Bandipora rape case JK High Court asks IGP to fie status report

first_imgSrinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court Wednesday took suo moto cognizance of the Bandipora rape case of a three-year-old girl and directed Inspector General of Police (Kashmir zone) to file a status report by Friday. A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan, taking notice of reports about the rape case, directed the IGP to file a status report about the investigations before 10 am on Friday. A three-year-old girl was allegedly raped last week by her neighbour, leading to widespread outrage and protests against the incident. The accused has been arrested by police and a special investigation team constituted for a speedy investigation of the incident.last_img read more


Moroccan Govt Approves MAD 155 Billion Investments to Create 4k Direct

Rabat – The Inter-Ministerial Committee for Investment approved, on Wednesday, thirty-two investment draft agreements for an amount of 15.5 billion dirhams.These investments are expected to generate over 4,000 direct and stable jobs, said economy and finance minister Mohamed Boussaid in a statement to the press before the committee’s meeting, held in Rabat under the chairmanship of head of government Abdelilah Benkirane.The industry sector has the biggest share which is 11.76 billion dirhams, said Boussaid, underlining that this is a qualitative transformation brought about by the national industrial development policy. The 2015 appropriation bill provides for measures to boost investment, mainly reducing, from 250 to 100 million dirhams, the threshold of investment meant for purchasing importation equipment and material benefiting from tax exemption, and extending the deadline, from 24 to 36 months, of tax exemption on value added in relation with the acquisition of investment goods at the domestic level and for importation, he said.The Inter-Ministerial Committee for Investment had approved, in 2013, forty investment draft agreements for an amount of 42 billion dirhams. read more


Thousands flee Syria fighting to neighbouring Lebanon UN agency reports

The spark for the displacement is the reported escalation in violence in the Syrian town of Qarah and surrounding villages, Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said at a news conference in Geneva. Refugees told the agency that they spent days living in underground shelters before deciding to flee. “A family of ten told us they had crammed into a single car on Saturday evening to flee as the situation had become ‘unbearable,’” said Mr. Edwards.Most of the newly arrived refugees are now in the north-eastern Lebanese town of Arsal, which is home to a population of some 60,000 people, including – already prior to the latest influx – 20,000 registered refugees.“UNHCR and its partners have contingency plans in place for these sudden movements – and indeed for larger numbers should more cross,” Mr. Edwards said. “There are concerns that ongoing violence in the vicinity of Qarah and central Qalamoun towns could force more to flee Syria into the already stretched east-Bekaa area.”Over 1,000 of the newly arrived Syrian families in Arsal have registered with the local municipality in the past three days and been provided with emergency assistance, including food parcels, blankets, mattresses, kitchen sets and hygiene kits.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has so far assisted around 3,555 people with food parcels for one month, spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva, adding that distribution will continue today. She said that once the new arrivals are registered, they would receive WFP e-cards for the next month. WFP is also monitoring the food security situation in Arsal and the ability of the shops to respond to the needs of the new influx.In preparation for a potential larger influx, the agency is ramping up its contingency stock and had already mobilised 3,400 food parcels in warehouses in the Bekaa, enough for around 17,000 people for one month and ready for dispatch if needed. In total, WFP has a contingency stock of food parcels for around 120,000 people in the country.Meanwhile, sheltering the large numbers of new arrivals remains a challenge, according to UNHCR. Newly arrived refugees have been directed to four temporary collective shelters in public halls and mosques. Up to 80 families have found shelter in informal settlements while others have set up makeshift dwellings in unfinished buildings or are staying with local families. “None of these provide a long-term option,” noted Mr. Edwards.“UNHCR with its partners is ready to provide further shelter options if the Government approves land for use. In the meantime, all is being done to ensure that the temporary locations are protected against the elements and provide some warmth to the refugees.”The number of people fleeing their homes is growing as the conflict in Syria continues unabated. An estimated 4.25 million Syrians are now displaced within their own country, while a further 2 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries since fighting began in March 2011. read more


Giancarlo Stanton Was Made For The Home Run Derby

2008Justin Morneau512 2015Joc Pederson39 Only includes players with a minimum of 2500 career at-bats.Source: 2002Jason Giambi488 2016Todd Frazier42 9Mike Schmidt.260.128+.132 2016Giancarlo Stanton497 15Harmon Killebrew.253.131+.121 2009Prince Fielder503 2013Yoenis Cespedes32✓ 2011Robinson Cano32✓ Most years the Home Run Derby is a good deal more exciting in our memories — where a young Ken Griffey Jr. is still mashing taters in a backwards cap — than it is in reality. But this year Giancarlo Stanton wrote in a few dozen new memories of his own: 2012Prince Fielder476 6Ted Williams.289.130+.159 5Barry Bonds.309.150+.159 But Stanton didn’t gently deposit those 61 balls into the stands at Petco Park, either — he crushed them. His 497-foot blast in the first round tied for the fifth-longest among contest winners’ top home runs since 1996.1Excluding contests where neither nor listed longest-home run data. Only includes winners’ distances because some years MLB lists only the winner’s longest HR. 1996Barry Bonds451 10Joe DiMaggio.254.125+.129 For years where data is available.Source:, Baseball Almanac 7Jimmie Foxx.284.125+.159 YEARPLAYERHOME RUNSWON DERBY? 2005Bobby Abreu41✓ But first Stanton will have to turn his 2016 season around. Bizarre as it sounds given his outrageous batted-ball numbers, Stanton has suffered through a down first half, hitting around .220 and flirting with the replacement level before embarking on a scorching start to July. Even after that turnaround, his 116 wRC+ would be the fourth-lowest ever by a Derby winner during their victorious season.Luckily for Stanton, though, there is no Home Run Derby curse. (Seriously, stop suggesting that’s a thing. Stop it.) And more to the point, nobody hits the ball that hard for long with so few hits to show for it. Stanton’s Statcast numbers — and more conventional metrics such as contact rate and line-drive rate — might be down a bit from their lofty 2015 heights, but Stanton still figures to be one of baseball’s better hitters in the second half of the season. That’s good news for the surprising Marlins, and for lovers of hard-hit baseballs everywhere.Check out our latest MLB predictions. YEARWINNERLONGEST HR Best power hitters, relative to league average, 1901-2016 13Mickey Mantle.259.136+.123 2011Adrian Gonzalez31 Winners’ longest home runs 2015Todd Frazier39✓ 14Willie Stargell.247.125+.122 2015Todd Frazier455 1Babe Ruth.356.116+.239 11Giancarlo Stanton.276.149+.126 3Hank Greenberg.292.123+.169 2005Bobby Abreu517ft 2004Miguel Tejada497 Most home runs in a HR Derby 2010David Ortiz32✓ 2Mark McGwire.325.146+.179 12Johnny Mize.250.125+.125 All told, Stanton slugged 61 home runs, which was by far the most ever hit in a single contest, though this is of course affected by some drastic changes in Derby formats over the years. (In fact, runner-up Todd Frazier’s 42 was the second-most ever hit in a derby.) On the night, Stanton hit all 10 of the longest homers belted by anybody. He also hit 18 of the 19 longest, with five carrying at least 490 feet and 31 traveling at least 450. It might well have been the greatest single exhibition of raw home run-hitting power in baseball history.Of course, such herculean feats are nothing new for Stanton — he’s widely known around baseball as the hardest-hitting player in the game, a man seemingly put on this earth to murder baseballs. And it’s a reputation only enhanced by the presence of Statcast, MLB’s (relatively) new radar-based tracking system, which has turned the physics of hard-hit balls into something approaching fetishization.Stanton is the poster child for the Statcast era. Where other players once made RBIs or steals into calling cards, Stanton has fashioned the exit-velo leaderboard — in other words, the “hitting the ball real hard” leaderboard — into his own personal jurisdiction, and fans revel in the arcana. (Did you know one of his home runs last night departed the bat at 120.4 miles per hour? That’s nuts!) In an era where we can quantify the speed and angle of every ball off the bat, Stanton is the right hitter at exactly the right historical moment.So, does that make him the greatest power hitter ever? He might be on his way. If we look at his career isolated power — essentially his total bases per at-bat, but tossing out those wimpy singles — relative to the MLB average for nonpitchers, Stanton ranks 11th since 1901, trailing Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and eight Hall of Famers. Stanton is also still just 26, so he’ll have a handful more prime years to move up the list before tailing off in late-career decline. 2016Giancarlo Stanton61✓ 2008Josh Hamilton35 8Ralph Kiner.269.130+.139 PLAYERCAREER ISOMLB AVERAGEISO VS. AVERAGE 4Lou Gehrig.293.125+.168 2007Vladimir Guerrero503 Regardless of format; first event was in 1985.Source: read more


ASOBAL Round 20 Nothing new in Spain Atletico and Barca with the

11.Posada206311538:58815 1.Barcelona202000676:48040 4.Valladolid201334586:52529 15.BM Huesca204214549:63010 2.Atletico Madrid201901718:52938 10.Amaya San Antonio207211567:58016 7.Cuenca201019536:57921 3.Ademar201334581:51829 5.Aragon201208592:56224 6.Torrevieja20857516:51321 16.Puerto Sagunto202216520:6096 14.Antequera205114525:61511 13.Guadalajara205213538:58612 8.Granollers208111575:59217 12.Anaitasuna206212509:58914 The 20th round of the ASOBAL league brought no serious surprises, as Atletico and Barcelona both won in their games against Antequera (32:23) and Aragon (31:29), and the table is still the same at the top, Barcelona leading Atletico by 2 points, the game they won in the direct duel, and it seems that it will be the direct duel again that might decide the title.In the other games, Anaitasuna beat La Rioja with 29:28, Torrevieja got an expected win against bottom club Puerto Sagunto with 33:23, Ademar with slight problems went past Guadalajara 23:20, Valladolid beat Cuenca at home with 32:27, San Antonio took the mid-table battle against Granollers with 30:28, and Huesca took an important win in the relegation-fight, as they beat Posada with 27:26. 9.La Rioja207310568:59917 ← Previous Story EHF CL (W): Oltchim confirms semifinal, Larvik surprised by Midtjylland! Next Story → Polish Ekstraklasa (Round 20): Wisla and Kielce both win read more


12 PSNI officers disciplined after their handling of search for missing man

first_imgTWELVE PSNI OFFICERS have been disciplined by the Police Ombudsman for their handling of a search for a missing man.The body of 22-year-old James Fenton, who had been a patient at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald, was found in a secluded part of the hospital grounds ten weeks after he had been reported as missing and around 40 metres from where he had last been seen.Members of the Fenton family complained to the Police Ombudsman about the thoroughness of the police investigation. A post mortem examination was unable to establish how he died.Fenton, who was from Bangor, admitted himself as a voluntary patient to the hospital’s mental health ward on 2 July 2010, but by midnight had been reported to police as missing.Two police officers carried out an immediate search of part of the grounds but were unable to locate Fenton. Police procedure says that in the case of such ‘high risk’ missing persons, a Detective Inspector should be notified urgently, but they were not made aware of the situation until 14 hours later.The Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, said by that stage time had been lost: Police records, timed at 10:15 hours, show that there were signals coming from the mobile phone James had with him. By 11:39 hours these signals had died and a crucial line of enquiry was lost.Had this work been undertaken soon after James went missing and under the guidance of a detective, it may have proved more fruitful. Dr Maguire was also critical of a decision by the Detective Inspector not to go to the hospital and the focus of the investigation that James was still alive and being sheltered by his friends. Police also overlooked viewing CCTV footage from the hospital.The Police Ombudsman is also critical of how police dealt with James’ family.  “The police did not seem to be listening to the Fenton family and in particular what they were saying about James’ character and how unlikely it would have been for him to be missing for such a long time. It is no coincidence that the decision to carry out the final, successful, search was after a senior police officer had taken time to meet the Fenton family and listen to them,” he said.Dr. Maguire has characterised the police investigation into James’ disappearance as “a catalogue of mistake after mistake”.Read: Lithuanian man wanted in Northern Ireland in connection with murder >last_img read more


Un nouveau home cinéma le Harman Kardon SB 30

first_imgUn nouveau home cinéma: le Harman Kardon SB 30Harman Kardon est souvent associé à une qualité sonore irréprochable, notamment en matière de système audio. La firme réitère avec le SB 30, un home cinéma performant.Fourni avec un caisson de basse sans fil (plutôt génial, surtout lorsqu’on se perd dans une jungle de câble, avec  tous les appareils que nous possédons), le SB 30 possède également une barre de son 5.1 surround innovante avec un traitement triple-coeur du signal numérique (DSP) donnant un son riche et dynamique. Idéal pour les puristes, qui aiment voir leurs films et jouer aux jeux vidéo avec un son du tonnerre. Certainement présenté au CES 2012 de Vegas, il faudra tout de même débourser 799 dollars (environ 623 euros) pour se procurer le SB 30 de Harman Kardon lorsqu’il sera disponible.Le 8 janvier 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Mark Hughes is trying to find Southamptons best XI

first_imgThe Saints lost against Everton last weekend and now they will host Leicester City at Saint Mary’s StadiumAfter a not-so-good season start in the Premier League, Southampton FC is looking to get its first win on Saturday.The Saints will host Leicester City at Saint Mary’s Stadium.Southampton is looking for a victory after tying 0-0 with Burnley on Week 1 and losing 2-1 to Everton on Week 2.And to Mark Hughes, The Saints boss, this means he has to find this best starting eleven.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“I’ve got an idea of that,” he said to the club’s official website.“At this stage of the season there are still a few vagaries in terms of guys who have come back late from World Cup who’ve had disrupted pre-season, so there’s still a leveling off in terms of what people are producing and capable of.”“I think that will resolve itself in the next couple of weeks,” he added.“Leicester are probably the club that gains more points on the road than most. They’re a very accomplished counter-attacking team and it’s very difficult to go up against them.”last_img read more


Authorities asking for publics help in identifying victims in auto theft spree

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Authorities asking for public’s help in identifying victims in auto theft spree Posted: May 3, 2018 May 3, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan Thursday asked for the public’s help in identifying potential victims of an auto theft crime spree in which hundreds of items of suspected stolen property have been recovered.As part of an auto theft investigation initiated by the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT) in Chula Vista, two defendants were arrested and charged in the case involving more than 50 victims.“Auto theft and burglaries have a direct impact on victims who often need their vehicles to get to work, take their children to school and conduct their daily lives,” said District Attorney Summer Stephan. “Ultimately, this crime spree affected dozens of people across San Diego County and in addition to holding the defendants accountable we’re working with our partners at RATT to return large amounts of stolen property to victims.”On March 27, the Chula Vista Police Department contacted the RATT team regarding a stolen vehicle parked inside a motel parking lot. RATT detectives responded to the motel to investigate and arrested two suspects, with assistance by the Chula Vista Police and San Diego County Sheriff.As the result of the arrest, RATT detectives recovered 144 items of suspected stolen property, including cell phones, IDs, credit cards, purses, and a computer laptop. Over the course of the investigation, RATT detectives identified a total of four stolen vehicles and more than 53 victims believed to be connected to the crime spree.More than 40 vehicles were burglarized during the crime spree over the course of several days across the county.“These were crimes of opportunities,” said RATT Commander, CHP Captain James Portilla. “To help prevent theft you should always lock your doors and close your windows, and never leave valuable items visible in your car.”Detectives have been able to identify less than half of the 53 potential victims they believe are connected to this crime spree and are asking for the public’s help in identifying additional victims. Victims would have had their vehicles burglarized during the last two weeks of March 2018 in the following areas of San Diego County:Downtown San DiegoTierra SantaMission ValleyMid-City of San DiegoSpring ValleySan Diego State College areaNational CityChula VistaImperial BeachOn April 10, Malcolm Brown, 22, pleaded guilty to vehicle theft and residential burglary, and Alexis Carr, 25, pleaded guilty to auto theft and burglary. The pair is scheduled to be sentenced on May 8 at 1:30 pm in Department 1102 of the San Diego Superior Court Central Division.If you believe you are one of these victims please contact the San Diego County Regional Auto Theft Task Force at (858) 627-4000. last_img read more


Press Talk Of Watergate awards stress

first_imgDiscovery TV is running a documentary, “All the President’s Men,” which — as most of us know — is that Watergate thing.I watched, of course, because I grew up during that entire President Nixon mess.But one aspect the documentary didn’t touch on is what Watergate did for so many college students who were looking for a career path:It led them to reporting.The allure of doing good, uncovering evil and holding the government accountable was a magnet for the brightest and the best.That allure still holds true today — just look around The Columbian’s newsroom, for example.I’d argue we have more educated, talented, dedicated staffers than just about anyplace else. And just this week we learned that 21 journalists here scored in the latest awards contest held by the Society of Professional Journalists.We’ll learn more details when the awards are officially announced, but — like last year — we’re likely to have won more awards than any newspaper in our five-state region in our circulation category. Wow!But there is a force now that is creating a monumental drag:The payoff for the hard work.Career Cast does an annual “Best and Worst Jobs” report, and this year, newspaper reporter was listed as No. 1!Well, the No. 1 worst, a career website, ranked 200 jobs from best to worst based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook.One of the reasons for the bad vibes in reporting jobs is because newspaper advertising revenue has collapsed. In 2006, newspapers were bringing in almost $50 billion a year. Five short years later, it was only $24 billion.last_img read more


1 in custody after shooting at Doral apartments leaves 1 dead 2

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Police took one person into custody in Doral after, they said, gunshots rang out inside an apartment, killing a man and sending two people to the hospital.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the shooting near Northwest 114th Avenue and 41st Street, early Sunday morning.Paramedics transported the surviving victims to an area hospital with gunshot wounds. Their conditions are unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Administrative Assistant at Woburn Street SchoolFull-Time Kitchen Manager at Wilmington High SchoolFull-Time Class D Delivery Driver at J Polep Distribution ServicesFull-Time Retail Sales Advisor I at SunRunFull-Time Events and Employee Engagement Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Project Sales Representative at Limbach HoldingsFull-Time Merchandiser at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Associate Director Marketing, Global Discovery at Charles River LaboratoriesFull-Time Styles Team Leader at TargetPart-Time Sales Associate at Nouria Energy(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more


Two former middle school teachers vie for ASD School Board Seat F

first_imgTwo former middle school teachers are vying for Anchorage School Board Seat F. Incumbent Tam Agosti-Gisler and opponent David Nees both spent more than two decades in the classroom and want to use their first-hand knowledge to shape district decisions.Download AudioDavid Nees, a former math teacher, says he sees problems with the current school board.“It seems to be their focus is on the budget, and they’ve lost focus on their core mission, which is to educate all the children.”Nees says the district needs to focus on making sure all kids succeed and to intervene for individual students if they aren’t. That includes transporting kids to schools that aren’t in their neighborhoods. He also wants to spend more money on kids with special needs. Nees says he doesn’t think some newer, more expensive models are paying off and improving academic performance.“First order of business is to take a look at some programs we adopted, socio-emotional learning, middle school, Response to Instruction [testing and monitoring system]. Those are all expensive. You chose to do those. Did anyone do an analysis five years later to show is it having an effect?”Tam Agosti-Gisler (left) and David Nees (right) are competing for School Board Seat F.Nees says teachers need to have the flexibility to innovate and not be tied to set teaching curriculum, though he says he thinks old school methods are the most effective.“The things that work, typically, is drill and practice, especially in mathematics. It’s proven. I mean if you go to Singapore, it’s drill and practice. Korea is drill and practice. It works. It’s old school; it’s not popular; it’s not big idea. But if it gives you the results you want, because for me, computation in math, that’s our alphabet.”Incumbent Tam Agosti-Gisler, a former social studies and French teacher, says she quickly learned that drill and practice only works for some students. She says it’s important for the school district to have standards that align with other districts because there are so many transient students, but teachers need flexibility and innovation to reach those marks.“The standards are basically the meat, but how you’re going to cook that meat and serve it are where the choices come in there. And that meets the individual learning styles.”Agosti-Gisler says she wants to explore more partnerships with businesses so they can mentor students and help them on their career paths. She wants more partnerships with the muni to share services, like the bus system. But she says being on the school board for three years has taught her that the district can’t do everything.“I have a much better understanding of the broader picture. And how often I’ve been faced with making choices as a school board member that I do not like, but we have to produce a balanced budget.”She says that includes cutting career counselors in order to preserve small class sizes. To limit those hard choices, Agosti-Gisler says she’s worked to create more efficiencies through the auditing process, and she’s using the communication skills she learned when earning a bachelor’s in international relations to help unite the School Board.“I’m known on the board for being able to work with anybody and find ways to compromise and collaborate and, again, putting forth those skills I learned in my degree program.”The municipal election takes place on April 7. All Anchorage voters can vote for all three open school board seats.last_img read more


Fannie Forecasts Declines Over 2011 2012

first_img July 25, 2011 398 Views in Data, Secondary Market, Servicing Fannie Forecasts Declines Over 2011, 2012 “”Fannie Mae””: released a July “”economic outlook””: Friday tying a slowdown in the economy at large to a sluggish pace in the housing sector ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a consequence of tight credit, a dearth in existing-home sales, and weak gains across important industries.[IMAGE]””Besides restrained credit expansion, the tepid housing recovery is another reason for the modest pace of economic growth seen in the current recovery,”” Fannie said in the report. “”During the two years of the current economic expansion, residential investment has yet to make a contribution to economic growth. This is quite an unusual phenomenon: at this point of an economic expansion, housing has generally added significantly to growth.””As a consequence, “”[t]he current state of the housing market remains downbeat,”” the report said.According to the outlook, the mortgage giant presages further declines, with the median price for new homes falling to $216,900 this year from $221,800 over the last. Meanwhile, it expects existing homes to go on the market for $165,600 over the course of 2011, several figures less than $173,000 it recorded last year.[COLUMN_BREAK]The mortgage giant predicted a dip in growth over the rest of the year, falling from 2.8 percent to 2.4 percent. Fannie projected that single-family housing starts will amount to some 440,000 overall in 2011, reflecting a 7 percent notch downward from a healthier 471,000 starts in the previous year. The GSE also revised projections for next year, anticipating that 646,000 housing starts would decline to 671,000. Mortgage rates received a slightly sunnier outlook, with the GSE forecasting a jump to 4.7 percent over the remainder of 2011, with the potential for a 5 percent rise that next year. Fannie projected that total mortgage originations would fall from $1.51 trillion, as reflected from figures last year, hitting $1.07 trillion over this year.Says Fannie: “”One positive for the existing home market is that pending home sales├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª rose 8.2 percent in May, suggesting that sales of existing homes, which are recorded at closing, should rebound in coming months.””The outlook also tied the health of the housing sector to the economy at large, and went on to elaborate on the relative strengths and weaknesses in the economy at large.””Clearly, the renewed slowdown in hiring underscores the uncertainty surrounding the economic outlook,”” Doug Duncan, chief economist at the GSE, said in a “”statement””:;jsessionid=IRKIQJXGS2YIZJ2FECISFGI?p=Media&s=News+Releases. “”The lack of sustained, robust job growth continues to push out into the future the time for the housing market to heal, which is crucial to a meaningful economic expansion.””According to its Web site, Fannie Mae serves low-income homebuyers, families, and communities by backing mortgages at the federal level.center_img Fannie Mae Home Prices Home Sales Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers 2011-07-25 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more


Housing Permits Drop as Starts Increase in April

first_img May 16, 2012 443 Views Housing permits dipped in April for the first time in four months, the “”Census Bureau””: and “”HUD””: reported jointly Wednesday but housing starts improved.[IMAGE]Both indicators remained far above year-earlier levels.The month-over-month increase in starts in April appeared still larger because of a downward revision to March’s report.Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected permits to drop month-over-month and starts to increase.According to the report, there were 715,000 permits issued at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in April ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô compared to an expected 725,000 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô and 717,000 starts compared with an expected 690,000.The month-over-month percentage drop in permits ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô 7.0 percent ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô was the largest since January 2011 when permits fell 10.0 percent. Builders completed 651,000 homes in April, a 10 percent jump from the 592,000 completed in March and the highest level since [COLUMN_BREAK]June 2010.The increase in starts was evenly split between single- and multifamily activity while multifamily homes pulled permit activity down.Total starts in April were up nearly 30 percent from April 2011 and permits were up 23.7 percent from year earlier activity. Total completions were up 20.1 percent from last year.The census data covered the same month for which the “”National Association of Home Builders””: (NAHB) reported builder confidence ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô measured by the Housing Market Index ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô had fallen from 28 (out of 100) to 24. Any HMI reading below 50 is considered to signal a contraction. Builder confidence as reported Tuesday by NAHB rose to 29, its highest level in almost five years.Total housing completions increased for the third straight month and fourth time in the last five months. According to the report, builders completed 489,000 single-family homes ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô highest level since June 2010 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô again far surpassing the rate of new home sales. According to the Census Bureau, new single-family home sales fell to an annualized rate of 328,000 in March from 353,000 in February. With home being completed at a faster pace than sales, inventories are likely to increase placing downward pressure on price.Starts rose sharply in the South to 385,000 in April from 345,000 in March and modestly in the Midwest ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô 127,000 from 119,000 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô but fell in both the Northeast ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô 69,000 from 87,000 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô and West ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô 136,000 from 148,000.Permits in April fell in every region except the Northeast where filings were flat to March. Housing Permits Drop as Starts Increase in April in Data, Government, Originationcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau Homebuilders Housing Affordability Housing Starts HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Private Construction Service Providers 2012-05-16 Mark Lieberman Sharelast_img read more


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first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Somers reported the announcement will likely comeFriday.Selected with the fifth pick in the 2007 NFL Draft out ofPenn State, Brown has spent time at both tackle spots,withthe last few seasons spent on the left side. He’s had hisshare of struggles, but seemed to turn it on over the second halfof the 2011 season. So, even though the Cardinals released Brown on March 13asa way to save cap room, they always maintained a desire tobring him back. Where he will play along the line remains to be seen, astheteam may decide to move him back to the right side or,perhaps, just leave him at left tackle. Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke It looks like Levi Brown isn’t going anywhere, after all.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cardinals and offensive tackle Levi Brown agreed to terms on a five-year contract, bringing theinconsistent and somewhat controversial former first round pick back into the fold.Schefter confirmed earlier reports suggesting the Cardinals and Brown were nearing a deal.Hearing Cardinals areclose to re-signing LT Levi Brown.could move to rightside, depending on rest of off-season— KentSomers (@kentsomers) March 15,2012center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more


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