Northern Ireland fans watch their country beat Ukraine 1 A Northern Ireland football fan has collapsed and died during the European Championship in Lyon, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said.The man, in his sixties, collapsed in the upper part of the ground and was treated by paramedics but they were unable to revive him.It happened during the game against Ukraine, which Northern Ireland won 2-0.Superintendent Nigel Goddard said: “Our thoughts are tragically with a second family this week mourning the devastating loss of their loved one.“We understand the man aged in his sixties collapsed during the game and was attended to by emergency services in the Stade de Lyon.“It is extremely sad that this is the second death of a Northern Ireland fan in France during the Euro 2016 games.”On Monday Darren Rodgers, 24, from Ballymena, fell eight metres off a promenade in the south coast city of Nice and died.Fans applauded his memory in tribute during the 24th minute of Thursday night’s match.Mr Goddard said the Service had been liaising with French authorities and local PSNI officers have been in touch with the man’s family in Belfast.Flags, shirts and scarves have been left at the ground in tribute to the dead man.A paramedic who treated him said: “We tried but we could not. It is very sad.”The Olympique Lyonnais ground was packed with Northern Ireland supporters who have travelled to France in their droves for Northern Ireland’s first major tournament in 30 years.
NEW YORK – Americans may have seen the last of long-term mortgage rates below 6 percent, and borrowing costs for homebuyers likely will climb further, slowing the frenetic demand that has stoked U.S. housing in recent years. Realtors have spotted a drop in the appetite for housing in recent months, and a survey of lenders from Freddie Mac on Thursday found that rates for 30-year mortgages, a popular home loan, have crested 6 percent for the first time since March. “The most likely pattern is for mortgage rates to gradually rise over time. It is likely that they’ll hover at 6 percent or just a bit over,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist at Freddie Mac. That “will translate into somewhat weaker demand for housing, lower home sales volume and lower house price growth,” he added. Douglas Duncan, chief economist for an industry trade group, the Mortgage Bankers Association, said that “because of increased concerns about inflationary pressures, it will stay above 6 percent.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In raising interest rates last month, Federal Reserve policymakers expressed their concerns about inflation. And earlier this week, minutes of a Fed meeting hinted at more interest-rate increases. These concerns have been noticed in the broader financial markets, especially the U.S. Treasury securities market, where interest rates have risen and tugged mortgage rates with them. According to Freddie Mac, the U.S. housing agency that sells guarantees for home loans, this week’s 6.03 percent for 30-year mortgages is the second-highest level of the year. Thirty-year rates were at 6.04 percent in the March 31 week. This week is also the third time this year that mortgage rates are above 6 percent, an important psychological level. Interest rates below 6 percent helped spur homebuying and refinancing of home loans that allowed Americans to spend their way out of the most recent economic downturn. The low mortgage rates have supported consumer spending on goods and services that account for two-thirds of the nation’s gross domestic product. With low borrowing costs, homeowners can take money from properties that have appreciated in value. Also, the steady rise in the cost of money is sure to limit home-price appreciation because it won’t be so easy for buyers to get financing to bid up prices on homes for sale. “It is going to definitely cause more of a slowdown,” said Brenda Binczewski, a broker at Carlson GMAC Real Estate in Palmer, Mass. Binczewski said she has seen a drop in business since July and has not had rival offers for a home in three or four months. By contrast, about 18 months ago, there were often two or three offers on the same home, Binczewski recalled. Freddie Mac’s Nothaft pointed out that he does not expect a sharp drop in home prices or home sales because the rise in mortgage rates has been gradual. “It would be different if we had a spike in mortgage rates,” said Nothaft. Duncan noted that some homebuyers resort to adjustable-rate mortgages or ARMs, which initially have lower borrowing costs. “As fixed rates rise, ARMs will become a bigger factor,” said Stephen LaDue, president of Affiliated Mortgage of Wauwatosa, Wis. “The rate of increase in home values will slow or will start to stagnate” because of higher rates, he said. In its survey, Freddie Mac found that adjustable-rate mortgages, which are linked to one-year Treasury rates, were offered at 4.85 percent this week. That is up from 4.77 percent a week ago and 4.01 percent 12 months ago. Further rate increases by the Federal Reserve probably will push ARM rates even higher, analysts said. At the same time, a few consumers prospecting for properties – especially prospective buyers pre-qualified by lenders – could be spurred into action by the rising interest rates. “People may start buying before it (the mortgage rate) goes up any more,” Binczewski said. “They would make offers because they have rate locks. Now, with rates increasing, they won’t want to lose rate locks.” Associated Press Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The government has thanked South Africans for making the country’s fifth democratic elections a success, and called for unity in moving the country forward.“The sight of millions of South Africans queuing to vote demonstrated a vibrant and maturing democracy,” acting Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) CEO Phumla Williams said on Sunday, a day after the African National Congress (ANC) was officially announced the winner of last Wednesday’s elections.“The elections have served to renew and strengthen our democracy,” Williams said in a statement. “We are pleased by the great turnout, in particular first-time voters. Statistics from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) show that more people than ever before have chosen to exercise their right to vote.”The strong turnout of young voters also boded well for the South African democracy, Williams added.“We are inspired by the overwhelming number of young people who came out to vote across the country. This is a clear indication that the future of South Africa is in good hands.”Williams applauded all the political parties for the spirit of national unity that prevailed during the elections, adding: “The future is now in our hands and we must all do our best to build a winning nation.“As we move forward, we need to inculcate the culture of activism and tolerance displayed during the election period into the daily life of our country.“The elections were hard fought and contested with remarkable political maturity and tolerance, and now that the divisive political battles have come to an end, government calls on all South Africans to unite behind a common goal of moving the country forward in line with the Vision 2030, as mapped out in the National Development Plan.”Source: SAnews.gov.za
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) today announced the addition of 576 acres of the East Fork Wildlife Area to the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) quarantine zone in Clermont County. The addition increases the total square miles regulated for the beetle to 62 square miles, up from 61 square miles. The movement of hardwood logs, firewood, stumps, roots and branches within these regulated areas is prohibited.The quarantine expansion is the result of newly discovered infested trees found in late 2016 within the Williamsburg Township portion of the East Fork Wildlife Area, south of Clover Road. ODA and USDA APHIS tree inspection crews surveyed trees in the area, and infested and high-risk tree removals are occurring as part of the ALB eradication effort. A map of the regulated area can be found here.East Fork Wildlife Area consists of 2,705 acres that are managed by the ODNR Division of Wildlife for public hunting and fishing in southwestern Ohio. It is unlawful for any person to remove wood from a wildlife area without first obtaining approval.Adult ALBs are large, shiny black insects measuring 1 to 1 ½ inches long, not including antennae, with random white spots. Their white-banded antennae can be as long as the body itself on females and almost twice the body length on males.Signs of infestation include perfectly round exit holes (about 3/8 to 1/2 inch in diameter) made by adult beetles when they emerge from trees; pockmarks on tree trunks and branches where female beetles deposit eggs; frass (wood shavings and saw dust) produced by larvae feeding and tunneling; early fall coloration of leaves or dead branches; and running sap produced by the tree at the egg laying sites or in response to larval tunneling. The beetle will infest various common trees in Ohio, including all species of maple, buckeye, willow and elm.To report signs or symptoms of ALB, call the Ohio ALB Eradication Program Office at 513-381-7180 or report online at asianlonghornedbeetle.com.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180416_RyanMartinHeavy rain is done in the west and central part of Ohio this morning, but we have rain holding on over the eastern third to quarter of the state. This rain will likely linger into midday before pushing east into PA. Cold air is rushing in on the backside of the moisture, driven by strong NW flow across the great lakes. Temps are shifting to well below normal levels, but honestly look to be a little bit better here than farther west in Indiana today. The northern half of Ohio will see temps in the 30s to low 40s, while the southern half of the state will push into the mid and upper 40s still. We likely see our coldest air overnight tonight. Adding insult will be strong NW winds, making it feel even colder. Light moisture holds over the state through the entire day, but there will be significant holes in the precipitation coverage. We are not looking at liquid equivalent being any more than a few hundredths to perhaps a tenth of an inch, but with temps being where they are, we have to allow for wet snow to fly over northern areas pretty much at will. And, we can see rain mix in too.Tomorrow seems colder over a larger part of the state and looks to have more moisture around, particularly up north. The map shows temps tomorrow afternoon as compared to normal. From I-70 northward, we would not be surprised to see a coating to an inch of wet snow from midnight tonight through tomorrow. There likely is nothing developing farther south tomorrow. But, the chilly air is not leaving anytime soon, and we see clouds reluctant to break up in the south.Dry weather is in for overnight tomorrow night through the bulk of Wednesday.Our first tweak of the forecast (from last week’s thoughts) is to push our midweek action back slightly. While we now see most of Wednesday dry, clouds build late in the afternoon. Scattered light rain showers then break out closer to overnight Wednesday night and then linger though most of Thursday. Rain totals still look to be from a few hundredths to .25”, but we are increasing coverage to 80% of the state. The best rains will be from US 30 northward.Dry Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is our next slight change in the forecast – the dry weekend. Temps stay cool for the end of the week and start of the weekend, as we continue to see mostly NW flow dominate the eastern Corn Belt. However, on Sunday, winds turn more S and SW ahead of our next system for early next week. This should allow temps to moderate back closer to normal. WE do not expect a big push above normal, but still, Sunday will likely end up bringing the warmest temps of the next 7 days.Clouds will slowly increase through the day Monday, but we should stay dry, while action develops off to the west. Our next system pushes into Ohio overnight Monday night into Tuesday morning. This low pressure circulation will be coming up from the SW. Scattered showers fall statewide through Tuesday and into early next Wednesday. Rain totals are expected to be around .25”-1” over 70% of the state. The heaviest action seems to set up through central Ohio, but this projection is nearly 10 days out…so a lot can happen between now and then.We should be dry for the start of by Wednesday evening, and strong Canadian high pressure slowly sinks off to the southeast. That keeps the region dry for the night of the 25th along with the 26th and 27th, which is another forecast change, also in our favor. This should bring impressive southwest flow up on the backside of the high for the 27th. That southwest flow will warm us to near normal temperature levels. A cold front works in from the northwest for the 28th and 29th. Rains with that front remain in the half to 1” range with coverage at 80% of the state. Behind that we look dry for the remainder of the month into early may. However, that dry forecast is rooted in yet another Canadian high, so that means we likely see a cold finish to April and start to May, with temps a good 5-15 degrees below normal.
Hollywood is adapting to decreasing profits by embracing new media outlets and production models. What should filmmakers do to adapt?Cover image via Shutterstock.The film industry has just recorded its worst performance at the box office in more than a decade, selling 400,000,000 fewer tickets than the previous year. While studios and publications are finding many avenues to blame for this summer’s poor performance, it seems to simply be a case of changing consumer behavior.The ways we watch movies have completely changed — from the smallest indie film to biggest Hollywood blockbuster. For filmmakers, observing and adapting to this ever-changing model is the key to a long and sustainable career in the industry.Image via Shutterstock.Is Rotten Tomatoes to Blame? When there’s a new film coming out, many of us immediately go to Rotten Tomatoes and check the film’s latest score. A recent New York Times article reports that Rotten Tomatoes was to blame for the poor performance this summer. While consumers, myself included, and movie-goers do have greater access to reviews and information than ever before, it doesn’t seem to correlate as much as anticipated.For example, while the film Detroit received excellent reviews, it still performed poorly in the box office. In contrast, The Emoji Movie was reviewed poorly but still performed well at the box office. Even though Rotten Tomatoes most likely does have a strong influence on consumer behavior, it doesn’t seem to be the main motivating factor.Image via New York Times.From the NYT article:Studio executives’ complaints about Rotten Tomatoes include the way its Tomatometer hacks off critical nuance, the site’s seemingly loose definition of who qualifies as a critic and the spread of Tomatometer scores across the web. Last year, scores started appearing on Fandango, the online movie ticket-selling site, leading to grousing that a rotten score next to the purchase button was the same as posting this message: You are an idiot if you pay to see this movie.Are Movie-Goers Bored with Reboots and Sequels?Journalists have also been placing the blame with crowds growing tired of reboots and sequels. I must admit that I’ve grown tired of them too. However, once you dive deeper into the statistics, this still doesn’t reveal the truth. Guardians of the Galaxy V. 2 performed very well, and Stephen King’s IT has just had the best opening for a horror film, ever. Both of these films were either sequels or reboots.With all of this in mind, one must wonder why is there such a steady decline in theater attendance. It seems that the answer may just be as simple as changing consumer viewing habits.Image via Shutterstock.What’s Changed? Recently, there have been talks about Apple potentially buying the rights for the James Bond film franchise. This piece of news, I feel, is the key to understanding just how consumer viewing habits are going to continue shifting. Looking at Apple’s track record, it’s hard to believe that if Apple purchased the rights to the franchise, they would send their first produced film to theaters. It would most likely be an online release. A new James Bond film straight to streaming could be the catalyst in a huge paradigm shift.A recent article from The Atlantic dives more into Hollywood’s poor summer performance. Interestingly, ticket sales for movies have been steadily declining for years.2000 – 2017 U.S. Movie Ticket SalesImage via The Atlantic.Netflix and online video seem to be the main reason for Hollywood’s summer of decline. Consumers now have more options than ever before. They can watch movies at their own leisure in the comfort of their own homes, which is nothing new. However, what is new are the vast catalogs of content consumers have at their fingertips.Image and data via The Numbers.Hollywood’s best chance, not just at survival but at thriving, is to embrace this change in consumer behavior. We, as filmmakers, must also not just adapt to change but embrace it. Much like the change in consumer behavior for Hollywood, the world of independent filmmaking is undergoing massive shifts. Throughout my experience, I’ve noticed three traits a filmmaker needs to succeed in the ever-changing environment (and market) of independent filmmaking.What Can I Do As A Filmmaker to Change with the Market?1. Networking Is Now Just MarketingThe concept of networking is nothing new. However, the ways in which we network are shifting. I assert that nothing will ever replace face-to-face networking. That’s the golden standard. There will always be something more trustworthy and reliable about meeting someone, working on set, and producing great projects together. However, many tools have surfaced in the last ten years to make networking more meaningful — and to expand your reach outside of your own network. The line between networking and marketing yourself as a filmmaker is more blurred than ever before.An active online presence is essential to finding success as a content creator. Creating and maintaining an active online presence now is more than just putting up a website. Being active on multiple social platforms is essential. Take Instagram for example. Yes, nearly everyone has an account, but how actively are you using Instagram as a tool to promote yourself and network with like-minded filmmakers?Image via Shutterstock.I never took Instagram seriously as a platform for networking. However, once agencies began to contact me after they saw my profile, I knew I needed to pay more attention to it. Aside from posting pictures from productions you’ve worked on, use it as a tool to hone your craft by taking and posting more photos of things you like. Relay your unique style and vision.Another way to network online is to list your equipment on services like Sharegrid. It’s a great way to meet and network with other filmmakers. Like networking, marketing is now also key to establishing a larger reach.2. Owning Equipment Is ImportantOwn your equipment. The days of a DP or cinematographer owning zero equipment are nearly gone. I understand that this is a topic of hot debate. However you can’t argue that DPs are expected now more than ever to bring equipment to the table. This isn’t true 100 percent of time, but the expectation is increasing. That equipment may include anything from a camera body to lenses to gimbals.In today’s market, providing value to a production will help you to obtain more work. Yes, many great Hollywood DPs don’t own a single piece of equipment. However, we’re not those DPs. The market was drastically different when they were coming up through the ranks. While we’re striving to establish ourselves as filmmakers, there are things we need to do to provide added value to a production.Image via Shutterstock.If you’re serious about filmmaking and expanding your career as a cinematographer, purchasing quality equipment should be a much easier pill to swallow. I recently met with a production company, and the executive producer said, “I can usually tell where a DP is in their career by the type of camera they own.” That hit like a ton of bricks. Yes, it may not be 100 percent true, but there is still a lot of truth in that statement.Don’t just own any equipment — own quality equipment. Have gear that you can rent to the production. Own equipment that you can rent out even if they’re not hiring you as a crew member. By going this route, not only will you gain more clients, but you’ll also bring in more revenue by investing in assets.3. Make More Passion ProjectsPassion projects essentially boil down to creating a quality piece of work that shows off your creativity and filmmaking vision. It doesn’t have to be a $30,000 short film. It can simply be a commercial you’re doing that you love and wish to put a little more effort, time, and resources into.Now it’s easier than ever to post your content for the world to see. Passion projects are the easiest way to get your content and vision as a filmmaker out to the masses. If you network well and own your own equipment, creating passion projects become much easier and more affordable.Image via Shutterstock.One of my own passion projects is still what gets me a lot of work. Yes, passion projects are hard to make time for. However, they can define careers. Taking time out of your busy schedule to hone and invest in your own creativity can be one of the best approaches you can teach yourself as a filmmaker. Instead of limiting yourself to only working on corporate, commercial, or other people’s features, create your own features, shorts, or art pieces. Help yourself grow as a creative, and don’t expect other people to do it for you.Times are changing for creative filmmakers — and even for Hollywood. Anticipating these changes and being at their forefront is what will ensure a long and stable career.
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Iman Kassam APTN National NewsChemicals from a former gold mine long closed has spread to a number of surrounding lakes according to a new report by researchers at the University of Ottawa.Contaminants, including arsenic trioxide, left behind from the Giant mine that closed in 2004 has spread and is a threat to animals and firstname.lastname@example.org