Cairns rental rate tight, political changes to impact sector

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:53Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p216p216pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenAustralia’s regional real estate hot spots01:54THE state’s peak real estate body is concerned changes to renting laws which could erode landlords’ rights would put pressure on rental availability, especially in markets such as Cairns which has maintained a rental vacancy rate below 2 per cent for years.Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive Antonia Mercorella said while the Queensland property market was poised for a solid performance in 2019, investors faced uncertainty.The State Government is set to finalise its ongoing review of the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act in the first half of this year, with a range of potential measures that are concerning to landlords.“The public rhetoric around this review seems to focus on eroding landlord rights and creating severe imbalance with disproportionate levels of power weighted in favour of tenants,” Ms Mercorella said.“The legislation must serve both parties equally, rather than give all the rights to one party and disadvantage the other. Distorted laws serve no one and will only create dysfunction in the rental sector,” Ms Mercorella said.“This concerns us because more than 34 per cent of Queenslanders rent and that number is rising, and if we lose investors we may face a rental accommodation shortage.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoEqually concerning to investors are the flagged changes to the negative gearing provisions from federal Labor.“The negative gearing policy was first announced in 2015 when Sydney and Melbourne house prices were growing at double-digit rates. It was seen as a way to limit investor activity in the market and make way for owner occupiers, creating less competition for stock and, as a result, soften price growth.“However, prices in Sydney and Melbourne are now falling. This raises the question — does the nation really need a policy that is designed to push house prices down? What purpose do these changes serve now?” Ms Mercorella said.last_img read more

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Test series victory for Ireland

first_img Ireland started brightly and took the lead in the fifth minute when Argentina number eight Antonio Ahualli de Chazal was penalised, and Sexton made no mistake with the straightforward penalty. A minute later the tourists looked like they had increased their lead further when Sexton’s kick picked out Zebo in space on the left wing, only for the Munster flyer to run out of space and a toe in touch denied him a third international try. Ireland’s hopes of a second win of their summer tour were boosted in the ninth minute when Argentina hooker Matias Cortese was sin-binned for an illegal chop tackle on the rampaging Dave Kilcoyne, and once again Sexton had an easy job to convert the penalty to give Ireland a 6-0 advantage. But Argentina coped easily with Ireland’s numerical advantage and two minutes before Cortese’s return, the numbers were evened up when Andrew Trimble was also sin-binned when he took out Argentina winger Manuel Montero without the ball. Nicolas Sanchez slotted the resultant penalty. After 21 minutes Sexton and Zebo combined again but a saving tackle from Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino denied Rob Kearney. Joe Schmidt’s side looked certain to score the game’s opening try, and only a forward pass from Jamie Heaslip stopped Chris Henry’s drive to the tryline in the 21st minute. And from the resultant defensive scrum, Argentina would end up scoring a try of their own. Press Association Ireland claimed their first Test series victory in Argentina after overcoming some first-half jitters to seal a 23-17 win over the Pumas in Tucuman. Ireland, who won the opening match 29-17 last weekend, trailed 10-9 at the break in the second Test at the Estadio Jose Fierro but second-half tries from Simon Zebo and replacement Ian Madigan helped them claim the spoils. Jonny Sexton also slotted over three penalties and a conversion for the Six Nations champions, with Madigan adding the extras for his try. Home skipper Martin Landajo broke easily through the porous Irish defensive line, and although Zebo’s covering tackle denied Amorosino a certain score, quick ball was presented to Landajo and his skip pass sent Joaquin Tuculet in for a simple try. That try gave the home side a four-point lead, but eight minutes before the break Sexton landed a third penalty of the half when Lucas Noguera Paz flew off his feet after strong carries from Kilcoyne and Heaslip. Despite that effort, though, Ireland still trailed at the break as Argentina looked to level up the series. Sexton missed a slightly awkward penalty three minutes after the restart, but Ireland recaptured the lead in the 51st minute when Eoin Reddan broke smartly off a rolling maul and sent Zebo in for his try with a fine inside pass. Sexton’s conversion made it 16-10 to Ireland but the Racing Metro fly-half left the action following a clash of heads 15 minutes from time, with his former Leinster team-mate Madigan taking over the kicking duties. He missed the target with his first effort but he made amends when he converted his own try, which he made with a neat sidestep to score under the posts seven minutes from time to put Ireland 23-10 ahead. Ireland, who sent on James Cronin, Noel Reid and Rob Herring for their debuts in the closing stages, conceded a second Argentina try right at the end when Amorosino went over but the match – and the series – were already safely in the bag for the tourists. last_img read more

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NBA free agency rumors: Grizzlies’ Jonas Valanciunas to decline option

first_img NBA free agency news: Pau Gasol wants to play another year The move comes with some risks for Valanciunas. The Daily Memphian notes that opting out of his deal and signing an extension would “likely mean a reduced salary next season.” And if he can’t work out a new deal, it’s unclear how much interest the 27-year-old would draw in free agency, given his role as a “traditional” center.Valanciunas thrived with the Grizzlies in 19 games last season after being acquired from the Raptors, averaging 19.9 points and 10.7 points per game, well above his career averages of 11.8 ppg and 8.4 rpg in his seven seasons with Toronto. Related News Yet new Grizzlies hcoach Taylor Jenkins is looking to open up the offense with more 3-point shooting, which would seem to limit the role of Valanciunas, who has attempted 0.3 3-pointers per game in his career. Memphis center Jonas Valanciunas will decline the option year of his contract to become a free agent, ESPN reported Thursday.However, the 7-foot Lithuanian player is declining the $17.6 million option so that he can negotiate a new contract with the Grizzlies, according to the report. If he does opt out, he can’t sign a new deal until the free agency period opens in early July. NBA free agency news: Kemba Walker willing to take less money to stay with Hornetslast_img read more

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DONEGAL GIRLS HOPING TO ‘BOWL’ COMPETITION OVER WITH NEW PRODUCT

first_imgA group of Loreto girls from Letterkenny are hoping to flush out all competition with their unique school product. Five innovative young students from Loreto Convent Letterkenny have recently began to make and sell their own unique product ‘Royal Flush’.It is an all natural, luxury scented cleaning product for toilets. They believe it would be fantastic for when you would be expecting visitors. You simply pop one in the toilet after use and flushing. Around twenty to forty minutes later you will be able to smell your chosen scent until after the reuse. As it’s an all natural product it will not stain or damage your toilet.There are five scents to chose from, Hollyberry, Eucalyptus, Orange, Spice and Lavender. The Royal Flush colours are matched to each scent. One jar of any scent costs €3.50 but you can buy two jars for €6.Royal Flush will be available to purchase in Magees Chemist and Donegal Tile Centre. You can also order your own jar on facebook @ Royal flushThe girls spend lunchtimes and spend time after school in the science labatory carefully making and testing out their product. They start by putting all the dry ingredients in the bowl and then they add the liquids and oils drop by drop. They then make the mould and put them in the jar. The product has become popular with a number of people already and the girls hope to catch the eyes of many more in the coming weeks. The girls look forward to entering competitions and gaining business experience.‘’We have learnt that hard work is followed by success’’.  DONEGAL GIRLS HOPING TO ‘BOWL’ COMPETITION OVER WITH NEW PRODUCT was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalletterkennyLORETO CONVENTRoyal Flushlast_img read more

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