Townsville launches first home buyers expo this Saturday

first_imgIan Griffin, Tim Sangricoli, Jess Graniglia, Julia Swain and Paul Trevethan at the Ronald McDonald House North Queensland which has been chosen as the event’s charity.“There are a lot of prospective buyers that out home buying or investing into the `too hard basket’,” she said.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 2020“I love helping people achieve their home ownership goals.“This event is a great opportunity to bring together top local businesses that can assist buyers in making their home ownership dream a reality.”Next level marketing will also be holding free homebuyer information sessions throughout the day for those feeling overwhelmed with the process and require a more personalised one on one service.To make the day even more special, the event will be supporting Ronald McDonald House North Queensland, by donating entry fees back to the charity.“We’re honoured to be the charity of choice for the Townsville Home Buyers expo,” said Ronald McDonald House CEO Amy Cooper.“It’s wonderful to have the generous support of the Townsville community, at an event that brings locals together.” The Townsville Home Buyers Expo will be held at Mercure Townsville on April 8, 9am-4pm. ARE you looking to buy your first home or next investment property but don’t know where to start?Townsville first inaugural Home Buyers Expo may have all the answers.Hosted in partnership with Brookstone on the Park and Bayside Bushland Beach, the April 8 event has attracted a wide range of exhibitors, ranging from financiers, builders and land developers right through to the latest in home technology, home automation systems, home wares, solar, pools and much more.Event co-ordinator Jess Graniglia from Next Level Marketing identified the need for the event after continuously being approached by overwhelmed buyers who are new to the home ownership or investment journey.last_img

Owner of former Red Hill Skate Arena to push ahead with plans to redevelop the Brisbane eyesore

first_imgAn artist’s impression of the proposed redevelopment of the former Red Hill Skate Arena by architecture firm Conrad Gargett.THERE is hope for a rebirth of one of Brisbane’s best known eyesores in coming months, as the owner pushes ahead with plans to redevelop the former Red Hill Skate Arena.The 1920s-built heritage building has sat dilapidated, neglected and vandalised since it was gutted by a fire on Boxing Day in 2002.Brett Heading and his partner, Susan Mercer, who run Clovely Estate Cellar Door next door, bought the landmark site near the corner of Musgrave Rd and Enoggera Terrace in 2011.Plans were approved by Brisbane City Council to transform the site into a function centre, retail shops and restaurants, but local residents objected and the dispute ended up in court.Mr Heading now wants to put that behind him and push ahead with a new plan to get something up and running soon.“We haven’t given up on it,” he said.Brisbane is a renters’ paradise“We’ll be asking the council to be flexible and allow us to stage the development.“We’re seeking a meeting with council at the moment and hope they’ll be enthusiastic with our plans for it.”The former Red Hill Skate Arena is edging closer to being redeveloped. Picture: Annette DewThe current development approval includes creating a new two level building on the site, but Mr Heading said staging the development would allow improvements to be made to the shell of the existing building first.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago“We can get a roof on the arena and get it tidied up without having to do the development on the skate rink straight away,” he said.“At least then it would mean it’s not the unsightly wreck that it is now.”The former Red Hill Skate Arena site is getting closer to being redeveloped. Picture: Mark CallejaMr Heading wanted the space to accommodate a small function centre as well as offer an extended experience to Clovely Estate Cellar Door.“Everything from potentially wine blending to wine education classes and a cooking school,” he said.He envisages the process taking six to nine months if the council gives it the green light.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThe plans would also allow for some separate retail tenants along Enoggera Terrace to complement the operation.Architect David Gole of Conrad Gargett said the objective was to maintain the site’s cultural significance and edgy, industrial feel.Mr Gole said the original idea for the site was to create a place where people could enjoy a food and wine experience.How much prices will rise in next 12 months“It’s always been a cultural site for Brisbane so it would be nice to think it could continue to provide that experience,” he said.last_img read more

ABP boosts US holdings to improve liquidity and diversification

first_imgABP has increased its investments in North America by three percentage points to 38% after changing its benchmark for government bonds.The change involved a move from 100% euro-denominated bonds to a 50-50 split of euro-denominated and worldwide government paper.In its annual report for 2016, the €387bn civil service scheme said the allocation adjustment – at the expense of investments in Europe – was meant to improve both liquidity and diversification.The pension fund reduced its overall holdings in Europe by five percentage points to 22%, while raising its allocation to Asia Pacific assets by one percentage point to 12%. Last year, it brought its investment mix in line with its investment plan for 2016-2018, comprising 60% securities and 40% fixed income, combined with a 25% hedge of the interest rate risk on its liabilities.Other asset allocation changes saw the pension fund raise its allocation to developed market equities by 1 percentage point to 25%, at the expense of its stake in government bonds.ABP increased its portfolio of emerging market debt by 1 percentage point to 3%, citing “attractive long-term perspectives” as well as the fund’s minimum allocation of 3% to each asset class.Also to increase portfolio diversification, ABP said it had started investing in worldwide inflation-linked bonds, combined with a full currency hedge.The civil service scheme further indicated that it was keen to increase its local investments – currently 15% – in particular in projects for energy transition and those aimed at improving the sustainability of residential property and schools.Last year, it raised its commitment for financing startups from €200m to €500m, and committed €180m to the acquisition of 1,700 units of rental property in the mid-market segment.The pension fund also said risk management needed to be improved and that fiduciary services would be provided by an independent branch of its asset manager APG. Both adjustments must lead to increased oversight of investment decisions, the pension fund said.ABP, which generated a 9.5% result over the course of 2016, said it had reduced its asset management costs to 61 basis points last year.Despite private equity and hedge funds – which made up 10% of the portfolio – incurring 36bps of costs, the scheme’s board reiterated that the expenses were justified, citing the asset classes’ contribution to diversification and their returns of 14.8% and 7.9% respectively.It pointed out that its active investment policy had delivered €2.1bn of additional returns in 2016.To further drive down costs, APG has extended its private equity team and made more direct investments.ABP added that its asset manager had made almost 80% of last year’s commitments to private equity without a third-party manager, which would deliver “drastic costs reductions for the long term”.Administration costs dropped to €79 per participant, thanks to a rise in the number of participants as well as a reorganisation at APG.The civil service scheme also said it would work with employers and unions to simplify its pension offering. ABP said that its pension arrangements were becoming too complicated and almost impossible to explain to participants following many adjustments, largely as a result of new legislation.last_img read more

Raymond Davis Jr.

first_imgRaymond Davis Jr., age 80 of Batesville, IN passed away on Monday, July 11, 2016 at Arbor Grove Village in Greensburg, IN.  The son of Raymond and Eva (nee: Hacker) Davis was born on November 30, 1935 in Ripley County, IN.Ray graduated from Batesville High School in 1954 and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  He retired as a self employed salesman.He will be missed by his three sons, Shawn, Preston & Niles Davis and two daughters Katrina Matthews and Danitta Sebastion.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his two sisters, Norma Dillon and Alice Reeves.Memorial Service will be at 2:30pm on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Batesville Ward.Meyers Funeral Home of Batesville is handling arrangements.  Online condolences read more

October 3, 2017 Police Blotter

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Championship Night is Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – It all comes down to Saturday night at Dodge City Raceway Park.A full season of racing action atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas culminates with the sixth annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event on Sept. 15.Saturday’s card that goes green at 7 p.m. marks the final round of championship chase action for each of the track’s five divisions including the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.  The Sprint Car portion of the program will pit the DCRP Sprint Cars versus the United Rebel Sprint Series (URSS).Soderberg was very instrumental in helping form the URSS in its beginning 13 years ago and this Memorial event in his honor is always a popular race for the traveling series. Past winners of the event include Zach Blurton in 2013, Taylor Velasquez in 2014 and 2015, Jake Bubak in 2016 and Ve­lasquez again in 2017.Past Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship Winners2017 – Taylor Velasquez (Sprint Cars), William Nusser (Modifieds), Brian Davidson (Sport Mods), An­gel Munoz (Stock Cars), Duane Wahrman (Hobby Stocks).2016 – Jake Bubak (Sprint Cars), Cole Traugott (Modifieds), Jeff Kaup (SportMods), Michael Pep­per (Stock Cars), David Berger (Hobby Stocks).2015 – Taylor Velasquez (Sprint Cars), Brendon Gemmill (Modifieds), Jamie French (Sport Mods), Angel Munoz (Stock Cars), Reagan Sellard (Hobby Stocks).2014 – Taylor Velasquez (Sprint Cars), Jesse Richter (Modifieds), Nate Ginest (Sport Mods), Ron Hartman (Stock Cars).2013 – Zach Blurton Sprint Cars), Ryan Heger (Modifieds), Josh Appel (SportMods), Ron Hart­man (Stock Cars).General admission for the Soderberg Memorial is $20 with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.last_img read more

Losing is not an option – O’Brien

first_img He added: “It’s about having a clear mind and being aware of the circumstances you’re in at any given time. We know what we have to do against France – losing is not an option. There is a pride element and we’re playing at home. “If we win the last two games we leave ourselves in a good enough place, hopefully. That starts this weekend. We need to come out of the traps nice and hard. After the disappointment of losing to England and Scotland, everyone’s up for it. “I don’t care about how France have been doing or where they finish up, it’s about us, this team and this squad. “All I’m worried about is making sure we’re in the right place this weekend.” France are suffering even more than Ireland having lost to Italy, Wales and England, although the shoots of recovery were evident at Twickenham. If they lose today, seven matches will have progressed without a win – their worst championship sequence since 1927. “In sport, anything can happen. That’s what makes it interesting and why fans pay to buy a ticket,” captain Thierry Dusautoir said. “You never know who is going to win. I’m not thinking about losing. If it happens, it happens. Maybe at 7pm we’ll talk about our record.” The RBS 6 Nations rivals have failed to justify their pre-championship billing as title contenders and instead find themselves jostling to avoid the wooden spoon. Victory would prevent Ireland from finishing bottom of the table for the first time since 1998 – their final match is against Italy next Saturday – and O’Brien has sounded a pre-match cry of defiance. “To win any international you have to beat up the opposition,” the Leinster openside said. “Physically we’ll have to go to that place where it’s manic and they don’t know what’s coming at them. Both teams need to win, but if you’re desperate you can do some silly things.” Press Associationcenter_img Sean O’Brien has demanded Ireland produce a performance of controlled ferocity when they host France at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.last_img read more

Rooney and RVP to miss Chelsea trip

first_img “He has been doing some running and has done some strengthening work around his groin. I have watched him running today. He looks well. “Overall we are pleased. We hope we can get him back as soon as we can but we don’t want to put a date on it.” Van Persie is slightly further behind in his recovery but with a blank weekend to follow Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final with Sunderland, there is a chance of both returning before very long. “I am hoping Robin might be able to start training next week,” said Moyes. “We want to get him back on the grass. That would be a great boost for us. He is a really important player. “We have missed both of them but they are getting closer.” Moyes also confirmed a loan deal was in place for midfielder Anderson to join Serie A outfit Fiorentina for the remainder of the campaign. “He has not been able to get as many games as he would have hoped,” said the Scot. Manchester United manager David Moyes has ruled Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie out of Sunday’s Premier League trip to Chelsea. “This is a good opportunity at a good club in a good league. Hopefully he will get some benefit from that.” Moyes dismissed the significance of his weekend attendance at matches involving Juventus and Paris St Germain, claiming: “I just enjoy watching football all over the world. “I am not always going to games to sign players. Sometimes it is for my own knowledge. “I have done a bit of globetrotting in the last few days.” The weekend encounter at Stamford Bridge offers Moyes another chance to put one over on Jose Mourinho, the man it has been suggested was pipped to the United job by the Scot. However, despite the temptation to put the pair at loggerheads, Moyes insists his respect for Mourinho is strong, even surviving Chelsea’s public attempt to prise Rooney out of Old Trafford. “We were never going to sell Wayne Rooney, so my relationship with Jose has been fine,” said Moyes. “I respect him for the success he has had and the way he has managed his clubs. He is one of the best modern-day managers and might go on to be one of the greatest.” Rooney has still not recovered from a groin injury, while Van Persie has been sidelined since the Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk in December after he suffered a thigh problem. “Wayne is not ready for Chelsea,” said Moyes Press Associationlast_img read more

Wenger: Gunners won’t be bullied

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident his side will not be bullied in tough away trips again this season – starting at Everton on Saturday. The Gunners head to Goodison Park for the televised early evening kick-off looking to produce a much-improved display than the 3-0 defeat suffered in April, which looked to have put a huge dent in ambitions of finishing in the top four of the Barclays Premier League once again. Wenger admitted it was a “low point” of a roller-coaster campaign which would eventually finish in triumph, lifting the FA Cup at Wembley and having overtaken Everton after they faltered in the closing matches. Wenger feels this time around, things can be very different. “Many teams think that (Arsenal can be bullied). We get that question many times,” he said. “But if you look at the results from the last three or four years away from home, we are the team with the best away results.” Wenger believes the current squad are up to the challenge physically, although accepted sometimes packing a side full of technically gifted players can make it seem a “bit lightweight”. The Arsenal manager added: “When we buy a player we do not look how heavy he is, but how good he is. It is a coincidence that we are a bit lightweight. “Maybe because we use more technical players in the middle of the park, especially Arteta. On that front maybe. “It depends as well who plays. If I play (Santi) Cazorla or Podolski, the weight is a bit different, but it is true we are a bit more lightweight than before, when we had (Emmanuel) Petit, (Patrick) Vieira, (Ray) Parlour. On Fridays when we checked the weight it was quite something there.” Wenger believes you cannot always legislate to find like-for-like physical replacements when aiming to move the team forwards. “You always want to improve technically and sometimes when you want to do that you go a bit more for skill, which can be more lightweight,” he said. “At the time when Vieira left we had (Cesc) Fabregas there who was 17 years old. “However, you cannot say ‘you are not heavy enough, so you cannot play’. Cesc had the quality to play.” It was Arsenal’s failures away to their title rivals – suffering heavy defeats at Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea – which ultimately scuppered any championship ambitions for a team who had been top of the table until February. Wenger accepts there can be no repeat if Arsenal are to last the distance through to May 2015. “Last year, yes in the quality of our performance and even more than that in mental resistance, the mental steel on the day, that (Everton away) was one of our low points,” Wenger said. “At the start I played with (Mikel) Arteta and (Mathieu) Flamini in the middle of the park; we had not (Mesut) Ozil, we had (Aaron) Ramsey on the bench, just coming back from injury. “We played with (Lukas) Podolski and (Olivier) Giroud, and we were a bit bullied. “At the back we had (Per) Mertesacker, (Thomas) Vermaelen, (Nacho) Monreal and (Bacary) Sagna. It was an off day, as well physically. “Yes (I was worried we would not make the top four) because it was not in our hands any more. It was in the hands of Everton. “It was only their defeat against Crystal Palace at home that allowed us to get there.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Tipp senior footballers already preparing for Armagh battle

first_imgThe senior footballers are already looking ahead to their first round league match-up in February.They’ll face the mammoth challenge of an away game to Armagh and Tipp manager Peter Creedon says all their efforts will now be put into getting ready for that match-up. Speaking to TippFM Sport after they lost their McGrath Cup quarter final yesterday to Cork, he said it was important the players got 70 minutes of football into their legs and will likely play one challenge match between now and their first league match-up.last_img