Pending home sales fall for fifth consecutive month

first_img Share via Shortlink Housing MarketNational Association of RealtorsResidential Real Estate Full Name* Email Address* Tags Inventory is at historically low levels. At the end of January, an estimated 307,000 new homes were for sale, or a four-month supply based on the month’s rate of sales. The unsold number of existing homes last month will be sold within 1.9 months, according to NAR’s latest report.Joel Kan, head of industry forecasting at the Mortgage Bankers Association, agreed with Yun, but he also noted that rising home prices are locking some would-be buyers out of the market.“Various other data sources have pointed to higher median sales prices and record-high purchase mortgage loan sizes, all of which have started to create affordability challenges in many parts of the country,” he said in a statement.Additional housing inventory is coming, but homebuilders are facing some headwinds. Building permits to build new homes surged last month, but housing starts declined as construction costs increased.Contact Erin Hudson Home sales were the busiest January on record, but still the fifth month of decline in a row. (iStock, Unsplash)Pending home sales fell for the fifth month in a row — but not for lack of demand, experts say.The number of home contracts slipped 2.8 percent from December, according to the National Association of Realtors’ monthly index. Though it’s the fifth month of consecutive decline, it was the busiest January on record, with volume up 13 percent year over year.A drop in pending home sales is often thought to indicate a drop in demand from homebuyers, but Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, attributed the decline to a lack of inventory.“Pending home sales fell in January because there are simply not enough homes to match the demand on the market,” he said in a statement.Read moreHome sales, prices rose in January as inventory hit new lowSales of new homes up 4.3% in JanuaryUS home prices are more than 5% too high: Fitch Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Australian Open: Serena Williams beats No. 1 Simona Halep to advance

first_imgJanuary 21, 2019 /Sports News – National Australian Open: Serena Williams beats No. 1 Simona Halep to advance FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFred Lee/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Serena Williams advanced to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Monday after defeating the No. 1-seeded Simona Halep.Williams, 37, beat the 27-year-old Romanian player 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. The American tennis star will now go on to face the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals. Williams is hoping to win her eighth Australian Open title and her 24th Grand Slam tournament overall. She last took home the trophy in Melbourne in 2017 while she was pregnant.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

China to launch naval drills ahead of South China Sea ruling

first_img July 4, 2016 China to launch naval drills ahead of South China Sea ruling Back to overview,Home naval-today China to launch naval drills ahead of South China Sea ruling Authorities View post tag: South China Seacenter_img China’s maritime safety administration on Sunday said it would hold military drills in and around the disputed South China Sea territories.Beijing plans to carry out exercises from July 5 to 11 in an area that stretches from the east of China’s Hainan Island all the way to the Paracels.Chinese naval vessels will thereby prohibit all other vessels from entering the region during the exercises which end one day before the international South China Sea ruling which is scheduled for July 12.The International Court of Justice is set to hand down a ruling in the case brought by the Philippines against Chinese claims to most of the South China Sea.While the Chinese Navy regularly conducts military drill in the disputed area, it is widely believed that Beijing is anticipating an unfavorable ruling in the case.China claims almost all of the South China Sea and has lately been building a net of artificial islands in contested parts of the sea. The United States claim that these islands would allow the Chinese to control one of the world’s most important energy trade routes, as EIA, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, put it.Chinese officials have repeatedly stated that they would not accept any outside court-ruling on the dispute. Share this article View post tag: Chinese PLA Navylast_img read more

E.P.D Crime Prevention Unit Fall Festival Child Safety Tip

first_imgE.P.D Crime Prevention Unit Fall Festival Child Safety TipsBefore you arrive at the Festival, talk with your child about the large crowd that will be there.  Tell them that there will be numerous Police Officers and Officials that your child can safely approach if they become separated from you. After you arrive at the Fall Festival, point out Police Officers and Deputies in uniform.  Tell them they can go to anyone wearing a similar uniform for help.  Also point out Nut Club members to your child and the distinctive straw hats with the various bands (bolo’s) around their hats. Tell them they can also seek out these Nut Club Members for help.Make sure you as a parent are constantly aware of your children’s whereabouts.  Children are easily distracted at the Fall Festival, with all its sights, sounds, and smells, and is a prime spot to be easily distracted-even for adults.It is always best for parents of younger children to hold that child’s hand when walking in or around the Fall Festival. (For numerous safety reasons)Before you leave for the Fall Festival, take a picture on your cell phone, of your child/children so that you know for sure what they are wearing. It can also be shown to Officers who are looking for the lost child.If you become separated from your child, do not panic.  Seek out the closest Police Officer, Deputy or Nut Club Member for assistance.  The clothing color and style will be helpful for Officials actively looking for your child.  (The better the description or photo, the easier it will be for Officials to spot your child.)For your children who are older and/or adults in your group, have a pre-determined meeting spot if you or anyone else in your group becomes separated.If you feel your child is old enough to wander around without you, it is best if they pair up with a sibling or friend of similar age. Have them check in with you by calling or texting, every 15-30 minutes to update their location to you. Have a pre-determined time and location of departure in order to meet at that location when you are leaving the festival.Parents, it recommended that you not allow any child younger than high school age to walk around in the games/rides area on Friday or Saturday nights without adult supervision.  This becomes a VERY congested area.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgThe tangled web of Finedon Mill whose tentacles have stretched from Shipton Mill to New Rathbones plant bakery and beyond turned another corner this week when Finedon ended up in court over unpaid levies (pg 5). The company, which is in administration, is also believed to owe the taxman, odd bank and multiple creditor.I expect many of you see it as a turn for the better. Indeed, the words “may justice prevail” probably sit seething on your lips. We shall have to wait for the outcome.In the meantime, one supporter of Harvestime (2005) bakery, in terms of keeping the 400 or so jobs at the Walsall site, which is still trading in administration, has been Tesco. But in two weeks time, Tesco’s bakery director Tony Reed departs for higher echelons at the retailer (pg 4). Many suppliers talk about wheeling and dealing with the supermarkets. I have not been in that position and can only say that Tony Reed himself has always been utterly straightforward, called a spade a spade, worked hours most people would dread, but kept a distinct sense of the importance of family and the dedication this industry feels about bakery.Last year, I asked him if my repeatedly voiced anger over below-cost bread, often sold in supermarkets, irritated him. “No,” he said, “do keep banging the drum.” And when bakers have lined up, sometimes in a queue, at the Baking Industry Awards to introduce themselves to him, it has never gone to his head. He started off pushing trolleys for Tesco and worked his way up. On first meeting him five years ago, I was impressed by his manners and by his drive to really move things forwards. He has always bubbled over with initiatives – be it new products in breads and cakes or pioneering new bread baskets. He has had huge pressures from both bosses and competitors, but, where possible, has supported forward-thinking companies. One reason I support salt reduction targets in bread is because I totally agree with him that the government should once again be able to proclaim bread as healthy – as it did in the COMA report – before it withdrew that support due to salt levels.Finally this week, Allied Mills is re-entering the customer market with new ideas and equipment.It will have to work hard; the others have done well in its absence.last_img read more

Ishida updates granular weighing techniques

first_imgIshida Europe has developed an enhanced version of its granular weighing product range.The new high-speed Cut-Gate Weighers, suitable for products such as sugar and salt, are available in 10 different models tailored to product, pack and line requirements. They feature a newly designed weigh hopper to help minimise the discharge time of weighed products without spillage, as well as an enhanced Cut-Gate mechanism, designed to improve product feeding at a three-times faster processing capability.The range has faster weighing speeds of up to 30 weighments per minute per head, depending on product type.All of Ishida Europe’s new Cut-Gate Weighers are dust-proof, with weighing components enclosed in an easily detachable cover, and the option to have an additional sealed enclosure for gas flushing.last_img read more

Not Too Late for Onions

first_imgVidalia onions are grown over a long season. Growers begin growing transplants in the fall and aren’t finished with the crop until late spring the following year. If you didn’t start your seed last fall, don’t worry. Transplants are available. Local feed-and-seed, building-supply and department stores are sources. Transplants are typically dug and sold bare-root in bundles. Most commercial growers will transplant their onions between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Weather and other factors can delay their planting, though. It isn’t unusual for growers to still be planting in January and even into February. Purchased transplants can be planted in January and February without any problems. But because it is somewhat later than the usual planting date, the onions may be smaller than expected at harvest. Be sure to select only locally grown onions. Onion seeds, sets or transplants from catalogs may not be Vidalia types. Onions are day-length sensitive, and onions for this part of the country are called short-day onions. This means that during the short days of winter, these onions will form bulbs. Onions grown elsewhere are called long-day onions because they form bulbs during summer. When choosing transplants, select only bundles that look fresh and green and have no dead leaves. These bundles should be kept moist in the store and when you bring them home until planting. However, overly wet onions can develop disease problems and should be avoided. Prepare your garden well in advance. Apply fertilizer, and work it into the soil. Onions are heavy feeders, so get a soil test to determine the right amount of fertilizer to use. Your county extension office can handle this for you. The tops of your transplants may have been clipped when pulled and bundled. If not, clip them yourself to a length of 3 to 5 inches before planting. Plant the onions 1 to 2 inches deep with 4 to 5 inches between each transplant in the row. Rows can be spaced 12 to 14 inches apart. Keep an eye on them. Pay particular attention to watering, especially during the first two weeks after transplanting.last_img read more

Rugby tackles its centre

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People with bipolar disorder seek strength amid social distancing

first_img“It is hard because I couldn’t see my psychologist for a psychotherapy session. I also don’t dare to go to the hospital to restock my medication because I’m afraid of contracting the coronavirus there,” Olivia told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.Olivia was diagnosed with clinical depression in 2011 and bipolar disorder in 2017.For Olivia, social connections and mental support from her friends and psychologists are essential for her well-being. With the COVID-19 pandemic she now lives in constant worry over the safety of her family, friends and herself. Social distancing, also known as physical distancing, makes it harder for her to seek the optimal mental support from her closest circles.“It needs extra effort for me in coping with bipolar disorder. It is hard for me to concentrate and I cannot think clearly. More negative thoughts pop up when you are stuck at home for a long time,” she said. “Several days ago, I hit rock bottom and I could only get support from my friends through mobile messaging apps,” she said.And although her psychologist offered her online consultation sessions by video call, Olivia said it was far from sufficient.“It was not ideal because it relied on a stable internet connection. Not to mention the 15-minute limit per session because other patients were also waiting in line for consultation sessions with the psychologist,” she said.”I think the demand for mental health consultations has increased these days because many people feel worried and stressful [because of the pandemic].”Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme mood swings that cause unusual shifts in concentration, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. It is associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.The exact cause of the disorder remains unknown but experts believe that a combination of genetics, environment and altered brain structure and chemistry may play a role.March 30 is marked annually as World Bipolar Day to educate people about bipolar disorder and end the stigma surrounding the illness.Mental health experts urge families and friends of people living with bipolar disorder to give them extra support during the COVID-19 pandemic.The codirector of Bipolar Care Indonesia (BCI), Agus Hasan Hidayat, said that most of the members of the group had shared how the COVID-19 situation had negatively impacted on their mental health. The biggest stressor, Agus said, was the news related to the coronavirus.“Many have been worried about access to treatment these past two weeks, especially because there is an appeal that they shouldn’t see psychiatrists except if there is a serious situation that they cannot control,” Agus said. “While in fact they need regular counseling and medication.”There is no official data on how many people live with bipolar disorder in Indonesia, but estimates put the prevalence between 1 to 8 percent of the population, and that nearly 45 percent of affected people don’t get diagnosed properly.The BCI alone has recorded more than 700 people with bipolar disorder registered as its members. Most of them are students and white-collar workers who are now studying and working from home to maintain COVID-19 physical distancing.“People with bipolar disorder need to limit their information intake on COVID-19,” Agus said. “Those living alone in a rooming house are in a more worrying situation because their social interactions and activities are very limited compared with those living with family.”Gina Anindyajati, a general psychiatrist at the Cipto Mangunkusumo National General Hospital, said that while people were physically distant during this unprecedented period, it was crucial to maintain social contacts, especially for those with bipolar disorder.“What we need right now is social connection and empathy. […] Ask each other about their condition, share stories, send each other food, a simple form of attention is really helpful for them,” she said.“It is also important for them to maintain routine activities and a daily schedule. It is also important for them to do something relaxing,” she said.Benny Prawira, founder of Into the Light Suicide Prevention Community, highlighted the importance of people with bipolar disorder getting enough sleep and never skipping on prescribed medication.He stressed that people must first take care of themselves during the pandemic before caring for those with mental illness since it can be a challenging task.“Giving our support [to people with bipolar disorder] when we ourselves also need to adapt to the [COVID-19] situation is not an easy thing to do,” he said.Topics : Being isolated and cut off from social interaction and everyday routines can be hard for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. It presents an even bigger challenge to those living with bipolar disorder whose support system is an integral part of their well-being.Content creator Olivia Fabriane, 25, has been working from home for almost two weeks since authorities imposed a so-called social distancing policy to limit the spread of coronavirus by reducing physical contact between people.Jakarta is now the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country with 1,414 cases and 122 deaths as of Monday.last_img read more

Granit Xhaka says there’s ‘not much you can do’ about Cristiano Ronaldo after gifting him his hat-trick goal

first_imgAdvertisement Comment SPONSORED Cristiano Ronaldo capitalised on Granit Xhaka’s mistake to put Portugal out of sight (Picture: PA)Granit Xhaka has outrageously claimed that there’s ‘not much you can do’ about Cristiano Ronaldo after gifting the forward his hat-trick goal in Switzerland’s 3-1 defeat to Portugal.Ronaldo was in inspired form at the Estadio do Dragao as Portugal booked their place in the Nations League final where they will face either the Netherlands or England.Switzerland were stunned as Ronaldo found the corner of Yann Sommer’s net with an unstoppable free-kick in the 25th minute before Ricardo Rodriguez equalised from the penalty spot midway through the second half.As the match looked to be heading for extra-time, Ronaldo swept home Bernardo Silva’s cross to put Portugal back in front before Xhaka’s lacklustre play led to the hosts’ third goal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Skip Read More by Metro PLAY 1/1 Granit Xhaka says there’s ‘not much you can do’ about Cristiano Ronaldo after gifting him his hat-trick goal Video Settings About Connatix V67539 Read More Top articles Read Morecenter_img / Read More More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Arsenal midfielder clumsily lost possession just past the halfway line which allowed Portugal to break on the counter and Ronaldo finished off the move with a sublime curled finish to kill the tie.Incredibly, after Switzerland’s defeat, Xhaka had the cheek to tell his Instagram followers: ‘Really proud of our performance and the progress we are making. Sometimes there is not much you can do when Ronaldo scores such a special Hattrick.’Ronaldo’s hat-trick took his Portugal tally to 88 goals in 157 matches. The Juventus superstar is only behind Iran’s Ali Daei on the all-time list of international goalscorers.Remarkably, his hat-trick on Wednesday night was the 53rd of his career for club and country.Speaking after the final whistle, Xhaka said: ‘It’s unbelievable. What a player he [Ronaldo] is. He’s not, for nothing, one of the best players in the world.‘He’s special because he always knows where you have to go and to be.‘We had it in our hands but in the end he scored three times and we lost this game, but we can be proud how we played against a very good team.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesAsked if Ronaldo is the best player in the world, Xhaka replied: ‘In my opinion you have two of them. They are not in this world.‘If you play at 34 to this level then you deserve a lot of respect.’MORE: Arsenal eyeing summer move for CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov Coming Next Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 6 Jun 2019 11:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Skip Ad 1 min. story Read More Full Screenlast_img read more