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Two weeks after Dharmaprabhu, Yogi Babu, one of the most-sought after comedian, is ready with his next release in the lead role. His Gurkha is hitting the screens on Friday, 12 July. He has collaborated with Sam Anton of Darling fame.The film has Anandraj, Livingston, Raj Bharath and others in the supporting roles. Raj Aryan has scored the music, Krishna Vasant has handled the cinematography department and Ruben’s editing.Story:The movie is inspired by Paul Blart: Mall Cop and the Die Hard series. As the title indicates, the movie revolves around a gurkha. It is a hostage drama which revolves around an American ambassador (played Canadian model Elyssa) who is caught inside a mall.When the situation arises, gurkha stands up to the occasion to save the lives of the American ambassador and a few others. He accomplishes the mission with the support of a dog. The drama is narrated with a lot of humour.Reviews:The movie has piqued a lot of curiosity with its promos. With Yogi Babu in the lead, people have a strong reason to have high expectations around the Tamil flick.Will Gurkha impress the audience? Check out the people’s response to the flick:Rajasekar: #Gurkha – The second half is super engaging and turns out to be a hilarious ride. @iYogiBabu and @samanton21 got a winner in hands. Crowd goes crazy after the story moves to the mall. I wish the director had shifted to the core story much before the intermission point. #Gurkha – I also found similar drawback in @samanton21 ‘s #100TheMovie, you got the knack to engage the audience bro but it would be fantastic if you could fine tune a bit next time. Entertaining but little more perfection is all we need! #Gurkha is the spoofed version of films like #DieHard with Indianized comedy elements. Sure to work with the kids and family audiences.suresh DOT: #Gurkha preview show in Qatar,, super ,good movie of @samanton21 ,100%percentage 2.30mints serikama theater vitu veliya varamatinga avolo comedy, hero @yogibabu_offl comedy,fight dance ,kalikerukaru ,movie result 100/100 ,,❤❤,dont miss it ,stress ela poidum #Gurkha ,dont miss it ,periya patalama nadichu eruku ,padam pathutu veliya varum bothu ,udbula oru stress erukathu, avolo comedy of hero @yogibabu_offl and director @samanton21 paduthula dog creator acting sema,,jolly ya family Yoda poi parunga 100% guarantee @VettriTheatresRajasekar: #Gurkha – The second half is super engaging and turns out to be a hilarious ride. @iYogiBabu and @samanton21 got a winner in hands. Crowd goes crazy after the story moves to the mall. I wish the director had shifted to the core story much before the intermission point. #Gurkha – I also found similar drawback in @samanton21 ‘s #100TheMovie, you got the knack to engage the audience bro but it would be fantastic if you could fine tune a bit next time. Entertaining but little more perfection is all we need! #Gurkha is the spoofed version of films like #DieHard with Indianized comedy elements. Sure to work with the kids and family audiences.
A dam built by contractor company Max-Ranken for a bridge on Bhairab river changes course of the river. Photo: Prothom AloContractor company Max-Ranken has built a dam below the under-construction bridge on Bhairab river in Jessore’s Abhaynagar, changing the course of the river.This dam has caused a char (sand bar) to be emerged on one side side of the river, erosion on the other side.Director of Noapara launch terminal, Masud Parvez, said the company was supposed to construct the bridge, using a a floating pontoon.“Instead they built a dam 200 feet long and 60 feet wide in the river, forcing the river to change its course. The dam has obstructed cargo and barges from plying through the river,” he told Prothom Alo.He added, “We sent a letter to the contractors to remove the dam. At first they didn’t pay any heed. They removed some soil from the dam on Wednesday, but that won’t solve the problem.”The contractors Max-Ranken removed a part of the dam on Wednesday.On 13 August, over 100 people of Abhaynagar’s Masharhati sent an application to the upazila nirbahi officer to remove the dam to prevent river erosion.Earlier on 30 April, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), too, sent a letter to Max-Ranken to demolish the dam.According to the Local Government Engineering Department, construction work of the bridge started on 30 November, 2014 and it is supposed to be completed in March, 2018.Former chairman of Sreedharpur union parishad said when the construction of the bridge began, pillar 13 was located on the bank but it is now in the middle of the river due to erosion. Erosion has also swallowed around six acres of land.“I have lost around 84 decimals of land,” said Amjad Hossain, a resident of Deyapara village.Abul Hossain of Masharhati village said the river has almost died due to the bridge construction.Visiting the site, this correspondent found the river changing its course and now flows around pillars 12 and 13.LGED upazila engineer Kamrul Islam Sardar said, “We have told the contractors to remove the dam.”Max-Ranken project director Jahangir Hossain told Prothom Alo, “We didn’t build any dam. There was a char in the river before. The river changed its course when we started the work.”The BIWTA dredged the river in an unplanned way and this is why the char emerged, he alleged.UNO MM Mahmudur Rahman said, “There is no scope to build a dam in the middle of a river. We’ve directed the contractors and BIWTA to build a guide wall there.” *The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain
Jatiya Party chief GM Quader speaks at a discussion marking the Janmashtami at the Jatiya Press Club on Saturday. Photo: UNBJatiya Party chairman GM Quader on Saturday laid emphasis on constituting either a ministry or a commission for protecting the interests of minority communities in the country, reports UNB.“Either a minority ministry or a minority commission can be there in the country to protect the interests of them. It’ll also help them move forward,” he said.The JaPa chief came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Sri Krishna Seba Sangha at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Shri Krishna.He said their party will always remain beside the minority communities as they were in the past, and play an effective role both in parliament and on the streets in realising their justified demands.Quader said there should not be any conflict and division among communities of different religions as the goal of all religions is to build a society based on justice and fairness.He said only five per cent people intend to abuse religion and create anarchy in society to make their personal gains, but people never accept them.The JaPa chief said the religious harmony will remain intact in Bangladesh as major parties here believe in communal harmony.Quader recalled that their party’s late chairman and his elder brother HM Ershad took various steps during his rule in the interest of the Hindu community.He said Ershad announced a public holiday on the occasion of Janmashtami and formed a Hindu Kalyan Trust to secure their rights and interests.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019Top afternoon stories:Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaHouston Police Chief Art Acevedo (third from left) discusses the investigation of a deadly drug raid conducted in Houston on January 28, 2019.FBI To Investigate Deadly Houston Drug RaidThe FBI has opened a civil rights investigation connected to a recent drug raid conducted in Southeast Houston that resulted in the death of two people and left five police officers wounded.On January 28, Houston Police Officer Gerald Goines led a no-knock search warrant at 7815 Harding that resulted in a shootout. Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58, were killed. Goines is one of the five officers wounded. The undercover operation was expected to net large amounts of heroin, but officers found only small amounts of marijuana and cocaine. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo referenced the FBI investigation during a press conference held on Wednesday at City Hall along with Mayor Sylvester Turner. The chief didn’t provide details about the FBI investigation but said it will at least focus on Goines and Officer Steven Bryant. Both of them have been relieved of duty.Meanwhile, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday it has launched a review of more than 1,400 criminal cases involving Goines. Twenty-seven of those cases were active and have been put on hold.Pat Sullivan/APFormer Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling (left) is escorted from Houston’s federal courthouse in June 21 2013.Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling’s Release Date Changed To “Unknown”Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was originally scheduled to be released Thursday from the halfway house he is at in Texas, but his release date on the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ website has been changed to “unknown.”Up until Tuesday, his release date had been listed as February 21, 2019. When contacted by News 88.7, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said the only information they could provide is that Skilling is still in its custody.In 2006, Skilling was convicted of fraud, conspiracy and insider trading in connection with the collapse of the Houston-based energy giant. Enron’s bankruptcy and ensuing scandal rocked Houston and led to widespread federal accounting reforms for corporations.Skilling was fined $45 million and originally sentenced to 24 years in prison, though in 2013 his sentence was reduced to 14 years. In August 2018, he was released from prison and transferred to a halfway house at an undisclosed location in Texas.NASA/Lillian GipsonAn artist’s conception of an urban air mobility environment, where air vehicles are able to interact safely and efficiently.NASA Selects A Texas College To Test Drone Traffic Management SystemNASA has selected Texas to host the final phase of a project to develop a drone traffic management system the space agency is working on.Lone Star UAS Center for Excellence & Innovation, which is part of the Texas A&M campus in Corpus Christi, will host flight demonstrations in July and August with drones that will fly over Corpus Christi. NASA’s partners on this project include the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).The goal of the flight demonstrations is to help the commercial drone industry understand the challenges posed by flying in an urban environment. NASA says the results of the tests will also help establish future policies and procedures for operating drones safely over populated areas.Safe landing technologies and vehicle-to-vehicle communication and collision avoidance are some of the key technologies that will be tested. Share
Delhi welcomed another passionate author, Shruti Upadhaya, who released her first book titled ‘White Noise’, recently. The 143 page psychological thriller contains an element of dark romance which turns darker and mysterious subsequently. In a conversation with the Delhi based author, Devpriya Roy, who garnered applauses for her novel ‘The heat and Dust’, Shruti unraveled some interesting facts about the characters, her experience while writing the novel and much more. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe story majorly revolves around the female protagonist, a dreamer, readily giving into the man and leaving herself at his peril even as it destroys her mental sanity little by little. The first part of the book is narrated from the point of view of the girl. Throwing light on the process of writing her first novel, Upadhaya says, “When I start writing something, I need to know how I am going to end it. Same was the case with ‘White Noise’. The day I wrote my first paragraph for the book, was the day I actually wrote the last paragraph in my mind,” explained Shruti, who always had a flair for writing. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAnother unique aspect about the book is that neither the names of characters nor the physical setting is mentioned in the book as the author believes that these events could happen to anyone, anywhere. Commenting on the same, Shruti, a journalist turned author, says, “When I was eight chapters into the book, I realized that I haven’t used any names. It’s strange because I have never done that before. Every time I write a story, just like the climax, I consciously decide the names of the characters. But, with ‘White Noise’, perhaps I didn’t feel the need of assigning names to the characters.” Towards the second part, the voice of an omniscient narrator gives us a neutral insight into the plot. Post which, the plot takes a sudden turn with a secret being revealed- one that lies at the very heart of this liaison.Talking about her experience, author who felt deeply connected with the characters says, “The experience of ‘White Noise’ was nothing like anything I’d written before. I often say, I didn’t write the ‘White Noise’, it happened to me. Once I started to write, it began to flow in the most organic way. After a while, I stopped controlling the characters, and soon saw them coming to life. There was a time when I actually took a back seat to see my characters taking the story ahead.” The book is a rollercoaster for the readers as the chapters take swerves from one revelation to another.
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Residents of a Playa del Carmen neighborhood set fire to a mobile police unit in what they say was retaliation for the death of a local man.Residents in a subdivision of Villas del Sol accused federal police of fatally shooting a local man. The shooting, which was responded to by Playa del Carmen police, was recorded at 5:40 p.m. Monday evening when emergency services received a call of a man shot, laying on a dirt road.Captain Juan Carlos García Miranda, head of the General Directorate of the State Ministerial Police, said that emergency 911 received a report of a person being injured by gunfire. Personnel from the city’s Homicide and Experts unit attended to the call.Photo: General Directorate of the State Ministerial PoliceWhen they arrived, there were already 10 members of the federal police with three vehicles on scene. They had cordoned off the area where the body of the deceased man was lying. While carrying out their investigation, Garcia Miranda reported that neighbors broke the cordon and violently rebuked police, claiming that the federal police were the ones who shot the man.Although police and medical officials managed with the removal of the body, the team withdrew their vehicles when neighbors of the subdivision attacked them. Captain García Miranda said that police were attacked by around 150 people after they surrounded police and their vehicles.He says neighbors began throwing sticks and stones and that they managed to damage the city’s vehicles. Before all was said and done, he said they also began to demolish the city’s mobile police unit by overturning it and setting it on fire.Police agents managed to take refuge in a private house where they were forced to shoot in the air four times to subdue the violence. The mob eventually dispersed.Garcia Miranda said there were no injured people or victims during the regrettable incident and that ministerial police are investigating for the demarcation of responsibilities.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
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Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more Related Content Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more May 20, 2010 – St. Jude Medical Inc. announced yesterday it is purchasing LightLab Imaging Inc. for $90 million. Lightlab makes optical coherence tomography (OCT) intravascular imaging systems. Earlier this month its OCT system became the first cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The high-resolution diagnostic coronary imaging technology aids physicians in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. OCT has been shown to provide image resolution 10 times greater than intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging systems and 20 times faster image capture.During the second half of 2010, St. Jude Medical expects the OCT platform to contribute an additional $20 million in revenue to its cardiovascular business. The OCT market is expected to grow at a double-digit compounded annual rate over the next five years and is expected to capture IVUS market share as well as expand the market for coronary imaging. The IVUS market is estimated to be $500 million for 2010, and is growing 10 to 15 percent annually. OCT coronary imaging is expected to grow at an even faster rate within this market. OCT combined with FFRUpon closing, St. Jude Medical will be the first company to offer a portfolio that includes both OCT and fractional flow reserve (FFR) technology. No other OCT systems are currently available for coronary imaging. This leading combination will provide physicians with comprehensive lesion assessment information, ranging from the anatomical images of OCT to the physiological data of FFR. St. Jude Medical acquired its FFR measurement technology platform through the acquisition of Radi Medical Systems AB in 2008. The LightLab business will become part of the St. Jude Medical Cardiovascular Division. Lightlab’s OCT SystemThe FDA cleared LightLab’s C7-XR OCT imaging system and companion C7 Dragonfly imaging catheter is comprised of a console used in the cath lab and the catheter inserted into the vessel. This allows the clinician to readily see and measure important vessel characteristics otherwise invisible or difficult to observe with IVUS or angiography. This next generation OCT system eliminates the need for temporary vessel occlusion that was required by the earlier generation OCT systems. LightLab now has products approved in 40 countries, including the only OCT system cleared for use by regulatory bodies in the U.S., Europe and Japan.Purchase detailsThe transaction is expected to close by the end of the second quarter 2010 and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Except for a nonrecurring charge to be recorded at the time of closing, this acquisition does not change St. Jude Medical’s outlook for 2010 consolidated earnings per share. In connection with the transaction, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is acting as financial advisor and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as legal advisor to St. Jude Medical. Brown Brothers Harriman is acting as financial advisor to LightLab and Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP as legal counsel. Kitahama Partners, LLC is acting as legal counsel to Goodman Co. Ltd., the current owner of Lightlab.For more information: www.lightlabimaging.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more News | May 19, 2010 St. Jude Acquires LightLab, OCT Imaging Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. 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Qatar Airways sees ‘manageable’ decline in flights to U.S. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The CEO of one of the Middle East’s largest carriers said Monday passenger numbers to the United States have dipped slightly over fears by some Muslim passengers that their visas may be rejected upon arrival, but expressed confidence in President Donald Trump as a “very good businessman.”Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker said uncertainty about travel to the United States is “affecting the business, but to a very small extent.”“We didn’t have massive decline like other carriers so we still have robust loads to the United States and we will continue our commitment to our passengers in the United States,” al-Baker said.Emirates, the Middle East’s largest airline, slashed its flights to the United States by 20% last week.Dubai, where Emirates is based, and Doha, Qatar Airways’ main hub, were among the 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries affected by a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage aboard U.S.-bound flights.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“Qatar Airways does not plan and will not reduce frequencies to in the United States,” he said. “I am sure that these uncertainties that passengers have soon could be resolved by statements from the United States’ government.”Al-Baker also expressed hope that Trump would resist pressure from American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines to block aggressive expansion into the U.S. market by Gulf-based carriers.“I have repeatedly mentioned that President Trump is a very wise individual and a very good businessman, and I don’t think that he will buy into bullying by the three American carriers,” he said.Speaking to reporters at the Arabian Travel Market convention in Dubai, al-Baker said Qatar Airways is planning to launch a new route to Las Vegas possibly as early as next year. The airline currently flies to more than a dozen U.S. cities.He said Qatar Airways has plans to expand to 26 new global destinations, adding: “The United States is not the entire world.” Monday, April 24, 2017 Share Tags: America, Donald Trump, Qatar Airways Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ladysmith’s 5SAI Battalion celebrated its 53rd birthday on April 1 at the army base.The proceedings started with Major Zama opening the function and telling the soldiers what the purpose of the occasion was. Major Zama also used the opportunity to wish the soldiers a safe and happy Easter.Staff Sergeant NE Mkhulise then gave an address in which he elaborated on some of the history of the unit from 1900 until today. He spoke at length about the Siege of Ladysmith in 1900 and the battles of Colenso, Platrand and Spioenkop. He carried on to tell of how the unit was deployed to South West Africa in 1976, and in 1989 to Durban and Tugela Ferry with the first female platoon.The day was filled with sporting activities, as well as fun games for all to enjoy.A social braai and the cutting of the cake ended off a most enjoyable day.
In two years, Voyage has gone from a tiny self-driving car upstart spun out of Udacity to a company able to operate on 200 miles of roads in retirement communities.Now, Voyage is on the verge of introducing a new vehicle that is critical to its mission of launching a truly driverless ride-hailing service. (Human safety drivers not included.)This internal milestone, which Voyage CEO Oliver Cameron hinted at in a recent Medium post, went largely unnoticed. Voyage, after all, is just a 55-person speck of a startup in an industry, where the leading companies have amassed hundreds of engineers backed by war chests of $1 billion or more. Voyage has raised just $23.6 million from investors that include Khosla Ventures, CRV, Initialized Capital and the venture arm of Jaguar Land Rover.Still, the die has yet to be cast in this burgeoning industry of autonomous vehicle technology. These are the middle-school years for autonomous vehicles — a time when size can be misinterpreted for maturity and change occurs in unpredictable bursts.The upshot? It’s still unclear which companies will solve the technical and business puzzles of autonomous vehicles. There will be companies that successfully launch robotaxis and still fail to turn their service into a profitable commercial enterprise. And there will be operationally savvy companies that fail to develop and validate the technology to a point where human drivers can be removed.Voyage wants to unlock both.Crowded field
In light of the recent Equifax breech, which has left millions of consumer’s personal data compromised, there has been quite a bit of conversation regarding the appropriate response and regulatory reform that could reduce the chance for another occurrence such as this one, as well as the avenues consumers are afforded to seek retribution.One of these responses comes in the form of a letter to two U.S. Senators, signed by over 400 college and university professors, defending the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration clause, which has been widely contested amongst the industry as well as representatives on Capitol Hill, as reported by MarketWatch.“Class action lawsuits are an important means of protecting consumers harmed by violations of federal or state law,” the letter says. “Class actions enable a court to see that a company’s violations are widespread and to order appropriate relief.”According to MarketWatch, the letter was sent on September 25 to harken back to the passing of the Seventh Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which says, “n suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved.”The arbitration clause has important ramifications to a potential suit that involves so many consumers, and once again brings the highly debated rule into the limelight.Another issue that has been brought up by Adam Levetin, Professor of Law at the University of Georgetown in an Op Ed published on the Huffington Post, is that credit reporters have no reason to care about consumers, and there needs to be liability put in place that requires them to care.According to Levetin, Equifax is the second-most complained about company to the CFPB, and their only major competitors are Experian and Transunion, which rank in the top five on CFPB complaints. All three companies get their information from lenders, insurers, companies, and employees, rather than consumers. Unless changes are made to regulation, Levetin says, “Our entire consumer credit economy is built on the foundation of credit reports, so creditors, insurers, and employers aren’t about to stop using credit reports any time soon, even if the reliability of the reports diminishes.” CFPB Equifax 2017-09-25 Joey Pizzolato Share Equifax Breach Rekindles Dialogue about Regulatory Reform September 25, 2017 637 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, Technology
Is Home Price Appreciation at the Tipping Point? Appreciation First American Home Prices 2018-08-27 Seth Welborn August 27, 2018 875 Views in Daily Dose, Data, News Share Home price appreciation is slowing and may be close to a “tipping point,” according to the First American Real House Price Index. The June 2018 Real House Price Index showed that home prices increased by 1.5 percent between April 2018 and May of 2018. On a year-over-year basis, they increased by 11.4 percent.“We’re seeing the first indications that price appreciation may be slowing, but the underlying fundamental housing market conditions support a natural moderation of house prices rather than a sharp decline,” says First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming.Consumer house-buying power fell one percent between April and May of this year, and 3.6 percent year over year. Fleming notes that the current housing market is different than the previous housing boom. While many may believe this may lead to another recession, Fleming says otherwise.“The low inventory, combined with income and employment growth, tighter mortgage underwriting, and strong economic fundamentals, fuels price appreciation that is very different than the price appreciation during the housing boom that peaked in 2006,” said Fleming. “Today, house prices are rising because of a lack of supply of homes for sale, near record-low mortgage rates and the strong underlying economic fundamentals of the second longest expansion in U.S. history.”House-buying power has increased by around 55 percent since 2006 while prices are just 1.3 percent higher over the same period. Fleming believes that the strong economy will prevent the tipping point from turning into a recession.“As buyers pull back from the market and sellers adjust their price expectations, house prices will adjust, but the strong economic conditions and the shortage of supply relative to demand continue to support the housing market,” said Fleming. “We’re seeing the first indications that price appreciation may be slowing, but the underlying fundamental housing market conditions support a natural moderation of house prices rather than a sharp decline.”Find the full story and Fleming’s comments here.
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Contrary to what was expected, tourist arrivals rose by 4.8 per cent in April compared to last year, a new record. Arrivals from the UK increased by 5.4 per cent, while it was expected that numbers would drop due to the uncertainties surrounding Brexit.A passenger survey published on Friday by the statistical service shows that while 314,143 travellers arrived in April 2018, the number for this year was 329,308.For the period from January to April 2019 tourist arrivals totalled 686,783 compared to 683,581 in the same period in 2018, an increase of 0.5 per cent.According to the data, arrivals from the UK increased by 5.4 per cent during the same period, while 2.3 per cent more tourists arrived from Russia and 37 per cent more from Israel.It was reported that arrivals from Greece were at the same level as last year.A 16.4 per cent decrease was recorded regarding tourist arrivals from Germany and a drop of 4.5 per cent from Sweden.The UK remains the biggest market, with a proportion of 35.5 per cent, followed by Russia with 15.2 per cent, Israel with 7.1 per cent and Greece (6.2 per cent).Among all travelers, 78.4 per cent arrived for a holiday, 14.3 per cent visited friends and 7.3 per cent were on the island for business.The number of Cypriots who travelled abroad this April also increased, by 3.1 per cent. In April 116,970 left the country this year, compared to 113,477 last year.Just a week ago deputy minister of tourism Savvas Perdios said that tourism figures from the UK dropped at the beginning of the year and an ongoing nervousness about Brexit could impact the summer season and even drag on into 2020.Head of the hoteliers’ association Pasyxe Haris Loizides also voiced concerns.“Estimates at this time are that 2019 will be a difficult year. We will be happy if we manage to maintain the same figures as those of 2018 and 2017,” he said. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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