NewsLocal NewsPrison warning for sulky racers and driversBy admin – December 21, 2012 923 Email Twitter Previous articleTurkey for ChristmasNext articleHow Nanny Twinkerbell broke the mould admin Advertisement WhatsApp Linkedin A CLEAR message has been sent out to people who engage in or facilitate sulky racing on public roads – you can expect imprisonment if prosecuted. Judge Eugene O’Kelly was the man with the message at Limerick District Court last week when he heard evidence in a case where “support cars” were blocking a public road and “engaging in an extremely dangerous activity”. His comments came when 26-year-old Ian Butler of Downey Street, Garryowen narrowly escaped a prison sentence on a charge of dangerous driving as a result of representations by his defence solicitor.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The court was told that his car was one of 30 vehicles bound for Limerick in support of a sulky race that had “commandeered the public road for a private race”on the main road to Boher at 8.30am last New Year’s Eve.Inspector Paul Reidy said that Mr Butler was “engaged in an extremely dangerous activity while he had no insurance”.When defending solicitor John Devane, said his insurance was “just shortly out of date”, Judge O’Kelly replied that “it was not going to be any good to an injured person in the event of an accident”.“It’s extremely arrogant of people to think they can commandeer a public road for a private race. Your client and his colleagues, were putting unsuspecting drivers in extreme danger. Someone could have been hospitalised”, he told Mr Devane.Mr Devane said that sulky racing was part of his client’s background adding that it was “genetically inbred into a horsey background” to which Judge O’Kelly replied that it was “no problem if they wanted to race around the fields, but not on the roadways”.Imposing a four month prison sentence suspended for 12 months, Judge O’Kelly said he wanted to send out “a very clear message that if you do this, you can expect imprisonment from now on.”The defendant was also disqualified for eight years for dangerous driving and for two years for driving without insurance. Print Facebook
HomeUnion rental investments SFR Market Single-Family Rental Market 2017-12-06 David Wharton The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago These Are Your 10 Best SFR Investment Markets Home / Daily Dose / These Are Your 10 Best SFR Investment Markets December 6, 2017 6,019 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: HomeUnion rental investments SFR Market Single-Family Rental Market Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Which housing markets are the hottest amongst single-family rental investors? Online real estate investment and management firm HomeUnion pored over two years of sales data to answer that very question, compiling a list of the top 10 most sought-after housing markets of 2017. Topping the charts: Chicago, Illinois.In HomeUnion’s report, Steve Hovland, Director of Research for HomeUnion, explained, “To remain ahead of the market and meet investor demand, we analyzed investor migration patterns and preferences since the beginning of 2016.” The result is a list that shows reveals a single-family rental investment boom occurring in the Midwest, with cities like Columbus, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia all making the top 10 as well.Holvand continued, “Rental properties in these metros are trading at a faster rate than before as their local economies continue to grow, the cost of living is lower than it is in most coastal metros, and median local incomes are keeping pace with home values.”Here is HomeUnion’s full list of the top 10 most sought-after real estate investment markets. Each entry also includes the percentage increase in investment home sales between 2016 and 2017 for that metro, as defined as “single-family homes that transacted above $30,000 and with absentee tax records.”Chicago, Illinois: 30.4 percentColumbus, Ohio: 18.1 percentAtlanta, Georgia: 6.9 percentDetroit, Michigan: 2.6 percentNew York, New York: 2.5 percentCincinnati, Ohio: 2.1 percentPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania: 1.6 percentOrange County, California: 1.5 percentIndianapolis, Indiana: 1.3 percentMilwaukee, Michigan: 1.0 percentOn the other end of the spectrum, a trio of Florida metros landed at the bottom of HomeUnion’s list. Hovland explained, “Higher prices are pushing some vacation home buyers to the sidelines in many popular Florida markets. Investors are also becoming more selective when choosing assets in these booming Florida markets.”Here are the 10 least sought-after rental markets, along with their 2016-2017 decrease in investment home sales:Tampa, Florida: -6.4 percentJacksonville, Florida: -6.0 percentFort Lauderdale, Florida: -4.5 percentBaltimore, Maryland: -4.1 percentMiami, Florida: -4.1 percentWashington, D.C.: -3.9 percentBoston, Massachusetts: -3.2 percentBuffalo, New York: -2.7 percentOrlando, Florida: -2.7 percentSalt Lake City, Utah: -1.9 percentWith the rents rising and lease retention rates on single-borrower, single-family rental securitizations climbing to 76.3 percent in September 2017, the rental market looks to have a lot of potential in 2018. Assuming, that is, that you know where to invest. For more insights on the future of the rental market, make sure to register for the 2018 Five Star Single-Family Rental Summit, happening March 19-21, 2018, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Click here to register. Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Breaking Down Non-Performing Loan Sales Next: U.S. Homeowners’ Trillion-Dollar Quarter Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Subscribe
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:Texas might have the perfect environment to quit coal for good.Texas is one of the only places—potentially in the world—where the natural patterns of wind and sun could produce power around the clock, according to new research from Rice University.Scientists found that between wind energy from West Texas and the Gulf Coast, and solar energy across the state, Texas could meet a significant portion of its electricity demand from renewable power without extensive battery storage. The reason: These sources generate power at different times of day, meaning that coordinating them could replace production from coal-fired plants.“There is nowhere else in the world better positioned to operate without coal than Texas is,” said Dan Cohan an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University who co-authored the report with a student, Joanna Slusarewicz. “Wind and solar are easily capable of picking up the slack.”Texas is the largest producer of wind energy in the United States, generating about 18 percent of its electricity from wind. Most of the state’s wind turbines are located in West Texas, where the wind blows the strongest at night and in the early spring, when demand is low. The resource, however, can be complemented by turbines on the Gulf Coast, where wind produces the most electricity on late afternoons in the summer, when power demand is the highest. Solar energy, a small, but rapidly growing segment of the state’s energy mix, also has the advantage of generating power when it is needed most — hot, sunny summer afternoons.Coal still generates about 25 percent of the state’s power, but its share is shrinking. Since 2007, coal used in generating electricity has decreased 36 percent. Last year, Vistra Energy of Dallas shut down three coal-fired plants in Texas, citing changing economics in the power industry that make it difficult for coal to compete.More: Texas has enough sun and wind to quit coal, Rice researchers say Renewables, geography make it feasible for Texas to quit coal, Rice study finds
Optimal irrigation occurs between 2 and 7 a.m., said Guy Fipps, a professor in Texas A&M’s department of biological and agricultural engineering who specializes in irrigation technology, water quality and water management.Fipps said many systems he analyzes see three to four times the water amount applied than actually needed. He said fungi and dry spots occur because of improperly designed systems, where sprinkler heads are not properly spaced. The idea is to have head-to-head coverage, Fipps said, which creates overlap to improve field uniformity.The SU grounds crew now waters the field four times per week, at 20 minutes per zone. The water cycle varies depending on rainfall, with an increase over the last few weeks of September, when Syracuse experienced record-breaking heat. The dampness of the grass determines how the ball moves.“We want to play it faster, we want to move the ball side-to-side faster,” junior forward Hugo Delhommelle said. “If the grass is pretty dry, it’s not as fast as when the grass is wet.”Schools such as Syracuse stick to real grass rather than artificial surfaces, because, as Delhommelle and several other SU teammates said blankly, playing on grass is “more natural.” Turf increases the rate of injury, Fipps said, and it produces higher bounces. Other schools invest in turf because it’s generally easier to maintain. Irrigation alone costs between $5,000 and $10,000 per year.“I just think the ball moves better,” Syracuse junior forward Adnan Bakalovic said. “It’s just a sport that plays on grass. You see pro teams overseas play on grass. More MLS teams are going to grass as well. I just think it’s a part of the game to play on grass.”Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerIt hasn’t always been a part of the game for every Syracuse player. Bakalovic, a Utica native, played mainly on artificial turf while with the Empire Revolution Academy. Junior defender Kamal Miller grew up further north in Ontario, Canada. There, Miller never played on grass.He remembers grass being seen as a commodity. His club team, Vaughan FC, made the League One finals two years in a row. Both finals games were hosted in BMO Field, a grass surface where Toronto FC plays its MLS matches.Now, Miller plays on grass every day. The climate in Syracuse isn’t much different from that of Ontario, but the grounds crew is more precise. After the game, Buffum and the crew do their rounds and replace the divots. A water cycle is laid down and the process repeats. One trim per day and twice on gameday.Sometimes, though, Miller can’t resist a third cut.“There’s been times when I mow it one way and then the other and I just have to mow it want one more way because you want that perfectly cut nap,” he said. “It gets obsessive.” Comments Published on October 2, 2017 at 10:06 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ A three-pronged, hand-held pitchfork dug deep into the pitch. Dave Buffum picked up the divot then reached into a white bucket. Using a metal shovel, he sprinkled top dressing into the wounded area before pressing the grass down. While Syracuse and Cornell broke for halftime last month, around 8 p.m., Buffum continued his long day of work, which begins daily at 10:30 a.m.Buffum leads a four-person crew at SU, where two members work each soccer game. But on that night, he had extra help. There was a youth soccer game during halftime. Baldwinsville and Oswego grade school students herded around one ball, unknowingly assisting Buffum’s crew. The young players stomped, patching up the injured areas the grounds crew couldn’t reach. It was a resurfacing of sorts.“It’s important to get the divots right back in so they can bite back in,” Jim Miller, the manager of grounds at Syracuse, said. “That’s one of the key components giving the field good longevity over the season.”Buffum’s attention to detail underscores the importance of maintaining a lush playing surface for the Syracuse men’s and women’s soccer teams. He works year-round to ensure the field recovers from any kind of high traffic or stress, like Division I athletes ripping it up for 90 minutes a night. They also want to prove the sod is drought and snow tolerant. In a calendar year, Syracuse’s grounds crews dump around 30 tons of sand and spray roughly 100,000 gallons of water to ensure vigor.Thanks to the intense care, Syracuse plays on an all-natural surface like 10 of its 11 conference opponents.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis season, the hurdle was 80- and 90-degree days in September, when there were 12 games at SU Soccer Stadium. Last year, it was a drought. By the playoffs, it may be snow flurries. SU moved an NCAA Tournament game to Onondaga Community College due to snow last year. Regardless, keeping the playing surface on the campus of one of the snowiest colleges in the U.S. in a season as unpredictable as fall isn’t easy.“What you don’t hope for is snow,” Miller quipped.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorBased on 30-year averages, September is the third-rainiest month in Syracuse at 3.68 inches. Brian Donegan, a meteorologist at Weather.com, said it didn’t rain enough to replenish the water in the soil in 2016. This year, record heat and humidity brought new challenges.Three weeks ago, a period of humidity prompted pythium, a destructive parasite that can “wipe out a field in three days.” To monitor the performance and the playing quality, an SU grounds crew member walks the entirety of the field about four times per week. Patches can produce irregular bounces.“You ask any young man or young woman — they’d play on good grass (instead of artificial turf),” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said. “It can be a better surface of which to move the ball around. It’s easier and better on the body.”Since the SU men’s and women’s soccer teams began this season in late August, temperatures have been erratic. By mid-season, temps can drop to about 50 degrees, which slows down the growth and recuperating ability of the grass. The slowdown can force managers to properly overseed or overwater to ensure extra strength.SU focuses on keeping an extensive root system, which digs deeper into the soil, helping in drought situations such as 2016. To care for the grass, field managers use Signature Blend fertilizer. In the spring the fertilizer contains a pre-emergent to prevent weed germination. In the fall, the fertilizer is a mix of nitrogen in potassium with a higher percentage of iron, keeping the grass green without pushing too much growth.They mow the 225 by 360-foot field twice on game day, going opposite directions each time to create the signature grid on the pitch, and once every other day with a 72-inch wide reel mower. To produce designs on the field, the grounds crew uses push brooms to dictate which way the grass lays. By putting the grass blades in opposition, the crew created a design featuring a block “S” for the Louisville game in mid-September.
The Nigerian commercial capital, Lagos, will host the 3rd Edition of the MILO® African Championships (MAC), a pan-African football competition organized every two years for school children under the age of 13 by Nestlé.The three day tournament, which kicks off on the 29th May 2014, will see the two West African football giants, Ghana and Nigeria going head to head alongside Kenya representing Eastern Africa and South Africa defending the pride of Southern Africa.The tournament was initially due to be hosted by Kenya, but the change in venue to Africa’s largest MILO market was very welcomed by Nestlé Nigeria.Ghana, the defending champions of the African title, will be represented by Zorgbeli L/A Primary School, Tamale, who won an exciting national final held in Kumasi from 17th -21st March 2014. Zorgbeli held off challenges from nine other schools and is eager for the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of SOS Children’s Village School, Tamale, who won the African Cup in 2012 at the El Wak Stadium.In a statement released to the press, the Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana Limited Mr. Moataz El-Hout stated that … ‘we expect the children from Zorgbeli L/A Primary School to represent the strong tradition that Ghana has established in this competition since its inception, finishing as runners up in the maiden edition hosted by South Africa and winning as hosts two years later’. ‘Nestlé Ghana wishes them luck and no matter the outcome we know they are champions’. The statement concluded.Hosts Nigeria are keen to put on a spectacular tournament as they roll out the red carpet for the participating teams with a formal dinner and tournament draw ceremony on May 29th which will be attended by the Ministers and top officials of the Nigerian Federal Sports and Education Ministries. The children will experience a tour of the Nigerian city the next day before the games kick off. A giant trophy and medals will be at stake for the eventual winners of the Championship. Before departing for Lagos, Zorgbeli L/A Primary School will spend a week in Accra where they will attend a coaching clinic with tournament icon and former Black Stars Skipper, Stephen Appiah, and participate in a series of friendly matches against selected Accra schools.