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Portmore ready for RSPL final

first_imgPortmore United FC are ready and willing to play the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final against Montego Bay United (MBU)FC in St James on Sunday at 4 p.m. “We won’t mind taking the trophy if they (MBU) are not there; however, the fans will be cheated,” Andre Waugh, technical director of five-time national champions Portmore United told the RSPL weekly press conference at the Red Stripe Hospitality Lounge yesterday morning. MBU failed to send any representative as they continued their protest against the move by the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ) decision to stage the final at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, St James. Waugh said MBU’s absence from the press conference is an issue for that club. “We won’t be caught up. We will remain focused on the game,” he stated. Portmore have beaten MBU the three times that the teams have met in the RSPL preliminary stage this season, but Waugh is not taking his opponents lightly. “We have beaten them three times this season, but we won’t be complacent. We want to go all the way by adding the title to the regular season trophy we won for ending on most points.” The Portmore technical director added that he expects MBU to show for the final. “We expect MoBay to turn up, so we will go there to win,” he pointed out. BIG LOSS Portmore United will be without inspirational captain Omar Daley for Sunday’s game, and Waugh admitted that it is a big loss. “Omar Daley is out for the final because of an injury. His absence will be a big loss as he is a good leader, on and off the field,” the Portmore technical director said. He added that he had no problems with the decision to play the match in Montego Bay. “Once the decision was made, we worked with it and we have no problem with the venue and time of the game. We have no fear,” Waugh, who is also physical trainer for the Jamaica national senior team, said. Promoted Portmore United returned to the RSPL after being demoted two seasons ago. Last season, they captured the St Catherine FA Major League and knockout titles. They then won the South Central Confederation Super League and went into the Jamaica Football Federation premier league qualification play-offs and came out on top ahead of the University of the West Indies FC.last_img read more

SMB tests Meralco

first_imgMOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours While San Miguel has thrived in this tournament, Meralco has gone the exact opposite. The Bolts have won just a combined four games in the last two seasons under Black, who continues to look for a dominant man in the middle.Instead, the Bolts landed KG Canaleta from the free agent market, and the journeyman gunslinger repaid Black’s trust in their debut by shooting 25 points against his former team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eagles abound in pro league Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the entire field wanting to shoot it down, defending champion San Miguel Beer returns to action Wednesday and will put Meralco to the test in the PBA Philippine Cup as they jostle for the early elimination round lead at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Coming off an impressive 104-96 decision of Phoenix Petroleum in the inaugurals, the Beermen will slug it out with the Bolts in the 7 p.m. contest.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meanwhile, the Fuel Masters try to rebound from that defeat when they battle Kia Picanto in the 4:15 p.m. game.“The field improved their rosters and their battlecry is to beat San Miguel Beer,” Austria went on. “But every time there’s pressure, my players play with the sense of urgency. They are still hungry [to win] the title.”No team has achieved a four-peat in this conference, and San Miguel has come out on top of practically everyone’s list as the team to beat.And Black’s problem will be Fajardo, with Meralco not having the player that can stop the the 6-foot-10 star one-on-one.“I think we have a better team than the one last season,” Black added.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “They will be a handful,” Meralco coach Norman Black said of the Beermen, after his Bolts also had a shaky debut against the Blackwater Elite a week ago.San Miguel coach Leo Austria didn’t hide his strengths in the win over Phoenix, calling on his starting unit to do practically all of the offensive damage on the Fuel Masters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAgainst Phoenix, Austria’s first five scored all but nine of the total San Miguel output, with reigning four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo finishing with 23 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks.“The first win is really hard [to get], especially because everyone is preparing very hard for us,” Austria said.last_img read more

GTUC slams Govt for non-attendance

first_img…says labour issues being neglectedGovernment’s failure to make representation at the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Annual Conference compounded by its meagre reason for nonattendance has definitely ruffled the feathers of theJunior Communities Minister Keith ScottGuyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC).In a statement issued over the weekend, the GTUC said it was extremely disturbed at the failure of government to attend the Conference for two consecutive years, noting that is sends a strong signal of the nonimportance being placed on labour issues in the country.The ILO conference is where governments, employers and workers organisations meet to discuss issues that impact the well-being of each group. These discussions guide the conceptualisation and development of conventions and programmes.The 2016 Conference is being held from 1 to 13 June in Geneva, Switzerland.The GTUC argued that it would have been to the nation’s advantage to be represented at such a high forum where involvement would have taken place in the discussions and shaping of policies and programmes. Guyana would have also benefitted from the input of other participants.No money to attendGTUC said when it discovered Guyana was not attending, efforts were made to ascertain the reason(s) for non-participation.The umbrella union said it was appalled when it was advised that government was not attending because there were not enough financial resources.“GTUC finds it instructive that while the government claims it could not find the funding to attend and participate in the conference, at the same time Minister Keith Scott who has responsibility for labour and was identified to be at the conference, has travelled to Europe, for only God knows what,” the statement registered. The GTUC said it recognises that every government operates with limited and scarce resources, nonetheless it is calling on this administration to make judicious determination in its spending and the prioritisation of events.“The ILO Conference should be within the top priority,” GTUC said.It continued: “This Government is put on notice that it has to be mindful of labour’s role and importance in any developmental agenda and its responsibility to participate at regional and international bodies that would impact this most vital resource of every country.”GTUC reminded that it is of concern to labour that workers continue to be treated as incidental to production and productivity, even though neither can be achieved without their input.Rejected complaints and a Labour MinistryIn addition to the nonattendance at the ILO Conference, the GTUC is perturbed over reports of labour complaints being rejected when reports are made at the Social Protection Ministry, Labour Department.“GTUC continues to receive complains from workers that they are being turned away from the Ministry of Social Protection when they seek to lodge complaints against employers. The process in industrial relations on matters of such nature is not to turn away complainants but to activate a process to investigate and resolve the complaint,” the organisation related.In this regard, GTUC renewed calls for government to re-establish a Labour Ministry.The union had previously pleaded with the President to restore the Labour Ministry. In announcing Cabinet portfolios and the renaming of ministries, President David Granger did not include labour, which in the previous administration fell under the Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security.The human services portfolio has now been renamed the Social Protection Ministry, but the word labour has been dropped. Administration officials said the Social Protection Ministry will carry the labour portfolio.In response to these calls however, Granger maintained he made a right decision to not have a separate ministry for labour issues. He emphasised that the Social Protection Ministry is perfectly capable of dealing with matters that would otherwise have been dealt with under a Labour Ministry.last_img read more

Whole Foods plan rejected

first_img“It’s a little disheartening when you have such a great product, and when you have gone through the process dictated by the city … and be told it doesn’t work,” said Michael Hastings, a consultant and former councilman working with developer Tom Davies. Michael Besancon, the Austin, Texas-based grocer’s Southern Pacific Region president, said Wednesday the company will try to find other locations in Burbank. “While we’d like to partner with the city of Burbank for this project, we respect that the community has spoken,” he said in a prepared statement. The nearest Whole Foods are in Glendale and Sherman Oaks. (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We wish Whole Foods well in finding a new location.” Still, the council unanimously urged city staff to help the developer find another location. “I would hope that Whole Foods wouldn’t fold its tent,” said Mayor Todd Campbell, who supported the store. “We desperately want a Whole Foods in Burbank.” Besides Campbell, Councilman Jef Vander Borght supported the market, while David Golonski, Marsha Ramos and David Gordon did not. The rejection of the market proposed for 901 W. Alameda Ave. came despite several attempts by the developer to reduce the store size to 52,340 square feet from 59,500 square feet, and to create a fund – $25,000 to $100,000 – to address traffic, equestrian safety and other concerns in a community where houses come with backyard stables. BURBANK – A planned Whole Foods Market in the Rancho area has been rejected, but the City Council hopes it can corral another. A 3-2 vote late Tuesday night shot down the controversial market proposed in the Rancho equestrian district, a victory for residents who feared a traffic nightmare. Rancho resident Roman Gora, who helped organize the opposition, relished the outcome. “I’m mainly appreciative that the council understand the uniqueness of the Rancho and concerns of the neighborhood,” Gora said. last_img read more

$14 billion in 30-year bonds purchased

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “This was certainly a successful launch for the 30-year bond,” said David Wyss, chief economist at Standard & Poor’s in New York. Wyss and other economists said the government benefited from the strong demand for long-term debt instruments, particularly from pension funds that are investing for younger workers who will not retire for decades. Treasury securities are considered the world’s safest investment because the government never has defaulted on its debt. The Treasury sold 30-year bonds from 1977 to 2001, when the government recorded its fourth straight budget surplus, a string unmatched in seven decades. But the government has gone back into the red as the 2001 recession, a series of tax cuts and the cost of the global fight against terrorism have driven deficits to all-time highs in dollar terms. The Bush administration said Monday that it expects the deficit for the current year to hit a record $423 billion, surpassing the $413 billion mark in 2004. Treasury Department spokeswoman Brookly McLaughlin said the department was pleased with the results of the first auction, saying it will benefit investors, the Treasury and taxpayers. Private economists said the government’s rising need for loans was coming at a good time in terms of the increased demand for debt, especially from pension funds, insurers and other institutional investors. “New auctions will satisfy an unusual coincidence of needs on the supply and demand side of the fixed-income debt markets,” said Brian Bethune, a U.S. economist for Global Insight, a private forecasting firm. The Treasury has said it intends to auction between $20 billion and $30 billion of 30-year bonds this year in two auctions. The second auction will occur in August; the government has not said how much in 30-year bonds will be sold then. The sale of $14 billion in 30-year bonds Thursday was part of expected debt sales in the January-March period of $188 billion. That will be the largest amount the Treasury has raised in a single three-month period. The administration also is facing the prospect in the coming weeks of getting Congress to increase the national debt limit. It now stands at $8.184 trillion. That request is expected to set off a spirited debate. Democrats contend that President George W. Bush has sent the debt spiraling by pushing for sweeping tax cuts that primarily benefited the wealthy. The administration says those tax cuts helped lift the country out of the 2001 recession. Bush is seeking to get his first-term tax cuts made permanent at a cost, his budget estimated Monday, of $1.35 trillion over the next decade. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The 30-year Treasury bond made a long-awaited return Thursday, delighting bond investors and the cash-strapped federal government. The Treasury Department sold $14 billion of the bonds with a yield of 4.53 percent. Strong demand helped to keep the yield at its lowest level ever. The yield was 5.52 percent the last time the 30-year bond was auctioned, on Aug. 15, 2001. Bond sales stopped while the government ran a string of budget surpluses. Deficits returned and set records, so the government reintroduced the bonds, hoping to lock in interest payments at low rates for a longer period. last_img read more

Rescued pups lend an ear

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Sandra, a Valencia woman who has had profound hearing loss since she was a child and wears two high-powered hearing aids, welcomed Flash into her home last week. She’s already rediscovered some freedoms she’d put aside because of her condition. “I love being outdoors,” she said. “This is cool, now I have a new walking buddy. Flash has definitely reminded me of how much I enjoy being outdoors; that was a benefit I wasn’t expecting.” Ramey rescued Flash about six months ago from the county animal shelter in Castaic. He went to live with her and her own four dogs so she could train him to respond to five basic sounds: a doorbell, a ringing phone, the oven timer, a smoke alarm and the sound of someone alerting its master. Flash’s job: to hear those sounds and alert his hearing-impaired owner. Along with alerting Sandra to doorbells and alarms, Sandra also will be able to read his reactions to environmental hazards, such as approaching cars. In other words, when he startles, she’ll know to look around. Sandra got in touch with the foundation when her sign language teacher at College of the Canyons recommended she get a hearing dog. With her children grown and gone, she was open to the idea of getting a companion that could help her when her husband was out on a business call or they were traveling. After she interviewed Sandra, Ramey knew Flash would be going back to his hometown. She e-mailed a picture of the amiable pooch and to hear Sandra tell it, it was love at first sight. “His coat was so shiny and he had cute ears,” she said. “Plus when we visited the foundation, he liked my husband and my husband liked him.” Once Ramey brought Flash to Sandra’s home, there was another specialized command he had to learn: hearing someone call her name and bringing her to the other person. The women spent four days together, familiarizing Flash with Sandra’s home and neighborhood. Flash seemed to take the change in stride, settling in to sleep on the floor next to Sandra’s bed at night and waiting patiently to be fed at his bowl in the kitchen. “They do an excellent job training the dogs,” Sandra said. “The hard part is training us.” The foundation, the only center specializing in hearing dogs headquartered in Southern California, rescues dogs from area shelters and trains them to be the ears of their owners. Out of all the dogs that go through initial conditioning, only 25 to 30 percent are deemed suitable for placement. “The others are adopted out as ‘career change’ dogs,” Ramey said. Hearing dogs are considered assistance dogs and are allowed in all public places. Flash has a bright orange vest to wear to let people know that he might be friendly, but he’s also at work when he and Sandra stop into a store or restaurant. “When I go to the shelter, I look for dogs that are sound, stable and friendly,” Ramey said. “I look for high energy, but they also have to have the stability to be in public places.” Not every dog is a candidate for the program, especially if they are of a breed known to be aggressive. “We don’t want a server in a restaurant to be intimidated because there’s a pit bull under the table,” Ramey said. The foundation is funded by founder and “Simpsons” co-creator Sam Simon and has a mission to “save the lives of dogs to enrich the lives of people.” The organization also rescues shelter dogs and places them with senior citizens and provides low-income pet owners the animals with free spay and neuter services for their animals. For information, call (310) 457-5898 or visit the Web site at Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – When Sandra sees Flash, she hears bells. Not the ones he alerts her of when the soft black border collie mix dog paws her knee, but the ones heard by couples smitten with one other. “There will be no Flashbacks,” she said, joking she is certain she will keep him. That was good news for trainer Lori Ramey from the Sam Simon Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides hearing dogs – known also as assistance dogs – to deaf and hard-of-hearing people. last_img read more

Michael Carrick has important role to play for Man United next season – Giggs

first_img Michael Carrick at his testimonial 1 Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs believes Michael Carrick has an important part to play for Jose Mourinho’s side next season.The ex-England midfielder, who turns 36 next month, has just signed a year-long extension to the contract which was due to expire to keep him at Old Trafford for another campaign – his 12th at the club.Carrick made 38 appearances this season – only eight of which were as a substitute – with 23 starts in the Premier League and Giggs, who played for United until he was 40, believes his former team-mate’s experience will be vital in the coming 12 months.“Michael just makes players around him play better,” said the Welshman.“He’s got that calming influence that you can see on and off the pitch, it’s a pleasure to play with him.“When you play with players, you want to trust them when they have the ball and Michael is one of those players.“When he is on the pitch, you can trust him. He always makes the right decision.”Carrick himself is looking forward to recharging his batteries over the summer and returning for pre-season with the focus on winning more silverware after an EFL Cup and Europa League double this season.“I can totally switch off now when I go away with the family,” he told MUTV after a testimonial at Old Trafford to mark his 11 years with the club.“I will probably throw my phone in the sea so I don’t have to answer any more calls or emails. Just get my head together again and be ready again to be back for pre-season and do it all over again and try and win some more trophies.”last_img read more


first_imgThe heartbroken family of a young Donegal woman who was drowned in Australia have been told it could be two weeks before her body is flown back to Ireland.Devastated Jimmy and Margaret Morrow from Ballintra are still coming to terms with the loss of their eldest daughter Elaine.The 23 year old was drowned after going on a scuba-diving adventure with friends off Langford Island in the Whitsundays Islands in Queensland on Monday afternoon last. She was on the second day of a three day dive on board the boat Summertime, was with about a dozen other tourists.However she failed to resurface and her body was found a short time later on the floor of the eleven metre deep ocean.When she reached the surface, a number of people tried CPR but failed to revive her.The former Colaiste Colmcille, Ballyshannon pupil was then rushed to Haman Island Medical Centre where a nurse administered CPR but this also failed to revive Elaine. Department of Foreign Affairs officials have made contact with the dead woman’s family here in Donegal.Her mother and father Margaret and James (Jimmy) and her two younger sisters are said to be devastated by the accident.Last night local county councillor Phonsie Travers described the Morrows as “decent and hard-working people” who didn’t deserve what had happened to them.“I was over in the house earlier and there’s just a numbing silence. Nobody knows what to say to Jimmy and Margaret because there is little we can say. It’s just awful for them.“To see Elaine’s friends calling to her home and to see the hurt on their faces was just terrible. “The worst thing about it is that it will be a couple of weeks before everything is sorted and Elaine can be flown home again to where she belongs – with her family.“Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this time,” he said.It’s understood Elaine had been visiting the famous Whitsunday Islands as a tourist and had been part of a group who had chartered a boat.The islands are hugely popular as a tourist destination and attract thousands of diving enthusiasts every year. It’s believed Elaine had left Donegal for Australia in January and had been based in Sydney.Whitsunday water police are said to be investigating the incident.Sergeant Graeme Pettigrew of Whitsundays Water Police said initial investigations suggested the woman had become separated from the group while diving and then failed to resurface with the other divers.‘‘The person involved was on a resort – introductory – dive. She was not an experienced diver. She became lost from the group,’’ he said.Another police spokesman told donegaldaily “She failed to resurafce and was then found on the ocean floor a short time later.“She was brought back up and CPR was attempted but she could not be revived.”The boat was docked at Airlie Beach, where scenes of crime investigators have examined the vessel.The boat’s operator Whitsundays Sailing Adventures said its practices were to the highest safety standards.“All of our tours are operated to the highest safety standards. The operator involved carried out all emergency procedures including CPR, but unfortunately the young lady could not be revived,” the company said in a statement.“Whitsundays Sailing Adventures and the vessel operator are currently working with the appropriate authorities in regards to this incident.“Our condolences go out to the family and friends, and counselling support is being given to the other guests and crew of the vessel.”Police investigations are continuing.Mayor of Ballyshannon Brendan Travers said he was deeply saddened to hear of such a young death.“It’s always sad to hear of a person’s death but it is especially sad at such a young age and in such tragic circumstances. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family,” he said.HEARTBREAKING WAIT AHEAD FOR FAMILY OF DROWNED DONEGAL WOMAN was last modified: April 20th, 2011 by StephenShare 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)Tags:AustraliaBallintradrowningElaine Morrowscuba divinglast_img read more

AlphaLab Demo Day Showcases Pittsburgh’s Finest

first_imgTags:#start#startups dana oshiro Pittsburgh-based startup incubator AlphaLab hosted its Fall demo day earlier this morning. Created by seed funding group Innovations Works, AlphaLab provides 6 promising startups with funding, office space and business advice over a 20-week mentorship program. Today’s event showcased half of those companies and was similar in format to YCombinator, Techstars and Launchbox Digital demo days. Investors, entrepreneurs and advisors clamored to get a peek at these early-stage companies. CloudFab: CloudFab is an online fabrication platform where owners of 3D printers, machining tools and laser cutters can offer their services to designers. Similar to Ponoko or Shapeways, designers and hobbyists visit the site with ideas for custom jewelry, furniture, vinyl figurines or even bike parts. From here users connect with those who can help make their ideas reality. CloudFab CEO Nick Pinkston is so dedicated to the maker-lifestyle that he started Hack Pittsburgh – a non-profit organization dedicated to DIY tinkerers and hobbyists. Fooala: Fooala is restaurant platform that offers instant ordering options for hungry website visitors. This service ensures that for every web access point and mention of a restaurant, there is a corresponding online order button. After scanning a user’s menu and basic information, the company indexes your restaurant in its “Anywhere Ordering Network”. Customers then order menu items over their desktop computers and mobile devices via the Fooala widget. The company already has 60 restaurant partners and is actively seeking investment to expand into new regional markets. LeftRight Studios: LeftRight Studios is an independent game development house specializing in iPhone applications. The studio’s goal is to create a branded gaming network where companies can expand their customer reach via entertaining mobile games. To show off its development abilities, the group has already released Smackbots, an iPhone version of the classic Rock’em Sock’em robots game. Vivo: Vivo is a lifestreaming service that allows users to share live event broadcasts. Rather than pursuing the lifestyle audience, Vivo pitched AlphaLab investors as a platform for live video customer engagement. The site has already penned partnerships with HarperCollins and the American Booksellers Association. It will be interesting to see if the publishing industry uses the service to broadcast readings and launches, or if they will find new methods to engage readers and fans. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts NavPrescience: NavPrescience is a GPS system that incorporates predictive technologies. By observing driver behavior, the service continually tweaks route recommendations according to driving patterns and route preferences. The company is seeking funding to launch a mobile and web-based freemium service for the Pittsburgh area. Zipano: Zipano is a personal privacy platform that allows users to better express their privacy preferences and contacts. The group claims to solve the privacy issues associated with location-based services by offering users another layer of information sharing options. Zipano demonstrates its capabilities with its Locaccino Facebook application. Users specify their level of comfort with location requests and have instant access to those who have already looked for their location. There is also an option to create rules so that your public whereabouts only display in specific locations, during specific times, and for specific friends. Photo Credit: Alex Thomson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Suburban Sprawl Costs a Bundle

first_imgHigher transportation expenses, less mobilityLiving in the suburbs inevitably means a lot more driving, and less walking, and that exacts a surprisingly high price.Vehicle costs alone approach $3,000 a year, before adding costs associated with travel time, vehicle operation, parking, air pollution, water pollution, and traffic accidents.Traffic death rates are two to five times as high in sprawled urban areas as they are in “smart growth communities.”And because suburban development discourages walking, cycling, and public transportation, the authors said, it tends to impose “particularly large burdens on physically, economically and socially disadvantaged people.”“To the degree that sprawl concentrates poverty in urban neighborhoods, it tends to exacerbate social problems such as crime and dysfunctional families,” it continues.The authors said costs cited in the report reflect conditions in North America, but were transferable to developing countries.“Although many of these costs are lower in absolute value in developing countries, due to lower wages and property values, they are probably similar relative to incomes and regional economies,” the report says. “As a result, smart growth policies that create more compact communities can provide substantial economic, social and environmental benefits in both developed and developing countries.” Suburban sprawl means less farmland and reduced agricultural productivity, dirtier air and water, and more traffic congestion, a new study says, and it all adds up to increased costs of about $1 trillion a year in the U.S. The study by The New Climate Economy is an attempt to quantify the economic costs of sprawl (“dispersed, automobile-oriented, urban-fringe development”) while pointing out the benefits of compact, mixed-use building (“smart growth”).“Sprawl provides various benefits, but these are mostly direct benefits to sprawled community residents, while many costs are external, imposed on non-residents,” the report says. “This analysis indicates that sprawl imposes more than $400 billion dollars in external costs and $625 billion in internal costs annually in the U.S., indicating that smart growth policies which encourage more efficient development can provide large economic, social and environmental benefits.”In other words, sprawl can be great, if expensive, for people who live there, but not so great for people who don’t.last_img read more