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Woman who urged boyfriend to kill himself in texts found guilty of

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first_img 32,934 Views http://jrnl.ie/3448649 No Comments Jun 16th 2017, 4:47 PM Short URL A WOMAN WHO sent her boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself when they were both teenagers has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter.Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz found that Michelle Carter caused the death of Conrad Roy III. Carter cried as the judge explained his reasoning but remained stoic when the verdict was read.Sobs broke out throughout the courtroom when the verdict was pronounced.The judge ruled that Carter, now 20, can remain free on bail but ordered her not to make any contact with Roy’s family and she can’t leave the state. She faces a sentence of probation to 20 years in prison.The sensational trial in Taunton offered a window into teen depression and suicide through text messages and Facebook communications.Carter was 17 when she sent Roy dozens of messages urging him to take his own life in July 2014. Roy, 18, was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his truck in a store parking lot in Fairhaven. In one message Carter wrote:I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it!Prosecutors said that in addition to bombarding Roy with text messages, Carter also gave Roy advice when he got out of the truck as he was inhaling the gas and told her he was scared. “Get back in,” she told him, according to a friend who testified Carter described the conversation in a text message to her about a month after Roy died.Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued Roy had a history of depression and suicide attempts and was determined to end his own life. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan.‘You just have to do it’An involuntary manslaughter charge can be brought in Massachusetts when someone causes the death of another person when engaging in reckless or wanton conduct that creates a high degree of likelihood of substantial harm.Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist testifying for the defense, said Carter was a “very troubled youngster” who suffered from depression. At the time of Roy’s death, Carter was taking Celexa, an antidepressant Breggin said targets the brain’s frontal lobe, which controls empathy and decision-making. Source: Pat Greenhouse/Globe StaffBreggin said Carter was in the grips of a “grandiose” delusion that she alone could help Roy find his way to heaven and she would care for his family.Prosecutors focused on a series of text messages Carter sent Roy in the days before he killed himself.  On the day of his suicide, Carter wrote to Roy:You can’t think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don’t get why you aren’t.Prosecutors have argued the text messages support their claim that Carter caused Roy’s death by recklessly helping him poison himself.Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while visiting relatives. Their relationship largely consisted of text messages and emails.Read: Woman accused of urging boyfriend to kill himself via texts goes on trial> By Associated Press Image: Faith Ninivaggi Woman who urged boyfriend to kill himself in texts found guilty of manslaughter Michelle Carter faces a sentence of probation to 20 years in prison. Image: Faith Ninivaggi Friday 16 Jun 2017, 4:47 PM Share19 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Tragedy strikes as Greek murdered on dancefloor

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An 18-year-old man has been remanded in custody over the fatal stabbing of 20-year-old Phillip Halipilias at Brisbane nightclub, Alexandra Hills Hotel. Callam Keys, 18, was charged on Thursday with the murder of Mr Halipilias and will reappear in court on July 21. According to Detective Superintendent Tony Cross who is investigating the case, Mr Halipilias died following an argument last Saturday between two small groups of men. Police alleged that he was stabbed in the upper body and although  paramedics were called to the scene, they were unable to revive him. Mr Halipilias and his parents, Sophie and Steve, and brother Spiro, only moved from Melbourne 18 months ago. His family described him as cheeky, honest and fun-loving, and someone who loved music and dancing. Spiro Halipilias said of his younger brother that “there’s always been scuffles and fist-fights but I never felt in danger when I was with my brother.Unfortunately, I couldn’t be there for him this time.”Halipilias’ father called for the introduction of metal detectors, not just at the Alexandra Hills Hotel, but all venues which were known for unruly patrons. “I honestly believe there should be something done about it,” he said. “Why can you bring weapons into a place you go to?  Who would want to have what happened to Phil to happen to someone else?” Alexandra Hills Hotel owner Tom McGuire said that if metal detectors were deemed necessary, he would introduce them.last_img read more

NGolo Kante To win the World Cup was beyond my dreams

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first_imgChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has revealed that winning the World Cup with France this summer was something way beyond his dreamsThe 27-year-old started in all seven of France’s World Cup games this summer at Russia to help the national side lift the famous trophy for the first time in 20 years after defeating Croatia 4-2 in last month’s final.While Kante now has his eyes firmly set on a third Premier League crown in four years, he will never take his day job for granted.“We are lucky to be playing football for a living. For me, this is what I have always wanted to do. To get to this level is all down to Allah’s blessing,” he told the Daily Mirror.“There are millions of ­people out there, who every day want to get the opportunity to do the work we are doing and it’s a short career.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“That is why I give it my all at every given opportunity. I am lucky to get the ­opportunity to play for France and that alone is a huge motivation for me, whenever I go on the pitch. To represent one’s own country is one of the biggest achievements a ­footballer can get.“To play for your nation on the world stage is worth more than money can ever buy, and I get to do that, so I am very ­fortunate. To win the World Cup in our colours was beyond my dreams and something I will never, ever forget.“To be able to be part of that group will stay with us until the end of our lives ­because we know what ­winning the World Cup means to us.”Kante scored a rare goal for Chelsea in their 3-0 win at Huddersfield on Saturday.last_img read more

Penton Shutters Two Print Titles

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first_imgPublished continuously since 1877, the print edition of American Machinist carried a monthly frequency while Welding Design & Fabrication published six times annually. The American Machinist Web site averages 90,000 monthly pageviews and 46,000 unique visitors, the company said. Welding Design & Fabrication’s site gets 1.04 million page views and 87,000 unique visitors per month.Penton’s manufacturing and supply chain group also publishes several other brands including IndustryWeek, Logistics Today, Forging and Foundry Management & Technology. Trade publisher Penton Media has folded the print editions of American Machinist and Welding Design & Fabrication. The titles were published under Penton’s manufacturing and supply chain group.Each title will continue to produce their respective Web sites, Penton said. According to group president John DiPaola, the “transition to online information delivery for these two brands is a necessary change to best meet the needs of the industry.”It wasn’t clear how many layoffs were associated with the closings as a company spokesperson declined to comment on “headcount.” last_img read more

Little Big Town React To Music City Walk Of Fame Honor

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first_img Email Little Big Town To Receive Big Nashville Honor little-big-town-react-music-city-walk-fame-honor Twitter Little Big Town React To Music City Walk Of Fame Honor NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 17, 2016 – 1:36 pm Little Big Town Win Best Country Duo/Group Performance News GRAMMY-winning quartet set to be enshrined into Nashville’s famed Music City Walk of FameTim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2017 – 9:15 am Whether its upbeat banjo-based barnburners or vulnerable ballads, Little Big Town have provided their fans with an unforgettable soundtrack through their two-decade career in country music. Now, the two-time GRAMMY winners’ star will rise even higher with induction into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville. Facebook The quartet — Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet — will receive a star on the walk of fame on Sept. 14, which is part of a tribute to the Ryman Auditorium, the venerable Music City venue that is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2017. The event is free and open to the public.Located along Nashville’s Music Mile, the Music City Walk of Fame serves as a tribute to those “who have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration and made a significant contribution to the music industry with connection to Music City.”Little Big Town, who will have performed 10 sold-out concerts at the Ryman by the end of 2017, were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2014. The group won their most recent GRAMMY for “Girl Crush” at the 58th GRAMMY Awards.”GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” Set To Air Oct. 13 on PBSlast_img read more

Bangladeshi women in Italy fight for gender rights

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first_imgSecond-generation Bangladeshi women are finding it easier to shake off traditional stereotypes. Photo: DWThe Bangladeshi community in Italy is the second largest in Europe. However, many women are still struggling to adapt, not least because of their husbands, reports Deutsche Welle.As soon as the sun fades behind the concrete blocks surrounding Malatesta Square, groups of women dressed in colourful shalwar trousers emerge, seeking some relief from the warm Italian summer.”Two days after I arrived here from Bangladesh, I started crying,” says Sumi, 25, scratching her hijab. She just got married to her cousin, who works as a baker in Italy.When he proposed marriage, Sumi was initially happy to relocate to a foreign country. “I thought we would visit Pompei,” she says.For now, they have no opportunity to travel. Her husband works at night, so life has become quite tedious: she sleeps in the morning, cooks for him in the afternoon and occasionally manages to meet her aunts.Sumi earned a law degree in Bangladesh and is keen to find a job — against her husband’s wishes: “He said ‘No, you are a housewife.'””The majority of Bangladeshi men want to coop up women,” says Salma Akhter Zaman, “otherwise they would open their eyes and realise they have rights.”Zaman also comes from Bangladesh and has worked as a cultural mediator in hospitals, schools and public offices. She says attending language classes is the best way for the newcomers to dive into Italian society. “But some husbands even refuse those. They fear that their wives might become more independent.”A minority within a minorityAccording to the interior ministry, almost 140,000 Bangladeshis live in Italy with a permit, the second-largest community in Europe after Britain.Francesco Pompeo, an anthropologist who studies their lives in Rome, estimates that the real number is higher: “A third of them has no regular residency permit,” he says. There are currently just over 38,000 women, accounting for less than a third of the community.”They are generally young wives who came here to reunite with their husbands,” say researchers Katiuscia Carna and Sara Rossetti, authors of the book Kotha — Bangladeshi women in the changing city of Rome.Migrant men reaching Europe in search of profitable employment are called ‘Probashi’ — essentially expats. After a few years abroad, their families find them a wife and arrange a marriage in Bangladesh.When they come home and meet their future brides, their tales get embellished, so that the pride of their communities remains intact. “Migration is a family project, and those who travel usually represent their gems,” says Rosetti.A harsher reality often awaits in Italy. Many leave large, cohesive families behind and end up sharing small houses with other couples or single men.Since their husbands work hard and come home only to eat and sleep, the world of these women shrinks to the size of their tiny bedrooms.’My job gave me a boost’Sultana opened the first traditional fashion shop as a way to assert herself. Photo: DW”I was dead inside. Italians had their friends and families. I had nobody,” says Sultana, 46, behind a counter covered with neatly folded saris and full ankle-length skirts known as lehengas.Loneliness prompted Sultana to open the first traditional fashion shop in the neighbourhood of Tor Pignattara 18 years ago. “The shop gave me a boost,” she says. “Many women now pass by. It’s like having an extended family.”She readily recognises that the support of her husband Nurum was pivotal. “I was freer than the others also because he has always believed in me.”In the same neighbourhood, self-support organisations are being created to help fellow Bangladeshi women. On a Thursday night, the charity Mahila Samaj Kalyan Samity meets at Laila fashion, another traditional clothes shop near Sultana’s.In four days time, the association will hold a community picnic under the Marmore waterfall. The shop’s staff have already booked two buses.”We simply try to help our fellow women,” says Laila Shah, 46, who chairs the association. She believes that men still exert too much control over their wives. “Language and a lack of jobs: these are the issues the women face in this community.” According to the interior ministry just over 10 per cent of the 38,000 women work regularly.The next generation”I would love to see Bangladeshi women smoking and hanging out at night because that would tear stereotypes apart,” says Sahila Mahiuddin, 28. When Sahila speaks passionately, she waves her arms around in the most typical Italian way.Her family raised her as an open-minded woman. When her mother granted her permission to stay out at night, she gave her a simple piece of advice: “Hide from other community members.””Bangladeshis are obsessed with ‘Manush ki bolbe,’ which means ‘What will people say,'” Sahila says. She’s worked as a cultural mediator and insists that this attitude leads to harassment and violence among some couples that is usually covered up.Like many of her fellow second-generation Bangladeshi-Italians, Sahila loves the culture of her family, but cannot stand prejudices and stereotypes. “[The Prophet] Muhammad’s first wife was a skilled merchant, so those men who use religion to justify their sexism are mere opportunists.”She says that things are slowly changing, with Bangladeshi women working as caregivers, cultural mediators, waitresses and even as hairdressers.Today, the rebellious years of fighting her mother are behind her. She graduated from La Sapienza University, got married to a Bangladeshi man and now works in a fiscal advisory service.But her feelings haven’t changed: “When I think about my future as a mother, I just want my children to be as free as they can.”last_img read more

La Porte ISD Student Charged after Allegedly Displaying Gun in Parking Lot

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first_imgLa Porte ISD said several students informed administrators of the handgun, who then activated the school’s resource officer. Scott re-enrolled in the district on that same day, according to the district.“Once again, we applaud the actions of the students who ‘said something,’” said a statement La Porte ISD posted on its website. “Please take this as an opportunity to remind your child that safety and security is everyone’s responsibility, and if they see or hear something that concerns them, they should always say something.”Daunte is facing a charge of Exhibition of a Firearm, which is a third-degree felony. He was transported to Harris County Jail Tuesday evening. A La Porte ISD student is facing charges, after allegedly displaying a handgun in the La Porte High School parking lot on Tuesday afternoon.Daunte Scott, 17, was taken into custody after a school resource officer was notified and immediately conducted an investigation of the incident, according to the La Porte Police Department.  Sharelast_img read more

University Plagued By Racial Issues to Host Event at Black Museum

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first_imgWhen American University (AU) revealed the venue for its Annual Founder’s Day Ball, students at the predominately White institution in Washington, D.C., had mixed reactions. The dance party is scheduled at the National Museum of African American History & Culture on the evening of Mar. 3.Founder’s Day Ball is an annual party that celebrates the founding of AU. The Student Government takes the lead on hosting the dance party every year. Both the president and vice president of Student Government for this year are African Americans.The National Museum of African American History & Culture, which was recently featured on a stamp, will host an American University party. The school has had a number of troubling racial incidents. (Courtesy photo)In recent years, the event has been held at museums such as the Newseum, the National Portrait Gallery and National Air and Space Museum. But this year’s venue has faced some criticism from both faculty and students alike.Merdie Nzanga, a former African American AU student who now attends Howard University, told the AFRO she had “mixed feelings.”“I think it could be an opportunity for the African American community to really educate people,” Nzanga said, “while at the same time I see a bunch of spoiled, rich racist White liberal AU kids not really understanding the meaning of Emmett Till’s casket.”Nzanga acknowledges the different sides of the situation.“On one side, I think it’s bad because … I don’t really think people understand or take African American history and culture seriously at AU due to the racial tension, and the other part of me … I genuinely think it could be an opportunity for people to learn from their ignorance,” Nzanga told the AFRO.AU has had a number of racial-bias incidents on its campus. In May 2017, multiple bananas were hung from nooses on the first day the first African American woman took office as Student Government President. In September 2017, 10 Confederate flag fliers were found across AU with cotton stuck to them.For these reasons, Nzanga said having “closeted racists” at the museum is not appropriate. “I don’t appreciate people using [the museum] solely for entertainment… having these kids there is really not appropriate.”Nzanga added it would be a different scenario if an HBCU had its parties at the museums. “Because … African Americans at HBUC’s understand the history of our culture.”But Tamara Young, an African American student at AU, didn’t expect the negative reaction from people when the venue was announced.“I love the location…It’s a really hard museum to get into, and so it’s the opportunity for people who haven’t been to the museum to visit,” Young told the AFRO.  “The museum has events all the time so I didn’t really see an issue about the location.”Young added that even if some students at AU don’t respect the culture, their attendance to the dance couldn’t be regulated. “It’s a slippery slope, and it’s [kind of] hard to navigate that,” Young said.Like Nzanga, Young said she hopes it’ll be an educational experience for some people who are not aware about Black culture.Thery Sanon, an African American student at AU, shares Young’s sentiments on the location for the dance.“I feel like we’re spending too much time worrying about our white peers being problematic and forgetting the fact that we are still going to have fun,” Sanon told the {AFRO} in a statement.Sanon added that he knows students from all races who don’t feel comfortable going to the dance because of the venue, fearing something will go wrong. “Everyone [who’s] going knows that this is a possibility, but this should not detract from how lit this year’s Founders is going to be,” Sanon said.last_img read more

PS4 now playable at kiosks across the US find one near you

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first_imgThe PlayStation 4 launches in less than a month, so as you’d expect Sony is ramping up its promotional efforts. This week, PS4 kiosks have started popping up in Sony Stores across the US, and Sony is eager to help you find one near to you.With that in mind a new web page has gone live that allows you to find your nearest PS4 kiosk using a ZIP code. The search allows you to specify locations as close as 5 miles and as far as 100 miles from where you live, although I doubt anyone will be willing to travel 100 miles to try out a PS4.If you don’t live anywhere near a Sony Store, don’t worry. Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart will also be getting them over the coming weeks, so if you live near a busy outlet from that line up there’s a good chance they’ll have a PS4 soon. The search for your nearest PS4 page will also be updated with these new locations on a regular basis.As for what you can play on the kiosks, Sony has installed 6 games for now, they include demos of the following:ContrastFIFA 14KnackOctodad: Dadliest CatchPinball ArcadeSuper MotherloadI would have liked to see Killzone: Shadow Fall included in the line up, but I guess Sony has to be careful which games they use based on ratings. There’s going to be a lot of kids walking past these kiosks that are too young to play Killzone.last_img read more

Martin Estrada resigns as Director of Public Safety

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first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — The general director of the Municipal Public Security of Solidaridad, Martín Estrada Sánchez, has resigned and in his place is Lieutenant Jorge Robles Aguilar. The resignation comes one day after the visit of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and within the framework of the consolidation of the single command decreed by the governor of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquín González.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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The resignation of Martín Estrada Sánchez comes one day after the presidential visit to the city. In his public announcement, Estrada Sánchez said his resignation was voluntary. Without specifying the reason for his resignation, Martín Estrada took to social networks to say “Today, I present my voluntary waiver to the position of General Director of Security Public and Transit. I greatly appreciate your support at the time.”center_img The mayor of Playa del Carmen, Laura Beristain Navarrete, accepted the voluntary resignation of Estrada Sánchez from the position of General de Seguridad Pública y Tránsito Municipal de Solidaridad.last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | April 20, 2015 | Dave Fornell Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging New technologies and stress-only imaging can help cut nuclear imaging dose rates below 10 mSv UltraSPECT’s image reconstruction software can be used on older SPECT systems to allow lower-dose imaging. This is an example of the software’s imaging capability using between 30-50 percent less dose. The GE Discovery NM 570C uses newer CZT cameras, which directly transfer photon detections into digital signals, rather than using traditional photomultiplier tubes. The more efficient transfer of image data allows lower tracer doses to be used. read more

NKorea defectors grilled over alleged fraud

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first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Seoul says more than 23,000 North Koreans have come to South Korea since the 1950-1953 Korean War. Many struggle to adapt to life in the South.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories center_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korean police say they have uncovered an insurance fraud scheme involving more than two dozen North Korean defectors.The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said Tuesday that 27 defectors are suspected of faking illnesses to bilk insurance companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.Police say in a statement that some of the money has been sent to family members in North Korea. Police are also investigating two brokers who were allegedly involved. Police say six hospital officials are also suspected of helping the defectors fake illnesses. Comments   Share   last_img read more

NSW celebrated in Russell Crowes latest music video

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first_imgNSW celebrated in Russell Crowe’s latest music videoDestination NSW has partnered with Russell Crowe’s musical project The Indoor Garden Party for the band’s new music video for the single Out of Range, which features an array of spectacular New South Wales vision.Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said the music video was a celebration of the beauty and unique landscape of the State.“The Out of Range music video showcases more than 15 different spectacular locations throughout NSW, highlighting the depth and breadth of our exceptional State,” Ms Chipchase said.“This music video not only celebrates the beauty of NSW, but highlights the vast range of landscapes, attractions and experiences on offer to visitors travelling to every corner of the State.“From the stunning coastal shots stretching from Bondi Beach to Newcastle, the hinterland and ranges of the Blue Mountains and Snowy Mountains, to the red dirt of Broken Hill and lush farmland of Russell Crowe’s own Nana Glen property, the video reinforces that there is nowhere quite like NSW,” she said.The decision to showcase NSW in his music video comes as no surprise from Crowe, who is passionate about his home state. Having grown up in Sydney, the Oscar-winning actor and musician is also part owner of South Sydney rugby league side the Rabbitohs.Out of Range is the latest single from album The Musical which was released on June 16, 2017. The album was curated by principal songwriter Crowe and features Canadian folk rock icon Alan Doyle and producer Carl Falk, as well as vocalists Scott Grimes and Samantha Barks. The album is available on all major outlets.00:0000:00Source = Destination NSWlast_img read more

Millennials Finding it Hard to Leave Home

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first_imgMillennials Finding it Hard to Leave Home Just in time for Mother’ Day, a new study by Zillow found that the amount of millennials—those between the ages of 23-37—still living with their mother has reached its highest level this century.The reported figure of 21.9% is nine points higher than those of the same age in 2005, and more than doubling the 11.7% rate back in 2001.While the amount of millennials living at homes continue to rise, the unemployment rate for those living at home has fallen to 10.3% from 19.5% in 2010.“While it might be tempting to stereotype these young adults as lazy millennials bumming off of mom, the data paints a different picture,” said Sarah Mikhitarian, Zillow Senior Economist. “When the housing market went bust and the economy unraveled into a recession, young adults increasingly returned to their childhood home. And, despite a strong labor market and fairly robust economic recovery, this trend has continued in the face of rising housing costs and deteriorating affordability. Living with mom as an adult can certainly bring its share of headaches, but the benefits go beyond the occasional home-cooked meal – living under mom’s roof can allow young adults to save enough money for a down payment, security deposit or some other big expense.Also, as rent rates rise, affordability challenges in the short term and long term are impacted. Zillow states renters in today’s market need an extra year and a half to save for a down payment than their parents’ generation 30 years earlier.Zillow states that rent has increased 2.4% year-over-year to $1,472 in February, and forecasts an additional 1.8% increase in the coming year.The markets with the most millenials living at home are Riverside, California, Los Angeles, California, and New York, New York—at least 31%. These markets are also among the least affordable rental markets in the nation.Just 13.7% of millennials still live at home in Seattle, Washington, which is the lowest in the nation. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News May 8, 2019 1,267 Views center_img 2019 Housing Market Affordability Millenials 2019-05-08 Mike Albanese Sharelast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Against Chicago, the lines struggled quite frankly. What did you see from both lines in this game?Offensively, I thought we did a good job of protecting other than one or two times there was some leakage. But I thought we gave Carson and Drew, for the most part, very good pass protection and those guys, I thought, were in rhythm and on point. Defensively, with Robert (Nkemdiche) down and Olsen Pierre going out early, I had a little bit of concern in the run game early on where we got creased, and whether it was a guy just didn’t have gap control or a linebacker who didn’t come over the top and fill — those are things we need to continue to clean up. But those were my only concerns on defense because I thought we set the edge much better this week with Chandler (Jones) and Markus Golden. And I thought our secondary played exceptional.What is your plan for roster cutdown with about 1,200 players about to hit the street this coming weekend? Is it any different than any other last Thursday of the preseason?Yeah, it’s significantly different. When you think about the fact that there’s 1,184 players who aren’t going to be on NFL teams over a two or three-day period, it puts a lot of strain and pressure on your personnel department. Fortunately, Michael Bidwill has given me the resources to build, in my opinion, one of the best personnel departments in the National Football League and when you have guys like Mike Disner and Terry McDonough and Quentin Harris and Adrian Wilson — you know, to me, the best of the best which certainly make me look good. We’ll put a plan in place and the good news is Coach (Arians) and I spent a lot of time talking about our roster (Sunday) and to feel like you’ve got a core group of talent, whether there’s 51 or 48 really good players that you can count on, it does take a little bit of stress off you from the standpoint you don’t have to search the wire to build a team. You’re really just looking for one or two positions, potentially. The bottom line is those players that are free have to significantly upgrade your roster or you don’t want to make a change because if a guy isn’t good enough, you have to get him up-to-date on the schematics and playbook, so there are so many things that go into it. You have to be convinced that, from a talent standpoint, this player is a significant upgrade. 0 Comments   Share   LISTEN: Steve Keim, AZ Cardinals GM Top Stories The fact that the fullback is making a bit of a return to the NFL in 2017, that could be important for Elijhaa Penny’s chances, couldn’t it?I think, in any business, it’s ‘the more you can do,’ right? He’s a big man, he’s got nifty feet, he does some good things in terms of run skills. He does have the ability to have positional flexibility and then, more than anything, there’s no doubt that we’ve looked to improve our core special teams and he’s a guy that Amos (Jones) and some of our coaches really like running down and covering kicks and those sort of things. Elijhaa’s certainly got a chance. He was on our practice squad last year and is another guy who has improved over time. – / 24 Arizona Cardinals general manager joins Doug and Wolf every Monday morning following a game on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station.This week, Keim discussed the team’s 24-14 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The win evened the Cardinals’ preseason record to 2-2 heading into the final tuneup tilt of the year, Thursday night in Denver against the Broncos.After you watched the tape of the Atlanta game, what made you smile? I think the wide receivers have responded pretty well since Bruce Arians put them on notice. Are you seeing the same thing?There’s no doubt that a good butt-chewing is good for all of us. Bruce let them have it and I think they’ve all responded. Not only have they responded on the field, but they’ve gotten out of the training room, which was something that needed to improve. A lot of those soft-tissue issues cleaned up real quick.On defense, last week the talk was all about Josh Bynes. This week, there’s a lot of talk about Cap Capi. Where is the biggest competition going on in terms of making the 53-man roster?I think punter is one of them. I think the fourth outside linebacker is certainly an area that we’re going to look at. Inside linebacker is another position that you want to continue to look at. Offensive line depth is an area, as well. Cap had a nice night, gave tremendous effort and was certainly disruptive. I won’t say he’s the biggest surprise, but there’s no player on our team that has worked harder this offseason than Kareem (Martin). Kareem Martin, in my opinion, is the most improved football player on our entire team, when you look at his body of work, how far he’s come. When we drafted him, he was a long, lanky athlete who had some speed and straight-line ability. But he has grown into his body, he’s spent tons of time in our weight room and when you do that, you become more confident as a player from a physicality standpoint. Kareem, I’m truly proud about the way that he’s worked because it shows the rest of the team that if you put in the time and the effort, you can get better.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Going into Thursday night, how many jobs would you say are up for grabs?I would say probably four or five, you know, where you could probably say there is a battle or where guys could emerge. A lot of that is on special teams and their ability to cover kicks and punts and those sorts of things. That’s what preseason is about. A lot of these young guys are continuing to grow and get better. Earlier on in training camp, I was a little down on Brandon Williams, and he has certainly rebounded. Going from the first week of camp, where I had some concerns and some doubts about the corner position opposite of Patrick Peterson, now all of a sudden, I feel like we have four solid corners, which is sigh of relief.What do you need to see from Chris Johnson Thursday in order for him to make the team? How badly did he hurt himself with his performance in Atlanta?I’m not going to critique Chris on the radio. The one thing I’ll say is he’s a pro’s pro. He gets it. And it’s not just his performance in one preseason game that’s going to make a difference. It’s a body of work that Coach and I will look at. We’ll determine the best 53, and more importantly, who’s going to be active on game day. That’s the toughest thing. When you have a better roster — Coach and I were looking (Sunday) at who’s going to be active on game day, and it was a lot tougher than we anticipated when looking at which guys are going to be down. You’d like to have them all available on Sunday. For the most part, I was really pleased with the overall performance. Especially, as we’ve talked about, when you put a lot of emphasis on the third, or in this case, the fourth preseason game. And to do it in what you’d think is a pretty hostile environment where a brand new stadium is built with a team coming off an NFC Championship — knowing the type of players that they have from a talent standpoint, and the way we played and executed, I was really pleased.What did you see from John Brown?Well, it’s pretty simple — the play-making ability. We all know what kind of player John Brown can be and the injuries have been an issue. But when John Brown is healthy, there’s no doubt that he’s a dynamic player who can create mismatches, especially in the vertical game, which is something we desperately need from him. Not only does John Brown’s big play ability help us just in terms of putting points on the board, but it opens other things up, whether it’s Larry underneath, whether it’s tight ends, it’s David in the run game or David’s ability to motion in the slot and create mismatches with linebackers and safeties. It does so many different things for you that defenses have to prepare for. John Brown is a very important part of this puzzle, so having John healthy and guys like Tyrann Mathieu — the biggest keys to those two players is they change field position. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more