Poultry litter market

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaThe Georgia Poultry Federation has teamed up with the Universityof Georgia to launch a new Web site designed to help move poultrylitter to where it’s needed in the state.The Georgia Poultry Federation Litter Market (www.galitter.org)will allow poultry growers with litter to sell to post ads thatpotential buyers can view. Farmers and others who want to buylitter for its nutrients may also post ads. So can anyone whoprovides services such as poultry house clean-out or litterhauling or spreading.The service is free.Poultry growers, brokers and buyers can post ads telling theservices they need or the amount and location of litter they haveor want. Visitors can browse the ads or conduct searches based onlocation or other factors.High hopes”We hope www.galitter.org will be a valuable service to poultrygrowers throughout the state,” said Georgia Poultry FederationPresident Abit Massey.”In many parts of the state,” Massey said, “poultry litter is instrong demand for use as a fertilizer for crops and pastures.This Web site should help create a stronger market for the litterand assist poultry growers in linking up with potential buyers.”UGA Extension Service engineer Mark Risse, who helped develop thesite, said he hopes visitors will remember that the site is adatabase. It won’t have a lot of data in it at first. But thatwill change with time.Give it time”When we first made it live there was no data in it,” Risse said.”I checked after the first few days and there were six or eightads on it. It will take some time for it to build up. We justdon’t want somebody to go there and say, ‘Well, there’s not muchthere,’ and not come back.”Take the time to check the site, bookmark it, post or answer anad and check back if you don’t find what you need, he said.The Web site could help solve the problem of having too muchpoultry litter in some places and not enough in others, Rissesaid.Too much, too little”We have a few counties in north Georgia where if we land-appliedall of the litter there at agronomic rates on every acre ofavailable cropland and pasture, we’d still have too much litter,”he said. “We’d still have too much nitrogen and phosphorus.”But south Georgia, he said, has many areas where farmers can’tget enough litter. “We hope this Web site will facilitate moreexchange between north and south Georgia,” he said.Risse said the Web site could lead to new outlets for litter,too, such as producing compost for organic farmers and gardenersor developing power plants that could produce energy from poultrylitter.”Many applications such as these depend on consistent, dependablesupplies of poultry litter,” he said. “Hopefully, this Web sitecould help them find these suppliers.”Chicken kingGeorgia is the largest poultry-producing state in the UnitedStates, with 2.15 billion chickens generating $2.5 billion a yearin farm cash receipts, according to the Georgia AgriculturalStatistics Service.All those chickens produce about 1.5 million tons of litter peryear. The nutrients in that litter make it valuable as a fairlylow-cost fertilizer. Too much of it in a given place, though, canpollute the environment.That’s where the new Web site comes in.”A few other states have successful litter-broker sites,” Rissesaid. “We’re hoping it will be a good solution to having too muchof a resource in one place and not enough in another.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Axxis Geo Solutions Inks Middle East OBN Survey Contract

first_imgAxxis Geo Solutions (AGS) has signed the contract for the 3D ocean bottom node (OBN) seismic acquisition survey in the Middle East, following a Letter of Intent issued earlier this year.“This contract will secure activity for the company and contribute with revenues through most of the winter season. “In addition, this contract is a sign of seismic activity re-emerging in the region through advanced OBN seismic and imaging technology with potential demand for OBN seismic in years to come.“With AGS’ track record of safe and efficient operations and a scalable business model, we believe we are well positioned for future contracts in the region,” said CEO Lee Parker.The work is expected to start in early January 2020 and will continue through most of the first quarter 2020.As a consequence of the delayed contract award and the start of the work, the company is considering various options to strengthen its working capital position.last_img read more

Dodgers rally to beat Padres after Kenley Jansen blows another save

first_imgPreviousDodgers catcher Russell Martin and infielder Kiké Hernandez celebrate after defeating the Padres 6-4 in 10 innings on Wednesdaya night in San Diego. Hernandez scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 28: Manny Machado #13 slides safely past Russell Martin #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Renfroe #10 of the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a game at PETCO Park on August 28, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Trey Wingenter works against a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 28: Cody Bellinger #35 scores on a single hit by Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 28, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda hits a two-RBI single during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 28: Manny Machado #13 of the San Diego Padres looks on after striking out during the third inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on August 28, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 28: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is unable to catch a foul ball hit by Manuel Margot #7 of the San Diego Padres during the fourth inning of a game at PETCO Park on August 28, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 28: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after being hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 28, 2019 in San Diego, California. Muncy left the game after being examined by trainers. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 28: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after being hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 28, 2019 in San Diego, California. Muncy left the game after being examined by trainers. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 28: Manny Machado #13 of the San Diego Padres flys out while breaking his bat during the sixth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on August 28, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez, right, slides in late to second as San Diego Padres second baseman makes the catch for the out during the eighth inning a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in San Diego. Hernandez single, scoring Corey Seager; Hernandez was out trying to advance to second. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Eric Hosmer reacts after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 28: Ty France #11 congratulates Eric Hosmer #30 of the San Diego Padres after his solo homerun during the eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on August 28, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor can’t make the catch on a double by San Diego Padres’ Francisco Mejia during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen looks toward San Diego Padres’ Wil Myers on first base during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres’ Francisco Mejia, left, scores on a wild pitch by Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 28: A.J. Pollock #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers connects for an RBI single during the tenth inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 28, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez celebrates after scoring the go-ahead run on a throwing error during the 10th inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 28: Russell Martin #55 scores on an RBI single hit by A.J. Pollock #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the tenth inning of a game against the San Diego Padress at PETCO Park on August 28, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 28: Casey Sadler #65 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after defeating the San Diego Padres 6-4 in a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 28, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Dodgers catcher Russell Martin and infielder Kiké Hernandez celebrate after defeating the Padres 6-4 in 10 innings on Wednesdaya night in San Diego. Hernandez scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)NextShow Caption1 of 22Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)ExpandSAN DIEGO — The Dodgers have won pretty and won ugly. They have won with slugging and with pitching. They will win 106 games at their current pace, and it can now be said they have won because of a clutch stolen base.The better question is, how many more games will they win with Kenley Jansen as their closer?Jansen blew his seventh save of the season Wednesday, allowing the tying run in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres. That set the stage for a two-out rally in the 10th inning against Kirby Yates and a 6-4 win at Petco Park that dropped the Dodgers’ magic number for clinching their seventh consecutive NL West title to nine.The key play: a two-out steal by Kiké Hernandez, who beat Francisco Mejia’s throw to second base by mere inches. The next batter, Russell Martin, scorched a ground ball to Padres shortstop Luis Urías. After snaring the ball in his glove, Urías airmailed the throw over the head of first baseman Eric Hosmer. Hernandez, running on contact with two outs, scored easily from second base. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Wingenter walked Hernandez, then was removed in favor of right-hander Luis Perdomo. Martin walked, loading the bases for Maeda.Maeda hit a home run here in his second major league at-bat three years ago. It remains the only home run of his career. This time he hit a line-drive single, allowing Taylor and Hernandez to score. The Dodgers led 3-2.The right-hander allowed just one hit over the next four innings and didn’t allow a runner to advance past second base.The Dodgers will transition from a six-man starting rotation to a traditional five-man rotation next week. If this was Maeda’s last start before he joins the bullpen, he did not go out with a whimper. The right-hander allowed a single, a double and three walks in five innings. He struck out three batters and moved above .500 for the first time in more than a month.“With Kenta, there’s just that versatility component,” Roberts said. “As a starter, we’ve seen him do great things. We’ve seen him do great things out of the ’pen. That’s something as we look out, we’re going to have a conversation with him and see what’s best for us and what’s best for him. We haven’t made that decision yet.”  Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season A.J. Pollock drove in Martin with a single later in the 10th inning to knock Yates (0-5) out of the game. An All-Star for the first time in 2019, Yates blew his fourth save opportunity of the season – his second against the Dodgers this month.Hernandez said he received a text message from Manager Dave Roberts early Wednesday saying he would get the day off. But the Padres made a late change, recalling left-hander Nick Margevicius from the minor leagues and inserting reliever Trey Wingenter as their starting pitcher. Hernandez swapped in for Joc Pederson, a left-handed hitter, a couple of hours before first pitch.As fate would have it, Hernandez was still in the game with two outs in the 10th inning, drawing a walk against Yates to begin the winning rally.“When you play in the National League and you can play a few positions, you never know when you have to be ready to come in the game at any point,” Hernandez said. “When they called up (Margevicius), we know he’s been a starter, we figured that he was going to be an opener. We did a line change and it worked out.”Hernandez also drove in a run with an eighth-inning single. He scored two of the Dodgers’ six runs.center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “Kiké really had a heck of a ballgame,” Roberts said. “Driving in a run, hitting the ball the other way, it was a big run right there at that point in time. When you get two outs, you can slug. Most guys try to do it with one swing. But Kiké took a good at-bat against Yates, got on base, stole second base.”Trying to preserve a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning, Jansen blew his seventh save of the season – matching a career-high set in 2012.Mejia began the inning by hitting a soft flare to left field. The ball caromed off Chris Taylor’s glove and Mejia was on second base with a double.With one out and Mejia on third base, Jansen threw a cut fastball above Ty France’s head. The ball caromed off Martin’s glove to the backstop for a wild pitch. Mejia scored and the score was tied at 4, the save blown.“He’s throwing the ball well. He really is,” Roberts said of Jansen. “That’s a play that (Taylor) gave it everything he had. If you make that play it’s a completely different inning. I still think the ball is coming out really well.”Jansen is 2 for 5 in August save opportunities. Roberts previously resolved to withhold Jansen from certain save situations in order to keep his appearances on a more regular schedule, but that has not curtailed Jansen’s struggles. At times the issue has been pitch selection, at other times velocity.“I actually thought he sequenced pretty well tonight,” Roberts said.Casey Sadler pitched a scoreless 10th inning to record his first save. Jansen (4-3) was credited with the victory.The Dodgers dodged a bullet in the fifth inning when second baseman Max Muncy was struck on his right wrist by a 94-mph fastball from Matt Strahm. Muncy had to leave the game and the injury was announced as a contusion.Roberts said x-rays were negative and Muncy is day-to-day with wrist soreness.Kenta Maeda got off to a rough start before the announced crowd of 26,871. He walked two of the first three hitters he faced, then allowed an RBI single to Hosmer. When Hunter Renfroe lofted a fly ball to Hernandez in right field, Manny Machado was able to tag up and score from third base. The Padres led 2-0 after one inning.Maeda helped the Dodgers pull ahead with his bat.Cody Bellinger led off the second inning with a walk and went to third base on a single by Taylor. When Corey Seager tapped a ground ball to second base, Bellinger had time to score from third without a throw.Related Articleslast_img read more

Brand South Africa calls on patriots to support an authentic South African story #Matwetwe

first_imgBrand South Africa’s mission is to encourage citizens to find opportunities that promote Nation Brand pride and patriotism. The importance of a patriotic society results in a strengthened Nation Brand image and competitiveness.This is why South African multi award-winning record producer DJ Black Coffee in partnership with stand-up comedian, actor and writer Kagiso Lediga are bringing to the cinemas, their highly anticipated film MATWETWE (WIZARD) from Friday, 25th January 2019.MATWETWE is a coming of age adventure following Lefa (Sibusiso Khwinana) and Papi (Tebatso Mashishi), best friends and recent high school graduates, as they hustle through their young lives. Over the course of an action-packed New Years Eve in the iconic township of Atteridgeville, the boys try to score a huge deal, dodge a kingpin gangster and his violent minions, get the girl and ultimately save their lives in this hilarious escapade.The South African film industry has had a positive  impact on the economy, as confirmed by The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in its Economic Impact Assessment study. The film industry had a R5.4 billion contribution to the GDP, compared to the R3.5 billion in 2013.Brand South Africa calls on citizens to go out in their numbers to support this local production at the more than 800 cinemas across the country in support of this authentic South African story filled with adventure and comedy. #MatwetweWatch the trailer Matwetwe (Wizard)last_img read more

Equal-Opportunity Feather Ruffling

first_imgIt seems as though the National Green Building Standard, and NAHB in general, have been getting a lot of heat here and elsewhere lately, so I think it is time to ruffle the feathers of LEED for Homes and the USGBC. In my work providing certification under both programs, I have uncovered many of their deep, dark secrets. Both have very specific requirements and unique gaps that will be addressed in detail in future articles on GBA. In the meantime, just to keep things interesting, I thought I would review some of the features of LEED for Homes that read somewhere between confusing and incomprehensible.A balancing actAs I understand it, the initial goal of LEED for Homes was to have a total of 100 available points to earn. While this makes a certain amount of sense (we do, after all, score lots of things on a 0 to 100 scale), it proved to be too much of a challenge, and the program ended up with a 45- to 136-point range. Obtaining certification at the different levels—Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum—requires a range of points, determined by house size and number of bedrooms. As LEED has fewer points available than other programs, each of those points becomes extremely valuable when seeking certification. What’s the point?This shortage of available points has caused some significant imbalances in their value. For example, if you install a $10 timer on a bath fan, you get a full point. If you hire a third-party inspector to perform a flow test on that same fan, and if it tests out within specs, you get another point. The first one is simple, cheap, and guaranteed, while the second is complicated, expensive, and, if the flow test doesn’t meet the equipment requirements, you don’t even get the point. Both practices are highly recommended, but there is a significant disparity in the cost/benefit ratio.“Point shopping” in the certification process is common. Builders start with the least expensive points, then they go for the more expensive ones until they get to the level they are seeking. This practice seems to be exacerbated by the relatively few points available.Curiouser and curiouserTo me, the most curious requirement in LEED for Homes is the prerequisite on material use. The builder must develop a “lumber waste factor,” an ill-defined document showing that he/she did not overorder framing materials. While I agree that avoiding waste in the construction process is very important, I have yet to find a satisfactory explanation for this requirement. It would be very interesting to see research showing that this requirement actually has an effect on the amount of job-site waste.Gaming the systemEach project also requires a climate- and project-specific “durability plan,” including a risk evaluation form and an inspection checklist. In theory, this makes sense, but in practice, the durability plan can be subject to “gaming” by the builder, either intentionally or through ignorance.One major problem with the durability plan is that there are no requirements for standard exterior moisture control measures. The project team creates its own durability plan, and if it is decided to omit critical measures such as a weather-resistant barrier or window flashing, the project still could receive LEED Home certification. This is not very likely, but it certainly could happen if someone either chose to game the system or just didn’t know any better. In my capacity as a Green Rater on LEED Homes, I have seen many incomplete durability plans, almost all because the project team was ignorant of the LEED program.Results not yet inAs LEED for Homes is still fairly new, and the Green Building Standard even newer, we will have to wait for a critical mass of certified projects before we can pass judgment on the true value of either. In the meantime, however, I think it is important to bring these issues to the attention of the industry and the sponsoring organizations. As they revise their programs, we can only hope that they listen to the end users and incorporate good suggestions. And I always enjoy ruffling feathers. RELATED ARTICLES GBA Encyclopedia: LEED for HomesWhy Is the U.S. Green Building Council So Out of Touch?It’s 2012 — Do You Know Where Your LEED for Homes Is?How to Cheat* at LEED for HomesNew Urbanist Andres Duany Lashes Out at LEEDGreen Building Programs Got Some ’Splainin’ to Do LEED-H Clarifications Raise More Questions Than They Answerlast_img read more

National Referee Squad

first_imgCongratulations to the following referees who have been rewarded for their performances, and will now strive to represent at the event in New Zealand in January. David BaggioSandra Clark Adam FoleyDale LawrenceLuke McKenzieMick MedlinRichard O’ConnorAnthony SmithKeith SteelGavin WestThese referees will commence their program with a National Referees Squad camp on September 11 -13.last_img

Legends recognised

first_imgBy BEN HARRISTouch Football Australia (TFA) recognised six legends of the sport at the Australian Touch World Cup jersey presentation dinner on Monday evening.Bill Ker and Lou Tompkins received life memberships to TFA, while Adam Foley, Giselle Martin, Greg Young and Tony Trad became the latest members of the TFA Hall of Fame.Each person has put countless hours and devotion into the sport they love.Lou Tompkins has been an integral member of the referee arm.He has been on the Federation of International Touch referees’ panel since the 1995 Touch World Cup and was TFA national director of referees from January 2005 to January 2010.“It makes me very humble to join the list of people who have received life membership before me. They are people I respect greatly, contribute greatly to the sport and I feel very humble with that,” Tompkins said.“At the same time, I’m also very proud. I’m proud because this is a recognition not just of my effort, but the recognition of the efforts of every volunteer.”Bill Ker’s involvement in touch football has been extensive.From starting out as the vice-president of Gold Coast Touch in their inaugural year (1976) to climbing to the top of the Australian Touch Association as their chief executive before settling in as the secretary-general of the Federation of International Touch.Ker was one of the three men who initiated the National Touch League concept.“I am humbled and excited to receive this from an organisation that I have grown to love. Just like the sport,” Ker said about his life membership.Former world No.1 referee Adam Foley was the 27th person inducted into the TFA Hall of Fame.Foley has 70 international caps next to his name for the whistle-blowers including 34 World Cup appearances.Giselle Martin has been a key member of Australian touch since making her debut for the green and golds in 1993.She has 34 international caps next to her name, as well as representing NSW from 1995 to 2014.Her record in the National Touch League has seen her play in six finals for the Sydney Mets, winning three of them.“I’m honoured and humbled to be next to some legends of the sport,” Martin said.Greg Young will add to his international caps this week at the Touch World Cup but he was taken aback when he was named in the Hall of Fame.He was involved in Australia’s inaugural touch football team in 1985 with cap No.5.“I’ve been in touch since 1977. It has been a long journey but it has been fantastic. I have made heaps of friends along the way. It has bettered my life in many ways,” Young said.Incumbent Australia men’s open coach Tony Trad has mentored many of Australia’s greatest touch players.He has been heavily involved in Australia’s international campaigns since 1999 and has 70 caps.Apart from his induction, Trad was surprised when he spotted his wife and children in the crowd.“When did you get up here? I just spoke to you on the phone,” he said to his wife Trish, and children Jacob and Olivia.“This game has been wonderful to me and I owe it everything and it owes me nothing. I have been blessed.”Related LinksWorld Cuplast_img read more

Report: Tennessee’s Marquez North Not Enrolled In Classes For Spring Semester

first_imgMarquez North of Tennessee Injured.Marquez North Tennessee Injury RumorMarquez North did not live up to expectations as a junior, catching only six passes in seven games this season, but he still may have played his last game in Knoxville. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee spokesman Ryan Robinson confirmed that North is not enrolled at UT this semester. While it has not been confirmed that he will test the NFL Draft waters, one would assume that is the move for North now. Beat writer Dustin Dopirak shared more on Friday.… Obviously, others have reported that North has hired an agent and entered the draft. We have not been able to confirm that.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016Tennessee athletics has said repeatedly all this week that it does not know North’s plans.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016His high school coach, Mike Palmieri, told me last night he hadn’t heard anything about North leaving.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016But right now, the one thing we can say definitively is that North is not enrolled for the spring semester.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016One more note on North, just so you guys know I’m trying. The NFL doesn’t release the names of underclass draft entrants for another week…— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016… and it won’t confirm or deny any players who have declared before that time.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016North’s apparent decision to leave college is a strange one. He does have the size to be a big target at that level—he’s listed at 6-foot-3, 229 pounds—but the production wasn’t anywhere near what was expected out of him. We should know more about this situation in the coming days.[KnoxNews.com]last_img read more

Census Home ownership rates take historic dip as more Canadians opt to

first_imgOTTAWA – Not everyone wants to own a home these days, Evan Siddall concedes — not even his own millennial-age son. For the head of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., that’s really saying something.But Siddall’s experience is far from uncommon, the latest census figures show: 30-year-old Canadians are less likely to own a home today than their baby boomer parents did at the same age, mirroring a modest but unmistakable decline in the national home ownership rate.At age 30, 50.2 per cent of millennials owned their homes, compared to 55 per cent of baby boomers at the same age. Young adults today are more likely to live in apartments than their 1981 counterparts, are less likely to live in single-detached homes, and — as Statistics Canada revealed over the summer — more likely than ever before to still be living at home.The figures should change the way Canada thinks about its real estate sector, said Graham Haines, research and policy manager at the Ryerson City Building Institute in Toronto. Policy-makers have focused almost exclusively on policies to promote home ownership over the last 20-plus years, he said, pointing to tax policy and incentives.“We have to start thinking about — if rent is going to start becoming a more important part of our real estate sector once again — how we make sure we’re building the right type of rental, rental where we need it and rental that’s affordable for the people who are going to be using it,” Haines said.In 2016, more than 9.5 million of the 14.1 million households captured in the census owned their homes, an ownership rate of 67.8 per cent — down from 69 per cent in 2011 after 20 steady years of baby boomers flooding the real estate market.Since 2011, the census shows, the value of homes has steadily increased to a national average of $443,058, up from $345,182 in 2016 dollars. Vancouver had the highest prices in the country with the average home valued at over $1 million; Toronto was at $734,924 and Calgary at $527,216. Montreal came in at $366,974.As values have climbed in cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa, so too have the percentage of renters, even though the supply of purpose-built rental units nationally has been on a decades-long decline as developers build more condominiums than apartments.Census data showed renters are more likely to be over-stretched financially to keep a roof over their heads.Almost 40 per cent of renters captured in the census spent more than 30 per cent of their average monthly income on housing — a figure largely unchanged from 2011 and more than double the approximately 17 per cent recorded for homeowners.Overall, affordability remains an issue for almost a quarter of Canadian households, a figure that hasn’t changed much in a decade, with the pressure most acute in the hot housing markets of Toronto and Vancouver.The federal Liberal government has promised to address affordability issues as part of an $11.2 billion, 11-year housing plan to be released in the coming weeks. It’s expected to have a heavy focus on building affordable units, with a new portable housing benefit that would be tied to individuals, rather than properties.Speaking earlier this fall about work on the strategy, Siddall said that the focus wasn’t solely on helping the ranks of homeowners.“Rent or own, a home is a home,” Siddall said in an interview.“When we think about housing we have got to think about renters who need support to rent, renters who rent on a market basis, and make sure people can migrate and own homes who should own homes.”The migration to home ownership is likely to pick up for millennials in the coming years as they start families and look for homes or condominiums — a class of home that saw a 1.2 per cent increase in households from 2011 — to fit their growing brood. At the same time, seniors will be looking to downsize.That means the baby boomers will continue to fuel changes in the housing market by how long they remain homeowners and whether their children and grandchildren decide to rent or buy.Haines said the two age groups, even though they are at different points in their lives, are likely to compete for the same kind of two-bedroom units that are a rarity in the market, potentially driving up costs. That may require policy-makers to get more involved in the market to make more family-friendly housing gets built instead of a heavy focus on studios and one-bedroom units, Haines said.“We’ve fallen into this trap of building (condo) units for investors rather than end users,” Haines said.“There are positive signs that we’re starting to recognize that over the last 20 years, we’ve sort of let the market do what the market wants and maybe we need a little more attention (to make sure) that we’re actually getting what we need for our population.”— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

Fort St John man busted at wheel of bait car in Kelowna

first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. — A man originally from Fort St. John was arrested in Kelowna on Sunday evening after he allegedly stole a Bait Car. At around 9:50 p.m. last Sunday,  members of the Kelowna RCMP members were advised by dispatcher that one of the city’s Bait Cars had been activated. Dispatch was able to provide live video feed updates to pursuing officers as the male suspect drove northbound towards Lake Country.Members from the Lake Country Detachment were advised of the vehicle’s location, and once police were in position the vehicle’s engine was disabled. The driver was taken into police custody without incident. 37-year-old Kenneth William Fawcett of Fort St. John has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle and driving while prohibited.  Kelowna RCMP Cst. Lesley Smith said in a release that Fawcett is “a well known Prolific Offender and has a lengthy criminal record for vehicle thefts and other property related offences. In any given community prolific offenders account for 80 percent of all crime committed. Be rest assured our members will continue to identify, locate and arrest these individuals and hold them accountable for the crimes they have committed.”It’s not know whether Fawcett has been released from custody, or when he is due to make his next court appearance.last_img read more