September home sales and prices higher in BC says BCREA

first_imgVANCOUVER – Home sales and average prices rose in B.C. in September, according to the latest figures from the British Columbia Real Estate Association.It says a total of 8,340 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service during the month, an increase of 9.9 per cent from the same period last year.Total sales amounted to $5.8 billion, up 30.2 per cent from September 2016, and the average MLS residential price was $693,774, up 18.5 per cent.Year-to-date, the dollar value of B.C. residential sales was down 12.8 per cent to $57.6 billion, when compared to this time last year.The BCREA also says residential unit sales declined 13 per cent year-to-date to 81,608 units while the average price was down 0.2 per cent to $705,501.Cameron Muir, the association’s chief economist, says B.C. home sales rose nearly five per cent from August on a seasonally adjusted basis.“Total active listings on the market continue to trend at 10-year lows in most B.C. regions, limiting unit sales and pushing home prices higher,: he said.“While the economic fundamentals support elevated housing demand, rising home prices are eroding affordability, particularly for first-time buyers.”last_img read more

Most shortterm vacation rentals banned at South Lake Tahoe

first_imgSOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — California voters have narrowly approved a ballot measure banning short-term vacation rentals in residential neighbourhoods outside downtown South Lake Tahoe beginning in three years.The ballot measure came in response to growing concerns about parking congestion and noise at rental homes on the alpine lake along the Nevada state line.The ban effective in 2020 affects about 1,400 short-term rentals outside South Lake Tahoe’s commercial tourist corridor. They still can be rented for up to 30 days a year.The city estimates the new ban will cost the local economy about $4 million annually in tourist tax dollars.An estimated 400 short-term rentals inside the corridor are exempt. The ban also doesn’t affect neighbouring Stateline, Nevada.The final results released by El Dorado County on Wednesday showed the measure passing with 50.42 per cent of the vote, 3,517 to 3,459.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Firefighters respond to apartment building fire on 86 street

first_img Residents of the building were evacuated to the Pomeroy Sport Centre, which was also set up to receive evacuated homeowners from the Tommy Lakes fire north of Prespatou.As we get more information about the fire, we will post updates here.  If you have any pictures or video to share email FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department responded to a fire at the Ridgeview Apartment building on 86 street at around 11 p.m. Saturday night.The fire caused the entire building to be evacuated and part of 86 street to be closed while officials fought the fire.The official cause is not known at this time, but eyewitnesses suggest it started on a balcony of one apartment building.center_img 1 of 6 Firefighters battle a fire at the Ridgeview Village Apartment building last Saturday night. Submitted photo. last_img read more

Bullying boss reduces employees productivity

first_imgIf you are a bullying boss, your employees are more likely to be less committed to their work, take longer breaks or come in late without notice, finds a study. The study led by researchers from the Portland State University in Oregon, US, showed that a bullying boss can decrease “organisational citizenship behaviour”, or the voluntary extras one does that are not part of the job responsibilities. On the other hand, the study also reveled that he/she increases “counterproductive work behaviour”, such as sabotage at work, coming into work late, taking longer-than-allowed breaks, doing tasks incorrectly or withholding effort, all of which can affect the team and co-workers. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”The findings highlight the consequences of abusive supervision, which is becoming increasingly common in workplaces,” said Liu-Qin Yang, Associate Professor at the University. The study, published in the Journal of Management, attributes negative work behaviour to either perceptions of injustice or work stress. In response to perceptions of injustice, the employees are more likely to purposely withhold from the unpaid extras that help the organisation, like helping co-workers with problems or attending meetings that are not mandatory. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardHaving an abusive boss can also lead to work stress, which reduces an employee’s ability to control negative behaviour or contribute to the organisation in a positive way. “Stress is sometimes uncontrollable. You don’t sleep well, so you come in late or take a longer break, lash out at your co-workers or disobey instructions,” Yang further added. “But justice is more rational. Something isn’t fair, so you’re purposely not going to help other people or when the boss asks if anyone can come in on a Saturday to work, you don’t volunteer.” The researchers of the study have highly recommended that organisations should take measures to reduce or curb abusive supervision. Regular training programmes to help supervisors learn and adopt more effective interpersonal and management skills, implementing fair policies as well as conducting stress management training can help employees, they suggested.last_img read more

Commentary Ready for Ohio State football to go undefeated in 2012 Think

Since the day Urban Meyer arrived in Columbus to coach the Ohio State football team, fans have been preparing for this season as they would any other, despite the team’s bowl ban. I’m warning you now, Buckeye Nation is going to regret that in the end. OSU finished 2011 with seven losses, but the Meyer-led Buckeyes still earned placement in the Associated Press’ preseason top 25 poll. The No. 18 Buckeyes then made short work of Miami (Ohio) to begin the bowl-less, postseason-less campaign. The opening win against the RedHawks was throttling – Meyer showed no mercy and sent the Scarlet and Gray marching up and down the field on touchdown drives up until the final minute of the 56-10 pounding.  Fans cheered louder still, increasingly hopeful that OSU can upset the rest of the Big Ten Conference and throw a scarlet-colored wrench into the postseason picture for the rest of college football. The ranking increased too – OSU jumped to No. 14 when the AP released its second poll of the young college football season Tuesday. Now, the Buckeyes are heavy favorites against Central Florida, a team most figure will put up far more fight than the RedHawks did before limping out of Ohio Stadium. Meyer’s squad could very well make good on the 17 1/2 pointline put to OSU, according to Should OSU beat a formidable UCF team, the cheers of the fans will grow louder. The hands bearing wrenches will cock back even farther in anticipation of the Buckeyes upsetting the rest of the Bowl Championship Series-eligible teams. How high can the Buckeyes climb in the rankings? Will they win the Leaders Division and therefore assign an asterisk to the team that advances to the championship game in their place? And, as I suspect many OSU fans would like, will Buckeye Nation forever be able to stamp a permanent “What if?” on this college football season? As in, “Sure, Team X won the national title, but what if the Buckeyes had been eligible?” The rhetorical debate about whether OSU would have beaten the eventual national champion would serve as the ultimate taunt to the NCAA and opposing fans that relished in this university’s bowl ban. The Buckeyes may well mount a case as the best team in the Big Ten by season’s end. Sure, OSU could also run the table. And with Meyer at the helm, the team is that much less likely to falter during one of those tricky night games on the road later this season, such as the contests in East Lansing, Mich., and Madison, Wis., this fall. Then Buckeyes fans can go to the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis and have their fun – taunt both the winner and the loser of the game because, hey, what if the Buckeyes had been around for it? No one can say OSU wouldn’t have won. Yes, I can hear it now: “What if we were eligible?” My caution to each Buckeyes fan is that this very mindset is the real taunt. It’s the Scarlet and Gray-clad fans of Columbus that will suffer, not the fans in Ann Arbor, Mich., or Baton Rouge, La., or Tuscaloosa, Ala., or even Los Angeles for that matter. If OSU has the best record in its division or goes undefeated or loses only a single game as so many Buckeyes fans hope and then ascends to the top of the AP poll, well, there will be misery in the end. Everyone will walk out of Ohio Stadium on Nov. 24 after the Buckeyes beat Michigan, high-fiving and “what if-ing” the whole damn nation. But after the Buckeyes fans go their separate ways after that game, they won’t be reconvening in a tropical location where the team will play for a new addition to the trophy case.  That’s it. All that’s left, really, will be speculation. All the “what if’s” will be rebuked by the college football fans of the world, and rightfully so. After all, you won’t even be sitting on the sidelines during bowl season – you and I will be sitting at home in frigid Ohio on our couches. “What if?,” an Alabama fan might say to a Buckeyes fan prior to the national title game. “What if Jim Tressel ran a clean program? Then you could join me in the stadium and we could find out what OSU’s really made of.” Then, the Alabama fan, ticket in hand, would smirk and turn to begin the final walk into the stadium in the tropical locale where he or she will meet his postseason destiny. Not Buckeye Nation, though. Not this year. You can “what if” and taunt all you like – the fact is that the rest of the country will proceed to the bowl games with all the pageantry and sparkly souvenirs. By no means does the postseason ban mean we should root against the Buckeyes or pray for a loss or two just so we aren’t tortured by the thoughts – the what if’s – of how we might have fared in the national title game, or some other BCS game. I don’t know what the alternative is. For my friends and readers numbered among those that are hoping OSU upsets the national postseason picture, maybe I’m hoping there’s an opponent lurking on OSU’s schedule that undoes all the potential “what-if’s” and puts to bed the notion that this team has national title potential. At least this would help prevent the inevitable heartache that will accompany theorizing about what OSU could have done. Can’t say I’m not looking out for you. All I’m saying is that Columbus is going to be pretty quiet and pretty unhappy as bowl bids are handed out in late November. ESPN won’t be talking about the Buckeyes anymore; the focus will inevitably shift to those teams left standing. No all-access TV specials. No flights to Miami or Pasadena. You couldn’t even go back to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl if you wanted to, not that many of you went back in January when you had the chance. No new T-shirts. No pep rallies. It will all be over. But doesn’t this sound like an empty fate to be actively rooting for? Think hard – is a would-have-been-BCS-bowl-eligible OSU team really what you want from the 2012 season? If so, you could be regretting that while you’re sitting on your coach watching the bowls in December and January. read more

Champions League Bayern to face Real Madrid

first_imgDefending champions Real Madrid will be facing Bayern Munich for the semi-finals of the Champions League, while Liverpool will be playing against AS RomaSky Sports have reported that Los Galaticos will travel to the Allianz Arena for the first leg of their semi-final clash against the recently crowned Bundesliga champions on April 25.Zinedine Zidane will be hoping for a better performance from his side after their near shock elimination against Juventus, despite having held a 3-0 aggregate heading into the second leg last Wednesday.During the second leg, Juventus had three goals unanswered at the Santiago Bernabeu and appeared to be on the verge of producing one of the greatest comebacks in European history. Yet, a late decision by referee Michael Oliver gave Cristiano Ronaldo the chance to save Real from a shock exit with the aggregate score ending with a 4-3 win in their favour.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…Meanwhle Bayern overcame a tricky tie against Sevilla with a 2-1 aggregate. Although the Andalusian side did become the first team to have prevented Jupp Heynckes’ side from scoring in the competition at home in 22 matches.While Liverpool will host Roma for the first leg of their semi-final at Anfield on April 24 with Jurgen Klopp’s men likely to be wary of another stunning comeback from the Serie A side, that saw Barcelona being eliminated.Semi-Final Draw (April 24/25 – May 1/2)Liverpool v Roma Bayern Munich v Real Madridlast_img read more

Germany legend Matthaus predicts World Cup finalists

first_imgGermany’s World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthaus has predicted that this year’s final will be contested between both Brazil and EnglandBrazil are playing Belgium today at the Kazan Arena for a place in the final four against either France or Uruguay.While England have a more favourable route to the final on paper with a victory against Sweden on Saturday will set them up for a semi-final meeting either hosts Russia or Croatia in what will be their first appearance at that stage of the tournament in 28 years.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I expect Brazil versus England in the final, because France and Belgium are on the same side of the draw as Brazil and these teams will knock each other out,” said Matthaus, according to Yahoo.“[England] have a young squad with a high culture of playing football, with a lot of speed and a great striker like Harry Kane. Their trust in their own abilities seems to be huge. The team is fearless and also benefits from the great coaches who work with them in the Premier League.”Matthaus was the captain of the West Germany that claimed the World Cup title in 1990.last_img read more

Kenai To Look At Proposal To Establish Bush Doctor CabinMuseum

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council will look at an ordinance at their meeting on Wednesday that would authorize the City Manager to accept a donation in order to establish a Bush Doctor’s Historic Cabin/Museum from Dr. Peter Hansen and the Kenai Community Foundation. Dr. Hansen is in the process of constructing a Bush Doctor’s Historic Cabin to display the antique medical equipment for public viewing. A fund has been established with the Kenai Community Foundation to allow for future contributions for capital improvements and maintenance, according to the ordinance. Dr. Hansen in a letter to the council, “the intent is to move this cabin, which is being constructed in Nikiski, into the City in late May or early June this year and place it on a sauna tube foundation near the Visitor’s Center.” The Kenai City Council will vote at their meeting on Wednesday on whether or not the City Manager will accept the donation. In 1967, Dr. Hansen moved to Kenai, which at the time had no hospital in the area. He began practicing medicine, bringing with him used medical equipment he had acquired in Juneau. The antique medical equipment has been saved and most recently stored by the City of Kenai. The donation of $103,000 is intended to cover the costs of the construction project involved in this donation, including the funding for construction of the cabin, preparation of the site, and moving and setting up the cabin and antique medical equipment at the site.last_img read more

Kick Off Teacher Appreciation Week With Some Free Kaladi Coffee

first_imgKPBSD Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff: “We have so many amazing teachers in our district. I get to hear all of these stories, and there is just not enough time in the day to share them with our community, but our teachers are just rockstars.”  Soldotna Store Manager Scott Heuiser says it’s their way of saying thanks: “Tomorrow, we will be giving out free 12oz drinks to all the teachers in the area. If they wanna drop on in for that free drink.”  Teacher Appreciation Week begins on May 6; five days dedicated to making sure your educators know how much you appreciate them. For Teacher Appreciation Week, which kicks off Monday, some local restaurants are offering free meals, buy-one-get-one free deals and discounts, like Kaladi Brothers. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, on May 7, all teachers will receive a free 12oz drink of choice at any Kaladi Brothers Cafe.last_img read more

2 get lifeterms for killing driver

first_imgnatorA Natore court on Sunday sentenced two people to life terms in prison for killing the driver of a human hauler and snatching his vehicle at Barpakia village in Puthia, Rajshahi in 2014, reports UNB.Judge Rezaul Karim of district and sessions judges court of Natore handed down the verdict.According to the prosecution, the convicts–Saiful and Babu–hired the driver Abul Kalam Mridha’s vehicle promising to go to Natore town from Bashudebpur Bazar in Naldanga upazila of the district on 27 April 2014.Later, the convicts killed Kalam and fled with the vehicle throwing the body into roadside maize filed.The court passed the judgement as the convicts confessed the killing, said public prosecutor of the case Sirajul Islam.last_img

Postgame Notes Louisville at Boston College

first_img Enoch has now scored double figures in 14 games. Boston College became the 52nd  opponent that the Cardinals have held under 40 percent shooting in the last four years. The Cardinals have limited an opponent to under 40 percent accuracy for a half on 27 occasions this season, including holding Boston College to .258 in the first half. The Cardinals pulled down 17 offensive rebounds against the Eagles.  Louisville has pulled down 10 or more rebounds off the offensive glass 17 times this season, including 13 of the last 19 games. Steven Enoch’s blocked shot extended Louisville’s streak of consecutive games with a block to 297. PLAYER NOTES Jordan Nwora reached double figures for the 27th  time in 29 games, finishing with 13 points on Wednesday night against the Eagles. SERIES NOTES Story Links With the loss, Louisville dropped to 7-4 versus Boston College, including a 2-2 mark in Boston. Louisville has a 5-1 record against the Eagles since joining the ACC.TEAM NOTES With 10 rebounds against the Eagles, Dwayne Sutton pulled down double figure rebounds six times this season.  Tonight marks his second consecutive game with double digit rebounds. With his 10 rebounds against Boston College, Malik Williams has pulled down double digit rebounds three times this season.  Christen Cunningham dished out six assists against Boston College, marking the 13th time he has dished out five or more assists in the last 16 games.     Print Friendly Version Steven Enoch’s 22 points sets a new career-high for the junior.  He passes his previous high of 17 points against North Carolina on Jan. 12. With his 12 rebounds against BC, Nwora now has a team-high seven double-double on the year.last_img read more

Luminous gammaray flare detected from the blazar DA 193

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. 0.1−300 GeV test statistic map of DA 193, generated for the period MJD 54683−58137. Image scale is 0.05 degree per pixel and the black circle denotes the 95% positional uncertainty derived from the Fermi-LAT data analysis. The radio and optimized γ-ray positions are also shown, as labelled. Image credit: Paliya et al., 2018. Blazars, classified as members of a larger group of active galaxies that host active galactic nuclei (AGN), are the most numerous extragalactic gamma-ray sources. Their characteristic features are relativistic jets pointed almost exactly toward the Earth. In general, blazars are perceived by astronomers as high-energy engines serving as natural laboratories to study particle acceleration, relativistic plasma processes, magnetic field dynamics and black hole physics.Studies show that high-redshift blazars (with redshifts above 2.0) hosting massive black holes and the most powerful relativistic jets are the most luminous ones. Finding and observing new blazars at high redshifts could be crucial for providing insights into many phenomena of the universe, including the evolution and space density of massive black holes.A team of researchers led by Vaidehi S. Paliya of DESY research center in Zeuthen, Germany, investigated one such high-redshift blazar. They used the Large Area Telescope (LAT) on board NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and other instruments to characterize physical properties DA 193 – a blazar observed close to the galactic anti-center at a redshift of approximately 2.36. These observations resulted in the detection of significant gamma-ray emission from this object.”In this work, we present the results of our study on another high-redshift blazar DA 193 (also known as 0552+398; z = 2.363, Wills & Wills 1976; McIntosh et al. 1999) which we have found as a new gamma-ray emitting object through our detailed Fermi-LAT analysis,” the researchers wrote in the paper.DA 193 underwent a significant GeV flare in the first week of 2018. According to the study, it was an extremely luminous gamma-ray flare with a luminosity of about 130 quindecillion erg/s. The researchers note that such a GeV flare from a high-redshift blazar is a rare phenomenon. This is due to the fact that these blazars are generally faint in the gamma-ray band.Notably, DA 193 has an extremely hard gamma-ray spectrum. “What makes this event a rare one is the observation of an extremely hard γ-ray spectrum (photon index = 1.7 ± 0.2), which is somewhat unexpected since high-redshift blazars typically exhibit a steep falling spectrum at GeV energies,” the paper reads.Trying to determine what caused such an intense and luminous flare from DA 193, the astronomers suggest that a change in the behavior of the underlying electron population could be responsible for the observed event. The team intends to use LAT for further continuous monitoring of the gamma-ray sky in order to find more powerful blazars showcasing luminous flares like DA 193. Studying such events could lead to a better understanding of radiative processes powering relativistic jets in blazars. Citation: Luminous gamma-ray flare detected from the blazar DA 193 (2019, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Blazar LBQS 1319+0039 detected in hard X-rays © 2019 Science X Network An international group of astronomers has detected an intense and extremely luminous gamma-ray flare from one of high-redshift blazars known as DA 193. The new detection, reported in a paper published December 18 on, is an uncommon finding as such bright flares are rarely observed from high-redshift sources. More information: Vaidehi S. Paliya et al. Detection of a gamma-ray flare from the high-redshift blazar DA 193. arXiv:1812.07350 [astro-ph.HE] read more

It is the intensity of feeling that matters

first_imgWhat inspired you to translate Dinkar’s epic Urvashi in English?In 2002, I fell from the stairs and fractured my left leg. I was advised a few months’ rest.  This gave me the opportunity to read this book by Dinkar. But when I read it, I was astounded at the store-house of high imagination exhibited in depicting the characters of this epic and the natural beauty.  Therefore, I thought that this treasure that was hidden in Hindi language should be brought into the open through an English translation, so that many more readers are able to enjoy it. Urvashi in fact dwells in the highest imagination where beauty, intellect, romance, practicality, nature, blessing and curse of life all coalesce into one. She is: ‘Kindler of love in accomplished sages, Igniter of fires in the blood of Gods, Living charm of Venus, grace of the goddess of fortune, the object of desire of all mankinds, Beloved of the moon, the ultimate offering of flame at the hands of the God of love.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How difficult was it to translate the work?It was difficult no doubt because even in Hindi I had to often consult dictionaries. But while translating, I had the feeling that some stream is flowing by itself.  I have never revised a single line.  Even Dinkar ji has said that new poems would not need patch work of choosing words and doing some type of inlaying.  The thoughts must gush out.  It can happen only when there is intense concentration of ideas. As far as the language of poems is concerned, the path runs very near to the path in prose.  No inlaying and patching. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow much has your work, over a long period of time, helped in shaping your thoughts?Literature has a tremendous effect on the thought process.  This is the age of science.  But the character of mankind has not changed a lot from the time when men were dwelling in caves.  Means have changed.  Science and technology can do more destruction if not tempered with literature and arts.  Science and technology has brought abundance in means but the pond of the heart is dry.  No lotus there.  Only anger, hate, poison.  When Science and rechnology would pose a threat to devour mankind, literature and arts would come to the rescue.  Unfortunately, in the course-curricula, mostly subjects of only commercial values are being taught. The emphasis on teaching those subtle things which are for the heart is missing.  Who are the other writers you look up to?The age of poems is getting lost due to various reasons. But what poems can do is difficult to accomplish otherwise.  I like Mahadevi Verma, Maithilisharan Gupta, Nepali, Bachchan, Nirala, Jaishankar Prasad, Rabindranath, Subhadra, Makhan Lal Chaturvedi and others.last_img read more

Speeding semi causes 5car pileup at toll booth

first_imgPhoto: Policía Federal Tabasco Villahermosa-Macuspana, Tabasco — A five-vehicle pile up along a Tabasco highway caused a lot of damage and chaos, but left no one injured. Photo: Policía Federal Tabasco The unfortunate daytime accident happened Wednesday about 500 meters from the toll booth by a speeding vehicle. Reports say that César N, the driver of the tractor trailer, was unable to stop for the toll booth in time due to excessive speed. Police called it a “miracle” on one was killed or even injured. Federal police arrived to block off the area and avoid more vehicle becoming involved. It took several tow trucks to upright and remove the damaged cars, which kept the highway closed for several hours. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more