The best suburbs for single Gold Coasters to find love

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first_imgCoombabah: $340,000 (apartment)Burleigh Heads: $530,000 (apartment)Ashmore: $345,000 (apartment)Robina: $428,500 (apartment)Currumbin: $492,500 (apartment) Tallebudgera: $930,000 median price (house)Ashmore: $345,000 (apartment)Currumbin: $492,500 (apartment)Mudgeeraba: $412,500 (apartment)Helensvale: $353,500 (apartment)Varsity Lakes: $419,000 (apartment)Robina: $428,500 (apartment)Palm Beach: $412,063 (apartment)Mermaid Waters: $380,250 (apartment)Coombabah: $340,000 (apartment) mikaela.day@news.com.au Here’s a list of the top suburbs to ensure you’re not looking for love in the wrong places.TOP SINGLE SUBURBS FOR … People in their 20s REIQ Gold Coast chairman Andrew Henderson said the Gold Coast was the perfect spot for singles. Picture: Jerad WilliamsReal Estate Institute of Queensland Gold Coast chairman Andrew Henderson said the Glitter Strip was perfect for those riding solo as it offered affordable real estate options to take the property plunge alone, plus plenty of social opportunities to meet that special someone. “Mermaid Waters is affordable for singles to both rent and purchase and is very close to Broadbeach and Pacific Fair, without as much hustle and bustle,” he said. “Coombabah is similar. For someone who is on their own and doesn’t want a flatmate, they are two affordable locations where they are able to have that.” Mr Henderson said it was no surprise Southport was a hot spot for bachelors and bachelorettes. “Southport offers a lot of work with the university and hospital, transport is good and it’s affordable for singles,” he said.“There’s been a lot of refurbishment, it has been modernised and there’s a lot of infrastructure on your doorstep.“The swimming pool, which opened for the Commonwealth Games, is perfect for singles who want to keep themselves busy and fit.” Single woman Lana Tynan, 29, lives at Mermaid Waters, one of the top 10 areas for solo 20-somethings, and said it was a great social spot. “Mermaid has a great social aspect with all its bars and restaurants, plus everyone is of a similar demographic when you’re out and about,” she said. Coolangatta: $580,000 median price (apartment)Southport: $367,750 (apartment)Tugun: $460,750 (apartment)Surfers Paradise: $370,000 (apartment)Mermaid Waters: $380,250 (apartment)Coombabah: $340,000 (apartment)Burleigh Heads: $530,000 (apartment)Palm Beach: $412,063 (apartment)Varsity Lakes: $419,000 (apartment)Robina: $428,500 (apartment) Looking for love? The top suburbs for unattached Gold Coasters have been revealed and single friends Krisi Westerveld, 24, and Lana Tynan, 29, know just the spot. Picture: Jerad WilliamsSINGLE and ready to mingle or unlucky in love? New research has uncovered the Glitter Strip suburbs most populated by singles, and Gold Coasters might be looking for love in all the wrong places. Analysis by Finder of ABS census data found more than 184,000 locals did not have a significant other, with single women outnumbering men by almost 17,000. Southport and Coolangatta were the hot spots for those who were unattached in their 30s, 40s and 50s, with the apartment market best suited to singles, according to Finder. Southport had a median unit price of $376,750, while Coolangatta’s sat at $580,000. Surprisingly, Tallebudgera took out top spot as best suburb for partnerless people in their 20s.Two suburbs that popped up for each age bracket were Mermaid Waters, with a $380,250 median unit price, and Coombabah ($340,000). People in their 30s More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Coolangatta: $580,000 median price (apartment)Southport: $367,750 (apartment)Mermaid Waters: $380,250 (apartment)Surfers Paradise: $370,000 (apartment)Tugun: $460,750 (apartment)center_img Coombabah: $340,000 (apartment)Varsity Lakes: $419,000 (apartment)Currumbin: $492,500 (apartment) People in their 50s People in their 40s Southport: $367,750 median price (apartment)Coolangatta: $580,000 (apartment)Tugun: $460,750 (apartment)Palm Beach: $412,063 (apartment)Burleigh Heads: $530,000 (apartment)Mermaid Waters: $380,250 (apartment)Surfers Paradise: $370,000 (apartment) Lana and Krisi live in Mermaid Waters, a suburb which featured in the top 10 list for singles in each age bracket. Picture: Jerad Williams “With so many single ladies calling Southport and Coolangatta home, people looking for a place and partner could find both at one of these two iconic Gold Coast beaches,” Finder money expert Bessie Hassan said. “The southern end of the Gold Coast is a good spot for singles regardless of gender or age, however buying in these areas can be expensive so why not head there for breakfast one Sunday morning instead?“Ladies looking for love may want to consider swapping their bikinis for their dance shoes and hit one of the many bars located in Surfers where there’s a high number of Gold Coast bachelors.” MORE NEWS: Is this the next Hedges Ave? MORE NEWS: Would you buy a half-built house? last_img read more

‘Never been a better time to list’ amid low rates, strong demand

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first_img Developer offers to pay the mortgage for a year “They’ve had 9,640,000 – more than a third of the Australian population – visit (online), and that’s up 24 per cent on last year,” Mr White said.“The competition for property is as strong as ever – and with demand very much outstripping supply right now – there’s never been a better time to list your property.” Dan White, Ray White Group managing director. Photo: Attila Csaszar.“Addressing the question of whether to sell now or wait, given the conditions we’re seeing now and the potential risks in the market later this year, it seems hard to see why anyone would wait.”The Ray White Group has existed in Australia since 1902, with offices in all major markets here.Dan White said Australians had a deep love for real estate.“In times of uncertainty they still believe in it. It’s a safe haven,” he said. “The last couple of months more than ever we’ve seen that resilience, that faith in the market come through, driven largely by interest rates.” How total listings are tracking. Source: Ray White/Loan Market.Sam White said during the lockdown period, inspection activity saw a big drop-off from 14,000 on March 16, before dropping to 4,000 (individual inspections) when open homes were banned, before things began to shift on April 27. “June 8, 20,000 people came through a Ray White open home that week and that is about 30-odd per cent higher than where it was before COVID-19 came through. So it’s not just online traffic we’re seeing, it’s also real world traffic through open homes.”He said the finance side of the transactions was very busy, unsurprising given how low interest rates were now with a “strong level of pre-approvals than what there was last year”“Whilst numbers haven’t come back to pre-COVID-19 (levels) in terms of pre-approvals, what you can see is a stronger bounce than this time last year.”Variable interest rates were as low as 2.63 per cent now, he said, adding. “this is phenomenal”.Around 22 per cent of applications they were seeing for finance was coming from investors “which is around about normal”. Pre-approvals are rising: Source: Ray White/Loan MarketMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoHe said one of the trends now was that the turnaround time for lenders varied widely.“The time it takes for lenders to say yes to a deal is increasingly variable, some at two days and some at 15 or more days.“He said this potentially placed pressure on being able to meet purchase settlement deadlines.“As for buyers, trying to game the system and wait to pick the bottom is a dangerous game,” he said. ““Things can move against you, and you risk not being able to get that thing you really want, especially if it’s a family home.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE: Home with own beach smashes suburb record 100-strong crowd forces impromptu bus stop auctioncenter_img Low interest rates and less stock on the market has created stronger demand for new listings across all capitals, including Brisbane. Picture Peter WallisThe perfect mix of the lowest interest rates on record and massive demand outstripping supply means ‘there’s never been a better time to list’ homes for sale, say industry experts.Ray White Group managing director Dan White and Loan Market executive chairman Sam White said the family’s real estate offices were seeing traffic at levels that were 24 per cent higher than the same time last year. Dan White said listings were beginning to come back to meet the strong market demand.“We’re now seeing the new listing numbers come back up. and we’re signing up new listings at same rate as we were 12 months ago” though total listings were still down between 4-5 per cent on last year’s figures.“The market has been good to sell into,” he said. ““Now is a good time, there are buyers out there, there’s less stock to compete with yours.”He said “surprisingly, the real estate curve is very consistent across the market. Maybe Sydney is starting to pull ahead of the others, but other than that it’s a really consistent trend across the board.”Sam White said “longer-term, there seems broad agreement that Australia’s fundamentals post-COVID-19 should remain strong. Property investment has, and will always be, a long-term investment”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Gazprom, OMV team up on small-scale LNG project

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first_imgRainer Seele, OMV (left), Alexey Miller, Gazprom (right) (Image courtesy of Gazprom)Russian giant Gazprom signed a framework agreement with Austria’s OMV to collaborate in the small-scale LNG sector. The parties intend to cooperate in a joint integrated project for a small-scale LNG production terminal in the area of the Russian Black Sea coast, the transportation, marketing and sales of the LNG production, according to a joint statement.In addition to the small-scale LNG cooperation agreement, the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding outlining the principles of a potential cooperation between Gazprom and OMV in coordinating activities for the development of the gas transmission infrastructure required for providing natural gas supplies to Central and Southeastern Europe.The two companies are already cooperating on gas production, transportation and supply. In 2016, Gazprom exported to Austria 6.1 billion cubic meters of gas, 38 percent up on the volumes exported in 2015.last_img read more

Otto Energy establishes Houston office

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first_imgAustralia-based oil and gas company Otto Energy has established its Houston office and appointed a U.S.-based technical team.With the company’s Gulf of Mexico business now producing for more than three months from the SM 71 field, Otto said it was focused on accelerating its identification of additional attractive opportunities to grow its production.Otto added that managing director Matthew Allen would be relocating to Houston in late July to lead the team.As for the Houston technical team, Otto appointed Will Armstrong as the vice president of exploration and new ventures, Philip Trajanovich as the senior commercial manager, and Mark Sunwall and Kevin Small as senior exploration consultants.The exploration team will be led by Will Armstrong, who has more than 30 years of experience across the Gulf of Mexico. His exploration work has seen the drilling of 162 prospects across his career.The exploration team has been engaged as consultants inside the Otto business for the last six months.  As a result of this consulting work and past experience, the exploration team is very familiar with the company’s current portfolio, screening criteria, and focus area for potential prospects.Allen said: “I look forward to the move to Houston, and growing the Otto business off the back of the strong production and cash flow base we have built at SM 71. We have welcomed a team that brings a cumulative 110+ years of Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico experience and this IP and knowledge will be integral in identifying partners and prospects that will help grow Otto’s business moving forward.“We have a very exciting period ahead of us, with wells schedule to spud at Bivouac Peak in August and Alaska in early 2019. With our exploration team well embedded in the business after six months working with Otto, we hope to be adding and drilling additional prospects into our exploration portfolio in the near term.”last_img read more

GulfSlope encounters oil sands at Canoe well in Gulf of Mexico

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first_imgGulfSlope Energy has informed that its Gulf of Mexico well targeting the Canoe prospect has encountered oil sands.According to GulfSlope, the well was drilled to a total of 5,765 feet measured depth (5,700 feet true vertical depth) and encountered no problems while drilling.“A full integration of the well informed and seismic data will be performed for further evaluation of the shallow potential of the wellbore and the block, and to define commerciality of these oil pays. The well is being temporarily abandoned with multiple open hole plugs to be set across several intervals,” the company said.The well is equipped with a mud-line suspension system for possible future re-entry. A deeper subsalt prospect on VR 378, for which the block was originally leased, is not yet drill-ready and is pending further seismic enhancement, GulfSlope said.Tau prospect nextThe Rowan Ralph Coffman jack-up rig is expected to be under tow to GulfSlope’s Ship Shoal Area, South Addition Blocks 336/351 location by August 31, where drilling will start on the Tau Subsalt Prospect.This will be the inaugural well in GulfSlope’s Phase 1 Subsalt Drilling Portfolio of high potential prospects, which will test Miocene reservoirs beneath thick salt sheets on the shelf in 300 feet to 400 feet of water depth. At a planned depth of 29,860 feet measured depth (26,132 feet true vertical depth), the Tau Prospect exploratory well is projected to drill one of the thickest sub-seafloor geologic sections in Gulf of Mexico history almost five miles below the seafloor.GulfSlope is the operator of the Tau well with a 20 percent working interest. Delek GOM Investments LLC, a subsidiary of Delek Group Ltd. (“Delek”) will have a 75 percent working interest and Texas South Energy Inc. will own a five percent working interest.last_img read more

Delivery of World’s 1st LNG-Powered Cruise Ship Postponed

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first_imgThe delivery of the world’s first cruise ship to be powered solely by LNG, AIDAnova, will be delayed, German shipbuilder Meyer Werft said.The shipbuilder explained that it would need more time to thoroughly test all of the ship’s systems in order to ensure smooth operation of this technologically complex vessel. As such the ship’s sea trials and scheduled delivery had to be pushed, however, the new delivery date has not been specified.Meyer Werft added that it regrets the change in delivery schedule, however, the action is necessary to ensure the quality of all the ship’s systems.Earlier this month, AIDAnova, was transferred to Eemshaven, Netherlands, where it will undergo final outfitting.The ship was scheduled for delivery to Aida Cruises in November, and was supposed to visit the Hanseatic City on the Elbe in December, after which it was scheduled to start its maiden cruises in Gran Canaria.Featuring a length of 337 meters and a width of 42 meters, the 180,000 tonne ship is able to accommodate 6,600 passengers.last_img read more

MPC Container Ships Joins Scrubber Ordering Wave

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first_imgNorwegian shipowner MPC Container Ships has entered into agreements for the purchase of exhaust gas cleaning systems for five of its ships.Under the deal, the scrubbers would be retrofitted on five selected vessels within the company’s fleet prior to the January 1, 2020 implementation date of the new sulphur emission cap regulation, as set forth by the International Maritime Organization.MPC said that the agreements also include options to purchase scrubbers for up to 50 additional vessels, allowing for further installations in both 2019 and early 2020, respectively.“Having conducted thorough analyses on the subject, we are excited about the opportunity to retrofit selected vessels with scrubbers as an economically attractive alternative of complying with the 2020 sulphur regulations. Moreover, the option to equip a larger portion of our fleet with scrubbers gives MPC Container Ships the strategic flexibility to adapt to new market environments as we deem fit,” Constantin Baack, CEO, said.The company “will be carefully evaluating further scrubber installations, on a vessel by vessel basis, and exercise further options in due course.”Additionally, the company informed that there is a significant interest from charterers for scrubber-fitted vessels and MPC is therefore in “well-advanced negotiations with charterers for mid- to longer-term charter parties at favourable rates.”Simultaneously, the company is evaluating additional charters and seeks to take advantage of the high optionality of its scrubber agreements.The investment program is expected to be financed with cash on hand and available debt capacity on the company’s existing fleet.last_img read more

COSCO, Abu Dhabi Ports Open New Terminal at Khalifa Port

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first_imgCOSCO Shipping Ports and Abu Dhabi Ports inaugurated today CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal at Khalifa Port, adding Abu Dhabi as the regional hub for COSCO’s global network of 36 ports as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.This is the first international greenfield subsidiary of COSCO Shipping Ports, a port operating arm of China COSCO Shipping, and it is the result of the 35-year agreement between Abu Dhabi Ports and CSP.The terminal has a design capacity of 2.5 million TEU and will begin with a handling capacity of 1.5 million TEU. The water depth of the terminal is 16.5 metres, allowing it to accommodate mega-vessels typically carrying in excess of 20,000 TEU. The deepwater, semi-automated container terminal includes the largest container freight station in the Middle East, covering 275,000 square metres.Abu Dhabi Ports has earmarked AED 10 billion (USD 2.7 bn) in investment that will increase capacity at Khalifa Port from the current 5 million TEU to 9.1 million TEU, which also includes boosting capacity at Terminal 1 to more than 5 million TEU. “China and the UAE share a strong and long-standing bond across a variety of ties, including economic, cultural, and trade and investment, and a common vision of a stable and prosperous future for our peoples and the world. We look forward to nurturing our partnership in a spirit of friendly cooperation,” Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan,Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, said.In addition to attracting investors from Eastern Asia, Abu Dhabi Port expects the terminal to attract investment in the free zone of Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).China is the UAE’s largest non-oil trade partner. In 2017, bilateral trade between the two countries increased by 15 percent to more than USD 53 billion, representing 14.7 percent of the UAE’s total foreign trade.During the same period the UAE accounted for nearly 30 percent of total Chinese exports to Arab countries and about 22 percent of total Arab-China trade. Bilateral trade is expected to increase to USD 70 billion a year by 2020.last_img read more

NYSE pushes to delist Seadrill Partners. Driller set to appeal

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first_imgThe New York Stock Exchange gas decided to suspend trading in securities of Seadrill Partners and has started procedure to delist the company, an affiliate of drilling contractor Seadrill, from the exchange. The NYSE reached its decision due to Seadrill Partner’s low market capitalization.One of Seadrill’s drillships: Shared with permission from Seadrill“The Company expects its common units to trade in the over the counter (“OTC”) market beginning on September 6, 2019, under the ticker symbol “SDLPF”,” Seadrill Partners said Friday.It said that the transition to the OTC market would not affect business operations and “the Company will continue to file periodic reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) under applicable federal securities laws.”“The Company intends to appeal this delisting determination. During the appeal process, its common units are expected to continue to trade in the OTC market. Delisting procedures will be suspended pending the outcome of the appeal,” Seadrill Partners said.The market capitalization rule states that companies must maintain a minimum value of $25 million over 30 consecutive days to remain listed. According to available info, as of September 4, Seadrill Partners’ market cap was $13.94 million.Seadrill Partners owns a fleet of eleven offshore drilling rigs, consisting of drillships, semi-submersible rigs and tender rigs operating in benign and harsh environments.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Doctors fight to kill South Australian euthanasia bill

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first_imgLifesite News 5 June 2013A group of Australian doctors opposed to the introduction of euthanasia and assisted suicide has written to all House of Assembly MPs condemning Hon. Bob Such’s ‘Ending Life with Dignity Bill’ 2013.Senior South Australian neurologist Dr Timothy Kleinig, the chair of Doctors Opposed to Euthanasia (DOE), said the bill confuses the deliberate killing of a patient through euthanasia with the withdrawal and withholding of treatment at a patient’s request.“[A]s the AMA (Australian Medical Association) and others have pointed out, (this) is not euthanasia,” said Dr. Kleinig, “but the refusal of medical care, the legality or ethics of which is not in dispute.”..The AMA has said the bill shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the role and intention of palliative care. In describing both bills, AMA (SA) President, Dr Patricia Montanaro said:…these Bills have major elements that are ill-conceived, indicate a fundamental lack of understanding of current concepts in end-of-life care, and show a confusion in understanding of the critical difference between palliative care and euthanasia. They therefore have the potential to confuse and compromise the provision of good end-of-life care, with resulting distress to patients and their families.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/doctors-fight-to-kill-south-australian-euthanasia-billlast_img read more