CHARLESTON, S.C./RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) – Thousands of people in the Georgetown, South Carolina area were urged to leave as rivers inundated by Hurricane Florence rainwater threatened on Wednesday to submerge neighborhoods under 10 feet of water.
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeff Jones, the South Carolina National Guard Assistant Adjutant General for Army, assists soldiers as they transport community members into flooded areas to retrieve critical items from their homes as the water continues to rise as a result of Hurricane Florence in their neighborhoods, in the town of Bucksport, South Carolina, U.S. September 24, 2018. Staff Sgt. Jorge Intriago/U.S. Army National Guard/Handout via REUTERS
Georgetown, which sits at the confluence of the Waccamaw, Great Pee Dee and Sampit rivers, was largely spared the initial fury of Florence, which came ashore on Sept. 14 as a Category 1 hurricane and killed 46 people in three states.
But the port city of more than 9,000 people stands in the path of what the National Weather Service says could be significant flooding as water dumped by the storm system drains to the ocean.
Between 6,000 and 8,000 people have been exhorted to leave, but it was not clear how many had done so as of Tuesday evening, said Randy Akers, deputy public information officer for Georgetown County.
U.S. Army Pfc. Marlen Squire, of the South Carolina National Guard, assists in evacuating local residents from floodwaters as a result of Hurricane Florence in Dongola, South Carolina, U.S. September 24, 2018. Staff Sgt. Jorge Intriago/U.S. Army National Guard/Handout via REUTERS
Parts of Georgetown could be submerged in up to 10 feet (3 meters) of water in the coming days as the Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers overrun their banks, the National Weather Service said, adding that the deluge threatened to cut off highways and isolate communities.
“Be very vigilant,” Georgetown County Emergency Management Director Sam Hodge told residents on Facebook. “When you see the water start to rise, that is when it is time to take action.”
COAL ASH POND COULD FLOOD
In neighboring Conway County, the Waccamaw, which was already well above flood stage on Tuesday, could inundate a coal ash pond that holds more than 200,000 tons of toxic ash, according to Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility.
Santee Cooper said it has removed more than 1 million tons of coal ash, which can contaminate water and harm fish and wildlife, from the site in the past few years.
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The Waccamaw was forecast to crest on Thursday at 22 feet in Conway and at 21.2 feet in Georgetown, a representative with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division said.
The potential flood zone encompasses roughly 3,500 homes in Georgetown, 37 miles (60 km) south of Myrtle Beach, and the coastal resort community of Pawleys Island where as many as 8,000 people live, Georgetown County spokeswoman Jackie Broach-Akers said.
Authorities warned residents in harm’s way with recorded telephone messages and home visits. The county opened two emergency shelters on Monday, and hotels in nearby Myrtle Beach were offering discounts to evacuees. Public schools were closed until further notice.
Crews worked to erect temporary dams on either side of U.S. Highway 17, the main coastal route through the area, and National Guard engineers were installing a floating bridge at Georgetown in case the highway is washed out at the river.
Florence dumped 30 to 40 inches (75 to 100 cm) of rain on Wilmington, North Carolina, alone.
Insured losses from Hurricane Florence will range from $2.8 billion to $5 billion, according to RMS, a risk modeling and analytics firm.
Additional reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Bill Trott, Leslie Adler and Cynthia Osterman
The Apprentice is back for another series. And, fortunately, so are the ridiculous introductory statements from the candidates.
“I’m the Beyoncé of business,” claims one in the opening episode.
“Money doesn’t buy happiness,” says another, “but I’d rather cry in a sports car than an old banger”.
Such claims are likely to go down in the show’s history along with the likes of “everything I touch turns to sold”, and “I’m not a one trick pony – I’ve got a whole field of ponies.”
Now in its 14th year, the BBC One show never fails to deliver several contestants who are bigger on arrogance than they are on ability.
But, Lord Sugar says, he “takes exception” to the suggestion that candidates on the show are “stupid”.
“The programme itself is an entertainment programme as well as a business programme,” he tells journalists at the launch of this year’s series.
“Those stupid people you’re talking about run six very successful businesses, one of which has made a million pounds this year, and the others are close behind them.”
It’s true that six former winners of the show have gone on to successful business ventures since the 2010 rule change, which saw Lord Sugar invest in a business idea rather than hiring an apprentice for his own company.
Despite their somewhat over-confident claims, Lord Sugar says: “The whole point of the process is that you do find a winner in the end.
“The people try to fight for their position in the early stages, they say some things which sound a bit silly, but they’re not that daft really.”
“Can I also interject here,” picks up Claude Littner, “and just say, not one of them is actually stupid.”
It’s perhaps a surprising defence of the candidates from Lord Sugar’s sidekick, who doesn’t exactly go easy on candidates on the show.
“They’re all working very, very hard, and the tasks – you may be watching the TV thinking ‘I can do that’, I assure you, you can’t,” he says.
“It’s a lot more complex than you think. And they’re really trying hard, and it’s very, very difficult.
“You get a group, they don’t know each other, they’re fighting for a position – it’s much, much harder than it looks, believe me.”
The behaviour and claims of the candidates often bring them notoriety and a brief spell of social media fame.
But that is arguably a drawback – as it could mean the show is more likely to attract people who are fame-hungry rather than those who possess genuine business skill.
“That’s a very good point,” says Lord Sugar. “I do worry a lot. In the selection process, sometimes I worry that people are there for the wrong reasons.
“And if I do come across them, they don’t tend to last too long, let’s put it that way.
“Having said that, a lot of the contestants come with the intention of winning the prize and getting the job.
“And what happens is they get fired, and there’s that kind of withdrawal symptom after the show ends, where they’re not spotted in Tesco anymore.
“They then want to do something else, because they got a flavour of being on TV.
“And I have to say, with the exception of only one that I can recall, that they don’t get very far. They get used as dummies in quiz shows in things like that and get made fools of, and then fall away.”
The exception he’s referring to is probably Katie Hopkins – whose controversial opinions helped her maintain a high public profile after leaving the show via newspaper columns and radio shows.
Asked what advice he would give Hopkins now, Lord Sugar says: “She’s made her bed, she’s going to have to lay in it.
“It’s one of life’s lessons that she’s learnt. Maybe it might be a wake-up call for her. She’s got to solve this thing and move on. There’s no advice really that I can give her because she made her own problems. So I hope she’s learnt from it.”
Eagle-eyed Apprentice fans spotted a little error in the press shots which went out to journalists on Tuesday.
One of the new candidates, 26-year-old Kayode Damali, appeared to have sprouted an extra hand as he folded his arms.
The opening episode of the new series sees the candidates flown to Malta for the first task, in which they are given a list of items to track down and buy as cheaply as possible.
It’s a familiar challenge on the show, but the location is new, and the language barrier is just one of many factors which stop this year’s crop from covering themselves in glory.
Baroness Brady, Lord Sugar’s other sidekick on the show, says: “What’s incredible is that, literally, Alan says to them, ‘thanks very much for coming, here’s a map, here’s some euros, go find me nine items’, and off they go.
“And the problem is, they all think they’re brilliant, they think they are the perfect person who’s going to win and they’re full of enthusiasm and energy, but immediately they begin to realise it is, as Claude says, more difficult, everything takes a bit more time.
“They do work hard, they’re not all stupid, but they do say some stupid things.”
This is the first series of The Apprentice to air since Lord Sugar apologised for tweeting a photograph which compared the Senegal football team to beach sellers in Marbella.
He doesn’t address this directly at the launch, but acknowledges when asked by BBC News that the advice he gives apprentices about their online behaviour has changed.
“The thing is that when we started 14 years ago, there was no such thing as social media, so things change as we go through,” he says.
“The candidates of the programme are briefed at a very early stage that they have to be very careful what they do as far as social media is concerned.
“And social media can be their enemy really, because before we select some of the candidates, we use it ourselves to find out what they’ve been up to. So it’s an era we’re running through at the moment.”
Pressed on the backlash he experienced on social media in the last year, he says: “You just have to take the rough with the smooth really, it’s as simple as that.”
The new series of The Apprentice begins at 21:00 BST on Wednesday 3 October on BBC One.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s athletics federation said on Wednesday it had filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision by global athletics body IAAF to prolong its suspension.
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The federation was suspended in November 2015 following a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that found evidence of systematic, state-sponsored doping in the sport.
Federation spokeswoman Natalia Yukhareva told Reuters it had filed an appeal with CAS against the IAAF’s decision to extend the federation’s suspension at its last council meeting in July.
At the time the IAAF said that Russia had made “significant progress” in meeting criteria for reinstatement, but that its suspension would remain in place until the council convened again in December.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and CAS did not immediately return requests for comment.
The move comes days after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) conditionally reinstated Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA, angering sports bodies around the globe.
The IAAF said last week that RUSADA’s reinstatement fulfilled one of three pre-conditions for the reinstatement of Russia’s athletics federation.
For the federation to be reinstated, Russia must acknowledge that officials from the Sports Ministry were involved in doping cover-up schemes.
Russian authorities must also provide access to data from testing samples at the Moscow lab, which was also suspended in the wake of the 2015 scandal.
Despite the federation’s suspension, a string of Russian athletes, including 2015 world champion hurdler Sergey Shubenkov, have been cleared to compete internationally after demonstrating they are training in a doping-free environment.
Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, additional reporting by Mitch Phillips, Editing by
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump, fighting to shore up his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in a divided Senate, on Tuesday called sexual misconduct allegations against the judge “a con game being played by the Democrats.”
Trump’s escalation in his rhetoric defending Kavanaugh came as the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee announced the hiring of a woman lawyer who is “an expert sex crimes prosecutor” to question one of the nominee’s accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, at a high-stakes hearing scheduled on Thursday.
The committee also scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination for Friday at 9:30 a.m.. Senior Senate Republicans said a vote in the full Senate could happen as early as next Tuesday.
In a break from convention, the outside lawyer, whose name was not released, will question Ford and Kavanaugh on behalf of the committee’s Republican senators, 11 white men. Typically, senators do the questioning themselves.
Senate Republicans have chosen Rachel Mitchell, a sex crimes prosecutor in Maricopa County, Arizona, to conduct the questioning, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an unnamed Republican aide.
The move to bring in an outside attorney brought a rebuke from Senator Kamala Harris, a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee.
“By hiring a private attorney to cross-examine Dr. Blasey Ford, Republicans are trying to intimidate her and avoid being held accountable by voters,” Harris said in a Twitter posting.
Senate confirmation of Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge chosen by Trump for a lifetime post on the high court, has been imperiled by the decades-old allegations by Ford and another woman, Deborah Ramirez.
“We’re going to be moving forward,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters. “I’m confident we’re going to win, confident that he’ll be confirmed in the very near future.”
Ford, a university professor in California, has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland. Ramirez accused Kavanaugh in an article published on Sunday in the New Yorker magazine of exposing himself to her at a drunken dormitory party during the 1983-84 academic year at Yale University.
Kavanaugh has denied both allegations.
Trump said Ford’s allegation was 36 years old “and nobody ever heard about it.”
Of Ramirez’s allegation, Trump said: “And now a new charge comes up. And she says: ‘Well it might not be him.’ And there were gaps. And she said she was totally inebriated, and she was all messed up, and she doesn’t know it was him, but it might have been him.”
“Oh, gee, let’s not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that? This is a con game being played by the Democrats,” Trump added.
Asked whether Ramirez should also be allowed to testify, Trump said: “The second accuser has nothing.”
In response to Trump’s comments, Ramirez’s attorney John Clune told CNN that “politicians are going to say what they want to say but that doesn’t mean what Debbie disclosed is not true.”
The Kavanaugh confirmation fight comes just weeks before Nov. 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Trump’s fellow Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.
FILE PHOTO: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018. REUTERS/Alex Wroblewski/File Photo
Kavanaugh’s confirmation would firm up conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance Trump’s goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right.
Kavanaugh and his Republican allies have framed the allegations as part of a “smear campaign” by Democrats who have opposed his nomination from the beginning.
‘A DIFFERENT DECISION’
Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority, meaning Kavanaugh’s confirmation prospects may hinge on the votes of a handful of moderate Republican senators who have not yet announced their intentions, They include Senators Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and Jeff Flake.
Comments by Murkowski on Tuesday after she met with McConnell could be an ominous sign for Kavanaugh. Murkowski told reporters: “We have kind of moved beyond the qualifications of the nominee, and it has become more about whether or not women who have been subject to any form of assault, violence, intimidation are to (be) believed. That’s a different decision than ‘is Judge Kavanaugh qualified?’”
McConnell said the outside lawyer would question Ford “in a respectful and professional way.” The panel’s Democratic senators, four women and six men, were expected to question Ford and Kavanaugh but those details were still not final, Senator Dick Durbin said.
Ford’s legal team on Monday had objected to the possibility Republicans would use an outside lawyer to question her.
Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, said in an interview published in the Washington Post last week that Kavanaugh attacked her and tried to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party when he was 17 years old and she was 15.
In an interview with Fox News aired on Monday night, Kavanaugh said he “never sexually assaulted anyone,” had “always treated women with dignity and respect” and “did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter.” Regarding alcohol, he said he never drank so much that he could not remember what happened the night before.
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“I think all of us have probably done things we look back on in high school and regret or cringe a bit, but that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about an allegation of sexual assault. I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone,” Kavanaugh said in the interview, sitting alongside his wife.
“I’m a good person,” Kavanaugh added.
Reporting by Richard Cowan and Lawrence Hurley; Additional reporting by David Morgan, Amanda Becker, David Alexander, Jeff Mason and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Will Dunham and Peter Cooney
Conservationists are waiting to see if a “very lost” beluga whale in the River Thames has headed back out to sea.
It was first spotted by ecologist and ornithologist Dave Andrews on Tuesday, who said it had been feeding around barges near Gravesend in Kent.
Rescue teams are on standby in case the whale, which usually lives in the Arctic, gets into danger.
Ships in the river were being urged to keep clear and the public were asked not to take to the water to watch it.
Julia Cable, national co-ordinator for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, said: “It’s possible that it lost its way after a navigational error, that it has taken a wrong turn. We haven’t got an idea about the health of the animal.
“We are hoping that the twitchers will be out again this morning and will let us know when they spot it.
“We would have hoped that if it had become stranded, we would have heard about it,” she said.
“The fact that no-one has contacted us yet is perhaps a good sign.”
Lucy Babey, head of science at Orca, a marine conservation charity, said: “This is the most southerly recording of a beluga in the UK.
“These animals can navigate in shallow coastal water so hopefully it will swim away.”
She said any noise in the water could impair its sophisticated sonar navigation system.
Beluga whales can grow up to 20ft in length and are usually at home in the icy waters around Greenland, Svalbard or the Barents Sea.
Tanya Ferry, environment manager at the Port of London Authority which is monitoring the whale, said it was unclear what the whale could eat.
“We do have quite a lot of plastic bags, which could be quite an issue,” she said.
“We’re hoping if we give it enough space and keep an eye on it, it will find its own way out of the Thames to an environment that’s more appropriate for it.
“We certainly don’t want people trying to rescue it.”
Max Scherzer recorded his 300th strikeout of the season while earning his 18th win, and Anthony Rendon drove in four runs as the host Washington Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins 9-4 on Tuesday night.
Sep 25, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) waves to the crowd after recording his 300th strikeout of the season against the Miami Marlins in the seventh inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Bidding for his fourth Cy Young Award, Scherzer (18-7) allowed five hits, no walks and one run, striking out 10 in seven innings. He punched out rookie Austin Dean swinging in the seventh inning for No. 300. Only 16 other pitchers have accomplished the feat since 1900, and it was Scherzer’s final strikeout of the night.
Rendon went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer and an RBI double, improving his batting average to .312, extending his hit streak to 11 games and his on-base streak to 33 games. During his hitting streak, Rendon is batting .500 (21-for-42) with five homers and 20 RBIs.
Washington’s Bryce Harper went 1-for-1 with three walks, and he also scored his 100th and 101st runs of the season. He is the only NL player with at least 100 walks, 100 runs and 100 RBIs.
Rockies 10, Phillies 3
David Dahl homered for the second straight night, Carlos Gonzalez had a two-run, pinch-hit double, and Colorado cruised past Philadelphia at Denver.
DJ LeMahieu had three hits and two RBIs for the Rockies, who won their fifth consecutive game and jumped over St. Louis into the second National League wild-card spot by a half-game. Colorado also kept its hopes alive for winning the NL West; the Rockies are a half-game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Scott Kingery had two doubles and an RBI for the Phillies, who have lost six in a row. Philadelphia is 10-25 since Aug. 18.
Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 3
Eduardo Escobar hit a walk-off home run to lead off the last of the ninth inning as Arizona edged Los Angeles at Phoenix.
Escobar hit a 3-2 pitch from Kenta Maeda (8-10) deep into the right field seats as the Diamondbacks broke a four-game losing streak.
Cody Bellinger homered for the Dodgers, but they were only 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and fell into a tie with Colorado in the loss column.
Brewers 12, Cardinals 4
Christian Yelich homered and drove in a career-high six runs as Milwaukee moved closer to clinching a playoff spot with a rout at St. Louis.
Yelich laced a three-run triple in the fourth inning and slugged a three-run blast in the ninth. Ryan Braun hit two homers for his 31st career multi-homer game.
Milwaukee won for the fifth time in the past six games and moved within a half-game of the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central race. The Brewers hold possession of the NL’s first wild-card spot by 3 1/2 games over the Rockies.
Pirates 6, Cubs 0
Sep 25, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder David Dahl (26) RBI singles in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Archer struck out nine in six scoreless innings as visiting Pittsburgh blanked Chicago.
Pablo Reyes hit a three-run home run for the Pirates, and Archer (6-8) limited Chicago to four hits and two walks. Dovydas Neverauskas pitched two scoreless innings, and Steven Brault worked the ninth to preserve the five-hit shutout.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left after the fifth inning. He was hit in the left wrist by a pitch in the fourth.
Astros 4, Blue Jays 1
Alex Bregman hit a two-run home run, Josh James pitched an effective five innings, and visiting Houston clinched at least a tie for the American League West title by defeating Toronto.
Yuli Gurriel had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games for the Astros, who would seal the division crown if the Oakland A’s lose later to the Seattle Mariners.
Houston reached 100 wins for the third time in club history and for the second consecutive season. The Astros have won the first two games of the three-game series.
Yankees 9, Rays 2
Slumping Gary Sanchez capped a seven-run top of the third inning with a three-run homer as New York moved closer to securing home-field advantage in the American League wild-card game with a rout of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Sanchez, who tied a season high with four RBIs, gave the Yankees a 7-0 lead when he lifted a 3-1 fastball just above the knees from Jalen Beeks into the left-center-field seats.
Sanchez’s blast helped the Yankees lower their magic number to three to ensure they will face the A’s at Yankee Stadium in the wild-card game on Oct. 3. New York began the day with a 1 1/2-game lead over Oakland.
Braves 7, Mets 3
Ronald Acuna Jr. delivered a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning as visiting Atlanta stormed back to beat New York.
With their sixth straight win, the National League East champion Braves moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the NL West-leading Dodgers in the race for home-field advantage in the NL Division Series.
Atlanta is two games behind the NL Central-leading Cubs in the race for the top overall seed in the Senior Circuit.
White Sox 5, Indians 4
Daniel Palka delivered a game-ending, two-run single to cap a three-run ninth inning as host Chicago rallied to beat Cleveland.
Yolmer Sanchez also had an RBI single in the ninth inning as the White Sox finally got to Carlos Carrasco (16-10) after striking out eight times against the right-hander in the previous four innings.
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Trevor Bauer went four innings for the Indians in his second start since returning from a right fibula stress fracture. He threw 60 pitches and gave up two first-inning runs on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
Angels 4, Rangers 1
Los Angeles scored four runs in the sixth inning on its way to victory over Texas at Anaheim, Calif.
The Angels got three hits in the key inning, including a broken-bat RBI single by Shohei Ohtani that drove in the first run. Los Angeles also benefited from a throwing error by Rangers third baseman Jurickson Profar.
Joey Gallo went deep to become the fourth Rangers player to have consecutive 40-homer seasons, joining Alex Rodriguez (2001-03), Rafael Palmeiro (2001-02) and Juan Gonzalez (1992-93). Gallo also struck out in the fifth inning, No. 200 for the season, a Rangers record.
Tigers 4, Twins 2
James McCann’s two-run double capped a four-run, eighth-inning outburst, and Detroit held on for a win over Minnesota at Minneapolis.
Victor Alcantara (1-0) pitched an inning of scoreless relief to collect his first major league win. Shane Greene got the last three outs for his 32nd save.
Joe Mauer had two hits and scored twice for Minnesota. Jorge Polanco and Jake Cave each added two hits and an RBI.
Royals 4, Reds 3
Rookie Hunter Dozier hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning to lead Kansas City to victory at rainy Cincinnati.
Dozier hit the second pitch from Reds closer Raisel Iglesias (2-5) for his 11th homer of the season. It came after the Reds loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the eighth and failed to score.
Kevin McCarthy (5-4), the fifth Royals pitcher thanks in part to a 51-minute rain delay in the third inning, picked up the win after escaping the eighth-inning jam by getting two ground balls and a strikeout.
Giants 5, Padres 4 (12 innings)
Madison Bumgarner recorded the first walk-off hit of his career, singling home Gorkys Hernandez as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 12th inning for a San Francisco victory over visiting San Diego.
After the Padres tied the game with a run in the ninth, the Giants got a leadoff triple from Hernandez off the seventh Padres pitcher, Rowan Wick (0-1), in the 12th, setting the stage for Bumgarner.
Hunter Pence went 2-for-5 with a homer and three runs to lead the Giants’ offense. Mark Melancon (1-3) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Red Sox-Orioles, ppd.
The night game between host Boston and Baltimore was postponed because of sustained rain near Fenway Park. The contest will be made up Wednesday as part of a day-night doubleheader.
(Reuters) – The U.S. apartment vacancy rate inched up in the third quarter, real estate research firm Reis Inc said in a report on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO: A view of recently built apartment buildings at the south of Market district in San Francisco, California November 23, 2011. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
The national apartment vacancy rate rose to 4.8 percent in the third quarter from 4.7 percent in the second quarter and 4.4 percent a year earlier, with 45 of 79 metros reporting a rise in vacancy, Reis said.
“The passing of the Tax Reform and Jobs Act in December that doubled the standard deduction and cut the deductibility of state and local taxes reduced the incentive to buy a home. This has helped the apartment market, especially in high-taxed localities,” Reis said in a statement.
Occupancy is expected to remain positive, although vacancy rates are likely to increase, as new supply will outpace demand growth, according to the report.
Both the national average asking rent and average effective rent rose 1.2 percent, compared with the preceding quarter, the Reis report said.
Net absorption fell 24.4 percent to 35,683 units in the third quarter from a year earlier, while new construction dropped 23.9 percent to 50,475 units.
Reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel
The paper describes his main conference speech as a return to his core economic argument – with an attack on what he will call “greed-is-good, deregulated capitalism” and the promise of a “green jobs revolution”.
But allies of the Labour leader tell the Financial Times that he is not suggesting the former prime minister should have allowed banks to collapse, but rather arguing that the subsequent Treasury-backed stimulus benefited the rich.
The Daily Mirror’s headline is “We’ll put kids first” – focusing on the Labour leader’s plans to expand free childcare. The Mirror says Mr Corbyn’s speech is his chance to prove, not just to conference but to the country, that Labour has the answer to Britain’s problems.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Theresa May, in a speech to business leaders in New York, will promise to slash corporation tax to the lowest rate in the G20. The paper interprets this as both a signal to foreign investors and as an attempt to convince Tory critics that she can be trusted to maximise the benefits of Brexit.
The Telegraph’s editorial says Brexiteers’ hopes will be raised by the suggestion that the government is seeking to create a Singapore-style powerhouse on the EU’s doorstep.
The Washington Post believes President Trump suffered the fate he had always feared, when his claims about the scale of his administration’s achievements were greeted by laughter at the UN General Assembly.
The paper sees the chuckling as a pointed retort by the international community to a president who has delighted in poking his allies in the eye.
The Mail has obtained a letter, in which the industry group UK Finance tells regulators that banks should not be made responsible for compensating people who were tricked into transferring money out of their accounts.
The paper’s leader column takes issue with this claim – saying banks are to blame because they forced customers to “face the dangers of online banking” through widespread branch closures.
With the headline ‘Free Whaley’, the Sun says wildlife fans are praying the lost creature will find its way home.
Experts tell the Times that it’s possible that a man-made underwater noise could have disoriented the whale. The paper carries a plea from marine rescuers who are worried that onlookers in boats could – in the newspaper’s words – “beleaguer the beluga”, causing it distress.
Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani will undergo Tommy John surgery next week, the team announced Tuesday. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the operation in Los Angeles.
Sep 24, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) rounds the bases on his solo home run in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Ohtani has pitched just once since early June due to soreness in his right (pitching) elbow. He went on the disabled list June 8 because of an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) sprain, and he received stem-cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections in his elbow, treatments the team hoped would eliminate any need for surgery despite reports suggesting a procedure was likely.
He was activated July 3 and resumed duties as the Angels’ designated hitter. Ohtani returned to the mound for a Sept. 2 start at Houston, but he lasted just 2 1/3 innings in the Angels’ 4-2 loss to the Astros. In the first two innings, his fastball reached as high as 99 mph. By the third inning, it had fallen to between 89 and 92 mph.
He subsequently underwent an MRI exam that showed new damage to the UCL, prompting the recommendation that he have surgery.
—Bryce Harper will become a free agent when the season ends, but the Washington Nationals’ star outfielder doesn’t sound like his bags are packed.
In an interview with the Washington Post, he said he would “absolutely love to be” in Washington beyond this season.
“When I talk about D.C., I get giddy. I get happy. Because it’s me. It’s what I know,” said Harper, who turns 26 next month. “I don’t know anything else. I don’t know what it feels like to play for the Dodgers. I don’t know what it feels like to play for the Yankees. I don’t know what it feels like to play for anybody that you look at. I don’t know!”
Sep 23, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
—An assault charge against Houston Astros pitcher Roberto Osuna was withdrawn in a Canadian court.
Under conditions of the action, Osuna agreed to a one-year peace bond, which means he must agree to “keep the peace and be of good behavior,” according to Community Legal Education Ontario.
Osuna, then with the Toronto Blue Jays, was arrested May 7 and charged with assault in an alleged domestic incident. As a result, he was suspended without pay by Major League Baseball for 75 games, and the Blue Jays traded him to the Houston Astros during the suspension on July 30.
—The Cincinnati Reds have started interviewing managerial candidates for 2019, team president Dick Williams said Tuesday.
Williams said three internal candidates — bench coach Pat Kelly, first-base coach Freddie Benavides and third-base coach Billy Hatcher — have interviewed. Two others — interim manager Jim Riggleman, as well as former Red Sox and Blue Jays manager John Farrell, who works as a Cincinnati scout — also will talk to the team about the job, he said. Williams said former Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, who works in the front office, is not a candidate.
External candidates also are expected to be interviewed, as well.
—Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez and infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. are both done for the season, the team announced.
Sanchez underwent surgery on his right index finger, while Gurriel strained his left hamstring during Monday’s loss to the Houston Astros.
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Sanchez has experienced issues with the finger since injuring it on June 21 when it got caught in a falling suitcase just hours before he pitched against the Los Angeles Angels. He missed just over two months before returning.
—-David Wright is back on the New York Mets’ active roster in preparation for his farewell at Citi Field this weekend.
The seven-time All-Star is scheduled to start Saturday and play third base against Miami in what is expected to be his final game both with the Mets and in his career.
The Mets activated Wright from the 60-day disabled list. Wright, the Mets’ 35-year-old captain, has not played in a major league game since May 27, 2016. He has had multiple surgeries and suffers from spinal stenosis.
—-The Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins will be able to call it a season on Sunday, after all.
The makeup game the two teams were scheduled to play at PNC Park on Monday — the day after the regular season ends — has been canceled since both teams are out of postseason contention.
The game was to be played on Sept. 9 but was postponed because of rain and rescheduled for Monday.
(Reuters) – Delta Air Lines Inc said it has restored all its systems after a technology issue grounded some flights that had not yet taken off, briefly disrupting travel for its passengers across the country on Tuesday evening.
FILE PHOTO: A Delta Airlines aeroplane is seen inside of a hangar during a launch event of the new alliance between AeroMexico and Delta Airlines and their announcement as sponsors of the Mexican soccer team, in Mexico City, Mexico, May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
“All groundstops have been lifted,” Delta said in a statement.
There are currently no cancellations following an hour-long groundstop for U.S. mainline Delta flights, while additional flight delays and impact on Wednesday morning’s schedule are expected to be minimal, Delta said.
FILE PHOTO: A Delta Air Lines flight is pushed put of its gate at the airport in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., January 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
Earlier the company issued a groundstop as its IT teams worked to address a technology issue impacting some of its systems. The Atlanta-based airline said there had been no disruption or safety issue with any of its flights in the air.
Delta did not specify what caused the problem, but said the impact was limited to the United States.
It was not clear how long the stoppage had lasted, but passengers stuck on the ground had already taken to social media to express their frustration.
“If you want to know what hell is like, it’s sitting on a plane during a world-wide airline system crash,” one customer wrote on Twitter.
Delta said it was working to accommodate customers whose travel plans had been affected.
Reporting by Philip George in Bengaluru, additonal reporting by Bhargav Acharya; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Gopakumar Warrier
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