REIQ regional director Damien Keyes has backed a new report that says house prices in Townsville will grow 9 per cent in the next 3 years. Picture: Evan MorganHOUSE prices in Townsville are forecast to rise 9 per cent in the next three years according to a new report.The Residential Property Prospects 2018-2021 report by BIS Oxford Economics predicts Townsville’s residential market has stabilised and price growth was expected up until June 2021.The report, released yesterday, says the Townsville market hasn’t recovered since peaking in 2008 but vacancy rates have dropped to 3.8 per cent from 7.1 per cent 18 months ago.“It appears that the downturn has stabilised, with the median house price on track to rise by 2 per cent in 2017/18,” the report stated.“Minimal price growth is expected over 2018/19 and 2019/20, before some sign of an upturn emerge by 2020/21 with vacancy rates tightening, and some economic recovery coming through as rising tourist arrivals underpin the upgrade of existing tourism infrastructure.“Cumulative growth of 9 per cent is forecast in the three years to June 2021, although this will be from a low base.” Despite the predicted price increases, weak population growth is expected to weigh heavily on Townsville’s property prices.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020According to the REIQ, the median house price in Townsville is $335,000, down 2.2 per cent compared to 12 months ago while the average property takes 63 days to sell.Keyes & Co Property principal Damien Keyes said an increase in buyer activity and a range of infrastructure projects in the pipeline were pointing to a future price rise.“For price growth you have to see a lot more demand and volume and we have been starting to see that this calendar year,” he said. “I’d like to have every confidence that prices will rise by 2021 because by then the stadium will be completed and a lot of these infrastructure projects will have started as well, so you’ll have those workers with money in their pockets.“There is a lot more confidence around and there is more buyer activity this year as well.”REIQ Townsville Zone chairman and First National Nicholson principal Wayne Nicholson said vacancy rates tightening was a positive sign for the market and he was predicting prices had bottomed out.“The rental market has begun to stabilise a fair bit and the vacancy rate is down to 3.8 per cent,” he said.“I think soon we’ll be trying to sneak those rent prices up for those long-suffering landlords.”
The absence of Gareth Bale cast a shadow over White Hart Lane on Saturday as Spurs wrapped up their pre-season campaign with a 1-1 draw against Espanyol, but there were plenty of positives to be taken from the game – most notably the return of Kaboul and fellow long-term injury victim Sandro. Having played brilliantly in the final year of Harry Redknapp’s reign, Kaboul slotted straight into Villas-Boas’ starting XI last summer, but his 2012-13 campaign was over after just one game due to a knee injury he suffered on the opening day at Newcastle. “When you see your team struggling, or winning, you want to be with them. Win or lose, you want to be with them and that was a big frustration. “I missed football so, so much. I was very angry when I tore my quad at the end of last season, but this summer I got myself right to be ready for this season and now I hope the injuries are behind me. “I was in good form so I hope to be back even better than I was when I left. Now I feel fit but I will have a good week again before the Crystal Palace game (on Sunday). I have to be ready for next Sunday.” The Tottenham team Kaboul returns to is very different to the last one he played in. Indeed only three players who started against Espanyol yesterday were in the team that lost to Newcastle on August 18, 2012. Hugo Lloris and Mousa Dembele joined shortly after the game at St James’ Park, but Spurs failed to make the top four last season so chairman Daniel Levy strengthened the squad by spending £50million on Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli and Paulinho this summer. Kaboul has been so impressed by the new additions that he thinks Champions League qualification is well within the team’s grasp. “We are going to have to be in the top four this season,” he said. “Last season we missed it by nothing so this year we have to be there. “The new signings are very good. This season is looking very good for us. “Andre has done a magnificent job for the club. He broke the points record last season and this season will be even better for him and us.” The Frenchman battled his way back to full fitness in the spring but, much to his dismay, he tore a thigh muscle in an Under-21 game against Manchester United. Kaboul sat out Spurs’ first five pre-season games, casting doubt on whether he would be fit for the new campaign, but the Frenchman performed well as a second-half substitute against Espanyol and he cannot wait for the season to begin. “It’s been a long time for me since I played last. It’s been a year now so I am fully happy to be back with the team,” Kaboul said. Kaboul found life tough on the sidelines. Unlike Bale, who chose not to turn up to cheer on his team-mates, Kaboul was a regular visitor to White Hart Lane last year when he was sidelined. The former Portsmouth defender always sat on the back row of the bench behind the substitutes, even though he was not required to. Although being within touching distance of the pitch made him feel like he was still part of the squad, it also proved to be an agonising experience for the player. “That was very hard,” Kaboul said. “I was here to support the team, but it was terrible. “Sometimes you just want to go on the pitch, take the ball and go and score. To sit there all the time was hard for me. Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul is sure his injury troubles are well and truly behind him. Press Association
As Amendment 4, or the law permitting former felons to vote, is still being decided in Tallahassee, Palm Beach County officials announced on Thursday they are working with the current version of the bill to help restore those voting rights.“We do not want people to be deprived of the right to vote because they cannot afford to pay their court costs and fees,” says Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg.The law, as it stands, requires Florida’s nearly 1.4 million felons to complete their full prison sentences and pay associated costs and fees before having their voting rights restored.Critics have called it “a poll tax” that only serves to keep ex-felons from voicing their opinions.Palm Beach County officials cite recent rule changes that allow them to help ex-felons return to the voting booth. One of those changes entails a new process that was implemented in Palm Beach County courts two months ago and is effective for all future cases. It separates court fees from the sentencing docket, in essence putting the person on a payment plan so they may vote again immediately.Aronberg adds, “Our pathway is not to remove the fines and fees — they would still be obligated to pay the fines and fees. But the costs and fees would be separated from their sentence.”Each former felon would need to file an “agreed upon motion” with the public defender’s office in order to retroactively change their individual sentence docket.Miami-Dade County also separates court fees from the sentence docket.
Facebook Twitter Google+ A group of former Syracuse men’s basketball players will get together for a chance at $2 million in the 2016 edition of The Basketball Tournament starting this Saturday. The team is fittingly named Boeheim’s Army, composed of former Purdue guard Willie Deane and nine former Orange that span a decade of Jim Boeheim’s tenure. Last year the squad bowed out in the Elite Eight against eventual champions City of Gods. This year, second-seeded Boeheim’s Army faces No. 15 seed Basketball City NYC at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Philadelphia University to begin its quest toward the cash prize. Follow along all week as we introduce you to the team’s players and coach ahead of the matchup.Rick JacksonJackson returns for his second summer with Boeheim’s Army after playing in the third and fourth games of last year’s tournament. After missing the opening two rounds, he averaged 10 points and five rebounds in the Round of 16 and Elite Eight, starting one game and coming off the bench in the other.In his four years at Syracuse from 2007-11, Jackson averaged 8.8 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 58.5 percent from the field. He’s played for nine teams since graduating, including stints with three different teams in the NBA D-League and most recently Provence in France.Jackson missed the first two games last year while he was trying out for the Korean Basketball League in Las Vegas. This year he’ll be with the team from the start and add depth to a frontcourt that boasts some of the most sturdy Orange bigs of the last decade.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Related Stories Looking Forward: Rick Jackson has flourished since moving into the starting lineup vs. MemphisMBB : Raising his game: Jackson ‘makes name’ by becoming premier big man in final season at SUMeet Boeheim’s Army: Baye Moussa KeitaMeet Boeheim’s Army: Terrence RobertsMeet Boeheim’s Army: Donte Greene Published on July 12, 2016 at 10:50 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman Meet Boeheim’s ArmyTerrence RobertsBaye Moussa KeitaDonte GreeneDaily Orange File Photo Comments
Undefeated American, Floyd Mayweather has claimed that Irish fighter Conor McGregor currently weighs 164 pounds, 10 pounds above the official limit of 154 pounds for Saturday’s “Money Fight”.Speaking exclusively to FightHype.com, Mayweather said: “I don’t think he’s gonna make the weight,”“Even if he does make the weight, that’s even better, but if he doesn’t make the weight, we’re still gonna fight. But it’s gonna be a heavy fine. Gimme that money.”“Like I said before, a true champion is disciplined, and very responsible. But we’ll see.”The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) two-weight world champion, McGregor, will be making his boxing debut against Mayweather, as the Irishman has never boxed professionally. RelatedVIDEO: Watch Jose Mourinho Give His Verdict On Mayweather Vs McGregor FightAugust 25, 2017In “Sports”Mayweather Dares KhabibOctober 24, 2018In “Boxing”Ibrahimovic Backs McGregor To Beat Mayweather, Says “He’s The Ibrahimovic Of Martial Arts”August 26, 2017In “Sports”