John Medeski, John Scofield & More Announce New Supergroup With Album And Tour Plans

first_imgAfter many years working together with Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, John Medeski and John Scofield will once again join forces, this time with a new group bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The project’s name–Hudson–is a tribute to New York’s Hudson Valley, which all four members of the band call home.The quartet finished recording a studio album (slated for a summer 2017 release) and has announced a run of tour dates. Stops include club shows across the U.S. and Canada, as well as sets at Playboy Jazz Festival in L.A., Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY, Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, RI, and more. You can find a full list of upcoming Hudson dates here.The members of Hudson originally came together in 2014 to perform at the Woodstock Jazz Festival. According to DeJohnette in an interview with DownBeat, “There is a kindred spirit in the Hudson Valley. There are many musicians who live in the area who represent a variety of genres. In recent years, we have only been able to collaborate locally on occasion due to our individual musical obligations, but the fact remains that there’s a common language that we all speak—something that emerges from our shared environment and our shared surroundings.”Adds Medeski, “The Hudson Valley puts the gentle beauty and power of very old mountains and an incredible river estuary within reach of one of the most powerful, international, creative centers in the world—New York City. I think each of us, in our own way, uses these forces as tools to keep us creative and growing.”“The musicians who migrated up this way from the City were not escaping the music,” explains Grenadier, “They were looking for a way to go deeper into it. The space and the atmosphere of the area create an ideal place to find the music within. We all travel and play so much around the world that when we are home, we’re in a place that’s full of quietude and we have room to search for the beauty and space within music.”[h/t – DownBeat]last_img read more

Bringing order to the court

first_imgLuke Bornn isn’t the coach of a top-flight NBA team, a general manager with an eye for talent, or an agent representing the next up-and-coming superstar. In fact, he’s only recently become a basketball fan.But Bornn, an assistant professor of statistics, is part of a team of Harvard researchers poised to rewrite the rules of how coaches, players, and fans think about the game.Using a massive database tracking every possession of every game played in the National Basketball Association, the team developed a new metric — expected possession value, or EPV — to help coaches and players evaluate the fraction-of-a-second decisions that happen on the court. The researchers are Bornn; Kirk Goldsberry, an associate of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science; and Ph.D. students Dan Cervone and Alex D’Amour. The work was presented at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference this past weekend.  “Until now, we were relying on data gathered at the end of a possession … all we were seeing were snapshots at certain times — this person scored a point at this time or this person turned over the ball at this time,” Bornn said. “But basketball is a continually evolving sequence of 10 people and a ball dynamically interacting.“What traditional statistics were doing was taking this continuum, chopping it up into very coarse events, and losing a lot of information in the process,” he continued. “With this new data, we can capture the true, flowing essence of basketball.”While the new paper is the first description of EPV, the statistic relies on the installation of motion-tracking cameras in more than a dozen NBA arenas several years ago.By recording the position of the ball and all 10 players on the court 25 times a second for every possession, the cameras have helped researchers build a data set that shows how thousands of individual decisions affect the outcome of a possession. This year, Bornn said, the cameras were installed in all NBA arenas, giving researchers even more data to draw from.To calculate EPV, Bornn and colleagues use a series of algorithms to comb through the data to identify similar situations and calculate how a player’s decisions — whether to shoot, pass, or drive to the basket — can increase or decrease the value of a single possession.“Much of sports analytics, to some extent, has been a bedroom endeavor until now, and this data may change that,” said Bornn.“The simplest example to look at is a player shooting a free throw,” Bornn said. “If someone shoots 100 free throws and makes 60 of them, we know the expected value for any free throw is 0.6, or 60 percent of a point. What we’re doing is looking across all the past season’s data to extend this notion to more complex basketball plays, obtaining an estimate of what, historically, any play would have been worth.”While EPV can offer insight into the split-second decisions made in individual plays, its real utility may be as a player-evaluation tool.By comparing hundreds of possessions across an entire season, researchers can assign positive and negative EPV ratings to players according to whose decisions result in more points scored.“I think it’s a useful measure for GMs in terms of valuing players,” Bornn said. “There are a lot of players out there who don’t have traditionally great stats, but are strong decision-makers. Further, EPV could be used as a tool for coaches to understand where players are making good or bad decisions, so they can try to adjust their play.“I think it’s also interesting for the fans,” he added. “Much of sports analytics, to some extent, has been a bedroom endeavor until now, and this data may change that. People have asked us if we will someday see a running measure of EPV on ESPN — I’m not sure it will get to that point, but I could see analysts using it at halftime to break down a few plays.”The statistic isn’t perfect or complete, Bornn acknowledged, and will probably be refined to capture other aspects of the game. But it does mark a new approach for understanding the action on the court, he said.“The way we frame it is that this is a new microeconomics for the NBA,” he said. “This is a way to understand and value the small-scale decisions and small-scale features of what’s happening on the court. Whereas earlier statistics were akin to macroeconomics, they were seeing the big picture — we’re getting down to the fine details and seeing how the small components interact.”last_img read more

Opioid prescribing hotspots uncovered

first_imgThe study was published online today in American Journal of Public Health.“It is important for public health research to focus on geographical units such as congressional districts, as it allows for elected representatives to be more informed about important issues such as the opioid epidemic. Because a congressional district has a named elected representative, unlike, say, a county, it brings a certain degree of political accountability when it comes to discussing the opioid epidemic,” said S V Subramanian, professor of population health and geography.The study found that Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District had 166 opioid prescriptions per 100 people, the highest rate of any district in the nation. Districts in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Virginia, and Oklahoma rounded out the 10 areas with the highest prescribing rates. Other high prescribing rates were found in districts located in eastern Arizona, Nevada, northern California, rural Oregon, and rural Washington state.The lowest opioid prescribing rates tended to be concentrated in congressional districts near urban centers, including Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Virginia was the only state that had congressional districts with top and bottom 10 opioid prescribing rates.The findings come amid a national opioid epidemic that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. Between 1999 and 2010, prescription opioid-related overdose deaths quadrupled, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in 2013 the epidemic was estimated to cost $78.5 billion — one-third of which was spent on health care and treatment costs. In 2016 overdoses resulted in more than 42,000 deaths, and the following year President Trump officially declared a public health emergency.“A great deal of variation may exist between state-level opioid prescribing rates and prescribing rates in specific congressional districts within the state,” said Lyndsey Rolheiser, a postdoctoral research fellow and lead author of the paper. “Having these data could help representatives advocate more strongly for federal policies aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic and helping their constituents.”Other Harvard Chan researchers who contributed to this work included Jack Cordes, a master’s student in epidemiology. Congressional districts with the highest opioid prescribing rates are predominantly concentrated in the Southeastern U.S., with other hotspots in Appalachia and the rural West, according to a new study led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, the first to focus on opioid prescribing rates at the congressional district level, could help federal and state policymakers better target intervention and prevention strategies. The study found that Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District had 166 opioid prescriptions per 100 people, the highest rate of any district in the nation.last_img read more

Brazilian Air Force Trains Security Forces’ Sharpshooters

first_imgThe structures used for the training included a shooting range at the Canoas Air Base (BACO) with P4 targets (in the shape of a person), at distances of up to 100 meters. “They must aim at a particular point on the head so the enemy falls without having moved,” 1st Lt. Pereira said. The sharpshooters of the Military Police’s Special Tactical Actions Group are always prepared to provide security. Other installations on the Air Base and V COMAR are used for spotting exercises. On the Butiá training grounds, which belongs to the Brazilian Army and is 80 kilometers from the Canoas Air Base, they shoot targets from distances of up 800 meters, and also receive training in pursuits and how to infiltrate a group. “We use the existing vegetation as camouflage material as if it were a real mission.” This rigorous training guarantees the qualifications and the international standards for sharpshooter training, Capt. Argemi said. It also ensures that they can provide effective protection at large events such as the World Cup. Participation in such efforts has become routine for the GATE sharpshooters; for instance, the Tactical Actions Group was also part of the elite National Force during the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. The course, started in 2002, is offered its ninth session from March 9-27. For security reasons, the FAB doesn’t report the total number of attendees; but during the last session, only 14 completed it of the 21 who attended. In addition to the technical requirements, those who take the sharpshooter training must know basic infantry routines and be knowledgeable on patrols, survival, camouflage, weapons, navigation, topographical maps, and the use of GPS. Those who pass the training can then work in defending air bases, police work, protecting people, controlling protests, and directing actions. The specialized GATE team, as it is known in Portuguese, also protected the public during the five World Cup matches played at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre in 2014. “We use the existing vegetation as camouflage material as if it were a real mission.” The sharpshooters wore a ghillie suit, which uses a camouflage battle dress uniform, a flight suit, or something similar as a base; on the back of their uniforms, they placed a frayed jute as a disguise. “Sharpshooters go completely unnoticed, they hold advantageous positions, and their job is not only to shoot, but also to provide information,” said GATE commander Captain Glênio Argemi Filho. The importance of collaboration His team honed their skills through the Tactical Sharpshooter Training Course, run by the Brazilian Air Force’s (FAB) Special Aeronautical Infantry Battalion – Canoas (BINFAE-CO). That’s the only battalion in the FAB that offers sharpshooter training to Service Members in other agencies as well — including the state Military Police, the Federal Highway Police’s Special Operations Unit, and the Federal Police’s Rapid Response Group. “The spotter is paying attention to the shot, and he corrects it if necessary,” he said. Using an assault rifle, such as a SIG 5.56 or an HK33, the spotter checks the equipment. Members of these teams are cross-trained: Spotters are trained to be sharpshooters, and sharpshooters are trained to be spotters. “The spotter is the other side of the coin. He must know how to observe what is happening and not deviate,” said GATE Capt. Argemi. He took the BINFAE-CO course, and two of his service members recently completed the training. Attendees, he explained, are typically selected as high-achieving, calm officers who will not “break down” when faced with a very tense situation. “The spotter is the other side of the coin. He must know how to observe what is happening and not deviate,” said GATE Capt. Argemi. He took the BINFAE-CO course, and two of his service members recently completed the training. Attendees, he explained, are typically selected as high-achieving, calm officers who will not “break down” when faced with a very tense situation. To their ability to handle such tense situations, March’s training session simulated a visit by a politician. In addition to the technical requirements, those who take the sharpshooter training must know basic infantry routines and be knowledgeable on patrols, survival, camouflage, weapons, navigation, topographical maps, and the use of GPS. Those who pass the training can then work in defending air bases, police work, protecting people, controlling protests, and directing actions. Training course simulates a real mission The importance of collaboration The structures used for the training included a shooting range at the Canoas Air Base (BACO) with P4 targets (in the shape of a person), at distances of up to 100 meters. “They must aim at a particular point on the head so the enemy falls without having moved,” 1st Lt. Pereira said. To their ability to handle such tense situations, March’s training session simulated a visit by a politician. “GATE has an impending action with the Military and will continue training in partnership with the Armed Forces,” he said. “The teams did not fire, but they identified the most sensitive points and informed the responsible parties by radio,” said 1st Lt. Pereira. Additionally, they worked around sniffing dogs, who could identify and alert on a sharpshooter’s location. The specialized GATE team, as it is known in Portuguese, also protected the public during the five World Cup matches played at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre in 2014. Trainers advise sharpshooter students to conduct infiltrations while going in the same direction as the wind to avoid being detected by their scent; they also show students how to avoid locations where sunlight could reflect off their equipment. “[Light] could reflect off the optical equipment and give away the sharpshooter’s position or mess up the shot,” 1st Lt. Pereira said. “A ghillie suit doesn’t make you invisible. You need to cover 70 percent of it in natural vegetation and use the terrain to your advantage,” 1st Lt. Pereira said. “Sharpshooters go completely unnoticed, they hold advantageous positions, and their job is not only to shoot, but also to provide information,” said GATE commander Captain Glênio Argemi Filho. A key component of sharpshooter training emphasizes collaboration. Some of the key tasks that service members conduct during the training is done in pairs, with a sharpshooter and a spotter. The sharpshooter – the more experienced of the two – carries the precision rifle (such as a 762) and does the shooting. The spotter performs calculations – such as elevation, wind speed, humidity, and temperature – that will help the sharpshooter succeed in hitting his target. The course, started in 2002, is offered its ninth session from March 9-27. For security reasons, the FAB doesn’t report the total number of attendees; but during the last session, only 14 completed it of the 21 who attended. Other installations on the Air Base and V COMAR are used for spotting exercises. On the Butiá training grounds, which belongs to the Brazilian Army and is 80 kilometers from the Canoas Air Base, they shoot targets from distances of up 800 meters, and also receive training in pursuits and how to infiltrate a group. Trainers advise sharpshooter students to conduct infiltrations while going in the same direction as the wind to avoid being detected by their scent; they also show students how to avoid locations where sunlight could reflect off their equipment. “[Light] could reflect off the optical equipment and give away the sharpshooter’s position or mess up the shot,” 1st Lt. Pereira said. “The spotter is paying attention to the shot, and he corrects it if necessary,” he said. Using an assault rifle, such as a SIG 5.56 or an HK33, the spotter checks the equipment. Members of these teams are cross-trained: Spotters are trained to be sharpshooters, and sharpshooters are trained to be spotters. “The teams did not fire, but they identified the most sensitive points and informed the responsible parties by radio,” said 1st Lt. Pereira. Additionally, they worked around sniffing dogs, who could identify and alert on a sharpshooter’s location. “They [the other 7] left the program because they could not meet the minimally required accuracy,” said course coordinator and FAB Infantry First Lieutenant Daniel Alberto Bauer Pereira. “The training is quite demanding; the participants are evaluated after each activity, and the levels of accuracy must be close to 100 percent.” When evaluated on such skills, participants must achieve minimum scores of at least 70 percent to pass their courses. Tests include short and long-distance shooting trials, tests with moving targets, written exams, calculating distances with binoculars, and a final challenge in which a sharpshooter team has to hit a target with a single shot. If the shot is errant, both members can fail. A key component of sharpshooter training emphasizes collaboration. Some of the key tasks that service members conduct during the training is done in pairs, with a sharpshooter and a spotter. The sharpshooter – the more experienced of the two – carries the precision rifle (such as a 762) and does the shooting. The spotter performs calculations – such as elevation, wind speed, humidity, and temperature – that will help the sharpshooter succeed in hitting his target. The sharpshooters wore a ghillie suit, which uses a camouflage battle dress uniform, a flight suit, or something similar as a base; on the back of their uniforms, they placed a frayed jute as a disguise. When evaluated on such skills, participants must achieve minimum scores of at least 70 percent to pass their courses. Tests include short and long-distance shooting trials, tests with moving targets, written exams, calculating distances with binoculars, and a final challenge in which a sharpshooter team has to hit a target with a single shot. If the shot is errant, both members can fail. The sharpshooters of the Military Police’s Special Tactical Actions Group are always prepared to provide security. “GATE has an impending action with the Military and will continue training in partnership with the Armed Forces,” he said. His team honed their skills through the Tactical Sharpshooter Training Course, run by the Brazilian Air Force’s (FAB) Special Aeronautical Infantry Battalion – Canoas (BINFAE-CO). That’s the only battalion in the FAB that offers sharpshooter training to Service Members in other agencies as well — including the state Military Police, the Federal Highway Police’s Special Operations Unit, and the Federal Police’s Rapid Response Group. By Dialogo May 21, 2015 “A ghillie suit doesn’t make you invisible. You need to cover 70 percent of it in natural vegetation and use the terrain to your advantage,” 1st Lt. Pereira said. Training course simulates a real mission “They [the other 7] left the program because they could not meet the minimally required accuracy,” said course coordinator and FAB Infantry First Lieutenant Daniel Alberto Bauer Pereira. “The training is quite demanding; the participants are evaluated after each activity, and the levels of accuracy must be close to 100 percent.” This rigorous training guarantees the qualifications and the international standards for sharpshooter training, Capt. Argemi said. It also ensures that they can provide effective protection at large events such as the World Cup. Participation in such efforts has become routine for the GATE sharpshooters; for instance, the Tactical Actions Group was also part of the elite National Force during the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. For now, no decision has been made yet on whether the team will be called to reinforce surveillance at the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, in August and September 2016. “But at any given moment, a team is ready to act,” Capt. Argemi said. For now, no decision has been made yet on whether the team will be called to reinforce surveillance at the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, in August and September 2016. “But at any given moment, a team is ready to act,” Capt. Argemi said. Well-structured, well done presentation with interesting information for a layman like me: Add reasons to respect us and our Armed Forces.Ernesto G. Diederichsen2nd Lt. RG2 Cavalry, São Paulo, [email protected] Just a correction, the most experienced of the duo is not the sniper, but the spotter, since he is the one who does the ballistic calculation needed to hit the target. Good correction, Daniel; however, both will have the same experience because they can take turns during training and/or actions.last_img read more

The EBRD has invested 70m euros in D-Marin marinas operating in Croatia, Greece and Turkey

first_imgAs part of the largest investment in the tourism sector in its history, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has signed an agreement to purchase approximately 25 percent of the shares, becoming a shareholder in D Marinas BV, a holding company currently operating a network of 10 marinas in Croatia. Greece and Turkey, which operate under the D-Marin brand. The EBRD’s 70m-euro investment will finance the company’s development plans, including marina management development, future acquisitions and deleveraging.D Marinas BV is the largest and only international chain of marinas in the eastern Mediterranean, and in Croatia they are present in Šibenik, which manages more than 8000 berths. The owner of the company is Doğuş Holding AS, one of the leading business groups in Turkey and a long-term partner of the EBRD, while the expansion of the business will enable the development of tourism at the local level, further growth and job creation, the Dogus Group reports.”With this investment, the EBRD confirms its long-term commitment to supporting the development of the Croatian economy. Tourism is one of the most powerful generators of growth in these countries, so we expect this investment to open up new opportunities for local entrepreneurs and create new jobs. The beginning of the tourist season is the right time to sign an agreement on such an important investment, by which the EBRD provides much-needed capital to continue development.” said Jurgen Rigterink, EBRD Vice President.The project also includes the use of technical resources from the EBRD’s Special Shareholders’ Fund, which are intended to finance educational programs aimed at opening new opportunities for part-time education, especially for young people and women. The investment was realized within the new EBRD Inclusive Tourism Program for the Eastern Mediterranean, which aims to support the growth and development of tourism at the local level through investments in hotels and tourism companies.The EBRD signed its first project in Croatia in 1994 and has since invested more than 3,6 billion euros in 198 projects. The bank’s activities cover all areas of the economy, but are particularly strong in the areas of infrastructure, entrepreneurship, financial institutions and energy. The EBRD is also involved in dialogue on economic policy measures, capital market development and regulatory reform.D-Marin operates 10 marinas in Croatia, Greece and Turkey, making it one of the largest international chains in the Eastern Mediterranean. D-Marin employs a total of 502 employees, of which 155 in Croatia. “The cooperation between the company D-Marin and the EBRD started in 2013 on the project for the development of the marina D-Marin Dalmacija and since then it has successfully continued to the mutual satisfaction. We have also collaborated on projects related to socially responsible business in the form of education of Croatian students who see their future career in this segment. Meanwhile, D-Marin has become a strong brand in nautical tourism and one of the leading marine management companies in the world. Today’s signing is therefore extremely important for D-Marin, and therefore for Croatia. I thank the EBRD for its trust. ”  said Burak Baykan, CEO of D-Marin.Photo: Ferit F. Şahenk and Jürgen RigterinkFerit F. henahenk, CEO of Doğuş Group, said that this partnership especially confirms the efforts and successes of Turkey in its intention to become a world-famous brand, and added: “We are proud that the long-term strategy of the Doğuş Group to invest in tourism, especially in marinas, has been recognized by such an important institution as the EBRD. The success of D-Marin, especially in the eastern Mediterranean, where the tourist potential is constantly growing, is confirmed by this agreement and according to our strategy we continue to further expand our business in this region. I hope that we will continue to seek new valuable investments together with the EBRD in Turkey and in the Mediterranean area. This agreement is also a proof of the great progress that the Turkish business community has made in recent years around the world. I believe that our partnership will be a positive contribution to the EBRD, Doğuş Group and all countries in which we are active in business. ” concluded Sahenk.last_img read more

Unai Emery praises Granit Xhaka’s performance and thanks fans for ‘helping’ Arsenal midfielder

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Nov 2019 11:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link169Shares Comment Unai Emery praises Granit Xhaka’s performance and thanks fans for ‘helping’ Arsenal midfielder Advertisement Unai Emery was pleased with Granit Xhaka’s display in Arsenal’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery praised Granit Xhaka’s display in the aftermath of Arsenal’s woeful 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt and thanked fans for supporting the midfielder.Xhaka was making his first appearance since his sweary outburst at fans last month but it was an evening to forget for the Swiss as Arsenal extended their winless run to seven games.The Gunners only needed a draw to secure a place in the Europa League knockout stages and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them ahead right on half-time in front of a half-empty Emirates.However, a pair of lethal strikes from Daichi Kamada after the break secured a memorable win for the visitors to heap even more pressure on Emery.ADVERTISEMENT Emery appeared close to tears on the touchline during the second half (Picture: Getty)Boos rang out around the ground as Kamada struck home his second goal and Arsenal’s increasingly agitated support once again made their feelings known as Emery and his players made their way off the field.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery is reportedly in a desperate battle to keep his job ahead of this weekend’s trip to Norwich, with Nuno Espirito Santo being lined up as a possible replacement. Kamada was Eintracht’s hero at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown suggested that Emery may consider stepping down as manager following the defeat.‘I think he may well have taken the team as far as he can,’ he said on BT Sport.‘We just witnessed an absolute shambles of a performance, the team motivation, the team selection, the performance, the subs, it was dreadful.‘The fans turned many years ago on Terry Neil, things got toxic, we’re getting close to that again. Is he able to motivate the team? He seems to have lost the players.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘The desire has ebbed away. The subs he made – you’ve got Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette sitting on the bench when you’re trying to get back into the game.‘He might even feel he needs to step aside now. Change was needed under Wenger but now it looks like the club need to go in another direction again. This is relegation form.‘Do the club really realise how tricky this is going to be? Decisions have to be made otherwise they are going to plunge even further down the table.‘It’s a sad day because we still love the club. It’s sad watching itMORE: Chelsea star Reece James told the area he must improve after Valencia draw Xhaka demanded to play on through the pain (Picture: Getty)Xhaka looked like he may have to be replaced towards the end of the first half after going down with a knock to his knee.However, the Switzerland international demanded to play on through the pain and remained on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes.‘It’s very good news with Granit. We played well and the supporters helped him and I think it’s good news,’ Emery said.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Spaniard added: ‘Xhaka wanted to continue playing.‘His match today was good and he helped the team.‘I am being positive but I’m also realistic and we lost against a good opponent.‘We have improved from our last match and we are still first and have the opportunity to qualify, but we missed the opportunity tonight.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Follow these tips on how to pinpoint the best places to invest

first_imgThere are plenty of opportunities for investors in Townsville where this house at 2 Ryder Court Heatley is listed for $269,000. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours ago“If you looked at the numbers right now for Townsville, you wouldn’t want to buy there, but we think Townsville, because of this massive upcoming expenditure in infrastructure and business investment generally, is creating jobs and the unemployment rate is coming down and confidence levels are rising. Now is the time to consider buying there because it is going to grow, but on past performance you wouldn’t think to buy there.”Mr Ryder said investors should start out broadly and then focus in their search.“You start out with a raw area, which might be the overall capital city or major regional city,” he said.Underlying economic trends (on a local level) strongly correlated with property market performance so be across those.“We are not so much interested in the national economy, and not so much interested in the level of interest rates which the economists like to talk,” he said. “We look for economic indicators – infrastructure spending is a big factor.”Once those larger areas have been identified, Mr Ryder said they started looking at smaller precincts in those areas.“We tend to then think in terms of local government areas, clusters of suburbs. We are looking for a number of factors – sales volumes, because price rises tend to follow (a rise in sales). On the other hand a slow down or plateau in transactions could indicate price growth was about to come to an end. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:36Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenLiz Tilley’s prestige property wrap 06:36 An important consideration was the level of amenity and infrastructure in an area, these made suburbs popular with renters and helped improve values because they were more in demand.In greater Brisbane, Mr Ryder said the rail link to Redcliffe had, had an impact on values and a new university campus in Petrie would impact on the local market.“If there is a new rail link, if there is a new motorway or upgrade it is going to help the property market at the end as well because it creates economic activity and jobs along the way,” he said.Following the infrastructure trail can pay off in the long run, but Mr Ryder said investors should weigh up when was the best time to buy.The announcement stage was probably not the most certain time to invest.“Certainly being cautious myself, I would be waiting until I had reason to believe it was actually going ahead, contracts have been awarded, physical works happening,” he said.Mr Ryder said once would-be investors had the broader factors in line, they needed to weigh up their circumstances to see what type of property they should invest in.“People often ask me where is the best place to buy, but I say I can’t answer that until I know more about them. For five different people you get five different answers depending on circumstances, how much they earn, how much they can afford to spend.” The University of the Sunshine Coast Petrie campus is expected to benefit the local property market.And don’t only focus on past performance as that could often be misleading and wasn’t necessarily an indicator of future price growth.“Nowhere grows forever, as we are seeing with Sydney and Melbourne, and nowhere is down forever,” he said.“In 2011 and 2012 if you looked at past performance you would not have invested in Sydney – it had been a poor performer – but if you had done wider research or had good research sources, you would have been aware of what was coming up for Sydney because there was improvement in the economy and other factors. Mango Hill train station. Picture: Renae DroopSUCCESSFUL property investors are those who treat it as a business, according to a leading property analyst.Even if it is just one investment property, having the right mindset from the start can spell the difference between success and failure, according to Terry Ryder of Hotspotting.Mr Ryder, who analyses the best areas to invest in, said those who struggled with property investment were the ones who treated it like a part-time hobby.Pinpointing the best place to invest involved research and analysis, he said.Mr Ryder said many would-be investors were too hung up on focusing on one particular suburb because someone told them it might be good.“The strategy in play is to find the right areas and then the right properties within those areas,” he said.last_img read more

Hallie Lou Seamon

first_imgHallie Lou Seamon, 88 of Greentown formally of Dillsboro passed away Saturday July 23, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo; IN. Hallie was born Tuesday June 12, 1928 in Cleves, Ohio the daughter of Charles and Blanche (Clayton) Barnard. She married her husband Harold Seamon December 24, 1950 and he preceded her in death April 13, 2005. She attended St. Peter Lutheran Church in Dillsboro.  She was a homemaker.  Hallie was a former member of the Dillsboro 50 + Club, Dillsboro Civic Club, Dillsboro 50 + Exercise Club. She enjoyed camping, bowling, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.Hallie is survived by son: Harold Jr. “Butch” (Holly) Seamon of Kokomo, IN. Sister: Ann Davis of Greentown, IN; 2 Grandchildren Aaron (Elizabeth) Seamon and Megan Seamon, 2 Great-Grandchildren: Natalie and Caitlyn Seamon. She was preceded in death by parents, husband, 2 sisters: Virginia Kirkwood and Marjory Warner and brother: Donald Barnard.Funeral services will be 11AM Thursday July 28 at St. Peter Lutheran Church 12963 North Street Dillsboro, IN 47018 with Mr. Keith Allhandes officiating.  Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7PM Wednesday July 27 at the church.  Also visitation Thursday from 10-11am at the church. Memorials may be given to St. Peter Lutheran Church.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243, 707 South Main St. 47031; (812)654-2141.  Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Moyes: I’m right man for United

first_img And Moyes believes that statement will be proved correct. “Manchester United is a good club,” he said. “I am sure they know they picked the right man for the job. “Sir Alex was part of that process as well.” Nevertheless, United head to Sunderland looking to avoid a third successive Premier League defeat, something they have not experienced since 2001. It is anticipated Wayne Rooney will have recovered from the shin problem that kept him out of Wednesday’s Champions League draw with Shakhtar Donetsk. However, as United did not return to the UK until Thursday evening, and are not due to train until Friday afternoon, Moyes could offer no injury bulletin. “I have not seen him yet,” said Moyes. “I cannot give you an update.” David Moyes is confident Manchester United got it right when they chose him to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager. United’s troubled start to the Barclays Premier League campaign led some to suggest the Old Trafford outfit may look to bring Ferguson back. The 71-year-old quashed any of that talk during his extended interview in the United States this week, insisting Moyes was the right man to step in. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Half marathon is Saturday

first_imgBAR HARBOR — Hundreds of runners are lacing up their shoes in anticipation of the YMCA Half Marathon and the family-oriented Fall 5K on Sept. 20. Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) The half marathon begins for all participants at the starting line at the Bar Harbor athletic fields at 7:30 a.m.With more than nine miles of the half marathon course inside Acadia National Park, runners will funnel over the Duck Brook Bridge toward Eagle Lake, run around the lake and return to Bar Harbor along Route 233 and the Cromwell Harbor Road.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAll participants in the 5K (3.1-mile) race will depart the athletic fields at 8:45 a.m. and complete a loop through downtown Bar Harbor to Cleftstone Road and down Route 233, ending near the Mount Desert Island Hospital.The half marathon is closed to registration as the park caps the number of participants. Those wishing to participate in the 5K can register online at www.mdiymca.org. Registration is $25. Volunteers are also still welcome.The race is the YMCA’s largest fund-raising event of the year, with proceeds funding the organization’s scholarship programs, among other ventures.Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is the primary sponsor of the half marathon, and the Acadia Inn, Poor Boy’s Gourmet, Subway and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce are also sponsors. 5K sponsors include Cool as a Moose, Fiore, Mount Desert Island Spring Water and EBS. Latest Posts Bio Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Fenceviewer Staff Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more