Worries about jobs and the economy flared in September, driving a key barometer of consumer sentiment to its lowest level in nearly two years, a private research group said. The bad news was compounded by a report from the National Association of Realtors that sales of existing homes declined for a sixth straight month in August, pushing activity to the lowest point in five years. The Realtors showed a rise in median home prices, but a separate report done by S&P/Case-Shiller said home prices fell 3.9 percent in July in its 20-city index. Economists said that decline was probably a better reflection of where the market stands now. The New York-based Conference Board said its Consumer Confidence Index fell to 99.8, an almost 6-point drop from the revised 105.6 in August. The reading was below the 104.5 that analysts had expected. It marked its lowest level since a 98.3 reading in November 2005, when gas and oil prices soared after hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast. “Weaker business conditions combined with a less favorable job market continue to cast a cloud over consumers and heighten their sense of uncertainty and concern,” said Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, in a statement. “Looking ahead, little economic improvement is expected, and with the holiday season around the corner, this is not welcome news.” The Present Situation Index, which measures how shoppers feel now about the economy, declined to 121.7 from 130.1 in August. The Expectations Index, which measures shoppers’ outlook over the next six months, declined to 85.2 from 89.2. Economists closely monitor confidence since consumer spending accounts for two-thirds of U.S. economic activity. The National Association of Realtors reported Tuesday that sales of existing single-family homes dropped 4.3 percent in August, compared with July. Sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate dropped to 5.5 million units, the slowest pace since August 2002. Tuesday’s reports showing eroding consumer confidence and a further weakening of housing do not bode well for retailers, who already are bracing for a challenging holiday season. Merchants have seen spending slow all year amid falling home prices and higher gas and food bills. Financial turmoil in August and escalating problems in the credit market have made economists and retailers more nervous about the prospects for a decent holiday shopping season. The Washington, D.C.-based National Retail Federation last week predicted total holiday sales will be up 4 percent for the combined November and December period, the slowest growth since a 1.3 percent rise in 2002. Holiday sales rose 4.6 percent in 2006, and growth has averaged 4.8percent over the last decade. “Our forecast has built in weak consumer confidence and the tough housing market,” said NRF spokesman Scott Krugman. “If anything, this tells us that our forecast is in the right direction in terms of being so cautious.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Philana Patterson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Crumbling consumer confidence and slumping home sales could prove to be a bad combination for retailers, and for the broader economy going into the holiday shopping season, if the labor market contracts further and chokes off spending, economic data showed Tuesday. But markets took some heart from the warning signs, hoping that they would goad the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates more.
England are serious contenders for the Euro 2016 crown, according to Germany head coach Joachim Low.Roy Hodgson’s men travel to Berlin for a mouth-watering friendly against the world champions on Saturday, as they step-up their preparations for France.England reached this summer’s finals with a 100 per cent record in qualification – the only country to manage the feat, although the level of opposition meant there will been toughest test awaiting them at the tournament.Upcoming friendlies against Germany and Holland will give a more accurate reflection of how the Three Lions are shaping up.But Low expects them to challenge the Germans for the title.“This will be a taste of what we can expect at the Euros,” the Germany head coach said, speaking ahead of the friendlies against England and Italy.“The opponents are both interesting and are two of the favourites to win the European Championship. It will be a good test.“The battle for places in the squad is seriously beginning now – there are still eight weeks until the end of the season.“We have selected a large squad in order to speak with the players about what we expect. We are looking at their form and fitness as a whole.”Emre Can, Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger are the only Premier League representatives in Germany’s 26-man squad for the upcoming friendlies. Germany head coach Joachim Low is wary of England ahead of Euro 2016 1
1 Wes Morgan remains sidelined Leicester will be without captain Wes Morgan against both Everton and Atletico Madrid as the defender continues to nurse a back injury.Morgan has missed the last three matches and he will remain on the sidelines at Goodison Park on Sunday, as well as sitting out the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final at the Vicente Calderon next Wednesday.The 33-year-old has done some light training this week but Yohan Benalouane will continue to deputise at centre-half against Everton.“Wes Morgan is still out, although he’s put his boots on and been on the grass,” said Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare.“It would be a lot to ask him to come back for a game of that magnitude in Madrid. I would want him to do a few training sessions first and at the moment that looks highly unlikely.“It is a big loss but Yohan (Benalouane) has come in and done well.“Wes, since I’ve been here, rarely misses a day’s training. It is a new experience. He is still in and around the lads, playing a part off the pitch. He comes in the dressing room, before the game and at half-time. I encourage him to be in and around it.”Asked if he might rest key players against Everton, just three days ahead of the club’s first ever Champions League quarter-final, Shakespeare added: “I’ll assess the squad over the next 24 hours.“I’ll talk to the staff and I will pick a team who can win the game at Everton. My sole focus is on Everton, not Madrid.”Shakespeare will join Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola as the only managers to win their first six Premier League games should Leicester win at Goodison Park.The 53-year-old includes Liverpool and Sevilla among his scalps but he thinks Everton will pose his toughest challenge yet.He said: “Potentially it is. Ronald Koeman has done a great job. To be a minute away from winning at Old Trafford the other night shows where they are at.“The idea is to win, and if you can’t win you make sure you don’t lose. I couldn’t have asked for a better start. “It means more to get three points, rather than records – which are nice. But it is more about the three points and the team.”
Donyell Malen has left Arsenal to return to Holland 1 Arsenal starlet Donyell Malen has joined PSV Eindhoven.The 18-year-old moved to the Emirates with a big reputation in 2015 after coming through the ranks at Ajax.The forward reportedly turned down offers from Chelsea and Manchester United to make the move and he has impressed for Arsenal’s youth teams.During his time with the Gunners, Malen managed 67 appearances for the academy and scored 27 times.However, the teenager has now joined PSV after they agreed a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. MONTEBELLO – The Montebello City Council voted unanmously Wednesday to negotiate a contract for videotaping council meetings, although some of the members expressed reservations about the lone applicant, Philip Wilcox. Wilcox, owner of video company PM24, had caused a stir in February when he showed up with two Montebello High School students to tape a meeting. Councilmembers Bill Molinari and Rosie Vasquez both questioned, among other things, whether Wilcox would be able to meet the minimum insurance requirements demanded by the city. “We set the criteria when we send out the RFP (request for proposal) and it seems to me that according to what we sent out, it was not met,” Vasquez said. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“It’s important to keep taking it one game at a time to try and perform as best you can during each match and try to ignore the noise around you. “(Number one) came earlier than I first anticipated after a hectic few months, which is great, but now it’s important that it’s business as usual. It will make for an exciting battle in London but also for next season.”Djokovic began his title defence with a 6-7 (10/12) 6-0 6-2 victory over Dominic Thiem on Sunday. Andy Murray says he will “ignore the noise” over his new status as world number one as he starts his ATP World Tour Finals campaign against Marin Cilic.The Scottish star became the world’s best player last week and must match or better Novak Djokovic’s performance in London to stay top of the pile.In Cilic, the British number one faces one of the tour’s in-form players and Murray says his focus is progressing from the group which also contains Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori.He said: “It’s an incredible feeling to have made to world number one, and it’s something I’m very proud to have achieved.
7 November 2011 South Africa is encouraged by the Group of Twenty’s commitment to an action plan for growth and jobs, President Jacob Zuma said at the conclusion of the G20 summit in Cannes, France on Friday. “We are pleased with the commitment to an Action Plan for Growth and Jobs, which is an undertaking to renew efforts to combat unemployment and promote decent jobs, especially for the youth and others who have been most affected by the economic crisis,” Zuma said. According to the Presidency, the focus on job creation is in line with South Africa’s domestic focus on transforming the economy to promote inclusive growth and decent jobs. Zuma said the sovereign debt crises as well as credit rating downgrades of Eurozone economies had raised fears about a deepening financial crisis in the region. “We welcome the progress made by European leaders in their effort to resolve the current crisis. We urge them to continue to take decisive actions that will build confidence in the global economy.” The two-day summit, which ended on Friday, took place against the background of risks to the global economy, notably the risk posed by financial sector weakness. “We have also urged all G20 member countries to play their part to prevent the negative spill-over effect of the crisis on developing and low-income countries in line with the action plan,” Zuma said. South Africa was concerned that slow growth in the world economy was affecting Africa’s trade, growth and job creation prospects. South Africa’s real GDP growth was expected to remain below its pre-crisis 5% average at 3.5% over the next two years. South Africa also supported calls for ways to address loose monetary policies in advanced economies, while also strongly supporting the continued mainstreaming of development discourse in the G20, Zuma said. Over the course of the summit, South Africa participated and co-chaired the G20 Development Working Group alongside France and Korea. “While we participate in the G20 in a national capacity, we have always been mindful of the concerns of developing countries and the special challenges faced by Africa,” Zuma said. “The success of the development agenda of the G20 is crucial for the long-term credibility and legitimacy of the G20 for developing countries.” South Africa supported recommendations made by the High Level Panel on Infrastructure, premised on the understanding that facilitating increased private sector involvement was essential for enhancing infrastructure financing. Zuma said South Africa also supported the work of the Development Working Group on food security and building resilience in low-income countries, as this was critical in preventing cases of famine such as the one in Somalia. “We welcome chairing of the Development Working Group by Mexico in 2012 and the continued implementation of the Seoul Multi-Year Action Plan to support economic growth in developing countries.” BuaNews
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Features#Google#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts While Google CEO Eric Schmidt is over on the East Coast helping the Washington Post and the New York Times work out how best to make money out of their content, Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Products and User Experience, along with a team of Googlers is in building 40 at the Googleplex giving the press of Silicon Valley an “insider’s perspective on search.”Google is providing a live webcast of the event, named Searchology, which is scheduled to begin at 10 PDT and conclude at 11.30 PDT after product demos.Update: We had a chance to speak with Marissa Mayer about the new search features and have posted a three minute video of her describing the products.Update: Google announced no less than three (!) new products at Searchology today: Search Options, Google Squared, Rich Snippets and a ‘fun’ product: a new Android application called Sky Map. Get all the details below, where we’ve live blogged the event.Update: See our analysis, Google Search Evolves – But Has Google Finally Lost its Core Focus?Live blogging starts hereSpeaker line up today:Udi Manber, VB Engineering Patrick Riley, Software EngineerScott Huffman Engineering DirectorMarissa Mayer, VP, Search Products and User Experience Nundu Janakiram, Associate Product ManagerAlex Komoroske, Associate Product ManagerKavi Goel, Product ManagerJohn Taylor, Software EngineerUdi Manber kicks the event off saying “our job is to do rocket science that will be taken for granted.” But, he adds, “there is still a lot of work to do.”He continues talking about growth throughout the centuries. “In the 20th century,” he explains, the dream was to conquer nature; I think the 21st centure will be about understanding people.”“We have made a lot of progress, and you’ll see some more today. But, the most promising advance is that we are starting to ‘understand.’”“We have very high confidence that this is what you’re looking for. It’s actually hard to do, but it looks easy to you.”“Search has to be lightening fast, relevant comprehensive fresh, but the main point is that even that is not enough.”With Google focused on doing the magic so we get instant, relevant and useful results, does this mean we are at the beginning of the real-time Web?He ends by juggling three eggs. Then saying “I wanted to highlight that things are not always what they seem,” he throws the eggs, and they bounce off the stage.Semantic search?Patrick Riley begins by saying “it’s all about user intent.” By tweaking the algorithm, and operating at scale, Google can update the search results page so that it offers results for not only the query, but for what Google thinks the query could be should what you typed into the search box be incorrect.“We know that everything we do on the search results page, and we really care about every pixel on that page,” Riley says.“We liked the ‘did you mean’ link so did not want to take it off.” Instead they expanded it.Mobile searchScott Huffman talks about mobile search: “There are a few things that make mobile search interesting,” he begins. “Mobile search is growing fast — faster than search for the PC.”“Another thing that makes mobile search interesting is the challenge of devices,” he adds. “There are hundreds of them, with widely varying capabilities. Search is generally difficult to use… The third thing inherently interesting about mobile search is location.”“Our dream,” he said, “is that people use mobile search every day because it is”:Complete: all of Google is on my device; easy access; “one click” ability to dig deeper;Easy: effortless to search and get answers.Local: knows where I am and acts accordinglyOne thing that isn’t out yet but should be in the next few weeks is the ability to share your desktop environment with your mobile environment.Universal Search and a Brand New Search FeatureMarissa Mayer begins with an anecdotal story about a friend of hers who needed to tie a bow tie and was convinced that by searching on Google he would be greeted with incomprehensible information. As it turned out, he told Mayer, the results were brilliant; he got videos, diagrams, and a lot of explanations.“This is Universal Search,” Mayer said, “which we introduced a couple of years ago.”Universal search began with images, maps, books, news, and video. Mayer explained that over the past two years, Google has added products and blog search.“Universal Search now runs in 174 countries,” said Mayer, and it’s getting better.“The Universal Search experience is displayed in a ‘bento box’ environment,” Mayer said. Google also now has “location-less” Universal Search. That is, you don’t need to include your location; Google works that out by either your profile or your cookie information.In November, Google introduced SearchWiki: the ability to add, annotate, and remove results to “really make the page your own.” But with Search Wiki and Universal Search, there is more media and more interaction. Google wants to help you find more and do more with it.The hard, unsolved problems in search are:Finding the most recent infoExpressing what you want just one type of resultAccessing which results are bestKnowing what you wantBeing tied to keywords can be limiting“We need a slice-and-dice mechanism,” Mayer explained, something that will help you find a particular type of result.Search OptionsAs a result, Google today is launching “Search Options,” which, according to Mayer, is going live as she speaks. With Search Options, the results page gives you more options and allows you to show and hide options. It ultimately provides more useful results and a better search experience.Google SquaredAnother product Google is launching and will be available in Google Labs later this month is called “Google Squared,” which offers data extraction (using sentiment analysis) for values and facts and that includes rich information. Could this be similar to what we can expect from Wolfram Alpha?Rich SnippetsA third product announced today is “Rich Snippets,” which will show extra metadata in results — things like user reviews and the cost of products. According to Mayer, “It’s a way for us to enrich our results page and help users make a more informed decision about what is relevant to them.”New Android AppThe last announcement was of a new Android application that looks at stars. Known as “Sky Map,” it was built by John Taylor in his 20% time and will be available on the Android Market later today.Much like other apps, it allows you to pan, zoom in, and zoom out. What is special about this, asks Mayer? The G1 phone has built-in GPS, so it knows where in the world you are and can produce maps specific to you. Using the accelerometer technology, you can point the device to the stars and see the night sky beyond. Of course (having been announced at Searchology), the app also allows you to search for a star — say, Orion — and then it shows you where to point your device to see that star in your night sky.Questions and AnswersQuestion: Will Google start selling semantic keywords?Marissa Mayer: No plans yet to sell keywords differently. It’s about the data analysis, as opposed to building in the notion of semantics.Question: Are products launched in all languages?Udi Manber: Products are extremely internationalized. Everything we do applies all over the world. We have active projects in probably more than 70 languages, and we try to launch at the same time.More About Google SquaredMayer: The technology behind it is “totally amazing.” “Google Squared blew me away even though I get jaded over time.” “We are looking for structures on the Web that seem to apply facts and then corroborate the evidence by looking at other pointers. It’s an incredible amount of work.”Wolfram vs. GoogleManber: “I think I proved that things are not always what they seem, and you need to look at corroborating evidence. It’s not enough to find info; you have to corroborate in many places.”Regarding Wolfram, “Sergey and I had a demo early on but have been asked to be quiet.”Mayer: “We at Google are optimistic about the Web. When you see the power of search and the Internet, hopefully we’ll get some signals about which information we can trust. This will help improve the data.”Q&A (cont’d)Question: When will Google squared be available?Mayer: Later this month. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… lidija davis
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