Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Recovery Expected to Enter ‘Middle Innings’ in 2014 Next: New CFPB Rules Create Stifling Credit Conditions The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Decline in Foreclosures Outpaces Decline in Loan Modifications Foreclosure HAMP HOPE NOW Alliance Loan Modification Short Sale 2014-01-24 Carrie Bay Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, Loss Mitigation, Market Studies, News Print This Post About Author: Carrie Bay Subscribe January 24, 2014 1,323 Views Decline in Foreclosures Outpaces Decline in Loan Modifications Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Foreclosure HAMP HOPE NOW Alliance Loan Modification Short Sale Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Carrie Bay is a freelance writer for DS News and its sister publication MReport. She served as online editor for DSNews.com from 2008 through 2011. Prior to joining DS News and the Five Star organization, she managed public relations, marketing, and media relations initiatives for several B2B companies in the financial services, technology, and telecommunications industries. She also wrote for retail and nonprofit organizations upon graduating from Texas A&M University with degrees in journalism and English. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago An estimated 44,000 homeowners received permanent loan modifications from mortgage servicers during the month of November under both proprietary servicer programs and the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), HOPE NOW reports. While that total represents a 12 percent decrease from the 50,000 loan mods completed in October, the most recent data show a steeper 20 percent decline in foreclosure sales and a 17 percent decline in foreclosure starts between October and November.The 44,000 loan mods granted in November brings the total number to approximately 6.8 million since HOPE NOW began tracking the data in 2007. Some 5.5 million homeowners have received proprietary loan modifications since 2007, and another 1,297,954 have received HAMP modifications.“As we approach the seven million mark for completed loan modifications, we remain convinced that the collaborative efforts of the industry, non-profits, government agencies and local community groups continues to make a positive impact on the nation’s housing market,” commented Eric Selk, executive director of the private-sector alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, mortgage insurers, and nonprofit counselors. Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles
“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.It’s common knowledge among Cheat Fest attendees, that no matter what, at some point, it’s going to rain. This year was more of the same, but to talk about it would be beating a dead horse. We’ll just leave last year’s recap here, in case you want a more in-depth look: “Cheat Fest: A Party in the Mud”.For 24 years, Friends of Cheat has hosted the Cheat River Festival in Albright, West Virginia. The annual fundraising event goes down on the banks of the Cheat River and attracts boaters from far and wide. The story of the Cheat River is a story of recovery. Thanks to the Friends Of Cheat, a once overly polluted river is able to flourish. The festival raises awareness and funds that allow the restoration project to continue.Cheat Fest feels more like a large family reunion than a festival. Everyone seems to know everyone. This is only our second year and we were surprised how many familiar faces and old friends we ran in to.One of the coolest things about this festival is how kid-friendly it is. The little-ones could paint a life-sized boat, tye-dye their own shirts, and participate in a number of different workshops including Timber Rattlesnakes, Backpacking 101, and more. There is plenty for adults as well! In addition to paddling, attendees can enjoy an excellent music lineup, top-notch vendors, yoga, food, art, and plenty of drinks.Speaking of backpacking 101 that was us! That’s right, we spent an hour under the Education Eddy tent handing out backpacking tip and tricks on Friday Evening. We shared stories and mishaps with beginner and expert backpackers alike.Up next we’re wrapping up our spring portion of the tour at Appalachian Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia. Come share the love of the white blaze and say hello before we shove off to Colorado!There is one way for this tour to be a reality, our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to our title sponsor Nite Ize, and all of our other awesome sponsors like Crazy Creek, National Geographic, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Old Town, Leki, HydraPak, UCO Gear and Wenzel. If you like the gear that keeps us groovin’ click here to enter for a chance to win our Grand Gear Giveaway!
– Over 70 golfers confirmed for the two-day tournamentOVER 70 golfers from Guyana and other parts of the world, will converge at the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) this week-end vying for top prizes at the Guyana Open Golf tournament.The Guyana Open tournament is considered the premier golf tournament in Guyana since it attracts the largest field of competitors.However, reigning Male and Female champions Avinash Persaud and Joaan Deo, have both signaled their intention in regaining their respective titles when the two-day tournament concludes tomorrow at the Lusignan Golf Course, East Coast Demerara.The familiarity with the Lusignan Golf Course could seem a factor that could facilitate repeat success for both golfers, but for the 27-year-old, Deo, defending her Guyana’s Open title will certainly take desire concentration, determination and the will to win.Speaking with this publication yesterday, Deo, who is the two-time Guyana Open Women’s Champion, said she is prepared to defend her title at all cost.“I don’t think it will be difficult to defend my title, but it will certainly take desire concentration, determination and the will to win, but I’m prepared to defend and ready to repeat,” she disclosed.Christine SukhramUndoubtedly one of the best golfers locally, Deo is fully aware of the challenges she is expected to face from Christine Sukhram and last year’s second place finisher. Shaunella Webster.However, Deo explained that once she stays focus throughout the 36 holes over the two days and bring her best golf, she is positive in securing good scores, despite the change of format.“I think it will be a minor setback. However, I have been playing well for the past few weeks. I have won the last two tournaments out of the three that I participated in, with low net scores and decent gross scores. I had an 83 on Sunday in the inaugural Silica Sandport Golf Tournament which is pretty much in contention for the gross championship this weekend.Apart from last weekend’s tournament, I have played a few rounds, trying to work on my approach shots, some shots that needs improving. Basically putting in some practice before the big event that will certainly prepared me for the weekend,” Deo pointed out.According to Vice-President of the Lusignan Golf Club, Brian Hackett, the ladies format will be back to the original format where they play on the best gross for the championship, and play on best net for individual prizes.On the other hand, the 26-year-old, Persaud, who enjoys the sport to its fullest, claimed his seventh Guyana Open title last year and intends to reach the same heights again, but acknowledged that the task will not be that easy.Despite the challenges he anticipates, Persaud remains optimistic. He pointed out during the exclusive interview, that the venue is his home turf, adding that once he does the basics, and plays within his game limits, success will come his way.This year’s activities will also include special participation in an inaugural Guyana Open Putting Contest which will see Queen’s College, Bishops’ High and St. Roses High competing for the title.Joaan DeoThe LGC is anticipating a large turnout of competitors on the nine-hole course, with keen rivalry in the Championship Flight (0-9 handicap), B Flight (10-18), C Flight (19-28) and Ladies Flight.Tee-off time is 06:00hrs each day. Admission is free, and ‘early-bird’ fans will receive a free raffle ticket to win one of several gate prizes, compliments of the sponsors. To be eligible, fans must be in before 14:00hrs each day.Another initiative taken by the LGC, will see the Guyana Motor Racing Club displaying several race cars for fans to inspect and take close-up photographs.Meanwhile, Minister of Social Cohesion, with responsibility of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr.George Norton is expected to declare the tournament open.
By Jay Cook |SANDY HOOK – Although they’re technically not in the waste management business, Clean Ocean Action has been plenty busy cleaning beaches over the last three decades.But pleas to eliminate trash, litter and debris on New Jersey’s Atlantic Coast beaches and waterways are seemingly falling on deaf ears, as the environmental group’s latest report notes that volunteers in 2017 collected a record-setting number of plastic products and other trash harmful to marine environments.Zipf shows tIny pieces of plastic retrieved on Sandy Hook.“This is a trend we are seeing,” Cindy Zipf, Clean Ocean Action’s executive director, said at a press conference last week. “Plastic is going up, up, up because of our wasteful and disposable society. That has permanent and long-term consequences to the marine life that lives out there.”Last year, 7,416 volunteers organized by Clean Ocean Action picked up 373,686 pieces of debris from over 60 sites in 53 towns and parks along the Atlantic Ocean coast, bay shores, inland rivers, lakes and streams.As usual, the most frequently collected items were plastic. About 85 percent of the items retrieved were plastic or “foam plastic,” the highest amount ever recorded. Plastic items include tiny “nurdles,” which are pieces of plastic weathered down by nature, as well as wrappers, bags, bottles, straws, diapers and fishing nets. Foam plastic items include fast food containers, packing materials and building materials.Even though the organization held only two beach sweeps, one in the fall and one in the spring, with each session lasting only three hours, the results were still staggering, Zipf said.“We can’t blame anybody else but ‘we, the people’ for this very, very tragic and growing problem in our marine environment,” said Zipf. “Plastics are made by people and we’re responsible for doing something about it.”Another “disturbing increase” Clean Ocean Action observed was the number of Mylar and rubber balloons removed from Jersey Shore beaches, Zipf said.The balloons’ material is dangerous to marine life and wildlife, which can mistake it for food, causing them severe injury or death. Also, birds and turtles can become fatally entangled in the strings and strangle to death.Clean Ocean Action volunteers removed 4,139 balloons in 2017, which they cited as a 7-year high.As Zipf talked about how balloons can harm marine life, she motioned to a red Mylar balloon that floated all the way in from a high school in western Pennsylvania.“This is something that people are talking more and more about,” Zipf said, “yet we are seeing a higher number during our Beach Sweeps.”Bills prohibiting the intentional release of five or more balloons have been introduced in both the Assembly and Senate, and both have been referred to their respective environmental committees. In response to people who wish to release balloons in memory of a loved one, advocates for the environment recommend acts of sustainability such as the release of butterflies or the planting of a tree or a flower garden instead.Garbage accumulated at Plum Island on Sandy Hook will be cleaned up as part of Clean Ocean Action’s Beach Sweeps event on April 21.Litter Collection TrendsThe information COA collects in the fall Beach Sweeps is submitted to the Ocean Conservancy in Washington, D.C. to be included in their International Coastal Cleanup Report.Ecologists look to the report for new insights into waste washing up on ocean beaches.Of all the items retrieved from the sandy shores and recorded by volunteers in all of 2017, the incidence of foam pieces rose the most, by 64 percent, to 21,117, as compared to 2015 when 12,841 pieces were collected. (The 2017 data was compared with numbers from 2015, instead of 2016, because that year rainy, gusty weather affected volunteer turnout and recordkeeping.)The popularity of portable beverages really showed up in the report, said Zipf. The evidence of plastic lids and stirrers left behind were up a remarkable 59 percent, to 31,167 items collected, as compared to 19,633 in the 2015 survey. Plastic caps and lids were also more commonly found, up 48 percent to 50,881 in 2017, from 34,426 in the prior survey.But there was some good news, too. Lumber pieces, foam building materials, diapers and glass bottles are all on the list of items that have decreased since 2015’s survey.Zipf noted that the decrease in lumber and foam building materials could mean the last remnants still floating around from Super Storm Sandy in 2012 could be leaving the ocean.How RidiculousPlastic litter dominated the top of the most commonly collected type of debris in the 2017 beach sweep, followed by cigarette filters, foam, bottles, bags and cigar tips. But volunteers also reported a fair share of odd finds.The Roster of the Ridiculous is COA’s annual list of the most outlandish things picked up. As usual, it featured more than a few eyebrow-raisers. This year’s finds included two fire extinguishers, a Chinese newspaper, a clown nose, an inflatable mattress, dentures, a Keurig coffee maker, a human tooth in a box, a jar of honey and a tarot card.Taking an optimistic view of the future, Zipf said she was hopeful that the attitude of being a mindful consumer continues to evolve.“I hope we finally get into a future where we stop using these disposable plastics and that we turn away from this wasteful society we’ve become.”This article was first published in the April 19-26, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
It wasn’t that long ago — the 2013 Murdoch Division Semi Finals to be exact — when the Beaver Valley Nitehawks scored four times in the third period to erase a 3-0 deficit en route to a 4-3 victory over the Nelson Leafs.The Beaver Valley win eliminated Nelson from the Murdoch Division playoffs.For the record the Green and White did one better Friday night at the NDCC Arena.Nelson rallied from a 4-0 margin, scoring six times in the third period, to shock the Hawks 6-4 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division action.The win was the second in as many weeks for Nelson over Beaver Valley.In the period the Leafs outshot the Hawks 23-2. The KIJHL’s leading goal scorer Travis Wellman (17) netted a pair with singles going to Aaron Dunlap, Jamie Vlanich, Alec Wilkerson and Linden Horswill.Wilkerson finished the game with four points.The game looked all but over for the Leafs as Beaver Valley held period leads of 1-0 and 4-0.Sam Barker, Taylor Stafford and Dallas Calvin with a pair — the latter coming on the power play, scored for Beaver Valley.But in the third Beaver Valley ran into penalty trouble in the final 10 minutes of the game, allowing the Leaf power play to score four times.Beaver Valley netminder Grayson Sharpe took the loss in goal while Leafs Tyler Moffat, getting the four consecutive start in goal for Nelson, won his seventh game of the season.Nelson, improving to 9-0-1-1 on the season, increases its Murdoch Division lead to four points over Beaver Valley.The Leafs now travel to Grand Forks Saturday to face the Border Bruins in Murdoch Division action.BLUELINES: Practice has been rather tough on the Leafs of late. Both defenceman J.J. Beitel and forward Austin Lindsay suffered injuries during practice this week and were forced to miss games. . . . The news is also not good for Leaf netminder Adam Maida, who was diagnosed with a knee injury that could force the Nelson Minor Hockey product out of the lineup for at least six weeks. Braden Pompu served as back up for the Leafs. . . . It was bra night at the NDCC Arena as people tossed the undergarment onto the ice during the second intermission to raise money for breast cancer research.
The Donegal Town community is celebrating a major achievement tonight after winning the prestigious Pride of Place 2019 award.The award celebrates the best in community development and recognises the selfless efforts of people in making their local neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise.The Donegal Town Community Chamber was announced as the overall IPB Pride of Place winners at a ceremony in Kilkenny’s Lyrath Hotel this Saturday night. The award was presented to Ernan and Mary McGettigan of the Donegal Town Chamber.The prize comes during a bumper year of success for Donegal Town. Having won the title of Ireland’s Foodiest Town 2019 in August, the new award brings even more recognition to the community effort, voluntary contributions and development of Donegal Town.Donegal Town is buzzing with Christmas festivities this weekend following the annual lights switch-on. Locals and visitors alike have enjoyed A Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town, shopping sprees, food tours and the Savour the Flavour event in local hotels, cafes and restaurants all weekend. Celebrations as Donegal Town wins Ireland’s Pride of Place 2019 was last modified: December 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
21 May 2007The first all-South African final in the history of the Super 14 produced a dramatic twist at the end as the Bulls, who had led the contest for only three minutes throughout, edged the Sharks 20-19 on a successful conversion by Derick Hougaard after Bryan Habana had scored a try after the final hooter had sounded.Agony and ecstacy summed up the final moments of the match for the Sharks and Bulls supporters, but somehow that description seems inadequate. One had to see it to truly appreciate the spectacle.An uncompromising battlePredictably, it was an uncompromising battle, but, if anything, it was the Sharks that shaded matters, excepting on the scoreboard. The home team’s forwards took it to the Bulls’ much-vaunted pack and enjoyed the advantage in the tight and loose phases, while the Bulls had the edge in the lineouts.Behind the packs, the Sharks’ backline showed more enterprise, but the Bulls hung in until the end and ultimately stole a memorable victory at Durban’s Absa Stadium which was swathed in a sea of black and white.“They outplayed us for 79 minutes,” admitted Bulls’ captain Victor Matfield following the game. That assessment was pretty much on the money as the Sharks showed greater focus despite the pressure of the occasion against their opponents who had much more finals’ experience.Hero nearly the villainIn the second minute of the contest, the Bulls’ hero at the end, Bryan Habana, very nearly became the villain at the start, with a nasty illegal tackle on an airborne Percy Montgomery, which saw the Sharks’ fullback clattered painfully to the ground. Had the tackle not occurred so early in the game, he would likely have been sin-binned.It was definitely a tackle that deserved 10 minutes on the sidelines and Habana admitted as much afterwards. “I was fortunate to stay on the field,” he said.After eight minutes the home team made it onto the scoreboard first when Montgomery slotted an easy penalty after JP Nel had been penalised for a shoulder charge.The Sharks were making the running, exhibiting more composure than the Bulls, but the visitors moved onto the attack when AJ Venter was penalised for using his hands at a ruck. Derick Hougaard could have had a shot at goal, but captain Victor Matfield instructed him to kick for touch. It was an unusual decision in a match where a bonus point for scoring tries wasn’t on offer, but it paid big dividends.First tryWinning a lineout deep inside the Sharks’ 22 metre area, the Bulls quickly moved the ball left to Matfield. He drew the defence before laying off a pass for a charging Pierre Spies, who ran with pace into the gap between two defenders, brushing off their attempted stops to burst over for the first try of the final.Hougaard added the conversion to put the Bulls 7-3 in front.Minutes later, Spies went from hero to villain. He broke off the back of a scrum in the middle of the field before passing wide to his right under pressure from an attacking Sharks’ defence. Winger JP Pietersen read the play perfectly, catching the pass and stepping inside before galloping away to score from 50 metres out, to the joy of the home fans.Montgomery’s conversion was off target, leaving the Sharks with a narrow 8-7 advantage.Extended the leadJust before the half-hour mark Montgomery extended the Sharks’ lead to four points by kicking another penalty after the Bulls were trapped offsides at a ruck.It was tit-for-tat as Hougaard reduced the deficit to a single point within two minutes after Brad Barrit was pinged for being offsides.Shortly after that Montgomery put a sitter over after JP Nel played the ball from an offside position. That put the Sharks 14-10 in front.Three minutes before the break, the fullback had an opportunity to extend his side’s lead to seven points, but he was wide with his kick.Drop goal attemptJust after the restart, Bulls’ flyhalf Derick Hougaard, as good an exponent of the dropped goal as there is in the game today, took a shot at the posts, but he was wide of the target.One minute later he was short with a penalty kick.It took 20 minutes of the second half for points to be scored and they went the way of the Bulls. Hougaard made the score 14-13 when he knocked over a penalty after Sharks’ skipper John Smit had been caught was his hands in the ruck by referee Steve Walsh.With only a point in it, the tension mounted as the clock ticked down. Three times drop goals were attempted, but three times they failed to produce points.Sharks’ tryThen, with only two minutes left on the clock, the Sharks drove furiously towards the Bulls’ line, employing the rolling maul that they had used so effectively throughout the Super 14 as an attacking weapon. The Bulls stopped the surge just short of the line, but Albert van den Berg picked up and dived over the top to just get the ball down on the tryline.The home crowd was ecstatic as it appeared the Super 14 trophy would be on its way to Durban.The result could have been decided by the conversion from Francois Steyn – not a difficult one – but he was wide, leaving the Sharks 19-13 in front.A converted try would win it for the Bulls.There was only one way to find a try and that was by the Bulls giving the ball air and passing it around to try and prise the stubborn Sharks’ defence open.Closing movementThe hooter sounded and both Butch James and Francois Steyn had opportunities to kick the ball out and win the game for the Sharks but, under pressure from the desperate Bulls, they failed to do so.Back the Bulls came. At a ruck it seemed they had lost possession but, miraculously, the ball emerged on their side.Out to the right the ball went to Habana. A wall of Sharks’ defenders rushed across to prevent the speedster from racing down the touchline. Habana, though, cut inside and suddenly it all opened up in front of him. A big gap provided more than enough opportunity for the flyer to race through. A huge dive took him across the tryline for a five-pointer that closed the gap to 19-18 to the Sharks.Hougaard duly converted the try and the final whistle sounded giving the Bulls the honour of becoming the first South African winners of the Super 14.It was a great reward for the Bulls’ coach Heyneke Meyer, who twice previously had been axed as coach of the side, but never gave up on his dream or that of his players of winning the southern hemisphere’s biggest tournament outside of test rugby.Standout performersFor the Bulls, captain Victor Matfield stood out, reinforcing the claim that he is the best lineout forward in world rugby. Bakkies Botha added the grunt in the engine room, while, in the backline, Bryan Habana showed just how devastating he can be as a finisher.For the Sharks, tighthead prop BJ Botha led the pack with distinction in the scrums, giving the home team the edge. Johann Muller, at lock, turned in a massive performance, while Jacques Botes was excellent in the loose, leaving many wondering how he had failed to make the Springboks’ 46-man squad.Butch James probably shaded his battle with Derick Hougaard at flyhalf, while JP Pietersen, on the wing, was electrifying, both on attack and defence.After the game, Sharks and Bulls fans braaied together on the packed fields surrounding the Absa Stadium, emphasising the cliche that had been heard so often before the game – one that was true, however – that South African rugby was the real winner. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The marketplace for many agricultural products continues to change. That is one of the reason why Ohio-based egg producer Trillium Farms will begin to take on a different look in the coming months.“We are most interested in two things,” said Doug Mack, Chief Operating Officer of Trillium Farms. “We are aiming to meet the demands of our customers and providing the best possible care for our hens.”To ensure their business remains at the forefront of egg production within the context of the changing marketplace, Trillium Farms has already begun transitioning a portion of their barns to cage-free hen housing. As needed to meet demand, and in close collaboration with customers, they will incorporate additional cage-free production.“As we move forward with these projects, we will be doing everything designed to meet the current standards, as defined by the United Egg Producers,” Mack said. “This will include new construction, as well as some remodeling of our existing buildings.”“We are blessed with some infrastructure that we can transform for the purpose of meeting the certified cage-free standards.”While these modifications will include upgraded equipment and technology, the success of the long-term plan will rely on the how these new procedures are implemented.“Each house is as important as the next house,” Mack said. “It all comes down to how responsible and effective we are in the management system that will generate the optimum care for our animals.There will be many phases of the transition at Trillium Farms, with some plans being completed in a few months, to some that will take up to a couple of years.
Share with your Friends:More Two Groundspeak hamsters find homesTwo retired Groundspeak hamsters found ‘forever homes.’ The toy hamsters were retired after playing a starring role in a Geocaching.com video. The segment aired in a continuous loop while the website received a major update in early May. The “Geocaching.com Hamster Power” video played on an old joke – that Geocaching.com is actually powered by hamsters. (It’s not.)Thank you to the more than 100 geocachers who offered to care for the hamsters in their retirement years. Ultimately, a geocaching family from Germany and a geocaching couple from America will receive the hamsters.CacheZwerge is a team made up of 10-year-old Kai-Luka and 12-year-old Catharina.Team CacherZwerge: Catherina and Kai-LukaThey wrote, “We would be so glad to offer little Hammy a forever home. He was a hard working hamster for geocaching and now deserves a real good place to enjoy the sunny side of geocaching. We will show him all fantastic places in the Black Forest. Take him out to exciting adventures, visiting caves and climbing. Go kayaking with him and we will always carry him if he does not want to walk. Or he can get a special ride with our husky.”The other hamster up for adoption won’t be traveling as far. It’ll find a home in Indiana, USA. Miss.Betsy and her fiance Mr.Charles have been geocaching since their first date, “We’ve camped, hiked, canoed and swam and nowwe’re looking for a special pet to share in our adventures!”Miss.BetsyMiss.Betsy says no other pet would do, she’s allergic to animals. “His polyester-based fur wouldn’t require me to medicate myself, we could find some nice hiking gear for him (Or perhaps I could sew him some!) , He would have a forever home in Greenwood, Indiana. He could weekend with us wherever we decide to camp, and he could have a beautiful, two-story, to-scale townhome located in scenic my bedroom! There are many lock-in-locks in which he can nest, and if he feels the need for roomier digs, he can inhabit one of many ammo cans.”Both CacheZwerge and Miss.Betsy will be receiving their Groundspeak pets soon, with care packages including Travel Bugs so that the hamsters will be trackable. You can watch the video below that made the hamsters famous. Stay tuned to the Latitude 47 blog. You never know when another hamster will come up for adoption! SharePrint Related”Hammy” a Groundspeak Hamster Finds a New HomeJune 22, 2011In “Community”Geocaching.com Hamsters Go Big TimeNovember 4, 2011In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Mailer – December 28, 2011December 28, 2011In “Community”
zoom Despite many adversities for the maritime sector over the last year, seaborne perishable reefer trade increased in 2015 and is forecast to grow further still in 2016. By 2020, seaborne reefer cargo will reach 120 million tonnes, increasing by an average of 2.5% per annum, according to global shipping consultancy Drewry.While future seaborne cargo growth levels are lower than those of the last decade (3.1%), such increases are expected to have a direct effect on both container lines with reefer capacity and specialised reefer operators.With over 400 containerships with reefer capacity yet to be delivered, and possibly more still to be confirmed, Drewry believes that reefer utilisation will improve as a result of the increased seaborne cargo volumes and rising market share for the reefer containership mode.“On the other hand, with a reducing specialised reefer fleet, not only will this mode see its cargo volumes decrease, but also its market share will reduce year-on-year,” Drewry said.Nevertheless, it currently provides around 5% of overall reefer capacity yet carries in excess of 23% of total seaborne perishable reefer cargo and is set to continue to “punch above its weight”.“Drewry estimates that the container sector as a whole made $4 billion in profits over 2015, but as the year progressed momentum slowed as demand weakened. This in turn impacted freight rates in the specialised reefer sector as container lines chased every available dollar. As a result, reefer shipping has become increasingly unprofitable in 2016, along with dry cargo trades,” said the editor of Reefer Shipping Market Review and Forecast 2016/17 report, Kevin Harding.