All Eyes on a Post-Pandemic Housing Market

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Daryl Fairweather Elena Cox George Ratiu Redfin Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago’s latest analysis “How the U.S. Housing Market Was Rocked by COVID-19—and Where We Go From Here,” takes a closer look at exactly how the pandemic rocked America’s real estate market over the past year.A nation kept virtually isolated and “locked-in” has created a housing market where home seekers are looking for larger suburban homes and even remote locales with the ability to work remotely.”The very nature of the pandemic, through the health implications, social distancing, and need to isolate, has really brought a central focus on the importance of home for most Americans,” said George Ratiu, Senior Economist at “In a sense, it has elevated real estate markets as a centerpiece of our lives.”Financial factors, combined with restricted inventory, will also come into play as the spring season begins and buyers “warm up” to again as more people are vaccinated and can socialize again, more sellers will feel comfortable listing their homes.As said recently by Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather, “This is the strongest seller’s market since at least 2006. Buyers outnumber sellers by such a huge margin that many homeowners are staying put because they know how hard it would be to find a place to move to. It seems like the only move-up buyers who are confident enough to list their homes are those who are relocating to a more affordable area where they’ll have an edge on the local competition.”And as the rollout of vaccinations continues, many are not primed to dip their toe into the housing market. Despite record-low rates, all-time-high prices are shutting out many as first-time buyers are still not on stable enough financial footing to make a home purchase.“This could all lead to an increase in home sales. Sales dipped in the early months of the crisis as stay-at-home orders were issued across the nation, but began picking up again in May,” said Elena Cox, Data Journalist for “From May to July, the number of completed home sales jumped from a little more than 307,000 to nearly 500,000. They dipped in the fall heading into the holidays as buyers paused their searches and whatever inventory was left on the market seemed to shrivel up. As more homes come onto the market, sales will likely rise. But buyers shouldn’t get their hopes up too high.”Key findings of the report include:Mortgage are rates expected to remain low in 2021Homebuilders will struggle to keep up with demandHome prices will continue to rise, but just not too fastClick here for more information on’s latest analysis. in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, News Sign up for DS News Daily Daryl Fairweather Elena Cox George Ratiu Redfin 2021-03-22 Eric C. Peck March 22, 2021 2,829 Views Home / Daily Dose / All Eyes on a Post-Pandemic Housing Market About Author: Eric C. Peck Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago All Eyes on a Post-Pandemic Housing Market Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: The No. 1 Way to Win a Bidding War Next: The Big Difference Between Fair and Good Credit Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for last_img read more

Owen: Sterling can be replaced

first_img Owen added: “If he signed tomorrow I’m sure it would all be fine, but I do think now that it’s gone a bit too far. “If he was in two minds then probably the reaction of the fans at the moment, and probably with a sour taste in his mouth about everything that has happened, then he would probably look into starting afresh again.” One player coming into Liverpool is striker Danny Ings, who will join the club on July 1 subject to a medical. Ings, who scored 11 goals for bottom club Burnley last season, is considered one of the brightest young forwards in the country but Owen has warned the 22-year-old about the pressures of playing for a top club. “It’s a whole new ball game when you go to a club like Liverpool,” said Owen, who scored 158 goals for the club in 297 appearances. “Then the scrutiny is on. Any weaknesses that you have in your game will be exposed at a top club. “I know a lot of people think that if you are at a club like Liverpool or Man United then you should score 20 goals a season because you are getting all the chances. “It’s true if you are good enough, but if you are not good enough then you get exposed really quickly and it’s not pleasant. “Talking of Danny Ings, he’s a goalscorer, he’s put in some really good performances. “He will have to make that step up into a team where things are expected of you, not just nicking a goal every so often and you make the headlines. “This is, if you play poorly once, you get plenty of criticism, so it’s a different challenge he has taken on.” Michael Owen has told Liverpool fans not to lose sleep over Raheem Sterling’s uncertain future, insisting the midfielder is replaceable if he leaves Anfield this summer. Sterling, who has two years left on his contract, turned down a new deal worth £100,000 a week in January and relations have soured after Liverpool cancelled a meeting to restart negotiations. Losing Sterling would represent another blow to the Reds, who sold Luis Suarez last summer and will be without talisman Steven Gerrard next season. Liverpool finished eight points adrift of the top four and it is believed Sterling is eager to join a club in the Champions League, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal all linked with the 20-year-old. “I think he is a very good player but, put it this way, a year ago they lost Suarez, he is irreplaceable, you cannot replace someone that good,” said Owen, speaking at the launch of BT Sport’s European football coverage. “If Liverpool lose Sterling they can replace him. Certainly with the money that they would get I think you can replace Sterling. “I think he’s a very good player, got loads of potential, but you can replace him and you can’t replace Suarez. “If I was a Liverpool fan I would obviously want an answer, but I wouldn’t be losing sleep if he did leave and you got a fair old chunk of money for him because I think he is replaceable.” Sterling was jeered by some fans during England’s goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, less then a month after he was booed by Liverpool fans as he collected the club’s Young Player of the Year award. “I expect him not to be a Liverpool player because if he was, and was pushing the boundaries for a better contract, you would probably think it’s gone a bit too far now,” Owen said. “Public opinion has counted against him, so you would have thought he would be leaving. That would be my inclination.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Local soccer fixtures

first_imgIn the Munster Junior Cup Thurles Town face Broadford of Limerick and Peake Villa go up against Nenagh Celtic in Loughtagalla, Thurles.The winners of these two games will play in the last 16 on the weekend of Feb 11th.Both games get going at 2pm. Photo © Pixabaylast_img

bet365 lands fourth consecutive bookmaker of the year award at SBC Awards

first_img Sports betting giant bet365 capped a triumphant night at the SBC Awards by collecting the headline Bookmaker of the Year prize for the fourth year in a row.Having also been crowned Football Bookmaker of the Year and Mobile Bookmaker of the Year, the Stoke-based operator only narrowly missed out on a fourth prize after William Hill beat it to the Racing Bookmaker of the Year title.The Bookmaker of the Year award was sponsored by OPTIMA, winners of the Standalone Platform Provider of the Year ahead of Openbet.The end of year industry celebration at the stunning disco-themed Artillery Garden in central London also produced two other multiple prize winners, Betradar and Betgenius.Betradar, a subsidiary of Sportradar AG, scooped the Esports Supplier of the Year and Best Live Streaming Product awards, as well as being highly commended in the Best Virtual Football Product category behind winners Golden Race.Meanwhile, Betgenius picked up the Best Live Betting Product and the Best Sports Data Product, while being Highly Commended in two other categories, the Esports Supplier of the Year and Marketing Agency of the Year, the latter of which was won by Square in the Air. To check out the full list of winners, click HERE.More than 500 industry professionals were in attendance to celebrate another outstanding year for sports betting. Each of them was treated to a sparkling wine and cocktail reception, exclusive three-course seated dinner and Christmas themed snacks.The evening’s entertainment also featured a bespoke ‘Boogie Wonder Nights’ show created by Full circle, a highly competitive set of in-built dodgems and a renowned London DJ.SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron said: “Congratulations to all of our winners, especially bet365 for retaining the Bookmaker of the Year prize, and Betradar and Betgenius for achieving double success on the night.“Having taken a different approach for the fourth running of this event, we were delighted with the response from everyone in attendance. We are also extremely grateful for the support of our sponsors, particularly OPTIMA and Golden Race.”Supplier Award WinnersWhite Label Supplier of the Year (Sponsored by Favbet)Winner – BetConstructHighly Commended – FSB TechUltraplayEveryMatrixInBet GamesDigitainSportsbook Supplier of the Year (Sponsored by HiPay)Winner – SBTechHighly Commended – BtoBetOpenbetKambiFSB TechBetConstructOPTIMADigitainStandalone Platform Provider of the Year (Sponsored By Trustly)Winner – OPTIMAHighly Commended – OpenbetAmelcoSingularTecnalisEveryMatrixVermantiaInBet GamesMarketing Agency of the YearWinner – Square in the AirHighly Commended – BetgeniusDigital Fuel MarketingHeavyweight SportInitial RewardsBest Odds MarketingEsports Supplier of the Year (Sponsored by Esports Insider)Winner – BetradarHighly Commended – BetgeniusAbiosPinnacleUltraplayRTSmunityRising Star in Sports Betting InnovationWinner – BtoBetHighly Commended – BettorlogicDigital Sports TechQubitStatscoreAlgosportDelasportTCM InplayBest Live Betting Product Winner – BetgeniusHighly Commended – SBTechSporting SolutionsMetric GamingKambiTotal Performance DataBetradarBest Live Streaming ProductWinner – BetradarHighly Commended – PerformGolden RaceRacing PostSISAbelson InfoBest Sports Sponsorship (Sponsored by Square in the Air)Winner – DafabetHighly Commended – Ball StreetSportPesaBetsafeBest Sports Data ProductWinner – BetgeniusHighly Commended – SportradarStatscorePerform / RunningBallTotal Performance DataSISDon Best SportsRacing PostBest Payment ProductWinner – TrustlyHighly Commended – EMLHiPayEveryMatrix / MoneyMatrixECommPayJeton Ventures LtdProcessing.comCashFlowsW2 Global DataBest Retail Betting ProductWinner – VermantiaHighly Commended – OPTIMASISCrown TechnologiesGolden RaceBetConstructBest Virtual Football ProductWinner – Golden RaceHighly Commended – BetradarInspired EntertainmentPlaytechVsoftCoBest Virtual Sports ProductWinner – Inspired EntertainmentHighly Commended – Golden RaceLeap GamingNSoftPlaytechBetradarKiron InteractiveVermantiaBest DFS ProductWinner – OulalaHighly Commended – SwushDraft FantasyEvenBet GamingPremier PuntSportADScout Gaming GroupBest Multi-Channel Supplier (Sponsored by W2 Global)Winner – Racing PostHighly Commended – SBTechOpenbetOPTIMABTOBetSingularVermantiaBetgames.tvBest Sport Themed GameWinner – InBet GamesHighly Commended – Golden RaceInspired EntertainmentVsoftCoSpiffx GroupKiron InteractiveOperator/Affiliate Award WinnersBest Affiliate Product Innovation (Sponsored by Intertops)Winner – LADbible GroupHighly Commended – OLBGBetter CollectiveNetReferFresh8 GamingWeb Analysis SolutionsSetanta Sports MediaBest Affiliate Partner Scheme (Sponsored by Affiliate Insider)Winner – Energy PartnersHighly Commended – Kindred AffiliatesSun Bets AffiliatesMr GreenPinnacleEsports Bookmaker of the Year (Sponsored by Betradar)Winner – PinnacleHighly Commended – Danske SpilUnikrnESP.betGG.betSocially Responsible Bookmaker of the Year (Sponsored by BetConstruct)Winner – Mr GreenHighly Commended – UnibetLeoVegasSportPesaMarketing Campaign of the Year (Sponsored by SIS)Winner – MarathonbetHighly Commended – William HillBetBrightRacing PostBetVictorBetfredMobile Bookmaker of the Year (Sponsored by InBet Games)Winner – bet365Highly Commended – LeoVegas SportsBetBright1XbetUnibetSky BetRacing Bookmaker of the Year (Sponsored by Racing Post)Winner – William HillHighly Commended – bet365FitzdaresStar SportsBoylesportsBetBrightFootball Bookmaker of the Year (Sponsored by Ultraplay)Winner – bet365Highly Commended – Sky BetBetBrightUnibet1XbetFavBetRising Star in Sports Betting (Sponsored by Golden Race)Winner – LeoVegas SportsHighly Commended – Mr GreenRedZone SportsBookeeLV BETBetserCoolbetBetstars1XbetAdjarabetAffiliate of the Year (Sponsored by LeoVegas)Winner – Better CollectiveHighly Commended – Catena MediaLiveSport MediaRaketechEasyoddsCheckd GroupBookmaker of the Year (Sponsored by OPTIMA)Winner – bet365Highly Commended – Sky BetWilliam HillUnibetPinnacleBetsafe10betBetVictorSBC Hall of Fame InducteesParis SmithFred DoneVigen Badalyan Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Share Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020last_img read more

Conner replaces Bell, shines as Steelers tie Browns in OT

first_imgMaybe they can do it again.Making his first NFL start, James Conner helped Pittsburgh forget that Bell — the team’s disgruntled star running back — isn’t around and may not be back anytime soon.Conner scored two touchdowns, rushed for 135 yards and added 57 more on five catches as the Steelers escaped Sunday with a 21-21 tie against the Cleveland Browns, who ended their 17-game losing streak without winning.Conner was more than an adequate fill-in for Bell, who remains separated from the Steelers in an ugly contract dispute.While his teammates slopped around in the rain at FirstEnergy Stadium, Bell continued his holdout in South Florida as his replacement gave the Steelers hope they’ll be able to withstand not having one of their biggest stars.Conner could be their newest one.The anti-Bell.“I’m so tired of Le’Veon,” Steelers right guard David DeCastro told reporters. “I’m so tired of it. Let’s just worry about the guys that are here. I know you guys have stories to write and what not. I love Le’Veon, but we have to worry about the guys that are here. That’s the only people that matter.”Conner scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter and added a 22-yarder in the fourth as the Steelers opened a 21-7 lead that appeared safe.However, as Pittsburgh appeared on the verge of putting the Browns away, Conner had his lone blemish on an otherwise stellar day.Running right, Conner got stripped by Browns end Myles Garrett and his fumble led to the Browns quickly scoring two touchdowns in the final 7:32 to force overtime.Cleveland had a chance to win it, but linebacker T.J. Watt added a blocked field goal to his four-sack game by getting a hand on Zane Gonzalez’s 43-yard field-goal attempt with 9 seconds left.Bell’s messy situation cast a shadow over the Steelers all week, bringing a distraction to a team that usually avoids drama. The stand-off could last for a while, and if it does, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, his staff and the Steelers have to feel better about what Conner can provide.“He did some really great things,” said superstar receiver Antonio Brown. “He ran well and brought great energy all day. I was excited to see him make some plays, not only in the run game, but in the pass game as well.”On a day when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled throwing three interceptions and fumbling twice, Conner was solid and steady.“Pressure is always there,” said Conner, who survived a cancer scare while he was at Pitt. “You’re either feeling pressure or applying pressure. I was trying to apply the pressure today. There were no nerves or nothing. Just playing football.”It looked that way. Conner patiently looked for running lanes, taking what Cleveland’s defense gave him and never trying to do too much.The 23-year-old finished with 192 total yards, matching Bell’s best game from last season.“I thought he played well,” said Roethlisberger, who struggled from the outset. “Ran hard, caught the ball well. Made plays for us. I’m proud of the way he played for this team.”Conner took it all in stride. Following the game, he casually accepted congratulations while dressing and came across as composed off the field as he was on it.“It is what I expect,” he said of his performance. “It’s the mentality of our offense. We feel like we’re going to run the ball when we want to run the ball so I know the mentality of those guys up front. I knew the lanes were going to be there. I knew today was going to be a good day on the ground, just not enough to win.“I have confidence in myself and the guys in front of me blocking, so it’s what we expect to do.”___For more AP NFL coverage: and Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) celebrates with wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) after Conner scored a 22-yard touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) CLEVELAND (AP) — The Steelers survived one week without Le’Veon Bell.last_img read more

Same ending: Steelers stun Bengals 28-21 on AB’s late TD

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) runs for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) SHOCKING NUMBERSThe Steelers are 16-2 at Paul Brown Stadium during Marvin Lewis’ 16 seasons as the Bengals’ head coach, including playoff victories in 2005 and 2015. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is 20-5 against the Bengals. Andy Dalton is 3-12 against the Steelers, missing that 2015 playoff meltdown with a broken thumb.CONNER’S HISTORYJames Conner ran for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns, his second straight 100-yard game. Conner joined Hall of Famers Franco Harris (1976) and Jerome Bettis (2004) as the only Steelers to run for seven touchdowns in the first six games of a season, excelling as Le’Veon Bell’s replacement. Bell reportedly will end his holdout this week during Pittsburgh’s bye.“What a great game,” Roethlisberger said. “Now I know it’s his last game for us, so we’re glad he did well in his last one.”Roethlisberger laughed, clarifying that he was going entirely off media reports and speculation about what happens when Bell returns.BLITZBURGHAfter getting shredded in September, the Steelers’ defense has come around in the last two games. It got six sacks in a 41-17 win over the Falcons and sacked Dalton three times. Pittsburgh limited the Bengals to 123 yards in the second half.BURFICT REPRISEIn his second game back from his latest NFL suspension, Burfict was at the center of the riled-up rivalry. He exchanged words with Roethlisberger 3 minutes into the game. A teammate pushed him away from Conner to help the linebacker avoid a penalty after a touchdown run. In the third quarter, Burfict hit Brown in the head as he was being tackled, but avoided a penalty. The NFL will review the play. In the locker room after the game, Burfict yelled at a reporter who asked another Bengals player about the hit on Brown.“A nasty hit,” Brown said.___More AP NFL: and CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon scored on a 4-yard run and dashed toward the stands in celebration of Cincinnati’s go-ahead touchdown. On the Steelers sideline, Ben Roethlisberger looked at the clock, saw there was 1:18 left, and told his linemen not to fret.“They gave us too much time,” Big Ben said confidently.Somehow, the Steelers never run out of time at Paul Brown Stadium.Antonio Brown turned a short catch into a 31-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left Sunday, sending the Steelers to a 28-21 victory over the Bengals. They’ve now won seven straight against Cincinnati, a streak that includes highly improbable — and totally predictable — wins.The Steelers (3-2-1) sure saw it coming.“On the sideline before I went out, I told the guys, ‘This is what legacies are made of for all of us. Let’s go take care of business,’” Roethlisberger said.On the decisive play, Roethlisberger saw the Bengals (4-2) were set for an all-out blitz with no safeties guarding the end zone. He knew it would be a touchdown if he got the ball quickly to Brown, who caught it in stride, cut behind Justin Hunter’s block and ran untouched to the end zone.“We’ve been in that situation a lot, and I knew we were going to do it,” said Brown, who had five catches for 105 yards.During their seven-game winning streak, the Steelers have pulled them out at Paul Brown Stadium with 14 seconds, no seconds, and 10 seconds to go.Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) celebrates his touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)They rallied to win a first-round playoff game in 2015 — aided by Vontaze Burfict hitting Brown in the head for a costly penalty — on Chris Boswell’s field goal with 14 seconds left. Last December, they overcame a 17-point deficit and won on Boswell’s field goal as time ran out.Now, this stunner.“We’re better than them,” Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick insisted. “They’re not better than us.”The statistics say otherwise. The Steelers have won 10 of 11 and 15 of 18 in the lopsided series.Some takeaways from Paul Brown Stadium:IT’S A RACEThe Bengals got an early cushion in the division by knocking off the Ravens and opening 4-1, their best start since they won the division in 2015. The Steelers got off to a ragged start at 1-2-1, but back-to-back wins over the Falcons and Bengals have evened up the division. The Bengals finish the season at Heinz Field.last_img read more

Conner is hot, and the City League legends shall lead the way! (Oct. 24)

first_imgLike us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter JAMES CONNER has rushed for 453 yards in six games as the Steelers’ feature running back, an average of 4.4 yards per rush, with seven touchdowns. (AP PHOTO):10—Last week in this column you got the Class of 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees. The second and third group to go into the Great Hall are legends of the game. Len Gallo – West, Ray Hooper – South Hills, Frank Batista – West, Ralph McDaniel – Peabody and the legendary Irwin twins…Terry and Jerry. And, the champions that make the champions…the coaches of the city! Pat Carmack – Langley, Howard Bullard – Allderdice, and Joe Zeglowitch – Brashear and Oliver. (The final categories next week):09—Speaking of “The Great Hall”… Here’s some information I know you don’t know…I didn’t know…but, I am glad I know now! Good brother Jerome C. Wilson, a very proud South High Alumnus from the class of ’78, reminds us all that on a cold Saturday in 1977 the South High School Orioles put an old school beatdown on the Westinghouse…not so bullish…Bulldogs. As a matter of fact, it was a 22–0…run home…tell your mamma whoopin. The team and the coaches just celebrated the 40-year anniversary of the game. Well, as they say, every dog has its day…or not!!! You can lock this into your City League history book, that day the ‘House did fall. (“Romey-Rome”…We Good?):08—Another week has gone by when Lev Bell said he was coming back to the Steelers and yet another no-show. I know you know how I feel about the subject so here’s your “Top 5” inside the “Top 10” as to why Bell gets an Uber or Zipcar out of town. #5 – There’s no “I” in Team…Offseason and preseason, get all the money the law allows. But when the season starts…all hands on deck. #4 – James Conner has more than earned the spot…190-plus running and receiving works for me. #3 – The offensive line is clicking now with this rhythm. Leave it alone. #2 – you forget Conner is second only to Dorsett at Pitt. Trust me he’s the real deal; and, he runs people over! #1 – Loyalty means something, shouldn’t it? Conner’s here, Bell isn’t…:07—BTW, while you were busy watching the offense get its act together, you didn’t see the defense putting the pieces of the puzzle together. Remember “The O” will come and go but defense wins championships!:06—The Lakers came up short in their home-opener against the Rockets, Oct. 20. OK, yes, short and sweet…I – am – now – officially a LeBron man — he’s – a — Laker. I’m – a – Laker – man – that’s – how – it  — works! Now shutup about it please! And this just in – losing to the Rockets 124–115 in the opener ain’t so bad.:05—Dodgers and Red Sox got it started for World Series bragging rights on Tuesday, Oct. 23. I am a Yankee man after the Pirates’ tent folded, but I think Dodger Blue pitching gets this done in seven. If the Dodgers win, it’ll be their first World Series win since ’88.:04—Your Pitt Panther football team comes off their bye week to take on the Duke Blue Devils in a Saturday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m. home kickoff. This is an important game that could help put Pitt in the bowl conversation. I think Pitt wins.:03—Hail to Pitt a little more. The No. 6 ranked Pitt women’s volleyball team got set for a 2017 do-over with #21 ranked Louisville, and they beat them! I know you had no idea. Don’t thank me, that’s what I am here for.:02—Congratulations and continued success to all the little league football programs in the area, with the exception of one bad situation, a great season had by all. To you volunteer coaches and volunteers, what you do matters. You may not see all the benefits now, but you’ve planted a seed for life.:01—Your wait is over! Champions Live Sports and Entertainment Talk Show premieres Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Savoy Restaurant. Doors open at 5:30 – show starts at 6:30 till 7:30, free parking, free admission, eating and drinking required, VIPs and sports celebs every week, 50/50 and prizes, streamed live on YouTube and Facebook, premiere guests feature the 2018 City League Hall of Fame Class – 412-628-4856 for info.:00—GAME OVER.last_img read more


first_imgKENNY BLACK, TRAINER, WHAT A VIEW, SECOND: “That is just brutal. I thought he was home free turning for home. It looked like Tyler had a ton of horse. This horse has gotten really good, that’s obviously the best race he’s ever run.” ART SHERMAN, DORTMUND, SIXTH: “It was kind of a bad mistake, but you don’t know until you try him. He’ll be on the dirt from now on.” RICHARD MANDELLA, BAL A BALI, WINNER: “I like winning better. The horse got sour last year, and with a little time off and some freshening up, he responded and came back good.” TRAINER QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, DORTMUND, SIXTH: “He was not [comfortable] on the turf. I think he should go back to dirt again and recover, recuperate, and I think he’s going to run big on the dirt. Big difference when you take them off the turf to the dirt. We’ll be ready for the next one.”center_img JAVIER CASTELLANO, BAL A BALI, WINNER: “I feel great. I’m very lucky and fortunate to have been able to ride the horse. I give all the credit to Mr. Mandella and what he did; the way he trained the horse.“He came from way back and gave a great performance. Richard kind of told me how to ride the horse a little bit. I did my homework, watched past races, handicapped the race. Everything turned out well, worked out great. I’m very fortunate and was very lucky to ride this horse.” JOCKEY QUOTES NOTES: The winning owner is Calumet Farm.last_img read more

Man violently attacked in housing estate

first_imgA man suffered head and face injuries in a violent attack in the Ard Clogher estate in Carndonagh last week. The man was walking home on Tuesday the 14th of May at 3.30 pm when he was assaulted by two people. He was rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital for treatment on injuries to his head and face. Gardaí in Buncrana are seeking witnesses to the assault who would have any information in relation to this incident. The Gardaí in Buncrana can be contacted on 074-9320540 or to the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.Man violently attacked in housing estate was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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)last_img read more

Using drones to find drainage pipes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Barry Allred, USDA Research Agricultural Engineer and Greg Rouse, GIS Coordinator, Ross County Soil and Water Conservation District To improve the soil water removal efficiency of drained farmland, and thereby increase crop yields, new drain lines are often installed between pre-existing drain lines. Retrofitting an agricultural subsurface drainage system in this manner requires accurate maps of the drainage pipe that is already in place. Repairing poorly functioning portions of a subsurface drainage system likewise requires an accurate field map of the drainage pipe network. Furthermore, to better evaluate the overall environmental risk of nitrate and phosphate release into the environment from farm fields, the intensity of subsurface drainage practices within an agricultural landscape needs to estimated, which can be accomplished if drainage pipe maps of the area are available. Consequently, there are both economic and environmental benefits to finding effective and efficient methods for mapping agricultural subsurface drainage systems. New methods for finding drainage pipes are neededAlthough there has been considerable drainage pipe installation activity within Ohio and the Midwest U.S. recently, a substantial amount of the in place drainage pipe is much older, having been installed 30, 50, or even 100 years ago. In most cases, a map of the original subsurface drainage system installation is no longer available. Finding drain lines with heavy trenching equipment causes pipe damage requiring costly repairs, while the alternative of using a hand-held tile probe is both time consuming and extremely tedious. Ground penetrating radar (GPR) has proven capable of locating buried drainage pipe under a range of soil conditions; however, GPR is somewhat inefficient for providing detailed maps of subsurface drainage systems in large farm fields. Aerial imagery obtained by drones may offer a solutionDrones capable of obtaining thermal infrared imagery may have the capacity for effective and efficient drainage pipe mapping. Differences in soil moisture directly over a drain line versus between drain lines lead to differences in the emitted heat energy directly over a drain line versus between drain lines. These differences in the emitted heat energy can be detected with thermal infrared cameras, thereby providing indications of drainage pipe locations. Drones allow the flexibility of obtaining thermal infrared imagery when field conditions are favorable for mapping drain lines. Scientists from the USDA/Agricultural Research Service — Soil Drainage Research Unit (USDA/ARS-SDRU) and the Ross County (Ohio) Soil and Water Conservation District (RCSWCD) have initiated a study using a drone with a thermal infrared camera to map subsurface drainage in agricultural settings. Although the study has just begun, initial results appear promising. As a whole, that under these conditions, thermal infrared imagery obtained with a drone worked fairly well delineating drain lines.This is the as-built map of the subsurface drainage system with the area covered by the thermal infrared orthomosaic outlined in red.To obtain the required resolution to produce these thermal infrared orthomosaics, it is oftentimes necessary to fly the UAV at lower altitudes, which creates an extremely large number of individual images. For example, the thermal orthomosaic overlay consists of around 2,000 images. Within the entire field, well over 7,500 thermal images were obtained. Those types of numbers create potential issues for the software’s ability to create a useful thermal infrared orthomosic. Processing this large amount of data can take several hours, or even a full day. Currently, there are very few software vendors that have the ability to create these orthomosaics from thermal imagery. To further complicate the issue, most appear to only support one or two thermal cameras. Hopefully this will change as the technology progresses. Future investigationBased on this initial drone survey, drainage pipe mapping with thermal infrared imagery certainly exhibits promise, but further research is definitely warranted. USDA/ARS-SDRU and RCSWCD scientists plan to conduct further thermal infrared drones surveys at a number of different field sites having different soil types, crop residue, and tillage practices. Additionally, at each site, thermal infrared drone surveys will be carried out under a range of field wetness levels. The project goal will be to develop guidelines as to when and where thermal infrared drone surveys can be employed to map agricultural subsurface drainage systems. Barry Allred is a Research Agricultural Engineer for the USDA – Agricultural Research Service Soil Drainage Research Unit at 590 Woody Hayes Drive Columbus, Ohio 43210. He can be reached at [email protected] Greg Rouse is the GIS Coordinator for Ross County Soil and Water Conservation District at Ross County Service Center 475 Western Avenue, Suite H Chillicothe, Ohio 45601. He can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more