Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor pleaded guilty on Thursday in a Brooklyn courthouse as part of a deal with prosecutors to resolve charges over an April melee at the Barclays Center arena.McGregor, dressed in a dark navy suit, was stone-faced throughout the court proceeding. He will avoid prison as a result of his agreement, which calls for him to serve five days of community service, attend an anger management programme and pay for the damages he caused.Outside the courthouse, McGregor thanked prosecutors and the judge for letting him “move forward.”READ – Conor McGregor surrenders to New York Police after throwing trash cans at a bus”I’d like to say to my friends, my family and my fans: Thank you for your support,” he added. A small crowd of fans cheered as he headed for his car.The 30-year-old brash Irish star had been charged with assault, criminal mischief and other crimes for his role in the brawl. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a violation, which will not result in a criminal record. The plea will have no affect on his immigration status or his ability to fight, according to his defence lawyer, Bruce Maffeo.Video footage, which went viral, appeared to show McGregor and his entourage in an underground parking area smashing windows on a bus filled with Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters who were at the arena to publicize an upcoming UFC event.The home of the champ champ, New York City!Thank you pic.twitter.com/SDUv8nz9DBadvertisementConor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 27, 2018Cian Cowley, another Irish fighter charged in the incident, also pleaded guilty on Thursday.The UFC, the sport’s premier organising body, said one fighter was hit by a dolly thrown through a window, while another suffered a cut to his eye after the glass shattered.At the time of the melee, McGregor was angry that the UFC had stripped him of the lightweight title, according to profanity-laced messages he posted on Twitter.The UFC took away the title after McGregor decided not to defend it in favour of taking a highly lucrative boxing match against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather’s pay-per-view victory garnered more than $600 million in revenues, making it the second-biggest bout of all time.McGregor’s plea bargain paves his way back to the UFC octagon where, after some underwhelming pay-per-view cards, promoters will be eager to see their biggest star return.McGregor’s next fight could pit him against either lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, Canadian great Georges St. Pierre or Californian Nate Diaz, who remains the only man to have beaten McGregor in the octagon.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches his team play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Back in January of 2013, an undefeated Notre Dame team took on Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game. As we all know, it did not go well, as the Fighting Irish were dominated, 42-14.So does Brian Kelly want another shot at the Crimson Tide this year in the College Football Playoff? He had an interesting answer.In a segment with Gene Wojciechowski on College GameDay Saturday morning, Kelly didn’t shy away from the idea of playing Alabama, but he also didn’t suggest he’s longing for it.“Be careful what you wish for.””Be careful what you wish for….if [Alabama] were to get pushed out in the semifinal, we would not be unhappy.”–Brian Kelly— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 3, 2018″I came here with the expectation that we would live up to tradition. And that tradition here at Notre Dame is to win a National Championship.”Brian Kelly believes this could be the Fighting Irish’s year to win it all. pic.twitter.com/FrUZt14IDC— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 3, 2018Kelly added that if Alabama were knocked off in the national semifinal, he wouldn’t be upset about it.Kelly did note that his team went toe-to-toe with Georgia last year – and Georgia went toe-to-toe with Alabama. It was his way of suggesting that his team could possibly compete with the Crimson Tide.Either way, Notre Dame has to reach the Playoff first for any of this to matter. The Fighting Irish probably have to reach 12-0 to make that happen. They take on Northwestern this afternoon.
Associated Press MelbourneJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 11:59 IST Australian Open: USA’s Frances Tiafoe thumped his chest in celebration after defeating Kevin Anderson. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKevin Anderson won the first set but an arm issue slowed down his serve eventuallyTiafoe equalled his best Grand Slam tournament performance by reaching the 3rd roundMarin Cilic and Stefanos Tsitsipas won their respective matchesFrances Tiafoe rolled up his sleeve, flexed and slapped his biceps muscle five times, thumped his chest and roared at the terraces to celebrate the biggest victory of his career, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 comeback against two-time Grand Slam finalist and No.5 seed Kevin Anderson in the Australian Open’s second round.The 20-year-old Tiafoe trailed by a set and 3-0 in the second Wednesday before turning the match around as Anderson’s big serve slowed down because of problems with his right arm. Anderson was repeatedly visited by a trainer during changeovers and he lost about 5 mph (8 kph) on his first serves as the match wore on.Anderson was the runner-up at Wimbledon last year and at the U.S. Open in 2017 and had won all three previous matchups against the 39th-ranked Tiafoe.”It means the world to me, I lost to Kevin three times last year. I would love to get to the second week of a Slam and if you guys get behind me like you did again, then it’s going to be pretty easy for me,” Tiafoe said.BIG FOE @FTiafoe shocks 6 seed Kevin Anderson 4-6 6-4 6-4 7-5.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/2AthQLrBY1#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019American Tiafoe, ranked 39 in the world, will play Italy’s Andreas Seppi in the third round, which will at least equal his best performance at a Grand Slam tournament, having made the third round of Wimbledon last year.MARIN CILIC FIGHTS OFF MACKENZIE MCDONALD7-5 6-7(9) 6-4 6-4.@cilic_marin gets it done against a valiant Mackenzie McDonald.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/PGZHkAuQthadvertisement#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019Marin Cilic capped a 25-ace performance with a pair to serve out a second-round victory at the Australian Open, beating 81st-ranked Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. 7-5, 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4.Cilic was the runner-up here to Roger Federer last year and is seeded No. 6 this time.Cilic hasn’t lost at Melbourne Park to anyone ranked as low as McDonald since 2007.20-YEAR-OLD TSITSIPAS BEAT VIKTOR TOICKI.@StefTsitsipas the Great is through to Round 3Def. Troicki 6-3 2-6 6-2 7-5.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/StWMOz2Ved#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the third round and closer to a potential meeting with defending champion Roger Federer at Melbourne Park.The Greek 20-year-old beat Viktor Troicki 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 but wasted a lot of break-point opportunities as the Serbian player saved 15 of 19 chances created by Tsitsipas.Considered one of the new breed of young talented players on the ATP Tour, Tsitsipas won at Stockholm last year and was a finalist in two other tournaments.He will next play 19th-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili, who beat Stefano Travaglie 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, also on Wednesday. Tsitsipas could play Federer in the fourth round.Also Read | 17-year-old Anisimova reaches 3rd round, Stephens thumps BabosAlso Read | Indian men’s doubles challenge ends in MelbourneAlso Read | Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian OpenFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Australian OpenFollow Kevin AndersonFollow Frances TiafoeFollow Marin CilicFollow Stefanos Tsitsipas Australian Open: 20-year-old Tiafoe stuns world No.6 Anderson, Cilic beats McDonaldAustralian Open: USA’s Frances Tiafoe registered his first win over Kevin Anderson while Marin Cilic fended off a stiff challenge from Mackenzie McDonald.advertisement Next
Next Varun Singh July 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 11:56 IST Hyundai Kona was launched in India on July 9.HIGHLIGHTSThe incident is being investigated by the Montreal fire department.Hyundai had launched Kona in India on July 9.Kona has an ARAI-certified range of 452 km per full charge.A Hyundai Kona electric vehicle caught fire and exploded inside the garage of a bungalow on July 26 in Ile Bizard, Montreal (Canada). The EV was reportedly plugged in when the explosion took place.The incident is being investigated by the Montreal fire department. The owner of Hyundai Kona had bought the electric vehicle in March, CBC reported. While no one was injured, the force of the blast was such that the door of the garage was ripped off and landed across the street.Hyundai had launched Kona in India on July 9 for a starting price of Rs 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom, India). On July 19, the carmaker reported that it had received 120 confirmed bookings for Hyundai Kona in India.Hyundai Kona is available in 15 dealerships across 11 cities in India. A permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor is available with the electric SUV. It delivers 136 PS and 395 Nm of peak torque and is offered with a shift-by-wire automatic transmission. Powering the motor is a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery with liquid-cooling technology. It gets Eco+, Eco, Comfort and Sport driving modes and is capable of making 0-100 kmph in just 9.7 seconds. The company has provided paddle shifters for adjustable regenerative braking. The vehicle’s ARAI-certified range is 452 km per full charge.Hyundai Kona features an intaglio patterned front grille with an integrated charging port, bi-function LED headlamps with LED DRLs, LED tail lamps and skid plate. It also gets 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and rear spoiler. Inside the cabin of Kona, there are features like leather seats, multi-function steering wheel, fully digital instrument cluster and 17.77 cm floating touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.advertisementALSO READ | Kia Seltos units for customers to be rolled off from production facility on July 31ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Ertiga CNG launched in India, price starts at Rs 8.88 lakhALSO READ | 2020 Royal Enfield Classic spied testing againGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Hyundai Kona blastFollow Hyundai Kona Hyundai Kona electric vehicle explodes inside a garage in Montreal, CanadaHyundai Kona’s owner had reportedly bought the electric vehicle in March. While no one was injured, the force of the blast was such that the door of the garage was ripped off and landed across the street.advertisement
Two new highway signs near Hantsport will recognize the life and courage of local resident William Hall. The signs, officially unveiled last fall at the Nova Scotia Legislature, were installed today, Sept. 15. They will stand permanently on the William Hall V.C. Memorial Highway, the road previously known as the Hantsport Connector. Mr. Hall was the first Nova Scotian to be awarded the Victoria Cross. “Nova Scotia is a province of many firsts,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Mr. Hall was the first Nova Scotian and the first African Canadian to receive this award and deserves to be celebrated for his courage. He holds a special place in the province’s and the country’s history.” The province retrieved Mr. Hall’s Victoria Cross medal from Britain in 1967. It is on permanent display at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax.
Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Deadpool and X-Men spin-off movie X-Force to start shooting later this yearJosh Brolin is cashing all those superhero cheques. The X-Men film franchise is expanding (the X-panded Universe, anyone?) with yet another spin-off going into production.First up, there’s Deadpool and its sequel, the horror-themed New Mutants and the TV shows Legion and Gifted… and now X-Force is totally happening too. Production Weekly reports that the film will begin shooting in October, with both Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin returning as the Merc with a Mouth and his mate Cable, respectively. READ MOREDeadpool 2 Spin-off X-Force Starts Production This Fall?According to a new report, the X-Force movie will begin filming sometime in October of this year. X-Force director, Drew Goddard, is currently filming Bad Times at the El Royale and that movie is set to hit theaters on October 8th, which means he’ll be on the promotional campaign ahead of the release and then afterwards as well. If this report ends up being true, Goddard is going to have a pretty busy month of October. Deadpool 2 is wrapping reshoots in Vancouver ahead of its May 18th release date.News of the X-Force movie was announced late last year, and it will see the return of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Josh Brolin as Cable. And as the new report suggests, filming will begin this October. Deadpool 2 will introduce Cable and Zazie Beetz’s Domino character, so it seems likely that Domino will be featured in X-Force as well. Colossus is also a likely candidate to return as well. The official synopsis reads. READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment When it was announced The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Studios, had bought up a big chunk of 20th Century Fox, which controls the Deadpool franchise, fans speculated a mash-up movie of all your favorite Marvel characters could be coming.Their instincts were right: a Deadpool and spinoff, called X-Force, will reportedly begin filming this summer, according to Production Weekly.X-Force was originally conceived in 1991 by comic illustrator Rob Liefeld. The team of superheroes was led by Cable in its first appearance in New Mutants. READ MORE Twitter Facebook
29 September 2008The United Nations atomic watchdog agency urgently needs greater funds and resources to carry out its multifaceted tasks, from verifying that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons and preventing terrorists from acquiring radioactive materials to spurring advances in medicine and agriculture, its chief warned today. “I must stand here today and let you know that all is not well with the IAEA,” Director General Mohamed ElBaradei told the annual general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). “There is a disconnect between what you, the member States, are asking us to do, and the legal authority and resources available to us. This will hamper our effectiveness, sooner rather than later, if it is not addressed.”Declaring that “we really have reached a turning point,” he stressed that years of zero-growth budgets have left the IAEA with a failing infrastructure and a troubling dependence on voluntary support, which invariably has conditions attached.“For example, no less than 90 per cent of our nuclear security programme, which is aimed in part at stopping terrorists from obtaining nuclear material, depends on voluntary funding,” he said.“In nuclear safety, the figure is 30 per cent and in verification it is 15 per cent. Technical cooperation funds continue to lag well behind the pressing needs of developing countries.”Turning to some of the pressing issues confronting his agency, Mr. ElBaradei reiterated that the IAEA was still not in a position to make progress regarding the lack of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran in the absence of full information of the country’s past and present nuclear programme. Iran insists that its programme is solely for the peaceful purpose of energy production, but many countries accuse it of seeking nuclear weapons, and on Saturday the UN Security Council called on it to comply immediately with earlier resolutions ordering it to stop uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities and cooperate with IAEA inspectors.“I urge Iran to implement all the transparency measures, including the additional protocol (on unannounced spot checks), required to build confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear programme at the earliest possible date,” Mr. ElBaradei said. “This will be good for Iran, good for the Middle East region and good for the whole world.”He also voiced the hope that “conditions can be created” for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to resume its moratorium on nuclear weapons work following its announcement last week that it would restart nuclear activities within a week. On nuclear verification, he said the IAEA still had shortcomings in all four required areas – adequate legal authority, state-of-the-art technology, timely access to all relevant information, and sufficient human and financial resources – again stressing the need for all countries to adopt additional protocols to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty on spot checks and other matters.“We know that the potential for a malicious act involving nuclear or other radioactive material remains real,” Mr. ElBaradei declared, turning to the issue of nuclear safety and security. “The number of incidents (illicit trafficking) reported to the agency indicates ongoing weaknesses and vulnerabilities.”He also voiced concern over the agency’s ability to respond effectively to a major nuclear accident. “The Incident and Emergency Centre needs additional capacity to respond to a possible large-scale accident and to assist more member States to build their own emergency response capability,” he said. “Funding for this is urgently required.” Broaching agriculture and medicine, he stressed that with the surge in global food prices pushing millions of people deeper into poverty and hunger, IAEA work in using nuclear techniques to make food crops more resistant to disease, boost crop yields and combat pests and animal diseases, was more important than ever. He urged the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to continue its cooperation in this with his agency, which it has moved to end.With cancer claiming millions of lives every year, the IAEA Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) has helped to ensure that patients in developing countries have access to radiation treatment, he noted. The agency also assists countries in developing the capacity to produce their own radiopharmaceuticals, used in nuclear imaging procedures, which can significantly reduce costs. “All of these are core agency activities and it is imperative that they should have adequate, stable and predictable resources,” Mr. ElBaradei declared. “Put that together with our insufficient legal authority in key areas such as verification, safety and security and it is clear that our ability to do our job properly is being seriously compromised.”In a message delivered to the meeting by UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Sergio Duarte, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on States that have not yet done so to observe or abide by the agency’s 50-year-old nuclear safety standards as soon as possible.
Senior wide receiver Devin Smith (9) attempts to escape a tackle from Michigan State redshirt-sophomore linebacker Riley Bullough (30) during a Nov. 8 game in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorJust seconds after Michigan State missed a 39-yard field goal, Ohio State took over possession and wide receiver Michael Thomas was sure of one thing.He was going to be in the end zone.“Before the play came I knew I was going to score,” the redshirt-sophomore Thomas said. “I just had to do my job, run my route. I feel like no one can guard me.”Thomas caught a slant from redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett and took the pass 79 yards to the end zone, tying the game at 21.The Buckeyes didn’t trail for the remainder of the game.Just minutes later, Barrett found senior wide receiver Devin Smith for a 44-yard touchdown, giving the Buckeyes a 28-21 halftime score.Barrett, who had seemed to struggle on deep throws for a portion of the season, said after the game that he is getting more confidence in his deep shots as the season progresses.“I’m getting more comfortable each and every week,” he said. “We just make sure we’re getting that connection in practice so we can bring it out on gameday.”Barrett’s performance earned praise from Michigan State’s defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who said he was slightly surprised at how well the redshirt-freshman played.“That guy made about every pass he could. He hadn’t shown to do that really consistently, but we had a lot of respect for him. He is a great football player,” Narduzzi said after the game. “He played big in a big game. He didn’t throw off the mark at all and those guys were ready to make the catch. That goes to having a guy who throws the ball where it needs to be thrown. He is a heck of a quarterback.”OSU coach Urban Meyer tied Barrett’s performance in with Smith’s, complimenting both on their breakout games.“JT, boy, is he playing well. He was 16-of-26, 300 yards throwing and very accurate on the deep balls,” Meyer said. “Also Devin Smith, that’s his best game that we’ve had in the past three years. He’s one of the best, if not the best, deep ball players we’ve ever had. He tracks the ball very well.”Smith has had a knack for making big plays in scarlet and gray, as the Buckeyes are a perfect 20-0 when he catches a touchdown for OSU. The senior from Massillon, Ohio, finished the game with a season-high 129 yards receiving on six receptions to go along with the touchdown.Prior to his touchdown catch, Smith made what was arguably the biggest play of the game as he hauled in a 43-yard reception from Barrett up the Spartan sideline with OSU facing a third and 23, trailing, 14-7.Smith had a similar response to Thomas’ about the third-down pickup.“No disrespect to their team, but I felt all night they couldn’t hang with us. I told coach that constantly,” Smith said. “I told coach they needed to keep throwing it to us, and we had a good first half throwing the ball.”With his big game, Smith separated himself from former OSU-great Santonio Holmes on the Buckeyes’ all-time touchdown receptions list. Smith moved into sole possession of third place on the list with his 26th as a member of the Scarlet and Gray.Smith said following the game that his motivation to play well came from many people picking the Spartans to win, along with Michigan State’s nicknamed secondary.“Coming into this game, everybody had us losing and it kind of made me a little mad,” Smith said. “Then the whole ‘no fly zone’ stuff and all that. We had one job, and that was to come up here and win.”The combination of Smith and Thomas accounted for 220 of Barrett’s 300 passing yards, something Thomas said came from preparation and motivation.“It’s like a tag-team. That’s what we are trained to do,” Thomas said of his play alongside Smith’s. “We lost a lot of respect. And the only way to get back respect in this league, the Big Ten, is to step up and win this game.”With the win, the Buckeyes sit alone atop the Big Ten East standings, as they are set to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday in Minneapolis. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A container ship that had docked at the Greek capital’s main port, Piraeus, docked on its way from Syria to Dubai was stopped by authorities and its cargo was seized.According to Greek authorities, following an investigation launched in cooperation with their Turkish counterparts the vessel was carrying a large quantity of fenethylline pills – also known as the ‘Jihadist’s’ drug as the psychostimulant is reportedly used by Islamic State fighters.The pills are known to dull pain, keep the user awake for long periods of time and cause euphoria, Kathimerini reports.The ship, that had been docked in Piraeus for three days had more stops in Greece planned before heading to Croatia and finally Dubai.To this date, the only big raid regarding this drug was in early 2017, at a plant named Captagon in Nea Peramo, western Attica.
<> Focus on the original story1/6The last two expansions, Warlords of Draenor and Mists of Pandara, were good fun, but they were essentially stand-alone side stories. With the Burning Legion once again invading Azeroth, this expansion will finally see the franchise focus on the game’s original plot. This being the case, expect mysteries that have lingered since the beginning to be explained and expanded upon. This alone should be enough to get WoW players excited, especially those who are heavily invested in the game’s rich lore.<><> On top of all that, players can also expect a new level cap of 110, PvP-only abilities, Mythic+ dungeons, new raids, new legendary items, and much more. To see a full listing of everything World of Warcraft: Legion has to offer, check out this Reddit thread that breaks it all down. Blizzard has released the latest expansion for the always popular MMO World of Warcraft entitled Legion. This is the sixth expansion for an online game that launched nearly 12 years ago. These add-ons don’t come around very often, but when they do, it is a huge deal for fans who have been loyal to the series since the beginning– and even for those who may be relative newcomers.Announced last year during GamesCom, Legion has the makings of being the best and most important WoW expansion to date. In many ways, Legion is returning to the roots of what made the game a worldwide hit, while still offering something new and different. There is enough content in this expansion to keep people playing for many more years, and knowing the fanbase of this series, they’ll probably do just that.World of Warcraft: Legion has numerous additions and enhancements that should make it another hit for Blizzard Entertainment. Below, we’ve listed some of the biggest and most noteworthy features.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 24, 2017 – Nassau – Late today Police confirm that a man is dead after getting into a gun battle with Police. The incident unraveled in Fox Hill last night around 10, at an apartment on Abner Street. Intel led officers to the residence, and as police approached the yard, a man reportedly known to Police pulled a firearm from hidden in his clothing and pointed it at officers.In response and in fear for their lives explained the report, Police shot the suspect and recovered an illegal gun. At the hospital, the suspect was pronounced dead. There is now launched an investigation into the shooting.#MagneticMediaNews#manshotdeadinNassau Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #manshotdeadinNassau
Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Alexis Sanchez is eager to put his injury woes behind him and start performing for the club.Sanchez has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since November and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now confirmed that the Chilean forward will be available for selection when they make the trip to Newcastle United on Wednesday night.“[Sanchez] had some great training sessions over the last few days,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.“He wanted to be here today as well but we had to manage. Obviously, he has been out for a month but he will be involved, yeah.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He wants to play all the time. He is one of those characters.“He made himself available [for Bournemouth] but it was a few days too early for him because he has not really had enough fitness work but he is chomping at the bit.”
Listen Ramps under construction on the 288 toll road at 610 Loop. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /11:54 As always, it’s been a busy, busy year on Houston’s roads and public transit. Hurricane Harvey shut down roads and left them littered with debris. And, as if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, the city hosted both the Super Bowl and the World Series in the same year, moving thousands of people on roads, buses and light rail. And, of course, 290 is still under construction — along with plenty of other roads and highways.To recap all the biggest Houston transportation stories of 2017, Houston Matters talks with News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter. X Share
Related posts:Petrobras top management resigns in Brazil corruption case Lula’s bridge to nowhere hints at global reach of Brazil graft After 23 years in prison, top assassin for Pablo Escobar is a ‘reformed’ man An oil scandal in Brazil complicates the race for incumbent president on eve of election RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — U.S. agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have opened an office in Rio de Janeiro, host city for next year’s Olympics, to help local forces fight drug and weapons traffickers, officials said Monday.“There has been cooperation with U.S. federal agents in Rio since August,” a source with the Rio state security office told AFP.The state secretary for security, José Mariano Beltrame, told Globo television that the DEA’s presence “was a boost for the country.”“We will have a specialist group here in Rio de Janeiro,” he said in televised comments.Beltrame said that DEA expertise with international intelligence would help “to identify people, equipment, drugs and other things.”Brazilian police, backed by heavily armed special forces, are locked in a bloody struggle with drug gangs, some of them armed with powerful assault rifles, in poor neighborhoods of Rio known as favelas.Human rights organizations regularly accuse Brazilian police of carrying out impromptu executions and tampering with evidence. With 1,305 murders in 2014 — the last statistics available — Rio de Janeiro is one of the most violent cities in the country.According to Brazilian weekly Isto E, two agents are already in the city, which next August will host South America’s first Olympic Games.“I can confirm that the DEA has opened an office in Rio. It is located at the U.S. consulate general,” DEA spokesman Matt Barden told AFP in Washington.Barden said the DEA had long been active in Brazil but that the new office would increase its effectiveness. Facebook Comments
Alternative Method to Sell Your Home Expanding in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Zillow announced that Portland, Oregon, has become the 12th market where it can now directly buy homes, giving homeowners a new way to sell their properties. “Sellers across the country have shown that they are looking for an easier, less stressful way to sell their home,” said Zillow Brand President Jeremy Wacksman. “We’re excited to launch our first market in the Pacific Northwest today, giving potential home sellers in Portland and Vancouver the certainty and transparency they want when selling their home. Zillow Offers provides a seamless transaction experience, helping sellers move on to the next step in their life.”The markets of Vancuver, British Columbia, and Washington can also use this new feature to request a cash offer from Zillow. Zillow stated that selling a home is one of the most stressful experiences, and a recent survey from Zillow found more than a third of home sellers said the process “left them in tears.” Zillow Offers was first launched in Phoenix last April, and is currently available in Las Vegas, Nevada; Atlanta, Georgia; Denver, Colorado; Charlotte, North Carolina; Raleigh, North Carolina; Houston, Texas; Riverside, California; Dallas, Texas; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Orlando, Florida. Zillow also has plans to expand this service to additional markets by the end of Q1 2020, bringing the total number of planned Zillow Offers markets to at least 20.Zillow works with local agents and brokers on every transaction. Zillow pays a commission to local real estate agents when it buys and sells a home. A Portland broker will represent Zillow in each transaction.According to Zillow, more than 100,000 homeowners across the nation as of May 2019 have requested a cash offer from Zillow to buy their house. And the selling market may be now, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) that stated 46% Americans in Q2 2019 believe now is the time to sell. Optimism in selling increased from 37% in Q1 2019, and NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said moderate increases in home prices is a contributing factor.“With home price appreciation slowing, home sellers understand that the days of large price gains from holding an extra year are over,” Yun said. 2019 Housing Market home seller Zillow 2019-07-17 Mike Albanese 16 days ago 247 Views Share
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