Patrick Williams (Chicago Bulls) with a dunk vs the Los Angeles Lakers, 01/23/2021
Patrick Williams (Chicago Bulls) with a dunk vs the Los Angeles Lakers, 01/23/2021
Bill Nye is heading back to TV (again).
CALGARY — The Western Hockey League announced Tuesday that it has been granted approval by the B.C. Provincial Health Office to play in bubble environments in Kamloops and Kelowna this season. The league said in a release that the WHL's B.C. Division will begin play March 26. The league's announcement comes a day after B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said a plan had been approved in principle to allow the league to resume play in the province during the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams in the league's other three divisions have already been cleared to play by state and provincial governments and public health authorities. The Kamloops Blazers, Prince George Cougars, and Vancouver Giants will be based in Kamloops. The Kelowna Rockets and Victoria Royals will play in Kelowna. Teams will be permitted to travel directly between the hub cities for games, with no stops permitted in between. No spectators will be permitted in the arenas. The league said a 24-game schedule for the B.C Division will be announced at a later date. Players and staff will begin self-quarantining Saturday and then will report to their respective bubble on March 13, where they will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival followed by an additional quarantine period. Players and staff will then undergo a second COVID-19 test before being permitted to engage in any team activity. The league said COVID-19 screening for all players, team staff and officials will also take place on a daily basis, including regular temperature screenings. Coaches will be required to wear masks at all times, including while conducting practice and while behind the bench during games. "The WHL appreciates the cooperation we have received from the Provincial Health Officer and health officials in B.C. as we work toward a safe return to play in the B.C. Division," WHL commissioner Ron Robison said in a release. "With our extensive protocols and the necessary approvals now in place, we are looking forward to play beginning in the Kamloops and Kelowna hubs. "We are excited to now have all four WHL Divisions returning to play as it was our objective from the onset to deliver a season for all of our players." The start of the 2020-21 WHL season was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Play finally began Feb. 26 with the league's Alberta-based teams. Teams in the U.S. Division are scheduled to start March 19 while the East Division, with teams based in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, has been cleared to play in a bubble environment. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League was the only league under the Canadian Hockey League to start its season at its traditional time, but pandemic-related issues have caused several interruptions. The Ontario Hockey League has yet to announce plans for a season. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 2, 2021. The Canadian Press
FBI Director Christopher Wray defends the bureau's actions days before a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in a deadly insurrection.
The Big Ten confirmed Tuesday that its regular-season basketball championship will be determined based on winning percentage. Michigan, at 13-1 in conference play, is the current leader on the men's side. Second-place Illinois, which is 14-4, played at Michigan on Tuesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hagens Berman urges Penumbra, Inc. (NYSE: PEN) investors to submit their losses now. A securities fraud class action has been filed, and certain investors may have valuable claims. Class Period: Aug. 3, 2020 – Dec. 15, 2020Lead Plaintiff Deadline: Mar. 16, 2021Visit: www.hbsslaw.com/investor-fraud/PEN Contact An Attorney Now: PEN@hbsslaw.com 844-916-0895 Penumbra, Inc. (PEN) Securities Class Action: The complaint alleges that Penumbra misled investors about the company’s Jet 7 Xtra Flex, a flagship product for treating strokes. According to the complaint, Defendants repeatedly assured investors that the Jet 7 Xtra Flex was “absolutely safe,” “exactly what we hoped it would be,” and “not a product that has any possibility of needing to be recalled.” In truth, Defendants allegedly knew that (1) the Jet 7 Xtra Flex had known design defects that made it unsafe for its normal use; (2) that Penumbra did not adequately address the risk of Jet 7 Xtra Flex causing serious injury and deaths, which had in fact already occurred; and (3) that the Jet 7 Xtra Flex was likely to be recalled due to its safety issues. The truth emerged through a series of disclosures ending on Dec. 15, 2020, when Penumbra announced it was voluntarily recalling all configurations of its JET 7 Xtra Flex device because it may be susceptible to damage during use and subsequent patient injury or death. These events have driven the price of Penumbra shares sharply lower. “We’re focused on investor losses and proving Penumbra misled investors about the Jet 7 device’s safety,” said Reed Kathrein, the Hagens Berman partner leading the investigation. If you are a Penumbra investor or have information that may assist our investigation, click here to discuss your legal rights with Hagens Berman. Whistleblowers: Persons with non-public information regarding Penumbra should consider their options to help in the investigation or take advantage of the SEC Whistleblower program. Under the new program, whistleblowers who provide original information may receive rewards totaling up to 30 percent of any successful recovery made by the SEC. For more information, call Reed Kathrein at 844-916-0895 or email PEN@hbsslaw.com. About Hagens BermanHagens Berman is a national law firm with nine offices in eight cities around the country and eighty attorneys. The firm represents investors, whistleblowers, workers and consumers in complex litigation. More about the firm and its successes is located at hbsslaw.com. For the latest news visit our newsroom or follow us on Twitter at @classactionlaw. Contact: Reed Kathrein, 844-916-0895
WILMINGTON, Del., March 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rigrodsky Law, P.A. announces that it is investigating: CoreLogic, Inc. (NYSE: CLGX) regarding possible breaches of fiduciary duties and other violations of law related to CoreLogic’s agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Stone Point Capital and Insight Partners. Under the terms of the agreement, CoreLogic’s shareholders will receive $80.00 in cash per share. To learn more about this investigation and your rights, visit: https://www.rl-legal.com/cases-corelogic-inc. Synacor, Inc (NASDAQ GS: SYNC) regarding possible breaches of fiduciary duties and other violations of law related to Synacor’s agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Centre Lane Partners, LLC. Under the terms of the agreement, Synacor’s shareholders will receive $2.20 in cash per share. To learn more about this investigation and your rights, visit: https://www.rl-legal.com/cases-synacor-inc. Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) regarding possible breaches of fiduciary duties and other violations of law related to Cubic’s agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Veritas Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital Corporation. Under the terms of the agreement, Cubic’s shareholders will receive $70.00 in cash per share. To learn more about this investigation and your rights, visit: https://www.rl-legal.com/cases-cubic-corporation. Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE: CMD) regarding possible breaches of fiduciary duties and other violations of law related to Cantel’s agreement to be acquired by STERIS plc. Under the terms of the agreement, Cantel’s shareholders will receive $16.93 in cash per share. To learn more about this investigation and your rights, visit: https://www.rl-legal.com/cases-cantel-medical-corp. You may also contact Seth D. Rigrodsky or Gina M. Serra cost and obligation free at (888) 969-4242 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Rigrodsky Law, P.A., with offices in Delaware and New York, has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of investors and achieved substantial corporate governance reforms in securities fraud and corporate class actions nationwide. Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. CONTACT: Rigrodsky Law, P.A.Seth D. RigrodskyGina M. Serra(888) 969-4242 (Toll Free)(302) 295-5310Fax: (302) email@example.com https://rl-legal.com
Area Expert Branon Pesnell to Lead Landlord and Tenant Leasing Efforts Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) announces it is expanding its presence in Louisiana with a new office in Baton Rouge, led by Managing Director Branon Pesnell. Pesnell has secured two leasing assignments: 3854 American Way, a 128,328-square-foot office building, and One American Place (shown), the largest Class A building in the market at 333,364 square feet. HOUSTON, March 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) announces it is expanding its presence in Louisiana with a new office in Baton Rouge, led by Managing Director Branon Pesnell. The 20-year industry veteran will utilize his deep knowledge of the market to recruit a team of professionals to provide tenant and landlord leasing for all asset types, expanding upon the company’s current presence in New Orleans. Pesnell has secured two leasing assignments: 3854 American Way, a 128,328-square-foot office building, and One American Place, the largest Class A building in the market at 333,364 square feet. “I am excited to combine my knowledge of the Louisiana commercial real estate market with the experience I’ve gained in Houston, which features a similar industry mix,” said Pesnell. “Transwestern has provided clients with best-in-class service in New Orleans for decades, and I look forward to contributing to the firm’s expansion throughout the state.” Pesnell began his career in Baton Rouge where he quickly became the local market expert for Class A and Class B office space. He has extensive experience in lease administration and portfolio management, and his proficiency in business management and ownership has allowed him to assist numerous local and national businesses with their office needs. Pesnell has consistently been a top producer, averaging over $23 million in transactional volume annually, and holds the prestigious CCIM and SIOR designations, both of which he earned in his first four years of business. He also served as a Past President of the Baton Rouge Commercial Investment Division of the Board of Realtors. Transwestern first expanded into Louisiana in 1998 when it opened its New Orleans office, led by Senior Vice President Bryan Burns, who oversaw the operation of 2.5 million square feet of commercial space. About Transwestern Real Estate Services Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) adds value for investors, owners and occupiers of all commercial property types through a comprehensive perspective and by providing solutions grounded in sound market intelligence. Part of the Transwestern companies, the firm applies a consultative approach to Agency Leasing, Asset Services, Tenant Advisory + Workplace Solutions, Capital Markets, and Research & Investment Analytics. The privately held Transwestern companies have been delivering a higher level of personalized service and innovative real estate solutions since 1978. An integrated approach formed from fresh ideas drives value for clients across commercial real estate services, development, investment management and opportunistic programs for high-net-worth investors. The firm operates through 34 U.S. offices and global alliances with BNP Paribas Real Estate and Devencore. Learn more at transwestern.com and @Transwestern. Attachment One American Place CONTACT: Stefanie Lewis Transwestern 713.272.1266 firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLTVILLE, Calif. — Thirteen people were killed Tuesday when an SUV carrying 25 people and a big rig collided on a Southern California highway near the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said. Twelve people were found dead when first responders reached the highway, which winds through fields in the agricultural southeastern corner of California. Another person died at a hospital, California Highway Patrol Chief Omar Watson said. Authorities do not yet know if the driver of the 1997 Ford Expedition, who died in the crash, had stopped at a stop sign before crossing into the path of the big rig around 6:15 a.m., Watson said. The big rig hit the left side of the SUV, which appeared to have been pushed off the road that's about 100 miles (160 kilometres) east of San Diego. Watson described a grisly scene outside Holtville, a rural town about 11 miles (18 kilometres) north of the border with farms that grow vegetables and alfalfa for cattle feed. Officers arrived to find that some people had been ejected from the SUV onto the ground. Some of the passengers had pulled themselves from the wreckage, and others who were injured were wandering around. “It would be premature of me to speculate what happened at this collision," Watson said. “We owe it to the families of those that were killed, as well as the public, to conduct a complete and thorough investigation to determine exactly what happened.” The National Transportation Safety Board said in a tweet that its investigators will also be looking into the crash. A Ford Expedition typically seats eight people legally. The CHP did not immediately know why so many occupants had been crammed into the SUV. The driver was a 22-year-old man from Mexicali, a city just over the Mexico border. “Obviously, that vehicle is not meant for that many people,” Watson said. “It’s unfortunate that that many people were put into that vehicle because there’s not enough safety constraints to safely keep those people in that vehicle.” The driver of the big rig, which was hauling two empty trailers, is a 69-year-old man from El Centro, California. He was hospitalized with moderate injuries. El Centro Regional Medical Center officials earlier reported there were 15 killed and more people in the SUV. Seven people were taken to that hospital, including one person who later died. Others from the SUV were flown or sent to other hospitals for injuries that included fractures and head trauma. Four were flown to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, where one person is in critical condition and the others are stable, spokesman Todd Burke said. The big rig was travelling north on a two-lane highway, and the SUV was going west along a road where there's a stop sign before it intersects with the highway, CHP Officer Arturo Platero said. Authorities don't know how fast either vehicle was going. The speed limit for tractor-trailers on the highway is 55 mph (88.5 kph), according to CHP Officer Jake Sanchez. The other road is also 55 mph for vehicles. Macario Mora, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection in Yuma and El Centro, said the Border Patrol was helping other law enforcement with the crash. He said the immigration status of those in the SUV was unknown and being investigated. Authorities are working with the Mexican consulate to identify the victims, who range in age from 20 to 55. Among the injured, the youngest is 16. Watson said some of the SUV's occupants did not speak English and translators are helping the CHP. It's typical for people to cross the border daily. “It was an unusual number of people in an SUV, but we don’t know who they were,” Mora said, adding that they could have been farmworkers. A harvest is underway in the region, where farmworkers will collect most of the winter lettuce and other leafy greens eaten in the United States. Watson said he did not know if the victims were farmworkers. ___ Associated Press reporters Stefanie Dazio in Los Angeles, Julie Watson in San Diego and Anita Snow in Phoenix contributed. Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press
NB Private Capital, a real estate investment firm specializing in student housing and multi-family projects, announced today that it has changed its name to Versity Investments. The change was prompted by a desire to rebrand and reflect the expanding business model of the company as it grows in size, scope and strategy. The new name reflects a more wholistic approach to real estate investments as the company expands beyond just student housing, and denotes the experience and professionalism of the company, while underlying its traditionally excellent customer service.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Jihadis linked to the Islamic State group attacked the northeastern Nigerian town of Dikwa and humanitarian posts there, security officials said. The attack in Borno state that began late Monday night came about 48 hours after the governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, visited the community along with other officials, to distribute cash and food to displaced families there. The assailants arrived in trucks and motorcycles, surrounding residents and people staying at a camp for people who are displaced within Nigeria, residents said. The member representing Dikwa at the Borno state House of Assembly, Zakariya Dikwa, said they burned down the police station, the primary health centre and attacked humanitarian offices and left with their vehicles. “The attack was massive because the Boko Haram fighters went there with over 13 gun trucks — all of which had their bodies pasted with mud,” he said. The military later confirmed the fighters are with Boko Haram offshoot The Islamic State of West Africa Province, known as ISWAP. It said in a statement Tuesday that the military had routed the jihadis from Dikwa with heavy bombardment and firepower. The jihadis tried to invade the town after hearing of the food distribution. The U.N. co-ordinator of humanitarian affairs in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, also confirmed an attack on humanitarian facilities in Dikwa, saying several aid facilities were directly targeted, in a statement released by the UNOCHA office in Nigeria. “The attack started last night and, as information is still coming through, I am outraged to hear the premises of several aid agencies and a hospital were reportedly set ablaze or sustained damage,” he said. “I strongly condemn the attack and am deeply concerned about the safety and security of civilians in Dikwa, including internally displaced people inside and outside camps and thousands of people who had returned to the community to rebuild their lives after years in displacement.” The attack “will affect the support provided to nearly 100,000 people who are desperately in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic risks spreading in Borno State,” he said. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said “the humanitarian hub was managed by the International Organization for Migration," the U.N. agency that provides services and advice concerning migration to governments and migrants, including internally displaced persons, refugees, and migrant workers. ISWAP split from Boko Haram in 2016 and has become a threat in the region. Nigeria has been fighting the more than 10-year Boko Haram insurgency that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions. Haruna Umar, The Associated Press
Montreal Area Real Estate Market Residential Sales – February 2021 L’ÎLE-DES-SŒURS, Quebec, March 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB) has just released its residential real estate market statistics for the Montreal Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) for the month of February, based on the real estate brokers’ Centris provincial database. “Condominium sales compensated for the decrease in single-family home sales in February. The drop in inventory of properties for sale and the skyrocketing prices of single-family homes partly explain the increase in condominium and plex transactions,” said Charles Brant, director of market analysis at the QPAREB. "The gap between the median price of condominiums in the downtown Montreal area (decreasing) and the median price of condos in the suburbs (sharply increasing) is narrowing significantly," he added. February highlights Residential sales fell by 3 per cent in the Montreal CMA, the first time since 2015 that sales decreased in a month of February.The Island of Montreal performed well with a 6 per cent increase in sales, mainly due to condominium transactions, which jumped by 16 per cent. In contrast, sales fell significantly in all of the peripheral markets: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (-32 per cent), Laval (-14 per cent), Vaudreuil-Soulanges (-10 per cent), the South Shore (-8 per cent) and the North Shore (-3 per cent).Sales by property category: strong growth for plexes (+19 per cent) and condominiums (+8 per cent) across the CMA.Increase in active listings of condominiums (+10 per cent), mainly on the Island of Montreal (+54 per cent). Active listings of single-family homes continued to decline (-51 per cent), particularly in the areas on the periphery of the Island.With market conditions still very much to the advantage of sellers, median prices continue to accelerate dramatically against a backdrop of overbidding. The median price of single-family homes reached $460,000 (+28 per cent), which is $100,000 more than just 12 months ago. Median price increases were also very high for condominiums (+24 per cent) and plexes (+9 per cent). Additional information: Quarterly statistics – Barometer for the province of QuebecDetailed and cumulative statistics for the province and regions If you would like additional information from the Market Analysis Department, such as specific data or regional details on the real estate market, please write to us. About the Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers The Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB) is a non-profit association that brings together more than 13,000 real estate brokers and agencies. It is responsible for promoting and defending their interests while taking into account the issues facing the profession and the various professional and regional realities of its members. The QPAREB is also an important player in many real estate dossiers, including the implementation of measures that promote homeownership. The Association reports on Quebec's residential real estate market statistics, provides training, tools and services relating to real estate, and facilitates the collection, dissemination and exchange of information. The QPAREB is headquartered in Quebec City and has its administrative offices in Montreal. It has two subsidiaries: Centris Inc. and the Collège de l'immobilier du Québec. Follow its activities at qpareb.ca or via its social media pages: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. About Centris Centris is a dynamic and innovative technology company in the real estate sector. It collects data and offers solutions that are highly adapted to the needs of professionals. Among these solutions is Centris.ca, the most visited real estate website in Quebec. For more information: Image bank (credit QPAREB) available free of charge. Marjolaine BeaulieuPublicistCommunications and Marketing 1-888-762-2440 or514-762-2440, ext. email@example.com A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/20e7964c-f529-41e4-9560-86d071d08131
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s Cabinet is taking shape at the slowest pace of any in modern history, with fewer than a dozen nominees for top posts confirmed more than a month into his tenure. Among Biden’s 23 nominees with Cabinet rank, just 11 have been confirmed by the Senate, or about half. And among the 15 core nominees to lead federal agencies, 10 have been confirmed, or about two thirds. According to the Center for Presidential Transition, about a month into their first terms, the previous four presidents had 84% of their core Cabinet picks confirmed. The delay in confirmations means some departments are left without their top decision-makers as they attempt to put in place policies to address the overlapping crises brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala said there are a number of “big decisions” at HHS and across the federal government that are waiting on leadership from the top. “It’s very unfortunate. And in the middle of a huge health crisis, it’s the wrong thing to do,” she said. “Civil servants are capable, but they need leadership. And they’re used to having leaders.” Shalala was confirmed two days after President Bill Clinton was sworn in, and said she had her chain of command ready to go and could immediately dig into a long list of decisions and policy changes. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the Biden administration’s HHS nominee, will get a committee vote Wednesday, and he’s expected to receive easy confirmation. But Shalala pointed to a laundry list of issues — from oversight of hospitals, health care companies and nursing homes during the pandemic to issues surrounding drug pricing, telemedicine and child care services — that urgently need his input. Lacking a department head, she said, “just slows everything down.” Matt Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit organization that tracks presidential transitions, said federal departments tend to act more conservatively around decision-making and shifting policies without the top brass in place. “Missing the top person means that it’s pretty difficult to actually address the very big questions and to make big changes," he said. “And there’s a natural conservatism in place when people don’t know yet what the top person is going to really want.” The slow pace in confirmations partly results from the delay in the transition process resulting from President Donald Trump's attempts to dispute his loss in the 2020 presidential race and from what the Biden White House says was a lack of co-operation from Trump administration officials. Senate Democrats did not win a majority of seats in the chamber until the Jan. 5 Georgia runoff elections, and then it took nearly a month for Democratic and Republican leadership to agree on a resolution governing the organization of the upper chamber, which further delayed committee work. And Democrats privately acknowledge that Trump’s second impeachment trial also slowed down the process some, eating up a week of valuable time in the Senate and bogging lawmakers down with other work beyond reviewing and processing Biden’s nominees. Still, Biden transition spokesman Andrew Bates said that after the delays “stemming from the previous administration’s resistance to the will of the American people,” the relatively smooth confirmation progress in recent weeks “is both welcome and appreciated.” He added, however, “it is hardly enough, and nominees with strong bipartisan support — and who are critical to defeating the pandemic and turning our economy around with the creation of millions of jobs — remain needlessly obstructed by individual members. That must change.” The Biden administration has prioritized confirming those nominees who are key to national security, the economy and public health decisions. Biden does have in place his director of national intelligence, and his top brass at the departments of State, Homeland Security and Defence, as well as his treasury secretary. But in addition to waiting on Becerra at HHS, the administration lacks top leaders at the Justice Department, Housing and Urban Development and the Small Business Administration, departments that will be key to some of Biden's top priorities and the implementation of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill, if it's passed into law later this month. And the delay in confirming top posts also means a delay in confirming and seating deputy secretaries and undersecretaries, who are often in charge of the nitty gritty in implementing major policy. Shalala noted, for instance, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will offer guidance on how insurers should cover coronavirus costs and implementation on aspects of the COVID-19 aid bill, and currently only has an acting administrator. She also noted HHS has deputies who oversee everything from refugee resettlement to child care programs. Among those awaiting confirmation is Biden’s nominee to head the budget office, Neera Tanden. Her nomination is in doubt after she lost support from a key Democrat and a number of centrist Republicans, adding to uncertainty surrounding the administration’s first budget. The Biden administration has yet to offer a timeline for releasing the budget, citing the transition delays and a lack of co-operation from the Trump administration. That puts them behind most recent presidents, who typically submit written budget toplines to Congress by the end of February, though Trump didn’t submit his until mid-March. The Biden administration has not been completely hamstrung by the slow pace of confirmations, however. The White House has issued a number of executive orders outlining policy reviews and changes that are underway at federal departments, and civil servants are working through key policy decisions, even without Senate-confirmed leadership in place. For instance, while Biden’s nominee to head the Department of Education, Miguel Cardona, was just confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday, the department's acting head last month put out guidelines requiring states to administer standardized tests despite the pandemic. And Stier noted that the Biden administration has installed hundreds of non-Senate-confirmed staff across the federal government, helping to provide guidance even without department heads in place. Biden himself swore in more than 1,100 non-Senate-confirmed staff throughout the federal government on the first day of his presidency, a number Stier said was unprecedented. "It ameliorates the problem in that you then have in place people who can provide guidance to the career team about what the administration’s positions and priorities are," Stier said. ___ AP writers Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Matthew Daly, Collin Binkley and Ashraf Khalil contributed to this report. Alexandra Jaffe, The Associated Press
Twenty-seven people were said to have been travelling in an SUV when it collided with a trailer truck.
Quebec City Real Estate Market Residential Sales – February 2021 QUEBEC CITY, March 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB) has just released its residential real estate market statistics for the Quebec City Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) for the month of February, based on the real estate brokers’ Centris provincial database. "The decrease in active listings continued in February with a record-setting drop for single-family homes (-61 per cent) but also for condominiums (-32 per cent). This latter property category outperformed single-family homes in terms of sales, as condo transactions jumped by 50 per cent, tipping condominium market conditions in favour of sellers for the first time since October 2011,” said Charles Brant, director of market analysis at the QPAREB. February highlights Total sales: up by 6 per cent in February (1,168 transactions), a new sales record compared to February of 2020, which was an exceptional month.The areas on the periphery of the Agglomeration of Quebec City continued to post record sales, particularly the Northern Periphery with 148 transactions (+30 per cent), followed by the South Shore with 225 transactions (+7 per cent). The Agglomeration of Quebec City registered a 2 per cent increase in sales with 795 transactions.Sales by property category: historical sales levels for a month of February with 95 plex transactions (+48 per cent) and 379 condominium transactions (+50 per cent). Sales of single-family homes were the exception, with 693 sales, a decrease of 11 per cent.Active listings once again registered a record-setting drop for single-family homes (-61 per cent) and plexes (-41 per cent). The 32 per cent decrease for condominiums shifted market conditions in favour of sellers for this property category.Under pressure, the median price of single-family homes increased by 13 per cent, while that of plexes rose by 16 per cent. The median price of condominiums grew by 4 per cent. Additional information: Quarterly statistics – Barometer for the province of Quebec Detailed and cumulative statistics for the province and regions If you would like additional information from the Market Analysis Department, such as specific data or regional details on the real estate market, please write to us. About the Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers The Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB) is a non-profit association that brings together more than 13,000 real estate brokers and agencies. It is responsible for promoting and defending their interests while taking into account the issues facing the profession and the various professional and regional realities of its members. The QPAREB is also an important player in many real estate dossiers, including the implementation of measures that promote homeownership. The Association reports on Quebec's residential real estate market statistics, provides training, tools and services relating to real estate, and facilitates the collection, dissemination and exchange of information. The QPAREB is headquartered in Quebec City and has its administrative offices in Montreal. It has two subsidiaries: Centris Inc. and the Collège de l'immobilier du Québec. Follow its activities at qpareb.ca or via its social media pages: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. About Centris Centris is a dynamic and innovative technology company in the real estate sector. It collects data and offers solutions that are highly adapted to the needs of professionals. Among these solutions is Centris.ca, the most visited real estate website in Quebec. For more information: Image bank (credit QPAREB) available free of charge. Marjolaine BeaulieuPublicistCommunications and Marketing 1-888-762-2440 or514-762-2440, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/8b3ed2ce-d2a0-42c0-92a8-8ff8dac5de9a
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Rio Tinto Chairman Simon Thompson has informed the Board that he will not seek re-election as a non-executive director at the 2022 annual general meetings (AGMs) of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited. Sam Laidlaw, senior independent director of Rio Tinto plc, and Simon McKeon, senior independent director of Rio Tinto Limited, will now therefore jointly lead the search for Simon’s successor as Chair.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina senators Tuesday added a firing squad to the electric chair as alternatives if the state can't execute condemned inmates by way of lethal injection. The Senate then approved the bill on a key 32-11 vote with several Democrats joining Republicans in the proposal which would allow South Carolina to restart executions after nearly 10 years. The state can't put anyone to death now because its supply of lethal injection drugs expired and it has not been able to buy any more. Currently, inmates can choose between the electric chair and lethal injection and since the drugs are not available, they pick the method that can't be done. The Senate bill keeps lethal injection if the state has the drugs, but requires prison officials to use the electric chair if it is not. An inmate could choose a firing squad if they prefer. The House is considering a similar bill without the firing squad option, but it could also consider the Senate version after a procedural vote by senators finalizes the bill later this week. South Carolina still uses the electric chair first powered up in 1912 after taking over the death penalty from counties, which usually used hanging. It is just one of nine states that maintains an electric chair. It would become just the fourth state to allow a firing squad with Utah, Oklahoma and Mississippi, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster asked for lawmakers to give him any way to restart executions since a few inmates have exhausted their appeals but their death sentences can’t be carried out. A Republican and a Democrat, both former prosecutors, proposed adding the firing squad. The Democratic former prosecutor said it is evident in a Republican dominated state like South Carolina where the GOP gained extra seats in November that the death penalty can't be abolished like Virginia did last month. “The death penalty is going to stay the law here for a while. If it is going to remain, it ought to be humane," said state Sen. Dick Harpootlian, who said hanging is brutal and often leads to decapitation and in electrocution, the condemned “are burned to death.” Since the last execution was carried out in May 2011, South Carolina’s death row has dropped from about 60 inmates to 37 as of now because of natural deaths and prisoners winning appeals and being resentenced to life without parole. Prosecutors have sent just three new inmates to death row in the past decade. The Republican former prosecutor, Sen. Greg Hembree, said Tuesday was not the time to debate whether the death penalty was right or wrong. But several Democrats said the moral aspect of putting someone to death could not be removed from discussions over the method. They also asked senators how they could justify having a debate over putting people to death this week when last month they passed a bill outlawing most abortions in South Carolina, which is now tied up in court. Democratic Sen. Kevin Johnson brought up George Stinney, the youngest person executed in the U.S. in the 20th century. He was 14 when he was sent to the electric chair after a one-day trial in 1944 for killing two white girls. A judge threw out the Black teen’s conviction in 2014 . Newspaper stories reported that witnesses said the straps to keep him in the electric chair didn’t fit around his small frame. Johnson drives by a memorial to Stinney each time he comes to Columbia from Manning. “You think it was bad to abort a baby? Think how much worse it is to kill a person who when all is said and done is innocent," Johnson said. Only one senator in the chamber has seen an execution. Hembree, the co-sponsor of the firing squad proposal, tried nearly a dozen death penalty cases as a prosecutor and watched one of the men he condemned to death die by lethal injection. “There’s nothing pleasant about any of those forms. They are gruesome, they are sad and tragic in a way," Hembree said. “Justice is not always a happy place. But it is justice.” ___ Follow Jeffrey Collins on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JSCollinsAP. Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Press
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