High flyers: 2019 set to be the year of the Brisbane skyhome

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe kitchen in the apartment at 5/2 Scott St, Kangaroo Point.He said the buyers were not downsizing as the property was bigger than the house they had previously lived in, but they were looking for convenience, security and privacy.“People are consistently making the decision to get out of big homes that require a lot of maintenance,” Mr Caulfield said.“I had one couple looking in Walan whose house had been broken into twice in six months. They were sick and tired of having a big, beautiful home that was a target for thieves and that’s what’s motivated them to look at a big apartment eight levels off the ground.“With improved convenience, security and privacy, better views and more obtainable luxury inventory, is luxury apartment living becoming the new Australian dream?” This apartment at 5/81 Moray St, New Farm, sold for $6.5m in 2018.Knight Frank Australia head of residential research Michelle Ciesielski said Brisbane’s premium market was benefiting from the growing demand from downsizers looking for easy-to-maintain homes.“Demand for truly exceptional properties in sought-after positions have outweighed the supply coming to the Brisbane market, including new builds,” she said. – ELIZABETH TILLEY This apartment at 5/2 Scott St, Kangaroo Point, has sold for $4.5m.Selling agent Simon Caulfield of Place Estate Agents Kangaroo Point said his team had settled more than $135 million worth of apartments in Brisbane last year and he expects 2019 to be even bigger.It comes as the city’s booming infrastructure pipeline is luring buyers to the CBD fringe, with real estate agents describing new developments such as the Howard Smith Wharves precinct and Queen’s Wharf as “game changers” for the inner city housing market.Mr Caulfield, who negotiated the $4.5 million sale of 5/2 Scott Street, in the Walan development, said the whole-floor apartment sold for 10 per cent more than it was purchased for two years ago. The luxury residential building, Walan, in Kangaroo Point, is proving popular with buyers.Mr Caulfield also negotiated the sale of an apartment in the luxurious Abian residential tower in Brisbane’s CBD late last year for $4.5 million — a record price for a resale in the building.A wealthy Chinese family snapped up the four-bedroom, three-bathroom unit at 3501/140 Alice Street. Courtney and Simon Caulfield recently bought an apartment in Kangaroo Point. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.SAVVY buyers are splashing cash on high end Brisbane apartments, swapping the big house and white picket fence for a sanctuary in the sky.An apartment in a luxurious Kangaroo Point residential building Walan (pictured) has just sold for an eye-watering $4.5 million to a couple ditching their Greenslopes house on a 405 sqm block.last_img read more

Pro-gay marriage protest of 100 hits Parliament

first_img3 News 20 Oct 2011Hundreds (actually – only 100)of gay New Zealanders descended on Parliament this afternoon in a bid to convince the Government to legalise same-sex marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children. Currently, same-sex couples can get a civil union but cannot get married and as a couple, cannot adopt children but individually, they can. Today’s protest was organised by Joseph Habgood, president of the Legalise Love campaign, and made its way from Wellington’s civic square, along Lambton Quay and up to Parliament. He says gay marriage is becoming “less and less of a controversial issue” and “recent polling shows six out of 10 New Zealanders support it”. WRONG – more oppose than support – read our research poll (under ‘Issues’)…Labour MP Maryan Street says Labour, which introduced civil unions when they were last in Government, has unfinished business when it comes to the issue. “We would like to take the public with us on these issues. We think the time is right, the number of young people coming along and picking up these issues shows us that there is a new generation with a different approach to these things. “So as social opinion shifts, we would like to go with that social opinion and lead it if necessary.” Ms Street says she knows Labour’s plans will be met with opposition. “Family First will not agree with us on these matters but when you focus on the care of children and who is best able to provide the best quality care for children, then most New Zealanders get that, they understand that and they don’t polarise into extreme positions,” she says.http://www.3news.co.nz/Pro-gay-marriage-protest-hits-Parliament/tabid/423/articleID/230233/Default.aspx#ixzz1bIsFJI00last_img read more

Massive increase in numbers getting into golf

first_img Over 110,000 people got into golf with the national network of County Golf Partnerships (CGPs) in the year to the end of March 2014. That’s more than double the figure for the previous 12 months.The figure, for people aged over 14, is highlighted in the latest Impact Report prepared by England Golf’s Club Services and Development department. It’s up by a massive 120 per cent on the previous year.The report also shows that the numbers going on to take part in structured coaching sessions and playing regularly are also growing rapidly and beating targets set by the England Golf Partnership (EGP).Over 30,000 took structured coaching courses (target 25,000), while more than 17,000 became regular golfers, playing once a week (target 10,000).Almost 5000 people took out new club memberships in the year, reported the CGPs. While these may include juniors, the memberships could be worth £3.6million in subscriptions over the last 12 months.The CGPs are also involving more disabled people in golf and again beating their targets for the year. Thirty partnerships ran specific disability projects and involved almost 3500 people, with 135 joining clubs. Seven CGPs received additional funding to establish disability centres for golf and this project is continuing in 2014/15.“These figures are very encouraging and show what can be achieved when CGPs and clubs work closely together,” said Richard Flint, the England Golf Club Services & Development Director.“Our challenge now is to increase the scale of what we do so that we have an impact on the Active People Survey, which Sport England uses to measure participation in sport.”Last December’s Active People Survey showed a drop in regular participation in the 26-plus age group and as a result Sport England reduced its funding for the England Golf Partnership’s (EGP) Whole Sport Plan by £496,000 over the next three years.The EGP has responded by changing the focus of the network of County Golf Partnerships to concentrate on delivering structured and regular playing opportunities, rather than one-off taster sessions.This approach is reflected by the new England Golf Strategic Plan for 2014-17 which sets out to inspire people of all ages to make golf a part of their life and aims to reverse the trend of declining club membership.As a result, CGPs are increasing the number of clubs offering ‘Play more golf’ activities, including refresher and improver courses, specific coaching programmes and playing and membership offers.All CGP activities to encourage people to Get into golf and to Play more golf are These initiatives are supported by the national Get into golf marketing campaign www.getintogolf.org 15 Jul 2014 Massive increase in numbers getting into golf last_img read more

Scotland crowned champions after beating England

first_img England’s senior men rounded off a disappointing Senior Home Internationals at North Berwick by losing 5½ – 3½ to champions Scotland and surrendering their title in the process. In the final standings, Scotland won all three of their matches to take the championship with Ireland second and England third with only one win, gained on the opening day against wooden spoonists Wales. Having been disrupted by a sea haar during the tournament and with further fog forecast for later in the afternoon, the teams agreed to halve the morning foursome matches to allow the ties to be completed in the day. So everything hinged on the afternoon singles with English senior champion Stephen East (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) beating David Gardner 2 and 1. But the Scots took the next three games with Ian Brotherston beating Richard Latham 2 and 1, Graham Bell handing Clive Jones his only defeat of the week by winning 3 and 2, while Tyrone Carter also suffered his first loss, going down 2 and 1 to John Fraser. That meant the Scots had the title sewn up while the other two games were halved, Malcolm Reid against Alan Mew and Barry Brooks against Andrew Stracey. The most successful England players were Carter and Jones with four-and-a half-points each from six games, while East gained three-and-a-half. It was also a disappointing conclusion to Richard Palmer’s long reign as manager of the England senior side. 18 Sep 2014 Scotland crowned champions after beating England last_img read more

Brookdale Graduates More Than 2,000

first_imgBrookdale Community College’s 43rd commencement was held on May 16 with two ceremonies. More than 2,000 Brookdale students celebrated the successful completion of their academic programs this year. College President Dr. Maureen Murphy presents the Outstanding Student Award to graduates Natalia Wybraniec (left) from the English and Reading Division, and Zachary Eisenberg, from the Social Science & Education Division.last_img

Revealed: When to book the best international fares

first_imgThe window is quickly closing on the best air fares through the looming end-of-year holidays and one  Europe-based online travel booker has calculated it’s probably already too late to get the biggest international discounts.But Momondo, which has a global network of websites and this month released an annual flight study analysing 13.2 billion price quotes on its 100 most popular routes, has some good advice on how to get the best deals in the new year.With such a solid sample, it provides data that backs up many of the assumptions travellers have about the best way to buy air travel – and shows some assumptions are wrong.Its focus is exclusively on international travel and one of the first things it does is show the difference in shopping methodology required to get the best fares compared with buying domestic travel.For local trips, airlines around the world have so-called yield management systems that generally mean that there is little advantage in buying domestic travel more than a month out at most times of the year.However, Momondo’s data shows that, on average, you won’t get the best international fare unless you book at least 56 days ahead.All that has happened in the past 20 years of the internet age is that computer control of transactions has removed the former inflexibility of advance purchase or “Apex” fares, which used to specify minimum periods of notice before travel, such as seven, 14, 28, 30 or even 60 days to purchase various levels of discounts.Nowadays, yield management systems dump capacity (seats) into various price “buckets” according to supply and demand, which the best systems are able to forecast accurately according to historic consumer behaviour. Prices rise as the travel date approaches but prices can also fluctuate up and down and up again through the buying cycle according to unforecast peaks and troughs in demand.The Momondo data confirms what has always been known inside the air travel industry: the cheapest day of the week for air travel is Tuesday. That’s because it’s the first of the middle three days of week (Tuesday to Thursday), which are generally the quietest after the weekend peak for holiday travellers and those visiting friends and relatives and the Monday start to the business week.Surprisingly, the Momondo data finds the day of highest demand for international travel isn’t Friday or Sunday – the rush times at the beginning and end of the weekend – but Saturday, which is often a relatively quiet day domestically.Momondo spokesman Lasse Skole Hansen says the average difference in the price of an air ticket between Tuesday and Saturday is 11 per cent.But the biggest gains can be made by booking far ahead. The Momondo data shows the optimum time to buy international travel is 56 days before the journey, when discounts can be up to 28 per cent cheaper than the rates you’ll be quoted closer to the time of travel.The flip side of that is allowing even more advance purchase time makes no difference to the prices most airlines put into the system. In other words, computer yield management of fare levels doesn’t begin until two months before your nominated departure date – the fare you buy a year before travel will be the same as the one on sale three months out.However, those calculations are based on price averages over the year, suggesting that, at times of high demand like Easter and Christmas-New Year, it may be prudent to book further ahead than the suggested two months.If you have left it too late to book travel at peak holiday times, it’s worth remembering that the year has two low seasons – February-March and October-November – when fares are generally at their cheapest for the year.After Christmas-New Year, fares start falling steeply around the middle of January as people return from their holidays and the work year resumes.The Momondo survey also finds that, for international travel – similar to domestic travel – departing in the morning is generally more expensive than the afternoon or evening and the cheapest tickets can be bought for departures between 6pm and midnight.last_img read more

LeBron Hits Winning 3-Pointer at Buzzer; Rockets Advance to 2nd Round

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, a crowning moment for another brilliant performance, to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Game 5, putting the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs.Moments after blocking Victor Oladipo’s possible go-ahead driving layup, James caught the inbounds pass, took two dribbles and dropped the winner over Thaddeus Young.As Cleveland’s sellout crowd exploded, James hugged rookie teammate Cedi Osman before jumping on the scorer’s table to celebrate another of those moments that will define his career.James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and went 15 of 15 from the line.Kyle Korver added 19 points and Cleveland’s much-maligned defense tightened just in time as the Cavaliers seized their first lead in the first-round series after being down 1-0 and 2-1.Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) shoots a game-winning three point shot over Indiana Pacers’ Thaddeus Young (21) in the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 98-95. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland can close out Indiana with a win Friday night in Indianapolis.Domantas Sabonis scored 22 points, and Young had 16 for the Pacers.ROCKETS 122, TIMBERWOLVES 104HOUSTON (AP) — Clint Capela had 26 points and 15 rebounds, James Harden added 24 points and Houston pulled away in the third quarter to finish off Minnesota in five games.Houston will await the winner of the Utah-Oklahoma City series. The top-seeded Rockets are headed to the second round for the second year in a row after taking care of the eighth-seeded Timberwolves.Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford added 20 points. Minnesota was in the postseason for the first time since 2004.Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket over Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)THUNDER 107, JAZZ 99OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 45 points and Oklahoma City rallied from 25 points down in the second half to fight off elimination and beat Utah.Westbrook also had 15 rebounds and seven assists. Paul George added 34 points and eight rebounds.Utah takes a 3-2 lead back to Salt Lake City for Game 6 on Friday.Oklahoma City took advantage after Utah’s post players, Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors, got into foul trouble. Both finished with five fouls, and Oklahoma City was able to get to the basket consistently for the first time in the series. Jae Crowder had a career playoff-high 27 points for Utah. Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points, and Joe Ingles added 16.RAPTORS 108, WIZARDS 98TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Kyle Lowry had 17 points and 10 assists and Torontobeat Washington in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead.Toronto rebounded after losing Games 3 and 4 in Washington. Game 6 is Friday night in Washington.The only team in the NBA to avoid a three-game losing streak this season, the Raptors went 5-0 following back-to-back losses during the regular season, and have not lost three straight since last year’s second-round sweep against Cleveland.Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Raptors. John Wall had 26 points, and Bradley Beal added 20 for the Wizards.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more