Spring starts with several homes sold under auction conditions

first_imgSOLD: 30 Lever St, Albion sold for $950,000 at auction on September 1, 2018.“Bidding kicked off at $800,000, and it (quickly) moved up to about $890,000,” Mr Lea said.“Then from $890,000 to $950,000 it was painfully slow, in one thousands and $500 (bids).“All three bidders got quite involved and the one at the very end, basically launched in last minute.“It had already been declared on the market at $925,000 and they jumped in.“They made one bid in the $800,000s, and they jumped straight on the end and were very successful.” Buyers though the refurbished Albion home had a great location.Mr Lea said throughout the campaign buyers had been attracted to the street and location.“On the street there are a lot of beautifully renovated homes, so it’s really encouraging when you’ve got a slew of other renovated homes on the street that you’re not buying into a terrible area,” he said.“I think the block was quite moderate in size at 422sq m, so it was a lot of house on a smaller block and also, it’s quite inner city, it’s very central to pretty much everything and is in the Ascot State School catchment.” GOING GONE: This Hollond Park home sold for more than 800 per cent the owners purchased it for 31 years ago.HOW does an 814 per cent return on your investment sound? Well that’s roughly the percentage increase the sellers of 32 Percival Tce, Holland Park gained in the 31 years they owned the home. >>AUCTIONS SET TO START SPRING WITH A BANG >>CONTAINER HOME ATTRACTS PRE-AUCTION INTEREST >>MILLIONS CHANGE HANDS IN PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS The vendors purchased the property for just $145,000 in 1987, and sold it under the hammer yesterday for $1,326,000 to a local family. The view from the Percival Tce, Home.Ray White Sherwood/Graceville sales executive Lachlan Humble said more than 70 people had inspected the home in the lead up and about 50 of them turned up to the auction.Mr Humble said a whopping 11 bidders registered to buy the home, and bidding started at $900,000. “We probably had between 20 and 30 bids to get $1,326,000,” he said.Mr Humble said the vendors were happy with the results, but had mixed emotions about leaving after 30 years. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON TWITTER<< A refurbished Albion home also sold at auction yesterday — catching a $950,000 price tag.McGrath Estate Agents Wilston sales agent Craig Lea said about 40 people gathered on the back lawn and deck to see three registered bidders vie for 30 Lever St.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago No. 24 Canowie Rd, Jindalee sold under the hammer on the first day of spring for $665,[email protected] Centenary Suburbs sales associate Adam Wishart sold 24 Canowie Rd, Jindalee under the hammer for $665,000.Mr Wishart said bidding started at $545,000 and two of the four registered bidders put their hand up at auction in front of about 20 onlookers.last_img read more

Tunnel Tigers memorial to be unveiled tonight in Dungloe

first_imgA new memorial is to be unveiled in Dungloe later tonight (Weds) in honour of men from Donegal who died digging tunnels worldwide. The memorial plaque will occupy 77 names, 44 of which died in Scotland, of men from right across the country including Bundoran, Inishowen and a large proportion from west Donegal.The names were gathered over the last five months, with families of the victims surging forward to submit the names of former Tunnel Tigers to be memorialised. Tunnel TigersPlans got underway earlier this year to construct a memorial in the new chapel grounds in Dungloe for all local workers who died in tunnelling accidents.Generations of Irish emigrants have worked in tunnels across the UK and other parts of the world for decades, from digging the hydro dams in the north of Scotland, to the Channel tunnel and beyond. Some paid the ultimate price by losing their lives in accidents. Thousands of others passed away from tunnel-related illnesses, who will also be remembered in the project.A local committee was formed in West Donegal last year to launch plans to honour deceased Donegal miners. Three tenders were received for the creation of a monument, which was eventually awarded to McGhee Memorials. The official unveiling of the memorial is scheduled for tonight (August 7th). It will be followed by a Dinner Dance in the Waterfront Hotel Dungloe, where all former workers and families are welcome to gather for a grand reunion.Tunnel Tigers memorial to be unveiled tonight in Dungloe was last modified: August 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Irish Water work to repair burst water main in Buncrana

first_imgIrish Water is working to repair a burst water main in Buncrana this afternoon (Mon).Repairs are being carried out on burst main in the Lisfannon Industrial Estate – meaning supply may be disrupted.Works have an estimated completion time of 3pm on September 9. If you need to get in touch with Irish Water about this incident, quote the reference number DON00007568.Irish Water work to repair burst water main in Buncrana was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Volkwagen and partners follow up on commitment

first_imgWorld Bicycle Relief recently reported that the academic performance of learners increased by an average of nearly 60% after they were given a bicycle. (Images: Bicycle Education Empowerment Programmes (BEEP))Following up on the commitments they made earlier this year, Volkswagen and its partners Qhubeka and World Vision South Africa returned to a rural school in KwaZulu-Natal to maintain the bicycles they had donated to some of the learners.The car maker, bicycle maker and humanitarian organisation donated 1 100 bicycles to learners at 20 rural schools in KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape in April and May respectively; they returned in August to one of the KwaZulu-Natal schools to conduct bicycle maintenance, a road safety clinic and to deliver backpacks filled with books and stationery.As one of the larger donors to Bicycle Education Empowerment Programmes (BEEP), Volkswagen looks to make a telling difference in the lives of the children involved with BEEP.According to the programme, each bicycle costs R2 320. Learner beneficiaries and their parents are required to sign a contract stipulating the terms and conditions of use, which include school attendance. When the contract ends two years after signing, the bicycle then belongs to the student.World Bicycle Relief recently reported that the academic performance of learners increased by an average of nearly 60% after they were given a bicycle. This was coupled with a 28% increase in school attendance as a result of students spending less time commuting and more time in class.Thomas Schaefer, the managing director of Volkswagen Group South Africa, said the success of the partners’ initial donation of bicycles had inspired them “to look at other opportunities to extend our commitment to making a small but impactful difference in the lives of the learners in the schools we are supporting.“As a result we have partnered with some of our dealerships in KwaZulu-Natal and Nal’ibali in donating reading material and stationery to the schools. We hope reading will empower the learners and open their eyes to a new world filled with indefinite opportunities.”The bicycle maintenance and skills and safety clinic ensures over-all upkeep of bikes and teaches general road safety. A well-maintained bicycle requires fewer repairs, meaning lower repair costs, which builds the benefits of having a bicycle.Through the clinic, local mechanics are trained to maintain the bikes. They enter into a service-to-own contract, whereby they pledge to provide repair support to BEEP for a certain period of time. Typically this is two years, after which they receive full ownership of their own bicycles.The bicycle maintenance and road safety clinic is a pilot project and will be rolled out to all other bicycle recipients later this year. “It is wonderful [if] donors like Volkswagen South Africa continue to invest in the longevity of BEEP, supporting efforts to teach children how to ride safely and proficiently, which ultimately contributes to the sustainability of the programme,” said Paula Barnard, the national director of World Vision SA.Sarah Phaweni, the executive director of Qhubeka, said that while the bicycles were built for difficult terrain, “like all bicycles they perform best when well looked-after and maintained.“Our goal is to make BEEP sustainable in the long run, which is why we are delighted that Volkswagen South Africa has been so supportive in helping us fund follow-up bicycle maintenance and safety clinics. Our hope is that with well-maintained, beautiful, strong bicycles the children will be part of a culture in South Africa that promotes bicycle use.”NAL’IBALIWith the help of 12 participating KwaZulu-Natal Volkswagen dealerships, books and stationery were collected. They were packed in backpacks along with a Nal’ibali bilingual story-card and supplement to encourage reading for leisure.Nal’ibali, which means “here is the story” in isiXhosa, is a national campaign aimed at encouraging children to read for leisure as well as spark their potential through storytelling and reading.“Regular interaction with people who share interesting and exciting books and stories in home languages allows children to build a deep understanding of their mother tongue. This ensures a firm foundation for learning not only an additional language, but for all other school learning too,” explained Carole Bloch, the executive director of Praesa, the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa. Praesa runs the Nal’ibali campaign.last_img read more

Unheralded guard Geronimo fulfills PBA dreams, gets drafted Kia

first_imgChristain Geronimo was picked 42nd overall by Kia in the fifth round of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChristian Geronimo reached for the stars, and on Sunday, he got one.The little-known guard out of PUP made his dreams come true as Kia picked him in the fifth round as the second to the last pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I feel like I’m dreaming. I can’t explain what I feel. I couldn’t believe that I will go up the stage in a PBA Draft,” he said.Now, the hardwork begins for Geronimo as he tries to prove himself that he’s worthy of a roster spot.“Whatever I could contribute, I will give to this team. I’m grateful to them because they gave me a chance. I will work hard and do my best to make it to their lineup,” he said.But if Geronimo doesn’t make it, he thinks he can be with Kia playing a different role.“I can also be an agent for them, a salesman,” he joked.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “The feeling is so great. Until now, I can’t imagine that this has happened. This hasn’t sunk in for me,” he said in Filipino.The 29-year-old knew that his chances of being plucked from the pool were slim, and was even close on accepting his fate as the annual rookie selection went deep into the rounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m already telling myself that if I don’t get drafted, I’m fine with it. I was motioning to my girlfriend to not cry because I’m okay and at least I tried,” he said.But tears did fall down late at Robinsons Place Manila when the former car salesman was finally called and became part of the draftees that included the likes of Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Former FEU stars Jose, Belo reunite at Blackwater Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View commentslast_img read more

Stephen Curry puzzled over mention in GOP tax proposal

first_imgTrump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Curry was the first NBA player to sign a super-max contract in July following a restructuring of the league’s collective bargaining agreement. Perhaps that’s why he was named an example for individual wage income.“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes specific safeguards to prevent tax avoidance and help ensure taxpayers of all income levels play by the rules under this new fairer, simpler tax system,” the tax proposal stated.“Our legislation will ensure this much-needed tax relief goes to the local job creators it’s designed to help by distinguishing between the individual wage income of NBA All-Star Stephen Curry and the pass-through business income of Steve’s Bike Shop.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCurry learned about his place in the plan Thursday and had a question.“I wonder if Steve’s Bike Shop is hiring.,” Curry tweeted. MOST READ Curry has been singled out by Washington Republicans before. The top one, in fact.In September, President Donald Trump criticized the Warriors for saying they may not visit the White House. Championship teams have traditionally visited the president, but the Warriors were wavering because of their disapproval of Trump.Warriors coach Steve Kerr has roundly criticized Trump, as has Curry. But it was the two-time NBA MVP that drew Trump’s ire.“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” Trump tweeted. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”House Republicans did not explain why Curry was the only person named in the tax proposal.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors reacts after a play against the Houston Rockets with Kevin Durant and Draymond Green during their NBA game at ORACLE Arena on October 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPSAN ANTONIO — Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry doesn’t know how he became the only person named in the 429-page tax plan unveiled Thursday by House Republicans.“It was weird, that’s about it,” Curry said following Golden State’s 112-92 win over San Antonio. “There’s a lot of people wondering why I was called out, whatever the case may be, but mama, I made it.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Seven PBA governors stand firm, urge Narvasa to resign John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Whats in the Amazon box Maybe a real 7foot Christmas tree

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Watch out for the 7-foot box on the doorstep. Amazon plans to sell and ship fresh, full-size Christmas trees this year.But a live tree is no paperback book. Amazon says the Christmas trees, including Douglas firs and Norfolk Island pines, will be bound and shipped without water in the usual sort of box. Amazon said they’ll be sent within 10 days of being cut down, possibly even sooner, and should survive the shipping just fine.Amazon.com said the trees, wreaths and garlands will go on sale in November. Some will qualify for Prime free shipping, and Amazon will offer pre-orders so shoppers can choose a delivery date.The company sold trees shorter than 3 feet last year, and some other merchants sold bigger ones using its platform as a marketplace. But this is the first year Amazon is offering the larger trees itself.“Given the popularity among customers, we increased the assortment,” the company said.A 7-foot Fraser fir from a North Carolina farm will cost $115, according to an Amazon holiday preview book. Also listed are a $50 wreath and a $25 red-leafed plant with a decorative candy cane speared into the soil.Will people buy a Christmas tree sight unseen? Tim O’Connor, the executive director of the National Christmas Tree Association, said picking out a tree and hauling it back home is part of the fun for families. The association estimates that only about 1 to 2 per cent of the 27 million real Christmas trees purchased last year were bought online, mostly from grower’s own sites. “It’s so small, it’s almost undetectable,” O’Connor said.But Amazon has a history of shaking up shopping habits. It changed how people buy books, diapers and many other goods. It recently expanded the selection of live plants it sells, including potted succulents and orchids._____Contact Joseph Pisani at http://twitter.com/josephpisanilast_img read more

Vancouver expects to collect 38 million from vacancy tax in first year

first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — The City of Vancouver says it has collected $21 million in the first full year of its empty homes tax and another $17 million could still flow into its coffers.The city says in a news release that it expects to generate about $38 million from the first year of the tax which is applied to vacant residential properties in a bid to ease Vancouver’s one per cent vacancy rate.The city says there just over 186,000 residential properties declared and 2,538 of those were vacant.It says the declaration period for the second year of the tax is open with a deadline of Feb. 4.City staff will continue to monitor the impact of the tax on housing supply and affordability, and the release says revenue generated by the tax will be used for affordable housing initiatives in Vancouver.The city says $8 million raised by the tax last year has already been earmarked for specific affordable housing initiatives.last_img read more

Trump ex-campaign chief Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison

first_imgAlexandria: US President Donald Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison on Thursday for tax crimes and bank fraud in the highest profile case yet stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. It was the stiffest prison sentence given so far to an associate of the president in Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election but was significantly lighter than many expected. Judge TS Ellis said the 69-year-old Manafort had committed “very serious crimes” but he rebuffed arguments by prosecutors from the Special Counsel’s office for a longer sentence. Advisory sentencing guidelines called for a prison term of between 19 and 24 years but Ellis dismissed that as “excessive” and disproportionate to what other defendants have received for similar crimes. “The government cannot sweep away the history of all these previous sentences,” the judge said. Manafort was convicted in August of five counts of filing false income tax returns, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to report a foreign bank account. Prosecutors alleged that Manafort used offshore bank accounts in Cyprus and other countries to hide more than USD 55 million he earned from political consulting services he provided to Ukrainian politicians. The money was used to support a lavish lifestyle which included purchases of luxury homes and cars, antique rugs, and expensive clothes, including an USD 18,500 python jacket. His conviction was the culmination of a stunning downfall for a man who, in addition to Trump’s campaign, worked on the White House bids of Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H W Bush and Bob Dole. Speaking from a wheelchair and wearing a green prison jumpsuit with the words “Alexandria Inmate,” Manafort told the court before sentencing that his “life, professionally and personally, is in a shambles.” “I feel the pain and shame,” said Manafort, who the defense says suffers from high blood pressure and gout. “To say that I feel humiliated and ashamed would be a gross understatement,” he said. Imposing his sentence, Judge Ellis said he did not hear Manafort express regret or remorse but he said the sentencing guidelines were “way out of whack.” “I think what I’ve done is punitive,” Ellis said. He sentenced Manafort to a total of 47 months in prison for the eight counts and credited him with nine months of time served for the period he has already spent in prison. He ordered him to pay millions of dollars in restitution — the exact amount remains to be determined — and a USD 50,000 fine. Manafort still faces sentencing in a second case in Washington next week, where the maximum penalty is 10 years and the judge has appeared more sympathetic to prosecutors.last_img read more

Delhi HC extends stay on order letting private schools hike fee

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Monday extended, till April 30, its interim stay on a single judge bench’s order allowing city’s private unaided schools to hike their fees for implementing recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission on salaries of teachers and other employees.A bench of Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice IS Mehta said that their interim order on a stay will continue and listed the matter for further hearing on April 30. Hearing the Delhi government’s plea seeking quashing of single judge bench’s order setting aside the government’s April 13, 2018 circular, the court had on last Wednesday had stayed, till April 8, the single judge bench’s order. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Delhi government, by the April 13, 2018 circular, had restrained private unaided schools which were on government land from hiking tuition amounts without the approval of the Directorate of Education, but the single judge bench allowed the plea of Action Committee Unaided Recognised Private Schools challenging it. Meanwhile, the Action Committee – Unaided Recognised Private Schools told the court that the decision of hike in fees was taken not only to improve the pay scale of its teachers but to improve the infrastructure of the schools. Welcoming the court order, Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia said: “Congratulations to parents of children studying in private schools. We will not allow arbitrary fees hike by private schools.”last_img read more