Appeal court lifts ban on daily, but confirms jail for two journalists Organisation December 27, 2016 Find out more News OmanMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News Activists Al-Habsi and Al-Araimi took part in protests last year demanding greater freedom and democracy within the sultanate’s institutions. Al-Habsi, who is also a photographer, was detained in May last year.The Omani authorities’ persecution of netizens and local journalists has assumed alarming proportions. Eleven other human rights activists who were also arrested on 11 June for illegal assembly and disturbing the peace are awaiting trial. Among them are Mukhtar Mohamed Al-Hanaei, a journalist with the newspaper Al-Zaman, and several netizens including Mahmoud Hamad Al-Rawahy who was convicted with three other activists on 9 July of defaming the sultan and committing cyber crimes. Some were released on 25 June but five are still in custody. They are due to go on trial on 29 July. to go further July 25, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sultanate courts hand down long sentences on netizens OmanMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Oman: Court postpones verdict of “Azamn” journalists, in a trial held below international standards, according to trial observation report Follow the news on Oman Receive email alerts News Read in arabic (بالعرب)Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the one-year sentences imposed on six netizens by the Muscat Court of First Instance on 16 July.“We are shocked by the number of convictions of netizens and human rights activists, whose only offence was to exercise their right to free expression,” the press freedom organization said.“Their names are added to the already long list of those who have been convicted or are awaiting trial. The international community must put pressure on the sultanate to end the policy of stifling dissident voices carried out by its authorities with total impunity.“We urge the authorities to reconsider these convictions and dismiss the charges against these netizens.” The official Omani news agency reported that Mohammed Al-Badi, Mohammed Al-Habsi, Abdullah Al-Siyani, Talib Al-Abry, Abdullah Al-Araimi and Mona Hardan were found guilty of publishing defamatory comments about Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Al-Abry and Al-Badi received a further six months each for breaking the law on cyber crime. All were arrested on 11 June and released on 25 June on bail of 1,000 rials (approx. 2,130 euros) each. Their appeal is due to be heard on 10 September. November 25, 2016 Find out more Joint letter to the Sultan of Oman on the right of press freedom and the targeting of journalists and human rights defenders News October 18, 2016 Find out more
The NATION’S LARGEST WIND FARM is planned offshore in New Jersey – from Long Beach Island to Cape May with over 200 turbines 15 miles offshore. (Photo Credit: Save Our Shoreline Facebook) By Tricia ConteI represent Save our Shoreline NJ, a group of nearly 4000 concerned businesses, homeowners, residents, fishing community members, and New Jersey shore vacationers.The view of the industrialization of our ocean by these giant wind farms is the least of our concerns. At first I was concerned about the view, which will be a horrible blight upon our beautiful Jersey Shore, but now I know that other issues are of greatersignificance. One major environmental concern is for the severely endangered Atlantic Right Whale and other juvenile whales that regularly visit the Jersey Shore. There are currently only 360 Atlantic Right Whales in the entire world. The loss of these whales will contribute to the ecological collapse of the Jersey Shore. Whales play a significant part in the ecosystem of the ocean.As you know, President Biden canceled offshore industrial wind farm projects in New York because of local political opposition. We at Save Our Shoreline NJ are organizing local political opposition to Governor Murphy’s poorly considered plan of industrializing our ocean which is bad for our environment, bad for our economy andbad for the future of NJ.That is why we are supporting and we have an ally in Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton and we are asking Cape May County residents, homeowners, and businesses to attend our peaceful demonstration on Tuesday, April 27, at 4:30 at William E. Sturm Jr Admin Building, 4 Moore Road, Cape May Courthouse, NJ. Martha Oldach proudly displays her sign at her Ocean City home.I also urge people to send emails to each county commissioner asking them to support Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton in opposition of offshore wind farms.Cape May County Commissioners:● Gerald M. Thornton – Commissioner [email protected]● Leonard C. Desiderio – Commissioner Vice Director –[email protected]● E. Marie Hayes – Commissioner – [email protected]● Will Morey – Commissioner – [email protected]● Jeffrey L. Pierson – Commissioner – [email protected] major economic concern is for the likely increases in our electric bills, which will cripple our New Jersey economy just as we begin recovering from the recession caused by the COVID lockdowns.A major environmental and economic concern is for the fluke fishery because studies in Europe show that similar fish will not cross the electromagnetic fields created by miles of buried cables.” Fluke is important for the commercial industry and is arecreational fishing draw. The negative effects of the fluke not crossing the electromagnetic fields will affect not only the fishing community, but also have a significant negative impact on tourism in our coastal communities – which rely on tourism to survive.I’ve provided the information above to exemplify just a few reasons of why offshore wind is bad for the environment, bad for the economy and bad for the future of the future of NJ.People who want to learn more about the serious dangers posed by the industrial monster wind farms should go to our website www.saveourshorelinenj.com and follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saveourshorelinenj/ and Instagram.Join our campaign to “Save the Whales and the Jersey Shore!”Tricia Conte Save Our Shoreline NJ
Michael Sweikar, head of the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD), was recently awarded a contract from Project Concern International (PCI) to evaluate one of their projects in Indonesia.The Child Health Opportunities Integrated with Community Empowerment (CHOICE) project, which Sweikar and others at Notre Dame will be working to evaluate, is centered on improving the health of local children through wells and other water-related interventions.“We were to measure the impact of the CHOICE project … Project Concern International implemented.,” Sweikar said, “[Project CHOICE] is basically a U.S. Agency for International Development funded project that was primarily in Indonesia. It was a four-year project from 2003 to 2007 and one of the primary goals of the project was to try to improve or help the health in these communities for children.“You’re looking at impact in the terms of fine health improvements in children.”Sweikar said this work is part of a worldwide effort to help evaluate the impact of government-funded projects such as Project CHOICE.“Our main focus is to look at global government projects and look at what impacts those projects are actually having,” Sweikar said. “What we do is above and beyond just measuring outputs, such as whether a well is built. Not only where the project is implemented, but what actual outcomes or impacts it has for community members in terms of better health or education.“We’re doing a project in Ghana where we’re measuring the impact of water points — wells and other water systems in the country. We’re also doing an investigation in Burkina Faso, which is nearby Ghana. We’ve done a number of evaluations as well in Uganda.”Sweikar said all the information from those aid programs will help to tailor or to redesign aid for better efficiency and effectiveness.“When we are able to view our final reports at any location, our goal is to work with the organization … and we provide the information and the data,” Sweikar said. “In some cases, they can modify the project or implementation. Or in the case of PCI, they may be able to use that information for a redesign for a new project or look for what works and what doesn’t work for a new project proposal … and ideally look at some lessons learned from all our work.”Sweikar said his work with other researchers from the University will begin in the spring.“The data collection will actually occur this spring,” said Sweikar, “The data we’re going to collect will be collected in April 2014. So Notre Dame researchers, including [Professors] Edwin Michael, Juan Carlos Guzman and Lila Khatiwada, are going to work with Project Concern International and go to Indonesia and that’s where we are going to look at the sample size, investigate the households and conduct the survey to see the what benefits the program had.”Tags: CHOICE project, Indonesia, Michael Sweikar, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, Project Concern International
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sarah Volling Sarah Volling is Marketing Manager at Accenture Mortgage Cadence. Beginning her career with the company over seven years ago, Sarah now oversees the marketing department, strengthening brand identity through thought … Web: www.accenture.com Details We’re already a quarter of the way through 2015. Spring is almost here, and the flowers are getting ready to bloom. Planting a garden offers great opportunity to reap reward. Annuals are nice; with proper nurturing, you see them grow from just a small seed to a bountiful harvest. Perennials are even better. With the same nurturing, you see them grow not once, but many times over many seasons, giving you a bounty each year.The same can be said for borrowers. Annuals come in daily. They are first-time homebuyers, millennials, empty nesters, and everything in between. Over the last few months we gave you the inside scoop on millennial homebuyers. With this generation being the largest since the baby boomers and reaching an age where buying a home is a possibility, the opportunity is real. However, there’s another market segment you don’t want to miss out on: investment borrowers. If you keep these perennial borrowers happy, they are more than likely to come back the next time they find their next investment property or home. As someone who has purchased multiple properties and is back looking for another, allow me to provide some insight on targeting this group.Perhaps the most-bang-for-your-buck mortgage segment, investment borrowers seek to buy a new property every few years, often renting or flipping as they go. With homeownership rates still sitting at record lows and interest rates doing the same, investors are looking to capitalize on this rent-centric market. These investors face one problem: housing prices are rising. Many that could once use cash-on-hand to buy properties are now more likely to need a loan.That’s where you come in. If you want to target these potential borrowers, there are a couple of things you must keep in mind.First, investment borrowers know what they’re doing; little education is needed. Instead, their first priority is a smooth, trouble-free experience from application through closing. Often, investment borrowers are on the go. They want to apply online and see their loan status whenever convenient for them. Make sure you have an online portal in place to support this. The portal should also allow document upload to streamline the process. Unless these tools are in place, investment borrowers are likely to take their business elsewhere.Communication is nearly as important as efficiency. As mentioned, this group is well aware of the process and will be sure to tell you so. However, rules change, and each loan is different. Educate the borrower upfront on recent changes (think: Know Before You Owe), and keep the lines of communication open so that there are no surprises. Perhaps more importantly: educate your loan officers. They are the lifeline to the borrower. Set your team up for success through proper training. This will allow the best customer service experience possible.Finally, investment borrowers are number crunchers. They track to dates, totals, and cash flow. As a result, every deadline, amount they owe, and date you give them will be added to their spreadsheets. Set proper expectations. The mortgage process doesn’t always go according to plan. Dates get pushed out, and unforeseen issues arise. It’s important to let your investment borrower know as soon as possible if things change. In addition, having the proper origination technology in place ensures the right people are working on the loan at the right time. The efficiency gained from workflow automation, rules, and triggers can make the difference between closing on time and having to reset expectations.As we all know, the origination process isn’t always easy. Each borrower is different, deadlines change, and regulations evolve. Just as in a garden, inclement weather can prove challenging. Fortunately, the basic tools needed to please investment or “perennial” borrowers are the same tools needed for most “annual” borrowers. Provide great customer service and the proper technology, and your mortgage garden will surely bloom.That is why it is so important to educate your people on how to provide a superior level of customer service. Your loan officers should know how to provide transparency, set expectations, and give proper guidance. You also need to make sure you have the proper technology in place to streamline your processes while keeping up with the times. An easy-to-use borrower-facing web portal is no longer optional. Equally important are the back-end tools. Make sure you have an advanced system capable of streamlining the origination process and getting borrowers to the closing table on time. Begin nurturing your borrowers now, and pretty soon you will have a garden full of both annuals and perennials – the combination every lender needs to be successful.
You know the expression “what goes around comes around” or “what was old is new again,” well the same holds true when it comes to criminal behavior and account take over fraud. From a legal perspective ATO is the intentional deception to secure unlawful financial gain causing the loss of money or property; from your credit union members point of view it is a lack of trust and confidence in your ability to keep their personal banking information safe.For years credit unions have relied on the face-to-face interactions with members intended to provide a world-class personal banking experience. Historically this business model has been incredibly effective and often preferred by membership. However, this approach may no longer hold true; we are seeing a shift in expectations and a demand for real-time convenience. Members are seeking an experience that allows them to conduct business when they want and how they want. As the COVID 19 pandemic has played a factor in how members now interact with their credit union, the gap between traditional banks and many credit unions’ ability to provide a full suite of self-service options has become more apparent.Does your credit union view “Fraud as a Service?” If not, you should. It is very important to take into consideration what your members think of when it comes to your credit union’s fraud prevention tactics? Is being a victim of fraud at your credit union an inconvenience, unpleasant, cumbersome or an unfortunate reactionary event? What is your commitment with training your employees on fraud mitigation tactics, victim assistance, and remediation? Are you using the latest authentication measures, are you conducting passive authentication unbeknownst to your members, are you using your data assets and transactional fraud scores powered by artificial intelligence to optimize approval rates while still detecting fraud? What if I told you your competitors are taking advantage of your failure to improve fraud services?Transactional fraud prevention and detection is certainly a critical tool in your arsenal designed to protect your members personal information, all data assets, your revenue and profit. But do you have all the tools necessary to fight back against ATO attacks? Account Takeover fraud schemes have morphed yet again into one of the greatest threats against credit unions. Why? Simply because large banks have invested in modern detection programs that are making it harder and more expensive for fraudsters to penetrate.We are seeing a backwards evolution from 1.) humans to 2.) bots is once again 3.) using a hybrid of both humans and bots as part of the new ‘auto-manual’ way to conduct Account Takeover fraud. Account Takeover was either deployed manually or fraudsters used bot attacks in trying combinations of scripted username and passcodes to gain access to your members’ accounts and your profits. Once access is gained the magnitude of destruction can range from moderate to catastrophic. As cybersecurity tools have become better at identifying bot attacks; fraudsters have been forced to re-posture attack methods which bring back the need for human involvement. We know fraudsters gravitate towards the path of least resistance and they know that credit unions often rely on outdated prevention tactics, weak authentication measures and have a limited investment in fraud technology. What adds to this parade of opportunity is the fact that credit unions are trying to keep up with the race to offer more robust online banking services and rolling out vulnerable digital banking mobile applications. Taking short cuts or limiting investment in fraud business strategies, cyber technology and training has led to credit unions deploying vulnerable marketing strategies and business process flows. The combination of human and bot style attacks has allowed fraudsters to move ten times faster with a much higher success rates to gaining account access.So how do you protect your members and your credit union from the evolving threat of Account Takeover Fraud? Understand how fraud recent attacks are evolving by staying connected to fraud forumsConsider speaking to industry experts and consultants that specialize in fraud mitigation practicesKnow your business process end to end and know where your data residesHold vendors accountable by establishing clear service level agreements that have accountability measures attachedConsider using an outside firm to conduct a vulnerability assessment to stress test your controlsAdopt industry best practices that allow for a well-balanced member experienceUse data to your advantage; analytics are the telltale of your likelihood for successBe honest and take stock in what investments you have made in modernizing your fraud maneuversMake employee training and education specific to fraud detection a priorityEstablish Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) that will drive business decisionsConduct a talent assessment. Do you have the right talent in this space available to your credit union? Test the market. When was the last time you spoke with a technology provider to shed awareness on some of the latest preventative solutions in the marketplace – this comes at no cost or commitment?Champion challenge your existing providers against the competition and determine if you are getting the best value for your dollarDon’t manage fraud at the line of business level rather take an enterprise-wide approachStand up an enterprise-wide authentication strategyDo you have dedicated resources trained to monitor for a nefarious account take over large scale attacks; evaluating the risks associated with non-monetary transactionsDo you know if you have “Mule” accounts in your portfolio dedicated to moving and cleaning dirty money through your credit union; ask the expertsHave a plan and be ready to respond to emerging fraud threats like; Reward and Loyalty fraud, Chat fraud account takeover, synthetic and collusive members, prevent fraud at the relationship not account levelAsk your members if they feel safe and if they have the confidence that you will protect their identity and finances; if not you need to act quicklyRemain competitive by doing your best to be the bestFraud prevention is so much more than a financial risk; it is about member trust and confidence, reputational risk, compliance risk, competitive advantage, and remaining profitable. The one mistake that is the most common is the decision to act in response to an attack. When it comes to fraud the best defense is offense. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Christopher Danese The value that I bring to my clients is twenty years of expertise in the financial services sector. I help clients comply with regulatory requirements, reduce operational fraud risk while … Web: https://www.mastercard.us Details
Jul 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A 38-year-old Indonesian man from a town near Jakarta recently died of H5N1 avian influenza, according to an Associated Press (AP) report citing his family and health workers.Indonesia has said it will no longer immediately report new H5N1 cases and will instead provide periodic updates. However, details about the man’s death were reported yesterday by the AP, which cited the man’s brother-in-law and anonymous health workers as its sources.Abdul Kadir told the AP that his brother-in-law died on Jul 10 after experiencing a high fever, coughing, and breathing difficulties.”The doctor told us he died of bird flu. The tests came back positive from Jakarta,” he said.Lily Sulistyowati, a health ministry spokeswoman, told the AP she couldn’t confirm the man’s death. “But we’ll let the public know when we release our report at the end of the month,” she said.Under the International Health Regulations, countries are obligated to promptly report human H5N1 influenza cases and other diseases regarded as a potential global health threat to the World Health Organization (WHO), which posts announcements about them and keeps an official count of illnesses and deaths.However, it’s not clear if Indonesia’s health ministry has informed the WHO of the case. If the WHO recognizes the man’s infection, it will be listed as Indonesia’s 136th H5N1 case and 111th death.Indonesia’s last two H5N1 cases were confirmed by the WHO on Jun 19, and both reflected a delay in reporting the cases. The two patients were a 16-year-old girl who died on May 9 and a 34-year-old woman who died on Jun 3.The 38-year-old man was from Belendung, a village 24 miles west of Jakarta, the AP reported. Residents of the area said ducks and chickens roam the streets freely, but none were reported sick or dead. Kadir told the AP that officials obtained blood samples from the man’s relatives and neighbors and that they have not culled any birds.The WHO’s global H5N1 count is 385 cases and 243 deaths.See also:Jun 19 CIDRAP News story “Indonesia confirms 2 recent avian flu deaths”
“In setting the standard price, we don’t want private laboratories to experience losses, but we also don’t want the public to spend that much for PCR tests. So, we will also involve the BPKP [Development Finance Comptroller] in doing this,” Doni said.He went on to say that the BNPB had distributed millions of reagents for PCR tests across the country so that they could provide swab testing for free. “We’ve provided free tests to 51 percent of the people who have taken swab tests,” he said.As of Sept. 9, Indonesia has tested a total of 2.5 million swab samples from 1.4 million people. The country has recorded 203,342 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 8,336 deaths so far.Topics : “It’s very expensive in private laboratories because they are commercial and they have set their margins too high. We’re currently preparing a standard price. The BNPB head will recommend the maximum price to the Health Minister,” Dody told lawmakers in the hearing.Dody said the BNPB would recommend that private laboratories and hospitals follow the agency’s baseline price of below Rp 500,000 and add it to a reasonable profit margin.National COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo, who also chairs the BNPB, said during a hearing with the commission on Sept. 3 that several hospitals charged more than Rp 2.5 million for PCR tests. Therefore, he said, it was important to set a price ceiling for such tests. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) will assist the Health Ministry in setting a price ceiling for COVID-19 swab tests following numerous complaints over the high prices set for the tests in many private facilities.BNPB acting deputy for emergency response Dody Ruswandi said on Wednesday that private health facilities had set considerably high prices to profit from polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.The price for the agency’s PCR tests has been set at a maximum Rp 500,000 (US$ 33.7) in some 300 state-owned laboratories, Dody said in a hearing with the House of Representatives Commission VIII overseeing disasters and social affairs.
The view from a waterfront home at Mermaid Beach.In Sunshine Beach in the Noosa Shire, house prices have increased by an average of $109,401 a year in the past five years — that’s significantly more than the annual median income of $69,680.Even in the blue chip suburb of New Farm in Brisbane, where households take home an annual wage of $93,704, property has earned more.Houses in the suburb have increased more than $500,000 in the past five years, according to RiskWise — that’s an average annual price rise of around $100,000. MEGA MANSION SELLS FOR $11M PLUS The property research group identified eight suburbs in Queensland where house price growth has outpaced household incomes over five years.The other suburbs are Surfers Paradise and Main Beach on the Gold Coast, and Minyama, Noosa Heads and Noosaville on the Sunshine Coast. RiskWise CEO Doron Peleg. Picture: Mike Batterham.Mr Peleg said demand from interstate migrants had helped pushed prices up in those suburbs, but they were still affordable compared with similar suburbs in New South Wales and Victoria.“With the exception of Main Beach, the rest of the suburbs have median prices of around $1.3/1.4 million, and if you compare those numbers to Sydney and Melbourne, the prices are still very cheap in comparison to the same suburbs,” he said.“When you compare apples with apples, what you pay for what you get is outstanding.” NSW CARPARK COSTS SAME AS QLD UNIT Thanks to an extra breadwinner in the family, Symone Wilson, Matthew Jarvis and their two sons are living the good life in the inner-city Brisbane suburb of New Farm.The extra breadwinner is their former family home — a beautiful house at 15 Oxlade Drive, New Farm, which Ms Wilson sold for $3.15 million in 2014.She paid just $442,000 for it in 2000.Ms Wilson and Mr Jarvis then bought a worker’s cottage at 87 James St, New Farm, which became a renovation project.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThis house at 87 James St, New Farm, is for sale.The four-bedroom, three-bathroom house is on a corner block in the heart of the suburb and has been architecturally designed to accommodate dual living and a home office.It’s on the market for offers over $2.3 million.“We’ve lived in it for four years, but are selling because my mother and father are coming to live with us and we just need something bigger,” Ms Wilson said. Aerial view of the Gold Coast, from Mermaid Beach to Surfers Paradise. Picture: David Clark.RiskWise Property Research chief executive Doron Peleg said the fact the vast majority of the suburbs were beachside reflected a national trend of sea-change suburbs outperforming treechange suburbs. “We are seeing a combination of retirees, business owners and entrepreneurs and a significantly growing number of mobile professionals moving to these lifestyle locations,” Mr Peleg said.He said the suburbs were all considered “lucrative” in southeast Queensland, attracting high net worth individuals and a high socio-economic demographic. SEASIDE UNIT SELLS FOR RECORD PRICE They also outperformed in terms of capital growth, Mr Peleg said.“These suburbs form a league of their own in the sense that the prices are completely different and significantly higher than the median price in their regions,” he said.Greater Brisbane achieved capital growth of 25.7 per cent over five years, whereas these suburbs achieved much greater growth in that period. The view from the house at 87 James St, New Farm, which is for sale.She said they were looking for another home in New Farm because she wouldn’t live anywhere else.“You can’t go past the community feel in the suburb and the access to amenities,” she said.“There is a lot to offer.“That’s why a lot of people who live in New Farm say; ‘Don’t move out, you’ll never get back in!’” New Farm’s cafe scene makes it appealing to home buyers. Picture: Annette Dew.Ms Manning said there continued to be high demand from people wanting to live or invest in the area because of the projected capital growth.She said the suburb was also tightly held because of the amenities and lifestyle it provided, including access to New Farm Park, the river, the city, a variety of high end restaurants and boutique shopping and food outlets.“We deal with vendors who have owned properties for over 20 or 30 years and aren’t motivated to sell because their properties are rising in value exponentially every few years,” she said. “What we typically recommend to anyone wanting to invest in New Farm is; ‘Just get in, even if it’s at a higher entry level’, and then sit tight for a few years — the return on investment will come!” THE QLD SUBURBS WHERE YOUR HOUSE EARNS MORE THAN YOUSuburb Median House Price 5-Year Increase Median Income Annual Change Mermaid Beach $1,425,310 $603,511 $76,076 $120,702Sunshine Beach $1,358,168 $547,003 $69,680 $109,401New Farm $1,449,901 $506,514 $93,704 $101,303Surfers Paradise $1,328,028 $484,852 $59,072 $96,970Main Beach $1,776,647 $426,313 $79,768 $85,263Minyama $1,096,353 $391,724 $63,856 $78,345Noosa Heads $1,002,336 $374,446 $71,500 $74,889Noosaville $927,746 $312,083 $59,904 $62,417Source: RiskWise Property, CoreLogic, ABS Symone Wilson with her kids, Hugo, 14, and Jarvis, 11, at home in New Farm. Picture: Annette Dew.Listing agent Isabella Manning of Belle Property New Farm said the suburb’s phenomenal house price growth could be attributed to a lack of supply and strong demand.“There’s next to no new construction or land development in New Farm compared to other suburbs and its getting harder to find blocks that are subdividable,” she said.“Essentially, it comes down to limited/finite amount of stock.” Symone Wilson with her kids, Hugo, 14, and Jarvis, 11, at their home in New Farm. Picture: Annette Dew.HOUSES in some of Queensland’s most exclusive postcodes are earning tens of thousands of dollars a year more than their owners, with price gains in some suburbs easily exceeding take-home pay.Analysis by RiskWise Property Research, provided exclusively to The Courier-Mail, has found houses in Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast have posted average annual increases of $120,702 over the past five years — without their owners having to lift a finger. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE That’s $44,600 more a year than the median annual household income in the suburb of $76,076.The average price of a house in the millionaire’s playground of Mermaid Beach is $1.425 million and apartments are around $420,000.
For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: South Africa’s prolific wrist spinner Imran Tahir is set to feature in his last International encounter as the team lock horns with Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester on July 6. The 39-year-old is readying himself for an emotional farewell to one-day international cricket, although the veteran is upbeat about the Proteas’ future.Saturday’s World Cup match is set to be Tahir’s 107th and last ODI before the leg-spinner bows out of the 50-over game at International level. In his ODI appearance, Tahir has scalped 172 wickets at an average of 24.64 and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that he has been South Africa’s most successful white ball spinner.This has been a disappointing World Cup for South Africa, with just two wins from eight games so far and the Proteas have long been out of the race for semi-final qualification.”As a team, we need to think about finishing on a good note,” he said. “But it makes me feel very sad and emotional that I’m going to leave.”It was always my dream to play international cricket and I’m really grateful to everyone who helped me along on the way. They accepted me for who I was, the guy who came from overseas.”It’s a big moment of my life –- I always wanted to play cricket and play as long as I could and now is the right time to go. It will be quite a hurtful and sad moment for me but I’ve prepared myself for that, so hopefully it will go well for me and the team.””I’m not worried about (the) future of the team — there are a lot of youngsters. I strongly believe there is lots of talent but they just need experience and then they’ll get to the stage where everyone wants to see South African cricket.”People expect higher and a lot from us -– this World Cup was totally different but I’m pretty sure things will be fine for South Africa.”Saturday’s match is set to be the first time Australia’s Steve Smith and David Warner have faced South Africa since they were involved in a ball-tampering scandal during a Test in Cape Town last year that saw both senior batsmen given 12-month bans.But Tahir, while confident the Proteas would not initiate any ‘sledging’ regarding Smith and Warner, said South Africa would not take a backward step if there were any ‘verbals’ from Australia.”If it’s coming from them, then obviously we won’t be holding back,” he said.”But I think it’s going to be a fair game of cricket. It’s at the back of everyone’s mind, but we don’t have to think about that. We are looking forward to the game.”Saturday’s match will, if he takes a wicket, provide Tahir with one last chance in a South Africa ODI shirt to demonstrate his now trademark celebration that sees him stand with arms aloft and then sprint in a large semi-circle around the infield. Tahir said he had no additional elements planned for his farewell appearance.”There won’t be anything extra because I don’t have a clue what I do when I take wickets to be honest with you!” explained a smiling Tahir.”I got to where I am today by coming through really tough times, so that’s probably why I want to release whatever is inside me.”
It was the fastest goal to start a postseason game in Hurricanes franchise history. There’s fast and then there’s record-setting fast.Thursday saw the latter when the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series. Just 17 seconds into the contest, Warren Foegele gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead to cap off a Carolina rush led by Justin Williams. In addition to the quick nature of the goal, Foegele also became the first Hurricanes rookie in 17 years to score in consecutive playoff games.Rookie @FoegDaddy96 joined rare @NHLCanes / Whalers company with his goal 17 seconds into Game 4. #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/xf0sg0wc7P— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 18, 2019There’s a benefit to working quickly, and Foegele and the Hurricanes demonstrated that Thursday night.