Most sought after rental properties in Townsville

first_img“Three-bedroom units are still in demand although we find houses are the preferred, especially for families.”Those on the hunt for a one-bedroom unit are in luck with rental prices decreasing since March last year. A surprising result after the floods, they were the only dwelling type to drop, with prices decreasing by 2.3 per cent.However, Ms Mackey said she had seen a reduction in the price of units and townhouses in general, regardless of bedrooms. “I would not suggest it is only one-bedroom units that have declined, but units and townhouses in general have been slower to rise or been reduced in price,” she said. Waterfront development hits the market “Although most have only changed slightly, the most noticeable reductions are the areas which were directly impacted by the floods, being Hermit Park and Hyde Park.”Rent for two-bedroom townhouses has increased 4 per cent, and three-bedroom townhouses have gone up in price by 6.7 per cent. Prices for three and four-bedroom houses have increased by 5 per cent, with two-bedroom houses increasing 5.5 per cent. Tradie saves his way to four investment properties by 22 Residents are paying 14.3 per cent more for three-bedroom units than they were in the previous year. The rental price for two-bedroom units has also significantly increased by 12 per cent.However, Ray White Geany property manager Connie Mackey, who is marketing a three-bedroom unit in West End, said she was seeing more demand for houses than units. 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“The rental market is tightening given the vacancy rate was approximately 4.3 per cent and is now a strong 1.5 per cent,” Ms Mackey said.“This market has been on a slow rise over the last two years but the floods have made an impact. Rent prices for three-bedroom units have increased the most of any dwelling-type in Townsville. This three-bedroom unit in West End is advertised for $400 per week.Rent prices have increased across most properties in Townsville with some dwelling types proving more in demand than others. The result has likely been boosted by the flood event earlier this year, which significantly tightened vacancy rates in the region. REIQ’s Quarterly Market Monitor report, which compared rental data from March 2018 to data from March this year, revealed two and three-bedroom units are the most sought-after by renters in Townsville.READ MORE City to Receive $10 million windfall from new development MORE IN REAL ESTATE NEWSlast_img read more

Chow brothers’ high-rise brothel wins building approval

first_imgNZ Herald 1 Dec 2012The sex industry is expanding in central Auckland, with approval yesterday for the Chow brothers to build a 15-storey brothel and hotel building. The venture brings to 10 the number of brothels in the central city, including two others in the same vicinity of the SkyCity casino. Despite more than 200 objections to the use of the building, including it being labelled a “mega-brothel” by the Stop Demand Foundation, four independent commissioners said the law permitted a brothel on the site…. National director Bob McCroskie was disappointed with Mayor Len Brown for not honouring an election commitment to give local communities a say on the location of brothels. over mega-brothel decisionONE News 30 Nov 2012The green light for the construction of a ‘mega-brothel’ in central Auckland is disappointing but unsurprising, an advocacy group says. Stop Demand Foundation, which works to stop the sexual exploitation and sexual denigration of women and children, was one of 220 submitters opposing the Wellington-based Chow brothers’ application to set up shop in Auckland.….Their decision to allow the brothel has been labelled “shameful” by a family values campaign group. “Auckland Council has ignored the overwhelming number of submissions questioning the location and the effect of the brothel on the character of the central city area,” Family First director Bob McCoskrie said. “The proposed mega-brothel is not just a stand-alone brothel in a ‘red light’ area. It is part of a building which will be used by children and families,” he said.–shameful–last_img read more

World Vision Reverses Decision To Hire Christians in Same-Sex Marriages

first_imgChristianity Today 26 Mar 2014:Only two days after announcing it would hire Christians in same-sex marriages, World Vision U.S. has reversed its ground-breaking decision after weathering intense criticism from evangelical leaders. President Richard Stearns: ‘Certain beliefs are so core to our Trinitarian faith that we must take a strong stand on those beliefs.’ READ MOREABC News 27 March 2014Facing a firestorm of protest, the prominent Christian relief agency World Vision on Wednesday dropped a two-day-old policy that would have allowed the charity to hire Christians in same-sex marriages. The aid group told supporters in a letter that the board had made a mistake and was returning to its policy requiring celibacy outside of marriage “and faithfulness within the Bible covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.” “We have listened to you and want to say thank you and to humbly ask for your forgiveness,” the agency said in the letter, signed by World Vision president Richard Stearns and board chairman Jim Bere.Based in Federal Way, Wash., and started by evangelicals, World Vision has an international operating budget of nearly $1 billion and conducts economic development and emergency relief projects. In a conference call with reporters, Stearns said World Vision had not consulted enough with its partners before announcing the initial policy change. Since Monday, Stearns said the board had heard from major evangelical groups and leaders who had told them they had strayed from their core beliefs.“We shouldn’t have been surprised but we were a bit,” Stearns said of the backlash. “Again, I think it goes back to we hadn’t done enough consultation on this. We hadn’t vetted this issue with people who could have given us really valuable input in the beginning. In retrospect, I can see why this was so controversial and troubling for many of our partners and supporters.” read more

Burma Rohingyas found drifting off Indonesia

first_img 79 Views   no discussions News Burma Rohingyas found drifting off Indonesia by: – February 16, 2011 Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share BBC NewsThe 129 men on board had been at sea for about three weeksIndonesia officials say they have picked up nearly 130 starving, dehydrated people from the Rohingya minority in Burma, whose boat was found drifting in Indonesian waters.The group had been at sea for about three weeks.Investigators heard claims of abuse at the hands of the Burmese authorities.The Rohingya, who are Muslims, are not recognised by the military-backed government in Burma, and have fled by the hundreds of thousands overseas.Fishermen discovered the 45ft (14m) wooden boat off the coast of Aceh province after its engine broke down and they towed it to shore, Indonesian marine police said.The 129 men on board had been at sea for about three weeks, Aceh provincial maritime police chief Mohammed Zaini told AFP.One of the men, 27-year-old Nur Alam, said: “We left Myanmar because we had been cruelly treated by the military. Muslims there were killed and tortured.“We want to go to Indonesia, Malaysia or any other country which is willing to take us in,” he was quoted by AFP as saying.Escape by seaThe Rohingyas live in northern Rakhine state – one of the poorest and most isolated in Burma – along the border with Bangladesh.They are denied citizenship under Burma’s 1982 citizenship law; the official view is that they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh or their descendants.Rohingya trying to leave Burma are often harassed and beaten by the Burmese security forces, but then allowed to leave, and told never to return.They are also unable to travel freely. The military demands that they obtain an official permit even to travel to the next town.An estimated 200,000 Rohingyas live in refugee camps in Bangladesh.Many of them – especially the majority that live in unofficial camps – attempt to escape poor conditions by trying to get to south-east Asia across the Andaman Sea.The Thai authorities are currently holding in detention more than 100 other Rohingya migrants who have come ashore in recent weeks.Thailand does not allow the Rohingya to apply for refugee status, but their situation is now being assessed by the UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR; a move the organisation describes as a step forward.Another group of 91 Rohingya arrived recently in the Indian Andaman islands. Some in that group told the BBC they had first landed in Thailand, but the Thai Navy had then deliberately cast them adrift without a working engine.The Thai navy was accused of a similar act in 2009, a case that became an international scandal.The UNHCR says the Rohingya in the Andamans are the same people deported by the Thai authorities in January. But it cannot verify the circumstances in which they got from one country to the other.The Thai government strongly denies any wrongdoing.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs JV Softball Team Drop Season Opener To Lady Pirates

first_imgThe JV Lady Bulldogs dropped the season opener 13-1 to the Greensburg Lady Pirates on Thursday evening.Paige Oldham singled to lead off the top of the 4th and came around to score for the Bulldogs lone run. Oldham, Hannah Nunlist, and Chloe Saler each had one hit a piece.  Oldham went all five innings on the mound in the loss.The JV Bulldogs will next be in action Monday night against the visiting East Central Trojans.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Stacey Kessens.last_img

Aribo’s Rangers earn Europa place as Celtic win 51st league title

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 In April, the 42 SPFL clubs voted – after some controversy – to end the season in the Championship, League One and League Two amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The SPFL board were also given the power to end the season in the Premiership if it became clear the fixtures could not be played. However, the Scottish season has not been completely cancelled. The SFA remains committed to completing the Scottish Cup, with the tournament at the semi-final stage. Aribo in action for Super Eagles against Brazil Aribo who joined Rangers last year from Charlton Athletic has so far made 27 appearances for the side with three goals to his credit. Read AlsoBundesliga restart a success with social distancing celebrations, empty grounds  The former Staines Town ace had been tipped to post more impressive runs for Rangers before the league was called off no thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Aribo was also impressive for Super Eagles within the season scoring two goals in four appearances for the Gernot Rohr tutored side. Super Eagles and Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has Europa league guaranteed next season  after the Scottish Football Association announced end to the Covid-19 tormented season on Monday. Celtic were thus crowned league champions for the ninth successive season even as they claimed the sole Champions league slot for next season. Second place finishers Rangers and third place finishers Motherwell book their place in the Europa. It was however not a sweet story for Hearts who were relegated, their second relegation spell since 2014. The SPFL held a board meeting on Monday morning where they decided to bring the season to an end, meaning a 51st league title for Celtic. Neil Lennon’s side held a 13-point lead over Rangers when the season was suspended on March 13, having played one more game. At the other end, Hearts drop out of the top flight, although the club’s owner Ann Budge had threatened to take further action if the season was not completed.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Nowlast_img read more

O’Neill takes positives from Malta draw

first_imgNorthern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill hopes the benefits of his Malta experiment will be seen when his side meet Russia in next month’s World Cup qualifier in Belfast. Press Association O’Neill had hoped to end his winless run as manager in Wednesday night’s friendly, but instead chalked up a fifth draw from eight matches in a scoreless stalemate at Ta’qali National Stadium. It was a frustrating night for Northern Ireland, who are without a win in 18 months, but O’Neill hopes the experience will benefit his young players in the serious tests to come. Alex Bruce and Billy McKay won first caps while Walsall’s Will Grigg made his second appearance as a lone striker. “You have to take positives,” said O’Neill. “William Grigg’s played his second game, Billy McKay came in, Shane Ferguson’s now got seven caps, Daniel Lafferty got his third cap, so there’s a lot of inexperience in that side.” center_img O’Neill went on: “They’ll be better for this experience. As I said to the younger lads in there, Aaron Hughes has got 85 caps but by his own admission he didn’t play well in every one. That’s something that younger players have to go through. “They have to come through nights like that. It can be difficult for young players when you play senior international football and you come with the aspirations to always do well. At times the game doesn’t allow that.” Grigg was surprisingly chosen to start the game ahead of Scottish Premier League top scorer McKay and in-form Aberdeen frontman Josh Magennis. They both came on in the second half but Tranmere’s Adam McGurk, who had hoped to join the debutants, was left on the bench. Explaining his selection, O’Neill said: “We had one eye on the Russia game. We played with Steven (Davis) further forward similar to how we would envisage being set up against Russia in Belfast, particularly in relation to how we set up against them in Moscow. “Grigg’s got a bit more physical presence than the other two lads, but I thought Billy looked lively when he came on and gave me something to think about for the Russia game. The reality is we probably won’t control the level of the game against Russia in the same way, so it’s going to be a totally different kind of game. “It gives me an indication of where the younger players are at. You would maybe like to give them a little bit more time before asking them to step up into a game like that. But the reality of the situation is they won’t get that time.” Russia visit Belfast on March 22 with Israel following four days later and, with only three points from four games so far, the two games will make or break Northern Ireland’s slim hopes of qualifying for the World Cup finals in Brazil next year. last_img read more

Admissions will not ask questions about sexual orientation

first_imgTo better serve the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community on college campuses, some California state universities are considering putting an optional question on college applications that asks students about their sexual orientation.USC currently does not plan to include the question on its application form, said Timothy Brunold, dean of admission.“Part of the fear [for including it] is that for many students who are going through this process, their parents, for example, don’t even know that their son or daughter has a particular identity,” Brunold said. “One of the last things we would want to do would be to ask that student about it specifically, in fear that that student might not be ready to share his or her identity with someone who might be looking at their application.”Brunold said USC uses the pre-orientation homework to gather that information. On the homework, students can indicate whether or not they want more information on a particular department, such as the LGBT Resource Center.Vincent Vigil, director of the LGBT Resource Center, said the pre-orientation homework has successfully helped his center identify the need of USC’s LGBT students.“That formula tends to be working for us so far,” Vigil said. “It’s not so much that everyone who fills out the pre-orientation homework identifies as LGBT, they can also be an ally, someone involved in gay rights high school who wants to continue their involvement.”Vigil said the idea of putting a voluntary question about sexual orientation on USC’s application could have positive and negative results. Though including the question would give the university another starting point for recognizing the number of students who identify with the LGBT community, Vigil said the question itself is inherently problematic.“In terms of sexual identity, you’re talking about someone’s development,” Vigil said. “For students, the developmental process happens throughout their entire four years here at college. I could get a number of students entering that identify as LGBT but that number may or may not be accurate when thinking about the senior class that leaves.”Maggie Carroll, a senior majoring in gender studies and comparative literature, said including a question about an applicant’s sexual orientation on college applications could be beneficial.“It’s hard to figure out what students need without knowing who they are,” Carroll said.Carroll said that asking a question solely about sexual orientation might also be limiting.“The queer community spans beyond sexual orientation,” Carroll said. “There’s a growing number of students who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming in some way.”Bhavan Desai, a sophomore majoring in political science, said he disagrees with putting a voluntary question about sexual orientation on USC’s college application.“Even if it’s optional, I don’t think the admissions committee has the right to ask if someone’s LGBT,” Desai said. “It doesn’t respect that person’s privacy, and if someone is LGBT, they might feel pressured to check that box.”Though there are places on the application where an applicant can include their sexual identity if they want to disclose that information optionally, such as the personal statement, filling in a circle on an application is problematic, Desai said.“With sexual orientation it can change from time to time,” Desai said. “You’re straight, but then realize you’re gay, or bisexual, so creating a box where you check your sexual orientation isn’t the same as when you check a box which identifies you as being white or Hispanic,” Desai said.Pavitra Krishnamani, a sophomore majoring in psychology, said the box is not a perfect idea, but anything that helps the school to meet students’ needs is good.“It’s a good idea that the school at least gets a feel for the population coming in so it can allocate resources beforehand,” Krishnamani said. “That doesn’t mean they’ll get everyone, but having an optional box can’t hurt. I don’t see much of a downside as long as the school doesn’t go solely off that information.”Vigil said USC plans to look at peer institutions that are including an optional question about sexual orientation on their application before the university considers whether to put the question on USC’s application.last_img read more

Lamar Jackson frontrunner for the NFL MVP award by a mile, Ravens fans excited

first_imgLast Updated: 19th December, 2019 17:38 IST Lamar Jackson Frontrunner For The NFL MVP Award By A Mile, Ravens Fans Excited Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson is an overwhelming favourite of the NFL MVP award according to reports. The 22-year-old has recorded 33 touchdowns Also Read | Watch Lamar Jackson’s STUNNING Interview With Ravens Teammate Mark Ingram, MVP Calls Roar Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has been a revelation in the NFL this season. Just last week it was reported that the 22-year-old led the Pro Bowl votings with over 700,000 votes. While he is a frontrunner for the NFL MVP award, reports suggest he is not only leading but an overwhelming favourite to win the prize. I want to give @Lj_era8 the MVP immediately @GetUpESPN— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) December 9, 2019 Your Ravens headed to the #ProBowl‼️Our 12 players ties the most ever for one team when the rosters are first announced‼️— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 18, 2019 COMMENT Sujay Chakraborty According to NFL insider Tom Pelissero, several executives and NFL analysts are set to vote for Lamar Jackson as the MVP. He will be challenged by Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes for the award, but Pelissero believes no one will be getting close to Lamar Jackson for the top prize. Also Read | OJ Simpson Waxes Lyrical About Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar JacksonLamar Jackson: Fans have chosen their NFL MVP Award winner WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Written By Also Read | NFL Pro Bowl 2020 Rosters: Baltimore Ravens Tie Pro Bowl Record, Lamar Jackson LeadsBaltimore Ravens dominate Pro Bowl votingThe Baltimore Ravens have been the best franchise in the NFL by a mile. They comfortably sit on top of the American Football Conference – Northern Division (AFC-North). They have unsurprisingly dominated the Pro Bowl side with a record 12 players voted in.Also Read | Lamar Jackson Leads Pro Bowl Voting By HUGE Margin; Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes FollowLamar Jackson stats: NFL MVP frontrunner?Lamar Jackson, who was the 32nd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft has surely come leaps and bounds following his rookie season. Jackson has racked up some insane numbers this season. He has put up 2,889 passing yards and has recorded 33 touchdowns in the regular season. He led his side to the NFL playoffs with a 10-game winning streak. With the final two weeks left in the regular season, experts believe Lamar Jackson is the clear favourite to win the NFL MVP award. Lamar Jackson might be running away with the NFL MVP 📈📝:— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 11, 2019 SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 19th December, 2019 17:38 IST LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more