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Pennsylvanians Urged to Monitor Weather, Prepare for Heavy Rain and Possible Flooding

first_imgPennsylvanians Urged to Monitor Weather, Prepare for Heavy Rain and Possible Flooding SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  PSA,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With the threat of heavy rain expected to impact much of the commonwealth overnight tonight, Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) are reminding citizens to monitor weather conditions and prepare for possible flooding.“The best way to approach impending adverse weather is by being prepared and accessing accurate information from experts,” Governor Wolf said. “PEMA, county emergency personnel and law enforcement are the state’s experts and their warnings should be heeded.”PEMA advises people to have multiple ways to get severe weather alerts, such as a NOAA weather radio or cell phone alerts. Local media outlets are also a good source of local weather information and conditions.“Parts of the state could see as much as three inches of rain by the time this system ends,” said PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn, Jr. “We’re not expecting significant river flooding, but people need to be mindful of the possibility of small creek and stream flooding, and in urban or poor drainage areas where flooding is common.”PEMA notes that it’s important for people to understand the difference between a watch and a warning because they represent different levels of action to be taken.A flood or flash flood watch means that conditions are favorable for flooding to occur. Residents should stay alert and watch for rapidly rising waters, including rivers and streams, and be prepared to move to high ground quickly.A flood or flash flood warning means that there is actual flooding, or flooding is imminent. Residents should act at once and move to high ground.Always follow the guidance of local emergency personnel or law enforcement if you are told to evacuate. Be familiar with multiple ways to evacuate places where you spend a lot of time, such as your home and work location.Motorists should be prepared for travel delays or road closures due to heavy rain and possible flooding. Motorists who drive around or through signs or traffic control devices closing a road or highway due to hazardous conditions could face increased fines, particularly if the violation requires emergency responders to be called. While water on a flooded road might not look deep, the road could actually be washed away under the water, or the road could be compromised in a way that could make it unsafe to travel.center_img April 15, 2018last_img read more

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Brisbane’s next boom suburbs: Where house prices are set to grow up to 25pc in 3 yrs

first_imgThis five-bedroom house at 481 Priestdale Rd, Rochedale South, is scheduled for auction.All three suburbs have median house prices of less than $635,000.Morningside, Chermside West and Tingalpa have also been selected by SRP as having serious growth potential.Mr Sheppard said he was surprised Red Hill topped the list given its proximity to the city and higher price bracket.“It’s the odd one out,” he said.But the other suburbs were more affordable and all in Brisbane’s middle ring. This house at 113 Musgrave Rd, Red Hill, is on the market for offers over $899,000.SRP research director Jeremy Sheppard said the research found median houseprices in the top Brisbane suburbs could grow between 23 per cent and 25 per centover the next three years.It supports research by BIS Oxford Economics, which forecast 20 per cent growth in Brisbane property values in the next three years — almost double that of the nearest growth capitals Adelaide (11 per cent) and Canberra (10 per cent). This cute cottage at 83 Windsor Rd, Red Hill, is coming up for auction.In contrast, prices in Sydney and Melbourne are set to remain in single digits in terms of percentage growth over the same period.Mr Sheppard said SRP’s research was based on demand versus supply metrics using data collected from realestate.com.au, Corelogic and the bureau of statistics.“Red Hill and Keperra were the winners for forecast growth over the period withmedian house prices potentially increasing by about $215,000 and $130,000respectively,” Mr Sheppard said. MORE: Bidders stunned by dance duo’s auction windfall Houses in the inner Brisbane suburb of Red Hill, where house prices are tipped to grow 25 per cent.THE boom suburbs tipped to achieve phenomenal capital growth have been revealed as Brisbane prepares for a massive jump in house prices, with buyers in these markets set to earn up to $215,000 in the next three years.Househunters would be wise to start looking in Red Hill and Keperra, where one property expert predicts house prices will grow by a whopping 25 per cent by 2022.Select Residential Property Research Group has identified the top 10 suburbs for house price growth in the nation’s three major capital cities — with Brisbane coming out on top. RELATED: Where buyers should be looking before the boom House prices in Red Hill are tipped to grow by 25 per cent in the next three years.More from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoThe inner-city suburb of Red Hill has a median house price of $851,016, while Keperra, only 9km from the CBD, has a more affordable median house price of $535,195.Mount Gravatt and Rochedale South are also expected to record strong house price growth of 24 per cent by 2022, along with Arana Hills in Brisbane’s northwest.center_img This house at 51 Moore St, Morningside, is for sale for offers over $995,000.Mr Sheppard said it was a good time to invest in Brisbane, although he did not expect the city to experience a boom in prices similar to what Sydney and Melbourne had seen.“I don’t see enough impetus for a massive boom the likes of what we saw in Sydney — I think it will be a lot more steady,” he said.“I would advise people to steer clear of new property, preferably buy houses, and avoid areas with a lot of vacant neighbouring land which could be filled in by developers. “Supply is always the enemy of capital growth.”Your Property Your Wealth director and buyer’s agent Daniel Walsh said he expected the Brisbane housing market to outshine Sydney and Melbourne over the next decade.Mr Walsh has been investing in the Greater Brisbane market for his clients, targeting houses priced between $300,000 and $500,000 with solid yields. Experts are tipping house price growth of up to 25 per cent for some Brisbane suburbs.“Clients have seen their Brisbane holdings increase in value by as much as 21 per centover the past three years while most other major locations were flatlining or falling inprice,” Mr Walsh said.“The thing is, there is still so much more room for the Brisbane market to grow, so thatis why we will keep buying there strategically because we believe that over the long-term, it will be leader of the pack.” This three-bedroom house at 28 Toondah Plc, Tingalpa, has had its price reduced to $419,000.last_img read more

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Central American leaders confident Trump wont revoke CAFTA

first_imgRelated posts:Bernie Sanders’ CAFTA reversal pledge worries Costa Rica businesses PHOTOS: Hurricane Otto begins path of destruction through Central America President Solís: ‘If you want to get through a border, you’ll be able to sooner or later’ Panama drops off Cuban migrants on Costa Rica’s doorstep While President Donald Trump is scrapping or revising major trade accords, Central America believes a pact it has with the United States will emerge unscathed.Government officials and business leaders said that the Dominican Republic-Central American Free-Trade Agreement with the United States (CAFTA-DR) is so favorable to the United States that it makes no sense to get rid of it.However, some apprehension has clouded the prediction, given Trump’s stated penchant for cutting new deals, and preference for bilateral trade accords overal multilateral ones.“All of us have to be ready to face the consequences in economic or other terms,” Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said.Trump’s executive order on Tuesday formally withdrawing the United States from the yet-to-be-ratified Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and his pledge to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada, underline his intent to upend trade arrangements in an attempt to secure greater advantages for his country.He has made no mention of CAFTA so far. That deal, which Costa Rica ratified in 2007, was the first between the United States and small developing nations.Watching TrumpAccording to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, $53 billion of trade took place under the pact in 2015, with the U.S. exporting $4 billion more than it imported from Central America.“It doesn’t cause (the U.S.) any trade distortion and it wouldn’t be a good idea to renegotiate the terms of this accord,” said Sergio Alfaro, Costa Rica’s Presidency Minister. However, he added, his government is “constantly monitoring what is happening in the United States.”An economic adviser to Nicaragua’s government, Bayardo Arce, also said the region was following Trump’s moves carefully.“The U.S. president needs to be watched. Nobody knows where he might go with his measures,” he said.The head of the Union of Producers in Nicaragua, Michael Heally, noted that while NAFTA’s renegotiation was a campaign promise by Trump, there was no mention that CAFTA might be in his sights.“I don’t believe that CAFTA will be affected,” said Heally, whose association primarily represents farmers.Yet Alvaro Fiallos, the head of a similar Nicaragua organization, the Union of Farmers and Livestock Producers, admitted there was “uncertainty.”“We just don’t know what’s going to happen. First we are made to sign CAFTA and then we might need to leave it,” he said.Migration a bigger issueRafael Medina, president of the Chamber of Commerce in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, stressed that the difference between CAFTA and NAFTA “are enormous.”He said CAFTA was very favorable to the United States, which exports tariff-free, while Central America gained access to a huge market for its manufacturing, which in Honduras generated 135,000 jobs.A bigger impact on U.S.-Central American relations would instead likely come from Trump’s vows to greatly limit migration and step up deportations, Medina said.In 2016, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, major sources of undocumented migrants to the United States, received nearly $16 billion in remittances.That money accounts for between 10 and 17 percent of the gross domestic product of the three countries.Will there be a wall?Trump took a first step toward fulfilling his pledge to “build a wall” on the Mexican border Wednesday, signing two immigration-related decrees. Trump visited the Department of Homeland Security to approve an order to begin work to “build a large physical barrier on the southern border,” according to the White House.Trump also signed measures to “create more detention space for illegal immigrants along the southern border,” according to White House spokesman Sean Spicer.“We’re going to once again prioritize the prosecution and deportation of illegal immigrants who have also otherwise violated our laws,” he added.Stemming immigration was a central plank of Trump’s election campaign. His signature policy prescription was to build a wall across the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border between the United States and Mexico.Some of the border is already fenced, but Trump says a wall is needed to stop illegal immigrants entering from Latin America.In 2014, there were an estimated 5.8 million unauthorized Mexican migrants in the United States, according to Pew, with fewer arriving each year before that.Experts have voiced doubts about whether a wall would actually stem illegal immigration, or if it is worth the billions it is expected to cost, but the policy has become a clarion call for the U.S. right and far-right, the core of Trump’s support.Still, any action from the White House would be piecemeal, diverting only existing funds toward the project.The Republican-controlled Congress would need to supply new money if the wall is to be anywhere near completed, and Trump’s party has spent the last decade preaching fiscal prudence.Furthermore, much of the land needed to build the wall is privately owned, implying lengthy legal proceedings, political blowback, and substantial expropriation payments.A Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday said 47 percent of voters support building a wall, with 45 percent against.Trump again promised “100 percent” to make Mexico pay for the wall Wednesday, something the Mexican government has repeatedly said it will not do.“Ultimately it will come out of what’s happening with Mexico. We’re going to be starting those negotiations relatively soon. And we will be, in a form, reimbursed by Mexico,” he told ABC. “All it is, is we will be reimbursed at a later date from whatever transaction we’ll make from Mexico.”“I’m just telling you, there will be a payment, it will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form,” the President added. “What I’m doing is good for the United States, it’s also going to be good for Mexico. We want to have a very stable, very solid Mexico”Trump aides have weighed hiking border tariffs or border transit costs as one way to “make Mexico pay.” Another threat is to finance the wall by tapping into remittances that Mexican migrants send home, which last year amounted to $25 billion.Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and the country’s Minister of the Economy are currently in Washington to prepare a visit by President Enrique Pena Nieto scheduled for January 31.“There are very clear red lines that must be drawn from the start,” Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo told the Televisa network in Mexico just ahead of the trip.Asked whether his country would walk away from talks if the wall and remittances are an issue, Guajardo said: “Absolutely.”Trump warned last week that he would abandon NAFTA unless the United States gets “a fair deal.” Mexico has said it is willing to “modernize” the accord, which came into force in 1994 and represents $531 billion in annual trade between Mexico and the United States.Some 80 percent of Mexico’s exports go to the U.S. market. 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