Coronavirus: Grab a great deal on a long-term rental property as apartments flood the market

first_imgKayla-Jane Mooney is looking for a long-term tenant for her fully furnished investment property in South Brisbane. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.A FLURRY of fully furnished rental properties have hit the market at reduced prices as mum-and-dad investors look for long-term tenants to keep them afloat during the coronavirus crisis.Analysis of rental listings on Realestate.com.au and Flatmates.com.au reveals furnished property listings jumped 54 per cent in the past week, and a whopping 150 per cent compared with the week before that.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said there had also been an overall increase in rooms and properties for rent, suggesting a lot of short-term rentals were transitioning to long-term rentals.“Looking at new property listings (rooms/properties available to be rented) on Flatmates.com.au, we have seen a 33 per cent increase compared to last week and a 56 per cent increase on the previous week,” Ms Conisbee said.“Some listings specified they were previously rented as short-term stays. “REA Group chief economist Nerida ConisbeeFlatmates.com.au executive manager Steve Caddy said the website had recorded an influx of new members offering share house accommodation in recent weeks.“Many of these new properties were originally holiday rentals that have now entered the long-term marketplace,” Mr Caddy said.“So now is a great time to find a room in your dream rental location if you’re looking for a place to live.”Place Estate Agents Kangaroo Point business development manager Rebecca Russell said it was a good time for tenants to secure a rental property for a good price.Ms Russell said a huge number of apartment owners in Brisbane’s inner-city had cancelled their short-term leasing agreements and transitioned to long-term — dropping weekly rental rates by about $100.“I’m having to show 20 people through a property before getting a lease on it,” Ms Russell said.“As a tenant, I think right now there’s a lot more choice out there, prices are better and you’re probably able to negotiate a bit better as well.”There has been a spike in the number of furnished properties hitting the rental market.Single mother Kayla-Jane Mooney is looking for a long-term tenant for her fully furnished, one-bedroom apartment in South Brisbane.“I did have tenants in there — they were meant to be in until the end of July, early August, but they were from the UK, so decided to leave because of the virus,” Ms Mooney said.“They pretty much packed their bags and walked out the door, so that wasn’t ideal.”The unit in the riverfront Spice Apartments building is available at a reduced rate of $475 a week and offers city views and a rooftop pool.Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella said more than a third of the state’s population rented and the majority of that supply came through private investors.The federal government this week introduced a six-month moratorium on residential and commercial evictions, which would provide a reprieve for tenants unable to pay the rent as a result of the coronavirus crisis.Ms Mercorella said the risk with implementing a blanket eviction ban was that it reassigned the cost of that default onto the property owner, potentially forcing them into mortgage default and possible bankruptcy.“It’s not just a matter of pressing pause on mortgage repayments to set and forget for six months,” Ms Mercorella said.“Many mum and dad investors can barely cover the various costs associated with owning an investment property even with rent coming in so may not have any other choice but to sell their properties.”FURNISHED LISTINGS ON REALESTATE.COM.AU% variance to last week % variance to previous week(13-19 March to 20-26 March) (6-12 March to 20-26 March)TAS170% 536%ACT111% 533%SA44% 345%QLD81% 175%NSW55% 170%VIC22% 130%WA38% 57%NTMore from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago24% -10%NEW PROPERTY LISTINGS ON FLATMATES.COM.AU% variance to last week % variance to previous week(13-19 March to 20-26 March) (6-12 March to 20-26 March)ACT40% 20%NSW35% 65%NT19% -21%QLD30% 36%SA12% 47%TAS-2% 0%VIC36% 83%WA31% 11%last_img read more

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Doctors’ criticisms force Medsafe to reconsider pharmacists selling the pill

first_imgStuff co.nz 5 May 2016Family First Comment: Quite right. The health and welfare of the woman is paramount.  Health officials may be forced into an embarrassing backtrack after a recommendation that pharmacists be allowed sell birth control pills without a doctor’s script.The controversial issue was put back on the agenda this week after harsh criticisms by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners that Medsafe’s decision-making was flawed and risked harming patients.Last November, Medsafe, the Government’s medicines regulator, agreed to reclassify some oral contraceptives from prescription-only to restricted medicines after it considered a revised proposal to let specially trained pharmacists sell a six-month supply of four oral contraceptives to women previously prescribed them within the past three years.But the college’s manager of strategic policy, Michael Thorn, objected, forcing Medsafe’s Medicines Classification Committee to reconsider the issue at its latest meeting on Tuesday.Green Cross Healthcare, the country’s largest pharmacy chain, had been seeking approval to sell the pill over-the-counter for several years.A year ago, Medsafe rejected its proposal to change the pill’s classification so pharmacists could sell it because it failed to gain backing by a medical organisation, so Green Cross Health lodged a revised proposal. It included tighter restrictions and was limited to women previously prescribed oral contraceptives in the past three years.The new proposal won favour with some in the medical fraternity, including partial support from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/79357670/doctors-criticisms-force-medsafe-to-reconsider-pharmacists-selling-the-pill.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Shortland Street slammed by Down syndrome community

first_imgNewsHub 1 August 2018Family First Comment: More disturbing rubbish on TVNZ…“The word ‘abortion’ was used straight away and that’s very confronting and offending to people with Down syndrome, and their parents,” says Kim Porthouse, a spokesperson for the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association (NZDSA). In the show, Warner says the genetic disorder will mean the child suffers severe medical issues that “will crush” Carlson. “These inflammatory statements are incredibly ill-informed and coming from a doctor it just reinforces a lot of the prejudice that having a child with Down syndrome is a burden,” says Mrs Porthouse.Members of New Zealand’s Down syndrome community say they are “appalled” by an “insensitive and ignorant” recent Shortland Street storyline.But the show’s broadcaster TVNZ and production company South Pacific Pictures are defending it.In the soap opera, couple Zoe Carlson and Chris Warner discovers their unborn baby is likely to have Down syndrome.“The word ‘abortion’ was used straight away and that’s very confronting and offending to people with Down syndrome, and their parents,” says Kim Porthouse, a spokesperson for the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association (NZDSA).In the show, Warner says the genetic disorder will mean the child suffers severe medical issues that “will crush” Carlson.“These inflammatory statements are incredibly ill-informed and coming from a doctor it just reinforces a lot of the prejudice that having a child with Down syndrome is a burden,” says Mrs Porthouse.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/entertainment/2018/07/shortland-street-slammed-by-down-syndrome-community.htmllast_img read more

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Al Shabaab Militants target UAE officials in Mogadishu

first_imgRelated Al-Shabaab storms military base outside Mogadishu At least 10 people have been killed and 15 others have been injured, after a car bomb targeting military trainers from the United Arab Emirates hit their convoy in Mogadishu. Reports indicate that the UAE officials are unharmed. CCTV’S Mohamed Hirmoge reports Somalia unrest: Al-Shabaab militants take towns Somali forces killed 30 al-Shabaab militantslast_img

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Former Okocha coach lists Liverpool,Man City as Premier League’s best long-ball teams

first_img Loading… He believes that English football’s top pair show the kind of versatility that others lack and that Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have actually embraced a need to mix up play. But Allardyce, 65, feels that the duo don’t get the credit they deserve for their ability to go long, because admitting you’re happy to go direct is now ‘frowned upon’. Read Also:Allardyce defends Pickford after street fight “Too many players are giving the ball away in their own half,” insists Allardyce. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 And Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson is the standout player when it comes to going direct. That’s according to Sam Allardyce, the former England manager.Advertisement Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth Liverpool are running away with the Premier League this term, and ex-England and Austin Jay Jay Okocha boss, Allardyce believes their ability to go long is another reason for their success.last_img read more

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Antique joins 2020 WVRAA Meet resumption in Aklan

first_imgDue to the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) scare, the 2020 edition of the WVRAA was rescheduled by DepEdRegional Office 6. It was originally set last month, but the 11 Chinesetourists, who were supposed to spend their vacation in the world-famous BoracayIsland, were quarantined in the Aklan Provincial Hospital as a precautionarymeasure against the deadly virus. Antiqueño delegates join the opening program parade of the 2019 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet in Roxas City, Capiz. This year, Antique will send some 500 athletes and technical officials to the WVRAA Meet 2020 in Aklan. PNA According to Department ofEducation(DepEd)-Antique Superintendent Felisa Beriong, the Antiqueño athleteswill leave on March 14 – a week ahead the WVRAA event – so that they couldpractice in the different sporting venues of the Calangcang Sports Complex inMakato, Aklan. “I encourage also the mayor and otherlocal chief executives to go see the sports event in Aklan,” she said. Cadiao, together with other governmentofficials of this province, will also attend the 2020 WVRAA Meet to give moralsupport to the Antiqueño athletes. “The provincial government of Antique isfully supportive of our athletes,” she said. She added that their presence wouldinspire the athletes to excel in their respective sporting events.(With a report from PNA/PN) For her part, Gov. Rhodora Cadiaoannounced on March 2 that the provincial government of Antique has given afinancial assistance of P5 million for its delegation’s trainings andallowances. SAN JOSE, Antique – This province willbe sending a delegation of some 500 athletes and technical officials to the2020 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet hosted by Aklanprovince on March 21-28.last_img read more

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Ivy Tech Teacher Attends TEDx Conference

first_imgDr. Ullrich was presented with the Gerald I. Lamkin Award from Ivy Tech.Ivy Tech faculty member Dr. Karl Ullrich has dedicated a financial reward presented for his selection as the Gerald I. Lamkin Award winner, to further improve his teaching expertise.Ullrich used the money to help defray the cost of attending the prestigious National TEDx Conference in San Antonio, Texas.Founded in 1984, “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design – three broad subject areas that, collectively, are shaping the future. A very successful conference/event series, some of the world’s leading “thinkers and doers” are guest speakers at the event. The theme for the conference was “Minds Wide Open.” Speakers included:Liza Long, author of the blog “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” which addresses stigmas association with mental illness in children;Roman Baca, a former U. S. Marine and Iraq war veteran who spoke on the use of art to heal a war-scared world;Carry Clack, a congressional staffer, on nonviolence as a way of life and a tool for social change;Attorney Ryan Cox, talking on prison reform;Doug Frantz, a chemistry professor who discussed breakthroughs in stem cell research;Andreas Andujar, an urban planner who spoke on the critical value of urban parks in downtown areas;Aamuel Ximenes, space architect, whose presentation was about the future of interplanetary entrepreneurship and human destiny to become a multi-planetary species.Fifteen other persons also addressed attendees.Ullrich, Cincinnati, Ohio, has been an adjunct professor of Psychology and Sociology in Ivy Tech Community College’s Southeast region since 2006. His teaching philosophy includes mixing professional experiences with external resources, including TED videos.Ullrich plans to continue incorporate videos of this year’s TEDS conference into classroom activities. Applauding the support he has received from Ivy Tech Southeast Chancellor Jim Helms and the entire regional administrative team, Ullrich exclaimed, “It was a pleasure to represent Ivy Tech at TEDx San Antonio. I am already planning on ways to use the experience to enhance the services I offer my students.”The conference was held on October 12, 2013.last_img read more

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University survey shows most Hoosiers support President Trump

first_imgMuncie, In. — As the 2018 midterm elections approach, a majority of Hoosiers approve of the job President Trump is doing, according to preliminary results of the Old National Bank/Ball State University 2018 Hoosier Survey.In the telephone survey of 604 adult Hoosiers, 53 percent approved of the job Trump is doing as president, compared to only 39 percent who disapproved.“These survey results add to the evidence that the president’s approval is beginning to rebound, just in time for the midterm elections,” said Chad Kinsella, a political science professor and survey analyst at the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State, which conducts the annual public opinion survey.“Trump’s approval has rebounded significantly since the 2017 Hoosier Survey, which put him underwater with only 41 percent approval. This is an increase of 12 percentage points in a year.”The Bowen Center will release additional results in the coming weeks as the data are analyzed. Topics include gas and cigarette tax increases, school safety, opioid/drug problems, sports gambling, medical work requirements, and legal marijuana.The survey also indicates that Trump’s approval depends on a respondent’s party, said Kinsella.“President Trump has great support among Republicans, with 92 percent approving, more tepid support among independents, with 46 percent approval, and little support among Democrats, with only 11 percent approving.”The survey was conducted by Issues & Answers Network, Inc. (I&A). The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is 5.1 percentage points.The Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University conducts the annual Old National Bank/Ball State University Hoosier Survey to provide Indiana policymakers with a measure of public opinion on current issues facing our state and nation. This nonpartisan public policy survey is designed to take the pulse of the state with regard to the most pressing issues facing Hoosiers. The results are delivered to every member of the Indiana General Assembly at the beginning of the calendar year so that lawmakers can gauge public views about issues they are likely to face in the coming session.last_img read more

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Real Madrid set to end three-year La Liga title against Villarreal

first_imgReal Madrid will be crowned La Liga champions tonight if they defeat Villarreal or if Barcelona fail to beat Osasuna. It will be Madrid’s first league title since 2017 and only their second in the past eight seasons, with their El Clasico rivals Barcelona dominating in recent times with eight wins in their last 11. Loading… Read Also: Adebayo Akinfenwa gets invite to Liverpool victory parade Each of the main Catalan sports newspapers go for the same headline – ‘Match Ball’ – to represent how this is a decisive moment in the campaign when Madrid can end the title race beyond any doubt. Indeed, Mundo Deportivo argue that whilst team awards are now beyond Barcelona in La Liga – Lionel Messi will still be gunning for the Pichichi award, as he leads Karim Benzema by three goals in the leading goalscoring charts going into the final two rounds of action. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Unsurprisingly, the club’s imminent title dominates the front pages of Thursday’s Spanish sports papers, with Madrid-based Marca focusing on how Barcelona must not only win their home clash against Osasuna but also ‘pray’ that Los Blancos slip up against the Yellow Submarine.Advertisement Promoted ContentA Runner Uses Strava App To Create Amazing Pieces Of Running Art8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarLook Up At The Most Fascinated Ceilings In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithThe Best Cars Of All Timelast_img read more

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Powar calls for Anelka sanction

first_img Press Association Piara Powar, the executive director of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) anti-discrimination network, said Anelka’s salute had highlighted the growing influence of far-right groups in football. The West Brom striker’s gesture after scoring against West Ham on Saturday is under investigation by the Football Association. The ‘quenelle’ – which translates literally as ‘dumpling’ in English – was brought to prominence by French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, who has been prosecuted for anti-Semitism. Nicolas Anelka should face punishment for his controversial ‘quenelle’ goal celebration but the incident is not as serious as the racist abuse which Luis Suarez and John Terry were guilty of, according to a leading anti-racism campaigner. He added: “The fact that the players may have been conned into mimicking something in support of a friend makes it no less a dangerous gesture. “There is a wider and important context of the rise of someone like Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala. French race politics and the way in which race plays an increasing part of life in France, are becoming distorted and murky. Many believe that the French integrationist approach to racial diversity is failing. “No doubt part of the appeal of something like the quenelle is that it has also come to be seen as anti- establishment.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who first brought Anelka to English football, believes only the player himself can say whether he knew the full implications of his celebration. Wenger said the meaning of the gesture was not widely known even in France but that players should refrain from celebrating in any way which might “encourage hate”. Wenger told a news conference: “Personally I believe there is only one beautiful way to celebrate a goal and that is to share it with your partners. That should be for me the only way. “The second thing is that nobody knows in France what it means. Some make it an anti-system movement, some make it an anti-Semitic movement. I think personally I don’t know, I have never seen this movement. “Do we make too much of it? Yes, because he is not (going) to do it again, he has said he will not do it again. Only he can answer whether he knows what it means or not.” Anelka has stated on Twitter it was nothing more than a “special dedication to his friend Dieudonne” but West Brom have conceded the gesture caused offence and he has agreed not to repeat it. Wenger said if it was proved to be a “lack of respect” then Anelka could expect an FA charge. He added: “If it is an offence and is recognised as an offence and a lack of respect, you want it to be punished, like every single thing. “What is important is we respect each other and do not show (lack of respect), especially the sportsmen, who are very popular and watched all over the world. We do not want to encourage hate, we want to encourage understanding and respect.” Powar said: “The rise of the far right is one of the most dangerous phenomena facing Europe right now. Whether these are groups of anti-Semites like Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, Islamophobic groups like the EDL (English Defence League) or the more usual white power street skinheads, they are active and alive in football. “In that context alone it was disappointing to see someone like Anelka make the quenelle gesture. “The English FA now has rules against acts by players of this kind and Anelka will no doubt be punished. “The gesture made by Anelka is damaging but in my view it is not the same as the abuse meted out by Luis Suarez and John Terry. The context and intent is an important distinguisher.” Both Liverpool striker Suarez and Chelsea defender Terry were banned in 2012 for racially abusing opponents – for eight and four matches respectively, The quenelle is claimed by some to be an inverted Nazi salute and to have anti-Semitic connotations, and Anelka has promised not to repeat the goal celebration. Montpellier defender Mathieu Deplagne, Manchester City’s Samir Nasri, Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho and NBA basketball star Tony Parker have all been pictured making the salute, but all deny any anti-Semitic connotations. Powar warned however that it was still “dangerous”. last_img read more

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