June 16, 2021

Market surge in suburbs

first_imgDollar shaped golden key and key hole.ROSSLEA and Balgal Beach led a surge in prices in the Townsville real estate market.According to CoreLogic figures, 25 suburbs recorded an increase in median house prices in the three months to August 2017.Rosslea recorded the biggest increase at 28.9 per cent, followed by Balgal Beach (25.3 per cent) and Nelly Bay (11.1 per cent).All three suburbs have also had a rise in median house prices above 15 per cent during the past 12 months.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 2020Bushland Beach recorded the lowest increase out of the 25 suburbs at 0.1 per cent.REIQ regional director and owner of Keys & Co Property Damien Keyes said resales of homes at the Fairways estate in Rosslea would have contributed to price rises, while Balgal Beach was starting to attract interest from southern buyers in search of a beachside lifestyle.“It’s that increase in demand from outside of the region that pushes up the broader market,” he said.“It will be interesting to see what comes out of the December quarter because we are seeing a lot of activity.”RE/MAX Townsville director Mark Stevenson said he had noticed a shift in the market.“We’re now taking more properties, including units, to auction,” he said. “That bit of confidence is coming back into the market and it’s on the back of QNI collapsing and there was that whole period where unemployment was pushed up and people were putting their properties on the market and it created an oversupply.”last_img read more

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Sports Briefs

first_imgBlatter faces judgement by FIFA ethics court ZURICH (AP): In the waning days of his presidency, Sepp Blatter attempted to save his job yesterday at the FIFA ethics committee that he helped create and whose authority he does not recognise in his case. The suspended FIFA president had been expected to tell four judges that he is innocent of wrongdoing during the hearing at the headquarters of soccer’s governing body, the first time Blatter has entered the building since he was banned for 90 days in October. “Blatter looks forward to a decision in his favour because the evidence requires it,” Blatter’s lawyer, Richard Cullen, said in a statement after the hearing. “The evidence demonstrates that president Blatter behaved properly and certainly did not violate FIFA’s Code of Ethics. This investigation should be closed and the suspension lifted.” With a large bandage on his face, Blatter arrived at FIFA headquarters shortly after 8 a.m. local time in a chauffeur-driven car for a hearing that was scheduled to start at 9 a.m. A spokesman for Blatter, Thomas Renggli, said the Swiss official has had a minor procedure to treat a skin problem on his right cheek. At 5 p.m., Blatter and lead lawyer Lorenz Erni drove away from the building without making any comment. Suarez hat-trick sends Barcelona into final YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP): Luis Suarez made up for the absence of a sick Lionel Messi and injured Neymar, scoring a hat-trick on Thursday as Barcelona beat Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 to advance to the final of the Club World Cup. Suarez put Barcelona ahead just before half-time, hammering in a rebound off Ivan Rakitic’s long-range effort that was parried by Guangzhou goalkeeper Li Shuai. The striker made it 2-0 five minutes after the break when he controlled a pass from Andres Iniesta off his chest and beat Li with a right-footed volley. He put the result beyond doubt with a penalty kick after Huang Bowen took down Munir El Haddadi in the area. Barcelona will face South American champions River Plate in the final on Sunday. Ukrainian club Dnipro faces European ban NYON, Switzerland (AP): UEFA says Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, last season’s Europa League runner-up, faces being banned from playing in Europe unless $1.9 million in overdue payments are settled by next month. The Ukrainian club owes $910,000 to other clubs and $980,000 to staff. Dnipro have until January 31 to make the payments or UEFA will ban the club from the next European competition that they qualify for in the next three seasons. The club has been affected by the political and economic turbulence that has rocked Ukraine.last_img read more

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How an unexpected A’s roster changes the starting rotation picture

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceMESA, Ariz. — A pitcher once considered a near-lock for the A’s opening day starting rotation appears to be out of the mix.Daniel Mengden was optioned Monday to Triple-A Las Vegas in a surprising move after the right-hander entered spring training camp as the expected No. 4 starter.“He probably didn’t have his best spring but we like him a lot. He just won’t start with us,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s been …last_img read more

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South Africa’s Performance Improves in 2018 Index of Economic Freedom

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 07 January 2019 – Brand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s improvement in the 2018 Index of Economic Freedom. In terms of economic freedom, the Heritage Foundation indicates that with a world rank of 77/180, South Africa is 4th in the African region. The country’s over-all economic freedom score improved with 0.7 on 2017.General Manager for Research for Brand South Africa, Dr Petrus de Kock said: “The index provides some insight into dimensions of the South African economic environment as the country continues to grapple with historical challenges, and the need to spur on entrepreneurship and innovation. Notable improvements for South Africa in 2018 include the improvement in the area of investment freedom, and judicial effectiveness. The latter is significant coming in a year where the administration of President Ramaphosa made investment a key focal area of its work.”South Africa’s improvement in the rankings comes as a result of advancements in the areas of property rights which is up from 67.6 in 2017 to 67.7 for 2018; judicial effectiveness increased from 59.7 in 2017 to 65.9; fiscal health sees an improvement of +4.6 from  70.7 in 2017; business freedom advanced by +3.1 points from 62.0 in 2017; labour freedom improved by +1.2 in 2018 from 58.9 in 2017; and investment freedom significantly improved by +10.0 from 40.0 in 2017. Notable is South Africa ranks higher than two European nations, being – Italy (79/180), and Greece (115/180).“We are pleased with the upward trend of the nation’s competitive performance, particularly since 2018 saw a declining global competiveness of the economy, and South Africa also slipped into a technical recession during the first half of the year  which it moved out of after the economy saw a 2.2% rebound in the third quarter. It is therefore promising that South Africa, according to the 2018 Index of Economic Freedom, is ‘moderately free’ in terms of its economic activity. Economic freedom is about much more than a business environment where business flourishes, it has a far reaching impact on other aspects such as human development and the power of choice. Consequently, it remains imperative for South Africa to continue safeguarding openness to its market, government size and rule of law,” added Dr de Kock.On the global front based on the measurements of this index, the Heritage Foundation finds that the global average economic freedom score is 61.1, the highest score since inception of the index 24 years ago. At an aggregate level, of the 180 economies measured by the index in 2018 – 102 scored better, while the economic freedom scores of 75 got worse. In the case of South Africa it can be noted that the country is one of the 102 that improved its economic freedom score.Released on an annual basis by the Heritage Foundation, the Index of Economic Freedom provides insight into the extent to which governments enable an open and unrestricted economic environment for citizens and businesses to operate in.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:[email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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Opera 10: A Pretty Good Browser, But Will Anybody Use It?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Even though Opera has always been a good browser with a very passionate user base, it never quite caught on with mainstream users. Opera 10 is definitely Opera’s best browser to date, but chances are that even this new version won’t help Opera to gain a lot of market share as other browsers now have the momentum. However, if you haven’t looked at Opera for a while, now is a good time to give it a try again. And if you often find yourself in a situation where you have to deal with a sluggish Internet connection (airports, hotels, etc.), Opera Turbo alone makes this a handy browser to have around, even if you don’t make it your default browser. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Browsers#NYT#web frederic lardinois After numerous betas and two release candidates, Opera today released the final version of Opera 10, the company’s flagship desktop Internet browser. Users who skipped all the pre-release versions of Opera 10 will be pleasantly surprised with the updates that Opera has brought to its browser. These include Opera Turbo, the company’s compression technology that makes surfing on slower connections more bearable, visual tabs, a smarter spell checker, and a faster rendering engine. Opera also still features a built-in email client and RSS reader. FeaturesAfter testing Opera 10 for a while, it quickly becomes clear that it is a perfectly capable browser. It’s got everything the majority of users would ever want, ranging from the ‘speed dial’ homepage to a sidebar for taking notes, which are synced between different machines, just like your bookmarks. There is a ‘magic wand’ that automatically fills in passwords from Opera 10’s built-in password manager, mouse-gestures, real-time fraud protection, a BitTorrent client,  and the tabs now optionally show a rendered version of the page for a more visual experience. The ‘visual tabs’ can also be put into a sidebar, a nice feature in the age where vertical space is limited as users have moved to wide-screen displays.Opera 10 is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris.SpeedIn our informal tests, Opera 10 couldn’t match Firefox, Safari 4, and Chrome in most benchmarks. On a MacBook, Safari finished the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark in 711ms while Opera needed over 5700ms. In daily use, however, these benchmarks tend to mean very little and we barely noticed any difference.last_img read more

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3 Low-light Cameras For Every Budget Range

first_imgHigh Budget: Canon ME20F-SHVery recently, Canon announced a brand new full-frame camera that’s capable of shooting up to 4 million ISO. This option will certainly blow any other low-light camera out of the water, but it comes at a price – $30,000. At the top end of the pricing structure, this camera will likely find its home in rental houses, as its modular design and lack of internal recording makes it less than ideal for every day shooting.Canon’s New 4 Million+ ISO Camera Is Amazingly Impractical – PremiumBeatNew Canon Full-Frame 35mm Camera Sees in the Dark with 4 Million Max ISO – No Film SchoolCanon ME20F-SH Press Release – Canon Got any hot opinions on any of the low-light cameras discussed above? Share them in the comments below! Mid Budget: Canon C300 Mark IIWhile Canon may be falling behind certain trends as a camera manufacturer, their cinema cameras are undeniably great in low light. If you’re in need of a camera that not only delivers amazing low-light performance but also offers more traditional ergonomics, the C300 Mark II (or other C-series cameras) are a great option and hard to beat.Get to Know Canon’s New 4K Powerhouse, the C300 Mark II – No Film SchoolInitial Thoughts/Hands on With the Canon C300 Mark 2 – Philip BloomCanon C300 Mark II: 15 Stops of Dynamic Range and More – PremiumBeatHere’s a review of the camera from Camera and Lens Review. High-sensitivity cameras that can shoot in ultra low light are more popular than ever. These three low-light cameras will have you covered, regardless of the size of your budget.Generally, I’m not a fan of shooting without lighting and bumping your ISO up like crazy (no matter how clean your camera may be). That said, there are definitely scenarios where you need to push things further than usual. Thankfully, technology has progressed over the last few years, and several cameras have emerged that allow you to capture fantastic images without traditional lighting setups.Low Budget: Sony a7SThe Sony a7S isn’t the cheapest camera around, though it’s relatively affordable coming in at around $2500. If you’re aiming to shoot in the dark, but still require the practicality and affordability of a DSLR style camera, the a7S is the way to go. That said, if you’re in the market for the a7S, you may want to consider holding off until the a7S Mark II is released, which will likely allow you to record 4K internally. Here are a few PremiumBeat articles about the a7S if you’d like to know more about the camera.Lens Options For the Sony a7Sa7S vs. GH4: Which is Better for Filmmaking?3 Reasons Why the Sony a7S Isn’t the Perfect Camera for FilmmakersHere’s a clip from the good folks at Film Riot that covers some of the great low-light capabilities of the Sony a7S.last_img read more

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