The Telegraph 6 April 2017Family First Comment: A disturbing case in the UK. We’ll keep an eye on the issue in NZ.“”The issue is no longer about term-time holidays,” he said. “It is about the state taking the rights of parents away from making decisions about their children.”Parents who take their children out of school for term time holidays can be prosecuted, the Supreme Court has ruled as a “stubborn” father lost his landmark case on Thursday whilst appealing to parents not to follow his example.Delivering their verdict, the judges ruled that Jon Platt, a businessman from the Isle of Wight who took his six-year-old daughter on a seven-day family trip in Florida in April 2015, should have paid a £120 fine for his daughter’s unauthorised absence.The judges said he had shown a “blatant disregard of school rules” and that his approach had been a “slap in the face” to “obedient” parents who abide by the law.Their ruling means that parents who take their children out of school on holiday – even if their child has regular attendance – can be prosecuted if they do not receive permission from the head teacher.Speaking in Parliament Square after the ruling, Mr Platt apologised to his wife for his stubbornness, adding that he was “not at all surprised” by the verdict.READ MORE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/04/06/term-time-holidays-supreme-court-rule-parents-can-legally-take/
VOLCANOES 1st Innings 233Hurricanes 1st Innings 343Volcanoes 2nd Innings(overnight 93 for one)D Smith not out 185*T Theophile c Warde b Louis 0K Edwards c Taylor b Campbell 64R Cato b Taylor 18K Hodge not out 56Extras (b4, lb1, w1, nb2) 8TOTAL (3 wkts decl’d, 78 overs) 331Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-173, 3-202Bowling: Matthew 10-2-32-0; Louis 16-4-64-1 (nb1, w1); Warde 12-1-61-0; Tonge 17-2-78-0; Campbell 18-2-77-1; Taylor 5-0-14-1 (nb1)HURRICANES 2nd Innings (target: 222)K Carty c Cato b Alexander 48C Hughes b Shillingford 0A Saunders b Alexander 20*+D Thomas lbw b Sebastien 8N Bonner not out 19J Taylor c Smith b Sebastien 5T Warde c Cato b Shillingford 0J Louis not out 0Extras (lb1, nb6, pen5) 12TOTAL (6 wkts, 43 overs) 112Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-55, 3-82, 4-88, 5-99, 6-112Bowling: Lewis 5-1-11-0; Shillingford 15-4-41-2; Alexander 12-1-39-2 (nb6); Sebastien 9-3-12-2; Hodge 2-0-3-0Points: Hurricanes 10.8, Volcanoes 5.8 ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, (CMC) – Devon Smith cracked his 30th first-class career hundred, but the Windward Islands Volcanoes’ bid for an unexpected victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes failed and they had to settle for a draw in the Regional 4-Day Championship on Sunday.The 36-year-old Smith, the most prolific batsman in the history of the regional competition, was undefeated on a masterful 185 that helped him to earn the Player-of-the-Match award and carry the Volcanoes to 331 for three declared in their second innings – for a lead of 221 – on the final day of their first-round match at the National Cricket Stadium.Chasing 222 for victory, the Hurricanes stumbled against the spin bowling triumvirate of Shane Shillingford, Liam Sebastien and Audy Alexander and were fortunate to escape with the result, finishing on 112 for six.Left-handed opener Smith collected 14 fours and three sixes from 235 balls in close to six hours to post his 24th regional first-class hundred.He shared century stands with Kirk Edwards for the second wicket and Kavem Hodge for the fourth wicket before the declaration came.Edwards, the Barbados-born, discarded West Indies batsman, made 64 that included five fours from 143 balls in 3 ½ hours of batting and Hodge, a former West Indies Under-19 batsman, was unbeaten on a run-a-ball 56 in close to 1 ½ hours of occupation to hasten the declaration.The three Volcanoes spinners then collected two wickets apiece, but the Hurricanes on the back of Keacy Carty, their youngest batsman, with the top score of 48, managed to defy them long enough to come away with the majority of the points.Volcanoes face reigning three-time champions Guyana Jaguars in the next round, starting at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Ground on Thursday in St. Lucia.Hurricanes have just two days to prepare for their next match against Barbados Pride, starting on Wednesday at Kensington Oval in Barbados.Caption: Devon Smith cracked his 3oth first-class ton
The B.C. Cancer Agency has taken a major step forward in its plans for a cancer centre in the north.On Friday, the agency announced a partnership with Plenary Health, to build the 5,000 square-metre facility in Prince George.The partnership means Plenary has accepted a fixed-price agreement, to design, build, and maintain the project over a 30 year term.- Advertisement -The nearly $70 million project will include two linear accelerators (used in radiation therapy), one C.T. simulator, and a chemotherapy treatment unit, as well as general clinics and offices.Construction will be done in phases, with a final completion date scheduled for September of 2012.
Clear Capital Data Home Prices Home Sales 2017-03-26 Sandra Lane The spring housing rush has begun, evidenced by the number of prospective homebuyers searching for a home and multiple offers on many homes. Lack of inventory in some areas has produced bidding wars, despite the rise in interest rates.This housing trend is discussed in the Home Data Index released on March 27 by Clear Capital, a nationwide provider of residential and commercial real estate valuations. The report states that the current volatile market will require buyers to be well informed and fast-acting.The number of days on the market in most areas has been steadily decreasing and the national median DOM is approximately 43 days for most listings. This is a decrease from 85 days in January 2012.“Buyers will need to remain vigilant this spring and constantly keep their eyes peeled for a new supply entering the market, and most importantly be wary of rushing to purchase at sky-high prices,” said Dr. Alex Villacorta, Vice President of Research and Analytics at Clear Capital.This is a two-sided dilemma. “What’s great news for homeowners, particularly those looking to get out of negative equity or sell outright, is unfortunately bad news for prospective buyers,” he said. “This springtime uptick in demand is likely to put buyers in a major time pinch in areas where marketing time is already lightning fast.”He said that this situation coupled with the already precarious affordability situation for buyers can lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts for the market as a whole, one where buyers rush to purchase homes at or above asking price in fear of waiting too long and losing out, thus pushing prices up and making marketing times even lower.The Home Data Index reveals that are three markets where homes have been consistently selling in less than two weeks, nearly a month faster than the national rate. These cities are Raleigh, North Carolina; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Denver, Colorado.Other hot markets where homes are selling in less than three weeks includes Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, Fresno, and San Jose, California; and Seattle, Washington. All of these markets are located in the West, where price growth has continued to outpace the rest of the nation for several years. Prices have also escalated quickly, thus making affordability a top concern for prospective homebuyers. Nevertheless, the West is still edging out the rest of the nation in QoQ growth.The Home Data Index provides a ranking of the highest performing major metro markets, which are:San Antonio, Texas, now the nation’s fastest growing major metropolitan market where prices are increasing at the rate of 1.8 percent per quarter, twice as fast as the national average.Jacksonville, Florida, at 1.7 percent QoQ growth, increasing a half percentage point from 1.2 percent since last month.Nashville, Davidson, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, metro area is the third highest performing area.Fresno, California, comes in fourth.Portland and Beaverton, Oregon, along with Vancouver, Washington, comprise the fifth fastest growing metro area.In addition, the areas listed in the third, fourth, and fifth places each achieved a 1.6 percent quarterly growth mark.Conversely, the five metro areas that have the lowest performing rate through February 2017 are:San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, California, together make up the least performing major market in the nation with zero recorded growth over the last quarter.Providence, Rhode Island; New Bedford and Fall River, Massachusetts, take second place with 0.1 percent growth QoQ.Baltimore, Maryland, home price growth has rapidly decreased from 1.0 percent to 0.2 percent in the last month. This is the nation’s largest single-month change.Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Newport News, Virginia, won fourth place with 0.2 percent growth.Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, is in fifth place with 0.3 percent growth.