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That’s a gain of around 20% in one month.Is the market rebound happening too fast? I think it’s possible. After all, we don’t even know when lockdown will end yet.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…With an uncertain summer ahead of us, the old stock market adage that you should sell in May and not return until the St Leger Day races in September might seem apt. But new research suggests this approach is pretty risky.Today I want to take a look at the facts, and explain why I won’t be selling anything in May.Sell in May? You could miss the reboundAfter a crazy few months, I understand that it might be tempting to stay out of the market until normality returns. But new research suggests that selling in May is a pretty risky strategy in any year. According to data from Willis Owen, the FTSE 100 actually rose during the summer in 17 of the last 34 years.In other words, selling in May has a 50:50 success rate. It’s the same as flipping a coin.If you include the impact of dividends, selling in May looks even worse. FTSE 100 investors who reinvested their dividends enjoyed gains in 22 of the last 34 years. That sounds like a good argument for staying invested to me.In decades gone by, the City might well have gone to sleep in the summer. But today’s City is a fast-paced environment that rarely slows down for anything. If you sell in May, I think there’s a real chance you could miss the next stage of the stock market rebound.How to profit from the stock market reboundIs the market rebound we’ve seen over the last five weeks the first sign of a real recovery? At this point, it’s too soon to say. But I’m pretty sure that careful buyers should be able to find some real bargains in the current market.Over the next six months, we should see companies start to trade normally again. As financial results and updated broker forecasts become available, we’ll learn about the real state of the economy.This could cause another mini crash. Or it might trigger a fresh round of buying.The problem is that the real stock market rebound won’t wait for anyone. Big share price gains typically happen on just a few days each year. If you miss these, you could badly underperform the market.That’s why I think the best way to profit from the market rebound is to stay invested right now.Play the long gameJumping in and out of the market is only guaranteed to make one person rich – your broker.When you buy shares, you become the part owner of a company. There will always be some bumps in the road. 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Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Unable to be with dying parishioners due to COVID-19, Connecticut priest gives Last Rites by phone Submit an Event Listing Tags Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 COVID19Pastoral, Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Press Release Service By Egan MillardPosted Mar 24, 2020 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET COVID-19, Featured Jobs & Calls Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Tampa, FL Health & Healthcare Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Peter Walsh, rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan, Connecticut. Photo: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New CanaanEditor’s note: This story is one in a series of stories about how priests and lay members across The Episcopal Church are caring for one another during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have an inspiring pastoral care story to share, send it to [email protected][Episcopal News Service] For a church centered around the sacraments as “outward and visible” signs of God’s grace, the COVID-19 pandemic’s hampering of priests’ in-person ministry has posed new dilemmas. While most Episcopalians are now unable to receive the Eucharist in its physical form, many are experiencing the sacrament virtually, through a phone or a computer screen. A Connecticut priest is extending that approach to the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick (sometimes referred to as Holy Unction or Last Rites) as he balances the spiritual needs of his parishioners with the physical distancing needed to slow the spread of the virus.The Rev. Peter Walsh, rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan, Connecticut, administered Last Rites by phone on March 18 to two dying parishioners he could not visit in person. The first, 91-year-old William Pike, had COVID-19, and within minutes of that phone call, he became the second known person to die from the virus in Connecticut.Pike, a retired business executive and Navy lieutenant who was serving on the vestry of St. Mark’s at the time of his death, was “a pillar of the parish for countless years and, in fact, a pillar of every organization and community that he was a part of,” Walsh wrote in a message announcing his death to the parish.William Pike and his wife, Cathie. Photo: St. Mark’s Episcopal ChurchAs with the pandemic itself, Pike’s illness progressed rapidly and unpredictably.“He was due to fly out of town and he had gotten sick” in late February, Walsh told Episcopal News Service. “And everybody thought it was just the flu, and it went from bad to worse, and he was hospitalized.”Walsh and other community leaders were just starting to become aware of the magnitude of the pandemic at the time.“It became increasingly clear – beginning, actually the day after Ash Wednesday – that we were really in for a pandemic here,” Walsh said.Pike seemed to be doing well in the hospital, according to his family, who expected that he would recover and come home, the Stamford Advocate reported. Another priest from St. Mark’s, the Rev. Elizabeth Garnsey, visited Pike – who had still not been diagnosed with COVID-19 – and anointed him, doing “everything right, as far as protocols for visitation to somebody in ICU,” Walsh said.The following night, the family told Walsh of the diagnosis. Before dawn, Walsh was working with local, state and federal officials to track potential exposures, which led to the quarantining of Garnsey and Pike’s family members. When it became clear Pike was not going to make it, Walsh set up a conference call with his family to pray and decide what to do next. Without much time to spare, a plan was quickly formed.Walsh and the family members connected by phone again and called Pike’s cell phone, which a hospital nurse held up to his ear.“As I understand it,” Walsh said, “Bill was not conscious, but what they always say is that it does not mean that people cannot hear.“I got a chance to tell Bill that I loved him and that all the people in the parish loved him and to say a thing or two about his life. I read the litany of the Last Rites. And then I [hung up] so that the family could have their time. And each of the members of the family were able to tell their dad and their husband that they loved him – and Bill was an extraordinary man, just an amazing man of character. And when they were done, Bill died about 10 minutes later.”It was the first time Walsh had performed Last Rites over the phone, but it would happen again almost immediately.“I received a call, literally while this was happening, from somebody else to do Last Rites for another member of our parish, an incredibly humble-hearted and loved guy named Joe Elmlinger,” Walsh said.Elmlinger was 90 years old and dying of cancer in a hospice. He had told Walsh during a previous visit that “he was ready to die and he simply wanted to follow the path to his Lord.” Members of his family were with him in the hospice when they called Walsh, but Walsh could not enter because of COVID-19 restrictions. So, after hanging up with the Pike family, Walsh FaceTimed one of Elmlinger’s sons, who set up his phone facing Elmlinger in his wheelchair, and prayed the litany of Last Rites.“This was equally beautiful, I must say – it was different but equally beautiful,” said Walsh. “At the part where the priest lays hands on the person’s forehead, I had Joe’s two sons, Joe Jr. and Paul, lay their hands on their dad’s head.” Elmlinger died several days later.Though Walsh could not administer the sacrament in person as it is described in the Book of Common Prayer, he pointed to a rubric in the rite for Communion contained within the Last Rites litany: “If a person desires to receive the Sacrament, but, by reason of extreme sickness or physical disability, is unable to eat and drink the Bread and Wine, the Celebrant is to assure that person that all the benefits of Communion are received, even though the Sacrament is not received with the mouth.”Walsh is encouraging his parishioners to consider the Eucharist this way as they watch livestreamed services, and he suggested that the spiritual benefits of Last Rites can similarly transcend physical presence, especially when it is desired but not possible.“Dire times demand creative solutions,” he told ENS. “There are certain mysteries in the body of Christ that defy our reasoning. … And I have a great trust in the living Christ to be the one who really lays hands on the sick.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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House in Takadanobaba / Florian Busch ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse in Takadanobaba / Florian Busch Architects “COPY” CopyHouses•Tokyo, Japan Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/263716/house-in-takadanobaba-florian-busch-architects Clipboard Manufacturers: Kaldewei, Bosch, Catalano, Electrolux, Miele, Panasonic, Smeg, Vitra, Vola, GoalText description provided by the architects. Not only in the context of a culture so based on the transitoriness of nature, being able to live with the seasons in the middle of today’s Tokyo is true luxury.Save this picture!© Hiroyasu SakaguchiRecommended ProductsWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformWoodAccoyaAccoya® CanalsWoodEGGERWood-based materials in EGGER HeadquartersPorcelain StonewareApavisaFloor Tiles – RegenerationThe site for this private residence is an urban gap left over from relentless subdivisioning, a 22m deep yet only 4.7m wide strip perched between built masses in central Tokyo. When the brief asked for a wide open living space where breathing within the confines of the city was possible, we proposed an architecture of the exterior that claims the space around it by extending beyond its limits.Save this picture!© Hiroyasu SakaguchiMoving through the building reveals strikingly different atmospheres along the three levels’ alternating orientations. As there are no partitioned rooms, the sites’ unusual depth is felt and emphasised on each level. Soft fabrics countering the hardness of the concrete add layers of ambiguous spatial nuances.Save this picture!© Hiroyasu SakaguchiThe House in Takadanobaba is a departure from understanding housing as enclosing: The urban exterior continues in an open fold of fluidly interconnected spaces for living in the interior of the exterior.Save this picture!© Hiroyasu SakaguchiThe conceptual openness is achieved by dissolving structural rigidity into a liberating play of alternating pin connections. The floor-wall-ceiling folds become a structurally continuous shell that is held both apart and together by a few incredibly fine steel columns: 80mm diameter on the first and second, 60mm on the third floor. Lateral torsion by seismic forces is countered by the structural composition’s using the building’s length of 18 metres.Save this picture!© Hiroyasu SakaguchiIn redefining inside and outside, a field of folds might create pervious continuities in a city of gaps freeing us from the suffocating massiveness of our urban environments.Save this picture!DiagramsProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Toilet, ReinventedArticlesTehran Stock Exchange Competition, 3rd / Nasrine Seraji + ASAA + Mehdi Bakhshizadeh …Articles Share House in Takadanobaba / Florian Busch Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/263716/house-in-takadanobaba-florian-busch-architects Clipboard Photographs: Hiroyasu Sakaguchi Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year: Save this picture!© Hiroyasu Sakaguchi+ 21 Share Area: 153 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects 2011 Architects: Florian Busch Architects Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Houses Photographs “COPY” CopyAbout this officeFlorian Busch ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTokyoHousesJapanPublished on August 18, 2012Cite: “House in Takadanobaba / Florian Busch Architects” 18 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Sep 12, 2013 Home Energy USDA Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuel SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleSoybean Market Likes USDA ReportNext articlePurdue Plant Science Becomes Top Focus of University Research Andy Eubank Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making payments to support the production of advanced biofuel. USDA is making nearly $15.5 million in payments to 188 producers through the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program. USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O’Brien made the announcement on Vilsack’s behalf in Omaha, Neb., at the National Advanced Biofuels Conference. USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today’s announcement is one part of the Department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.“Producing advanced biofuels is a major component of the drive to take control of America’s energy future by developing domestic, renewable energy sources,” O’Brien said. “These payments represent the Obama Administration’s commitment to support an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy.”The funding is being provided through USDA’s Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which was established in the 2008 Farm Bill. Under this program, payments are made to eligible producers based on the amount of advanced biofuels produced from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch. Examples of eligible feedstocks include but are not limited to: crop residue; animal, food and yard waste; vegetable oil; and animal fat.O’Brien noted that today’s announcement serves as another reminder of the importance of USDA programs for rural America and a reminder of the need for Congress to get a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill done as soon as possible.“Job seekers in rural America need new and expanded investments in renewable energy, biofuel and bio-based product manufacturing – all of which can help create jobs in rural areas,” said O’Brien.Through the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program and other USDA programs, the department is working to support the research, investment and infrastructure necessary to build a strong biofuels industry that creates jobs and broadens the range of feedstocks used to produce renewable fuel. More than 290 producers in 47 states and territories have received $211 million in payments since the program’s inception. It has supported the production of more than 3 billion gallons of advanced biofuel and the equivalent of more than 36 billion kilowatt hours of electric energy.For example, Riverview, LLP, a Minnesota-based company, will be receiving an $8,040 payment to help offset the cost of producing electricity from two anaerobic digesters. The two digesters use manure from two of the company’s dairy operations to produce electricity, which is sold to Great River Energy. During the last quarter of 2012, the anaerobic digesters produced almost 4.9 million kilowatt hours of electricity, enough to power more than 400 homes a year.American Biodiesel, Inc. (dba Community Fuels) in Encinitas, Calif., is receiving a $47,186 payment for its quarterly production of biodiesel from a variety of sources, including canola and soybean oil. The biodiesel reduces emissions and is primarily used as an alternative to diesel fuel. In the past, Community Fuels has used funds from the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program to install equipment and increase production at its bio-refinery at the Port of Stockton, Calif.View the complete list of producers receiving payments here.President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as the department implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act.USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $828 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.Source: USDA USDA Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuel
Previous articleHealthcare professionals discuss challenges to their faith amid pandemicNext articleTCU suspends study abroad programs through spring 2021 Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Linkedin + posts Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Tamia Banks Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Twitter ReddIt Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Facebook Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Horoscope: April 28, 2021 Linkedin Twitter printA baby born today has a Sun and Moon in Libra.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Oct. 16, 2020:Piercing, discriminating and imaginative, you attempt to live by what you say. This year, you finally finish a stalled project, and it’s extremely successful. You receive great recognition. If single, you can be rather impulsive in your choice of a partner and must wait until the end of the year to be fully satisfied. If attached, you’re intensely bonded and your passion grows stronger. SCORPIO matches your extremes of emotion.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-DifficultARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★Circulate and work at cementing bonds, and close connections will deepen in a wonderful way. There can be new interests and discoveries linked to a current partnership. If a tie has outlived its usefulness, this is a time to let go and move forward. Tonight: Date night.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★★Today’s a good time to get organized. Complete projects that have been in progress for too long. Memories of a childhood animal companion can be especially poignant. A charitable donation to animal charities would be a great way to acknowledge this. Tonight: A soothing bath.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★★★Today creates conflict of interest involving someone close to you. Be gentle and thoughtful with those you love. Adventurous projects will have allure. Tonight: A visit to a childhood friend or relative who has been out of touch provides a magical respite.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★★★★Take time off to care for your home and enjoy family life. Today heightens your devotion to relatives or your extended family and illuminates the important roles they play in your life. Tonight: Shopping for items you would especially like to have in your home.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★If a vehicle needs replacement, start to examine your options promptly. Verify departure times and reservations; there can be some last-minute schedule changes to allow for. The weather might especially impact you. Tonight: An early and good night’s sleep.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★★An old phase related to earnings and income could end, followed by a new beginning. Practical education is emphasized. There could be multiple sources of income. Your job duties can become more complicated. Tonight: Talk it over with a mentoring friend you trust.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★★★You are a refined diplomat who must overcome the temptation to vacillate. Today’s a good time for saying thank you. Express your creative ideas and nurture relationships. Tonight: Whatever you focus on will grow, so take care of what means the most to you.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★★★★Today finds you relishing peace and quiet. Imagery and affirmations can bring contentment. Reach out to others; love and friendship are there for you if you’re receptive. It’s also a great time for creative projects. Tonight: Mulling it all over.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)★★★★★A new sense of direction and purpose develops. Accept invitations from friends and plan Zoom meetings or a small get-together. You realize the blessings of friendship. Respond positively to an invitation to some kind of group or organization. Tonight: Writing emails.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★★Today you step back and prioritize. Your heart tells you to focus on home, but another part of you wants to advance at work. Make time for both. Balance is the key to success. Tonight: An admirer gives you a positive recommendation.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★★A dream should be heeded. Your intuition is on target. Someone from another cultural background can become a romantic prospect or at least a new friend. Attend a discussion group or book club to be able to discuss ideas. Tonight: Meeting like minds.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★★★A new home, job or relationship can replace the familiar. Don’t resist changes; after an unsettled time all will be well. “It’s time to grow,” is the final message from the universe. This marks the start of one of your most fortunate cycles. Tonight: Relax.Born today: Writer Oscar Wilde (1854), playwright Eugene O’Neill (1888), actor Tim Robbins (1958) ReddIt Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Facebook Horoscope: May 2, 2021
June 18, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concerted cyber-attacks and draconian bill reinforce threat to online freedom RussiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information RussiaEurope – Central Asia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing to go further News Follow the news on Russia News RSF_en May 5, 2021 Find out more There are growing signs that the government is trying to tightening its control of the Internet while a new wave of Distributed Denial of Service attacks on independent news websites accompanied the latest major opposition demonstration, on 12 June.The websites of the radio Echo of Moscow, the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, Dozhd TV and Tayga Info were all blocked by DDoS attacks as soon as the protest got under way. This kind of cyber-attack has become a regular event during opposition demonstrations since last December’s parliamentary elections.The authorities are trying to give a legal underpinning to attempts to reinforce online controls, citing the need to combat extremism and protect minors. Article 4 of a bill that parliamentarians from all four parties in the Duma submitted to the family commission on 7 June proposes a unified register of Internet domains and websites containing banned content. The commission has until 30 June to discuss and amend the bill before sending it to the Duma.The proposed register would be created and run by an agency chosen by the government. According to the current version of the bill, content regarded as particularly harmful – including pornography, content promoting drug use, suicide or extremist ideas and content harmful to children – would be put on the blacklist immediately. Other content could be referred to the courts for a decision.“While we understand this bill’s aim, we are very disturbed by the methods it would use, especially the possibly of blocking access to websites without referring to the courts,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the Duma to reject the bill because we think it would endanger civil liberties and contravene the international conventions that Russia has signed.”Article 4 of the bill, which defines the circumstances in which a site would be added to the blacklist, is ambiguous. According to paragraphs 6 and 7, the owner of a site that has been added to the register because of “bad” content has 48 hours to remove the offending content, but paragraph 8 suggests that a site will not be added to the register until after this deadline has expired.This contradiction makes it impossible to clearly identify the reason for which a site would be added to the register. Is it the presence of “bad” content that is decisive, or is it the owner’s refusal to remove the offending content?The bill is all the more disturbing for allowing hosting companies and Internet Service Providers to restrict access to a site when the owner refuses to remove content.The bill would reinforce the pressure that Russia seems to want to put on ISPs, hosting companies and other technical intermediaries to block sites with “bad” content. On 27 March, St. Petersburg deputy prosecutor Igor Rezonov told local ISPs that, on the basis of nothing more than a written request from the prosecutor’s office, they would be expected to block access to “websites such as online casinos and sites promoting extremism, drug use or paedophilia.” The reason given for this initiative was the difficulty of bringing legal actions against such websites as they are often located abroad. But the threat of prosecution for failure to cooperate forces ISPs to act as Internet police, a role for which they have no legitimacy, while the lack of any independent control increases the possibility of abuses and disproportionate censorship.Furthermore, the definition of “extremism,” a label often used to silence government critics, is too vague. The blocking of the Ruelect.com news website during last December’s elections was a good illustration of this.“The deputy prosecutor’s initiative raised a number of questions to which we have obtained no answers, although we wrote to the prosecutor’s office on 5 April,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They are similar to the questions raised by the new bill. What criteria would be used to select the sites for blocking? What mechanisms would be used to safeguard against abuses? What sanctions are envisaged for ISPs that refuse to comply? And is a filtering system envisaged, with all the risks this entails for online freedom of expression?”When a website has to be blocked, it should be done in a legally-prescribed and transparent manner on the basis of a court order. Any generalized filtering system should be ruled out. In a May 2011 report, United Nations special rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue said the flow of information via the Internet should be restricted only “in few, exceptional, and limited circumstances prescribed by international human rights law.”La Rue’s report added that: “Holding intermediaries liable for the content disseminated or created by their users severely undermines the enjoyment of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, because it leads to self-protective and over-broad private censorship, often without transparency and the due process of the law.”Russia is classified as a country “under surveillance” in the latest Reporters Without Borders report on “Enemies of the Internet,” which was released in March. June 2, 2021 Find out more News News Receive email alerts Organisation May 21, 2021 Find out more Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption
About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago In the past decade, the single-family rental market has evolved from individual units owned and rented out by small landlords to large scale operations by big investors with significant portfolios of houses. Some of the large companies entering the market are building units specifically to rent or creating communities of single-family rentals to be professionally managed like an apartment complex.Bloomberg’s Patrick Clark last week tackled the topic, pointing out that single-family rentals are drawing interest from institutional money, and that builders and apartment firms are pushing into that corner of the market.While a study last summer showed the interest in SFR has been increasing since recovery from the Great Recession, Clark’s article notes that the pandemic has ignited Americans’ desire for larger living spaces and thus sparked a new level of “Wall Street zest” for this sector of suburban real estate.Clark notes that big investors including J.P. Morgan Chase and Nuveen Real Estate recently have bet on the supposition that “there are lots of Americans who want spare bedrooms and backyards, but don’t have cash for down payments.”“It’s really an inflection point in SFR,” Michael Carey, Senior Director for Altus Group, an advisory firm, told Bloomberg. “It used to be an alternative asset class. Now people look at it as a solution.”Low housing inventory means builders including Lennar Corp., the largest U.S. homebuilder by revenue, are launching campaigns of unprecedented focus on rental-specific builds.Clark writes that apartment companies also are investing big in SFR. Greystar Real Estate Partners, for example, could go from managing 1,500 to 25,000 homes in the next five years, according to the company’s Executive Director Mike Clow.“Three years ago I would have said this was a fad,” Clow told Bloomberg. “But it’s become more prevalent because it’s filling a need for consumers.”While small landlords still own the vast majority of single-family rentals, the pandemic has accelerated the interest in SFR, and some see a convergence of apartment companies, large-scale investors, and mom-and-pop landlords on the horizon.”Most real estate investment trusts that specialize in apartments still believe that they’re in a different business than single-family landlords, Jeffrey Langbaum, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence told Clark. “Others, however, see the logic in companies offering tenants everything from downtown apartments to suburban homes.”Gary Beasley, CEO at Roofstock, a platform for acquiring single-family rentals, told Bloomberg that he’s been thinking of this convergence of apartment and SFR landlords for a long time. He says this innovative outlook might “allow landlords to service customers throughout their life cycle—starting with an urban apartment in their 20s, moving them to a suburban rental home in their 30s, and perhaps even selling them a home in the 40s.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago February 9, 2021 13,692 Views Share Save Previous: Declining Delinquency Rate Points to ‘Increasing Stabilization’ Next: Coalition Urges Congress to Boost Mortgage-Payment Assistance Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News SFR stakeholders won’t want to miss this year’s Five Star Single-Family Rental Summit, scheduled for May 12, 2021, at the Four Seasons Las Colinas in Dallas. Click here or on the banner below for more info. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2021-02-09 Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Evolution of the Single-Family Rental Market Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe The Evolution of the Single-Family Rental Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago
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