The average size of a new house rose to 2,720 square feet last year, an increase of about 2% from a year earlier, and higher prices are making it more difficult for first-time buyers to afford a new home.Citing figures released by the National Association of Homebuilders, The Wall Street Journal said that the industry seems tilted toward high-end buyers these days. The number of starter homes hasn’t gone up significantly because of rising land and construction costs and because of a shortage of mortgages available to the less affluent.The average price for a new house last year was $351,000, an increase of $100,000 since 2009. Almost half the houses started last year had four bedrooms, and a quarter of them had garage space for three or more vehicles.The increase in square footage surprised Rose Quint, assistant vice president of survey research at NAHB. She and others had expected that more first-time buyers would be lured back into the market, a trend that would help keep house size down.“Last year I was expecting, and I wasn’t alone, that the average size of homes would actually fall … because there were new measures that were supposed to bring in a wave of first-time home buyers,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “That didn’t happen.”First-time buyers represented about one-third of all homebuyers, off slightly from the year before, and at the lowest level in 30 years. In a news release, NAHB said it expects that younger buyers will make a significant impact on home design in the future, pushing the market toward energy efficiency and smart home technology. But first they have to start buying houses.Some 15% of adults in the 25-to-34 age bracket lived with a parent last year. That’s about 1.3 million people who aren’t looking for a house to buy quite yet.
Former Jawaharlal University Student Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar’s convoy was attacked on Tuesday night in a scuffle with members of a Dussehra puja organisation in Begusarai district of Bihar.At least three persons were injured in the scuffle and FIRs were lodged in local police stations by both parties. The incident took place when Mr. Kumar was returning to Begusarai from addressing a public meeting Pethiagachhi in Mansoorpur block of the district.When his convoy reached Bhagwanpur block he stopped to meet someone there near a two-wheeler agency.Locals said his convoy of several vehicles caused inconvenience to the puja organisers on the road and when they protested, a scuffle broke out between them.The local puja organisers pelted stones at vehicles at the convoy in which three people — Nishant, Sumit and Golu — received minor injuries. Windscreens of some vehicles too were broken.Later, Mr. Kumar lodged a complaint at local Barauni police station while, the locals filed a counter FIR against Mr. Kumar and his supporters at Bhagwanpur police station.“FIR has been lodged against Kanhaiya Kumar and his supporters…we’ll investigate the complaint and take action,” said Deepak Kumar, Station House Officer of Bhagwanpur police station.“Kanhaiya Kumar and his supporters have also lodged an FIR against locals of Bhagwanpur area for assaulting them”, Barauni police station SHO Gajendra Singh said.Earlier on Monday a complaint was also lodged against Mr. Kumar and his supporters at Phulwari Sharief police station in Patna for “misbehaving” with doctors at Patna based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).Meanwhile, Mr. Kumar alleged that he was attacked by BJP and Bajrang Dal supporters when he was returning back after addressing a public meeting on Tuesday night.“I was addressing public meeting to garner support of people in view of our party’s BJP Bhagao, Desh Bachao (Remove BJP, save country) rally at Patna on October 25…the BJP has got frightened with my popularity and orchestrating attack on me under a well thought of conspiracy,” Mr. Kumar told The Hindu over phone.
Two people have died of heatstroke as Gujarat reeled under a severe heatwave, with temperatures crossing 45 degrees Celsius at several places. On Sunday, two persons — one in Meghraj taluka of Sabarkabtha district and one in Jerome taluka of Rajkot district — died of heatstroke, while more than 300 people affected by excessive heat and dehydration were admitted to hospitals in the State. “Senior citizens, women and children are more vulnerable to excessive heat and higher mercury levels. People should remain hydrated and stay indoors,” a civic body official said. Surendranagar was the hottest with 45.3 degrees Celsius, while State capital Gandhinagar boiled with 45 degrees Celsius. Ahmedabad and six other districts saw temperatures between 43 and 44 degrees Celsius. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and other authorities have sounded an orange alert, asking people to stay indoors, particularly between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.According to the weather department, Gujarat will continue to see higher temperatures for at least a week.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Just when Reed thought that he left everyone in the dust, the 21-year-old Mauricio Mendez made a huge leap forward, going from sixth to second in the run course to give the defending champion a run for his money.“I saw him in the first lap of the run. I was like, ‘I’d better start running, be quicker,’ He’s a beautiful runner, a really talented athlete so I was definitely concerned,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFortunately for Reed, he built enough cushion and sustained his groove to cruise to the victory, his third straight in Cebu.Pulling off another triumph, the 32-year-old expressed was pleased to fulfill his goals and meet expectations. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES “I knew I was very fit and I knew I’d have a good chance, but you’ll never know. You can’t control how other people race. If somebody else beat me, but I put in a really good performance, I’m okay with that. And today was just all about focusing on myself and racing as hard as I could,” he said.Though he cemented his status as one of the sport’s greats with his three-year dynasty in Cebu, Reed downplayed the feat.“I think every time you win somewhere, the pressure builds a little bit and the next year, there’s a little bit more pressure. For me, it’s really important to keep the pressure off and just keep it fun and enjoy myself,” he said.Luckily for Reed, he has his wife with him to share his recent first place finish to alleviate the rigors of his intense training.“I worked really hard for this. My wife came over to America with me and put up with me doing a lot of training. She was really supporting me so it makes a big difference. So this is a really a pleasing result for me and it’s special for my family,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Tim Reed. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Tim Reed was confident heading into the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday, the Australian admitted that there was a time he felt that his drive for a three-peat was in peril.That hit him hard midway through the race as he saw the much-talked about strength of the field first hand.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Reed reigns anew, completes Cebu Ironman 70.3 three-peat Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ
Sports minister Ajay Maken has written a letter to Defence Minister AK Antony, putting the latter’s ministry in a bind. Maken has urged the defence establishment to amend rules so that Subedar Vijay Kumar can get a triple promotion.Vijay won a silver medal for India in 25m rapid-fire pistol event last week, but then hit out at the Army, saying despite winning numerous laurels for India, he has not been recommended for promotion by his seniors. Vijay is attached to the 16 Dogra Regiment.Maken wrote on Monday that the defence ministry should take notice of the recent policy on out-of-turn promotions framed by the Department of Personnel and Training, which allows three such promotions for central government civilian employees.”The armed forces have been in forefront of promoting sports excellence and it would be in the fitness of things that there is parity in the award of out of turn promotion for all sports persons who have excelled in sports events internationally or nationally so as to obviate any sense of deprivation in respect of defence service employees on one hand and reward them equally for the excellence in sports events on the other hand,” Maken wrote.”Outstanding sportspersons achieving high level of excellence deserve consideration even for a third out of turn promotion in recognition of their performances. Such a move will go a long way in recognising the contribution of sportspersons in enhancing the country’s position in the arena of world sports.”The issue of immediate promotion as an officer might be tricky, as it involves different skill sets and training, but the controversy touches on the issue of parity.advertisementSources in the Army say that they would like to proceed by the rules and would give all due support to him. But there is no rule which allows for a triple promotion in case of excelling is a sports event. Rules only provide for a double promotion.
La Liga 2019 Granada vs Atletico Madrid Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast, Timings in India, Team News
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. First Published: November 23, 2019, 9:51 PM IST Atletico Madrid will travel to Granada for their upcoming La Liga 2019 fixture on Saturday (November 23). The La Liga Granada vs Atletico Madrid fixture will be played at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes. Atletico Madrid will eye to make their way among the top two when they take on Granada. Meanwhile, Granada will be looking to produce a clinical show when they welcome the Deigo Simeone’s side on the turf. With 24 points from the last thirteen games, Atletico are sitting on the 3rd spot whereas, Granada are on eight with 20 points. The La Liga Granada vs Atletico Madrid fixture will commence at 11 pm.Granada will again step into the turf without Neyder Lozano and Victor Diaz. Meanwhile, Alvaro Vadillo and Antonio Puertas are expected to feature in the starting XI. On the other hand, Atletico will be without Diego Costa, who had to undergo a neck operation. Costa will stay out of action for three months. Felix has made a comeback after suffering an ankle injury but there are very slim chances that Simeone will risk him for the upcoming game.La Liga 2019 Granada possible starting lineup vs Atletico Madrid: Silva; Quini, Duarte, Sanchez, Neva; Herrera, Gonalons; Puertas, Azeez, Vadillo; SoldadoLa Liga 2019 Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup vs Granada: Oblak; Tripper, Felipe, Hermoso, Lodi; Koke, Herrera, Llorente, Vitolo; Correa, MorataWhere to watch La Liga Granada vs Atletico Madrid live in India?Granada vs Atletico Madrid will commence at 11 pm on Saturday, November 23. The La Liga 2019 Granada vs Atletico Madrid match will be at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes. The La Liga Granada vs Atletico Madrid match live telecast will be on Facebook.How and where to watch online La Liga 2019 Granada vs Atletico Madrid live streaming?The Granada vs Atletico Madrid live stream will be available on the Facebook app and facebook.com website in India.
(REOPENS DEL 48) (REOPENS DEL 48) However, it was not a good day at his favourite ground for Rohit Sharma (2), who was dismissed by Patel. The right-hander also looked to have hurt his left shoulder while attempting a single. For the Kiwis, it was a tale of two comeback men as first 24-year-old Henry (3/35), who had replaced their pace spearhead Tim Southee created quite a flutter by removing both the openers — Shikhar Dhawan (1) and Murali Vijay (9). Off the second ball of his first over, Henry bowled Dhawan who tried to cut in an angled delivery only to drag the ball back to his stumps. Replacing Lokesh Rahul, Dhawans stint lasted just 10 balls with scorecard reading 1/1 in the second over. Vijay also perished to a beauty from the youngster playing only his fifth Test. Continuing a rare lean patch, skipper Kohli (9) was steadying the ship with a set Pujara, but Trent Boult (1/33) dismissed the skipper. Kohli got carried away after an exquisite cover drive that was cheered by the small turnout and went for an IPL-like shot chasing a ball way outside the off-stump to be caught brilliantly by Tom Latham. The dismissal less than half an before the lunch break disturbed Indias recovery plan before Pujara and Rahane held firm in the second session. Pujara, who played a crucial role with his 62 and 78 in the Kanpur Test, again showed the kind of application needed with his team off a bad start. After aiding seam movement and offering variable bounce in the morning, the pitch turned slower on a sultry afternoon, offering occasional turn. However Pujara and Rahane batted sensibly to resurrect the innings. They were never in a hurry and played according to the merit of the ball, collecting timely boundaries in the process. Giving him a able support at the other end was Rahane, who hit 11 fours in his 157-ball stay at the crease. Rahanes resolute knock came to and end when Patel trapped him LBW with India exactly at 200. Down the order, Ravichandran Ashwin played a useful knock of 26 that was laced with four hits to the boundary. PTI TAP PM PMadvertisement
Christian Eriksen is unhappy with the state of the Wembley pitch – and can’t wait to move into Tottenham’s new ground.Spurs have been playing at the national stadium while the new White Hart Lane is under construction.But the building schedule has overrun, meaning the Londoners cannot move in until at least the new year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And issues with the Wembley playing surface have been causing frustrations in the meantime.The stadium has hosted three NFL fixtures, plus Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title showdown with Alexander Povetkin, in recent months, leaving the pitch in a poor state. “As a player, it’s not been up to normal standard,” Eriksen, 26, told The Sun. “Let’s be honest and say that. I think you have seen that. They knew that.The Golden Cockerel once again sits proudly above our stadium. #SpursNewStadium #COYS pic.twitter.com/iRo5sBV4Kt— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 6, 2018“We want to play on a better pitch than our training pitch, but sometimes the training pitch is better than the game pitch. It’s difficult.”Tottenham should have already been in their state-of-the-art new stadium but construction issues put back their original September 15 move-in date.The Dane added: “We know the same as the people in the press. We don’t really know when it will be finished. Hopefully it will be soon.“People have seen pictures of the stadium and what it is going to look like – it’s going to be exceptional when we are finally in there.”Fans are hopeful that Spurs’ clash with Manchester United on January 13 could be their opening fixture in the new ground.But there are reports the builders need even more time with the north London derby against Arsenal on March 2 another potential curtain-raiser.
PV Sindhu fell just short of claiming her maiden title at the BWF Superseries Finals and settled for silver, losing to top seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in Dubai on Sunday.In a battle that last an hour and 34 minutes, Sindhu fought valiantly but Yamaguchu topped her 15-21, 21-12, 21-19 to win the gold medal at the Dubai World Superseries Finals.This is the third major event in the last two years where Sindhu has had to settle for a silver after a second-placed finish at Olympics 2016 and World Championships 2017.However, Sindhu ends a successful year with a silver medal in Dubai after winning India Open Super Series and Korea Super Series through the year.We witnessed a great final and PV Sindhu ALMOST created history.She will bring home the silver of the #DubaiSSF after losing to Akane Yamaguchi in a marathon encounter! pic.twitter.com/npOMlTFHZz- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 17, 2017Sindhu began the match and announced herself with a 328 KPH winner to claim the first point.Despite a good beginning by Sindhu, Yamaguchi shot right back to take four points in a row to lead 4-2.Sindhu dished out some excellent defensive shots even as the Japanese targetted her backhand corner, making it difficult for her arch her body to play the shots.Despite trailing for most part of the first half of the opening game, Sindhu hit a good patch and won six straight points to lead 11-8 at the break.Even after the break, Sindhu kept up her momentum and put immense pressure on Yamaguchi that forced the Japanese to make errors and throw the shuttles wide.advertisementTowards the end of the game, Sindhu brought out her A game and hit her aggressive streak to dish out some delightful flat smashes.Without much trouble, Sindhu took the first game 21-15.?????????@Pvsindhu1 cruises through the opening game! Wins it 21-15 against Yamaguchi. Go Sindhu go! #DubaiSSF- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 17, 2017Sindhu started the second game with the same momentum as the previous game and raced to a 5-0 lead.Sindhu maintained her lead for most part of the first half but physical strain began to show on her and Yamaguchi managed to draw level at 8-8.The Japanese picked her groove up from there, which included ending a 41-shot rally with a perfect smash and went into the break with an 11-9 lead.Sindhu came under pressure and began making mistakes from there. Despite Pullela Gopichand’s effort to calm Sindhu down, Yamaguchi did not let the Indian back in the game and thrashed her to take the second game 21-12.Yamaguchi dominates the second game to win it 21-12 against Sindhu. All to play for in the decider! #DubaiSSF- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 17, 2017The decider began in Sindhu’s favour as the Indian looked like she had come back with fresh energy and raced to a commanding 4-0 lead.Yamaguchi yet again came back from behind and levelled the game at 5-5.The pendulum swung once more as Sindhu began finding her angled shots and played some brilliant aggressive badminton to lead 11-8 at the break.The game had stretched far by now and both the players started looking tired even though Sindhu look more in trouble.At 13-13, Sindhu and Yamaguchi played an epic rally, where the Indian showed her beat defensive play and followed that up with a beautiful net drop to make it 14-13.There was a special rally in Glasgow, there is a special rally in Dubai!PV Sindhu, hats off to your grit! Wins a breath-taking rally! #DubaiSSF- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 17, 2017The rallies kept getting longer and longer and the game remained neck-and-neck from there.Sindhu fought with brilliant all-court play and precise flat smashes to keep the game tied at 19-19.From there, it was just a matter of a couple of points and Sindhu made two silly errors to let slip the game 19-21 and settled for silver.Photo Credit: AP
Jodhpur, Aug 15 (PTI) Robinhood Army considers hunger a major problem and they have taken upon themselves to fight this acute problem. Like every Independence Day, volunteers of the group have decided to distribute food to 1 million people.The group derives its name from a legendary English outlaw of the 12th century, who robbed the rich and and gave to the poor – a popular model of courage and generosity.A volunteer-based organisation, the group works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community to serve the less fortunate.It aims to distribute food to 1 million people under its Mission Million 2018.Referring themselves as Robins, volunteers of the group provide meals to people in need on footpaths and at hospitals, railway stations and shelter homes.Robin Akshayraj, one of the founders of the Jodhpur chapter of the group, said Robinhood volunteers collect the surplus food from hotels and restaurants, and provide them to people who need them.”This Independence Day, our 16,000 plus Robins have partnered with organisations across the country to serve a million meals to the less fortunate,” Akshayraj said.”With a view to make the drive more inclusive, we have this time decided to take the mission to our friends, family, community and city with a view to reach out to 10,000 hungry persons and get them to contribute to a hunger-free India,” he said, adding, there could not be a better way to celebrate the Independence Day than to fill empty stomachs and bring smile.Another Robin, Samarth Jain, said their objective is to sensitise people – from the district collector to owners and managers of the corporate houses and other influential persons – and get them to identify hunger as a major issue.advertisement”As our Robin family has grown, while serving lakhs of meals and smiles over the years, we have realised that the problem of hunger in India is too large for any one team to solve. So we are reaching out to people and leaders of our country to come together and build a hunger-free India,” Jain said.The aim of Robinhood Army this year is to reach out to 190 million hungry people in the country.”We want to use this as a platform to make the hunger issue something which concerns the entire country and mobilize leaders into action to build a hunger-free India,” Robin Priyansha Singh said.”We are looking for a permanent solution and hence our team has targeted 38 people in India – 20 influencers from Bollywood, sports and entertainment fields and 18 changemakers from politics and corporate,” she said, adding, people like them could sensitise, appeal and initiate to bring a solution. PTI CORR ABHABH
Indiana’s Troy Williams will be looking to do this again on FridayToday’s game against Michigan State is huge for Indiana for a number of reasons. The Hoosiers can pick up a big win against another likely tournament team, and impress a pair of huge recruits that are attending the game at Assembly Hall. Forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea is playing his part in the effort. The high-flying junior somehow split four Spartan defenders from just a few feet inside the foul line to slam home a missed three attempt. DUNK OF THE YEAR: https://t.co/NuDV8t1GV1— OHB (@ohholybutt) March 7, 2015We’d tell Michigan State to box out, but we’re sure Tom Izzo has already covered that.
Georgia linebacker David Pollack celebrates victory with fans at the 2005 Outback Bowl January 1, 2005 at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida. Georgia defeated Wisconsin 24 – 21. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Georgia is projected to be a top five team in college football this coming season, and one former Bulldogs star had some interesting things to say this week about the team’s prospects. ESPN College GameDay’s David Pollack talked to Mike Griffith of DawgNation this week about both the team’s offense and defense.In short, Pollack thinks that the offense will be elite and the defense could struggle. In fact, he’s worried about multiple position groups on the defensive side of the ball.Pollack is worried about the front seven, the linebackers and the secondary. He wonders if the Bulldogs lost too much.“Defensively, the linebacking corps was a place you looked at with them and you worried about,” Pollack said. “Losing Roquan Smith, obviously, you can’t just find that …. the defensive front seven and linebackers have question marks.”“Deandre Baker was the best cornerback in college football for the last couple years, it was fun to watch him, he was unbelievable, and now you lose him,” Pollack said.“You’ve got plenty of guys back there, but defensively, can they get back to dominating?” Pollack said. “Can they get back to being one of those teams that creates a lot of turnovers and you see those Savage pads out?Georgia, a year ago, lost in the SEC title game to Alabama before falling to Texas in the Sugar Bowl. We’ll see if Georgia can get over the hump and finally take down Alabama to gain control of the SEC this season.
It will entail facilitators’ leveraging of various sporting disciplines, among other interventions, to engage youth as a means of providing inspiration and hope of what can be achieved by tackling crime and other social challenges through collaboration. Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, is among several notable persons supporting a programme designed to curtail crime and violence among youth through sports and mentorship, which is being spearheaded by Jamaica’s former ‘Sunshine Girls’ netball team captain, Simone Forbes. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, is among several notable persons supporting a programme designed to curtail crime and violence among youth through sports and mentorship, which is being spearheaded by Jamaica’s former ‘Sunshine Girls’ netball team captain, Simone Forbes.The initiative, dubbed ‘Project Gold’ (Guidance, Opportunities and Lessons for Development), was launched at the Triple Century Sports Bar, New Kingston on April 6.It will entail facilitators’ leveraging of various sporting disciplines, among other interventions, to engage youth as a means of providing inspiration and hope of what can be achieved by tackling crime and other social challenges through collaboration.Several disciplines, including netball, cricket, track and field and football, will be used in workshops that will be organized to help participants set goals and learn how to commit to them.The project will also provide family life and parenting skills, and entrepreneurship training for at least 15 parents and caregivers.A pilot for the initiative kicked off on Saturday (April 7) in August Town, eastern St. Andrew, for which Mrs. Williams is the Member of Parliament, with 30 participants aged 11 to 17.This eight-week engagement is being jointly implemented with the Citizen Security and Justice Programme Phase Three (CSJP III) and the Institute for Law and Economics (ILE).It will culminate with a community run involving about 300 parents and supporters of the participants.Athletes collaborating on the project, Olympian, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce; Jamaica and West Indies cricketer, Chris Gayle; and former ‘Reggae Boyz’ national football team captain, Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, are patrons of the initiative.Ms. Forbes used the launch to thank the sponsors and patrons for partnering on the project, which she said was initiated as a response to reports of increasing crime.“Crime is real. But guess what, all of us have to do something about it… all of us have a part to play in ridding society of this madness. This is a community project… so the people in the community… the people on the ground… they are the ones who are going to make this project a success,” she emphasized.Communications/Social Marketing Coordinator, CSJP III, Patrice Nephew, hailed the initiative as being well-needed and commended Ms. Forbes for championing its implementation.Ms. Nephew said it is in line with CSJP III’s mandate of contributing to the resocialisation of at-risk youth, as also its other projects that use sports for development and peace.
OTTAWA – The federal government is not going to argue against halting construction of the controversial Site C hydroelectric dam in British Columbia while a B.C. court decides if the project violates constitutionally protected treaty rights.However a spokeswoman for Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Monday the government will continue to defend the federal approval given for the project in December 2014, even though that approval was given using an environmental review process McKenna herself has said is fundamentally flawed.The Site C project is an 1,100-megawatt dam and generating station on the Peace River in northern B.C. that will flood parts of the traditional territory of the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations. In January, they filed a civil court case against the provincial government, B.C. Hydro and the federal government asking a judge to decide if their rights were being violated by the dam. A few weeks later, West Moberly asked the court for an injunction to halt construction pending the outcome of the rights case.On May 11, lawyers for Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould filed a notice that Canada would remain neutral on the question of the injunction, meaning Canada won’t argue against the idea of postponing construction for months, if not years, while the rights case winds through the court.Wilson-Raybould has been silent on Site C since being named Canada’s minister of justice in 2015, but in 2012, when she was the B.C. regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, she said the project was “running roughshod” over treaty rights. The Justice Department on Monday directed questions to Environment and Climate Change Canada.McKenna’s spokeswoman, Caroline Theriault, said the injunction request is just a procedural step regarding construction and that is B.C. jurisdiction not federal.However, she said Canada will defend the environmental assessment and Crown consultation processes and the federally issued permits required for construction.McKenna has legislation before the House of Commons to overhaul the process for environmental assessment of major projects like hydro dams and pipelines, arguing the former government’s procedures had skewed too far towards proponents. The overhaul includes requiring traditional Indigenous knowledge be taken into account. However, Theriault said the commitment to overhaul the process also included a promise not to revisit projects that had already been approved, such as Site C.“The federal environmental assessment process for the Site C project has already been upheld in other court actions,” said Theriault.West Moberly Chief Roland Wilson said he was both excited and yet concerned by Canada’s decision last week not to oppose the injunction.“It feels kind of odd and makes me wonder what they’re up to,” Wilson said.However he said all he has ever wanted was for the project to be stopped until the question of rights can be answered. Wilson said two previous dams on the Peace River already flooded 80 per cent of the functional land within West Moberly’s territory and that Site C will flood half of what’s left. That land is used for fishing and hunting and there is also concern the dam will allow mercury to leak into Moberly Lake, he said.Construction began in 2015 and more than $2.4 billion has already been spent on a project that will at the earliest, not be completed until 2024 and will cost an estimated $10 billion total.The province continues to argue against the injunction and will also fight the rights case. Premier John Horgan campaigned on a promise to review the Site C approval. A B.C. Utilities Commission report in November found there are alternatives to building it and that it will go over budget. Nevertheless Horgan in December said he had to let construction continue because cancelling the project would be too costly both for the province and its electricity consumers.
CALGARY – Humans are pretty complicated creatures — but that hasn’t always been reflected in the influential field of economics.Economic models based on assumptions we are fully emotionless have, however, given way in recent decades to a more nuanced view of our quirks and imperfections, ushering in the rise of behavioural economics.Richard Thaler, a pioneer in the field who was awarded the Nobel economics prize this year for his efforts, said in his acceptance speech that his work has focused on how to introduce humans into economic theory as the fallible, absent minded, procrastinating, and notoriously over-confident people we can be.The Canadian Press canvassed some of Canada’s prominent economists to find out where they see some of the biggest disconnects between the rational-thinking optimizers of traditional economics and the world in which we all actually live.Too little time, too little value:Jim Stanford, former Unifor economist and author of Economics for Everyone, says one of our big oversights is not putting enough value on time itself.“People undervalue their own time, on the assumption that time doesn’t have any visible value directly attached to it…But, of course, the older we get, we realize time is the most valuable thing there is.”He says that flaw comes up in everything from a willingness to walk long distances for cheaper parking, to not factoring in how long it can take to assemble Ikea furniture.And when people don’t value time enough, it makes it easier for companies and governments to take more of it for free, whether it’s being stuck on hold, working unpaid overtime, or the increasing need to wait for jobs in the gig economy, he adds.“The fact that time seems to be free leads to real inefficiencies in how we organize things in the economy.”One-track minds:Trevor Tombe, an economist at the University of Calgary, says that he sees many of the flaws identified in behavioural economics play out in public policy debates.One of the key issues he sees is confirmation bias, in which people seek out and interpret information that is consistent with their own prior views, which has only been made worse by social media and other tools to screen out dissenting opinions.He says the false consensus effect is also at play. This includes when people tend to think their own views are much more widely held than they truly are.“That’s in part, what leads the debates in the political arena or about policy to be highly polarized.”FOMO:Doug Porter, chief economist at BMO Financial Group, says he’s been struck by how much people pay attention to saving dollars and even pennies on smaller purchases, but have been willing to increase home price bids by tens of thousands of dollars to get in the market.He says the fear of missing out was well on display in the Toronto real estate market this year, despite rising concerns of a bubble.Porter says there are shifts that can indeed change market fundamentals — and it’s difficult to know you’re in a bubble when you’re in the middle of it — but he said people should be careful when buying into a market that seems to be going up on speculation alone.“Where you have to be cautious is when people are buying because they think prices only have one way to go. They’re buying simply because things are going up, not because things have fundamentally shifted.”Boredom and bad decisions:Craig Alexander, chief economist at the Conference Board of Canada, gets frustrated when people spend far more time on research on small consumer purchases like televisions than on far more important financial decisions.He sees the same pattern play out in deciding on retirement savings, buying insurance, and other economic decisions that can be intimidating (and possibly quite dull).“Some people find finance scary. There’s a language to it — they don’t understand the language, they’re uncomfortable with it, so they avoid it. And it’s a natural tendency, but it can lead people to making poor choices.”He says behavioural economics has helped, by “nudging” people to make better decisions like having people enrolled in pension programs by default, but not taking away their free choice by being allowed to opt out.Under pressure:Frances Woolley, an economics professor at Carleton University, sees all sorts of behavioural quirks in tipping.Even the suggestion of a 15 to 25 per cent tip on a machine leads people to believe its the reasonable amount, says Woolley, an example of the so-called anchor effect that behavioural economics identifies as relying too heavily on the first piece of information offered.The field also explains that people will do something like tipping just because other people are already doing it, she says.But as an economist she’s still puzzled by a tipping culture that can see a server at a high-end restaurant earning more than, say, a child care worker.“Do we really need smart and entrepreneurial people working as servers in high-end restaurants — because that’s what we’ll get if serving pays better than comparable jobs.”Economists are not normal:Chris Ragan, chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, says he’s learned through his outreach efforts on carbon pricing that economists are not like normal people, and they think differently than most people about key metrics like prices.He says part of the negative response to carbon pricing is that many people only see a price increase, and not the system behind it.“Economists see prices as allocating resources, as sending signals, and over time changing behaviour in response to price changes,” he says.“Economists see not just a price, but a price system, as playing this super vital role in organizing society and allocating resources. Normal people don’t think that way.”
TORONTO — Enbridge Inc., a U.S. power producer and a major pension fund want to develop a new power transmission line in northern Ontario.The three companies, through a joint-venture called NextBridge Infrastructure, aim to bid on the opportunity to build the Ontario East-West Transmission Tie.The line would run between Thunder Bay and Wawa, Ont., and is expected to come into service as early as 2017.The 400-kilometre, 230-kilovolt line is estimated to cost $600-million, according to an Ontario Power Authority report.Calgary-based pipeline and utility giant Enbridge and Borealis Infrastructure, an arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Service, are seeking regulatory approval to buy part of Upper Canada Transmission.Upper Canada Transmission is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, a power producer based in Florida.“The proposed Ontario East-West Transmission Tie is expected to increase reliability, allow for the retirement or conversion of northern coal facilities and increase the ability to develop renewable generation in the region,” the partners said in a release.If they’re selected, the partners plan to develop, build, own and operate the line under the Ontario Energy Board’s regulatory oversight.
Reflecting persistent divisions among Member States on a package of reform proposals put forward by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the United Nations General Assembly held a recorded vote today to adopt a resolution welcoming Annan’s commitment to a stronger UN while at the same time reaffirming the Assembly’s “oversight role” in administrative and budgetary matters and requesting a series of follow-up reports to spell out the details of the proposed reform measures. By a vote of 121 to 50 with 2 abstentions (Norway and Uganda), the Assembly adopted a resolution which had passed by a similar margin late last month in the Administrative and Budgetary (Fifth) Committee, where the draft had been initially proposed by a caucus of 132 countries, known as the Group of 77 and China. The Fifth Committee vote broke the panel’s longstanding tradition of consensus action on budgetary matters. Addressing the Assembly after the vote, its President, Jan Eliasson of Sweden, voiced regret that the tradition of adopting by consensus resolutions on management issues had not been maintained, but cautioned against “a pointless discussion of why we failed to agree or what went wrong.” Instead, he urged efforts to achieve “the broadest possible agreement on all the reform issues before us” and appealed for dialogue among those with opposing views. “We must listen to each other, gain a better understanding of each other’s positions and move from polarization to cooperation,” he stressed, adding that this would work for the good of all. “It is in our common interest and in the interest of the United Nations.” Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the President suggested that the far-reaching nature of the reforms had presaged a difficult road. “If the Secretary-General had proposed a less ambitious programme, he would have perhaps achieved that consensus, but here was a serious effort to lift the bar and ask for more – and you saw the reaction from Member States,” Mr. Eliasson said. He pointed to notable recent achievements in the area of reform – including the establishment of the Human Rights Council, the Peacebuilding Commission and the Central Emergency Revolving Fund (CERF) – as evidence of progress. “In spite of the turmoil in the world, in spite of the atmosphere that is somewhat strained, we have actually achieved results.” In his remarks to the Assembly after the vote, Dumisani S. Kumalo, the Ambassador of South Africa and Chair of the G-77, stressed that the resolution was presented in a constructive spirit. “We want to reassure all Member States that the resolution we have just adopted does not in any way delay or prevent the reform of the United Nations,” he said.“In fact, a careful reading of this resolution will show that many of the proposals in it are meant to make this a better Organization,” he added. “A large part of this resolution captures areas in which there is general agreement among Member States about their importance and necessity. The exceptions are those proposals that would have amended the oversight role of Member States, through the General Assembly.”Speaking on behalf of the European Union, Austria’s Ambassador, Gerhard Pfanzelter, voiced opposition to the resolution, which he said did not reflect crucial concerns of the Union and other countries. At this early stage, he said, proposals should not be selectively rejected, amended or convoluted with conditions.He expressed regret that the Union’s efforts to foster agreement on the resolution had failed and cautioned that the collapse of the consensus principle in the Fifth Committee should be a matter of serious concern to all. It was necessary to restore the long-standing working methods of the Committee, he added, calling for a forward-looking approach and the re-establishment of a climate of trust and cooperation. Ambassador John R. Bolton of the United States said the vote on management reforms in the Fifth Committee, as well as the vote called for today in the General Assembly, “raises deep concerns about the breach of the consensus decision-making principle that has been the practice of the Fifth Committee for nearly two decades.”The resolution responds to Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s report, “Investing in the United Nations: For a Stronger Organization Worldwide,” submitted in March to enable the UN to accommodate its own shift from largely bureaucratic tasks to life-saving work in the field. The proposals encompass a revamped version of how to recruit, contract, train, assign and compensate staff, and include a redefined post of Deputy Secretary-General. Other recommendations call for exploring options for alternative service delivery, including relocating and possible outsourcing of functions. The resolution also reaffirms the Assembly’s oversight role – and that of its Fifth Committee – in administrative and budgetary matters, and in carrying out a thorough analysis and approval of the human and financial resources and policies. Other provisions of the text mandate that any changes to the role of the Deputy Secretary-General must be in accord with the original Assembly resolution that established the post. Proposals to amend the UN’s overall departmental structure are now subject to the Assembly’s review. The resolution requests a series of detailed reports that could slow the reform momentum as the Secretary-General’s second – and final – five-year term approaches its close at the end of 2006. These include studies on the impact of previous and ongoing reforms as they relate to the proposals; on investing in information and communications technology, new sourcing options, financial management practices and performance evaluation and reporting; and on a comprehensive review of procurement rules, regulations and policies. The Secretary-General’s comprehensive reform blueprint was called for in the Outcome Document adopted by national leaders at last September’s World Summit in New York. It builds on a package of reforms Mr. Annan launched last year to enhance effectiveness, ethics and accountability and to address weaknesses exposed by the Independent Inquiry on the Oil-for-Food Programme as well as evidence of sexual exploitation in certain peacekeeping operations.Among other actions today, the Assembly also adopted a resolution authorizing over $100 million for the so-called “capital master plan,” a massive refurbishment of the UN Headquarters complex that is widely considered to be long overdue.
With revenues increasing, Ottawa ahead of pace on deficit-reduction track OTTAWA – The federal government continues to make progress toward its goal of reducing the deficit despite weaker than expected economic growth and job creation.The latest fiscal accounting from the Finance Department shows the deficit at roughly half last year’s level in the first four months of the 2012-2013 fiscal period.In the March budget, Ottawa projected the deficit for the year would be $21.1 billion, or $3.8 billion below the previous year’s shortfall.As of July — one third of the way into the fiscal year — Ottawa’s deficit stood at $3 billion compared with $5.9 billion for the first four months of 2011-12.July was another good month for the government’s books, relatively speaking, showing a $1.1-billion deficit compared with $1.7 billion for July 2011.But TD Bank economist Sonya Gulati warned against projecting a lower deficit for the year as whole, citing the soft economy.After a disappointing 1.8 per cent growth rate in the first half of the year, many economists anticipate that overall economic expansion for the year will come in slightly below two per cent, a little weaker than the budget’s working assumption of 2.1 per cent.Gulati said her bank’s forecast is that nominal output, which is closely tied to government revenues, will come in lower than the government’s estimate of $1.78 trillion even after the prudence factor — a margin for error — has been accounted for.“With expenditures tracking close to budget estimates and revenue momentum likely to fade, there is some downside risk that this year’s deficit may be a bit larger come fiscal update time,” she said.“A possible offset could be lower debt servicing costs given the extended lower-for-longer interest rate profile.”In fact, the numbers show the cost to the government to service the national debt was down by $826 million in the first four months.So far at least, revenues continue to come in stronger than the growth figures would suggest, putting Ottawa ahead of pace toward meeting its budget target.For the first four months, revenues rose $3 billion, or 3.7 per cent, compared with the same period last year. Program expenses are also up but not as much — by $933 million, or 1.2 per cent.In July, revenues increased by $153 million, or 0.8 per cent, while program expenses declined by $72 million.The major negative for the month was that corporate income tax revenues were down 11.7 per cent, although they remain positive for the year.Economists warn that government receipts and payouts are lumpy, meaning they are subject to misleading monthly variations. In recent statements, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has said the government is roughly on track to meet its budget goals.According to the budget projections, Ottawa believes it will be virtually in balance by 2014-15 and will record the first surplus since 2008 the following year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 28, 2012 12:40 pm MDT
After a triple overtime loss against No.12 Purdue, the Ohio State women’s basketball team sought to put an end to their four game losing streak. Against Indiana Thursday, the Buckeyes did just that, defeating the Hoosiers, 68-45 at the Schottenstein Center. In the process, OSU also notched its first Big Ten win of the year. “We needed this win,” said senior guard Tayler Hill. “We need to stay on this path.” Up six at the end of the first half, junior center Darryce Moore said the team went into the locker cohesively agreed that they “needed to bring energy” in the game’s second act. Behind Hill and Moore, OSU seemed to do exactly that. The Buckeyes tallied 38 points on 50 percent shooting during the second half while limiting Indiana to 21 points on 31 percent from the floor. Hill led all Buckeye scorers with 15 points total. Additionally, she collected eight rebounds and dished out four assists. OSU coach Jim Foster, though, said Hill wasn’t at her best. He said the senior had sat out much of the week’s practices because of illness. “She didn’t have her legs,” he said. Hill, though, still helped hold Indiana standout senior forward Aulani Sinclair to five points on 2-for-15 shooting. “Given the defense she played on the Sinclair kid, you have to give her a lot of credit,” Foster said. Perhaps another key to OSU’s win was Moore’s presence in the paint. Foster said Moore, who had 14 points and six rebounds, is slowing her game down. It’s also something Hill noticed. “Darryce is doing an excellent job,” Hill said. “She’s slowing down, she’s rebounding and scoring the way we knew she could. She’s playing to her potential so I’m proud of her.” Freshman guard Ameryst Alston, played 30 minutes and tied Hill for the most rebounds with eight. Coming off the bench, junior center Aleksandra Dobranic added 10 points, four rebounds and one block. And while OSU had four double-digit scorers, Hoosier coach Curt Miller said it was the Buckeye defense that gave them fits. “(Hill’s) strength and athleticism bothered (Sinclair). When they went man-to-man, (Hill) made shots a lot more difficult,” he said after the game. OSU will look to continue such success against Wisconsin on Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
The Record Store Day initiative has given a boost to vinyl They were once thought entirely out-of-fashion, the preserve of men of a certain age nostalgic for the rock bands of their youth.But vinyl records have enjoyed such a resounding comeback they have now overtaken digital sales for the first time.Last week saw more albums bought on vinyl than downloaded digitally, in a moment hailed by the industry as a “tipping point”.While £2.4 million was spent on physical records, just £2.1 million went on downloads as devotees of digital swap ownership for streaming services. Amy Winehouse’s album made the vinyl chart Nirvana’s Never Mind is enjoying a resurgence on vinyl Pink Floyd’s Animals made the vinyl charts The top ten vinyl sales included several new releases on vinyl: Metallica’s Hardwired to Self-Destruct, Pink Floyd’s Animals, Live at the Hollywood Bowl from the Beatles, and the soundtrack to Stranger Things by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein.Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack and Nirvana’s Never Mind also made an appearance, far more popular on vinyl than in any other medium.The top ten downloads saw Now That’s What I Call Music 95 reach the number one slot, with songs by Little Mix, Bruno Mars, Dodie and Emile Sande joining various compilations. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The only overlap between the two charts was Metallica, which reached number one on vinyl and number four on download.Kim Bayley, CEO of Entertainment Retailers Association which compiled the figures, said they had noticed more teens and 20-something shoppers buying vinyl, adding to the 40+ male demographic. The same week last year saw £1.2m spent on vinyl and £4.4m on digital, according to the Entertainment Retailers Association.Experts attributed the change in part to the run up to Christmas, which will see more people purchase physical albums as gifts for family and friends.But they also pointed to a sea change in the retail experience, which has seen vinyl go on sale in supermarkets as well as more traditional specialist record shops. While the Christmas shoppers did have an effect on last week’s chart, she said, there had been a steady rise in vinyl sales over the last few years, with a particular boost after supermarkets began stocking them on the shelves.“It’s all part of a longer-term trend in the desire to own vinyl,” she said. “People have rediscovered it and the retail landscape has changed.”