Share Save Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago October 31, 2017 1,386 Views Housing Gains Are No Mere Rebound: Will it Last? in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Journal, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Scott Morgan Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily U.S. home prices continued to steadily rise across through August, according to the latest S&P Dow Jones/S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices. So much so that David M. Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said that home price increases in the U.S. “appear to be unstoppable.”The indices show a 6.1 percent uptick in home prices in August, which is up from 5.9 percent in the previous month. The indices’ overall numbers coalesced with breakdowns of the 10 and 20 largest U.S. metros. The 10-City Composite was just above flat, showing annual increase of 5.3 percent, up from 5.2 percent in July. Similarly, the 20-City Composite posted a 5.9 percent year-over-year gain, up from 5.8 percent the previous month.Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Diego reported the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 cities in August. Seattle led the way with a 13.2 percent year-over-year price increase, followed by Las Vegas (8.6 percent), and San Diego (7.8 percent). Nine cities reported greater price increases in the year ending August 2017 versus the year ending July 2017.Month-over-month, the 10-City Composite and 20-City Composite both posted 0.5 percent increases. Nineteen of 20 cities reported increases in August both before and after seasonal adjustment. Atlanta, saw the seasonally adjusted monthly number slip 0.2 percent after seasonal adjustment.Blitzer said that over the last year, the consumer price index’s 2.2 percent rise was driven largely by energy costs.“Aside from oil, the only other major item with price gains close to housing was hospital services, which were up 4.6 percent,” he said.Wages climbed 3.6 percent in the year to August.“The ongoing rise in home prices poses questions of why prices are climbing and whether they will continue to outpace most of the economy,” Blitzer said. He answered with a strong one-two punch: Low mortgage rates, combined with an improving economy.“Low interest rates raise the value of both real and financial long-lived assets,” he said. “The price gains are not simply a rebound from the financial crisis.”However, despite the apparent unstoppability of U.S. housing gains to date, Blitzer offered a caveat of caution.“Home prices will not rise forever,” he said. “Measures of affordability are beginning to slide, indicating that the pool of buyers is shrinking. The Federal Reserve is pushing short-term interest rates upward and mortgage rates are likely to follow over time, removing a key factor supporting rising home prices.” Home / Daily Dose / Housing Gains Are No Mere Rebound: Will it Last? Previous: How Freddie Weathered Litigation in Q3 Next: Looking Back: Hensarling’s Announcement to Impact the Industry Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago HOUSING S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices 2017-10-31 Scott Morgan Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Tagged with: HOUSING S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago
Arturo Aparicio, an 18-year-old apprentice from Panama, still is beaming after getting his first and second wins in the United States last Sunday. That came when first-time starter National Girl defeated heavily-favored Pinky Promise by a neck in the first race and Knee Pads was moved up to victory three races later upon the disqualification of Alibythee from first to fifth for interference.National Girl paid $64.20 to win and Knee Pads $26.“It was very emotional,” Aparicio said with his agent, former leading jockey Julio Espinoza, translating. “I celebrated after the wire like I was winning the Kentucky Derby. I know I shouldn’t have done that, but I did. I knew I had a winner, and one jump after the wire I had to celebrate. But I won’t do that anymore.”Alibythee finished a head in front of the pacesetting Knee Pads, who blew the turn and still nearly hit the wire first despite drifting toward the middle of the track in the stretch. Of winning on the DQ, the jockey said, “I hated to see that for the other horse, but I was happy to win. I probably should have won anyway, but he was trying to ‘get out’ really bad.”Aparicio rode briefly at Gulfstream Park before coming to Kentucky. “I’d never been to the United States before, but I’m excited about working hard and trying to get somewhere,” he said through Espinoza. “Everything is more organized in the United States. In Panama, people are too laid back, they don’t care. In America, if a guy tells you he’s working a horse at a certain time, that’s when he works. Traffic is more organized here, too.”Espinoza volunteers that “traffic in Panama is worse than in New York City, believe it or not. You have to travel at night or early in the morning, otherwise it might take you three hours to go three miles.”Aparicio at age 15 went to Panama’s famed Laffit Pincay Jr. Jockey Training Academy at Panama City’s Presidente Remon racetrack, the country’s only racetrack. The rider, however, is from a region with jungles on one side and the coast on the other, an area which also produced prominent New York rider Luis Saez. While the racetrack is hours away, kids grow up riding horses.“You use horses like you use a car here,” said the apprentice, from a family of farmers. “You develop that passion for horses. My dad had me riding horses at 6. They use horses for everything; they go alongside oxen. The father gets the saddle and the kids ride bareback.”Espinoza praises Aparicio’s work ethic. The jockey said one motivation is to get to where he can bring his parents to the United States.Groupie Doll watch: Ahh Chocolate targeting Grade 3 stakesAhh Chocolate, winner of this spring’s Allaire DuPont Distaff (G3) at Pimlico and last November’s Falls City (G2) at Churchill Downs, is being pointed for Ellis Park’s $100,000 Groupie Doll on Aug. 6. The cleverly-named 4-year-old filly (she’s a daughter of the Lane’s End stallion Candy Ride and out of the mare Ahh) faded to fifth in Churchill’s Fleur de Lis on June 18.“She’s doing well,” said Churchill-based Neil Howard, who trains Groupie Doll for owner-breeder Stoneway Farm near LaGrange, Ky. “I don’t think (the Fleur de Lis) was a great trip for her. As straight forward as she is, she does like to be in a little bit more of a stalking position. How she leaves there in that first quarter or three-eighths of a mile is pretty important for her. I think she got a little close. But that happens; not every race goes according to plan. But she hasn’t thrown in too many bad ones. She’s been a really consistent filly, and she’s been training nicely for the race since.“This is an opportunity to not have to ship too far away, Grade 3, which is nice. The mile down there is almost like two turns. When she runs her normal race, she’s effective going a little shorter, too. But she’s versatile. We just thought that would be a better alternative right now as opposed to going to New York and facing (unbeaten champion) Songbird. This will be tough enough as it is.”Spelling Again, winner of Gulfstream Park’s Princess Rooney (G2), was under Groupie Doll consideration but instead is pointing for Saratoga’s $500,000 Ballerina on Aug. 27 to try to make her a Grade I winner, trainer Brad Cox said.“She’s a dual Grade 2 winner so the only thing left is a Grade 1,” said Cox, who won last year’s Groupie Doll with Call Pat.Groupie Doll Watch II: So is Brooklynsway Trainer Bernie Flint said he’s seriously considering the Groupie Doll for Brooklynsway, 8 1/2-length winner of the $100,000 Mari Hulman George July 16 at Indiana Grand after taking Keeneland’s Grade 2 Doubledogdare in April.“I’m trying to keep her around here where I don’t have to travel so much,” said Flint, who trains Brooklynsway for southern Indiana cancer doctor Naveed Chowhan. “It gets hard on me moving around like that – not on her, but on me. I want to keep her where I can watch her…. She’s run so hard anyway.”Zapperini puzzling even after winChurchill Downs-based trainer Greg Foley thought enough of Lloyd Madison Farms IV’s Zapperini that after the Ghostzapper colt earned his first victory, he ran him back in the Fair Grounds’ Grade 2 Risen Star last February. He was fifth to Gun Runner, who would win the Louisiana Derby and finish third in the Kentucky Derby. Foley ran back in Keeneland’s Grade 1 Blue Grass, where he wound up 11th. In two subsequent allowance races, Zapperini was never a threat.But on grass and wearing blinkers for the first time in Friday’s seventh race at Ellis Park, Zapperini held off Paddy Not Patty by a half-length, coming the last sixteenth-mile under Corey Lanerie in under six seconds to complete 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.63. But that doesn’t mean that Foley thinks he’s got Zapperini figured out.“I mean, he’s supposed to beat those horses,” Foley said afterward. “I said at Keeneland (before the Blue Grass), I wasn’t running that horse just to run him. I thought I had a shot to win those races, like the Risen Star. And what did he get beat down there? Nine lengths to Gun Runner? And he didn’t run! I don’t know. He’s just got to be figured out. He’s just kind of a big dummy, I think. He’s a gorgeous horse, sound.“I worked him on grass at Churchill, and it didn’t break the track record but he galloped out great. I thought he’d handle the grass all right. Actually, I had him slated to run on dirt next week and this race came up. But he’s ornery. He looks like he’s going to win by himself, then he gets to laying on those horses and looks like he’s going to get beat. Messing around, playing around. You can’t get him tired in the morning. I’m glad he won, and I think that will help him mentally. He’s just had a big ol’ bunch of kid in him.”Making of a Racehorse: Let’s Get Started!The Ellis media notes are providing snippets of what’s to come at the free July 30 fan event that begins at 7:30 AM CT in the southern most parking lot by the schooling gate. After Scott Jordan, the Ellis and Churchill Downs starter, discusses the process of teaching young horses to break from the starting gate, fans will go to third-generation Ellis Park trainer John Hancock’s barn. Also talking with fans with be 2015 Ellis riding champion Didiel Osorio, who will give out signed goggles, and his agent, Jose Santos Jr., son of the Hall of Fame jockey who won the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness on Funny Cide.Asked what he wants the public to take from the event, Jordan said, “I want them to learn that we are actually horsemen and we do the right thing for the horse, whether it’s taking your time with a nervous first-timer so it’s a good experience or even slowing down with an older horse and seeing if we can get him to relax.”Hancock also hopes to dispel some perceptions. “If we can educate the public that these horses are well-managed and well-taken care of, then the public can get a better look that we’re not just gamblers,” he said. “You can compare (horses’) preparation to a young child going through stages of baseball: tee-ball, pitching machines. There’s a stage to every part of it that a horse has to perform through to get to the next level and finally be able to start. Horses aren’t perfect. Anything can happen. But if you teach them the right way, then they have a chance and they learn. That cuts down on injuries and problems.”Also: With one win Friday, jockey Corey Lanerie’s victory total was 3,996 heading into Saturday’s Ellis Park card.Sunday is the annual Ellis Park/KHBPA College Student Laptop Giveaway. A Dell-Inspiron 14-inch laptop, with an Insignia computer bag and one free year of Office 365, will be given away via drawing after each of nine races. Students can sign up to enter the drawings at the north end of the grandstand, with current college I.D. and a driver’s license or other picture identification required.Dr. Ron Marable of Henderson, a lifelong racing enthusiast and horse owner who died last Saturday, will be honored with a race and blanket presentation during the July 30 card. Arrangements: Visitation 4-8 p.m. CT Tuesday and until the service at 10 a.m. CT Wednesday at Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home in Henderson.“He was well thought of, his personality and love of horses,” said trainer John Hancock. “He loved racing, loved the business and was good for the business. He was a genuine all-around good person, and we considered him an Ellis Park horseman — and that’s a heck of a compliment.”Arrangements for Tom McCarthy, best known for winning the 2009 Toyota Blue Grass with his one-horse stable General Quarters: Visitation Monday 2-8 p.m. ET Ratterman and Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, Louisville. Funeral Mass 10 a.m. ET Tuesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 501 Cherrywood Road, Louisville. McCarthy’s horse Blame Angel won Friday’s last race, a day after McCarthy died at 82.For more information, contact Jennie Rees, Ellis Park publicity, at [email protected] LinkEmail
The Town Center at Boca Raton has decided to close it’s doors early on Monday after several social media post called for the community to protest the death of George Floyd at the mall.The mall closed at 2pm due to the “potential threats,” a security guard told our news partners at WPTV.According to social media post, the protest is set to begin at 5:00 pm on Monday.While many protest have peaceful, some have turned into riots, leaving a path of destruction in its wake.The Boca Raton Police department say they are aware of the situation and are monitoring it closely.
Ditto for 2010-11 as Bickerton didn’t qualify for any World Cup races.Last season was a breakout year as Bickerton qualified for a couple of World Cup races in Hamar, Norway, and Heerenveen, Netherlands.“I’m over there (Heerenveen) racing my first World Cup (10,000 meters in December), and not somewhere where they don’t know speed skating . . . it’s the home of speed skating,” Bickerton explained. “That was an experience and (at the same time) was really cool. I was pretty nervous but it was a neat place to race my first World Cup so I was pretty happy.”Bickerton finished 18th in the B division (14:08.98) in the race after finishing third in 10,000 meters at the National Team Trials in October.In January, at the Canadian Single Distance Championships, Bickerton won the bronze medal in the 5000m (6:36.52) and the silver medal in the 10,000m (13:47.83) in a personal season-best race.The results qualified him for the World Cup in Hamar, where he was 14th (6:45.38) in the 5000-meter division B.But before traveling to Norway, there was the Continental regional qualifier a week after the Single Distance event.“All these races build experience and the (Winter) Olympics is still a year and a half away,” said Bickerton, focusing on his biological science studies at the University of Calgary when he’s not training.“I’m just trying to get as much experience as I can between now and a year and a half from now and hopefully when that time comes I’ll have enough experience to be ready to perform on that day and Olympic Trials will be my day.”Since May Scott Bickerton has been rubbing elbows with Canada’s elite speed skaters and coaches.In October the serious part of the sport picks up with National trials.Good results once again qualify Bickerton for World Cup races.The same challenge happens in January at single distance championships.However, dollars and cents forced National Team brain trust to cut a few spots on the team.So the challenge just got a little tougher for Bickerton.“They’ve reduced the number of racers they’re selecting, and, of course, it makes it tougher, but racing on the National circuit is a good opportunity to get race time and to learn,” said Bickerton doing everything in his power to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.“The more things I can learn before Olympic Trials which are a year-and-a-half from now, the better.” During his brief speed skating career Scott Bickerton has hit his share of ruts in the ice.Which can be par for the course in a sport when you’re an up-and-coming athlete.However, like a youngster falling during the first time on skates the happy-go-lucky Nelsonite is eager to get back on the blades in search for finding a spot on the National Team.“It’s been up and down since we talked last,” Bickerton admittedly told The Nelson Daily during a recent summer holiday in his hometown.“Last year I did a lot better than the year before so overall I was happy,” the ecstatic 22-year-old graduate of the Nelson Speed Skating Club added.“I made it through three different World Cup races.“I managed to deal with all the traveling that goes with competing on the World Cup circuit . . . eating in strange places and dealing with major jet lag. And that was good enough to put me on the National Development Team for this year which I started training with in May.”It’s been a long climb to World Cup for an inaugural member of the Nelson Speed Skating club.Timid and shy, Bickerton took a few years to get comfortable in the sport.But in 2006 a switch from the rink to the long track proved to be just what the doctor ordered.Thanks to the help of local Olympian Bob Boucher, Bickerton won a bronze medal at the 2007 Canada Games in Whitehorse in Team Pursuit.In 2008-09, Bickerton made a big splash on the World stage, representing Canada at the Junior Worlds in Poland where he took seventh in the 3000- and 5000-meter races.Bickerton qualified for the Junior Worlds after winning both races at the Canadian Junior Championships.However, making the jump to the National Team has been a bit of a grind for the L.V. Rogers grad.The 2009-10 campaign was a learning year.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Loux, Ohio State University ExtensionIf you have never applied herbicide in fall to burn down winter annuals, or done it only infrequently, this might be the year to make an investment in fall herbicides. Fall treatments are an integral component of marestail management programs. They also prevent problems with dense mats of winter annuals in the spring, which can prevent soil from drying out and warming up, interfere with tillage and planting, and harbor insects and soybean cyst nematode. It was a generally tough year for weed control, leading to higher end of season weed populations in some fields. A number of acres were never planted, and growers got to experience the difficulty in obtaining season-long control in the absence of a crop.This reminds us all how important the crop canopy and shading of the soil is during the second half of the season. Bottom line: there was substantial production of weed seed in some fields, and a replenishment of the soil seedbank by both winter annual and summer annual weeds. The seed of winter annuals and marestail lacks dormancy so above-average weed seed production can lead to an immediate increase in fall-emerging weeds. Applying herbicides this fall can compensate for increased weed populations and make life easier in the spring.We have published information on fall herbicides fairly frequently, and our suggestions for fall treatments have not really changed much. There is plenty of information on fall herbicide treatments in the C.O.R.N. newsletter archive and on other university websites. Our philosophy on this has not changed much over the past decade. A few brief reminders follow:When to spray? Anytime between now and Thanksgiving will work, and possibly later. We have applied into late December and still eventually controlled the weeds present at time of application. Once hard freezes start to occur, there is usually a substantial change in the condition of certain weeds, such as dandelion and thistle, that renders them less sensitive to herbicides. We discourage applications during periods of very cold weather which can occur starting about Thanksgiving, and also (obviously) when the ground is snow-covered. The generally dry conditions we are experiencing have limited weed emergence so far this fall. We anticipate that rain occurring now that leads to some sustained soil moisture near the surface will likely result in germination and emergence of the weeds that have been missing until now. Our recommendation is to wait for rain and the additional weed emergence before applying any herbicide this fall. The risk in this is that the weather turns wet, making it difficult to apply herbicide. So it’s also possible to apply now and include a residual component to help with later fall emergence (which is the exception to the “no residual” recommendation in #4 below), such as simazine, a low rate of metribuzin or Canopy, or a Sharpen rate higher than 1 ounce.What about all of the crop residue on the ground after harvest, won’t that cause problems? We have not worried about this, and the herbicides seem to work regardless. Most agronomists I have asked have the same impression. On the other hand, it probably wouldn’t hurt to wait a while after harvest to let the residue settle down, and the weeds to poke through. Dense crop residue usually prevents marestail from emerging anyway.Don’t make it too complicated or pricey. Keep in mind that the primary goal is control of weeds that have already emerged. This is hard to accomplish with a single herbicide, but there are a number of relatively low-cost two-way mixtures that easily achieve this goal. Our philosophy has generally been to start with 2,4-D, and then add another herbicide that results in more comprehensive control. Herbicides that make the most sense to add to 2,4-D based on our research: glyphosate, dicamba, metribuzin, simazine, Basis (and generic equivalents), Express (and generic equivalents), or Canopy/Cloak DF or EX. These allow either corn or soybeans to be planted the following year with these exceptions: simazine — corn next year; Canopy/Cloak—- soybeans next year; Basis — possibly restricted to corn based on rate and geography. We do not see the need for three-way mixtures, although a case can be made to add a low rate of glyphosate to a two-way mix to control grass or improve activity on perennials. A two-way mixture of glyphosate and Sharpen could also be used, but we believe Sharpen has more utility in marestail control programs when used in the spring.Is there an advantage to including residual herbicides? No, because almost all of them dissipate over the winter and fail to provide any control of spring-emerging weeds. The primary exception to this is chlorimuron (Canopy/Cloak), which for whatever reason does persist at high enough concentrations to provide some control in spring. Our research has repeatedly shown that applying other residual herbicides in the fall to get control in spring is a waste of money. The good news here is that any effective fall herbicide treatment with or without residual will result in a weed-free seedbed in spring, usually into April, so that the spring-applied burndown/residual treatment just has to control small weeds that emerge in the few weeks prior to planting. That is the goal.
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NICOSIA (AP) — Eden Hazard scored in his 100th international game for Belgium on Sunday, helping his team to a 2-0 win over Cyprus in European Championship qualifying.Hazard curled the ball into the top corner in the 10th minute after receiving a pass from Michy Batshuayi, who held off three Cypriot defenders as he played in Hazard. It was the 30th international goal for Hazard, with five against Cyprus.Batshuayi made it 2-0 eight minutes later, controlling a ball over the top from Hazard’s brother Thorgan and knocking it past goalkeeper Urko Pardo.Belgium is top of Group I with six points, three ahead of Russia, Kazakhstan, Cyprus and Scotland.Belgium player Michy Batshuayi, left, celebrates a goal against Cyprus during the Euro 2020 group I qualifying soccer match between Cyprus and Belgium at the GSP stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus, Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)Russia bounced back from defeat to Belgium on Thursday by beating Kazakhstan 4-0 in the newly renamed Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan.Valencia winger Denis Cheryshev scored Russia’s first two goals with tap-ins from crosses, and set up Artyom Dzyuba with a cross of his own for 3-0. A Kazakh own-goal capped the win for the visitors.Russia may face UEFA charges over a large banner held up by its fans marking the 20th anniversary of NATO airstrikes on Yugoslavia in 1999.Three days after losing to Kazakhstan, Scotland was far from convincing in a 2-0 win over San Marino, the lowest-ranked team in the world.Despite their poor start, the Scots are one of the 16 teams assured of a playoff spot if they don’t qualify automatically, thanks to results in the Nations League last year.Cyprus’ Fotis Papoulis, left, right, fights for the ball with , Belgium’s Thorgan Hazard,right, during the Euro 2020 group I qualifying soccer match between Cyprus and Belgium at the GSP stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus, Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)Belgium players celebrate a goal against Cyprus during the Euro 2020 group I qualifying soccer match between Cyprus and Belgium at the GSP stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus, Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)TweetPinShare0 Shares