Colombian Government Accuses FARC of Using Peace Negotiations for Politics

first_img The peace process started in November 2012 with a five-point agenda, including agrarian developments (already agreed upon), political participation, illicit drugs, disarmament, and victims reparations. After a 19-day break, on July 28, the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia started their twelfth round of peace talks, focusing on the second point – political participation – on the agenda, which provides guarantees for the guerrillas when they disarm, as well as measures for their inclusion into Colombia’s politics. The Colombian government accused FARC communist guerrillas of using peace negotiations to “do politics” when they resumed on July 28, and requested to “move forward” to seek agreements that might put an end to the armed conflict in the country. “This is a reminder of why we are here for these talks in Havana: this is not a negotiation process for the FARC to make politics, but to reach an agreement to end the conflict,” said Humberto de la Calle, the government negotiation head, to the press just before the talks started with the guerrilla delegation at the Convention Palace in the Cuban capital. On July 27, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos declared that they will not agree on a ceasefire with the FARC while the peace talks are ongoing in Cuba, stating that the military offensive will continue to persuade rebels to disarm. By Dialogo July 30, 2013 The insurgents accused Juan Manuel Santos’s government of using a double standard, since they are “sending peace speeches to the world” and they keep on “maintaining and reinforcing confrontation causes, one of which is the ownership and use of lands.” last_img read more

Caribbean Corridor Strike Force makes counter-narcotics strides

first_imgBy Dialogo March 10, 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – United States forces arrested two alleged Dominican narco-traffickers in connection with the seizure of a US$30 million cocaine shipment aboard a go-fast boat that officials stopped in the Caribbean Sea on March 4. The arrests and seizure of 1,103 kilograms of cocaine, carried out by the Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is yet another victory for the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force Initiative (CCSF). CCSF is an organized crime drug enforcement initiative that investigates South American-based drug-trafficking organizations responsible for the movement of multi-kilogram quantities of narcotics, utilizing the Caribbean as a transshipment point for distribution to the United States. The CCSF includes the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), the U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, the CBP and ICE. The operation was the result of U.S. Federal agents’ working together with the Caribbean Border Interagency Group’s (CBIG) Operation Caribbean Guard. “Our multiagency and international partnerships in the region continue to pay off as we continue to interdict major drug shipments and bring smugglers to justice,” said Capt. Drew W. Pearson, who commands Coast Guard Sector San Juan, said in a prepared statement. “Our resolve and commitment are unwavering.” The crew of a USCG HC-144 Ocean Sentry Maritime Patrol Aircraft from Air Station Miami spotted the 40-foot go-fast boat traveling without any lights late on the night of March 3. CBP Ponce Marine Units intercepted the go-fast vessel, about six nautical miles south of Ponce, Puerto Rico. The CBP’s crew seized about 30 bales that tested positive for cocaine in the morning. “The collaborative operations and partnerships under CBIG always yield positive results to stop smuggling ventures,” Johnny Morales, the director of air operations for CBP’s Caribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB), said in a prepared statement. The bust follows other recent major seizures under the CCSF. In October, the U.S. Coast Guard and its law enforcement partners seized about 1,155 kilograms of cocaine worth about US$34 million and arrested three suspects aboard a go-fast boat that the pursuers intercepted Friday in the Caribbean Sea south of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Officials charged Allan Hasani Greenidge, Ángel Luis Rivera-Montañez and Ángel Ribot-Aguiar with possession with intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine. “Interdicting drug smugglers at sea in the middle of the night is a complex and dangerous operation only possible through the resolve of federal and regional law enforcement authorities committed to safeguarding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from the threats that come from the sea,” Pearson said in a prepared statement. “We will continue our aggressive patrol efforts with our interagency partners to interdict these major drug shipments as far from shore as possible and bring those responsible to justice.” In June, the U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Netherlands Navy and U.S. law enforcement partners arrested three alleged Dominican narco-traffickers in connection with the seizure of 688 kilograms following an interdiction in the Caribbean Sea. Officials valued the cocaine at more than US$24 million. In January 2013, ICE and HSI agents arrested alleged Dominican narco-traffickers José De León and Wilson Concepción after seizing about 1,179 kilograms of cocaine worth more than US$29 million off a boat 43 nautical miles off Puerto Rico’s East Coast. ICE encourages the public to report suspected weapons and narcotics smuggling and related information by calling at 1-866-DHS-2ICE.last_img read more

Plan for a Safe Thanksgiving Break

first_imgThanksgiving is just over two weeks away. Families, of course, want to be together. But college students, who have watched the virus rip through universities before radiating off campus, may pose a significant risk to their loved ones.As our colleague Shawn Hubler reports, many universities have planned to end in-person classes before the holiday and require students to finish the term remotely, partly to avoid an expected wave of cold-weather infections.- Advertisement – Remote learning woesMichelle Hainer wrote an honest, frustrated essay about the fatigue of parenting a remote-learner. She watches her kids snark to teachers and knows their peers see every room in their house. She watches her kids look for pencils, and knows her parenting style is on full display.“Before the coronavirus came into our collective lives, I was largely unaware of what my kids and their teachers did in school all day — and vice versa,” she wrote. “But now, those boundaries have become a thing of our pre-pandemic past.”Sign up here to get the briefing by email. Talk through your celebrationThis is going to be a strange year, even if you do get together with family in person. Talk through your family’s comfort level, and ask each individual how they stand. The most cautious person may get to set the agenda.“My family and I have very different comfort levels,” said Maddi Hundley, 19, a student at the University of Utah. “Case numbers are higher per capita where I attend school than at home, so the combination of their current lifestyle combined with the high cases numbers where I live makes me nervous.” When you are together, plan some way to give thanks on purpose. That might be over Zoom or email if you’re not together. But even if hugging is a no-go, we still need to be together somehow this year.Even in the best of times, family tensions tend to flare over Thanksgiving. If that happens, remember that none of this is your fault, nor is it your family’s fault. So carve the turkey (or the tofurkey!) and find togetherness however you can.Fears after a football gameThis weekend, the University of Notre Dame beat Clemson University at a highly anticipated football game. Fans promptly stormed the field. We’ve decide to talk about Thanksgiving now, just over two weeks before the actual holiday, to give you a framework to plan with your family. We also wanted to give you a sense of what other students are feeling.Testing is crucialTo reduce the risk of students carrying the coronavirus home for the holidays, some colleges and universities are requiring students to test negative for the virus before they can leave campus. Cases are rising at Arizona State University, but university officials said around half of on-campus students have not complied with random testing. But many schools — including Pennsylvania State University and Indiana University — are not making the testing mandatory for all students.In Massachusetts, where cases have been surging, Boston University has asked students not to leave campus until Dec. 10, when classes end. “We are saying, ‘Stay here,’ plain and simple,” said Kenneth Elmore, the associate provost and dean of students.Epidemiologists recommend that travelers isolate themselves before traveling for at least a week and receive one or more negative coronavirus tests within three days of departure. Upon arrival, travelers should again quarantine until receiving one or more negative test results over three days.- Advertisement – K-12 update A good read: After Harvard’s president Lawrence S. Bacow tested positive, he said he and his wife had been “completely isolated in the house.” In fact, The Harvard Crimson reported, two university custodians had continued to clean their home for four hours, twice a week, well after the university shut down in March. Still, the team mostly cleared the field after the victory. That was thanks to advance planning from Notre Dame’s coach, Brian Kelly. “I just want you to know,” he told his team, “When we win this thing, the fans are going to storm the field.”Around the countryCollege update Although she plans to wear an N-95 mask and face shield for the whole 18-hour journey, she’s still worried.“I honestly won’t be surprised if I get the virus during my travel,” she said. Once she arrives, she plans to quarantine for at least five days. “My worst fear is coming home and getting the virus while traveling,” said Maximilian King, 21, a student at McGill University in Montreal who plans to quarantine for two weeks. If you have to fly, take precautions on the plane and in the airport. If you’re able to drive, most experts agre that a car will be safer than public transportation.Either way, start planning your travel now. And if you can, consider heading home a week early to split up your quarantine.An infection can take up to 14 days to show itself, so it’s not enough to test negative at school and then travel home, intending to join a family celebration a day or two later.“Their arrival on Wednesday with plans to see grandma on Thursday could pose a huge risk,” said David Rubin, a pediatrician and public health expert at the University of Pennsylvania. – Advertisement – Those who do not test should quarantine for 14 days before and after traveling.Map out your travelStella Tallmon, 18, will be heading home to Alaska all the way from Kenyon College in Ohio. New York State’s university system will require “all students using on-campus facilities in any capacity” — about 140,000 students in all — to test negative for the virus within 10 days of their departure, and to quarantine according to county health rules if they test positive.- Advertisement –last_img read more

NFL Sunday: Week 10 as it happened

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Salmonella findings prompt FDA warning on pistachios

first_imgMar 30, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today warned consumers to avoid eating pistachios after a California producer recalled 1 million pounds of its product because of tests by a food company that showed contamination with four different Salmonella strains.David Acheson, MD, associate commissioner for foods at the FDA, emphasized at a media briefing this evening that no illnesses have been linked to the outbreak and that the advice to consumers is a proactive move to prevent illnesses while the FDA tracks the distribution of the pistachios. They were produced by Setton Farms, based in Terra Bella, Calif., the nation’s second largest supplier of domestically grown pistachios.”We’re getting out ahead of the curve. This recall was triggered by sampling in the food industry,” Acheson said, commending Kraft Foods for identifying the contamination through routine rigorous testing and notifying the FDA of its findings on Mar 24. Kraft recalled its Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix, which contains pistachios, on Mar 25. Two days later, Kroger Corp. recalled 10-ounce containers of its Private Selection shelled pistachios, sold in 31 states.Acheson said that though the pistachio recall is unrelated to the recent Salmonella outbreak linked to the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), he predicted that the number of product recalls might rival the PCA outbreak, because pistachios—like peanuts—are used as an ingredient in such a wide array of food products. The FDA will add interactive tools to its Web site to help consumers manage the volume of pistachio recall information.Acheson advised consumers to hold onto their pistachio products until more details are known about the distribution of the recalled pistachios. He said FDA and California investigators at the facility are examining supply-chain and distribution records and that the California Department of Public Health has collected hundreds of environmental samples.Jeff Farrar, food and drug chief of the California Department of Health Services (CDHS), told reporters that the recall covers Setton Farms’ 2008 crop year. “The firm has been cooperative, even turning around trucks that are in transit,” he said.Though no illnesses have been directly linked to the Salmonella contamination in pistachios, Acheson said the FDA has received at least two consumer complaints, one from the East Coast and one from the West Coast.The FDA said the four Salmonella enterica serotypes identified in testing conducted by Kraft are Montevideo, Newport, Senftenberg, and Larochelle.Acheson said the FDA is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine if any of the isolates are linked to any illnesses.The pistachios distributed by Setton Farms are roasted, which typically represents a kill step for Salmonella organisms, Acheson said, adding that cross-contamination, environmental contamination, or a flaw in the roasting process could have tainted the pistachios. The company distributes bulk roasted pistachios to about 35 wholesalers that repack the products and distribute them to other companies.See also:Mar 25 Georgia Nut recall noticeMar 25 Kraft press releaseMar 27 Kroger pistachio recalllast_img read more

CNTB in the top 5 best tourism organizations in the world according to Virtuos

first_imgThe Virtuos nomination was also commented on by Ina Rodin, Director of the CNTB Representation in New York. “In the last few years, CNTB has achieved valuable successes and recognitions in the North American market, and the nomination of Virtuos is extremely important because it confirms that Croatia has finally entered the company of leading destinations for guests with refined taste and deep pocket. This is also the second nomination for Croatia, which is a confirmation to all stakeholders in Croatian tourism that their work is recognized in the US market.”, Said Rodin.  The 2019 Virtuoso Award ceremony was held in Las Vegas as part of Virtuoso Travel Week, and the award for the best tourism organization was won by Switzerland. The national tourism organizations of Australia, New Zealand and Slovenia were also in the final selection. The Croatian National Tourist Board was nominated by Virtuos, the leading association of travel organizers in the luxury tourism segment, for the best tourist organization in the world in 2019. Virtuoso is a network of the best American luxury travel agencies with more than 20.000 advisors worldwide and an annual turnover of more than 26,4 billion US dollars. The Virtuoso network includes more than 1.800 partners, including top hotels and resorts, tour operators, airlines, agencies, and the main goal of the network is to offer customers detailed planned and unforgettable trips. Croatian members of this prestigious network are Calvados Club Luxury Travel, Leonidas Travel, Fortuna Travel, but also hotels Villa Dubrovnik, Boutique Hotel Alhambra and from this year Monte Mulini. The network of Croatian members is expected to expand further as there are hotels that also meet the high standards and criteria of Virtuos, a community that is extremely important for the development and growth of luxury tourism. Let us add that Croatia is among the top five fastest growing destinations on the American market, which is confirmed by the strong growth of tourist traffic in the last few years. Namely, last year alone, there were about 585 thousand arrivals and 1,6 million overnight stays from the US market in Croatia, which compared to 2017 represents a growth of 22 percent in arrivals and 18 percent in overnight stays. Positive trends were maintained in 2019, during which a high growth of 11 percent in arrivals and overnight stays was recorded. The additional importance of this market is also shown by the data from the TOMAS research, which the CNTB conducts in cooperation with the Institute for Tourism, and according to which American tourists are the best consumers with an average of 158 euros of daily consumption. “We are extremely pleased that the Croatian National Tourist Board competed in the final selection for the world’s best tourist organization. The nomination itself among the top five national tourist organizations is a great thing and a recognition for a small country like Croatia. This recognition is even more important for us when it comes from a renowned association like Virtuos, which further confirms the excellent position that our country enjoys in the important American market. This is the result of the work and contribution of all tourism workers who work diligently throughout the year on the promotion and development of Croatian tourism. This will certainly be a great incentive for our further work and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues for their dedicated work and contribution.”, Said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the positive trends are confirmed by the tourist traffic from the USA, which only in July recorded an increase of 8 percent in arrivals and overnight stays.   Source / photo: Croatian National Tourist Board This nomination is also a confirmation that Virtuoso recognized innovation and creativity in the work of the Croatian Tourist Board, but also the potential of Croatia as a destination for luxury tourism, the CNTB points out. Apart from the category for the best tourist organization, Virtuoso also awarded prizes in other categories, so the Croatian agency Calvados Club Luxury Travel from Split won the prestigious award in the category “Best on-site partner“In competition with agencies specializing in luxury travel from France, Italy, New Zealand and Vietnam.  Calvados Club Luxury Travelo won the prestigious award in the category “Best on-site partnerlast_img read more

Twice the options for new owner in Bellmere

first_imgThe home at 18 Michelle St, Bellmere.A PART from the extra garage door, 18 Michelle Street, Bellmere, looks like any other home.It was, however, the inside story that led to the property achieving an impressive price of $625,000 on August 2.The lowset home’s dual living and excellent renovation were key factors, according to Coronis Burpengary sales consultant Donna Wilde.“It was an excellent standard it had been renovated to. It had beautiful wooden floors, perfect stainless steel appliances — everything looked brand new,” Ms Wilde said.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The home at 18 Michelle Street, Bellmere.The home included three-bedroom and one-bedroom accommodation areas, each with their own kitchen, bathroom and living spaces.Ms Wilde said the flexible layout appealed to the eventual buyer.“She has a friend who she has been sharing the mortgage with previously, so she’s going to live in one side and he’s going to live in the other,” she said.Ms Wilde said the broader market had been strong of late. “We don’t have a lot of property on the market at the moment. It’s definitely a sellers’ market at the moment,” she said.last_img read more

Breathtaking Joseph Banks Close home at Kewarra Beach a jewel

first_img28A Joseph Banks Cl, Kewarra Beach.ROSLYN Bourguignon swore she would never move again after purchasing her breathtaking Joseph Banks Close home at Kewarra Beach.The mum of two bought the four-bedroom, three-bathroom property the day she walked into it.“I signed a contract within an hour. I didn’t even negotiate on price, I was so in love with it. “When I bought it I said I was never moving again,” Ms Bourguignon said. Unable to “find anything that compares”, she has resigned herself to building a new home after life changes dictated Ms Bourguignon had to downsize.“I looked for 18 months before I bought this place. The best part of the house is the kitchen and the area off family room. It just works – you can be talking with the kids and there is a beautiful view out to the pool,” she said.“The upstairs bathroom is also amazing. You can lie there in the bath and look out the mountains.“The outdoor area has also been well used. There is a big built-in sink and cupboards underneath. It is beautiful to sit out there, and the breeze that comes through the property is great on a hot summer night. We have had a couple of big parties – you can fit a lot of people out there.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoA row of fruit trees, including macadamia, banana, passion fruit, lime and lemon trees, remove any doubt about the tropical location and the original owners named the homeKalimpahan, which means “abundance”.With the home just five years old, selling agents Carol Thomas and Shira David Stern from Elite Real Estate Services want to talk to anyone bringing offers of more than $1.2 million.“This home is brilliantly designed and finished with specially imported features for house and fully landscaped half-acre gardens. “The layout of this property means that it can be used as a five or six-bedroom home,” Ms Thomas said. “It has everything on a modern family’s wish list – a children’s wing with large rumpus, study area or gaming room, with cabinetry designed to hide away mess in an instant. A separate media room is soundproofed, with built-in surround sound and ceiling speakers. There is also a purpose-built hidden office space with bi-fold doors to hide away in an instant.” The main bedroom occupies the entire upper floor and includes an ensuite and a large walk-in wardrobe with a floor-to-ceiling mirror, custom-built cabinetry including drawers, cupboards, shelving and an IT charge port. Caesarstone benchtops and a butler’s pantry, leading to additional under-stair storage room which can serve as a cyclone shelter or wine room, complete the kitchen.The 12m pool sits beside a custom designed alfresco kitchen with huge island granite bench.last_img read more

School zones: How to live near Brisbane’s best schools for less

first_imgGraceville $897,500 Graceville $421,500Best bargain home in the catchment on the market right now: 118 White St, Graceville More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 cars$750,000+ This family home at 6 Peatmoss St, Sunnybank Hills, is in the Sunnybank Hills State School catchment and good value at offers over $798,000.8. CHAPEL HILL STATE SCHOOL CATCHMENT Chapel Hill $830,000 N/A This five-bedroom home at 16 Orpheus St, Robertson, is in the Robertson State School catchment and available for between $890,000 and $980,000.TOP RANKED PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS IN QLD IN 2018 This house at 97 Zetland St, Upper Mount Gravatt, is in the Mansfield State High School catchment and is going to auction.“Simply because of the reputation of the school and the high OP achievements of the students there,” Mr Langanis said.“As a result, more money’s coming into the suburb.“It’s becoming more affluent, and homes and streetscapes are changing for the better.” MORE: Buyers pay more for school zones When it comes to the top-ranked primary schools, Sunnybank has the MacGregor State School zone’s cheapest houses at $670,000, while buyers gunning for a spot in Rainworth State School should look in Toowong, which has the zone’s cheapest houses and units at $814,000 and $437,500, respectively. A five-bedroom, two-bathroom family home in the Rainworth State School catchment is currently being advertised as “unbelievable value” at 40 Horrocks St, Toowong. This house at 97 Zetland St, Upper Mount Gravatt, is in the Mansfield State High School catchment and is going to auction.3. INDOOROOPILLY STATE HIGH SCHOOL CATCHMENT The catchment map for the proposed Inner City South State Secondary College. Source: Queensland Government website.The cheapest suburb for houses in the catchment will then be Highgate Hill at $885,000, and for units, South Brisbane at $495,000.Luke O’Kelly of Ray White – West End said more parents of school-aged children were choosing to buy into areas zoned for some of the city’s best public schools, rather than pay the same in private school fees.Mr O’Kelly said buyers were willing to pay up to $100,000, or around 10 per cent more, for a property in the Brisbane State High School catchment.The proposed catchment map for Inner City South State Secondary College reveals Greenslopes will have the zone’s most affordable houses at $755,000, while the catchment’s cheapest units will be found in the same suburb for $384,000. This four-bedroom house at 109 Crewe St, Mount Gravatt East, is in the Cavendish Road State High School catchment and a good buy at offers in the low $700,000s.Mr Papas said it was possible to buy a home for a bargain in a good school catchment “if you do your research”, but it was easier to sell one.“A lot of these houses don’t stay on the market long,” Mr Papas said.“Cavendish Road is a great school and they’re strict about being in the catchment.“It’s a good priced house, well maintained, in a good area, close to Logan Road, close to public transport.”Ocean and Chris Wemyss bought into the Cavendish Road State High School catchment a few years ago with the aim of sending their sons, aged four and six, there.They have watched house prices go up since buying in to the area as a result of the demand for the school, and are always keeping an eye on other properties when they hit the market.“It’s gone up by huge amounts,” Mrs Wemyss said.“We are very happy we got in when we did.”TOP RANKED PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN BRISBANE IN 20181. RAINWORTH STATE SCHOOL CATCHMENTCheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median priceToowong $814,000 Toowong $437,500Best bargain home in the catchment on the market right now: 40 Horrocks St, Toowong This three-bedroom house at 84 Waverley Rd, Taringa, is in the Indooroopilly State School catchment and is on the market for $750,000.7. SUNNYBANK HILLS STATE SCHOOL CATCHMENT This house at 203 Cornwall St, Greenslopes, is for sale in the proposed catchment for the new Inner City South State Secondary College.2. MANSFIELD STATE HIGH SCHOOL CATCHMENT Cheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median price This three-bedroom unit at 4/110 Indooroopilly Rd, Taringa, is in the Indooroopilly State High School catchment and on the market for $600,000+.4. CAVENDISH ROAD STATE HIGH SCHOOL CATCHMENT Coopers Plains $575,000Robertson $374,250Best bargain home in the catchment on the market right now: 16 Orpheus St, Robertson Chermside West, Chermside $595,000 Aspley $378,500Best bargain home on the market right now: 1 Rossett St, Chermside West This two-bedroom apartment at L47/35 Gotha St, Fortitude Valley is in the Kelvin Grove State College catchment and is a bargain at offers over $350,000.7. THE GAP STATE HIGH SCHOOL CATCHMENT Mount Gravatt East $650,000 Coorparoo $371,000Best bargain home on the market right now: 109 Crewe St, Mount Gravatt East 1. BRISBANE STATE HIGH SCHOOL CATCHMENT(Current catchment) Cheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median price This five-bedroom house at 13 Stanaway Plc, Bellbowrie, is in the Kenmore State High School catchment and a bargain at offers over $639,000.9. STRETTON STATE COLLEGE CATCHMENT This four-bedroom house at 588 Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove, is in the Ashgrove State School catchment and is currently on the market.4. IRONSIDE STATE SCHOOL CATCHMENTCheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median priceTaringa $865,000 Taringa $410,000Best bargain home in the catchment on the market right now: 1/36 Ruskin St, Taringa Drewvale $620,000 Calamvale $375,000Best bargain home on the market right now: 15 Vanda Close, Drewvale The Gap $690,000 The Gap $485,000Best bargain home on the market right now: 8 Habana St, The Gap This five-bedroom house at 40 Horrocks St, Toowong, is for sale in the prized Rainworth State School catchment.2. MACGREGOR STATE SCHOOL CATCHMENTCheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median priceSunnybank $670,000 Robertson $374,250 Best bargain home in the catchment on the market right now: 16 Becker St, Sunnybank This five-bedroom house at 16 Becker St, Sunnybank, is for sale in the MacGregor State School catchment.3. ASHGROVE STATE SCHOOL CATCHMENTCheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median priceThe Gap $696,000 Ashgrove $423,500Best bargain home on the market right now: 588 Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove Herston $790,000 Fortitude Valley $375,000Best bargain home on the market right now: L47/35 Gotha St, Fortitude Valley 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 carsOffers over $639,000 Best bargain home in the catchment on the market right now: 9 Cabramurra St, Chapel Hill 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 carsFor Sale 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 5 cars$890,000 – $980,000 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 carsFor Sale The state government released new school catchment maps last year, with big changes made to the zone for Queensland’s top ranked public high school — Brisbane State High, where more than half of all students received OP1s last year.Figures show the cheapest suburb within the current Brisbane State High School catchment is Woolloongabba, with a median house price of $817,000 and an average unit price of $391,750.But that will change with rezoning to make way for what will be Brisbane’s newest high school, Inner City South State Secondary College, in 2021. Cheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median price Cheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median price Toowong $814,000 Taringa $410,000Best bargain home on the market right now: 4/110 Indooroopilly Rd, Taringa 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 carsOwner keen to see offers Cheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median price This four-bedroom house at 86 Gatton St, Mount Gravatt East, is in the Mount Gravatt State High School catchment.6. KELVIN GROVE STATE COLLEGE CATCHMENT Woolloongabba $817,000 Woolloongabba $391,750 (Proposed new catchment) Cheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median price This three-bedroom unit at 8/3 Heaslop St, Woolloongabba, is for sale in the prized Brisbane State High School catchment.Best bargain home in the proposed new catchment on the market right now: 203 Cornwall St, Greenslopes Mansfield $680,000 Wishart $400,000Best bargain home on the market right now: 97 Zetland St, Upper Mount Gravatt 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 4 carsAuction 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2 carsOffers over $575,000 Highgate Hill $885,000 South Brisbane $495,000Best bargain home in the catchment on the market right now: 8/3 Heaslop St, Woolloongabba This five-bedroom house at 40 Horrocks St, Toowong, is for sale in the prized Rainworth State School catchment.The cheapest houses in the Ashgrove State School zone are in The Gap at $696,000, while the most affordable units in the catchment can be found in Ashgrove at $423,500. Jacob Pirrone of Pirrone Property is marketing a property at 588 Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove, which is in the popular Ashgrove State School catchment.Mr Pirrone said the home’s asking price of mid $600,000s was competitive for the affluent suburb of Ashgrove.“I think that’s really good value for Ashgrove, considering what you’re getting,” Mr Pirrone said.Jimmy Papas of Place – Coorparoo is marketing a four-bedroom house at 109 Crewe St, Mount Gravatt East, for offers in the low $700,000s and has been inundated with inquiries from families wanting to move in to the Cavendish Road State High School catchment. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 carFor Sale 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 car$349,000 negotiable Cheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median price 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 carsOffers over $425,000 This five-bedroom house at 3 Amsterdam St, Wishart, is in the Wishart State School catchment and is for sale for all offers.6. INDOOROOPILLY STATE SCHOOL CATCHMENTCheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median priceToowong $814,000 Indooroopilly $429,000Best bargain home in the catchment on the market right now: 84 Waverley Rd, Taringa Cheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median price This house at 9 Cabramurra St, Chapel Hill, is in the Chapel Hill State School catchment and a good buy at $615,000.9. GRACEVILLE STATE SCHOOL CATCHMENT Cheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median price This three-bedroom house at 8 Habana St, The Gap, is in The Gap State High School catchment and great value at offers over $639,000.8. KENMORE STATE HIGH SCHOOL CATCHMENT 4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms, 2 carsOffers in the low $700,000s Cheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median price Cheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median price Cheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median price 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 carsOffers over $798,00 Mount Gravatt East $650,000 Upper Mount Gravatt $380,000Best bargain home on the market right now: 86 Gatton St, Mount Gravatt East Cheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median price 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 car$750,000 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 carOffers over $350,000 Bellbowrie $542,000 N/ABest bargain home on the market right now: 13 Stanaway Plc, Bellbowrie Cheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median price 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 cars$615,000+ 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2 carsOffers over $639,000 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2 carsFor Sale Now This two-bedroom unit at 1/36 Ruskin St, Taringa, is in the prized Ironside State School catchment and is on sale for a negotiable $349,000.5. WISHART STATE SCHOOL CATCHMENTCheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median priceUpper Mount Gravatt $650,000 Upper Mount Gravatt $380,000Best bargain home in the catchment on the market right now: 3 Amsterdam St, Wishart This house at 203 Cornwall St, Greenslopes, is for sale in the proposed catchment for the new Inner City South State Secondary College.Further south, the most affordable houses in the sought-after Mansfield State High School zone are found in Mansfield, with a median of $680,000, while the catchment’s cheapest units are in Wishart at $400,000.Tony Langanis of Ray White Mt Gravatt said about 70 per cent of people looking to buy in the 4122 postcode were doing so to get into the Mansfield State High catchment.He said some families were willing to pay an extra $50,000 to $80,000 to secure a property in the zone. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 carsSubmit offers! Motivated seller! 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 cars$600,000+ This four-bedroom house at 109 Crewe St, Mount Gravatt East, is in the Cavendish Road State High School catchment and a good buy at offers in the low $700,000s.5. MOUNT GRAVATT STATE HIGH SCHOOL CATCHMENT Cheapest suburb for houses Median price Cheapest suburb for units Median price This three-bedroom house at 118 White St, Graceville, is in the sought-after Graceville State School catchment and a good buy at $750,000+.10. ROBERTSON STATE SCHOOL CATCHMENT This house at 15 Vanda Close, Drewvale, is in the Stretton State College catchment and is a bargain at offers over $425,000.10. CRAIGSLEA STATE HIGH SCHOOL CATCHMENT Sunnybank Hills $670,000 Sunnybank Hills $398,000Best bargain home in the catchment on the market right now: 6 Peatmoss St, Sunnybank Hills Families are looking to buy property in particular school catchment zones. Ocean and Chris Wemyss and their children, Clay (6) and Tanner (4), inspecting a home in Mount Gravatt East. Picture: AAP/David Clark.THE battle to buy a home near one of Brisbane’s most popular public schools just got easier, with research revealing the cheapest suburbs in the city’s top ranked catchments. The Courier-Mail has analysed CoreLogic’s median house and unit prices of suburbs which have a portion of their homes in some of our most sought-after school zones to show you the most affordable ways to buy into them.Families are forking out tens of thousands of dollars more for homes in Brisbane’s prized public school catchments rather than pay the equivalent in private school fees — but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune if you do the research. RELATED: Childless buyers line up for sought-after school zones 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 4 carsOffers over $559,000 This four-bedroom house at 1 Rossett St, Chermside West, is in the Craigslea State High School catchment and a bargain at offers over $559,000.(Source: CoreLogic)last_img read more

Eni ramping up production at Egypt’s giant Zohr gas field

first_imgItalian energy giant Eni has brought up the second production unit (T-1) at its Zohr gas field in the Mediterranean Sea offshore Egypt.This will increase installed capacity by 400 MMScfd, just 4 months after the field’s start-up, Eni said on Thursday.Zohr now has a capacity of 800 MMscfd, equivalent to 150,000 boe per day.The production ramp-up is planned to continue in order to reach 1.2 bcfd in May 2018, 2 bcfd by end 2018 and the production plateau (2.7 bcfd) in 2019, according to Eni,The Zohr field, the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt and in the Mediterranean Sea, is located within the Shorouk Block, some 190 km north of Port Said.Zohr was discovered in August 2015, obtained the development lease approval in February 2016, and started the production in December 2017 with a time-to-market of 2.3 years.“The latest achievement reinforces the exceptional development path of Zohr, one of Eni’s seven record-breaking projects, which is playing a fundamental role in supporting Egypt’s wish to cease LNG imports in 2018,” Eni said in its statement.Eni holds a 60% stake in the Shorouk Block, Rosneft 30% and BP 10%. In March 2018, Eni agreed to sell a 10% stake in the concession to Mubadala Petroleum.The project is executed by Petrobel, the operating company jointly held by Eni and the state corporation Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), on behalf of Petroshorouk, jointly held by contractor (Eni and its partners) and the state company Egyptian Natural Gas holding Company (EGAS).last_img read more