“I don’t think there were any big surprises,” said Leslie Appleton-Young, the association’s vice president and chief economist. “I think prices are going to plateau out.” That assumption means that this year’s market could look a lot like the last. The survey also found that the share of buyers who used a second mortgage climbed from 38 percent in 2005 to 43 percent in 2006, more than triple the percentage since 2001 and the highest percentage since 1982. The use of alternative loan products also registered a sharp increase. “Home buyers with zero-down payments increased significantly from 4.5 percent in 2000 to 21.1 percent in 2006,” said Appleton-Young. Home sales in California fell in 2006 after four years of expansion. Sales in the Bay Area housing market fell at a slightly lower rate than for the state as a whole. Home sales in the Southern California region followed the general direction of the state, declining 23 percent from the record level of 2005. Inventory levels in this part of the state nearly tripled from a year ago, to levels in the range of their long-run average. The Central Valley had the largest decline in sales activity among the three regions in California. The statewide median price gains narrowed throughout the year, slowing from a 14 percent year-to-year increase in January 2006 to just under 2 percent as the year drew to a close. “That’s a far cry from the string of double-digit annual percentage gains that prevailed during the first half of this decade,” said association President Colleen Badagliacco. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Housing affordability dipped to its second-lowest level ever in California last year even though sales made a steep decline and price appreciation slowed dramatically, a trade association said Tuesday. Last year, just 27.l percent of sales were to first-time buyers, slightly better than the record low of 26 percent in 2004, said the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors. First-timers accounted for 30.5 percent of purchases in 2005, the group said. The association called 2006 a transition year; sales and prices both cooled from 2005, one of the best markets ever.
SEATTLE – USC coach Pete Carroll said he did not want to speak to the Trojans about their brutal stretch of four road games in five weeks because you “have to play road games at some point anyway.” But after completing the roadstand Saturday, Carroll couldn’t stop talking about it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Fair or foul? Washington protested that Reggie Bush signaled for a fair catch on his 84-yard punt return for a touchdown, a charge Bush denied. “To be honest that is exactly what our coaches were saying in the press box,” Washington coach Tyrone Willingham said. “That he did call for a fair catch. But you have to play the game. We had him wrapped up, and we have to make the tackle.” Said Bush: “We wanted to put that fear in people’s hearts to kick the ball deep.” Future shock: Quarterback John David Booty got his first extended work of the season and completed 5 of 6 passes for 71 yards. But he also threw an interception that Washington’s Dashon Goldson returned 76 yards for a touchdown. Booty rebounded with a 31-yard touchdown pass to freshman Patrick Turner, the second time this season the pair hooked up for a score. “I don’t think anyone had more challenges than that, to play three teams that were near undefeated (Oregon, Arizona State, Notre Dame),” Carroll said. “To finish it off like this is so important. We finish the season in California now. We’ve been so disconnected from being (away from) home. It’s going to be great to get home.” USC opened the season with five of its first seven games on the road. It plays just one more road game, Nov. 12 at California. Freshman cornerbacks Kevin Thomas and Cary Harris each got their first extended action, with Thomas recording three tackles and Harris two. Broken record: Quarterback Matt Leinart’s four touchdown passes broke the Pacific-10 Conference record for career touchdown passes (87). The previous mark of 85 was held by Arizona State’s Andrew Walter. “It’ll probably mean something when my football career is over,” Leinart said. “There’s some great quarterbacks on that list with guys like John Elway and guys like Walter.” Long wait: Receiver Steve Smith (Taft of Woodland Hills) was getting impatient over the fact he didn’t catch a touchdown pass since the season opener in Hawaii. “That was depressing. I’ve been talking to Matt … I said, ‘Man, I got to get in there.’ It’s the longest drought of my career.” Smith ended the drought with an 8-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Injury report: Trojans cornerback John Walker suffered a high-ankle sprain and is out indefinitely. … Linebacker Keith Rivers injured his hamstring during Thursday’s practice and played just the first and third series. He was replaced by Collin Ashton, who had a team-high nine tackles. Rivers said he would be back this week. … Tailback LenDale White suffered a bruised thigh. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A 23-year-old man will appear in Letterkenny District Court tomorrow charged in relation to a series of break-ins and thefts from cars in Buncrana over the weekend.It’s understood he faces one charge of handling stolen items.A second man is still being questioned by Gardai at Buncrana Garda Station. BUNCRANA CRIME WAVE: MAN CHARGED, SECOND PERSON QUIZZED was last modified: February 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
What do the Checks involve? A Check:Performed about every 500 to 800 flight hours or up to 400 cycles. It requires up to 100 man-hours to perform and it is typically carried out at an overnight stop.B Check:Required every 4 to 6 months and requires about 150 man-hours and takes about I day.C Check This check is comprehensive and the entire aircraft is inspected. It is conducted every 21 months and requires about 6,000 man hours.D Check The D Check is the most expensive and demanding costing about $7 million and requiring up to 100,000 man hours depending upon the age of the aircraft. These are completed about every five years and airlines must plan well in advance to ensure that it does not have too many aircraft requiring D Checks at the same time.
How to Get Better Results with LUTsThe results you get from a creative LUT will depend on the footage that you’re working with. If your original footage isn’t properly white-balanced or exposed, the final results may not be what you hoped for. By adjusting a few settings in Lumetri Color, however, you should be able to dial in the original look you wanted.A common mistake is to apply a creative LUT, then apply additional color effects on top of the LUT to correct the look. Your results will be much better if you apply the LUT in the Creative section of Lumetri Color, then revert back to the Basic Correction section to adjust the overall appearance. Export Your Own LUTsFinally, you can easily export your own LUTs based off of your Lumetri Color settings. First make sure you’re working in the Color workspace in Premiere Pro. On the Lumetri Color Panel, at the top, you’ll see a menu button next to the Lumetri Color text. (The menu button looks like three dashed lines.) Click that menu, and you will then see options to export a .cube LUT. You can then re-import that LUT into Premiere Pro, or use it with any other application that uses LUTs in the .cube format. (.cube is one of the most universal LUT formats.) In this video tutorial, learn how to get the most out of your LUTs by using the Lumetri Color Panel in Adobe Premiere Pro — plus, free LUTs!Using LUTs is a great way to get started color-grading video footage. However, you may notice that LUTs frequently yield mixed results when you first apply them. There can be a few reasons for this. We’ll explore them in this video tutorial, and we’ll also go into the differences between Correction LUTs and Creative LUTs — and how to export your own custom LUTs in Premiere Pro.So, let’s get started! (Be sure to download the project file, which includes free LUTs!)Download the project file.These elements are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets.What Is a LUT?First, let me offer a simple explanation of how LUTs work (it stands for “Look Up Table.”) I like to think of LUTs as universal color presets. LUTs shift the color information when you apply them to footage or photos — to yield superior color accuracy. LUTs are cross-compatible with different video applications, cameras, and even external monitors.Correction LUTsThis is often the most confusing aspect of working with LUTs for new users. Without getting too technical, there are generally two types of LUTs: Correction LUTs accurately convert color information — usually from one picture profile to another (such as LOG to Rec. 709, which is more of a “standard” picture profile that is easier to color-grade with).Creative LUTsCreative LUTs yield more stylistic looks, and they can vary quite a bit. (They also may not be as color accurate, but this is ok, because generally you use them to craft a final look.) In most cases, you apply creative LUTs to already color-corrected footage in a Rec. 709 picture profile. (However, some Creative LUTs are designed for direction application to LOG footage.) Settings to AdjustThe best Basic Correction settings to adjust in Lumetri Color, after you have applied a Creative LUT, are White Balance, Tint, and Exposure. I also recommend experimenting with Vibrance and Saturation in the Creative Section of Lumetri Color. Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Night Fly” by Cruen“Breakthrough Road” by Make Music“The Runaway” by Cymatix“Hotel Paradise” by Cymatix“Forward & Beyond” by CymatixLooking for more video tutorials? Check these out.5 Things Every Filmmaker Should Know Before Making a Feature FilmVideo Tutorial: Using Audio to Drive Your Motion Graphics Video Tutorial: Improving Your Time-lapse Workflow for the GH5Video Tutorial: Create a Callout Graphic in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Add Image Overlays to Premiere Pro Exports
New Delhi, Jul 27 (PTI) Former India opener Virender Sehwag and celebrated athlete P T Usha have been named in a 12-member Committee which has been handed the job to pick this years Khel Ratna and Arjuna awardees. The Committee, to be headed by Justice (retd) C K Thakkar, will meet on August 3 to select this years awardees. The Committee has Mukund Killekar (boxing), Sunil Dabbas (Kabaddi), M R Mishra (Journalist), S Kannan (Journalist), Sanjeev Kumar (Journalist), Latha Madhvi (Para athlete), Anil Khanna (sports administrator), Injeti Srivastava (DG, SAI) and Rajvir Singh (joint Secretary, Sports Ministry) as the other members. PTI AT AT
Uttar Pradesh Police Recruitment and Promotion Board (UPPRPB) has released the admit card for UP SI exams which are set to start from December 12, 2017.The UP SI admit cards are available at the website, www.uppbpb.gov.inSteps to download admit cards for this exam are as follows:Go to the official website of UPPRPB, www.uppbpb.gov.inClick on the admit card linkIn next page, click on “download admit card” linkEnter Application Number, Date of Birth and the text shown thereSubmit and download the admit cardImportant guidelines for the exam:The UPPRPB SI exam will be a computer based test (CBT)The exam will carry objective type questionsDuration of the exam will be 2 hoursA mock test link is available at Board’s website for the candidates till December 22, 2017After downloading the UPPRPB SI admit card, the candidates may make use this link to familiarise themselves with how to take the examA candidate must report 90 minutes before the scheduled exam start time at biometric desk. Biometric details of the candidate will be captured before entering the SI examination hallThe exam centre main gate will be closed 45 minutes before the scheduled time for UP SI Exam, post that no candidate will be allowed to enter the examination venueThe candidate needs to surrender the UP SI Admit card to the invigilator before leaving the exam hallDocuments required for the verification:Original Aadhar Card ( e-Aadhar not accepted), Original Voter ID Card, Original Driving License, Original Passport, Original PAN card (any other ID Card will not be accepted)A candidate needs to affix their latest self-attested passport size color photo on the admit card. A candidate will be allowed access to the examination terminals after due verification of the admit card and identity proofA candidate is not allowed to carry the following items inside the test room:Any stationery item like textual material (printed or written), bits of papers, Geometry/Pencil Box, Plastic Pouch, Calculator, Pen, Scale, Writing Pad, Pen Drives, Eraser Log Table, Electronic Pen/Scanners etc.Any communication device like mobile phones, camera, digital watches, smart watches, Bluetooth devices, ear phone, microphone, pager, health band etc.Wallet, goggles, handbags and CapAny eatable items opened or packed, water bottle etc.Read: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenadvertisementRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at email@example.com
MIAMI — The U.S. government says New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez gave his cousin nearly $1 million last year to keep secret Rodriguez’s use of performance enhancing drugs.In court documents filed last week in Miami, federal prosecutors said Rodriguez made four wire payments totaling $900,000 between June 2013 and September 2013 to settle a threatened lawsuit by Yuri Sucart, who had worked as Rodriguez’s personal assistant.The total value of that settlement could be nearly $2 million, when factoring in other elements of the deal such as a home, a car and insurance.Sucart, in a letter from his lawyer, threatened to expose Rodriquez’s PED use if he wasn’t given $5 million and a home.“Unfortunately for you, litigation with you over his employment agreement will reveal all of the duties you instructed Yuri to perform, so he can prove in court what he earned, what you owe him for services rendered and what you promised,” Sucart attorney Jeffrey Sonn wrote in a proposed settlement letter to Rodriguez dated Dec. 18, 2012.A spokesman for Rodriguez did not immediately return a request for comment.The payments from Rodriguez to Sucart were revealed after the government said Sucart did not fully disclose his personal financial situation during the process that would determine if he should pay some portion of the costs related to having a federal public defender. The government said Rodriguez also paid Sucart about $500,000 in salary from 2008 through 2013.Sucart, according to the documents, told the court he does not own a house or a car, but the government alleges that he does “pursuant to the settlement with Rodriguez.”Sucart, in that proposed settlement that stemmed from what he said was a wrongful termination by Rodriguez, asked for $5 million and a life estate for he and his wife.In return, Sucart offered continued silence and even a willingness to remain Rodriguez’s personal assistant if so desired.As part of the settlement, court records show Rodriguez is also spending up to $300,000 to provide medical insurance for Sucart and his family for five years.He also provided Sucart with a 2009 Chevrolet Suburban and the right to stay in a home he owns for five years — with the promise that the house, which lists Alexander E. Rodriguez as its owner, would be deeded to Sucart if the terms of the deal including “preservation of confidential information” were all satisfied.The Daily News of New York first reported the contents of the new suit and related filings.Sucart was charged in August with conspiring to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone. He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial in February.The charges are related to work prosecutors said Sucart did with Biogenesis of America. That now-closed anti-aging clinic’s owner, Anthony Bosch, has already pleaded guilty and is cooperating with investigators.Sucart is among a group accused of acting as recruiters who set up meetings between athletes and Bosch, authorities said. Professional athletes paid up to $12,000 a month for the drugs provided by Biogenesis, while high schoolers paid up to $600 a month. All the clients were promised that the substances would not be found through drug testing, prosecutors said.Bosch, who met Rodriguez through Sucart in July 2010, provided evidence that weighed heavily in the decision to suspend the three-time AL MVP for the entire 2014 season.Rodriguez admitted six years ago he used performance-enhancing substances while with Texas from 2001-03, and has denied usage since.Rodriguez played in just 44 games in the 2013 season, hitting seven home runs to increase his career total to 654, fifth-most in baseball history.He is still owed $61 million on the final three years of his contract with the Yankees and will turn 40 next July. He could receive an additional $6 million each for five milestones that the team designates as historic achievements, the next of those believed to be tying Willie Mays’ 660 home runs for No. 4 on the all-time list.(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
zoom The 930-passenger cruise ship Viking Star, the latest addition to the fleet of the California-headquartered cruise operator Viking Ocean Cruises, passed her sea trials in the Aegean Sea mid-December. During nearly a week of diagnostics, maritime experts executed more than 80 different tests designed to evaluate everything from Viking Star’s engine and propulsion performance to her navigation systems and cabin acoustics.“Following six months of nonstop construction since her float out, this was a major milestone for Viking Star, and we are proud to be another step closer to launch,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “Now we can focus on the finishing touches, and we look forward to welcoming guests onboard in two months’ time.”Currently back at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard for final outfitting and interior decorating, Viking Star will take on her first guests on April 11. She will then set sail from Istanbul, making her way through the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic on her way to be officially christened May 17 in Bergen, Norway.
zoom A large scale tri-party engineering contract for the design of a Global Class mega passenger ship, to be built for the Hong Kong-based cruise line Star Cruises, was signed on July 28.MV Werften, a group of three of the largest shipyards in the Germany, Engineering and consulting company Elomatic Ltd and Finnish ship designer Deltamarin Ltd are joining forces to design the vessel, which will be over 340 metres long, 45 metres wide and have a gross tonnage of 200,001.The vessel would be the largest passenger ship ever built in Germany and one of the largest ever built world-wide, according to the companies.The project will last almost 4 years and delivery to Star Cruises is scheduled for 2020.The scope of work for Elomatic and Deltamarin includes engineering for the basic and detail design phases in all engineering disciplines.The parties have not disclosed the value of the contract.