UK house prices face prolonged bear market

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MTR Nordic awarded Swedish train paths

first_imgSWEDEN: In the draft timetable for 2014, MTR Nordic has been awarded nine Stockholm – Göteborg train paths each way on weekdays as well as weekend paths, with the majority starting on August 25 2014. Citytåget i Sverige has been awarded four weekday paths in each direction as well as weekend paths from March 2014. Incumbent SJ stands to lose the two daily train paths for slower inter-city trains, but will keep its express trains on the route. There are to be no changes to Skandinaviska Järnbanor’s Stockholm – Göteborg services. Six passenger routes have been scheduled for new or increased traffic. This includes Hector Rail’s plans to start a Stockholm – Sundsvall service, and the reinstatement of SJ’s Malmö – Göteborg express. Svenska Tågkompaniet and Tx-Logistik have also been awarded new paths. Infrastructure manager Trafikverket has asked for opinions on the draft timetable by August 8.last_img read more

Friday 6AM Update: Successful Burnout Operation, Fire Reaches Over 56,000 Acres

first_imgMop up operations will continue Friday along the highway and out towards Watson Lake in order to ensure no hot spots remain in the burnout areas.Sexton: “The crews are preforming what is called cold trailing. They are literally going shoulder to shoulder through a very specific area looking for hot spots, and then they can apply water or they expose it and work around and break up all the hot spots. It’s very slow and methodical process.” Bud Sexton Public Information Officer: “Part of today’s operation were linking up Watson Lake with Afonsi Lake and different crews out there. We have about a mile left of burnout operations to do. We are very excited about the progress made over the last couple days. But, we are real intent on closing out this loop and having a great perimeter line.”  Motorists will continue to see smoke as the islands of fuel away from the highway continue to be consumed and there may be smoke on the Sterling Highway until the inversion lifts mid morning on Friday. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Crews made good progress on Thursday on the Swan Lake Fire and are continuing with burnout operations throughout Friday. The fire is estimated at 56,200 acres with 511 boots on the ground and in the air. Both lanes of the Sterling Highway remain open with MP 58 to MP 75.5 slowed to 35 mph for the safety of drivers and firefighters. Drivers are advised to please use headlights. With less fuel out front of the fire on at least 3 flanks, the public can expect less smoke in the coming days. However, since not all the perimeter is planned for containment, the fire will continue to burn east into the Wildlife Refuge creating a healthier and more diverse forest. Call the Fire Information line at 208-391-3488, visit or read more

Cooper, Henry back for Windies title defence

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Stroke-maker Britney Cooper has been recalled for West Indies’ defence of their ICC Twenty20 Women’s World Cup title, in a 15-member squad announced yesterday. The experienced right-hander has been joined by 23-year-old batsman Chinelle Henry who has returned following three years in the wilderness, while the uncapped off-spinner Sheneta Grimmond keeps her place in the squad after being called up for the just-concluded five-match series against South Africa.Selectors have dropped left-arm pacer Qiana Joseph and uncapped slow medium Karishma Ramharack, both of whom were included for the South Africa series but did not feature.As expected, the squad retains the core of the championship side from 2016, with former captain Merissa Aguilleira, Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews headlining the unit which will be led again by Stafanie Taylor. Cooper, a key member of that World Cup-winning side, has been selected no doubt for her experience, that has seen her play 54 T20 Internationals since her debut nine years ago.She endured a nightmare tour of New Zealand earlier this year with just 33 runs in five outings and was subsequently left out against South Africa.But as she proved with a half-century against New Zealand in the semi-finals of the 2016 championship, she possesses the temperament in big matches and this could prove vital in the November 9-24 tournament scheduled for Guyana, St Lucia and Antigua. Henry, meanwhile, played the last of her seven T20Is back in 2015, and boasts an unflattering record of just 29 runs from those matches.Chief selector Courtney Browne believes both Cooper and Henry will be assets to the side.“We welcome the return of Britney Cooper who was part of the 2016 winning World Cup squad and Chinelle Henry who is dynamic in the field and her all-round ability adds variety to the squad,” he said. “The team is highly experienced and this should aid them in the defense of their World T20 title.”West Indies will do battle in Group A alongside powerful England, South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka while Group B comprises 2016 losing finalists Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and minnows Ireland.The hosts will raise the curtain on the tournament with a clash against Bangladesh and Taylor said defending the title on home soil would be a special occasion for her side. “It will obviously be a great feeling to lead the team at home, but one has to also live up to expectations of being defending champions,” said the veteran batsman.“We have a great squad with several potential match winners but we will have to be at our best in each and every match if we want to lift the trophy again.”She added: “The announcement of the squad makes me realize that the tournament is almost upon us. The opposition squads are really impressive and this promises to be a highly competitive tournament. I really hope that Windies fans can come out and support us as we strive to defend our title on home soil.”West Indies have been in constant preparation over the last 12 months, with several training camps to fine-tune players for the event. In fact, they will enter their fourth training camp of the year shortly, which will be the final one before the start of the championship, and head coach Hendy Springer said it was critical players made the most of it.“We want to create an environment that enables the players to continue their hard work on improving their skills and fitness, while providing real focus on the key roles of each player for us be successful,” he explained.“We are aiming for consistency and we think with the work we have put in, the ladies will peak at the right time.” West Indies play official warm-up matches against India on November 4 and New Zealand three days later, before opening their preliminary round campaign.SQUAD – Stafanie Taylor (captain), Afy Fletcher, Anisa Mohammed, Britney Cooper, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews, Kycia Knight, Merissa Aguilleira, Natasha McLean, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell, Shemaine Campbelle, Sheneta Grimmond.last_img read more

Sevilla 2-2 Espanyol: Suso levels in thrilling draw in Andalusia

first_img They let in a late goal when Suso drilled home in the 80th minute which cost them two points, but held on as the hosts pushed for a winner in the final stages. CET Upd. at 18:10 Wu Lei sent Espanyol ahead but Victor Sanchez was dismissed after two yellow cards, and Suso netted the equaliser. “It wasn’t easy to come to the Sanchez Pizjuan against a wounded side and more so after Ocampo’s goal after 15 minutes,” said Abelardo. “We were comfortable playing eleven against eleven.” SPORT.escenter_img The draw leaves Sevilla fifth, on 40 points from 24 games. Espanyol are bottom, joint on 19 points with Leganes who drew with Real Betis. 16/02/2020 Lucas Ocampos headed in the opener but Adri Embarba’s free-kick levelled the scores, a low effort into the bottom corner. Espanyol are still bottom of the league even after their impressive 2-2 draw at Sevilla on Sunday.last_img read more


first_imgIrish Results 2017 European Rowing Championships, Saturday 27th May: Lightweight women’s single sculls, Semi-final A/B 1: 1. SUI 7:39.48, 2. IRL 7:42.53, 3. ITA 7:43.99, 4. NED 7:48.86, 5. AUT 7:49.66, 6. CZE 7:56.90Lightweight men’s double sculls, Semi-final A/B 1: 1. FRA 6:35.68, 2. IRL 6:38.09, 3. GER 6:38.17, 4. CZE 6:41.86, 5. GRE 6:49.59, 6. ESP 7:02.70print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email First up tomorrow however are Shane O’ Driscoll and Mark O’ Donovan in the lightweight men’s pair, where crews from Italy, Turkey, France, Great Britain and Russia will all be racing for medals. In the exhibition race on Friday to determine Sunday’s lane allocation, the Irish took a convincing first place, over two seconds ahead of nearest rivals Italy. They will no doubt have their sight set firmly on Gold tomorrow, to add to their tally of a World Cup I Gold medal in Belgrade less than a month ago. They race at 09:33 Irish time, with coverage from RTE running all morning from 9:15am to 1:00pm showing racing, commentary and interviews.Speaking to Team Manager Susan Dunlea this morning, she said the “the whole Team are delighted that all our crews have reached their respective finals.” She added, “The competition has been of a very high standard and to progress to the top six in A Finals is a credit to everyone involved.” Next up, the Irish lightweight men’s double of Gary and Paul O’ Donovan lined up to race their own semi-final, with a view to improving even further on yesterday’s performance and securing a spot in tomorrow’s final. A minimum third place finish was again needed here, and again the Irish went one better and took second. The Irish crew finished just over two and a half seconds behind the French crew of Pierre Houin and Jeremie Azou, the crew who beat them to the Gold medal in Rio last year by the most minimal of margins, .53 of a second. They will meet again tomorrow in the A Final where it is sure to be a fight to the death for medals. The O’ Donovans were the second fastest crew across both semi-finals today, and will be eager to defend their title of European Champions at 10:46 (Irish time) tomorrow.center_img It has been a successful weekend so far for Irish crews at the 2017 European Rowing Championships, as all three competing crews have now qualified for the A Finals on Sunday and the chance to reach the podium. First up again today was Denise Walsh in the lightweight women’s single sculls semi-final, where she took second place, looking comfortable throughout. The top three boats were to progress to the A Final, the others going to the B race, and Walsh is certainly making her intentions known. She also won her heat, convincingly, yesterday. The winner of Walsh’s semi-final, Sweden’s Patricia Merz, took the lead early on and held for the entire duration of the race, setting the quick pace. Walsh was second to her by just 3.05 seconds. She races for a medal at 09:46 (Irish time) tomorrow morning.last_img read more

Gavin Thornbury Signs Two-Year Contract Extension With Connacht

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Prior to joining Connacht, Thornbury spent six months in New Zealand where he played for club side Border on the North Island and helped them to victory in the Wanganui premier club competition. During that time, he also played for the Wanganui provincial representative team.  He has previously represented Ireland at Under 20 level. Commenting on the signing, Connacht Head Coach, Andy Friend said: “Gavin is a top quality player who has really impressed me and everyone at the club. He is a big powerful player who is continuing to get better and better the more he plays. He has a really bright future and has the potential to play consistently at the highest level. He will be a vital player for us in the seasons ahead.”Following his contract extension, Gavin Thornbury added: “I’m absolutely delighted to extend my contract with Connacht. I am part of an excellent squad that is full of ambition about where we can go and what we can achieve. I am really enjoying my time at Connacht and I look forward to many more games in the Connacht jersey.”center_img Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce that lock Gavin Thornbury has signed a two-year contract extension to take him up to the end of the 2020-21 season. The 24-year-old has made seventeen appearances since joining the province last season. last_img read more

May 2014 User Experience and Web Professional Events

first_imgIf you’re a web professional, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up to date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. I’ve taken some of the work off your shoulders with my curated list of metro Detroit web professional and user experience events for May 2014.It’s impossible to include every event, so if you have any to add to the list, share the event info in the comments.Women’s WednesdayDate: May 7, 2014, 9:00am to 5:00pmLocation: Grand Circus in Detroit, MichiganCost: free, pre-registration is requiredTechnology training center and co-working space Grand Circus is working toward creating more community and solidarity among Detroit women in technology by opening up their third and fourth floors the first Wednesday of every month.Female developers, freelancers and tech people are invited to join in for day to meet each other, drink tea and get work together. Supportive guys welcome too! Birthday Bash! Lightning Talks and Cupcakes!Date: May 12, 2014, 6:00pmLocation: Nutshell in Ann Arbor, MichiganCost: free, pre-registration is requiredIn celebration of their one-year anniversary, the Southeast Michigan JavaScript group is hosting lightning talks, five-minute presentations on JavaScript topics.Joomla at Home for Family and Home BusinessDate: May 13, 2014, 7:00pmLocation: Detroit Zoological Society in Royal Oak, MichiganCost: free, pre-registration is requiredWhile many people use Joomla in a business setting, it can also be used as an intranet. At this free meetup, Son Koral will show how to setup a Joomla site designed to be used at home by all your family members as a central location for communications. Copyright 101Date: May 14, 2014, 7:00pmLocation: Grand Circus in Detroit, MichiganCost: $5.00, pre-registration is requiredRescheduled from March 2014, our Refresh Detroit group hosts local attorney Tifani Sadek who will speak about copyright and how it applies to web professionals. Tifani will discuss the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the ownership of written code. Our members are always asking to have attorneys speak at Refresh Detroit meetups, so here’s your chance to learn more about legal aspects of copyright for you web projects. We only have a legal talk once a year, and the topic changes each year. This is a talk you don’t want to miss!Global Accessibility Awareness Day, DetroitDate: May 15, 2014, 6:00pm to 8:30pmLocation: Team Detroit in Dearborn, MichiganCost: $5.00, pre-registration is requiredOur Detroit User Experience group hosts the first Detroit Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day for web professionals to gather together to learn about accessibility and how to make the web more accessible and usable by people with disabilities.We’re excited to have three speakers confirmed for the event: Mike Elledge, Usability Specialist, Creative Design and Usability (CDU) at Ford Motor Company, Josie Scott, UX Design Research Lead at GE Capital, and Dylan Barrell, Vice President of Product Development at Deque.Workshop: Get Your WordPress Questions AnsweredDate: May 18, 2014, 2:00pm to 4:00pmLocation: Grand Circus in Detroit, MichiganCost: $5.00, pre-registration is requiredFor the March meeting of the Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup group, we’re hosting an open session for members to get their WordPress questions answered. Several experts will be available for answering questions about theme coding, plugin coding, search engine optimization, multisite, responsive web design, and more. This session is open to anyone who works with WordPress, whether you’re a blogger, designer, developer, or programmer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedMarch 2014 User Experience and Web Professional EventsIf you’re a web professional, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up to date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to look for interesting local events. I’ve taken some of the work off your shoulders with my curated list…In “Calendar”May 2017 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and…In “Calendar”April 2017 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and…In “Calendar”last_img read more

Classroom of Champions

first_imgIn his last year of competing on the Olympic Bobsled Team, Steve Messler and his sister wanted to do something that would make a difference using his experience as an athlete.Messler explains that growing up, his parents were teachers, his sister is a teacher and so is he, so doing something that involved schools was just natural.He says he did the talk thing in schools that everyone who is successful does, but wanted to do more.“We wanted to find a way that I could have an impact utilizing all the incredible stuff that I had learned along the way, and show kids that it wasn’t just two and a half weeks on T.V. but there is a process to doing big things in life,” Messler said.With that, Classroom of Champions is what came out of that goal.Messler said that technology is the best way they can communicate and build a relationship with students in the program because it allowes more than just the one time meeting in person.“We knew that creating relationships with those kids for them to learn, especially ones in troubling circumstances, they need to trust the people that they are working with and learning from.”Messler said that the organization has spread across seven different countries since it started, with major programs in the United States and Canada.There have been 1,900 kids learning from 80 Olympians, Paralympians and University Athletes.Messler said that the words they use to describe their students are “Grit and Resilience” because they learn through their mentor that they can push through anything in life.“They see their Paralympian Michelle Salt who is a Calgarian, they see her overcoming adversity of a motorcycle accident, and having a positive outlook on life with her having lost a leg. They now think well I can certainly get through my math test now, or I can certainly deal with this or I can treat somebody else better because I know this person who is a little bit different then me but I look up to.”Applications for the 2017-2018 school year for the classroom of Champions close June 30.For more information on the application and program click here.last_img read more