These suburbs are the prime movers on the coast

first_imgSurfers Paradise houses had the biggest surge in the year to March, rising 14.8 per cent to $1.55m.COOLER property market conditions felt across the country appear to have been short lived on the Gold Coast, with new data showing activity in the city is starting to heat back up.The latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland Quarterly Market Monitor report, released today, reveals the Coast’s median house price recorded the second highest rise in the three months to March, making it one of the state’s most expensive places to live.The increase comes despite an 18 per cent drop in the number of sales during the quarter. INTERACTIVE: HOW MUCH IS YOUR HOUSE WORTH? More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“(The 0.8 per cent) is a much more manageable and sustainable growth level. Where we’re seeing double figure growth in a year is not sustainable.”Property experts noticed the market had already picked up since March following the federal election and the announcement of an interest-rate cut and more relaxed lending criteria.Director of self-titled agency Lucy Cole said buyers and sellers were no longer hesitant.“There was a lot of nervousness prior to the election,” she said.“We feel it’s turned a corner and there’s a lot of confidence out there.”The report showed units were in the recovery phase of the cycle, with the quarterly median price dropping 4.5 per cent to $422,000.However, the Gold Coast is still the third most expensive LGA in the state for units and townhouses. Lowest home loan rates revealed Adani approval housing boon 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. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The weather and lifestyle plus jobs and infrastructure were helping the coast weather the downturn elsewhere.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said an increase in renovations and rebuilds could be attributed to the rising median house price while the number of listings and sales continued to decline.Stamp duty was also one of the biggest hindrances when buying and selling, he said.But he believed a stable economy with plenty of jobs and improved infrastructure as well as interstate migration were primarily responsible for the increase.“It shows the Gold Coast has obviously got good resilience … to have a positive quarter when the vast part of the country has gone into negative territory regarding property prices,” he said. MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE MOVERS (yearly data to March) MORE: String of properties sell in dayscenter_img FOLLOW JESSICA BROWN ON TWITTER — Surfers Paradise, up 14.8 per cent to $1.55 million— Biggera Waters, up 13.2 per cent to $731,5000— Paradise Point, up 11.1 per cent to $1,097,500— Jacobs Well, up 9.2 per cent to $510,000— Nerang, 9.1 per cent to $900,000 — Broadbeach Waters, up 22.3 per cent to $565,000— Bilinga, up 16 per cent to $690,000— Highland Park, up 12.9 per cent to $350,000— Mermaid Beach, up 11.3 per cent to $467,5000— Runaway Bay, up 10.4 per cent to $530,000 (Source: REIQ based on 12 months to March 2019) PRIME MOVERS: THE COAST’S TOP FIVES MEDIAN UNIT AND TOWNHOUSE PRICE MOVERS The Gold Coast housing market was showing a “quiet confidence” according to REIQ.REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said the market displayed a “quiet confidence” in the first quarter of this year, indicating an “optimistic” long term view.“While the Gold Coast housing market is holding steady at present, it is considered to be within the rising market sector of the price cycle,” she said.“Prices strengthened slightly this quarter as the median rose 0.8 per cent to $625,000 — this was the second strongest quarterly rise in house values across all LGAs … behind Rockhampton’s 15.2 per cent gain.“The Gold Coast was the state’s third most expensive LGA for houses based on the annual median price to March 2019 behind Noosa ($750,000) and Brisbane ($680,000).”Most of the 1096 houses that sold in the quarter were between $500,000 and $1 million, which made up 64 per cent of all transactions in the period.last_img read more

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Kallis, Abbas and Sthalekar inducted into ICC hall of fame

first_img(ESPNCRICINFO) – JACQUES Kallis, Zaheer Abbas and Lisa Sthalekar have been inducted into the ICC’s Hall of Fame.Kallis, who retired from international cricket in 2014, has been inducted into the Hall of Fame almost as soon as he became eligible; the ICC rule mandates a five-year gap after a player’s last international match. He is widely regarded as one of cricket’s great allrounders. In addition to being the third-most-prolific Test batsman of all time, with 13,289 runs at an average of 55.37, he also took 292 wickets at 32.65 with his fast-medium swing bowling. He is the fourth South African inducted into Hall of Fame, after Graeme Pollock, Barry Richards and Allan Donald.Lisa Sthalekar with the World Cup trophy ICC/GettyAbbas is the sixth Pakistani in the Hall of Fame, after Hanif Mohammad, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. Abbas played Test cricket from 1969 to 1985, and was renowned worldwide for being an elegant strokeplayer with a massive appetite for runs. He scored 5062 Test-match runs at 44.79, and remains the only subcontinental batsman to have scored more than 100 first-class centuries, a feat that earned him the nickname ‘The Asian Bradman’.Sthalekar is the 27th Australian cricketer in the Hall of Fame, and the fifth Australian women’s player after Belinda Clark, Betty Wilson, Karen Rolton and Cathryn Fitzpatrick. Sthalekar, who batted in the middle order and bowled offspin, ended her career in 2013 as one of the premier allrounders in women’s cricket. With 2728 runs at 30.65 and 146 wickets at 24.97, she remains one of only five players to have completed the women’s ODI double of 2000 runs and 100 wickets, with Ellyse Perry the only other Australian in that group. Sthalekar has been part of four World-Cup-winning Australia teams, winning the ODI title in 2005 and 2013 and the T20 title in 2010 and 2012.“Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that I would ever get to join such an illustrious group of players,” Sthalekar said after the announcement. “I was fortunate enough to learn from the best when I entered the Australia team – Belinda Clark, Karen Rolton and Cathryn Fitzpatrick, all of whom have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and rightly so. The guidance from them and other team-mates along the way kept me focused but also ensured that it was a fun environment.”Abbas joined Sthalekar in expressing his gratitude to those who helped shape his career, while Kallis said it felt good to be appreciated in this way.“I would like to say a special thanks to my family, my country Pakistan, my county Gloucestershire and many fans worldwide who helped me achieve and fulfil my dreams by playing this great game at the highest level,” Abbas said. “It is a final recognition for any cricketer. This great game has made me the person I am. Thank you cricket.”“It is something that I never expected when I started playing,” Kallis said. “I certainly did not play the game for any accolades or anything like that, I only wanted to win the games for whoever I was playing for. But it is nice to be recognised when one has succeeded in the sport, it is nice to be recognised by people for something that you have achieved in the game.”last_img read more

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Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank to temporarily close starting next Wednesday

first_imgMASON CITY — The Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank has announced that they will be temporarily closing starting next Wednesday due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Food Bank’s Ozzie Ohl in a written statement says they are closing due to the concern for all of their volunteers who are in the high risk group of getting ill, and they don’t want to put any clients or volunteers at risk. The Food Bank will close for an indefinite time period starting next Wednesday March 25th at 4:00 PM, with the hope that they can re-open at some point next month. If anyone has not picked up their March order, they have today, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to do so. The Food Bank will be open from noon to 4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to help accommodate clients.last_img

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CARI Workers on Strike, Want Dismissed Employee Re-instated

first_imgProtesters blocked CARI’s Entrance, thus preveting workers from entering their offices.Employees and casual laborers at the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko District, Bong County, on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 instituted a strike action, which paralyzed normal working activities. The protesters were demanding the re-in-statement of one of their colleagues, who they claimed was dismissed by the CARI Management without any “justifiable cause.”CARI Research Assistant, Arthur Wennah, was reportedly dismissed from work by the Caretaker Director, Madam Paulette Findley, for reason this newspaper has not established up to press time last night.Wennah, on Thursday December 5, 2019, told Radio Gbarnga that several assets belonging to CARI were reportedly taken away by one David Tokpah, head of the Natural Resource Department, who acted at that time as acting director in the absence of Madam Paulette Findley, CARI’s Acting Director General.Wennah told the station that at the time the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was here, some of the soldiers used the CARI’s facilities, but when UNMIL departed in 2018, the mission presented several items, ranging from generators, air conditioners, fencing wires, and chairs to the management of CARI for use.When Wennah disclosed that several missing items, including a 50kva generator, fencing wires and an air conditioner were all discovered by police being packed in the ‘Millionaire Quarter Community’ in Gbarnga over the weekend.But Police have not established whether these materials are part of the items that the peacekeepers donated to CARIMadam Towan Gbeinquio, Casual Laborers’ LeaderDavid Tokpah, the head of the Natural Resource Department, who is at the center of the allegation for reportedly removing those assets from the CARI premises, has denied having any idea about how the materials left CARI and got in the compound in Gbarnga.Tokpah also told Radio Gbarnga recently that while acting as Director General for CARI, the security guards assigned there advised him to remove those materials from the CARI’s premises to different location for fear of being gutted by fire since the dry season is already here.“We don’t want those materials to be taken away by criminals…, this is the reason why we took them to a safer location,” David Tokpah told the local radio station.CARI’s Acting Director General has meanwhile ordered the suspension of David Tokpah, who is at the center of controversy pending police investigation.CARI’s Management letter to police specified that the alleged missing items, include a 50kva generator, two fuel tankers, air conditioners, and some unspecified items, but police have not made any arrest. Howeve, they said they have launched a full scale investigation in the situation.However, Daily Observer’s investigation established that Arthur Wennah might have been dismissed for leaking information to police that led to the discovery of some assets that may be belonging to CARI that went missing few days ago.In separate interview on at the CARI compound, some of the workers said they instituted a strike action until the CARI Management re-instates their colleague, Arthur Wennah.The fuming workers set a road block at the entrance to CARI, preventing other workers from entering the compound.“We want management to re-instate Arthur Wennah, because we don’t see the reason why Wennah should be dismissed, when the person who allegedly took away the materials has been suspended. We will not stop until the government can hear about us. We want Wennah back to work,” the enraged workers shouted over their shoulders.At the entrance, they placed placards with the inscriptions: “We want our generator back David P. Tokpah; We are tired, Go Findley!!! Go David!!!, No Arthur!!  No Work!! Go David!!.“CARI has lost its taste to the people of Bong County as a result of political interference in the running of the institution. CARI is a research center, and it should be a research center; not a political research center,” said Augustine Y. Johnson Research Assistant at CARI.“The Act that established CARI sates that the director general of the institution should hold a doctorate degree in the field of agriculture, but Madam Paulette Findley does not hold doctorate degree in any field of agriculture,” Johnson said.When contacted, the acting Director General, and an official in the Research Officer for Crops Program, Dr. Quaqua Sumo Mulbah, said: “We are only appealing to the people to go back to work.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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