Gold Coast apartments contributing to the average Australian home’s reduced size

first_imgAbout 27 per cent of new homes being built eight years ago were apartments but now they account for 46 per cent.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said the ageing population was also driving demand for apartments on the Coast.As apartment buildings skyrocketed in the city’s heart, Mr Henderson said many older homes in surrounding areas were being demolished so the blocks could be subdivided.“People want convenience and location,” he said.“(They want) to be close to shopping and transport.”Mr Henderson said homeowners no longer had the time to maintain a back yard or large house so living in an apartment was more practical. MORE: Why I live in Broadbeach Waters The average Australian home is now the smallest it’s been since 1996.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“You will get plenty of people now that don’t want to mow their back yard anymore,” he said.“Someone else looks after all the common areas (of an apartment building).”While houses across the country are 8 per cent bigger than those built 20 years ago, a surge in the number of apartments being built has reduced the average size of dwellings.MORE: Buy now if you want to move in by Christmas According to the ABS data, the average apartment used to be 140sq m but was now closer to 125sq m.Further, about 27 per cent of new homes being built eight years ago were apartments whereas they now accounted for about 46 per cent.Gold Coast couple Michael and Vickie Ryan recently bought an apartment in The Rayjon Group’s 15-level Vantage development at Benowa, which they said was central and more convenient than a house.center_img The rise of apartments on the Gold Coast is contributing to the average Aussie home’s reduced size.THE rise of apartments on the Gold Coast is dragging down the average size of the Australian home.New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows the average new home built in the past financial year was 186.3sq m, down 1.6 per cent from the previous year.It marked a 22-year low, making the average residence the smallest it has been since 1996.Craig James, chief economist at CommSec who commissioned the data, said the reduced size reflected the increase in apartments across the country, with more than half of new buildings in that category.“Generation Y, Millennials, couples and small families want to live closer to work, cafes, restaurants, shopping and airports, and are giving up living space for better proximity to the desirable amenities,” he said. Michael and Vickie Ryan have recently bought a property in the $200 million master planned Vantage community at Benowa.“We raised our family in the country before moving to the Coast,” Mrs Ryan said.“This location – close to shops, restaurants and all the services we need – offers the best of both worlds,” Mrs Ryan said.“We have plenty of room for family, so many friends nearby and everything we need is on our doorstep. There is no need to move.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 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 Rate1xFullscreenChoosing an apartment to invest in01:47last_img read more

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South Africa grapples with droughts in 5 provinces

first_imgThe effects of climate change have been hardest felt in the developing world.Together with El Nino, it’s had a devastating impact on Africa. South Africans are looking for answers as many parts of the country are without water due to a severe drought.Government officials however maintain that the drought is not the cause of water shortages in Johannesburg and this is merely a problem, not a crisis.last_img

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Man Utd striker’s target will be available for €20m

first_img The Wolves marksman has become arguably his side’s best player since his arrival, scoring 39 goals in 88 appearances. Indeed, reports say his performances have not gone unnoticed with United and Juventus, among others, keen on his signature. Previous reports said Wolves are keen to make a profit if they did sell Jimenez, but TuttoJuve claim that is not the case.Advertisement The source says Wolves have put an £18million price tag on the striker’s head, likely lower due to the impact of football’s postponement in recent months. TuttoJuve also says that Wolves could propose a swap deal with Juve involving Gonzalo Higuin, who wants to leave Turin. read also:Man Utd €80m not enough for Koulibaly While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has pushed a new striker down his list of priorities after Odion Ighalo’s extension, he is reportedly still eyeing up targets. Jimenez has scored 109 goals in his career so far, with 39 strikes coming in spells for CF America and Atletico Madrid. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United striker target, Raul Jimenez, will be available for €20million (£18million) when the transfer window re-opens.center_img Loading…last_img read more

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2020 World Athletics Indoor Tour: Amusan, Brume shine in Torun

first_imgRelatedPosts Bergwijn scores winner as Netherlands edge Poland Polish President Duda wins election, new battles with EU loom Baby born prematurely with high blood alcohol content is dead Sprint hurdler, Tobi Amusan, has finished second with a time of 7.89 seconds at the 2020 World Athletics Indoor Tour’s Orlen Copernicus Cup in Torun, Poland. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Amusan finished in second place behind Talay Alina (7.87 seconds) of Belarus in the Women’s 60 metres Hurdles. Amusan raced inside 7.90 seconds for the third time this season following her 7.89 seconds run on Saturday evening, as the 2020 World Indoor Tour made its fourth of seven stops at the Copernicus. Amusan’s time was second best on the night behind Belarus’ Alina Talay who ran 7.87 seconds with USA’s Christina Clemons third (7.89 secs). The reigning Commonwealth Games 100m hurdles queen got seven points for her effort, which pushed her closer to the top of the 60m hurdles standings with 22 points, two behind Christina Clemons of the US. She will now look to move into top spot in the standings next Saturday at the Emirates Arena, where the Muller Indoor Grand Prix will hold in Glasgow, Scotland. NAN also reports that Amusan is the second Nigerian to make headlines in the 60m hurdles indoors, after Glory Alozie who ran 7.82 seconds 21 years ago in Madrid, Spain to set a new African record. That feat made her the first African woman to run inside 7.90 seconds in the event, while Amusan became the second African woman to run a 7.8 seconds in 2018. Amusan has now broken the 7.90 seconds record four times so far in her career. Also, Nigeria’s Ese Brume finished in second place behind Ukraine’s Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk in the Women’s Long Jump event. After six jumps, Brume jumped a new Indoor Personal Best (PB) of 6.62m to see her finish second in the Women’s Long Jump event at the Orlen Copernicus Cup.Tags: Alina TalayPolandtobi amusanTorunWorld Athletics Indoor Tour’s Orlen Copernicus Cuplast_img read more

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Ground at Listowel may help Willie McCreery’s Devonshire

first_imgDevonshire’s proven ability on testing ground should stand her in good stead when she contests the Listed Edmund & Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes at the County Kerry track on Wednesday. Press Association Willie McCreery’s 105-rated filly won her maiden at the Curragh last October on yielding ground and was runner-up in a couple of Guineas trials at Leopardstown this season on soft to heavy and heavy going. She ran a stormer when third in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at 33-1. She arrives here on the back of a fourth place in the Group Three Dance Design Stakes at the Curragh and the forecast heavy ground should not blunt her speed. center_img Mohaayed, in the first-time visor, is the highest rated on 107 and appears to be the danger. Grey gelding Colonel Maximus performed creditably when third at Gowran Park and has a good opportunity of posting a victory in the Exchange Inn Ballybunion & Kevin Broderick’s Bar Listowel Median Auction Maiden. His trainer Kevin Prendergast also has good prospects with Acid in the Listowel Arms Handicap. After this filly was successful in Roscommon, Prendergast commented that the deeper the ground the better she’ll be. He landed this race last year with Abushamah. Water Sprite is a former course and distance winner who could go well at a price in the Seamus Mulvaney Handicap over nine furlongs. Plenty of unexposed types contest the M.S.D Animal Health Maiden Hurdle. Down Royal bumper winner Okotoks certainly appeals. Just the four go to post for the Ballygarry House Hotel Novice Hurdle, where the exciting Long Dog bids for his hat-trick after wide-margin successes in Sligo and Galway. Mick Winters brings Churchtown Champ to the track for the bumper after a victory in his sole point-to-point at Dromahane last December. Willie Mullins runs Tt’s Star, who has a bit to prove after being pulled up in two of his last three outings. last_img read more

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Bunbury opens up eight football scholarships at Keyano College

first_imgALEX Bunbury, the famed Guyanese-born Canadian superstar football player, has opened up the doors for eight of Guyana’s youths to attend college in his current homeland at Keyano College.Located in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, Bunbury told Chronicle Sport yesterday, that the scholarships will see the selected students, both male and females, being offered a chance to attend school free of charge.“The only expense is accommodation and meals and to that end, I had reached out to the Government of Guyana to assist,” Bunbury said during an exclusive interview.Channelled through the Alex Bunbury Sports and Academics Academy (ABSAA), the Canadian football Hall of Fame inductee stated, “I wrote to the Minister of Education (Nicolette Henry) about six weeks ago about this, and I’m happy to say that she replied timely and said that this is something her Government will be happy to support. So I’m just here waiting on a word.”Bunbury said an additional letter was recently sent as a follow-up “and as soon as we get a response and one which we’re certain will be in our favour, we’ll head into selection process with players and their parents, and then we’ll take it from there.”Bunbury also noted that next March, the College will be in Guyana to scout for players in the sport of basketball.“I can’t thank Keyano College enough for this great opportunity given to our young men and women for working with myself and the Guyana government to make this possible,” Bunbury added.last_img read more

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Where Next for Joel Obi?

first_imgTURIN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 07: Joel Chukwuma Obi of Torino FC in action during the Serie A match between Torino FC and AC Chievo Verona at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on February 7, 2016 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images) Obi moved from Torino to Chievo Verona at the beginning of the Serie A season after the 27-year-old put pen to paper on a three-year deal for an undisclosed transfer fee in what would be his fourth club for an Italian side.After winning the “Allievi Nazionali” Under-17 championship in 2008, Obi was moved to the Primavera formation, where he had over 40 appearances and six goals in just under three years. In 2009, the then Inter Milan Manager, Jose Mourinho noticed his immense talent and played him occasionally in the first-team. In 2010, even if without playing, he was registered to the club’s ‘A’ list of players, who won the UEFA Champions League against Bayern Munich.With the arrival of Rafael Benitez in summer 2010, he moved Obi with the first-team and he made his debut for Inter in a Champions League group stage game against Werder Bremen where he played the final 10 minutes of the match after coming on as a substitute in the 80th minute.After some cameo appearances in the Italian Serie A and Supercoppa Italiana injury came knocking and it was not until the 2012-13 season that Obi made another few appearances in the colours of the Nerrazzurri before he was sent on loan to Parma. His return to Inter two seasons later was not too impressive spending just a season before being shipped to Torino.Since then his football career has been bleated by injuries. However, since the beginning of the season, Obi had shown blinks of his old self which is probably was what convinced the German-born Nigerian Coach Gernot Rohr to invite him for the two-headed friendly matches against Poland and Serbia, perhaps for a first-hand assessment.His invitation will come four years after his last call up to the national team, as his last game for the Super Eagles came in a friendly game in 2014 against Scotland.He earned his first call to the Super Eagles in a friendly game against Sierra Leone in Lagos in 2011 and was full of promise, playing 11 games in a row for the senior national team before an injury put paid to his Eagles’ ambition. His next stint at the national team was during the preliminary of the 2014 World Cup but he never made Nigeria’s squad to the Mundial. Surprisingly, Rohr recalled the midfielder for the friendly games against Poland and Serbia prior to the World Cup, though he was part of the Super Eagles team to Russia he never featured in any of the team’s group matches before being eliminated.In an interview with THISDAY when he made the move from Torino, former Nigerian international Friday Ekpo said his move to Chievo is good for him as long as he would enjoy his football there and an opportunity to still be relevant in the national team as he would always bring his experience to bare.“He’s a vastly experienced player and for injuries that have really punctured his career, he is supposed to be one of the leading top midfielders in Europe if not the world by now. For now, he seems to be injury free and enjoying his game. One thing I know for sure is that on his good day and if he’s injury free he would add value to the team and his vast experience would be a plus,” Ekpo said.The former Inter man, now 27, is presumably at the peak of his physical powers. He made nine appearances (eight of those starts) in all competitions for Torino last season, scoring three times and assisting twice. Then again, there has never been any uncertainty over his productivity and ability. What is rather less apparent is how consistently his skills can be harnessed.Last season, Obi missed five weeks due to injury. In 2016/17, that number was 13. In 2015/16, it was 20. This is the tragedy at the very core of a wondrous talent, the thorn in his flesh as it were: to be eternally buffeted by muscular injuries.Yet, so great is his talent and range that, when fit, he is impossible to ignore, and this is true both for club and country. Following that initial stumble, the reboot of the national team did eventually happen under the late Stephen Keshi, and when he had secured a ticket to the 2014 World Cup, it was to Obi he turned to improve the then African champions.His slaloming brilliance and deft left foot would not have looked out of place in Brazil. Predictably though, just on the eve of the final squad announcement, he suffered yet another injury, drawing a long, plaintive sigh from all and sundry.For former Super Eagles defensive midfielder, Waidi Akani, “Obi’s talent has never been in doubt. He is one player I admire so much and sympathise with. The question has always been on his fitness,” he noted.The 27-year-old has played in the Italian Serie A for Inter Milan, Parma and Torino, he has made a total of 15 appearances for the Super Eagles and is yet to register a goal.Obi has made 117 league appearances in seven years since he jogged on to the San Siro pitch to replace Philippe Coutinho..Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram When Nigerian international Joel Obi moved from Torino to Chievo at the beginning of the season, he felt he had at last found a new haven. However, with 11 appearances and just a goal to show for his effort, the management of Torino is already thinking of shipping out the Nigerian. The question on the lips of observers is where next would Obi take soccer trade to as the winter transfer market opens?After the signing for Torino from Chievo Verona, Joel Obi said “A new adventure is about to begin,” but it was not to be as the management of the Donkeys is getting impatient with the former Inter Milan midfielder and would be ready to cash-in in the winter transfer season.The 27-year-old Super Eagles midfielder has been linked with a loan move to Turkish top flight side Alanyaspor. According to a report on Turkish media outlet Fanatik.com.tr Obi is currently in talks with Alanyaspor with a deal expected to be agreed before the end of the winter transfer window.last_img read more

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Finding Nemo and co.

first_imgParticipants of the USC Sea Grant Parent-Child Education Program learn about an Ochre Seastar on a field trip to the Redondo SEAlab. The program is funded by USC Neighborhood Outreach and is held at the EXPO center, and is offered free of charge to neighborhood schoolchildren in fourth through sixth grades and their parents.Photo courtesy of Dieuwertje Kastlast_img

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Guard tandem leads UW

first_imgFollowing a strong victory against Air Force in their regular season opener Friday, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team returns to the Kohl Center Tuesday night for their first home game of the season. Junior guards Jolene Anderson and Janese Banks will look to lead the Badgers (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) as they play host to the Western Michigan Broncos (0-1, 0-0 MAC).Banks is coming off a career-high 28-point game against Air Force, a feat that earned her Big Ten Player of the Week honors, her first time receiving the award.”It’s definitely a nice honor to be recognized by the Big Ten,” Banks said. “I wouldn’t get it without my teammates. It was a team win. The individual honor feels good, but the win definitely comes before it.”Anderson put together a solid game as well. She tallied 23 points, including five three-pointers, and grabbed seven rebounds.”Jolene and Janese were probably the best I’ve ever seen them together,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said of the duo. “I think the fact that they’re playing at a high level helps others feel that much more relaxed.”Western Michigan comes in having dropped their first contest of the year 87-83 to the University of Illinois-Chicago.Guard Carrie Moore, one of five seniors on the team, led the Broncos in scoring with 27 points and earned preseason honors, being named to the All-MAC West Division team. As one of what coach Stone calls the “big three,” she will be one of the main focuses of Wisconsin’s defense.”Moore is terrific,” Stone said. “She’s just a great player.”The Badgers will also keep their eyes on speedy sophomore point guard Tiera DeLaHoussaye and senior power forward Lindsay Brown. Both scored 17 points in the team’s first game.”Their post player inside [Brown] is good,” Stone said. “She’s got a big body on her, and she can bang inside.”Freshman Rae Lin D’Alie will have the task of guarding DeLaHoussaye.”She’s a lefty, and she likes to shoot it,” Stone said. “She’s quick and she looks for Moore. Those two look for each other all the time.””[DeLaHoussaye] likes to run in transition,” Banks said. “What we have to do is contain her in the open court and not let her just get out and do what she wants to do.”Many of the Badgers see a little bit of themselves in Western Michigan.”It seems a lot of us are alike,” D’Alie said. “They’ve got a really good guard that can shoot. Jolene and Janese, they can really shoot and they’re both athletic. It looks like we match up really well with them. It’s just going to be a battle of who wants it more.””I think we match up pretty good,” freshman forward Mariah Dunham added. “Our team has a lot of athletic players as well.”While the Wisconsin roster boasts no seniors, Western Michigan has five. Although they may lack experience playing together as a team, the Badgers feel it’s all about attitude.”Age is just a number,” D’Alie said. “I truly believe that. They’re coming into our house. We’re definitely ready.””Having a veteran team come in like Western Michigan, our focus has to be the best that it’s ever been,” Anderson said. “We have to be on the same page.”The game will mark the third time Coach Stone’s squad has played in the Kohl Center this year. In their first two exhibition games, UW beat up on a pair of lesser division teams, including a 50-point rout of Winona State. “Having the record count now means a lot to us,” Anderson said. “Our mindset and our focus has to be like it was on Friday. If our focus is great, that obviously leads to great things.”Stone would like to see her team build a home-court advantage and winning streak much like what the men’s team has developed.”We’d like to establish a tradition here in the Kohl Center, very much like our men,” Stone said. “They have a streak going on here, and we’d like to start something special for women’s basketball as well.”last_img read more

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Partouche makes PasinoBet.fr power play with BetConstruct

first_img Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Share Share Related Articles BetConstruct takes next strategic step through Swedish licence June 4, 2020 French heritage casino, leisure and entertainment group Partouche  has returned to the online gambling scene by launching its new digital property PasinoBet.fr in partnership with BetConstruct.Hosting a press conference this week in its resort of La Grande-Motte (province of Languedoc-Roussillon), where PasinoBet.fr operations will be based, Partouche governance showcased its latest brand to media.Partouche, synonymous with operating luxury casinos across France and North Africa, has struggled to crack the online gambling space.In 2008, the group launched the ‘Partouche-Betting’ domain within the French and UK online gambling markets – a costly venture which failed to gain traction with punters, forcing Partouche to cease its digital operations.Seeking to rewrite past wrongs, Partouche has attributed significant funds and resources seeking to develop PasinoBet.fr into a leading French betting market proposition.Working in partnership with BetConstruct as lead sportsbook technology provider, the PasinoBet.fr domain has been under development for over a year.BetConstruct details that the new French bookmaker will launch with full access to over 30,000 live markets per month, combined with a further 40,000 pre-match markets and 140 sports types.Vigen Badalyan – BetConstructVigen Badalyan, BetConstruct’s Founder and CEO, commented: “With the decision to integrate BetConstruct’s Sportsbook, Pasinobet.fr gets a bespoke and robust solution that will allow them to deliver an unparalleled player experience. We are very happy to provide our complete sports betting offering to such a large and recognized brand as Partouche Group.”Furthermore, Partouche has made a number of marketing investments to build PasinoBet.fr’s brand presence to the French public ahead of its launch.This summer, the new bookmaker announced that it had become new sponsor of its home football club Montpellier Hérault Sport Club.In addition, this week Partouche announced a stable of French sporting figureheads, who will act as PasinoBet.fr brand ambassadors, including footballers Jean Pierre Papin and Djibril Cisse, rugby union international Vincent Clerc and tennis player and pundit Michaël Llodra.Benjamin Abou, President of PasinoBet, added: “Having a strong experience and expertise of over 40 years in the sphere of casino and gaming, we are confident in the launch of online sportsbook in a segment that sees a stable growth.“Primarily, our aspiration is to get into direct contact with our casino players who happen to also have a strong interest in sports. Also, we are happy to be a sponsor for Montpellier Hérault Sport Club and honoured to have acclaimed ambassadors for our Pasinobet.fr such as Jean-Pierre Papin and Djibril Cissé.” StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

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