A lioness, who was apparently hit by a vehicle in Gujarat’s Amreli district on November 15, died at the animal care centre here during treatment, a forest official said on Saturday. The accident had occurred on Dedan-Khambha road near Bhavardi village under the Tulsishyam range of the Gir East division. The big cat, in the 3-5 year age-group, was admitted to the Jasadhar animal care centre, where it succumbed to injuries on Friday night, the official said.“The lioness was found inured on road near Bhavardi village. It was rescued by the field staff and taken to Jasadhar animal care centre,” he added.Prima facie, the big cat met with an accident either on early Friday morning or Thursday night.Forest officials are checking CCTV footage for a clue.There have been several cases of unnatural deaths of lions in the State, mainly from electrocution, falling into an open well, getting run over by trains, among others.
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Mohammad Abbas dedicated his man-of-the-match award to his daughter after setting up Pakistan’s big win over Australia in the Abu Dhabi Test.Mohammad Abbas bagged 5/33 and 5/62 to script Pakistan’s massive 373-run victory over Australia in the Abu Dhabi Test. Pakistan won the two-match series 1-0 after the first Test in Dubai had ended in a draw.This is Pakistan’s biggest win in terms of runs in Test cricket history. Their previous best of 356-run victory margin was also registered against Australia in 2014.Pakistan vs Australia, Day 4: Report | HighlightsAbbas became 15th Pakistan bowler to take a 10-wicket match haul in Test cricket.#PAKvAUS Test series winners! pic.twitter.com/Yzj0ueE0t7ICC (@ICC) October 19, 2018Abbas finished the series with 17 wickets in two matches and was named man of the match and man of the series for his exploits.”It’s a day of great delight for me. It’s my daughter’s birthday tomorrow, will dedicate this to her,” Abbas said at the presentation ceremony.The 28-year-old right-arm pacer said he is ready to be part of Pakistan’s limited-overs teams.”Whatever the pitch, my job is to bowl to my strengths. I’ve been man of the series back-to-back. Wanted to replicate my performances from England. Bowled to my strengths, to the opposition’s weakness. Hit my areas. Didn’t get out of my circle. Thing of great pride for me. Wanted to do this in England too, but couldn’t do so. I’m doing my thing, if Pakistan needs me in limited-overs, I’m there,” he said.advertisementAbbas has also become the first pace bowler to take 15 or more wickets in a Test series in the United Arab Emirates.South Africa’s joint-highest Test wicket-taker Dale Steyn was impressed with another strong show from Abbas.”I see a new number 1 Test bowler coming… Mohammad Abbas,” the 35-year-old fast bowler said on Twitter.I see a new number 1 Test bowler coming… Mohammad AbbasDale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) October 19, 2018Dreadful 2nd Test for the Aussies after the promising fight late in 1st test matchUnbelievable performance from Mohammed #AvenueOfApprehension Abbas 17 wickets at 10 in series#OneForTheMediumPacers #PakVAusDamien Fleming (@bowlologist) October 19, 2018Pakistan and Australia will now play a three-match Twenty20 International series starting October 24.
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WASHINGTON — A national day of mourning is underway in the United States as a solemn procession bearing former president George H.W. Bush prepares to depart Capitol Hill for the final time, bound for a state funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral.Brian Mulroney, a close friend whose time as prime minister overlapped with the 41st president’s term and culminated in the original North American Free Trade Agreement, is scheduled to deliver one of four eulogies during the funeral, along with Bush’s son and eventual successor, George W. Bush.Liberal cabinet minister Scott Brison and Ambassador David MacNaughton will also be among an estimated 3,000 friends, dignitaries, presidents past and present and other political heavyweights gathering at the cathedral for a final farewell.President Donald Trump, who is not scheduled to speak, has declared a national day of mourning in the U.S., part of a week-long series of commemorations that began Monday with a solemn public visitation in the Capitol rotunda.Prior to the start of the ceremony, Trump used his preferred platform — Twitter — to send a message of remembrance, urging Americans to treat the occasion not as a funeral, but as a celebration of the former president’s life.Flags on Canadian federal buildings in both countries are also flying at half-mast today in a cross-border tribute. Bush will be buried Thursday at his presidential library in Texas, near his wife, Barbara, who died in April, and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age 3.In an interview Monday, Brison — noting that Bush’s signature is on the original 1992 version of NAFTA — recalled meeting the former president for the first time at a conference in Montreal marking the deal’s 10-year anniversary.“I was struck then by his graciousness, his interest in and enthusiasm for Canada — but he was just an extraordinarily gracious person,” Brison said.“He came from tremendous privilege, but he chose to use that privilege and that upbringing to serve the greater good. That sense of noblesse oblige is something that a lot of people of privilege don’t necessarily remember, that sense of giving back. That was something he took seriously.”The Canadian Press
Pension plans took a hit in the third quarter, Mercer index indicates by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 25, 2015 12:22 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 25, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A rough ride on the stock market and lower long-term interest rates hurt Canadian defined benefit pension plans this summer.The Mercer Pension Health Index, which represents the solvency ratio of a model plan, fell in the third quarter to 93 per cent on Sept. 24, down from 98 per cent at the end of June.Mercer also said the median solvency ratio of the pension plans of its clients stood at 87 per cent, down from 92 per cent at the beginning of the third quarter.“Both the key drivers of pension health — equity market returns and long-term interest rates — went in the wrong direction over the summer,” said Manuel Monteiro, leader of Mercer’s financial strategy group.Mercer said the solvency position of pension plans will decline further in the fourth quarter by about one to two per cent as a result of a new mortality table being adopted by regulators as the basis for determining the value of lump sum benefits paid to pension plan members.Mercer said that a typical balanced pension portfolio would have returned negative 2.3 per cent during the quarter up to Sept. 24.Meanwhile, a variety of factors including lower commodity prices, uncertainty from the U.S. Federal Reserve regarding a rate increase, a rate cut by the Bank of Canada and Canada officially entering a recession pressured the interest rate yield curve lower.Long-term interest rates are used to calculate how much a defined benefit pension plan is required to hold to make the future payments promised to pensioners. The lower the rates, the more a plan needs to hold.
SINN FÉIN HAS been heavily criticised over remarks by its president Gerry Adams and its justice spokesperson Padraig MacLochlainn in relation to the Smithwick Tribunal report over the last 24 hours.Adams has come under pressure over comments he made on Newstalk yesterday in which he said that two RUC officers, shot dead by the IRA 24 years ago, had a “laissez faire” attitude shown towards their security.The Smithwick Tribunal report, published on Tuesday, found that collusion between members of An Garda Síochána and the Provisional IRA took place in the killing of two senior RUC officers, Harry Breen and Pat Buchanan, after they left a Dundalk Garda station on 20 March 1989Speaking on Tonight with Vincent Browne last night, a lawyer for the Breen family, criticised Adams’s comments. John McBurney said the remarks were “insulting” and “offensive” and “quite outrageous”.McBurney with MacLochlainn on Tonight with Vincent Browne. Screengrab via TV3. But MacLochlainn came to defence of Adams, saying that the IRA members who shot Breen and Buchanan “had a duty as much as Michael Collins and the IRA of the War of Independence, as much as Padraig Pearse and James Connolly.”He said they “had a right to take a war in the absence of political leadership” and said this was “the context” in which the murders in Dundalk happened.MacLochlainn said the “RUC were a sectarian, orange state enforcer” and that it was “a war situation” that was “tragically the same as the old IRA who killed almost 500 RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) members in the War of Independence.”MacLochlainn with Flanagan on Tonight with Vincent Browne. Screengrab via TV3. On the same programme, Fine Gael chairman Charlie Flanagan said Adams remarks were “quite contemptible” and said that MacLochlainn should distance himself from the comments, describing his defence of them as “outrageous”.He said Adams’s comments had shown that “nothing had changed”.MacLochlainn criticised Flanagan pointing to violence perpetrated by Michael Collins, the man considered to be the founding father of the Fine Gael movement. He told Flanagan directly: “You would tell the Irish people that Gandhi and Martin Luther King founded your party.”MacLochlainn said that Martin Luther King and Gandhi had advocated non-violence where as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil had been born out of violence.On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland MacLochlainn again defended Adams’s comments, refusing to say if his party president should withdraw the remarks.He said that the report of the Smithwick Tribunal is a “disputed report” and that Adams had given an analysis of it.On the same programme, the president of the Superintendents’ Association of Northern Ireland, Nigel Grimshaw, said that Adams’s comments were insensitive and insulting to the families of the two men”.Read: Gerry Adams criticised by Tánaiste and Fianna Fáil over response to Smithwick Tribunal
13,608 Views 3 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3119325 Image: Shutterstock Potting Shed in Twitter’s office Source: Potting Shed/Michael Torrans‘No consequences’When asked why someone would give up their time to take part in a Potting Shed session, Torrans says it’s a good opportunity to press palms with people from different backgrounds and get the creative juices flowing.There are a number of Potting Shed participants who studied a creative discipline in college but ended up pursing a more conventional career path.“For people in that situation, they really enjoy getting out of the office, getting into an interesting location, sitting down with a couple of new faces and just brainstorming,” Torrans says.“Brainstorming has no real consequences. The company just asks us to come in for two hours and throw out anything and just have fun with it.” Source: Potting Shed Dublin/Twitter This group will brainstorm your business ideas for you – and they’ll do it for free All Potting Shed asks for in return is some snacks and an open mind. Share67 Tweet Email7 By Fora Staff Some volunteers use the event as an opportunity to get “a good look behind the curtain of a company in Dublin and see how they run things, how they operate”.FeedbackSome firms use Potting Shed as an opportunity to road test a new product, Torrens adds.“A lot of companies are aware that this is an opportunity to put their idea to 20-odd people who’ve never heard of it before and never seen it before.”Potting Shed has worked with a number of high-profile organisations. It recently worked with Dublin Airport as part of its bid to position itself as a transfer hub.“It’s the last stop before the US and they wanted to position it more in that sense and get more people using it as a transfer area,” Torrans says. “We were looking at how to make a transfer package for Dublin Airport more appealing and better in general.” NO MATTER HOW creative you are, you’re bound to be blinkered by groupthink at some point.So says Michael Torrans, the organiser behind Potting Shed, a monthly get-together where volunteers brainstorm ideas for a company with a conundrum.The idea originated in Queen’s University Belfast. Torrans used to work in the city and when he moved into his current role as a product designer at Dublin lighting firm Pleolight, he took the concept with him and it has now been running for just over a year.“I knew it would flourish down here,” he tells Fora. “The minute I started it down here, people got it straight away and people got involved straight away.”The system usually involves a firm approaching Potting Shed with a problem or product idea. They’ll organise a session with Torrans, who sends out an invite. Whoever shows up on the night spends two hours brainstorming before making a 20-minute presentation of the best ideas.All the information – post-its, drawings and scribbles – is handed over to the firm to use or disregard as they see fit.No money changes hands – all the host company has to do is provide snacks to keep the volunteers ticking over.Around 30 people attend each event and they come “from all walks of life”, according to Torrans. Many of them work in a creative industry – artists, architects, painters and the like – but it’s not uncommon for an accountant to show up too.“It’s very important to get really varied backgrounds and different sets of eyeballs in the room to try and throw out different ideas,” Torrans says. Dec 4th 2016, 5:39 PM Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 5:39 PM Image: Shutterstock Great evening of #PottingShed #brainstorming for @DublinAirport looking at transfer #userexperience! #designthinking pic.twitter.com/tJ0hgA2SQ8— Potting Shed Dublin (@PottingShedDub) May 18, 2016 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Take me to Fora Participants came up with straight-laced concepts around the tech sector and history of Ireland, as well as more outlandish ideas like yoga rooms, swimming pools and virtual reality.Potting Shed came up with “a lot of service design stuff for rewarding people for not going straight to their gate”.As exciting as the ideas are, it may be some time before travellers can go for a dip in Dublin Airport before jetting off to the United States.“We don’t take it to heart if things don’t come through,” Torrans says. “You could throw 100 ideas at the wall and stuff may not be feasible or may not be viable.”That’s part of the reason why he has no intention “at the moment” to commercialise Potting Shed.“I don’t have the need for it at the moment,” he says. “I have my own job. This is more of a book club.”He explains that if the concept was monetised, “companies would expect a finished idea” and would be more defensive about their product which “kills creativity”.“This is brainstorming. We’re going to throw as much shit at the wall as we can and see what sticks.”Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie “When you get people who are removed (from the creative industries), they’ll throw ideas that designers wouldn’t think of because they’re not blinkered by the design process. It just adds a real variety to the answers. Everyone’s useful in this kind of situation.” Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news:
John F. Kennedy never visited Vancouver. Unlike rival Richard Nixon, who drew thousands of admirers for a speech in front of the Clark County Courthouse on Sept. 13, 1960, the Democratic presidential candidate didn’t campaign here.So what about the photograph of JFK, with two campaign buttons on his lapel, receiving the key to the city from Miss Vancouver?That ceremony actually took place in Portland, Carol Snyder said. Back then, she was Carol Erlandson — and she was Miss Vancouver.Kennedy had booked a campaign speech in Portland on Sept. 7, 1960, and local boosters decided to become part of the event. Vancouver civic leaders had planned to give Kennedy the key to the city after his Portland speech.“We thought there would be a quick opportunity backstage. He rushed past us,” Snyder recalled.“So everybody hopped in a car and went to Portland International Airport. I caught him there, and we visited for a while” before Kennedy had to board his plane, she said.Local Chamber of Commerce leader Manny Helm also is in the photo, at the left of the frame. Helm, who died in 2006, was Clark County’s First Citizen in 1959 and also served as emcee of several Miss Vancouver competitions during the 1950s.Despite the rush to get out of the auditorium, Snyder and her mother, Margaret Erlandson, were able to spend some time with Kennedy at PDX.
TAMPA, Fla. (WSVN) — A baby otter is now in rehabilitation after it was rescued near Tampa.The 3-week-old river otter was found alone in the backyard of a home.The otter, now known as Petunia, is still too young to open her eyes.Crews couldn’t find her mother, so Petunia is staying at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel Island.While there, Petunia will be nursed and learn to socialize with other otters before eventually being returned to the wild.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
John Czarnezki Director of Economic Development and Planning: “It’s been three years since we started the process, and we’ve methodically gone through the process to look at the financial aspects.” An updated story will be posted once the city submits a finalized map reflecting the amendments submitted at last night’s meeting. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A final vote was taken at the Soldotna City Council meeting last night on whether or not the city would submit a draft petition for the potential annexation areas adjacent to the city limits to the Local Boundary Commision (LBC). Prior to the council submitting the petition to the LBC, additional public hearings and action from the council will be required. Brian Olson, President of Borough Residents Against Annexation: “Not ONE single person spoke in favor of annexation last night, not one. All who spoke said NO to annexation but once again it fell on deaf ears.” The city council voted unanimously to move forward with the draft petition process. Prior to the vote council members made individual amendments to a few of the proposed annexation zones, and some were removed entirely. The council voted to move forward with the process despite the overwhelming number of residents who testified against the ordinance, all of which either live or own businesses within the annexation zones.
Share your voice Comment NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab About 10,000 light years away from Earth, a black hole is engaged in a stellar feast, devouring the gases of a nearby star — and we’ve been watching.The stellar-mass black hole, around 10 times more massive than our sun, was discovered after a humongous X-ray flare in March 2018. It was originally detected by a specialized instrument aboard the International Space Station, operated by the Japanese Aerospace and Exploration Agency, known as the Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI). After the X-ray burst captivated astronomers, researchers at MIT, the University of Maryland and NASA swung another instrument on board the station to watch what happened to the black hole, nicknamed J1820.It’s embarrassing when people watch you eat, but J1820 was none the wiser as NASA swung the Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) to monitor its buffet. NICER continued to detect waves of X-ray light bouncing away from the black hole, called “light echoes”, which demonstrated how the black hole’s size and shape was changing over time. “NICER has allowed us to measure light echoes closer to a stellar-mass black hole than ever before,” said first author Erin Kara. The research, published on Jan. 10 in Nature, provides some tantalizing new evidence about the way a black hole evolves once it gobbles up a star. The major takeaway for the team was the the black hole’s corona was shrinking.Now, let’s back up — what does that actually mean? A black hole is a collapsed star with a core so dense that it has near-unimaginable gravitational power. Its gravity is so powerful that nothing — no particles, no light — can escape its pull. When a black hole begins to eat up a star, the star’s gases swirl around its gravitational center in a ring known as an accretion disk. Above that you have the corona: an extremely energetic region of subatomic particles. Because MAXI had caught the black hole’s initial outburst, the team began studying the X-rays emitted from the black hole over a month, measuring how they bounced off the accretion disk. By measuring the X-rays from the initial outburst and those received later on (the “light echoes”), the team could determine that the corona had shrunk from around 100 kilometers (around 62 miles) to just 10 (around 6 miles). “This is the first time that we’ve seen this kind of evidence that it’s the corona shrinking during this particular phase of outburst evolution,” said Jack Steiner, an astrophysicist with MIT.The team noted that generally, light echoes are only seen bouncing away from supermassive black holes, like the one at the center of the Milky Way, rather than this comparatively small stellar mass black hole. However, here, NICER — which was designed to examine faint, dense neutron stars — was crucial to precisely measuring them.But why the corona contracted in such a way remains a mystery. Steiner hypothesizes that as the gaseous accretion disk begins falling into the black hole, incredibly high pressures squeeze the corona’s particles and thus that leads to the cosmic shrinkage we see.Understanding the various parts of a black hole, such as the accretion disk or the corona, provide ways to study how black holes change over time. Although the study only looked at a stellar-mass black hole, at 10 times the mass of the sun, it may provide clues as to how black holes evolve to become “supermassive” and how that may influence the galaxies that swirl around them. Tags CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. 1 X-rays reveal hidden details of the cosmos (pictures) 9 Photos NASA Sci-Tech
Bir Protik Taramon Bibi. Prothom Alo File PhotoFreedom fighter Bir Protik Taramon Bibi passed away at her home in Shankar Madhobpur village of Rajibpur upazila in Kurigram early Saturday, reports UNB.She was 62.The war heroine, who had been suffering from respiratory problems, breathed her last around 1:30am, said her son Abu Taher.Taher said her mother received treatment at the Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka last month as her condition had deteriorated.She left behind husband, one son and a daughter, and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn her death.The Bir Protik will be buried at her family graveyard after Zohr prayers.Meanwhile, president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed their deep shock and sorrow at the death of the freedom fighter.In a message of condolence, Sheikh Hasina prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family members, followers and admires of the late freedom fighter.Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury also expressed her shock at the death of Taramon Bibi.Taramon Bibi was one of the two female freedom fighters in Bangladesh obtaining the Bir Protik award as she had engaged in direct combat during the liberation war in 1971.Taramon had joined Mukti Bahini, which fought against the Pakistani occupation force during the liberation war.She had fought in Sector 11 under the leadership of sector commander Abu Taher.After the war, Taramon was awarded Bir Protik by the government. But her whereabouts were unknown and the award was never handed over to her.She herself remained unaware of this until 1995 when a researcher from Mymensingh found her. Taramon was finally given her award by the then prime minister Khaleda Zia on 19 December 1995.
In a part of the world where presidents traditionally have ruled for life, Atta Mills is only the latest West African leader to show that “routine checkup” can be the code word for much graver troubles.Many longtime rulers in the region have feared coups or power grabs if they were perceived as vulnerable. Though even in a mature democracy like Ghana, those around Atta Mills still tried to protect his image of strength until the very end.“I think it’s a little bit about power _ when you taste it and you really don’t want to give it up whether you’re sick or healthy,” says Kwame Tufour, 36, who owns an energy company in Ghana. “I think it kind of got to his head.”Political calculation certainly plays a part in an election year, as there can be repercussions if a party’s standard bearer is seen as weak, said J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa program at the Washington-based Atlantic Council.While Ghana is an exception as a stable democracy, Pham said earlier strongmen in the region tended to concentrate power in their own hands until their deaths.“You didn’t vote for a party with a platform if you voted at all,” he said. “Leadership was viewed and functioned as the figure that you followed.” Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The week before he died, the editor of a local paper was arrested after publishing a picture of the frail leader struggling to stand up. A spokesman for the president went on TV to assure the nation that Conte was not ill.The newspaper was ordered to print a photograph of Conte, showing him in good health.In Ghana, opposition newspapers in the weeks before Atta Mills’ death had started questioning whether the president was healthy enough to seek a second term in December.The late Ghanaian leader was apparently in a coma for at least a day _ possibly two _ before he died, said a government official in neighboring Ivory Coast who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.The official said the Ghanaians did such a good job hiding it that even the intelligence services of Ghana’s closest allies were not aware of his state of health.Eugene Oppong, 40, a driving instructor, said Ghanaians had started to notice recently that Atta Mills had grown lean, spoke with a raspy voice, and frequently took sips of water while giving speeches.Still, Oppong said Atta Mills was right to stay in office until his death, and he called speculation about the president’s health before his death disrespectful. Speculation on leaders’ health isn’t unique to West Africa _ 88-year-old Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe insists he’s “fit as a fiddle” despite reports he’s battling prostate cancer. Few regions, though, can cite as many examples.Only hours before the death of Gabon President Omar Bongo _ at one time the world’s longest-serving president _ his prime minister described him as “alive and well.”And Nigeria’s late President Umaru Yar’Adua grew so weak while in office he once had to be carried off a runway by a soldier during a state visit to Togo, according to a book by his former spokesman. The military officer assigned to Yar’Adua apparently draped traditional robes over his arm to conceal what was happening.State-run television was told to only film one side of his face when the other side was swollen, according to the book by Olusegun Adeniyi.The National Assembly ultimately voted extra-constitutionally to empower then-Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to serve as acting president for Nigeria.The health and undisclosed illness of late Guinean strongman Lansana Conte also was a topic of national debate for years before his 2008 death. Rumors of his death surfaced periodically, including in 2003 when he was forced to go on TV to deny them. Top Stories “So far as you still have your power and you’re alive, you don’t need to give your power to someone else,” he said.___Associated Press writers Rukmini Callimachi in Dakar, Senegal and Laura Burke in Accra, Ghana contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Associated PressDAKAR, Senegal (AP) – The rumors started to swirl around Ghana in June: President John Atta Mills was ill, maybe too sick to seek re-election, and he was going abroad to seek medical treatment. Some radio stations went so far as to prematurely report his death.Eager to deny the speculation, Atta Mills jogged at the airport upon his return in a display of his vigor. The following month, though, the 68-year-old was dead. Many lined up in the capital, Accra, where his body was laid in a casket draped in the national colors of red, yellow and green on Wednesday to pay their respects before his burial Friday. 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in Origination New Home Purchase Applications Up in July August 11, 2013 438 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Sales Homebuilders Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Service Providers 2013-08-11 Andy Miller According to a recent survey conducted by the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://mbaa.org/ (MBA), applications for new home sales are on the rise.[IMAGE]This particular survey, the MBA’s Builder Application Survey (BAS), records application volume from mortgage subsidiaries of home builders across the country and is thus able to provide an outlook forecast of new home sales volumes at the national, state, and city level.[COLUMN_BREAK]Specifically focused on coverage of the month of July 2013, the information gathered by MBA revealed that mortgage applications for new home purchases rose by an estimated 14 percent versus those present in June. Representing 66.5 percent of this total was conventional loans, followed by loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA loans) that accounted for 17.5 percent. Loans for veterans (VA) rounded out the total with 14.5 percent. Likewise, the month-to-month increase from June to July in the average loan amount of a new residence rose from $283,111 to $288,382.Incorporating information gathered from the BAS, alongside professional outlooks deducted from marketing coverage and other related factors, MBA supposes that sales of new single-family homes were operating at a seasonally adjusted yearly rate of 481,000 in the month of July 2013. Unadjusted, the MBA offers that there were close to 43,000 new residence sales for July 2013. Share
Colombia: Citrus crops ravaged by yellow dragon … Argentina’s citrus crop still “paralyzed”, light e … June 13 , 2018 Leading British supermarket chain Tesco says it will sell green lemons in its stores due to a “significantly reduced” end of season volumes from Spain. The retailer said that another reason behind its lifting of color quality specifications was to help cut down on food waste in the home by to an extra two days shelf life.It highlighted that despite the skin being slightly green, the fruit is still “as crisp and zesty” as when it is yellow.Spain is the U.K.’s main lemon supplier through spring, before switching to South African fruit.Tesco said the South African lemon season normally ramps up in late June, taking over as the U.K.’s main supply source, but it said it will now take the greener lemons earlier than usual to keep supplies going.In late May, Spain’s Interprofessional Lemon and Grapefruit Association (AILIMPO) general manager José Antonio García told Fresh Fruit Portal the industry was expecting a swift end to its season due to a 40% year-on-year reduction in the late season Verna variety. Spanish lemon crop estimated to be lower than bump … You might also be interested in The production decline is due to a poor flowering period in May last year, he said.Tesco citrus fruit buyer Savia Weidinger said: “These greener lemons that we now have on sale are already mature and perfect tasting inside but need longer for the skin to turn yellow.”She said the South African crop tends to color up toward the end of June as evenings cool.“The move not only means that shoppers will again be easily able to buy a fruit that is growing in popularity but they will gain extra freshness,” she said.The greener lemons will be available in 800 Tesco stores across the U.K.Lemon demand rose by more than 10% last year, according to Tesco, with more people using them in recipes and juicing.www.freshfruitportal.com World’s leading lemon exporter gains access to Ind …
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