September 24, 2021

Inspired sees losses widen in H1 despite revenue growth

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Inspired sees losses widen in H1 despite revenue growth Inspired Entertainment has reported an increased net loss for the first half of the year, despite reporting year-on-year revenue growth for the period.Revenue for the six months to 30 June amounted to $67.9m (£51.8m/€57.3m), up 12.4% from $60.4m in the corresponding period last year.Inspired noted growth across its two primary business segments, with service revenue climbing 3.6% to $58.4m and hardware revenue rocketing 137.5% to $9.5m.In terms of spending in the first half, cost of services was down from $10.7m to $9.7m, but cost of hardware was up 180.8% to $7.3m.Selling, general and administrative expenses jumped 44.4% to $39.7m, but stock-based compensation costs more than halved from $4.4m to $2.0m. Acquisition and integration related transaction expenses were up 175.0% to $4.4m, while depreciation and amortisation spend jumped 37.8%.Higher spending in certain areas offset the increase in revenue, leaving Inspired with an operating loss of $21.1m, compared to $5.2m last year. Other spending, mainly $14.2m in interest expenses and $6.2m in other finance related costs, amounted to $20.5m in additional outgoings. Though Inspired only paid $300,000 in tax during H1, it ended the period with a net loss of $41.9m, a  $15.7m last year.Lorne Weil, executive chairman of Inspired, praised the provider’s performance in the first half, saying that it weathered a number of challenges due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19), which primarily impacted the business in the second quarter.“We believe we are well-positioned to recover, assuming no further Covid-19 measures are implemented in our markets, given our focus on local, smaller retail venues,” Weil said.“We believe there are less travel dependent and better situated than larger venues to adapt to social distancing measures, and our European-concentrated business which appears to be better positioned than the United States in managing the Covid-19 health crisis.”Looking more closely at the second quarter, when many of Inspired’s clients were forced to temporarily close their retail venues due to the pandemic, revenue was down 41.6% to $15.6m.Service revenue slipped 40.6% to $15.2m, after its retail clients were hit hard by temporary shop closures amid the pandemic. Breaking this down further, server-based gaming (SBG) revenue fell 77.1% to $4.0m, with SBG service revenue also fell 78.1% to $3.6m and SBG hardware revenue down from $1.1m to $400,000.Virtual sports revenue, which includes interactive, was up by 6.4% to $9.8m, despite the shutdown of retail services in key markets the UK, Greece and Italy. However, Covid-19 stay-at-home orders and growing migration to igaming saw revenue from online virtuals rise to $2.9m and interactive games’ contirbution increased to $1.3m.Acquired business service revenue – from the Gaming Technology Group business purchased from Novomatic in June last year – was $1.8m. Of this total, approximately $1.2m was generated from the online business, with pubs, leisure parks, motorway service areas and adult gaming centres closed for all of the quarter.With business slowing in Q2, this led to a drop in certain expenses, with cost of sales falling from $5.4m to $3.1m, and hardware expenses down from $1.0m to $300,000.Selling, general and administrative expenses were 17.2% lower at $10.6m, while stock-based compensation costs fell from $2.3m to $1.0m. However, acquisition and integration related transaction expenses were up 71.4%% to $1.2m, and depreciation and amortisation spend hiked 46.2% to $13.3m.This transpired to an operating loss of $13.9m for the second quarter, compared to a $4.5m loss last year. Other expenses totalled $10.5m, which meant that the provider posted a $24.4m loss before tax, higher than the $10.6m in 2019.After paying $100,000 in tax, Inspired ended the second quarter with a net loss of $24.5m, compared to a $10.7m loss in the same period last year.“We are pleased with the fundamentals of our business as we have navigated the impact of the Covid-19 closures,” Weil said. “Given these closures, we expected a negative impact in the second quarter.“However the implementation of aggressive cost-savings measures and strong demand in our online business, which more than doubled on a pro forma basis, helped to compensate for the retail closures and we were able to achieve EBITDA profitability during the quarter.”Weil added: “As we look ahead, we remain confident in the long-term fundamentals of our business. Between the return of our land-based business and the continued growth in our online business, we are upbeat on the outlook for the third quarter and beyond.” 13th August 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img Email Address Inspired Entertainment has reported an increased net loss for the first half of the year, despite reporting year-on-year revenue growth for the period. Finance Topics: Financelast_img read more

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Montpellier’s Pelissie gears up for Heineken Cup

first_imgTAGS: Benetton Main man: Montpellier’s Jonathan Pélissié makes a break during his star turn against Clermont AuvergneBy Gavin MortimerMONTPELLIER COACH Fabien Galthié has been talking up Treviso this week, warning his players the Italians will pose a real threat when the two sides meet on Saturday in the Heineken Cup. So they will. But if I was an Italian I’d be quaking in my boots at the prospect of trying to contain Jonathan Pélissié because so far this season the scrum-half has been nigh on unstoppable. He’s scored three tries so far this season and practically beat Clermont single-handed with a 31-point haul in Montpellier’s recent 43-3 rout of last season’s European finalists.Two of those tries, by the way, will be there or thereabouts when they come to vote for the Top 14 Try of the Season in May. If you haven’t seen Pélissié’s effort against Toulouse (slaughtered 25-0 by Montpellier last month), watch it here and wonder at its brilliance. Treviso have probably watched it a hundred times or more. Good luck, lads.Pélissié is quick to attribute his scintillating start to the season to his team-mates, a Montpellier side that lie second in the table, behind Toulon only on points difference. “I arrived at the club in the summer from Grenoble and straight away I appreciated the atmosphere,” explains the 25-year-old. “There were a lot of changes in the squad over the summer but we’ve quickly built a good spirit. You can see that at our home matches. What we must do now is improve our away form. If we do that we’ll be challenging for the title.”Pélissié scored four tries for Grenoble last season in his 24 league outings, a modest return for a player of his ability. With a brain as quick as his feet, the 5ft 8in footballer is that rarity in the modern game – a player who looks for the space, not the opponent. Trouble was last season he alternated between nine and ten, whereas at Montpellier’s he plays scrum-half and Francois Trinh-Duc wears the No 10 shirt. The fact he’s also in a squad coached by one of the great France scrum-halves also helps. “Fabien has got such a lot of experience that he can pick up on little details and pass them on to me,” explains Pélissié. “Often they’re just little technical points but they all make a difference.” Tee time: Pélissié is Montpellier’s goal-kickerPélissié laughs when asked why it is France scrum-halves love to kick their goals. He does it, so too Morgan Parra, Dimitri Yachvili, Frederic Michalak and even Toulouse’s Jean-Marc Doussain has the odd pot. “It’s a little bizarre,” he admits. “I haven’t got a definitive answer but I think it’s because so many scrum-halves in France start their career at ten. I did, before switching to scrum-half, but I still like to kick goals.”That’s not the only thing that sets Pélissié apart among his peers in the Top 14. He was born in Yvelines, to the south-west of Paris, making him one of the few top-class talents in French rugby to hail from the northern half of the country. Mind you, Pélissié is quick to point out he grew up in the south, in the beautiful countryside of the Dordogne. “I consider myself southern,” he says. “I  have family in Paris and I like to go there for its atmosphere and culture. But they are colder in the north. In the south we smile more. It must be the sun!”Surprisingly, Pélissié was overlooked by Philippe Saint-André for last month’s France training camp, he’s cool about the omission. “I’ve had no contact (from Saint-André),” he says. “And I’m not thinking about it. I’m focusing only on Montpellier and I think I’ve still got a lot of work to do if I’m to be selected.”That was the message from Galthie after Pélissié’s jaw-dropping performance against Clermont. “He’s clever, runs fast, tackles well – he is capable of doing great things,” said the Montpellier coach. “The hardest part is to come, but he has his head on his shoulders.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS A series of standout performances in this season’s Heineken Cup will do Pélissié’s international chances no harm, especially as Montpellier have to tackle Ulster and Leicester, “I’ve never played against either Ruan Pienaar or Ben Youngs,” says the Frenchman. “But it will be a good challenge if I do. I’ll go into the games without fear, just excitement at the prospect of playing against two of the best scrum-halves around.”Pélissié also says Montpellier have the strength in depth this season to sustain their challenge for the Top 14 while also going at it hammer and tongs in the Heineken Cup, something that not all French sides have done over the years. “I believe it’s possible that we can challenge for both titles,” he says. “It will be hard, the Top 14 season is very long and the Heineken Cup is a very tough competition with a high standard. But if we stay focused, don’t get a bad run of injuries, we can give it a good shot.”last_img read more

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Car crashes into trailer at Errol Estate

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter At approximately 1:42 PM a driver crashed his car into a parked trailer on the intersection of Lake Francis Drive and Oak Place in Errol Estate according to the Apopka Police Department. Apparently the driver accidentally drove up the ramp of the trailer and collided with the back end, causing the vehicle to overturn. The Apopka Fire Department responded, removed the driver from the overturned vehicle, and transported him to Florida Hospital – Apopka.The APD is not releasing the driver’s name, and the extent of his injuries are not known.Photos courtesy of The City of Apopka July 19, 2016 at 10:31 pm Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSApopka Fire DepartmentApopka Police DepartmentErrol Estate Previous articleOn This Day: Two icons form a partnershipNext articleApopka Burglary Report and Map Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Oh no…….I hope he is okay. Reply center_img Please enter your name here Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 July 19, 2016 at 11:55 pm Mama Mia Just reading about the missing Apopka teenage girl who disappeared on a family vacation in Washington state. They think she was taken against her will in 50 degree weather with no shoes on, and her cell phone that she loved dearly was found 30 miles away thrown out by the side of a highway! Pray for our Apopka girl! 2 COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Can Smith continue a legacy that began in 1970?

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Alexander Smith has seen a lot of history in Apopka. In 2018, he would like to make a little himself.Smith is running for the Apopka City Commission Seat #1 currently held by six-term incumbent Commissioner Billie Dean. The two men have quite a history together.In 1970, Smith went to his first Apopka City Council meeting. Dean, Smith’s teacher at the time, took him to see Alonzo Williams Jr., the first black Commissioner in Apopka history. It was his first year on the City Council. Williams held that seat for 24 years until Dean succeeded him as the second black commissioner in Apopka history in 1994.Pastor Alexander SmithBy the end of his sixth term in 2018, Dean will match Williams’ 24 years in office. Dean, 81, is undecided on running for a seventh term, but if he chooses to retire, Smith could succeed Dean and continue that legacy.He began his campaign to do just that last night at Taverna’s Restaurant in Rock Springs Ridge with a meet-and-greet attended by his family, friends, neighbors, and supporters. He greeted them all, gave brief remarks, and took questions from the group. Dean and his wife Isadora were also at the event.Smith, 61, moved to Apopka in 1964 with his family and graduated from Apopka High School. He is a recently retired educator after being employed by Orange County Public Schools. After retirement, he became the Associate Pastor at New Life Missionary Baptist Church in Apopka. He is married to Linda C. Smith, has five children, and 12 grandchildren.He makes it clear that his roots in Apopka would assure that his election as a city commissioner would make it the community’s seat, but he would like to see more participation by the Apopka citizens in the process.“It’s not about me,” he said. “Everyone has their agenda. I hear people in the audience at City Council meetings whispering to each other ‘what about what the people think?’ I want to be the people’s voice on City Council. My goal is to represent all of Apopka. As one person I cannot do it all myself. I would like to see more interest and better attendance at City Council meetings and community events.”According to Smith, his faith will play a role in his campaign and as a city commissioner if he is elected. He also says that politics will not change his core beliefs.“I’ll remain constant to my Christian values,” he said. “My grandfather told me your word is the only thing you have. If you lose it, you have nothing. I will always hold true to my word. Being a politician will not change my integrity.”After a career that spanned 39 years as a teacher, Smith still has a passion for improving the lives of children.“I want to bring more opportunities to youth in Apopka, such as recreational activities, internship programs, and mentor programs. We need more parks evenly distributed throughout the city, not in just one place. Youth is my passion. Young people are our future. But if we don’t prepare them for the future, we won’t have a future.”Smith said he is not against the “central park” concept that is being considered by the current City Council, but that he would also want smaller parks throughout all of Apopka.Smith is a resident of Rock Springs Ridge, but he lived many years in South Apopka. His church is in South Apopka, and he remembers a time when Apopka tried to annex the community. He believes that if annexation of South Apopka came up again,  things could be different.“When we tried to annex South Apopka, no one visited that community and presented them with the advantages of being a part of the city. I think if they would, they would have seen the advantages far outweighed the disadvantages.”At a young age, Smith proved to be a rare breed in knowing what he wanted to do despite a majority of his peers having differing opinions.“When I was 18, everyone was saying ‘I can’t wait to graduate and get out of Apopka’”, he said. “I had a different viewpoint. I couldn’t wait to graduate and help the people of Apopka. I knew after that first City Council meeting I wanted to be a city commissioner.”Smith returns to the campaign trail on May 17th with a fundraising event at Something Fishy Restaurant in Apopka from 5-8 PM. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSCity Commission Seat #1Commissioner Billie DeanPastor Alexander Smith Previous articleOrange County declares State of Local EmergencyNext articleApopka historian dies at 88 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 last_img read more

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Monochrome House / Lookofsky Architecture

first_imgArchDaily Monochrome House / Lookofsky ArchitectureSave this projectSaveMonochrome House / Lookofsky Architecture “COPY” CopyAbout this officeLookofsky ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSwedenPublished on March 17, 2019Cite: “Monochrome House / Lookofsky Architecture” 17 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassHanging LampsVibiaHanging Lamp – VOLConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionBricksFeldhaus KlinkerThin Bricks – ClassicGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing for Interior DesignWoodStructureCraftEngineering – FootbridgesAluminium CompositesCymat Technologies Ltd.Bundang Doosan Tower – Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum FoamTable LampsRoss GardamDesk Lamp – OraMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?单色小屋 / Lookofsky Architecture是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Sweden ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/913126/monochrome-house-lookofsky-architecture Clipboard Save this picture!© Mattias Hamrén+ 20Curated by Paula Pintos Share Lead Architect: Year:  CopyHouses•Sweden Houses Projects Manufacturers: Gustavsberg, Velfac, Vola, Elko Save this picture!© Mattias HamrénRecommended ProductsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsText description provided by the architects. The idea for this guest house in the archipelago of Stockholm was to create a simple housing unit that would work efficiently as an informal and compact vacation dwelling. In order to limit the construction budget, the majority of the house was done in low budget materials such as construction plywood and concrete. A straightforward use of materials that at the same time made for a raw and unpretentious interior fitting the client’s intended use and expectations.Save this picture!© Mattias HamrénSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Mattias HamrénAll exterior details were done monochromatically in red for a uniform and distilled expression that references traditional Swedish red houses in the area in a contemporary way. Using one similar simple logic, the inside of the house, including parts of the bathroom, was clad completely in pine plywood, creating a warm and inviting contrast to the bare concrete floor and invoking a reference to the tall pine trees outside.Save this picture!© Mattias HamrénThe entire design of the house was done on the basis of an existing foundation on the site. This naturally translated into a plan layout with beds/bathroom towards one gable and an open living room with a built-in seating niche opposite the compact functions. Windows were carefully placed to frame views of the surrounding nature and water, and the inside window frames were completely hidden in order to blur the boundaries between the inside and the outside of the house.Save this picture!Sections A and BThe house was given an asymmetric roof profile to reflect the functional needs inside by providing an extra sleeping loft in the highest part of the house. This feature, along with the varying window placements, gives the house a playful expression in tune with the unpretentious nature of the site and the project.Save this picture!© Mattias HamrénProject gallerySee allShow lessThese 13 Designs by IKEA Make Life Easier (and More Equitable) for Differently-Abled…ArticlesThe Green Screen “Impostor Cities” of Canada to be Evaluated in Nation’s 2020 Venice…Architecture News Share Monochrome House / Lookofsky Architecture ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/913126/monochrome-house-lookofsky-architecture Clipboard Area:  25 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs David Lookofsky “COPY” Photographs:  Mattias Hamrén Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Lookofsky Architecture Area Area of this architecture project 2017last_img read more

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Economist Still Opposes RFS Despite Livestock Recovery

first_imgHome Energy Economist Still Opposes RFS Despite Livestock Recovery Economist Still Opposes RFS Despite Livestock Recovery Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Aug 19, 2014 SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Despite the fact that livestock margins have made a dramatic recovery in the past few years as availability of feed has increased and prices have decreased, a leading livestock economist still opposes the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).“We’ve thrown billions of dollars at this industry already and it ought to have to stand on its own,” said Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, during an interview last week at an event for pork producers. “It has a place in the fuel business as an oxygenate and as an octane enhancer, it’s not going away from there.”Meyer, who has always been an outspoken critic of U.S. energy policy, says his beef with the RFS is that it caused ethanol production to increase too much too quickly. “The trend yield on corn is up about two bushels per year. If you had grown the ethanol business at a rate equivalent to that, I wouldn’t have been able to gripe too much about it,” he said. “But it was far faster than that …. and the economic impact of that was very negative for (livestock) producers.”However, the tide has turned dramatically to the point where demand and prices for livestock and poultry are riding high and there is almost record high feed availability with manageable prices. “We’re not going back to $2 corn and $180 bean meal but we’re at the lowest levels on costs in five years,” said Meyer. “We’re not increasing corn usage for ethanol every year like we were, it’s pretty much flat. It’ll grow a little bit but not much and we can probably keep up with that with trend yield growth on corn.”Despite that, Meyer thinks the RFS needs to go away. “I don’t hate ethanol,” he says he tells corn producers. “I just don’t like subsidized, mandated ethanol when I’m the alternative user of the input.”Source: www.domesticfuel.com Previous articlePlant Health Improvement as Crop Tour Moves West Across IndianaNext articleTyson, Hillshire Merger, Delayed Another Week Andy Eubanklast_img read more

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NPPC Opposes Proposed Animal Welfare Changes

first_img By Gary Truitt – Jul 13, 2016 Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleGMO Labeling Bill Set for Debate and Vote in U.S. HouseNext articleFarm Credit Mid-America and Hoosier Ag Today launch Financial Informational Program Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News NPPC Opposes Proposed Animal Welfare Changes SHARE NPPC Opposes Proposed Animal Welfare Changes The National Pork Producers Council wants its members to voice their opinions on the new organic animal welfare standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Ag. The standards are unprecedented because if they’re passed, it’s the first time they’ll be written into federal law. NPPC says it could present problems for producers. NPPC says the standards won’t change the concept of organic food and agriculture, but they could be broadened to include regular livestock production methods. Another policy change NPPC opposes is in Massachusetts, where a livestock housing initiative backed by the Humane Society of the U.S.A. will appear on the November ballot. It would ban the use of certain types of animal housing, including gestation pens for sows, pens for veal calves, and cages for laying hens. It would also prohibit the sale in-state of meat and eggs from confined animals. NPPC believes this prevents producers from caring for their animals.For example, gestation crates are approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association as appropriate for pregnant sows. NPPC said banning sales of meat and eggs because of production styles would needlessly drive up the prices for these products and limit consumption.Source: NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

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Trump Tariffs May be Good for NAFTA Talks

first_img Facebook Twitter Trump Tariffs May be Good for NAFTA Talks By Gary Truitt – Mar 11, 2018 SHARE The media drumbeat of condemnation of the tariffs on steel and aluminum announced by President Trump on Tuesday continued over the weekend as world leaders publicly denounced the policy. Yet privately, many nations are moving to consider trade concessions that would exempt them from the U.S. tariffs. Canada and Mexico were temporarily exempted pending a NAFTA agreement and rumors over the weekend indicated Australia may be next to escape.In signing the order last week, the President made it clear that if Canada and Mexico made concessions during the NFTA negotiations, they would be exempted from the tariffs. “Right now we are negotiating NAFTA with Canada and Mexico, so we are holding off the tariffs to see if we can make a deal on a new NAFTA treaty,” he stated. The president made it clear, however, that if a deal is not reached, the tariffs would be imposed, “If we terminate NAFTA because they are unable to make a deal that is fair for our workers, fair for our farmers, and fair for our manufacturers, then we will terminate NAFTA and start all over again.”While that kind of talk makes agriculture very nervous, Mr. Trump said he is optimistic there will be a NAFTA deal, “I have a feeling we are going to make a deal on NAFTA.”Canada has been particularly recalcitrant in making any concessions on its dairy policy, a key issue for the U.S. where dairy producers are suffering economically.  The White House is hoping the threat of steel tariffs will help break the logjam in the talks. The talks had been scheduled to end this month, but all sides plan to keep working to try to reach an agreement no matter how long it takes.In seeking to win a respite from the tariffs, American allies tried a mix of persuasion, threats, personal appeals, and diplomatic leverage. On Saturday, Cecilia Malmström, the European Union’s trade commissioner, met with the United States trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, in Brussels, after a meeting that also included Japan to talk about steel overcapacity. There was no resolution of the tariffs issue, however. European Union countries have been compiling a list of American products that could be subject to reciprocal levies. The provisional list correlated strongly with Republican congressional districts and included Harley-Davidson motorcycles, bourbon, rice, kidney beans, sweet corn, tobacco, and peanut butter. Brigitte Zypries, the German economics minister, wrote in a letter to Wilbur Ross, the United States commerce secretary, that Europe and America should work together to address the real problem: a global glut of steel production that has driven down prices.Still, there were signs that attempts by some countries to win tariff immunity from the United States were sowing tension among European allies.Liam Fox, Britain’s international trade secretary, told the BBC on Friday he would “be looking to see how we can maximize the U.K.’s case for exemption” when he visits Washington next week. The suggestion that Britain might go its own way provoked a rebuke from Jyrki Katainen, European Union vice president for jobs and competitiveness. “We cannot accept that the E.U. is divided to different categories,” Mr. Katainen saidChinese leaders, while denouncing the tariffs, have said a trade war with the U.S. is not good for either side.  Chinese commerce minister Zhong Shan said, “There are no winners in a trade war. It will only bring disaster to China and the United States and the world.” He added, China can handle any challenges and will resolutely protect its interests. Home Indiana Agriculture News Trump Tariffs May be Good for NAFTA Talks Previous articleStudy Shows Capping RIN Prices Detrimental to BiofuelsNext articlePortland City Council Urges Lawmakers to Support RFS Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

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Lead On forum opens campus culture conversation

first_imgReddIt Twitter Bernice Ogbondahhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/bernice-ogbondah/ Bernice Ogbondah Second annual Fortress Fest comes to the Fort this weekend Twitter Facebook + posts Bernice Ogbondah is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. When she’s not reporting you can find her curating playlists or furiously retweeting foreign affairs, political pundits and anything social justice. Associate Dean of the John V. Roach Honors College Dr. Ron Pitcok addresses crowd during the Lead On forum. (Photo by Bernice Ogbondah) Bernice Ogbondahhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/bernice-ogbondah/ Previous articleTCU hosts Lettermen’s Hall of Fame inductionNext articleStudents reflect on being Orientation leaders Bernice Ogbondah RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Linkedin Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: Clutch Factor ReddIt Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: The Closer printTCU’s Lead On initiative held an open forum on strengthening the TCU experience and campus culture.This forum was goal three of the initiative and was organized as an opportunity for students and the TCU community to gain more insight on the Lead On strategic plan. The forum was used as a way for students to voice their opinions on how TCU can develop and strengthen inclusion and engagement to support the student population on campus.The facilitators and co-chairs of the open forum, associate dean of John V. Roach Honors College Dr. Ron Pitcok and director of Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services Timeka Gordon, focused the forum around four particular areas established by the TCU board of trustees: the front door, inclusion, engagement and TCU’s brand. The forum opened with a series of questions that attendees answered with their smartphones to collect the data from the event.Word collage with attendee’s answers from the question “What words describe TCU” during the goal three open forum. (Photo by Bernice Ogbondah)Many of the questions had similar answers — attendees felt TCU had a problem with diversity and the campus culture was not inclusive. When asked to describe TCU’s culture the audience’s main answers were white and Greek. Many of the students who spoke advocated for a diversity course to be required in the curriculum or an inclusiveness training — similar to the sexual assault training students must complete their first semester at TCU.Third-year strategic communication major Maia Gunn said every year TCU has committees similar to Lead On and described them as a “lip service.” Every year students of color feel tricked because when they are recruited TCU is presented as diverse, however, once they get on campus that is not at all they see, she said.African Americans only make up less than five percent of TCU’s undergraduate population. The next Lead On open forum will be October 30 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Brown Lupton University Union Auditorium and will be centered around the fourth goal, strengthening the workforce. Bernice Ogbondahhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/bernice-ogbondah/ Linkedin Review: Fortress Fest was a success TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Bernice Ogbondahhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/bernice-ogbondah/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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5 Reasons for Housing Concerns in Florida

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago 5 Reasons for Housing Concerns in Florida Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / 5 Reasons for Housing Concerns in Florida Tagged with: Affordability Amy Martinez Florida Florida Trend HOUSING median home values Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Why CWCOT Is Good for Homeowners Next: Best Places to Retire?  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Media, News, Servicing Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Donna Joseph Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Affordability Amy Martinez Florida Florida Trend HOUSING median home values 2018-11-26 Donna Joseph The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago November 26, 2018 5,425 Views Floridians are spending more than the recommended 30 percent of their income on housing. In South Florida and Orlando, housing affordability for low- and moderate-income workers is a bigger issue than ever, writes Amy Martinez, Associate Editor at Florida Trend. According to the report, the top reasons for the shortage of workforce housing, an issue faced by several communities in Florida, are as follows:Increasing PopulationWith the state adding about 335,000 people every year, the rate at which the population of Florida has grown resulted in a higher demand for housing of all types. The population is expected to grow further at 6.5 percent to 21.5 million in 2020.Rising Interest RatesRising interest rates have further increased the monthly costs of purchasing a home. Low- and moderate-income workers are especially affected by the rise in interests and remain cost-burdened. According to the Florida Policy Institute, 36 percent of Florida households are paying more than 30 percent of their incomes for housing, including mortgage or rent, utilities, taxes, insurance, and neighborhood or condo association fees. Nearly 20 percent of Floridians are spending more than half of their incomes on housing.Surging Median Home ValuesMedian home values are far outpacing the rent rates due to the increased demand from new residents. This upward trend has a far-reaching impact on affordability for low-wage workers, making it difficult for them to own a home and driving demand for affordable rental housing.Only 31 affordable rental units are available for every 100 renters who make less than 30% of the median income in their area, the report indicated. Declining lower-cost housing UnitsRestrictions on local land-use and impact fees have led to an increase in construction costs,  preventing the development of smaller, lower-cost housing units, such as apartments, mobile homes, and mother-in-law suites.The sample Fair Market Rent for a modest two-bedroom apartment is $1,351 in Miami, $1,387 in  Fort Lauderdale and $1,422 in West Palm Beach, the report stated. Top Five Most-Expensive Areas in Florida Based on Hourly Wage (needed to afford an average two-bedroom apartment)Monroe County – $29.12 West Palm Beach -$27.35 Fort Lauderdale p-$26.67 Miami – $25.98 Naples -$23.46 Read the full report here. Subscribelast_img read more

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