ROCKHAMPTON: The central Queensland city had one of the lowest vacancy rates in the Australia at 1.5 per cent, while nearby Yeppoon is under one per cent. Rents have been increasing over the last six to 12 months and pricing is still very affordable. You can buy a lowset brick and tile home in Rockhampton for $270,0000 and rent it out for $320 to $330 a week. The mining industry is really kicking in but stock remains tight. With the recent emerging economic times there is strong interest again across central Queensland hub again. TONY WARLAND THURSDAY: Living the high life 6 Haber St, North Mackay, is listed for just $515,000 Ray White Queensland CEO Tony Warland CAIRNS — Cairns, the balance of family lifestyle with a blend of the coast holiday scene gives the perfect blend of outstanding value and affordability. Already showing signs of increases in sales, Cairns again is a city to consider. JON ICETON AND NOW THEIR TOP PICKS … STEVE MUTTON McGrath Qld Manager Justin Marsden Jon Iceton Justin Marsden SUNSHINE COAST — Maroochydore, with an extensive amount of spend on infrastructure in and around Maroochydore CBD and the wider region, the house market both intermediate and premium will be strongly positioned for growth with demand for the larger properties with water proximity on the rise. JON ICETON Propertyology managing director Simon Pressley MACKAY: Central Queensland is benefiting from mining activity starting up again. Inland areas from Mackay including Dysart and Moranbah are recording growth in rental accommodation and the vacancy rate in Mackay is also very tight. Some areas of Mackay including Beaconsfield and West Mackay have notched median house price growth in the high single digits over the last 12 months. Mackay is a paradise for boaties. Not far out from the harbour are great fishing spots and you’ll find plenty of the mine workers launching their boats from there on their rostered days off. A little over an hour north of Mackay is Airlie Beach. Having the Whitsundays close by allows for some brilliant weekend activities. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:55Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenIslands for sale around Australia00:55 The focus is often on the property market in southeast Queensland, but the state’s regions are powering up again on the back of new investment, tourism and a strengthening mining sector.Vacancy rates in many regional towns have tightened, and in cases like Mackay, available rentals are becoming as rare as hens teeth.This is pushing up demand and rental yields, with investors again focusing their attention on these regional markets. MONDAY: The million-dollar quest Steve Mutton More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoNerida Conisbee MACKAY/AIRLIE BEACH — Anywhere connected to, or in proximity to, the mining regions is doing well. There seems to be a lot of mining money going in to Airlie Beach, Mackay and the surrounding mining belt. Especially those areas that allow for fly in, fly out or drive in, drive out. This interest seems to be coming from workers but also from investors. When we look at places like Blackwater, we are seeing renewed search interest and improving values. NERIDA CONISBEE SOUTHERN GOLD COAST/NORTHERN NSW — On our site we are seeing a huge surge in renters looking for properties between Burleigh and Byron Bay, particularly around Tweed Heads. And when we see surges in terms of renter demand, sales and sales prices often follow. Anecdotally, we are hearing this interest is the result of job creation in the region and affordable living options. We are particularly seeing a surge in searches coming out of Sydney. NERIDA CONISBEE But it is not just investors flocking back in to regional towns. Affordability, jobs and lifestyle factors are also proving big drawcards for buyers moving from the big smoke and interstate.In the final part of our five day series, eight experts share their tips on the regional markets to watch. *** MEET THE EXPERTS Simon Pressley. *** Belle Property head of Queensland Jon Iceton CAIRNS — Cairns has been a market we have been watching for awhile. We have become increasingly confident in its ability for job creation, and that is happening now. There are several projects under construction and the state government has put out an international tender for the construction of the planned world-class entertainment precinct. It will be Queens Wharf (Brisbane) type stuff. The site has already been secured. Cairns also offers a great lifestyle and affordable properties, and its economy is more diverse than some other regions. SIMON PRESSLEY TOWNSVILLE: Townsville will be a strong performer with its new infrastructure projects like the Stadium in South Townsville, the ongoing army base and the recovery post the flood of repaired and freshly renovated homes. Townsville is influenced by mining in a small way however it’s now a regional centre with its own infrastructure and I really think this is one region to watch. JUSTIN MARSDEN An aerial view of North Ward in Townsville overlooking Castle Hill and out to Magnetic Island 14 Brecknell St at The Range will go under the hammer ROCKHAMPTON: I also think The Range, Gracemere and the beachfront on the Capricorn Coast will do well. The Range offers proximity to the Rockhampton CBD, schools and hospital. Gracemere offers a low and affordable price point, while the Capricorn Coast beachfront is undervalued at the moment. JUSTIN MARSDEN TUESDAY: Bargains in the ‘burbs Louis Christopher AIRLIE BEACH — We’re seeing a number excellent developments and growth taking place in Airlie. With the new international airport schedule for the coming years, there’s only upside to this stunning Whitsunday location. Luxury properties have been in hot demand these past 18 months with some of Queensland’s largest sales taking place. Some of those luxury sales extend from $8 million to $15 million. The region enjoys migration from the southern capitals including Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. There are new developments suitable for first home buyers, right through to buyers seeking beach and water views from luxury estates, yielding some of the best views of the Whitsunday’s. PAUL ARTHUR SQM Research CEO Louis Christopher Queensland Sotheby’s CEO Paul Arthur REA chief economist Nerida Conisbee Surf pumping at Snapper Rocks on the southern Gold Coast. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT How’s that for a view! 7 Forest Lane at Airlie Beach is listed for $4.4 million Tony Warland Paul Arthur GLADSTONE — Rental vacancy rates have fallen from a peak of 12 per cent back in 2016 to 2 per cent (July 2019). As a result, rents are on the rise. Median rents for a house bottomed out in 2017 at just $210 a week. They are now back up to $285 a week. At the peak in the last boom (2012) they were at $532 a week. Given where vacancy rates are at now, there is a very high probability rents will keep climbing, possibly back to the old boom time levels. Knowing Gladstone as I do, the rental market always leads housing prices. After the median price hitting a low during the downturn of $350,000, it has since climbed to just under $380,000. There is still some old stock that needs to sell to put more pressure on the market, but given current sales rates, which have lifted, that should happen over the next 12 months. The highest with the median was $531,000 for a house back in late 2011. I wouldn’t be surprised if we got back to those levels over the next three years. LOUIS CHRISTOPHER Airlie Beach aerial. Picture: Whitsundays Tourism WEDNESDAY: First home buyers hot spots LJ Hooker Queensland director Steve Mutton MACKAY — I think the whole state’s property market will improve. It is long overdue and comes on the back of the upswing in mining, and, to a lesser extent, the agricultural sector. Whenever the mining sector is strong, the economy is strong. But you don’t just flick a switch. It takes time for that to work through but we are now seeing that happening in Mackay. Mackay is roaring again, especially compared to three or four years ago. Vacancy rates are very low, and the number of property transaction occurring is higher than it has been for years. That flows through to higher rents, which forces tenants to think about buying, putting upward pressure on prices. SIMON PRESSLEY 44 Gloucester St, Whitfield, just 10 minutes from the Cairns CBD is listed for $1.495 million
BACOLOD City – The local governmentunit of this city has reactivated the Solid Waste Education and EnforcementTeam (SWEET) to ensure the strict implementation of the “no segregation, nocollection” policy. Last week, the city council grantedthe request of Mayor Evelio Leonardia for an authority to sign the twoseparate contracts of services between the city government and IPM-CDC. He added that the “nosegregation, no collection” policy is a must in compliance with theprovisions of Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste ManagementAct of 2000. According to Familiaran, the citygovernment has tasked barangay officials to conduct the education informationcampaign (EIC) in their respective barangays concerning this matter. Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said thismove came after cell No. 2 at the sanitary landfill site in Barangay Felisa isnow ready to be turned over to the city in March. He said that it is the responsibilityof the barangay to set the schedule of collection for their constituents andalso to inform IPM-Construction and Development Corporation. The contract is in relation to theenvironment and sanitary services of the city which the IPM-CDC will collectand haul the garbage in the city with a contract amount of P164,970,118.40 thatwill cover from the period of March 1 to Dec. 31 of this year. The othercontract is for the management and operation of the sanitary landfill facilityin Barangay Felisa, covering the period of March 1 to Dec. 1, 2020 in theamount of P79,697,040.19./PN
ILOILO – The municipal government ofTubungan has launched a reintegration program that assists former rebels tostart a new and normal life. These opportunities include formalemployment both local and abroad through skills training, livelihood projectsand values formation. On Feb. 9 three former members of theCommunist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) whosurrendered to the Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion (IB) on Dec. 26,2019 received P30,000 financial and livelihood assistance from the localgovernment of Tubungan, Iloilo through Project ROKIT. The said financial and livelihoodassistance that included P5,000 cash and P25,000 worth of livestock (carabaoand cattle) were received by the former rebels on top of the benefits they canavail themselves of through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local IntegrationProgram (E-CLIP). Aside from these assistance, they willalso undergo skills training and other employment opportunities that will befacilitated by the Tubungan Public Employment Service Office (PESO). “The municipal government is sincerein improving the lives of former rebels by giving them financial assistance andsustainable source of livelihood for them to support their families. With thisprogram, we are hoping that more rebels will return to the fold of law and seeka peaceful and productive life,” said Mayor Roquito Tacsagon. “Project ROKIT can be considered asone of the best practices of the town in terms of implementing the programs andservices for former rebels. With this project, I am renewing my call to theremaining members of the CPP-NPA especially Tubunganons who are still wagingthe armed struggle to avail themselves of this program. Your local governmentis sincere in helping you start new and productive lives. Come down, go back tothe folds of the government, and be the next beneficiaries of this project,” saidBatara./PN Project ROKIT (Reintegration OplanKabalaka for deserving Individuals in Tubungan) provides livelihood and jobopportunities to rebel returnees. Lieutenant Colonel Joel BenedictBatara of the 61IB lauded the localgovernment of Tubungan in addressing the root causes of insurgency. He saidthis will help the concerted efforts of all government agencies in ending localcommunist armed conflict.
The 2014 Indiana High School Wrestling State Finals opening round got underway on Friday (2-21) at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse-Indianapolis.East Central’s Max Dole was victorious in his opening match by pinning Joseph Mammolenti of Penn in 1:55 in the 170 # Weight Class. Dole will be battling in The Quarterfinals against Jordan Partee of Madison on Saturday (2-22). Dole’s season record is now an amazing 47-3.Lawrenceburg’s Jake Ruberg’s sensational freshman season ended Friday in his opening match in the 138 # Weight by losing to Jacob Covaciu of Merriville by pinfall in 3:52. Ruberg finishes the season with a 40-2 record.Colton Gonzalez of Connersville advances to The Quarterfinals in the 170 # Weight Class with a pinfall win over Jake Rickenbaugh of New Palestine in 3:06. Gonzalez will be battling Chase Osborn of Penn on Saturday.Congrats to our area Grapplers from The Sports Voice-Country 103.9 WRBI!
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RelatedPosts Arjen Robben comes out of retirement, signs for FC Groningen CAF, NFF salute Chukwueze at 21 Dutch coach Koeman in hospital with heart problem Arjen Robben’s comeback lasted 28 minutes as he was injured during Groningen’s 3-1 home defeat by PSV Eindhoven on the opening weekend of the Eredivisie season.The 36-year-old Netherlands winger quit football in July 2019 after a hugely successful career, but came back this summer to rejoin the club where he started. He was welcomed back by 6,049 excited fans for his first start since 2018, but pulled up with a first-half injury and had to be replaced.Robben, who won 96 caps, won league titles with PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – as well as the 2013 Champions League with the German club.He made 19 appearances in an injury-hit 2018-19 with Bayern – with his last game coming as a substitute in their 3-0 German Cup final win over RB Leipzig – before announcing his retirement.But this summer Groningen persuaded him to come back after showing him a montage of basketball legend Michael Jordan, who won three more NBA titles after coming out of retirement.Tags: Arjen RobbenGroningenPSV Eindhoven
On Wednesday, a suspect shot and killed a Florida Highway Patrol trooper just south of Martin Highway.Trooper Joseph Bullock was assisting a broken down car when a suspect who was with that disabled vehicle suddenly opened fire, shooting and killing Bullock.A tow truck driver who was called to help at the scene told witnesses the suspect was upset at having to pay to tow his car.Witnesses said the shooter’s gun jammed, which gave the tow truck driver time to escape.According to authorities, a Riviera Beach police officer who was passing by shot and killed the suspect at the scene.Officials have not revealed the suspect’s name.UPDATED: Riviera Beach Officer Fatally Shoots Suspect Who Killed FHP Trooper in Martin Co.
ALEKA Persaud finished with a gold medal in the 100M butterfly event at the 2019 CARIFTA Aquatic Championships, which started yesterday at the Barbados Aquatic Centre in Wildey.Team Guyana, which includes six swimmers, had four top five finishes on Day One with the 12-year-old leading the charge.Persaud stormed to an almost two seconds win in the event (for 11-12 year-old swimmers) last night. She finished in a time of 1:08.52, over a second faster than her preliminary time of 1:09.61s and quite faster than Giani Francis from Jamaica, who settled for a silver after clocking 1:10.17. Harper Barrowman from the Cayman Islands placed third in a time of 1:10.53.Due to her dominance in the 100M butterfly, the preteen also qualified for the Caribbean and Central American Championships, which is scheduled for later this year.Prior to that clash, Patrice Mahaica, the other Guyanese female at the championships, finished fourth in the 50M backstroke after clocking a time of 35.67s, while Persaud finished fifth in a time of 35.78s.Both swimmers had registered better times in the preliminaries. Persaud had clocked 34.53s for a fifth place position, while Mahaica was tied for sixth on 34.97s.Raekwon Noel was the other swimmer to register a top five performance.The 13-year-old swam 18:18.88 to finish fifth in the Boys 13-14 age division in the 1500M freestyle event. Noel was in third for a few hours, before two swimmers registered better time in the final round yesterday afternoon.Leon Seaton, who registered a PB in the 50M back with a time of 30.54s, just missed qualifying for the final after placing ninth. In the 13-14 100M butterfly Seaton finished 13th after clocking a time of 1:04.86.Paul Mahaica also just missed the final, after finishing ninth in the 11-12 100M butterfly preliminaries in a time of 1:11.19s.All the swimmers swam yesterday morning, except Nathan Jackson.
Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: 6:38 p.m.Syracuse University football player Delone Carter was charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with a physical altercation he had with an SU student on Feb. 27, said Deputy Chief Joe Cecile of the Syracuse Police Department.The charge was levied Wednesday after Carter and teammate Ryan Gillum were questioned by detectives regarding the matter, Cecile said. Gillum was not charged in the incident. The altercation happened on the 300 block of Waverly Avenue at roughly 1 a.m., Cecile said. A vehicle containing Carter, Gillum and other members of the football team was struck by a snowball, and the SU running back responded by confronting a group of students nearby in front of Kimmel Hall. Cecile said he did not believe the students Carter confronted were the ones who threw the snowball at the vehicle. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘A snowball was thrown at the vehicle, they came back to the scene, got out, there was a verbal confrontation between them and two other males — neither of which threw the snowball — and at some point Mr. Carter threw a punch at one of the other individuals,’ Cecile said.Carter, Syracuse’s leading rusher and slated starter, struck SU student William Hotaling, Cecile said. Hotaling, a junior in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, fell to the ground and hit his head, Cecile said. He was later treated for facial injuries. Hotaling declined to comment on the incident. ‘At this time I can’t really make any comments,’ he said, ‘but as the facts come to light they’ll speak for themselves on the events of that night.’Cecile did not confirm the driver of the vehicle Carter was in, nor did he confirm when Carter is slated to appear in court. Calls to the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office were not returned.Michael Vavonese, Gillum’s lawyer, said he is upset with the way police handled the investigation and questioning of his client. Vavonese said he told police he did not want them questioning his client as he prefers police work with his client through him.Vavonese would not elaborate on his concern on how police handled the case. But he stressed Gillum was not charged with or a suspect in the assault. ‘My client has never been charged with anything and has done nothing wrong,’ Vavonese said.George Raus, Carter’s lawyer, said he believes Carter and Gillum’s civil rights were violated by the way police handled the matter. He said it is his understanding that Syracuse police detectives approached Carter and Gillum in the middle of Wednesday’s football practice and handcuffed them in front of their teammates without arresting them. ‘They carted them off to jail knowing they had attorneys and didn’t contact the attorneys,’ Raus said. ‘It’s an obstruction of civil rights, and whoever that detective is should be fired.’ Raus said he believes the approach was used as a form of intimidation and that he would not be surprised if it was used to get Gillum to implicate Carter in the assault. Raus was not contacted by police to be told they had his client until 10 p.m., approximately seven hours after Carter and Gillum were taken in, at which point Raus expressed his anger and was hung up on, he said. Carter and Gillum would not have needed to explicitly request their lawyers to the police for the lawyers to be contacted, Raus said, as the police already knew they were being represented and were told not to question them without a lawyer. Raus plans to pursue repercussions for the police, but has not yet decided an appropriate place or form, he said. Raus could not provide any more information as he said he has not met with his client since the incident and has not reviewed police reports. He said he believes Carter’s court date is in May, but did not know the exact date.Check back at dailyorange.com for more firstname.lastname@example.org@syr.edu Comments Published on April 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm
As USC fans, we’ve been lucky enough to watch a Su’a Cravens-type player before. Fifteen years ago, Troy Polamalu did it all for the Trojans, commanding the defense with his uncanny ability of getting into opposing backfields while also being able to drop back into coverage. Amazingly, Su’a Cravens’s monster 2014 season already has many comparing him to the two-time Super Bowl champion and USC legend.While the pairing of quarterback specialist Steve Sarkisian and Heisman candidate Cody Kessler is sure to excite Coliseum crowds this season, the union of Cravens and defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox will be equally vital in keeping the Trojans’ playoff dreams alive.“Love having Su’a on the team. He’s a very talented guy, he’s a big body, he’s a strong kid, he’s a good tackler and he’s still getting better,” Wilcox said. “He’s a very bright guy.”With Cravens’s play at an all-time high in his new position, a combination of outside linebacker, box safety and nickel cornerback described as a “space-backer,” and Wilcox continually looking for more ways to utilize his talents, there’s no limit to what Cravens can achieve in his upcoming junior season.“I can make plays wherever he puts me,” Cravens said at this year’s Pac-12 media day. “Coach Wilcox does a great job of just seeing offensive game plans, and then scheming around that and getting me in a position where I have the opportunity to make a play no matter where I’m at on the field.”Cravens, a 2014 All-Pac-12 first-teamer who is a candidate for the Bednarik, Butkus, Lombardi, Lott, Nagurski and Walter Camp awards, is the heart and soul of a defense that lost defensive end Leonard Williams and linebacker Hayes Pullard to the NFL. Coach Sarkisian hopes that Cravens’s intensity and playmaking ability can anchor an immensely talented, but young group that will be joined by rising-star cornerback, Iman Marshall.“If Su’a Cravens isn’t a First Team All-American and Pac-12 Player of the Year on defense, I’d be shocked,” Sarkisian said after a practice last summer.Though worlds away from the player he envisioned himself being at USC, Cravens’s game has developed into a remarkably scary weapon for Wilcox’s staff. With his great speed, he is able to cover as well as come downhill and take on running backs.“I came here to play safety, but I’m a linebacker now so it’s LBU, and we got to hold down the defense because if they get past that first level we’re the run stop,” Cravens said.At 6-foot-1, with long limbs, a tapered frame and impressive fluidity, Cravens looked the part of a traditional strong NFL safety coming as a five-star recruit from Vista Murrieta High. Because of his soft hands and athleticism, Cravens played offense, defense and special teams in high school. His exposure to different positions gave Cravens a unique level of adaptability and understanding of the game.“He’s just one of those guys that knows football,” said quarterback Cody Kessler. “He always ends up at the right spot.”Like Polamalu, Cravens possesses that rare combination of athleticism, football IQ and an immense passion for the game. It is their dedication to the nuances, techniques and schemes that put them in the position to do what they do best — make big plays.“Even when I’m not playing football, I’m still playing football in my head,” Cravens said in an interview with the Orange County Register. “When I’m in class, I’ll daydream about plays that I made and plays that I missed. I still think about the interception I dropped against Stanford.”Perhaps the “big plays” that Cravens is seemingly always involved in — the timely interceptions, crushing sacks and electrifying highlights — are what have Trojan fans reminiscing about Polamalu most. Cravens can be a one-man wrecking crew at times, stopping offensive plays before they start.“Su’a is a guy who can create turnovers, he can make tackles in the backfield, he can blitz off the edge, he can cover well. I think he’s at his best when he’s around the ball,” Sarkisian said.In his freshman year as a safety at USC, Cravens recorded 53 tackles, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. But the similarities between Cravens and the hard-hitting Polumalu became more apparent in his second season when coach Sarkisian and Wilcox moved Cravens to the “space-backer” position. While Wilcox hoped that the hybrid position could utilize his speed to try and take away the underneath throws that are such a staple of modern offenses, Cravens’s aggressive ability at box safety and nickel cornerback opened up opportunities for blitzes off the edge. Cravens thrived in his new role, accumulating five sacks, 68 tackles and three interceptions.“He was ridiculously productive,” coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We made the move, and his numbers just started shooting through the roof.”Cravens’s statistics improved dramatically in every major category besides interceptions. He made the 2014 AP All-American third team, along with the 2014 All-Pac-12 first team. He also won USC’s Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year Award.“Being closer to the ball helps to make plays,” Cravens said in an interview with Fox Sports. “It reminds me of when I was at Vista. I got moved from safety at Vista to linebacker and ended up making a whole lot more plays. Just being able to be closer to the ball and diagnose plays faster just helps me [to make plays].”Cravens’s 2014 season proved that there might not be anything he can’t do for the Trojans’ defense this year. He can cover deep. He can cover in the flats. He is a strong tackler and a great pass rusher. Cravens has a nose for the ball and is always around a play, even if he is not the one making it. His 17 tackles for losses were not only the best on the team, but they were also more than any other defensive back in the nation.“I think Su’a Cravens is ready to explode — not a year from now and not at some point in November, but today, right now and with force,” wrote Paul Myerberg, an NFL analyst, in an article for USA Today Sports. “Cravens … seems ready to embrace those expectations, delivering along the back end in the mold of this program’s long line of greats at the position.”Scouts, coaches and GMs alike rave about Cravens’s remarkable versatility, comparing him to Polamalu because there aren’t any other players like them. In a year with such high expectations for the Trojans, look for even more success from the junior. He will be closer to the ball and always in striking distance to make the next big play. Which is great for USC fans, because it might be more than 15 years until we see another player like Su’a Cravens.