Fewer buyers more choice push Vancouver home sales to lowest level since

first_imgVANCOUVER – Home sales in July across Metro Vancouver tumbled to their lowest level in 18 years in statistics compiled by the real estate board, but prices remained steady since last month.The Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board says 2,070 properties changed hands in July, a 30 per cent plunge when compared with July of last year and about 29 per cent below the 10-year sales average for the month.The number of condos, townhomes and detached houses listed for sale were up 32 per cent year-over-year, and 1.6 per cent since June.The real estate board says the benchmark price for all residential properties was just under $1.1 million, a 6.7 per cent hike over July 2017 but a slip of 0.6 per cent since June.Board president Phil Moore says the number of sales to active listings across Metro Vancouver last month was pegged at almost 10 per cent for detached homes, 20 per cent for townhomes and about 27 per cent for condos.Analysts expect downward pressure on prices when the ratio dips below 12 per cent, while property prices tend to climb when it is over 20 per cent.Moore said there’s less upward pressure on home prices across the region.“This is most pronounced in the detached home market, but demand in the townhome and apartment markets is also relenting from the more frenetic pace experienced over the last few years,” Moore said in a news release on Wednesday.Real estate board data shows July sales of single detached homes plunged nearly 33 per cent compared with July of last year, while the almost $1.6 million benchmark price slipped 1.5 per cent over the same period and is down 0.6 per cent since June.Sales of condos decreased 26.5 per cent year-over-year while sales of townhomes fell by almost 35 per cent, but both property types have seen price hikes above 12 per cent since last July.The benchmark price is $700,500, for a condo and $856,000 for a townhome, but the board says prices for condos and townhomes have slipped about 0.5 per cent since June.“With increased mortgage rates and stricter lending requirements, buyers and sellers are opting to take a wait-and-see approach for the time being,” Moore said.last_img read more

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Boeing says Canada relationship will survive despite C Series trade action

first_imgMONTREAL – Boeing’s relationships with Canada and Britain will survive even though the trade complaint launched against the C Series aircraft is having “ripple effects” on those bonds, the U.S. aircraft giant’s chairman and CEO said Wednesday.“We’ve been together for 100 years in places like Canada and in the U.K. and we expect those long-term relationships to be sustained and we’re going to continue to work with our customers in both countries,” Dennis Muilenburg said during a conference call to discuss it’s third-quarter results.He said the trade action is not targeted at customers or countries, but at fair trade. Boeing has 2,000 direct employees in Canada and hundreds of suppliers that allow it to contribute $4 billion a year to the Canadian economy.Muilenburg added that it has a very good relationship with Delta Air Lines, which is eager to receive the C Series planes but is prepared to wait until they are produced in the United States.He said Boeing (NYSE:BA) is happy to compete but that everyone needs to play by the same rules.“That’s why we brought the trade case and we’re mindful that while we bring a trade case like this that there are ripple effects and implications to various customers and country relationships.”Boeing’s complaint has prompted a heavy political reaction from the Canadian government and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who fears job losses at Bombardier’s wing assembly facility in Northern Ireland.Canada has threatened to cancel the planned purchase of 18 Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets to temporarily augment Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18 fighter jets.Muilenburg insisted that Boeing doesn’t need to adjust its narrowbody aircraft strategy in light of the C Series partnership between Airbus and Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B).“Recent actions that you see that Airbus and Bombardier have announced are not actions that change our gameplan.”The Chicago-based manufacturer is increasing the number of 737 Max planes it will produce monthly to supply the record backlog of orders for its re-engined planes.Demand is focused on the larger Max 8 and 9 planes with 162 to 220 seats. It foresees a market for 41,000 aircraft over the next 20 years, including 29,000 narrowbodies.Bombardier has said it expects to capture half of the 6,000 orders for 100- to 150-seat aircraft it forecasts over the next two decades.Muilenburg said Boeing isn’t surprised by the partnership announced last week that will see its large European rival take a majority stake in the C Series for no financial payment.He declined to comment on reports that Boeing itself spoke with Bombardier about a strategic partnership before walking away from the table ahead of preliminary duties being announced by the Department of Commerce. Those tariffs would quadruple the C Series price on sales into the United States.Boeing filed a trade complaint with the U.S. Department of Commerce in April against the C Series, arguing the plane was heavily subsidized by the Canadian and Quebec governments that allowed Bombardier to sell the planes to Delta at deep discounts.Final countervailing and anti-dumping duty rates are slated to be announced in December. The U.S. International Trade Commission will decide in February if Boeing was harmed by the C Series.Boeing raised its outlook for the year on Wednesday after reporting better-than-expected profits of US$1.85 billion in the third quarter on US$24.31 billion or revenues.Bombardier and Airbus believe the C Series will avoid duties because the planes sold to U.S. customers will be supplied by Airbus’ plant in Mobile, Ala. Boeing said that won’t let it escape duties.Muilenburg didn’t directly respond to a question about whether it would enter into a joint venture of its own to compete with the C Series, but said mergers and acquisitions are generally part of its available options.last_img read more

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Province to invest 887 million in mental health support for students

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia has announced that it will be making investments to enhance mental health wellness supports and programs for schools across B.C.According to the Government, over the next three years, $8.87 million is being invested in all school districts and independent schools to ensure that students are getting the support they need for mental health care.Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Judy Darcy, says these investments will provide a safe place for support and the much-needed tools to deal with mental health issues for many years to come. “Students need a safe place to say, ‘I’m not ok’, whether they’re struggling with anxiety or depression or any mental health issue. This investment will help provide students, parents and educators with the tools they need to support mental well-being for students across B.C. for years to come.”Funding will also be used to support the professional development of educators to help teachers and school districts develop a co-ordinated and consistent approach to mental health in schools throughout the province.For more information on student mental health support, you can visit the Province’s website.last_img read more

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BJP fields Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP on Wednesday fielded Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, facing trial in Malegaon blast case, in Lok Sabha elections from Bhopal seat, where she is set to have a direct contest with Congress heavyweight and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh.Thakur, who is out on bail, had joined the BJP only hours before her name was announced as its candidate, underscoring the saffron party’s attempt to bring the Hindutva plank at the centre stage of polls in the high profile constituency, which has been its bastion for many elections. An NIA court had dropped charges against her under the stringent MCOCA but she and other co-accused are still facing other charges in the Malegaon case. Among other candidates, K P Yadav will be the BJP nominee from Guna, which is held by senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia who is contesting again from here.last_img read more

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The Warriors Are Especially Hard To Handle After A Loss

VIDEO: LeBron’s Game 5 performance was historically greatOur sports podcast Hot Takedown talks about the Cavs’ comeback chances. Irving is, by nature, on the streaky side as far as NBA players go — the standard deviation of his Game Scores was 19th largest among 126 qualified players this season.2We’re defining those as players who played at least 50 games and averaged a Game Score of at least 8.0 per game. (Stephen Curry, believe it or not, is the most “streaky” player, in terms of standard deviation in his Game Score — though his variance runs from “extremely great” to “closer to league average.” On the other end, Jonas Valanciunas and DeAndre Jordan ranked as the most “consistent” players among those performing at league-average or better.) So although Irving is capable of putting up huge numbers, as in Game 5, it also takes something fluky, like a hot night of unsustainable shooting, to pull it off.Speaking of which, Irving’s Game 5 featured the second-best “shot-making” performance of the entire playoffs,3Minimum 20 field goal attempts. with Kyrie hitting for an effective field goal percentage (eFG%) 34.1 points higher than we’d expect based on the location and defensive pressure applied to his shots. During the regular season, Irving outshot expectations by only 1.9 points of eFG%, and shot-making tends to regress heavily to the mean from game to game.To stave off elimination, the Cavs might need Irving to buck those odds. That 33.2 Game Score represented the best performance by a LeBron teammate all season; Irving also owns five more of the top 10, and 12 more of the top 25. LeBron chronically seems in need of strong supporting performances from his teammates, and if Irving doesn’t supply that again, it’s not clear who will — particularly with Kevin Love limited (to say the least) after suffering a concussion earlier in the finals.In other words, a not-insignificant portion of the Cavs’ Game 6 hopes are resting on a repeat performance from a streaky player. When it comes to Cleveland sports, crazier things have happened. Perhaps this time, the Cavs will come out ahead in the exchange. That’s the version of Golden State the Cavaliers will tangle with Thursday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. As usual, LeBron James will have his work cut out for him.The good news for Cleveland: The game will be played at Quicken Loans Arena. Putting aside everything else, that means the Cavs should probably be favored to force Game 7. The bad news: Golden State’s not-so-secret weapon, Draymond Green, is coming back from his suspension.And less obvious on Cleveland’s bad-news front — but perhaps equally important — is how much the Cavs relied on an uncharacteristically amazing Kyrie Irving performance in Game 5. According to Game Score (John Hollinger’s rough estimate of a player’s performance in a given outing), Irving’s 33.2 mark easily represented his best game of the 2015-16 season, and was more than double his usual per-game output.In his career, whenever Irving has notched a Game Score of at least 25 — the benchmark of a very good outing — his output dipped to a Game Score of 18.9 in the very next game on average. And Irving’s Game 5 performance wasn’t just very good — it was transcendent. In fact, it was so far outside his usual production that he isn’t likely to approach it again: The Golden State Warriors didn’t lose very often this year, but when they did, the Dubs tended to bounce back with a vengeance. Following the 15 losses for which we know the next game’s outcome1So, not counting the Warriors’ loss in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. (including the playoffs), Golden State went 14-1, which was not only the NBA’s best record coming off a defeat, but also 24 points of winning percentage better than a statistical power-rating such as our Elo method would predict. (That was also tops in the NBA.) As terrifying as the Warriors are in general, they’re ever so much scarier still after a loss. read more

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With eight starters departing what will Ohio States offense look like in

OSU then-redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) celebrates after a touchdown during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. OSU won 42-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe window for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft is officially closing Monday, which means the list of Ohio State football players departing the team for the next level is all but set in stone.And it is an expansive one.In all, 18 seniors, seven of which were starters, and nine underclassmen from the 2015 team will not be back in Columbus for another campaign.The result of this mass exodus of talent is gaping holes across coach Urban Meyer’s depth chart and, for fans, a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of the team.Meyer is tasked with the onerous operation of filling the voids, which he will do throughout spring practice and fall camp. The first practices for next season aren’t until March 8, and the regular-season opener against Bowling Green is nearly eight months away, but questions about who will be on the field next year are present.In an attempt to provide answers to such questions, The Lantern is taking a look at which players are poised to replace the eight departed starters on each side of the ball, beginning Tuesday with the offense and concluding Wednesday with the defense. Pass catchers In Meyer’s spread offense, four pass catchers top the depth chart — two wide receivers, one H-back and a lone tight end.Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall, Braxton Miller and Nick Vannett — the four players who occupied those spots last season — all will not be back in 2016, which translates into plenty of playing time for their replacements.The man likely leading the receiver corp in 2016 will be redshirt sophomore Noah Brown. Brown did not play a snap last season, but his name is one that was often talked about.The  6-foot-1, 240-pound New Jersey native was poised for a huge 2015 campaign, according to his coaches, but a broken leg days before the regular-season opener vitiated such plans. Back at full health, Brown should emerge as a trusty target for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett.At the second starting receiver spot, there is a bevy of potential contributors. It could be redshirt sophomore Parris Campbell, who predominantly saw the field on special teams last season but did play some receiver, or it could be redshirt freshman Torrance Gibson.Gibson, the five-star quarterback-turned-receiver, had a troublesome journey as a freshman and is really raw technique-wise, but he is an elite athlete with great measurables (6-foot-4, 205 pounds). If he has learned the position well enough after a year, he could make a splash. Beyond those three players, redshirt sophomore Terry McLaurin, junior James Clark and freshman Austin Mack could all fill in.Sliding in at tight end for the Buckeyes next year will be junior Marcus Baugh. Praised for his blocking in the run game, Baugh saw the field a decent amount this season. He will, likely, be a part of the passing attack more than Vannett was in 2015.As for who will replace Miller at H-back, that appears like it will be Dontre Wilson. The senior has been a contributor since first arriving in Columbus three seasons ago. He has dealt with injuries off-and-on during his career, but he has all the physical tools to regain his status as an offensive weapon.If Wilson isn’t the H-back, it will probably be junior Curtis Samuel, but Samuel’s more-likely role will be addressed later in the article. There is certainly talent within the pass catchers for next year’s team, but it is fair to say the best thing this group has going for it is that Barrett will be the one throwing the passes.Because of that, the aerial attack should be all right.Ground game The hole in the running game created by Ezekiel Elliott’s departure is massive. Of course, Barrett’s legs will be an asset on the ground for the offense, but he can’t run the ball every down.Who, then, will Barrett being handing the ball off to?It might be redshirt freshman Mike Weber, who battled injuries early in 2015 that set the stage for a redshirt season, but the second option — one that makes plenty of sense — is having Samuel return to backfield, where he played during the national championship run.With Elliott emerging as one of the nation’s premier running backs, Samuel may slide over to H-back in order to see the field with more frequency. A player with the game-breaking ability of Samuel needs to be touching the ball as much as possible, which is why putting him at H-back in 2015 made a lot of sense.But now, with Elliott out of the picture, starting Samuel at running back seems like the best option for Meyer. In two seasons, the Brooklyn, New York, product has accumulated 515 rushing yards on 75 carries. He has 33 catches for 384 yards, too.Samuel is versatile, with a propensity for explosive plays, and Meyer will want him to touch the ball as much as possible, which lends itself to the idea that No. 4 will return to the backfield in 2016.In the trenchesRegardless of who is trying to catch passes or run the ball, if the offensive line does not supply the needed protection in the trenches, it won’t matter.In order for that to happen, OSU will have to find a way to replace three starters along the O-line. Left tackle Taylor Decker, a probable first-round pick in the NFL draft, is gone, as well as center Jacoby Boren and right tackle Chase Farris.Fortunately for the Buckeyes, the two offensive lineman they do have returning are top-tier players. Redshirt junior left guard Billy Price and senior Pat Elflein are both set to be third-year starters.Elflein, who had previously been a right guard, is moving over to center, which is a huge boost for the offensive line, but that means both tackle spots and right guard are the positions that need replacements.Junior Jamarco Jones is pegged to take over for Decker at left tackle. It’s a tall task, no question, as Decker is one of the more well-respected O-linemen in OSU history, but Jones has the makings of a rock-solid replacement.The 6-foot-4 four-star recruit will have a lot of learning to do, but if he absorbed even half of Decker’s knowledge of the position, he should be a sturdy replacement.The other tackle spot will probably be occupied by sophomore Isaiah Prince. The 6-foot-7 Maryland native was a top 10 offensive tackle prospect and saw the field last season, albeit sporadically.Who will be next to Prince, however, is a little less clear. The top two candidates appear to be redshirt freshman Matthew Burrell and redshirt sophomore Demetrius Knox. The four-star recruits will spend spring practice and, potentially, fall camp battling it out for the offensive line’s final spot.The OSU offense finally got clicking in the final two games of 2015 and many of those key cogs will no longer be around. It would usually be safe to assume some drop off in performance when eight players depart, but Meyer is still at the helm and Barrett is back under center, so things might just be OK for the Scarlet and Gray. read more

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Strategic Vest Jim Tressel accepts job as Akrons vice president of strategic

Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel was introduced Thursday by University of Akron President Luis Proenza as the school’s new vice president of strategic engagement. Reaction from OSU students regarding Tressel’s new job is mixed.   Just days removed from an unsuccessful run at the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts’ head coaching job, Tressel will begin his new role at Akron on May 1, 29 days shy of the one-year anniversary of his forced resignation at OSU. Tressel, who began his coaching career as an undergraduate assistant at Akron, will earn $200,000 annually in his new role at Akron. The position is a newly created one at the university.  “That Akron experience is something I look forward to sinking my teeth into,” Tressel said at the Thursday press conference at Akron. In his job, Tressel will “identify, recommend and support strategies and efforts that promote success in all facets of student life, including alumni and friend engagement, and collaborations and partnerships with community organizations that have an influence and impact on UA students and their futures,” according to the university’s website.  “Jim has touched thousands of lives in positive ways,” said Proenza. “He has incredible energy and demonstrates leadership, passion and compassion for students. We feel fortunate that he has decided to bring that dedication here to the University of Akron. Our students will be the beneficiaries.” In Tressel’s final game coaching the Buckeyes, he led the team to a 31-26 victory against Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl in the Louisiana Superdome. That game, along with the entire 2010 season, was later vacated by OSU as part of its self-imposed penalties for violating NCAA policies. Tressel’s decade-long reign at OSU ended when he was forced to resign from his post with the Buckeyes on May 30. On Dec. 19, Tressel was issued a five-year show cause penalty by the NCAA for not properly reporting NCAA rules violations that he was aware of during the Buckeyes’ 2010 season. The show cause would result in penalties for any member institution that hired him as a coach. Tressel remains one of the most successful coaches in OSU football history, having led the team to a national championship in 2002, a 94-21 overall record and an 8-1 record against rival Michigan. Dmitri Dulgov, a first-year in biology at OSU said he was shocked that Akron hired Tressel. “He lied to college football’s face,” Dulgov said, “and he put our university in a bad position.” Travis Tray, a third-year in communications, said the arrival of new Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer makes Tressel‘s return to a college campus tolerable.  “It’s a good position for (Tressel),” Tray said. “I’m over the whole situation — we have the best coach in the nation now.” read more

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Royal Robinson 18 Broken Promises of PDM

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 31, 2017 – Providenciales – Eighteen things undone and he labels them ‘Broken Promises’ by the new PDM Administration.  In his press conference, PNP National Chairman and appointed member to the House of Assembly, Hon Royal Robinson, this morning demonstrated that he has poured over the 2016 PDM Change Document and the Throne Speech and there is where he told media that he found 18 things which the newly elected administration said it would do within its first 60-100 days in office, but has not done them.The list begins:  no moratorium on home foreclosures, a promise made on page 22; No Economic Summit, a promise on page 31; no environmental culture archive from page 46; from pages 30 and 31, Robinson points out that Team TCI was not re-established for overseas marketing to new business interests as promised by the People’s Democratic Movement; a health care management review has still not happened, it was promised for within 60 days of taking office.   No aggressive government building repair program or four year road development plan; both were promised in the throne speech said the appointed PNP.There was failure to hold that first structured meeting with the civil service, to update the National Tourism Strategic plan and to present it to the public and failure to bring a stimulus plan to boost job growth.  There was no job creation ministerial portfolio established; no reform to the national scholarship policy; no national unemployment drive; no review of civil service salaries in order to reinstate gratuities and the hospitals contract remains un-reviewed according to Royal Robinson’s list.The PDM has said nothing publicly as the 100 day goal post passed, but Premier Sharlene Robinson informed that next week Tuesday, her administration holds a press conference – very likely to address these and other topical issues.You can see the full list by Hon Royal Robinson at MagneticMediaTV.com.#MagneticMediaNews#18brokenpromisesofPDM#thingsundonesaysRoyalRobinson Related Items:#18brokenpromisesofPDM, #magneticmedianews, #thingsundonesaysRoyalRobinson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Updated Coast Guard Cutter Crew Member Dies In Industrial Accident

first_imgOriginal Post:HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A crew member of the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory died in an industrial accident in Homer. Assistant Chief Dan Miotke says medics treated and transported the victim to South Peninsula Hospital. The crew member died after being struck Thursday by a crane that rolled over. The Homer News reports Friday that the name and gender of the person killed were not immediately released pending notification of next of kin.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on February 3rd, 2019 at 07:49 amUpdated:Deceased is Chief Warrant Officer, Michael Kozloski, 35-year-old male, from Mahopac, New York. Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians responded to the crane accident shortly before 2 p.m. The crane tipped over in a buoy yard for the Hickory.last_img read more

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