Larkins, Adams Voted Men’s Indoor Athletes of the Week

first_imgMen’s Field Athlete of the Week – Tyler Adams, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Buffalo, TexasAdams qualified for the NCAA meet and set a facility record with 6,016 points to take the heptathlon title at the Texas Tech Classic & Multis over the weekend. The senior from Buffalo, Texas, bested his closest competition by nearly 300 points. He finished no lower than third in any of the seven events, taking first place in the long jump, high jump, 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1000m. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State junior Micah Larkins and Sam Houston State senior Tyler Adams are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Garett Cortez, UIW; Grant O’Callaghan, Southeastern Louisiana; Chris Jefferson, Sam Houston State; Isaac Vargas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Micah Larkins, Northwestern State – Jr. – Princeton, La.Larkins clocked the third-fastest time in Southland history for both 60m and 200m at the Pittsburg State Invitational. For the 60, he ran a 6.63, a mark that is good for fifth in the nation and first in the conference. Larkins is ranked 33rd in the world in the 60. The junior also ran a 21.13 in the 200, which is ranked 19th nationally and also first in the conference. Honorable Mention: Lentz Similien, McNeese; Colton Cohea, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Stevon Crooks, Southeastern Louisiana. The Demons next head to the LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational in Baton Rouge, La. on Feb. 2 while the Bearkats make the trip west to Lubbock again for the Texas Tech Open from Feb. 2-3.last_img read more

UK expert advises level playing field

first_imgLocal content policyUnited Kingdom-based local content expert, Dr Michael Warner, has underscored the importance of Guyana’s draft local content policy providing a level playing field for both local and foreign investors so as to avoid any breaches of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).Provisions under the WTO TRIMS Agreement bar against measures that discriminate against suppliers who are foreign investors from other WTO Member States in favour of suppliers who are nationals of the host country.“Leave the canvas wide for different class of alliances … The more the policy isDr Michael Warner delivering his presentation on Wednesday at the Pegasus Hotelinterpreted to give direct preferences of the market to local suppliers … the more likely it is you’re in breach of WTO rules…,” Warner cautioned.The British specialist was at the time making a presentation to local stakeholders in the Private Sector on the best practices in implementing a local content policy. He is currently in Guyana working with the Centre for Local Business Development – a global developer. The event hosted by Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) on Wednesday at the Pegasus Hotel saw the attendance of representatives from the Private Sector and legal fraternity as well as officials from ExxonMobil. The US oil giant has been successful in its offshore exploration activities in Guyana, thus paving the way for first oil in 2020.Having examined Guyana’s local content policy, Dr Warner noted that the draft document was “heading in the right direction”. However, he pointed out that the focus would now have to be on the implementation of the policy.Referencing the impacts, a non-pragmatic and non-collaborative approach had in African countries, Dr Warner lauded Government for pursuing a pragmatic and collaborative method of implementing its local content policy. He mentioned that those countries copy local content policies from each other, but later found that the policies could not hold up in their domestic environment; and as such, he cautioned Guyana against this. Nevertheless, the local content expert noted that the pragmatic and collaborative approach also has risks. To this end, he re-emphasised the need for market opportunities to be made available to both local and overseas players in order to create a level playing field.According to Dr Warner, there needs to be a balance in pushing local content.“But I think Governments are maturing … Politicians and the policy makers have to deliver the expectations of their society … and the two can come together, especially in a place like Guyana, where relatively people meet and talk…,” he posited.While further warning against Guyana falling victim to the ‘Dutch Disease’, the British expert outlined that the entire Guyana would have to work hard to maximise the opportunities that would become available, suggesting that extensive on-the-job training be done. “There’s going to be huge amounts of opportunities for local folks to raise their game and meet the standards of international requirements,” Dr Warner stated.last_img read more

HUD Scorecard Delivers Mixed Results for Housing

first_img Agents & Brokers Barack Obama Confidence Existing-Home Sales Federal Reserve FHA First-Time Homebuyers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability HUD Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Prices Processing Refinance S & P Index Service Providers Underwriting Standards Valuation 2011-11-03 Ryan Schuette November 3, 2011 430 Views An October “”HUD scorecard””: released Thursday by the Obama administration portrayed the housing market as one beset by mixed circumstances over September and the months before.[IMAGE]A still-heavy foreclosure glut matched with declining home values and prices left the market slightly worse for the wear in some areas.””Housing data available through September underscore market fragility and paint a mixed picture of recovery,”” the report began. Despite some progress claimed by the Obama administration, “”we have much more work to do to reach the many households who still face trouble and to help the market recover,”” “”HUD Assistant Secretary Raphael Bostic””: said in a statement.””To help responsible homeowners, we have to make it easier for people to refinance at interest rates that are now near 4% ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô putting hundreds of dollars in real savings back in their pockets each month, and giving a boost to our fragile economy,”” he added.The report measured up home prices, home sales, and [COLUMN_BREAK]refinance originations, finding declines for some and stabilization for others.The “”Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index””:–p-us recorded home prices falling from approximately 148,000 in September last year to 142,000 this year.New home sales stayed largely the same this year as compared with last year, hovering at around 26,000 over the time frame, while existing-home sales rose from approximately 365,000 last year to top 409,000 during the same month this year.Mortgage refinance originations on record meanwhile fell from nearly 1.3 million in September last year to about 964,000 over the same time frame this year.The findings track pending-home sales figures reported last week by the “”National Association of Realtors””: (NAR), which reported a 6.4-percent boost over September this year in contrast with numbers from the same time last year ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô still overwhelmingly weak, historically speaking.””A combination of weak consumer confidence and continuing tight lending criteria held back home buyers, even though the private sector added nearly 2 million net new jobs in the past 12 months,”” “”Lawrence Yun””:, the trade group’s chief economist, said of the pending-home sales figures in a statement.A positive portrayal of efforts in housing by the Obama administration also met with less favorable consumer sentiment, with a recent “”Thomas Reuters/University of Michigan index””: finding pessimism among customers in October.The survey found that 57 percent of all consumers regard current federal policies in an unfavorable light ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the highest ever assessed by the index. Sixty-one percent of respondents reported feeling less favorably toward the “”Federal Reserve””: that month. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img HUD Scorecard Delivers Mixed Results for Housing Sharelast_img read more