FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Hawthorne (Brisbane) $1,460,094 $962,500 -34%Mooroobool (Cairns) $385,000 $295,000 -23%Rangeville (Toowoomba) $543,750 $418,000 -23%More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoBroadbeach Waters (GC) $1,221,500 $943,750 -23%Runaway Bay (Gold Coast) $1,050,000 $843,500 -20%Coorparoo (Brisbane) $1,135,000 $915,000 -19%Lowood (NW of Ipswich) $275,000 $222,500 -19%Palmview (Sunshine Coast) $720,000 $583,950 -19% Frenchville (Rockhampton) $350,000 $287,500 -18%Atherton (Tablelands) $340,000 279,750 -18% Source: CoreLogic, Finder *Suburb metrics: Only includes suburbs with 3 month median sales price available. Hawthorne saw its house price go from $1,460,094 in January to $962,500 in April this year, it said, a massive 34 per cent fall.Three suburbs saw prices fall by 23 per cent: Mooroobool in Cairns that went from $385,000 to $295,000; Rangeville in Toowoomba fell from $543,750 to $418,000; and popular Gold Coast suburb Broadbeach Waters saw its house price go from $1,221,500 to $943,750 in that period. Finder insight manager Graham Cooke said the falls came at a time when interest rates were falling.“The value of houses has and may continue to tip lower in many suburbs, and ready buyers are taking advantage,” he said.“For those with a mortgage already, even though your home’s value may have dropped, unless you take action, the mortgage payment will not.” Record low interest rates are spurring on buyers.“As budgets are crunched, a historic number of people are refinancing and getting a better deal on their largest investment.”“Record-low interest rates and a lack of investor spending can be a boon for savvy mortgage holders.”While the results varied widely across the state, the average change across Queensland was a 1 per cent rise in price – also a pleasant surprise given the massive impact COVID-19 has had globally. WHERE HOUSE PRICES FELL THE MOST (OFF COVID-19): SUBURB JAN APR DROP “Of the 227 suburbs that had more than 20 sales and a population of more than 1,000, 41 per cent saw a decline in price in April compared to January 2020,” according to the Finder analysis.But the biggest surprise was the suburb that saw the highest fall in house prices during that period – Hawthorne – was located in the high demand Brisbane inner ring. Meet the newest millionaire suburbs Finder analysed house price falls across 227 suburbs in Queensland during the early months of COVID-19.Fresh data has revealed the suburbs where house prices fell the most during COVID-19, and the biggest drop has come from the most surprising area.Comparison firm Finder.com.au reviewed all suburbs in Queensland to track house price changes since January this year – in the process uncovering where “deals” could potentially be found. MORE: Own your own island, oyster shucking optional Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Quarantine reno sells in just 15 minutes Population of at least 1,000. Number of sales over the last 3 months needs to be over 20
The Batesville Girls Tennis Team defeated Columbus East 3-2 on Thursday.#1 Singles- Lydia Olsen was defeated by Megan Galle 0-6, 1-6.#2 Singles- Erin Longstreth defeated Alaysha Pollert 7-6(3), 6-1.#3 Singles- Julia Hunter was defeated by Adycin Rager 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.#1 Doubles- Brooke Bradford and Kelli Hartman defeated Paige Webb and Lauren Graham 6-0, 6-0.#2 Doubles- Macy Simon and Karsen Worthington defeated Carol Travis and Megan Newton 6-2, 6-1.In JV action, Batesville won 5-0. Alana Pinckley won in singles while the doubles teams of Anna Kick/Grace Heppner, Jenna Harmeyer/Rachael Rose, and Chandni Patel/Jenna Harmeyer were all winners.The Varsity is now 7-1 on the season while the JV is 8-0. The Bulldogs will play at home against Lawrenceburg at home on Friday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, sparked worries about interest rates when he remarked that inflation was nearing the high end of the Fed’s comfort signal. Markets viewed that comment as a signal that the central bank would keep raising interest rates in order to slow the economy and keep inflation from getting out of control. The Fed on Sept. 20 boosted a key interest rate for the 11th time, indicating that it was more worried about inflation than what it believed would be a short-lived slowdown from Katrina. Analysts at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said in a new report Tuesday that losses from bad loans could increase “for a period” at banks in the Gulf Coast areas affected by Katrina and Rita. “Although the full force of the impact of hurricanes Katrina and Rita will not be fully known for some time, it is clear that the scope of the devastation is unprecedented for the local economies and is projected to slow U.S. economic activity in the third and fourth quarters,” said Barbara Ryan, head of regional operations for the FDIC’s insurance and research division. The 2.5 percent increase in total factory orders in August was the best showing since a 4.2 percent rise in May. WASHINGTON – Orders to U.S. factories posted the best increase in three months in August as the manufacturing sector showed strength in the face of surging energy prices. The Commerce Department reported that orders rose by 2.5 percent to $395.2 billion, led by strong demand for computers and other electronic products. The increase followed a 2.5 percent drop in July which had fed worries that manufacturing, an energy-intensive sector of the economy, could falter as crude oil prices climbed to record levels. However, the August rebound and a big jump in September in a closely watched gauge of manufacturing sentiment should ease those worries. The Institute for Supply Management said that its index surged to a 13-month high of 59.4 percent in September despite the surge in energy prices and the battering the economy took from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. On Wall Street, stocks dropped sharply on Tuesday as several companies warned of profit shortfalls and investors grew concerned about higher interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 94.37 points to close at 10,441.11. Orders for durable goods, items expected to last three or more years, were up 3.4 percent in August, slightly better than the 3.3 percent increase that the government estimated in a preliminary report last week. The strength was led by a 5.5 percent surge in orders for computers and other electronic products. Demand for cars, airplanes and other transportation equipment rose by 1.4 percent in July after a 9.1 percent plunge in transportation orders in July. Excluding the increase in transportation, total orders would have been up by 2.7 percent, the best showing in this category in 17 months. Orders for nondurable goods posted a 1.6 percent increase after a 1 percent increase in July. Manufacturing was the hardest hit sector in the 2001 recession and there had been concerns that businesses might start cutting back on their orders out of concern over what rising energy prices might do to the economy. Analysts said the strong reading from the manufacturing gauge in September showed that so far manufacturing outside of the Gulf Coast area has not been hurt by the hurricanes. Economists still believe that the economy will see growth slashed by as much as a full percentage point in the second half of the year, reflecting a loss of perhaps 400,000 jobs from the hurricanes and the impact on consumer confidence from the surge in energy prices. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As the calendar days pass by and too-wet soil conditions persist, some tough corn decisions are being forced upon farmers.Across the state, numerous growers have reported having poor stands, said Peter Thomison, Ohio State University Extension corn specialist. Thomison has heard reports of abnormal growth in their young corn plants, including plants that have developed leaves underground. The deluge of rain in late April and much of May throughout Ohio offered limited planting opportunities. Pounding rains led to crusted soils in fields that did get planted, making it difficult for emerging corn plants to penetrate the surface of the soil and causing leaves to form underneath the ground, Thomison said.In Darke County where persistent rains fell through most of the planting season, many farmers are awaiting word from their crop insurance adjusters before they replant, said Sam Custer, an OSU Extension educator.“There’s some corn out there that still has a chance,” Custer said. “The farmers will just have to determine if it’s feasible to replant.”Key considerations in making replant decisions should be determining the damaged fields’ current yield potential, its replant yield potential, and the income the crop will generate if it’s replanted, Thomison said.“Don’t make a final assessment on the extent of damage and stand loss too quickly,” Thomison said.The decision to replant has changed in the last couple of weeks for many farmers. Multiple rains softened the crusted soils to allow better emergence in many parts of the state than initially anticipated and, as the calendar date progresses, there is less advantage to replanting, said Bill McDonald, director of agronomic services for Seed Consultants, Inc.“Of course we have had a lot of rain and we had a lot of planting issues and replant concerns. We have been evaluating a lot of stands. A lot of corn we considered tearing up on May 15 we are re-assessing,” McDonald said. “Right now we are looking at stands that are 22,000-plus plants per acre with a lot more potential than tearing up and replanting the field. We are looking at a reduced yield now if we tear it up and start over.”And as June draws near, many farmers with soggy fields are wondering how much longer corn should be planted.“I look at June 10 or June 12 as a time when I would seriously consider switching to beans. It also depends what has been done in the field,” McDonald said. “There is a lot of anhydrous out there. I might consider going past that date with a shorter season corn if I was committed to corn on those acres.”Then, as the corn crop is emerging, it may be important to assess nitrogen after all of the rainfall.“It is tough to assess exactly what nitrogen we have lost without taking a nitrogen test. I am very comfortable that if you used anhydrous with N-serve that a lot of that N is still there. If you used urea or 28% UAN solution that had not been stabilized, you don’t know what’s there. We probably lost it. That is a lot of what we have to consider and take a test out there to see what we do have,” McDonald said. “Take commonsense measures. When we are applying N we should never do so without a soil test to see what we need to be doing. I am a strong proponent of grid sampling. We need to know what is there and put on the correct amounts to protect our environment. This is one step to doing that. Put on what is needed and nothing more.”For more of Thomison’s guidelines on replanting, visit: go.osu.edu/replantingcorn.
JUBA, South Sudan – “In September there was no fuel anywhere,” Samson Kamuya says.The exhausted 45-year-old hangs his head. He’s been waiting four days at a gas station in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, to no avail.Wedged among hundreds of cars, trucks and desperate civilians carrying empty jerry cans, he says the fuel situation is unlike anything he’s seen in his eight years as a driver.It is a cruel irony in the world’s youngest nation: Ninety-eight per cent of South Sudan’s economy comes from oil, but the country faces one of its worst fuel crises since civil war began in 2013.South Sudan has Africa’s third-largest oil reserves, with 3.5 billion barrels. Based on government figures, current production should bring in hundreds of millions of dollars a year. But without refineries, the country exports crude oil and must import fuel.Some observers blame the government and Nile Petroleum, the sole state-owned oil company, for nationwide fuel shortages.The situation deteriorated when the government “started monopolizing the fuel trade” by kicking out private oil companies to control access to U.S. dollars, says Edmund Yakani, executive director of the non-profit Community Empowerment for Progress Organization.Nile Petroleum says it can afford to bring in only enough fuel to serve one-third of South Sudan’s population. It denies expelling private companies, saying the economic crisis forced them to leave.“NilePet became responsible for the whole country,” says Yiey Puoch Lur, its public relations director.However, some say the numbers don’t add up, accusing government corruption of worsening the country’s overall crisis. South Sudan soon will enter its fifth year of fighting amid starvation, mass displacement and allegations of war crimes.“Instead of using oil revenue to provide public services and improve the livelihoods of South Sudan’s population, the ruling clique has used these funds to procure weapons, finance a horrific civil war and enrich themselves,” says J.R. Mailey, director of the investigative team at The Sentry, a Washington-based group that has reported on links between corruption and mass atrocities.“The money’s being kept abroad,” a member of South Sudan’s parliament, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of his safety, told The Associated Press. The money the government should be receiving for oil exports is enough to fuel the entire country, the lawmaker says.Nile Petroleum denies wrongdoing, blaming the lack of funds on a reduction in South Sudan’s oil production from almost 300,000 barrels a day before the civil war to roughly 130,000. It says declining global oil prices and the civil war’s damage to oil facilities have hurt.As South Sudan held its first oil and power conference on Wednesday, Minister of Petroleum Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said the government is moving “aggressively” to produce more oil, with target production of 280,000 barrels per day in the coming year. The minister said four refineries would be built in the country, with one in Bentiu underway.Gatkuoth welcomed foreign investors, saying they would team up with NilePet, then quipped that he wasn’t “encouraging them to leave — immediately”.Civilians feel the brunt of the crisis. Drivers like Kamuya often hire people to sleep in their parked cars at the pumps while they borrow other transport to keep working.Kamuya says he has been forced to buy fuel on the black market for almost 10 times the usual price. Instead of paying 1,200 South Sudanese pounds ($6.50) for 60 litres at the pump, he has paid up to 10,800 South Sudanese pounds ($58) for just 20 litres.In addition, government soldiers have been accused of threatening civilians at gas stations and cutting in line to stock up on fuel to sell illegally.“If someone tells you to move with a gun you can’t argue,” says Simon Kinuthia, a driver in Juba.The army denies the allegations. Other than a few isolated incidents soldiers “don’t break the rules,” says spokesman Lul Ruai Koang.Last month the Trump administration took initial steps to target those responsible for undermining stability in South Sudan, imposing sanctions on two senior members of government, the former military chief of staff and three local companies.“Corrupt officials and their facilitators that participate in the oil sector should be subjected to targeted network sanctions,” says Brad Brooks-Rubin, policy director for The Sentry, adding that an embargo should not be placed on South Sudan’s oil industry as a whole.“Fuel is connected to everything,” Kinuthia says. “And right now, it’s making people suffer.”
Ottawa, O.N. – The federal government is taking a step Tuesday to help Canada’s battered energy industry.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi and International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr will be at an Edmonton college campus to unveil a support package for oil and gas companies to reach new markets.The announcement is in Alberta, but the funds are available to any oil and gas companies nationwide. The impasse has left a sharp divide between Alberta and Ottawa.Although Tuesday’s announcement comes in the Alberta capital, neither Notley nor anyone from the Alberta government is scheduled to be there for the announcement.Earlier this month, Sohi asked the National Energy Board to do a review of existing pipeline capacity to make sure it is being used in the most efficient way and also to figure out whether there are any short-term steps that could maximize rail capacity to ship more oil.Days later, the NEB responded to Sohi and said it will provide him with a full report in February.9 Premier Notley has made no secret in recent weeks of her desire to have Ottawa help the province buy new rail cars to ship two additional trains full of Alberta crude out of the province every day.Alberta is already negotiating with an as-yet-unnamed third party to buy the rail cars, but Canada has not indicated any willingness to share the cost of the purchase yet, and rail cars are not part of Tuesday’s announcement.Although the price for Alberta crude has rebounded slightly from a panic-inducing $11 a barrel in late November, it is still trading between $26 and $28, only about half of what Texas oil producers are getting. The difference is costing the Canadian economy an estimated $80 million a day, according to both the Alberta and federal governments.Alberta’s struggle to get its oil to market with pipelines at capacity and some refineries down for maintenance have contributed to the price differential, but so has Canada’s almost total reliance on the United States as an export market.Almost every drop of oil that is not refined and used in Canada is exported to the United States. Without more pipelines to the coasts where oil tankers could theoretically then ship oil overseas, Canada’s oil producers are at the mercy of the Americans.The only current proposal to increase pipeline capacity to the coasts is the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is in limbo following a court ruling overturning its federal approval. Ottawa is trying to get that project back on track with more consultations, but if that does happen, it will be several years before oil actually starts to flow.
BALURGHAT: In a major political development in South Dinajpur before the upcoming Parliamentary elections, 100 Left Front workers from different wards under Balurghat municipality joined Trinamool Congress on Tuesday afternoon, in presence of party candidate and popular theatre personality Arpita Ghosh.Ghosh conducted a workers’ conference in Balurghat for discussing a strategic plan before the polls, where she handed over the party flag to them. The newly joined workers were also welcomed by senior Trinamool leaders, including former PWD minister Shankar Chakraborty and Balurghat town party president Subhas Chaki. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to a source, there was speculation that a group of Left Front workers, mainly from RSP, would join the ruling party. “The Left Front workers have joined Trinamool as they were impressed by the policy for people made by Mamata Banerjee. Our Chief Minister’s policy has definitely geared up the development in Bengal. Their joining has proved that the general people trust Trinamool Congress despite fabricated speeches by different state and Central level BJP leaders against us. If this outward flow continues, Trinamool will do better in the district in the upcoming LS polls,” Ghosh said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayVisibly overwhelmed after joining the new party, the Left Front workers said: “We are fortunate enough to join Trinamool and will surely do our task sincerely for the party’s betterment from today onwards.” Political observers feel this joining will definitely give an advantage to the ruling party. “Some other workers from different political parties including BJP, Congress and Left Front are likely to join Trinamool soon,” said an observer. Former PWD minister Shankar Chakraborty said: “There is no doubt that this joining will make us stronger before the upcoming poll. We will surely have a positive reflection in the ballot box.”
Gururgam: In the month of March, the Gururgam traffic police levied fine on 98,954 vehicles. This was much lesser than the previous two months of January and February. While in February 1,11,653 vehicles were challaned and in January there were 1,29,853 drivers who were challaned.Traffic violators in the form of driving in the wrong lane and those parking the vehicles illegally were on top in the list among those who were challaned by the law enforcement officials. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThere were 6,514 challans for those driving in the wrong lane and 11,233 fines levied on those who had parked their vehicles wrongly. In other violations, there were 601 incidents of drunken driving 1354 vehicles. Normally the Gurgaon traffic police and area police challans around 3,500 vehicles in the day but during special drives, the figures in the past have crossed to over 20,000 vehicles. The Gurugram police have conducted initiatives where a large number of challans were made on erring drivers. Yet the rate of accidents in Gurugram continues to be high. Last year there were over 442 people who lost their lives due to accidents on the city roads. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to an official report, the majority of accidents happened beacuse the vehicles were moving in the wrong direction. While the traffic police claim there has been a crackdown, there are repeated complaints of rash, drunken and underage driving. “I hope the strict approach taken by the traffic police is beneficial in instilling proper traffic sense among the residents. Sadly, the situation is not bright. Being stationed in prominent areas will result in police getting hold of a large number of people however the main culprits which are the trucks, autos and private buses get away maybe because of their clout,” said Amardeep Singh, a resident. “As Gurugram is expanding very fast, it is not possible for our office to be in every corner. Yet, through these initiatives we want to ensure that commuting is safe in Gurugram,” said a senior police official from Gurugram police. In 2017, the Gurugram traffic police collected a total of Rs 11 crore through fines. This record was broken in the six months of 2018 itself with the law enforcement officials collecting Rs 15 crores from the period of January to August.
Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings seem to always spiral towards each other in their relentless hunt for the Indian Premier League title. On Sunday, the two sides will face each other for the fourth time this season. It is also the fourth time that CSK and MI will be pitted against each other in an IPL final. They are the two most successful teams in the tournament’s history and the final on Sunday will be another chapter in what has been an epic rivalry between two sides who are as different from each other as a pair of sporting opposites can be. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju While CSK are known to be a team that dominates the group stage, MI are notoriously slow starters. Both sides stayed true to their reputation this season. While MI had a sputtering start to their season, before taking off, CSK remained top of the table for much of the group stages and were one of the first teams to confirm qualification to the playoffs. However, CSK were piped to the top spot by Mumbai Indians thanks to the 9-wicket hiding the latter handed out to Kolkata Knight Riders in their last group game. MI are also the only team that CSK haven’t been able to beat this season with the MS Dhoni-led side losing the two group matches and the first qualifier against their rivals. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters Mumbai also have the statistical edge in IPL finals played between the two sides, having ended three out of the four title clashes between the two sides on the winning side. However, CSK displayed ominous form in the way they swatted Delhi Capitals aside in the second Qualifier. The ever-reliable CSK spinners helped them restrict Delhi Capitals to 147/9. Coming to the chase, Shane Watson finally found form and his opening partnership of 81 with Faf du Plessis set the stage for a rollicking win for the Yellow Brigade. They ended up winning the match by six wickets with an over to spare. Unpredictability is a constant in the IPL, a fact that has been as apparent as ever this season with the numerous collapses and death over run bursts that we have seen in the group stage. There is no reason to believe that the final would be any different. But it will all boil down to the team which holds its nerves on the day of the big battle. Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn. Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks and Lasith Malinga.
The summer trade window rumors are not only regarding where Manchester United’s forward Wayne Rooney, Uruguayan baller Edinson Cavani and Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez aka Isco are potentially headed. The rumblings are also about players who are not as popular but may have a greater advantage. These rumors are more likely fact than fiction.According to the South Wales Evening Post, Swansea City’s ball club is interested in the Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony. He is also a target for Newcastle United.Meanwhile, Sunderland Association Football Club’s Stephane Sessegnon is on the market this summer and Fulham Football Club is looking to capitalize on his status.Finally, Everton Football Club could potentially move on Japan International’s Keisuke Honda.In the video above, BleacherReport’s Will Tidey looks at some low-key rumors you need to keep an eye on this summer.