Although this market has made a comeback since the GFC there are still some bargains to be had

first_imgWhile the property market has come back on the Sunshine Coast, there are still some bargains to be had. Picture: Lachie MillardLAST week with the family in tow, we ventured up the Bruce Highway to the Sunshine Coast.I was calling auctions at Maroochydore for a number of offices on the coast, so we decided to mix business and pleasure and make a holiday out of it.It was no small auction event either. The offices had amassed 66 properties from entry level units, canal front homes and even beach front penthouses!I was calling the auctions with my regular coastal auctioneering partner Dan Sowden, principal at Ray White Maroochydore and the day was decorated with highlights.But the value on the Sunshine Coast, and again the Queensland market, for me was an absolute stand out.Bidding on one apartment in particular, 119/223 Weyba Rd, Noosaville, paused at $85,000. It’s a studio apartment and while it wasn’t sitting next to, Sails, on Hastings Street, it’s not in the middle of nowhere either.I couldn’t believe the numbers I was calling out. When no one pushed beyond $85,000 we made the recommendation to pass the property in and I see it’s now listed at $102,000. Unbelievable!More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago 119/223 Weyba Rd, Noosaville is now listed for $102,000. Picture: realestate.com.auWe also sold the million dollar plus penthouses and the glamour properties too. It took us about six hours and the event was filled with excitement and drama.But it’s the value story that I think will surprise many people, it certainly surprised me.The Sunshine Coast has a relaxed holiday lifestyle, it has amazing beaches and world class restaurants. So with all that on offer there will always be multimillion-dollar homes on the Sunshine Coast, but sub $100,000 properties, even sub $300,000 properties are a genuine reality for the discerning buyerEvery school holiday, and as we step closer to Christmas, many Aussie’s will do what we did this week and head to the beach. They will likely have had to pay a peak season rate for their accommodation and quite often that can spark the idea of buying a holiday house.The Sunshine Coast was one of the hardest hit markets in the GFC, this impact is still showing value today. If the dinner table conversation involves a coastal retreat, before you squash it on account of affordability, I’d head to realestate.com.au or grab a copy of the Sunshine Coast Daily, you too might be surprised by the value, there appears to be property for all budgets.last_img read more

Education bosses want gender-neutral uniforms in NZ schools

first_imgOneNews 29 May 2015A leading clothing designer has slammed a Ministry of Education proposal to introduce gender neutral uniforms to New Zealand schools, calling it a “time-wasting idea”.The Ministry is advising schools to offer gender-neutral uniforms to better provide for sexual diversity among students, as part of new guidelines released yesterdayThe guidelines include provisions on “being inclusive and valuing diversity”, in particular saying that school uniforms can reinforce gender norms, and encouraging schools to consider offering gender-neutral clothing choices for uniforms.However, Denise L’Estrange-Corbet told ONE News that “gender neutral” was a difficult concept to define.“All I can think of is that they’re thinking girls should be wearing trousers but if it’s gender neutral, shouldn’t boys be wearing skirts?”, she said.The report has been criticised by Family First’s Bob McCroskie, who calls some of the suggestions “extreme”, and says parents should be doing this teaching – not schools.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/should-boys-wearing-skirts-designer-rubbishes-gender-neutral-school-uniforms-6325684Gender-neutral uniforms considered by schools3News 29 May 2015The Ministry of Education is asking schools to consider uniforms that are gender-neutral.The report has found school uniforms can “reinforce gender norms”.  It suggests schools should think about offering gender-neutral clothing choices to better provide sexual diversity among studentsFamily First’s Director Bob McCoskrie believes the guidelines are too extreme.“Uniforms are part of life. There are places where there are certain uniforms that women wear and ones that men wear. We’re creating this false environment in schools which doesn’t reflect reality.”Other guidelines include allowing same-sex partners at school balls, reviewing toilet spaces and making sport less gender-specific.Mr McCoskrie says this is confusing and unrealistic.“If Johnny goes to school and decides he wants to be a girl that day, does that mean that he uses the girls’ toilets? Does he change with the girls before P.E and play in the girls’ soccer team? That’s recipe for confusion.”http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/gender-neutral-uniforms-considered-by-schools-2015052918#axzz3bmJtwm2wlast_img read more

Calypsonians Called to be Part of World Earth Day

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 61 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share LifestyleLocalNews Calypsonians Called to be Part of World Earth Day by: – January 9, 2020 Father Franklin Cuffy,Environmental activists in Dominica, Echo78, are throwing out a challenge to calypsonians and song writers to use their medium to draw attention to climate action in their songs.The hope is that the song will be used as a theme song internationally to call individuals, corporations and nations to do more to preserve the planet.This is in anticipation of Earth Day in April.In an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes, Father Franklin Cuffy, an environmental activist and partner of Echo78 explained, “We are challenging the calypsonians to see if they can come up with a calypso to win a special award. Any song fitting our expectation has to have the focus of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.”He also reported that, “the response from the Calypso Association is very interesting, they responded well.” A similar challenge was issued before with a $1,000 prize on a theme of preserving life. This time, Father Cuffy says the prize will be a surprise.Asked to assess climate action in Dominica, he said his expectations are much higher.“I would love to see a lot more happening,” he lamented. “I think as a nation we can do so much more. A simple thing as a huge [event] and the next day the amount of garbage left behind is disheartening; a lot needs to be done.“Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Day w and  gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of the planet.The enormous challenges of acting on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.last_img read more

Dominica advance climate change efforts-Darroux

first_imgLocalNews Dominica advance climate change efforts-Darroux by: – June 8, 2012 Share Tweet Share 22 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Kenneth Darroux, Minister for EnvironmentDominica’s Environment Minister Hon.Dr. Kenneth Darroux says in spite of several challenges Dominica continues to demonstrate strong leadership in the area of climate change.The Minister made reference to a number of accomplishments made in Dominica when he addressed the nation on the United Nation’s observance of World Environment day on Tuesday June 05, 2012. The Minister noted that significant progress has been made in the areas of the protection of biodiversity, preservation of our rain forest, and strategies for promoting renewable energy.He said “other significant works being undertaken by the government would be our National Land Use Plan and Policy, which would seek to rationalize the use of our lands here in the Nature Isle”.Environment Minister Darroux also highlighted plans by Government to amend important pieces of legislation. “We are also in the process of modernizing, harmonizing and strengthening our environmnental legislation in an effort to ensure that the natural resources we now enjoy will still be here for coming generations to enjoy.A brand new Quarrying Act is now in the final stages of preparation….. and this is again to ensure that land-based activities such as quarrying are regularized and therefore reduce the impact both on our terrestial and marine environment.New Fisheries regulations are also in the pipeline to ensure our national food security and of course the livelihood of the future generations of fisherfolk”.Hon. Darroux said climate change has become a major threat to the ability of developing countries like Dominica to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. He noted that here in Dominica climate change have had severe impacts on the country’s agriculture, tourism, water, physical and coastal infrastructures.This he said has led to an increasingly high cost for adaptation, resulting in the diversion of funds which otherwise would have been used for social and economic development. The Minister expressed regret that to date, no consensus has been reached by the international community on the best way to deal with climate change concerns.Government Information Servicelast_img read more

Winter weather forecast still uncertain

first_imgMake a family emergency plan — Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergencyListen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS) and be alert to changing weather conditionsMinimize travel, but keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicleBring pets/companion animals inside during winter weatherMove other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking waterDuring the Winter StormStay indoors during the stormWalk carefully on snowy, icy walkwaysAvoid overexertion when shoveling snow; overexertion can bring on a heart attack — a major cause of death in the winterIf you must shovel snow, stretch before going outsideKeep dry and change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat (wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly)Watch for signs of frostbite: loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediatelyWatch for signs of hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possibleDrive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day, don’t travel alone, keep others informed of your schedule, stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcutsLet someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined routeIf the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate)Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumesRefuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objectsConserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some roomsIf you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55°FCarbon Monoxide SafetyNever use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoorsThe primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fireInstall carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxideIf the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or doorCall for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist youFor the Road: Before beginning your trip, check the current road conditions and weather forecast. For statewide highway information 24 hours a day checkout your state’s Department of TransportationKeep your car’s windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and iceBuckle upAllow yourself plenty of time to make it to your destinationBe aware of sleet and freezing rainBe aware of potentially icy areasBrake early and slowly and avoid slamming on the brakesKeep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the roadWhen driving on ice and snow, do not use cruise control and avoid abrupt steering maneuversWhen merging into traffic, take it slow — Sudden movements can cause your vehicle to slideDon’t pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary — treat these as you would emergency response vehiclesKeep an emergency winter driving kit in your carMaintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season. This is good for emergency preparedness and it keeps the fuel line from freezing.Most importantly, drive smart!Thanks to Weather Underground for their contribution to this story. Wilmington, Oh. — The National Weather Service is beginning to zero in on what the latest round of winter weather will bring.Meteorologists say a Pacific system combined with low pressure and moisture from the south could bring a significant amount of accumulation to the area. Forecast amounts vary from 3-inches to 1-foot depending on the timing of the arrival of cold air.The following information is offered more than 24-hours prior to the forecast weather event in order to help residents make a plan:Winter Storms Home Preparedness ChecklistBefore winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkwaysSand to improve tractionSnow shovels and other snow removal equipmentSufficient heating fuel, like dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stoveAdequate clothing and blankets to keep you warmlast_img read more

Messi abandons Barcelona training

first_img Loading… Lionel Messi is expected to send a new burofax to Barcelona confirming he will not be attending pre-season training, as he begins all-out warfare with the club. According to RAC1 and El Periodico, Messi has realised Barca won’t accept negotiations, so is going all-out to break away from the club where he spent his entire career. It is an unfortunate ending to this decades-long relationship, but if Messi is able to ascertain the clause in his contract allows him to leave for free, then Juventus, Inter, PSG, and favourites Manchester City are in the running. He had been expected tomorrow for medical tests, the precursor to pre-season training, but it’s reported he will now send a burofax warning he will not becoming. The legal battle is now inevitable, as Messi had tried to meet with President Josep Maria Bartomeu for talks to work out a solution to the impasse. The response he received was that Barcelona were only interested in talking to him about extending his current contract and nothing else.Advertisement Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooFans Don’t Know What She Looks Like Now7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years Ago6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themcenter_img With both parties taking a hard-line stance, the situation is getting increasingly ugly. Manchester City remain the absolute favourites due to Pep Guardiola’s presence, and indeed the coach was spotted in Barcelona this weekend. read also:JUST-IN: Guardiola in Barcelona for Messi talks However, L’Equipe and AS both state that Juventus are very much in the running with their dream of uniting Messi with Cristiano Ronaldo. Inter seem to be focusing on other targets for now, while Paris Saint-Germain are another candidate. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Prelude to Mayhem is Saturday at Dodge City

first_imgBy Lonnie Wheatley Saturday’s card that features IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks will be the final tune-up for the following weekend’s $1,500-to-win SportMod Mayhem North vs. South Duel run in conjunction with the DCRP Sprint Car Nationals.  Saturday’s racing action will go green at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets for Saturday’s Prelude to Mayhem card are $12 for adults while children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30.center_img DODGE CITY, Kan. – The momentum towards the upcoming Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP Sprint Car Nationals continues to build at Dodge City Dodge City Raceway Park with the Prelude to Mayhem this Saturday night, Aug. 15 atop the 3/8-mile clay oval. Detailed schedule information is available at https://www.dodgecityraceway.com/schedule/.last_img read more

Educator, coach and sports lover “Tug” White dies at 80

first_imgELLSWORTH — When Harold White Jr. died peacefully at his home here Saturday at the age of 80, Ellsworth lost a man who made his mark on local education and had a lifetime love for and involvement in local sports.Known to most friends and acquaintances simply as “Tug,” he attended Ellsworth High School and played football, baseball and basketball. Tug gained local recognition as both an all-conference football player and as a member of the historic Ellsworth Eagles basketball team that captured a state championship in 1953 — when White was a senior — and went on to compete for a New England title.After a four-year stint in the U.S. Air Force, Tug returned to Maine and attended the University of Maine, earning his bachelor’s degree in education.He taught and coached in the Bar Harbor and Ellsworth school systems for several years, then became a child protection and social worker before returning to education as assistant director of special education for Hancock County.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBut while widely recognized as an educator, it was through sports that Tug became familiar to legions of other folks in Ellsworth and beyond.A devoted follower of EHS sports, Tug also served as commissioner of the Ellsworth Little League and coached both Little League and Babe Ruth baseball.And for years, he was the voice of high school basketball and football for Hancock County as a sportscaster for WDEA radio.For Tug’s son, Russell, that is one of the fondest memories.“He loved sports,” said Russell. “The thing I’ll remember the most is his doing the broadcasting for WDEA. He’d take us to do the games throughout the county, and it is amazing to see the difference in how things were done then and how they are done now.“Sports is the thing I will link to him always,” said Russell. “He was a coach for me, and when I played baseball in high school, he would park his truck right where he could pull up to the backstop. I don’t think he ever missed an athletic event that I played in.”While the 1953 EHS basketball championship is the one that garnered most of the attention, said Russell, the Eagles also won the Eastern Maine baseball title that year. Ellsworth then lost to Cape Elizabeth in a game that, for reasons unknown, was not identified as a state championship.But 30 years later, with son Russell playing for the Eagles, Tug was on hand as the tables were turned and Ellsworth bested Cape Elizabeth for the state baseball title.Tug also loved football and, after that sport was discontinued at EHS in the late 1950s, he became involved in an effort to revive it.“When we were kids,” said Russell, “there was a big push to bring football back. They had everything in place to make it happen and the school board wouldn’t approve it.”But Tug never gave up on football, and decades later, he was part of the successful effort that saw the sport brought back to Ellsworth, both at the junior high and high school levels.Ray McDonald of Surry was one of the many young players who benefited from Tug’s teaching and coaching.But McDonald and his pal, Buddy Wood, also loved to play practical jokes on Tug and his longtime friend, Jack Scott.“They were in a poker club and we always wanted to mess with them,” McDonald recalls.So one night, he and Wood rolled Tug’s Volkswagen bus down the street and out of sight while the poker game was going on.The results were predictable.Tug came out and, finding his van gone, he called the police and he and Scott went searching until the found the vehicle.The two men had little doubt who was responsible and, when they next saw McDonald and Wood, Tug promised them that he’d even the score.Not long afterward, recalls McDonald, the two boys were sitting in their car at a downtown traffic light with Tug and Jack in the car in front of them.“All of a sudden, both doors of their car fly open, Tug pulls my hood open, yanks off all my plug wires and shouts out ‘I told you guys,’” said McDonald, laughing at the memory.Stories such as that likely will be shared by family and friends on Saturday when Tug is remembered at a celebration of his life at Big Cats Catering from 4 to 7 p.m. Latest Posts Bio Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017center_img Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

Captain Dimuth Karunaratne arrested for drunk driving

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka’s Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne was on Sunday arrested for drunk driving after he was involved in an accident that put the driver of a three-wheeler in hospital.According to a ESPNCricinfo report, police said that the injured driver sustained minor injuries. Karunaratne is expected to appear in court as early as Monday after the 30-year-old cricketer was granted bail.Depending on the outcome of the court proceedings, Sri Lanka Cricket would impose its own sanctions on the player. Karunaratne recently led Sri Lanka to an incredible Test series win in South Africa in February. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Eagles FC soar past Slingerz in GFF/NAMILCO U-17 League

first_imgWHEN the West Demerara Football Association leg of the GFF/NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power National Under-17 Intra-Association league continued last Sunday at the Den Amstel ground, Eagles FC of Stewartville soared to a 3-1 win over Slingerz FC.Slingerz suffered their second loss in as many matches having gone down to Den Amstel 3-4 the week before at the same venue. However, in Sunday’s clash with the Eagles, the Slingerz boys could not find their shooting range as they only scored once.Eagles took first jump in the 19th minute when Marcus Thomas rocked the back of the net. Four minutes later Glenroy Duncan scored Eagles’ second goal compliments of Glenroy Duncan.As the match moved closer to the half-way mark, Slingerz, through the efforts of Odell Duncan, were able to score their first goal in the 44th minute which reduced Eagles’ lead to one, 2-1.But the Eagles were not in an accommodating mood and on the stroke of halftime they restored the two-goal cushion thanks to a goal off the boot of Charles Dann.The second half saw both teams go after each other but no goals were scored as the Stewartville lads were able to defend their first-half two-goal cushion to walk away with three points.last_img read more