Suburban Boom

first_img While cities such as Cleveland, Washington D.C., and Chicago might be lacking in terms of being hot markets, four surrounding suburbs are showing all the signs of heating up according to a recent report. Two of the towns, Winthrop Harbor and Beach Park, reside on Chicago’s north side, and the other two, Homewood and Flossmoor, reside on Chicago’s south side.In all four of these town, home prices are increasing, the median home sale price is higher, and the time the average house spends on the market is shorter. According to data put out by the Chicago Association for Realtors, the median home price in Winthrop Harbor rose to $158,250, which is an increase of 17 percent from the start of the year. Similarly, median home prices in Beach Park have risen 14.5 percent to $170,000. For reference, the average increase in Lake County was 9.1 percent.The number of homes sold also was on the rise, with Winthrop Harbor up 20 percent and Beach Park up 32 percent, whereas the average increase for Lake County is 4.2 percent. Further, homes are being sold at a faster pace when compared to a year prior. In the former, the average market time was down from 156 days a year prior to only 70 days, while the ladder dropped to 120 days, down from 166. Realtors in the north Chicago area attribute this boom to more affordable homes near the water, that stay cheap because they are far enough away from the city.It’s a similar case in the south. Prices in Flossmoor are up to a median price of $205,000, an increase of 18.3 percent, as is the volume of sales, which increased 25 percent, while houses were on the market an average of 133 days. A year prior, that figure sat at 162 days.In Homewood, the median price of a home is up 24 percent to $148,000. Number of sales increased 13 percent, compared to 3.2 percent in Cook County. Finally, homes are on the market in this town sit at around 103 days, a small drop from 107 days prior. These markets’ success is attributed to a slow recovery from the housing crash, which keeps home prices low. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Chicago Hot Markets Suburbs Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles About Author: Joey Pizzolato in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] Previous: The Home Equity Problem for Generation X Next: Mortgage Experts Weigh in on Vacant and Abandoned Properties Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Chicago Hot Markets Suburbs 2017-07-19 Joey Pizzolato Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago July 19, 2017 1,461 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Suburban Boom Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Suburban Boom Share Savelast_img read more

Lough Swilly lifeboat manager backs water safety warning

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNews Previous articleMinister quizzed over when marts will reopenNext articleDriver stopped for speeding tests positive for drug driving News Highland By News Highland – May 2, 2020 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ The Lough Swilly lifeboat operations manager is renewing calls for people not to use the sea for exercise or recreation this weekend. Both the RNLI and the Coast Guard are concerned that as the restrictions continue, some may become complacent and be tempted to take to the water or visit coastal areas.There have been a number of callouts during the lockdown but the vast majority have been to working fishing vessels or for medical issues.Lough Swilly lifeboat operations manager John McCarter says it’s vital that the public continue to obey the restrictions in places and not put any unnecessary pressure on emergency services during this time:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/johmcdfgdfgdfarterweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 center_img Google+ Pinterest Facebook Lough Swilly lifeboat manager backs water safety warning Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterestlast_img read more

Brazil: Federal Police Cracks Down on Narcotrafficking

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo July 02, 2020 The Brazilian Federal Police (PF, in Portuguese) has increased operations against narcotrafficking in different parts of Brazil in the last few weeks. On May 19, the PF launched Operation Alias to dismantle a criminal organization that specializes in international drug trafficking.The organization operated from Guajará-Mirim city, Rondônia state, on the border with Bolivia, and had a divided and structured chain of command. Their members smuggled drugs from Bolivia and Peru, to then ship them to other Brazilian states. The leader used many fake documents to mislead police operations.Agents served six arrest warrants and four search and seizure warrants in four cities of the northern and northeastern regions. One of the suspects is on the run in Peru.“Members of the criminal group would receive drugs from Bolivian and Peruvian suppliers, hide them in trucks and cars, and ship them to consumer centers,” the PF said in a statement. Thanks to the investigations, police officers were able to prevent four shipments of cocaine hydrochloride, seizing about 150 kilograms in total.The individuals arrested gave statements at police stations and were sent to state prisons. “They will be indicted for transnational drug trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering,” the PF informed.Joint operationOn May 19, Federal Police and Paraná Civil Police officers seized about 800 kg of marijuana as part of Operation Horus. While patrolling Lake Itaipu, police officers saw a boat from Paraguay crossing over to the Brazilian side. As they approached it, the skipper took off and abandoned the boat in a clandestine region of Porto Britânia, the PF indicated.During the searches, police officers confirmed that the boat carried what seemed to be marijuana. “They also found a white pickup truck, partially loaded with the same substance found inside the boat,” the PF said. “Local searches did not lead to the individuals responsible for the boat or the car.”Authorities seized a total of 770 kg of marijuana and sent it to the Federal Police Station in Foz do Iguazu, in the Tri-border region, along with the boat and the pickup truck.Two arrested for drug traffickingOn May 16, the PF arrested two individuals aboard an airplane with more than 130 kg of illicit drugs, at the Flores Airport, in Manaus, Amazonas state. Agents found 125 packets with 56 kg of cocaine and 74 kg of skunk weed (selectively bred cannabis strains) on the airplane. The airplane had flown in from the city of Tabatinga, also in Amazonas state.Authorities took the occupants of the aircraft and their luggage to the Amazonas Federal Police Regional Office. “Both men — the pilot, 32, and the passenger, 21 — were arrested and charged with transnational drug trafficking and racketeering,” the PF said.last_img read more

Politicians need to show more character

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Stephen Anderson makes a very valid argument in his May 10 letter. As Mr. Anderson describes it, the NRA’s “no-holds-barred shutdown of any thoughtful gun regulation” may backfire on civilian gun owners by failing to seek compromise on sensible gun-control measures. I agree with his conclusion and see it as a very plausible outcome.A key contributor to the NRA’s bold position is the malleable character of our elected officials.The NRA, Planned Parenthood, the National Education Association and other large lobbying groups are emboldened by the behavior of elected officials that adopt these lobbyist’s extreme positions. Compromise and sensible legislation take a back seat to filling re-election campaign coffers. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuscenter_img Most people I speak with agree that there are areas to close gaps in existing gun regulations and also agree that abortion is a painful tragedy and not healthcare.Most people I speak with agree that rules around teacher tenure hamper a school administrator’s ability to remove poorly performing teachers, leaving students to suffer the consequences. While the average citizen can see common sense solutions, our elected officials are unwilling to reach across the aisle for fear of losing lobbyist dollars and ultimately their re-election.Until voters have the courage to elect candidates that are both willing to seek compromise toward the common good and have the ability to resist the temptations of lobbyists money, we will fail to achieve common sense legislation.We must demand higher character and better behavior from our elected officials if we have any hope of breaking out of the malaise that we are in.John McGuinnessGlenvillelast_img read more

RB Leipzig troll Timo Werner after Chelsea’s FA Cup loss to Arsenal

first_imgRB Leipzig insinuated that Timo Werner is already asking to return (Twitter)Werner has already been training with his new Chelsea teammates and the forward could also be linking up with his Germany teammate Kai Havertz at Stamford Bridge next season.Chelsea are in pole position to sign Havertz and have opened talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a deal this summer.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalBayer Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz has also claimed that Havertz has already made a decision over his future.‘I talk to Kai a lot and try to feel what all this does to him. For example, these daily rumours about transfers,’ he told Deutschen Presse-Agentur.‘I keep finding that Kai is handling all of this very well. I don’t think he will stop playing at 29.‘Yes, I know what he wants to do, but of course I’m not going to give it away, it’s up to him.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement RB Leipzig troll Timo Werner after Chelsea’s FA Cup loss to Arsenal Timo Werner joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig for £47.5 million (Getty Images)RB Leipzig have trolled Timo Werner after he watched Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.Chelsea’s £47.5 million signing was in the stands at Wembley as Frank Lampard’s side took an early lead through Christian Pulisic.But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled Arsenal level from the penalty spot before he scored a fine solo effort in the second half to secure the Gunners’ 14th FA Cup trophy.During the second half, television cameras spotted Werner appearing to message someone on his phone as Chelsea pushed for an equaliser.ADVERTISEMENTAnd Werner’s former club RB Leipzig took the opportunity to make a joke at the striker’s expense and insinuate that Chelsea’s new signing is already looking to leave Stamford Bridge.AdvertisementAdvertisementIn an image posted on Twitter, RB Leipzig posted a mock-up of Werner’s Whatsapp conversation with the status: ‘Timo Werner is typing’. Timo Werner was in the stands at Wembley as Chelsea were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup final (FA Cup)center_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 2 Aug 2020 8:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.8kShares Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Lonrho buys SA fish wholesaler

first_img“The acquisition by Lonrho of Fish On Line strengthens Lonrho’s fish division and provides Lonrho further access to and knowledge of the global wholesale fish market,” said Lonrho executive chairman David Lenigas in a statement this week. “Fish On Line brings strong synergies with Lonrho’s current retail-focused activities in the sector both in the African and global markets.” London-based Lonrho has acquired a 51% stake in South African seafood wholesaler and distributer Fish On Line for R3.5-million. Lonrho, a conglomerate that operates in 17 sub-Saharan African countries, recently secured a secondary listing on the JSE’s AltX. Lonrho has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange, and has business dealings in agribusiness, infrastructure, transportation, hotels, and support services. Products handled by Fish On Line include prawns, salmon, pangasius, hake and kingklip. 17 June 2011 Fish On Line is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and operates bulk cold storage and fish processing facilities. The company operates as a wholesaler of quality seafood and imports and exports a wide range of seafood to and from global markets.center_img Retaining existing management The existing management of Fish On Line will remain in place to develop and grow the company and to add depth to the management expertise available to Lonrho’s seafood division. In addition, the transaction provides the sellers of the company with a “put option” to sell their remaining 49% stake to Lonrho after three years, at a purchase price of a six times Fish On Line’s profit before tax for the 2014 financial year end, capped at a maximum of R35-million. In the 12 months ended 28 February 2011, Fish On Line reported turnover of R66.4-million and profit before tax of R1.7-million. As at 28 February 2011, Fish On Line had gross assets of R24.4-million. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Playing a part to clothe children

first_imgChildren have fun making their owncolourful t-shirts, and learn a newskill in the process.(Image: NGO Pulse) T-shirts for Charity encourages SouthAfricans to get creative while helping a needy child.(Image: Melanie Brummer) MEDIA CONTACTS • Melanie BrummerSlipstream Dye and Prints+27 83 568 9150 RELATED ARTICLES • SA trio treks to Mongolia for charity • Bikers gear up for Toy Run 2010 • Madiba more fashionable than ever • Riders saving lives in Lesotho • Play Your Part: make SA even betterMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterA simple idea that was born one afternoon in a textiles office led to a project that would see hundreds of disadvantaged children getting custom-designed t-shirts from ordinary South Africans.The T-shirts for Charity project is the brainchild of textile designer and tie-dye expert Melanie Brummer of SlipStream Dye and Prints, who started her career selling her creations at flea markets, and later ventured into the fashion arena.A year after its inception, the t-shirt initiative has been in operation for two months.Besides producing one-off handmade fabrics for top South African designers such as David Tlale, Marianne Fassler, Sun Goddess, and Nkhensani Manganyi of Stoned Cherrie, Brummer runs various workshops for corporate and private purposes. Here participants may be part of a team-building exercise, fashion designers looking for a fresh angle, or would-be entrepreneurs from disadvantaged communities wishing to develop new skills.Her latest idea involves t-shirt painting classes where participants are asked to bring two plain white t-shirts with them. They then paint and colour the shirts with their own hands, using whatever colours they want in whichever pattern they want.They take one shirt for themselves – the other shirt is given to a child.This creates an opportunity for many citizens to play their part in making a difference to those less fortunate.Brummer described this new venture, where she works with NGOs to identify orphanages and distribute the t-shirts, as a big change from producing fabrics for high-end designers.Although she felt that people may be deterred by the concept of charity and not know where to begin to help, she was also sure that many genuinely want to contribute to a worthy cause.“A shirt is easy and they also walk away with an experience,” said Brummer. “It’s one shirt that really makes a difference. It is bright in colour, lifts the child’s emotions and makes them feel special.”The original idea was known as 10 000 T-shirts for Charity. Here people brought a t-shirt to their class, enjoyed themselves decorating it, and were assured that it would reach a child who needed it.The difference with T-shirts for Charity, said Brummer, is that it also gives the giver something to take home – not just the garment, but also a lasting memory and feeling of accomplishment.“This is a barter deal,” she said. “Creating something fun and colourful with your hands is satisfying, and even more so when you know it’s for a good cause.”Brummer said that the project gets South Africans to contribute to positive change and play their part in their country.“I’m quite determined to make corporate social investment part of the DNA of my small company, I want to make it part of the culture,” she said. “There is still much to be done.”Contributing to positive changeBrand South Africa‘s new national initiative, Play Your Part, aims to get citizens to actively think about and begin doing something positive. All South Africans, including civil society, government, corporate and non-governmental organisations, are invited to take part, and use their available resources – whether that be time, money, skills or goods – to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more

Precision agriculture highlighted with Ohio State logo

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest From the ground, it looks like just another Midwestern cornfield. Nothing special.Fly a few hundred feet above the cornfield, and a clear image comes into view: a Block O with the words “Ohio State” angled through the middle of it.Buckeye pride? Partly. But the logo also illustrates the power of “smart planting.”As the planter was driven across the field, its computer system knew the rate and variety of seed to sow in each area, having noted the differences in soil type, terrain, drainage and organic content within the same field.Over the past few months, the Block O, Ohio State University’s primary athletic identity, slowly emerged in the cornfield where two different corn hybrids were planted, one with a slower growing rate. So green corn plants form the background, and the drier brown plants create the “O” and “Ohio State.”The logo stands in a field at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, home to the Farm Science Review.For last year’s Review, Brutus Buckeye grew up in a field as a result of the same precision planting technology, and before that, a plain Block O — without the words “Ohio State” —emerged. Each image proved challenging for different reasons.“Brutus Buckeye had a lot of curves, and equally difficult this year was creating all the lines and small details for the script letters that spell ‘Ohio State,’ ” said Andrew Klopfenstein, senior research associate engineer with the college, who helps plan the project. “We’ve gotten better at it each year.”While farmers may not want to brand their fields with Ohio State logos, they could see the value in having a planter that can easily sow multiple hybrids of corn or soybeans in the same field and at different rates. A section of a field with rocky terrain may get fewer seeds sown to compensate for the expected lower rate of success for each seed. Alternatively, the base of a hilly section that’s rich in organic matter may get more seeds because more of them are expected to grow in that area.“This allows you to get the most out of the soil and the seeds that you possibly can,” Klopfenstein said. “You give the crop the best chance of producing the largest yield for its growing conditions.”With a standard planter, a grower can’t easily plant one variety of seed, then switch to another.However, there are significant costs associated with the newer technology. Purchased new, a traditional 16-row planter costs about $160,000, and the multi-hybrid and other planter technologies add another $50,000 to the price tag, Klopfenstein said.Using a multi-hybrid planter, research has shown, can lead to a 4- to 5-bushel increase in corn yield per acre, he pointed out. That’s because with a multi-hybrid planter, the right corn hybrid and seeding rate are matched to the soil’s potential to produce grain. The smart planter “knows” about the various soil types and terrain of any field because the data was uploaded to the planter before it sowed the first seed in that field.“If you do the same thing you’ve always done,” Klopfenstein said, “you’re never going to increase the potential of your soil.”The brainpower in the machinery that planted the Ohio State emblem is a series of electronic control units in the planter and in the tractor pulling the planter — technology made by Illinois-based Precision Planting. The smart planting demonstration is part of ongoing research into precision agriculture in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Ohio State. More information on the precision agriculture program is at fabe.osu.edu/precisionag.last_img read more

London Olympics: Amit Kumar reaches quarter finals of 55kg freestyle wrestling

first_imgIndian wrestler Amit Kumar moved into the quarterfinals of the men’s 55kg event while his compatriot Narsingh Pancham Yadav lost his 74kg first round bout to Canadian Matthew Judah Gentry at the London Olympics on Friday.Kumar defeated Iran’s Hassan Sabzali Rahimi 3-1 here at the ExCel North Arena 2.Kumar, who received a first round bye, will next face the winner of the bout between Bulgarian Radoslav Marinov Velikov and Vladimer Khinchegashvili of Georgia. Kumar is the youngest Indian wrestler to qualify for the Olympics.Narsingh went down 1-3 to Gentry. The Indian’s medal chances are still alive if Gentry qualifies for the final as this would allow Narsingh to wrestle in the repechage round for a bronze medal.last_img