Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Housing Outlook Stays Positive Despite Predicted Moderate Economic Expansion Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index (LEI) declined by two basis points in its latest reading after holding steady in both July and August, but analysts predict that economic growth will still continue but at a moderate pace.The LEI, a measure of economic developments as an indicator of future trends that tracks a handful of component indicators, including labor market conditions, housing construction activity, and credit conditions, read at 123.3 (2010=100) for September. That reading represented a decline of 0.2 percent after holding steady in both July and August. Still, Ataman Ozyildirim, Director of Business Cycles and Growth Research at The Conference Board, said he expected economic expansion to continue, but at a moderate pace.“The recent weakness in stock markets, the manufacturing sector and housing permits was offset by gains in financial indicators, and to a lesser extent improvements in consumer expectations and initial claims for unemployment insurance,” Ozyildirim said. “The U.S. economy is on track for moderate growth of about 2.5 percent in the coming quarters, despite the mixed global economic landscape.”“Along with the good outlook for jobs and household incomes that should be positive for the availability and affordability of housing.”—Ataman OzyildirimThe predicted moderate economic expansion does not change the Conference Board’s outlook for housing, which is largely positive. Ozyildirim told DS News earlier in the week that, “The single family housing market seems to be heating up, despite some potential volatility. Construction companies and workers are busy while home prices and mortgage rates remain favorable.”On Thursday, Freddie Mac announced a decline of 3 basis points for 30-year fixed mortgage rates down to 3.79 percent. Also on Thursday, the National Association of Realtors reported that existing-home sales for September had rebounded from August’s decline and have now increased year-over-year for 12 consecutive months.“That moderate (economic growth) probably means that the interest rates will not pick up significantly soon,” Ozyildirim said. “Along with the good outlook for jobs and household incomes that should be positive for the availability and affordability of housing.”The LEI report for October comes a month after the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ third estimate for GDP growth for Q2, which exceeded all expectations with reports of 3.9 percent GDP growth. The rate of growth for Q1 was only 0.6 percent. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Conference Board Housing Market Leading Economic Index U.S. Economy 2015-10-23 Brian Honea Tagged with: Conference Board Housing Market Leading Economic Index U.S. Economy The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily October 23, 2015 19,679 Views Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Housing Outlook Stays Positive Despite Predicted Moderate Economic Expansion Share Save Previous: Favorable Conditions Drive Continued Improvements in Housing Market Next: DS News Webcast: Monday 10/26/2015 Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe
The achievements of the Malaysian Students Society at Letterkenny IT were celebrated last week at the Board of Irish Colleges Societies (BICS) National Awards.The college society was nominated in two award categories – student Edward Ng was nominated for Best Individual and the Malaysian Students Society were nominated for Best Society Promotional Video.The group attended the awards ceremony in the Sheraton Hotel Athlone on Thursday 11th April. While they did not take home the overall category prizes, they enjoyed an event dedicated to recognising the huge effort made by the many individuals who run student societies across Ireland.The BICS Awards are an opportunity for students and their societies to showcase their numerous achievements from the previous year. Higher education is more than exams, coursework and lectures, and students who are involved in running college societies know this.The National Awards are a means of recognising this dedication and are an opportunity to celebrate the importance and value that societies contribute to college life.LYIT Malaysian Students Society with Josephine Wilson, LYIT Student Union Administrator and Siobhan Howe, Student Union Education OfficerMalaysian students do LYIT proud at BICS National Awards was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:LYITMalaysian Students Society
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The emerald ash borer (EAB) has killed millions of ash trees in Ohio, the Midwest and eastern North America, including possibly yours. But there are ways to help your woods bounce back.For starters, you should scout for invasive plants on a regular basis, said Kathy Smith, forestry expert at The Ohio State University. If you find any, you should root them out.With fewer trees in your woods and more gaps in the canopy, “the concern is that non-native invasive species can quickly get out of hand,” Smith said. She named buckthorns, honeysuckles, garlic-mustard and kudzu as a few of the many invaders you should watch for.Woods hit by ash borers also may need selective thinning, seedling planting and changes in the owner’s management goals, Smith said, all depending on how many ash trees died and what kinds of trees remain. Harvesting timber may need to be reduced in some cases.Smith will speak on the topic at the Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop near Cincinnati on March 17. The event offers 15 sessions on subjects including birds, bats, trees, bees, ponds, and timber and wildlife management. It’s for landowners in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana tri-state region. It’s also for anyone else interested in conservation.Smith, who is forestry program director in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), and specifically in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), is one of the workshop’s organizers. She said the session she’ll give, called “Woodland Management After EAB,” will share details on regaining a “healthy, functioning forest.”Marne Titchenell, wildlife program specialist with CFAES and SENR, said invasive plants affect animals, too.Which plants are better for animals?“Forest wildlife depend on native plants for food and cover,” said Titchenell, who, like Smith, will speak at the workshop and is one of its organizers. But invasive plants often will outcompete natives and make good food and cover hard to come by.Titchenell said invasive honeysuckle shrubs, for example, offer less-nutritious berries for birds and poorer cover for their nests. The birds’ fitness and breeding success go down.She said invasive plants also can hurt people, noting that invasive Japanese barberry shrubs are linked to increases in ticks and tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease.Such plants can be managed successfully, Titchenell said, but only if landowners make it a priority. She said her workshop session, “How Invasive Plants Impact Forest Wildlife,” will give tips and reasons for doing so.Four university programs in the region are hosting the workshop: CFAES, University of Kentucky Forestry Extension, Kentucky State University, and Purdue Extension Forestry and Natural Resources.Bees, trees, stranger thingsA sampling of some of the other sessions includes:“Native Bees” by Denise Ellsworth, director of CFAES’s Honey Bee and Native Pollinator Education program, the health of bees and other pollinators being a global concern because of recent population declines.“Tree Identification” by Doug McLaren of University of Kentucky Extension, proper ID being helpful in determining which trees are native or invasive, produce food for wildlife or pollinators, or are saleable as timber.“Ways to Manage for Bats in Your Woodland” by Tim Divoll and Joy O’Keefe of Indiana State University, the health of bats, too, being a growing concern because of white-nose syndrome, a new disease that’s been killing them.“10 Ways to Manage Wildlife in Your Woods” by Brian MacGowan of Purdue University Extension.“Timber Management Practices for Your Woodland” by Richard Cristan of Kentucky State University.“Weird Things in the Woods: Some Common Pests and Diseases” by Joe Boggs, educator in the Hamilton County office of CFAES’s Ohio State University Extension outreach arm.“Your Land, Your Legacy” by Dave Apsley, OSU Extension natural resources specialist.See the full schedule of sessions and speakers at go.osu.edu/agenda.
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Cross-platform mobile push notification and in-app purchase service Urban Airship announced two new features this morning that mobile savvy marketers are sure to find compelling. In a world fast becoming more mobile, more real time and more data-centric, these technologies are very well timed. Hopefully they’ll be self-correcting enough that app users won’t be driven crazy. The company’s new Push Composer is a simple web-based publishing platform for publishing messages that will be delivered to app users’ iOS, Android or BlackBerry screens. Messages can be scheduled ahead of time and delivered to groups of users segmented by a variety of tags. The second new feature, UA Reports, displays daily metrics about notification open rates by time of day. With nearly 10 million notifications sent each day, Urban Airship says it intends to offer mobile marketing benchmarks, best practices for maximizing engagement through push and more data-centric insights in the near future.An Unusual CompanyWe first wrote about Urban Airship eighteen months ago, when the then tiny startup unveiled its plans to act as a technology middle-man for app developers interested in outsourcing the infrastructure required to take advantage of the new push notifications and in-app purchasing on the iPhone. The company was founded by a scrappy group of engineers with a bizzarre story: their previous employer collapsed overnight, offering company computers in lieu of final checks, they built and sold an online bacon delivery website and a number of them were fortunate enough to receive unemployment payments for bootstrapping entrepreneurs under an innovative program from the state of Oregon. Then they built Urban Airship. Led by serial innovator Scott Kveton, the company started landing customers fast and furious.Fast forward to today and the now venture-backed startup says it has more than 7500 customers, using the company’s services in almost 16,000 different apps, and adds an average of 43 new customers each day. In addition to push and in-app sales, the company was powering some of the first experiments with iOS content subscription. Urban Airship’s list of customers is long and interesting, from Target to the Guardian, Warner Brothers, the Vancouver Canucks and Groupon. That’s right – this little startup powers the push notifications for the fastest growing tech company in history. Say what you will about Groupon (I’m no fan) but that’s impressive.As we discussed in depth when it was revealed that push notifications were coming to the Twitter iPhone app, push enables new forms of interaction with mobile apps. Beyond increasing user engagement, push offers users opportunities to interact with apps in ways that are real-time, synchronous and rich with flow. The interruptive nature of push allows for finer-tuned prioritization of certain messages from certain sources. Push is a big deal, and Urban Airship makes it easy and systematic for app developers to implement it.From its humble beginnings, the startup has now grown to 25 employees, has taken over a spacious office in Portland, Oregon and is quickly hiring many of the most cutting edge engineers, designers and sales people in that tech-rich town. The building now houses a number of mobile startups, including former Twitter engineer Alex Payne’s forthcoming BankSimple. A publicly available mobile device testing lab is in the works as well, gathering devices from manufacturers around the world for anyone to come and test their apps on. Moving Beyond Speaking to GeeksUrban Airship says that companies come to it to save time and money on deploying push notifications, but there’s far more than can be done once the customers are in the door. The startup is building new features quickly – some go over well (like RSS to push) and others have been slower to gain adoption, like the feature the company calls “rich media push.”The two features the company is releasing today speak to a new audience, though. While the legacy product is ultimately an API play, the new features adress the needs of marketing organizations. Both features are being tested with existing customers but will be made generally available once that testing is complete.The new Push Composer is like a little blogging platform, or a Twitter client, but for writing Push Notifications. An attractive UI allows anyone to compose short messages, schedule them for delivery and segment the audience based on tags that users may have opted-into or that a mobile app provider applied to people themselves. For example: one group of recipients might like the Portland Trailblazers, another group may be people who have opened a push notification within the previous 24 hours. Tagged groups can be whatever you like. Click send and boom, the message will be sent and received in seconds.At launch the Composer does not allow users to determine what screen in an app gets opened when a notification is viewed, but the company says that may be offered in the future. Right now when recipients view a notification, the app simply opens up its front page.Even more interesting are the new UA Reports. At first the reports are simple. They just track app opens, time in app, and push volume over time.In time, Urban Airship hopes to see what kinds of data their customers want and to offer a wide variety of information based on that data it collects, cross referenced with other data sources. The company says it believes that app developers will eventually make decisions based on the data the reports deliver: what kinds of notifications get the most response? What kinds of features are users best alerted to by push? Which features or content types should be more prominent in the experience of the app? marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts The company says, for example, that one of its magazine customers found that push notifications and icon badges for its mobile apps were being opened more often at 9 PM than at any other time of the day. In response, the magazine now regularly pushes new content and notifications around 8:30 to prime the pump for evening readers.Push notifications are great for keeping users engaged with apps, but some mobile devices handle them better than others. On iOS they are frankly terrible – though rumors are flying that drastic improvements may be forthcoming. Will putting push composition in the hands of marketers lead to notification overload, a declining user experience and consumer backlash? That seems like one of the risks, but one that Urban Airship hopes to tackle with data-based education about best practices. The company says it has one full time engineer dedicated to metrics right now, but does not offer any formal training or guidelines in pushing just right instead of too much.“2011 is the year that mobile apps need to prove their value,” says Urban Airship’s Jason Glaspey in the company’s announcement today. “With thousands of apps fighting for consumer attention and an average app lifespan of one month or less, developers and marketers need powerful tools.”With a full-speed-ahead attitude and plenty of momentum, Urban Airship will now try to provide just that kind of tools. Hopefully the data analysis the company shares with its customers will help keep trigger-happy push composers in check and not lead to an overwhelming flood of notifications. Time will tell. It looks like this new mode of communication is about to become easier and smarter than ever before. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
In Depopulated Midwestern Cities, Demolition Is a Pressing NeedSAGINAW, Mich. — For the last 30 years, Habitat for Humanity volunteers have focused most of their efforts on new home construction or remodeling. In recent years, however, Habitat volunteers are learning a new trade: demolition.According to the New York Times, the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Saginaw, Michigan has received state and federal funding to demolish vacant, dilapidated homes at the rate of two houses per week. “Volunteers are learning to rip down plaster, pull apart walls and tear off roofs,” the Times reported. “The shift in the organization’s focus is a sign of the times in Saginaw, a shrinking city northwest of Detroit where at least 800 houses sit empty and doomed, and offers a glimpse of what increasingly empty neighborhoods in many cities may soon face as foreclosures continue. … In cities where so many homes sit empty, the group is leaning away from building new houses and instead fixing up old ones, said Ken Klein, the vice chairman of the group’s board.”The trend is not limited to Saginaw; at least 100 other Habitat affiliates are involved in building deconstruction. Demolition volunteers usually try to salvage reusable materials like cabinets, light fixtures, sinks, and doors. “It’s more challenging than building, where you go in linear steps,” said Saginaw volunteer Chuck Aubin. “With deconstruction, you don’t know what you’re getting into until you tear that panel off the wall.”Too Big and Too Far GoneThe houses being demolished in Saginaw aren’t worth repairing. “A lot of these are just too big for us to use,” said Paul Warriner, the executive director of Habitat For Humanity Saginaw. “Some of them are not in real good areas, perhaps. And some of them are just too far gone, too dangerous.”Saginaw has many blocks filled with boarded-over houses. “The problem is endemic throughout the Midwestern, older industrial towns,” said Saginaw city manager Darnell Earley. “It’s going to be very difficult to catch up with it.”
Sports Minister Ajay Maken.The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Friday dealt a major blow to Sports Ministry’s effort of reconciliation between Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation by rejecting the interim “working relationship” between the two warring bodies.The FIH said that it was “surprised and disappointed” to learn about the temporary arrangement and threatened to take away the hosting rights of men’s Champions Trophy (in December) and next year’s Olympic Qualifiers from India if the situation remains the same.The world body also made it clear that it recognises only HI as the sole governing body for hockey in India.”The FIH has expressed to the Indian Sports Minister its grave concern about the ‘settlement’ recently announced between Hockey India (HI) and the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), without prior consultation with the FIH.”It is a fundamental and non-negotiable requirement of the Olympic Charter and the FIH Statutes (and indeed of the Indian Government’s own guidelines and draft sports bill) that there can only be one governing body for a sport in each country with exclusive authority and responsibility to govern, organise national competitions and to enter national teams in international competitions,” FIH said in a statement.”The FIH recognises HI as the governing body for hockey in India. The FIH does not recognise IHF and has not done so since 2000. The FIH is therefore surprised and disappointed to learn that the proposal now is simply, as a temporary fix, to transfer governance authority in India from HI to a new ‘joint executive committee’ controlled jointly by HI and the IHF and ‘co-chaired’ by the HI and IHF presidents,” it said.-With PTI inputs advertisement