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Hobbit fueled tourism up 20 in New Zealand

first_img Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Tags: New Zealand WELLINGTON — In New Zealand there are twice as many cows as people, but it’s the hobbits that are really making hay.According to figures released Wednesday, tourism has overtaken dairy as the nation’s top earner of overseas dollars. And tourism officials say the success of the fantasy movie trilogy “The Hobbit” has helped.The dairy industry is struggling to recover from a slump in prices, while a record 3.4 million visitors arrived in New Zealand in the year ending September. The Pacific nation is particularly popular among tourists from Australia, China and the U.S.Spending by international tourists was up by 20 per cent in the year ending March when compared with the previous year, according to Statistics New Zealand. That follows a 17 per cent rise the year before.Kevin Bowler, the chief executive of Tourism New Zealand, said people were drawn to New Zealand by its spectacular landscapes and its outdoor lifestyle. The “Hobbit” movies showcased some of that scenery and were heavily marketed overseas.“The result was a heck of a lot of interest in New Zealand,” he said.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyOne survey showed 16 per cent of tourists cited the movies as influential in their initial interest in New Zealand.Directed by Peter Jackson, “The Hobbit” trilogy built on the success of his earlier, critically acclaimed trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings.” The six movies earned a total of nearly $6 billion at the box office.Bowler said planned increases in flights from the U.S. and growing economies in Asia boded well for the future. The challenge, he said, would be providing enough accommodation and ensuring tourists can savour their individual experiences.The industry got another boost this week when “Lonely Planet” named the relatively unknown Taranaki region as a place to visit in 2017. The travel guide noted an offbeat gallery there dedicated to the late artist Len Lye.John Matthews, who chairs the Len Lye Foundation, said he was “surprised and delighted” with the inclusion.But while tourism is booming, income from dairy products has fallen by 22 per cent over the past two years, Statistics New Zealand says.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Dairy farmer Jessie Chan-Dorman, who runs 950 cows on her farm near Christchurch, said most dairy farmers have been losing money in recent years as prices for milk powder have hit record lows.That’s due to softening demand in China for premium infant formula coupled with a glut in the worldwide supply.Prices have begun rising again but Chan-Dorman said she remains cautious about whether that will last. It will take several years for most farmers to recover their losses, but she said she hopes many built more resilient businesses as a result.Some farmers are cashing in on the tourism boom by offering home stays or hunting trips.New Zealanders have long been outnumbered by their farm animals. With a population of 4.7 million people, the nation is also home to 29 million sheep and 10 million cows. And zero hobbits, of course, unless you count those on the big screen. Posted by The Canadian Press center_img Share Hobbit fueled tourism up 20% in New Zealand << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Hot weather in Greek capital shuts down Acropolis

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Associated Press Thursday, July 4, 2019 ATHENS — Greece’s most famous archaeological site, the Acropolis in Athens, has shut down to visitors for four hours because of hot weather in the capital.The antiquities authority said the Acropolis would remain closed to visitors from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday if temperatures in Athens rose above 36 C (96.8 F), with a real feel of about 40 C (104 F). Hot weather was also forecast for Friday, and authorities said the Acropolis would also shut for four hours that day if those temperatures were reached.The hilltop UNESCO World Heritage site, which includes the 2,500-year-old Parthenon, is Greece’s most popular tourist attraction, with 3.15 million visitors last year. Tags: Greece, UNESCO Hot weather in Greek capital shuts down Acropolislast_img read more

NonConventional Financing Becoming More Popular

first_img FHA-Insured mortgages Non-Conventional Financing VA-insured mortgages 2016-08-29 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News August 29, 2016 494 Views Non-Conventional Financing Becoming More Popularcenter_img Non-conventional forms of financing have been gaining traction in the single-family housing market, accounting for more than a third of the market in 2015, according to the most recent Census Bureau Survey of Construction data.In all, 34.5 percent of new single-family homes were purchased with non-conventional financing in 2015, up by half a percentage point from 2015 (34 percent), according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).Non-conventional financing, which includes cash purchases, loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), loans insured by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Rural Housing Service, Habitat for Humanity, loans from individuals, state or local government mortgage-backed bonds were most popular in the West South Central region of the U.S. (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana) and in the South Atlantic region (Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware), where they accounted for 40 percent of single-family home purchases in 2015. New England was right behind with 39 percent.The East South Central region (Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky) was the least dependent region on non-conventional financing n the single-family housing market in 2015, with only 16 percent of the market—less than half the national average for the year.According to the NAHB, while the West South Central and New England regions posted similar high shares of single-family homes purchased with non-conventional financing in 2015, the breakdowns in the types of non-conventional financing they used were different. In the South Atlantic and West South Central, VA and FHA-backed loans accounted for 26 percent and 21 percent of the market, respectively, while in New England, only 3 percent of the market was comprised of FHA-insured loans; the most popular form of non-conventional financing in New England in 2015 was cash, with more than a third of homes started in 2015.Overall in 2015, the share of FHA-insured mortgages for homes started increased from 2014, according to NAHB. The Pacific and South Atlantic divisions has the highest share of FHA-insured mortgages for new single-family homes in 2015 with 19 percent and 18 percent, respectively.“This was largely due to a reduction in FHA mortgage insurance premiums implemented at the start of 2015.,” wrote Natalia Siniavskaia, Ph.D., NAHB Assistant Vice President for Housing Policy Research. “As a result, FHA-backed loans regained their status as the most prevalent form of non-conventional financing of new home purchases—the status they temporarily lost to cash purchases a year earlier following the implemented decline in the 2014 FHA loan limits.”The share of new single-family homes financed through VA-backed loans remained relatively stable from 2014 to 2015 at 6 percent, while the cash share declined from 13 percent in 2014 down to 10 percent in 2015. The 13 percent share in 2013 marked the first time since 2007 that cash purchases were the most popular form of non-conventional financing for new single-family home purchases. Sharelast_img read more

Legislation helps keep drugged drivers off the streets protect Michigan residents

first_img03Mar Legislation helps keep drugged drivers off the streets, protect Michigan residents State Rep. Dan Lauwers, center, today talks about his legislation to help protect Michigan motorists by helping keep repeat drugged drivers of the road.  St. Clair County Prosecuting Attorney Michael D. Wendling, at left, and St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon joined Lauwers today at a news conference in Port Huron Township.As drugged driving offenses skyrocket throughout the nation, state Rep. Dan Lauwers today unveiled legislation to help keep these dangerous motorists off Michigan streets by ensuring immediate jail time for repeat offenders and improved communication between law enforcement agencies.Lauwers unveiled the legislation at a news conference in Port Huron Township with St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon and Prosecuting Attorney Michael D. Wendling.  The three-bill package helps ensure that repeat drugged drivers are taken off the streets by placing a conditional bond on drivers who are arrested for operating under the influence of drugs, allowing law enforcement to enter a pending chemical analysis and conditional bond into the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN), and requiring all motorists who fail a roadside chemical sobriety test to be given a 625 permit license similar to a drunken driving offense.“The growing incidents of drugged driving represents a clear and present danger to all Michigan residents, and immediate reforms are needed to help curb this ongoing threat,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township.  “Unlike drunken drivers, drugged drivers are currently able to avoid real punishment and stay behind the wheel longer, with often tragic results.”On July 20, 2013, Russell Ward and Koby Raymo, both of Avoca, were killed in a head-on collision in St. Clair County when a pickup driven by Lisa Bergman crossed the center line.  Bergman’s blood later tested positive for controlled substances.  She had been pulled over six times since 2008 for operating under the influence of drugs, and at the time of the accident she had two pending cases.“This terrible tragedy exposed the many gaps in current law as well as some practices that needed immediate attention,” Lauwers said.  “The significant backlog with the Michigan State Police Crime Lab has improved but we still need to fix the glaring gaps in state law that contributed to this horrific crash.  Our hope now is to spare other Michigan families from the senseless tragedy of losing a loved one due to repeat drugged drivers.”The Michigan crime lab received $600,000 from the State Police in February to send out 2,500 backlogged cases to a third party.Michigan had the 12th highest rate of drugged drivers in the country from 2006-2009, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  Fatal crashes involving marijuana use tripled nationally during the previous decade, according to Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.  Marijuana use alone contributed to 12 percent of 2010 crashes, representing a 300-percent increase compared to 1999.“Drugged driving has quickly become a major public safety issue, and at the very least needs to be treated with the same seriousness as drunken driving,” Lauwers said.  “This legislation is a genuine step toward better protecting the people of Michigan.”The bills will be formally introduced in the House on Tuesday. Categories: Lauwers News,Lauwers Photoslast_img read more

Rep Lightner invites residents to road funding town hall

first_img Categories: Lightner News 20May Rep. Lightner invites residents to road funding town hall State Rep. Sarah Lightner will host a town hall meeting with special guest Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Jack O’Malley of Lake Ann on Wednesday, June 12 to discuss road funding in Michigan.“When we talk about road funding, it is clear we need innovative ideas,” Rep. Lightner said. “I am committed to ensuring the people of Jackson, Eaton, and Lenawee counties are not left behind when it comes to fixing our roads. This event is a great opportunity to hear your thoughts and have a conversation about what has been done and still needs to happen. I hope to see you there and hear your questions and ideas.”Rep. O’Malley chairs the House Transportation Committee and is working with fellow House members on innovative approaches to road funding and repairs. To that end, he is traveling across the state to discuss the issue with local residents.The event will be held at the Blackman Township Hall, 1990 W. Parnall Road in Blackman Township. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for registration and an opportunity to talk with Rep. Lightner and guest speakers. The program will run from 6 to 7 p.m. with time for questions from those in attendance. There is no cost to attend.To register or for more information, please visit or contact Rep. Lightner’s office by calling (517) 373-1775 or emailing read more

Governors Declaration of State of Emergency in Flint Too Little Too Late

first_imgShare15TweetShareEmail15 Shares  Susan Montgomery / Shutterstock.comJanuary 9, 2016; Detroit Free PressThe story of Flint, Michigan’s troubled water supply and the health hazards faced by its residents is now being described as a human rights violation. As readers will recall, this is the second time that access to safe water as a human rights issue has emerged in Michigan over the past two years. In June 2014, Rick Cohen wrote that the UN criticized the mass turn-off of water accounts in Detroit. But in that case, residents were turned off for nonpayment; in Flint, residents were inadvertently paying to poison their own children. Ruth McCambridge described the Flint situation for NPQ last month:Since the city began using the Flint River as its water source in 2014 to save money against a more expensive option while a larger more permanent transition was made, the proportion of lead in the bloodstreams of local children has almost doubled. This presents both an immediate and long-term generational public health crisis of as yet unknowable proportions. High lead levels, of course, can affect the intellectual and behavioral development of infants and children and can cause anemia, hypertension, renal impairment, immunotoxicity, and toxicity to the reproductive organs. These effects are often irreversible.To solve the problem, Flint’s water supply was reconnected to water drawn from Lake Huron. But the threat of lead poisoning will remain until significant and expensive repairs can be made to Flint’s infrastructure to eliminate the damage done during the months the city relied on corrosive water drawn from the Flint River. The Detroit Free Press described this continuing challenge.Michigan’s chief medical executive, Dr. Eden Wells, said Thursday that Flint residents should either use a lead filter on their drinking water taps, or drink bottled water, until further notice. The Flint water is safe to drink if a properly installed and a properly maintained lead filter is used, Wells said. She also called on parents to have children younger than 6 blood-tested immediately for signs of lead poisoning.On Thursday, Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder, tried to quiet the growing political fallout. CNN described the governor’s attempt to move beyond the controversy.“This is about solving problems, improving the water situation in Flint, and actually trying to improve all of Flint for the longer term,” Snyder said at a news conference following a meeting with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. The governor said he wants tangible measures, such as additional testing and filters for the Flint community, but also long-term solutions to provide health care for those who were affected by the lead in the water. He apologized for the crisis, calling it an “unfortunate situation.”According to NBC News, Snyder refused to say just when he knew that the Flint water crisis was being mishandled, saying only, “We’re going to do this in a comprehensive fashion, not a piecemeal fashion.” Critics of the governor think the answer is already known. In November, the ACLU and the Environmental Defense Fund notified city and state officials of their intent to sue those they believe responsible for the crisis:Since April 2014, the City of Flint and Michigan state officials have failed to monitor and control for lead in Flint’s drinking water and maintain a program to assist Michigan schools with lead testing and remediation, in violation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. If City of Flint and Michigan state officials—including Governor Rick Snyder and Dan Wyant, Director of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality—do not remedy violations under the Safe Drinking Water Act within sixty days, the groups intend to file a lawsuit in federal court.Flint resident and documentarian Michael Moore was even clearer in an open letter to the governor.Your staff and others knew that the water in the Flint River was poison—but you decided that taking over the city and “cutting costs” to “balance the budget” was more important than the people’s health.…So you cut off the clean, fresh glacial lake water of Lake Huron that the citizens of Flint (including myself) had been drinking for decades and, instead, made them drink water from the industrial cesspool we call the Flint River…which only ended up stripping the lead off of Flint’s aging water pipes, placing that lead in the water and sending it straight into people’s taps. Your callous—and reckless—decision to do this has now, as revealed by the city’s top medical facility, caused “irreversible brain damage” in Flint’s children, not to mention other bodily damage to all of Flint’s adults.Like so many issues of public accountability, where the buck stops for the poisoning of Flint residents will not be known any time soon. We do know that unless he chooses to run for a different office, Governor Snyder will not face any repercussions at the ballot box: Michigan’s term limit laws prevent him for running for reelection in 2018. Any criminal or civil penalties await the state panel’s final report, but it has no deadline for completion. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice has begun an investigation of its own.So, is this another case where elected officials make bad decisions with serious lifelong consequences to local residents, “apologize,” and walk away unscathed? Months or years from now, we may finally know.—Martin LevineShare15TweetShareEmail15 Shareslast_img read more

Russian service provider Rostelecom has named Anto

first_imgRussian service provider Rostelecom has named Anton Kolpakev as vice-president and director of its Urals macro-region. Kolpakev replaces Rustem Safayev, who has been appointed CEO of Bashinformsvyaz, the largest telecom operator in the Republic of Bashkortostan.Kolpakev previously served as CEO of Rostelecom between 2009-10.last_img

UK pay TV operator Virgin Media has added 15 new l

first_imgUK pay TV operator Virgin Media has added 15 new live channels to its mobile TV service, Virgin TV Anywhere – including news networks Al Jazeera and France 24 and gaming channel Ginx.The other new channel additions – which cover news, entertainment, music and gaming – are ARY News, B4U Music, E!, The Africa Channel, Lahme, Forces TV, NDTV 24*7, NHK World HD, TV5 and Zing.The Al Jazeera channel will be available in English and Arabic, while France 24’s English and French language channels will both be on offer.“The new channels we’ve added will enable customers to keep up with the news from around the world, ramp up the suspense with an exciting drama or listen to the latest music on the go,” said Scott Kewley, Virgin Media’s director of digital entertainment.“Their arrival means we’ve more than doubled the amount of channels available on the go to our TV customers since the service launched two years ago, further extending our lead as the provider of the most comprehensive entertainment-anywhere service in the UK.”The new additions bring the number of channels available on Virgin’s mobile TV service to 107.Virgin Media has added 45 live channels online and 65 to the app since Virgin TV Anywhere launched in November 2012, with two more “major entertainment channels” due to arrive next month.last_img read more

Ripper Street Having stepped in to cofund a new s

first_imgRipper StreetHaving stepped in to co-fund a new series of period drama Ripper Street, Amazon will launch it on its streaming service in the UK ahead of its launch on broadcast and cable channels.Amazon will debut season three of the drama series on November 14 on its Prime Instant Video service. It will launch with a double bill and regular one-hour installments will follow on a weekly basis thereafter.The full series run will culminate on December 26 on Amazon. UK terrestrial channel BBC One and BBC Worldwide-owned cable channel BBC America will then show the series in 2015.Amazon said it will also have an exclusive ‘Amazon cut’ of Ripper Street, with scenes that will not be shown on the BBC.One of the stars of the show, Jerome Flynn, said: “It is brilliant to be coming back to a new series of Ripper Street, this time with the added vigour provided by the creative freedom afforded by Amazon Prime Instant’s Cut.”Amazon said in February that it was teaming with the BBC to make the third series of Ripper Street after the BBC had earlierannounced its cancellation.The series is produced by Endemol’s Tiger Aspect and Lookout Point, the producer in which BBC Worldwide recently acquired a stake. BBC Worldwide distributes the series.last_img read more

Skys mobile TV service Sky Go is due to undergo

first_imgSky’s mobile TV service, Sky Go, is due to undergo what the company described as its “biggest ever redesign” in the UK and Ireland.From this week Sky will start to roll out the new design, which will include a new homepage for the Sky Go mobile app and web service.Later in the year Sky said it will also add new features to make the app more intuitive – highlighting more shows, sports and similar movies and making it simpler to binge on box sets with a ‘watch next episode’ feature.“This is just the start of a really exciting year for Sky Go – an app that’s led the way in watching on the go and loved by millions of people around the UK,” said Sky director of product development, Michele Swaine,“Both the redesign rolling out today and brilliant new features coming later this year are all part of our commitment to making finding the best TV brilliantly simple.”The new home page rolls out from today for Android users, with an iOS update to follow in February. The new homepage and navigation tools for the Sky Go website launch today.last_img read more

YouTube has expanded the reach of its dedicated Yo

first_imgYouTube has expanded the reach of its dedicated YouTube Gaming video offering, rolling out the service’s iOS and Android apps to Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.YouTube also announced a number of new design features for the service, which it said would make it easier for users to find and watch videos and live streams.These include a simplified homepage with no sidebars, new pages for users to manage their games and channels and a new dedicated ‘live’ tab on the homescreen.YouTube first launched YouTube Gaming in the UK and US last August, going head-to-head with Amazon-owned video platform and community for videogame enthusiasts, Twitch.YouTube added mobile capture for YouTube Gaming in October, allowing users to record and live-stream mobile gameplay direct from Android devices.last_img read more

Holger Staude Online video platform specialist Kal

first_imgHolger StaudeOnline video platform specialist Kaltura has secured US$50 million (€45 million) in pre-IPO funding from Goldman Sachs’ Private Capital Investing group.Kaltura said it would use the capital to extend its footprint globally. Holger Staude, vice-president in Goldman Sachs’ Private Capital Investing group, will join Kaltura’s board of directors.Kaltura provides a range of video products for monetization for media companies, enterprise video and education as well as its API-based video platform.“Video is booming.  It is the favorite data type for communication, collaboration, teaching & learning, marketing, and entertainment.  Kaltura is in a unique position to capitalize on this huge market opportunity since it provides the broadest set of video products and capabilities to customers across all industries. We are excited to be working with Goldman Sachs as we continue our journey to videofy companies and organizations all around the world,” said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura Chairman and CEO.“Kaltura has developed market-leading technology with a flexible architecture that stands out to us as a strong and sustainable advantage,” said Hillel Moerman, Co-Head of Goldman Sachs’ Private Capital Investing group. “Kaltura has an impressive roster of marquee customers across a large and diversified set of markets and an experienced management team that has demonstrated excellence, agility, and leadership.”last_img read more

The BBCs research and development arm claims to h

first_imgThe BBC’s research and development arm claims to have solved latency issues when streaming content live over the web, compared to watching it on broadcast TV.After complaints that iPlayer viewers experienced delays of up to 30 seconds while watching World Cup football matches online this summer, the BBC says it has come up with a way to eliminate the lag between web streams and broadcast feeds.At IBC in Amsterdam this week BBC R&D will showcase low latency techniques that can solve the issue – though the BBC cautions this is just a prototype and is “unlikely to change live streaming delays any time soon”.“Obviously, viewers were frustrated this summer hearing goals go in before they saw them, or finding out about a red card decisions on social media first,” said Chris Poole, lead research engineer for BBC R&D.“That’s why we’re so excited by the results of our experiments, and we’re hoping that the demonstration we’ll be showing at IBC will help accelerate the work taking place across the industry to eliminate long delays from internet streams.”Latency issues occur because of the way video is distributed over the internet, explains BBC R&D. Portions of video and audio data are typically delivered in separate files, known as media segments, that must be generated and processed before they can be passed on to the next step in the chain.The techniques BBC R&D has been experimenting with include either reducing the duration of each segment or creating the segments progressively in sections that that can be passed through the chain immediately as they become available.“What we’re showing at IBC is a prototype,” said Poole. “To roll it out properly will take time, and it needs coordination with the whole industry, so viewers shouldn’t expect the lag to disappear imminently. But perhaps by the time they’re watching the next World Cup, viewers will be cheering at the same time, regardless of how they’re watching the match.”At IBC this year BBC R&D will also demonstrate its latest work in personalising TV broadcasts by mixing internet-delivered and broadcast video, and present a study comparing video compression performance of different coding standards.Earlier this year, the BBC’s chief technology and product officer, Matthew Postgate, predicted that “the days when all media will be distributed over the internet are not too far away,” and said that the question is “not when, but how we [the BBC] will make the transition to being an internet broadcaster”.last_img read more

IPTV overtook DTH as the secondlargest multichann

first_imgIPTV overtook DTH as the second-largest multichannel platform in the world by subscribers after cable TV last year, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence research outfit Kagan.According to Kagan, IPTV grew by 14.3% year-on-year, making the fastest growing of the three major distribution platforms. IPTV accounted for 23.4% of the total market of 1.07 billion households at the end of the year, with Kagan predicting that it will post a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7% over the next five years, second only to pay digital terrestrial television with a projected 8.5% five-year CAGR.While cable TV is expected to remain the largest multichannel platform globally in the next five years, its subscriber total is expected to decline at 0.3% CAGR by 2023, largely due to migration to IPTV in Asia Pacific and Western Europe.According to Kagan, the global multichannel market grew by 3.1% year-over-year in 2018. China, India and the US remain the largest multichannel markets, collectively claiming 57% of the global subscriber total in 2018. China and India alone are expected to account for 50% of the global market by 2023.The number of multichannel subscribers worldwide is modelled to grow at a 2.4% CAGR over the next five years to reach 1.21 billion. Multichannel penetration breached 60% by 2018 year-end and is expected to increase to 61.2% over the next five years.Kagan expects that global multichannel household growth will continue to decelerate with most markets across Europe, North America and advanced multichannel markets in Asia reaching saturation.last_img read more

UK regulator Ofcom has introduced new rules giving

first_imgUK regulator Ofcom has introduced new rules giving consumers the right to walk away from broadband contracts that do not live up to promises made about speed, with the ability to drop TV services and fixed-phone packages purchased at the same time.The new code of practice introduced by Ofcom means that broadband operators must provide minimum and peak-time speeds, before consumers sign up to a deal.If a customer’s broadband speed then drops below the promised level, companies will have one month to improve performance, before they must let the customer walk away penalty-free. This right to exit also applies to landline and TV packages bought at the same time as broadband, says the regulator.The rules apply to all the major UK broadband firms signed up to the new Code – BT, EE, Plusnet, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – which together serve around 95% of home broadband customers.Ofcom believes that more consumers could be upgrading their broadband connection to contracts that offer higher speeds for the same or at a lower price than their existing service, with only three in 20 broadband customers contacting their existing provider to renegotiate a deal last year.“When you sign a contract, you should be treated fairly and know exactly what you’re getting. These protections mean broadband shoppers can buy with confidence. Before they sign up, customers will be told their minimum internet speed. And if companies break that promise, they’ll have to sort it out quickly, or let the customer walk away,” said Lindsey Fussell, Ofcom’s consumer group director.last_img read more


first_imgAPPEAL OVER ROSEMOUNT SHOP ROBBBERY – KELLY was last modified: January 27th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Sinn Fein councillor Colly KellyTHE public has been urged to help police catch those who carried out a robbery in Derry this week.A shop at the junction of Creggan Hill and Westway was held up on Tuesday night.Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly said “There is only so much the owners of such premises can do to protect staff and their businesses against these criminals preying on our communities.“I would urge anyone with information on this robbery to contact the police.”Anyone with information can contact police on the 101 non-emergency number.center_img APPEAL OVER ROSEMOUNT SHOP ROBBBERY – KELLYcouncillor Colly KellyCREGGAN HILLPSNISinn Feinwestwaylast_img read more

A 58 year old male who had also been arrested in c

first_imgA 58 year old male who had also been arrested in connection with the incident has been released pending further enquires.A suspicious object was found on Friday night during the alert but it was later declared a hoax device. DETECTIVES have charged a man over a hoax bomb alert in Derry on Friday night.The 24-year-old has been charged with a number of offences in relation to the security alert in the Clooney Terrace area of the city.He remains in police custody at Strand Road police station ahead of his appearance at Derry Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Monday, July 17, for a first remand hearing. MAN CHARGED TO COURT OVER HOAX BOMB ALERT IN DERRY was last modified: July 16th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet CLOONEY TERRACEMAN CHARGED TO COURT OVER HOAX BOMB ALERT IN DERRYPSNIlast_img read more


first_img Twitter Google+ Terell Bailey Bio Coming Soon Next PostSpokesman: Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health BECKLEY., WV (WOAY) – WVU Tech students had a chance to polish off their looks.In an effort to prepare students for the professional world WVU Tech partnered with JCPennys.As a college student purchasing dress clothes can be costly so the retail giant offered students 40 percent off all suits,ties and dress shoes.The event was created to allow students a chance to purchase essential items they’ll need for common career situations.Sophomore Luke Keaton adds, “I don’t really have a lot of dress clothes at the moment and an event like this is a really great opportunity for me to just come out and enjoy all the things they have here available.”WVU Tech hopes that with this events success they will be able to continue to have partnerships like this to make sure all their students have the proper attire needed to succeed. Tumblr Facebook Home NewsWatch Local News JCPennys Partners With WVU Tech To Offer Student Discountcenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Mail Previous PostGino’s Top 5 Plays Local NewsTop Stories JCPennys Partners With WVU Tech To Offer Student Discount By Terell BaileyApr 15, 2018, 18:27 pm 478 0 Pinterest Linkedinlast_img read more

Home Sports News Sports Virginia Tech Spring Fo

first_imgHome Sports News Sports Virginia Tech Spring Football Game Pinterest Linkedin Twitter Previous PostVolleyball For Autism Next PostConcord Spring Football Game Mail Check out highlights from the Virginia Tech Hokies 2017 spring football game. Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More SportsSports NewsVirginia Tech Virginia Tech Spring Football Game By Matt DigbyApr 22, 2017, 23:50 pm 1092 1 Facebook Google+ Tumblrlast_img read more

Hydrocarbon pipelines have existed for centuries

first_imgHydrocarbon pipelines have existed for centuries. The first historical report of a pipeline comes from ancient Sichuan, China, where people for thousands of years dug or drilled holes to tap a briny aquifer for its salt content. One day, the story goes, a lightning bolt struck one of the wells, sending a pillar of fire into the air—the discovery of natural gas. The villagers began to utilize the water’s “firepower” to produce the brine and eventually expanded their salt-making facilities by building underground “pipelines” of bamboo. There is evidence that natural gas may also have been transported into the nation’s capital, Peking (now Beijing), for lighting at night. I believe that right now, the controversy about pipelines—specifically, the Keystone XL—is shaping up to become a great investment opportunity. Bear with me as I present to you… A Short History of Pipelines in America In 1859, when Edwin Drake drilled his landmark oil well near Titusville, Pennsylvania, the discovery set off an oil rush that drew prospectors to Oil Creek from near and far looking to strike black gold. Drillers soon realized, however, that the bottleneck of profit was not so much in finding oil as in getting the oil they found to market. The nearest rail line was several miles away from the Oil Creek fields, and some difficult terrain lay between. But where there’s a will, there’s a way, as the saying goes. The drillers hired thousands of horse-drawn wagons and their drivers, called teamsters, to haul their crude from drilling site to river, railroad, or refinery. The teamsters, themselves no dummies, sensed opportunity and charged exorbitant prices. In fact, a driller often paid more to move his oil the first several miles by teamster than he did to move it the remaining 350 miles to New York City by rail. The teamsters’ monopoly ended in 1865, when Samuel van Syckel built the first major US pipeline—a two-inch iron pipe that covered five crucial miles between a new field and the nearest railroad station. This first pipeline carried 2,000 barrels of oil every day: not much compared with the million-plus barrels per day the existing Keystone pipeline handles, but a considerable amount in terms of horse-drawn wagons. Building the pipeline wasn’t easy. The roadless, hilly terrain posed a challenge, and the teamsters did everything they could to sabotage the project, including cutting pipes and burning the oil. Van Syckel defended his pipeline in true American fashion: he posted armed guards along its entire length. With firepower now backing the enterprise, harassment stopped, the pipeline began to run at full capacity, and now it was van Syckel’s turn to reap profits. Seeing his success, others raced to build their own. Pipelines indeed proved cost-effective as a means to transport oil, even while they were still short and restricted to localized areas of production. Shale Revolution Reveals America’s Achilles Heel Fast forward to 2010, when the unconventional shale revolution started to increase domestic oil production significantly (by 2014, domestic production of oil and gas would almost double from its lows two decades earlier). All of a sudden, existing pipelines didn’t have enough capacity to transport the vast amounts of “new” shale oil south. But the American entrepreneurial spirit found a solution—even though it was a weak one: eventually, the shale oil was transported via rail. On February 12, 2010, Warren Buffett capitalized on the trend and purchased the second-largest railway in America, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), for $44 billion. And that wasn’t his only purchase in the up-and-coming shale oil sector… Buffett Bets Big on Canadian Oil Sands On August 15, 2013, the investing public found out through fund filings that Warren Buffett had bought more than $500 million worth of Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE.SU), Canada’s largest integrated oil company and the world’s largest oil sands company. Suncor has done quite well since the end of June when Buffett bought it, climbing another 20% and adding C$110 million to Berkshire Hathaway’s net worth. But Casey Energy subscribers were aware of Suncor long before Buffett started buying. We laid out all of the reasons to own the stock in January 2012; we talked about it not only in our newsletter, but also at the Casey Summits—more than a year before Buffett’s big purchase. After Buffett had bought into Suncor, we stated in this missive: “Don’t bother buying Suncor now, though. The stock isn’t cheap anymore and is getting more expensive by the day, as the herd is following Buffett’s example. While we do have the utmost respect for him—if you’re the third-richest person in the world, you must be doing something right—right now we have one up on Warren Buffett again, just like we did in early January 2012. The company we recently highlighted in our Casey Energy Dividend newsletter pays a better dividend, has a better near-term growth profile, a higher revenue per barrel, less debt on the books, and a lower debt-to-cash ratio than Buffett’s bet in the oil sands. In fact, even though this company is also a big oil producer, it pays a dividend three times higher than what Buffett is getting on Suncor right now.” Not only did our oil sands recommendation outperform Warren Buffett’s pick, its dividend was much higher. But we’re not here to gloat—we’re here to lay out what Buffett’s next play is. But you should take serious note of what we are saying next… Warren Buffett’s Next Energy Investment So, this is how Buffett has played the American energy matrix: first, he bought into the railways to exploit the US’s Achilles heel. Then, when rail capacity peaked and serious accidents started giving this method of transporting oil a bad name, he invested $500 million in Canada’s largest oil sands producer. Here’s where it gets juicy—and how you can invest like America’s most famous multibillionaire. Warren Buffett is now pushing for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Coincidence? Hell, no. He did make his move on the Canadian oil sands, but that heavy oil is trapped. It needs the Keystone XL pipeline to transport it to the US refineries—which, by the way, are now being upgraded to be able to refine the heavy oil from Canada. Hollywood’s Anti-Pipeline League vs. Buffett’s Clout—Who Do You Think Will Win? The Hollywood crowd has signed up Jared Leto, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Redford, Daryl Hannah, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Jimmy Carter. Buffett’s pro-Keystone XL consortium includes heavyweights such as former presidents Clinton and Bush, oil man T. Boone Pickens, and even someone to kick butt if necessary—Chuck Norris. When I debated one of the founders of Greenpeace, I predicted that moving oil via rail would result in many deaths (if you’re interested, it’s at the 9-minute mark). Just six months after that, 47 people died in a horrible accident. Greenpeace has done some good things in the past, but I have no problem calling them out when they’re wrong. And in the pipeline debate, they are wrong. Warren Buffett has positioned himself to make another fortune from the American energy matrix—have you? We recently took profits on our favorite oil sands producer and positioned ourselves to take advantage of the next stage of the American Energy Revolution. In our current Casey Energy Dividends newsletter, we cover the companies we think will win the race. Get on Board… We’ve Done the Work for You If you get in on the American Energy Revolution with our best guidance, you have two options. Dip your toes in the water for a very low fee and try our Casey Energy Dividends for just $79 a year. This is the right choice for more conservative income investors. As with all of our monthly newsletters, you have 90 days to try it. Love it or cancel for a full refund. Click here to get started. Or, if you’re an investor with a higher risk tolerance who can stomach the uncertainty of speculative investments in return for a chance at triple-digit and higher returns, I recommend you try the Casey Energy Report. This month’s issue, which will be published Thursday, April 24, is about the best energy plays in Europe—companies that Doug and I discovered or confirmed on the weeklong trip to Europe we just took together. You can read about our site visits and see photos, as well as get the Energy team’s deep technical analysis about these opportunities. It’s a must-read for any investor serious about making money in the energy sector. There’s no risk to you: If you don’t like the Casey Energy Report or don’t make any money within your first three months, just cancel within that time for a full, prompt refund. Even if you miss the 3-month cutoff, cancel anytime for a prorated refund on the unused part of your subscription. Click here to get started. Additional Links and Reads Four Years Ago—Do You Remember? I remember hearing the news about the BP oil-spill disaster just as I was about to board a flight from the Nairobi Airport in Kenya to London. After I landed, the news just got worse—I remember watching the broadcast live at the Heathrow Airport lounge, glued to the TV. Four years later to the day, I found myself at the Amsterdam Airport reflecting on the event and learned that BP has finished its final cleanup. Here is a great report from Jon Rees from the UK Mail Online.last_img read more