AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted May 16, 2013 11:33 am MDT Target Canada announces exclusive designer collaboration with Beaver Canoe TORONTO – Target is bringing an added dose of Canadiana to its stores north of the border through a new partnership with Beaver Canoe.The U.S.-based retailer has announced an exclusive collaboration with the Beaver Canoe brand, which is part of Roots Canada.In what is billed as a first for the brand, the Beaver Canoe for Target collection will feature home decor products.The home collection will include more than 65 pieces, including furniture, pillows, lighting, frames, vases and candles.The Beaver Canoe collaboration with Target will also encompass a clothing collection for the retailer which will include hoodies, sweatshirts, T-shirts, track pants and long-sleeve tops for toddlers to adults, in addition to outerwear and accessory offerings for men and women.Prices for items in both the home and apparel collections will range from about $8 to $100.The partnership marks the second exclusive collaboration between Roots and Target. The retailer carries the Roots Outfitters collection, including fashions for women, men, boys, girls and toddlers.“Our first collaboration with Target was such a valuable opportunity for us as we were able to make Roots more accessible to Canadians,” said Roots co-founder Michael Budman in a statement.“We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with Target through the launch of the new Beaver Canoe collection, a brand that carries such a nostalgic feeling for Canadians.”The apparel line is slated to arrive in Canadian stores on Sept. 8 with the home collection set to hit stores on Sept. 15.Beaver Canoe was founded in 1982 as a partnership between Roots and Camp Tamakawa located in Ontario’s Algonquin Park to build canoes designed by famed outdoorsman Omer Stringer.Target began opening its first stores north of the border in March and is expected to launch between 125 and 135 locations in Canada.
Video: Business report with Mike Eppel – Feb. 12, 2014 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Feb 12, 2014 6:27 am MDT It was budget day in Ottawa on Tuesday and we’re still in a deficit — sort of, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. business report|federal budget
Ashley Madison reaches US$11.2M deal in American lawsuits over data security by Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2017 2:13 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Toronto-based parent company of the infidelity dating site Ashley Madison says it has reached a US$11.2-million settlement in American class-action lawsuits stemming from a massive security breach two years ago.Ruby Corp., which was previously known as Avid Life Media, says the proposed settlement must first be approved by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, where the lawsuits have been consolidated.The lawsuits came after a cyberattack that exposed the personal dealings and financial information of millions of purported clients.They allege Ashley Madison misled consumers about its security measures and had inadequate safeguards in place.The company says it denies wrongdoing but agreed to settle to “avoid the uncertainty, expense, and inconvenience associated with continued litigation.”It says more information about the settlement and claims process will be released if the proposed deal is approved.Late last year, the company said it has paid more than US$1.6 million in settlements related to an investigation led by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, with half the money going to the FTC and half to the states participating in the probe.As part of that agreement, Ruby Corp. vowed to maintain a comprehensive information security program and “refrain from past business practices that may have allegedly been misleading to consumers.”But in that case as well, the company stressed that it neither admitted nor denied the allegations made by the FTC and the various state attorneys general.Investigations by privacy officials in Canada and Australia concluded last year and found Ashley Madison had inadequate security safeguards and policies when it was targeted by hackers.Before the hack put Ashley Madison under international scrutiny, the company was dogged by allegations that it resorted to fake profiles of women or so-called bots to lure unsuspecting male customers.The company maintained the accusations were false but said last year that a report found the bots were still active in some parts of the world until late 2015. A man looks at the Ashley Madison website in this photo illustration in Toronto on Thursday, August 20, 2015. The Toronto-based parent company of the infidelity dating site Ashley Madison says it has reached a US$11.2-million settlement an American class-action lawsuits stemming from a massive security breach two years ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
“We have to teach our children the values of peace, tolerance, equality and respect. They should be under no illusions as to the self-destructiveness of the alternative,” said the President of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson, who convened the all-day event in New York with a focus on early childhood development. “We must equip them with the skills and education they need to peacefully resolve disputes; to confront injustice and intolerance; and to reject all forms of discrimination and hate,” he added. Mr. Thomson noted that creating peaceful and just societies is dependent on eradicating poverty, increasing inclusive prosperity, promoting human rights, strengthening the rule of law, and building effective and accountable institutions – the goals of the Sustainable Development Agenda which has guided the international community’s anti-poverty efforts since 2015. “Fostering a culture of peace requires all of us – individuals, nations and international organisations – to work together to promote understanding of our common humanity,” the senior official said. “We must promote intercultural respect, strengthen interreligious understanding, and inspire people’s hopes for the future. Above all we must unite for peace.” The event brought together representatives from UN Member States, UN system entities, civil society, media, the private sector and others with an interest in exchanging ideas and suggestions on ways to build and promote a Culture of Peace, and to highlight emerging trends that impact its implementation. In addition to early childhood education and investment in children, Secretary-General António Guterres stressed the need to invest in youth to promote world peace. He called young men and women “the barometer of social discontent, economic marginalization and political exclusion,” and said they must be recognized as active agents of change and custodians of peace. In a speech delivered by his Senior Advisor on Policy, Ana María Menéndez, the Secretary-General also recognized women’s contributions and participation in long-term peace efforts. He said that women’s meaningful participation generates a different perspective in solving problems, and needs to be supported in all aspects of life. Mr. Guterres also highlighted the importance of investing in inclusion and cohesion, so that diversity is seen as a benefit and not a threat. “To prevent intolerance, violent extremism and radicalization, we need to promote the inclusion, solidarity and cohesion of multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-religious societies. It is the best antidote to racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism,” he noted. The first such forum on the Culture of Peace was held in September 2012, and recognized the need for continual support to further strengthening the global movement for peace.
#BestInCanadaFor the second straight year, Brock University has been recognized as having the best Twitter account among all Canadian universities.Analytics firm Engagement Labs named its honour roll of the top performing colleges and universities using social media, noting Brock’s responsiveness makes it a leader on Twitter.“The home of the badgers, Brock University, backed up their first-place ranking on Twitter for Canadian higher education with excellent response strategies,” Engagement Labs said in a news release detailing the rankings. “Brock made the grade when it took the time on Twitter to respond to questions from their followers, making sure to give timely and informative updates to their inquiring minds.”Brock also performed well on the two other social platforms ranked, coming in at No. 5 for its Instagram use and No. 12 on Facebook out of the top 30 post-secondary institutions.“Brock University has an amazing story to tell, and we consider social media one of the best ways to share our story,” said Gord Hunchak, executive director of Marketing and Communications. “It’s great to see the efforts of our social media teams recognized as leaders among Canadian post-secondary institutions.”Social media co-ordinator Jocelyn Titone, who recently went on leave, said the recognition is an honour and acknowledgement that the University’s commitment to using social media to engage with students is paying off.“Social media – especially Twitter – is fast and immediate. A lot of our students turn to Twitter to ask questions, learn what’s happening on campus and offer us feedback,” Titone said. “Prospective students tweet about their applications to Brock, parents ask questions and alumni reminisce about their time on campus. In order for us to stay relevant to our audience, one of our social media goals is to provide excellent customer service by engaging with as many people as possible as quickly as we can.”Cate Talaue, interim social media co-ordinator said social media builds and strengthens the University’s relationship to its audiences.“Our main purpose on social media is to engage students while they’re on campus and when they become alumni, as well as being their resource for all things Brock,” she said.She said a variety of different platforms are utilized to reach past, present and future Badgers.The @BrockUniversity Twitter account has more than 35,000 followers and the Facebook page also has 35,000.The @BrockUniversity Instagram account has 13,300 followers and continues to grow.Another social platform growing in engagement is @BrockUni on Snapchat.“The mortal enemy of social media is the status quo, so if you want to engage your audience, it means re-thinking your strategy and experimenting with new tools and messages,” Talaue said. “At Brock we don’t think social media needs to be formal or stiff. Being part of the Brock community means being welcoming, inclusive, warm, fun and full of Badger pride – all of which our platforms speak to.”Click here to read the story about last year’s win.
These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingiPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More Problems Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. If you’ve ever stood within 20 feet of a drone, you know it’s not the most subtle technology.Which is probably why criminals using the unmanned aerial vehicles to smuggle smartphones through China were caught.Police last week busted six gangs and detained 26 suspects caught flying electronic devices across the border from Hong Kong to Shenzhen.According to state-owned news agency Xinhuanet, the bootleggers erected a 650-foot cable linking two high-rise apartments on either side of the border. Then, under the shadow of night, they used drones and a power winch to transport bags of mobile phones between the buildings.“It’s the first case found in China that drones were being used in cross-border smuggling crimes,” the Legal Daily reported, citing Thursday’s news conference by Shenzhen customs.Drone Life identified the gadgets as modified DJI Phantom 4s, popular among aerial photographers.These modern-day pirates took fewer than two minutes to move a small bag of 10 handsets from one side to the next, suggesting they could smuggle as many as 15,000 phones across the border in one night.It remains unclear how long the trafficking ring has been running (Digital Trends described a “six-month period”). But when Shenzhen authorities caught up with the gangs on Feb. 1, police estimated the contraband—many refurbished iPhones—cost upwards of 500 million yuan (nearly $80 million).Now, local law enforcement plans to fight fire with fire: Xinhuanet suggested the authorities will “counter” with their own high-tech devices, including drones and high-resolution monitors “to enhance their capability to detect criminal activities.”Apple’s smartphone sells for less in Hong Kong than mainland China, creating the temptation to smuggle iPhones through customs to make quick cash. But when strapping 102 devices to your body and trying to act natural fails, drones are a logical plan B.After all, it worked for former armed robber Craig Hickinbottom, who organized drug-smuggling drone flights from behind bars.
School district officials are generally hopeful when they run a levy, but perhaps no local school district officials are as hopeful as those in the Mount Pleasant School District, a K-8 district at the entrance of the Columbia River Gorge near Washougal with about 55 students.As part of the new state funding model for education, local levies are capped at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. In the replacement three-year maintenance and operations levy Mount Pleasant is running on April 23, the district is asking for $155,000 per year. The estimated levy rate to get the district there is $3.53 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2020, $3.48 per $1,000 in 2021 and $3.43 per $1,000 in 2022.“We’ll only be allowed to collect what the law allows,” Superintendent Vicki Prendergast said. “There is legislation that may change that, so we wanted to have that flexibility.”By asking for more than the law allows, the school board would be able to raise collections if the state Legislature raises the cap. That’s currently one option being discussed in Olympia, where legislators are dealing with complaints that local school districts are facing budget deficits.The district’s voter-approved 2019 levy rate for 2019 would have been $2.91 before the levies were capped. That amount would have brought in roughly $155,000 for Mount Pleasant, according to Kristin Correll, business manager for Educational Service District 112, which works with the district. With the changes to the levy cap, the district is anticipating collecting approximately $79,988 for the 2019 calendar year, a loss of about $75,000.
Overall, the Washington Post Co. reported a net income of $45.4 million during the period, compared to a loss of $19.2 million during the same period last year. The company’s newspaper publishing division, which includes the Washington Post, reported an operating loss of $13.8 million, an improvement over a loss of $53.8 million during the first period in 2009. Revenues slipped 3 percent to $155.8 million.The division’s online revenue—generated primarily by washingtonpost.com and Slate, jumped 8 percent to $23.7 million, the company says. Two days after announcing that it was putting Newsweek up for auction, the Washington Post Co. says the magazine lost $2.3 million through the first quarter of 2010, which ended April 4. Meanwhile, advertising revenue at Newsweek plummeted nearly 40 percent during the quarter, the company says. Overall, the magazine’s revenue for the period was $29.4 million.The Washington Post Co. attributes the profit decline, in part, to a net pension credit of $8.3 million and $1.6 million for the first quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively. Revenue during the period was impacted by Newsweek publishing one fewer issue during the period versus the same period in 2009 and the sale of Budget Travel late last year.
“Last year, ALM embarked on an aggressive initiative to modernize the way we deliver news and information to our customers by building a ‘digital-first’ organization. This initiative led us to make new investments in digital technologies and we’re now better equipped to meet the needs of our readers in today’s business environment. Now that we’ve begun to roll out a number of new digital products and tools to our customers, the next phase of this initiative requires us to make some changes to our organizational structure in order to realign ALM’s editorial and production teams. “On June 27, 2013, we announced the elimination of 35 positions. Although the decision to reduce staffing is never easy, this was the result of a careful analysis of what was needed for us to create a more nimble and productive editorial team. Our goal is to build an efficient editorial structure that takes advantage of our national scale and works cooperatively across our portfolio of publications so that we’re better positioned for the competitive business environment that media companies must confront in this era. “To be clear, this is not a short-term, cost-cutting move. ALM’s management team and board of directors is pleased with the company’s recent financial performance. These organizational changes are an important step toward ALM’s long-term success in today’s digital world by becoming more operationally efficient in the way we deliver legal news and information to our customers.”The 35 positions represent less than 7 percent of the editorial and production staff, says Michielsen, who adds that there are new positions opening up as a result of the reorganization. Four have been identified so far. Nevertheless, private equity-backed b-to-b companies are historically run very lean and one source says the cuts had to run deep. “Hard to believe they had 35 ‘surplus’ positions floating around editorial,” he says. ALM is still backed by Apax Partners, which reduced its 71 percent stake in the company to 51 percent in 2009 when ALM was spun off from Incisive Media as a standalone company. The Royal Bank of Scotland took the other 49 percent. At the time, the deal dropped ALM’s debt from $450 million to $300 million. Lately, ALM has made a major push into the mobile market, launching iOS apps and dedicated mobile sites for 14 of its national and regional brands. One of the after-effects of creating a “digital-first” operation, as many publishers are doing these days, is what to do with a sizable share of the employee base that’s been dedicated to the print products. In the case of legal information media company ALM, it’s had to cut 35 positions among its editorial and production ranks. The cuts were made at the end of June and there were no associated print closures. The official statement from Kevin Michielsen, chief operating officer of ALM, which employs about 800 people, claims that the eliminations were not a cost-cutting measure, but rather intended to streamline operations:
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee meets this Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7pm in the Large Instruction Room at Wilmington High School.There are some newsworthy items on the agenda, including:The School Committee will review the district’s strategic plan report. A vote is expected at a June meeting.The School Committee will hear a presentation on the 2019-2020 WHS Student Handbook. A vote is expected at a June meeting.The School Committee will hear a presentation on a new recommended Elementary Science Program.The School Committee will hear a presentation on the WHS Senior Exploration Program.Superintendent Brand will make an announcement in the Director of Technology and Digital Learning search.Superintendent Brand will provide an update in the Woburn Street Elementary School Assistant Principal Search.Superintendent Brand will discuss an Executive Session posting to hear a Wilmington Teachers’ Association Grievance.Superintendent Brand will discuss the possibility of adding a Middle School Student Representative to the School Committee.The School Committee will review the SEEM Collaborative’s FY20 budget.The School Committee will consider approving an out-of-state field trip for the WHS World Language students to Costa Rica in April 2020.The School Committee will hear some sort of presentation from Wilmington girl scouts.The School Committee will appoint new members to its various subcommittees.The School Committee will also hear from its student representative report, subcommittee reports, and public comments.An Executive Session Meeting will follow the meeting.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV — Channel 9 on Comcast and Channel 37 on Verizon. The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple will live-tweet the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At May 8 MeetingIn “Education”
Ongole: The Prakasam police introduced revolutionary changes in the appointment of personnel to work in the special branch. Keeping aside recommendations and requests, SP Siddharth Kaushal decided to cleanse the special branch, an important arm in the police department to maintain law and order. He ordered all the existing SB staff to prove their worthiness and offered an opportunity to other personnel to serve in the mufti. Based on the instructions from the SP, SB DSP VS Rambabu and SB CI N Srikanth Babu conducted a written test, technical test using android phone and software applications to the existing 30 SB staff and 25 personnel from other wings on Friday. After the test, the DSP and CI assessed the candidates through a primary interview and sent for final interview with the SP. After the interview with him, the SP selected the toppers with experience, skills, commitment and honesty to work with him in the special branch.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —Netherlands-based Philips’ SlimStyle LED bulbs will be arriving on January 2 at Home Depot stores, and the SlimStyle appears to be a promising newcomer in lightbulbs, with a flat design, energy-saving benefits. and ease of use for consumers. Intended as a replacement for 60- watt incandescents, SlimStyle is highly efficient; it uses only 10.5 watts, yet still puts out 800 lumens. Explore further Kickstarter project team claims its LED bulb world’s most efficient Citation: Philips LED bulb with rad design set for January arrival (2013, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-philips-bulb-rad-january.html This lightbulb is shaped such that a string of LEDs are arranged into a horseshoe shape that arc out from the base. The shape is not just about grabbing attention; the technical advantage is that the SlimStyle does a good job in dispersing heat and does away with the need for heavy heat sinks. In a GigaOM report on the SlimStyle, a Philips spokeswoman e-mailed comments about the bulb’s design “The flat surface,” she said, “helps conduct heat away from the LEDs, eliminating the need for the heavy aluminum heat sinks associated with LED bulbs. This eliminates the cost of the bulb, while still delivering omnidirectional light.” Illumination in Focus further reflected on the significance of the design: “Philips has once again created an LED-based retrofit lamp with a novel shape that still delivers an omnidirectional beam that the company expects to win Energy Star certification. The design looks somewhat akin to a doughnut on top of an Edison base although there is only a flat area rather than a whole in the center of the doughnut. The solid-state lighting (SSL) design enabled a new approach to thermal management that does not rely on a visible metal heat sink.”Chris Davies, meanwhile, writing in SlashGear, had a look at the SlimStyle, and observed still another advantage in its design, and that is its ease of use for those who may otherwise struggle with conventional bulbs. The elderly or infirm with weak grips, for example, might find the SlimStyle easier to manage with just a twist. The plastic body, too, will feel sturdy enough so that the user does not worry about cracking or breaking the bulb while handling it.The introduction comes at a good time for Philips, as 2014 in the US also marks the point when 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs will be phased out. In 2014, the bulb will no longer be manufactured or imported. That also means that consumers in 2014 will be especially interested in finding alternative “green” LED fixtures and can expect promotional messages of better efficiency, The phaseout is In line with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.This Act is designed to help raise the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles. © 2013 Phys.org
After a string of eruptions during the last week, Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission announced Monday that it would expand security measures around the volcano. The total area under restricted access extends five kilometers from the crater.The commission — known by the acronym CNE — announced that the area within two kilometers of the crater is off limits to all visitors and inhabitants. The remaining three kilometers outside the closed area are only accessible by farmers and ranchers with property in the area, and they must be accompanied by an employee from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry, CNE spokeswoman Rebecca Madrigal said.During the weekend, authorities started to evacuate animals from the area around the crater. The National Animal Health Service estimated that there were a total of 279 animals on 13 farms within the two-kilometer ring around the crater.Classes are currently suspended at the nearby school of El Volcán in the town of La Central, which sits on the slope of the volcano. Students from the Unidad Pedagógica El Torito were relocated to the Colegio de Santa Teresita to take their high school exit exams.Turrialba National Park is closed to the public at this time but the town of Turrialba and surrounding towns are not in danger, according to the emergency commission.Since Oct. 23, Turrialba Volcano has seen a series of increasingly strong eruptions, including one on Saturday afternoon that launched a column of ash 1,000 meters into the air. CNE said that the volcano has averaged an eruption every hour during the last week. A yellow alert remains in effect for the cantons of Turrialba and Alvarado. A photo comparison of pictures taken with normal and thermal cameras shows incandescent gas and rocks being expelled during an eruption on Oct. 26. (Via OVSICORI) Facebook Comments Related posts:Turrialba Volcano spews more ash over Costa Rica’s Central Valley in Easter eruption Turrialba Volcano erupts again, raining ash over San José WATCH: Turrialba Volcano emits impressive ash cloud Turrialba Volcano vapor plumes are normal, experts say
March 27, 2018 633 Views High Home Prices Are Here to Stay Share Buyers Days on Market Demand genworth mortgage Home Prices Homebuyers homeowners HOUSING Housing Markets Inventory median home prices Realtor.com S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices Supply Trulia 2018-03-27 Radhika Ojha Home prices continued to rise in January reporting an annual growth of 6.2 percent according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index that was released by S&P Indices on Tuesday. The index, which consists of the National Home Price NSA Index, A 10-City Composite Index, and a 20-City Composite Index, reported price growth on all these indices. While the 10-City Composite recorded an annual increase of 6 percent, the 20-City Composite posted a 6.4 percent year-over-year growth. “The home price surge continues,” said David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at the S&P Dow Jones Indices. “Since the market bottom in December 2012, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price index has climbed at a 4.7 percent real—inflation-adjusted—annual rate.”“Our first glimpse into Case Shiller home price data in 2018 confirms high prices are here to stay,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com. “In fact, if we continue to see a steady stream of buyers and owners remain largely uninterested in selling, we can expect prices to continue to rise.”The City Composite indices were once again dominated by some of the hottest markets in the country with Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Francisco recording the highest price appreciation at 12.9 percent, 11.1 percent, and 10.2 percent respectively.“The hottest housing markets are once again dominated by the West, led by double-digit annual growth in Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Francisco,” said Cheryl Young, Senior Economist at Trulia. “Seattle shows no signs of cooling anytime soon as it recorded its 25th consecutive month of double-digit year-over-year price growth. This is the first time since January 2016 that San Francisco is back into double-digit price growth territory, sounding alarm-bells in a city where median home prices hover around $1.3 million.”“Despite the high prices, homes don’t sit long before being snatched up in these areas, which suggests these markets remain tipped in favor of sellers as we head into spring,” Hale said. A low inventory and a low vacancy rate among owner-occupied housing are two factors supporting these price increases according to Blitzer. “The current months-supply—how many months at the current sales rate would be needed to absorb homes currently for sale—is 3.4; the average since 2000 is 6 months, and the high in July 2010 was 11.9. Currently, the homeowner vacancy rate is 1.6 percent compared to an average of 2.1 percent since 2000; it peaked in 2010 at 2.7 percent,” Blitzer said. Tian Liu, Chief Economist at Genworth Mortgage Insurance agreed. “The Case-Shiller Home Price Index continues to support our view that today’s housing market is driven by a mismatch of demand and supply. There is a robust demand by first-time homebuyers for affordable homes, and equally robust supply for higher-end homes,” he said.For those citing affordability issues in housing, Blitzer said that despite limited supplies, rising prices, and higher mortgage rates, affordability is not a concern. “Affordability measures published by the National Association of Realtors show that a family with a median income could comfortably afford a mortgage for a median-priced home,” he said.But where are those homes? “First-time home buyers, however, will continue to struggle to find homes within their price range as prices climb higher amid low inventory,” Young said. “Starter buyers continue to shoulder the greatest burden of unaffordability as low inventory and escalating prices grip the housing market.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal, News
Unprecedented demand has prompted Viking to open selected 2020 river cruises for sale for a limited time, at 2018 prices. Your clients can pay just $500 now to secure their 2020 river cruise.“Demand for Viking’s award-winning river cruise product is at an all-time high – we’ve never opened a season this early before,” said Michelle Black, Viking Managing Director Australia and New Zealand.“It’s also the first time we have had 3 seasons open at same time – 2018, 2019 and 2020, so we are catering for those who want to go now, plan a little further head (next year) and forward planners – who can plan now for 2020 and have their pick of staterooms and dates. Considering we are holding our 2018 prices for these dates, it’s a fantastic time to lock in a cruise for a $500 deposit.”2020 itineraries:15-day Grand European Tour from Amsterdam to Budapest or vice versa, from $5,995pp8-day Rhine Getaway from Amsterdam to Basel or vice versa, from $3,495pp8-day Romantic Danube from Budapest to Nuremberg or vice versa, from $3,295pp8-day Danube Waltz from Passau to Budapest or vice versa, from $3,295pp8-day Paris & the Heart of Normandy from Paris to Paris, from $3,295pp10-day Tulips & Windmills from Amsterdam to Amsterdam, from $4,595pp10-day Holland & Belgium in Bloom from Amsterdam to Antwerp, from $4,595pp IMAGE: Viking longship in Budapest cruisesRiver CruisesViking
12. Go vintage shopping in the LX FactoryThe LX Factory is an old converted warehouse that’s been transformed into a hipsters playground. Find artisanal cold-brew coffee, hunt down a pair on Levi’s in the vintage shops or peruse their epic book collection in Ler Devagar.Opening Hours: 6am-4am dailyTickets: Free to enterAddress: R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 Lisbon RelatedThe best hotels in Lisbon for every budgetLooking for the best hotels in Lisbon? Want value for money and style? Here are the best accommodation in Portugal’s coastal capital, whether you’re a backpacker on a budget searching for a cheap hostel near the city centre, or a savvy shopper searching for a spa hotel close to the…Lisbon: weekend of the weekLisbon – Portugal’s sunny city5 best beach destinations for familiesSun, sea, sand and plenty of activities to keep the kids (and the adults!) entertained. We reveal the top 5 beach destinations for families. 3. Get animated at Museu da Marioneta (Puppet Museum)For something a little bit quirky and off the beaten track the Museu da Marioneta (Puppet Museum) is ideal. It tells the rich history of the old art form of puppetry and is perfect for theatre fans, adults and children alike. It is home to interesting collections of over 3000 puppets, masks, accessories and costumes from around the world including knights and princesses from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Daily puppet shows take place and there’s opportunities to play with some of the puppets and create your own puppet shows. Opening Hours: 10am-1pm, 2pm-6pm, closed on MondaysTicket: €5 per personAddress: Rua da Esperança 146, 1200-660 Lisbon, Portugal 14. Go on a photo tour of AlfamaThe picture-perfect streets of Alfama are what your Instagram has been waiting for. Fado music leaks out of the small bars, English isn’t as common as it is in the centre, and there’s a new colour of building around every corner. Locals hang their washing from balcony to balcony as though decorating the narrow streets, and the locals sit out on the pavements, drinking cervejas and watching the walkers pass by. Make sure you take good walking shoes, as Alfama is all hills. Address: Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal Want some more ideas for a city break in Europe? Check these out:10 best things to do in Madrid: a local’s guideMake sure you try pimientos de padron, and take a stroll round the Palacio de Cristal.Things to do in Paris: a second timer’s guideNot just the Louvre and the Seine. Get further into Paris’ coffee culture and vintage markets.7 things to do in Dublin for under a fiverThe capital of the Emerald isle makes a surprisingly affordable city break!Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 9. Find the best pastéis de nata in LisbonPasteis de nata (better known as egg custards or Portuguese tarts if you’re from the U.K) are what Lisbon runs on. There are 2 main competitors – Manteigaria Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata and Pasteis de Belém. Of course, Belém is a 20 minute tram ride away, but you can easily squeeze in a visit to Manteigaria Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata if you’re in the city. Wait outside for the bell to be rung before you enter. This signifies that they’ve just pulled a fresh baked tray out of the oven. Enjoy it with an espresso and plenty of icing sugar before going back for a second round. Opening Hours: 8am-12amTickets: €1.50 for one tartAddress: Rua do Loreto 2, 1200-108 Lisbon 7. See where Portugal’s art is from in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is a must for anyone with an interest in art and history, it is one of the most important arts destinations in Portugal. Located in Gulbenkian Park it consists of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Centro de Arte Moderna (CAM). The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is the oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian’s personal collection of Oriental, Islamic, Egyptian and European antiques, art, and rare treasures which were gifted to Lisbon upon his death. The CAM is dedicated to modern art and is home to over 9000 pieces of 20-21st century Portuguese and international artworks.Opening Hours: 10am-5.30pmTickets: Gulbenkian Foundation Pass: €15Address: Av. Berna, Avenidas Novass 6. Visit Jerónimos MonasteryThe streets and hills of Lisbon are lined with architectural wonders from the Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic and Neoclassical periods, and the Jerónimos Monastery built in the 1500s is a perfect example. You can wander around the grand monastery which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, admiring the majestic chapel, and lavishly decorated rooms with ornate stonework throughout. The National Archaeology Museum of Lisbon (Museu Nacional de Arqueologia) is based in the West Wing. Tip: This is an incredibly popular attraction so there can be queues for tickets, to avoid this purchase a Lisbon card which lets you skip the queues or visit early in the morning and arrive at least 15 minutes before opening. Opening Hours: 10am-5pmTickets: €10Address: Praça do Império, Belem ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map How to get to LisbonThere are direct flights from Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Bristol and London. It takes 2 hours to get to Lisbon from the United Kingdom. Once you arrive, there are public transport links as well as apps like Uber for reaching the centre of Lisbon. Search for cheap flights to LisbonWhere to stay on a city break in LisbonIf you’re looking for a hostel:Lisbon Calling offers stylish, affordable dorm rooms in an amazing location. It’s close to the Time Out Markets and the Cais do Sobre train station.If you’re looking for a hotel:Rent out your own central Serviced Apartment on the outskirts of Praca Do Municipio.If you’re looking for luxury:City break in style at Palacete Chafete del Rei – this used to be the home of an aristocratic family in the nineteenth century. Now, it can be your crashpad for the weekend. Search for hotels in Lisbon Looking for cheap flights to Lisbon? Search now 11. Marvel at Church of São RoqueSaint Roque was a doctor in the fourteenth century, later canonized for his ability to treat those suffering from the Plague. The Church was originally a shrine to Roque, housing one of his relics, but in the sixteenth century it became a meeting point for the Jesuit community. The financial aid from the group built the Church of São Roque into the opulent masterpiece you can visit today. Opening Hours: 9.30am-5pm. Closed on MondaysTickets: €2.50 to enter the Museum, no entrance fee for the ChurchAddress: Largo Trindade Coelho, 1200-470 Lisbon 8. Day trip to SintraMagical Sintra is just an hour’s train ride away from Lisbon, which makes it easy to visit the Pena Palace. The palace is a pink hued ninteenth century Romanticist castle, open to the public for tours of the palace terraces. Of course, you could just enjoy the exteriors from Pena Park too – this is where you can get photos like the one below.Opening Hours: Daily 10am-6pmTickets: €14 for adults, €12.50 for childrenAddress: Estrada da Pena, 2710-609 Sintra, Portugal 13. Find the best miradouros in Bairro AltoBairro Alto is one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Lisbon, and it’s where everyone (young and old) comes together for fado music, port wine, and the occasional party. Portas Largas is one of the oldest bars in the area, which used to be a fado house. This is also one of the best spots for finding miradouros – viewpoints where everyone comes together at sunset, to either sit, read a book, meet friends or start the night early! Address: Lisbon 1200-109, Portugal 15. Catch a tram from Praça do ComércioNo trip to Lisbon is complete without walking up Baixa Lisboa to Praça do Comércio. this used to be the commercial centre of trade in the sixteenth century, now it’s a popular meeting point for friends, street vendors and you can catch the famous Tram 28 here too. Address: Av. Infante Dom Henrique 1, 1100-016 Lisbon ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 10. Discover Belém TowerTorre de Belém was originally constructed in the sixteenth century to defend and protect Lisbon and Cascais. Belém, the neighbourhood around the tower, is where Lisbon’s royalty used to reside, and thus the Manueline style tower was built to protect them. The best views are on the outside of the tower, and if you’re here you should visit Pastéis de Nata too – they’re some of the best in the city.Opening Hours: 10am-5.30pmTickets: €6 to visit the tower alone, €12 if you are visiting the Monastery tooAddress: Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisbon 4. Light up at the Museu da Electricidade (Electricity Museum)The Museu da Eletricidade is housed in the Tejo Power Station, a vibrant piece of architecture from Industrial Portugal. The power station supplied Lisbon with power until the 1970s and the main exhibition takes you through the thermoelectric process. There’s also solar power demonstrations, displays featuring famous scientists who explored the field of electricity, and many interactive experiments. Considered to be a cultural centre of Lisbon it plays host to a number of temporary exhibitions, events and workshops. Opening Hours: 10am-6pmTickets: FreeAddress: Av. de Brasília, Central Tejo, 1300-598 Lisbon Search for cheap flights to Lisbon1. Go underwater at Lisbon OceanariumLocated in ‘Parque das Nacoes’ the Lisbon Oceanarium is one of the largest aquariums in Europe with over 450 different species of marine life, and over 15,000 creatures in total. The focus is on the main tank which holds 5 million litres of water, this is surrounded by four smaller special habitat tanks replicating the natural habitats of the Indian, Atlantic, Pacific and Antarctic Oceans. Marine life you can expect to see include sharks, stingrays, otters, sunfish, spider crabs, penguins, coral and a large variety of amphibians. Each impressive exhibit teaches a host of fascinating facts about sea life, promoting the conservation of nature. Opening Hours: 10am-8pm dailyTickets: €17 for both the Aquarium and temporary exhibition.Address: Esplanada Dom Carlos I s/nº, 1990-005 Lisbon, Portugal 2. Have a royal day out at Castelo de São JorgeDating back to the sixth century, Castelo de São Jorge’s eighteen towers sit proudly above the city, an iconic part of the cityscape. This fortification has survived sieges, wars and an earthquake and now holds the title of Lisbon’s most popular tourist attraction. Visitors can learn more about the city’s colourful past in the castle’s museum that is situated in its former palace or they can visit the Tower of Ulysses that houses a Camera Obscura periscope to view sights around the city. After exploring the café head to The Casa do Leão Restaurant located in one of the wings of the castle, it offers dining with some of the best views of Lisbon. Opening Hours: 9am-6pmTickets: €8.50 per personAddress: Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, which can be easily reached by the 28 Tram. 5. Listen to fado musicIf you want to experience something truly Portuguese, a traditional Fado bar is the place to go. Fado is traditional folk music from the 18th century that usually encompasses some sombre, emotive lyrics backed by a Portuguese guitar. Clube de Fado is one of the most well known fado bars in Lisbon with daily live fado shows, fado stars such as Miguel Capucho and Jose Fontes Rocha have performed here. Opening Hours: 8pm-2amAddress: Rua de São João da Praça 92 To find out more about this Portuguese tradition the Museu do Fado (Fado Museum) explores the history of Fado with audiovisual displays and exhibitions featuring instruments, clothing and press coverage. Live performances often take place in the museum cafe. Opening Hours: 10am-6pm, closed on MondaysEntry: €5Address: Largo do Chafariz de Dentro
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