A new Port Douglas housing development is expected to attract keen interest from first-home buyers

first_imgFirst-home buyers are expected to pounce on a new development.FIRST-home buyers in the Far North are expected to pounce on the latest land ­development in one of Australia’s most idyllic towns.Stage 1 of a new housing ­estate at Port Douglas will be released soon with 32 lots ranging from 600sq m to more than 700sq m.The smallest block is ­expected to sell for more than $200,000.The New Port Estate, about 10 minutes south of Port Douglas, will connect with the Wangetti Trail and include parks and recreational spaces. Stage one of the New Port Estate housing development in Craiglie, 10 minutes south of Port Douglas. IMAGE: Supplied.Douglas Shire Mayor ­Michael Kerr said the development would create hundreds of jobs over the next three years and increase the region’s rate base.“It’s fantastic to see this ­development finally going ahead,” he said.“There is a real shortage of usable land available in Port Douglas for housing and this will kickstart our new housing stocks.”Developer Ernest Duval said several more stages would be released in the coming years.These would include senior living options and “good-sized affordable allotments” to ­enable Port to grow in a measured and sustainable way.“We have been working on this legacy project for many years,” Mr Duval said.“We have a high percentage of natural open parklands to enhance the residential environment, which we are sure will have great appeal to families and residents.” More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago The New Port Estate housing development at Craiglie, south of Port Douglas.Prices were expected to start in the low $200,000s.The development follows the neighbouring Port Pacific Estate as significant residential areas on the Port Douglas fringe. The Milman Drive development sold its last lots in 2016.Stage 6 of the Ocean Breeze Estate at Cooya Beach, about 18 minutes north of Port Douglas, is also selling.It follows plans for a high-end ­28-lot complex in Port Douglas where a four-bedroom home with private pool and garage is expected to fetch about $1.2m.last_img read more

‘Business as usual’ for Blues

first_img Press Association Sport understands Benitez took training at the club’s Cobham base this morning and is likely to be in charge for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom, where the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge and taunts towards Benitez could be more toxic than usual. The ‘business as usual’ statement is reminiscent of comments made by one of Benitez’s predecessors, following the departure of Roberto Di Matteo last November, when the Spaniard was placed in charge. Andre Villas-Boas, now in charge at Tottenham, said: “At Chelsea, I think another sacking is just like any other day at the office.” It seems the addition of ‘interim’ to his title has irked Benitez since his appointment and he finally erupted following a fourth win in six games – a run which was preceded by just three wins in 10. In 27 matches, Benitez has 14 wins and a victory percentage of 52 per cent, which – alongside Villas-Boas – is the poorest start of any of the nine managers in the Abramovich era. The reaction of the former Liverpool boss in confirming his departure at the end of the campaign is likely to heighten speculation over his replacement, with former boss Jose Mourinho – now at Real Madrid – reported to be the top target. Whoever replaces Benitez will become the 10th manager in 10 years under Abramovich. Never before has the Russian billionaire had three managers preside over his team in one season, but, should Benitez depart before the end of the campaign and ahead of fulfilling his brief of Champions League football next term, that is what will happen. Rafael Benitez is expected to be given at least one more match in charge at Chelsea despite his rant criticising Blues supporters and the club’s decision to give him the title of interim manager. Press Associationcenter_img Benitez spoke frankly following the holders’ 2-0 FA Cup win at Middlesbrough, which set up a quarter-final tie with Manchester United. His criticism sparked suggestions his tenure could come to an end imminently, rather than as scheduled at the end of season, with the comments unlikely to have gone down well with owner Roman Abramovich and the Blues board. Chelsea, however, insisted it was just another day at Stamford Bridge, where reports of dressing-room unrest have been played down. A club spokesperson said: “It’s business as usual.” last_img read more

Holding warns: Consult players first before sacking coach Pybus

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Fast-bowling legend Michael Holding has warned the new Cricket West Indies (CWI) leadership against axing interim head coach Richard Pybus ahead of next month’s ICC World Cup without first consulting the players.Holding, now a well-respected television broadcaster, said the current players were the ones who stood to be impacted most by such a substantive personnel change and therefore needed to give their input in any such decision.Pybus, a controversial appointment to the post last January, is widely expected to be replaced prior to the May 30 to July 14 showpiece in England.“I wouldn’t say right now that we need to change everything. We need to analyse before we have knee-jerk reactions and kick out everybody and change everything,” Holding to i95.5FM radio here.“We need to sit down and analyse. The people that are coming in – the president (Ricky Skerritt) and the new vice-president (Dr Kishore Shallow) – need to sit down with everybody at various times.”He continued: “I am hearing them talk about changing the coach for the World Cup. You need to sit down with the current players now and have a discussion with them and say to them ‘what do you think?’, because they are the ones who are going to be affected.“We sitting down in our living rooms watching, we won’t be affected – the players will be ones to be affected. They (Skerritt and Shallow) need to sit down with them, have a frank discussion, ask them what they think – if they think it is a wise decision or if they are happy to continue with the way things are.”Pybus, a former director of cricket, replaced Stuart Law as head of the Caribbean side for England’s tour of the Caribbean this year, overseeing their shock 2-1 win in the three-Test series.The Englishman’s appointment was met with pushback from several CWI directors, with Skerritt during the election campaign noting his discomfort with the manner in which the decision had been made.And only last week, leading regional academic and UWI vice-chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, argued that a Caribbean coach should lead the Windies at the World Cup.Holding, who claimed 249 wickets in 60 Tests, said any decisions made on the coaching role should be made with the long-term future of West Indies cricket in mind.“You don’t go into a business and just change everything. You’ve got to go into the business, study how the business operates and deal with the people that are in there and find out how things need to be changed. I’m not saying don’t change anything – what I am saying is do not have a knee-jerk reaction,” Holding contended.“What is the World Cup? One tournament. We’re talking about West Indies cricket and the future of West Indies cricket. Do we only want to win the World Cup? We need to think about the future of West Indies cricket. The World Cup is in a couple months’ time, what happens after the World Cup?”Skerritt’s election has been widely viewed as a positive development, especially with outgoing president Dave Cameron having become widely unpopular during his three terms in charge.But Holding said it was important the new CWI leadership engage in wide consultation ahead of fundamental changes.“They also need to sit down with administration, the people who actually work and are paid by the West Indies cricket board (and ask) what do you think? How do you think we should move forward? The financial controller, the CEO, the head of coaching – all of those people,” the Jamaican said.“It is a long process … (they need to) see what needs to be fixed, see what needs to be changed.”last_img read more

Rhodes faces DUI charge

first_imgPolice said Anderson told them she and Babineaux, 25, had argued at their home. She said she went to the movies, and upon returning found Kilo, her year-and-a-half old dog, in “severe physical distress.” Babineaux met with officers at the hospital, where he said he was not responsible for the dog’s death. Police said his account of what happened was inconsistent with the information about the dog’s injuries provided by the animal hospital. He was arrested. Police said they still are awaiting test results, but added preliminary information indicates Kilo died from a massive blow to the head. ST. PETER, Minn. – Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Koren Robinson must serve 90 days in jail for fleeing police last August, a prosecutor said. Robinson was sentenced in Nicollet County Court for leading officers on a high-speed chase this past summer from St. Peter to Mankato during Vikings training camp. Assistant County Attorney Paul Tanis said Robinson will be on probation for three years. He also must complete 80 hours of community service and pay a $1,500 fine. LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Chicago Bears promoted Bob Babich from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator one day after the team announced it would not retain Ron Rivera. Babich, in his fourth year with the Bears, also coached with Lovie Smith in St. Louis and at the University of Tulsa. He was the Rams’ linebackers coach when Smith was defensive coordinator. At Tulsa, he coached the tight ends while Smith worked with linebackers. BEREA, Ohio – LeCharles Bentley likely will undergo more surgery on a serious knee injury that cost him last season, is jeopardizing another and could end his NFL career. Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage said Bentley is considering another operation to repair the left patellar tendon he tore on the first full-contact play of training camp last summer. SAN DIEGO – Outside linebacker Shaun Phillips signed a six-year contract with the San Diego Chargers. The deal keeps Phillips from becoming a restricted free agent. Phillips became a starter after Steve Foley was shot by an off-duty police officer eight days before the season opener. Phillips had a career-high 111/2 sacks, which contributed to the Chargers’ NFL-high of 61. He was second among NFL linebackers and behind only teammate Shawne Merriman, who led the NFL with 17. IRVING, Texas – Center Andre Gurode has signed a six-year contract that will prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent. ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The Detroit Lions signed guard Blaine Saipaia to a two-year deal and brought back a player who will add much-needed depth on their offensive line. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rhodes, who wore a black sweat suit with red trim, said nothing during the hearing and did not speak to reporters afterward. He is scheduled to return to court today. “We are very troubled by Dominic Rhodes arrest for DUI,” Colts President Bill Polian said in a statement. “We will have no further comment until the case has been dealt with by the justice system.” LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux denied responsibility for the death of his girlfriend’s dog, which led to felony animal abuse charges against the player. Gwinnett County Police said officers were dispatched Sunday evening to the Animal Emergency Center, where the staff told them 24-year-old Blair Anderson had arrived with a pit bull mix that was dead upon arrival. INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts running back Dominic Rhodes faces a drunken driving charge after state troopers arrested him Tuesday. Rhodes, 28, was pulled over about 3 a.m. driving a GMC truck 81 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 65 in Indianapolis’ far northwest side, Indiana State Police spokesman 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten said. center_img “It was a normal, run-of-the-mill drunk driving arrest,” Bursten said. Rhodes was cooperative with the state troopers who arrested him, police said. He was held overnight and released on his own recognizance after an initial hearing Tuesday afternoon. last_img read more

Raiders stink up the joint in second half of 33-13 loss to Rams

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — A deadly combination of skunk afterglow and sewage fumes filtered throughout one side of the Coliseum well after everyone but media and stadium staff had left.People covered their noses and mouths, zig-zagging through the bowels of the stadium so their dinner stayed down. One security guard joked he had eaten a rotten burrito, but the stench was no joke. This was serious. It stunk. Real bad.But even as a …last_img read more

Brand South Africa collaborates with academia on the future of marketing education

first_imgA Brand South Africa presentation at a recent gathering of marketing academics highlighted the importance of the relationship between nation branding and future of marketing education at tertiary institutions. At a gathering of marketing academia and marketing research professionals at Unisa in Pretoria on 15 and 16 August 2017, Brand South Africa presented an overview of the organisation’s work and how it could assist in developing the future of marketing education in South Africa. (Image: Unisa)CD AndersonAn academic collaboration programme hosted by Unisa’s Department of Marketing and Retail Management was held on 15 and 16 August 2017 in Pretoria. The conference gathered together representatives from 12 South African tertiary institutions, and one from Uganda. Also attending were representatives from Services Seta, various marketing councils, and academic research organisations.The purpose of the programme was to discuss and debate the challenges of marketing education in South Africa. The ultimate goal, through a series of presentations and panel discussions, was to collaborate on a way forward to solving these challenges and ensure the future of the marketing discipline was healthy and successful.Brand South Africa was part of the programme and presented the keynote address on the organisation’s mandate of promoting the country’s reputation at home and abroad, as well highlighting the organisation’s various projects.Opening the gathering, Professor MT Mogale, executive dean of Unisa’s College of Economic and Management Sciences, spoke about ensuring a stable future for the marketing industry through education. The main prerogative of tertiary institutions and marketing educators, he said, was to create employment and turn out strong professional specialists in the industry. “Key goals were training and innovation,” Mogale added, “in order to compete on a global level.”“We need to train and nurture true innovators in the industry – boundary pushers and entrepreneurs who are not only employable but who also can create employment,” Mogale said.He added that the foundation for that ideal lay in the development of stronger curriculums at higher learning institutions.  “Educators and academics need to look to future, plan and design a curriculum that is forward-thinking and progressive.”The gathering at Unisa was an opportunity to share ideas on how that can be achieved, Mogale continued, adding that promoting the importance of academic study and finding practical ways to change administrative procedures that would include all South Africans would go a long way to reflecting a true national identity. “I truly wish you all a productive meeting here at one of South Africa’s significant institutions of higher learning,” Mogale concluded.Brand South Africa’s keynote address was presented by Chief Marketing Officer Linda Sangaret.Following an overview of the organisation’s work, its role in reputation building for the country domestically and globally, Sangaret also highlighted Brand South Africa’s various programmes that take “good news” messaging to South Africans. These included the Play Your Part and Brand Ambassador initiatives, as well as the Global South Africans project that focuses on South Africans living and working abroad helping build nation identity around the world with an eye to boosting the country’s economic competitiveness.Sangaret also emphasised the importance of research in Brand South Africa’s work. “We deal in facts not clichés. Research is the core of our work as an organisation,” she said, adding that effectively measuring the successes of nation branding helped focus on better marketing strategies and programmes.Sangaret also highlighted the hugely successful Brand South Africa Master Class initiatives. The organisation regularly gathers government, corporate and media leaders and trendsetters to get a full overview of the concepts of nation branding and country reputation management – covering elements such as research, new programme developments and global branding trends. The Master Classes, Sangaret said, also presented a practical opportunity to tertiary institutions and in particular, marketing facilities, to learn the ins and outs of brand marketing on a national scale.“Master Classes present a unified image and message of the country, backed by strong research and focussed programmes… [the idea] could be beneficial to marketing education, and especially students, as future leaders in the industry, to understand citizen value and the effects of strong nation branding,” Sangaret concluded.The Unisa collaboration programme also included presentations and discussions on topics such as the Africanisation of marketing education, marketing in informal markets and effectively developing an entrepreneurial mind-set in the industry.Source: Brand South Africa, Unisa Department of Marketing and Retail Management Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Progressive Conservatives set to take power Friday in New Brunswick

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick will get its next minority government on Friday, one week after the Liberals fell on a confidence vote in the provincial legislature.Premier-designate Blaine Higgs, leader of the Progressive Conservative party, said Monday his government will be sworn into office on Friday and he is still in the process of deciding who will be in cabinet.Higgs, who was finance minister in an earlier Tory government, said he toyed with the idea of taking on the finance position himself but has decided he simply will be “close” with whoever he names to the key role.The former Irving Oil executive is considered a fiscal hawk. Higgs has made tackling the province’s financial woes a priority. Among other things, the net debt has swollen to more than $14 billion in the small province of about 750,000 people.“I am questioning how we are spending at a rate of three per cent when we have no more than a one per cent rate of growth,” Higgs told reporters on Monday.He said there is a sense of urgency about New Brunswick’s worsening fiscal situation, especially with one of the major bond-rating agencies, the Dominion Bond Rating Service, warning of a possible downgrade to the province’s credit rating.Higgs said he will meet with the agencies in the coming months to try to head off any downgrades.“I want to stop the bleeding,” he said of the province’s finances.The Tory leader has been meeting with provincial officials to prepare for the transition to office. He said he will meet Premier Brian Gallant on Tuesday morning to discuss the handover of power.The Tory government’s throne speech will be presented on Nov. 20.Standings in the 49-seat legislature are 22 Tories, 21 Liberals, three Green party members and three People’s Alliance MLAs. The Tories can stay in office with the support of the three Alliance members, which gives them the 25 votes needed for a majority.Kris Austin, leader of the People’s Alliance, has said the party will support the Tories on confidence votes for at least 18 months.last_img read more

Chetwynd RCMP assures community after FB posts suggest abduction attempts

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd RCMP are reassuring residents after posts on social media suggested there were three abduction attempts in the community over the last week.Cpl. Andrew McElwain of the Chetwynd RCMP cautions, I appreciate that social media has a place in adding to community safety, in that information can be shared quickly and efficiently, however, I cannot stress enough the importance of garnering information from credible reliable sources prior to sharing it. Rumours and misinformation can be more damaging to investigations than helpful and may cause more fear than is warranted especially when isolated incidents are linked, where no evidence to support such links exists.At this time the RCMP don’t believe the three incidents listed below are connected. On October 11, 2018, a woman met a man, who was unknown to her, in a local coffee shop. She chose to get into the man’s vehicle, who was allegedly intoxicated. Given his level of intoxication, the woman asked to let out. The man dropped the woman off as per her request. The man allegedly offered the woman money and a pack of cigarettes as she was unable to locate her phone. The man has been identified.On October 11, 2018, two youths were walking home when a man in a vehicle of unknown make and model allegedly approached them and offered $100 to the female youth to get into the vehicle. The girl declined and the two youths continued walking away. No other contact was made. Chetwynd RCMP are still looking for this man, but have identified a possible suspect.On October 15, 2018 a male youth was at IGA when an aboriginal man allegedly approached him and asked if the youth could buy him something from IGA. The youth declined the request at which point the aboriginal male lunged at him. The youth then got on his bike and rode to the Rec Center where it was reported to the Chetwynd RCMP.last_img read more

Govt refuses to disclose details on RBI Governor’s appointment

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has refused to share details related to the appointment of RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das citing a clause in the transparency law which bars disclosure of information, including “records of deliberations of the council of ministers, secretaries and other officers”. Replying to an RTI query, it declined to share the details, including names of short-listed candidates and file notings related to the appointment. Das was on December 11, 2018 named as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for three years. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The appointment came after Urjit Patel abruptly resigned amid a face-off with the government over issues related to governance and autonomy of the central bank. The RTI application was filed by this correspondent with the Department of Financial Services (DFS) seeking details like copy of any advertisement or vacancy circular issued by the government on appointment of RBI Governor, names of all applicants who had applied for the post and those short-listed for the top post. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The DFS was also asked to provide details on composition of search committee to short-list candidates and copy of minutes of meetings held on deciding the RBI Governor. In its reply, the DFS said the selection of Governor, RBI is done by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on the basis of recommendation made by the Financial Sector Regulatory Appointments Search Committee (FSRASC). The committee is headed by cabinet secretary as its chairperson and has additional principal secretary to Prime Minister and secretary of the department concerned besides three outside experts as its members, the DFS said, without giving the names of the experts. It had then forwarded the application to the cabinet secretariat. “In this regard, it is informed that the requisite information about appointment of Shaktikanta Das as Governor, Reserve Bank of India, being Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) related file notings/documents/records, is exempted from disclosure under Section 8 (1) (i) of the Right to Information Act 205,” the cabinet secretariat said in its reply to the RTI application. The section bars disclosure of “cabinet papers, including records of deliberations of the council of ministers, secretaries and other officers”. The section, however, says that the decisions of council of ministers, the reasons thereof, and the material on the basis of which the decisions were taken shall be made public after the decision has been taken, and the matter is complete, or over. Das, a 1980-batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, retired as Economic Affairs Secretary in May 2017 and was since appointed India’s Sherpa to the G-20 and a member of the Finance Commission. Urjit Patel, who initially appeared to have toed the government line on issues like demonetisation, clashed with the Finance Ministry last year over issues of liquidity, reserves of the central bank and lending norms. The face-off had led to the government invoking a never-used-before provision of the RBI Act to bring the Governor to the negotiating table on these issues. After Das’ appointment was announced, Indian-American economist Abhijit Banerjee flayed the government for appointing the retired bureaucrat as the RBI Governor. He also warned that the decision leaves a lot of “frightening” questions about governance issues at key public institutions. Banerjee, Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), had made a strong pitch for strengthening the credibility of all key institutions like the RBI. On Patel’s sudden resignation, he had said, “We should all worry if this is a sign of institutional stress.” Addressing a function a day after Das’ appointment, former chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian said the central bank’s autonomy was “sacred” which should not be compromised.last_img read more

A bit surprised at Pant’s omission, says Gavaskar

first_imgNew Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar Monday said he is surprised at young glovesman Rishabh Pant’s exclusion from India’s World Cup squad given his “exceptionally” good batting form and “great” improvement in wicket-keeping skills. The 33-year-old Dinesh Karthik pipped Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper’s slot in India’s 15-strong squad for the World Cup, starting May 30 in England. Gavaskar said the move is surprising but backed Karthik as a better wicketkeeper. “A bit surprised, looking at his (Pant’s) form. He was batting exceptionally well, not only in the IPL but before that also. He was showing great improvement his wicket-keeping as well. He brings that left-handed option in the top-six which is very handy against the bowlers,” gavaskar told ‘India Today’. “The bowlers have to change their line (for a left-hander) and the captains have to do a lot of field arrangements. Pant has so far scored 245 runs in the ongoing IPL, compared to Karthik’s 111. Karthik was chosen over Pant despite an indifferent IPL campaign with the Kolkata Knight Riders. Gavaskar said there was some merit in the move. “On a morning when say, MSD (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) has a flu and can’t play, you want somebody who is a better wicket-keeper. I think Karthik’s wicket-keeping skills, more than anything, have won him this place,” Gavaskar said. Gavaskar said Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who made it to the squad for his “three-dimensional qualities”, will be a very useful player for the team. “He is a cricketer who has improved over the last one year. He has grown in confidence. Shankar is a very useful cricketer. He is a very very good batsman, handy bowler, and an outstanding fielder,” the batting great explained. Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra said Pant’s elevation to the top tier of the central contracts had him believe that the youngster would make India’s World Cup squad. “Wasn’t Pant elevated to the top tier of the Central Contracts a few weeks back?? Not a certainty in two of the three formats,” Chopra wrote on his twitter page. “India has picked Shankar as #4 option. Without really knowing if it’ll work. DK will play only when Dhoni isn’t available. And no fourth seamer. Interesting choices. Hope it works. Good luck #CWC.” Former India medium-pacer R P Singh and star of India’s 2007 World T20 triumph said he hoped that the decision to pick experience over youth works in the team’s favour at the mega-event. “Clearly they’ve chosen experience and patience in the form of @DineshKarthik. Middle order will be very interesting to see @klrahul11/@DineshKarthik could be at number 4. Rest seems sorted with @JadhavKedar and @msdhoni at number 5/6,” Singh tweeted.last_img read more