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Since its inception in 2013, every edition of the India Bike Week has featured the India H.O.G. Rally, and now for the fourth time at IBW, we will get to see Harley Davidson owners from around the country participate in the 4th Indian H.O.G. rally.India Bike Week is all about the passion for motorcycling, motorcycles, customization, or simply living it up. Here are the different things Harley Davidson will be doing at IBW to keep you entertained.Customized Harley at IBW 2016. Harley Davidson will be launching a one-of-a-kind dealership called the Legend on Tour. It is a never done before experimental idea and the Legend on Tour dealership will feature authentic Harley-Davidson motorcycle accessories and parts and state-of-the-art sound systems and screens. The Legend on Tour dealership will also be going to Mumbai, followed by Pune, Goa and Coimbatore in the month of March.Festival-goers will also be treated to the entire 2016 Harley Davidson India line-up. This will include the recently launched Sportster 1200 Custom and the iconic Road King. There will also be a dedicated Sporting and Touring section where you can try out the 2016 line-up of Harley Davidson.Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom. Customised Harley’s will also be on display and you can also vie for the ‘Best Customized Bike’. Harley Davidson will also be giving out the ‘Big 5 patch’ to 125 H.O.G. members. The ‘Big 5 Patch’ is awarded to riders who complete all four zonal rallies and the national H.O.G. rally in Goa within a year.advertisementLot more activities will be going on at the Harley Davidson zone at IBW 2016 so if you are going to the festival, do check them out.
James Anderson put on a swing-bowling clinic after Jonny Bairstow struck his second Test century to leave England in complete control of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley on Friday.Playing on his home ground, wicketkeeper Bairstow hit 140 before England were dismissed for 298 after lunch on the second day.Anderson exploited overcast conditions to take 5-16, helping bowl out Sri Lanka for 91 in 36.4 overs and becoming in the process the sixth leading wicket-taker in Test history. Fellow paceman Stuart Broad had 4-21.England enforced the follow-on, 207 runs ahead, and Sri Lanka was 1-0 when bad light stopped play.
As England begin the search for their fifth new manager in 10 years following their humiliating exit from Euro 2016, there appear more unemployed former holders of the job than serious contenders to replace Roy Hodgson.Glenn Hoddle (1996-1999), Kevin Keegan (1999-2000), Steve McClaren (2006-2007) and Fabio Capello (2008-12) are all out of work while Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson (2001-2006) is experiencing a difficult time with Shanghai SIPG after a bad run of results in the Chinese Super League.That list shows the many different approaches the Football Association has previously used in identifying the right candidate – from experienced foreign coach (Capello) through respected English club manager (McClaren) to passionate former player (Keegan).Each time the demands of a job, which currently pays 3.5 million pounds ($4.68 million) per year but which many view as impossibly difficult, have defeated football’s finest minds.It is half a century since the country which gave soccer to the world last won anything – the 1966 World Cup. (Also read: Iceland force England’s Euro exit, Twitter sees second Brexit)While major nations such as Germany, France and Spain have been winning trophies in the last two decades, the best achievements England fans have celebrated were semi-final appearances at the 1990 World Cup and at Euro 96.There appears no obvious successor to Hodgson, who has been pilloried in the British media after England’s embarrassing second-round defeat by Iceland on Monday which came 50 years after their only international success at the 1966 World Cup. The search will be conducted by Dan Ashworth, the FA’s technical director, alongside chief executive Martin Glenn and Dave Reddin, the head of performance services.advertisementEngland Under-21 coach Gareth Southgate, who recently oversaw an England victory in last month’s Toulon tournament, is the early bookmakers’ favourite.But the 57-capped former England centre-half is far from a shoo-in and his candidacy was immediately knocked down by respected former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp, who was pipped by Hodgson to the job in 2012. (Also read: Euro 2016: British media call Iceland loss worst in English history)”Why should he [Southgate] get it in front of [Hull manager] Steve Bruce and [Sunderland manager] Sam Allardyce, who are proven managers?” said Redknapp, who denied that Southgate’s familiarity with the FA and the “English system” was an advantage.”Knows what system? The losing system? He knows the losing formula? I like Gareth Southgate, he’s a great lad, but what’s he done?”Another former international, the TV pundit Alan Shearer, was quick to put himself forward although, with little coaching experience – apart from a short spell at Newcastle in 2009 – he would be an outside choice.Frenchman Arsene Wenger, who is widely respected in the English game after 20 years at Arsenal, would be a popular choice should the FA drop its current policy of appointing an English candidate,Wenger’s credentials were championed by former England international Teddy Sheringham on Tuesday.”It’s time England turned to Arsene Wenger,” wrote Sheringham in a blog for a bookmaker.”England have strength, passion, desire, hunger, and bullishness. They are strong-minded and resilient. But England need structure. They need guile and finesse. If you look at the way that Arsenal play, they have a structure to the team.”In the past Wenger has always distanced himself from the job, but is under pressure at Arsenal after again failing to win the Premier League for the Gunners.If Wenger could be persuaded to take the job, he would join two other foreign coaches currently bringing success to the national teams in England’s other two major sports: Australians Eddie Jones in rugby union and Trevor Bayliss in cricket.But the FA is aware that to put a foreign-born coach in charge of England’s football team would undermine its argument with the all-powerful Premier League about the need for teams to field more English players.($1 = 0.7483 pounds)
Pitch invasions are nothing new in sports and especially in India, where cricketers are treated as stars and some worshipped.And, on Thursday, there was another such instance. As India dominated proceedings against West Indies on the first day of the first Test match, two young men rushed to the pitch to meet Team India captain Virat Kohli.The two men ran on to the ground and tried to click selfies with Kohli, who looked was standing on the middle of the pitch. Kohli posed for the photos for a second before the umpires intervened and asked them to go away as play had to be resumed. They were escorted off the ground by two security officials.Kohli was unfazed by the abrupt stop of play and carried on after the incident as India piled on the misery on the West Indian bowlers.India vs West Indies: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD | PHOTOSThe Indian captain scored his 19th Test fifty and guided India to a score of 364/4 at the end of day’s play, with him being unbeaten on 72 along with Rishabh Pant, who was batting on 17 off 21 balls.However, Kohli might be the one, who is the most popular in the Indian side right now but the day belonged to an 18-year-old teenager from Mumbai, who was making his first senior appearance for India.Also read – Prithvi Shaw slams debut Test hundred: A look at all 15 debut centurions for IndiaadvertisementPrithvi Shaw stole the show and scored a classy hundred on his debut to become the 15th Indian to achieve the feat. Shaw’s fearless innings caught the eyes of not only the people present at the ground but also former cricketers and pundits around the world. Prithvi Shaw slammed his maiden Test hundred off 99 balls (AP Photo)Shaw started off brilliantly and continued the momentum throughout the innings and scored his maiden ton off 99 balls. Shaw’s intent and style captured everyone’s attention and a big innings was being expected from him.But, a Devendra Bishoo ball stopped on him and he failed to adjust on time and handed it straight back to the bowler to fall for a 154-ball 134 at a strike-rate of 87.01.Also read – Prithvi Shaw: 1st man to hit hundreds on Ranji, Duleep Trophy and Test debutOn Day 2, India will look to build on the great foundation laid by Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara, who also scored 86 and forged a 206-run stand with the Mumbaikar to take India to a position of dominance.Much will depend on Kohli and Pant, who will need to stay at the crease, settle in and get quick runs when needed as India would look to bat West Indies out of the game.
Transfers Wenger: Arsenal couldn’t afford ‘next Pele’ Mbappe Harry Sherlock Last updated 2 years ago 18:37 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Arsenal Kylian Mbappé Monaco Ligue 1 Premier League The Frenchman admits that paying €180 million for the striker was not an option and believes he has the potential to be as good as the Brazil legend Arsene Wenger says that Arsenal wanted to sign Kylian Mbappe this summer, but were unable to afford his transfer fee.Mbappe burst onto the scene in the 2016-17 season, scoring 26 goals in 44 games for Ligue 1 side Monaco.Arsenal 9/1 to beat Bournemouth 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina His exploits sparked a flurry of enquiries for the 18-year-old, with PSG eventually beating the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City to his signature, signing him on an initial loan deal with the obligation to buy him for a fee of around €180 million.And Wenger has now confirmed that the teenager, who he believes could become the next Pele, was a target for the Gunners too, though the staggering numbers involved eventually saw Arsenal pull out of the race.”I wanted him too,” Wenger told Telefoot when asked about Mbappe. “But €180m is too much for us.”He could become the next Pele. He has no limits. He’s only 18 and is going to be stronger. He has a balanced game for a striker, he scores and gives the chance to score to his team-mates. It’s the quality of great players.”PSG also signed Neymar in the summer transfer window, and UEFA has opened a Financial Fair Play investigation against the club.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero McIlroy unhappy with fans attitudeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Sammy McIlroy is unhappy with the attitude of fans this season.Summer signing Fred has struggled to fire this season while Alexis Sanchez, who joined in January, continues to misfire.And McIlroy has appeared to suggest the reason why players haven’t settled in is because of the crowd’s demands over the playing style.”Manchester United have spent a lot of money. You go around and buy players and some who have come to Manchester United don’t hit it off right away because of the crowd and how they want [them] to play,” he told Love Sport Radio.”The pressure is on these players that come to the club. They find it sometimes takes a long time to get into their stride.”
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Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has lauded Jamaica’s first blind Senator and former Senate President, Dr. Floyd Morris, for his lifelong dedication to improving the lives of persons with disabilities.The Governor-General praised Dr. Morris for his tireless pursuit for excellence and commitment to civic duty, which has assisted in shaping public policy.“We celebrate his triumph over adversity, the power of faith, and the importance of an inclusive social outlook. This has helped to make an important contribution to public knowledge,” he said.The Governor-General was speaking at the launch of Senator Morris’ book, ‘By Faith, Not by Sight’ on November 7 at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters, Mona.He also congratulated Dr. Morris on his recent achievement of yet another milestone, earning his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the UWI. Dr. Morris received the PhD after defending his thesis titled: ‘Mediated Political Communication in Modern Jamaica: Cases of Michael Manley, Edward Seaga and Percival James Patterson’.The autobiography chronicles Dr. Morris’ life from his humble beginnings as a young boy growing up in rural St. Mary, his personal struggles in coming to terms with blindness when he lost his vision at age 20 from glaucoma, and his journey to the Senate where he championed the cause of persons in the disabled community as a Senator and as Junior Minister for Social Security.It is published by local publishing house, ImagiNation Books and is now available at Kingston Bookshop, University Bookshop, Sangster’s Book Store, Bookophilia and the audio edition is to be made available shortly.Meanwhile, guest speaker at the launch, former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P. J. Patterson, praised Dr. Morris for his work during his time as a Senator.He said Dr. Morris properly articulated the concerns of the persons with disabilities and assisted in bringing greater visibility to the issues related to disabilities.“He took charge of a subject within the Ministry and gave it day-to-day leadership as someone who understood the conceptual policies and programmes relating to those with disabilities and as one who knew the agony and awesome challenges of disability arising from his own experience. He ensured that this discourse was translated into political action,” Mr. Patterson said.In his response, Dr. Morris called for ongoing assistance for the disabled community.He suggested that the 2018 National Labour Day activities should focus on retrofitting one primary and high school in each constituency for access by disabled persons.“I am calling upon the nation to make sure that we place emphasis on educating our disabled population,” Dr. Morris said.Others offering commendation to Dr. Morris were Principal of the UWI, Professor Archibald McDonald; Managing Director of the RJR Group, Gary Allen; and Director of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), Professor Hopeton Dunn.Also attending the launch were several members of the Government, Opposition, the public service as well as former Prime Ministers, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, Mr. Bruce Golding and the Most Hon. Edward Seaga. Story Highlights Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has lauded Jamaica’s first blind Senator and former Senate President, Dr. Floyd Morris, for his lifelong dedication to improving the lives of persons with disabilities. The Governor-General praised Dr. Morris for his tireless pursuit for excellence and commitment to civic duty, which has assisted in shaping public policy. He also congratulated Dr. Morris on his recent achievement of yet another milestone, earning his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the UWI. Dr. Morris received the PhD after defending his thesis titled: ‘Mediated Political Communication in Modern Jamaica: Cases of Michael Manley, Edward Seaga and Percival James Patterson’.
Families throughout the Fundy region will have more opportunities to be active thanks to the province’s recreation facility development grant program. Nova Scotia Health Promotion is investing $22,450 in sport and recreation facilities in the region as part of a provincewide investment of $2.6 million. The grants will be used to build, upgrade and repair community physical recreation facilities. “Our goal is to get more people physically active throughout the province and ultimately improve the health of all Nova Scotians,” said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “Research tells us that people are more active when they have access to safe sport and recreation facilities.” Community groups work with health promotion staff to develop their projects and apply for funding. The recreation facility development grant program provides up to one-third of a project’s capital cost and communities are responsible for raising the rest. As a result of this investment, the province will see about $15-million worth of construction by 82 organizations. One of the grants awarded in the Fundy region will help the Enfield-Elmsdale and District Lions Club construct a community beach-volleyball court. “There are a number of private beach-volleyball courts throughout the local area but they are not open for general use,” said David Galbraith, the Lions Club project manager. “We have an increasing number of young people who want to play beach volleyball and we wanted to encourage their passion for the sport.” The proposed beach-volleyball court has been designed in co-operation with Volleyball Nova Scotia to ensure it is of regulation-quality. “Our main goal was to provide a rent-free regulation beach-volleyball court for the community,” said Mr. Galbraith. “We want to make sure all groups, young and old, can participate when they want without having to worry about rental fees.” Grants available through the recreation facility development program are provided based on common criteria, such as community need and benefits, the level of planning and preparation, stability and past success of the organization, and resourcefulness and partnerships resulting in other funding commitments. The grant program helps municipalities and community groups plan, construct, renovate, conserve or acquire facilities for public recreation purposes. Projects eligible for assistance include community centres, pools, sport facilities, parks, playgrounds, trails and other outdoor recreation facilities.
Four stories in the news for Wednesday, Nov. 14———CALGARIANS VOTE ‘NO’ ON 2026 OLYMPIC BIDThe results are in, and a majority of Calgarians are saying “no thanks” to a potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. The city conducted a non-binding plebiscite Tuesday to gauge public opinion on whether there is sufficient interest to submit a bid. Out of 304,774 total votes, 56 per cent (171,750 votes) said they don’t want the city to throw in its hat for the Games. The plebiscite’s result is non-binding on city council, which has the final say on whether Calgary will proceed with a bid. The results won’t be declared official until Friday. Council is expected to address the results Monday.———SENATE BILLS NEED OUTSIDE LOOK: TOP SENATOR The government’s representative in the Senate is urging senators to stop dragging their feet and create an independent body to oversee their expenses. Sen. Peter Harder is applying pressure six years after the Senate was engulfed by scandal over alleged improper expense claims and more than three years after the federal auditor general recommended an independent oversight body to help head off future problems. Harder says senators should not be judging the legitimacy of their fellow senators’ expense claims, as has been the practice.———NO TOUGHER STANCE ON SAUDI ARMS DEAL: FREELAND The federal government is showing no apparent signs of toughening its stance on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, even after Canada’s spy chief heard a recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Speaking to reporters Tuesday in Windsor, Ont., Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland reiterated Canada’s position that no new arms-export permits will be signed for Saudi Arabia as the Khashoggi case is being reviewed. Khashoggi’s killing last month at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Canada and renewed public outrage over Ottawa’s controversial $15-billion deal to sell light-armoured vehicles to the kingdom.———NASA BOSS FUELS SPACE-STATION SPECULATIONThe head of the U.S. space agency lauded Canada’s expertise in artificial intelligence in Ottawa on Tuesday, fuelling speculation that Canada will join its next bold venture to unlock the secrets of the moon. Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said he wants Canada’s decades-long space partnership with the U.S. to continue as it embarks on the creation of its new “Lunar Gateway” — the next-generation outpost the United States is planning to send into orbit around the moon.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The Bank of Canada will launch its new financial system hub. It will also publish highlights of its autumn financial system survey as well as new analysis examining Canada’s resilience to house-price corrections.— Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman make an announcement about habitat conservation in the Canadian Rockies.— United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney is scheduled to speak to the Edmonton chamber of commerce today.— Federal Tourism Minister Melanie Joly participates in roundtable discussions to help identify tourism potential in the North.The Canadian Press
Google says it forgot to mention that it included a microphone in a security product it began selling in 2017, but blames the omission on an error.When the company’s Nest Secure home alarm system hit the market, its product information didn’t mention a microphone.As recently as January, the product specs for the system’s Nest Guard hub, which controls home-alarm sensors, still didn’t include any indication of a microphone.Then, earlier in February, Google noted that its voice assistant feature would be available on the Nest Guard.Google said in a statement that the microphone wasn’t intended to be a secret and should have been disclosed.The company said people have to specifically turn on the microphone for it to be listening.Rachel Lerman, The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Marvel’s Avengers are back to save the world, and the box office.“Avengers: Endgame” arrives in theatres on April 26 with the conclusion of the fight between the galaxy’s greatest heroes and Thanos, who wiped out half of all life at the end of last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” It’s one of the year’s biggest releases, and one that many theatre owners are hoping will draw huge audiences after a sluggish start to the year at the box office.It is the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a collection of movies that kicked off with 2008’s “Iron Man.” Since then, Marvel films have earned $18.6 billion at the box office, with the four “Avengers” films accounting for nearly $5 billion of that haul. Seven of the films, including this year’s “Captain Marvel” and last year’s sensation “Black Panther,” have earned more than a billion dollars worldwide.The following is a look at how Marvel has built its cinematic juggernaut, with the film’s title, release date, domestic gross and total worldwide box office, as compiled by Comscore:___“Iron Man,” May 2008, $318.6 million, $582 million“The Incredible Hulk,” June 2008, $134.8 million, $263.3 million“Iron Man 2,” May 2010, $312.4 million, $623.7 million“Thor,” May 2010, $181 million, $448.7 million“Captain America: The First Avenger,” July 2011, $176.7 million, $371 million“Marvel’s The Avengers,” May 2012, $623.4 million, $1.52 billion“Iron Man 3,” May 2013, $409 million, $1.2 billion“Thor: The Dark World,” November 2013, $206.4 million, $645 million“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” April 2014, $260 million, $714.3 million“Guardians of the Galaxy,” August 2014, $333.2 million, $773.3 million“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” May 2015, $459 million, $1.4 billion“Ant-Man,” July 2015, $180.2 million, $519.3 million“Captain America: Civil War,” May 2016, $408.1 million, $1.15 billion“Doctor Strange,” May 2016, $232.6 million, $677.6 million“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” May 2017, $390 million, $863.6 million“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” July 2017, $334.2 million, $880.2 million“Thor: Ragnarok,” November 2017, $315 million, $854.2 million“Black Panther,” February 2018, $700 million, $1.3 billion“Avengers: Infinity War,” April 2018, $679 million, $2 billion“Ant-Man & The Wasp,” July 2018, $217 million, $623 million“Captain Marvel,” March 2019, $387 million; $1.06 billion___Source: ComscoreThe Associated Press
“There’s no way I would ever be party to a stealth attack on a sitting prime minister elected by the people,” he said. Kevin Rudd has resigned as Australian Foreign Minister, saying he will not be part of Labor’s leadership “soap opera” and effectively heading off any move to sack him.The former prime minister called a late-night press conference in Washington DC to announce his decision and left open the possibility of launching a leadership challenge from the backbench. “We all know that what happened then was wrong and it must never happen again.”Mr Rudd says he has had to conclude he no longer has the confidence of the Prime Minister following a string of public “attacks” from senior Gillard supporters.“When challenged today on these attacks Prime Minister Gillard chose not to repudiate them – I can only reluctantly conclude that she therefore shares these views,” he said. “There is one overriding question for my caucus colleagues, and that is who is best placed to defeat Tony Abbott at the next election.“Mr Abbott, I believe, does not have the temperament or the experience to ever be elected to hold the high office of prime minister of Australia. “The truth is the Australian people regard this whole affair as little better than a soap opera, and they are right, and under current circumstances I won’t be part of it,” he said. “The simple truth is that I cannot continue to serve as foreign minister if I do not have Prime Minister Gillard’s support. (ABC News) He had a pointed message for Labor MPs. “But at present, and for a long time now, he has been on track just to do that.”Mr Rudd says he will return home to Brisbane on Friday to consult with his family, community and colleagues about his future and announce his intentions before Parliament resumes on Monday.The former prime minister, who was ousted from the job by Julia Gillard in June 2010, denied he had been plotting a comeback.
Amendments to the faculty handbook were approved during Senate 604 held Jan. 16 and can be viewed online. A summary report of the meeting, which includes information on the amendments, is available online. Click to read the President’s Report of the meeting.
CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s highest court has upheld a government decision to fire a public servant who used a pseudonym to criticize government immigration policy on Twitter.The High Court’s seven judges on Wednesday unanimously overturned a lower court’s decision that Michaela Banerji’s dismissal was not reasonable and that public service rules around the use of social media and making public comments “unacceptably trespassed on the implied freedom of political communication.”The Community and Public Sector Union, which represents public servants, said the decision had serious implications for free speech and could potentially affect almost 2 million Australians who work for the federal, state and local governments.Banerji used the Twitter handle “LaLegale” to send more than 9,000 tweets in six years while she was a public servant.The Associated Press
Hans Haekkerup, head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), told journalists today that the comments in the Belgrade press did not “reflect the reality.” On the contrary, he had been meeting continuously with Kosovo political representatives and members of the international community on the Legal Framework, which outlines structures of provisional self-government. “By the end of the week, we will take stock of where we are and then finish the work,” Mr. Haekkerup said, stressing his intention to include some of the Serb-proposed recommendations in the final document. Mr. Haekkerup stressed that guarantees in the document ensure the protection of minority interests. “We have been building a lot of guarantees for minorities and groups, so that it will be difficult for a majority to overrule a minority in a non-acceptable way,” he said. The document provides for an elected assembly to make decisions and pass laws in fields as varied as social welfare, health, education, the environment, agriculture, industry and trade. Mr. Haekkerup stressed that the Legal Framework would be an important step towards self-government, but would not deal with the final settlement, on which the document was “neutral.” The Framework should, however, facilitate a final political settlement, he said.
by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2013 11:01 am MDT US sales of previously occupied homes edged up in January to second-highest level in 3 years WASHINGTON – U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose in January to the second-highest level in three years, a sign that the housing market is sustaining its recovery and helping bolster the economy.The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales rose 0.4 per cent in January compared with December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.92 million. That was the second-highest sales pace since November 2009, when a temporary home buyer tax credit had boosted sales.The median price for a home sold in January was $173,600, a 12.3 per cent increase from a year ago.Analysts say purchases would be higher if more homes were available. The supply of homes for sale dropped to nearly an eight-year low in January.The 1.74 million previously owned homes for sale at the end of January represented a 4.2-month supply at January’s sales pace. That’s the lowest supply since April 2008.Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the Realtors, said sellers normally begin listing homes in February in advance of the spring buying season. But he said this increase might not be enough to alleviate the tight supply.The inventory of homes for sale is 25.3 per cent below the level a year ago, when there was a 6.2-month supply of unsold homes.In December, sales declined to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.9 million from 4.96 million in November, according to revised figures released Thursday. The December drop was linked, in part, to the tight supply of homes.For all of 2012, sales rose to 4.66 million, according to revised estimates. That was 9.4 per cent more than in 2011 and the most since 2007. But even with the gain, sales were below the 5.5 million that economists associate with a healthy market.Analysts foresee further gains this year. Steady hiring and near-record-low mortgage rates have helped boost sales and prices in most markets. Still, sales are being held back by the low supply.First-time buyers, who are critical to a housing recovery, made up only 30 per cent of sales in January, unchanged from December. That’s well below the 40 per cent typical in a healthy market.And since the housing bubble burst more than six years ago, banks have imposed tighter credit standards and required larger down payments. Those policies have left many would-be buyers unable to qualify for super-low mortgage rates.The average U.S. rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage is 3.56 per cent. That’s near the 3.31 per cent reached in November, the lowest on records dating to 1971.Rising demand for homes is encouraging builders to step up production. In January, builders started construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 890,000 homes. That was down from December but was still the third-highest pace since mid-2008 and nearly 24 per cent above the level a year ago.And applications for building permits, a sign of future construction, rose in January to their highest point since June 2008.Sales rose in January in all parts of the country except the West, the region that’s being hampered the most by the shortage of homes for sale. In the West, sales fell 5.7 per cent. Sales rose 4.8 per cent in the Northeast, 3.6 per cent in the Midwest and 1 per cent in the South. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Price of crude oil rises slightly on closure of Houston Ship Channel Pumpjacks at work pumping crude oil near Halkirk, Alta., June 20, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 24, 2014 3:22 pm MDT The price of oil edged higher Monday as traders waited to see how long a key transit route in the Gulf of Mexico would be closed following an oil spill there.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery rose 14 cents to close at US$99.60 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties, slipped 11 cents to US$106.81 a barrelOn Saturday, a barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of heavy oil collided with a ship in the Houston Ship Channel, spilling as much as 636,000 litres into one of the world’s busiest waterways. More than 80 ships have been forced to wait to enter or leave the bay.Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates, said the oil prices could shoot higher if the waterway isn’t open by the end of the week.Soft Chinese economic data kept a lid on prices Monday. The preliminary version of HSBC’s purchasing managers’ index for China showed manufacturing dropped to an eight-month low, while factory output shrank at the fastest pace in 18 months.Some investors bet the data would spur China to introduce economic stimulus measures to prevent a deeper slowdown in the world’s No. 2 economy.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell two cents to US$2.89 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil dropped one cent to US$2.91 a gallon and natural gas lost four cents to US$4.28 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE)