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Vermont, NE home sales show improvement

first_imgSpring is in full bloom as New England experienced month-over-month growth of +10.9% with each state making a positive contribution. Vermont’s month-over-month increase of 18.7 percent was second only to Maine; however, at 184 days on the market, Vermont homes sold slower than any other New England State. The granite state of New Hampshire is the only state that has shown consistent month-over-month growth since January. While sales have not bounced back to 2010 levels, increased inventory, higher prices are all signs of a recovering market and strong spring.‘Prices are still very affordable,’ said Jay Hummer, Executive Vice President of RE/MAX of New England’Whether you’re a first time home buyer or investor, the spring housing market is filled with opportunity.’last_img

US Helps Dominican Air Force Increase Operational Capabilities

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo January 14, 2019 As part of ongoing cooperation between the U.S. and Dominican governments to provide disaster relief and counter international narcotrafficking, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) assisted the Dominican Air Force (FARD, in Spanish) throughout 2018. The cooperation included equipment donations, training, and combined exercises to improve FARD’s response capabilities in rescue, air security, and the fight against drugs. “SOUTHCOM’s cooperation through the Office of Security and Cooperation of the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic for different FARD squadrons, such as rescue and combat, represents an increase in operational capabilities for our Air Force,” FARD Lieutenant Colonel Damián Castro Ortiz, of the Air Command Rescue Squadron, told Diálogo. “It complements pre-established donations and agreements that include operational capabilities that were not developed.” Among the main cooperation agreements between both countries, equipment donation is essential, as it increases Dominican pilots’ operational security. “The safer the air operations, the more operational they become; they give us the capability to start operations and complete them successfully,” FARD Colonel Randy Y. De los Santos, Rescue Squadron commander, told Diálogo. Since FARD created the Rescue Squadron in 1958, U.S. authorities have helped the institution with donations, including helicopters and joint training to strengthen the military personnel professionally. “U.S. government cooperation is proof of the spirit of fraternity and cooperation that exists between our countries and our air forces,” Col. De los Santos said. The Rescue Squadron is FARD’s most operational group. The institution’s helicopter pilots are the best-prepared units in case of emergency or disaster in the country. The squadron reports up to 3,500 flight hours per year as part of routine operations all along the island’s 4,000 square kilometers to serve the civil population. Mission accomplished “Thanks to the $500,000 worth of aviation and maintenance equipment SOUTHCOM donated to the Dominican Air Force in the last quarter of 2018, personnel of the rescue unit took part in the search for an aircraft that had an accident in the area of La Romana,” Col. De los Santos said. “During that tragic accident we used survival vests equipped with radios and compasses, as well as flight helmets with new technology to descend to that hard-to-reach place and accomplish the mission.” During the accident, the rescue team also used night goggles in their search tasks to reduce potential risk during the operation. The United States donated the night vision equipment in 2013. Night vision technology helps authorities counter narcotrafficking, detect illegal flights, and increase the security of the Dominican airspace, as well as regional stability. Friendly hand Donations and joint training with U.S. service members sustain, strengthen, and increase FARD’s evolution. “Cooperation always arrives at the right time to respond to any contingency and provide direct support for the operations of the Combat Squadron, which monitors illegal or irregular flights,” Col. De los Santos said. “We are on stand-by to assist the aircraft in any kind of situation that might happen during the fixed-wing squadron’s operations.” In December 2018, FARD sent its best cadets to take part in the annual Latin American Cadets Initiative hosted by Air Forces Southern, SOUTHCOM’s air component, to prepare the best officers for leadership positions and improve their knowledge of U.S. military culture. On that occasion, cadets learned about weapons systems, instrument flight services, simulators, and cyberdefense. In May 2018, the U.S. Air Force’s 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron conducted training for FARD members. The mission included stability capabilities in helicopters, corrosion control, hazardous materials management, and radio communications. Maintenance training helped fix a FARD forklift that was out of order for four months. “Each capability lets us expand training and the vision of our personnel,” Col. De los Santos said. “Talking about U.S. cooperation means talking about the U.S. commitment to the Dominican people. The United States has always been a friend and the main strategic partner in terms of security, equipment, training, and instruction; hence, the country is truly thankful through FARD, which has benefited on many occasions.”last_img read more

Election predictions lead financial industry to donate to House Dems

first_img continue reading » As pre-election polling hints that Democrats are poised to possibly win control of the House in the next Congress, the securities and investment industries – as well as banks – are giving more money to Democrats, especially moderate ones. Democrats only need 23 seats to overtake the majority; pollsters are suggesting they could win as many as 43 seats.Bloomberg recently reported that the securities and investment industries have given $56.8 million to Democratic congressional candidates and $33.4 million to Republicans this election cycle, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. The same data show that bankers – who most often prefer Republicans – are also giving a helping hand to Democrats: The industry has spent $8.5 million supporting Democrats and $13.5 million backing Republicans.More moderate Democrats, such as those that helped create and pass the NAFCU-backed S. 2155, are garnering more support as the financial services industry hopes regulatory relief efforts will continue in 2019.Unlike the House, polling projections have the Senate remaining in the Republican majority. Senate Democrats have 26 seats up for reelection; Republicans, only nine. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Brisbane home where one of our greatest artists got their inspiration is for sale

first_imgThe home is about a hundred years old.“It is still within eight kilometres of the CBD, but it feels like you could be in the Blue Mountains.”The home is on the market now through Re/Max.The works of Madonna Staunton are held in a number of major galleries including the National Gallery of Australia and the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art. GET INSPIRED: One of Queensland’s most prominent artists used this Brissy cottage to create their works.THE home where one of Queensland’s greatest living artists created their works is up for grabs.An unassuming cottage nestled between the Ashgrove Golf Course and acres of undisturbed bushland at 29 Bennett Road, The Gap was listed for sale this week. The home is next to acres of undisturbed bushland.For decades it was the home of acclaimed artist and poet Madonna Staunton, who used the large, secluded property to create much of her work. Agent Ryan Smith said the home, which is about a hundred years old, was originally owned the a local woodcutter in the early 1900s.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“That was back when everyone had a fireplace,” Mr Smith said. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS IN YOUR INBOX HERE center_img The home is just eight kilometres from the CBD.The home was eventually purchased by Madonna Staunton’s parents, and it was in the home where she first developed her love of art and poetry.“Because it is such a tranquil location she drew a lot of inspiration from the surroundings,” he said. THE QUEENSLAND HOME WITH ITS VERY OWN THEATRE last_img read more

MV Werften Lays Keel for 2nd Global Class Ship for Dream Cruises, Eyes Construction of Universal Class Ships

first_imgGerman shipbuilder MV Werften hosted a key-laying ceremony for the second 208,000 gross ton Global Class ship for Dream Cruises in Rostock on Monday, December 9.The occasion was used for the announcement of a new ship class which is in the making by Genting Hong Kong.“We are here for the keel laying of the second Global Class ship. But more importantly, we are starting the design and building of the next series of ships, the Universal Class ships, the first to be delivered by the end of 2022,” Tan Sri KT Lim,  the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Genting Group, said.As informed, Genting will operate the Universal Class ships for global hotel brands, who want to enter the cruise industry. The new midsize cruise ships will be built by MV Werften, keeping the yard busy until 2024. The ships will feature 88,000 gross tons in size, and have a capacity for 2,000 guests, making them large enough to have all the main amenities of larger cruise ships but without the crowded public space, Genting said in a press release.The construction of the 342 meter-long Global 2 was launched in September 2019, almost exactly a year after the keel laying of the flagship of the series. Like her sister ship, Global 2 is also intended for the fast-growing Asian market. Global 1 is due to enter operation under the name Global Dream in 2021.The Global Dream and Global 2 will boast 2,500 passenger cabins that can accommodate up to 9,500 persons and a crew of 2,200,  becoming the first vessels worldwide capable of carrying more than 10,000 persons.Image Courtesy: MV WerftenThe construction of Global 1 is progressing well, according to the yard. At the end of November, the giant hull of the cruise ship was towed to MV Werften’s dock hall in Wismar for final assembly and fitting out.Namely, two oceangoing tugs towed the midsection of the Global Dream from the MV Werften Warnemünde at a speed of about two knots (just under 2.5 mph) in the Baltic to Wismar. The entire operation, from the flooding of the Warnemünde dock to the docking in Wismar, took three days.A 125m high crane specially acquired for work on the Global Class ships will now be used to install deck structures on the hull, including a water park and a roller coaster.Image courtesy: MV WerftenThe construction of Dream Cruises’ newbuilding duo is advancing as Genting Hong Kong moves forward with the sale of its 35 pct stake in the company to TPG Asia.Genting is selling the shares for a consideration of USD 489 million, resulting in a gain of around USD 470 million for the company, as a means of bolstering its capital structure.The transaction was set to be realized in two tranches completing by December of 2019.last_img read more

Lambert: Strikers are on the mend

first_imgAston Villa boss Paul Lambert has reported he could have injured strikers Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak back available in “a few weeks”. Press Association Belgium international Benteke has been sidelined since April, when he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in training with Villa that ruled him out of the World Cup and which the club said would require a minimum of six months’ recovery time. Kozak sustained his injury during training with the midlands outfit as well, the Czech Republic frontman breaking his leg in January. center_img And asked on Thursday for an update on the pair, Lambert said: “I don’t put a time limit on it because their two injuries were really bad. “But Christian has started jogging outside, so he is doing well. Libor is doing great. “So a few weeks I think. What will help us certainly will be the international break.” Meanwhile, Lambert has made it clear he is keeping an open mind about Villa captain Ron Vlaar’s situation. The Holland defender, who impressed at the World Cup, has been linked with various clubs, including Villa’s Barclays Premier League rivals Southampton. He has a year left on his current contract, and asked on Thursday about the chances of Vlaar signing a new one at Villa Park, Lambert said: “To be fair to Ron, he has not come to us or anything. “We have had little chats here and there, but I think his main concern was getting back after the World Cup, getting fit and hopefully being ready for Saturday (Villa’s Premier League opener at Stoke). “That is where he has been. I have a good rapport with Ron, so I don’t have any problem with that whatsoever.” Then asked whether he thought Vlaar would remain loyal to Villa, Lambert replied: “I don’t know. “I’m not sure there is loyalty in football any more. So we’ll have to wait and see.” last_img read more

Ex-Juventus defender Mauricio Isla joins Flamengo

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO: Reigning Brazilian and Copa Libertadores champions Flamengo have completed the signing of Chile international right-back Mauricio Isla on a free transfer.The 32-year-old, who parted ways with Turkey’s Fenerbahce in June, agreed to a deal that runs until December 2022, Flamengo said in a statement late on Wednesday. “After 12 seasons in Europe, Mauricio Isla returns to South America to join the Libertadores champions. A high-level reinforcement,” the statement read.Flamengo made the former Juventus and Udinese defender a prime transfer target after the departure of Rafinha to Olympiacos last week. Local media reported that Argentinian giants Boca Juniors had also been interested in the defender. Isla has been capped 115 times for Chile and was a part of the national team’s 2015 and 2016 Copa America triumphs. IANS Also Watch: Guwahati: Mega Cong Joining Event on Rajiv Gandhi’s Birthdaylast_img read more

Klopp: This is Liverpool’s Chance to End Four-year Trophy Drought

first_imgKlopp played down the importance of the away-goal advantage and said his side would not settle for a goalless draw, even though that result would send them into the semi-finals.“Only at 0-0 is it an advantage. If we win, we don’t need it,” the charismatic 48-year-old said.Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson and striker Christian Benteke but Klopp said he had no new injuries to contend with following their 4-1 Premier League win over Stoke City on Sunday.FIXTURESLiverpool v DortmundSevilla v AthleticShakhtar v BragaSparta v VillarrealShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manager Juergen Klopp has urged his players to come out fighting and impose their never-say-die attitude in tonight’s Europa League second-leg quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund as they look to end their four-year trophy drought.Having led Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final, Klopp will now hope to end the German side’s Europa League hopes and heads into the clash with a slight advantage after drawing the first leg 1-1 at Westfalenstadion last week.“It’s always about being brave but especially with a high-quality team. If they get their confidence up you get smaller. You have to have your own moments. Every moment can impact confidence,” Klopp told reporters yesterday.“Forget about last week and we will face tomorrow night with a new attitude. We won’t be flying a white flag. (Dortmund) can play better but so can we. We need to do better tomorrow night.”last_img read more

N8.2bn Nigeria 2009 Broadcast Vans in Rot

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe huge investment of N8.2billion by federal government into upgrading the Outside Broadcast Vans for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2009 appears to have gone down the drain following the brazen cannibalisation of the component parts of the vans that have reduced them to monumental relics.The federal government headed by the Late Umar Yar’Adua approved the huge sum for UK-based company, Well Trade Services (WTS) in collaboration with Sony to upgrade six OB vans to Higher Definition format to enable the production and distribution of world-class live television signals from the eight designated centres in Nigeria to the rest of the world. The OB vans were used for the All Africa Games in Abuja in 2003 and were upgraded from Standard Definition to High Definition (HD) signals.The tournament was held in Lagos, Calabar, Kaduna, Ijebu-Ode, Abuja, Enugu, Bauchi and Kano from October 24 through November 15, 2009.But the alarming development is that 10 years after the successful hosting of the event, four of the mobile broadcast stations now stay lifeless at the packing space opposite the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) office at the National Stadium, Abuja.After the hosting of the cadet World Cup which Switzerland won at first time of asking, the state of the art broadcast equipment was handed over to NTA as the national broadcasting station.Concerned citizens estimate the current market value of the brazenly vandalised broadcast components in each of the four OB vans at N2.5 billion.One of the vans is still in use and is permanently stationed at the Three Arms Zone, where it serves the National Assembly and the State House.It is not, however, clear in which part of the country the remaining one is deployed.THISDAY was reliably informed yesterday that each of the vans is fitted with HD facilities that can rarely been seen in any part of Africa, except South Africa that hosted the continent’s maiden and only FIFA World Cup in 2010.Some of the features of each van include 12 high speed television cameras, high capacity cables, control system technologies that allows slow motions, audio mixer, air conditioning system, switcher, router and servers that supported a variety of workflows among others. Some of the cannibalised parts of the broadcast equipment were installed in 2009 shortly before the hosting of the cadet World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more