Kiwi spends big to secure inner Brisbane dream home at heated auction

first_imgSellers Graham and Glenda Portas felt it was the right time to sell the home. (AAP image, John Gass)Now the street is filled with renovated homes and the median house price in the suburb is getting close to $800,0000 it is far from the working class neighbourhood of her childhood.“It is time to sell,” Mrs Portus said. Inside 26 Merton Road.Agent for the sale Karen Pierce from Ray White Brisbane CBD said it was not surprising that there were 18 registered bidders and dozens of onlookers cramped into the front yard of the home for the auction. “There are very few properties on the market here in the area at the moment, it is very tightly held in this inner city part,” Ms Pierce said. “With over 70 groups of people through the open houses I thought we were in for a good result, but I was not expecting the result we got today.”Despite just spending more than a million on the home, Mr Jou said he had planned to build more on the site. The home is more than 70 years old.Seller Glenda Portus grew up in the home at a time when trams ran down tram Stanley Street, just a few metres down the road. Winning bidder Joseph Jou is congratulated by auctioneer Dean Yesberg. (AAP image, John Gass)The home, which has not been updated in decades, might not look like it is worth the money, but for Mr Jou it was all about getting something that was in a good part of the city.“I grew up in New Zealand and we came over here for a holiday and we loved it,” Mr Jou said.“This is so close to South Bank, it is in (Brisbane) State High catchment and if you want shopping you just walk down the road and there is shopping.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThe auction was the first time the home had been on the market for more than 70 years. Joseph Jou with family Marco Jou age 3, Kuo-Lan Chang, Timo Chou and Mark Lin. at their new Aussie home in Woolloongabba. (AAP image, John Gass)A NEW arrival to Australia that paid big money for his dream home will soon have the best of Brisbane just a walk away.Joseph Jou beat out other keen bidders at the auction for a small two-bedroom cottage at 26 Merton Rd in Woolloongabba.After a flurry of bids between a small handful of people keen for the home, Mr Jou was victorious after he raised his big to $1.05 million.last_img read more

Greater Manchester hires managers for £750m credit framework

first_imgGreater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF), the UK’s largest local authority fund, has appointed three managers to a £750m (€970m) credit framework agreement.The appointments follow a tender last year, which saw the £17.4bn GMPF seek managers for a £650m multi-credit portfolio and a £100m high-quality credit portfolio.The £650m mandate, which will target a LIBOR outperformance of 4-6%, will seek to invest in higher-yielding debt opportunities, including private placements, the fund said.The second, £100m mandate, which would have the potential to grow “significantly” over time, would target higher-rated debt instruments, with an average credit rating of A across the portfolio. As a result, the GMPF said it would target a LIBOR outperformance of 2 percentage points.“The aim of this mandate,” it added, “is to build a portfolio of assets that can generate cash flows to form part of a liability cash-flow matching strategy.“It is anticipated the mandate will invest in a number of shorter-dated, credit-related opportunities, including loans and high-yield debt.”GMPF said a dozen managers had been shortlisted for the framework agreement but that only KKR, Oak Hill Advisors and Stone Harbor Investment Partners had been appointed.None of the three managers was employed by GMPF, according to its most recent annual report, and the fund could not be reached for comment on which, if any, had been seeded.At the end of March 2015, UBS Asset Management was in charge of £6.4bn of GMPF’s £16bn in externally managed assets, while Legal & General Investment Management was responsible for a further £6.1bn.Capital Group was in charge of a £2.2bn securities portfolio, while Investec managed £667m in assets for the fund.The remaining £600m in external assets, invested in real estate, were largely overseen by LaSalle Investment Management, while GVA was in charge of £86m.last_img read more

Flu shots available at Margaret Mary Health beginning in October

first_imgBatesville, In. — Flu season is right around the corner and again this year, Margaret Mary Health recommends the flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting yourself. Effective Oct. 1, the flu vaccine is available at Margaret Mary’s Occupational Health and Wellness Center located on State Road 229 in Batesville, behind First Financial Bank.The flu vaccine is covered by most insurance plans but MMH recommends patients call their insurance company in advance to verify coverage. Patients should also bring insurance cards with them to their appointment. For those who do not have insurance coverage, the flu vaccine may be available for free to those who qualify. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 812.932.5105.last_img

Indiana AG looks for ways to control robocalls

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Attorney General Curtis Hill today announced that he is helping lead a bipartisan group of 40 state attorneys general developing fresh strategies to stop or reduce annoying, harmful and illegal robocalls. The coalition is reviewing innovative technologies that major telecom companies hope to employ in this fight. Indiana is one of 15 states on the working group’s executive committee.“Hoosiers should be able to enjoy peace and privacy without the disturbance of unwanted calls interrupting their routines,” Attorney General Hill said. “Further, some of these calls are coming from scammers intent on stealing people’s identities or taking their money. We need stronger measures and better technologies aimed at stopping illegal robocalling.”Since it was formed, the multistate group has had in-depth meetings with several major telecom companies. These productive meetings have led to greater information sharing about the technological capabilities currently in existence or in development to fight these calls.Attorney General Hill and his colleagues are working to:Develop a detailed understanding of what is technologically feasible to minimize unwanted robocalls and illegal telemarkingEngage the major telecom companies to encourage them to expedite the best possible solutions for consumersDetermine whether states should make further recommendations to the FCCEducate consumers about current call-blocking options, andEvaluate and coordinate future enforcement efforts against bad actors.Anyone receiving unwanted robocalls or encountering suspected scams of any variety is encouraged to file a consumer complaint with the Office of the Attorney General at or by calling 1-800-382-5516.last_img read more

Wickham fears the drop

first_img Wickham told Press Association Sport: “It was definitely a killer blow but we have five games left so it’s not impossible. “If we perform on Saturday like we did then I don’t see why we wouldn’t have a chance.” Wickham had been recalled from his loan spell with Leeds by manager Gus Poyet and repaid that faith by scoring his first Premier League goals since October 2011. He added: “It was a massive relief for me to score, not just for myself but I think for the team. “I guess I had a point to prove – I’ve been sent out on loan a couple of times but that’s football for me. I’m just out to do what I do and hopefully I have done myself no harm with this performance. “It wasn’t easy playing in the Premier League at 17 but I’ve never felt pressured to do what I do. “We performed so well and dug in and from the moment they scored first I think we dominated the game. “Don’t get me wrong they had their patches but we created more, we defended solidly and when we went forward we looked a threat and thankfully the two goals eventually came and they got a lucky one right at the end.” Press Association Wickham finally made the breakthrough in the Premier League with his impressive double in the 2-2 draw – the 21-year-old has been living with the burden of an £8million price tag since he joined Sunderland from Ipswich as a 17-year-old in 2011. A win would have been a huge boost to bottom club Sunderland’s survival hopes but City forced a late equaliser through Samir Nasri. Wickham’s loan spells at Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday proved successful but he confirmed it was not a move he had asked for. He added: “I didn’t plan to go out on loan, but it happened. I’ve played a lot of football since going away. That can only help me and benefit me. “I came to play Premier League football, but I went away, got match-fit, scored a few goals and I’ve played against three of the top five since coming back. “I didn’t ask to come back, the manager called me, so, for me, it was a positive and I had something to prove. “Hopefully this is the start of something new.” Connor Wickham’s two goals against Manchester City may have been a huge relief for the young striker but he admitted Sunderland’s failure to hold on for victory may have been a killer blow. last_img read more

‘Murder hornets’ are now in United States

first_img“Asian giant hornets” have made there way into the US for the first time. These hornets are an invasive and potentially deadly species, scientists say.Researchers nicknamed it the “murder hornet”. Its venomous sting can kill a human if they are stung several times, and they are strong enough to puncture a beekeeper’s suit.The hornets are more than two inches long and have reportedly been attacking bee hives in Washington state.It is still not known how they made it to the US.last_img

Manchester City clinch domestic double with FA Cup triumph over West Ham

first_imgBy Christian RadnedgeLONDON, England (Reuters) – Manchester City completed a domestic double by comfortably beating West Ham United 3-0 in the Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium yesterday, following on from their League Cup triumph in February.City, who missed out on winning the Super League which was clinched by Arsenal last week, made up for that disappointment with a commanding performance and three-second half goals against a valiant West Ham side playing in their first final.In the fifth Women’s FA Cup final to be played at Wembley, the attendance total of 43 264 was not quite enough to surpass last season’s record crowd of 45 423 for a domestic-competition female soccer match. Nick Cushing’s City side started the brighter of the two teams, with England forward Nikita Parris stretching the West Ham backline with her darting runs, though without finding a clear-cut chance.However, West Ham, playing their maiden season as a professional team and very much the underdogs given the gulf in resources, grew into the contest and even could have taken the lead at the half-hour mark. A flowing move ended with a deep cross into the box and Jane Ross was perfectly placed to head the ball in, but she was denied by England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley who dived across and pushed it wide.City took the warning sign and came out more fired- up in the second half. They broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute when Keira Walsh let fly from long range, with a wicked movement on the ball wrong-footing Anna Moorhouse in the West Ham goal. The effort was City’s first shot on target but it proved enough to unsettle Matt Beard’s side.West Ham regained some composure but were breached again in the 81st minute when young forward Georgia Stanway dribbled into the box and unleashed a right-footed shot at goal. The ball trickled past Moorhouse following a slight deflection off a defender.With little more than a minute of normal time remaining, Lauren Hemp ran onto a long ball and expertly lifted the ball over the on-rushing Moorhouse from outside the area to seal the win and give City their second FA Cup in three years.last_img read more

USC’s defense looks championship-caliber

first_imgThe bye week not only provides teams with much- needed rest, but also provides a break for fans. I spent the majority of Saturday posted up on my couch, watching teams I don’t normally watch, seeing what I could learn. The first game is the one that really caught my eye: Baylor at West Virginia.Now, I knew that this was going to be a shootout. But 70-63 as the final score? When a team scores 70 points, you don’t normally expect a close game.West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith threw for 656 yards and eight touchdown passes. One of his receivers had 303 yards receiving. Yet the game still came down to a single touchdown.I hadn’t seen a shootout like that in a while, and didn’t figure I would for some time, either. It was the Big 12; effective defensive play is sparse.Then the Tennessee-Georgia game came on, and the supposedly stout SEC defenses each gave up 40 points. As I watched the offensive fireworks bolstered by poor defensive efforts, I really started to appreciate the job that USC assistant head coach and defensive guru Monte Kiffin has done.Kiffin has gotten some flack over the years, and the defense hasn’t necessarily been up to USC standards the last few seasons. USC’s biggest question marks heading into this season dealt with the defense, specifically the defensive line.But when it comes down to it, considering the feeble defense on display Saturday, Monte has done a pretty good job.Consider this: The most points the Trojans have given up this season is 29; even in their loss at Stanford, they gave up just 21. They are giving up an average of 17.3 points per game on the season. By comparison, Oregon, the No. 2 team in the entire country, is giving up 19.8 points a contest. Analysts praise Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti for the job he is doing for the Ducks, but Kiffin hasn’t gotten near the credit he deserves.Let’s take a look at some of the top teams in the country and their defenses.We know Alabama is playing great football, and we’ve discussed Oregon. LSU is giving up 12.6 points per game, South Carolina is giving up just over 11. Kansas State is giving up 15.5, and Notre Dame is giving up nine points per game.These are among the best teams in the country, and Kiffin’s defense is not that far behind some of these teams. West Virginia? After yesterday’s stellar effort, they are giving up almost 33 points a game; for reference, that is close to what USC scores per game.When it comes down to it, the Trojans have been a mild disappointment thus far in the young season. They were supposed to be undefeated, and weren’t really supposed to be tested until the Oregon game on Nov. 3.A lot of people have blamed the team’s slow start on a lack of pass protection and a general lack of offensive production. But more often that not, the finger gets pointed at the defense.Watching a handful of games yesterday, I saw some of the best teams in the country giving up 30, 40 and 60 points. National-title-contending defenses? Hardly.This weekend made me optimistic for USC’s chances. We probably won’t see the Trojans give up 63 points in a win, because the odds of them putting up more than that are kind of slim. Kiffin himself said West Virginia stats are tough to achieve.But the fact of the matter is that the USC defense is too good to give up that many points. They are too disciplined, have too much pride and are too well-coached. They might not win the rest of the games on their schedule, but it won’t be because they are giving up 40 points to mediocre teams a lá West Virginia or Georgia.No, this weekend allowed me to sit back and respect the job that Kiffin has done. Seventeen points a game allowed is pretty good, considering the Trojans have played three of those games on the road.They aren’t going to blow you away with stats, and they’ll probably end up giving up closer to 20 points a game by season’s end. But I take solace in knowing that Kiffin’s stout defense that can stop the run and get the ball back for Barkley and Co.Monte and the Trojans have a defense that is holding up its end of the deal; shootouts are unlikely, except for maybe the Oregon game. And watching yesterday’s games made me appreciate the fact that I likely won’t have to watch many offensive shootouts.The Trojans will undoubtedly play some close games, but it won’t be of the West Virginia-Baylor variety. And for that, I am thankful; my heart can’t take that sort of stress, anyway. “Goal Line Stand” runs every Monday. If you would like to comment on this story, visit or email Michael at read more

UW’s front 7 prepares for Baker, Bell

first_imgWisconsin linebacker Chris Borland has been a sideline-to-sideline defender for the Badgers, recording 58 tackles after six games.[/media-credit]It was 2nd and 2; Indiana wasn’t having a great day, but the run was working. From his own 33-yard line, IU running back Stephen Houston saw UW linebackers Mike Taylor and Chris Borland shift inside. Houston bounced outside and took it down the Indiana sideline 67 yards and into end zone for his team’s lone score of the day.The Wisconsin defense gave up 223 rushing yards against Indiana – the most it’s given up all year – largely as a result of a miscommunication on defense that led to the 67-yard touchdown.If there’s one aspect lagging behind for the Badgers, it’s the run defense.While it’s ranked No. 7 nationally for total defense, Wisconsin drops to No. 42 in stopping the run.“If every guy is accountable and does a good job with the communication part of things and keeps getting better, then we’ll be in great shape,” co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge said.When it comes to stopping the run, communication is the key.This season, the Badgers have given up a total of 739 rushing yards. For only six games, it’s not a horrible mark, but Partridge believes his defense needs to clean some things up.“I think the biggest thing is we had a communication error which accounted for about 70 yards,” Partridge said. “There was a new series of plays that they came in with, a couple times for about 20 yards a pop. It’s really just cleaning things up and doing our job and executing, then we’ll be fine.”While these changes can come as a unit, defensive tackle Ethan Hemer believes the improvements need to come individually.So far this season, the current starting defensive line has a total of 52 tackles. Starting linebacker Chris Borland has 58 tackles to his name in the same span of time.“I think what it boils down to is every man taking care of their job,” Hemer said. “As a whole, defensively, we’re just going to do what we do every week and everything is going to be fine. It just comes down to getting off the blocks and making plays.“Schematically, we feel very good about what we have set up; it’s all about winning the one-on-one battles.”As it voyages to East Lansing for the second year in a row, the defense faces some sizable Michigan State running backs.Edwin Baker – 88 rushing attempts for 419 yards and two touchdowns – and Le’Veon Bell – 59 rushing attempts for a 287 yards and six touchdowns – lead the Spartans run game.The stats aren’t stunningly impressive, but the 6-foot-2, 237-pound Bell and 5-foot-9, 210-pound Baker can make a bruising.“They are bigger than a lot of guys we’ve faced,” Borland said. “They run really hard. These are top caliber guys, some of the best of the Big Ten running backs there, some of the best guys in the nation. They’re fast, physical, make the right cuts and reads. They’re hard to bring down, so it’s going to be a challenge for our defense.”They may be hard to bring down, but the defense is confident in its ability to contain the run game.“Michigan State has fantastic running backs,” Hemer said. “We’re definitely aware of their talent, their speed, their size, but I would say that we feel very confident in our ability to contain the run. We’re not going to let their size or anything like that intimidate us and hold us back from a great game.”Baker and Bell are a big duo, but the defense feels it’s faced this type of backfield threat before.“They run really hard, so you need to tackle them very well,” defensive tackle Patrick Butrym said. “A lot like Rex Burkhead from Nebraska. You need to tackle well.”The Badgers held Nebraska to 159 rushing yards. Burkhead only gained 96 yards and one touchdown, a less-than-average performance for the 5-foot-11, 210-pound running back.UW’s strong performance against Burkhead bodes well for the run defense, as both Butrym and Borland feel Burkhead was good preparation for MSU’s backfield duo.“[Burkhead’s] a heck of a player,” Borland said. “He’s in a similar mold for Baker and Bell; the only difference is Michigan State has a little more depth. I felt like Rex, at times, had to shoulder the whole load for Nebraska, but Michigan State can throw four guys at you. We’ll be ready for them.”Indiana’s 67-yard sprint came a drive after Butrym left the game with a left ankle sprain. The Badgers’ defense has seen four players miss starts due to injuries.Butrym is expected to play Saturday, but regardless, Wisconsin is satisfied with its depth, confident that the next guy is always prepped to step in when needed.“When you’ve got a lot of guys getting in there to play, there’s not a lot of drop off with twos,” Butrym said. “That’s never a concern of ours; we’ve got a lot of guys that can play.”The run game is an essential part of football, and stopping the run is never the easiest thing. But if Wisconsin wants to keep up its invincible juggernaut front, the run defense cannot have many more miscommunications – especially against teams like Michigan State.Partidge trusts his team has learned from its mistake. Now it’s a small matter of getting everyone to the ball.“The biggest thing we need to do is get everybody to the ball,” Partridge said. “We know that one guy, one-on-one tackling – they’re special running backs, and we’ve got to get all eleven guys to the ball every chance we get.”last_img read more

Highlights: West Genesee closes regular season with 45-7 win over Rome Free Academy

first_imgEsaias Brumfield catches an 11 yard score from Tyler Cook. 17-0 @WGAthletics @GeneseeWest— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 12, 2018 Cook with a 23 yard completion for @WGAthletics @GeneseeWest— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 12, 2018 Next up for @WGAthletics @GeneseeWest: A home sectional playoff game. 45-7 win over RFA.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 13, 2018 Riley Small makes a 31 yard FG for @WGAthletics @GeneseeWest— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 12, 2018 Tyler Cook runs it in himself from 5 yards out for @WGAthletics @GeneseeWest. 10-0 Wildcats with 11:53 to go in the second quarter.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 12, 2018 Big kick return for @RfaZooCrew Gary Kimball— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 12, 2018AdvertisementThis is placeholder text John Benson with a big catch leading up to it— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 12, 2018 Facebook Twitter Google+ Esaias Brumfield carries it in on a reverse from his brother. 31-0 @WGAthletics @GeneseeWest in the third.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 12, 2018 CAMILLUS — Two years ago, West Genesee was 0-8. This season, the Wildcats are now 6-1 after a 45-7 win over Rome Free Academy (0-7) on Friday night. The win in the regular season’s final week means a home playoff game for West Genesee. On Friday, the Wildcats were buoyed by three touchdowns from senior quarterback Tyler Cook and almost 100 yards rushing from Exavier Brumfield.Here are highlights from the Wildcats’ win. This pass, which is hauled in but then thrown to the ref prematurely, was called incomplete.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 12, 2018 Another pick for @WGAthletics @GeneseeWest— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 12, 2018 Comments Published on October 12, 2018 at 9:12 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3 Brad May jukes out the whole defense. 37 yard TD run. 45-0 @WGAthletics @GeneseeWest with a minute left in the third.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 12, 2018 A @GeneseeWest @WGAthletics sack for Jack Miller.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 12, 2018 The big guy, John Benson, goes up and gets it for a 34 yard TD from Cook. 24-0 @WGAthletics @GeneseeWest. Benson was so excited he almost forgot to stay on and block for the point after.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 12, 2018 Jack Miller gets another sack for @WGAthletics @GeneseeWest— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 13, 2018 Chris Schahczenski interception for @WGAthletics @GeneseeWest— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 12, 2018 Eddie Hebert 19 yard TD run for @WGAthletics @GeneseeWest. 38-0 Wildcats.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 12, 2018 Gary Kimball takes a screen 91 yards to the house for @RfaZooCrew ! 45-7 West Genny late in the third.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 13, 2018last_img read more