Reliving college days

first_imgNitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore revolves around a group of friends who are well-connected to each other even after college. The movie’s team spared some time from their busy schedule and recently caught up at a hotel in Mumbai to enjoy to the fullest. The photograph that sees Shraddha Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput, Navin PoliShetty, Suharsh Kumar Shukla, Tushar Pandey and Varun Sharma doing Chhichhore panti is sure to make one miss their college days. The film is set to release on September 6, 2019last_img

Manitoba Treaty 1 Idle No More blockade shuts down TransCanada

first_imgAPTN National NewsSupporters of the Idle No More movement are coming out in droves.On Saturday, some Treaty 1 First Nations people set up a roadblock on the Trans-Canada highway.Band members from at least three First Nations in Manitoba, including Sandy Bay, Long Plain and Swan Lake felt that blocking this road was an effective way to get their message out.APTN National News reporter Francine Compton has this story.last_img

17YearOld Muslim Womans Assault and Murder Sparks Hate Crime Debate

Rabat – A joyful, early hour Ramadan visit to IHOP with friends turned tragic for 17-year-old, Nabra Hassenan, on Sunday when she was abducted, assaulted and killed outside her mosque.Not normally an observant Muslim, Nabra Hassenan did attend mosque during Ramadan. What was somewhat surprising on Sunday was her desire to don the abaya, a traditional, long garment favoured by many Muslim women. Her mother happy loaned her one of her own to wear.Sadly, it was her choice of attire that would prove fatal for Hassanen in two ways. Firstly, it is widely believed by members of her Muslim community that she and her group of friends were targeted by the suspect because of their attire. Secondly, it was reported to Hassanen’s mother by a detective that her daughter had tripped over the unfamiliar garment in her attempt to flee with her friends. It was then that the suspect allegedly struck her with a metal baseball bat and abducted her, subsequently assaulting and murdering her. The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres. He was arrested Sunday afternoon, after “driving suspiciously” in the area where the young woman’s body was found. He has been charged with murder.One of the US’s best-known and largest Muslim congregations, the ADAMS mosque in Virginia has 11 chapters in the state. The crime has had a huge impact on a widespread community, prompting Republican Representative, Barbara Comstock, to visit the mosque Sunday and issue the following statement:“We know there is no greater pain for any parent and Chip and I extend our prayers to her family and loved ones at this difficult time and the entire ADAMS Center community,” she said. “We commend the Fairfax County Police Department and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office for their diligent work in apprehending the perpetrator. This case should be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, also expressed feeling “deeply disturbed” by Hassenan’s death, saying “There is absolutely no place for this kind of violence in our Commonwealth,” Northam said in a statement. “Every Virginian should feel safe and welcome in our communities, and no parent should ever have to experience such a heartbreaking tragedy. As the police investigation continues, I urge all Virginians to keep Nabra’s friends and family in their hearts.”Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman said, “I can’t think of a worse instance to occur than the loss of a 17-year-old on Father’s Day, as the father of a 17-year-old myself.”While these sentiments have been appreciated, the tragic nature of the popular teenager’s death has left the Muslim community wondering why it is not being treated as a hate crime when all indications point to Hassanen and her friends being targeted by Torres because of their traditional Muslim attire.In an official statement, ADAMS officials said, “We call on law enforcement to investigate and determine the motive of this crime and prosecute to the full extent of the law,” the center said in a statement. “We are devastated and heartbroken as our community undergoes and processes this traumatic event. It is a time for us to come together to pray and care for our youth.”A crowdfunding page begun to help the family reached its $25,000 goal before the end of Sunday.There is little that will comfort the Hassenan family, however, as they struggle to come to terms with the violent and seemingly senseless loss of their oldest daughter.“Please pray for me, please pray for me,” Gazzar cried in Arabic. “Pray for me that I can handle this… I lost my daughter, my first reason for happiness.” read more

Aimia sells Air Miles Trademarks for Canada for nearly 54 million

MONTREAL — Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM) says it has sold the Air Miles Trademarks, license and royalty agreements for Canada to Diversified Royalty Corp. (TSX:DIV).The Montreal-based company says the transaction was done for a cash consideration of about $53.75 million, plus a possible additional payment of up to about $13.75 million within the next three years depending on the program’s performance.Aimia’s group chief executive David Johnston said in a statement the move is part of the company’s plan to simplify its business.He said it will continues to evaluate and consider further disposals of non-core investments and assets.Aimia is grappling with Air Canada’s May 1 announcement that the airline would be departing the Aeroplan program, which Aimia operates, in 2020.The company reported a loss of $25.1 million in its latest quarter earlier this month and its shares have fallen to less than $2. read more

Dieppe Remembered

In 2003, CHCH News produced this package when the Dieppe Memorial Park was first dedicated in front of a gathering of 1000 people. The audience included 18 surviving members of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry who fought at Dieppe. At the time, we spoke with Fred Engelbrecht, Frank Volterman and Stanley Darch. All three men fought in the Dieppe Raid on August 19, 1942 which claimed the lives of 916 Canadian soldiers. Veterans Affairs Canada calls it the “bloodiest single day for Canada’s military in the entire Second World War.” Darch and Volterman passed away in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

With home boom in 9th inning even the good news may portend

OTTAWA – Canada’s much-watched housing market is sending out mixed signals these days — even for analysts.A spate of fresh data and yet one more market-cooling tweak from Ottawa last week has put one of the most important sectors in the Canadian economy, and the most important asset-source for most Canadians, on a kind of death watch.That’s because while some of the data, such as home prices and starts, is pointing to the soothing “soft landing” that homeowners, economists, banks and politicians are fingers-crossed hoping for, others, like land purchases and building permits suggest the real message is: the crash is coming.Last week, Statistics Canada reported that building permits in the residential sector fell 12.9 per cent in June, and permits for multi-unit dwellings — mostly condos — sank even further by 18.8 per cent.Even more frightening, research conducted by RealNet Canada found than in some of the bigger markets — Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary — residential land investments for future home building has already crashed through the floor, plunging 51, 52 and 30 per cent respectively.Muddying the picture is that a new temperature reading of the housing market from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) being released on Thursday is likely to show that home sales are doing just dandy and likely rose significantly in July, along with average home prices.But David Madani of Capital Economics says it is the calm before the storm.Or as he put it in a note to clients — “homebuilders are having a Wile E. Coyote moment” as when the perpetually ill-starred cartoon character realizes he has overshot the cliff and looks down to see nothing but air under his feet.“It’s astonishing to me that people are not picking up on this. If you see volumes crash and prices still rising, you shouldn’t be thinking everything is fine, you should see that as a warning sign,” he says.“Here in Toronto, if you look at new home sales, we’re at near-record lows. If you think about the implication this has for home building, new construction and all the jobs that go along with that, this is quite startling.”Some of that is yesterday’s news.Housing sales have recently begun trending upwards again — even in Toronto and Vancouver — after almost a year’s slump brought on by Ottawa’s decision to apply the brakes on mortgages last July.Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter predicts next week’s report from CREA will show a 10 per cent surge in home sales from a year ago. He bases that on already reported data from big centres such as Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, which all had boffo months, although there was a drawdown in Montreal and Ottawa.Depending on whether you are an optimist or pessimist, this is either evidence of a soft or no landing, or a red flashing light.The government’s decision last week to put a limit on the issuing of mortgaged-backed securities is an indication that Ottawa views this development as anything but reassuring.“Arguably this is the second last thing anyone wanted to see in the housing sector, a re-acceleration,” Porter said. “That last thing people wanted to see was a hard landing.”Good news like strong home sales is potentially bad, says Porter, on the theory that Canadians are already drunk on housing, so imbibing more means the inevitable hangover will be all that much worse.Benjamin Tal, CIBC’s housing expert and deputy chief economist, wouldn’t go as far as Madani in predicting a price correction of as much as 25 per cent, but he agrees the time has come for caution.“If I was a speculator, I would not be buying,” he says. “The days of flipping houses and speculating on increasing prices are clearly coming to a close. We are in the ninth inning of this boom.”It’s been quite a ride. From January 2006 to June 2013, average home prices have risen from about $256,000 to almost $389,000, despite very low inflation and a little hiccup called the Great Recession. And, household debt from buying mortgages has ballooned to record levels above 160 per cent of disposable income.The ride must end, agrees Tal, the only issue being is will it crash or simply coast.So far, the consensus is on a slow coast, although the very real possibility of a hard crash has caused the Bank of Canada to put housing at the top of the list of domestic risks for the economy.While housing constitutes only about seven per cent of the economy, the number underscores its impact.Like a domino, if it topples, it triggers a chain reaction. Construction jobs are lost, household net worth diminishes, confidence drops and consumers start cutting back on other spending. On top of that, with families already highly indebted, defaults will almost certainly increase and lenders, such as banks, could find themselves taking enormous losses, dropping equity values, leading to tighter credit and slower growth. And on it goes in what economists call a re-inforcing negative feed-back loop.“If we were indeed to have a serious setback in housing it would have pretty wide implications on the economy,” says BMO’s Porter.The consensus view is s2till that the market will slowly decelerate rather than brake hard, if only because the economy continues to grow, employment is holding up and most critically with interest rates at super-low levels, borrowing is cheap.But even Tal, who is in the soft-landing camp, acknowledges the danger. The housing market could stand to take a breather, he says.That may be a good thing, given the exposure young people face in trying to buy even a starter home in cities like Toronto and Vancouver.“I think the rental market will be stronger (going forward),” he predicts.“We in Canada, especially in big cities, are fixated on buying a house the moment you graduate from university or get married. That’s not the case in many other cities in the world, there young people don’t think it a crime to rent for a time.” by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 11, 2013 6:00 am MDT With home boom in 9th inning, even the good news may portend trouble AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Holiday hosts needed for international students

While most members of the Brock community head home over the holiday break to spend time with family and friends, hundreds of international students will be left without that option.With the increasing cost of travel, international students who cannot afford the journey home will celebrate Christmas in Canada away from their loved ones.In an effort to make their holiday experience a memorable one, Brock International implemented a program last year with the goal of leaving no student behind to spend the festive season alone.“The Home for the Holidays program is an opportunity for the University community to open up their homes and share their favourite parts of the holiday season with international students,” says Sandra Gruosso, Interim Associate Director of Brock International Services.That may mean welcoming students to a special dinner with family and friends, tobogganing, ice skating or watching a popular Christmas movie together.Brock’s holiday break takes place between Dec. 20 and Jan. 8.An information session about the Home for the Holidays program will be held Monday, Nov. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. in Plaza 411.Advanced registration, which can be done through ExperienceBU, is recommended but not required. read more

Big Hank making sizeable impact on Ohio State line

With his 6-foot-3-inch, 335-pound body frame, it’s easy to see why Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins goes by the nickname “Big Hank.” Hankins, a native of Detroit, is six games into his freshman campaign and has already made his presence felt, recording 10 tackles and a sack. As Hankins continues to give OSU productive minutes, his role in the defensive line rotation will only increase. “You’re going to start hearing his named called a little bit more because he’s going to get a few more reps as the year goes on,” said ESPN analyst and former OSU linebacker Chris Spielman on 97.1 WBNS’s “Sunday Sports Brunch,” following the Indiana game. Hankins presents a tough matchup for opposing offensive linemen, not only because of his size, but also because of his deceptive speed. Hankins can run, OSU defensive coordinator Jim Heacock said. Perhaps just as important as his physical skills is Hankins’ understanding of the importance of taking advantage of every opportunity he has on the field. “You can’t take off because if you take off one play, anything can happen,” Hankins said. Playing with intensity every play will be crucial for not only Hankins, as well as the rest of the football team, as the Buckeyes are ranked No. 1 in every major college football poll. Hankins understands OSU will play with a target on its back the rest of the season. “It’s going to be tough,” he said. “Teams are going to be coming out fighting, ready to knock us off, but we have to hold our ground.” read more

New Bridon mining ropes factory in UK

first_imgBridon International has invested £30m in a Tyneside factory that will produce multi-strand ropes in gross package weights of up to 650 t – which according to Bridon will make them by far the largest and most complex in the world. The facility will enable Bridon to offer unrivalled strength, safety and durability in mining applications such as dragline hoist and drag ropes and electric mining shovel ropes on the surface and deep mine hoists for underground mine shafts.The Bridon Neptune Quay site will be fully operational by the end of 2012. Bridon states that it has already received production inquiries from a number of major multinational operators, and is planning a production schedule that will cater to the highest possible levels of demand. Key to the site’s “unrivalled capacity” is its unique closer machine, which is used to draw together thousands of wire strands into a single rope. Bridon’s closer is the first of its kind capable of making a 600 t rope in a single pass, enabling the production of longer and higher capacity ropes in a single piece and avoiding the need for multiple passes. Bridon Neptune Quay’s closer also boasts 24 bobbins (15 and 38 t capacity), giving it the ability to make far more complex ropes than had ever previously been possible with such weights. Up until now, closers capable of producing very large ropes have typically had no more than eight bobbins. Bridon Neptune Quay’s offer is not limited to the scale and complexity of the ropes it will produce. The site’s deep-water portside location will allow Bridon to use innovative loading solutions to reduce delivery timescales and order lead times for customers. Jon Templeman, CEO of the Bridon Group, commented: “The ropes produced at this state of the art facility will expand the boundaries of the possible for customers across the sector. Bridon Neptune Quay has been built to help us solve our customers’ most significant technological challenges – whether it is lifting unprecedented loads in ever-deeper mines in South Africa, or operating in some of the most challenging environmental conditions on earth. This factory, which is the most advanced of its kind ever built, is a crucial part of Bridon’s work to become the global technology leader in wire and rope solutions for mining applications.”last_img read more

White House says Northern Ireland talks are at critical juncture

first_imgTHE WHITE HOUSE has urged political parties in Northern Ireland to reach an agreement as the deadline draws closer in talks about a series of contentious issues.A spokesperson for the National Security Council in the US said the talks are now at a ‘critical juncture’ but said the onus is on the party leaders to reach a compromise.The leaders of five political parties in the Northern Ireland Executive have been meeting with US diplomat Richard Haass to make new arrangements for holding parades, flying flags, and contending with the legacy of past violence.The talks are due to begin again at 6am tomorow morning for six hours before the deadline for an agreement kicks in at 12 noon.Richard Haass has said the differences between the parties are “difficult but not intractable”.Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin has said failure would be an ‘unforgivable option’ while the SDLP lead negotiator Alex Atwood said the talks cannot be allowed to unravel ‘at the 11th hour’.Atwood said failure to reach an agreement would let down both victims and survivors.In a statement, US National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said that initiating the talks in the first place showed a commitment to move forward on tough issues.“We are confident that a solution can be reached if there is political will on all sides,” she said.“We call upon the leadership of the five parties to make the compromises necessary to conclude an agreement now, one that would help heal the divisions that continue to stand between the people of Northern Ireland and the future they deserve”.(@RichardHaass/Twitter) Read: No all-party talks today as Haass sets agreement deadline of noon, Monday > Read: ‘Time to fish or cut bait’: Haass talks recommence, with Monday set as deadline >last_img read more

Free sandbags available today at several locations throughout the county

first_img Posted: March 22, 2018 March 22, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Free sandbags available today at several locations throughout the county Ed Lenderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe National Weather Service is predicting rain around San Diego County this week, potentially heavy rain on Thursday.People in unincorporated areas can get free sandbags at numerous locations to help them protect their homes, properties and communities.County public works officials said the coming rain was also a good reminder for people to check around their home and land to make sure drainage areas are clear and free of debris.Rain can cause flooding and erosion, especially in areas where, by paving, drought or fire, they are not covered by landscaping, grass, trees, shrubs and other plants. Rain runoff can sweep soil, mud and debris downstream where it can damage homes, clog storms drains and culverts, and flood and damage roadways.Using sandbags properly can help direct waters away from homes and properties. People who have slopes on their land can use mulch, or terrace their slopes and plant groundcovers and shrubs to keep them from eroding.San Diego County’s Department of Public Works, the San Diego County Fire Authority and CAL FIRE are providing free sand and bags, or free bags, generally around the clock at the locations listed below. People should call ahead to double-check availability and bring a shovel they can use to fill bags with sand at the locations with sand and bags.In addition to the regular locations, people who live in and around the areas that were burned by December’s Lilac Fire in North County can get free sandbags and other devices, such as fiber rolls, at the County’s Bonsall Road Station.The station is located at 2370 Pala Road in Bonsall and will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents in the Lilac Fire burn areas can also call 888-846-0800 to schedule to have a County engineer come look at their property to suggest what areas need protection, and how and where to place sandbags, fiber rolls and other erosion control devices. Ed Lenderman, last_img read more

Australian Securities and Investments Commission to sell 80 million vested Donaco shares

first_imgThe Takeovers Panel stated at the time that the circumstances of the on-market acquisition were unacceptable because, among other reasons, the market was not aware OCP had any security interest in Donaco shares. It subsequently vested the 9.71% stake acquired by OCP between 7 and 31 December 2018 in the Commonwealth.In its own filing, ASIC revealed it will now look to sell those shares vested in the Commonwealth via the use of an investment bank or stockbroker. Donaco to file multiple appeals after arbitrator rules in favor of Thai vendors in Star Vegas land lease dispute The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has announced it will appoint an investment bank or stockbroker to sell around 80 million shares in ASX-listed Southeast Asian casino operator Donaco International Ltd.The move comes after the country’s Takeovers Panel last week ruled against the acquisition of a 9.71% stake in Donaco by Asian investment firm Orchard Capital Partners (OCP), which had previously taken control of a further 27.25% interest as a result of a defaulted loan repayment. Load More Donaco ready to reset after horror year sees losses widen in FY19 on Cambodia impairment charge RelatedPosts Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analystslast_img read more

How Much Information Should The Public Have Access To After Chemical Plant

first_img 00:00 /09:04 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X An incident at a Chevron Phillips facility in Baytown Sunday night (April 1) is prompting environmental experts to scrutinize the information available after such events.Experts argue it’s especially important to know what happened after the fallout from the Arkema plant explosion last year.Houston Matters discusses why there is such a lack of access to information with Victor Flatt, environmental law professor and the faculty director of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston Law Center.  Sharelast_img

From Harvey to Gordon — Cajun Navy Gears Up to Respond

first_img 00:00 /06:27 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: As NPR has been reporting, coastal residents from Louisiana to Florida are bracing for Tropical Storm Gordon. Forecasters say the storm will likely strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall tonight.As state and federal officials are preparing for the storm, a grassroots group of civilians are on their way to help. The Louisiana Cajun Navy helped out with rescue efforts in Houston last year after Harvey. Now, they’re coordinating with officials in anticipation of Gordon.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with Clyde Cain, the group’s founder, who was on his way to Mississippi. He tells her some members from the group’s Texas chapter have also answered the call for help. X Share Listenlast_img read more

Setting the Record Straight 3 Myths of Estate Planning

first_imgBy Susan Francis, Special to the AFRO Planning for the end of life is a heavy topic. It is full of emotions, stress and uncertainties. It’s common for our volunteer attorneys to meet with a client who doesn’t think they need to do estate planning or they come with misinformation about the process. Here are three myths we hear about estate planning and the facts to provide a more accurate outlook on estate planning.Myth #1: You only need estate planning if you’re rich and have a lot of assets.It’s a common misconception to think that estate planning is only required if you’re rich and wealthy with assets. This misconception can be detrimental to low-income Marylanders, especially those who are living paycheck to paycheck. Someone who owns their own home, car, has financial accounts and benefits will need estate planning – no matter the total value of the assets.Myth #2: My house is paid for, so it will easily transfer to my family upon my death.One critical piece that is missing from all estate planning discussions is how to avoid probate. Many people do not realize that their name is not listed on the deed to the property they live in and own. This presents a significant barrier for future generations to stay in the home and keep the wealth they’ve built within their family. If a family can’t afford to pay estate administration fees to properly pass the house through probate, they often lose the home to tax sale or other unfortunate reasons.The probate process can take up to nine months to sort out and can come with hundreds of dollars in processing fees, not to mention added stress.Free resources are available through My Deed, My Home, My Legacy to better understand the deed process. The first step is to confirm your name is on the deed to your property.Myth #3:  If I write all of my wishes down on paper, everything will be taken care of after my passing. Writing down your wishes for after death is only one part of the estate planning process. While this covers your wishes, it doesn’t cover the actual legal passing (or transfer) of the property through the City or court system.Seeking the help of a volunteer attorney can help you navigate the estate planning process and put the legal pieces in place now so your family can experience a smooth transition after your passing.last_img read more

Apple Delays AirPods Launch

first_imgOne of the main talking points following the unveiling of the iPhone 7 was the smartphone’s lack of a headphone jack. It instantly rendered millions of pairs of headphones unusable without an adapter, and paved the way for Lightning headphones alongside wireless audio.Apple intends to take full advantage of this forced moved to new audio connections with a new range of Beats headphones/earphones using a Lightning connector. But the real star of the show as far as Apple is concerned comes in the form of the AirPods. The $159 wireless earphones promise to solve the cable issue permanently by not having any.There’s one problem with AirPods, though, (beyond the high price, poor battery life, and concerns about losing them) and that’s actually being able to buy them. AirPods were meant to go on sale before the end of October, but Apple has confirmed that is no longer going to happen.No reason has been given for the delay, and no new release date or even window has been stated. Apple simply says they require “a little more time” to perfect the product. That could translate into a design or performance issue, but more likely it’s a production short fall. Apple wants AirPods to sell like hot cakes, and it needs the stock available for that to happen at launch.Will AirPods appear before Christmas? If they don’t then that’s a major failing and missed opportunity on Apple’s part. AirPods are the kind of product many will consider adding alongside an iPhone purchase for under the tree, even if they do cost $159 a pair.last_img read more

Jim Beams AIpowered Assistant Pours You Shot After Shot

first_imgTo quote LMFAO, “If you not drunk ladies & gentlemen. Get ready to get…” Let’s pretend the following lyric is just “drunk.” And while we’re at it, let’s also pretend they wanted you to do it with some high-tech help.Anybody can pour shots, but to put some real geek stank on things you can’t go wrong with an AI-powered, liquor-dispensing robot. That’s exactly what the crew at Jim Beam has cooked up just in time for the holiday season.His name is JIM, and there’s a long list of advantages he has over more all-purpose assistants like Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Bixby. Jim Beam provided this handy chart for reference:AdChoices广告No, JIM can’t tell you what the weather’s like outside, but he will tell you how to best enjoy bourbon. Well, he’ll tell you to drink it “any damn where you please,” but that’s about as much detail you really need if you’re gearing up for a round or three of bourbon shots.That — and the other no-nonsense advice — the AI decanter dispenses is voiced by Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe, the seventh generation of the Beam family to do the job. Fred has been in charge of making bourbon at Jim Beam for ten years now.Lest you think that JIM is just a viral publicity stunt, you really can order one over on the Jim Beam website for the ridiculously low price of $34.90. They’re only offering a very limited number, however, so you’ll have to move fast. This thing will probably sell out quicker than those kegs of ranch dressing did.You’ll also need to be of legal drinking age and prepared for a bit of disappointment. Some of JIM’s functionality depends on 3G connectivity and that will quit working halfway through 2018… at which point he’ll revert to being a regular old decanted, though one that provided plenty of amusement for a good six months. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

How to Watch Apples Big iPhone 6S Event Today

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free The countdown is on. In just a few short hours, Apple will pull out all the stops and unveil the next iPhone. The big reveal kicks off live today, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT.On top of a first look at the next gen iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus, if rumors prove right, we might also get glimpses of a brand new Apple TV, new Apple Watch straps and colors, a “monster” iPad Pro and perhaps a new iPad mini 4. Apple might also debut iOS 9. Who knows what surprises Tim Cook has in store? Will he defend Apple Music? Like everyone else, we’ll have to wait and see.If you weren’t one of the lucky few to receive an official invite, no worries. We’ve got you covered, Windows users included (for the first time in years). You, too, can tune in as the action unfolds, as Apple wows the world live from The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, where Apple-branded blue flags are already flying high.Related: 6 Apple Patents We Hope Will Be Used to Make Actual ProductsAs is the custom, the Cupertino, Calif. colossus took down its online store as part of the lead-up to the powwow about to pop off. Where shopping pages once were there is now a bold banner that simply reads “We’ll be back.” And by “back,” Apple likely means moments after the event wraps and with all of its freshly debuted new products for sale.To stream the event in real-time from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV or, yes, a Windows 10 device, go to Apple’s official live event page here. These are the browser and hardware requirements needed to tune in, courtesy of Apple:Requirements: Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires a second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.If you’re an Android user, here’s how you can get in on the fun, too. Happy viewing.Related: Leadership Lessons From Apple CEO Tim Cook 2 min readcenter_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. September 9, 2015last_img read more

ExistingHome Sales Rise 135 YearOverYear NAR

first_img Share Low-balling appraisals, job loss, and denials for mortgage applications helped scuttle closed contracts over October, which crept forward by a seasonally adjusted 13.5 percent more than figures seen for the same month last year, according to the “”National Association of Realtors””: (NAR).[IMAGE]The trade group reported closed sales for single-family homes, town homes, and condominiums rising to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.97 million over October, down from revisions for 4.90 million over September. “”Lawrence Yun””:, chief economist with NAR, attributed still-low figures in a “”statement””: to a “”higher rate of contract failures”” responsible for helping delay a recovery.He said that NAR members reported that their contract failures rose to 33 percent in October, up from 18 percent [COLUMN_BREAK]over September and 8 percent from the year before.””Home sales have been stuck in a narrow range despite several improving factors that generally lead to higher home sales such as job creation, rising rents and high affordability conditions,”” he said. “”Many people who are attempting to buy homes are thwarted in the process.””NAR tracked one trend it called positive: a continuing decline in housing inventory. The number of houses on the market underwent a 2.2-precent squeeze, falling to 3.33 million existing homes available.Cash buyers sopped up 29 percent of all October purchases, largely unmoved from earlier percentages recorded in October last year.Of these, investors picked up 18 percent of all homes in October, not far above 19 percent seen in September and the same recorded in October last year.The national median existing-home price leveled out at $162,500 over October, reflecting a 4.7-percent fall below levels seen in October last year. “”The modest rise in existing home sales in October may reflect the recent improvements in economic activity and the labour [sic] market,”” “”Paul Diggle””:, a property economist with “”Capital Economics””:, said in a note. “”But a sustained and significant recovery in home sales is just not on the cards when large numbers of potential buyers are constrained by negative equity and tight credit conditions,”” he added. November 21, 2011 387 Views Existing-Home Sales Rise 13.5% Year-Over-Year: NARcenter_img in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Appraisals Capital Economics Existing-Home Sales First-Time Homebuyers Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Prices Processing Service Providers Underwriting Standards Valuation 2011-11-21 Ryan Schuettelast_img read more

Theis Overriding veto will provide sales tax relief for Michigan families

first_img Categories: Theis News 17Jan Theis: Overriding veto will provide sales tax relief for Michigan families State Rep. Lana Theis today voted to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan families buying motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto with her House colleagues.The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions on purchases including a trade-in through 2039. With today’s vote, the reductions will be fully implemented a decade earlier.“I voted in favor of the veto override because providing tax relief on trade-ins will provide an incentive for residents across the state to buy new vehicles,” said Theis, of Brighton, after the House joined the Senate in overriding a veto of legislation from Gov. Rick Snyder. “This will ultimately lead to further support of our car industry – Michigan’s most vital industry.”The Senate bills overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature were vetoed by the governor in July.The new law speeds reforms approved in 2013, allowing buyers to subtract the value of their trade-ins from the purchase price of a vehicle for sales tax purposes. The accelerated sales tax relief also will apply to boats and recreational vehicles bought with a trade-in.last_img read more