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first_img About Author: Eric C. Peck Sign up for DS News Daily Fixed-Rates Inch Closer to 3% Mark Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share 2Save Home / Daily Dose / Fixed-Rates Inch Closer to 3% Mark Related Articles Freddie Mac has released the results of its latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRM) averaging 2.81%, with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.73%, reaching its highest point this week since mid-November.“Economic spending has improved, due to the most recent stimulus, but supply chain shortages are causing downstream inflation, leading to higher mortgage rates,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “While there are multiple temporary factors driving up rates, the underlying economic fundamentals point to rates remaining in the low 3% range for the year.”Also this week, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.21%, with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.19%. The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.77%, with an average 0.2 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.79%.“Today’s Freddie Mac fixed rate for a 30-year loan increased, as positive retail sales numbers and the rebound in homebuilder sentiment buoyed bond investors, which drove up interest rates for home mortgages,” said realtor.com Senior Economist George Ratiu. “However, as mortgage rates are starting their slow climb, affordability will become front and center for homebuyers. This week’s decline in mortgage applications was an early signal that for many buyers, the steep rise in home prices and interest rates means they will have a much harder time trying to find a home within their budget. The housing market seems to be seeking more technological innovation to help power lower-priced new homes.” Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago February 18, 2021 944 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Newscenter_img 2021-02-18 Christina Hughes Babb Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Previous: Mixed Reactions to Biden’s Foreclosure-Ban Extension Next: Housing Activity Enters 2021 ‘On Strong Footing’ The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

first_imgIndosat Ooredoo, one of Indonesia’s major telecommunications providers, has laid off nearly 700 employees as part of a change in its business strategy “to bring the company’s closer to market needs”.According to a statement The Jakarta Post received on Saturday, Indosat president director Ahmad Al-Neama addressed employees on Friday, citing three key changes: “rightsizing the organization, adding resources to increase competitiveness and [improving] customer service and experience”.Al-Neama also stated that the company would “empower regional teams” to develop closer customer ties and “transition network operations to a managed services model in line with industry best practice”. Indosat director and chief human resources officer Irsyad Sahroni said in the statement that 677 employees were laid off on Friday, and that more than 80 percent of the affected employees had received a “fair [severance] package above the statutory requirements”.Read also: Indosat reports solid revenue growth in first nine months 2019“We have thoroughly reviewed all possible options, and reached the conclusion that we must take this tough, but necessary action for us to sustain and grow,” Irsyad said in the statement.“We are taking a fair approach aligned with prevailing laws and regulations, communicating directly and transparently with both impacted and unimpacted employees,” he stated.Irsyad added that the company was working on placing many of the laid-off employees in opportunities with its umbrella partners.Topics :last_img read more

first_img Share National Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Ricketts. (File photo)A health official in Dominica has expressed concern regarding the increasing rate of obesity among the island’s school children.Statistics indicate that from 2006 the rate of obesity among children has been increasing; in 2006 a survey indicated that 9.8% of the island’s children were obese, 11.1% in 2007, 11.8% n 2008 and 9.8% in 2009.National Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Ricketts explained at a Media Breakfast Meeting on Friday last week that there needs to be a clear message to address this situation.“There is an increasing trend in the proportion of our children who are being identified as obese or overweight. There needs to be a message and if you think about it, for some of us who perhaps are older yes we’re going to try to do something about it but the impact in terms of reversing the trend is probably going to be greatest felt when we address the situation in the younger children.”Dr. Ricketts suggests that a concerted effort must be made to give our children a chance at long and healthy lives.“We have; as adults, as parents as a community, we have to make a concerted effort to change the lifestyle patterns of our young children to give them a better chance at a healthier life and a longer life and a longer healthy life in the future.”He also cautions that fast foods are a contributing factor to the increasing rate of obesity as healthy foods are not promoted sufficiently.“When we feed them fast foods and foods that are high in fat and calories and we don’t promote the eating of our local foods and vegetables, plus it is cheaper by the way to do that; not only are we not training them correctly but we’re also setting them up for significant health problems in the future.”Dr. Ricketts also noted that parents should ensure that servings of fresh fruits and vegetables are included in their children’s diet daily.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet LocalNews Increasing rate of obesity among children cause for concern by: – February 13, 2012 28 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

first_imgLeicester manager Brendan Rodgers has “no doubt” his team can secure a return to the Champions League.The Foxes, who won the Premier League in 2016, have made a slow start to the resumption of the campaign, drawing twice and losing at Everton.But a 3-0 home win over Crystal Palace on Saturday leaves them in third place. “We have to stay in this period and focus on the next game,” Rodgers said. “Hopefully by the end of the season we achieve the objective and the dream.”Leicester are a point ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea, with in-form Manchester United two points further back, having won three successive league games.The Foxes, who finished ninth last term, last played in the Champions League in 2017 when they reached the quarter-finals, after their Premier League title win under Claudio Ranieri.Rodgers, who took charge in February 2019,says his team has the capability to return to Europe’s elite competition. “There’s no doubt, we have shown over 33 games our talent,” he said. “OK, we’re maybe missing some players but as a squad we’re very focused on achieving it and we’ll fight to the final whistle.“What the players have done has been remarkable. I’m pretty clear on that and getting the perspective of it all.”Leicester host Manchester United on the final day of the season but next travel to Arsenal on Tuesday, with Mikel Arteta’s seventh-placed side looking to extend a run of three successive league wins.“They are very well organised, look to play how Arsenal supporters want them to play and he has made some really good steps,” Rodgers said. “They’re on the back of three good results and we’ll look forward to the challenge.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Cameroon international midfielder and captain Stephane Mbia tweeted his shock.“Our Cameroon football family has lost a brother. I cannot believe this. Condolences to his family. RIP Patrick Ekeng.”Spanish club Cordoba also tweeted: “There are no words to express our sorrow over the death of Patrick Ekeng. We mourn your loss. We will never forget you friend. RIP.”The Spanish La Liga also took to Twitter to express their condolences alongside a photo of the player in his Cordoba shirt, who last season played in the first division.“La Liga expresses its regret at the death of Patrick Ekeng and sends its condolences to his loved ones.” Bucharest, Romania | AFP |Cameroon international Patrick Ekeng has died after collapsing on the pitch playing a first division match on Friday with his Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest.The 26-year-old midfielder fell to the ground without any contact with another player in the 70th minute of the game against Viitorul, just seven minutes after coming on as a substitute.Ekeng, who joined the Romanian club in January, was rushed to hospital where staff were unable to resuscitate him.“Resuscitation attempts were made for an hour and half without success,” Dinamo team doctor Liviu Batineanu told journalists.Fans express griefFans of the Bucharest club gathered outside the hospital late into the night to express their grief at the player’s death.Club executive director Ionel Danciulescu expressed his shock after a death which recalled that of another club player Catalin Haldan who died playing a friendly in October 2000.“I can’t believe it. It’s a nightmare. For me, for the team and for all Dinamo supporters. It’s too much,” said Danciulescu.“It’s as if we are cursed.”Before arriving in Romania, Ekeng played for several European clubs, spending four seasons with French Ligue 2 side Le Mans from 2009 to 2013.The player from Yaounde then transferred to Lausanne in Switzerland from 2013-2014 and Spanish side Córdoba from 2014-2015 before joing Dinamo.center_img “We will love you forever, Patrick Ekeng!” the Bucharest club wrote on Facebook, adding the player had ” gone to a better world wearing the white-red shirt to join Catalin Haldan and other players who have written the history” of the club.Cameroon careerEkeng made his debut for Cameroon in January 2015 and was named in the squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations from which Indomitable Lions’ were eliminated in the group stage.His death also echoed that of his countryman Marc-Vivien Foe, who died of a heart attack in 2003 playing an Confederations Cup match against Colombia at the Gerland Stadium in Lyon, France.More recently defender Gregory Mertens died three days after suffering a heart attack playing for his Belgian side Lokeren in April 2015.last_img read more

first_imgBy John Burton RED BANK — The Borough Council intended to vote on an ordinance requiring owners of foreclosed properties to post contact information on their properties and submit that information to borough authorities, but the vote was tabled last Wednesday after Councilwoman Sharon Lee voiced her objection.Lee was concerned about a provision of the ordinance that requires owners of foreclosed properties to post an 81/2×11 inch sign on their building, likely in the window, with the pertinent contact information.Lee, won of two borough council members who are west side residents, explained that she felt the posting of signs on foreclosed homes could exacerbate neighborhood decline, particularly in low income areas of town that are largely on the west side.“I certainly know that a sign plastered on one house or two houses would certainly discourage people from purchasing in that neighborhood,” said Lee, who is African American and a lifelong west side resident.Lee also wondered if this would be administered equitably for the more affluent east side and the downtown business district. “Can you image Broad Street with a bunch of stickers on the doors?” she asked on Monday.“The genesis of this,” Borough Councilman Michael DuPont explained at last week’s public meeting, is “to compel the mortgage holder to contact us.”“I don’t have a problem with that,” Lee responded.While there is a state statute requiring that towns be notified and property be maintained after a foreclosure, the economic meltdown and the ensuing rise in foreclosure has, in many cases led to confusion over who the owners of many foreclosed properties actually are.Banks and mortgage companies have been selling off the mortgages on these properties, and merging with other banks, making it increasingly difficult to track down the responsible parties when properties fall into disrepair. “We’re going to put the burden on them to ensure their information is up to date,” Mayor Pasquale Menna said last month. The ordinance is modeled after one enacted in Lodi, and would also require a $125 registration feeVincent Lepore, a Long Branch resident, offered his objections at last Wednesday’s meeting, telling the council he feared it could open the door for properties to be deemed as “blighted” and condemned under eminent domain laws, much like what was done in the controversial Long Branch Redevelopment.But DuPont and other council members responded that there would not be any condemnations of property.When contacted by ***ITALSThe Two River Times**ENDTALS this week, Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, executive director for New Jersey Citizen Action Committee, a government watchdog coalition, agreed with Lee’s perception of the detrimental effect of requiring foreclosed properties to be identified with signs.The state already requires mortgage lenders to be registered and to have a local agent available, said, Salowe-Kaye, which her group supports, however, “Putting signs in the windows of foreclosed properties can’t do anything to make the neighborhood a better place to live.”The council agreed to table the matter to continue discussions before it returns for a vote.last_img read more

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr The Nelson Daily Sports The sporting public has heard a lot of Rossland’s George Grey and his success on the cross-country scene. Now that Grey has retired, the fans may start to hear a little more about Nelson’s Shawn DeGroot. DeGroot, 16, won the silver medal in the Junior Boy’s 1994 at the 2011 Haywood Canadian Ski Nationals held last month in Canmore, Alta. “It wasn’t really a surprise . . . okay maybe a bit, in the distance races,” DeGroot, who placed 10th overall in the Junior Boy’s Division, told The Nelson Daily. “I got about the same results last year, but I improved on my sprinting (in Canmore).” The 2011 Haywood Canadian Ski Nationals attracts all of the top athletes in Canada. DeGroot, who skis under the Rossland Black Jack banner, competed in all of the major races — skate, classic, sprint and mass start. He accumulated 217 points in the four races. “The competition was fun, (but) it was surprisingly warm out (for Canmore),” explained DeGroot, who raced three of the four days in a T-shirt. “That means using klister for classic races for grip, it’s really sticky wax (kind of like tree sap or honey) that makes a mess and is a real pain to clean up.” Although he skis for Black Jack to receive expert advice from former National Ski Team coach Dave Wood, DeGroot spends most of his time training on his old stomping grounds at the Nelson Nordic Ski Trails. “I go (Black Jack) occasionally to train and get technique, but still do the majority of my training in Nelson,” said DeGroot, adding his dedication, commitment, perseverance, and lots of time on the trails as the reason for his success. The season has gone extremely well for the 5’9”, 140-pound dynamo. DeGroot finished first overall 1994 for the BC cup series, seventh and first in 1994 in junior boys at the NorAms (North Americans) in Kelowna and fourth in the Rossland Blackjack Loppet. DeGroot, in Grade 11 at L.V. Rogers, still has another year in the junior circuit. So next year is a big one for him. “I’d like to make the B.C. ski team, get good results at cross country running provincials and continue skiing and training hard and to have fun,” DeGroot, who finished 24th overall at the 2010 B.C. High School Cross Country running championships in the fall. “I’d also like to qualify for FIS junior Nordic World Ski Championships in Ezerum, Turkey, although that would be quite tough.” Those goals might be lofty for some. But if you’ve ever seen Shawn DeGroot train, his determination and perseverance, that a bet you don’t want to [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgIt’s a proven fact to always have a backup plan just in case that original idea goes south.Dryden Hunt knows all too well things do not always go as planned as the Nelson Minor Hockey product prepares to enter the world of professional hockey.After not hearing his name called out for the second consecutive year last week at the 2015 National Hockey League entry draft  in Sunrise, Florida, the 6-foot, 200-pound forward already has a direction in place.Hunt, 19, is off to the La Belle Province Friday to attend the Montreal Canadiens Development Camp, which begins Sunday in Brossard, Quebec.“Montreal contacted me before the draft to say if I didn’t go in the draft they’d like to offer me a tryout,” Hunt told The Nelson Daily from Kelowna where he’s training for the upcoming season.“I was hoping I would get drafted but now I’m heading to Montreal and I couldn’t be happier.”Hunt was optimistic his name would be called after a stellar season in the Western Hockey League with Regina Pats and Medicine Hat Tigers.Hunt put up 83 points during the regular season before adding five goals in 10 playoff games for the Tigers.“Ya, I am a little disappointed,” Hunt lamented. “I mean with all those rankings before (draft) it kind of puts into your head that there’s always a possibility.“I thought I had a pretty good year but unfortunately it didn’t happen.”It’s tough,” he added, “but I’m now heading to Montreal with guys who got drafted so this is an exciting opportunity to show what I’ve got.”Hunt leaves Friday for the Habs Development Camp. He is part of a list of tryout-invitees the Montreal Scouting Department has put together.There is also more than 20 Montreal draft prospects from the past three seasons, including Hunt’s teammate at Medicine Hat, Matthew Bradley.Hunt also said former Nelson Minor Hockey graduate Tim McGauley is also attending the camp.McGauley played the last three seasons in Brandon, where he registered 105 points last season scoring 42 goals playing center.“It’s every kids dream to get drafted but some players take a little tougher road toward their dream,” Hunt explained.“For me I didn’t get drafted two years in a row, but I’ll just go to Montreal and try to prove people wrong and try to make the most of my opportunity.”The Habs also invited Hunt to their Prospects Camp in September.So the son of Carla DeBiasio and Jeff Hunt has two chances to impress the coaching staff.Smart man that Dryden Hunt.Smart man.last_img read more

first_imgUSL Results & Reports 28.07.13Results4 Lanterns USL Swilly Rovers 0 0 Cockhill CelticBonagee Utd. 1 2 Derry City Res.DPD Div. 1 Cup Semi-Final Bonagee Utd. 1 3 Drumkeen Utd.ReportsStalemate at SwillySwilly Rovers 0Cockhill Celtic 0A stalemate at Swilly Park that may have have a big impact on the destination of this year’s league title in an absorbing contest played before a massive crowd. The Swilly Rovers defence and in particular goalkeeper Gareth Wade produced a stunning performance to keep Cockhill at bay. Swilly with several teenagers in their team defended all the Inishowen men threw at them in a fascinating contest. Garbhan Friel was denied on three occasions with fine saves from Wade and his save from a Gerry Gill free was worth the admission money alone. Dylan Hegarty at 16 at centre half together with veteran defender Columba O Donnell and his full backs were immense as heavy pressure was piled on. Darren Dunworth following a superb run and shot almost stole it for Swilly near the end but a draw was the final outcome. Very entertaining and the fans went home happy. Swilly fielded 8 locals and at one stage 9, not many USL teams can say that. Great to see good young local talent being given a chance at USL level. Swilly Rovers: Gareth Wade, David Fisher, Laurence Toland, Columba O Donnell, Dylan Hegarty, Jordan Toland, Ronan Curtis, Ryan Toland,Blain Curtis, Michael Mc Hugh, Kyle Black. Subs: Liam O Donnell,(used), Jonny Logue(used), Darren Dunworth(used), Caelon Bolton.Cockhill Celtic: Gavin Cullen, Kieran Mc Laughlin, Peter Doherty, Johnny Havlin, Oisin Mc Colgan, Liam O Donnell, James Bradley, Malachey Mc Dermott, Gerard Mc Laughlin, Garbhan Friel, Mark Horan. Subs: Christy Mc Laughlin(used), Derek Doherty, William Mc Laughlin, Paul Mc Kinney(used)Derry WinDerry City Res. 2 Bonagee Utd. 1Caretaker boss Gerald McGuinness should be happy enough with his team’s performance even though they left empty handed from Oakgrove Pk today. The home side took the lead on 10mins when Georgie Kelly chipped the keeper from 18yds. They should have been further ahead when on 32mins Kelly should have doubled the lead and then Tracey should have scored but Smyth made a good save. The home side did double their lead when McNamee played Kelly in to score his second. Bonagee got a lifeline on 52mins when Lynagh went over easily inside the area and the Referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped McLaughlin to hit it to the keepers left one goal in it. With the Derry side tiring after being involved in the Foyle Cup all week and McGuinness pushing players forward, it was end to end with no real goal scoring opportunities for both sides. Three points to the home side but Bonagee battled bravely to the end.Derry City – S Houghton, M Barr, S Curran, D McCallion, C McLoughlin, C Harkin, C Tourish, T McNamee, G Kelly, K Harkin, J Tracey, (Subs used) C Kelly, R Harkin, C O’BrienBonagee Utd – D Smyth, T Russell, P Sheridan, G Rainey, D Franco, J Lynagh, K Kelly, G Cullen, A McLaughlin, S Browne, A Cannon.Fixtures4 Lanterns USLRef Stephen TonerThursday 1st AugustDrumkeen Utd. v Letterkenny Rovers (7:30pm)Ref Paul DuddyFanad Utd. v Kildrum Tigers (7:45pm)Ref Joe McHughDPD Div. 1 Cup Semi FinalsTuesday 30th July at 7.30pmKildrum Tigers Res. v Swilly Rovers Res.Ref Joe McHugh.Saturday, August 3rd at 2pmDPD Division 1Bonagee Utd. Res. v Kildrum Tigers Res.Ref. C. McLaughlinSwilly Rovers Res. v Drumkeen Utd. Res.Ref. P. DuddyThere are no 4 Lanterns USL games scheduled for next weekend (August 3rd & 4th) as this is the designated Summer break week.ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: DRUMKEEN THROUGH TO CUP FINAL was last modified: July 28th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: DRUMKEEN THROUGH TO CUP FINALlast_img read more

first_imgQPR are without midfielders Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch at Old Trafford, where Sandro makes his debut, Niko Kranjcar makes his first appearance since returning on loan and fellow recent signing Eduardo Vargas is among the substitutes.Rangers had expected Barton to recover from a hamstring injury in time to play, while Mutch has also been nursing a knock.For United, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind make their debuts, while Luke Shaw and Radamel Falcao are on the bench. Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Rojo, Blackett, Blind, Herrera, Mata, Di Maria, Rooney, van PersieSubs: Lindegaard, Shaw, Fletcher, Januzaj, Valencia, A Pereira, Falcao QPR: Green; Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Hill; Sandro, Kranjcar, Fer; Phillips, Hoilett; Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Traore, Zamora, Onuoha, Taarabt, Henry, Vargas.Tough tough game unfortunately we have a couple of injuries. But squad better. Tense. Go out and enjoy boys. Play wit pride and the badge— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) September 14, 2014Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more