Tracey Stack and Emma Nancarrow at 12 Parry St.BELGIAN GARDENS is becoming one of Townsville’s most in-demand suburbs with houses staying on the market for an average of only 20 days.Properties in the seaside suburb sell quicker than any other suburb in Townsville with the average days on the market well below the Townsville-wide average of 68 days, according to Core Logic figures.Homes in Belgian Gardens also fetch higher prices with the median house price sitting at $475,000 compared to the Townsville median house price of $340,000.Smith & Elliott agents Tracey Stack and Emma Nancarrow are selling several Belgian Gardens properties including 12 Parry St, which is listed for $869,000.They said properties in Belgian Gardens tended to receive strong interest from buyers and didn’t stay on the market for long.“It’s a really cool, breezy suburb and you get lovely breezes straight off the ocean and there is a lot of really good-sized blocks and different types of houses,” Ms Stack said.“Homes there are very popular and they don’t tend to sit on the market for a long time.“The Belgian Gardens State School has a lot to do with it as well because you’re in the catchment area,” Ms Nancarrow said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The city-fringe suburb is within walking distance of The Strand and is home to many stately Queenslanders, some of which have undergone dramatic renovations.About 1935 people live in the suburb and it is popular with families, with 65.2 per cent of homes being family households.The median age in the suburb is 38 while 19.1 per cent of residents are under the age of 15.Ms Stack said 12 Parry St was a prime example of a beautiful Belgian Gardens home that had been extensively renovated and she expected it to be popular with buyers.The six-bedroom, three-bathroom home sprawls over two levels and features large living areas, a pool, fire pit and a kitchenette.“This property has been built to the highest specs and it’s got so many extras like a television in the outdoor living area by the pool, another television up on the deck,” she said.“It would suit a family or someone looking for a dual living arrangement because there is a kitchenette downstairs with an under-bench oven, cooktop and room for a fridge.“There aren’t many houses we come across that have these amenities and such large-sized living areas.”
ꟷ says he identifies with PPP/C’s vision for GuyanaNewly-selected Prime Ministerial (PM) candidate of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) retired Brigadier Mark Phillips is counting his selection as a great honour, as he promises dedicated service to the people.PPP Prime Ministerial candidate, Brigadier (ret’d) Mark PhillipsIn a statement after the PPP Central Committee would have endorsed him, Phillips noted that his selection was both an honour and a privilege. He also made it clear that he is in support of the PPP’s vision for the development of Guyana.When it comes to PPP Presidential Candidate and former Housing Minister Dr Irfaan Ali, Phillips emphasised that he wholeheartedly supports him. And he urged everyone to remain focused on the big picture.“I identify with the party’s vision for Guyana and I wholeheartedly support our Presidential Candidate, Dr Irfaan Ali. As we embark on this journey together, be assured of my continued service to all the people of Guyana. Let us be steadfast and let us always remain focused,” Phillips said in his statement.Phillips emerged as the consensus candidate on Friday after the withdrawal of another contender, Bishop Juan Edghill. It is understood that Edghill wrote the party to withdraw his nomination, after which the Central Committee endorsed Phillips.In his letter, Edghill had described his withdrawal from consideration as a move of strategic value. He had said in his letter that he remained committed to the party, a point the PPP itself reinforced in a statement it put out afterwards.In the statement, the PPP lauded the Bishop and his contributions and made it clear that Edghill, who served as a Junior Finance Minister under former President Donald Ramotar’s administration, would play a key role should the party win power in the March 2 General and Regional Elections.Hugh Todd, a University of Guyana lecturer who had also been cited as a possible Prime Ministerial candidate, threw his support behind Phillips. In a Facebook post, Todd congratulated Phillips and urged supporters to back the Ali-Phillips ticket.“Brigadier Phillips has my full support as we work towards restoring democracy and putting Guyana back on a pathway towards prosperity. March 2 is another critical juncture in our political history. Let us support the Ali-Phillips ticket as they lead us to a March 2 PPP/C victory,” Todd said in his post.Phillips served as Chief of Staff of the GDF from 2013 to 2016. He previously attended the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst in the United Kingdom and was Guyana’s non-resident Military attaché to Venezuela. Phillips is also the holder of a Master’s Degree in Public Sector Management.Elections are due March 2, 2020… one year and two months after the No Confidence Motion was passed against the Government. Nomination day is meanwhile scheduled for January 12 and will potentially see as many as 19 parties participating.
SAN FRANCISCO — As the NBA continues to be scrutinized over its dealings in China, some of the league’s more outspoken players are defending commissioner Adam Silver’s approach, including Warriors forward Draymond Green.“I think they’ve handled it well. The way Adam has acted in this situation is no different than the way he’s acted in any other situation that’s taken place over the course of his tenure. He’s stayed true to who he is, who he’s been, and I have a respect for that,” Green said …
Young Ethiopians celebrate US President Barack Obama on their T-shirts. The US president is popular among young people in a number of African countries, particularly since his visit to the continent in 2009. (Image: Evgeni Zotov, Flickr) • Young African Leaders Initiative www.youngafricanleaders.state.gov • Mandela’s letter to Obama • Full text: Barack Obama’s speech at the Nelson Mandela memorial • World leaders praise Mandela • Obama inspires tomorrow’s leaders • In their own words: leaders and friends remember MandelaMelissa Jane CookDeveloping a new generation of young African leaders is a priority for US President Barack Obama. Since 2010 the Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali) of the country’s State Department, which deals with international relations, has supported promising new talent from the African continent. This month, Obama renamed Yali’s flagship Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders after Nelson Mandela. The programme gives young African leaders leadership training at some of the US’s most successful, sought-after universities.In June this years 500 gifted young Africans, the first class of the Mandela Washington Fellows, arrived in the US for six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills building. The programme culminated in a Presidential Summit in Washington, DC on 28 July, at which Obama announced its name change in honour of Mandela. According to the Yali website, the initiative gives young African leaders the skills and connections they need to advance their careers, and contribute to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.Mandela’s greatest giftAt the summit, Obama announced that the US would double the number of annual fellows in the programme to 1 000 by mid-2016. The president also met representatives of public-private partnerships as part of a strategy to bring more programmes to young leaders across Africa.Mandela’s greatest gift, Obama said, was “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that are invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us”.The Huffington Post reported that Obama pointed to the inaugural class of young African fellows as inspiring examples of what the continent could achieve. The world’s security and prosperity depended on “a strong and prosperous and self-reliant Africa,” he said. He repeatedly spoke about the important role that women must play in Africa’s future. “One of the things we want to teach about Africa is how strong the women are and how we’ve got to empower women.”The young leaders programme would be expanded through the creation of four regional leadership centres – in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa – for more training on the continent. He also said it would offer more online tools, such as mentoring and courses, and more public-private partnerships to support young entrepreneurs who wanted to start businesses or non-profit organisations.Participants in the young leaders programme singled out by Obama included a Nigerian woman who, after a friend died in childbirth, worked to distribute sterile kits for delivering babies, and a woman from Senegal who started an academy to fight trafficking of young girls. South African fellow Khanyi Magubane is a filmmaker, broadcaster and poet, and a former journalist for Media Club South Africa.Washington D.C: The President’s Young African Leaders InitiativeAfrican visitDiscussing the fellowship during a visit to South Africa last year, Obama said that “we want to engage leaders and tomorrow’s leaders in figuring out how we can best work together”. A series of events had also been planned to strengthen US-African relations, including the first US-Africa Leaders’ Summit. The heads of 50 African nations will gather in Washington, DC from 4 to 6 August at the invitation of Obama for the unprecedented three-day summit.With the theme “Investing in the Next Generation”, it will build on Obama’s 2013 trip to Africa and will highlight the United States’ commitment to Africa’s people, security and democratic development. In announcing the summit while in South Africa, Obama said female empowerment would be on the agenda. He wanted “to launch a new chapter in US-African relations”.The fellowshipThe fellowship is designed to give young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa leadership training at American universities, as well as the chance to meet government officials, entrepreneurs and members of American civil society.According to USAid, Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative it “as a signature initiative that supports young African leaders as they work to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across the continent”.Investing in the next generation of African leaders was critical to ensuring the success of Africa’s democracies and its economies. “One in three Africans is between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35. Through Yali, the United States is investing in the next generation of African leaders, and has committed significant resources to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another, with the United States, and with the American people.”
Rugby was among the 14 sporting codes represented at the 2014 National School Sport Championships. (Image: SportBlog)Sport has shown its ability to bring South African together. People who would otherwise never have socialized came together to celebrate as Francois Pienaar raised the Webb Ellis trophy, with the help of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela.That image, of the Afrikaner hero and the man who spent a life fighting oppression remains an iconic moment of reconciliation in the history of South Africa.Now the Department of Sports and Recreation and the Department of Basic Education are tapping into the restorative spirit of sport to hold the inaugural South Africa Schools Sports Championships at more than 23 venues around Tshwane, with the main centre being the University of Pretoria since 10 December with the finals being on 15 December.The games were launched at Lucas “Masterpieces” Moripe Stadium on 10 December.The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, said at the opening of the games: “School Sport is the bedrock of development. No Star just fell out of the sky, they all came through a program, and these Championships will be foundation for our future champions.The Games will also help unearth schools in need of sports funding and identify talented and promising athletes. These young future stars will be given bursaries to help develop their talent. Minister Mbalula challenged the athletes, “You must take your participation here seriously, this is not just another competition. There has never been a program like this. Here we have different codes, where future rugby stars will come out; athletics, netball and other sporting codes will produce stars. If you are here you the best of the best in South African schools.”The games are themed: “Today’s athletes, tomorrow’s legends” and should be seen in the context of broader efforts to promote access to an organised and structured system of sport and recreation. At the end of the day it is about offering opportunities to South African youth to develop their talent and support high performance, while also building unity and pride, and growing the sport and recreation sector.More than 5 000 athletes aged between 13 and 19, have been competing in 14 sporting. There were also four indigenous games included, namely: Jukskei, Kgati, Khokho and Morabaraba.CULMINATION OF THE YEARThe Department of Sports and Recreation say the games are a culmination of activities that have taken place throughout the country in the School Sport League programme and is an opportunity for gifted sportspersons to be noticed by federation talent scouts.Throughout the year, schools compete at intra-school, inter-school, district and provincial level. The winning teams at the provincial level qualify to participate in the National School Sport Championship.Granville Whittle, the Deputy Director-General responsible for Care and Support at the Department of Basic Education, said: “Learning becomes easier for kids who participate in sport because playing sport makes them healthy. As a department, we support this programme. We value the importance of investing in administrators and coaches.“We are, however, worried because it is mainly boys who are actively participating in various school sport codes.”The best school in the country will be honoured at the closing ceremony to be held at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on 15 December.