Home sales down in Vermont, but prices increase

first_imgIn Vermont, the number of housing units sold declined by -3 percent, according to RE/MAX of New England, but a median price increase of 3 percent was the largest in New England. According to RE/MAX, the seasonal summer heat has contributed to a month-over-month slowdown in sales across New England. However, year-over-year sales experienced double digit increases in every state in the region.The July 2011 RE/MAX of New England Monthly Housing Report reveals that transactions in July were down -13.6 percent month-over-month, but up 14.5 percent versus July 2010. Prices were down -2.4 percent month-over-month and down -3.0 percent from July of 2010. Every New England state saw a decline in units sold.‘Seasonality can be attributed for the month-over-month sales drop, however, the market is still trending up from the same period last year,’ said RE/MAX of New England Executive Vice President, Jay Hummer. ‘I am hopeful that the fall season, coupled with continued low interest rates, will bring steady growth by the end of the year.’last_img read more

Investors target Southeast Asia coal financing loophole adopted by HSBC

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:A group of powerful HSBC shareholders have written to the bank’s CEO, John Flint, urging him to close a loophole in its energy policy that allows the lender to bankroll coal projects in certain emerging markets.Investment management firms Schroders, EdenTree and stewardship provider Hermes EOS have also called on HSBC to impose a ban on corporate loans, underwriting and advisory services to bank clients that are highly dependent on coal. The letter, which was coordinated by campaign group ShareAction, stresses that HSBC must adopt a “clear, timebound plan” to phase out its existing exposure to the dirty fuel.HSBC was commended by activist groups including Greenpeace last year after releasing an energy policy that aimed to phase out lending for new coal-fired power plants in high-income countries and cut its commitment to oil sands “over time”. But that policy also left a loophole that allows the bank to finance new coal-powered plants in three countries – Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia – until 2023.Flint defended the move at last year’s annual meeting, saying that it was a “short window” of time and covered areas where many people “don’t have access to any electricity” and there may not be a reasonable alternative. But the shareholder letter says that coal power has “received too much credit historically for poverty reduction” and that 84% of the world’s electricity-poor households live in rural areas out of reach of coal-powered electricity. That challenge needs to be solved by extending grid infrastructure or installing decentralised energy systems which may be best served by renewable technologies, the letter says.Roland Bosch, the Hermes EOS associate director, said: “We expect that financing new coal-fired power will prove to be highly risky, given the increasing competitiveness of renewables, and [it] is incompatible with the goals of the Paris agreement. Although HSBC has not financed any new coal-fired power plants since the release of its new energy policy, we want to see the bank evolve its policy to rule out all investment in coal and instead to focus on financing low-carbon energy across emerging markets.”ShareAction noted that HSBC is lagging behind peers, including Standard Chartered and Barclays, which now have blanket exclusion policies for coal power financing.More: Investors urge HSBC to close coal loophole in energy policy Investors target Southeast Asia coal financing loophole adopted by HSBClast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Six Tennessee State Parks recognized for performance in environmental sustainability

first_imgAustralian man repeatedly punches great white shark to save his wife After weeks of sustained advocacy from the climbing community, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it has cancelled its plans to auction more than 85,000 acres of recreation-rich land around Moab, Utah for oil and gas leasing, the Access Fund announced. Some of Moab’s iconic climbing areas, such as Mineral Bottom Road, Hell Roaring Canyon, Spring Canyon and Lost World Butte, would have been impacted. The land was slated to go up for auction in September. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has recognized six of the 56 Tennessee State Parks with platinum level status for their performance in environmental sustainability in the state’s Go Green With Us program, the department said in a press release. The six parks achieving platinum status are Bicentennial Capitol Mall, Burgess Falls, Cumberland Trail, Cummins Falls, Johnsonville and Radnor Lake. Study shows using neck gaiter as a mask may be worse than not wearing one Looking for a way to fight outdoor pests like mosquitos and ticks without the use of synthetic repellents? Enter nootkatone, an oil found in cedar trees and grapefruits that was approved by the EPA last week to fight mosquitos, ticks, bedbugs and fleas. A man in Australia bravely fought a great white shark that attacked his wife. Mark Rapley and his wife Chantelle Doyle were surfing on Saturday when a great white shark attacked Doyle, biting her on her right calf and then her right thigh. The woman was able to jump back on her board, but Rapley paddled to her side and began punching the shark. Dr. Ben Beard, deputy director of the division of vector-borne diseases at the C.D.C. told The New York Times that nootkatone is not oily, lasts for hours and has a pleasant grapefruit-like scent. “If you drink Fresca or Squirt, you’ve drunk nootkatone,” he said.  “We’d like to thank all of the climbers around the country who responded to our call,” says Access Fund Executive Director, Chris Winter. “This is a big win for the climbing community and is proof that we’re a powerful force for protecting public lands.” So far this year, sightings of the insect have increased dramatically in Pennsylvania. The state Department of Agriculture received 33,015 reports through July 17, compared to 5,603 for the same period last year. A Penn State study found that the spotted lanternfly cost the Pennsylvania economy about $50 million, including $9 million in direct costs to growers and forest landowners. Registration is open for the Hendersonville Triathlon Athletes that don’t feel comfortable competing in an in-person environment can sign up to participate in the virtual event. Virtual participants can participate anytime starting August 11 through September 30. To learn more about the event or to register, visit https://idaph.net/hendersonville-triathlon/.  The pandemic has changed the way everyone operates, and outdoor mega-retailer REI is no exception. This summer, the company was supposed to move into their new eight-acre, state-of-the-art headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. But the pandemic forced the company to implement a remote work policy which CEO Eric Artz told employees has caused executives to rethink their strategy. “Our new experience of ‘headquarters’ will be very different than the one we imaged more than four years ago,” he said. With the new building up for sale, the company will now have smaller “headquarters” in multiple locations. “Our model for the future of the company is going to center on maximizing flexibility, allowing people to work the way they want,” chief customer office Ben Steele told SNEWS. “On that front, I think our employees can see the huge potential that we see.”  At current funding levels, it will take 50 years for the project to be complete, possibly longer. Organizers are seeking public comment on a draft of the Hellbender Regional Trail Plan. Comments will be accepted until August 21. To view the plan visit: http://frenchbroadrivermpo.org/multimodal/.  Once complete, the multi-purpose Hellbender Regional Trail will connect Western North Carolina’s Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, Henderson and Transylvania counties. The biking and pedestrian trail with stitch together dozens of local greenways, with only a few newly build additions necessary, The Laurel of Asheville reports. center_img Photo: Morning Sunshine at Radnor Lake courtesy of Getty Images by Heather M Bell Officials warn public to watch for the crop-devastating spotted lanternfly Many hikers, runners, bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts prefer to use a neck gaiter as a mask while out on the trails but a new study shows that using a neck gaiter as a mask may spread more respiratory droplets than wearing no mask at all. A study out of Duke University that looked at the effectiveness of different masks found that neck gaiters allowed 10% more airborne droplets than un unmasked control subject. The reason, researchers believe, is the polyester-spandex “neck fleece” appeared to split larger droplets into many smaller droplets. “Considering that smaller particles are airborne longer than large droplets,” researchers said, “the use of such a mask might be counterproductive.”  Climbers in Utah pressure BLM to cancel auction of more than 85,000 acres surrounding Moab “Our state parks have implemented responsible practices in sustainability, and we are proud of their record in this important effort,” said Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of TDEC. “We hope Tennesseans will recognize their achievements and follow the parks’ lead.”  Not all events are cancelled this year. Case in point: the Hendersonville Triathlon will take place on Sunday, September 20 at Patton Park in Hendersonville, NC. The event consists of a 400m pool swim, 12.5-mile bike and 5k run and is taking a number of preventative measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Organizers of the Hellbender Regional Trail Plan seek public comment Officials in multiple states, including Pennsylvania, are warning the public to keep an eye out for the spotted lanternfly, an invasive species that can devastate agriculture. The spotted lanternfly feeds on more than 70 plant species, ABC News reports. REI puts its brand-new HQ campus up for sale just months after it is built Six Tennessee State Parks recognized for performance in environmental sustainability  After the attack, Rapley helped his wife to shore where emergency personnel were waiting. Doyle was airlifted to the hospital where she is in serious but stable condition. EPA approves naturally occurring nookatone to fight mosquitos and tickslast_img read more

Foundation grants to provide legal aid to children and families

first_img Foundation grants to provide legal aid to children and families April 1, 2006 Regular News Foundation grants to provide legal aid to children and familiescenter_img Children with disabilities. Children ensnared in custody battles. Children denied proper medical care or special education. Children stuck in foster care. Families ravaged by domestic violence. All are clients at the Children’s Advocacy Center at the Florida State University College of Law.Thanks to two grants totaling $100,000 from The Florida Bar Foundation, more children and their families will be represented at one of the nation’s leading legal internship programs, where the mission is to instill in law students a sense of professional responsibility toward poor children and to create a pool of future lawyers trained and motivated to do pro bono work for children.“A little bit of legal aid goes a long way, whether for a child or an adult, but legal aid for a child can have an astounding and almost immediate impact for good,” said Foundation President William H. Davis, a Tallahassee lawyer who noted the Foundation has awarded more than $1.1 million for other children’s legal programs throughout Florida.The Foundation’s gift to FSU includes a $75,000 Children’s Legal Services Grant and a $25,000 Law School Civil Clinic Grant.At FSU, the center is divided into the Children’s Section, directed by Clinical Professor Paolo Annino, and the Domestic Violence/Family Law Advocacy Section, directed by Clinical Professor Ruth Stone.“Without legal advocacy, children’s health and special education rights will not be enforced, and they will not receive the health care and special education that they need to flourish or even get by in life,” said Annino.Grateful for the Foundation’s continued support, Stone said: “This new grant allows us to increase our representation of other underserved populations in our area, including persons referred to us by the local battered women’s shelter, the domestic violence hotline, legal aid, and other agencies referring indigent people who would not otherwise receive legal representation.”last_img read more

Dismembered Woman’s Alleged Killer Arrested

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Authorities have identified a suspect accused of killing a 27-year-old woman whose partially dismembered body was found in Bay Shore two weeks ago.U.S. Marshalls arrested Leah Cuevas, who pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree murder when she was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip.Cuevas, wearing a brown floral dress and a salmon sweater, didn’t speak.“She is charged with the worst conduct that humans can be capable of,” Judge G. Ann Spelman said when she ordered the 42-year-old suspect held at Suffolk County jail without bail.“Yes” whispered a woman sitting with the victim’s family as she raised both arms in the air.Suffolk County police said Cuevas killed Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, a Guyanese immigrant and mother of four who was reported missing July 5 from the Brooklyn apartment building where the suspect and victim both had lived.“No, Leah, what are you doing?” witnesses heard the victim yell from her apartment, Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Robert Biancavilla told the court. She was also heard screaming: “Oh no, oh no, I’m sorry!”The confrontation leading up to the murder was about payment of rent and utility bills, he said. The victim was last seen entering her home with her bag of laundry. Her blood was found splattered in the apartment and in the hallway outside, he added.Two people found Browne’s torso in a vacant lot on the corner of Maple Avenue and Gibson Street while walking to the nearby Fire Island ferry terminal on the morning of July 8. Her severed legs were found nearby. The dump site is less than a mile from the suspect’s sister’s house.Prosecutors confirmed that a severed head and two severed arms found scattered in Hempstead were also Browne’s. The body parts were all found on separate days with a week after the Bay Shore discovery. Investigators identified the remains with her tattoos and DNA.Hempstead village, Nassau County and New York City police were also involved in the investigation but declined to comment.Cuevas’ court-appointed attorney, Mary Beth Abbate, argued that since the murder is alleged to have been committed in New York City, Suffolk has no jurisdiction in the case. Biancavilla argued that since Cuevas allegedly dumped the body in Bay Shore, that gave the county jurisdiction. Spellman ordered the court paperwork charging Cuevas be updated to clarify where the body was found.Browne’s family members wept as they exited the courtroom. Through teardrops, one woman said Browne was “was a wonderful person, the best person you would ever want to know.”Another woman shouted: “We want justice.”“She has to pay for the crime that she committed,” the woman added.Browne had four children, ranging from 3 to 7. They lived in Guyana with her husband, Dale.Speaking softly, Dale said he had last seen his wife in April, when she visited the family.“She made a sacrifice for her family,” he said. “She loved her family. She wanted her family with her and she did all that it took. That’s what’s important.”He was in his home country when his wife was brutally killed. The couple, who met in Guyana, would’ve celebrated their fifth anniversary on Aug. 29.A 27-year-old witness who lived on the second floor in the same apartment building as Browne told police Cuevas “has been pretending to be the landlord,” according to court documents. Browne rented the room for $400, and Cuevas would collect money “despite the fact that there is no hot water and the only electricity we have comes from one cord that comes from Leah’s first floor apartment,” the documents state.“We all got along without any problems until this past Friday, July 4th,” she said.The woman told investigators that Browne confronted Cuevas about the electricity when the power went out on Independence Day.“Leah got angry and started yelling very loudly,” she said.The next day, the woman and her family overhead Browne screaming “oh no, oh no, I’m sorry.” Cuevas responded, “Shut the fuck up,” according to the five-page criminal complaint.“Then everything went quiet,” she added, “no voices, no more sounds. It was clear to me that [Browne] was fearful and was getting assaulted…The scare in her voice was like nothing I ever heard before.”The next time she saw Cuevas she was mopping the hallway. She inquired about Browne’s whereabouts and was told she “walked off with a Jamaican man.”Police weren’t called until two days later, July 7, when Browne’s co-worker and sister came to the apartment.According to New York City records, the apartment building located at 346 Sumpter Street in Brooklyn, was owned by Garth Lewis, who sold it on June 19, 2013 to Vladimir Cuevas, who is believed to be her husband.It was described as a “sale between relatives or former relatives.”Less then four months later, another deed was filed for the same address, but under the name Janett Lloyd. The deed identifies the seller as Garth Lewis, who, according to the documents, was deceased. The deed claims that Lewis died Feb. 26, 2013, four months before the purported sale to Cuevas.Lloyd is identified in the deed as Lewis’ sole surviving heir.A Suffolk County police spokeswoman declined to say if investigators are looking into the sales.Browne’s remains were taken to the Nassau and Suffolk County medical examiners’ offices. Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Why CU Water Cooler Symposium is the most progressive and inspirational credit union event you’ll see all year

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In its sixth year, CU Water Cooler Symposium (in Kansas City, Oct. 1-2) continues to push the boundaries in a world of conventional conferences. It’s founders, gameFI’s Matt Davis and Currency Marketing’s Tim McAlpine, claim its show is the most modern, inspirational, and collaborative event in credit union land. If you’ve been, you’d agree.CU Water Cooler Symposium tackles topics most conferences won’t even touch. I mean who invites banker and credit union watchdog Keith Leggett to their credit union conference to speak? Tim and Matt do, that’s who. They have a knack of discovering and recruiting speakers that truly inspire you, make you mad, bring you to tears, and, yes, laugh ’til it hurts. continue reading »last_img read more

Trump tells fans on post-Covid comeback tour: ‘I feel so powerful’

first_imgTrump’s medical team announced he had tested negative and was no longer contagious as he jetted to Florida – the first of four battleground states he plans to visit over the next four days. His claim of immunity is unproven.Trailing his Democratic challenger by double digits in the polls, Trump is seeking to rally his base on a blitz of key swing states.In rare form just a week after his release from hospital, Trump’s hour-long speech called on all of his campaign classics: vicious attacks against “Crooked Hillary” Clinton and the “corrupt” press, alarmist warnings against the “radical left” and the “socialist nightmare.”Trump also mocked his opponent, whom he has nicknamed “Sleepy Joe,” saying that “practically nobody showed up” to Biden’s campaign event. Unlike Trump, Biden has been following public health guidelines during the pandemic, hosting socially-distanced campaign events that sharply contrast with Trump’s packed, largely maskless extravaganzas – including a recent celebration at the White House described by experts as a “superspreader.””Oh, do I like Florida,” Trump told the crowd. The state could play a crucial role on Nov.3.The president brushed aside poll numbers, saying: “Four years ago we had the same thing. We are going to lose Florida, they said four years ago.””Twenty-two days from now, we are going to win this state, we are going to win four more years in the White House!” he added.He also lauded his nominee for Supreme Court justice, Amy Coney Barrett.The Republican-controled Senate will begin hearings for the 48-year-old judge, whose confirmation — over which there is little doubt – will shift the nation’s highest court firmly to the right, possibly for generations.”She’s going to be a fantastic US Supreme Court Justice,” Trump said.”Who would have thought we’re on number three, you know?” he asked, referring to the justices he has appointed to the court since taking office.Before Trump, 74, left for Florida, his physician Sean Conley said the president was now negative and no longer “infectious to others” – following consecutive rapid tests and taking into account a number of other health metrics.Patients are normally classed as negative only after taking the more sensitive PCR test – drawing suspicion from experts on social media that Trump’s doctors had administered these but had not received the results they were looking for. Topics : Deprived of his beloved campaign trail for 10 days by COVID-19, President Donald Trump took center stage again Monday in Florida, vowing that he is in “great shape” with 22 days to go until he faces Joe Biden in the election.”I went through it and now they say I’m immune,” Trump told a cheering crowd in Sanford, near Orlando, few of whom wore masks. “I feel so powerful. I’ll walk in there, I’ll kiss everyone in that audience. I’ll kiss the guys and the beautiful women, just give you a big fat kiss.”last_img read more

Manchester United target Matteo Guendouzi as midfielder asks to leave Arsenal

first_imgMatteo Guendouzi was dropped by Mikel Arteta for Arsenal’s win over Southampton (Getty Images)Arsenal are also open to selling the French midfielder but will demand at least €40 million (£36m).The report claims that Manchester United have expressed their interest, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face competition from Juventus and Inter, as Antonio Conte a huge admirer of Guendouzi.United are reportedly looking to strengthen in central midfield in the upcoming transfer window and have already been linked with a move for Ajax’s Donny van de Beek. Comment Matteo Guendouzi faced an internal disciplinary meeting after his clash with Brighton’s Neal Maupay (BT Sport)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGuendouzi, meanwhile, has decided to consider his future at Arsenal after being handed fewer opportunities by Arteta.Since Arteta’s arrival in December, Guendouzi has started just four Premier League games, while under Unai Emery, the midfielder had started every league match before the Spaniard was sacked at the end of November.When asked about the decision to drop Guendouzi from the squad after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Southampton on Thursday evening, Arteta claimed that it should not be interpreted as a warning for the rest of the squad.‘I don’t like to make any decisions to send messages,’ said Arteta.‘The messages that I send to the team or individually are very open and I’m clear with how I feel. Winning is the most important thing and when you win, everything is fine.‘It was squad management. Whatever issue we have internally, I will resolve it in a private way. I explained that I cannot explain and that’s it.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Manchester United target Matteo Guendouzi as midfielder asks to leave Arsenalcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 26 Jun 2020 4:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShares Matteo Guendouzi is wanted by Manchester United (Getty Images)Manchester United have registered their interest in Matteo Guendouzi as the midfielder has told Arsenal he would be open to leaving this summer, according to reports in France.Guendouzi was dropped by Mikel Arteta for Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Southampton on Thursday evening following an internal disciplinary meeting earlier this week.The 21-year-old met with Arsenal’s hierarchy to discuss his clash with Neal Maupay during the Gunners’ defeat to Brighton last Saturday.Guendouzi reportedly called Brighton’s players ‘s***’ during the game, while the midfielder is also said to have told his opponents that he earns ‘more than they ever will’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGuendouzi, who also grabbed Maupay by the throat at the full-time whistle, was told by the Brighton striker that he ‘needs to learn what humility is’.According to L’Equipe, Guendouzi told Arsenal’s hierarchy in their meeting that he would be open to leaving the club at the end of the season. Advertisementlast_img read more

New Model for Coastal Louisiana

first_imgAs coastal lands in Louisiana erode, researchers, environmentalists and engineers are all searching for ways to preserve the marsh coastline.Now, a Florida State University researcher has developed a model to help stakeholders figure out what factors they need to consider to rebuild land in this fragile wetland.The model is outlined in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.“Coastal Louisiana is losing a lot of its wetlands — about a football field every hour,” said Jaap Nienhuis, assistant professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. “It’s really, really fast.”The Mississippi River has been leveed to prevent occasional flooding. But the levees have also prevented sediment from coming through and building land to offset the subsidence and land loss.Engineers and coastal experts have been looking at ways to make small cuts in the levees to allow for some of that sediment to flow through. The idea of a sediment diversion has been around for a long time, but figuring out how much land will be built or how long it will take has been a challenging issue.That’s where Nienhuis’ model comes in to play. He and his fellow researchers created a simulation that took several factors into account to see how long it would take to build land under a variety of scenarios. They looked at water and sediment discharge, root strength and soil consolidation.The effectiveness of sediment diversions vary depending on wetland characteristics. When determining the best way to build land in these at-risk areas, researchers or engineers could plug the relevant data into Nienhuis’ model to sketch out potential outcomes.“We wanted to know what kind of wetland or what kind of diversion would be most conducive to land building,” he said. “It really is a very delicate balance looking at the sediment concentration, what vegetation is there and how much. It requires a lot of very good data.”In the “sweet spot,” Nienhuis said that, engineers could potentially build 30 to 40 square kilometers of land within a few decades. However, in areas where there might not be as much vegetation or too much sediment or water is allowed in, the areas could wind up eroding more sediment and causing land loss instead of land gain.“We can use models like this to tell civil and environmental engineers what is important for land building and what’s not,” he said.Nienhuis added that his model is relatively specific to the Mississippi Delta, but it could potentially be applicable to other areas as well.Other authors of the study are Torbjorn Tornqvist and Christopher Esposito of Tulane University.last_img read more

PNG LNG in mid-term deal with PetroChina

first_imgPNG LNG (Image courtesy of Oil Search)The ExxonMobil-operated PNG LNG project has entered into a mid-term sale and purchase agreement with PetroChina for the supply of liquefied natural gas starting in July 2018.The mid-term deal is for the supply of about 0.45 million tonnes of  LNG per year over a three-year period from the LNG project in Papua New Guinea, according to a statement by Oil Search that has a 29 percent interest PNG LNG.This deal takes the total contracted volumes from the LNG project to 7 mtpa, with 6.6 million tonnes of PNG LNG’s annual output already committed under long-term contracts to JERA, Osaka Gas, Sinopec and CPC.ExxonMobil, on behalf of the PNG LNG project participants, is negotiating with a number of other parties for potential mid-term LNG supply agreements in lieu of spot sales.These agreements are expected to be concluded in the near-term and increase sales under new mid-term agreements to 1.3 mtpa, the statement said.The LNG export project includes the gas conditioning plant in Hides and liquefaction and storage facilities near Port Moresby with a capacity of 6.9 million tonnes per year. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more