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Housing Survey Shows Purchase Pessimism at All-Time High

first_img 2021-05-07 Christina Hughes Babb Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago A serious dearth of inventory is making the prospect of home shopping and homebuying too daunting for a majority of Americans today, according to Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey. In fact, consumers’ pessimism toward homebuying conditions in April set a survey record.”The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index decreased in April by 2.7 points to 79.0. Four of the HPSI’s six components decreased month over month, most notably the component related to homebuying conditions, which turned net negative for the first time in the survey’s history,” according to a press release from Fannie Mae.Consumers continued to show optimism when it comes to selling a home, a component that continued its significant rise from this time one year ago. Home-selling sentiment has nearly returned to its pre-pandemic peak, rising 16.0 points year-over-year.”April’s HPSI reading appears to have been acutely impacted by the ongoing lack of housing supply despite improving economic conditions,” said Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist. “Consumer sentiment toward buying homes reached the lowest level in our survey’s ten-year history; unsurprisingly, respondents overwhelmingly cited the lack of supply and high home prices as primary reasons for their pessimism. The decrease in homebuying sentiment likely indicates that some consumers, potentially flush with savings—perhaps boosted in part by stimulus payments—may be attempting, but failing, to buy a home due to heightened competition for relatively few listed homes. Notably, consumers in the household income range of $50,000 to $100,000, a range inclusive of the Census Bureau’s reported median household income level, showed a particularly large decrease in overall housing sentiment, and we know that the housing market serving the affordable segment has been particularly competitive.”Duncan continued, “Conversely, consumer positivity regarding home-selling conditions nearly matched its all-time high, demonstrating a large divergence in perceived conditions between sellers and buyers, as measured by the gap between the two components. As has become standard discourse in the housing industry recently, increasing the supply of homes for sale would certainly help bring balance to this strong seller’s market, but unfortunately, the most recent data doesn’t suggest that inventory is likely to improve in the near future.”The full report is available at FannieMae.com.  Share Save Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago 23 days ago 3,128 Views  Print This Post Previous: Mortgage Delinquency Rate Declines at Unprecedented Pace Next: The Week Ahead: SFR Market Takes Center Stage Subscribe Housing Survey Shows Purchase Pessimism at All-Time High About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Housing Survey Shows Purchase Pessimism at All-Time High Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

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Eric Krasno & Friends Announce Northern California Wildfire Relief Benefit Concert

first_imgEric Krasno has organized a stellar band for the upcoming Community Jam Volume II: A Wildfire Relief Benefit concert at Slim’s in San Francisco, California. On September 24th, the guitarist/vocalist will be joined by bassist Bobby Vega (Sly Stone), trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), keyboardist Wil Blades, guitarist Grahame Lesh (Midnight North, Terrapin Family Band), and drummer Scott Amendola to raise funds for cannabis cultivators affected by the Northern California wildfires.As The OutCrowd Group notes in the event page, “The Northern California wildfires have taken lives, destroyed homes and businesses, and are a continued threat to the state. Cannabis cultivators are amongst those who have been impacted by the loss of home and livelihood. Recovery for these cultivators has been difficult because cannabis is an under-insured crop. Bureaucratic complications prevent growers from getting loans or qualifying for federal recovery funds.”To purchase tickets to the event, as well as the option for dinner, head to the ticketing page here.last_img read more

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A Father’s Choice: How Frank Havens Brought Home the Gold

first_imgIn 1924, canoeist Bill Havens had a choice: compete in the Olympics or witness the birth of his child. Bill chose the latter, and 28 years later, that child, Frank Havens, brought the gold medal home from the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. Today, the Havens family is still on the water, including the now 92-year-old Olympic medalist Frank.Georgetown, Maryland. 1924. Brothers Bill and Bud Havens, former Mid-Atlantic wrestling champions, are standing at the threshold of a very different athletic benchmark: becoming the first canoeists to represent the United States in Paris at the Summer Olympics.It’s the first year canoe sprint has ever been an event at the Olympics. Bill, 27, and Bud, 21, compete against 20 other paddlers in the Olympic Trials to earn their place on a four-man canoe crew. For months, the brothers train day and night on the Potomac River with the Washington Canoe Club, preparing their physical and mental fortitude for the games. Bill, undefeated in both the one-man single and double blade events, has high hopes of bringing home the gold.But just weeks before the team is set to sail for Paris, Bill is forced to face reality—his expecting wife is due sometime in late July, the exact time at which Bill will be competing on the other side of the globe. The decision, though not easy, is obvious. Bill forfeits his spot on the team, and just four days after the games (at which Bud Havens and the rest of the U.S. canoe crew win three gold, one silver, and two bronze over six events), his son Frank came into the world.Bill never made it to the Olympics, though he continued to compete with his brother close to home. However, his sons Bill “Junior” and Frank, did. After serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, the second generation of brothers qualified for the 1948 Olympics in London. Junior, largely considered the better paddler of the two, placed fifth in the solo 1,000-meter canoe race. Frank, surprising even himself, came home with a silver medal in the solo 10,000-meter event.Image courtesy of the Havens family.Buoyed by their 1948 Olympic success, the brothers moved in together in Vienna, Va., to train for the 1952 games. Their coach was none other than their father Bill. Junior and Frank spent the better part of the ensuing four years on the water, training to compete together as a tandem canoe team.“Even in practice they were beating the world record,” says Dodge Havens, one of Junior’s three sons. “It was pretty much guaranteed they were going to get a gold.”But Olympic disappointment struck again during the winter of 1951. Junior, who worked as a schoolteacher off the water, was helping a colleague move a car that had been buried by snow when he lacerated the tendons in one of his hands. In a matter of minutes, his chance for Olympic glory was gone.Frank, as his Uncle Bud had done 28 years prior, departed for the 1952 games in Helsinki without his brother Junior. With a time of 57:41, Frank set the new world record and took home the gold in the solo 10,000-meter event. In a telegraph addressed to his father after the games, Frank said, “Dear Dad, thanks for waiting around for me to get born in 1924. I’m coming home with the gold medal you should have won. Your loving son, Frank.”“Dear Dad, thanks for waiting around for me to get born in 1924. I’m coming home with the gold medal you should have won. Your loving son, Frank.”Frank competed in the Olympic masters division in 1956 in Melbourne and 1960 in Rome, but he never podiumed again. To date, Frank is the only American canoeist to win gold in a solo single blade event. Like their father and uncle, Frank and Junior continued to compete well into their 60s. The brothers, who preferred to race as a tandem team, regularly crushed the competition on both the national and international stages.“He was never bitter about it,” Dodge says about his father’s unfortunate mishap before the ’52 Olympics. “He was very proud of his younger brother’s success. They loved to race together in tandem events. They were pretty much unbeatable. Even when they were in their 60s and 70s, they’d high kneel [the traditional stance for canoeing] and beat everybody’s butts, even the 25-year-olds.”Between 1936 and 1953, Junior won 19 National Canoe Tilting Championships. Frank went on to be a six-time National Paddling Single Blade Champion. In 1985, at the age of 61, he competed in seven different events at the World Masters Games in Toronto and won every single one. In 1995, Frank was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, a testament to his storied past and countless accomplishments.Frank (second from left) and brother Junior (second from right) practice for the Olympics. / Image courtesy of the Havens family.Frank, now age 92, is still on the water nearly every day. Though he last competed in his late ’80s with his son Dan, he’s proud to see that the spirit of the river has been passed down from generation to generation. Dan, age 65, and his son Sean have continued the tradition of training with the Washington Canoe Club. They both compete in the growing East Coast outrigger racing scene and regularly place in the top three.Junior’s sons Dodge, Keith, and Kirk are also accomplished paddlers and hold multiple Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver National Championships. All three competed in the Olympic Trials for the 1980 and 1984 Olympics, but didn’t make the cut. Keith’s sons Zane and Zaak also join their father and uncles among the nation’s top canoeists and have been competing and winning National Championships since the age of 10. Zane has been serving off and on for the past year as a crewmember aboard the Hōkūle‘a, a Polynesian voyaging canoe that has been circumnavigating the world.“I don’t know whether it’s in our blood or in the culture,” says Dodge, but according to Frank, being a Havens family member is synonymous with being a canoeist. You can’t be one without the other.Frank Havens, pictured in front of his “Bachelor Camp” along the banks of the Potomac, where he lived and trained. / Image courtesy of the Havens family.Q+A WITH FRANK HAVENSWhat’s your earliest memory of being on the water?FH: We were all brought up on the Potomac River. We had a camp on the river and my grandfather built this place. There was a huge room where we could congregate and have meals and stuff. I can’t remember when I couldn’t swim, so I guess somebody must have taught me early.What was your relationship like with your brother, Junior?As a young kid, Bill [Junior] being five years older, I used to follow him around like a puppy. He was the man. In high school he was Mr. Everything. He had such a reputation. He was phenomenal at everything he did. My aim at that time was to be as good as my brother Bill was. My brother was my main competition for a long time, especially in training. Early on, Junior was the best that was around. Having him out there to push me, I’m sure I got a lot better because he was around. I didn’t get to the point where I could whip him until we were both Olympic caliber.Frank, age 92, still gets on the water almost every day. / Image by Priscilla Knight for a story in Cooperative Living Magazine.How did you end up with the solo 10,000-meter as your signature event?My dad recognized early that Bill Junior used to push me hard in the 1,000-meter, but as I progressed, he recognized I had the capacity to do longer distances. I was always pretty good in staying with it and being able to get into a rhythm that would move the boat. I did better the longer the race was. It just came naturally.Do you remember what it was like when you arrived in London for the ’48 games?We went to London on a boat from New York and came in at Southampton. When we got there, the Germans had been bombing Britain all during the war, so Southampton still had burned out buildings there on the waterfront. London was still a mess. They put us [the athletes] in an evacuees’ camp. We were over there for six weeks. That’s where it all started. I started to come into my own a bit at those games.After the ’48 Olympics, you and your brother decide to train together for the ’52 games in Helsinki. What was that like?We moved in together, bought a house out in Vienna, and really hit it hard for four years. He was a schoolteacher in Arlington and I worked for an appraisal company. We would train early in the morning and after work, two workouts a day in the Olympic years. I can remember paddling the Potomac when it was pitch dark but we knew that river like the back of our hand so we never had any trouble with it. Our dad was our coach and he pushed you hard.When Junior injured his hand and had to give up his chance to go to the Olympics, you kept going. In what way did your brother still help you prepare for the games?We had planned to go to Helsinki as a tandem. We had trained tandem so long that I think I was able to increase my stroke rate which doesn’t sound like much but it takes some doing when you’re already paddling somewhere in the high 50s strokes-per-minute. To pick it up was something else.What is one thing you remember about your father and coach, Bill?High kneeling, it’s all about getting the blade in the water as far forward as you can and getting at it from your hip. It’s a rotation of your upper body from the butt up. My dad always said, “If you didn’t have such a big butt, you wouldn’t be as good as you are.”How did you feel going into the games? Nervous? Excited?I was always in Bill Junior’s shadow, like all my life. Up until ’48, I had never done anything that was “outstanding.” When I won the Olympic trials that year, that’s when everything changed for me. The girl I was really interested in decided I was finally a keeper. Everything seemed to start working out then.Walk me through the day of the race, from the start to the finish line.I was behind at first. I didn’t have a great start. In the finals there were a dozen competitors. I think I was probably in the first five out there. I remember passing the German, mainly because he made a grunt when I went by. And then all that was in front of me was the Czech and the Hungarian. I could see they were riding each other’s wake a little bit. Every time we’d come to a turn, they would come as close to the buoy as you can. Really they were kinda blocking me out on the turns, but I was still in the top three, so as long as I hung in there I knew I could possibly catch them if I had anything left. When we came to the final turn, they let a little gap out while they were changing positions. I put the bow of my boat right in that gap and gave it just about all I could. When we came out of that turn and headed into the last 1,500 meters I was probably a deck’s length ahead of them. I could see them in my peripheral vision. I knew they were right there. I think I only won by 12 seconds.Not only did you win that year but you also set a new world record. What did that accomplishment feel like?I was completely exhausted after this one. My teammate picked me up and handed me a flag and carried me around on his shoulders. It was quite an ending to a day. If it hadn’t been for a squeaky pully at the podium, I’d have cried, but when they were raising the flag, the damn pully was squeaking so it got my attention. That thing should have been lubricated.How soon were you back on the water after the ’52 Olympics?I had a day or two off, then I had to go back to work. I raced the Nationals in Philadelphia the next weekend.How has the sport of canoeing changed since you first started paddling?The single blade boat that I raced in at Helsinki, you never see any of those anymore in world competition. They have a boat now that is so narrow, I don’t know if I could get my knee in it. We paddled 17-footers that weighed about 47 pounds, something like that. Pushing [a canoe] for an hour on one knee, well, we did it so many times it was just routine. But the boat I raced in Helsinki would not be comparable to anything they race today.You and your brother continued to race for many decades after the Olympics. What were some of your favorite races?We raced the Canadian Masters for years and the World Masters. We really kicked butt in the World Masters after we were no longer Olympic-type paddlers. Of course, you’re paddling in age groups, so it got awful easy when you only had people within five years of your age to compete against. We went to Denmark and Sweden. We took a crew to Hong Kong, did an awful lot of paddling around the world. It was quite a life we had.Do you still paddle today?I hate to admit it, but I sit and do it now. I had a knee operation several years ago. I’m paddling a regular canoe. It’s a beast but I know I won’t have any problem staying in it. I’m not going today because it’s pretty damn cold, but I’m on the water most every day.last_img read more

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UI expert says latest newspaper merger not good news for journalism

first_imgIOWA CITY — The director of the University of Iowa School of Journalism says the purchase of the Gannett company by GateHouse Media is likely to lead to more cutbacks at the Iowa newspapers involved.David Ryfe, has studied the issue of changes in the media, and says this development is good only for the lawyer and bankers involved. “It’s not especially good news for the news organizations involved, or for the communities that are covered by those news organizations,” Ryfe says. “This is just another step down the road of the slow deterioration of news outlets across the county.”Gannett owns the Des Moines Register and Iowa City Press Citizen. Gatehouse owns two daily newspapers the Ames Tribune and The Hawk Eye in Burlington, along with  five weeklies: the Boone News-Republican, Dallas County News, Hamburg Reporter, Nevada Journal and Perry Chief.Ryfe says the staffs at the papers owned by both companies have already been pared to half of less than what they once were. “Gannett itself and GateHouse itself have been in the business of doing more with less for about a decade now since the Great Recession. And this is just another step down that road. I mean, I could imagine being a journalist in the newsroom of all these organizations and wondering what this means for me,” according to Ryfe.He says an annual report on ad revenue used to show papers getting 40 percent of the attention and 20 percent of the ad revenue. That has declined to four percent of the attention and eight percent of the ad revenue. “My best guess is that eventually those numbers will align — and that means about half of the advertising revenue that is currently going to newspapers will likely be cut. And that’s going to cause further declines in these news operations,” Ryfe says.Newspapers have been trying to adjust by putting out digital newspapers online, but Ryfe says that creates a whole new issue for them. “When newspapers go digital, something happens, which is they are no longer competing with local information sources any longer. They’re competing with all the information sources online,” Ryfe says.  “So, they enter actually a different information market when they go online —  and they are not doing very well.”He says Facebook and Google control a majority of the online ad revenue. “The amount of digital ad revenue going to newspapers has been flat for the last decade. So, as we’ve had this enormous growth in digital ad revenue, newspapers have not been able to attract it,” he says. “What they’re going to is a more of subscription model — which the New York Times now is the best example of.”The one-point-four BILLION dollar deal is expected to formally close by the end of 2019.last_img read more

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DONEGAL GAA SQUAD READY TO JET OFF ON TEAM HOLIDAY TO DUBAI

first_imgThe Donegal squad pictured after a training session during their team holiday in 2012.Rory Gallagher will take his Donegal side away to Dubai for their team holiday later this week, but the trip is no junket as the players have packed their training gear for the trip away. Donegal will jet out to Dubai for a week this Friday, and while the trip will be predominantly used as a relaxing week away for the management and staff, the players have been told to bring their gear and have training sessions planned for the week ahead.Donegal were defeated by Dublin in a entertaining match at Croke Park on Saturday night. Tempers frayed between both sides, and clearly there is no love lost between either set of players as was evidenced by the bruising exchanges on show under the lights at Croker.The Allianz National League now shuts down for three weeks, so it’s the perfect opportunity for Donegal to head off on their team holiday.They would’ve jetted off at the end of 2014, but goalkeeper Paul Durcan was getting married so the squad decided to hold back and wait until now.With the season up and running the trip could be seen as an unwanted distraction, but Rory Gallagher and his staff will use the trip properly to ensure the team is well prepared for their next league clash with Cork. Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness will be unable to attend the holiday because of his commitments with Celtic FC.Donegal enjoyed a wonderful season in 2014, they won the Ulster SFC title for a third time in four years, and came agonisingly close to winning their second All-Ireland title in just three years.They gave Donegal supporters plenty of wonderful days last summer and they deserve their break in sunny Dubai.We hope they all enjoy their break and that Rory Gallagher doesn’t make them do too many beach runs in that searing heat in Dubai. DONEGAL GAA SQUAD READY TO JET OFF ON TEAM HOLIDAY TO DUBAI was last modified: February 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDubaiGAAnewsRory GallagherSportTeam Holidaylast_img read more

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Can Tammy Abraham make the leap in 2019/20

first_imgThe 2018/19 season wasn’t exactly a smooth one for Chelsea. From questions over the manager’s playing style, to Kepa’s very public show of insubordination, to the constant speculation over Hazard’s future, there was more than enough drama to go around at the club. Through all of that, though, they still enjoyed a successful season, winning the Europa League, reaching the League Cup final, and finishing ahead of an excellent Spurs team to claim third in the Premier League. Unfortunately for Chelsea, however, they now face an extremely challenging summer. Chelsea’s Situation Heading into 2019/20Chelsea’s final game of 2018/19 – the Europa League victory over Arsenal – took place on 29th May. Within a couple of weeks they had already lost their manager to Juventus, and their best player to Real Madrid. Transfer rumours continue to swirl around the likes of Willian, and there are huge question marks over returning loanees such as Tiémoué Bakayoko. This still might all be manageable… if it weren’t for the transfer ban. In February 2019 FIFA accused Chelsea of improper transfers for under 18’s in 29 different cases, punishing them with a hefty fine and – more importantly – a two-window transfer ban. Chelsea have already tried and failed to appeal or delay the ban, and are now appealing directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. In case that appeal doesn’t work, they’ll be unable to sign new players until summer 2020. How Chelsea Can RespondFor many clubs, particularly those in the hyper-competitive Premier League, this transfer ban might have seemed disastrous. Chelsea, however, have spent years amassing strength in depth. Their ‘loan army’ strategy might draw ire from fans online, but in the past couple of years alone it has allowed promising youngsters like Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham to develop rapidly, and even break into the England ranks. If the transfer ban holds up, Chelsea will have no choice but to look internally for reinforcements, with previously-signed winger Christian Pulisic the only ‘new’ arrival. The likes of Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi already saw first-team action last season, and will almost certainly experience plenty more in 2019/20. In addition, returning loanees like Abraham – who might otherwise have been loaned out again or sold – may end up being part of a number of players who can shine this year.A Striking ProblemThere’s no doubt about it – since Diego Costa banged in 20 goals in their 2016/17 title-winning campaign, Chelsea have had a problem up front.Álvaro Morata proved so disappointing after his costly arrival that he was loaned out after only 18 months, and will spend all of 2019/20 at Atlético Madrid. Olivier Giroud – while still an effective link-up man – has mustered a middling 18 goals in 63 appearances since joining Chelsea, and turns 33 in September. Eden Hazard – last season’s top scorer – is already gone. When it comes to genuine strikers leading the line in 2019/20, Chelsea have only two realistic options: Michy Batshuayi, and Tammy Abraham. Since arriving in 2016/17 from Marseille it’s fair to say that Batshuayi has failed to convince at Stamford Bridge, despite reasonable scoring returns at Chelsea and on loan at Dortmund. Perhaps his most recent loan to Crystal Palace, in which he scored 6 goals in 13 appearances – combined with their inability to recruit – will convince Chelsea to give him one more shot. Based on recent form, though… it’s Tammy Abraham who presents a far more exciting proposition. Can Abraham step up?Despite still only being 21, Tammy Abraham has already proved beyond any doubt that he can score goals. Since his senior debut he’s made 133 appearances and scored 60 goals, which is a seriously good ratio for a striker so young. He passes the eye test too, having shown impressive natural predatory instincts, and his combination of a reasonable amount of pace and a long 6’3 frame cause frequent problems for defenders.© Andrew Matthews/PA WireThe only question remains whether or not he can do it at the absolute top level, in the Premier League and Champions League, for a club of Chelsea’s pedigree. After all, while those scoring numbers are certainly impressive, the vast majority came in the Championship (first for Bristol City, then for Aston Villa). In his lone Premier League season on loan at Swansea, Abraham managed only 5 goals in 31 appearances. While there’s no way to know at this stage whether he’ll be able to cut it at Chelsea, we’d tend towards optimism. Having a striker’s instinct is something which can’t be taught, and Abraham has indisputably proven he already possesses one. He’s coming off a tremendous season too, with his 25 league goals helping Aston Villa to promotion. Finally, without wanting to sound harsh, playing up top for a Swansea side about to be relegated is one thing; playing with the likes of Pulisic, Pedro, Willian and Hudson-Odoi around you is a different proposition entirely. He wants to stay in West London, and – if given the chance to do so – may well hit the 20 goal mark in 2019/20. Betting OddsMost online bookies don’t yet feature a Top Goalscorer market for 2019/20. It’s worth keeping an eye out for when it opens, though, as you can often get excellent odds when outright markets have just opened, before the action starts to push them around. Some bookies however do have this market open. With British betting giant William Hill being one of them you can get your cash down on the outright market before the action kicks off and take advantage of generous William Hill offers and deals. The likes of Kane, Salah, Aguero and Aubameyang are leading the way at odds of less than 10/1. Vardy and Lacazette are nestling in at around 20/1 to 25/1, and we’d guess that Abraham would likely have similar odds. Given that he could certainly hit around 20 goals if given the starting job next season, and that the 2018/19 Golden Boot was shared by players who only managed 22 goals, Abraham would make a fine value play indeed at that kind of price. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? 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Remembering South African writer Peter Abrahams: 1919 – 2017

first_imgSouth African writer Peter Abrahams died on 18 January 2017. An early pioneer in the exploration of race identity in South Africa, he was a literary giant who was at the forefront of capturing the injustice of apartheid.Writer Peter Abrahams was born in Vrededorp, Johannesburg, in 1919. He lived in London and Jamaica, and his extensive collection of fiction and non-fiction focussed on pan-Africanism and race identity in South Africa. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonPeter Abrahams, who died aged 97 at his home in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica, was one of South Africa’s most distinguished writers. His fiction and non-fiction work challenged and dissected the complexities of the black South African identity. His biting criticism of the early days of apartheid and his exploration of pan-Africanist philosophy were fuelled by the need to tell the world of the injustice of racism and colonialism.Abrahams will be remembered best for his Mine Boy, which was added to the South African school curriculum in the early 2000s.First published in 1946, Peter Abrahams’ Mine Boy exposed the condition of black South Africans under a white regime. It presents a portrait of labour discrimination, appalling housing conditions and one man’s humanitarian act of defiance. (Image: Justseeds website)Mine Boy, a brutal story of South African urban migration, became the first novel by a black South African to be published internationally. It was the third book by a black South African to be published, after Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi in 1930 and RRR Dhlomo’s 1928 novel, An African Tragedy.“I am emotionally involved in South Africa,” Abrahams said in 1957. “If I am ever liberated from this bondage of racialism, there are some things much more exciting to me, objectively, to write about. But this world has such a social orientation, and I am involved in this world and I can’t cut myself off.”During his most prolific years, 1946 to 1966, Abrahams wrote eight novels, as well as memoirs and political essays. His 1948 novel, The Path of Thunder, inspired the ballet piece, İldırımlı yollarla, by Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev.Abrahams’ early yearsAbrahams was born in Vrededorp, Johannesburg, in 1919 to an Ethiopian father and coloured mother.According to his obituary in The New York Times on 22 January 2017, Abrahams was inspired to read and write at a young age when he heard Shakespeare’s Othello. A prodigious student, he began contributing poetry and short fiction to so-called bantu publications after completing his basic education. As a young budding writer, he consumed literature, particularly the works of black American writers.“I read every one of the books on the shelf marked American Negro literature,” he wrote in his memoir Tell Freedom: Memories of Africa in 1954. “To (these) writings of men and women who lived a world away from me … I owe a great debt for crystallising my vague yearnings to write and for showing me the long dream was attainable.”This knowledge also inspired his political thought and his desire to capture the black South African psyche in words.Ship to LondonAfter a stint as the editor of a Durban socialist magazine in 1939, Abrahams found work aboard a ship bound for London. In the British capital, he worked as a journalist on the British Communist Party’s Daily Worker newspaper.Peter Abrahams’ 1956 novel A Wreath for Udomo was inspired by his friendships with with African intellectuals and revolutionaries in exile in the UK. The novel deals with the complex realities and conflicts between duty to nation and ideals. (Image: Justseeds website)He lived in London’s African immigrant community, meeting exiled political figures and intellectuals, including future Kenyan leader Jomo Kenyatta; Kwame Nkrumah, who would go on to lead Ghana to independence from Britain; and Trinidadian pan-Africanist George Padmore. The experience inspired his most multifaceted work, the 1956 novel A Wreath for Udomo, about political and social transitions in postcolonial Africa through the eyes of the continent’s political exiles. Renowned English literary scholar Harvey Curtis Webster called the book “the most perceptive novel … about the complex interplay between British imperialism and African nationalism”.During the 1950s, Abrahams travelled across Africa, including a return to South Africa to observe the rise of postcolonial, pan-Africanist political movements. These essays, long considered the most authoritative work on the era, were later published as Return to Goli.Settling in the CaribbeanAfter being commissioned by the British colonial office to research and write a comprehensive history of Jamaica, Abrahams wrote of the island and its people: “…in the stumbling and fumbling reaching forward of its people, is dramatized … the most hopeful image I know of the newly emerging underdeveloped world”.With his wife Daphne and their three children, he made Jamaica his home for over four decades.South Africa, however, remained foremost in his writing; in particular, it was the setting of his 1965 novel, A Night of Their Own, about the anti-apartheid underground. This inspired his 1985 magnum opus, The View From Coyaba, a detailed transgenerational novel about black struggle movements in Africa, America and the Caribbean.As he got older and the postcolonial era reached its pinnacle with the end of apartheid in the 1990s, Abrahams felt less obligation to capture the zeitgeist of black African political thought. Instead, he let new, younger literary voices speak about the evolving movement.Speaking to Caribbean Beat magazine in 2003, Abrahams said: “I became a whole person when I finally put away the exile’s little packed suitcase. When Mandela came out of jail and when apartheid ended, I ceased to have this burden of South Africa. I shed it.”Abrahams never returned to his country of birth.Overdue tribute?The Daily Maverick’s J Brooks Spector observes, in his lovingly detailed obituary of Abrahams on 25 January 2017, the often overlooked connection between South Africa and the writer, and begs an important question: “Surely there should be a (South African) library named in his honour, an endowed chair in African literature at one of the nation’s premier universities, and a publishing effort reprinting his output in a standard, uniform edition?““Embracing his memory as an early literary pioneer and impact as a writer must also take into consideration the eclecticism of his political thinking, his influence on the pan-African idea, and an ethnicity that embraced the near-totality of South African experience,” Spector concludes.Source: New York Times, Daily Maverick, South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Microsoft’s Office Hierarchy Begins Taking Shape

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now As cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service continue to take hold, Microsoft’s flagship Office productivity suite now appears less a standalone product than a hierarchy of services, each with different levels of functionality for different markets. The big question: Will your version of Office do everything you need it to?On Wednesday, sources told the Verge that Microsoft plans a “preview” version of Office for the basic Windows RT version of the Surface tablet. That version of Office will lose support for Visual Basic, macros and third-party add-ons, specifically to optimize the Surface’s battery life. The preview version will apparently be dubbed “Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview,” the Verge reported.If that’s true, Office functionality will essentially be spread across three tiers: Office Web Apps for the most basic consumer use, Office RT for basic tablet use and the full-fledged Office boxed software product, also available in an Office 365 subscription model. There’s also a fourth tier that Microsoft hasn’t really talked about: Office for Mac, which will remain on the “legacy” model of the existing Office platform.Microsoft’s official line is that nothing’s done until it’s done. “We have not finalized packaging for the next release of Office,” a Microsoft spokeswoman said via email.Still, we can draw some basic conclusions. First, Office users will get different levels of functionality depending upon the device they’re working on. Second, the “premium” experience will still come with Microsoft’s Office/Office 365 for Windows 8 machines. And third, all Office users will benefit from working within a connected environment.The notion of an Office hierarchy really isn’t new; Microsoft packages different versions of Office 2010 for “Home and Students” and for “professionals,” But those packages have typically been differentiated by which applications a particular version of the Office suite includes, not so much the functionality of the included apps. The Guiding Forces of OfficeAccording to Rob Helm, an analyst for Directions on Microsoft, Office’s evolution is being shaped by two forces:“Microsoft is trying to extend Office through the Web and on portable devices, and that’s forced it to rethink how it extends Office, so that it has a solution that extends to all these different places that Office runs,” Helm said. “But that means saying goodbye to a lot of old buddies for a lot of Office users.”Those “buddies” represent the legacy of macros and Visual Basic helper applications, which corporations have used to customize Office for their own use. Directions on Microsoft, for example, has traditionally used a VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) module to assist its analysts in creating and displaying Microsoft’s org [organization] charts, Helm said.If Surface users want to run VBA code, however, they will need to have the more expensive Surface Pro, which will run the full-fledged Windows 8 operating system as well as the standard Office suite.“It’s pretty clear that the technology that Microsoft has been promoting for applications, Visual Basic, has been left behind by technical trends: the Web and tablets,” Helm said. “Microsoft is trying to get to a new generation of technology and cutting out the old technology in Windows RT is the first sign that the old technology is going away, and the new Web-based Office development is coming in.”And what is an Office app? “Essentially a Web page integrated into Office as custom content, very similar to how iFrames integrate with other pages on the Web,” Rolando Jimenez, a program manager for Microsoft, wrote in a blog post this week. Specifically, the app is a Web page, most often with a Javascript pointer to the Office Javascript library, plus a lightweight XML description of how the app interacts with Office. Apps will work offline, Microsoft said. Tags:#enterprise#Microsoft#Software Office Store Open for BusinessIn other Office developments, Microsoft opened the Office Store this week, where users can download a Merriam-Webster dictionary plugin for Word, for example, or an Olympics medal tracker app for Microsoft Excel. As with the Microsoft Windows Store, Microsoft will take 30% of the revenue from each paid app sale.The Office Store is also the showcase for the new Web-based Office app model. Developers can still use Visual Basic and Visual Studio for Office, but Microsoft won’t allow versions of the app to be available via the Office Store, Brian Jones, Group Program Manager on the Office Solutions Framework team, said this week.Helm – from Directions on Microsoft – said he believed that the VBA model would prove to be a “real challenge” to the ARM architecture underlying the lower-priced Surface RT tablet, another key reason for its omission. But, he added, he also believed that Microsoft would inevitably extend the Office app model to the Surface RT tablet and even Office Web Apps.“Eventually Microsoft will want to extend apps to where-ever Office runs,” Helm said.“If the Office Store doesn’t support Office RT, that’s because Office RT hasn’t broken cover yet,” Helm added.What About Mac Office?So far, Office for Mac has been conspicuously left out of the discussion. Microsoft has said only that the new model for Office apps won’t apply to the next version of Office for the Mac. The most significant recent changes for Office for Mac 2011 has been adding cloud storage via Microsoft’s SkyDrive and support for Apple’s “Mountain Lion” release.“You’ll see that this is really just the first step in a new direction for Office programmability,” Brian Jones, group program manager of the Office Solutions group, wrotein response to a user question. “We would love to have had support across all of the platforms where Office runs, but for the first version we weren’t able to accomplish that. We [are] instead targeting the Windows client and the Web companion, but designed the app model in a way that we can start to add other platforms as well as we move forward.”In some sense, that places Office for Mac in the same “legacy” category as Office 2010, leaving Mac Office users on the outside looking in at the new app model. That could push Mac users to competing productivity applications, from Google Docs to Apple’s own iWork suite. What About Windows Phone?Microsoft also hasn’t talked much about how Windows Phone and Office will interact, although Paul Thurott has noted that Office 365 will set up a live tile on the Windows Phone home screen, and users will be able to access a Lync client (for unified communications) and gain access to SharePoint collaboration sites.Microsoft’s Office vision is simple, yet powerful: a connected workplace, where the appropriate form of Office functionality is available on whatever device you’re using. But there are issues, too, because not every version of Office will support everything you may need to do. Some business users, for example, will realize that their little bit of legacy VBA code may keep them from relying on lower-priced, lower-powered ARM-based devices running Windows 8 RT – including the entry-level Surface.Microsoft sign image courtesy of Shutterstock. 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San Beda cruises to 8th straight; Bolick ejected after scuffle

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLooking an unstoppable behemoth, San Beda continued its tear with a 72-58 rout of St. Benilde Tuesday for an eighth straight victory in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The win, however, was overshadowed by an endgame fracas where Carlo Young tackled a driving Robert Bolick down on a fastbreak with 2:28 left.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Bolick led San Beda with 14 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds before getting ejected, while Davon Potts had his best game this season with 12 markers, four boards, two dimes, and two steals.Javee Mocon also had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds for the 9-1 Red Lions.Clement Leutcheu paced St. Benilde (2-8) with 25 points and 15 rebounds, as the Blazers suffered their fourth straight defeat.The Scores:SAN BEDA 72 – Bolick 14, Potts 12, Mocon 10, Soberano 8, Tankoua 7, Cabanag 5, Noah 5, Bahio 4, Carino 3, Adamos 2, Doliguez 2, Abuda 0, Oftana 0, Tongco 0.ADVERTISEMENT Brady not thinking of ’08 injury as he prepares for Chiefs LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img ST. BENILDE 58 – Leutcheu 25, Domingo 8, Sta. Maria 8, Pili 5, Castor 4, Belgica 2, Dixon 2, Naboa 2, San Juan 2, Johnson 0, Young 0.Quarters: 17-18, 41-28, 63-41, 72-58. View comments MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Things escalated quickly under the basket which led to a disqualifying foul on Young and the ejection of Bolick, who was seen retaliating by the referees during the replay, and Clint Doliguez, who entered the playing court.After the game, a fuming coach Boyet Fernandez expressed disgust with how things were handled during the commotion as he came to Bolick’s defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Where was the closed fist? Check the replay!,” he argued. “You have to see that. The other team only had one foul and we already had six fouls. Then you throw out a player that was tackled. I hope the commissioner will see that. It is unethical,” said Fernandez.“We were up 14 points and then you tackle the other player? Why penalize that guy who did not even punch? My God, that’s wrong. I hope the commissioner will see that. It’s already a won game already.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

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