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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Auction.com’s Delicate Real-Estate Expansion - WSJ

Auction.com’s Delicate Real-Estate Expansion - WSJ: The hors d’oeuvres and drinks were flowing at an Auction.com broker party in Midtown last week when Rick Sharga shushed the crowd of commercial real-estate brokers to explain to them why the online property-sales service is their friend, not their competitor.

About 75 brokers from the New York region were at the event, lured in part by Auction.com’s promise to give away five $1,000 gift certificates. The service—one of the largest online property-auction sites—also is offering brokers $5,000 for simply listing one of the properties they represent on the site, whether or not it’s actually sold.

Ag Expo shows students farming opportunities | News - WCTI NewsChannel 12

Ag Expo shows students farming opportunities | News - WCTI NewsChannel 12: It was an event that brought over 1,000 students from seven counties to Martin County's agriculture center to learn about the future of farming.

Farmer on wheelchair takes top spot at the Nairobi show - Seeds of Gold | Daily Nation

Farmer on wheelchair takes top spot at the Nairobi show - Seeds of Gold | Daily Nation: The Nakuru-Nyahururu Road offers an exciting ride because it is well-tarmacked.

Along the way are patches of green leafy maize and bean crops blooming planted at the onset of the rains.

Dominic Mbugua’s farm in Arash village, several kilometres away from the main road, however, is different from the others.

Paris attacks: Markets in rocky start as France to open – BBC News |

Paris attacks: Markets in rocky start as France to open – BBC News |: Asian markets have opened lower, starting what is expected to be a global sell-off after the attacks in Paris on Friday night t

Japan’s economy falls back into recession again – BBC News

Japan’s economy falls back into recession again – BBC News |

Why record-setting beach tourism is elating and frustrating coastal Alabama | AL.com

Why record-setting beach tourism is elating and frustrating coastal Alabama | AL.com: Business has been good for Brant Frazier's�family-run charter fishing business in Gulf Shores since gooey balls of black tar floated onto Alabama's beaches five years ago after an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, creating one of the largest ecological disasters in U.S. history.

"Certainly, anytime there is a major upheaval, there is doubt but things have been very good," said Frazier, who operates Fins and Family Fishing year-round with his son, Dylan. "To be in business for yourself is to be generally an optimist. Just like the economic changes at that time, I figured things would get back quickly."

Study IDs Gulf Coast ecosystems at risk | Summit County Citizens Voice

Study IDs Gulf Coast ecosystems at risk | Summit County Citizens Voice: Sea turtles breeding along the Gulf Coast are among the species deemed most vulnerable to climate change and rising sea level, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded in a new vulnerability assessment that looked at four Gulf ecosystems and 11 species dependent on them.
The ecosystems are mangrove, oyster reef, tidal emergent marsh and barrier islands. The species are roseate spoonbill, blue crab, clapper rail, mottled duck, spotted seatrout, eastern oyster, American oystercatcher, red drum, black skimmer, Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and Wilson’s plover.
Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is thought to be the most vulnerable species across the Gulf Coast. The report identified the main threat as loss of nesting habitat to sea level rise, erosion, and urbanization.
Tidal emergent marsh is considered to be the most vulnerable ecosystem, due in part to sea level rise and erosion. In general, avian species were more vulnerable than fish because of nesting habitat loss to sea level rise, erosion and potential increases in storm surge.

White III, Nebraska down Mississippi Valley St. 97-51

White III, Nebraska down Mississippi Valley St. 97-51: LINCOLN, Neb. -- Jack McVeigh and Andrew White III had some special fans watching as they each made their Nebraska debuts Saturday night.

The pair combined to score 34 points and lead the Cornhuskers to a 97-71 win over Mississippi Valley State.

No. 2 Alabama sacks No. 17 Mississippi State, 31-6 - LA Times

No. 2 Alabama sacks No. 17 Mississippi State, 31-6 - LA Times: wasn't until the postgame news conference that Alabama's Nick Saban could explain why he was roaming the sidelines with a prominent cut and bruise on his left cheek.

Even the Crimson Tide's coach couldn't avoid his team's pass rush.

No. 2 Alabama used a defense that featured nine sacks to beat No. 17 Mississippi State, 31-6, on Saturday night.

Saints vs. Redskins: What's the Game Plan for New Orleans? | Bleacher Report

Saints vs. Redskins: What's the Game Plan for New Orleans? | Bleacher Report: The New Orleans Saints will invade FedEx Field for a Sunday afternoon clash with the Washington Redskins, as coach Sean Payton’s club looks to even out its record.

New Orleans (4-5) had won three straight heading into last week’s contest against the Tennessee Titans, but a 34-28 overtime loss at home knocked the Saints back below .500.

This week, they’ll look to bounce back against a 3-5 Redskins squad also coming off a Week 9 defeat. Washington fell to the New England Patriots on the road, 27-10.

Basketball | NBA | Game Preview - Grizzlies v Timberwolves - washingtonpost.com

Basketball | NBA | Game Preview - Grizzlies v Timberwolves - washingtonpost.com: The Memphis Grizzlies managed to halt their recent slide in dramatic fashion. The Minnesota Timberwolves are still trying to end theirs.
Following a last-second victory, the visiting Grizzlies look to hand the Timberwolves a fourth consecutive defeat Sunday.
With Memphis (4-6) in danger of dropping five in a row for the first time in two seasons, Zach Randolph rescued his team on a put-back with less than one second remaining for a 101-100 win over Portland on Friday.

Oil prices seen under pressure as Paris attacks spark demand worries - Yahoo Finance

Oil prices seen under pressure as Paris attacks spark demand worries - Yahoo Finance

Virginia farm saves rare heritage cattle - Houston Chronicle

Virginia farm saves rare heritage cattle - Houston Chronicle: Ten years ago, Robert Wiedmaier was among a handful of D.C. chefs invited to a private dinner hosted by Brian McBride, formerly of Blue Duck Tavern. On the menu: seven courses of America's oldest and rarest breed of cattle.
"We tasted everything — from the tongue to the heart — everything you could possibly eat on that animal, and it was absolutely delicious," says Wiedmaier, who owns several restaurants in the D.C. area, including Marcel's and Brasserie Beck. "We were all blown away by the clean taste on your palate when you eat it."

Cashing in on Home Equity - The New York Times

Cashing in on Home Equity - The New York Times: Rising home prices are raising equity levels, and homeowners are cashing in on these gains.

In the first three quarters of this year, the sales volume of single-family homes and condominiums reached the highest level since the same period in 2006, according to RealtyTrac, a provider of property data. Homeowners who sold during the third quarter also reaped the highest price gain in eight years — an average of 17 percent over their purchase price, or $40,658.

Other data shows that homeowners are taking advantage of rising values by refinancing their mortgages in order to cash out a portion of their equity.

The group of homeowners that RealtyTrac categorizes as “equity rich,” meaning they have at least 50 percent equity in their homes, has been increasing over all, said Daren Blomquist, a vice president of RealtyTrac.

Bodegas say benefits cutback would burn them to the Women, Infants, Children program | Crain's New York Business

Bodegas say benefits cutback would burn them to the Women, Infants, Children program | Crain's New York Business: Thousands of small stores are at risk of being dropped from a food-subsidy program for low-income mothers—a change that some bodega owners said would crush them.

The largely immigrant-owned corner stores in poor neighborhoods could fail en masse, industry experts said, if the state Department of Health adopts its proposal to reduce the number of shops authorized to accept the Women, Infants, Children program, or WIC.

Super idea: basement units | Crain's New York Business

Super idea: basement units | Crain's New York Business: Your editorial “A small solution to one of the city’s biggest problems: housing costs” (Nov. 2) recommended some very valid ideas to help reduce housing costs.

The mayor wants to increase affordable units. About 20,000 to 50,000 potential units could be created within six months at a nominal cost, and every landlord would jump at the opportunity.

Every apartment building, six-family and up, has a basement. Many of them have windows as well as at least one other means of egress, very often two. Many basements are actually at street level, with full-length windows and regular ceiling heights. Many superintendents would gladly have part of their pay be a free apartment in the basement, and this would free up the units they are occupying on the higher floors.