Coop members donate dividends

first_img Coop members donate dividends Share whatsapp Cooperative group members are collectively donating £1.2m of their interim dividend to charity. The 4.9m members of the scheme have earned £16.9m from spending in Coop businesses, but half of all those receiving cash payments have opted to donate. The money will be distributed between community groups.Members usually receive one point for every £1 spent with the group. Each point is worth 1p in the interim dividend, and paid either in vouchers or into a bank account. Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof KCS-content Monday 29 November 2010 8:14 pmlast_img read more

Thomas Cook profits down after tough year

first_img Tags: NULL alison.lock UK HOLIDAY operator Thomas Cook reported full year results at the lower end of analysts’ expectations after a “demanding” year today.Profit before tax fell six per cent to £277m from £295m in 2009, while revenues were down four per cent to £8.89bn from £9.27bn the previous year. The firm will pay a final dividend of 10.75p, unchanged from 2009’s results, and has announced it will restructure its UK operations to generate £40m to £50m in cost savings. “We recognised at the outset that 2009/10 would be demanding given the uncertain economic outlook and, accordingly, we took early action to deal with the challenges,” said chief executive Manny Fontenla-Novoa.“While we made good progress in many of our operating segments and delivered a strong improvement in operating cash flow, trading in the UK was even tougher than anticipated.”Revenues were hit by the closure of EU airspace for five days in April due to the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, which “severely disrupted” trading, as well as capacity reductions in its winter travel offerings.The ash cloud caused it an estimated £52.9m of direct losses from managing stranded customers as well as £29.2m in lost margins from its inability to operate, it said.Thomas Cook, Europe’s second-biggest travel firm, said much-improved performances in its central European and German businesses were not enough to offset the decline in the UK. Its northern and western European operations also recorded profits.The UK was affected by “significant foreign exchange headwinds and softer demand over the summer,” the results statement said.To reduce its UK cost base, Thomas Cook has cut of 500 managerial and support jobs and will also renegotiate supplier costs, reduce its buying requirements and upgrade its IT infrastructure. It expects the changes to cost £20m to implement, incurred in the 2010/11 financial year, but believes they will mitigate any further UK deterioration. It described the outlook as “encouraging,” but Numis analyst Wyn Ellis remained unconvinced. “We believe that another tough year is in prospect with debt concerns within the Eurozone adding to the uncertainty,” he said. “In such circumstances we find it difficult to identify a near term catalyst and whilst the shares look cheap they may continue to drift.” whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldUndoAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterUndothedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comUndo More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com whatsappcenter_img Wednesday 1 December 2010 5:51 am Share Thomas Cook profits down after tough year Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Qatari wealth fund buys 6pc of Iberdrola

first_imgMonday 14 March 2011 9:27 pm KCS-content SPANISH energy company Iberdrola will sell a six per cent stake to Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, in a strategic alliance valued at €2bn (£1.7bn).Qatar Holdings, which is part of the Qatar Investment Authority, will buy 338m new Iberdrola shares at a discounted price of €5.63 each, below the company’s previous closing price of €5.96. Iberdrola said that the deal will boost its balance sheet and protect its credit rating. The company has been looking to limit its debt since the acquisition of Brazilian power company Elektro Eletricidade e Servicos in January this year for €1.8bn. It also pledged €2.5bn last week to buy out minority shareholders in its Iberdrola Renovables arm, which focuses on renewable energy. The deal will give Iberdrola a ballast against its largest single investor, Spanish construction group ACS, which holds a 20.2 per cent stake in the company. ACS, run by chief executive Pervez, is suing Iberdrola for seats on its board, with Perez saying last month that he was “more committed than ever to being its biggest shareholder”.Qatar Holding bought the Harrod Group from Mohammed Al-Fayed in May last year, and was linked to a bid for Manchester United in December. Iberdrola’s stock price climbed 2.6 per cent in early trading on the Madrid Stock Exchange, before settling to close 0.3 per cent up at €5.98. Tags: NULL Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndo whatsapp Qatari wealth fund buys 6pc of Iberdrola center_img Share whatsapp More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com Show Comments ▼last_img read more

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Hanazono Residence Time / Light / Jun Murata / JAM

first_img 2020 Hanazono Residence Time / Light / Jun Murata / JAMSave this projectSaveHanazono Residence Time / Light / Jun Murata / JAM Architects: Jun Murata Area Area of this architecture project Year:  Save this picture!© JAM+ 26Curated by Hana Abdel Share Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/951705/hanazono-residence-time-light-jun-murata-jam Clipboard Jun Murata Area:  77 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Hanazono Residence Time / Light / Jun Murata / JAM CopyLodging, Houses•Osaka, Japan “COPY” Japan Photographs:  JAM Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ArchDaily Projects Design Team:Prenda Architect OfficeClients:Jikoh IncorporatedEngineering & Construction:T constructionEngineering:T constructionConstruction:T constructionCity:OsakaCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© JAMRecommended ProductsWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40DoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsText description provided by the architects. This is a guesthouse located in an area with a lot of small houses, close to the center of Osaka. It was required to have a highly adaptable space that is easy to use and comfortable to use, assuming the use of various races and generations visiting here. In addition, the client required that space which has a small court, light and wind, and Zen element which guest can experience Japan. There was grass on the south side of the site, which was rare in an overcrowded cityscape.Save this picture!© JAMSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© JAMThis adjacent open space was regarded as a positive surplus space and was a clue in design. In the gable-shaped volume planned to the limit of the size of the site, a small court of 1.8 meters square was arranged so as to penetrate horizontally toward the open space and vertically toward the sky. The vertical aluminum screen installed at the boundary between the court and the open space ensures privacy from the surrounding environment and plays an important role in security. Every rooms and corridors face the court to disperse the light from it. The kitchen, the sanitary and public space were arranged on the 1st floor. There are two guest rooms on both sides of the court on the 2nd floor.Save this picture!© JAMThe vertical screen composed of aluminum unequal-angle steel of 4 meters length is laid out with the blade side facing inward and the end side facing outward. We designed to open the line of sight from the inside of rooms and the court toward the open space while blocking the line of sight from the outside. By arranging angle steels densely for each, the surrounding environment are cut out in strips, and fragmented. Guests would be able to get a glimpse of the surrounding situation and feel the connection with the environment even though it is closed.Save this picture!© JAMSave this picture!Elevation and SectionSave this picture!© JAMSeveral linear lights transform the density and cast an impressive shadow on the black stones laid in the court. The court extends horizontally to the open space, giving a feeling of depth wider than the actual size. There is no obstruction between the upper part of the aluminum screen and the ceiling beam on the second floor, and the view of the sky spreads horizontally. Looking directly above the court where the high and low trees are planted, a cut-out sky appears. Guests can enjoy various changes in the sky through the branches and leaves swaying in the wind. The shadows of the trees and screens are projected sharply inside the white interior. The activities of nature are engraved in a modest and neutral space with the passage of time. We aimed to create a space full of light and wind so that guests could remember their stay more clearly.Save this picture!© JAMProject gallerySee allShow lessY’s Kitchen / Shushi ArchitectsSelected ProjectsPied-à-mer Apartment at Sea / Michael K Chen ArchitectureSelected Projects Share Lodging “COPY” Lead Architects: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/951705/hanazono-residence-time-light-jun-murata-jam Clipboard Manufacturers: AutoDesk, NICHIHA, Sangetsu, KMEW, LIXIL , Nichibei, SK Kaken CopyAbout this officeJun MurataOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsHospitality ArchitectureLodgingResidential ArchitectureHousesOsakaOn FacebookJapanPublished on November 21, 2020Cite: “Hanazono Residence Time / Light / Jun Murata / JAM” 20 Nov 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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The Renovation of a Little House in a Historical Neighborhood …

first_img Projects The Renovation of a Little House in a Historical Neighborhood of Guangzhou / URBANUSSave this projectSaveThe Renovation of a Little House in a Historical Neighborhood of Guangzhou / URBANUS ArchDaily China Photographs 2018 Photographs:  Chao ZhangSave this picture!Aerial view. Image © Chao ZhangRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsText description provided by the architects. The Mengsheng Community in the Haizhu District of Guangzhou got its name out of the saying that the descendants of Mengtian, a legendary general of Qin Dynasty(221B.C-207B.C), resided here. The project is located on Upper-Mengsheng Street, a long and winding alleyway. The original house was a three-story brick and concrete structure that the owner built in 1985 with each story having a floor area of merely 22 square meters. It is closely surrounded by its neighboring buildings.Save this picture!exterior view. Image © Chao ZhangSave this picture!exterior view. Image © Chao ZhangThe east side of the house brushes against the exterior wall of the adjacent house, while the north and west sides have a spacing of 90 and 30 centimeters with neighboring houses. The 80 -centimeter-wide alley in the south, which barely allows two people to walk pass each other, is the only passage that leads to the entrance. In addition to being small, compressed, dark, and incoveniently close to the neighboring houses, the building also has poor thermal performance with underlying structural dangers. These issues are always typical in the process of regeneration in old city quarters.Save this picture!exterior view before renovation. Image Courtesy of URBANUSSave this picture!the alley view before renovation. Image Courtesy of URBANUSSave this picture!the alley view before renovation. Image Courtesy of URBANUSThe renovation plan started from the interior, aiming to reorganize the vital functions of daily life within the limited space. The operation of carving through the floor plates enables the integration of the whole building and creates interlocking living spaces. Skylights are introduced on the top floor to allow light in the building. Thus the dark and light spaces, openings and enclosures, are manipulated to make the tiny interior feel much more spacious.Save this picture!staircase section sketchSave this picture!stairs. Image © Chao ZhangSave this picture!stairs. Image © Chao ZhangThe construction started with the reinforcement of the overall structure. The original steep, single-run stair was replaced by a comfortable double-flight one as a device to rearrange vertical circulation. The customized light scoops on the north and south walls bring additional skylight to the dark ground floor. Carefully designed viewing windows at various positions on the walls not only usher in natural light to each floor, but also bring outside views inside.Save this picture!stairs. Image © Chao ZhangOn the top fourth floor, there is a transparent small room and a terrace that overlooks the surrounding city. It is intended to be an open space flexible for various activities as admiring the moon, having tea or contemplating.Save this picture!4F. Image © Chao ZhangSave this picture!4F. Image © Chao ZhangA house should not only accommodate people, but also their spirit and dreams. Though this house is tiny, it provides a unique feeling of serenity over the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. The stroll through the dark and narrow alley into the building can be a reminder of an excerpt from the Chinese literary classic, The Peach Colony, that tells a story of a fisherman’s discovery of an “Arcadia” at the end of a grove of peach trees: “At first the opening was very narrow, barely wide enough for one person to go in”. After walking through the alley that is illuminated by only a beam of narrowly constrained skylight, eventually “it opened into a flood of light”. Here, while one ascends from the ground floor of the building to the top, he gradually emerges from darkness into brightness and his feelings would rise from repression to a sense of release. This experience is akin to that of the fisherman, thus the building can be seen as the reconstruction of a “vertical Peach Colony”.Save this picture!1F. Image © Chao ZhangSave this picture!2F. Image © Chao ZhangSave this picture!3F. Image © Chao ZhangSave this picture!4F. Image © Chao ZhangSmall pieces of maroon stone with natural grains are chosen for the exterior wall of the house, since their color matches with the surrounding old buildings. As time passes, the overall texture of the wall will enable the house to be further integrated into the surrounding environment. After renovation, the building still takes on a low-key stance in the neighborhood, while provides a welcoming respite for its owners in the bustling city.Save this picture!aerival view. Image © Chao ZhangThis small, single-family house of merely 80 square meters is a tiny cell that composes the old city fabric of Guangzhou. As an example of the city’s micro-regeneration process, this project has a unique cultural ambition for the revival of the historical clusters within the city. It undertakes resistance and provides an alternative option that opposes the prevailing tabula rasa model of urban renewal.Save this picture!aerial view. Image © Chao ZhangSave this picture!aerial veiw. Image © Chao ZhangProject gallerySee allShow lessItauba House / Rocco ArquitetosSelected ProjectsArchitecture Faculty in Tournai / Aires MateusSelected Projects Share Save this picture!aerial view. Image © Chao Zhang+ 53Curated by 韩爽 – HAN Shuang Share Year:  Architects: URBANUS Area Area of this architecture project Area:  96 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/920197/the-renovation-of-a-little-house-in-a-historical-neighborhood-of-guangzhou-urbanus Clipboard “COPY” The Renovation of a Little House in a Historical Neighborhood of Guangzhou / URBANUS ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/920197/the-renovation-of-a-little-house-in-a-historical-neighborhood-of-guangzhou-urbanus Clipboard Houses CopyHouses, Renovation•Guangzhou, China “COPY” CopyAbout this officeURBANUSOfficeFollowProductsGlassBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationGuangzhouIcebergChinaPublished on January 17, 2021Cite: “The Renovation of a Little House in a Historical Neighborhood of Guangzhou / URBANUS” 17 Jan 2021. ArchDaily. 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Volunteering site launched

Howard Lake | 5 April 1999 | News  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Volunteering site launched The National Centre for Volunteering has launched a Web site for volunteers and those looking for voluntary work. The National Centre for Volunteering has launched a Web site for volunteers and those looking for voluntary work. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Korean workers fight back

first_imgHan Sang-Gyun, the head of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), surrenders voluntarily to the police in Seoul, Dec. 10.Since its founding in 1996 during a massive strike against anti-labor legislation, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions has been in the forefront of resistance in south Korea. On Dec. 9, KCTU President Han Sang-gyun, who had spent the past few weeks in the Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul, was arrested. Han, who remains in detention, is accused of inciting violence during a Nov. 15 mass labor and farmer demonstration that was brutally attacked. One participating farmer remains in a coma after a water cannon assault by police.The demonstration was called to oppose labor law changes proposed by President Park Geun-hye, changes which would force more workers, especially youth, into precarious temporary work. Han, who had been living for months in the KCTU office to avoid arrest on previous charges, emerged to lead the demonstration. After the protest, he sought refuge in the temple.While there are no laws granting sanctuary, state authorities do not typically enter a temple to carry out an arrest. In Han’s case, the temple was surrounded by hundreds of police. A similar number of monks and young Buddhists were guarding the temple entrance to protect Han. “If the police raid the temple it … will be tantamount to a state clampdown on the Jogye Order and on the whole Buddhist movement in South Korea,” the Order said in a statement. (Guardian, Dec. 9) Han turned himself in voluntarily, according to the KCTU.Han is a true hero of the Korean working class. In 2009, he led a 77-day occupation of SsangYong Motors, a car company that produces for the domestic Korean market. The main demands were against layoffs. The workers survived several police eviction attempts. Workers on the roof suffered skin burns from chemicals dropped on them. On Aug. 4, police stormed the plant where 600 workers were still occupying. Over 100 were injured, including two forced off the roof by water cannons. During the three years Han served in jail for his role in the occupation, 28 SsangYong workers died of injuries and conditions related to the police attacks.Because of their courageous sit-down, the Korean Metal Workers Union won some language limiting layoffs. Then, when SsangYong began reneging on the agreement in 2012, Han and two other auto workers climbed to the top of an electrical pylon. Han’s aerial protest lasted 177 days.Now, “we have no choice but to fight,” Han explained. “KCTU is calling for a general strike despite all this because without a fight, what’s left of organized labor, the only means to defend the rights of workers, can ultimately become obsolete. The lives of 20 million workers are on the line.“And this time, it will not be a one-day strike. We’re talking about stopping production, freight trucks stopping in their tracks, railroad and subway workers on illegal strikes, and paralyzing the country so that the government will feel the outrage of the workers. That’s what we’re preparing for.” (Foreign Policy in Perspective, Nov. 12)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Winter Storms Contribute to Dearth of Housing Inventory

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago March 4, 2021 808 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Last month’s severe freeze that swept much of the country prevented many would-be listings from hitting the market, widening the housing-inventory dearth. Realtor.com reports the situation has pushed new listings to a record low, further behind pre-pandemic levels, from which it will be difficult to come back. At this rate, the researchers say, buyers will be in for a much more competitive homebuying season than last year.”Last month’s record cold and snowstorms likely caused sellers to hit pause, even if only temporarily,” said realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale. “However, in today’s inventory-starved market, any setback is significant. Unless we see some big improvements in the new listings trends over the coming months buyers can expect stiff competition. And unlike last spring, buyers may also face affordability challenges as home prices and mortgage rates increase. Market dynamics continue to favor sellers.”Hale and Sr. Economic Research Analyst Sabrina Speianu say that, nationally, the inventory of homes for sale in February decreased by 48.6% over the past year, a higher rate of decline compared to the 42.6% drop in January.That is some 496,000 fewer homes for sale compared to February of last year, they noted.Newly listed homes declined further, by 24.5% year-over-year. In the third week of February—during the severe weather—new listings dropped by 35.2% year-over-year. They then reportedly recovered to 26.9% in February’s final week as conditions eased.”Approximately 207,000 fewer homes were newly listed for sale during the first two months of 2021, compared with the average for those two months over the last four years,” the authors noted. “New listings would need to increase by 25% year-over-year in March and April to bring the year-to-date figure back to April 2020’s levels.”Listed homes aren’t remaining on the market very long—the average home spent 70 days on the market this February, which is 11 days less than last year.The full report on realtor.com breaks down housing trends by region. 2021-03-04 Christina Hughes Babb Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / Winter Storms Contribute to Dearth of Housing Inventory The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Is it Time to Reevaluate Your Approach to Customer Service? Next: Credit Invisibility: A Barrier to Homeownership Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 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 About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Winter Storms Contribute to Dearth of Housing Inventory Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Share Savelast_img read more

Weber State Men’s Basketball Signs Dima Zdor

first_imgJune 19, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Men’s Basketball Signs Dima Zdor Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Tuesday, Weber State men’s basketball head coach Randy Rahe announced the signing of Dima Zdor to join the Wildcats’ program.Zdor, a 6’10” forward from Yalta, Ukraine, played high school basketball at Saint James School of Hagerstown, Md., where he was coached by Don Shopland.Last season as a senior, Zdor posted 14 points, 9 rebounds and two blocked shots per game while his team went 19-10 and saw several players go to Division I programs, including Butler and Nebraska.Rahe is pleased with the signing, saying “He is a great fit for our culture and program.” Written by Tags: Butler/Dima Zdor/Don Shopland/Nebraska/Randy Rahe/Weber State Men’s Basketballlast_img read more