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Townsville’s Marina Residences development hits the market

first_img New development wired up for the future More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Managing director at M Property Glen Maidment said the development had already secured interest from potential buyers. “We have had numerous Townsville locals contact us, and register their interest, and we have pre-booked appointments to visit the display suite this weekend,” Mr Maidment said. “The majority of inquiries we’ve been getting have come from professionals with kids, and business people.” Managing director Glen Maidment at the site for Marina Residences. Picture: Evan MorganWith 11 multi-level executive homes and 16 boutique luxury apartments on offer, Townsville’s latest residential development, Marina Residences, is a site with something for everyone. The new $50 million waterfront complex, developed by Maidment Group, officially goes to market today, with its four-level display suite opening to the public this morning at 10am. An exclusive preview on Wednesday night showcased a scaled-down version of individual areas throughout the homes and apartments.MORE NEWS: Lowest home loan rates revealed MORE REAL ESTATE NEWScenter_img “We are also expecting it will be of interest to people toward the end of their careers, and even retirees who are just looking for the ultimate premium residential address.”Located on the Mariners Peninsula, the site features unrivalled views of The Strand, Magnetic Island and Cleveland Bay. “The peninsula has direct access to The Strand, and proximity to the CBD — it also offers absolutely sensational views,” Mr Maidment said. “If you’re looking for the best address in Townsville with the very best views, arguably this site has it all.”Prices for the lower-level apartments will start at about $1.25 million, with the marina homes and high-level apartments ranging up to about $2 million. last_img read more

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Beckham to release new autobiography in October

first_imgFormer England soccer captain David Beckham will release his latest autobiography in October in a deal with a UK publishing unit of French media company Lagardere.The ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, who retired from football in May after a brief spell with French club Paris St Germain, is expected to release his fourth autobiography on Oct. 31 with Lagardere’s UK-based Headline Publishing Group.Headline’s non-fiction publishing director, Jonathan Taylor, bought the world rights in a deal with the 38-year-old’s management company XIX Entertainment for a book the publisher said will be a personal celebration of his playing days.“David Beckham is, without a doubt, the most universally recognised and popular sports person on the planet, and this gorgeous book will be a superb way for his millions of fans around the world to celebrate David’s remarkable achievements within football,” Taylor said in a statement.Beckham earned 115 caps for England, a record for an outfield player, and won the Champions League, six Premier League titles and two FA Cups with Manchester United.He also won league titles with Real Madrid in Spain, LA Galaxy in the United States and PSG in France. His new book is just one part of the post-retirement plans for Britain’s richest sportsman, whose easy charm and image as a family man should ensure the Beckham brand continues to prosper.Managed by the XIX Entertainment group which has British motor racing driver Lewis Hamilton and Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray on its books, Beckham has capitalised on his film-star looks and athlete’s body to market underwear for Swedish fashion chain H&M and luxury watches for Swiss manufacturer Breitling.He is married to former Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham, with whom he has four children.Lagardere posted a 2.3 percent rise in first-quarter sales in May, driven by the publishing success of the “Fifty Shades” bestsellers and a biography of Sweden international soccer player, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.last_img read more

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UWI hold off Tivoli in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgUWI FC held Tivoli Gardens to a 0-0 draw in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football match at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. The result lifted the university team to 39 points, while Tivoli inched up to 33. The home team was more dangerous throughout the contest, but resolute defending from the visitors kept their chances at a minimum. Their best opportunity fell midway the half when Andre McFarlane’s corner landed between a host of Tivoli players in the area, but no one could capitalise on the loose ball. UWI’s head coach Marcel Gayle thought his team showed character to get a hard earned point. “We are more mature in the league now. We will not always get a good game for 90 minutes, so today, we had to grind out a point. We went down a man early in the second-half and we showed courage and determination,” he said. “But we are coming off a loss on the road and we are still on the road and it’s wonderful to come to Tivoli and get a point. Going forward, these are the games we want to play, where we grind out victories and grind out a point, so this is a feather in UWI’s hat,” he added. Tivoli’s assistant coach Damion Gordon thought there was a lack of cutting edge from his team. “We should have won the game, but it’s football and we didn’t play with much urgency and we lacked the killer instinct. Tivoli, over years, had that killer instinct and we need to get it back,” said the former Tivoli captain. In another early game, Portmore (54) missed a great opportunity to go back atop the league after they were held to a 2-2 draw by relegation-threatened Reno (32) at Frome Complex. Reno took the lead twice through Renario Downswell (33rd, 84th). Portmore secured a point with strikes from Tremaine Stewart (70th) and Ricardo Morris (90th). Montego Bay United lead with 55 points. Yesterday’s Results Tivoli Gardens 0 UWI FC 0 Reno FC 2 Portmore United 2 Humble Lion 1. Harbour View 1. Waterhouse 2. Rivoli 1 Today’s game 8:40 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Boys’ Town at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complexlast_img read more

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Datebook 1/5

first_imgTODAY The Mobile Solutions Van from the Braille Institute will be available for the visually impaired, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call John Taylor at (661) 259-9444, Ext. 125. A public memorial service for attorney and former Thousand Oaks Mayor Edward Masry will be held at 6 p.m. at the Fred Kavli Theater in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The Santa Clarita Corvette Club will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-4675. FRIDAY The Los Angeles County Natural History Museum will hold a discussion of conservation efforts around the world, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Mammal Halls, 900 Exposition Blvd. Music and other performances will follow until 1 a.m. Admission: $15 for nonmembers, $12 for members and students. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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LET’S RAISE A GLASS TO LAGAN HARPS – 40 NOT OUT!

first_imgThere promises to be many tall stories (and late tackles!) when Lagan Harps F.C. host their 40th Aniversary Dinner Dance in the Mt Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny.The club have undertaken this event to co-incide with the Donegal League 40th Aniversary season. After numerous discussions with older stalwards of the club and the community it was agreed to have this night in the Mount Errigal to bring all the community and the as many Lagan players past and present altogether under the one roof for one night.At the recent launch it was also great to see a whole host of former players present players and representatives from the ladies team and the underage there.And again the club are appealing for the local community to come out as nearly every house in the Lagan area have at one time had a player or players who represented the club.The idea on the night is to remember the past the people who worked hard to launch the club, the middle the people who sustained the club and the exciting future the club has with the addition of the very successful Ladies team and the whole host of underage the club have introduced in the past years. Having been talking to people like Aidan O Donnell snr, Dessie Gibson, Jack Crawford and John O Donnell you soon get to realise the number of players the club have put through the books over the past forty years.The club are appealing to the whole wider Lagan/Manor community for the support on the night. Lagan without the help of the locl community on a dialy basis and without the help of our sponsors down the years would never have survived.Over the past few weeks the number of old photos that have surfaced and old paper clipings has really got the community going.Even some of the club’s most senior members say it is surprising to see names appearing of people who played with the club at a very early time and never realised that they ever played football.The success of the club has risen dramatically in the recent years past with lots of success at underage and especially with the ladies team winning an all Ireland title. The senior men have also tasted recent success under Jason Gibsons management.Brid Mc Ginty has to take huge credit in the introduction of the ladies team and the work Brid has contributed is imense. Ernie Pollock, John Crawford, Seamus Crossan and all the other successful coaches and managent who put in the work free of charge to maintain the Lagan underage structure. The night itself will kickoff with a dinner reception at 8pm in the Mount Erragail and the music on the night will be provided by David Craig & The Regulators.Tickets are €25 and are available from any club member or by calling the following mobile numbers:0863696198 – Damien0872268916 – Ernie To conclude the club will greatly like to see as many past and present members players and anyone that wishes to attend what will be a lively and entertaining night.The club says it cant promise all the stories on the night will be true but the one thing we will promise is a god old fashioned Lagan night out!LET’S RAISE A GLASS TO LAGAN HARPS – 40 NOT OUT! was last modified: October 19th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:40th anniversaryLagan Harps FClast_img read more

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Advice from Grandpa keeping many farms in business

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are a number of reasons farmland will change hands over the next few years.After seeing a windfall in agriculture prices in recent years, many young farmers who tried their hand in the unforgiving industry may have to move on to other ventures as the ag economy calms. For that same reason, many older farmers may also be thinking it is high time to call it a career as well.On the other hand, one invaluable reason that some farms will remain operational over the next few challenging years will be the wisdom of that older generation, who wouldn’t wish what they had to endure in the mid 1980’s on their worst enemy.For Niese Farms in Richland and Crawford Counties having the experience of three generations is paying dividends as the farm navigates these challenging times. The elder farmer Jerry, his son Rick and his grandson Casey each bring important perspectives to the table for the farm.“When I first became a part of the farm it was the heart of the bad times,” Rick Niese said. “We really had to tighten our belt and work closely with our landlords to let them know that they will get their payment, but it may not happen until the crops came in. We never had to stick anybody that we did business with and fortunately they all stuck with us through some very rough patches.”Even with uncomfortably close margins during the crisis years, the Nieses still kept with the farm plan of putting fertilizer down. They knew that the only way to keep the books above water was to do what was right with the land.Those ideals not only saw Niese Farms through the lowest points of modern agriculture, but positioned them to expand once the storm blew over.“By 1988, we added 1,000 rented acres in one chunk of ground,” Rick Niese said. “Then just 12 years ago we made another significant jump by picking up another 1,200 acres. My Dad’s motto has always been ‘sittin’ still is going backwards’, so we are always looking for ways to progress our farm to the next level.”That forward-thinking mindset has also been put into place from a technological standpoint.“Our equipment is state-of-the-art and that has given us a big advantage with our rented ground,” Rick Niese said. “Things are so competitive in this area that I’ve been involved in rent wars with 25 other farmers for the same piece of ground. Because of the way we operate, I can tell my prospective land owners two things: that we will treat their ground as if it’s our own and that we won’t be the highest price they were offered.”Even with the downturn in the ag economy, Niese Farms have been able to pay steady rent prices and have been able to keep highly sought-after ground because of the value they add by mowing ditches, trimming tree lines and tiling wherever needed — all things landowners always appreciate.While Rick’s farming story started at a dismal point on the farm, his son Casey headed back to the farm a few years ago when things were about as good as they could get. Casey was reminded on a daily basis that $7 corn and $15 beans would not be the standard.“When they made purchases like building our new shop, they kept explaining to me that we’re doing this now while we have the capability,” Casey Niese said. “They said, ‘Don’t get used to this because they have been through this before and they knew what was going to happen.’”Casey admits that he would have come back to the farm no matter what the economic situation looked like, but the advice about the good times not lasting forever was hard to swallow.“No matter how many times they told you that the high prices wouldn’t last, I kind of looked past it and thought there was no way it was going to end,” Casey Niese said. “They were right, but there isn’t anything short of a major catastrophe that would keep me from being right here on this farm.”With many acres in the area coming up for sale, the farm plan is to continue growing. Jerry, Rick and Casey have all learned from the past and are positioned nicely as land values decline, just as they were positioned 30 years ago.“We are in an even better position than in 1985 because we have paid for a lot of our land this time around,” said Rick Niese. “We are always in the market for more land, but we have to be smart about our growth and we choose to stay away from $10,000 an acre ground. You have to draw a line somewhere. Our attitude is that if we buy $7,000 an acre ground and we have $500 an acre ground that we acquired a few decades ago, when you blend that out it’s not too bad.”There will be a time, as always, that the older generation on Niese Farms hangs up the boots and the younger generation hopes they have what it takes to fill them.“The future is unknown, but I just hope we can keep growing,” Casey Niese said. “My goal is to keep the farm moving forward, maintain this business that Grandpa worked hard to build and keep a good name for my whole family.”Niese Farms also took advantage of much lower interest rates recently and refinanced at 3% to 4% interest for the life of the loan, which will keep the bottom line a bit healthier through this lean period. Locking in lower rates may be the answer to saving not just money, but farms in the coming years.“Rates are absolutely worth fixing and that is probably more important today than it has been in years,” said Steve Allard, Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Farm Credit Mid-America. “We do expect rates to start increasing in 2016, so refinancing would be one place for farmers to look at taking one risk off of the table.”What would a farm have to look like, on paper, in order to qualify for lower interest rates? Allard said that any lender will look at the financial health of the operation and evaluate the balance sheet to see how much the farmer has in equity versus debt, along with liquidity and working capital.For the farms that are looking to expand in the midst of an economic downturn, collateral will be needed to get loans. Recently, that backing has been made with cash-on-hand but that may not be the case for long.“As farmers have had to work through some challenging years, there are some operations that will burn through some of their working capital,” Allard said. “At that point we will see more of a movement towards land being used as that additional collateral.”Current lending caps, or maximum debt for land, range from $5,100 to $6,200 an acre, depending on where the ground is located and the quality of that ground. Additional funds necessary to make a land purchase would either come from a cash down payment or more collateral to spread the debt over more acres.For some farms, the loans needed may not be to expand the operation, but to merely keep it going. If the balance sheet is a bit lopsided a loan can become more difficult to get, but still possible.“The trick with those situations is to understand why an operation is struggling and understanding how that might impact the future,” Allard said. “The question becomes, does it look like those operations can return to profitable status quickly or are there some changes that need to take place?”“We want to understand what the farmer’s plans are as far as 2016 and beyond and then look at that with today’s prices as opposed as to what we might have gotten in 2012 and 2013. We have tools that will let us get to those break even prices on corn, soybeans and wheat to see what the future holds. Then the conversation can turn to how can a farm that is in the red make the changes needed to get them back in the black.”The ag banking industry is encouraging farmers to use working capital wisely. The recommended formula for today’s circumstances is dividing working capital by what the farm is grossing on an accrual basis. Over 35% is considered good in the eyes of ag banks. Anything around 15% to 20% is considered low and may require some restructuring.last_img read more

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TechStars Expands to Seattle

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The downturn certainly hasn’t made getting a term sheet an easy endeavor. Many early-stage companies have chosen to forgo traditional investment in favor of participating in incubator programs . This trend is exactly why the TechStars mentorship program is expanding to yet another city. The program just announced plans to launch a Seattle program in the fall of 2010. Related Posts Tags:#start#startups Under the direction of entrepreneur and partner in Seattle’s Founders Co-op Andy Sack, 10 lucky startups will receive seed funding and sage advice from a team of established mentors. Based in Boulder, Boston and soon Seattle, TechStars teams receive $6000 dollars per founder for a maximum of 3 founders. From here, the program claims a 6% equity stake in your company and trains you to run a sustainable startup. Some well known program graduates include location-based network Brightkite, Twitter app store oneforty and surveillance service ReTel Technologies. Seattle program participants will benefit from the successes of past graduates as well as hear from entrepreneurs and investors including Managing Director of Voyager Capital Erik Benson, CEO of Redfin Glenn Kelman and CEO of The Cheezburger Network Ben Huh. The program currently welcomes 10 teams per cycle with cycles in March in Boston, May in Boulder and now Fall of 2010 in Seattle. The Seattle program will begin taking applications in May 2010. For more info on application deadlines for each program visit the TechStars site. For more on the program, check out Jolie O’Dell’s interview with founder David Cohen. Video Interview with TechStars Co-Founder & Exec. Director David Cohen from ReadWriteWeb on Vimeo. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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GBA’s Peter Yost Will Launch His Own Consulting Firm

first_imgPeter Yost, the technical director at Green Building Advisor and an educator and researcher in building science, will open his own consulting company in January.Yost is currently vice president of technical services and a principal at BuildingGreen, a specialty publisher founded by Alex Wilson in 1985. He’ll leave that company, which he joined in 2007, to open Building-Wright on January 1.“I love my job,” Yost said in announcing the move. “I get up each morning to an ever-changing blend of consulting, writing, teaching, and research. Moving from BuildingGreen to my own business, Building-Wright, is really about what time I get up in the morning, rather than what I will be doing.”Yost’s primary interest is in light-frame construction, although he’s happy to provide input on both residential and commercial buildings, old and new. His services will include design and material review for high-performance buildings, assessing old buildings for performance upgrades, technical writing on building performance, teaching, and research and product testing under real world conditions.Based in Brattleboro, Vermont, Yost said apps like GoToMeeting and FaceTime would allow him to work with clients just about anywhere. In fact, he said in an email, he is currently consulting on a project in Granada, Spain. “Who knew?” he said.Yost has a long history on the research side of the building industry, including stints at the National Association of Home Builders, as director of resource and environmental analysis at the NAHB Research Center, and as senior researcher at the Building Science Corporation. He’s also been a senior editor at Environmental Building News.The 63-year-old Yost serves on the adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is a lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He was the NAHB Educator of the Year in 2014 and holds a master of science degree in resource economics from the University of New Hampshire.He’ll continue in his role at GBA, which includes providing comments for the bi-monthly Q&A Spotlight.last_img read more

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March 13 2013Arcosanti offers fresh local greens

first_imgMarch 13, 2013Arcosanti offers fresh local greens to the public!Arcosanti residents Dan Reiff, David Tollas and Nadia Begin (along with Nadia and David’s son Sasha) brought a delicious selection of kale, collard greens, chard, and basil to the Big Bug Creek Farm Store in Mayer, AZ.  The greens made a splash and joined other local products for sale at this new local shop.[Dan, Sasha and David at the Mayer farmstore, photo by Nadia Begin and text by Samantha Rose]Eating fresh, healthy, and local food is an important part of Soleri’s sustainable urban design philosophy and Arcosanti currently has 3 greenhouses that produce a variety of fruits and veggies throughout the year. [Dan Reiff in one of the two camp greenhouses, photo by Chihiro Saito and text by Samantha Rose]Every weekday we have a small farmers market on site that  sells our greenhouse produce to residents and the Arcosanti Cafe.[Dan Reiff, Isaac Mueske, Mandy Chen and Nadia Begin at farmers market in the Vaults, photo by Chihiro Saito and text by Samantha Rose]In addition, our Construction Department and workshop participants are currently constructing a new 44′ x 75′ terraced greenhouse.  This structure is the first prototype of a larger Energy Apron that will one day wrap the entire south face of the Arcosanti Mesa.For more information on Arcosanti’s new Greenhouse/Energy Apron Prototype and to make a donation visit here.The Big Bug Creek Farm Store is located at 13282 Central Ave in Mayer, AZ.  They are open Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 11am – 6pm.[photo by Nadia Begin and text by Samantha Rose]last_img read more