Robert MyrickRobert “Bob” Myrick, 75, of Oxford, died Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis with his family by his side.Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 23, 2020, at Oxford Christian Church. Burial will be at the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, March 22, 2020, from 12 until 6 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 3 until 5 p.m. at Oxford Funeral Service. Memorials have been established with Oxford Christian Church and the Kansas Honor Flight. Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home, P.O. Box 123, Oxford, KS 67119. To leave an online condolence please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.Bob was born June 6, 1944, the son of Orval and Mildred (Foth) Myrick in Neenah, Wisconsin. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1962 and joined the United States Air Force, serving for 20 years and a day as an aircraft and auto mechanic. On July 18, 1968 Bob was united in marriage to Uthai Boonpok in Korat, Thailand. Bob later worked on the farm for Wes Totten and drove a school bus for 10 years. Bob enjoyed fishing and traveling. He especially liked Thailand.Bob is survived by his loving wife, Uthai of the home; daughters: Sherry Myrick of Oxford and Jennifer Seibert (Perry) of Wichita, KS; one granddaughter, Crystal Seibert and sister, Sandra Sawyer (David) of Oxford.He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Myrick.
Should the Wellington City Council and County Commissioners have passed mask mandates this week? Yes. No. View Results Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (57) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… Commenting Disabled Further commenting on this page has been disabled by the blog admin. You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +18 Vote up Vote down WWG1WGA · 4 weeks ago Just like the coronavirus, your numbers seem to be inflated to fit the narrative. I doubt you seriously had almost 400 votes in 4 hours (6pm-10pm). Most of your polls never get that many votes all day. Report Reply 12 replies · active 4 weeks ago +32 Vote up Vote down Jim · 4 weeks ago Should sumner news cow be unbiased in their report Yes No Report Reply 0 replies · active 4 weeks ago -29 Vote up Vote down Masked up · 4 weeks ago Why should the cow be unbiased? It isn’t owned by the public. If he wrote an editorial endorsing the use of mask would that be any different? Would that make you feel any better Jim. Report Reply 0 replies · active 4 weeks ago +26 Vote up Vote down Jeff · 4 weeks ago Fake votes not withstanding, I have not seen anyone in this CueCow blog realm state that “masks don’t work.” But gov’t partisans and wannabes have no business telling citizens what to do, controlling how we take care of our own selves, or attempting to criminalize or fine anyone who doesn’t agree with them. Despite what Saul Alinsky taught, shouting people down and non-stop criticism fails. Every time. Report Reply 8 replies · active 3 weeks ago -20 Vote up Vote down Dave · 4 weeks ago The left have their way, the Fox News dwellers have their way, and I have my way. I wear masks, cloth and medical ones. Then I touch it off with mechanic gloves. I don’t go in places that don’t mandate masks. If it’s a business and no masks, goodbye with my biz. Same with people, no mask, I will go around the morons. They don’t care about themselves and their kids why in the hell would their care about me and others. Mayor Valentine and Councilman Soria made the right choice the others didn’t have the guts or leadership to do it. But life’s a ***** and then you die. Take me to Frank’s and I’ll give them a little biz But until then, masks and gloves. Report Reply 3 replies · active 4 weeks ago +24 Vote up Vote down UrDreamin · 4 weeks ago Covid-19 deaths in Kansas 2020 = 298 Flu/Pneumonia deaths in Kansas 2018 = 630 So why all the panic? Report Reply 6 replies · active 3 weeks ago +20 Vote up Vote down World Traveler · 4 weeks ago 813 total votes as of 6:54 pm 7/15/2020 for a poll that was just posted yesterday. But no, folks, there’s no poll stacking going on here. Everything is on the up and up. Give me a break. This is just laughable, Cueball. You’re embarrassing yourself, and throwing what little credibility you have left down the gutter. Tell your shills to stop the foolishness, and find a cure for your Trump Derangement Syndrome. Then try to spend less time carrying water for the Marxist democrats, and more time doing some actual unbiased reporting. Report Reply 21 replies · active 3 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Loading …
The Denver Center Theater Company’s 2014/15 season will kick off in September with The Unsinkable Molly Brown, a new adaptation of Meredith Willson’s musical that premiered during the 2009 Colorado New Play Summit.The show details the life of Titanic survivor and Denver aristocrat Molly Brown, who earned her fortune in the heady days of the Gold Rush in the 19th century. The new adaptation at the DCTC will draw on input from some of Broadway’s biggest names. Tony Award nominee Dick Scanlan wrote the book for the show and Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall will serve as director and choreographer for the Denver production scheduled to debut in September.The revamped show will include previously unpublished songs by Willson, creator of classic shows like The Music Man. Molly Brown debuted as a Broadway musical in 1960. A film adaptation starring Debbie Reynolds followed in 1964.The announcement comes on the heels of the ninth annual Colorado New Play Summit, an event that’s become an important regional forum for premiering new works. The new take on Molly Brown is part of the company’s commitment to new work, according to DCTC staff.“We are thrilled to produce this new adaptation of The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” DCTC Artistic Director Kent Thompson said in a release. “With a first-class Broadway creative team and featuring the story of one of Colorado’s most famous and successful women, I couldn’t imagine the show premiering elsewhere.”The show is set to run from Sept. 12 to Oct. 26 at the Stage Theater at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Further details about the production and special events tied to the show will be announced in partnership with the Molly Brown House in Denver. Information: 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org
The Tar Heels (33-6) last won it all in 2009 and Villanova’s only title came in 1985.Both teams advanced to the championship game with lopsided wins, but Villanova’s was far more of a blowout than North Carolina’s.The top-seeded Tar Heels beat 10-seed Syracuse 83-66 on Saturday night in a national semifinal for their 10th straight win. That was after the Wildcats made easy work of Buddy Hield and Oklahoma, with a 95-51 trampling that was the biggest margin of victory in a national semifinal game. Villanova (34-5) did it with 71.4 percent shooting led by Josh Hart, who scored 23 points on 10 of 12 shooting. HOUSTON (AP) — North Carolina will look for its sixth NCAA championship when the Tar Heels meet the Villanova Wildcats, trying for their second, on Monday night. That percentage was the second best in the history of the Final Four. The only team to shoot a higher percentage was that eighth-seeded team in 1985 eighth-seeded team coached by Rollie Massimino which shot 78.6 percent to pull an upset over Georgetown in the final.“They shot the ball very efficient tonight,” Hield said of Villanova. “If a team do this, I feel they can go win it all.”It won’t be easy against the only No. 1 seed to advance to the Final Four this season. Coach Roy Williams has already led two North Carolina teams to championships and this squad has won each of its five tournament games this year by an average of 16.2 points.Nevada sports books opened betting on the title game with North Carolina as a 2-point favorite.Williams wasn’t ready to talk about the next game just minutes after North Carolina had wrapped up its semifinal victory.“Marty Schottenheimer, the coach of the Chiefs a long time ago, had the greatest saying in the world: ‘Enjoy the dickens out of it until midnight and then worry about that other team,’” he said.North Carolina has reached the title game for the 10th time and it will be just the third appearance for Villanova.The two schools have some tournament history with the Tarheels beating Villanova in the tournament on the way to their titles in 1982, 2005 and 2009. They downed the Wildcats in the national semifinals in 2009 before beating Michigan State for the championship.The Wildcats seemed to handle their easy win exactly the way a coach would hope a team with its biggest game to come would. Forward Daniel Ochefu, who was one of six Villanova players to score in double figures, insisted there was no postgame revelry after Saturday night’s victory.“It was very businesslike,” he said. “No one was celebrating. Everyone understands that our next game on Monday we’ll be playing a great team and we’re not celebrating. We told each other at the end of the game that we have a lot of work to do. We can still get better.”North Carolina also had a balanced scoring attack in its semifinal win with Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson adding 16 points each to go with 15 from Kennedy Meeks and Marcus Paige’s 13.But it was the defensive effort of the Tar Heels that Williams was most excited about.“The last four weeks we’ve been much, much better defensively,” he said. “We had a brain lapse there for about three minutes in the second half, but other than that I thought we were really good defensively against a team that’s hard to guard.”The matchup on Monday could be interesting inside after both teams dominated in the paint on Saturday. Villanova outscored Oklahoma 38-20 inside and North Carolina had more points but the same margin by making 50 inside to 32 by Syracuse.“Our main goal is to play a similar goal to what we played tonight, get the ball inside, really try to pound it in there and knock down our free throws,” Meeks said. That percentage was the second best in the history of the Final Four. The only team to shoot a higher percentage was that eighth-seeded team in 1985 eighth-seeded team coached by Rollie Massimino which shot 78.6 percent to pull an upset over Georgetown in the final.“They shot the ball very efficient tonight,” Hield said of Villanova. “If a team do this, I feel they can go win it all.”It won’t be easy against the only No. 1 seed to advance to the Final Four this season. Coach Roy Williams has already led two North Carolina teams to championships and this squad has won each of its five tournament games this year by an average of 16.2 points.Nevada sports books opened betting on the title game with North Carolina as a 2-point favorite.Williams wasn’t ready to talk about the next game just minutes after North Carolina had wrapped up its semifinal victory.“Marty Schottenheimer, the coach of the Chiefs a long time ago, had the greatest saying in the world: ‘Enjoy the dickens out of it until midnight and then worry about that other team,’” he said.North Carolina has reached the title game for the 10th time and it will be just the third appearance for Villanova.The two schools have some tournament history with the Tarheels beating Villanova in the tournament on the way to their titles in 1982, 2005 and 2009. They downed the Wildcats in the national semifinals in 2009 before beating Michigan State for the championship.The Wildcats seemed to handle their easy win exactly the way a coach would hope a team with its biggest game to come would. Forward Daniel Ochefu, who was one of six Villanova players to score in double figures, insisted there was no postgame revelry after Saturday night’s victory.“It was very businesslike,” he said. “No one was celebrating. Everyone understands that our next game on Monday we’ll be playing a great team and we’re not celebrating. We told each other at the end of the game that we have a lot of work to do. We can still get better.”North Carolina also had a balanced scoring attack in its semifinal win with Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson adding 16 points each to go with 15 from Kennedy Meeks and Marcus Paige’s 13.But it was the defensive effort of the Tar Heels that Williams was most excited about.“The last four weeks we’ve been much, much better defensively,” he said. “We had a brain lapse there for about three minutes in the second half, but other than that I thought we were really good defensively against a team that’s hard to guard.”The matchup on Monday could be interesting inside after both teams dominated in the paint on Saturday. Villanova outscored Oklahoma 38-20 inside and North Carolina had more points but the same margin by making 50 inside to 32 by Syracuse.“Our main goal is to play a similar goal to what we played tonight, get the ball inside, really try to pound it in there and knock down our free throws,” Meeks said.,The Tar Heels (33-6) last won it all in 2009 and Villanova’s only title came in 1985.Both teams advanced to the championship game with lopsided wins, but Villanova’s was far more of a blowout than North Carolina’s.The top-seeded Tar Heels beat 10-seed Syracuse 83-66 on Saturday night in a national semifinal for their 10th straight win. That was after the Wildcats made easy work of Buddy Hield and Oklahoma, with a 95-51 trampling that was the biggest margin of victory in a national semifinal game. North Carolina’s Nate Britt (0) and the rest of the team run to the locker room after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Syracuse, Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Houston. North Carolina won 83-66. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Villanova (34-5) did it with 71.4 percent shooting led by Josh Hart, who scored 23 points on 10 of 12 shooting.
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James Cannon makes his first Connacht and PRO12 start alongside Irish international Quinn Roux in the second row. The back row, with captain John Muldoon at number 8, remains unchanged from the last round with flankers Eoin McKeon and Jake Heenan starting.Less than two weeks after making his Ireland debut against Canada, wing Niyi Adeolokun starts at the Sportsground tomorrow night in a pacey back three with Cian Kelleher and Stacey Ili.Craig Ronaldson partners Bundee Aki in midfield while October Player of the Month and outhalf Jack Carty is joined by Cooney on his season debut.The most notable inclusion among the replacements is Marnitz Boshoff. The South African is in line to make his Connacht debut having arrived in Ireland last month following his commitments in the Currie Cup competition.Ronan Loughney and Nepia Fox-Matamua also return from injury to take their place in the match day squad.Connacht team to face Cardiff BluesFriday 25th November, kick off 7:35pm, the Sportsground – LIVE ON GALWAY BAY FM with Rob Murphy and Johnny O’Connor15 Cian Kelleher14 Niyi Adeolokun13 Bundee Aki12 Craig Ronaldson11 Stacey Ili10 Jack Carty9 John Cooney1 Denis Buckley2 Tom McCartney3 Conor Carey4 Quinn Roux5 James Cannon6 Eoin McKeon7 Jake Heenan8 John Muldoon (captain)Replacements:16 Dave Heffernan17 Ronan Loughney18 JP Cooney19 Lewis Stevenson20 Nepia Fox-Matamua21 Caolin Blade22 Marnitz Boshoff23 Danie Poolmanprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney and John Cooney have all returned from injury to take their place in the starting XV for Connacht in round 9 of the Guinness PRO12 against Cardiff Blues tomorrow night. Buckley runs out at the Sportsground tomorrow night for his 100th Connacht appearance and his first game in two months, packing down with the returning McCartney and tighthead Conor Carey.
Foreign trade has become more important to our economy in recent years. Exports have remained flat, and imports of goods and services have grown rapidly, resulting in the growth of the merchandise deficit. Such a consistent adverse trade gap has contributed to stagnation in the people’s standard of living in several ways, but my focus here will be limited to the impact of the trade balance on Guyana’s international reserves, its gross domestic product, and by implication its job market.As we all are aware, G.D.P and employment generally move in the same direction, so what I am saying about the impact on G.D.P generally applies to employment as well.G.D.P. is the way economists calculate how much an economy is producing in total goods and services. Higher exports and lower imports add to G.D.P., while declining exports and higher imports contract G.D.P. In Guyana, we have a case where our agricultural exports are in serious trouble.The Minister of Finance, in his prematurely presented FY 2018 National Budget in November 2017, declared that national exports in 2017 increased by US$1.5 million. However, the 2017 year-end export figures provided by the Minister were nothing else than BOGUS. The actual 2017 exports reflect a position that shows a decline of approximately US$15 million.On the other hand, imports expanded by US$138.5 million over 2017. This drove the overall deficit in the balance of payments for the nation to negative US$64 million. This serves as a contractionary force on the growth of the economy. How was this gap funded in 2017?The graph above clearly illustrates that the international reserves within the Bank of Guyana (in blue) as well as in the Banking System (in red) are being plundered to feed this rapacious appetite for imports, which is not backed by adequate productive exports.Let me be clear: this decline started since the Ramotar days, but what is gravely disappointing is that Mr. Granger promised change and a better life. Mr. Granger promised to cut corruption and fix the six sisters (rice, sugar, bauxite, gold, seafoods, forestry). The reality is that he has done no such thing, and all his words on the 2015 campaign are proving to be extremely economical with the truth.Actually, under the short Granger tenure, corruption has gotten worse, and the six sisters are now on their knees.Since Mr. Granger became President, the gap between imports and exports has become even more unstable, with an average deficit of about US$53 million. This does have a grave negative impact on the economy. Even the remittance inflows from the Diaspora cannot stem this financial outflow from the economy. So Mr. Jordan has to revert to budgetary gimmicks, such as an early budget with guess-figures as a tool to fool the people.A careful study of Mr. Jordan’s menu of public policies will illustrate that he has taken very little, if any, progressive action on the productive economy (housing, agriculture, manufacturing, mining). Most of these sectors are underperforming, and he seems not to care; so this economic deterioration will not change in 2018.So where is this growth really coming from? The services sector, which in Guyana’s case is nothing but a statistical illusion that moves the same money from one pot to the next, similar to musical chairs.So the Granger regime has reverted to selling the people the snake oil illusion that the production of oil will solve everything. But anyone who properly applies their mind to the issue will know that this is furthest from the truth.First off, because of that intellectually bankrupt oil contract in the Stabroek Block, the people will see very little of that oil wealth in their pockets.Secondly, stable oil productions are at least 4 years away. So, over the next 4 years, those living in Guyana must settle themselves for some hard years.The only solution between today and 2021 is to focus on the productive sectors. As an example, it is time for some innovative ideas, like a homegrown clay brick factory to support the housing sector. But do not count on GOINVEST to help, because they are out to sea on the whole question of incentivizing investments and closing the deals.So, in the final analysis, the G.D.P. will continue to flatten (if this trend continues, in 2018 it is expected to come in at 1.9%) and that will have a terrible effect on the job creation front. And the story continues! Wither the economy under President Granger?
NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Dennis Chung (center, shirtless) of the Philippines is mobbed by teammates after scoring against Cambodia during their first round Group A football match at the 2019 SEA Games (Southeast Asian Games) in Manila on November 25, 2019. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)Teenager Dennis Chung struck a late equalizer as the Philippines salvaged a 1-1 draw with Cambodia on Monday night in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.The 18-year-old Chung, who plays for Zehlendorf, came off the bench to fire home the goal that lifted the spirits of the Filipino crowd at Rizal Memorial Stadium and saved the Young Azkals’ blushes.ADVERTISEMENT Schrock played a quick combination with Yrick Gallantes, who teed up Chung to fire past Keo Soksela. The crowd of almost 3,000 exploded in delight as the Young Azkals finally got on the board after a nervy start.The Filipinos, however, have their work cut out for them as they look for their first win on Wednesday this time against Myanmar, which took the lead against Malaysia only to fade late in the match.Meanwhile, as if facing tough opposition is not enough, the Philippine women’s football team has to deal with the lack of food just a day before its campaign starts at Biñan Football Stadium.The Malditas, looking to give the country its first medal in the event since 1985, open their bid against powerhouse Myanmar on Tuesday night with the winner clinching a semifinal berth.The buildup to the match, however, has been far from ideal for coach Let Dimzon’s team which was taken by surprise by the quality and quantity of the food served at its official hotel.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Stunning victory View comments Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations MOST READ The result paved the way for a four-team tie in Group A with Malaysia and Myanmar also battling to a 1-1 stalemate early Monday.Keo Sokhpeng opened the scoring for the Cambodians with a 41st minute strike as the Filipinos got off to an uninspired start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto SPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4But coach Goran Milojevic’s side returned to the pitch with renewed confidence after the restart, slowly but surely imposing their will on the Cambodians.Skipper Stephan Schrock, sub Christian Rontini and Dylan De Bruycker all came close to leveling the score, but it wasn’t until the third minute of stoppage time when Chung rose to the occasion. “I’m not sure what are the arrangements with the Phisgoc, but the quality and quantity of food is not enough,” Dimzon said at the pretournament press conference. “This morning, there was not enough rice and kikiam and egg. There are no nutrients. This is an international competition, it should be international course. Maybe Phisgoc didn’t have enough budget.”The food problem was just the latest challenge the women’s national football team faced. On Monday, the team lamented that it also met difficulties with accommodations.In other men’s competition, Vietnam cruised to an emphatic 6-0 victory over Brunei.Striker Ha Duc Chinh fired four goals as the Vietnamese rolled to maximum points at the start of Group B play at Biñan Football Stadium in Laguna.Trieu Viet Hung and Nguen Trong Hung were also on the scoresheet as Vietnam imposed its class on a Brunei side that trailed just 0-2 at halftime.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)
An opening day win over Lazio (3-1) was followed by a 5-4 win at Parma last weekend.Although the latter victory put Milan’s attacking talents on display, it also exposed their frailties at the back.Juventus, unbeaten at home all of last season on their way to a third consecutive title, have yet to concede a goal in their two wins over Chievo and Udinese and have scored three times. Milan midfielder Jeremy Menez, however, said he expects plenty of fireworks at the San Siro on Saturday.“It will be a big show. Plenty of goals and emotion, almost like it was at Parma,” the Frenchman told Gazzetta dello Sport.“Juve may still be ahead of us, but on Saturday we’ll be playing on level terms and we could achieve something special.“There’s a lot riding on this game… we just have to concentrate on ourselves and stick to our gameplan.”Milan host Juve only four days after the Bianconeri’s dominant 2-0 win over Malmo in their opening Champions League Group A match.But a visit to what should be a packed-out San Siro will be a different prospect, especially as the home support could offer a hostile reception to former coach Allegri.Despite failing to repeat his exploit of leading Milan to the 2011 league title in his three subsequent seasons with the club, Allegri was appointed to succeed Antonio Conte when the former Juve handler quit to become Italy coach.Allegri will still be without midfielder Andrea Pirlo and defender Andrea Barzagli, both of whom are recovering from injury, but could welcome Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal back to the squad as he continues to battle a persistent knee problem.Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra admitted Milan may have home advantage but said he, for one, will not shy away from the challenge.“It’s a difficult game, but I can’t wait to play,” Evra told www.juventus.com.“This was exactly the type of match I wanted to be involved in when I signed for Juventus. They have home advantage but it’s down to us to show that we’re the champions and want to win.”A draw would help propel free-scoring Roma, who sit third but are also on six points after two games, to the top of the table if Rudi Garcia’s men account for Cagliari at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday. Roma, last season’s runners-up, were in fine form on their way to a 5-1 rout of CSKA Moscow on Wednesday that left them top of Champions League Group E.However their win came at a price. Defender Davide Astori could be sidelined for several weeks after being diagnosed with knee ligament damage while Argentinian striker Juan Iturbe remains doubtful with a muscle injury.Promoted Palermo, meanwhile, will be hoping home advantage comes to the fore on Sunday when Inter visit Sicily.Argentinian Mauro Icardi scored a hat-trick as Inter put seven unanswered goals past Sassuolo for the second consecutive season last week to claim their first win of the season.Fiorentina, meanwhile, are set to welcome German striker Mario Gomez back as they head to high-flying Atalanta looking for their first win.Napoli, stunned 1-0 by Chievo last week, face a tough trip to Udinese.FixturesSaturdayCesena v Empoli (1600 GMT), Milan v Juventus (1845)SundayChievo v Parma (1030), Genoa v Lazio, Roma v Cagliari, Sassuolo v Sampdoria (1300), Atalanta v Fiorentina, Udinese v Napoli (1600), Palermo v Inter, Torino v Verona (1845)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ROME, September 19- AC Milan host Juventus in a top-of-the-table clash Saturday that could add impetus to their bid to erase two nightmare seasons — if the Rossoneri can plug the holes at the back. Under new coach Filippo Inzaghi, Milan have enjoyed a flying start to the season following two horrendous campaigns under Massimiliano Allegri and, latterly, Clarence Seedorf.
The Commerce Department reported Thursday that sales of new single-family homes around the nation jumped by 16.2percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 981,000 units. Biggest one-month gain That was the biggest one-month sales gain since a 16.4percent surge in April 1993. Even with the increase, however, sales are 10.6percent below the level of a year ago. The median price of a new home – the midway point between the costliest and cheapest – fell to $229,100, a record 11.1percent below the March level. The price was 10.9percent below the level of a year ago, the biggest year-over-year price decline since 1970. On Wall Street, the stock market retreated as hopes faded that the Federal Reserve will have to resort to an interest rate cut to stimulate the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 84.52 points to close at 13,441.13. WASHINGTON – The beleaguered housing industry is sending mixed signals, with sales of new homes surging in April by the biggest amount in 14 years while prices endured a record plunge. Analysts said the price drop could provide evidence of builders’ desperation. They are looking to reduce a glut of unsold homes in the face of the worst slump in sales in more than a decade. In Los Angeles, the new-home market continued to buck the trend, buoyed by a strong local economy and a smaller percentage of new homes available. Locally, new-home sales in April climbed 13.7percent compared with last year, while the median new-home price rose 6.1percent to $494,750 from last year, according to DataQuick Information Systems in La Jolla. “L.A. County overall has held up pretty well,” analyst Andrew LePage said. Analysts said the drop in home prices probably reflected efforts by builders to cut prices more aggressively to sell homes. They cautioned against reading too much into the 16.2percent jump in sales, the first increase after three consecutive months of sales declines. Analysts noted that this series is subject to wide revisions and that much of the strength came from a big increase in the South, which they said could be partially weather-related. David Seiders, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, said he was looking for sales of new homes to fall by 18percent for the whole year, matching last year’s decline. Sales of both new and existing homes set records for five consecutive years until 2006, when real estate suffered what many believe was a bursting of a speculative bubble. The association’s confidence survey for home builders returned in May to the low point for this downturn, set in September. Builders have grown more worried that tightened lending standards in the wake of rising defaults, especially for subprime mortgages, will further weaken demand in coming months. Builders slashing prices Seiders said half of all builders report they are cutting prices; this comes on top of aggressive use of incentives such as free decks and kitchen upgrades in an effort to move homes. The inventory of unsold new homes fell slightly to 532,000 in April. It still would take six months to deplete this inventory at the April sales rate. Seiders said the big drop in the median home price in April reflected not only significant price reductions on the part of builders but also a shift by buyers to homes at the lower-end of the price scale. The slump in housing is the worst since the 1990-91 recession. Analysts said it probably would continue for several more months and that any rebound would be subdued, in part because mortgage rates have started to rise. The mortgage company Freddie Mac reported Thursday its weekly survey found that the nationwide average for 30-year mortgages jumped to 6.37percent this week, the highest level in seven months. The jump came as financial markets grew less optimistic about the possibility of rate cuts by the Federal Reserve. The housing weakness has weighed on the entire economy, helping to slow overall growth to an anemic 1.3percent annual rate in the first three months of this year, the weakest pace in four years. The strength in home sales last month was led by a 27.8percent surge in the South followed by gains of 8.5percent in the West and 3.8percent in the Northeast. Sales fell 4percent in the Midwest. Factories on a rebound? In other economic news, the Commerce Department said orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods posted a moderate 0.6percent increase in April. A continued rebound in business investment offset weakness in orders for commercial airplanes and autos. Analysts believe U.S. factories, buffeted by the weakness in housing and slumping demand for autos, are starting to stage a moderate rebound. Capital goods spending excluding aircraft, considered a good proxy for business investment, rose by 1.2percent last month, the second solid monthly gain. Meanwhile, the Labor Department said that the number of newly laid-off workers filing applications for unemployment benefits rose to 311,000 last week, an increase of 15,000 after five consecutive weekly declines.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!