Asian cruise ship operator and casino investor Genting Hong Kong saw its losses narrow from US$202.2 million last year to US$140.1 million in the six months to 30 June 2018, helped by a strong 40.6% increase in revenue.Genting HK saw its revenue climb to US$777.6 million, including a 36.2% increase from its primary cruise ship business to US$642.0 million. In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the company said the improved cruise ship revenue was driven by increases in Capacity Days of 25.9% and Net Yield of 12.3%, with the increase in Capacity Days due to the launch of World Dream and four Crystal River Cruises vessels in 1H18. Travellers aiming to delist from Philippine Stock Exchange on 21 October Travellers International Hotel Group sets tender price for shares in privatization push Resorts World Manila operator announces plans to delist, go private Load More Improvement in Net Yield was driven by higher occupancies and increases in passenger ticket and onboard revenue.Genting HK also saw an increase in its revenue share from Travellers International Hotel Group – the 50%-owned joint venture with Alliance Global Inc that operates Resorts World Manila – to US$15.2 million from just US$2.5 million in 1H17.Adjusted EBITDA from its cruise and cruise-related activities more than tripled to US$63.0 million in 1H18. RelatedPosts
Dan Cohen AUTHOR With the prospect of getting more resources from Washington not promising, Lty Gen. Kenneth Dahl, commanding general of the Army’s Installation Management Command (IMCOM), says he’ll push for policy changes to better support his agency’s mission.“I don’t need more money and I don’t need more people. I need to change policies,” he said during a visit last month to the Presidio of Monterey, Calif.One change the Army is considering is phasing out single occupancy rooms in barracks as a way to reduce costs, Dahl said. Barracks renovated to the current “1+1 standard” — private rooms with shared kitchenette and living areas — is another inefficient arrangement, reported IMCOM.The Army’s effort to offer healthier dining options at its facilities and at outlets managed by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service will help meet the needs of today’s service members, he said.The commander also praised the installation’s partnership with the city of Monterey, which provides maintenance support to its public works division.“It’s a really great thing you have going here,” Dahl said during a stop at the Presidio of Monterey Services Administration, the agency operated by the city. “I’m not sure it would work everywhere. But what you have here is really special,” Dahl said.
Medchal: Inaugurating EMRI’s emergency care simulation complex at Kompally in Medchal district on Saturday, Governor ESL Narasimhan described the new facility as a milestone in the State’s healthcare. “Though technology is an important component in the health care, human touch is more important and that is what GVK’s EMRI is doing,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, the Governor asked Health Minister Eatala Rajender to introduce a pilot project to revive the concept of family physicians. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Through ‘108’ medical services and Basti Dhawakhanas, there was a possibility of connecting family physicians with patients, he said, adding that immediate care for patients should be at home. The GVK Emergency Management & Research Institute (EMRI) set up the Emergency Care Simulation Complex at Kompally that would equip trainees with the requisite skills and provide state-of-the-art education in emergency care. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The simulation complex has been commissioned with a financial grant received from the Tata Trusts and provides simulation-based medical education using sophisticated and technically advanced manikins and enabling students evaluate, perform and repeat the same exercises till they get a procedure right. Labour Minister Ch Malla Reddy, Malkajgiri MP A Revanth Reddy, GVK founder-chairman GVK Reddy, Tata Trusts Trustee RK Krishna Kumar, GVK EMRI director Krishnam Raju and others were present on the occasion.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the most challenging budget of the Narendra Modi era on Wednesday (February 1). This would be the first after the prime minister took the shocking financial step of demonetisation on November 8 last year.Also read: From halwa ceremony to leather briefcase, interesting traditions of Union Budget 2018Now, to what extent will the Budget 2017 be able to satisfy the common man after the November shock therapy is for time and the experts to tell. Meanwhile, we can focus on some lighter facts related to India’s budget, things that would make it a not-so-tedious read amid all the complicated calculations:A Scottish presented India’s first-ever Budget: The first-ever Indian budget was presented by James Wilson, the founder of The Economist, in April 1860. Wilson was the Finance Minister of the Indian Council which had advised the Indian Viceroy. He passed away a few months after presenting his Budget.The Indian to present first-ever Budget: The first-ever budget in independent India was presented by R K Shanmukham Chetty, the country’s first finance minister, in November 1947. That budget covered a period of seven-and-half months between August 15, 1947, and March 31, 1948. Chetty had also introduced the term ‘Interim Budget’ during his speech in 1948-49. It meant a budget for a short period.A scandal had broken in the UK over its budget the same year it was presented for the first time in independent India. The then British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Hugh Dalton, had met a journalist on the Budget Day after he walked into the British parliament and revealed to the latter a few details on tax changes that he had in his plans. The journalist broke the story before the speech was made and Dalton had to step down. It is said that the incident had made Chetty extra-cautious while preparing independent India’s first budget back home.John Mathai did not read out the Budget: John Mathai, the successor to Chetty and in office between1949-50 is said to have delivered the most plain budget speech ever. He had decided not to read out the budget and told the members that a White Paper including all details had been circulated. The highlights of this budget were setting up of the now-defunct planning commission and beginning of the five-year plans. Mathai also used the opportunity to give a speech on economic policy.Morarji Desai presented the Budget 10 times, the most: It is said the credit of turning Budget into a ‘tool of publicity for the finance minister’ goes to former prime minister Morarji Desai, who had presented it the maximum number of times: 10.Desai presented the Budget on his unique birthday twice: On two occasions, Desai had presented the Budget on his birthday – February 29. That happened in the years 1964 and 1968.The 1973 Budget was ‘Black’ one, while the 1997 one was called ‘Dream’: While the Budget of 1973-74 was called the ‘Black Budget’ owing to a deficit of Rs 550 crore, that presented by former finance minister P Chidambaram in 1997 was called the ‘Dream Budget’ owing to its roadmap for big reforms.Two presidents have presented Budget as FMs: Other than Pranab Mukherjee, R Venkataraman was the only finance minister who later went on to become the president of India.Yaswant Sinha presented four Budgets under difficult conditions: Yaswant Sinha, who presented five Budgets under two governments, had faced challenges almost every time he presented it as the NDA’s finance minister. While the 1999 Budget was presented after the Pokhran II blasts, the 2000 was presented after the Kargil war. Similarly, his presentation in 2001 came after the horrible earthquake in Gujarat. His budget presented as the finance minister of the National Front government in 1991 was also in the wake of the forex crisis.Only one woman presented Budget: The only woman to have presented the Budget is late prime minister Indira Gandhi, who did so in 1970-71 after Desai’s resignation.Railway and general budgets were separated in 1924: The railway budget was separated from the general budget in the year 1924. They have been merged this year.First disclosure scheme for black money in Budget: The first disclosure scheme for black money came in the Budget of 1965-66.Three PMs presented budgets: Three prime ministers – all from the family – Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi had presented the Budget while serving as prime minister.Biggest-ever Budget was presented in 1991: The biggest Budget ever in the history of India was that of 1991 when the country’s economic policy underwent a complete change. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh had presented that budget and late PV Narasimha Rao was the prime minister then.Budget timing was changed from 5 pm in 1999: Earlier, the Budget used to be presented at 5 pm, which was essentially a continuation of the colonial-era practice. It was during the NDA government of Atal Behari Vajpayee in 1999 when this ritual was changed. That year, the budget was presented by Yashwant Sinha at 11 am. PM Modi’s government also made another change by bringing the Budget ahead by a month to present it on February 1.The halwa ceremony: Printing of the Budget documents begin with the annual halwa (a sweet dish) ceremony. It marks the beginning of lockdown for many officials in the Ministry of Finance who remain in the budget printing press till the finance minister’s speech gets over. During this time, the officials are not even allowed to contact their family members.
People continue to surprise us with their antics every day even when we ask, “Can humans get any weirder?” As a testament to the above question, a woman from the United States reportedly ended up in a hospital after she put an octopus on her face for a photo op. She experienced a lot of pain when the octopus latched onto her skin and bit her twice.The incident took place on Friday when the 45-year-old women, identified as Jamie Bisceglia from Washington, was participating in a fishing derby near Tacoma Narrows Bridge.She came across fishermen in the area who had caught an octopus and she could not resist taking a photograph with it and enter the photo in the derby’s photography competition.Talking to Kiro 7, Jamie said, “It was a photo contest in the derby. So, crazy me, hindsight now and looking back, I probably made a big mistake.” “All of a sudden its beak entered my chin and my eyes popped open wide and they could all see that I was getting attacked, and the photos are taken at the moment it was attacking me,” Jamie recalled to Fox News.Jamie confessed that she did not go to the hospital until two days after the incident because she wanted to continue fishing at the derby.”I could tell I couldn’t swallow properly and I could tell when I opened my eyes it was kind of blurry, the left side of my face, my throat, my glands were swollen and it felt my left side of my face was paralysed,” said Jamie.A similar incident took place in May when a Chinese vlogger tried eating a live octopus for her audience but the octopus latched onto her face. The video which the woman uploaded showed her trying to pry the octopus from her face with as little pain as possible.
Photo: CollectedWestern powers accused Russia on Thursday of orchestrating a string of global cyber attacks including a bungled plot to hack the world’s chemical weapons watchdog in The Netherlands.The United States indicted seven alleged Russian members of the GRU military intelligence agency for targeting the Hague-based OPCW, the US Democratic party, world sports bodies and US nuclear energy company Westinghouse.The charges came as part of a coordinated pushback by allies Britain, The Netherlands, Canada and the United States against a series of hacking attempts by what London dubbed “pariah state” Russia.Russia scathingly accused the West of “spy mania”, with the Russian foreign office describing the accusations as “propaganda directed against our country”.In scenes reminiscent of a Cold War spy novel, Dutch security services said they had expelled four Russian GRU agents in April after they attempted a cyber-attack on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, from a car parked in a nearby hotel.The OPCW was at the time probing the nerve agent poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain and an alleged chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma by the Moscow-backed regime in Damascus.The Dutch and British prime ministers Mark Rutte and Theresa May in a joint statement accused the GRU of “disregard for global values” and lashed out at the Russian agency’s “unacceptable cyber activities”.Unacceptable cyber activitiesThe Russians were tracked by Dutch and British secret services from their arrival in Amsterdam on diplomatic passports in April, and then seen hiring a Citroen car which they parked outside the Marriott hotel next to the OPCW.When Dutch agents swooped on April 13 they found electronic equipment in the boot of the car to intercept the OPCW’s wifi and login codes, including an antenna hidden in the back of the car, facing the chemical weapons watchdog.Marriott manager Vincent Pahlplatz told AFP there was “no James Bond involved” and that the Russians had been arrested without the use of force as they emerged from a lift into the hotel lobby.Investigations found the Russians had originally taken a taxi from GRU barracks in Moscow to the airport, for which Dutch agents later found a receipt from their hotel. Some of their mobile phones were also activated in Moscow near the agency’s headquarters.“They were clearly not here on holiday,” said the head of the Dutch MIVD intelligence service, Major-General Onno Eichelsheim.A laptop belonging to one of the four was linked to Brazil, Switzerland and Malaysia—while the activities in Malaysia were related to the investigation into the 2014 shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine.It also revealed that the agents had also made searches for the OPCW-affiliated Spiez laboratory in Switzerland—which the Swiss last month said had been targeted by Russia.Dutch authorities released the Russian diplomatic passports of the four men identifying them as Oleg Sotnikov, Alexei Morenets, Alexei Minin and Yevgeny Serebryakov. They also showed photos of the men outside the hotel.Rutte said they had taken the “unusual and powerful” step of releasing details of an intelligence sting in order to bring Russia to account.“I do not think that Moscow has a nice day, because it is impossible for them to deny what has come out,” the Dutch PM told broadcaster NOS.The OPCW confirmed it had suffered “increased cyber-related activities” since the beginning of the year and had “undertaken measures to mitigate them”.Pariah stateThe four Russians allegedly involved in the OPCW attack were included in the list of seven men indicted by the US Justice Department.John Demers, US assistant attorney general for National Security, confirmed that known attack targets included the OPCW, football body FIFA, the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and Westinghouse.Demers said the operations dating back to 2014 “involved sophisticated, persistent and unauthorised access into the victims’ computer networks.”The case also overlaps with US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling, with two of the men targeted on Thursday having featured in an earlier indictment on interference in the US polls.US intelligence says the GRU conducted the 2016 Democratic party hack in an effort to help Donald Trump win the presidency.Canada confirmed Thursday it believes itself to have been targeted by Russian cyber attacks, citing breaches at its centre for ethics in sports and at the Montreal-based WADA.Britain and Australia had just hours earlier pointed the blame directly at alleged GRU front operations such as Fancy Bear and APT 28 for the same string of worldwide attacks.The West’s coordinated response also saw NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warning Russia to halt its “reckless” behaviour and the European Union condemning “aggressive” Russian spying.British defence secretary Gavin Williamson said that these were “not the actions of a great power, this is the actions of a pariah state”.Spy maniaRussia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the allegations had been mixed together “indiscriminately”.“That’s a hell of a mix for a perfume,” she told reporters.London has accused two of GRU’s officers of poisoning former double-agent Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March, using a perfume bottle containing the powerful nerve agent Novichok.A Russian foreign ministry representative told AFP separately: “Western spy mania is gathering pace.”GRU stands for the Main Intelligence Directorate, Russia’s military intelligence agency which is one of Moscow’s three spy agencies along with the FSB security service and the SVR foreign intelligence agency.
Last month we brought you a story about a YouTube group named UpIsNotJump that recreated the Captain America: Civil War trailer in Fallout 4. Although it wasn’t a 100% perfect recreation, it was a really fun and quirky video that managed to capture the spirit of the original trailer but with the griminess of the Fallout universe. The same group is back at it again and has given the same treatment to the recently released Rogue One: A Star Wars Story teaser trailer. This recreated video is nothing short of internet gold.Several of Fallout 4‘s locations are used to stand in for those seen in the trailer. For example, the hangars of Yavin-4 are actually the interior of the Brotherhood of Steel’s airship, while the main communication room of the rebel hideout is actually one of the offices of The Institute. Instead of giant AT-ATs attacking the rebels, we see a couple of Liberty Prime robots take their place. There is even a shot of the dreaded Death Star, though it appears to be an image of the planet-destroying battle station instead of something that was rendered in-game.For the sake of comparison, here is the original Rogue One trailer:UpIsNotJump has given the Fallout treatment to the Daredevil season two trailer in addition to Civil War and Rogue One, so let’s hope that we can expect similar videos from them in the future. There certainly are a lot of geek-centric films coming out this year, so who knows what we can expect to see next.
Kolkata: Alapan Bandyopadhyay has been appointed as the new Home Secretary replacing Atri Bhattacharya who was transferred by the Election Commission of India (ECI) and Chief Secretary Malay De was looking after the Home department.Bandyopadhyay, who was in charge of the MSME & Textiles department with the additional charge of Industry, Commerce and Enterprises will also look after these departments, a notification issued by the state government said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the order published on Monday, Atri Bhattacharya has been made the Principal Secretary of the state Tourism department. Apart from Bandyopadhyay, former Additional Chief Secretary of state Panchayats and Rural Development department Sourav Das has been made the state Election Commissioner, replacing Amarendra Nath Singh who had been appointed in 2015. As per the regulations, a person can hold the post of Election Commissioner for up to six years from the date of appointment or till 65 years of age. This month, Singh will be completing 65 years and hence, he has been replaced. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSeveral other IAS officers’ postings have also been reshuffled on Monday. Principal Secretary of Youth Services and Sports Ajit Ranjan Bardhan has been posted as the Principal Secretary of North Bengal Development Department (NBDD) along with the additional charge of Commissioner of Jalpaiguri which was already there. He has been replaced with P B Salim who was holding the charge of Secretary in Minority Affairs. Barun Kumar Ray who was posted as Principal Secretary of NBDD has been made the Commissioner of Malda. Choten D Lama who was holding the post of Secretary in the Panchayats and Rural Development Department with additional charge of Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of West Bengal State Rural Livelihoods Mission (WBSRLM) has been posted as the Secretary of Backward Classes Welfare with additional charge of Secretary, Tribal Development. P Ulganathan has been made the District Magistrate of South 24-Parganas who was earlier DM Murshidabad. J P Meena, who was holding the post of DM Hooghly, replaced Ulganathan and has been made DM Murshidabad. DM South 24-Parganas Y Ratnakara Rao has been posted as DM Hooghly. Chaitali Chakraborty who was posted as DM Howrah has now been made DM North 24-Parganas. She will be replaced by Mukta Arya who was posted as DM, Bankura under the order of the Election Commission. DM North 24-Parganas Antara Acharya has been posted as Additional Secretary in the state Finance department. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated that Acharya did not want to continue as DM for personal reasons. Another IAS officer, Vijay Bharti, who was holding the post of Director in MSME & Textiles has been made the DM of East Burdwan. Anurag Srivastava who was holding the charge of DM East Burdwan has now been made the Director of MSME & Textiles. Vishwanath who was posted as DM Kalimpong has been appointed as the Director of Census Operations. Lalita Lakshmi will be joining as DM Kalimpong. Umashankar S who was removed by the EC has been reinstated as DM Bankura.
Kolkata: The state Education department has began ground work for bringing Class V under the ambit of the state Primary Board and with this objective, has began work for developing infrastructure in the primary schools across the state.A recent notification has been sent from the Education department to the primary district inspectors (DI) to take measures for erecting extra classroom facilities in the schools. The DIs have also been asked to construct boundary walls in the schools for boosting security. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe schools with lack of infrastructure have been asked to inform the department in a specific format so that measures can be taken to revamp the same. The total number of primary schools in the state currently stands at 50,108 that include classes from nursery to Class IV. If class V comes under the ambit of primary then the student strength will go up by 16 lakh. The schools have been asked to inform in detail about how many extra classes need to be constructed and what other infrastructural developments need to be taken up. As per assessment of the department, 40,000 extra classes have to be set up to make this a reality. According to sources in the primary board, the state government has recruited nearly 60,000 teachers at the primary level since 2011, after the Trinamool Congress government assumed power in the state.
Advertisement Maryville quarterback Dylan Hopkins was the B.M.O.C. after beating Oakland High School in the Tennessee 6A high school football playoffs, but was quickly cut down to size when his girlfriend – an Oakland cheerleader – took exception to something he said following a postgame hug.The tiny blonde channeled Woody Hayes and grabbed Hopkins by the facemask to pull him down to her eye level so she could give him a piece of her mind. It appears she got her point across.The two are a couple so this is just relationship stuff. Either way, watching the poor kid get dragged around in front of his buddies is good for a laugh.“Are we clear, Dylan?” Run Dylan, run. Run while you can.I NEED to know the back story behind this. pic.twitter.com/OP8ligkal1— College Sports Only (@OfficialCSO) November 25, 2017
Summer used to be synonymous with poring over a juicy read at the beach, or curling up next to a good book outside on the porch.But not anymore. A new survey conducted by New York-based research firm Miner & Co. Studio reveals that, while 76 percent of Americans say they have a summer reading list, 85 percent report to having a summer “streaming” list — a catalog of content that they intend to binge before summer ends.And the great outdoors has slowly become the venue of choice for streaming. Sixty-four percent of participants said that they are consuming video in places where they used to spend time reading outside, including on porches, decks, backyards, beaches and lakes.Related: Binge-Watching Is Our New NormalYouTube (93 percent) and Netflix (90 percent) are the two platforms leading this streaming trend, according to the report, which surveyed 800 adults aged 18 to 59.But before you’re quick to bemoan the unplugged vacations of yesteryear, Miner also found that summer streaming can have certain social benefits. Ironically, streaming has increased social interaction between friends and family, according to the survey, in that 65 percent of participants said that they now spend more time with their loved ones watching and talking about their favorite shows.For additional streaming trends this summer, check out Miner’s infographic right here:Click to EnlargeRelated: As Online Video Explodes, a Look at 5 of the Industry’s Biggest Trends (Infographic) 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. August 28, 2015 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now
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Tags: New Routes, Sunwing Share Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Posted by TORONTO — Sunwing Vacations has added a second weekly sun flight out of Kelowna, B.C., offering service to Cancun on Sundays from Nov. 6 to April 9. Sunwing is also bringing back its Varadero flight out of Kelowna for the 2016/17 season.“Our sunshine flights have been departing from Kelowna since 2010, and we’re delighted to be offering our customers direct access to two of our most popular vacation destinations for the first time this coming winter,” said Sunwing Vacations’ President, Tour Operations, Andrew Dawson.Properties on offer include Relax Resorts, SplashWorld Resorts (with free access to an onsite or nearby waterpark) and SMILE Resorts with their Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free deals, complimentary kids clubs, teen pricing and no supplement for single parents.One of the tour operator’s exclusive Sunwing Selection resorts, Sensatori Azul Riviera Cancun, offers meet and greets with Nickelodeon cartoon favourites including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants. An onsite spa, varied activity program and range of land and water sports are also available.More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionA week at Sensatori Azul Riviera Cancun is available from $1,275 plus $415 taxes per person based on two people sharing a Luxury Jacuzzi Ocean View Suite on an all-inclusive basis and departing from Kelowna on Nov. 6. << Previous PostNext Post >> Sunwing’s new Cancun flights out of Kelowna start Nov. 6 Travelweek Group
A godwit dubbed “E7” made international headlines in 2007 when, thanks to a tiny transmitter implanted in her abdomen, she was confirmed to have flown for seven days and nights without stopping to a feeding ground in China — a 10,200-kilometer (6,340-mile) flight. That was the longest nonstop flight by a land bird ever recorded.When she flew back to New Zealand from Alaska, entirely over the open Pacific, without stopping for eight days and nights, she set another record distance, of 11,760 kilometers (7,300 miles).“Unlike seabirds like albatrosses, they can’t land in the water. If they do they are finished,” Woodley said. “We know that some must be doing 12,000 kilometers (7,460 miles) or more.”Rapid development on the coasts of China and South Korea may be leaving the birds with fewer places to take their mid-trip rest. That leaves the relatively untouched west coast of North Korea as one of the few places they can still find their favorite foods, small bits of seafood — mostly mollusks and crustaceans — and worms.Woodley said godwits are listed as threatened and red knots are considered to be an endangered species.The agreement for the New Zealand team to go bird watching in North Korea goes back to 2007. It was followed by a one-off bird-watching trip two years later. The four-year study project was approved last year, and that opened the way for the trip two months ago. The team plans to return next April. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “Many people from other countries are interested in this kind of study here,” Nature Conservation Union researcher Pak Ung told an AP television news crew that was allowed to film the site. “I think if we can do a thorough study of migratory birds here, it will contribute to great progress in conservation of migratory birds, as well as overall ecological diversity, which is an international issue.”The birds being watched aren’t exactly household names — bar-tailed godwits (Limosa Iapponica), great knots (Calidris Tenuirostris) and dunlins (Calidris Alpina).But in scientific circles, the godwits are something of a sensation.“Godwits are amazing,” said project member David Melville, a British citizen who has long lived in New Zealand. “Their flight from New Zealand to China is approximately 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles), nonstop for seven days, and then after a month they fly another 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) to Alaska to breed. On the return trip to New Zealand, they fly nonstop across the Pacific ocean, a trip of 11,000 kilometers (6,800 miles), in about nine days.”To survive the journey northward, the birds need to spend a month to six weeks in a place where they can rest and replenish their strength, sometimes doubling their weight, from a lean 330 grams (12 ounces) to a plump 660 grams or more, before starting on the final leg. TOKYO (AP) — To the untrained eye, it’s just a lot of birds on an otherwise deserted stretch of muddy, flat coastline. But for ornithologists, North Korea’s west coast is a little piece of paradise each spring — and both the birds and a dedicated group of birdwatchers travel a long way to get there.While North Korea is wary of letting foreigners inside its borders, a recent trip by a New Zealand research team to the mudflats near Nampo, southwest of the capital, Pyongyang, underscores some tentative but significant progress by outside scientists to conduct small-scale research projects — as long as they don’t rub up against sensitive topics and are seen as useful to North Korea itself. Sponsored Stories Last year, for example, an international team of scientists was allowed to set up seismographs and other equipment to monitor ominous activity on Mount Paektu, a huge volcano that straddles North Korea’s border with China.In typical North Korean style, the New Zealand ornithologists were told not to take photos of the birds in some places. Their mobile phone and computer access was also partly restricted. But the researchers say that overall, the trip went smoothly.“They took us where we needed to go,” team member Keith Woodley, who is now back in New Zealand, told The Associated Press by phone. “They evaluate the places we need to go and they make it happen. It’s very good cooperation.”The trip in May was part of a four-year study by the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre in New Zealand, which is where many of the birds end the summer portion of their journey. In three days of on-site bird-watching, the team counted approximately 20,000 migratory birds from as far off as Australia and South Asia.Team members hope the project will shed light on the birds’ migrations and generate international efforts to conserve their habitats.North Korean officials share that hope, which dovetails with the authoritarian nation’s efforts to promote itself as an eco-friendly, unspoiled land of natural attractions that will interest the one kind of foreigner it is trying hard to woo — the wealthy tourist. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain In this May 2015 photo, provided by the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre, New Zealand based ornithologists, David Melville, left, and Keith Woodley watch for birds in Nampo, North Korea. A trip by a New Zealand research team near Nampo, southwest of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, underscores some tentative but significant progress by outside scientists to conduct small-scale research projects in North Korea. (Adrien Riegen/Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre via AP) NO ARCHIVING; NO LICENSING Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility This year’s trip was the first of four formal visits that will end in 2018, but there’s hope the visits will continue past that date, Melville said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Comments Share Mesa family survives lightning strike to home
Homebuyer interest got off to a strong start in 2013, according to “”Redfin’s””:http://www.redfin.com/#home Real-Time Demand Pulse for “”February””:http://blog.redfin.com/blog/2013/02/home_offers_and_tours_surge_in_the_new_year.html.[IMAGE]The report, which reflects data for January, shows the number of Redfin customers requesting home tours rose 57.9 percent last month, up from 52.0 percent at the same time in 2012. January’s monthly increase is a turnaround from “”December’s slump””:https://themreport.com/articles/redfin-demand-presents-mixed-bag-in-december-2013-01-07, which saw a 7.0 [COLUMN_BREAK]percent decline in customers requesting tours–however, even that figure was relatively strong compared to the prior year.More surprising to Redfin was the rapid rise in customers signing offers. According to January data, signed offers increased 70.4 percent from December, “”blowing last year’s 59 percent increase out of the water.”” December’s data revealed a 17.5 percent month-over-month decline in customers signing offers, making January’s increase all the more dramatic.””Although there may not be a lot of new listings to choose from, it seems that buyers are not hesitating to jump into the market this year,”” Redfin blogger Tim Ellis wrote.””The increase in homebuyer demand seen in January paired with a nation-wide inventory shortage has created an extreme seller’s market as we head into the spring home-buying and selling season,”” Redfin observed in a release. “”With no signs that homebuyer demand will let up any time soon, all eyes are on the nation’s homeowners, builders and banks to list their homes for sale, providing some relief from this chaotic market.”” February 8, 2013 421 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Redfin Service Providers 2013-02-08 Tory Barringer Redfin: Demand Rises at Rapid Pace to Start 2013
The supply shortage of homes is not limited to the median home only. The first quarter of 2018 saw the luxury housing market also feeling the heat of inventory shortage as prices for high-end homes saw the strongest appreciation in four years, according to a report on the luxury housing market by Redfin. This quarterly report tracks home sales in more than 1000 cities across the country and defines a home as a luxury property if it is among the top 5 percent most expensive homes sold in the city during the quarter. Prices for luxury homes rose nearly 8 percent to an average of $1.8 million during the quarter, Redfin found. However, this did nothing for sales of these homes which fell 20 percent marking four consecutive quarters of declining sales in this segment of the housing market.“For the first time since changes to the tax code went into effect, luxury buyers could no longer deduct more than $10,000 in state and local property taxes or interest for mortgages over $750,000,” said Nela Richardson, Chief Economist at Redfin. “In a world of balanced supply and demand, these changes would have dampened price growth. Instead, this quarter saw the strongest luxury price appreciation in four years, demonstrating that the current inventory crunch is extremely broad-based and affects buyers at every price range.”The inventory shortage is also escalating competition for luxury homes. The report indicated the average luxury home that sold last quarter went under contract after 82 days on the market, nine days faster than the same period last year. While only 1.5 percent of luxury homes were bid up over the asking price, that’s up from 1.3 percent in the first quarter of 2017.In terms of regions, Florida and Nevada saw strong growth in prices of luxury homes with average sale prices in Vero Beach Florida increasing 68 percent to $2.65 million over last year while those in Reno going up 51.3 percent. On the other hand, some cities known for their luxury homes actually saw a decline in prices. Homes in Long Beach, California led this group of cities with prices falling 26.1 percent year-over-year in the first quarter. Prices in Washington, D.C. also saw a decline of 9.6 percent as did Fort Lauderdale, which saw prices falling 7.3 percent. Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Buyers Competition High-end Property homes HOUSING Inventory luxury home Prices Property Tax Redfin Supply 2018-05-14 Radhika Ojha The Impact of Supply Shortage on Luxury Housing May 14, 2018 735 Views
Top Stories “I knew that some adrenaline was going to kick in also, so we made that decision pre-game.”It was a good decision.Palmer, who had not played since Week 1 due to a nerve injury in his right shoulder, completed 28-of-44 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona’s win. He was sacked one time and for the most part did not look like a player who had missed roughly a month of action.“Not physically,” Palmer said when asked if he was limited in any way. “Physically I felt good. I just need reps. I need work. I need to throw a bunch just to get my arm strong again because it’s definitely weak.”Palmer said the only way to increase his arm strength would be to keep throwing, and assuming his nerve stays awake, that should not be an issue. However, he admitted he’s not in the clear yet with regards to his recovery, and will continue to do treatment for a while. “From the get go, this has been very unpredictable,” he said. “It’s still that way.”But for now, he’s back, and while Drew Stanton did a solid job in his absence, there is something to be said for having Palmer back in the fold. GLENDALE, Ariz. — Friday afternoon, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he had no idea who his starting quarterback would be Sunday when his team hosted the Washington Redskins.Ultimately, the nod went to Carson Palmer after he was able to do enough before the game to convince the coaches he could be effective.“He practiced pretty well Friday,” Arians said after his team earned a 30-20 victory Sunday. “We knew with one more treatment that he should get better and that he wasn’t going to get worse. I thought Friday he was capable of doing everything, but I still didn’t see some of the velocity and then pre-game he was all jacked up. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share “Carson looked great,” receiver John Brown said. “He just did what he usually does. He got back to himself.”“We were happy to see him back in there,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald added. “He was happy to be back. It was great to see him have the success he had today.” Palmer certainly had plenty of chances. Arians said the team figured this would be a game where they aired it out, and Palmer added he knew this wasn’t going to be a game where the team threw just 18 passes. “Forty-four attempts is probably right on par with what Bruce wants to do,” he said. The veteran admitted he is not quite 100 percent, as there were a couple throws he tried to make Sunday afternoon but couldn’t. He said he had a difficult time gauging how hard he needed to throw the ball sometimes, which is an issue that should dissipate as he continues to progress in his recovery.But for a player who may not have been 100 percent, Palmer played well. And, perhaps even more important, he seems to have escaped the afternoon no worse for wear. Arians said he would not have started Palmer if he was going to be limited in any way, and the QB himself was able to alleviate some concerns about how the nerve would handle the beating that comes with playing quarterback. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “I wasn’t sure how it was going to respond to compression and getting landed on by a 300-pound guy,” he said. “It happened a couple times and it felt great.” – / 22
Yachting is viewed as the ultimate symbol of success and the most luxurious way to see the world’s secluded shores.Recognized as the West Coast’s premier boutique yacht show, YachtFest ’09 will open the international yacht show season at San Diego’s ShelterIsland for the 10th straight year, from September 17 to 20.Docked along the scenic San Diego waterfront, YachtFest gives seasoned sailors and aspiring yachters the rare opportunity to glimpse inside some of the world’s most luxurious floating vessels, that range in size from 60 to well over 155 feet, meet with sales and charter brokers, and check out the newest in yachting products and luxury goods associated with the sea cruising lifestyle.With San Diego recently dubbed the “new super-yacht capital” by CNN, new and improved megayacht facilities, and the wave of affluence in the city – YachtFest organizers anticipate greater interest in builder, charter, fractional and brokerage yachts.YachtFest will be open Thursday through Saturday, September 17 to 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.www.yachtfest.com