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Increased opportunities for small-scale fishermen in the Mediterranean and Black Sea

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

Ministers from EU Member States and riparian third countries adopted an ambitious 10-year Regional Action Plan for sustainable small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The plan sets out detailed measures to ensure a sustainable use of fish stocks, whilst restoring long-term economic and social prosperity for small-scale fishers and coastal communities.The High Level Conference on sustainable small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, co-organised by FAO’s General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) and Malta, with the financial support of the European Commission, concluded today with an agreement on a historic political commitment.Today’s Ministerial Declaration takes ambitions to the next level by translating the political commitments set in the Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration (2017) and the Sofia Declaration (2018) into a detailed regional plan. The plan reinforces opportunities for small-scale fishermen in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea regions by giving them a voice in the decisions that affect their livelihoods. It aims at enhancing their capacities in contributing to food security and in achieving economic, social and employment benefits while safeguarding environmentally sustainable fishing practices.The High Level Conference on sustainable small-scale fisheries highlighted best practice from the region, showcasing the progress made in recent years at a dedicated event yesterday. Today, a new digital platform, “Friends of Small-scale Fishermen” was launched. Partly financed by the EU, it is an easy-to-use mapping tool visualising all ongoing projects and investments in small-scale fisheries, and enhancing cooperation across the region.

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CREDI indicates increased optimism among banks as well as improved credit terms

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 luglio 2018

In the July issue of the Catella Real Estate Debt Indicator (CREDI), the Main index increases from 50.5 to 54.3, which is the strongest index score since September 2015. Property companies and banks have a positive view of the development of the credit market, while the bond market is showing signs of levelling out.“In this year’s second CREDI survey, we see an increased optimism among banks. For the first time since March 2014, banks have a higher Current Situation index than property companies. Credit availability has improved while credit margins have fallen, which has benefitted borrowers. Property companies on Nasdaq Stockholm Main Market currently has the lowest average interest rate observed in the history of CREDI,” says Martin Malhotra, Project Manager at Catella.“The CREDI Current Situation index is a good leading indicator for Swedish banks’ lending. Accordingly, the Main index increasing to 54.3 indicates that banks will increase their lending slightly in the coming quarters. Furthermore, we are seeing a continued strong interest in centrally located office properties in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, as well as an increased yield gap compared to properties in B and C locations,” says Arvid Lindqvist, Head of Research at Catella.“In the latest issue of CREDI, we also make an important observation regarding the bond market. After a record year in 2017, where the volume of outstanding bonds among property companies listed on Nasdaq Stockholm Main Market increased by 80 per cent, from SEK 51 billion to SEK 91 billion, bonds’ share of interest bearing debt has levelled out around the 25 per cent mark. It is likely that banks have acknowledged the increasing popularity of bonds by offering better credit terms for borrowers, which is also the reason for the strong results in the latest CREDI survey,” Martin Malhotra concludes.The twenty-third edition of the Catella Real Estate Debt Indicator (CREDI) is attached and can also be downloaded from catella.com/en/news-and-pressreleases/research. CREDI consists of two parts: one is an index based on a survey of listed property companies and active banks, and the other a set of indices based on publicly available data. CREDI also includes an analysis of preference shares and an overview of the property market.

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Pneumonia or sepsis in adults associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 agosto 2017

Sophia Antipolis. Pneumonia or sepsis in adults that results in hospital admission is associated with a six-fold increased risk of cardiovascular disease in the first year, according to research published today in the EuropeanSophia Antipolis Journal of Preventive Cardiology.1 Cardiovascular risk was more than doubled in years two and three after the infection and persisted for at least five years.“Severe infections in adulthood are associated with a contemporaneously raised risk of cardiovascular disease,” said last author Professor Scott Montgomery, director of the clinical epidemiology group, Örebro University, Sweden. “Whether this raised risk persists for several years after infection is less well established.”This study examined if hospital admission for sepsis or pneumonia is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease in the years following infection, and whether there is a period of particularly heightened risk.The study included 236 739 men born between 1952 and 1956 who underwent extensive physical and psychological examinations at around age 18 years as part of compulsory military conscription assessments. The researchers obtained infection and cardiovascular disease diagnoses from a register that has recorded information on patients admitted to hospital since 1964. The men were followed from late adolescence into middle age (follow-up was completed in 2010).During the follow-up period, a total of 46 754 men (19.7%) had a first diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. There were 9 987 hospital admissions for pneumonia or sepsis among 8 534 men who received these diagnoses.The researchers found that infection was associated with a 6.33-fold raised risk of cardiovascular disease during the first year after the infection. In the second and third years following an infection, cardiovascular disease risk remained raised by 2.47 and 2.12 times. Risk decreased with time but was still raised for at least five years after the infection by nearly two–fold (hazard ratio 1.87).Similar findings were observed for coronary heart disease, stroke, and fatal cardiovascular disease. The persistently raised risk could not be explained by subsequent severe infections.“Our results indicate that the risk of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease and stroke, was increased after hospital admission for sepsis or pneumonia,” said lead author Dr Cecilia Bergh, an affiliated researcher at Örebro University. “The risk remained notably raised for three years after infection and was still nearly two-fold after five years.”When the researchers examined the relationship between other risk factors such as high blood pressure, overweight, obesity, poorer physical fitness, and household crowding in childhood, they found that infection was associated with the highest magnitude of cardiovascular disease risk in the first three years post-infection.Professor Montgomery said: “Conventional cardiovascular risk factors are still important but infection may be the primary source of risk for a limited time.”The authors said the results point to a causal relationship, since cardiovascular disease risk is very high immediately after infection and reduces with time. Persistent systemic inflammation after a severe infection may play a role, as inflammation is a risk for cardiovascular disease. Most patients with sepsis or pneumonia recover but many still have high circulating inflammatory markers after the acute phase of the infection.
Professor Montgomery said: “Our findings provide another reason to protect against infection and suggest that there is a post-infection window of increased cardiovascular disease risk. We did not study any interventions that could be initiated during this period, but preventative therapies such as statins could be investigated.”

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Debate on the budgetary challenges and the current migration situation with Commissioners Georgieva and Avramopoulos

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 ottobre 2015

immigratiOn 27 October, the Civil Liberties Committee and the Budgets Committee will have a joint meeting to discuss the current state of play on the budgetary challenges and the current migration situation with the Commissioner responsible for Budget and Human Resources, Kristalina Georgieva, and the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos.The Commissioners will present additional measures in response to the refugee crisis not foreseen in the Commission’s initial draft budget proposal for 2016. These include increased emergency funding for the most affected Member States, additional funding for Frontex, EASO and Europol, as well as increased humanitarian funding. The proposal also covers support measures for the agricultural sector following the extension of the Russian embargo.

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Miami Existing Single-Family Home Sales Set Record in 2014

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 gennaio 2015

Miami-skyline-for-wikipediaMiami, FL –Miami home sales increased in December, as single-family home sales set an all-time annual record in 2014 and median sales prices continue to increase at a more moderate rate, according to the 35,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.Year-end sales of single-family home sales in 2014 set an all-time record, increasing 4.8 percent to 13,521 compared to 12,899 the previous year. Condominium sales in 2014 were the second highest in history, decreasing 4.3 percent to 16,409 compared to 17,142 the previous year. Combined sales for the year decreased a negligible 0.4 percent.Single-family home sales in Miami-Dade County increased 9.6 percent relative to December 2013, from 1,140 to 1,250. Condominium sales decreased 2.1 percent from 1,426 the previous year to 1,396 last month. Combined, residential real estate sales increased 3.0 percent to 2,646 compared to 2,566 in December of last year.“The Miami real estate market again reflected great demand in 2014,” said 2015 Residential President of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS Christopher Zoller. “More single-family homes were sold in Miami-Dade County than ever in history, while condominium sales marked their second strongest year ever despite competition from new construction supply.”Single-family home prices, which again increased in December year-over-year, remain at affordable 2004 levels despite more than three years of consistent year-over-year increases. Condo prices also increased in December, marking 42 months of growth in the last 43 months.The median sale price for single-family homes increased 3.6 percent, up to $255,000 from $246,180 in December 2013. The average sale price for single-family homes decreased 1.7 percent from $414,560 in December 2013 to $393,340 last month.Compared to December 2013, the median sale price for condominiums increased 9.6 percent to $195,000 from $175,000 a year prior. The average sale price for condominiums increased 19.9 percent to $409,707 from $341,687 in December 2013.
Year-end sale prices for 2014 increased 8.9 percent to $245,000 for single-family homes and 8.6 percent to $190,000 for condominiums.The median number of days on the market for single-family homes sold in December was just 45 days, an increase of 9.8 percent from December 2013. The average percent of original list price received was 94.7 percent, down a negligible 1.7 percent from a year earlier.The median number of days on the market for condominiums sold in December was 57 days, an increase of 9.6 percent compared to the same period in 2013. The average sale price was 93.8 percent of the asking price, a decrease of 3.3 percent.The median days on market for properties sold in 2014 were 45 days for single-family homes, an increase of 9.8 percent, and 57 days for condominiums, an increase of 23.9 percent. The average sales price was 95 percent of the asking price, a decrease of 0.6 percent, for single-family homes and 94.7 percent, a decrease of 1.7 percent, for condos.
Nationally, sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops in December, rose 2.4 percent from November and were up 3.5 percent from what they were in December 2013, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Statewide closed sales of existing single-family homes totaled 22,414 in December, up 15.8 percent compared to the year-ago figure, according to Florida Realtors. Statewide sales of condominiums totaled 9,466, up 11.3 percent from December 2013.The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $209,500 in December, a 6.0 percent increase from December 2013, according to NAR. The statewide median sale price for single-family existing homes last month was $185,000, up 6.9 percent from the previous year, while that of townhouse-condo properties was $149,000, up 8.4 percent over the previous year.Statewide closed sales of existing single-family homes totaled 244,543 in 2014, up 8.1 percent compared to the 2013 figure. Closed sales of condominiums totaled 108,354 statewide in 2014, a decrease of 1.2 percent from 2013.
Cash sales in Miami continue to decline as more financing becomes available. Still, access to mortgage loans for condominium buyers remains limited, impeding further market strengthening.In Miami-Dade County, 55.9 percent of total closed sales in December were all-cash transactions, compared to 57.2 percent in December 2013. Cash sales in Miami are still double the national figure of 26 percent. All-cash sales accounted for 41.8 percent of single-family home and 68.5 percent of condominium closings, compared to a year earlier when cash sales were 41.0 percent of single-family home sales and 70.3 percent of condominium sales.Since nearly 90 percent of foreign buyers in Florida purchase properties all cash, this continues to reflect the much stronger presence of international buyers in the Miami real estate market.“In addition to active domestic buyers, foreign buyers continue to bolster the Miami real estate market, as evidenced by the high percentage of cash sales locally compared to the rest of the nation,” said Zoller. “As Miami continues to build its image as a leading global city, foreign investment in our real estate is expected to continue to fuel market expansion.”While traditional sales remain strong, distressed property transactions in December again declined in Miami-Dade due to fewer short sales. In December, only 31.5 percent of all closed residential sales in Miami-Dade County were distressed, including REOs (bank-owned properties) and short sales, compared to 37.2 percent in December 2013.Short sales and REOs accounted for 7.1 and 24.3 percent, respectively, of total Miami sales in December. Sales of REOs increased 17.2 percent while that of short sales declined by 53.2 percent.In 2014, distressed sales accounted for 33.7 percent of total closed sales compared to 37.9 percent in 2013.
Nationally, distressed homes accounted for 11 percent of December sales compared to 14 percent in December 2013 and 9.0 percent in November.
After three years of record sales activity that resulted in an inventory shortage, seller confidence continues to result in more properties being listed for sale in Miami. But total inventory and new listings are now increasing by narrower margins. Supply and demand for single-family homes continues to favor sellers, while that of condominiums reflects a balanced market between buyers and sellers.
Active listings at the end of December increased 10.9 percent, from 15,963 in 2013 to 17,695 last month but remain 60 percent below 2008 levels, when sales bottomed. Inventory of single-family homes increased 4.7 percent from 5,986 in December 2013 to 6,265 last month. Condominium inventory increased 14.6 percent to 11,430 from 9,977 active listings during the same period in 2013. At the current sales pace, there is a 5.6-month supply of single-family homes, a decrease of .02 percent from 5.6 months (figures the same due to rounding) in December 2013, and an 8.4-month supply of condominiums, up from 7.0 months in December 2013, an increase of 19.7 percent. A balanced market between buyers and sellers offers between six and nine months supply of inventory.
New listings of single-family homes increased 3.1 percent, up to 1,675 in December 2014 from 1,625 during the same period in 2013. New condominium listings increased 10.4 percent to 2,488.At the end of the December, total housing inventory nationally declined 11.1 percent to 1.85 million existing homes available for sale compared to the previous month, which represents a 4.4-month supply at the current sales pace. Unsold inventory nationally is 0.5 percent lower than a year earlier.
Strong sales in the coastal new construction condominium Miami market (east of I-95) continue to reflect significant demand for new properties, according to the latest New Construction Market Status Report released today by Cranespotters.com and MIAMI.
As of December 29, there were nine (9) towers with 981 units that had been completed through 2014 in Miami-Dade County east of I-95, 66 towers with 9,598 units under construction, and 73 towers with 10,554 units that are planned but have not begun development. There are also 54 towers with 7,905 units that have been announced but not approved.
Overall in Miami-Dade County, developers had announced 202 towers with 29,038 units since 2011 through December 29.
Of the above projects in Miami-Dade:
• 91 projects with 106 towers comprising 16,175 units are currently selling
• 67 percent of units have been sold
• The mean price per square foot of these units is $856, compared to $820 last month

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Miami October Home Sales Surge, Exceed Record Levels

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 novembre 2014

Miami-skyline-for-wikipediaMiami, FL – Miami single-family home and condominium sales surged in October, exceeding record activity in 2013, according to the 34,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.Single-family home sales in Miami-Dade County increased 13.6 percent relative to October 2013, from 1,060 to 1,204. Condominium sales increased 6.5 percent from 1,416 the previous year to 1,508 last month. Combined, residential real estate sales increased 9.5 percent to 2,712 compared to 2,476 in October of last year.“Miami continues to experience population growth, interest from foreign and domestic second home buyers, and economic expansion,” said 2014 Chairman of the Board of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS Liza Mendez. “The Miami real estate market continues to strengthen due to demand for local properties, as evidenced by sales that exceed record activity in 2013.”Single-family home prices, which again increased in October, remain at affordable 2004 levels despite 35 months of consistent year-over-year increases. Condo prices also increased in October, marking 40 months of growth in the last 41months. Condo prices declined in August for the first time in more than three years but rebounded in September.The median sale price for single-family homes increased 9.1 percent, up to $240,000 from $220,000 in October 2013. The average sale price for single-family homes decreased 6.6 percent from $421,546 in October 2013 to $393,515 last month.Compared to October 2013, the median sale price for condominiums increased by 8.8 percent to $185,000 from $170,000 a year prior. The average sale price for condominiums increased 22.3 percent to $362,657 from $296,568 in October 2013.
The median number of days on the market for single-family homes sold in October was just 43 days, an increase of 7.5 percent from October 2013. The average percent of original list price received was 95.3 percent, down a negligible 1.0 percent from a year earlier.
The median number of days on the market for condominiums sold in October was 58 days, an increase of 31.8 percent compared to the same period in 2013. The average sales price was 93.7 percent of the asking price, a decrease of 3.9 percent.
Nationally, sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops also bounced back in October, increasing 1.5 percent from September and 2.5 percent below what they were in October 2013, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Statewide closed sales of existing single-family homes totaled 21,894 in October, up 17.8 percent compared to the year-ago figure, according to Florida Realtors. Statewide sales of condominiums totaled 9,377, up 7.4 percent from October 2013.The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $208,300 in October, a 5.5 percent increase from October 2013, according to NAR. The statewide median sale price for single-family existing homes last month was $177,000, up 4.6 percent from the previous year, while that of townhouse-condo properties was $139,900, up 7.7 percent over the previous year.Cash sales in Miami continue to decline as more financing becomes available. Still, access to mortgage loans for condominium buyers remains limited, impeding further market strengthening.
In Miami-Dade County, 55.8 percent of total closed sales in October were all-cash transactions, compared to 61.7 percent in October 2013. Cash sales in Miami are still more than double the national figure of 27 percent. All-cash sales accounted for 40.8 percent of single-family home and 67.8 percent of condominium closings, compared to a year earlier when cash sales were 48.9 percent of single-family home sales and 71.3 percent of condominium sales.
Since nearly 90 percent of foreign buyers in Florida purchase properties all cash, this continues to reflect the much stronger presence of international buyers in the Miami real estate market.
While traditional sales continue to increase, distressed property transactions in October again declined in Miami-Dade due to fewer short sales. In October, only 34.9 percent of all closed residential sales in Miami-Dade County were distressed, including REOs (bank-owned properties) and short sales, compared to 38.2 percent in October 2013.Short sales and REOs accounted for 8.0 and 26.9 percent, respectively, of total Miami sales in October. Sales of REOs increased 30.1 percent while that of short sales declined by 43.6 percent.Nationally, distressed homes accounted for 9.0 percent of October sales compared to 14 percent in September 2013.After three years of record sales activity that resulted in an inventory shortage, seller confidence continues to result in more properties being listed for sale in Miami. But new listings are now increasing by narrower margins.“Seller confidence is resulting in greater inventory becoming available in the Miami real estate market,” said 2014 MIAMI Association of REALTORS Residential President Francisco Angulo. “But strong home sales in Miami continue to yield rapid inventory absorption, resulting in rising prices even if at a more moderate pace.”Active listings at the end of October increased 19.5 percent, from 14,893 in 2013 to 17,801 last month but remain 60 percent below levels 2008, when sales bottomed. Inventory of single-family homes increased 15.6 percent from 5,571 in October 2013 to 6,439 last month. Condominium inventory increased 21.9 percent to 11,362 from 9,322 active listings during the same period in 2013. At the current sales pace, there is a 5.8-month supply of single-family homes, an increase of 10.4 percent from 5.2 months in October 2013, and an 8.2-month supply of condominiums, up from 6.5 months in October 2013, an increase of 26 percent. A balanced market between buyers and sellers offers between six and nine months supply of inventory.New listings of single-family homes increased 6.8 percent, up to 2,316 in October 2014 from 2,169 during the same period in 2013. New condominium listings increased 3.0 percent from 2,915 in October 2013 to 3,003 last month.At the end of the October, total housing inventory nationally declined 2.6 percent to 2.22 million existing homes available for sale compared to the previous month, which represents a 5.1-month supply at the current sales pace. Unsold inventory nationally is 5.2 percent higher than a year ago.Strong sales in the coastal new construction condominium Miami market (east of I-95) continue to reflect significant demand for new properties, according to the latest New Construction Market Status Report released today by Cranespotters.com and MIAMI.
“South Florida’s preconstruction condo market is booming east of Interstate 95 in the tricounty area, as the area heads into the winter buying season,” said Peter Zalewski, founder of Cranespotters.com. “In the last month, buyers purchased about 730 preconstruction condo units based on the latest CraneSpotters.com Developers Price Survey of exclusive brokerages representing planned towers. Industry sentiment suggest that preconstruction condo sales are expected to strengthen further during the upcoming historically busy winter tourism season.”

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Engine Downsizing Poised for Increased Penetration across Gasoline Engines, Finds Frost & Sullivan

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 Mag 2012

London Engine downsizing, which has been a major trend in European diesel engines over the past decade, is poised to have a major impact on gasoline engines, which will witness the trend that diesel engines did in terms of engine downsizing and turbocharging 10 years ago. This trend will also have a positive impact on the demand for technologies supporting downsizing such as turbochargers and variable valvetrain.New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.automotive.frost.com), 2011 Original Equipment Manufacturers Strategies for Passenger Vehicle Engine Downsizing in Western Europe, finds that suppliers with complete powertrain development and benchmarking capabilities will gain significance.
The number of cylinders in gasoline engines is likely to decrease only for engines below 1.2 litres. About 35-38 per cent of gasoline engines are likely to be turbocharged by 2018. This high level of turbocharging by European OEMs is likely to help in the market growth of boosting technologies. Legal regulations and end-consumer environmental awareness will motivate the sales of vehicles with small engines. For example, the car scrappage schemes in 2009 reduced the average displacement of engines in Western Europe. Such initiatives will help boost engine downsizing. The addition of supporting technologies such as turbochargers and variable valvetrain technologies are expected to drive costs and this is likely to impact take-up rates in cost-sensitive segments. Downsizing engines results in lower torque output from the engine and, hence, lower transient response. Variable geometry turbocharging (VGT) is a good solution for better torque output, however, introducing VGT at a low cost for gasoline engines will be a challenge. OEMs are likely to experience higher sales of low CO2 emitting vehicles and thus pass on the tax benefits to the end-consumer. This offers excellent scope for selling low emission models such as Ford Focus, Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Golf and Opel/Vauxhall Corsa.
2011 Original Equipment Manufacturers Strategies for Passenger Vehicle Engine Downsizing in Western Europe is part of the Automotive & Transportation Growth Partnership Service programme, which also includes research in the following markets: 2010 Europe Consumer Attitudes and Perceptions toward Sustainability, Environment, and Alternative Powertrains – Key Findings on Transmission Technologies and Comparative Analysis of European OEMs Powertrain Strategies for Euro 6 Compliance. All research included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends that have been evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.
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Study Title: 2011 Original Equipment Manufacturers Strategies for Passenger Vehicle Engine Downsizing in Western Europe (M7BE-18)

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Condominium Sales Surge in January

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 febbraio 2011

Miami, Fl – Sales of existing condominiums in the Miami Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) increased 134 percent, from 540 to 1,262, compared to January 2010 and 233 percent compared to January 2009, according to the 25,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service (SEFMLS).  Sales of existing single-family homes rose 55 percent in January, from 436 to 676, compared to January 2010 and 66 percent compared to January 2009Statewide sales increased 36 percent to 6,681 for condominiums and 14 percent for single-family homes to 12,151.   Nationally, sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops rose 2.7 percent from December but were 2.3 percent above January 2010, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Median and Average Sales PriceShort sales and foreclosures continue to have an impact on median and average sales prices for both single-family homes and condominiums especially in some areas of the county. The median sales price of single-family homes in January decreased 18 percent to $150,800 from a year earlier.  The median sales price of condominiums dropped 36 percent to $91,200.Statewide median sales prices decreased 18 percent to $79,400 for condominiums and 7 percent to $122,200 for single-family homes.  The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $158,800 in January, a 3.7 percent drop from January 2010. The average sales price for total single-family homes in Miami-Dade County decreased 13 percent, from $281,299 in January 2010 to $244,619 in January 2011.  The average sales prices for condominiums dropped 22.9 percent, from $ 220,515 to $169,959.The MIAMI Association of REALTORS was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating more than 90 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida.  Comprised of four organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward County Board of Governors, and the International Council, it represents more than 25,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage.  It is the largest local association in the National Association of Realtors, and has partnerships with more than 60 international organizations worldwide.  MIAMI’s official website iswww.miamire.com.

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U.S. Farmers Respond to World Demand

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 aprile 2010

Washington, D.C. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its 2010 Prospective Plantings report showing U.S. corn acreage at 88.8 million, up 3 percent from both 2009 and 2008. According to the U.S. Grains Council, this increase shows the U.S. farmers’ commitment to meet the increased demand for corn around the world. “U.S. farmers step up to the plate every year,” said Tim Burrack, Iowa Corn Promotion Board chairman. “U.S. farmers use top-of-the-line technology and modern farming techniques to ensure a high quality product. We meet the domestic needs of the livestock industry and the ethanol industry and are able to meet the needs of our trading partners and customers around the world.”  Ron Gray, Illinois corn farmer and former president of Illinois Corn Marketing Board, said “We continue to hear our Administration’s empasis to expand U.S. agricultural exports. This acreage increase reflects America’s capacity to meet the domestic market demand as well as sustain U.S. market share around the world at a competitive price. Exports are a crucial component to the U.S. economy. They are good for our economy, they are good for the rest of the world.”

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Caritas in Veritate

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 luglio 2009

Caritas Internationalis says the emphasis on justice and the common good in Pope Benedict XVI’s new Encyclical Caritas in Veritate offers a new vision of economics, politics and society based on shared duty to care for humanity and the environment.  The encyclical reflects on Pope Paul VI’s Populorum Progressio more than 40 years after its publication in the light of globalisation and the collapse of the unregulated free market economy in 2008.   Caritas Internationalis Secretary-General Lesley-Anne Knight said, “Caritas in Veritate highlights how a blind pursuit of profits over ethics had become detrimental to people and the planet. The encyclical comes at a key moment for development with decades of progress at risk. The number of people going hungry has increased by 100 million to over a billion last year.  “The crisis exposed systemic failures generated by careless speculation for the benefit of a handful of people and at the expense of millions of poor families. But the crisis offers a unique chance to refashion globalisation to work for the majority. “The encyclical offers concrete steps that policy makers should explore to put us back on the path to true development. The encyclical reminds us that finance and business can work for all of humanity not just the share-holder. The return to a more equitable model based on collective duty is crucial in closing the gap between the haves and have-nots.    “Caritas welcomes Pope Benedict’s focus on improving aid. As the G8 meets in L’Aquila, rich countries like France and Italy are cutting aid to the poorest. We appeal to them to meet their promise of committing 0.7 percent of GNI to overseas aid and to making aid work for the poor rather than the donor.  “The Pope’s challenge to reform the United Nations and economic institutions is timely. The UN, IMF and the World Bank need to ensure greater participation of poor countries in decision making. “Pope Benedict speaks of our ‘grave duty’ to protecting the environment . We hope world leaders are listening to his calls for an international consensus and that the polluters must pay the costs as they meet for talks in Copenhagen in December. As the Pope says, individuals in rich countries must change lifestyles and their consumption without responsibility if we are to protect resources. “The message to humanitarian and development workers worldwide is that in our love of humankind we strive for justice and the common good. Caritas welcomes the affirmation that true charity looks at the causes of poverty and the means to overcome it.”

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