Jared Johnson has nothing but love for Celtics' Jaylen Brown and explains why his production this season is only the beginning.
Jared Johnson has nothing but love for Celtics' Jaylen Brown and explains why his production this season is only the beginning.
“I want it all quickly ‘cause I don’t want God to stop and think and wonder if I’m getting more than my share.”
As the world follows the often-emotional testimony in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, members of Floyd's family watch a live feed in a separate room in the courthouse. Frequently by their side is civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, who heads the family's legal team. Floyd and his brothers often slept in the same bed as children, with Floyd playing the role of protector, Crump says.
Investor confidence is extremely high right now, but is your stock portfolio at risk if you ignore some warning signs?
Thailand’s Health Ministry warned Sunday that restrictions may need to be tightened to slow the spread of a fresh coronavirus wave, as the country hit a daily record for new cases. The ministry confirmed 967 new infections, the highest ever in a 24-hour period, bringing Thailand’s total to 32,625 cases since January last year — including 97 deaths. If the number of cases is still rising in two weeks, measures beyond the current restrictions on nightlife and longstanding social distancing rules will need to be put in place, said Dr. Sophon Iamsirithaworn, deputy director general of the Department of Disease Control.
Fintech lender Upstart Holdings (NASDAQ: UPST) has only been a publicly traded company for a few months, but its performance has been nothing short of stunning. In this Fool Live video clip, recorded on April 5, Fool.com contributor Matt Frankel, CFP, and Industry Focus host Jason Moser discuss why investors seem to be so optimistic about Upstart's future. Jason Moser: If you look at year to date, now, Upstart shares are up almost 250%.
CrowdStrike Holdings' (NASDAQ: CRWD) most recent quarterly results were impressive, but that's not what investors should be the most excited about. It's a chart that the company didn't share that has Motley Fool contributor Brian Stoffel jazzed about the long-term prospects of this cybersecurity specialist. On a Fool Live episode recorded on March 17, Fool contributors Brian Stoffel and Brian Withers discuss the chart and what it means for shareholders.
Apr. 11—Almost everyone has heard the F. Scott Fitzgerald line, "There are no second acts in American lives." I think he was talking about second chances for people like Jay Gatsby — the wealthy, famous, and beautiful. Their wild rides only come once. Hence, the bankrupt billionaire does not get to start over if he blows it. But, wait a minute, he usually does. The washed-up movie star does ...
What was Rep. Chip Roy thinking? I don't know, but there's no excuse for words that evoke racially motivated hangings, hundreds in Texas alone.
It's a discouraging scene: Bidding wars, soaring prices, and fears that homeownership is becoming out of reach for millions of Americans. We're in a housing frenzy, driven by a massive shortage of inventory — and no one seems to be happy about it.Why it matters: Not all bubbles burst. Real estate, in particular, tends to rise in value much more easily than it falls. Besides, says National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun, this "is not a bubble. It is simply lack of supply."Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Data: National Association of Realtors; Chart: Axios VisualsBy the numbers: America has a record-low number of homes available for sale — just 1.03 million, according to the latest NAR data. That compares to a peak of more than 4 million at the height of the last housing bubble, in July 2007.The total number of active listings this week is down a record 54% from the same week a year ago, per Realtor.com. That in turn has helped to drive national prices up 17.2% over last year. Almost half of homes now sell within one week of being listed, per Redfin.In Austin, Texas, the median listing price has risen 40% in one year to $520,000. The big picture: Prices are being driven upwards by a combination of factors, including continued low mortgage rates, a pandemic-era construction slowdown, a desire for more space as people work increasingly from home, and a stock market driven increase in money available for downpayment. A rise in financial buyers — large corporations buying up homes to rent them out — is only making the market tighter, and decreasing the number of owner-occupied properties available.What's missing: Unlike the mid-2000s, this time around there's no exuberant culture of condo flipping. While interest rates are low, lending standards are still tight, making it hard to buy a house you can't afford. The good news is that rents have not been rising nearly as fast as prices. They stayed roughly flat during the pandemic, and are now rising at perhaps a 4% pace, Yun says.Homebuyers are the biggest losers. In order to win bidding wars, many of them are being forced to make rushed and risky decisions. Successful bids often need to waive any financing contingency or right to inspect the property. That raises the terrifying prospect of putting down a large downpayment and then not being able to get a mortgage — and/or finding that the house requires hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs.The worst-case outcome, says Yun, would be if "rates remain low, demand picks up with new jobs, there's no increase in supply, and the only thing that moves is home prices, until people get priced out. That would mean we are creating a divided society of haves and have-nots."The best-case outcome, on the other hand, would be a construction boom accelerated by President Biden's infrastructure plan, which would create more supply and help to stop the rise in prices. The bottom line: Housing prices are likely to remain high and rising for a while yet.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
Middle East economies are recovering from the coronavirus pandemic faster than anticipated, largely due to the acceleration of mass inoculation campaigns and an increase in oil prices. In its latest report, the IMF again revised upward its 2020 economic outlook for the Mideast and North Africa, now outlining just a 3.4% contraction last year, with growth for the region's oil exporters buoyed by a boom for commodities and rise in oil price, which hit $67 a barrel in March. “We are a year into the crisis and recovery is back, but it is a divergent recovery,” Jihad Azour, director of the Middle East and Central Asia department at the IMF, told The Associated Press.
Two Industrial REITs benefitting from these tailwinds are Plymouth Industrial REIT (NYSE: PLYM) and Monmouth Real Estate Investment (NYSE: MNR). Plymouth currently owns and manages 173 buildings with more than 26 million square feet of space across 15 markets. The REIT takes a differentiated approach from its competitors by focusing on secondary markets.
Whistler, in British Columbia, has registered 877 confirmed cases but officials have only a murky idea of how widely the highly infectious strain has spread Whistler, Canada’s most famous ski resort, was shut down at the end of March because of the outbreak of the highly infectious coronavirus variant. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images For ski resorts, spring normally marks a final chance for visitors to carve sun-drenched runs before the season ends. But at Canada’s most famous ski resort, the gondolas have stopped, and the slopes are eerily quiet. The village of Whistler was shut down by provincial authorities at the end of March after they realised that P1, the highly infectious coronavirus variant traced back to Brazil, was spreading rapidly throughout the community. As provinces across Canada break records for new cases of the virus, experts have grown increasingly troubled by the rapid and covert spread of variants. With 877 confirmed cases of P1, the province of British Columbia is now the centre of the world’s largest sequenced outbreak of the variant outside Brazil – and nearly a quarter of those cases have been linked to Whistler. P1 is believed to be a highly infectious mutation of the virus that appears to be more fatal among young people and has the ability to reinfect victims. In Brazil, the P1 variant – along with myriad policy failures – has ushered in a total collapse of the country’s healthcare system. It has also spilled into neighbouring countries in South America. But experts were shocked to see a large cluster in Whistler, an alpine resort in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains. It remains a mystery how the variant arrived: none of the 84 people initially flagged at the beginning of the Whistler outbreak reported any travel outside Canada. Nora, a 22-year-old hospitality worker in Whistler, doesn’t know which version of the virus she contracted in mid-March, only that it left her with intense body pains “deep in my bones” and an overwhelming sense of fatigue that kept her bedridden for days. Young workers like Koch have made up the vast majority of Whistler’s coronavirus cases. Health officials have tried in vain to stem three separate outbreaks since January, vaccinating many of the resort’s staff – but even that has not managed to stop new cases. “We all kind of felt that it could happen to us,” said Peter, a resort maintenance employee who was infected with the virus just days after receiving his vaccine in mid-March. “People just come here from everywhere- that’s kind of what makes this place what it is.” The P1 outbreak has since spread throughout the province and into neighbouring Alberta. It is suspected of infecting 21 players on Vancouver’s professional hockey team, the Canucks. But because the province delayed in screening for variants, officials still have a murky picture of how widespread the virus is. Jean-Paul Soucy, a PHD candidate in epidemiology and the co-founder of the Covid-19 Canada Open Data Working Group, said British Columbia lags behind other provinces in its ability to track the percentage of cases involving variants. Whistler’s notorious housing shortage has probably played a role in the spread of the variant. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images “It also just comes down to bad luck. But the fact that we were late in implementing enhanced quarantine measures at the border likely didn’t help either,” he said. “If those measures had been put in months earlier, maybe this could have been slowed down – or even avoided.” Whistler’s notorious housing shortage has also probably played a role in the spread. “Because rent is so crazy, you have people living in closets and sometimes as many as eight people sharing a place,” said Koch, who shares a flat with three other roommates. Nora attempted to quarantine herself in her bedroom after developing symptoms, but her flatmates all became infected – including one who had already received one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. “Most of us can’t do our jobs from home. We still have to go to work frontlines all the time to serve people,” she said. “It’s really hard to isolate when most people have eight other people living with them.” Further complicating efforts to track the virus, British Columbia announced earlier this week it would no longer screen all positive Covid-19 tests for variants. “We just assume that those screened positives will be the variants. We assume that anybody who is positive for Covid-19 needs to be treated as if they have one of these highly transmissible viruses,” Dr Bonnie Henry, the province’s health officer, told reporters. Instead, the province will monitor for surveillance purposes and to search for possible for reinfections and vaccine failures. But experts say screening gives a crucial insight into how a variant is spreading. “This beast of a variant is surging from the underbelly without the sequencing to capture it. This is why I’m fearful that when they stop sequencing a lot of these cases, we’re going to miss important information – and much of the information is going to be so much more delayed,” said Eric Feigl-Ding, a Washington-based epidemiologist and senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists. Feigl-Ding points to critical sequencing work by both UK and Danish health officials late last year, who discovered that while overall cases were dropping in their countries, the B117 variant was surging, giving the public a false sense of success. “If they had not done all that sequencing, they would have had this kind of blissful ignorance that the epidemic was over,” he said. “If you have a more contagious variant that is driving the epidemic, you don’t want to be flying blind.”
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This week begins with a new moon in Aries and, for as long as we want to believe it, everything is possible. The Aries new moon is a bonfire bash, with Mercury, Chiron, the Sun, and Venus all under the constellation of the ram. There’s something irreverent and unstoppable in the air, something teenage, something earnest, something that believes in a thing called love. With Mercury in Aries and Mars in Gemini, people are very likely to say what they mean and do what they say. While no one is guaranteed to like the results, they are likely to hear something along the lines of “don’t say I didn’t warn you.” Just think about Aries Lil Nas X responding to “Montero” haters with the reasoning, “Y'all love saying we going to hell but get upset when I actually go there lmao.” With Pluto squaring Venus and Neptune squaring Mars, it’s important to remember that just because we can say something, just because we want something now, doesn’t mean we should go for it. Aries is great at shooting their shot, but isn’t always prepared for what comes after the game is won. Set your sights a little farther in preparation for the week ahead so that when temptation knocks, you’ll have something to measure it against. Aries Sun & Aries RisingEveryone knows that an Aries birthday lasts all month, and for troopers who have had not one but two solar returns in the midst of a pandemic, a month-long birthday is well-deserved. Celebration, of course, is a whole other story. Aries is a sign that loves to share their joy and their pleasure and is well-equipped to find a way to do that, no matter what tries to tamp down their flame. You’re encouraged, dear Aries, to bring your hot energy into the week following the Aries new moon — your moon. You’ll find that the more you tune in to what matters, the more time you’ll have for it. Your word is gold and what you speak sparks with life, becomes real and possible.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoTaurus Sun & Taurus RisingIt’s easy enough to say, in a moment of humbleness, that you have all that you need and a whole other thing to truly believe it. Waves of gratitude, opportunities to peer behind the veil of daily life and see your life for all that it is, are as beautiful as they are rare — an eagle perching where you rest your eyes. But, just because these feelings aren’t easy to access doesn’t mean you can’t help them along. Start by making space for them. Sweep away the cobweb remnants of old ideas of what you should be doing and what you should have to your name. Shoulds are a pervasive clutter. What feels good today, what feels right? Can you make space for more of it, more often?Illustration by Stefhany LozanoGemini Sun & Gemini RisingThe common saying is “practice what you preach,” which, generally, you’re very good at doing. But, sometimes, things don’t happen in that order. Sometimes, our faith gets a little fuzzy and the world we believe in stops making sense to us. In those instances, you might find yourself having to act toward what you want to believe in before your heart’s all the way there. A practice of building your own new vision and belief system through new encounters, a kind of stumbling forward. There are people out there who would balk at this process of discovery and cling to a way of being with which they no longer resonate. But you, dear Gemini, are not one of those people.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoCancer Sun & Cancer RisingThe relationships we nourish take energy. If we’re not careful, they can take up so much energy, they become our job. Even if our ideal self is independent, accomplished, and open to new experiences, our lived experience can quickly become one centered around others. Not only are we communal animals, we’re raised to believe that solitude is failure. We’re driven, consciously or not, to fight off the threat of that failure, showing up for others at a cost to ourselves. Trouble is, no one benefits when you run yourself down because there’s no water in any empty cup. Let yourself regenerate, let your offering come from a place of abundance, not fear.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLeo Sun & Leo RisingJust because your work takes up a huge portion of your time, doesn’t mean it has to define you. There are people who love what they do, there are people who loved something up until it became their job, and there are people who keep what they love and what they do for money separate. Each and every one of those people has a choice in how they feel about it. Devoting your time to something changes your relationship to it. What’s familiar can fade into the background and become rote. Leo, even if you can’t change your circumstance, you can break the spell. Start by noticing each time you’re given the opportunity to choose and how often you’re tempted to act like you didn’t have a choice. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoVirgo Sun & Virgo RisingOf course you’re highly perceptive. How could you be anything but, when you’re practically programmed to assess all the details in any given situation and process them, archiving whatever’s relevant for future reference and research? But, being gifted with a keen sense of perception can be a blessing and a curse. For one, you notice anything that’s slightly off, anything that could be improved. For another, you are equipped with everything you need to get in your own way. What if, this week, you gave your perceptive powers free rein instead of distracting them with needless re-edits and self-criticism? What are you afraid to see beyond yourself? Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLibra Sun & Libra RisingMaybe there’s still people out there who have only one definition of home and it’s a town they’ve never left. That rom-com idea is lovely, but it’s far from the experience most of us have, especially those of us who have had to move all our lives: away from family, against small-minded small towns, and toward work or lovers or anything that promised us a sense of belonging. Home can be a complicated, ever evolving thing, and still be valid. Home can be what you feel in someone’s arms, and also what you long for when you’re in them. This week, when homesickness arises, ask yourself what home means to you now, not what it meant when you were someone else.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoScorpio Sun & Scorpio RisingIt’s true that Scorpio, as a sign, is often misunderstood. Their reputable tails are no match for their tender hearts. While you do your best to hide it, the misunderstandings and assumptions don’t go unnoticed. It’s only human to get hurt. Hurt is a valid feeling but it’s troublesome too, because hurt floods our reasoning. You’ll find that it hurts double when you work double time over-explaining yourself and trying to teach someone how to see you. Sometimes, someone’s failure to be accountable to you has nothing to do with you. Sometimes you’re better off showing yourself why you deserve to be treated differently than convincing someone else with your good deeds. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoSagittarius Sun & Sagittarius RisingWild how fear of loss can really get in the way enjoying something, huh? Easy enough, intellectually, to admit that change is a constant and nothing is forever. Much harder to regard what brings us pleasure and joy with the same detachment. Especially not when feigning detachment results in us withholding some vital part of ourselves. Of course, it’s neither one extreme nor the other, neither intellectual distance nor clingy obsession, that allows us to have the full experience we yearn for. Finding middle ground is hard, but it’s doable. This week, do your best to make choices based on how you feel in the moment, not how you expect you’ll feel later. Feeling good now can be good enough.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoCapricorn Sun & Capricorn RisingPerhaps it’s a necessary arrangement that what makes us feel challenged and alive is also what contributes to our feelings of isolation. If we take it all at face value, it’s easy to come away feeling like the universe wants us to choose between feeling loved and feeling free, between feeling the safety of the pack and the loneliness of an open road. Deep down, you know that these feelings have their own cycle. That feeling secure is what prompts you to take more risks, that risk-taking feels good when you bring your rewards home to someone. Whatever part of the cycle you’re in — forging ahead or fortifying — it’s a necessary part, and it will enrich you if you let it. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoAquarius Sun & Aquarius RisingYou know how Annie Lennox sings “No more I love yous, language is leaving me”? Well this week is the complete opposite of that, Aquarius. Language is returning to you like the rays of the sun, breaking through a long dark night. Language, the ability to express yourself without doubting if you mean it, without fearing you’ll regret it later, is knocking on your head and hoping to catch a ride to the town of complete sentences and meaningful exchanges. Let it in and carry it around, Aquarius; let it marinate. Let it take you around like a tour guide, reminding you of the name of that tree you always pass, asking you to smell the air. Everything is a sign, but you’ve got to translate it.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoPisces Sun & Pisces RisingIt’s natural to feel left out sometimes, Pisces. Especially in this moment when social gatherings are limited and those we love have to enforce difficult boundaries. It’s only natural to feel a little hopeless when the ongoing calamities of human existence are not ameliorated by waves of distracting pleasant company. Longing for community, for the pleasure of acquaintance, and the bubbly feeling of stumbling into a like mind is valid longing because these things are the cream of daily life. Just don’t let that longing distract you from what you have. It’s tempting to resent what we depend on. Remind yourself that what surrounds you was something you chose for a reason. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Your 2021 Horoscope Is HereYour Love Horoscope For 2021 Is HereYour April Horoscope Is Here
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