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Cairns real estate: Low supply, high demand fuels property market surge

first_imgMat Foley from ReMax Cairns at a Aeroglen property that is for sale. PICTURE: STEWART McLEANCAIRNS has recorded the third highest jump in house prices in the country in the 12 months to January 2020, according to the latest Quarterly Regional Market Update from CoreLogic.The city recorded an annual growth of 4.2 per cent, beaten only by Illawarra in NSW and the Gold Coast. The positive news came as the report showed property values increased in 23 out of 50 separate house and unit markets over the past year.The report analysed property market performance across Australia’s largest non-capital city regions.There were also 4915 property sales in Cairns during the year which was 4 per cent lower than a year ago and 7.5 per cent lower than the five-year region average.RE/MAX Cairns agent Mat Foley said there was still high demand for properties “right across the board” in the city.“Most properties we are selling are in multiple offer situations, so excluding external forces (the high sale figures), the trend should continue,” he said.“Fundamentally a lack of supply of properties to the market and an increase in buyer numbers have driven the price rise.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“The increase in buyer activity is due to two things, a downturn in rental vacancies which has forced many tenants to consider purchasing as well as government regulators relaxing the banks’ benchmark servicing rate, which has resulted in a spike in investor activity.“There is really strong demand for homes up to $500,000 with a lot of buyers looking for larger blocks within 20 minutes of the city centre.”The CoreLogic report found houses outperformed apartments overall with house prices rising in 15 regions compared to unit value gains in only eight regions. “As housing affordability becomes a resurgent issue in 2020, capital city residents may once again seek relatively affordable housing in nearby regions, or regional areas with high levels of amenity,” CoreLogic head of residential research Eliza Owen said.last_img read more

John E. Klump, 91

first_imgJohn E. Klump, 91,of New Alsace, Indiana passed Wednesday. He leaves his beloved wife of 68 years Hilda, his loving family: Mary Booker (Wes) of Lawrenceburg; Debbie Klump of Logan; Richard Klump (Kathy) of New Alsace; Cindy Hilty (Bob) of New Alsace; Thomas Klump (Kathy) of New Alsace and Kay Nocks of New Alsace. He also leaves his grandchildren: Kim Yelton(Ed), Trisha Goldsberry (John),John Klump, Justin Klump (Nichole), Joseph Klump (Karla), Richard Klump, Erin Klump, Jennifer Klump, Janice Henry (Donnie), Thomas Klump, Thomas Nocks, Timothy Nocks. His great-grandchildren are Wyatt and Lizzy Yelton, JW and Levi Goldsberry, Ilaina Klump, Brayden, Austin, and Aubrey Klump, Ian McIntosh, Lane Klump, and Weston Henry.John is preceded in death by his siblings: Anna Aust, Joseph Klump, Charlie Klump, Rose Thebo, Michael Klump, Margaret Hartman, Francis Klump, and Cornelius Klump. His parents: John and Anna (Schott) Klump, His son: John M. Klump.Visitation is Monday, Oct. 3 4:00-8:00 with rosary at 4:00 at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial is Tuesday, Oct. 4 11:00 St. Paul Church, All Saints Parish.John served as a platoon sergeant, assigned to the 24th Infantry Division, 34th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Company E, 1st Platoon in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations, Battles and Campaigns include: Leyte, Luzon (Bataan and Corregidor), Mindoro and the invasion of Mindanao Island, Southern Philippines. Later, after all hostilities had ceased with the Japanese armed forces, he served with the occupation forces in Japan. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal (combat heroism), Purple Heart (wounds sustained on Mindanao), Army Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Service Star. John was also awarded the Rifle Marksman, 57MM Expert and Combat Infantryman Badges. He entered the service on June 14,1944 and was honorable discharged on May 18, 1946.John was sexton of St. Paul’s Cemetery.Founding Member of New Alsace American Legion,Member of 24th. Infantry Division Association,35 year Retiree of General Motors- Hamilton Fisher Body,Member of New Alsace Conservation Club,Lifetime member of St. Paul’s Church / All Saints ParishMemorials to St. Paul Cemetery, All Saints Parish or Sunman Life Squadlast_img read more

Belgium Beat England 2-0 to Finish 3rd

first_imgUltimately, as with the semi-final defeat by Croatia, England need to score more goals from open play re-surfaced.The Three Lions battled to create chances and the half-time introductions of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard injected a greater threat going forward, yet near-misses from Harry Maguire, Harry Kane and Eric Dier will be rued.Eric Dier saw his cute, dinked effort hooked off the line by Toby Alderweireld in their best opportunity of the day, with Hazard sealing bronze on the break. Kevin De Bruyne slipped him in superbly and the final result was never in doubt as the Belgium captain tucked away assuredly.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard struck at either end of their match for Third Place with England to secure bronze at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The win is Belgium’s best-ever performance at the global football finals.Belgium began superbly. Early pressure quickly turned into an early goal, with Meunier nipping in behind Danny Rose to tuck Nacer Chadli’s cross past Jordan Pickford.Dominant and lively, they looked set to extend that lead until England regained their composure, dulling the incisive swipes of the Belgians’ passing as the half wore on.last_img read more

The HIVE Leagues Begins 6-A-side World Cup Registration

first_imgThe leagues kick-off this weekend and several captains have already registered their teams. In addition, entry fees for the first four teams in each league have been waived to encourage participation. Currently teams can register to play in Lagos or in Abuja, with more locations coming soon  “A lot of recreational football gets played in Nigeria but usually without too much structure. What appears to occur from an organisation point of view, seasonally, are small sided tournaments which are held over a few days, usually organised by companies” Koko added.To participate, football lovers should visit www.thehiveleagues.com to registerShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The HIVE Leagues Limited, Nigeria’s foremost Sports Management Company, has begun preparations for the six-a-side small-sided football World Cup tournament taking place in Crete, Greece, later in the year.The HIVE leagues is affiliated to the International Socca Federation (ISF), which is an authority on small sided football worldwide. Its major focus is to begin organised small-sided football and recreational sport leagues in Nigeria in general with a focus on putting together a squad from everyday players and amateurs that will compete in the small-sided football World Cup tournament in Greece.Chief Executive Officer, Henry Koko said the vision for small sided football in the country was huge, which is why the company is setting up leagues around the country to bring the vision to life. “We want to replicate the culture and structure of organised small sided football as seen in the UK, for instance, here in Nigeria and we believe ‘Everybody Should Play’. Our desire is to have individuals or teams compete in the leagues, play regional tournaments and produce a dream team, made up of everyday footballers, that will represent Nigeria in the small sided football World Cup at the world stage.”last_img read more

MBB : Appearance by Anthony highlights annual Midnight Madness event

first_imgThe crowd knew exactly what was next. With the tease for the introduction of one more Syracuse legend — and for him to be called out personally by men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim — everyone in the building knew it was the star who helped lead SU to its only national championship.Out came Carmelo Anthony, and the Carrier Dome was buzzing.Anthony, now with the New York Knicks, arrived at Syracuse’s Midnight Madness on Friday to support a Syracuse team with more expectations to repeat the feat of his 2003 national championship team than there has been in years. SU returns all but one player from a 27-win team last season, and prognosticators have the Orange in the top 10 — if not the top five — entering Boeheim’s 36th season as head coach.‘Coming off of a successful year and you have a lot of guys back, your ranking’s going to be pretty good,’ Boeheim said earlier Friday at Syracuse’s media day. ‘As it should be.’For the first time, Syracuse’s Midnight Madness was broadcast on ESPN3.com, and parts of it were aired on ESPNU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnthony sat courtside for all the festivities Friday, as the current Syracuse team held an intrasquad scrimmage, a dunk contest and a ‘battle of the sexes’ three-point shootout with the SU women’s team.There was also a scrimmage between two teams made of some famous former SU players.The 2011-12 Orange is a collection of experience and expectation. Syracuse brings back four starters. This includes fifth-year senior point guard Scoop Jardine, junior shooting guard Brandon Triche — entering his third year as a starter — and small forward Kris Joseph. Jardine and Joseph were named to the 50-player Wooden Award preseason watch list.That experience spoke for itself right away in the Orange-White scrimmage, as Triche finished an alley-oop from Jardine on the first possession of the game.Jardine, Triche, Joseph, Mookie Jones and Fab Melo started for the White team, while the Orange team was led by Dion Waiters, James Southerland, C.J. Fair, Baye Moussa Keita and freshman guard Michael Carter-Williams.Carter-Williams is part of the high expectations. He is one-third of a highly touted freshman class for SU, alongside forward Rakeem Christmas and guard Trevor Cooney.All three used the scrimmage to unofficially introduce themselves to the Carrier Dome crowd. Carter-Williams showed an innate ability to drive to the hoop and knocked down a 3-pointer as well. Cooney — known for his long-range shooting — hit his first 3 soon after entering, and Christmas scored his first bucket on a tip-in.Those three, along with the nine returning players who could factor into the playing rotation, give Syracuse an extremely deep and talented squad.‘I think this year we probably have the opportunity to have the most depth that we’ve ever had,’ Boeheim said at media day.After the scrimmage, there was a dunk contest that was high on anticipation but low on execution.Christmas, Cooney and Fair failed to ignite the crowd, missing their most ambitious dunk attempts.Waiters finally put the crowd on its feet, successfully completing a between-the-legs slam. He then brought a young fan out from the stands and dunked over him, giving him a high five after the dunk.Waiters advanced to the finals against Southerland, who completed a between-the-legs dunk after throwing the ball off the backboard, causing Anthony — a judge — to stand up and hold two ’10’ signs.But in the finals, Southerland couldn’t cash in any of his attempts for a behind-the-back dunk, and Waiters won with a two-handed slam on a lob to himself.This and thatMidnight Madness began with a performance from the Russian Bar Trio, whose acrobatic stunts created a strong tone with the crowd to start the night. … Rapper Meek Mill performed twice, once for five minutes early in the night and again to close out the night. The supporter Meek Mill had with him for his first performance was wearing a Waiters jersey. … There was also a Legends scrimmage played, in which John Wallace drained the game-winning 3-pointer with five seconds to go.mcooperj@syr.edu Published on October 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Jamaican PM urges public to pressure opposition to back state of…

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has called on Jamaicans to put pressure on the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) that has signaled its intention not to support a further extension of the State of Public Emergency in St. James when the matter comes up for debate in the Parliament next Wednesday.Holness, speaking hours after the country’s most wanted fugitive, Nico Samuels, was fatally shot by the police, said the residents of the area should ensure that the opposition should “feel the heat” if they refuse to back the extension.Let them feel the heat“I urge you to use your voice, use your social media, use letters to the editor, telephone calls…to ensure that political pressure is brought to bear on the opposition to support the fight against crime. Let them feel the heat…..when they feel the heat they will see the light,” Holness said.Last Friday, Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips said the PNP would not support an extension arguing “The State of Emergency powers were not intended by the framers of our constitution to be employed over a lengthy period of time.”The House of Representatives in January approved the extension of the State of Public Emergency in St. James until May 2 and last month extended the measure in St. Catherine North until July 3.Government must prove overwhelming reason The PNP said that it would not be supporting the extension unless there’s “some overwhelming reason presented for the consideration of the public.”Phillips said his party wanted to see a “clear-cut plan of action” that will ensure normal policing contains crime in St. James and in other parts of the country. He said while there is a high concentration of security forces in St. James and St. Catherine North, other areas are still being affected by high levels of crime.Organized criminals still in St. James But Holness says the security forces would not leave St James until the lawlessness plaguing the parish is eradicated, noting also that there are still “organized criminals” in the parish who feel that the Government doesn’t have the resolve “to stay with the strategies put in to fight crime,” and will eventually call it off, he asserted that this will not happen.He said the government would not be following the mistake made when it called off the 2010 State of Emergency before the authorities including the security forces felt it was prudent to do so.last_img read more

Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber named Arkansas gymnastics coach

first_imgA familiar and accomplished name will be leading Arkansas’ women’s gymnastics team next season.The school announced Wednesday that it had hired Olympian Jordyn Wieber as it’s new coach, replacing recently retired Mark Cook Breanna Stewart confirms torn Achilles, will miss Seattle Storm’s 2019 season Wieber, 23, won a gold medal as part of the “Fierce Five” American team at the 2012 London Olympics and was a two-time U.S. all-around champion in 2011 and 2012 before retiring from the sport in 2015.She had served as assistant coach for the UCLA team for three seasons, helping the Bruins win the 2018 NCAA title, before being tabbed as the Razorbacks’ new coach. Related News “As one of the world’s elite gymnasts and an assistant at one of the top collegiate programs in the country, she has already experienced more than many of us will in a lifetime,  athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in statement. “She has a maturity beyond her years and her experiences at the highest level of gymnastics will be a tremendous asset to the young women in our program. Jordyn has a great energy and passion, is an accomplished communicator and a demonstrated leader.” Wieber is among the elite gymnasts who testified in court that Larry Nassar abused her during her career and was one of the 141 women who won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 2018 for speaking up on behalf of sex abuse victims.“I am honored to be joining the Razorback Family as the head gymnastics coach at the University of Arkansas,” Wieber said. “Throughout my life, gymnastics has provided me some extraordinary opportunities, from traveling the world and competing for my country at the Olympics to coaching alongside one of the legends of our sport at UCLA. Those experiences have been invaluable to my growth personally and professionally while also preparing me for this role.”last_img read more

Messi to end career at Barca after extending deal to 2021

first_img“He has always said he is happy at Barca and we are beginning a new era with a new project under Ernesto Valverde that at the moment is going phenomenally well.”Barca coach Valverde is also hopeful the stability of Messi’s new deal will aid his side’s season.“It’s very positive to calm the atmosphere surrounding the club,” said Valverde.“It is a sign of commitment to the club and the team. To be at the same club for 21 years is something very few people can manage.”Messi’s 30 trophies are, along with teammate Andres Iniesta, the most of any player in Barca’s history. They total eight La Liga and four Champions League titles each.The diminutive Argentina captain, who joined Barca at the age of 13, has also smashed 523 goals in 602 games to become the Catalans’ all-time top goalscorer.News of Messi’s renewal comes as a huge boost to the leaders of La Liga ahead of Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash at Valencia (1945 GMT).Barca lead a revitalised Valencia by four points thanks to a club record start of 11 wins and one draw from 12 games, with Real Madrid seven points behind after scraping past Malaga 3-2 on Saturday and Atletico Madrid 10 points adrift.Despite leaving Messi on the bench, Barca also sealed their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a 0-0 draw at Juventus on Wednesday.Share on: WhatsApp Neymar’s departure sparked a crisis and Bartomeu was heavily criticised for failing to ward off PSG with a higher buyout clause and for a haphazard search for replacements in the final weeks of the transfer window.– 30 trophies, 523 goals –Bartomeu did see off a vote of no confidence launched by disgruntled fans thanks to Barca’s fantastic start to the season, in large part because of Messi’s form.Bartomeu now has the image he craved of a smiling Messi tying the remainder of his peak years to the club.“The new contract once more proves the relationship between Barca and Leo Messi, the best player in the history of football,” added Bartomeu. With his previous contract set to expire in 2018, Messi could have left Barca for free next summer had he not extended his deal.“We have needed to do the signature for some time. It is done and I am happy to remain tied to the club,” Messi told Barca TV.“I have always said I wanted to end my career here, it is my dream to finish at Barcelona and we are on the right track.”Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the club needed to change the deal agreed in June to increase Messi’s buyout clause to 700 million euros ($835 million) and prevent the danger of a repeat of Neymar’s departure when Paris Saint-Germain payed the Brazilian’s 222 million-euro buyout clause in August.“We agreed to sign a new deal with a buyout clause adjusted to the current transfer market,” said Bartomeu. “The buyout clause is 700 million. It allows us to keep Leo Messi where he should be.”Without Neymar, Messi’s role as a creator and goalscorer has increased in a Barca side that has unusually built its stunning start to the season on a defensive record of 13 clean sheets in 18 games.“The departure of Ney has meant a change in the way we play,” Messi, who has 16 goals in 19 games this campaign, told Spanish sports daily Marca on Saturday, a day after picking up his fourth Golden Shoe as the top goalscorer in Europe last season.“We lost a huge amount of attacking potential, but that has benefited us in a defensive sense. Now we are more solid in midfield, we have more structure and that has made us stronger defensively.”Barca first announced an agreement with Messi back on July 5, but pressure has been mounting on Bartomeu to get Messi to put pen to paper after a turbulent summer for the Catalans. Messi renewed his contract with FC Barcelona earlier YesterdayBarcelona, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi hopes to end his career at Barcelona after ending months of speculation on Saturday by signing a contract extension to 2021, sealing an agreement reached in July, the club announced.Barca had said in the summer that Messi, 30, had committed his future to the club but the Argentine had not signed the new deal.last_img read more