Bus connect plan confirmed for Limerick City

first_imgNewsPoliticsTransportBus connect plan confirmed for Limerick CityBy Alan Jacques – February 16, 2019 1756 Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSLimerick CityNewsTransport Facebook Advertisement Senator Maria Byrne at the Bus stop in Barrington St, Limerick Photo by: Kieran Ryan-BensonLIMERICK City will get a bus service similar to the BusConnect scheme to deal with its poor public transport system.So says Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne, who raised the issue of the poor city bus services operating in the city with Transport Minister Shane Ross.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Senator Byrne this week confirmed that work is underway to develop a Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy, which will evaluate the potential for a BusConnect type investment programme for Limerick.“I raised the issue with the Minister after being contacted by commuters who are constantly late for school, college and work. Commuters across Limerick City face long bus routes across the city, incorrect real time information on both the NTA Real-Time App and at bus stops,” the Limerick politician explained.“The strategy will evaluate the potential for a BusConnect type investment programme for Limerick and it will provide the backstop to where the increased levels of investment available will be directed.“Having recently joined commuters on their daily commute from Limerick City to UL to get a full understanding of the issues faced by regular commuters on Limerick city bus services, I do welcome these long term strategies however the immediate issues facing commuters on a daily basis have to be dealt with. The current situation is having a negative impact on the quality of life of so many people in Limerick City and Bus Éireann needs to address these problems immediately,” she concluded. Previous articleJohn Kiely names Limerick side for Kilkenny clashNext articleCouncil considers take-off cash for airshow Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Linkedincenter_img Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Print Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past yearlast_img read more

Economy ‘Ready to Take Off’ in 2021

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Economy ‘Ready to Take Off’ in 2021 Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group expects the U.S. economy to grow 5.3% in 2021, an upgraded forecast from the 4.5% reported last December. The GSE also issued an improved projection for 2022 at 3.6% growth from 3.2%.Fannie’s dense “Economic & Housing Outlook” report indicates that economic output likely flatlined or even pulled back during the last two months of 2020. But Fannie Mae’s experts expect a reversal of recent softness starting in late spring when growth typically accelerates. Thus, Fannie reported a downgrade to negative 2.7% for forecasted GDP growth as it pushes more recovery further into 2021.”Expanding vaccination efforts, the emergence of warmer weather, and the passing of greater than previously expected fiscal stimulus point to an economy ready to take off once COVID-19-related effects begin to subside,” note the report’s authors (Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist; Mark Palim, VP and Deputy Chief Economist; Eric Brescia, Economist; Nick Embrey, Economist; Rebecca Meeker, Financial Economist, and Richard Goyette, Business Analyst).A successful rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine will accelerate recovery, the researchers said.”COVID-19 remains the dominant force altering the path of the economy through the behaviors of people, businesses, and policymakers,” Duncan said in a press release. “Therefore, the best policy for economic recovery is the broad distribution of an effective vaccine, which is underway. The sooner this can be successfully accomplished the sooner growth can accelerate, and our thought is that by mid-year vaccine distribution efforts will be well-established, allowing for a strong second half.”While the ESR group expects home sales to rise 3.8% in 2021, the monthly pace is likely to slow through much of the year.House price appreciation is expected to slow along a similar timeline.Purchase mortgage originations are expected to rise in 2021 to $1.8 trillion from 2020’s projected $1.6 trillion, while refinance origination activity is forecast at $2.2 trillion in 2021, down from the projected all-time high of $2.8 trillion in 2020. With mortgage rates near historic lows, the authors estimate that 67% of outstanding mortgages have at least a half-percentage point incentive to refinance.The report indicates the housing market will “shift down a gear” after driving the initial phase of economic recovery in latter 2020.”While we forecast that housing demand will continue to be strong, based on an improving labor market and favorable demographic factors, we believe the pace of activity will likely slow over time toward its underlying trend,” the researchers said. “We do not expect mortgage rates to decline further, and inventories of homes for sale remain extremely tight.”The full report is available at FannieMae.com. About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articlescenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Economy ‘Ready to Take Off’ in 2021 2021-01-18 Christina Hughes Babb Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: California Housing Market Ends 2020 on a High Note Next: Tracking Homeowners’ Desire to Relocate Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago January 18, 2021 1,271 Views Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

USA: Raytheon Demonstrates Capabilities of MTS-B

first_img View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Raytheon Demonstrates Capabilities of MTS-B One aerostat carries a 360-degree surveillance radar, while the other carries a fire control radar.The MTS-B is a multiuse, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR), laser detecting-ranging-tracking set developed and produced for use in military systems. Based on a state-of-the-art digital architecture, this advanced EO/IR system provides long-range surveillance, target acquisition, tracking, range-finding and laser designation for the HELLFIRE missile and all tri-service and NATO laser-guided munitions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 15, 2013; Image: Raytheon View post tag: MTS-B View post tag: Naval View post tag: capabilities Share this article The aerostats fly as high as 10,000 feet, can remain aloft and operational for up to 30 days, and can detect and target threats up to 550 km (340 statute miles) away. January 15, 2013center_img View post tag: Demonstrates View post tag: Navy View post tag: Raytheon USA: Raytheon Demonstrates Capabilities of MTS-B View post tag: usa A recent demonstration proved that operators can observe surface moving targets – including a terrorist role-player planting an improvised explosive device – in real time using a Raytheon Company  MTS-B Multi-Spectral Targeting System mounted on the JLENS.During the Raytheon-funded demonstration, and despite heavy smoke from recent, naturally-occurring forest fires, an MTS-B electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor mounted on a JLENS surveillance aerostat tracked numerous targets with the IR sensor. Video from the MTS-B was passed through the aerostat’s tether, enabling operators to watch live feed of trucks, trains and cars from dozens of miles away. While the MTS-B visually tracked targets, the JLENS simultaneously tracked surface targets with its integrated radar system, demonstrating the potential to integrate the JLENS radar and EO/IR payloads.As part of the demonstration, operators also used the MTS-B’s EO sensor to watch Raytheon employees simulate planting a roadside improvised explosive device.“The JLENS integrated fire-control radar and 360-degree surveillance radar already gives the warfighter the capability to detect and engage surface and airborne threats like swarming boats and anti-ship cruise missiles,” said Dave Gulla, vice president of Global Integrated Sensors for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business. “Integrating the proven MTS-B on JLENS makes JLENS multi-mission capable and enables the warfighter to better defend the battlespace and protect critical infrastructure and waterways.”JLENS, an elevated, persistent over-the-horizon sensor system, uses a powerful integrated radar system to detect, track and target a variety of threats. This capability better enables commanders to defend against threats, including hostile cruise missiles; low-flying manned and unmanned aircraft; and moving surface vehicles such as boats, mobile missile launchers, automobiles, trucks and tanks. JLENS also provides ascent phase detection of tactical ballistic missiles and large-caliber rockets.A JLENS system, referred to as an orbit, consists of two tethered, 74-meter aerostats connected to mobile mooring stations and communications and processing groups. Equipment & technologylast_img read more

Ensuring buyers gain a clean slate

first_imgGeneric image,ENSURING you get a clean property on handover day might not be as straight forward as you think, writes REIQ Townsville zone chair Wayne Nicholson.A QUESTION that often arises when a buyer moves into a new property is about the cleanliness of the property and what the seller’s obligations are. From time to time, (it really is quite rare) a seller may not have left the house spotless. On moving day the new owners are disappointed to find a final vacuum would have benefited the floors and some Windex on the windows and glass surfaces would have been helpful. Unlike a tenancy agreement where the tenant agrees to return the property to the same state of cleanliness it was in when they moved in, there is no such requirement for a seller, generally speaking. In 38 years of selling houses, two issues continue to irritate me. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The first is that the buyer assumes risk for the property on the second business day after signing the contract (and so must have insurance in place from that point) even though they don’t take possession of the property for another 30 days or more, depending on the settlement terms. The second thing is the seller is under no obligation to leave the home in a tidy, clean state for the buyer to move in to under the standard contract of sale.The contract simply makes no provision in the standard terms and conditions and is silent on the issue of leaving the home clean and lawns mowed. A tip for agents and buyers is to include a special condition that stipulates the property must be professionally cleaned prior to settlement. In the pre-settlement inspection a buyer can verify if cleaners have been and resolve any issues before they take possession of the keys upon settlement. This special condition is straightforward and ensures that everyone has a satisfactory experience when the property changes hands. The buyers are happy to move into a clean property and the sellers are happy, knowing they’ve secured happy buyers who won’t complicate the transaction. In almost four decades in real estate I have seen only a few occasions where the seller has made no attempt to clean the home. The buyers are left bitterly disappointed at the disgusting state of the property and it can get messy for the agent and their clients, the sellers. If that experience can be avoided, it’s worth every effort to do so.last_img read more