50/38 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise — a one-bedroom apartment — has a $219,000 price tag. Picture: realestate.com.auRising property prices were also bringing one-bedroom apartments back into focus for owner-occupiers and investors.“These days, properties are much more expensive and often people can’t afford the luxury of a second bedroom, or investors don’t want to tie up their capital in a two-bedder.“The one-bedroom apartment is a realistic way for young couples or young buyers to get a foothold in the property market, especially if they are willing to settle for less room in theearly years.“And a small mortgage gives them the opportunity to build equity in their home, allowing them to move on to something bigger a few years down the track.” A one-bedroom apartment at 3262 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise is on the market at $279,000. Picture: realestate.com.au.Mr Bell said one-bedroom apartments could be snapped up in the heart of Surfers Paradise for the price of a parking garage in Sydney.“You can still buy a one-bedroom apartment on the Gold Coast for less than $200,000,” Mr Bell said.“Quite often these are in older buildings, but they represent an entry-point to the market for some buyers and a lifestyle solution for others.” What a view! A one-bedroom apartment at 3262 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise is on the market at $279,000. Picture: realestate.com.au.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMr Bell said changing demographics were driving the trend.“The 2016 Census found that almost one in four Australians now live in single-person households,” he said.“More people are choosing not to get married or to remain childless, while others might choose to live alone after a breakup.“There are also the empty-nesters who are looking to downsize to a low-maintenance yet well-located lifestyle that also allows them to free up equity in the family home.” This one-bedroom apartment at 3197 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise is on the market at $159,000. Picture: realestate.com.auONE-bedroom apartments are back in vogue thanks to demographic shifts and rising property prices, according to Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell.Mr Bell said the growth of one-person households, the upsurge in downsizing and the search for housing affordability were all factors in the resurgence of one-bedders.And these “property pocket rockets” can also be the ticket to achieving the real estate holy grail of location, location, location. 50/38 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise has a $219,000 price tag. Picture: realestate.com.au
Bourbon has completed the mooring installation of the first floating wind turbine in France for Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN) as part of the European project FLOATGEN at the SEM-REV experimental test site, off Le Croisic.FLOATGEN is a wind turbine with concrete float designed by Ideol and currently under construction at Saint-Nazaire port by Bouygues Travaux Publics. Its installation is scheduled for the end of 2017.The innovative mooring system using synthetic mooring lines was designed and developed by Ideol team. An anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel with a WROV, were required for its installation.Responsible for the overall management of the project’s implementation, Bourbon performed the engineering, the operations preparation and the execution of the mooring system installation.“The Bourbon team is extremely proud of this successful operation, which confirms once again our ability to deliver integrated projects, our expertise in offshore engineering services and our adaptability to demanding environments for the entire energy sector,” comments Patrick Belenfant, Bourbon’s senior vice president Subsea Services.“One of the FLOATGEN project challenges was to install an innovative mooring system that needs to meet the production conditions criteria of the floating wind turbine. This demonstrates the value of an experimental site to test innovative technological developments, their implementation and project management when in production. Competent and dedicated teams from Bourbon, Ideol and Centrale Nantes have highly contributed to the success of the operation,” adds Christian Berhault, Head of SEM-REV at Centrale Nantes.
Drug trafficking is a major problem fuelling the conflict in Mali and impeding the peace process, the country’s foreign minister said on Thursday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.Abdoulaye Diop, Mali’s foreign minister, told reporters that the drug trafficking menace is a major concern for his country.The minister said that drug trafficking went hand-in-hand with terror attacks as the two big impediments to implementing the peace agreement.Stability has remained very elusive for Mali three months after reaching a peace deal designed to end decades of conflict.Jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda seized control of Mali’s vast arid north from March 2012 to January 2013 when they were pushed back by forces from France.Parts of the remote north however still remain out of the control of the army or the UN military mission as the country struggles to restore peace.There were hopes of a return to stability in May when northern-based loyalist militias signed a peace deal with Tuareg rebels in the area but the deal remains fragile.
Indianapolis, In. — Oldenburg Republican state senator Jean Leising and Richmond Republican Jeff Raatz joined Eris Holcomb in signing a bill requiring K through 12 grades to have a computer science program by 2021. Senator Leising was the co-author of SEA 172.
Press Association Jose Mourinho insisted he would never interfere in medical decisions after Thibaut Courtois suffered a head injury in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. “Doctor Biosca (Chelsea’s medical director Paco Biosca) says there’s nothing to be too much worried about,” said Mourinho, after confirming Courtois had gone for tests. “On the bench I don’t communicate with the doctors. I just get decisions. ‘Can he stay (on)?’ ‘Yes’; ‘He has to leave’. ‘Okay’. “I have no time and no medical qualities to discuss that. “I was just worried for the kid (Courtois), not worried about the game and the performance. “We have two of the best three goalkeepers in the world, so when one of them is injured and comes out and the other one comes in, no problem, no change in my heart beat. “(I was) so confident that Petr could do once more a fantastic job for us.” Cech began the season as second choice after a decade in the first XI and made his 480th appearance for Chelsea, just his second as a substitute. The 32-year-old plays wearing a rugby scrum cap after fracturing his skull against Reading in October 2006 in an incident which heightened medical procedures at football stadia. Mourinho, who was unhappy with Cech’s treatment eight years ago, believes Chelsea acted properly in relation to Courtois. “I always tell them (Chelsea’s medical team) when I’m on the bench I don’t want to communicate with them,” Mourinho said. “I just want them to give me a decision and they gave me a decision. For me that’s correct. “The club doctor, or the club medical department to take control and the responsibility.” The Belgium goalkeeper initially played on following his collision with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez before being replaced by Petr Cech and leaving the stadium for precautionary tests at a hospital. The decision left the Premier League regulations on head injuries facing further scrutiny amid concerns that clubs have too much say in whether a player can continue or not.
Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) BANGOR — The Ellsworth boys’ basketball team has grown to persevere in games like this.For 31 of 32 minutes Friday night, nothing Ellsworth did could seem to shake a pesky Winslow team hungry for a tournament upset. The Eagles made shots, played strong defense and forced turnovers, but every time they appeared on the verge of building a comfortable lead, the Black Raiders clawed their way back into the game.“They really fought us,” Ellsworth’s Jackson Curtis said. “They really made us work for everything, and you have to give them credit because they’re a great team.”Fortunately for the Eagles, so are they — and when push came to shove in this hard-fought tournament showdown, Ellsworth’s poise and leadership in the clutch made all the difference.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth withstood a multitude of Winslow runs Friday to earn a 58-51 victory in the Class B North quarterfinals at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The win saw the Eagles outscore the Black Raiders 16-6 down the stretch to earn their second straight trip to the regional semifinals.“Over the past few years, especially with the turnaround last year, we’ve gotten some great experience that’s helped push us through to win these games,” senior Darby Barry said. “That experience really matters here, and tonight, it carried us to a big win.”Although Curtis scored the game’s first five points to put the No. 2 Eagles (16-3) up 5-0, Winslow responded with a layup and triple of its own to tie the game. Curtis then added five more points to put Ellsworth up 12-7, but the Black Raiders scored the final basket of the first period and the first three of the second to take a three-point lead.Yet Ellsworth regained the lead midway through the second quarter as Austin Harris sparked a 7-0 run to put the Eagles up two possessions. Seventh-ranked Winslow (12-8) scored the next four points to tie the game at 19, but Ellsworth answered with five of the next seven to take a three-point lead into the break.After Winslow scored the opening basket of the second half, Barry drained two 3-pointers to key an 8-1 Ellsworth run that put the Eagles up 32-24. The Black Raiders responded once again, though, this time with a 21-10 spurt that put them ahead 45-42 early in the fourth quarter.Ellsworth scored the next seven points to take a four-point lead before Winslow bookended a Hunter Curtis free throw with two quick baskets to pull back within one. Yet Jackson Curtis then converted a layup and went 5 of 6 from the free-throw line to ice the game and book the Eagles’ spot in the Class B North semifinals.“One of the things you train for is to be able to come through for your team in those big moments down the stretch,” Curtis said. “You want to be that guy that has the confidence to take the shots, and I’ve been in that situation before and know what it’s like.”Jackson Curtis had 26 points for Ellsworth, and Barry joined him in double figures with 12. The Eagles also got nine points from Hunter Curtis, seven from Harris and two apiece from Connor Crawford and Adam Inman. Colby Pomeroy had 17 points for Winslow.Ellsworth faced a tough challenge in containing the 6-foot-4 Pomeroy, who finished two points shy of 1,000 for his career, as well as the 6-3 Jason Reynolds, a top rebounder. The Eagles didn’t completely neutralize Winslow’s potent bigs, but Peter Austin’s team did prevent them from combining for the type of effort they put forth three days earlier against Orono (36 combined points).“We didn’t play quite as well as I would have liked on the offensive side, but defensive-wise, we did a good job of challenging their shots,” Austin said. “We knew that Pomeroy was a good player coming in, and we did what we could to stop him.”Ellsworth will be back at the Cross Insurance Center on Wednesday, Feb. 19, when it takes on No. 3 Washington Academy (14-5) at 7 p.m. Washington Academy, which defeated sixth-ranked Maine Central Institute (13-7) 56-45 earlier Friday night, earned a 45-43 road win over the Eagles to open the season before Ellsworth got revenge Jan. 8 with a 62-42 victory in East Machias.If Ellsworth can topple Washington Academy in the rubber match Wednesday, it would advance to the Northern Maine title game for the second time in the past five years. Doing so will require the Eagles to contain the Raiders’ 6-5 big man, Cecil Gray, and overcome possible double- and triple-teams against Jackson Curtis.“If that’s what happens, our kids are going to have to hit shots for us to win,” Austin said. “That’s what it’s about this time of year, and I think we’ll be a little bit looser next time.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bio Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020
By Mark BendeichMONZA, Italy,(Reuters)-Eliud Kipchoge ran the quickest recorded marathon on Saturday, crossing the line at the Monza Formula One track in two hours and 25 seconds but missing out on an ambitious attempt to break the two-hour barrier.The 32-year-old’s time smashed the official mark of 2:02:57 set by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014 but will not enter the record books largely due to a non-compliant system of pacemaking.“The is not the end of the attempt of runners on two hours,” the Olympic champion said after the race, likening the challenge to climbing a tree. “When you step on the branches… immediately you go to the next one.”Kipchoge rated it as the finest performance in a career that includes a gold medal at the Rio Games last year and a personal best official time of 2:03:05, the third-fastest in history.“This journey has been good, it has been hard, it has been seven months hard preparation. It has been history in the world of sport,” he added.Kipchoge and the only other competitors, Eritrean Zersenay Tadese and Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa, ran behind an arrow-head formation of pacemakers, to reduce drag, and a car beaming a green line on the road behind it to show the required speed for the sub-two hour target.Amid deep scepticism, Nike (NKE.N) pitched the attempt as sport’s “moon shot”, with a keen eye on sales of its running shoes. It designed a lightweight shoe, Zoom Vaporfly Elite, with a carbon-fibre insole as part of the meticulous preparations.Nike’s arch rival, German firm Adidas (ADSGn.DE), also has its own ‘Sub2’ project, also with a new shoe.30 PACEMAKERSIn 2014, “Runners World” magazine predicted a sub-two under normal race conditions would not happen until 2075, based on analysis of more than 10,000 top marathon performances.The race began in pre-dawn gloom at a brutal speed behind pacemakers, who were world class runners in their own right, including former world champion middle distance runner Bernard Lagat of the United States.A total of 30 pacemakers split into groups of six, taking turns to set a tempo in a race run 63 years to the day after Briton Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes.The Monza track was chosen for its wide, sweeping curves, lack of undulation and cool, low-wind environment. The runners were also delivered essential fluids on the move by moped in order to prevent them slowing down at feeding stations.The sub-two hour mark required a pace below four minutes and 35 seconds per mile, which the determined Kipchoge managed to match until falling behind the pace car in the last two laps of the 2.4 km circuit.Kipchoge completed the first half of the race in 59:57, just one and a half minutes off the official half-marathon world record set by Saturday’s second-place finisher, Tadese.The 35-year-old Eritrean, the oldest competitor on Saturday, finished in 2:06:51, followed by the youngest, 26-year-old Desisa, in 2:14:10.
(BBC) – The Washington Redskins American football team will review its name after demands from major sponsors.Its headline sponsor, Fedex, joined a fresh wave of calls to scrap a team moniker long-criticised as racist.The Washington DC-based team has faced years of pressure over a name seen as offensive to Native Americans. The latest calls come amid a fresh focus on racism sparked by worldwide protests.FedEx made the request at the behest of its own investors.Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, said: “This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organisation, sponsors, the National Football League (NFL) and the local community.”At the turn of the millennium, FedEx paid $205M (£165M) for the naming rights to the Redskins’ 82 000-seat stadium in Maryland. The deal expires in 2025.But that is not the delivery giant’s only tie to the team. The boss and founder of FedEx, Frederick Smith also owns a minority stake in the Redskins.The team has been under pressure to change its name for decades.Six years ago, FedEx shareholders voted to allow the Redskins to keep its name after the shipping giant received a complaint from the Wisconsin-based Oneida Indian tribe.But as firms assess their stance on issues around race, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests, FedEx has now called for the team to rebrand.Last week, 87 investment firms and shareholders wrote to FedEx, along with fellow Redskins’ sponsors Nike and PepsiCo, calling on the firms to sever ties with the Redskins, according to trade publication AdWeek.“‘Redskins’ remains a dehumanising word, characterising people by skin colour and a racial slur with hateful connotations,” the letter written to PepsiCo said.“We have been in conversations with the NFL and Washington management for a few weeks about this issue,” a PepsiCo spokesperson said.“We believe it is time for a change. We are pleased to see the steps the team announced today, and we look forward to continued partnership.”As of Thursday, Nike’s website did not display any Redskins merchandise. The Washington-based team was the only one of the 32 NFL teams no longer listed in the site’s index.Nike did not immediately respond to the BBC’s request for comment.In the past, the team’s owner Mr Snyder has remained steadfast on keeping the name, calling it a “badge of honour”.
Nigeria’s Assistant Coach Nduka Ugbade said: “We were beaten by Niger two years ago but we will not allow that to happen again. We are going to do battle against them again no matter the situation.”Today’s match is one between the solid defence of Niger, who have yet to concede a goal thus far, and the rampant Eaglets attack, who have netted seven goals.The first semi-final will be between Group A winners Ghana against Cote d’Ivoire, who fought back from a 5-1 loss to Nigeria to beat Burkina Faso 3-0. The game will kick off 4.30pm at the same venue.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Golden Eaglets will hope to avenge their elimination from the 2017 Under-17 AFCON when they face hosts Niger in the semi-final of the zonal 2019 Under-17 AFCON qualifier tonight.The grudge match will kick off by 7.30 pm this evening at the Seyni Kountche Stadium in Niamey.Niger shocked the more illustrious Eaglets to qualify for the 2017 Under-17 AFCON in Rwanda.