first_img Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall WASHINGTON (AP) — The 81-17 roll call Thursday by which the Senate passed a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law.A “yes” vote is a vote to pass the bill.Voting yes were 40 Democrats, 39 Republicans and 2 independents.Voting no were 3 Democrats and 14 Republicans.Democrats YesBaldwin, Wis.; Bennet, Colo.; Blumenthal, Conn.; Boxer, Calif.; Brown, Ohio; Cantwell, Wash.; Cardin, Md.; Carper, Del.; Casey, Pa.; Coons, Del.; Donnelly, Ind.; Durbin, Ill.; Feinstein, Calif.; Franken, Minn.; Gillibrand, N.Y.; Heinrich, N.M.; Heitkamp, N.D.; Hirono, Hawaii; Kaine, Va.; Klobuchar, Minn.; Leahy, Vt.; Manchin, W.V.; Markey, Mass.; McCaskill, Mo.; Menendez, N.J.; Merkley, Ore.; Mikulski, Md.; Murray, Wash.; Peters, Mich.; Reed, R.I.; Reid, Nev.; Schatz, Hawaii; Schumer, N.Y.; Shaheen, N.H.; Stabenow, Mich.; Tester, Mont.; Udall, N.M.; Warner, Va.; Whitehouse, R.I.; Wyden, Ore. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories center_img Democrats NoBooker, N.J.; Murphy, Conn.; Warren, Mass.Democrats Not VotingNelson, Fla.Republicans YesAlexander, Tenn.; Ayotte, N.H.; Barrasso, Wyo.; Boozman, Ark.; Burr, N.C.; Capito, W.V.; Cassidy, La.; Coats, Ind.; Cochran, Miss.; Collins, Maine; Corker, Tenn.; Cornyn, Texas; Cotton, Ark.; Enzi, Wyo.; Ernst, Iowa; Fischer, Neb.; Gardner, Colo.; Grassley, Iowa; Hatch, Utah; Heller, Nev.; Hoeven, N.D.; Inhofe, Okla.; Isakson, Ga.; Johnson, Wis.; Kirk, Ill.; Lankford, Okla.; McCain, Ariz.; McConnell, Ky.; Murkowski, Alaska; Perdue, Ga.; Portman, Ohio; Roberts, Kan.; Rounds, S.D.; Sessions, Ala.; Sullivan, Alaska; Thune, S.D.; Tillis, N.C.; Toomey, Pa.; Wicker, Miss.Republicans NoBlunt, Mo.; Crapo, Idaho; Cruz, Texas; Daines, Mont.; Flake, Ariz.; Lee, Utah; Moran, Kan.; Paul, Ky.; Risch, Idaho; Rubio, Fla.; Sasse, Neb.; Scott, S.C.; Shelby, Ala.; Vitter, La.Republicans Not VotingGraham, S.C.Independents YesKing, Maine; Sanders, Vt.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

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first_imgThis year may be the 99th anniversary since the RMS Titanic sank travelling from England to New York but cities are already preparing memorials to mark the centenary of the passenger liner’s ill-fated maiden voyage. Officially going underwater at 2.20 am on 15 April 1912 after striking an iceberg, cruise company Titanic Memorial Cruise has prepared two historic cruises to depart from New York City on 10 April next year to follow the path set out for the Titanic and sail over her final resting place on the 15 April exactly 100 years later.  Both eight-night cruises will include Titanic facts and information lectures as it retraces the original path, Easier reported. “Our original Titanic anniversary cruise departing from Southampton aboard Balmoral sold out last Autumn to over 1,300 people from 24 countries so we have people flying from all over the world to be part of it,” Titanic Memorial Cruise managing director Miles Morgan said.“Many passengers either had relatives on the Titanic, or have a lifelong fascination with the story.”Up in Northern Ireland, the city of Halifax is preparing a three day conference as well as a 10 day festival to mark the centenary.The city was selected because it houses three burial sites for up to 150 bodies recovered from the sinkage, it was the location for parts of James Cameron’s Titanic film and was also the birth place of Samuel Cunard whose Cunard Line owned the passenger liner, organisers of the event told local media.The three day conference will offer lectures from experts on the subject in early April, while the ten day festival will include the unveiling of a new monument, concerts, tours of Titanic sites as well as a candlelight service. Meanwhile, the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool, London will open its doors to a new exhibition that will feature the only known surviving Titanic First Class ticket, Artdaily.org reported.The ticket was purchased by Reverend Stuart Holden, who was forced to cancel his trip after his wife became ill the morning of the Titanic’s departure.The Reverend had framed the ticket and mounted it above his desk until his death in the 1930s.The exhibition will also feature letters from passengers and photos from crew and survivors, postcards from passengers and crew, items from the wreckage as well as links between Liverpool city and the ship.“Titanic was built as a result of Liverpool ’s leading position as a major world port,” exhibition curator Alan Scarth said.  “The city and its people are at the heart of the story.” Do you know of any other memorials planned to mark the centenary of the Titanic and its passengers? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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first_imgTrailfinders are set to pull out of business in Australia next month, after operating in the country for the past 17 years since opening its first Travel Centre in Cairns in May 1994.In what appears to be a sudden move, the Group said in an online statement that the consolidation of the retail industry in Australia has forced the company to close on October 28 and concentrate solely on its UK operations.Trailfinders spokesperson told e-Travel Blackboard phone lines continue to work, and will do so until early next year for customer ease, the Sydney shop remains open currently with some 30 staff however, some are looking for new employment as the team will be reduced in coming weeks. However, it is understood that key partners had been advised of the closure prior to the online announcement.The company stressed in the online statement that although it is closing down, Viewtrail will continue to be supported until their last client returns safely.“All current travel arrangements will of course be honoured and processed with the care and diligence expected of Trailfinders including any arrangements which continue after 28 October,” the online statement read.“The Directors have been reluctant to withdraw the special brand of TF Service from Australia but the dramatic consolidation of the retail travel industry across Australia no longer makes it viable to continue.”e-Travel Blackboard will update this article as more news comes to hand. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Growth amongst world youth travellers has been sustained and is expected to progress over the coming years, according to a new survey.STAY WYSE’s sixth annual Youth Travel Accommodation (YTA) survey consisted of respondents from 2,200 YTA establishments across the globe.STAY WYSE Association chairman Ulises Ortega was pleased with the growing year-on-year occupancy rates.“These results are amazing and show what a vibrant and buoyant market there is in such hard times,” he said.“We have seen some fascinating statistics come through this year and we can now put actual figures to some of the market trends of occupancy seen in Australia, Europe and the US.” According to STAY WYSE, the results of the survey will allow operators to benchmark their own performance against global and regional standards.The 2012 survey provides results for 26 countries and nine cities, worldwide, detailing occupancy rates, revenues, bed rates, booking sources, revenues per available bed, booking lead times and more.Official survey findings will be released during the STAY WYSE seminar at the World Youth & Student Travel Conference in September at the Sheraton San Diego Bay Hotel, California. Youth Travellast_img read more

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first_imgWhat effect will the probable merger of American Airlines and US Airways have on consumers? For one thing, thanks to reduced competition and capacity, higher airfares, many aviation experts have predicted.But, according to Farecompare.com founder and chief executive, Rick Seaney, with the assimilation of operations likely to take between 18 months and two years, travellers won’t need to worry about the effects of a merger just yet, MarketWatch reported.“In the long run, ticket prices will go up, but in the short run, they will stay competitive,” he explained.And importantly, loyalty miles will likely remain untouchable, and may even become more valuable, said Seaney, who explained that it would simply not be in the best interest of any airline to alienate their most loyal travellers.       Although US carriers successfully raised airfares five times last year, ticket prices for domestic travel in the US are at an all-time low. So even if the union between the two airlines were to earn the carriers US$1.2 billion in additional revenue and savings on merged hubs, as US Airways has claimed, it is highly likely those saving won’t be passed onto air travellers, according to the Wall Street Journal.      A decision on the merger could be reached as soon as early next week, ABC News reported. However, no actual deal is yet in place, a source said. A merger of American Airlines and US Airways would see the combined carrier become the world’s largest airline. Likely to be based in Fort Worth, the current headquarters for AA, the combined carrier is expected to retain the American Airlines name. A merger would see the combined carrier surpass United as the nation’s largest airline. Image: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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first_imgRadisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney helps kids playRadisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney helps kids play110 guests attended the seventh annual Gala Dinner at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney on 22nd September 2017.The event, attended by the founders of the Touched by Olivia Foundation; John and Justine Perkins, who lost their 8-month-old baby daughter Olivia to a rare illness, the Foundation’s CEO, Bec Ho and Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections, The Hon. David Elliott, was held in the Marble Room at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney.The evening raised in excess of $50,000 for the Touched by Olivia Foundation which will use the money towards the purchase of a wheelchair accessible carousel to be installed at a playground in Sydney.The hotel and their partners donated all of the services for the evening including the food, wines, AV support, entertainment, room design and prizes allowing all of the funds raised to go to the charity. In addition all the staff donated their time to support the event throughout the evening.Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney General Manager, Peter Tudehope said “This is the seventh year that Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney has held the Gala Dinner. It is our major fundraising opportunity and is our way of giving back to the community who support us. This is part of our commitment to a 5-year plan to support organisations or charities associated with children – progressing through various life stages from premature babies (Royal Hospital for Women being the chosen charity last year) through to adolescence. We are delighted to be supporting the Touched by Olivia Foundation to help raise awareness and funds to build more inclusive playspaces for children of all abilities.”About Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel SydneyRadisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is a stylish five-star hotel housed within a stunning heritage-listed building and features 338 guest rooms, 26 suites, signature Bentley Restaurant and Bar, Fax lobby bar, eight meeting rooms including two heritage-style rooms, the Lady Fairfax tea room and a Health Club and Spa. Located at 27 O’Connell Street in the heart of Sydney it offers easy access to major transport links, attractions, and shopping precincts.All guests at the Radisson Blu receive complimentary internet access with wireless access available throughout the hotel. All guestrooms offer an ensuite bathroom with marble vanity, separate shower, and extra deep tub, plus additional amenities including pillow menu, ipod dock, gourmet mini bar, 24-hour room service, tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, in-room safe and a daily newspaper.About Carlson Rezidor Hotel GroupCarlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups and includes more than 1,370 hotels in operation and under development with 220,000 rooms and a footprint spanning 110 countries and territories. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes a powerful set of global brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson RED, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. In most hotels, guests can benefit from Club CarlsonSM, one of the 2015 – 2016 “Top Three Hotel Rewards Programs” as recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ 85,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium.For more information, visit www.carlsonrezidor.com and follow on Twitter @carlsonrezidor. Source = Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydneylast_img read more

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first_imgMatt and Sharynne Wilson Champion Brewers from Moffat Beach BrewingCraft beer brews up heady tourism boom for Sunshine CoastCraft beer has brewed up a new market niche for Sunshine Coast’s tourism sector, with its emerging profile recognised officially last week with the beachside Moffat Beach Brewing Co winning the Champion Small Brewer of Australia award in the annual BrewCon – Australian Brewers Conference & Awards, held in Sydney.They also took home two gold medals, as did Maleny-based Brouhaha. There were silvers for Macleod Brewing Co in Maleny, Sunshine Brewery and Land & Sea in Noosa.Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours’ ‘Beer Guy’, Josh Donohoe, said that the Sunshine Coast craft brewing scene had expanded dramatically over the past three years and had become an increasingly important attraction for Sunshine Coast holiday-goers.“One of the most interesting sessions at BrewCon was the ‘Will Travel for Beer’ section, because it highlighted how craft beer can add a distinct ‘taste’ to a region’s tourism offer, and complement the destination’s other food and natural attractions,” he said.“The Sunshine Coast’s craft breweries can be found in picturesque locations along the coast and in the Hinterland, and because they are now considered amongst the best in Australia they have become an attraction in their own right with our scheduled tour numbers growing 150 percent over the past 12 months, and our private tours tripling in numbers over the same period.“The growth in organised craft beer tours reflects the growth in craft breweries operating in the region. When we began tours in 2016 there were just three onsite breweries operating. Today, we have 12 who brew on site, and we now offer five different tour options covering the Hinterland and coast from south to north.“What makes ‘beer tourism’ so attractive for visitors is that it provides a really rich and interesting insight into the character of the destination. Brewers are invariably passionate about their trade and love sharing stories about the trials and tribulations of setting up a brewery and the sweat and tears that go into every brew, as well as sharing experimental and seasonal beers with visitors. Wine tourism is already well established in Australia, but craft beer tourism has just as much potential.“The craft brewers are now offering far more sophisticated hospitality options, with breweries like Brouhaha and Copperhead Restaurant & Brewery also offering highly-acclaimed dining to complement their range of beers.“The breweries are now an integral component of the Sunshine Coast food and produce scene, with many brewers building close working relationships with local farmers, not just for disposal of spent grain for cattle, but for sourcing local fruit and produce for seasonal beers or to serve through their kitchens.“Besides dedicated craft beer tours, more and more local restaurants and bars are showcasing Sunshine Coast beers, and interest in beer has grown to the point that our first-ever Craft Beer Festival last year attracted over 3500 visitors.”Visit Sunshine Coast CEO, Simon Latchford, said that food, wine and beer were a major focus of the region’s tourism marketing, with the Sunshine Coast one of Australia’s richest agricultural producers.“The Sunshine Coast’s tagline ‘Naturally Refreshing’ perfectly reflects the sort of craft beers being produced by the remarkably talented group of brewers across the Coast,” said Mr Latchford.“Food and wine tourism are already well-established as prime drivers of tourism around the world, and craft beer is now emerging as an equally dynamic growth sector, with the more casual nature and ‘earthiness’ of the product matched by high-quality and very distinctive varietal beers.”Further information on craft brewery tours of the Sunshine Coast: www.sunshinecoastcraftbeertours.com.auSource = Visit Sunshine Coastlast_img read more

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first_imgIndian Railways has launched the Gatimaan Express, the first semi-high speed train with a maximum speed of 160kph. Inaugurated by India’s Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhu, the train will run between Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Station and Agra.The express train will run every day except Friday departing Delhi at 08:10 and arriving in Agra at 09:50. The return journey will leave Agra at 17:50 and arrive back in Delhi at 19:30.Tickets are priced at Rs 750 (approx $11.30) for the coach class and Rs 1500 for executive class.The onboard catering is organised by Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), which has deployed hostesses on the train. IRCTC has also introduced two comprehensive packages for the fastest train in India – a full-day Agra Guided Tour Package (City of Love and Heritage) and 1N/2 Days Package (with stay in a 5 star hotel).The tariff for the full-day package, which includes guided visit to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, lunch at a reputed local restaurant, AC vehicle for sightseeing, entry ticket to monuments and time for shopping, has been fixed at Rs 2100 for an Indian adult and Rs 2000 for a child (5-11 years).The tariff for the two-day package is Rs 14,500 (single occupancy), Rs 10,800 (double occupancy) and Rs 10,300 (triple occupancy). For child with bed (5-11 years), the tariff has been fixed at Rs 7000 and for child without bed (5-11 years), it is Rs 3800. Prices for foreign tourists have been kept a little higher.Passengers can choose either of the options while booking tickets on the IRCTC portal. Once payment is confirmed on the gateway for tickets for Gatimaan Express, passengers can see a pop up of the Taj Mahal with a ‘Book Now’ message. Tickets for the Agra packages can be booked by clicking on it. Alternatively, spot purchases for the tour packages can also be made during the 100-minute journey onboard the train. The train will also have complimentary onboard entertainment provided by MyFreeTv.in.last_img read more

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first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Confidence Consumer spending Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Personal income Private Construction Service Providers Unemployment 2012-12-07 Mark Lieberman Unemployment,Jobless Rate Drops to 4-Year Low December 7, 2012 434 Views Sharecenter_img Superstorm Sandy blew a hole not in the nation’s labor market, but in economists’ crystal balls as the economy added 146,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent–the lowest level since December 2008–the “”Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)””:http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf reported Friday. Economists had forecast payroll growth of 93,000, down from 171,000 as originally reported for October, and an increase in the unemployment rate from 7.9 percent to 8.0 percent.[IMAGE]The storm, which struck the Northeast at the end of October, had been expected to stall new hires and business creation.Job growth for October was revised downward to 138,000, and growth in September was revised to 132,000 from 148,000.While the drop in the unemployment rate was a positive sign, it was driven largely by a drop in the labor force, which fell 350,000 in November as both the number of individuals employed and unemployed fell. According to BLS, 12,029,000 people were unemployed in November, down 229,000 from October, and 143,262,000 people were working, down 122,000 in the month.BLS shrugged off the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the data.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the Northeast coast on October 29, causing severe damage in some states,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø BLS said in its report. ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£Nevertheless, our survey response rates in the affected states were within normal ranges. Our analysis suggests that Hurricane Sandy did not substantively impact the national employment and unemployment estimates for November.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ØAs it does every month, BLS will release a more detailed geographic employment situation report with regional and state labor market data that could reveal more about the storm├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós impact. That report is typically released two to three weeks after the Employment Situation report.Beyond the increase in jobs and drop in the unemployment rate, average hourly earnings in November rose to $19.84 from $19.81 in October, while average weekly hours also rose. Taken together–along with the increase in payroll jobs–the report indicates an increase in aggregate personal income to help boost consumer spending.The labor force participation rate–a key number reflecting confidence–slipped to 63.6 percent in November (matching its September level) from 63.8 percent in October. The employment-population ratio, which captures the percentage of all individuals over 16 who are employed, also fell back to its September rate of 58.7 percent after improving to 58.8 percent in October.According to the BLS, the number of multiple jobholders increased in November increased by 198,000, which suggests–arithmetically, at least–all of the newly created jobs in the month went to individuals who already had jobs, though the number of part-time workers fell 337,000.The number of self-employed workers also rose in November, rose 190,000 to 9,740,000.Private sector jobs rose 147,000 during the month, with government contracting by 1,000, marking the 26th straight month private sector jobs have increased.Virtually every industry sector showed job growth in November, led by leisure and hospitality, which added 42,000 jobs, and professional and business services, which added 39,700. The number of retail jobs increased by 33,800. According to other data in the report, leisure and hospitality and retail trade are the two lowest paying industry sectors. Temporary jobs accounted for half of the gain in professional and business services, adding 19,700 jobs in November. An increase in temporary jobs is often cited as a positive sign with the argument they are an entry way to permanent employment, but temp jobs also suggest a lack of confidence on the part of employers to make a commitment to an increase in staff.Within the financial sector, which gained 1,000 jobs in November, the number credit of positions–essentially loan underwriters–rose marginally. The number of real estate jobs, however, declined.The frequently cited alternative measure of unemployment fell to 14.4 percent from 14.6 percent. That measure includes individuals ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£marginally attached to the labor force├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø and not meeting the definition of unemployed as well as those ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£working part time for economic reasons.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø To be considered ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£unemployed├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø by BLS an individual has to be out of work, available for work and looking for work.Long-term unemployment–27 weeks or longer–fell 216,000 in November to 4,786,000, the lowest level since June 2009.The report also showed ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£job leavers├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø among those unemployed fell to 992,000 in November from 1,010 in October, signaling a slight dip in confidence in the ability to find a new job.The unemployment rate among college graduates was unchanged at 3.8 percent (from 4.1 percent in September), good news for the housing sector, as college graduate are more likely to be homeowners than those who did not complete college.BLS changed its methodology for this report, shifting the ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£reference week├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø from the week including the 12th calendar day of the month to the week including the 5th so that survey interviews did not have to be conducted during Thanksgiving week. For the jobs survey, an individual paid for even one hour of work during the reference week is counted as a job and an individual who worked for any part of the week is counted as employed.The storm appeared to have little impact on the number of firms reporting data to BLS. According to supporting material, 76.2 percent of businesses submitted payroll data for November, up from 72.0 percent one month earlier for the first report of October payrolls. For the second report, 92.0 percent submitted the voluntary report. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

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first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing New Home Sales Recover From July Plunge Builders lowered prices and buyers responded in August, pushing new home sales up 7.9 percent to an annual pace of 421,000 and reversing almost half of July’s 64,000 drop in sales, the “”Census Bureau and HUD””:http://www.census.gov/construction/nrs/pdf/newressales_201308.pdf reported Wednesday. [IMAGE]Economists surveyed by _Bloomberg_ expected June sales to rise to 425,000 from July’s originally reported 394,000. July sales were revised to 390,000.The median price of a new home, according to the Census/HUD report, slipped 0.7 percent–$1,700–in August to $254,600. July’s median price was revised to $256,300 from the originally reported $257,200. The number of new homes for sale rose to 175,000 in August–the highest level since March 2011–but the months’ supply fell to 5.0 from 5.2 in July.The sales pace for May, June, and July were revised down an average of 5,000 per month, exaggerating August├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós 31,000 improvement. The month-over-month increase in the sales rate was the largest since January, when the sales pace rose 62,000.The report came on the heels of a report last week by the National Association of Home Builders that builder confidence was flat in September–the first time in five months the Housing Market Index, which measures confidence, has not increased. [COLUMN_BREAK]Confidence stalled largely on a drop in the outlook for sales six months out; buyer traffic to model homes increased. The index had improved 32 percent from April through August, registering above 50 (on a 100 point scale), which is considered a positive reading. The index had been below 50 for 85 straight months–more than seven years–from April 2006 until this May.The median price of a new single family home, according to the Census/HUD report, has fallen for four straight months since peaking at $279,300 in April. The average price increased for the second month in a row, up $400 in August to $318,900 after jumping $18,000 in July.The report for August showed a slight shift away from higher-priced homes as houses priced at $500,000 or more accounted for 9 percent of August sales, down from 12 percent in July. Homes priced at $300,000 or less represented 63 percent of all August sales, unchanged from July.The new home sales report tracks contracts for sale–not closings–and as such is comparable to the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) compiled by the National Association of Realtors. NAR will release its August PHSI Thursday.According to a separate Census/HUD report, builders completed new homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 573,000 in August, 152,000 higher than the sales rate, adding to inventories.Regionally, sales fell month-over-month in three of the four Census regions in August, dropping only in the West to a rate of 82,000 from 96,000 in July.The sales pace rose to 241,000 in the South in August from 209,000 in July. In the Midwest the sales rate was 61,000 in August, up from 51,000 in July, and in the Northeast, the sales pace was 37,000 in August compared with 34,000 in July._Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. Eastern and follow him on Twitter at @foxeconomics._ Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau Home Prices Home Sales Homebuilders Housing Supply HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Home Builders National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales Processing Residential Construction Service Providers 2013-09-25 Mark Liebermancenter_img Share September 25, 2013 405 Views last_img read more

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first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Housing Affordability Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers 2013-10-03 Krista Franks Brock Price Gains Expected to Persist with West Leading the Nation Share October 3, 2013 454 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing National home prices will rise 4.8 percent over the next year, according to a third-quarter forecast from “”Veros Real Estate Solutions””:http://www.veros.com/, a risk management, valuation services, and analytics firm based in Santa Ana, California. [IMAGE]The third quarter was the fifth consecutive quarter Veros predicted rising prices in the nation’s top 100 metro markets. Only 5 of the 100 are expected to experience home price depreciation over the next year–and Veros predicts meager depreciation at that. Looking beyond the next 12 months, Veros predicts a continuation of rising prices but says price gains will slow in pace. “”Although appreciation is still expected for months 13 to 24 in the forecast, it is not as strong as in months 1 to 12,”” said Eric Fox, VP of statistical and economic modeling at Veros. “”However, we don’t foresee drastic slowing–simply some moderation,”” he added. Rising interest rates and “”somewhat lower affordability”” will be key contributors to the deceleration, according to Fox. [COLUMN_BREAK]Regionally, Veros predicts continued strengthening in the West and a lag in the Northeast and parts of the South. The top 10 markets labeled by Veros’ forecast are all located in Western states: Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Notably, four of the top five markets are in California–all with double-digit price gains expected over the next 12 months. The San Francisco metro leads the pack with a 15 percent forecasted gain, followed by San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos (10.8 percent), San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (10.6 percent), Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana (10.5 percent). The lone non-California metro to make it in the top five is Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona, with a 10.4 percent anticipated gain. The Phoenix metro “”led the recovery and was the first to reestablish double-digit appreciation after the housing crash,”” according to Veros. Tight inventory, strong demand, and low unemployment continue to keep this market performing well, according to Veros. “”Housing supply is a key discriminator between our top and bottom forecast performing markets,”” Fox said. Another key contributor of late is population, according to Fox. “”Many of the markets in the Bottom 5 are in very slow growth areas,”” he said. Of the top 100 markets observed, the market expected to fare the worst over the next 12 months is Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi, with a 2.7 percent price decline. The list of the bottom five markets is rounded out by Norwich-New London, Connecticut (-1.9 percent); Rockford, Illinois (-1.1 percent); Huntsville, Alabama (-0.9 percent); McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas (-0.9 percent).last_img read more

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first_img May 27, 2014 483 Views Home Prices S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices 2014-05-27 Tory Barringer Home prices continued to ascend through the end of the first quarter, though increases slowed down to match other weak indicators.The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, released Tuesday, recorded a seasonally adjusted 1.2 percent monthly rise in prices across 20 of the country’s top markets. Removing adjustments, the index climbed 0.9 percent month-over-month.A consensus forecast from economists surveyed by Econoday called for an adjusted monthly increase of 0.7 percent.Compared to a year ago, March prices were up 12.4 percent, a step back from the 12.9 percent annual increase recorded in February.”The year-over-year changes suggest that prices are rising more slowly,” said David M. Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “Annual price increases for the two Composites have slowed in the last four months and 13 cities saw annual price changes moderate in March.”Despite decelerating price growth, all cities in the composite index posted higher prices than a year ago, and four locations—Boston, Charlotte, Portland, and San Francisco—are now within 15 percent of their previous peaks. Denver and Dallas, which recovered to their perspective peaks months ago, continue to push up, meanwhile.The latest index release also included quarterly data, showing prices rising 0.2 percent quarter-to-quarter in Q1. Compared to last year, prices were up 10.3 percent.Looking at other market indicators, Blitzer says the picture “remain[s] mixed.””April housing starts recovered the drop in March but virtually all the gain was in apartment construction, not single family homes,” he said. “New home sales also rebounded from recent weakness but remain soft.”At the same time, he added, “Other comments include arguments that student loan debt is preventing many potential first time buyers from entering the housing market.” Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News March Price Gains Beat Forecasts Despite Slowdownlast_img read more

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first_img Share February 5, 2018 816 Views Flagstar Bank has announced that Mary Mbiya will serve as program manager of its diversity and inclusion initiatives. Mbiya has over 18 years’ experience in financial services, with five years at Flagstar where she most recently served as VP and Senior Branch Manager in Rochester.“I’m fortunate that Flagstar has already created a template for diversity and inclusion,” said Mbiya. “I hope to use my knowledge of the bank and the communities we serve to make a significant impact both inside and outside the company.”In her new role, she is responsible for leading further development and implementation of Flagstar’s strategy for diversity and inclusion. According to Flagstar, the company has already demonstrated corporate leadership in diversity and inclusion, both as a signatory to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, and as a winner of the MBA’s Residential Leadership Award for Organizational Diversity and Inclusion.Mbiya has a long record of community involvement. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2012 and recently served as the 2017 chair of the board and as a board member of the Rochester Regional Chamber Charity Fund.She is passionate about using her financial expertise to help others and pursues her passion as a facilitator for financial focus classes at the Rochester Area Neighborhood House and an instructor in financial literacy to students in the Pontiac area. Mbiya also serves on the board of the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, co-chairs the PCCA Art and Apples Festival, and is a member of the Community Board for Meadow Brook Theatre. in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicingcenter_img Flagstar Bank Names New Diversity and Inclusion Leader flagstar bank HOUSING mortgage 2018-02-05 Nicole Caspersonlast_img read more

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first_img Northern Hemisphere market report for Week 1 (ending January 4) You might also be interested in Decofrut/edited by www.freshfruitportal.comFreshfruitportal.com is not responsible for the information provided by State of the Market. The contents only reflect analysis carried out by Decofrut.center_img January 10 , 2019 last_img

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first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation In terms of Phoenix/Arizona Cardinal history, you have noidea just how rare Peterson’s prowess is.Since the Cardinals moved to the Valley in 1988, onlytwice had a punt returner taken one back to the house.Steve Breaston returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown ina 21-14 win over Pittsburgh in 2007 and Johnny Bailey hada 58-yard punt return for a score in a 17-10 win over theRedskins in 1993.That’s it.Think about that…23 seasons, 368 regular season games,768 punt returns and the Cardinals had collectivelyreturned two for scores. Peterson’s taken three back in 19 returns. Peterson has spent more time in the end zone this seasonthan Hines Ward, Anquan Boldin, Antonio Gates, ReggieBush, DeSean Jackson, Chris Johnson or Reggie Wayne. Kind of makes you wonder when teams are going to stoppunting the ball to him.Or when the Cardinals will increase the number of times hecan get the ball in his hands. Don’t be surprised to seemore of Peterson on the offensive side of the ball. Inthe past head coach Ken Whisenhunt has used safety AntrelRolle and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie inoffensive sets. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Patrick Peterson’s 99-yard punt return in overtime thatlifted the Cardinals to a 19-13 win took the footballworld by storm. It was the 2nd-longest punt return inleague history, the 2nd overtime punt return for atouchdown in NFL annals, and Peterson became the firstplayer in team history with three punt return scores in asingle season.It’s obvious that Peterson is a very rare weapon; one thatis drawing comparisons to Devin Hester and Deion Sandersjust eight games into his pro career. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories The Cardinals kicking game is set.The team announced Wednesday it has agreed to a two-yearcontract with Dave Zastudil, though terms of the deal werenot disclosed.Zastudil had a solid debut season with the Cardinals in2011, averaging 45.2 yards per kick on 87 punts. The 33-year-old pinned 24 punts inside the 20 yard line, andhad a long of 66 yards. Zastudil originally joined the Cardinals last August as afree agent after spending his previous five seasons with theCleveland Browns.last_img read more

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first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals got to revel in their 27-24 win over the Houston Texans by having Monday off. It was “Victory Monday,” meaning the team’s veterans were not required to come in.Of Note:– Jake Ballard, who has been with the team less than a week, was at the facility. As were Drew Stanton and Mike Leach. – Arians said Michael Floyd has a shoulder sprain and is day-to-day. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img – Rookie guard Earl Watford got to speak to the assembled media. Not sure if he’s ever been part of the hoard, but he seemed to enjoy the experience.– Dan Buckner, an Arizona alum, was disappointed the Wildcats could not come back to beat the UCLA Bruins Saturday. However, he was impressed with how hard the team played and was glad they kept it close when many people thought it would be a blowout.Stat of the DayThe Cardinals have trailed at halftime in four of their five wins this season, leading only the Atlanta Falcons at the intermission.Quote of the Day“It was my first catch since the Super Bowl in 2012,” tight end Jake Ballard said of his 15-yard reception in the second quarter Sunday. “So yeah, it was pretty cool. As soon as he called the play I got a little bit nervous because I knew I was probably going to get it. I turned around, it was there and then I wasn’t as nervous after that catch the rest of the game.”This Day in Arizona Cardinals HistoryOn November 11, 1990, the Phoenix Cardinals ran into the juggernaut that was the Buffalo Bills’ offense in a 45-14 loss. The Cardinals took a 7-0 first quarter lead on a one-yard touchdown run by Johnny Johnson, but the Bills scored the next 21 after that. A 29-yard pass from Timm Rosenbach to Ernie Jones brought the Cardinals to within seven in the third quarter, but the Bills tacked on another 24 points and that was all she wrote. Comments   Share   Rosenbach completed just 5-of-10 passes for 74 yards with one touchdown and an interception and Johnson tallied 66 yards and a score on 20 carries for the Cardinals. Buffalo’s Jim Kelly, on the other hand, completed 11-of-16 passes for 165 yards and four touchdowns, throwing just one pick. Thurman Thomas also gashed the Cardinals for 112 yards on 26 carries. last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterLuxury cruise line Cunard has launched its record 54-day season Down Under by unveiling a dramatic wardrobe makeover for its famous bell boys in collaboration with iconic Australian brand, R.M.Williams.Debuting on board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth in Melbourne this week, R.M.Williams’ fresh take on the cruise line’s classic red and black bell boy uniforms is one of a series of exciting partnerships with Australian companies designed to celebrate a two-month season in local waters for the stylish 2081-guest ship.Presenting the uniforms, Cunard President Simon Palethorpe also revealed the cruise line’s plans to base Queen Elizabeth in Australian waters for an unprecedented 118 days over the 2020-21 summer, with Melbourne once again set to feature as a key homeport in the ship’s program.Image Credit: James D MorganIt will be the third consecutive summer deployment Down Under for the popular Queen Elizabeth, further building on its current 54-day season of cruises from Melbourne and Sydney and its scheduled 101-day season over the 2019-20 summer.Marking the start of Cunard’s first ever series of sailings from Melbourne as well as the longest Australian season yet for one of its current fleet of Queens, the cruise line launched partnerships with award-winning Melbourne whisky distillery STARWARD and acclaimed performance troupe Australian Dance Theatre, in addition to R.M.Williams and legendary Australian hat maker Akubra.Image Credit: James D MorganA first for the 179-year-old cruise line, the new seven-piece Aussie bell boy uniforms were designed by R.M.Williams – which boasts actor Daniel Craig and US President Bill Clinton among its star-studded clientele – with Australia’s warm summer weather in mind.Celebrating Cunard’s trademark colours of red, black and gold, the stylish ensemble features a red tailored jacket with gold nautical buttons and black cuffs, 100 per cent cotton black twill pants, handmade leather belts and R.M.Williams’ most recognised boots, The Craftsman, in striking Cunard red.The bell boys will also swap their traditional pillbox hats for custom-made brimmed Akubras, ideal for keeping off the summer sun.“Over the past decade we’ve seen a marked increase in the number of Australians travelling with Cunard so we wanted to acknowledge the importance of this market not only with Queen Elizabeth’s record deployment Down Under this year, but also with some groundbreaking partnerships,” Palethorpe said.He added: “We’re very excited that our bell boys are going to take on a modern Australian look while we’re based here over summer, and we think local cruisers will love the opportunity to enjoy a special drop of whisky and some extraordinary Australian dance performances during the season.”Image Credit: James D MorganThe arrival of Queen Elizabeth in Melbourne also marks the return of a very special piece of cargo – The Seafarer, a 225-litre barrel of Australian STARWARD whisky. Aged for two years at STARWARD’s Port Melbourne distillery, the barrel was loaded onto Queen Elizabeth last February and has spent 12 months travelling 95,000 nautical miles around the globe on a unique ‘maturation journey’ to create a first-of-its-kind single malt whisky.Australians can experience this rare whisky for themselves on board Queen Elizabeth during her season Down Under, and at STARWARD’s Port Melbourne distillery.Cunard’s fourth partnership will come to life when performers from the Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) take to the stage for the cruise line’s first special event cruise Down Under – a six-night roundtrip cruise to Tasmania departing Melbourne on March 12, 2019.Image Credit: James D MorganDuring the voyage the ADT troupe will perform in their first-ever bespoke performance at sea, featuring two exclusive shows adapted from their latest work, The Beginning of Nature. Guests will be able to polish their own dance moves with movement classes led by ADT performers and the group’s Artistic Director, Garry Stewart, as part of a special itinerary building on the ship’s new wellbeing services.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterGlobal luxury travel network Virtuoso has signed a partnership in North America with one of the most dynamic lifestyle brands now entering the cruise marketplace: Virgin Voyages.“Being selected by Virgin Voyages as a partner is a great tribute to the strength of our travel agency members as a directional sales force,” said Beth Butzlaff, Vice President of Cruise Sales at Virtuoso.“Cruising has been at the core of our network since its earliest days. Our advisors have outstanding knowledge, firsthand experience and professionalism, and they will now be able to offer their highly desirable clients a truly unique experience aboard Virgin Voyages. With the line’s exciting approach to cruising coupled with its advisor-friendly attitude, we are proud to help Virgin Voyages’ debut on the high seas.”Virtuoso has a longstanding partnership with several other luxury brands within the Virgin Group as the exclusive seller for Virgin Galactic in North America and a preferred partner with Virgin Limited Edition.Virgin Voyages is prioritising relationships with travel advisors, and specifically Virtuoso advisors, affectionately referring to them as First Mates. Aiming to abolish a traditional pain point, Virgin Voyages is eliminating non-commissionable fares so advisors will earn across the client’s entire booking. This includes all add-ons like flights, hotel stays, voyage protection, shore excursions, spa treatments, onboard credits and even taxes and fees. With a more inclusive experience, advisors can sell voyages based on the total value proposition rather than price and reach a new client base, which results in more commissions.Virgin Voyages will offer a fresh, modern approach to cruising for passengers, whom it refers to as “sailors”. Featuring a distinctive new twist on luxury, the Rebellious Luxe experience will offer a sanctuary at sea for the 18+ traveller looking for Virgin’s world-famous rock-star service, made-to-order dining and added value through an inclusive pricing model.Virgin Voyages joins Virtuoso’s preferred cruise portfolio, now encompassing 32 lines offering a variety of sailing options.The arrangement is currently only available in the USA and Canada at this time.Lead image from left to right: Tom McAlpin, President and CEO, Virgin Voyages; Jessica Hall Upchurch, Sustainability Ambassador, Virtuoso; Matthew D. Upchurch, Chairman and CEO, Virtuoso; Sir Richard Branson; Stacy Shaw, Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Virgin Voyages.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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