Urbanites bid up homes in vacation spots like Vail, Lake Tahoe

first_imgLake TahoeMore and more urbanites are making permanent moves to towns that were predominately vacation retreats.The pandemic has boosted demand in places like Colorado’s Vail Valley and Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border. It is making for hot competition among homebuyers, according to the Wall Street Journal.Lake Tahoe’s inventory of unsold homes is down from 421 a year ago to just 60. Bidding wars are driving prices up.On the Nevada side, the median sale price was up to $1.26 million in July, some 43 percent higher than it was a year earlier. The 157 homes sold in June and July were more than twice as many as sold during the same period last year.Similarly, on the California side of North Lake Tahoe, the number of sales more than doubled to 532 in those two months, as it did in Vail Valley, to 432, between June 1 and Aug. 20.Rural areas outside smaller cities are also seeing more activity. Domain Timber Advisors this year has sold 62 lots outside cities including Seattle, Houston and Jacksonville compared with just 25 last year.“I think the main driver is people really wanting to have the option of getting out of the city and live and exist and enjoying a certain lifestyle,” said managing director Joe Sanderson. [WSJ] — Dennis Lynch This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

AGU: New Study Solves Mystery Of Salt Buildup On Bottom Of Dead Sea

first_img“Initially you form these tiny fingers that are too small to observe… but quickly they interact with each other as they move down, and form larger and larger structures,” said Raphael Ouillon, a mechanical engineer at the University of California Santa Barbara and lead author of the new study. Researchers walk along the bank of the Dead Sea, one of Earth’s saltiest bodies of water. It is nearly 10 times saltier than the ocean. Courtesy/Nadav Lensky/Geological Survey of Israel Salt crystals form on instruments dipped into the Dead Sea. Courtesy/Nadav Lensky/Geological Survey of Israel “The initial fingers might only be a few millimeters or a couple of centimeters thick, but they’re everywhere across the entire surface of the lake,” said Eckart Meiburg, also a mechanical engineer at UC Santa Barbara and co-author of the new study. “Together these small fingers generate a tremendous amount of salt flux.” A salty mystery WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research explains why salt crystals are piling up on the deepest parts of the Dead Sea’s floor, a finding that could help scientists understand how large salt deposits formed in Earth’s geologic past. “Altogether this makes the Dead Sea a unique system,” said Nadav Lensky, a geologist with the Geological Survey of Israel and co-author of the new study. “Basically, we have here a new finding that we think is very relevant to the understanding of the arrangement of these basins that were so common in Earth’s history.” Scientists first noticed in 1979, after this process had started, that salt crystals were precipitating out of the top layer of water, “snowing” down and piling up on the lakebed. The salt layer on the lake floor has been growing about 10 centimeters (4 inches) thicker every year. They propose that when the top layer of the lake is disturbed by waves or other motion, tiny parcels of warm water enter the cooler pool of water below. Heat diffuses more rapidly than salt, so this warm water parcel rapidly cools. But as it cools it holds less salt, so the salt precipitates out and forms crystals that sink to the bottom. Watch an animation of the salt fingers here. The Dead Sea, a salt lake bordered by Jordan, Israel and the West Bank, is nearly 10 times as salty as the ocean. Humans have visited the Dead Sea for thousands of years to experience its purported healing properties and to float in its extremely dense, buoyant waters, and mention of the sea goes back to biblical times. Satellite images of the Dead Sea taken in 1972 and 2011, showing how much water levels have dropped since Israel and Jordan began diverting much of the freshwater entering the Dead Sea. Courtesy/NASA After several hundred thousand years, the Mediterranean’s water levels dropped so much that the sea partly or nearly dried out, leaving behind thick deposits of salt. The new finding suggests these deposits formed during this time in a similar manner to what is happening right now in the Dead Sea. When the Strait of Gibraltar opened up again, water flooded the basin and the salt deposits were buried under new layers of sediment, where they remain today. Much of the freshwater feeding the Dead Sea has been diverted in recent decades, lowering the sea’s water levels and making it saltier than before. The new finding also helps explain the formation of massive salt deposits found within Earth’s crust. AGU News: One notable example is the thick salt layer underneath the Mediterranean Sea. Researchers know that about six million years ago, the Strait of Gibraltar closed off, because of the movements of Earth’s tectonic plates. This cut off the supply of water from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean, creating a giant shallow inland sea. An aerial view of the Dead Sea taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. New research explains why salt crystals are piling up on the deepest parts of the Dead Sea’s floor, a finding that could help scientists understand how large salt deposits formed in Earth’s geologic past. Courtesy/NASA/Hubble The process driving this salt crystal “snow” and buildup of salt layers on the lakebed has puzzled scientists because it doesn’t make sense according to the laws of physics. Now, a new study in AGU’s journal Water Resources Research proposes that tiny disturbances in the lake, caused by waves or other motion, create “salt fingers” that slowly funnel salt down to the lakebed. Watch a video about this research here. In the new study, researchers created a computer simulation of how water and salt would flow in the Dead Sea if the salt fingers theory was correct. They found the salt fingers theory correctly predicted the downward flow of salt snow and buildup of salt layers in the middle of the lake’s floor. Because the level of the lake is declining, due to pumping of freshwater from the nearby Jordan River, the salt layers are concentrated in the central part of the lake, according to the authors. The Dead Sea is only hypersaline water body on Earth today where this salt fingering process is happening, so it represents a unique laboratory for researchers to study the mechanisms by which these thick salt deposits have formed, according to the authors. Understanding salt deposits elsewhere The new finding helps researchers better understand the physics of the Dead Sea but also helps explain the formation of massive salt deposits found within Earth’s crust. “We know that many places around the world have thick salt deposits in the Earth’s crust, and these deposits can be up to a kilometer thick,” Meiburg said. “But we’re uncertain how these salt deposits were generated throughout geological history.” Lensky and his colleagues proposed an explanation in 2016, and the new research tests this theory for the first time. Researchers realized the salt snow they observed was originating in this top salty layer, but this warm water doesn’t mix with the cooler water below because it’s so much warmer and less dense. So they were puzzled as to how salt from the surface was entering the cooler layer and plummeting to the bottom of the lake. As the Dead Sea has become saltier in recent decades, much of that salt has become concentrated near its surface. During the summer, extra heat from the Sun warms the surface of the Dead Sea and divides it into two distinct layers: A warm top layer sitting atop a colder lower layer. As water evaporates from the top layer in the summer heat, it becomes saltier than the cooler layer below.last_img read more

Energy industries association confirms CEO

first_imgMiller, who was named interim ceo in May, is a long-standing executive of the EIC, which provides dedicated services to help members understand, identify and pursue business opportunities globally. Miller will be based in the EIC’s London office and will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to ensure continued, consistent promotion of members’ interests and the EIC’s reputation in the energy industry. Established in 1943, the EIC is a not-for-profit organisation with a membership of over 650 UK-registered companies who deliver goods and services to the energy industries worldwide. www.the-eic.comlast_img read more

Chelsea v Southampton player ratings

first_imgSee also:Alonso’s brilliant goal gives Chelsea victoryConte praises players but wanted second goalConte: Chelsea have a problem now Alonso is bannedBournemouth among clubs eyeing Chelsea youngster SterlingBatshuayi and other fringe players to feature in cup clash Embed from Getty ImagesMarcos Alonso’s first-half goal was enough to earn Chelsea victory over Southampton at Stamford Bridge. Here’s how we rated each Blues player in their eighth win in 10 Premier League matches. Thibaut Courtois: 8 Guilty of an early lapse when he misjudged a low cross from former Chelsea man Ryan Bertrand, the Blues keeper more than redeemed himself by twice denying Charlie Austin an equaliser after the former QPR striker had been put through on goal.AdChoices广告 Cesar Azpilicueta: 7 Embed from Getty ImagesSeemed to switch off momentarily in the build up to Austin’s first big chance, but overall Azpilicueta was, as usual, solid and dependable at the back for Chelsea. Andreas Christensen: 7 Another composed display at the heart of the Blues defence. Really looks the part. Gary Cahill: 6 Did the basics well and played his part in a solid defensive performance from the home side. Victor Moses: 6 Embed from Getty ImagesWorked hard on the flank and needed to because Southampton had some joy there, especially early on. Looks to have quickly recovered his sharpness following a recent injury lay-off. N’Golo Kante: 7 Gave away the ball away early on and it almost led to a goal for the Saints. That lapse aside, the Frenchman was typically effective in midfield, where he helped his team control the game. Went close to scoring with a deflected effort in the first half. Tiemoue Bakayoko: 7 Better from the summer signing, who has faced much criticism since his arrival. This time he was much more reliable on the ball and covered a tremendous amount of ground. Marcos Alonso: 9 Embed from Getty ImagesSuperb stuff from Alonso, who scored the winner with a brilliant free-kick and would have netted a spectacular second goal but for keeper Fraser Forster pushing away the Spaniard’s right-footed volley. Alonso was outstanding on the left from start to finish. Pedro: 8 An excellent performance. Hit the post in the first half after bursting in from the left and a dazzling run through the middle was another highlight. Eden Hazard: 7 Worked hard up front as he led the attack in the absence of an out-and-out striker until being replaced by Alvaro Morata. So often the stand-out player with his flair and creativity, this was a performance for the team. His movement was non-stop and he linked play well. Willian: 8 Lively from the off. Unlucky with a couple of attempts on goal and worked tirelessly off the ball as well. Cesc Fabregas: 6 Kept things ticking over nicely in midfield after being brought on in the second half. Alvaro Morata: 6 Dangerous after coming on and was denied by a good save from Forster. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mbappe brace secures comeback win for PSG at Guingamp

first_imgPARIS, (Reuters) – World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe scored twice as champions Paris St Germain completed a second-half comeback to secure a 3-1 win over En Avant Guingamp in Ligue 1 yesterday. Belgium international Thomas Meunier returned to a youthful PSG side while Mbappe was benched as the visitors’ quest for two wins in as many games got off to a poor start.Guingamp held their own in front of a vociferous home crowd in the first half and forced an impressive save from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to deny Marcus Thuram in the 14th minute.Guingamp winger Marcus Coco capitalised on PSG right back Colin Dagba’s error and played in striker Nolan Roux, who slotted past Buffon to give the hosts a shock lead. Guingamp continued to pile on the pressure as PSG struggled with defensive errors and lacked attacking fluidity.France international Mbappe replaced Timothy Weah at the start of the second half as PSG took control of the match, with Neymar winning a penalty in the 53rd minute and converting it to equalise.A resurgent PSG then dominated proceedings and created numerous chances beforeMbappe scored his opening goal of the season in the 82nd minute and he soon doubled his tally to seal the win. Striker Radamel Falcao missed a penalty as a wasteful AS Monaco were held to a goalless draw with LOSC Lille in their first home league match of the season.Monaco, the only team to win the league title other than PSG in the last five seasons, failed to convert their chances in the opening half while Lille rarely troubled Diego Benaglio’s goal.Skipper Falcao, who notched a goal and an assist in Monaco’s opening victory at Nantes, missed the hosts’ best chance in the 67th minute, when he won a penalty but failed to convert it as Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan pulled off a good save. Monaco continued to push for a breakthrough but Lille held on to secure a point.PSG top the standings, followed by Dijon and Stade Reims, who climbed to third after Friday’s 1-0 win over Olympique Lyonnais.Monaco and Lille are fourth and fifth while a second consecutive defeat left Guingamp in 17th position.last_img read more

Conference aims to connect

first_imgBy KATHRYN BERMINGHAM COMMUNITY groups, social entrepreneurs, activists and creatives will come together to celebrate the art of connection later…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Nominations open for Australia Day Awards

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Nelson’s Keaton Roch lifts Kootenay Ice into tie against South Island Royals

first_imgNelson’s Keaton Roch scored with six minutes remaining in the game to lift Kootenay Ice into a 3-3 tie with South Island Royals in BC Major Midget Hockey League action Sunday at the NDCC Arena.The power play goal by Roch allowed the host Ice squad to escape the weekend series with at least a point in the Major Midget standings.South Island double Kootenay 4-2 Saturday.Justin Podgorenko of Nelson, also scoring on the power play, and Tanner Costa of Castlegar also had goals for Kootenay. Kayden Peck, Brandon Tutte and Ben Berard replied for South Island.Saturday, South Island scored three consecutive goals in a wild second period to grab the first win of the series.After Korbyn Chabot of Cranbrook gave Kootenay a 2-1 lead, Cam Coutre, Ben Grist and Berard scored in a span of eight minutes to give the Royals a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.Shawn Campbell of Castlegar opened the scoring for Kootenay while Peck had the other goal for South Island.Solomon Burk of Castlegar and Jason Mailhoit were in goal for Kootenay, which improves to 5-24-5 on the season.The Ice return to action this weekend in Nelson when the club hosts North Island Silvertips in a two game series beginning Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Sunday, the puck drops at 8 a.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

Spurs resigned to losing contract rebel Alderweireld but will demand £44m for him

first_imgTOTTENHAM are resigned to losing contract rebel Toby Alderweireld and will demand £44million for him, according to reports.Spurs have always stressed they are under no obligation to sell any players as they try and convince the Belgian to sign a new deal.1 Tottenham are reportedly ready to sell Toby Alderweireld in the summerCredit: PA:Press AssociationBut Dutch paper HLN are claiming the North London club will try and cash in on the defender in the summer.Talks between Alderweireld, 29, and Spurs chiefs have broken down over disagreements on how much the wages should be.His current deal has the option of a one-year extension and means he is under contract until 2020.But there is also a £25m release clause that will be activated in the summer of 2019 for the centre-back who has struggled with injury this season.Most read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesPicturedSOR SUBJECTNeymar’s ex-girlfriend Soraja Vucelic almost pops out of dress in steamy selfieThat means Spurs would have to sell in the next two transfer windows if they want to try and make as much money as possible.Manchester United have consistently been linked with a move as boss Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his defence for next season.PARIS BOUND? PSG join Manchester United and Barcelona in race for Tottenham contract rebel Toby AlderweireldBarcelona are also keeping a close eye on Alderweireld’s situation, who joined Spurs from Atletico Madrid in 2015.Reports earlier in the week suggested PSG were also looking at making a bid in the summer.Christian Eriksen’s amazing strike wins the Gillette Precision Play of the Weekendlast_img read more

Son ends goal drought in style with double to lift Poch’s gloom

first_imgSON HEUNG-MIN celebrated his 150th appearance for Tottenham by firing them into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals with his first goal for eight months.The South Korean’s put Spurs 2-0 up inside 54 minutes with goals either side of half-time.10 Heung-min Son fires in his first goal of the season for Tottenham at West HamCredit: Jamie McPhilimey – The SunSub Perez gave the Hammers hope with a 71st minute but Fernando Llorente netted Spurs’ third four minutes later to seal their passage into the last eight.It fully justified Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to give star striker Harry Kane the night off.Son had struggled this season after starring for his country at the World Cup and Asian Games – where victory made his exempt from military service.But he looked back to his best last night as he grabbed his first goals of the campaign.Mind you, he was helped by the Hammers poor defending on a night when their misery was compounded by two ‘fans’ invading the pitch in separate incidents late in the game.10 The South Korean celebrates his first goal in 20 Spurs matches, alongside Fernando LlorenteCredit: Reuters10 Son rifles in with his left foot in the first half at the London StadiumCredit: Jamie McPhilimey – The SunIt was such a shame for the club as they paid tribute to the Leicester helicopter crash victims with such dignity before kick-off.Co-chairman David Gold, former Hammers and Leicester star Tony Cottee and Tottenham legend Ledley King laid wreaths on the pitch and fans observed a minute’s silence.The Irons, of course, were the visitors at the King Power on Saturday when the tragedy happened.They made five changes to their starting line-up, while Tottenham made TEN from the team that lost 1-0 to Manchester City at Wembley on Monday.Spurs would have been relieved to see the London Stadium pitch looking immaculate with not a gridiron marking or NFL logo in sight.West Ham had the first serious attack in the 15th minute when Grady Diangana broke down the right and crossed to the back post where Hernandez tried to cushion it into the path of Michail Antonio.Fans fight as Tottenham supporters are ejected from the West Ham end during Carabao Cup tieMOST READ IN FOOTBALLBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormRED LETTER DAYKeane and Neville urge Man Utd to invest big after securing Champions LeagueLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordBut Tottenham defender Juan Foyth was on hand to intercept before his central defensive partner Davinson Sanchez saw the ball out for a corner.Within moments the Hammers found themselves behind after their defender Angelo Ogbonna failed to clear his lines and Fernando Llorente played the ball into Dele Alli on the edge of the area with his back to goal.The England midfielder, making his first appearance since injuring his hamstring in Tottenham’s penalty shootout win over Watford at Milton Keynes in the previous round, cleverly flicked the ball on for Son to fire it first time into the roof of the net.Incredibly it was the South Korean’s first Spurs goal for 20 appearances since he netted in the North Londoners 4-1 win at Bournemouth way back on March 11.Tottenham soon nearly added a second soon as Christian Eriksen saw a shot blocked after another sweeping move from the visitors.But West Ham hit back strongly before break with Antonio twice going close. First his curling shot from the corner of the area was deflected over by Victor Wanyama’s challenge.10 Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino puts his arm around Son after the forward’s first goalCredit: Reuters10 Grady Diangana tussles with Dele Alli during a lively performance from the Hammers winger, 20Credit: AFPThen Antonio out-paced Kyle Walker-Peters to latch on to Arthur Masuaku brilliant pass down the left flank before cutting into the box and unleashing a shot that had the sting taken out of it by Foyth’s challenge allowing Gazzaniga to turn it away for a corner.Tottenham’s Argentinean reserve keeper also did well to claw away Hernandez’s shot from eight yards after Masuaku had pulled the ball back.West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini took off the ineffective Felipe Anderson at half-time, replacing him with Robert Snodgrass.And this certainly seemed to give the hosts extra energy at the start of the second half and they almost levelled as Antonio muscled Foyth off the ball before his shot was blocked by Gazzaniga.But the Hammers, just like with the first goal, shot themselves in the foot again as they conceded a second nine minutes into the second half.Dele’s attempted through ball to Son was poor, Masuaku’s attempt to control it was even worse, as it went through him, giving the Spurs man a clear run on goal.10 Son rounds Hammers keeper Adrian before slotting in his secondCredit: Getty Images10 Lucas Perez headed in for just his second goal for West HamCredit: Jamie McPhilimey – The SunSon, brimming again with confidence after his opener, made no mistake as he rounded Hammers keeper Adrian before slotting the ball into the net.This sparked some minor unrest among the home and away fans, but with most of it posturing and bravado it was soon brought under control by police and stewards who ejected a couple of yobs.Pellegrini reacted by sending on Marko Arnautovic and Perez for Pedro Obiang and Hernandez.And after an Arnautovic cross had been brilliantly cleared by Foyth from under his own bar, Perez pulled a goal back for the Hammers in the 71st minute with a header from Snodgrass’ corner.10 Ex-Arsenal forward Lucas celebrates scoring against Tottenham after his strike was checked by VARCredit: Reuters10 Fernando Llorente was allowed to volley in from a cornerCredit: ReutersSuddenly a repeat of West Ham’s comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Tottenham at the same stage of this competition looked on.But there was to be no groundhog day as Llorente side-footed in the visitors’ third from a corner four minutes later after a yob from the home stands had run onto the pitch.The idiot’s actions clearly distracted his team’s defence as the Spaniard netted his first goal of the season and his first since the 6-1 FA Cup win over Rochdale in March.We then had another fan from the home end run onto the pitch in the final minute.The moron in a Halloween mask was eventually stopped by Masuaku – in scenes that evoked memories of the pitch invasions at the Hammers’ 3-0 home defeat by Burnley in March.The Tottenham fans chanted “Is that Mark Noble?” before singing: “He’ll never play for England?”Goals of the Month – watch the best goals from the Premier League in October 10 Llorente could smile after finding the net on a rare start under for PochettinoCredit: ReutersDele Alli signs new deal with Tottenham to stay with the club until 2024last_img read more