Average Aussie home hits $686,700: ABS

first_img198 Upper Spring Creek Road, Spring Creek, has three bedrooms, one bath and five car spaces. 198 Upper Spring Creek Road, Spring Creek, is on the market for $670,000, just over $16,000 less than the average Aussie home.THE value of residential real estate is almost $7 trillion, with the average Aussie home now worth $686,700, official data out today showed. The total value of Australia’s 10 million residential dwellings increased $92.9 billion during the December quarter to hit $6.9 trillion, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.Residential property prices rose 5 per cent compared to the same quarter last year, a marked slowdown given September’s result was 8.3 per cent and June 10.2 per cent.ABS chief economist Bruce Hockman attributed the change to tighter regulatory conditions and a slowdown in investor credit growth.“The results are in line with market indicators like falling auction clearance rates, and point to a continued moderation in annual property price growth across a number of Australia’s capital cities” This townhouse has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a double-car garage.“History shows that house prices eventually grow fastest in the markets which have seen low growth in the recent past,” he said.“People forget that between 2002 and 2012, Sydney home prices grew more slowly than any other capital city. History shows how this can turn around in a short space of time.”Mr Garrett said Tasmania’s capital had been stuck in the doldrums only a few years ago.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago“Hobart’s impressive turnaround will give hope to other markets around Australia. The home building industry in cities like Adelaide, Perth and Darwin have been hurt by weak prices over recent years.” HOUSING NUMBERS: Total value of dwellings: $6.869 trillionAverage price: $686,700Number of homes: 10,003,100 PRICE RISES: (Over the same quarter the previous year): Australia 5% Sydney 3.8%Melbourne 10.2%Brisbane 2.1%Adelaide 3.6%Perth -1.7%Hobart 13.1%Darwin -6.3%Canberra 5.7% AVERAGE HOME PRICE (DEC 2017): NSW $896,000VIC $749,100QLD $506,500SA $450,900WA $530,800TAS $386,200NT $464,400ACT $673,600Australia $686,700 (Source: ABS) FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK 9/51 Railway Parade, Norman Park, has close to the average Aussie home price, with the owners wanting offers over $680,000. It also has the rare addition of 38.17ha of land with the house.Dwelling prices in Brisbane rose 2.1 per cent in the December quarter 2017 compared to the same time the previous year, a modest level considering the surges in Hobart (13.1 per cent) and Melbourne (10.2 per cent). Canberra pulled (5.7 per cent), Sydney (3.8 per cent), Adelaide (3.6 per cent), while Perth (-1.7 per cent) and Darwin (-6.3 per cent) were in negative territory.New South Wales remained the highest average home price in the country ($896,000) with Victoria second ($749,100) and then the Australian Capital Territory ($673,600). Queensland is still among the most affordable at $506,500, which was about $180,000 less than national average. The lowest mean price was in Tasmania at $386,200.Housing Industry Association senior economist Shane Garrett said a major shift was underway in the housing market.“There has been a major change in the pattern of house price growth across Australia’s major cities,” he said, with Hobart now growing fastest of the capitals with the former star Sydney sitting fourth.last_img read more

Reigning rookie of the year Lauren Bellefontaine faces high expectations

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Lauren Bellefontaine couldn’t stop shaking when she skated onto the ice for her first Syracuse game. It was during pregame warmups on Sept. 29, 2018, and the freshman “almost passed out a few times.”There was no way she could’ve expected to win the College Hockey America Rookie of the Year. She couldn’t have expected to become the Orange’s first line center, a penalty killer, a power play specialist and one of the stars of SU’s first ever conference title.Bellefontaine was entrusted with significant ice time at five-on-five and on special teams — responsibilities that gave Bellefontaine confidence in herself and her ability to play at the collegiate level.“It made me say: ‘Okay I can do this,’” Bellefontaine said. “If the coaches trust in me I can trust myself.”That trust resulted in Bellefontaine flourishing in her first season in Syracuse, registering seven goals and 20 points while simultaneously being one of the Orange’s most defensively reliable forwards. But that was then. A season removed from her rookie success, Bellefontaine said she understands she is expected to take a step forward. She isn’t concerned with a sophomore slump but understands there are “sophomore expectations.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor a freshman who came into Syracuse and experienced immediate success, Bellefontaine’s beginnings with the Nepean Jr. Wildcats, a hockey academy in Canada, was not as smooth.Wildcats coach Bruce MacDonald said he always knew Bellefontaine would be an elite player, but she initially struggled to translate her talent into production. She’s experienced success at every level, both in hockey and soccer, but her early stumbles frustrated her, MacDonald said.“I personally wasn’t having the best years of my life,” Bellefontaine said. “So it was really difficult for me to be the best that I could be.”After “cutting the negative things out of her life,” Bellefontaine said, and focusing on the goal of playing ice hockey collegiately, her play on the ice improved. Overcoming early struggles made Bellefontaine a better player and person, MacDonald said.Bellefontaine’s progression has given her the opportunity to lead as a sophomore. With the absence of Allie Munroe and Brooke Avery, Bellefontaine will be expected to improve on her rookie season to fill the void.“She is basically the starting center most nights,” Flanagan said. “She plays a ton, plays half the game.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorBellefontaine feared her strength and size could limit her success in 2018. After a summer of harder workouts and heavier weights, she feels stronger and faster than she ever has.Bellefontaine only became a full-time center a few years before coming to Syracuse. She grew up as a defender and winger but is now starting to perfect her craft at the faceoff circle. Bellefontaine has won 50 percent of her draws on the year, four percent above the team’s average. She said her strategy is to wait for the opponent to put her stick down first in order to position herself for the draw, allowing Bellefontaine to knock her opponents stick before sweeping the puck back to a defender or winger.“I put all my weight into those faceoffs,” Bellefontaine said. “Because winning a faceoff starts off the whole shift.”Bellefontaine regularly blocks shots, as she led all Syracuse forwards in that category last season. Stepping in front of shots earned her reputation as one of the best defensive forwards on the team and a role on the Orange penalty kill unit.Immediately after her rookie season ended, Bellefontaine met with the coaching staff to see where she could improve. Despite expanding her game and filling nearly every role she was asked as a freshman; the coaches were still looking for more.“There’s definitely a lot more pressure on you compared to being a new freshman,” Bellefontaine said. “You have to be that leader for those freshmen coming in.”center_img Published on October 16, 2019 at 10:48 pm Contact Mitchell: [email protected]last_img read more

Pearltrees Beta Launches on Wednesday: Will Let You Archive the Links You Share on Twitter

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#news#web At this year’s LeWeb conference, Pearltrees will launch the beta version of its bookmarking and curation service. In this beta, Pearltrees will introduce some interesting features for Twitter users. Starting Wednesday, Pearltrees users will be able to connect their Twitter accounts to the service. Pearltrees will continuously scan your Twitter account and index every link you share on Twitter. Currently, shared links on Twitter are often quickly forgotten, but thanks to the new Pearltrees connection, you will be able to easily create an archive of all the links you have shared with your friends.We got a chance to discuss Pearltrees and its upcoming launch with the company’s CEO Patrice Lamothe in the startup’s Paris offices today. According to Lamothe, the average Pearltrees user already spends about 12 minutes per day on the site. According to Lamothe, the company’s mission it to give users the option to curate anything on the Web and make it easy to archive all the links and content you share online. You can find our in-depth review of PearlTrees here.Thanks to the new Twitter feature, which will put all of the links you share on Twitter into a drop box on Pearltrees, you can now easily create a complete archive of all the content you share. You still have to organize this content yourself, however. Pearltrees does not feature auto-tagging. Also Coming This Week: Real-Time UpdatesStarting on Wednesday, Pearltrees will not just allow you to import links from Twitter, but the service will also be able to send out alerts to your Twitter friends when you update your own pearls. In addition, the company will also introduce a new search feature and updates from other users you follow will be updated in real time. It’s important to note that Pearltrees’ focus is less on following other users. Instead, Lamothe stressed, the real value of the service is in following the content that others users create on the service. API Coming SoonEarly next year, the company will introduce an API that will allow developers to access bookmarks and import and export data from other services. The details of this API are still in flux, but will likely allow developers to easily connect other social networks to the service as well. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Guedes to undergo foot surgery

first_imgValencia v Barcelona Valencia’s Guedes to undergo foot surgery Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 09:23 11/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Guedes-cropped Getty Images Valencia v Barcelona Valencia Primera División The winger played in his side’s 1-1 draw with La Liga leaders Barcelona but he will go under the knife to prevent further damage to his left foot Valencia attacker Goncalo Guedes will undergo surgery on Monday to stabilise a stress injury in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot.Guedes played in Valencia’s dramatic 1-1 draw with La Liga leaders Barcelona on Sunday but the Portuguese star will go under the knife to prevent further damage.Portugal 20/1 to win World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 20-year-old has been a revelation since joining Valencia from Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan.Guedes has scored three goals and claimed five assists to help Valencia make an unbeaten start to the campaign in second position, four points adrift of Barca. Medical report | Gonçalo Guedes and @Garay_24 https://t.co/a3t2qpn8Eg— Valencia CF English (@valenciacf_en) November 26, 2017Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay will also undergo an MRI scan after suffering a side injury at home to Barca.Garay, 31, was forced from the field with four minutes remaining.last_img read more

Manitoba First Nations say province hasnt consulted on proposed flood channel

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsSeveral First Nations in Manitoba say they haven’t been consulted by the province on plans for a new flood channel connecting two major waterways to mitigate flooding risks.The provincial government has been working on plans for the channel since major flooding devastated First Nations communities in the province eight years ago.At a community forum hosted by the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council in Ashern Monday, some said plans for the proposed Lake Manitoba-Lake St. Martin channel outlet project could negatively impact First Nations rights.With construction just months away, they say they want to be properly consulted.“It’s going to impact not only our inherent treaty rights but most importantly the fishing industry as well as the livelihoods,” says IRTC member Karl Zadnik. “The hunting, the fishing, the medicine picking — all the sacred things we hold still today.”The IRTC represents six communities in the Interlake region of Manitoba, including the four that were impacted by the 2011 flood.Last year the province hosted four information sessions about the project, none of which were in First Nation communities.Chief Garnet Woodhouse of Pinaymootang First Nation said he attended Monday’s forum with the hope of finally speaking with a government minister, but to no avail.“There is a failure from the governments,” he said. “Today we invite the provincial government to be here. Where are they?”In a statement sent to APTN News, a spokesperson for the Manitoba government said the province “will soon submit the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.“The government recognizes that a number of Indigenous communities have concerns related to the project, and the EIS will provide the opportunity to discuss the details of the project and these concerns.”[email protected]@bhobs22last_img read more

Big elevator companies blast Ontario bill safety agency in new report

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s major elevator companies, which have come under scrutiny for breakdowns and delayed repairs, are warning that proposed Ontario legislation aimed at enhancing reliability of the devices in the country’s largest market could have dire consequences if enacted.In a new report that casts a wide net of blame for “real and perceived” problems with the industry, the companies also take aim at what they see as stifling rules enforced by Ontario’s safety authority.“There is a fundamental misunderstanding in Ontario regarding elevator reliability and availability, and the root cause of any down time,” the report states. “Specific isolated instances of elevator problems have created a misperception of widespread elevator outages and unresponsive service companies that are both inaccurate and irresponsible.”Instead, the National Elevator and Escalator Association — dominated by multinational giants Kone, Otis, Schindler, and ThyssenKrupp — blames any problems on a multitude of factors that include building owners who can’t or won’t maintain elevators and who don’t keep unhappy users in the loop; voltage fluctuations for causing elevator shutdowns; and traffic congestion and parking issues in Toronto that hamper timely service calls.An in-depth investigation by The Canadian Press last year found soaring numbers of calls to firefighters to free people trapped in elevators, reports of frequent and lengthy outages and harried technicians who have little time or financial incentive to do preventative maintenance.In an attempt at addressing the problems the association says are overblown, Ontario Liberal Han Dong introduced a two-part private member’s bill this year that would mandate analyzing how many elevators are needed in new buildings, and set time limits for contractors to get the important devices back in service.But Dong’s effort, the association argues, is misguided and the legislation, if enacted, could impose huge costs on building owners that might see tenants “priced out” of their homes.The legislation could also lead to increased safety issues, the association argued, due to potential rushed repair jobs in order to meet time limits.Citing internal industry statistics that could not be independently verified, the association report also states that only a tiny fraction of elevators in Ontario go out of service, and that more than 98 per cent of those are up and running within 24 hours.The report also claims elevator entrapments in Ontario have steadily decreased by 18 per cent in the last four years — stats that run counter to those provided by Ontario authorities whose figures show calls to firefighters from people stuck in elevators have doubled since 2001 and now number in the thousands every year.And while the report supports traffic studies to ensure buildings are built with enough elevator capacity, it calls for a “voluntary standard” for appropriate equipment levels.Toronto-based consultant Rob Isabelle called the report self-serving, political, and some of its contentions ridiculous.“Blaming everybody and the world and not themselves,” Isabelle said.One key area in which the report is silent, Isabelle said, is on tight union control on the number of certified technicians — most of whom work for the big companies.The personnel shortage, he said, provides little incentive for technicians to provide superior service, hampers the ability of contractors to get rid of poor performers, and acts as a barrier to smaller companies from entering the field.In July, as Dong’s legislation moved forward, the Ontario government directed the province’s safety regulator to commission its own review of the elevator reliability issue. Led by retired justice Douglas Cunningham, the Deloitte study for the Technical Standards and Safety Authority — TSSA — has yet to be finalized.The elevator companies make no mention in their report of successful safety prosecutions against them, such as one in January in which ThyssenKrupp was fined $375,000. Instead, they argue the TSSA has created one of the most highly regulated environments in North America — to little effect.“Many existing regulations do not increase safety or reliability, and in fact may serve to decrease availability,” the report states. “There is a lack of collaboration and mutual distrust between the (TSSA) and industry.”The TSSA, which says elevator incidents have risen significantly since 2011 and serious injuries are up eight per cent annually, had no response to the association’s broadsides. A spokesman said the agency would wait for Cunningham to issue his report.Dong said he was glad his proposed legislation has drawn attention to the issues.“Something needs to be done,” Dong said, adding he is skeptical of the association’s reliability figures. “This is a big problem.”Doug Guderian, president of Elevator One based in Barrie, Ont., agreed with the report, but said it didn’t address underperforming contractors who he said hide behind long-term contracts.“Owners feel that they are locked into a undesirable situation with no options,” Guderian said.The technician’s union did not respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

BC Hydro planning a number of power outages in the Peace to

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro is planning a number of power outages in the Peace Region today to fix equipment that was damaged during a massive power outage on Wednesday evening.Over 30,000 customers in nearly all of Northeast B.C. lost power at around 8:25 p.m. Wednesday. BC Hydro said that the outage occurred when lightning hit equipment that connected the B.C. Peace with the rest of the provincial electrical grid.Crews took around 15 minutes to bring both the W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon dams back online. Once that was complete, power was then able to be restored to residential customers, the last of which saw the power come back on at around 9:15 p.m. Other industrial customers then saw their power restored. Hydro says that eight separate outages are planned in Fort St. John, Chetwynd, and Fort Nelson today to repair equipment that was damaged by last night’s unplanned outage.The list of planned power outages can be found here: https://www.bchydro.com/power-outages/app/outage-list.html#planned-1602964060.last_img read more

Recommendations of AlQuds Committee call to protect Holy City FM

first_imgMarrakech – The recommendations of the 20th meeting of Al-Quds Committee, held on January 17-18 in Marrakech, under the chairmanship of  King Mohammed VI, call upon the international community to save the holy city and stop the Israeli occupation policies aimed at changing its legal status, said on Saturday Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar. These recommendations are a “clear and frank” message to the international community to work towards the preservation of the civilizational, cultural, and human heritage of Al-Quds, he added in a statement to the press following a meeting with Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Madani.“The Marrakech meeting reflects the commitment to put the issue of Al-Quds at the heart of our future agenda,” he said, noting that there will be no solution to the Israeli-Palestinian without preserving the legal status of the Holy City.The meeting highlighted the efficiency of the vision of  the King to strengthen the diplomatic and political action to preserve the identity of Al-Quds and its cultural heritage, Mezouar noted, adding that the meeting has strengthened the role of Bayt Mal Al-Quds Agency in carrying out effective development programs benefitting the population of the city.last_img read more

August 14 2017 Lastly we covered Ron Chandler he

first_imgAugust 14, 2017Lastly we covered Ron Chandler helping to excavate the flooring to install plumbing. Here, Scott Riley, Ivan Severi, and Fernanda Ayala Torres finalize the pipes installed below the level of the flooring. (Text by Shannon Mackenzie and photos by Sue Kirsch)Julie Quinn and Rachel Holderbach help fill concrete over the excavations and finished plumbing.Eli McAlister prepares a piece of the metal frame that will hold up the drywall.Here Ivan and Eli stand in front of a partially finished drywall frame while Fernanda measures another segment to be installed.Our famous electrical engineer, Dr. Sparks teaches workshop participants and the construction crew necessary information around the electrical panel.Fernanda stayed after her workshop and worked closely with Dr. Sparks on the electrical needs of the East Housing unit. Here she holds the excess wiring that will hide within a future wall in the kitchen.More to come.last_img read more