Poorly maintained lifts of residential societies pose risk to the safety of Gurugram citizens

first_imgGurugram: The peril to citizens of Gurugram due to poorly maintained lifts again came to fore after more than 20 people got trapped in a lift for more than 40 minutes in the district mini-secretariat. Some of the people who were trapped were aged in their 60’s.This is not for the first time when the lift became dysfuctional all of a sudden in the government building. It is, however, not also the first case when the residents have been compromised due to poor maintenance of the lifts. Recently a family got trapped in the lift for an hour in a residential society in Sector-107. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderMost of the cash-strapped builders have outsources their work to maintenance agencies to reduce their costs. It has, however, not improved the situation as there are complaints that the builders refused to pay the maintenance agencies which is now compromising on the quality. The tipping point has reached where a facility management company on short notice is exiting from the maintenance of the residential society in New Gururgam The problems of poor maintenance are mostly felt in the hundreds of societies that have come up in Sohna Road and New Gurugram that comprise the sectors of 81-95. There have been instances in the past where a woman had to even undergo surgery as a dysfunctional lift fell down from the eleventh floor. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMost of the residents have addressed the concerns to the Chief Minister using various platforms. Having unable to find an effective solution, most of the resident bodies have also written to the Prime Minister Office for intervention. There are over 20 societies that have formally registered their complaints against the builder with Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP). Meanwhile, certain resident bodies have taken the task of maintenance from the builders. The resident bodies, however, claimed that there is no support from the strong builder lobby as they do not forego the heavy maintenance fee that is being obtained from the residents. “There is no denying the fact that most of the builders for granted and not used the huge amounts of money collected from them towards the welfare. There is a need for the government to intervene and top the loot. It is sad that the state government in most of the cases have been found wanting,” said Sudhir Ahuja, one of the city residents.last_img read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 43.14 points to 15,897.91.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 120.83 points to 23,450.29.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 8.59 points to 2,565.74.The Nasdaq composite index was up 3.72 points to 6,567.61.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.01 cents US, down from Wednesday’s average price of 78.30 cents US.

Phragmites control program expanding into Big Creek watershed

The Long Point Phragmites Action Alliance is calling on landowners in the lower Big Creek watershed for help with the Long Point region phragmites control program.Phragmites is an aggressive invasive plant that can harm local plants and animals, and impact farm crops and operations by clogging drains and blocking access to irrigation ponds.Since 2015, the alliance has implemented a management approach for controlling invasive phragmites in the Long Point. The control work has been focused in the marshes at Long Point and Turkey Point to restore biodiversity to the globally significant ecosystems.In 2019, the program is expanding into the Big Creek watershed to control scattered patches of phragmites that exist.“What we’re trying to do is engage land owners in the phase one area,” said Brett Norman, co-ordinator of the Big Creek phragmites control program. “Right now, we’re doing a door-to-door approach, but anyone interested in being part of the program can reach out to us.”Anyone within the control area can have phragmites on their property removed for free. Depending on the extent of phragmites on a property, removal could cost from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand, according to the alliance.The Big Creek program currently is only available for landowners in the lower Big Creek area. In future years, the program will move up the watershed.Just one phragmite seed head can produce up to 10,000 viable seeds that are carried on the wind to new locations.Norman said it doesn’t take long for phragmites to spread.“It’s a very aggressive plant,” he said. “It grows in inches and feet per day, it spreads very rapidly. Even a small patch wouldn’t take long to dominate, say, an irrigation pond.”Interested landowners are asked to contact the alliance at bigcreekphrag@gmail.com. read more

Afghanistan preparations for organized repatriation moving forward UNHCR says

In Iran, the Government was preparing 10 repatriation centres where Afghans would be able to register, as well as constructing three special exit points along its border with Afghanistan to facilitate crossings, a spokesman for the agency said. In Pakistan’s Baluchistan Province, UNHCR and the Government next week plan to survey Afghan refugees living in the newly established camps to obtain information about where people want to go and when they might be prepared to return. “For the moment UNHCR is not encouraging Afghans to repatriate, although we plan to distribute basic kits to spontaneous returnees inside Afghanistan who request assistance,” agency spokesman Peter Kessler said at a press briefing in Geneva. Meanwhile UNHCR monitors at the Torkham crossing point with Pakistan reported that nearly 15,000 persons entered Afghanistan through the Khyber Pass in the first six days of February, Mr. Kessler said. The vast majority were men, with ethnic Tajiks outstripping other Afghan tribes. “Ten per cent of the returnees interviewed said they were university graduates, while 25 per cent had finished secondary school, indicating that these spontaneous returnees want to get in on the ground floor of Afghanistan’s new economy,” the spokesman said. Inside Afghanistan, relief agencies in Herat planned to start registering displaced persons living in the sprawling Maslaqh camp in the coming days, an operation overseen by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) but with support from UNHCR registration specialists. read more

Côte dIvoire UN and Government sign accord on peacekeeping force

The United Nations and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire have signed an agreement on the world body’s work in the West African country, the UN peacekeeping operation there (ONUCI) announced today.The signing in Abidjan on Tuesday was attended by the Ivorian Foreign Minister, Bamba Mamadou, and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Albert Tévoédjrè.At the ceremony, the Foreign Minister reaffirmed Côte d’Ivoire’s full support for the work of the UN. He also called on the country’s people to join the international community and the UN in implementing the key Security Council resolution on Côte d’Ivoire. That measure authorized a full one-year peacekeeping operation for Côte d’Ivoire and mandated nearly 7,000 UN personnel to monitor the country’s comprehensive ceasefire agreement.At the signing, Mr. Tévoédjrè voiced appreciation for the Foreign Minister’s call and pledged the UN’s full support for the peace process. read more

Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank stepping down in May after seven years

Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank stepping down in May after seven years TORONTO – John Cruickshank says the time is right for him to step down as publisher of the Toronto Star and president of Star Media and, no, he’s not interested in taking on that type of job at another media organization.“I’m really not interested in the day-to-day work of reinventing business cases for news groups right now,” Cruickshank said Wednesday in an interview after Torstar announced he will step away from his management roles in May, when Torstar has its annual meeting.“I’m really more interested right now in public policy issues. I’ve been really inspired over the years working with United Way and on the board of St. Michael’s Hospital. I hope there’ll be more of that in my future.”His responsibilities within Torstar will be assumed on an interim basis by David Holland, who is president and CEO of Torstar (TSX:TS.B). Cruickshank will also remain co-chairman of the board of Canadian Press Enterprises as a Torstar director.Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.Cruickshank, who turns 63 in April, says he initially made a five-year commitment to Torstar more than seven years ago and has talked from time to time with Holland and Torstar chairman John Honderich about the need to continually renew the management.With the launch of the Star Touch tablet-only daily news app last fall and a redesign of the Star’s website in its final stages, he says, “It just felt like the end of a chapter and the right time to pass it on.”Cruickshank said in a memo to Torstar staff that “I’m ready to leave scaling new journalistic heights to someone with less arthritic limbs and more recently acquired tools and skills.”The one-time reporter has held a variety of senior management positions at various media groups, including the CBC, the Globe and Mail and the Chicago Sun-Times while it was part of Conrad Black’s Hollinger group. He left the public broadcaster to become Toronto Star publisher in January 2009.In the interview, Cruickshank said his successor needs to be a “digital native, not just a digital visitor like me.”“I think it’s important that we have leadership that really truly understands younger Canadians and I think it gets harder and harder as you get older and, frankly, more affluent,” he said. “You can get detached from the great majority of the people you’re writing for. So I think renewal is a really important piece.”Torstar announced two weeks ago that it had written down the value of its continuing operations by $213.3 million in the fourth quarter, including $70.5 million at the Star Media group that includes the Star and $130.6 million at the Metroland Media group that includes smaller dailies and community newspapers.Chief financial officer Lorenzo DeMarchi said at the time that 2016 would continue to be challenging due to a shift in spending by advertisers.Cruickshank told the same conference call with investors that advertisers had responded positively to Star Touch. But Holland said growth in the app’s audience was slower than originally anticipated, however the company expects it to break even by 2017.“Oh, it’s very far from perfection and I never imagined we were going to hit that (level) in the first go,” Cruickshank said Wednesday. “I think that it’s still finding its feet. I think there’s going to be a lot of change yet, and I think all of that’s good.” by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 16, 2016 8:04 am MDT Last Updated Mar 16, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email John Cruickshank, publisher of the Toronto Star, answers a question at the Torstar annual general meeting in Toronto on Wednesday May 7, 2014. Torstar Corp. says Cruickshank will be stepping down as publisher of the Toronto Star and president of the Star Media Group, effective May 4. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim read more

Failure of refugee and migration governance is fatal deputy UN chief tells

“Failure of refugee and migration governance is fatal,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told world leaders at the meeting in Valetta, the capital of Malta.“We have witnessed thousands of people die on their journey to a better life, some of them as late as today in the Mediterranean. Thousands more are traumatized. Many face discrimination. Hundreds of thousands are in camps where poor conditions drive many to move on yet again,” he continued.Speaking on behalf of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Eliasson commended the European countries that are showing solidarity by taking in more asylum-seekers, and thanked the African countries which have for long hosted far greater numbers of asylum seekers, often “without the international support they need and deserve.”“We need to appreciate the challenges and strains in receiving newcomers in our societies,” the senior UN official underlined. “But research shows that migrants and refugees make a positive contribution to host nations, when they are given the chance. Migrants and refugees are not merely victims who need charity. They are productive human beings with human rights which are to be protected.”He stated that readmission and return agreements must include human rights safeguards, unnecessary and unlawful detention must end, and all countries must respect the principles of non-refoulement and the prohibition of collective expulsions.Mr. Eliasson recalled that six weeks ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set out some key objectives to guide our actions. “Let me list them: saving lives; enhancing protection; upholding the principle of non-discrimination; improving preparedness and prevention; sharing responsibility; deepening cooperation between countries of origin, transit and destination; and anticipating future challenges.”Based on these objectives, he highlighted what he sees as five major areas where political leadership is now essential.“First, we need to tackle root causes of displacement, starting by providing people, not least young people, with opportunity and jobs. […] Second, migrants and refugees should be given the chance to become productive. […] Third, we must prepare to better respond to large migrant and refugee movements. […] Fourth, we need comprehensive approaches. [..] Finally, your political leadership is needed to combat the growing climate of intolerance and polarization.”Concluding his remarks, the Deputy Secretary-General said the United Nations remains committed to working together with all partners to meet the challenges of human mobility “and to unleash the potential and promise of people on the move to a better future for all.” read more

Nexus 7 tablet owners reporting screen defect

first_imgAt $199, the Nexus 7 is just about the hottest tablet around right now. The quad-core Nvidia processor and vanilla Android Jelly Bean install yield a potent mix of performance and value. Some owners, however, have noticed a slight quality control issue with their new devices.Over on Reddit, reports are streaming in from users that have discovered the Nexus 7 screen coming loose on one edge and rising about 1MM away from the casing. Pressing down near the affected area results in clacking or creaking sounds, and there’s a chance that ignoring the problem could lead to more serious damage down the road.Fortunately, there are a couple painless ways to resolve the screen separation issue on the Nexus 7. The problem has been traced back to some loose screws, and they’re easy enough to get at and tighten. The back of the tablet snaps off easily (it’s not glued like an iPad), and each of the screws on the perimeter need a gentle turn (some users report as little as 1/16th of a turn or so). A light touch is required, of course: overtightening could cause damage to your Nexus 7’s screen.Those who would rather leave the remedy up to Google have two options. You can either contact Google Play at 1-855-83-NEXUS and request a replacement, or you can sign in to Google Wallet and review the record for your Nexus 7 purchase. On it you’ll find a “contact us” link which you can use to submit a request via email.Google has stated that more recent stock of the Nexus 7 is being rigorously checked to ensure that no more tablets are shipped out with problematic screens.More at Reddit and XDA Forums (image courtesy iFixit)last_img read more

Coach Sarr We Will fully Prepare for Our Upcoming Games

first_imgBy Kebba AF TourayAlagie Sarr coach of BK Milan hints his team will fully prepare for today’s game against Brikama.Sarr said this after his side’s recent 1-0 win over Real de Banjul at the stadium.He said his boys had couple of chances which were not capitalized on due to lack of skills and assured that they will sort it out during training.He said Real de Banjul are their seniors in football but shares the same level and expertise with BK Milan in terms of playing football.Sarr hailed his boys for translating what they have learned on the training grounds.last_img

Simeone on Arsenal They are a very strong rival

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has acknowledged that they face a very difficult encounter against Arsenal for the semi-finals of the Europa LeagueThe two sides have been heavily fancied as the favourites for the tournament and have been been drawn to face each other to determine a place in the final at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on 16 May with Arsenal set to host Atletico for the first leg at the Emirates.Unlike the Gunners, however, Simeone’s side are assured of Champions League football for next season with Atletico currently in second place in La Liga and four points ahead of Real Madrid with just six games remaining.But Simeone is refusing to get carried away and believes that going up against a coach of the calibre of Arsene Wenger with quality squad in Arsenal promises to be a difficult challenge.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“With their history they are a very strong rival, they have a very important coach who is very capable with plenty of experience and quality footballers,” said the Argentine, according to Marca.“We will use the squad as always. With it being near the end of the season, the footballers have more desire and we will go out trying to give the best for the team and thinking in winning.“This is the season where I am learning most about being a coach and improving.”Atletico delivered a 3-0 win over Levante on Sunday to maintain their four point lead over local rivals Real in second place in league standings.last_img read more

Roberto Martinez impressed by Hazards performance

first_imgEden Hazard has again proven his worth to the Belgium team in their friendly game against Scotland.His coach Roberto Martinez was largely impressed by Hazard’s performance and he praised the player’s role in setting the example as the captain of the team.In the 4-0 win against Scotland, Hazard had lead the attack on the opponent until he was substituted on the 56th minute of the game.Hazard scored after Romelu Lukaku had opened the scoreline in favour of his team. He also made an assist for Michy Batshuayi.FourFourTwo reports Martinez’s response after he was asked whether the Chelsea star man had worked too hard on himself ahead of the friendly: “I don’t see that as a negative. He’s in a good moment and he’s carried on from where he was in the World Cup.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“When you’re a captain, you have to set the standard in that sort of manner. It’s dangerous when you go into a football match not giving everything.“Hazard is giving what you want from a captain. I don’t think there was anything wrong with him trying to find the right space and drag people out.”last_img read more

Man 46 hit by car on Evergreen Highway near I205 overpass

first_imgA bicyclist sustained nonlife-threatening Tuesday morning after he was hit by a vehicle on Southeast Evergreen Highway just east of the Interstate 205 overpass, officials said.The 46-year-old man was riding near the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hatchery at 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway just before 8 a.m. when he was hit by the mirror of a passing vehicle, said Joe Spatz, a Vancouver Fire Department spokesman.The man was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, which was on trauma alert, meaning the hospital emergency room staff was told to be ready for his arrival, Spatz said.The man’s name was not provided because of medical privacy laws.last_img

Army Demolishing Ft Jackson Headquarters in Consolidation Move

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In a move that will allow the Army to shed some of its excess facilities and consolidate remaining activities at Fort Jackson, the service has decided to demolish the Columbia, S.C., post’s World War II-era headquarters building.The installation will not get a replacement headquarters and, instead, the command and garrison staff will be relocated to a much newer facility that formerly housed the Noncommissioned Officer Academy. The move will benefit the post by consolidating command and garrison staff in the 41,700-square-foot building instead of remaining scattered throughout the post, reported the Charlotte Observer.The Army’s Installation Management Command “wants to get out of World War II wood buildings” in all of its installations, said Col. Mark Shade, Fort Jackson’s deputy commanding officer. “They are inefficient. They are not up to code. They are cold in the winter and hot in the summer,” Shade said.Officials determined that the building did not have historical significance, primarily because of the amount of renovations it had undergone. An amphitheater will be built on the lot where the headquarters now stands, with much of the property remaining as green space. The amphitheater will be connected to the Basic Combat Training Museum, which is across the street from the current headquarters.last_img read more

6 Shows You Need to Watch on Netflix Now

first_imgThey say we are living in the golden age of television…and it’s certainly easy to see why. The content available to us is endless, and now it can appear in mere seconds if we will it. Just look at all the streaming services out there. But having so many choices so easily accessible is overwhelming, we miss things, and good shows fall through the cracks. Luckily Netflix is here as a digital safety net. We here at Geek want to make sure you haven’t missed some of our favorites while skimming over the vastness of small screen options.Comedy Bang BangSubmitted by: Jordan MinorIn the world of podcasts, Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang Bang is an improv institution. Since 2009 alt-comics have been coming to the Earwolf studio to play all sorts of bizarre characters. But heynong man, I thought we were writing about TV. Well if you don’t have IFC, you can watch the entirety of the Comedy Bang Bang TV spin-off on Netflix. The change in formats gives the show a different vibe compared to the podcast. The show is somewhere between talk show parody and Pee-wee’s Playhouse for folks ironically on the fringe of show business. But they share a surreal, hilarious core, as well as a few characters. If anything, it will make you angry that Reggie Watts’s deeply strange comedic talents are being wasted on James Corden’s dumb late night show. SpotlessSubmitted by: Sheilah VillariIf you’re a crime show fan this is the gem for you. It’s like CSI…but a little British, a little French and the line is blurred between the good guys and bad guys. Esquire picked this up last summer, and I only caught a few episodes but lucky for me Netflix nabbed it next. It’s dark, it’s funny, it’s two brothers trying to fix a broken relationship over crime scene cleanup business all while trying to keep their new gangster partners pleased. Spotless is the lovechild of Breaking Bad and Dexter. Dark secrets from past and present haunt these brothers. And moral dilemmas are prominently featured in each episode. It is an absolutely fascinating, gory, realistic, crime dramedy and I hope there is a season 2.  Plus our lead is played by Marc-André Grondin who is such a brilliant actor, I’m just glad more people can see it too!Grace and FrankieSubmitted by: Stephanie MlotIt’s rare these days to see women of a certain age on television. But Grace and Frankie handles postmenopause with dignity and honesty (the punny name just clicked). Type-A Wasp Grace (Jane Fonda) and former hippie Frankie (Lily Tomlin) are forced to live together when their husbands (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, respectively) leave them to marry each other. The 21st century The Odd Couple feels like the perfect day you never want to end; the chemistry between the former 9 to 5 co-stars is palpable. And you can’t tell me that two septuagenarians starting a sex toy company for ladies over 60 isn’t the best plot line currently streaming.Penny Dreadfulsubmitted by: Keenan McClellandWith Universal unleashing its final attempts to reanimate The Mummy, along with the rest of the legendary monsters that started it all for the studio. Now is the perfect time to re-educate yourself on what made these creatures so classic in the first place. Within Showtime’s 2014-2016 gothic tale of romance and horror, you will not find cheesy one liners or big Hollywood budget explosions. Instead, Penny Dreadful goes back to the original literature that made these famous monsters so poetically memorable and puts them together to create what we wanted out of a true League of Extraordinary Gentlemen adaptation. May I also add that Doctor Who fans will get a kick out of seeing Billie Piper play one of the most fierce women in all of horror. She gives one of the best monologues have ever seen on television in my entire life (covered in blood, of course). Peaky Blinderssubmitted by: Dan StarkeyThink English Boardwalk Empire, that’s the spirit behind this English crime drama. A mob family has trouble hanging onto their power and influence in the shifting tides of 1920s Birmingham. Three seasons have aired so far, each dealing with a different challenge for the gang. The first sees leadership struggles and the struggle to return to normalcy after war. But throughout the season, Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) takes over the legendary, eponymous gang. From there, the narrative is his struggle to manage the family and maintain his alliances. There’s no stunning new territory here — crime dramas are a genre unto themselves for a reason — but everyone on board brings their absolute best. Everything from set design and costuming to staggering performances of Blinders’ ensemble cast is stellar. Chill With Bob RossSubmitted by: K. Thor JensenThis world is a constant vortex of horror and misery, as President Trump leads us into pretty much every apocalypse possible all at the same time. So why not spend your last hours on Earth consuming television programming that will wash all of that away with vistas of happy little trees and snow-capped mountains. Constructed out of some of the afroed PBS painter’s most relaxing episodes, Chill With Bob Ross is a collection of peaceful journeys into wintry landscapes bereft of the stain of humanity, calmly and patiently painted by a man with pure Buddha nature. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Get touched by RajasthanIII

first_imgFor another peek into the marvels of the open art gallery of Rajasthan: pack your bags and hit the road for the town that lies in the heart of Shekhawati region- Dunlod. A blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture awaits you at the Dunlod fort founded in 1750, merely 250 km away from Delhi. While you are at it, why not have a taste of the royal times and travel around riding the finely bred horses or hop onto a camel safari; see the town where the fort has been converted into a heritage property offering a cosy and royal stay to the travelers. It features Diwan-e-khas (Hall of Private Audience) that has stained glass windows, fine antiques and an impressive library; along with the first floor marked as ‘zenana’ quarters that has an exquisite décor and furniture. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Its magnificence continues in the Goenka haveli, built in the year 1875 AD in the kingdom of raja of Dunlod. Explore its beautiful frescoes, fine mirror work above the windows and features of florets, and birds in the courtyard. The splendid haveli now hosts a newly established museum- Seth Arjun Das Goenka Haveli museum that curates the relics of Goenka household. The haveli symbolizes the vision of Arjun das:  functional efficiency with panoramically aesthetic views from wherever you choose to stand. The wooden doors of the museum are adorned with eye catching carving that is reminiscent of the old traditional woodwork of Shekhawati.last_img read more

ExistingHome Sales Hit Biggest Slump in Three Years

first_img Share Existing-Home Sales Hit Biggest Slump in Three Years Existing-home sales dropped both month-over-month and year-over-year in January 2018, experiencing their largest annual decline in over three years, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors.NAR’s Existing-Home Sales calculations track “completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops.” Existing-home sales saw a 3.2 decrease in January, hitting a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.38 million. That’s down from a revised 5.56 million sales in December 2017. That puts sales 4.8 percent below a year ago, which makes for the largest annual decline since August 2014’s 5.5 percent. Sales are also at their slowest pace since September 2017 (5.37 million).“The utter lack of sufficient housing supply and its influence on higher home prices muted overall sales activity in much of the U.S. last month,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist. “While the good news is that Realtors in most areas are saying buyer traffic is even stronger than the beginning of last year, sales failed to follow course and far lagged last January’s pace. It’s very clear that too many markets right now are becoming less affordable and desperately need more new listings to calm the speedy price growth.”Single-family home sales declined 3.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.76 million in January, down from 4.95 million in December. This puts them 4.8 percent below the 5.00 million pace a year ago. The median existing single-family home price was $241,700 in January, an increase of 5.7 percent over January 2017’s totals.The median existing-home price for January 2018 was $240,500, up 5.8 percent from January 2017’s median of $227,300. According to NAR, January marked the 71st straight month of year-over-year price gains.Although total housing inventory at the end of January increased 4.1 percent to 1.52 million homes, that still puts the total 9.5 percent lower than a year earlier (1.68 million). Moreover, inventory has been falling consistently year-over-year for 32 consecutive months. Unsold inventory is at a 3.4-month supply at the current sales pace, as compared to a 3.6-month supply in January 2017.“Another month of solid price gains underlines this ongoing trend of strong demand and weak supply. The underproduction of single-family homes over the last decade has played a predominant role in the current inventory crisis that is weighing on affordability,” Yun said. “However, there’s hope that the tide is finally turning. There was a nice jump in new home construction in January and homebuilder confidence is high. These two factors will hopefully lay the foundation for the building industry to meaningfully ramp up production as this year progresses.”Cheryl Young, Senior Economist for Trulia, said, “Demand stayed high despite headwinds of high prices and low inventory facing homebuyers. As a result, existing home sales accounted for 26.1 percent of inventory sold, staying above 2005’s peak rate of inventory sold.”Pointing out that January 2018 was the first month in which the effects of the tax reform bill began to take effect, Young added that “it remains to be seen whether these changes are impacting home buying, especially in pricey markets. With the home buying season imminent, we look forward to seeing when last year’s high in housing starts and permits will manifest in inventory.”You can read NAR’s full breakdown of home sales by clicking here. in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, journal, Market Studies, Newscenter_img February 21, 2018 588 Views Affordability Existing-Home Sales Home Sales Home Sales Prices Inventory inventory shortages NAR National Association of Realtors 2018-02-21 David Whartonlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Pan Pacific Perth wi

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Pan Pacific Perth will transform into a gourmet paradise over the festive season.Christmas Day Lunch and Dinner at Pan Pacific PerthDiners can indulge in a buffet lunch in Origins, Montereys or one of Pan Pacific Perth’s opulent ballrooms and savour traditional favourites including honey glazed ham, roast turkey, fresh seafood and home-made desserts. Unlimited house wine, beer and soft drinks are also included. With live entertainment and Santa around to spread the joy, this will be a festive celebration to remember.Available on Friday 25 December from 12pm until 3pm. Prices are $149.00 per adult (18 years and over), $75.00 per teenager (13 to 17 years old inclusive), $49.00 per child (five to 12 years old inclusive) and children under five years old are complimentary.Christmas Dinner is a time to relax and indulge in a traditional buffet dinner in Montereys, including unlimited house wine, beer and soft drinks. Diners can treat themselves with whole roast turkey with pork, chestnut and cranberry stuffing or smoked paprika and maple glazed leg of ham with cinnamon apple compote or go for something light like a salad of mulled wine figs with goats cheese, rocket, walnut and port vinaigrette. End on a sweet note with festive deserts including Christmas pudding with orange custard, fruit mince and macadamia tart with raspberry cream, eggnog cheesecake with honeycomb or Christmas cherry glaze rocky road.Available on Friday 25 December with sittings from 6pm to 8pm and 8:30pm to 10:30pm. Prices are $115.00 per adult (16 years and over) $57.50 per child (nine to 15 years) and children under eight years old are complimentary.New Years Eve at Pan Pacific PerthGuests can kick off New Year’s Eve celebrations in style with family and friends at Montereys, enjoying a mouth-watering selection of cuisine including traditional roasts, ocean fresh seafood, salads, antipasto and delicious desserts along with unlimited house wine, beer and soft drinks.Available on Thursday 31 December with two sittings from 6pm to 8pm and 8:30pm to 10:30pm. Prices are $99.00 per adult (16 years and over) $40.00 per child (nine to 15 years) and children under eight years old dine complimentary.Golden BallroomFor a more formal affair, guests can celebrate the New Year amidst the lavish surrounds of the Golden Ballroom, enjoying a decadent three-course set menu crafted by Executive Chef, Paul Gaspa, along with live entertainment. Glasses will never be empty for a toast with unlimited house wine, beer and soft drinks included. Available 31 December from 6pm to late. Prices are $150.00 per adult (16 years and over) $49.00 per child (nine to 15 years) and children under eight years old dine complimentary.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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