Coastal markets star performers, but shine starting to fade

first_imgThis house at 27 Mossman Court, Noosa Heads, recently sold for $5.75m.Proving even the brightest stars need time out of the spotlight, the Sunshine Coast region actually ended the December quarter of 2018 with an 8.2 per cent decline in the median house price to $680,000.The Gold Coast residential property market also softened in the last quarter of 2018, with the median house price inching just 0.8 per cent higher to $630,000.Over the past year, the median house price rose 1.4 per cent, but days on market rose and vendor discounting increased. This property at 55 Wyuna Dr, Noosaville, recently sold for $4.75m.Tom Offermann Real Estate recently sold a waterfront house at 55 Wyuna Dr, Noosaville, for $4.75 million and a Noosa Heads home at 27 Mossman Court for $5.75 million.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoAn apartment in the La Mer complex on Noosa’s Hastings St recently changed hands for more than $6 million.But while they have been the shining stars of Queensland’s housing market for the past five years, some of the gloss is starting to come off the Gold and Sunshine coasts. The Gold Coast residential property market softened in the December quarter of 2018.REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said the Gold Coast market had been “on fire”, but had started to soften since entering the post Commonwealth Games phase.Across the rest of the state, the Cairns property market appears to be holding its ground with prices relatively steady compared to a year ago.The median house price slipped 1.2 per cent over the year ending December to finish 2018 on $405,000.Its unit market posted similar yearly results with its median price flat at $230,000. Main beach at Noosa, where the annual median house price has hit a new high.JUST when you thought Noosa’s property market could not get any hotter, new figures reveal the annual median house price in the picturesque pocket has risen to a new high.The coastal juggernaut posted annual house price growth of 11.7 per cent to hit a median of $739,500 at the end of December 2018, while the Sunshine Coast statistical division increased 5.3 per cent to $600,000, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland.Since 2013, Noosa’s median house price has increased a whopping 45 per cent, or $170,000, the REIQ’s latest Queensland Market Monitor reveals. center_img Noosa’s median house price has risen 45 per cent in five years. Noosa’s unit market also proved a winner, with price growth of 10 per cent over the year to reach a median price of $570,000 — $100,000 more expensive than Brisbane’s median unit price. Local real estate agents are still expecting ­another bumper year of sales in Noosa given the shortage of new properties, due to strict height limits and population caps.Expat buyers, particularly from Hong Kong and Singapore, are fuelling further price pressures in the popular market. The housing market in Cairns is holding steady, according to the REIQ. Picture: Brendan Radke.Townsville’s house market ended the year with a three per cent drop in its median price to $320,000, thanks mostly to a natural disaster.The REIQ report said the next round of quarterly data would be too soon to reflect the impact of Cyclone Oma.The Toowoomba and Fraser Coast housing markets finished 2018 relatively steady, while Gladstone continues to face significant headwinds as prices continue to soften. The Gladstone median house price is now $278,000 — about $160,000 less than it was five years ago.last_img read more

Second Avenue Bridge Closure Updates

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThere have been some changes with the upcoming closure for the 2nd Ave. Bridge in Alpena. Instead of closing on Saturday April 22nd the bridge will now be closed beginning Monday April 24th.The shut down will suspend all traffic. As a result all commuters are asked to plan ahead. Detour routes will be in place to reroute the flow of traffic.All local businesses will remain open and can be accessed with the detour route. The bridge closure will start on Monday and will end on Sunday May 7th.All traffic will be able to use the bridge starting May 8th until Sunday May 21st. The 2nd phase of the maintenance work will begin on Monday May 22nd and will be closed once again to all traffic, until Friday May 26th.The bridge will be open for Memorial Day weekend and then close once again on Tuesday May 30th until Friday June 2nd. The bridge will re–open Saturday June 3rd.Please be advised that inclement weather or the construction could delay the project.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 2nd Ave Bridge, Road Close, Road Closures, Second Avenue BridgeContinue ReadingPrevious Update: Why The Evergreen Gate Was DemolishedNext Screening Held to Bring Awareness of Sexual Assaultlast_img read more

Wilder, Joshua ‘agree’ to title unification bout

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder of the US knocks down undefeated contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz in the 10th round, during their 12-round WBC Heavyweight Championship fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on March 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARYMONTGOMERY, Ala. — Unbeaten heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua appear poised for a title unification bout in the division’s most anticipated matchup.The two camps have agreed to terms on a fight in the United Kingdom sometime this fall for less money than Wilder’s initial offer, his trainer Jay Deas said Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Both fought in March. Wilder had a 10th-round stoppage of Luis Ortiz. Joshua won a unanimous decision over Joseph Parker in his first fight to go the distance.Now, the two biggest heavyweight names could be poised to meet next.“If they keep their word, then we’ve got a fight,” Deas said. “So we’re fully expecting to go to the UK and we’re ready. We’re ready to do it tomorrow. All they have to do is tell us where to be and when to be there, and we’ll be there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Suspended from Alaska, Abueva shows up at Gilas practice Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial “They offered and we accepted,” he said, adding that they would push for a signed contract as early as Tuesday.Deas said the fight could be anywhere from September to November to avoid conflict with a potential Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch in September.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDeas said he’s not authorized to discuss details of the potential purse and that the venue and date are up to Joshua’s camp.A huge draw in the UK, Joshua’s last two fights have been at 74,500-seat Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “We offered $50 million, which is what he said he wanted,” Deas said in a phone interview. “And he then turned it down. Then they came back with a much, much, much smaller offer for Deontay, which would have been even less than Deontay would have made in the United States, and wanted him to still travel to the UK for the fight. And we said yes.“The reason we did was because Deontay is investing in himself. He wants this for the fans and he wants this for his legacy and he knows that being the undisputed heavyweight champ of the world will give him the financial gain as he proceeds. Even though we would have liked a better deal, Deontay said yes.”Wilder, who lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is the WBC champion at 40-0 with 39 knockouts. Joshua holds the other heavyweight belts and is 21-0 with 20 knockouts.Wilder posted on his Twitter account Monday that the $50 million offer to fight in America is still on the table.“Today I even agreed to their offer to fight Joshua next in the UK,” he said in the tweet. “If he prefers the fight in the UK, the ball is in their court. It’s up to them to choose.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

‘Quality Education’, The Greatest Gift We Can Bequeath to Our Children

first_img“The greatest gift we can bequeath to our children, our people, is quality education, which is the foundation for national development,” President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told an audience, including parents and guardians, who had gathered to witness, the commencement convocation of Tubman University (TU) last Thursday.Delivering the keynote address at TU’s first commencement convocation, the President declared, “Achieving quality in our educational system must be the business and the duty of every Liberian; for as much as we talk about the urgent need for infrastructure – our roads, power, ports – if we lack the education to manage such facilities, they will not last.”The Liberian leader indicated that quality education is not cheap, either for the provider or the beneficiary.“The best results from such an expensive undertaking are obtained only when serious effort and time are devoted to get the most out of the opportunities that are available,” she added.“To the extended audience out there, you can buy a degree but you cannot buy an education,” she pointed out amidst cheers.The commencement convocation of Tubman University was the first of that university since its accreditation in 2009.President Sirleaf spoke on the theme, “The Quest for Quality Education.” She stressed that all actors in the society desire quality education for their children and students.“We want them to seize the opportunity to learn, and we want our teachers to acquire quality training in order to impart quality learning in the young minds in their charge,” she emphasized.She indicated that quality education requires faculty with integrity, qualified in their disciplines and committed to the learner.Such a faculty, President Sirleaf said, delivers a coherent curriculum with rigorous standards, and specific learning outcomes or competencies that students must demonstrate, to include theoretical as well as experimental learning.“Quality education must provide co-curriculum activities for the learner, with opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills. Quality education must also include continuous assessment and quality assurance with the result being used for continuous improvement,” she pointed out.In order to produce leaders of tomorrow, she stressed,  institutions like Tubman University must empower Liberian youths by teaching them not only the theory, but leadership skills, social responsibility, issues about the environment, among other disciplines.Reflecting on the University and its leadership, the President indicated that the institution serves as a regional magnet that causes young people to gravitate to Harper, Maryland County because they know that they will obtain quality education that is fundamental to their own success.The President said it will also impact Liberia’s economic, social and political transformation as outlined in the country’s “Vision 2030 – Liberia Rising,” and the five-year development strategy “Agenda for Transformation.”The enrollment at the University rose from 287 in 2009 to 1000 in 2013/2014.The President said it is satisfying that the country can boast of a few more graduates skilled in areas where Liberia desperately needs expertise. She named the areas of need as Agriculture, Engineering, Nursing, Public Health, Guidance and Counseling, among others.TU was opened in 2009 as the second public-owned bachelor’s degree-granting institution. It is the successor of the William V.S. Tubman College of Technology that was damaged during the civil conflict.TU transitioned from a college of technology to a university comprising six colleges: the College of Engineering and Technology, College of Health Sciences, College of Agriculture and Food Science, College of Education, College of Management and Public Administration, and College of Arts and Sciences.President Sirleaf referred to the 80 graduates as pioneers of the University who have made history by being the first group of graduates of the University. “You are making history today, because there will never be another ‘First Commencement Convocation of Tubman University’. You are the first; everyone hereafter will follow your footprints and watch what you do,” she told the graduates.Congratulating the graduates, President Sirleaf referred to them as “trailblazers” of Tubman University.“I congratulate you on behalf of the Government of Liberia and in my own name and right, for your achievements.”Also commending TU’s president for her sacrificial work, President Sirleaf described Prof. Russell’s journey to Tubman University as one that has not been easy.“She remained faithful and steadfast to her values and her profession, insisting that students remain students, obtaining the education for which they have made a big sacrifice.” The Valedictorian of the Graduating Class, P. Mike Jurry, thanked the government for opening Tubman University in the Southeast and many other community colleges around the country.He urged government to provide scholarships for some of the graduates to pursue post graduate studies.He also called on the Tubman University authority and the Government to absorb some of them as teacher assistants.Categorically, there were 13 females and 67 males. Ten students received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, while seven received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health.Nine of the graduates obtained the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education, seven in Guidance and Counseling and 18 in Agriculture; while 10 received the Bachelor of Business Arts in Accounting, two, Bachelor in Business Arts in Business Administration, 13 with Bachelor of Public Administration and four, Bachelor of Business Arts in Economics.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mbeki slams UN lack of progress

first_img16 September 2005In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday, South African President Thabo Mbeki slammed the inadequate progress in implementing poverty-reduction goals set by the world body in 2000, and criticised the lack of UN reform. In this he added his voice to similar comments by the leaders of India and Brazil.Mbeki described as a “miserable performance” the failure of UN member countries to agree on a comprehensive package of reforms.“In truth we have not made the decisive progress we thought we would make with regard to the critical issue of the reform of the United Nations,” he said. “We have therefore had no choice but to postpone to a later date the decisions we should have made.”Speaking on the second day of the world’s largest gathering of heads of state and government, the president pointed to the Millennium Development Goals, which include an undertaking by rich countries to commit 0.7% of national income to development aid to poor nations by 2015.“Our approach to the challenge to commit and deploy the necessary resources for the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals has been half-hearted, timid and tepid,” Mbeki said.“We firmly believe that the reason we have not made the progress we should have, during the last five years, is precisely because we have not as yet achieved what the outcome document described as ‘a security consensus’.”Mbeki was referring to the UN reform package approved by the UN earlier this week.“We have not achieved that ‘security consensus’ because of the widely disparate conditions of existence and interests among the member states of the UN, as well as the gross imbalance of power that define the relationship among these member states.“It is the poor of the world whose interests are best served by real and genuine respect for the fundamental proposition that we need the ‘security consensus’ identified by the outcome document. The actions of the rich and powerful strongly suggest that these are not in the least convinced that this ‘security consensus’ would serve their interests.“Thus they use their power to perpetuate the power imbalance in the ordering of global affairs. As a consequence of this, we have not made the progress of the reform of the UN that we should have.“Because of that, we have the result that we have not achieved the required scale of resource transfer from those who have these resources, to empower the poor of the world to extricate themselves from their misery.“Simply put, this means that the logic of the use of power is the reinforcement of the might of the powerful, and therefore the perpetuation of the disempowerment of the powerless.“This is the poisonous mixture that has given us the outcome that will issue from this Millennium Review Summit to the peoples of the world. We should not be surprised when these billions do not acclaim us as heroes and heroines.” reporterlast_img read more

7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 5. Mechanicals

first_imgEditor’s introduction: With energy prices rising again, many homeowners are planning energy-efficiency improvements to their homes. But most people are unsure of where to begin, and even seasoned builders don’t always know which priorities should rise to the top of the list. Betsy Pettit, an architect at Building Science Corporation , recommends starting where you can get the most bang for the buck.Step 5: Replace your furnace, boiler, or water heaterTable of Contents:1. The Basement2. The Roof3. The Walls4. The Windows5. Mechanicals6. Appliances7. Renewable EnergyAn old furnace or boiler is often the worst energy user in an old house. Many houses built prior to 1920 still have old coal-fired boilers that were converted to gas or oil. These units are workhorses, but use a lot of energy. A new furnace or boiler can save energy dollars right away.Replacing window air conditioners with a central system also can save energy right away, as long as the ductwork is located in the conditioned space. Solar water heating is a good option to add here if you can afford it, but at the very least, upgrade the efficiency of hot-water production by coupling the tank to the boiler.This article is adapted from Betsy Pettit’s Remodeling for Energy Efficiency in Fine Homebuilding magazine. FURTHER RESOURCES:In Green Basics:Heating OptionsWater Heating Heat DistributionCooling OptionsIn Product Guide: Mechanical Systems / HVACIn Blogs: Heating a Tight, Well Insulated House Air-Source Heat Pumps Storage vs. Tankless Water Heaters Solar Hot Water Heat-Pump Water Heaters Using Your Heating System to Heat Water Improving Water Heater Efficiency Air Conditioner Basics Deciphering the Tax Creditslast_img read more

NLEX-SCTEX goes winless in Merlion Cup

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Jason Perkins carried the fight for NLEX-SCTEX with 32 points and 15 rebounds, while Byron Villarias shot 6-of-11 from threes to pour 26 markers in the campaign-ending defeat.NLEX-SCTEX, which is made up of the core of the Cignal HD Hawkeyes which won the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, went 0-3 in the group stages.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt first got routed by Korean club team Jeonji KCC Egis, 79-99, on Wednesday, before succumbing to defending champion Shanghai Sharks, 65-79, on Thursday.Despite NLEX-SCTEX’s winless outing, the 6-foot-3 Perkins impressed in the tournament, averaging 24.67 points and 13.67 rebounds to gain steam entering the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNLEX-SCTEX will come home empty handed as it lost all of its three games in the 2017 Merlion Cup at OCBC Arena in Singapore.The Road Warriors fell to Indonesian crew Satria Muda Pertamina, 104-90, on Friday to end their campaign in the seven-team invitational tournament with another defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:17Saying she is a commuter, MMDA’s Pialago dismisses Anakbayan’s commute dare01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next EAC coach blasts refs after Arellano loss, upset over late tech on Onwubere MOST READlast_img read more

Garcia heats up late as EAC caps off season with a win

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NBA: LeBron thinks Kyrie won’t get booed as much in Cleveland return PERPETUAL 81 – Eze 21, Ylagan 17, Yuhico 13, Coronel 10, Dagangon 7, Lucente 4, Pido 4, Tamayo 3, Sadiwa 2.Quarters: 25-19, 37-39, 64-59, 83-81. Sidney Onwubere also got a fitting farewell as he nabbed 15 points, nine rebounds, four dimes, a steal, and a block in his final collegiate game.“I’m happy because everyone contributed and did their roles,” said the senior forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEAC held a six-point lead, 78-72, courtesy of a Sean Neri undergoal stab with 3:34 remaining, but Perpetual fought back behind Prince Eze down the stretch.Altas got a chance to inch closer when Garcia fouled AJ Coronel on his three-point attempt with 1.6 ticks remaining. Coronel made his first two attempts to cut the deficit down to two, 83-81, and intentionally missed his third to allow Eze to grab the rebound. Unfortunately, the Nigerian big man botched his putback as the Generals escaped with the victory. Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “At least, we could hold our heads up high,” said coach Ariel Sison whose side snapped its five-game losing streak to wind up with a 7-11 record.Eze fired 21 points and nine rebounds for Perpetual, which stumbled to its seventh straight loss to fall down to 4-13.GJ Ylagan got 17 markers, five boards, and four assists, while Jonathan Yuhico had 13 in the loss.The Scores:EAC 83 – Garcia 22, J. Mendoza 17, Onwubere 15, Bugarin 12, Bautista 6, Diego 6, Neri 3, Tampoc 2, Corilla 0, I. Mendoza 0.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College did just enough to hold off Perpetual, 83-81, and finish off its NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament campaign with a victory Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jerome Garcia unfurled 12 of his 22 points in the payoff period, and added four rebounds, while Jethro Mendoza had 17 markers, three assists, two boards, and two steals.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more