapons, four hard core criminals, who were armed, managed to escape by hijacking a vehicle and holding Shivtahal, hostage.Wanted bulletins were issued for Mark Royden Durant aka Royden Williams, Uree Varswyke aka Malcolm Gordon, and Stafrei Hopkenson Alexander.Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels has now confirmed that there are Eight (8) fugitives missing from the Camp Street Prison following Sunday’s riot and fire.Samuels disclosed that the number was  originally nine but one of the inmates; Shamudeen Mohamed was recaptured last night at Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo.Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBreaking Prison Update: Abducted driver found alive, 22 Camp St inmates receive bailJuly 10, 2017In “Crime”Mother breaks down in Court as Duo is charged for murdering HairdresserSeptember 8, 2014In “Crime”Prison break update: Vehicle used by escapees recovered, driver still missingJuly 10, 2017In “Crime” read more

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Labourer dies following accident

Courtney Ashby, a 40-year-old labourer, succumbed to his injuries yesterday after being involved in an accident at Orangestein Public Road, East Bank Essequibo.Ashby, a labourer from Lot 2133 ‘Z’, Tuschen New Scheme, EBE, had ran into the path of a motor car around 5:30am. The  car was proceeding west along the southern carriageway of the Public Road at the time of the accident when Ashby ran into its path.He was picked up in an unconscious condition and taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTuschen labourer killed in accidentDecember 16, 2017In “Crime”12-year-old struggling for life after being struck by motorcyclistMay 7, 2016In “latest news”Labourer killed following hit and run accidentFebruary 13, 2017In “latest news” read more

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The US military wants to get rid of its stockpile of landmines

first_imgTHE UNITED STATES has signalled its intent to eliminate its stockpile of anti-personnel landmines and eventually join a global treaty banning them, boosting efforts to rid the world of the weapons.The high-profile announcement was made at a conference in Mozambique’s capital Maputo aimed at ultimately ensuring no armed forces use anti-personnel mines by 2025.The number of people killed or maimed by APLs fell in 2012, according to the global watchdog Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, but still reached 4,000. In many cases, the mines are leftovers from wars that ended decades earlier.“The United States took the step of declaring it will not produce or otherwise acquire any anti-personnel landmines in the future, including to replace existing stockpiles as they expire,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.In 2009, Washington said it was reviewing its position on landmines but — along with rivals China and Russia — has failed to sign the Ottawa Convention that bans the use of APLs and envisions their eventual elimination.Arch-foeNuclear powers India and Pakistan have also not signed up, nor has arch-foe Iran.Long-standing critics of the US policy say Washington’s rivals are waiting on the United States to move before they do likewise.The White House gave no timeline as to when it might eventually sign the treaty, but Hayden said the US delegation in Maputo “made clear that we are diligently pursuing solutions that would be compliant with and ultimately allow the United States to accede to the Ottawa Convention.”Risks“We are conducting a high fidelity modeling and simulation effort to ascertain how to mitigate the risks associated with the loss of APL,” she said.“Other aspects of our landmine policy remain under consideration.”The United States has provided more than $2.3 billion in aid since 1993 in more than 90 countries for conventional weapons destruction programs, Hayden noted.The US stockpile is believed to consist of about nine million self-destruct anti-personnel mines, Human Rights Watch said, cautiously welcoming Washington’s announcement.- © AFP 2014Read: 349 US planes with war munitions allowed to land at Shannon. Zero were refused >last_img read more

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Wheelchairs for Kids helping thousands

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Mobility is everything, and for disabled children, they wouldn’t have any form of independence without their wheelchair. The Western Australian charity Wheelchairs for Kids is designed to give the right of mobility back to children who need it most. WikiLeaks party member and journalist Gerry Georgatos has been the volunteer foundation manager for years and has overseen the transportation of thousands of wheelchairs to over 68 countries in the world to disabled children suffering through war and poverty. Starting in 1998, the charity has grown from manufacturing 35 wheelchairs a month (all handmade and built by volunteers) to over 350 a month. Most recently, the charity has shipped wheelchairs to war-torn Syria and Libya and will be adding Egypt to the list in their next shipment. Over 150 volunteers – mostly retired individuals – help make wheelchairs of all shapes and sizes for children around the world. The volunteers often go the extra mile by making personalised toys to go with each wheelchair. For Mr Georgatos, seeing the immediate benefit for the child and the community is what keeps him volunteering. “A wheelchair means mobility, it means improved access to personal wellbeing, education, it means relief for the family,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “It means a quality of life.” To date, the charity has made 25,986 wheelchairs and is hoping to boost that tally as demand keeps rising. “The demand is huge, the amount of kids we help, we know there’s millions waiting,” Mr Georgatos says. The WA charity runs out of a factory in the Perth suburb of Gnangara and is completely funded by donations. The annual running costs are $600,000, enough to buy materials and pay for shipping for over 5,000 wheelchairs a year. Each wheelchair is built to withstand rough terrain and is built to last. Many of the areas they are sent to don’t have the ability to fix substandard wheelchairs with spare parts. “There are no wheelchair assembly factories, there’s no way of provision and they depend on international aid to survive,” Mr Georgatos says. Right now the charity is looking to increase its reach, adding more countries to their distribution list. The only way they can do that is by raising more funds. To donate to the Wheelchairs for Kids Foundation: ANZ BSB: 016 261 – ACC: 267 255 563 Any school, association, organisation or individual that would like to assist WFKids please contact the volunteer foundation manager, Gerry Georgatos on 0430 657 309 or at gerry_georgatos@yahoo.com.aulast_img read more

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Alerte Météo France orange de la neige et du verglas toujours attendus

first_imgAlerte Météo France orange : de la neige et du verglas toujours attendus dans 12 départementsLundi matin, Météo France a maintenu son alerte orange sur douze départements, en raison d’un risque de chutes de neige et de verglas. Dimanche, 41 départements avaient été placés en vigilance orange. Après un léger redoux, la météo a décidé de redevenir plus hivernale et la neige est tombée une nouvelle fois sur l’Hexagone ce week-end. Dimanche, Météo France avait ainsi placé pas moins de 41 départements en vigilance orange en raison des chutes de neige et d’un risque de verglas. Une alerte qui a été réduite ce matin et maintenue seulement dans 12 départements. Les départements concernés sont : la Meurthe-et-Moselle, la Meuse, l’Ain, la Haute-Savoie, la Savoie, l’Isère, la Drôme, les Hautes-Alpes, les Alpes-de-Haute-Provence et le Var. Les Landes, et les Pyrénées-Atlantiques sont eux placés sous vigilance en raison d’un littoral particulièrement agité. L’alerte sera maintenue au moins jusqu’à mardi 6H00. Ce matin, à cette même heure, la perturbation neigeuse s’étirait des frontières de la Belgique et de l’Allemagne à la Franche-Comté, l’est de Rhône-Alpes et la partie intérieure de la région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA).Néanmoins, concernant les régions du nord-est, Ardennes, Lorraine, sud Champagne et Franche-Comté, Météo France a indiqué que les chutes de neige devraient rapidement s’atténuer dans la matinée. Les intensités de ces chutes de neige sont irrégulières et se situent entre moins de 1 cm par heure à 2 cm par heure. De même, sur l’est de Rhône-Alpes, il neigera de façon continue ce matin, puis ces chutes de neige vont lentement s’atténuer dans l’après-midi, d’après les météorologistes cités par l’AFP. On attend d’ici à la fin de journée des épaisseurs de neige voisine de 10 cm à basse altitude ou même localement en plaine. 5 à 10 cm de neige attendus dans le Vaucluse À lire aussi(VIDÉO) Un radar détecte un nuage de coccinelles de 80 kilomètres de largeIl neigera en revanche, de façon plus soutenue en montagne, sur le Jura et les pré-Alpes, et des épaisseurs comprises entre 25 et 35 cm sont probables.  Sur la région PACA, les précipitations tombent sous forme de neige à basse altitude, sous forme de pluie sur les côtes, de pluie et neige mêlées en retrait des littoraux. Pour le département de Vaucluse, les forts cumuls seront concentrés sur l’est du département. Les cumuls attendus sont de l’ordre de 5 à 10 cm dans l’intérieur et jusqu’à 30 cm au-dessus de 500 m.Samedi, Météo France avait annoncé un “nouvel épisode hivernal qui nécessite une vigilance particulière dans la mesure où ce type de phénomène est très perturbant pour de nombreuses activités économiques”. Si les chutes de neige vont s’atténuer en cours de journée, Météo France recommande de rester particulièrement vigilant de lundi à mardi en particulier sur les routes.Le 11 février 2013 à 10:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Is Apple Working on Custom Mac Chips

first_img Apple is Apple. Folks love them for it or hate them for it, but it’s undeniable that the company’s self-image is based on being precisely, uniquely itself. Even when presenting ideas originally developed by others, doing it the Apple way is supposed to make you think different. And if rumors are to be believed, a core Apple product is about to think much more differently. According to Bloomberg, Apple is developing its own custom Mac processors for 2020.Why does it matter? This shift would further Apple’s plans of merging the beloved but not super popular Mac line with the massively popular iPhone, iPad, and other iOS products. Those devices already use custom, A-series, ARM system-on-chips. Even supplemental Apple products like HomePod and AirPods and Apple Watch share similar tech. So if Macs also move to Apple-designed architecture, then it would be easier for the entire ecosystem to get even cozier, and more exclusionary.Yes, beyond whatever potential performance upgrades these “Kalamata” chips would provide, like better MacBook battery life perhaps, they might also make the Mac platform even more closed off and incompatible compared with PC rivals. It’s like a more high-tech version of requiring proprietary peripherals like Lightning headphones. But if the chips do make Macs more compatible with iOS, at least the machines won’t be wanting for software. It just won’t necessarily be exactly the kind of software you’re getting on PC or even older Macs. That probably sounds like good news to most Apple fans anyway.The only thing somewhat surprising about this speculation is that it would actually be a step back for Apple in terms of how nice it plays with the rest of the computing hardware industry. In 2006, Macs moved over to PC-style Intel chips instead of PowerPC processors. But then again Apple in 2006, pre-iPhone, was in a much different place financially and culturally compared to today. Now they have power and aren’t afraid to swing it around.Whatever the future for Mac holds, including a real OS name upgrade beyond codename “Marzipan,” we should find out more at WWDC in June. I’m just hoping they still all look like space trash cans. Stay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Titanic Gets Second Chance as Replica Sets Sail in 2022

first_imgStay on target The Titanic‘s legend goes on and on.Since her maiden voyage in April 1912, the shipwrecked British passenger liner has become one of history’s most beloved vessels.And she’s making a comeback.Titanic II is set to launch in 2022, tracing its doomed namesake’s North Atlantic route from Southampton, England, to New York.Helmed by Australian shipping company Blue Star Line, the modernized ship—now with enhanced stability and state-of-the-art navigation—will carry the same number of passengers (2,400) and crew (900) as the original.Except this time, there’ll be a few more lifeboats.Rendering of Titanic II (via Blue Star Line/Cyril Codus)Under the command of Capt. Edward Smith, the 1912 boat carried some of the world’s wealthiest people, as well as hundreds of emigrants from Europe seeking a new life in the US.Most, of course, didn’t make it that far: After stops in Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland, the Titanic (spoiler alert!) hit an iceberg, broke apart, and sank.The wreck was discovered more than 70 years later, gradually disintegrating some 3,780 miles underwater. Her final survivor, Millvina Dean (only two months old at the time of the sinking), died in 2009 at the age of 97.“In 1912, the Titanic was the ship of dreams,” Blue Star Line chairman Clive Palmer said in a statement. “For over a century, Titanic‘s legend has been powered by mystery, intrigue, and respect for all she stood for.“Millions have dreamt of sailing on her, seeing her in port, and experiencing her unique majesty,” he continued. “Titanic II will be the ship where those dreams come true.”In April 2012, Blue Star Line announced plans to replicate the famed ship, initially projected to set sail in 2016.The firm, led by billionaire Palmer, re-commenced work on Titanic II in September, after missing two launch deadlines. Blue Star Line now aims to break a bottle of champagne over the bow in 2022—110 years after the ill-fated expedition.Titanic II rendering (via Blue Star Line)If all goes well on its inaugural trip west, Titanic II will eventually embark on various global routes.“The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York,” Palmer said. “But she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention, intrigue, and mystery in every port she visits.”There is no word on how much tickets will cost, though you can expect to spend at least an arm and a leg (but hopefully not your life) for admission.More coverage on Geek.com: Titanic Expected to Disappear by 2030 Thanks to Hungry Bacteria Scientists to Scan Titanic Wreckage in 3D ‘Oldest Intact Shipwreck’ Discovered in Black Sea ‘Titanic Is Deteriorating’: New Images From Dive Reveal Deca…’Titanic’ Car Scene Handprint Is Still Visible 22 Years Later last_img read more

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Barcelona to wait for next summer to launch full bid for

first_imgThe Spanish giants Barcelona have finally given up on their chase for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba this summer having seen that United won’t sell the World Cup winner before the summer transfer window closes by month end.The France international who is valued at around £89million, has three years left on his £290,000-a-week contract.Barcelona had offered Manchester United £50m plus two players was rejected out of hand to secure Paul Pogba. However, Express Uk reports that United are unlikely to entertain a January bid for the 25-year-old, which means that Barcelona will have to wait until the end of the season.Pogba fueled the conversation concerning his relationship with his club Mourinho last Friday night’s after win over Leicester by hinting all is not well between himself and Jose Mourinho. However, Mourinho trashed the speculation of a rift with the player saying:Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks and I’ve never been so happy with [Pogba] as I am now, that’s the truth,”“I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him, he came here on a Monday, trained three days, I asked for his support for his contribution in an important match for us when the team had difficulties.“He did it better and for more time than we could expect, when he says he did it for the fans and for the team is exactly what I want, is exactly what I demand from my players.“He’s working well, playing well, he does for the fans, he does for the team and that’s what I want, to play for the team and I couldn’t be happier than what I am.”last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For October 5 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, October 5, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 60. North wind 5 to 7 mph.In The Community: Enjoy an evening of dance and storytelling with Wilmington resident and acclaimed Indian classical dance artist Mouli Pal from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street). Free admission. A donation to the church is appreciated. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Wilmington Cultural Council. [Learn more HERE.]At The Library: Needleworkers at 10am. Drop-In Preschool Storytime at 10am. As Seen On TV: Zombie Survival Course at 3:45pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Sewing Class at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting Karaoke from Winnell Entertainment at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For September 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 20, 2017In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Parole officers Arm of the law with a human touch

first_imgThis is the second story in a five-part series looking at prison re-entry. Want more? Alaska Public Media is hosting a live community forum on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7:00 p.m. to dig deeper into life after prison.One of the first stops for everyone leaving prison is the Probation and Parole Office in downtown Anchorage. People are required to check in within 24 hours of release. Parole officers have two major roles: law enforcers and social workers. Both help keep the community safe.Denice McKenzie. Photo: Anne Hillman/KSKA.Parole officer Denice McKenzie scans parolee Tyson Davis with a detection wand then lets him through the security door. It buzzes loudly then slams back into place.It’s time for Davis’ required monthly check in. McKenzie asks about his life.“So you have self-employed?” she asks, referring to his current employment status on his information forms.“I am,” Davis replies, nodding politely, hands on his thighs.“But you’re still doing construction?”“Yes.”“For the same guy?”“Yeah. I’m building a house for him.”“Same guy through church? Are you still going to church?”“Oh, absolutely.”“Excellent!” McKenzie replies with enthusiasm.“I’m doing well in that regards,” Davis says, nodding.Davis talks about getting medical treatment and visiting his mom. Within 10 minutes their conversation is over, no red flags, no need for a urinalysis, called a UA. McKenzie cheers his successes and offers support to help him with a 12-step program. Because that’s what she does — she’s a cheerleader, a best friend, and a mom.“I used to joke with some of the offenders on my caseload that I need to be able claim them on my income tax as dependents because they’re just like my children,” she says, laughing.McKenzie gets very involved with her offenders’ lives. She knows their partners and their parents. She feels the emotional impact if they die.“When they overdose, that’s the worst. Because what could I have done to get them into the office, get them a UA? It would have been better to send them to jail than to see them die.”She sees her role as helping people lead stable lives by connecting them to resources that help them find housing and jobs. McKenzie says ultimately, stability means offenders won’t commit another crime, and it makes the community safer for everyone.“It comes down to we are as a community only as strong as the least among us. And my job is to make the people on my caseload a stronger and a bigger part of the community because until they can rise, none of us can, really.”McKenzie is part of a larger cultural shift within the Probation and Parole Division of the Department of Corrections. The division’s leaders are trying to focus on ways to connect offenders to community resources and help them be healthy and productive.To that end, McKenzie uses different tools like random urine testing to help people manage and treat their substance use issues instead of just throwing them back in jail. She uses her discretion. Being a parole officer is a job with a lot a gray areas.For Davis, who has been on parole for more than three years, McKenzie’s approach is working. He says that’s not always the case; not everyone has a great relationship with their PO.“I think (success) has a lot to with who you get as a PO,” he says. “You get the different type of personalities. And I’m super-blessed to have mine. I’m really blessed.”Parolee Jimmy Tuilefano has a different officer, not McKenzie, and their relationship is more mixed. He says part of the problem is he’s not always sure he understands what’s expected of him, which is frustrating.“Sometimes I feel like I just want to give up. I’d rather be in jail sometimes. But then I get to thinking, that ain’t really where I wanna be, ya know.”He says sometimes he thinks his PO is on his side, but not always.“Sometimes I feel like she’s just gonna throw me to the wolves,” he says, laughing.Tuilefano likens parole to adult babysitting. “I’m a grown-ass man, excuse my French. That’s what people feel like. But at the same time, you’re on a leash. You’re not free no more. Your life belongs to them for the next couple years.”PO McKenzie says some people can’t handle all of the rules. Even Tuilefano’s been back to jail a couple of times. McKenzie estimates that 30 to 35 people leave the office every week in handcuffs for having violated conditions of parole or for committing new crimes. Some people simply don’t show up for appointments and have warrants out for their arrest. That’s when her role as a law enforcement officer kicks in.“If it’s an offender that’s going sideways and committing crimes, my job is to get out there and try to find them and stop them.”McKenzie says it’s about striking a balance to help keep the community safe and the parolees moving ahead with their lives.“The reality is, you run across people that are on felony supervision each and every day and you may not realize it. They have jobs. If you go into a restaurant in Anchorage, there’s someone on supervision probably working in that restaurant. And they’re doing an exceptionally good job, and they’re doing what they need to do to be a member of our community.”And to help them keep doing that, McKenzie says she has to be versatile and approach each person as an individual. She says she has 79 people on her caseload, so she has to be 79 different POs.last_img read more

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MeToo Vikas Bahl gets clean chit after complainant fails to appear before

first_imgVikas BahlVarinder ChawlaQueen Director Vikas Bahl, who was accused of molesting a former employee of Phantom Films in the #MeToo campaign last year, has been given a clean chit by the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) of Reliance Entertainment.”It is true that the ICC report exonerated Vikas. With ICC clearing Vikas Bahl’s name, we don’t have a choice but to reinstate his credit as ‘Super 30’ director,” Shibasish Sarkar, Group CEO, Reliance Entertainment, said in a statement.A source told IANS that the matter was probed by an all-women committee with two lawyers, one internal and one external. The complainant failed to appear before the committee despite repeated reminders.The clean chit has enabled Bahl’s credit as director of Hrithik Roshan-starrer Super 30 to be reinstated. His name will feature in the trailer which will be out next week.In an interview to Huffington Post in October, last year, the victim narrated how Bahl, in an inebriated state, forced himself on the lady’s bed, molested her, and masturbated on her back before leaving the room using abusive language at her on a trip to Goa in 2015. Kangana Ranaut, along with Bahl’s then partners Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, also spoke of his alleged misconduct.Reliance Entertainment held a 50 per cent stake in Phantom Films — co-owned by Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap and Madhu Mantena — which was dissolved last year after the #MeToo controversy.Kashyap came out in support of the allegations in a report and also tweeted about it, while Motwane called Bahl a “sexual offender”. This had led to Bahl’s removal from Super 30, produced by Reliance Entertainment.Bahl filed a Rs 10 crore defamation suit against Motwane and Kashyap, saying the defendants were “taking advantage of the ongoing #MeToo movement in the country”.The former employee of Phantom Films, who had accused Bahl of sexual harassment, had also decided to drop the case against him. She had said that she will not file any legal affidavit against Bahl in court as she doesn’t want to escalate the issue further stating that she has had enough.(With IANS Inputs)last_img read more

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How Donald Trumps Border Wall Fared In The 13 Trillion Spending Bill

first_imgBy Mani Albrecht/CBP Media RelationsGround views of different border wall prototypes as they take shape during the Wall Prototype Construction Project near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry on the U.S./Mexico border south of San Diego, California.After flirting with the prospect of vetoing an omnibus spending bill because it fell short of funding for his proposed border wall, President Donald Trump on Friday eventually gave the go-ahead to the $1.3 trillion measure just hours before a possible government shutdown.Though far short of the billions initially sought for the president’s “big, beautiful” wall on the country’s southern border, Trump’s signature on the bill means that some work will commence soon on one of his best-known campaign promises.The money allotted for a barrier on the state’s southern border, more than $1 billion total, includes funding for construction of a barrier in Hidalgo and Starr counties, according to the McAllen Monitor.During a press briefing Friday afternoon, Trump characterized the funding as a down payment on the project.“We have a lot money coming to the border, and it will be coming over a period of time,” he said. “We funded the initial down payment of $1.6 billion. We’re going to be starting work – literally – on Monday on not only some new wall … but also fixing existing walls.”The bill will also fund levee walls in the Rio Grande Valley to the tune of $445 million, according to Washington-based environmental group Earthjustice, and $196 million for bollard fencing in the same area. More than $400 million will go toward repairing or replacing the existing border fence that was constructed after the 2006 Secure Fence Act. Several miles of fence already exists along the Texas-Mexico border, including in Hidalgo, Cameron, Hudspeth and El Paso counties.  But the omnibus bill signed Friday also includes language that blocks construction of a barrier in the Rio Grande Valley’s Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, which U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, called a hard-fought victory.“Keeping the border wall out of the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge was a top priority and the barring of border wall funds at the refuge will ensure that Texans and Texas wildlife can enjoy this habitat for years to come,” he said in a statement.No DACA solutionThe funding bill also leaves out a permanent solution for Dreamers, young undocumented immigrants whose future status in this country is uncertain after Trump eliminated an Obama-era program that granted them protection from deportation. The 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program affords certain undocumented immigrants a two-year work permit and protection from deportation.In his news conference Friday, Trump didn’t mention that his administration nixed the program, which included 1240,000 Texans, last year. He instead called out Democrats for what he said was their failure to move forward on the issue.“DACA recipients have been treated extremely badly by the Democrats. We wanted to include DACA, we wanted to have them in this bill,” he said. “The Democrats would not do it.”Two separate federal courts have ruled that the federal government must continue accepting renewals, though new applications can’t be submitted. But U.S. House Democrats said Dreamers shouldn’t have to rely on two temporary court orders to feel confident they won’t be deported once their current status expires.“By not including a permanent fix for Dreamers in the omnibus, the President and Republicans have prolonged this self-inflicted crisis and have left Dreamers in limbo and at the mercy of a temporary court injunction,” U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-New Mexico, said in a statement. “We must find a permanent solution to protect hundreds of thousands of young people who contribute billions to our nation’s economy from the threat of deportation.”During the press conference, the president made clear he wasn’t happy with Congress forcing his hand, and asked lawmakers to pass legislation that gives him line-item veto power in the future.“I say to Congress: I will never sign another bill like this again. I’m not going to do it,” he said. Sharelast_img read more

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Stream Rare Films for Free Through the Library of Congress

first_img Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall Stay on target Wouldn’t it be cool to witness space exploration, the women’s rights movement, and other key historic moments? Unfortunately, we can’t go back in time, but the Library of Congress is giving us an exclusive glimpse of America’s past through rare, never-before-seen footage.The Library of Congress introduced its new National Screening Room, a website where you can download historical clips, commercials, newsreels, films, and other moving images for free. The library said most film content is in the public domain, meaning that it’s available for downloading or streaming.Curious about how the Library has preserved some of the oldest films in its collections? Watch the process in this short film now online in our National Screening Room: https://t.co/bnpJS70Qsh pic.twitter.com/DAGir5DYoA— Library of Congress (@librarycongress) October 15, 2018AdChoices广告When you visit the National Screening Room, you’ll have access to U.S. cinematic history at your fingertips. You can watch fiction and nonfiction films from the period of 1890 to 1999 for an in-depth perspective on the economic, social, and political milestones of the nation. From the opening of New York City’s subway system to the evolution of radio transmission technology, the National Screening Room has something to offer for all history buffs.According to the library, there’s more than 1.6 million items in its archive of moving images. The first phase of the new project will highlight 281 titles and there will be new content added to the National Screening Room each month.Ready to explore America’s roots? Here are some cool films available in the National Screening Room.The Forbidden City, PekinHistoric films have so much charm, and you’ll love this travel film,  The Forbidden City, Pekin. This 1903 video provides a panoramic view of the Imperial Palace, the Meridian Gate, and the Gate of Great Harmony on the Beijing-based property.Watch it HereGay and ProudWe’ve heard about the gay rights movement, but some of us weren’t alive when it came to life. Gay and Proud shows footage of the first Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade, which was held in New York City in 1970. The demonstration was organized to remember the Stonewall Riots that took place a year earlier. You’ll hear participants discuss their dreams for a more inclusive America in this short film.Watch it HereThe Atom Comes to TownAtomic energy kickstarted a new science movement, and you can learn all about it in the 1957 clip, The Atom Comes to Town. You’ll witness why atomic energy is important for agriculture, medicine, and nuclear-generated electrical power in a retro film format.Watch it HerePopeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the SailorRemember Popeye the Sailor? Well, you can watch his epic showdown with Sindbad the Sailor in this 1936 animated film, Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor. The series was filmed long ago, but you’ll still get some good laughs at this timeless cartoon.Watch it HereMagic of the BicycleBicycles have been around for a long time, but you can watch all the magic happen in this 1965 animated film about their origins. Magic of the Bicycle gives you the 411 on bicycles, from the first bike without peddles in the 1800s to delivery-friendly models in the 1950s. It’s a major throwback, but well worth it if you’re a bike enthusiast.Watch it HereMore on Geek.com:Titanic Gets Second Chance as Replica Sets Sail in 2022Report: NASA Lost Apollo 11 Moon Dust, Lunar Rover PrototypePhotos: Eerie Ghost Towns to Visit (If You Dare)last_img read more

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Square Enix trademarks Final Fantasy Type0

first_imgSquare Enix has registered a new Final Fantasy name in Europe, and it looks as though it may be a brand new game rather than for a re-make.The name is Final Fantasy Type-0. The reason we think this could be a new entry in the long-running RPG series is because Square Enix have created a logo too. If it was a re-make then there would be no need.Beyond a name and a logo we don’t know anything about the game it is attached to. Siliconera point out there’s a Square Enix production meeting next month when we could find out more.If I had to guess then I’d say it could be a brand new game for the 3DS. That would surely get fans in a tizzy, especially if development has been underway for some time and we see it released during 2011. The one strange thing here is the trademark registration in Europe rather than Japan.Any one have any good guesses as to what we should expect?Read more at Siliconeralast_img read more

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Watch Dogs Legion Welcomes You To Ubisofts E3 2019 Resistance

first_imgTom Clancy’s Elite Squad is a new game uniting characters from across the Tom Clancy-verse for some mobile military RPG action. I don’t think this was the Sam Fisher game Splinter Cell fans were looking for though.Considering how successful Rainbow Six Siege is as a game as a service, I was surprised that Rainbow Six Quarantine is a whole new game and not just some of expansion. However, this one focuses on PvE co-op instead of PvP. Plus fighting back against some kind of deadly disease should give the game its own identity. Stay on target As superfluous as it is that major third party publishers also now have their own E3 press conferences alongside console makers, I have to hand it to Ubisoft for consistently having enough different games to show to make their event almost seem necessary. Unlike some of other companies, the French Empire of video game development doesn’t have to rely on that much filler when franchises ranging from Just Dance to Tom Clancy are all under its umbrella.Although a bit lighter than previous years, this trend continued at Ubisoft’s E3 2019 show, which began after a nice but surreal PSA from Ice-T about gaming chat etiquette. An appreciated bit of progressiveness from a publisher that thinks saying The Division 2, a game about fighting through war-torn DC, is “apolitical” somehow makes it more mature as you storm through the Pentagon in new updates. Fellow rappers T-Pain and Lil Yachty participated in a Rainbow Six Siege session after the show.The next Assassin’s Creed game (and its new vikings theme) may not be coming until next year, but the opening Assassin’s Creed orchestra concert took us through the franchise’s musical history. And the symphony is going on tour later this month. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is also getting a Discovery Mode and free new story editor for creating your own horny adventures through ancient Greece.As leaks suggested, the third Watch Dogs game is Watch Dogs Legion (coming March 2020), an open world cyber thriller set in post-Brexit London where players recruit and take control of individual, interchangeable characters in the NPC masses to collectively rise up as DedSec. Between all the drone chases and AI assistant internet crime, it kind of reminds us of swapping between different thieves in The Swindle or survivors in Ubisoft’s own ZombiU. When your Guy Ritchie movie character dies, switch over to a nice and unsuspecting old British lady with a stealthy robot spider and stun gun. It feels like John Wick where half of everyone in New York is just casually an assassin.One-time Minecraft director and Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creator Rob McElhenney showed a first look at his Apple TV show Mythic Quest. The show follows a fictional AAA game developer, and the creative team partnered with Ubisoft for the sake of authenticity. It kind of has Magic Circle vibes.Adventure Time may be over but its characters are guest starring in free-to-play fighting game Brawlhalla. Finally, Jake and Finn can fight Hellboy. A grim new Jon Bernthal-filled trailer for Ghost Recon Breakpoint made for some nice tonal whiplash following those cartoon antics. And then Bernthal himself showed up on stage with a dog. Take that, Keanu Reeves! Also the Terminator is in it? Man, between this, Gears 5, and those Mortal Kombat rumors, that time-traveling robot really gets around. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits center_img Roller Champions, another game that leaked, got an official reveal. In fact, a demo for the upcoming free-to-play arcade roller derby game is available now online. See for yourself if this even holds a candle to something like Rocket League.Uplay+ is Ubisoft’s new paid PC games subscription service starting this September for $15 per month. And it’s coming to Google Stadia as well. Oh and that Division movie, directed by David Leitch and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain, is still a thing for some reason and it’s coming to Netflix. What a kiss of death! No Beyond Good and Evil 2 and no new Nintendo collaboration, but the show did end with an original title, Gods and Monsters, which seems to explore humanity’s relationship with the divine. It makes sense considering how increasingly mythological the last few Assassin’s Creed games were.For more on E3 2019 watch these trailers.last_img read more

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Tenth years a charm for KLCC

first_imgTenth year’s a charm for KLCCMore than 1500 New Zealanders went to Malaysia to do business in the first half of this year – many to attend global forums for their sector in Kuala Lumpur.The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) has had a busy first half of 2015, with 661 events involving a total of 778,414 delegates and producing an economic impact contribution of RM264 million (around NZ$97.57 million).With 25 major events still scheduled for the remainder of 2015, KLCC is expecting a further 420,000 people. This number excludes banquets, entertainment activities and short-lead corporate meetings.Alan Pryor, the general manager of KLCC, says the Centre’s success over the past decade can be put down to a combination of fantastic staff and a loyal client base.“We are fortunate to have clients such as BookFest, HOMEDEC, PIKOM PC Fair, ARCHiDEX, Star Education Fair and Asia Oil & Gas Conference who have all made consecutive appearances or hosted every event edition with us since 2005,” he says. Kuala Lumpur Convention CentreSource = Kuala Lumpur Convention Centrelast_img read more

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Is This the Season for Homebuying

first_img Share January 17, 2017 509 Views in Daily Dose, News, Origination Is This the Season for Homebuying?center_img Homebuying 2017-01-17 Seth Welborn According to a recent report from NerdWallet, Q1 may prove to be a successful period for lenders, even despite rising mortgage rates.According to the report’s writers Daniel Tonkovich and Emily Starbuck Crone, early 2017 is primed to be a good time for buyers and, as a result, for mortgage lenders ready to serve them.“While winter homebuyers generally encounter a lower inventory,” Tonkovich and Crone wrote, “a September 2016 NerdWallet study found that they have the advantage of less competition. Additionally, the study showed that home prices in January are typically the lowest they’ll be all year.”NerdWallet analyzed two years of Realtor.com data for 50 of the nation’s most populated metros. It found home sales prices were 8.45 percent lower in January and February than in the more popular buying months of June, July, and August.Add in the expected rise in interest rates, and buyers may be even more motivated to buy early.“After hitting historic lows, mortgage rates started rising in fall 2016” Tonkovich and Crone wrote. “This year, economists expect additional rate increases, which means higher monthly payments for future homeowners.”According to Realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke, a better-than-average fall 2016 market also lends itself to lower prices than normal in the coming months.““[Home] prices are likely to increase even more than you typically see in spring because of low levels of inventory and because we didn’t see the normal weakness we see in fall,” Smoke said.Smoke said the inventory-to-sales ratio should also make winter a great time to buy–especially when compared to the summer season.“You basically face almost half of the competition with almost the same amount of inventory in the market,” Smoke said. “This potentially means fewer homes with multiple bidders and more room for negotiating with sellers.NerdWallet’s analysis backed this up, too. In January 2015 and 2016, actual sales price came in at around $7,000 less than the initial listing price, indicating more negotiating and more flexibility on the part of sellers.last_img read more

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