How to find the perfect holiday home

first_imgGeneric photo of a family on holiday at the beachBUYING another property, whether it’s an investment property or that long dreamt-of holiday house, is a difficult question for most of us who are wondering, “Is now the best time to buy? Should I wait?”. In my experience, it is all about understanding the property cycle and where we are in it because the opportunities increase considerably for those who are prepared to do the opposite of what the majority do.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020When our property cycle is at its peak (I can’t wait for those days to come again!) house prices are rocketing along, fuelled by a robust economy where everyone is gainfully employed and earning well. This is the part of the cycle where we see buyers become really optimistic. They’ve worked hard, they’ve got some coin and they turn their mind towards that little beach house, or country weekender they’ve always wanted. This is quite often why homes by the sea, whether it is on the mainland or on Magnetic Island, surge. And looking at the Townsville market we are starting to see beachfront properties in suburbs such as Balgal Beach are starting to attract consistent interest from interstate buyers looking for a sunny holiday home. This is a very promising sign for our market and your biggest signal yet if you are in the market for a holiday home that now is the time to get in the market before prices begin to move. For buyers in Melbourne and Sydney buying a home by the sea that is nearby can cost into the early millions. But with airline travel so cheap, markets like Townsville are a palatable, popular option.For all the other readers who are not in the market for a holiday home, you should know that we are also seeing strong investor interest, both from locals and from interstate. We listed a property last week for $210,000 and we had more than 27 physical inspections in just four days – every single visitor was an investor. This increased investor interest alongside the increasing interest in holiday home buyers is an indicator that we could be in the very early days of the next upswing of the property cycle. I’d like to stress that it’s early days yet, but there are some good market indicators that suggest the market is on the turn. So, it’s time to do your research. If you’ve been thinking about an investment property or a holiday home, don’t leave it too late. Prices haven’t jumped yet, but this rising demand will put upward pressure on prices and I expect we’ll start to see movement soon. Jump in before the masses arrive and trample all the good property opportunities.last_img read more

Two-thirds of hedge funds fall short of index returns after fees

first_imgSource: CEM Benchmarking #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Hedge funds underperformed a simple equity/debt index over the last 17 years by 1.27% once their hefty fees were taken into account, according to an assessment of major international investors.CEM Benchmarking analysed the realised hedge fund portfolio returns from 382 large global investors in the 17 years up to 2016, and found that only 36% of portfolios examined beat the company’s equity/debt optimised index over the period after taking account of fees.Before fees, the average outperformance over the period was 1.45%, but this was wiped out by costs of 2.72%, CEM said.The figures came from its Hedge Fund Reality Check survey, as well as results of a one-off survey of 27 leading pension funds. The investors in the study typically paid 2.2% in direct hedge fund fees in 2016, and 3.26% for those using fund-of-funds structures. Funds-of-funds underperformed by 2.11% after costs over the 17-year period, CEM said.Alexander Beath, senior research analyst at CEM and lead author of the study, said: “Although some investors have invested in hedge funds because they are supposedly uncorrelated, our research suggests that most hedge funds, at the total portfolio level, behave remarkably like simple equity/debt blends.”Many pension funds could buy a passive alternative at a low cost with very similar risk and return characteristics, he said.Back in 2000, CEM Benchmarking said only around 2% of large institutional investors had money invested in hedge funds but this had grown to 50% by 2016.Of the 36% of hedge funds that did beat CEM’s benchmark after costs, the company said these investors “generally had long histories with hedge funds, portfolios with lower correlation to equity/debt blends, and lower-cost direct hedge funds”.center_img Source: CEM Benchmarkingnlast_img read more

NYK Develops Onboard Sulfur-In-Oil Analyzer

first_imgNYK and Nippon Yuka Kogyo, an NYK Group company, have collaborated with Horiba on developing a new sulfur-in-oil analyzer for ships.By using the new analyzer, NYK will be able to comply with regulations limiting sulfur oxides (SOx) from vessels, as well as optimize the company’s use of low-sulfur fuel oil, the company said.As explained, the new device is based on an existing device used at onshore analysis centers. It can analyze a wide range of fuel, from C heavy oil to light oil.Maintaining the accuracy and reliability of onshore analysis centers, the compact new analyzer uses disposable sample cells to keep clean, even in the engine room, and allows onboard engineers to confirm that the sulfur concentration in fuel is surely under 0.1 percent before entering an emission control area (ECA). This allows engineers to grasp the actual sulfur percent, which could only be estimated on board before, according to NYK.Certain areas around Europe and North America have been designated as ECAs to prevent air pollution, and ships sailing through those areas are required to use onboard fuel oil having a sulfur content of no more than 0.1 percent.Therefore, onboard engineers must change to low-sulfur fuel before entering ECAs by calculating the time that the sulfur concentration in tanks and pipes will fall to 0.1 percent or less. Engineers have thus desired to be able to perform onboard sulfur-in-oil analyses to determine the best timing to change fuel and adhere to regulations. This new sulfur-in-oil analyzer for ships has been developed to meet this demand, the company added.“The NYK Group will continue to comply with SOx regulations by making use of this sulfur-in-oil analyzer for ships. The group also collects actual time data from various types of vessels, and after analysis determines the optimal timing for changing fuel to best reduce consumption,” NYK further said.last_img read more

Two thirds of voters believe citizens-initiated referenda should be binding – survey

first_imgNZ Herald 27 August 2014A key policy plank for NZ First and the Conservative Party has been given a boost after two thirds of voters said they believed citizens-initiated referenda should be binding on a Government.The Herald DigiPoll survey showed 66 per cent of respondents agreed such referenda should be binding while 22 per cent said they should not.The results were taken as vindication by NZ First leader Winston Peters, who said it was clear most voters backed the longstanding policy of his party. However, he stopped short of saying it would be a bottom line in post-election talks, despite having a critical role in have citizens’ referendum introduced in the 1990s.The Conservative Party has adopted the policy that a referendum should be binding if more than two thirds of voters support it.Conservative Party leader Colin Craig said the results warranted his stance to make it a priority in any post-election coalition talks if his party made it into Parliament.“It is clearly farcical to have a system whereby you can have a referendum and then the Government just ignores it if it doesn’t suit. Five out of five have been ignored.” read more

Bulldogs Sweep Past Cougars In Hoops Action

first_imgThe 7th Grade Bulldogs beat South Decatur 55 – 20.Colt Meyer and Seth Gausman led Batesville in scoring with 19 points apiece. Gausman also had 5 steals and 4 assists. Dempsy Bohman led the rebounding with 8 to go along with his 6 points. John Thompson added 4 points for the Bulldogs.The team played a very sound game, only having 5 turnovers.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.The BMS 8th Grade beat South Decatur last night by a score of 53-21.The Bulldogs played great defense and moved the ball well on offense. Top scorers were Sam Haskamp with 13 points, Cooper Williams had 10, Trey Heidlage had 8 and Austin Siefert and Gavin Morrison had 5 points each.The team is now 2-0 for the season and will play at Brookville on Monday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Terry Giesting.last_img

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings through July 11

first_imgMach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,154; 2. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 1,125; 3. Steven Bevills, Granbury, Texas, 1,060; 4. John Gill, Marshalltown, Iowa, 1,046; 5. Jade Lange, Humboldt, Iowa, 998; 6. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 845; 7. Darwin “Bubba” Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 799; 8. Tyler Fiebelkorn, Creston, Iowa, 780; 9. Tom Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 762; 10. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 740; 11. Parker Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 725; 12. Oliver Monson, Humboldt, Iowa, 718; 13. Anthony Vandenberg, Dublin, Texas, 704; 14. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 689; 15. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 685; 16. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 681; 17. Derek Cates, Woodway, Texas, 668; 18. Kaleb Watson, Mineral Wells, Texas, 653; 19. Nathan Wahlstrom, Beatrice, Neb., 624; 20. Chris LaFoy, Audubon, Iowa, 601. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,186; 2. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,179; 3. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,133; 4. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 1,111; 5. A.J. Dancer, Red Rock, Texas, 1,068; 6. Austin Brauner, Platte Center, Neb., 1,058; 7. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 1,031; 8. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 1,016; 9. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 971; 10. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 968; 11. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 941; 12. Calvin Lange, Humboldt, Iowa, 906; 13. Bryan Schutte, Wayne, Okla., 889; 14. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 861; 15. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 850; 16. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan., 840; 17. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 839; 18. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 820; 19. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 793; 20. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa, 787. IMCA Late Models – 1. Cory Dumpert, York, Neb., and Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, both 588; 3. Justin L. Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 579; 4. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 575; 5. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 570; 6. Todd Malmstrom, Hampton, Ill., 552; 7. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, Iowa, 511; 8. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 495; 9. Jim Johnson, Plainview, Neb., 477; 10. Robert Osborne, Norfolk, Neb., 474; 11. Lake Knutti, Chadwick, Ill., 472; 12. Chase Osborne, Battle Creek, Neb., 454; 13. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 438; 14. Les Siebert, York, Neb., 437; 15. Zachary Zentner, Cedar Rapids, Neb., 431; 16. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 402; 17. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 382; 18. Curtis Glover, Runnells, Iowa, 376; 19. William “B.J.” Jackson, Clinton, Iowa, 365; 20. Matt Haase, Winside, Neb., 350. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 736; 2. Mike Moore, Des Moines, Iowa, 696; 3. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 662; 4. Scott Lutz, Jonestown, Pa., and Toby Chapman, Panama, Neb., both 592; 6. Jake Martens, Fairview, Okla., 570; 7. Ryan Lynn, Hollidaysburg, Pa., 565; 8. Andy Shouse, Oklahoma City, Okla., 526; 9. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 520; 10. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 508; 11. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 505; 12. Jacob Gomola, Seneca, Pa., 498; 13. Stuart Snyder, Lincoln, Neb., Ty Williams, Arcadia, Okla., and Jack Potter, Lees Summit, Mo., each 493; 16. Jonathon J. Jones, Irvona, Pa., 486; 17. Monty Ferriera, Fresno, Calif., 481; 18. Larry McVay, Bordentown, N.J., 479; 19. Reed Thompson, Petersburg, Pa., 457; 20. Mike Oliver, San Antonio, Texas, 452. Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 1,095; 2. Gregory Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, 1,075; 3. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,074; 4. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 955; 5. Larry Underwood, Temple, Texas, 885; 6. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 741; 7. Chris Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 733; 8. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 577; 9. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 571; 10. Garett Rawls, Elm Mott, Texas, 557; 11. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 544; 12. Jeff Shepperd, Waco, Texas, 540; 13. Austin Moore, Axtell, Texas, 534; 14. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 533; 15. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 519; 16. Kaden Honeycutt, Willow Park, Texas, 503; 17. Cullen Hill, Healdton, Okla., 490; 18. Trevor Egbert, Salado, Texas, 481; 19. Kyle Wilkins, Italy, Texas, 475; 20. Brandon Geurin, Robinson, Texas, 473.center_img Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,172; 2. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa, 1,160; 3. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,158; 4. Justin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 1,058; 5. Hunter Longnecker, Woodward, Iowa, 1,037; 6. Guy Ahlwardt, Antioch, Calif., 1,032; 7. Brian Osantowski, Columbus, Neb., 983; 8. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 980; 9. Matt Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 954; 10. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 942; 11. Kevin Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif., 934; 12. Jerry Miles, Bernard, Iowa, 932; 13. Cole Carver, Apache Junction, Ariz., 924; 14. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 917; 15. David Johnson, Columbus, Neb., 866; 16. James Roebuck, Genoa, Neb., 864; 17. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 853; 18. Ronald Hults, Truro, Iowa, 851; 19. Mark Harrison, Coolidge, Ariz., 849; 20. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 847. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,168; 2. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,115; 3. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,027; 4. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,022; 5. David Norquest, York, Neb., 1,016; 6. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 1,013; 7. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 1,009; 8. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 923; 9. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 919; 10. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 904; 11. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 893; 12. Corey Madden, Avoca, Iowa, 875; 13. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 848; 14. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 832; 15. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 830; 16. Brady J. Bencken, Oakley, Kan., and Chuck Madden Jr., Avoca, Iowa, both 828; 18. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 823; 19. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 819; 20. Braxton Berry, Colby, Kan., 817. IMCA Modifieds – 1. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,146; 2. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,125; 3. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 1,124; 4. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 1,084; 5. David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,075; 6. Chris Morris, Taylor, Texas, 1,063; 7. Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa, 1,036; 8. Zachary Madrid, Tucson, Ariz., 998; 9. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 986; 10. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa, 959; 11. Jarett Franzen, Maquoketa, Iowa, 948; 12. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 931; 13. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 915; 14. Kevin Green, Waco, Texas, 904; 15. Jeff “Bubba” Stafford Jr., Wittmann, Ariz., 881; 16. Jake Pike, Pahrump, Nev., 868; 17. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa, 861; 18. Jeremy Mills, Britt, Iowa, 846; 19. Jim Thies, Mapleton, Iowa, 842; 20. Bricen James, Albany, Ore., 837.last_img read more

For Europe’s ‘super clubs’, UEFA Champions League determines all

first_imgThere was barely time for the full inquest into Juventus’ exit from the UEFA Champions League to even begin before the club delivered their own blunt verdict.They sacked their coach, Maurizio Sarri. Not so long ago, there would have been surprise, perhaps even some outrage, at a coach losing his job just two weeks after winning a domestic league title.However, Sarri’s removal, the day after their aggregate defeat by Olympique Lyonnais, was a reminder that for Europe’s “super clubs” success is now determined solely by the UEFA Champions League.Juve have, after all, won the last nine Serie A titles.Clinching the scudetto, once a moment of glory and a chance for gloating over rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan, is now viewed as the barest minimum.New coach Andrea Pirlo will surely be aware of this. The same harsh reality applies for Bayern Munich, winners of the last eight Bundesliga titles, and Paris Saint-Germain, champions of seven of the last eight French league campaigns.These are clubs who must shine in Europe to be viewed as truly successful.The pressure is concentrated even more this year as Europe’s elite gather in Lisbon this week for a COVID-19 enforced mini-tournament.It is an event with one-off quarter-final and semi-final games leading up to the final on August 23.PSG, who have never gone beyond the last-four, kick off the show, with their last eight tie on Wednesday against surprise package Atalanta. Victory for the Bergamo club against the big-spending Qatari-owned French side will re-open questions about the future of their German coach Thomas Tuchel.Winning the French league certainly was not enough for previous managers Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc and Unai Emery when they failed to add UEFA Champions League success to domestic domination.The pick of the quarter-finals is Friday’s encounter between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, who have both won the competition five times.Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick, who only took over the side in November, following the dismissal of Niko Kovac, has surely done enough in his brief time in charge.RelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results MultiChoice unveils sport channels, content line-up He has done enough to survive any disappointment.But the same might not be the case for Barca boss Quique Setien.He is also only months into his reign, after replacing Ernesto Valverde in January.But a last eight exit from Europe to follow a runners-up spot behind Real Madrid in La Liga, will inevitably raise doubts.Such doubts will be over whether he is the right long term solution for the Catalan club.There are no such questions over former FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola’s status at Manchester City.But he is fuelled by a desire to get his hands back on the trophy, nine years after winning his second UEFA Champions League with Barca.Manchester City, impressive in their last 16 win over Real Madrid, start as favourites against Lyon and indeed are backed by the bookmakers to win the competition.Should they beat the French side, Guardiola will come against one of his former clubs in Barca or Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.In the high pressure knockout environment in Lisbon, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is a coach who has the pedigree and approach, well suited to such a format.The Argentine has twice taken his superbly-drilled sides to the UEFA Champions League final, in addition to winning two UEFA Europa League campaigns.This season, he has already claimed the scalp of last year’s winners and 2019/2020 English Premier League champions Liverpool.Atletico Madrid face RB Leipzig, first time quarter-finalists, on Thursday and should they emerge from that encounter will fancy their chances against PSG or Atalanta.The games will be held behind closed doors at two venues – Sporting Lisbon’s Estadio Jose Alvalade and Benfica’s Estadio da Luz, which will host the final.Reuters/NAN.—Tags: Juventus FCMaurizio SarriUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Miami-Dade Police officer charged in rough arrest case

first_imgLoving was taken to jail and was released the next morning when the charges against her were dropped, however, the man who pointed the gun at Loving and her friend was not arrested until two days later, when the video of Loving’s arrest went viral.After viewing the video footage, the State attorney’s office announced charges against Officer Giraldo Friday. He is currently being held on a bond of $5,500. A Miami-Dade Police officer has been arrested and charged with  official misconduct and battery after he was seen of video roughly arresting a woman who called for help.Officer Alejandro Giraldo was arrested Friday after an investigation into the arrest of 26-year-old Dyma Loving in March.According to the report, Loving called the police after a man in her neighborhood called her and her friend a derogatory word and then pointed a shotgun at them when they confronted him about it.When authorities arrived, things between the responding officer and Loving escalated and the officer arrested her.A black woman Called Miami-Dade Police For Help After A Man Brandished A Weapon and threaten her life. Yet, She Was Arrested for being distraught— Brother Tyrone X (@tyrone345345) March 13, 2019last_img read more

AP Sportlight

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Boah uses lesson learned in football and track with Big East championships in mind

first_img Comments Published on March 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img With track and field, as with football, Kwaku Boah believes you can’t be erratic in anything you are doing. On the starting blocks, you have to be systematic, and then you can explode. On the football field, you have to get in the right position and then hit.Fundamentals are fundamentals. Whether they are out of the huddle or on a track. And with the Big East championships approaching, the Syracuse thrower is focusing on that technique as much now as he always has.He likes to call it ‘controlled aggression.’ And for Boah, controlled aggression is the same anywhere. ‘Usually when you’re competing your adrenaline gets you to the next level,’ Boah said. ‘But you have to make sure your fundamentals are as strong as possible.’With five weeks of work before the Big East championships, assistant coach Enoch Borozinski helped to emphasize technique to Boah and the rest of the team in these early stages of the outdoor season. Though early springtime usually serves as a fine-tuning period, coaches and athletes alike are excited at the possibility of reaching nationals this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘There’s a little bit of a struggle transitioning from indoor to outdoor,’ Boah said. ‘But all in all, I felt the progress.’And Boah may have a better shot at nationals than anyone else. He specifically is looking to the Texas Relays in Austin as somewhat of a postseason preview. For what he may be participating in here in the near future.But the calendar still reads March, and for Boah, this week’s practice has been focused mainly on those fundamentals and his approach.‘When the adrenaline might begin to slow you down, you at least have the bare minimum to get a good throw off,’ Boah said. To Boah, the formula is simple: If the fundamentals are there, you have less to worry about. ‘The best throwers, they have a system,’ Boah said.In his third year as a part of the Orange, Boah’s system is beginning to pay off. He placed second in the shot put at the Syracuse Invitational with a mark of 14.5 meters and took home the shot put title at the SU Welcome Back Invitational with a Big East qualifying mark of 15.15 meters. As a former defensive lineman and member of SU football, he has found a common ground between the two sports that helps facilitate the mental aspect of competition.Boah explained that between running stairs, sprinting, footwork, and a lot of stretching and lifting, he learned much more athletically from track than he ever would from football. Standing in a practically vacant Manley Arena, fatigued from yet another Wednesday morning workout, Boah reiterated his goals for this year.Just like he would have if he was on the football field.He was just a little tired from some controlled aggression.‘I would love to go to regionals,’ Boah said. ‘Hopefully, if everything goes well, (I would) try and make nationals. It’s a lot easier said than done, but that’s when days like this kick in.’zoirvin@syr.edulast_img read more