Fort St. John continues to improve Housing Affordability

first_imgIn 2018 the HAI for 100 Mile House was 47.2%. This is the chiefly result of median household income being around 54% of that of Northern BC.Fort St. John is the only community in Northern BC reporting consistent improvements inaffordability over the reference period, largely due to a persistent drop in house pricesover the period. Kitimat remains the most affordable community in Northern BC with anHAI of just 20.6%. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The BC Northern Real Estate Board (BCNREB) released their annual edition of the Housing Affordability Indicators (HAI) for Northern British Columbia.The Housing Affordability Indicators is based on a refreshed data-set that updates baseline variables to 2015. The BCNREB using the HAI estimate the proportion of median household income required to cover the major costs associated with homeownership.These will include mortgage costs, municipal taxes and fees, and utilities for the average single-family home. The higher the measure, the more difficult it is to afford a home.- Advertisement -Home ownership in most of Northern British Columbia remains very affordable,especially when compared with the Vancouver region. According to CanadaMortgage and Housing Corporation stating housing is considered “affordable” if it costsless than 30% of a household’s before-tax income.The HAI for Northern BC for 2018 is 26.9%, despite showing a 2-percentage point increaseover the 2017 HAI. The affordability of home ownership is exceptionally favourablewhen compared with 118.9% for the Vancouver Area and 66.1% for Victoria.The BCNREB shares, affordability worsened slightly in 2018 in most northern BC communities, only 100 Mile House reflects an HAI significantly above 30%.Advertisementlast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi K20 quick review: The price is alright, folks

first_imgThe Redmi K20 is here. The smartphone was launched in China in May and since then, Indian consumers, particularly those who keep an eye on everything that Xiaomi is launching, wanted the company to bring the Redmi K20 to the country. Xiaomi ended the wait two days ago. On July 17, the company launched the Redmi K20 alongside the K20 Pro. The prices of the two phones… well, let’s talk about the price of the K20 in a while considering it’s such a touchy topic right now. But as part of what I learnt about the K20 while putting together in this quick review, I feel its price of Rs 21,999 is alright.First thing first. The Redmi K20 Pro Glacier Blue colour variant looks beautiful and different. That is the variant we have over here at the India Today Tech for the K20 review. There are two more colour variants available: Flame Red and Carbon Fiber. My personal favourite is the Carbon Fiber Black version of the phone, which I made clear in the review of the K20 Pro, but these things are subjective. The Glacier Blue variant too looks dashing.If you like phones with unique and flashy design that also feels premium in hands you’re absolutely going to love the Redmi K20’s Glacier blue version. My own choice is for phones that are more subtle and sophisticated and hence I like the Carbon Black Fiber of the K20. Similar to the Redmi K20 Pro the Redmi K20 also comes with Aura Prism design. Both the Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro look like twins and there’s absolutely no difference between the two phones as far as the design is concerned. The Redmi K20 comes with slim bezels, a pop-up camera with LED lights — camera module could have been slightly faster — aura prism design, and everything else that we get in the Redmi K20 Pro. I also like how the power button is red in colour instead of blue like the volume keys. This adds to the overall aesthetics of the smartphone and makes it eye-catching.advertisementYou can read the India Today Tech review of the Redmi K20 Pro here to know more details about the Redmi K20 series design.One of the best bits about the Redmi K20 is its build and its “premium-ness”. The phone feels slick thanks to the Gorilla Glass 5 on the back and front and the nicely curved design. Similar to the Redmi K20 Pro, the Redmi K20 also has solid build quality and feels extremely compact. I like the size of the phone. What I said for the Redmi K20 Pro, I will repeat for the K20: The Redmi K20 has the perfect size and doesn’t feel huge in the hands. Another good bit is the Redmi K20 doesn’t feel very heavy either despite sporting a massive 4000mAh battery inside it. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, single speaker grill and USB type C port.Despite its lower price compared to that of the Redmi K20 Pro, Xiaomi uses an AMOLED display for the Redmi K20. The screen size is the same. To be specific, the Redmi K20 comes with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display that offers a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The phone’s screen supports HDR, which is great. In the limited time I have spent with the Redmi K20 I believe the screen of the phone gets pretty bright in all kinds of scenarios, be it outdoors or indoors. The phone comes with auto-brightness option and it also lets you adjust the colour temperature of the screen. I also like the fact that the Redmi K20 sports as slim bezels as the Redmi K20 Pro offers and that’s clearly because of the pop-up camera that sits of the top left of the phone. There’s another surprise beneath the display — 7th generation in-display fingerprint sensor that I feel is quite fast at unlocking the phone. While using the phone I mostly relied on the in-display sensor to unlock it and skipped the AI face unlock as it is slow and not very reliable.The 20MP pop-up camera sensor clicks fairly decent selfies, but I feel the pictures could have turned out to be slightly better. I had the same complaint from the Redmi K20 Pro as well. The selfies often miss out on details and also I also feel colours lack contrast. The back camera performance, in comparison, is better. The Redmi K20 comes with the IMX582 primary camera sensor compared to the IMX586 in the K20 Pro. Both are 48-megapixel sensors but the IMX586 supports faster FPS in 4K video recording. Everything else is more or less same between these two sensors, so for all practical purposes cameras in the K20 Pro and the K20 are similar.advertisement Just like the K20 Pro, the K20 also sports two additional rear cameras. This means it has 13MP super wide-angle lens and 8MP telephoto lens apart from the main camera. Overall I believe the camera performance of the Redmi K20 is pretty decent for the price it comes for. In daylight the pictures clicked with the Redmi K20 show good amount of details but they also look little over-saturated. The low-light camera performance could have been better, I believe. But then the phone comes with Night Mode that improves the quality of pictures clicked in less light. I will talk about the camera of the Redmi K20 in the full review of the smartphone very soon. Stay tuned.One of the key highlights of the Redmi K20 is the hardware running the smartphone. Notably, the Redmi K20 is the first smartphone in India to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor. After spending two days with the Redmi K20 I can say that the phone offers pretty smooth performance overall. Until now I haven’t experienced any lags. The phone feels pretty smooth while switching between apps and also during opening and closing the apps. Browsing through social media apps like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook is also very smooth. Additionally, the Redmi K20 also offers pretty long battery life and the credit for the complete goes to the 4000mAh battery on board. The Redmi K20 supports 18W fast charging support. There is no 27W charging support in this one, unlike the Redmi K20 Pro. Yet again, similar to the Redmi K20 Pro the Redmi K20 also comes with Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top. There’s also Poco launcher that comes pre-installed with the phone and it makes a lot of difference in the overall user experience. The Poco Launcher brings app drawer, dark mode, battery saver, among other things. The phone also has fewer ads when compared to other Redmi phones but they are there, at least for now.Overall I feel for Rs 21,999 the Redmi K20 is pretty good a package. I will have more to say about the Xiaomi Redmi K20 in the full review of the smartphone in the days to come. 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Report: Atletico Madrid 1 Qarabag 1

first_imgAtletico Madrid 1 Qarabag 1: Rojiblancos denied again by 10 men Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 05:45 11/1/17 Antoine Griezmann - cropped Getty Images Thomas Partey cancelled out a shock first-half opener from Qarabag but Atletico Madrid lacked the cutting edge to claim a much-needed win. Atletico Madrid are on the brink of an early exit from the Champions League after 10-man Qarabag battled to a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday.Thomas Partey’s second-half equaliser and the 59th-minute dismissal of Pedro Henrique was not enough to keep the Azerbaijani outfit from holding the LaLiga heavyweights to another stalemate.Qarabag also defied a numerical disadvantage to register their first ever point in the competition when the teams met two weeks ago, although both sides finished with 10 men here as Stefan Savic received his marching orders for a second yellow in the closing stages. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The visitors looked set to take an easier route to a new slice of history when Spanish midfielder Michel headed them into a 1-0 lead at half-time.Thomas responded with a spectacular equaliser in the 56th minute and Henrique’s sending off for a high boot on Diego Godin appeared to be the help Atletico needed to close the gap on second-placed Chelsea.Instead, they were yet again frustrated by the underdogs and will need maximum points, and favours elsewhere, to have a chance of progressing to the knockout stages.Full Time: Atletico de Madrid – QarabağCongratulations boys! #AtletiQarabag #UCL pic.twitter.com/s7XzRZzzRp— Qarabağ FK English (@FKQarabaghEN) October 31, 2017Eager to avoid the frustration of their previous meeting, Atletico immediately got on the front foot as Ibrahim Sehic was forced to parry away Antoine Griezmann’s well-struck volley from the edge of the area.The hosts produced an even better move in the 15th minute when Kevin Gameiro was freed by Angel Correa’s backheel, only for a heavy touch to allow Sehic to smother.Gameiro screwed his next shot across the face of goal and a stretching Godin headed over the bar as opportunities continued to go begging.Jan Oblak was not allowed to relax at the other end, though, with the Slovenian getting down low to his left to deny Pedro Henrique.But there was little the goalkeeper could do to prevent Qarabag from snatching a shock lead, the Azerbaijani champions rewarded for possession and perseverance as Michel emphatically headed in Wilde-Donald Guerrier’s corner.7 – Atletico have conceded more headed goals than any other La Liga side this season in all competitions. Strange. pic.twitter.com/7sz42YeQUh— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 31, 2017 Gameiro was guilty of wasting another good chance immediately after the restart, the France striker unable to readjust when Sehic pushed Correa’s shot into his path.But just moments after Savic’s goal-line clearance rescued them from going two goals behind, Atletico were level.Griezmann flicked the ball into Thomas’ path and, from the right edge of the area, the Ghana international curled a stunning effort into the top-right corner.And the visitors’ hopes of more Champions League history took another blow when Pedro Henrique was shown a straight red for a high boot to Godin’s face.Saul Niguez next saw a header nodded off the line by Rasad Sadiqov, before Filipe Luis shot wide at the end of a classy team move.Diego Simeone’s side repeatedly knocked on the door over the final half hour and came closest to a dramatic winner when a stunning Sehic save denied substitute Nicolas Gaitan and left them four points adrift of Chelsea in Group C.Their hopes of climbing above either the Blues or Roma were further affected by a late dismissal of defender Savic, who was shown a second yellow for his high challenge on Qara Qarayev. Key Opta stats:- Atletico Madrid have drawn three home games in a row for the first time under Diego Simeone (all competitions).- Thomas Partey has become the first African player to score for Atletico in Champions League.- Atletico attempted 35 shots against Qarabag, their highest total in a game this season and their highest total in a CL game (since 2003-04).- Jan Oblak has equaled Zlatko Zahovic as the Slovenian player with the most appearances in the Champions league (32 apiece). read morelast_img read more

Sydney delegation visits SDMC

first_imgNew Delhi: A high level civic and business delegation from Blacktown, Sydney, led by Mayor Stephan Bali on Friday met SDMC Mayor Sunita Kangra in her office. Discussions were held on the development of modern suburbs, parks, community centres, schools and retail areas with the expertise available here in India, especially in SDMC.According to SDMC, Blacktown is the sixth-largest civic body in the state of Sydney in Australia and is keen to transform its central business district (CBD), one of the smartest and attractive architectural wonders in the world. The delegation members discussed the issues with the SDMC officials to understand the strategy used for taking up the developmental project on fast track mode in order to dedicate the same to the citizens.last_img