Owners Use Posidonia to Ink Ship Repair Deals

first_imgzoom Business seems to be thriving for regional ship repair operators participating in this year’s Posidonia Exhibition, in particular for shipyards from Turkey and Portugal which have used the event to seal several business deals.“We have concluded three major deals during the first two days of Posidonia. Of those, two are repair projects for a tanker and a bulk carrier and the third is a rather significant conversion project for a ROPAX type vessel belonging to an Italian owner,” said Nedime Ozoglu, Repair Division Marketing & Estimating, Besiktas Shipyard.“Greek shipowners constitute 80 percent of our portfolio because of the proximity mainly and because Turkey’s shipbuilding industry has significantly improved its talent pool and expertise recently,” she added.Portugal’s Lisnave and Turkey’s Gemak, have also inked repair deals with fleet owners during the first few days of Posidonia 2016. “We have managed to conclude a few business deals during this week mainly routine mainstream repair projects of various sizes. This is a great, given the current market’s prevailing conditions with a weak freight market and China’s perennial dominance in the bulk carrier sector,” Alex Scaramangas of Resolute Marine Services, the exclusive representative of the two yards in Greece, said.As far as the outlook and future prospects, Scaramangas believes that the sector will improve.“A lot of dry docking repairs were brought forward in 2015 in order to avoid implementation of the BWT system so, subsequently, we were left with a bit of a vacuum in the first half of 2016. We remain optimistic, however, because shipping is a cyclical industry and on the bulker market, specifically, the consensus is that there will be some improvement.”This view is shared by Ozoglu who believes that 2016 will be a better than expected year for the ship repair sector in Turkey.“In 2015 we repaired many Greek vessels, but January 1st 2016 we suddenly saw that the market is going down and repair activity stopped because of the developments regarding the BWT regulation. The vessels got the extension and so everyone is now waiting. Many customers we have spoken with at Posidonia this week share the opinion that the market is improving marginally. While 2016 as a whole will not be better than last year, it will be better than expected,” she added.A total of ten Turkish shipyards participate at Posidonia 2016, all facing strong competition from Romania, Bulgaria and the Ukraine which can compete on price, which is an advantage Western European shipyards simply can’t have as a result of different cost structures and market conditions.“Lisnave provides excellent service with capacity to accommodate six vessels simultaneously on dry dock, but we cannot compare European shipyards with China, not even Turkey, which is more competitive in terms of price,” added Scaramangas, whose company is also the representative of smaller ship yards in Senegal, which can accommodate Panama Size vessels, Bahrain and one more Portuguese yard on the banks of Tagus River.“Posidonia is very important for us, not just because we conclude specific business during the show, but simply because our absence would be noticed. It is a good opportunity to meet with clients who visit the venue and it offers great networking opportunities through the various social events,” added Scaramangas.More than 200 shipbuilding and repair businesses from all over the world participate at Posidonia 2016 which concludes today.last_img read more

Golar Power Secures 25Year FSRU Charter Deal

first_imgzoom Golar Power, a join venture company between LNG shipping firm Golar LNG Limited and private equity firm Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, has secured a long-term charter deal for the Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) Golar Nanook.The contract for the 25-year charter was entered into in connection with the Final Investment Decision on the Porto de Sergipe Project under which the US-based firm General Electric was hired to build, maintain and operate a 1.5 GW combined cycle power plant in Brazil.The 170,000 m3 Golar Nanook, which features a length of 292.5 meters and a width of 43.4 meters, is scheduled for delivery in November 2017.The annual EBITDA contribution for Golar Power is currently projected to be USD 39 million with upside potential for Golar Power from FSRU capacity not utilised by the Sergipe power plant, the company said.Located near Aracaju, the state capital of Sergipe, the 1,516 megawatt power station will be the largest thermal power station in South America, Golar Power said. The project is expected to supplement hydropower during dry seasons and help meet growing demand for electricity in the region.last_img read more

Buried treasure poses Holocaust puzzle for Hungary museum

first_imgKeszthely (Hungary): A vast and “unique” trove of antique and Roman-era coins, unearthed in what was one of Hungary’s wartime Jewish ghettos, is proving a conundrum for historians. Thrilled with the chance discovery of the 2,800 gold and silver coins spanning decades and continents, researchers are in the dark however about who collected and then hid them. That the coins were buried under a house whose one-time owner, the likely collector, is presumed to have been murdered in the Holocaust deepens the mystery. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAccording to a Hungarian Jewish organisation, the hoard also exposes how gaps remain in what is known about Hungary’s Jews during World War II. The current owners of the house in the town of Keszthely, 190 kilometres (120 miles) southwest of the capital Budapest, stumbled across the coins in February during work on the cellar. They were likely hidden by a Jewish owner who was later deported to a Nazi German death camp in 1944, said Balint Havasi, director of Keszthely’s Balatoni Museum where the items are currently Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsexhibited. “It’s a priceless collection that can also help us learn about the Holocaust,” Havasi told AFP. In a letter to the museum, the building’s current owners explained how they had been digging a hole in the cellar after pumping out groundwater when they came across the hoard. “We slowly dug out five carefully sealed and buried glass jars,” reads the letter seen by AFP. “When we opened one of them, we were greeted by an amazing sight, just like in a fairy tale: hundreds of coins, real treasure,” it continued. “We hope that it can return to its legal owners one day.” The finders have requested anonymity, according to the museum, which also declined to reveal the exact location of the house. Although the coins have not been valued, Havasi said that the collection was “unique… in terms of geographic spread, time period — from antiquity to 20th century — and the large volume”. Almost half of the coins are from Pannonia, which was a province of the Roman Empire that covers modern-day western Hungary, according to Ferenc Redo, an archaeologist and coin expert. The others are mostly antique coins from around the world, including pre- and post-revolutionary France, 19th century German territories, and both Tsarist- and Soviet-era Russia. Many are from even farther afield, including South America, Africa, Asia and British-ruled India. “It’s sad that someone put together such a worldwide collection but tragically could not continue,” Redo said. As well as the owner’s identity, how the collection was amassed is unknown. Engravings on jewellery also found in the jars suggest that the items may have belonged to the Pollak family, who were well-known Jewish traders in Keszthely before World War II. Almost all of the town’s once flourishing Jewish population died in the Holocaust, and no descendants of the possible owners have yet been traced. In May 1944, the town’s Jews were forced into a ghetto, of which the house where the coins were found was a part, said Gabor Rejto, head of the EMIH Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation in Keszthely. Two months later, they were transported from Hungary to the Auschwitz death camp, he added. A total of 829 Jews — around 15 percent of the town’s population at the time — were deported from Keszthely. Only 64 of them survived. Today, the community has around a dozen members, Rejto said. “The discovery shows how there are still many unanswered questions about the Holocaust in Hungary,” he said. An estimated 600,000 Hungarian Jews were killed in the Holocaust, most in Auschwitz. Many victims were never identified or remains found. The museum plans to digitalise the collection and enlist archivists and historians to scour the Pollak family tree in search of descendants. If no owner can be found, the collection will revert to ownership by the state. “We also hope the exhibition will spread the word about the coins, and that a legal owner will turn up,” Havasi said.last_img read more

Sturgeon Lake chief says sex assault allegations politically motivated

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn the March of 2014, Sturgeon Lake RCMP received a complaint of a historical sexual assault alleged to have occurred in September 1974.Sturgeon Lake Chief Henry Felix was charged with sex assault five months later in August.The embattled chief is now breaking his silence and claims the allegations are politically motivated.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has the story.last_img

Another group of refugees returns to East Timor UN mission says

On Thursday, more than 370 refugees had crossed from West Timor into East Timor.The refugees, who come from Covalima District in the southeast part of East Timor, had been living since 1999 in the Betun refugee camps. Today’s return was arranged by UNTAET, working with independence leader Xanana Gusmão and pro-autonomy leader Hélio Moniz Caetano, who also returned today from West Timor.Some 140 East Timorese who currently serve in the Indonesian Police Force also crossed the border today into East Timor to meet with Mr. Gusmão. Those officers have expressed their desire to return to East Timor, UNTAET said, and Mr. Gusmão told them, “The door is always open to all of those wanting to return.” read more

Saudi Arabia UN concerned at harsh sentences against human rights defenders

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said she is “deeply dismayed” by the recent conviction of human rights defender Waleed Abu Al-Khair, who was sentenced on 6 July to 15 years in prison. He was also handed a five-year suspended sentence, a travel ban and a heavy fine by a specialised court in Riyadh. “Abu Al-Khair’s case is a clear illustration of the continuing trend of harassment of Saudi human rights defenders, several of whom have been convicted for peacefully promoting human rights,” Ms. Pillay said in a news release issued by her office (OHCHR). “I urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release all human rights defenders held in connection with their peaceful advocacy of human rights,” she said. Ms. Pillay also expressed concern that human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia have been charged with offences that are defined in a “vague manner” in counter-terrorism legislation.OHCHR noted that Abu Al-Khair was arrested on 15 April in relation to his human rights advocacy activities. He was subsequently charged with several offences, including inciting public opinion against the State and its people, undermining the judicial authorities, inciting international organisations against the Kingdom with the intent of ruining its reputation, establishing a non-registered organisation and with gathering and publishing information, under the 2011 Law for Combatting Cyber-crimes. He is not alleged to have been involved in any violent activity, and was tried in the Specialised Penal Court, which was set up in 2008 to deal with terrorism cases. “Proceedings against human rights defenders in the Specialised Penal Court, as well as in other courts in Saudi Arabia, have fallen short of international fair trial standards,” Ms. Pillay said. “I am also concerned about the harsh sentences handed down in such cases, including long prison terms, heavy fines, travel bans, as well as corporal punishment.” On 9 March 2013, two other human right defenders, Abdullah Al-Hamid and Mohammad Al-Qahtani, were convicted by the same court for offences, including breaking allegiance to and disobeying the ruler, questioning the integrity of officials, disseminating false information to foreign groups and forming an unlicensed organisation. The Court handed down sentences of 10 and 11 years in prison, respectively, against the two men, as well as travel bans of equal duration at the end of their prison terms. Another human rights defender, Fadhel Maki Al-Manasif, was convicted on 30 June 2013 by the Specialised Penal Court on charges including participating in and filming demonstrations, posting these films online and contacting foreign media outlets aiming at undermining the State. He was sentenced to five years in prison, a 15-year travel ban and a fine equivalent to around $26,000. The conviction of Ra’ef Badawi, a social media activist, on charges of blasphemy, was upheld by an ordinary criminal court on 27 May 2014. He was sentenced to two consecutive five-year prison sentences, a 10-year travel ban, the permanent closure of the Liberal Internet Network website, a 20-year ban on participation in any media outlet and the destruction of his personal computer. The sentence also included corporal punishment in the form of 1,000 lashes to be administered in a public space. The High Commissioner urged the judicial authorities to immediately put an end to the use of lashing, a corporal punishment that is not in conformity with international human rights law, including the Convention against Torture, which Saudi Arabia has ratified. “We have also received worrying allegations that human right defenders are subject to ill-treatment while in detention,” Ms. Pillay said. Abu Al-Khair, who was held in the Al-Ha’ir Prison, south of Riyadh, claims that he was subjected to solitary confinement and sleep deprivation and denied access to his lawyer and family. The High Commissioner urged the Saudi authorities to investigate all allegations of ill-treatment in custody in a prompt, independent and impartial manner, as well as allegations of procedural irregularities in courts, including the Specialised Penal Court. read more

UN strongly condemns attack on base in northern Mali that kills two

“The Secretary-General is outraged by the deadly attack against a camp of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Kidal that claimed the lives of two United Nations peacekeepers and one civilian contractor,” said a statement issued in the wake of the incident by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. According to the Security Council, which condemned the attack in a separate statement, the two UN “blue helmets” were from Guinea and the contractor was from Burkina Faso.The statement from Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added that 20 peacekeepers and civilian personnel were injured, including four seriously. MINUSMA, it continued, has taken immediate steps to assist the wounded and continues to strengthen the safety and security of its personnel.He conveyed his sincere condolences to the bereaved families and to the Governments of Burkina Faso and Guinea and expressed his profound sympathy and support to those wounded and wishes them a speedy recovery.“The Secretary-General reiterates that these asymmetric attacks against the Mission will not impede the determination of the United Nations to support the Malian Government, the signatory parties to the peace agreement, and the people of Mali, in their efforts to achieve lasting peace and stability,” said the statement.Stressing the urgent need to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice, the UN chief also reiterated that attacks targeting UN peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.In a statement to the press, the members of the Security Council also called on the Government to swiftly investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators, and they also underscored such targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes.The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the UN Charter, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. Reiterating their full support for MINUSMA and the French forces that support it, the Council members also reiterated their strong support for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali, Mongi Hamdi, and for MINUSMA to assist the Malian authorities and people in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country, including through MINUSMA’s support to the implementation of the peace and reconciliation agreement.Earlier in the day, Mr. Hamdi, who is also the Head of MINUSMA, strongly condemned the attack and said the Mission was conducting medical evacuations while strengthening its security apparatus.”I wish to reaffirm that these attacks will not deter the United Nations to support the Malian people and the peace process, including through assistance to the implementation of the Peace Agreement and reconciliation in Mali,” he said.MINUSMA, Mr. Hamdi stated, continues to strengthen measures against such threats in Mali for the Malians and protection of UN personnel. “I express my solidarity with and salute the brave men and women serving in MINUSMA [across] the country for their efforts to bring lasting peace to Malians in these difficult conditions,” he said. read more

Brock Department of Music to add string orchestra

A new string orchestra coming this fall will help attract new students and community musicians to Brock University’s Department of Music.For the first time in its 47-year history, the Department of Music will offer String Orchestra as part of its ensemble bank starting in September. The addition will make the Department’s programs more appealing to potential students, as it brings a much stronger string presence to its activities.“We have been trying to attract quality string students to the Department, and our lack of in-house orchestra has definitely been a detriment,” says Department of Music Chair Karin Di Bella.The string group will be added to the existing ensemble roster of the Brock University Choirs, and the Brock University Wind Ensemble.The String Orchestra has been developed to serve two key needs: filling a need in the Department’s curriculum; and providing a place for community string players to share their talents.“We have appreciated a partnership with the Niagara Symphony Youth Orchestra and the community-based Mercredi Musique in the past, but incoming students really want their ensemble experience to be housed at the University,” says Di Bella.Based on the successful model of the Wind Ensemble, the String Orchestra will work as a partnership between the Department and the community, welcoming community members to the group to fill out the numbers needed for the ensemble to be viable.Mercredi Musique is a key partner in the development of this new ensemble. Following the loss of their long-time music director Paul Van Dongen, the group ceased activity at the end of the 2015-16 season.“We are enthusiastic in our support of this endeavour. It’s an ideal direction for both the community and the University,” says Chris Thorne, former concertmaster of Mercredi Musique.Community string players are welcome to audition for the new Brock University String Orchestra. Auditions will be held this summer, with information posted on the Department website in the coming months. Auditions for an ensemble conductor will also be held. Any string specialists interested in applying for the conductor position should check Brock’s Human Resources listings, and let the Department know of their interest.The String Orchestra will rehearse during the academic year from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays in Cairns Recital Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. read more

Nanocade lets your netbook become a mini MAME arcade cabinet

first_imgIf you’re anything like me, then you don’t just have a single PC in the house. I have a netbook and a couple of small nettops too. Eventually they get replaced with new, faster machines and the old ones either get given to friends and relatives or the parts reused or sold.But now I have another alternative for this hardware: I can turn a netbook or a Mini-ITX system into a mini MAME arcade cabinet complete with buttons and joystick.The cabinet comes in the form of a kit called Nanocade. It took Project Mame about 60 hours to design the 29 pieces of acrylic that form the tiny cabinet. The end result looks great though, and just needs to be combined with a 10.1″ netbook or mini-ITX PC and display.Even so, if you want one of these it isn’t going to be cheap. No firm price is set yet, but the aim is to ship it for less than $300 including shipping. It comes with all the acrylic parts and a steel joystick bracket with nuts and bolts. You’ll have to go out and buy the following to complete the cabinet:Joystick and/or with encoder (like the UltraStik 360)Arcade buttons 24 mm from Sanwa or SeimitsuAdhesive for acrylic like Acrifix, Weld-on etc.The kit will go on sale at some point this month with shipping available to most countries. There’s also a custom front-end available using MALA FA which looks pretty sweet:Read more at Project Mame, via Engadgetlast_img read more

Pita celebrations

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Panepirotic Associsation of Melbourne and Victoria and the Epirotic Association with the support of the Epirotic Federation Oceania have organised a day for the celebration of the Pita. Their aim is to help raise funds for the Cancer Foundation Peter MacCallum. Plenty of entertainment on the day. When: 11 November, 2:00 pm Where: Stars International Reception, 1C Bell Street, Preston Tickets: $20 with mezze and pites drinks at bar prices For bookings contact (03) 9890 7460last_img read more

Nos éternuements révèleraient une partie de notre personnalité

first_imgNos éternuements révèleraient une partie de notre personnalitéLe neurologue et psychiatre américain Alan Hirsh soutient que “l’éternuement est comme le rire” : celui-ci révèlerait une partie de nous-mêmes et de notre personnalité.”Aaaaatchoum ! A vos souhaits !” Puissant ou discret, bruyant ou silencieux, brusque ou attendu, l’éternuement peut revêtir des formes très diverses d’un individu à l’autre et même d’un moment à l’autre chez un même individu. D’un point de vue organique, ceci correspond à une expulsion brusque et brutale de l’air par le nez et la bouche, provoquée par une excitation de la muqueuse des voies respiratoires supérieures. Cette pratique apparait donc purement “mécanique” et pourtant, elle pourrait en révéler bien plus sur nous qu’on ne pourrait le penser. C’est du moins ce qu’affirme le neurologue et psychiatre Alan Hirsh, qui dirige la Fondation pour le traitement et la recherche de l’odeur et du goût de Chicago. Selon lui, “l’éternuement est comme le rire. Certains rires sont forts, d’autres sont plus discrets. Et c’est la même chose pour l’éternuement. Il restera souvent le même de l’enfance à l’âge adulte en terme de comment il ‘sonne'”.Ainsi, selon que nos éternuements sont explosifs, bruyants, discrets, sifflants ou autre, ils révéleraient certains traits de notre personnalité, indique le chercheur qui consent toutefois qu’aucune étude n’a été menée sur la question. Pour lui, une personne extravertie aura plutôt tendance à éternuer bruyamment, tandis qu’une personne timide essaiera d’étouffer ses éternuements en se pinçant le nez, conduisant alors à un petit “atchi” discret.Un éternuement incontrôlé mais teinté de notre personnalité À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Le mien résonne comme un puissant canon de guerre”, témoigne Dan Fine, un consultant âgé de 54 ans. De son côté, Tara Spicer, une rédactrice de 29 ans plus discrète confirme : “je réprime mon éternuement. Je pince toujours mon nez pour éviter de faire du bruit”. Celle-ci croit même “qu’inconsciemment [elle se] rebelle contre [sa] grand-mère qui était très fière de ses éternuements retentissants”.De façon générale, “la plupart des gens ne pensent pas à la façon dont ils vont éternuer”, estime Alan Hirsh, ce qui dans ce cas, est partiellement révélateur de leur personnalité. Un point de vue partagé par le docteur Gordon Siegel, otorhinolaryngologiste dans la région de Chicago. Comme il l’explique, l’éternuement est quelque chose d’imprévisible : “vous ne pouvez contrôler le degré auquel il va se produire”. Toutefois, le “produit final” incorpore, selon lui, toujours une expression particulièrement “colorée” et tout à fait personnelle. Le nez jouerait aussi son rôle Reste que ceci ne serait bien évidemment pas le seul critère entrant en jeu. Le médecin souligne également le rôle de la structure du nez et des os de notre face. Cela “contribue à un faible degré à notre style d’éternuement, un peu comme la résonance de notre voix est affectée par notre anatomie” a ajouté Siegel avant de préciser “mais le son que nous percevons n’est pas affecté significativement par la structure de notre nez”. Et vous alors, comment éternuez-vous ? Le 29 avril 2013 à 17:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Domestic air traffic How IndiGo Jet Airways SpiceJet Air India Go Air

first_imgAn IndiGo Airlines Airbust A320 aircraft and JetKonnect Boeing 737 aircraft taxi past an Air India Airbus A321 aircraft at Mumbai’s Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport February 3, 2013.Reuters fileIndian air carriers continued to fly high in October, flying 86.72 lakh (8.67 million) passengers, marking 23.2 percent growth over 70.39 lakh (7.04 million) passengers carried in October last year. IndiGo, the low-cost carrier, increased its market share to 42.6 percent, its highest in calendar year 2016 from 40 percent in September 2016. Air India and Jet Airways saw their market share drop.National carrier Air India’s share fell to 13 percent from 14.7 percent in September, while Jet Airways saw a dip to 14.7 percent from 16.2 percent in September.Low-cost carrier SpiceJet marginally increased its market share to 12.9 percent from 12.5 percent in September.  GoAir, the low-cost carrier owned by the Wadia Group, witnessed a fall in market share to 7.9 percent in October from 8.3 percent in September.AirAsia India and Vistara, the two ventures in which the Tata Group has stakes, improved their market share but still stayed at 2.7 percent.In the 10-month period ended October 2016, Air India, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, GoAir, AirAsia India and Vistara flew 813.70 lakh (81.37 million) passengers, an increase of 23.18 percent over 660.60 lakh (66.06 million) passengers in the corresponding period last year, according to statistics released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday.From a passenger load factor (PLF) perspective, SpiceJet’s PLF dropped to 91.9 percent from 93.5 percent in September, while the fall was sharp for Air India, to 71.8 percent in October this year from 79 percent in the preceding month.While IndiGo owner Interglobe Aviation and Jet Airways have declared their September quarter results, SpiceJet will be announcing its Q2 performance on November 25. DGCAlast_img read more

Intels new X79 chipset details leaked

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Today’s technology rumor has to do with Intel. A Chinese site, it.com.cn, has supposedly gotten its hand’s on a slide from Intel, a slide that outlines their next platform chipset. The slide even has a handy little road map on it. If the data on the slide, which has yet to be verified, turns out to be true, the X79, will be the successor to the popular X58 platform, which was launched about three years ago. The X79 is expected to seat four-core and six-core Sandy Bridge-E processors , and have significant upgrades to system memory. There will also be some changes in connectivity, but the details on this point are a bit sketchy.The X79 is also expected to feature an LGA 2011 socket. The PCI-E hub has been moved from the northbridge to the processor die, which would be similar to another Intel technology, the P67. The chipset has a DMI connection to the processor that is augmented with a PCI-Express 2.0 x4 link to the processor’s PCI-E hub. This would give the chipset a total bandwidth of 8GB/s. This bandwidth exists to support an integrated 10-port SATA 6Gbps controller with an additional four 3Gbps ports. More information: it.com.cn/diy/board/intel/news … 11033012/976889.html Doubling Down On Intel-Based Servers Some other features of note include an integrated Lewisville gigabit Ethernet PHY chip and an audio codec with support for dual stream HDMI and DP audio. The chip is also designed to be overclocked, which means that this is meant to be a machine for serious enthusiasts.If the slide turns out to be genuine, the X79 will be arriving on the shelves of stores in the final quarter of 2011. Though again, one must remember that this is all conjecture based on a single slide. Do not plan your next upgrade based on this information. At least not until it is confirmed by the company. So, fact or fiction, you decide. Citation: Intel’s new X79 chipset details leaked (2011, March 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-intel-x79-chipset-leaked.htmlcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Image from it.com.cn Explore furtherlast_img read more

Home Prices Flatten in Alternate November Index

first_imgHome Prices Flatten in Alternate November Index in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share Appreciation FNC Home Prices 2015-01-23 Scott_Morgancenter_img January 23, 2015 632 Views National home prices remained largely unchanged in the fall, according to the latest FNC Residential Price Index report, released Thursday.After 30 months of growth in the national housing market, prices dropped off in October and stayed virtually the same in November.FNC attributes the stagnation to weak housing activity, including droopy sales of existing homes despite the fact that 30-year mortgage rates are down by more than a half percentage point from a year ago.And while average prices did not get worse in November, the report stated that annual home price appreciation was down to 5.2 percent in November compared to 7.9 percent in June.While the national market leveled in the fall, some metros saw good gains, and others saw notable drops in home prices. Nashville and Miami saw home prices rise 3.3 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively. Los Angeles saw a 1.9 percent rise.At the other end of the spectrum, Washington D.C., saw a 3.1 percent drop in home prices. Prices in Minneapolis and Chicago each dropped more than 2 percent, and prices weakened in New York, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon, as well.Also on the decline is Houston, which dropped 2 percent in October and another half-percent in November. FNC attributed this drop to falling oil prices’ effect on the largest energy hub in Texas.On the upside, the annual rate of home appreciation in Las Vegas, Orlando, and Riverside is above 14 percent, while annual appreciation almost reached 11 percent in Miami.FNC’s findings are more pessimistic than those of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which reported earlier this week that home prices rose a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent month-over-month in November. Drawing its data from mortgages sold to or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, FHFA’s data can be considered more reflective of middle-class home sales.last_img read more

Ernie Sims a Tallahassee Florida native has kep

first_img Ernie Sims, a Tallahassee, Florida native, has kept his bags packed over the past eight seasons in the NFL as he bounced around the league from Detroit to Philadelphia to Indianapolis and Dallas.Now the former Florida State Seminole may have finally found a home in Glendale. “I like the pace here in Arizona,” Sims told Bickley and Marotta Thursday afternoon on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I like the feel of the coach, I like the feel of the players I like the feel of the environment. It makes me feel more comfortable and more at home.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 12 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Sims’ newfound level of comfort is in part due to his familiarity with some of his Cardinals teammates. He played alongside defensive end Darnell Dockett and cornerback Antonio Cromartie at FSU. “We go way back,” Sims said. “Both of them are good friends of mine. He (Cromartie) stayed at my house plenty of times in high school.” While Dockett and Cromartie are both locks to start next season, Sims was brought in to add depth at the linebacker position after the suspension of Daryl Washington on May 29th. “He’s a veteran linebacker with speed whose played his best inside,” head coach Bruce Arians said after OTAs Thursday. “It’s a matter of throwing him into the mix and seeing what he can do.”If Sims is going to gain the attention of the coaching staff, he will have to learn Todd Bowles’ 3-4 defense quickly. He was a part of Monte Kiffin’s Tampa 2 defense in Dallas but added that he is willing to adjust.“I’m a veteran I’ve been there done that,” Sims said. “I’ve been through several schemes and I understand what offenses are going to try to do.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Ernie Sims- Cardinals linebacker Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

GENEVA Switzerland – Maîtres du Temps a new haut

first_imgGENEVA, Switzerland – Maîtres du Temps, a new haute horlogerie brand, announced that they have completed a successful ten-day tour around Asia, which is today one of the most important regions for luxury brands. The tour ran from June 10–20 and followed the global launch of Maîtres du Temps in April 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland.Steven Holtzman, founder of Maîtres du Temps, was accompanied on the Asia tour by legendary watchmaker Mr. Roger Dubuis, one of three master watchmakers behind the creation of Chapter One. The Asian series of presentations of Chapter One—the inaugural timepiece by Maîtres du Temps—began in Hong Kong and continued on to Taipei, Singapore, Shanghai and Beijing.In each location, selected watch collectors, enthusiasts and members of the press were invited to an exclusive cocktail hour and dinner where they met with Mr. Dubuis and had an intimate opportunity to examine and discuss Chapter One.Chapter One is a combination of complications and is the result of a unique collaboration between master watchmakers Mr. Christophe Claret, Mr. Roger Dubuis and Mr. Peter Speake-Marin. Chapter One features a manual-wind mechanical movement, one-minute tourbillon, mono-pusher chronograph, retrograde date indicator, retrograde GMT indicator, day of the week indication on roller and a patented precise moon phase indication on roller.Chapter One’s tonneau-shaped case is available in a limited edition of 11 pieces each in red gold, white gold and titanium.The first models are expected to arrive in Hong Kong by September 2008 and will retail for approximately US$395,000—making it one of the world’s most expensive first timepieces from a new brand.last_img read more

Children behind push to end use of straws in Larnaca area

first_imgMore than 2,000 multi-use straws were on Thursday bought by people as part of the campaign by children at the special school Ayios Spyridonas to put an end to the use of plastic drinking straws in Larnaca.The initiative by the pupils intends to replace the conventional plastic straws in the area with biodegradable and multi-use ones in schools, restaurants, cafes, hotels and houses by the end of 2020.The biodegradable straws are made of compressed paper and multi-use straws can be made of metal, glass, bamboo and silicone.A total of 2,179 children attending public kindergarten in the Larnaca district will receive the straws free of charge under the programme ‘a multi-use straw for every student’.In addition to the hundreds of people in bars and cafes who say no to straws when they order a drink, 800 pupils of private schools have adopted the action by buying multi-purpose straws, educator Maria Psylolichnou said.The next step is to ensure money is available to buy multi-use straws for the 19,000 students attending primary, secondary and technical schools in the Larnaca region, she added, complementing the children on their campaign which has been running since the beginning of September.The municipality has embraced and supported the effort by the school from the very first moment, Mayor Andreas Vyras said at a press conference.“This is a commendable effort by the children of the special school,” he said, adding he wishes them success in giving an example to everyone to implement this action.Community leader of Oroklini, Neophytos Fakonti, said at the beginning of the campaign that the community will participate in the initiative in every way.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

EU Commission lists excessive imbalances in Cyprus economy

first_imgCyprus faces ‘excessive’ budgetary imbalances, the European Commission said on Wednesday in its winter package report approved by the College of Commissioners and presented in Brussels by Vice-President Valdis Dobrobowski, Commissioner Moscovici and the Commissioner Tysen.In the category of countries with “excessive imbalances”, only three countries were ranked this year: Greece, Cyprus and Italy. Similarly, there was a softer ranking of countries with just “imbalances” in which Bulgaria, Germany, France, Croatia, Spain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Sweden are included.“Cyprus is experiencing excessive imbalances,” said the report. “A very high share of non-performing loans burdens the financial sector and high stock of private, public, and external debt hangs on the economy, in a context of still relatively high, even though declining, unemployment and weak potential growth.”The commission warned that “the current account deficit is significantly negative, even taking into account the presence of special purpose entities, reflecting strong domestic demand as well as the negative saving among households, and is not adequate to guarantee a sustainable adjustment of the large stock of net external liabilities” and states that “deleveraging of private sector debt is ongoing but only slowly. New lending to the private sector remains limited.”Meanwhile, it added, the transfer of a significant portfolio of non-performing loans from the Cyprus Co-operative Bank to the public sector in the context of the bank`s sale and wind-down reduced significantly the share of non-performing loans in the banking system. However, “non-performing loans remain high for both households and corporations.”“The government support in the sale of the Cyprus Co-operative Bank had a one-off increasing impact on public debt in 2018,” it added.Looking ahead, it said the high public debt was expected to be on a declining path on the back of a continued strong fiscal performance. Compared to last year, the reform momentum had been stepped up especially on the front of measures to address the vulnerabilities from non-performing loans, but more progress was needed on structural reforms to increase the growth potential.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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