The pontoon was a major selling point for 146 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne.A MEGA pontoon with room for three luxury yachts has sealed the sale of a Brisbane riverfront property for more than $6 million. The property at 146 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne, comprises 1400 sqm of riverfont land, but the house itself is barely liveable. The property at 146 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne, comes with an epic pontoon that can accommodate three boats.Luckily, the new local buyers were happy to fork out $6.025 million to knock down the house and build their dream home on the site — with plenty of room for their water toys to berth at the $150,000 pontoon.Selling agent Sarah Hackett of Place – Bulimba said the property attracted interest nationally and from Hong Kong, but particularly from boaties. The city views from the riverfront property at 146 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne.“It’s got one of the best pontoons I’ve ever seen,” Mrs Hackett said.“It has a three pontoon frontage, so you can have multiple boats there.”Mrs Hackett said the buyers had currently been berthing their boat at a public mooring, but their dream was to be able to moor it out the front of their house. Riverfront living is hard to come by in Brisbane at the moment, agents say.“It is a lifestyle decision — whether you have a boat now or not,” she said.“My neighbours get in their boat in the morning and go to the Jan Power markets, have a coffee and then head back.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“The (Brisbane) river has really come alive now, with Howard Smith Wharves and all the public moorings that are available. It’s really promoting riverfront living.” The house on the property at 146 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne, will be demolished to make way for a new, dream home.The existing house on the property has a development approval to be demolished.Mrs Hackett said riverfront properties for sale in Brisbane were extremely scarce at the moment.“There is nothing on the market at the moment on the river,” she said.“In fact, there is 30 per cent less stock (for sale) in the top end than there was in 2019.”
With a 3-1 home victory over Minnesota-Duluth on Oct. 14, head coach Mark Johnson officially entered the record books as the winningest women’s hockey coach in NCAA history with 465 wins.Coach Johnson has undoubtedly enjoyed the most successful tenure in the history of Badger hockey, amassing not only an unprecedented number of wins but also four national titles and 12 frozen four appearances during his 16 years as head coach.This consistent appearance at the nation’s most competitive tournament has only heightened as of late, as the Badgers have appeared in seven of the last eight installments of the NCAA tournament.Most importantly, however, Johnson has directed the development of the most successful individual performers the team has ever witnessed. Since Johnson took over the reins in Madison, he has coached all 10 of the program’s leaders in total point scoring.Furthermore, he has directly recruited eight of those 10 players. The ability to bring in and develop the best of the best individual prospects is fundamental in cultivating a successful team — Johnson has and continues to perform this to perfection.Tell Michael Deiter you’re sorry. No, seriously.Apologize to Michael Deiter. Yes, you. Apologize to Badgers senior guard Michael Deiter. Oh what’s that? Would you have not Read…Stand out freshman Sophie Shirley, a Johnson recruit, experienced his ability to develop and improve his players for the first time this year.“Coach Johnson has been great thus far,” Shirley said.“Everything he says you want to swallow it up and take as much knowledge in as you can. We really respect him as a coach.”It is without question that Johnson’s unique abilities as a coach directly brought about the continued success of the women’s hockey program. While past regimes were no strangers to victory, Johnson has effectively ushered in a new era of dominance that remains unrivaled by any other Badger sport.Johnson was no stranger to success prior to accepting the role as head coach, as his own hockey career was defined by stunning success, including a myriad of accomplishments with the Badgers.In the 1970s, under Bob Johnson, Mark’s father, he won WCHA rookie of the year for the first time in Badger history, took part in a national title-winning team and became the school’s all-time leading scorer.Perhaps most famously, Johnson scored two of the four goals during the miracle on ice that saw an amateur U.S. team take down the seemingly invincible Soviet Union.This set of accomplishments would certainly allow for one to rest on their laurels, however, coach Johnson had other plans in mind.Wisconsin men’s water polo finishes season on high note at Big Ten TournamentThe University of Wisconsin men’s club water polo team wrapped up their fall season two weekends ago in Ann Arbor Read…“I’ve had my day in the sun playing and coached a long time. This is about giving back to the game and helping others, helping out the players we’re working with right now,” Johnson said per University of Wisconsin Communications.While his days as a player may be finished, coach Johnson’s potential victories are anything but limited. At just 61 years of age, Johnson has a chance to build up his record of success with the Badgers. While he’s made it clear that the players are his absolute focus, another university record looms in the near distance.After a flurry of recent wins against University of Minnesota-Duluth and Princeton, Johnson is only 31 games behind former men’s hockey coach Jeff Sauer for the most wins in school history in any sport.Hypothetically, Johnson could achieve this milestone this season.Between 26 regular season games and six potential combined playoff games in the WCHA and frozen four tournaments, the Badgers could acquire 32 wins before the year is complete. This is highly unlikely, however, and it’s probable coach Johnson will continue to pursue his record-breaking career next season.It’s clear that the lasting success of the Badgers under coach Johnson has been enjoyable. In a post-game presser with UW Athletic’s Andy Baggot, Johnson described that he has “… had a lot of good people and certainly had a lot of good players and some great teams. It’s been a fun ride.”The Badger Hunting Club: What being an outdoorsman really stands forHunting has been a way of life throughout the history of mankind. From hunting and gathering for survival to a Read…This successful ride shows no sign of stopping, as the No. 1 ranked Badgers have continued their dominance to start their 2018-19 campaign for a national title.It remains to be seen what this year ultimately holds in store for the Badgers, but expectations are undoubtedly high for Johnson and his squad.Despite their past achievements, a recently attained No. 1 ranking in the nation and an extensive win streak mean that a national title would be the only way the Badgers and Johnson could completely fulfill their potential as a dominant force in the hockey world.
The Premier County will travel to Parnell Park in search of two points this weekend against Ger Cunningham’s team. The Tipp line-up will be announced tomorrow night and Eamon O’Shea is hoping his players can take control of the match from the start. He said: https://soundcloud.com/tippfmradio/oshea-on-dublin-challenge Tipp FM will bring you full live coverage of Sunday’s match at Parnell Park in association with Lodge Security Nenagh.
The camp will be held at the Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen from 11th – 13th September, 2009.Congratulations to all players and good luck for the upcoming camp.The Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open Squads are as follows:Men’s OpenAnthony ZiadeJason StantonSteve RobertsStuart BriertyMatt ProwseChris FarrowDan WithersJamie StoweRobert NakhlaDrumayne Dayberg-MuirNathan JonesDylan HennessyMatt TopeAndrew BaggioTroy MalcolmScott BuckleyAsh FarrowNick GoodTerry DeeganChris LukinsWomen’s OpenBo De La CruzEmily HopkinSamantha HopkinKelly McGennityKristy JuddClaire WinchesterLouise WinchesterStacey LaphamPeta RogersonRoxanne WinderTeena McIlveenKelly WoodsAmanda JuddNicky AlberyNicole McHughAshleigh DobbinsAli BrigginshawStephanie HalpinMixed OpenCandice AshleySarah SpacieNikki EtheridgeHayley McAnellyZoe Dacey-AikenKristen BossRachael CleaveCobie MorganJess McCallMelissa PitfieldElin MortimerTony EltakchiBen MoylanRyan PollockJamie ChanChristian FrostBrett HughesMichael BaartzMichael SinghDylan ThompsonDean SpringfieldPeter NormanCameron NichollsNathan WongPotatau Berryman
OTTAWA – The central bank governor’s communications style is under a microscope — but the jury is still out on whether he needs to change his strategy.Experts shared a range of views Thursday at a Bank of Canada conference about governor Stephen Poloz’s messaging ahead of his interest-rate decisions, which included a hike last week that caught some analysts by surprise.The rate decision attracted open criticism from forecasters over the fact the bank didn’t offer more-explicit signals about its intentions beforehand.Others, however, have dismissed the concerns. They’ve argued that stronger-than-expected economic numbers released before the rate increase provided more than enough information to persuade markets that, despite the bank’s silence, a hike was on the way.The debate over central bank communications emerged as a central theme at the Bank of Canada headquarters, where dozens of the country’s top economic experts gathered for a conference on monetary policy.Attendees offered different opinions as well as some advice on the issue.Some suggested the bank offer a consistent level of public transparency when it comes to its expected interest-rate path, while others recommended senior officials spend more time updating the public.But those perspectives were countered by experts who insist there’s no need for the bank to give more signals to markets, which economists often refer to as “forward guidance.”The issue made headlines in recent days after BMO chief economist Doug Porter wrote a paper to clients calling the central bank’s pre-decision communications an “epic” failure.Porter said he had no problem with the rate hike itself, because the stronger economy had made a solid case for it.But he argued the bank caused significant uncertainty and a “fairly violent” market reaction by not making any public remarks for about two months before the rate increase.In contrast, critics have also noted that, ahead of the bank’s July rate increase, Poloz sent clear signals he had shifted to a rate-hiking path.Porter’s criticism caught the central bank’s attention, which responded with a detailed defence.The bank argued that a large percentage of traders had correctly read Poloz’s most-recent messaging in July, which had indicated future rate decisions would be guided by economic data. Market expectations in the days before the announcement showed the odds of a hike were about 50-50, bank spokesman Jeremy Harrison said.Harrison also pointed to the unexpectedly strong numbers for second-quarter growth released less than a week before the rate announcement — during the bank’s pre-decision blackout period. The bank has a policy of avoiding any external communications about the economic outlook and monetary policy in the week before rate decisions are announced.With so much attention paid to the issue in recent days, it became an unofficial theme of a conference on the renewal of the bank’s inflation-targeting commitment in 2021. The issue popped up on stage during panel discussions and on the sidelines of the event.After the conference, senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said she’d like to study transparency and communications suggestions that could add clarity that’s useful for credibility, anchoring expectations and avoiding unproductive volatility.“My hope is that there’s some way to interact that makes it easier for people to understand how we think about the economy, what information is important to us and how that might be evolving,” Wilkins told reporters.“My hope is that we will continue to improve that. My assessment is that, in general, it’s OK. It’s pretty good.”Wilkins said if the bank decides to increase the number of speeches and news conferences, those changes could be implemented soon.During one session, panellist Michelle Alexopoulos, a University of Toronto economist, said the debate over how the bank communicated — or did not communicate — its thoughts before the July and September hikes suggests that forward guidance should become a regular tool to ensure consistency.“If we don’t want to give it all the time, that’s fine, but we should give some guidance as to when we’re going to use the guidance so that we’re not actually caught in some situations where individuals are guessing,” Alexopoulos told the audience, which included Poloz himself.She suggested the bank introduce a form of “conditional” forward guidance to leave it some wiggle room in case of sudden economic changes.But others said Poloz doesn’t need to adjust his communications.Don Drummond, a Queen’s University professor, said he didn’t think the recent rate hike hinged on the strong growth number released just days before the decision.The economy, he added, had been showing strength for a while.“I think the onus is on everybody else — why wouldn’t they raise interest rates?” said Drummond, who sat beside Poloz in the audience at conference.“I would have been shocked if they had not gone ahead and taken that as an opportunity to raise interest rates. So, I think there’s some misunderstanding about how monetary policy is geared.”Drummond, a former senior official with the federal Finance Department, also said there’s an incorrect notion out there that monetary policy is a precise science.Poloz did not address the conference, which included many international experts.About three years ago, Poloz announced the bank would move away from forward guidance, which was adopted by the bank in the wake of the financial crisis.At the time, he said forward guidance reduced uncertainty for markets about the path of interest rates when they were already at a very low level.However, Poloz noted guidance could also create significant volatility when markets perceived the bank was preparing to change its position.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
WASHINGTON – Americans increased their spending at retailers last month by the most in two and a half years, driven by strong auto sales as residents of hurricane-ravaged areas replaced destroyed cars.The Commerce Department says retail sales rose 1.6 per cent in September, after slipping 0.1 per cent in August. Auto sales jumped 3.6 per cent, the most since March 2015. Gas sales climbed 5.8 per cent, the most in four and a half years, likely reflecting price spikes after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.Even excluding the volatile auto and gas categories, sales rose a solid 0.5 per cent, up from a 0.1 per cent gain in August.Consumers are optimistic about the economy, unemployment has hit a 16-year low, and wages have ticked up in recent months. That should boost spending in the coming months.
United Nations: China has placed a hold and blocked the attempt to brand Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. The attempt to brand him has as a “global terrorist” by the UN Security Council has failed again. China has shielded Masood Azhar for the fourth time after it blocked action on the JeM chief. It comes as a setback to India’s bid to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. China on Wednesday (March 13) put a technical hold on a proposal in the UN Security Council to ban him following the Pulwama terror attack. The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed killed 44 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayThe Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee members had 10 working days to raise any objections to the proposal. The no-objection period deadline was scheduled to end at 3 pm local time (New York) Wednesday (12.30 am IST Thursday). The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist. The Committee makes its decisions by consensus of its members. All eyes were on China, which has in the past blocked India’s bids to get Azhar listed as a UN-designated global terrorist thrice.
Bordeaux- Protestors from all over the world gathered in major cities to demand the release of the activists that were sent to prison two months ago in Russia, French daily Le Monde reported on Saturday. Among them is Faiza Oulahsen, a Dutch woman of Moroccan origins who has been charged with “piracy of an organized group” over protest on an Arctic oil rig owned by state-controlled firm Gazprom.In the UK, several dozens of protesters demonstrated in front of Shell gas stations, a company Greenpeace accuses of drillin in the Arctic in cooperation with Gazprom. “Many of today’s events will focus on the role played by energy giant Gazprom and its commercial partner in the Arctic, Shell. Gazprom has asked the Russian authorities to intervene in the action that led to the arrest of the 30 activists” said Greenpeace in a statement.In Argentina, several events were held in major cities including concerts and photo exhibitions. Activists have symbolically locked themselves in a cage in front of the India Gate in Delhi. The same operation was led on Friday in Paris with Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard as well as French political and cultural personalities. The same day, 200 people signed a petition in Geneva, Switzerland, which will be sent to the Russian ambassador. Earlier this week, superstars Madonna and Paul McCartney expressed their support to the activists.Thirty members of the Arctic Sunrise team were arrested on September 19th by the Russian authorities as they tried to climb an oil platform in the Barents Sea to denounce environmental risks. Among them is Faiza Oulahsen, a 26 year-old Dutch woman of Moroccan origins.All of them face charges of “piracy” and “hooliganism”, and could be sentenced to up to 15 years in jail.
As if 10-cent hot dogs weren’t enough, the Columbus Clippers delivered a walk-off win for fans in attendance at Monday’s Dime-A-Dog Night at Huntington Park. Clippers second baseman Gregorio Petit hit a two-out, two-run double to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Columbus a 4-3 win over the visiting Indianapolis Indians. With runners on first and third and down to his last strike, Petit lined a 1-2 pitch from Indians reliever Tim Wood into left field sending Ryan Spilborghs home from third to tie the game. When Indianapolis left fielder Gorkys Hernandez failed to field the ball cleanly, it allowed Trevor Crowe, running on contact with two outs, to score all the way from first. “I knew I tied the game when it came off the bat,” Petit said after the game. “And when I saw Hernandez struggle with the ball, I knew we had Crowe at first and he can run.” With its back against the wall, Columbus needed Petit’s heroics to get the win, but it was the bullpen that kept the team in the game. “I thought our bullpen did a really good job of keeping us close and giving us a chance to win in the ninth,” Columbus manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “Hagadone, Ray and then Herrmann in the ninth, I thought that was the key.” Clippers starting pitcher Chris Seddon struggled out of the gates giving up a home run on the game’s second pitch. The left-hander allowed three runs on five hits in four innings of work, leaving the game with his team down 3-1. Columbus relievers Nick Hagadone, Chris Ray and Frank Herrmann combined for five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits. Indianapolis starter Charlie Morton pitched well for the Indians, going seven-and-two-thirds innings. Down for rehab from Indianapolis’ parent team the Pittsburgh Pirates, Morton allowed one run on six hits, striking out eight. “You’ve got to give credit to (Morton),” Sarbaugh said. “He used all of his pitches effectively and we couldn’t really get anything going against him.” Morton kept the Clippers off the scoreboard for most of the game, but when he gave way to the bullpen, Columbus was able to capitalize, scoring three of its four runs in the ninth off Indians relievers. Kept in check for the better part of the night, the Clippers offense managed to come alive when it needed to. “That’s what fighters do right?” Petit, who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before his game-winning double, said. “Fighters fight, and that’s how we are. We just battle the whole game and we never give up.” The game was the first Dime-A-Dog Night of the 2012 season. The promotion is usually held once a month at a Monday home game, but it will get special treatment because of the city of Columbus’ bicentennial this year. “It’s one of those Columbus traditions,” Clippers media director Joe Santry said. “And because of that, we’ll do it every Monday.” Columbus and Indianapolis play the second game of a four-game series Tuesday with the first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. The next scheduled Dime-A-Dog Night is Monday April 30.
Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa celebrates during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorLife doesn’t stop for Ohio State football players when they get a week off, but it certainly slows down — especially for the upperclassmen.Coming off a 52-24 win against Maryland on Saturday, the Buckeyes have a week off before returning to the field at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 18. Coach Urban Meyer said he is taking the week to give some younger players heavier reps, while lightening the workload for experienced starters.“This (week) I am getting (freshman defensive lineman) Jalyn Holmes a million reps right now and some of the players have to get ready to go,” Meyer said Wednesday. “Some of them though — (senior defensive lineman Michael) Bennett, we have pulled off of him a little bit.”Along with Bennett, Meyer said sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa is getting fewer game-style reps in practice this week.Senior defensive lineman Steve Miller said the week off has been less intense than the Buckeyes’ first bye week of the season, and added it’s been a good chance to make sure some young players get the practice time they need.“It’s been more laid-back for this break,” Miller said Wednesday. “Just trying to get some of the young guys ready.”While the week off doesn’t mean the players can shut it down quite yet, the upcoming weekend without a game gives them a chance to get away. “We don’t practice on Sunday night because I want them to get out of here,” Meyer said. “(Freshman linebacker) Raekwon McMillan I know is going home to see his mom. He has earned that right to go do that.”McMillan played his high school football in Hinesville, Ga.But if players choose not to head home, Meyer said he wants them to keep football on their mind.“It is our second weekend (off). Some guys aren’t (going home) so maybe they will be over to coaches’ houses on Saturday and we are going to finalize plans,” he said. “I want them somewhere, if they are not going home, I want them around a coach.”Miller said he’ll likely be on the list of players who don’t have to spend their weekend with one of the OSU coaches.“I’m gonna probably go home, probably see my family and rest up,” Miller, a Canton, Ohio, native, said.Even though he gets a chance to spend some extra time with his family, Miller said the bye week doesn’t necessarily come at a good time for the Buckeyes.“It’s been strange, because it’s real early,” he said. “And we really aren’t that banged up yet, so it really (isn’t) that bad to be taking a break.”OSU’s first bye week came after a 66-0 win against Kent State in its third game of the season. That win shifted the team’s momentum after a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech the week before. Coming out of that week off, the Buckeyes’ offense posted 710 yards against Cincinnati before routing the Terrapins for a third consecutive win.Meyer said that first week off “came at the right time,” but added he doesn’t have the same feelings this time around.“You could see we played pretty well afterwards,” he said. “This one, I don’t know. All I know is it remains to be seen. It is uncomfortable to be honest with you.”Meyer said he has looked at past years, and there hasn’t been a time one of his teams has had two bye weeks so early in the season.While his coach isn’t quite excited to be taking a break, junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren said it hasn’t been all negative. Boren said he and others on the team have been fighting through minor injuries, so a week off can help them get healthy.“I think it’s working right now, and we’ll see how everything else works out,” he said.After the week off, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium to cap off homecoming week. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.