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first_imgGold Coast skylineREGIONAL property markets are the “new black’’ with a leading property expert predicting demand will continue to lift.The latest McGrath Report revealed Australia’s leading regional hubs, the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Geelong and Newcastle were undergoing significant price growth on the back of strong demand.McGrath executive chairman John McGrath said improved infrastructure had made commuting times faster between regional areas and capital cities and when coupled with the NBN rollout making access to technology better, these regions had become even more appealing to buyers. John McGrath says regional property markets are the “new black”“Massive infrastructure investment across Australia is also boosting employment in regional centres,’’ he said.Geelong was identified as the best performing regional city with its median house price up by 9.8 per cent in the past 12 months.Despite that, its median house price of $505,000 was still $200,000 cheaper than Melbourne’s.In New South Wales, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands was the strongest performing regional market with 9.2 per cent growth, followed by Newscastle up 7.2 per cent.In Queensland the top regional performer was the Sunshine Coast where the median price was up by 5.2 per cent and the Gold Coast which was up 1.9 per cent.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 agoMedian prices on the The Gold Coast are up 1.9 per cent, according to the latest McGrath reportMr McGrath said an influx of buyers from interstate had really driven the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast markets.Population figures were rising in the regions. Lake Macquarie in New South Wales took 5500 new residents from Sydney and Geelong took 6900 from Melbourne.Seven of the top ten regions to benefit from Brisbane residents moving in were beachside locations, the Gold Coast gained an extra 8800 and the Sunshine Coast 6700. This house at 8 Cottonwood Ct in Noosa Heads is on the market.“The Gold Coast seems to have magnetic appeal, as it was among the top ten destinations chosen by city escapees in every single state and territory, attracting 19,400 people from eight capitals,’’ Mr McGrath said.He said the regions which attracted the most interest were those within a “90 minute arc’’ of the major capital cities.center_img Mahala, a 25-storey high-rise tower by developer Pindan, is just one of many new residential developments on the Gold Coast.“While affordability remains a key reason to move, many (agents) say buyers are increasingly talking about escaping from city stress, traffic and cost of living,’’ he said.“Sydneysiders are thinking I’ve got a $3 million house, I’ve got no money in my bank, what can I do. We are seeing an increased migration back up to southeast Queensland, which was similar to before the GFC when we did see a constant stream of people heading north and I think we are going to see that more courtesy of the higher values in Sydney and Melbourne.’’“Affordability will be the key driver for many to start thinking about shifting out of the metro market. They take a trip to Toowoomba or the Sunshine Coast and they see what they can get and then they remind themselves of the lifestyle available there, arguably in some instances, it’s half the price.’’Mr McGrath said while many were keen to relocate to an affordable regional area it had to have the facilities for them to take the step.“They generally don’t want to be too far away or too inaccessible.’’last_img read more

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first_imgReport: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Golden State Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins gestures during a media conference Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Cousins signed a one-year, $5.3M deal with the defending champion Warriors. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — DeMarcus Cousins spent his first eight seasons in the NBA chasing two things — peace and the playoffs.After signing with Golden State as a free agent, the four-time All-Star center has no doubts he’ll finally find both, and that those will help dispel the notion that he’s a bad teammate.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to Westcenter_img “Making it to the playoffs won’t be an issue for this team obviously. Once the basketball part comes, everything else will take care of itself.”A throng of media attended the news conference, flanked by 150 young fans who were taking part in a basketball camp held by Warriors. Cousins answered questions from two of the youngsters who were eager to know who his favorite players were growing up.The 27-year-old with a quick temper and a history of piling up technical fouls at a rapid rate showed a playful side when he joked about the possibility of fighting with new teammates Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, two players with whom he’s had on-court issues in the past.“Might as well,” Cousins said as the crowd laughed.Cousins turned serious at one point when asked about reports that he had been offered a new contract by New Orleans before signing with Golden State.“Only me and (Pelicans general manager) Dale Demps know what was said on the phone that night,” Cousins said. “We both know the truth and I’ll leave it at that.”As for his new team, Cousins has assimilated quickly. He played with several members of the Warriors while winning a gold medal as part of Team USA during the 2016 Summer Olympics.“Me and Draymond clicked right away,” Cousins said. “We’re two goofballs that like to joke around a lot. Same with KD and same thing with Steph (Curry). It’s a great group. I think we’ll mesh well.”Until he is medically cleared to play, Cousins will continue to rehab and learn coach Steve Kerr’s system. He’ll also reach out to the Oakland community, something he made a quiet habit of while in Sacramento playing for the Kings.“I get out in the ‘hoods,” Cousins said. “I want to go to the worst, the grimiest places. That’s where I want to be. Those are usually the kids or the communities that kind of get left behind or forgotten about. I feel like I was in that situation at one point. That’s where my mindset is and that’s what I stand for.” “Just a chance to play for a winning culture,” Cousins said Thursday. “I also have a chance to play with some of the most talented players of this era. Those two things alone, that pretty much sums it up.”Looking relaxed while sitting on a stage next to Warriors general manager Bob Myers, Cousins was at ease during a news conference at the team’s practice facility.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Golden State’s fiery big man seems content in his new surroundings and wants the hardware to show for it.“Every guy said let’s go get another championship,” Cousins said. “They are a well-established team and they could have easily been like, ‘No, we don’t need him.’ But they were excited like a team that’s never accomplished anything.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. While his signing in Golden State drew mostly groans from around the NBA, Cousins didn’t need much persuading to join the two-time defending champions. He has never played in the postseason, is coming off Achilles surgery in January and didn’t attract much attention in free agency until signing a $5.3 million, one-year contract with Golden State.From the Warriors’ side, it’s a case of the rich getting richer. They’ve won the championship three of the past four seasons with an attack heavy on perimeter shooting and defense. In the 6-foot-7-inch, 270-pound Cousins, they now have a dominant presence on the low block as well.“It’s a different dimension,” Myers said. “It’s not something that we’ve ever had as far as a low-post threat since I’ve been here. I’m excited. I hope he’s excited.”Cousins averaged 25.2 points and career highs in rebounds (12.9), assists (5.4) and minutes (36.2) with New Orleans before getting hurt. He has been frustrated by the tediousness of rehab but is being cautious in his approach.“I’m progressing weekly, which is a positive,” Cousins said. “As far as a timetable . to be determined. I have to be smart about it. I’m in a unique situation as well where I’m not needed right away. Time is kind of on my side so I have a chance to get to 100 percent.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ Thunder trade Anthony to Hawks, waiver likelylast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 9, 2014; N.Y. Daily NewsThe Ferguson City Council will be implementing a Civilian Review Board to help guide and give feedback to the local police department, which has been heavily criticized for its behavior and aggressive responses to the protests following the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.This board will consist of civilians who are not connected or affiliated with the police department in any way but have a vested interest in helping to improve the police force while functioning in a watchdog role.The concept of an oversight board was proposed back in August during the height of the protests when the Ferguson police was still using rubber bullets and tear gas to subdue protestors.“We want to reassert the idea that we need accountability from the department, and we need local change—not just in North County, but city-wide,” said Montague Simmons with the Organization for Black Struggle back in August. “The relationship has to be transformed of how officers are actually being held accountable for excessive use of force.”The idea of a review board composed of civilians is not new or uncommon. New York City has a Citizen Complaint Review Board that is independent of the police department and investigates potential cases of police misconduct. Similarly, other cities like San Diego, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Durham and many more also have citizen review boards that address concerns submitted by other civilians and discuss what action, if any, should be taken.The initiative comes just days after the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it would be opening a civil rights investigation into the Ferguson police department. In a prepared response last Thursday, September 4th, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said:“These anecdotal accounts underscored the history of mistrust of law enforcement in Ferguson that has received a good deal of attention. As a result of this history—and following an extensive review of documented allegations and other available data—we have determined that there is cause for the Justice Department to open an investigation to determine whether Ferguson Police officials have engaged in a pattern or practice of violations of the U.S. Constitution or federal law.”In addition to the civilian board, the Ferguson officials will also be implementing new procedures limiting the revenue the city can receive from its court systems. For example, the fee defendants would normally pay if they do not show up to their court date will be waived.According to Thomas Harvey, the head of ArchCity Defenders, a local St. Louis nonprofit that provides legal services to low-income individuals, these changes are “a great first step” and he hopes “they can improve up on it and hopefully be a model for other municipalities.”—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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