Third of Brisbane homes up for auction sold beforehand

first_img16 Wooloowin Avenue, Wooloowin, has sold before it could go under the hammer this weekend.A THIRD of the properties scheduled to go under the hammer this weekend have already sold as the January auction market tightens.Just nine properties are on the auction list in greater Brisbane this Saturday, and three have already gone under contract.A four townhouse complex at 14 Lincoln Street, Wilston, a contemporary Queenslander at 16 Wooloowin Avenue, Wooloowin and an architect designed family retreat at 22 Newcross Street, Indooroopilly have all been taken off the auction block after finding buyers.The townhouse complex involves and eight bedroom, quadruple bathroom, quadruple car space unit block that Stanley Irwin and Adam Stefan of LJ Hooker Stafford described as “the perfect opportunity to kickstart your portfolio in 2018”. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago16 Wooloowin Avenue, Wooloowin Qld 4030 The townhouses were sold “in one line”.“This is the first time the property has come onto the market in over 41 years and it most certainly has been worth the wait.” All the townhouses have private courtyards and were fully tenanted at present, returning $75,600 a year gross. It’s located 300m from Wilston Village Cafe precinct, 400m from Wilston Train Station and 4.5km to the Brisbane CBD.In Wooloowin, the three bedroom Queenslander — also originally scheduled to go under the hammer at 10am — went after contract after the owners purchased elsewhere.The property was marketed as one that “must be sold on or before auction” by agents Aaron Woolard and Rachael White of Place New Farm.“From the picket fence to the peaked roofline and enclosed veranda, it features all the hallmarks of the coveted Queenslander style — all freshly painted including the roof.” 14 Lincoln Street, Wilston Qld 4051 The property has an inground pool.“With its private, leafy surrounds, this property displays a commanding presence both inside and out. High ceilings, wide stairways, generous living areas, and a superb fit out create an abode that is full of natural light and ventilation and presents itself as an impeccable space to entertain family and friends.”Special features included bamboo floors, a purpose built breezeway, floor-to-ceiling stacker doors and an in-ground pool. BRISBANE AUCTION TIMETABLE: 10.30AM: 9 Northgate Road, Nundah 11AM: 45 Waterloo Esplanade, Wynnum89 Silvester Street, Wilston621 Webster Road, Chermside 2PM: 83 Langton Street, Banyo, Qld 4014 4.30PM: 27 Hatia Place, Kuraby (Source: 22 Newcross Street, Indooroopilly Qld 4068 The owners have also built a viewing deck in the backyard to catch the city lights.Traditional features included high ceilings, VJ walls, polished timber floors, picture rails, two fireplaces and detailed breezeways, with modern additions including ducted air conditioning, new downlights and pendant lighting. The home is just 10 minutes from the Brisbane CBD and walking distance to Wooloowin train station.The third to sell before it could go under the hammer was a four bedroom designer home in Indooroopilly. Agent Nathan Mitchell of Urban Property Agents Paddington described it as a stunning home in a sought after suburb.last_img read more

​Norway’s new coalition vows to boost private pension saving

first_img“This means, among other things, that public sector occupational pensions must provide good incentives for work, and facilitate mobility between the public and private sectors,” the declaration stated. Norway’s new government is the first since 1985 without a socialist majorityIndustry association Finance Norway said: “Finance Norway is pleased with the message and emphasises that this must also be reflected in the way individual savings are facilitated.”The organisation said the introduction on 1 November 2017 of an individual pension savings (IPS) system had been a positive development, and warned against harming this new model.“Finance Norway expects that the framework for IPS will not be weakened in the extension of the government’s promises contained in the declaration,” the lobby group said.Stefi Kierulf Prytz, director of life insurance and pensions at Finance Norway, added: “Finance Norway sees it as positive that the government, through the declaration, is focusing on pensions and clearly maintaining the work line (Arbeidslinjen) and mobility as central overarching goals with the pension system.”“Arbeidslinjen” is a term used in Norwegian politics for the goal of most people being able to support themselves by means of income from work.Kierulf Prytz said changes to pension accounts that had already been put forward were intended to foster a predictable, robust and transparent pension system. The pension accounts would give individuals more of an overview and greater awareness of their own pensions.“We therefore expect the proposals for legislative changes to be dealt with in the [parliament] shortly,” said Kierulf Prytz. The Norwegian government aims to boost private pension saving as part of its new coalition agreement – a pledge welcomed by the country’s financial sector.Prime minister Erna Solberg held talks last week between her existing three-party government and the Christian Democrats, who have now joined her coalition to form Norway’s first non-socialist majority coalition since 1985.In a document dubbed the “Granavolden Declaration” – after the historic country hotel in which the talks took place – the new government pledged to facilitate “safe and predictable frameworks for private retirement savings and private occupational pension schemes”.The coalition also said it would continue the implementation of the pension reform in both the private and public sectors.last_img read more

Offshore oil and & operators returning to Gulf of Mexico after Harvey

first_imgOffshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are re-boarding platforms and rigs to assesses their ability to resume normal operations following Tropical Storm Harvey.According to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), based on the data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 CDT Thursday, personnel remain evacuated from a total of 94 production platforms, which represents 12.75 percent of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.This compares to 102 evacuated production platforms counted on Wednesday.Personnel remain evacuated from five non-dynamically positioned rigs, which is equivalent to 50 percent of the 10 rigs of this type currently operating in the Gulf. No DP rigs moved off location out of the storm’s path.From Gulf of Mexico operator reports, BSEE estimates that approximately 13.49 percent of the current oil production of 1,750,000 barrels of oil per day in the Gulf remains shut-in, which equates to 236,115 barrels of oil per day. Some production has returned when compared to the day before numbers.BSEE also estimates that about 17.64 percent of the natural gas production of 3,220 million cubic feet per day, or 568.09 million cubic feet per day, remains shut-in.last_img read more

Franklin County Foundation Grant Deadline Approaching

first_imgBROOKVILLE — Time is running out for organizations to apply for a grant through the Franklin County Community Foundation. The deadline for the 2014 grant cycle is August 4.The Foundation makes grants to tax-exempt organizations creating or operating a program intended for county residents. The group typically funds start-up costs for new programs, one-time projects or needs beyond an applicant’s ability.Those seeking a grant should write a letter of intent. After the letter of intent is reviewed an application may be sent to the organization. To learn more visit under the grants tab or call the Franklin County Community Foundation office at (765) 647-6810.last_img

Heaslip wary of wily Gatland

first_imgWales boss Warren Gatland will have a few tricks up his sleeve that could catch Ireland’s crop of Lions unawares on Saturday, warns Jamie Heaslip. Lions coach Gatland led the likes of Heaslip and Ireland captain Paul O’Connell to Test series victory over Australia in the summer. The fallout from omitting Brian O’Driscoll for the decisive final Test still overshadows Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash between Ireland and Wales. Assistant coach Les Kiss said Ireland will not hold anything back in chasing turnovers at the tackle area. But the defensive specialist said Schmidt’s outfit will be at pains to show referee Wayne Barnes they are staying the right side of the laws when contesting the breakdown. “You can still go hard at the breakdown, and fight hard,” said Kiss. “But you must do it accurately and show good pictures to the referee and your team-mates. “If the contest is on we’ll go for it, but if not we’ll trust in our other plans.” “And it’s over to us, ultimately. We’re under no illusions what we’re up against. “They’ve won the championship two years on the hop now. We’re going up against a quality side, we’ve played against them often and with them from the summer. “They are good players and good blokes, and we expect a tough battle on our hands in that regard. It’s definitely going to be a physical game.” center_img Vice-captain Heaslip believes Ireland carry “absolutely” no hang-ups from the summer into this weekend. Ireland’s Lions contingent worked closely and at length with Gatland, unearthing his most trusted coaching methods and styles of play. But the Leinster loose forward is adamant Gatland has kept some secrets close to his chest, to be unleashed for his Wales side in this year’s Six Nations, as they chase a record third straight championship titles. “I’m sure ‘Gats’ hasn’t shown his full hand, across the summer and even into the tournament now,” said Heaslip. “Their lads have played enough against (Ireland coach) Joe (Schmidt) through club rugby when he was Leinster boss I suppose, to get a taste of what he could be like. “But they are not playing against Joe as such, they are playing against our lads. “You’ve got to take it with a pinch of salt I suppose. “It will have a bearing, and perhaps they could gain an advantage from it. But we’ve just got to be mindful of them producing something different. Press Associationlast_img read more

Rooney ready to prove his worth

first_imgWayne Rooney wants to continue doing his talking on the pitch after he scored his 12th goal of the season in Manchester United’s win at Crystal Palace – less than 24 hours after signing a new deal at the club. “I’ve been trying to do well for the team and trying to help us win,” he told Sky Sports 1. “Whether I’m signing a new deal or not I always give 110 per cent on the pitch and that’s what I’ve done today. “Obviously I’ve been letting my football do the talking but I’m happy and settled.” Palace kept their visitors honest in the opening 45 minutes but, after a spell in the ascendancy, conceded a penalty just after the hour as Marouane Chamakh fouled Patrice Evra just inside the area. Van Persie stepped up to put United in front before Rooney added his fantastic second six minutes later and the England international was pleased with the manner of the win. “It was a good victory,” he added. “I thought we played well and it was a good win. We moved the ball well, maybe could have created more chances but overall we were in control of the game and once we got one goal we knew we’d get another and see the game out. “It’s tough getting that first goal but thankfully Robin put the penalty away and I think it was a great three points.” Press Association The 28-year-old was the centre of attention going into the game having penned a new £300,000-a-week deal and he thrashed home a magnificent second goal to add to Robin van Persie’s penalty and secure a 2-0 win for David Moyes’ side. With Rooney’s future in doubt going into the season he has now committed himself to United and wants to continue pushing the champions towards the Barclays Premier League top four. Moyes also praised the work-rate of Rooney, whose new contract will be good news for the United boss following a first campaign that has never really taken off. “Sometimes when Wayne has not got time to think, he does things naturally,” said Moyes. “He has natural talent and the technique and ability to get his weight behind the ball and strike it cleanly was good. “He works really hard for the team and some of his passing was fantastic. His finish was great. “He is a really important player and you think about the amount of clubs who wanted to sign him. “He would have been too difficult to replace. There aren’t enough top players out there that you can get cheaply or easily. “Wayne’s one of them, one of the top players. He shows it week in, week out for us and you can see the change in him – his leadership, what he’s trying to bring to the team.” Moyes will now take the Red Devils to face Olympiacos on Tuesday for the opening leg of their Champions League tie, with the former Everton manager looking to string together some positive results following their win in south London. “We have a really big European tie coming up on Tuesday night and our focus goes onto that,” he said. “We wanted to win the game to make sure we go into that game in good form and confidence. It’s such a big game for us. “We haven’t played for ten days so I wanted to make sure all the players were ready and focused for the game and ready to perform again.” Tony Pulis saw his side slip to only their second home defeat since he replaced Ian Holloway at Selhurst Park in November but the Welshman still acknowledges his side are in the fight for a survival. “Every game whether it’s home or away matters,” he said. “We have to start collecting the points. We’re in it with 12 other teams. It will go right to the end. Whether it’s against the top four or five, there’s always three points. We have to scrap and fight for everything against every team. “Today was disappointing. That [the penalty] gave United the leg up they were looking for.” last_img read more

University of Michigan president apologizes to anyone harmed by a school doctor after ex-students allege sexual abuse

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan president apologizes to anyone harmed by a school doctor after ex-students allege sexual abuse. February 20, 2020center_img University of Michigan president apologizes to anyone harmed by a school doctor after ex-students allege sexual abuselast_img

Utah looks for home win vs Colorado

first_img Associated Press Utah looks for home win vs Colorado TEAM LEADERSHIP: The rugged Timmy Allen has averaged 17.7 points and 7.3 rebounds to lead the way for the Runnin’ Utes. Complementing Allen is Rylan Jones, who is producing 9.2 points and 4.3 assists per game. The Buffaloes have been led by McKinley Wright IV, who is averaging 14 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists.CREATING OFFENSE: Wright has directly created 46 percent of all Colorado field goals over the last five games. The junior guard has 34 field goals and 23 assists in those games.PERFECT WHEN: Colorado is a perfect 18-0 when it holds an opponent to 67 points or fewer. The Buffaloes are 3-9 when opponents score more than 67.ASSIST RATIOS: The Utes have recently converted baskets via assists more often than the Buffaloes. Utah has an assist on 40 of 81 field goals (49.4 percent) over its previous three matchups while Colorado has assists on 24 of 76 field goals (31.6 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Colorado as a team has made 7.7 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-most among Pac-12 teams. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditColorado (21-9, 11-7) vs. Utah (15-14, 6-11)Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Utah looks for its eighth straight win over Colorado at Jon M. Huntsman Center. The last victory for the Buffaloes at Utah was a 55-48 win on Feb. 18, 2012. March 5, 2020last_img read more

Credibility of Turnitin questioned

first_imgIn the never-ending war on plagiarism, higher education experts have raised new concerns over the credibility of Turnitin after its parent company launched WriteCheck, which allows students to check for plagiarism for a small fee.Plagiarism · WriteCheck aims to help students recognize plagiarism and avoid grammatical errors. Critics argue, however, that the website allows students to avoid getting caught for plagiarism before submitting a paper. – Photo illustration by Mindy Curtis | Daily TrojanWith the advent of WriteCheck in 2009, college professors nationwide have recently raised complaints that errant students now have a tool to circumvent popular plagiarism detection software.Faculty at USC began using Turnitin in fall 2008 to identify plagiarism in large classes. At USC, more than 100 documented cases of plagiarism were reported during the 2010-11 academic year, according to Student Judicial Affairs.Originally released in 1996, Turnitin detects plagiarism by checking submissions against a database of millions of archived papers, journals, periodicals and books.In an article last week in The Chronicle of Higher Education David E. Harrington, professor at Kenyon College, however, raised the issue that over-reliance on artificial means of detecting plagiarism like Turnitin could lead to some clear violations going unnoticed.Elinor Accampo, a USC history professor, uses multiple means — in addition to Turnitin — to discourage and to detect plagiarism.“I make it really clear that, if a student violates academic integrity in any way, they get an F in the course,” Accampo said.Accampo also said she creates assignments she believes are difficult or impossible to copy from somewhere else and watches out for “red flags,” such as discrepancies between in-class and out-of-class writing.Most professors and students agree Turnitin discourages students from plagiarizing.“When students use Turnitin, they know they have a higher chance of being caught so they aren’t going to pull from wikipedia or something,”  said Moriah Burton, a senior majoring in film and television production. “They know that the website will know what Wikipedia says and they’re going to get caught.”The last plagiarism case Accampo saw dealt with a student she caught “very easily” thanks to Turnitin. Though, he is aware of the program’s limitations, Accampo acknowledged it is almost impossible to get away with plagiarizing from works already within Turnitin’s database.“The work that a student would have to do to get around Turnitin would make it his or her own paper anyway,” Accampo said.WriteCheck, however, provides a student with complete, advanced access to the same database used by Turnitin for $7 per paper.“WriteCheck helps students check for plagiarism and correct grammar, style and spelling errors with user-friendly reports and helpful resources to improve writing,” according to its website.Some students, however, said they would not use WriteCheck because it is not academically honest.“I do find [WriteCheck] unethical,” said Graham Higgins, a junior majoring in film production. “I wouldn’t want anything to do with it.”Many students, however, have never heard of WriteCheck.“If knowledge of WriteCheck were more widespread,” said Holly Morris, a senior majoring in neuroscience. “I’m sure people would use it.”Other students said Turnitin does not know everything and can accidentally accuse honest students of cheating if they have writing styles similar to that of their sources.James Collins II, a professor of classics, said that instructors and students should not rely on technology to detect plagiarism.“I don’t think embracing technology like Turnitin is going to solve the problem,” Collins said. “I would encourage more open dialogue about integrity and honor.”last_img read more

Trojans’ story is not yet complete

first_imgWhen the Trojans take the floor at the Galen Center on Saturday afternoon for their final regular season game against the Oregon Ducks, they will already have had achievements this year that couldn’t have been imagined back in early November.For a team that hadn’t had a winning record in four seasons and hadn’t made it past the first round of the NCAA tournament in seven years, jumping from bottom-dweller to their first 20-win season since 2009 is a major step in the right direction.Consider the bleak history of the program — one that has been overshadowed by that other school across town — with a dispassionate fan base and little to no expectations entering the 2015-2016 season. The last time USC tasted palpable, consistent success was from 2007-2009 when they made three consecutive trips to March Madness, and even that was tainted by O.J. Mayo’s NCAA violations that wiped out the entire 2007-2008 season.This is what makes what the Trojans accomplished this season so refreshing: not only has their success been scandal-free — somewhat atypical of USC athletics — but, sporting just one senior, the team is young and primed to be a factor both now and in the future.Head coach Andy Enfield will tell you that there was no timetable on turning the program around, but realistically, no coach gets a three-year honeymoon period, no matter how young and inexperienced the players are. Enfield led the Trojans to a 23-41 overall record and a meek 5-31 performance in conference play in his first two seasons, and it was safe to say that another subpar campaign would have put the head coach on the hot seat.As if the basketball gods intervened and spared USC from another coaching change in a major sport, the Trojans have suddenly found continuity and a keeper in Enfield. He has done a masterful job of keeping a positive attitude through the trials and tribulations of his first two seasons, developing and instilling his system despite the lack of results on the scoreboard and meshing the core players he inherited — juniors Nikola Jovanovic and Julian Jacobs — with the recruits he brought in.Perhaps prospects are inherently drawn to USC based on its proximity to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but Enfield already has amassed talented crop of young players that should draw more prized recruits in the coming years. Sophomore guards Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart can only get better, and freshmen forwards Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright are already making a major impact.The style of play has also been a huge plus. Enfield has successfully implemented the kind of free-flowing, ball movement-heavy, up-tempo offense that wins games in today’s basketball, not to mention its appeal to casual fans that USC is trying to draw. The Trojans’ 103 dunks in their first 29 games have earned them the nickname “Slam City.”However, it’s difficult to go from 0 to 100 in a season, as the Men of Troy have found out. With initial success come growing pains. The 15-0 home start was nice, but the discrepancy between their play at the Galen Center and on the road — where they are just 3-7 — is noticeable, with the team losing its last six away games.Nowhere was this more apparent than last weekend in the Bay Area, when the Trojans were stomped by both Stanford and Cal. In both games, they ran their offense and had good looks at the basket, but the shots didn’t fall. Perhaps overwhelmed, their inexperience showed and their defense faltered as well, leading to disappointing games on both ends of the court.The road struggles are noteworthy, because if the Trojans are to do well in the Pac-12 tournament and beyond, they will need to figure out a way to win away from the Galen Center. Despite their recent slide, losing five of seven games, most experts have USC penciled in as a seventh-to-ninth seed in the NCAA tournament; still, an early exit in Las Vegas may very well drop the Trojans into the bubble on Selection Sunday.Nonetheless, that USC is in the conversation for March Madness regardless of the result against Oregon speaks volumes to the turnaround Enfield and his players have accomplished. The ride thus far has been unexpected and marvelous – and it isn’t over yet.Eric He is a freshman majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Fridays.last_img read more