Yahoo Finance's Jessy Bains spoke with Realosophy Realty's John Pasalis and Oakwyn Realty's Steve Saretsky about real estate during COVID-19.
Yahoo Finance's Jessy Bains spoke with Realosophy Realty's John Pasalis and Oakwyn Realty's Steve Saretsky about real estate during COVID-19.
HOUSTON (AP) — A tiger that frightened residents after it was last seen briefly wandering around a Houston neighborhood has been found after a nearly week-long search and appears to be unharmed, police announced Saturday evening. In a short video tweeted by Houston police, Cmdr. Ron Borza can be seen sitting next to the tiger, petting the animal and saying it has been a long week searching for it. “But we got him, and he’s healthy,” Borza said as the wife of the man police allege is the animal's owner sat next to him and fed the tiger with a baby bottle. The tiger was being held at BARC, the city of Houston’s animal shelter, but was expected to be taken Sunday morning to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, an animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas, located southeast of Dallas. Authorities had been searching for the tiger, a 9-month-old male named India, since it was spotted May 9 in a west Houston neighborhood. At the time, it was nearly shot by an off-duty deputy before being whisked away in a car by Victor Hugo Cuevas, who police allege is the owner. At a news conference later Saturday evening, Borza said that Cuevas' wife, Giorgiana, turned over the tiger to police on Saturday after a friend of hers reached out to officials at BARC. “It is Victor’s tiger. That’s what I was told by (Giorgiana Cuevas) ... She says they’ve had that animal for nine months," Borza said. He alleged that the tiger was passed around to different people but that Cuevas' wife knew where the tiger was at all times this week as authorities searched for it. Police are still trying to determine where exactly the tiger was held this week and if any charges related to having the tiger will be filed. Tigers are not allowed within Houston city limits under a city ordinance unless the handler, such as a zoo, is licensed to have exotic animals. But Cuevas’ attorney, Michael W. Elliott, on Saturday night continued to insist his client doesn’t own the tiger, saying, “I am not sure it makes any difference who technically owns India as he does not have a birth certificate or title." “Victor was not the primary owner of India nor did India stay with him the majority of the time," Elliott told The Associated Press. “Victor was however involved in the caretaking of India often. Victor loves India as anyone else would love a favorite pet ... He treated India with love and fantastic treatment in all respects." Cuevas was arrested Monday by Houston police and charged with evading arrest for allegedly fleeing his home with the tiger after officers had responded to a call about a dangerous animal. At the time of his arrest by Houston police, Cuevas was already out on bond for a murder charge in a 2017 fatal shooting in neighboring Fort Bend County. Cuevas has maintained the shooting was self-defense, Elliott said. Cuevas was released on a separate bond for the evading arrest charge on Wednesday. But prosecutors in Fort Bend County then sought to have him held with no bond on the murder charge. After an all-day hearing on Friday, a judge revoked Cuevas’ current $125,000 bond on the murder charge and issued a new bond for $300,000. He remains jailed. During Friday’s court hearing, Waller County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Wes Manion, who lives in the Houston neighborhood where the tiger was seen, testified he interacted with the animal for about 10 minutes to make sure it didn’t go after someone else. He said Cuevas came out of his house yelling, “Don’t kill it,” grabbed the tiger by the collar and kissed its head before leading it back inside his home. Various videos of the tiger's encounter with Manion were posted on social media. Elliott has said Cuevas did nothing illegal because Texas has no statewide law forbidding private ownership of tigers and other exotic animals. Borza said that an exotic animal like a tiger should never be kept in a home. While India seemed domesticated, the tiger already weighs 175 pounds (79 kg), it can “do a lot of damage" and will only get bigger, he said. “He will be going to a sanctuary ... where hopefully he’ll live the rest of his life in a very safe environment," Borza said. __ Follow Juan A. Lozano on Twitter: https://twitter.com/juanlozano70 Juan A. Lozano , The Associated Press
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LONDON (AP) — Travelers in England were packing their bags, bartenders were polishing their glasses and performers were warming up as Britain prepared Sunday for a major step out of lockdown — but with clouds of worry on the horizon. Excitement at the reopening of travel and hospitality vied with anxiety that a more contagious virus variant first found in India is spreading fast and could delay further plans to reopen. Cases of the variant have more than doubled in a week in the U.K., defying a sharp nationwide downward trend in infections and deaths won by hard-earned months of restrictions and a rapid vaccination campaign. A surge testing and stepped-up vaccination effort was being conducted in the northern England areas hardest hit by that variant. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the variant, formally known as B.1.617.2, is more transmissible than the U.K.’s main strain and “it is likely it will become the dominant variant.” “This isn’t over yet,” Hancock told the BBC on Sunday. “The virus has just gained a bit of pace and we’ve therefore all got to be that bit much more careful and cautious.” On Monday, people in England will be able to eat a restaurant meal indoors, drink inside a pub, go to a museum, hug friends and visit one another’s homes for the first time in months. A ban on overseas holidays is also being lifted, with travel now possible to a short list of countries with low infection rates. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are following similar but slightly different reopening paths. Patrick Dardis, chief executive of brewery and pub chain Young’s, said the indoor opening — which follows the reopening of outdoor patios and beer gardens last month — is “a big step back on to the path to normality.” “The weather has been pretty dire, and people are hardy, but we really needed this next step to come,” he said. But hospitality and entertainment venues say they won't be able to make money until they can open at full capacity. That's due to happen June 21, the date set by the government for lifting its remaining COVID-19 restrictions, including social distancing and mask-wearing rules. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said if the new variant causes a big surge in cases, it could scupper that plan. Britain has recorded almost 128,000 coronavirus deaths, the highest reported toll in Europe. But new infections have plummeted to an average of around 2,000 a day, compared with nearly 70,000 a day during the winter peak, and deaths have fallen to single figures a day. Almost 70% of British adults have received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and more than 37% have had both doses. Health officials, backed by the army, are carrying out surge testing in Bolton and Blackburn in northwest England, where cases of the new variant are clustered, and pop-up vaccination sites have been set up to speed the inoculation drive. Across the country, the government is shortening the gap between doses for people over 50 from 12 to eight weeks in a bid to give them more protection. Hancock said scientists had a “high degree of confidence” that current vaccines work against the Indian-identified variant. Critics of Britain's Conservative government say lax border rules allowed the new variant to enter the country. They accuse the government of delaying a ban on visitors from India, which is experiencing a devastating coronavirus outbreak, because it is seeking a trade deal with the vast country. India was added to the U.K.’s high-risk “red list” on April 23, weeks after neighbors Pakistan and Bangladesh. “We shouldn’t be in this situation,” said opposition Labour Party lawmaker Yvette Cooper. “This was not inevitable.” The government denies that its health policies were influenced by political or trade considerations. Mark Walport, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, said Britain was at a “perilous moment,” and people should be cautious with their new freedoms. “My advice is that just because you can do something doesn’t necessarily mean you should,” he told Sky News. “As far as possible, socialize outside, maintain social distancing. If you’re going to hug, hug cautiously.” ___ Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine Jill Lawless, The Associated Press
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The abandoned Grace General nurses' residence has become a notorious eyesore in the LeMarchant Road area of St. John's. (MakeTech Aerospace/CBC ) Demolishing a prominent eyesore in St. John's will be neither cheap or easy, but will happen, a cabinet minister vows. The former nurses' residence by the old Grace General Hospital site in St. John's has become a magnet for graffiti, pigeons and vandals in the last two decades. The hospital closed in 2000, and main building was torn down in 2008. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Elvis Loveless says an environmental assessment of the nurses' building at the rear of the property found asbestos, which at least for now is contained. "To demolish it, there's a cost and there's figures around a couple of million dollars. And right now I don't have a couple of million dollars to demolish it," Loveless told CBC News. The property has become the responsibility of Loveless's department. While Loveless said he does not want to criticize former ministers, he doesn't understand why the building — which sits on LeMarchant Road in a prime spot of real estate, with views of St. John's Harbour — is still standing and not yet developed. "I'm here now to deal with it and I want to deal with it. I don't want to see it sitting there," said Loveless. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Elvis Loveless says he wants the property housing the residence dealt with, although he admits it will cost money that is scarce right now. () What has not yet been determined is whether the province will pay for demolition of the building and what could be a costly remediation of the site, or whether the property will be sold at a presumably lower price, with the expectation that the purchaser will take on the cost of dealing with asbestos removal and improving the grounds. Dr. Randy Follett, who has been outspoken about the site for years, is mystified why the nursing residence continues to stand. "We're really tired of looking at it," said Follett, who has been running his chiropractic clinic in the shadow of the building for the last 11 years. "It is a simple disaster in this community." WATCH | Dr. Randy Follett tells Anthony Germain why he sees a double standard in how government is ignoring the former Grace nurses' residence: Follett says a private landlord who left a building in such harsh shape would be pursued by government officials. He says no one in government seems to care about chronic problems, and that "a double standard" is allowing the building to continue to deteriorate. "You can see kids running through the hallways up there, sometimes to the window. And over the years, I've had to call the police because there's been smoke coming out from teenagers setting fires in the upper floors up in there," he said. Follett said the property could be developed for condominiums, apartments or another use. "I have a really difficult time understanding why it's allowed and permitted to stay here [for] so many years in such bad shape," he said. "What an opportunity." For some housing activists, the public would be best served with a project that offers affordable housing, rather than another upscale condo complex in a marketplace that has had plenty of such developments in recent years. "It's a great public asset and could be used for a lot of public good. I think investments into affordable housing would make sense," said Doug Pawson, executive director of the non-profit group End Homeless St. John's. "It's a big, big property with lots of potential for mixed residential-commercial. But I think a commitment using public public assets like this to have something like affordable housing — and deeply affordable housing — built in would be really, really important. That should be on the table." Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
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