Volume XXIXNumber 1Page 13 By Paul A. ThomasUniversity of GeorgiaAgastache? Sounds like an ice cream flavor begging to betaste-tested. Actually, it’s a flavor of garden perennial that’sjust as exciting.How many plants have fragrant, pest-free foliage, bloom nonstopfrom May until fall frost, attract butterflies and hummingbirdslike magnets, resist deer browsing, tolerate drought and comeback each year with vigor?Too good to be true? Plant one of the Anise Hyssop hybrids ofAgastache. See for yourself the award-winning qualities of thisremarkable plant.Anise Hyssop hybrids are long-lived herbaceous perennials thatrequire full sun and are well suited to hardiness zones 7 and 8.Choices, ChoicesSo many of these new hybrids are outstanding that the GeorgiaPlant Selections Committee couldn’t agree on just one for itscoveted Gold Medal Award. So the award went to four of the best:”Apricot Sunrise,” “Firebird,” “Tutti Frutti” and “Blue Fortune.”The native American species of Anise Hyssop, Agastachefoeniculum, has long been a prized perennial herb. Itslicorice-scented leaves are ground and used as seasoning onmeats, vegetables and salads. They’re also used in teas, perfumeand aromatherapy. Native American Indians used Anise Hyssop as abreath freshener and in poultices for various ailments.The Gold Medal selections are relatives of the native species.But they were bred for their flowering qualities. They may lacksome of the herbal qualities of the natives.Best fitEach of the Anise Hyssop hybrids grows to different heights andhas different flower colors. You’ll need to decide which bestfits your landscape plan.Apricot Sunrise is an erect, bushyplant growing 18 inches tall. It bears tubular, orange-apricotflowers, 1 to 1.5 inches long in its leaf axils.Firebird grows 24 to 36 inchestall and produces tubular, copper-orange flowers.Tutti Frutti grows 36 to 48 inchestall and has tubular, raspberry-rose-pink flowers.Blue Fortune grows 36 to 40 inchestall. Unlike the others, it produces an abundance of compressedblue-purple, tubular flowers in a flower spike at its terminals.All of these hybrids bloom continuously from May to October.They’re all highly attractive to insects, hummingbirds andbutterflies. But their pungent foliage makes them undesirable todeer.How they growTo get the most out of your choice, grow Agastache in full sun.Well-drained soils are required.Fall planting is best to allow winter rooting. Container-grownplants, though, can be established successfully year-round.Once established, the plants are exceptionally drought-tolerant.Light pruning all season will promote branching and additionalblooms.A slow-release fertilizer such as Osmocote, applied at plantingtime and as a topdressing on established plants each year inearly spring, will provide ample nutrition for the season.Wait until early spring to prune back established plants. Falland winter pruning may decrease its cold hardiness.Anise Hyssop hybrids can be propagated from seed, cuttings orroot divisions. Seed is in short supply, so cuttings and rootdivisions will be the easiest way to add to your collection.(Paul Thomas is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)
Employee safety is a priority for most business owners, but time constraints, as well as language barriers, can make safety training more challenging for employees in Georgia’s green industry. To improve safety in Georgia’s landscape and tree care industries, the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture developed a training program that fits company schedules and uses materials designed for both English- and Spanish-speaking employees.From 2012 to 2016, 64 people employed in the landscape industry in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi died as a result of workplace injuries, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In 2016, the Tree Care Industry Association reported 153 incidents, 92 of which were fatal.Since 2004, the center, based on the UGA Griffin campus, has received five Susan Harwood Training Grants from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Harwood grants fund education for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance and prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace.“OSHA was struggling to find people to teach safety trainings in the landscape field,” said Alfredo Martinez, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences plant pathologist who led the team that originally organized the training project. “Business owners are fined by OSHA when there is a safety incident and they have to pay the worker’s medical bills. They also experience a loss of time while the worker recuperates.”Martinez said that the success of the UGA training program is tied to business owners seeing the value of educating their workers and building a reputation of being prevention-minded.Using the OSHA funds, UGA experts prepared and delivered two- to six-hour safety training sessions. To date, these programs have reached more than 4,000 workers.“Three-fourths of this workforce is Hispanic, so our priority has been to equip them. They are the backbone of this industry,” Martinez said.Early on, the UGA training sessions focused on reducing equipment- and driving-related injuries and the misuse of pesticides. The trainings have since progressed to include safe use of tree care equipment, like chainsaws.“Many tree care and landscape employees are temporary, seasonal workers. The workload is often heavy and these employees are busy, which can make it difficult for companies to get these employees safety training,” said Ellen Bauske, a program specialist with the center who now leads the project.The UGA team hired instructors from North American Training Solutions to teach aspects of the safety training.“We learned early on that tree care employees want to learn from someone who has run a saw for a living, not a UGA Extension employee,” Bauske said. “Of course, this makes the classes more effective because the workers are open to learning from their peers.” The UGA team developed “picture-rich” training materials, hands-on lessons and easy-to-read bilingual manuals.“These employees are quick studies, but they don’t like to read and study a textbook. They want to see it, touch it and do it to learn,” she said. “And we have to take the classes to them.” Bauske says business owners support the training program, which is evident in the fact that employees attend classes during working hours while they are on the clock. Most of the companies who work with UGA for training purposes are small to midsized businesses. Larger companies employ their own training staffs, she said.Workers aren’t the only ones who benefit from the UGA safety training sessions. Company owners are also trained. Newsletters with tips on chainsaw safety, traffic safety, personal protective equipment and more are also available for landscape business owners.“The information in the newsletter is designed to be easy to share with the workers during a morning tailgate meeting,” Bauske said.With the OSHA grant completed, the UGA trainings are now available online at no cost at ugaurbanag.com/safety/. Spanish and English versions of the “Safety for Hispanic Landscape Workers” manual are also available for purchase on the site.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A longtime air traffic controller was arrested Wednesday night during a traffic stop in Wantagh after police discovered two loaded handguns and a drug believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine in his pants pocket, Nassau County police said. Breen Peck, 52, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Thursday. The Federal Aviation Administration has employed Peck since 1991, Nassau County Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said at a press conference at police headquarters Thursday.Peck is currently employed at the FAA’s Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility (TRACON) in Westbury and assigned to a training program, the FAA said. A man with the same name was previously involved in two high-profile air incidents in the last five years—in April 2011, when a plane carrying First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, was forced to abort its landing after it came too close to a military jet it was trailing, and in June 2010 when a plane carrying US Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) reportedly avoided a collision with a jet by only 15 seconds. Asked if Peck was the same man responsible for Michelle Obama’s plane aborting its landing, the FAA said “We are not confirming that information at this time.” Nassau’s Top Cop said two Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team officers were on patrol in Wantagh when they spotted Peck’s 2010 Toyota traveling south on Willow Street with dark tinted windows and failing to signal upon turning left on Byron Street. After pulling over, Peck notified the two officers he had a loaded handgun behind the driver’s seat and another handgun in the trunk, Krumpter said. A subsequent search by the officers turned up what police now believe to be Crystal Meth in his pants pocket, Krumpter said. Breen Peck was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He works for the Federal Aviation Administration and is currently assigned to a training program.Peck identified himself as an air traffic controller during the traffic stop, Krumpter said. Inside Peck’s car, police said, was a Bersa Thunder.380 handgun with eight rounds in the magazine, a Beretta .40-caliber semi-automatic with 10 rounds, and an additional magazine with five rounds. Peck does not have a permit for the guns, police said. Krumpter was unable to say if Peck was driving to or from work at the time of the stop. He did not describe Peck’s state of mind at the time of the arrest. Based on alleged statements made by Peck during the encounter, police believe “He is an active substance abuser,” Krumpter said. “The Nassau County police may have averted an air disaster in the skies above Nassau County by arresting” Peck, the commissioner added. An FAA spokeswoman acknowledged in a statement that the agency was made aware of Peck’s arrest. Contrary to what Peck allegedly told police, “Peck currently is not an air traffic controller,” the statement said. “He is assigned to the facility training program.” The statement noted that the FAA has opened its own investigation into the incident. According to the FAA, all agency employees are subject to random drug testing. First Lady Michelle Obama heading home after she spoke at the University of California at Merced commencement on Thursday, May 16, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)The Washington Post reported in April 2011 that an air controller named Breen Peck directed a Boeing 737 carrying both Michelle Obama and Jill Biden from New York to Andrews Air Force Base into potentially dangerous turbulence conditions caused by the C-17 military plane traveling ahead of it.According to an NTSB incident report, on instructions from air traffic control, the two aircrafts came within only 2.81 miles as they prepared for landing. The minimum separation was supposed to be three miles, the report states. “The local controller authorized the B737 to make ‘S’ turns on final approach to increase separation,” the report states. “However, when the B737 was 2 miles from the landing threshold, the B737 pilot told the local controller, ‘It doesn’t look like we’re going to make this,’ since the C-17 was still conducting the landing roll on the runway.” That’s when the plane was forced to abort its landing. The controller told investigators that “He confused the minimum wake turbulence separation requirements” for a B737 following a C-17 instead with the requirement of two B757s following one another. The report goes on to note that the controller, later identified in published reports as a Breen Peck, had been involved in four other operational errors in the four previous years. Rep. Sensenbrenner declined to comment. It’s unclear if Peck was raised on Long Island. Nassau police originally said he lived in Indiana.
Mr. Trump did win a larger share of support from Latino voters overall, though, compared with four years ago. And for Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, a Sacramento pastor who prayed at Mr. Trump’s 2017 inauguration, the lesson from the 2020 election was that Latinos had become what he called “the quintessential swing vote.”Mr. Rodriguez saw one legacy of the Trump era redefining American evangelicals’ former approach to the question of politicians’ character. Their loyalty to Mr. Trump, which had required overlooking language and behavior they found abhorrent, proved that personal character isn’t everything to them, given how many tangible goals were achieved.“The policies are absolutely remarkable,” he said.Voting for a person like Donald Trump would have been unimaginable to evangelicals 40 years ago, when they emerged as a powerful faction behind the victory of Ronald Reagan, said R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.Today, “they feel the wind facing them,” he said, “with a clear sense that the culture is becoming reordered in a hostile and increasingly secular manner. Evangelicals are voting with the same values, but with a different set of priorities.” “I don’t think our world will ever get back, when you have a country that is this divided,” she said.Donna Rigney, a pastor whose church meets in the lodge of an R.V. park in Salt Springs, Fla., had supported the president since 2016, when she received what she saw as a direct message from God supporting his candidacy.After this election, she sent an email to the people in her prayer circles urging them not to give up. “We have to drag Donald Trump over the finish line with prayers of faith, worship, fasting and staying in the place of loving and forgiving our enemies,” she wrote.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Now the election of Joseph R. Biden Jr. marks a new chapter for conservative Christian power, which reached a peak under Mr. Trump. As Republican evangelicals around the country processed the week’s events, they reflected on how much they had gained in the last four years and on their fears over what could happen under a Biden administration. They also wondered when and how they would regain power.In Sheldon, Iowa, where about eight out of ten voters supported Mr. Trump, Leah Schoonhooven journaled her concerns about a Biden presidency over three single-spaced pages. She worried that the election results were corrupted, and that Mr. Biden would reverse Mr. Trump’s priorities, from building the border wall to elevating conservative evangelical ideals on religious freedom. Mr. Mohler did not vote for Mr. Trump in 2016. But this year, he spoke publicly about his plans to vote for the president despite his continuing reservations, calling the alternative to a Trump victory “increasingly unthinkable.” Mr. Trump’s presidency repeatedly revealed the deep divide between white conservative Christians and other people of faith, or of no faith at all. Mr. Biden’s narrow margin of victory in several battleground states revealed that the cultural clash between these groups is far from over. About eight in ten white evangelical voters supported Mr. Trump in the 2020 election, according to AP VoteCast, just as they did in 2016. Mr. Biden’s coalition included many Black Protestants, Hispanic Catholics, and religiously unaffiliated Americans. “To plan for the Biden administration, we’ve got to have a backstop; otherwise it is the Armageddon we feared in the beginning,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List. “That’s why Georgia is so vital. The other side knows that, too.”On Saturday, as the Biden campaign declared victory, the Faith and Freedom Coalition began knocking on doors across the state, and prepared to distribute one million voter guides to 4,000 churches.Social conservatives also celebrated the election to the House of at least 15 new women who oppose abortion rights, more than doubling their numbers in the previous Congress. About half of the 15 flipped seats that had been in Democratic hands.And social conservatives had another reason to stay positive: Even though Mr. Trump had lost, they believed that the conservative control of the judiciary that he enabled would have a lasting impact.“When Amy Coney Barrett writes the majority decision protecting Christian foster care and adoption agencies, I’m going to celebrate,” Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, said. “We put some points on the board.” Updated Nov. 8, 2020, 3:10 p.m. ET But she said Friday that if this did turn out to be the end of the Trump era, she was grateful for what he had done for the country, and comforted that he would suffer fewer attacks. “He will be fine, he has God’s hand on him,” she said. “He’ll be better off not being the president and not being attacked daily. But I really feel this will be terrible for the nation.” Like the president, a number of evangelical leaders refused to accept an outcome in which Mr. Trump had lost. Moments after most major news networks calculated that Mr. Biden had won the race, Franklin Graham, the evangelist, cautioned that the results were not “official.”And Mr. Graham warned that under a Biden administration, Christian businesses would be soon be targeted for things like not selling a cake for a gay wedding, as he said happened during Mr. Obama’s presidency.“America is in such moral decline,” he said. “We are becoming a much more violent country. I am afraid for our country.”In Texas, Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas, reserved billboards across the city to advertise his upcoming sermon on how Christians should respond to a Biden presidency.“There are going to be millions of Christians who are disappointed in these results,” he said. “A Joe Biden win cannot erase all the positive accomplishments than can be attributed to President Trump,” he said. “I don’t think there is any way to calculate all the good things he has accomplished.”Some social conservative political groups were already pivoting to other political fights, such as protecting Republican control of the Senate, which could be decided by two runoff elections in Georgia in January. Continued Republican control of the Senate could buffer their accomplishments under Mr. Trump, and make it harder for Democrats to do things like fund Planned Parenthood or increase the size of the Supreme Court, several organizers said. When President Trump won the White House four years ago in a surprise victory, conservative Christians could not believe their good fortune.At every turn of his presidency, he gave them everything they wanted: Two hundred federal judges appointed for life. An embassy in Jerusalem. Anti-abortion policies. Two Supreme Court Justices, and then in the final hours, a third. He was their bulwark, their defender, at a time when the country as they knew it, and their place in it, was changing. And he brought their movement to a pinnacle of political maturity.- Advertisement – “He doesn’t stand for Christianity at all; maybe he will prove me wrong,” she said of Mr. Biden, who is Catholic. “It scares me. He’s not going to do everything that Trump did.”- Advertisement –
Oceanside display village.Bokarina Beach will be a mixed-use residential, retail and tourism hub, including around 160 home sites, 130 terrace homes and 800 beachside apartments in buildings ranging from four to eight storeys. Detailed pricing will be released closer to the commencement of sales in July but interested buyers can register at www.stockland.com.auThe community will be developed in stages, with construction expected to be completed on the final stage by around 2020.The estate will feature boutique shops, cafes and restaurants, with plans for a new public beach access and a new surf life saving facility, and more than five hectares of open space including parkland and the Lake Kawana extension, ensuring all residents are just a short stroll to the beach, lake and green, open spaces. Stockland’s Bokarina Beach residential precinct, part of the $5 billion Oceanside development on the Sunshine Coast, is generating strong early interest from buyers ahead of the first land release in July.THE BASICSBOKARINA BEACHDeveloper: StocklandPrice: To be announced in July Location: BokarinaStockland’s Bokarina Beach is part of the $5 billion Oceanside development on the Sunshine Coast with a mix of land, terrace homes and apartments.ONE of the last remaining beachfront estates on the east coast of Australia is proving to be sizzling hot property with more than 800 people registering their interest with sales not launching until July.Stockland’s Bokarina Beach, part of the $5 billion Oceanside development on the Sunshine Coast, has experienced a spike in inquiries since the recent opening of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital at Oceanside.Stockland senior development manager Mark McMahon said it came as no surprise that Bokarina Beach was attracting such a high level of interest from prospective buyers.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoSunshine Coast Health Precinct and Birtinya at Oceanside.“This is one of the last remaining developable parcels of beachfront land of its size on the east coast of Australia and our vision for Bokarina Beach, as a vibrant seaside community with an enviable lifestyle, is resonating strongly with prospective home buyers,” Mr McMahon said.“Bokarina Beach is just minutes from the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital and will have direct connections to the Sunshine Coast Health Precinct and future Oceanside Town Centre.“We’ve noticed an increase in inquiries from potential buyers since the opening of the hospital last month and I expect demand to ramp up in coming months as we draw closer to the first land release. I’d encourage anyone interested in making their home at Bokarina Beach to register their interest now.”
10 Withington St, East Brisbane.If you stood out the front of 10 Withington St, East Brisbane, you’d wonder what all the fuss is about.Sure, it looks like a nice cottage on a flat 405sq m block in one of Brisbane’s most desirable suburbs, but beyond the front door is a stunning renovation and extension. It’s a textbook combination of classic design and contemporary living.Nothing was left undone in the renovation.When the owners, Emily and Tom Kindred, looked for a renovation project three-years ago, their chosen suburbs of Teneriffe and New Farm were too expensive.“We jumped over the Storey Bridge and started looking at East Brisbane,” Mrs Kindred said.The original weatherboard and corrugated iron home sparked their imaginations.“We’ve always been drawn to houses that have character. We adore the leadlight windows at the front, the high ceilings and the period details.“When we walked through we were really just in love with everything, even the old kitchen.”Mrs Kindred said rather than the usual upgrades, like opening up the veranda and slapping on a generic rear deck, the home deserved something more.10 Withington St, East Brisbane“We said to the architect, ‘We really want to be connected to the lawn the whole time from the living area and from the kitchen and we want a large deck area, but we still want to retain the lawn’.“He came back with this bizarrely shaped renovation and we thought, ‘That’s really freaky’ — and then we fell in love with it!”Mrs Kindred said the home can be viewed as three ‘pods’ of similar area — the old house, the new kitchen/dining and the rear deck.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoShe said the new kitchen’s soaring ceiling, facilitated by the split level floorplan, add to the feeling of space.And while she’s a fan of older homes, Mrs Kindred said the modern marriage of indoor/outdoor living is the hero feature.“We’ll be eating on the deck — the doors are always open to the deck.“After dinner, we recline back upstairs on the couch in the old section. It’s a bit cosier — we exposed the brick on the fireplace.She also likes the privacy created via the car accommodation.Emily and Tom Kindred and their two children George, 18 months, and Amelia, 5 weeks, at their home to be auctioned. Picture: Adam Armstrong“From where the laundry is, there’s a door into the garage and there’s an electric garage door from the street so there’s internal access and that’s just been the biggest blessing — having children especially — you walk through that door, upstairs and you’re in the kitchen.”And while the home has worked well with their two small children, she said it will suit a broad range of buyers.“I think for young couples it’s perfect as well, because while it looks really big it’s also a great size for two people.“It’d be great for a family that had two children in high school as well and even still it’d be great for an older couple who were empty nesters.”10 Withington St, East BrisbaneThe family are about to move interstate, and while Mrs Kindred is looking forward to returning to her home city, she’ll miss her Brisbane house.“I would love to lift it up and put it on a piece of land in Sydney,” she said.10 Withington St East Brisbane is being auctioned on-site today at 9:15 by Ray White East Brisbane.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair
First home buyer couple Mitch Brown and Amber Williams outside one of the houses they are looking to buy in one of the suburbs that will qualify for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.FIRST home buyers wanting to use the federal government’s new home loan deposit scheme to buy a house will be forced to look in areas outside of Brisbane’s sought-after inner city suburbs.But there are plenty of bargains to be found, and if you are happy to settle for an apartment, most options are in premium suburbs within 10km of the CBD.The analysts at realestate.com.au have crunched the numbers and revealed the most in-demand suburbs among first home buyers within a 20km radius of Brisbane’s CBD and below the scheme’s price cap of $475,000. RELATED: Revealed: The best Brisbane suburbs to invest in 8. Wishart $392,500 6. Auchenflower $460,500 (Source: Realestate.com.au) FIRST HOME LOAN DEPOSIT SCHEME EXPLAINER*If you have saved 5 per cent of the purchase price of a property, the government will guarantee the remaining 15 per cent of the deposit required*You still need to borrow 95 per cent, but can avoid LMI*Your mortgage needs to be an owner-occupied loan with principal and interest repayments*You will need to be a first home buyer — if you own an investment property you won’t be eligible — earning $125,000 ($200,000 for a couple) a year or less*The scheme is limited to 10,000 borrowers*The scheme is open to buyers of established properties*You must buy a property valued at or below the threshold for your location*The scheme starts on January 1, 2020PRICE CAPS – First home loan deposit schemeACT $500,000NSW – Sydney and regional centre $700,000NSW – other including Jervis Bay and Norfolk Island $450,000VIC – Melbourne and regional centre (Geelong) $600,000VIC – other $375,000QLD – Brisbane and regional centre (Gold Coast etc) $475,000QLD – other $400,000NT $375,000SA – Adelaide $400,000SA – other $250,000WA – Perth $400,000WA – other including Christmas Island/Cocos Islands $300,000Tas – Hobart $400,000Tas – other $300,000(Source: Australian Government, The Treasury) 5. Newmarket $420,000 2. Paddington $460,000 The federal government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme comes into effect on January 1, 2020. Picture: iStock.For that price, a first home buyer could be lucky enough to secure a loan for a three-bedroom house in Rocklea, which has a median house price of $409,000 and is only 9km from the CBD.The other most popular first home buyer suburbs that qualify for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) are further from the city centre, however, such as Acacia Ridge, Petrie and Camira.The most in-demand suburbs for apartments with median prices of $475,000 or less among first home buyers are Mount Gravatt East, Paddington and Herston — all within 10km of Brisbane’s CBD. 1. Mount Gravatt East $392,000 3. Herston $385,000 More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago 4. Ashgrove $443,500 7. Carina Heights $440,000 This three-bedroom house at 18 Flaxton St, Acacia Ridge, recently sold for $390,000.The FHLDS, which comes into effect on January 1, 2020, will allow 10,000 first home buyers to secure a property with as little as a 5 per cent deposit without paying lenders mortgage insurance (LMI). Lenders usually require borrowers to take out a policy if the deposit is less than 20 per cent, with LMI often adding an extra $10,000 or so to first homebuyer costs.Some agents are preparing for a wave of first buyers to flood the market in January and February, which could put upward pressure on home prices, according to.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee.“We saw a big rush of first home buyer activity from May to September, but it’s since tapered off, and I wonder if it that’s because people are waiting for the scheme,” Ms Conisbee said.“If we do see a lot of activity in certain suburbs, it will have an upward impact on prices, but not as much as in 2015 when we had a surge in investor activity.” Nerida Conisbee, chief economist of Realestate.com.au. Image: AAP/Monique Harmer. MORE: Why housing affordability is actually improving 10. Gordon Park $340,250 Ms Conisbee said the suburbs that qualified for the scheme in Brisbane differed when it came to houses and units, with most houses in more industrial areas outside the 10km radius, but apartments available in more affluent suburbs.“I think if you are a first home buyer, you need to make a personal decision as to what type of home you want to live in,” she said. “If you really want to be in one of those premium suburbs and take advantage of the grant, you’re more than likely going to have to live in an apartment.”Ms Conisbee said an influx of first home buyers moving in to a suburb had the potential to “dramatically change” it for the better.“They create demand for better retailing and often the have energy to improve homes dramatically, so over time the suburb does begin to change,” she said.But SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said the scheme was unlikely to have much impact on the market. SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher.“Relatively few first home buyers will qualify for it, and those that do will have to jump through a number of hoops,” Mr Christopher said. “This will not push up prices.”First home buyers Amber Williams, 19, and Mitchell Brown, 19, are hoping to qualify for the FHLDS.Mr Brown said the young couple was in the process getting their finance approved so they could be ready to buy in the new year.“We’ve always wanted to get a house, but didn’t think we could afford it until we heard about this and now we’ve been talking to a broker,” Mr Brown said.“This has been a greenlight for us.”Mr Brown said he had been saving for a deposit for nearly two years and was hoping to buy a house in Petrie or Warner. This four-bedroom house at 5 Kulara Place, Petrie, is for sale for offers over $399,000. The federal government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme kicks in on January 1, 2020.Annabel Brooks of Ray White – Warner, is marketing the perfect first home buyer property at 5 Kulara Place, Petrie, where the median house price is $440,000.Ms Brooks said she the announcement of the FHLDS had changed the mindset of many first home buyers.“It’s created a bit more urgency,” Ms Brooks said.“Nearly every first home buyer I talk to is gearing up to take advantage of the scheme.“They also seem to be looking to be more decisive and become more active buyers.” Ten thousand first home buyers will soon be able to secure a property with a 5 per cent deposit without having to pay lenders’ mortgage insurance (LMI).New research by PRDNationwide for the second half of 2019 found the Brisbane property market continues to be a prime market for first home buyers, with the under $500,000 price bracket reaching a record high percentage of available suburbs at 44 per cent.That’s a significant increase compared with a year ago when buyers with a budget of $500,000 or less could only access 12.4 per cent of the market.TOP 10 MOST IN DEMAND BRISBANE SUBURBS WHERE A HOUSE LOAN SHOULD QUALIFY FOR THE FIRST HOME LOAN DEPOSIT SCHEMERank Suburb Median house price 1. Rocklea $409,0002. Acacia Ridge $395,0003. Petrie $440,0004. Camira $435,0005. Alexandra Hills $457,5006. Regents Park $400,0007. Zillmere $460,0008. Chuwar $415,0009. Margate $450,00010. Forest Lake $440,000(Source: Realestate.com.au) TOP 10 MOST IN DEMAND BRISBANE SUBURBS WHERE A UNIT LOAN SHOULD QUALIFY FOR THE FIRST HOME LOAN DEPOSIT SCHEMERank Suburb Median unit price 9. Morningside $450,000
A crew member of CSL Spruceglen, a 38,295 dwt bulker operated by Canadian shipowner CSL Group, died while working on board the ship on October 16.“It is with great sadness that we inform our members that last night, brother Alfred Eshun was killed while working on board the CSL Spruceglen,” the Seafarers International Union of Canada informed.“The details are limited at this time, but any accident is a tragedy and we ask all members to keep his family and shipmates in your thoughts and prayers.”Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) confirmed the death of one of its seafarers to World Maritime News.Based on the limited available information, CSL said that the crew member fell overboard as Spruceglen approached Eisenhower Lock on the St Lawrence River leg of the St Lawrence Seaway, located near Massena, New York, shortly after midnight on October 16, 2018.“CSL will continue to do its utmost to ensure that operations on all CSL vessels are safe and that the Mr. Eshun’s family and CSL employees are supported in these difficult circumstances,” CSL statement reads.The 1983-built ship, flying the Canadian flag, was headed from Montreal, Canada to Ashtabula, U.S., when the incident occurred.CSL and relevant authorities are investigating the incident.World Maritime News Staff
Image source: Royal IHCAfter a successful testing phase at their reservoir dredging pilot in India, Royal IHC just announced that the removal of sediment from the dam reservoir is now officially underway. With the support of the jetwater nozzles on the TT-pump, the sediment was fluidised whereafter the mixture was transported towards the designated discharge location.The TT-pump is pumping the sediment over a distance of roughly 500 meters downstream of the dam.IHC said that the mixture density was monitored through visual observation with gauges and via a parallel transparent pipe on the pontoon and at the discharge site.According to the observations during dredging, the pump was lowered or lifted accordingly.
As I observe today’s high school athletes, I realize it is quite a different world from the one I retired from in the late 1990’s. I still help out with track, so I see some of the things coaches deal with on a day-to-day basis that were non-existent 15 or so years ago. The most common one is the use of electronic devices. Not only do the coaches have all of these at their disposal, but the athletes usually can match or outdo their coaches. I don’t remember ever watching one athlete video another athlete at practice. This is a common thing today.You also are coaching a much more sophisticated athlete. When I first started coaching, the athlete didn’t question the techniques a coach taught them. Today, if they don’t agree with you, they will go home and look something up on the Internet and challenge you with that at the next practice. A coach not only has to go to clinics today, but they have to keep up with the latest things on the World Wide Web as well. It becomes a juggling act as to your knowledge compared to what an athlete believes he or she has learned.Couple this with all the distractions they have, sometimes you are lucky to get them to every practice. They are not only out for a sport but probably have an AAU commitment and 2 or 3 other school activities they are expected to attend. No wonder college and pro athletes have to have managers today. They need someone just to help them keep up with their schedules. Thank heavens high school athletes are not quite to this point.