First home buyers looking to break into the property market could find a gem in regional towns – including near the beautiful beaches of north Queensland.Bowen, Charters Towers and Ayr – all in Queensland’s north – are the top three areas in the country to bag a bargain, new data reveals.Bowen is completely surrounded by beautiful northern beaches. With prices steadily climbing in capital cities, sellers often have the upper hand and it can be hard for buyers to get a look in. But if the city lifestyle isn’t for you, it could pay to look to regional Australia to land your dream home.To find out where buyers might have more luck we compared the lowest ratio of demand to supply and the highest number of days on market. The rankings also took into account the difference between the original listing price and the final sold price, with many suburbs home to vendors willing to negotiate a sale.The message is clear – all variables are pointing away from the city.Where are Australia’s buyers’ markets?Bowen in north Queensland is the number one suburb in the country for those looking for less competition and reasonable house prices.Queensland’s northern areas dominate the top ten list with Charters Towers and Ayr in second and third spots and Nanango, Agnes Water and Emerald coming in fifth, sixth and tenth on the list. Interestingly, the only other state to feature is Victoria with seaside Portland coming in at fourth.Buyers looking for warm weather and a laid back lifestyle should consider regional north Queensland.Tony Doyle, Principal at LJ Hooker Bowen says regional areas in Queensland are receiving plenty of interest due to the high amount of stock available. “There’s definitely interest in these Queensland areas from buyers considering moving here to retire or look for work. Bowen in particular attracts many people coming to look for work in the port and mines.”The northern areas of Queensland are also proving an attractive option because of their desirable climate. “Areas in the north of Queensland have dry tropics and generally beautiful weather compared to our southern counterparts. It’s definitely reflective of the surrounding beautiful beaches,” Doyle says.There’s also the laid back lifestyle that comes with life in regional Queensland. “There are no traffic lights in regional areas, which is great as you can get to places in no time.”The history of some of these regional towns gives them a certain charm over other areas. “In Bowen, there’s also a mix of new and older properties that date back to post-war times,” Doyle says. Portland, in fourth place, is Victoria’s oldest European settlement and Nanango, in fifth spot, is the fourth oldest town in Queensland.A wide front verandah is the standard feature of old Queenslanders in Nanango. State by stateThese are top three suburbs in each state and territory to potentially bag a great property deal.QLDDoyle says you can buy a great family home in Bowen for $250,000. “Bowen is a beautiful town with wonderful weather. Fishing here is great with the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef nearby,” he says.“Along with retirees looking to settle here, we have investors looking at properties because of the strong agriculture base. A large portion of workers migrate here for the horticulture season highlighting that people will be looking for rental properties during their stay.”BowenAyrCharters TowersACTKingston is one of the only inner-city suburbs to make the list of buyers’ markets. Only 4km from the Canberra city, Kingston is one of the oldest suburbs in the territory. Unsurprisingly, the area is rich with heritage-listed buildings and precincts.KingstonGordonHoltNSWRegional areas in New South Wales were the best places to find a bargain, with south coast town Eden topping the state’s list. Another coastal hot spot, South West Rocks, came in at number three.The rugged cliffs on Eden’s eastern coastline turn into wide sandy surf beach, Aslings Beach.EdenParkesSouth West RocksVICPortland and Yarrawonga are both regional areas with populations nearing 10,000. Venus Bay is more of a holiday spot for Melburnians with vast stretches of untouched surf beach.PortlandVenus BayYarrawongaTASMore from newsUp-and-coming suburbs set to boom20 Apr 2015Top 5 affordable inner-city suburbs18 May 2015About 16km west of Burnie, the rural town of Wynard is best known for its extinct volcano with views past the Bass Strait. The median price of a three bedroom house there is $225,000, according to realestate.com.au Invest data.WynyardNew NorfolkBrightonSAThe best deals in South Australia are in historic port towns. Moonta Bay is popular with retirees – elderly couples make up 31% of the population.Land is scarce in the city, but there’s plenty of it in Moonta Bay.Moonta BayPort PirieWallarooWAMiners looking for somewhere to live might consider Collie, a coal-producing centre with plenty of bargains up for grabs. If you’re in another line of work, try Northam – the largest inland town in WA that wasn’t founded on mining.CollieNorthamSouth HedlandNTThe territory’s capital is proving kind to buyers, coming in at number one. The median house price is still higher than the other states, but it’s good to know you can still find a bargain – however relative – in an Australian capital city.DarwinStuart ParkKatherine
Porter Davis Homes Queensland state manager Grant Whinnett said house hunters looking to buy their first home made up one of the biggest percentages of the market at the moment.“More affordable house and land packages and government incentives, particularly in Queensland and the Gold Coast, are certainly a contributing factor to this trend,” he said.The builder said it prided itself on offering first-home buyers affordable house and land packages without compromising on quality.Kris Hanney, 31, is building his first home with Porter Davis in Maudsland.He moved in with friends and cut back on everyday luxuries to save a $60,000 deposit, which took about a year.“Obviously moving in with mates was a big thing but I gave up smoking, even nights out with mates,” he said.“You have to, if you want something you’ve got to work for it.“Hard work pays off.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDifferences between building in new or established estates01:50 MORE NEWS: Buyers splash almost $4 million on beachfront pad Kris Hanney is building his first home in Maudsland.Construction activity has slowed in some estates with heavy dependence on investors while others have expanded off the back of strong demand that no longer existed.“In recent months, some estates in Pimpama and Coomera have expanded to new stages, having sold all or almost all of the earlier stages during the period of stronger demand,” the report said.“The new home sites appear to be impacted by the slower take up as many are left vacant for a long time.”Herron Todd White residential director Janine Rockliff said changes to investment lending were responsible for the market flip.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoBut she said developers were leveraging off the fact that first-home buyers often looked for smaller lots at more affordable prices as investors did.Despite market uncertainty and tighter lending criteria, first-home buyers seemed to be out in force. MORE NEWS: Coast castle’s price slashed First-home buyers could save many developmentsFIRST-home buyers are propping up some housing projects in the Gold Coast’s northern corridor because a wave of interstate investors has dried up, a new report says.Leading property valuation firm Herron Todd White’s latest Month in Review, to be released on Tuesday, says housing estates that targeted interstate investors are struggling the most.“Many of the housing estates in the northern fringe region have been targeted at interstate investors, but in the past six to 12 months there was a noticeable decline in the number of sales of land and building packages in this segment of the market,” the report said.“Consequently, some developers found themselves having to rely on first-home buyers to ensure the continuity of their projects.”
Mandy Minella, the world number 140 from Luxembourg, said she was “shocked” that Australian Open qualifying was allowed to take place. “Shocked to see that qualifying matches have started @Australian Open. What about the health of all the people that have to work out there, especially the ballkids?” she tweeted. And America’s Noah Rubin complained on Twitter that players weren’t being kept up to date, saying “lack of information on how to proceed is scary”. Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley rejected the criticism, telling reporters “everyone was sent an email”. “It’s unfortunate he missed that announcement for a variety of reasons,” he said, adding that all decisions were made on expert advice. Tiley last week said it was unlikely that the Grand Slam would be delayed, regardless of the conditions after world number two Novak Djokovic suggested the option should be on the table. Tiley noted that Melbourne Park has three roofed stadiums and eight other indoor courts, while meteorological and air-quality experts will be on site to monitor conditions. Any smoke hazards will be treated in a similar way to extreme heat and rain, with umpires able to stop play if it is considered too dangerous to continue. A small number of sports events have fallen victim to thick smoke since the fires first ignited, including last month’s SOLAS Big Boat Challenge in Sydney and a Big Bash cricket match in Canberra. Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Of The Most Incredible Antarctica Conspiracy TheoriesWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games? Read Also: Serena ends three-year title drought, hands winnings to bushfire appeal But dozens of other sports fixtures have gone ahead. Sports stars, including leading tennis players, have been quick to respond to the crisis, pledging money to relief efforts. Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Nadal are set to headline fundraising exhibition at Melbourne Park on Wednesday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Soaring pollution halted Australian Open practice and delayed qualifying on Tuesday as smoke from raging bushfires hit the build-up to the season’s opening Grand Slam. Slovenian qualifier Dalila Jakupovic retired with breathing difficulties, but it was not immediately clear whether her problems were related to the smoggy air. Huge bushfires have been burning near Melbourne Players and one prominent coach voiced concern after the sudden deterioration in conditions, following months of deadly bushfires that have engulfed huge swathes of the Australian countryside. Air quality in Melbourne, habitually ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, was among the worst on the planet and described as “hazardous” by city authorities. Residents “should try to stay indoors, keep windows and doors shut, and keep pets inside”, the City of Melbourne tweeted. Tennis officials have said there is little chance of the Australian Open being delayed, but that air quality is being monitored and umpires can halt matches to protect players’ health. “Practice was temporarily suspended this morning due to poor air quality,” organisers said in a statement. “Conditions onsite are improving and are being constantly monitored.” Alexander Zverev and David Goffin had been due on the Melbourne Park courts first, followed by world number one Rafael Nadal, who was seen arriving at the venue. “Not the best air quality this morning in #Melbourne,” tweeted Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach, with a photo of the city shrouded in smog. The first day of qualifying got underway, slightly later than expected, but there were concerns when Jakupovic, the world number 201, suffered severe coughing and retired when a set up against Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele. – Minella ‘shocked’ – Elsewhere in Melbourne, Maria Sharapova took to the court as scheduled against Germany’s Laura Siegemund at the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament. She is set to be followed by Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov facing Croat Borna Coric. “The health and safety of the players, spectators and all involved in the Kooyong Classic event is paramount,” said tournament director Peter Johnston. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said there was widespread smoke across central and eastern Victoria state, including Melbourne, which was expected to clear by Wednesday afternoon.
Luciana Rapach named Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Week Share Oct. 9, 2007BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Argos most versatile player, Luciana Rapach, became the sixth different West Florida player to win a Gulf South Player of the Week honor this season. Rapach, a 5-9 Junior from Porto Alegre, Brazil, was a complete player this week for the Argonauts.Winning the award for defensive player of the week, Rapach shined both defensively and offensively, helping her team to a 2-0 record for the week. Against #25 and previously undefeated West Alabama, she had 22 digs and two blocks defensively, but also recorded 18 kills. She then continued her solid play against Montevallo, picking up double digit digs while adding three more blocks, and 16 more kills.Rapach joins five teammates with Player of the week honors so far this season. Madeline Gonzalez, Danielle Spitzer, and Isabela Gualberto have already received the weekly honor for Offensive Player of the Week, while Kimberly Clark and Jerica Carter have previously been the Defensive Players of the Week. The Argos are the first team in the Conference, since the award was started, to have six different players win the award in one season. Print Friendly Version
Girls Track Regionals @ Shelbyville on Tuesday (5-21).The Warren Central Lady Warriors capture The Girls Track Regionals at Shelbyville. Locally, East Central placed 5th; Greensburg 9th; Batesville, South Ripley, and South Dearborn 16th; and Lawrenceburg 24th.Congratulations to South Ripley’s Megan Cole on winning The 3200 Run and Greensburg’s Lily Grimes on winning The Shot Put.201819ShelbyvilleRegionalThe girls placed 16th out of 40 teams at the track regionals last night at Shelbyville High School. After arriving in a pour down and high winds, teams had to stay on the bus for about 30-40 minutes causing a slight delay in the start of the meet. The temperatures dropped to below 60 and the weather conditions were not quite what everyone expected before we left. Despite this, the Bulldogs pulled through with some good performances and had some ribbon winners. Leading the night and receiving the first ribbons for the team were the 4 x 800m relay of Liz Loichinger, Lily Pinckley, Trysta Vierling and Katie Olsen coming in 8th. Liz Loichinger, the 4 x 100m relay and Carley Pride all snagged the 7th spot in their races. Liz in the 1600m run and Carley in the 400m dash. The 4 x 100m relay team of Gabby Gibbs, Lily Meyer, Roxie Hund and Stephanie Nobbe ran a personal best time of the season to place 7th. Lily Pinckley was up next in the 3200m run and captured 8th. Finally, the last race of the night, our 4 x 400m relay team of Katie Olsen, Liz Loichinger, Stephanie Nobbe and Carley Pride ran a personal best time of the year by 3 seconds placing them 6th. Unfortunately, only the top 3 advance to state competition, so this ends the 2019 season for the lady Bulldogs, but overall it was a great season. Good luck again to our seniors Stephanie Nobbe, Gabby Gibbs, Michaela Nobbe and Katie Bohman. We have a young team with a lot returning next year and I know we will be even stronger! Boys compete Thursday night at Warren Central. Weather permitting, the meet will begin at 6 pm.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.The State Finals will be taking place on Saturday, June 1st at IU in Bloomington.
The manager spent two days away from the team in the build up to Saturday’s 1-0 win over former club Stoke. Pulis was still upset following back-to-back defeats in the league and FA Cup to Aston Villa. Press Association Brown Ideye netted the winner at The Hawthorns on Saturday to improve Pulis’ mood but he admitted the Baggies needed a break from him. He said: “I let them have a couple of days away from me. I was bitterly disappointed myself and I can be a bit snappy at times. So I took myself out of the firing line and got together with them on Wednesday. They enjoyed it enormously, I’m told. “I just stayed out of the way, you have a passion or you don’t and sometimes I get myself in such a state I’m better off away from people. “They went out with the fitness coach and did some light work. I just decided they could do with a couple of days without me.” The Baggies are eight points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone having won three of their last five games and their last four at home in all competitions. But Pulis insisted they have not survived yet and still wants to make it to the traditional safety mark of 40 points. He said: “I still want 40, I’m not concerned about what other people are doing or not. I’d be in my grave now if I was sat worrying about every result and every goal. “I don’t have radios on, if I’m in the car I’ll listen to Smooth Radio rather than worry to death. “I want 40 points, it might be less than that but I want 40.” Ben Foster will have a scan on his knee injury after limping out at the weekend with Pulis hopeful the goalkeeper is not set for a long-lay off. He said: “Ben is a top goalkeeper, he made a mistake against Villa and has taken a lot of flak for it. We need him fit. “He’ll be scanned on Monday and hopefully he’ll be okay.” Defeat ended Stoke’s three-game winning run and they are sweating on Jonathan Walters after the forward came off with a suspected fractured cheekbone. Boss Mark Hughes said: “It’ll have to be checked on Monday, hopefully it won’t be too serious but that’s the worry at the moment. “I’m not sure whether it was a clash of heads, or what’s occurred but he’s got a bang and there’s a little bit of a depression there.” Ryan Shawcross did return following a back injury but Hughes admitted Stoke were not good enough. He added: “We are lacking a few injury-wise, it’s difficult if you haven’t got the ability in the 11 to ask questions and when your key players don’t hit the levels it is difficult to win games.” Tony Pulis revealed he kept his distance from his West Brom players last week to avoid his temper harming the squad.
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JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoDespite ending its exhibition season averaging 97 points per game, head coach Lisa Stone would like to see more than just points during the regular season.With impressive performances from the team’s freshmen and bench, as well as the continued success of preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin was able to enjoy success in the preseason.Using the exhibition games as a learning tool, Stone wants her team to learn from the experience, regardless of its opponent’s skill level.“It’s less about the score and more about playing somebody different,” Stone said in her Monday press conference. “[UW-Stout] posed a fast-breaking offense, so now we can talk about press offense and defensive transition.”For some, this first chance to play a game in front of the Kohl Center crowd was a test of their composure and ability to perform under pressure.“The lights went on, and they performed,” Stone said of Wisconsin’s newcomers. “I’m proud of them for that. We treated these exhibition games like it was the biggest game of the year, and that’s what we have to stay focused on.”Plenty of depth this seasonWith a strong supporting cast, this year’s squad doesn’t have to rely as much on the starter’s output as previous ones. The play on the court during the preseason offered proof to that effect, as the first five Wisconsin points against Stout were scored by freshman reserve Lin Zastrow. The depth of the team allows for different combinations and rotations, an option that Stone feels will prove invaluable.“Our kids are excited. A lot of them want to play. “
The number 13 proved to be a good luck charm for the Wisconsin men’s soccer team Friday night as the No. 16 Badgers defeated Ohio State 2-0 on senior night at the McClimon Complex.The Badgers, led by 13 seniors in their final career regular season home game, dominated in all facets of the game to pick up their 13th win of the season and, in the process, extended the nation’s longest home unbeaten streak to 13 games.The senior class that has led Wisconsin (13-3-2) to its most winning season since the program earned a national championship in 1995 was honored in post-game ceremonies.“This is the best team, best group of guys I’ve been around. We’ve been here for four years. We’ve been through so much together,” senior captain Chris Prince said.Friday’s strong effort led by the seniors included strong defensive play by co-captain Paul Yonga and goals netted by Tomislav Zadro and Nick Janus.“We’ve been playing together for four years now, so you just know each other, where they’re going be at, and know each other’s strong suits,” senior captain Blake Succa said.That chemistry has helped the Badgers bounce back after a myriad of years being tenured in mediocrity. Since the 1995 championship campaign, Wisconsin has failed to reach the NCAA tournament and finished below .500 in 10 out of 17 seasons.This season, however, has been completely different. The culture and mood surrounding Wisconsin soccer has changed in head coach John Trask’s fourth season at the helm.The win over Ohio State improved Wisconsin to 9-0 at home in 2013, and their 13-game unbeaten streak is three games greater than the next-longest in all of NCAA Division I men’s soccer. The Badgers’ resiliency has been tested repeatedly during their current streak, and time and time again, they have come out on top.Early in the season, Wisconsin netted a game-tying goal with one second remaining in the game against Drake and went on to win 3-2 in overtime. On Oct. 17, the Badgers scored three goals in a 17-minute span to erase a 3-1 deficit against defending NCAA champion Indiana. Before outscoring their opponents 7-1 over the last two home games against Eastern Illinois and Ohio State, the first seven contests of the season at the McClimon Complex were all in a one-goal margin of victory.Those 13 seniors may not have played their final game of their careers at home, however. On Nov. 13, the Badgers will head to Columbus, Ohio, for the Big Ten Tournament. The team is assured of a berth in the NCAA tournament, but that’s not merely enough for Wisconsin. They plan to use their time in Columbus to improve their seeding and earn the chance to host a game in the NCAA tournament.“Hopefully, we’re looking to get a couple home games in the NCAA tournament. Obviously thus far we haven’t lost here this season. Knock on wood, hopefully that will continue to happen,” Succa said. “A couple games at home here would be huge and build our confidence even more for whoever we play.”For those 13 seniors, Friday night served as the possible culmination of an incredible body of work done on their home turf during their tenure. In 2010 — the freshman season for most of the current seniors—the Badgers went 4-13-3.That was also the first year at Wisconsin for Trask. Following the victory Friday, Trask engaged in a long embrace with each of the seniors, thankful for the work they have done in their four years together.The win served as the Badgers’ fourth consecutive win and eighth in their last 10 games. With postseason play coming up — highlighted by what will be Wisconsin’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 18 years — they can only hope to remain one of the nation’s hottest teams going forth.
Exports from the Caribbean and Latin America have increased For the first time in four years exports from the Caribbean and Latin America have increased.In the first quarter of 2017, the value of exports increased by 17 percent, following a decline of 2.9 percent in 2016. The recovery was primarily driven by a rebound in commodity prices, according to an analysis conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) using detailed data from 25 regional countries.“The trend reversal is positive news for Latin America and the Caribbean. Yet, in the current context, one should not overestimate the drivers of this export expansion, which remains unstable and still restricted to a few regional economies,” Principal economist of the integration and trade sector at IDB, Paul Giordano, said. Funding available to boost local small business exports