Former H&B pair get Down in the City

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Townsville house and unit prices steady

first_img50 Camp St, MundingburraHOUSE and unit prices are remaining steady in Townsville according to the latest Core Logic figures while agents are reporting an increase in buyer activity.CoreLogic’s July 2018 Market Trends report shows median house prices in Townsville are $335,000 and have remained unchanged in the three months until April 2018.Units have a median price of $270,000 and have also remained unchanged during the same period.Both houses and units are taking 63 days to sell on average compared to houses taking 70 days and units 94 days during the same time last year.RE/MAX Excellence Townsville agent Loretta Fabbro said she had seen a marked interest in the number of buyers turning up to open homes and putting offers in for properties, especially from people from out of town.She sold 50 Camp St, Mundingburra at auction last Saturday for $326,000.More than 30 groups of people inspected the property and it received three offers before auction day.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“Most of my stock in now under contract and most of my properties have had more than one buyer making offers on the same day,” Ms Fabbro said.“I’ve had buyers from Perth, New Zealand, Tasmania and Canberra and I’m getting a lot of people who are moving here because they have family here.“Price wise it is still difficult but we are getting some good prices achieved for certain properties.”While some agents are noticing an increase in buyers, others are reporting a shortage of quality housing stock to sell while numbers at open homes are also down, especially in Townsville’s outer suburbs.CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said he was cautiously optimistic Townsville’s market would not worsen any further but he was predicting wide spread price growth in the near future.“The worst is probably behind Townsville but I’m not sure recovery is imminent,” he said. “You’re not really seeing that decline in sales activity any more, it’s pretty steady and that is usually an indication that you’re close to the bottom of the market but it doesn’t necessarily mean the market is going to start growing imminently.“I know there are some local projects kicking off like the stadium which might be a driver of demand going forward.”last_img read more

Lakers’ Brandon Ingram accepts coach’s challenge to fill in at point with Lonzo Ball out

first_imgIngram averages 15.6 points per game and is the Lakers’ most lethal scorer, and presents defenders with a choice.“He gets in the paint and all eyes turn toward him defensively,” Nance said. “So, he kicks it out, it’s there and the defense is automatically in scramble mode.”His 3.6 assists per game mostly come out of halfcourt sets with him on the wing, where he is considered a skilled playmaker. Against the Nets, Walton was betting that those same skills would carry over to a bigger stage, if Ingram stopped thinking too much and was willing to push the pace.“I tried to find a way to get my teammates the ball,” Ingram said. “I knew if I was aggressive to the rim I had some shooters on the wing to kick out to. I think that got contagious tonight when we were moving the basketball.”LEAPS AND REBOUNDSAfter Walton decided to move Ingram to the point and Tyler Ennis to the bench, he had a hole to fill in his starting lineup.Two nights after questioning his team’s effort and toughness in an embarrassing loss in Orlando, he turned to rookie guard Josh Hart.“He brought toughness,” Walton said.That and shooting. And rebounding.Hart, who has been as pleasant a surprise as anyone this season, finished with 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.“I was channeling my inner Charles Barkley,” Hart said. “Undersized guys. That was one emphasis Coach Luke talked about. I just wanted to go in and just hustle. And just play hard and that’s just a fight to the death.”Melodrama aside, Hart turned in one of the best rebounding games of the season for the Lakers. His 14 boards were more in a game by any Laker other than Julius Randle and Ball, whose 16-rebound night against Denver on Nov. 19 remains the gold standard for guards on the glass.It was Hart’s third double-digit rebounding night of the season.“His physical presence was great tonight for us,” Walton said. “I felt like he had kind of gotten away from that a little bit the last week or so. For whatever reason he really picked it up again tonight.”That physicality is a trait that sets Hart apart on the court, and it caught the eye of one of the Lakers’ other bruisers.“Obviously,” Nance said, “I admire what he does as a guard a little bit more than the next person.”Nance said he is “constantly” coaching Hart. His message?“As a rookie, play defense, defense, defense,” Nance said. “That will get you on the court and just expand from there. And he’s doing a terrific job of that.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIngram nearly notched a triple-double, finishing with 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in 36 minutes.“I think right now he’s about to pass out,” Larry Nance Jr. quipped.Ingram experienced groin tightness after the win and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s nationally televised game against Oklahoma City. However, with Lonzo Ball sidelined for the immediate future, Ingram gives the Lakers another option at the most important position on the court.And it seemed to help Ingram. Walton suggested that the second overall pick from two years ago has been somewhat timid since sitting out two games earlier this month due to a sprained ankle.“We just wanted him to be more engaged in what we’re doing,” Walton said. “And put more pressure on the other team’s defense.” OKLAHOMA CITY — Luke Walton had asked his small forward to make the shift to point guard before. He had long been romanced by the idea of possessions starting in the gifted hands of the 6-foot-9 Brandon Ingram, a prototype for the generation of positionless basketball.But before Walton went to that well again on Friday, Ingram had to pass one test.“We needed him to tell us he wanted that challenge,” Walton said following the Lakers’ 102-99 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. “And we needed to know that he’d push the pace for us.“He said he was up for both.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Leafs Hockey Club

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the Leafs success with Team of the Week honours.Leafs include back row, L-R, Carsen Willans, Blair Andrews, Austin Lindsay, Rayce Miller, Robson Cramer, Alec Wilkinson and Nolan Percival.Middle, stickboy Hayden Whitman, Austin Seaman, Aaron Dunlap,Troy Petrick, Adam Hodge, Patrick Croome, Kyle Clayton, Brandon Sookro, Rayce Miller, Nick Trefry and trainer Corey Niminken.Front, Brad Rebagliati, Travis Wellman, assistant coach Stathis Dimopoulos, Jamie Vlanich, head coach Frank Maida, Darnel St.Pierre, assistant coach Sean Dooley, Linden Horswill, goalie coach Bill McDonnell, Adam Maida and stickboy Aiden Osaka.Missing trainers Justin Willans, Derek Jackman and Shawn Badger. The Nelson Leafs gave Heritage City fans a taste of everything this Junior B season as the club played well into April for the first time in a few years.Fans attending Friday’s Cyclone Taylor Cup preliminary round contest between Nelson and KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks said the battle was one of the best games the NDCC Arena has seen in years.last_img read more

17 days ago​Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi delighted with early season form

first_img​Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi delighted with early season formby Ansser Sadiq17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi admits that he was fearing for his career after suffering an Achilles injury last term.The 18-year-old was missing for the back end of last season after the horrific injury.However, he has found his way back to fitness and is already shining for the first team under Frank Lampard with three assists and a goal in four matches.He told Sky Sports News: “It’s an amazing feeling.”I was out for three to four months and it was crazy to even get the injury in the first place. It’s something I had to deal with mentally because I’d never experienced an injury like that before.”I’m really delighted with the way I’ve come back. I didn’t expect to get this many assists and to contribute with a goal as well. Hopefully I’ll keep improving and adding goals to my game.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Oil and gas spending drop linked to competitiveness gap with the United

first_imgCALGARY – Canada’s competitive disadvantage with the United States is being reflected in lower spending plans by oil and gas producers, and Tuesday’s budget does nothing to change that trend, oilpatch observers say.In a report released Wednesday, Statistics Canada said capital spending to extract oil and gas will fall for a fourth straight year in Canada in 2018.Spending is expected to be about $33.2 billion, down 12 per cent from 2017, with the biggest declines in the oilsands sector where spending will fall by a fifth to $10.2 billion, the federal agency said, citing a survey of investment intentions.It said the largest spending decline is anticipated in Alberta, down 12 per cent to $22.5 billion, but spending will also fall off in Newfoundland and Labrador, by 31 per cent to $1.7 billion; in British Columbia, by 8.7 per cent to $4.6 billion; and in Saskatchewan, by just under one per cent to $3.9 billion.The numbers are falling because big projects are wrapping up and not being replaced, a trend that also points to Canada’s failing competitiveness with the United States, said CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld in an interview.“The bigger picture is some Canadian companies are looking south of the border,” he said. “They’re seeing the bottlenecks in the ability to get product to the market, the lighter regulatory environment in the U.S. and the disadvantage in spreads between U.S. and Canadian oil benchmarks — all are reasons to devote capital elsewhere.”In Tuesday’s federal budget, the government said more analysis was necessary before considering tax cuts to match the U.S., which announced in December it would drop its federal corporate tax rate to 21 per cent from 35 per cent.“The finance minister says he wants to see evidence that Canada is losing its share of the corporate investment dollar to the U.S. and, if these numbers pan out, that could be part of the evidence that Ottawa needs to think about a response,” said Shenfeld.Canada had a tax advantage over the U.S. until recently but that has evaporated, said University of Calgary tax expert Jack Mintz, adding there was “absolutely nothing” in the budget to address the issue.The decline in spending is also being seen by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, which estimates the industry will spend $45 billion this year, down about one per cent from 2017, and representing the fourth year of decline after $81 billion was spent in 2014. (CAPP’s numbers include spending on exploration lands and other costs that Statistics Canada doesn’t measure.)The four-year decline in oilsands spending in particular is the worst since the early 2000s and can be linked to uncertainty related to market access, the regulatory burden and competitiveness with the rest of the world, said CAPP vice-president Ben Brunnen.“There are jurisdictions around the world that are actively trying to attract capital. Canada is not one of those,” he said.Brunnen said U.S. tax reform includes allowing immediate 100 per cent deductibility for certain capital expenditures, a move expected to spur investment in oil and gas, liquefied natural gas facilities and refineries — high-cost projects that compete directly with the oilsands for funding. Canada allows 30 per cent deductions for similar investments, he said.Depressed Alberta natural gas prices and Canadian oil prices that haven’t kept up with increases in the U.S. are forcing Canadian producers to cut spending plans this year, said Jackie Forrest, senior director of research at ARC Financial Corp. in Calgary.She said adjustments made over the past several weeks mean that she is changing her spending forecast for 2018 from a decline of two per cent to a drop of five per cent compared with 2017.Patrick O’Rourke, managing director of institutional research at AltaCorp Capital in Calgary, said executives at the energy companies he covers are more frustrated with increased regulation, carbon taxes and delays in building pipelines than income taxes.He said Tuesday’s “do-nothing” budget failed to address any of those concerns.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Fort St John 100 Women Who Care Nominations

first_imgThe 100 Women Who Care started in 2017, as a group of local women who come together for one evening to help infuse financial help into local charities. At the event, the women listen to three nominated charities who present their stories to the women. By sharing who they are, what they are doing in the community, and why they deserve the support.Each attending woman brings $100 to the event, and casts her vote towards the charity she feels deserves the donation. When you multiply $100 by 100 women there is a quick infusion of funding for the chosen charity.To purchase tickets; CLICK HERE FB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The list of nominations for the upcoming 100 Women Who Care Event have been published.These organizations have all been nominated by women who have participated at previous 100 Women that Care events. Through the nomination process, three local charities will compete for this funding which will help their programs and services. Presentations will be made at the Lido on March 12th, 2019 at 6:00 pm.– Fort St John Women’s Resource Society– Fort St John & Area Senior’s Care Foundation– Fort St John Hospital Foundation– BC SPCA North Peace Branch– Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT)– North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre Society– North Peace Justice Society– Fort St John Association of Community Living– North Peace Seniors Housing Societylast_img read more

Deasan Holdings Limited issued permit to explore subsurface conditions under Old Fort

first_img“It is hoped that the comparison should show the depth of the failure zone during the October 2018 landslide and may also help to determine whether or not historical landslides have happened in the past.”Rock core sampling will be performed to assess residue strength of the material, performing sensitivity slope stability analysis to review the effect of the differentparameters in triggering the slope movement also providing a safe setback for further operations.Exploration work will continue until July 31, 2019.For any questions or concerns, you can contact the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources at 250 565-4240. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Deasan Holdings Limited has been issued a permit, by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, to explore subsurface conditions under the Old Fort slide area.According to the Peace River Regional District, this exploration will compare conditions under the slide area with subsurface conditions where the ground did not slide in 2018.The District hopes that the comparison shows the depth of the failure zone during the landslide and determine if any slides have happened historically in the past.last_img read more

Mamata counters Modis barbs on her describes him as Expiry PM

first_imgDinhata (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday launched a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi describing him as “Expiry PM”, and strongly contested his allegations against her as being a ‘speedbreaker’ in the path of state’s development. Banerjee gave point-by-point rebuttal of charges levelled by Modi at rallies at Siliguri and later at Kolkata’s Brigade ground during the day, to nail the “lies” spoken about performance of her government. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The war of words between Modi and Banerjee heated up the battle of Bengal in the ongoing general election. Bengal sends a total of 42 members to Lok Sabha, the third largest after Uttar Pradesh’s 80 and Maharashtra 48. Modi kickstarted BJP’s campaing in the state Wednesday launching onslaught on TMC supremo. Banerjee, whose partymen see her a PM candidate, preponed start of poll campaign in the state with a rally at Dinhata in Cooch Behar district to coincide with PM’s public meeting Wednesday. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Describing Modi as “Expiry Babu” and “Expiry PM”, Banerjee questioned what his government at the Centre has done for the welfare of people of the country. She dared him to participate in direct debate with her in television or in a public rally. Claiming that her government in West Bengal has done a lot for the welfare of the people of the state, Banerjee told a public rally here that income of farmers in the state has increased three times under her rule. “I am not Modi,I don’t tell lies,” she said, alleging that the PM has made false claims on performance of TMC government in West Bengal. She claimed that 12,000 farmers committed suicide during Modi rule in the country. The West Bengal chief minister said that her government has implemented several welfare schemes for the people of the state, like ‘Kanyashree’ for girls, ‘Yuvashree’ for the young people. “PM should not lie. You claim to have a 56 inch chest and u are resorting to lies,” she said. Banerjee said that West Bengal has been awarded by the Government of India for being the best among all states in implementing the 100-day minimum work guarantee scheme. “Its not my claim but your government has given the award for the achievement,” the firebrand leader said. Banerjee was termed as a speedbreaker in the path of the state’s development by the PM a couple of hours back in a rally at Siliguri. Rejecting Modi’s claim of doing everything for the welfare of tea garden workers, she said “you had promised to reopen seven closed tea gardens, but you have not done anything.” She said that Modi had promised before the 2014 elections to give every poor person Rs 15 lakhs in their bank accounts, but has not given a single penny. Banerjee also said that the BJP government at the Centre has not done anything for the Rajbanghsis, an ethnic group with a sizeable population in the North Bengal despite having made “tall claims.” Regarding Modi’s accusation that Banerjee has deprived the people of West Bengal of benefits under Ayushman Bharat scheme, she said the PM was seeking all credit for it though the state government had to shell out 40 per cent of the cost of the programme. “Why should I give it to you, I will do it myself,” she said. She said that her government will introduce a scheme that will benefit 7.5 crore people in the state. Charting out achievements and welfare schemes of her government that has been in power in Bengal since 2011, Banerjee said that she has introduced insurance for farmers and waived mutation fees for farmland sales. Livid at the PM’s accusations against her on the Pulwama attacks and the Balakot airstrike in Pakistan, Banerjee said “we are nationalists and not fascists.” She said that the Centre had prior intelligence on a possible terror attack on the CRPF convoy, but despite that the Pulwama incident happened in which 40 troopers were killed. Saying that Modi should not try to teach her nationalism, she said “you had information, but without taking action you led the CPRF jawans to death.” Banerjee said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has insulted that the Armed forces of the country by terming them as ‘Modi Sena’. She alleged that ‘Modi Sena’ are those who indulge in rioting and assaulting people who do not conform to their ways, and terming the country’s Army the same is an insult to the bravehearts who serve the country. Regarding Modi’s claim that her boat was sinking in Bengal, Banerjee said “Agey Delhi samla, tarpor dekhish Bangla (First manage Delhi and then look at Bengal).” Claiming that the “Chowkidar is acting like a fascist,” she said “you are talking of air strike, you will see voter strike.” She claimed that in Assam NRC, 22 lakh Hindu Bengali voters have been excluded, while 23 lakh Bengali muslims have been left out of the citizenship register in the north-eastern state. The chief minister said that though Modi has assured the Gorkhas in Darjeeling and other places in the state that they have nothing to worry about the NRC, she said that there are several elements in it for the Gorkhas to fear. “Go to Assam to see how many people have died and how many families have been devastated because of NRC,” she said. Banerjee claimed that if the BJP government returned to power in the general elections,they will change the Constitution and there will be no democracy in the country. Claiming that the Modi government intimidates anyone opposing it by raids and other tactics, she dared the PM saying “Catch me if you can, touch me if you can.” “I am also from a Hindu family. ..but I don’t go by your Hinduism. My parents did not teach me this type of Hinduism where you hate people,” she said.last_img read more