first_imgWith a lifestyle like this, who wouldn’t want to live in Hervey Bay? Picture: Lachie Millard.HERVEY BAY in Queensland has been selected as the affordable regional centre in Australia with the best future price growth prospects.The area was selected above other strong contenders, Launceston in Tasmania, Armidale in New South Wales, The Mitchell Shire in Victoria and Albury-Wodonga on the New South Wales/Victoria border.INVESTORS PREFER BRISBANEThis three-bedroom home at 14 Craig Crescent, Pialba is listed for only $325,000. Picture: realestate.com.auTerry Ryder of Hotspotting said he selected Hervey Bay because it had a lot going for it.There was affordable housing and major infrastructure projects including $455 million to be spent on new solar farms, an $87 million digital hospital, $116 million shopping centre expansion and the $660 million Mary Harbour development.Mr Ryder said typical house prices in the region were affordable.In Pialba a typical house price was about $285,000, Torquay, $330,000 and Urangan $317,000.Mr Ryder said Hervey Bay had been showing signs of elevated sales activity in the past twelve to 18 months.“I think Hervey Bay is an opportunity,’’ he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoHe only considered areas for his Cheapies with Prospects report that had some growth drivers as well as being affordable and Hervey Bay fit that criteria.“It has had improvements in its economy and some real infrastructure that has come in such as medical facilities,’’ he said.Mr Ryder said one of the things helping the local economy in the background was a revitalisation of the resources sector in Queensland and its impact on Hervey Bay.“We are increasingly seeing projects that were put on the back burner being revived because commodity prices have improved,’’ he said.He said a lot of the workers who would take advantage of that would decide to live in places like Hervey Bay and fly in, fly out.“It has an airport, it is affordable and by the ocean, a beautiful area. It is the sort of place that is going to benefit from that (mining pick up).’’“It is quite a substantial city now and it’s got services commensurate with the size of its population and it is also a popular tourism area for its natural environment.SEXY NEW WAY OF SELLING REAL ESTATEHe said it was “poised for a period of solid price growth’’.As it had lead population growth figures in recent years Mr Ryder said developers had earmarked the area for projects which led to over supply and slow price growth between 2009 and 2012.That had now been absorbed and Mr Ryder said there had been increased sales activity and some movement in rents, with prices starting to follow.last_img read more

first_imgST. LEON, Ind. — A local student has recently been published. East Central High School Senior Lauren Rabold wrote, Shout Aceborn and Bane of Good Will.This is Rabold’s first book.Lauren says this is a fantasy adventure for kids in grades 4-7.The unassuming hero fights dragons, learns secrets from wizards, and begins a quest to defeat the villain.The story is filled with exciting battles, riddles, and surprises.In her younger years, Rabold spent many hours reading fantasy works by literature giants like J.R.R. Tolkien.  “I was first introduced to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit in fifth grade, and I have been a devout fan ever since,” she remembers.  “ Is there anything that sounds even remotely as welcoming as a hobbit hole?  I certainly can’t think of anything”.Rabold intends to publish two additional books in the future to complete the trilogy.The book is available for purchase through Amazon and Barnes and Noble in both digital and print formats.last_img read more

first_imgTHE anti-doping tribunal to hear West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell’s case is set to deliver its verdict on January 31.The independent tribunal is looking into whether he breached the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) code by being negligent about filing his whereabouts three times between January and July 2015. If he is found guilty, Russell faces the danger of being banned for two years.According to the WADA code, if an athlete misses three tests in a 12-month period, it amounts to a failed dope test.The charge was pressed by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) last March. JADCO said Russell had been negligent about filing his whereabouts despite several reminders over phone, email and through written letters. Still Russell failed to file his whereabouts on January 1, July 1 and July 25, 2015.In his defence, Russell told the tribunal that he had not been properly trained to file the whereabouts. And considering he was busy fulfilling various cricket commitments he had authorised his agent and travel agent to file his whereabouts on his behalf.The three-member tribunal, comprising Hugh Faulkner, Dr Marjorie Vassell and Dixeth Palmer, a former Jamaica cricketer, was due to deliver the verdict in December. But no reasons were offered by the tribunal in public behind the delay.The delayed verdict has kept not just Russell, but also various T20 franchises waiting in anticipation.Although not contracted with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Russell is one of the most valuable players in the various Twenty20 domestic leagues across the world.Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL), Sydney Thunder (Big Bash League), Islamabad United (PSL), Nottinghamshire Outlaws (NatWest T20 Blast) and Jamaica Tallawahs (Caribbean Premier League) are some of the teams he has represented, and he has been the most valuable player for more than one team and tournament.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – Another instant replay controversy erupted in the Angels’ 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.Hank Conger was called safe at second base trying to stretch an RBI single into a double in the fifth inning. Reds manager Bryan Price challenged the call made by umpire Jim Reynolds. A television replay showed that Conger was tagged out, but the call was upheld by umpire Gerry Davis, who was monitoring replays from a truck in the parking lot.Randy Marsh, MLB’s director of umpires, said that the television replay wasn’t available to Davis during the 2-minute, 15-second review. Only four in-house camera angles at Tempe Diablo Stadium were available, and none conclusively showed Conger being tagged out.Davis saw the television replay after the call was upheld. “It was an umpires’ nightmare,” Marsh said.Price lost his only manager’s challenge of the game because of the decision to uphold the call.“I think the whole logistics of seeing the replay, getting it to the umpire, will be better during the season because of the ability to see the play from many angles, hopefully in a timely fashion, from New York,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.Angels starter Tyler Skaggs threw four shutout innings in his second Cactus League start, allowing one hit and walking Joey Votto twice.Sydney starters named Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will make his fourth consecutive Opening Day start, this time in Sydney, Australia on March 22, manager Don Mattingly announced, and Hyun-Jin Ryu will pitch the following day against the Arizona DiamondbacksPrior to Sunday, Mattingly repeatedly declined to name his starters for the two games in Sydney, saying only that he was preparing four pitchers to start the games until Zack Greinke suffered a mild right calf strain in his Cactus League debut.That left Kershaw, Ryu and Dan Haren as the obvious choices to start the two games.The Diamondbacks previously announced that left-hander Patrick Corbin will start Opening Day in Sydney and right-hander Trevor Cahill will start the second game.Kershaw won the National League Cy Young Award in 2011 and 2013. Last year, he won his third consecutive ERA title (1.83) to go along with a 16-9 record and a league-leading 232 strikeouts. Ryu was outstanding as a 26-year-old rookie in 2013, going 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA in the first year of his six-year, $36 million contract with the Dodgers. Dodgers fall to GiantsKershaw pitched five innings and allowed five hits, including a two-run home run to Brandon Hicks, in the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Camelback Ranch.Chone Figgins scored on a throwing error in the first inning and Corey Seager scored on Drew Butera’s bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning for the Dodgers’ only runs. Hicks drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning off Dodgers reliever Red Patterson to force in the winning run.Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig had doubles for the Dodgers (4-6-3).center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more