Cambridge advised to heed reform

first_imgThe Chancellor of Oxford University hasspoken publicly for the first time in support of attempts to reform the University.In a speech to an audience of alumni lastweek, Lord Patten suggested that Cambridge shouldfollow Oxford’slead and introduce sweeping reforms if it is to remain a world-classuniversity. He said that he hoped Oxford’sefforts would “make it easier for Cambridgeto follow us if we can get sensible proposals in place.” Cambridge declined to comment. Patten told Cherwell, “Oxford is a great university but we have toensure that our management is up to the task of keeping us world-class. John Hood’sreforms are the culmination of a reform process that began a decade ago. Istrongly support what he is doing which would help us to get more support frombenefactors and to persuade the government to be more generous.”Lord Patten’s comment comes ahead of ameeting of the Congregation on 1 November to examine a governance discussionpaper. The paper is a revised version of a May Green Paper produced by theWorking Party on Governance and led by the Vice-Chancellor entitled “The GovernanceStructure”. This paper proposed to separate academic and institutionalgovernance by having an academic council and also a board of trustees to lookafter the University’s administration, financial and property management. Theboard of trustees was to be composed exclusively of external members, an ideawhich many disliked.The latest discussion paper has replacedthe board of trustees with a council, which will contain seven external membersand seven internal members and will be chaired by Patten. The academic council, initially to becomprised of 150 members has also been streamlined to 36, among whom will betwo student representatives. This will be chaired by the Vice-Chancellor.A spokesperson for the University pointedout that under the existing system, the Vice-Chancellor is responsible for bothacademic and institutional governance and so there could be a potentialconflict of interest. By contrast, both the Green Paper in Mayand the reformed discussion paper will separate the two areas.The spokesperson added, “Under thegovernance proposals, the Congregation retain ultimate power: they can move a voteof no confidence in anything Council does.” She said, “The Congregation willhave the opportunity to discuss the proposals on 1 November, and that is aforum for a frank exchange of views, and an airing of any potential concerns,about the proposals, after which written responses will be received.” Andrew Graham, The Master of Balliol and anew member of the University’s Council, commented, “The new proposals fromthe Working Party on Governance show that there has been a great deal ofintelligent listening. There are still some points of substance todiscuss – and I shall want to hear what colleagues have to say in the debate inCongregation – but, in my view, we are now heading in the rightdirection.”The University spokesperson explained theneed for governance reform: “OxfordUniversity is a large andcomplex organisation with 17,000 students, nearly 8,000 employees, and aturnover, including OUP, of £880m, so it’s essential that the system ifgovernance is appropriate for the size and complexity of the institution. Sincethe governance structure was last reformed in2000, it has become clear that the current system is not entirely satisfactory andcan be improved. One of the main aims of the proposed changes is to ensure thatacademic decisions can be made in the fullest confidence that the Universityhas the best possible institutional framework (financial, legal andadministrative) in place to support and sustain the academic endeavour.”ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005last_img read more

News story: Defence Minister appreciates Scots UK defence role

first_imgThe Minister first met with the Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, and the heads of the Royal Navy, Army and RAF in Scotland in Glasgow, having been appointed to his new Ministry of Defence role on 9 January 2018.Defence Minister Guto Bebb said: Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell said: Scotland is home to more than 10,000 regular and 4,000 reserve armed forces personnel, supported by almost 4,000 MOD civilians.Scottish industry benefits from Defence spending £1.5bn with it each year. This investment supports 9,750 private sector and highly skilled jobs in Scotland.The MOD previously announced an unprecedented 20 years of work for the Clyde shipyards in 2017, safeguarding over 4,000 Scottish jobs, with the £3.7bn contract for the first three of eight submarine hunting Type 26 frigates to be built there. Through the UK National Shipbuilding Strategy, Scottish yards on the Clyde and at Rosyth are also able to compete for the five lighter Type 31e frigates which will come into service from 2023.A further £1.7 billion is being invested to upgrade Scottish military bases over the next decade.Scotland and its unique landscape provide crucial UK and Allied military training areas for infantry and armoured vehicles, air and sea defence, gunnery and missile firings.The Minister will go on to visit BAE Systems Govan/Scotstoun shipyard to see how the yard’s 800 highly skilled engineers and fitters are benefiting from a full order book until 2035, as they complete five new Offshore Patrol Vessels, and eight Type 26 anti-submarine frigates, for the Royal Navy – the first of which will be called HMS Glasgow. These are exciting and important times for the Armed Forces in Scotland. All three services in Scotland are growing their numbers, including building a single home for the UK submarine fleet on the Clyde, growth to 2 SCOTS and 3 SCOTS infantry battalions, increasing the RAF’s Typhoon force, and the build-up to the arrival of nine new maritime patrol aircraft, at RAF Lossiemouth. Scotland plays as vital role at the heart of UK Defence and national security. Right now, Scots-based sailors, soldiers and air personnel are delivering Continuous at Sea Deterrence, building the capabilities of the Iraqi Security Forces, working on behalf of the United Nations and countering Daesh across the Middle East.last_img read more

America’s credit unions: Dreams thrive here

first_img 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. Mr. Zuehlke provides clients with technical support on tax-advantaged accounts (including individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, simplified employee pension plans, and Coverdell education … Web: Details As credit unions celebrate International Credit Union Day on October 19, 2017, this year’s theme, “Dreams Thrive Here,” speaks volumes to the relationships that credit unions have with their members. For decades, credit unions have helped their members save for their first car and their first home, turning dreams into reality.Saving money is not easy, but credit unions help their members achieve their savings goals with fair-priced loans and tools, such as payroll deduction, to make saving easy. As a trusted financial partner, credit unions have an opportunity to help their members save for three of the most important things in life: retirement, college, and healthcare. And members need help saving for all three.Consider the following statistics.Twenty-eight percent of non-retired adults indicate that they currently have no retirement savings or pension whatsoever, according to the Report of the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2016, published by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. The average amount parents have saved for college is $16,380, according to How America Saves for College 2016, Sallie Mae’s national study of parents with children under age 18. This amount would not even cover the average cost of one full year of tuition, fees, and room and board at a public four-year in-state school.More than half of the consumers who said that they were contacted about debt in collection noted that it was related to a medical debt, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Survey of Consumer Views on Debt.Over the years, Congress has created a host of tax-advantaged savings plans, which includes IRAs, simplified employee pension (SEP) plans, savings incentive match plan for employees of small employers (SIMPLE) IRA plans, Coverdell education savings accounts (ESA), and health savings accounts (HSAs), to encourage saving for retirement, college, and healthcare. These plans provide members with generous tax savings—especially HSAs—which provide for both tax deductible contributions and tax-free withdrawals. Many credit unions offer some or all of these savings plans to their members, yet many members who need help to achieve their financial goals do not take advantage of these plans and their benefits. As credit unions celebrate International Credit Union Day, they may reflect on how they help their members achieve financial goals. The following are tips to help members save for retirement, college, and healthcare.Educate members about the many tax-advantaged savings plans—IRAs, SEP plans, SIMPLE IRA plans, ESAs, and HSAs—and how these plans can help them save for retirement, college, and retirement. Small business owners often cannot afford to offer a retirement plan to their employees but they may not be aware of the tax benefits of a SEP plan or SIMPLE IRA. Grandparents who want to help their grandchildren may not be aware of the ESA and its benefits. HSA owners who receive employer contributions may not be aware of the added tax benefits that they would receive by also making contributions to their HSA. As a trusted source of financial information, credit unions can provide members with the information they need to reach their savings goals. Promote low-cost credit union IRAs, ESAs, and HSAs. Studies consistently show that credit unions charge lower fees and pay higher deposit rates than their competitors. Many credit unions offer IRAs, ESAs, and HSAs with no annual fees and low- or no-minimum balance requirements. And, if fees are assessed, they are usually lower than the fees charged by competitors. This makes it easy for members to start saving for retirement, college, or healthcare, by setting aside modest amounts on a regular basis without the worry of high fees eroding their savings.Offer payroll deduction or automatic transfers to make saving easy. More important than saving for retirement, college, or healthcare is saving for these events on a regular basis, but members need help to keep their commitment. Encouraging payroll deduction as a way to save for retirement, college, or healthcare makes it easy and ensures that members commit to achieving their saving goals.For decades, credit unions have helped members achieve their financial dreams. As the credit union movement celebrates International Credit Union Day, credit unions have an opportunity to help members save for three of the most important things in life: retirement, college, and healthcare. Dreams thrive here because members know that they can count on their credit unions to help them achieve their financial goals. Ascensus has a long history of serving the credit union market. We wish all of our credit union clients a happy International Credit Union Day.last_img read more

The most impactful new trend in credit union website design

first_imgToday’s credit union website designs are guilty of vain repetition. They display the same thing to every visitor, even though each individual is unique. There are many different reasons people visit your credit union website, which means a one-size-fits-all experience is actually a one-size-fits-few problem.But now, you can make your website more relevant to each visitor with personalization technology. Real-time personalization is the most impactful new trend in credit union website design because it dramatically increases engagement and conversion. A study by Forrester found that “77% of consumers have chosen, recommended, or paid more for a brand that provides a personalized service or experience.”Credit unions tend to think of website pages as static designs. For example, the all-important  homepage is considered a single destination with a single layout and static content. But, given that every visitor is different, shouldn’t the homepage adapt to each individual’s interests?What if your homepage could change on the fly based on what you know about a user? That could mean having 3, 5, or 1,000 different homepage variations. To see how that would work, let’s look at the new, personalized website being designed for Yolo Federal Credit Union. Example of a Personalized Website: Yolo FCUYolo FCU is a California-based credit union with a rich history (their name comes from Yolo County, California; they were Yolo before YOLO was cool). They have high standards for their products and services and want their new website to embody their personal, caring touch. Accordingly, Yolo’s marketing team readily embraced the idea of designing a new website that personalizes content in real time.My team and I at BloomCU talked with Yolo about different types of credit union website users and identified three primary personas:First-timers ShoppersLogin-ersThen, for each of these three personas, we designed the three custom templates shown below.First-TimersAs the name implies, a First-Timer is a person visiting Yolo’s website for the first time. A First-Timer is probably a nonmember who is researching financial products and services. Therefore, the homepage template designed for First-Timers focuses on Yolo’s brand and explains why you should become a member of the credit union:Immediate interaction is important because studies show that gradual engagement increases conversion. That’s why the homepage invites First-Timers to immediately interact and self-identify their interests. For example, in the “Your Story” section,  a user might choose “I want to borrow for a new car,” then click “Begin Your Journey:”ShoppersA Shopper is a person returning to Yolo’s website after showing interest in a product or service on a previous visit. For instance, let’s say a Shopper perused the auto loan page on her last visit. Her browsing behavior hints that she probably wants to buy a car. Hence, the homepage template designed for this Shopper shows information about getting an auto loan from Yolo:For the interested Shopper, the new homepage also presents rates, a short quiz, FAQs, and blog posts centered on auto loans:Within the Shopper template, there are dozens of variations based on Yolo’s products and services. You’ve seen what that looks like for auto loans. Here are a few more examples:A variation for users who are interested in certificates of depositA variation for users who are interested in home loansA variation for users who are interested in vacation loansLogin-ersA Login-er is a person returning to Yolo’s website after logging into online banking on a previous visit. For a Login-er, the homepage emphasizes an easy-peasy experience for signing in to online banking:Importantly, a user is only a Login-er if she has not shown interest in a product or service. Accordingly, an unobtrusive promotion is placed just above the login box; the promo is simply a sentence with a link. This subtle promotion area enables Yolo to communicate a marketing message in hopes of creating a new interest, while maintaining a pleasant user experience.How it WorksPersonalization is made possible through cookies. Not the delicious chocolate chip kind, but the kind that store data about users’ browsing behaviors. Using data from cookies, we plug text and images into personalizable components throughout a web page. That way, when members return to Yolo’s homepage, for example, they are greeted with an experience that’s tailored just for them.(Learn more about how to add personalization to your credit union website design, including existing software solutions, how to build your own personalization software, and how to run personalization campaigns.)Get PersonalCredit union website design is all about guiding users through the buying decision process. Along this decision process, one of our most important design principles is relevance. Personalization is about crafting personal, relevant experiences that genuinely help users. In return, you get more engagement, more leads, and fewer frustrated members. That’s why personalization is the future of credit union website design 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award),, and others. He … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Crews respond to tractor- trailer fire, shut down section of Route 17 West.

first_img4:32 P.M. UPDATE: VESTAL (WBNG) — Emergency crews are responding to tractor-trailer fire on Route 17 West near Vestal. VESTAL (WBNG) — The left lane of traffic on Route 17 is back open following a tractor-trailer fire. For the most up to date information, go to the 511NY website by clicking here. This is a developing story story. Stay with 12 News for further updates. Route 17 has been shut down from the Endicott ramp to Exit 67.center_img 12 News has a crew on the way to the scene. The Vestal Fire Department is on scene. Emergency crews and the Department of Transportation remain on the scene. —–last_img read more

HHS to give states $430 million for hospital preparedness

first_img The funds are intended not only for hospitals, but also for medical clinics, long-term care facilities, and emergency medical services, according to Patricia Tomett, supervisor of the Healthcare System Preparedness Unit at the Minnesota Department of Health. HHS said this year’s funding includes $15 million for the new Healthcare Facilities Partnership Program, which is designed to foster regional partnerships to enhance community and hospital preparedness. The agency will use a competitive process to award between 6 and 30 cooperative agreement awards ranging from $500,000 to $2.5 million. Congress began supplying the states with sizable grants for healthcare facility preparedness, as well as general public health preparedness, after the Sep 11 and anthrax letter attacks in 2001. In 2002, HHS awarded $125 million to the states for hospital preparedness. This was increased to $498 million in 2003 and 2004, but was pared to $471 million in 2005 and to $450 million last year. Jul 11, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – This year’s round of federal grants to states to help healthcare facilities prepare for public health emergencies totals $430 million, down from $450 million last year, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced recently. Oversight of the hospital preparedness grants was transferred from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to Vanderwagen’s office this year, HHS reported in the news release. Congress ordered the change when it passed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) last December. Dec 11, 2006, CIDRAP News story “CDC rates hospital bioterrorism preparedness” Each state is allotted a base grant of $500,000 plus an additional amount based on population, according to Marc Wolfson, spokesman for the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The various jurisdictions are required to file their annual applications for the funds by Aug 6, and the grants are expected to be awarded in September, he said. HHS said this year’s funds are to be used to develop or improve four activities: interoperable communications, systems to track available hospital beds, advance registration of volunteer health professionals, and planning for “fatality management and hospital evacuation.” The grants will go to territories and four major metropolitan areas—Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles County, and New York—as well as the states. For the states, amounts range from $1.15 million for Wyoming to $34.1 million for California. In addition, Wolfson said, “There is an ambitious evaluation plan for this year that includes a number of studies and reports.” One of these will be a book of state preparedness profiles, including data on hospital preparedness and other dimensions, such as hazards and vulnerability. TFAH’s 2006 “Ready or Not” report and links to previous reports in the series That list differs somewhat from the one listed in last year’s round of funding. The objectives mentioned then included increasing hospital beds, providing more isolation rooms, finding more healthcare workers, and setting up hospital-based medication caches, among other things. In past years HHS usually has announced the state allocations for hospital preparedness and for general public health preparedness at the same time. The general public health preparedness grants are administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This year the information about the CDC grants wasn’t ready yet, according to Wolfson. “I expect the CDC announcement will come out in the next couple weeks,” he said. “The goal of the new program is to develop innovative and creative projects that can be replicated across the country,” said Rear Adm. Craig Vanderwagen, MD, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response. “These partnerships will require close coordination among health officials from state, local and private sectors.” Laura Segal, a TFAH spokeswoman, said there has not been much examination of the hospital preparedness grants program by Congress or other groups outside HHS. “It’s definitely an area where there’s not a lot of transparency,” she said. “The guidance for this year’s program includes new performance measures, one of which requires the submission of timely and complete data from grantees,” he commented by e-mail. He said the PAHPA directed HHS to improve its performance measures for hospital readiness. The grants are intended to help hospitals and other healthcare facilities cope with emergencies that could cause mass casualties, including bioterrorist attacks, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters, according to a Jun 28 HHS news release. Relatively little information has been available so far on the results of the hospital preparedness program. However, Wolfson said plans are in the works to increase monitoring and evaluation. Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit public health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, has examined hospital preparedness in a series of annual reports called “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism.” Last year’s report looked at hospital surge capacity, a key measure of preparedness, and found it lacking. Plans call for developing and updating the profiles every 1 to 2 years, but no target date has been set for completing the first issue, he said. See also: Jun 28 HHS news release with list of grants by jurisdiction TFAH estimated that 25 states would run out of hospital beds within 2 weeks after the start of a “moderate” influenza pandemic, defined as one in which 2 million Americans would need hospitalization. Further, in a severe, 1918-like pandemic, 47 states would run out of beds in 2 weeks.last_img read more

Andrija Mikulić: Catering facilities that are closed from tomorrow will be able to start working

first_img“I want the state administration (any ministry, tax administration, etc.) when we ask them something about the law or how to apply it to a specific case, not to issue an “opinion” but to issue a clear and unambiguous explanation which is – THE LAW points out Hrvoje Bujas, president of the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association. The Voice of Entrepreneurs Association (UGP), which was not invited to the meeting, points out that they demand clear and unambiguous laws, clear rules of the game, not that the Ministry of Tourism has one instruction, HZJZ another, the Inspectorate a third, etc.… while the guild pays entrepreneurs. More attached: THE STATE INSPECTORATE WILL PUBLISH A LIST OF ALL REGULATIONS SUPERVISED IN INSPECTION SUPERVISIONS Restaurants closed by order of the State Inspectorate will be able to continue operating from Tuesday if they meet all 11 measures required by the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) in its instructions for catering facilities Unfortunately yesterday case, when the State Inspectorate closed over 20 restaurants it was all just prevention, education and mutual cooperation. / / / HZJZ: INSTRUCTIONS FOR CATERING FACILITIES Chief State Inspector Andrija Mikulić announced that from tomorrow, closed catering facilities will be able to start catering activities in terms of food preparation and delivery, subject to epidemiological measures. Also, the UGP argues that the State Administration, when asked about the Law or how to apply it to a specific case, does not issue “opinions” but that clear and unambiguous explanations are given on how an entrepreneur should act, which must be “law”.center_img Photo: “Our goal is prevention, education and mutual cooperation, and that is why you will know in advance what each inspector will be looking for. This is one of a series of new measures that we plan to introduce in our work”, Said Mikulić at the end of last year at the Forum of Zagreb caterers. At today’s meeting at the State Inspectorate, which included the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Chamber of Crafts, the Croatian Employers’ Association, the Ministry of Tourism and the National Association of Caterers, it was requested to meet the requirements of caterers who must be given clear and unambiguous working conditions. “Our goal is for all caterers who can work in compliance with health measures to continue doing business and thus preserve jobs. It is crucial that their working conditions are clearly and unambiguously communicated by the institutions, and this has been agreed today”, Said the vice president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for agriculture and tourism, Dragan Kovacevic. It is good to recall the statement of the Chief State Inspector, Andrija Mikulić, from the end of last year, when he stated: “Wherever possible, measures of opportunity are used to give entrepreneurs the opportunity to correct some minor irregularities, because closing the premises does not benefit anyone. But unfair competition, unregistered facilities will continue to be punished without reservation. We used to be reprimanded for entering only registered facilities, which is no longer the case, know that by court order we are looking for unregistered facilities and entering them”, Pointed out Mikulić and announced that lists of regulations that are supervised in inspections will be published on the website of the State Inspectorate in the coming period. Also, Bujas points out that inspectors should help entrepreneurs and craftsmen to ensure the work according to the law and their starting approach, and if it is a minor offense, it must be educational, preventive, and not police rigorous – closure “If the mistake is repeated, then there really must be penalties, and if the offenses are drastic, such as not reporting employees or undeclared employment, the penalties must also be rigorous.”Concludes Bujas.last_img read more

State’s best developers awarded at industry gala

first_imgSENIOR LIVING: RV Homebase Fraser CoastThe development offers a new model of seniors living in Australia, with sites specifically designed for residents with large RVs who travel regularly. Sanctuary Cove won the Masterplanned Development category, while Spectrum Apartments took out the Affordable Housing gong.Mr Harrison said that the wide pool of projects submitted for the awards demonstrated the progression of the industry across the state.“The Awards for Excellence is the industry’s opportunity to demonstrate their ideas, their achievements, and ultimately their contribution to Queensland’s communities,” he said. ***THE 2017 WINNERS AND FINALISTSPresident’s Award (overall best development) – The Melbourne Residences by ARIA Property GroupCEO’s Award (best regional development) – RV Homebase Fraser Coast 1. Affordable Housing – Spectrum Apartments by BHC Creating Liveable CommunitiesFinalists: Fitzgibbon Chase (Economic Development Queensland), The Village Townsville (Economic Development Queensland), The Village Redcliffe (The Village Retirement Group)2. Residential Subdivision – Fitzgibbon Chase by Economic Development QueenslandFinalists: Brentwood Forest (AVID Property Group), Woodlands Andergrove (Economic Development Queensland), Peregian Breeze (Lateral Properties), North Harbour (North East Business Park)3. Masterplanned Development – Sanctuary Cove by Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty LtdFinalists: Gainsborough Greens (Mirvac), Parklakes 2 Estate (Parklakes 2 Estate)More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago4. Environmental Excellence – Aura by StocklandFinalists: The Village Townsville (Economic Development Queensland), Gainsborough Greens (Mirvac), Parklakes 2 Estate (Parklakes 2 Estate)5. Seniors Living – RV Homebase Fraser Coast Finalists: Elements Retirement Living at Springwood (Elements Retirement Living), St Luke’s Green (Greengate), Halcyon Lakeside (Halcyon)6. Urban Renewal – The Melbourne Residences by ARIA Property GroupFinalists: PrixCar Services (Commercial and Industrial Property), The Residences Yungaba House (Frasers Property Australia), St Luke’s Green (Greengate)7. Medium Density Development – The Residences Yungaba House by Frasers Property GroupFinalists: Canopy Bardon (Pradella Property Ventures), Newport Hamilton Reach (Frasers Property Australia), Ancora (Sunland Group)8. High Density Development – The Melbourne Residences by ARIA Property GroupFinalists: The Duke (Blue Sky Private Real Estate), Unison by Mirvac (Mirvac), Abian (Sunland Group)9. Residential Care – Woombye Care Aged Care Facility by Woombye Care IncFinalists: St Luke’s Green (Greengate), Blue Care Indigenous Services Cairns Hollingsworth (Blue Care Indigenous Services)10. Small Scale Development – Canopy Bardon by Pradella Property VenturesFinalists: Habitat on Terrace (TWO plus TWO Projects), Aura Display Village (Stockland), Plantation Terraces at Capestone (Plantation Homes), Apex by Mosaic (Mosaic Property Group)11. Marketing Excellence – Zahra by Spyre Group Finalists: Solis (Mosaic Property Group), West Village (Sekisui House), Newport (Stockland)12. Retail, Commercial, Public Use – The Melbourne Residences by ARIA Property GroupFinalists: Wynnum Woolworths and Library (city of Brisbane Investment Corporation), Northside (Keir Queensland), Sunshine Coast University Hospital (Lendlease), Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest Discovery Centre (Sunshine Coast Council)13. Consultant’s Excellence – Parklakes 2 Estate by Covey AssociatesFinalists: Greater Springfield (Cardno Queensland), Alf Larson and Lions Park (McMurtie Consulting Engineers), Clearview Urban Village (Wolter Consulting) 14. Wildcard Award – Social Buttons by BHC Creating Liveable Communities Finalists: Northshore Hamilton Activation Strategy (EDQ), V2i realtime (V2i Group), West Village 3D Models (Sekisui House) RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION: Fitzgibbon Chase by Economic Development QueenslandThe CEO’s Award was taken out by RV Homebase Fraser Coast, which also won the Seniors Living category. PRESIDENTS AWARD: The Melbourne Residences by ARIA Property GroupQueensland’s most innovative property developers were recognised at a sellout awards ceremony in Brisbane yesterday, with a South Brisbane development taking out the top gong.The 2017 UDIA Queensland Mitchell Brandtman Awards for Excellence were presented to a capacity crowd of 700 guests at City Hall, after attracting an impressive number of entries from across the state. The Melbourne Residences by ARIA Property Group was crowned the overall best development, taking out the coveted President’s Award. Selected from the pool of category winners, UDIA Queensland’s state president Stephen Harrison said The Melbourne Residences was an excellent representation of what the industry could achieve in residential development.“The calibre of projects submitted to this year’s awards was outstanding, but what stood out most about The Melbourne Residences was the living experience it created for its residents,” he said.“It is an exciting addition to the social fabric of South Brisbane and certainly sets a benchmark for high quality, inner city living nationally for years to come.”The development was also the winner in the Urban Renewal, High Density Development, and Retail, Commercial, and Public Use categories.Its contribution towards the revitalisation and repositioning of Fish Lane and mid-Melbourne Street were described as exemplary, with the provision of the cross-block linkage, high quality retail, public art, and contributions to the public realm lighting setting the project apart from its peers. MEDIUM DENSITY: The Residences Yungaba House SMALL SCALE DEVELOPMENT: Canopy Bardon by Pradella Property Ventureslast_img read more

Middle of the market set to lead post COVID-19 sales

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:08Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:08 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 will COVID-19 compare to other market downturns03:08PROPERTIES priced in the middle of the market will be at the centre of the real estate recovery party on the Gold Coast as pent-up demand is unleashed in coming months.Real estate leaders are preparing for a flurry of activity as restrictions on group open homes and live on-site auctions ease from today. Harcourts Coastal Managing Director Dane Atherton.“We already had great momentum starting the year, then COVID-19 pressed pause on that for a short period, but now the momentum is building again.“I am extremely confident that 2020 will finish strongly and could even see our best year in growth yet.”More from news02:37Gold Coast real estate: Custodian CEO John Fitzgerald urges Australians to buy more property now16 Sep 202002:37How COVID has changed spring buyer wishlists5 Sep 2020While buyer inquiry is proving strong, sellers have been slower to come to the party – but that’s expected to change in coming months.“I think a lot of people will list in the next 90 days and fortunately they might get sold,” Mr Malan said. “Once owners see the activity in the market and more properties with sold stickers on them, they will be thinking ‘I had better hurry up or I might miss the boat’.” Well-presented, affordable homes like 53 Oceanic Dr, Mermaid Waters are forecast to sell quickly over the next 90 days.Recent sales support that forecast with well-priced, well-presented properties being snapped up, including 53 Oceanic Drive, Mermaid Waters, which sold on Wednesday for $815,000 after three days on the market. Harcourts Coastal managing director Dane Atherton said buyer activity had built week on week in April, putting the market in a strong position to bounce back.“The rebound in April has taken everyone by surprise,” he said. Ray White Broadbeach principal Larry Malan.According to Ray White Broadbeach principal Larry Malan, it is the middle of the market that stands to reap the rewards first.“I think you will see a real lift in the middle of the market in the next 60 to 90 days,” he said.“We’re finding the middle of the market really strong because people are secure in their jobs, they still have income and interest rates are really low.“The affordability and access to these mid-range properties is amazing.” The sold sticker went on 53 Oceanic Dr, Mermaid Waters within three days of going to market.As for the remainder of the year, Mr Malan said southern markets would provide a barometer for what is to come for residential real estate on the Gold Coast.“It’s happy days on the Coast for the next 90 days or so, in the middle of the market, and after that it’s a wait and see,” he said.“I think the Gold Coast will eventually follow what happens in Sydney and Melbourne. It’s a really interesting market at the moment.”last_img read more

Ronaldo voted greatest player of all time in fan tournament

first_img SEMI-FINALS Lionel Messi (52%) vs Ronaldo Nazario (48%)Diego Maradona (41%) vs Cristiano Ronaldo (59%) Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the greatest footballer of all time in a fan tournament featuring some of the game’s biggest names. It must be said that the tournament being ran by a Spanish paper has lead to players who have played in Spain’s top division being dominant. Paolo Maldini never stood a chance against ‘CR7’ in the opening round while Pele’s elimination in the quarter-finals is the big shock. The full tournament Ronaldo Nazario came out on top ahead of Diego Maradona in a tight third place play-off. But it’s Ronaldo’s big win over Messi in the final that is the big talking point. It’s a debate that has raged for years with stars past and present being probed for their opinion. Pele has recently been asked who he believes to be the better player and he gave his vote to Ronaldo over Messi. Spanish publication MARCA set up the 16-man showdown which saw huge names such as Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane go against one another with progression based on fan votes. The final inevitably ended up being Ronaldo vs longtime rival Lionel Messi with the Juventus forward coming out on top. Promoted ContentTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value15 Celebs You Probably Didn’t Expect To Be Cheerleaders6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You THIRD PLACE PLAY-OFF Ronaldo Nazario (51%) vs Diego Maradona (49%) FINALLionel Messi (46%) vs Cristiano Ronaldo (54%) OVERALL WINNER – CRISTIANO RONALDO FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Check out the scores below to see the winners with higher percentage. ROUND OF 16 Lionel Messi (78%) vs Ferenc Puskas (22%)Eusebio (17%) vs Alfredo Di Stefano (83%) Franz Beckenbauer (17%) vs Ronaldo Nazario (83%) Michel Platini (8%) vs Pele (92%) Diego Maradona (60%) vs Ronaldinho (40%) Lev Yashin (8%) vs Johan Cruyff (92%) Zinedine Zidane (82%) vs George Best (18%) Paolo Maldini (27%) vs Cristiano Ronaldo (73%) QUARTER-FINALS Lionel Messi (70%) vs Alfredo Di Stefano (30%)Ronaldo Nazario (53%) vs Pele (47%) Diego Maradona (67%) vs Johan Cruyff (33%) Zinedine Zidane (44%) vs Cristiano Ronaldo (56%) Read Also: Football legends pick the best between Ronaldo and Messi“Today the best player in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo,” Pele told YouTube channel Pilhado per Daily Mail.“I think he’s the best, because he’s more consistent, but you can’t forget about [Lionel] Messi, of course, but he’s not a striker.” The fans who voted in this poll also feel similar to the 79-year-old.last_img read more