Agreement on Iraqi election law means polls can go ahead in February

7 December 2009The United Nations today pledged to give Iraq support and technical assistance for holding delayed national elections following parliamentary approval of a revised electoral law, noting that the poll could now be held as early as the end of February. The constitutional deadline for the elections was January but the electoral law was vetoed by the Sunni member of Iraq’s three-member Presidency Council last month, sending it back to the Council of Representatives. Today both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Special Representative for Iraq Ad Melkert congratulated the Council of Representatives on finalizing amendments to the law. Since this was completed by 6 December, the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has advised all parties that it is feasible to hold the elections on 27 February 2010. In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Ban reaffirmed the UN “commitment to provide support and technical assistance to the Independent High Electoral Commission during the electoral process and encourages the Iraqi people and all political parties to participate in a process that will shape their country’s future and contribute to national reconciliation.”He voiced satisfaction that Mr. Melkert and UNAMI were able to assist Iraqi political leaders in reaching “this important agreement.” Noting UN efforts with members of the Council over the past few weeks to facilitate a process leading to a broad agreement, Mr. Melkert said in a news release: “Although the debate appeared intense at times it was always conducted with dignity and focused on Iraq’s democratic and political progress.” read more

Panasonic to launch 101inch gesturecontrolled mobile TV

first_imgThe use of motion control looks set to spread beyond the confines of gaming devices if Panasonic’s latest product is a sign of the future. The Japanese company has just unveiled a new 10.1-inch LCD TV that can be controlled with gestures.The Panasonic VIERA DMP-HV200 has a small 10.1-inch (1024 x 600) waterproof display that is designed to be portable and can go 4 hours on a single battery charge. Other features include Wi-Fi, a USB 2.0 port, and an SDXC card slot. But it’s the gesture controls that make this unit stand out.Although the TV still requires a remote for more complex operations, motion controllers are built-in allowing you to swipe your hand left or write to change channel and up or down to adjust volume. These gestures only work when your hand is within 10cm of the screen, though. The TV also has a dedicated recipe channel so it can be used like a cook book in the kitchen.The inclusion of a USB port also means you can hook up a camera and Panasonic state the display supports Skype. There’s also the option of a model with a Blu-ray player built-in, although we doubt you could fully appreciate the HD visuals at this resolution.Gesture controls on a mobile TV don’t come cheap, though. The new VIERA will be available in Japan from March 18 for $640 (without the Blu-ray drive).Read more at CrunchGear and Panasonic (translated)Matthew’s OpinionI can certainly see the advantage of having gesture controls on a TV meant for an environment like a kitchen. How often have you wanted to change channel or turn the volume down while in the middle of preparing food? That leads to a grubby remote or time spent washing your hands.I would say there’s an issue with accidentally adjusting channel or volume from hand movements not directed at the TV, but the range is so limited on this device I think it’s going to be hard to use them even up close. 10cm is not very far at all.If Panasonic increase the screen size a bit, bring the price down, and give the option to extend the gesture range a little, then this could be a decent little TV.last_img read more

Western Digital outs 5mm hybrid drive for bigtime Ultrabook storage

first_imgSolid State Drives offer awesome performance, durability, and are easy on batteries, but they also tend to drive up the cost of all those shiny Ultrabooks Intel wants OEMs to churn out. They’re also still not close to being competitive to traditional hard drives in terms of the all-important gigabyte-to-dollar ratio.Western Digital has just announced a new product line that it thinks will help Ultrabook makers offer vastly improved internal storage capacities without giving up the speed of an SSD. Its new 5mm-thin hybrid drives shave nearly 50% off the thickness of standard 2.5-inch HDDs, and will make it possible for OEMs to cram 500GB of space into a razor-thin Ultrabook chassis. Slightly chubbier models will also begin shipping soon, and they measure just 7mm — still 2.5mm thinner than most 2.5″ drives.Two top PC manufacturers have already signed on with WD to use the new drives: Asus and Acer. That Acer is enthused about the 5mm drive shouldn’t come as a surprise. The company offered up its first Aspire S3 Ultrabook with a 320GB HDD in an attempt to keep the price point down while still giving consumers plenty of space for files.WD’s also built a bit of data redundancy into the drives. All information stored in the MLC NAND is also written to the hard drive platters.The company hasn’t put the new drives on display just yet, but will do so in just two days at its annual Investor Day. As for when you’ll be able to pick up a laptop running one of the company’s new hybrids, that’s up to folks like Acer and Asus… at least until Western Digital ships off some stock to retailers.More at Western Digitallast_img read more

Smackdown Highlights Goldberg and Undertaker appear Alexa Bliss in action Lars Sullivan

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Ronda Rousey Facebook WWE posted these highlights following Smackdown Live in Laredo, Texas. Alexa Bliss Reportedly Injured Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Google+ Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Did Ronda Rousey Break Alexa Bliss’ Nose? Trish Stratus Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipAlexa Bliss Reportedly InjuredVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles International Superstar Shake-up Dates Confirmed WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Alexa Bliss Injury Update Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Videos Articles Twitterlast_img read more

Wakf properties unsafe under TRS rule Shabbir

first_imgHyderabad: Former Leader of Opposition in Council and Congress senior leader Mohammed Ali Shabbir has alleged that the TRS Government has failed to protect Wakf properties in Telangana State. He was speaking to media persons after submitting a memorandum to Telangana State Wakf Board Chairman Mohammed Saleem following a dharna held by the Congress workers at Haj House, Nampally on Monday. He said that the Congress party had staged a protest over encroachment of Wakf properties belonging to Toli Masjid. He said that the Wakf Board Chairman had given an assurance that since the term of present Managing Committee has ended in December 2018, Toli Masjid and its 27 acres of property would be taken under Direct Management of Wakf Board today itself. He also assured to demolish all illegal structures and restore encroached land. Also Read – Heavy rains lash erstwhile Khammam district Advertise With Us Details were also sought with regard to the case registered against senior officials of Wakf Board in February this year for issuing fake NOCs to alienate prime Wakf land in Malkajgiri and Shaikpet. Shabbir Ali urged the Wakf Board chief to ensure that those involved in the fake NOC case get severe punishment. Shabbir Ali reminded that the TRS, in its manifesto for 2014 elections, had promised to give judicial powers to Wakf Board. It had also promised to restore encroached properties within 100 days after coming to power. “Today, TRS Govt completed 1848 days in power. But not an inch of encroached Wakf land has been restored. Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had given an assurance that the vacant land in Manikonda Jagir would be returned to Wakf Board. However nothing has been done in this regard,” he said. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us The former minister informed that there are 33,929 Wakf properties with combine area of 77,538.07 acres. Of this, about 57,423.91 acres or nearly 75% of total Wakf lands are under encroachment. He said so far no steps have been taken by the State Government to restore any Wakf property in the State. In December 2014, Wakf Board had constituted a 3-member legal advisory committee headed by retired High Court judge Vamana Rao, retired district and sessions judges E. Ismail and Syed Abdullah to study the nature of cases pertaining to Wakf properties across the State. “The report is not yet made public. No one has an idea on the recommendations made by the committee and how many of them have been implemented by the government,” he said. Advertise With Us Shabbir informed that as many 18 cases of Wakf property are pending in Supreme Court and 12,628 are pending in High Court. However, he said these cases were not being pursued with sincerity. In many cases, he said dispute was between Revenue Dept and Wakf Board. “Why State Government is not making the Revenue Dept withdraw cases against Wakf Board as it was done by previous Congress Government,” he said while citing the case of Dargah Ishaq Madani in Devada village of Visakhapatnam where the previous Congress Govt made Revenue Dept withdraw the case to restore 5,000 Acres of land to Wakf Board. Similarly, he said 50 acres of Wakf land in Pahadishareef was restored to Wakf Board under Congress rule. The Congress leader said that KCR regime would be remembered for destruction and loss of Wakf properties. Hundreds of Wakf properties have been lost due to deliberate negligence of TRS Govt. He said properties belonging to Toli Masjid have been encroached upon and no action has been taken. Similarly, he said the precious land belonging to Chinti Shah Masjid was not restored despite waging a legal battle. TRS Govt also committed the sin of demolishing Ek Khana Masjid in Amberpet. Shabbir Ali also furnished documents showing how Wakf properties were lost under the regimes of TDP and TRS. He said Wakf land for airport was acquired by TDP Govt in 2002. Similarly, he said all allotments of land in Manikonda Jagir were made during the TDP Govt. He said that the previous Congress regime did not alienate a single yard of Wakf Board and restored thousands of acres. “Previous Congress Govt has not only developed, but added Wakf properties. Present Haj House building was constructed by Congress Govt. In 1993, Razzak Manzil was acquired and the new building was constructed later. We also acquired two more properties adjacent to Haj House by paying a cost of several crores. Many Wakf commercial complexes were constructed across Andhra Pradesh,” he said. Shabbir Ali said on Novemer 6, 2017, CM KCR had ordered the seizure of Wakf Board office. All records were seized and it was announced that some enquiry has been ordered. “CM KCR should explain the reasons why Wakf Board office was sealed that day. How many scams were unearthed and who was found guilty? Or, was it an attempt by TRS leaders to steal or misplace original files of Wakf properties?” he asked. “KCR Govt is only cheating the Muslim community since 2014. Muslims did not get promised 12% reservation in jobs and education. Minorities Welfare is now limited to Iftar party and distribution of sarees or a pair of clothes worth Rs. 200 each. Residential schools were originally established by Congress Govt and TRS Govt only increased their numbers. Except for one or two symbolic schemes, nothing is being done for minorities’ welfare. Muslims of Telangana are being exploited by the TRS Govt and KCR,” he alleged.last_img read more

IT Layoffs 56000 employees with 7 IT firms including Infosys and Wipro

first_imgThe logo of Capgemini is seen at the entrance of the company headquarters in Paris.ReutersThe buzz around the layoffs that have hit the IT sector in India refuses to die down. After industry giants Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, Capgemini and Tech Mahindra made news for cutting jobs and deferring appraisals, here comes another shocker. It is now being said that 56,000 IT employees could lose their jobs in 2017.Seven IT firms – Indian and multinational brands — are said to be planning to cut jobs this year, which could affect 56,000 workers. The seven firms are Infosys Ltd, Wipro Ltd, Tech Mahindra Ltd, HCL Technologies Ltd, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. and DXC Technology Co., and Capgemini, reported LiveMint.While a few of the named companies have already cut quite a number of jobs this year, claiming that the layoffs were based on poor performance of the employees, a number of them also seem to be paving the way for more sacking.Even as Cognizant refuted news of the layoffs saying that it was “unfounded” and that the firm has no plans of letting its employees go, it is said to have put over 15,000 of its workers on notice by giving them poor rating during the ongoing yearly appraisal.Infosys, Capgemini and Tech Mahindra have all blamed the recent layoffs on poor performance. “The figures reported in the article published today – including the reference to igate – are unfounded. We have not announced any lay off plan,” a statement from Capgemini said.”Each year our employees are evaluated based on strict performance criteria in an objective process, consistent with industry norms, to ensure we are aligned with our customer needs, business priorities, and the overall industry evolution. This leads naturally to a varying number of employees transitioning out of the organization in any given year,” the company added. Wipro KDC campus, KolkataWikimedia CommonsWipro, on the other hand, said: “Wipro undertakes a rigorous performance appraisal process on a regular basis to align its workforce with the business objectives, strategic priorities of the organisation, and requirements of our clients.” Infosys explained that “a continued low feedback on performance could lead to certain performance actions, including separation of an individual and this is done only after feedback.”However, Infosys has reportedly put over 3,000 senior employees under the category of workers needing improvement.Even as performance has been quoted as the reason of these layoffs, the move looks like it has more to do with the slow growth in the IT sector. Automation could be another reason. Infosys campus in Bengaluru.Reuters FileThe firms have been battling issues such as tougher visa norms, a sluggish global economy and the rising popularity of digital services. Infosys has deferred the salary hike for its employees until July and Cognizant may also let go of its senior employees through a voluntary retirement scheme.Meanwhile, automation could be one of the reasons, as most of the companies now rely on digital services. “With automation, the number of people we are hiring in the past will not be the same. It will slow down a little bit,” Indian Express quoted Krishnamurthy Shankar, executive vice-president, group head, human resource development, Infosys, as saying.last_img read more

Party Politics National Edition Ep 10 Paris Climate Disagreement

first_img 00:00 /16:19 X Derek StokelyParty Politics hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon RottinghausOn this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you these hot topics in political news:Rebuke Dubke. Spicey’s boss and White House communications director Mike Dubke resignsThe White House agrees to disclose when administration officials might be working in areas in which they once lobbiedA Family Affair? Update on the Russia investigationCall Me, Maybe? Trump urges world leaders to call his cell phone#covfefeThen the profs dig in to the Paris Climate Agreement: the global influence of the United States, the tech sector’s loss of confidence in the government, the environmental repercussions, and the political impact. By the way, don’t forget to listen to our weekly Texas-centered episodes, too!Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.  Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

AFRO Charities Inc Ms Santa Toy Drive

first_imgMs. Santa is hosting a toy drive on December 2nd at Hotskates! Bring an unwrapped toy and the admission will be $1. Bring the children out for some family fun for all ages with Ms. Santa. Call Diane Hocker at 410.554.8243 to donate.last_img

Cold wave to stay in South Bengal despite rise in mercury

first_imgKolkata: The temperature in the city is expected to climb up in the next few days but the cold wave condition may continue to sweep through South Bengal due to the impact of the northwesterly wind in the state.According to the prediction of the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore, there may be a marginal rise in temperature in the city and some of its adjoining districts. The lowest temperature in the city on Sunday remained at 12.8 degree Celsius, while Saturday recorded 12.3 degree. The lowest temperature has remained below normal for the past 19 days in the city and also in various South Bengal districts. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThough the temperature slightly went up in various South Bengal districts, the people in North Bengal districts however continue to feel a cold shiver as the temperature in some places has dipped below 5 degree Celsius. A senior weather official in the city on Sunday said that cold wave condition is still prevailing in some South Bengal districts, including Bankura, Purulia, Birbhum and West Midnapore, while the condition in North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Nadia and Hooghly has improved slightly. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMeanwhile the tropical cyclone, ‘Pabuk’ had its impact on Andaman Sea. There was a prediction that it would cross the Andaman Sea on Sunday. A thunderstorm has already hit Andaman due to the impact of the cyclone that had caused damages in Thailand. However, it had no major impact on the weather system in the state. ‘Pabuk’ originated over the Gulf of Thailand and its neighbouring area and then started moving towards Andaman Islands.last_img read more

Update President Jacob Zuma in town

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! President Jacob Zuma visited Dr Joseph Shabalala and his family in Ladysmith this afternoon (October 29).Arriving in a chopper and then transported by heavily-armed guards and police, President Zuma made his way to his friend Joseph’s house.It was a special visit for the Shabalala family.Only close friends and family were invited.last_img read more

Housing Markets Continue to Show Stability

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, Market Studies, News September 23, 2015 498 Views Freddie Mac Healthy Housing Market mortgage Multi-Indicator Market Index 2015-09-23 Staff Writercenter_img As more consumers catch up on their mortgage payments, employment progresses, and home prices rebound, the housing market continues to improve and exhibit more stability.Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) released Wednesday showed stabilization among the U.S. housing market, adding Rhode Island and four other metros (Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; and Albany, New York) to the outer range of stable housing activity.The report indicated that the national MiMi value as of July 2015 reached 81, meaning that the market is on its outer range of stable housing activity.This is an increase of 0.93 percent from June to July and a three-month improvement of 2.99 percent, Freddie Mac  said. The MiMi value has improved 6.17 percent from last July and has also rebounded 37 percent from the all-time low in October 2010, but is still under the high of 121.7.”Nationally, all MiMi indicators are heading in the right direction for the second consecutive month and improving more than 6 percent from the same time last year,” said Len Kiefer, Freddie Mac’s deputy chief economist.The key drivers of the positive MiMi value were the current on mortgage indicator (83.2 points) and the employment indicator (102.2 points), both fell in range and increased 0.59 percent and 0.50 percent, respectively.The purchase applications indicator fell at 66 points in a weak position, but increased 1.32 percent from last month. The payment-to-income indicator also came in weak at 72.4 points, but also rose 1.59 percent from last month.A total of 29 of the 50 states including the District of Columbia had MiMi values in the stable range, with the District of Columbia (103), North Dakota (97), Montana (93.7), Hawaii (93.5), and California and Utah tied at (90) occupying the top five spots. Meanwhile, 46 of the 100 metro areas have MiMi values that are stable, with Fresno (98.9), Austin (96.4), Honolulu (94.1), and Salt Lake City and Los Angeles tied at (92.9) occupying the top five spots.Florida was the most improved state month-over-month (2.00 percent) and year-over-year (14.35 percent), Freddie Mac reported.”Florida has some of the most improving housing markets in the country, largely a reflection of more borrowers becoming current on their mortgage payments as the local employment picture improves and house prices rebound,” Kiefer said.He added, “The one area of the country that has been slow to respond has been the Northeast. However, we’ve started to see these housing markets turn around, especially in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. While many of the locals markets in the Northeast are still weak, they’re steadily trending in the right direction and their pace of improvement is accelerating. Overall, the West remains especially strong, with many markets posting double-digit growth in their MiMi purchase applications indicator compared to a year ago and helping to keep the country on pace for the best year of home sales since 2007.”Click here to view Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index. Housing Markets Continue to Show Stabilitylast_img read more

Relief for Homeowners with Negative Equity is Coming

first_imgRelief for Homeowners with Negative Equity is Coming If growth in housing prices continue to rise as in 2016, nearly 40 percent of homeowners who purchased a home during the height of the housing bubble could be safely above water by the end of 2017, as stated in the latest Clear Capital Home Data Index (HDI) Market Report.“National price growth is predicted to moderate in 2017 with annual growth projections in the 2 to 3 percent range,” the report said. “The number of homes reaching all-time high prices continues to grow, even as some markets have decreasing prices.”One West coast city reported negative numbers for the second consecutive month. The San Jose metro area is once again reporting negative quarterly prices this month since initially turning downward in December 2016. In January, prices in this formerly booming housing market have fallen 0.3 percent during the last quarter.In addition, the Hartford, Connecticut, metro area is also experiencing negative quarterly price growth, where home prices have fallen by 0.3 percent since fall.Despite these two markets, others are growing at impressive rates. Portland is currently the nation’s fastest growing market and has been steadily growing around the 2 percent quarter-over-quarter mark since last fall. In total, eight major metro markets are growing at 1.5 percent quarter-over-quarter or higher, compared to only three metro areas above this mark this time last year.  Other cities experiencing growth include San Antonio, Tampa, and Detroit.Continued, long-term price growth has pushed several MSAs to all-time price highs, and the Clear Capital HDI now indicates that 16 out of the nation’s top 50 largest metropolitan housing markets have surpassed the peak prices of the housing bubble.Outside of these major markets, dozens of other micro markets are selling at all-time high prices. These record-breaking major metro and micro markets account for approximately a third of the total national housing stock.“Following several rounds of healthy, peak-season summer growth, winter gains thus far this season have remained relatively healthy across much of the country,” states Alex Villacorta, VP of Research and Analytics at Clear Capital. “As prices have continued to climb in the long term during the post-housing crash, the large portion of the housing market that has been frozen in negative equity has shrunk significantly.  This means that an increasingly large portion of previously underwater homeowners may now have the option of entering the market. While the expected spring housing boost is still months away, an influx of fresh new demand on the market could further boost growth potential later this year as long as there are no other shocks to the market.” in Headlines, News, Origination Clear Capital Negative Equity 2017-02-14 Mirasha Browncenter_img Share February 14, 2017 642 Views last_img read more

How Millennial Lifestyles Impact Homeownership

first_img Share The homeownership rate is not living up to its full potential, or so says the First American Homeownership Progress Index, released on Monday. Demand for owning a home grew one percent over the year in 2017, according to the index. However, “the actual homeownership rate underperformed potential demand by almost 9 percent,” said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American.To examine the cause of this mismatch, First American reviewed “critical lifestyle, societal and economic trends that influence the likelihood of renting or owning a home,” Fleming explained. The current gap in potential demand versus actual demand can largely be attributed to lifestyle trends among young Americans. The millennial generation is pursuing higher education in larger numbers than previous generations and is delaying getting married and having children. All of these factors impact a person’s likelihood of owning a home, according to the report. “Homeownership is strongly correlated with marriage, and millennials are getting married later than earlier generations,” Fleming said. In fact, the rate is 30 percent higher among married couples than other types of households. Fleming pointed out that the median age for men and women entering a first marriage was about seven years more in 2016 than in 1960. Similarly, the rate is higher among households with children, although the difference is not as drastic. The homeownership rate is 5.4 percent higher for households with two children than for households with no children. It jumps another percentage higher for households with three or more children. However, millennials are doing something that correlates strongly with owning a home, and that’s pursuing education. “While important lifestyle decisions, such as marriage or owning a home, appear to take place later in life for millennials, they are getting educated in unprecedented numbers,” Fleming said. “As educational attainment levels increase, we can expect homeownership rates to eventually grow as well.” Not only is there a correlation between education and homeownership, but it has grown over time. “The impact of education in relation to homeownership has nearly doubled in 10 years,” Fleming said. The difference in homeownership rate between those with a college degree and those with no high school diploma was 11 percent in 1997. In 2017, the difference was 20.5 percent. Fleming suggested, “it is reasonable to expect homeownership rates to grow as millennials continue to make important decisions, including attaining an education and, later in life, getting married and buying a home.”“However,” he added, “the question remains: as millions of millennials look to purchase their first homes, will the housing market provide enough homes for them?” First American pointed out the states with the most growth in potential homeownership demand in 2017 were Indiana (2.6 percent), Oklahoma (2.4 percent), Georgia (2.4 percent), South Carolina (2.2 percent), and Arizona (1.9 percent). A few states experienced declines in potential homeownership demand in 2017, including Nebraska (-1.3 percent), Alaska (-0.8 percent), and Minnesota (-0.11 percent). How Millennial Lifestyles Impact Homeownership First American Homebuyers homeowners Homeownership homes HOUSING Millennials 2018-07-09 Radhika Ojhacenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News July 9, 2018 760 Views last_img read more

February 18 2008 In October of 2007 the Arizona

first_imgFebruary 18, 2008 In October of 2007, the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT), awarded a Rural Tourism Development Grant to Arcosanti. The grant, worth $50,000, will be used to enhance the Visitors’ Parking and Access area of the site. We reported on 12/12, 12/17, 12/19, 12/21 and 12/26 about the first stage of work, installation of new concrete walk-ways on the east side of the parking lot and an upgrade of the visitors parking area. In October of 2007, the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT), awarded a Rural Tourism Development Grant to Arcosanti. The grant, worth $50,000, will be used to enhance the Visitors’ Parking and Access area of the site. We reported on 12/12, 12/17, 12/19, 12/21 and 12/26 about the first stage of work, installation of new concrete walk-ways on the east side of the parking lot and an upgrade of the visitors parking area. Work has continued all along, with the installation of path-lighting and a set of solar panels. We will report this week and all next week on the stages of installation. [Photo: sa & text: Amber Klatt, sa] Arizona State University, under the leadership of Program Manager William Shisler, has awarded Arcosanti a gift of solar panels from their Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory. Our site electrician Dr. Sparks, in an interview with BigBug Canyon Country News reporter Bruce Colbert: “The real coup was getting the eight solar panels. Arizona State University Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory donated the solar panels to us. The ASU PTL tests the paenls for their wattage capacity, heat and humidity durability and basically put the panels through the wringer to see how they stand up, then they gave them to us.” We send a very big THANK YOU to William Shisler and the ASU Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory. [Photo: sa & text: Bruce Colbert, Amber Klatt, sa] First step: preparing for and subsequently welding the steel frame, which will hold the solar panels in place. After establishing the necessary angle (note the curved shape, which will hold the cylindrical girder), Ron Chandler welds the A-frames into shape, and they are ready to go to the installation-site … To be continued on 2/20/08. [Photo: sa & text: Amber Klatt]last_img read more

EU autumn forecast modest economic recovery for Cyprus expected to begin in

first_imgCyprus is expected to record a growth rate of 1.6 per cent in 2016 according to the European Commission`s Autumn Economic forecast.The forecast for Cyprus notes that the country will exit recession in 2015, with a growth rate of 0.4 per cent, and a growth rate of 1.6 per cent in 2016.GDP will drop by 2.8 per cent in 2014, which is a forecast must more positive than the Spring forecast of 4.8 per cent.Public deficit in 2014 will be 2.8 per cent of GDP. (the forecast in Spring was 5.8 per cent). In 2015 public deficit is expected to be 3.0 per cent and 1.4 per cent in 2016.Public debt will reach 107.5 per cent of GDP in 2014.  115.2 per cent in 2015 and 111.6 per cent in 2016. It is noted that the forecast is better than the one in Spring.The unemployment rate is also expected to drop, reaching 16.2 per cent in 2014. 15.8 per cent in 2015 and 14.8 per cent in 2016.Inflation is expected to be 0.8 per cent in 2014 and rise to 1.8 per cent in 2015 and 2.5 per cent in 2016.The European Commission`s autumn forecast projects weak economic growth for the rest of this year in both the EU and the euro area. Real GDP growth is expected to reach 1.3 per cent in the EU and 0.8 per cent in the euro area for 2014 as a whole. Growth is expected to rise slowly in the course of 2015 to 1.5 per cent and 1.1 per cent respectively. on the back of improving foreign and domestic demand.Meanwhile, the House committee on finance discussed the state budget, and according to the government. 2014 will close with marginal primary surplus and fiscal deficit is expected to be 2.5 per cent.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

Cyprus makes appearance on Cannes red carpet

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