Víctor Valdés to play in Belgian Pro League; Manchester United loans Valdés to Standard Liège till season end

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

On Sunday, Manchester United announced the loan of their Spanish goalkeeper Víctor Valdés to Belgian club Standard Liège for the rest of the season.

Last year, Valdés signed an 18-month contract with the English club, but the three-time UEFA Champions League winner was given very little opportunity at Old Trafford. He made only two appearances for The Reds last season, after David de Gea was injured. Relations between Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and Valdés were not good. Van Gaal did not pick him for the pre-season tour to the United States, saying Valdés was unwilling to play a game with the under-21 team.

This season, Valdés was not allowed in the locker room, and van Gaal prevented him from training with the main squad and the under-21 team. The official team photograph omitted him.

Valdés was a member of Spain’s squad for the World Cup in 2010 and for Euro 2012, collecting a winner’s medal both times. Per Manchester United’s statement, “Manchester United and Standard Liege have reached agreement for the temporary transfer of goalkeeper Victor Valdes, effective until the end of the current season. The deal is subject to formalities being completed.”

On Instagram, he posted a photo that read “Thank you all for your support during these months of hard work for me, i will never forget! See you soon!”

Euro reaches new lows

Friday, July 15, 2011

On Tuesday, the Euro fell to a new record low in relation to the Swiss Franc, and to multi-month lows against the U.S. Dollar and Japanese yen; all considered by investors to be safe currencies during times of economic turmoil.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that recent comments from the newly installed head of the International Monetary Fund, France’s Christine Lagarde, resulted in a sell-off of the Euro. At a roundtable discussion in Washington, Lagarde noted that the IMF had not yet reached discussion of terms and conditions of a second Greek bailout plan. In fact, a representative from the IMF is currently meeting with Eurozone policymakers to draft such a new proposal. The yield differential between Italian bonds and German bonds has spread to more than 300 basis points, something not seen in over a decade and evidence of investors’ concern.

Adding to the Euro’s woes is the upcoming release of the bank stress tests on Friday. The European Bankers Association said that they expect the data release to shed new light on the Eurozone’s banking situation. Representatives of several of the Eurozone’s governments, including Germany, have requested that the association consider releasing fewer specific details for fear that investor panic will ensue. The inadequacy of the capitalization rates has been an issue with the European Central Bank, whose president recently called upon Eurozone banks to make every effort to put their balance sheets in order.

For the time being at least, an unsubstantiated rumor reported by the Wall Street Journal states that the Eurozone’s central banks’ purchase of periphery debt has helped to quell the downward momentum of the Euro.

Chula Vista, California becomes model for blight control laws in the US

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The San Diego, California suburb of Chula Vista has responded to the recent housing crisis with an aggressive blight control ordinance that compels lenders to maintain the appearance of vacant homes. As foreclosures increase both locally and throughout the United States, the one year old ordinance has become a model for other cities overwhelmed by the problem of abandoned homes that decay into neighborhood eyesores.

Chula Vista city code enforcement manager Doug Leeper told the San Diego Union Tribune that over 300 jurisdictions have contacted his office during the past year with inquiries about the city’s tough local ordinance. Coral Springs, Florida, and California towns Stockton, Santee, Riverside County, and Murietta have all modeled recently enacted anti-blight measures after Chula Vista’s. On Wednesday, 8 October, the Escondido City Council also voted to tighten local measures making lenders more accountable for maintenance of empty homes.

Lenders will respond when it costs them less to maintain the property than to ignore local agency requirements.

Under the Chula Vista ordinance lenders become legally responsible for upkeep as soon as a notice of mortgage default gets filed on a vacant dwelling, before actual ownership of the dwelling returns to the lender. Leeper regards that as “the cutting-edge part of our ordinance”. Chula Vista also requires prompt registration of vacant homes and applies stiff fines as high as US$1000 per day for failure to maintain a property. Since foreclosed properties are subject to frequent resale between mortgage brokers, city officials enforce the fines by sending notices to every name on title documents and placing a lien on the property, which prevents further resale until outstanding fines have been paid. In the year since the ordinance went into effect the city has applied $850,000 in fines and penalties, of which it has collected $200,000 to date. The city has collected an additional $77,000 in registration fees on vacant homes.

Jolie Houston, an attorney in San Jose, believes “Lenders will respond when it costs them less to maintain the property than to ignore local agency requirements.” Traditionally, local governments have resorted to addressing blight problems on abandoned properties with public funds, mowing overgrown lawns and performing other vital functions, then seeking repayment afterward. Chula Vista has moved that responsibility to an upfront obligation upon lenders.

That kind of measure will add additional costs to banks that have been hit really hard already and ultimately the cost will be transferred down to consumers and investors.

As one of the fastest growing cities in the United States during recent years, Chula Vista saw 22.6% growth between 2000 and 2006, which brought the city’s population from 173,556 in the 2000 census to an estimated 212,756, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Chula Vista placed among the nation’s 20 fastest growing cities in 2004. A large proportion of local homes were purchased during the recent housing boom using creative financing options that purchasers did not understand were beyond their means. Average home prices in San Diego County declined by 25% in the last year, which is the steepest drop on record. Many homeowners in the region currently owe more than their homes are worth and confront rising balloon payment mortgages that they had expected to afford by refinancing new equity that either vanished or never materialized. In August 2008, Chula Vista’s eastern 91913 zip code had the highest home mortgage default rate in the county with 154 filings and 94 foreclosures, an increase of 154% over one year previously. Regionally, the county saw 1,979 foreclosures in August.

Professionals from the real estate and mortgage industries object to Chula Vista’s response to the crisis for the additional burdens it places on their struggling finances. Said San Diego real estate agent Marc Carpenter, “that kind of measure will add additional costs to banks that have been hit really hard already and ultimately the cost will be transferred down to consumers and investors.” Yet city councils in many communities have been under pressure to do something about increasing numbers of vacant properties. Concentrations of abandoned and neglected homes can attract vandals who hasten the decline of struggling neighborhoods. Jolie Houston explained that city officials “can’t fix the lending problem, but they can try to prevent neighborhoods from becoming blighted.”

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CEO Robert Klein of Safeguard, a property management firm, told the Union Tribune that his industry is having difficulty adapting to the rapidly changing local ordinances. “Every day we discover a new ordinance coming out of somewhere”, he complained. Dustin Hobbs, a spokesman from the California Association of Mortgage Bankers agreed that uneven local ordinances are likely to increase the costs of lending. Hobbs advised that local legislation is unnecessary due to California State Senate Bill 1137, which was recently approved to address blight. Yet according to Houston, the statewide measure falls short because it fails to address upkeep needs during the months between the time when foreclosure begins and when the lender takes title.

Early morning fire kills four New York group home residents

Sunday, March 22, 2009

After an early morning fire began, four out of the nine people living at the Riverview Individual Residential Alternative group home located in Wells, New York were killed by the blaze. The Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services Office, which supervises the home, told the media that the fire started at approximately 5:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time. Two staff members were at the home at the time, who safely evacuated four of the five survivors.

The names of the residents killed in the fire were not able to be released due to New York’s Mental Hygiene Law, but are able to be identified as two adult men, aged 32 and 52, and two adult women, aged 43 and 60. A 71-year-old male was injured in the fire, and was taken to a hospital in Utica, a nearby city. The other four residents have been relocated to an unnamed group home. Both staff members are also being examined at the hospital.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the families, loved ones and friends of the four victims and to continue to pray for the full recovery of those five people and two staff members who survived this incident. I also want to express my thanks and appreciation for the first responders and volunteers who worked swiftly and diligently to respond to this tragedy,” David Patterson, the governor of New York, said to the media.

The exact cause of the fire has yet to be determined. However, the New York Civil Liberties Union stated that “the blaze appears to have been an electrical fire and the sprinkler system was knocked out immediately.” They also called for “an immediate investigation into the causes of and contributing factors of the fire.”

The New York State Department of State Office of Fire Prevention and Control is currently investigating the causes of the blaze, with help from New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities.

Cpr Training: It Can Save Lives

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It can happen anytime and anywhere. You are at home, at school, at work, at a game or even walking along the street. Someone suddenly keels over – the victim of what appears heart failure. While you can phone 911, it is possible to do something else. This something can actually save the life of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest or stopped breathing. It is called CPR. Training in Illinois and across the United States has been responsible for fewer deaths when this medical situation occurs. In fact, statistics indicate that if more people in this country learned how to perform CPR, the rate of survival after drowning or a cardiac arrest would climb as high as triple the current rate.

What Is CPR?

CPR is short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The cardio refers to the heart and indicates cardio arrest or, as a result of heart failure, a heart attack. This is a technique that was designed to help anyone act quickly to save the life of another individual when tragedy strikes. It can be applied in any emergency where the heart or breathing has stopped. The recipient can be a child or an adult.

CPR training is available for those who want to learn. It is offered by various groups. It can be tailored to meet the needs of a specific type of population ranging from basic (the average individual) to advanced – for nurses and other medical professionals. People from all walks of life – with no medical training, are able to quickly and easily pick up this life saving technique.

Why Should You Take CPR Training?

When the heart stops beating or breathing ceases, it is important to act quickly to get the blood flowing again. By performing CPR, anyone can help the blood again flow to the brain as well as other important body organs. This will help keep the individual alive and prevents brain damage caused by lack of oxygen flowing to the brain. Without it, an individual can suffer from brain damage in a few minutes; die by 10 minutes. CPR keeps them functioning until emergency medical treatment arrives. In other words, CPR performed in Illinois or any other American city can improve the chances of survival. As a result, the reason why you should take CPR training is simple – it saves lives. Failure to learn how to act in the situation leaves you standing on the sidelines feeling helpless while, perhaps someone you truly care about or have worked closely with for years, dies unnecessarily.

CPR Training

If you find yourself in a situation where your company offers CPR training in Illinois, do yourself and everyone you know or may meet a favor. Take it. As it has been stated by various individuals: It is much better to at least do something rather than do nothing. This doubles in meaning when the very something you can learn to do can save that other person’s life.

If you need CPR Training in Illinois, take the time to contact those who know how to help you, your employees and co-workers learn effectively. Contact the professionals at Getz Fire Equipment Company. They are more than experts in providing high quality fire prevention products and services. They are also there to train you in how to save someone’s lives. To discover more visit them online at Getzfire.com.

Minnesota oil pipeline explosion and fire kills two

Friday, November 30, 2007

A major oil pipeline in Minnesota exploded and caught fire, killing two workers. The pipeline carries oil from Saskatchewan, Canada to close to Chicago, United States, representing 16% of America’s total oil imports.

The section of the pipe that exploded was undergoing maintenance at the time to address a pinhole leak first identified three weeks earlier, and patched at the time with a metal sleeve. On Wednesday, the entire section was removed and replaced with a new one. When oil was reintroduced on Thursday morning, oil leaked where the new section joined the pre-existing pipe, triggering the fatal explosion.

The fire was extinguished later the same day.

The line is split between four separate pipes. After the explosion, all four pipes were shut down, resulting in the global price surge, but this subsided for the most part after it became clear that the three undamaged pipelines had returned to normal operation, restoring 80% of the line’s capacity, and that the accident pipe is expected to be back in use in a matter of days.

“There were no problems found in that area where the leak occurred,” reporters were told by Larry Springer, spokesman for Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns the line. High-tech equipment had been through the line in 2006 to check for any signs of problems.

Enbridge identified the deceased as Dave Mussati Jr. and Steve Arnovich, both of whom were contract workers based in Superior, Wisconsin. The damaged section of pipe is in Clearbrook, which is approximately 350 miles Northwest of Minneapolis.

Enbridge metallurgists have been sent to examine the failed section in an effort to determin the cause of the accident. Other Enbridge workers are working to clear spilled oil from the site. It is expected that once this is complete, the pipe will return to service.

Global crude oil prices temporarily spiked by over US$4 per barrel but closed yesterday slightly above original prices.

CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate Max Lombardi running in Cambridge

Friday, September 26, 2008

On October 14, 2008, Canadians will be heading to the polls for the federal election. New Democratic Party candidate Max Lombardi is standing for election in the riding of Cambridge. Lombardi is an information technology specialist who has lived in Cambridge for 25 years.

Held since 2004 by Conservative Gary Goodyear, the riding of Cambridge includes the city of Cambridge, Ontario and the Township of North Dumfries, Ontario. Also running in the riding are Gord Zeilstra (Liberal) and Scott Cosman (Green).

Wikinews contacted Max Lombardi, to talk about the issues facing Canadians, and what they and their party would do to address them. Wikinews is in the process of contacting every candidate, in every riding across the country, no matter their political stripe. All interviews are conducted over e-mail, and interviews are published unedited, allowing candidates to impart their full message to our readers, uninterrupted.

For more information, visit the campaign’s official website, listed below.

Anthrocon 2007 draws thousands to Pittsburgh for furry weekend

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — Local caterers get ready for big business, as almost three thousand fans converge on the David L. Lawrence Convention Center over the Independence Day weekend for the world’s largest ever furry convention, Anthrocon 2007.

Many hope to renew acquaintances, or meet new friends. Others look to buy from dealers and artists, or show off new artwork or costumes. Some attend to make money, or even learn a thing or two. But one thing unites them: They’re all there to have fun.


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A Temporary Fix For Water Soaked Bathroom Tiles

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By Terry Z. Voster

You may have among the worst situations found by homeowners up for a kitchen or bathroom renovation. You have purchased a new home or pre owned condo, have embarked on a reno project on your bathroom or washroom.

Upon inspecting, or having a home contractor or handyman embark on the job or work estimate of replacing the floor discover the previous owner knowingly to save construction and renovation costs or unwittingly not realized that they were embarking on shady dealings or a poor bargain from a contractor has laid vinyl peel and stick tiles directly over the subfloor of particle board. It may be that its just general home renovations and upgrades or it may be a case that water has leaked out of the plumbing or over time in the washroom from the fixtures. You either have to or want to replace that flooring. What is a fix in this situation to either replace flooring or for fixing that thoroughly soaked sub-floor in the bathroom areas?

It is definitely a case of all possible worlds that is finding vinyl peel-and stick tiles lying over particle board. You can fix the situation yet in many cases experienced home repair tradespeople and handy men will advise you that this is but a short term fix.

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In the flooring trades the sub-floor of particle board is often referred to directly as the underlayment. Particle board which some say is among the worst plagues to ever bedevil mankind is in actuality little more than glued compressed sawdust which was a cash cow to its inventor and innovator to its Canadian forest park inventors. A cash cow to the wood mils but not to the average tradesperson or home owner. With what was basically garbage to the wood mills sawdust a throw away item was converted into a building product and basic staple of home and furniture builders the flip side of the equation that although rigid particle-board is rigid has no bend. It can basically lay straight in one piece, be snapped off, but can bend. Worse yet this rigid piece of glued sawdust warps in one giant bend when wet. It cannot be tacked down or held in place when warped. There it bends into the air upwards taking your flooring off the ground. All in al its sole purpose is to provide a smooth surface with which to glue vinyl. Hopefully your particle board has been nailed down to a beefier surface such as good old fashioned plywood which to its credit unlike particle board does have integrity of structure.

Yet what can you do to remedy the situation? For a quick fix you can cut off the damaged sections of underlayment, let the area more than thoroughly dry for several weeks and then replace the damaged tiles. That is if you can find the pattern and a reasonably close in appearance production lot.

The beauty of this project is that for most home owners with a little repair skills under their belt can do this simple repair themselves with a little elbow grease and thus reduce costs. If not it should be a pretty simple low tech job for a relative with the skills or a local home handyman.

A sub floor can present difficulties if soaked with water. Adhesive may have curled at the edges of the tiles themselves. Yet a temporary fix until you call in a professional contractor can be easily done by most home owners whether in a house, condo or vacation cottage.

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