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Buyer’s can’t get enough of Paddington’s gems

first_img7 Reading St, Paddington.A LOCAL real estate agent is predicting a good year ahead for those in the market to sell and buy in the inner-city suburbs of Brisbane.Marketing agent Luke Dawson of Ray White, Paddington said the property market was strong in Paddington, with many attracted to the type of homes in the area, and the lifestyle offered. “It’s a very sought-after pocket of Brisbane,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago7 Reading St, Paddington sold in December for $3,125,000.“There are lots of cafes, restaurants and shops and it’s close to the city, so it appeals to a lot of buyers.”Mr Dawson said he had seen a spike in first-home buyers and owner occupiers in the area.“With interest rates low and banks competitive, people are buying instead of paying rent,” he said.Mr Dawson said that Paddington has been attractive to buyers looking for long-term investments. The home at 7 Reading St, Paddington was built in 1895.“It’s a suburb where people hold for a long time, so I think new buyers entering the market will feel safe knowing they are buying into an area that’s stable,” Mr Dawson said.He added that recent high sales were a reflection of the high demand for “prestige properties in the area,” that would continue to gain buyer interest in 2018.last_img read more


Karl du Fresne: Our abortion laws encourage deceit

first_imgStuff 4 September 2015 |OPINION: Mention abortion and a lot of people metaphorically block their ears and start humming loudly. At the very sight of the word in this column, some readers will probably turn the page and move on. But this is an issue that refuses to go away.It was re-ignited last week when Hillary Kieft of Stratford courageously spoke before a parliamentary select committee.Kieft’s daughter, at the age of 15, was referred for an abortion without her parents’ knowledge. She later tried to kill herself.The abortion was arranged by the daughter’s school. According to her mother, she was given no other option.That a vulnerable teenager could be referred for a potentially life-changing and psychologically damaging operation without parental knowledge seems despicable. It deprived her of family support when she most needed it.The defence for keeping parents in the dark  is that they can’t always be relied on to support pregnant daughters. Some girls would risk being harshly punished for bringing disgrace on their family, which is despicable in its own way.This provides politicians with a ready-made excuse not to accede to Kieft’s petition for a law change that would require parents to be notified before girls under 16 could be referred for an abortion. read more


End of Life Choice Bill – 1st Reading – Nuk Korako (National)

first_imgTēnā koe e Te Mana Whakawā. It was the late Ngati Porou kaumātua Amster Reedy who stated, “We bring people into this world. We care for them right from the time they are conceived, born, bred, in health, sickness, and death. The rituals still exist for every part of their lives.” Those rituals still will exist and we need to have faith in our ancestors. Euthanasia is foreign to Māori and has no place in our society.In all my life, raised as a Ngāi Tahu Māori, I have never heard or known of a Māori concept that validates assisting dying. Witnessing the death of a whānau member is as intimate as it gets. To watch a painful death can be shattering; the indignities we may have to see our loved one suffer—unable to undertake the most basic human functions without support, watching their agony, feeling their helplessness and, often, their feeling that they are being a burden on their whānau—yet this is only part of the process. There is another side to death; that is the whānau side.But death has never been a final ending for our people. It merely signifies the beginning of the journey to Te Rerenga Wairua and then onto the ancestral home of Hawaiki nui, Hawaiki roa, Hawaiki pāmamao. It is a life in the afterlife, where we gather once more with our tīpuna and our departed whānau, members, and friends.The process of dying, for us, is a process of whānau. We hear of terminal illness inside the whānau. We know the time has come to mobilise and gather. We give the immediate whānau our physical, spiritual, and, if needed, financial support. The process of death is not just about a loved one, it’s also about our whānau. This process is an essential component of binding our whānau together. The act of caring for a whānau member is a process of learning, of grieving, of laughing, of despairing, of reminiscing, and of coming to that moment of peace when we can finally let them go. This process of death is as much for the living as it is for the dead. Many Māori see this as an essential expression of taha wairua [the spiritual side], or being a part of something that is greater than ourselves. The final act of dying is the point where the ancestors come to take that loved one home. It is a moment of extraordinary sadness but also joy, as we become aware that an ancestor is now in the room with us to accompany the loved one on their final journey.In the debates throughout the country that have preceded this tonight, Māori voices have been few and far between because some Māori choose not to discuss such things and fear that their fundamental beliefs are treated as native superstition. To me, assisted dying is to fast-forward a process that ultimately denies our loved one the chance to be taken to their ancestral home and is, instead, left in limbo, on their own, in a transitional afterlife until their time finally arrives.The real challenge is to ensure all whānau across Aotearoa have access to the full range of palliative care available to ensure that we can ease the passing of our loved ones and the burden of care that falls upon whānau, without resorting to artificially ending their life. Then, we will truly, here, have succeeded. On that basis, I cannot support this bill.Āpiti hōno, tātai hōno, rātou ki te hunga mate, ki te hunga mate ki a rātou; āpiti hōno, tātai hōno, tātou ki te hunga ora, ki te hunga ora ki a tātou.[The lines are joined and linked, they to the dead and the dead to them; the lines are joined and linked, we to the living and the living to us.]Let the dead be the dead and the living be the living. Kia ora tātou.last_img read more


Military takeover of Manila Water, Maynilad mulled

first_img The Chief Executive has tasked Maynilad and Manila Water to talk to Administrator Emmanuel Salamat of industry regulator Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System. Aside from that, President Duterte also threatened of warrantless arrest to the people he accused of committing economic sabotage due to the supposed onerous provisions in the concession agreements. Manila Water also said that it would no longer pursue its claims worth P7.39 billion against the government and that it would defer the implementation of their rate increase./PN “‘Pag niloko mo ako, niloko mo ang Pilipino. I will suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corprus and I will arrest all of you. Gusto ko makita ang mga bilyonaryo na nakakulong,” Duterte said. President Rodrigo Duterte says military could take over the water distribution operations from Manila Water Company Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc. over the alleged onerous concession contracts. PCOO Maynilad and Manila Water each wrote a formal letter to Duterte on Tuesday making an offer to renegotiate the provisions that prohibit any government interference in rate-setting and provide an indemnity clause in case of such interference.center_img President Rodrigo Duterte raised this warning in his latest tirade against the alleged “economic saboteurs, saying that he came up with the idea following a meeting with the Presidential Security Group (PSG). “I was talking to the PSG, sinabi ko sa kanila huwag mo akong laruan na takot takutin ninyo ako, sige magsibat kami, bahala wala kayong tubig,” said Duterte. “I will order the Armed Forces to operate. Sige sundalo, take over kayo.” MANILA – The military could take overthe water distribution operations from Manila Water Company Inc. and MayniladWater Services Inc. over the alleged onerous concession contracts. “Talk to General Salamat. Mag-usap kayo diyan. Ako? I will just prepare the charges. ‘Pag hindi tayo nagkaintindihan dito, economic plunder,” he said.last_img read more


Tickets on sale now for Stayin’ Alive fundraiser

first_imgBrookville, In. — Stayin’ Alive in Franklin County will hold their “13th Coalition Celebration and Fundraiser: Your Voice. Your Choice. Make a difference” Tuesday, November 27 at the Brookville United Methodist Church. A buffet-style dinner will be served at 6 p.m. along with a live auction.Stayin’ Alive is a non-profit organization. For more information please call 765-647-7272.Please RSVP with payment by November 9 to:Stayin’ Alive, 527 Main Street. P.O. Box 64, Brookville, In 47012.last_img


Gayle’s possible sanctions to be used as general warning to other players

first_imgBy Clifton RossAFTER Chris Gayle decided to reveal a few skeletons in the Jamaica Tallawahs closet following his axing from the franchise, recent speculations about possible sanction could pose as a warning for other players who might be interested in taking such a route in the future.Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skerritt recently said that he believed the veteran left-hander could face some sort of sanction as his actions were deemed disruptive in accordance with the rules of the game.A few weeks back, Gayle called out Tallawahs owner Krish Persaud, coach Ramnaresh Sarwan and team executive Jeff Miller, as co-conspirators behind his ousting from the franchise he once helped to two Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) titles.Now, with the ‘Universe Boss’, being the first high-profile cricketer to ever come out over the 7 editions with such allegations towards management or/and coach, his backlash could set the benchmark for any other player who would likely risk such a move.The legendary 50 Overs and T20 opener is somewhat of cricket royalty, considering his immense contributions over the years in all formats and of recent T20 Leagues of cricket.Such a godly figure in the world of cricket being caught up in such a fiery fiasco could see Gayle being used as a prime example for the other players who might consider such a move should things go sour in the future.Skerritt said that due to Gayle’s affiliation or any or Regional player’s with CWI, it’s necessary for the board to keep one eye fixated on the situation.Should Gayle pull up a big sanction of some sort, any other cricketer rated or ranked below will now have second thoughts on blowing the whistle on shady behind-the-scenes moves.Also, given the Jamaican’s stardom it will be interesting to see how the man himself handles any sort of punishment dished out to him by the League, whose officials are said to be currently exploring options regarding what should be done.While this situation could have more twists, the next key move will be to see how the CPL authorities handle such a seemingly interpersonal battle between a player and his former franchise.Meanwhile, the Tallawahs have already cleared the air on the issue, citing the move as strictly a business deal with no personal vendettas or mismanagement behind it.last_img read more


39th CBN Senior Tennis Begins in Lagos

first_imgOver 300 Tennis players drawn across the country are featuring at the 39th Edition of the Annual Central Bank of Nigeria Senior Tennis Tournament that serves off in Lagos today at the Tennis Courts of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.The Acting Director, Corporate Communications department of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Isaac Okorafor, while disclosing this said sum of N11,248,000.00 has since been set aside as prize money for winners in both men and women categories as well as the wheelchair division He added that winners of both the men and women singles categories will smile home with N700,000 each while the runners up in both categories will get N500,000.00 each.There will be action in men’s singles round of 64 with four wild cards already given and women’s singles round of 32 where only two wild cards were allocated.Ironically, new champions must emerge this year as both the men’s singles and women’s singles defending champions Moses Michael who has travelled to the united states of America and Russian based Melissa Ifidzhen who is having her examinations will not be taking part in the exercise that runs from May 25th – June 3rd 2017.Okorafor Stressed that CBN’s continuous sponsorship of the Senior Tennis is in line with their resolve to continue to promote and develop the game of tennis in the country just as they are doing in the CBN Junior tennis circuit.Meanwhile, the secretary general of the Nigerian Tennis Federation, Mariam Akande has pleaded with the players to ensure that the observe the general rules of the game, knowing that the CBN is the biggest Tennis Tournament in the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


Kelter shooting at different net

first_imgAlev Kelter, a native of Eagle River, Alaska, is competing for a spot on the U-23 women’s national soccer team as she finishes out her final season with the women’s hockey team.[/media-credit]When asking any athlete about their experience playing on a U.S. national team, one assumes the sport in question is implied. That is until you meet Alev Kelter.“Well,” she hesitated, “For what sport?” And added a laugh after being presented the question.The senior for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is also an accomplished soccer player. Kelter is part of the player pool for the under-23 women’s national soccer team and has played for Wisconsin’s soccer team for three years until this season.The opportunity to try out for the 2014 U.S. Olympic hockey team drove Kelter to focus her attention solely on hockey during her senior year at UW.“I knew there was a chance to try out for the Olympic team so I chose to put all my marbles in one bag and go for that goal,” Kelter said.Her dynamic athleticism has also shown itself on the rink this season as the aggressive and quick skater is making the transition from her traditional place on the defensive unit to a role as a forward.For head coach Mark Johnson, Kelter’s ability to switch roles on the ice comes at a pivotal point for the team. With junior Brittany Ammerman out due to injury, Kelter has stepped up to help fill the void.“This gives us an opportunity to move her up to forward, and we did it a little bit last year … and she did really well,” Johnson said. “With her speed and her ability to generate some offense, that’s part of the reason we did it.”It didn’t take long for Kelter to adapt to the new position. In her first game as a forward this season Oct. 6 against Lindenwood, Kelter recorded her first career hat trick. It took her just 2 minutes, 17 seconds to prove the decision to move her up was a good one, as she scored the team’s first goal in a 9-1 victory.Kelter ranks third on the team in goals with four and sixth in points scored. The opportunity to have a greater offensive role on the team was one Kelter greeted with enthusiasm.“It’s been a fun transition. There are a lot of things you have to be aware of when you play forward and coach just is taking me through the motions,” Kelter said. “My teammates have done a great job of integrating me into the forwards.”As a defender for the Badger hockey team in the previous three seasons, Kelter missed the first part of each season while competing with the Badger women’s soccer team. Last season, Kelter saw her first action on the ice Dec. 11 – 17 games into hockey play. While she said there will always be challenges to joining a team late, the dual-sport athlete added it was easy to jump back into the routine with her hockey teammates.With her decision to focus on hockey this season, Kelter has played in all 10 games. She is excited to see where her hockey ability takes her, but she hasn’t forgotten about her teammates who call the McClimon Complex home.“I am [really] missing my girls playing soccer,” Kelter said. “I’m still cheering them on and being a fan.”As a soccer player at UW, Kelter found similar success on the field as she has on the ice. Last season, the center midfielder was third on the team in points with nine. She played in 19 of the Badgers’ 20 games, starting 14.Kelter will still have one year of eligibility for soccer after this fourth year of hockey, saying she will see where that opportunity leads her down the road.“If someone is going to do all that stuff, they’ve got to be a pretty good athlete,” Johnson said. “I think that having played multiple sports and at a high level, it helps our situation here … soccer and hockey, there are a lot of similarities in the way we play the game.”If one multisport Kelter athlete wasn’t impressive enough, Alev’s twin sister Derya has also been a member of both the women’s soccer and hockey programs at Wisconsin the previous three seasons.“It has been a blessing to have her here,” Alev said. “I wouldn’t be the player I am now without my twin.”Hockey and soccer have shared the focus of Alev’s attention, but the athlete also had a brief moment of stardom in the flag-football scene. Kelter helped lead her high school team to a state title in 2007, earning all-state and all-conference honors along the way.“We had a bit of a break between our hockey and soccer season so our school picked [flag football] up from Title IX,” she explained. “The basketball and volleyball players, all of us that didn’t get to play together started that first season of flag football. It was pretty intense. It made me respect a lot of these football players.”While we may not see Kelter add a third sport to her list as a Badger, she is still looking to continue her success at Wisconsin, hoping that her time in Madison will help her achieve her ultimate goal of being an Olympic athlete – maybe even in two sports.last_img read more


Swann needs to continue progress

first_imgKeep it rolling · Pat Haden helped USC recover from crippling sanctions. Now, it is up to Lynn Swann (above) to take the next step forward. – Tal Volk | Daily TrojanUSC Athletics reminds me of a heavy-duty locomotive. Something can attempt to stop it with all of its might, but 99 times out of 100, that locomotive is going to continue to steamroll in its desired direction with little to no damage done to it.Almost six years ago, the NCAA tried to become that 1 percent when it handed down sanctions that it hoped to derail the USC Athletics program in the years to come. “A lack of institutional control” apparently warranted that.The football program faced a two-year postseason ban and was docked 10 scholarships for each of the following three seasons, while men’s hoops also self-imposed a postseason ban in 2010 and gave up a scholarship for two straight seasons. All hope seemed lost, especially for the football and men’s basketball programs which are traditionally the “bread and butter” of any collegiate athletics program.A natural conductor, Pat Haden stepped in as athletic director that summer and somehow managed to keep USC’s locomotive on track, despite the cloud of turmoil that was present when he took over. Under Haden’s tenure, graduation rates for student-athletes went up, athletics fundraising was as high as it’s ever been, and a number of new facilities were built.Of course, the NCAA did undoubtedly still do its damage with the blunder that it delivered. USC football was crippled by scholarship limitations, which led to lackluster on-field performances year after year and even more off-the-field drama with firings on airport tarmacs, unexpected hires and some personal problems that would lead to yet another coaching change. All of that is now in the past.Haden maneuvered around just about every obstacle thrown at him — some with more noise than others — but he deserves to be commended for leaving the athletics program in a better place than it was when he took over.The direction of both the football and basketball programs are perfect indicators of that upward trend, a progression that must be continued by the new sheriff in town: former USC football player and NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann.While there are doubters of Swann out there who say that his lack of athletic administrative experience makes him the wrong man for the job, I respectfully disagree.A one-time candidate gubernatorial candidate in Pennsylvania, Swann is a natural politician, who will likely flourish as the figurehead of an athletic department that is as iconic as USC’s.  Just as he is responsible for the well-being of USC’s student-athletes, he is the man who will also serve as the ambassador of one of the country’s most renowned athletics programs.He must pick up where Haden left off, though, come July 1. Over the past five and a half years, the department has operated on a mantra of “continuous improvement” in all facets. That includes student-athlete performance and well-being, compliance, facilities, academics, and attendance at sporting events, among many other things.The athletic director position has evolved greatly over the past half decade, particularly due to the emergence of the invisible “arms race” among college programs, which requires a great deal of assets, resources and manpower on a daily basis. Swann will be tasked with making certain that all of the parts of the high-powered and intricate locomotive are functioning. It’s something I think Haden did well with his leadership, especially when some of the moving parts needed repairs, such as athletic compliance.There’s still a lot to build on as Swann learns the job on the fly. There really is no job or experience that could possibly prepare someone to be the athletic director at USC, not even athletic administrative experience.Swann’s first and foremost duty, however, will be to ensure the comfort and prosperity of his student-athletes, on and off the playing field.“This is not about me, this is about the kids,” Swann said in regard to his student-athletes in his introductory press conference.If he can live up to his promises, the athletics program should be in store for a pleasant ride in the years to come.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more


Kerry star calls it a day

first_imgThe 5 time All Ireland winner with Kerry says after 16 years he feels it is the right time for him, his family and Kerry to hang up his boots. Former Kerry and Munster Chairman Sean Walsh has been nominated to run for President of the association by the Kingdoms county board.Walsh who’s currently chairman of the National Referees Development Committee went for election last time out but lost out to Cavan’s Aogán Ó Fearghail .last_img