Contemporary, low-maintenance living appeals

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first_imgInside the home at 37 Sandover Cct, Holmview.Mr Stassen said the Holmview market had been performing quite well. “It’s always very steady — it doesn’t matter what’s happening in the wider market,” he said. “The whole Beenleigh corridor is undervalued so it’s kind of a no-brainer for smart buyers.“Investors have dropped off a little bit because of bank restrictions but that leaves more scope for owner-occupiers.“We’re seeing a decent amount of first homebuyers and a lot of younger families.” The home at 37 Sandover Cct, Holmview.A LOWSET home on a small block in Holmview has sold after just one week on market.Selling agent Alex Stassen, of Harcourts M1, said the three-bedroom home at 37 Sandover Cct sold for $350,000. “We had about four groups through the first open home and the buyers came through after that and fell in love with the place,” he said. “The buyers were a mother and daughter.”Mr Stassen said the house was on quite a small block but it was less than two years old. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“The smaller, low-maintenance block appealed to the buyers and they liked that it neat and modern with high ceilings,” he said. last_img read more

Brisbane median house price hits record high

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first_imgNatasha and Andrew Reid, with their kids Jessica, 12, and Stephanie, 10, have their Holland Park West house up for sale. Picture: AAP Image Steve Pohlner.BRISBANE’S median house price has hit a new high, with market growth up 30 per cent in the past five years.The latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland Market Monitor, to be released today, reveals Brisbane’s median house price increased 2.5 per cent in the past year to hit a record-breaking $673,000.REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said the market in the Brisbane local government area (LGA) had grown almost 30 per cent over the past five years, thanks to “steady, sustainable growth’’ giving buyers confidence.House prices in the Greater Brisbane market, which includes Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay and Redland, rose 2.8 per cent in the past year and 1 per cent in the June quarter to $524,000.Within Brisbane itself, the median house price increased by 0.9 per cent in the quarter.The REIQ has released their latest median house price figures.“Over the medium term, the Greater Brisbane house market grew 20.1 per cent or the equivalent to nearly $88,000 for the past five years,’’ Ms Mercorella said.The REIQ figures revealed that cheap and cheerful Caboolture South was the top performing suburb within Greater Brisbane during the June quarter with a massive 30.4 per cent increase in its median house price to a still affordable $327,500.The REIQ has released their latest median house price figures.LJ Hooker Morayfield/Caboolture agent Greg Meiers said Caboolture South market was popular with investors.“It is close to the train, the shops, schools, and houses in the area get good rental yields,” he said. “I think a lot of people will look back in 20 years and wonder why they didn’t buy up here.”Holland Park West was the best performer in the Brisbane LGA during the June quarter with its median house price up by 24.5 per cent to $842,000.The new data was welcomed by Tash and Andrew Reid, who are selling their house at 7 Pickthorne St in Holland Park West.Natasha and Andrew Reid, with their kids Jessica, 12, and Stephanie, 10, have their Holland Park West house up for sale. Picture: AAP Image Steve Pohlner“We had been living in a smaller house at Mount Gravatt East and upgraded to this house in 2006,” Mrs Reid said.“It is such a lovely area – 50m to the bus, you can walk to the shops, the school, there is a park across the road and it’s a great family area. But we are upgrading again, back to Mount Gravatt East. We have both thought that maybe we are mad leaving because it is just so convenient.”The REIQ has released their latest median house price figures.The REIQ report also reveals buyers were keen to get as much land as they could, with the median house price skyrocketing 24.9 per cent to $1.28 million for houses on more than 2500sq m of land during the June quarter.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoCoastal markets were still strong performers with the state’s highest median house price increase for the quarter at Hope Island on the Gold Coast. The median increased by 38.2 per cent $950,000.Sunshine Coast was not far behind with the median house price in Noosa Heads up by 32.2 per cent to $1.19 million.The unit market did not do as well as the housing market, although there were some standout performers with the median unit price in Rochedale increasing 51.6 per cent to $705,000 and in Marsden by 22.5 per cent to $343,900 in the past 12 months.Ms Mercorella said supply continued to outstrip demand in the unit market in parts of Brisbane, and more broadly across Greater Brisbane.“However, with strong net internal migration to the southeast corner of Queensland and strong overseas migration coming to the southern parts of the state, we are optimistic that unit supply will be absorbed,’’ she said.The REIQ has released their latest median house price figures.The Greater Brisbane unit market grew by 1.3 per cent, to a median of $405,000 in the June quarter and by 1.4 per cent in the past 12 months.Ms Mercorella said the only local government area to experience a drop in unit prices in the June quarter was Logan, where it fell 1.3 per cent.Toowong was the strongest performer in the unit market for the quarter. Its median up 31.1 per cent to $540,000.Statewide, that was followed by Kings Beach on the Sunshine Coast where the median unit price increased by 27.4 per cent to $500,000.In terms of vacant land, the latest Oliver Hume Quarterly Market Insights national land market report shows median land prices across southeast Queensland have reached $240,013, up about $7000 from the same period last year. Brisbane and the Gold Coast recorded the highest median land prices, $356,750 and $334,300 respectively.“Interstate migration continues to highlight the Queensland market … with many of our southern counterparts seeking greener pastures,” Oliver Hume national head of research George Bougias said. – Michelle Hele and Samantha HealyFOLLOW @COURIERMAILREALESTATE ON FACEBOOKlast_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

Safe Passage Is Still Open Amid Crisis

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first_imgSOUTHEAST INDIANA – Safe Passage is reminding citizens they are still open during the health crisis and able to serve anyone in need of assistance from domestic and sexual violence.“In this time of uncertainty and necessary isolation, if you’re afraid or if tension or abuse is escalating in your circumstances, you are not alone,”said Executive Director Jane Yorn. Contact them online by clicking here or by calling the 24/7 Hotline at 1(877)-733-1990. Safe Passage, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide help, healing and hope to build a community free of domestic and sexual violence. Through extensive services and support to victims of domestic and sexual violence and innovative community-based prevention programming, we strive to build safe, stable nurturing relationships and communities.last_img read more

21-year-old intentionally runs over Vietnam veteran

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first_imgAuthorities have arrested a 21-year-old man who told them that he ran over a veteran because he wanted to know what it left like to kill someone.Justyn Pennell was arrested in Pasco County Thursday after he called the sheriff’s department to report that he intentionally ran over an elderly veteran.Pennell told authorities that he left his home with the intention of running someone over and spotted the 75-year-old victim walking down the street with a walking stick. He then made a U-turn and accelerated in the Vietnam veteran’s direction to run him over.During the police interview, the 21-year-old also told investigators that he had been having thoughts of killing someone for months and that he was laughing and smiling as he ran over the victim.When asked why he contacted police, Pennell the car sustained too much damage and was immobile so he could not leave the scene.Pennell has since been charged with first-degree homicide.last_img read more

GFF-Scotiabank Academy Training Centre session up and running

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first_imgPROMISING youth footballers from Georgetown took part in the city’s first GFF-Scotiabank Academy Training Centre session last Friday, with the Under-17 boys training at the Tucville ground.Technical Development Officer of the Guyana Football Federation Inc.(GFF), SampsonUnder-17 players practise dribbling skills at the first GFF-Scotiabank Academy Training Centre session for the Georgetown Football Association region at the Tucville ground.Gilbert, who is in charge of scouting and developing the best talent in the Georgetown Football Association region, and GFF Youth Development Coach, Challous McKinnon, put the group through a range of structured drills and mini-games on Friday evening.The nation-wide weekly sessions cater for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 17, and are designed to promote participation and more effectively prepare young players for elite- level football and the national squads, as part of the national football philosophy and development plans of the GFF.last_img read more

Football: Predicting Wisconsin’s record in 2015

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first_imgThe Wisconsin football spring season came and went under new head coach Paul Chryst.After an 11-3 record, a Big Ten West Division title and a win over Auburn in the Outback Bowl, former head coach Gary Andersen departed for Oregon State, bringing Chryst back to his home state and alma mater.This season, the Badgers have to address questions at quarterback and wide receiver, while Corey Clement fills in for Melvin Gordon at running back behind an offensive line that replaces three starters from last season.Defense should be a strength for Wisconsin next season, but will it be able to hold up against the rest of the Big Ten?Here’s what our three editors think Wisconsin’s record will be in 2015.Eric KohlbeckOverall: 9-3Big Ten: 6-2Wins: vs. Miami (OH), vs. Troy, vs. Hawai’i, vs. Iowa, vs. Purdue, at Illinois, vs. Rutgers, at Maryland, vs. NorthwesternLosses: vs. Alabama, at Nebraska, at MinnesotaPlaying Alabama at the spaceship known as AT&T Stadium to open up the season is going to be flat out awesome. Going up against perhaps the most storied college football program in the nation on a national stage will be great for Wisconsin.But, the chances of the Badgers pulling off the upset in week one are slim to none, so chalk that one up as a loss.After that, however, Wisconsin should roll through the rest of non-conference play unscathed, entering the Big Ten slate with a 3-1 record.The Badgers open conference play with a tough Iowa team at home. The Hawkeyes knocked off the Badgers the last time they played at Camp Randall, but with Corey Clement leading the charge, Wisconsin should come away with the win.But after a win over Iowa, Wisconsin travels to Nebraska where the Badgers have yet to win since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten. In what should be a raucous environment, Wisconsin will have to throw the ball to beat Nebraska, which doesn’t play in Wisconsin’s hand. The first of two conference losses will come in Lincoln.The Badgers’ schedule gets fairly easy up until the final game of the season, with home games against Purdue, Rutgers and Northwestern – which will all be wins – and two road games at Illinois and Maryland which should both be wins as well.The regular season for Wisconsin ends with the usual Border Battle against Minnesota. The Badgers will travel to Minneapolis on Nov. 28 to battle the Gophers who were one win away from winning the Big Ten West Division last season. Redshirt junior quarterback Mitch Leidner will improve upon a solid sophomore season and give the Wisconsin defense some problems as the Gophers come away with Paul Bunyan’s Axe for the first time in 11 seasons.It will be a 6-2 conference record that should put Wisconsin right in the thick of the Big Ten West Division standings. – E.K.Chris BumbacaOverall: 9-3Big Ten: 6-2Wins: vs. Miami (OH), vs. Troy, vs. Hawai’i, vs. Iowa, vs. Purdue, at Illinois, vs. Rutgers, vs. Northwestern, at MinnesotaLosses: vs. Alabama, at Nebraska, at MarylandWhile Corey Clement is 100 percent the real deal, the loss of Melvin Gordon is a traumatic blow to this season’s Wisconsin team. Between that knockout shot and subsequent body blows that include the lack of a reliable receiving corps and severe question marks remaining on the offensive line, the 2015 team will be a shell of what we saw in 2014. But, it shouldn’t have a devastating effect given the Badgers’ once again weak schedule.The defense will carry the team throughout the Big Ten schedule because, yes, they are that good. The defense returns a majority of its secondary, both outside linebackers and lineman that gained valuable experience due to injuries last season are ready to take over full time.Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldAs far as the schedule goes, Alabama will simply be too much to handle. Then, the Badgers will continue their traditional dominance at Camp Randall for the next three games before Big Ten play.In the conference schedule, the Badgers will lose two games, but not in the way most imagine. The first logical choice is at Nebraska, which I agree with. Then, I see an upset coming at the hands of Maryland, much like the Northwestern game in 2014.Other than that, the Badgers should roll through the conference schedule and if Nebraska slips up, Wisconsin could find itself in Indianapolis for the second-straight year on Dec. 5. – C.B.Dan CorcoranOverall: 7-5Big Ten: 5-4Wins: vs. Miami (OH), vs. Troy, vs. Hawai’i, vs. Purdue, at Illinois, vs. Rutgers, vs. NorthwesternLosses: vs. Alabama, vs. Iowa, at Nebraska, at Maryland, at MinnesotaLast season on more than one occasion I thought to myself: “What would happen to this team if Melvin Gordon suddenly got hurt?” Or less sadistically, “What if Gordon simply wasn’t here?”Enter the 2015 Badgers.Although Wisconsin lost a few players to graduation, gained some new players and had everyone else mature a year, this is basically the same rather unimpressive team from a year ago sans Gordon. And without Gordon, Wisconsin isn’t going to be very good.Badger Herald File PhotoDon’t get me wrong, Clement is still fully capable of being the number one back, but Gordon was one of those players that doesn’t come around very often and is going to be next to impossible to replace. But the bigger problem is that for the first time in quite some time, Wisconsin doesn’t have a proven backup behind Clement.Mix that in with Wisconsin’s inconsistency at quarterback from last season (who’s to say what Joel Stave will show up next fall?) and yet another anemic crowd at wide receiver, and Wisconsin’s offense might not be much to write home about.The good news is that Wisconsin’s schedule is about as easy as it gets. Well, outside of Alabama. You might not want to watch that one. It will probably be a bloodbath.After that though, UW plays the little sisters of the poor, which will be three straight wins. But then things get serious with the first two conference games, which will both be losses. Best case scenario, Wisconsin wins one of two. The Badgers will bounce back with a rather large yawn in the middle of schedule, tallying three straight victories against Illinois, Purdue and Rutgers. But then UW will have to go on the road for two of its final three games, and it will lose both contests away from Camp Randall.Wisconsin will finish its season with a loss in the Music City Bowl to Wyoming. – D.C.last_img read more

Jamaica Surpasses 1,000 COVID-19 Cases

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first_imgThis latest update follows a call from Prime Minister Andrew Holness for Jamaicans to be more responsible in adhering to the infection prevention and control measures put in place to reduce the spread of the virus. He also appealed to Jamaicans, to observe the protocols outlined under the Disaster Risk Management Act. So Jamaica more than any other country, must learn very quickly how to live with COVID- 19, that is the reality,” the Prime Minister added. “Jamaica is a country that has a diaspora that is larger than the population on the island and that means our economy is inextricably linked to the countries in which those members of the diaspora resides. We are an economy where more than 40 per cent of our foreign exchange is dependent on tourism… the economy cannot survive long without it unless we diversify into other areas and that takes time,” he said. Meanwhile, recoveries are at 745, while there are 190 active cases, including six moderately ill patients. Some 55 patients have returned to their countries of origin, while 13 have died. According to the Ministry of Health, 10 of the 16 new cases are females and six are males, with ages ranging from 12 to 42 years. “Our success can easily become our failure. If we believe that because we have had such low death rates and relatively low rates in terms of infection and that the worst has passed, then we are only fooling ourselves and lulling ourselves into a state of complacency, which will bring on a second wave which could potentially be more dangerous than the first. We have seen this happen in many countries before.” “The prospect of closing our borders for an extended period is not one that is feasible. We would be cutting off our nose to spite our face. He also stressed that the protocols that are in place will work to eliminate the virus, as the Government cannot resort to closing the country’s borders at this time. The Prime Minister was speaking at a ceremony in the western parish of St. James on Friday.center_img “There are measures which we call infection prevention and control methods that we should utilize. Chief among them, if you are ill with respiratory type symptoms or difficulty breathing, if you are ill with flu like symptoms… what should you do, stay at home. We have seen people breaching this,” he urged. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica has become the second CARICOM country, behind Haiti, to surpass the 1,000- COVID-19 case mark, after recording 16 new cases to bring the total to 1,003. Following a sharp increase in the COVID-19 cases, Holness warned that complacency could erode the success gained in controlling the virus, which will result in a second and more dangerous outbreak across the island. Two are contacts of confirmed cases, one with a Clarendon address and the other a St James address. CMC Five are under investigation. Nine are imported cases with addresses in St James, Kingston and St Andrew, St Ann and St Mary. “The other infection prevention and control method is if you are going out in public wear a mask, yes it is an imposition… it is important to wear the mask… wearing a mask reduces the probability of the spread.”last_img read more

Betway backs Galway Festival with Super Saturday sponsorship

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first_img Submit Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Betway has agreed a deal to sponsor three races at this year’s highly-anticipated week-long Galway Races Summer Festival, which kicks off on 30 July.The online bookmaker will sponsor the first three races on the sixth day of the prestigious meeting, known as Super Saturday, in what will be the firm’s first horse racing sponsorship in Ireland.The three races that open Saturday’s card will now be named Betway Irish EBF Maiden, Betway Maiden and Betway Irish E.B.F. Nursery Handicap.Betway’s Anthony Werkman, said: “The Galway Races Summer Festival is a fantastic occasion and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. This is our first sponsorship in Irish racing and we’re really pleased to be able to kick it off at Galway, where the week-long Festival is an event not to be missed.“Betting on racing in Ireland is hugely popular and we hope this sponsorship will help us to increase brand awareness among a new circle of potential customers.”Michael Moloney, General Manager of Galway Racecourse, added: “We’re delighted to have Betway on board as a new sponsor for the Galway Races Summer Festival. It’s great to see Betway investing in Irish racing as they sponsor the first three races on our Saturday card. This race sponsorship will be their first in Irish racing and we look forward to working with them.” Share Related Articleslast_img read more

gbet and Betdaq: Why operators should never be forced to work around supplier defects

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first_img The Premier League is back: How will the betting market react? June 16, 2020 Virtual Grand National success sees bookmakers donate over £2.6m to NHS Charities April 6, 2020 Share Submit Share gbet started out as the founder of the Betdaq business in 2000, but having sold Betdaq in 2013 to Ladbrokes (GVC), the proprietary gbet technology still powers the exchange. gbet is now solely a B2B technical supplier to the sports betting industry, offering a proven player account management platform, plus sportsbook, exchange and Tote/Pari-Mutuel products to operators in Europe and the U.S. So it’s fair to say that both gbet and Betdaq know more than most about the need for continuous uptime, particularly around the biggest sporting events, and why operators should never be forced to work around defects in their technical supplier.We caught up with Shane McLaughlin, Managing Director of Betdaq and Conall McSorley, Business Development Director of gbet.SBC: How important is it for an operator to have trust in the robustness of the platform before committing to marketing spend around big sporting events?SM: It’s absolutely essential to have confidence in platform stability when signing off on marketing budgets around big events. Customers have little patience or sympathy for an unstable platform and it’s completely counterproductive to spend your marketing budget bringing customers to a platform that isn’t working properly. You need to be able to switch off certain acquisition channels such as PPC during platform issues but you can’t switch off channels such as TV or print so you can be badly exposed. Platform stability is so important to us that after recently going through over 500 days without an unscheduled outage we started to introduce platform stability as one of the themes in our marketing message.CM: gbet believe this is an absolute fundamental for operators and there have been a number of high profile sporting events over the last twelve months when operators have faced the frustrations of systems failure at the worst possible times.gbet has completed 500+ days of unscheduled outage performance to Betdaq which we are very proud of. This uptime, is on a platform that is processing over 25,000 bets and settling over 450 markets a minute. There are few, if any platforms in the marketplace, that can give operators comfort that not only can they spend marketing budget in confidence, but also that customers will have a seamless experience when they arrive on the platform.SBC: Has scalability of service often been overlooked by an operator’s desire to include the most sports, most live matches or most bet types; what’s the point if you’re not able to display all of this on a busy Saturday?SM: The natural reaction of an operator is to offer every possible event and market despite stakes remaining condensed in a much smaller number of markets. It can act as a hygiene factor for customers so the key is to let them know that they can bet on 150 markets in a football match while placing the 5 they are likely to bet on in front of them. gbet continue to give us absolute faith that our platform can easily sustain the number of events and markets we need to publish to be competitive, while we have no concerns about concurrent users or transaction numbers even on the busiest betting days.CM: Operators should not be forced to make business decisions around product offering based on the limitations of their technical supplier. This runs counter to the definition of a trusted technical partner. At gbet, our commitment to the operator is that we deliver technically to allow the business to operate with confidence.  While no supplier is immune from technical failure, and it would be wrong to suggest so given all of the necessary dependencies, gbet architects maintain and operates its platform with scalability and stability as primary objectives. When problems do occur, we pride ourselves on rapid response times and a commitment to fully diagnose and repair the underlying issue to ensure it never happens again.SBC: How do you find the right UX balance between the ‘bread and butter’ display on a normal Saturday and catering for the ‘once a year’ Grand National or Gold Cup customer?SM: Optimising content management in the sports betting world is like being on a never ending treadmill. You want to have really big events like a Grand National one click away on all landing and home pages but many of the customers who come in at those times aren’t very sticky and have poor lifetime value so you don’t want to upset the user journey of your regular users for a short term hit. The more you can do to personalise content for the user the better.CM: Personalisation is a key pillar of the gbet sportsbook offering. We use data analytics technology to optimize the data analysis and reporting. This allows the operator to not only offer a customised display, but a configured display based on the customers’ previous gameplay. As a punter, if I only bet on racing, rugby and golf, the rest of the content is to me, just clutter, making it more difficult to navigate to where I want to bet. Operators want to offer a more personalised experience to their customers; at gbet we want to facilitate that as much as possible. 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