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SOUTHAMPTON VS TOTTENHAM

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)GAZZANIGA,YOSHIDA, FONTE, VAN DIJK, BERTRAND,WANYAMA,S. DAVIS, ROMEU, WARD-PROWSE,MANE, LONGKANE,ERIKSEN, DEMBELE, SON,DIER, ALLI,ROSE, VERTONGHEN, ALDERWEIRELD, WALKER,LLORISTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)Former Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino returns to St Mary’s Stadium with Tottenham, who missed the chance to record their longest unbeaten run (15 games) in the top flight since 1967 last Sunday when they were beaten 2-1 at home to Newcastle United.Saints have gone four Barclays Premier League games without a win, a sequence that has seen them drop to 12th place. They suffered their third defeat in four at Crystal Palace, where they lost 1-0 last Saturday. A fifth game without a win would be their worst run since November and December of last year.They return to St Mary’s where they have won only three of eight home games while scoring 13 goals which is actually two more than pace-setters Arsenal.Spurs are fifth despite last weekend’s loss but they have won only two while drawing four of their seven away games. But their defence has been mean on the road, conceding just seven goals – only Manchester City (6) have conceded fewer away goals.last_img read more

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Brazil’s Neymar sidelined for up to three months with foot surgery

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Dressed in a black hoodie, a black baseball cap and wearing sunglasses, Neymar left the plane in a wheelchair. He smiled and took selfies with other passengers before leaving on a private jet to an undisclosed destination.Neymar could arrive at the hospital on Friday by helicopter for maximum privacy, according to local press reports. From the airport he may have headed straight for his villa in the Rio area, the reports said.At the Mater Dei de Belo Horizonte hospital, an entire wing has been reserved for Neymar and his entourage, and staff have been warned to uphold the facility’s policy regarding confidentiality, said GloboEsporte.Serious fractureThe initial assessment did not appear as serious on Sunday, when Neymar was reported to have suffered a hairline fracture of the fifth metatarsal, as well as a twisted ankle late in PSG’s 3-0 win over Marseille in Ligue 1.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Neymar’s father had predicted “at least six weeks” out, while PSG coach Unai Emery even said there remained a “small chance” of getting him back in time to face Real Madrid.But Lasmar’s assessment painted a graver picture.“Yesterday we went back to the hospital (in Paris) and made new exams that left the seriousness of the fracture very clear,” he told journalists in Rio.“There was no doubt left regarding the treatment. We were unanimous in agreeing that it would have to be surgical treatment. More conservative treatment, without surgery, would present a far greater risk for refracture. We can’t run that risk.”The drama is a big personal setback for Neymar, who has been at the centre of the world’s footballing attention since his 222 million-euro ($264 million) move from Barcelona last August.He has scored 28 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for PSG since arriving. But on Sunday he looked to be in tears as he was stretchered off the field at the Parc des Princes.PSG lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the first leg of their European tie in Spain two weeks ago and are in danger of being knocked out of the competition in the last 16 for the second season running.– Neymar misses friendlies –Brazilians’ attention is entirely trained on the World Cup, where they have ambitions of walking away with a sixth title after the humiliation of crashing out 7-1 to Germany in the 2014 semi-finals on home soil — a match Neymar missed after picking up an injury in the last eight against Colombia.Even if Neymar gets back in time, he appears sure to miss two warm-up friendlies against Russia and Germany in March.“Brazilians have high hopes for the World Cup with him and many are afraid he won’t be able to take part,” said one fan, kiosk owner Gabriel Tavares Barreto in Rio de Janeiro. 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Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “I think he’ll recover in time… but that’s what Brazilians are worrying about,” the 21-year-old said.Images of Sunday’s fateful duel between Neymar and Marseille player Bouna Sarr have been replayed incessantly on television, often in slo-mo.Lasmar said he was aware of the pressure.“It’s clear there are goals to reach in terms of timing and we will do our best to meet the deadlines,” he said.The UOL sports website reported that Neymar may recuperate at his residence in Mangaratiba, on the coast of Rio state. The luxury residence has the facilities that would allow the star’s medical team to run a full physiotherapy program, the report said. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The (recovery) period will be around two and a half to three months,” national team surgeon Rodrigo Lasmar, who flew with Neymar, said Thursday.The injury has not only ruled the world’s most expensive player out of PSG’s make-or-break Champions League clash with Real Madrid on March 6, but more worryingly for the football-mad public in Brazil, also threatens the much-fancied national side’s build-up to the World Cup, starting in Russia on June 14.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLasmar, who will lead the surgery at a hospital in Belo Horizonte, said there is no quick fix for the striker.“It’s not a simple fracture, but a fracture in an important bone in the middle of the foot,” Lasmar said. PSG’s Neymar, center left, is tackled by Marseille’s Hiroki Sakai, during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille at the Parc des Princes Stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)Brazilian superstar Neymar will be sidelined for up to three months — perilously close to the eve of the World Cup — after undergoing surgery on his broken foot, his doctor says.The worse than previously announced prognosis came as the Paris Saint-Germain striker, 26, arrived in Rio de Janeiro from Paris for Saturday’s operation.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

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Warriors guard Curry will sit out three-game road trip

first_imgMOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, left, and Kevin Durant sit on the sideline in this file video taken Oct. 28, 2018, in New York. APSAN FRANCISCO, United States – Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will miss the reigning NBA champions’ next three games while being monitored for a nagging left groin strain, the team announced Wednesday.Curry has missed the Warriors’ past three games after suffering the injury last Thursday against Milwaukee and has been monitored and evaluated by the club’s medical staff since then.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Pacquiao, Broner to unveil fight details next week The 30-year-old sharpshooter, twice an NBA Most Valuable Player, will travel with the Warriors on their three-game road trip to Texas but he will not play and he will be re-evaluated in 10 days, the team said in a statement.The Warriors visit Houston on Thursday, play at Dallas on Saturday and meet San Antonio on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThey also have a home contest next Wednesday against Oklahoma City before a home game against Portland on November 23, the day Curry is set to be re-examined.Curry has averaged 29.5 points, 6.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds a game for the Warriors over 12 contests this season while hitting 49.2 percent of his 3-point shots.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title At 12-3, the Warriors lead the Western Conference and are just behind Toronto (12-2) for the league’s best record in the young season.Times are tougher for the NBA’s Texas trio, with expected powerhouse Houston at 6-7, Dallas at 5-8 and San Antonio at 7-5. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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27,000 Students Write WAEC Today

first_imgMore than 27,882 candidates will begin writing the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exams today Monday, May 19, John Y. Gayvolor, WAEC Monrovia Head of Office has confirmed.`The candidates who registered to write this year’s annually-administered tests, according to Mr. Gayvolor, are representing at least 442 high schools from the 15 counties with Montserrado containing the highest numbers.In an exclusive interview Sunday, May 18, with thzaqe Daily Observer at his Congo Town office, he said preparations for the administration of the exams have been put in place to avoid any unnecessary hiccups during the weeklong process.The Monrovia WAEC head has encouraged all registered candidates to do their best to produce “acceptable results” at the end of the tests.This year’s exams, he said, will follow the same patterns as previously arranged in all of the four major subjects—Mathematics, General Science, Social Studies, Language Arts and other elective subjects.Earlier in her ‘good will message’ over the weekend to students sitting the 12th grade WAEC administer tests, the Minister of Education, Etmonia David Tarpeh, said the 12th grade exams are the measures to evaluate what the students have achieved over the last three years in the education sector.This year’s exams are being administered to students from 442 high schools — government, private and/or faith-based institutions — across the country.Of the 27,882 candidates, 15,130 are males, while 12,752 are females.According to Minister Tarpeh, all proctors, supervisors or monitors selected to administer the exams are being warned to exercise the greatest degree of integrity, restraint and commitment to the process.Candidates are also being advised to abide by rules abolishing the use of cell phones, pieces of paper and electronic gadgets other than the ones distributed or allowed in the hall by the examiners.Meanwhile, the MOE in collaboration with WAEC is appealing to parents, guardians and the general public not to enable or assist students to engage in acts inimical to the administration of the tests. This would include the solicitation of money or facilitation of “flexibility fees” as has previously been the case.Henceforth, the MOE has warned that anyone (proctors, examiners, monitors, etc) caught in acts outside of the exams protocol will be arrested and turned over to the courts for prosecution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img
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World’s 1.8B Young People Can Propel Socioeconomic Development

first_imgDeveloping countries with large youth populations could see their economies soar, provided they invest heavily in young people’s education and health and protect their rights, according to The State of World Population 2014, published recently by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).The potential economic gains would be realized through a “demographic dividend,” which can occur when a country’s working age population is larger than the population that is dependent and younger, the report shows.But to maximize the dividend, countries must ensure that their young working-age populations are equipped to seize opportunities for jobs and other income-earning possibilities.“Today’s record 1.8 billion young people present an enormous opportunity to transform the future,” says UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. “Young people are the innovators, creators, builders and leaders of the future. But they can transform the future only if they have skills, health, decision-making, and real choices in life,” he added.With the right policies and investments in human capital, countries can empower young people to drive economic and social development and boost per-capita incomes, the new UNFPA report states.The UNFPA Executive Director urges countries in pursuit of a demographic dividend to ensure the gains result in growth that benefits everyone.“It is too easy to talk about the demographic dividend in terms of money, savings and economic growth, which have so far excluded many,” Dr. Osotimehin says. “The demographic dividend must be harnessed to achieve inclusive growth and offer opportunities and well-being for all.”In the 1950s and 1960s, several East Asian economies invested heavily in young people’s capabilities and in expanding their access to voluntary family planning, enabling individuals to start families later and have fewer children. The result was unprecedented economic growth. The Republic of Korea, for example, saw its per-capita gross domestic product grow about 2,200 per cent between 1950 and 2008.Nine in ten of the world’s young people today live in less developed countries. Because of lagging social services, these countries face greater obstacles to leveraging the advantages that can result from engaging a youthful, productive workforce.The UNFPA report shows that demographic shifts taking place in about 60 countries are opening a window for a demographic dividend. The size of the dividend depends largely on how those countries invest in young people to realize their full potential.If sub-Saharan African countries repeated the East Asian experience by making the right investments in young people, enabling them to participate in decisions that affect their lives and adopting policies to bolster economic growth, the region as a whole could realize a demographic dividend amounting to as much as $500 billion a year, for 30 years.A demographic dividend of this magnitude has the potential to lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and raise living standards and catapult economies forward, the report states. Critical youth investments needed to reap a demographic dividend are those that protect rights, including reproductive rights, improve health, including sexual and reproductive health, and provide skills and knowledge to build young people’s capabilities and agency. These investments can also accelerate fertility declines, which can in turn accelerate the demographic transition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Law Reform Commission Inducts 1st Legislative Drafters’ Class Leaders

first_imgThe Law Reform Commission (LRC) has inducted into office the leadership of the first class of legislative drafters.Legislative drafters are individuals all of whom don’t necessarily have law backgrounds, but have backgrounds in other disciplines, and are employees of various government ministries and agencies. They are undergoing a vigorous seven hours a day, month-long training on how to do legislative drafting. The 35 member are being trained under the auspices of the LRC.The LRC is statutorily mandated to lead the law reform process of Liberia by reviewing the laws, proposing amendments where necessary and ensuring that the laws are modernized to meet contemporary times.To meet this objective, LRC has to meet with various stakeholders, who have interests and parts to play in drafting laws.This has, however, become difficult for the LRC because a lot of the times when instruments to be enacted into law are sent to them, they (instruments) are “very poorly drafted and they would have to be drafted over,” according to Cllr. Jallah Barbue, Chairman of the LRC.Dr. Barbue said there is so much pressure on the Commission that they are not able to keep redrafting laws from scratch. According to him, because of some delays, tension has erupted between the LRC and some of their partners and others with interests in the law.“So, on that basis, we realized that rather than just leading the process of drafting and redrafting, it is important that we have documents (coming) from trusted individuals at public institutions and agencies, who already have basic ideas of what to do. So it’s on that basis that we thought that we should conduct a training of this nature,” he stated. The 30+ members of the first class elected Attorney Nadia S. Kamara, President; Rev. Melvin Kennedy, Vice President and Matthew N. Kumeh, Secretary General.The induction ceremony was performed by Nimba County Dist. #7 Representative Wolea-Sawah Dunah. He said the idea of the legislative drafting training, from their experience at the Capitol, is a necessity. “We want to commend the LRC for organizing this one,” he added. “This training focuses on the critical works that we were elected to do.”In her inauguration speech, Attorney Kamara raised the concern of what becomes of them after their training as legislative drafters is over at the end of October. “Do we go on our own, doing our usual tasks at our various institutions? Will we receive the requisite recommendations from the government and thereby be placed in appropriate institutions in order to utilize our knowledge?” she asked.She told her colleagues that they should be aware that as legislative drafters, they have the responsibility to construct legislations, which have effects on government policies and to communicate the law “clearly to people who are affected by it, to the officials who administer it and to the judges who interpret and apply the law.”Madam Kamara is from the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL), Rev. Kennedy from is the National Civil Society Council of Liberia, while Mr. Kumeh works at the House of Representatives.In response, LRC vice Chairperson, Cllr, Deweh E. Gray said “We have plans that after the third week of the training, you are going to be placed in your various institutions where you will be able to put into practice what you have learned over two week (s).”Cllr. Gray said the reason is to evaluate the trainees and will also help them in strengthening the training and filling in gaps.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Government is Making Us Lazy’ -Says a Liberian Farmer

first_imgMr. Kamara’s says he has cultivated 150 acres of upland rice with a high premium variety and has 78 metric tons of milled rice in his warehouseMr. Mohammed Kamara, a Liberian farmer and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Agriculture Infrastructure and Investment Company (AIIC) in Foya, Lofa County, says Liberia is experiencing a huge importation of rice, because the government is not providing support to inspire farmers.“Liberians consume millions of metric tons of rice every year, with a significant portion of its consumption sourced from imports; so the government needs to go back to the policies of the 60s and 70s when farmers were given loans to improve their farming activities,” Mr. Kamara said.Kamara told the Daily Observer recently in Foya, Lofa County, that he has cultivated 150 acres of upland rice with a high premium variety and has 78 metric tons of milled rice in his warehouse, “because my dream is to reduce the importation of Asian and European rice in the country, but only if I can get the needed funding.”Mr. Kamara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Liberia and is the owner of the AIIC, which is in business of rice farming. His farm is considered to be the largest commercial rice farm by land size in the county, situated on 150 acres of land, and employs more than 100 locals.Some of the milled rice in Mr. Kamara’s AIIC warehouse.“I want to battle the importation of rice, but with the traditional shifting cultivation method still being used in Liberia, it is a difficult war to fight,” he said.“I appreciate engaging the collective through community involvement. This has actually inspired AIIC to set up a few initiatives, such as giving seeds to farmers for seed multiplication,” Mr. Kamara added.He told the Daily Observer that he has been contracted by the World Food Program (WFP) to supply 48 metric tons of rice as part of its school feeding program for this academic year.“In the coming months, WFP will also be contracting my organization to provide 1,000 metric tons of rice for its school feeding program in Lofa County,” Mr. Kamara said.“I want us Liberians to regain our pre-war status by eating our traditional rice [country rice], because it is organic; meaning it is nutritious,” he said.He then used the occasion to commend the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the implementing partners for the support.Mr. Kamara lauded the China-Liberia Agricultural Technology Cooperation Project, based at China-Liberia Agriculture Demonstration Center in Suakoko, Bong County, for the technical and material support to his organization.He said that China-Liberia Agricultural Technology Cooperation Project provided 180kg of upland rice seeds and planting process training, weeding, fertilizer application and pest and disease control for farmers in order to have a good yield.Milled Rice in Foya, Lofa County, produced by Mohammed Kamara’s AIICShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Linden Mayor urges constables to be gatekeepers of town

first_img…as constabulary celebrates 51st anniversaryLinden Mayor, Waneka Arrindell has urged members of the Linden Town Constabulary to understand their roles and to be gatekeepers of the town, as the constabulary recently celebrated 51 years of existence. The anniversary was marked by a ceremonial march past and salute by constabulary ranks followed by a ceremony hosted at the Egbert Benjamin Centre in Linden. Three constabulary employees were also awarded for their exemplary contributions to the constabulary over the years. Nicola Noble was awarded Best Corporal, while Ron Johnson was awarded Most Improved Constable and Myra Richards was awarded for Best Attendance.Arrindell in her remarks noted that the Town’s Constabulary has one hundred per cent of her support. Linden’s Town Clerk, Orleena Obermuller, in a brief history of the constabulary, noted that the Department has grown in strength and personnel over the years.The Linden Town Constabulary was established on April 19, 1967, and enlisted 9 members on April 24 into the Guyana Police Force Training School at Eve Leary. With the emergence of the North Mackenzie and Wismar-Christianburg local authorities came the expansion of the Local Authority Area and the town establishing its status in 1970. Constabulary constables were then reappointed as town constables. Presently, there are 27 ranks, including a Superintendent, an Inspector, two sergeants, three corporals and 21 constables, who are mandated to secure and protect the Council’s property as well as to maintain law and order within the boundaries of the town. They are also assisted by eight security guards.The Linden Town Constabulary officers during a march to commemorate its 51st Anniversarylast_img read more

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Harvick starts Busch where he left off

first_imgSaturday’s race was overrun with Buschwhackers – Nextel Cup regulars moonlighting in the junior series – and Harvick controlled the last half of the 120-lap event. Starting 31st in the 43-car field, Harvick crossed the finish line about three lengths ahead of runner-up Dave Blaney, who gave Toyota a solid finish in its first Busch event. “I said if we ever get all the way to the front, we’re going to be in really good shape,” said Harvick, who led the final 42laps. “Because the whole last run, once I got to the front, I never had to let off the floor.” It was an auspicious start for Harvick, who won nine races last year to earn his second Busch Series title. He beat runner-up Carl Edwards by 824points. Even with only a partial Busch schedule planned this season, Harvick’s win was no surprise – he finished in the top eight, including a trio of runner-up finishes, in his nine previous Busch starts on the 2.5-mile Daytona oval. Harvick, who ran away with the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series title, started the season with his 27th Busch victory. This time, he was driving for Richard Childress, who also fields his Nextel Cup Chevrolets. “Any time you can win any race at Daytona it’s big,” said Harvick, who will start 34th in Sunday’s Daytona 500. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kevin Harvick has been to Daytona’s Victory Lane before – just not as a driver. “I went there the last two years as a car-owner,” Harvick said Saturday after driving to his first win at Daytona International Speedway. “This is more fun.” center_img Still, Harvick’s not considering adding more Busch races. “Absolutely not,” he said. “We’re here to win races, and it’s something to where we just want to go out and hopefully keep going where we left off last year. “It’s just a lot of fun to drive when the car is like that.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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March hike in housing starts not enough

first_imgIt was not a good week for the residential real estate sector. The subprime meltdown took a big chunk out of Calabasas-based Countrywide Financial Corp.’s quarterly profit Thursday. The bottom of this pit has not been reached, Freddie Mac head Richard F. Syron said Friday. And the housing slump could pull the country into recession this year, the government said Friday. Last month, builders across the state pulled permits for 7,743 single-family homes statewide, up about 23 percent from the previous month but down 31 percent from March 2006. On the multi-family front, builders pulled 5,408 permits, up 70 percent from the previous month but down just under 5 percent compared to March 2006. It adds up to 13,151 homes, condos and apartments in the works, according to the statistics compiled by the Burbank-based Construction Industry Research Board. The monthly uptick is good news. But things don’t look so great versus last year, the one when the residential real estate slump packed on muscle. In this year’s first quarter, production started on 32,646 homes, apartments and condos, an annual decline of 28 percent. Our neighbor, the Inland Empire, shares a lot of the responsibility. Association chief economist Alan Nevin attributes about 40 percent of the entire year-over-year decline in single-family production to the Riverside/San Bernardino area. That market now has the nation’s third highest rate of foreclosure, and that news came last week, too. Riverside and San Bernardino counties were the latest haven for first-time buyers, and builders responded by churning out product. Problem is, those buyers had to drive to work in Los Angeles or San Diego counties, and rising gas prices tend to chew away at paychecks just like rising house payments do. So sales cooled. “Residential homebuilders to a large degree have reverted to a `just in time’ mentality that results in starting homes in line with current demand rather than being ahead of demand,” Nevin said. “The result of this strategy is to maintain a modest standing of unsold inventory and economic viability.” He also sounds a reoccurring theme, too. Yes, the housing market is in the dumps. But the overall economy is OK. So far. Additionally, while the Inland Empire continues to struggle, housing production in the state’s second-largest single-family market – Sacramento – is down just 1.4 percent for the year. Builders have not been putting up enough homes to meet demand for years and there are lots of reasons why. Now sure does not seem like the proper time to head on down to the planning department and leave with a briefcase full of permits. But the association says an annual drop in production can’t be good news for renters looking for their first home because prices are not likely to fall. For example, Los Angeles County saw big annual sales declines in the first quarter but the median home price, the point at which half the houses cost more and half less, reached a record. Again. “California needs new homes in all price ranges,” said Robert Rivinius, association president and chief executive officer, “and given the ever-rising fees and constraints on housing, it’s all but impossible to meet the need in the entry-level market, where the need’s the greatest.” greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Even what starts out like good news can turn the other way in this market. Like housing starts. They rebounded in March, according to the California Building Industry Association. As measured by the number of building permits issued, housing starts jumped nearly 39 percent in California in March versus the prior month, the Sacramento-based trade group noted. And while activity in both single-family homes and condo and apartment construction made “strong” monthly gains, the activity is still well under the year-ago level. last_img
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