Affordability has underpinned growing demand for new land in the Ipswich corridor

first_imgProvidence at Ripley ValleyAffordability has underpinned growing demand for new land in Ipswich with developer AMEX Corporation releasing more lots.As a result of the continued strength of the Ipswich land market, the group has released a new stage in its Horizons precinct of the Providence South Ripley masterplanned community.The eight lots are priced from $200,700 and range in size from 350sq m to 448sq m.Providence project director Michael Khan said their confidence in the area was backed by research by Oliver Hume, which revealed the Ipswich local government area had the strongest growth of any market in southeast Queensland for new land.In the three months to the end of September, Ipswich’s average price for new land was up 3 per cent compared with the June quarter to an average of $198,950.The number of new land sales increased during the quarter by 25 per cent with a total of 637 sales.Providence at Ripley valleyMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Mr Khan said the relative affordability of the Ipswich and Ripley Valley area, particularly when compared to interstate markets, continued to drive demand for new land in the area.“Value for money remains one of the most important factors for buyers and maximising every dollar when it comes to the location and access to amenities is extremely important,” he said.The latest release in Horizon is close to the planned town centre area and district park.The entire Horizon precinct has 280 lots, two parks, the planned Providence Town Centre and a future Prep to Year 12 school.The $60 million Horizon precinct sits within the $1.2 billion Providence project which is a masterplanned community in the Ripley Valley growth corridor.Oliver Hume Queensland general manager Matt Barr said the Ripley Valley was popular because it was close to major job nodes in Ipswich, Amberley and Springfield.He said during the next decade hundreds of people would move into the area every month and he tipped that to continue for some time.last_img read more

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Acreage in the South East is in high demand

first_img29 Tanah Merah Ave, Tanah MerahA FOUR-bedroom home on a large block at Tanah Merah has sold for $655,000.Sales associate at @Realty Leanne Smith said the property at 29 Tanah Merah Ave, which sits on a 3116sq m block, sold within less than a week.“We actually listed it a couple of days before Christmas and we sold it within six days,” Mrs Smith said.“We had 10 viewings in that time.”It settled on February 12, making it the top sale in the Albert and Logan News area for the week ended February 18.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 202029 Tanah Merah Ave, Tanah MerahMrs Smith said buyers were attracted to the property for a number of reasons.“I think the fact that it was a big block and a spacious home,” she said.“It’s an older home but it had a nice homey feel about it.”She said big blocks were popular among buyers recently, particularly along the highway in Tanah Merah and Loganholme.“People are loving big blocks,” Mrs Smith said. She said they were more affordable on the western side of the highway.According to the latest CoreLogic market trends data, the median sale price for a house in Tanah Merah was $435,000.last_img read more

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Dutch pension fund Equens to join consolidation vehicle

first_imgShe said she could not yet provide details about the envisaged consolidation partner as negotiations were still ongoing.The vice chair explained that the decision to join an APF was triggered by increasing regulatory pressure and anticipated cost increases, with the scheme’s relatively small number of participants – 2,910 as at the end of 2018 – also a contributing factor.In 2016, the Pensioenfonds Equens tried to set up a consolidation vehicle in co-operation  with the pension funds Van Lanschot, KAS Bank and GE Artesia Bank. However, when the latter withdrew, doubts arose abut the viability of the planned APF.When it subsequently became clear that insurers were able to run APFs against lower costs, the initiative was abandoned, according to Van Ewijk.She said that since then all possible options had been assessed, including joining SBZ, the non-mandatory scheme for the financial sector.However, this option turned out to be inferior to an individual compartment at an APF, as the latter would avoid transitional problems such as differing coverage ratios and pension arrangements, the vice chair pointed out.Pensioenfonds Equens said it intended to transfer its pensions assets and benefits administration as of 1 January, with the remaining administration to follow in the spring. It said it expected to liquidate in the second half of 2020.The scheme has outsourced its pensions provision to Blue Sky Group and its asset management is carried out by BlackRock and ASR.Recently, the pension funds Owase, Randstad, Sligro and Scildon also announced they would join a consolidation vehicle, while the schemes of ANWB, Invista and Ecolab indicated that they wanted to take a similar step.The pension fund of Ortec and the former pension fund Jan Huysman Wz are also looking for a new home, following PGGM’s announcement that it wanted to cease operating its APF Volo, which manages the pensions of the two schemes. The €700m Dutch pension fund Equens wants to join a general pension fund (APF) as of January because it does not see satisfactory options for continuing independently.Rita van Ewijk, the scheme’s vice chair, said it expected to conclude a contract later this month.The Pensioenfonds Equens implements the pension plans of payment service firms equensWorldline and Paysquare.Although the pension fund’s current responsibility is existing pensions accrual, Van Ewijk said that employers also wanted to place future accrual with the consolidation vehicle.last_img read more

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Auction bidders coaxed into action by vendor

first_img“They had been watching the property for a while,” Mr Green said.“It had a lot of things people were looking for, its position in blue chip real estate, a tennis court, swimming pool. This five-bedroom house in Belmont on 10,000sq m sold at auction for $1.85m.VENDOR bids were used to kickstart the auction of 380 London Rd, Belmont with four registered bidders unsure where to start. The master bedroom with an ensuite, built-in cupboards, a walk-in wardrobe and private patio area.The residence on one hectare, which had been an executive rental, was bought by a family who will move in with their children. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN BELMONT More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The kitchen sits between the meals and dining rooms with an open plan family room looking out over the entertaining area.A buyer’s bid of $1.85 million was negotiated behind the scenes and the auction recommenced with that bid being accepted by the sellers.center_img The architecturally-designed residence has multiple living spaces and a games room with bar.“Bidders were a little bit skittish,” Harcourts Green Living principal David Green said.“The auction took a bit to get started, but that’s where the market is at the moment.”Another vendor bid below the reserve ended the first stage of the auction before proceedings were paused to negotiate. The entertainment continues outside with this floodlit tennis court. “They bought it because of the acreage for the boys to run around in and enjoy that lifestyle.”London Rd is one of the most valuable addresses in Belmont with million dollar homes selling there since 2004. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img read more

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Belgium approves child euthanasia

first_img Sharing is caring! Share HealthLifestyle Belgium approves child euthanasia by: – February 14, 2014 Share Tweetcenter_img Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions.When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.It may be requested by terminally ill children who are in great pain and also have parental consent.Opponents argue children cannot make such a difficult decision.It is 12 years since Belgium legalised euthanasia for adults.In the Netherlands, Belgium’s northern neighbour, euthanasia is legal for children over the age of 12, if there is parental consent.Under the Dutch conditions, a patient’s request for euthanasia can be fulfilled by a doctor if the request is “voluntary and well-considered” and the patient is suffering unbearably, with no prospect of improvement.‘Immoral’ lawOne man in the public gallery of Belgium’s parliament shouted “murderers” in French when the vote was passed, Reuters news agency reports.Supporters of the legislation argue that in practice the law will affect an extremely small number of children, who would probably be in their teens, the BBC’s Duncan Crawford reports from Brussels.The law states a child would have to be terminally ill, face “unbearable physical suffering” and make repeated requests to die – before euthanasia is considered.Parents, doctors and psychiatrists would have to agree before a decision is made.Protesters have lobbied politicians against the changes.Church leaders argued the law is immoral.“The law says adolescents cannot make important decisions on economic or emotional issues, but suddenly they’ve become able to decide that someone should make them die,” Brussels Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, head of the Catholic Church in Belgium, said at a prayer vigil last week.Some paediatricians have warned vulnerable children could be put at risk and have questioned whether a child can really be expected to make such a difficult choice.Last week 160 Belgian paediatricians signed an open letter against the law, claiming that there was no urgent need for it and that modern medicine is capable of alleviating pain.But opinion polls have suggested broad support for the changes in Belgium, which is mostly Catholic.BBC News 23 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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Arsenal players call Arteta “Mister” instead of “boss”

first_imgMikel Arteta has been handed the nickname “Mister” by his Gunners squad after the traditional “boss” greeting was banned. Arteta: We are working even in lockdown The Spaniard is only six months into his first manager’s job but is said to have already reset the culture at the Emirates. They now like to greet the Emirates chief as “Mister” or simply “Mikel”. Arsene Wenger was famously labelled “Le Professor” when he was first appointed Gunners boss in the mid-1990s. And Greek international Sokratis coined the nickname for Arteta when he was asked about being switched from his favoured centre-back role to right-back during an FA Cup clash in March. The 38-year-old manager is also said to have introduced a Wheel of Fortune to punish stars with forfeits at their North London training base. Day-to-day infringements such as arriving late for training and phones going off in team meetings are being dealt with in a novel way by the Gunners boss. The forfeits include cash fines to cleaning the dressing room or polishing the captain’s car. And there is still the opportunity for an escape as one option on the wheel is a free pass, letting the guilty party off the hook. Loading… Arteta spent three years working as Pep Guardiola’s assistant before he replaced Unai Emery at the Emirates in December. Following a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City on Wednesday, Arsenal remains slumped at ninth in the table having won just nine of their 29 league games. David Luiz was at fault for two of the goals at the Etihad and left Arteta’s side with ten men after seeing red. Arteta this week urged the board to hand him a new contract, with his current deal up at the end of the month, and it seems his views haven’t changed despite the nightmare trip to Manchester. Following the clash he said: “[Luiz] is someone that is very honest and straight-forward. “My opinion on David Luiz hasn’t changed. “It won’t change because he had a difficult performance.” read also:Saka contract a priority for Arsenal, says Arteta Luiz’s latest nightmare comes just days after footage of his shocking defending in Arsenal’s 3-2 loss to Brentford went viral. He had been linked with a move to Benfica but the club’s president said Luiz was going to renew his Arsenal deal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Rice rockets to Langley Virginia Sprint Series win

first_imgBy Jim Haines Rice and Matt Mullins paced the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car field to green with Rice out first and staying low and fast. HAMPTON, Va. (July 4) – Bill Rice showed his heat race win was no fluke as he was a rocket all night en route to his first Virginia Sprint Series win of the year Saturday at Langley Speedway. After a shuffle at the front, Daren Bolac settled into second with Mike Leraas and Jerald Harris following closely. Harris made the move to work his way to second while Mike Keeton was show­ing speed after a pit stop on the start and was up to fourth.  Rice continued to lead as Harris closed with Leraas and Keeton next. Harris was less than a se­cond off the pace as the white flag waved but could get no closer as Rice flashed under the check­ered flag first.center_img On Saturday, July 11, the series is at Natural Bridge Speedway for the first visit of the season.  Bill Rice made like a rocket in winning the July 4 Virginia Sprint Series feature at Langley Speed­way. (Photo by Jim Haines) Feature results – 1. Bill Rice; 2. Jerald Harris; 3. Mike Leraas; 4. Mike Keeton; 5. Daren Bolac; 6. Matt Mullins; 7. Billy Hubbard; 8. Erin Statler; 9. Chris Ware; 10. Charlie Ware; 11. Jack Rice; 12. Bronzie Lawson.last_img read more

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Making old times new: Green Grass League set for reunion after 25 years

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. ORLAND — The visual details on two photos three decades old are hard to make out, but Jeff Gammelin remembers them fondly.One color photo on his desk at Freshwater Stone in Orland has edges that have faded after years inside a frame. The other, black and white, has hints of film grain that could be found on old photographic film.The faces pictured of the roughly two-dozen softball players pictured are a lot less clear than they would have been in real life on those summer days in the 1980s, but some — Ellsworth boys’ soccer coach Paul Lock and Bucksport boys’ basketball legend Dennis Hopkins, for instance — are particularly notable. One of the men, pictured in bottom-right corner of the color photo, is Gammelin.Gammelin, now 68, was one of the most active players in the Green Grass League, a now-defunct recreational softball league that once played games throughout Bucksport. Now, years after the final Green Grass League pitch was thrown, he wants to revive the fanfare and festivities for another weekend with a reunion event.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“I know people are going to want to do this, and I’d like to see what we can get together,” Gammelin said. “We’re starting to get the logistics of it sorted out, and I’m excited to see everything put together.”The idea for a league reunion first came to Gammelin about a month ago as the 25th anniversary of the final opening day approached. In need of help organizing the event and spreading the word, he reached out to Nick Tymoczko about making it happen.Tymoczko, who serves as the Down East Family YMCA’s Bucksport director, was more than happy to oblige. He had been in search of a way to help recreational sports league gain more of a foothold in the town, and a reunion game for a fondly remembered bygone league presented the perfect chance for him to do so.“Leagues like adult softball are a classic example of what recreation departments can bring to a community,” Tymoczko said. “Many adults in our community share fond memories of adult softball.”Members of the Green Grass League’s Hopkins Construction included Bucksport boys’ basketball legend Dennis Hopkins and his four brothers. The League began in 1975 and continued to grow before disbanding in 1993. VALERIE HOPKINS PHOTOThe foundation for the Green Grass League began in the early 1970s when Gammelin, Chuck McGinty and about a dozen other players first started getting together for games. Word soon spread about their meet-ups, which started to gather more players and take place more regularly.With the help of former Bucksport Parks and Recreation Director Tim Emery, local interest in the sport soon gave way to an eight-team league that began play in 1975. Games brought players from Ellsworth, Bucksport, Prospect and everywhere in between to Bucksport High School’s old baseball field and other ball diamonds throughout town.“We picked the Green Grass League as the name because those fields really did have the greenest grass you ever saw,” Gammelin said. “Our friends and our wives would come, and we would always be joking and teasing each other. We’d go to Crosby’s for ice creams after games twice a week.”The Green Grass League continued to grow in the early 1980s before peaking at 16 teams and more than 200 players by decade’s end. It came to an end in 1993, 18 years after it officially began.“I think it just ran its course,” Gammelin said. “We were all older, and it was a lot more organized and serious at that point than it had been in the years before. That’s not really what we wanted it to be about.”The Green Grass League’s prime, though, might have come during that stretch in the early ’80s. That was before the league reached its high water mark in terms of participation, but it was, in Gammelin’s mind, the era in which it was at its best.“At that point, we were all telling ourselves, ‘Hey, this thing could really go on for a while,’” Gammelin said. “We had been at it for a few years, and it was only getting bigger.”Teams in the league had shirt sponsorships from area businesses such as Hoffman Insurance and the old paper mill. Some teams were named after their sponsors, while others chose monikers such as the Troublemakers, Golden Gophers and Socializers.Gammelin wants to recreate some of those teams of old as much as possible, though he acknowledged combining them would be a much more likely possibility. He has also expressed interest in hiring a physical therapist in case of injuries.“It’s going to be a reality check for all of us,” Gammelin said. “I don’t think anyone can run or move around like we used to. Some of us haven’t swung a bat since then.”The fields on which the Green Grass League played are long gone, but that fact presents the league’s former players to make what’s old new. Just as they played on the Bucksport’s old high school field years ago, they will do the same on the team’s new field on Elm Street.“We want it to be just like it was back then,” Gammelin said. “It was just such a great time in our lives, and we made so many memories together. I think there will be a lot of people who want to come back and play because it’s a chance to relive that.”The date for the reunion has been set for 9 a.m. July 28. Whether that includes a head-to-head matchup or a series of round-robin games, Gammelin and Tymoczko will ensure an old era comes back to life for one last summer day.“These guys will have a blast,” Tymoczko said. “The new broom may sweep clean, but the old broom knows the corners.” Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img read more

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Ferguson and van Gaal both believed in discipline: Ryan Giggs

first_imgMANCHESTER: Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs feels former club managers Alex Ferguson and Louis van Gaal were similar in their commitment to discipline in all departments.Wayne Rooney had recently said in a Sunday Times column that ‘tactically, van Gaal was by far the best’ but that, overall, ‘Fergie was streets ahead’. Giggs, United’s all-time record appearance-maker, agreed with his former teammate but added both had certain qualities in common too. “Discipline for one, that was the one thing that Sir Alex and Louis had,” Giggs said during MUTV Group Chat where he was the latest guest. “Standards in training and on the pitch in games and also believing in young players. “I got a chance at 17 and I’ve tried to do the same with Wales: pick out the best young players and give them a chance. If they take their chance then great, if they don’t then at least they’ve had a chance. And it’s about trying to play football in the right way, an exciting way, scoring goals and having players on the pitch who want to excite the fans and excite me as well,” said Giggs who is currently the manager of the Welsh national team. On Rooney’s comments, Giggs said: “I understand what Wayne was saying. “Obviously we both worked under Sir Alex who I’ve known since I was 13. Sir Alex had everything – man-management, discipline, standards, tactics, knowing a player but with him, because we had such good players who had been together for a long time, you’d just go out and play. You knew your role, it was just a matter of just tweaking it. “With Louis it was probably the opposite. We played different systems under him whereas under Sir Alex we more or less just played one system and we’d tweak it. I can’t remember us ever playing three at the back, maybe once or twice if we needed to hold on, but other than that we didn’t.” IANS Also Read: Borussia Dortmund ease past Wolfsburglast_img read more

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Mayor’s Cup quarter-final action now set for Sunday at GFC

first_imgRAIN, clashes with other tournaments and other circumstances caused organisers of the Annual Mayor’s Cup football tournament to constantly reschedule matches.This will, however, be resolved on Sunday as coordinator of the annual event, Lennox Arthur, is going full steam ahead in ensuring the quarter-finals of the tournament are completed on Sunday evening when three matches will be completed at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground.According to the former national coach, beginning at 16:30hrs Santos will face Police while from 18:30hrs, Western Tigers take on Eagles United.The feature game involves Riddim Squad and Federal Winners Connection from 20:30hrs.The semi-finals are set for August 31 while the third-place playoff as well as the final will be held on September 11.Meanwhile, the leading goalscorer to date in the tournament is Gavin Graham of Den Amstel with three goals to his name. Fabian Crawford (Santos), Randolph Wagner (Western Tigers), Dwayne McLennan (Western Tigers), Nikosi Denny (Ann’s Grove) and Kevon Boston (Police) all have two goals each.At the conclusion of the tournament, the player scoring the most goals will receive a three-piece suite, compliments of A.H. & L Kissoon Furniture Store.The winning team of the final will earn $700 000 and the Aruwai resort trophy, while the runners-up will receive $300 000 and the Ansa McAl trophy.The third-place will team cart off $200 000 and the John Fernandes Limited trophy. The fourth-placers will receive $100 000 and the Ministry of the Presidency trophy.Ricks and Sari Agro Industries Limited has also donated hampers for members of the winning team in the final.Also providing support for the tournament is Top Branz, distributor of Industrial Vehicle Batteries.last_img read more

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