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MOL Karpowership Partner Up on LNGtoPowership Solution

first_imgzoomIllustration, Image Courtesy: LNG Carrier/ Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Turkey’s floating power plant company Karpower International B.V. (Karpowership) have agreed to collaborate in the LNG-to-Powership business.Under the brand name “KARMOL”, the duo aims to become an LNG-to-Powership solution provider.The parties aim to co-invest in the related assets and jointly market their solution in selected markets around the world.The business will generate power through the Powership by receiving regasified LNG through a floating LNG storage and regasification unit to provide electricity to shore grids and facilities where base load electricity and/or replacements of fuel mode are required to meet the environmental concerns.As explained, the new solution is expected to be cost-competitive, meeting the power demand. What is more, the new solution would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing higher emission fuels with LNG.MOL and Karpowership expect to achieve business synergies by combining their expertise of LNG, FSRU and Powership businesses.The companies plan to launch several projects in the coming years. They have already started to convert an existing LNG carrier into a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to provide regasified LNG to a Powership.last_img read more


Town council rejects application to develop Glen Abbey golf course

first_imgOAKVILLE, Ont. – An Ontario town council has voted unanimously to reject a plan to develop Glen Abbey golf course amid efforts to designate the property as a “significant cultural heritage landscape.”Jane Courtemanche, a spokeswoman for the Town of Oakville, says council on Wednesday refused a development application by Glen Abbey owner ClubLink to develop the lands.The council voted in August in favour of proceeding with a notice of intention to designate the Glen Abbey property as significant cultural heritage landscape under Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act.This notice, also filed in August, is the first of a number of steps the Town of Oakville needs to take before the designation is finalized.ClubLink’s development plan proposed construction of 141 detached homes, 299 townhomes, 2,782 apartments, retail and office space, as well as parks, open space and natural heritage areas.The ClubLink property is home to the Glen Abbey golf course and buildings, including an estate leased by Golf Canada that houses the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. The golf course has hosted the Canadian Open 28 times.ClubLink may appeal the town’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board, Courtemanche added.The rejection comes days after ClubLink sent a letter notifying Oakville town council of a separate application to demolish or remove the golf course. ClubLink said Monday it notified the Town of Oakville of an application to demolish or remove the golf course and some buildings to make way for a mix of homes, offices and stores. The RayDor Estate House, home to the golf museum would be among the buildings that would remain, it said.Oakville will meet with ClubLink in the “near future” to begin the process of this separate application for demolition, Courtemanche said Thursday.ClubLink has criticized the town’s heritage efforts calling it “broad and overreaching.”“The Town simply cannot use the Heritage Act to mandate land use,” Clublink said in a statement on Monday.The council gave parties who disagreed with its intent to designate Glen Abbey a heritage site until Sept. 25 to file an objection. ClubLink did not file an objection, however, Courtemanche said Thursday that someone else has.The town will review the objection and if it meets the criteria it will forward it to the Conservation Review Board, which will then issue recommendations to Oakville’s town council as to whether it is warranted, Courtemanche said in an emailed statement.She added that if after receiving the board’s report Oakville’s town council decides to proceed, the next step would be to pass a by-law to designate Glen Abbey as a significant heritage cultural landscape.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously reported that the Town of Oakville had granted Glen Abbey heritage status.last_img read more


Canada easily on track to hit record vehicle sales in 2017 after

RICHMOND HILL, Ont. — DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says annual vehicle sales are easily on track to cruise past two million for the first time after another record-setting month.The consulting firm says October sales hit about 164,200 vehicles for a 6.3 per cent increase from the same month last year.October’s numbers brought total sales this year to about 1.76 million, up 5.6 per cent from last year, with every month but April hitting a new record.Ford led the pack last month with 21,068 units sold despite seeing a two per cent drop in sales.Ford’s chief rival General Motors followed closely behind, with its sales up 26.5 per cent at 26,847 units.That puts GM within 10,000 units of Ford for total sales so far this year.DesRosiers says October’s total sales included about 115,400 light trucks, up 13.6 per cent, while passenger car sales were down 7.9 per cent at about 48,800 units. read more


Rights group seeks release of 2 students

Amnesty International is calling on the authorities to release P. Tharshananth and K. Jenemajeyamenan or charge them with a recognizably criminal offence and try them promptly in accordance with internationally recognized safeguards;The rights group is also urging the authorities to ensure that the detainees are treated in accordance with international standards and given full access to their lawyers, families and any medical attention they may require. (Colombo Gazette) It was reported that they were arrested due to their alleged involvement in a petrol bomb attack on the office of a local political organisation, as well as their involvement in organising demonstrations. Two of the four students were later freed last month after undergoing rehabilitation at a camp in Welikanda while the other two are still at the camp. Amnesty International, a London based international human rights group, is campaigning for the release of two Jaffna university students who are under police custody.The two students were among four boys arrested by the Terrorist Investigations Division in December last year following a tensed situation which arose in the Jaffna University. read more


6 Trends Recapping Enterprise Connect 2019

See All in Enterprise Connect » Winning in Collaboration at EC19 Michelle Burbick March 19, 2019 From our ‘Best of’ awards, to new solutions from Microsoft and AWS and a successful digital transformation for Walmart, everyone is winning at Enterprise Connect! Once a niche show, the need to be at Enterprise Connect has exploded along with the realization that businesses can’t transform digitally without communications. Everyone wants to be at the forefront of the evolution in communications making this possible. Attendance this year soared above 6,500 people and in excess of 200 exhibitors showed their wares on the Expo floor, both records for the event. Lots of themes came out at during the busy conference, but the following stood out to me.AI Means “All In” — Without a doubt, EC19 will be remembered as the year artificial intelligence (AI) came alive at this show; everyone talked about it. Cisco positioned AI as a pillar of its cognitive collaboration vision, but it wasn’t alone. Cloud contact center vendors Amazon Web Services (AWS), Five9, and Talkdesk announced AI-powered features (see below) and Google Cloud has a number of G Suite features that use AI to streamline communications. The use of AI isn’t limited to big vendors either. SmartAction, for example, demonstrated an AI virtual agent and I got a taste of AI-powered “smart calling” at the Voximplant booth. One of the best AI tools I experienced came from, which is able to produce real-time transcripts via a mobile app. I used the app during the keynote address by Amy Chang, SVP of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group, and while it confused a few words – transcribing “room kit mini” as “room kidney,” for example, it did an effective enough job that I didn’t need to take notes. AI will forever change the way we work together and service customers — and everyone should be excited about this.Voice Is Sexy Again — So much for voice being dead. Some experts predicted we would text, message, email, use social posts, video… and anything else other than call each other. It appears people still like to call, and will continue to call well into the future. Early this year Zoom jumped into voice calling, and at EC19 a number of other providers made voice-related announcements. These include AWS, which has added calling to Chime, and PGi, which announced a shift to UCaaS, with voice calling part of the feature set. Another interesting voice-centric move came from Google Cloud, with the first phones — the VVX phones from Poly (previously known as Plantronics-Polycom) now compatible with Google Voice. So, many workers apparently not only want to make calls, but also continue using desk phones. Long live voice.Contact Center Wars Heat Up — Remember when all anyone wanted to talk about was UC? Then the mania turned to team messaging. Now contact center is the place where all the cool kids are hanging out. CCaaS leader Five9 took the covers off its spring 2019 release, which includes an adaptable contact center; enhancement to the reliability, scale, and security of the contact center; and AI-infused agent empowerment tools. Cloud challenger Talkdesk rolled out an integrated workforce management tool that uses AI to predict call center workloads. Not to be left out, AWS created turnkey AI solutions that can easily be dropped into its Connect platform. Lastly, Vonage threw its hat into the ring with its own CX Cloud Express, built on the Vonage Business Cloud. The Cloud Debate Rages On — The only word that might have been said more at EC19 than “AI” is “cloud.” Public clouds, private clouds, hybrid clouds, cloud management, cloud analytics — whatever flavor of cloud you wanted, you got at EC19. Pure-cloud vendors say that the only way forward is to leverage the massive scaling and compute capabilities of public clouds. Others say, “Not so fast; there are ways of transitioning to cloud while maintaining stuff on premises.” One challenge for buyers is that there are so many flavors of hybrid cloud that knowing which provides the best route can be very confusing. At EC19, Avaya introduced its Cloud Transformation Program, aimed at simplifying the process of choosing the cloud path that best meets a customer’s needs. Another decision point is single cloud or multiple ones? Vonage is the first cloud provider to offer CCaaS, UCaaS, CPaaS, team messaging, and meetings from a single platform. On the other hand, RingCentral has taken a “best of breed” approach by offering its own tools for UCaaS and team collaboration and then relying on partners for meetings and contact center. Which approach is better? Time will tell but for now, despite the messy landscape, sales of cloud seats continue to skyrocket. Where Did IoT Go? — The topic of Internet of Things (IoT) has been a hot one in communications circles for giving machines a voice. UC enables people to talk to people and IoT lets machines talk to machines, so bringing the two together lets people talk to machines and vice versa. Because of these, IoT has been prominent at EC in years past, but I felt it was largely missing from EC19. I heard IoT mentioned in a few sessions, but didn’t see any content exclusively on IoT nor demos on the show floor involving IoT. I believe this is a topic worth exploring and hopefully we will see more at EC 2020, which, by the way, is slated to take place the week of March 30. Women in Tech Take Center Stage — The women-in-tech movement has been gaining steady momentum over the past few years. At EC19, women presented three of the five mainstage keynotes, and this was great to see. Lori Wright, GM of Microsoft 365, Cisco’s Chang, and Rany Ng, director of product management at Google Cloud, all did excellent jobs and wowed the audience with their stage presence and intellect. It wasn’t just in the keynotes where women featured prominently; many shared their experience in mainstage and break-out sessions, too. For example, the Team Collaboration Growing Pains session I moderated included Lorrissa Horton, Webex Teams VP and GM, and Christina Kosmowski, VP of Global Customer Success at Slack, both of whom were awesome panelists. Diversity will only help the technology industry, and it’s great to see incredibly smart and energetic women be at the forefront of the next wave of this industry. EC19 was the typical exhausting conference with too many early mornings and just as many late nights. It was well worth it though, as it’s become the place to see how the communications and networking industries are changing to meet the demands of digital transformation. I’m so excited, I might go book my room for EC2020 now! See you then! Tags:News & Viewstechnology trendscognitive collaborationvoiceIoTwomen in communicationsEnterprise ConnectAI & AutomationCCaaSCloud CommunicationsContact Center & Customer ExperienceDigital Transformation Articles You Might Like Wow! Reflections on Enterprise Connect 2019 Marty Parker March 26, 2019 10 takeaways from an action-packed, information-filled week in Orlando, Fla., at EC19. EC19.jpg The Countdown to Enterprise Connect 2020 Is On! Beth Schultz August 28, 2019 Join us March 30 to April 2 in Orlando, Fla., for our annual enterprise communications & collaboration conference and exhibition. EC19: Know Before You Go Michelle Burbick March 16, 2019 Enterprise Connect starts Monday! Here are some things you won’t want to miss. Microsoft Wins Best of Enterprise Connect Overall Award Michelle Burbick March 19, 2019 And AWS, Microsoft, Mio, Optanix, and Plantronics-Polycom win in four new breakout categories. 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Dalhousie electricity generation station in New Brunswick will be shut down

FREDERICTON – The Dalhousie thermal generation station in northern New Brunswick will be permanently shut down after the province’s publicly owned utility company concluded it was no longer economically feasible to keep the 43-year-old facility running.NB Power president Gaetan Thomas made the announcement Thursday, saying the decision comes following a two-year review.“NB Power has concluded a thorough review of alternate fuel sources and the cost effectiveness of electricity production from Dalhousie was no longer economically feasible,” he said.Acting Energy Minister Craig Leonard said the provincial government examined all options in an effort to keep the facility open but decided that wouldn’t be in the best interests of the public nor the business sector.“There was only about 12 years of useful life left on the plant and to have to refurbish it on a capital basis didn’t leave enough time to recoup those costs,” Leonard said.“Obviously as a result of that, the energy that would have been produced out of the plant would not have been competitive.”A full environmental impact assessment will be conducted before NB Power begins to decommission the site. Thomas said it is expected that the decommissioning would take about four years.The 25 workers at the plant will continue to work during the decommissioning, the Crown company said.Thomas said some of the employees are nearing retirement in the next few years, while others will be reassigned to other facilities.The station began generating electricity in 1969 and has a capacity of 300 megawatts.The announcement is another economic blow to Dalhousie, a community of 2,500 people that saw the closure of a large newsprint mill in 2008, resulting in the loss of more than 300 jobs.Mayor Clem Tremblay said he has been bracing for the news but is pleased to hear the utility will continue to pay property taxes during the decommissioning.“The minister and NB Power and the government are ensuring the people of Dalhousie that the town could operate their budget for the next four years on a very positive note,” Tremblay said.“This is very good news because $1.6 million out of your tax base year after year would have hurt the people of Dalhousie.”Leonard said the Economic Development Department will work with the town in an effort to stimulate new economic growth.Tremblay said he was hopeful something could be found before the end of the four-year period.Donald Arseneault, the Liberal finance critic, said the closure was just the latest broken promise of Premier David Alward.“During the last election campaign David Alward went to the gates at NB Power, held their hands and told them he would keep it open,” Arseneault said. “He chose politics instead of being honest with them.”But Leonard was quick to defend his government.“The premier’s commitment to the people of Dalhousie was that we would leave no stone unturned to find an economical option to continue the plant,” said Leonard.“We’ve taken two years now to go through every single option.” by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 27, 2012 4:22 pm MDT Dalhousie electricity generation station in New Brunswick will be shut down AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Human Rights Briefing Updates on Egypt Zimbabwe Venezuela and Saudi Arabia

Zimbabwe should do more to embrace and safeguard democracy,  the UN-appointed independent expert on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association said on Friday, at the end of his first visit there. In a statement, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule expressed his support for the Government’s stated commitment to democratisation.But two years since Emmerson Mnangagwa became President, after the removal of long-term leader Robert Mugabe, Mr. Voule urged the authorities to go further in promoting people’s rights and engage in dialogue with all those affected by austerity measures. Mr. Voule’s comments come as UN aid agencies continue to warn of widespread food insecurity in the country, which has been left reeling by a slow-burning economic collapse made worse by drought and the impact of Cyclone Idai in March.According to a recent update by UN humanitarian coordination agency OCHA, some 5.5 million people in rural areas are now food insecure.Of this number, more than 3.5 million – around 40 per cent of people in the countryside – are expected to be in need of urgent humanitarian assistance by October.In addition, some 2.2 million people in urban areas are food insecure, the OCHA update noted.In his appeal, the Special Rapporteur cited concern over the “excessive” use of force by police and military during protests.Putting troops in the streets was becoming “commonplace”, he maintained, while also insisting that it was vital for police or military personnel who committed human rights violations to be held accountable.“To foster impunity is to foster distrust among the population, alienating them from the Government, and quashing their hopes of meaningful change in the future,” he said, before encouraging the authorities to engage in “genuine dialogue with the political class and the population, “including protest movements”.It was the “only way forward to resolve such a crisis”, he insisted, while highlighting the Government’s “unenviable challenge” of having to resolve a “profound and complex economic, political and social crisis”. Human Rights Council agrees on fact-finding mission to Venezuela The UN human rights chief has expressed “serious concerns” over reports of a lack of due process, after authorities in Egypt made widespread arrests during protests last week.In a statement issued on Friday, Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, urged Egyptian authorities to respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, “in full compliance with international norms and standards.”According to Egyptian civil society organizations, more than 2,000 people – including lawyers, human rights defenders, political activists, university professors and journalists – were detained before, during and after street protests that took place in a number of Egyptian cities on 20-21 September. “The UN Human Rights Office has received information that a number of those detained were subsequently released”, said the statement from OHCHR.  “Reports also suggest some of those detained were denied legal representation when appearing before the Public Prosecutor, and some have allegedly been charged with serious offences.”“I remind the Egyptian government that under international law people have a right to protest peacefully,” said Ms. Bachelet. “They also have a right to express their opinions, including on social media. They should never be detained, let alone charged with serious offences, simply for exercising those rights.” “I urge the authorities to radically change their approach to any future protests, including those that may take place today,” she added.  News reports said that some protesters had once again taken to the streets in several cities across Egypt on Friday afternoon, calling for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to step down. Zimbabwe must act quicker on democratic reform, urges UN-appointed independent expert Bachelet expresses ‘serious concerns’ over due process in Egypt, following mass-arrests The UN’s top human rights body agreed on Friday to dispatch a fact-finding mission to Venezuela, in response to grave concerns about killings and other abuses linked to the country’s ongoing political and economic crisis.The development follows a vote at the Human Rights Council that was supported by less than half of the forum’s 47 Member States, including several South American countries, such as Colombia, Argentina and Peru.The resolution condemned the “widespread targeted repression and persecution on political grounds” in Venezuela, the “excessive” use of force against peaceful protests and during security operations.In addition, it highlighted arbitrary detention, torture, ill-treatment, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances carried out by the Special Action Forces and pro-government civilian armed groups. At least 6,000 people have been killed in security operations since January 2018, the resolution maintained, while also urging the authorities to release all political prisoners immediately.This includes the 27 individuals identified by High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, earlier this month.Independent human rights experts urge Saudi Arabia to free Loujain Al-Hathloul  A group of UN human rights experts on Friday urged Saudi Arabia to release Loujain Al-Hathloul whose arrest 500 days ago, marked the beginning of a crackdown against women human rights defenders across the country.  In a statement, the group of 15 independent experts – Special Rapporteurs and members of the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice – said that Ms. Al-Hathloul, “who was detained on spurious national security grounds, had been instrumental in the movement to allow women to drive, and the push to end male guardianship laws.” They noted that Saudi Arabia has since been commended widely by the international community, for its recent efforts to reform discriminatory legislation in these areas.  “It is shockingly hypocritical that Ms. Al-Hathloul remains in prison for campaigning to change laws which have since been amended. Indeed, she should never have been imprisoned in the first place for exercising her fundamental rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association.” the experts said.  “In spite of recent improvements in Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship laws, it is imperative that the world does not lose sight of the human rights concerns which persist in the country, as human rights defenders have continued to express.”  Ms Al-Hathloul, who was arrested in May of 2018, has said that she has been tortured while in prison, but no inquiry into her allegations has taken place.  It is also alleged that she turned down a deal offering her freedom in exchange for recanting her statements, said OHCHR. Her last hearing, which was scheduled for April this year, was cancelled, and no new date has been set.  UN human rights experts have raised their concerns with the Saudi Government over the crackdown on women rights defenders, on a number of occasions. read more


Meze out tapas in

first_imgAdelaide’s a tough place for a business, I’m not going to lie to you. So to be told that a six-week-old restaurant/wine bar is causing such a buzz in the social restaurant scene – so much so that Greek singer Nikos Vertis chose to eat there before his recent Adelaide show – one has to ask, what are they doing that is causing this stir? They have to be doing something right. And that something right has a lot to do with one of the owners, Danny Koutoulogenis. One of the most gregarious, engaging and entertaining men I have ever met, it’s little wonder this man chose a career in hospitality. A hospitable man by nature, which he credits to his Greek heritage, Koutoulogenis has a knack for making you feel at home wherever in the world you are. I should know, I’ve dined with him in Adelaide, Melbourne and Athens. But for now, the young entrepreneur has teamed up with Pietro Veri and Eddie Saleh to create the North Adelaide restaurant/wine bar, Espana. “Being young in business has its pros and cons,” confesses Koutoulogenis. “The network of friends that I have is a good way to boost business and they are a mix of young and old. Having a fresh face and a fresh attitude in business is also a good thing. And being young creates a dynamic atmosphere for the business.” Establishing a new business is no easy feat, and Koutoulogenis says that while there have been challenges along the way, he is lucky to have a strong support network. “My business partners have been in restaurants before so we have that experience behind us but it still is a challenge to get a new restaurant up and running. Making sure that everything is right and consistent – the food, the service.” Given the rave reviews this place has been receiving in just under two months of existence, it’s safe to say that the food, atmosphere and service is all top notch. “The food is Spanish. It has all the classics for tapas such as pan-fried chorizo, chargrilled prawns in Spanish oil garlic and fresh herbs, chargrilled octopus with paprika – a lot of seafood, scallops, mussels, whitebait. For mains we have your paellas, pork belly with chorizo, chargrilled rib eye steaks.” But Koutoulogenis is quick to point out the similarities between Greek cuisine and Spanish. He tells Neos Kosmos that both nationalities are “about making people feel welcome through the food, just like one big happy family”. “Greek food and Spanish food are very similar both being Mediterranean. Both cuisines use a lot of seafood; the only difference is in the spices we use.” The beauty of Espana is you can chose to have a three course meal in the restaurant and indulge in desserts to finish up – the churros come highly recommended – or you can chew the fat over a glass of Spanish wine and nibble on tapas in the wine bar with your friends. “You get the best of both worlds here, you can have a restaurant meal or just have some tapas in the wine bar. We have couches too, and an outdoor area to emphasise that relaxing, comfortable atmosphere.” The extensive wine list features highly with international and local favourites. South Australia is represented perfectly in this selection with the Clare Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley all present. But in addition to that, you can get yourself a bottle of Tempranillo from Spain, sparkling wine from France and some great wine choices from Portugal and Spain. Alongside the impressive wine list is a selection of cocktails – sangrias, mojitos, margaritas and espresso martinis. And with experienced bar staff and a plethora of spirits to boot, they can whip up whatever tickles your fancy. The decor is rustic – wood, marble, stone dominates here but classic in style, creating a homely and comfortable atmosphere. With tablecloths adorning the restaurant area and dim lighting throughout, it’s hard not to feel relaxed. “The atmosphere is vibrant,” explains Koutoulogenis, “the feedback we are getting is that it’s very relaxing, very comfortable and inviting.” For the future, the restaurant is looking at incorporating some live Spanish acoustic guitar but for now, if they keep on the path they are going on, it’s a definite certainty that Espana is on the way to a successful life. Espana is located at 98 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide. For bookings and function enquiries contact (08) 8239 1345. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Un crâne vieux d18 million dannées bouleverse lhistoire de lespèce humaine

first_imgUn crâne vieux d’1,8 million d’années bouleverse l’histoire de l’espèce humaineEn Géorgie, des chercheurs ont retrouvé un crâne vieux de 1,8 million d’années. Une découverte qui remet en question toute l’histoire de l’évolution humaine car il laisse entendre que les hominidés de l’époque, qu’ils soient en Europe ou en Afrique, appartenaient à une seule et même espèce.Et si les chercheurs s’étaient trompés au sujet de l’évolution de l’espèce humaine ? Aussi étonnant que cela puisse paraitre, c’est bel et bien ce que suggère une nouvelle étude publiée par des chercheurs suisses et géorgiens dans la revue Science. A l’origine de ces travaux : un crâne vieux de 1,8 millions d’années découvert en Géorgie, dans un village appelé Dmanisi. Celui-ci est l’un des plus anciens sites connus pour avoir été peuplés par les ancêtres de l’Homme une fois ceux-ci sortis d’Afrique.Les archéologues ont d’ailleurs déniché à Dmanisi la collection la plus complète d’ossements, crânes et mâchoires, d’Homo erectus. Le nouveau crâne découvert il y a 5 ans maintenant, est le fossile le mieux préservé d’un ancêtre de l’homme connu à ce jour. Baptisé “crâne 5”, il a été trouvé à côté des restes de quatre autres crânes, tous associés au même lieu et à la même époque. Toutefois, le fossile a présenté des caractéristiques tout à fait étonnantes, des caractéristiques similaires à ceux de la même époque retrouvés en Afrique. Or, les scientifiques ne s’attendaient pas à cette ressemblance. En effet, les hommes modernes, ou Homo sapiens, sont actuellement le seul membre en vie de la lignée Homo apparue sur Terre en Afrique il y a quelque 2 millions d’années. Toutefois, avant qu’Homo sapiens ne fasse son apparition, plusieurs autres espèces d’Homo auraient existé tels qu’Homo habilis, Homo rudolfensis, Homo ergaster ou encore Homo erectus. Plusieurs espèces qui n’en font qu’une ? C’est du moins ce qu’estime actuellement la majorité des scientifiques au vu des nombreuses découvertes réalisées jusqu’ici. Mais le “crâne 5” bouleverse complètement cette théorie et suggère qu’il n’y aurait pas eu plusieurs hominidés présents à cette époque en Afrique et en Europe, mais une seule et même espèce globale. En effet, les chercheurs ont constaté que le crâne possédait une face longue, une mâchoire massive et de grosses dents, le tout associé à une petite boite crânienne.D’après l’étude, cette dernière mesurerait environ le tiers de celle retrouvée chez les hommes modernes et ne serait pas plus grosse que celle de la plupart des fossiles primitifs africains. C’est la première fois qu’une telle combinaison de caractéristiques est observée sur un fossile d’Homo. Le niveau de variation d’un fossile à l’autre est normalement utilisé pour définir des espèces séparées. Mais les scientifiques estiment que les différences observées entre le crâne 5 et les quatre autres ne sont pas si importantes. “Les individus de Dmanisi appartiennent tous à une population d’une espèce unique d’Homo. Les cinq individus de Dmanisi sont sensiblement différents, mais pas plus différents que cinq individus modernes ou cinq chimpanzés d’une population donnée”, a expliqué Christoph Zollikofer, de l’institut d’anthropologie de l’université de Zurich.Homo erectus en Europe et en Afrique Au cours de leur étude, les scientifiques ont également enquêté sur le niveau de variation existant chez des fossiles d’Homo trouvés en Afrique. Ils ont constaté un niveau de diversité comparable à celui observé chez les fossiles de Dmanisi. D’après les chercheurs, les fossiles ne traduiraient donc pas l’existence de plusieurs espèces différentes vivant dans des habitats propres mais des variants d’une seule lignée qui aurait émergé en Afrique et qui aurait été capable de se spécialiser dans une variété d’habitats.”Ce que nous pouvons déduire de notre étude à Dmanisi, c’est qu’il y a 1,8 millions d’années, il y avait une autre espèce humaine unique et globale”, à l’instar d’Homo sapiens aujourd’hui, a précisé Zollikofer à LiveScience. Mais alors de quelle espèce s’agissait-il ? “Nous pensons qu’il est sensé d’attribuer tous les spécimens à Homo erectus”, a encore ajouté le chercheur car les fossiles géorgiens présentent de longues jambes et des hanches étroites qui signent un bipédisme.Mais les chercheurs restent modérés : ils ne proposent pas d’attribuer tous les fossiles trouvés à Homo erectus. “Nous parlons seulement de la période datant d’il y a 1,8 à 2 millions d’années”, a souligné Zollikofer. Homo erectus serait donc apparu il y a deux millions d’années en Afrique. Il se serait ensuite propagé en Eurasie, en passant par la Géorgie, la Chine et Java, où les traces les plus anciennes qui ont été retrouvées remontent à 1,2 million d’années.Une découverte qui suscite le débat Sans surprise, cette nouvelle découverte divise les chercheurs. Ian Tattersall, paléoanthropologue interrogé par LiveScience trouve la découverte fantastique mais n’est pas vraiment convaincu. “C’est le spécimen le plus extraordinaire et important” jamais trouvé. Mais “je crois que c’est une erreur d’imposer Homo erectus dans l’intérêt de maintenir une image linéaire de l’évolution humaine. Le spécimen est en réalité très distinct d’un point de vue morphologique, et souligne que l’évolution humaine a impliqué une diversification vigoureuse et une expérimentation du potentiel des hominidés”.  Questionné par BBC News, Fred Spoor de l’University College London estime lui que les méthodes d’analyse utilisées pour étudier les crânes n’étaient pas assez efficaces pour assurer qu’ils appartiennent à la même espèce. “Ils ont réalisé une analyse très générale de la forme du crâne qui décrit la forme de la face et de la boite crânienne avec des termes généraux et abusifs”, a t-il expliqué. De même, Chris Stringer du Natural History Museum in London émet des doutes quant à l’appartenance à l’espèce Homo erectus. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’équipe a fait du bon travail avec “ce nouveau crâne remarquable et sa mâchoire énorme”, image de la variation naturelle de la population de Dmanisi. Mais classer tous les fossiles sous l’espèce Homo erectus est difficile. “Les créatures ont commencé à utiliser des outils et manger de la viande, et ceci a conduit l’évolution. Mais je pense que cela a aussi généré de la diversité. Le groupe de Dmanisi est un exemple des espèces qui ont émergé de cela et continué ensuite en se disséminant à travers tout le vieux monde”. (crédits photo : Georgian National Museum)Le 18 octobre 2013 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


WSUV professor enters race for 3rd Congressional District seat

first_img LONGVIEW — The race for Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District just got a little more crowded.Carolyn Long, a political science professor at Washington State University Vancouver, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Nov. 13 to join three other Democratic candidates vying to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler next fall.This will be her first campaign for public office.“I think there are a lot of good candidates who have chosen to run for the 3rd Congressional District, and I’m excited to join that group,” Long told The Daily News Friday afternoon.Long, 50, said she looks forward to discussing her candidacy in more detail at her official campaign kickoff event later this month.Long said she plans to take partial leave of absence from her 22-year tenure at the university to pursue the race. Long holds a doctorate from Rutgers University in New Jersey and has held a number of administrative and leadership positions at WSU Vancouver. She is currently a professor in WSU Vancouver’s school of politics, philosophy and public affairs.The other candidates for the 3rd District include David McDevitt, Dorothy Gasque and Peter Harrison.McDevitt, a Vancouver businessman, ran for the congressional seat last year and lost to state Rep. Jim Moeller by 14 points in the August Democratic primary. He’s looking to build more name recognition by hosting dozens of town hall events across the district by next summer.Gasque, an Iraq War veteran, was a prominent Bernie Sanders supporter last year and represented Clark County as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention. The Hazel Dell resident filed her paperwork with the FEC on Jan. 10 and announced her candidacy in June. Carolyn Long, candidate for 3rd Congressional District seatlast_img read more

Bakayokos performance frustrates Gattuso

first_imgThe AC Milan boss has didn’t hold back during the press conference after their 3-2 defeat against Napoli in their first Lega Serie A match of the seasonAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso was not happy after his team 3-2 defeat against Napoli.The match was the first of the season for the Rossoneri and saw the team blow a two-goal lead.But the manager didn’t hold back when speaking about recently loaned Tiémoué Bakayoko.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Bakayoko has to learn how to get the ball,” the 40-year-old told his post-match press conference according to Goal.“We must work correctly. It will not be easy.”“One week is not enough to remove the defects of a player. I would have preferred to be managing older, more experienced club players,” he added.Now Milan will debut at home on Friday when the team host Roma at the San Siro Stadium.last_img read more


Bigg Boss Telugu 3 Why did Nagarjuna ignore VarunMahesh fight

first_imgNagarjuna garu aa Friday visuals tappa edi chudaledu anukunta…emi ra balraju #BiggBossTelugu3 Mahesh A @Ursbadmahi_325 Ee week lo main issue aina #Varun nd #Mahesh la godava gurinchi no disco, I thought #Vithika elimination lo undi kabatti footage kosam chinna daanni peddadi chesindi #BiggBossTelugu3 @StarMaa Agnyaatavaasi @agnyaatavaasi Akkineni Nagarjuna on Bigg Boss Telugu 3 on SaturdayScreenshot of hotstar videoA week after Bigg Boss Telugu 3’s launch, host Akkineni Nagarjuna spoke to the contestants on Saturday but some viewers are upset with him for not talking about Varun Sandesh and Mahesh Vitta’s fight.Nagarjuna, who appeared on the show in a casual attire, appreciated some housemates like Srimukhi, Punarnavi and Baba Bhaskar’s performance. He also teased the couple – Varun Sandesh and Vithika Sheru. He reprimanded Ravi Krishna for his racist remark on Mahesh Vitta and Hema for trying to dominate other housemates. He had a lot of fun interacting with everyone.Contestants like Himaja, Punarnavi, Rahul, Jaffar, Vitika and Hema were nominated for elimination from Bigg Boss Telugu 3 this week. Nagarjuna announced that Himaja and Punarnavi are safe from eviction and other four are still in danger zone. He is set to reveal the name of the contestant, who will walk out of the show today.Most of the viewers are in love with the way Nagarjuna addressed the contestants but some of them were not happy with him one obvious reason. The fight between Varun Sandesh and Mahesh Vitta had created a lot of buzz on social media. The audience were eager to see how the host would address this issue. Unfortunately, he did not talk about their fight, which disappointed some of the viewers.These upset viewers took to Twitter to slam Nagarjuna for not talking about their verbal war. Scroll down to see how they responded to the host avoiding the issue.Pawan fan @SandhyaSeela #punarnavi chapati issue not cool. she 1st shouted on #ali @iamnagarjuna is praising her nt good. Wat About #varun #mahesh fight y #Nagarjuna did’t mentioned it #BiggBossTelugu3 @StarMaa if yu have fear of controversy Stop the show. jus Editing without content @EndemolShineIND Just saying.. @mahesh2weets If @iamnagarjuna garu didn’t adress important issues like varun vs mahesh, audience will lose interest in weekends. #BiggBossTelugu3 Ramesh @Rummy2947center_img Chanu @Chanu84134260 HONEST BOSS @telugubiggbosss Pathetic hosting by @iamnagarjuna Garu .. highly Disappointed. Didn’t ask Varun Sandesh about his fight with Mahesh Vitta Started speaking with Ashu reddy and the topic diverted to Shiva jyothi That monkey is irritating, not cute or funny #BiggBossTelugu3 Bad hosting by Nagarjuna! Should have talked about Mahesh & Varun-Vithika fight. Praised Punarnavi for convincing Mahesh but dint say her back talk about him Dint warn Mahesh not to miss any tasks. Also felt giving special advice to Sree. #BiggBossTelugu3 #BiggBoss3Telugu Why nag hasn’t talked to mahesh yesterday. Think they are avoiding him wantedly as he is a very strong contestant. Vithika and varun couple tho antha sepu sodhi avasarama? I think next week kavalani mahesh footage kooda thaggichestharu ee big boss team #biggbosstelugu3 The fact is that any host of biggboss won’t watch every episode of that week. He watches what ever the content director shows to him and speak with contestants as per director directions. #BiggBossTelugu3 Bigg Boss 3 Telugu @BigBossTelugu_3last_img read more

Two hurt in French school shooting

first_imgMap of southern France locating Grasse, where several people were injured in a shooting on Thursday. AFPAt least two people were injured in a shooting at a high school in the southern French town of Grasse on Thursday which saw the head teacher targeted, police and local authorities said.One 17-year-old pupil armed with a rifle, two handguns and two grenades was arrested after the shooting at the Tocqueville high school, a police source told AFP, asking not to be named.There was conflicting information about whether a second suspect was on the run, with police initially telling AFP they were looking for an accomplice. Another police source said the shooter acted alone.According to a statement from the Grasse town hall, “two pupils shot at the principal.”All schools in the town some 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the Riviera resort of Nice have been locked down, education authorities said.France is still in a state of emergency after a series of terror attacks including an IS-claimed massacre in Paris in November 2015 in which 130 people died and a truck attack in Nice in July last year.Authorities in the jittery nation have bolstered security outside schools.More than 3,000 reservists were called up to help keep watch outside the country’s 64,000 primary and secondary schools for the return to the school year in September.The shooting comes less than six weeks ahead of a two-round presidential election on April 23 and May 7.A crisis cell has been put in place, education official Emmanuel Ethis said on Twitter.Ethis urged worried parents not to travel to the school, saying that “pupils are safe”.The French government initiated an attack alert via smartphone in the wake of the shooting.Local officials told AFP that several pupils had fled and sought refuge in a nearby supermarket “which created panic and rumours of an attack”.”The other pupils have been asked to stay in the school and not panic,” local officials said.Security bolsteredInterior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve cut short a trip to the northern Somme area because of the Grasse shooting, as well as a letter bomb blast at the offices of the International Monetary Fund in Paris on Thursday.The education minister was also on her way to the school.France has had bitter experiences of attacks in schools.In 2012, an extremist from Toulouse, Mohamed Merah, shot dead three children and a teacher at a Jewish school in his city before being killed by police.Thursday’s shooting came just hours after the letter bomb explosion at the IMF offices, injuring a secretary who suffered burns to her hands and face.Employees were evacuated from the building near the Arc de Triomphe monument in the heart of the capital “as a precaution”, a police source said.IMF chief Christine Lagarde condemned it as a “cowardly act of violence”.last_img read more

SC asks RO to complete scrutiny of Rabbanis nomination paper within 24

first_imgSupreme Court. Photo: UNBThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the returning officer of Rangpur district to complete the scrutiny of the nomination paper of BNP-nominated candidate Jamaat-E-Islami leader Golam Rabbani within 24 hours after accepting it, reports UNB.The seven-member bench of the SC led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order after disposing off the appeal petition filed by the returning officer.Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali stood for Golam Rabbani while attorney general Mahbubey Alam represented the state.Earlier on Monday, The HC directed the returning officer of Rangpur district to accept nomination paper of Jamaat leader Golam Rabbani for Rangpur-5 constituency.Rabbani’s lawyer Shishir Monir said when his client went to the returning officer to submit his nomination paper on 28 November, the returning officer wasted time without any reason and finally did not accept his nomination paper.However, now the court directed the EC to accept nomination paper as soon as possible, he added.Golam Rabbani also submitted a written application to the Chief Election Commissioner on Saturday.Following the HC order, the district returning officer filed an appeal petition with the SC.last_img read more

British government to reintroduce Brexit bill

first_imgBritain`s Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: AFPBritish prime minister Theresa May’s government will publish draft legislation in the first week of June that would allow Brexit to proceed if approved by parliament, a Downing Street spokesman announced on Tuesday.The statement came after talks between May and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on a possible compromise that would end a deadlock on Brexit in parliament.May met with Corbyn “to make clear our determination to bring the talks to a conclusion and deliver on the referendum result to leave the EU.”We will therefore be bringing forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning June 3,” the spokesman said, referring to a draft law based on the divorce deal agreed with EU leaders.May was seeking a “stable majority in parliament that will ensure the safe passage of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and the UK’s swift exit from the EU,” the spokesman said.For the past six weeks, ministers and their Labour counterparts have been discussing how parliament might accept the agreement May struck with the European Union last year.Progress has been painfully slow, and there are growing calls in May’s Conservative party to abandon the process.But her ministers discussed at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday “the compromises which the government was prepared to consider” and agreed to keep talking, May’s spokesman said.They also said it was “imperative” that any exit plan be approved by parliament before MPs go on their summer holiday, which normally begins at the end of July.”What she (May) is working to do is to get a deal passed as soon as possible,” the spokesman said.MPs have already rejected May’s Brexit deal three times.She turned to Labour last month in the hope of finding a way through, but the party is insisting on a close trading relationship with the EU that many Conservative MPs reject.A Labour party spokesperson said Corbyn had raised “concerns about the prime minister’s ability to deliver on any compromise agreement”.”He raised doubts over the credibility of government commitments,” the spokesperson said, following statements by Conservative MPs seeking to replace May.After twice delaying Brexit, Britain is reluctantly taking part in European Parliament elections on 23 May, almost three years after the referendum vote to leave the bloc.The government had hoped to get the London parliament’s agreement for the divorce deal in the coming weeks so British MEPs would never have to take their seats.But the goal outlined on Tuesday, of getting the bill to ratify the treaty passed by the end of July, suggests they will have to.”The factual position is if MEPs are elected and (the British) parliament has not approved a withdrawal agreement bill which has achieved royal assent by 30 June, they will take their seats,” May’s spokesman said.last_img

Mexican officials free 165 kidnapped Central American migrants

first_imgNo related posts. MEXICO CITY – The Mexican Army has freed 165 migrants, mostly from Central America, who said they were kidnapped and held for several weeks by a criminal gang in northeastern Mexico, authorities said Thursday.The freed migrants, including 20 minors and two pregnant women, were seized in Tamaulipas state as they were trying to cross into the United States, a government statement said.They were captured in the same state where 72 migrants were found massacred at a ranch apparently owned by the Los Zetas drug cartel in 2010.Acting on an anonymous tip, soldiers found the group being held at gunpoint in “precarious, unhealthy and overcrowded conditions” on a property in the town of Gustavo Díaz Ordaz on the U.S.-Mexican border.The migrants were said to have languished at the site for two to three weeks.A man guarding the migrants was arrested during the raid and others were being sought, Eduardo Sánchez, an Interior Ministry official, said in the statement.“They were held against their will while the criminal group contacted their relatives by telephone demanding ransom be paid to the captors,” Sánchez said.“Everything seems to indicate that the migrants were taken by smugglers commonly known as coyotes, and these offenders handed them over to criminal groups,” he said.Among those freed were 77 Salvadorans, 50 Guatemalans, 23 Hondurans and an Indian national, Sánchez said. Another 14 were Mexicans.Following the nationwide military crackdown on organized crime undertaken in December 2006, drug cartels have diversified their income sources by committing kidnapping, extortion, robbery and other crimes.Around 140,000 Central Americans illegally enter Mexico’s southern frontier each year in the hope of eventually reaching the United States, according to government figures.The Mesoamerican Migrant Movement says some 70,000 Central Americans disappeared in Mexico from 2006-2012, a period that coincides with the intensification of the drug war by former president Felipe Calderón.Calderón ordered a military crackdown on powerful drug cartels in 2006, which was followed by a massive spike in violence that claimed tens of thousands of lives.The National Human Rights Commission estimated in 2011 that about 20,000 migrants are kidnapped every year in Mexico, where they are held for ransoms of more than $2,000 paid by family members in the U.S.Every day, desperate migrants who enter Mexico by land from the Guatemala border jump on the freight train known as “The Beast” as it travels from southern Mexico to Mexico City.During their journey, they are often targets of assaults, sometimes at the point of machetes, as well as extortion and murder, civil society groups say. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


Dublin tourists lead icy St Patricks Day parade

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement It hasn’t all gone smoothly. The government deputy leader, Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore, caused diplomatic waves in Atlanta, Georgia, by snubbing the second-biggest American parade in nearby Savannah _ because, Gilmore said, he didn’t want to attend a dinner hosted by an Irish-American group that bans women from attending.Most of Irish-America marked the holiday a day early, reflecting the view that such a notoriously boozy holiday shouldn’t happen on a Sunday. But the Irish diaspora in most of the rest of the world stuck to marking St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 as usual.Many of Sunday’s revelers suggested they were in Dublin specifically to soak up the pub atmosphere.“We came all the way from Kansas City to drink some Guinness!’ declared one banner on the parade route displayed by John Mullen, a 46-year-old lawyer, and his 17-year-old son Jack.The senior Mullen, whose roots lie in the western county of Mayo, said he and his boy actually were golfing their way through Ireland, not drinking. He said the key to enjoying Ireland was to soak up the locals’ exceptionally good conversation regardless of the foul weather.“Yesterday we got rained on, sleeted on, snowed on as we golfed. There was even some sun here and there. It was four seasons in one round,” Mullen said. “People back home say I’ve got the gift of the gab, but I’ve got no game here. The conversations here are magnificent. But you sometimes wonder how you’re ever going to get out of them!” Top Stories In the world’s first major St. Patrick’s party Sunday, about 30,000 spectators soaked up the sun as Sydney’s Irish-Australians paraded through the city. Australia always marks St. Patrick’s Day on a Sunday. After the event, partiers rallying at the city’s Hyde Park saw 45 Irish men and women receive Australian citizenship. That’s increasingly common as tens of thousands of Irish job-seekers have made Australia a favored new home while Ireland’s own economy remains in the doldrums.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Unusually, 8,000 tourists in town for the festivities led this year’s procession in a “people’s parade.” Many donned leprechaun costumes or deployed banners and flags of their home nations or U.S. states, with the Texans making the biggest impression as they sported “Happy St. Paddy’s Day, Y’All!” T-shirts.One marcher, a 22-year-old engineer from Calgary, Canada, defiantly showed it wasn’t so nippy at all _ by doing the hour-long walk shirtless, with only a painted-on shamrock covering his chest.“It’s not cold!” Oliver Feniak declared as he, like many in the leisurely paced 2 1/2-hour parade, stopped to shake hands with onlookers standing five-deep on O’Connell Bridge spanning the River Liffey.Sunday’s decision to put tourists in the vanguard was connected to a year-long tourism promotion called The Gathering that is organizing hundreds of clan reunions nationwide in hopes of boosting the economy. That’s sorely needed in an Ireland struggling with 14 percent unemployment, heavy emigration and a household-debt crisis following the 2008 collapse of its Celtic Tiger boom.St. Patrick’s Day always marks the start of Ireland’s full-court press for tourists. Since 1997 Dublin has expanded the holiday into a multi-day festival featuring special children’s playgrounds, street amusement parks, concerts and walking tours. Irish President Michael D. Higgins is hosting a nationally televised TV show Monday night featuring many of Ireland’s top artists and musicians, including Bono and Nobel-winning poet Seamus Heaney. Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix DUBLIN (AP) – Never mind the fickle Irish weather. A chilly, damp Dublin celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with artistic flair anyway Sunday as the focal point for a weekend of Irish celebrations worldwide.More than 250,000 revelers braved the occasionally snowy, sleety skies to line the streets for the traditional holiday parade, a 3-kilometer (2-mile) jaunt through the city’s heart involving performers from 46 countries. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain “We cherish the creativity, community spirit and rich culture for which we, as a nation, are renowned,” Higgins said in a speech after the parade. “I have said on many occasions that while the experience of the so-called Celtic Tiger failed to live up to the best versions of Irishness, we have not been failed by our artists. In fact, our artists are a huge moral resource and great reputational asset for Ireland.”St. Patrick’s Day is being marked in skylines across the world as part of a global campaign to floodlight landmarks green at night. This year the pyramids of Giza, the leaning tower of Pisa, Niagara Falls, and the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio are among dozens of iconic spots going green for the occasion.While tens or thousands of foreigners have made a beeline for Dublin, practically the entire Irish government has gone the other direction, sending 19 ministers to 21 countries to capitalize on a marketing opportunity unique among nations.Prime Minister Enda Kenny marched in Saturday’s biggest U.S. parade in New York and is scheduled to meet President Obama at the White House on Tuesday, when the U.S. political establishment marks the Irish holiday.last_img read more

Report Indicates Percentage of Underwater Homes in Decline as Equity Positions Continue

first_imgReport Indicates Percentage of Underwater Homes in Decline, as Equity Positions Continue to Rise June 16, 2015 466 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Approximately 254,000 properties regained equity in the first quarter of 2015, bringing the total of residential mortgaged properties with equity nationwide up to 44.9 million – approximately 90 percent of all mortgages, according to data released by CoreLogic on Tuesday.While more than a quarter of a million homes regained equity during Q1, the percentage of residential properties with negative equity – commonly referred to as being “underwater” or “upside down,” meaning the borrower owes more on the mortgage than the home is worth – declined year-over-year by about 19.4 percent from 6.3 million homes in Q1 2014 down to 5.1 million homes in Q1 2015. The 5.1 million homes with negative equity in Q1 represent about 10.2 percent of all residential mortgages nationwide.”Many homeowners are emerging from the negative equity trap, which bodes well for a continued recovery in the housing market,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “With the economy improving and homeowners building equity, albeit slowly, the potential exists for an increase in housing stock available for sale, which would ease the current imbalance in supply and demand. There are still about 5 million homeowners who are underwater and we estimate that a further 5 percent appreciation in home values across the U.S. would reduce the number of owners with negative equity by about one million.”The national aggregate value of homes in negative equity for Q1 was $337.4 billion, which was a year-over-year decline of 13 percent from the $388 billion reported for Q1 2014, according to CoreLogic.About 9.7 million residential properties out of the 50 million homes nationwide with a mortgage (19.4 percent) have less than 20 percent equity, which is commonly referred to as being “under-equitied.” About 2.7 percent of homes (1.3 million) have less than 5 percent equity, which is commonly referred to as having “near-negative equity.” Borrowers with near-negative equity are at risk of moving into negative equity if home prices drop, according to CoreLogic. Under-equitied borrowers may have a difficult time refinancing their homes or obtaining financing for another home purchase due to underwriting constraints, CoreLogic said.”The CoreLogic Home Price Index for the U.S. was up 2.5 percent during the first quarter of 2015, which has improved the equity position of homeowners,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “About 90 percent of homeowners now have housing equity and, as a result, have experienced an increase in wealth, which can spur additional consumption and investment expenditures. The remaining 10 percent of owners with negative equity will find their home value rising while they continue to pay down principal on their amortizing mortgage loan.”Among states in Q1, Nevada had the highest percentage of residential properties with a mortgage with negative equity with 23.1 percent. The top five states in that category – Nevada, Florida, Illinois, Arizona, and Rhode Island – accounted for about 31.4 percent of all the negative equity in the country, according to CoreLogic. The state with the highest percentage of residential mortgages in positive equity in Q1 was Texas at 97.7 percent.Most of the positive equity is concentrated at the high end of the housing market, according to CoreLogic. About 94 percent of homes valued at more than $200,000 have equity as of Q1, compared to 85 percent for homes valued at less than $200,o00.Among core-based statistical areas (CBSAs) in Q1, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida, had the highest percentage of residential properties with a mortgage in negative equity at 23.1 percent; the CBSA with the highest percentage of residential properties in positive equity was Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas, at 97.9 percent.First liens without home equity loans accounted for more than half of the national total of $337 billion in negative equity for Q1 ($181 billion, or 53 percent). First liens with home equity loans accounted for about $157 billion (about 47 percent) of the negative equity total. According to CoreLogic, about 3.1 million underwater borrowers have first liens without home equity loans; those 3.1 million borrowers have an average mortgage balance of $229,000 and are an average of $58,000 underwater. Also according to CoreLogic, about 2 million underwater borrowers have both first and second liens; those 2 million borrows have an average mortgage balance of $295,000 and are underwater by an average of $78,000.center_img CoreLogic Equity Properties underwater homes 2015-06-16 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more


Go back to the enewsletter Etihad Airways and the

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterEtihad Airways and the Sydney Opera House announced on 31 March the extension of their Major Partnership for a further five years.The extension will take Etihad Airways well into the Opera House’s Decade of Renewal – launched in its 40th Anniversary year in 2013 to ensure the World Heritage-listed ‘masterpiece of human creativity’ continues to inspire new generations of audiences and visitors.The announcement comes at an exciting time for Etihad Airways and Australia’s number-one tourist destination.In addition to being named Air Transport World’s Airline of the Year 2016, Etihad Airways was last year voted World’s Leading Airline for the seventh consecutive year. The Abu Dhabi-based airline is also rapidly increasing its global footprint through groundbreaking innovations in product and service, major investments in destination marketing, and brand campaigns.Meanwhile, Opera House Renewal is well underway, from a suite of building projects that will touch all four corners of Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece to a renewed focus on integrating the experience audiences and visitors enjoy at the Opera House – transformative arts and culture, the greatest contemporary and classical music, inspirational speakers, creative shows for children and families, insightful tours and incredible Australian cuisine.Under the terms of the new deal, Etihad Airways will continue as the Sydney Opera House’s Major Partner and Opening Nights Presenting Partner. The airline will support Opera House programming by flying guest artists and performing arts companies to Sydney from across its extensive network of 116 international destinations. It will also leverage its investment in Australian tourism – through its partnership with Tourism Australia – to bring more visitors to Sydney and to the Sydney Opera House.NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said: “The Sydney Opera House is a world-renowned performance venue and continuing a partnership with the award-winning global airline Etihad Airways makes perfect sense.“I would like to congratulate both the Sydney Opera House and Etihad Airways on this agreement that will deliver countless benefits to both organisations.“The Sydney Opera House has attracted commercial sponsorship in a way that has brought serious innovation and investment in Australia’s most recognised building while maintaining its heritage and integrity.”Etihad Airways General Manager Australia and New Zealand Sarah Built said extending the partnership with Sydney Opera House for another five years underscored the airline’s commitment to Australian tourism and to the arts and culture worldwide.“The partnership with the Sydney Opera House, one of the world’s architectural wonders, is especially significant for Etihad Airways.“Together with the five-year, $30 million deal we signed with Tourism Australia last year, it multiplies our efforts to promote travel to Australia and to elevate Sydney’s profile as one of the world’s great tourist and cultural destinations in key markets.“It also increases our investment in Australia’s cultural sector enabling us to support the programming of arts and entertainment experiences that enrich the lives of local citizens as well as visitors to the city.“The partnership is a natural fit because both organisations share many of the same values, including a shared passion for excellence and inspirational guest experiences.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more