Insularité et biodiversité : les contraintes environnementales limitent le nombre d’espècesPubliée le 21 décembre dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, une étude américaine sur les lézards des Caraïbes confirme l’intuition de chercheurs des années 1960, selon laquelle la riche biodiversité des milieux isolés comme les îles ne peut toutefois dépasser un certain seuil.C’est davantage sur l’analyse statistique de séquences d’ADN que sur l’étude de fossiles que Daniel Rabosky, de l’Université de Berkeley (Californie) et Richard Glor, de l’Université de Rochester (New York), se sont appuyés pour retracer l’évolution des lézards aux Caraïbes, en termes de spéciation, à savoir apparition de nouvelles espèces.À lire aussiQuand un homme partage son déjeuner avec… des dizaines de lézards”La diversité est corrélée à la taille de l’habitat géographique. En général, plus grand est le secteur, plus grand est le nombre d’espèces. Par exemple, il y a 60 espèces de lézards du genre Anolis sur Cuba, mais seulement (…) 6 en Jamaïque et 10 sur Porto Rico”, dit Richard Glor. Ils ont constaté que la diversification des espèces de lézards, dans les quatre îles des Caraïbes, a atteint un plateau il y a des millions d’années, et s’est arrêtée.La nouvelle étude confirme – sur une échelle de temps de millions d’années – la théorie de la biogéographie insulaire, établie – à l’échelle de quelques milliers d’années – par les écologistes Robert MacArthur et E.O. Wilson, dans les années 1960 : dans les habitats limités, la biodiversité est riche, mais l’augmentation du nombre d’espèces s’arrête à un seuil d’équilibre, dicté par les contraintes environnementales. Une idée qui avait été controversée ces dernières années. Le 26 décembre 2010 à 18:14 • Emmanuel Perrin
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum wants his club players to retain their confidence after they were defeated 2-1by Manchester City.The Dutch player wants to ensure over confidence doesn’t affect their next game nor the zeal that carried them to the Premier League summit.The Reds were defeated last Thursday for the first time in the division this season as goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane gave the hosts three points.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I think we did enough to get a point and we could have won it also,” Wijnaldum told the club’s official website after the final whistle at Etihad Stadium.“We were quite unlucky with the chances but we also could lose it – like we have now. We just have to keep the confidence and try to win the next game.“They cleared well and we hit the post. They also had two or three chances so it could have gone either way; we could have won, drawn or lost. At the end, we were unlucky and they won the game.”
See what Italian manager Antonio Conte had to say in regards to his failed transfer to Real Madrid, he sounded relieved to remain without a job.Now that Italian manager Antonio Conte is free from a job and enjoying life, he offered an interview in which he spoke about that failed Real Madrid transfer that created so much controversy right after leaving the Blues.Right around the time when Julen Lopetegui was going through the complicated moment, several reports from the Spanish media suggested that Italian manager Antonio Conte was one of the biggest candidates to replace the Spaniard.Other options for Los Blancos were Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino, but Florentino Perez liked Conte the most and he was trying to do everything to bring him to the Spanish giants.The main problem with Conte coming to Real Madrid was very simple to understand, the players didn’t like the idea of having another disciplinarian coaching them and most of the important elements within the squad explained their reasoning behind the negative response.Captain Sergio Ramos even sent Conte a message by telling him that “respect has to be earned” after a journalist asked him if he would be okay with a manager like Conte taking over the club, we hadn’t heard a response from the Italian until now.🚨 Conte admite que hubo contactos con el Madrid🗣 “Prefiero trabajar desde el inicio”https://t.co/xL0BuFH5t5— AS (@diarioas) January 31, 2019In an interview to Gazzetta dello Sport, Antonio Conte spoke about life away from football and how managing Real Madrid would’ve been like.Turns out the Italian is not currently interested in going back to the life anytime soon, he is currently expecting for the transfer window to start next summer and evaluate the options he has to continue his career.Any rumor of him being linked to any club is currently false, but we all wanted to know what he thought about coaching Real Madrid.“Going to Madrid at that moment was a “hot potato”, it was too risky for my career,” said Conte on a fragment from the interview picked up by Diario AS.“There actually was a chance to go but I don’t like going in during mid-season. I prefer to start my work from the very beginning.”“My future? You won’t see me popping up anywhere until the summer, that is for sure. I preferred and still prefer to wait until June.”“People talk about Internazionale Milano but those are just rumors, there hasn’t been any contact what so ever.”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“As a manager, I have always lived the transfer window very relaxed. Generally, we always tend to close the deal on the last day of the transfer window but we also know that’s the most adrenaline-packed day for everyone,” he added.#Conte: “#Inter? Zero contatti. Fino a giugno resto fermo” https://t.co/Twrnn4umxc pic.twitter.com/eDf828A0ZS— LaGazzettadelloSport (@Gazzetta_it) January 31, 2019Up until that time he started his second year at Chelsea, Antonio Conte was highly considered among the top managers in the world of football.The former Juventus player began his career in Italian football with his first job at Barezzo, then he managed Bari, Atalanta, Siena, and eventually moved to Juventus.With the Vecchia Signora, Conte became a renowned manager after winning the Serie A and winning three consecutive Scudetto titles before getting the Italian manager’s seat.The man coached Italy through the 2016 European Championship knowing that he was going to manage Chelsea right after the tournament, his actions were roughly criticized by the media from his country.The first season for the Blues was spectacular as he took the squad all the way to winning the Premier League that season, but the players quickly grew tired of him and started having strong disagreements with the manager.Conte soon started having erratic behavior in front of the cameras, he clearly pushed for his own dismissal and has been a free agent ever since.#Conte sotto la sede dell’ #Inter “Contatti? No comment…” https://t.co/OoZ0WZ9Oaf #serieA #inter pic.twitter.com/gq4ioeIXdy— LaGazzettadelloSport (@Gazzetta_it) January 31, 2019Which club would you like Antonio Conte to manage next? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
MIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – All southbound lanes on the Palmetto Expressway in Miami Lakes will be shut down for construction.The lane closures are expected to take place from 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday, between Northwest 154th Street and Gratigny Parkway.Motorists are advised to follow detour signs in the area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILMINGTON, MA — At this Saturday’s Town Election, three candidates — MJ Byrnes (incumbent), Jesse Fennelly and David Ragsdale — will vie for two seats on the Wilmington School Committee.Have you been paying attention to the race? If not, Wilmington Apple has you covered!Read Campaign Announcements:Wilmington School Committee Member MJ Byrnes Announces Re-Election BidJesse Fennelly Announces He’s Running For Wilmington School CommitteeDavid Ragsdale Announces He’s Running For Wilmington School CommitteeRead Weekly Candidate Q&As:School Committee Candidates Discuss HomeworkSchool Committee Candidates Discuss School SafetySchool Committee Candidates Discuss District’s Areas Of ImprovementsSchool Committee Candidates Discuss Their DifferencesSchool Committee Candidates Discuss Year #1 Accomplishments, Responsiveness To ConstituentsRead Letters To The Editor/Endorsements:MJ ByrnesFormer School Committee Member Endorses Byrnes & RagsdaleByrnes Is “Dedicated, Caring, Involved & Present” At A School Committee MemberByrnes Has A “Tenacity To Do What’s Right”Mother & Daughter Endorse Byrnes For School CommitteeJesse FennellyFormer Wilmington State Rep. Endorses Fennelly For School CommitteeFennelly Will Seek Input From Parents Before Making Key Decisions, Use Skills From His Time At State HouseDavid RagsdaleDeparting School Committee Member Manny Mulas Endorses David RagsdaleFormer School Committee Member Endorses Byrnes & RagsdaleRagsdale Is “Thorough In His Work And Wise In His Decision Making”Watch WCTV Candidate Conversations:VIDEO: School Committee Member MJ Byrnes Discusses Her Re-Election Bid With WCTVVIDEO: Candidate Jesse Fennelly Discusses His Run For School Committee With WCTVVIDEO: Candidate David Ragsdale Discusses His Run For School Committee With WCTVWatch WCTV Candidates Night (with Recap):SCHOOL COMMITTEE CANDIDATES DEBATE: Byrnes, Fennelly & Ragsdale Debate The Issues (with VIDEO)Read Coverage From Crier, Advocate, Patch, SunProfile: For Byrnes, School Committee Is A Full-Time Job (Wilmington Patch)Profile: Fennelly Wants To Be Your Voice On School Committee (Wilmington Patch)Profile: Ragsdale Brings Classroom Experience To Race (Wilmington Patch)Profile: Fennelly wants School seat (Wilmington Town Crier)Profile: Ragsdale helped fine new supt., now seeks school seat (Wilmington Town Crier)Profile: Wilmington school race widens (Lowell Sun)Profile: David Ragsdale joins race for Board (Lowell Sun)Debate Recap: Wilmington School hopefuls debate (Lowell Sun)Read Lowell Sun’s EndorsementTo Be AnnouncedCandidates On Facebook:Mary Jane “MJ” Byrnes For Wilmington School CommitteeJesse Fennelly For Wilmington School CommitteeDavid Ragsdale For Wilmington School CommitteePast Campaign Events:School Committee Candidate David Ragsdale Invites Voters To ‘Meet & Greet’ On March 17Polls will be open this Saturday, April 28, from 8am to 8pm, at the Boutwell Early Childhood Center, Wildwood Early Childhood Center, and Town Hall. Not sure where you vote? Click HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”Special Education PAC Chair Jo Newhouse Appointed To Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE RACE Q&A: Fennelly, Ragsdale & Byrnes Discuss What They Want To Accomplish In Year #1, How They’ll Be Responsive To ResidentsIn “Education”
Amitabh Bachchan’s health deteriorated.InstagramAmitabh Bachchan cancelled the weekly meet with his fans at Jalsa house as his health deteriorated on Sunday.Big B every Sunday greets his fans from Jalsa gate since past 36 years. However, the actor was forced to cancel the routine meet and greet session as he is suffering from body ache.Amitabh informed his fans about it on his blog, and also asked them not to worry. “Ef and others .. not doing the Sunday Darshan to day .. in bed .. pain .. inform all .. nothing to worry, but unable to come out .. [sic],” he wrote in his blog.Although the veteran actor’s health issue is not clear, his blog post suggests it is something severe. Nonetheless, we wish speedy rec0very for Amitabh.On the work front, Amitabh was last seen in critically and commercially acclaimed film Badla that also featured Taapsee Pannu. The film became a big hit. He is currently busy with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer Brahmastra.While the film was supposed to be released on this year December, it has now been pushed to summer 2020 due to pending VFX work.
Prothom Alo fiel photoTwo Rohingya refugees, including a child, were killed in an attack by elephants in a reserved forest in Ukhia early Monday.The police said the victims were identified as Shamsul Alam, 55, who came from Fakirabazar area of Rakhine, Myanmar, and three-year-old Syedul Amin.A group of stray elephants attacked some Rohingya people who took shelter in Madhupara reserved forest near Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp, the police quoting local people said.Most of the people managed to escape the attack but Shamsul Alam and Syedul Amin were trampled to death by the elephants. They died on the spot.More than 200,000 Rohingya refugees have taken shelter in Kutupalong, according to officer-in-charge of Ukhia police station Abul Khair.Forest department official Md Ali Kabir told Prothom Alo that the desperate refugees are trying to take shelter even by felling trees. Thats why, they are becoming victims of attack by elephants, he said referring to death of another Rohingya refugee earlier.
These are the 17 teams in the 2K League: Philadelphia 76ers’ 76ers GC; Portland Trail Blazers’ Blazer5 Gaming; Milwaukee Bucks’ Bucks Gaming; Cleveland Cavaliers’s Cavs Legion GC; Boston Celtics’ Celtics Crossover Gaming; Memphis Grizzlies’ Grizz Gaming; Miami Heat’s Heat Check Gaming; Utah Jazz’s Jazz Gaming; Sacramento Kings’ Kings Guard Gaming; New York Knicks’ Knicks Gaming; Orlando Magic’s Magic Gaming; Dallas Mavericks’ Mavs Gaming; Indiana Pacers’ Pacers Gaming; Detroit Pistons’ Pistons GT; Toronto Raptors’ Raptors Uprising GC; Golden State Warriors’ Warriors Gaming Squad; and Washington Wizards’ Wizards District Gaming. Throughout the NBA 2K League’s season, teams will be competing for $1 million prize money across three tournaments and playoffs. The 15-week regular season will begin on May 1, comprising 12 weeks of matchups and three weeks of tournaments. All 17 teams will compete in a minimum of 19 games, including 14 regular-season games and three additional tournaments.“Twitch shares our innovative spirit and commitment to putting the gaming community first,” said NBA 2K League managing director Brendan Donohue, who was previously the NBA’s SVP of team marketing and business operations. He called the video-streaming service “the ideal home to provide our passionate 2K, NBA and esports fans around the world with the opportunity to catch all the excitement of our inaugural season.”The deal comes after Twitch last December landed a deal to live-stream up to six games weekly from the NBA G League, the league’s official minor league. Those broadcasts feature interactive elements and the opportunity for Twitch broadcasters to provide their own commentary on the G League action.The 17 teams of the NBA 2K League are owned by existing NBA franchises. Each team has a roster of six players (for 102 total). Twitch will live-stream up to 199 games throughout the ’18 season, including weekly matchups during the regular season; three in-season tournaments; best-of-three playoffs, to be held Aug. 17-18; and the best-of-three NBA 2K League Finals on Aug. 25. The live streams will include live commentary and analysis from talent (to be announced) and additional league updates.The NBA 2K League made its live premiere on Twitch earlier this month with the league’s inaugural draft on April 4 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced the selection by the Dallas Mavericks’ Mavs Gaming of Artreyo Boyd (“Dimez”) as the first overall pick.Twitch said it will work with the NBA to build enhanced features for the 2K League broadcasts, such as interactive custom overlays. The social-streaming company says it has more than 15 million daily active users.“From video games to real games, the NBA continues to innovate around basketball when it comes to engaging with the Twitch community,” said Justin Dellario, Twitch’s head of sports programs. “By partnering with Twitch for the NBA 2K League, that pioneering spirit will continue to be reflected when we elevate this latest entry to the world of competitive gaming with interactive features and our global stage.” Popular on Variety A lineup of nearly 200 games in the NBA’s fledgling hoops esports league this year is coming to Twitch.The NBA 2K League announced a multiyear pact with Twitch that includes live broadcast rights to all games. Under the terms of the pact, Amazon-owned Twitch has exclusive live rights to the NBA 2K League’s inaugural 2018 season, which tips off May 1.All NBA 2K League games will be available live on Twitch at twitch.tv/nba2kleague. Following each live broadcast, games will be available for fans to view on demand.It’s the first media-rights deal for the NBA 2K League, which is the first official esports league operated by a U.S. pro sports league. The venture between the National Basketball Association and Take-Two Interactive, the longtime publisher of the “NBA 2K” game franchise, was announced in early 2017. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Nintendo and big third-party games have always had a tricky relationship. Sometimes it’s because Nintendo is being a jerk, but more often these days it’s because Nintendo makes hardware so different from the competition that it’s tough to just make the same game work across every machine. Developing a game that both takes advantage of the 4K power of the Xbox One X and runs smoothly on the mobile chips of the Nintendo Switch tablet is quite the challenge.But it’s a challenge worth attempting as more players fall in love with the Nintendo Switch and thirstily demand more games get ported to it. It’s a task that usually requires outside help, and arguably the best-known studio for high-quality Switch ports is Panic Button who worked on impressive hardcore conversions of Doom, Wolfenstein, Rocket League, and most recently Warframe.However, as longtime players in the video game outsourcing cottage industry, Singapore studio Virtuos has also quickly built up a solid reputation for Nintendo Switch ports. They handled two of the higher-profile third-party releases this fall: Starlink and Dark Souls. We recently got to talk with Virtuous about its work with the Nintendo Switch and advice for other developers looking to bring games to the platform.AdChoices广告What’s the studio’s background when it comes to porting games to other consoles?Virtuos has an extensive background with many AAA adaptations for franchises such as Final Fantasy, Assassin’s Creed, and Batman. In 2018 alone, we worked on Hyper Universe Online, Dark Souls Remastered, Starlink, and Vampyr.How much did the studio know about the Switch and its hardware before working on their first project for it? What were the expectations?Nintendo had already introduced us to the hardware, and let us see a prototype before we began working on any projects so we knew quite a bit. It was only a few months after this that we began our work on L.A. Noire. By that time, we were already familiar with the hardware manuals and early versions of the SDK.What has been difficult in porting games to Switch? What has been easy? What new things do you have to consider (like handheld vs. docked performance, technical trade-offs) when porting to Switch versus other consoles?The power differences posed a challenge, but nothing that can’t be overcome. GPUs are highly scalable, while CPUs can be a little more tricky. For example, when in handheld mode, we try to take advantage of the small screen by reducing post-processing workload and other rendering optimizations.Other challenges usually come from the games themselves, and the unique ways they were put together. A typical example could be bringing an older 32-bit game to a 64-bit platform, where you need to carefully plan your initial development stage so that you get to something playable as soon as possible.You also need to consider third party libraries (like Havok, for example), where you need ensure the version you’re using supports Switch. However, that may also require modifications on the game, which may have used a different version. Finally, an interesting feature of the Switch platform is Amiibo support, which seems easy at the beginning, but requires a some engineering and design effort to get right, especially for all the “what if” scenarios.What kinds of unique challenges have L.A. Noire, Starlink, Dark Souls, and any other(?) specific Virtuous Switch ports posed?For Dark Souls, performance optimizations were the most challenging. The original game had some unbalanced performance – everyone remembers the choppy frame rate in Blight Town and some boss fights. Our task was clear – make sure the game runs smoothly at all times. It required several rounds of CPU and GPU optimizations, including a dynamic system that detects incoming framerate drops and helps reduce the GPU load to a reasonable level. The first generation of this in-house system was designed for the L.A. Noire Switch port, and we significantly evolved it for Dark Souls.Our client had specific requests when it came to performance and user experience, so we even invited their small team to join us on-site during the most critical phases of development to reduce time required for approvals & feedback.What advice would the team give to other studios looking to port games to Switch?Our best advice: Don’t try to force what worked on other platforms on the Switch. You might need to change your approach to get the most out of the hardware.Common areas to focus should be data compression, forward vs deferred rendering, vertex processing and a scalable threading model. Teams should also start considering Lotcheck requirements from the beginning, especially for features that involve multiplayer or something non-standard, in order to avoid surprises during the final phase of bug fixing.Nintendo has a pretty sophisticated online system for creating Lotcheck related documentation, test cases and even automated testing, so take advantage of it. Start preparing these things early, upload a build for automatic test as soon as possible and deal with any issues even before your final crunch. Don’t forget about Amiibo – if you are considering Amiibo, make the decision early so that you have as much time as possible to design and test full support including extreme cases and failure scenarios.Thanks again to Virtuos for answering our questions! Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch Stay on target
Update: – Oops, we made a mistake with the actual start time of the march in the original article. The march/gathering kicks off at 10am and not 9am as originally posted.Many South Africans will take to the streets this morning in their efforts to remove Jacob Zuma as president of the country after OUTA called for a national shutdown in different parts of South Africa on Friday, April 7.This comes after President Zuma’s reshuffling of the Cabinet last week, resulting in Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas being removed from their positions.Also read: Update: Delayed protest march against Zuma fizzles out in LadysmithAlso read: All you need to know about the National Protests this FridayToday is not a public holiday and protesters will have to arrange to take time off in order to join the protest. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Protesters are urged to be responsible. Actions must be non-political, non-racist, non-sexist, peaceful and not disruptive.The protest march in Ladysmith will start at 1oam at the Kandahar Sports Grounds.The Ladysmith Gazette journalists will be doing a Facebook Live and will keep the community updated on what is happening.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
Share Tweet Submit We told you about deals on Samsung’s 128GB and 256GB microSD cards, but those looking for something cheaper are in for an even bigger treat.Give Your Smartphone, Tablet, Smart Home Accessory or Drone More Storage Thanks to Samsung’s microSD Card SaleWhether you buy two of them or ten, you can never ever have enough microSD cards in your hands. These things are tiny, pack in a lot of storage, and thanks to the recent innovations, microSD have gotten so fast that they can casually record 4K video without breaking a sweat.If you’re out in the market for a new microSD card, then you will be delighted to know that Samsung has your back today with sale on its EVO Select lineup. But today, we will be highlighting the lower end of the spectrum, namely the 32GB and 64GB options which are up to 52% off for a limited period of time. You can grab them from the links below:Buy Samsung 32GB 95MB/s (U1) MicroSD EVO Select Memory Card with Adapter – Was $9.99, Now just $5.99Buy Samsung 64GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSDXC Evo Select Memory Card with Adapter – Was $22.99, Now just $10.99The great thing about the microSD cards above is that, apart from being lightning fast for everything, they come with a SD card adapter, allowing you to use these cards with all card readers or devices. Even if you have a DSLR with a SD card slot and not microSD, just pop the card inside the adapter and you’ll be invincible.If you’re more interested in the 128GB and 256GB variants of the card, because you like to go big, then you can find the deals linked below. Pick up as many as possible, you never know when such a deal will return again.Buy Samsung 128GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSD EVO Select Memory Card with Adapter – Was $41.99, Now just $19.99Buy Samsung 256GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSDXC EVO Select Memory Card with Adapter – Was $119.99, Now just $44.99You may want to check out the following deals too:GoPro HERO7 With Buttery Smooth Stabilization Gets a Massive Discount for Black Friday 2018Anker Kicks off Pre-Black Friday 2018 Deals with Never Before Seen Discounts on AccessoriesAmazon Has Discounted Several Great Android Smartphones for Black Friday 2018 [Limited Time Only]ESR’s Black Friday 2018 Sale Starts Today with Massive Discounts on Accessories for All Major Smartphones, TabletsBlack Friday 2018 Deals on All Amazon Hardware: Mega Discounts on Fire Tablet, Echo, Cloud Cam Bundles, MoreHot Black Friday 2018 Deal: $100 Off All OnePlus 6 Models Straight From the Official StoreBlack Friday 2018 Deal: Get the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 Mobile Gimbal and Stabilizer for Just $124.95 [Usually $199.99]
Share News of worse-than-expected first-quarter economic growth brought fixed mortgage rates down this week, according to market reports.In its weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey, Freddie Mac recorded the average 30-year fixed rate at 4.29 percent (0.7 point) for the week ending May 1, down from 4.33 percent. Last year, the 30-year rate was down at 3.35 percent.The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.38 percent (0.6 point), meanwhile, a single basis point down from last week.Freddie Mac’s chief economist, Frank Nothaft, pinned the declines on disappointing numbers for gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter. According to the government’s advance estimate, the economy expanded at a rate of 0.1 percent last quarter, well short of market forecasts.On the other hand, average rates for both 5- and 1-year adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) slid up, with the former rising to 3.05 percent (0.4 point) and the latter barely climbing to 2.45 percent (0.5 point).Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey mirrored Freddie Mac’s, with the 30-year fixed average coming down to 4.44 percent and the 15-year fixed falling to 3.51 percent. The financial news site also reported a rise in the 5/1 ARM, which was up slightly to 3.35 percent.While Bankrate also cited this week’s GDP report as a reason for distress, analysts added that “both the temperatures and the broader economy are starting to warm up.”“The Federal Open Market Committee gave a nod to a pickup in economic activity and household spending, and maintained the tapering of bond purchases by scaling back an additional $10 billion in monthly purchases,” Bankrate said. “With the Fed avoiding any market-unsettling surprises, the focus now turns to the monthly jobs report.” May 1, 2014 424 Views in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination Mortgage Rates Dip on Dim Economic Growth Bankrate Freddie Mac GDP Mortgage Rates 2014-05-01 Tory Barringer
July 3, 2014 624 Views Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs Labor Department Unemployment 2014-07-03 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Headlines, News The U.S. labor market outperformed expectations by a wide margin in June, with gains in both April and May also revised upward.According to numbers from the Labor Department, employers added 288,000 jobs last month, soaring above economists’ consensus forecast of 211,000 new jobs. Meanwhile, payroll additions for April and May were revised up to 304,000 and 224,000, respectively, bringing gains in those months up 29,000 higher than previously reported.The latest pickup in growth brought the nation’s unemployment rate down to 6.1 percent, a near six-year low.In comments offered before the release of Thursday’s report, Gus Faucher, senior economist at PNC Financial Services Group, said that the formerly 6.3 percent rate of unemployment “understates the slack in the labor market.””There’s a lot of long-term unemployed, [and] there’s a lot of people looking for more work,” he said.PNC had forecast payroll growth of 200,000 in June, with the unemployment rate remaining steady at 6.3 percent as more people joined the labor force.The labor force rose did indeed rise, but only by 81,000—not enough to boost the civilian labor force participation rate, which remained steady for the third straight month at 62.8 percent.. However, Faucher believes any increase at this point is a positive: “If the unemployment rate holds steady because more people are looking for jobs … that’s overall a good thing.”Out of the 9.5 million unemployed counted in the Labor Department’s household survey, nearly a third—3.1 million—have been without a job for at least 27 weeks.Among those working, 7.5 million are employed part-time for economic reasons. The broader U-6 unemployment rate, which includes those workers and the 2.0 million people who want work but haven’t searched in the last month, slid slightly to a seasonally adjusted 12.1 percent in June.Among those sectors seeing major job gains last month, financial activities ranked near the top, adding 17,000, with real estate and rental and leasing trending up by 9,000.Other big increases were seen in food services, healthcare, and transportation and warehousing. Job Growth Takes Off in June; Unemployment at 6.1% Share
Graham Perry has been appointed Managing Director of Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Australasia following the announcement that Best Western International would be taking management control of the brand on 1 June 2018 from the Motel Federation of Australia.His first few weeks have been spent bedding down the operational transition as BWI moves to a Property Direct Relationship with hotels and resorts in Australia and New Zealand.Perry says he’s excited about the opportunity. “Best Western has a positive position in Australia and New Zealand with more than 100 properties and tremendous customer loyalty. “It’s a fantastic organisation, great history, great people, great hotels. Many of the head office staff have been here for a long time – same with the hotels – and we really have an excellent foundation.“I want to add to that and to give a sense of vision, leveraging the strength of the Best Western brand and its people to expand the business.” appointmentsBest Western Australasia
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