Bigger listing service in works

first_imgIt started last November, when the association, which represents agents in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, joined forces with the Southern California Multiple Listing Service and created one with 55,000 members, the second biggest in the nation. It contains listings for south Los Angeles County, the two valleys and Orange County. All the data had to be put into a new system – one used by lots of association’s across the country. “It was a big task. We had to bring in and train 15,000 agents,” Link said. And programs had to be rewritten and data converted into different formats. Something is missing from the San Fernando Valley’s residential real estate market. February’s sales and price report. Turns out the computer ate it. The Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors installed a new computer system and it’s having a devil of a time crunching the sales and price tallies of the members. “This was a monumental change,” explains Jim Link, the association’s executive vice president. Link said the association wanted to make sure that this new system would not alter historical comparisons of both sales and prices for houses and condominiums. That’s proving to take a lot longer than anticipated. When completed, the new arrangement should offer more choice for agents, buyers and sellers. “What we’ve found in recent years is agents are working with clients from much farther away from their home or farm area and clients are asking for information (about properties) that are farther away,” Link said when the merger deal was struck. Creating wider-ranging MLS databases of properties for sale and other information is part of an industry trend. And members had been wanting an MLS with broader coverage. Also, brokerages are getting bigger, and it’s easier for agents to subscribe to one listing service. Link hopes that the February report will be ready soon, maybe by Monday. Other reports that did come in for February from the state trade association and market tracker DataQuick Information Systems showed the same trends. Sales are still falling, but not by as much as in the past, and prices remain stubborn. In fact, they hit a record in February in Los Angeles County. And Link thinks that February behaved like that here in the Valley. “February was an improvement over January. All the indicators are is that the market is picking up. I don’t think you are going to see numbers that say 2002 is back, but buyers are getting more active.” greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Arsenal v Chelsea confirmed line-ups – Mertesacker STARTS, Terry on BENCH

first_img The Blues will be looking to complete a domestic double when they take on the Gunners CLICK HERE TO STREAM LIVE ARSENAL V CHELSEA TALKSPORT COMMENTARY, KICK-OFF 17:30Premier League champions Chelsea will be looking to complete a domestic double when they take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon.The Blues, having lifted the league title six days ago, can secure another piece of silverware under Antonio Conte and record a first double by an English side since 2010.Arsenal, meanwhile, will be aiming to add some much needed gloss to an underwhelming campaign after finishing outside of the top four under Arsene Wenger.So, just who has been selected for the match? The confirmed teams, in full, are available below…Confirmed line-ups:Arsenal XI: Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, WelbeckSubs: Cech, Elneny, Coquelin, Iwobi, Lucas, Walcott, GiroudChelsea XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Diego Costa, HazardSubs: Begovic, Zouma, Ake, Terry, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi 1last_img read more

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NOW THE NORTHERN LIGHTS ARE SPREADING – TO GARTAN!

first_imgGeraldine’s stunning picture of the Northern Lights over Gartan Lake near Churchill last night.We are almost used to the stunning Northern Lights appearing over Donegal a this stage.But up until now the stunning dancing light display has mostly been seen across the Inishowen Peninsula.But this stunning shot taken by well-known local photographer Geraldine Diver proves that they are spreading! Geraldine captured the lights last night over Gartan Lake near Churchill.The Glenswilly woman said she was left breathless after capturing the lights for the first time.And what a stunning first shot.  NOW THE NORTHERN LIGHTS ARE SPREADING – TO GARTAN! was last modified: February 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gartan LakeGeraldine Divernorthern lightslast_img read more

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TERMON LADIES AIM FOR UNIQUE DONEGAL GAA RECORD AT ALL-IRELAND LADIES GAELTACHTA FINALS

first_imgGeraldine Mc Laughlin will be missing as Termon Ladies aim for a unique Donegal GAA record, when the Termon Ladies side travel to Moycullen, County Galway at the weekend to participate in the 2014 All Ireland Gaeltachta finals for the fifth time. Termon Ladies who will be defending their All Ireland crown are travelling into the heart of the Galway Gaeltachta knowing that the tag of defending champions carries with it an expectation of success from the travelling support from this rural Club based in the heart land of the birth place of St Colmcille, without the services of Geraldine Mc Laughlin.McLaughlin along with Dara Kelly will be missing both having undergone surgery in the past few weeks. Termon Ladies who have been to the forefront of success in Ladies football in Donegal for a long number of years has tasted success at Ulster level in 2010 when the mighty Donaghmoyne Ladies were shell shocked into submission at Beragh Co Tyrone by a late Roisin Friel goal for Termon to lift the Ulster ladies crown.Termon who are backboned by custodian Laura Gallagher, the Mc Cafferty sisters and cousins Roisin and Grainne mc Cafferty have also the Mc Laughlin sisters, Jimmy Lee Murray, and Emer Gallagher all make up a formidable experienced team.This Termon team who has been together since first tasting Cumain Na Bun Scoil success with Termon NS under the former Kilcar stalwart Christy Gillispie has a wide array of talent coupled now with debutantes Shauna Kelly, Laura Mc Ilwaine, Holly mc Daid, Anna Gallagher, Shannon Mc Groddy and Lucy o Flynn.Now that Geraldine Mc Laughlin is ruled out for several months the evergreen Maureen O’Donnell who in the Donegal Gaeltachta final teased and tormented the Glenfin defence before lifting the Radio Na Gaeltachta cup in the Donegal finals will surely be to the fore if the maroon and whites of Termon is to lift the All Ireland Gaeltachta cup for an unbelievable fifth year on the trot. The first victory was a memorable one over old rivals Glenfin after extra time in Belmullet Mayo in 2010, next was in the All Ireland final played in Falcarragh when St Marys Belfast were the opposition in 2011.The 2012 victory was in Gweedore and the 2013 victory was in Ring in Waterford.When spoken too earlier this week Danny o Donnell Chairperson of the Termon Ladies spoke about the dedication, determination of this Termon Ladies team.He spoke about the manner in which this group of Girls first started winning at under age and then progressed to the County, Ulster and now the National arena.O’Donnell also paid tribute to Harry Mc Glynn Seamus Friel and Christy Gillispie and to all the parents who over a long number of years facilitated the club with taking players to games and training. In the times when voluntary workers are scarce and everyone seems to be so busy we here in the Termon Club are so proud of our fine tradition of being at the Top of the sporting word in Ladies football. O Donnell added that this team has made Termon proud and indeed placed Donegal Ladies football on a high pedestal.Deirdre (Galligan) Gallagher who is just recovering from a tough election campaign was a playing member of the Termon club and a past Chairperson or the Ladies board, stated“We have so much good will in the club, I played for the club in my earlier days and I now have a daughter Anna on the playing panel we have a lot of second generation players coming on stream.Deirdre also praised the people in the club who do so much voluntary work to provide the Club with the resources that such a successful team needs. Under the guidance of Trevor Alcorn, Francie Friel and Paul Mc Daid Termon will be hoping for an injury free weekend.At the time of going to press no draws have been made but Termons first game is provisionally pencilled in for Saturday with a 2pm startTERMON LADIES AIM FOR UNIQUE DONEGAL GAA RECORD AT ALL-IRELAND LADIES GAELTACHTA FINALS was last modified: May 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ALL-IRELAND FINALHome-page SportnewsTermon ladieslast_img read more

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Six new digital hubs announced for across Donegal

first_imgPlans for six new digital hubs across Co Donegal have been unveiled by Udaras na Gaeltachta.The hubs are part of an ambitious plan to create remote working spaces for businesses across the seven Gaeltacht counties.Under the ambitious plan, a new hub will be opened in Kilcar before the end of this year. There are also now firm plans for similar innovative hubs to be opened in Termon, Carrigart, Arranmore Island, Tory Island and Dungloe.A similar hub already exists in the Gaoth Dobhair area.gteic Gréasán Digiteach na Gaeltachta is a network of 31 innovation & digital hubs with highspeed broadband being developed by Údarás na Gaeltachta.The new gigabit enabled Gaeltacht network will be launched by Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and Islands, Seán Kyne, in the Italian Room in Government Buildings today. The innovation hubs are to be dotted along the majestic Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry and Cork in addition to Waterford and Meath in Ireland’s Ancient East.Six Gaeltacht islands also form part of this growing digital ecosystem to support the sustainability of these communities and off-shore islands.Údarás na Gaeltachta has invested over €1.5 million in the development of the hubs, with additional funding in excess of €3.5 million from the Government’s Rural Regeneration and Development Fund by year end.The gteic hubs, tailored to suit each unique location, will include hot desk and shared space facilities for remote workers and eworkers in addition to fully equipped office spaces and incubation units with high speed internet access to facilitate innovation and concept development.The Vision The development of gteic Gréasán Digiteach na Gaeltachta network of innovation and digital hubs is one of 5 key initiatives included in the Údarás na Gaeltachta Strategic Plan 2018-2020.The gteic digital hubs will provide a vibrant network of high speed broadband facilities in rural Gaeltacht areas to stimulate job creation, to assist remote working, to encourage and enable the return of Diaspóra na Gaeltachta, to facilitate concept development and new business and to develop a community of hubs where the unique Gaeltacht culture drives creativity and innovation.The OpportunityThese developments will give the Gaeltacht community, both at home and abroad, an opportunity to return to or live in their home area by providing remote working opportunities at hot desks, co-working spaces or private offices at these hubs. This in turn will support, bolster and assist these unique language communities and help them to face the challenges of rural depopulation. An opportunity of improved worklife balance will not be the only benefit of gteic membership! A reciprocal arrangement agreed with the Guinness Enterprise Centre in Dublin means that any member of the GEC can avail of the gteic facilities anywhere along the network and members of the gteic digital community can avail of the facilities in GEC in Dublin free of charge.The Offeringgteic hubs include hot desk and shared space facilities for remote workers and eworkers in addition, depending on location, to fully equipped office spaces and incubation units with highspeed internet access to facilitate innovation and concept development. These hubs will facilitate people who wish to develop a business concept and will provide access to Údarás na Gaeltachta’s range of mentoring and business supports also.This growing digital ecosystem is providing an excellent opportunity for new technology companies to establish or locate themselves in the rural areas which encompass the Gaeltacht and for their employees to enjoy the excellent worklife balance that these picturesque areas can offer.Six new digital hubs announced for across Donegal was last modified: September 27th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:broadbanddigital hubsdonegalGAELTACHTinternetplanlast_img read more

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Kurtenbach: What Kwon Alexander’s injury means for the 49ers

first_imgNo offense to Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, or any of the other outstanding 49ers’ defenders who have upped their games this season, but no player has been more instrumental in San Francisco’s incredible defensive turnaround than linebacker Kwon Alexander.The weak-side/space backer, who signed with the Niners after four years in Tampa Bay, brought energy, speed, and sideline-to-sideline competency from his first game in red and gold. He was the linchpin of this defense, which has become one of the …last_img

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A towering cultural icon

first_imgThe massive cooling towers are receivinga bright and colourful makeover.(Image: MaOblata Bloemfontein) “The Suncatcher” by the late Father FransClaerhout, a Bloemfontein-based RomanCatholic priest, is one of the subjects shownin large scale and glorious colour.(Image: MaOblata Bloemfontein) The Soweto towers are a popular culturaldestination, and one that is also soughtafter by crazy thrill-seeking visitors.(Image: Soweto Towers )Janine ErasmusBloemfontein, the City of Roses, is looking even more cheerful these days. The city’s cooling towers are receiving a facelift and will soon be covered in vibrant home-grown artwork, courtesy of First National Bank (FNB), one of the country’s major banking groups. FNB is a major sponsor of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and in line with its sponsorship of the much-anticipated event, is transforming the skyline of one of the host cities.Bloemfontein, also known as Mangaung (place of the cheetahs), is a city rich in cultural heritage and has played a significant role in South Africa’s growth as a nation. Many of the city’s most acclaimed citizens and distinctive features will be immortalised in the gigantic works of art that are soon to completely clothe the vast surfaces of the cooling towers.Two of the four towers, which belong to a currently decommissioned power station, will carry FNB’s 2010 Fifa World Cup branding. The other two will take on a bright and colourful depiction of the area’s heritage and are expected to become a source of community pride.Sieg Maier, who heads up FNB’s Free State division, said that the company is proud of its investment. “The physical and psychological landscape of Bloemfontein will be transformed into a more positive and vibrant place that beams with hope,”The artworks are reproduced on canvas – about 12 800m2 of it – and the wraps weigh between 700 and 900kg each. The project, which is not yet complete, is expected to consume 12 000l of paint, while the artistic team will take about 720 hours each to complete their sections. Each tower is 60m high with a circumference of 120m at the bottom and 70m at the top.A city of pioneersBloemfontein is something of a pioneering city, and its residents are responsible for many notable milestones and inventions both at home and abroad. Among them are Olympians Ryk Neethling, a member of the first South African swimming team to win a gold medal, and record-breaker Zola Budd, who was the first Olympic athlete to run barefoot.The significance of the city goes back much further than that, though, and the area abounds with rock art paintings that show the lifestyle of the San people, its first inhabitants. Later the city, after its establishment in 1912, became an important military base with both an army and air force presence. The Rooivalk (Afrikaans for “red kestrel”), South Africa’s attack helicopter, is based at Bloemspruit air force base.Bloemfontein is renowned as a centre of learning and literature, as well as science and engineering. J.R.R. Tolkien, renowned author of The Lord of the Rings, was born in Bloemfontein in 1892. The city is the judicial capital of South Africa, and the country’s current ruling party, the African National Congress, was founded in Bloemfontein in 1912.In 1955 the first parking meter in Africa was installed in the city, and later Fred Brownell, who went to school in Bloemfontein and became the State Herald, was the principal designer of the new South African flag. The flag made its début on 10 May 1994 at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as South Africa’s first democratically-elected president, and is the only six-coloured national flag in the world.There are two international astronomical observatories within the city limits – the Boyden Observatory and the Lamont-Hussey Observatory, which is now a cultural venue known as the Observatory Theatre. While the latter was still in operation it housed the imposing 27-inch Lamont refractor which at one time was the largest refractor in the southern hemisphere.Soweto towersIn 2003 FNB performed a similar feat on the cooling towers of the mothballed Orlando power in Soweto. The two towers can be seen for miles around and have become cultural landmarks in the area. A number of contemporary artists lent their talents to the initiative, which is now an important tourist attraction in the area.Not only conventional, but also adventure tourists are keen to visit the site, because the Soweto towers have been transformed into a popular vertical adventure centre. The centre, which opened in July 2008, boasts a 100m-high viewing platform at the top of the west tower with a 360 degree view of Soweto. The platform leads to a power swing and a tandem swing, both of which allow thrill-seekers to plunge downwards for 40m and then swing between the two towers – either alone or with a friend. The towers are also used for base jumping, rap jumping and abseiling.FNB commissioned a mural that would depict slices of life in Soweto. Notable features, in much larger-than-life size, are a smiling Nelson Mandela, who lived in Soweto’s Vilakazi Street, famous singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the Madonna and child, which is a symbol of Soweto’s Regina Mundi Catholic church, a football stadium, a female vendor selling her wares, taxis, and many other iconic images of the bustling township.The other tower bears the FNB branding. The mural, which took six months to complete, is said to be the largest in Southern Africa – but soon it will have competition.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Useful linksMangaung local municipalityFNBSoweto towersBloemfontein towerslast_img read more

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Mitt Romney Knows Your Favorite Porn Sites And Wants Your Vote

first_imgjohn paul titlow Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The voter profiles built by these sites get a lot more detailed when visitors register, especially when they sign in via Facebook or Twitter. Connecting one’s Facebook account to MittRomney.com, for example, opens up a whole new set of personal data to the campaign. This includes your name, email address, gender, networks to which you belong, and list of your friends. Depending on how diligent you are about your privacy settings, the app might be able to access much more than that. By comparison, the Obama campaign’s Facebook app grabs even more data, including your likes, location history (insofar as you’ve provided it to Facebook), photos and basic information about each of your friends. Both campaigns are combining these data points with consumer information purchased from private providers in an effort to understand as much as possible about who voters are, what their lives are like and how the details might inform their decision on Nov. 6. This insight, which can get pretty personal, helps guide campaign workers in their conversations with voters. This year, as The Times reports, campaign strategists are actually holding back in their usage of this personal data for fear of freaking voters out. Among themselves, political operatives debate things like whether to publicly shame citizens for not voting and how personal to get on cold calls. If that last campaign caller sounded a little too informed, just wait until 2016.  A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#politics#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting As our lives become more intertwined with the digital world, the amount of information about ourselves that gets recorded in ones and zeros is growing dramatically. All that data helps us reconnect with friends, run relevant Google searches and better manage our health. It also, as it turns out, helps politicians persuade us. With the next U.S. presidential election weeks away, both campaigns are using personal data about would-be voters on a scale “never before imagined”, according to The New York Times. This large-scale, unprecedented data mining by the Obama and Romney campaigns includes the type of information long available from sources like Acxiom and Equifax. To an increasing extent, it also includes data gleaned from our online habits. Much like advertisers use browser cookies to track users across the Web for marketing purposes, political campaigns use the same technology to collect browsing histories on voters. Writes The Times: The campaigns have planted software known as cookies on voters’ computers to see if they frequent evangelical or erotic Web sites for clues to their moral perspectives. Voters who visit religious Web sites might be greeted with religion-friendly messages when they return to mittromney.com or barackobama.com.Indeed, after visiting BarackObama.com, my browser had stored 31 cookies from that domain, including its subdomains. MittRomney.com dropped about half as many cookies on my machine, but it was still more than the average site, which typically installs one or two cookies. Most of these cookies are likely used for routine, perfectly harmless purposes. But some of them are undoubtedly following users around the Web and keeping track of what kind of sites they visit, all in an effort to build out an evermore robust profile of who voters are. Granted, this sort of thing happens all the time. It’s at the  heart of the “Do Not Track” fight going on between the government, public interest groups, Internet marketers and tech companies. When my browser loads a banner ad served up from 24/7 Real Media, for example, a cookie from their servers follows me around the Web and helps inform their ad network about what to show me next. This can actually be quite useful, as I’ve argued in the past. What the presidential campaigns are doing is a little different. For one, they’re trying to persuade people to cast a ballot for the next leader of the free world rather than buy a new toaster. And unlike digital ad networks such as 24/7 Real Media – who explicitly vow not to collection personally identifiable information – the data collected by these campaigns is not anonymous. In fact, their sites are designed to encourage people to identify themselves immediately, usually by signing up for an email newsletter and providing their ZIP code. In its privacy policy, the Obama campaign acknowledges that it may tie one’s identify to data collected via cookies. Romney’s policy is far less detailed, but nothing in the fine print explicitly forbids them from doing the same.  8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Holiday Tips for Families with Special Needs

first_imgWhat other tips do you have for military families, caregivers, or families with special needs? This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on December 2, 2016. Ask for a break.It is okay to ask for help and take a break. Use respite services if you qualify, ask for a night off rather than a gift. It is okay to take care of yourself, in fact it’s extremely important. Be OK with bowing out of events and saying no.As with all things in life, you have to pick and choose what is best for you and your family. There might be holiday parties that would be more stressful to attend than is necessary. Politely bow out of the event and trust that your family and friends will understand. When preparing and planning for big parties or gatherings volunteer for what you know you are capable of and say no to the rest. Pick two.If you have a family member with special needs, it likely that you are already very busy with things to do for them and the rest of the family. Don’t intentionally add to the list trying to recreate your perfect holiday. Pick two traditions that are manageable to you and your family. Just focus on implementing or maintaining those two traditions, and enjoy the time you have with your loved ones. Sometimes families try to do too much just to make the holidays perfect, when in reality being together and happy are what makes the holidays perfect. Reflect on the season.Remember that the holiday season is a time for reflection on the year, celebrating being together and a time of joy. Keep the joy in the holidays, by remaining focused on what they mean to you. The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year but it can also become a stressful time, especially for  families with special needs. Below, we compiled a few holiday tips for families with special needs, military families, and family caregivers. Lower your expectations.Often times we build up this idea in our head of the holidays. We create this fantasy about the perfect holiday, then work hard trying to create it. This tip is essential for families with special needs, however it is a good tip for everyone – lower your expectations. When we are trying to create the perfect holiday, party, reunion, etc. What we are really creating is a load of stress for ourselves which can quickly make the holidays less joyful. Things might work out better than you expected with your lowered expectations, or they might not. But, you will enjoy the time with your loved ones more when you are not trying to live up to high expectations.last_img read more

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