Where the price is almost right

first_imgDean Dank. Picture: Zak SimmondsHOME owners in Thuringowa Central are selling their properties for closer to the asking price than anywhere else in Townsville.The latest CoreLogic data shows that sellers in Thuringowa Central are only discounting their asking price by 2.9 per cent to sell a property, well below the Townsville average vendor discount of 7.6 per cent.Explore Property Townsville principal Dean Dank recently sold 2 Gibson Court in Thuringowa Central for $285,000, only $4000 below the asking price and a vendor discount of 1.8 per cent.Mr Dank said the property was bought by a young couple who were attracted to the property’s location because it was close to Willows Shopping Centre and other services.He said sellers in Thuringowa Central had often bought their property before the resources boom and therefore had more realistic price expectations resulting in a lower vendor discount.“They are likely to have paid less for the property and therefore they are more willing to accept where the market is compared to other areas where people only bought seven or eight years ago and paid a lot more,” he said.Properties in Thuringowa Central are also only taking 34 days to sell compare to the Townsville average of 66 days.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The second lowest vendor discounting was recorded in Idalia at 4.2 per cent followed by Townsville City at 4.5 per cent.Mr Dank said it was important sellers used an experienced agent to help them appropriately price a property to avoid either large vendor discounts or a house sitting on the market for a long time.“Make sure the agent can provide evidence of why the property should be a certain price,” he said.“You really want to be close to what the property is worth because if it’s on the market for an extended period of time it can have a real impact on the selling price.“Buyers think that no-one else wants the property and there must be something wrong with it.”CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said vendor discounting levels in regional Queensland as a whole had shown very little change in the past year.He said this was indicative of market conditions which had been fairly steady in recent years.“It also reflects the fact that vendors realise when conditions are soft there is a need to adjust prices to meet the market,’’ he said.last_img read more

Government Spends $512,000 on Peebles Park

first_imgLifestyleLocalNews Government Spends $512,000 on Peebles Park by: – December 24, 2019 397 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Honorable Minister for the Environment and Rural Modernization, Cozier Frederick Honorable Minister for the Environment and Rural Modernization, Cozier Frederick says his ministry has every intention to include green spaces in the aesthetics and development plan for the island.He was speaking at a holiday event at the newly-renovated Peebles Park on Monday evening.Hon Frederick revealed that the Peebles Park, a popular relaxation spot on the fringes of the city, cost $512,000 to overhaul.“Our Ministry partnered with a consultant and also did some redesigning of this park and added all sorts of trees and flowers. When you interact with this phase, you will find out that there are over 500 new plants… including palms.” The bins are being built offsite for placement in the park.The Ministry is proud of 60 planters recently distributed in Roseau and Portsmouth meant to increase the green in both towns.Additionally, Government’s national reforestation project also has that aim – to create more green spaces with a goal of one million trees.“We expect to have in 2020, a number of trees planted and we have thus far received support from the United Nations Environment Program as we continue to expand on this initiative and we are encouraging every Dominican to join in the movement to plant trees at your home, at your schools, close to your places of worship, your workplace and within your communities.” Monday’s event at the Peebles Park featured free reusable bags for guests, live entertainment from popular acts, caroling and life-size cartoon characters for the children. Sharelast_img read more

Stamina and Spirit Fueled Recovery from Sandy

first_imgBut many still sufferingBy Muriel J. Smith and Danielle SchipaniPhotographs may have told the story three years ago, but stamina, hope, and spirit have painted an entirely new picture three years after Super Storm Sandy swept through the Bayshore, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach taking homes, buildings, and lifetimes of memories away with it.And today, people in those towns are still struggling but have already proven their determination that no storm, including one as historic as Sandy, is going to keep them from living their lives.HighlandsHighlands Borough Administrator Tim Hill can tell the story in statistics for his community: more than $10 million in property damage to borough property alone; untold millions in damage to hundreds of people who live here, some of whom are still patiently – or impatiently – waiting for promised help, some of whom have called it a day and moved on, leaving their properties up for sale.It takes a lot to live past having three to eight feet of water in your home.But others have taken positive stands and fought back valiantly, although with an immense amount of frustration over paperwork, time constraints, and bureaucracy, Hill said.In total, 128 residences have been demolished, including about 60 in the trailer park that used to have that spectacular setting directly on Sandy Hook Bay. The trailers are gone, the owners have moved on, and the property is currently under construction for luxurious new condominiums. Sandy Hook Bay Marina is also gone, and rising in its stead is a modern new marina complete with a lighthouse filled with amenities for boat owners and a top-of-the-line restaurant with unsurpassed views of Manhattan.Another 245 permits have been issued for elevation of homes, Hill said, people who want to stay exactly where they are, albeit the 12 or 14 feet above sea level FEMA now demands. All of these permits represent work either under way or already completed.Another 64 permits have been issued for new housing, Hill continued, with more permits issued for renovations.About 40 to 50 properties have been abandoned. The borough is working with the Department of Community Affairs now looking to the possibility of demolition of some of these sites, Hill said, hopeful that another 20 will be able to be demolished for improvements to the entire neighborhood.Photo by Tina ColellaWorking through all the agencies, filing all the plans, meeting all the requirements and still running the routine business of the community isn’t an easy task, but Hill has risen to meet every obligation. He is continuing to work closely with FEMA and the other agencies in order to negotiate the best financial assistance the borough can get for its own municipal building. Located on Bay Avenue and completely devastated by Sandy, the governing body is still trying to make the determination of what is the best move for renewal. FEMA and other agencies have not yet determined the amount of financial assistance they will give; the governing body is waiting for that figure to see whether it’s more feasible to rebuild on site, which leaves the borough offices still within the 500-year flood plan, or move to higher ground with another facility. Hill, who has been working on the project closely with all agencies since Sandy, remains hopeful a final decision will be reached by the end of the year. In the meantime, the police department is working out of multiple trailers at a 27 Shore Drive address, borough offices are located in more trailers at a 42 Shore Drive address, and the construction office is located at 19 Bay Ave. in yet another trailer.“Overall, I’d say we’re only at 50 percent recovery,” the administrator said, “but I can’t begin to tell you how incredible the people of Highlands are. What they have done on their own, how they have given life to their own property is beyond description. The council will do the best it can with the funding it gets. But it still has to face the infrastructure issues…repairs, repaving of roads, routine maintenance of all our utilities. There’s a lot that still has to be done.”Atlantic HighlandsIn Atlantic Highlands, the neighboring community that for the most part sits higher above sea level than Highlands had approximately $3 million in damages outside of the $22 million in devastation at the municipal yacht harbor. Most of the property damage was on the west side of First Avenue in the area of Many Mind Creek, according to borough administrator Adam Hubeny, since the deluge from Sandy caused the creek to overflow and damage homes and businesses. Hubeny estimated that approximately 100 homes suffered little to moderate damage, and a few had to be torn down. Of six that were substantially damaged he said, one is currently being rebuilt, four have been completed, and one owner has had his house demolished and has the property for sale.The administrator also pointed to the frustration residents have had to face, saying many are still being frustrated by all the regulations, paperwork and requirements that have to be accomplished to meet government standards.Photo by Tina Colella“We had substantial damage at the harbor, there is no denying that,” Hubeny said, “but that’s business, and boats. And while that is bad enough, it isn’t people’s homes and lives. This is what makes the $2 million in land loss so devastating. If there’s any one thing that has come out of Sandy,” he said, optimistically, “it’s that valuable lessons have been learned about preparing for storms, heeding messages and taking swift actions when necessary.”Harbor Commissioner Jane Frotton, lamented the frustration residents feel and concedes the Harbor Commission was fortunate to have connections at several levels of government that enabled them to get funds and have their renovations completed.Frotton was chairman of the Harbor Commission during Super Storm Sandy and, being on-site immediately after the storm sizing up the total damages in the millions, she quickly contacted  Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. “I was on the commission during the 1992 nor-easter,” Frotton said, “and comparing this to the damage we had then, I knew we were upwards of $20 million and needed all the help we could get.”Guadagno put the commission in touch with the correct state officials and offices and authorizing the borough to waive time consuming permit applications. Congressman Frank Pallone responded to calls to his office with immediate federal aid, securing thousands of dollars for the community, and businessmen leasing commission property took renovations into their own hands as well. “Bernie Sweeney was out there the day after Sandy sweeping up glass, clearing debris, working hard on the Shore Casino,” Frotton recalls. “He suffered a lot of damage to the interior of the restaurant and the Harbor insurance on its buildings could never cover the amount of damage so many received. But working together, and doing so much on his own, Bernie was able to still cater a large scheduled event by February.”  The harbor also saw damage to more than 600 boats, both in the water and on land storage.But today, the harbor is fully operational, has a waiting list for slips at the new floating docks and never lost a season of operation, being able to operate on a more limited basis the first spring after the storm. The tow boat building which was destroyed in now being rebuilt, and just about everything in the water, with the exception of pilings, has been replaced with more storm-resilient materials. “Our people were strong, aggressive, and worked hard to get the job done as a team,” Frotton said, adding her praise to Hubeny’s concerning the residents and business population of the borough.Sea BrightSea Bright is among the towns that have seen improvements in the last three years since the super storm. “Sea Bright in comparison to other towns has rebounded very well,” said Christopher Wood, board member of the nonprofit organization Sea Bright Rising. “It is an ongoing process and I look forward to more improvement over the next few years. Sea Bright has a pulse, there is no doubt about it. There are new businesses and it will look a lot different even two years from now. The town continues to improve which is encouraging.”Photo by Tina ColellaSea Bright Rising raised over $1.3 million that was used to help 300 families and 18 businesses in the town. “Sea Bright Rising had a very big part in getting a lot of people back to their homes. Three years after sandy the organization has run its course and I would say that the mission is about 80 percent complete, maybe even a little higher,” said Wood.However, there is still work to be done in Sea Bright. “There are always things that need to be done,” said Ilene Winters, member of the board of directors of Sea Bright Rising. “There are some businesses that haven’t come back. There is also the issue that what is going to happen with the abandoned homes. There is a very large group of abandoned homes and they cannot stay vacant forever.”“At some point the town has to take some action on the abandoned properties. It is an eyesore and reflects poorly on the improvements that have been made. It takes time and money but should be addressed,” said Wood.But the beach clubs, many of which were destroyed, were back in full swing this summer, Tim McLoone’s Rumrunner is being rebuilt and a new restaurant Tommy’s is enjoying a great deal of popularity. The downtown area still shows some wear and tear but Donovan’s Reef was operating from the beach this summer and hopes to build a full service bar and restaurant by next season.Mayor Dina Long is pleased with the town’s recovery. “Three years after Sandy Sea Bright is doing better than many people thought we would, especially considering the damage Sea Bright sustained in Super Storm Sandy,” she said. “We’ve seen 75 percent of residents and businesses come back but we still have a significant amount of work to do as a borough. We need to rebuild our municipal facilities and to make our infrastructure more resilient for the future.”Sea Bright lost four municipal buildings in Sandy, which the town will begin to rebuild in 2016, the mayor said. The borough will also identify additional flood mitigation projects is seeking funding for.“I think we learned a number of lessons from Sandy the hard way about the risks associated with where we live and the fact that anything can happen and you need to be prepared,” Long stressed. “ We also learned a lot about ourselves individually and our ability to cope and deal with extraordinary circumstances.”Monmouth Beach“Our takeaway from Sandy is that we must build to the National Flood Insurance Program regulations,” said Susan Howard, mayor of Monmouth Beach. “Houses in the town that complied with those regulations were safe during Sandy. Our focus is to make sure that everything that is done to rebuild our town complies with those regulations and is built for the 500-year storm so that we will be safe in the case of future storms..”Photo by Tina ColellaHoward explained that Monmouth Beach is working towards ensuring the safety of businesses and homes in the area by lifting buildings above the FEMA minimum. “We are raising to the Advisory Base Flood Elevation plus 3 feet, so we are going to the FEMA minimum and adding 3 feet because we want to elevate to prepare for a 500-year storm. Any new construction that has occurred we built at a higher level” she explained.The Channel Club has been repaired and is fully operational. The former Sally Tee’s has been rebuilt and is flourishing as The Beach Tavern and the devastation that once had hold of the town has basically vanished with some exceptions.And the ever-popular Monmouth Beach Cultural Center is holding receptions and showcasing local art.last_img read more

Amazon Kindle Now Lets You Loan Your E-Books (Sorta)

first_imgCurrently, sharing can only be administered via the Amazon website, not within apps or on the Kindle itself. For (certain) books you’ve downloaded, you’ll find the option under “Manage Your Kindle.” The recipient of your book needn’t own a Kindle, and you’ll just need their email address in order to make the loan. They’ve got to crack the book open…. errrr, click on the link and accept the download… within 7 days, and they have 14 days total, of course, in order to read and “return” it. Related Posts One of the features that the Barnes & Noble Nook has had that the Amazon Kindle lacked is the ability to lend e-books. No more. You can now lend your Kindle books, as the feature, first reported back in October, has gone live today. But before you get too excited about the ability to share your digital library, there are a number of key restrictions.Only certain books can be loaned. According to Amazon, “it is up to the publisher or rights holder to determine which titles are eligible for lending.” (None of the books I have downloaded are available to lend, for what it’s worth.) Furthermore, while the book is on loan, the owner can’t access it. Lending can only be initiated by U.S. customers, and recipients won’t have access to certain books in certain countries.And arguably the most frustrating restriction: you can only lend a book once.The loan lasts 14 days, which I suppose isn’t totally unreasonable. And hey, at least you’re guaranteed to get the book back, right? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#E-Books#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watterslast_img read more

Scary Stories for Halloween

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members What’s scary for a green builder? Mold in the crawl space?Naw — mold is a routine problem. What’s really scary is the end of the world as we know it.A decade or two ago, the end of the world as we know it was a matter of concern for a few nutty survivalists in Idaho. Now it is a matter of discussion at academic conferences.Several mechanisms have been proposed for the coming economic collapse. Some are based on New Age nonsense, while others are based on hard science. If you’re a pessimist, you can pick from a long list of possible doomsday mechanisms:Most of the items on the list are perfectly capable of turning the world upside-down. As Robert Frost wrote,Some say the world will end in fire,Some say in ice.From what I’ve tasted of desireI hold with those who favor fire.But if it had to perish twice,I think I know enough of hateTo know that for destruction iceIs also greatAnd would suffice.Clearly, Frost was talking about emotional states rather than the literal end of the world. But in a pinch, his perception can be stretched from the metaphorical back to the literal. Although many of us may assume we know what’s going to cause the coming Great Disruption, Frost was right: other doomsday mechanisms are “also great and would suffice.” In today’s blog, I’m going to discuss a potential apple-cart-upsetter that is missing from most lists: a crash of the electrical grid caused by magnetic storms on the sun.I learned of this possibility in an episode of a syndicated Canadian program, Spark Radio. Sonya Buyting’s report, “The Future’s So Bright,” was broadcast on October 8, 2011.A solar… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

SPORTING IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHS FROM QUEENSLAND JUNIOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS AVAILABLE

first_imgSporting Images have posted photographs on their web-site of all the action from the Queensland Junior State Championships played at Rockhampton 25-26 August, 2007.To access the photographs for purchase please visit the Sporting Images web-site at:  www.sportingimages.com.aulast_img

Researchers identify potential target for new breast cancer treatments

Source:https://www.kcl.ac.uk/lsm/schools/basic-and-medical-biosciences/newsrecords/2018/dec/fight-against-breast-cancer-new-target-identified.aspx Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 18 2018Researchers from the School of Basic & Medical Biosciences have identified a potential target that could lead to new treatments for triple negative breast cancer.One in five patients with breast cancer are diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, a cancer type where tumour cells don’t have receptors for oestrogen and progesterone, or the Her2 protein. Because of this, hormone treatments and the targeted drug Herceptin don’t work in patients with this type of cancer.To improve outcomes for women with this form of cancer, research that could increase the available treatment options is vital.In a paper published in Clinical Cancer Research, King’s researchers have identified a potential avenue for developing new treatments. They found that many triple negative breast cancer tumours have a molecule on their surface called folate receptor alpha, and that antibodies for the receptor can be targeted directly to these cancer cells.Related StoriesSpecial blood test may predict relapse risk for breast cancer patientsStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedThe research suggests that antibody immunotherapies could be effective, as these prime the immune system to recognise and attack cancer cells. Possible new treatments could also link antibodies for the receptor molecule to drugs that attack cancer cells and target the treatment directly to tumours.The researchers used a range of methods to understand how the antibodies might be targeted. They looked at Folate Receptor alpha expression in samples from over three thousand triple negative breast cancer tumours. They also looked at the effects of antibodies on folate receptor alpha in cells in a dish, and in tumour xenografts.Dr Sophia Karagiannis, Reader in Translational Cancer Immunology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology said: At the moment, the research shows that Folate Receptor alpha might be a potential target for new treatments, but it will take time to develop effective treatments, and to run the clinical trials required to make sure the treatments are safe and effective.Professor Andrew Tutt, Director of the Breast Cancer Now Research Unit at King’s College London said: “Having identified antibodies against this novel target that are able to restrict the growth of Triple Negative Breast Cancer cells in the laboratory, we are now concentrating on bringing forth a new generation of more effective antibody therapy approaches. Our ultimate aim is to translate the most promising of these to clinical testing in patients.” “Through our combined strengths in breast cancer biology, cancer immunology, antibody engineering, and translation of targeted therapies at the Breast Cancer Now Unit at King’s, we are able to venture beyond existing conventional treatments, identify new targets on cancer cells and develop new agents for therapy never before examined in breast cancer.””But it’s important to remember that this research is at an early stage, and further work is needed in the laboratory before we know if these could develop into treatments for patients.” read more