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first_img Tags Nearly all regions followed the national trend when it came to new single-family home sales, except the west, where sales dropped 30 percent month-over-month. In the northeast, sales were up 20 percent; they rose nearly 31 percent in the Midwest and about 40 percent in the south.The increase comes as existing home sales fell for the second consecutive month and existing inventory grew slightly.New housing construction was also strong for the month. Housing starts surged 19 percent in March. Homebuilder sentiment rose this month with builders expecting strong activity from prospective buyers and in single-family sales.Contact Erin Hudson Share via Shortlink Full Name* Over 1 million new units sold last  month. (Getty)The pace of new single-family home sales skyrocketed last month.That figure jumped a stunning 20.7 percent month-over-month in March to 1.02 million units, according to the Census Bureau’s latest report on new residential construction. In comparison, February’s revised rate of sales was 846,000 units.The median sales price was $330,800, while the seasonally-adjusted estimate of new homes for sale at the end of March was 307,000, or a supply of 3.6 months based on the pace of sales.The report tracks single-family home sales by contracts signed or deposits paid for a sample of homes selected from building permits. (Of note: The Census Bureau says that this metric can be volatile, and that it takes about four months to establish a trend.)ADVERTISEMENTRead moreHome sales fall while prices reach all-time highPending home sales plunged nearly 11% in FebruaryHome price growth hits 15-year high Message* Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Housing MarketResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

first_img Associated Press Written by Tags: Colorado State Rams/Isaiah Stevens/Mountain West/Utah State Aggies Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah (AP) — Isaiah Stevens scored 18 points with eight rebounds and eight assists and Colorado State knocked Utah State out of a first-place tie in the Mountain West Conference with an 84-76 win.Kendle Moore added 16 points for the Rams, who lost to the Aggies 83-64 on Tuesday night. David Roddy and Dischon Thomas had 15 points apiece as CSU made 11 of 12 free throws in the final two minutes, scoring the most points against Utah State since the Aggies gave up 85 in losing their season opener.Brock Miller scored 14 points for Utah State January 22, 2021 /Sports News – Local Stevens, Colorado St. knock off Utah St. 84-76last_img read more

first_imgOxford University Rugby FootballClub is planning a fundraisingmatch in aid of Marie Curie CancerCare on Wednesday.The match will be between theBlues and the HSBC Penguins.The activities include an auctionof the official Jack Wills match shirtworn by OURFC players. The Blueswill also be extending support forMarie Curie by dedicating the traditionalCaptain’s Cocktails event tothe cause.Proceeds from this event will bedonated to help the work of palliativecare nurses.Marie Curie nurses provide muchneededend of life care to terminallyill patients in their own homes in Oxfordshireand throughout the UK.Blues Team Captain John Cartertold Cherwell that the players are“thrilled to be supporting MarieCurie Cancer Care and are hopingfor a huge turnout.” He emphasisedthat “the Jack Wills jerseys are greatsporting memorabilia,” whilstpointing out that the HSBC Penguinsare “a prestigious international touringside.”Shiralyn Hunt, community spokespersonfor Marie Curie Oxford, stated,“It’s great to be able to show oursupport for the Oxford team whileraising the profile of our Marie Curienurses, who support the terminallyill in the comfort and securityof their own homes.” She wished theBlues good luck for their upcomingmatch.The match will take place at the IffleyRoad ground.Oxford University Rugby Football Club is planning a fundraising match in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care on Wednesday.The match will be between the Blues and the HSBC Penguins, whilst activities planned include an auction of the official Jack Wills match shirt worn by OURFC players.The Blues will also be extending support for Marie Curie by dedicating the traditional Captain’s Cocktails event to the cause. Proceeds from this event will be donated to help the work of palliative care nurses.Marie Curie nurses provide much needed end of life care to terminally ill patients in their own homes in Oxfordshire and throughout the UK.Blues Team Captain John Carter told Cherwell that the players are “thrilled to be supporting Marie Curie Cancer Care and are hoping for a huge turnout.” He emphasised that “the Jack Wills jerseys are great sporting memorabilia,” whilst pointing out that the HSBC Penguins are “a prestigious international touring side.”Shiralyn Hunt, community spokesperson for Marie Curie Oxford, stated, “It’s great to be able to show our support for the Oxford team while raising the profile of our Marie Curie nurses, who support the terminally ill in the comfort and security of their own homes.” She wished the Blues good luck for their upcoming match.The match will take place at the IffleyRoad ground.last_img read more

first_imgORDINANCE F-2016-21 AMENDED FINANCE McGINN An Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Authorizing Repeal and Re- Appropriation and Additional Appropriation of Funds Within Various City Departments (DMD)REGULAR AGENDATHIRD READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSORDINANCE G-2016-24 A.S.D. MERCER, ADAMSAn Ordinance Amending Chapter 2.170 (Fire Merit System) of the Code of OrdinancesORDINANCE F-2016-20 AMENDED FINANCE McGINNAn Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Authorizing Transfers of Appropriations, Additional Appropriations and Repeal and Re-Appropriation of Funds for Various City FundsORDINANCE F-2016-21 AMENDED FINANCE McGINNAn Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Authorizing Repeal and Re- Appropriation and Additional Appropriation of Funds Within Various City Departments (DMD)RESOLUTION DOCKETRESOLUTION C-2016-23 DOCKET McGINNA Resolution Dissolving the Hospital Authority Board of the City of EvansvilleRESOLUTION C-2016-24 DOCKET MOSBYA Resolution Approving the Second Amendment to the Inter-Local Agreement Between the City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County Concerning the Area Plan DepartmentRESOLUTION C-2016-25 DOCKET COUNCIL AS A WHOLEA Resolution Supporting Evansville, Indiana, As Host for the 2019 NCAA “First Four” Men’s Basketball GamesRESOLUTION C-2016-26 DOCKET MOSBY, ADAMS, McGINNA Resolution of the Common Council of the City of Evansville, Indiana, Supporting a Statutory Amendment Allowing Municipalities Additional Regulatory Authority Over the Use of FireworksMISCELLANEOUS BUSINESSThe next meeting of the Common Council will be Monday, August 22, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. Committee meetings will begin at 5:20 p.m.ADJOURNMENT APPROVAL OF MEETING MEMORANDUMREPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONSCONSENT AGENDAFIRST READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS AGENDAPLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCEcenter_img ORDINANCE F-2016-22 FINANCE McGINNAn Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Authorizing Additional Appropriations and Transfer of Funds within Various Departments (DMD)ORDINANCE F-2016-23 FINANCE McGINNAn Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Approving the Annual Community Development Plan and Appropriating Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Program Grant FundsORDINANCE R-2016-23 APC M-2 to M-3An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 5300 Hitch Peters RoadPetitioner: Superior Oil Company, Inc.Owners: Meisler Properties, LLC; RWM Properties, LLCRepresentative: Alex Beatty, Esq., Faegre Baker Daniels, LLC District: Elpers, Ward 5CONSENT AGENDASECOND READING OF ZONING ORDINANCES There are no items at this time.REGULAR AGENDATHIRD READING OF ZONING ORDINANCES There are no items at this time.CONSENT AGENDASECOND READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONSORDINANCE G-2016-24 A.S.D. MERCER, ADAMSAn Ordinance Amending Chapter 2.170 (Fire Merit System) of the Code of OrdinancesORDINANCE F-2016-20 AMENDED FINANCE McGINNAn Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Authorizing Transfers of Appropriations, Additional Appropriations and Repeal and Re-Appropriation of Funds for Various City Funds FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgMaple Leaf Bakery UK has announced its New York Bakery Co brand is to be relaunched on 4 January, as the firm aims to drive growth in the bagel sector.The firm has reformulated its bagel recipe, to give it a more authentic New York look and taste, following extensive consumer research both in the UK and the US.The new six-strong range, which includes the addition of a wholemeal bagel, will be relaunched in new packaging, and with a £2m marketing drive behind it. The full range will be available in a five-pack format, while its three top-sellers cinnamon & raisin, sesame and plain will also be available in packs of four.See the feature: A taste of New York, for the full story>>Maple Leaf takes direct action on bagel brandlast_img read more

first_img Staff put in a huge amount of work preparing our health service for the challenge of treating more patients over winter and it’s right that we make sure they have the resources they need so people receive the care they deserve. That’s why I will be providing an additional £145 million now to upgrade wards, redevelop A&Es and further improve emergency care in time for winter. And through the long-term plan for the NHS we will go further, providing an extra £20.5 billion a year by 2023 to 2024 to transform care for patients and guarantee the future of our health service. The government is giving more than £145 million to NHS trusts across the country ahead of winter to improve emergency care.The funding from the Department of Health and Social Care’s existing budget will be spent on 81 new schemes.It will be spent on: The University Hospital of North Midlands is set to receive £8.82 million, which will go towards 2 additional wards on the Royal Stoke site.East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust will receive £6.42 million to increase emergency care capacity at the William Harvey Hospital and at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital.At Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the money will assist emergency day care, managing the flow of patients through the hospital and improving the way ambulances hand over patients.Earlier this year the government provided £36.3 million to ambulances trusts to prepare for winter. The money will pay for 256 new ambulances as well as ‘make ready’ hubs at ambulance trust headquarters to allow better restocking and maintenance of vehicles.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:center_img upgrading wards redeveloping A&E departments improving same-day emergency care improving systems for managing the number of beds in use an extra 900 bedslast_img read more

first_imgMartha Minow, this year’s speaker for the annual Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy, is not someone who ascribes to the “ivory tower” mentality that can isolate academics, said Joan Fallon, director of communications for the Kroc Institute.Instead, Minow is a highly accessible and relatable thinker who has a passion for education, Fallon said.Minow, a human rights advocate for minorities, women and children, is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor and dean of Harvard Law School.Her lecture, Education as a Tool in Preventing Conflict: Suggestions for the International Criminal Court, will be given on March 16 at 4:15 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium.“It’s exciting to showcase a high platform person because those aren’t always so visible,” Fallon said. “These speakers meet students, faculty, they talk with them … I think students across the University, from law to history to journalism, not just peace studies students, would be really interested in her.”The Hesburgh Lecture is the largest and most prestigious event the Kroc Institute hosts each year, Fallon said. Past speakers have included the Rev. Bryan Hehir, Congressman Lee Hamilton and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi.“We don’t tell [the speakers] what to talk about,” Fallon said. “We choose them based on the merit of their work and each brings a fresh perspective.”The lecture series began as a way to honor University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh in his public role as an international leader in ethics, said Hal Culbertson, executive director for the Kroc Institute.“We set up the lecture to bring in people contributing to society in the areas of ethics and public policy,” Culbertson said. “Fr. Hesburgh founded the institute, with the help of Mrs. Kroc. He had a vision for an institute where we would educate peace builders and also shape public policy.”The lectures are always a popular event, Fallon said, with last year’s expected audience so large they moved the lecture into the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.“We usually have equal parts students and faculty,” Fallon said. “There’s also a reception afterwards for people to meet her and talk for a few minutes.“The Hesburgh Lecture represents people who are doing the essence of what Notre Dame tries to do, and that is to be engaged at the highest level of thinking … We try to encourage Notre Dame students to think about themselves as influential global citizens.”last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Public News Service:The West Virginia Legislature has passed a 40 percent cut in thermal coal severance taxes, despite Revenue Department predictions that it would do little to change steam coal’s steady decline.The long-term outlook is no better, said Carey King, a research scientist and assistant director of the University of Texas’ Energy Institute. King said thermal coal, used to generate electricity, has a lot stacked against it. Natural gas is likely to stay cheap and renewables will continue to drop in price, while demand for electricity is flat.King said most coal plants are old, and the cost of a new plant is too big to risk. “‘Big’ means over a few billion dollars,” he said, “and when you don’t have electricity demand increasing, it is hard to commit to large electricity-generation projects, but much easier to commit to smaller projects – like natural gas, wind and solar – and in addition, they’re cheaper, anyways.”The coal industry has argued that lower taxes and less environmental regulation would prompt a boom in mining jobs. According to the state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training, about 8 percent more coal miners are working now than two years ago, although many are producing metallurgical coal for making steel, not thermal coal.Critics have argued that even eliminating severance taxes would not make Appalachian steam coal competitive with coal from mines in the western United States. David Schlissel, director of resource planning analysis for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said another trend is emerging that will help renewables at the expense of all fossil fuels – huge, grid scale batteries and pumped storage.“And it’s a real game-changer, will be storage,” he said. “There are plans for substantial amounts – California definitely, and New York, I think, is still talking about it. And storage will make it increasingly difficult for coal and natural gas to compete.” He said storage will make the electric grid more reliable, even as it shifts to intermittent sources such as sunshine and wind. As more storage comes online, its price will fall, he said, much like the price of renewables.More: Despite state tax cut, bleak long-term outlook for WV steam coal Experts say state tax cut plan won’t help West Virginia steam coal producerslast_img read more

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,During this season where the buzz is all about the attitude of gratitude, I am struggling. My kids have been cooped up in the house by the early arrival of darkness and the frigid temperatures. I am surrounded by whining voices demanding new toys, computer games, and ski trips.Any tips for an appreciation make-over for my kids? Yours,Can’t Handle the Whining————————————————————-Dear Can’t Handle the Whining,Gratitude can be difficult to come by in the never-enough culture in which we reside. This time of year we’re bombarded with gift-lists and new products, cleverly advertised to make us think we “need” them.As a parent, I can relate to feeling overwhelmed. But that doesn’t mean I let myself off the hook for cultivating an example of gratitude for my son.Most mornings I woke to his cries way before the sun has graced the day. As I rubbed my eyes, I’d think, “I didn’t get enough sleep.”  All morning long I glanced at the clock and thought, “We don’t have enough time.” As I packed our lunches, there was always something I forgot to pick up at the store and I thought, “We don’t have enough food.” A never-ending to-do list would loop through my head as I thought, “I didn’t get enough accomplished.”My two-year old son started constantly asking for more of everything. He said, “Mama, more, more, please” (which actually sounds like, “mama, moo, moo peas”). His constantly asking for more almost sent me over the edge, until I realized he was only reflecting my own attitudes about deprivation and never having enough.The realty is even as a single working mama, we have enough of all the important stuff – we have enough love, enough wonderful people, enough time outdoors, and enough food. We are blessed with a warm house with enough toys and art supplies and instruments to keep ourselves amused all winter long. We are fortunate to live in a wonderful, supportive community.I made a commitment to change my viewpoint from scarcity to abundance, a promise I have to renew several times a day. Now when I wake up, I hold my son in my arms and we look out the window. We look for the sunrise and talk about the clouds. He claps his hands as he shouts, “Sun!” as it appears over the horizon.Starting the day like that sets the tone for appreciation. When we are stuck in traffic, we talk about the golden leaves swirling in the breeze. When we walk at night, we look for the moon and when we find her, we greet her as if she was a long lost friend.I still get stressed out and thoughts of not having or being enough return. The other day the car wouldn’t start. A bag of groceries fell, and I watched as my big splurge, a pint of blueberries, rolled across the parking lot. I cursed as I thought about not being able to run the other errands on my to-do list. My son tugged at my leg and pointed up toward the sky, “Mama, cloud.”I looked up at the Carolina blue sky at white, fluffy clouds. Simply taking a couple minutes to marvel at the world with my son transformed the moment and averted a mama meltdown.Instead of stressed to the max, I felt lucky to have a son who connects with the natural world. We set about the task of gathering the groceries. A nice guy jump started my car. It’s amazing how exuding an attitude of gratitude sends out a message to the universe that we are willing to receive her gifts.Can’t Handle the Whining, next time your kids are driving you crazy, distract them with nature. Show them the sky. Give them a rock. Dance in the rain. Over time, your kids will return the favor and remind you to appreciate just how luck we are to live in this amazing world.This November, remember to marvel!Mountain MamaGOT A QUESTION FOR MOUNTAIN MAMA? SEND IT HERElast_img read more

first_imgAround the world, social distancing measures are keeping people from hugging their nearest and dearest, but Iceland officials want the world to know that social distancing shouldn’t keep you from hugging trees.  Hiking trails have been crowded during the pandemic and many officials are asking the public to stay away from our beloved outdoor spaces. But that doesn’t mean you can’t walk outside and discover what lives in your own backyard (literally.)  Head outside in support of the 2020 City Nature Challenge Taking long walks during quarantine? If so, keep your eyes open for pine snakes. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking the public to report any sightings of the animal in southwestern North Carolina.  Rangers at Hallormsstadur National Forest in Iceland have been clearing paths in the forest so locals can hug trees without coming in close contact with others. “When you hug [a tree], you feel it first in your toes and then up your legs and into your chest and then up into your head,” says ranger Por Porfinnsson. “It’s such a wonderful feeling of relaxation and then you’re ready for a new day and new challenges.” Since you can’t hug people, Iceland’s Forest Service recommends hugging treescenter_img Wildlife commission wants to know if you’ve seen pine snakes in southwestern NC The City Nature Challenge, beginning April 24, asks the public to take pictures of wild plants and animals and note their locations through iNaturalist. When you participate, you help scientists learn more about nature in your neighborhood.  The commission is trying to learn more about the distribution of the northern pine snake. Pine snakes are large, non-venomous snakes that spend most of their lives underground. Spring is the best time to spot them because they’re more likely to be above ground this time of year, seeking mates and food. They are primarily found in the Sandhills and southern Coastal Plain of North Carolina, though they have also been spotted in Cherokee and Swain counties.  Photo: Public Domain – http://herpingmichigan.blogspot.com/2012/06/trail-continues.htmllast_img read more