Fixed interest rates may be better choice than variable for home buyers

TORONTO — Longer-term fixed mortgage rates may soon be a better deal than variable rates for homebuyers, according to a new report by BMO Capital Markets.[np_storybar title=”Canadian home prices rise to fresh high in February” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/03/12/canadian-home-prices-rise-to-fresh-high-in-february/”%5DHome prices were up in all five markets surveyed in Western Canada and were down in all five metropolitan eastern markets except Montreal. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]BMO chief economist Douglas Porter and senior economist Benjamin Reitzes say that historically, choosing a variable mortgage rate has been more “cost-effective” than locking in on a five-year fixed rate, but this may no longer be the case as signs of an improving economy continue.It’s been long anticipated that both the Bank of Canada and the U.S. Federal Reserve will move to hike interest rates in 2015.“True, it may have seemed that markets and economists have played the role of The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf on higher interest rates in recent years,” says the report released Thursday, titled “Mortgage Choices: The Fix(ed) is In.”“But there are emerging signs that the tide is finally turning for rates, especially with the U.S. economy poised to accelerate. The bond market has sent out loud warning signals over the past year that the era of low interest rates may finally be drawing to a close.”Currently, a five-year fixed mortgage rate from one of the big Canadian banks hovers above 3%, with variable rates ranging below that.Porter and Reitzes say that as bond yields rise they will put pressure on borrowing costs and long-term mortgages.Even if variable rates take some time to climb, we may not see such low fixed rates again any time soon“So, even if variable rates take some time to climb, we may not see such low fixed rates again any time soon,” says the report.They also said any potential hikes will affect most those who are already stretched too thinly in the housing market, so locking in at a higher rate may be beneficial for this group to weather any drastic increases.“For those who don’t have much financial flexibility and would run into difficulty from a pronounced upswing in interest rates (typically first-time homebuyers), any potential extra cost for peace of mind now appears to be a price well worth paying,” according to the report.Earlier this week, the Teranet-National Bank national composite price index found that home prices are steadily rising.In February, Canada home prices rose 0.3%.The index, which tracks the average home price in 11 metropolitan markets, found that home prices were up in all five markets surveyed in Western Canada and were down in all five metropolitan eastern markets except Montreal. read more

Pakistan and Sri Lanka agree to boost defence ties

Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Tuesday decided to enhance defence cooperation, the Ministry of Defence Production in Pakistan said.The understanding was reached when the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Pakistan, Maj. Gen (Retd) Jayanath Lokuketagodage met the Federal Minister of Defence Production (MoDP) Rana Tanveer Hussain. They exchanged views on matters of mutual interest and enhancing cooperation in defence production. Rana Tanveer Hussain also tried to resolve the issue of financial constraint on part of Sri Lanka, which is hindering Sri Lanka to buy heavy products from Pakistan .He, gave two solutions, usage of unspent credit line or some organizations may provide finance to Sri Lanka on soft terms.The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Maj. Gen (Retd) Jayanath Lokuketagodage mentioned that Pakistan always helped Sri Lanka when there were lots of embargoes imposed on Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) “Pakistan has always proposed futuristic defence cooperation to Sri Lanka. As one of the largest suppliers of high-tech defence equipment, Pakistan played an important role in assisting Sri Lanka to defeat terrorism, “said Rana Tanveer Hussain. During the call on it was discussed that Pakistan has offered a lot to Sri Lanka in terms of defence products. The cooperation ranges from small arms to heavy weapons. read more

Wellness Day registration coming soon

With Brock’s Wellness Day just over a month away on Thursday, June 15, registration will open at noon on Tuesday, May 23 and will close two weeks later.The opening plenary speaker will be Brock alumna Sherry Campbell, a professional speaker and psychotherapist. Campbell is the co-founder, author and presenter of The Resilient Journey, which focuses on developing a resilient workforce with tailored workshops dealing with issues such as difficult times, managing workplace stress and different personalities, how to cope with a bad day and balancing work and life.Campbell will give a talk on increasing our ability to deal with the curve balls life sometimes deals us.More than 80 workshops are being offered to staff and faculty across eight areas of wellness: social, emotional, physical, financial, intellectual, environmental, occupational and spiritual.The brochure will be posted on the Wellness Day Sharepoint page.Because space is limited and some sessions have waitlists, anyone who registers for a workshop, but isn’t able to attend, is asked to email wellnessday@brocku.ca to cancel your registration.The Wellness Day Penny Sale will also be held again, and donations are welcome from all staff and faculty. Contact wellnessday@brocku.ca if you know of a local business interested in providing items.Follow Wellness Day on Twitter and Facebook for updates and details regarding Wellness initiatives and resources. A new “Employee Wellness” group has also been created on Yammer in Office 365. read more

Baseball Is Finally Remembering How Good Albert Pujols Can Be

Fame can be fickle in sports, especially for the rare player skilled (and fortunate) enough to cash in big on his athletic talents. Five years ago, Albert Pujols was baseball’s most marketable superstar. But one massive contract and two disappointing seasons later, that goodwill had faded.Until this week, that is. Pujols belted his 499th and 500th career home runs Tuesday night, and the milestones seemed to remind fans of what he once was, and maybe still can be. Specifically, Pujols’s homers recalled the fearsome slugger who once made us seriously suspect he had been created by Cyberdyne Systems just to hit baseballs.Still, Pujols, now 34, is fighting an uphill battle against Father Time, as well as the backlash of unmet expectations. So amid the hyperbole and wild swings in public opinion — we loved Pujols, then turned on him, and have recently warmed to him once again — let’s survey the full arc of his career to date, even if, as we saw just this week, it’s still a work in progress.Pujols’s origin story begins with his 13th-round selection in the draft and ends somewhere during his express ride through the St. Louis Cardinals’ entire minor league system in one season. By the time he hit .329 with 37 home runs as a 21-year-old major league rookie in 2001, he had arrived. In his entire career, Pujols’s batting average has been below .300 for exactly four games. That’s it. He last finished a game with a sub-.300 lifetime average on April 6, 2001.In his prime, Pujols’s greatest strength at the plate was his ability to hit for power without sacrificing contact. From 2001 to 2010, he was tied with Ryan Howard for the major leagues’ third-highest rate of isolated power,1Isolated power (ISO) is a metric that subtracts batting average from slugging percentage, in essence capturing a player’s rate of extra base hits per at bat, weighted by his total bases. a .293 ISO that trailed only Barry Bonds’s .406 and Jim Thome’s .299. (Bonds’s stat is staggering, and mostly compiled during the performance enhancing drug-aided phase of his career, when he resembled more of a video game character than a baseball player.) Pujols struck out in only 9.5 percent of his plate appearances over that span. Among power hitters in the Late Steroid Era, a strikeout rate so low was unheard of. On the ISO list, you’d need to go down to Nomar Garciaparra at .183 (ranked 177th) to find anyone with a strikeout rate lower than Pujols’s.Pujols was also unusually disciplined about when he chose to swing, offering at only 42.3 percent of the pitches he saw (the average player swings at about 46 percent of pitches faced), and even swinging at balls in the strike zone 2.2 percent less often than the typical hitter.2According to Baseball Info Solutions data. He also swung at the first pitch less often than the norm (20 percent for Pujols versus 28 percent for the league), and constantly worked himself into hitter’s counts, seeing a 2-0 count 50 percent more often than the average hitter, and a 3-1 count 32 percent more often.Pujols could hit nearly everything. Among MLB batters from 2002 to 2010, only Pujols and his once-teammate Matt Holliday were at least one run above average per 100 pitches against every single pitch classification that hitters see with any regularity — i.e. the fastball, curveball, changeup, etc.3This excludes the knuckleball, which only makes up about 0.5 percent of all pitches seen by major leaguers. And when Pujols swung, he usually hit the ball hard. His hits went for extra bases 50 percent more often than the average player’s did. His fly balls left the yard twice as frequently as the norm. He hit home runs 2.4 times more often (on a per-at-bat basis) than the major league average.It was all of these elements working together — the combination of contact-hitting ability, patience and raw power — that made Pujols the most devastating hitter of his generation. And then there were the non-hitting skills. Despite very little speed, Pujols was a surprisingly good baserunner, adding somewhere between 15 and 20 runs above average on the basepaths over the first decade of his career, depending on which statistical estimation you look at. And he was also the game’s best fielding first baseman during his prime, likely deserving of more than the two Gold Gloves he won in 2006 and 2010.As dominant as Pujols was, by 2011 — the final season of a longterm deal he signed with St. Louis in 2004 — the cracks were starting to show. In his first 10 major league seasons, Pujols had never dropped below 5.5 wins above replacement (regardless of whether you look at Baseball-Reference’s or FanGraphs’ version of the statistic) and was often in the 7 to 9 WAR range. But In 2011, Pujols, then 31 years old, posted roughly 4.9 WAR4Splitting the difference between Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs. — easily a career low. His seasonal batting average fell below .300 for the first time ever, and his power was down. Plus, by FanGraphs’ estimation, he also had his worst baserunning and fielding performances in years.It was easy enough to write those numbers off, though. Pujols’s average was down largely because of a low .277 BABIP,5Batting Average on Balls in Play. which can vary from year to year due in no small measure to luck. His ISO matched his previous career lows, but in each prior case he’d bounced back to post monster power numbers within two seasons of the down year. Pujols turned in a great postseason performance for the Cardinals in 2011, culminating in a 1.064 OPS during the World Series. Why look for trouble with Pujols, baseball’s most automatic hitter?Then came The Contract.Star players leaving teams in free agency is nothing new, but Pujols’s move to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim struck a particular nerve with fans. Words like “greed” and “betrayal” were quickly thrown around. It didn’t help that Pujols had previously spoken about his desire to end his career in St. Louis. Money, he’d said, didn’t matter to him.After leaving St. Louis for Anaheim, Pujols invited the expectations that come with a $240 million deal — expectations that are rarely met. Take a look at the dollar-value returns on other notable MLB position-player contracts of the last decade-plus, according to FanGraphs data6FanGraphs’ dollar-value estimates for players only go back to 2002; dollars paid are not included for prior years. Also, Alfonso Soriano’s 2014 projected production is included.:Ironically, the only one of those contracts that ended up being a big bargain for the signing team was Pujols’s previous seven-year pact with the Cardinals, signed in February 2004.7The base term of the contract was seven years, but with a club option for an eighth season, which the Cardinals eventually exercised. Wikipedia’s list of the largest professional sports contracts doesn’t include extra terms like option years. But that deal was given to a 24-year-old Pujols, and would take him through age 30 (with a team option for his age-31 season). The next contract, with the Angels, was for a 32-year-old Pujols, and would run until the slugger was 41. That’s why some critics panned the Angels’ move before Pujols had ever played a game for the team.When Pujols did finally start playing for Los Angeles, the initial results were mixed at best. A miserable .570 OPS in April 2012 gave way to good — if not exactly Pujolsian — numbers over the rest of the season, but his overall value was down by about .5 WAR in 2012. Meanwhile, 2013 was a complete disaster: Pujols missed 63 games with a foot injury and posted the worst statistical rates of his career when he did take the field, likely a byproduct of playing through the ailment for four months before being placed on the disabled list in late July.The once great mix of power, patience and contact skills was disintegrating. Instead of rebounding after 2011, Pujols’s isolated power continued to plummet, bottoming out at .179 (still above the MLB average, but 100 points lower than his career rate) a year ago. Only 10.6 percent of his fly balls have left the ballpark since he became an Angel, a career low.Some of this is attributable to ballpark effects — Pujols played in hitter’s parks (both the second and third Busch Stadiums) during his prime, while Angel Stadium is one of the more pitcher-friendly parks in the majors. But it also reflects a change to Pujols’s underlying skills that we can detect by looking at his strike zone outcomes. Pujols’s strikeout rate immediately spiked to 11.3 percent upon arriving in Anaheim, followed by another increase to 12.4 percent in 2013 — his highest whiff rates since he was a rookie. He was showing uncharacteristic vulnerability to breaking pitches, and not punishing the fastball the way he used to. And, most alarming, he began swinging the bat far more often than he had in St. Louis. Cardinals Albert rarely chased balls outside the strike zone, but Angels Albert was suddenly going after bad pitches 3 to 5 percent more often than the average player.The little things were falling by the wayside as well. The smart, heady baserunner who, in his prime, made up for a lack of speed by capitalizing on 49 percent of his advancement opportunities was suddenly taking extra bases at only a 39 percent clip. And Pujols’s defense in 2013 was worse than it had been in a decade.The preseason narrative was that this year would be different. Every player claims health in spring training, so much so that it’s a running meme to mock stories about players coming to camp in “the best shape of their lives.” Pujols tried it in March, telling anyone who would listen that his painful plantar fascia injury was a thing of the past, and that he was ready to silence the doubters. You would have been forgiven for being skeptical, though, given that this was a 34-year-old slugger coming off four straight years of declining production.However, this season already seems promising. There’s the 500th home run, of course, but also an April that was reminiscent of Cardinals Albert. Pujols is hitting the ball with terrific power again — over 14 percent of his hits have gone for extra bases — and he’s mashing fly balls for home runs, instead of harmless flyouts. His strikeout rate is back down under 9 percent, where it was during his best seasons. And his per-inning rate of defensive runs saved at first base is back up where it was before last year’s collapse.All isn’t what it once was, though. Worryingly, Pujols is still swinging the bat more than he used to — and chasing more pitches outside the strike zone than the average hitter. In spite of his decreased strikeout rate, he’s also making less contact now than ever before, as a percentage of his swings. And his baserunning may never again be where it was in his prime.In other words, age is catching up to Albert Pujols, as it does to every ballplayer. But the early returns suggest his 2014 won’t be nearly as trying as his 2013, or even his 2012, was. And, perhaps more important, his reception this week suggests that fans may be ready to move past heaping scorn on his mega-contract with the Angels and the way he left St. Louis. Pujols probably won’t ever again be the same all-around superstar he was during his peak years as a Cardinal, but we should still enjoy what he is now: a future Hall of Famer who still has plenty of artistry left in his once-legendary bat. read more

Remembrance Sunday Britain united as young and old stand in quiet contemplation

In the Norfolk Domesday village of Snettisham, tears flowed for the 45 men – a heartbreaking… Just as the Great War summoned volunteers from factory and field, bustling streets and overgrown bridleways, so did the deeply moving Armistice Day commemorations reflect the rich patchwork of British life that a generation fought and died to preserve. As Big Ben’s sonorous chimes ushered in two minutes’ silence  from London, across the country communities large and small paid their own poignant tributes to those who were slain. Beneath rainwashed skies the nation gathered from early morning. By carved memorials in city squares and on blustery village greens, young and old stood in quiet contemplation. read more

Against the clock Large screens to show TDs how long they can

first_imgLARGE SCREENS HAVE been erected in the Dáil chamber to show TDs how much speaking time they have left as deputies prepare to return to Leinster House next week.The new screens will display a countdown clock informing speaking TDs of how much time they have left during Dáil debates.The clock is likely to be particularly useful during the high-profile Leaders’ Questions where members often go over allotted speaking time much to the frustration of the Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett.Though there is no guarantee that deputies will pay attention to the clocks one source said they were particularly large.The Houses of the Oireachtas has confirmed that the installation of the screens follows a decision by the Dáil’s Committee on Procedure and Privileges which Barrett chairs.A spokesperson said that the new system is “similar to systems in other parliaments” and said the screens were installed towards the end of the last term.“They enhance the countdown clock which has existed for many years,” the spokesperson said.The Dáil returns next Wednesday, 18 September.Mercedes-Bent: Stranded at the gates of Leinster HouseRead: Here’s what a drink costs in the Leinster House barsRead: ‘Mick has a serious credibility problem’: TDs split on who does Leaders’ Questionslast_img read more

Pickford discusses England future

first_imgEngland no. 1 Jordan Pickford insists the team must build on their fantastic World Cup run.The England team impressed at the finals in Russia whilst also winning the trust of the fans and Pickford is confident the team will continue to thrive.The Everton shot-stopper was among the country’s brightest spark in the tournament as the Three Lions got to the semi-finals of a FIFA World Cup competition since 1990 in Italy.England failed to make it past the group stages of the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 in a very disappointing outing. But Pickford insists this current crop of players will continue to push on.“I think it was down to us as a team to put on a show in Russia and we did,” Pickford said, according to Sky Sports.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The fans were the 12th man for us in Russia, we could hear them through the games and they spurred us. They showed real class and character.”“It was a good thing for us to experience and being fans of the country as well, they made us proud.”“The key for us at the beginning was getting out of the group stages and we did that.”“When we got to the semi-final, we started to believe we could create our own history. It was disappointing to have fallen short of glory but we can build on this success.”last_img read more

West Hams vicechairman compares Sterling to Best

first_imgDue to his great level with Manchester City, Raheem Sterling has even gotten comparisons to George Best from West Ham’s vice-chairman.The level of performance that Raheem Sterling has been showing off in the last couple of months is on the level of legendary Irishman George Best, at least that’s what West Ham United’s vice-chairman wrote on her weekend column for The Sun.Karren Brady has been writing for The Sun for some time now, but she wasn’t even at a proper age to remember Best playing at his best during his golden era at Manchester United.Based on the assumption that she watched countless videos of the former winger, we can assume that her comparisons are a tad weak because Best is considered one of the most talented players in Manchester United’s history.The player who gets compared with him has been Cristiano Ronaldo, Sterling still has a lot to work in order to reach that same level of performance but he does share a few characteristics with the former Red Devil.Both are wingers, both have a slippery dribbling style that drives defenders crazy, and both of them are incredibly fast when they accelerate in reduced spaces.Brady wanted to praise Sterling’s capabilities by doing this comparison, but she did no favors to the player with this added pressure.“Sterling had a bad start in life. His father was murdered when he was two and he became a father himself in his early teens,” wrote Brady for The Sun.“He was picked up from QPR and by 17 he was making his debut for Liverpool. There, he was often perceived as a greedy, precocious brat and one always quick to fall over an opponent’s knee.”“Outrage built when Sterling, no doubt advised by his agent, rejected a reputed £100,000-a-week wage at Liverpool.”“He’d already committed several of those wild things that kids do, like buying expensive cars, when their pockets bulge with money and the leeches gather round. He stubbornly persisted with his desire to move to City,” Brady added.“And while I am unaware of the full reasons why, I’m sure a player who trains so steadfastly and prides himself on having gifts enjoyed by only the best footballers — super-quick feet, the balance of a tightrope walker and speed — isn’t driven purely by monetary rewards.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“As a footballer, he’s reaching towards the level of George Best. And the comparison shouldn’t embarrass a player who still has untapped potential,” she concluded.2️⃣0️⃣ and counting!@ManCity have now gone 20 games unbeaten in the #PL (W17 D3), since a 2-3 defeat against Man Utd in April#MCIBOU pic.twitter.com/6R9ZRta9TB— Premier League (@premierleague) December 2, 2018What we can say about Raheem Sterling, is that he is one of the most important offensive players that Pep Guardiola has at his disposal.The Citizens just completed a 20-match unbeaten run with their latest victory against Bournemouth this Saturday and Sterling was right in the middle of it, but Manchester City does have quite a few players to choose from when you want to pick a single one who can be considered the leader of this group.Raheem still hasn’t proved that he can perform at a top level during a match against one of the biggest clubs in the world, he needs to score one or two goals against Barcelona or Real Madrid in order to earn that comparison with ‘Georgie’.It’s not that we don’t believe the kid can pull it off, it’s just that we won’t believe any of these claims until we can actually see some proof that he is capable of such massive achievement.We are barely getting to the half of the season, the real challenge will come after March when the titles will start getting decided in all competitions and Sterling will want to stay in form during that period of time. Let’s see if he can pull it off.Man City ace Raheem Sterling only outdone by Eden Hazard this season…he is reaching towards George Best level | @karren_brady https://t.co/JcQGIhtbOj pic.twitter.com/z7XVNKQvBg— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) December 1, 2018What do you think about Brady’s bold comparison of Raheem Sterling with legendary Georgie Best? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

DNA The 1 clue for Cold Cases

first_img Posted: September 4, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In order to solve a crime, the minutes and hours after a crime is committed are considered to be the most critical for law enforcement. When a case goes unsolved, it heads to the cold case unit.That’s where a special team of investigators re-examine evidence- and as forensic technology advances, some cases find new life.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries shed light on cold cases in San Diego in her installment of Cold Cases. Updated: 5:08 PM Ginger Jeffries, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPart 2: Ginger Jeffries, KUSI Newsroom, September 4, 2018 DNA: The #1 clue for Cold Cases Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

14yearold graduates high school college on same day and plans to cure

first_img(WSVN) – A 14-year-old recently graduated from both high school and college — and he said he wants to help cure wrinkles.According to WTSP, Matthew McKenzie graduated from Chattahoochee Tech with an associate’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a science focus on May 10. The teen then graduated hours later from a homeschool high school program in a private ceremony with loved ones.“I graduated from Chattahoochee Tech with my degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and later that night got my diploma from high school,” said McKenzie to Fox 5.McKenzie’s mother, Monique McCord, told USA Today that her son wants to start a natural cosmetic company that will create many products, some of which cure wrinkles.“I want to be a cosmetic chemist. I want to start my own line of chemical products, the beauty of things,” McKenzie told Fox 5.McCord said to WTSP that her son started reading at 4 years old, began high school classes at 8 years old and college classes at 11 years old.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Latest Aston Martin DBS special edition pays tribute to James Bond

first_img Tags Aston Martin 16 Photos Preview • 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: Beast mode Aston Martin cars have starred in more than a few James Bond films, and so the carmaker is celebrating with a special-edition version of the DBS Superleggera. Aston Martin on Tuesday announced the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggera, paying homage to the 50th anniversary of the film of the same name.Enlarge ImageThe modern-day DBS is painted and styled to recall the film-star car from 1969. Aston Martin The special-edition car is a result of Aston’s partnership with EON Productions, the studio that produces Bond films, along with Metro Goldwyn Meyer Studios. The 25th Bond film is currently filming starring Daniel Craig and Rami Malek, but the new special-edition DBS is styled to evoke the look of the 1969 Aston Martin DBS that George Lazenby drove in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. To that end, it’s painted olive green on the outside, with chrome horizontal grille strakes. More modern design flair includes carbon-fiber aerodynamic pieces and 21-inch gloss-black wheels.Moving inside, Aston Martin fitted the special-edition DBS with black leather and gray Alcantara, accented by red. The glove box is trimmed in red, though unlike the 1969 DBS from the film, it does not contain a rifle. Also present, in a nod to 007 himself, is a special drinks case holding four champagne flutes and with space for two bottles. The steering wheel is carbon fiber covered with leather, while the shift paddles are also carbon with red inlays.Aside from the cosmetic changes, this Aston Martin DBS Superleggera carries over the mechanical components from the standard model. That means up front is a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 cranking out 715 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque, with the engine playing its strident tune through four exhaust tips.Aston Martin DBS Superleggera OHMSS EditionEnlarge ImageAn interior fit for a secret agent. Aston Martin “Aston Martin is synonymous with James Bond and the DBS from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service has provided great inspiration to the team tasked with creating this very special edition,” Aston Martin Lagonda president and group CEO Andy Palmer said in a statement. “This new DBS Superleggera will be an extremely distinguished ‘brute in a suit,’ designed to capture the essence of the iconic DBS from the 1969 film.”To keep the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS special, Aston will build only 50 of the cars. It follows on earlier Bond models like the Goldfinger DB5 Continuation and a DB9 GT Bond Edition from 2015.UK pricing for new the car starts at a very fitting 300,007 pounds, equivalent to about $382,000. The first deliveries of the cars begin in the fourth quarter of this year. More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Aston Martin reveals James Bond-inspired DBS Superleggera 1center_img More about 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Performance Cars Superluxury Cars Coupes 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Share your voice Comment Aston Martinlast_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show We have left negativity behind says Kiku Sharda

first_imgThe way Kapil Sharma and his show – The Kapil Sharma Show – bounced back after a series of failures and career that was going downhill is beyond doubt commendable. While many left the show after the whole Sunil Grover – Kapil Sharma fiasco, there were many who stood by Kapil and the show rock solid. And one such person was Kiku Sharda.Talking about the show and how they bounced back, Kiku told TOI, “The last six months have been so good and with the latest addition of Bharti Singh and Krushna Abhishek the show has only got bigger and better. The team of writers are fantastic and with Salman Khan producing the second season things are becoming better. We were a little sceptical and apprehensive at the beginning about the second season but now we have left all the negativity behind and only looking ahead.”Kiku also said that though they were a bit apprehensive about the second season would turn out to be, he is thankful to the channel and the fans who supported them. He also believes that the love the audience had never ceased for them and they waited for them to return with the show.Though the Kapil Sharma Show might not be able to feature in the TRP ton ten list every week, the love the show enjoys from its audience hasn’t diminished a bit. Recently, Archana Puran Singh had opened up about Navjot Singh Sidhu in an interview with HT and had said, “We are two very different individuals. He has earned a name for himself and so have I. Our personalities are very different and both of us are happy in our own space. It’s just a coincidence that I am here and he is not and it goes on like that in our industry.”last_img read more

Britain could still leave EU before 22 May Theresa May

first_imgBritish prime minister Theresa May holds a news conference following an extraordinary European Union leaders summit to discuss Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium on 11 April 2019. Photo: AFPBritish prime minister Theresa May said Thursday that Britain might still manage to execute an orderly departure from the European Union by 22 May, despite winning a six-month reprieve from EU leaders.”What this extension enables us to do is to go through the process we’ve set up,” May said.”If we’re able to do that before May 22, then we won’t have to hold European Parliamentary Elections.”last_img read more

Political Roundup Election Results And Politicizing The Texas Church Shooting

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /13:33 It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories — with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.This week, we discuss the results of Election Day in Harris County and statewide, the politicization of the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Pres. Trump’s visit to Asia, and much more.Our panel of experts this week includes: Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast; Craig Goodman, assistant professor at the University of Houston-Victoria; and Andrew Schneider, politics and government reporter for News 88.7. Listen Sharelast_img read more

Final Phase Of Project To Widen Brays Bayou Set To Begin In

first_img X Gail Delaughter Crews work on an erosion control project along Brays Bayou.The final phase of a decades-long project to reduce flooding from Brays Bayou will soon get underway. Harris County Commissioners Court awarded a design contract for the last segment to a Cypress-based engineering firm.The final stretch of Project Brays will widen the bayou between South Rice Avenue and Fondren Road. The area has flooded three times since 2015 – first during the Memorial Day Flood, then during the Tax Day Flood, and recently during Hurricane Harvey.“We still have to finish the bridges in order to get the full benefit we were looking at, and that’s reducing the risk of flooding,” said Gary Zika, federal projects manager at the Harris County Flood Control District. “In the Meyerland area, like South Post Oak to Fondren, we’re looking at the 100-year base flood elevation, lowering that by about 2 feet.”CivilTech Engineering won the design contract for the South Rice-to-Fondren segment, worth nearly $600,000. “Design will take place in 2018, early part of ′19, and then construction [of the entire project] through 2021,” said company president Melvin Spinks.The effort to widen Brays Bayou began more than 20 years ago, starting from the bayou’s mouth at the Houston Ship Channel. Construction of the final segment is expected to cost about $14 million, bringing the total cost of the project to roughly $550 million. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:57 Share last_img read more

Deadly Rinkhals found on doorstep of Colenso home

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A deadly yet beautiful Rinkhals snake was found on the doorstep of a Colenso home just a few days ago.The snake tried to gain access to the house, but was spotted in the nick of time by the homeowners.They immediately closed the door and placed towels in front of the door to prevent the snake from getting in.When local snake expert Fanie Cilliers arrived at the scene, the snake was still on the verandah of the house and it was safely removed.Also read: Watch: 8-year-old boy bitten by snake at primary school in LadysmithAlso read: Watch Video: Mommy, there’s a snake on the stoep – 5.29-metre Python found near Ladysmith Also read: Deadly Rinkhals snake found outside Ladysmith homeFanie says that when you spot a snake, it is very important that nobody approaches the snake, as this will cause it to flee or go into defence mode, making it aggressive.He adds that you should simply leave the snake, but remember to keep an eye on it from a safe distance so that when he arrives, he can easily locate and remove the “unwelcome guest”.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Former San José Mayor Johnny Araya to run again for his old

first_imgRelated posts:Ex-San José mayor and presidential dropout Johnny Araya denies rumors of party flip-flop ahead of 2016 elections Johnny Araya will not represent National Liberation Party in 2016 mayoral race National Liberation Party bans former presidential candidate and ex-mayor Johnny Araya from running for office for 4 years Ex-presidential candidate Johnny Araya officially banned from political activity for four years Ex-presidential candidate and former San José Mayor Johnny Araya last Saturday officially announced his bid to run again for mayor, but with a different political party.Araya will run for mayor under the Alliance for San José Party in the Feb. 7, 2016 election, after his failed attempt to do so with the formerly ruling National Liberation Party (PLN).A PLN ethics committee banned Araya from participating in political activities for a period of four years as a result of his decision to drop out of Costa Rica’s presidential race on March 5 of last year.Araya, who ran the capital’s municipality for 22 years, said his goal is “to give San José a new direction,” mostly by resuming projects such as the improvement of the Municipal Police and other public services.He also said he will go door-to-door “to touch the hearts of the people of San José.”Paula Vargas, wife of Costa Rican Renovation Party lawmaker Gonzalo Ramírez, and Mario Vargas, a municipal official, will join Araya as vice mayoral candidates.Paula Vargas said the party mostly brings together members of the Costa Rican Renovation Party, the National Restoration Party, and former members of the Social Christian Unity Party and the ruling Citizen Action Party.In a speech to accept the nomination, Araya said he would present a campaign platform in about three weeks. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgTony Jefferson (22) and D.J. Swearinger (36) are two members of the secondary who are returning from last season. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Peterson said the young players need to understand that as well as the fact that Arizona’s defense does not offer the cornerbacks a lot of help.It will be different and there is a learning curve, but they will learn. They have no choice but to.And until they do, at least the new players have the kind of wheels that can make up for some miscues.“It feels good, because when you have a lot of speed in the secondary you are able to close on balls much quicker and react much faster,” Peterson said. “Now we just, as a fast secondary, we just have to put it together in the scheme and understand what we are doing and guys not thinking; more reacting than thinking.“That’s the biggest thing and that’s this time of the year that we get that stuff down pat before we get to training camp and head down to Glendale.” – / 23 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Tempe, Ariz. — Patrick Peterson still occupies the locker near one of the doors in the Arizona Cardinals’ locker room, a space on the end which gives him just one neighbor.For years, that neighbor was safety Rashad Johnson. Now, it’s Tyvon Branch.Jerraud Powers, who had a locker just a few down the row from Peterson, is also gone.Everyone knew the Cardinals’ secondary could have a different look in 2016 than it did in 2015 with both Johnson and Powers set to be free agents, but with Powers now in Baltimore and Johnson in Tennessee, what was once a hypothetical is now a reality. Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img “It is weird,” Peterson admitted Tuesday following the team’s first Organized Team Activity practice. “But that’s the nature of the business. I wish those guys the best of luck…but it is weird — especially with Rashad because he was here since I’ve been here. He was like a big brother to me.“I’ve looked up to him, listened to him, whatever advice hew as able to share with me and the guys. But it’s definitely going to be different, but at the same time I have to make sure that I get myself ready and get this squad ready to roll because the captains are still here.”Change is as much a part of the NFL as touchdowns and interceptions, and given the one-year contracts signed by both Johnson and Powers, it’s fairly apparent the Cardinals had little interest in bringing either back.Still, what the Cardinals had in their secondary last season was special. The players referred to themselves as the “No Fly Zone,” and it was about as close a knit group of players as you will find.“Yeah, it’s a new year, it’s how the NFL works, man,” safety Tony Jefferson said. “Every year somebody comes in here, somebody leaves. Just got to work with it.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Key returners from last year’s secondary include Peterson, who is out right now following offseason surgery, along with Jefferson, Justin Bethel and Tyrann Mathieu, who are also each out while recovering from injuries.The team drafted a pair of cornerbacks in Brandon Williams and Harlan Miller, while Cariel Brooks, Elie Bouka, Ronald Zamort, Shaun Prater, Trevon Hartfield, Carrington Byndom and Asa Jackson are all trying to find their way onto the team and, then, onto the field.At safety, Branch, D.J. Swearinger and Marqui Christian figure to have roles, while Brandon Person, Durell Eskridge, Chris Clemons and Matthias Farley are fighting for their spots.In terms of raw talent, the secondary may have received an upgrade over the offseason. But in terms of experience, it is lacking.“It’s cool, it’s cool,” Jefferson said. “That means I’ve got to step up. I’m experienced now, fourth year veteran. Leadership role, I’ve got to step up and be to it, and I’m taking it.”Jefferson is not the only one who feels that way.The veteran of the group at 25 years old with five NFL seasons under his belt, the recovering Peterson has focused on coaching the younger players this offseason. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Pat’s coaching his ass off,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “I think he’s champing at the bit to get back out there but he’s been doing a great job with those young guys all through Phase 2 on technique, where their eyes should be, dropping their pad level.”Asked if Peterson has a future in coaching, Arians joked that his player probably makes too much money and is too good a golfer to get into that side of the game.But Peterson, who has been a team captain the last couple of seasons, understands that his youthful teammates have plenty to learn about playing in the NFL, and right now he might be the best one to teach them.“It’s kind of like a mentorship in a sense but at the same time, these guys have to understand nine times out of 10 the ball is going to come their way, so they have to be more than ready for the opportunity,” he said. “You either seize the moment or let the moment seize you.”As of now Bethel is projected to start opposite Peterson at cornerback, though his spot is not at all guaranteed. Regardless, whoever lines up in that role is likely to see a lot of passes thrown their way as teams look to avoid the Cardinals’ All-Pro on the other side.last_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Julianne Hough is the other woman

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Julianne Hough is the other woman. She will play Jolene in Netflix’s upcoming anthology series based on Dolly Parton’s music.“Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” will consist of eight episodes, each inspired by one of Parton’s songs.In the “Jolene” version, Hough will play a free spirit with big dreams to leave her small town. Parton will act as the owner of a local country bar where Hough’s Jolene is a waitress.Hough co-starred with Tyler Hoechlin in the movie “Bigger” about Joe Weider, who co-founded the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness and who created the Mr. Olympia contest. She played his wife, fitness model Betty Weider.“Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” is set to debut next year.TVLine first reported the casting. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 2, 2018 9:08 am PDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Aug. 28, 2018 file photo, Julianne Hough arrives at Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood in Los Angeles. Hough is the other woman. The multi-hyphenate performer will play Jolene in Netflix’s upcoming anthology series based on Dolly Parton music. “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” will consist of eight episodes, each inspired by one of Parton’s famous songs. In the “Jolene” version, Hough will play a free-spirit with big dreams to leave her small town. “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” is scheduled to debut next year. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) center_img Julianne Hough will play Jolene in Parton anthology showlast_img read more

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