Biden elected president, defeating Trump

first_imgDemocratic candidate Joe Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, after days of ballot counting and uncertainty. Biden received more votes in the 2020 election than any other presidential candidate in the country’s history.Biden, 77, defeated President Donald Trump after he was projected to win Pennsylvania and secured 290 votes from the Electoral College, according to the Associated Press. He is the oldest president-elect in American history.Senator Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate, will be the first woman and the first woman of color to take on the role of vice president.Biden has been vying for the presidency for decades, and after his third attempt to take on the position, he has been elected in the midst of a surge of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and a national movement calling for racial justice. Biden spoke Saturday night at a drive-in rally for supporters in Wilmington, Del., his home state, to accept the win.“I’m humbled by the trust and confidence you’ve placed in me,” Biden said to supporters who honked in response.After Trump’s repeated tendencies to sow division throughout his presidency, Biden called for unity among Americans in his address. He also addressed Trump supporters directly at times, promising to be a president for all.“I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify and doesn’t see red states and blue states, but only sees the United States,” he said.Acknowledging the pandemic and the economic crisis within the country, Biden pledged to prioritize the COVID-19 pandemic and draft a plan to be put in place when he takes office in January.“That plan will be built on a bedrock of science,” Biden said. “It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy and concern. I will spare no effort — or commitment — to turn this pandemic around.”Biden won the popular vote with more than 74 million votes, while Trump clocked in at about 70 million votes. While the Associated Press and other news organizations called the election in favor of Biden Saturday, Trump said he and his team will continue to seek out lawsuits to challenge the results. Trump is the first incumbent president to lose a re-election bid since 1992 when George H.W. Bush lost to Bill Clinton.During her acceptance speech Saturday night, Harris thanked the women who came before her and addressed the women who will come after her.“But while I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last,” Harris said. “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”While Biden won the presidency, Republicans will likely remain in control of the Senate and several Democratic candidates lost their seats in the House.Cities around the country erupted in celebrations on Saturday. People cheered and danced into the night, as cars honked their horns and music played.Tags: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Kamala Harrislast_img read more

Additional COVID-19 Rapid Testing Taking Place In Chautauqua County Next Week

first_imgJordan E. Gilbert / USMC MAYVILLE – Additional COVID-19 rapid testing will take place in Chautauqua County next week.The Chautauqua County Health Department says the testing is free and available for Chautauqua County residents.Officials encourage anyone who has been exposed to the virus or, is showing symptoms, to schedule an appointment.They say those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days should not be re-tested because they could still test positive. The Health Department uses Abbott ID Now analyzing machines to determine results. After a patient is swabbed, it takes 15 minutes to run each test.The clinics will take place in both Jamestown and Dunkirk as follows:Murphy Training Center, 665 Brigham Rd.Tuesday, December 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Tuesday, December 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Taylor Training Center, 240 Harrison St.Wednesday, December 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Wednesday, December 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Residents can register for an appointment on the Health Department’s website or call 1-866-604-6789. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Adam Jacobs on Being a New Dad & Going Shirtless (Again) in Aladdin

first_img Congratulations on the new additions to your family! How are your twins doing? Thank you, they’re doing great—Jack and Alex! They’re so cute. I’ve never been a parent before, and now I understand what everybody’s talking about. [Laughs.] It’s still strange saying I’m the dad, and they’re my sons. What is it like reuniting with Courtney Reed (Jasmine) and James Monroe Iglehart (the Genie) after starring in the Toronto production together? It’s rare that a show goes out of town and then the same principles are cast in the Broadway production. To get the phone call and realize we’re all going together, it was so exciting to hear that news. We get to be on stage and get paid to do it, it’s just crazy. from $57.50 View Comments Do you remember the first time you saw the movie? I remember watching it over and over again at home and just getting drawn into the world of Agrabah. At school, I would pretend I was Aladdin, I would be jumping from benches and stuff, pretending that I’m evading capture. Did you have the pants? I didn’t have the baggy pants—I had the M.C. Hammer pants though, that’s close enough. [Laughs.] This is your second time playing a Disney prince on Broadway, how does it feel to be back? It’s crazy how my career has taken me down the Disney path, but I’m not complaining! I love all the Disney films, but Aladdin and The Lion King were my two favorites growing up. You don’t really have a lot of Disney movies out there with the guy as the central figure, and so Aladdin was somebody I related to. I thought he was just the coolest. What Disney movie are you going to show your sons first when they’re old enough? Well, I’ll probably show them Aladdin. I’m looking forward to that day when they’re old enough to understand that I played the role on Broadway and they’re gonna see those photos and those videos. Hopefully they’ll be proud. Or they might just be like, “Oh Dad, you’re always acting like that, that’s nothing special.” [Laughs.] Wow, how has it been going so far? Kelly was a dance captain and a swing in Mary Poppins, so she’s pretty organized. You have to learn all the different roles and all the tracks as a swing, so now she’s learning the Jack track and the Alex track. [Laughs.] I thought the birth would be hard, which it was, obviously, but afterwards, the feeding every three hours and the sleep deprivation that goes with that, it’s a marathon. I had no idea. It gives me a whole new appreciation for all mothers. What’s the magic carpet-eye view, when you’re up there looking down at all the dazzled kids in the crowd? A lot of times, when the set pulls away and the carpet rises, there tends to be an intake of breath, like a gasp that you hear from the audience. Last Sunday, there were so many kids, and you could see, they weren’t moving around, they were completely still. Just completely engaged, enjoying the show. See Adam Jacobs in Aladdin, opening March 20 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. I guess it’s pretty warm in Agrabah, since you’ve got your shirt off the whole time. I have to be shirtless once again, but hey, I’m gonna do that as long as I can do it. [Laughs.] Luckily, this is a pretty physical show, so it tends to keep me in shape, cardio-wise. I can’t go out and party all night like I used to do when I was on tour. It’s quite different now, but I’m totally cool with that.center_img So you’re able to take it all in, you’re not nervous about falling off the carpet? The first time I rode it, it was nerve-wracking, but they turn the lights off when we’re actually riding it, and it’s a lot smoother than you would think. I wish everybody got a chance to ride it. We can start charging tickets. Maybe a $10,000 donation to Broadway Cares! For a Broadway actor, there’s nothing more challenging than originating a lead role in a brand new musical. Oh, except maybe having newborn twins. Adam Jacobs is tackling both at once this spring, playing the title role in Disney’s Aladdin by night and playing dad to six-week-old sons Jack and Alex by day. Fatherhood is new to him, but Jacobs is used to this whole Disney prince thing—he played Simba in The Lion King on Broadway after making his debut in the 2006 revival of Les Miserables. Below, Jacobs chatted with Broadway.com about hanging out with composer Alan Menken, his view from the magic carpet and rocking M.C. Hammer pants on the playground. Has Alan Menken shown you his Tony and Oscar collection? No, he hasn’t! I’d love to see all the awards he’s won, it’s incredible. I don’t know where he gets all the time to do that stuff, it’s amazing. He’s probably got them in boxes up in the attic, there’s so many. How are you even awake right now? My mother-in-law was in town for a month to help out with the night feedings and stuff, so that was invaluable. My wife [actress Kelly Jacobs] is the oldest of three sisters, and they each came in for a few days, but they just left. So now we have to figure out what we’re gonna do. [Laughs.] What’s your favorite part of the new musical? There’s a new duet called “A Million Miles Away,” it takes place in Aladdin’s rooftop, right after he and Jasmine meet in the marketplace. They’re running away from guards and he whisks her up there. It’s the first time the audience gets the chance to see Aladdin and Jasmine connect and it’s a beautiful song. [Composer] Alan Menken is a living legend and we’re working with him throughout the whole process. It’s so cool. Related Shows Aladdin Star Files So it hasn’t gotten stuck yet, knock on wood? Nope, knock on wood, we’ve been good. One time in Toronto we had to stop, but it was before the flight, because we knew something was off. So we held the show for 20 minutes and started right back up. It was really funny because Jasmine’s line is, “So, is it safe?” And I say, “Sure, do you trust me?” And of course, the night it got stuck, the audience cracked up. Adam Jacobslast_img read more

Start up manufacturer in Williston could create 17 jobs

first_imgA new company that would make stainless steel chimney liners has been authorized to earn nearly $68,000 worth of state job creation incentives if it opens its plant in Chittenden County. New England Supply Inc could create 17 new jobs over the next five years if it sets up shop in Williston, according to officials with the Vermont Economic Progress Council, which authorized the incentives at its recent meeting.“This is further proof that Vermont can compete for manufacturing jobs, if we are willing to,” said Karen L. Marshall, Chairwoman of the Vermont Economic Progress Council. “New England Supply would provide good jobs for Vermonters, and significant growth potential.”The company’s founder, Pierre Simard, spent 13 years as the president of a similar chimney supply manufacturing company in another state and said the incentives would be a factor in his decision about where to locate the new factory.“As I move forward with securing the necessary investors and determining where the plant should be located, having these incentives in place makes Vermont that much more competitive,” Simard said.Under reforms proposed by Governor Jim Douglas in 2006 and passed by the General Assembly, the VEGI economic incentives are authorized based on potential job creation and capital investments that must occur before the company earns the incentives and then the company receives incentive installments over a period of years.New England Supply Inc. would be eligible to earn the job creation incentives only if the company meets and maintains payroll, employment and capital investment targets each year.The Council approved the application after reviewing nine program guidelines and applying a rigorous cost-benefit analysis which showed that because of the economic activity that will be generated by the project; even after payment of the incentives the state will realize a net increase in tax revenues over five years.The Council also determined that this project would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner if not for the incentives being authorized, the “but for” test.The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the governor, and two members appointed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, that considers applications to the state’s economic incentive programs.The Council is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.Source: Vermont Commerce Agency. 4.5.2010last_img read more

2 Brooklyn Men Charged in Home Invasion, Police Shooting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Renhang Qui is charged with burglary, attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. His alleged accomplice, Cong Xu, had to be hospitalized following his arrest.Two Brooklyn men accused of a burglary in New Hyde Park that ended with the shooting of a Nassau County police officer both pleaded not guilty at separate arraignments Thursday.Both were ordered held without bail and are due back in court Monday.The duo, 21-year-old Cong Xu and 22-year-old Renhang Qiu, were charged with burglary, attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.Xu, who was also charged with attempted murder of a police officer after he allegedly shot 32-year-old Third Precinct officer Mohit Arora in the right hip, was arraigned at a hospital, where he’s being treated for an injury to his ear.Arora underwent surgery Wednesday morning and was recovering at the hospital. He was listed in stable condition.Arora was among the first officers to respond to the Campbell Street home after the home owners became startled by noises in the house and dialed 911. Xu and Qiu were exiting the house when police arrived and “thought they would surrender,” a police spokesman said.But the two men fled the scene instead, and as they were running, Xu allegedly turned back toward police and fired several rounds under his shoulder, striking Arora in the abdomen, police said. It was unclear how many shots were fired, but the officers returned fire, police said.Arora underwent surgery Wednesday morning and was recovering at the hospital. He was listed in stable condition.Officers chased Xu through a nearby schoolyard and eventually apprehended him on Flower Lane and Nugent Street, police said. Qiu was nabbed on Lakeville Road and Sylvia Lane.Xu, who suffered an injury to his ear, was taken to Nassau University Medical Center for treatment, police said.“I commend Officer Arora and responding officers who swiftly arrested the perpetrators while protecting our residents,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, adding that he met with the officer in the hospital.The motive for the home invasion is still under investigation, though police “believe this wasn’t random, that they were targeted,” the spokesman said. Police did not say if the pair knew the victims. Nothing was taken from the house.The incident shocked nearby residents, many of whom were awakened by sounds of gunfire.Joe Owens, who has lived on Nugent Street for 50 years, described several loud shots—“bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,” he said—but thought they were firecrackers.“Never in a million years [are you] thinking they were gunshots,” he said.Qiu will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead, but a date hasn’t been announced. Xu will make his first court appearance when he’s healthy enough to do so.last_img read more

If you think you can’t afford to save money, read this

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Sarah SchmalbruchWhether for retirement or investing, it’s one of the most common and basic pieces of money advice out there: Save.So why is it so hard?According to Ellen Rogin and Lisa Kueng, authors of “Picture Your Prosperity: Smart Money Moves to Turn Your Vision into Reality,” it’s because saving money can feel like losing money.“When you start a savings plan — even if it’s for a very exciting reason, like a Hawaii trip — it can feel like you’re losing money,” Rogin and Kueng write. “And we all hate to lose money.”But, the authors say, you can turn your thinking around with a simple mental trick.“Picture Your Prosperity” cites a public opinion survey that asked one group of people if they thought they could save 20% of their income. Only half the group said yes. continue reading »last_img read more

5 ways to keep it personal in a digital-mostly world

first_imgClackamas CU is hosting virtual workshops—upcoming topics include Adulting 101, Mortgages 101 and Mortgage Myth Busters. Atlantic Financial held a virtual town hall to share COVID-19 relief options and resources available to members. Peninsula Credit Union has been sending out video messages from its CEO on an ongoing basis, with topics ranging from fraud to re-entry plans to thanking “financial first responders.”  Summit Credit Union held a virtual homebuyers’ event that had 200 sign-ups and 125 attendees and has future virtual events on its calendar.  One last thought: Follow the Platinum RuleWhile the Golden Rule suggests we treat others the way we’d like to be treated, the Platinum Rule requires us to treat others the way THEY would like to be treated. Not every member needs or wants to engage with a person when they conduct a transaction. A recent blog post by our friends at Filene Research Institute stresses the importance of using remote channels in a way that lets members choose how much—or little—personal interaction they prefer. It all comes back to empathy — a credit union superpower that not only helps differentiate credit unions from the competition but that is even more critical during these times of growing uncertainty and inequality. A chatbot might be able to help a member find the answer to a question, but a chatbot can’t be empathetic. That’s something to keep in mind as your credit union works to strike the right balance between high-tech and high-touch. Turn your member calls into member video chatsEven if you had already discovered the power of video chat pre-pandemic, it’s safe to guess that you’ve done quite a bit more Zooming and FaceTiming this year than any other.Video chats can be a great way for members to get help with virtually any financial issue without having to leave the security of their home. Plus, video chats can help reduce member frustration — Hubspot Research found 33% of customers are most frustrated by having to repeat themselves to multiple support reps over the phone, a problem that video chat can minimize. Video chat is especially valuable for members needing personal contact and reassurance dealing with a more complex need like a mortgage or wealth management. Some of our PixelSpoke clients have already incorporated video chat into their suite of digital tools, including SouthPoint Financial Credit Union, which uses VideoConnect to deliver personal connections six days a week, and Educators Credit Union, which brings expert staff to members through their Video Banking tool. We are also developing a custom virtual teller tool to better utilize branch staff in lobbies with low foot traffic.Add a personal touch to live chatNot ready to go the full-video route? Live chat can be a good alternative. It gives members who are already on your website a way to get their questions answered without switching to another channel (i.e., phone or email).Just as incorporating headshots into appointment scheduling tools is an easy way to build a sense of human connection, a simple photo of the person the member is chatting with can help make a digital experience seem more personal.You can also consider making your live chat proactive. If you think of your website as your digital branch, reactive chat makes staff available, but the member has to choose to engage. Proactive live chat is the digital equivalent of a greeter actively approaching a member as s/he enters the branch. If executed in a user-friendly (i.e. not annoying) way, proactive chat can better engage members and meet their needs. Use an app to connect members to a personal bankerUmpqua, an Oregon-based community bank, was ahead of the curve when it launched a hybrid digital-human platform, Go-To Banking, back in 2018. Umpqua says the app “puts a personal banker in everyone’s pocket” and the tool is available to all customers, regardless of their net worth. The app provides a list of personal bankers for the customer to choose from; each listing includes a photo and often-amusing self-description. Users connect with their banker of choice by pressing a button on the app, and most communication is via text. According to this recent article, Umpqua describes the app as a valuable way to deliver “people plus technology” and reports they saw a 30% increase in enrollment and a 20% jump in customer use in March 2020. It could be a good add for tech- and text-savvy members.Take events virtualNothing beats the power of face-to-face annual meetings, educational seminars and more. But those meetings aren’t possible in the short term and credit unions that have made the switch to virtual options report positive results.  COVID-19 has brought undeniable clarity to the importance of good digital tools. What would we have done without them over the past months?As members navigated the realities of closed branch lobbies and crowded drive-thrus, online and mobile banking saw big jumps. A post-pandemic survey conducted by Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) revealed over 45% of banked respondents, across all ages, had moved to new channels such as online and mobile to handle their finances. And FIS reported a 200% surge in mobile banking registrations in early April and an 85% increase in mobile banking traffic.It seems safe to assume that digital will continue to be the channel of choice for many going forward. Some of the lobbies that reopened in the early months of summer were forced to close once again in response to high COVID levels. And evidence suggests consumers aren’t in a hurry to return to branch lobbies, even when they can—which is likely a result of healthcare concerns, appointment-scheduling capabilities, and a newfound appreciation for the ease and convenience of digital tools.An increased sense of urgency around prioritizing the digital experience may be a good thing for credit unions. But it’s not without its challenges. Personal service has always been a credit union hallmark and a differentiator that could be compromised by reducing opportunities for human interaction. While digital can allow for a highly personalized, data-driven experience, there’s still something to be said for keeping the actual person in the picture—sometimes literally!Members want digital but continue to value the personal touch. Here are five ways to deliver both:Include photos with your online appointment scheduling toolOnline appointment scheduling saves time for your employees and members—no more phone calls or back and forth emails—and puts your members in charge of the process. And with many lobbies open by appointment only, effective online scheduling has become even more important.The simple addition of a headshot makes the experience so much friendlier and lays the groundwork for a personal connection.Compare the two screenshots below—one from a digitally savvy healthcare provider called Zoomcare (left) and one from a bank using a popular branch appointment scheduling tool—which one does a better job saying “personalized, friendly service” to you? 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cameron Madill Cameron Madill is the CEO of PixelSpoke, a B Corp, worker-owned marketing agency that builds websites for credit unions and other impact-focused cooperatives. He is also the host of The … Detailslast_img read more

Brisbane house price hits new record: What is your home now worth?

first_imgThis house at 28 Raceview Rd, Hendra, has just hit the market. Photo supplied by Ray White.It’s not as positive a story when it comes to the Brisbane LGA unit market, but there are solid signs of improvement. The suburbs of Paddington and Petrie Terrace. In the year to December 2018, the median house price in the Brisbane local government area rose to $675,000. REIQ. Image: AAP/Darren England.According to the REIQ, Brisbane’s housing market “continues to be one of the nation’s most consistent capital-city performers”, delivering moderate but sustainable price growth — so far defying the downturn gripping Sydney and Melbourne.Among the top suburbs for house price growth in the Brisbane local government area were Sandgate, Hendra, Mount Ommaney, Albion and Hemmant.TOP GROWTH SUBURBS FOR HOUSES IN BRISBANE LGA Suburb Median price Annual change %1. Sandgate $750,000 18.1%2. Hendra $1.115m 14.7%3. Mount Ommaney $1m 13.8%4. Hemmant $545,000 13.3%5. Albion $858,000 13%(Source: REIQ, based on 12mths to December 2018)REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said the figures showed Brisbane house values had continued to rise at a time when many capital cities were seeing prices go backwards.“Because (Brisbane) hasn’t experienced that incredible accelerated growth, we’re not going to have that boom/bust experience that other capitals have.” Ms Mercorella said.But she said that while Brisbane’s growth had been buoyed by increased interstate migration, improving economic fundamentals and strong demand, its resilience was flagging.“Brisbane has so far withstood the headwinds facing the property markets in Sydney and Melbourne,” she said.“Our property market has all the ingredients for a strong performance in 2019, including low unemployment, high levels of infrastructure spending that is creating jobs and high interstate migration levels, which creates demand for housing. “But what we need is a clear signal from the government that responsible lending doesn’t mean limited lending. Currently, limited access to finance is threatening to stifle the market.” Your Property Your Wealth’s Daniel Walsh.“Two or three years ago, people were wanting to invest in NSW and Victoria; now we’re seeing them turn to Queensland” Mr Walsh said.“We had been investing heavily in Victoria over the past two to three years, but yields have started to diminish. “It’s more attractive in Brisbane in terms of investors seeing greater rental returns and affordability.” Mr Walsh is forecasting Brisbane to be a standout performer over the next three to five years.“We’ve had wages increase, job numbers increase, more people are moving to the area and now all these green shoots are showing we’re ready for a boom in Queensland,” he said.“It’s got all the ingredients for a boom, we just haven’t seen it just yet.”Over the next six years, the top 10 infrastructure projects in the pipeline are forecast to inject $17 billion into the city and result in significant job creation. Brisbane’s median unit price slipped 2.2 per cent in 2018 to $440,000, according to the REIQ.The annual median unit price fell 2.2 per cent to $440,000 in the 12 months to December, according to the REIQ. But some suburbs bucked the trend and recorded double-digit growth in unit prices, including Acacia Ridge, Rochedale, Yeronga, Gordon Park and Carseldine.Agents continue to find the investor-level unit sector challenging, but demand for units aimed at owner-occupiers has improved, according to the REIQ.The most popular price range for units in the Brisbane LGA is $350,000 to $499,000.TOP GROWTH SUBURBS FOR UNITS IN BRISBANE LGA Suburb Median price Annual change %1. Acacia Ridge $444,017 36.6%2. Rochedale $747,500 34.1%3. Yeronga $525,000 21.4%4. Gordon Park $382,500 17.7%5. Carseldine $375,000 15.4%(Source: REIQ, based on 12mths to December 2018) Artist impression of the Queens Wharf development underway in Brisbane.Tourism is one of the most promising growth industries driving the local economy, according to the REIQ. State government figures released in September show Queensland’s share of the cash international tourists spend in Australia grew more than all other states.Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said international visitor expenditure grew 11.5 per cent — more than double the national rate. “We also saw record highs in international visitor numbers, with 2,762,000 visitors spending $5.9 billion in Queensland,” Ms Jones said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago28 and gerard 29Lizzy and Gerard Tibbetts are looking at buying a house in Sandgate, which recorded the strongest median house price growth in 2018.The couple recently sold their home in nearby Brighton and have inspected a three-bedroom character home at 12 Wolsey St, Sandgate, which is on the market for offers over $749,000. Lizzy and Gerard Tibbetts are looking to buy in Sandgate. Photo: AAP/Megan Slade.BRISBANE house prices are continuing to grow, with new figures revealing they have hit a record high for the 26th straight quarter — making the Queensland capital the envy of its cooling counterparts.The latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland Market Monitor, to be released today, shows the annual median house price within the city’s local government area rose 1.1 per cent in the 12 months to the end of December to reach a new high of $675,000.The Brisbane LGA median house price has jumped 25.9 per cent since December 2013, when it was $535,000. The last time the city recorded an annual drop in its median house price was back in December of 2012, according to the REIQ, but it has climbed slowly and steadily ever since.center_img Inside the house at 12 Wolsey St, Sandgate. The suburb has a lot of older, character homes.He recalls moving out of Sandgate when he was 17 because there was “nothing to do”, but that had changed dramatically.“There’s an actual lifestyle here now,” he said.“It’s the only place in the Brisbane City Council area on the north side of town that offers waterfront you can actually use properly.“The whole place is just a community; just a cool place to live now.” Activity on the waterfront in the suburb of Sandgate. Picture: Josh Woning.Mr McHardy said mostly owner occupiers were moving into the suburb, but interstate investors were also buying in.“We’re already seeing the difference (in price),” he said. “Shorncliffe is just too expensive, so people move to Sandgate, but it’s now starting to become expensive, so they’re moving to Brighton and then they’ll move to Deagon.”Closer to the CBD, the more affluent suburb of Hendra has also recorded double digit house price growth in the past year.The median house price has shot up nearly 15 per cent to $1.1 million. This house at 12 Wolsey St, Sandgate, is for sale. Sandgate recorded the strongest house price growth in the Brisbane LGA in 2018.“We’re looking to have kids in the next few years, so we’re after something a bit bigger and those sorts of houses that have a bit of history,” Mrs Tibbetts said.“That’s why we like it here — it’s by the water and has a lot of original homes.”The pair, who have been married about 18 months, also love the community feel of Sandgate and its affordability and proximity to the CBD.“I can get there on the train in half an hour, but not pay the prices you would in suburbs like Paddington,” Mrs Tibbetts said.“And it’s not cut up into 300 sqm blocks!”Marketing agent Zac McHardy of Harcourts Pinnacle – Aspley said he was not surprised Sandgate had recorded growth of more than 18 per cent in its median house price in the past year because it had been experiencing a period of gentrification.“There’s a lot of older homes in the area with older people living there and a lot of them are being sold and people are renovating them and moving in or selling them off, and that’s making a huge difference to the area,” Mr McHardy said. REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella. Photo: Claudia Baxter.Ms Mercorella said it was realistic to expect home price growth in Brisbane to be flat for the rest of 2019, but the city had the fundamentals to “really take off” in the near future.“There are plenty of reasons to be confident and more people are wanting to invest in the Brisbane market because of what’s happening in Sydney and Melbourne,” she said.“Not only are we affordable, but we offer a good return on investment.”Ms Mercorella said areas that were most likely to feel the slowdown would be the growth corridors on the outskirts of Brisbane, such as Ipswich and Logan —areas where first home buyers and investors were most prevalent.“Investors are likely to be the ones facing most of the brunt of tougher conditions in 2019,” she said.“In addition to a federal election, which always slows activity in the real estate market, there is the threat of looming negative gearing cuts and CGT reforms, plus Queensland investors are also facing the headwinds of a rental legislation review. “These factors all add up to a potentially very sluggish 2019.”But buyers’ agents say investors are recognising the growth potential in the Brisbane housing market because of its affordability and lifestyle.Daniel Walsh, of investment buyer’s agency Your Property Your Wealth, said he had noticed a clear shift in property investment activity away from Sydney and Melbourne to Queensland in the past 12 months.last_img read more

Growing up with more than two siblings lowers your divorce risk

first_imgLA Times 13 August 2013People who grow up with lots of siblings are more likely to marry — and to stay married — than are only children or those who grew up with one or two siblings, a new study has found.Those of us who grew up in big families may get more practice suppressing the urge to strangle a bullying older brother in his sleep, or to stick an annoying little sister’s head in the toilet — a useful exercise for sustaining a marital relationship. We may be more skilled in creating alliances with siblings when adversity outside or elsewhere in the family mounts. And the experience of never having the house to oneself may foster a distaste for being alone.Whatever the explanation, when it comes to preventing divorce in adulthood, “the more siblings the better,” concluded a group of sociologists from Ohio State University, who presented their research Tuesday at the American Sociological Assn.In a sample of 57,000 American adults surveyed at 28 points between 1972 and 2012, the researchers found that just 4% had grown up without any siblings. Of the 80% who had married at some point during the period studied, 36% had been through a divorce.Among those who had married, each additional sibling a person had was associated with a 2% decline in his or her odds of having divorced. Only-children were not only less likely to marry than those with siblings; they were more likely to have divorced.http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-siblings-families-divorce-20130813,0,1937297.story?utm_source=WCF+Members&utm_campaign=aab132fbd3-Natural_Family_News_and_Research_Breastfeeding_and&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4b0ced8706-aab132fbd3-342040565last_img read more

Is Guimaras COVID-free? DOH says ‘no’; governor says ‘yes’

first_imgThe Guimarasnon patient was from Italy. He and four other Guimarasnon OFWs were tested immediately upon disembarking here from the ship that transported them from Manila. The OFW – a 27-year-old seaman and resident of Buenavista, Guimaras – was one of the 266 stranded Ilonggo overseas workers who returned to the region from Metro Manila on April 29. Only returning residents who had the occasion to enter the province beginning March 15 and who do not exhibit symptoms referable to COVID-19 are allowed entry but shall comply with the mandatory quarantine regulations. The Guimaras OFW is the region’s COVID-19 Patient No. 72. For months since the pandemic broke out, the provincial government of Guimaras has kept SARS-CoV-2 at bay. Guimaras is under general community quarantine (GCQ) until May 15. It is one of the provinces classified by the national government as “low risk” in the spread of COVID-19. Only the roll on, roll off wharves in Jordan and Buenavista towns are being used as ports of entry to Guimaras. The governor clarified, however, that his provincial government is not shirking from its responsibility to take care all the returning Guimaras OFWs. However, Gumarin said, stricter border control remains. “Indi nami” (not good) was how he described DOH-6’s move. An “inbound pass” is issued for non-residents who enter Guimaras. This Guimarasnon, however, has yet to return to his home province. He is currently on quarantine at a hotel in Iloilo City, stressed Gov. Samuel Gumarin. The no dine-in policy is observed for the food establishments in the province. ILOILO City – The provincial government of Guimaras is protesting the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6’s decision to count as the island province’s first confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who tested positive for the illness here. Government health workers and those who are in law enforcement rendering services in Guimaras, those rendering essential or professional services and other government employees authorized by the provincial government are also granted entry. “We’re being reported as having a COVID-19 case even if the patient has not set foot on Guimaras,” lamented Gumarin. “Kon diri tani nag-positive, may rason nga i-label sia nga confirmed case sang Guimaras,” said Gumarin. He urged DOH to be more circumspect.center_img GUIMARAS UNDER GCQ BUT… DOH listed Patient No. 72 as Guimaras’ first COVID-9 case in its Bulletin No. 37 issued on May 2. The Puyo Wharf in the municipality of Nueva Valencia is open but only for cargoes and delivery of products from outside Guimaras. Tricycles are allowed to operate from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. but only with one passenger . However, hospitals and funeral parlors shall are allowed to operate for 24 hours. “Will DOH list as COVID cases of Guimaras, too, other Guimarasnons who test positive in other areas of the Philippines?” asked Gumarin. Public transportation is allowed to operate from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. only, and strict physical distancing will be observed. To avoid “misconceptions”, according to Gumarin, DOH should have indicated in the bulletin that the patient was on quarantine in Iloilo City and had not set foot yet on Guimaras. The test results of the four others were yet to be released. Trips of motorbancas plying the Guimaras-Iloilo route vice versa are only be from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. Essential business establishments such as market, groceries / convenience stores, sari-sari stores, pharmacies, gasoline stations, water refilling stations, banks, money centers, clinics, health facility, construction supplies, motorcycle / auto supplies, agricultural / poultry supplies, food establishments, public utilities, barber shops, salons are allowed to open from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. Outbound travels of Guimarasnons are still limited with only medical referrals, emergency cases and cases that are determined by the provincial government to be meritorious (a valid identification card and outbound / quarantine pass are required). For non-residents who leave the island, only those with an outbound pass are permitted. In effect, Gumarin said, his province remains free from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Non-residents of the island are only allowed entry if the purpose of travel is to transport basic commodities and necessities; or emergency cases; or some cases deemed reasonable by the provincial government. Motorcycles are prohibited for public conveyances but can be used for private purposes and only one backrider is allowed./PNlast_img read more