Statebacked hackers target Gmail of US senators aides

first_imgState-backed hackers are still trying to break into the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and a lawmaker focused on cybersecurity says the Senate’s security office should stop refusing to help defend them.Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered that “at least one major technology company” has warned an unspecified number of senators and aides that their personal email accounts were “targeted by foreign government hackers.”On Thursday, Google spokesman Aaron Stein confirmed that his company had notified the Senate targets.Neither Stein nor Wyden provided any indication as to who might be behind the attempted break-ins, whether they targeted lawmakers from both political parties or their timing, though a Senate staffer said they occurred “in the last few weeks or months.” The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly.Email theft is favoured by hackers the world over, including the Russian military agents accused of leaking the content of Democrats’ inboxes ahead of the 2016 elections, and personal accounts have proven to be the easiest targets.Wyden noted that the Office of the Sergeant at Arms , which oversees Senate security, had informed legislators and staffers that it has no authority to help secure personal, rather than official, accounts.“This must change,” Wyden wrote in the letter. “The November election grows ever closer, Russia continues its attacks on our democracy, and the Senate simply does not have the luxury of further delays.”A spokeswoman for the security office said it would have no comment.Wyden has proposed legislation that would allow the security office to offer digital protection for personal accounts and devices, the same way it does with official ones.The Wyden letter cites previous Associated Press reporting on the Russian hacking group known as Fancy Bear and how it targeted the personal accounts of congressional aides between 2015 and 2016. The group’s prolific cyberspying targeted the Gmail accounts of current and former Senate staffers, including Robert Zarate, now national security adviser to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and Jason Thielman, chief of staff to Montana Sen. Steve Daines, the AP found.The same group also spent the second half of 2017 laying digital traps intended to look like portals where Senate officials enter their work email credentials, the Tokyo-based cybersecurity firm TrendMicro has reported.Microsoft seized some of those traps, and in September 2017 apparently thwarted an attempt to steal login credentials of a policy aide to Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill , the Daily Beast discovered in July. Last month, Microsoft made news again when it seized several internet domains linked to Fancy Bear, including two apparently aimed at conservative think tanks in Washington.Such incidents “only scratch the surface” of advanced cyberthreats faced by U.S. officials in the administration and Congress, according to Thomas Rid, a cybersecurity expert at Johns Hopkins University. Rid made the statement in a letter to Wyden last week .“The personal accounts of senators and their staff are high-value, low-hanging targets,” Rid wrote. “No rules, no regulations, no funding streams, no mandatory training, no systematic security support is available to secure these resources.”Attempts to breach such accounts were a major feature of the yearlong AP investigation into Fancy Bear that identified hundreds of senior officials and politicians — including former secretaries of state, top generals and intelligence chiefs — whose Gmail accounts were targeted.The Kremlin is by no means the only source of worry, said Matt Tait, a University of Texas cybersecurity fellow and former British intelligence official.“There are lots of countries that are interested in what legislators are thinking, what they’re doing, how to influence them, and it’s not just for purposes of dumping their information online,” Tait said.In an April 12 letter released by Wyden’s office, Adm. Michael Rogers — then director of the National Security Agency — acknowledged that personal accounts of senior government officials “remain prime targets for exploitation” and said that officials at the NSA and Department for Homeland Security were discussing ways to better protect them. The NSA and DHS declined to offer further details.Wyden said Thursday that state-backed hackers “are like burglars who are knocking on windows and doors. They are out knocking on a lot of them right now just looking for an opportunity to get through.”Guarding personal accounts is a complex, many-layered challenge.Boosting protection in the Senate could begin with the distribution of small chip-based security devices such as the YubiKey, which are already used in many secure corporate and government environments, Tait said. Such keys supplement passwords to authenticate legitimate users, potentially frustrating distant hackers.Cybersecurity experts also recommend them for high-value cyber-espionage targets including human rights workers and journalists.“In an ideal world, the Sergeant at Arms could just have a pile of YubiKeys,” said Tait. “When legislators or staff come in they can (get) a quick cybersecurity briefing and pick up a couple of these for their personal accounts and their official accounts.”___Bajak reported from Boston. Satter reported from London. AP video journalist Gillian Flaccus contributed from Portland, Oregon.last_img read more

Making A Murderer nephew Brendan Dassey to be released

A federal judge has ordered that Brendan Dassey be released from prison while prosecutors appeal a ruling that overturned his conviction in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbrach.The homicide case was made famous by the Netflix series “Making A Murderer.” The judge ruled in August that investigators tricked Dassey, who was 16-year-old at the time of his arrest, into confessing he helped his uncle, Stephen Avery, with the crime. Wisconsin’s Attorney General plans to file an emergency motion to block the conditional release.

UN food agency seeks nearly 50 million for refugees in east and

In the five settlement countries affected – Chad, the Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan – the refugees are dependent on food aid because most have been put in camps where arable land is scarce and employment opportunities limited, according to the agency. “The international community has a responsibility towards refugees,” said WFP Regional Director for Eastern and Central Africa, Holdbrook Arthur. “Their status is acknowledged and protected by international law.” “A reduction in food aid will have a devastating impact on the lives, health and morale of refugees in the region,” he said. “We will fail them if a lack of resources prevents us from feeding them.” Funding crises have already forced WFP to reduce rations to levels below acceptable and healthful nutritional standards. As a result, malnutrition levels have increased and the refugees have become more vulnerable to disease. read more

UN Security Council renews sanctions on Côte dIvoire bars diamond exports

With the Côte d’Ivoire still split in half between the Government and rebel forces, the United Nations Security Council today renewed for another year the arms embargo and the travel and financial restrictions applied to those deemed to threaten peace there, while also deciding to ban imports of rough diamonds from the country.Through a resolution adopted unanimously by the 15-member body and acting under the binding Chapter VII of the UN charter, the Council reaffirmed its readiness to impose the individual restrictions it outlined in November 2004 on anyone designated by the Council Committee set up to oversee the sanctions to have impeded the peace process, to be responsible for serious violations of human rights, to have publicly incited hatred and violence, or to have violated the arms embargo. The arms sanctions require all countries to prevent the “direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer” to Côte d’Ivoire of arms or any related materiel.The personal restrictions threaten to ban anyone “who constitute a threat to the peace and national reconciliation process” from travelling abroad, and “freeze the funds, other financial assets and economic resources” of those designated.The Government rules the southern part of the world’s largest cocoa producer and the armed opposition controls the north. UN peacekeeping troops and the UN-authorized French Licorne forces are stationed mainly along the Zone of Confidence between the two areas. A peace agreement of 2003 aimed to end years of ethnic confrontation, which included a failed 2002 coup attempt against President Laurent Gbagbo. It has been expanded or clarified by subsequent accords. Lack of progress in implementing the peace agreements led to a one-year delay of the Ivorian elections that had been scheduled for last month.In October, the Council expressed serious concern over the deteriorating situation in the country, condemned attacks on United Nations peacekeeping personnel and called on all the parties to implement immediately all the peace accords they have signed.It had also demanded that the Forces Nouvelles armed opposition and all militias proceed without delay with the national disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme so as to help restore State authority throughout the national territory, reunify the country and allow the organization of the postponed elections as soon as possible. read more

Android 23 Andy Pad will cost 210

first_imgThe tablet space is filling up fast with devices vying for your dollars, but the iPad seems to be reigning supreme. Below it, many other tablets are carving out their niches. One such tablet is the low-key Andy Pad that has just revealed a couple of price points it’s hard to ignore.The Andy Pad comes in two versions, the Andy Pad and Andy Pad Pro, with both running Android 2.3. There are a number of differences between the basic and pro versions. The former comes with 8GB of storage, front-facing camera, 800×480 display, and a resistive touch screen. The latter comes with 16GB of storage, front and rear cameras, a capacitive touch screen, Bluetooth, and a 1024×768 display.AdChoices广告As for the price point, the Andy Pad will cost approximately $210. The Andy Pad Pro will be slightly more expensive at around $290. Both sport 7-inch screens and come preinstalled with a variety of apps including Twitter, Facebook, and Bubble Blast II.While the Andy Pad and it’s more expensive Pro edition are very competitive on price, you are making a few compromises for those savings. Android 2.3 on a tablet is dated, and a resistive touchscreen is something we were hoping would not be seen in a new tablet again. Then you have the 7-inch display, which may suit those who want to be more mobile, but isn’t for everyone.The Andy Pad will enter a market dominated by the iPad. It’s widely acknowledged that the iPad is the de facto king of the tablet market and the Andy Pad will have to overcome its non-iPad competition too. With the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the HP TouchPad, and the Motorola Xoom to compete with, the limited Andy Pad and Pro may have a tough time finding a market.What do you think? Would you pick up an Andy Pad or Andy Pad Pro due to their low price? If you intend to, then they will be available exclusively through the Andy Pad website on September 1st.via Neowinlast_img read more

Police to enforce helmet law

first_imgVancouver police are peddling an important message: Kids, wear your helmets.Patrols by the Vancouver Police Department’s Traffic Unit will focus increasingly on making sure all bicyclists are complying with a city ordinance requiring helmets be worn at all times, Kim Kapp, a spokeswoman, said today.Parents will be held responsible for anyone under 18 cited for not wearing, or having on but not appropriately fastened, a helmet, according to the city’s code.Kapp said police are increasingly focused on helmets as weather slowly warms and more people opt for something other than four-wheeled transportation. She said the issue is an important one for members of the traffic unit who have arrived at too many crash scenes in which a helmet would have helped prevent serious injuries.The city’s ordinance includes not only bicycles, but also in-line skates, roller skates, scooters, unicycles and skateboards.Violating the ordinance could result in a fine up to $50.last_img read more

VIDEO Baby Bobcat Spotted On Boutwell Street

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Resident David Lozzi was walking his dog on Sunday around 1pm  on Boutwell Street, near the Wilmington Middle School and West Intermediate School, when something caught his eye.“From a distance, I saw what I thought was a dog standing in the road. It then ran across the street after two smaller dogs started chasing it. I thought it might be a coyote,” explained Lozzi.Lozzi moved closer to get a better look and that’s when he spotted it — a baby bobcat in a tree.“I pulled the camera out and folks can watch it from there,” said Lozzi, whose video is shared below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related50+ PERSONNEL CHANGES: Who Joined & Who Left Wilmington Public Schools Over The Summer?In “Education”Wilmington Middle School Students Welcomed Back To School With Homeroom Changes, New ‘Launch Pad’In “Education”Wilmington CARES, Shawsheen Tech, & Rob Surette Partner To Create Ellen DeGeneres 14,716-Crayon MasterpieceIn “Community”last_img read more

Police In Greater Houston Will Be Out In Force For The New

first_img Share X Houston Police Department Facebook PageA Houston Police Department’s DWI Task Force patrol cars. Harris County continues to have one of the highest drunk driving fatality rates in the country. In 2015, 112 people died in alcohol-related crashes. So why are those rates so high?Harris County’s large population is one factor, but the Houston Police Department’s Don Egdorf says there’s also an issue of personal responsibility. That includes making plans for a sober ride home. “People in Texas and people in Houston, they love their cars,” says Egdorf. “And they don’t want to be without their cars. People don’t plan very well ahead of time with what they’re going to do.” To try to stem the high DWI rate, HPD will have extra patrols this holidays weekend. Egdorf says a TxDOT grant will help pay for overtime.“And the sole purpose of those extra officers is looking for drunk drivers,” adds Egdorf. “They’re not out running other calls for service. They’re not going to the domestics or the shootings or things like that. Strictly drunk drivers is what they’re looking for.”Montgomery County says it’s also beefing up enforcement. Figures show that in  2015, 45% of crashes in the county were alcohol-related. That’s compared to 39% for the rest of the state.For those who didn’t plan ahead before going out to party, police say a cab or Uber ride is a lot cheaper than getting hit with a DWI.AAA Texas will also be offering its Tipsy Tow program.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Listen 00:00 /01:05 last_img read more

Fort Bragg Paratrooper Charged In Cypress 2013 Rape Abduction

first_imgPhoto via Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeThis image provided by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office shows Levi Austin Goss, a Fort Bragg paratrooper from Texas who has been charged in a 2013 sexual assault near Houston, in which the naked victim walked to a movie theater for help.A Fort Bragg paratrooper from Texas has been charged in a 2013 sexual assault near Houston in which the naked victim walked to a movie theater for help.The Harris County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday announced DNA evidence led to the North Carolina arrest of Pvt. 1st Class Levi Austin Goss of Port Neches (NAY’-chis). He’s charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and aggravated kidnapping.A 16-year-old girl was walking in Cypress when she was grabbed by a masked man, dragged to a field, raped and left for dead.Investigators say the February 2013 attack happened three years before Goss, now 24, joined the Army. Fort Bragg is cooperating in the investigation.Goss on Monday waived extradition from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Online records didn’t list an attorney representing him.#BREAKING: Suspect Arrested in Brutal 2013 Kidnapping and Sexual Assault of a Child. Full press release here: #hounews #lesm— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) February 13, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Medical Device Manufacturers Celebrate Temporary Repeal of the Medical Device Tax

first_img The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Feature | Radiology Business | February 16, 2016 | Dave Fornell Medical Device Manufacturers Celebrate Temporary Repeal of the Medical Device Tax Legislation signed by President Obama in late December lifts the 2.3 percent tax on medical device sales for two years News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RADcenter_img Congressional Research on the Impact of the TaxAnalysis released in January 2015 by the Congressional Research Service, Congress’ non-partisan research arm, showed the tax had less of an impact on the industry than vendors claimed.  Opponents of the tax claim that the device tax could have significant, negative consequences for the U.S. medical device industry and on jobs. The estimates in the report suggest fairly minor effects, with the impact of no more than two-tenths of 1 percent on output and employment in the industry. The Congressional Research Service said this limited effect is due to the small tax rate, the exemption of approximately half of output, and the relatively insensitive demand for health services. The analysis suggests that most of the tax will fall on consumer prices, and not on profits of medical device companies. The effect on the price of healthcare, however, will most likely be negligible because of the small size of the tax and small share of healthcare spending attributable to medical devices. Viewed from the perspective of traditional economic and tax theory, the tax is challenging to justify. The report stated tax policy is more efficient when differential excise taxes are not imposed. It is generally more efficient to raise revenue from a broad tax base. Therefore excise taxes are usually based on specific objectives such as discouraging undesirable activities (e.g., tobacco taxes) or funding closely related government spending (e.g., gasoline taxes to finance highway construction). The report stated these justifications do not apply, other than weakly, to medical devices. The tax also imposes administrative and compliance costs that may be disproportionate to revenue. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Many experts have said that U.S. medical technology innovation is being hindered by a variety of factors, including rigid, expensive and lengthy regulatory review, reduced access to R&D capital due to the economy, and the institution of the medical device tax that was included in the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The device tax has been the most controversial since its inception, medical device companies arguing it would stifle R&D efforts and financially stifle start-up device companies that were already unprofitable.“Numerous costly consequences were originally laid out by manufacturers in the wake of the tax implementation, including increased product and healthcare costs, layoffs, cuts in research and development (R&D) efforts, and delayed expansion plans,” said Jennifer Ryan, a medical device analyst for the healthcare market research firm GlobalData. “Particularly crippling to smaller companies, the tax posed significant challenges to product innovation and launch in the U.S. medical device market, a market already struggling under a stringent regulatory process and reimbursement pressures.” Since the tax only affects products sold in the United States, whether by a foreign or domestic company, and does not apply to domestic products sold overseas, she said it served to strongly hinder product innovation and advancement in the domestic market. “There was concern at the time that U.S. companies might look to use distribution channels overseas, where regulatory processes are less rigorous, to market products, thereby preventing U.S. patients from accessing the latest technologies,” Ryan explained. “Additionally, the funds that small and mid-sized companies would normally put towards product innovation and improvements might instead go towards paying the excise tax, inhibiting market development.”Manufacturers Relieved The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) applauded Congress in December for passage of the two-year tax suspension.”America’s medical technology companies, including our nearly 2 million employees and the countless patients we serve, appreciate the broad bipartisan effort to suspend the medical device tax,” said AdvaMed Board Chairman Vincent A. Forlenza, chairman, CEO and president of BD. “This critical relief would not be possible without the tireless efforts by a large group of champions in Congress as well as among the patient, provider and research communities. Congress and the administration have demonstrated that they recognize the negative effects of this tax. We urge policymakers to continue their work to eliminate the device tax and address other factors that are threatening the healthcare innovation ecosystem.” “We are grateful that Congress was able to come together to preserve U.S. jobs and medical innovation by delaying the device tax for two years,” said MITA Board Chairman Nelson Mendes, president and CEO of mobile C-arm imaging systems maker Ziehm Imaging Inc. “The bipartisan cooperation we’ve seen gives us hope that policymakers will continue their work to fully address the device tax for employees, patients and advocates across the country who have been impacted by its harmful effects.””MDMA thanks the tireless, bipartisan leadership in Congress that achieved this important milestone on the road toward permanently repealing the medical device tax,” said MDMA Chairman Scott Huennekens, president and CEO of Verb Surgical. “MDMA has fought against this misguided policy since it was first proposed in 2009, and while suspension of the medical device tax is a positive step, we will remain focused on repealing a policy that only serves to punish a vital sector of America’s innovation ecosystem.”Unfortunately, the medical device tax of 2013 became an impediment to innovation that springs from start-ups, and many established companies curtailed their investments in R&D and reduced their workforces to pay the new revenue tax, said Joe Kiani, chairman and CEO of patient monitoring systems maker Masimo. “We applaud the bipartisan efforts of Congress and the administration to suspend the medical device tax for two years,” Kiani said. “This two-year moratorium will allow us to immediately begin to increase our investment in our infrastructure and research and development.” Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more After five years of almost constant lobbying efforts and numerous attempts by the U.S. House to push through a repeal of the medical device tax, legislation passed in December suspends the tax for the next two years. President Barack Obama signed a $1.8 billion taxation and spending bill Dec. 18, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, ending the threat of a looming government shutdown. The bill also contained a variety of tax credits, including the two-year moratorium on the device tax.The 2.3 percent tax on medical device sales was implemented in 2013 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The tax was designed to help pay for healthcare reforms included in the act. The tax on medical devices was to be paid by the device manufacturer or importer. It was expected that millions of new insured patients entering the healthcare marketplace would help offset the cost of the tax for manufacturers in the form of expanded device sales. However, this greater demand did not materialize.The Congressional Budget Office estimated the tax would generate $26 billion over the next decade. Reports of revenue from the first half of 2013 were $913 million, which was only about 60 percent of the expected revenue. However, with the suspension of the tax, no new revenue sources have been identified to offset the anticipated tax income. last_img read more

No trace of tanker missing off Angola for 6 days

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona ATHENS, Greece (AP) – The Greek managers of an oil tanker missing off southwestern Africa for nearly a week and thought to have been attacked by pirates say they still have not established contact with the vessel.Dynacom Tankers Management said in a statement Friday that it is working with “relevant agencies and authorities” to get in touch with the Kerala and ascertain its condition.The 75,000-ton vessel was last seen off Angola on Jan.18, and Dynacom said it suspected pirate action. The company did not provide details on the Liberian-flagged ship’s crew or cargo. (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Here is What Determines How Quickly a Home Sells

first_img CoreLogic Days on Market Single-Family Housing Market 2016-08-15 Seth Welborn Here is What Determines How Quickly a Home Sells The National Association of Realtors reported in its last existing-home sales report that single-family homes stayed on the market for an average of 34 days in June, unchanged from June 2015 but up two days from May’s total of 32.A number of factors can determine how many days a home stays on the market, such as the listing price, housing characteristics, and amenities. Building on an earlier two-part analysis by CoreLogic Director of Analysis Matt Cannon, CoreLogic Principal Economist Bin He found that public listing comments can affect how many days a home stays on the market after controlling for list price, geographic variations, and housing characteristics.“After all, public comments that listing agents provide contain additional information about the property amenities, property architecture and neighborhood information, among other things,” He said.Days on the market is defined as the time between the date the property is listed and the date the contract is signed; the CoreLogic study examined more than one million single-family transactions that closed nationwide during 2016. Distressed properties were excluded since they often sell faster than non-distressed properties and are usually heavily discounted.Cannon’s study originally analyzed the impact of public comment on days on the market by extracting pairs of words after raw public listing comments were converted to quantitative information using a document-term matrix.“After all, public comments that listing agents provide contain additional information about the property amenities, property architecture and neighborhood information, among other things.”Ben He, Principal Economist, CoreLogic“Days on market can vary significantly across different geographic areas, and hence geographic variation can mask the information contained in listing comments,” He said, adding that in his analysis, “geographic area variation was controlled so that we can better understand the specific impact of words from listing comments with days on market.”The study found that properties with features such as “fenced backyard,” “open concept,” “natural light,” and “updated kitchen,” tended to sell quickly while word pairs such as “golf course,” “gourmet kitchen,” “ceramic tile,” and “granite countertop” attached to properties tended to increase the number of days a property stays on the market. The word “fence” appeared frequently among the top word pairs, indicating it is a top priority for buyers; meanwhile, homes listed as “single story” tended to sell more quickly, while “two story” had a tendency to increase the number of days a property stayed on the market.“It is not easy to figure out why properties with ‘gourmet kitchen’ stay on the market longer, but one possibility is that this luxury feature would lead to a higher property value,” He said. “Homes that have higher prices relative to their neighbors may have less demand than lower-priced, more affordable homes, and hence it takes a longer time to sell.” in Daily Dose, Featured, Newscenter_img August 15, 2016 629 Views Sharelast_img read more

The eight  tented suites offer king size beds with

first_imgThe eight  tented suites offer king size beds with large windows so clients can feel immersed in the endless views from the comfort of their bed. Wood burning stoves keep the domed suite warm throughout the night. The main area has been designed with the classic camp-fire experience in mind.From their stylish base at The Highlands clients can enjoy the iconic Ngorongoro Crater safari. Ngorongoro is the largest un flooded and unbroken caldera in the world and home to the highest density of lion anywhere in Africa, as well as the other members of the Big 5. From camp the wild highlands which surround the camp can be explored – home to leopard, buffalo and elephant and the Maasai people whose pastoral way of life has remained unchanged for centuries.Go back to the e-newsletter > Go back to the e-newsletter >Asilia Africa has announced that its newest property, The Highlands, will open in Ngorongoro in March 2016, set high on the slopes of Olmoti volcano with  views to the Serengeti.last_img read more

Budget airlines such as Ryanair could be facing so

first_imgBudget airlines such as Ryanair could be facing some new competition after Europe’s biggest travel group revealed plans to create a new low-cost carrier. The deal would see TUI AG merge with Lufthansa’s partners Germanwings and Eurowings.Although the plans have not yet been confirmed, Bloomberg reports that a memorandum of understanding has been signed between the two companies regarding the new budget airline. If it was to go ahead, it would see TUI AG and Lufthansa own 40 per cent of the new airline each, with Germanwings holding the remaining 20 per cent, according to reports in the German press.The low-cost airline would aim to fly around 30 million passengers a year and close the gap on the current leading German budget carrier, Air Berlin.It comes as TUI AG reports that despite the global credit crunch seeing many consumers tighten their belts, summer holiday bookings are still on the up. Peter Long, chief executive officer of TUI Travel, said: “People won’t sacrifice their summer holiday.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedGermanwings adds three new routesGermanwings adds three new routesTUI acquires low-cost Moroccan carrierAirline group TUI has increased its stake in low-cost Moroccan carrier Jet4youEmirates eyes Middle Eastern LCCEmirates has announced plans to launch a low cost carrier.last_img read more

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