Report on university campus sexual violence calls for culture change

first_imgHALIFAX – A new report is calling on Nova Scotia’s 10 universities to set up additional programs to prevent sexual violence on campus, just weeks after high-profile sexual assault charges were laid at one school.“Nova Scotia universities, like universities in other jurisdictions, have had incidents of sexual assaults,” said Dianne Taylor-Gearing, president of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.“Sexual assault in any form, in any number, is simply unacceptable.”The 72-page report released Friday explores the root causes of sexual violence, saying it is linked to issues such as gender inequality, confusion about consent, and a prevailing “rape culture” that still exists on campus.The document defines rape culture as an environment where “male violence is legitimized and normalized in society through victim blaming, denial of sexual violence, stigmatization and the sexual objectification of women.”Its findings focus on “shifting the culture in which sexual violence exists” and calls on universities to develop sexual violence prevention plans, consent education, training to respond to disclosures of sexual assault and bystander programs.“The report is an up front and frank acknowledgment of sexual violence and the societal influences of power and privilege,” said committee co-chairwoman Ava Czapalay, who co-authored the study for the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents.“We appreciate that this is being released during a time when sexual harassment and sexual violence is being extensively reported in the media.”Last month, two varsity football players at St. Francis Xavier University were charged with sexual assault with allegations against a third student surfacing earlier this month._The report notes that university frosh weeks, which often include excessive alcohol consumption, misogynist attitudes and hyper-sexuality, send a message to students that sexual violence is accepted.Peter Ricketts, president and vice chancellor of Acadia University, said the school included sexual violence education and awareness about responsible alcohol use in its orientation week this fall.But he acknowledged that “it’s not enough” and that more needs to be done to prevent sexual violence.The Wolfville, N.S., university is working on developing a stand-alone sexual violence policy, Ricketts said.Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis said half the province’s universities have already developed stand-alone sexual violence policies, while the other half are expected to comply by 2018.He said the report, entitled Changing the Culture of Acceptance, should be required reading across the province.“What really struck home to me is it spoke about an attitude change,” he said. “I felt it went beyond universities and that every Nova Scotian should read the report.”The Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Federation of Students said that although the report calls for changes students have long advocated for, there is no accountability to ensure the recommendations are implemented.“Students are concerned there is no accountability if institutions fail to implement these recommendations,” said chairperson Aidan McNally. “This report does not include timelines, it does not include any recourse for institutions that fail to prioritize this work.”She said the province should have mandated sexual violence policies with legislation, as in other provinces.However, Students Nova Scotia called the report a “step in the right direction.”“The survivor centered, intersectional approach of this report challenges institutions to ensure policies and procedures and to provide necessary supports for students,” said Annie Sirois, chairperson of StudentsNS, in an emailed statement.“We believe that these recommendations form a strong first step to changing campus culture and preventing sexual violence.”Johannah May Black with the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association said bystander training is key to preventing sexual violence.Instead of putting the responsibility on young women to “watch out for each other,” she said bystander education training creates a culture where people will step in and help prevent sexual violence.“It’s about stepping in when we see something, checking in with our friends, shutting down sexist or misogynist comments,” Black said. “It teaches people to stand up when they see something wrong and to intervene.”The sexual violence prevention committee is made up of representatives from the provincial government, universities, student groups and community agencies.Its recommendations follow up on the province’s first report on addressing sexual violence, called Breaking the Silence, released in 2015.last_img read more

iGate the outsourcing firm embroiled in RBCs foreign workers fiasco was once

TORONTO — Many Canadians have lambasted RBC this week after it came to light that Canada’s largest bank contracted an external supplier called iGate to provide certain technology services, a decision which ousts 45 employees from their current roles.[np_storybar title=”RBC’s now tarnished reputation tangled up in government crosshairs” link=””%5DTheresa Tedesco: Gord Nixon should take little comfort, amid the PR fiasco engulfing Royal Bank, that it was all an unfortunate misunderstanding. Continue reading . . .[/np_storybar]Questions have been raised about how iGate, which counts RBC as one of its top clients, brought its own employees into Canada under the temporary foreign worker program so they could be trained at bank branches for the services they’ll be providing to the bank.iGate told The Canadian Press on Tuesday that it operates with a “high level of integrity” and will “fully co-operate” with a government investigation into the situation.“iGATE’s hiring practices are in full compliance with all Canadian laws,” said Jason Trussell, senior vice president and regional head of iGate Canada.The company, which is headquartered in the U.S. and employs more than 28,000 people around the world, has run afoul of international laws involving temporary foreign workers in the past.In 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice ordered iGate to pay US$45,000 in civil penalties to settle allegations that the company had discriminated against American citizens in its employment practices.The settlement also required iGate to train its recruitment staff and post a non-discrimination statement on its website.The Justice Department found that between May and June of 2006, iGate placed 30 job announcements for computer programmers that “expressly favoured” people holding a temporary foreign worker visa, consequently discriminating against U.S. citizens, permanent residents and other legal U.S. workers.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Now iGate is facing pressure from the Canadian government. Human Resources Minister Diane Finley has asked officials to review documents submitted by iGate after apparent discrepancies appeared between public statements made by RBC and information previously provided to the government by iGate.We are very concerned with recent issues involving the Temporary Foreign Worker program“We are very concerned with recent issues involving the Temporary Foreign Worker program,” Finley’s spokeswoman Alyson Queen said Tuesday.“Officials are investigating recent reports concerning labour market opinions granted to iGate and will look into any evidence that the program is being misused.”To obtain permits for temporary foreign workers, companies need to apply for labour market opinions and show that a Canadian cannot be found to do the work.One immigration expert said iGate may have received a positive labour market opinion by demonstrating that the permits it was seeking were for jobs that were never going to remain in Canada over the long term.“The work permits haven’t been issued with the intention of them doing work in Canada. These jobs are going to get outsourced to India, which is nothing illegal,” said Toronto immigration lawyer Chantal Desloges.“I think the public outrage is being directed towards temporary foreign workers but it’s not actually about that. What people are really upset about is jobs going to India, China.”Desloges added that the labour market opinion system runs on an honour-based system and could benefit from more oversight.The practice of outsourcing, however, isn’t likely to disappear, said one expert with Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business.“Outsourcing is just international trade in the service sector and the rationale to support it is similar to the trade of manufactured goods,” said Shih-Fen Chen.To explain the positives of the practice, Chen argued that outsourcing a Canadian company’s technical services could result in higher incomes for an overseas worker who might later choose to buy or invest in Canadian products. The tricky issue for corporations is to manage the impact of outsourcing on their existing employees.“Can the person who works for a bank easily find a job after the bank outsourced the service to another country? That is the problem. But overall it should be good for both countries involved.”Canadian Press read more

Rogers Communications hires Deutsche Telecom exec to lead its consumer business

TORONTO — Rogers Communications Inc. said Monday it is hiring a senior executive of Germany’s largest telecommunications company to be president of the company’s consumer business unit.The appointment of Dirk Woessner, who has been responsible for the equivalent of $25 billion in sales at Deutsche Telecom, becomes effective April 6.At Rogers, Woessner will be responsible for product development and sales operations for the company’s consumer business, which includes its national wireless network and cable TV distribution services in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.It also has an extensive media business, including ownership of the Toronto Blue Jays and Canadian broadcast rights to NHL games.How Rogers plans to compete against Netflix, Amazon and YouTubeRogers Communications upgraded, 8% dividend hike expectedHe’ll report to chief executive Guy Laurence, who headed Vodaphone UK until he was hired for the top position at Rogers in late 2013.Since then, Laurence has embarked on a number of initiatives at Rogers, one of Canada’s three dominant wireless carriers.Under a strategy announced last May, the company’s consumer business unit was headed on an interim basis by Rob Bruce, who agreed to remain through a transitional period. read more

Public returning home urged to be cautious of health issues

The International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) too launched an appeal to raise over 3 million CHF for longer term recovery needs of the people affected by floods and landslides. (Colombo Gazette) The Red Cross requests anyone if they are experiencing any symptoms such as sudden high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting or severe abdominal or rectal pain to immediately seek medical support and to go see a health professional. The Red Cross has managed to reach over 140,000 affected people with our services since the flood & landslide relief and rescue operations began.In Aranayake, SLRCS continues to work with authorities to provide welfare for the people who survived the massive landslide. As of now 47 bodies have been recovered from two landslide locations and over 180 are still missing.Meanwhile aid from various countries continues to pour in. The Red Cross Society of China donated 50,000 USD to SLRCS through the Chinese Embassy in Colombo. The Singapore Red Cross also provided 150,000 USD to SLRCS for flood recovery efforts. The Turkish Red Crescent sent in relief supplies to SLRCS. A consignment of tents, blankets and solar powered lights were provided to the Red Cross, after which SLRCS donated it to the Ministry of Disaster Management. Emirates Red Crescent is providing support by sending in several delegates to Sri Lanka in order to assist the flood relief operations. SLRCS is currently assessing the needs of the people for longer term recovery support. Volunteers in the five worst affected districts (Colombo, Gampaha, Kegalle, Rathnapura & Puttalam) are visiting welfare camps and houses to speak with people to understand their immediate and longer term needs. This will assist the Red Cross in determining the best way of support. The relief efforts of SLRCS meanwhile continues in the aftermath of flash floods and landslides experienced in the recent days, the SLRC said in a statement today.Over 200 volunteers from Gampaha, Colombo, Kegalle, Puttalam and Rathnapura have been assisting in proving food relief items (such as rice, dhal, sugar, milk powder, baby formula) and non food relief items (such as clothes, hygiene kits and sanitary napkins) and other services (first aid, search and rescue, medical camps) during the past week. The public who are returning home after being stranded in floods and landslides have been urged to be cautious of health issues.The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) said that soon after floods there is a possibility of an increase in vector borne diseases such as dengue, diarrhea (due to the consumption of unclean water) and fever. read more

Cocaine use should disqualify you from becoming an MP majority of the

Environment Secretary Michael Gove appeared on The Andrew Marr Show yesterday, a day after he confessed to taking cocaine several timesCredit:REUTERS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Gove They are also only half as likely as their eldest peers to think someone should not hold such a role for having ever taken cannabis – 18 per cent compared to 40 per cent of those aged 65 or older.In separate YouGov polling, one in nine (11 per cent) admitted having taken cocaine, the same percentage as for Ecstasy.Just over a third (34 per cent) admitted having taken cannabis of which five per cent said they currently take it. That compared with just one per cent saying they had previously taken heroin.* Six in ten Britons say they know someone who suffers from an addiction including to alcohol, drugs or porn, a YouGov poll for the charity Action on Addiction.Alcohol is the most prevalent addiction, with 73 per cent of people who know someone who has ever suffered from an addiction, highlighting it as the kind suffered.Nicotine comes second at 40 per cent, with illicit drugs next at 35 per cent and gambling at 23 per cent Others include porn (five per cent), sexual behaviour (five per cent) and solvents (three per cent). More than half the public believe the admission of previously taking cocaine should disqualify people from being an MP, says a survey that will be a blow to Michael Gove’s hopes of weathering the storm over his drug revelation.The YouGov poll of 1,677 people shows 56 per cent of the population believe it is not acceptable for someone who has ever taken cocaine to be a member of Parliament.The research suggests that even if Mr Gove manages to persuade MPs to back him for Prime Minister and allow him to put his case to the membership, he faces a potential backlash from the Conservative grassroots.The poll shows two-thirds of Conservative voters (67 per cent) believe it is unacceptable for someone who has taken cocaine to be an MP, compared with 48 per cent of Labour voters and 53 per cent of LibDems.It is the same proportion among Brexit-supporting members of the public where 67 per cent felt taking cocaine was unworthy of an MP, against 46 per cent of Remain voters. Only Rory Stewart’s admission of taking opium faces a potentially more negative reaction than Mr Gove’s admission. Almost two-thirds of the public (64 per cent) believed previously taking heroin disqualified someone from being an MP, rising to 74 per cent of Conservative voters.Cannabis was the only drug where more members of the public agreed it was acceptable to be an MP and previously have taken it than those who thought it was unacceptable.Just under a third (31 per cent) said it was not acceptable to have previously taken cannabis and be an MP, compared with 43 per cent who thought it was acceptable.Almost one in five (19 per cent) thought it was even acceptable for a serving MP to occasionally or frequently smoke cannabis.There was a strong age divide in the polling with thirty per cent of 18 to 24 year olds believing it was acceptable for MPs or chief executive officers to smoke pot. read more

La NouvelleCalédonie menacée par une tempête tropicale

first_imgLa Nouvelle-Calédonie menacée par une tempête tropicaleLa Nouvelle-Calédonie est aujourd’hui en pré-alerte cyclonique. La tempête tropicale Vania devrait se déplacer dans les prochaines heures, selon Météo Consult. Baptisée Vania, la tempête tropicale qui menace la Nouvelle-Calédonie se renforce. Elle provoque des vents moyens qui peuvent atteindre les 100 kilomètres par heure. L’archipel s’attend à des pluies diluviennes et des vents beaucoup plus forts (150 kilomètres par heure). Le sud de l’île principale sera particulièrement touché. La tempête y est attendue entre ce soir et demain matin. Vania devrait également menacer les îles Loyauté. Le 13 janvier 2011 à 15:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

28 value additional holiday and flexible working over a pay rise

first_imgMore than a quarter (28%) of respondents value additional holiday days, sabbaticals and flexible working hours as employee benefits, over receiving a pay rise, according to research by survey of 2,000 UK employees also found that 29% of respondents aged between 18 and 24 would consider applying for a job if they were to receive a £4,000 housing contribution as an employee benefit, compared to 15% of respondents aged between 53 and 60 who would do the same.The research also found:20% of respondents currently receive an employee discount as a benefit, however only 11% want this within their employee benefits package.11% of respondents aged between 18 and 24, and 11% of respondents aged between 24 and 38, agree that they would consider applying for a job if one year’s parental leave was included as an employee benefit. Only 3% of respondents aged 39 to 52 saw this as an important benefit.49% of respondents aged between 39 and 60 view health insurance and death-in-service as a job perk, compared with 20% of those aged between 18 and 38.18% of male respondents are very happy with the employee benefits they receive, compared with 14% of female respondents.16% of respondents would rather have access to transport benefits than receive a pay rise, and 6% of respondents currently receive travel and company car benefits.3% of respondents would prefer to receive training over a pay increase, and 12% currently receive training as an employee benefit.Ian Wright (pictured), spokesperson at Small Business Prices, said: “Job perks are taking the stage as an increasingly important factor in people’s career choices, which is why some employers are raising the bar and even going beyond the standard travelcard loans, [bikes-for-work] schemes flexible working times and health insurance benefits. The right perks and benefits can improve a workforce’s happiness, boost productivity as well as attract the right employees.”last_img read more

Hollywood convenience store armed robbery captured by surveillance

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for the person responsible for the armed robbery of a Hollywood convenience store.The robbery happened at the Stop ‘N’ Shop convenience store on Taft Street, off Interstate 95, Monday.A man using a gun forced a cashier to the ground before he emptied the register and took off.If you have any information on this armed robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday July 23 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, July 23, 2019:#1) Wilmington Commission on Disabilities MeetingThe Wilmington Commission on Disabilities meets at 6:30pm in the Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Blood Drive At Friendship LodgeWilmington Friendship (Masonic) Lodge (32 Church Street) is holding a Red Cross Blood Drive from 1pm to 7pm. Interested donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to book an appointment, but walk-ins ARE welcome.#3) 50th Anniversary Of The Moon Landing PresentationThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a presentation on the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing at 7pm. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing with NASA Ambassador, Caity Sullivan. She will discuss the history and science related to the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission along with the astronauts on this mission, the attitudes surrounding the space race, and the state of NASA at the time. Register HERE.#4) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.#5) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Otter skin sewing workshops promote sustainable cottage industry in coastal Alaska

first_imgLaine Rinehart, of Juneau, works on a trapper hat with seal and sea otter on October 14, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)A series of workshops in communities around Southeast Alaska aims to expand the practice of traditional Alaska Native skin-sewing with seal and sea otter fur.Sealaska Heritage Institute hopes the classes can promote cottage industries in smaller communities and maybe even offer a sustainable solution to the region’s fast-growing sea otter population.Sea otter fur is soft — really soft. It’s the densest fur of any mammal on Earth, which is what makes it so warm and almost entirely waterproof.That’s why they were wiped out by over-hunting in the region more than a century ago.“Prior to 1960s, sea otters were gone from Southeast Alaska. There were none here,” said Lee Kadinger, Chief of Operations for Sealaska Heritage Institute. “So for two generations, people didn’t work with sea otter anymore, and so the knowledge of that was lost.”In the last few decades, things have been looking up for sea otters in Southeast Alaska. The last official count put their number well over 25,000 and growing.“It’s a very thriving population growing probably 10 to 12 percent a year,” Lee Kadinger said.That may be good news for the otters, but it’s become a major concern for fishermen who compete with them for crab, clams and other seafood — fishermen like Gary Leask, a retired longshoreman from Ketchikan.“The otters are starting to show up more around Ketchikan now, so we got to start getting rid of them. They kill all our crab, and I love crab,” Leask said. “There’s got to be a little bit of population control.”Leask visited Juneau in October for a skin-sewing class to learn how to work with sea otter and seal pelts.Under federal law, only Alaska Natives can hunt sea otters and work with their hides. They can sell what they make to non-Natives, but only if the product has been “significantly altered.”When I met Leask, he was working on a trapper hat to wear when he’s out on his skiff in winter. A big guy with large hands, you could tell he was concentrating hard as he carefully sewed the lining of his cap.He was also getting some help from Louise Kadinger, the instructor for the class and Lee Kadinger’s wife.Growing up in Hoonah, Louise learned skin sewing from her grandmother.“Now, like 40 years later, we don’t have people that know how to do this, and I know how and I am so willing to share with whoever wants to learn it,” Louise Kadinger said.This is the first of 11 classes Sealaska is sponsoring in communities across Southeast and Anchorage over the next few months, taught by Louise and others. Participants have to be at least a quarter coastal Alaska Native to register.They’re meant to be introductory, teaching everything from how to stretch and dry the hide to choosing a pattern and stitching the pieces together.Leask had never sewed before the class, but he said he wants to take the follow-up machine sewing class when it’s offered next year. He’d like to continue working with skins.“I wouldn’t mind start selling them, because I’ve got other people down in Ketchikan who want to hunt too,” he said.Lee Kadinger said several students have started businesses over the years based on what they learned in one of these workshops. Some of them fish commercially in the summer and then work with furs in the offseason.“And we really see it as an effort to spur and to grow village economies. These are wonderful little cottage businesses that can come together and survive in Hoonah or Angoon or Kake.”It takes a lot of work and patience to get to the point where you can build a business.Jaylynn Martin, 12, plays with a sea otter scarf during a skin sewing class on October 14, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Even at the beginner level, it’s harder than the youngest student in the class, 12-year-old Jaylynn Martin, expected.But she says she doesn’t mind.“I mean at this point, it was worth it,” Martin said. “Look at this thing — it’s soft!”Registration is full for the next two skin-sewing classes in Hoonah and Ketchikan. Future classes are planned in Yakutat, Sitka, Saxman, Kake, Klawock and Anchorage.last_img read more

File Move is a straightforward file sync software for Windows

first_imgFile Move is a straightforward file sync software for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on February 20, 2017 in Software – 12 commentsAlternate File Move is a free program for Windows that you may use to keep files in sync between two folders that you set up on first run of the software program.You have plenty of options if you want to keep files in sync between two folders.  You can check out our overview of the best free file synchronization programs for Windows for instance as a start.File Move is not a real-time program that runs in the background at all times to sync files as soon as changes are noticed.Instead, it runs only on user command. While that limits it somewhat, it is ideal for situations where you don’t require real-time sync. If you know that contents of the source folder only change ever so often, say once a month, using a real-time sync client may be overkill as it uses system resources all month long as it needs to run in the background.File MoveFile Move displays all options in the main interface on start. The interface is divided into three main sections:The source pane which lists source folders that you want to sync to other folders.The destination pane which lists the folders you want the data synced to.The options pane which defines several parameters of the sync operation.Add at least one source and one destination folder to the program. You may hit the analyze button right away to get all files listed as well as the total count of files. What is not listed unfortunately is the total size of all files on the source folders.The execute and synchronize buttons at the bottom may cause some confusion as it is not clear how they differ. Execute runs any pending file operations, while synchronize analyze and then execute. So, they do the same more or less.You may want to check the options at least once before you hit any of the two buttons though.The default sync mode adds missing files to the destination folder, and replaces any matching files if the size is different.You can switch the latter to replacing files with different dates, different content, or a combination of the three.File Move won’t remove any files in the destination folder if they are no longer found in the source folder. A check of “remove files that are not in the source folder” changes that. Lastly, you may include empty folders in the operation, and enable the shut down of the program or Windows in the post-processing options.There is also a second options menu under view in the menu bar. The options listed on the extra page let you filter files by name or extension, change the algorithm used to compare files (MD5 by default), ignore write protection, change the copy buffer, and have the program create a report at the end of the operation.Source and destination folder contents can be saved to the local disk, and opened at a later point in time.Closing WordsFile Move is a straightforward file sync software that is compatible with all recent and even not so recent versions of Windows. The program syncs on demand only, and ships with a good set of options.It could use a couple of extra features and options, like listing the space required to sync all files, and the space available in the destination folder.Now You: Do you use file synchronization programs?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 3 votes Software Name File MoveOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Hurricanes Snowstorms and the Real Estate Markets

first_img Share Hurricanes, Snowstorms, and the Real Estate Markets in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing August 26, 2011 450 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Freddie Mac Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers 2011-08-26 Ryan Schuette As Hurricane Irene churned toward New England Thursday, public officials reacted by taking fast-acting measures to preserve lives and property, with “”President Barack Obama””: “”signing””: a declaration of emergency to free up federal assistance for North Carolina. With states as farther north as Massachusetts and New York bracing for whiplash from the storm, _MReport_ speaks with real estate experts to forecast problems for sales, prices, and construction as a natural disaster looms.[IMAGE]Classified as a Category 2 with winds expected to exceed 100 miles per hour, Irene packs a wallop for the entire U.S. eastern seaboard, home to approximately 65 million residents and valuable real estate, according to “”National Public Radio””: The news service joined other outlets by predicting billions of dollars in damage as the weather system passed through several states.Still, the unusual northeastern storm may well fall short of a hundred-year event for real estate markets along the seaboard, at least by past standards. A “”paper””: published by several researchers with _Natural Hazards Review_ (NHR) documented nearly 100 years of economic devastation wrought by marauding storms across the coastal United States.Their findings: Miami suffered the most under the catastrophic Great Miami Hurricane in 1926, netting $157 billion in damage, with New Orleans ranking second with $81 billion in damages as a result of Hurricane Katrina. With Irene set to crash into New England, it is unsure how real estate markets and mortgage industry professionals will feel the effects.What would the devastation mean for the housing sector and economy, currently in a rut, at large? “”If you have a particularly damaging or insidious weather event, it can have a disastrous effect on the market at large,”” says Craig Grella, founder of “”””:, a real estate consultancy Web site. He cites abysmal home prices in New Orleans that remain far below record-lows around the rest of the country some six years forward.Commenting on economic fallout for housing, he says it is difficult to see how one event, such as a hurricane, will “”precipitate market movement.”” [COLUMN_BREAK]His opinion? “”I think one event like a hurricane isn’t going to do much damage to the home sales market, but sustained bad weather can obviously just wreak havoc on the market,”” he says.””If somehow the area is seen as less desirable after something like this, then yes, prices will take a hit,”” says Cory Hopkins, managing editor of the Banker & Tradesman, a publication by the Massachusetts-based “”Warren Group””: Dismissing the potential for fallout from Hurricane Irene, Hopkins recalls a flurry of recent snowstorms that threatened to bury sales and prices across New England.””Series after series of snowstorms didn’t do the industry any favors,”” he adds. “”Seasonally winter is already slow and any excuse to get out of your house is not good for the real estate industry.””Surprisingly, home sales across the region over January 2010 and 2011 – periods that underwent the media-dubbed “”snowpocalypse”” – withstood impact from confidence-crimping events like rolling power outages and breaking pipes, which often encourage relocations to warmer areas, alongside depressed sales and prices. Artificial stimuli like the federal homebuyer tax credit, still in effect over January last year, help explain the unseasonal boost.””What happened on the East Coast was even worse, as people struggled to dig themselves out of almost three feet of snow for over a month,”” Grella wrote in a blog post, tying the weather effect to a 1.4-percent decline in home sales over March, as reported by the “”National Association of Realtors””: real estate markets historically susceptible to the wrath of hurricanes, the devastation remains just as real and long-lasting.In an “”economic outlook””: released 2005, “”Freddie Mac””: sized up the costs to the economy and housing for the nation in Katrina’s wake, forecasting shocks that would slash GDP to a 0.75-percent annual rate and gut growth over the latter half of the year to an annualized 3.5 percent. It also predicted payroll cuts by some 200,000 to 300,000, which it called “”directly attributable”” to Katrina. The outlook also warned of “”additional upward pressure on construction material costs,”” with materials like lumber, cement, gypsum board, and more forcing homebuilders to adjust their ledgers.With dramatic and devastating weather patterns continuing to take hold, the NHR paper recommends a policy prescription for the nation’s vulnerable coastal regions.””Unless action is taken to address the growing concentration of people and properties in coastal areas where hurricanes strike, damage will increase, and by a great deal, as more and wealthier people increasingly inhabit these coastal locations,”” it says.last_img read more

In this In Charts series of miniarticles Colin

first_img In this ‘In Charts’ series of mini-articles, Colin Fain of data visualization tool Agronometrics illustrates how the U.S. market is evolving. In each installment, he will look at a different fruit commodity, focusing on a different origin or topic to see what factors are driving change.Today, I invite readers to dive into the world of the only vegetable we currently have in Agronometrics – asparagus. The two biggest players are by far Mexico and Peru. Both origins ship year-round, with their major peaks in production offsetting each other to offers a relatively stable supply to consumers. Mexico’s production during the first trimester of the year is the notable exception, which I explore in this article.Asparagus Movements last 18 Months(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)[Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here]The market is characterized by volatility, with considerable price swings seemingly every other month. Interestingly, Mexico seems to be the most volatile of the two big players in the asparagus market, dancing around Peru as it hits nearly all the spikes and troughs along the way.Asparagus Prices by Origin(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)[Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here]To make more sense of this information and to more easily spot long-term trends, I would like to introduce our brand new tool with which to aggregate yearly volumes. In the chart below we can appreciate the massive growth the category has seen, breaking records year after year, more than doubling their production in the last nine years. What is even more impressive is that pricing has actually been doing a decent job at keeping up with the volumes, hitting a couple of bumps along the way, but in the face of tremendous growth we even saw an increase of $0.24 per kilo last year compared to the previous year – an impressive achievement considering the on the 148M KG that were sent from Mexico to the U.S.Average yearly prices and volumes of Asparagus from Mexico(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)[Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here]In our ‘In Charts’ series, we work to tell some of the stories that are moving the industry. Feel free to take a look at the other articles by clicking here.You can keep track of the markets daily through Agronometrics, a data visualization tool built to help the industry make sense of the huge amounts of data that professionals need to access to make informed decisions. If you found the information and the charts from this article useful, feel free to visit us at where you can easily access these same graphs, or explore the other 23 fruits we currently track. January 08 , 2019 You might also be interested in 2018/2019 Category trends, demographics & mar … Asparagus in Charts: Mexico’s prices hit five-year … last_img read more

Noble CEO says next step is to line up customers

first_imgNoble Energy CEO David Stover said on Wednesday, the company’s main next steps would be its marketing effort to identify potential customers for the gas from the Aphrodite field.“I think that is one of the key things that we are focused on, so that can support the development economics of the project,” Stover said after a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades in Nicosia.Asked if Noble had a timetable, Stover said the timing would depend on having the customers lined up, and then negotiations with the customers.“Once you have enough of an anchor supply or an anchor customer base then you can lay out a better time frame, so that will be the next key step,” he said.Stover said he had been to Israel on Monday and Tuesday meeting with the government and was doing the same in Cyprus.“We have a chance to meet with the government and our office and update everyone on our plans and just check in with each other and understand how we are moving forward on the plans for Aphrodite,” the Noble CEO said.“I think we can make progress, we brought in a new partner, the BG group that is now moving into the shell portions and that is exciting for us, they are a very strong partners to help with the development of the project and they are still getting organised and consolidated now but having good communication.”Citing its own sources, public broadcaster CyBC reported that the Block 12 consortium are in talks with five potential customers.BG acquired 35 per cent equity in offshore Block 12, Aphrodite last November in a transaction worth $165m (€155m).Under the deal, Noble remains the operator of Block 12, retaining 35 per cent of equity. The other stakeholders are Delek Drilling Limited Partnership and Avner Oil Exploration Limited Partnership, each with a 15 per cent working interest. The move allows Noble to spread out the capital investment risk.The agreement also achieves an “alignment of interests” given that the new stakeholder in Block 12 – BG – also holds equity in the LNG export facility at Idku, Egypt.Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis, who was also at the meeting, said he and Stover had discussed the development and production of Aphrodite, Strover’s contacts in the region and the prospects in the wider Eastern Mediterranean area, especially in the light of the third licensing round which Cyprus would soon announce.Now that BG’s entry into the Block 12 consortium has been formalised, said Lakkotrypis, the government would be resuming talks with the consortium with a view to wrapping up the talks on a development plan for ‘Aphrodite’.The government expected BG’s remarks on the development plan sometime in the next few days, he added.The total cost of developing Aphrodite is estimated at between €2bn and €3bn.Responding to a question, Lakkotrypis said that at this stage there has been no change in the timetable for the production of natural gas from the ‘Aphrodite’ prospect.As things stand, producing gas from Aphrodite is scheduled for 2020.Once a commercial gas sales deal is struck and customers are lined up the parties would sign a long-term contract spanning 10 to 12 years, and in turn the Aphrodite stakeholders would begin pouring money into the infrastructure. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Price eager to celebrate March is Reading Month with area students

first_img Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, will be visiting area elementary schools this month as she participates in March is Reading Month.She’ll be reading “Finding Winnie” by Lindsay Mattick, starting with her March 4 visit to Walden Green Montessori in Spring Lake.“Reading with children is something I personally enjoy doing, first reading with my own children and now with my grandchildren,” said Rep. Price. “The ability to read has so much power, bringing joy to our youngest children and expanding the imagination of young students. Having that ability is the absolute foundation of education, so I hope residents and families of the 89th House District will join me in encouraging children to read this month.”Rep. Price has also issued a challenge to her fellow state legislators to read to at least 1,000 children during March is Reading Month.Rep. Price is currently scheduled to read in nine elementary school classrooms across the 89th House District in March. Any teachers or administrators who would like to have Rep. Price read in their classroom can contact her Lansing office at 517-373-0838 or by email at amandaprice@house.mi.govFor more information on how to encourage reading, whether for young children or for adult personal development, Rep. Price encourages everyone to visit:,4615,7-140-28753_65803-376051–,00.html Categories: News 03Mar Rep. Price eager to celebrate March is Reading Month with area studentslast_img read more

House passes bill creating optional Choose Life license plate

first_img                                                                           ### State Rep. Shane Hernandez urged his colleagues to support the legislation from the House floor as it mirrors legislation he introduced earlier this year.The Michigan House of Representatives today passed legislation that if signed by Governor Snyder will allow Michigan motorists to purchase a “Choose Life” license plate for their vehicles.  State Rep. Shane Hernandez urged his colleagues to support the legislation from the House floor as it mirrors legislation he introduced earlier this year.“These license plates are a great way for pro-life drivers to show their support for the most worthy of causes,” said Hernandez of Port Huron. “It will also act as an important fundraising tool to support a variety of programs which benefit disadvantaged women across Michigan.”Funds raised from the sale of the plates will be used to fund projects by non-profit organizations that support life-affirming choices such as counseling and abortion alternatives for at-risk mothers, adoption assistance, and suicide prevention services.As is required by state law, the costs to develop the new “Choose Life” license plate option will be fully funded by private donors, and will not be subsidized by Michigan taxpayers. Categories: Hernandez Newscenter_img 25May House passes bill creating optional “Choose Life” license platelast_img read more

Rep Frederick announces November office hours schedule

first_img13Nov Rep. Frederick announces November office hours schedule State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso announced his monthly in-district office hours for Monday, Nov. 20 at the following times and locations:10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Shiawassee District Library, 502 W. Main St. in Owosso; and4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Merrill District Library, 321 W. Saginaw St. in Merrill.“I am pleased to be hosting local office hours every month in order for residents to personally share their concerns, ask questions and get help with issues involving state government,” Frederick said. “I encourage members of the community to attend.”No appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to meet during the scheduled times may contact Rep. Frederick’s office at (517) 373-0841 or email at Categories: Frederick Newslast_img read more

Rep Howrylak welcomes investment from local business

first_img North American Interconnect, a manufacturer of wire and cable assemblies, plans to expand its engineering, research and development operations in the city of Troy.“I’m pleased North American Interconnect is investing in Troy and its residents,” Rep. Martin Howrylak said. “Increasing local commerce will greatly impact the economic strength of the city and its surrounding areas.”North American Interconnect is based in Livingston Township and serves a variety of industries, including telecom, industrial, medical and aerospace. The company has several locations nationwide and globally.For more information, Rep. Howrylak can be contacted by phone at (517) 373-1783 or by email to 07Feb Rep. Howrylak welcomes investment from local business Categories: Howrylak Newslast_img read more

Rep Cole encourages Rail Safety Week in Michigan

first_img Categories: Cole News,News 25Sep Rep. Cole encourages Rail Safety Week in Michigan State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, today encourages the promotion of September 24-29, 2018 as Rail Safety Week in Michigan.Cole said the goal is to educate pedestrians and drivers about railway safety and raise awareness about train crossings and tracks.“Continuing to educate residents about the dangers of railway crossings and trespassing on railroad tracks will reduce injury and fatalities,” said Cole, who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “Educating and informing the public of railroad incidents can prevent accidents from occurring in the future. Make sure to look and listen while crossing a railway, and obey traffic laws.”Cross railroad tracks only at designated crossings and never walk down the tracks. It could be fatal to ignore a signal or try to cross in front of a train.Fifty-four crashes occurred at highway-rail grade crossings in Michigan in 2017, resulting in five fatalities and 18 injuries.Sixteen pedestrians or trespassers were injured or killed while walking on or near railroad tracks in Michigan last year.Michigan ranked in the top 10 nationally for highway-rail crossing incidents in 2016.###last_img read more

Rep Alexander schedules April office hours

first_img26Mar Rep. Alexander schedules April office hours State Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover announced district office hours in April to meet with local residents of the 64th District.“Talking directly with the people of Jackson County and hearing your ideas and questions is one of the most enjoyable parts of being your state representative,” Rep. Alexander said. “I want to hear your thoughts and insight on the issues facing our state. I look forward to seeing you!”Office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:Monday, April 8 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Jackson Coffee Company, 201 S. Mechanic St. in Jackson;Monday, April 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Jackson County Tower Building, Room 604, 120 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson; andMonday, April 22 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Jackson County Tower Building, Room 604, 120 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend may contact Rep. Alexander’s office by calling (517) 373-1795 or by email at Categories: Alexander Newslast_img read more