Median house prices show signs of recovery across Townsville

first_imgTownsville by night. Picture credit: Megan MacKinnonIF TOWNSVILLE’S property market was a game of thrones, Alligator Creek would be ruling December with an iron first.The popular rural suburb, located 20km southeast of Townsville, saw a massive 5.7 jump in median house prices over the past three quarters, with the biggest jump recorded between November and December.While Belgian Gardens continues to be Townsville’s top performing suburb in terms of median price change over a three-month period, Alligator Creek was the surprise underdog in Core Logic’s monthly suburb report. Despite only 18 houses selling over a 12 month period, the median price jumped from $450,000 to $465,000 during the December quarter.Average hold periods also increased from 10.5 years to 12 years during the same period.Real Estate Institute of Queensland Townsville zone chair Damien Keyes said Alligator Creek, much like Belgian Gardens, was a lifestyle destination for buyers.“I think timing definitely has something to do with these figures, especially in Alligator Creek,” he said.“I also think that the Elliot Springs development is pushing the area as people try to get into that market without the hefty price tag.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 2020“As long as Elliot Springs is being talked about, Alligator Creek will remain popular.“I definitely think this is a suburb to watch and that we’ll see future price increases. “If Alligator Creek is a suburb you consider to live in, now is the time to buy.”Those looking to buy in the popular suburb will have to be quick with only 16 houses currently listed on three-bedroom cottage at 18b Allendale Drive is the cheapest offering currently on the market for $379,000.If space is what your after, 15 Tindal Court could be yours for a cool $1.1 million.The 8 hectare property includes a modern five-bedroom, 482sq m home with plenty of extras.Those looking to build their own dream home can choose from around 25 blocks of land currently for sale.Prices start at $149,000 for land at Hills Edge, an exclusive development with lots ranging in size from 8239sq m to 9662sq m.last_img read more

Airborne Oil & Gas Names New CEO

first_imgThe supervisory board of Airborne Oil & Gas (AOG) has appointed Oliver Kassam as CEO. Kassam was most recently at SBM Offshore as president and managing director in charge of the company’s activities in Brazil.Tim van Delden, chairman of the supervisory board, said: “We are very happy to welcome Oliver Kassam to Airborne Oil & Gas. Oliver shares our vision that AOG’s Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP) will become a significant component of the subsea pipeline infrastructure, in line with the industry’s continued drive for reduction of total installed cost and life cycle cost. With Oliver’s global network and solid commitment to safety and quality, the Supervisory Board is confident that he can work with the AOG Management Team to lead the company to the next phase of growth and further success.”Kassam began his career in the oil and gas industry with KBR in 1996. He spent 8 years with Subsea 7 before joining SBM Offshore in 2012, as part of a new management team to restructure the business.He will start his new position on July 1, 2018 and be based in IJmuiden, The Netherlands.“In its short history, Airborne Oil & Gas has gotten the attention of our industry, developing the leading technology in TCP, as a lighter, corrosion-resistant alternative to metal pipe. I am impressed with how they have progressively built a track record in the oilfield sector, working with several major oil and gas companies around the world. It is clear to me that they have achieved this with the passion and dedication of the employees and support from its substantial and impressive shareholder base, sharing a common vision. I believe that AOG has a strong future in the oil and gas industry and I am excited to work with the rest of the management team to ensure this,” said Oliver Kassam, CEO of Airborne Oil & Gas.last_img read more

Transocean told to iron out the kinks at Transocean Norge rig ahead of Equinor contract

first_imgTransocean needs to iron out some deficiencies aboard its newbuild semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Norge ahead of its maiden contract with Equinor in Norway.Transocean Norge; Image source: Equinor The Transocean Norge rig is owned by Hayfin Capital Management and Transocean. Designed for NCS operations, it is winterized to withstand Norwegian weather conditions.Transocean bought its stake in the rig in May 2019. The rig, described by Transocean as one of the most capable in the world, had originally been ordered at the Jurong yard by a Seadrill subsidiary, North Atlantic Drilling Limited (NADL), but was never delivered. In its report this week, the safety body said that it had, during an audit, found that some emergency response equipment was missing from the rig.As an example, the PSA said the crash kit on helideck had not been fully equipped, it lacked man-over-board suits, first-aid bags for the first-aid kit, and some breathing apparatus equipment.Furthermore, the safety watchdog found non-conformities related to lifeboats aboard the Transocean Norge.According to the PSA, there was a lack of equipment-specific training modules for lifeboat personnel, and there were limitations to lifeboats that made them potentially ineffective means of rescue.Non-conformities must be fixed before AoCThe PSA found that only four people can be in the free-fall lifeboat “in the training and exercise context.” The safety body said it was unclear how Transocean could verify a 10-minute performance requirement from the evacuation alarm going off to the boat drop if only four people are allowed on board at a time.The PSA further said that the training materials were not adapted to device-specific equipment, and, for example, did not cover the relevant information regarding the technical limitations of the lifeboats, and did not describe the handling of stretchers and placement of first aid equipment in the lifeboats, and the training module referred to the wrong lifeboat type.The safety body has given Transocean until August 9, 2019, to report on how the non-conformities will be addressed.“For us to issue an AoC, all known safety-critical non-conformities must be rectified and the facility must have been issued with maritime certificates from the relevant flag state,” the PSA said.Six wells with EquinorWorth reminding, Transocean in September 2018 entered into an $89 million six-well contract with Equinor, for the use of the Transocean Norge rig at T  the Tordis/Vigdis, Visund, Bauge and Snorre licenses. It was at the time said that the contract would start in July 2019.Offshore Energy Today has reached out both to Transocean and Equinor asking if the non-conformities found by the PSA would lead to a delay of the drilling operations planned for the rig.“These questions have to be directed to rig owner Transocean,” an Equinor spokesperson said. Transocean replied Friday afternoon.The Transocean spokesperson reverted us back to the company’s fleet status report, without addressing our questions regarding the PSA findings. Transocean’s fleet status report shows the rig is expected to start working for Equinor this month. Worth noting, the company’s latest status report was issued in April, meaning it doesn’t take into account the findings of the PSA audit which took place in mid-June. The Transocean Norge rig, formerly known as West Rigel, was recently visited by the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority’s inspectors as part of Transocean’s application for an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for the rig.An AoC is a statement from the PSA expressing its confidence that petroleum activities can be performed by a drilling rig in compliance with the Norwegian regulations.The PSA said this week it had found non-conformities related to the emergency response equipment and lifeboats aboard the Transocean Norge.This was a follow-up to the audit conducted from 22 to 25 January 2019 at the Sembcorp Marine Ltd shipyard in Singapore, where the rig was built. The findings of the January supervision were largely followed up, but there is more work to be done with emergency preparedness.Emergency response equipment missing  Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Sudan appoint former Togo boss as new manager

first_img Read Also: Rohr confirms date for new Eagles contract talks with NFF The first round of group games will begin in October 2020 and finish in October 2021, prior to a final round of play-offs in November 2021. Only the 10 group winners will progress to the final play-off round, where two-legged ties will decide Africa’s five World Cup representatives. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Sudan Football Association has named Frenchman Hubert Velud as their new national team coach. The 60-year-old former Togo, JS Kabylie, TP Mazembe and Etoile du Sahel boss succeeds Zdravko Logarusic, whose contract was not renewed in December. French coach Hubert Velud is aiming to lead Sudan to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup a year later Two weeks after leaving Algerian club JS Kabylie, Velud takes over with Sudan third in Group C of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, three points behind leaders Ghana. His first game game in charge of Falcons of Jediane is away to four-time African champions the Black Stars in March. Sudan are desperate to play in Cameroon next year and will continue the quest for glory against the the other teams in the qualifying group South Africa and Sao Tome and Príncipe. Velud managed the Sparrow Hawks of Togo between 2009 and 2010, and was on the coach during the machine gun ambush ahead of the 2010 Nations Cup tournament in Angola.Advertisement Loading…center_img His spells in Africa include stints at North African clubs Hassania Agadir, ES Setif, USM Alger and CS Constantine. Sudan will face Group I favourites Morocco, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau in the second round of African qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.last_img read more

Premier League boss admits VAR needs to improve

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Read Also:Odion Ighalo unveiled finally as Manchester United player “The government deregulated gambling … in 2005, and I think it’s probably about time to have another look at it, the government are going to do that, we’ll be welcome participants in that,” he said. “Our clubs have always abided by rules and regulations in relation to it, I think this area does need stronger governance, particularly to protect the vulnerable. “I don’t think the answer coming out at the end of it should be that football clubs shouldn’t have shirts sponsored by gambling companies any more, but we will certainly co-operate with the review.” Loading… – ‘Different system’ – The Football Association has previously stated in November 2018 that it favoured cutting the number of overseas players per squad from 17 to 13 with a view to boosting the chances of young English talent. FA representatives are due to present to Premier League clubs at the league’s shareholders’ meeting on Thursday, and Masters says the conversation will be taken forward from there. “We have to come up with a different system,” he said. “The FA, the EFL and the Premier League all agree that (system) shouldn’t impact on the competitiveness of the Premier League, that concept of the best versus the best. Clubs should still be able to acquire the best talent and support a cohort of homegrown players coming through the system. “We don’t necessarily believe quotas are the answer.” Masters also spoke about the relationship between Premier League clubs and betting companies, following criticism of the Football Association for allowing FA Cup matches to be streamed on betting websites.center_img Premier League chief executive Richard Masters admits his organisation must try to improve VAR after a season marred by controversy surrounding the review technology. A recent survey from opinion polling firm YouGov showed more than two-thirds of Premier League fans questioned believe VAR has made the game less enjoyable since it was introduced into the English top-flight. VAR has proved hugely unpopular among Premier League supporters Players, managers and fans have all complained about the way the system is used, with lengthy review delays and dubious eventual decisions causing widespread frustration. Masters, who started his permanent role with the Premier League in December, told BBC Sport that VAR would stay in the game, but he hopes it can be improved. “I don’t think VAR has been damaging but I accept it needs improvement,” Masters said. “Scrapping it is not an option – what we have to do is try and make VAR better.” VAR has been brought in to the Premier League to decide on goals, penalties, red cards and offside decisions. Masters revealed to the BBC that the Premier League would discuss changes to VAR with the clubs in April. “We are going to have a debate about what sort of VAR they would like next season and what improvements can be made to the system,” he said. “It’s going to be a work in progress this season and next as we try to rebalance it so you get the positives of better decision-making and fewer of the perceived negatives about delay and sometimes confusion.” Meanwhile, in his first major media interviews, Masters said he does not believe homegrown player quotas will improve the fortunes of the England team. The balance between homegrown and overseas players in a 25-man Premier League squad is back in the spotlight following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, which will affect the way clubs do their international transfer business once the transition period ends at the end of the year. Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBeautiful Mutations: 15 Staggering Photos Of HeterochromiaWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombslast_img read more

Stabbed, La Paz man lands in hospital

first_imgEdmar Albansisof Barangay Culasi, Ajuy, Iloilo was tagged suspect. ILOILO City – A22-year-old man landed in a hospital after he got stabbed in Barangay Buhang,Jaro district. Officers of theJaro police station have yet to arrest Albansis, who fled after the incident./PN According topolice investigation, Jaena was about to board on a tricycle when the suspect stabbedhim. It was not immediately established what was the motive in the incident.center_img Jhon Jaena –resident Barangay Caingin, La Paz district – was taken to West Visayas StateUniversity Medical Center on Sunday. He had a stabwound on the back of his body, police said. last_img read more

David H. Bedel

first_imgDavid H. Bedel, 25, of Greensburg, passed away on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital in Greenwood with his wife and family by his side after battling cancer for 3 years.David was born on March 18, 1992 in Greensburg to Thomas and Mary (Raver) Bedel.David graduated from North Decatur in 2010 and then from Purdue in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Engineering.David worked for Bohman’s Tree Farm, Fireside Inn, and Knecht Painting & Sales.  He was currently working as a Controls Engineer at H&M Tool and Die in Greensburg.He was a devoted member of St. Catherine of Siena-Enochsburg where he was also a CCD teacher and reader for the Church.  David loved coon hunting, nature and the outdoors, and music.  He was devoted to his family and one of the most important aspects of his life was his faith.David married Claire Riehle on August 15, 2015 in Lafayette, IN.He is survived by his wife Claire Bedel, Greensburg, his parents, Thomas and Mary Bedel, Enochsburg, grandfather, Hubert Raver, Enochsburg, 3 brothers, Fr. Dan Bedel, Terre Haute, Anthony (Kelly) Bedel, Greensburg, Joseph Bedel, Enochsburg, a sister, Anna (Craig) Angle, Rush Co., his niece/goddaughter, Isabella Bedel, nephew/godson, Zachary Angle, goddaughter, Olivia Hoeing, father and mother-in-law, Jim and Mary Riehle, Lafayette, three sisters-in-law, Mary Kate, Elizabeth, and Kristen Riehle, Lafayette, and brother-in-law, Joey Riehle, Lafayette.David was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edmund and Virginia Bedel and Esther Raver, and his uncle/godfather, Jerome Bedel.Visitation will be at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home on Friday, December 29 from 3 -8 pm.  A Rosary will be prayed following visitation on Friday.A funeral mass will be held at 10 am on Saturday, December 30 at St. Catherine of Siena -Enochsburg Fr. Dan Bedel and Fr. Bill Ehalt officiating.Burial will follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Enochsburg.Memorial contributions in David’s honor can be made to St. Catherine of Siena-Enochsburg, EWTN, in the form of a Mass, or by praying the rosary in David’s memory.Online condolences can be made at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Vardy salvages draw for Leicester against 10-man Arsenal

first_img Leicester may have slipped a place after occupying the top three for most of this season, but manager Brendan Rodgers will feel a measure of satisfaction after his side fought back to earn a point. The Foxes have been in indifferent form since the league restarted and Rodgers will have been desperate to maintain momentum after a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace last time out. For long spells it looked like they would leave north London empty-handed, especially when they were relying on Schmeichel to stop them falling even further behind as Arsenal took control after going ahead. Leicester showed spirit and composure and were handed the initiative when Nketiah’s reckless lunge at Justin gave them impetus to push for the leveller. Read Also: Premier League: Chelsea edge out Palace in five-goal thriller Inevitably it was Vardy, who joined the Premier League’s ‘100 Club’ after scoring twice against Palace, who was the scourge of Arsenal once more as he pounced for his 10th career goal against them, although there was an agonising wait before he and Leicester could celebrate. The Foxes could not force home a winner but in the end Rodgers will take a point in the increasingly competitive fight for places in the Champions League next term. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Arsenal were reduced to 10 men with 15 minutes left when Eddie Nketiah was sent off just four minutes after coming on as substitute for a high challenge on James Justin, and Leicester cashed in on their numerical advantage when Vardy slid home Demarai Gray’s cross in the 84th minute, the goal finally awarded after a lengthy VAR check for offside. It was Vardy’s 22nd league goal of the season and restored his two-goal advantage over Aubameyang at the top of the Premier League scoring charts. Leicester drop to fourth place, four points ahead of Manchester United having played a game more, but this was an important point that left Arsenal frustrated in seventh. Jamie Vardy’s late equaliser gave Leicester City a vital point to keep their Champions League hopes on track and end Arsenal’s recent winning streak. The Gunners looked on course for a fifth successive victory to maintain their outside chances of a place in Europe’s elite competition next season at the expense of Leicester’s similar ambitions after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang swept in his 20th league goal of the season in the first half. Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel kept Arsenal at bay with a string of fine saves before the interval, twice denying Alexandre Lacazette as well as Bukayo Saka – and it proved to be a vital contribution.last_img read more

Super Eagles static on FIFA ranking

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Former African champions, Nigeria’s Super Eagles, remained static in the World football governing body, FIFA, monthly ranking. The Nigerian side retained her 31st spot in the world and placed third on the continent behind Senegal and Tunisia. Nigeria will aim to improve her ranking when hostilities resume in the AFCON 2021 and Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. In the World Cup qualifiers, Nigeria was drawn against Liberia, Central African Republic and Cape Verde, while they have Benin Republic, Lesotho and Sierra Leone to contend with for the AFCON 2021 ticket. Meanwhile, there is little movement in the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2020 with few matches having been played on the international front so far this year, Indeed, with just 15 friendlies taking place since the last Ranking update in December – including two games in late 2019 – the top 20 remain unchanged, with Belgium, France and Brazil still making up the top three. Some minor movement in the top 50 sees Wales (23rd, down 1) and Paraguay (41st, down 1) each fall down a spot, while Ghana (46th, up 1) rise ever so slightly. Palestine (103rd, up 3) are the first biggest climbers of 2020. The AFC side’s success in January’s Bangabandhu Cup sees them leapfrog Estonia, Trinidad and Tobago, Mozambique and Kenya as they secured the biggest move by points and rank. Beaten Bangabandhu Cup finalists Burundi (149, up 2), who like Palestine contested four matches in January, move into the top 150. Elsewhere, Aruba (200, up 1) and Pakistan (200, up 1) managed to improve on their respective positions amidst a rather quiet month in international football. The next FIFA World Ranking is slated for April 9 this year.— Tags: AFCON 2021FIFALesothoSierra LeoneSuper Eagleslast_img read more

Duo set for Saints medicals

first_imgToby Alderweireld and Sadio Mane are undergoing medicals at Southampton, Press Association Sport understands. “Taider, whose only first-team appearance came in the friendly against Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month, now returns to parent club Inter Milan. Dani Osvaldo’s loan arrangement with the Italian side is unaffected.” Saints academy graduate Jake Sinclair joined Scottish Championship club Hibernian on a season-long loan deal on Monday. The development squad youngsters has risen through Southampton’s ranks since joining the club aged eight, and signed a one-year deal in July. Southampton boss Ronald Koeman looks to have won the race for the in-demand duo, thwarting Newcastle and Sunderland for Belgium defender Alderweireld and Tottenham for Senegal striker Mane. Atletico Madrid centre-back Alderweireld and Red Bull Salzburg forward Mane could both command sizeable fees as the south coast club continue reshaping their squad after the summer exodus. Former Ajax defender Alderweireld is seen as a direct replacement for Dejan Lovren, who joined Liverpool this summer. Versatile Salzburg forward Mane has scored 45 goals since his 2012 transfer from Metz, and would add to Koeman’s attacking options, able to operate across midfield as well as up front. Saints’ move for Mane came after the club baulked at the chance to pursue Tottenham winger Andros Townsend. The England international had been strongly-linked with a move to St Mary’s, with reports he could have formed part of a deal which would see Jay Rodriguez go the other way. Saints were only keen to allow fringe players to leave St Mary’s ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline, with the club reaffirming their commitment to retaining talents like Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin. Southampton confirmed on Monday afternoon they had agreed to terminate midfielder Saphir Taider’s loan spell from Inter Milan – less than a month after joining the club. The 22-year-old Algeria international moved to St Mary’s on a season-long loan on August 6, with a view to signing permanently from Inter. The deal also saw club-record signing Dani Osvaldo go the other way. However, a club statement on Monday read: “The midfielder joined Saints for the 2014-15 campaign but, having failed to live up to the high levels of commitment expected of Southampton players, that arrangement has been cut short by the club. Press Associationlast_img read more