Brisbane yields to draw investors

first_imgBrisbane is expected to continue to see good rental yields for investors. Picture: numbers seem to have fallen off a cliff in southern capitals but Brisbane was expected to buck the trend, according to latest expert analysis.Rental yields in Brisbane – calculated as rent divided by price – have continued to outperform Sydney and Melbourne when it comes to both houses (4 per cent) and units (4.9 per cent), adding to its allure for investors, according to Nerida Conisbee, chief economist of the REA Group.“One factor keeping yields high in Brisbane has been that prices haven’t risen quite as much as Sydney and Melbourne,” she said. “In 2018 we expect investors to continue to look at Brisbane favourably primarily because there seems to be rising rental demand and pricing is far more reasonable.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoShe said it was likely that rental yields would rise this year.“There are a few things driving this. The first is that prices are expected to remain relatively stable. A big factor driving yields downwards is rising prices and we don’t expect prices to rise as strongly in 2018.“The second is we expect far fewer rentals to enter the market this year – this is because we have now come to the end of a strong run in investor demand. We expect fewer investors in the market this year because of difficulties in accessing finance, changes to many of the incentives to invest, as well as changing sentiment towards housing.”Ms Conisbee warned that since Brisbane has had such a strong apartment development boom, “I can’t see strong rental growth for apartments”.“Houses however are another matter – they will definitely outperform apartments in 2018.”Her picks for good rental yield in Brisbane this year? “We can see on our site that the most in demand suburbs from renters for houses are Fortitude Valley, Windsor and New Farm. If I was looking to buy a rental property in Brisbane I would be looking at houses in those suburbs.”last_img read more

ECCB to issue circulation of a new $2.00 coin tomorrow

first_img 21 Views   no discussions Tweet LocalNews ECCB to issue circulation of a new $2.00 coin tomorrow by: – October 13, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! New $2.00 to be circulated.The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank will issue the circulation of a new $2.00 coin to all commercial banks across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union tomorrow.Resident Representative of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in Dominica, Edmund Robinson told Dominica Vibes News that the coin will be issued to commemorate the banks’s Financial Information Month which is being celebrated this month.“The new $2.00 coin is being issued in an effort to commemorate the 10th year of celebrating Financial Information Month. Two million of those coins will be produced and we will be issuing them to the public as of Friday, tomorrow and they will be circulating along with the coins that we have in circulation.”Mr Robinson further stated that the new coin is legal tender which can be used for all transactions.“It is worth two dollars, it is legal tender for all transactions and some persons may want to hold them as tokens or keepsakes but you can use it to do transactions, you can use it to pay your bus fare, you can use it to buy your groceries.”Mr Robinson explained that the coin, although slightly bigger than the $1.00 coin, is in keeping with the existing family of coins as well as the standards of vending machines and counting machines at the commercial banks.The coin is made up of a durable metal of the quality of the other denominations, and was chosen instead of a note because small denominations are used more often and therefore go through more wear and tear. As such it is best to have them made from a more durable material.This new coin is a onetime issue; only two million pieces will be produced and issued until stock is exhausted.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

PSA discusses gun control in America on Wednesday

first_imgFollowing a shooting at a community college in Oregon three weeks ago where an armed man killed 10 people and injured seven others before committing suicide, students gathered Wednesday afternoon in the Rosen Room of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center to discuss the issue of gun control in America.The event was hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the Political Student Assembly as part of the California Politics Roundtable Discussion — a joint effort between the two organizations.The discussion was moderated by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute; Sonali Seth, director of political content for the PSA and editorial director of the Daily Trojan; and Jonathan Gunn, social media marketing director for PSA. It featured Christina Bellantoni, assistant managing editor for politics at the Los Angeles Times and Alan Zarembo, projects and investigative reporter  for the L.A. Times.Bellantoni responded to question asking if shootings similar to the one in Oregon have an affect on the political landscape. She said that in 2011, the year Republicans took office,  Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona, was shot at an event in her home district.“A year later there were the shootings in Newtown. And I said, ‘This is it, people watched children get slaughtered at a school, there will be an instance where you see something happening,” she said. “If those two incidents were not going to change the political landscape at a time when the nation was struck by tragedy, then it was not going to happen.”Since the Newtown shootings, many have observed the lack of legislation on the subject of gun control because of the divide between Democrats and Republicans on the issue.“With the red-blue division of states, gun control is the kind of issue where these political and cultural divides play out in very real terms,” Schnur said.The discussion also touched on the role of mental health in mass shootings.“The problem with using the mental health argument is that there are a lot of people who are mentally disturbed in our country. Very, very few are involved in shootings,” Zarembo said. “As a strategy for bringing down shootings, addressing mental health is probably not a good idea as there much clearer things that could be done.”Leesa Danzek, a senior majoring in political science, asked about current legislation controlling the sale of guns to criminals.“I am not an expert on what legislation is out there,” Bellantoni said. “But I will tell you that what they’re looking at in California is having ammunition be registered and doing more background checks.”Seth noted the discrepancy between the perception of how much crime has risen over the past couple of decades versus how much it has actually risen.“Do you think there are any political implications of this perception that crime is rising while it may not be?” she asked.Zarembo responded by saying the perception might come from politicians preparing for negative outcomes.“Well, crime is not rising, overall,” Zarembo said. “I think that fear is a very powerful force in politics, and if you listen to our politicians, my impression is that we’re always on the edge of catastrophe and perhaps the media could do a better job of dialing us back to reality.”last_img read more

Trojans come out on top in recruiting

first_imgIt was a great week for USC athletics, dominating UCLA on the hardwood and closing emphatically on National Signing Day. While an entire column could, and will, be written on the resurgence of USC basketball, USC’s incredible triumph on signing day deserves major recognition and applause.I was among the many Trojan faithful who were concerned in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day, as USC’s class looked top heavy at skill positions and practically barren on the lines. Coupled with a relatively new staff, there were legitimate fears that this year’s football class could have been disastrously thin.Instead, USC finished with tremendous flourish, reminding everyone the power of the Trojan brand and giving coach Helton a major achievement as he enters his first spring at the helm of the Trojan football program. Helton and the rest of his recently assembled staff pulled off an almost perfect National Signing Day, closing on targets all across the country, flipping commitments from top tier schools and securing Letters of Intent from every commit they had entering the day.As I noted last week, recruiting isn’t everything. Steve Sarkisian is the perfect example of this notion as he had phenomenal signing days the previous two years and was not able to capitalize on his success. I have a feeling Helton will be different.In contrast to the over-the-top, one-of-a-kind event that went on at the University of Michigan last Wednesday, Helton went about his success in a workmanlike way. His ability to constantly redirect attention back to the players and the program is well appreciated by fans and athletes alike. Unlike the former two coaches, who were unfortunately the focus of the program, under the Helton regime players and on-the-field performance will receive their due attention as well.Helton had every chance to stand up and pat his own back for the work he and his staff did on Wednesday, but instead he took the humble approach and instead congratulated his staff and his players. There is a lot of talk about Helton’s unwavering attention and devotion to each player on the roster and how much that is respected in the locker room. Fans caught a glimpse of that on Wednesday, and it was a refreshing moment, contrasted with what has gone on in the past.It wouldn’t have been nearly as enjoyable if USC didn’t come out on top on Signing Day, but the combination of the two is practically unbeatable. The Trojans were able to go deep into Georgia, prying physical and athletic lineman E.J. Price out of Dawg nation, leaving the Georgia faithful stunned at Price’s choice. Price has the size and agility to develop into an anchor on the line.Pete Carroll emphasized going across the country to find recruits in every state, and that focus produced stalwarts like Mike Williams, Brian Cushing, Keith Rivers and Dwayne Jarrett. In his first class, Helton demonstrated a propensity for similar recruiting behavior. In addition to Price, the Trojans were able to snag physically imposing Jahmel Cook, a prospect at safety, and Keyshawn Young out of Miami. Cook was a commit to Florida State, so getting him to switch was even sweeter.The Trojan brand extended beyond the South, securing a Hawaii native and Oregon commit Vavae Malepeai, a highly touted tailback. The fact that he will be attending USC is even sweeter as it saves Trojan fans from watching him torch the USC defense as a Duck for the next three or four years.Across the board, USC was excellent, filling all of their gaping holes and allowing the team to further recover from a roster that was once threadbare from sanctions. The team was somewhat restricted by the blue shirts, players from last year’s class, that count against this year’s numbers. Even so, the program was able to compile a standout class that will help propel the Trojans into a new era, free of distractions and sanctions, where the team can get back to playing football.Recruiting classes don’t mean everything. Player development and in game schematics are still exceptionally important. However, having better talent makes everything else a lot easier. Helton and the rest of the staff still have to put a quality product on the field, but for now they have passed their first test with flying colors. For that, Helton deserves a pat on the back, and since he is not the type of coach who will do it himself, everyone else in the Trojan nation should.Jake Davidson is a junior majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” runs Mondays.last_img read more

2018 NCC Tennis League Draws to Hold in Abuja Friday

first_imgThe 2018 NCC Tennis League is set to kickoff with the draws ceremony taking place at the Abuja National Stadium Tennis Centre at 4 pm this afternoon.A statement from the International Tennis Academy, organisers of the league, said the draws will be done “FIFA style” with the 12 teams ranked according to the combined points of their top five players – three men and two women – from the current NCC Rankings“We are excited that the teams are attracting a lot of corporate support with a leading insurance firm and a State Governor among the team sponsors for this year. Four new teams have also entered the race for the big prize.” The statement said. Last year’s winners got seven million naira while the runner-up team took home five million. The third and fourth place teams got three and two million respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


first_imgA convicted paedophile has ben arrested in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.Madeleine in Donegal, pictured second from left in April 2007. She disappeared in Portugal two weeks later.Roderick MacDonald, 77, was arrested on the Maltese island of Gozo after he fled the UK following his conviction for molesting two girls, five and seven, in Brighton in 2012.Maddie has strong Donegal connections through her father Gerry and only visited here just weeks before she disappeared while on holiday with her parents. Former oil worker MacDonald was reportedly living in the Algarve when Madeleine disappeared from the McCanns’ holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007, shortly before her fourth birthday.The serial sex offender appeared in court in Malta on Monday after Britain secured a European Arrest Warrant and did not oppose immediate extradition to the UK.MacDonald was first arrested at a campsite in the Algarve in 2010 and extradited to Australia – where he was wanted for the 1998 rape of an eight-year-old.He received six months in prison after accepting a plea deal for indecently assaulting the child in Australia and fled to Thailand after he was released, but Thai authorities deported him back to Britain when they found out about his past. He then settled in Brighton, East Sussex, but, despite being made to sign the Sex Offenders Register, was convicted of molesting two girls, five and seven in 2012.He received a year-long sentence but it was suspended for two years. He changed his surname from Robinson to MacDonald and fled to the Far East soon after.He was arrested in Malta on Monday and his extradition to Britain – to which he consented – was approved in court yesterday.Magistrate Audrey Demicoli heard the case and inspector Mario Cuschieri prosecuted.Scotland Yard said they would not give a ‘running commentary’ on the Madeleine investigation. Madeleine was aged three when she went missing on May 3, 2007, from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, as her parents Kate and Gerry dined at a nearby tapas restaurant.BREAKING NEWS: BRITISH PAEDOPHILE ARRESTED IN MADDIE McCANN CASE was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:arrestdonegalmadeleine mccannlast_img read more