Coroner finds ‘minuscule misjudgement’ led to Hughes’ death

first_imgPERTH, Australia (AP) A coroner who held an inquest into the death of international batsman Phillip Hughes has recommended that Cricket Australia review its laws on dangerous and unfair bowling to remove ambiguity, and urged the sport’s governing body to mandate the use of extra neck protection on batting helmets. New South Wales state coroner Michael Barnes handed down his findings yesterday, three weeks after a five-day hearing into the circumstances of Hughes’ death concluded in Sydney. At the inquest, a lawyer for the Hughes family said the 25-year-old Test cricketer was subjected to verbal abuse and an extraordinary amount of short-pitch bowling, or bouncers, before he was fatally struck on the back of the head and neck by a steeply bouncing bowl by Sean Abbott during a domestic first-class match in November 2014. But Barnes ruled that it was a “tragic accident,” finding that Hughes was experienced in handling high-bouncing deliveries, that there was no malice intended and that there was no failure to enforce rules by the umpires that contributed to the death. “A minuscule misjudgement or a slight error of execution caused him to miss the ball which crashed into his neck with fatal consequences,” Barnes said in his findings. “There was no suggestion the ball was bowled with malicious intent. Neither the bowler nor anyone else was to blame for the tragic outcome.” The match between New South Wales and South Australia states ended abruptly when Hughes suddenly collapsed on the pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground after being struck by a bouncer, or short-pitched delivery. He was taken to a nearby hospital but died two days later from a brain haemorrhage caused by a torn vertebral artery. The coronial inquest was called to investigate whether the nature of play contributed to the risk, and the response by stadium and cricket staff and officials. As well as his recommendations to Cricket Australia, Barnes directed the New South Wales state cricket association and the stadium operators to review and improve medical and safety protocols for players, officials and staff to ensure a faster response to emergency situations. Barnes said Cricket Australia needed to review its regulations on playing conditions because the laws regarding limits on short-pitch bowling and what constituted a dangerous or unfair delivery were too open to interpretation.last_img read more

Bono earns praise for holding his own vs Fajardo

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Blown leads cause for concern for SMB coach Austria OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Containing a behemoth like Fajardo is admittedly tall order, but Bono was still able make life difficult for the four-time PBA MVP while also making a good account of himself on the offensive end.Bono scored eight points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field in only 11 minutes.“You can’t stop June Mar. You just had to contain him. I’m just thankful for coach for giving me the opportunity,” said the former UAAP MVP.READ: Fajardo admits having a hard time vs BonoBono’s exemplary showing didn’t just garner praise from his own fort, but as well as from the opposing side as San Miguel coach Leo Austria also expressed glee with his former player’s performance.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “Coach just told me to get ready. I’m just thankful for the opportunity that coach gave me and I did my best to help the team. You’ll never know when coach will call your number, so I’m just ready,” Bono said.Though the Bolts went on to lose, 97-103, Bono’s presence was a huge boost in making a game out of the duel.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 folkREAD: Cabagnot, San Miguel weather Meralco comeback“I was happy with the way Ken played,” said Black. “He’s been hurt and he just came back to practice about a week ago, and he did pretty well tonight against June Mar. He did a pretty decent job of at least trying to push him out of the lane.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — It pays to be prepared, and for Ken Bono, he seized the moment when coach Norman Black called his number to guard June Mar Fajardo on Wednesday.Though surprised at first, the former Adamson standout did the best he could to at least slow down Fajardo as he held the fort for the Meralco frontline against the San Miguel giant in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT “I really congratulated him because I know what he can do. He’s one of the best shooters among big men and if he will focus on his conditioning, I think he will be given playing time,” Austria, who coached Bono at Adamson, said.The 33-year-old Bono hopes to get more opportunities to play.“Hopefully [I get to play more], but it depends on coach. I’m just ready every game,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ 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 View commentslast_img read more

Without Ravena, Alas, Road Warriors fail to match KaTropa’s fire power

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ And that absence was felt in the Road Warriors’ 117-106 loss to TNT Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao said they failed to match the firepower of the KaTropa, whose backcourt partnership of Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo could easily exceed that of the Road Warriors’ Alas and Ravena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We really lack the firepower and when you play against a team with a lot of offensive firepower like TNT that’s the time you really miss Kiefer and Kevin,” said Guiao in Filipino.Guiao, despite his team falling to a 2-5 record, chose to look at the silver lining of their loss to the KaTropa. Supermom: Blatchford draws inspiration from daughter Mahli to win Ironman PH Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Road Warriors fell behind in the second quarter, 51-30, but roared back in the third to get an 80-79 lead after a 50-28 run.Although TNT managed to regain composure in the fourth building a 108-96 margin, NLEX once more managed to get back to the game after Alex Mallari went on a personal 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 108-104.Unfortunately for the Road Warriors, Joshua Smith and Jayson Castro iced the game for the KaTropa exchanging buckets in the final two minutes for the 114-106 lead.“Looking at the positive side, the guys gave their best,” said Guiao. “If we want to give ourselves a chance we cannot lose any single game anymore. You need to win all four to be assured a slot.”ADVERTISEMENT NLEX may just be one of the most unfortunate teams in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup having to deal with the absence of its star backcourt in Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallslast_img read more

GTU hoping to fast pace negotiations for salary increases

first_imgThe previous negotiation process between the Education Ministry and the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) took a wrong turn last year and landed thousands of teachers on strike but this time around President of the Union, Mark Lyte said he hopes the Ministry learnt its lesson and does not allow the same situation to reoccur.Lyte was at the time speaking to this publication on Tuesday, as he gave an update on the talks the two bodies have had so far to increase the salaries of public school teachers.GTU President, Mark LyteAccording to him, GTU and the Ministry had only one discussion so far, which has been fruitful. “It was fruitful in that we were able to set some timelines and so on that we want to get stuff done. We basically agreed to have some other submissions so I would consider it as a fruitful first engagement. The negotiations have now started so we have to present our argument but we didn’t get into all of that,” Lyte explained.He noted that the two bodies were supposed to meet on April 15, but the Union was unable to attend as it is currently hosting a conference. As such, another meeting with the Ministry has been organised for April 30, where the Education Ministry will present a counter-proposal.Education Minister Nicolette HenryThe President of the Union said, “The other submissions that were required, inclusive of a counter-proposal on the part of the Ministry, and remember we did our proposal, so we requested a counter-proposal and we had to submit some additional documents which we did”.He was keen to note that the Teachers’ Union is looking forward to moving the pace a little faster than the last time. It was here that Ltye said, “It shouldn’t be the way it was the last time so we hope that lessons were learnt and we won’t have to go down the road that went the last time. So we are positive about the outcome”.The Union Head further noted that he is positive and is entering these discussions with the Ministry with a positive mind-set but will be assessing its moves closely.In February, GTU submitted a proposal to the Ministry for a 25 per cent pay hike for teachers.Lyte, in a previous interview, told Guyana Times that in this new proposal, the Union requested that some of the already existing policies be maintained such as Whitley Council for three years, instead of four, and a few others.This proposal also requests that grants be given to schools instead of having materials supplied as complaints have been flagged in the past of sub-standard materials and cleaning supplies.In addition to this, the President of the Union disclosed that the Union also requested the maintenance of duty-free concessions in the existing categories.Moreover, the new proposal seeks to extend gratuity for persons leaving the profession before the age of 50 to 55, while the issue of class size for special needs schools was highlighted.However, just mere months before, when the new school term began in September, benches were left empty as the classrooms remained unoccupied, as teachers took to the streets to protest for better wages.GTU had initially asked the Ministry for a 40 per cent raise on teachers’ salary but later settled for a 12 and eight per cent increase for the years 2016 and 2018, respectively.last_img read more

7 Guyanese selected for youth ambassadors programme in US

first_imgUnited States Ambassador to Guyana, Carol Ann Lynch and Deputy Chief of Mission Mark Cullinan along with the 2019 Youth Ambassadors outside the US Embassy, Georgetown (US Embassy photo)United States Ambassador to Guyana Carol Ann Lynch and Deputy Chief of Mission Mark Cullinan met recently with the 2019 Youth Ambassadors who will represent Guyana in the Youth Ambassadors Program (YAP) with the Caribbean in the United States.Under the theme “Social Transformation and Civic Engagement”, seven Guyanese students and one adult mentor will engage in a three-week exchange, along with their peers from the Caribbean, with a focus on specific issues facing youth across the region. Representing Guyana are Mia Barker, Abosaide Cadogan, Brianna Gopie, Vish Kistama, Shimron Ram, Beauty Razack, Swasti Saytoo, and Laurel Seales (mentor).According to the US Embassy in Georgetown, Ambassador Lynch congratulated the new batch of Youth Ambassadors and shared with them, some of the responsibilities the title of “Ambassador” holds.After listening to the participants share their diverse perspectives on issues affecting youth, Ambassador Lynch noted that this programme provided a platform for each participant to develop and enhance their ability to make positive contributions and provide solutions to the very issues affecting their communities.last_img read more

Liverpool legend Gerrard in running for Rangers job

first_img0Shares0000Steven Gerrard was a member of the Liverpool side that won the 2005 Champions League and joined the club’s coaching staff when he retired from playing © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 26 – Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard is in contention for his first managerial post having made the short list for the role at Scottish giants Rangers, British media reported Thursday.The 37-year-old — capped 114 times and a member of the Liverpool side that won the 2005 Champions League — is presently the academy coach at Liverpool after rejecting the advances of lower league MK Dons when he hung up his boots in 2016. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that Rangers chairman Dave King attended Liverpool’s 5-2 humbling of Roma in their Champions League semi-final first leg clash on Tuesday.Former Rangers manager and now Scotland national coach Alex McLeish told the BBC he believes that while Gerrard has things still to learn he already possessed some of the qualities required for such a post.“Steven knows the game inside out and with regard to coaching, I am sure he has got some things to learn,” said McLeish.“He won’t have all the answers to that but I am certain he is somebody who could be a great man manager.”The present Rangers incumbent Graeme Murty is unlikely to be given the post full-time having been appointed manager till the end of the season in December after impressing in a caretaker role when Pedro Caixinha was fired last October.However, things have not gone well of late beaten 4-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-finals by bitter rivals Celtic.Dressing room discord has been made public too as it was revealed in the wake of the Cup defeat veteran striker Kenny Miller and captain Lee Wallace had been involved in heated exchanges with 43-year-old Murty.The fans have grown restive too having protested after the victory over Hearts last Sunday.Both of them have been suspended and will miss Rangers match away at Celtic on Sunday where victory for the hosts will see them crowned champions for the seventh successive time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Town meeting in Spanish

first_imgSUN VALLEY – At a public meeting early this year, some residents will listen as Bradley Landfill managers explain – in Spanish – their proposal to expand the dump, or relleno sanitario, while their English-speaking neighbors will slip on headphones for translation. Holding a public meeting in Spanish with English translation is rare, but observers say this bilingual outreach is a necessity. Nearly 25 percent of Sun Valley residents speak little or no English – and the number is probably higher in the neighborhoods closest to the landfill and most impacted by the proposed expansion. “In Sun Valley, particularly with this project, the community is very concerned about what’s going on and they want to be better informed. The best way to be informed is through your own language,” said Delia Torres, a longtime interpreter for the city who has been hired by Waste Management, the dump’s owner. The meeting has not yet been scheduled, but organizers say it likely will be held in early February. In addition to providing translations at public meetings, Torres translated into Spanish the 30-page summary of the project’s environmental impact report – a first for a project in the city of Los Angeles. The extensive Spanish-language outreach is essential for a well-informed community, but it also reflects a change in decision-making tactics from a time when political leaders made decisions without community input, said Manuel Pastor, a professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who has studied environmental justice issues related to landfills and trash facilities. “People organize. If you’ve got a landfill in a neighborhood filled with people who speak Spanish and you think they’re going to be politically active on the issue, then you better start speaking it.” Under its proposal, Waste Management would raise the elevation of the landfill by 43 feet and expand its capacity by 4.7 million cubic yards, or about 10 percent. The dump would still close in April 2007 as currently planned. The company also wants to build a permanent sorting facility, where recyclables are separated from refuse, and a transfer station capable of handling 7,000 tons of garbage per day. Waste Management began studying the environmental impacts of the project in 2002. The technical report is more than 500 pages and details how the project would change the aesthetics of the community and how much air pollution and traffic would be created by the expansion and new facility. The report is set to be released this month. Community activists pushed for a full environmental report in Spanish so that Sun Valley residents could understand and raise concerns about the landfill expansion. City planning staffers were reluctant to order the translation, so Waste Management agreed to translate the report’s executive summary. Such environmental reports are difficult to read and understand even in English. The technical report will be even harder to digest for people who are learning English as a second language, said the Rev. Richard Zanotti, pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Sun Valley and a member of One-LA, a grass-roots community group. “This will give them an opportunity to comment. They’ll feel freer in expressing themselves.” Waste Management offered Spanish interpretation in the past, but managers haven’t considered translation a priority until recently, said Doug Corcoran, district manager. Now the company realizes it needs to make its Spanish-speaking neighbors comfortable so they’ll be more willing to learn about the proposed landfill expansion. “We’re basically pinning the success of this project on effectively communicating why it’s a good thing, in the big picture, for the community and Sun Valley.” Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

LEAVING CERT RESULT COUNTDOWN – THROUGH THE EYES OF DONEGAL STUDENTS

first_imgIt’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the class of 2012 received their Leaving Certificate results.Across the county, thousands of pupils experienced one of the most daunting days in a student’s life. By Caoimhe Ní ChathailTomorrow, the very same will be the case for the class of 2013. After a stressful year, those few weeks of exam chaos and a summer which seemed to disappear in the blink of an eye, results day is almost upon us.Donegal Daily took the opportunity this week to interview some of these students from various schools in Donegal who will tomorrow find out just how hard they worked!In order to maintain a sense of privacy for the students, we have only included their first names. Over the next week they will be interviewed three times; before results, after results and after the first college offers; an insight into the beginning of the future for some of Donegal’s teenagers!Gavin:Gavin describes 6th year as ‘the fastest year of them all’, a sentiment which seems to be the first thought of many past pupils!He started studying at the end of November and after so many months of hard work, found that the exams ‘sounded scarier than they turned out to be’.Alongside his study, Gavin remained active to ward off fear which was affecting those around him. His biggest problem throughout the exams was Maths Paper I, where as he put it himself, ‘they messed up’.Gavin plans to study Maths & Computer Science and as he awaits his results knows that he no longer has any effect over them! His aim is to remain calm and not to allow any anxiety to rub off on others. Síofra:Síofra describes the hardest part of 6th year as ‘the normalising of a low-level, chewy sort of stress, the vague feeling that even if there was nothing to do, I still ought to be doing something’ and not in fact the exams.The monotony, the learning of the same thing over and over, ‘until formulae became as ingrained as the twenty six letters of the alphabet’ was another thing. Síofra describes ‘civilian life’, as she puts it, once the summer arrived, as more difficult than she thought it would be.She found doing nothing to be terrifying after ‘nine months of having information constantly “on demand”. Síofra has decided to leave the results ‘in the lap of the gods’. As she says, ‘I’ve done my bit, I’ll leave the rest of it to the Curve. All I can do now is hope.’Shane:6th year went well for Shane, in his opinion. His biggest challenges were, ‘getting the projects done in time and getting study time in’.The beginning of the exams were nerve-wracking, but as they went on Shane found it easier to deal with any nerves. He says that the exams ‘went much better than I had expected.’Shane was quite confident about his results but he is now finding that ‘the nerves are creeping in again.’Martina:Martina believes that 6th year ‘isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be’. She does however admit that she was fortunate enough not to be under too much pressure points-wise and so the worst part of her 6th year experience was ‘the constant nagging from mum about not studying enough’!Martina advises future Leaving Certificate students to work consistently throughout the year so as to avoid enormous amounts of pressure at the end of the year, ‘slow and steady wins the race’.She feels excited for the results after many weeks of waiting, ‘Hopefully I have done myself justice. Time will tell!’We wish Gavin, Síofra, Shane, Martina and all those receiving Leaving Certificate results tomorrow in Donegal and all around the country the very best of luck. Ádh mór oraibh uilig!LEAVING CERT RESULT COUNTDOWN – THROUGH THE EYES OF DONEGAL STUDENTS was last modified: August 13th, 2013 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:donegalLeaving CertificateResultsstudentslast_img read more

THURSDAY MEAL DEAL AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS – TICKET, POPCORN AND DRINK FOR JUST €10

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: You’ve only got one more day of work left, so why not treat yourself to a movie tonight at the award-winning Eclipse Cinemas.It’s Thursday, so that means you can avail of the amazing ‘Thursday Meal Deal’ at Eclipse Cinemas. You can choose any movie of your choice, and get a large popcorn and drink for just €10 – now that’s value.There have also been some exciting new releases with the much publicized ALLEGIANT hitting the screens.Kung-Fu Panda has also been released and the kids can enjoy that one over the weekend at the Kids Club.Download our new app and keep up to date on everything happening at Eclipse Cinemas. App available to download on both Android and iPhone devices.THURSDAY MEAL DEAL AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS – TICKET, POPCORN AND DRINK FOR JUST €10 was last modified: March 10th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Eclispe CinemasMeal DealThursday€10last_img read more

Home prices hit record in valley

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsFor condominiums, the median price for the 129 homes sold was $387,000, about 17.3 percent higher from a year ago, but down half a percent, or $2,000, from March. That price also peaked in January, when the median was $397,000. Jim Link, the association’s executive vice president, said he believes median prices will hold despite slowing sales and rising inventory. Though expect annual price gains of only 5 percent to 8 percent, he warned, compared to the 17-26 percent range seen in the last four years. “The market in the median prices is definitely going to stay healthy,” he said. “What we’re seeing is a cooling off in a market that is the hottest, tightest market we have in history.” Delores Conway, director of the Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast at University of Southern California’s Lusk Center for Real Estate, sees two forces working to stabilize prices for a so-called “soft landing.” Rising interest rates and high prices may mean fewer buyers in the market, but housing demand in Southern California remains strong. Conway added that she does not expect a run on the market despite more inventory, with sellers holding back because they can’t afford to upgrade to larger homes. “We’re seeing continued price increase year over year,” she said. “But we’re seeing huge volume declines – that in part is kind of holding up the market. A lot of people who want to put their home on the market saw the market and held off.” Link agreed. “Santa Clarita is such a desirable community to life in that we fully expect strong demand to keep prices rising even as inventory grows,” Link said. “However, it’s likely that the double-digit price increases so common during the sellers’ market will give way to a single-digit pace.” Residential real estate experts believe a five- to six-month supply represents a market where neither buyer nor seller has an advantage in negotiations. The 1,929 listings from April is equal to a 5.3-month supply at the current pace of sale – a significant increase from a year ago when there were only 555 listings, or less than a one-month supply. The number of pending escrows – a measure of future sales – was 347 at the end of April. It’s down 61.9 percent from a year ago. Conway said it now takes about three months to sell a home – a less intense market than a year ago, though not exactly the bottom falling out as it did in the recession of the early 1990s. “I remember when the market was 24 months,” she said. “As long as the economy remains healthy and the Southern California economy has been healthy. It’s when people are losing their jobs that you see a lot of homes on the market. “The slower times are healthier times. There’s less speculation and more stability. As long as we don’t see a lot of foreclosure from the flexible financing, it would be a soft landing.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (661)257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The median price of a single-family home in the Santa Clarita Valley rallied in April to a record $643,000 after dipping earlier in the year, a monthly real estate survey said Wednesday. Still, sales activity continued to slow, with the number of closed escrows down nearly 37 percent and more than 1,900 active listings at the end of the month – nearly quadruple from a year ago, according to the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. “We’ve seen an increase in listings as sales are taking longer to complete,” Peggy Muller, the group’s Santa Clarita division president, said in a statement. “It may seem dramatic because listings are rising from years of record-low levels.” The 237 single-family homes sold in April pushed median price up 16.5 percent from a year ago, and 7.2 percent higher – $43,000 – compared to March. It surpassed the previous record of $620,000 set in January. last_img read more