Southern Vermont College dedicates Hunter Hall

first_imgSouthern Vermont College will dedicate on Saturday its newest addition to campus, the 41,000 square foot Hunter Hall, which includes living space for more than 110 additional students as well as a high tech Simulation Laboratory and a Science Laboratory for student learning, office and conference space, computer lab and Wellness Center. The SVC community has invited the public to join students, trustees, faculty and staff, public officials, major donors, and contractors for a special dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, at 11 am in the Greenberg Atrium of Hunter Hall. The event will be followed by a reception and tours.“Southern Vermont College is very proud of this beautiful new addition,” said President Karen Gross, who remarked that it is the first major building the school has built in 17 years. “This is a multi-purpose structure that personifies all the possibilities a career launching education at SVC offers.” The facility includes a permanent state-of-the-art Simulation Lab where students in nursing and other health care programs can practice a wide range of skills on anatomically correct, computer programmed, interactive patient simulators. The Sim Lab, one of only a handful in the state of Vermont, provides a valuable, realistic tool for students in the burgeoning field of health care, according to SVC Division Nursing Chair Patricia Wrightsman. “Having a Sim family – father, mother (who gives birth), young child and infant – and the supporting technology, facilitates clinical training in all areas of patient care in the safety of an on-campus lab.”The living and learning spaces that comprise Hunter Hall and Greenberg Atrium were made possible by private donors, institutions and organizations, including donations by the late Irene Hunter of Manchester and by Norman and Selma Greenberg of Bennington. Support for the science labs came from several entities including Senior Whole Health, SVC trustee Deborah Wiley, Adirondack Audio & Visual, and Federal support secured with assistance from Senator Patrick Leahy. Significant donations of equipment from Rutland Regional Medical Center and Dartmouth Hitchcock.Medical Center also made the science labs possible.“This remarkable building happened because of the remarkable generosity and hard work of many individuals. The project, completed both on time and on budget, is cause for celebration,” Gross added. Reverend Jerrod Hugenot of the Bennington Interfaith Council and First Baptist Church will open the event with a non-sectarian dedication and Southern Vermont College Trustee Mary Wicker will speak on behalf of the College’s Board.The college broke ground on the $7.5 million building in June 2008 and was ready for students to occupy two of its wings in January 2009, a construction feat that is essentially unheard of, according to Chief Financial Officer James Beckwith. Beckwith credits the many local and regional contractors brought in for getting the job done in record time. Keeping this a project that would benefit local businesses was also a priority for SVC. “Most of the contractors were Bennington-based or resided within a 50 mile radius and most of the supplies were locally purchased,” Beckwith said. The new building uses many green technologies, including heavy insulation and efficient lighting.Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts education with 22 academic degree programs for approximately 500 students. Southern Vermont College recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the twenty-first century and for lives as successful leaders in their communities. SVC’s intercollegiate athletics teams are part of the New England Collegiate Conference. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.Source: SVC.last_img read more

Brazil Donates Three Tucano Advanced Trainers to Paraguay

first_imgBy Dialogo January 04, 2011 The aircraft’s name is T-27 and not Tucano 727, and the picture shows an A-29B Super Tucano, which is an improved version of the T-27 Tucano aircraft. Brazil has turned over three Tucano 727 planes for advanced pilot training to the Paraguayan Air Force and has received in exchange four Xavantes planes out of service since 2007 and an old Boeing 707. The country’s president, Fernando Lugo, participated in the ceremony. “The Tucanos aren’t new, they’re refurbished, but they’ll serve for combat practice by our pilots,” Brig. Gen. Miguel Christ Jacbos, commandant of the Air Force, explained at a press conference. The planes, he affirmed, are unarmed for that reason and can carry two people, the pilot and the student. The Paraguayan officer explained that “legally, the Tucanos are a donation from the Brazilian government, by means of a law approved by the Congress, but in exchange, the Paraguayan state formally donated the 1967-model Boeing 707 to Brazil.” The aircraft’s empty weight is 1810 kg, and its maximum weight is 3175 kg. The wingspan is 11.14 m. The military cooperation includes technical advice and logistics, among other things, according to information provided by the Armed Forces Communication Directorate. The Boeing 707 made its last flight in 2005, carrying the Paraguayan soccer team to Quito to compete in a match in the elimination rounds for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. It was the last survivor of the fleet of the extinct Paraguayan airline Líneas Aéreas Paraguayas (LAP), sold to the Ecuadorean airline Cielos de América for thirty million dollars in 1991. The Paraguayan president received the three military planes during an event held at the “Silvio Pettirossi” Base of the First Air Brigade, better known as the Air Tactical Group, located in the city of Luque. The head of state viewed the planes and climbed up on a wing, where he received technical explanations from one of the Paraguayan pilots. Other participants in the ceremony were the Brazilian ambassador, Eduardo Dos Santos, and the head of the Brazilian Air Force General Staff, Manuel Sandín de Rezende.last_img read more

USS Nicholas, Coast Guard Team Intercept Drug Shipment Worth More Than $6 Million

first_img Guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) with an embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment Team (LEDET) employed airborne use of force (AUF) to stop a vessel suspected of transporting illegal drugs, June 19, in support of Operation Martillo. The interdiction operation recovered 275 pounds of marijuana and 500 pounds of cocaine, a combined wholesale value of more than $6 million. “This interdiction is a clear example of our commitment to produce a safer and more secure region where criminal organizations no longer wield the power to destabilize governments,” said Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F). “These organizations threaten national and regional security and public safety, so we need to prevent the entry and spread of illicit drugs, violence, and transnational threats to countries throughout the region and to the United States.” A U.S. Navy P-3 Orion initially detected the speedboat. The drug traffickers then began to jettison the contraband when the P-3 turned over tracking of the speedboat to Nicholas while USCG District Eleven assumed control of the interdiction effort. An embarked SH-60 helicopter was launched with an AUF gunner on board to intercept the speedboat and mark the debris field with a smoke float. In an attempt to get the vessel to stop, the gunner fired warning shots across the bow and aft of the speedboat. When the vessel did not stop, the gunner fired disabling rounds, bringing the speedboat to a stop. Nicholas then launched a rigid-hull inflatable boat with Coast Guardsmen from the LEDET and seized the speedboat. “More than 80 percent of the narcotics entering Central America and largely transiting through Mexico on their way to U.S. markets enter via maritime littoral routes, with the main conveyance being “go-fast” boats,” said Harris. “By teaming up with our partner nations and allied forces to scrutinize the littorals, we will deny transnational organized crime networks these routes.” Operation Martillo (Spanish for ‘hammer’) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. This joint service, interagency, and multinational operation is being led by Joint Interagency Task Force-South, a National Task Force charged with detection, monitoring, and supporting the interdiction of illicit trafficking in a 42 million square mile area primarily in the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) area of operations. Operation Martillo is a component of the U.S. government’s coordinated interagency regional security strategy in support of the White House strategy to combat transnational organized crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative. COMUSNAVSO/C4F supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. By Dialogo July 05, 2012 Good feature story, but unfortunately it does not specify the area off the coast of what country. They only mention Central America. The naval forces of some countries of Central America have boats donated by the United States, with the exception of Guatemala which still has old patrol boats, that usually are kept in repair. What is the problem against Guatemala? The internal armed conflict is over, so?last_img read more

Freeport Shooting Leaves Man Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old man was shot dead in Freeport over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Officers responded to a Shot Spotter alert and 911 call reporting gunshots fired on Colonial Avenue just east of North Main Street, where Lyreek Crawley was found in a backyard with a bullet wound to the head at 1:10 a.m. Sunday, police said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Britain ranks flu pandemic among top threats

first_img The document is part of Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s overhaul of homeland security strategy, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. It said Brown ordered the drafting of a list of threats shortly after he replaced Tony Blair in June 2007, arguing that previously classified assessments should be made public. See also: Calling itself “a first attempt to inform the public more fully of the types of risks that we face,” the report invites readers to provide feedback for consideration in future updates. The report is described as “an assessment of the most significant emergencies which the United Kingdom and its citizens could face over the next five years,” including accidents, natural events, and malicious attacks. The National Risk Register, prepared by Britain’s Cabinet Office, depicts pandemic flu as the biggest threat in terms of potential impact on the country, well above such risks as terrorist attacks, coastal flooding, and major industrial accidents. It says a pandemic could infect as much as half of the British population and kill as many as 750,000. Noting that 228,000 Britons died in the flu pandemic of 1918-19, the document says that history, scientific evidence, and modeling suggest that up to half the UK population could contract the flu and between 50,000 and 750,000 people could die of it. Previous government assessments also have mentioned the possibility of 750,000 deaths, the AP story said. “Experts agree that there is a high probability of another influenza pandemic occurring, but it is impossible to forecast its exact timing or the precise nature of its impact,” the report states. Aug 8, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A new report from the British government ranks pandemic influenza very high on the list of major security threats to the United Kingdom. The government also has “advanced supply agreements” to buy enough doses of pandemic-specific vaccine for the whole population, if needed, but delivery of the first doses would not start until 4 to 6 months after the emergence of the pandemic, according to the report. Full text of report “Normal life is likely to face wider social and economic disruption, significant threats to the continuity of essential services, lower production levels, shortages and distribution difficulties,” the document states. The document also discusses the threat of other new and emerging infectious diseases. It says the risk that a major new disease will arise in or spread to Britain is low. However, the emergence of a flu pandemic or other widespread infectious disease abroad could cause some of the 12 million British nationals living abroad to return home, which would have “a short term but significant impact” on the areas where they settle. The Register is intended to help people improve their own preparedness for the various threats. It lists further information resources, discusses business continuity planning, and offers suggestions for individual, family, or community-based preparations. The 52-page report portrays a pandemic as somewhat less likely than terrorist attacks on transport and crowded places but just slightly less likely than severe weather. The report does not suggest a numeric probability for any given event, but it portrays the comparative likelihood and impacts of various threats on a graph. Although the report does not rank threats in order of overall seriousness, a spokeswoman for the Cabinet Office said it does indicate that a pandemic is considered the most pressing concern, the AP reported. British Cabinet Office page with introductory information and links to the reporthttp://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/reports/national_risk_register.aspx Concerning preparations, it says the government has stockpiled enough oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to treat up to 25% of the population. “This should be sufficient to treat all those who fall ill in a pandemic of similar proportions to those that occurred in the 20th century,” it states.last_img read more

Town, school need new tax attitude

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion This just in — “Niskayuna homeowners have the highest tax bills in the Capital Region.” Not exactly news if you live in this town. The town and school boards never miss a chance to increase the tax bills for our residents, even when they easily could. The school board approved a program expenditure increase of over $3.2 million, increased staffing of 17.2 personnel, and will have you believe that it did us a favor by only increasing our tax levy by 2.64 percent. The board also is sort of bragging that it could have been worse because the increase is below the tax levy limit.The two boards in this town have a long history of tax and spend. The 2015-16 school revenues were increased dramatically due to the state owing back aid. Yet instead of lowering our taxes, they proudly managed to keep the it at zero percent. The last time a school vote failed, that board put out the same budget for a second vote and went on record saying the residents just didn’t understand the budget. The residents sent it down to a resounding defeat. We understand perfectly.It’s time for a change in the make-up of our two boards in this town. The entire politics of these boards are tax-and-spend liberal Democrats, with the exception of our newly elected town supervisor. She could use some help from a more conservative team. It’s not surprising that one of the town board members quickly went on record stating that nothing was going to change. And by all indications, they aren’t supporting our supervisor. I will be hopeful that people that know fiscal management will run for open seats in the future. This long trend is putting a huge strain on our senior citizens and residents at large. I support the school. The education my children received was phenomenal. But what I see in way too many budgets are niceties, not necessities.BRIAN KREISNiskayunaThe writer is a retired school business administrator.last_img read more

Land tax hike slammed as QLD now more expensive than NSW

first_imgThe Property Council Queensland warned it was nine new or increased taxes in just three years.“This is nine new or increased taxes in under three years. And when it comes to tax competitiveness, land tax thresholds in Queensland have not been reviewed for a decade. And now Queensland’s rates are far higher than NSW and Victoria.”He warned that “almost all of the properties that will be impacted by this tax hike are home to businesses employing thousands of Queenslanders in industries like manufacturing, tourism, logistics and trade.”He said “the reality is that land tax is paid — either directly or indirectly — by the business that operates on the land.” How to earn $50,000 in three years He was critical of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and ministers “spruiking investment in the Sunshine State, but what they seem to forget is that an investment needs to stack up”.“It’s the bottom line on the investor’s spreadsheet that determines whether they invest in Queensland, or anywhere else in the world. This tax slug makes job-generating investment from offshore players in key sectors like tourism less likely in Queensland.”“Sadly, this is just the latest in a long line of tax hits for people who have chosen to invest in Queensland. Property Tax Hikes since October 2016 by QLD Govt: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Treasurer Jackie Trad walk towards a press briefing to deliver the state government’s 2019-20 Queensland budget to journalists at Parliament House in Brisbane. Picture: AAP Image/Glenn Hunt.Land tax bills will nearly double with all property holdings over $5m taking a fresh hit as the Queensland Government handed down its 2020 budget.The move was slammed by industry, with the peak property body warning it was “unjustifiable” and would make Queensland “uncompetitive”.Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford said all property holdings worth $5m or more in the state would take a bigger hit.“Today we have seen extraordinary increases in land tax, totalling an extra $778 million over the next four years,” Mr Mountford said. — A new ‘additional foreign acquirer duty’ on residential property;— Increased the ‘additional foreign acquirer duty’ from 3 per cent to 7 per cent;— Introduced a land tax surcharge on ‘absentee’ landowners;— Increased the land tax surcharge from 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent for ‘absentee’ landowners;— Extended the land tax surcharge to also include foreign companies and trusts;— Introduced a new land tax category for aggregated holdings over $10m;— Increased the rate of land tax for holdings over $10m from 1.75 to 2.0 cents (individuals) and 2.25 to 2.5 cents (companies);— Again increased the rate of land tax for holdings over $10m, this time from 2.5 cents to 2.75 cents (companies). (Source: Property Council Queensland) MORE: Honey, I gave up the prize home Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford warned Queensland’s rates were “far higher” than NSW and Victoria. Picture: Mark Calleja.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago Perfection for Ash Barty to come home to FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTERlast_img read more

Gold Coast house prices gradually climbing following market slowdown

first_imgThe Gold Coast’s median house price is on the up.HOMEOWNERS can breathe a sigh of relief as Gold Coast houses return to prices seen before the national property market slump.And industry players expect prices to continue to rise with more people moving to the city for its enviable lifestyle.Latest CoreLogic data to August shows the median house price jumped to $659,000 for the first time since February, when it briefly hit $660,000 then gradually declined in the lead up to the federal election.The only other time it reached $660,000 in the past nine years was between August and December last year. MORE NEWS: Best places to retire revealed MORE NEWS: Renewed push to sell Ashy Bines’ multimillion-dollar home “We have selling seasons but they are nowhere near as magnified as Melbourne,” he said.“You can sell the Gold Coast lifestyle in June because (the weather) is not as bitter.”He said there was still plenty of growth ahead for the Gold Coast yet.Ray White Broadbeach principal Mitch Palmer said the data reflected what was happening on the ground.“Money has never been cheaper so we’re definitely seeing buyer activity increase,” he said.“The prices being achieved are healthy.”While price growth was expected, Mr Palmer didn’t think it would climb as far or for as long as it has in previous years. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 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 Rate1xFullscreenTop tips for sellers in Spring00:50 The increasing prices are good news for homeowners.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson was confident house prices would keep climbing, especially since backyards remained a big part of the Australian lifestyle.“I can’t see that changing,” he said.“The Gold Coast is one of those places that’s always going to grow as people are always going to move here.”He said a lack of supply to meet current demand and limited land to build would also bump prices up, but he didn’t think it would push people out of the market.“On a national scale, I think we’re still relatively affordable,” he said.“We’ve still got plenty of townhouses and apartments and we’ve still got the opportunity to build up.”Harcourts Coastal managing director Dane Atherton said the market was showing signs of a strong recovery while gradually shedding its reputation for seasonal sales periods.He said the climate was responsible for its year-round consistency.last_img read more

Demand for buying property off plan spikes: String of multi-million dollar sales of new apartments in Brisbane

first_img 4. 2 Brookbent Road, Pallara Kristine Malone with her daughters Jordan, 24, and Alexandra, 20, and dog, Marvin, at the luxury apartment they are selling that they bought off-the-plan. Picture: Mark Cranitch.DEMAND for yet-to-be-built homes in Brisbane has skyrocketed, with buyers still willing to fork out millions to buy apartments off-the-plan despite the coronavirus crisis.Inquiries for units in new developments have jumped 82 per cent in the past month, compared with the same time last year, while interest in buying houses off plan is up more than 28 per cent, according to new research by the property website Realestate.com.au.Real estate agents are also reporting increased interest and big sales in yet-to-be-built apartment projects in recent weeks.Place Estate Agents Kangaroo Point director Simon Caulfield said he thought one of the reasons for the spike was the delay between the signing of a contract and settlement.An artist’s impression of the view from one of the apartments in the new ‘Thornton’ project in Kangaroo Point.“The benefit (of buying off plan) is that you only have to put a 10 per cent deposit down now and in 12 to 18 months we’ll be well out of this situation,” Mr Caulfield said.“I think that’s one of the motivations at the moment.”Mr Caulfield has just sold off plan the penthouse in the ‘Thornton’ apartment development at 11 Thornton Street, which only launched a fortnight ago.The deal, reportedly worth a whopping $7.5 million, includes the existing heritage house, while the other 12 full-floor apartments in the building are available for about $6 million each.Mr Caulfield said there had also been strong interest in ‘Prominence’ at 128 River Terrace, Kangaroo Point, with one of the full-floor units selling off-the-plan for $3.65 million.Inside one of the apartments in ‘Prominence’ in Kangaroo Point.“The demand for this full-floor product is not just about luxury, it’s a lot to do with the fact that it’s all one level, no neighbours, 360-degree views,” he said.“My last five off-the-plan buyers have come from large homes on big blocks, but the frontage of the apartment is bigger than their house.“I think in this market, getting apartments away at these prices shows the housing market is not as bad as people interpret it to be right now.”This week Mr Caulfield sold another two apartments off-the-plan in ‘Monterey’ at 9 Lambert St, Kangaroo Point.One was a three-bedroom apartment that fetched just over $1 million and the other was a four-bedroom, half-floor apartment, which sold for $2.27 million.Two apartments in the ‘Monterey’ development sold OTP this week.New research by MCG Quantity Surveyors also reveals a trend toward off-the-plan investments over existing property.MCG managing director Mike Mortlock said that between April and December 2019, nearly 50 per cent of people surveyed had purchased a new home, rather than an existing one.And in the same period, 71.5 per cent bought or built a new dwelling, compared to just 28.5 per cent who bought an established home.“So new dwellings are certainly popular with investors,” Mr Mortlock said. 2. 140 Park Ridge Road, Park Ridge 3. 84 Samsonvale Road, Strathpine 1. 39 Hercules St, Portside Wharf, Hamilton center_img 5. Lot 1 Fairway Drive, Hatton Vale “We’re certainly seeing (investors) being much more beneficially treated by federal tax policy. People are much more incentivised from a tax appreciation point of view to buy new. “Of course, there are the maintenance considerations that go into older properties as well, or it might mean project marketers are being more successful in their efforts.” According to MCG’s 1000 Assets 2020 report, a four-year study of investor sentiment and behaviours, Queensland has also recorded a substantial drop in the average number of units per unit development project — down 17.32 per cent, which supports anecdotal evidence of a rise in full-floor apartment demand.“I don’t think people want to live in massive developments,” Mr Mortlock said.“Certainly you have the advantage of amenities, but there are also large strata fees and the difficulties of capital growth in large developments.“The smart developers are moving to more boutique projects — you can see that in the floor sizes changing. We’re getting away from some of those student accommodation, shoe box style developments, which is a positive. “I think there will be more demand for these quality apartments that are a bit bigger than normal.” Mr Caulfield’s most successful off-the-plan apartment complex is ‘Walan’ at 2 Scott Street, Kangaroo Point, which launched in 2016 and features only full-floor residences.He has recently negotiated four resales in the complex, with the vendors achieving a 10 to 15 per cent increase in price, which he said was “unheard of”.The lap pool on the rooftop of ‘Walan’ in Kangaroo Point.Kristine and Greg Malone bought an apartment off-the-plan in ‘Walan’ and are now looking to resell the property at a profit. The luxurious apartment at 4/2 Scott St, Kangaroo Point, has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, with stunning city views.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“For us, the decision (to buy off-the-plan) was made around location and the size and design of the apartment,” Mrs Malone said. “It’s quite a boutique building, with only 14 residences — only one per floor — so that’s definitely what attracted us to it.”Despite the stigma of some off-the-plan investments losing money, Mrs Malone said other resales in the building had been successful.“We’ve been really happy with the other sales that have been achieved in the building so that’s been pleasing to see,” she said. This apartment at 4/2 Scott St, Kangaroo Point, is for sale.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said conditions in the development industry were “extremely tough” this time last year, with the banking royal commission and uncertainty surrounding the federal election. “Since the Coalition’s win, buyer confidence has roared back and we saw a number of new developments kick off in Brisbane,” Ms Conisbee said.“With COVID-19, we’re now faced with uncertainty in the market and buyers are becoming more cautious for the time being.” MOST IN DEMAND NEW APARTMENT DEVELOPMENTS IN BRISBANE  (Source: Realestate.com.au)last_img read more

State Championship DVD Available on East Central

first_imgST. LEON – East Central football fans can now relive the 2017 Class 3A title march by their Trojans in a newly produced DVD, The Heart and Passion of Champions.The DVD will be available from 1-6 p.m. Friday, February 16 at the school and on ensuing days. The cost per DVD is $20 and a portion of the proceeds benefit the East Central athletic department.“The DVD has an ESPN feel to it,” said executive producer Ray Compton of Compton Strategies. “We have weaved interviews from the players and coaches with game highlights from the season and state tournament. The insight from many of the players and coaches provides an in-depth assessment of the legendary season at East Central.“It was truly a remarkable season molded by coach (Justin) Roden, his assistants and the players. The DVD discusses the wobbly 1-2 start, the huge victories and big plays in the tournament and the enthusiasm unleashed by the Trojan fans.”Hall of Fame announcer Bob Lovell of Indiana Sports Talk narrates the DVD. The DVD is sponsored locally by Indiana University East; Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine; and George’s Pharmacy.“East Central has a lot to be proud of,” said Lovell. “These are outstanding student athletes and are to be congratulated on a special season.”last_img read more