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first_imgDelroy SeixasKO finalFirst-time entrants August Town will try to upstage defending champions Constant Spring in the Delroy Seixas KO final this Sunday, at Winchester Park, St George’s College, starting at 4 p.m.Constant Spring hammered August Town in Sunday’s Masters League KO semi-final at the same question.The big question is, can August Town turn it around after the walloping or will Constant Spring continue their winning ways?Come and find out this Sunday.USA, Mexico clash sold outMIAMI, Florida:CONCACAF today announced that the CONCACAF Cup play-off – presented by Scotiabank – between the United States and Mexico on Saturday at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California (6 p.m.Pacific Time), is sold out.The winner of the match, which will be televised in the US by Univision/UDN in Spanish and FS1 in English, will earn a berth in the prestigious FIFA Confederations Cup, to be played in Russia in 2017.”This is one of the biggest soccer games to be played on North American soil since the 1994 World Cup, and the fans have certainly responded,” said CONCACAF acting general secretary, Ted Howard.Bouchard retires from opening match at China OpenBEIJING (AP):A teary-eyed Eugenie Bouchard retired from her opening match against Andrea Petkovic at the China Open due to dizziness yesterday, her first match since falling at the US Open last month and suffering a concussion.Bouchard slipped in the locker room after her third-round win against Dominika Cibulkova at the US Open, falling backward and landing hard on the back of her head. She was forced to withdraw from the tournament, as well as subsequent tournaments in Tokyo and Wuhan, China.The Canadian was trailing 6-2, 1-1 against Petkovic yesterday when she decided to call it quits.”I thought I was physically ready, but unfortunately, the symptoms of my concussion came back,” Bouchard said in a statement. “I hope to get well soon and look forward to returning next year.”After Bouchard retired from the match, Petkovic came around the net to check on her.”I just asked her what happened and she told me that she felt very dizzy,” the German said. “Then I asked if it was the same, if it still was the concussion. She said yeah, it tends to come back when she gets physically very active.”Pakistan beat ZimbabweHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP):Bilal Asif took 5-25 and was also his team’s joint top-scorer to help Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets yesterday and clinch their one-day international series 2-1. Playing just his second ODI, Asif was the standout player as Pakistan avoided a first-ever ODI series loss to Zimbabwe.Spinners Asif and Imad Wasim shared eight wickets as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 161 in 38.5 overs. Wasim took 3-36 and both claimed career-best figures, justifying Pakistan stand-in captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s decision to bowl first at Harare Sports Club.Pakistan reached 162-3 in 34 overs to add the ODI series to their 2-0 victory in the Twenty20 contest.last_img read more

Housing Optimism Climbs as Job Worries Ease

first_img May 7, 2014 446 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Housing Optimism Climbs as Job Worries Ease Consumer Confidence Credit Availability Fannie Mae Home Prices Mortgage Rates 2014-05-07 Scott_Morgancenter_img With concerns about employment easing, Americans are increasingly optimistic about the housing market, reports Fannie Mae in its April National Housing Survey—and, according to the mortgage giant, this climbing optimism may foreshadow an upswing in housing activity through the summer months.The results of the survey, released Wednesday, show that 42 percent of Americans believe now is a good time to sell a home. This is the third straight month that the percentage of respondents saying it’s a good time to sell has increased, bringing that percentage to an all-time survey high.Fannie is taking it as a good sign that buying activity will increase in the coming months, as potential buyers may look to shed their homes in order to buy new ones.Half the respondents to Fannie’s survey believe home prices will increase in the next 12 months, while 52 percent said they expect mortgage rates to go up in the same time period.In related findings, respondents were generally split regarding their ability to get a mortgage. About 45 percent said they would expect no trouble in getting one, while 52 percent expect it would be difficult to do. A little more than a third of respondents feel the economy is on the right track, despite their optimism for the housing market lately.The encouraging thing, however, is that fewer people are concerned about losing their jobs, which, according to Fannie, may encourage potential homebuyers to enter the market. Also, nearly 90 percent said their household incomes have remained stable or improved over the past year—though an increased share also said their expenses have ticked up.”Concern about job loss among employed consumers has hit a record survey low,” said Doug Duncan, senior VP and chief economist at Fannie Mae. Duncan also said that consumer attitudes are at the most favorable level Fannie has seen in the survey’s four-year history and that “consumer confidence is moving in a positive direction.”Fannie’s April report largely mirrors the results of an April Gallup Poll, which showed that more than half of Americans surveyed feel confident about the housing market. According to that survey, American attitudes toward buying, selling, and home values are up to their highest levels since 2007.”These more positive views of the housing market may help foster a situation in which home buying activity increases and home values continue to rise over the next year,” the Gallup report stated. Almost exactly what Fannie found. Sharelast_img read more