Real estate signInquiry for Brisbane’s unit market is starting to pick up with predictions that sales will also pick up towards the end of the year.Place Projects analyst Lachlan Walker said while the recent lift in inquiries had not translated into sales yet, it was coming.“I get the feeling we are sort of through the worst of it and I think it (the number of sales) will be similar next quarter and then we’ll start to see some pick-up in the back half of the year,” he said.His latest apartment report revealed there had been 144 unconditional off-the-plan unit sales in the past quarter worth $96 million. An artist’s impression of Brisbane 1 which had the highest number of off the plan sales in the March quarter.And units were selling for 5.3 per cent more than at this time last year – this was the second consecutive quarter the average price of off-the-plan apartments increased.The report found two-bedroom apartments were most in demand during the quarter, accounting for 56 per cent of sales, while about a quarter of sales were for one-bedroom apartments.The most common price point for buyers was between $550,000 and $650,000. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenFirst look inside the new W Hotel00:60 Mr Walker said there were 2012 new apartments available for sale throughout inner Brisbane and an additional 3500 apartments expected to be completed by the end of this year.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoHe said the unit market was starting to show “resilience’’ and with the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority now loosening lending restrictions on banks to investors, sales volumes would return to long-term averages in the future. Newstead Central also recorded solid sales in the March quarter. Picture: AAP/ Ric Frearson“Not coincidentally, a large proportion of owner-occupier sales were in recently built or soon to be completed developments. Generally, owner- occupiers are looking for a home, they want to be able to see the finished product before committing.”He said demand for the right product at the right price still existed.“From our conversations within the market, we know that there has been solid interest and sales in recently-built stock which has had to be resold, indicating that demand hasn’t disappeared and buyers are still active.”It predicted that sales figures would not decline further.As a result of demand from owner- occupiers, the report predicted that developers would refocus on townhouses, house and land packages, and more premium apartment product. Lincoln on the Park recorded strong sales. Picture: realestate.com.auIn the March quarter there were 56 projects being sold off-the-plan in inner Brisbane.The report found there were only six unconditional sales within the Brisbane CBD in the quarter but the average sale price was $1.55 million – including a penthouse which sold for more than $3 million.North of the Brisbane River, there were 74 unconditional sales with Newstead Central Laguna chalking up the highest number – nine. South of the river there were 64 unconditional sales with 11 units selling in Brisbane 1 and 10 in Lincoln on the Park.Mr Walker said the majority of buyers in the unit market at the moment were definitely owner-occupiers.The latest apartment report by property consultants Urbis said the owner-occupier market had remained very active even though the investor market had slowed. Director of property economics research Paul Riga said this quarter, owner-occupier sales overtook foreign investor sales, making up 34 per cent of total sales.
Swiss marine contractor Allseas has acquired Bluerise, a specialist developer of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) technology that delivers renewable energy solutions.Based in Delft, the Netherlands, Bluerise has been researching and developing OTEC technology for 9 years, designing systems that utilise the natural temperature difference in the ocean between cold deep water (5°C) and warm surface water (25°C) to generate clean electricity.Allseas will use its offshore expertise and record of deep-water technologies to advance Bluerise concepts and accelerate the implementation of OTEC technology for renewable energy projects.To remind, Bluerise was recently declared bankrupt by the court in Den-Haag.The company which last year partnered with Ecopower Lanka to build an ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) project in Sri Lanka, filed for ‘suspension of payments’ due to the inability to pay the employees and its creditors.
Deadly clashes erupted in several towns on Thursday in Cote d’IvoireOne elderly man was killed and several injured in the unrest that saw police fire teargas to disperse protesters.Several homes and cars were also reportedly set on fire. Deadly clashes erupted in several towns on Thursday in Cote d’Ivoire, in the first major outbreak of unrest ahead of next month’s presidential poll. The protests were called by opposition groups a day after the Constitutional Council announced the 10 contenders, after the incumbent Alassane announced candidature for October’s presidential poll along with nine others. Big is Beautiful in Cote D’Ivoire Related Cote d’Ivoire Prime minister praises China contributions to Africa Investigations underway following deadly Cote d’Ivoire attack
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Brett Vanous raced to the front from a fourth row start to score the win in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event. Vanous took the checkers ahead of Tyler Ollendieck. The IMCA Modified 20-lap feature was led early by Josh Barta before Troy Cordes took over the top spot. Cordes had advanced from a fourth row start, but was not able to hold off Aikey, who came from deep in the field to take the lead with two laps to go. Aikey scored the win ahead of Cordes and Ronn Lauritzen. By Jerry Mackey Cole Mather continued his mastery of Independence Motor Speedway in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division. On Saturday night it took Mather the majority of the race to get to the front and make the winning pass. Mather was able to get by Tom Schmitt late in the race for his fifth consecutive win. The trio swapped the lead several times late in the race with the lead changing hands every corner. Sean Johnson prevailed in an IMCA Sunoco Late Model thriller Saturday at Independence Motor Speedway. (Photo by Scott Weber, Black Hat Photography) Aikey led at the white flag only to have both Johnson and Martin get back by on the back chute. At the checkers it was Johnson by a very narrow margin over Martin and Aikey. The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature win went to Vern Jackson. The win was Jackson’s 107th career win at Indee. Jackson overtook early leader Brett Thomas en route to the win. Tony Olson followed Jackson across the line in second. INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (July 25) – Rydell Auto Parts held Customer Appreciation Night on Saturday night at the Independence Motor Speedway and fans were treated to an IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature that had everyone on the edge of their seats. The field took the green flag with Curran Beckler setting the pace in the early going. Sean Johnson, Curt Martin and Jeff Aikey were making their way to the front to set up a battle for the ages.
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ELLSWORTH — The Mount Desert Island volleyball team won three straight sets to beat the Ellsworth Eagles on their Senior Night on Tuesday at Katsiaficas Gymnasium.MDI (6-6) defeated Ellsworth (6-7) 21-25, 18-25 and 19-25.For MDI: Cassidy Parady had seven kills, three aces and five digs; Caroline McManamon had six kills, three aces and four digs; Mackenzie Hanna had 17 assists and 10 digs; and Grace Higgins had three kills, nine aces and five digsFor Ellsworth: Lexi Hennigan had seven assists; Sammy Mason had six kills; Delaney Sargent had two aces and 12 digs; and Avery Jester had five blocks.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Calais 3, Sumner 1Calais (10-2) defeated Sumner (4-8) 25-14, 25-18, 23-25 and 25-17 on Tuesday.Sumner’s Emily Martin had seven aces; and Amie O’Hara had six digs and three kills. Calais 3, Ellsworth 2Calais defeated Ellsworth 25-18, 21-25, 12-25, 26-24 and 13-15 on Saturday.For Ellsworth, Delaney Sargent had five aces and 31 digs; Rachel Bunker had five aces; Sammy Mason had 13 kills; Avery Jester had six blocks and Alexa Grant had 10 assists.Woodland 3, Bucksport 0Woodland (6-5) defeated Bucksport (3-9) 25-19, 25-12 and 25-16 on Friday.Bucksport’s Kayley Jerome had one ace and eight digs; Mecedes Gray had two aces and two digs; and Erin McGinty had one ace and four digs.Machias 3, Sumner 0Machias (12-1) defeated Sumner 25-9, 25-20 and 25-23 on Friday.Bucksport 3, Jonesport-Beals 1Bucksport defeated Jonesport-Beals (0-9) 13-25, 25-22, 25-19 and 25-20 on Wednesday.Bucksport’s Kayley Jerome had three aces and 14 digs; Erin McGinty had four aces and four digs; Renee Lamb had five aces; and Caitlyn Emery had three aces.MDI 3, WA 1MDI defeated Washington Academy 25-16, 25-16, 23-25 and 25-18 on Wednesday.MDI’s Cassidy Parady had 10 kills, six aces and 14 digs; Grace Higgins had nine kills, three aces, one block and three digs; Mackenzie Hanna had two kills, seven assists, 23 assists and 12 digs.
Obviously, in large part, people are turning to their screens to stay informed and pass the time. When group gatherings and many outdoor activities are no longer an option, it only makes sense to resort to the virtual world. But I don’t think that captures the full scope of our dependence on the arts. Sometimes, life imitates art. Other times, art is the cushion against life, particularly when the going gets tough. Of the many historical trends coming to light amid the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most salient is the enduring power of art in times of turmoil. Rachel McKenzie is a junior writing about pop culture. Her column, “The Afterword,” typically runs every other Tuesday. Italians are belting out impromptu opera songs from the confinement of their balconies. An entire generation is raptured by the Netflix original, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.” EDM artists are turning to YouTube to host virtual raves and festivals (however that works), Zack Bia’s live DJ sets are popping off and beat, R&B and hip-hop battles on Instagram are basically fostering a whole new form of musical entertainment. It is clear that, whether we realize it or not, the role of art becomes more central to our lives in times of crisis and isolation. As illustrator and senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth Louis Netter so eloquently put it: “People are dying, critical resources are stretched and the very essence of our freedom is shrinking — and yet we are moved inward … Of all the necessities we now feel so keenly aware of, the arts and their contribution to our well-being is evident and, in some ways, central to coronavirus confinement.” More recently, photographer Nan Goldin’s intimate documentation of her own addiction to opioids is a powerful meditation on America’s opioid crisis that other forms of interpretation fail to access. For better or for worse, good art created during moments of uncertainty and struggle have unique longevity and iconicity. I’m certain there is great art being created right now, and I’m certain it will serve as a visceral reminder of this pandemic for years to come. I’m not trying to go against everything I just said — if you can turn to art, you should, as much as possible. It will probably help a great deal. I also want to recognize that, in the vein of Maslow’s hierarchy, safety and psychological needs always come first. They are the foundation on which the pyramid of self-actualization is built. Art is the icing, not the cake itself. Without the cake, you have way bigger problems on your hands than whether Carole Baskin fed her husband to the tigers. Whether fleeing the eye of a hurricane, trapped passively in one’s own home or awaiting the end of war, it seems to me that once basic needs (safety, sustenance and shelter) are met, there is an emptiness that the arts can fill. And as time passes, they fill that emptiness in fresh, idiosyncratic ways. On the other hand (you knew this was coming), the idea that we can all find ubiquitous comfort in art during this crisis is deceptive and, quite honestly, too good to be true. Some can’t access luxuries like streaming platforms; for those who can, the “power of art” does little to curb the darkness of living in an abusive household or having dire mental health needs that are not being met. Some are living in constant danger that makes the idea of turning to art sound trivial and stupid. (Angie Yang | Daily Trojan) National Domestic Violence Hotline Chief Executive Katie Ray-Jones expects to see rates of abuse escalate during quarantine in frequency and intensity — a pattern recorded during the economic downturn of 2008 and after 9/11, hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. Some people are trapped with their abusers, trapped in their minds and trapped in poverty — situations that make many of our quarantine experiences seem peachy. Indeed, throughout history, the arts have interacted with periods of turmoil in powerful ways. Picasso’s “Guernica,” a 1937 anti-war painting inspired by the bombing of a town in Northern Spain by Nazi Germany, took on a life beyond the canvas and became a marker of modern warfare and humanity that still resonates with audiences today. A recent Nielsen report indicates that the coronavirus crisis may lead to a 60% increase in the amount of content streamed online. Yes, that’s 60% more than the excessive amount of content we already typically consume in a non-quarantine situation. Nielsen also looked at media consumption during past crises — namely, Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and a major snowstorm in New York in 2016. Unsurprisingly, TV use increased by similar rates — 56% and 45%, respectively — in both cases. It is important to remember that while content consumption and innovative art may be making the difference for you and many others during this time, it is the last priority for some. We should welcome the comfort and transcendence of art with open arms, without letting a false sense of universality fool us. Beyond the power of art to simply reflect reality lies its ability to protect us from it. A 2008 study conducted by China’s Sun Yat-Sen University and England’s University of Southampton sought to investigate just that. Believe it or not, the center’s experiments with migrant children, college students and factory workers showed that nostalgia can act as a buffer against loneliness. According to the research, nostalgia has a restorative function in that it creates with others symbolic connections strong enough to combat the very real pangs of isolation. If you ask me, this phenomenon and our quarantine-induced return to childhood classics like “Zoey 101” are no coincidence. Right now, art can play an underrated but integral role in our coping.
The petition, which had 1,519 signatures at the time of publication, calls for increased resources at the Engemann Student Health Center, such as rape kits and a sexual assault nurse. (Daily Trojan file photo) According to results from the 2015 Campus Climate Survey, 23% of undergraduate female students have experienced nonconsensual sexual touching during their time at USC. With this statistic in mind, Now What, an organization founded by five USC alumnae, is calling for the Engemann Student Health Center to provide students with rape kits and a sexual assault nurse. “I think when students are asking for rape kits, they see the rape kit but don’t necessarily see all the other stuff — the processes, the practices, the procedures that go along with making a rape kit,” Ingram said. Straus said she is particularly concerned with the extra time traveling to Santa Monica takes from the 72-hour window survivors have to get a rape kit and students’ desire to be treated on campus. She also said the advocates would facilitate student’s aftercare and help guide them through the University’s resources. Located about 30 minutes from campus, the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center features a secluded floor that specializes in support and care for victims. It is also connected to an emergency room to treat injuries incurred by survivors — a resource Engemann lacks. Additionally, the center is one of the only in the nation that stores forensic evidence indefinitely. “I think we all wonder how USC prioritizes its money,” Latiff said. Latiff said she believes the university should put more money toward student health, particularly for female students. Inspired by a similar petition at the University of North Texas, the alumnae originally started the petition for a class project, but hope it will bring change to USC. Latiff said she believes the investment in gaining the ability to administer rape kits on campus is worth it. “We will bring on advocates to accompany survivors to crisis centers,” Ingram said. “The side we’re fighting for is [having more resources] on campus,” Straus said. According to Straus, the problem is one of accessibility. She said having a full-time sexual assault nurse who can provide trauma care and administer rape kits should be a priority. However, without offering rape kits on campus, some students like Seanna Latiff, a rising sophomore majoring in art, say that USC is failing to provide for survivors. According to Ingram, Los Angeles County law establishes specific and strict criteria for rape kits and the institutions that can administer them. She said the most difficult requirement for Engemann to meet is access to acute medical care because it is not part of a hospital. USC Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Services Director Brenda Ingram said the University is home to RSVP, which provides a range of resources for survivors including counseling, Title IX services and other psychosocial care. According to Chief Health Officer Sarah Van Orman, Engemann and the Department of Public Safety also offer free transportation to the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center, the closest place for survivors to get rape kits. “A lot of students will be hesitant to go because of the distance or the travel,” Straus said. Straus said Now What is planning on sending the petition to faculty, deans, Engemann officials and other USC administrators. “I think [the petition] is very necessary, and it shows that USC is not offering a system of support to survivors and instead is proving to be negligent to the fact that there is rape occurring on campus,” Latiff said. “They have the ability to support the victims; instead, they’d rather have them sent to Santa Monica alone, which is not anything anybody actually wants to do.” Van Orman and Ingram said the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center offers a level of care and expertise that cannot be replicated at Engemann. “We have a great connection with one of the best treatment centers in the country, but we are also one of the largest research institutions, so there should be [more resources] on campus,” Straus said. While Ingram and Van Orman don’t believe Engemann will offer rape kits in the near future, they are hopeful about a new RSVP initiative. “I really view rape treatment centers as highly, highly specialized, and we’re fortunate that the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center is actually probably the leading center in the nation,” Van Orman said. “I want [every] student who is in need of these services to have access to the best possible care team of people with the best expertise and that is not something we can build here.” “I tried to get maybe 100 signatures and posted it to two Facebook groups, and it got over 1,000 signatures in over a week and a half,” said Cara Straus, one of Now What’s co-founders. Natalie Oganesyan contributed to this report.
Ghanaian swimmer, Abeiku Jackson, has qualified for the final of the 50m men’s butterfly in the ongoing Games in Morocco.He qualified in a time of 24.62 seconds in the 3rd heat on Thursday morning. He came second behind Ali Khalafalla of Egypt who had a time of 25.25 seconds.His compatriot, Niklas Yeboah, however, missed the final after he recorded a time of 25.41 seconds in the fourth heat.Jackson will compete in the final which is slated for Thursday evening.