Property prices yet to budge in Townsville

first_imgWayne Nicholson, REIQ Townsville zone Chairman. Picture: Shae Beplate.HOUSE and unit prices in Townsville are yet to record any significant price growth however residential properties are selling faster than they were a year ago according to new data.THE REIQ Queensland Market Monitor report for the September quarter of 2018 shows that the annual median house price fell 12.5 per cent in the past 12 months to $320,000.Units fared better recording a 1.9 per annual increase in September to $265,000 however during the past five years the median price has dropped 12.8 per cent from $304,000 in September 2013.Days on market have reduced for both houses and unit with houses taking 62 days to sell in 2018 compared to 64 days in 2017.Median days on market for Townsville units in 2018 was 67 compared ti 89 in 2018.REIQ Townsville Zone chairman and First National Nicholson principal Wayne Nicholson said he felt the market had improved during the last quarter of 2018 and he was expecting a more prosperous 2019.“My thoughts are those numbers in the report might be lagging a bit for Townsville and some more up to date numbers form the end of November would probably have been more accurate,” he said.“If you list a property and it’s listed at the right price it’s selling in probably 30 days so we’re not having trouble selling property that’s listed correctly.“I’m cautiously optimistic that 2019 will be better because when those vacancy rates get between two and three per cent then we’ll get investors starting to come back and that normally kick starts the real estate market again.”According to the report the outlook for 2019 remains challenging and supply is expected to outstrip demand during the coming months.The unit sale market is in recovery but the regional economy needs to grow to sustain future price growthThe Townsville rental vacancy rate was sitting at 3.9 per cent in September with 300 new rentals lodged with the Rental Tenancy Authority during the September quarter.Mr Nicholson said while the official vacancy rate hadn’t yet fallen below 3 per cent many real estate offies in Townsville had vacancy rates of two per cent or lower.,” he said.“I manage 700 rental properties and I’ve only got eight that are vacant.”No Townsville suburbs recorded double digit price growth in the 12 months until September 2018 but nine suburbs did show an annual median price growth between 1.7 per cent and 8.8 per cent.Listing volumes increased 22.4 per cent, from 3760 in August 2017 to 4601 in August 2018. Sales volumes weakened 10.1 per cent, from 2095 in September 2017 to 1884 in September this year. Annual median sale price $265,000 (up 1.9% in a year)Total residential property listings2018- 10392017- 881Stock on market2018- 5.5%2017- 7.1%Median days on market2018- 672017- 89Median vendor discount2018- 8.3%2017- 8.2% UNITS Annual median sale price $320,000 (down 4.5% in a year)Total residential property listings2018- 46012017- 3760Stock on market2018- 7.4%2017- 6.1%Median days on market2018- 62More 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 20202017- 64Median vendor discount2018- 8%2017- 7.8% HOUSESlast_img read more

De Boer open to Premier League

first_imgAjax manager Frank de Boer may have turned down Tottenham and Liverpool in the past, but would be open to managing them one day. The former defender rejected an approach from the former after Andre Villas-Boas’ exit, while adding “Liverpool especially” were interested in him previously. De Boer insists he has no intention of leaving the Amsterdam ArenA any time soon, but when he does those Premier League clubs would be ideal destinations. “Those two clubs are clubs that I think in the future I could be a manager of,” he told the BBC World Football Show. “I think the history of the clubs and what you can do with the team is my cup of tea. “I’m not really thinking about it because I’m very happy here at Ajax. I’m not in a hurry to leave because everybody is still happy with me. “I step in my car with a big smile to go to the club. I don’t think I’m finished here but there will come a time when I don’t like it anymore or the club doesn’t like me anymore. Then we have to go both ways.” The former Holland international is into his fourth season in charge of the Amsterdammers and has won three Eredivisie titles to date. Ajax are on course to do so again this term, with such success a key reason why De Boer turned down overtures from Spurs and Liverpool. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pjanić might play in Bayern

first_imgBayern Munich could make a move for BiH football player and Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanić, reports football-italia.netCorriere della Sera have claimed that the Bundeliga leaders will fly to the capital within the next few weeks and try to negotiate a deal for the Bosnia international.The Bundesliga Champions-elect are looking to further strengthen their squad, prior to next season, when Pep Guardiola replaces outgoing coach Jupp Heynckes.Despite a solid first season in Italy, the midfielder has struggled for playing time this season, due to injury and being tactically unsuited to, previous coach, Zdenek Zeman’s playing philosophyPjanic has played on 49 occasions for Roma, scoring six goals; including a long-range free-kick in the derby earlier in the season.The 23-year-old midfielder could leave for a fee of around €15m.last_img read more

Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time: Full results, winners by episode during champions tournament

first_img (Getty Images) (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Brad RutterRutter, 41, went into GOAT having never lost in “Jeopardy!” play to a human contestant, including Jennings. Only IBM’s Watson could claim victory over him. Rutter has racked up $4.876 million playing “Jeopardy!” in various formats since his original capped five-day run in 2000, during which he won $97,102 in cash and prizes.Since then, he’s won in the Tournament of Champions, the Million Dollar Masters, the Battle of the Decades, the Ultimate Tournament of Champions and as a team captain in the 2019 All-Star Games. The Pennsylvania native lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a TV host, producer and actor. “Jeopardy!” has never been more popular. America’s premier answer-and-question general knowledge quiz show got bigger and better than ever before with the Greatest of All Time tournament.Consider it remaining the ultimate tournament of champions, as the three best and winningest players in the modern version of the game’s 36-year history — Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer — battled to become known as the GOAT player. Ken JenningsJennings, 45, holds the record for the longest winning streak in “Jeopardy!” history with his 74-game run in 2004, one year after the show removed its five-day limit on returning champions. He won $2.5 million during his original run and an additional $1 million-plus in other tournament appearances over the past 15 years. The Washington state native and BYU graduate was a software engineer when he first competed on the show. He now works as an author while living in the Seattle area.  While the regular half-hour edition of the show continues to air in syndication, “Jeopardy! GOAT,” taped in December,  played out in prime time in January for a national audience with host Alex Trebek. Trebek, 79, continued to battle Stage 4 pancreatic cancer while attending to his emcee duties.Here’s a guide to everything you should know about “Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time” tournament, including how it worked, how to watch it again and how the braniac drama played out over two weeks:Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time format, explainedKen Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holtzhauer battled for a $1 million jackpot in addition to their previous winnings. The first player who won three hour-long matches took home the top prize. Each match consists of two regular games featuring the Jeopardy!, Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy! rounds, including the typical three Daily Doubles. The two runners-up settled for a $250,000 prize each.With three champions who have dominated lesser opponents in their various past “Jeopardy!” runs, the degree of difficulty was raised. The answers were more difficult, leading to few more missed questions than usual despite he highest caliber of players.Before the $1.5 million in total prizes are awarded, the dollar values on the board instead showed up as point values.Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time replay scheduleThe original airdates for Jeopardy! GOAT were January 7, 8, 9 and 14 in ABC’s primetime lineup, consisting of four one-hour episodes. The replay of the event, set for May 5 through May 14, pares the tournament down into eight half-hour episodes in the daytime Jeopardy! syndication time slot (check local listings).The other two episodes over the 10 weekdays will be looks back at Jennings’ first and last appearances of his record 74-game winning strreak from his initial Jeopardy! run. Jennings’ classic regular games will air on Mon. May 4 and Fri. May 15, bookending the condensed GOAT shows.Jeopardy! champions, contestants James HolzhauerHolzhauer, 35, went on his 32-game “Jeopardy!” winning streak from April to June in 2019. During that run, he won more than $2.46 million before adding another $250,000 by winning the subsequent Tournament of Champions. The Naperville, Illinois native and University of Illinois graduate now is a professional sports gambler living in Las Vegas.*** Warning: Spoilers and final results beyond this point ***Jeopardy! GOAT winners by episodeMatch 1 winner: Ken JenningsJennings edged out Holzhauer by 200 points in the two-game match with 63,400 points, winning 45,000 and 18,400 points, respectively, in the two games. The match marked the first time Jennings has defeated Rutter, who uncharacteristically struggled on key Daily Doubles and finished a distant third.Jennings needed to wager smartly and get both Final Jeopardy! questions right to hold off Holzhauer. Here’s what the answers were:Game 1Category: Presidents & The BibleClue: “‘Silent’ Calvin Coolidge was inaugurated in 1925 on a Bible open to this six-word first line of the Gospel According to John.”Correct response: What is ‘In the beginning was the Word’?Game 2Category: AstronomersClue: “This man’s name was given to a comet that crashed into Jupiter in 1994; he’s the only human whose remains lie on the moon.”Correct response: Who is (Eugene) Shoemaker?Match 2 winner: James HolzhauerHolzhauer was only up 44,314 to 40,000 on Jennings after the first game, but he separated himself by dominating the second game, getting Final Jeopardy! right while Jennings missed. Rutter once again had a rough outing, earning only 14,400 and getting into the red with a negative score in the second game.The favorite is now down a game to both Holzhauer and Jennings. Rutter will now need to rally to win three of the next five matches. The split also means the matches will go into at least next Tuesday. Here’s a look at the Final Jeopardy! clues:Game 1Category: Influential WritingClue: “Its second line is ‘All The Powers of Old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope & Czar, Metternich & Gizot…’ “Correct response: What is ‘The Communist Manifesto’?Game 2Category: 19th Century LeadersClue: “Tall. lanky Joel Barlow was an ambassador carrying messages between these 2 world leaders, both mocked for being short.”Correct response: Who are Napoleon and (James) Madison?Match 3 winner: Ken JenningsJennings found his Match 1 groove and came out a little more aggressive, with a true Daily Double that shot him well ahead of Holzhauer in Double Jeopardy! of Game 1. Then Jennings went “all in” in Final Jeopardy! to double his total from 25,600 to 51,200. Holzhauer was in a big hole with only 27,200, while Rutter again was third with 17,600.Jennings maintained his big lead in Game 2, and had the match clinched before Final, ending up at 67,600, with Holzhauer at 33,692 and Rutter getting to 23,467. After all three contestants got Final Jeopardy! right in the first game, all three missed in the second game, with Holzhauer using his response to dub Trebek the GHOST (Greatest Host of Syndicated TV) and Rutter sharing his love for the Super Bowl 52 champion Philadelphia Eagles. Here are those easy and hard clues:Game 1Category: U.S. Political HistoryClue: “These 2 now-defunct parties each gave the U.S. 4 presidents in the 19th century.”Correct response: What is Democrat-Republican and Whig?Game 2 Category: 21st Century Oscar WinnersClue: “These 2 foreign-born directors have each won Best Director Oscars, but none of their films has won Best Picture.”Correct response: Who are Ang Lee and Alfonso Cuaron?Match 4 and Jeopardy! GOAT winner: Ken JenningsJennings had a remarkable run in winning three of four matches to Holzhauer having the lone victory and Rutter not claiming one. It was a bit tenuous in the finale, because Holzhauer was in position to make a great comeback in Game 2 to even the matches 2-2. But while Jennings got both Final Jeopardy! questions right, Holzhauer badly missed his golden opportunity to finish the rally.Going into Final in Game 1, Jennings held a 10,000-point lead, 32,800 points to Holzhauer’s 22,800 points. Holzhauer wagered 11,381 points to get to 34,181, but Jennings doubled up to 65,600.In Game 2, Holzhauer finally was able to get one of his patented late Double Jeopardy! Daily Doubles, going “all in” to take a commanding 44,000 to 23,000 lead over Jennings. But while Jennings wagered nothing to stay put in Final, Holzhauer went “all in” again, dropping to 0 instead of jumping to a winning 88,000.Jennings deserved to win all the way with a strong all-around performance, getting the toughest clues right throughout and getting rewarded most with aggressiveness on Daily Doubles. Holzhauer was effective with his speed on the buzzer to sometimes fluster Rutter, who found none of his usual dominant rhythm. Jennings was the happy medium of speed and accuracy operating from the middle podiumOne can now officially call Jennings the Jeopardy GOAT!, as well as $1 million richer.Game 1Category: It’s All Greece to MeClue: “This area of Greece, home to Pan, is synonymous with a rural paradise; it’s a setting for Virgil’s shepherd poems the ‘Eclogues’.”Correct response: What is Arcadia?Game 2 Category: Shakespeare’s TragediesClue: “He has 272 speeches, the most of any non-title character in a Shakespeare tragedy.”Correct response: Who is Iago?last_img read more

9-month-old drowns in bathtub after being left unattended

first_imgThe Martin County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the death of a 9-month-old boy who was found unresponsive in a bathtub.Authorities were called to a home on SE Parkway Drive near SE Federal Highway in Hobe Sound Friday after the mother, 29-year-old Heather Clifford called them upon finding the child.Clifford told authorities she put the child in the bathtub and fell asleep for about 20 minutes. When  she woke up the child was underwater and not breathing.Authorities walked the father through CPR over the phone as they made their way to the home, however, the child did not survive.He was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.The sheriff’s officer is now working towards getting a warrant to search the home.last_img

Florida man dead after being shot with his own gun during home invasion

first_imgThe Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a suspect has died after he broke into a home and was shot with his own gun.The incident was reported Friday in Bradenton, Florida.The resident told authorities that the now identified suspect, 26-year-old Demetrius Downer, broke into his home and placed a pistol next to his head while he was sleeping.Downer then reportedly began beating the victim with the gun and during the struggle, the victim gained control over the weapon.The victim then shot Downer and ran next door to alert a neighbor to what was happening.When authorities arrived at the scene, they found the gun inside the home and the backdoor of the home opened, however, Downer was nowhere in sight.After canvassing the areas, authorities located Downer’s body on the ground against a condo building near the home.Officials reported that it appears that Downer died due to the single gunshot wound.last_img read more

Officials: Jacksonville Man Drove into GOP Voter Registration Tent

first_imgThe Duval County GOP also tweeted: “Kind of out of the blue, a man approached us in a van, was waving at us, kind of a friendly demeanor, thought he was coming up to talk to us, instead he accelerated his vehicle and plowed right into our tent, our tables,” volunteer Mark Alfieri told Jacksonville television station WJAX.Alfieri adds that Timm then backed up, recorded the damaged tent and scattered signs using his cell phone, and made obscene gestures before leaving the scene.Jail records show that the suspect was still in custody as of Sunday morning. A Jacksonville man is under arrest, after police say he deliberately drove his van into a tent where local Republicans were registering voters on Saturday.The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said via social media that it has charged 27-year-old Gregory William Loel Timm with two counts of aggravated assault on a person 65 years old or older, as well as one count of criminal mischief and driving with a suspended license. The Republican Party of Duval County had set up the tent.last_img read more

Whitby quartet pull off title double

first_img Tags: English Champion Club, Whitby Golf Club A quartet from Whitby Golf Club in Yorkshire pulled off a winning double when they successfully defended the English Club Team Championship.   Janet McGeehin, Siew Choon Tan, Bob Scott and Mike Coates scored 86 points in the final on the Bracken course at Woodhall Spa, the home of England Golf.  They finished three points ahead of the team from Enmore Park, Somerset, while third place went to Windlesham, Surrey, with 82 points.  “We all wanted to defend the title and I think our club will be delighted that we have achieved it,” said Janet. “We are all very pleased with the success.”  They had almost completed their round today when play was suspended because of lightning. “Three of us had teed off on the 18th when we had to stop. We waited an hour to finish the game sitting around and wondering if we’d be able to finish the game and if we’d be able to hit the ball properly when we went back out.  “We eventually scored five points on the hole – and we did need those points to win,” added Janet.  Will they defend again and try for their hat trick next year? “It would be nice but we haven’t had a chance to discuss it and I think we’ll have to consult on that!” said Janet.  In the year since they first won the championship both Bob and Siew Choon have reduced their handicaps.  The final was played as part of England Golf Week, a five-day festival which celebrates the handicap game. Click here for full scores Caption: From left,Bob Scott, Siew Choon Tan, Janet McGeehin  and Mike Coates (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography)  18 Aug 2017 Whitby quartet pull off title double last_img read more

Report: Raiders could trade Amari Cooper, Karl Joseph

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.Wide receiver Amari Cooper and safety Karl Joseph could be the next Raiders traded away, according to a Fox Sports report Sunday.Sources told Jay Glazer the struggling Raiders are shopping both former No. 1 draft picks as the Oct. 30 NFL trade deadline approaches.After already trading Khalil Mack, @JayGlazer reports that the Raiders have been in discussions to trade former first round picks Amari Cooper and Karl …last_img

Swine flu: ‘don’t over-react’

first_img19 August 2009South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has discouraged the overuse of testing and the use of the drug Tamiflu by people with symptoms of H1N1 influenza, known as swine flu.NICD deputy director Dr Lucille Bloomberg says most confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza are mild cases that do not call for laboratory testing or the intake of Tamiflu. This is only called for, she said, in severe cases, as well as among people in the high-risk group.“This pandemic is regarded as moderate, not severe, and not everyone with H1N1 influenza needs the laboratory tests,” Bloomberg told BuaNews this week. “We can diagnose people without testing and treat them accordingly.”“The majority of people have mild cases of H1N1 and don’t need any treatment but a rest at home. Don’t do any exercise, and take sufficient amount of fluids,” Bloomberg said, warning that excessive use of Tamiflu could encourage resistance.People with mild cases could expect to recover after about seven days, she added.Swine flu hotlineSouth Africa has set up a hotline, as well as a dedicated e-mail address, for public queries about H1N1 influenza, or swine flu. The hotline number is 0861 364 232 (or 0861 DOH CDC)  The e-mail address is: [email protected] The hotline is operated by trained personnel on communicable diseases, supported by experts from the Department of Health.As of 19 August 2009, South Africa had over 3 400 confirmed cases of swine flu, while the number of deaths in the country related to the pandemic stood at six.What is swine flu?According to the Department of Health, swine flu is an airborne disease that spreads in the same way as seasonal flu, through coughing and sneezing. It cannot be caught by eating pork.Transmission can be avoided by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or hanky; by washing one’s hands regularly; and by avoiding crowded areas, especially if people have symptoms of the flu.It is treatable with antiviral medication, which is available in South Africa but may only be used under a medical doctor’s direction.Symptoms can be divided into “mild”, “moderate” and “severe”. Mild symptoms include a runny or blocked nose, fever, muscular aches and pains, a general feeling of unwellness and coughing.Moderate symptoms include mild symptoms as well as shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent vomiting and diarrhoea and signs of dehydration.Severe symptoms include mild and moderate symptoms as well as signs of respiratory distress, blue lips and other parts of the body, and severe drowsiness and loss of consciousness.People who are suffering from the symptoms should see their doctor.“The overwhelming majority of people have mild symptoms and will not need any specialised medical care, and we believe nothing should happen to them,” Health Minister Motsoaledi said last week. “Such symptoms should be treated as with other influenza-like symptoms.”However, people with chronic heart or lung disease, pregnant women, or people living with HIV/Aids, should seek medical care immediately if they develop even mild symptoms.Anyone with moderate or severe symptoms should also seek medical attention immediately.Risk factorsThe World Health Organisation (WHO) says illnesses such as existing cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer are considered risk factors for swine flu.“Asthma and other forms of respiratory disease have been consistently reported as underlying conditions associated with an augmented risk of severe pandemic disease in several countries,” the WHO said in a recent statement.According to the WHO, recent reports suggest obesity may be another risk factor for severe H1N1 infection. Pregnant women also seem to be at higher risk of contracting the disease.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more