German economy ministry says current data points to a weak general economic trend in Q2

Comments by Germany’s economy ministry
Data points to slower growth in services sector as well
Industrial activity remains sluggish, headwinds from foreign demand are still feltThere are considerable downside risks due to trade/geopolitical tensions, BrexitBut says that forces of economic upswing could be more prominent if the external environment settles

The worry for Germany now is that the struggles faced by the manufacturing and industrial sectors could potentially start to spill over to the services sector and exacerbate current dwindling economic conditions.

The economy is already seen stagnating in Q2 and if the more upbeat tone in the services sector begins to fade, it would start to raise recession risks in 2H 2019.

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Newport News: Check Out 5 Local Homes For Sale

Check out the latest houses available in the Newport News area.

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Looking for a new home, and want to get a better feel for what’s available near you? Perhaps you could use some help finding the perfect place for you and your loved ones? Never fear! To save you some time, we here at Patch have compiled the latest batch of new listings nearby.

Here’s a list of the five newest properties to go up for sale in the Newport News area — including one in the Hampton area with 3 beds and 1 bath for $109,900, and another with 4 beds and 3 baths for $173,000.

Looking for more information on one of the houses listed below? Just click on any address to learn more. Happy house hunting!


Price: $109,900
Size: 1,152 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 1 bath

Price: $173,000
Size: 1,741 sq. ft, 4 beds, and 3 baths

Price: $165,000
Size: 1,685 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $120,000
Size: 1,111 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 1 bath

Price: $139,900
Size: 946 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 1 bath

Still haven’t gotten your fill? Keep scrolling for more listings. Or check out Patch’s Newport News area real-estate section for a complete list of local homes.

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Survey says: Naples, Fla., is the best spot for beach real estate


Looking for a beachfront home, either as a permanent abode or as a vacation getaway? Put Naples, Fla., on the top of your to-see list.

That Florida Gulf Coast community came out on top in a ranking of more than 140 beach towns nationwide, based on a new survey by Wallethub.

The firm used 62 key data metrics, ranging from overall housing costs to safety to quality of beach water, to come up with its ranking. And while Naples wasn’t in the top 10 in the component pieces of the survey, it did well enough across the board to end up on top.

Rounding out the top five were Lahaina, Hawaii; Newport Beach, Calif.; Carlsbad, Calif.; Boca Raton, Fla; and Sarasota, Fla. Next were North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Encinitas, Calif.; Santa Monica, Calif.; and Venice, Fla.

(Click here for the ranking and other details.)

Looking for the top of the list in housing affordability? That would be Merritt Island, Fla. (which ranked 107th overall). Tops for best weather was Port Royal, S.C. (#46 overall). Lahaina parlayed its #1 ranking for economy (and #4 ranking for overall safety) into the #2 position overall.

More facts and figures:

• Port Lavaca, Texas, had the lowest median home price as a share of income – 1.78 times. Compare that to Malibu, Calif., where a home will set you back 14.7 times the median community income.

• Wailuku, Hawaii, had the lowest median annual property-tax rates. The highest – in Shirley, N.Y. – were 18.4 times higher.

• Miami Beach, Coral Gables and Key Biscayne, all in Florida, and Port Royal, S.C., each had the fewest disaster declarations (12 each) since 1953, compared to 69 for a host of Southern California beach towns, including Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Malibu and Manhattan Beach.

• Galveston, Texas, had the highest average water temperature, followed by Biloxi, Miss., and Gulfport, Fla. Most chilly water was was found along the Pacific coast, with the lowest in Anacortes, Wash., followed by Richmond and Alameda, Calif.

• The lowest rate over overall violent crime was found in Key Biscayne, followed by Westport, Conn., and Palos Verdes Estates. The highest was found in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Riviera Beach, Fla; and Asbury Park, Fla.

And now to the $200,000 (or, depending where you live, the $5 million) question: How is the prospect of sea rise going to impact beach communities across the U.S.?

The view of the experts is mixed.

“That is the Achilles’ heel for anyone wishing to purchase beachfront property,” said William Cohen, a professor at Temple University. “Rising sea level is already making its impact felt. It is my view that is it inevitable that all coastal regions will suffer some alteration; in some cases, entire communities will be affected.”

But Robert McCormick, a professor of economics at Clemson University, says the short-term view is less dire.

“The sea-level rise is not much of an issue, because we are talking inches over very long periods of time,” he said. “The fearmongers have told horror stories about a big rise, but even the worst estimates are decades away – as we get richer and find better tech to build, and build smarter (and higher), I don’t see much concern here.”

But McCormick does agree that a rising number of hurricanes could be a concern, particularly along Florida coastlines.

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Federowicz, Santana hit early HRs, Rangers top White Sox 7-4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shawn Kelley knew the Texas bullpen was a little short-handed, so he volunteered for some extra work.

The Rangers’ closer shut down a late White Sox rally with his first four-out save in three years, and Texas beat Chicago 7-4 Sunday.

Kelley had bullpen coach Oscar Marin inform the dugout that he was prepared to get four outs, particularly since fellow relievers José Leclerc and Chris Martin weren’t available.

"I’m not the freshest I’ve ever been," said Kelley, 35, who took over the closer’s role from Leclerc in mid-April, "but I felt like I could get four outs if we needed."

Kelley struck out Tim Anderson to strand runners at second and third in the eighth after the White Sox had scored three runs to pull to 5-4. He pitched a scoreless ninth for his 10th save, preserving the win for rookie Adrian Sampson (6-4).

The 25 pitches were the most that Kelley has thrown this season.

"We like to keep his pitch total down," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "He’s so max on every pitch that it’s not in his best interest or ours to keep him out there for too long."

Tim Federowicz and Danny Santana hit two-out, two-run homers in the second inning to help the Rangers win for the third time in four games. They took two of three from the White Sox and have either won or split eight straight series.

Sampson, who earned his first major league win on May 17, allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked one. He gave up the run on three straight singles to begin the fifth inning, Eloy Jiménez scoring on an opposite-field hit by Anderson. Sampson retired the next three batters without allowing the ball out of the infield.

Ivan Nova (3-6) gave up three earned runs in six innings for Chicago. Nova is 0-2 in his last six starts.

"The guys obviously at the end chipped away a little bit, having the tying and winning runs on second and third, had a couple opportunities," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "We weren’t able to get anything across, but we still continued to battle."

In Chicago’s eighth, Pete Fairbanks, the first of three Texas relievers, allowed all four batters he faced to reach, walking James McCann with the bases loaded with none out.

Brett Martin came on and got Jiménez to hit a fly ball to center. Delino DeShields broke in two steps, then retreated, the ball caroming off his glove and rolling toward the fence with two runs scoring on the play.

"In our ballpark, when that wind starts blowing, it has a little extra carry to it," Woodward said. "I don’t know if anybody in his exact shoes would have caught that ball."


Anderson celebrated his 26th birthday. … Nova had gone 3-0 in his previous five road starts with a 2.97 ERA. … McCann has reached base in 11 straight games. … DeShields went 3 for 3 with three RBI, including one in the eighth, and is hitting .355 since being recalled for the second time this season from Triple-A Nashville on June 2 after hitting .182 before then.


White Sox: RHP Dylan Covey (shoulder inflammation) pitched a side session on Sunday, and Renteria will decide on Covey’s status during the next series in Boston.

Rangers: 1B Ronald Guzman was back in the lineup after leaving Saturday night’s game in the eighth inning with heel soreness. He went 0 for 3 with an RBI.


White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (10-2, 2.74) will open the three-game series against the Red Sox on Monday. Giolito shares the American League lead in wins but allowed a season-high six earned runs in a 7-3 loss to the Cubs last Wednesday, his first loss in 12 starts.

Rangers RHP Jesse Chavez (2-2, 3.18) will make his first start since 2017 (not counting being an opener for four games this season) to begin a three-game series at Detroit on Tuesday. Chavez has made 34 appearances this season, most recently pitching five innings last Wednesday.


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Lions are ready to Roar

Chelmsford High’s Kate Krueger (5) during a 16-9 win over Marblehead. The Lions’ girls lacrosse team will play today against Longmeadow in a Division 1 state semifinal at Babson College at 5 p.m. Meanwhile, Dracut High’s boys lacrosse team will play Grafton today in a Division 3 state semifinal at Concord-Carlisle at 7 p.m. (

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Electric car charging station coming to Newport News Walmart

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Soon you will be able to charge your electric car while shopping at the Walmart in Newport News on Jefferson Avenue, which is near the Patrick Henry Mall.

The mega retail and grocery store chain announced that 34 states, including Virginia, would see some stores gain access to electric car charging stations provided by the company.

Walmart will be partnering with Electrify America to help spread its electric car charging station initiative.

There is no time table yet for when the electric charging stations will begin to operate at the locations picked by Walmart.

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Crew member injured at Indy 500 when Jordan King’s car makes contact on pit road

INDIANAPOLIS — A crew member for Jordan King was injured during the Indy 500 on Sunday when King’s No. 42 Honda made contact with him during a round of pit stops at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing tire changer was taken off pit road on a stretcher after suffering a leg injury. He was awake and alert and taken to the medical center.

Emergency personnel stabilized him before transferring him to IU Methodist Hospital for further evaluation with a non-life-threatening lower leg injury.

King started 26th in the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500. He made contact with his crew member while pitting on lap 69 of 200 scheduled laps.

Simon Pagenaud, the 2016 IndyCar Series champion, started on the pole and dominated the first half of the race.

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Newport News BP Station robbed Thursday night

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Newport News Police Department are looking for a suspect in a BP Station robbery on Thurday.

According to a spokeperson, Newport News police were called to the gas station in the 13700 block of Warwick Boulevard about a robbery at approximately 10:50 p.m.

When they got there, two employees inside the station said that a man wearing a black hooded sweatwhirt pulled out a firearm, and demanded money from the register.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot.

There were no injuries from the incident and the robbery remains under investigation.

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