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‘We can turn it into an opportunity’: Govt defends holding December regional elections

first_imgExperts and analysts have suggested that a further delay is necessary, arguing that the government must remain focused on addressing the COVID-19 outbreak, which has taken lives and gutted the economy.Speaking at a hearing with House of Representatives Commission II overseeing home affairs on Wednesday, Tito said the regional leaders, especially incumbent candidates, would be more motivated to do their best to control the spread of the virus if elections were looming.“We can turn it into an opportunity to support the COVID-19 response because incumbent candidates will go all out,” Tito said.Tito also dismissed experts’ concerns that holding elections in December would unfairly favor incumbents, saying that contenders could use their weaknesses in handling the COVID-19 outbreak to garner public attention. Home Minister Tito Karnavian has said the government will go through with its plan to hold simultaneous regional elections on Dec. 9 despite mounting concerns about the public health risks and the possibility that incumbents would use COVID-19 policies and funds improperly to garner electoral support.The elections had initially been slated for Sept. 23 but were postponed until December through a Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) issued earlier this month. “There are quite a lot of problems, such as social aid distribution, the number of positive cases,” he said. “Challengers could offer new ideas to people. This could also encourage the incumbents.”Read also: COVID-19: Regional leaders mull withdrawing from race if elections not postponedHealth Minister Terawan Agus Putranto previously suggested that election day should be held after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the pandemic.However, Tito said he had discussed the matter with Terawan and the National COVID-19 task force and said they had agreed to the December timetable.He added that by rescheduling election day to December, people would also benefit as they would receive more social aid from the candidates, both incumbents and challengers.In addition, he said, a voting day during the pandemic could also revive the economy in the regions.“There might be some new opportunities, such as for an EO [event organizer] for political campaign events during the pandemic as the campaign can be done virtually,” he said.The General Elections Commission (KPU) confirmed at the meeting that it had received a letter from National COVID-19 Task Force chief Doni Monardo on Wednesday instructing the commission to continue election preparations while implementing health protocols to prevent COVID-19 transmission.KPU chairman Arief Budiman said, given the approval, the commission would begin the preparatory stages of the elections in June.Read also: Govt, House agree to reschedule 2020 regional elections’ voting day to Dec. 9However, he said that the number of polling stations and the need for health provisions would be higher this year, as the KPU had to provide larger spaces for voters, extra ballot boxes, masks, disinfectant and hand sanitizer. “The budget is predicted to increase by Rp 535.95 billion [US$ 36.3 million]. However, our budget has been cut to Rp 297.53 billion. Therefore, we need financial support,” he said.At the end of the meeting, Commission II approved the government’s plan to reschedule polling day to Dec. 9 as long as health protocols were followed.Topics :last_img read more

Qld property markets dominating the nation

first_imgTownsville’s property fortunes are tipped to turn around.“We always seek economic diversity in a property investment location and Townsville has more than most regional cities. It has strong elements of government administration, education, defence, resources, health, tourism and manufacturing – plus an export port.’’Mr Ryder said after mixed fortunes in the past couple of years, it was now ready to move forward.He said Queensland was starting to feature more prominently in his regular Best Buys list as Sydney and Melbourne markets came off the boil.“Markets are moving on,’’ he said.“All indicators are that Sydney is well past its peak and starting to fade. Melbourne to a lesser extent also. We think that the other cities are actually rising as Sydney and Melbourne are easing.’’ Mr Ryder said it wasn’t just lifestyle factors behind the predicted growth in the Queensland regions.He said it was a combination of factors.“Lifestyle is great but by itself it doesn’t normally drive markets higher,’’ he said.Mr Ryder acknowledged that if you looked at Townsville right now, at the current numbers, you wouldn’t want to buy there.“We are suggesting that the future is a lot better,” he said. “There are some big events coming up in Townsville in terms of infrastructure.’’ Caboolture, where this home at 16 Winterbrook Court is listed for sale, is among the areas tipped by Terry Ryder for future growth. Picture: Ryder said he selected the Moreton Bay region because it had affordable housing, there was about $980 million in spending on major new infrastructure and a new university precinct. He said four of the core suburbs in the region had chalked up more than 390 house sales in the past 12 months.The Sunshine Coast made the list for its strong population growth and massive infrastructure spend.Mr Ryder identified the $2 billion University Hospital, $2 billion light rail proposal, $5 billion residential development, Oceanside Kawana, and upgrades to the Sunshine Plaza and the airport. BUYERS with a bad case of FOMO “Nothing supports property price growth like major new infrastructure, which generates jobs, economic activity and improved amenity for residents,’’ he said.“The Sunshine Coast market in 2014 returned to growth for the first time in six years. Having previously been hampered by a struggling tourism economy, an oversupply of dwellings and poor affordability, the coast moved into a strong growth phase, which continued in 2015 and 2016,’’ he said.Mr Ryder said a couple of things were helping the market – the tourism industry was stronger, there was a better balance between supply and demand, and previous price drops had made the market more affordable. Redcliffe with its affordable properties and infrastructure also made the national top 10 list.Mr Ryder said the area had a revitalised image since the rail link was completed which had been a “game changer” for real estate on the peninsula.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago EXTREME renovation “The market is responding, with some suburbs delivering strong price growth in the past year,’’ he said.While news around the property market in Townsville has been pretty dire in recent years, Mr Ryder said it was one to watch.He said there was a $2 billion military expansion on the cards, mining projects bubbling away and a strong, diverse economy.“Townsville ranks among the sturdiest regional economies in Australia,’’ he said. The Redcliffe market is primed for growth according to Terry Ryder.QUEENSLAND  has dominated the national list of property best buys, with four regions prominent in the top 10.The latest Hotspotting National Top 10 Best Buys report names Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Redcliffe and Townsville property markets as ones to watch.Hotspotting founder Terry Ryder said the areas selected were “the cream of the crop’’ and among the best locations for property investors who were seeking capital growth.Mr Ryder said each of the regions had three, four or more of the core things needed to help drive property price growth.“We expect them to show growth not only in 2017 but well beyond,” he said. “They are all locations we expect to show steady growth over the longer-term.’’ last_img read more

Coruña tramway

first_imgJUNE saw the inauguration of a 4 km tramway in the Spanish city of A Coruña, linking the castle of San Antón and the Tower of Hercules. A 15min interval service is provided by two ’heritage’ trams built in the 1920s which have been rebuilt by CAF at Zaragoza.The line cost Pts4·6bn, with civil works contracted to Comsa and electrification to Cobra; both firms worked on the conversion of Valencia Line 4 to light rail. Whilst aimed at tourist traffic, the route is intended as part of a 12 km light metro network. An extension to Playa de Riazor will form the second phase. olast_img read more

​NBIM warns against micro-managing boards on green issues

first_imgInvestors needed a robust method to differentiate the quality of proposals when voting for or against them, she said.“We recommend evaluating proposals according to materiality, prescriptiveness and a careful consideration of company context,” NBIM said.Smith Ihenacho said: “We have to make decisions on issues put forward in shareholder proposals that are often wide-ranging and have complex root causes.”For this reason, NBIM, which manages the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), needed to make considered, analytically-based voting decisions, she said.The Oslo-headquartered asset manager said in many markets there were more and more proposals from shareholders on the environmental and social aspects of corporate activities, which could raise a wide range of issues from climate scenario analysis or supply chain due diligence to recyclable packaging.This year alone, NBIM said it had so far voted on 187 shareholder proposals on sustainability.In its “asset manager perspective” paper published today, NBIM urged those filing proposals to consider carefully which topics they raised and the context of the individual company, and that the ideas allowed management enough flexibility to implement them into strategy and operations.Even though it was expensive to analyse specific proposals in detail, NBIM said high-quality proposals had to be sifted from low-quality motions to protect and enhance shareholder value – by backing what was in the company’s best long-term interests and voting against what was not.“Failing to collect and analyse information before voting on a shareholder proposal can mean ignoring a material risk or issue and may have negative value implications,” the manager said.Last month, NBIM announced a move to increase openness about how it votes, pledging to publish its rationale for these decisions a day after voting against an investee company’s board.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The manager of Norway’s NOK10.3tn (€961bn) sovereign wealth fund has laid bare its thinking on shareholder proposals about sustainability, saying some of the ideas put to the vote at companies’ general meetings are either not relevant enough – or too controlling.Publishing a paper explaining its approach, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) said motions on sustainability often addressed central economic, environmental and societal challenges.Over time, they have been instrumental in spurring firms to adopt more responsible business practices, it said.But Carine Smith Ihenacho, chief corporate governance officer at NBIM, said: “However, some shareholder proposals focus on tangential issues or attempt to micro-manage company boards.”last_img read more

Gold Coast real estate agents named finalists in REIQ’s excellence awards

first_img•Wayde Hildrew – Ray White Aspley•Natalie South – Harcourts Solutions GroupBuyers Agency of the Year•Property Pursuit•Property Zest•Propertyology •Rudi Scutti – CBRE Medium Residential Agency of the Year LJ Hooker Nerang is up for two awards at the REIQ’s 2019 Awards for Excellence. Pictured is L. Janusz Hooker and LJ Hooker Nerang principal Shane Colquhoun. Innovation Award Luke Henderson has been named a finalist in the REIQ’s 2019 Awards for Excellence. Best Media Report Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 Commercial Agency of the Year •Roland West – Link Business Brisbane•Michelle Wright – Complete Business Brokers•John Kasapi – Benchmark Business Brokers•Dustin Slypen – Link Business Brisbane •Jodie Hedley-Ward – McGrath Caloundra•Luke Henderson – John Henderson Real Estate•Tristan Rowland – Place Aspley•Anne Fidler – Belle Property Wilston•Mitchell Lambert – Lambert Willcox Estate Agents•Brett Andreassen – Plum Property•Haydn Denovan – Denovans Real Estate•Mark McGill – Amber Werchon Property Mooloolaba Regional Salesperson of the Year Buyers Agent of the Year Corporate Support Person of the Year •Carla Haddan – Place Bulimba•Henzells Agency•McGrath Caloundra•Laguna Real Estate Noosa•Harcourts Solutions Group•Tracy Leske – Cherish Property Regional Residential Agency of the Year •Michelle Hele – News Corp•Robyn Ironside – The Australian•Ellen Lutton – Domain•Emilia Terzon – ABC •Solutions Property Management – North Lakes•Bees Nees City Realty•McGrath Caloundra•Denovans Real Estate•Code Property Group•Plum Property •Pinpoint Property•Bridgebury Real Estate•Cape Cod Residential•Xperience Realty•Agents2go•One Agency Hervey Bay•Blackbird and Finch Estate Agents•Macwell Property •Eric Sutherland – Laguna Real Estate•Debra Aleckson – Wythes Real Estate Residential Salesperson of the Yearcenter_img •Mark MacCabe – Apollo Auctions•David Holmes – Metro Auctions•Justin Nickerson – Apollo Auctions•Gavin Croft – Sotheby’s International •Matt Reeves – Your Property Hound•Bryan Loughnan – Propertyology•Stephen McGee – National Property Buyers QLD•Karen Young – Property Zest•Nathan Wunsch – Property Pursuit •Savills (QLD) Pty Ltd•LJ Hooker Commercial BrisbaneCommercial Property Manager of the Year•Rauhena Chase – Raine and Horne Commercial Brisbane Southside•Kate Short – CBRE Large Residential Agency of the Year Business Broker of the Year Commercial Salesperson of the Year •Rebecca Fogarty – Blackbird and Finch Estate Agents•Samantha Rowland – Place Aspley•Katie Knight – RE/MAX Success•Cyndi Ward – RE/MAX Gold•Laura Valenti – Solutions Property Management•Tamara Weight – Kingsberry Harcourts•Lauren Robinson – Rental Results Two Gold Coast real estate agents have been named finalists in the REIQ’s 2019 Awards for Excellence.TWO Gold Coast real estate agents are taking the Queensland property market by storm after being named finalists in the state’s industry awards.Professionals John Henderson Real Estate director Luke Henderson and Lambert Willcox Estate Agents director Mitchell Lambert have been short-listed in the REIQ’s 2019 Awards for Excellence.They are up against six other agents from across the state for the residential salesperson of the year award. •RE/MAX Success•Pinpoint Property•Kingsberry Harcourts•Donna Sands Boutique Property•Explore Property Mackay•One Agency Hervey Bay REIQ chief executive officer Antonia Mercorella said the awards attracted a high calibre of entrants this year.“To be named a finalist is proof that a member has set themselves the task of being the best real estate practitioner they can be and achieved that goal,” she said.“Our members represent the highest standards of the real estate profession and they set the benchmark for success.“Queensland’s real estate market has shown modest growth this year and as a result our members have had to be more efficient, more skilled and more focused than ever before to achieve commercial and professional success.”Winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner in Brisbane at the Royal International Convention Centre on March 16.See the full list of finalists •Thomas Quaid – Quaid Real Estate•Daniel Burrett – RE/MAX Success•Damian Raxach – One Agency Hervey Bay Residential Property Manager of the Year Community Service Award Auctioneer of the Year •LJ Hooker Nerang•Laguna Real Estate•Amber Werchon PropertyMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago•Kingsberry Harcourts•Kindred•Harcourts Solutions Group •Anne-Maree Russell – Cape Cod Residential•LJ Hooker Nerang•Dr Paul Howe – Oxbridge•Wythes Real Estate•Peter Mitchell – Harcourts Nexus Small Residential Agency of the Year Business Development Manager of the Year (Property Management office) Mitchell Lambert has also been named a finalist in the REIQ’s 2019 Awards for Excellence..Mr Henderson said he was grateful to be named a finalist for a second year.“Real estate can be a bit of a lonely game sometimes, you’re just out there doing your best and it’s good that the state industry body realises I’m making a difference,” he said.Mr Lambert was humbled to be named a finalist but said he wasn’t in the industry for praise.“Industry recognition is great but client recognition is what’s important to us,” he said.“I think I was really born to do this.”LJ Hooker Nerang will also represent the Gold Coast as a finalist in the large residential agency of the year and innovation award categories.last_img read more

Life in Australia report finds health care is a top priority when finding a place to call home

first_imgJulia and Blake Pearl with daughters Isabella (3) and Amelia (1). Julia Pearl moved to Brisbane from Russia as a child with health care needs a top priority. Picture: supplied.BEING close to quality health care is still a leading factor in determining where people choose to live, although they are less satisfied with the level of health care on offer, a national survey has found. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES RELATED: Brisbane fourth most liveable city, but residents not feeling safe >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< The indexed report was prepared by market research company Ipsos and based on a national survey of 9515 residents in October last year.In Brisbane, 59 per cent of respondents felt high quality health services were the most important attribute to making somewhere a good place to live.Health care was an important factor behind Ellen Gosse’s decision to relocate her family from Russia to Brisbane in 1994.center_img Australia’s largest ongoing study of community values and liveability, the Life in Australia report, ranked ‘high quality health services’ as the third most important factor Brisbane residents consider when choosing a place to live, behind safety and affordable housing.But when asked to rate their local area on its health care, the level of satisfaction had dropped from 6.6 last year to 6.4 on a scale of 0-10 with 10 being most satisfied. Julia Pearl now has a family and her own business, with medical support close to home so she has the independence she needs to live life to the full. Mrs Pearl said it took her 3-4 years to find the right house with wheelchair access but has now settled in to the three-bedroom lowset house at Wishart, just seven minutes away from her mum in Mackenzie.“I need to visit a doctor say twice a month and I have a helper that comes to my house, they help me go to the doctors or pick up my kids, help me run my life so I’m not stressing my husband. “This is a big thank you to my mum, I am grateful that she met my father and we are here. I truly am the happiest girl in the world to be living here. In Russia there is not this freedom, forget about it.”CoreLogic data shows that while Greater Brisbane’s population increased by 9.91 per cent between the 2011 and 2016 census nights, suburbs in proximity to major hospitals saw populations increase from 14 per cent to 32.6 per cent, led by South Brisbane (32.6 per cent), Herston (21 per cent), Woolloongabba (17.8 per cent), and Chermside (14 per cent). More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago Australian Innovative Systems CEO Ellen Gosse with her grandchildren. A new start in Australia with high quality health services has seen her family thrive.At the time, her daughter Julia, 7, had been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and was in a wheelchair.“It was one of many factors,” Ms Gosse said. “I knew there would be much better access to medical care for Julia in Australia than in Russia.”Now with a family of her own, Julia Pearl said she would forever be grateful to her mum and dad for making the decision to move.“We have everything close, the Cerebral Palsy League, the (Sunnybank Private) hospital is a few minutes away from me. I am close to any medical help.”last_img read more

Wallace Piepmeier

first_imgCaptain Wallace J. Piepmeier, born May 1, 1928 in Batesville, sailed off into the great beyond on March 21, 2019 at the Shady Nook Care Center in Lawrenceburg.  He is the son of Margaretta (Nee: Cook) and Earl Piepmeier.A veteran of the Navy, Wally retired from Neare Gibbs & Company of Cincinnati as Senior Vice-President of their marine insurance division after 30 years.  Wally held a United States Coast Guard 100 ton Masters License and was fortunate enough to have navigated most of the western rivers by towboat during his working years.  In June of 1980 he was the recipient of the United States Coast Guard’s “Guardian of Western Rivers” award.  During his retirement he was Captain of the King Fisher Fleet navigating tours in Punta Gorda, Florida in addition to serving as Captain of the Hide-a-Way Bay Ferry in Placida, Florida.He was National Vice-President of the Ohio Valley Region Propeller Club of the United States as well as a member of its board of governors. Wally was also a member of the O.V.I.A. Inland Waterways Health & Safety Association.In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his beloved wife Norma Jean (Nee: Yates) and daughter Linda Sue Piepmeier.  Wally is survived by his sons Charles (Darla) Piepmeier of Aurora, Indiana, John Piepmeier of Port Charlotte, Florida; grandchildren Annetta Parks, Jason Piepmeier, Scott Piepmeier and great grandchildren Cody Pierce, Shelby Pierce, Montana Parks and Wyatt Parks.He was a loving husband and father.  Wally was the type of individual that never met a stranger and made friends easily.  He was well respected by his co-workers, the river industry and friends.  He loved the staff and residents of the Shady Nook Care center and Our Hospice and affectionately referred to Shady Nook as home.  He will be missed!  Love ya POPS!Wally’s wishes were to be cremated. A brief prayer service and committal service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Batesville, on Saturday, March 30th.  His cremains will be privately interred at St. Louis Cemetery at a later date.  The family requests memorials to the Shady Nook Care Center (36 Valley Drive, Lawrenceburg, IN, 47025) or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana (2626 17th Street, Columbus, IN, 47201).last_img read more

Joyce Poole

first_imgJoyce Poole, 84, of Milan passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at The Waters of Dillsboro surrounded by her family and the loving care of the staff.  Joyce was born Tuesday, November 20, 1934 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Francis and Florence (Naegel) Langenstroer.  She married Thomas J. Poole May 28, 1954 and he preceded her in death in 1996.  Joyce was a homemaker and of the catholic faith.  She was a realtor, owned her own clothing business “The Warehouse”, worked at Shillito’s, was an EMT for Rescue 69, a den mother for Boy Scouts and brownie leader.  She enjoyed gardening, canning, taking care of the animals on the farm, baking, cooking, sewing, dancing and loved her dog “Missy”. She also liked genealogy and was a caregiver for many.Joyce is survived by son Thomas (Karen) Poole of Dillsboro; daughters Bonnie (John) Wainwright of Columbia City and Jeanette Lindeman of Moores Hill; brother Michael (Vivian) Weber of Hialeah, FL; 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, companion Ray Volk, Ray and Evelyn Naegel.A service celebrating her life will be held 11AM Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Father Stephen Donahue officiating.  Burial will follow in Akers Friendship Cemetery. Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 9 – 11 AM Saturday, May 18 also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in honor of Joyce to the Ripley County Humane Society.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S Main Street, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031 (812)654-2141.  You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Aribo sets Rangers goal target

first_imgRelatedPosts Joe Aribo vows to bounce back from injury Joe Aribo out of Super Eagles friendlies Gerrard gets Aribo, Leon Balogun boost Rangers midfielder, Joe Aribo, has set for himself goal targets in the Scottish League season.After a year in Glasgow, Aribo now feels more a lot comfortable in his surroundings and he is ready to enjoy a productive campaign. He said: “The manager wants me to add more goals to my game to help the team.“I want to be hitting the double-digit figures as a minimum.“We do need to share the goals around more.“Midfielders have to add goals to our game this season.“I wouldn’t say the manager is giving me more freedom now because I had that last year too. “But I have more confidence in my game now and want to keep kicking on.“I feel more established at the club now after my year of learning at Rangers.“I’ve been around the gaffer and the staff and take lots from them in every session, day-in and day-out.“I am only going to improve as a player under such great coaches and from working with the manager.“He has been massive for me. There are just little things on the training field he tells me that will go a long way. It’s nice to be working with him.” Tags: GlasgowJoe AriboRangers FCScottish leaguelast_img read more