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Renovated post-flood home unundated by offers

first_imgThe home at 22 Coleman Street, Graceville sold for $580,000Both the community and the property market in Graceville have rallied since January 2011, and this sale at 22 Coleman Street for $580,000 is proof.The property offers a cute little cottage on 607sq m in an excellent location, but things weren’t always rosy for the owner, according to selling agent Charles Wiggett of Brisbane Real Estate.“It got significantly flooded – came up to shoulder height inside the house.“The owner did a full renovation – took all the asbestos out of the walls, and basically renovated as a two-bed, one-bath with two toilets, kitchen, and it’s just a very tidy location.”Mr Wiggett says he had three offers on the table for the property with a forward-planning buyer eventually winning the day.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“It’s an investor who works up in North Queensland and they’ve realised it’s going to get too expensive to buy in this area in the next couple of years.“They’ve purchased to rent it (out) initially and then with a view to move back down here and capture current market condition, versus dealing with whatever may or may not be in the next two years when they return.”Mr Wiggett suggests rent of approximately $425 per week is achievable, which provides a handy 3.8 per cent gross return for the new owners.Mr Wigget says a hypothetically flood-free 22 Coleman Street may have achieved a sale price in the high $600,000s, however the flood price difference is not as dramatic as it was a few years ago in the suburb.He says Graceville offers a broad range of property to potential buyers, from multi-million dollar homes to entry level holdings.Mr Wiggett says the market is “buoyant but fickle” although the right type of property will find plenty of suitors“If you had to pick an ideal property in Graceville now it would be a post-war, unrenovated but in good condition, on a 600sq m block unflooded – that would be your absolute cream pie type property that the market would absolutely go crazy for.”last_img read more

New research plots top sources of ESG risk for UK DC default funds

first_imgHuman capital, business ethics, product safety, and data privacy and security are the most material environmental, social or governance (ESG) issues a typical UK defined contribution (DC) default fund’s equity portfolio will be exposed to, according to newly released research.The research was commissioned by the UK pensions trade body, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), and carried out by Sustainalytics, an ESG data and research provider.Doug Morrow, associate director on the thematic research team at Sustainalytics and author of the study, said the research “sits at the confluence of two major trends in the UK”: the growing use of DC plans, and an increased interest in ESG investment strategies.The research assessed the equities allocation (71%) for a typical DC default fund based on data from a Schroders FTSE Default DC Schemes report, and then plotted the most prominent ESG risks for a model portfolio. Key findings included that “human capital, business ethics, product safety, and data privacy and security stand out as the most material ESG issues from an overall portfolio perspective”.It said “[s]ome investors may find this surprising” given these issues receive relatively less coverage, but that they are “of central importance in many of the industries that happen to be overweighted in a typical DC default fund, including banks, pharmaceuticals, and food products”.These industries accounted for more than 19% of a typical default fund’s total allocation, according to the research.The PLSA said the research found human capital to be the single biggest source of ESG risk at the companies in which DC default funds invest, accounting for 11% of the ESG risk to which they are exposed.According to Sustainalytics’ Morrow, pension funds can mitigate the key ESG risks in DC default funds by using products that track an ESG index. He cited the example of HSBC UK Pension Scheme’s decision to use a Legal & General climate “tilted” index fund for its equity default option.Passive products are a “cost-effective” solution, said Morrow, especially given the UK’s 0.75% charge cap for default auto-enrolment funds.Morrow also recommended for DC schemes to consider global equity asset allocation from an ESG risk perspective. According to Sustainalytics its analysis showed that schemes “can reduce ESG risk in their default funds by tilting towards UK equity”.Schemes should also be “forceful stewards”, according to the report.Luke Hildyard, policy lead for stewardship and corporate governance at the PLSA, said: “The PLSA commissioned this research to better understand the scale and type of risk facing DC pension savers. The findings demonstrate the importance of stewardship activities around issues including human capital, business ethics, data security and climate change.“Over the coming year we will be developing further resources to help our members engage with asset managers and investee companies around these issues.”last_img read more

‘80% of the country likely to shift to MGCQ by July 16’

first_imgBased on the latest data from the Department of Health, the Philippines has 38,805 positive COVID-19 cases, with 10,673 recoveries and 1,274 deaths./PN “Sabi nga ng DOH, depende pa sa mga analytics na lalabas pero more likely siguro mga 80%, mag-MGCQ na tayo sa July 16,” he said in an interview with GMA 7’s “Unang Balita.” “Dahil nga lumuluwag na ‘yung ating quarantine at saka gusto na nating buksan ‘yung ating ekonomiya, maraming pagbabago, mas marami ng tao ang makakalabas,” he added. Lorenzana said in a television interview yesterday that the easing of quarantine measures will rely on the data of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country. “Nagawa naman natin ‘yung ating objective, habang pinipigilan natin ‘yung pagtaas ng infections ay inaayos naman natin ‘yung ating capabilities,” Lorenzana said. “So ngayon, medyo nag-plateau na except ‘yung Cebu [City]… Ang ating objective diyan mag-plateau lang, hindi na magdadagdag every day or ‘yung case doubling.” Lorenzana also said that the second phase of the national action plan in the fight against COVID-19 has been crafted after the first phase turned out with positive results. MANILA – A large part of the country will likely be placed under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) come July 16, Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.last_img read more

Police: Ohio County Man Gunned Down By Ex-Wife

first_imgAn arrest was made following the discovery of a deceased man in Ohio County last week.Indiana State Police were contacted to perform a welfare check at the residence of Raymond Green, on 9863 Hartford Pike, which is on a large piece of property in rural Ohio County.They were initially called to check on the individual by a family member who did not know where he could be.A missing person investigation was conducted by multiple agencies.“As the investigation unfolded investigators developed enough probable cause to obtain search warrants for various locations within the property,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze said.The body of Raymond Green was discovered in a metal box on the property last Wednesday, Houze said.An autopsy was performed on Thursday at the Hamilton County, Ohio morgue and the results of the autopsy indicated the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds.A thorough investigation including interviews and evidence collected led to a warrant being issued for the arrest of 42-year-old Danielle Green.She was arrested today by the Indiana State Police is facing a preliminary charge of Murder.An initial hearing is scheduled for this afternoon at 3:30 in the Ohio County Circuit Court in Rising Sun.last_img read more

Semi Driver Facing DWI Charges Following I-74 Crash

first_imgThe semi struck a gaurdrail before traveling down over a hill and rolling over. (Image: ISP)A semi-truck driver is accused of driving drunk after a crash on I-74 near West Harrison early Tuesday.Officers say the 2013 Freightliner carrying a box trailer loaded with orange juice was heading west around 7:50 a.m. when it left the roadway, struck a guardrail, traveled over a hill and rolled on it’s side between the westbound lanes and Exit 169.ISP Troopers said the driver, Dale Watson, of St. Louis, claimed that he dosed off before running off the interstate.The first officer on the scene said the odor of alcohol was detected on Watson. The driver was taken to the Dearborn County Jail where police allege he blew a .21 blood alcohol content, nearly three times the legal limit.Watson has been charged with DWI and several Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations violations.Investigators were on the scene of the accident nearly all of Tuesday morning and the exit ramp at Exit 169 was closed for upwards of four hours as wreckers removed the semi.No one was injured in the crash.last_img read more

Barca duo confident over Fabregas

first_img David Moyes’ side have had two bids rejected for Fabregas, and on Sunday Barcelona’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta revealed that representatives from the Barclays Premier League champions had informed him they had given up on their pursuit of the 26-year-old. Speaking during the club’s two-day visit to Israel, Zubizarreta declared: “They have told us that they understand our position and have confirmed that they’re withdrawing from their attempts to sign Cesc.” Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta have declared that their team-mate Cesc Fabregas is not about to join Manchester United and are convinced he will stay at Barcelona. The Barcelona squad arrived in Thailand on Monday morning and although Fabregas has yet to make any comment on his future since the bids were made, the message from his team-mates was clear. “Being as good a player as he is, it’s normal that clubs will make offers for him, but he has always told me that he wants to stay at Barcelona and triumph here,” Pique told a press conference, quoted in Sport. The defender added: “That’s always been his dream and I’m very happy that he’s staying. I think he’s never been in doubt.” Iniesta reiterated Pique’s comments, underlining the importance of Fabregas to the team’s future. “He is indispensable, like everyone else in the squad,” said the midfielder. “He’s fundamental to this team, he has performed very well for us so far and is going to do the same again next season.” Barcelona have made just one signing this summer, bringing Neymar to the Nou Camp from Santos for 57million euros. Zubizarreta on Sunday hinted that the club were looking to sign a centre-back, but Pique warned that it was not easy to find a player who would be able to adapt seamlessly to the team’s style of play. He said: “It is difficult to find the profile of player Barca need because our way of playing is unique. Experience tells us that it’s not easy to find a centre-back for Barcelona.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pulis: Pardew still big influence

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is in no doubt Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will still have his “finger on the pulse” despite his ongoing three-match stadium ban at St James’ Park on Saturday. Pulis, though, does not believe that will have a major impact in getting Pardew’s message across when the action kicks off. “Alan will have more control than people think, with technology today, you can always have your finger on the pulse,” Pulis said at a press conference. “If he is watching the game from afar, as long as he has contact – which he will have with the coaching staff – then I am sure they would have sorted that.” Pulis added: “Obviously you want to be there, in the thick of the action when all the preparation finishes, and you want to be there with the players when you can. “There are a lot of managers who sit on the bench and they don’t move, there are others, and I am one of them, who get really involved in the game, “It is different for horses for courses, is there a right way, is there a wrong way? No, there is not.” Pulis believes it is understandable why some managers lose their composure on the sidelines, given the rollercoaster of emotions involved. “Telling people who haven’t managed what it’s like is like telling a woman what it’s like to have a baby. You don’t understand,” he said. “I do get involved in the game (on a matchday). You obviously want to be there and in the thick of the action, but as a manager you don’t make a mistake, you don’t make a bad pass. “So you have to control your emotion in some way. You do that personally and be strong. I have done stupid things, most managers have. “You look back at yourself, and you can get embarrassed sometimes by the action you’ve taken, but you are involved emotionally and so desperate for your team to win, for your team to play well and for the supporters of your football club.” Pulis is facing up to something of a striker crisis after both Marouane Chamakh and Dwight Gayle were ruled out with injury. The Eagles are just three points above the relegation zone in 17th place, but have played two more matches than Sunderland, with whom they drew 0-0 last weekend. Pulis must now take his depleted squad back up to the north east without either Morocco forward Chamakh, still troubled by a hamstring problem and now Gayle, whose ankle injury is still to be fully assessed. Glenn Murray – himself only just fully match fit following long lay-off – and Cameron Jerome, on loan from Stoke, are now set to come into contention against the Magpies. “Chamakh won’t be fit for Saturday. It is a massive blow because he plays that position so, so well,” Pulis said. “He is a good player, can score goals and he can drop into that number 10 position. “It is a miss, but we have to get on with it.” Press Association Pardew was reprimanded by the Football Association following a headbutt on Hull midfielder David Meyler during his side’s 4-1 Barclays Premier League win at the KC Stadium last month. The Newcastle manager – fined £100,000 by his club – received a seven-game suspension, including a three-game stadium ban, and so will not be able to be involved after the squad leaves their pre-match base. last_img read more

Fitting score for champion Spieth

first_img The 21-year-old Texan began steadily enough despite a strong wind that appeared to make a low score nigh-on impossible. Three straight pars were followed by birdies at four of his next five holes which ignited his challenge and sent him clear at the top of the leaderboard. It was a position he did not relinquish and birdies at the 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th carried him to a new course record and victory in his first appearance Down Under. It is the highly-talented Spieth’s second career victory, having broken his duck on the PGA Tour at the John Deere Classic last year. Rod Pampling finished as runner-up on seven-under overall after a commendable 68 while Australian compatriots Brett Rumford and Greg Chalmers were third and fourth respectively. World number three Adam Scott, who lost on the final hole in this event to Rory McIlroy 12 months ago, managed a top-five finish this year. McIlroy’s hopes of defending his title were dashed on Saturday, when a triple and double bogey on successive holes around the turn dropped him from a share of the lead to five shots off the pace, and he finished on two-over after his final-round 72. Spieth admitted afterwards that he had never played better. ” That was definitely the best round I’ve ever played,” he said on the tournament’s official website. “At the start I didn’t think such a round was out there, but the putts kept going in. It was an awesome experience.” Spieth carded 63 in Sydney, a number that will resonate with a lot of Australians as that was the score cricketer Phillip Hughes was on before he died on Thursday from injuries sustained from being hit by a ball in the neck in a domestic game in the same city. It is somewhat poignant that the American finished with a flourish on what would have been Hughes’ 26th birthday on Sunday, a score that lifted him to 13-under overall and a six-shot win at the Australian Golf Club. Jordan Spieth saved his best for last – and produced an unintentional touching moment – as a sensational eight-under-par final round lifted him to victory in the Australian Open. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho calls Chelsea’s opening half at Newcastle their worst under him

first_img Willian’s late equaliser denied Magpies head coach Steve McClaren a first league win, but he was able to take positives from a vastly-improved display in which summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic played a significant role on his return from suspension. McClaren said: “It’s difficult to know what to think after that, and then you have got to try to come back down and put it into some kind of perspective, and that’s what we must do, put it in perspective in terms of performance, in terms of reaction and in terms of what we have got. “What you got was a collective togetherness, which we talked about a lot, and that wasn’t just the players and the dressing room and the staff, that was the supporters because after this week, the supporters could have just waited and seen what was going to happen. “But they didn’t, they responded from the first whistle and that’s what’s unique about this football club, this set of fans, and the players responded and gave a performance which was more like what we want – attitude, character, organised, really disciplined and courage to play, and we played some good football. “In the end, we could have won it; in the end, we could have lost it. With five or six minutes to go, the momentum had swung and to hang on in there. “Yes, it was a good display, but that’s the benchmark now, that’s the standard.” The Portuguese gave his team a “minus one out of 10” rating for their first 45 minutes at St James’ Park and blamed individual errors for gifting the Magpies 2-0 lead. Asked if that was as badly as the Blues had played under him, Mourinho said: “Yes, for sure. Press Association Jose Mourinho branded Chelsea’s first-half performance at Newcastle as the worst of his reign after seeing them fight back to snatch a 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw. “I have played so many matches with Chelsea over seven years and we have had some bad performances. I remember one at Middlesbrough in 2005, 2006, something like that, we were losing at half-time 3-0, so we have had a few. “But this first half, I can rate as one of those performances, yes. I put it down to awful individual performances. When you have so many bad individual performances, it’s impossible for a team to be a team.” Newcastle forced their way ahead – and deservedly so – three minutes before the break when Ayoze Perez took advantage of indecisive defending to volley home from Vurnon Anita’s cross, and when Georginio Wijnaldum headed home Perez’s 60th-minure corner, a fourth successive home win over the Blues looked to be on the cards. However, Mourinho quickly shuffled his pack and two of his substitutes did the trick when Ramires reduced the deficit with a 79th-minute piledriver and Willian levelled direct from a free-kick with just four minutes remaining. The Chelsea boss is yet to win a league game on Tyneside and had lost on his previous three visits, and that led him to question Newcastle’s mentality. He said: “I think maybe one of the reasons why Newcastle over the years doesn’t get good positions is because of this mentality, it’s because they choose some matches to sweat blood and in other matches, they don’t. “This is an attitude typical of a team that wins nothing. It’s bad for them because if they play like this, they win many matches at home, and they don’t. But this is their problem. “The reality is that they fought hard, they gave everything, they followed a line that many pundits gave straight away – you have to fight, you have to kick, you have to tackle, you have to run, so they were exactly that, and they fought for a point, and I think they deserved a point the way they fought.” last_img read more

NAMILCO/GFF Thunderbolt Flour Power Nat. U-17 League

first_imgUDFA matches continue today at Wisburg groundACTION in the Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA) leg of the GFF/Thunderbolt Flour Power National Under-17 League is set to continue today at the Wisburg Secondary School ground with a double-header.Milerock and Botofago will face off in the feature match at 15:00hrs with the curtain-raiser bringing together High Stars and Netrockers. In the lone match that was played last Wednesday at the same venue, Eagles United and Amelia’s Ward Panthers battled to a 0-0 stalemate.The other match that was scheduled between Milerock and Botofago was not played as a result of bad weather.West Demerara FA – Damaged Den Amstel ground halts matches.Matches at the Den Amstel ground, the hub for the West Demerara Football Association (WDFA) had to be halted abruptly due to damage of the field as a result of a vehicle driven on it while it was soft.Persistent rain over the past six weeks or so have rendered many fields in the various associations unplayable but WDFA president Orin Ferrier says he is optimistic that play would resume next weekend.He said that Den Amstel is their main hub since the grounds at Wales and Goed Fortuin on the West Bank and Uitvlugt on the West Demerara are not in playable conditions.“We are trying every avenue to have more grounds available to us so that we can have matches played on a consistent basis,” Ferrier noted.ESSEQUIBO FOOTBALL ASSOCIATIONIn latest play there, Queenstown and Henrietta United both got walkovers from Good Hope and Super 11 respectively.Matches will not be played in Georgetown, East Coast and East Bank Football Associations this weekend as these associations are working on making their available facilities playable.last_img read more