All I want for Christmas … is to sell my home

first_imgBruce and Maureen Eastland’s Oxley home has been on the market for 264 days. Picture: Mark Cranitch.IT might not be at the top of everyone’s wishlist this time of year, but all Bruce and Maureen Eastland really want for Christmas is to sell their home.And they’re not alone.Brisbane-wide, the average number of days on market for a house is 34, and for a unit, 61, but for some particularly patient Queensland property owners, it’s a different story.Their properties have been on the market for well over a year, and some even longer.Research from realestate.com.au shows that more than 580 properties — within just 20km of Brisbane’s CBD — have been listed on the market since 2016.More than 50 homes have been listed for sale for a year or more and sixteen have been on the market for more than 18 months.The Eastlands’ home at 23 Mabel Street, Oxley, has been on the market for more than 260 days.The property is on a massive 1492 sqm block and is currently rented by room for $1000 a week. Aerial view of the property at 23 Mabel St, Oxley. Picture: realestate.com.au.Another long-term listing is 10 Perth Street in sought-after Camp Hill.The impressive, contemporary family home on an elevated 469 sqm has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a pool, a media room and an entertaining deck, yet has been on the market for eight months. LUXURY HOMES BOOM IN QLD The property at 23 Mabel St, Oxley. Picture: realestate.com.au.Mr Chrobak said the bottom level of the property was flooded in 2011, but it was fully insured and had since been rewired, repainted and repaired.“The house is better than before it was flooded,” he said.Mr Chrobak said Brisbane City Council had conducted significant flood mitigation in the area and the Eastlands had no trouble securing flood insurance cover in the aftermath. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE One of the two kitchens at the home at 23 Mabel St, Oxley. Pic: realestate.com.au.The Eastlands live on a caravan on the property when they’re not using it to travel around the state, so haven’t been desperate to sell, but would love to offload it by Christmas.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago“I’ve retired, so we bought a caravan and we come and go,” Mr Eastland said.The property is for sale without a price guide, but Mr Eastland said he’d “walk away with $850,000 tomorrow”. “We’re realising a mum and dad with two-and-a-half kids aren’t going to want it,” he said.“If a developer gets hold of it, he’s going to make a motza.” HOW TO WIN AT AUCTION This property at 69 Byron St, Bulimba, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au.Kim and Jose Guerreiro would love to sell their Morningside home for Christmas — so much so that if it doesn’t, they’re prepared to take it off the market, subdivide the block and build a new house next door.The beautiful home on more than 1000 sqm at 37 Carramar Street has six bedrooms and six bathrooms over three levels with views to Bulimba, Teneriffe and Brisbane’s CBD. This home at 23 Mabel St, Oxley, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au.It has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, two kitchens, accommodation for six cars, two 5000L water tanks and 26 solar panels.Despite this, and the fact it offers both an investment and development opportunity, the property still hasn’t sold.“It has serious potential for redevelopment based on what’s happening in the area,” marketing agent Alf Chrobak of Ray White Eight Mile Plains said.“Oxley is just going gangbusters.“The property is only a five to 10 minute walk from the train station and everyone’s building townhouses in the area.”center_img This home at 37 Carramar St, Morningside, is for sale. Picture supplied. Teh entertaining deck of the home at 10 Perth St, Camp Hill. Pic: realestate.com.au.And a riverfront home with future development potential in Bulimba has been on and off the market since May 2016.The home at 69 Byron Street is on a north-facing 1120sq m block, with its own a private jetty. FOREIGNERS BUY 1 IN 4 NEW HOMES The pool and backyard at 37 Carramar St, Morningside. Picture supplied.Marketing agent Nick Preston of The Nick Team said the property had originally been listed for sale in the middle of the year and then again in October.He said the vendors were open to offers in the high $2 million range.“If you took it and put it in Hawthorne or Bulimba, you’d be looking at $4, $4.5 million,” Mr Preston said.“It’s in a little pocket of Morningside nestled next to Hawthorne, so for someone looking for something unique but still within walking distance to amenities, you couldn’t really replicate it for a block and house that size at that price point.” This home at 37 Carramar St, Morningside, is for sale. Picture supplied.The couple has lived in the big family home for 17 years and raised their children there, but are now empty-nesters looking to downsize.“We like living in the street and really like our neighbours,” Mrs Guerreiro said.“It would be such a shame to subdivide the block because it will be a different product then and won’t have the big yard and garden.”last_img read more

d’Amico Not Happy with First Half Results

first_imgMarine transportation company d’Amico International Shipping was hit by a very difficult market in the second quarter of the year.For the first half of 2018, the company’s net loss reached USD 20.2 million, compared to a net loss of USD 6.2 million seen in the first half of 2017d’Amico International Shipping’s time charter equivalent (TCE) earnings for the period stood at USD 125.6 million, compared to USD 128.7 million reported in the first six months of 2017.However, DIS said that it maintains its positive medium-term outlook on the product tanker industry, whilst focusing on strengthening its organization and its financial situation.The company’s second quarter net loss stood at USD 16.5 million, against a net loss of USD 7.8 million reported in the same quarter of 2017. TCE earnings were at USD 59.3 million for the quarter, compared to USD 62.1 million from a year earlier.“The expected recovery of the tanker market has not started yet. d’Amico International Shipping posted a net loss of USD 20.2 million in the first half of 2018, hit by a very tough freight market especially in Q2,” Marco Fiori, Chief Executive Officer of d’Amico International Shipping, said.“It is obviously a result we are not happy about but I would like to reiterate once again what I have been saying several times: I see no reason whatsoever why the product tanker market should not pick-up in the medium term. The long-term fundamentals are all there, showing a growing world demand for oil-refined products and limited net fleet growth expected for the next years.”last_img read more

Marriage guidance could save Britain billions by staving off family break-up

first_imgThey included a traditional marriage preparation programme, shorter “relationship education” sessions for established couples and professional counselling for those facing difficulties.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/sex/divorce/10602534/Marriage-guidance-could-save-Britain-billions-by-staving-off-family-break-up.html A team led by experts at the Tavistock Institute, the research group, analysed the success rates of three types of marriage and relationship education courses run by the charities including Relate, Marriage Care and Care For the Family. The Telegraph 29 January 2014Encouraging couples to go to marriage courses or relationship counselling sessions could ultimately save taxpayers billions of pounds a year by reducing family break-up, a Government backed study concludes.The report, the first of its kind, calculates that some successful relationship initiatives could pay for themselves more than 11 times over when the social cost of separation is taken into account.center_img It follows estimates that broken relationships cost Britain between £20 billion and £44 billion a year in extra benefits for single parents, housing costs or spending on health and the criminal justice system linked to family break-up.last_img read more

Cahill wants strong finish

first_img Last year Chelsea collected both the FA Cup and Champions League trophies under former boss Roberto Di Matteo, and a strong run-in this time around could see them lift the Europa League and claim a spot in the top four of the Barclays Premier League. Cahill, who returned from a knee injury in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Swansea, told the club’s official website: “Last season was a strong finish and I hope we can do the same this year. We know what we have to do between now and the end of the season and we have to start by putting in performances like we did against Swansea and getting the wins.” Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has urged the Blues to have another strong end to the season. He added: “We’re in a good position but it’s dangerous because we’ve got some great teams coming up in Spurs, Manchester United and Everton, who people tend to forget about but they’re not far away. “Obviously we’ve got the cup as well so it needs a big push from the players over an important few games.” Cahill was forced to sit out the business end of last season through injury but has been recalled by interim manager Rafael Benitez, knowing the whole team have to perform to reach their goals. “It’s what the lads have come to expect at this club,” he said. “It’s nothing different to what we’re used to and the demands that are on us. It is in our hands, it will be difficult because we’re up against some good teams but we’re in a good position at this moment in time.” Sunday’s win over Swansea, coupled with draws for fellow top-four contenders Arsenal and Tottenham, have moved Chelsea into pole position to seal third place behind champions Manchester United and their neighbours Manchester City. They also hold the upper hand in their Europa League semi-final tie with Basle after winning the first leg 2-1 in Switzerland last week. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Bolger opens up with one-two

first_img Ard San Aer broke smartly in the five-furlong contest and led the field of juveniles along before being joined by stablemate Mimicking down the outside going to the furlong pole. The 2-1 favourite, racing in the colours of Godolphin from her wide draw in stall one, soon asserted and she went away to score by a length and three-quarters in the hands of Kevin Manning. Bolger, later successful with Flight Risk and Parish Hall, said: “Kevin was very happy with her. She could go for the Marble Hill (at the Curragh next month) and maybe (Royal) Ascot. She was a little bit green but was on her own out there, and I thought she did it well from the stall she was in. The second is speedy and hopefully he has a future as well.” Manning added: “She has done it well. She had an outside draw into a headwind, but I couldn’t afford to be dropping in. They were all abreast across the track. She’s done it the hard way. She picked up when she met the rising ground. I’d be very pleased with her.” Penny Pepper (5-1) finished second on both her runs when trained by Eve Johnson Houghton in England last year, and she took the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden on her Irish debut for the Kevin Prendergast team. Always prominent under the in-form Chris Hayes, she asserted from the quarter-mile pole to score by two and a half lengths without being threatened as Countess Constance grabbed second spot. Prendergast said: “She was in training in England last year and I have had her since January. Hopefully she can get some black type. She travelled nicely and was a little bit fresh. I trained the dam (Evening Time) and she was quite good.” Hayes added: “She had been doing things nicely without us turning the screw. I was very happy with her. What sort of race it was I don’t know – to be honest, it didn’t ride the strongest of races. All my filly can do is improve. I’d say her overall target would maybe be that big sprint for three-year-olds only in Naas in a couple of weeks’ time.” Aidan O’Brien took the concluding Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden for three-year-olds with the yard’s supposed second string, the debutant Sandro Botticelli (11-1), ridden by Seamie Heffernan. Stablemate Los Barbados was sent off the favourite but got into a barging match down the outside as Sandro Botticelli, a son of Galileo, slipped through on the rails to win by three-quarters of a length. Jim Bolger initiated a treble when he sent out two newcomers in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at the Curragh to land a one-two for the stable.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Lagos Sports Commission Charges Nigerians to Emulate Ogunsanya’s Support for Boxing

first_imgBolowotan described Ogunsanya as strong pillar of support for boxing in the country through GOtv Boxing Night, which has revived the sport, and GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, which is consolidating the revival by unearthing fresh boxing talents“Let me use this opportunity to thank the sponsor, Mr. Adewunmi Ogunsanya for his commitment to the growth and development of boxing in Lagos State and Nigeria,” he said.Ogunsanya also received plaudits from Mr. Akinsoji Ambode, Chairman, Lagos Amateur Boxing Association (LABA), who expressed appreciation for the support towards the successful hosting of the competition, which he said will help replenish the pool of boxers in Lagos State and reinforce the bedrock of boxing in Nigeria.At the end of the competition, Mujeed Yinusa of Supreme Boxing Club was named the best male boxer, while Pelumi Adewale of MCB Boxing Club emerged the best female boxer.Both boxers were presented with a trophy and certificate.Dignitaries at the ceremony included Messrs. Aina Emmanuel, a top LSSC official; Jenkins Alumona, CEO, Flykite Productions, organisers of GOtv Boxing Night and GOtv Boxing NextGen Search; and members of LABA. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Director-General, Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Mr. Oluwatoyin Bolowotan, has urged prominent Nigerians to emulate the commitment of Mr. Adewunmi Ogunsanya (SAN), Chairman, GOtv Boxing, to the revival and growth of boxing in the country.Bolowotan made the call on Thursday while speaking at the closing ceremony of the maiden Lagos State Inter-club Boxing Challenge.The three-day competition, sponsored by Ogunsanya, attracted over 100 male and female boxers from boxing clubs in Lagos State to the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Yaba, Lagos, where it held.last_img read more

Injuries decimate quarterback position at Nebraska-Kearney

first_img Published on October 23, 2012 at 1:16 am Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Justin Drudik is the sixth quarterback to play for the University of Nebraska-Kearney this season.The fifth-year senior started the year fourth on the depth chart — the wide receivers depth chart.“It’s nothing like I expected to end my career,” Drudik said.A rash of injuries forced Drudik into a quarterbacking crash course as the UNK Lopers’ season appeared to be slipping away. In the first seven games of the season, UNK started six different quarterbacks. Two, including Drudik, started the year as wide receivers.For a team that prides itself on the timing of its spread offense, the constant changes have been disastrous. The team is 1-7 after going 30-6 the past three seasons. It’s not Drudik’s fault. He’s just closing out his college career in a bizarre situation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLopers offensive coordinator Andy Siegal called his coaching friends around the country asking for advice as his quarterbacks dropped like flies. They all responded with the same question.“‘How do you have six quarterbacks?’” they asked.Siegal always had the same answer: “We don’t.”Redshirt freshman Aric Kaiser started the season opener against Washburn University. The team lost 24-14, but the game ended with a healthy stable of quarterbacks still on the roster.After a slow first half with Kaiser under center in Week Two versus Emporia State, UNK brought in Kevin Romero. He led the team to a touchdown on his first drive. Then early in the fourth quarter, he tore his ACL.The game against Missouri Western on Sept. 15 cost the Lopers two quarterbacks.Kaiser started and struggled again before being replaced by Arizona transfer Tyler D’Amore. D’Amore, already nursing a knee injury, hurt his shoulder six plays in. Kaiser then returned and injured his shoulder, so D’Amore — who could not physically throw the ball — finished the game handing it off in the backfield.The injuries left the Lopers desperate at the quarterback position.Enter Matt Berry, a receiver who hadn’t played quarterback since his days at McCook High School. Siegal described Berry as a quick, natural reader of defenses in a zone-option offense.So the playbook was reinvented, and contracted.“Spread doesn’t mean air raid, throw it every single down, so that’s what you do is you find it, and that’s the thing we’ve done with all of them is ‘What do they do that’s positive?’” Siegal said. “OK, well in Matt’s case it’s he can run the option, he can run all over the place, he’s got escapability.”But a bad hamstring limited Berry to three halves of football before spending three weeks in street clothes on game days. At that point, Berry and redshirt freshman Sean Flanagan had split snaps in practice.Flanagan was quarterback No. 5. He started against Truman State in what would be UNK’s sixth straight loss of the season. During the third quarter of the TSU game, without the benefit of a single practice snap, Drudik came on after Flanagan’s helmet had fallen off.Drudik threw just two passes before Flanagan was back under center.At the start of the following week’s practice, Siegal sat down with what remained of his quarterback corps and announced Drudik would start against the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.“I said, ‘Did you ever think you were going to play quarterback?’” Siegal said. “And he said, ‘You know coach, my dream’s always been to be like Tim Tebow and come in and run the football into the end zone for a touchdown.’”One problem: Drudik isn’t fast. He’s a possession receiver primarily used for blocking.Still, he went to work studying option reads with his fellow receiver-turned-quarterback Berry. On Oct. 13, Lincoln game day, Berry was on the sideline — in street clothes — talking Drudik through option reads.Drudik had never run the option before. He took snaps in a Maryland-I offense in high school. In other words, he almost exclusively handed the ball off.Berry told Drudik he thought he could probably cut around the defensive end on his options runs. With 9:46 remaining in the second quarter, Drudik used that advice and burst around the corner and downfield for a 23-yard touchdown. Berry ran over and congratulated him.“I was really happy for him, getting that touchdown, because a lot of people give him a little grief about not being the fastest guy out there,” Berry said. “But he does put in a lot of work and he does work really hard at making the right read and getting the ball to who the ball needs to get to.”The passing chapter of the UNK playbook had 30 plays in August. Now, it’s down to six.The injuries besieging the Lopers are enough to drive any team apart, especially one hardly accustomed to losing. But not this team.Head coach Darrell Morris and his staff gave the players a simple message: Keep it together and play through for the seniors. With displaced talent like Berry and Drudik giving up personal gain for the team, the persistence came naturally.Drudik helped Berry call out protection audibles. Berry showed Drudik how to play an option. And though the team lost Drudik’s first game at quarterback 34-27 at Lincoln, the Lopers earned their first victory of the season last week over Southwest Baptist University.Drudik had a modest day passing, completing 10 of 27 passes for 80 yards. But he managed the game, getting the ball to the team’s backs and receivers quickly in the 34-20 win.“He’s the ultimate team guy if you’ve ever met one,” Siegal said. “And I tease him all the time; I say, ‘Hey I coached junior college football for 10 years, I know what it’s like to prepare a quarterback that doesn’t know anything, so this is easy.’”This season marks the end of Drudik’s football career. One he never envisioned traversing this many turns, but he’s proud to end it under center.When Drudik trotted off the field after his touchdown run against Lincoln, Siegal met him at the sideline. Referring back to his visions of Tebow, Siegal asked him one rhetorical question:“Dream came true, huh?”Drudik just laughed. 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Waiters invited to Team USA mini-camp in late July

first_img Comments Published on June 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm Former Syracuse star Dion Waiters has been invited to the USA men’s national team mini-camp July 22-25,USA Basketball announced Wednesday in a release.The Cleveland Cavaliers guard started 48 of 61 games as a rookie this year, averaging 14.7 points per game. Waiters left Syracuse after his sophomore season and was drafted 4th overall by the Cavaliers in last year’s NBA Draft.The camp will allow head coach Mike Krzyzewski to look at players who could be added to the 2014-16 national team roster. Players who make that cut will be eligible to compete on the USA World Basketball Cup Team (formerly known as the FIBA World Championship) and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, assuming it qualifies.The Cleveland Plain-Dealer first reported the story last week.Waiters is expected to compete in the Las Vegas Summer League, immediately preceding the mini-camp.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Springfest canceled amid fears of virus

first_imgAll on- and off-campus University-related events, excluding academic performances and intercollegiate games, will be canceled from March 11 to 29, according to an email sent by Provost Charles Zukoski to the USC community. Springfest, which has traditionally been held at McCarthy Quad, had been looking to shift its venue to the Coliseum since 2017 due to increased attendance.  “In accordance with University policy, we are sad to announce that Springfest 2020 scheduled for March 28 is canceled due to concerns regarding COVID-19,” Concerts Committee said in the statement. “We are proud to take the health and safety of our students seriously, and are grateful to all our partners, artist teams, and the LA Memorial Coliseum for understanding.” Concerts Committee, which had not yet released a complete lineup of artists, announced earlier this month that student performers would include Kyle Lux, Ayoni, Ashes to Amber, Kid Hastings and Ayse.  The headliner was never announced. However, in the past, Springfest featured headliners such as Diplo, Trippie Redd, 2 Chainz and Playboi Carti. Co-directors of Concerts Committee Leila Kashfi and Chris Begler said they are actively looking to bring back programming to the community this semester, should the circumstances change. Kashfi and Begler said the committee will redirect the Springfest budget to another program if University policy allows. People who purchased guest passes and pre-ordered merchandise will receive refunds, the committee announced in a statement released on its Instagram Tuesday. Springfest has been canceled due to concerns of the spread of coronavirus. The annual University-affiliated concert, hosted by USC Concerts Committee, was to be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum March 28. Springfest was previously canceled in 2017 during hip-hop trio Migos’ performance as McCarthy Quad exceeded capacity, leading to trampling, the involvement of the Los Angeles Fire Department and a student’s hospitalization.  This year, Concerts Committee also announced Springfest would include an additional stage for student talent and guest ticketing for non-USC attendees, along with extending Fryft hours to accommodate student transportation to and from the venue.last_img read more