20-year fixed mortgage rate Economy Fannie Mae Fed GDP HOUSING mortgage Rates Sales 2018-02-16 Radhika Ojha Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Domestic Spending to Spur Economic Growth Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Domestic Spending to Spur Economic Growth Subscribe Tagged with: 20-year fixed mortgage rate Economy Fannie Mae Fed GDP HOUSING mortgage Rates Sales February 16, 2018 1,800 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Starter Home Values Rising at the Fastest Rate on the Market Next: For Sale: Freddie Mac’s First NPLs of 2018 Mortgage rates and home sales are expected to rise in 2018 according to the latest economic and housing outlook by Fannie Mae. The report expects mortgage rates to rise 30 basis points to 4.4 percent by the end of 2018 as a result of the unexpected spike in long-term interest rates at the start of the year.The report, which gives a snapshot of what can be expected from the economy during the year, indicated that robust economic growth would continue into 2018 despite the recent market volatility and expects the U.S. economy to post a strong 2.7 percent GDP growth during the year. “Strength in economic fundamentals continues to underpin the current forecast, including recent momentum in domestic demand and a historically healthy labor market,” the report predicted.The report indicated that the passage of deficit-financed stimulus in this year’s budget was likely to raise additional overheating concerns. The report forecasts the first rate hike of the year in March during the Fed meeting under the new leadership of Fed Chair Jerome Powell.According to the report, after seeing a surge in spending in the last quarter of 2017, spending growth could moderate in the coming quarters but would remain the primary driver for the country’s economic growth, in part due to increased disposable income from the tax cut. In fact, the stronger disposable household income growth due to the tax cut and strong growth in jobs is also expected to translate into rising new home sales during the year.“We upped this year’s 30-year fixed mortgage rate forecast by 30 basis points …” said Doug Duncan, Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. “However we don’t expect rates to play much of a role in total home sales, especially with anticipated stronger disposable household income growth.”During the year, the forecast expects median home prices to rise from $246,000 in 2017 to $259,000. Median prices of new homes are also expected to increase from $320,000 to $337,000.“The ongoing inventory shortages should continue to constrain sales despite otherwise ripe home buying conditions,” Duncan said. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago
Ferrante Combo bandmembers Carlo Kretzschmar, a graduate student studying jazz studies (right), and Michael Czaja, a junior majoring in jazz studies, play as part of the first Thornton School of Music Jazz Night Series at Ground Zero Performance Café on Thursday. Six more will be held on Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.Luciano Nunez | Daily Trojan
Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — He had just finished scoring 61 points in a needed win for his Trail Blazers. But Damian Lillard wasn’t done.He puffed out his chest and shouted toward press row, “Put some (expletive) respect on my name!” Of course, the people actually present for Lillard’s performance probably didn’t need any more telling.The NBA restart has been as colorful and compelling as could have been imagined, and that’s thanks much in part to a riveting race for the Western Conference eighth-place spot against the Lakers in the postseason. By virtue of a 134-131 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, Portland now has a narrow lead on the field.With a win on Thursday, the Trail Blazers can clinch the No. 8 seed, putting them just a play-in win away from the first round. VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs are also all still clamoring for a shot: The Suns and Spurs won Tuesday as well, while the Grizzlies fell to Boston to squander their three-game cushion entering the bubble. That trio is just a half-game behind Portland, although San Antonio has a lower winning percentage and needs others to fall.Since blowing two free throws against the Clippers, Lillard has scored 112 points in his last two games. Against the Mavericks, he became just the second man — Wilt Chamberlain is the other — to score 60-plus points in at least three games during a single season.To teammate Carmelo Anthony, nothing signified the divine nature of Portland’s 5-2 run so far like the last of Lillard’s nine 3-pointers, which caromed off the rim and high above the backboard before tumbling back through the net.“I probably said about 20 pleases — like, ‘please, please, please, please’ repeatedly,” Anthony said of the heart-stopping bounce. “It wasn’t meant for us to lose after that shot went in.”Then again, the Trail Blazers face a competing team of destiny: The Phoenix Suns triumphed over the Philadelphia 76ers, 130-117, with a fourth-quarter rally. Devin Booker scored 35 points, and Mikal Bridges scored 24. MORNING WRAP: Everything you need to know about Lakers-Clippers opener; How Angels blew leads and who was the Dodgers’ 13-inning hero? Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie The Suns are the only team that’s undefeated in the bubble, needing all seven wins to keep pace in the breakneck playoff race. They have one more game Thursday against Dallas, and they likely won support on Tuesday as a video of their pregame introductions, read on video by their family members, went viral.Elsewhere on the ESPN campus, frustration has been building in the same chase. At their own home game, a digital screen behind the Grizzlies read: “MEMPHIS VS. ERRRBODY.” That feeling has been a little too real for Memphis in the NBA restart.There was little minimizing it: The Boston Celtics crushed them, 122-107, playing their starters deep into the fourth quarter and burying the Grizzlies with a pair of Kemba Walker threes. Besides the bonus of getting Memphis closer to the draft lottery on a pick the Celtics own, it was a chance for Boston to get a final tune-up before the playoffs begin.For the Grizzlies, the postseason seems as far from their grasp as ever: They’ve lost six of their seven games in the restart, and they’ve lost Jaren Jackson Jr. and Justise Winslow to injury. But Ja Morant, the likely Rookie of the Year who has come to represent all the hopes and dreams of the franchise, had a way of putting their situation in perspective.“I feel like every game we’ve played as the underdog,” he said. “We were projected to be 27th this year, and we here. It’s how we’ve been attacking every game, so I feel like our next game wouldn’t be no different.”Related Articles
A low-pressure system in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is showing signs of weakening, now with just a 20 percent chance of developing into a subtropical depression within the the next 24 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.As of 3 p.m. Saturday, the system was moving slowly northward and was located about 400 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. It will likely encounter conditions that will make further development difficult, forecasters said.The next system that forms in the Atlantic would be named Tropical Storm or Hurricane Cristobal. The 2020 hurricane season officially begins June 1, although there have already been two named storms in the Atlantic, Arthur and Bertha. The weekend forecast for South Florida continues to call for partly sunny skies with a 20 to 30 percent chance of scattered showers through Sunday night.High temperatures in the mid- to high-80s are expected, with lows in the upper 70s, according to the weather service.However, the chance of showers and thunderstorms will increase to 50 percent as the week starts, the National Weather Service said.
Jazz drummer Kesivan Naidoo’s composition “Freedom Dance: Toyi Toyi” was inspired by Nelson Mandela. (Image: Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival) “Freedom Dance: Toyi Toyi” is interspersed with samples of Mandela’s speech made on the day of his release from prison. (Image: ANC Archives) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kesivan Naidoo +27 73 169 0854 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela’s head rises in Howick • Music awards to recognise composers • South African music • Jazz Day to break down barriersShamin ChibbaThe first time Kesivan Naidoo saw Nelson Mandela on television was 23 years ago, when the former president was released from prison. The jazz drummer was just 10 years old at the time and was oblivious to how that moment, 11 February 1990, would shape the way he made music in his adult life.Now 34, Naidoo, who is a regular headline act at jazz concerts and festivals, including the National Arts Festival now under way in Grahamstown, commemorated that moment by composing a jazz medley titled Freedom Dance: Toyi Toyi.He was sitting with his grandmother and parents in their East London home when Mandela addressed an elated crowd from the balcony of Cape Town’s City Hall. “I remember everyone at home in tears. We were happy and heartbroken at the same time. And I remember the first thing my mother said to me was: ‘You can now go to any school you want.’”Nearly two decades later, Naidoo started writing Freedom Dance: Toyi Toyi after watching the documentary Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony, in 2009. The film is about the role of music in the struggle against apartheid. File footage of Mandela’s release in the film took Naidoo back to that moment in his family’s home and inspired him to pen the song. Freedom Dance earned him the 2009 Standard Bank Young Artist Award at the National Arts Festival. “The piece came out of a basic melody. It was mainly free jazz which allows for some improvisation,” he says. As with many jazz compositions, it has since evolved and taken on many forms. Some versions are interspersed with samples of Mandela’s speech made on that day.Besides it being a “movement towards freedom”, Naidoo intended his composition to be a critique on how modern South Africans have removed themselves from their past. “The song asks the question: are we on a mission or not? Our leaders have forgotten what the country has been through to get to where we are now. I am sceptical about where their allegiances lie.”Naidoo explains that although freedom has been achieved, the struggle is not over. Instead, South Africans are now battling less obvious “enemies” such as greed and corruption. “Back then, we were battling apartheid, which was more obvious. Now, the enemy has changed its face and is more subtle. The victory will come when there is no more poverty and we have an equal chance of opportunities.”Social awarenessHis family was politically and socially conscious, and this awareness is reflected in the music Naidoo makes today. His granduncle, Marcus Solomon, who was imprisoned on Robben Island for 10 years, was particularly responsible for raising Naidoo’s awareness of the social ills of apartheid.Solomon used the 1987 film, Cry Freedom, in which Denzel Washington plays Black Consciousness Movement leader Steve Biko, to help teach Naidoo about the past. “He gave me a good understanding of what apartheid was at that young age.”The musician credits his friend, the late Reece Timothy, for encouraging him to become a jazz drummer. However, it was after meeting Alan Webster that his jazz education broadened. Webster, the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival director, introduced Naidoo to John Coltrane’s Blue Train album, which started his musical education. “That was how I got into the history of jazz and learned the music.”At present, Naidoo is putting together The Bridge, a big band ensemble consisting of South African, Swedish and American artists. He is also working on a science-fiction inspired piece named Contact, which is based on American astronomer Carl Sagan’s fictional novel of the same name. “Science fiction gives complex messages in a creative way. I write music based on imaginary scenarios.”The message of Contact, he says, is about the unfamiliarity you experience when you first meet people from upbringings different from your own. “When we meet people from different backgrounds they seem alien to us. But if we make an effort to know each other, we will notice we are not that different and we can relate to each other.”It is a message that is reflected in Naidoo’s life as a jazz musician. Through his music he has met and played alongside numerous artists from various backgrounds, including Abdullah Ibrahim, Miriam Makeba, Bheki Mseleku and Jimmy Dludlu. Yet he feels he has only had the opportunity to play with these jazz legends because of Mandela’s activism against apartheid and the subsequent freedom it brought. “I have a lot more opportunities that many of my older colleagues did not have when they were making music in the past.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The ruffed grouse is one of the most prized game birds in North America and the hills of Ohio are part of its southernmost habitat range. An elusive and difficult bird to hunt due to its flighty craftiness and habitation in dense undergrowth that reduces hunter visibility and accessibility, the ruffed grouse is a real trophy for hunters in the Buckeye state. But its numbers in Ohio are drastically declining,A brown/gray-brown bird with a fan-shaped black banded tail and barred flanks, the grouse physically resembles a chicken, but the comparisons stop there. This beautiful, wary bird that prefers and needs thick, impenetrable cover — such as clear cutting regrowth — to survive, is a constantly alert master of its domain that is a revered symbol of the American forest.American author and avid bird hunter Robert DeMott, of Athens, has stalked the hills of southeastern Ohio in pursuit of grouse for nearly five decades and has harvested hundreds of the species over his hunting career. Beyond a long list of academic publications and titles, DeMott has written prolifically about bird hunting and bird dogs over the years. He edited and contributed to the book, “Afield: American Writers on Bird Dogs,” and frequently writes for upland hunting magazines such as “Gray’s Sporting Journal,” “Upland Almanac,” and “The Contemporary Wingshooter.” His writings demonstrate the author to possess a reflective, intellectual pursuit of all things wild and winged and a keen, perceptive attention to his environment, his dogs, and his quarry.In a recent discussion, DeMott shared his views on the pursuit of Ohio’s ruffed grouse and the bird’s status in the state. He said that he enjoys hunting this bird because of the challenge and difficulty that they present to even the best wingshooters.Preferring to hunt grouse accompanied by his beloved English Setters, DeMott said, “The grouse is not considered the number one game bird for nothing. Killing a grouse requires patience and determination and stamina. The success rate on grouse is extremely low. They are wily and always have some trick up their sleeves to fool the hunter or the dog. The flush is always explosive; it really gets your blood going.”This sentiment is echoed in DeMott’s article, “Early Birds,” when he writes about his appreciation of “the physical immediacy of the upland moment, with its intense points, flushes, shots.”Another aspect of grouse hunting which appeals to DeMott is the physically demanding nature of the chase.“Part of the challenge and value of the hunt is that it is very strenuous, especially down here in southern Ohio, where you will walk miles in pretty rugged terrain and on steep side hills that can twist your ankles and make for a hard hike. There were times that I’d get to a dog on point and be almost too tired to lift the gun! Because we live in such a hilly part of the state, it is better if the bird dog hunts close; if it doesn’t, you have to do a lot of trekking to get to a dog on point,” he said. “Back in the day when the grouse numbers were high, it was worth it because there was a promise of action, and with my best dogs for a couple of years, I never had a grouse flush wild. We would get into the woods at 10 and quit by three or four, and that was a pretty full day. The dogs would get a little tired and lose their edge after that.”As anyone who has hunted alongside trusted canine hunting companions for years can attest, the truest joy of upland game hunting comes from observing one’s dog in the field, doing what is in its instinctive nature and breeding to do. DeMott concurs.In “These Among Many: A Gallery of Good Fortune,” DeMott writes that “A day afield with bird dogs, even when they are acting badly and not themselves and even when birds are scarce, is still preferable to most other kinds of recreation I can name.”When interviewed, DeMott expanded on this.“The older you get, the less interested you are in bagging birds. I just enjoy watching the dogs work cover, watching them go through their moves,” he said. “They are tremendous athletes. It’s all about watching and appreciating the dog’s athletic ability, its intelligence, and its gracefulness. That is more important to me than killing birds, especially given the fact that the numbers of grouse in Ohio are so low.”Though there are pockets of grouse still to be chased in Ohio, their numbers are dwindling, which makes for some tough hunting with little to show for it these days.“I started hunting southeastern Ohio for grouse the first year I moved to Athens in 1969. I kept at it through the ‘90s. The 1970s and 1980s was the heyday for us. The height of the grouse population was in 1983 or 1984, and then it gradually subsided after that. In the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, it was possible to find birds, but probably in the last eight or nine years, hunting for grouse has become quite fruitless around Athens, Meigs, Vinton, and Morgan counties where I hunt. People still harvest a few over the year, but it is no longer regular,” DeMott said.As DeMott notes in an essay about some of his favorite bird dogs entitled “Four Queens,” “According to the 2009 Ohio DNR survey, the range-wide flush rate for ruffed grouse in Ohio is 0.38 per hour, which is to say that something close to three hours of hunting are needed to flush the equivalent of one whole grouse. To put it another way, thirty-three hours of hunting are required for each bird bagged.”“Southeastern Ohio never had the grouse numbers as the northern tier states, but it was ample,” DeMott said. “ I always prided myself on that fact that I didn’t have to go up to Wisconsin or Michigan to grouse hunt like a lot of guys did, because I could find grouse around home. However, since 2009, I have had to take trips north to really get into birds. It is disappointing that with all of the open territory we have down here, there is not as much habitat for grouse as there once was.”DeMott said that without the fall woodcock season, when good numbers of resident and migrating timber doodles can still be found, there would be little very little game bird life in his neck of the woods for his dogs to work.“The woodcock have really taken up the slack for the dogs. Looking back through my hunting diaries, there are so many entries where I was recording flushes and harvests of both grouse and woodcock during woodcock season. Now, I am only encountering woodcock. You don’t see them mixed together as we once did, which always made for a really fine upland trip,” he said.There is far less clear cutting being done in the Appalachian foothills around Athens and that means a lot more mature forests, which is a habitat in which grouse do not thrive.Anecdotally, DeMott also thinks that the increase in wild turkeys throughout the state may contribute to the decline. Turkeys may scratch up grouse nests and maybe eat some of the same foods that grouse feed upon. Certainly, the rebound of turkeys seems to coincide with the diminishment of grouse numbers. The “National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds” points out that “many areas forests are maturing, eliminating the undergrowth this species needs; where this is happening, reintroduced Wild Turkeys are increasing and grouse are decreasing.”About the future of grouse hunting in Ohio, DeMott is not optimistic. Grouse numbers are down due to habitat loss and not hunting pressure. The grouse season has been shortened by one month in the state due to the population decline and the birds continue to be few and far between.“The days are gone when we could follow multiple grouse tracks through newly fallen snow in early December or hunt some mild days in February and get into some birds. The decline in birds sure has been precipitous, and there doesn’t seem to be any rebounding,” DeMott said.Nonetheless, he holds out hope that despite the loss of habitat and disappearance of large numbers of ruffed grouse in the state, there will remain some vestiges of this regal and charming bird into future, as it adds diversity, beauty, and wonder to southern Ohio’s natural ecosystems.As DeMott tells his readership in one memoir, “Truth to tell, I can live without bringing another Buckeye state grouse to hand, but not without believing there is another bird for the dogs to find and point.”
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David Moyes has recently spoken on Joe Hart and Adrian’s future at West Ham and claimed there will be no decision prior to the end of the season, due to the fact the club are focused on staying out of the relegation zone.Moyes revealed Adrian is certain for the game against Manchester City as Joe Hart since City is his parent club. If Adrian performs well, he might be the one to help his team in the last fixtures of this season in the Premier League as well.“I hope he plays that well against Man City that he is available for the next one, that’s the plan,” Moyes shared, according to 101 Great Goals.Report: Injury update on Liverpool’s Becker George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Liverpool has released an update on Alisson Beckers progress as he recovers from injury.According to Liverpoolfc.com, there is still no timeline for the Brazillian…“If you get in and you do well, you’re never going to play Man City without your goalkeeper having to play well, you’ve got to play well so we need a big game from Adrian on Sunday.”“There is certainly no talks about whether it’s Adrian or Joe Hart or anybody until we are in a position of safety.”We won’t me making any decisions like that where we are going to be. So no, we’ve not discussed them,” Moyes added.
Posted: April 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Chula Vista, San Diego schools honored by California Department of Education for improved test scores Twitter: @LomaVerdeSchoolCHULA VISTA (KUSI) — Loma Verde Elementary in Chula Vista was among nearly three dozen schools in San Diego County and 290 statewide to be honored Monday by the California Department of Education for improvement in standardized test scores for English-language learners and low-income students.A majority of the students at Loma Verde, which is located six miles from the Mexico border, come from non-English-speaking backgrounds and 77 percent of the student body is considered low-income. The school boosted standardized test scores over a two-year period by 24 percent in math and 23 percent in English for English-language learners and by 24 percent in English and 19 percent in math for low-income students by creating a curriculum that uses chants, collaborative discussions and inquiry-based learning, according to the DOE.Loma Verde was among 33 San Diego County campuses and 287 total in the state to be named a Distinguished School by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.The program, which returned this year after a three-year break, recognizes elementary schools that have made noteworthy gains in state performance standards.“These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential, and put them on the path to achieve their dreams,” Torlakson said. “Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators and classified employees, working with parents, apply their dedication, creativity and talents toward providing a great education for all their students.”The other San Diego County Schools honored were:— Bostonia Language Academy Cajon Valley Union— Ada W. Harris Elementary, Cardiff Elementary School District— Aviara Oaks Elementary, Carlsbad Unified— Pacific Rim Elementary, Carlsbad Unified— Cook (Hazel Goes) Elementary, Chula Vista Elementary School District— Veterans Elementary, Chula Vista Elementary— San Onofre Elementary, Fallbrook Union Elementary School District— Monterey Ridge Elementary, Poway Unified— Park Village Elementary, Poway Unified— Willow Grove Elementary, Poway Unified— Barnard Elementary, San Diego Unified— Benchley/Weinberger Elementary, San Diego Unified— Chesterton Elementary, San Diego Unified— Edison Elementary, San Diego Unified— Elevate Elementary, San Diego Unified— Gage Elementary, San Diego Unified— Garfield Elementary, San Diego Unified— Green Elementary, San Diego Unified— Hancock Elementary, San Diego Unified— Holmes Elementary, San Diego Unified— Jerabek Elementary, San Diego Unified— La Jolla Elementary, San Diego Unified— Miller Elementary, San Diego Unified— Miramar Ranch Elementary, San Diego Unified— Sessions Elementary, San Diego Unified— Toler Elementary, San Diego Unified— Nye Elementary, San Diego Unified— San Elijo Elementary, San Marcos Unified— Ocean View Hills, San Ysidro Elementary— Skyline Elementary, Solana Beach Elementary School District— Solana Pacific Elementary, Solana Beach Elementary School District— Empresa Elementary, Vista Unified Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom April 2, 2018