Housing slowdown could stall residential supply

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‘Little cracker’ campaign attracts strong bidding on auction day

first_img14 Willow Street, Inala. A young family with plans to stay in the Inala area long-term have snapped up a post-war home for $375,000 at auction.The March 18 auction of 14 Willow St was attended by a crowd of more than 30 people, with six registered bidders involved. 14 Willow Street, Inala.Ray White selling agent Nathan Orley advertised the home as a “little cracker” and said the family had plans to renovate and expand and make the three-bedroom, one-bathroom property their “dream home”.“The house was situated on a 916sq m block which was perfect for the young kids, who were also excited about the pool,” Mr Orley said.He said the bidding started at $310,000.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019 Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here for FREE. center_img GREAT PRICE: Queensland’s best four-bedroom homes under $300,000 Mr Orley said joint selling agent Jon Townend has had no problem selling the past four auction campaigns, either before auction or on auction day, in the past six months. “The marketplace has been strong in the area,” Mr Orley said. He said it was the first time the property had been offered to the market in more than 20 years.The home, which is opposite a large park, featured a modern kitchen, new bathroom, and a fresh coat of paint.last_img read more

Danes Track Offshore Wind Cost Slide

first_imgThe Danish Energy Agency has launched an updated levelized cost of energy (LCoE) calculator which shows that costs to build and operate an offshore wind farm in Denmark have declined by more than 30 per cent compared to previous projections.A combination of lower initial investment (CAPEX) and declining operational costs (OPEX), as well as technological improvements that allow new offshore wind projects to harvest more energy out of the wind at lower costs, are the main reasons for the decline in LCoE.The levelized cost of energy for a Danish offshore wind project is expected to have fallen to EUR 46 per MWh excluding grid and system costs with a production start in 2020, the new calculations show.Compared to previous assumptions, CAPEX is expected to have gone down by close to 40%. Also, improvement in operation and maintenance is expected to reduce OPEX by more than 20%. At the same time, improvement in wind and powertrain design is expected to increase the amount of full-load hours of Danish offshore wind projects by 10%, giving a capacity factor of more than 50%.The LCoE Calculator is a tool to estimate and compare the socio-economic electricity production costs in a simplified manner using localized data and estimates. The tool is designed for policymakers, energy regulators and planners.last_img read more

Layou women receives assistance following Layou flooding

first_img Share Tweet LocalNews Layou women receives assistance following Layou flooding by: – January 20, 2012 10 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Hon. Kelver Darroux. Government has secured funds under the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to assist women in the Layou community who have been affected by last year’s flooding in that community.Parliamentary Representative for Layou Kelver Darroux said in a statement on Friday that the women are currently benefiting from a $US20, 000.00 made available by the UNDP.“After the collapse of the Matthieu Dam in Layou last year, a meeting was held with the women in that community and staff of the ministry of finance and coming out of that, a report was submitted to the cabinet and funds to the tune of US$20,000.00 were approved to target the women in Layou. One of the areas that they will benefit is terms of the provision of 25 coolers. The women usually have their fish and titiri for sale and that will assist them in storage,’ Darroux explained.The women will also benefit in capacity and enhancement where 25 women will complete a training program in health and sanitation which will be conducted by the Environmental Health Department.“Upon completion they will be certified as food handlers. There will also be another component to that program where 25 women will be trained in the areas of training and international cooking which will be conducted by the adult education division,” he added.He said the aim is to empower women in the Layou community.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Jack Grealish dropped and rebuked by Aston Villa boss Remi Garde

first_img Press Association Manager Remi Garde said the 20-year-old was “not professional” after he was pictured partying last weekend after Villa’s 4-0 Barclays Premier League defeat to Everton. Grealish has since been training with the Villa under-21 side and will continue to do so, Garde said at a Thursday morning press conference. Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish will be left out of the squad for Saturday’s match against Watford as punishment for his off-field behaviour. Garde’s predecessor, Tim Sherwood, warned Grealish about his behaviour after the Tenerife incident telling him that he had to ”knuckle down”, while Garde had already said he felt the winger was not playing at the level he should be. Grealish has struggled for form this season with Villa bottom of the Premier League heading into Saturday’s home game against Watford at Villa Park. Grealish has scored just one goal this season, in the 3-2 defeat at Leicester on September 13, and he has not completed the full 90 minutes of any game since the 2-0 lost at Chelsea on October 17. “He won’t be included in the squad for Watford,” said Garde. “(His actions) are not of the professional standard that I expect from my players. That is why Jack is training in the under-21 team.” ”Sometimes, players in every country ask to stay in the city where we are playing. It is not a problem for me, it can happen once or twice during a season. ”The problem for me was not him not being on the bus. ”He is not playing at the weekend and at this stage, I think that is enough. ”Jack has got a lot of ability but he needs to improve his game and work at it.” This is not the first time that Grealish has breached club discipline. The youngster was pictured earlier this year laid on his back in the street during a holiday in Tenerife, for which he was reprimanded by Aston Villa. He has also been pictured partying in Marbella and seen inhaling nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas or ‘hippy crack’, from a balloon in a photograph taken last year. last_img read more

Trump Threatens To Force Congress To Adjourn

first_imgTrump said pro forma sessions are a scam and a dereliction of duty. (Washington, DC) — We are four months away from the 2020 Presidential election and the current president still has not gotten more than one hundred appointments past Congress. Many of whom are instrumental in helping the country handle the COVID-19 outbreak.Yesterday, President Trump said he has the authority to force Congress to adjourn so he can make the crucial appointments. In a White House briefing, Trump urged the Senate to stop gaveling-in pro-forma sessions when lawmakers aren’t in town. That would allow him to make recess appointments without those officials being approved by the Senate. Trump railed against the “partisan” obstructionism he said had held up 129 appointments who could all be helping in the coronavirus response.“It’s always roadblocks or a waste of time,” he said. “If the House will not agree to that adjournment, I will exercise my constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress.”“The current practice of leaving town while conducting phony pro forma sessions is a dereliction of duty that the American people cannot afford during this crisis,” he said.“It is a scam what they do,” Trump said.Pres. Trump threatens to adjourn both chambers of Congress so he can make appointments to fill vacant positions and judicial slots.“If they don’t act on getting these people approved,” Trump says, he will have to do something “that I prefer not doing.” https://t.co/KXv4M8zNFm pic.twitter.com/M9IJLoCzI9— ABC News (@ABC) April 15, 2020last_img read more

First home defeat for Bees boss

first_imgBrentford 0 Tranmere 2Having made such an encouraging start to the season, Brentford were brought down to earth by a surprise home defeat.Uwe Rosler’s side had much of the possession, but Tranmere took their chances and condemned the German to his first loss at Griffin Park, with goals from Robbie Weir and Andy Robinson.AdChoices广告Weir struck first, heading home the impressive Robinson’s 29th-minute cross.Rovers’ lead was preserved when goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams denied Clayton Donaldson after a mistake by defender Mark McChrystal had left the Bees striker through on goal.Gary Alexander came desperately close to equalising with a volley that struck the bar, and had that gone in Brentford may well have gone on to win the game.But they were unable to find that all-important goal and were hit with a sucker punch when Robinson’s superb 25-yarder flew past keeper Richard Lee.It was a killer blow for Brentford, who were thwarted again by a late double-save from Fon Williams, who did brilliantly to stop Donaldson’s shot and then kept out Alexander’s follow-up.last_img read more

Ecobank Mobile App Named Official Bank Service Platform for Okpekpe Race

first_imgThe organisers of the Okpekpe International Road Race, Pamodzi Sports Marketing has named Ecobank Mobile App as the official Banking Service platform for the 2018 edition of the race slated for Saturday, May 12  in Okpekpe, Edo State.Mike Itemuagbor, Chief Executive Officer of Pamodzi Sports Marketing and Chief Promoter of the Okpekpe International Road Race said the Ecobank Mobile App is the most ideal and suited for the Okpekpe 10km Road Race being an app that has been adopted across Africa.Itemuagbor observed that the Ecobank App would adequately cater for over 5000 local and international professional athletes expected at the competition and also sports enthusiasts and government officials from across the continent. According to him, “The Okpekpe Road Race is a global competition. It is therefore natural we look for a bank with a service platform that has international appeal. This informed our choice of Ecobank Mobile App”.“We have a long partnership with Ecobank based on the bank’s African appeal which best suits our dream to become one of the most sought after long distance race in the world. Our athletes come from all over Africa and they have testified that Ecobank products best suit them, enabling them access their funds at any point in time, especially during the competition as they do not need to carry cash or source foreign exchange”.In his comment, Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Charles Kie, said the Ecobank Mobile App is a game changer for African banking by using digital technology to combat many of the financial inclusion barriers faced by those on the continent.He said Ecobank’s strategic mission is built around using mobile banking to deliver innovative, efficient and cost-effective services to every African.“Our app not only removes the barriers that have financially excluded so many Africans but offers next generation functionality to help them send money, make withdrawals or pay for goods and services. Customers can use the app on their mobile to instantly open Ecobank Xpress Account, which doesn’t have any account fees, paperwork or minimumbalance requirements, or to send and receive money across 33 African countries,” he said.The Ecobank Mobile App launched in 2016 has over 4 million users registered and has consummated over one billion dollars transaction value.The Okpekpe international 10km road race has set the pace for other road races in Nigeria and West Africa. It is the first road race in West Africa to be designated by the IAAF as one of the leading road races around the world since the classification was introduced in 2008.For three years since 2015, the race was organised under the prestigious IAAF Road Race Bronze Label and now it is the first road race to be granted a silver label status in West Africa.The race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, a leader in sports marketing, sponsorship, hospitality and Rights Acquisition business in Nigeria in conjunction with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and the Edo State Government.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Packer legend Favre from done

first_imgBefore we get into the real business of the column today, I figured I would make a few comments on the Super Bowl. I was working and had no real burning desire to watch the game. But since it was on in the office, I monitored it somewhat.First, I watched just about every commercial during the third quarter because some chump was supposedly going to propose to his wife during one of them. Never happened. Even more disappointing were the commercials themselves. From all accounts, they stunk this year. Companies ran spots that had been out for a couple months, and there were not any real innovative ones that really stood out.Second, Rex Grossman sucks. I tried to think of a gentler way to put it, but there really is none. Personally, I would have voted “Sexy Rexy” Super Bowl MVP for what he did to help the Colts win. But that is neither here nor there. On a scale of one to 10, how much do Bears fans wish they had a more accomplished quarterback like, say, Brett Favre starting for them? Probably about 3,837 or more, but while we’re here…There are three different types of good news. There is the type that elicits a smile when you hear it, like “Congratulations, you got an A on the paper.” Then there is the good news that deserves a high five with a friend: “We just won the basketball ticket lottery.” The third variety of good news prompts Tiger Woods-esque fist-pumping response, seemingly forgetting you are in public as you nearly skip all the way down Charter Street.Not surprisingly, this sort of good news is always unexpected and doesn’t come around too often.Last Friday, like many of you, I received some certifiable Stage-Three good news.Answering the phone having just left class, I heard my roommate John, “Coming back for his 17th season, Brett Favre.”There may very well never have been eight words that I have been happier to hear.Brett coming back instantly improved the Packers’ chances of being a playoff contending team next season, given they have any sort of productive offseason. General manager Ted Thompson has more salary cap space than most teams in the league and also the 16th overall pick in the draft. Rumors circulating that Randy Moss may be on the move to Green Bay — as good or bad as you believe such a move to be — are a sign this will not be a quiet offseason in Titletown.Aside from offseason acquisitions, the Packers are without a doubt a better team with him under center than if Aaron Rodgers was. The offensive line improved as last season went on, as did the defense.Undoubtedly there are some — my colleague Mr. McGrath, Bears and Vikings fans, and people who enjoy kicking kittens, to name a few — for whom the announcement was not welcome. Those types of people are cynical of his return, saying Brett’s just doing it for fame or fortune.While he will make a boatload of money (an estimated $11 million) and set many records (keep in mind not all of which will be positive, as Favre is only four interceptions away from setting that all-time mark), I firmly believe neither of those reasons are what convinced him to come back. Call me naive (as many people probably will), but I really believe all Brett cares about is going out there, playing football and having fun. Watch him play 230-some odd times and tell me otherwise.Which brings us to the consecutive games streak. For those sports fans who live under a rock, Brett has started 238 consecutive games dating back to 1992. That streak is at the core of the bond fans feel toward Favre. The bond that outside observers find difficult to understand. How fans’ feelings toward him ebb and flow with every throw, yet still always feel so attached to a football player who — at this point in his career — is not as good as he once was. After all, he is just a football player, right?Not as far as I am concerned.Maybe my cousin — who by her own admission follows football about as closely as I follow opera — explained it best.”It’s almost like he’s a part of the family,” she said. “He was that one family member who was never able to make it to the family functions, but he was always a part of them because everyone still talked about him.”As lame and ridiculous as that sounds, it is true. And I don’t think my family and I are the only ones with that sort of experience.Chew on this: Brett has started every game for the Packers since I was five. Out of all those games (237 in the regular season) I may have missed a handful or so. Packer fans of my age and I grew up with Brett as he grew off the field from a crazy young kid to a graying father. He still tends to play like a big kid, which is part of what endears him to fans. I have seen Brett play more often than I have my own brother, as sad as that may sound. In that sense he has been something of a long-lost relative.But it is not the streak alone that endears Brett to Packer fans. Moreover it is the fact that he is a real, genuine person. In an era of sports where athletes try to hide as much of their private lives as possible from the public, Brett’s has, for the most part, unfolded before the state of Wisconsin.Some critics bring up Favre’s previous addiction to painkillers as some sort of slam against him, as proof he is not a good person. In reality, almost everyone knows someone who has battled an addiction of some sort. But Brett stood up and admitted his fault like a man, admitted he had a problem before an entire state. He cleaned up his life for the betterment of his own family and his career.Then, in 2003, Brett played his signature game, the game by which I will forever remember him. Playing the day after his father died, Brett played a magical game, throwing for 300 yards and completing every pass he threw in the first half on Monday Night Football against Oakland. The nation saw a vulnerable iron man. And what I will always remember most about that game is that I watched it with my own dad.Over the next few years, Brett has suffered through a myriad of other personal hardships. His wife, Deanna, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. His brother-in-law was killed in an ATV accident that same year. His Mississippi home was damaged during Hurricane Katrina.All those events with which people can identify, all those events make him human in ways most athletes aren’t. Over the years, Packers’ fans have seen enough of those moments to make Brett seem like part of the family.That’s why there will always be a seat for him at my family’s big kid table.Ben is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and Journalism. Share your thoughts about Brett with him at bvoelkel@badgerherald.comlast_img read more

Syracuse treating Cornell Upstate Challenge as tune-up

first_img Published on January 17, 2013 at 12:41 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Related Stories Women’s lacrosse routs Jacksonville; Ice hockey falls at Mercyhurst; Track kicks off in Gotham Cup; Tennis loses at USF Facebook Twitter Google+center_img The final results from last year’s Cornell Upstate Challenge tell the entire story for the Syracuse track and field team.On the women’s side, Syracuse earned 88 points, good for third place behind Cornell (214) and Buffalo (150). On the men’s side, the team accumulated 97 points, again finishing third behind Cornell (246) and Buffalo (109). While there were personal victories for various Orange athletes, the day was characterized by Cornell’s dominance and Buffalo’s steady performance, two programs Syracuse frequently runs against.These results hardly bothered Syracuse at the time, and bother it even less now. The team will travel to the annual Upstate Challenge in Ithaca, N.Y., this Saturday, and runners and coaches alike are seeing the meet as an early season tune-up — and not much else.“This is really just a feeler out, almost like a preseason meet,” said SU head coach Chris Fox. “This isn’t a fast track so we’re not going to worry about speed. We’ll just give some young people the chance to get some experience before we go to Penn State.”Next weekend, the team will travel to University Park, Pa., for the Penn State National Open. Even with the Upstate Challenge in the schedule before then, runners have started to prepare for the Penn State National Open, and are looking at this weekend’s meet as an extension of their weekly practice schedule.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You never want to look past a race,” said sophomore distance runner Andrew Bennison. “But this meet is very low-key, probably the most low-key of our indoor season.As a freshman last season, Bennison’s first indoor race of his collegiate career was at the Upstate Challenge, and while he does think of the meet fondly, he has no concrete goals going into it this time around.Graduate student Lauren Penney finished first in the women’s mile last weekend at the Gotham Cup. This weekend, she will rest her legs for Penn State like many of her older teammates, but she’s excited to see what the rest of the team can accomplish.“Team placing is not so much important in track, but I think some individuals can have some really good races this weekend.” Penney said. “We have a lot of runners who could do really well and it will be exciting to see them in their first races.” Commentslast_img read more