Home Builders Check In April 16, 2019 1,530 Views Share Home builder confidence moved up slightly in April, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose one point to 63 in April, and the NAHB notes that sentiment levels have remained in the low 60s for the past three months.Builders report solid demand for new single-family homes but they are also grappling with affordability concerns stemming from a chronic shortage of construction workers and buildable lots,” said NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde.“Ongoing job growth, favorable demographics and a low-interest rate environment will help to modestly spark sales growth in the near term,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “However, supply-side headwinds that are putting upward pressure on housing costs will limit more robust growth in the housing market.”Builder confidence hit a high of 70 in May 2018, but has stayed in the 60s and high 50s since. However, the Index’s Present Single Family Sales component has remained slightly higher in the past year, with a slight decline to 61 in December 2018. The NAHB’s Present Single Family Sales Index component for April is 71.The HMI index gauging current sales conditions increased one point to 69, and the component measuring traffic of prospective buyers rose three points to 47. The measure charting sales expectations in the next six months fell one point to 71.By region, the Midwest saw the biggest month over month gain, up to 56 from March’s Index score of 49. The West lead with the highest index score, at 72 in April. Year over year, however, the West has dropped from 76.Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the Northeast posted a three-point gain to 51, the Midwest increased two points to 53, and the South was up one point to 67. The West remained unchanged at 69.Find more about the NAHB/Wells Fargo HMI here. builders Confidence Construction Home Builders National Association of Home Builders Wells Fargo 2019-04-16 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination
You might also be interested in ‘World’s first’ automatic mango harvester develope … September 23 , 2018 The Australian strawberry industry has been dealt another blow after the needle tampering scandal spread to a punnet of fruit in New Zealand over the weekend.New Zealand supermarket chain Countdown, which is owned by Australian group Woolworths, has withdrawn the Choice brand of Australian strawberries after a customer in Auckland found needles in the product.The fruit was sourced from Western Australia, on the opposite side of the country to where the crisis began in Southeast Queensland. It is not yet clear where the contamination occurred in the supply chain.”At Countdown we take food safety very seriously and we have withdrawn any remaining Choice strawberries from sale from Countdown, SuperValue and FreshChoice supermarkets while we investigate this with our suppliers,” Countdown said in a statement.”Customers can return any Choice brand of strawberries they may have at home to Countdown for peace of mind and a full refund.”As an extra precaution and following similar advice from public health authorities in Australia, customers should cut up any Australian strawberries before eating them.”The chain emphasized there had been no reports of illness or injury in New Zealand, and that it was in contact with both New Zealand and Australian authorities as they investigate this matter.”This does not affect New Zealand strawberries which are now on our shelves,” the chain clarified. Australia: Costa Group upbeat for 2019 despite pro … Australian veggie exports jump in 2018 … After the scandal hit, Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources enforced interim control measures for strawberry exports with a “nil tolerance” approach to metal contaminants.In a statement given to Freshfruitportal.com, a spokesperson for the department said New Zealand authorities were investigating the report, and “at this stage it is unverified”.”This product would have been exported before the stronger export control requirements were implemented and enforced,” the spokesperson said.”The Department is confident these stronger measures are managing the risk and providing assurances to trading partners.”On Friday, police in South Australia charged an Adelaide man for making a false report about purchasing contaminated strawberries from a metropolitan supermarket. The 34-year-old is set to appear before the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Oct. 24. “Police wish to advise the public that serious penalties apply for making false claims to police, in particular, in relation to recent fruit contamination,” South Australia Police said. The news comes after a massive demonstration of support for the industry from the Australian public, with the Queensland strawberry industry and produce association Growcom thanking everyone for the “strawberry love”.”Growers have been overwhelmed by the community support,” the strawberry industry association and Growcom said in a joint statement.”Be aware that it may take a little time for supply to be back to normal so don’t be angry if you see empty shelves, some other enthusiastic strawberry lover has just beaten you to it.” Australia ag robotics startup Agerris raises US$4. …
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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share Make no mistake, if the Cards are going to run the ball more and get Andre Ellington touches, their defense has got to keep them in games and not allow opponents to get leads and make Carson & Co. one dimensional. But if Todd Bowles’ defense continues to play the way they have in the first half of the season, B.A. will continue to pound the ball more and more.B.A. is an excellent coach with a great offensive mind; he does like to throw the ball and he is dogmatic…but he’s not delusional. – / 18 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Carson Palmer pick occurred at the 5:47 mark of the first quarter. From that point forward, Big Red had 50 more snaps and threw the ball only 13 times. Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor became the focal point of the offense. Much of this had to do with the success the Cards were having on the ground, but maybe there was something more? I think it’s very possible that B.A. had an epiphany: he can’t keep putting his defense in bad situations and expect to win games. Palmer has thrown 14 interceptions, and many of them have led to points for opposing offenses. The defense has been very good all year. Not only have they done an excellent job creating turnovers, shutting down the run and holding teams to minimal points on sudden change, where the offense turns the ball over and the defense is right back on the field, but they have proven to be the strength of this team. And Bruce Arians will be the first one to admit it. There was another interesting byproduct that came out of channeling Lombardi: Carson Palmer started playing well. He was truly in a three-dimensional offense. And Palmer rallied himself — as he has a few times this season. He played much better the rest of the way. He threw two touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd that were as good as you could execute. He settled down and managed the game. And maybe this is the type of offense he needs to be in at this point of his career? Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Many coaches fall into the trap of their system, their philosophy, their belief about the style of football they wish to play and see any deviation from that dogma as capitulation.That’s why I was so impressed with B.A. on Sunday. He morphed into Vince Lombardi.The Cardinals started the game by throwing the ball five times in their first eight plays from scrimmage. Then, Carson Palmer threw a bad pick to Asante Samuel that resulted in three points for Atlanta. From that point forward, everything changed and B.A. called the game more like Marty Schottenheimer than the gunslinger that he is. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Fitzgerald suffered the injury while trying to recover a Titans’ onside kick late in the fourth quarter of the contest. Though initially possessing the ball, a vicious, mid-air hit jarred it from Fitzgerald’s grip and the Titans recovered. FOX cameras showed a visibly shaken up Fitzgerald on the sidelines immediately after the play, and the receiver headed to the locker room shortly after. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires On Monday, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians updated the media regarding the status of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who reportedly suffered a concussion in Sunday’s 37-34 overtime win versus the Tennessee Titans.“He passed whatever tests he needed to pass to come out of the stadium,” the coach said. “But that’s still a long ways to go from being cleared.”Information was not immediately available following the game, but the receiver, himself, tweeted that he’d return “ASAP”. Great win today @AZCardinals! Thx for the love & support my friends I will bounce back ASAP.— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) December 16, 2013 – / 20
Comments Share You’ve got 10 minutes — good luck! Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals rolled to a 28-3 win over the New York Jets on Monday Night Football, fueled by a star performance from running back David Johnson.The second-year player ran for 111 yards and three touchdowns in only his second Monday Night appearance. It got us to thinking — what players have scored the most touchdowns in the 46-year history of Monday Night Football?That’s your Trivia Tuesday challenge this week; to name all 28 players who have scored ten or more times on MNF. Included as hints are the position of each player and the range of years they appeared in Monday night games.
https://twitter.com/CauldronICYMI/status/792816473404153856Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has uncommon speed for a player listed at 224 pounds.He also, apparently, has incredible leaping ability.Johnson took a screen pass from Carson Palmer against the Carolina Panthers and had defensive back Robert McClain bearing down on him. So what’d he do?With little time to do much else after he made the difficult catch, Johnson hurdled the diving McClain from a near stand-still. Air @DavidJohnson31 takes flight. pic.twitter.com/uRAcqtHsvW— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 30, 2016 Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson (31) hurdles Carolina Panthers’ Robert McClain (27) in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) He proceeded to earn a first down on a 14-yard gain thanks to a side-stepping move to avoid a second would-be tackler, linebacker Luke Kuechly, and then finished a few extra yards with some power when he met a pack of Carolina defenders.Here’s a full replay of the entire play — plus a solid still-shot capturing Johnson’s leap. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires A slow-mo look at @DavidJohnson31’s hurdle! https://t.co/fsSlga2ixJ— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 30, 2016 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
— Karlos Dansby received a veteran’s day off, allowing Martin to run with the first-team defense.— After practice, Chandler Jones sprinted out of the stadium to catch a flight to Anaheim to watch his older brother Jon fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 214. Several teammates, including Frostee Rucker, took to Twitter to offer their support using the hashtag #TeamJones.Injury updateThe sleeve Bethel was spotted wearing on his left knee at practice Friday was because he had hyperextended it the day before, according to head coach Bruce Arians.The injury is not considered serious.“It should be just a couple of days, but we’ll be careful with it,” Arians said.Joining Bethel on the sidelines during the “Red & White Practice” were cornerback Bouka (ankle), wide receiver John Brown (quad), wide receiver Aaron Dobson (hamstring), linebacker Alani Fua (knee) and defensive tackle Ed Stinson (hamstring). Dollar linebacker Deone Bucannon (ankle) remains on the physically unable to perform list and linebacker Jarvis Jones (quad) on the non-football injury list.Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald flips the ball in the air after making a long gain on a pass reception during NFL football training camp Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “That’s always one of the most competitive drills because of the situation, short-yardage and really good-on-good; you know, who’s the best. I think we got a good mix: the offense won some, defense won some. Of course, I’d like to see more defense but I think that’s a good sign for the team,” defensive tackle Corey Peters said.Six weeks still remain before the season opener at Detroit, but Saturday provided the 2017 Cardinals their first game-like atmosphere.“You come out and you got a lot of fans. Hitting is live, so you’re playing real football. It’s kind of like that first real taste of the preseason,” right tackle Jared Veldheer said.Prior to practice, team president Michael Bidwill recognized Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson and Patrick Peterson for their 2016 Pro Bowl selections, presenting each with their own framed jersey.Zamort moves up depth chart before being carted offWhen it comes time for fans and the media to discuss the competition for the starting cornerback position opposite Peterson, one name is often left out and that’s Ronald Zamort.“I ain’t even know you was all talking,” he said, a big smile on his face prior to practice.People are now. For the second straight practice, with Bethel unavailable, Zamort received reps with the first-team defense, ahead of Brandon Williams, whom many had thought was Bethel’s backup.“Whatever you want to read into it. He’s playing with the first team instead of Brandon,” Arians said, adding about the 25-year-old Zamort. “Ronnie’s having a hell of a camp. He had a good camp last year, went right to the wire (as far as making the team). He’s better outside; he was more of a nickel last year. But he’s really worked himself into the outside rotation and is really solid. He’s having a great camp.”All of this, however, was before a scary moment midway through practice when Zamort had to be carted off the field with what appeared to be a right leg injury.After not being added to the final 53-man roster in 2016, Zamort went back to Western Michigan University — where he played in college — and got a job as a youth counselor at a detention center. It’s where he was working when the Cardinals called and signed him to the practice squad in Week 16.The Cardinals brought him back this season on a futures contract.Listed at 5-10 and 174-pounds, Zamort believes his improved technique, ability to defend bigger receivers and overall confidence level are just some of the reasons why he’s moved up the depth chart. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. – The energy and intensity picked up in Saturday’s practice, the seventh of Arizona Cardinals training camp. Of course, that was to be expected with the annual “Red & White Practice,” which typically attracts the largest crowd of camp.More than 25,000 fans — the second straight year the Cardinals eclipsed that mark — filled the lower bowl inside University of Phoenix Stadium to watch what was a two-plus hour full-padded practice that featured goal line work and the first live tackling of camp. “It means a lot,” he said, regarding running with the first team. “It’s a humbling experience just to be out there to compete day in and day out.”With Zamort’s injury, though, and cornerbacks Justin Bethel and Elie Bouka already on the sidelines, there’s more uncertainty than ever surrounding the position.Notable— Twice in three goal line plays the first-team offense scored on the second-team defense; both touchdowns were run in by Kerwynn Williams.— The first-team defense allowed one touchdown and prevented the second-team defense from scoring two other times, including a nice open-field tackle by Gabe Martin on Gerald Christian, who had caught a short swing-pass to the right.— Several loud collisions were heard once the tackling started, though none of them involved Johnson on the field; he was a spectator during that portion of practice.— Fans saved their loudest reaction for whenever Fitzgerald caught a pass, which he did several times for touchdowns.— Early in 11-on-11 drills, the offense ran several end-around plays with either Jaron Brown or J.J. Nelson.— The one big defensive play in practice was Peterson’s interception of Carson Palmer on ball tipped by Tyvon Branch; the pass was intended for Brown. 3 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Accor is set to build on its stock of New Zealand hotels under its Sofitel brand, to give it four properties in the country.SO Sofitel Auckland is set to open in early 2018 in the redeveloped Reserve Bank building, when it will become the first SO Sofitel in the Pacific region. Located on Customs Street in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, it will have 130 rooms with a bold avant-garde design and views across the Waitemata Harbour.Club rooms all have balconies and access to Club Signature, which has its own al fresco terrace and bar. The rooftop Hi-SO bar will complement the French restaurant and will offer an extensive menu of champagne, wine and cocktails. Other facilities will include a state-of-the-art SO Fit gym, indoor lap pool and SO Spa.Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa has unveiled its opulent Penthouse No. 10. With the latest technology, a private movie theatre and large patio with six-person Jacuzzi, it also offers sweeping views of Lake Wakatipu. The hotel’s expanded facilities also include the elegant 1789 Wine & Jazz Lounge, next to the Club Lounge.Following its temporary closure late last year, Sofitel Wellington is expected to reopen in October. Located in the heart of Wellington’s business/government hub, the hotel was the New Zealand capital’s first internationally branded five-star hotel to open in 20 years.
To celebrate National Cask Ale Week 2009 (6-13th April), Skyscanner takes a look at the world’s biggest beer drinking nations. Pack your pint glass and become a beer tourist in the planet’s best places to sample nature’s nectar.1. Czech Republic (beer consumption per capita: 156.9 litres) – in at the top spot, it’s the Czechs who down 156.9 litres of the amber nectar per capita every year! Known worldwide for beers such as Pilsner Urquell and Budvar – the original Budweiser, it’s perhaps not surprising the Czechs drink so much of the stuff.Skyscanner favourite beer: Staropramen.Find flights to Czech Republic 2. Ireland (131.1 litres) – home to many great brews, including Guinness, one of the biggest beer brands around, it’s no big surprise that the Irish are big on beer. Be sure to visit Dublin’s Guinness Brewery to learn how the black gold is brewed, see their famous advertising campaigns and of course enjoy your free sample.Skyscanner favourite beer: Kilkenny.Find cheap flights to Ireland 3. Germany (115.8 litres) – Oktoberfest, which actually begins in September, is Germany’s biggest celebration of beer, but the Germans are big drinkers all year round, consuming 115.8 litres per capita annually. There are many styles to choose from: try a Bavarian Weissbeer (white beer), Rauchbier (smoked beer) or if you’re tough enough – bock, a strong lager over 6.4% alcohol – prost!Skyscanner favourite beer: Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse.Find cheap flights to Germany 4. Australia (109.9 litres) – the Aussies love a cold ‘stubbie’, but regional brand loyalty is very strong Down Under, meaning that many stick to the beer of their home state (for example, Queenslanders drink Castlemaine XXXX, Victorians drink Victoria Bitter etc). However, the numbers of microbrewers are growing, especially in cosmopolitan city areas, where a much wider range of beer is on offer.Skyscanner favourite beer: Tooheys New.Find cheap flights to Australia5. Austria (108.3 litres) – Austrian beer isn’t world renowned, but in Vienna it’s all about the microbreweries. The most famous is the Schweizerhaus in the Vienna Prater, but the pub ‘1516’ in the city centre (named after the year of origin of the ‘Reinheitsgebot’ beer purity law) and ‘7 Sterne Bräu’ near the big Mariahilferstraße shopping street come highly recommended.Skyscanner favourite beer: Zwickel Bier.Find cheap flights to Austria6. UK (99 litres) – though lager is readily available in the UK, it’s real ale that Britain does best. Available in thousands of varieties, real ale is brewed from traditional ingredients and allowed to mature naturally in the barrel, resulting in a rich tasting beer with great character.Skyscanner favourite beer: Deuchars IPA. Find cheap flights to the UK7. Belgium (93 litres) – said to comprise the most diverse national collection of beer in the world, it’s little wonder that Belgiums rank in the world’s top 10 biggest beer drinkers. From pale ale, to Flemish red, to fruit flavoured brews and monastic ales, Belgium’s long standing brewing experience and experimentation means they are held as perhaps the greatest beer nation on earth.Skyscanner favourite beer: Duvel.Find cheap flights to Belgium8. Denmark (89.9 litres) – the Danish beer market is dominated by pale lager which accounts for 95% of total sales, but a microbrewery explosion since the turn of the millennium means that Denmark now has one of the most exciting beer cultures in Europe.Skyscanner favourite beer: Tuborg.Find cheap flights to Denmark9. Finland (85 litres) – not a country known for its beer, but the relatively recent relaxation of alcohol laws in Finland has led to an explosion of craft beers and microbreweries. The Helsinki beer festival in April offers over 400 different beers for boozers to try.Skyscanner favourite beer: Karhu.Find cheap flights to Finland10. Luxembourg (84.4 litres) – perhaps an unexpected result, but even though Luxembourg is tiny, it has at least seven breweries and has plenty of good brews for the beer tourist to try, mostly influenced by the brewing styles of their German neighbours.Skyscanner favourite beer: Bofferding.Find cheap flights to Luxembourg_World’s biggest beer drinkers measured in beer consumed (in litres) per capita per country according to research by Kirin Holdings._ ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedCape Town tipples: The best breweries and distilleries to visitArtisan community transforming Cape Town’s industrial heart – Pick the perfect craft beer to go with your burger – Find out where to try uniquely South African botanically-infused gin – Choose the best distillery tours and beer-making workshops7 cities where you’ll find the cheapest beer in EuropeFrom cheap ales in Budapest to free wine in Paris, in honour of National Beer Day (15th June) we’ve got seven ideas for city breaks in Europe where your pounds will buy you more pints. 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