Stuart MillerLennar Corp., seen as a bellwether for the U.S. housing market, is actually seeing some benefits from the pandemic.The Miami-based homebuilder’s executive chairman Stuart Miller said on its earnings call on Tuesday some buyers from the urban core are seeking out Lennar’s suburban homes.During a conversation with Lennar’s Southeast Florida division president, Carlos Gonzalez, Miller said “31 percent of his (Gonzalez’s) sales have come from the city of Miami to the suburban areas. We are hearing that kind of empirical data.”Yet, Lennar still reported that new home sales in the second quarter remained largely the same as in the previous year. New home deliveries totaled 12,653 homes in the second quarter, a slight decrease from 12,706 homes in the second quarter of 2019.The company’s home revenue decreased 5 percent in the second quarter, year-over-year, to $4.9 billion.Home revenue largely dropped due to the decline in the average sales price of homes. The average home sale price decreased to $389,000 in the second quarter of 2020, compared to $407,000 in the second quarter of 2019.Company executives said Lennar was able to continue to sell homes during the pandemic due to low mortgage rates and a shortage of reasonably priced single-family homes. Rick Beckwitt, the company’s CEO, said new home orders increased 20 percent during the first two weeks of June. The company also reissued its guidance for 2020 after it canceled guidance in the first quarter due to the coronavirus pandemic.“The market is strong and will remain strong as we go forward,” Miller said.Overall, Lennar reported earnings of $517.4 million in its second quarter, up from $421.5 million in the second quarter of 2019.Lennar’s stock was down 1.1 percent to $62.87 as of 1:56 p.m. on Tuesday.Lennar is known for its simple, no frills, affordably priced homes. The company has reported strong earnings in the past few years as a housing shortage has led to strong demand for new single-family homes.Lennar is seen by analysts as a bellwether for the broader U.S. housing market and for how the industry and the housing market will fare during the crisis.The single-family housing market hasn’t been impacted by coronavirus as much as some predicted. Nationally, home prices increased by 5.4 percent in April, compared with April 2019, according to CoreLogic. But in 2021, home prices are expected to decline for the first time in more than nine years, the data provider reported. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) will release a compilation of songs through his label 30th Century later this week. Dubbed 30th Century Records Compilation Volume I, the record will include artists signed to Burton’s label, although there is one notable outlier who makes an appearance on the collection of songs, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and his latest side-project, The Arcs.The Arcs will contribute a song called “Fools Gold.” Auerbach tells Rolling Stone, “Generally, fool’s gold is made of iron or copper pyrites that are often mistaken for gold. It has the same thrilling discovery, the same shiny luster and perceived weight as gold, but it isn’t gold and when all is said and done, it has the same value as a hunk of s—. It’s always been so easy to be a fool.”Take a listen to the new single below:
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhat’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? A pitcher of mimosas. At least, that’s the current thinking from the folks at Cracker Barrel, America’s “old country store” restaurant chain.Cracker BarrelCracker Barrel is best known for its signature breakfasts featuring a host of Southern-style favorites including pancakes, biscuits, grits, eggs, and country ham, as well as family-style dinner entrees that boast enough servings to feed a small army.But just recently, the 51-year-old franchise ventured into new waters by adding a limited number of more spirited adult beverages to its traditional menu. Now, your brunch, dinner, or all-day breakfast dishes can be paired with beer, wine, or a mimosa cocktail (orange or strawberry, thank you).After testing the concept at 100-plus locations, customer feedback was positively bubbling over with admiration.“Our guests told us that offering beer and wine would reduce the veto vote—that is, those guests who would choose Cracker Barrel for a given dining occasion, but ultimately go elsewhere because they would like to have a beer or a glass of wine with their meal— especially during weekend dinner,” a Cracker Barrel spokesman told CNN.There was simply no putting the cork back in the champagne bottle after that.CHECK OUT: Customers Jump Up to Help Run Restaurant When Chef is Left Alone After Staff Emergency: ‘Beautiful to witness’While grown-up drinks won’t be offered at every location, by the end of the fiscal year, 600 additional Cracker Barrel restaurants in Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee will amend their already extensive menus with non-teetotaling drink options.So the next time you order Uncle Herschel’s Favorite, you’ll be able to say “Cheers!” with a tasty blend of sparkling wine and O.J. (barrel of monkeys not included).SHARE The News With Some Friends You’d Like to Clink Glasses With…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
In 2nd season, Brooks’ transition outdoors improvesAlena Brooks faltered in the outdoor season her freshman year, but has already set a school record in the 400-meter as a sophomore.Photo courtesy Gopher Sports Dane MizutaniApril 12, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAlena Brooks said she wasnâÄôt feeling well prior to the 400-meter dash at the Jim Click Shootout two weekends ago.But an ailing Brooks would not be stopped.When the gun sounded, Brooks shot out of the starting blocks and raced ahead of the pack. She crossed the finish line in a speedy 53.55 seconds âÄî a new school record.âÄúI was pretty shocked that I broke the record,âÄù Brooks said. âÄúWe had a really tough week of training âÄî I was pretty shocked, but it felt good.âÄùThis feeling resonated throughout the team.âÄúEveryone was really excited for her,âÄù head coach Matt Bingle said. âÄúShe is ranked pretty high in the nation with that time this early in the season. Any time you get a school record, that is a nice thing to put on your rÃ©sumÃ©.âÄùBrooksâÄô performance in Tucson, Ariz. may have been the highlight of her career with the Gophers.During the indoor season of her freshman year, Brooks finished as the Big Ten runner-up in the 600-meter but faltered somewhat in the outdoor season.Bingle said this falling off in the outdoor season last year was not a testament to her skills as a runner.âÄúIndoors she had a great season and helped the team quite a bit,âÄù he said. âÄúJust outdoors she got fatigued and worn out from being away from home.âÄùBrooks hails from Diego Martin, Trinidad, and before her stint with the Gophers she competed at the international level with Trinidad and Tobago. Running at the2010 CARIFTA Games, Brooks captured a silver medal in the 800-meter and another silver medal in the 4×400-meter relay.Brooks predominantly ran the 800-meter event as a freshman but has recently started to branch into others. Bingle said he is extremely impressed with BrooksâÄô versatility as a runner.âÄúThere are not a lot of people who can run the anchor leg of the 4×100-meter, run the 800-meter in the time she runs it in and then run the 400-meter,âÄù he said.In her second year with the team, Brooks attributes this early-season success to her off-season training.âÄúIn the off-season I worked most on my speed. That helped me a lot,âÄù Brooks said. âÄúI have that endurance because I run the 800-meter as well, so [improving] my speed really helped me the most.âÄùThis improvement in her repertoire has already been displayed in competition through in the first three meets of the season.âÄúI have already improved a lot,âÄù Brooks said. âÄúI had almost a second off of my 400-meter and last weekend I also ran a [personal best] in the 800-meter, so it just shows I am much stronger right now than I was last year.âÄùBrooks noted her year-to-year progression with the team, but knows she still has a great deal of room to improve.âÄúI feel pretty confident, but I know I still have a lot of work to do,âÄù she said. âÄúI still feel confident and feel like I can do some pretty good things.âÄùBingle agrees, but said her evolution is dependent on her work ethic.âÄúItâÄôs totally in her court and she has a ton of potential,âÄù he said. âÄúIâÄôm excited for this season and the next few years for her to mature as a runner. She has no ceiling in my mind.âÄùAside from her development as an athlete, Brooks said a lot of her motivation to succeed with the Gophers stems from her mother.âÄúIâÄôm the last child and my older brother and sister arenâÄôt very successful and I know she works so hard,âÄù Brooks said. âÄúI just strive to make her proud âÄî at least one of her children is doing well. I know no matter what I do she will always proud of me.âÄù
The German defender has become a regular this season, starting every single one of their Premier League games since the middle of December after missing the first half of the campaign through injury.He has earned plenty of praise for his performances, despite Chelsea’s struggles at the back under Frank Lampard.He is expected to be a part of Germany’s squad for Euro 2020, with some predicting he will be the first choice for Joachim Löw.Embed from Getty ImagesShould that be the case, he will be looking to ensure his country, who he has 30 caps for, put on a better showing than at the World Cup two years ago, where they were knocked out in the group stages.Rudiger was a part of that squad and says he wants to show himself in a different light after that disappointment.“I only ever get to know about it (being the first choice) through the media,” he told Frankfurter Rundschau.“I’m completely relaxed; I know my role, I don’t have to talk much. I know what to do.“When you compare my performance at Chelsea and for the DFB – the gap is a bit wide.“That’s why I’m looking forward to the European Championship, that I’ll show a different face.”by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 60? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoCosmoHealthyMag21 Celebs Who Are Gay – No.13 Will Shock MenCosmoHealthyMagUndo Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger says he is looking to show ‘a different face’ with Germany at Euro 2020 this summer.
The film, posted on YouTube, shows his out-of-control Marussia slamming into the back of the yellow recovery vehicle, sparks flying as the body of the car slides underneath its raised rear end.The impact, which appears to be at around Bianchi’s helmet height, shears off the air intake cover that protrudes above the back of the driver’s head.Formula One has regularly been rocked by debate over open-top cockpits, which offer drivers little head protection.In slow-motion, the video appears to show Bianchi’s helmet rebounding violently off the heavy lifting vehicle, which is bounced into the air by the force of the impact.The vehicle was trying to remove Adrian Sutil’s stricken Sauber, which had crashed at the same spot on the circuit a lap earlier.Bianchi’s parents, Philippe and Christine, were at their son’s hospital bedside Tuesday awaiting the arrival of celebrated French surgeon Gérard Saillant, who treated Michael Schumacher after his near-fatal skiing accident last December.Nicolas Todt, who is the agent for the young driver, along with F1 veteran Felipe Massa, was expected to arrive later Tuesday.Massa, who visited Bianchi at the hospital on Sunday, was himself the victim of a serious injury in 2009 when he was struck by a part of another car that had come loose.Formula One’s governing body, the International Automobile Federation (FIA), said the Marussia driver had suffered a “severe head injury”.FIA press officer Matteo Bonciani told reporters at the hospital on Monday evening: “It should be understood that it is very, very serious.”In a statement, Marussia thanked fans for the “huge outpouring of support and affection for Jules and the team”.They said information about the driver’s condition would only be released with the blessing of his family.“Together with Jules’ care, they will remain our highest priority. Therefore, we would ask for patience and understanding with regard to further medical updates, which will be communicated in conjunction with the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, where Jules is being treated, when they feel it is appropriate.“Representatives of the Marussia F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari will remain at the hospital to support Jules and the Bianchi family.”The race on Sunday was stopped shortly after Bianchi’s crash with championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who was leading at the time, declared the winner.Organisers have come in for criticism over the timing of the race, which went ahead despite torrential downpours caused by an approaching typhoon.Drivers repeatedly complained that they could not see properly because of the spray and the fading light.“I was already screaming on the radio five laps before the safety car that there was too much water on the track,” Massa said Sunday.“But they took a bit too long and it was dangerous. So we saw that there were some crashes at the end.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SUZUKA, October 7-Horrifying footage has emerged showing the moment Jules Bianchi’s speeding Formula One car smashed into a stationary tractor-crane, leaving him fighting for his life in a Japanese hospital with serious head injuries.The 25-year-old Frenchman was said to be “critical, but stable” after surgery in the wake of the terrifying smash on a rain-soaked Suzuka circuit on Sunday.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) – When tourists ask for the bathroom in the Minneapolis airport lately, it’s usually not because they have to go. It’s because they want to see the stall made famous by Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest in a sex sting. “It’s become a tourist attraction,” said Karen Evans, information specialist at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. “People are taking pictures.” Craig was arrested June 11 by a Minneapolis airport police officer. The Idaho Republican pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Craig has since said his guilty plea was a mistake. His request to withdraw the guilty plea will be heard Sept. 26, just four days before he has said he will step down from his Senate seat. Just 15 minutes into her shift Friday, Evans said she had been asked directions to the new tourist attraction four times. “It’s by the Lottery shop, right next to the shoeshine shop,” said newsstand worker Abdalla Said, adding he gets the question daily. The Royal Zino Shoeshine shop owner’s grandson, Royal Zino, said it has been hectic. “People have been going inside, taking pictures of the stall, taking pictures outside the bathroom door – man, it’s been crazy,” he said.