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Soybean Winners

first_imgGeorgia’s top soybean producers were honored for producing high yields during the 2018 growing season at the Georgia-Florida Soybean/Small Grain Expo in Perry, Georgia, on Jan. 15.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension sponsors the Georgia Soybean Production Contest every year to emphasize production practices that are consistent with efficient and profitable soybean production, to recognize those farmers who produce high yields and to accumulate data on the practices used by those outstanding producers.“This year’s winner, Randy Dowdy, is well known to the contest. He produced a world-record yield in this contest in 2016. He wasn’t able to surpass that this year, but he still produced an amazing 156 bushels per acre,” said Mark Freeman, UGA Extension’s east Georgia agronomist.In the irrigated category, this year’s winners include:1. Randy Dowdy, Lowndes County, 156.84 bushels per acre2. Mark Ariail, Franklin County, 91.68 bushels per acre3. Clayton Bloodworth, Wilcox County, 91.63 bushels per acreIn the dryland category, this year’s winners include:1. Russ and Dennis Moon, Madison County, 94.8 bushels per acre2. Nick McMichen, Floyd County, 94.1 bushels per acreTo be eligible, producers have to grow a minimum of two acres. The harvest and yields are verified by county Extension agents who submit the data to Freeman.In 2016, Dowdy produced a world-record 171.8 bushels per acre, 10 bushels more than the previous record holder.Freeman estimates that approximately 200,000 soybean acres were produced in 2018. To learn more about soybean production in Georgia, see read more

Trail Mix | Paul Burch

first_imgJimmie Rodgers holds a special place in my heart.As I have chronicled for years here on this blog, I have worked with Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, a music festival that celebrates the original Bristol Sessions from 1927, of which Rodgers was a part, for over a decade. The wayfaring troubadour became a part of history when he recorded a couple tracks for Ralph Peer and laid the formation for contemporary country and folk music.Paul Burch recently delved into the life of Jimmie Rodgers in a big way. The resulting recording, Meridian Rising, is a musical autobiography, with Burch writing songs that chronicle different eras of Rodgers’ life from the perspective of the Blue Yodeler.Punctuating each track are the sounds that Rodgers would have heard – or created – at any given moment during his life. Though known as a forefather of country music, Rodgers was an encyclopedia of American music. He performed with the legendary Louis Armstrong, and his recording sessions with Peer, who became a close friend, include tracks with The Carter Family, noted blues singers, and even Hawaiian guitarists.Burch’s efforts on Meridian Rising are masterful, bringing back to life one of our most cherished musical icons.I recently caught up with Paul Burch to chat about the life of Jimmie Rodgers and the quality of Burch’s yodel.BRO – If you could sit down with Jimmie and share a cup of coffee, what might you ask him?PB – I’d like to ask Jimmie what records he had, because wife said he “bought them by the ton.” I’d also like to know about his favorite performers he met before his first record and what he liked about them. I’d like to hear about his failed audition for talent scout H.C. Speir in Jackson, Mississippi. Was he hoping to record for Paramount? And I’d like to hear about his session with Louis Armstrong and Clifford Gibson, too. The Mississippi Sheiks said they played a dance with Jimmie. I’d love to hear him play “Sittin’ on Top of the World.” And, lastly, I’d like to play Howlin’ Wolf’s original recording of “Moaning At Midnight,” which was recorded by Sam Phillips, so Jimmie could hear the influence of young Chester, the 14 year old boy he met in Mississippi who wanted to learn his yodel.*BRO – What is it like to write a song as somebody else?PB – I’ve been doing it all along. As Rimbaud wrote, “I is another. If the brass wakes the trumpet, it’s not its fault. That’s obvious to me. I witness the unfolding of my own thought: I watch it, I hear it: I make a stroke with the bow: the symphony begins in the depths, or springs with a bound onto the stage.”BRO – During this process, did it ever become difficult to wear Jimmie’s skin? Did you come across material that was just too tough to put into song?PB – I never felt like I was in Jimmie’s skin. I was more of a Max Brod-like colleague – writing down Jimmie’s thoughts as he said them. Occasionally finishing a sentence. I was a sort of executor to the estate of his soul, as it were. And, as Brod said of Kafka, if Jimmie didn’t want his thoughts published, he should have appointed a different executor.BRO – Can you share one tidbit you learned during your research that we might want to know about Jimmie?PB – Under stress he was a quick thinker, telling a band of gun toting con men in New Orleans that he didn’t have the cash to pay a massive gambling debt, but that they could collect at his bank back home in Texas, and he wrote them an IOU. It was only after he left the state that they discovered Jimmie had written the IOU for a bank that didn’t exist. He never went back to Louisiana.BRO – How’s your yodel?PB – Wouldn’t you like to know.You can catch Paul Burch at one of Nashville’s favorite music hangouts, The 5 Spot, on February 18th and 25th.For more information on Paul, his tour schedule, or where you can buy a copy of Meridian, please check out his website.* Author’s Note – Chester Burnett, the 14 year old mentioned here, grew up to become noted bluesman Howlin’ Wolf.[divider]More from the Trail Mix Blog[/divider]last_img read more

The Fed’s fraud study reveals the expected and unexpected

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The high-level trends in payment fraud are easy enough for industry professionals to surmise. Card fraud- both credit and debit- is on the rise, particularly in the fast-growing e-commerce channel. Nonetheless, the Federal Reserve’s newly issued fraud study is packed with valuable information. Its data-driven analysis confirms and quantifies some commonly held beliefs, and uncovers a few surprises in the process.The report takes pains to note that while the rate of fraud is increasing, it remains exceedingly small. Across all payment types, only 46 cents of every $10,000 in payments volume is fraudulent. That translates to a minuscule .0046% in 2015, up from .0038% in 2012. The Fed incorporates further 2016 data for card transactions only. It shows that while in-person card fraud is declining (presumably thanks to EMV chip adoption), growth in remote card fraud continues unabated.In terms of sheer dollar value, by 2016, remote card fraud ($4.6 billion) had surpassed in-person card fraud ($2.9 billion) despite representing a much smaller share of purchase volume. While ecommerce-driven remote card payments continue to grow at double-digit rates, fraud on those transactions is growing three times as quickly- and is now twice as common as in-person fraud on a percentage basis. Ponder that complexity during your Cyber Monday shopping frenzy.last_img read more

Pandemic flu experts share preparedness perspectives with businesses

first_imgSep 22, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – With so much uncertainty over how broad and severe the next wave of H1N1 influenza could be, now is the time to focus on the two top goals of saving and sustaining lives, Dr. Julie Gerberding, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told business groups today.Like the federal government, businesses sometimes face a difficult balance between taking measures that save lives and choosing ones that preserve families, communities, and the economy, said Gerberding, who is now a clinical professor of medicine at Emory University in Atlanta and adjunct professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She made the comments at the opening session of a pandemic planning conference hosted by the CIDRAP Business Source, part of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. It was attended by about 300 people.Complicated messages about the pandemic H1N1 vaccine and disease severity create a difficult platform for practical planning, she told the audience.Unfortunately, viruses and pandemics are unpredictable, Gerberding said. “When I oversaw the nation’s strategic national stockpile, one of the most needed items that we didn’t stock was a crystal ball.”Age pattern of cases unexplainedSo far it’s not clear why the pandemic virus is hitting young people the hardest and largely sparing seniors, she said. Theories include some level of preexisting immunity in people older than 52 and the initial introduction of the virus into schools in the spring, when children were returning from spring break. Gerberding added that during the 1918 pandemic, children were primarily affected first, but the virus hit older groups harder after the virus penetrated into the community.”It’s very premature to relax,” she said, noting that the case-fatality rate calculations for the pandemic virus are unreliable.She suggested that business pandemic planners focus on what experts do know about pandemic H1N1 flu. For example, she said that although the strain causes mainly mild illnesses in many patients, it has the capacity in some patients to cause severe pneumonia with hemorrhagic damage to the lungs. “This is not what we see with regular seasonal flu pneumonia, typically,” she said.The public is getting mixed messages about the pandemic H1N1 vaccine, which could be sowing confusion, she said. Though the nation has the technical capability to deliver the vaccine, it’s not clear how beneficial it will be and how readily people will accept it.Gerberding said businesses can help public health officials by getting clear, consistent messages out to the workforce about the H1N1 vaccine.More tools are needed to respond to the pandemic, she said. For example, clinicians desperately need more antiviral treatment options. She predicted that new data will be published in the months ahead that will show benefits of nonpharmaceutical measures to reduce the spread of the flu.She likened the pandemic flu developments to the evils that spilled out of Pandora’s box in Greek mythology, but observed that not all of the box’s contents were bad. “Pandora didn’t just have evil, she had hope,” Gerberding said. “Even if there are challenges, there’s still a reason to hope—to take action to empower our organizations to solve these problems.”Flu’s unpredictabilityThe fundamental unpredictability of influenza was the theme of Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, who followed Gerberding at the conference lectern today. He stressed that no one can predict the course of the current pandemic, and businesses must be prepared to make quick decisions as it evolves.”I can’t find any two pandemics in history that are alike,” said Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, sponsor of the conference. “We can surely learn from the past, we can anticipate from the past, but we can’t predict from the past.”He noted that pandemic planning in recent years has been shaped largely by the threat from the H5N1 avian influenza virus. “Now will we have people asking us, ‘Did you scare the hell out of me needlessly?'” he said, but added, ” Id rather be prepared for something that doesn’t happen than be unprepared for something that does.”Describing the complex and confusing nature of the H1N1 pandemic, Osterholm pointed out two news reports that appeared the same day, one reporting that people in poor countries are more likely to die of the infection than those in wealthier countries, another saying that the death rate in H1N1 cases is about the same as that for seasonal flu.”For about 99% of people this [H1N1] is a pretty mild situation,” he said. “But for the other 1% this is not a good illness. . . . People really die.”With the pandemic’s second wave now rising in the Northern Hemisphere, one big question is whether there will be a third wave, Osterholm said. Some previous pandemics occurred in three waves, and the third was the most severe in some cases.He summed up the situation by quoting a point made by a group of experts convened by the World Health Organization last May: “The only thing that’s certain about influenza viruses is that nothing is certain.”With most of the current H1N1 cases breaking out in school children and college students, the “zillion dollar question” is when the virus will start spreading more widely among adults, he said.Global vaccine supply poorHe advised his listeners not to overestimate the impact of H1N1 vaccines on the pandemic. The United States’ top 15 trading partners have a combined population of 3.2 billion, but they have ordered only 443 million doses of H1N1 vaccine, enough to cover about 14% of the population. Countries like Canada and Germany have ordered enough to protect most of their people, but in India and China the doses on order will cover less than 0.5% of the population, he said.Osterholm also warned that the pandemic could pose a severe challenge to critical care resources. “We tapped that intensive care capacity to the max in the spring,” he said. “If we see a 20% to 30% increase in intensive care activity [this fall and winter], we are going to see a big increase in deaths.”In this complex and confusing situation, “balancing our messages and our responses is going to be difficult,” he said. He urged business people to pay attention to flu developments not only at home but also abroad.While deaths are important, “this pandemic may be even more about absenteeism—about how long you can operate without people who are sick themselves or are caring for sick people,” he said.Osterholm urged his audience to adopt a “battlefield mentality.””We’re going to have to make quick decisions. If we lose our lieutenants, how do we replace them with sergeants?” he said.Quoting Churchill, he added, “Plans are useless, but planning is invaluable.”last_img read more

Apocalyptic scenes as blasts ravage Beirut

first_imgAn entire port engulfed in fire, ships ablaze at sea and crumbling buildings: the site of the massive blast in Beirut’s harbor area resembled a post-nuclear landscape.Soldiers cordoned off the area, littered with glass and debris from the explosion which officials said was the result of fire catching in a warehouse where hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate were stored.A woman in her twenties stood screaming at security forces, asking about the fate of her brother, a port employee. ‘Don’t know what to do’ A ship anchored off the port was ablaze from the mushroom of fire, causing panic among the authorities fearing the fuel onboard would trigger another tragedy.Sitting on a sidewalk near the site of the blast, at least 10 crew members of two cargo ships damaged in the explosion were waiting to be treated by medics.”The ship is sinking in the water, the explosion caused an opening in it, and there are serious injuries on board,” said an Egyptian member of the crew of one of the ships, Mero Star.”We heard firecrackers and we saw smoke coming out of a warehouse … and after a few minutes the explosion happened,” said another crew member, who asked not be named.Syrian and Egyptian crew had arrived at the port on Tuesday on board a ship carrying cargo from Ukraine, and many were planning to head back home on Tuesday.”From the day we set sail six months ago, we had been looking forward to this day of homecoming,” said one Syrian seafarer. Another Egyptian crew member said he was planning to go back home on Wednesday after months at sea.”But I will not be able to,” he told AFP. “I don’t know what to do.” Abandoned luggage was strewn across the area. Next to one untouched bag lay an unattended corpse.Every parked vehicle within a radius of several hundred meters sustained damage from blast, so big that it was felt in Cyprus, 240 kilometers away.’Corpses everywhere’The cars closest to the site of the explosion were reduced to scrapyard metal, their wailing alarms and flashing lights adding to the chaos.Exhausted firemen were rushing to the scene, some searching for colleagues sent in earlier to put out the initial fire that was raging before the bigger explosion shook the city.With the help of the security forces, civil defense teams scoured the area for corpses, as officers screamed at reporters who were trying to document the disaster.”What are you taking pictures of? There are corpses everywhere,” said one of them. The confirmed death toll stood at 73 at 2:00 am but with more than 3,000 wounded and hospitals struggling to cope, a much higher final count seemed inevitable.Members of the security forces broke down in tears when one of their colleagues was brought to them dead on a stretcher. A fellow police officer pulled out a picture of the deceased with his fiancée, as his comrades wept. Topics : “His name is Jad, his eyes are green,” she pleaded, to no avail as security forces would not let her enter. Nearby another woman almost fainted while also asking about her brother who worked at the port.Ambulance sirens rang throughout the area as vehicles ferried the dead out for at least three hours and fire trucks rushed in and out of the blast zone.Inside the port itself, the hangars looked like charred cans, everything destroyed beyond recognition as fire-fighting helicopters flew overhead, dumping water.last_img read more

Colonial three-bedroom home sells to unsuspecting buyer at auction

first_img274 Nudgee Road, Hendra. Photo: said the home was sold to a next door neighbour looking to expand his property portfolio.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“We had five registered bidders, including one from Sydney and Melbourne,” Mr Clark said.“We had about 25 people at the auction, the property was around 100 years old.”Mr Clark said the buyers were looking to purchase surrounding properties. 274 Nudgee Road, Hendra. Photo: White auctioneer Adam Downes said the little three-bedroom cottage was on a busy road.The auction was held in the backyard, with bidding starting at $390,000.Bidding got up to $450,000 when it paused, Mr Downes said.He said the house went on the market at $470,000 and moved in “rapid fire increments” to $498,000.“The property sold $28,000 above where we announced it on the market,” he said.The property is on a 567 sq m block. 274 Nudgee Road, Hendra. Photo: Brisbane buyer loved his neighbour’s home so much he wanted in on the auction action.Ray White — Nundah selling agent James Clark said the home at 274 Nudgee Rd, Hendra sold under the hammer on Saturday for $498,000.last_img read more

This home achieved the highest suburb sale price in three years

first_img7 Regoli Court Samford ValleyTHIS four-bedroom home fetched the highest price in its suburb in three years – a staggering $1.8 million – according to The home, with two bathrooms and a six-car garage, sold on June 13.7 Regoli Court Samford ValleyMore from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Only five other properties have been recorded as selling above the $1.8m mark in the suburb, with the highest being a 78ha estate bought by Pine Rivers shire council for $3.5m in 2006.7 Regoli Court Samford ValleyA six-bedroom, 1ha property at 5 Cannington Court sold for $2.015m in 2013 and a 9084sq m block at 26 Ascot Crescent fetched $1.97m in 2009, according to CoreLogic. The other two sales were for $1.95m each in 2014, for a 9052sq m site at 24 Ascot Crescent and a 9978sq m property at 3 Warwick Lane.7 Regoli Court Samford ValleyThe home at 7 Regoli Court, Samford Valley, was on the market for just two weeks before it was snapped up unconditionally. The owners had bought the property for $460,000 in August 2005.7 Regoli Court Samford Valley“This 2007 Garth Chapman-built residence sets a new standard for luxury family living upon five acres of established grounds,” the REA listing said. “It is destined to become Samford Valley’s benchmark for living and entertaining excellence.”last_img read more

Gold Coast to have an influx of land hit the market in Australia-wide Super Sunday event

first_imgMr Laner said the Stockland communities were appealing to a range of buyers looking for property in a location that offered it all. “Buyers are increasingly prioritising a healthy and active lifestyle on the Gold Coastand masterplanned communities that offer easy access to the water, parkland andrecreational facilities as well as the convenience of shops, schools and transport linkscontinue to enjoy strong demand.” More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDifferences between building in new or established estates01:50 Stockland will release more than 280 blocks of land and townhomes today. AN influx of land and new townhomes will hit the market today in a Super Sunday event. More than 280 Stockland blocks and properties will be listed for sale across the country, with more than 25 of those on the Coast. Land will be released at Foreshore Coomera, Highland Reserve and Riverstone Crossing communities with prices ranging from $268,900 to $369,900.Blocks start at 313sq m through to 2288sq m. MORE NEWS: Buyers splash almost $4m on beachfront padcenter_img A display home at Stockland’s Foreshore Coomera community. Stockland Queensland residential communities general manager David Laner said it was the state’s largest synchronised land and townhome release to date. “We have decided to make it easier for anyone looking for a new home by replacing individual land releases with a single massive release at 12 of our most popular Queensland communities,” he said. “Whether it’s your first home, a larger home for a growing family, or home to suit a change in lifestyle, we have a block of land or townhome that’s right for you.” MORE NEWS: Coast castle’s price slashed Three Gold Coast Stockland communities will participate in Super Sunday. Foreshore Coomera is a 750-dwelling community in the Coast’s thriving northern corridor. “The community recently opened a state-of-the-art 16-home display village as well as the waterfront Foreshore Jetty Park complete with a covered timber jetty and a launch pontoon for kayaks,” Mr Laner said.“Foreshore Coomera features a diverse range of housing options for buyers from all walks of life and offers residents easy access to the water, nature reserves and established shops and schools.” The other two communities where new land will be available as of today were established in 2006. Riverstone Crossing in Maudsland has walking and cycling tracks, sporting fields and parks including a play space with scooter and bicycle tracks designed to help youngsters improve their road safety skills. Highland Reserve in Upper Coomera will accommodate more than 1100 homes.last_img read more

Gold Coast’s cheapest and most expensive suburbs to buy apartments

first_imgReal Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson was not surprised by the results, explaining prices were driven by demand and location.“The apartments they built in Main Beach are like the new ones they’re building now — they’re built for the owner-occupier,” he said.“That’s where the demand is.” Source: CoreLogic data to April 2019 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29 1. Coomera — $295,0002. Molendinar — $305,0003. Nerang — $310,0004. Oxenford — $317,5005. Highland Park — $318,0006. Biggera Waters — $332,2507. Upper Coomera — $334,5008. Ormeau and Coombabah — $340,0009. Pacific Pines — $343,75010. Ashmore — $345,000 CHEAPEST SUBURBS (median unit prices) MORE NEWS: Looking for a spot to park your boat? Main Beach is the most expensive suburb to buy apartments on the Gold Coast.PROSPECTIVE buyers on the hunt for an apartment in one Gold Coast suburb will need deep pockets with some costing more than a small house.Main Beach recorded the city’s highest unit price with a median of $717,5000, according to the latest CoreLogic data.Hollywell was hot on its heels with a median of $707,500, followed by Paradise Point ($690,000), Bilinga ($678,000), Coolangatta ($580,000) and Broadbeach ($554,500). RELATED: Bumper year for one Gold Coast suburb lands it trophy status An artist’s impression of Andrews Projects’ Encore Broadbeach tower. 1. Main Beach — $717,500More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago2. Hollywell — $707,5003. Paradise Point — $690,0004. Bilinga — $678,0005. Coolangatta — $580,0006. Broadbeach — $554,5007. Benowa and Burleigh Heads — $530,0008. Hope Island — $521,5009. Broadbeach Waters — $497,50010. Currumbin — $492,500 MOST EXPENSIVE SUBURBS (median unit prices) He said even more central suburbs such as Broadbeach and Broadbeach Waters, which have traditionally been home to rentals, were changing to meet the demand.“A lot of the older-style apartments were for holiday accommodation,” he said.“You’re seeing the current stock that’s being built to be towards that owner-occupier.”More apartment towers were rising across the Coast, particularly luxury boutiques with larger floorplans and amenities to suit owner-occupiers in popular locations.Developer Andrews Projects was building its second apartment project, Encore, in Broadbeach.Sales manager Sarah Andrews said the company chose the suburb because it “ticked all the boxes”.“We are very particular about the projects we pursue and Broadbeach ticks all the boxes for what we look for in a location for our apartment towers,” she said. “It is not only picturesque and home to the Gold Coast’s best and widest range of entertainment and dining options but boasts a level of infrastructure and public transport options to rival anywhere.”While new apartments are becoming increasingly popular on the Coast, the REIQ has urged people to be cautious when buying-off-the-plan following the collapse of developer Ralan Group.While deposits are often kept in a separate trust account, some purchasers elected to release deposits through a side agreement.Hundreds of people risk losing their deposits for apartments at Ruby Collection as a result.“This is a reminder of the importance of seeking legal advice and undertaking appropriate due diligence when making these types of purchases,” REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said.“Ultimately, the developer may never proceed with the build for a number of possible reasons, such as if pre-sales aren’t met or, in extreme situations such as the Ralan case, the developer could fall into administration.” MORE NEWS: House holds record despite selling at a losslast_img read more

Guv to Negrenses: ‘Fortify faith with prayers amid COVID-19 pandemic’

first_img“We are not alone in this battle. Wehave a God whom we might have disregarded and overlooked due to the haste ofour modern lives and love of self,” a teary-eyed Lacson said in his message tothe provincial government employees during the community prayer held at theCapitol grounds on March  24. “We are not alone in this battle. We have a God whom we might have disregarded and overlooked due to the haste of our modern lives and love of self,” says Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental. PNA-BACOLOD FILE PHOTO In ending his message, the governorshared a verse from II Chronicles, Chapter 7 a portion of which read: “…If mypeople who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek myface, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I willforgive their sin, and will heal their land.” “We Negrenses are God’s people, and Hewill surely hear our pleas for help. For though our life changes, He neverdoes,” he said. “First world countries, powerfulcountries, and the less powerful ones are frightened and shaken just the same.This disease knows no earthly powers,” he added. “It is for this reason, I am addressingyou today – to remind all of us of our dependence on God’s mercy and grace. Novictory over anything, over any disease is possible without God,” he added. “Yes, the virus has reached our island,our country. Never in recent history that borders and ports have been closedand community quarantine imposed,” he added.center_img The governor said COVID-19 is new toeveryone and that humanity, as a whole, is not prepared for it. The governor, however, said that “thisis not the time to cower in fear and confusion, but (the time) to fortify ourfaith with prayers”. BACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental urged Negrensesnot to fear, but instead to strengthen their faith in God amid the global fightagainst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Lacson said that months ago, the threatwas not as real for the Negrenses as it is now. On March 15, Lacson ordered the closureof borders, ports and airports in Negros Occidental until April 14 as part ofthe province’s intensified measures against COVID-19. (With areport from PNA/PN)last_img read more