BEIJING — China’s inflation declined in March, easing pressure on consumers but fueling questions about the strength of recovery in the world’s second-biggest economy. Government data Tuesday showed consumer prices rose 2.1 percent, down from the previous month’s 3.2 percent and well below the official target of 3.5 percent for the year.
Investors had quite a bit of economic data to sift through last week. Housing starts declined by almost 6 percent in March, but building permits – a gauge of future building activity – rose 4.5 percent. It was its highest level in 3 and a half years. Sales of previously owned homes fell 2.6 percent in March highlighting the fragile recovery.
PORTAGE, MI – The public will get its first chance to comment onpotential future building improvements for the Portage Public Schools at aTuesday community forum. Portage Public Schools has set community forums for 6:30 to 8p.m. Tuesday at Portage Central High and 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 25 atNorthern High.
WATCH THE CNBC MARKET UPDATE HERE Besides blended earnings reports from major retailers, there were quite a few economic reports for investors to digest last week. Housing starts fell by 10.6 percent in April and building permits – a gauge of future building activity also declined.
Friday, March 25 16:40:00 The country’s biggest designer, manufacturer and installer of signage, Gaelite Signs, is calling for urgent regulation of the signage industry in Ireland to ensure that European Best Practice standards are met by all Irish suppliers. The call is being made as part of Gaelite Signs ‘Future Focus’ seminar which was held today, in the company’s new say of the art showroom in Sandyford, Co.
March 23, 2011 The city of Jackson took a significant step forward last week when City Human and Cultural Services Director Michael Raff announced a public-art initiative. Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. has committed 1 percent of all eligible capital-improvement funds for public art displays around the city, and the administration is seeking community members to get involved.
BUSINESS Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Minerva will help deliver broadcast TV, VOD & Internet TV for Go Minerva Networks, the leading provider of carrier-class solutions for the delivery of tv services over broadband networks, this day announced that GO has selected its platform to offer broadcast TV, video-on-demand and over-the-top (OTT) television services for up to 100,000 subscribers.
Nothing states spring better than tapping into some freshly poured bock beer. In the case of Saturday’s Spring Bock Beer Festival at Quarry Hill Nature Center, not only can you sample a variety of bock brews, you can poke them, too. To celebrate the spring equinox and the lengthening of days, Quarry Hill will bring together friends, live music by the Nodding Wild Onions and a variety of snacks and bock beer.
Call it awareness or perhaps passion, but it seems as though civic battles are perennial in Martinez. For those who enjoy packed Planning Commission and City Council meetings and lively Op-Ed pages, there is a new issue to prompt Martinez residents to take to action and raise their voices in support or opposition of a planned City action.
EPSOM, UNITED KINGDOM – March 17, 2011: Cars that can fly, carsthat run on water and a limousine boasting twin hot tubs inside: these wereamong the many colourful and inventive ideas produced by the winners of theUK section of the Toyota Dream Car Art competition. Toyota chairman Naoya Taniguchi presented the winners with theircertificates and prizes and told the audience: “The goal of thecompetition was to create opportunities for kids to have fun drawingtheir dream automobile of the future.