Derelict house burned down in Newtowncunningham

first_img Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – April 15, 2011 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Derelict house burned down in Newtowncunningham RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th A derelict house was burned down last night at around 2am in the village of Newtowncunningham.The dwelling was unoccupied and no one was hurt.Fire Brigade services from both Derry and Letterkenny attended the scene and quickly put out the blaze.Newly co-opted Fianna Fail Councillor, Paul Canning, says it was lucky the burnt down building was empty, but he says many young people are using derelict buildings as drinking dens…….[podcast][/podcast] News Twitter Twittercenter_img Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleCross-border business forum claas for more cross-border co-operationNext articleTwo Donaldson suspects released without charge News Highland last_img read more

Revealed: The 10 record-breaking southeast QLD suburbs of 2019

first_imgOne of the city’s grandest homes — featuring a chandelier that cost as much as a small apartment — sold for more than $4 million in 2019 — setting a new record for a home sale in Chandler.Two decades after building the mansion, retired builder and developer Domenico Casagrande and his wife Lucia sold the iconic property at 303 Archer Street in September.Spanning 1200 sqm under roof, the palatial home has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a porte-cochère entry, marble floors, a feature staircase capped by a domed ceiling and a $200,000 Swarovski crystal chandelier.Selling agent Joseph Lordi of McGrath Bayside Manly said Chandler was starting to attract more interest from buyers wanting statement homes on acreage close to the city — and at a relatively affordable price.“If you picked that up and put it in Ascot, you’d be paying around $9 million for it,” Mr Lordi said.Records show the previous highest sale in Chandler was a property at 652 London Road, which fetched $3.85 million in October last year.The median house price in the suburb is $1.45 million, according to CoreLogic. MORE: Australia’s biggest housing jump in 16 years Records were smashed in at least 10 suburbs across the state’s southeast corner in the past 12 months – an indicator of a shortage of stock and increase in demand in a number of competitive markets. Here are some of the benchmark busters of 2019:1. BULIMBA This property at 95-99 McConnell St, Bulimba, sold under the hammer for a Brisbane auction record price.Brisbane achieved a new residential auction price record in September, with the sale of a stunning riverfront property for $8.4 million representing the highest price ever paid for a home under the hammer in the city.Two local buyers — one from the northside and one from the southside — battled it out for the five-bedroom European-style mansion at 95-99 McConnell Street.Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett, who marketed the showstopping residence, said there were three registered bidders at the auction, but ultimately it was a “two horse race”. Francisco and Rebecca Smout with daughter Annabelle, 1, at their development site in Abbott St, Ascot. Photographer: Liam Kidston.SOME are home to the state’s most luxurious mansions and waterfront homes, while others offer bang for your buck and growth potential.These are the southeast Queensland suburbs that outperformed their peers in the residential property stakes in 2019 — breaking records for sale price, number of sales, rental rates or for smashing through the million-dollar median price ceiling for the first time.Benchmarks have been beaten in blue-chip areas like Noosa Heads, Bulimba and Paradise Point, as well as quiet achievers, including Kalinga, Chandler and North Lakes. RELATED: Brisbane now best of Aussie cities as rates stay at historic low The $8.4 million price eclipses the previous residential auction record of $7.75 million, which was achieved at 39 Griffith Street in New Farm earlier this year, and equalled that set when a St Lucia house went under the hammer a decade ago.The New Farm property was bought by Ben Seymour, the grandson of Queensland rich-lister and developer Kevin Seymour.Bulimba has a median house price of $1.3 million. Place Estate Agents managing director Sarah Hackett at the home at 95-99 McConnell St, Bulimba, that she marketed. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Top five reported home sales in Bulimba in 2019 Address Sale price1. 95-99 McConnell Street $8.4m2. 15 Addison Avenue $3.36m3. 51 Waterline Crescent $3.15m4. 42 Duke Street $2.91m5. 33 Addison Avenue $2.85m(Source: NOOSA HEADS An apartment in this apartment at 55 Hastings St, Noosa Heads, sold for close to $10m.The highest price ever paid for an apartment in Noosa — $8.25 million — was achieved in July by the sale of 2/23 Hastings Street, only to be eclipsed by the sale of another beachfront unit in November.The property at 6/55 Hastings Street, which was sold by Tom Offermann Real Estate, was listed with a price guide of $11 million and is understood to have sold for more than $9 million in a cash unconditional deal.Records tumbled in the seaside town this year following a resurgence in beachfront property sales, according to Tom Offermann of Tom Offermann Real Estate.“It’s been a successful November for us with over $50 million in property transacted and the market looks to be getting hotter, just like the weather, over the summer holiday break,” Mr Offermann said. “The prestige end of the market is particularly active. “We negotiated five unconditional sales from $5 million to $10 million in Noosa Heads, which we can’t disclose details about until they are settled. “Confidence in Noosa is high.”But Mr Offermann said there was still good value to be found in the seaside enclave, as proven by the recent sale of a one-bedroom unit in Peppers Resort for a modest $380,000. The view from the apartment at 6/55 Hastings St, Noosa Heads.Top five reported home sales in Noosa Heads in 2019 Address Sale price1. 6/55 Hastings Street $9m-plus2. 2/23 Hastings Street $8.25m3. 54 Noosa Parade $7.1m2. 5/36 Hastings Street $6.1m3. 27 Mossman Court $5.75m4. 49 Witta Circle $5.67m5. 56/71 Hastings Street $5.5m(Source: KALINGA This house at 119 Nelson St, Kalinga, achieved a new sale price record for the suburb.It’s one of the city’s smallest and most unassuming suburbs, which is why many people have never even heard of it.But Kalinga put its name on the map this year when it set a new sale price record for the suburb in 2019, with the sale of a massive, inner-city estate.The home of mining executive Brad Gordon sold under the hammer at auction this month for $5.15 million — blitzing the suburb record set by the same house two years ago by more than $1 million.With views over Kedron Brook, ‘Winbrook’ at 119 Nelson St, Kalinga,.was an abandoned estate when Mr Gordon bought it in 2017.His renovation turned it into a five-bedroom stunner on 3383sq m, with Ray White New Farm lead agent Christine Rudoph welcoming 50 groups through the home during its campaign.Tucked in between the stately suburbs of Clayfield and Wooloowin, Kalinga only reclaimed its identity as a suburb in 2015, after the state government altered Wooloowin’s boundary on Brisbane’s north side.Kalinga has a median house price of $1.225 million and is now the 10th most expensive suburb in Brisbane, according to CoreLogic. The sale of the house owned by mining industry veteran Brad Gordon at 119 Nelson St, Kalinga, set a new sale price record for the suburb.Top five reported home sales in Kalinga in 2019 Address Sale price1. 119 Nelson Street $5.15m2. 151 Nelson Street $2.47m3. 114 Kent Road $1.83m4. 20 Woombye Street $1.725m5. 25 Emma Street $1.565m(Source: CHANDLER The sale of this house at 303 Archer St, Chandler, set a new suburb record in 2019.It’s not just Brisbane’s inner-city suburbs that are driving property price growth.center_img This palatial home in Chandler sold for more than $4m.Top five reported home sales in Chandler in 2019 Address Sale price1. 303 Archer Street $4m plus2. 598 Boston Road $1.6m3. 783 London Road $1.6m4. 220 Charleton Street $1.55m5. 515 London Road $1.53m(Source: NORTH LAKES This house at 38 Hare St, North Lakes, was one of the biggest sales in the suburb in 2019.This burgeoning suburb on the city’s northern outskirts had the highest number of houses change hands in 2019, according to many as 338 houses have been sold in North Lakes so far this year.REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the fact North Lakes was a new suburb with many new houses being built would have boosted sales.“Nevertheless, it is a popular area for buyers,” Ms Conisbee said. “There are a lot of reasons for this. It has a golf course and a big Westfield shopping centre. “Lake Eden and the surrounding parklands provides outdoor green space for residents.”The suburb, which is 28km from Brisbane’s CBD, has an affordable median house price of $480,500, according to CoreLogic. This house at 38 Hare St, North Lakes, was one of the biggest sales in the suburb ni 2019.Top five reported home sales in North Lakes in 2019 Address Sale price1. 16 Kennedy Court $1.55m2. 38 Hare Street $1.1m3. 64 Cowen Terrace $1m4. 4 Mickelson Street $875,0005. 2 Gleeson Street $835,000(Source: HOPE ISLAND Hope Island made the million-dollar club for the first time in 2019.This suburb had been lingering on the outskirts of the Gold Coast’s elite million-dollar club for months before finally making the cut in September this year.It joins Mermaid Beach, Surfers Paradise, Tallebudgera Valley, Broadbeach Waters, Clear Island Waters and Bundall, making it the only northern suburb in the group.Hope Island, which includes the exclusive enclave of Sanctuary Cove, only earned entry after its median house price jumped 12.4 per cent in the 12 months prior to reach $1 million.But Ray White prestige agent Matt Gates, who specialises in Sanctuary Cove properties, said it was likely to continue climbing as house hunters were attracted to the area’s lifestyle.“We’re getting lots of interstate buyers seeing value in the lifestyle that the (Sanctuary Cove) resort offers,” he said.“There’s been steady price growth and plenty of record sales.”The sale of the Roman-inspired mansion owned by the former chair of Dreamworld operator Ardent Leisure, philanthropist Neil Balnaves, was the biggest deal of the year in Hope Island.The 2834 sqm estate at Killymoon Drive fetched $4 million in October when it sold to a Chinese buyer. This Hope Island residence at 1063-1064 Killymoon Drive sold for $4 million. Inside the Roman-inspired home at 1063-1064 Killymoon Drive, Hope Island.Top five reported home sales in Hope Island in 2019 Address Sale price1. 1063-1064 Killymoon Drive $4m2. 8441 Magnolia Drive East $2.845m3. 3123 Riverleigh Drive $2.49m4. 7625 Fairway Boulevard $2.37m5. 2306 Belmont Court East $2.2m (Source: NEW FARM This apartment at 10/170 Bowen Tce, New Farm,The most searched suburb for buying a home in 2019 was New Farm, according to biggest sale in the suburb this year was the property at 39 Griffith Street, which sold under the hammer for $7.75 million in March.Another home that fetched a high price in New Farm in 2019 was an incredible apartment at 10/170 Bowen Terrace, which sold for $6 million in September.Ms Conisbee said New Farm home prices had declined over the past 12 months, but that was likely to turn around. “Typically, suburbs that see high views per listing go on to see better than average price growth,” she said. “New Farm has a lot of appeal.“It’s on the Brisbane River, close to the James Street retail precinct and Fortitude Valley, and there is a lot of diverse housing and great cafes and restaurants.”New Farm is one of Brisbane’s most expensive suburbs with a median house price of $1.5 million, according to CoreLogic. The view from the bathroom in the apartment at 10/170 Bowen Tce, New Farm.Top five reported home sales in New Farm in 2019 Address Sale price 1. 39 Griffith Street $7.75mMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago2. 10/170 Bowen Terrace $6m3. 10/81 Moray Street $5.52m4. 5/9 Griffith Street $4.766m5. 4/9 Griffith Street $4.6m(Source: ASCOT This home at 10 Morgan St, Ascot, became Brisbane’s most expensive rental property in 2019.The affluent, inner-city suburb made headlines early in the year when The Courier-Mail revealed a young Brisbane entrepreneur was forking out 13 times the average weekly rent to live in one of the city’s most lusted-after mega mansions.For the princely sum of $5500 a week, the house described as “the trophy home of the decade” is the most expensive rental ever achieved in the river city, according to the Residential Tenancies Authority.The ultra-private, luxury residence at 10 Morgan Street, Ascot, is built into the side of Bartley’s Hill and spans four levels, with more than 1470 sqm of living space.The home has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, space for 10 cars and killer views.For $5500 a week, you also get a commercial grade marble kitchen, an infinity lap pool, oversized bar and entertaining area, a climate-controlled wine cellar, a private gym, shower and steam room, and an internal lift.Eadan Hockings of LivingHere, who leased the property, said his research also showed it was the highest rental price achieved for a residential home in Brisbane.“We’ve seen an influx of tenants with $4000 plus per week to spend as a result of this landmark rental,” Mr Hockings said.“We’re dealing with a lot of people who, if they can’t find a place to buy, are often happy to put down up to $250,000 a year in rent.” The city views from the house at 10 Morgan St, Ascot.Brisbane couple Francisco and Rebecca Smout have lived in Ascot for the past five years and have seen the suburb change and grow in appeal.“When we moved in, we noticed it was quite an older suburb, but in the last five years, a lot more young couples have moved to the area,” Mr Smout said.“We just feel it is gentrifying. There are some really good spots opening up and … the new Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade is fantastic.”The couple is renovating a house and in the process of building a new one next to it on a block they subdivided in Abbott Street.“We can see ourselves here for a long time to come,” Mr Smout said. Francisco and Rebecca Smout with daughter Annabelle, 1, at their development site in Abbott St, Ascot. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Top five reported home sales in Ascot in 2019 Address Sale price1. 38 Charlton Street $4.2m2. 50 Massey Street $3.3m3. 4 Sutherland Avenue $3.2m4. 19 Upper Lancaster Road $3.075m5. 133 Yabba Street $3.05m (Source: and CoreLogic)9. PARADISE POINT The bathroom in the home at 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands, is beyond decadent.A Sovereign Islands mansion sold for a whopping $11 million in September, making it the highest residential sale on the Gold Coast this year.The sprawling residence at 37-39 Brittanic Crescent, in the affluent gated community within Paradise Point, knocked a Main Beach penthouse, which sold for $8.25 million in February, out of the top spot.The deal was inked before the property even had a chance to hit the market.Amir Prestige Property Agents’ Ivy Wu, who handled the sale with Isaac Kim, knew the buyers and that they would be interested in the property so she approached them before it was listed.The residence is the epitome of opulence with soaring ceilings, feature lighting and luxury detailed finishes throughout.It has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms while a ‘Gold Lounge’ cinema room, wet bar and outdoor entertainment pavilion with pool are among its highlights.Ms Wu said she had never seen the Gold Coast’s high end luxury market so active in 2019, with many local, interstate and overseas house hunters looking to upgrade their current luxury residences. This house at 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands, sold for $11m.Top five reported home sales in Paradise Point in 2019 Address Sale price 1. 37-39 Brittanic Crescent $11m2. Beach House 24 Ephraim Island $3.8m3. 40-42 Peninsula $3.33m4. 26702 Ephraim Island $2.25m5. 23 Dobell Avenue $2.25m6. 26701/2 Ephraim Island Parade $2.165m(Source: WINDSOR This house at 30 Constitution St, Windsor, was the biggest reported sale in the suburb this year.The inner-north Brisbane suburb of Windsor experienced the highest median price growth in the past 12 months.The suburb’s median house price has climbed 19.14 per cent so far in 2019 to sit at $905,500, according to biggest reported sale of the year was a five-bedroom, three-bathroom house on Constitution Road for $2.95 million, according to Conisbee said Windsor was “an incredibly popular suburb on” and one that would often have the highest views per listing on the site. “This is now flowing through to price growth,” she said. “The suburb has a high level of appeal. “It is close to the city and a large number of Queenslanders. This housing type is particularly popular.”The median house price in Windsor is $902,750, according to CoreLogic. This Windsor home sold for $2.95 million in 2019.Top five reported home sales in Windsor in 2019 Address Sale price1. 30 Constitution Road $2.95m 2. 12 Rupert Street $2.385m3. 61 Constitution Road 2.375m4. 38 Palmer Street 2.23m5. 39 Bush Street $1.9m(Source: Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:09Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Robert Wood Johnson-Barnabas Merge

first_imgA MERGER BETWEEN two individual health care giants have them coming together this week creating what will be the one of the largest health care system in the nation and the biggest in the state.Representatives from Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System on Tuesday put pens to paper to an agreement that, if approved by the state, would create a connecting series of medical facilities extending from north Jersey to the shore.The newly merged entity, a not-for-profit, will be known as RWJ Barnabas Health. The state Office of the Attorney General has to approve the deal before the merger can be finalized. Representatives from the health care companies are expecting the review to be completed sometime next year.If finalized, the new company is expected to have annual operating revenues of more than $4.5 billion, with 260,000 inpatient admissions, 2 million outpatient visits and approximately 700,000 emergency department visits and 23,000 births. There will be 30,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns, according to information provided by the health care systems.Barnabas operates Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, in Monmouth County. With the joining of the two systems it will have partners in Hudson, Essex, Union, Middlesex, Mercer, Somerset and Ocean counties. RWJ Barnabas Health will operate 11 acute care hospitals, three children’s hospitals, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital, a behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, along with five fitness and wellness centers.Barnabas is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care system in the state. It currently has 21,000 employees, roughly 5,200 physicians and 500 residents.Robert Wood Johnson currently employees more than 12,000, and 3,250 in medical staff, generating $1.6 million in revenue annually.“The new health system will comprise effectively ever y clinical service from primary to advanced care and greatly strengthen our commitment to medical education and research,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, Barnabas Health’s president and chief executive officer.This deal will also allow for greater economies in scale while promoting the highest over an expanded geographical area, according to representatives. “Because our organizations have a shared vision for how health care should be delivered and our traditional service areas are complementary, we expect a smooth transition process,” said Jack Morris, chair of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital board of directors.This is the latest in a spate of mergers and coupling among health care providers in the state of late. This spring Meridian Health System, which operates Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, River view Medical Center in Red Bank and Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel, in Monmouth County alone announced it’s joining with the smaller Raritan Medical Center, in Middlesex County, and also merged with Hackensack University HealthSystems in separate deals.
In April a Meridian executive said the current crop of joint ventures is precipitated by changes brought about by the federal Affordable Care Act and an evolving business paradigm in the health care industry.last_img read more

Half-time: Everton 2 Chelsea 1

first_imgNemanja Matic’s spectacular strike from distance dragged Chelsea back in the game at Goodison Park after early substitute Steven Naismith had scored twice.Naismith, who has scored more goals against Chelsea than any other Premier League side, came on after eight minutes when Muhamed Besic limped off with a foot injury.And on 16 minutes, the Scotland forward maintained his fine record against the Blues when he slipped the ball to Brendan Galloway and continued his run to head home the left-back’s cross.Asmir Begovic, standing in for the injured Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois, then denied Arouna Kone and James McCarthy as Everton grew in confidence.And the home side did not have to wait long for a second goal, as Chelsea allowed Everton to work the ball to Naismith, who drilled in from the edge of the box.Having been rattled, Jose Mourinho’s side responded well. Cesar Azpilicueta had a shot blocked by John Stones, who impressed in the first half against the club who chased his signature all summer.It took a bolt from the blue though to reduce the arrears as Matic, a good 35 yards out, launched a swerving shot which beat Tim Howard in the home goal.And Chelsea could have been level shortly afterwards, but John Terry – returning to the side after suspension – headed over from an Eden Hazard cross.Everton: Howard; Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway; McCarthy, Barry; Besic, Barkley, Kone; Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Mirallas, Lennon, Naismith, Deulofeu, Osman, Funes Mori. Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Pedro, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Blackman, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Willian, Falcao, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Occi – GCWGPH – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – December 20, 2012

first_imgOcci the village and Occi the GeocacheThere are exactly three trails leading to the Geocache of the Week. One is from a camp site, the second is from a nearby chapel and the third is from a hotel. Whichever path you take, you will end up at a beautiful place called Occi (GCWGPH). Occi is not only a difficulty 1.5, terrain 2.5 traditional geocache, it is also an abandoned village with lots of history and beauty.Occi, France is known for its beautiful ruins that overlook the deep, blue sea. In June 2006, it also became a fascinating an unique location for a highly “Favorited” geocache.  Tourists from all parts of the world visit this place to learn its history and embrace its beauty, but kardamom has given geocachers yet another reason to add this place to their “must see” list.The village remains in ruins to this day. The nearby chapel was only recently restored for a number of local events and weddings. While no one owns the land, a local company is safeguarding the charming village but has no immediate plans to restore any of the buildings. Locals believe that reconstructing it may take away its charm and uniqueness, and prefers that the village remains untouched.One of three paths leading to OcciEven Smurfette visited OcciGeocachers who made the trip to Occi have been enamored by the location and the existence of a geocache at this historically captivating place. Nearly 500 geocachers have claimed their smiley and awarded this great, secluded hide 67 Favorite Points. The 128 images that geocachers shared on the log say a thousand words, but the elaborate logs capture the overwhelming feelings they experienced when they visited the village and found the treasure.A geocacher who recently embarked on an adventure to Occi writes, “We took the path least traveled (from the hotel) and all we can say is ‘magnifique!’ Not only the way to the village, but the breathtaking beauty when we arrived in the abandoned village. The ruins are old and beautiful… To think that there’s a cache here adds a whole new level of excitement for us. We honestly wouldn’t have known about this place if it weren’t for the cache… TFTC for an unforgettable visit!”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] may even meet some localsShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedExploring Belize and Guatemala One Geocache at a TimeOctober 21, 2014With 2 commentsAre you brave enough to enter? – Hsin Pyushin Monastic Complex -The hidden chamber (GC3FH35) — Geocache of the WeekApril 23, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Deep Blue Something (GC43K9C) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 2, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

10 months agoDavid Luiz calls for Chelsea focus ahead of ‘big week’

first_imgDavid Luiz calls for Chelsea focus ahead of ‘big week’by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Luiz says Chelsea must be prepared for a difficult week.The Blues take on Bournemouth in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday before travelling to Leicester City on Saturday.”It’s always a big week,” said David Luiz. “We have another competition on Wednesday and then we play Leicester so we have to take it step by step, it’s going to be difficult.”The Bournemouth game is important, it’s another competition and another trophy so we’re going to try to win it.”It’s going to be difficult, we have to understand that because it’s never easy to play in England and play in these competitions so we have to prepare well, rest well and try to win. If we do that then we can enjoy Christmas.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoRAI director attacks Juventus (and he’s a Roma fan)

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say RAI director attacks Juventus (and he’s a Roma fan)by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe new director of Rai 2 Carlo Freccero has launched a stunning attack on Juventus.Freccero was asked about competing for Serie A broadcasting rights.He blasted: “I only watch the Premier League now, because Juventus always win in Italy. That’s because they have occupied all of VAR, it’s something out of this world.“All of the VARs are controlled by them. They’re manoeuvring, doing this, that and the other… it’s irritating. Forza Roma!”It’s not clear if he was referring to the Video Assistant Referee officials in the booth or the technology itself. last_img read more

Farmers and Exporters Capitalise on Services at Montego Bay Export Centre

first_img Farmers and exporters are capitalising on the services at the Montego Bay Export Centre, which was established by the Government to meet their export needs. Mr. Hastings tells JIS News that the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has been undertaking the concomitant infrastructural improvement and expansion at the centre, so he would love to see more players in the agro-industry, especially farmers, taking advantage of the facility’s services, thereby creating wealth for themselves. Farmers and exporters are capitalising on the services at the Montego Bay Export Centre, which was established by the Government to meet their export needs.Export Complex Manager at the Plant Quarantine Produce/Inspections Branch in Montego Bay, Dalton Hastings, says agricultural exports via the Centre, which is located at the Sangster International Airport, are growing rapidly, due to the increasing demand overseas for Jamaican fresh produce.Mr. Hastings tells JIS News that the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has been undertaking the concomitant infrastructural improvement and expansion at the centre, so he would love to see more players in the agro-industry, especially farmers, taking advantage of the facility’s services, thereby creating wealth for themselves.“We are saying to the farmers, ‘the facility is here’. We have put in all the infrastructure necessary to make your business grow,” Mr. Hastings says.“Based on the sensitive nature of the airline industry and the perishable nature of agricultural commodity, you might have delays and you might have cancellation of flights, which is why we have a cold-storage facility … (for) agricultural commodity,” he explains.Mr. Hastings points out that due to the higher airlift capacity in Montego Bay, in comparison to Kingston, more than 80 per cent of the island’s agricultural cargo that is transported by plane is sent via Montego Bay.“The top commodity that we have is papaya. This is followed by yam and ugli. We do up to 5,000 boxes of papaya in one day,” he notes.“Since 2012, the growth for cargo through this airport is about 300 per cent, from about two million kilogrammes in 2012 to in excess of six million kilogrammes in 2016, and more than 85 per cent of those cargo being agricultural. So, agricultural cargo is what is driving the cargo section of the airport,” Mr. Hastings says.He points out that there is a pre-clearance programme with 52 items that can be fast-tracked into the United States, and urged exporters to venture into exporting other in-demand products, such as turmeric.The main responsibilities of the farmers at present, he emphasises, should be to ramp up production to ensure they are able to maintain their markets; establish packing facilities that meet the Export Centre’s requirements; engage JAMPRO to get the requisite licences and approach the cargo sections of their preferred airlines, after which the Export Centre will provide the necessary follow-through.“The Ministry is actually driving productivity in terms of the programme. The exporters will now have to come on line,” he says.“Once the goods are packed at the certified facility, then they are taken to the export complex for inspection and certification. We can’t allow people to pack from under a tree or their house, because we have to satisfy international regulations. Food safety is paramount, so we have to ensure that it is packed in a suitable and conducive place for human consumption,” the Manager tells JIS News.Mr. Hastings points out that all the requisite entities in the exportation process are based at the facility, which he says offers a complete service, resulting in very little if any hassle for exporters.“It is a one-stop shop. You have customs, you have the airline representatives, you have security personnel, and you have the Contraband Enforcement Team (CET), so inspection is thorough,” he says.“So, you don’t have produce being inspected this minute and by the next hour somebody else has to inspect it. Export is a risk and it is a challenge, but if you follow the procedure and do what is required, it can be a viable business, because we have people who have been in there a long time and they are successful,” Mr. Hastings says. The main responsibilities of the farmers at present, he emphasises, should be to ramp up production to ensure they are able to maintain their markets; establish packing facilities that meet the Export Centre’s requirements; engage JAMPRO to get the requisite licences and approach the cargo sections of their preferred airlines, after which the Export Centre will provide the necessary follow-through. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Canadian solar module makers fight US tariffs as Trump administration defends itself

first_imgTORONTO – U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to hit imports of Canadian solar energy modules with staggering tariffs, starting this month, has sparked another court battle over the extent of his powers to push through his America First agenda.Three Ontario-based manufacturing companies are suing the U.S. government in the U.S. Court of International Trade over a Trump presidential proclamation that began imposing 30 per cent tariffs on imports of their products as of Feb. 7.Silfab Solar Inc. of Mississauga, Heliene Inc. of Sault Ste. Marie and the U.S. subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. of Guelph jointly argue that Trump has overstepped his authority under U.S. law in several ways.For one thing, they say Trump ignored the position of the U.S. International Trade Commission, a quasi-judicial body that would be required to recommend global tariffs on imports of solar cells and modules — mainly from Asia.They also claim Trump disregarded an exemption for the Canadian companies, under the North American Free Trade Agreement, because they haven’t caused significant harm to the few remaining American manufacturers.They argue that U.S. law bars the president “from taking safeguard actions against a NAFTA country in this circumstance.”The Trump administration filed its defence late Tuesday, as ordered by CIT chief judge Timothy Stanceu, who is overseeing the case in New York City.In court documents made available to the public, it said the argument that Trump is statutorily precluded from establishing safeguards because he did not receive an official institutional remedy recommendation from the ITC doesn’t place his determination of serious injury into regulatory limbo.“Section 201 of the Trade Act provides that, when the ITC makes a ‘serious injury’ determination, the president ‘shall take all appropriate and feasible action within his power’ to remedy the injury,” the court documents read.The Trump administration also said the three Canadian plaintiffs are on no firmer ground that the requirements of NAFTA were not satisfied in the absence of the ITC finding that goods from Canada accounted for a substantial share of imports and contributed importantly to serious harm suffered by American manufacturers.“The president determined that Canadian goods met these criteria and should not be excluded from the safeguard measure, and the NAFTA Implementation Act makes clear that the president is the sole arbiter in making such determinations,” the court documents read.Trump’s move does have the support of SolarWorld Americas Inc. of Portland, Ore., one of the companies that prompted the ITC’s investigation last year, which says the president does have the authority to impose the tariffs.“SolarWorld is the last remaining U.S. producer of solar cells still in operation in the United States; the remaining U.S. cell producers have all been driven out of business by foreign imports,” SolarWorld’s lawyer said in a briefing to the court.The Canadians say the U.S. International Trade Commission concluded last year that solar cells and modules from Canada accounted for only about two per cent of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells used in the United States.They also say the commission found the Canadian imports don’t meet the threshold required for the United States to include a NAFTA country in the president’s general action against imported photovoltaic cells and modules.The Canadian companies do have supporters in the United States, including from two Minnesota state senators — Republican Paul Gazelka and David Tomassoni of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party.“In recent years, Minnesota has made significant and growing investments in the solar industry, often in partnerships with Canadian solar companies,” they wrote in a letter to the trade court.“These partnerships have resulted in the creation of jobs for Minnesotans and aided the rapid expansion of Minnesota’s solar industry.”The Minnesota briefing says Trump’s proclamation is problematic because it didn’t follow a “careful and balanced process” that the executive branch needs to follow before imposing safeguard measures on foreign imports.“The executive branch did not follow that careful process here,” it asserts.“By imposing a tariff on Canadian imports anyway, the proclamation contravenes the deliberate process Congress designed. … Furthermore, the proclamation has written Congress out of the vital oversight role to which the statute entitles it.”last_img read more

Registration now open for the Mighty Peace Brewing 1K to a Beer

first_imgThis might just be the hardest run you’ve ever done.  Can you do 1K to a Beer Garden?Mighty Peace Brewing presents 1K to a Beer Garden Saturday, July 28, 2018.  You’ll do 1K, then have a beer with Mighty Peace Brewing, dinner from Aniela’s Kitchen and live music from two local bands.Plus all the proceeds from the event will go directly to the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society.  The society helps local families specifically those facing the high cost of travelling outside our community to receive the medical treatment they require. The Tortoise Prize – SlowestBest DressedSpirit Awardand the Worst Dressed OR be a VIP and you can skip the run and head right to the Beer Garden.The cost is $65 per person or be a VIP for $85.  Registration fees will increase if there is any space available the day of the event.  To register, visit www.energetictickets.caWhat’s included in your registration:You get your first beer on usDinner from Aniela’s KitchenPierogi and Polish SausageGreek SaladAnd Dessert Squarescenter_img A 1K to a Beer Garden T-shirtTwo live bands – Salt n’Water and another band to be namedFree Safe Rides home thanks to Energetic ServicesIt all takes place at Surerus Ball Diamonds on Saturday, July 28, 2018.  Registration is limited to the first 250 people.Event Times:Registration from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.Run at 5 p.m.Beer Garden from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.Dinner at 6 p.m.Bands 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.Plus on top of all this fun, we’ll be giving away prizes for the following:last_img read more

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